"You think I'm going to let you in my house?" Willow looked quizzically at Harmony. "I've had enough crap going on over the last few days and I don't…"
Harmony ducked around the corner quickly as Spike came bounding towards Willow with a snarled look on his face. "I'm a bit up for a battle tonight and maybe if I take you the slayer will come!" He spat in a rage. "How dare you people take what is mine!"
"I don't know what you are talking about Spike and I've had enough run ins with vampires to last me a lifetime!" Willow shouted but her tone of voice betrayed her and showed her lackluster mood. "I can't help it that you got yourself chipped and…" Willow wondered if that is what Spike was talking about or maybe something more important, like the gem he'd gone off in search of according to what Harmony had told of him last week.
Spike stood statue still for a moment and noticed the scent of another vampire. As a matter of fact, he thought, that was Harmony. "You plannin' to mate up with a vampire Red?"
Knowing Spike, the term "mate up" could mean more than one thing. "I was arguing with Harmony," Willow pointed and Spike turned in the opposite direction. This gave Willow enough time to dive in her door and do the unthinkable.
Willow regretted her invitation to the blonde vampire as soon as Harmony sauntered through the door. She knew Buffy would be mega angry and rightly so. She knew that she may not live to feel the brunt of Buffy's anger nor Giles' fury. She knew that this was probably the most harebrain thing she had done but it was done so she may as well suck it up. "All right, the clock is ticking." Willow said with a vain effort to show no fear in her voice.
Paying no attention to Willow's moral struggles, Harmony produced a ring with a stone in it. "I let it slip that Spike was looking for this for a reason." She finally spoke and got Willow's attention to turn to the ring.
"Oh my goddess!" Willow shrieked but did not make a move towards the gem. "That's the gem to give vampires the ability to walk around in the day. Spike thinks we took it and is blaming you for telling us. That's why he is so pissed off."
"Willow please stop, you are on my five minute clock." Harmony said in an exasperated manner.
"What are you planning to do with that?" Willow asked and looked around the room for a weapon but saw nothing.
"I want you to move the power from this little gem here and give it to me. Nobody else will be able to fight over the damn thing and I will get some form of existence back." Harmony said and smiled inwardly at still being able to stop Willow's babbling and body language dead in their tracks.
"Have you gone mad Harmony?" The look on Willow's face was one of utter shock. Reason being that Harmony Kendall had enough brains to come up with such a twisted plan of action was a true shocker.
"Not yet but I will if I am forced to this life much longer." Harmony said in a condescending fashion.
"You should know that I would never do that for you!" Willow said angrily, though inwardly she felt some sympathy for the vampire. Nobody should have to live like they did.
"Willow, no matter how bad I was to you in our school days, I don't deserve this. I can't even be evil good. All I know is fashion and maybe a few other things that require day light hours." Harmony finished speaking in hopes that Willow would not make her go into details about the other things she was good at.
"You can do fashion during the night." Willow said but felt her resolve caving in.
"Fine," Harmony said with an angered look on her face. "Willow my brother is ill and if my mother doesn't get help caring for him, she will have to place him in a home. He's still got some life in him and that will wilt it faster. I have had thoughts of turning him and ending the problem but I don't want to do that. If I do that, I will be a monster like Spike and I don't want that. I was the one who cared for Tony before Buffy failed to protect the class. I cannot take care of him now thanks to the so-called slayer. There is a demon offering to help me if I do some things for him but I came to you first so that should count for something."
Something deep within the young Wiccan told her that Harmony was speaking the truth. Willow knew that she could offer Harmony a stake and end it all but that didn't seem to be the right option. She was certain that this sort of spell would require a lot of experience and strength; neither of which she had. "I'm not even sure on how to do such a thing and if I'd be good enough with magic to do it. I am still learning and…"
"Go see my parents tomorrow and you will see I'm telling you the truth." Harmony said and turned for the door.
"Meet me here at 09:30 tomorrow night and you better hide that thing." Willow said as the vampire walked out of her house.
"Hey Willow," Buffy said as she raced up to the redhead in the courtyard of the campus. "Wow, I've been so busy and haven't had time to catch up with you. I mean with the consolie deal over Oz and I'm sorry about that." Buffy rambled on, all the while watching Tara come across the lawn. "Maybe we can do lunch tomorrow and some shopping?"
Buffy's words barely registered to the Wiccan though. She had things to do of her own for a change. Granted it was helping yet someone else who would not talk to her unless they wanted something but it was something. "Um, uh, sure that's fine and I'm doing ok with the Oz thingie minus night time and morning and…" Willow shook her head as Tara walked up to them. "I gotta go Buffy."
"Oh, sure, well call me tomorrow." The slayer said as her friend rushed off.
"Is she okay?" Tara stammered slightly as she spoke and looked after Willow. She enjoyed Buffy's company immensely but felt a bond with Willow. Willow had seemed aloof towards her of late however, so she supposed that she wouldn't get the chance to talk to her. She figured the bond that she felt was one of the Wiccan kind but knew that whatever it was, it had the possibility of being a strong one.
Willow sat in her kitchen with a pizza reading through some papers that she'd printed off the internet. She was researching the gem of Amara and coming up short. She hadn't found anything in way of a transfer of power spell but some similar gems did have such spells. So, Willow was wondering if she could substitute the gem of Amara in another gem's place.
She did go see Harmony's parents and met her younger brother, Tony. He was a freshman in high school though only went part time. He had some debilitating illness that rendered him often hospitalized and in a wheel chair. His parents did care for him but, as Willow's parents didn't, they didn't want to give up their work and affluent social lives.
A knock at the door brought Willow out of her thoughts and she rushed to open it. For a split second, she had forgotten who she was letting into her house and only thought about having company. "Hey Willow," the blond vampire said as Willow opened the door.
Willow stepped aside to let Harmony in and then led her into the kitchen. "I haven't got very far on how to transfer the gem to a being but I'm trying." Willow waved her hand over the pile of papers to validate her claim. "I didn't know if you ate regular food anymore but I have pizza if you do."
"It reminds me of being human when I do." Harmony said and sat down next to Willow.
Willow handed Harmony a slice of pizza and then began to eat her own. "I found some spells that go with other gems but none as powerful as this. Why do you want it transferred rather than just use it?"
"So they can't take it from me." Harmony said flatly. "Most of the time I'm your typical uppity snob and I know this Willow. If you were in my shoes, I most likely would not help you and we both know that. So you got my honesty and this one time admitting that you are a bigger person then I ever was."
As Willow pondered this, her phone rang. "I'll be right back." She moved quickly into another room and answered.
"W-Willow," Came Tara's soft voice. "I just wanted to see if you were okay and if I have offended you in some way."
Willow's smile grew upon hearing Tara's soothing voice. "I'm okay, just a little preoccupied. You and Buffy seemed to have struck up a good, um, friendship? I was just giving you guys some space."
Willow and Tara had met the night before Oz left. They had clicked right away and Willow knew that she felt something for the shy blonde. They had spent a lot of time together and Willow was certain that there was a mutual attraction but didn't know how to broach the subject. After Willow had introduced Tara to the scoobies however, Buffy seemed to jump right in and swoop Tara away and so Willow thought it best to fade into the background as there was no way she could compete on any level with the slayer in any way that mattered. She had Buffy beat when it came to intelligence but that's not what people looked for in dating partners.
"B-Buffy is really nice," was all that Tara could think of to say. There was something different in Willow's voice but she couldn't put her finger on what it was. "I j-just wanted to see if you were okay and maybe we could practice with your magic some more?" The two had started to get on well, Tara Thought, with magic as their means to be able to relax while they got to know each other. She hoped that this might help return things to how they were before whatever changed Willow's mood. Of course, she hadn't thought that her own demeanor may have changed in some way to cause Willow to back off.
"Maybe tomorrow night?" Willow questioned as she struggled to not allow hope to show in her voice.
"T-that sounds great," Tara said with a big smile on her face.
Willow walked back to the other room when she had finished talking with Tara. "She likes you both you know?" Harmony both stated and questioned as Willow sat back down. "This means that Buffy will win unfortunately."
"Tell me something I don't know Harmony." Willow said in a vain attempt to refocus on Harmony's request of her. "Tara actually might know something about this transference deal." Willow said thoughtfully. "I could find a way to ask without telling her all the details."
"Sure but be careful," Harmony said and stood up. "I don't want all of Sunnydale knowing bout this.