Dawn had finally been able to get to sleep when all of a sudden she was awoken by the screaming cries of Willow. She quickly sat up in bed to be able to hear who it was.
"Tara!" she heard someone sobbing.
"Oh my god that's Willow!" she scrambled out of bed, threw on a sweater and headed down stairs. When she got outside, what she found she had no words to describe. She was in total shock.
"Noooo, baby. Please wake up." Willow was holding Tara in her arms rocking back and forth. "Dawn, go and get a blanket, she's cold and I don't want her to catch something." She just stood there. "Hurry up!" willow snapped at her.
"Willow, she's dead." She found it hard to say the word without breaking down, but she fought back the tears knowing that she needed to take care of Willow first. She was going to miss Tara. Along with Willow, she was like a sister to her and she was always there for her when Buffy wasn't. They all stepped in to take care of her when her mother passed away.
"No she's not! She's just unconscious she'll wake up soon."
Dawn felt for her. She was clearly in shock and denial of all of this.
"Willow come on." She tried to pick her up but she refused to move from her spot.
"I can't leave her like this. I need to be here when she wakes up." She continued to stroke her head and she moved the hair from her face.
"She's not going to wake up." She leaned in closer to get a better look at Tara and saw the bite marks on her neck. "Buffy" she whispered.
"Don't….say…that…name!" willow's voice grew with anger. "She took Tara away from me so I'm going to take something away from her…..Spike." her eyes grew black.
At first, Dawn was excited about the idea and was going to let Willow take care of him of her, but something inside her told her that it wasn't right. "Willow I'm not going to let you do this."
"Such a hypocrite. Just a few hours ago you were off to kill Spike and now you tell me no?" she stood up.
"I'm not a hypocrite, I'm just trying to be reasonable."
"He took away your sister and my best friend and girlfriend. And you call sitting around waiting until she kills the rest of us reasonable?" she stormed back inside and pushed Dawn out of the way. She stood there now knowing what to do or say. She couldn't stop her, she knew that. Willow was a very powerful witch and she was no match. "What am I going to do?" she thought to herself, she then ran inside to call Xander and Giles.
Willow went to the weapons chest and grabbed the axe then she was off to the Magic Box for a few extra supplies. "She isn't going to get away with this."
Dawn rushed to the phone and dialed Giles' number first. It kept ringing and she was getting impatient, she was about to hang up then phone when she heard a voice on the other end.
"Giles? It's Dawn, look you need to get down here quick! Willow if off to do something crazy and I need your help."
"Slow down. What's wrong?"
"There's no time to explain! Just get down here quick! Oh, and come prepared, there's gonna be a fight." She hung up the phone and called Xander who picked up quicker then Giles.
"Xander, it's Dawn. There isn't any time to explain right now, but you need to get down here quick. It's Willow." With that she hung up and realized she was in her pj's. she went upstairs for a quick change while she waited for the others to come.
Back at Spike's crypt the couple was celebrating in more ways then one.
"You were great out there luv'."
She smiled. "Thanks. I'm surprised you showed up though. You seemed really interested in your little show." Buffy never understood why he watched Passions, she thought it was stupid and hated soaps.Ya, well I didn't want to miss out." She kissed him.
"When they find Tara Willow won't be too happy about it and I'm sure she'll be right over to exact a little revenge." Spike smiled.
"Personally, I'd like to see her try." They both laughed at the thought.
Giles and Xander arrived at the house about ten minutes after the call from Dawn. She was already waiting outside with a stake she put in her jacket for some extra protection.
"Ready?" she said to them.
"Ready for what?" Xander asked.
"To stop the big fight that's about to go down!" Xander and Giles just stood there still not able to understand what she was talking about. Dawn began to get frustrated because they were running out of time. She rolled her eyes and sighed deeply before she began her explanation.
"I'm gonna have to give you a quick version of what really happened because we don't' have much time. Buffy killed Tara as you c an see." She pointed over to where Tara's body lay, she was moved out of they way.
Giles rushed over to her. "Oh god!"
"There's no point. She's already dead. Well, Willow figured that it was Buffy and now she left all dark and scary and she went over to the Magic Box for some stuff. By now I'm sure she's already headed over to Buffy's to do a little revenge getting and I cant stop her myself, so…."
"Well what are we doing here for? We've got to go stop her!" Xander said.
"Why do you think I called you here for? Oh nevermind! Giles we need to see if we can catch her at the shop."
Xander stepped forward. "We can take my car."
"And to think that I believed Xander's crap about how she'd never do that to us. She doesn't know what she's gotten herself into." Willow thought herself. When she got to the door she used her axe to break the window and climbed inside. She knew exactly what she wanted and headed for the books upstairs.
By the time the others got to the Magic Shop it was too late. Willow had already taken what she had needed. Dawn ran back out to Xander's car and started it up.
"I knew Xander's driving lessons would come in handy." She punched down the gas pedal, she was off and didn't want to waste anymore time.
Xander and Giles stood there in awe as they watched her take off down the street.
"Dammit! I knew I shouldn't have taken Dawn out for lessons!" Xander kicked the floor in frustration. He looked over at Giles.
"Well we can't just stand here like a couple of fools." Giles took off running and Xander went after him.
"You're officially crazy." Dawn said to herself as she almost hit a car head on. She made a sharp right and missed the fire hydrant by inches. "OK let's try and get there in one piece." She arrived at the cemetery and almost knocked down the gate in the process. There was no sign of Willow so far. She got out of the car and headed for the crypt.
Xander and Giles huffed down the street, both of them on the verge of passing out.
"Man, how do these runners do it? The sudden wave of nausea and weakness isn't much fun let me tell you."
Dawn saw that Willow was already there. She had a hard time seeing through the darkness but there was no mistaking that it was Willow. She ran to catch up to her and stood in front of the door just as Willow was about to knock it down.
"Willow, no! I can't let you do this."
"Get out of my way Dawn."
"No! Someone's gonna get hurt and I can't let you do that."
"Dawn, move!" with just a flick of the wrist, she sent Dawn flying through the air and head first into a headstone. "That should take care of her for a while." She turned her attention back to the door and kicked it down. "OHH Buffy! Got something that I want to show you."
Dawn's head was throbbing as she pulled herself off the ground. "Owwwww." She complained. She dusted herself off and picked up the stake that had fallen out of her pocket when she was sailing through the air.
"Dawn!" she heard someone calling.
"Over here." She waved her arms.
Xander and Giles stopped and tried to catch their breath which they seemed to be having a hard time doing.
"Where's Willow?" Giles asked.
Dawn pointed to the open door of the crypt. "She beat me to it."
"Buffy!" Willow yelled. She strained her eyes in the darkness trying to get her eyes adjusted. All she had to go by were a few torches that were light, and they didn't really seem to help.
Willow turned around and Buffy punched her, knocking her to the ground and the axe out of her hands.
"Did you come to hurt me?" Buffy asked. "Well this ended a lot faster then I though. Seeing as you're a witch. You'd think that you'd be able to put up some kind of a fight, but I guess not."
Willow stood up and turned towards Spike and began to mumble something. Buffy grabbed her by the hair and slammed her against the wall.
"Don't you dare hurt him."
"I think it's your turn to have someone you love taken away from you." Buffy smacked her. Willow screamed and a bright blue light came shooting out from her hands and knocked Spike to the ground, he was out cold.
"You little-." Just then Dawn, Giles, and Xander came storming in.
"Willow no!" Dawn yelled.
"Well, well, well if it isn't the Scooby Gang. Quite the lovely little reunion we got here isn't it?"
"You stay away from her." Giles said.
"Back off librarian! I told you that if you guys came back, that I'd kill you, but like always you never listened to threats. So I guess that I'm going to have to show you." Buffy lunged towards Xander but Giles knocked her out of the way.
Dawn scrambled to Willow.
"No, I need to do this."
"No you don't." just then Buffy tackled Willoe to the ground and Dawn kicked her over.
Spike recovered from the blast and tackled Xander.
"I've been waiting so long for this." Spike said as he sat on top of Xander. Then he began to punch him in the head as hard as he could, the pain overcame him and he stopped for a second until it went away and as soon as that happened he began punching him again, ignoring the pain and the fact that Xander was unconscious. He suddenly stopped when he realized that Xander was bleeding froom the head. "Guess the ol' Spike is back." He stood up, licked the blood off his hand and went for Giles.
There was a struggle between the girls.
"I love you Buffy but I'm not going to let you hurt anyone else." With that she punched her sister but it didn't seem to affect her at all.
"Oh really?" Buffy said. "And what makes you think that you can stop me?" She grabbed her sister and threw her against the wall. She went over to Spike and pulled him off of Giles and held Giles up by the neck.
"Buffy please. You don't know what you're doing this isn't you. Please Buffy don't." he was struggling to breath.
"Shut up old man. The problem with you guys is that you don't listen. No wonder you were always in my way. Especially you Giles, always trying to be a father to me and getting knocked out. Well I didn't need another father, the one I had didn't care anymore and that was enough for me. You were goof for nothing, and you made the worst watcher! You were a better librarian. So do you know what happens to people that don't listen. Huh? Dawnie, do you?" she snapped his neck and let his limo body fall to the ground.
"Nooooo!" Dawb screamed as Giles' body fell onto her lap.
"Bitch!" Willow yelled a spell that sent Buffy flying across the room. "Now it's your turn to feel the pain." She grabbed the axe, went over to Spike and held his against the wall holding the axe up to his neck. "This blade is pretty sharp, it'd cut through his neck like butter."
"Don't you dare hurt him."
"Or you'll what? Kill some one else? Go ahead Buffy, I've lost three people already. Look, go kill Xander. He's lying helplessly over there."
"Willow shut up!" Dawn yelled, she felt so helpless at this point.
"Ya, Willow. Listen to the little one. Don't do anything that you're gonna regret. You're just mad because I killed you're little girlfriend. I can understand why you're upset, she tasted great!" she laughed.
Willow screamed and went after Buffy with the axe in the air ready to come down on her head, but before she was able to do anything she was kicked in the stomach and knocked to the ground. Buffy got on top of her and held her down by her arms. "Sit still will ya?" She vamped out.
Dawn crept up on Buffy, grabbed her by the neck and pinned her up against the wall. Buffy was surprised by the attack and looked down to see that Dawn was holding a stake to her heart.
"I'm sorry." Buffy said.
She was surprised by what she just heard and looked up at her sister to see that she was crying.
"No." Dawn said. "I'm sorry." She drove the stake through her sister's heart and watched her disintegrate into a pile of ashes. "I love you Buffy." She let herself fall to the ground and began to sob.
Spike saw what she had done to his lover and he screamed out in anguish. "Buffy!!" He went over to where her ashes were and began top pick them up crying as he did se. Dawn was in shock, not able to believe what she had just done. She went over to Willow and fell into her lap crying.
"Shhhhh, it's ok" Willow said trying to console t he girl and at the same time trying to absorb what had just happened. "It was for the better." She tried to hold back the tears.
The silence was deafening and as Spike sat there mourning for his Buffy a sudden wave of anger came over him. "That little brat did this." He said to himself. He vamped out and ran over to where the two girls were.
Xander woke up and saw Spikw going after Dawn and Willow. He picked up the axe and brought it down upon his neck, cutting his head clean off and exploded into a pile of dust. "And I've been waiting for a long time for that." He threw the axe and went over t Willow and Dawn. He saw them crying and noticed that Buffy was missing. He automatically put two and two together. He looked over and saw Giles' body.
"Oh my god what happened?" he grabbed the two girls and stood them up.
"Well at least now then can be together. Come on let's get out of here."
And together the three of them walked away, away from the experience that would bring them together and change them forever.
Well, that's it. I'm done. Thanks to all of you who read it and enjoyed the story. And thanks for all the reviews it pushed me to continue. I have some ideas for more stories, so you'll be hearing from me again soon. THANKS!!