Partners In Crime
Disclaimer: I don't own Buffy, but I do own Sophie :)
So, the slayers and wiccas left Dawn alone with the weeping Connor, deciding it was time she took responsibility for her own mistake, and returned to their research.
"Fear not, noble research buddies!" cried Xander as he burst through the door a while later, "For it is I, Xander, and I come bearing donuts and twinkies!" He deposited the items in the middle of the table and looked around. "So, where's our resident gender-bender?"
"In the lounge room with the Pipsqueak cryin' his eyes out" said Faith, reaching for a donut. Xander peeked into the lounge to catch a glimpse of the still sobbing She-Destroyer, then quickly turned back to the others, trying not to laugh, but failing miserably.
"That is one of the most hilarious things I have ever seen, I am so bringing it up next time Deadboy visits!" said Xander between fits of laughter. "But, uh, why's he.. she.. whatever we're calling Connor right now, crying?"
"Dawn made him watch Titanic" Buffy explained.
"He's crying because of Titanic? That's so stupid! Gee, I guess Connor really is a girl!" At this last comment, Willow smirked, and Xander frowned. "What?"
"Oh, nothing" said Willow. "I was just remembering what happened the first time me and a certain best friend who shall remain nameless saw that movie."
"I did not cry during Titanic!"
"Sure" said Willow, her smirk widening.
"I didn't!" Xander protested. "My eye was just a little watery because I got popcorn in it!"
"Is that why you gots to wear an eye-patch?" asked Sophie, who had been sitting between Willow and Tara, drawing.
"No, I wear the eye-patch because... uh..."
"That story's a bit scary for you sweetie, you're too little" said Tara, reaching out to tuck a few loose strands of red hair behind her daughter's ear. "We'll tell you when you're older, okay?"
"Okay, Mama Tara" said Sophie, returning to her picture. Xander took the empty seat on one side of Buffy, and Willow pushed a book towards him, leaving the group to continue their research. In fact, they all became so absorbed in their work that nobody paid much attention to Dawn and a slightly sniffly Connor headed upstairs, except for Sophie who glanced up at the pair briefly, giving them a small lopsided smile.
A little while later, Faith headed upstairs to go to the bathroom. On the way there, however, she heard music, and what sounded like bed springs creaking in Dawn's room. The door was left open a crack, so the Dark Slayer decided to peek in and investigate. Her mouth fell open in shock at what she saw.
"We are young! Heartache to heartache, we stand. No promises, no demands. Love is a battlefield!"
Dawn and Connor were both jumping up and down on Dawn's bed, singing into hairbrushes. Faith was struggling not to burst out laughing and give herself away.
"We are strong! No one can tell us we're wrong. Searching our hearts for so long, both of us knowing. Love is a battlefield."
Faith quickly crept into her own bedroom and grabbed her cellphone, before rushing back to film the spectacle of the singing She-Destroyer so she could send Spike the video. While Angel was the one the Dark Slayer would call on in a crisis, as a partner in crime, Spike was her vamp.