Ch 1

A New Beginning

After the death of Willow and Xander, the group seemed to be empty. That soon changed when Oz, a member of a band that frequents the Bronze, was bitten by a werewolf. After coming to grips with his affliction, he began making it a habit to visit the library. And not just during the phase of full moon, when he had to be restrained.

Another new member to join the Scooby gang was Amy. After being caught trying to do a vengeance spell on a teacher who gave her an "F" on a report, she also began to hang around the old gang once again. After all, it was Buffy who saved her from her vengeful mother, who now is trapped inside a cheerleading trophy.

The key word to Amy's vengeance spell on her teacher is "tried." Her mother may have been a very powerful witch, but Amy still isn't quite able to do much more than a few tricks.

Bright and early on a Monday morning, everyone was making their way to class at Sunnydale High School. Buffy, Cordelia and Amy made their way to their first period class. Buffy struggled as she tries to organize and separate her papers before reaching the classroom.

"It's not fair. Slayers shouldn't have to do homework. How am I supposed to patrol and do a history report at the same time?" Buffy complains.

Cordelia quickly chimes in, "I don't know why you are complaining, I had to wait for over an hour looking for Devon to show at the Bronze! He better have a damn good excuse when I see him."

Amy smiles at the thought of Cordelia being stood up by Devon again.

The three enter the classroom just as the bell rings. The teacher begins his lecture as they reach their seats.

Amy whispers to Cordelia, "I could turn him into a rat if you want me to." A grin spreads across her face.

"You mean there is actually a spell you can do without screwing up?" Cordelia says sarcastically with a smile.

Amy ignores the statement and slouches back angrily at her desk with her arms crossed.

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Deep beneath the surface of Sunnydale, Drusilla walks up behind spike and gently runs her fingers across his back. Spike turns to see his girl, standing there wearing her long old fashion white gown.

"Dru, why are you up walking around, you know you're weak."

"I got lonely," she pouts.

"I'm sorry pet, I shouldn't have left you alone," he says as he kisses her on the cheek.

"You're forgiven," She smiles.

Spike leads Drusilla back to her room, carrying her in his arms and gently lays her down on their bed. Drusilla looks up at spike as she asks, "When will I get to play outside?"

"It's still day love, you will have plenty of time to play when night falls. But remember, I don't want you ever going to the surface without me. It's too dangerous. I don't want to see you get hurt."

Drusilla smiles at spike's concern as she gently strokes his hair. "Don't worry, I'll be careful."

Xander eyes them carefully from a distance and walks over toward Willow. "I don't trust them!" he says irately.

Willow wraps her arms around him. "You don't trust anybody," she pouts, "Besides, he did say he has killed two slayers in his time. He could be very useful."

"I don't want Buffy dead, not yet at least. I want to have a little fun with her first," Xander grins.

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In the library Giles and Jenny exchange smiles, continuing their discussion when Oz walks in.

Giles looks at Oz and then his watch, "Right on time," he remarks as he opens the gated door.

Oz smiles as he walks in gated book storage area. "I try my best."

Buffy, Cordelia and Amy walk into the library just as Giles locks the gate. Amy heads straight to the occult section as she usually does, while Cordelia lets out a heavy sigh and plops her books on the table close to one of the bookshelves.

"Someone should really make a formal complaint to the school on how much homework they are allowed to assign!" Cordelia gripes.

Buffy just smiles as she listens to Cordelia's complaint. "Who is going to do wolf watch tonight?" Buffy asks Giles.

"Don't worry about it, Jenny and I will have watch for tonight."

"Great," Buffy perks up. "Makes more free time for me." With a bounce in her step Buffy picks up her purse and heads out the door. "I've got some serious bronzing to do."

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At the bronze Buffy looks around anxiously for Angel. It doesn't take long before she sees him across the room.

"Angel," she calls out to him. "Glad you could finally make it."

"Well, kind of had to wait for the whole night thing to come around, sorry if that got in the way," he kids.

Buffy leads Angel to the dance floor lightly by one hand. The two begin to slow dance. Leaning her head on his shoulder she says, "It's nice to finally be able to relax with you. Things have been so stressful with…" she pauses. "with everything that has happened."

"I know," he says softly.

The two continue to dance, while spike, Drusilla and a few other vampires walk into the bronze unnoticed. Spike scans the room, Xander points out Buffy to him.

"So that's the slayer," Spike replies surprised. "And dancing with Angelus," he laughs lightly to himself.

"Angel," Drusilla says softly with excitement.

"Remember, no killing, not yet!" Xander reminds spike. "We don't need them sending out a new slayer any time soon." He looks at Buffy, "At least I know this one doesn't have the guts to do me in," he says with a grin as he exits the Bronze.

Spike eyes the slayer carefully.

The song ends and Buffy and Angel walk side by side as they leave the bronze. Spike follows closely with Drusilla by his side, it is then that Spike puts his game face on.

"Well well well, Angel, never guessed you would be the slayers lap dog."

Angel jerks around, recognizing the voice. "Spike!"

"You know each other?" Buffy says surprised.

"Hello Angel," Drusilla chimes.

Angel finds it hard to even look her in the eye after all he has done to her in the past but manages to say to spike, "What are you doing in Sunnydale!"

"Well, I can't let you have all the fun, now can I. Dru and I are moving in. And you better keep an eye on your girlfriend, cause you might find her dead on your doorstep if you don't," he says with a smile, baring his fangs.

Angel quickly responds, "Now I don't want to start any trouble with you! If you know what's good for you, you will take Dru and leave town now!"

"You don't frighten me Angelus," Spike says.

Angel angrily grabs spike by the collar of his jacket and shoves him into the wall. Showing his vamp face, "Now, do I frighten you?!"

Spike simply laughs as he yanks Angel's grip off of his jacket. "Come on Dru" He then looks over at Angel and Buffy. "This isn't over! Not by a long shot!" He continues laughing as he walks off, his arm around Drusilla.

Buffy looks at Angel, "Care to fill me in?"

Angel then informs Buffy of Spike and Drusilla, and how dangerous he is and that he has killed two slayers in his past. They then return to the library where they inform Giles and Jenny.

Giles takes off his glasses and cleans them. "This is the last thing we need." The gate rattles in the background as Oz, in his wolf form, knocks up against it.

"Tell me about it," Buffy says, crossing her arms.

Angel walks up next to her. "This guy is definitely no joking matter. My suggestion is to stay away from him. I'll do the fighting if needed."

"That serious huh?" Buffy asks.

Angel gives her a serious glance.

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Cordelia pulls up in front of her house and parks on the side of the street, running over half the curb in the process. Driving never was a strong suit for Cordelia. Putting the car in park she takes her keys out of the ignition and grabs her purse.

"Stupid Devon, I swear, this is the last time I put up with him!" she mumbles to herself as she steps out of her car.

A dark figure steps from beneath the shadows. "Hello Cordelia," Xander grins. "Miss me?"

Cordelia gasps in horror, dropping her keys. She tries to quickly kneel down and grab them but Xander swiftly kicks them far under her car.

Xander shakes his head. "Tsk tsk, aren't you happy to see your old boyfriend." An evil grin spreads as he begins to lean in closer to her.

Cordelia tries to back away, "Um, aren't you with Will?" she sputters out, trying to sound calm, when in fact her head is spinning.

Xander smiles, " Willow is ok, but she is no Cordelia Chase." He then looks hungrily at her.

"You know what, you really shouldn't try to make any sudden moves, cause Buffy and angel are on their way here!" Cordelia lies.

"I'd like to see them try and stop me." Xander then morphs to his vamp face and lunges at her. Cordelia dodges Xander and quickly runs to the front door of her house; turning the doorknob franticly the door refuses to open. She then cries as she continues to try and open the door.

"NO!" she screams out as she realizes it is locked.

Cordelia quickly turns around and looks side to side. Not seeing Xander anywhere in sight she quickly makes a mad dash back to her car as she kneels down and attempts to reach under the car, feeling around, trying to find the keys for what seemed like forever. Cordelia finally feels something metal beneath the car, "Yes!" she says as she pulls the keys out. As she turns around she is faced with Xander standing in front of her.

"So where's Buff." He says smiling. "I think someone's bluffing."

Cordelia just stands there, wide eyed with fear, unable to speak.

"Too bad, we could have had our self a reunion," he laughs.

"Please, let me go. You don't want to hurt me, a part of you must realize that," she cries.

"Hmm, you're right Cordy I can't hurt you. That's why I am going to let you go."

"Really?" she says with a whimper.

"No!" Xander laughs. "God Cordelia, you are still so gullible. But don't worry; this will only hurt, a lot!"

Xander leans into Cordelia's neck as she squirms franticly. Suddenly Xander feels a horrid force and jerk back. He looks to see Amy standing there holding a wooden cross in front of her. Xander growls angrily.

"Back off creep!" Amy says in a stern voice.

Xander growls again, exposing his fangs as the cross is shoved in front of him.

Cordelia quickly unlocks her car door while Amy still holds Xander back with the cross.

"Get in!" Cordy yells out.

Amy quickly opens the passenger door and jumps in.

Xander roars out "Damn it!" as he watches the car drive off.

Cordelia increases her speed, trying to get as far away as she can.

"Um, Cordelia, you can slow down now," Amy remarks as she stuffs the wooden cross back into her purse.

"Oh, right," she says as she eases off the gas. "So what are you doing here anyways?"

"Some thank you for saving your life!" Amy says sarcastically.

"Sorry," Cordelia says, still keeping her eyes on the road.

"I was bored, I was coming over hoping you might change your mind and let me turn Devon into a rat," she says with a shrug.

"Well you certainly do have good timing!" Cordelia says as she pulls her car in front of the school.

The entire Scooby gang is lounging in the library when Amy and Cordelia swing the doors open.

"I should of known you dorks would still be here," Cordelia says as she enters.

"Nice to see you too," Buffy says.

Giles slides his glasses on, "Um, Cordelia, is their something you need. We are kind of in the middle of something."

"Oh its no big deal, I was only attacked by Xander!"

Everyone's attention picks up. Giles looks at her with concern. "Good lord, are you alright?"

"Yeah, thanks to Amy," Cordelia sits down near the table.

"At least everyone is alright," Jenny says.

"Yes, but for how long!" Cordy says angrily.

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Xander enters the sewers furious over Cordelia's. Willow walks up to him, "where have you been?" she asks suspiciously.

"No where important, just needed to take a walk to clear my head." He then put his arms around Willow and kisses her to reassure her.