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There is nothing like finding your mother with a dead girl's body to remind you that you don't get to pretend you and your family are anything but killers, Christmas or no Christmas.

No, she hasn't done it. But that's not really the point. The child is dead. If she is right, and the child was left by that beautiful and insane vampire who called herself your sister, then one reason why this child is dead is that you did not try to stake Drusilla the two times you met her. Another is that Angelus created her to begin with. That child is dead, like Justine's sister, like Mom and Dad and Mere, and somewhere in Boston parents are looking for it. Come sunset, other children could die, will die. Darla and Angel won't take Drusilla out, and neither will Kara. You get why; they love Drusilla. You loved Jasmine, so it's not like you can't understand.

But you still know your duty, your duty taught by you by Daniel Holtz, and even Angel, in his way. Your duty is to the dead children, and those who will die next.

You don't say anything about this to Angel or Darla. Maybe that's another Christmas gift for them. But when the sun sets, you excuse yourself and say you're out for an evening walk, and as expected, they think that means you want to call Harry from your hotel, and you leave dissapproval and hurt behind, but not suspicion. You do return to your hotel room, but it's to pick up weapons and suit up. And then you make a phone call, but it's not to Harry, whom you have talked with earlier today.

Faith said she'd be in Boston. You're no longer the cocky kid who imagines he can do it all on his own. Drusilla might be insane, but she's strong and experienced and managed to stay alive for about a hundred and fifty years. Cordelia said she killed a Slayer once, the Slayer Kendra. She also has hypnotic abilities, and you haven't forgotten how the thrall worked on you when Harry had Dracula's powers on Halloween.

And maybe, in your heart of hearts, you're afraid that if you see her, you won't want to kill her.

So you call Faith, and hope a Slayer and whatever kind of creature you are together will be enough.

When you put your coat back on, you realize there is still some ash left from the girl on the collar.

ooc: naturally, Connor won't stake Dru. He'll be unable to track her down. We love Drusilla, yes we do, precious.
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It wasn't exactly the week from hell, but a hell of a week. The strike meant everyone had to walk, and okay, I'm faster than most people, but not if everyone is blocking the roads because they need to walk as well. Everyone except for Spider-man, that is. Guess who was the only student arriving punctually at college that week? Webslinging is unfair.

On the other hand, Faith was in town. Which was awesome. Seriously, I was kind of surprised she wanted to talk to me at all because last time I saw her she was saving everyone's butt by taking Angelus down without killing him and I was busy freaking out and trying to stake him, so I figured she wouldn't have the time of the day for me, but she did. We even got to spar a little and patrol, and okay, it wasn't much of a patrol because even the vamps figured New York sucked as a hunting ground, no pun intended, but it was still good.

And then Faith, Harry and I went dancing. Which wasn't good, it was the fun kind of torture. I so wanted to kill Harry at times, but I guess finding out how many times you can have sex standing in a dark corner of a club afterwards made it all worth it. Top secret confession: looking back now, I'm sort of relieved Faith didn't go through with it. I mean, yeah, sure, she is incredibly hot, and okay, so I did have some fantasies now and then ever since she wiped the floor with me in Los Angeles. And Harry did say he was open to threesomes. Only I'm not sure I am. Fantasies are one thing, but if you have had sex with someone, things are different. You look at them differently. And I don't know - it probably makes me sound like a prick or a hypocrite because I started falling for Harry when I was still with Justine - but well, having sex with someone is special. It's not like a handshake. Or dancing, for that matter. So I'm glad the only one I ended up having sex with that evening was Harry.

I think Faith is still cool with me, because she came to the OsCorp Christmas party the next day as my sort of date because Harry was sort of going with Claire Davidson. Some guy named Griffin came over and wanted to dance with her, but she turned him down, and he glared at us for the rest of the evening.

On Friday, the strike was finished which was good because I wanted to take the train to Boston. Both because Phillip shouldn't work the day before Christmas Eve and because I just like going by train. I remember Mere and I thinking it was something out of the movies, like with Butch and Sundance. She'd like the East Coast, Mere. And the snow. Mom would hate it, though. I mean, she did hate it. She went to college here and told me she was always glad to return to California during the winter because of the cold, and even if she never told me because I was a child when she did and in Quortoth, she still must have disliked the weather. Father - Father would feel at home, because of England. It's so odd, because he described Utah to me and only now do I know it was England he described and not Utah at all. Utah was different.

(I'll never go there again, because it belongs to Justine and me, and going with someone else would be a betrayal. But sometimes I still dream of the heat, and of her.)

So now I'm in a Boston hotel that's not too far away from where Angel, Darla and Kara live. Their presents lie on the bed - oil and pastel and water colors and some Japanese brushes for Angel, the locket with the portraits for Darla and the concert tickets for Kara. I already sent the magazine Peter Parker made for me to Cordy, and MJ has the Italian shoes for Harry. After that quiz, he wanted a letter, so I wrote one, which was - well, after I had finished, I suddenly realized it wasn't just the first attempt at writing something sex-related, it was the first love letter I ever wrote. Since everything between Harry and me basically started with emails, it's sort of fitting.

Time to make a phone call, and then go over and - it's so weird writing this - visit the family. I kept practicing what to say to Kara in the train. Also to Darla. Less so to Angel, because I know I won't be able to remember it at the right moment anyway and because we're better at improvising.

Perhaps the best and weirdest thing is that I'm looking forward to this.

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