Turning Back Time Chapter 1
Sunnydale, California, 2001
Blood dripped down Dawn's ankles through the holes of the crate. The drops of blood moleculed together forming a huge, bright portal. Buffy took Dawn by her shoulders and pulled her away from the edge.
"Buffy it's started." Dawn said as Buffy moved her from the edge. A dragon flew up from the cracks of the portal and roared as it flew into the sky. "I'm sorry." Dawn tearfully looked away from her sister to see lightening beams of energy shoot from the portal.
"It doesn't matter." Buffy said running her hand through Dawn's hair gingerly.
Dawn turned ready to jump over the ledge. Buffy's grip tightened around Dawn's wrist tugging her back. "What are you doing?" The blonde Slayer stared at her sister.
"I have to jump. The energy."
"It'll kill you."
"I know." Dawn whispered. Buffy stared at her younger sister confused. "Buffy, I know about the ritual. I have to stop it."
Buffy shook her head no.
The earth under their feet shook separating the Sunnydale streets opening the gates of hell for the demons who rose from below.
"I have to. Look at what's happening!"
A lightening bolt lit up the dark skies.
Buffy watched flying demons circle around them with a loud roar echoing the silent skies.
"Buffy, you have to let me go. The blood starts it and until the blood stops flowing, it'll never stop."
Somewhere within Buffy, she Dawn was right. This hell would never end with Dawn's blood. A moment of realisation hit the Slayer like a ton of bricks. Her mind flashed backed to the Magic Shop and Spike. Dawn's blood was hers. The portal would close with Summers blood.
"Death is your gift." Buffy heard the First Slayer's voice in her mind.
Buffy looked over her shoulder out to the platform leading to the hell portal. From afar the skies opened up to a bright, yellow, orange and red sunrise.
A sense of peace washed over Buffy. She no longer felt afraid.
Buffy looked back to Dawn. Dawn recognised the tranquil expression on her sisters face. She saw it once before when she prepared herself to fight Angel to the death. "Buffy… No!"
"Dawnie I have to." Buffy's voice is calm and terrifying to the young girl.
"Listen to me. Please, there's not a lot of time. Listen." Buffy griped Dawn's upper arms. Tears streamed down Dawn's face as Buffy calming soothed her. Her fingers brushed Dawn's tears welled in her eyes.
Buffy took a final look at her sister memorising her face then kissed her cheek with a silent goodbye.
In a blink of an eye, Buffy was swan diving off of the edge of the platform and into the portal.
Down below, the commotion abruptly stopped when the portal disappeared and Buffy's motionless body landed on wooden crates. Giles slowly approached the still Slayer. Willow, Tara, Spike, Xander and Anya stood behind the former Watcher and stared at the peaceful looking woman. She was gone.
Galway, Ireland, 1751
The sun was high in sky beaming down to the quiet grass fields of Ireland. A young girl skipped through the grass holding a basket of picked yellow flowers and stopped in her tracks suddenly staring down at a fallen woman.
"Mama!" The girl cried out but was unable to avert her eyes from the woman.
From beyond, a middle aged woman with tightly tied greying hair and a long dark green dress ran to the daughter from the top of the hill. "What is it my dear?" She asked as she neared the young girl.
"There's a woman over there!" The girl pointed in front of her to the woman passed out on the ground.
The girl's mother fearlessly took charge and kneeled down to woman's head and brushed her long blonde hair from her face to see her beautiful features. "Is - is she breathing?" The girl asked.
"Dearie?" The woman tapped Buffy's shoulder.
Buffy's breath hitched and her eyes slowly fluttered opened recognising tall green grass and a bright clear blue sky. Buffy slowly sat up and pushed her hair from her face clenching her teeth to her pounding headache. She looked up at noticed two unfamiliar women staring at her with wide, curious eyes.
"Ow." Buffy grumbled.
"You look to have fallen, lass. Are you well?"
"What happened?" Buffy squinted her eyes blinded by the sunshine.
"I do not know. We found you here. Unconscious… in the middle of a grass field. What is the last memory you have?" The woman asked.
Buffy thought for a moment and said, "Uh, a bright light, pain, then nothing. Where am I?"
"Galway, Ireland." Buffy looked at the young girl, she was about Dawn's age. Brown hair and pretty still growing into her womanly features.
For the first time, Buffy took notice in the colonial looking outfits the women wire. Buffy's frown deepened. "What year is it?"
"1751." The mother said with certainty.
Buffy's eyes widen with a mixture of shock and utter confusion. She released a breath of disbelief. "You've got to be kidding me."