Chapter 4: Bad Guys Revealed
Warning: I don't know; maybe language and innuendo somewhere along the way. This is almost parody-ish. Character deaths.
Challenge: just a b-day present for zigpal.
A/N: Just an apology upfront for any of the fans of the people I made the bad guys. Hopefully my reasoning isn't too screwy for you.
Thanks to my betas: AerynSpeedleCaine and AshDawnSoulmates.
Disclaimer: BtVS characters belong to Joss Whedon / Mutant Enemy. Scooby Doo characters belong to Joe Ruby, Ken Spears and Hanna-Barbera Productions . I claim no rights to any copyrighted material. Please do not copy or take this story without my permission. Dialogue from .
Summers living room
Once they were settled back in at her house, Buffy continued what Giles started back at the vineyard, "Alright, it's time to unveil the person behind this latest scheme."
Giles pulled the mask off of Caleb, causing the Scoobies to gasp in shock.
"Wait! If Angel's Caleb…who's Angel?" Anya asked in confusion.
Buffy grabbed her 'ex' before he could run, letting Xander reveal the person underneath. "Wussley? What are you doing, pretending to be Deadboy?"
Ignoring the insult, Wes replied, "Angel said there was a situation in Sunnydale, but that it would be better if I disguised myself as him. He said something about certain members of your group going evil. We needed to find out who we could save," he offered as an explanation for his actions. He was confused though; they were saying Angel was the bad guy?
"But how could you have heard about anything here?" Buffy's eyes widened in shock as she realized the answer herself. A tinier part of her brain was wondering where Wes learned to kiss so good. "Unless you had a spy keeping tabs on us."
As usual, Willow/Velma's mind worked fast. "There are only two people that have been here since before the Potentials arrived."
Before they could react, Giles apprehended Robin Woods and Buffy tackled Spike, pinning him to the ground. When Giles couldn't find a mask on the Slayer's son, Buffy reached for Spike's face. Again, the Scoobies were shocked to see Quentin Travers. Well, that explained the quoting from the manual thing earlier.
Xander scratched his head. "I'm confused. By two things, actually. One, why is Deadboy trying to end the Slayer line? Has he lost his soul again or something? And two, why on earth would Travers ever help a vampire do that? He wouldn't even help save Deadboy's unlife back in high school."
Knowing he only had one chance to get out if this unscathed, Angel tried to appeal to his ex and her love for him, "I thought that if I got rid of you guys, Buffy would depend on me again. Even though she was torn up last year, I could see she didn't need me anymore, and it drove me crazy. And by getting rid of the Council, Buffy wouldn't have them to lean on either."
"And the Potentials?" Willow asked, horrified at what he tried to do.
"If they were dead, Buffy would let me turn her and use the curse to return her soul. Then we could be together forever," Angel told them as though it was completely logical.
Giles just shook his head; part of it still didn't make sense to him. "That still doesn't explain why Quentin would go along with such an insane plan."
Coming to another realization, Buffy spoke up, "That's 'cause this isn't Quentin." She pulled off another mask to reveal…Spike. "Why? You helping Angel doesn't make any more sense than Travers helping him."
"I planned to get rid of the Great Forehead after the rest of them were gone," Spike explained, shrugging. Didn't bother him too much that she found out. He certainly didn't care that he was going to betray the Poof. "Then there'd be nobody to stand in our way."
Angel obviously had similar intentions 'cause he said, "Same here. I even had a plan to kill him in the 'final battle' between you and the First."
Okay, that explained some of it, but there was still a bunch they didn't know. "What about all the Bringers and Turok-Han?" Xander asked.
"Demons and vampires that we hired to help us. The dumber vampires we gave a boost to so they'd be harder to kill," Angel laid out the brilliance of his plan. Well, brilliance from his point of view, anyway.
Keeping her expression neutral, Buffy summarized everything she knew up to that moment, "So let me see if I got this straight. You killed…who knows how many Watchers, Potentials, and innocent civilians, just to what? Prove your love for me?"
Something in her tone made Spike think she considered Angel's actions romantic. He reminded her, "Oi, Slayer! Don't forget I did some killing for you too!"
Buffy looked down and assured him with a smile, "Don't worry, Spike…I won't forget. In fact, I'll give you your reward right now if you'd like."
Quirking his eyebrow, Spike asked, "Right here? Didn't think you had that particular kink, but sure…why not?" He wriggled underneath her provocatively.
Before Buffy could do or say anything, Giles thought of something else. "Just a second, Buffy! There's something we've forgotten."
"Shut up, Watcher!" Spike snapped, wanting his reward – especially if she was going to give it to him in front of his grandsire.
Xander shuddered, praying that Buffy was just messing with Spike. "Please talk, Giles! What did we miss?"
"Spike couldn't have spied on us all the time. What about when he was supposedly kidnapped by the First's minions?" Giles pointed out.
"That's right! Maybe it's Andrew!" Anya exclaimed, yanking on the poor boy's face until he started crying from pain. "Shoot!" She started going around the room, trying to rip off the Potentials' faces. Finally, she got to Kennedy – who was looking a tad nervous by that point.
"Sure," Faith replied with a shrug.
"Why, Faith?" Xander asked, sickened by her latest betrayal. "These girls were once like you."
Faith just shrugged again. "Hey, I didn't know them. Angel gave me three good reasons to help him. First, he kept B from killing me a couple years ago. Or at the very least kept her from turning me over to the Council. Second, it's boring as hell in prison, and this was my chance to get out. Last, he told me that my assignment was to get Red to fall for me. How could I possibly pass up an opportunity like that? The only thing better would have been if it had been B," she said with a leer towards her sister Slayer.
Willow ran from the room to go throw up. Dawn chased after her, hugging the redhead with her paws and trying to comfort her even if she couldn't really talk.
Spike was tired of all the revelations. He had more important issues he was concerned with. "Alright, let's get back to the rewarding now."
As soon as the words passed through his lips, he felt a sharp stabbing pain in his chest and looked down to see a stake piercing his heart.
Buffy brushed off the dust and stood up. "Willow was right; we shoulda done that years ago. Now, who'd like the privilege of getting rid of Angel? Or is it Angelus now?"
"It's Angel! And you can't kill me; I still have my soul!" he pleaded with his ex for his unlife.
She raised an eyebrow at the entreaty. "Uhh, did you forget I already did once? And this time you killed people with your soul; why do you think I'd let you get away with that?" Buffy demanded.
Robin stepped forward. "If you don't mind, Buffy, I think I'd like to stake Angel. It's not as satisfying as Spike, but if it weren't for him, Spike wouldn't exist, so it's a close second."
"Fine with me," Buffy said; she accepted that he deserved some kind of closure. Knowing that the ensouled vampires were the ones responsible, she had no reason to protect them anymore. "Giles? Do you mind? You have as much right as anyone – possibly more."
Giles shook his head. "I think it means more to Robin. Besides, there's still Faith to deal with."
Seeing Faith try to sneak out, Buffy grabbed her tightly. "Uh, uh, uh. No leaving now, little sis. 'Bout time you got what you deserved."
Angel knew he only had one hope left. He turned to his friend and demanded, "Wes! You can't let them do this to me!"
Actually speechless with rage, Wes just motioned to Robin to get rid of the monster pretending to be his friend and co-worker for the past few years. Had he really ever had that epiphany when Darla came back? Or was it just a way to weasel back into the group so he could manipulate them into doing his bidding?
"Now it's your turn, Faith," Giles said, facing the girl who betrayed them for – hopefully – the last time. "We can't trust you to stay in prison with your Slayer abilities, so the only thing to do is to strip you of them before sending you back."
"You can do that?" Buffy asked in shock.
He nodded. "We have to petition the Powers, but with you asking, I don't foresee a problem. They know the harm she's caused."
"Why didn't we do this before then?" Xander demanded to know. Getting rid of Faith a long time ago would have been as good an ideas as staking Spike as soon as he was chipped.
"Because we thought she was genuinely remorseful before," Giles reminded them. "Plus, just because she's lost her abilities, doesn't mean the demon world won't still recognize her as a former Slayer. But she should be safe if she stays in prison," he added with a pointed look at Faith.
Buffy nodded, looking around expectantly. "Well, now that we've unmasked the bad guys, the wish should be over with, right?"
"Uh, Buff? Nobody said the line. You know '…and I would have gotten away with it, too, if it weren't for you meddling kids.' And Deadboy's gone now," Xander pointed out what was needed and the problem with it.
The blonde Slayer wasn't too concerned. They still had one bad guy left. "Then Faith gets to say it."
"What if I don't want to?" Faith asked defiantly.
Buffy narrowed her eyes menacingly and gripped the other girl even tighter. "Then I keep punching you until you do want to. Believe me, it isn't a problem for me. For some reason, I have a lot of pent up aggression right now with nothing to take it out on."
Despite her desire to irritate Buffy, Faith knew she was fighting a losing battle this time. "Fine! And we would have gotten away with it if it weren't for you meddling kids."
A/N: Sorry I couldn't warn you about the Angel/Spike/Faith bashing, but if I did that, then you would have known who the bad guys were. Besides, this can't be a worse storyline than Angel being Twilight…right? Right? At least mine was meant to be semi-funny with the addition of the cartoon.