Author's Note: I'm sorry for the long delay! Please enjoy this chapter!
The next morning, Buffy noticed that Laney had avoided her in class.
At lunch Buffy sat by herself and eyed Laney from a distance. Buffy sighed as she rose from the table and made her way over to the girl. There was no point in trying to draw this out—she just needed to make sure Laney wouldn't go around spreading rumors about Buffy.
"Laney—" Buffy didn't a chance to finish her sentence because Laney suddenly stood up and ran outside. Grimacing, Buffy chased after her. "Can't we talk?" Laney's only response was to turn up the speed and Buffy was glad that she had her Slayer strength with her because Laney was fast. By the time she had caught up with her, Laney had managed to make it to the school's football field. Buffy quickly pulled her arm and spun Laney around to face her.
"Don't kill me!" Laney shouted and Buffy felt confusion seep into her system.
"Kill you?" She echoed.
"Jessica didn't deserve what you did to her—"
"You do remember the part about her being a demon, right?" Buffy questioned.
"Demons don't exist!" Laney protested. Buffy smiled ruefully. So, this is what it had come down to, huh? A good old-fashioned case of denial. It made sense, if Buffy thought about it. Laney had seen something so horrible, something that most people couldn't accept. Buffy wondered why she was surprised. She had seen this same thing happened to Cordelia over and over again whenever Buffy saved her. Despite the overwhelming amount of evidence placed before her, Cordelia would always come up with some logical excuse to justify her experience with the supernatural. Laney was doing that now too.
"No, you listen!" Laney spat. "I'm going to go to the police and tell them what you've done—"
"And when they ask for proof, what will you give them?" Buffy asked as chuckled dryly. "Hate to break it to you Laney, but they're not just going to take your word for it." Laney seemed to process, frowning slightly before meeting Buffy's gaze.
"You get out of this school." Laney tried to order, but she sound scared and pitiful.
"I will," Buffy assured her. "Once my job is done."
"You're going to kill more people?" Laney questioned, voice rising in panic.
"Not people," Buffy clarified. "Demons. Monsters. Things that go bump in the night."
"Things like that don't exist." Laney told her with a shaky breath.
"Maybe not for you," Buffy replied. "But for me, they're part of my everyday life."
"You're crazy!" Laney spat and Buffy tried not to let the disappointment show on her face. She should've been expecting this—Laney was only human. Still, it hurt to lose someone Buffy was starting to consider a friend.
"Listen, forget about what you saw," Buffy ordered gently. "And by the time you forget it, I'll be gone."
"I can't forget!" Laney protested.
"You already have." Buffy said with a small smile before walking away.
It was time to call Giles.
"And you're sure?"
"Yes, Giles," Buffy replied. "She was pretending to be a student too. Totally not going to make my job any easier."
"Yes, I suppose that is true." Giles said and Buffy could practically imagine him cleaning his glasses. It was funny how much she missed him, even if he was so old-fashioned and hopelessly confused when it came to teenagers.
"I'm going to find them all though," Buffy informed him. "But if you could give me some help? Some way to figure out who's a demon and who's not?"
"I'm afraid that will take some work," Giles mumbled. "I will need to consult some more obscure texts for that and possibly call on a few colleagues."
"Well, let me know." Buffy told him with a sigh. She wanted to go home.
"Indeed, I will," Her watcher replied. "I will be in touch with you later." He hung up and Buffy felt completely alone. She couldn't believe she was saying this, but she actually missed Sunnydale. She missed the people there and even the patrolling there. Here, everything was so screwed up. Here, everyone hated her.
As if being the Slayer didn't already have enough drawbacks as it was.
Author's Note: Due to She's All That not having a category on this site and Buffy not having a category just for crossovers, I've no choice but to place this crossover in the main section. If anyone knows where this story belongs on this site, please let me know! And please review!