Willow's Child

don't ask Faith personal questions

Disclaimer:I own nothing, except Sophie.

"Has anyone seen Faith? I've checked everywhere for her" said Buffy, entering the kitchen where Sophie, Willow, and Dawn sat eating waffles, which Sophie had also never tried. "She hasn't left without saying goodbye again has she?" Because if she has, I'm gonna be majorly pissed, Buffy thought to herself. She could have at least stayed until I'd sorted the whole wish thing out.

"She's still here" said Sophie through a mouthful of waffles. Buffy raised an eyebrow at the little girl.

"How do you know?" she asked. Sophie pointed out the window, where Faith's motorbike sat in the driveway.

"Oh, right. Well, where is she then?"

"She did act a little weird last night after I..." Dawn began, before trailing off.

"After you what?" Buffy asked, half dreading the answer.

"It doesn't matter" Dawn mumbled.

"Dawn, what did you do?" Buffy growled, anger rising.

"She's going to get it out of you eventually Dawnie" said Willow, as she helped Sophie pour syrup on her waffles, "You should just tell her." Sophie nodded.

"You should always tells the truth"

"Okay" Dawn took a deep breath. "I asked her why she thought singing would help Sophie."

"Dawn!" Buffy yelled. "How many times do I have to tell you not to ask Faith personal questions? It makes her feel uncomfortable!"

"Sorry" said Dawn, "I didn't think it was that personal." Buffy sighed.

"I better go look for her. Dawn, you come with me since this is you're fault."

"Okay" Dawn grumbled. The sisters headed for the door, then Buffy turned back to Willow.

"Oh Will, I almost forgot, Xander couldn't get the time off to pick Giles and Andrew up from the airport today, so you'll have to do it. Their flight gets in at two, don't forget"

"I won't. See ya, Buff."

"Who's Giles and Andrew?" Sophie asked after the slayer left.

"They're our friends from England. They're coming to visit so they can be here for my birthday next week" Willow explained, smiling.

Meanwhile, Faith was walking through a nearby graveyard, deep in thought. After Dawn had asked her about the singing, the dark slayer's first instinct had been to hop on her bike and ride as far away as possible. But then she remembered B needed her help with the wish, and somehow she just couldn't bring herself to bail on her sister slayer.

"There I go again" Faith muttered to herself. "Actin' like I'm all dependable, when I know I'm anythin' but." She was letting herself get too close to the Scoobies, that was the problem. When you let yourself get close to people, when you let them depend on you, and let yourself depend on them, eventually, somebody's going to get hurt. Somebody always gets hurt. Suddenly, Faith's slayer senses kicked into overdrive, and she spun around, finding herself face to face with three demons the same as the ones that had Sophie.

"Where is the child?" the first demon growled. Faith cocked an eyebrow at them.

"You really think I'm gonna tell you?"

"If you do not give us her location we will have no choice but to kill you" said the second demon. Faith laughed, having already taken a fighting stance.

"Give it your best shot."

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