Author's Note: Alright, here's the new chapter. Based on Season 2 Episode 14: Innocence. Previously, we were introduced to the spare member of the Scourge of Europe's clan. She claimed to be loyal to Spike and Dru, but she outed their plan to Angel, just before his soul is ripped out of him. What happens when Angelus returns to the family dynamic? Read and Review, please.
Disclaimer: I do not own Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but Ronnie is mine. This is an episode rewrite story with a lot of the same dialog with little extras thrown in. In fact, the first couple of scenes are almost exactly the same until we get further down, but all of the show's dialogue is credited to the fabulous minds at Mutant Enemy.
Chapter 2: Daddy's Home (Based on Innocence)
Ronnie and Dru were sitting in the main room of the factory watching the Judge huddled in a corner when Spike wheeled out. "I'm not happy ladies. Angel and the Slayer are still alive. They know where we are, they know about the Judge. We should be vacating."
Dru walked over to him, "Nonsense. They'll not disturb us here. My Angel's too smart to face the Judge again."
Ronnie nodded, "She's right, Will. He's really not big on the risk taking these days, and he knows the Judge is more than they can handle."
Spike finally conceded their point. "What's Big Blue up to anyway? He just sits there."
"I am preparing." The Judge said without even gracing Spike with a look in his direction.
"Yeah? It's interesting to me that 'preparing' looks a great bit like sitting on your ass. When do we destroy the world already?" Spike asked impatiently.
Still the Judge remained in his meditative position as he spoke to Spike. "My strength grows, and with every life I take it will increase further."
Spike nodded in encouragement. "So let's take some. I'm bored."
Behind them Drusilla started moaning and Ronnie ran to her side. "Will!"
Spike looked back at them, "Dru?"
Drusilla fell to the floor crying and Ronnie kneeled beside her and cradled her head in her lap. Drusilla cried, "Angel…"
Spike wheeled over them concerned. "Darling…do you see something?"
Drusilla smiled evilly.
In the alley of Angel's apartment building Angelus reveled in the hooker he just killed. He stole the carton of smokes and lighter from her pocket before he headed to the factory. It was time to see his family again.
Back at the factory Drusilla was lying flat on a table as Ronnie lay beside her stroking her hair. Spike wheeled up to them. "Are we feeling better then?"
Dru smiled up at the ceiling. "I'm naming all the stars."
Spike frowned. "You can't see the stars, love. That's the ceiling. Also, it's day."
"William!" Ronnie rebuffed.
"I can see them." Drusilla continued, "But I've named them all the same name."
Ronnie turned back to face Dru and smiled at her lovingly, "I bet there's terrible confusion."
Spike didn't feel like indulging Dru's hallucinations if she'd actually seen something valuable earlier. "Did you see any further? Do you know what happens to Angel?"
"Well," they all turned at the sound of Angel's voice and saw him walking into the main room, "he moves to New York and tries to fulfill that Broadway dream. It's tough sledding, but one day he's working in the chorus when the big star twists her ankle."
"You don't give up, do you?" Spike was clearly annoyed that the girls' reassurances of Angel not returning couldn't be more wrong.
Angel walked over to Spike. "As long as there's injustice in the world, as long as scum like you is walking," he pauses and smirks at Spike's wheelchair, "well, rolling the streets…I'll be around. Look over your shoulder. I'll be there."
As he got closer to them Ronnie could now sense him, and what she felt shocked her. His soul was gone.
The Judge had walked up behind Angelus. "Uh, yeah, Angel, um…" Spike sneered. "Look over your shoulder." The Judge put his hand on Angelus as he turned to face him. "Hurts, doesn't it?"
"Will," Ronnie tried to get his attention.
Angelus shrugged at Spike, "Well, you know, it kinda itches a little."
Spike peered over Angel's shoulder to yell at the Judge, "Don't just stand there. Burn him."
"He can't," Ronnie got Spike's attention that time.
"Gee, maybe he's broken," Angelus quipped.
"What the hell is going on?" Spike yelled at Ronnie since she seemed to know what was happening.
"This one…cannot be burnt. He is clean." The Judge said as he released Angelus.
"Clean?" Spike marveled. "You mean, he's…"
"There is no humanity in him." The Judge said before he finally turned and walked away.
"Couldn't have said it better myself," Angelus faced Spike.
"Angel?" Dru asked in awe.
"Angelus," Ronnie corrected.
"Yeah, babies, Daddy's back."
"How did this happen?" Ronnie asked, if Angel's curse could be broken, did that mean that maybe hers...
"You wouldn't believe me if I told you." Angel said as he lit up his cigarette.
"Oh, who cares?" Spike cheered. "What matters is now he's back! Now it's five against one, which are the kind of odds I like to play."
Drusilla leaned into Angelus, "Psst. We're going to destroy the world. Want to come?"
"Yeah. Destroying the world. Great. I'm really more interested in the Slayer." Angelus said.
Ronnie tensed up and Spike noticed, he knew how she felt about going out for the Slayer, but Angelus was back now, he was in charge, not Spike.
"Well," he tried casually, "She's in the world, so that should work out."
"Give me tonight. Hmm?" Angelus offered.
"What do you mean?" Spike asked puzzled.
"Lay low for a night. I guarantee you by the time you go public she won't be anything resembling a threat."
Spike smiled despite himself. He was thrilled to finally have someone hate the Slayer as much as he did. "You've really got a yen to hurt this girl haven't you?"
"She made me feel like a human being." Angelus shook his head in disgust. "That's not the kind of thing you just forgive." His eyes flicked to Ronnie, she stiffened and he looked back to Spike. "But you seem real keen on forgiving 'Ronnie' here of all her indiscretions."
"What are you talking about?" Spike's face twisted in confusion. What had Ronnie done that needed forgiving?
"She's a snitch. That's how me and the Slayer found out about his Honor over there." Angelus said pointing to the Judge.
Spike turned to face Ronnie with hurt written all over his face. "You said you weren't going to take sides! Said your loyalty was to us!"
"It is, Will!" Ronnie pleaded.
"Then how could you out us?" He yelled.
"I said I didn't want her dead!" Ronnie's explanation was becoming hysterical very quickly and Drusilla rushed in front of her.
"Shh…" she reprimanded the men, "you're upsetting Mummy's precious girl." Ronnie huddled into Drusilla's side as a scared child would their mother.
"Dru!" Spike tried to make her see reason. "She bloody well betrayed us!"
"But it brought us Daddy back." Dru pointed out as she continued to stroke Ronnie's hair.
"Damn." Angelus whistled. "Dru's got a point there. If we wouldn't have went after the Judge we wouldn't have got in the situation that freed me from that damn soul." Angelus walked over to the girls and made sure he had Ronnie's full attention. "But if you double cross me the way you did Spike, you'll learn that Darla was going easy on you. Clear?"
Spike flinched at the mention of Darla's treatment of Ronnie. Though he was still furious with her, it helped settle the rage when he remembered seeing how broken she was back then.
Ronnie pulled her head back to full height to address Angelus.
"Crystal clear, Sire."
Ronnie snuck into the school building to talk to Buffy. She knew this was the biggest risk of her unlife, coming to talk to the Slayer, against Angelus' commands. But she couldn't help it. Knowing that Spike had killed Slayers was enough, but standing by as Angelus tortured one to death, she wouldn't be able to live with herself. She followed the scent of the Slayer into a classroom; she stood in the hallway as she heard the Slayer have a conversation with her Watcher and a woman. She gasped in surprise when she realized she was from the gypsy tribe.
"I'm sorry, Rupert. Angel was supposed to pay for what he did to my people." She had heard enough, she barged into the room.
"And me? What was I supposed to be paying for?" Ronnie now had the attention of everyone in the room. Jenny gasped when she saw her.
"You're the blessed one." Jenny said in awe of Ronnie's presence.
"And you're part of that gypsy tribe that cursed Angel. And blessing my ass, might as well have cursed me, too!" Ronnie said accusingly.
"Ronnie?" Buffy asked.
"Yeah, that's me, you're Buffy right?" Ronnie focused her attention on the Slayer.
"Yeah, but why are you here? I thought you weren't taking sides?" Buffy asked, clearly confused.
"I'm not. It's a very fine line. I love Will and Dru, they're my family. But ever since Romania," she gave Jenny a pointed look before returning her attention back to Buffy. "I haven't been able to deal with a lot of what they do, especially killing Slayers. But Angelus is a whole other ballgame. You have no idea what you're up against."
Buffy took all this in, "So if you're so torn on who you should be rooting for than why should I even trust you?" She wanted to be able to take Ronnie at face value, but her world had literally been turned upside down in the last few hours. The one person who she trusted above all being the cause of her turmoil, how was she supposed to trust this girl she'd never met before?
"Fine," Ronnie backed up in defense. "Don't trust me. But remember, I'm the reason you knew about the Judge in the first place. Not to mention I'm risking my entire existence just to be here at all. Do you have any idea what Angelus will do to me if he finds out I'm helping you, again?"
Buffy still looked wearily at her.
"Fine," Ronnie began to walk for the door. "Don't say I didn't warn you."
Later that night, Ronnie was sitting in her room in the factory. Angelus and Drusilla had taken the Judge to the mall to start their destruction of the world. Since Angelus was back in charge she figured she might as well get back into the habit of old routines of being honed up in her room, especially since she was already not in his good graces for outing the whole Judge thing in the first place. Suddenly Spike entered her room.
"We need to talk." It wasn't a question; he stated it plain and simple.
Ronnie had been dreading this; she knew that once she didn't have Dru to hide behind that one of the men of the group was going to tear into her about her betrayal. She only hoped they didn't find out about her visit this afternoon.
"Why?" Just one word, but it spoke such volumes.
"Destroying the world? Really? I happen to like this world, once upon a time, Will, you did, too. What made you hate it so much? Is it really all because of this one Slayer?" Ronnie asked, she really was surprised that the ultimate goal of world destruction was in fact Spike's plan.
"This one Slayer broke my bloody back, Ronnie! She's tried repeatedly to kill me and our sire. Not to mention she's probably really gonna come after us now that her boyfriend plays for our side again." Spike was yelling now, and he didn't want to. That's not what he had come here to do. He wanted a rational conversation with his best friend for her to explain to him why she had betrayed his trust.
"So that's all it takes then?" He continued. "Threaten the world and you start wearing a white hat? Forget a century of being a family just to save the people who want us all dead." He looked at her disgusted.
"I'm different, ok? I can't explain, don't really want to. You wouldn't understand it anyway, but it's fact just the same. I'm different from other vampires and if that's a problem for you, then stay out of my room." She nearly choked the last of the words from her throat. She didn't want to keep justifying herself to him when he'd just become more disappointed in her as she continued to explain.
The look of hurt on his face at being dismissed from her room was surprisingly more intense than the one he had when he was informed of her betrayal. But she stayed strong, because it would just be easier in the long run.
When Drusilla and Angelus returned from the mall he was furious. He had to commend Spike on his ingenuity at bringing forth the Judge, but the fact that the Slayer and her band of misfits actually defeated him just upset him more. He decided he needed something to take his frustrations out on.
Just then he noticed Ronnie's door cracked open…maybe this time around he would use her for her intended purpose, along with whatever else he could think of to let out his anger…
Spike stirred from his sleep when he heard what he thought was a woman's scream. Then he heard it again, assuming it was just one of the others playing with their food he brushed it off and returned to his slumber.