One and the Same: Chapter 3

Later that evening, their degenerate bus rolled into L.A. towards the Hyperion Hotel. By this time, many of the girls had fallen asleep, as well as Pike. Giles was mulling over the information Buffy and Pike had given him, but he could think of no explanation.

When the bus finally came to a stop in front of the Hyperion, Buffy got out and walked into the hotel while Willow started to wake the slumbering passengers. A few moments later, Buffy climbed back onto the bus. "Alright everyone, listen up." Once the group had quieted down, she began. "Angel is being really nice and letting us stay here until we get settled in. So you be nice to him and all his friends. Some of them are demons, but they're on our side, so play nice. Now go get some sleep everyone."

She turned around and walked back inside, this time with everyone following her in a tired line. Once she got inside, she stopped and began to direct people to various rooms. Soon all that was left were Angel and company, Buffy, Xander, Willow, Giles, and Pike.

Angel was the first to talk. "So where is Captain Peroxide? I didn't see him come in." For some reason, the face of his old comrade and the nickname for Spike both made Pike furious. He clenched his fists to keep himself from doing something he'd regret.

"He's gone." Buffy replied. "He died to save us all."

Angel's face contorted with guilt, which was enough to give Pike a strange feeling of satisfaction. What was wrong with him?

"Now, moving on to other business. I was thinking on the way over here of what the future is going to be like. There are lots more slayers out there now, because everyone who might have been a slayer is a slayer now, so I think we should maybe set up a few locations where we can train slayers and go on demon hunts as needed. We have a few problems, though, and most of them involve money. How will we get transportation, lodging, food, and weapons for all of these people?" Buffy asked, taking the lead.

"I can help with that," Giles spoke up. "Long ago the watchers set up a safety net, so that if they were destroyed, the funds they had at their disposal would be spread amongst the remaining watchers. As there are few of us left, between me and Pike we should have more than enough to help fund this school idea. Where were you thinking of starting?"

"I thought we could maybe go see Willow's friends in England and start there, maybe a farm or country house so we could have room to train. Maybe we could also train witches and watchers, anyone who wanted to be involved but isn't actually a Slayer." She paused to gather her thoughts. "Then we can go check out Cleveland and see how the Hellmouth there is shaping up. But it would be hard to take everyone with us… What if just some of us went, and then once we were sort of set up, a couple of people could stay there, a couple could go to Boston, and a couple could come back here and gather the rest. What do you guys think?"

After a few moments of silence, Angel was the first to chime in. "I think it's a really good idea Buffy. It could result in a lot of really powerful people though, and not all of them are going to be good."

"We'll work on making sure that doesn't happen. I think my evil Willow stories will prevent the majority of any witches we train from going evil, if not all of them." Willow added.

"What about training for how to live with being a magical beast of the night, like a werewolf? I know what I'm doing, I could help." A previously unnoticed figure stepped forward.

"Oz!" Willow exclaimed. "What are you doing here?"

"Just preparing to fight the apocalypse here in case you guys didn't do so great…and eating animal crackers."

Buffy cleared her throat. "So here is my idea for who comes on the prelim mission: myself, Will, Xander, Giles, Cordy, and Faith. And how about Oz and Pike?" Everyone seemed a little surprised when Buffy said his name, not the least of whom was Pike himself.

"Any objections? Maybe while we're gone, Angel and you guys could train the girls some? You all have different combat styles that they could really benefit from." Angel nodded. "Then we'll leave in the morning. Get some sleep you guys. Tomorrow's going to be a long day."

A/N If you are interested I have written a Harry Potter C/O with this that may just be a one-shot or it maybe will be continued in short chapters sporadicly, I havn't decided yet.