The Demonic War
“Is there anything we can do about it?” Tara asked.
Dawn didn’t answer she just sobbed.
“Dawn!” Spike grabbed her shoulders and shook her.
“I-I-I don’t know.” Dawn sounded lost, like a small child looking for her mother.
“Is there any way to find out?” Buffy asked forcefully.
“P-possibly, i-i-if there i-i-is it’s at HQ.” Dawn’s voice was getting stronger, but she still sounded lost.
“Come on we have to get you back to HQ then.” Spike said picking her up and cradling her in his arms and hugging her into his chest.
“Will, Tara can you open a portal here?” Buffy asked.
“No we’ll need to go back to the hot-spot.” Willow answered.
“Well then lead the way.” Buffy said indicating for her to take the lead.
Less than thirty minutes later They stepped out of the portal into the departure room at Angel Directorship HQ.
“Why are we here?” Buffy asked looking round, “We aimed for the library.”
“I-I don’t know, they must have a redirection spell in place.” Tara answered.
“Come on this way.” Buffy said leading the way out of the room and down the corridor towards the library.
“Halt! Identify yourselves!” came an authoritative voice from behind them.
“General Buffy Summers, Colonel Spike, Sorceresses Willow Rosenberg and Tara Maclay and Warlord Dawn Summers.” Buffy said turning to look at the lieutenant standing their pointing a crossbow at her.
“I’m sorry ma’am but the library is off limits to everyone.” he said, at least he had the decency to look sorry.
“By order of who?” Spike asked.
“The Angelic Bureau of Information on Becoming and Beginnings.” the lieutenant said.
“ABIBB? What reason do they have for this?” Tara asked.
“I don’t know ma’am, but I must insist you follow me to the holding area for a debriefing.” the lieutenant said, as he did so a platoon of soldiers came marching down the hall behind the angels. All had their weapons drawn.
“Dawn?” Spike whispered to his lover.
“I know.” she whispered back.
“Get moving sir.” came a demand as the point of a spear was poked into Spike’s back.
Suddenly they were no longer there, Dawn and Spike had disappeared.
“What the hell!” cried the lieutenant, before rounding on Buffy and the others, “Where did they go?”
“I honestly don’t have a clue.” Buffy answered, she really wished she did though, she also wished Dawn had taken them with her and Spike.
“Where are we?” Spike asked Dawn.
“About a minute before we arrived, and several dozen feet up the corridor.” Dawn answered.
“Good.” Spike said with a smile.
“When the lieutenant brings them down this corridor we ambush them.” Dawn said.
“That’s a good plan.” came the lieutenant’s voice from behind them, “Only one problem, you forgot that you’re not the only one that can have advanced knowledge.”
“How…?” Dawn was stumped, she had no idea how to beat an opponent that could get the drop on her and Spike with out them knowing about it.
“Oh that was easy.” the lieutenant’s voice changed became higher and more feminine, in fact it became a voice that Dawn had heard a little over a year earlier.
“Amy.” she sighed, “I really think we need better security around here.”
“Shut up.” Amy’s voice was quiet but it had the weight of very black magicks behind it.
Spike growled at her and began to leap at her.
“Stop.” Amy said holding up her hand. Spike suddenly stopped in mid leap, frozen in place, “Pain.”
Spike screamed in agony as every nerve and every synapse in his brain felt like it was on fire.
“LEAVE HIM ALONE!” Dawn’s voice made no attempt to hide the fact that she was very angry. Dawn had her head bowed as she was crouching on the floor. Dawn threw her head back to reveal her eyes.
Even Spike was horrified at what he saw, instead of the normal pools of beautiful blue her eyes were pure black, not the black that humans call black but something more evil and more pure.
“No.” breathed Amy.
“YES!” lightning lanced from Dawn’s eyes and struck Amy in the chest, knocking her back through a wall and into the middle of the departure room, “You will not harm anyone anymore.” with that Dawn’s eyes sprouted more lightning this time knocking Amy back into the opening portal, but because she was being forced uncontrollably she had no way of knowing where she would end up.
Amy’s scream as she fell through the interdimensional spaces was horrifying, but it was cut off as the portal snapped closed behind her.
“Should we get back to the others?” Spike asked as he picked himself up off the ground where he had fallen once Amy had let him go.
Before Dawn could answer she collapsed to the ground, unconscious.
“Dawn!” Spike called as he ran to her.
“A paradox.” Dawn muttered as Spike reached her, it was then that he noticed that his hands and arms had become insubstantial. He tried to pick Dawn up but found that she too had become translucent.
“What’s happening?” Spike asked fearfully.
“We changed our immediate past and therefore we no longer exist as we are now, it’s a paradox.” Dawn answered as she faded from view, seconds later Spike joined her.
Buffy and the gang stepped from the portal into the library less than thirty minutes after they had left the demon dimension.
“Dawn, where would the information we need be stored?” Buffy asked.
“Umm.” Dawn looks around in confusion, “Please put me down Spike.”
“Sure thing.” Spike said as he lowered her feet to the ground.
“I think it’s over here.” Dawn said leading the way into the maze of bookshelves. Contained in the Angel Library is every book ever written on magic angels and demons, or at least a copy of them. It had taken an eternity to collect them.
“Can I help you dears?” asked a shaky voice from behind them.
The group spun round ready to attack or defend, whichever was needed, but they all relaxed when they say that it was the Keeper, the person who looked after the books.
The Keeper was human, no angel could handle exposure to this much magick for more than 24 hours at the most, so the Angel Directorship had taken it upon themselves to recruit one woman in her teens, generally an orphan or a runaway to train and eventually tend the books. In exchange for their service they are granted a lifespan twice that of a normal human and are completely free of disease.
“Yes we are looking for any books on the Shevlack.” Dawn said.
“The Shevlack? Hmm, I think that’s in the EID section.” the old lady said pointing off to her left.
“Thanks.” Dawn said leading them off in the direction indicated.
“The EID section?” Buffy and Spike both asked, being warriors they tended not to spend much time in the library.
“The Extinct/Irrelevant Demons section.” Willow said.
“There are irrelevant demons?” Buffy asked.
“Demons that are so old they no longer matter.” Dawn said as she led the way into a small side room with the initials ‘EID’ on the door.
“May I help you?” a youngish woman was just inside the room, she seemed to be flipping through a card catalogue.
“Yea, we were wanting books on the Shevlack.” Spike said.
“Over there, third shelf from the floor.” the young woman said pointing at the nearest bookshelf.
“Thanks.” Buffy said as she moved over to the indicated shelf.
A book flew out of the shelf and into her hands, the title was The Shevlack Explained.
“Gee simple and to the point.” Buffy said as she handed the book to Dawn.
“Yea most of the older ones are.” she answered.
“Do you spend a lot of time in here?” Buffy looked surprised.
“I don’t have that much else to do these days.” Dawn sounded a little sad.
By this point she had the book open and the pages were flipping over on their own, eventually stopping at the page they wanted.
“The Shevlack built a network of gateways across the universe and across the interdimensional spaces.” Dawn read aloud, “There is a way, once a gateway is active, to shut it down.”
“That’s good.” Tara said.
“However,” Dawn continued, “The procedure will reveal the location of every angel in existence to the Legion Council.”
“That’s not so good.” Buffy said.