You Stab Me in the Back…

Summary: **The 'Betrayal' Part of the 2013 LiveJournal's Twisted Shorts FaD** series. Things are a little different in Sunnydale when Buffy arrives. Then again, so is she.

Timeline: 'Welcome to the Hellmouth' and 'The Harvest' for BtVS; vague for movie'verse Blade.

Challenge: for the livejournal 2013 August Fic-a-Day Challenge.

Warning: character deaths, Slayerette bashing. And some Monty Python-ish type humor at the end.

A/N: This is the opening ficlet to my YABF (Yet Another Betrayal Fic) collection. Just like with the 'Real Family' collection, let me know if you have any ideas for fandoms that could help Buffy when she's betrayed.

Disclaimer: BtVS/AtS characters belong to Joss Whedon/Mutant Enemy. Blade characters belong to Marv Wolfman, Gene Colan, Marvel Comics and New Line Cinema. I claim no rights to any copyrighted material. Please do not copy or take this story without my permission.

Chapter 1: August 2, 2013 – I Stab You in the Back

Tunnels near the Master's Lair

Buffy and Xander followed Jesse through the tunnels away from the vampires. Unfortunately, he ended up leading them into a dead end.

"What do we do?" Xander asked Buffy as she looked for a way to get out.

Jesse answered him instead, "I got an idea. You can die."

When Buffy and Xander turned to look at him, his face was in full vamp mode. Strangely enough, instead of being horrified, Xander gave a happy cheer and hugged his friend again.

"Jesse, man, this is so awesome! Does this mean we all get turned?" he pleaded with his best bud.

Jesse's gaze shifted over to where Buffy was standing and he gave her a predatory grin. "Just as soon as we deliver the Slayer to the Master."

Laughing, Xander looped his arm around Jesse's shoulder as he filled the new vampire in on what happened above ground since his disappearance, "It was hilarious! She and the librarian, Giles, gave Will and me the whole vampires lecture. It was so fun to steer them in the direction of the tunnels so she'd come to rescue you. Will had that fainting damsel routine going strong. 'Breathe, Willow, breathe'," he added mockingly in a fake-Buffy voice.

"Ah, so the graveyard scene was just that…a scene?" Buffy guessed.

"Well, we had to come up with something when Xander told us about overhearing you and book guy talking about vampires and Slayers," Jesse answered. "The Master wanted to find out if you really were a Slayer or not. We figured that you'd try to save your new friends if we were taken by vampires. Thanks for being so predictable, by the way."

"You, too," Buffy snarked back, much to the boys' shock. She gestured over her shoulder and said, "Haven't you noticed that the other vamps haven't caught up to us yet, despite only being seconds behind us? I knew you guys were familiars within seconds of meeting you. You really should hide your owner tags better. I saw Xander's when he helped me pick up my things in the hallway and Willow's when she was leaned over the water fountain. I figured that if they were both lap dogs, you probably were too, and got my confirmation during lunch while you attempted to hit on Cordelia. That's when I called an old friend."

"You 'bout ready to go, blondie?" a voice growled from the shadows behind Buffy. "I took care of the bloodsuckers that were behind you."

"In a moment, Blade," she replied. Then she turned back to the boys. "Hmm, what to do with you two… Well, my Calling requires that I kill evil vampires, but I do need somebody to take a message to the Master. Chances are that that messenger will either be tortured or die or both. What do you think, Blade?"

"Kill the sucker and let the familiar carry the message. He doesn't deserve any sympathy," came the harsh reply.

"I suppose you're right. It's not as if you became a familiar out of fear or anything; you seemed pretty jammed about it to me," Buffy told Xander while she took a small tube with a needle on the end out of her coat and tossed it into Jesse's chest. She ignored Jesse's cries of anguish as he died while she gave Xander the message, "So here's what you get to tell the Master," she paused to snicker at the presumptive name the vamp gave himself, "Not only does he have the attention of a Vampire Slayer, but he also has the Daywalker coming for him. While I might not scare him that much, I'd be willing to bet that he'll be peeing himself when he finds out Blade's here."

"After we save her Watcher, we're coming back for the head bloodsucker," Blade promised, coming to stand next to Buffy so Xander could give the Master a description of the so-called Daywalker.

As they walked out of the tunnels together, Buffy's mind went back to LA, just after Merrick died. Blade and Whistler showed up and said that they'd help her fight Lothos and his minions as a way of repaying Merrick for some favor he did for them in the past. They knew that she wouldn't be able to survive the upcoming battle on her own…not with the minimal amount of training she had so far.

She really wished that Whistler was one of those Watcher guys 'cause he didn't mind her using more modern weapons. Blade was something else. Most of the time (like 99.99%), he seemed annoyed to have to train her. The remaining 0.01%, he appeared almost fond of her…like she was his little, white sister.

When she asked Whistler about it – because she wasn't about to ask Blade – he said that Blade probably appreciated that she was as stuck as he was. She didn't seek out being the Slayer any more than he wanted to be born a daywalker. That, and they both had a mission to kill vampires.

After they helped with Lothos, they explained to her about the difference in vampire races. If she ever came across the race that had human familiars, she was to call them for back up before attempting to battle the vamps.

When she caught a glimpse of Blade before going into the mausoleum, she knew that she could go along with whatever scene Xander and Jesse had planned for her. Blade would make sure she wouldn't die, and maybe she'd get a little info about the big bad in town who marked them. The Master…the name still made her giggle.

"What's so funny?" Blade demanded.

"The big bad's name and the fact that Jesse said he was supposed to be bait for me. Made me wonder if that means the head bloodsucker is a Master Baiter?"

Although he'd deny it, Blade's lips quirked up momentarily at the bad pun she made.

A/N: I know that pun's been done to death, but I couldn't help myself.