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Chapter 31

Chapter 31

"What is she doing here?" Elena demanded. Katherine had pretended to be Elena down in the hallway only a few minutes ago with Damon. Stefan had attacked Elena upstairs in his room and Katherine had walked up to laugh at them. Buffy had walked up in the middle of everything.

"When we killed Elijah, it broke the compulsion and freed the bitch from the tomb." Damon said.

"How's that possible?" Stefan asked.

Katherine looked at Buffy. "Well, little miss know-it-all Slayer?"

Buffy rolled her eyes and said with a shrug, "He's an Original."

"I don't want you here." Elena said to Katherine. "Get her out of here."

"You need me, Elena. You all do." Katherine said.

"Like hell." Stefan said.

"Is the only smart one here Buffy?"

"Why would you say that?" Elena asked.

"Because Buffy freed me."

Stefan and Elena looked at Buffy. "I made a deal with her." Buffy said, shrugging. "I told her that if she stuck around and helped, then I wouldn't kill her once she was free."

"Why would you do that?" Stefan asked.

"Because she knows more than us. She knows more than Giles!"

"And we all want the same thing." Katherine said. "Klaus dead. Yet here you all are, running around like chickens with their heads cut off."

"I don't need your help and I don't want it." Elena snapped.

"And that's incredibly stupid of you. You know where Klaus is? When he's coming? What he looks like?"

"If you know something, say it or get out." Damon warned.

"Fine. Then I'll just go to the Grill and have some lunch. Maybe Aunt Jenna's free for a bite."

"Katherine…." Buffy warned.

"Oh, grow a sense of humor. I was kidding." Katherine walked out and all eyes turned on Buffy.

"What?" She asked defensively. "I know when I need help. I know you hate to admit this, but she has information that we need. I'll keep her in line."

"Nobody keeps that bitch in line." Damon said. "She does what she likes."

"Well, you've never had anyone around that she's scared of. And since she's scared of Klaus as well, she's stuck between me and him. I'm the better option." Buffy sighed. "We need her help whether you want to admit that or not."

Buffy found Damon down in the cellar putting together her flamethrower. She knew he heard her coming, but he didn't turn around. "Are you still mad at me?" Buffy asked, leaning against the doorframe.

"Yes." Damon said."I'm sorry."

"You should be."

"We need her help."

"You could've told me your plan."

"I could've. Yes. But would you have gone along with it?"

"Of course not."

"And that's why I didn't tell you."

"You're starting to sound like Elena."

"Or maybe I've rubbed off on Elena." Damon snorted. "How long are you going to stay mad at me?"

"I don't know. I've got a while."

Buffy rolled her eyes. "So do I." She turned and started to leave, but Damon was suddenly standing in front of her.

"Ok. I'm over it." He said.

"That was quick."

"Well…. You can stay mad longer than anyone I've met. So I'm not pushing my luck." He smiled charmingly and Buffy laughed. She wrapped her arms around his neck and pulled him closer to kiss him deeply. After a long breathless moment, Damon pulled away and went back to the flamethrower.

"So what exactly are you doing with my flamethrower?"

"I wouldn't mind having that dagger back to kill Klaus with. Since we don't have another one and all." Damon flicked the switch and turned the flamethrower on. "Here goes." He set the flames on Elijah's body, but it wasn't working.

Katherine joined them. "Mmm, burning flesh." She said. "If you're trying to get the dagger back, you're wasting your time. He's indestructible."

"No kidding." Damon said. "How do you know so much about Original vampires?"

"Spend 500 years running from one."

"So when I told you our plan to kill Elijah, why didn't you warn us that we'd die if either of us used the dagger on him?"

"Oh, there's so many rules. It's all very confusing."

"Did you know we would die?"

"Did Elijah tell you his plan? Did he have a dagger to kill Klaus with?"

"Why are you still here?"

"Because you haven't forcibly removed me." Damon threatened to burn her and Katherine looked at Buffy for help. Buffy just rolled her eyes. "You wouldn't."

"Oh, I would."

"Damon, be smart. I want Klaus dead just as much as you do. More. If I wasn't being honest about helping, I'd be long gone by now, ok? You can hate me. But we want the same thing. And you know…. I always get what I want." Damon rolled his eyes and lowered the flamethrower. "Didn't matter who paid the price. Of course I knew that you'd die." She waltzed out.

Damon gestured to her back. "And that's the psycho you chose to help us."

Buffy shrugged. "When Giles comes up with something more useful than her, I'll kill her."

He smiled. "Sounds like a plan." Damon paused. "Maybe we don't have to wait for Giles."

"What do you mean?"

"Well, Elena found the rest of Jonathan Gilbert's journals. They're in boxes upstairs."

"Why do I feel like I'm about to have a high school flashback?"

He grinned. "Because we're about to go through old musty journals to do some research?"

Buffy sighed. "Well, Watcher Jr., let's do some research."

Later that afternoon, Buffy and Damon were in the living room organizing Jonathan Gilbert's journals. They'd had to gather the boxes from the garage where Stefan had left them. They were almost finished organizing by dates when Katherine joined them.

"What you two up to?" She asked.

"None of your business." Damon said.

"We're pouting now? Are those the Gilbert journals?" Nobody answered her. "How am I supposed to help you if you won't tell me what you're up to?"

Buffy sighed and turned to the obnoxious vampire. "Can you tell us where a bunch of witches were massacred in this town a couple centuries ago?"

"No."

"Then you can't help us." Katherine tried to grab a journal but Buffy slapped her hand away. She hit Buffy's arm, but Buffy flicked out a hand and Katherine went flying across the library without even a glance from the Slayer. It made Damon smile brightly.

As Katherine picked herself up, Buffy said, "Just remember, Katherine, the moment you're not useful your life becomes forfeit." Damon smiled brighter and held back the laugh threatening to spill out of him.

Katherine sighed. "Emily Bennett told me about the massacre. It was a big deal in witch folklore. When a witch dies violently, they release a mystical energy marking the place of their death with power."

"Elijah wanted to know the site of the massacre." Damon said to Buffy.

"The question we need answered is: What was he going to do when he found it?" Buffy said, grabbing one of the earlier journals of 1864.

"What did papa witch and baby witch have to say?" Damon asked Stefan who was standing in the doorway.

"Why isn't she gone or dead yet?" Stefan asked.

"For the last time, I'm here to help." Katherine insisted. "Can we skip the secrets, hmm?"

Buffy ignored Katherine and looked at Stefan. "So? What did the witches say?"

"Elijah had no weapon to kill Klaus but he believed that if a witch could channel enough power…. They wouldn't need one." Stefan said.

Buffy nodded. "Like the power you get from a spot marked with a hundred dead witches."

"We just need to find it."

"I'll make a call to Willow and ask her to see if she can locate it using magic."

"Won't she need to be here for that?" Damon asked.

Buffy shook her head. "No. Locations of that much power are like little beacons to powerful witches. That's probably why papa witch and baby witch haven't been able to find it. They're not as powerful as Willow."

Damon lounged on the couch reading one of the journals. Buffy was lounging on the couch across from him, their legs intertwined in the middle. He was absentmindedly massaging one of her feet and stroking up her leg while he read. Katherine was sitting in a chair behind Damon a little ways across the room.

Buffy felt a presence suddenly in the house. She looked over towards the front hallway, but there was nothing there. Katherine thought she was looking at her and made a face at Buffy. Buffy ignored her and kept looking. The presence suddenly seemed to just walk away or disappear.

"What's wrong?" Damon asked, gently squeezing her ankle to bring her back to him.

"I don't know. I just…." Buffy looked at the hallway.

"Stefan's moving around, isn't he?"

"No. I know when you guys are here and moving around. It's not him. It's not a vampire. It's kind of like…. A ghost?"

"A ghost?" Katherine asked, looking around. "Well, this place is old."

"There are no ghosts here." Damon said.

"He's right." Buffy agreed. "This place isn't haunted. I would've felt a ghost here when I first walked onto the property."

"What is it?"

Buffy shook her head. "I don't know. It's gone now. I think."

"I'm bored." Katherine said. She got up to read over Damon's shoulder. "'Emily Bennett was taken by the Council today. They kidnapped her from her home and took her to the same location her ancestors were burned a hundred years ago.' So Emily died on the site of the massacre, too. Does it say where?" She tried to take the journal but he pulled it out of her grasp."Nope. You know this whole friendly, cooperative thing?"

"Mm-hmm."

"I don't buy it."

"I have no reason to lie to you, Damon."

"Lie."

"I'm hungry."

"You're the unwanted houseguest. Go feed yourself." Katherine grumbled and walked out. Buffy shot a sneer at her back. Damon laughed. "Starting to get on your nerves, too, huh?"

"She's been on them." Buffy shut her journal, but kept her finger in a certain place. "Time for the next one." She got up and Damon followed.

"Well, nothing in any of those." Stefan said, walking in. "Find anything?"

"Nope." Buffy said, opening her journal and pointing to the page she'd held.

Damon and Stefan both read it. "That's too bad." Stefan played along.

"Yeah, bummer." Damon added.

Stefan mouthed 'thank you' and walked out with the journal.

Buffy's smile faded when she heard a crash down in the basement. She and Damon took off just as Katherine called Buffy's name. When they arrived, Katherine was removing a stake from her chest. It had missed the heart. "What happened?" Buffy asked. Katherine looked over at Elijah's body and Buffy followed her gaze.

"Damon!" Buffy said, tossing him the flamethrower. The dagger was being removed by the ghostly presence Buffy had felt earlier. Damon turned on the flamethrower and burned around Elijah's body.

Stefan ran in. "What are you doing?"

"Shutting down a crazy ass psychic witch attack!" Damon snapped. "Get over there and do something about it. Go!" Stefan ran out.

After a long moment of Damon burning the rest of the room, Buffy flicked the switch off. "I think we're good." She said. "I don't feel the ghost thing anymore. But I'm fairly certain we just killed one of them."

"You are kinda creepy." Damon said.

"Quit flirting and help me." Katherine demanded.

Buffy and Damon rushed towards the front door. "Where are you going?" Katherine called.

"Luka Martin's dead." Buffy said. "His father's going after Elena."

"I'm coming with you."

"No, you're not." Buffy turned to open the front door, but Katherine was suddenly there.

"Wait."

"We don't need your help." Damon said.

"I know what we can do. You have to let me do it."

Buffy sighed. "What?"

"I'll switch with Elena and stop Jonas. If he's after her, we need to leave now."

Buffy held up her hand and grabbed her cell phone. She dialed Stefan's number. "Hey."

"I'm on my way to the Grill. Elena's there." Stefan said.

"Good. Katherine's got a plan."

"Oh that's what I wanted to hear."

"It's actually a decent plan. Can you get Elena away from the Grill safely and meet us somewhere safe to switch Elena and Katherine?"

"Yeah. Where?"

"Elena's dad's old building. The one that John Gilbert tried to kill Damon and I in. It's close enough to the Grill that we can make a quick switch and get Katherine to Elena's house. We can draw Jonas there so Katherine can take care of him."

Stefan sighed. "I don't like this plan."

"It's the only one we've got." Buffy countered.

Buffy, Damon, and Elena waited downstairs while Stefan and Katherine took care of Jonas's body upstairs. He'd come to the house as expected after Stefan had gotten Elena safely away from the Grill. They'd switched Katherine for Elena, exchanging their clothes and Damon and Buffy had guarded her until Stefan had called Buffy and confirmed Jonas was dead.

"How did you guys convince her to do this?" Elena asked.

"We didn't." Buffy said. "It was actually her idea."

"Wow. That's…. Not good."

"No." Damon agreed. "No, that's not good at all."

Stefan and Katherine came down the stairs. "Everything's taken care of." Stefan said.

Katherine took off Elena's necklace. "I'm guessing you're going to want this back. But your pretty little outfit is going to need a good dry clean."

Elena took her necklace. "You're going to have to get her out of here before Jenna gets home."

"Is that all you have to say to me?"

"This doesn't change the way I feel about you."

"I don't much like you, either, if we're going to be open." Katherine said. "And frankly, I'd be happy to see you dead but if we're going to try to take on Klaus, we kinda need you to be alive. So I'm not a threat to you, Elena. If any of you are going to believe anything, believe that."

Later that night, Damon was on his bed reading Jonathan Gilbert's journal. Buffy was on the phone with Willow and Giles in her room. He was waiting for her to come join him. The door opened and he looked up, a smile ready for the petite blonde, but it was Katherine who walked in. Her hair was curly again and she was in lingerie.

Damon sighed as she crawled onto the bed. "You know what I can't figure out?" He asked.

"What's that?" Katherine asked.

"How the town knew Emily Bennett was a witch. I mean, because according to Jonathan Gilbert, he was the only one who knew. I know he didn't turn her in." Katherine didn't answer. "I should have figured as much."

"Oh, she was a loose end. I like mine tied up. You know what I can't figure out?"

"Do I care?"

"Why you won't tell me where to find the site of the witch massacre."

"Because I have no clue."

"You knew that Emily Bennett was the key to getting me out of that tomb and something tells me that you did everything in your power to make sure that she was safe, yet you have no idea where she was killed. Who's the liar now? You hurt me today." She was referring to Damon shoving a stake in her stomach and threatening to kill her for not telling him or Buffy about the dagger.

"Tit for tat." Damon retorted.

"You were mean and very rough and monstrous."

"You deserved it."

She got closer to him. "I like this Damon."

"Katherine." Damon looked over and stared at her. She was close enough to kiss. "Katherine, there are six other bedrooms in this house." He shoved her away. "Go find one."

Katherine scoffed and stormed out. She didn't see Buffy standing next to Damon's doorway as she left. Buffy smiled and walked into Damon's bedroom, closing the door behind her. She liked the smile that lit up his face. It seemed to be reserved only for her and that made her stomach do flip flops.

"How are Giles and Willow holding up?" Damon asked.

Buffy hopped up onto the bed and curled her legs under her. "Well, Giles loves this kind of thing. He hasn't been this busy with his books in a long time. He's in hog heaven. Willow's threatening a vacation." Buffy glanced at the door. "What was that all about?"

"Katherine?" Buffy nodded. "She wanted me to tell her where the witch massacre happened."

"In lingerie?"

"She's also missing someone to play with and it's driving her crazy. I turned her down."

"I know. I heard."

"To tell you the truth, the outfit you've got on is much sexier." Buffy laughed at him. She was in a white spaghetti strapped tank top and black yoga pants. "What? It's the truth. It's sexier because it's less done up. I like simplicity."

Buffy laughed again. "No you don't."

"Ok, right now I like simplicity." He ran his hand up her leg, moving up towards her. "Right now, you're the one that's turning me on."

"I can believe that." She giggled as his mouth found her neck.

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