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Chapter 78

A/N Little bit of crazy in this chapter. Hope you like it. :)

Chapter 78

"You dragged me all the way to New York because you were feeling nostalgic?" Elena griped as she, Damon, and Buffy made their way down a street towards Dawn's apartment.

"No. I dragged you to New York because in a matter of three days, you managed to piss off everyone in Mystic Falls." Damon said. "A little more difficult to do in a city of millions."

"I was hungry.""You were reckless." Buffy countered.

"Emotionless. There's a difference."

"Look, all that matters is that when I lived here, I fed like crazy and had a blast and went undetected for years." Damon said.

"So…. We're just here to have fun? What's the catch?"

"Look, there's no catch. You wanted out, we got you out. You wanted to feed, we brought you to a city sized, all you can eat buffet. That's the beauty of New York: There's so much life that a little death goes unnoticed."

"Plus, my sister lives here and I haven't seen her in ages." Buffy said. "We're making a pitstop."

"Lead the way." Elena said.

Buffy knocked on Dawn's apartment door and waited. She heard scrambling around inside and then finally a disheveled Dawn opened the door. Buffy's eyebrow lifted in surprise. "Buffy!" Dawn squeaked.

"Hi." Buffy said, confused as to why Dawn wouldn't be dressed at eleven in the morning.

"What…. Are you doing here?" Dawn looked around and noticed Damon and Elena standing in the hallway. Damon smirked and waved and Elena just rolled her eyes.

Buffy's eyes narrowed. "What's that smell?"

"What smell?"

Buffy pushed past Dawn and into her apartment. "Invite Elena in." She tossed over her shoulder as she started to inspect the apartment.

"Come in, Elena." Dawn followed her sister as Damon and Elena walked in. "What are you looking for?"

"The smell. I know that smell, I just can't…." Buffy picked up a black t-shirt that obviously belonged to a male.

"So, I have a friend…. What's the big deal?"

Buffy ignored the question because she knew that smell she was smelling. It was very familiar, though she hadn't smelled it in a while. A long while. She made her way towards the bedroom and heard a loud banging noise. The door was pulled off its hinges and Buffy found Spike in a heap of clothing by Dawn's closet. Her eyes widened when she realized he was naked and in her little sister's bedroom. Naked.

"Oh, someone's a dead vampire." Damon said from behind Buffy."Listen, love…. I can explain…." Spike started to stand up, but Buffy threw a chair at him.

"My sister!?" Buffy yelled.

"Buffy, stop…." Dawn tried.

"Are you crazy!?" Buffy turned to Dawn. "Are YOU crazy!?" She turned back to Spike. "My sister!?"

"Buffy…." Dawn tried.

Buffy rounded on Dawn. "Spike!?"

"I didn't plan it!"

"Honestly, love, we…." Spike started."I will deal with you after you put your clothes on." Buffy growled, throwing his shirt at his head. Spike ducked his head and started looking for his clothes as Buffy advanced on Dawn. Damon and Elena backed out of the way and Dawn was left alone in the room. "I cannot believe that you…. And him…. What were you thinking!? How long has this been going on? Spike!? Spike? Spike!? Of all the people in New York City…."

"You're not being fair!" Dawn yelled.

"Excuse me?"

"You go around and get engaged to vampires and get turned into a freakish half vampire, half Slayer thing and you're bitchy about my life decisions? And what is so wrong with Spike, huh? He was good enough for you once."

"No, he wasn't."

"Ouch." Spike said, walking out of the bedroom in jeans and a shirt.

"Oh, don't ouch me." Buffy said, tossing an angry glare his way. "You were supposed to look after her, not sleep with her." She looked back at Dawn. "And you are supposed to be going to school and living a normal life and…."

"I am going to school. I'm on the Dean's List. And what the hell is a normal life?" Dawn shot back. "I've never been normal. I'm a glowing ball of universe destroying energy when I'm not a 26 year old human and my big sister is the Vampire Slayer. I'm surrounded by vampires and witches and werewolves! That is my normal life! And you can't dictate it anymore, Buffy. I'm a grown woman capable of making grown decisions."

"Obviously not if you're sleeping with Spike!"

"Listen, pet…." Spike started.

"Why would I want to hear anything you have to say?" Buffy spat at him. "That is my little sister."

"I know that. And I'm watching out for her, I swear it. But this…." He motioned between himself and Dawn. "It wasn't planned. I care for the bird. A lot. I'm not going to hurt her."

"You were sure good at it with me. What makes her any different?"

"I learned from my mistakes." He smiled at her, hoping to quell her anger. "Besides, you could kill me before I even knew you'd moved a finger. Why would I risk that? I like living."

"You are not charming your way out of this." Spike's smile fell. "This is insane!"

"Love is insane." Dawn said.

"Wrong thing to say." Damon said.

"Love!?" Buffy cried. "Love!?

"Buff, why don't we go cool our jets somewhere else?" Damon suggested, moving towards her. "I know a good bar…."

"Are you in love with Spike?" Buffy asked Dawn, ignoring Damon.

Dawn shrugged. "I…. I don't know. I care about him. I like him…. A lot. I've never been in love before, so I don't know."

"How did you let this happen?" Buffy asked Spike. "How could you?"

"I told you, pet. It wasn't planned." Spike said. "I was hanging out here watching a movie while she did homework and one thing led to another and…."

"Stop! Please…. Stop. For the love of what's left of my sanity…. Just stop." Buffy looked at Damon. "I need to get out of here."

"Ok." Damon said.

"Elena, stay with Dawn please?"

"What?" Elena griped. "No! You promised me fun."

"We'll go out later. I promise. Right now I just need to be away."

"We can go shopping." Dawn said to Elena. "You like shopping, right?"

"I love shopping." Elena said. "But I'm hungry."

"No eating my sister." Buffy snapped.

"You're mad at her. Why do you care?"


"Fine. No snacking on Dawn."

"And no killing anyone, either."

"Just take all my fun."

"Keep whining and I'll bind you to the apartment like we did Klaus. Willow's just a phone call away." Buffy turned on her heel and marched out of the apartment.

Damon followed her outside and down the street. He caught up to her and said, "Are you ok?"

"How could he, Damon?" Buffy stopped and leaned against the wall of the building they were passing, looking up at her fiancé. "How could he do that?"

"I don't know." Damon leaned against the wall next to her and took her hand, kissing her knuckles.

"How could she do that?"

"Ok, time to think about something else." He pulled on her hand and she followed him down the street. "We need to follow my one lead to Katherine now that we've ditched Elena for the day."

"Where are we going?"

"I told you…. I know a good bar." He kissed the side of her head as he wrapped an arm around her shoulders.

They'd been walking around New York enjoying the sights all afternoon. Buffy had been to New York plenty of times, but she'd never stopped and done the tourist thing. Damon was showing her all kinds of different sights that he'd discovered over the years.

"You said you would tell me about that vampire you killed." Buffy reminded him as they walked back towards Dawn's neighborhood that evening. "Since Elena was in the car, I didn't pester you for it."

Before Damon could start talking, his phone rang. It was Stefan…. Again. "Elena's missing." Stefan said when Damon picked up.

"Relax. She's fine. Buffy and I took her to New York with us."

"What do you mean you took her to New York?"

"And that tone is the reason I didn't pick up the phone the first twenty times you called."

"Where is she now?"

"Out exploring with the littlest Summers."

"So I take it your search for Katherine is off?"

"You seriously need to learn to relax. We've got this. Our little joyride is still a cure hunt. That vampire that Katherine sent after Hayley was a friend of mine. He lived in the city."

"And Elena's okay with this little field trip? Just yesterday she was living the vampire high life. She doesn't want the cure."

"That's why we didn't tell her."

"Damon, if she finds out you guys are still looking for it, she'll bolt."

"We're aware of that, Stefan. That's why we left her with Dawn to go shopping and enjoy the city."

"Don't underestimate her."

"If I can handle you when you flipped your switch, I can handle her. Trust me."

"Listen to me. She's ruthless without her humanity. The cure is the fastest way to get it back."

"Just be a good brother and keep Mystic Falls afloat for us and let Buffy and I do our thing. You've got an immortal named Silas to deal with, remember?" He hung up and sighed. "Where were we? Oh yeah. That vampire…. Will…. He got vampires fake identities and I'm sure that Katherine was one of his clients."

"How did you know him?" Buffy asked.

"I…. worked for him."

"You played bartender?"

"No. I killed people that matched the descriptions of the vampires looking for new identities and brought him their licenses. It was back in the 70s."

"You'd flipped your switch then, right?"

"Yeah." Damon gestured in front of him.

"Billy's." Buffy read. "It's not too far from Dawn's apartment."

"She picked a good area." He led her inside and Buffy's eyebrow lifted at the dirty and almost abandoned interior. "Easy, judgy. Give it little bit. This place will be crawling with more punked-out nihilists than you can eat in a decade, trust me."

"Uh huh…." She said skeptically.

"Look, I spent most of the seventies here. The Factory was too clean, CBGB's was too high-profile, but Billy's…. Billy's was the underground of the underground."

"So, kind of like Willy's?"

"That demon bar back in Sunnydale?"


"No. This place was actually cool." Damon sighed as they grabbed a table. "Cool enough that it attracted an old friend of yours."


"Who's the only person you know who's hobby was saving vampires from themselves when they'd flipped their switch?"

"Lexi. You…. Hung out with Lexi in the 70s?"

"It wasn't by choice."

"So, what happened?"

Before he could answer, Rebekah swooped in and slammed Damon's head down onto the table they were standing at. "Following a lead without me? Poor form…." She was cut off when Buffy suddenly had Rebekah pinned to a column behind Damon by her neck.

"What was that about poor form?" Buffy released Rebekah.

"I have to say: I'm a little hurt." Rebekah said, straightening her clothes. "I thought we made a good team. Not without its fireworks, but what classic pairing…. Or grouping in our case…. isn't?"

"You missed the part where we were leaving for vacation before we got sidetracked with the party at our house."

"You're searching for the cure."

"In our spare time, yeah, but we left Mystic Falls because we needed to get out of town for a while."

"And I was explaining my history with this place and why we're here to my fiancée when we were so rudely interrupted." Damon said.

"By all means, continue your sob story." Rebekah leaned against the table and waited.

Damon rolled his eyes and started to talk, but Dawn and Elena walked into the club. Elena had gotten her hair cut and red streaks put in it. Dawn's hair had purple streaks. They were both wearing new clothes. Buffy sighed in frustration. She wasn't ready to deal with Dawn yet.

"Is that your little sister?" Rebekah asked.

"Yes." Buffy said.

"Why is Elena with her?"

"We brought Elena with us." Damon said.

"You brought Elena with you to search for the cure she so obviously doesn't want?"

"Wait. What the hell are you talking about?" Elena asked as she and Dawn walked over.

"Damon and Buffy are following a lead to the cure. I'm following them. Notice your name never came up."

"You're doing what?"

"What are you two doing here?" Buffy asked Dawn."I come here a lot." Dawn said. "It's a good bar and it's close to home."

"Excuse me!" Elena demanded. "Did you seriously bring me along to find the cure?"

"How does it feel to be wrong all the time?" Damon said to Rebekah. "Buffy and I brought Elena here to feed. We wanted a vacation and since Mystic Falls isn't exactly Vamp Xanadu right now, we left. Elena joined us at the last minute."

"Right. So you drove 7 hours to New York City?" Rebekah countered.

"Yes, and as I was explaining to Buffy, my history in this city has a particular resonance to Elena's current situation. When I had my humanity off."

"When was this?" Elena asked.

"The 70s."

"Let me guess, you learned to love someone other than yourself and flipped your switch again."

"No. I had help. In the form of Lexi."

"Lexi? Buffy's Lexi?"

"The very one. She followed me around and nagged at me to listen because Stefan sent her."

"Well, she sounds dreadful." Rebekah said.

"She wasn't." Buffy said.

"So let me guess." Elena said. "After many dark nights with Lexi, she convinced you to turn your emotions back on, and that's exactly what you plan to do with me. Hmm?"

"You read the last page of the book first, too?" Damon asked.

"I'm gonna go get a drink." Buffy said as she spotted Spike walking into the bar and heading for them. "Many drinks."

"I'm going to follow the blonde." Damon said, following Buffy up to the bar. There was a band on stage setting up and the place was starting to get packed. Damon waved down the bartender and ordered himself and Buffy shot glasses and a whole bottle of bourbon. While they waited, Damon watched Buffy try not to glance at Spike and Dawn. "Want me to kick his ass?"

"I want to pretend like he's not sleeping with my little sister." Buffy said. She looked up at Damon. "Do you think he's using her because she's the closest thing to me he's going to get?"

"I don't know." Damon looked over at Spike standing protectively behind Dawn, a small smile on his face. It was almost the same way Damon acted towards Buffy sometimes. "He seems to really care about her."

"Of course he does. He protected her for so long."

Damon moved in front of her and wrapped his arms around her waist, pulling her close. "Don't think about it. This is our getaway trip." He kissed her, making it linger until the bartender came back with their bottle and glasses. The band started to play and people started to dance as Buffy and Damon made their way back to the table.

"Is this allowed? What would Lexi say?" Elena taunted.

"Lexi thought the only way I would turn my emotions back on was if I started enjoying my life again." Damon said.

"Do not tell me she took you to Bon Jovi concerts, too." Rebekah said.

"No. Wrong decade." Damon and Buffy downed their shots. "Lexi was not allowed to feed with Stefan. But I didn't have that problem," He smirked at Elena. "And neither do you." Damon turned to Buffy as she took another shot. He held out his hand and nodded towards the dance floor. She nodded and followed him out.

"She's not going to talk to me, is she?" Dawn asked.

"Probably not." Elena said. "You're bumping uglies with her ex. Not a very good sister."

"I liked you better with emotions." Spike said.

"Not me." Rebekah said. "Let's dance." She grabbed Elena's hand and pulled her out onto the dance floor.

Spike sighed. "Don't suppose you want to?" He said to Dawn.

Dawn shook her head. "I just want to drink." She downed a shot from Buffy's vacated shot glass.

"Do you want me to talk to her?"

"She'll probably just kill you. I told you she wouldn't take it well." Dawn glanced over at her sister and her eyes widened. She and Damon had their faces buried in some girl's neck.

"She's a vampire, Dawn. That's what she eats."

"Does she have to do it in such a public place?"

"Take it from me: this is the best place to go unnoticed."

"You're just on her side because you don't want her to kill you." Dawn looked back over, but Buffy and Damon had disappeared. "Where…."

The two of them had waited until Rebekah and Elena were distracted so they could slip away and check out Will's office. The room was a wreck. He had stuff cluttered everywhere in boxes and piles.

"Ugh. Packrat. Thanks, Will." Damon sighed, closing the door behind them.

"How long do you think we have before they realize we're gone?" Buffy asked, moving over to some boxes.

"Not too long." Damon moved to the other side of the room.

"Good thing there's two of us." Buffy started running her fingers through the files quickly, using her super heightened senses to look for Katherine's name. "What was Katherine's birthday?"

"Um…." Damon paused in his search. "It was, um…."

Buffy put her hands on her hips. "What's my birthday?"

"January 19th."

"Ok, you don't get the worst boyfriend ever award." Buffy's phone rang and she pulled it out of her pocket and hit the speaker phone button. "Hello, Willow. What's the what?"

"Silas is definitely in town." Willow said. "He's posing as Professor Shane."

"Wouldn't be my first choice."

"Well, it would be if you needed to brainwash Bonnie into committing a massacre."


"How's the cure search going?"

"Well, it's not exactly a massacre in the making, but Rebekah trailed us here and my little sister is sleeping with Spike."

"I'm sorry what? My phone must've gone out."

"You heard me. We stopped by this morning to say hey and Dawn answered the door half naked while Spike was all the way naked in her bedroom."

"I just…. I think I need to throw up…. Oh…. I think I just did a little…. Ew."

Damon started laughing and Buffy glared at him as she said, "Yeah. If I could throw up, I would've."

"Are you sure it's Spike and not a shapeshifter?"

"It's him."

"Ew. Here, talk to Stefan while I go finish puking."

"Everything ok?" Stefan asked a moment later. "Willow just turned green…."

"Wicked witch green?" Damon asked.

"No. More like, sea-sick green. What did you guys tell her?"

"Oh, just that Spike and my little sister are sleeping together." Buffy said.

"Oh. I…. Oh. Wow…. Uh…. Are you ok?"

"Not really. And to make the night just a little bit more fun, Damon's buddy from the 70s was a hoarder on top of being an identity thief."

"What are you guys trying to find?"

"Will had a repeat customer." Damon said. "5' 7", brunette. Said she was a runner."


"Turns out I was helping her run from me. Ironic. Problem is we're pretty sure that this filing system goes by birth date, but I can't for the life of me remember Katherine's."

"June 5, 1473."

"Boyfriend of the century." Buffy said to Stefan as she went over to a box and pulled out Katherine's file. "Look at that." Damon came over as she opened the folder. "It's all her former addresses, including a couple from the last two months. They're mostly P.O. boxes, but hey, it narrows the search."

"Well, you're welcome. So you guys headed back now?"

"No chance, Stefan." Damon said. "I promised my girl we'd go on vacation and vacation is what we're going on. We've got a lead on Katherine and we're going to follow it."

"Gotta go." Buffy hung up and suddenly had Damon pinned to the desk, kissing him fiercely as she pulled his shirt up.

Damon understood why when Elena opened the door. "Oh, ew!" She cried.

"Sorry. We forgot to put the hat on the door." Buffy said, standing up off of Damon. He smirked at Elena as he adjusted his pants.

Elena rolled her eyes at them. "Seriously, can't you two keep your hands to yourselves for longer than ten minutes?"

"Why should we?" Damon asked. "We're both sexy, hot vampires. Jealous you don't have a sex buddy anymore?"

"That would constitute an emotion." Elena shot back. "I have none. And you're not going to Lexi me into any either."

"How did Lexi do it?" Buffy asked. "How did she turn yours back on?"

Damon looked nervous suddenly and Buffy narrowed her eyes at him. "We should probably get a drink for this part of the story." Damon said, dodging past her and back out into the bar area. Buffy and Elena exchanged glances and followed him. He had grabbed the bottle he'd bought from the table and motioned for them to follow. Rebekah was at the table with Spike and Dawn. She noticed the three others go towards the roof access door.

"So, spill." Elena said once they got up to the roof.

Damon took a long drag from the bottle as he walked over to the edge. "Lexi stuck with me for months. She was partying with me, showing me a good time, but late every night, she'd torture me in the worst possible way."

"How?" Buffy asked.

"Every night we would get wasted and the second that I bottomed out…. She would make me talk about Katherine."

"That's not so bad." Elena said. "You loved Katherine."

"She was one of the main reasons I shut off my emotions in the first place. Waiting for her really sucked. And I was really getting tired of Lexi bringing her up. It only pissed me off more."

"But it worked." Buffy said.

"Not in the way she planned." Damon took a deep breath. "I told her I didn't want to talk about Katherine because I didn't care about her anymore." He looked at Buffy and it took her a moment to understand.

"Oh." Buffy said, shocked. "Oh…. You…."

"On the bar, on the stage, on the roof….. It was a very long night."


"Sorry. It wasn't real, though."

"Real or not, you slept with Lexi! You slept with my best friend and you never thought to tell me before now?!"

"It never came up. And she never told you, either."

"She never got the chance, Damon." Buffy turned on her heel and walked back to the door.

"Buff! Come on!" Damon started to follow, but she slammed the door behind her. He sighed and leaned back against the edge of the roof.

"Probably should've mentioned that little tidbit before now." Elena said.

"Probably." Damon took a swig from the bottle.

Elena walked around the rooftop for a moment. "It's beautiful up here." He grunted and took another drink. "I could do this, you know. The Lexi method. Hang with you, party with you. It wouldn't be the worst way to turn my emotions back on."

"And here I thought you hated emotions."

"I do. Maybe I'm just looking for an excuse to…. spend more time with you." Walking closer, she took a sip from the bottle.

"I'm not going there, Elena."

"Come on, Damon. Klaus is right. You're not going to be enough for her. Especially if you keep lying to her."

"I didn't lie. I just…. Omitted the truth a little."

"I don't care who you've slept with." She leaned into him and tried to kiss him while her hand snaked to his pocket.

"Seriously, Elena?" Damon pushed her off.


Damon pulled out the paper with Katherine's addresses on it from his pocket. "Looking for that? Did you really think that was gonna work: the sex, the temptation, the booze? What, are you kidding me? I invented that trick." Damon took a swig of bourbon. "And you're forgetting: I love Buffy. More than myself. And maybe I won't be enough for her in the long run, but she's enough for me. I'll take her as long as I can get her."

Elena sighed and leaned on the wall next to him. "What about Lexi? What happened with her?" Damon stood up and moved in front of her. "You pretended to have feelings for her just to get her off your back."

Damon shrugged. "I was willing to do whatever it took. Sound familiar?"

"Aw. I hurt your feelings."

"Not my feelings. I'm looking out for you because one day, you will flip that switch back on, and all the bad stuff that you did is gonna come rushing back, and it is going to suck."

"So you're saying that you felt bad for Lexi?"

"She became a walking, talking reminder of all the awful things I'd done. And I managed to avoid her for decades, and then she just shows up in Mystic Falls to wish my baby bro a happy birthday, and boom: rush of memories, rush of guilt."

"So you kill her?"

"Out of sight, out of mind. Of course…. I didn't expect her to make up for everything by bringing the best thing that ever happened to me into my life." He sighed. "Elena, every day that you're like this is the day that you might do the one thing that you can't take back."

"Here's what I don't get…. You spent six months trying to get her to fall in love with you just so that you could hurt her. You were spiteful, malicious, borderline evil, and you say that you had your emotions turned off, but those all sound like emotions to me."

"Maybe they were. Maybe hatred was the first one I got back. All the more reason to cure you. That way, we get the normal Elena back without all the ugly stages in between."

"I'm not taking the cure, Damon." Elena started to walk away but Damon rushed over to block her way.

"Yes, you are, even if I have to break your neck or tie you up in chains until we find it."

Suddenly Rebekah jumped Damon from behind and snapped his neck. She let him fall to the ground and Elena looked at Rebekah, impressed. "What was that you said about handling things yourself?" Rebekah quipped.

Buffy sighed as she walked the streets of New York. It was well past two in the morning and she was still upset that Damon had never mentioned the fact that he'd slept with her best friend. She was completely honest with him about her past lovers. Not that there were that many….

"Don't be angry at him."

Buffy almost tripped at the sudden appearance of her dead friend. "Lexi?"

Lexi smiled. "Seriously, don't be angry at him. It was decades ago and he didn't have his emotions turned on."

"How are you here?"

"You've got a lot of friends high up."

"He should've told me about you two a long time ago."

"Really, there was nothing to tell. It was one night…. A mistake on my part…. But he loves you, Buffy. No one he's ever been with holds a candle to you."

"I know."

"Then quit being mad at him for this one stupid thing. You forgave him for killing me. Forgive him for not telling you about one night way back in the 70s."

Buffy smirked slightly. "I'll think about it."

"You are such a pain in the ass sometimes."

"Learned it from the best."

Lexi smiled. "Yeah." She sobered up after a moment. "Listen, I'm also here to warn you. Things have gotten bad back in Mystic Falls. I know you and Damon are wanting to vacation and all, and trust me, I really want you guys to, but you really need to get back and help Stefan."

Buffy sighed. "It's not just about a vacation, Lex. I need to cure Elena and kill Katherine."

"Oh, I'm all for you killing Katherine. I've never liked her and after what she did to Jeremy…. She deserves whatever you've got planned for her. But you need to help Stefan first."

"What's going on?"

"He's going to call you soon with the details." Lexi paused and looked as if she was listening to something Buffy couldn't hear. "I've gotta go. And one more thing: don't be mad at Dawn for her relationship with Spike. She's a grown woman now and she's capable of making decisions about who to love."

"There's that word again…."

"Just wish them luck and let them have it, Buff." Lexi gave a half wave before she disappeared.

Buffy sighed. Lexi was right, as usual. She shouldn't be so mad at Damon and she should let Dawn be a grown up. No one ever said it was easy to accept. Buffy sighed again and spun around, heading back for Billy's. She ran into Dawn and Spike as they were heading back to Dawn's apartment from Billy's.

"Buffy, listen…." Spike started."Look, I don't want to hear anymore about it. Just…. If you hurt her, I will kick your ass and bury you in concrete at the bottom of the ocean." Buffy said.

"Seriously?" Dawn asked. Buffy shrugged. "Wow. Ok…. Um…. Well, Elena and Rebekah left Billy's and I haven't seen Damon since you guys disappeared up on the roof. Actually, I didn't know that you had left…."

"What do you mean they left? Where did they go?"

"They didn't say."

Buffy disappeared and ran for Billy's. She didn't want to push through the bar, so she jumped and climbed up to the roof. Damon was laying on the ground with his neck snapped. She checked his and realized that the list of Katherine's addresses was gone. So Elena and Rebekah had teamed up and were headed after Katherine. Rebekah wanted the cure and Elena wanted to get rid of it. Great!

Buffy pulled out her cell phone and dialed Elena's number. "Hello, Buffy." Elena answered."Where are you?"

"The better question would be, where are we going?"

"Sorry, Buffy. I think I broke your radio." Rebekah called.

"You're in my car?" Buffy cried.

"We weren't gonna take the bus." Elena said. "I wish this could have gone differently, I really do, but we'll give Katherine your best." Buffy heard her engine rev loudly as Elena hung up the phone.

"Oh, she is so grounded!" Buffy growled as she put her phone back in her pocket. She set Damon's neck right and sat down to wait for him to wake up. After a minute, an idea popped into her head. She pulled her phone back out and searched through her contacts for the number she needed.

"Angel Investigations." Angel answered.

"It's me." Buffy said.

"Hey…. Are you ok? Willow told me about Jeremy…."

"I would be fine if my one lead to finding and killing Katherine hadn't been stolen by Elena and Rebekah."

"Why would Elena steal your lead?"

"She doesn't want to take the cure anymore because her emotions are turned off…. She's a real bitch right now…. And Rebekah wants the cure. What better way to get rid of it than to give the one dose to someone else?""What can I do?"

"I remember some of the places on the list of Katherine's last addresses. Think you can hit up some of your contacts and see if you can find Katherine first?"

"Yeah. Wouldn't Willow be faster, though?"

"She's tried. Katherine's cloaked herself. She has been for a long time since she's also running from Klaus."

"Smart girl." Angel sighed. "Yeah. Text me what you can remember and I'll get started right away."

"Thank you, Angel. I really appreciate this."

"Any time."

Buffy hung up and sent a quick text to Angel of the last towns on the list she could remember. Just after she hit send, her phone rang. "Hello, Stefan."

"You sound like you knew I was going to call." Stefan said.

"I did. I also know that things are bad in Mystic Falls. What's going on?"

"I didn't stop the massacre."

Buffy's breath caught in her throat. "Silas has everything he needs."

"Everything but the cure." Stefan said. Buffy sighed and let out a slight groan. "What's wrong?"

"Elena and Rebekah have taken our lead to Katherine and disappeared."

"What? How?"

"I've had a very upsetting day and I got pissed at Damon for not telling me about him and Lexi and left him alone with Elena. She and Rebekah must've ambushed him. They broke his neck and took the list we found. I've got Angel checking in with his contacts to see if he can dig up anything. I remembered a few of the places on the list, so hopefully he can find her before Elena and Rebekah."

"Are you guys coming home or going after them?"

"Going after them. We've just got to find a car."

"What happened to your car?"

"The terrible twosome stole it."

"I'll call Sheriff Forbes and have her put an APB out on it. Maybe that'll slow the girls down some and get you your car back."

"Thanks, Stefan."

"I'll call you with any updates."

"Ok." Buffy hung up and leaned against the wall on the edge of the building. She scooted Damon's head into her lap and settled in to wait for him to wake up.

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