Damon walked into his room where Buffy was laying in bed. He'd brought her in here the night before and had held her through most of the night, kissing her hair and whispering soothing words to her. None of it had helped. The Slayer was inconsolable. Her ex had been reverted to his homicidal half and he had killed her Watcher.
Damon sighed and crawled up next to her. He brushed her hair away from her tear stained face. "Hey." She didn't say anything. "Buffy, the lawyer's here. You've got to come down and sign for the house."
"I don't want to move." Buffy said, her voice hoarse. "Ever."
"I can't imagine how you're feeling, but just remember that this isn't just for your safety. It's for Elena's too."
Just then, Elena walked in. She saw Damon trying to console Buffy and walked over to the other side. She crawled into bed with them and hugged Buffy tightly. She and Damon just held Buffy for what seemed like hours. It was unnerving to see the Slayer so sad. She'd been so upbeat and strong for as long as she'd been in Mystic Falls.
Eventually Stefan found them all piled in Damon's bed. "There you guys are." He walked over to Elena's side and saw Buffy laying against Elena's shoulder. "Hey, you." Stefan leaned over and kissed Buffy's forehead. It started fresh tears and Buffy's face buried under Elena's arm. "There's someone here who wants to see you."
Damon and Elena looked over at the newcomer. It was Dawn. Damon stood up and let Dawn take his place. Elena wrapped her free arm over Buffy and included Dawn in the hug. The teen was even crying with the two sisters. Giles had been like a father to the Summers sisters.
"Dawnie, you shouldn't be here." Buffy said, turning so she could hold her sister. "It's too dangerous."
"Not being here is too dangerous." Dawn said. "He can't get me here with you and Stefan and Damon protecting me."
"No arguing. Giles would expect better than this from his Slayer. You've got to go downstairs and sign those papers so you can have a safe house for everyone. Then we've got to plan how to get Angel back. And then we'll deal with Klaus. All of us. Together."
Buffy sighed and signed the papers the lawyer set in front of her. Elena and Dawn were right behind her. "Please sign here and here." The lawyer said.
"So this place is all yours?" Dawn asked. "They just gave it to you?"
"For now." Buffy said. "As sole owner, I'm the only one who can invite a certain type of person in here." She finished signing.
"Congratulations, Miss Summers." The lawyer said. He started packing everything up and Buffy showed him the door. Damon and Stefan were waiting outside.
"Thank you, Mr. Henry." Buffy said.
"You feel better, ok?" The lawyer said before leaving.
Stefan and Damon tried to enter, but the barrier stopped them. "I'm sorry. I completely forgot. Come in, guys." Buffy turned and headed back towards the stairs.
"No, no, no." Damon stopped her. "Your sister's right. I know you're upset, but we've got to face this. Head on. Go in with your usual style."
Buffy sighed. "All I want to do is sleep and hope this misery goes away."
"I know. But that's just not a valid plan right now."
Buffy stared at Damon for a long moment. He wrapped her in his arms and kissed her hair as she breathed in against his chest. After another long moment, Buffy turned to her sister. "Dawn, have you talked to Willow?"
"No." Dawn said. "I've tried calling her, but I think her phone's dead."
"God, what if Angelus went after her too?"
"Don't worry, Buffy. He can't touch her now. She's too powerful."
"What about Xander?"
"I talked to him on the way here. He's going to England to help plan the funeral."
"I should be helping."
"They understand that your hands are full here. Buffy, we've got this. It's time for you to take over and fix this. Now…. How do we find Willow?"
"Bonnie." Elena said. "She's a witch. She can find Willow. I'll ask her at school."
"Can Bonnie do the restoration spell?" Buffy asked.
"We can ask her." Dawn said.
"Wait, school?" Stefan said.
"No, no, no." Damon said. "We didn't create a safe house for you to leave it."
"Yeah, guys, Klaus is out there. We know that."
"Right. But where?" Elena said. "No one knows. Look, I really appreciate what you guys are doing. And I'll be able to sleep at night knowing that I'll be safe here, but I'm not going to be a prisoner."
Damon sighed. "Your way, Elena."
"The way I see it: next to Bonnie is the safest place that I can be. Come on." Stefan looked at Buffy and Damon before following Elena out of the house.
"Come on." Damon said to Buffy. "You need a shower. You're hair's kind of doing its own thing and it's not a good thing." He led her upstairs and helped her into the shower. She stared at the wall in front of her, tears spilling down her face. Damon pulled her to him and held her tightly as the water cascaded over them.
"Klaus was bad enough." Buffy sobbed. "I don't know how I'm going to deal with Klaus and Angelus and…."
"And that's why Klaus brought out Angelus." Damon took Buffy's face gently between his hands and made her look at him. "He knows you're the best Slayer there ever was or ever will be and I think he's scared of you."
"He's an Original. He's the Original according to Elijah. How could he even be scared of me?"
"Because you're not insignificant. You're powerful. And for the ones you care about…. you fight harder for them. We're going to win this one, Buffy."
"What about Angelus? I can't kill him. This isn't Angel's fault."
"We'll trap him down in the cellar."
"That would require inviting him in and I don't want to do that."
"Buffy, we'll figure it out." She started to protest, but he cut her off. "We'll figure it out." He gently kissed the tears off her cheeks and then kissed her.
Stefan, Damon, Buffy, Dawn, Bonnie, and Elena all sat in the living room later that afternoon. Klaus was in Mystic Falls. He'd compelled a girl to let Elena know that he was there.
"So we go to the dance and we find him." Damon said.
"Really? How are we going to do that?" Stefan asked. "We don't even know what he looks like."
"Something tells me he's not going to be 16 and pimply."
"He could be anywhere at any time. He compelled somebody at school." Stefan looked at Elena and Bonnie. "I guess it's not as safe as you guys thought, huh?"
There was a knock on the door and Alaric opened it and walked in. "There you are." Damon said.
"Sorry I'm late." Alaric said. "Who's this?"
"This is Dawn. Dawn, that's Rick." Dawn gave a little wave at Damon's introduction. "She's Buffy's little sister."
"Why is she here?"
"Angelus is back and he killed Giles."
"He killed the Watcher?"
"Hey, I need you to put me and Buffy down as chaperones at the dance tonight. Klaus made his first move."
"Ok, so we find him and then what?" Dawn asked. "What's our plan of attack?"
"Me." Bonnie said. "I'm the plan. He has no idea how much power I can channel. If you can find him, I can kill him."
"It's not going to be that easy." Alaric said. "I mean, he is the biggest, baddest vampire around."
"Alaric has a point." Damon said. "I mean, what if he…." He suddenly rushed at Bonnie but she threw him to the other side of the room with her powers.
"Well, I was impressed." Stefan said.
"It doesn't matter if he's an Original." Bonnie said. "I can take down anyone who comes at me. I can kill him, Elena. I know I can."
"What about the curse?" Buffy asked. Her voice was so quiet and distant that it was almost unrecognizable.
Bonnie sighed. "Without Willow's help…. I…. I can't do the curse. I don't have this Orb thing that Dawn was talking about…."
"The Orb of Thesulah." Buffy whispered. "I don't have one…. But I know where I can get one."
"And the spell…. Buffy…. It's gypsy magic. I've never…. It's powerful."
"Then we'll get a hold of Willow and she can walk you through it." Dawn said. "You can channel those dead witches for the spell to kill Klaus, then you can channel them for the spell to restore Angel. Trust me, ok? Angelus is not someone you want to be running loose out there. You'll want to do everything in your power to stop him."
"What about killing him?" Alaric asked.
"I can't." Buffy said. "Angel doesn't deserve that for what Klaus did."
"So…. You're just going to let him roam free until you're ready to take him on? Like last time? Great plan."
"Hey!" Damon stood up and blocked Buffy. "You need to back off."
"He's right." Buffy said, standing up. "I can't let that happen. So I need to come up with a plan." She sighed. "Angelus will come to the dance because Klaus and I will both be there. I'll bet you anything Klaus has compelled Angelus."
"So what's your plan then?" Alaric asked.
"I…. I don't know yet. But I'll have one by tonight." Buffy walked out of the room.
"What is your deal?" Damon snapped at Alaric as he followed his girlfriend out.
Dawn finished curling Buffy's hair and set the curling iron down. "There." She grabbed a bobby pin and pinned back Buffy's bangs, poufing it up a little to get the 60s pouf. She'd pulled out a black, sequined mini dress that had a raised square of sequins at the chest and from each top point of the square, a pretty beaded strap went back to create the illusion of spaghetti straps in the back. Dawn had made her put on black fishnets and had managed to find a pair of Buffy's old, black go-go boots. "You look good."
"I feel stupid." Buffy said.
"But you look good. You look like Kate Hudson in Nine." Dawn grabbed the eyeliner and touched up a section of Buffy's kohl rimmed eyes. "In fact…. That's who I modeled you after. I should go into makeup and hair. Here," She handed her sister a tube of shiny lipgloss. "You were always better at putting this on than me."
Buffy sighed and put the lipgloss on in her mirror. Damon walked in wearing a black button up shirt that was unbuttoned all the way to his navel and black leather pants. He was drool worthy. "Wow. Buffy, you…."
"Look and feel stupid." Buffy finished.
"I was going to go with utterly sexy, but we can work with that." He gently cupped her face and looked into her eyes. "Everything's going to be ok."
Buffy sighed. "I keep hearing that."
"Because it's true." He kissed her forehead. "Come on. We've got a dance to go to."
"Don't worry, Buffy." Dawn said. "I'm staying in here away from windows and doors. I'll be trying to get a hold of Willow."
"Ok. Please call me if you need anything." Buffy turned and grab her purse, revealing the slits that were on both sides of her skirt.
"Wow." Damon whistled.
Buffy rolled her eyes. "Can we just go?"
Buffy and Damon walked ahead of Elena and Stefan. Buffy was keeping her senses open for Angelus and Klaus. They saw Bonnie and Jeremy waiting outside and talking. "Well, I have to do something." Jeremy said. "I can't just…. I can't just let you get yourself killed."
"Just because a bunch of dead witches gave me a warning doesn't mean I'm going to die." Bonnie insisted. Buffy and Damon exchanged glances.
"So you're saying there's a 50-50 shot you won't? Look, I'm sorry, but…. you know I don't have the best luck in the girlfriend department."
"Hey. Listen, I…. I can't explain it. But I can feel them. I'm empowered, Jeremy. I can do this. I know I can. I'm strong enough." She embraced Jeremy and noticed Buffy and Damon walking close by. "Buffy…." Bonnie said. She walked over and hugged the petite Slayer tightly. "You look amazing."
"Thanks." Buffy said. "Keep your eyes peeled and please…. Get inside. Both of you. Angelus can come out to play now that it's nighttime."
As they all entered the school, a girl got up onstage and took the microphone. "Thanks for being here, everybody. We have a special shout-out tonight. This is for Elena. From Klaus." A song started playing and Elena seemed to be as stunned as everyone else.
"That was a lame, cheap shot." Damon said. "He's just trying to bait us."
"I know everyone here." Elena said.
"Maybe he's not here." Stefan said. "Just wants us to believe that he is."
"It's a party, people. Blend. Let him come to us."Good idea." Bonnie said, taking Jeremy's arm.
"No, no, I really don't feel like dancing." Jeremy protested.
"Too bad." Bonnie drug him onto the dance floor.
Damon spotted Alaric. "There's Rick. Let's go join him."
Buffy looked at Alaric and shook her head. "Something's different about him."
"What do you mean?" Damon asked.
"I mean…. He doesn't feel like Alaric."
"Well…. His girlfriend skipped town after finding out he was hiding his not-so-dead wife from her."
"Special dedication, huh?" Alaric said as Damon and Buffy joined him. "This guy's a little twisted."
"I'm not impressed." Buffy said.
"I've seen better. Let me know if you see anything out of whack." Buffy took Damon's hand and walked off, noting the annoyed look on Alaric's face. "He's not very good at acting."
"You think he's working for Klaus?"
"Or something. I know magic's involved. I can smell it."
Damon noticed Stefan trying to get their attention. "Come on." They walked over to Elena and Stefan and Stefan handed Elena's hand over to Damon.
"How are you doing?" Elena asked Buffy as the three of them started to dance. Buffy wasn't paying much attention, though. She was too busy looking for Angelus. "Buffy?"
"Sorry." Buffy said. "I'm distracted. I'm on overload at the moment. Are you ok?"
"Um, I'm freaking out a bit."
"Don't worry." Damon said. "Come on! You guys remember the last decade dance? The vampires were all, ahh and you were all ahh!"
"Right. And we won." Elena said.
"Yes! We did." Damon glanced at Bonnie and Jeremy. They seemed to be discussing something important. "I'll be right back." He looked at Buffy for assurance and she nodded.
"Let's go get some punch." Elena suggested.
"Sure." Buffy was still looking around her as they made their way to the punch bowl.
"Has Dawn called?"
Jeremy walked over to the girls. "What are they up to?" Elena asked, glancing at Bonnie and Damon dancing.
"Who knows?" Jeremy said.
"Is there something going on, Jer? You ok?"
"Fine. I'm fine." Jeremy walked away.
Stefan joined them a minute later. "Everything all right?" He asked.
"I'm not sure." Elena said.
"I'll ask." Stefan went after Jeremy and caught up with him in the hallway.
Elena looked at Buffy. "What is going on?"
Buffy sighed. "Since we're doing it your way, I'll tell you. I only just found out, so don't get all pissy with me, ok?"
"Bonnie might not survive the spell to kill Klaus."
"It's too much power for her."
Stefan joined them and looked from Buffy to Elena. "You told her?" He asked Buffy.
"I'm not lying to her. I think if Bonnie can't do it, then we need to find another way."
Elena stormed over to Bonnie and Damon. "I need to talk to you." She demanded of her best friend. They headed outside and Buffy went after them. She couldn't let them be outside in the dark by themselves.
"How could you not tell me?" Elena demanded.
"Cause I knew how'd you react." Bonnie said.
"No. No way. It's not an option."
"It's our only option."
"Then we'll find another way, ok? We'll get Willow here." Elena looked at Buffy walking up to them. "Bonnie, you're not dying to save my life."
"I have the power to save you! If I don't use it and something happens, that would kill me more."
"I can't let you."
"Just answer one question. If the situation was reversed, would you do it for me?" Elena didn't answer. "So you know I have to."
"Girls…." Buffy warned.
"Well, well, well…." Angelus said, dislodging himself from the shadows. "The sixties look good on you, Buff."
Buffy moved Elena and Bonnie behind her. "Run. Find Damon and Stefan."
"No. Stay. I love the little spicy sizzle you get from a witch's blood."
"Go!" Buffy pushed the girls away and faced Angelus.
"Alone at last. Where's your boyfriend?"
"Taking care of Klaus."
"I doubt that. He's not that powerful."
"Neither are you."
"You think I can't take you? I taught you those moves, Buff."
"I've gotten some new tricks."
Angelus laughed. "I didn't come here to fight you. I came here to dance."
"Then let's dance." Buffy threw herself at him, but dodged out of the way before he could touch her. She threw her leg out at the last second and caught him in the knee. He grabbed his knee and Buffy elbowed him in the back, knocking him to the ground.
"Buffy!" Stefan called from the doorway.
The distraction was what Angelus needed. He reached out and swept Buffy's legs out from under her. She landed on her back and Angelus rolled on top of her. She blocked his attacks and threw him off of her. He landed a good distance away and Stefan helped her to her feet.
"Where are Elena and Bonnie?" He asked."They went to find you and Damon."
"Damon and I were attacked."
"We're not finished." Angelus growled, coming at her.
"Go find them!" Buffy said to Stefan, dodging blows from Angelus with lightening speed. "I've got this."
Bonnie closed the doors with her powers as she and Elena ran away from Klaus in Alaric's body. Damon ran up just then. "What happened? Where's Buffy?"
"Angelus attacked." Elena said. Damon started to go after Buffy, but Elena stopped him. "She made us run and then Alaric found us. He said Klaus had Jeremy, but Alaric is Klaus!"
"He's possessing him or something." Bonnie said.
"Go find Stefan." Damon ordered Elena. "Now."
"Ok." Elena ran off.
"Is Buffy ok?"
"She can hold her own against him." Bonnie said.
"Can you kill Klaus?"
"He's got some kind of protection spell."
"You have the power of a hundred witches. Break it."
"I'm trying! If I kill Alaric, he'll just possess someone else. He knows I have my powers, Damon. He's trying to kill me.""No. Klaus does not get to win tonight, no way. You still willing to do whatever it takes to kill him?"
Buffy fended off Angelus with ease. She got the feeling he wasn't even trying. "What is this, Angelus?"
He stopped and stood up straight. "I told you. I came to dance."
"You came to distract."
"And you always fall for it."
Buffy turned and ran into the school. She heard the sounds of lights exploding and followed it towards the cafeteria. Damon caught her. "Buffy!"
"He was a distraction." Buffy heard Elena screaming. "What's going on?" She tried to go to Elena, but Damon stopped her. "Damon…."
"Bonnie's fighting Klaus." He said.
"What? No! He'll kill her!"
"That's the plan."
"What? Plan! Damon!" She broke away from his grasp and ran down the hallway. She was confused when he didn't follow her, but she didn't stop. Stefan and Elena were pounding on the locked doors to the cafeteria. Inside, the lights were flashing like strobes and sparks flew everywhere. Bonnie stood in the middle of it all staring at Klaus. "Move!" Elena and Stefan jumped out of the way and Buffy summoned all of her strength. She kicked the doors and the wood around the locks broke, but the doors didn't open. "No!" Buffy kicked again with the same result. Bonnie looked back at Elena with a smile and then she fell on the floor. Everything stopped and Buffy kicked open the doors. Elena and Stefan rushed over to Bonnie.
"No! Oh!" Elena sobbed. "Bonnie! Bonnie, Bonnie!" She took Bonnie in her arms and Stefan looked around them as Buffy moved through the destroyed cafeteria. Klaus was gone. "Stefan, she's not breathing! Stefan! Stefan, I can't find her pulse! Stefan! Do something, please! Stefan, please! Just give her blood, do something, please!"
"It's too late. I'm sorry." Stefan said.
"No! No. No, no, no, no, no! Bonnie! Bonnie, please, no! No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no!"
Damon walked in just then. "Stefan, get Elena out of here." He said. "Buffy and I will deal with this."
"What do you mean 'deal with this'?" Elena asked.
"The sheriff can't know about this. Last thing we need's another mysterious death."
"This is Bonnie!"
"Get her home. Now." Damon demanded of Stefan.
Stefan caught Elena and helped her to get up. "Hey, hey, hey."
"No. Jeremy. Oh, my God, Jeremy. What about Jeremy?" Elena sobbed.
"We'll find him." Damon assured her. Elena got up as she looked at Bonnie's body. Stefan took her in his arms and they left.
Damon closed Bonnie's eyes. "Bonnie had to die." He said quietly to Buffy.
"No she didn't!" Buffy argued, hauling Damon to his feet and shoving him back a few feet. "You knew this would happen and you didn't stop it."
"Bonnie had to die because Klaus had to see it."
"She cast a spell, Buffy."
"She's dead. I can't hear her heart beating."
"That's the spell. Klaus wouldn't stop until she was dead. Willow will be next, but she's a hell of a lot more powerful. He won't be able to touch her. Not without help anyway."
"Willow…." Buffy started to grab her phone.
"Don't worry. Dawn's gotten a hold of her and your best friend's on her way to the rescue."
"How do you know all of this?"
Damon held up her cell phone. "You left your purse by the punch. Dawn called."
Buffy closed her eyes. "Thank you."
"Don't thank me. Thank Bonnie when she wakes up. Now we've got to move and get her into hiding."
"Where else? The place where all her power resides." Damon bent down and picked Bonnie's body up.
Elena was sitting next to the fireplace in a chair with a blanket wrapped around her. Dawn stood beside her and watched the door. Stefan joined them with a glass. "Hey. Here, drink this." He said.
"I can't." Elena protested.
"Yeah. Yeah, you can."
She took the glass but didn't drink it. "This is my fault."
"No, Elena." Dawn said. "No. This was Klaus. Klaus did this."
Damon and Buffy walked in. "What did you do with her?" Elena demanded.
"Will you please calm her down?" Damon asked his brother.
"Don't talk like I'm not standing right in front of you."
"Please calm down."
"You knew! Didn't you? You knew that if she harnessed all that power, that she would die, didn't you?"
"Yes. Yes, I knew." Elena slapped him. "You need to listen to me, and prepare for what I'm about to say. Bonnie had to die. Klaus using Alaric's body was a total surprise. She wasn't prepared for that. And he wasn't going to stop, and we weren't going to be able to stop him until he knew she was dead. He had to believe it."
"Elena…." Buffy said, drawing the teenager's attention to her. "She cast a spell. She's alive. Bonnie's ok." She glanced at Damon as he turned and walked out. Stefan followed him.
"Are you ok?" Dawn asked. "Elena said Angelus showed up."
"Willow's on her way."
"She is?" Elena asked.
"I finally got a hold of her. She didn't want to leave…. Not after…. But what's happening here is more important."
"Does she have the spell for Angel?"
"She doesn't need it. She's got it memorized." Dawn smiled slightly. "We're gonna win this."
Damon found Buffy in his bedroom a little while later staring out the window. "Is he out there?" Damon asked.
Buffy shrugged. "Probably. He likes to watch."
"Willow will fix this." Damon said, wrapping his arms around Buffy. "You'll get Angel back."
"And then what? Klaus's witch will just take his soul out again."
"Are you talking about making it permanent?"
"Willow talked about it for a long time."
"What would that mean for you?" Elena walked in just then. Damon groaned. "Look. Klaus had to think she was dead. Your reaction had to be real."
"I understand why you did what you did." Elena said. "Klaus was fooled, and Bonnie's alive."
"Here's to duplicity."
"But let's get one thing straight, Damon. Bonnie will not die for me. I will not let that happen."
"We need to kill Klaus, Elena. Real Klaus. Who will probably be coming to pay you a visit soon now that he knows that Bonnie is dead."
"Look, I shouldn't have hit you."
"Apology accepted. Let me be clear about something. If it comes down to you and the witch again, I will gladly let Bonnie die. I will always choose you."
Elena didn't say anything for a moment. "Good night, Buffy. Damon."
"Good night." Buffy said as Elena walked out and shut the door.
Damon glanced out the window. "When will he attack again?"
"As soon as he realizes Willow's coming into the game." Buffy said, grasping Damon's hand tightly.