A/N: thanks to everyone who's reading and reviewing this. please don't hate me when you find out what I wanted to do with this one. i make it work so it shouldn't be too bad.

Giles walked through the courtyard of Terminal City. He spotted Xander with a man he'd never seen before. Giles walked up to him. "Hey G-man." Xander said.

Giles sighed. He hated it when Xander called him that. "Hello Xander. Where's Buffy?" Giles asked.

"Oh I think she's in Max's office. I'll show you." Xander said heading for the main building.

"I'm coming too." Sketchy said running after Xander. "So what's his deal?" Sketchy asked once he caught up to him.

"Oh him, that's Giles, he's Buffy's watcher." Xander said.

"Oh." Sketchy said.

"She's in here." Xander said once they got to Max's office.

Giles nodded. "Thank you Xander."

"No problem." Xander said as he and Sketchy followed Giles into the room.

"Giles." Buffy said smiling.

"Hi Buffy."

"Are you gonna introduce us?" Max asked.

"Oh yeah, Giles this is Max. Max this is Giles, my watcher." Buffy said.

Zack leaned against a corner of the room. "What's a watcher do?" Zack asked.

"They train the slayer and well I don't know about other watcher's but Giles is really good at prophecies and he can read a lot of different languages." Xander said.

"Oh maybe you could decipher these for me." Max said standing up and showing Giles her runes.

Giles examined the runes on her arms. "When did they first appear?" Giles asked.

"The original ones appeared about a week before White attacked Jam Pony but these..." Max said slipping off her shirt revealing new runes on her back. "These, they showed up a few days before all of you showed up." Max said.

Giles examined the runes on Max's back. "Oh no. I was afraid of this." Giles said more or less to himself.

"What Giles? What do they say?" Buffy asked.

Giles looked up at Buffy. He sighed and rummaged through his suitcase until he found the book he was looking for. "Why don't you just tell us what they say? Why get some book out?" Max asked.

"Because the full prophecy hasn't shown up yet but its all right here in this book." Giles said opening the book to the right page.

"Prophecy? What prophecy?" Max asked.

"Twelve soldiers will escape their prison, among them, The Special One. A great power will face its darkest hour. Years later, The Special One, will receive the prophecy before she meets with the Slayer, the vampire with a soul, and three powerful sister witches. The First will rise again. The Special One will have to fight along side her new allies." Giles read.

"The First? But I thought we killed him." Buffy asked.

"Apparently not and now he's back. And I'm sure he's not happy." Giles said. "Max, you said they appeared before we all showed up. Am I right?" Giles asked Max.

Max nodded. "Yeah after Syl & Krit showed up with Buffy and her friends, and Jondy & Zane showed up with they're friends, Piper, Phoebe, and Paige. Why?" Max asked.

"Piper, Phoebe, and Paige, are they?" Giles asked.

"Sisters? Yeah." Max replied.

"I think we need to find everyone and bring them here. They need to know this." Giles said.

"Alright, I'll go find them." Max said.

"I'll come with you." Buffy said getting up from the couch.

"Ok fine." Max said walking out the door.

Buffy followed her. "I'll go find my friends. You go find Piper, Phoebe, and Paige." Buffy said.

"Ok." Max said. The two then headed in different directions.

Buffy found Willow and Original Cindy up in Willow's room. "Hey Will, we kind of need you." Buffy said walking into the room.

"Oh hey Buffy. What's going on?" Willow asked.

"Giles just got here and he needs us to meet him." Buffy said.

"Ok sure. You wanna come too Cindy?" Willow asked turning to her new friend.

"Sure." Cindy said getting up off the bed.

"You know where Dawn is? Or Syl or Krit?" Buffy asked.

"Dawn's with her new friend Dalton and Syl and Krit I think are with Jondy and Zane." Willow said getting up off the bed as well.

"Ok well we need to find them too. Dawn anyway, Max'll probably find Syl and Krit." Buffy said. "Come on, lets go." Buffy said walking out the door followed by Willow and OC.

Max walked into the sisters' room. "Hey Phoebe. You know where Piper and Paige are?" Max asked.

"Oh hey Max. Um, yeah Paige is with Alec and Piper's with Leo. Why?" Phoebe asked.

"Oh Buffy's friend, Giles, needs to see everyone about some prophecy." Max said.

"Prophecy, huh?" Phoebe said.

"Yeah from what Giles said it involves all of us." Max said.

"Ok well lets go find them then." Phoebe said walking over to Max.

Dawn was with Dalton in Gem's room playing with Gem's baby. Buffy, Willow, and OC walked in. Dawn looked up from her spot on the floor. "Oh hey guys. What's up?" Dawn asked.

"Dawn, we need you to come with us. Giles has something he wants to tell us." Willow said.

"Oh ok. Can Dalton come too?" Dawn asked.

"Sure why not. From what Giles said we're gonna need everyone's help." Buffy said.

"Ok come on Dalton. See you later Gem." Dawn said standing up.

"Bye Dawn." Gem said as she watched them all leave.

Max and Phoebe found Piper and Leo down in the courtyard with Syl, Krit, Jondy, and Zane. "Hey guys." Phoebe said.

"Hey Pheebs." Jondy greeted.

"We need you guys. A friend of Buffy's, Giles, he needs to see us all." Max said.

"Oh Giles. What's he want?" Syl asked.

"It's about some prophecy." Max said.

"Oh." Syl said.

"Yeah. Angel, Xander, Zack, and Sketchy are already up in my office." Max said.

"We still need to find Paige." Phoebe said.

"Oh I think I saw her and Alec go that way." Piper said pointing towards the parking garage.

"Ok thanks Piper." Phoebe said.

"No problem. Let's go." Piper said standing up from her seat on the picnic table.

"You and Leo go with them. We'll meet you guys in Max's office." Jondy said.

"Yeah us too." Syl said.

Max, Phoebe, Piper, and Leo walked into the parking garage and found Paige and Alec at a picnic table in there. Paige lying on top and Alec sitting on the bottom. They walked up to them. "Hey guys." Phoebe said.

Paige sat up. "Oh hey." Paige said.

"We need you guys. Giles has something to tell everyone." Max said.

Paige gave her sisters a look. "Giles is a friend of Buffy's." Phoebe clarified.

"Oh well then let's go." Paige said hopping off the table. She grabbed Alec's hand and they followed the others up to Max's office.

Max and the others walked into her office. "Oh good you're all here." Giles said.

"Yeah but what is it that you needed to see all of us?" Willow asked.

"See Max has these runes on her body. New ones appeared before we all showed up." Giles said.

"Ok but what did they say?" Willow asked.

"It was a prophecy. It hasn't all shown up yet but I have it in one of my books." Giles said picking up the book again and reading from it, "The Special One, will receive the prophecy before she meets with the Slayer, the vampire with a soul, and three powerful sister witches. The First will rise again and she will have to fight along side her new allies."

"The First but I thought..." Willow trailed off.

"So did I Will, but I guess we didn't kill him after all." Buffy said.

"Sorry but what exactly is The First?" Phoebe asked.

Buffy looked at Giles. "Want me to explain?" Buffy asked him.

"Sure." Giles said.

Buffy turned back to the others. "The First is the essence of evil. It's pure evil. It's the reason evil existence. We've fought it before and we thought we killed it but apparently we just wounded it and really pissed it off." Buffy said. "We lost people during that battle as well." Buffy said.

"Wow." was all Phoebe said.

"How's it operate?" Piper asked.

"It manipulates people. It can only appear in the form of someone who's died. No one's every seen The First's true form." Buffy explained.

"I think this'll be even bigger then the last time we fought it." Giles said.

"You really think so?" Buffy asked.

"Yeah I do. I think he was just warming up before. We're going to really need to prepare this time." Giles said.

"Well we can always set up more training areas. If that would help." Max offered.

"That would be great." Giles said. "We're going to need to let everyone know as well. This is going to be bigger then any of you have ever faced." Giles added.

"Ok we'll do that." Max said. "Zack, Alec, do you mind setting up more areas for training? And I'll tell the others what's going on." Max asked.

"No problem Max." Alec said.

"If it would help I can check with Darryl, he's a cop friend of ours, and see if they've been any unusual deaths lately. I mean I know he's still in San Francisco but if this is gonna be as big as you say then maybe the vampires and demons might be more active." Piper offered.

"That would be great..." Giles said trying to come up with a name.

"Piper. My name's Piper. And I'll go call Darryl now." Piper said leaving the room.

"Leo, why don't you go check with the Elders? See if they know anything." Phoebe suggested.

"Alright." Leo said then orbed out.

"Logan's got this cop friend. He's help us out in the past. Maybe Logan can check with him and see if they've been any strange deaths here in Seattle." Max suggested. Since Max had gotten together with Zack, she hadn't actually talked to Logan that much. It just seemed too awkward for both of them but she figured if he could help she'd just have to deal with it.

"That would be good Max." Giles said.

"I could go on the net and see if I can find anything in other places." Willow suggested.

"That would help too Willow. Thanks." Giles said.

"Do you have a computer I can use?" Willow asked Max.

"Uh, yeah Logan's computer's hooked up to the internet. Why don't you come with me when I ask him about his cop friend.?" Max said.

"Ok fine, I'll do that." Willow said.

"I'll come with you. Maybe I'll find something you might miss." Cindy said.

"Ok come on. Let's go." Max said walking out the door.

"We'll go set up some more training areas. Come on Alec." Zack said following the girls out the door.

A/N: so what do you guys think? any good? let me know. i hope you guys still like this story and will keep reading it. there'll be more shipper stuff in the next few chapters i just wanted to get this out first.