Spike and Buffy avoided each other the next couple of weeks. Buffy had asked to be
transferred to the day shift so she would not have to see him. She still put filled glasses of
blood in the refrigerator and was glad to see that Spike was continuing to use them instead
of hunting. The fang marks on her next had healed within hours, leaving no trace of what
had transpired between the two of them.
However, Buffy could not keep the feelings she had to herself. She wrote to Giles and
Willow, telling them what happened, but leaving out the fact that it was Spike.
Buffy received a reply from Giles a few weeks later. However, what he wrote was not what
she wanted to hear.
I apologize for the briefness of this letter, but I feel I must get right to the point.
You are needed here in Sunnydale as soon as possible. Someone has returned.
Love and Godspeed,
Buffy quickly packed some clothes into a bag and was about to leave. She hesitated near
the door. *I had better let Spike know where I am going, even if things between us are
strained.* She put her bag down and knocked on Spike's bedroom door. "Spike?"
She opened the door when she got no response. He was sleeping on the bed, tossing
fitfully back and forth. She decided not to wake him and instead left a brief note, which
she taped it to the microwave door so he would not miss it. She checked the refrigeration
one last time to be sure it was stocked and then left the apartment.
Buffy stood in front of Sunnydale High with trepidation. She was not looking forward to
entering the building. *Better get it over with,* she thought, taking a deep breath. She let
it out, and with resolution, entered the school.
No one approached her as she made her way to the library. She peered in the windows,
seeing all the old Slayerettes sitting around the table. Oz was leaning over Willow's
shoulder as she worked on the computer. Cordelia and Xander were sitting across from
each other, flipping through books. Giles paced while he read another. Buffy plastered a
smile on her face and entered the library.
"Hey guys, guess who?" Buffy said as she walked in.
The group looked up as one.
"Buffy!" Giles shouted and ran over to her, embracing her in a hug. "It's so good to see
Willow and Xander ran over and grabbed her next. "Buffy, you're here," Willow said as she hugged her friend. "We missed you so much."
"Yeah, Buff, we've had to do all your work since you left," Xander joked, hugging her
Buffy broke the embraces and went over to Cordelia, who had stood up and was walking
her way. Buffy hugged Cordelia, to Cordelia's surprise, and then hugged Oz.
"It is so good to see you all," Buffy said with feeling. They all stood there smiling for a
moment, soaking in the fact that all the friends were together again.
"So," Buffy said, getting down to business. "Who's returned? The Master? Inca Mummy
Woman? The bug-man?"
Buffy turned towards the voice, her heart dropping. "Angel?"
Spike woke up with a terrible feeling in his heart. It was if it had dropped to the bottom of
his shoes. *Something is wrong,* he thought, getting out of bed and throwing some pants
on. He made his way into the kitchen, took out a glass of blood, and went to heat it in the
microwave. That's when he saw the note.
Had to go to Sunnydale.
He crushed the note into a ball and threw it across the room. It bounced harmlessly against
the wall. "Damn it," he swore before a feeling of dread washed over him, causing him to
have to sit down quickly. His heart sped up, as much as a vampire's could, as he felt all at
once astonishment, longing, loathing and finally pain. "Buffy," he whispered, realizing that
he was receiving her feelings. His own fear took the place of her feelings and he quickly
stood up and ran to get packed.
He was going back to Sunnydale.
Buffy felt astonishment, longing, loathing and finally pain as she looked at Angel. "How?"
she whispered. She then felt something like fear, but distant.
"We found a spell and brought him back from hell," Giles replied, looking back and forth
at the two of them. "He has been back for several weeks now, actually. But we left it up
to Angel to decide when to tell you."
Buffy let out a strangled cry, dropped her bag, and then fled from the library.
Everyone looked stunned at Buffy's reaction, except for Angel. "I'd better go after her,"
Willow said, heading out the door. "Me, too," Cordelia replied following.
The two girls met up with Buffy in the bathroom. She was crying. "Buffy," Willow
asked, embracing her friend for the second time that day. "What is it?"
"I can't believe you guys actually brought him back," she whispered as she cried. "After
all the terrible things you went through."
"Yes, but that was Angelus, not Angel. Since his soul was restored, he is the same as he
was beforeyou knowhe turned into Angelus," Willow responded.
"Yeah, Buffy. He's been pretty helpful, too, going out and slaying with us. He's even
made peace with Xander," Cordelia added.
"Then again, Xander said he'd take Angel any day over you, Cordy," Willow said, astonishing Buffy.
"Willow!" Buffy exclaimed, looking at her friend. "I can't believe that you just said that!"
"That's nothing," Cordelia said. "In fact, she can be almost as bad as I am when she wants
Willow smiled. Buffy shook her head. "I don't know if I am ready for this, guys. I had
finally put my life back together and let the wounds heal. I have a good job. I had a good
friend" Buffy trailed off.
"We did get your letter, Buffy, telling us what happened," Willow said. "That is why
Angel decided that maybe it was time to see you."
"What!" Buffy yelled. "You showed Angel my letter! How could you!"
"Buffy, we didn't show him the letter," Cordelia responded calmly. "We just told him that
you were down in the dumps and he suggested that maybe it was time to see you."
"Oh," Buffy said, somewhat relieved.
"Now, come on, Buffy," Willow said. "You have to do this sooner or later."
"Later, please," she asked.
"Nope, sooner is always better," Willow replied, turning her friend to the mirror. "Now,
wash up. You're beginning to look like Cordelia."
"Hey!" Cordelia glared at Willow. Willow smiled evilly. Buffy laughed.
The gang sat out at the table in the library as Angel and Buffy went into Giles' office.
"So, Buffy," Angel asked. "How are you?"
"Well, up until now, I was doing alright," she replied sarcastically.
Angel sighed. "I know this is hard for you"
Buffy interrupted him. "Hard for me? You bet your sweet bippy it's hard for me! I
thought you were dead! I thought I had sent you to hell!"
"You, did, Buffy. But your friends brought me back. And I do have my soul, thanks to
Buffy paced in Giles' small office. "I cannot believe this is happening to me!" She turned
and hit the wall, making a big hole.
"Buffy," Angel began.
"Listen to me, Angel, because I am only going to say this once. I no longer have any
feelings for you. Over this past year I have healed, moved on, grown up. You name it, I
did it. I even made a very close friend in LA, and we were doing just fine up until a few
weeks ago. But that is none of your business, anyway."
Angel sat and listened to Buffy tell him off. When she was through, he only said "I'm
sorry, Buffy," and walked out of the office.
*Great!* Buffy thought, slamming the door after him. *Why did I have to go and pick
two vampires who just leave after something important has happened!*
Giles opened the door to his office and stepped in. "Buffy," he said. "May I speak with
"Sure, Giles," Buffy said sullenly.
"I know this is a big shock to you, but we felt it was important that you know Angel
returned. It would not have been fair of us to keep you in the dark, especially in light of
the fact that he has been a big help."
"I know Giles. And you're right. I would want to know. It's just that I had finally healed
and moved on with my life."
"Willow told me about your relationship problems in LA. Is there anything that I can do to
"That's sweet of you Giles," Buffy responded, hugging her mentor. "But no. It is between
him and me to solve. We just haven't gotten to that part yet."
"Ok, Buffy," Giles said. "But remember, we are all here for you."
"I know, Giles. And thanks."
Spike arrived in Sunnydale early the next morning. He had caught the last bus from LA at
two a.m.and worried the whole way there. He grabbed his bag, clanging the glasses of
blood together, and went to find some shelter for the day.
What he didn't notice was the figure watching from the shadows.
The next morning, Buffy woke early from a fitful night's sleep. She had stayed over at
Giles' house, not ready to face her mother yet. That was what she was going to do today.
"Buffy," Giles called up the stairs. "Are you awake?"
"Yeah, Giles," Buffy called back. "I'll be down in a few minutes."
Buffy cleaned up and dressed and went down for breakfast. "Coffee, please," she asked
Giles while settling onto the kitchen chair.
Giles gave her a cup and than sat down across from her. "Are you ready to see your
"Yes. I think I am ready. Did you call her and let her know that I would be coming
"Yes. She will be waiting for you."
"Good," Buffy replied, finishing her coffee. "Then I think it is time to head over there."
Giles dropped Buffy off at her mother's house a few minutes later. Buffy took a deep
breath and went up to the door. Before she could knock, however, it opened. Her mom
was standing there.
"Buffy," "Mom," they both said at the same time, before embracing each other tightly.
"It's so good to see you," Mrs. Summers said.
"It's good to see you too, mom," Buffy replied.
The two women went into the house and sat down. "So, Buffy, tell me everything. What
have you been doing?"
Buffy filled her mother in on her life over the past year, including the problem with Spike
without mentioning his name or the fact that he was a vampire.
"It sounds as though you have been alright, Buffy," her mother said as Buffy concluded
with the events of yesterday. "I am glad that you are ok and have healed. I am only sorry
that Principal Snyder expelled you for something you did not do." Buffy's mom went on to
explain how she and Giles got Cordelia's parents to speak to Principal Snyder on Buffy's
behalf. The result was that anytime Buffy wanted to return to school and pick up her
academics where she left off, she may.
"I just may do that mom, but I will have to let you know," Buffy said in reply.
Buffy left her mom's house later that afternoon, not wanting to spend the night. Joyce
Summers understood that her daughter was an adult and had been living on her own for
almost an entire year. She told Buffy that if she did decide to return to school, she would
have no problems with her living away from home. Buffy smiled at her mom. "Thank
Buffy met the gang back at school after her visit with her mother. They were in classes, so
she chatted with Giles while waiting for school to end.
"Do you think you might come back, Buffy," Giles asked.
"Maybe. I would have to really think about it, especially since Angel is here. Plus there
"I understand," Giles said. "Let me know when you decide."
The final bell of the school day rang. Xander and Cordelia immediately entered.
"Hey, G-man! Buffster!" Xander said, kissing Buffy on top of the head. Cordelia smacked
him. "Ow! What was that for?"
"Those lips are my personal property, Mister! They are not to touch anyone else,
understand!" Cordelia said, grabbing hold of his ear and pulling.
"Ok! Ok! You can let go now, jeez!" Xander grinned goofily at Cordelia and kissed her
soundly on the mouth.
Giles looked at Buffy and rolled his eyes causing Buffy to laugh. Willow and Oz soon
joined them in the library.
"So, guys," Buffy said eyeing the group. "Any new prophecy I should be aware of since
I'm here in town?"
"Actually, yes," Giles replied, excited that he was able to quote from one of his many
books. Willow made a face. Oz pretended to shoot himself in the head. The others
laughed at them. Xander chose at that moment to bite Cordelia on the neck and Cordelia
screeched, batting him away.
Giles cleared his throat, glaring at the group. "If I may?"
They Slayerettes settled down to listen.
"Thank you. Now, this is a prophecy that I have calculated should take place sometime
soon. It says:
And he shall return from the gates of hell and she shall return to meet him.
Fate shall be on hand, bringing all together.
True love shall conquer all foes and a child shall be conceived,
A child destined to be a balance between good and evil.
This shall happen when the moon is dark and full of blood.
"Wow, Giles," Buffy said. "The only thing I understood was 'a child shall be conceived.'"
"Well, from my calculations, the last sentence of the prophecy is speaking about the Blood
Moon, or the second new moon in a single month. This is a time when supernatural powers
are at their peak. I figure it shall be twice as strong since we are here on the Hellmouth."
"We figured that Angel was the one returning from the gates of hell, considering that's what
he did," Willow said.
"And considering that you showed up back here, you must be the one who has returned,"
"Oh, great!" Buffy exclaimed. "Does that mean that I am the one who's going to get
pregnant? And by Angel?" Buffy smacked her forehead into the table.
"I don't know, Buffy," Giles replied. "There could be numerous explanations. What I do
know is that the Blood Moon occurs tonight."
Buffy groaned. *Why me?*
Buffy and the Slayerettes spend the rest of the day preparing for anything. They decided to
stay in the library that night for two reasons. One, it was the center of the Hellmouth. And
secondly, it was the easiest place to guard.
Angel walked from his apartment to the library. He didn't notice a figure following behind
him in the shadows.
Spike sat in Buffy's old bedroom, looking out the window. He had spent the day here,
knowing that she would be too uncomfortable to do so. He had locked the door and
propped the desk chair under the handle to ensure he had no visitors.
He was debating where he should look for Buffy when he felt a wave of shock and fear coil
through him. *Buffy!* He opened the window and ran into the night, knowing
instinctively where to go, as if he and Buffy were linked together.
Angel entered the library and sighed. He wondered if Buffy was ever going to forgive him.
*I wouldn't,* he thought.
"Hey, deadboy," Xander called out to Angel. "You're here."
"Don't call me that, Xander," Angel said, shaking his head.
"Well," Giles said, "I guess the first part of the prophecy is correct. Both Angel and Buffy
are here on the night of the Blood Moon."
Buffy sneered. "So, now we're suppose to get together and do some hanky panky? I think
"You are correct, luv."
The startled group turned to the voice in the doorway of the library.
"Drucilla!" Angel shouted.
Buffy recoiled in shock and fear. *Spike,* she thought, desperately afraid that something
would happen, thus destroying their chance together.
The Slayerettes quickly stood and pulled their weapons.
"Oh, I'm sorry. I didn't come to play with you tonight," Drucilla said. She walked up to
Angel and kissed him on the cheek. "I came to see my Angel." She caressed his face.
Angel recoiled in horror.
Buffy grabbed a stake and charged at Drucilla.
Drucilla stepped out of the way and Buffy stabbed Angel instead.
"Nooo!" Buffy screamed as Angel staggered back from the blow. Luckily, the blow landed
to low to kill him.
Drucilla grabbed Buffy by the hair and slammed her head against the counter, rendering her
unconscious. "Now, why did you have to go and hurt my Angel again?" Drucilla started
to pull Buffy towards the door.
"I have what I came for," Drucilla said to the group, using Buffy for protection. She blew
Angel a kiss. "See you later, luv."
"Let go of her, Dru," a voice said from behind her.
"Hello, Spike," Dru purred. "I have the Slayer here. Do you want to come have some fun
Drucilla turned so she could keep her eyes on both Spike and the rest of the group in the
library. "Why not, Spike. She must taste so good," Drucilla smiled evilly. "Of course,
you already know that, don't you, luv?"
Angel made a strangled noise, misunderstanding what Drucilla meant. He tried to get up,
but couldn't. *If he hurt Buffy, so help me*
"Now it's payback time, Spike. For taking away my Angel. And I have the perfect way to
destroy you," she threw her head back and laughed demonically. When she looked up
again, she had her 'game' face on. She exposed Buffy's neck and sank her teeth into it.
"No!" Everyone screamed at once, Spike the loudest of the group.
Spike charged at Drucilla, his face twisted into vampire fury, and ripped Buffy from her
mouth. He pushed Buffy towards Xander who was nearest and then grabbed Drucilla.
Drucilla laughed maniacally. Spike threw her across the room onto the wall.
The rest of the group watched in disbelief as Drucilla and Spike, the epitome of an evil
couple, fought mercilessly.
This went on for several minutes before Spike yelled out "Stake!" At first, no one moved
to help. Then Angel took the stake that was in him and threw it towards Spike.
Spike caught the stake in one hand, holding Drucilla on the floor with the other. "This is
for Buffy," he said. And slammed the stake into her. She exploded into a pile of dust.
Spike got up off the floor immediately, his face still twisted in vampire fury, and rushed
over to Buffy. Xander tried to stop him with holy water, but he pushed him across the
room. He picked up Buffy and ran out of the library.
Everyone stood there for a moment. Then they took after Spike.
Spike carried Buffy back to her house and back through the window to her bedroom. He
turned on the light and laid her down on the bed and checked her pulse. *Still beating, but
for how long?* he thought. *There is only one way to find out.* And he sank his teeth
into her neck.
Angel, mostly recovered from his wounds, stood with the group outside of Buffy's house
on the street. They had seen Spike carry Buffy up to her room. Angel, having better
vision, saw Spike sink his fangs into Buffy's neck.
"No," he whispered, dreading that they were too late.
Spike felt Buffy's essence flow into him. Her feelings for him almost overwhelming.
Spike released her almost immediately, knowing that she would be alright. Drucilla had not
taken that much blood.
Buffy's eyes open to the sight of Spike's vampire face over her. However, she was not
frightened. She had felt an immense amount of love coming from Spike when he sank his
fangs into her. She reached up and used her fingers to smooth his brow, his features going
back to human.
"Buffy," he began.
"Shh," Buffy whispered. "Just kiss me."
Angel felt his heart break into a million pieces when he saw Spike lean down and kiss
Buffy. *So, that's what Drucilla meant,* he thought sadly. He turned to the group around
him. "She's ok."
They looked at him quizzically. "What do you mean, Angel. We just saw Spike take off
with Buffy and they ended up here. How can she be alright?" Giles asked.
"She is, Giles. Spike is no longer there," Angel lied. "I saw him leave her bedroom, her
mom is up there now checking on her. Buffy is awake and looks fine. We should leave
"Well," Giles says. "You do have better vision than all of us. And her light is on. I agree
with you, Angel, we should leave her and her mother alone. Come along, I'll drive you all
Willow and Xander protested for a few moments until Giles explained how important it was
for Buffy and her mother to have some time together. As they all piled into Giles' car,
Angel looked back up into the window. *Take care of her, Spike,* he thought. *Or I will
Spike kissed Buffy tenderly. "Are you ok?" He asked, looking into her eyes.
"Yes, I'm fine," Buffy said, smiling. "Thank you."
"For coming after me."
Spike smiled down. "You're welcome, Tiger." Buffy smiled.
"Buffy, I need to tell you something. We've been together for awhile now, and I have
enjoyed every moment of it," Spike said.
"I have, too," Buffy replied.
"And I am sorry for the way I acted after"
"It's ok, Spike, I understand."
"No it is not ok. I had bit you and enjoyed it and afterwards I realized that I had hurt you
and I couldn't stand to do it again," Spike said.
"It didn't hurt, Spike. In fact it felt wonderful," Buffy said with a shy smile on her face.
Spike couldn't believe it. *It felt wonderful? It had felt wonderful to him, too.*
Buffy pushed his doubts aside by reaching up and pulling him down on top of her. She
kissed him deeply, letting all her love show in that one kiss.
He stopped the kiss, then undressed them both. As he became one with her, Buffy showed him how much she loved him. She
bared her neck.
Spike looked into her eyes as he moved in her, he bent down and sank his fangs into her
neck. Spike felt Buffy's love wash over him like a tidal wave. Buffy felt him in her mind and in her body, causing her to go over the
edge. Spike and Buffy's essences' merged together into one.
Spike recovered and pulled away from Buffy's neck. He pulled her over, so they were snuggled together in the bed. "I love you, Tiger," he said into her hair.
"I love you, too."
"Who would have thought that fate would have thrown us together again with this being the
He felt Buffy's silent laughter as they fell into a deep sleep.
"She just said for everyone to be here this evening, that is all," Giles repeated for what, to
him, seemed like the hundredth time. "No, she did not tell me why, so stop asking."
Willow, Oz, Cordelia and Xander sat around the table in the library. They pondered why
Buffy would have asked them to come on a Friday night, especially in lieu of going to the
Bronze for a party.
It had been two months since Buffy's return to Sunnydale. She re-enrolled in school and
was getting A's in English and History. She still had trouble with Math. She did not live
with her mother, instead staying in a basement level, two bedroom apartment near the
community college campus.
Buffy walked into the library. She surveyed her dear friends and chuckled at the shock they
were about to get. "Hi, guys!"
"Hey, Buffy!" They each greeted her in turn.
"So, what's the big mystery that led us all here on a Friday night," Xander asked. "I
could've been at the Bronze dancing with all those sexy chicks."
"Hey!" Cordelia said, smacking him on the arm.
Buffy smiled at them. *Here goes,* she thought. "You remember the prophecy a few months ago? The one on the Blood Moon? Well, I figured out what the entire prophecy meant. Giles, you might want to sit down for this one."
"That is ok, Buffy. I think I know what you are going to say," Giles replied, still standing.
*Oh, no you don't,* Buffy thought with a grin. "Well, let me take a crack at it first,
Giles." Giles nodded to her. "Well, we all know that the Blood Moon was the second new
moon of the month, so that's no big deal. And we figured that Angel was the one who
returned from the gates of hell and I was the one who came back to meet him. The way I
figure it is that by having both Drucilla and Spike show up, fate brought us all together
"Very good, Buffy," Giles said. "That is what I concluded as well. I pieced it together that
Spike killed Drucilla because she loved Angel and he loved her. Thus, true love conquering
all foes. What I do no know is, where does the child fit in?"
"Actually Giles, you have that last part wrong. But I shall get to that in a sec. First I
wanted to tell you that I know where the child fits in," Buffy said. "I'm pregnant."
There was a stunned silence in the room.
"Howwho" Giles stammered, completely flustered.
"If you have to ask how, Giles, you are never going to make it with the opposite sex,"
Xander quipped, walking up to Buffy. "Congratulations."
"Yeah, Buffy, congrats." Everyone hugged her and touched her stomach. "So, how long
have you been pregnant?" Willow asked.
"Since the night of the Blood Moon," Buffy replied.
"But how is that so? We were all at your mom's house and then left andoh," Willow
stopped. "Did Angel come back after we left?"
Buffy made a disgusting face. "No way! I wouldn't let him in my mother's house for a
"Then who" Giles asked. Buffy interrupted him. "You are not going to believe this one
guys. Remember my last letter before I came back to town? About the man I was having
problems with? He's the father."
"You mean, your young chap was at your house that night impreger" Giles started to
"Yes, Giles. And he was present here in the library that night as well."
"We were all here, Buffy, and we didn't see anyone," Xander said.
"Except for Angel, Spike and Drucilla. And since we know it isn't Angel, and Drucilla,
well, never mind about her," Willow said.
Cordelia raised her hand. "I know who it is. It's Spike!"
Xander looked at Cordelia with disbelief. "Great deduction, Sherlock. Would you like to
say something a little less stupid?"
As Xander and Cordelia fought, Buffy went out into the hall. She returned a moment later
dragging a reluctant Spike behind her.
"Um, guys, you all know Spike," Buffy began.
They all turned and looked at her and Spike. Spike smiled and did a little wave.
Angel stood in the stacks, listening to the conversation. *Buffy pregnant?* he thought.
*And by Spike no less. I guess it is truly over.*
"Giles? Giles? Are you ok? Giles?"
Giles heard Buffy's voice from far away. He came to on the floor in the library, Buffy
kneeling over him.
"Are you ok, Giles," she asked. "You have been out for a long time."
"Oh, Buffy. I had the most dreadful dream. I dreamt that you came and said you were
pregnant and Spike was the father" Giles trailed off as he noticed Spike sitting at the table
conversing with the Slayerettes.
He promptly fainted again.