Chapter One

Giles and Anya are huddled behind the counter in the magic shop. Anya accidentally summoned a demon when she tried getting rid of the skeleton she conjured while trying to get rid of all the bunnies she materialized. Now they had at least fifty bunnies, a skeleton and a four-legged giant cat looking thing wondering around their store.

Giles was holding a book that contained a vanquishing spell. "Fatas… venga… mata…waray," he whispered. A blue light flashed through the store and the growling stopped. Giles and Anya looked at each other then peered over the counter. They stood up when they saw everything was gone. "Oh, that's better."

Anya rushed out from behind the counter and picked her ring up from the ground. "Oh, thank goodness." She slipped it back on her finger.

Giles came out from behind the counter. "I'm so sorry dear."

"No. Rupy, I'm sorry. You were right. That was the wrong book," Anya admitted.

"Oh… um…" Giles removed his glasses. "Yes, it was. But I'm, I'm still sorry."

"Don't leave me."

"Oh Anya." Giles walked over to her and kissed her, bending her over backward.

In the dark sewer they went into, Tara, Willow and Dawn look out from the pipe they were hiding in. Tara and Willow jumped down to the ground and looked around. The vampire that followed them appeared and growled with a smile. Willow grabbed Tara and they dropped onto the ground, Willow on top. The crystal Willow used to conjure the forget spell fell out of her pocket. Willow and Tara gazed into each other's eyes, not thinking about anything else.

"Hey, over here big guy," Xander said. "Check out this throbbing jugular."

The vampire walked over to Xander and tried to grab him. Xander punched him.

Dawn hopped out of the pipe and looked over to see the vampire punching Xander in the stomach. She saw a piece of wood on the ground and snatched it. The vampire punched Xander again in the stomach and then the face. He picked him up and threw Xander over a piece of pipe. Xander landed on the ground.

"Alex!" Dawn yelled, throwing him the stake.

Xander caught it and held the pointy end out. The vampire walked into it as he approached him. Xander and Dawn stared in disbelief as he turned to dust.

Willow and Tara were still on the ground, their faces inches apart. Tara reached up and brushed some hair from Willow's face. They both slightly smiled before Willow bent down to kiss Tara.

Xander stood up, groaning from the pain he was in. He looked down and saw the stone. He picked it up. "What's this?"

"I don't know," Dawn said. "One of those magic things? Maybe we should bring it to Rupert and Anya."

"Good idea." Xander placed the stone in his pocket.

Out on the street, Buffy and Spike were still fighting the vampires that attacked them at the magic shop. Spike was holding a vampire by the arms as Buffy kicked him and then punched him. He fell to the ground.

"Don't mess with Joan the vampire killer." A vampire tried backhanding her face but she caught it and twisted it behind his back. She took her stake and jammed it into his chest. He turned to dust. "I like this no mess no fuss thing."

Spike nodded and staked the vampire on the ground. "'Cept now I have to be careful whenever I use a pencil."

"I wonder if your Dad knows."

"Great. I didn't even think about that. That won't be a good conversation."

"Maybe he'll understand."

"Right, because all parents are used to their children telling them they're a vampire," Spike said sarcastically.

"He is a magic shop owner. That should give you special freak factor privileges," Buffy comforted.

Spike's face turned back to human. "Whoah. What just happened?" He felt his face. "Is it normal again?"

"Yeah," Buffy said confused. "How'd you do that?"

"I don't know." He kept touching his face, feeling no 'lumpies' or pointy fangs. "Maybe I won't even have to, as long as my face doesn't change in front of him."

"But you have to drink blood…. Don't you?"

"I don't know."

The shark demon approached them from behind.

"Whaoh!" Buffy screamed. She pulled Spike arm so he'd move away from him.

Spike turned his head and saw the disfigured thing. "Bloody hell!"

"You're an odd duck Mister Spike. Fighting your own kind ... palling around with a Slayer. And whoa, that suit! Chutzpah must be your middle name." He laughed weakly. "Uh, hey, look, um ... about our little debt problem, it's okay, I don't need the kittens."

"Why kittens?" Spike asked. "What would you want with kittens?" The thought was grasped once he finished his sentence.

"You were gonna eat little kitties?" Buffy asked sadly.

"No, because there's no debt. I'll just leave merrily and we'll never speak of this again." The shark waved goodbye and left.

Buffy and Spike watched him leave. "What in the world is that?"

"No bloody clue." After a beat Buffy punched his right arm. "Ow! What?"

"How could you bid forty cats to a thing that would eat them?"

"I don't know. I don't know who he was or why I owed him cats. Memory problem. We don't know who we are. Any of this ringing a bell?"

"Shut up Randy."

"Fine. Let's just go back to the magic shop. I don't want Dad to worry about me and give me the 'why didn't you call? I thought you were lying in a ditch somewhere' speech."

"Only it would be bitten by a vampire."

"Doesn't change the concept of the lecture." Buffy and Spike walked side by side and made small talk as they walked back to the Magic Box.