Episode 2: Twice in a Lifetime by Pari
3 by Pari

Oh my God, Oh my God!" Dawn shrieked. "He can't be dead, no." She
wailed as her tears flowed free down her face. Everyone watched
stunned, each visibly shaken.

"No." Buffy whispered choking on he word as her own tears fell.


"Stop that!" The teenaged girl said to the older man holding the
stick. "Don't poke it, he looks dead maybe we should bury him."

"No, we should take anything of value and then leave him." The man
said as he took his stick ad poke the lifeless body lying in the
alley. The girl kneeled down, moving in to take a better look.

"Are you sure he's dead?" She asked and then got her answer as a pale
hand grasped her wrist, holding her firmly. "Ahhh!!"

"Little Bit?" The near dead man spoke.


"Ok what's happening, the screens going all loopy again." Xander said
stating the obvious.

"I'm not sure," Tara answered. "It could be a distorting due to
Spike's location changing, maybe due to time going by, or…"

"Or it could be because Spike's dead now."

"No, Dawnie, I'm sure that's not it. There was no dust right, and
that definitely has to occur before a vamp dies." Willow said hoping
to make the girl feel better.

"You heard that lady, things are different in that world for demos,
she's a god and her blood can kill other vamps." Dawn said.


"I'm not going to hurt you, I promise," The man spoke as he now sat
up using a dumpster to brace him.

"You're a vampire." The man with the stick said, as he stood with the
stick raised, ready for attack.

"Yeah, but I'm not from here, Parisian brought me here, ad then she
tried to kill me, the bitch."

"Parisian, oh man she's bad news."

"You called me little bit, why?" The girl asked from her safety zone
behind the man with the stick.

"That's what I've always called you, well my Dawn in my world."

"I'm in your world, another me, Dawn I mean?"

"Yeah," Spike answered as he rubbed the back of his neck. "And so is
he, although I really don't like my Xander very much."

"Hey how did you know my name?" Xander asked as he lowered the stick
a little.

"I've told you already, I'm from another world, and in my world
you're both there, along with Tara, Willow, and Buffy."

"Buffy?" Dawn repeated with sadness in her voice. "She's alive in
your world?"


"Can you get it back?" Willow asked Tara as he nervously eyed Buffy,
who sat curled up on the couch, staring out into space. Dawn sat be
side her stroking her hair, but Buffy didn't seem to notice or just
didn't care.

"I don't know, I still think it's something on that side causing it,
Spike must have moved, that or time has passed there."

"Time passed, how much?"

"I don't know." Tara answered. "I think all we can do now is wait."

"Buffy, you want something to drink or eat?" Dawn asked her sister
softly, still stroking her hair.

"Why does this keep happening to me?" Buffy asked her tears still
streaming down her face. "What's wrong with me?"

"Nothing, nothings wrong with you." Dawn responded not clear on what
her sister was asking.

"Why do they all leave me, just when I fall in love with them, they


"Buffy's dead, God not again." Spike said.

"Yeah, well she's still around and all." Xander babbled causing Spike
to stare at him confused. "She is dead, well the undead, like you."

"She's a vampire?" Spike asked stunned and very angry that something
had defiled his slayer by turning her.

"Yes, thanks to Parisian. Buffy is, was the leader of the freedom
fighters. We took on Parisian and her crew, and we were kicking major
ass, really making a difference, trying to get our world back. Well,
Parisian started opening other realms and bringing in creatures to
fight us. One night during a heated battle, Buffy was captured, and
we assumed she was dead, but we should have known better. I mean
Parisian wouldn't let a warrior like Buffy go, so she turned her, and
Now Buffy fights on the other team. As for the freedom fighters, well
those that are still alive scattered, but are still hunted down and
killed. As far as I know, Dawn and I are all that's left, that are
willing to keep the fight and hope alive." Xander said.

"But you not with them right? I mean you're a good guy, you'll help
us right?" Dawn asked hopeful. "If you don't soon they track us down
and they'll kill us, and I…I don't want to die." She said as her
tears began to fall. Spike stood, slowly and stumbled to her, she
backed up a little, and he reached out and wiped away her tears. He
never could stand to see her cry.

"You're not gonna die. I made a promise to your big sis, that I would
protect you and I always will."

"You made a promise to protect your Dawn, in your world." Dawn

"It doesn't matter, I'd walk through hell for you, no matter what
world you're from." Spike stated causing Dawn's smile to return. "So
where do you guys set up shop, where your base of operations? Might
as well get started, find others that are willing to help us fight."

"So, you're going to help us?" Xander asked excitedly.

"Until I can find my way back home, I might as well work off my
frustrations by crushing some skulls." Spike smirked as Xander and
Dawn both smiled broadly at him.


"No!! Don't touch that!" Buffy screamed at Willow who was about to
pick up and dump out the bowl of water still on the floor, surrounded
by candles.

"Buffy, it's been four days, and nothings happened. The screen just
keeps looping in and out."

"Don't, just don't." Buffy said from the spot she had taken up
residency in since the night Spike disappeared. Willow raised her
hands I defeat as Tara and Dawn looked on sadly at the pale woman
sitting on the couch.

"Ok, Do you want some thing to eat, Buffy you have eating much
since…" Buffy just shook her head no. "Ok then well if you need us
we'll be in the kitchen.

"Dawn!" A voice yelled out causing the four ladies to jump,
startled. "Dawn where are you?"

"Spike! It's Spike!" Dawn said excitedly as she moved to the bowl of
water. Buffy quickly jumped fro the couch, tossing aside the blanket
she was wrapped in, as each of them took a spot around the bowl as
they watch the screen start to clear up.


"Dawn! I'm gonna kill her." Spike hissed as he ducked back before the
bullet could strike his face. He quickly swung back around getting
off two shots of his own, each striking a target, sending dust

"I'm sure," Xander spoke as he peered around a corner. "She's fine.
She's a big girl, she can take care of her self. She's a damn good
fight, thanks to all your teaching. Don't worry."

"Yeah she's a big girl," Spike twirled again shooting and dusting
several more vamp by firing sliver bullets into their hearts. "A big,
stubborn, head strong, cocky girl, who acts before she thinks."

"And does that sound like anyone you know?" Xander asked arching his
brow to his best friend, Spike rolled his eyes at him. Suddenly a
fierce explosion erupted in front of the position Spike, Xander and
several other freedom fighters held their positions.

"What the fu…" Spike started to say but stopped when he noticed
someone was running towards them at full speed.

"Run!!" Dawn said as she ran past them. Not needing further
instructions Xander and Spike followed her.

"Fall back!" Spike commanded and one by one the fighters retreated
from the abandoned warehouse that Parisian use to house her weapons
and also doubled as a barracks for many of her best soldiers. Seconds
after Spike, Dawn, Xander, and the rest ran from the building they
were all thrown to the ground by another, more powerful explosion.
After the dust settled each stood to assess the damage and to ensure
that everyone had gotten out. Spike quickly moved to Dawn who was
slowly getting up and dusting herself off.

"You ok, little bit?" Spike asked as her turned her about, checking
her over.

"Yeah, I'm fine, I'm fine." She said trying to shrug him off. "Get
off me, geez." Spike stepped back satisfied that she was ok.

"What the hell do you think you were doing in there?" Spike demanded.

"Taking out the building and the baddies inside, duh." Dawn
replied. "That was the objectives, right."

"Yeah it was after we had gotten information about Parisian's
headquarters and taken as many gun as we could carry!" Spike roar in
anger, causing Dawn to move back a bit in fear. "Damn it Dawn, you
can't go off all cock diesel like that every time we have a mission.
I think next time you should stay home." Spike said and then slaked

"What?" Dawn said as she followed him. "You can't keep me home like
some child, Spike."

"If that's how you choose to behave that's how you'll be treated, you
could have gotten hurt little bit, or worse."

"Newsflash Spike, I'm not a child anymore, I'm twenty years-old. I'm
a woman now, thanks to you, you've raised me well. You've protected
me like you promised you would, but now it's time to cut the
umbilical and let me stand on my own two feet. I can take care of
myself, and you know I can. You taught me everything I know, and
since you're the best fighter I know, I think I'm pretty darn lucky
to have you as a teacher. Just let me show you what I can do,
Please." Spike just sighed clenching his jaws.

"Fine little bit, fine."

"Oh and Spike could you stop calling me that in front of the guys,
it's a little disconcerting." Dawn pleaded as she flashed one of
her `pretty please' smiles. Spike chuckled despite his anger and
simply nodded. Dawn quickly pecked him on the cheek as they walked
arm in arm back to their headquarters.

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