Chapter 30: Witches in Tights
A club somewhere in town. It is packed with men and women dancing and having a good time. Buffy and Piper walks through the crowd and catches Leo dancing.
Piper frowns, "What are you doing?"
Leo sighs, "DJ's really good, huh?"
Piper nods, "Yeah, too bad she's not really good at P4."
Leo nods, "Right, sorry."
Piper sighs, "Focus. We are here on business not pleasure."
Buffy shakes her head, "Can we hurry this up? I promised Dawn I would take her out to a movie tonight."
Leo sighs, "Okay, I know, I know. But don't you think you're overreacting just a little bit?"
Piper shakes her head, "No, I don't. This club has become the hottest thing in town and I'd like to know what they're doing that I'm not."
Leo nods, "P4's still doing great."
Piper sighs, "Not as great as it used to be thanks to me."
Buffy looks around, "Other than the DJ you mean?"
Piper glares at Buffy.
Leo frowns, "Okay, well, Piper, you're having a baby, your priorities have changed."
Piper shakes her head, "Yeah, well, haven't you heard? Women can have careers and babies now, it's been in all the papers. Shoot Buffy went through high school, had homework and still took time to raise Dawn and be the Slayer."
Leo sighs, "Point taken I guess. Still most of those women aren't trying to save the world from demons too."
Piper spots two people making out on a couch. "Ugh. Oh, for god's sakes, people, get a room."
They stop kissing. It's Paige. "Piper. Buffy." She stands up.
Piper frowns, "Paige? What are you doing here?"
Paige smiles, "Well, you know, just hanging out."
Piper nods, "You couldn't hang out at our club?"
Guy frowns, "What, and miss this DJ? Come on."
Paige sighs, "Uh, this is my other sisters, Buffy, and Piper and her husband Leo. This is Dave."
Buffy shakes her head.
Leo nods, "Nice to meet you." Leo and Dave shake hands.
Dave smiles, "Yeah, you too, mate. Thanks." He looks to Buffy, "Is this the one you mentioned was a twin?"
Paige nods, "Yep."
Piper frowns, "I didn't know there was a Dave."
Paige nods, "Oh, we've only been hanging out for like three weeks."
Piper blinks and looks back at Buffy, "Weeks?"
Buffy shakes her head.
Phoebe comes up to Paige and hands her a drink. "Here you go." She spots Piper and Buffy. "Oh, hi, Piper… Buffy. Hey, hey, wow, Piper you're up late. What are you doing here?"
Piper frowns, "Right back at ya."
Leo nods, "Dave, how about I buy you a drink."
Phoebe nods, "Yeah."
Dave sighs, "I've got one, thanks."
Leo smiles, "That's not gonna be enough." Leo and Dave walk away.
Piper frowns and looks at Buffy, "Thought you said she was working tonight."
Buffy sighs, "That's what she told me."
Phoebe smiles, "Yeah, well, I mean, I'm actually working here, you know, I thought that guys could help me with my advice to other guys, you know. And that-that guy over there with the dimples... Hi! Yeah, huge help."
Piper frowns, "Well, see, yeah, I don't know what bugs me more. The fact that you guys are here or that you're here without me."
Buffy sighs, "At least I wasn't here without ya. Though I do have to agree with ya."
Piper nods smiling at Buffy.
Paige nods, "Well, we just didn't think it would be good for the baby, you know, all the noise and the people."
Buffy frowns, "Although I am sure I know the answer. Why wasn't I invited along?"
Phoebe smiles, "Well you did say you were taking Dawn to the movies tonight."
Piper nods, "Yeah, I know, but sometimes it's good for the mommy to get out. Both mommy's."
Paige nods, "Okay, so you both would've wanted to come?"
Piper shakes her head, "No. But that is beside the point."
Paige sighs, "You're a very confusing woman."
Buffy sighs, "No. I only came with Piper to kill time. I will need to pick up Dawn in an hour from the manor so we can make the movie. But Piper is right that is beside the point, you could have asked."
Piper nods, "It's alright, hey, it's no big deal. You guys, I'll see you at home." She walks away.
Phoebe frowns, "Oh, Piper."
Paige nods, "Still think this is a good idea?"
Phoebe nods, "Well, you know Piper. She won't slow down unless someone slows her down. I just don't want to do anything to add to her stress."
Buffy shakes her head, "Well that is understandable. You still should have asked, seriously. I know I'm like the baby of the family, not in birth order even though I was born a few minutes after Paige. But in the fact Dawn and I have not been part of this family as long as you or Paige. Personally it makes me feel a little left out."
Paige sighs, "Sorry, Buffy."
Buffy turns and walks away to join Piper.
The next morning in the kitchen at the manor. Piper is there making a huge sandwich.
Paige walks in through the back door. "Morning."
Buffy walks in from the dining room, followed by Dawn.
Piper frowns, "Morning. Did you just get home?"
Paige nods, "Yeah." She notices Piper's sandwich. "Oh my god. Pickles and hot fudge sauce and mustard, are you seriously eating that?"
Piper nods, "That was the plan. Wait a minute, you didn't come home all night?"
Paige sighs, "No, mom. Why?"
Piper frowns, "I must be going nuts 'cause I could've sworn I saw you when I walked past your room."
Buffy pulls out some money out of her pocket, "Sweetie here's a few dollars. Why don't you get breakfast at school?"
Dawn sighs and nods taking the money before heading out of the room.
Paige lets out a sigh of relief at not having to worry about saying the wrong thing in front of Dawn, "Was it about 2:30? Was I half naked?"
Piper frowns, "Paige, what's going on?"
Paige shakes her head, "Nothing, I don't wanna bother you." She sits at the table.
Piper frowns, "You're not bothering me. Why does everybody think they're bothering me all of a sudden? I'm not bothered. What's the matter?"
Paige nods, "Well, I was sorta messing around with Dave and..."
Piper sighs, "Messing around?"
Buffy rolls her eyes, "Piper even I got the gist of what she was saying. Seriously…"
Paige nods, "Yeah. Having sex."
Piper looks between Buffy and Paige, "Oh."
Paige shakes her head, "See, this is why I don't want to talk to you about this. It's weird talking to a pregnant lady about sex anyway."
Buffy sighs, "Why don't you want to talk to me about it?"
Piper sighs, "Well, uh, Paige, how do you think I got pregnant?"
Paige looks at Buffy as if to say sorry. She remembered the conversation they had at that club last night. "Err, I don't wanna know that either. Anyway, so we were doing, you know, and I was about to, you know, and suddenly I orbed out upstairs."
Piper frowns, "Oh my god, you didn't? Did he notice?"
Paige sighs, "No, thank god, I orbed back in before the lights came back on. Talk about embarrassing."
Piper sighs, "Forget embarrassing. Paige, you could've had some serious explaining to do."
Buffy shakes her head, "It's a good thing I can't orb yet. Though… No I don't want to think about my daughter doing it either. She's still too young."
Paige nods, "Well, I didn't plan on orbing out, Piper, it wasn't exactly my particular goal at the moment."
Piper nods, "Okay, so why do you think this is happening? I mean, is he not getting the job done?"
Paige frowns, "No, he's getting the job done fine. I think I like him a lot and other than Glen, he's been the first guy I've been with since I found out I was a witch and I think I'm so busy protecting this big old secret of ours that I can't really let my guard down. How'd you do it?"
Piper smiles, "Marry an angel." Buffy laughs. They hear a crash and Leo groaning in another room. "Leo?"
They run into the conservatory to find Leo and an Elder
Piper frowns, "Leo, what happened? We heard a crash."
The Elder nods, "He missed."
Buffy shakes her head, "Uh, who's the critic?"
Leo nods, "This is Ramus, he's an Elder."
Piper blinks, "An Elder? Really?"
Paige frowns, "I thought you told us he wasn't coming til tonight?"
Piper nods, "Told us? Nobody told me anything. Leo?"
Leo sighs, "Well, we didn't want you to worry about demonic threats until it was absolutely necessary."
Piper frowns, "What threats?"
Ramus sighs, "Well, I suppose this will have to do." He walks across the room.
Piper nods, "Okay, uh, what are you three up to?
Paige sighs, "It was Phoebe's idea."
Leo nods, "Uh, we were just trying to make things a little easier, that's all, relieve some stress."
Piper frowns, "Well, stop it, 'cause it's pissing me off, I'm pregnant not terminal. So what, what is he doing here?"
Buffy nods, "She has a point, Leo."
Leo sighs, "Uh, Ramus is retiring. He came down to pass on his powers to a new Elder."
Piper frowns, "So..."
Leo frowns, "So? There isn't a demon alive who wouldn't love to have his powers. So the Elders want you to protect him in case there's an attack."
Buffy frowns, "Why can't he just orb out?"
Ramus shakes his head, "Because my powers are mental, young lady, not physical. You'd think a charge of yours would know something as basic as that." Ramus walks around the room.
Paige sighs, "Nothing wrong with his hearing."
Piper nods, "No, just his attitude."
Leo frowns, "Piper!"
Piper frowns, "What?"
Leo nods, "A little respect."
Piper nods, "Ugh, for crying out loud. So who is this new Elder and when does he get here?"
Ramus shakes his head, "We don't know who he is. All I know is that the transfer must take place during tonight's equinox or else I will lose my powers forever."
Piper looks between her sisters, "So we're just supposed to sit around here and wait?"
Ramus nods, "Yes. Unfortunately."
Buffy looks at her watch, "Dang I'm late for work." She looks to Paige, "Can you orb me to the paper?"
Paige nods and they orb out.
Short time later at the Bay Mirror in Phoebe's office.
Phoebe's working on her laptop.
Buffy walks in with a box full of letters.
Phoebe frowns, "First off you're late, Buffy. Second are those all life and death?"
Buffy sighs, "First off we got a situation at home. Had to get a lift from Paige. Second most of them aren't."
Phoebe nods, "What am I supposed to do? I can't keep up, they just keep coming."
Buffy sits down, "I could try and handle some for you. You're not the only one in the family with a psychology degree."
Phoebe nods, "It might work. I'd have to clear it with Elise though." The phone rings, Phoebe answers. "Phoebe Halliwell."
Piper on the phone, "So what do you say to an overbearing younger sister who's treating her pregnant older sister like a porcelain doll?"
Phoebe smiles and motions for Buffy to stay and close the door. She puts the phone on speaker, "Thank you? By the way Piper you're on Speaker, Buffy is here with me."
Piper on the phone, "How about knock it off. Hey Buffy good to hear Paige got you over there and someone didn't fire you for being late."
Phoebe sighs, "That's probably better advice. Are you mad at me? And I wouldn't fire Buffy, she's my trusted right hand. Besides with our family…"
Piper on the phone, "No, not if you and Buffy come home and baby sit Ramus."
Buffy frowns, "You want me to come back home after I just got in? I don't think Elise would like Phoebe's assistant coming in to work and leaving five minutes later."
Phoebe sighs, "Oh, sweetie, I can't. I've got a gazillion letters that I have to get to."
Piper on the phone, "Well, Bored in Berkley can wait. I've got DJ's to audition."
Phoebe frowns, "No, believe me, these are a lot more serious than that. And you're not supposed to be going to work anyway."
Piper on the phone, "Phoebe."
Phoebe sighs, "I'm sorry, can't I worry about my niece? Okay, look, what about Paige? Can't she come?"
Piper on the phone, "Apparently not. She's with Dave trying desperately not to orb."
Phoebe frowns, "Oh, for goodness sakes. Okay, well, what about, um..." The door opens and Cole stands at the doorway. He clears his throat. "Cole."
Buffy suddenly stands and turns to face Cole, "Out."
Piper on phone, "Cole, watching an Elder? I really don't think that's a good idea."
Phoebe shakes her head, "No, b... p... you... Okay, I'll be home as soon as I can, okay?" Phoebe hangs up.
Cole looks at Buffy trying to move past her. "Phoebe. Want to call of your sister?"
Phoebe frowns, "Whatever it is, I don't have time. And no I won't call Buffy off."
Cole sighs, "No, you don't understand, this isn't about us. I need your help."
Phoebe frowns, "Yeah, who doesn't?"
Buffy growls, "Make your case quick before I beat you to a pulp, Cole."
Cole looks at Buffy and nods, "Have you ever heard of Edward Miller, the slumlord? He took millions from the city and renovation money but instead of fixing up the building he's trying to kick the tenants out."
Phoebe nods, "Well, how is he able to do that?"
Cole sighs, "I don't know but that's why I'm trying to get an injunction to stop him."
Phoebe sighs, "Oh, really? You? What's with all the red tape? Why don't you just turn him into a fountain pen?"
Cole frowns as he stares at Buffy, who is unmoving. "Believe me, I'm tempted but, um, I've decided I'm not gonna use my powers, no matter what."
Phoebe sighs, "Since when?"
Cole nods, "Since I tried to strangle you with them."
Phoebe grabs her coat and bag. She looks to Buffy, "Tell Elise were working from home for the rest of the day."
Buffy nods and walks around Cole and heads for Elise office.
Cole sighs, "Phoebe, listen to me. This is legitimate. These people are going to be evicted tonight and I can't get an injunction until tomorrow. I mean, if you could just threaten to expose him in your paper or maybe even link it to a TV station."
Phoebe shakes her head, "Cole, I don't have enough time to help my readers with their problems right now."
Cole sighs, "But we're talking about whole families here. Kids, babies, with nowhere to go."
Phoebe nods, "Look, I think it's great that you wanna help, I really do. But I can't. I am powerless to do anything right now."
Cole frowns, "You may be a lot of things but powerless isn't one of them." Cole walks away.
Buffy returns, "Oh before I forget. I remember seeing some letters from the tenants of Edward Miller."
Phoebe frowns, "Really? I haven't seen them."
Buffy sighs, "No, you haven't gotten to them."
Back at the manor Phoebe and Buffy walks in through the front door.
Phoebe sighs, "Hi!"
Piper shakes her head looking at Ramus, "Wait, what do you mean?"
Phoebe frowns, "Oh, don't get excited, I can't stay long."
Ramus smiles, "You'll see."
Phoebe rushes over to Piper and Ramus. "Hi, wow." She shakes his hand. "It is an honor and a pleasure to meet an Elder... sir... really... wow. Okay, but I've gotta go. I'm sorry, but if I don't stop that dirt bag landlord..."
Ramus nods, "Oh."
Piper sighs, "What's the matter?"
Ramus nods, "Someone's coming... for me."
The Aggressor appears in a blink of an eye. "Ramus."
Ramus frowns, "Hurry, freeze him."
Piper freezes him but he fights through it. He heads for Ramus and Phoebe pushes him out of the way.
Phoebe frowns, "Paige!"
Paige orbs in, half naked. "Damn it, I was so close."
Buffy shakes her head, "Uhm sis were at the moment in mixed company."
Aggressor smiles, "I don't wanna hurt you, I just want him."
Phoebe shakes her head, "Yeah, well, forget about it."
Phoebe goes to kick the Aggressor and he grabs her leg and pushes her across the room.
Buffy runs at full slayer speed. The Aggressor lands a hit smack dab in the middle of her chest sending her flying.
Leo runs down the stairs. "Ramus!" He dives on Ramus and orbs out with him.
The Aggressor leaves in a blink of an eye.
Phoebe frowns, "Who was that masked man?"
Buffy shakes her head, "Did somebody get the license plate of that truck?"
They walk up to the attic.
Paige stops in her room and picks up a dressing gown before joining the rest in the attic. "Okay, we should look under... actually I have no idea what to look under."
Piper frowns, "Well, he had a great big giant A on his chest, how about A?"
Phoebe shakes her head, "I'm telling you, you are not gonna find him in the Book of Shadows. At a comic book convention, maybe."
Buffy nods, "Something just didn't seem right. He wasn't setting off my spidey sense.
Paige starts flipping through the Book of Shadows. "He could still be a demon."
Buffy shakes her head, "Paige, he was in tights."
Leo orbs in. "Ramus is safe for now but he can't stay up there for long or else he will miss the equinox."
Phoebe nods, "Oh, can't he just wait for the next one."
Buffy shakes her head, "No, he can't otherwise he will miss his chance to pass on his powers to his successor." Piper, Phoebe, Paige and Leo look towards Buffy, "What I listened. That's what he said before I had Paige orb me to work."
Phoebe sighs, "But tonight's my only night to help the families being evicted, otherwise they'll be on the streets."
Piper sighs, "Uh, Phoebe, I think super villains trump slumlords."
Leo frowns, "Uh, Paige, where did you orb in from?"
Paige covers herself with her gown. "I was dealing with some personal problems."
Leo nods, "Well, I'm your Whitelighter, so if you ever wanna talk..."
Buffy shakes her head, "Leo this is not something you can help with. When she means personal, believe me it's personal."
Phoebe nods, "Can we please just concentrate on the comic book guy."
Piper sighs, "Well, comic books wouldn't be a bad place to start. Remember the demon of illusion?"
Paige looks at Buffy who shakes her head as they speak up together, "No."
Leo nods, "He was before you. He literally hid in movies."
Piper nods, "So this guy could be hiding in comics or coming out of them somehow."
Paige sighs, "So we need to check comic book stores?"
Phoebe shakes her head, "Oh, that's gonna take forever."
Buffy nods, "Do you know how many comic book stores there are in San Francisco. I do because Dawn has drug me to several of them."
Piper blinks, "I never would have thought of Dawn being into comic books."
Paige sighs, "Alright, you just go deal with your slumlord, I'll catch up with you later."
Phoebe nods, "No, it's okay, we should do it together."
Paige shakes his head, "No, if I see some dude in tights, I'll just orb out."
Phoebe frowns, "Paige, it's dangerous, you shouldn't do it alone."
Piper frowns, "Well, guess what? She won't have to. Remember me? The invisible woman. Now you two have got to cut this crap out now." To Paige "Come on, let's go get you into something less comfortable."
Piper and Paige leave the attic.
Buffy sighs, "You want me to come with you or go with them?"
Phoebe sighs, "I could probably use your help if you're still offering."
Later at the slumlord's building. Phoebe and Buffy walks in.
The tenants are leaving their apartments.
Phoebe, and Buffy, walks up to a man in a suit. "Uh, Edward Miller?"
Edward nods, "Yeah."
Phoebe smiles, "Phoebe Halliwell, Bay Mirror. And this is Buffy Summers-Halliwell also of the Bay Mirror. We were wondering if we could ask you a few questions."
Edward shakes his head, "No, I don't think so." Edward walks off.
Phoebe, and Buffy, follows.
Buffy smiles, "Okay, so how does it feel to be the most hated man in the city?"
Edward frowns, "Excuse me?"
Phoebe nods, "Well, at least not until tomorrow," Edward stops walking, "when the morning edition comes out and everyone reads that your forcing innocent families out on the streets."
Edward frowns, "You print that, lady, and I'll sue you for libel."
Buffy laughs, "Now I'm a little rusty on my law, but how could it be libel, when actually it's the truth?"
Edward frowns, "Get outta my way." He pushes Phoebe and Buffy aside and walks off.
Phoebe sighs, "Hey!" She and Buffy follows him. "Look, you can run but you cannot hide, Mister! My newspaper's gonna do a huge expose on this. You won't get away with it!"
Edward smiles, "I already have."
Suddenly, Phoebe and Buffy changes into a comic-book superheroes.
Phoebe is dressed in a tight red and black top and tight red and black shorts, black knee-high boots and a black mask.
Buffy is dressed in a tight black and gold top and black and gold mini-skirt, black knee-high boots and a black mask.
Short time later on the building roof top. Superhero Phoebe is holding Edward by his ankles over the edge. Superhero Buffy is standing nearby watching.
Edward is panicking. "They don't have to move. They can stay for a year. Ten years!"
Phoebe smiles, "What about the cockroaches? Are you gonna do something about the cockroaches?"
Edward nods, "First thing tomorrow. Just please don't drop me. Please."
Cole appears. "Uh, Phoebe?"
Phoebe sighs, "Cole!" She lets go of one ankle. "What are you doing here?"
Cole frowns, "Well, I got a call from one of the tenants saying that, uh, Wonder Woman," he motions back towards Buffy, "and Supergirl was terrorizing the landlord." He looks over the edge. "What the hell are you doing?"
Phoebe nods, "Well, I'm teaching my buddy here how important it is to be a better person." To Edward, "Are you a better person yet?"
Edward nods, "I'm slipping!"
Phoebe laughs, "Oh, no, you're not slipping." She nearly drops him. "That's slipping."
Cole laughs. "Honey..."
Buffy frowns and is quickly in front of Cole.
Phoebe sighs, "Buffy…" Buffy nods and backs off. Phoebe turns to Cole "Don't call me honey anymore."
Cole nods, "I don't know what's going on here but this is not you. Either of you. Literally."
Phoebe smiles, "Are you kidding? This is better than me. This is new and improved me. Now not only can I help my readers, but I… we can help the entire city."
Cole nods, "Careful, he's got ears."
Phoebe sighs, "Oh, please, relax. The only thing he can hear right now is the blood rushing to his brain." She pulls him up and he falls to the ground. "One more slip up, Edward, and we'll end up right back up here."
Edward runs away.
Cole frowns, "Phoebe, are you outta your mind? What if somebody sees you?"
Buffy laughs, "That's why we wear masks."
Cole frowns, "We?"
Phoebe nods, "Yeah, superheroes. Okay, Cole, I gotta go 'cause we have a lot of loyal readers that need our help, okay."
Cole sighs, "Okay."
Phoebe and Buffy zips across from building to building.
Phoebe smiles, "Whoo!"
Buffy laughs, "I agree this is fun. I've never felt so much power. This is better than being the Slayer."
At the manor… Piper and Paige zip in.
Paige smiles, "Ah, head rush. Let's do it again."
Piper shakes her head, "No, what if somebody sees us?"
Paige frowns, "Sees us? We're blurs. Besides, who cares?"
Dawn comes down the stairs, "Aunt Piper? Aunt Paige?"
Paige smiles at Dawn, "How come Dawnie didn't get a cool outfit. She should have a cool outfit."
Phoebe and Buffy zips in.
Phoebe sighs, "Okay, give me a sec while my organs catch up."
Buffy laughs and then she sees Dawn, "Sweetie something wrong?"
Paige smiles, "Nice outfits."
Phoebe laughs, "Back atcha, sis."
Dawn looks at Buffy, "Mom?"
Buffy nods, "Yeah sweetie."
Dawn sighs, "Where did you get the outfits?
Phoebe shakes her head, "I don't know and I don't care. All I know is I'm on a role. We have helped so many readers…"
Buffy nods, "This is just so amazing. I could be the Slayer and no one not even the vamps would know who I was."
Phoebe takes off her mask, "today..."
Piper frowns, "What?"
Phoebe shakes her head, "I don't know but suddenly I don't feel so good about this. It's like the masks are clouding our judgment making us feel like we're invincible." Piper takes off her mask. "See?"
Piper sighs, "Yeah, unfortunately."
Buffy takes hers off, "Dang."
Paige takes her mask off. "I don't like it, I'm putting it back on." She puts her mask back on.
Phoebe sighs, "No, Paige, we need to think clearly so we can figure out who did this..."
The Aggressor zips in and knocks Phoebe across the room.
Piper rushes over to Phoebe, "Phoebe!"
The Aggressor tries to hit Buffy but she dodges really quickly. Extremely quickly it seems the comic book powers combined with her Slayer abilities have made her much faster than she would be normally. She is literally a blur as she punches him in the face.
Piper kicks him and he lands in the foyer. He gets back up and heads for Piper.
Phoebe gets up and punches him several times in the stomach, then throws him into the conservatory.
The Aggressor lands on a table and gets a piece of wood stuck through his chest. The girls run in. "Thank you." The Aggressor changes into Kevin.
Short time later Leo has orbed back. Leo is holding Buffy back.
Paige frowns, "What are you waiting for?"
Leo sighs, "How do we know if we heal him he's not gonna try kill you guys again?"
Piper shakes her head, "Leo, he's a kid."
Phoebe sighs, "Plus, killers don't usually thank you for killing them."
Leo frowns, "He thanked you?"
Paige nods, "Just hurry up."
Leo releases Buffy who moves over to Kevin. Buffy heals Kevin and he wakes up.
Kevin frowns, "What happened?"
Piper nods, "Before or after your alter ego tried to kill us."
Leo sighs, "Come on." Leo helps Kevin up.
Phoebe nods, "What's your name?"
Kevin smiles, "Kevin."
Piper nods, "Well, Kevin, you have some explaining to do. Are you responsible for these outfits?"
Kevin nods. "I was hoping to be able to stop the Aggressor."
Paige frowns, "The Aggressor? Don't you mean you?"
Kevin sighs, "Yeah."
Buffy shakes her head, "We were gonna kill you, we almost did."
Leo nods, "Is that what you wanted?"
Kevin nods, "I didn't know what else to do. I didn't want to hurt anyone else. And then after our first battle, I thought maybe if I drew you with more powers..."
Piper frowns, "Hang on a second, Mister, what do you mean you drew us?"
Kevin smiels, "I've always been able to imagine things and then make them come to life through my drawings. Like you guys, the protectors. I never told anybody about what I could do. I knew it would freak people out. Hey, it freaked me out at first."
Leo nods, "Thought projection, a very rare power, means he's a witch too."
Phoebe sighs, "Why'd you make yourself a superhero?"
Kevin shakes his head, "Because I got tired getting beaten up all the time. And Arnon came along a said he'd teach me to focus my power."
Buffy sighs, "Arnon, who's that?"
Kevin frowns, "Somebody I wished I never met. He used me to get to Ramus. Said that he was a bad guy, that we had to stop him. But all Arnon wanted were his powers."
The Elders call Leo. "The Elders, they want me to bring Ramus back down."
Piper shakes her head, "No, you can't. Not until we figure out a way to stop Arnon."
Leo sighs, "Well, I don't have a choice, the equinox is starting."
Piper frowns, "He'll kill Ramus."
Paige sighs, "He can't, not without the Aggressor."
Piper shakes her head, "We can't know that for sure. You have to wait until we find him."
Dawn sighs, "How are you going to find him."
Phoebe looks at Dawn, "She has a point."
Kevin nods, "I know how. Arnon doesn't know the Aggressor failed yet. So all I have to do is follow him back to his hideout."
Paige shakes her head, "No, that is too dangerous."
Kevin sighs, "I won't be in danger, not with you guys there. With all your super powers and your super hearing, you'll easily be able to overpower him, trust me. After all, I drew you, didn't I."
Paige nods, "Okay, but you have to do exactly what we say."
Kevin smiles, "Promise."
Buffy turns to Dawn, "Stay here. Wait for my call, ok. I want you available if we need to be orbed out."
Dawn nods, "Ok, mom. Be careful."
Buffy smiles, "Always am."
Later outside Arnon's hideout. Piper, Buffy, Phoebe, Paige and Kevin peek around the corner.
Paige sighs, "Is this it?"
Kevin nods, "Yeah, through that door."
Piper frowns, "Do you hear anything inside?"
Buffy leans in and listens, "Rats, dripping water, cockroaches.
Paige laughs, "May as well be my old apartment."
Buffy nods, "Don't hear any Arnon though."
Back at the manor in the conservatory. Leo orbs in with Ramus. Dawn is sitting on the floor her eyes closed.
Ramus smiles, "Well, at least you didn't break anything this time."
Leo nods, "Actually, I think we'd be safer upstairs."
Ramus shakes his head, "No, here is fine."
Dawn sighs, "Can you two keep it down. I'm trying to listen for mom's call."
Leo nods, "With all the doors, if anybody attacks..."
Ramus shakes his head, "Anybody who attacks doesn't need doors, Leo. Relax." Ramus sits down. "There's nothing either of us can do to change what's meant to be."
Leo frowns, "What is that supposed to mean? What aren't you telling me?"
Ramus nods, "Actually, quite a bit." He chuckles. "Look, Leo, you know as well as I do that there is a reason for everything which means that there is a reason for here, for now."
Leo sighs, "Well, how the hell am I supposed to protect you if I don't know what the hell is going on? Sorry."
Ramus smiles, "No, no, I like that. You could stand to be a little tougher sometimes. Just because you're an angel doesn't mean you can't kick some ass now and again." Leo sits down. "Leo, my fate is sealed, win or lose, I'm right where I'm supposed to be. Which means that there is nothing more either of us can do to change that. But there is however perhaps something I can do for you."
Dawn frowns, "I can't hear a thing with all you're chattering. No offense Mr. Elder."
Ramus nods, "None taken, Dawn. And it's Ramus."
Leo frowns, "What do you mean?"
Ramus nods, "I am an Elder and I can foresee the future enough of it anyway to give you a glimpse. If you're both interested."
Leo frowns, "Isn't that against the rules?"
Ramus smiles, "I'm retiring, what do I care? You can ask me one question and one question only."
Leo thinks for a moment. "Will, uh, will our baby be healthy?"
Ramus smiles, "Yes, very healthy. And more powerful than you can even imagine. In fact your baby and Dawn will be two of the most powerful in their generation."
Dawn frowns, "What?"
Ramus smiles, "You my dear are thrice blessed."
(A/N Thrice Blessed – Daughter of a Slayer, Daughter of a Charmed One, Granddaughter of a Whitelighter)
Back outside Arnon's hideout.
Phoebe sighs, "Okay, listen, you're gonna go in there and summon him, okay, but when he comes call for us and we'll get you out of there in a flash."
Buffy nods, "The slightest peep, I'll hear it."
Kevin nods, "Okay."
Piper shakes her head, "You don't have to do this, you know."
Kevin sighs, "No, I want to."
Kevin heads for the door. An airplane flies above and Buffy covers her ears.
Phoebe frowns, "Are you okay?"
Buffy sighs, "That plane caused my ears to ring."
Edward is watching with a video camera nearby from inside his car.
Kevin walks inside the building. "Arnon? Arnon? Arnon, it's me, K..."
Arnon comes up behind Kevin and puts his hand on his shoulder. "You betrayed me." He holds up the drawing of superhero Piper, Buffy, Phoebe and Paige. "Now that I know you can draw powers for others, you can draw some for me."
Piper frowns, "Okay, forget it, we've gotta get him out of there."
They zip inside and Edward catches it with the video camera.
Inside the building. Kevin is unconscious on the floor.
Piper frowns, "Kevin, wake up, come on."
Paige picks up a drawing of another superhero. "What is this?"
Phoebe shrugs, "Another Aggressor?"
The Aggressor zips in. "That's right." He rips the drawing of the superhero Piper, Buffy, Phoebe and Paige in half and the girls return to their normal clothes.
Piper frowns, "Uh-oh."
The Aggressor throws them through a wooden wall.
Outside again, Piper, Buffy, Phoebe and Paige are on the ground.
Piper sighs, "Ouch."
Paige nods, "Everybody still alive?"
Buffy sighs, "I'm good."
Piper nods, "I'm not sure yet."
Phoebe shakes her head, "Oh, no complaining. You're the one that didn't want to get pampered, remember?"
Piper laughs, "I take it back, I take it back."
They get up.
Paige nods, "At least you have a baby that can heal you." She turns to Buffy, "And you with your Slayer healing."
Piper sighs, "Yeah, open wounds but apparently not aches and pains."
Kevin walks out. "Oh, god, oh, god, I'm so sorry about this."
Paige shakes her head, "It's okay, it's not your fault."
Kevin sighs, "I didn't have a choice. Arnon threatened to kill me if I didn't."
Phoebe shakes her head, "It doesn't matter, all that matters is that you're fine."
Kevin nods, "For now, until he needs me to draw even more powers."
Paige frowns, "He won't need any more powers if he gets to Ramus before we do."
Phoebe sighs, "Okay, so how do we stop him? We're not superheroes anymore."
Kevin shakes his head, "I can make you superheroes again."
Piper frowns, "No, that'll take too long; he'll have Ramus by then."
Paige nods, "So how do we stop him?"
Piper smiles, "As super witches."
Kevin sighs, "But you couldn't stop my superhero as witches, how are you gonna stop Arnon?"
Piper nods, "Okay, so we'll rip up his drawing and turn back into the wimpy demon that he is."
Kevin sighs, "You can't. He took the drawing with him."
Buffy smiles, "Then I have an idea…"
Back at the manor. Dawn is once again sitting and concentrating waiting for Buffy's call. Leo is pacing.
Ramus is sitting in a chair. "Will you just relax? You're making me nervous."
Leo sighs, "Okay, well, something isn't right, I can sense it."
Dawn looks up, "Mom hasn't called so everything must be ok."
Ramus nods, "Leo, I've told you, you've already done your job. Now it's time to let your charges do theirs."
Leo sighs, "Well, I just don't understand what's taking so long. They should be home by now."
Ramus nods, "They will be. They're just gonna be too late."
Leo frowns, "You know what? I-I'm getting you outta here."
Ramus shakes his head, "Mm. Oh, I'm afraid this is gonna hurt."
The Aggressor barges through the front door. He zips in front of Leo and punches him, sending him across the dining room table. "Looks like getting your powers is gonna be easier than I thought."
Dawn stands starting to orb when the Aggressor punches her sending her flying. She lands on top of Leo.
Ramus smiles, "Enjoy it while it lasts."
White lights flow out of Ramus and into the Aggressor's body. Ramus vanishes.
Piper, Phoebe, Buffy, Paige and Kevin orb in.
Aggressor smiles, "You're too late, Ramus is dead."
Piper frowns, "Leo." Then she sees Dawn, "Buffy, Dawn's here too she's hurt."
Buffy and Piper goes over to Dawn and Leo.
Phoebe frowns, "Paige, now."
Paige nods, "Boot!"
The Aggressor's boot orbs into Paige's hand. The Aggressor falls to the floor.
Kevin frowns, "Left! I meant left boot!"
Paige sighs, "Oh, for goodness sakes. Left boot!"
The other boot orbs into Paige's hand and she pulls the drawing out of it. She tears it up and The Aggressor turns back into Arnon. He stands up.
Buffy is crouched over Dawn her hands held over her daughter, healing her.
Phoebe smiles, "Yeah, don't you just hate it when that happens?"
Paige frowns, "Fortunately, since you have Ramus's powers, you should be able to foresee what's gonna happen next."
Piper walks over to Arnon. "It's gonna hurt isn't it?" Piper blows up Arnon and Ramus's powers leave him.
Paige frowns, "What the hell is that?"
The powers enter Kevin's body. "What, what just happened?"
Phoebe smiles, "Looks like Ramus was able to pass his powers onto the new Elder after all."
Paige frowns, "An Elder? He's only thirteen."
Leo stands, "Elders are like kings. They can be any age."
Kevin shakes his head, "I-I don't understand. What does this mean?"
Piper nods, "Well, for one thing, it means that nobody's gonna be pushing you around anymore."
Dawn eyes open as she sees Buffy, "Hi, mom."
Buffy pulls Dawn into an embrace.
At P4. Paige and Dave are walking through the crowd. They approach Buffy, Dawn Piper and Leo on the couch. Piper and Leo are kissing.
Dawn looks at Buffy so as not to see her aunt and uncle kissing.
Paige rolls her eyes, "Ooh, looks like someone needs to get a room."
Piper frowns, "Cute, very cute."
Buffy sighs, "She was just saying what I was thinking. Did you not notice that we have an eleven year old here with us?"
Piper nods and looks at Dawn, "Speaking of which, Dawn. You know this is just a onetime thing. If anyone found out you were here I could lose my liquor license. After everything I figured you could use a night out with your family."
Dawn nods, "I know, Aunt Piper."
Piper smiles, "But if the cops show up you are orbing straight home."
Leo nods, "How's it going, Dave."
Dave shakes Leo's hand. "Never better, mate, never better."
Piper nods, "Oh, really? How about you guys go get us girls some drinks."
Dave smiles, "Sparkling or still?"
Paige smiles, "Sparkling of course."
Leo stands up.
Dave smiles, "Oh, by the way, congrats on the club, it's great and the DJ is wicked."
Piper nods, "Thanks."
Leo and Dave walk away. Paige sits down beside Piper.
Paige smiles, "See, it's nice to know you've still got it in you."
Piper nods, "Yeah, although I'm beginning to realize that being number one in town just isn't as important as it used to be. And neither is fighting demons for that matter."
Dawn laughs, "What, you didn't like being a superhero?"
Piper shakes her head, "Oh, no, are you kidding, it was awesome. I mean, being a witch is still awesome. It's just that there's a new number in town."
Paige smiles, "Good for you."
Piper nods, "Yeah. And apparently good for you. Since you worked through your issues with Dave, I gather."
Paige nods, "Yes, I did thank god. I was just about to join a convent."
Piper laughs, "Mm-hm. Must have been the pink leather, broke you down."
Paige nods, "Don't laugh, but I think it might've been. Something about leaping over tall buildings in a single bound. I guess that'll free any girl up."
Buffy rolls her eyes and is about to remind them about Dawn when she feels a hand on hers. Buffy turns to her daughter and nods.
Piper nods, "Yeah, and let your guard down."
Paige smiles, "Yeah, I'm gonna take you advice and just, you know, relax. If he's mister right I'll tell him I fly around on broomsticks."
Phoebe walks up to them. "He may find out by himself."
Paige frowns, "What?"
Phoebe sighed, "Cole just called. He said the idiot slumlord wants to meet Cole, Buffy, and I now."
Piper frowns, "Why?"
Phoebe sighs, "Oh, I don't know. Something about having a tape of Cole's superhero ex-wife and her sister in action."
Piper frowns, "Oh, no."
Buffy nods, "Ok. Come on Dawn time for you to go home anyways."
Dawn gets up and follows Buffy and Phoebe out the door.
Meanwhile in Cole's apartment. Cole and Edward are there watching a videotape.
Cole frowns, "What do you want?"
Edwards nods, "Well, your wife off my back for starters. Then maybe fifty grand a month."
Cole frowns, "Fifty grand?"
Edward nods, "Yeah. And if they don't have it, they can certainly get it. Just put on those cute little outfits."
Cole shakes his head, "They don't have them anymore."
Edward frowns, "Well, they'd better find them. I wouldn't try anything if I were you, this is just a copy."
Cole nods, "I can find the original."
Edward smiles, "Oh, yeah? How?"
Cole smiles, "Well, I have certain powers too. But I'm trying very hard not to use them, very hard. I don't like what they do to me."
Edward laughs, "Yeah, okay, whatever, pal. Guess I'll just sell this to the highest bidder. Maybe your ex-wife and her sister's employer would be interested in the story." He heads for the door.
Cole shakes his head, "I can't let you do that."
Edward smiles, "Try and stop me."
Cole uses his power and vanquishes Edward.
Phoebe and Buffy walks in.
Phoebe looks around, "Is he here?"
Cole shakes his head, "Who?"
Buffy sighs, "Miller. Edward Miller, you told Phoebe he was coming. And that he wanted to see all three of us."
Cole nods, "Oh, yeah, um, I took care of it."
Phoebe frowns, "What do you mean?" She starts backing away. "What does that mean?"
Buffy sighs and moves with Phoebe back towards the elevator.
Cole nods, "Phoebe, he was gonna expose you." Phoebe and Buffy gets in the elevator. "What was I supposed to do? Phoebe, wait."
The elevator doors close.
Phoebe looks to Buffy, "We may have a problem."
Buffy nods, "Yeah."
Suddenly Buffy's cell rings, she answers it, "Hello?"
Giles on the phone, "Buffy its Giles. I wanted to ask your permission if it was ok to have Faith stay at your house?"
Buffy frowned, "Isn't she supposed to be in jail?"
Giles on the phone, "Well yes. But since you're in San Francisco and there is no active Slayer on the Hellmouth. The Watcher's Council felt it best to pull some strings and get her released so she can come back to Sunnydale."
Buffy sighs, "Is Willow and Tara still living at the house?"
Giles on the floor, "Yes they are. And they have given their blessing, Buffy. In the end though, it is your choice as you legally own the house, since Joyce passed."
Buffy nods, "Ok as long as Willow and Tara are there I guess it's alright. Though till we can be one hundred percent sure she's good again. I highly suggest someone patrol with her."
Giles on the floor, "Understandable precaution. Thank you Buffy, you have a good night."
(A/N – I added the convo for Giles as am adding in Dark Willow story arc. I wasn't sure if the Dark Willow arc could be added as easy with Buffy in San Francisco. So adding Faith in at Sunnydale replaces Buffy for most of season 6 episodes that are not directly included in this story. But as I said adding Faith into Sunnydale means she would be the Slayer dealing with the Trio. So that storyline could continue as if it had been Buffy instead of Faith.)