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Pictures: Pawns

by Davids21
Rating: PG-13

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 part three of the Pictures story.
Thanks To: Sasha Chase, Pat Kelly and Kirsten for the kick ass stories. And thanks to my girlfriend Dacia. She is the best beta reader I have ever been in love with.

Lucy Hanover had been the slayer during the 1800's. When she died, she was given a new task guardian of the Ghostroads. She had seen many slayers come and go. None of them could ever compare to the two that stood before her now. Buffy Summers and Faith Spencer. The two were flipsides of the same coin. Buffy was steady and focused sworn to her duty. Faith was more of a react first, ask later kind of slayer. She was fearless and always ready to fight. They tempered each other perfectly.

Lucy smiled as she watched the slayers talk to one another. Faith was visibly shaken by the ordeal and Buffy was trying to calm her down.

"I just want to know what is going on." Faith said.

Buffy smiled at her. "Just stay calm. I'm sure Lucy will explain everything."

Faith began pacing back and forth. She wanted out of this place. Buffy placed her hands on Faith's shoulders and stared into her eyes. Faith looked off to the side. She couldn't look at Buffy. Not after running away from her.

Buffy knew she had to say something to Faith. Sure she had run away before Buffy could speak earlier but that didn't matter to her. All that mattered to her was that Faith was okay and thinking straight so they could deal with whatever Lucy had brought there them for.

"Faith, I am not upset with you. I am glad that you came to see me and I am glad you wrote me that letter. I know things are a little weird between us right now but I need you to stay with me on this one. And once this is over we will sit down and talk this out." Buffy took Faith's hand held it tightly. "I will be right here with you, ok?"

Faith looked back at Buffy. She couldn't believe it. Buffy hadn't pushed her away. She hadn't accepted her either but it was a start.

"Ok, B." She whispered. Faith gripped Buffy's hand. Buffy knew her words had gotten through to Faith. That was one problem down and now for the next one. The slayers walked hand in hand back to where Lucy was standing.

"It appears you have reached an understanding." Lucy said. Faith tried to pull her hand away from Buffy's but the blonde slayer maintained her grip. Faith looked over at Buffy again.

"I am not letting you go. Not this time." Buffy whispered to Faith.

"Well, if you two are ready" Lucy said as she started walking down the path again. Buffy and Faith followed her. Lucy began to speak.

"Since the beginning of time, there has always been a balance between good and evil. For every good, there was an evil to counteract it. Until, Kendra was called. There were never two slayers at the same time in recorded history. Now the side of good had an advantage. This could not be so the sides were evened once again."

Buffy stopped walking. She couldn't believe what she had just heard. Kendra was killed just to even up the sides.

"So is that all we are to you?" Buffy asked her voice was filled with anger. "Just a bunch of toy soldiers that you all can just throw away when you don't need us anymore."

Lucy turned to face Buffy. "I know this must upset you greatly. To be treated like a pawn and sacrificed for the greater good but understand that it has always been this way for slayers. We fight and try to make the world better but all slayers are destined to die."

"No. It is not true." Faith shot back. "We are not just weapons to be aimed at evil until one or the other gives out."

Buffy stood in silence as Faith and Lucy continued talking. She thought about that time she had the dream about the first slayer. The words of the first slayer slowly started coming back to her.

'There is only us. Only the kill. We are alone.'

"I understand. Slayers have always been alone. They have never had anyone, let alone another slayer to work with or to talk to." Buffy said quietly.

Lucy nodded. "However, destiny decided to change that rule."

Faith shook her head. "So, me and B were destined to be together? I don't mean to sound cynical but we did spend the better part of the year trying to kill each other."

"Destiny will always find a way to happen." Lucy said as she put her hands on the slayers' shoulders.

"So, if this is supposed to happen then what's the problem?" Buffy asked.

"Buffy, during your fight with Glory, you began to tap into the same energy that allowed you to defeat Adam. Faith was also tapped into the same energy which caused you two to link on a higher plane of existence." Lucy replied.

"That explains the visions we've been having." Faith said as she held Buffy's hand tighter.

"Yes because of that bond you share you are currently directly channeling your powers from the primal energy that created the two of you. Your powers are growing and changing by the day. Soon you two will be the most powerful slayers who have ever lived." Lucy said as the tone in her voice shifted from happy to grim.

"So accordingly, the forces of evil are channeling power into someone to make the sides even once again. This person will have all the same powers as Buffy did when she fought Adam."

"Great, a super slayer. So, who is getting this power and how can we stop her?" Buffy asked, trying to hide the fear in her voice. Adam was one of her toughest opponents. The powers she used to beat him were unlike anything she had ever experienced. And now someone was going to be given access to those abilities from the start.

"No problem, B. Who ever it is we'll just give them a 'chosen two' beatdown and call it a day." Faith said.

Buffy smiled. That was Faith for you. No matter how grim the situation was or how high the chance of death, Faith was ready to take on anything.

"It's not that simple Faith." Lucy said. "We currently have no idea as to who this person or how to stop them."

"Great, a big huge evil is wondering around with enough power to level Sunnydale and you guys can't find him." Buffy grumbled.

"We do have a way of tracking them." Lucy said. "The orb of Themscriya will allow you to track her when she access her powers."

Faith raised an eyebrow. "So it is a girl."

"Yes, only girls can be slayers." Lucy said.

"Where do we find the orb of them crya?" Buffy asked.

"Themscriya. It can be found at the site of your greatest battle. The place where you chose light over darkness." Lucy answered. "This all I have to share at this time find the orb first and then I will contact you. Good luck girls."

Lucy began glowing with white energy. It was overwhelming. Buffy and Faith covered their eyes but the force of the energy knocked them down to the ground.

*****

Faith woke up back at the bus station. She looked at her watch to see how much time had passed during her visit to the Ghostroads.

"4:32." She whispered to herself. Time passed differently there. It seemed like she was gone for an hour but only two minutes had passed. Faith stood up and slung her bag over her shoulder. She cashed in her ticket and headed back to Buffy's house.

She couldn't believe any of what had just happened. Buffy needed Faith to stand with her. Buffy was counting on her. Faith did her best to contain her smile as she sprinted down the street towards Buffy's.

*****

Lucy watched Faith as she ran down the street. Suddenly, she felt a new presence on the roads with her. Lucy looked around and another girl standing on the road. The new girl slowly walked over towards Lucy chanting something in a language she didn't recognize.

As the girl got closer, Lucy realized that she was hearing a voodoo chant. She tried to ran away but found that she couldn't move at all. Lucy tried to turn and see who was now standing behind her.

"So, us slayers aren't nothing but pawns to you all?" the voice said. It had a thick accent to it.

Lucy shook her head. "No that isn't what I meant at all. Who are you?"

The girl stepped in front of her and spin kicked off the Ghostroads and into the darkness below. As Lucy fell, she looked up to see who it was that kicked her.

There was a black girl standing above her. Laughing as her eyes crackled with red energy. Her jet-black hair braided and pulled into a ponytail. She was wearing a black leather jacket.

"I am more than some pawn to be use on the battlefield. I am the greatest slayer who ever lived. I am Kendra the Vampire Slayer." She laughed again as she watched Lucy tumble out of sight.

...continued in The Things You Know...

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