Turning the Tables

Part 15

A/N: This is the last chapter. 15 is a nice round number so…I've decided to end it. It was nice having you along for the ride!

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SUNNYDALE HIGH LIBRARY

"'Surprise'?" Xander stared at the writing scrawled across the library door. What was the surprise? He pushed the doors open and saw Giles seated at one of the back tables, "Hey G-man! What am I surprised about?"

Giles did nothing. He just stared at the book laid out in front of him.

"Giles?" Xander walked closer. What was up with Giles? Then he noticed something. Giles neck looked sort of…strange. Oh god…he ran forward, "Giles!" He touched his shoulder. Giles fell sideways, dead eyes staring.

Oh god…oh god…morbid curiosity peaked, he glanced down at the book that was one the table. It was the 'Sunnydale High Yearbook', just printed. It was open to the Staff page. There was a bloody 'X' through both Giles and Principal Snyder's pictures. And in cheerful loopy writing he recognized as Buffy's…'Two down.'

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SUNNY HEIGHTS

"That was totally unfair," Willow complained, "just running off and killing him. Not giving anyone else a turn."

"I told you Pent, it's part of the plan."

"Plan schman," she poked half-heartedly at Angel, "I wanted to play."

"I'm sure we'll all get our turn, luv," Spike fingered a dagger and pressed it experimentally to Angel's arm. He winced as the trickle of blood ran down.

"Exactly Spike. There are still three Scoobies left. That's plenty to go around."

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ESPESSO PUMP

"It's three of them against three of us. That is so totally unfair," Cordelia complained. Xander gave her a strange look.

"In what dimension did you learn math, Cordy?"

"Apparently the same one where you learned about fighting, Harris. They're vampires. Which makes 3-3 completely tipped in their favor."

"She's got a point," Oz spoke for the first time since they had arrived. Xander sighed.

"I know, I know. It's just…"

"You don't want to think about how badly we're gonna be slaughtered if we go against them?" Cordy offered.

"Thank you for the vote of confidence."

"We need a plan," Oz stated the obvious.

"I know what else we need…"

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SUNNYDALE PUBLIC LIBRARY (Construction)

Buffy waited. They would come. She knew it. Stupid mortals…they would always return to the same place of tragedy.

Sure enough, it wasn't long before she heard footsteps.

"Hello Xander," she smiled at the look of shock she imagined on his face.

"Hey Buff."

"Have you come to stake me?" She turned to see him clutching his stake in a trembling hand.

"Maybe."

"Don't play games with me, Xander. You're my bestest friend. That I haven't killed yet, of course." Xander let out a harsh bark of laughter.

"That's me. Last man standing."

"Not for long," Buffy smiled toothily at him, "I'm afraid you've been tricked." Spike and Willow both emerged from the shadows, cutting off any escape routes. Xander spun around, looking wildly for some way to get away. There was nothing. He turned back and hung his head. His shoulders began to shake.

"Oh please," Willow rolled her eyes, "tell me he isn't crying."

"He isn't," Xander looked up, trying very hard to stop his laughter.

"What's so funny?" Buffy asked suspiciously tilting her head.

"Well, Buffy…I'm afraid you are the one who's been tricked." Now Cordelia, Oz and Faith came into view. Each was aiming a crossbow at one of the vampires.

Buffy and Willow both hissed and Spike growled. They had been tricked. All their planning…to wreak havoc throughout the world…it was all over. They were going to be dust. They would never leave Sunnydale.

"Now, I think we're about even."

"Even?" Buffy snorted, "A guy with a stake and three with crossbows. How is that even?"

"Well…we don't really want to hurt you. Besides Spike." Spike scoffed. "So…we're going to give you a chance."

"A chance? What kind of a chance?" Xander sighed. It was wrong. He knew it was wrong but…

"Leave. Leave Sunnydale, don't come back and we'll call it even." He was loosing three extremely dangerous vampires on the rest of the world but…he couldn't bring himself to just kill Buffy and Willow.

The vampires looked at each other. It was embarrassing. To be 'let go' like animals. But…when the other option was dust in the wind…

"We'll take it." Buffy said, "We'll grab our stuff and get out of here."

"No," Xander shook his head, "No stuff. Just leaving."

"But-" Willow started but he shook his head. Her spells! Where was she going to get another book? And Wesley and Angel! She didn't want to leave her toys!

"Come on," Spike grunted, "Let's go, girls."

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SOMEWHERE IN THE PACIFIC OCEAN

Spike took a drag on his cigarette then offered it to Buffy. She passed it on to Willow who threw it into the ocean and watched until her vampire eyes couldn't see it anymore. They had boarded the first ship leaving…headed for Japan. Willow had always wanted to go to Japan.

"What do Japanese people taste like?" Buffy asked, after making sure there were no humans walking around on deck to overhear them. Very few people would be walking the decks in the middle of the night but one could never be too careful. It would be so easy for them to get put somewhere they couldn't hide from the sun.

"I dunno," Spike shrugged, "Sort of like Chinese. A little spicier. Fishy." Buffy nodded then directed her attention to the horizon. She couldn't see land anymore, not even with enhanced vision. Sunnydale was gone. Possibly forever.

"Do you think they found the boys?" Willow asked. The other two shrugged. Willow sighed. It would be a shame for two such fun toys to die. Angel wouldn't of course…but he could become a blood-sucking skeleton if he was stuck long enough. That would have been interesting to see.

"I hope I like Asia," Buffy ignored the other girl.

"I hope so too, luv. We might be there for a while."

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ESPRESSO PUMP

"A rash of unexplained murders has swept Japan," Cordy commented from the computer she was searching on. Xander sighed.

"I knew they would just go off and start killing people elsewhere but…I couldn't kill them, you know?" In a rare flash of empathy Cordy nodded and put her hand on Xander's arm soothingly.

"Hey guys." Oz walked over, bearing coffee. They sat in silence for a few moments, sipping their coffees and thinking. Then Oz spoke again, "Has anybody seen Faith lately?"

End

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