CHAPTER FIFTY: THE BEGINNING
Giles stayed with Buffy, Draco,
Sara and Narcissa for only a week before he felt that he could safely leave
Buffy to her own devices for the rest of the month. Buffy and Sara were getting along famously, even though Buffy
still couldn't quite bring herself to call Sara 'Mom'. Having other people around had made the
transition far smoother, but now that the two women were comfortable with each
other, Giles felt that his time in the house just outside of Central London had
come to an end.
For the next three weeks, Sara
and Narcissa showed Draco and Buffy the sights of both Magical and Muggle
London, taking them all over the countryside.
At first Draco hated anything muggle related, but he soon caught onto
Buffy's excitement for all the touristy places that she had heard about over
the years when she'd been growing up as a child.
Two days before Buffy was due
to go back to Hogwarts to begin her
advanced studies, Draco and Buffy found themselves once more in Muggle
London. The trip into London had been
Sara's idea, and whilst Draco was hesitant at the idea of shopping in Muggle
London (or just of shopping in general, Buffy wasn't sure which bothered him
more), he had wanted to get out of the house.
So, the four relatives found themselves wandering through London Square,
window shopping and real shopping.
Sara had told Buffy that she
wanted to make up for the last sixteen birthdays that she'd missed, and whilst
Buffy was reluctant to let Sara spend that sort of money, she could tell that
Sara really wanted to do this for her.
She had yet to see anything that she desperately wanted.
"If I were you," Draco said,
his arm looped between Buffy's. "I'd
get her to buy me the newest broom."
"Ah but you're not me," Buffy
"Thank god," Draco
mumbled. He tensed his muscles and
awaited the hit but it never came.
Buffy came to a complete halt in the centre of the walkway. Draco too stopped, having no other choice
while he was attached to her the way he was.
"Buffy?" he asked curiously,
searching her face. She seemed to be
frozen in one spot, looking at something just ahead of them in either fear or
surprise. Draco turned to follow her
line of sight but found nothing too shocking.
He'd half been expecting to see Voldemort returned the way Buffy had
"Love?" he asked. "What's wrong? Why'd you stop?"
Buffy just swallowed hard and
felt her heart racing faster and faster.
Ahead of her stood a girl of eighteen.
Draco finally noticed that the person Buffy was staring at was staring
at Buffy in much the same way.
"Who is she?" Draco asked.
Sara and Narcissa came up
behind the two teenagers. Sara touched
"What's wrong sweetie?" Sara
Buffy finally snapped out of
it, seemingly at the same time as the girl she'd been staring at. Buffy and the redheaded girl grinned widely
and found themselves running to each other, meeting in the centre. They flung their arms around each other and
were yelling excitedly.
Draco looked at his mother and
his aunt and grinned. "Reckon they know
Sara rolled her eyes at the
comment but couldn't take her eyes off her daughter. This was the first time she'd seen Buffy genuinely happy, and it
was a sight to savour.
Buffy finally pulled apart from
the other girl, fumbling over her words in all the excitement.
"Willow! What are you doing here?!" Buffy cried out,
excitement in her voice as tears welled in her eyes.
"I got accepted to Oxford
University!" Willow replied, her voice matching Buffy's in the excitement
level, the pitch of their voices nearly unrecognisable to the human ear.
"That's terrific," Buffy
exclaimed, pulling Willow into another hug.
Willow returned it enthusiastically.
"I didn't know you were in
London," Willow said. "We begged Angel
to tell us, but…he never would."
Buffy nodded, somewhat a little
surprised that Angel hadn't even given the Scoobies hints of where she really
was. She was grateful for that, but at
the same time, part of her wished that the brooding vampire had told the
Gang where she was.
"So…what on earth are you doing
here?" Willow asked. "Where's
Giles? Are you nearly finished with
whatever the Council wanted you to do?"
Buffy grinned, her heart aching
as she realised just how much she'd missed her best friend from Sunnydale. The only person who came close to even
capturing half of Willow's rambling quirkiness was Ginny and even then she
could barely hold a candle to Willow's wackiness.
"I'm going to school here,"
Buffy replied. "Giles is one of the
Professors here, and as far as I know he's back at school, probably learning
whatever he can about…well, whatever it is he learns about in his free
time. Probably hitting on the younger
staff members. And as for the
Council…well…I don't really work for them anymore."
Willow's face showed her
confusion very well and Buffy couldn't help but grin. It was nice that she could still read her friend after a year had
"Anyway, tell me about
you! How's Xand and Cordy and Oz? They all graduated right? Did the others get into any colleges?" Buffy
"They're all really good. Oz is still all wolfy once a month, but
he's…he's good," Willow answered, her voice slightly sad when she mentioned the
Buffy noticed the slight
hesitation in her voice immediately.
"Are you guys still…well, 'you
guys'?" Buffy asked.
Willow shook her head. "We broke up just before Graduation. We kinda decided that we were heading in two
different directions, and…as much as we love each other, our lives just aren't
"I'm sorry Wills," Buffy said
Willow's eyes travelled to the
group that was hovering behind Buffy, her eyes latching on to the blonde haired
boy that Buffy had been linked to earlier.
"So, what about you?" Willow
asked. "Who's the cutie-patootie
mini-Spike? Are you guys together?"
Buffy's nose wrinkled. "Who, Drake? Ew, no. That's my
cousin," Buffy said, shooting a quick glance to the group behind her. They all seemed to be emersed in
conversation and would hopefully not mind Buffy ignoring them for a few more
"So…what about Xan and Cordy? Are they still together?" Buffy asked.
Willow laughed and nodded. "Yeah.
They broke up cos, well…me and Xan kinda…"
Buffy's eyes went wide and her
mouth dropped open in comic shock. "You
"Oh we did," Willow said, torn
between embarrassment and pride. On the
one hand, she and Xander had really hurt Oz and Cordelia, but on the other
hand, she had kissed Xander many, many times which had been a dream of hers for
"But they're back together?"
Willow nodded. "Yup. Xander had to beg for forgiveness in front
of the entire school, but he did it and they got back together. They're kinda…disgustingly cute actually."
Buffy grinned and laughed. "Well good for him," Buffy said, genuinely
happy for both Cordelia and Xander.
Xander especially deserved some happiness in his life after the hand he
had been dealt in the form of his parental figures.
"Yeah, they've gone on a bit of
a road trip over the summer. Oz is
touring with the Dingoes, and…I figured I might as well come and check out the
city before I have to start going to college.
So…tell me stuff," Willow implored.
"Boys, vamps, general baddies?"
"You want the answers in that
order?" Buffy asked with a grin.
"Alright. Well, I'm dating a guy called Harry," Buffy
said. "He's a year younger than me."
"Cradle snatcher," Willow
coughed behind her hand.
Buffy hit her across the arm
but grinned despite herself.
"Yeah, yeah I know. At least he's not like two hundred and forty
years older than me."
Willow conceded that her friend
had at least found someone in her own age bracket.
"So, we've been dating since
Christmas Eve. Uh…as for vamps, I
haven't really had to deal with too many of them since the September."
"But…isn't that kinda the job
description?" Willow asked. "Vampire
Slayer and all that?"
Buffy nodded and breathed in
deeply. "That's kinda the thing Wills,"
Buffy began slowly. "I'm not the
Willow's reaction was very much
like Buffy's initial reaction to finding out that piece of information. Stunned silence followed by an intelligent
Buffy grinned. "I was never the Slayer. Turns out I'm the daughter of a wizard,
making me a witch. And, speaking of
witchiness, how's with you and the whole wicca thing? Anything happening there?"
"Yeah there is," Willow
said. "But don't change the topic. You're a witch?
Buffy nodded. "Yup.
A pretty powerful one at that."
Willow looked incredibly
impressed by this turn of events.
"That's really cool. So you can
like…turn people into frogs or something?
Not that I'd want you to, what with the frog fear."
"I could," Buffy said. "Wouldn't really want to. Frogs are so slimy. Ferrets are my personal favourite."
She raised her voice for the
last sentence and looked over her shoulder as she said it. Draco scowled and walked towards them.
"Please don't be suggesting
what I'd have to kill you for suggesting," Draco said.
Buffy grinned and poked her
tongue out at Draco.
"Course I am," Buffy
replied. "Drake, this is Willow, my
best friend from Sunnydale. Wills, this
is my cousin, Draco Malfoy."
They shook hands, Draco openly
appraising the other girl, earning him an elbow to the ribcage.
"What?" Draco asked, his voice
slightly whining as he complained about the unfairness of Buffy's treatment of
"You know what," Buffy
replied. "Keep your eyes to yourself."
"You're just jealous cos you
can't have my sexy bod," Draco teased.
Buffy shook her head, a look of
disgust coming to her face. "First,
we're cousins, second, ew, third, I've got Harry thank you very much."
"Hmmm, Saint Potter," Draco
said sneeringly. "Missing your
hand-in-hand walks through the daisies already I'll bet."
"I'd rather hang out with him
than hang out with you," Buffy said with a grin.
"I'd say something about him hanging
around you, but…I don't know if your friend will appreciate that sort of
innuendo," Draco said, looking at Willow.
Willow, true to form, turned
bright red. Draco grinned and leant
down to whisper to Buffy.
"She's not a Weasley, right?"
"A whatley?" Willow asked,
having heard despite Draco's hushed tone.
"A Weasley," Buffy
replied. "They're a family, seven kids,
all with red hair."
Willow nodded and glanced
quickly at her watch. Her eyes went
wide and she looked up at Buffy, panicked.
"I really gotta go," Willow
said with dismay. "I have an
appointment with the Dean at one o'clock."
Buffy's face fell.
"Can I meet you tomorrow?"
Buffy asked frantically, not wanting to lose the contact with her best friend
that she had only just got back.
Willow nodded. "Yeah, I'm staying in the housing at Oxford,
but I can probably meet you here again.
Do you live in London?"
Buffy nodded. "Yeah, my uh…Sara, she lives in London,"
Buffy replied, not wanting to overload Willow with information when they didn't
have any time to talk. "I'm only in
London for another two days though."
Willow wrote down her phone
number on a scrap of paper and handed it to Buffy. "Call me tonight and we'll
organise something, okay. Don't think
that you're gonna get rid of me that easy," Willow said.
Buffy grinned and the two
friends hugged tightly, Draco smiling softly as he saw the look of contentment
on Buffy's face. Willow and Buffy broke
apart and Willow gave her best friend a shaky grin.
"I expect the full story
tomorrow," Willow said, trying to sound threatening.
Buffy snorted with
laughter. "You might need two days to
Willow just shrugged. "However long it takes. I've finally found you, I'm not about to
give you up again. So…y'know, no
skipping the country."
Buffy nodded and they hugged
once more. As Willow walked away and
Sara and Narcissa approached their children, Buffy knew that her life had
finally reached a high point. After a
year and a half of all time lows, everything was finally perfect. She had a mother who loved her, a father who
was a teacher at her school, a boyfriend, friends, cousins, a promising future
and a best friend from her past. Buffy
closed her eyes and smiled, thanking whatever powers that ruled the earth that
things were finally beginning to look up.
To be continued in the sequel 'A Witch's Family'.
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