A/N this story has been edited a bit for grammar and hopefully an easier read on 05/05/07. I hope you like it.

Faith- The Misunderstood Slayer by Gina

Rating: R

Pairing: Willow/Faith

Copyright 2007

Disclaimer: I own nothing but enjoy trying to play with the characters a bit.

Feedback: yes please

Distribution: please ask

Summary: Faith wakes up in season four with someone to help her, and maybe someone to love.

A/N some of the conversations in chapter 1 are taken from (This Years Girl) and (Choices) having got the scripts from buffyworld

Chapter One

The machines hum in Faith's hospital room as an unseen figure stands next to the bed holding her hand. The woman had been coming there a couple times a week ever since Buffy helped put Faith in a coma, eight months ago. She would sit and talk to Faith, wondering why she even did this but feeling drawn to the dark slayer. The medical experts had categorically stated that Faith would never wake up but the woman kept going to see her nevertheless. What the woman was looking for was unknown to her but she had to continue with her visitations.

All Faith could do was lay motionless with vivid images swirling through her head. The images of her fighting a vampire, introducing herself to Buffy and the eventful night of the stabbing pounded their way through her mind like a well-oiled machine. One of the most vivid images was being in the Mayor's Office. "Open your present." The Mayor says with a smile.

Faith: opens the gift, "This is a thing of beauty, boss." She looks happy to receive the nice looking knife. At that moment, she felt as though she truly had a family.

"That look on your face is my reward," says the mayor clapping his hands together. This image was the only one her mind could replay that showed some semblance of anyone who cared for the dark slayer. No matter what, she believed that he cared for her and in his own twisted way, he did.

As the woman sits watching Faith, the scenes in her mind continue to play out. Faith hears Giles' voice from what seems far away and long ago. "We have a rogue Slayer on our hands. I can't think of anything more dangerous." As Faith hears Giles speak, she sees the image of her and Buffy fighting on a rooftop. Buffy punches her then plunges a knife into her gut. Faith sees a truck below and takes a plunge onto its bed.

The woman sees Faith's hands begin to twitch, as the scene in Faith's head moves to her in a bed. The scene is during the first hours of her coma because the mayor is standing next to the bed. "It's a wonder she's alive at all with the blood loss. There's virtually no chance that she'll ever regain consciousness." A doctor says, as the mayor grows visibly upset.

The scene in her head quickly changes to blood dripping from Faith onto the bed. She and Buffy look at the knife in Faith's gut. "Are you ever gonna take this thing out?" Faith asks, as Buffy rips it out causing Faith to flinch in pain.

As the scenes plague Faith's mind, the woman looks at the monitors that display Faith's vital signs. She then looks sadly at Faith lying on the bed motionless. She gets nervous and leaves the room, as lightening strikes.

Faith's mind travels back to a picnic with the mayor. "Think it's gonna rain?" she asks.

"Nonsense, it is a beautiful day. Now eat your sandwich." The mayor says cheerfully.

"I dunno; it just always seems like it starts raining about now." Faith is expecting something to happen, as it always seems to in her life when things were looking up. She knew that the Mayor was evil but the sense of family was within him and that is what made Faith feel comfortable. She lacked a sense of what family was for her entire life and, oddly, he was showing her what family meant.

"You're too young and too pretty a girl to start wearing worry lines on your face." The Mayor says and picks a worm off the blanket. "Hey there, little fella; I dunno where you belong, but it's not here with us." He smiles and chuckles putting the worm back in the dirt. "There you go. Y'see, there's nothing gonna spoil our time together. Who wants cheesecake?" He laughs as Faith looks down and smiles, then she suddenly looks up behind the Mayor.

"No!" She screams as Buffy comes up behind the Mayor and runs him through with Faith's knife.

Faith's head then plays out the scene of Faith in the bed, followed by running through a graveyard with Buffy chasing her wielding the knife she used during her tenure with the mayor. Then Faith falls into an open grave with Buffy looking down at her. Buffy fades as Faith claws her way out of the grave looking up into the stormy night.

Suddenly, Faith's eyes snap open. She finds herself listening to the various noises and looking at the monitors. She quickly decides that this is a much better surrounding than fighting with the overwhelming images that played out in her mind for the last eight months. She lifts her hand up and clenches it into a fist. "She wanted to kill me, she wanted to take my slayer right," Faith says angrily and throws the covers aside. She then rips out the monitor wires and exits the room.

As she is walking down the hall, a Woman comes up to her. "Excuse me, you know how to get to third floor west?"

"What?" Faith asks still a bit befuddled.

"I see, do you need some help or something?" The woman questions Faith.

"Graduation," Faith speaks slowly but with urgency in her voice.

"What?" The woman looks confused.

"Graduation, I gotta get to Sunnydale High School graduation," Faith grows more upset as she speaks.

"Well, you can't, I mean, Sunnydale High School isn't even there anymore." The woman states wondering what happened to this young lady.

Faith's eyes grow dark and nervous. "What day is it?"

The woman stares at her, "Friday."

Faith begins to grow angry, "What date? The date!"

The woman looks a bit frightened. "February 25th, maybe I should get you a nurse."

Faith feels the rage within begin to boil. "What happened to the school?"

"Well, it was a tragedy really, lots of students died. The Principal, the Mayor, I really think maybe I should get you some help." The woman shuffles her feet nervously, as she looks at Faith.

Faith's face shows rage at hearing the mayor had died. "Here's you some help," she punches the woman in the face a few times. She then kicks her in the ribs, knocks her out, and undresses her. She then quickly puts the woman's clothes on and rushes out of the hospital.

- - - - - - - -

The Scoobies are at Giles' discussing their next plan on how to handle Adam, as Faith stands outside the window watching them. The phone rings and Buffy gets it. After a brief moment, Buffy looks at the gang. "It's Faith, she's awake." The gang has various looks of surprise on their faces but Willow's face details an utter look of shock. "She beat someone up, took her clothing, and disappeared out of the hospital. Nobody knows where she is."

"I'd say this qualifies for a worst Timing Ever award," Xander says sarcastically. "What do we do? I'd hate to see the pursuit of a homicidal lunatic get in the way of pursuing the hybrid homicidal lunatic." Xander stops babbling and takes notice that Willow seems to have neither comment nor input.

"The initiative has good facilities to lock someone away," Riley offers. "From what you've told me, this one is a winner."

"Evil," Willow finally speaks up. "The initiative is the object of evil, Faith is human and like it or not, she's a slayer." She rises and leaves the room quickly, leaving all occupants of the room's mouths agape.

"So we get Faith and take her to the initiative," Buffy says flatly.

"I am in charge now, I will see to it she's treated as fairly as any other prisoner and keep her away from Adam." Riley says in a rather defiant manly tone.

"My fear is she may decide to join Adam's forces." Giles says agreeing to the plan of the moment.

- - - - - - - - -

Willow stands off to the side of the Summers home, remembering. She is in the Mayor's office looking at the Books of Ascension. "Check out the bookworm," Faith says taunting the redhead.

Willow looks up trying to hide her fear. "Faith!"

"Anyone with brains, anyone who knew what was going to happen to her, would try to claw their way out of this place. But you, you just can't stop Nancy Drew-ing,

can you? Guess now you know too much and that kinda just naturally leads to killing." Faith says moving closer to Willow.

"Faith, wait, I want to talk to you." Willow says in her classic high-pitched voice.

"Oh yeah? Give me the speech again please. Faith, we're still your friends. We can help you. It's not too late." Faith sounds less than amused.

"It's way too late, you know, it didn't have to be this way. But you made your choice. I know you had a tough life. I know that some people think you had a

lot of bad breaks. Well, boo hoo! Poor you. You know, you had a lot more in your life than some people. I mean, you had friends in your life like Buffy. Now you

have no one. You were a Slayer and now you're nothing. You're just a big selfish, worthless waste." Willow is proud of herself for being so brave with her little speech.

The pride quickly fades however, when she sees the cold stare in Faith's eyes. Before Willow can react, Faith punches her in the jaw and Willow falls to the ground. "You hurt me, I hurt you. I'm just a little more efficient. You're begging for some deep pain," Faith hisses in an enraged tone.

"I'm not afraid of you." Willow speaks in a defiant manner, though inwardly cringes.

Faith pulls out the shiny knife. "Let's see what we can do about that." Willow flinches but Faith keeps holding the knife to her neck and staring into her eyes. "You know nothing red, cept how Buffy and her prep band of demon fighters only want you around when you have something to contribute to their cause. You know nothing cept your wolf boyfriend likes you until a pretty girl catches his attention, think I don't know he hasn't screwed you! I could smell the wolf all over you if he had."

Faith moves as close as she can to Willow and looks deep into her eyes. "I never tried to hurt you Red, never, till you tried to hurt me because that's how the game goes. B and them hurt me by trying to turn me over to those freak show watchers because I made a mistake! I becha if B had killed that guy she would have been protected!" Faith's rage is at a boiling point, as she hits Willow again. "Am I wrong tough girl?"

Willow's steel begins to break. She knows that Oz likes her but there was something missing and she had always felt like baggage to the gang unless they needed something. Faith was the chosen slayer now and Willow began to realize where they had all gone wrong. "Faith," she says in a low shaky voice. "I'm sorry, you are right.," Her tone of voice becomes more hurt-filled then anything, as the tears begin to fall.

"So why you gonna cry about it Red? That'll get you real far." Faith moves Willow's hand from her jaw and sees just how much damage she has done. While a part of her feels bad for punching Willow, another part of her screams to let the feeling slide. They hurt her and deserved to be hurt in return. That was how Faith was brought up to think from childhood and she couldn't allow a group of people to change that line of thinking now.

Willow so wanted to keep her brief tough act up. It was the first time she had ever mustered such courage, though be it short lived, but she couldn't. All she could do was cry and chastise herself for showing such vulnerability to the dangerous slayer. "Ever since I can remember," Willow says in a small quivering voice. "Nobody liked me for one reason or other. Then I got with Oz and thought I could play with Xander. That was just one stupid mistake of many."

Willow takes a deep breath before she continues to speak. "Oz never treated me like a teenage girlfriend, more like a kid he had to protect and Xander was just testing his male hormones. Then there is Cordy, Who never thought much of me. I think Buffy felt sorry for me and I hate pity. Then you came to town and I thought you would take what little time Buffy shared with me away, I got to patrol and stuff till you came but you're the only one who never acted like you had to treat me special." Willow stops her babble fest and looks down at the floor. She realizes that she had probably just made the worst mistake of her life confiding in Faith.

"Naw Red, I'll treat you just like I treat everyone else, just don't try to hurt me again," having said that, Faith, in her classic unpredictable mode, leans down and plants a big long sensuous kiss on the redhead. "B likes ya Red, she'll trade the box of spiders that can help destroy the world all for you. You got something' I never had, family." She walks out without another word.

Willow shakes her head out of the memories, knowing that kiss, that night did something to her. She knew it was wrong each time she had gone to the hospital to see Faith but she couldn't help it. "Hey there Red, are you out here spying trying to find the psycho-slayer?" Faith looks at Willow with those deep brown eyes. The eyes that danced off the moonlight captivating everything in their view, according to Willow's thought process.