A New Dawning
“To Sleep perchance to dream,” Dawn could hear a voice saying to her, “But now is not that time, you must awaken yourself, we cannot do it for you.”
“Huh?” Dawn replied.
“Dawn?” this was Spike’s voice.
Dawn opened her eyes and stared up at Spike, she suddenly realised what it was that was different about him, he looked completely normal, the way he had last year, not the slightly crazy look he had earlier.
“Some… Someone was quoting Hamlet.”
“Not me luv, and we’re the only ones here.”
“Ooooh, what happened?” Dawn asked as she put her hand to her head.
Suddenly events came flooding back to her, Spike arriving with the young girl in his arms, the young girl, their daughter, Spike telling her that she was immortal.
“No, it’s not possible,” Dawn said in disbelief.
“I know it’s hard to believe, but we need your help.”
“How can I help? I’m just a normal teenager, I’m not The Key any more.”
“But that’s just it, you are, we need you to tap into your power.”
“Because you’re the only one who can.” Spike said forcefully, “In all the different dimensions you are the only one remaining that can help us.”
“The only one remaining?”
“There are many parallel universes, branching off from every single decision made, in each one there was a copy of you, they’re missing, all of them, so like I said, you’re the only one left.”
“How many? How many ‘me’s?” Dawn asked, despite being scared, she was intrigued.
“At last count, around 48 billion.”
“And they’re all gone?”
“How? I-I mean is that even possible?”
“We don’t know how,” came a male voice she didn’t recognise.
Dawn looked over Spike’s should er at the person standing there, “Who…?”
“I am Jason Armagosa, sorcerer apprentice to Merlin, and Knight General of the United Sorcerer’s Armoured Forces of England,” the man said while performing an elaborate bow.
Dawn looked up at him sceptically.
“Trust him Dawn, if not for him we’d never have gotten here.”
“How did you get here?”
“Well, we were recruited by The Powers That Be to restore the universe, however the first world we went to was in turmoil, there were two dragon armies destroying one another,” Spike said helping her up.
“Dragons?” Dawn asked as she walked a little unsteadily to the table and sat down.
“Yes, seeing the destruction going on, you lost control, you decided to punish them for what they were doing.”
“Oh… Oh my Go, I killed them didn’t I?”
“Yes,” Spike said in a sad voice, “Then you went into shock and retreated from us, you vanished, without you Dru and I were stuck there, unable to get back to where we belong.”
“Then I found them, I was sent to find out what had happened to the armies when they vanished from the view of the seers, I found Spike and the young girl huddled together near the battle zone,” Jason said.
“We went back to the seers to see if they could locate you,” Spike paused, “Well the other you, but they were unable to see her, they were unable to see anything outside of their castle, that universe was slowly collapsing, by now it’s completely gone.”
“Gone?” Dawn whispered in shock as she lowered her head into her hands.
“Look I know it’s a lot to take in but we need you, we need you to help us get back our Dawn,” Spike looked deep into her spectrum blue eyes, “You are the only one that can help us.”
“Mommy?” came the voice of a child from the living room, “Mommy!”
Dawn looked up as she heard the sound of small running feet. The young girl that Spike had brought with him was running towards Dawn.
Dawn moved back in her seat trying to get away from her.
“Dru, sweetie, this isn’t mommy,” Spike said as he caught her before she reached Dawn.
“She looks like mommy,” Dru said to Spike in a confused tone.
“You remember what we talked about? How there are many different versions of mommy and daddy?” Spike asked.
“This is one of the different versions.”
“Oh,” Dru sounded a bit disappointed.
“She’s going to help us get mommy back.”
“I never said I would, I mean I-I can’t, I don’t…. I don’t know how,” Dawn said, she still sounded slightly in shock.
“Luv, you’re the only one that can.”
“No… No, I can’t,” Dawn was on the verge of tears.
“Dawn, It’s ok…” Spike started.
“NO!” Dawn practically screamed, she leapt to her feet and ran out of the room and up the stairs. Seconds later there was a loud crash as she slammed the door to her room.
“Spike, we need her,” Jason said looking at the stairs.
“I know, but we can’t force her.”
“Daddy? Is the other mommy mad?” Dru asked.
“Yes she is sweetie, how about you go into the living room and watch some TV, okay?”
“Cartoons, goodie!” Dru said as she bounced her way into the living room, seconds later Spike and Jason heard the sound of some cartoon or other coming from the living room.
“We don’t even know if Dawn has enough power to help,” Spike said with a frown on his face.
“No, no one does, not even The Powers.”
“Then what happens if we fail?”
“Armageddon, the apocalypse, the end of the world, take your pick.”
“And The Powers can’t stop it?”
“No, they are using all their power to stop existence from folding in on itself, but it’s a loosing battle, they’re weakening, they’re dying.”
“We have to get Dawn to help us, and soon.”
“I know but how?”
“I don’t know.”
“I may have an idea.” Jason said as he headed up the stairs.
He stopped outside Dawn’s door and knocked, “Dawn, it’s Jason, can I come in?”
“No,” came the choked answer.
“I need to talk to you.”
Jason opened the door and walked carefully in, he walked over to Dawn’s bead where she was lying with her face in her arms.
“We need you Dawn, and I know it’s a big moment for you, and bottom line is, even if you see ‘em coming, you’re not ready for the big moments.”
Dawn looked up at him, her eyes were red from crying.
“No one asks for their life to change, not really. But it does,” Jason paused, “So what are we, helpless? Puppets? No. The big moments are gonna come. You can’t help that. It’s what you do afterwards that counts.”
Jason could see hope dawning in Dawn’s eyes, “That’s when you find out who you are.”
Jason looked deep into Dawn’s eyes, “Who are you, Dawn? Who are you?”
“The person who can help you?” Dawn said with doubt still in her eyes and voice.
“You know the answer, you know it with all your soul.”
“I am The Key.”