Story by Kye
Written by Kye and CN Winters
Directed by Kye and CN Winters
Produced by CN Winters and Susan Carr
Edited by DragonWriter17
Sound by CSR
Art Direction – Robert Kidman
Artists – Robert Kidman, CN Winters, Zahir al Daoud, Mattxxx, and
Four Weeks after "Sacrifice"
Watchers Council – Slayer Gym – Early Evening
Kennedy was pounding furiously at the punching bag. Her knuckles had
become raw and beaten as she
struck the bag with one deadly
hit after another.
The door to the gym suddenly
swung open, and she stopped
her assault long enough to look
over toward the approaching
Faith stepped into the dim light
of the back of the room and
gave her friend a light smile.
"Is it her?" Kennedy asked with a sense of hope in her voice.
Faith just sighed and shook her head. "Sorry, Slick. False alarm."
Kennedy's gaze drifted back over to the worn and beaten bag as she
closed her eyes and hung her head.
Cleveland Graveyard – Later That Night
Kennedy twirled the silver-tipped stake on the end of her hand as she
casually strolled through the rows of headstones. The graveyard was
quiet except for the usual late night sounds as the slayer walked along
on her own.
Kennedy suddenly stopped in mid twirl as her ears barely picked up on
the sound of crunching grass. She turned her head just slightly when a
quick movement to her right caught her attention.
"Would you just come out already?" she called out into the darkness with
a sigh. "It's really late, I'm really tired, and I don't feel like having to..."
Kennedy's words died off when the dark figure stepped out of the
shadows and into the moonlight.
Kadin smiled over at her lover and folded her arms beneath her long
black duster. "Hey."
Cleveland Graveyard – Mausoleum – Same Time
The large door flew inward; then a bloodied hand gripped the jamb
painfully. A weakened and injured young woman stumbled inside, barely
managing to push the heavy door closed behind her. She breathed out
deeply and slumped against the hard wood as she fell to the floor
sobbing. Her naked shoulder glistened in the stream of light coming from
a crack in the tomb’s stained-glass window as she wrapped her arms
around the rest of her nude body.
The sound of a growl just beyond the door quickly caught her attention,
and she instantly grew quiet. Tiny drops of blood dripped down from an
open wound on her forehead as she pushed herself back from the door
and slinked further into the crypt.
As a shadow passed across the window, the woman's blue eyes darted
around the room. Moments
later, the glass shattered
inward, and a dark beast
burst into the room.
The woman's eyes widened as
she watched the werewolf land
on all fours and then stalk
closer. The beast's teeth
gleamed with red saliva as its
black eyes stared into hers. It
took a few steps closer and
then leaped into the air.
The woman's mouth opened with a growl as she reached up to grab the
beast with both hands. They remained locked in a feral embrace as black
stared into blue.
As the werewolf snapped at the woman's face, she struggled to hold it at
bay. Her eyes flashed, and she growled deeply, digging her fingers into
the coarse fur. She pulled the beast closer and then launched it
backwards with a powerful shove.
The werewolf flew across the room and crashed through the door as the
woman blinked back a drop of blood from her eyes. She watched the
beast carefully as she slowly stalked forward, her body hunched over
with each step.
Dark fur began to grow from every inch of her body as she dropped to all
fours. Her facial features began to change, and she threw her head back
with a roar. She stepped through the shattered door just as the
transformation was complete.
The other werewolf was just pulling itself to its feet when she set her eyes
on the fallen beast and growled.
Cleveland Graveyard – Same Time
Kennedy's eyes were wide as she stared back at the vision of her lost
The hunter sighed with a nod as she leaned back against a tree and kept
her eyes locked with Kennedy's. "Hey."
"You already said that," Kennedy huffed. "You've been gone for four
weeks with not so much as a phone call, and the best you can do is
Kadin smiled just slightly. "Hello?"
Kennedy shot the hunter a deadly glare and tucked her stake into her
jacket pocket. "Not funny."
Kadin gave the slayer a playful shrug and grin. "I thought it was."
"Where have you been?" Kennedy demanded, with annoyance in her
voice. "And what was with that dramatic exit?" She sighed and shook her
head. "Don't I even rank a good-bye?"
Kadin's smile faltered at the softly spoken words, and she pushed herself
off the tree to take a step closer. "It wasn't good-bye," she answered just
as softly. "At least, I didn't mean for it to be." Kadin dropped her eyes to
the scuffs on her boots as she swallowed hard. Then she lifted her gaze
back up to the slayer. "I was just...I couldn't stay here."
"Why not?" Kennedy asked again. "I mean, I know things were...messed
"Messed up?" Kadin repeated instantly. "I turned into a soulless monster
consumed by rage and anger who had to fight a she-bitch from hell to
keep her from taking over the world and enslaving all of mankind, only to
defeat her and gain her power which sent me into an even bigger fit of
rage where I nearly attacked and killed your ex-lover, but you beat me to
it by shooting an arrow through my heart which killed me, only to have
me rise from the dead a few hours later." Kadin finally took a breath and
then nodded. "So yeah, I think it's safe to say things are on a whole other
level way above ‘messed up’."
"We could've helped you," Kennedy replied. "I could've helped you."
Kadin shook her head with a rueful smile. "How? Were you gonna shoot
Kennedy's expression hardened. "That is so not fair."
"Maybe not," Kadin shrugged. "But I really don't see any other way that
you were going to control it...to control me."
Kennedy sighed and took a step closer to the hunter to reach out for her,
but Kadin immediately took a step back. Kennedy looked up at her with
a hurt expression, then let her hand fall back to her side. "So, that's how
it's gonna be then? Just cut yourself off completely and live out the rest
of your life in reclusion and misery?"
Kadin's eyes shined in the
moonlight as she looked at
Kennedy with a pained
expression. "What other choice
do I have?"
"You can let us help you."
"How?" Kadin nearly shouted. "I
don't even know how to help
Kennedy took a cautious step forward. When Kadin didn't pull back, she
rested her hand on the hunter's shoulder. "That's what you have me and
the rest of your friends for."
"Friends?" Kadin laughed. "Which friends would those be? The one whose
shoulder I nearly tore off? Or the one that I had every intention of gutting
like a fish?"
Kennedy dropped her hand but stared back into Kadin's hard eyes. "That
Kadin choked back. "Yes, it was."
"Look," Kennedy said, running a hand back through her hair. "Nobody at
the Council holds any grudges or blames you for anything. Faith's back
to her old pain-in-the-ass self, except now she's got yet another battle
scar to brag about." Kennedy laughed slightly. "And Willow is...Willow."
She gave Kadin a gentle smile. "We've all been worried about you."
Kadin scoffed and shook her head as she stepped away from Kennedy
and turned her back to the slayer. "I can't go back there," she whispered
into the darkness. "I can't go back there...and I can't face them." She felt
a hand slip around her side, and for a moment, she closed her eyes at
"We all want you back," Kennedy whispered in her ear. "I want you back."
She leaned in to place a kiss on the hunter's ear. "I've missed you."
"Please, Kennedy," Kadin whispered in anguish. "Please don't make this
Kadin pulled herself away from the slayer's embrace and then turned to
face her. There was a moment of silence between them as Kadin took in a
deep breath. "I can't stay here and put anybody else in danger," she said,
lifting a hand to brush back a strand of hair from Kennedy's eyes.
"Especially not you."
Kennedy's brow furrowed. "Danger? What are you talkin' about?"
"This...thing inside of me," Kadin explained. "Until I know what it is, or at
least how to control it..." She trailed off and averted her eyes from the
soft brown stare. "I...I can't be with you."
Kadin lifted her eyes back to Kennedy's. "I can't be with you, Kennedy.
You make me feel things that I..." Kadin licked her lips and let out a
frustrated sigh. "I just can't...okay?"
"No," Kennedy shot back. "No, Kadin. It's not okay."
Kadin seemed a little surprised by the adamant reaction, but she just
took a step back and shook her head again. "It's not up to you."
"So, what?" Kennedy asked coldly as she folded her arms across her
chest. "I just have to accept this bullshit excuse for why you can't be with
me, and I don't even get a say in it?"
Kadin's only answer was a light nod.
Kennedy shook her head with a disbelieving smile. She leveled her eyes
at the hunter. "I always thought that you were one of the bravest people
that I knew, but the sad truth is that you're nothing more than a
Kadin's eyes flashed, and a hard expression settled over her. "I guess we
were both wrong then." Kadin paused before continuing. "Because I
thought that you were the one person that would understand and
respect my decision."
"I'm sorry if I won't support you in making the biggest mistake of your
life," Kennedy replied hotly. "But I guess I'm just thick-headed that way."
"I never should have come back," Kadin sighed. "It woulda been easier if
I'd just stayed gone."
"Then why didn't you?" Kennedy asked angrily.
Kadin was quiet as she watched the slayer seething only a few feet away.
She ran a hand across her face and let out a deep breath. "Because I
wanted to see you."
Kennedy's expression instantly softened. "Kadin, I..."
"Save it." Kadin shook her head. "It doesn't matter anymore. We're just
not the same people we used to be."
"It doesn't have to be this way," Kennedy told her earnestly. "We can help
you. Just give me...just give us a chance."
Kadin smiled sadly. "I wish I could. I really do."
"Why can't you?!" Kennedy practically shouted in frustration.
Kadin closed her eyes and released a breath. Then she cracked her neck
and slowly opened her eyes again. "I don't want to hurt anybody else,
Kennedy, and if I stay here...I'm not so sure that I can guarantee that I
won't." Kadin reached up and placed a hand on her own chest. "This
thing inside of me is...I can feel it coursing through my blood. I can feel it
pounding in my heart and screaming in my head."
"Then please, Kadin," Kennedy pleaded one last time. "Let me help you
figure it out. I can help you learn to control it if you just let me."
"You can't!" Kadin shouted as her eyes turned solid black. "That's what
you're not getting, Kennedy. You can't help me. No one can."
Kennedy was startled by the flash of black in the hunter's eyes, but she
played it off with a sigh, slumping her shoulders in defeat. "I guess that's
Kadin's eyes returned to normal as she stared at the slayer with a
completely blank expression. "Guess so."
"Just answer me one thing," Kennedy asked. "What..."
Before the rest of the sentence could leave her mouth, a sudden
movement caught her eye as she watched a blur of fur tackle Kadin to
"...the hell was that?!"
Kennedy called Kadin’s name and took a step toward her, but before she
could reach the fallen hunter, she too found herself tackled from the
Kadin grabbed the thick fur on the werewolf's shoulders as she struggled
with the beast on the ground. Her eyes darkened, and a low growl
rumbled up from deep in her chest as she grabbed the werewolf and
easily threw it off herself.
By the time the beast hit the ground, Kadin was already on top of it,
pinning its arms to the ground as she stared down into its yellow eyes
with a burning glare of her own. "You so picked the wrong night,
Kadin released one arm to reach over and grab the wolf by the throat.
She squeezed until she heard
the beast moan beneath her.
"And you definitely picked the
wrong person to fu—"
Kadin watched as the beast
transformed right in front of
her. The dark black fur slowly
receded to reveal creamy white
skin. The yellow eyes faded into
soft blue, and tangled blonde
hair now hung across the very
Kadin's own eyes returned to their usual brown as the anger on her face
was replaced by a look of pure shock. Her body slackened as she
loosened her grip on the naked woman's throat.
End of Teaser
Michelle Rodriguez as Kadin Van Helsing, Lacey Chabert as Skye, Sarah
Michelle Gellar as Buffy Summers, Gale Harold as Jim Pollan, Caroline
Dhavernas as Grace Hatherley, Elijah Wood as
Jeffrey Lindquist, Robert Picardo as Dr. Miller,
Norika Fujiwara as Mia
Piper Perabo as Serena Vance, Brendan Fehr
as Coen Vance, Gary Oldman as Mr. Jason Felix, Laura Prepon as Lori,
Carl Lumbly as Nicholas, Scarlett Johansson as Baaierdra, and Hugh
Jackman as Jackson Van Helsing
Cleveland Graveyard – Moments Later
Kennedy slammed the werewolf to the ground as she held its claws a few
inches from her face with one hand. She grit her teeth as the beast
growled up at her and snapped at her arm with its massive jaws.
"Could this night get...any...worse?" Kennedy moaned as she finally
managed to immobilize the werewolf. "Now," she asked, staring into the
beast's hard yellow eyes. "Are you going to behave?"
The wolf's answer was another growl and a snap at her head.
"Didn't think so."
Kennedy turned to see how Kadin was handling her own attacker, and
that was when she spotted the hunter straddling the body of a fully nude
blonde. The two seemed to be locked in an intense gaze when Kadin
slackened her arms and sat back.
During the slayer’s momentary distraction, Kennedy’s werewolf managed
to wrestle its way out of her grip. Kennedy released it willingly, and the
beast quickly disappeared into the darkness of the night. She knelt on
the ground and watched the interaction play out just a few feet away.
Cleveland Graveyard – Same Time
The blonde woman looked up at the hunter sitting on top of her.
"You...you said that already," she answered, her breathing ragged and
"Yeah, well..." Kadin shook her head and removed her hands from
Serena's throat and her shoulder. With agonizing scrutiny, her soft
brown eyes stared down at the woman beneath her. "Is it...is it
Serena reached up to rub at the sore spot on her throat. "I think the
better question is...is it really you?" She dropped her hand from her
throat to rest it back at her side. "You were always strong, but I don't
ever remember you going all Hulk on me before."
Kadin was quiet as her eyes continued to rake over the body beneath
hers. "I thought you were dead, Serena. How did you...?"
"I was never dead, Kadin," the blonde answered softly. "I was very close
to it, but I survived that night. My grandmother helped me escape not
long after you left. She told the others that she took my body to be buried
in the family crypt."
Kadin shook her head. "But...how? I...I watched you die."
A flash of pain swept across Serena's face as she shivered in the cold
night air. "It's a very long story."
Kadin reached down to place a gentle hand against the woman's dirty
cheek. "I'm not going anywhere."
Serena smiled softly, but the moment was soon broken by the sound of
crunching grass as footsteps approached behind Kadin.
"Kadin?" Kennedy's voice called out. "You wanna introduce me to your
Kadin's head whipped around, and her eyes met Kennedy's slightly
raised brow as the slayer waited patiently behind her. "Uh...y-yeah,
"This is uh...this is Serena Vance," Kadin introduced the woman with a
pitched thumb in her direction. "Serena, this is...Kennedy."
The blonde smiled nervously from beneath Kadin as she gave the slayer a
light wave. "Is that a first name or a last?"
Kennedy smirked, but her eyes held a burning glare. "I'm one of those
dark and mysterious one-named kinda heroes. Gives me more of an
Kadin shook her head and then pulled herself to her feet. She stood in
the space between the two
women as she shrugged the
duster off her shoulders and
held it up for Serena to slip on.
The blonde quickly got to her
feet and slipped her arms in the
sleeves before pulling the
leather tightly around her
shivering body. She gave Kadin
an appreciative smile before her
eyes drifted over to lock with
"The other werewolf," she said. "The one that attacked you. What
happened to him?"
"Don't worry," Kennedy answered with a crack of her knuckles. "I scared
"Dammit," Serena sighed. "Now I'll never be able to find him."
"Correct me if I'm wrong," Kennedy interjected, "but it looked to me like
he was the one after you."
Kadin stepped up and placed a hand to rest on Serena's back. The
motion did not go unnoticed by Kennedy.
"Why would a werewolf be after you in Cleveland?" Kadin asked,
perplexed. "I thought you said that your family still thinks that you're
"They did up until about two months ago," Serena explained. "I was living
in a quiet village just outside of Madrid. I thought that part of my life was
behind me. I mean, I'd finally found some way to get over..." The words
trailed off as Serena looked up into Kadin's eyes.
The stare between the two women was intense as the sentence hung in
the air around them.
Kennedy cleared her throat, effectively breaking into the moment. Two
sets of eyes turned to look at her. "Maybe this is something better
discussed back at the Council." Kennedy nodded towards Serena. "And
I'm thinking she'd probably really like some...clothes. I'm sure Dawn's
got something that should fit."
Serena smiled at Kennedy before turning to look up at Kadin. The hunter
smiled back at her, then wrapped an arm around her shoulders and led
her from the graveyard.
Kennedy stood a few feet behind and watched the two women walk away.
She let out a deep sigh before following after them.
Watchers Council – Lobby – A Short Time Later
Faith was just passing through the lobby to go upstairs when the large
doors opened and footsteps tromped into the room.
Faith didn't look up from the folder in her hands. "Slick? That you?"
"Not exactly," came the deep reply from the doorway.
Faith's head lifted and swiftly turned towards the source of the voice. Her
brow furrowed, and her eyes widened just slightly. "Kadin?"
Kadin smiled as she stepped into the lobby and nodded at the slayer.
"How's it goin'?"
Faith shook her head as she tried to regain her composure. She closed
the folder and placed it on a
nearby table as she walked over
to greet the hunter. "Does Slick
"Do I know what?" Kennedy's
voice suddenly cut in from
somewhere behind Kadin.
Faith turned her eyes towards
the door as the slayer stepped
in, followed by a disheveled-
looking, barefooted blonde woman wrapped up in Kadin's leather duster.
The expression on Faith's face was completely lost as she glanced from
one woman to the next.
Kennedy just shook her head as she stepped up and patted her friend on
the arm. "Don't ask...I'm not even sure that I understand it." She didn't
stop to look back as she headed for the elevators. "I'll meet you in the
Faith watched the other slayer disappear around the corner before she
turned back to set her confused stare on Kadin and the strange woman.
Kadin just smiled as Serena remained partially hidden behind her.
Faith finally shook her head with a sigh before reaching over to retrieve
her folder. "Something tells me I don't even wanna know."
Willow and Rowena’s Apartment – Moments Later
Willow was sitting on the couch, leafing through a book, when there was
a light knock at her door. She looked up from her reading to cast a
glance towards the sound. She waited, and when she didn't hear another
knock, she turned back to her reading.
Hallway Outside Willow and Rowena’s Apartment – Same Time
Kennedy stood outside the door, shifting from one foot to the other as
she stared at the frame. She let out a slow and steady breath then lifted
her hand to knock again.
Willow and Rowena’s Apartment – Same Time
Willow looked up at the sound of the second knock. She waited a
moment before placing her book on the couch and getting up to make
her way over to the door.
Hallway Outside Willow and Rowena’s Apartment – Same Time
Kennedy sighed and turned away from the door just as it opened to
reveal the redhead standing on the other side.
"Kennedy?" Willow called out in mild shock. "What are you doing...?"
The words trailed off when Willow noticed the intense look on the slayer's
face. "Ken?" She stepped through the door and reached a hand out to
place it on Kennedy's arm. "Is everything...all right?"
Kennedy swallowed back as she glanced down at the arm on her hand.
"I...I uh..." She looked up to meet Willow's eyes. "I just wanted to...to tell
you that we need to c-call a meeting. Is...is Buffy around?"
Willow shook her head with a furrowed brow. "I-I think so, but...why do
"Kadin's back," Kennedy interrupted softly. "And so is Serena," she added
after a beat.
Willow's eyes widened slightly, and she took a step back from the other
woman. "Kadin's...back? As in...back...back?"
Kennedy nodded once.
Willow stared at the slayer for a long moment before sucking in a deep
breath and then releasing it with a light smile. "Wow. O-okay. I guess we
really should get Bu..." The witch paused, and her smile faded. "Wait.
Kennedy just shook her head and ran a hand back through her hair.
"Kadin's dead ex-girlfriend."
"You mean she’s a zombie?!" Willow asked in alarm.
Kennedy gave her a quick grin. "No, she's not dead. She’s very much
alive. And at the moment, very naked. And...very beautiful."
"Oh, Ken," Willow began sympathetically.
Kennedy shot her a half-hearted smile as she turned and made her way
down the hall. "Can you call the meeting? The sooner the better."
Willow nodded and watched her walk away. When a sudden hand
touched her on the shoulder, she jumped with a light squeal. Then she
turned to see her pajama-clad lover smiling sheepishly back at her.
"Sorry," Rowena said with a yawn. "Who was that?"
Willow recovered with a light shake of her head as she stepped back into
the apartment. "It was Kennedy."
"Kennedy?" the blonde replied, concerned. "What did she want?"
"Kadin’s back…and she brought a friend,"
Willow sighed as she pushed the door closed
Hallway Outside Dawn’s Apartment – A Short Time Later
After making a quick stop at the infirmary, Kadin and Serena headed for
the residential area.
"Don't worry," Kadin told Serena as they walked along the corridor.
"Dawn can be a little whiny sometimes...but she's a pretty cool kid." The
hunter smiled over at the blonde and received a tiny smile in return.
"And luckily for us...she's just your size."
Serena fidgeted nervously and gingerly touched the newly cleaned and
treated cut on her forehead. Kadin gave her a mock glare, and Serena
dutifully removed her hand. When they got to Dawn’s door, Kadin
reached up to knock.
Just before her knuckles made contact, the door swung open, and Dawn
stepped out, nearly running into the hunter.
"Kadin!" Dawn exclaimed as she realized who was standing in front of
her. "When did...?"
Her words died off, and her eyes trailed over to Serena. Dawn’s eyes got
big as she took in the sight of the blonde, who was still clearly naked
beneath Kadin’s leather duster.
Dawn's eyes narrowed in concentration as she stared at the woman.
"Have we met? You just seem so familiar..."
Serena shook her head with a light smile. "I don't think so."
"Dawn?" Kadin called to catch the young watcher’s attention. When she
was met with the same intense stare, she cleared her throat and
motioned towards the apartment. "Think we can talk for a bit? It's kinda
Dawn glanced from Kadin to Serena and then back to Kadin again.
"Sure," she answered slowly. "I was just going to meet Skye, but she can
wait. It's not like she's gonna die anytime soon."
Serena's smile faded, and Kadin looked away.
"Right," Dawn sighed with a nod. "Forgot how touchy that subject is
around here these days." She shook her head and stepped back into the
apartment. She waited in the doorway as the two other women filed in
after her. She turned to face the blonde's back as she closed the door
Watchers Council – Conference Room – Later
Buffy, Willow, Rowena, and Faith were all seated around the large table
as they waited in silence.
"So," Buffy broke in. "Somebody wanna tell me why I got dragged outta
bed to be here?" The slayer yawned and ran a hand down her face as she
looked from one member to the next.
Faith looked up from her spot a few seats down. "Quick's back, and she
brought somebody with her."
"Kadin?" Buffy said the name
with a slightly raised brow.
"Since about thirty minutes
ago," a voice answered from the
Everyone turned to see
Kennedy walk into the room,
followed by Kadin and Serena,
who was now dressed in a pair
of Dawn's jeans and a button-
down top. Kadin's duster was still wrapped around her shoulders as she
followed the other two women into the room.
Kennedy walked over and pulled out the chair next to Faith before
sinking down into it with a sigh.
Faith watched as Kadin walked over to take the seat on the opposite side
of the table, but not before pulling out the chair next to her for Serena to
sit down. The blonde accepted the seat with a smile. Then she sat down
and immediately dropped her eyes to her hands.
The room was silent for a few moments as everyone looked anywhere but
at the strange woman sitting next to the hunter.
"Okay," Buffy finally spoke up. She looked over at the hunter. "Kadin…"
Kadin looked over at the blonde with a neutral expression on her face as
she met the slayer's stare and held it.
"Where do I even begin?" Buffy said. "I mean, I can totally relate to the
whole rising from the dead. I can relate twice as much in fact," she added
in afterthought. "So my real question is not so much why...but how?"
Kadin just sighed and shook her head. "I'm still not really sure myself,"
she answered. "But it can wait." She turned to glance over at Serena
before leveling her eyes back with Buffy. "Serena's in trouble, and she
needs your help."
It took the slayer a moment to adjust to the sudden change in topic, but
she finally managed to ask, "What kind of trouble?"
"Hang on a sec here," Faith cut in before Kadin could answer. "We’re just
gonna let her off the hook that easy?" She glanced from Buffy over to
Kadin with a hard stare. "She went AWOL for four weeks without so
much as a smoke signal. I tried that and got my ass handed to me. Don’t
tell me you’re gonna let it drop just like that?"
"Faith," Buffy warned tersely. "Kadin is not an official member of this
Council, so just let it go."
"No," the slayer replied adamantly. "She can't just...disappear like that!
You were there. You saw what it did to Ken..." She trailed off as she
glanced over at the silent slayer.
Kennedy was sitting with her eyes trained on the center of the table. She
didn't even flinch when Faith's eyes landed directly on her.
Willow cleared her throat from across the table. "I-I agree with Buffy. I
think that m-maybe we should handle this one problem at a time." She
nodded over to Serena. "It seems like she's the one that can use our help
Faith averted her eyes, then silently nodded in reluctant agreement.
"What exactly is it that she can use our help with?" Rowena asked,
speaking up for the first time.
"She has a name," Kadin snapped sharply as she looked over at the
"Kadin," Serena said quietly, reaching out to
touch the hunter’s arm. "It's okay."
The hunter looked over at Serena, and the
expression on her face instantly softened. She
sighed and slumped back into her chair.
Serena removed her hand from Kadin's arm and looked over at Willow
and Rowena. "My name is Serena Vance," she started calmly. "I was
raised in a family of pure-blood werewolves. It was one of my distant
ancestors who founded the Knights."
"Yeah, we had the not-so-great pleasure of meeting the family earlier this
year," Willow replied.
"My clan is the last of the Knights, and our numbers have dwindled,"
Serena replied. "That is why my father took it so personally when
Kadin..." She trailed off and cleared her throat as she shifted in her seat.
"His practices and beliefs were archaic and barbaric...but he was still my
father. I agreed to take part in his crusades as he called them, but I
refused to be commanded to kill like some rabid dog."
Serena glanced over to see Kadin's eyes trained off to somewhere else in
the room. She cleared her throat and looked back over to the others at
the table. "My father was disappointed that I wasn't as cold blooded as
my two brothers. He said that I had dishonored our family and our
heritage when I refused to take part in murdering Kadin."
"Musta been tough," Buffy added gently.
Serena nodded. "That night, he came to me and told me that he was
saddened by what he must do...but I had to pay for my crimes against
my family and against the Knights."
"With a father like that..." Faith snorted.
"My grandmother overheard our conversation," Serena went on. "After my
father had me taken away, she used her status and our family name to
get in to see me. She told me of her plans to save my life and to hopefully
save Kadin's in the process."
The hunter looked up for the first time since Serena had begun talking.
"Your grandmother wanted to save me?"
Serena glanced back at Kadin with a smile. "She always liked you. She
said you had a fire within you that would one day burn brighter than any
Kennedy pulled her eyes up from the table to glance at the two women
across from her. She remained silent, but her jaw worked tightly.
"What happened?" Rowena asked curiously. "I mean, Kadin told us that
"Died?" Serena finished as she pulled her eyes away from Kadin. "Truth
is, I almost did. But luckily, the other clan members were so wrapped up
in their thirst for Kadin's blood that they didn't even notice when my
grandmother sneaked in and pulled me to safety."
Serena shook her head with a light smile. "When they questioned her
about the body afterwards, she told them that she had already placed me
in the family vault." She licked her lips as her blue eyes wandered. "My
father had not intended to allow a proper ceremonial burial, but
Grandmother didn't want to dishonor my mother's memory by having her
only daughter thrown away like some outsider."
Serena once again set her eyes in the direction of Rowena and Willow.
"My father was so filled with the desire for revenge that he did not debate
the issue, nor did he even check the vault himself. To him...his daughter
had died a long time ago."
Buffy shook her head as she leaned forward and placed her arms on the
table. "If your little vanishing act was so convincing, then why are you
sitting here now instead of sunnin' it up on some tropical island
"I was living in a small town just outside of Madrid," Serena replied. "I
had been there for a while, and I had finally learned to live without
constantly looking over my shoulder or having nightmares about K..."
She stopped, cleared her throat, and then went on. "It was about two
weeks ago when I got a sudden knock at my door around midnight.
Imagine my surprise when I answered it and saw my long lost brother
standing there in the moonlight."
"Coen?" Kadin said as she shot up in her chair. "That werewolf in the
graveyard was Coen?"
Serena glanced back at Kadin nervously then nodded once.
"Bastard!" Kadin growled as she slammed a fist
down against the table. Her eyes began to
darken with intensity. "I shoulda killed him
when I had the chance."
"You mean like you killed his father?" Faith
spoke up from her spot across from the hunter. She slowly lifted her eyes
to meet Kadin's as an audible gasp swept through the room.
Kadin shot the slayer a hard glare before turning her eyes back to meet
Serena's confused blue gaze. "Rena, I..."
Serena shook her head and lifted a hand. "Don't...please." She met
Kadin's eyes and held them in an intense stare. "He was dead to me a
long time ago, too."
The tension left Kadin's shoulders, and she let out a slow breath. "Still,"
she whispered softly, "I'd like to explain."
Serena smiled. "There's nothing to explain, but if it'll make you feel
The term of endearment was noticed by all in the room. Very slowly,
every head lifted, and five sets of eyes locked onto the two ex-lovers.
Buffy glanced over to see Kennedy's reaction. Instead of the cold
hardness that she had expected, she saw deep hurt clearly visible on the
"Getting back to Kadin," Rowena interjected, making a confused gesture
with her hands. "Ahh…I don’t even know what to ask," she admitted.
"That’s good ’cause I probably don’t have any answers," Kadin told her.
"How did you come back to life?" Rowena asked.
"I don’t know," Kadin answered.
"And the blue skin?" Faith added. "All gone now?"
"So it seems," Kadin replied.
"You’re not gonna…try to rip out my heart again, are you?" Willow asked.
"I can’t say for sure," Kadin stated honestly.
Willow instinctively leaned away.
Buffy sighed. "You gotta give us something to work with here, Kadin."
"If I knew, I’d tell you," the hunter began. "That’s why I said to start with
her," she added, motioning to Serena. "At least she’s got a starting point
for her problem. I’ve got nothing."
Buffy looked around the room at everyone. "Look it's late," she offered. "I
think we'll all have clearer heads in the morning." She turned to Serena.
"We have plenty of room here. You're welcome to stay in one of the visitor
"She can stay with me," Kadin interrupted before Serena could answer.
She glanced over to find Kennedy staring at her in shock. Kadin quickly
looked away, back to the others. "I've got some stuff that I need to take
care of back at the cabin," she explained softly. "I'm sure it'll be easier if
Serena just stays with me until we can figure this out." Kadin brought
her eyes back to Kennedy. "I think it's best if we all take some time
"Perfect," Buffy told Kadin. "Just make sure you're both back here first
thing in the morning. The sooner we get started, the sooner we can figure
out what needs to be done."
When Kadin glanced over and gave her a nod in reply, Buffy rose and
made her way from the room.
Faith looked to the chair next to her just as Kennedy got to her feet. She
watched as her friend cast Kadin and Serena one last glance before
silently leaving the room.
Rowena and Willow soon followed behind Kennedy.
Kadin stood and offered her hand to help the still battered woman to her
feet. When Serena stood, Kadin brushed some hair back from the
blonde’s face. "I think there's a nice hot shower callin' your name," she
Serena gave her a gentle smile as she swept the rest of her errant hair
back off her face. Then she let out a tiny sigh. "Sounds wonderful."
Faith jumped to her feet, shoving her chair back with a loud clatter as it
fell to the floor. She shot Kadin an angry glare, then turned and stomped
out of the room.
Serena watched the woman leave before turning back to Kadin. "Is she
Kadin just shook her head and placed her hand on Serena's back. Then
she nodded toward the door. "Don't worry about her," the hunter told her
as they left the room. "She's always had anger issues."
"Hmm," Serena hummed softly as she gave Kadin a grin. "Sounds like
another tough brunette that I know."
Kadin just shook her head with a smile as she pulled the door closed
Kadin’s Cabin – A Short Time Later
Kadin pushed the front door open and stepped inside. Then she held it
open for Serena to enter. She smiled at the blonde as she stepped into
the room. Kadin pushed the door closed with one hand and nodded
towards the hallway.
"The bathroom's just down the hall. Third door on the right," she told
Serena as she pulled the duster from the woman's shoulders. "I'm gonna
head to the kitchen to see if I can round us up something to eat that
doesn't need to be prepared and/or cooked."
Serena laughed softly and
shook her head. "I guess some
things never really do change."
Kadin turned back from placing
her coat on the hanger and
gave the blonde a knowing
smirk. "Do I take that to mean
that you still try to sing in the
"Hey," Serena pouted lightly. "I
sing just fine."
"Oh, yeah," Kadin said. "If you're a dying cow who just had a
Serena's eyes widened, and she laughed
heartily as she stepped up to swat at Kadin's
arm. "I do not sound that bad!"
Kadin chuckled as she easily dodged the
blonde's swats. The playful exchange carried
on for a few moments longer until Kadin reached out to grab Serena
gently by the arms. Their bodies were pressed up against each other as
the hunter looked deeply into Serena's eyes.
"I forgot how blue your eyes were," the hunter admitted softly. "Or how
easily I got lost in 'em."
Serena swallowed visibly but then relaxed into the familiar embrace.
"Kadin..." she whispered.
Kadin hesitated a split second before closing her eyes and leaning down
to press her lips to Serena's.
End of Act One
Cleveland Street – Sunrise
Kadin revved the throttle on her bike as she tore around the corner of the
street. The motorcycle popped up onto its back wheel as she sped down
the street. A few yards away, she finally set the bike back down on two
As the early morning sunlight reflected off the black tint on the visor of
her helmet, she gunned the engine once again and raced through the red
Dirt and debris kicked up in her wake as the tail lights of her bike
disappeared down the street just as the sun was rising in the distance
Willow and Rowena’s Apartment – Hallway – Early Morning
Willow stood outside the bathroom and gave it a light knock.
"Ro? We’re gonna be late. You about done?"
Willow and Rowena’s Apartment – Bathroom – Same Time
Rowena, fully clothed, stood in front of the mirror looking at herself with
a nervous expression and holding a wet washcloth over her mouth. She
lowered the cloth for a moment.
"Yeah, just go on without me. I’ll be there in a minute."
Willow and Rowena’s Apartment – Hallway – Same Time
Willow asked, "Are you okay?"
Willow and Rowena’s Apartment – Bathroom – Same Time
"Yeah, I just got a late start today. I’ll see ya downstairs."
"Okay," Willow replied through the door.
Rowena listened to Willow’s footsteps and then heard a mumbled
conversation between her and Skye before the outer door closed. Rowena
took another uncertain look at herself in the mirror and then raced
toward the toilet behind her.
Willow and Rowena’s Apartment – Hallway – Minutes Later
The bathroom door opened briskly, and Rowena jumped slightly when
she saw Skye standing there.
"What do you want?" Rowena asked.
"Money. I need to go to the butcher tonight.
Willow said you had cash."
"Can it wait? I’m kind of in a hurry," Rowena
Skye grinned slyly. "So when are you going to tell her?" she asked.
"Tell who what?" Rowena replied.
"I’m in this house more than Willow is," Skye answered, "and with all
these trips to the bathroom lately, it’s one of two things – either you’re
pregnant or bulimic. Annnnd I gotta say, you don’t look too skinny."
"Here," Rowena said, digging into her pocket and producing a twenty-
dollar bill and handing it to Skye.
"Make it a fifty, and I’ll keep my mouth shut," she told her as she handed
the money back.
"What!? You’re trying to blackmail me?" Rowena asked incredulously.
Skye just rubbed her fingers together to motion for more cash. Rowena
rolled her eyes and pulled out another twenty-dollar bill. "Fine. I’m only
doing this, though, because I know you need the blood and this will
cover you for the month. There’s nothing going on."
"Riiiiiight," Skye replied.
"That’s all you’re getting, and if that’s not enough, I’ll move back you to
the slayer dorms. How’s that?"
"Thanks," Skye said, waving the money. "Oh, and don’t worry, uh, mum’s
the word," she teased before Rowena walked away.
Watchers Council – Conference Room – Minutes Later
Rowena entered the room, her satchel in her hand. Faith and Robin sat
on one side of the table while Willow sat on the other. At the head of the
table sat Buffy, and on the other end was Xander. Kennedy was
"Sorry I’m late, guys," Rowena apologized as she took her seat beside
Willow. "Did I miss anything?"
"No," Xander replied. "Just another boring plea for more funding to build
Faith’s Swiss Army knife, which I guess would technically be called the
Slayer Army knife. In either case, I need more moolah for development."
"Pay the man, B," Faith told Buffy. "My cartoon character has better
kickass weapons than me, and that just won’t do."
Buffy grinned and said, "Motion granted."
The door opened to reveal Andrew walking in backward pulling a cart.
"Breakfast is served," he announced.
"Ooh, what’s on the menu today?" Willow asked as she tried to peer over
the cart for a better look.
"Scrambled eggs, bacon, and hash browns."
"Got my hot sauce?" Faith asked just as Andrew placed it in front of her.
"Hey Andy, you’re at the top of your game today," she complimented.
"Why thank you," he replied as he put Robin’s plate in front of him and
started serving him.
Rowena’s shoulders lurched forward slightly as she sat across from Faith
and watched the slayer pour the hot sauce on top of her eggs. The
watcher pinched her nose slightly and turned to Buffy. "I think I forgot
something. I’m gonna…go. I’ll be back."
Without waiting to be excused, Rowena got up and swiftly left from the
room as everyone else focused on the food being served. Buffy’s
suspicious eyes, however, didn’t leave Rowena until the door was closed.
"That’s a good idea," Buffy told the group. "Let’s take ten and then pick
up after Andrew has everyone served." Buffy rose and asked Andrew,
"Can you make me a plate while I run to the little girls’ room real quick?"
"Sure, Buffy," he replied politely. Buffy nodded her thanks and left the
As she was leaving, she heard Xander say, "The rest of us would like
bacon too, Faith."
"Hey, I got a high metabolism," she heard Faith reply.
As the door closed behind Buffy, she heard Willow remark, "But that
doesn’t mean the rest of us have to starve."
Watchers Council – Hallway – Continuous
Buffy looked left and then right to see Rowena slipping inside the
bathroom. With a curious expression, she made her way down the
Watchers Council – Restroom – Continuous
As soon as she opened the restroom door, Buffy heard Rowena heaving.
She walked inside and glanced
under the stalls.
"Are you okay, Ro?" she asked.
The toilet flushed, and
Rowena emerged from one of
the stalls. She walked over to
"Yes, I’m fine," she told Buffy as
she looked at her from the
mirror. She washed her hands
and then cupped one hand and put some water into her mouth before
spitting it into the sink.
Buffy just continued to watch her. As Rowena wiped her face with the
damp paper towel she had used to dry her hands, Rowena turned and
saw Buffy looking at her.
"What?" Rowena asked.
"For someone who claims to be fine you look as white as a…a Canadian,"
Buffy replied with a slight grin.
Rowena froze for a second, then buried her face into the towel and began
to sob. Buffy’s eyes immediately went wide.
"Hey, hey," Buffy said, trying to sooth the crying woman. "I was just
teasing. I know it was a bad joke, but it wasn’t anything worth crying
over. I’m sorry."
"Not your fault," Rowena answered.
"What’s wrong, Rowena?" Buffy asked. When she didn’t reply, Buffy
asked, "Is it wedding jitters? Getting cold feet?"
Rowena began to cry even harder and shook her head adamantly. "I want
to marry Willow, but Willow won't want to marry meeee," she wailed
through her tears.
Buffy looked like a deer caught in headlights, but Rowena had her face
buried in the towel and didn’t see her expression.
Kadin’s Cabin – Kitchen – Same Time
Kadin was seated at the table, reading the morning paper and munching
on a large bowl of Frosted Flakes. She lifted another spoonful to her
mouth just as she heard footsteps enter from the doorway.
Kadin looked up to see Serena yawn and pull the white robe tighter
around her body.
"Morning," the hunter said softly as she turned her attention back to the
Serena glanced over at her before making her way over to the coffee pot
to pour herself a cup. "Where'd you go earlier?" she questioned casually
as she poured some of the hot liquid into a mug. "I woke up just before
sunrise, and you were gone."
Kadin paused in mid-chew, but she didn't take her eyes from the paper
in her hand. She finished chewing the bite and swallowed it. "I needed a
ride," she answered slowly.
Serena turned to face her as she leaned back against the counter and
silently began to sip on her coffee.
Kadin lifted another spoonful of the cereal to her mouth. The only sound
in the room was the quiet crunch of the flakes as she chewed.
Watchers Council – Restroom – Same Time
"You got to help me out here, Ro," Buffy told her. "I thought things were
just peachy with a side of keen. Why won’t Willow marry you?"
"Because she doesn’t want kids right now," Rowena replied, trying to
"Well," Buffy began, trying to find a good starting place, "you’re not that
old yet. There’s nothing that says you have to have kids right now, is
Suddenly, Rowena burst into tears again and croaked out, "Yes, there
Buffy looked positively dumbfounded with a mix of fear, but then her
mouth began to hang open in surprise.
"You’re pregnant?" she asked.
Rowena nearly started to hyperventilate, and Buffy reached out to try to
"How did you get pregnant?" Buffy asked. "Is Will the dad
because…wow...I didn't think she was that powerful with the magics?
Sure, she made a bunch of slayers…but a new baby? That’s just…wow."
Rowena shook her head and took a deep breath before saying, "No, it's
Buffy’s jaw set for a moment, and then she asked, "So you had an affair
on Willow?" It came out more like a statement than a question.
"No, I had an affair with Willow – big difference."
"Okay," Buffy sighed. "I am totally lost now."
Rowena suddenly began to cry again and started to babble at the same
time. Buffy leaned closer to try to catch everything she was saying.
"I can't tell you how it happened because we’re not supposed to say
anything, we took an oath, made a promise…and now I'm messing that
Slowly a look of realization came over Buffy’s face. "The island," she
muttered. "Xander," she added just as quietly.
Watchers Council – Conference Room – Same Time
"Aren't they supposed to be here by now?" Xander asked from his spot
next to Faith. "I don't really know what for, seein' as how I never get
called to the late-night clandestine meetings." He shot a glare in Willow's
"It wasn't clandestine," Willow laughed. "But I'm so proud of you for
knowing such a big word." Xander shot her another glare, and she
Xander fell back in his chair and started to mumble under his breath.
Faith watched the exchange with a light grin before she finally glanced
up at the wall clock and then over to the witch. "Where in the world are B
Willow got up from her seat. "I’ll see if I can find them…I’ll let Buffy know
that Kadin hasn't showed yet."
Watchers Council – Restroom – Same Time
"Does Xander know?" Buffy asked.
Rowena inhaled deeply and wiped her eyes. "No, nobody knows…except
maybe Skye. I don’t know what to do here, Buffy. Who do I tell first – my
soon-to-be-wife who doesn’t want kids now or the dad-to-be who
probably thinks I just used him? I mean, chances are both of them will
hate meeee," she said, starting to cry again.
"Not again," Buffy said, holding up her hands. "Settle down, okay? No
one is going to hate you – least of all Willow and Xander. And for the
record, we all did things that week that we never thought we’d do. Really,
trust me on this. So…you’re not alone here."
"No, but I’m the only one who got pregnant…at least the only one we
know of," Rowena replied. "Oh God," she moaned.
"Do you know for sure?" Buffy replied. "Maybe…"
"I took a home test two days ago – positive. I’ve got a doctor’s
appointment this week for a blood test…Look, you can't say anything, to
anyone, until I figure things out, okay?"
"Of course…Come here," Buffy said, pulling her into a hug. "It’ll be okay."
Buffy was hugging Rowena when she heard Willow’s voice from behind
them asking, "What’s wrong?"
Rowena pulled back and began
to cry again. "Oh Godddd."
"I’ll handle this," Buffy told her
and quickly turned to face
As Willow moved closer,
Rowena backed further away,
but Buffy stepped in between
them to intercept the redhead.
"Willow, everything’s under
control," Buffy told her as she put her hands on Willow’s shoulder,
preventing her from coming any closer.
"What’s under control? What’s wrong?" she asked both of them.
"Do me a favor?" Buffy asked, avoiding the question. "Go back and tell
the gang that the meeting is off for now. We’ll try again later today,
"No, not okay," Willow answered. "My fiancée is in the bathroom, crying
in your arms. I’m anything but okay right now."
"You stay," Buffy ordered Rowena before taking Willow by the elbow and
leading her out.
Watchers Council – Hallway – Continuous
Buffy still had a grip on Willow’s arm as they exited into the corridor.
"I promise you’ll know what's going on soon enough, but for right
now…just give Ro some space."
"Buffy?" Willow whined.
"Please, Will," the slayer begged. "I promise I’ll take care of her. Just go
back to the meeting and tell everyone it’s canceled. I’ll meet you there in
a few." Willow still didn’t move. "Please," Buffy added.
"All right," Willow relented with a sigh. "But if you’re not there in ten
minutes, I’m coming back."
"Deal," Buffy replied.
Watchers Council – Restroom – Continuous
After waiting for Willow to move along down the hallway, Buffy stepped
back inside the restroom. Rowena was pacing frantically.
"What did she say? What did you say? Did you tell her?" the watcher
asked in a rush.
"No," Buffy replied. "I promised you I wouldn’t."
The watcher nodded as she stood wringing the paper towel that now
looked like it was in soggy ruins. Buffy took her by both shoulders.
"Baby or no baby – Willow loves you," she began in a whisper. "I know
that, and I think deep down you do too. But she’s like a dog with a bone,
Ro. Now that she sees something’s up, you’ve got to tell her what it is."
Rowena nodded silently.
Watchers Council – Conference Room – Same Time
"Rest of the meeting’s canceled, guys," Willow told everyone.
She was met with a chorus of ‘Why’s,’ and she shrugged. "I don’t know,"
Willow answered, worry filling her voice. "I walked in the bathroom, and
Rowena was crying to Buffy."
"About what?" Faith asked.
"I don’t know," Willow said, getting more upset. "Maybe she wants to call
off the wedding. Maybe she decided…" She gave Xander a quick glance
and stopped speaking for a moment. "Maybe…I mean, I thought things
were going great but, after all, we're doomed, right? I mean, all of us,
we’re all doomed romantically, and maybe it’s time I faced that."
"And maybe it’s time you just chilled," Faith suggested.
"Faith’s right," Robin added. "Until you know what the problem is, there’s
no sense worrying about it."
The door opened, and everyone jumped to their feet to see Buffy enter.
"Hey guys," she announced. "I’ve got to talk to Willow for a moment. Let’s
try this again in about two hours. How’s that sound?"
Everyone nodded, and Xander gave Willow’s hand a squeeze in support
before he followed Robin out.
"I'll call Kadin and tell her not to worry about showing up for a while,"
Faith called over her shoulder just as she disappeared from the room.
Once alone, Buffy sighed, and Willow started a barrage of questions.
"What’s wrong? Why was she crying? Is it something I did, something she
did? Does she want to call off the wedding? Does she—?" Willow stopped
as Buffy simply held up her hand.
"I sent Ro upstairs, and once she's there, she's sending Skye down here
so that you guys can talk privately."
"Buffy, what’s the matter? Is she sick? Is she dying? Is she—?"
"Will," Buffy replied. "I can’t tell you, but I will say she does want to get
married and she’s not sick or dying."
"But if she’s crying...?"
"Willow," Buffy repeated, this time with more authority in her voice, "take
a deep breath, settle down, and let Rowena tell you what she has to say
in her own time. I know that being calm can be tough for you sometimes,
I know how you get, but you need to stay calm and listen for Ro's sake."
Willow took the advice and took a deep breath. "Okay, so she’s not sick
and she still wants to get married. That’s all good, right?"
Buffy grinned. "Yes, it’s all good."
Skye appeared at the door, and Buffy nodded toward the exit for Willow
Willow and Rowena’s Apartment – Living Room – Moments Later
Willow entered the living room to see Rowena on the sofa with her legs
tucked under her. Her eyes were bloodshot, and she had a box of tissues
on one side.
As if walking on eggshells, Willow made her way over. In a soft voice she
said, "Buffy tells me you’ve got something to say."
Rowena just nodded before blowing her nose.
Kennedy’s Apartment – Living Room – Same Time
Kennedy was reclined back on the cushions with Marsha lying on her
stomach. The television was on for a bit of background noise as the
slayer stroked the snoozing dragon's stomach gently. Her eyes were on
the TV screen, but she wasn't paying attention as the weatherman
rattled on about storm clouds and rain fall.
"Didn't know you watched the morning news," Faith called out to the
slayer as she walked into the room. "Didn't think you even got up before
noon...or were that boring."
Kennedy lifted her head enough to glance over the arm of the couch.
"Don't you ever knock anymore?"
Faith just shrugged as she walked over and fell into the chair opposite
the couch. "You weren't at breakfast. Were you plannin' on showin' up
for the meeting?"
Kennedy turned her eyes back to the screen as she continued to stroke
the soft scales on Marsha's side. The dragon whimpered and rolled onto
her stomach before falling into a light snore once again.
"Why can't you just get a dog like normal people?" Faith asked with a
"Since when have I ever been normal?" Kennedy teased back, though
without her usual spark. "Or more importantly..." She turned her eyes to
her friend. "What do you know about normal?"
Faith sighed. "I blame it all on Ace. The guy's really startin' to get to me.
Guess I'm not such a relationship disaster after all."
The smile faded from Kennedy's
face, and she slowly turned her
gaze back to the television.
"Damn," Faith said, shaking
her head. "Slick, I'm sorry. I'm
not exactly known for
controlling the things that come
outta my mouth."
Kennedy shrugged. "Forget it."
Faith watched her friend's stoic reaction for a moment longer before she
finally leaned forward to stand up. "So, what you got to eat around here?
Xander was bitchin' about the bacon again, so I didn't get my usual
twelve pieces." She pushed herself out of the chair and stood to make her
way to the kitchen. "You got any?"
"She's been alone with her all night," Kennedy said in response.
Faith stopped in her tracks and turned back to face the other slayer.
"Serena," Kennedy replied again. "She's been alone with Kadin all night
in a romantic secluded cabin in the woods. Complete with mood-setting
fireplace and bear skin rug."
Faith's brow furrowed until she realized what her friend's ramblings were
about. "Slick," she said softly as she made her way over to stand behind
the couch. "Quick loves you. She'd never do that to you."
Kennedy slowly turned her head to glance up at the other slayer. "Not
even with her one true love who she thought was dead but who suddenly
reappeared right when she was ready to pack up and jet away from here?
Away from me?"
Faith was speechless as she just stared back down into strained brown
"I think there's some bacon in the freezer," Kennedy answered after a
moment. She turned back to stare at the TV screen. "Help yourself."
Faith sighed once again as she turned from the couch and headed into
Willow and Rowena’s Apartment – Living Room – Moments Later
"So...are you going to leave me?" Rowena asked worriedly.
"No, of course not," Willow answered with a smile. "You know, I pretty
much raised a pre-teen alone with Tara over a summer. How hard could
this be? A baby doesn't even talk back or leave dirty dishes in her room."
For the first time that morning, Rowena began to grin. "I think a baby
poses different challenges – not easier, just different."
"Well, I’m ready for it as long as you are...and the truth is I know you’re
ready so…what the heck. We’ll just be mommies a little earlier than
scheduled, that’s all," Willow said optimistically. "A-and if you think
about it, the only couple that got hitched successfully in our group was
Giles and Becca, and she was expecting a baby at the time. S-so maybe a
pregnancy helps counter the ‘doomed curse’." Rowena smiled at first but
then got a sad look. "What?" Willow asked.
"I was so worried you’d…I don’t know what exactly…"
Willow took Rowena’s hand. "You gotta realize, Sweetie, we’re in this
together. So if anything is bothering you, ever…please come to me. I can’t
say I’ll never get angry, and I can’t promise I won’t get wigged out now
and then, but…no matter what, I’ll always love you, always." Rowena
looked like she was going to start crying. "Oh no you don’t. Come over
"I can’t help it," Rowena replied as she snuggled into Willow’s open arms.
"We’ll be okay," Willow told her as she moved her palm over to Rowena’s
stomach. "For all of us," she added. "You’ll see."
Kennedy’s Apartment – Kitchen – Same Time
Faith was leaning back against the counter as she pushed the send
button on her cell phone. She let out a slow breath and then lifted it to
Kadin’s Cabin – Moments Later
Kadin had just reached out to open the front door when the phone in her
vest pocket started to chime. She glanced down at it strangely when she
didn't recognize the generic ring tone.
"Who's that?" Serena asked from her spot next to the hunter as she
watched Kadin reach into her pocket to retrieve the ringing device.
Kadin shook her head once as she glanced down at the caller ID. It only
displayed the phone number as the screen continued to flash with the
chime of the ringer.
Kadin finally pressed the green button and lifted the phone to her ear.
Kennedy’s Apartment – Kitchen – Same Time
"Hey, Quick, it’s me," Faith said when she heard the husky voice on the
other end pick up.
Kadin’s Cabin – Same Time
"Faith?" Kadin cast a quick glance over to Serena. "Is something up?"
Kennedy’s Apartment – Kitchen – Same Time
"Yeah," Faith answered. She looked up when she heard footsteps in the
other room, but they quickly died off, and she let out a breath.
"Something's come up with Ro and Red, and I was just callin' to tell ya
that the meetin's been pushed back for a few hours."
Faith made another quick look at the kitchen door. "Think you and she-
wolf can swing by later?"
Kadin’s Cabin – Same Time
The hunter's jaw set as she glanced over at Serena. "Yeah," she ground
out. "I think Serena and I can manage that."
Kennedy’s Apartment – Kitchen – Same Time
"Good," Faith said flatly. "I'll call you in a few hours, so don’t go too far."
Without another word, she flipped the phone closed and stuffed it into
her back pocket.
Kadin’s Cabin – Same Time
Kadin flipped the phone closed and shoved it back into her vest pocket.
Then she shrugged the duster off her shoulders and placed it back on
the hook. "The meeting's been cancelled," she told Serena. "Something
came up with Willow and Rowena."
Serena furrowed her brow. "It's nothing serious?"
"Not for us," Kadin answered. "Whatever it is...I'm sure they got all the
help and support they need." She dropped her eyes away from Serena's
as she turned to brush past her. "I'll be in the game room. Just call me
if—" Her words were cut off by the sound of a pounding knock at the
Kadin turned back to glance over her shoulder when the knocking grew
"I know she's in there!" the voice came from the other side. There was
another pounding knock and then a growl. "Serena!"
Kadin reached out and placed her hand on Serena's arm as she took the
few steps back over to the door. She held the blonde behind her as she
reached out and pulled open the door.
Coen Vance was standing on the other side. He locked onto Kadin with a
"I've come for my traitor sister," he growled. "Hand her over, or I'll finish
the job that my father couldn't."
Kadin shot the man her own icy glare. "You don't wanna do this," she
warned. "Just turn around now and go home."
"I don't have a home. Not anymore," Coen growled again. "You took that
away from me when you killed my family." A brief moment of calm
reflection passed over his face, but his
expression of anger and hatred quickly
"I've come to render judgment on the traitor to
our name." Coen's eyes flashed over Kadin's
shoulder to settle on his sister. "She deserves to die for what she's done."
Kadin pulled in a slow breath and then released it again. "Just go home,
Coen. It's over."
"It is not over!" he snapped back. "Not until you're both dead. But for
right now," he said as he set his eyes on his sister once again, "I'll settle
Coen placed his foot inside the door,
and Kadin's hand quickly flew up to
his chest stop him. "You don't wanna
Coen laughed. "And who's gonna stop
me?" His eyes flashed yellow as he
trailed them up and down Kadin.
Kadin's fingers slowly closed on the
front of the man's shirt until the
material was bunched into a tight fist. Her brown eyes grew darker until
they were completely black. "Yes."
End of Act Two
Willow and Rowena’s Apartment – A Short Time Later
Rowena reached out to pull the door open and was a little surprised
when she saw Kennedy standing on the other side.
"Hey," Kennedy greeted the woman with a small smile. Marsha wiggled in
her arms at the sight of Rowena, and the blonde smiled down at the tiny
"Hey there," Rowena greeted gently. "Going for a walk?"
"Nah, we just both needed to get outta there for a bit." She casually
glanced into the room over Rowena's shoulder. "Is Will around?"
"She's just in the other room," Rowena answered. "She's working on
some lesson plans. I'm sure she wouldn't mind the company."
Kennedy sighed and shook her head. "No. I-I shouldn't..."
Rowena reached out and placed a hand on the slayer's arm to gently pull
her into the room. "I'm sure she wouldn't mind," she repeated as she
pushed the door closed behind Kennedy. She grinned as Marsha climbed
up onto Kennedy's shoulder and stuck her nose out in Rowena's
Kennedy glanced around the apartment nervously. "Are you sure?" she
said, turning back to face the blonde. "Faith said that you were sick or
Rowena looked up into Kennedy's eyes with a soft smile. "I'm better now,"
she answered. She reached out to brush a finger over the top of Marsha's
head. "Much better."
Kennedy nodded politely. "That's...good."
"You know what?" Rowena said as she reached out to take the dragon
from Kennedy's shoulder. "I was just thinking to myself that I could
really use some fresh air." She pulled the squirming dragon into her
arms and reached over for her coat. "It's such a beautiful day outside,"
Rowena went on as she pulled open the door. "I just might have take an
extra long walk today."
Kennedy watched in silence as the blonde walked out with Marsha and
closed the door behind her. She turned her eyes towards the room that
Rowena had previously indicated.
Taking in a deep breath, the slayer turned to make her way towards it.
Just then, the door opened, and the redhead stepped out.
"Honey?" Willow called out absently as she kept her eyes on the folder in
her hands. "Do you know where I put my..." Her eyes lifted to see the
slayer standing in front of her. "...Kennedy?"
Kennedy smirked. "And here I thought I was always the possessive one."
Willow shook her head with a light smile as she closed the folder and
placed it on the back of the couch. "Sorry. I thought that you were Ro."
Kennedy chuckled ruefully. "I'm just gonna let that one go."
"Thanks," Willow laughed in return.
A moment of tense silence passed between them before the witch finally
sighed and folded her hands in front of her. "So..."
"I really didn't know who else to talk to," Kennedy responded instantly.
"Believe me, Will...I racked my brain trying to come up with someone
else, anyone else, but I..."
"Not that I’m complaining, but what about Faith?" Willow asked.
"She stopped by this morning, but she didn’t seem to really want to get
into it for some reason. And I…I wasn’t going to push it."
Willow took a small step forward, then stopped to rest her hands on the
back of the couch. "I know that my track record with you hasn't exactly
been sparkly clean, but...I hope you know that I'm still your friend, and I
still care very much about you, so...I’m all ears."
Kennedy swallowed noticeably, but managed a light nod. "I know," she
answered in a barely audible whisper. "I've never stopped caring about
you either. You'll always have that special place in my heart. Y'know
what I mean?"
A gentle smile graced Willow's lips. "Yeah," she responded with a soft
whisper of her own. "I know."
Kennedy fell quiet for a moment as if unsure of what to say next.
"So…wanna tell me what’s going on?" Willow prompted.
Kadin’s Cabin – Same Time
Kadin's grip on Coen was tightening as they
stood face-to-face, neither backing down.
"Kadin," Serena said, finally stepping in to
place her hand on the hunter's arm. "Please.
"Stay out of this," Kadin snarled over her shoulder, never taking her eyes
off the man trapped in her tight grip. "This is between me...and him."
"Is it?" Coen challenged with a sarcastic laugh. "Think about it, Van
Helsing. Who really started all of this?" His eyes traveled over Kadin's
shoulder to his sister standing just behind the brunette.
Kadin didn't turn to look, but her eyes seemed to grow impossibly
darker. Her grip on Coen's coat tightened, and her knuckles turned
white. "Don’t give me a reason to kill you right here," she warned with a
Coen laughed again, but it soon faded into a hard stare. "I knew it," he
grinned evilly. "I knew you'd never change. Once a killer...always a
killer." He turned with a sudden glare at his sister. "She killed our father!
Don't you even care?!"
Kadin shoved his body forward, sending him crashing against the wall
and then to his knees. Her eyes finally returned to normal as she leveled
them on the fallen man. "Get out."
"What's the matter?" Coen laughed as he slowly pulled himself to his feet.
"Can't stand to hear the truth?" He brushed off his coat and took a few
steps into the room.
"The truth?" Serena countered as she moved from behind Kadin. "The
truth, Coen, is that our father was a man who could not let go of the
past." She gave her brother a hard, but wavering stare. "His anger and
hatred are what killed him. Not Kadin."
The rage was apparent on Coen’s face as he kept his eyes locked on his
sister. "I guess the same goes for you," he snarled, his fists tightening at
his sides. "You haven't changed either." He nodded to Kadin, but never
took his eyes from the blonde. "She poisoned you against us. She turned
you against your own family." He swallowed back in a moment that
seemed to be almost human. "My father didn't deserve to die. It should
be you in that grave instead of him."
"You tried that already, didn't you?" Kadin snapped back. "If family was
so sacred to you, then how could you stand by and watch your own
sister literally be thrown to the wolves?"
Coen didn't answer for a long moment. Eventually, he moved his eyes
from Serena to meet Kadin's hard stare. "She isn't my sister. My sister
died the moment she chose a stranger over her own flesh and blood."
"I'm only going to say this one more time," Kadin told him calmly. "Get
Coen smirked. "Hurts, doesn't it?" He looked from Kadin to Serena.
"The truth," he explained calmly. "And the truth is...it's all about choices.
Our entire lives center around the very fact that every choice we make
shapes the people that we will become."
"Is this is the part where you get all deep and surprisingly self-reflective
on us?" Serena said sarcastically. "Spare me. Please."
"Deny it if you want," Coen replied casually. "But you both know what
I'm talking about." He looked from Serena to Kadin. "You've both made
choices that have fundamentally altered the rest of your lives."
He turned back to Serena and gave her a cold stare. "You chose to deny
your destiny, and it cost you your family. It should have cost you your
life." He set his eyes back on Kadin as a satisfied smirk graced his lips.
"You chose to embrace your destiny, and it just might cost you the only
person left on this planet that loves you." He paused before adding, "I
hope it does."
Serena stepped up between her brother and the hunter. "I'm not like you,
Coen," she told the man. "I don't abandon the people I love because they
don't turn out to be what I wanted them to be."
Coen laughed, looking from Serena to Kadin. "I think Kadin and I both
know that I wasn't talking about you." He wore a smug grin. "Was I?"
Serena barely reacted in time to intercept the hunter as she rushed by.
She just managed to grab the brunette by the arm. "Kadin! No!"
The blonde watched with wide eyes as the hunter turned to her with an
icy black stare. Her hand instantly fell away from Kadin's arm, and she
watched in stunned silence as the hunter rushed straight for her
Willow and Rowena’s Apartment – Moments Later
Kennedy smiled as she accepted the mug of tea from Willow. She
watched the witch take a seat on the couch next to her as she lifted the
cup to her lips to take a sip.
"So," Willow said as she cradled her own mug between her hands. She
watched the slayer with patient eyes as she took a few more swallows of
the hot tea. "Didn't realize you had such an appreciation for tea. I
actually thought that you hated the stuff."
Kennedy smiled nervously as she finally placed the mug on the table in
front of them. "Yeah," she sighed as she brought her eyes back up to
Willow. "Kadin really likes the orange tea, and she kinda got me hooked."
Willow smiled back at the brunette before taking a sip of her own tea and
then placing it on the table next to the slayer's.
"I'm guessing that's what you came here to talk about."
Kennedy furrowed her brow. "Tea?"
"No," Willow answered with a shake of her head. "Kadin," she amended
with a soft smile.
"Oh," Kennedy said with a light nod. "Right. I-I mean...yeah."
"Kennedy," Willow said, reaching out to place her hand on the slayer's
knee. "I'm really glad that you came to me, a-and I really want to help
you. I don't think that we really talk as much as we should."
Kennedy shrugged but managed a smile. "Kinda hard to socialize these
days. You know...demons constantly trying to kill me...insane psycho
slayers...girlfriend turning into a ravenous beast..." Kennedy nodded with
a sigh. "Kinda takes up most of my time."
Willow swallowed at the mention of Kadin. "H-how is she?"
Kennedy shook her head and dropped her eyes to her hands. "Wish I
knew." She pulled her gaze back up to meet Willow's. "She won't talk to
me. She basically acted like I didn't even exist the second her old
girlfriend showed up." The last part was said with a bit of sarcasm, and
Willow couldn't help but smile.
Kennedy shot the witch an arched brow, and the smile instantly died
"Sorry," the redhead apologized with a light blush. "It's just...I forgot how
cute you can be when you're all jealous and offended."
"Hey," Kennedy complained with a pout. "I think I have a right to be. You
saw the way they were making goo-goo eyes at each other. I just wanted
to reach across that table and grab her by those long blonde locks and—"
"Kennedy?" Willow interrupted the rant. "She's scared."
"She should be!" the slayer answered instantly. "I saw the way she was
looking at my girlfriend. She was just so—"
Willow's hand pressed down on Kennedy's leg to grab the slayer's
attention. "I meant Kadin," she said softly. "She's scared because she
doesn't know what's going on inside her own body, and it scares the hell
out of her to think that somehow whatever it is might cause her to hurt
other people. Most of all you."
Kennedy was quiet as she seemed to take a moment to fully digest the
redhead's words. "You really think so?" she finally asked. "I mean, all
along I thought she was just avoiding me because she didn't want to let
me in...to let me help her."
"It has nothing to do with you," Willow assured her. "Well, it does...but
not like you think." She sucked in a slow breath and then released it just
as slowly. "It's taken a wolfy boyfriend, a murdered girlfriend, and a
complete meltdown for me to get it, but I think I finally understand that
sometimes it's not always about us. And there are some things in life
that we just can't control or change. No matter how much we might
really really want to."
Willow met Kennedy's eyes and held them with a gentle stare. "But the
most important thing that I've learned through it all...the one piece of
advice that I can give you after having gone through with Oz exactly what
you are going through with Kadin now...is that you can't give up on her.
And you can't blame her for being afraid."
Kennedy remained quiet for a few long and tense moments. She kept her
eyes on the other woman's as she allowed the words to sink in. "You're
right," she finally admitted. "I didn't mean to...but I can see how she
might think that I blame her a-
and that maybe I have sorta
given up on her."
Willow reached over to pick up
her mug of tea. "I know it's
hard. That was never the
question," she told the slayer
before taking a sip of the hot
liquid. She pulled the mug
away from her mouth and
cradled it in her hands as she
watched the brunette intently. "The real question now is...what are you
going to do about it?"
Kennedy's brow furrowed. "I don't wanna lose her," she confessed.
Willow nodded. "I know that," she replied. "But does Kadin?"
Kennedy just stared back at her silently.
Kadin’s Cabin – Moments Later
The glass shattered and splintered off in all directions as the werewolf
was propelled backwards through the window.
Just as his body hit the ground, the blue, snarling figure of Kadin leaped
through the window and landed on solid feet not far from his head. She
reached down with one hand and dug her sharp claws into his chest to
lift him to his feet.
The wolf howled in pain, and Kadin just growled as she met his yellow
eyes with a stone-cold black stare.
The door behind them swung open, and Serena ran out of the cabin.
"Kadin!" she called out to her ex-lover. "Please!"
Kadin momentarily loosened her grip on the werewolf to glance back at
Serena's blue eyes were watching Kadin
fearfully. "He's not worth it," she called out
Kadin's eyes flashed back to the werewolf in
her grasp. A sharp claw came at her from the
side, but she easily reached out and grabbed it in a strong fist. A
menacing growl erupted from her throat as she released both grips with a
Coen flew backwards; his spine connected sharply with a tree before he
fell over, slumped to the ground.
Kadin's black eyes slowly returned to normal, and her skin faded back to
its usual tanned complexion. Breathing heavily, she turned to face
Serena as Coen’s blood dripped from the ends of her fingers.
Serena watched the hunter carefully before taking a few steps closer.
"I d-didn't want you to...see me that...way," Kadin broke in, dropping her
eyes away. She clenched her left fist, causing the sticky red liquid to ooze
through her fingers and onto the ground. "Now you know why I...I c-
The hunter felt a gentle hand under her chin and she allowed her eyes to
be lifted until they met soft blue. "Kadin," Serena whispered. "It's not
Before the words could completely leave the blonde's mouth, Kadin was
suddenly ripped away from her as Coen charged the hunter from the
side. They rolled across the ground before coming to a stop a few feet
The cold yellow of the werewolf's eyes stared down into Kadin's face as
she barely managed to keep her forearm against his throat. Coen growled
with dripping canines as he tried to forced his powerful jaws closer to the
Brown instantly returned to black as Kadin released a howl of her own.
Suddenly, their positions were reversed, and Coen soon found himself
staring into the icy blackness of his fate.
Werewolf features slowly turned, morphing into human as a powerful
arm clamped down on his throat. He somehow managed a strangled
laugh as he stared unwaveringly back up into the menacing visage
"Do it," Coen taunted with a raspy laugh. "Do it. Kill me like you k-killed
Kadin's expression changed; the snarl left her lips as she stared down
into the face beneath her. She released the pressure she had been
applying to Coen’s neck, and her eyes faded back to brown.
Coen took in a few much needed breaths, coughing slightly before letting
out a longer, more throaty laugh. He dropped his head back against the
ground, but kept his eyes locked with the hunter's. "What's the matter?"
he taunted again. "I know you want to. You want to kill me just like you
killed my father...just like you killed my entire family."
Coen reached up with a blood-stained hand to grab Kadin by the side of
her vest. He pulled her down until their faces were mere inches apart.
"You can't change who you are," he told her. "No matter what face you
Kadin was frozen as she stared down into the scarred face beneath her.
Her eyes searched every inch, but her expression did not change. Coen
laughed again as he released his grip and dropped back to the ground
The sound of a roaring engine broke into the moment. A black SUV
pulled up onto the hill and then cut the engine. The driver side door
swung open, and Kennedy stepped out. Her eyes drifted over the scene:
from Serena standing silently nearby to Kadin lying atop the naked and
bloody body of Coen Vance.
"Should I even ask?" the slayer sighed as she finally caught Serena's
attention. The blonde just looked back at her without speaking.
Kadin looked over and let out a deep, slow breath as she pushed herself
up into a standing position above the fallen werewolf. "What are you
Kennedy didn't reply; she just glanced over at the man lying at Kadin's
feet. "Is that...?"
"Nobody," Kadin answered instantly. She shot Coen a stern glare before
turning her eyes back to the slayer. "I thought the meeting was canceled
Kennedy looked from Coen to Kadin and then back again. "It was," she
finally answered. "I'm not here about that." She pulled her eyes back to
the hunter and let out a slow breath. "I actually came here to talk to
you." Her eyes shifted over to Serena. "Alone."
Kadin looked back at her lover before casting her eyes down to Coen and
then over to Serena. "You gonna be okay?"
Serena nodded once. "I'll be fine. He won’t try anything with a slayer
around. ’Sides, I’m not exactly helpless."
Kadin turned her eyes back to Kennedy before nodding towards the
cabin door. "Just let me..." She clenched her bloodied hands at her sides
as she stepped over Coen to head towards the cabin.
Kennedy watched in silence before soon following. She exchanged a tense
glare with Serena as she passed by the blonde on her way into the house.
The door shut behind them as Serena watched silently.
"You're pathetic," her brother's voice broke in seconds later. Her eyes
jerked over to see that he had somehow pulled himself to his feet. Blood
was steadily dripping from the wound in his chest, but he kept a smile
on his face. "Did you really think that after all this time, she would just
be...waiting for you?"
Serena didn't answer, and Coen laughed again. "Hard to believe that we
actually came from the same father."
"Our father was a foolish man who was blinded by anger and hate,"
Serena interrupted before her brother could finish. "And you’re just like
Coen's snide expression dropped, and he lurched forward. Blood oozed
through his fingers as he tried to apply pressure to his wound. "You're
the foolish one. You a-always hated our...our father, and yet...he always
loved you more than me."
Serena's eyes widened at the admission.
"I was the perfect son," Coen went on. "I did e-everything..." He paused
with a groan as he began to sway on his feet. "I was everything that
he...that he wanted me to...be. But you," he spat bitterly, "you were his
precious little girl...until you betrayed him."
Serena averted her eyes from her brother and turned her back towards
him. "You’ve made your point, Coen. Just…go," she told him.
Coen seemed a little shocked as he stared back at his sister. "What about
Van Helsing? Won’t she be—?"
Serena pulled her eyes back up to his with a stern glare. "Now," she told
him forcefully. "Before I change my mind."
Coen hesitated for a moment longer before he turned and quickly
hobbled away to disappear into the surrounding woods.
Serena ran a hand back through her hair and let out a long sigh.
Kadin’s Cabin – Kitchen – Same Time
Kennedy was standing in the doorway as Kadin stood a few feet away in
front of the sink. The hunter was busy washing the blood and dirt from
her hands as the slayer looked on silently.
"You've been making it kind of a habit lately," Kennedy said cryptically.
Kadin turned to face her as she reached up to shut off the water. "What's
that?" she asked as she reached over for the hand towel.
"Straddling naked werewolves turned human just in the second before I
show up to get a full-on view," Kennedy replied casually as she stared
across the room at the hunter.
Kadin finished drying her hands and placed the towel back on the
counter. She was silent for a few moments before turning to face
Kennedy, leaning her upper body against the cool surface of the sink. "So
that's what this is about? Or should I say who this is about?"
"Is this the part where you tell me I shouldn’t worry?" Kennedy asked.
"That you're just friends and that nothing happened between you last
night?" Kennedy took a few steps into the kitchen to bring herself closer
to the hunter. "Don't insult my intelligence, Kadin."
Kadin didn't flinch, but she kept her eyes pinned on the slayer. "Then
please tell me...what is it exactly that you do want me to say? Because I
just can't seem to win either way with you."
Kennedy's eyes widened slightly. "Me?" she shot back, pointing a finger
towards herself. "I'm not the one trying to run away from my problems.
I'm not the one willing to throw away the last few years of my life all
because I'm scared of something that hasn't
even happened, and I sure as hell am not the
one breaking your heart!"
Kadin was quiet for a long time. Then she
finally pushed herself up off the sink and took
a few steps closer towards Kennedy. "I never wanted to hurt you," she
told the slayer softly. "You're the only reason that my life has made any
sense for the last two years." She swallowed hard, but kept her eyes
locked with the slayer's. "I really do love you."
"Then stay," Kennedy pleaded. "Stay with me and let me help you."
Kadin's eyes glazed over with unshed tears, and she quickly turned her
back to the slayer. "You can't," she whispered. "How can you when I can't
Kadin felt a strong hand on her shoulder. She slowly turned to meet soft
"I know that I haven't been the best girlfriend at times," Kennedy told the
hunter. "I let my duty as a slayer get in the way, and for that...I'm sorry. I
should have been there for you, but...I want to make up for that now."
Kadin stood staring back into Kennedy's eyes. "I kissed her."
The slayer's brow furrowed, and her hand slowly dropped back to her
side. "You kissed who? Serena?"
Kadin sucked in a deep breath and then let it out slowly. She nodded
and said, "Yes. Last night. I kissed her."
Kennedy shook her head and blinked. "Oh."
"Yeah," Kadin sighed as she stepped back to run a hand through her
hair. She turned away from the slayer to brace her hands against the
counter. "That's all, though," she added after a moment. "I didn't...we
"This was a bad idea," Kennedy cut in abruptly, her eyes filled with
betrayal and anguish. "I shouldn't have come here." She turned to leave
just as Kadin turned around to face her.
"Wait," the hunter called out to her back, but the slayer ignored her and
disappeared from the kitchen.
Kadin let out a long sigh as she dropped her
head and closed her eyes.
Kadin’s Cabin – Moments Later
Serena was seated on the bottom step with her head hanging in her
hands when the door opened and Kennedy stormed out. The blonde
looked up just in time to see the door slam shut behind the rapidly
"Kennedy?" she called out as the woman blew past her. "Is everything...?"
Kennedy stopped on a dime and turned to face Serena with a harsh
glare. "You have the world's worst timing, you know that?!" She bunched
her fists up at her side. "Why couldn't you have just...stayed dead?!"
Serena was surprised at the slayer's outburst. Her brow furrowed, and
her mouth opened and closed, but no sound would come out.
"She's not the same person she was back then," Kennedy went on. "She's
not that out-of-control monster that she was when you knew her, and
"She was never a monster to me," Serena broke in softly. "I loved her,"
she added in a choked whisper. "I still do."
Kennedy was silent, but her cold stare pinned the blonde in place. "So do
I," she added more calmly. "But at least you had a fair chance with her.
You didn’t have some long-lost love come back from the grave and mess
things up!" She took in a slow breath as she struggled to keep her tears
at bay. "I really hope it was worth it."
At that, Kennedy turned and climbed back into the SUV. Seconds later,
the engine roared to life, and then the vehicle disappeared back down the
Serena stood staring at the dust trail before she finally turned and made
her way back into the cabin.
End of Act Three
Watchers Council – Watcher Rec Room – Moments Later
Willow and Rowena were seated on one of the large couches with a
chessboard balanced on the cushion between them. To their left was a
large bay window looking out over the main lobby.
Rowena was staring down at the pieces intently as she chewed on her
"This can't be fair," she pouted slightly as she looked over to Willow. "It
must be the hormones clouding my..." The rest of her words were cut off
by Willow pitched a thumb out the large window. Rowena looked up to
follow Willow’s line of sight.
Both women watched as Kennedy stalked across the lobby without a
word to anyone. With a scowl on her face, she stomped her way toward
the far stairs before disappearing out of their sight.
Willow turned and gave Rowena a worried expression; the blonde just
nodded and smiled. The witch smiled back at her and then got up.
"None of those pieces better be moved until I get back," Willow said in a
"Like I would cheat to win," Rowena replied. "Go on," she added with a
motion of her hand toward the exit.
Willow turned to leave but quickly shot back around to see Rowena
wearing a teasing grin and holding her hand perched over Willow’s side
of the board. She pulled her hand back, and Willow admonished her with
a disapproving look.
"Just kidding," Rowena said. "I knew you’d look. You might be blowing
your one shot at victory by leaving."
Willow rolled her eyes and grumbled, "One shot at victory." As she turned
to go, she heard Rowena giggling behind her.
Kadin’s Cabin – Living Room – Moments Later
Kadin was seated in the large recliner staring at the blank television
screen when Serena walked up to her.
"Kadin?" the blonde called out softly. "Are you...okay?"
The hunter didn't acknowledge the other woman as she sat with her
hands folded across her stomach and her feet flat on the floor.
Serena made another cautious step forward and then took a seat on the
end of the couch beside Kadin’s chair. "Do you want to talk about it?"
she asked after a moment.
Kadin kept her eyes trained on the blank screen. "Nothin' to talk about,"
she answered flatly.
Serena let out a slow, calming breath and fell back against the couch.
She shifted her eyes up to the mantle above the fireplace across the
room. She noticed the simple metal-framed picture propped up in the
center. It was the only item of decoration on the wooden surface.
Kadin was smiling with her arm wrapped around Kennedy's shoulders as
they both held a cup up towards the camera. There was a large white
banner hanging in the background, and friends were scattered around in
the shot behind them.
"You look happy," Serena said as she kept her eyes on the photograph. "I
can't remember ever seeing you smile like that."
Kadin's eyes finally drifted over to the picture on the mantle. "Things are
different now," she answered.
Serena turned her head to look at the other woman. "So different that
your only option is to run?"
Kadin shot her a quick glance before dropping her eyes to her lap. "You
"I don't?" Serena challenged as she pushed herself up. "I don't
understand what it feels like to be cut off from the rest of the world? To
feel like I have no one left that could possibly understand what I'm going
through? To know that my only choice is to run away and live the rest of
my life in solitude?"
Kadin closed her eyes and sighed as she shook her head. She then lifted
her eyes and set her gaze directly on the blonde. Her eyes were soft and
seemed to betray the inner turmoil that was raging behind them.
"You know what's inside of you," she told Serena. "You understand
it...you know what it comes from." She paused and let out a breath as
she furrowed her brow. "I don't even know what I am."
All traces of anger and frustration instantly vanished from Serena's face
as she sat staring back into confused brown eyes.
"Kadin," she whispered as she placed a gentle hand on the hunter's arm.
"You're not a monster. You were given this gift for a reason. A good
reason, but the only way you're going to be able to use it is if you learn to
understand and accept it. It’s also not a bad idea to take help where you
can get it."
Kadin clenched her fingers tightly. "What if I don't want to?" she asked
blankly. "What if I don't want to understand it? What if I don't want to be
"You don't have a choice," Serena told her. "But I was in that meeting.
Those people in that room care about you, especially one person in
particular." She paused before adding, "I know what it's like to feel like a
monster...but I don’t have the answers you need. They, on the other
hand, they just might."
Kadin watched the blonde intently. "And what if they don’t?"
A small smile graced its way across Serena’s lips. "You’ll never know if
you don’t open up to them. As for me, I've learned to accept that the wolf
is just another part of my life. It’s not everything I am." She gave the
hunter's arm a warm rub. "But in the end, we don't get to choose what
we are, but who we are is entirely up to us."
Kadin looked over at the blonde and smiled for the first time all morning.
Kennedy’s Apartment – Moments Later
Willow approached the door cautiously as she reached up to knock. The
door swung in with a slow creak just as her hand made contact with the
"Kennedy?" she called out as she gently
pushed the door open. "You in here?"
The slayer stepped in from the kitchen to
glance over at the doorway. Willow noticed the
glass full of brown liquid in her right hand.
"I thought Faith said you kicked that," the witch said as she stepped into
the apartment and closed the door behind her. "I don't think she'd be too
happy if she were to find out..."
"She won't," Kennedy snapped. "Unless you tell her." She lifted the glass
to her lips and downed half the contents. Then she made her way around
the couch to fall down onto the cushions heavily. She reached out for the
remote and turned on the TV. "What are you doing here anyway?"
Willow stepped closer to the end of the couch. Shrugging her shoulders,
she tucked her hands into her back pockets and moved closer to the
slayer. "You didn't look too happy downstairs," she explained casually.
"Just wanted to make sure that you were okay."
Kennedy kept her eyes on the screen as she lifted the glass up to her
mouth. "Well, I'm not," she answered and then downed the rest of the
brown liquid. She placed the glass back on the coffee table, but never
took her eyes off the television. "There's your answer. You can go now."
Willow's brow furrowed, and she watched the slayer with mild hesitation
before finally stepping up to take a seat on the opposite end of the couch.
She remained silent as she too turned her eyes to the screen.
Kennedy watched the witch's movements out of the corner of her eye, but
kept her gaze firmly on the screen as she idly flipped through the
After a few long and tense moments, she let out a huff, dropped the
remote to the couch, and turned to face the other woman. "Are you just
gonna sit there all day?"
Willow turned to the slayer with a sweet expression. "If that's how long it
takes for you to talk, then...yes."
Kennedy looked back at her with a slightly confused stare. "What about
Willow smiled smugly. "She had the same problem earlier of not wanting
to talk," she answered cryptically. "But she too fell victim to my
Kennedy raised a slow brow as a small smile spread over her lips.
"Unyielding charms, huh?"
"Yep," Willow nodded with a grin. "So why don't you save us both time
and just tell me?"
Kennedy released a breath before replying. "I went to see Kadin."
Willow's smile faltered. "I take it that didn't go over so well?"
Kennedy shook her head sadly.
Willow scooted closer and reached down to place her hand on the slayer's
knee. "How bad was it?" she asked gently.
"She told me that she kissed Serena, but that was as far as it went."
"Do you believe her?" Willow asked after a moment.
The slayer released a slow sigh and ran a hand back through her hair. "I
know that I want to," she answered softly.
Willow rubbed at the denim-covered knee in comfort. "I don't know Kadin
as well as you do," she told the slayer. "But I can see that she loves you,
a-and I think we both know that she'd never do anything to hurt you like
Kennedy glanced down at the hand on her knee before she lifted her eyes
to look over at the other woman.
"Would you?" Kennedy asked gently. "If Tara showed up on your doorstep
right now, alive and well...would you turn your back on Rowena?"
Willow's hand instantly stopped, and she pulled it away slowly. Her eyes
had widened, and she released a slow breath. "What a question," she
laughed nervously. She took a moment to gather herself before she
finally answered. "I honestly would consider it – all of it," she told the
"But don't you love Rowena?" Kennedy asked instantly. "I mean...it sure
seems like you do."
"Of course I do," Willow answered. "I loved Tara too. But it's not a
question of who I love most. It's about the love that I once shared with
someone who was very special to me a-and the love that I have now with
someone very special. But in the end…I’d say Rowena."
"I beg to differ. I don’t think it would be that simple if Tara was here,"
"I didn’t say the choice would be easy," Willow answered. "I just know
that the life I’ve been building with Ro is very important to me, and the
truth is, it’s more about me than either of them or their qualities."
"Not sure I follow you there, Will."
"I’m a different person than the girl Tara knew. And Rowena, she fits me
today a-and we’ve got big plans ahead of us for the future. I wouldn’t toss
away what I have with Rowena just because Tara came along…Maybe
Kadin feels the same way a-and maybe that kiss had to happen so that
she could…I don’t know…figure that out."
"Be nice if that was the case, but I’m not so sure," Kennedy remarked.
"Did you ask?" Willow replied.
Kennedy looked a bit embarrassed. "I left before I said anything
"That’s good," Willow complimented. "Sometimes it’s best to cool off
before spouting out stuff you really don’t mean." Willow replaced her
hand on Kennedy's knee as she leaned forward. "Just consider that
maybe it’s not about Kadin loving Serena more or loving you any less.
She’s got major things going on in her life, a-and we’re talking big-time,
life-altering ‘I might be a monster now and my dead girlfriend showed up’
Kennedy released a long sigh and slumped her shoulders. "I'm
just...scared," she finally admitted. "I don't want to lose her, but...I don't
think that I can help her either. Not anymore."
Willow's expression changed, and her resolve face set in. "Not with that
attitude you won't."
"What?" Kennedy replied, a little shocked.
"You heard me," Willow told her sternly. "I know you, Kennedy. You're too
stubborn to let something get in your way so easily. So she loved Serena.
So what? She loves you now. Don’t forget that, and don’t let her forget it
Kennedy didn't reply as she just stared back at the other woman.
"If you want her a-and you want to help her," Willow told her with a light
shove to her leg, "then fight for her. Don't let your fear, or her fear, get in
the way of your happiness." A smile spread over her lips as she gazed
back into deep brown eyes. "A few years ago I had given up on love too. I
let my fear keep me from being happy, and it took a certain strong-willed
and relentless slayer-to-be to show me the error of my ways."
Kennedy smiled gently. "I'm glad she did. It'd be a shame to waste such a
wonderful heart like that."
Willow's smile softened, and she gave the slayer’s knee one last pat.
"That goes double for me." Willow took the glass from Kennedy’s coffee
table. "I’ll go dump this. You go get the girl."
Kennedy smiled wider.
Watchers Council – Watcher Rec Room – A Short Time Later
Willow had a ‘cat that ate the canary’ grin on her face as she looked
across the chessboard at Rowena. She flexed her fingers up and down a
couple of times before picking up one of the chess pieces with one finger
and her thumb. Carefully, as if holding something fragile, she moved it.
"That would be check, my mate," Willow said before releasing a cackling
laugh. Rowena just grinned and shook her head as Willow started to
dance in her seat and sing a cheer,
Rowena laughed out loud when Willow began to roll her arms around in
a circle in a victory dance, her hands balled into tight fists.
"It was just one game," Rowena reminded her. "You realize that, right?"
"Yeah," Willow agreed as she stopped moving, "but the point remains the
same. Which is…checkmate…checkmate…checkmate-checkmate-
Rowena just laughed harder as Willow continued to dance. "Please tell
me you won’t do this every time you win," she added.
Watchers Council – Hallway – Same Time
Faith and Buffy were walking side-by-side when they looked over into the
watcher rec room and saw Willow dancing. They both paused a moment
and gave each other a confused look before glancing back into the
Willow noticed them at that point and gave them a thumbs-up sign as
Rowena continued to laugh and shake her head.
"I don’t even want to know," Buffy sighed as she and Faith went on their
After they had turned the corner, Faith asked, "So...how long do you
think this meeting with Kadin will be today? Five minutes, ten minutes
Buffy gave her an annoyed look.
"Come on," Faith said. "You have to admit Kadin’s not a Chatty Cathy."
"Yeah, you’ve got a point. But I was thinking…maybe you should have
one of the slayers look after Kadin for the time being, until we get this
figured out a bit more."
"You mean spy on her," Faith said matter-of-factly.
"Did I say spy? No, I did not," Buffy answered. "We’re just protecting the
Council's interests, protecting Ken, and even Kadin herself, who might
still be in danger. It just seems that it would be best if…" Buffy trailed off
when she saw Faith’s bored look. "Yes, send someone to spy on her."
Faith grinned. "You could have just said that to begin with."
They walked along for a
moment. Then Buffy said, "I’m
just not sure I trust her. Does
that make me a bad person?"
"Well, the scar on my arm
thanks to Kadin says no," Faith
replied. "And the truth
is…someone already is watching
her. Two someones in fact – a
day and night guard. Their job is to just observe and report what they
see, not to engage in anyway. Ken doesn’t even know."
Buffy stopped walking and gave Faith a look of surprise.
"What?" Faith asked.
"You already thought of that?" Buffy asked in astonishment.
"News flash, B," Faith said, "I’ve been doin’ this job for a while now.
Kadin got away once, but she’s not leaving again. Not until we figure out
Buffy grinned. "I’m impressed…really."
"Can you please not act so shocked?" Faith asked. "I do have some
credibility in these parts."
"I’m sorry," Buffy said as they started to walk again. "But really…wow."
Faith sighed and rolled her eyes.
Kadin’s Cabin – Kitchen – Moments Later
Serena placed a cup on the kitchen table in front of Kadin before taking a
seat in the chair beside her.
"So, that's it?" she asked as she sat down and took a sip from her own
cup. "You killed her and then poof...you're the 'All Powerful'?"
Kadin nodded once as she raised the cup to her lips. "Pretty much," she
answered before taking a drink.
"That's...huh," Serena replied and took another sip. She placed the mug
gently onto the table before turning her eyes back to the hunter. "So,
your plan was to...what exactly? Run away to the hills and hope to find a
nice, cozy little cave to live out the rest of your years like some hideous
outcast of society?"
Kadin cut her eyes over the rim of her mug and smiled slightly; then she
put it down onto the table. "Well, when you say it like that," she replied
with a light chuckle. "I guess it does sound kinda..."
"Stupid?" Serena supplied with a smile of her own.
Kadin nodded, still smiling. "Yeah."
Both women fell into a comfortable silence. Serena dropped her eyes to
her mug of hot chocolate, and Kadin's gaze drifted over to the blonde.
"How do you do it?" Kadin asked. "That feeling inside you...how do you
keep it from taking over?"
Seconds of silence passed between them before Serena finally spoke up.
"It's not something that you know really," she answered. "It's more of
something that you...learn…You learn the difference between keeping it
under control and just giving in, but to the hundredth power."
Kadin furrowed her brow and slumped back into her chair as she allowed
the words to sink. After a moment, she sat up and placed her elbows on
the table as she leaned forward. "So all I really gotta do is learn not to
give in so easily...despite the fact that I don't really even know what it is
that I'm fighting not to give in to." She paused and looked Serena’s way.
"I'm still not always sure exactly what I am, and I've had it inside of me
my whole life." Serena added after a moment. She reached over to place a
hand on top of the hunter's. "I think it's more that you're wanting the
quick and easy answer when the truth is that there's no such thing."
Kadin's eyes shifted from her mug down to their hands and then up to
meet the blonde's eyes.
"You don't have to understand it, Kadin," Serena went on. "You just have
to know that it's there and that you have to live with it. You have to
control it...and not let it control you."
Kadin remained silent as she looked back into the soft blue eyes. "Thank
you," she whispered. She turned her hand to take Serena's into her own
to give it a gentle squeeze.
A moment of silence passed between them before Kadin finally cleared
her throat and released Serena's hand. "Serena," she started off slowly.
"I'm really happy that you're alive. Really," she added with more
inflection. "But...like I said, things are different now. I'm different now."
"So we've established," Serena teased with a light smile.
Kadin couldn't help but smile back. "Yeah," she added. "But what I'm
trying to say here is..."
"Kadin?" Serena broke in gently. "You don't have to do this. I get it."
Kadin looked up at the woman and released a slow sigh. "I wish that
things between us hadn’t ended like they did."
Serena nodded. "Me too." She reached over to take Kadin's hand into her
own, rubbing her thumb over the calloused palm. "And I’d be lying if I
said I didn’t want a second chance. But what we shared is in the past
and will always be a part of us."
Kadin laughed. "You said that a
lot better than I did last night."
"What?" Serena prompted with
a smirk. "You mean how right
after we kissed, you shoved me
away and ran off to lock
yourself in your bedroom all
night without actually saying
anything at all?"
"Uh," Kadin said sheepishly. "Yeah. Sorry about that."
Serena shook her head. "Nothing to be sorry for," she told the other
woman. "I'd actually have been more surprised if you had stayed to talk
things out. There are some things about you that even time can’t
Kadin chuckled and flexed her fingers in the other woman's grip. "I could
say the same thing," she teased. "You still snore loud enough to wake up
"I do not!" Serena shot back in mock offense. "I've never snored in my
"Yeah," Kadin quipped. "Sure you haven't."
"That's it," Serena scoffed as she jerked her hand from Kadin's. "I'm not
trying to make you feel better anymore. You suck." She averted her eyes,
but kept the light smile on her face.
Kadin just laughed as she reached down for her mug.
Watchers Council – Lobby – Afternoon
Kennedy was pulling on her leather coat as she made her way to the
door. She stopped when the sudden buzzing of her cell phone alerted her
that she had an incoming text message.
The slayer reached into her back pocket and pulled out her phone. She
flipped open the top and glanced down at the screen.
Good luck and remember...it's just like a fairy tale. -- Red
Kennedy smiled as she pressed the save button and flipped the phone
closed. She tucked it into her coat pocket before reaching out to pull
open the door.
Kadin’s Cabin – Front Door – Moments Later
Kadin watched Serena place the blanket and various food items into an
old black duffel bag.
"Thanks for letting me borrow this," Serena told the hunter with a soft
smile. She placed the last few bottles of water into the bag before pulling
tight on the cord. "And thanks for the clothes and stuff too. I'll find some
way to get it all back to you."
Kadin shook her head. "Don't worry about it," she told the blonde gently.
"I got plenty more. Seems that years of wandering aimlessly alone has
made me accumulate these things."
Serena laughed as she placed the duffel onto the floor by the door and
took a step back. "So..." she said in a long sigh. "Guess this is it." Serena
looked as if she might cry.
"I can take care of Coen," Kadin told her. "Make it so he never hurts you
Serena shook her head. "It’s my problem. I never meant to drag you into
it, so…I’ll deal with it."
Kadin stepped forward and took the other woman into her arms. They
shared a long, silent embrace before Kadin finally forced her eyes open.
"Take care of yourself," she told the blonde.
Serena smiled with her eyes still closed as she drew the hunter in for a
tighter hug. "I'll be sure to do that if you promise the same," she
whispered softly. She slowly opened her eyes but held onto her for a few
last moments. "And if things with the slayer go sour…head over to
Kadin gently pushed back out of the hug. "I don’t plan on that
happening. If she’s stayed with me through all of this…I think she’s a
Serena pulled her back into one last hug as her blue eyes started to
glisten with tears. "And one very lucky lady too…Be happy, Kadin," she
whispered into the hunter's ear.
Kadin closed her eyes and returned the hug tightly. "You too," she added
in a whisper of her own.
Serena pulled back out of the hug and turned to pick up her bag. She
stopped at the door to glance back over her shoulder with a smile. Kadin
returned it as she dropped her arms loosely at her sides.
Serena didn't say another word as she pulled the door open and stepped
Kadin watched as the door shut softly behind her. She stood and stared
at it for the longest time.
Kadin’s Cabin – Front Door – Moments Later
Just as Kadin turned to leave the room, she heard a light knock on the
front door. She turned to cast a questioning glance at the clock before
making her way towards the door.
"Serena?" she called out as she walked over. "Did you forget...?" Her
words trailed off as she pulled the door open and found Kennedy
standing on the other side.
The slayer stood on the doorstep with her hands shoved into her pockets.
For a moment, Kadin simply stood there with a surprised look on her
face. It wasn't long before it was replaced with a soft smile. "Hey," Kadin
replied. She slowly took a step back from the door and dropped her hand
down to her side. Kennedy
stepped into the cabin and
closed the door softly behind
"I’m just gonna say this,"
Kennedy began. "I love you. I
know you love her, but I don’t
want to just walk away. On the
other hand, I don’t want to
crowd you either. I’m confused
as you can tell, and I—"
The words fell away as Kadin pulled Kennedy into a passionate embrace
and kissed her hard on the lips.
As they pulled back, Kadin grinned at her lover. "You really talk too
much sometimes," the hunter said.
Slowly Kennedy began to grin too, but then she asked, "Serena…?"
"Just left," Kadin told her. "But I don’t want to talk about her. I’d rather
talk about more important stuff, like us."
Kadin took Kennedy by each hand and began walking backward, deeper
into the house.
Kennedy smiled and followed along.
Cleveland Dirt Road – Later
Serena adjusted the strap of the duffel bag over her shoulder as she took
a few more steps down the road leading through the woods. She
suddenly stopped and cast a quick glance back over her shoulder.
"Are you going to come out now?" she called out to the deserted road
behind her. "Or were you planning on following me all the way into
A few short moments later, Coen Vance stepped out of his hiding place
along the wooded area to the right of the dirt road. "You were always
good at that," he called out to his sister as he moved closer.
"This stalking thing is getting old," Serena said in an exasperated sigh.
"I'm really not in the mood for another fight."
"I'm not here to fight you," her brother answered instantly. He pulled
open the tattered blanket he was wearing to reveal the slowly healing
wounds from the earlier battle with Kadin. "As you can see...your little
girlfriend really did a number on me. I'm not in any condition to go
picking any fights."
Serena set her duffel bag onto the ground. "You should have left when
you had the chance," she told him calmly.
Coen shrugged and pulled his blanket tightly back around his shoulders.
"You know me, baby sis," he taunted with a laugh. "I never was any good
at taking your advice."
Serena stood staring back into her brother's scarred face. "I wish things
could have been different for us," she told him softly. "I wish we could
have been the family that our mother always wanted us to be."
The smile was instantly gone from Coen's face. "Our mother was weak,"
he snarled back at his sister. "She was just like you. She betrayed our
father for the first person that gave her a second look."
"She loved our father," Serena defended gently. "She tried to love him
despite what he had become...but she couldn't. You can't love someone
who doesn't want to be loved."
"Our father was the only one who loved us," Coen spat. "Our mother left
us. She was a whore."
Serena's face remained expressionless as she stared back into her
brother's cold eyes. "He really destroyed any shred of humanity left in
you, didn't he?"
Coen didn't reply as he stood up as tall as he could despite the pain from
his wounds. "Our father taught me to be proud of what I am. He was a
great man and an even better Knight."
Serena took the few steps necessary to bring herself face-to-face with her
brother. She took a few moments just to stare into his eyes. "Forgive me,"
she finally whispered as she pulled her arm back and then quickly
shoved it forward.
Coen's eyes widened in surprise, and he slowly stumbled backwards. He
looked from Serena's clear blue eyes down to his chest where a silver
knife was now sticking out of the center.
Tiny drops of red collected on
the knife’s hilt, teetered
momentarily on the end, and
then fell to the ground.
Coen lifted his hands to either
side of the knife as the blanket
dropped off his shoulders. He
looked up to give his sister one
last glance as he fell to his
knees and then slowly crashed
face-first onto the ground.
Serena watched him fall with a solemn expression.
End of Serena