Willow's Child

Little Red

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As the demons closed in, Willow tried desperately to think of a plan, and she did. Problem was, the success of this plan rested solely on a power she had nowhere near mastered yet. Willow had been slowly developing the ability to fly without being Scary-veiny Willow, but so far she could only hover for a few seconds at a time. However, if she could just stay airborne long enough to float over the top of the demon's heads, she and the girl could make a run for it. Sure, it was a longshot, but the alternative, dying and sentencing this little girl to a horrible life of evil god-know's-what would be much worse. Willow scooped the little red-head into her arms.

"Don't be scared" she whispered, as she closed her eyes, and began to make a running jump. "I am light as a feather", Willow thought to herself, "I am lighter than air. I am-"

"Like a birdie" said the little girl. Willow opened her eyes, and furrowed her eyebrows, a confused look on her face.

"How did you know what I was- Oh goddess, I'm flying!"

"Like a birdie" the little girl repeated, giggling.

"Yeah" Willow laughed, looking down at the angry demons, as she floated away. "How'd you like that beasties? I'm flying! I'm flying! I'm.. uh-oh" She muttered, as she began to fall to the ground. Willow had known she wouldn't be able to stay airborne for long, but she would have settled for at least the other end of the park. Luckily, she landed on her feet, and wasted no time in running away as fast as she could, which normally was pretty fast, but the weight of the child in her arms slowed her down a little. With the demons trailing a good distance behind, Willow ran out of the park, down the street and onto the road, into the path of an oncoming motorbike, which screeched to a stop, just missing them. Willow kept running, until the bike's owner called after her, using an all too familiar nickname.

"Red?" Willow turned to see Faith, removing her bike-helmet, a confused look on her face. "Since when do you have a kid?" The little girl answered first.

"She saved me." Faith looked more confused. Willow checked to see that the demons were a safe distance behind before launching into one of her trademark rambling explanations.

"Well, I was in the park and then this little girl ran up to me and she was being chased by two demons so I threw one of them into a lamp-post but then the other one said "The child belongs to us" and then there were twenty demons and-"

"Whoa there! Take a breath Red!" said Faith, who had parked the bike by the side of the road. The horde of blue demons bolting up the footpath caught the dark slayer's eye. "I'm guessin' those are the twenty demons you were talkin' about."

"Uh-huh" said Willow. Faith nodded, a serious, battle-ready look coming over her face.

"I got this Red. You just get the kid home safe. I won't be far behind ya." Willow nodded in thanks and kept running.

Meanwhile back at the house, Buffy had just got off the phone to Giles, who, after some research, had confirmed that her visit from the Powers that be, and their offer, was legit. He then gave her a long, boring lecture about how she must use this wish wisely, and continually reminded her that she was not likely to get a chance like this again. Use the wish wisely. That was easy for him to say, he didn't have a potentially life altering wish and no idea what to wish for. And this was why that instead of going to bed as she'd planned, the slayer was waiting patiently for her flame-haired wiccan friend to return home, to see if she had any suggestions. Suddenly, the phone rang.


"Hey Buff" came Xander's voice. "I'm sorry to call so late, but is Willow home? 'Cause I'm pretty sure I just saw her run past my appartment building with a kid a few minutes ago."

"What? Why the hell would Willow have-" Buffy was interrupted by the sound of a motorbike through the phone.

"I may only have one eye" said Xander, "but that sure looked alot like Faith on a motorbike covered in demon blood"

"That doesn't really surprise me" said Buffy. "Willow with a kid on the other hand-" the slayer was interrupted again by the red-head in question bursting through the front door, a little girl in her arms. "Uh, I'm gonna have to call you back Xand." Buffy hung up the phone and turned to her friend.

"Willow" she said, in as calm and controlled a voice as she could, "How the hell did you manage to acquire a child in the middle of the night?"

"Demons were chasing her" said Willow, placing the little girl, who had fallen asleep, down on the couch. The familiar sound of a motorcycle engine roared into the driveway, and Faith came sauntering into the house.

"Hey B"

"Hey Faith. I'm guessing you were somehow involved in all of this, being that you're covered in blood and all"

"Yup" said Faith. Willow sighed, gazing at the sleeping child.

"She has no parents, poor little thing. I don't even know her name."

"Lets just call her Little Red until we know" said Faith, turning to Willow. "Because, you know her hair's red. Like yours."

"Yeah, it is" Willow smiled, stroking the girl's soft red locks.

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