Disclaimer: The Covenant and Buffy the Vampire Slayer are not of my own creation. They belong to Sony Pictures / J.S. Cardone & Joss Whedon.
Summary: His remains weren't found in ruins left by the burnt down barn. No one knew what happened to him or where he went, but he was back now and intent on draining the power of the one person he underestimated...
PhoenixRae's Notes: First & foremost I'd like to take this chance to thank each and everyone of you who are currently enjoying this fic. As far as the pairings are concerned...well, I'm still uncertain who will end up with whom, but based on whatever hints I'm dropping, I'm pretty sure you can guess who is who's love interest. -winks-
XI. Who Did This?
FAITH AND REID DIDN'T REGAIN consciousness until the following day. Both were still feeling sore from the fight they had, but thanks to Willow's special brew it helped ease the brunt of the pain they ought to be feeling at the moment. Reid didn't mind staying in bed the rest of the day, but Faith had be to threatened by Buffy and the rest of the household since the brunette Slayer wanted to get up and patrol and hunt down the person responsible for her and Reid's current state.
"How's Faith?" Caleb asked when he ran into Buffy in the kitchen.
The petite blonde seemed jumpy, especially around him, since last night and he didn't know why. Caleb got the feeling that she was annoyed with him too -- and at Faith as well for some odd reason that he couldn't quite fathom.
"Faith's fine. Stubborn as a mule. How's Reid?" was Buffy's clipped reply.
"Reid's doing better. Willow's with him right now making sure he's not suffering from any side effects of whatever that drink was she gave him and Faith," he explained.
"That's good," she nodded. "Have you talked to Reid about what happened last night?"
"Not yet. Willow was fussing over him and threw the three of us out of our room."
"I see," she nodded. "Well, let me know if you find out anything."
"I sure will," he promised and stepped aside to let the blonde pass.
"She's pissed at you, you know?" Dawn said once Buffy cleared the room.
Caleb turned and came face to face with Buffy's kid sister, her glare piercing a hole through his skull.
"I got the vibe, yeah. Why?"
"Because you obviously know something and you're not sharing it."
Caleb gave the petite brunette a blank stare. Dawn continued glaring at him, her arms crossed firmly over her midriff and cocked an eyebrow for more effect.
"What are you talking about?" Caleb decided to fib his way out of this suddenly sticky situation. He doesn't want to earn two enemies in the form of the Summers sisters.
"You know, you're cute, but dense," she said and walked past him and followed her sister out the kitchen.
Caleb must've had the word WHAT written all over his face when he faced the other occupants of the kitchen. Andrew, Tyler and Pogue were in there helping with dinner. At first he didn't recognize his two friends since the kitchen wasn't really a familiar place to find those two.
"Summers sisters -- they like to be cryptic," supplemented Andrew before turning his back to Caleb and continued cutting whatever it was he had in mind to prepare for dinner.
ARE YOU READY TO TALK?" Buffy demanded when she walked in to Faith's room and found the Slayer sitting upright and watching cartoons on TV.
"Talk about what, B?" was Faith's glib reply, her eyes not straying away from the television screen.
"About last night."
"What about last night? Reid and I were beaten to a pulp. I'm thankful Cockypants saved me from being skewered alive, but I have to say his aim was what did me in," she winced.
"Reid was already tired, but I'd rather he slam you against a tree trunk than you ending up with a broken tree branch entering one part of your body and coming out the other," Buffy snapped.
Faith frowned and finally looked away from the TV and met her sister Slayer's annoyed gaze. "What's got your panties in a knot, B? Cockypants and I were attacked. We didn't go out there looking for trouble. Trouble found us," she explained to her.
"I'm aware of that," Buffy agreed.
"Then what's with the bitchiness?"
"You and Reid faced-off with the Big Bad we're after. Tell me what you know and what happened," she demanded.
Faith cocked an eyebrow. "How'd you know it was the Big Bad itself that attacked us?"
"Call it a hunch."
Faith didn't believe her. She studied the blonde Slayer for the longest time, noting every body movement and breathing pattern.
"You were eavesdropping," she accused once she was done studying her.
"What?" Buffy looked aghast at being accused of doing such.
"C'mon B, you won't be this gung-ho if you weren't standing outside when Caleb came in here and talked to me last night," she cajoled.
"I wasn't eavesdropping," she denied, "and why would you talk to him and not me?" she demanded. "Besides, Caleb was already asleep when I stepped out to go to the bathroom," she added.
Faith cocked an eyebrow. "Did you check up on him before you went to the little girls' room?" she teased.
Buffy made a face at her sister Slayer and demanded why she'd talk to Caleb about their attacker and not with her, the one person whom she's known practically since she moved from Boston to Sunnydale and now here to Cleveland.
"Because apparently this Big Bad we're dealing with is someone the four of them dealt with before and supposedly kicked its ass to God knows where," Faith deadpanned.