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They Always Come Back

by Davids21
Rating: R

Disclaimer: Joss owns the characters. I am merely taking them for a spin.
Spoilers: End of season 5 and wild speculation.
Author's Notes: This is the sequel to my first story 'Pictures'. You should really read that first because this will make no sense. < > = means that Buffy and Faith are using their connection. ** = means regular thoughts. >< = flashback.
Thanks: Once again to Sasha for making Slayer Pride and writing 'A whole new Scene'. Without that story I never would have wrote this. Thanks to Sway for giving crazy support and being my biggest cheerleader. Thanks to Nikita for the detailed feedback and the support.

Buffy watched as the two Faiths circled each other. It was a lot like when Xander got split into two separate people. They were almost exactly the same. But this 'new' Faith moved with more of a swagger. Like she was pure sexual energy. Her eyes were smoldering with contempt and hatred.

"Well, well, well. The gang's all here." 'New' Faith said never taking her eyes off her double.

Faith looked at her double. "How the hell did you get here?"

"What do you mean?"

"How did you get on the Ghostroads?"

'New' Faith laughed. "You don't get it, do you? Here let me make it a little more recognizable."

Buffy watched as the Ghostroads changed into Faith's old apartment. Then, from that the room changed into Faith's old trailer. Something about this felt very familiar. And just like the last time she was here there was the same little girl in the corner.

"What the fuck is going on?" Faith growled as she watched herself walk over to the little girl.

'Faith' kneeled next to the little girl and slowly stroked her hair. "I was only like eight or nine. I remember sitting here everyday. Like this was my prison. I never ran, I would always sit here. I felt like the most horrible person ever."

She stood and turned to face the slayers. "Remember when you got killed Faith? Remember when they brought you back to life?"

Buffy stood in front of Faith who was visibly shaken by the whole experience. "What's going on here?"

"Let me spell it out for you, B. When Faith died, the powers brought her back. The thing is they did want her to freak out and go all psycho slayer." 'Faith' walked in front of Buffy. Her eyes were burning a hole straight into her soul. "So they took me out, shrunk me into a kid, shoved me into the back of her mind."

Faith shook her head back and forth. "No. No. No. It's not true."

"Oh yeah it is. So here I am sitting and along comes this blonde bitch."

Buffy's hands closed into fists. She remembered this Faith. Only this time there was no good to hold her back.

"And I'm telling her to leave me alone. I am begging her to leave me alone. But as usual she doesn't get the fuckin' hint."

Buffy remembered what had happened.

>The little girl started to panic. "You gotta leave, Buffy. If he finds you here he'll…"<

"He was going to hurt you." Buffy said never taking her eyes off of 'Faith'.

"You are so fuckin' thick, B. You never listen. That was where I was supposed to be. So then the dumb bitch behind you sent in her watchdog to haul my ass away."

>The girl started screaming for help and as much as she wanted to there was nothing Buffy could do. She watched in horror as the man grabbed the girl by her hair and dragged her into the next room.<

Faith continued shaking her head. "No this isn't true…"

"When they made you did make you stupid because you're acting like a retard." 'Faith' hissed.

Buffy stood her ground and took Faith's hand in hers. "Then where are we?"

'Faith' took another drag of her cigarette. "We are in her mind, B. Sorta like an astral plane for the chosen two."

"Then how did you get loose?" Buffy asked.

"Well, let's just say her watchdog, ain't gonna be watchin' anything anytime soon."

'Faith' began circling the slayers. She noticed that they were holding hands. She smirked sarcastically. "Actually, I should thank you, B. I wouldn't have ever gotten free without ya'."

"You're not blaming this on me. This stops right here, right now." Buffy said as 'Faith' took a seat on the couch.

She lit another cigarette and took a sip from a beer that was sitting next to her. "So I wake up and find out that you've gone and fallen in love with me. I always knew you had a thing for me.

"So I figure what's the best way to back at you two sluts for jamming me in here. Then hit me. I'll break you guys up."

Faith step from behind Buffy. "What?"

"Oh come on. The scars thing that wasn't me. Losing the slayer skills, the smoking, the memories and the fun part when you fucked Cordelia that was me."

Faith's felt herself fill with rage. "How could you do this?"

"Easy. B screwed me, I screwed her back. The look on her face was priceless. 'I'll beat you to death' was a nice touch as well."

Faith jumped at her other self. 'Faith' stood up and laughed as the slayer went through and crashed into the couch.

"That was cute. Come on, B. Wanna see who lands on top?"

Buffy held her ground. There wasn't anything she could do. This was Faith's mind, not hers. "Fuck you."

'Faith' blew her smoke at Buffy. "If I remember correctly, you did that. Several times in fact. You are quite the demon in the sack."

"You won't win." Buffy stated calmly.

"Oh I will. I just keeping on digging at her mind and then sooner or later, I'll be back. And the first thing I'm gonna do is kill you."

'Faith' took another sip of beer and laughed. "I am kinda tired so I'll think it's time for you to go."

She grabbed Faith and flung her at Buffy's feet. "And take piece of shit with you."

Suddenly there was a flash of light and Buffy fell to the ground.


When Buffy woke up she realized that she was lying next to Faith. Angel had brought her there. She sat up at the same time as Faith.

Buffy looked into her eyes. They were different. In fact she didn't really pick up on the change until Faith punched her in the face.

Buffy crashed to the floor. Blood was pouring from her nose. All she could see was the dark slayer. The woman she loved, standing over smiling evilly. And as she blacked out all she heard was Faith's voice.

"Sorry but this is how it's going to be. When you wake I'll be gone. And so will your beloved Faith. It's my world now, B. Hope you're ready for it."

That was the last thing she heard before she passed out.

...continued in One Step Closer...