Chapter 66: Constance
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"So, you have a job to do later?" David asked as we sat in Starbucks. He was so cute, with all his questions and geeky ways. He was refreshing. Xander and I had kept our distance from each other, not knowing what to fully expect from our actions and he and Buffy had gone. In my world, everybody has a secret, it was just really nice to meet someone didn't know all of mine, "Cause I'd really like to hang out later."
"Maybe another night, I really have some place I need to be." I smiled. A few minutes later, I was in the cemetery, beating on some vampire. I staked the vampire and sighed to myself.
"Working a little hard, aren't you?" Charity said, standing a few feet away from me.
I looked at her in...well, shock!
"Aunt Beverly!" Kelly smiled as she welcomed her aunt into her house. It had been ages since she had seen her favorite aunt, "It's so nice to see you again!"
Aunt Beverly came into the house, gracious and sweet, just as she has always been. She loved her niece, Kelly was her favorite.
"Make my home your home." Kelly smiled, "You have to meet my friends and my boyfriend."
"You have a boyfriend?" Beverly said taking a seat on the couch, "What is his name?"
"Malcolm." Kelly said, "He's really...you'll like him."
"I'm sure I will." Beverly smiled, "So, kid, where's the booze?"
"We could always go to the Copper." Kelly said.
Beverly brightened, "Sounds like I'm already there." She said.
"Why are you here? Or is this another trick by the First?" I asked, watching her skeptically.
"I'm not the First." Charity smiled, "I'm just here."
"And I bet you're not helping." I sighed, walking away.
She followed, "You could say so." She said.
From nowhere, something small jumped out of the bushes and hit me like a truck! We rolled over, getting to our feet and it was then I noticed what it was, a kid.
"Kid, you hit like a grown man." I said quickly.
The little girl vamped out.
"No." I said, staring at her in disgust.
"So, there's nothing?" Doug asked his informant. He was trying to find anything he could on David. If David was going to date Austin in any way, Doug was going to make sure he wasn't hurt this time.
"Nothing." Doug's informant said, "He's squeaky."
"He can't be squeaky, we don't attract squeaky, we attract messy." Doug said to himself.
"Sorry, but all I could come up with is a geek." Doug's informant said.
"Thank you." Doug said, "Until we meet again, Bless it be."
"Blessed be." The informant said, leaving.
Doug groaned and slinked back to the front of the magic store.
Cale stood at the counter, "Rather shady fellow." He commented.
Doug whirled around to him, "Yeah, he wanted to Abstang Root." He said.
"Abstang root is in the other direction." Cale said, not bothering to look up from his inventory, "So, you won't be telling me what that was about?"
"I don't think you really want to know." Doug said.
"Try me." Cale said, finally looking up.
"I've been trying to dig up dirt on this guy Austin's been hooking up with." Doug confessed.
"David? What did you find?" Cale asked.
"Nothing." Doug said, "He's squeaky."
"Terribly sorry." Cale said.
"Whaddya mean?" Doug asked.
"Well, it seems as if you are sad that this David character is squeaky, other than being relieved that he...squeaky." Cale said with a smile forming at the edges of his lips.
Doug sighed, "I guess it is better than Lestat, although he was growing on me." He said.
"I suspect we are all a little disoriented with his...untimely demise." Cale said.
Doug looked up at him and nodded before turning to leave.
"What's the matter? You can't kill this vampire." Charity asked, sitting on the sidelines, watching me fend off the child vampire that had attacked me. I had managed to go on the offensive, but sooner or later...
I stumbled back, clutching my stomach! That little demon had just punched me so hard, it knocked the air out of me! I jumped in time to avoid a foot sweep and stared at the little girl grimly. How could this happen to a little girl? This was bad enough when it was an adult, but it was heartbreaking now. How was I supposed to kill a kid?
"It's just an itty-bitty vampire." Charity said.
I ducked a very obvious attempt at my head and pushed the kid away, "She's just a kid." I said.
"You've killed worse." Charity said.
I shook my head, "I haven't killed anyone." I said quickly, "I've slayed vampires."
"But you can't slay all those feelings, all that guilt." Charity said, "It's annoying, huh?"
I jumped over the girl's short legs, "Who are you, doctor phyllis?" I said angrily.
"I am Charity. Slayer, vampire, and all around pain in your ass." Charity smiled.
"Can you physically touch me?" I asked, moving out of the way of the girl's next kick!
"No." Charity said.
"Then you're just a pain in my ass." I said, grabbing the girl's arm and bending it, throwing her backwards.
Charity chuckled, "Still got that biting wit. And I know what you're think, gotta be the first, I'm not." She said.
"Lemme guess," I said, catching a fist to the stomach, but quickly catching my breath and kicking the little girl to the ground, "You're a manifestation of my inner guilt shown through someone I couldn't save?"
"No, but that would be kooky, wouldn't it?" Charity smirked.
"Then what are you?" I asked.
"A ghost." Charity said simply.
I stopped dead in my tracks. The little girl took the time to tackle me to the ground!
"So, now he's doing background checks?" Mal asked, bewildered.
"No," Cale said, lifting a rather heavy box, "Just when it comes to David."
"Isn't it a little weird that he'd be checking up on this guy so much?" Mal asked.
Cale thought about it for a second, "After losing his best friend and regaining him in a matter of weeks, it is quite understandable that he wants to keep him safe." He said.
"I'm just sayin, if he's going to be checking everybody's background..."
Cale looked at him oddly, "You would have a problem if he was?" he asked.
"I just don't want everybody knowin my background." Mal said, taking items from a box.
Cale stopped completely, "And exactly what don't you want everyone knowing?" he asked.
"The truth, about me and my family." Mal said.
"You have a family?" Cale asked.
"I had one." Mal said.
"What happened to them?" Cale ventured.
Mal didn't respond.
"It will be strictly between us." Cale said.
"They were murdered." Mal said quickly, "By Lestat."
"This place is pretty cool." Beverly said, sitting opposite Kelly. They sat in club Copper, watching the girls dance on the boys and the boys having the best time they could!
"Only the coolest for my cool aunt Bev." Kelly smirked.
"How long has it been?" Beverly asked.
"Too long." Kelly said, "You still look like you did all those years ago."
"Thank you, I use this great facial scrub. It really is the best." Beverly smiled.
"How long are you going to be in Vengeance?" Kelly asked.
"Not long, I'm here on business. I'll probably head back tomorrow." Beverly explained.
"Business?" Kelly asked.
"There was a family problem; I'm taking care of it." Beverly said.
"Family problem?" Kelly asked.
"Nothing for you to worry about, Kelly." Beverly smiled, "Let's dance!" she said, floating to the dance floor, Kelly following her.
The little girl punched me hard, causing me to stagger back and she raced towards me!
"Better do something." Charity said.
I spun around, bring my foot across her face, "Something done." I said, "Why are you here?"
"I'm here to warn you." Charity said, "What else?"
"Okay, warn me." I said.
"If you can't slay one vampire, how can you hope to slay the hundreds that are coming?" Charity asked.
"What? What hundreds?" I asked.
"What I was doing, as a vampire, was more than just a first; it was the hope of vampires everywhere. You destroyed a number of very important vampires, their clans are going to be here in a while." Charity explained, "You slayed the hope of the vampires...they're pissed."
"Maybe I made the wrong choice." I said to myself.
"Yes, maybe I should have lived after all, mayb..."
"No, killing you was the best, I just wish I had had the guts to do it when you were human." I said, "I shouldn't have staked Lestat."
Charity looked at me, shocked, "I can't believe you just said that." She said.
"It's not like we were ever really friends, I tried to help you, that was it." I said, "You're just some pathetic skank that died alone."
Charity rose from the grave she was sitting on, "You'd better be glad I'm already dead, or I would make you eat those words." She said.
I smiled, "That's the game, you're dead...I'm not." I said, still smiling.
"Man I'm going to love watching every demonic baddie kick your ass all over this town." Charity smiled.
I heard footsteps and moved to the left, causing the little vampire girl to hit her on the tombstone. I walked over and staked her, "Have fun watching." I said, walking away.
Kelly and Beverly stumbled back into the apartment. They had a few drink at Copper, but decided to chance a walk back Kelly's apartment. Kelly slumped down onto the couch while her aunt went to the kitchen.
"So, what's this family business all about?" Kelly asked.
"A few weeks ago, a guy came to me and gave me a proposition." Kelly heard Beverly clanging around in the kitchen.
"What kind of proposition?" Kelly asked.
"Well, one I couldn't refuse." Beverly said, "I had to come to Vengeance and take care of my business and I'd be able to live."
"What?" Kelly asked.
"This guy said he'd make me stronger if I did something for him." Beverly said, walking back into the living room and seeing nothing, "It's all a little new to me, but I'm a vampire!"
A stake jammed in Beverly's chest, "I noticed." Kelly said sadly.
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