Changes, Changes And More Changes
“Dawn? Dawn are you awake?” Buffy said as she leaned over the younger Dawn.
“Unnn?” the younger Dawn tried to speak.
“I… I… ah… I dunno, I think I saw… saw…”
“Saw what?” Buffy looked at her sister, she thought she could see the truth in her eyes but she had to make sure, “What did you see?”
“I… ah think it was the future, Spike was there, but it was daytime, Spike was out in the daylight, and I felt something, I think I loved him.”
“Are you sure of that?”
“I dunno, I think so, why?”
“I wasn’t supposed to tell you this, it happened back before mom died, you thought is was just a dream, but you appeared in the bathroom, well, not you, her,” Buffy pointed over to the other side of the room.
Dawn turned her head to look at where Buffy was pointing. There leaning against the wall was her. An almost exact duplicate of her, except, her hair, it was longer than Dawn’s and it didn’t have any blonde tints.
“I can move through time,” the older Dawn said.
“And you came here?”
“Yes, at some point soon you’re going to be pulled into a limbo dimension, I’ll rescue you, but the best way is to stop it from happening.”
“Okay, I’m not an expert on time here, but wouldn’t that damage something? Or cause some problems?” Buffy asked.
“Yes, a paradox, if I hadn’t rescued the other me from limbo, I wouldn’t have come back here to prevent it, in which case it would have happened,” the older Dawn said, “Commonly called the Grandfather Paradox.”
Both Buffy and the younger Dawn were staring at her.
“Sorry, I’m used to lecturing, Dru needs them often.”
“My daughter…” Dawn broke off when she realised that she was giving away too much information.
“Daughter?” Buffy asked, she sounded like she was going into shock.
“Who… who’s the father?”
“I… we should concentrate on making sure what I came back to…”
“It’s Spike isn’t it?”
The older Dawn hung her head slightly.
“How? Vampires can’t…” Buffy glanced at the younger Dawn, “… can’t…”
“Vampires with souls can, Angel did, so did Spike.”
“Spike gets a soul?!” Buffy exclaimed.
“Eww, Spike?” asked the younger Dawn.
“Things change over the next few… years, you and he will fall in love.”
“I can’t believe you’re telling my sister that it’s alright to fall in love with a vampire!” Buffy exclaimed.
“I’m not, you will, in about 10 years you tell me that you approve of Spike.”
“He tried to rape me!”
“I know, and over the next years he redeems himself, with his soul he feels regret and he can feel love stronger than he could before.”
“I still can’t believe Spike gets a soul.”
“He already has, you remember he took off just before you faced Willow?”
“Yes,” Buffy said with a confused look on her face.
“He went to Africa, he went to see a demon, to get the demon to give him what he needed so he could give you what you needed.”
“I needed? What did I need?”
“He thought you needed to be killed, he thought that was what the demon would do, take away his love for you, but it wasn’t, you needed love, and in order to give that to you he needed a soul.”
“B-Buffy?” the younger Dawn’s voice quaked.
Both the older Dawn and Buffy looked at her… She was glowing green.
“Oh my god, what’s happening?” Buffy cried as she moved towards her sister.
“Don’t!” the older Dawn said grabbing her arm, “It’s The Key, she’s about to go.”
“Go? Go where?”
“Limbo,” the older Dawn answered.
“Lim…?” the younger Dawn started to say before she froze, immobile and silent.
“Can you do anything to help her?” Buffy asked looking at the older Dawn.
“Yes, stand back,” Dawn said as she moved towards the younger Dawn.
The more time the older Dawn spent near the younger version the more fragmented her memories were becoming, she now had discerned at least six different version of certain periods in her personal past. Yet one thing that remained constant, her ability to shift between dimensions.
So with this knowledge Dawn concentrated her entire essence on the younger Dawn, pushing her into limbo faster than she would have.
“Dawn! What are you doing, she’s fading!” Buffy cried as she moved towards the older Dawn.
“DO NOT TOUCH ME!” Dawn’s voice had taken on a metallic tone, almost as if it wasn’t her voice, “I KNOW WHAT I AM DOING!”
Buffy gave a small jump, it was frightening to her to hear this voice coming from her sister, even if it was a sister from the future.
The older Dawn knew she should have been worried by the change to her voice, but she had, instead, a growing feeling of euphoria. She looked down at the younger Dawn, you was fading from view at an increasing speed.
With a silent pop, the younger Dawn vanished.
“Dawn!” Buffy leapt to the bed before turning to face the older Dawn, “What did you do?”
“She’s in limbo, she was already heading there, I just sped up the process, now, I go and get her out,” Dawn concentrated willing her molecules to force their way through the barrier between the real world and limbo.
Dawn felt her molecules reform when she opened her eyes she saw that she was standing outside the old Sunnydale High School.
“Well, it shouldn’t be that hard. We can work on the banners at lunch tomorrow and figure out refreshments then?” Dawn heard Buffy’s voice from somewhere behind her.
“Yeah, sure, whatever,” came a voice she didn’t recognise, Hey, meat pie!”
Dawn turned around to see a young woman walking away from Buffy, and Willow and Xander walking up to her.
“Snyder’s got you guys making party favours, huh?” Xander asked Buffy.
“His two worst students. That’s what mom sees when she looks at me. A Sheila.” Buffy said indicating the young woman who had walked off.
The woman, Sheila, kissed an older boy with long, blonde hair.
“Well, Sheila’s definitely intense. That guy with her? That’s the guy she *can* bring home to mother.” Xander said with a touch of sarcasm
“She was already smoking in fifth grade. Once I was lookout for her.” Willow said, imparting her knowledge.
“You’re bad to the bone.” Xander said looking at her.
“I’m a rebel.”
“Damn,” Dawn tried to figure out what went wrong, she had forced the younger Dawn into Limbo, and in the future the younger Dawn had pulled her into limbo, why couldn’t she get into limbo now? She closed her eyes and focused all her strength on moving through the barrier into limbo.
She felt her molecules force themselves through the barrier. Suddenly she hit something, something smashed through her sending her molecules spinning off towards all corners of the universe.