Chapter Five

Disclaimer: Dear Mr. Joss Whedon, if I give you credit for using all your characters, places, mythology etc. will you not sure me?

"Giles, what did you do?" Willow asked in shock as the Watcher dragged his unconscious former friend into the shop.

"Found Ethan," Giles announced as he plopped Ethan to the ground. "And as soon as he regains consciousness, he's going to reverse the spell he put on Buffy and Faith."

Anya frowned. "What makes you so sure he'd do that?"

"Because that way his demons won't kill him," Giles answered as he began dragging Ethan further into the store.

"This is boring," Faith announced angrily as she folded her arms across her chest. "There's nothing to do here."

"We could play Super Buffy and Bad Guy!" Buffy suggested eagerly.

"We could play Tackle with those two," Faith added, tilting her head over at Cordelia and Xander. The two Slayers exchanged a mischievous look before walking over to the former couple.

Cordelia's eyes widened in fear. "They still have Slayer strength?" she asked fearfully as she began moving closer to the door.

Xander swallowed hard before nodding slightly in reply. "And not a bit less."

"What are we going to do?" Cordelia asked. "Screw it," she added a moment later. "I don't care if she's not done her spell out there, we are in danger." Cordelia sighed, quickly opening the door and escaping.

Xander shrugged before instantly following.

"What are you doing?" Willow asked as she turned her head slightly.

"This isn't some sort of dating game between the two of you, is it?" Anya asked bitterly.

"I'm totally over him," Cordelia pointed out for the millionth time. "But we were getting attacked by the psycho slayers."

The Magic Box door opened once again as the platinum blonde vampire known as Spike made his entrance known to the various Scoobies within the room. "We've got trouble," he announced in a rushed tone of voice.

Willow raised an eyebrow over at Spike. "What kind of trouble?" she asked. "Because I'm thinking that the two four year olds are more important," she said as she looked back at Faith and Buffy. "No Faith, put down the sword!" she yelled before rushing back to the young brunette.

"But I like it," the little girl pouted as she held tighter to the weapon.

Buffy giggled as Willow tried to coax Faith into giving her the sword. She sighed, wishing for a brief moment that she could be the one with the sword but then shrugging it off as she glanced over at Spike. "Who are you?" she asked as her hazel eyes narrowed and she placed her hands on her hips.

"I'm Spike," the vampire said in a way of introducing himself with a sigh. "Are you Buffy?" he asked curiously as he knelt over to inspect the young girl more carefully.

The blond Slayer nodded. "Hey, how'd you know my name?" she asked angrily a minute later. She shrugged it off. "It's ok. I'd rather be with you than my big brother over there," she added as she pointed at Xander.

Xander looked slightly offended for a moment before he tried to shrug it off and walked over to Anya. "You'd prefer me, right?" he asked as he wrapped an arm around her.

Anya smiled up at her boyfriend and responded by kissing him on the lips.

"Hey Faith!" Buffy began excitedly as she walked back over the brunette after Willow had taken the sword back. "Can I show you something?" she asked as she extended her hand out to Faith.

The young girl looked up for a moment as she considered the idea. "Ok," she began as she took Buffy's hand and the two of them began walking over to the display of pendants Buffy had been admiring before Faith came to Sunnydale.

"Isn't they pretty?" Buffy asked as began admiring the green pendant she had not been able to buy yet. "See, I want that one," she announced as she pointed to it.

Anya's eyes widened with a little bit of fear as she clung to Xander, hoping that neither Slayer would try and get behind the counter again.

"Don't worry, I'll pay three times as much for all of those before I let them hurt you," Xander promised as he began rubbing Anya's back soothingly.

"But I think this one is prettier," Faith told Buffy as she pointed at one of the dark blue ones.

Buffy smiled. "I want them all!" she announced.

"So take them," Faith suggested as she picked the dark blue one up and started to put it into her back pocket.

Buffy frowned. "But that's stealing and it's naughty. My mommy told me that when I took that candy bar from the store."

"So?" Faith asked. "Your mommy's not here. This is easy. Want," she began as she looked over at one of the red pendants she liked. "Take," she continued as she removed it from the display. "Have," she finished, tucking it back into her pocket along with the other one.

"Um, Giles, the Slayers are stealing our pendant merchandise!" Anya pointed out as Buffy began trying out Faith's new method of things with the green pendant. "And if you people have a slight bit of sanity in you, you're not going to stop them, but rather pay for them. So far, between the two of them, they have taken four of the cheap ones and three of the more expensive ones."

Giles sighed, rolling his eyes. "Anya, when we reverse the spell they will give them back," he promised before returning his energy on waking Ethan.

"What if he won't reverse them?" she asked.

"Then you can take it from my pay," he mumbled. "I promise. But none of that will happen if I can't wake Ethan."

"Um, if I may," Willow began. "But I can get him to wake up and be very eager to undo the spell," she began as she looked over at the Slayers. "That is, if you don't mind," she added.

"I'll do anything," the former Watcher said effortlessly as he backed away from Ethan and moved back towards Willow. "What is it exactly you had in mind?" he asked curiously.

A dark smile crossed the redhead's lips as she gestured over at the two Slayers, who were busily applying make-up all over their faces. She was unsure of whose make-up exactly it was, but it seemed like colors Cordelia would use. "We send them to attack our Ethan Rayne," she began.

"What makes you so sure they'd do that?" Giles asked. "According to Buffy, you belong in Bad Guy Camp, so she won't listen to anything you say."

"Oh, she'll listen to this," Willow began, her voice filled with confidence as she walked over towards the Slayers. "Buffy, Faith," she whispered as she knelt down to her knees to be closer in height to the four year olds.

"What?" Faith asked angrily as she folded her hands across her chest. "We're not supposed to talk to you. You're the en-e-my."

Buffy nodded enthusiastically at Faith's comment. "You can't be here," she told Willow.

Willow sighed. "I'll leave, but I just wanted to let you know that the sleeping guy over there, um, took all the chocolate ice cream from the store!" she finished nervously. "What do you say to that?" she asked as she stood up.

Buffy looked over at Faith and the two of them exchanged the same angered look. "Tackle!" they both yelled happily as they ran over and pounced on Ethan, pulling at his hair and smacking the chaos worshipper's back.

"Amusing, isn't it?" Wesley asked as he looked over to Giles.

The elder Watcher gave a few laughs as he looked on, his eyes focused solely on Ethan and the Slayers. "I almost feel sorry for him," he whispered back. "Almost."

"Ow, ow," Ethan yelled as he regained consciousness. "What the bloody hell is going on here?" he asked as he struggled to free himself from the wrath of the four year olds. "Ah, Ripper, perhaps you can make it stop," he began as he saw Giles standing there.

Giles shrugged. "Perhaps I could," he began. "But I really don't want to," he added as he pulled up a seat for himself next to Cordelia.

"I'm begging you!" Ethan yelled. "I can't take any more of it!" he yelled as he tried to get Faith off of his back but found it impossible.

"Will you reverse the spell you put on them?" Giles asked.

"Yes, I swear!" Ethan yelled. "Anything, just get them to stop!"

Cordelia shook her head. "I'm not sure. He doesn't look trustworthy."

"I swear on my life!" Ethan amended.

Willow sighed as she moved closer to Giles's former friend, picking Faith off easily. "The ice cream's back," she whispered to Buffy.

"Ok," Buffy said as Willow placed Faith down next to Buffy. "Hey Faith, wanna play Superhero?" she asked. "You can be a hero too. We'll be the only two superheroes in the world!"

Faith smiled. "Ok! Let's play Hero Tag!" she suggested happily as she touched Buffy's arm lightly. "You're it!" she yelled as she began running away.

Buffy smiled as she began chasing Faith throughout the shop.

"Ok," Xander began. "We kept our end of the bargain, now it's your turn," he said to Ethan.

Ethan nodded as he climbed up onto the table and began chanting something that would turn the Slayers back to normal.

Faith and Buffy stopped in their tracks as a brilliant light engulfed the two of them. "Careful, the light's powerful," Ethan warned as he and the rest of the Scoobies shielded their eyes against it. The light disappeared and the two Slayers collapsed to the ground, reinstated in their proper twenty year old bodies, but with all the make-up and chocolate stains that covered their four year old selves.

"Um, Buffy? Faith?" Wesley began as he walked over towards them.

The brunette awoke with a yawn and began stretching her arms out in front of her. "Woah, this definitely is not jail," she began as she rose to her feet. "Hey B," she began as she saw Buffy's hazel eyes fluttering open.

"What's going on?" Buffy asked as she rubbed her eyes and stood up, using Faith for a bit of support until she reached her feet. Her eyes widened in horror as she saw Ethan Rayne perched on top of the table. "What's he doing here?" she asked.

"He was reversing a spell," Giles began.

"What kind of spell?" Faith asked.

"You two were little tiny four year old bints," Spike informed them with a sigh. "He reversed the spell after you attacked him."

"Oh," Buffy began as she brought her hand up to her face, frowning as she felt things there that definitely were not skin but something covering it. "What's on my face?" she asked hesitantly, not sure if she truly wanted to know the answer. "And where's Dawn?"

"Mostly make-up and chocolate," Anya answered as she tosses a small box of tissues at Buffy. "Faith will need those two," she added with a slight smile. "And Dawn's at Janice's once more."

Buffy nodded, relived that her sister was off in a relatively safe place. In Sunnydale, there are no truly safe places, but one can come close with the comforts of a house of a person who knows nothing about Sunnydale's true history. "Is there anything else I did when I was four? Any pain? Anything annoying?" she asked as she walked closer towards the main part of the store.

"Back pockets of your jeans," Anya began.

"What about them?" Buffy asked, sounding confused.

"You and Faith both stole the shop's entire selection of pendants. Pendants that are sitting in the back pockets of your jeans," Anya explained dutifully.

Faith and Buffy nodded as they walked over to the counter and began emptying their pockets, placing the merchandise on the counter. "Anything else?"

Cordelia shrugged as she stood up. "Well, we had to buy lots of things for you," she pointed out. "Something I'm sure Ethan will reimburse us for," she added as she turned and faced Ethan.

"I-I will?" Ethan asked.

Giles nodded. "You will," he declared strongly.

Ethan sighed. "Will you take checks?" he asked finally as he pulled the checkbook out of his pocket.

Willow, Tara, and Cordelia nodded as they began pulling the various receipts from Buffy and Faith related things and handed them to Ethan.

Ethan rolled his eyes as took the receipts and sat back down at the table to begin writing out the various checks. "Bugger," he mumbled.

"Crap," Cordelia muttered as she sensed a vision coming on. Within the instant, both of her hands flung up to her head as she began moving back and forth, both Wesley and Giles rushing to steady her.

"What's going on with her?" Anya asked worriedly.

"Visions," Wesley explained as Cordelia stopped. He let out a short sigh of relief as he wrapped an arm around her body. "How are you?" he asked. "What'd you see?"

"Ethan's demons attacking someone outside some place on Main, I think it was the Espresso Pump but I wouldn't swear to it," she began. "And I'm just going to the bathroom for a moment," she began as she reached for her purse, hoping that the small prescription bottle of Seltrex was still in there and hidden from sight.

"Right," Giles began. "It's right back there," he said as he pointed to the bathroom door.

Buffy sighed after removing as much of the make-up as she could. "Alright," she began as she turned to Faith. "Now that we're us again, I suppose we should go and kill these demons. You in?" she asked.

Faith nodded. "Hell yea. It's been a while since I've killed something."

"Right," Buffy said as she reached for some weapons, handing a few to Faith. "Anyone else coming?"

One by one, the Scoobies started arming themselves with weapons, save for Giles and Wesley. Giles wanted to stay behind and watch over Ethan while Wesley was waiting for Cordelia.

"Let's kick demon ass," Faith declared as she walked out of the shop, the others following close behind.