Hearing footfalls behind me, I turned around... to face Buffy. A face I hadn't seen in an awfully long time. And one I didn't think I would be able to see ever again. "Buffy!" I exclaimed, my voice reflecting genuine happiness. Next thing I knew, I had launched myself at her and was now holding her in a gigantic bear hug that would've crushed her if she hadn't been a Slayer.
After what seemed like a long while, I finally let go of her. "Uhm, Buffy," I started, not sure what to say, "I see you've managed to find some clothes." I grinned. "Unfortunately, I'm haven't been so lucky. Forgive me for my current state of undress, I hope it won't leave a permanent emotional scar on you," I joked.
Turning to Jeera, I smiled and said slowly, in a voice loud and clear, accompanied by gestures, "Could you please hurry with my clothes?"
This was so embarassing... why couldn't I have found a piece of cloth?
Taking the boy from Jeera I started to explain, honest I was gonna tell Giles all about how Jeera's husband got smooshed by a rock, a big rock and how by the time we had gotten the rock off of him, he was already a pancake and so Jeera had come to me to ask me to name her baby cuz that was the customs, for a dude to name a child. I had the explanation all worked outwhen low and behold there was a Buffy being hugged by a naked Giles.
"B-buffy..." Okay, so now this was getting surreal. It was like some dream, not the dream that made Naeva cover my lap with towels...or the dream that made me wake up screaming, a good dream...and unreal dream.
I just stood there, staring in shock...my one eye wide and my lips parted. Feeling the very soft tugs on my hair by the child in my arms, I shifted him to the other hip and moved to tentatively poke the blond Slayer in the arm.
Jeera blinked her grey eyes and spoke quickly in her musical language, gesturing for Gile and Buffy to follow her to her nest, holding the cloth 'door' for everybody to enter her 'cosy' ( aka...small) home.
I looked at Xander stadning next to Giles, talking to some woman I did not know. He had managed to find clothes too, more than I can say for poor Giles here. His face was rather funny as he looked at me being hugged by Giles. He walked over and hugged me too. Then, that lady gestured to us to follow her somewhere. I nodded to Giles and Xander.
"Hey Xand. Glad to see me? Although, I don't know why any of us are here, do you?"
We had started to walk, following that lady towards some sort of..nest maybe? We entered and I saw that it must be her home.
My face lit up with joy as Giles hugged me. But I have to say, it was sort of weird and uncomfortable with the fact that Giles didn't have any clothes on whatsoever. But it was Giles. I was still happy to see him anyway. I hugged him back and when he finally let go of me, my bons ached because he had been holding me so tight. Couldn't blame him though. I was just as excited to see him and Xander. I am still very confused though.
"Hi Giles." I said to him as he withdrew from hugging me. "Do you have any idea what happened? I remember dying, and now we are very much living. And..who's she?" I asked, gesturing towards a woman standing with them.
I stared off into space, wondering how this could be. One by one, the old team was being brought back... I snapped out of my reverie when Buffy asked me something.
"Oh," I gestured at the other woman, "this is Jeera. She's a friend of Xander's."
Following Buffy into the tent-like structure (which turned to be Jeera's home), I said, "I, uh, I haven't any theories yet why we're, uh, resurrected." I never thought I would be saying this, ever, but...
"Perhaps Xander might know something of it. I can tell he's been here with them for a some time now, so I don't believe that he was brought back like us, though I have no idea how else he could've survived that long."
I walked into this "Jeera's" home and turned back to look at Giles.
"Yeah, I just was alive. I don't remember anything at all. And yeah, Xander seems to know his way around and the people. But yeah, how could he have survived when me being the slayer didn't even live..?" I looked at Giles confusingly.
"And have we seen anyone else miraculously come back like us? Will, Faith..Dawn?" I paused. "Oh my god. Wheres dawn?" I thought about this and my mind went blank. I couldn't remember anything..maybe seeing her..wherever I was after I had died.
"Giles, maybe we should ask Xander. After all, he seems to know his way around, and we don't.
I shook my head. "Apart from you and Xander, I haven't seen anyone else I recognised. No, I don't believe anyone came back before us. Xander was very surprised to see me. Had this sort of thing happened before, he would have expected us to return, too."
I looked thoughtful. "He said something about, uh, a little gay man... who looked like a girl. Oh, a-and he mentioned that a... 'Nav'... might have some information on our, uh, our resurrection."
I watched them eat and paced a bit before frowning and they were asking me questions that I had no answers to and this was kinda weird. I mean...I saw Gile's strapped to that rock and the little demon guys ripping his guts out. I saw Buffy take a serious stab wound and keep fighting to clear a pathway before dropping dead. I saw it with my own two..well my own one eye.
Running my hands through my hair and finally stopped pacing. "C'mon...need to have meeting, introduce you to elders, you're like legends ya know?"
I offered a hand to Buffy, to help her up before looking back to Giles. "Got some stuff maybe you could look at." Then to Buffy. "And you need to meet the chick named after you."
I let Xander help me up and I looked up at him. But then my face expression changed.
"Theres a chick named after me?" I asked, suprised and sortof weirded out. Someone was named after me now? Since I had died? Oh, I was famous. I smiled then.
I followed him as he began to walk, Giles following behind.
I immediately looked up at Xander. "S-some stuff I could look at?" I asked, keeping my rush of happiness in check. "Could they be books, perchance?" If there weren't any books here in the future, I swear I'd have to start writing some of my own.
Hm. I never thought that in the future people would be named after us. And to think back then, we were regarded as more of troublemakers than heroes... still, it was a pleasant surprise. We hadn't died in vain, after all.
Seeing as Xander and Buffy had already started walking, I got up from my seat and followed them out.
I chuckled softly and nodded to Buffy. "Oh yeaaah...and rightly so. She found away to braid her hair to bring out her cheekbones apparently. Very fashion concious that one."
This was weird, really weird. Buffy was here, not bleeding and alive. Warm and breathing and alive. I looked back at Giles. "Yeah, some books. Just try to wait to orgasm away from the books, they are quite old."
I led them to a different part of the caves, small children running around and I called out. "Buffy!" I switched to their language. "There is somebody I want you to meet."
I watched as the leggy blond kid, I think she was about 8 now, skid to a halt, tilting her head to to the side. She was gonna be a beauty if she lived to get older. Blond hair braided in a complicated style, pulling her hair out of her face but leaving some still out and falling down her back. Bluegrey eyes inquisitive as she studied the strangers, skin pale like all the rest of them but glowing with health.
"Buffy, meet Buffy." I smiled at the two, letting go of Buffy's hand. "I'll...leave you two alone, to get to know each other."
I looked to Giles before gesturing for him to follow me further into the cave.
"I-I... " I sputtered, cheeks flushing. "Well, I assure you, Xander, I won't orgasm on anything inappropriate. I didn't know you even cared about your books... ?" I retorted.
The eight-year old Buffy skidded to a half near us. Smiling, I greeted her with a short "Hello", a slight wave and a nod, as I didn't think she would understand English. I noticed that she had blond hair... how appropriately named, I thought.
I casted one last glance at the Buffies before following Xander away. Idly, I wondered how they were going to 'get to know each other'. Sign language, perhaps? Or perhaps Xander taught little Buffy a bit of English.
I closed my eyes as I heard the raised voices outside. This new breed of human being rarely screamed or panicked...it was not their way. They were celebrating...
Giles and Buffy had wandered off and I had thought maybe I should tell them that this world was very very different than they nice occasionally chaotic world they came from. I already knew I'd have the elders chewing my ass off about not being a good 'host'.
I rolled my eyes and made my way to the center of the caves, speaking softly to an older little man. "What is it now old man?" I smiled wistfully at his somber expression as he continued the soft chant of the dead.
Change of plans. I shook my head. "Yo, Buffy! G-Man!" I called out knowing the caves has like amazing acoustics. "Time to go sight seeing!" I nodded as the old man scampered off, collecting the sturdiest young men from his...well for lack of a better word, his army. They were pacifists, and they did not believe in harming other creatures, but they were fast and scouted well.
"Yes, we'll do that," I agreed.
Just then, I heard Xander's voice echoing through the tunnel we had just come out from.
"Yo, Buffy! G-Man!"
He was calling out to us. Was he in trouble? No, he didn't sound like he was in any sort of danger.
"Time to go sight seeing!"
I sighed. Good to know that he was safe, at least, what with all these people running around terrified.
I frowned, surprised, as an old man emerged from the tunnel and rushed past me, heading toward the crowd. I wondered what he was going to do. Get them to calm down or something of the sort? Oh, he was heading back toward us, toward the tunnel... with quite a few able-bodied young men trailing behind him.
Which further supported my unspoken theory that there was an invasion or a war of some kind happening.
Oh, I forgot about Xander for a moment.
"Yes, Xander, I'm coming!" I shouted back into the tunnel, hoping he'd hear me. I regretted it, of course, wondering if I had startled the old man. I looked back to check that Buffy was coming along, and then I made my way back into the tunnel.
I stopped when I heard Xander;s voice echo through the caves. I turned around to look at Giles, seeing that he had already started for that away again. I heard Xander yell for us to go..sight seeing? Um, okay. I started to follow Giles, and Xander's voice, wherever it was coming from.
"Kay! I'm coming." I yelled up ahaed. Giles turned around and I smiled at him as we continued to walk.