Title: Veiled in Shadow
Author: Allegra Draco
Spoilers: Basic Night World/Buffy season 6
Disclaimer: The Night World and its concepts belong to LJS, everything else belongs to me. Buffy and Co belong to Joss Whedon, story is written for fun only.
Summary: An eccentric new girl arrives in Sunnydale accidentally stumbling on the Scooby's secret. Unfortunately, she's more trouble than help. While at the same time she's being hunted by both the Daybreakers and the Night World.
Notes: feedback appreciated. It's been ages since we've seen any crossovers. Buffy setting after season 6 'Older and Further Away' not including 'Hell's Bells'.
It was the worst thing that could ever happen. They had always been so damn careful. Clearly not careful enough. But it didn't help wasting time brooding about it. The cold hard fact was Nicoli Redfern's worst nightmare had come true.
It had escaped.
The basement windows were shattered, broken from the inside. All its meagre possessions were gone. The home tutor lay bleeding and dead on the floor amongst the destroyed debris. Everything in the basement had been ruined.
The chains they usually kept it in were melted. It was on the loose, and probably seething with rage.
"What the hell /happened/ here? Where the fuck /is/ it?" Tria Montell shrieked, clattering down the basement steps. She gaped in open mouthed horror at the ruined floor, the mess it had made. Her nose wrinkled in disgust at the body.
Nicoli shrugged. Let Tria do all the yelling and screaming. If they both panicked, nothing would ever get done. They'd never find it.
"It got out. It figured out how to use its powers."
Tria stared in horror at the melted chains, the broken windows. "But it /can't/ use its powers! That's what Rayanne told us."
"You really trust the word of the girlfriend of Hunter Redfern's latest unheard of male heir?" Nicoli snorted.
Tria tugged at her raven hair, almost like she was trying to pull it out. Tria was so vain and self-centred the image of her bald was extremely funny. He let out an involuntary snicker.
Tria glared at him. "What the hell are you laughing at?"
Nicoli stopped laughing. Inside, he was in as much turmoil as she was. He wanted to scream and rip things apart. Control was one of Nicoli's trademarks, so he couldn't let go and freak out like he wanted to. It would be totally out of character for him.
"Nothing, sorry, look, what are we going to do?"
"Well /duh/!" Tria snapped, picking up the phone in the kitchen. "We've got to /find/ it."
Nicoli agreed. If it was so dangerous it had to be kept in a locked basement and chained, guarded by Night People hand picked by the joint Council, why was it even still alive? Why hadn't it been killed when it was a baby?
They would probably never know. He watched Tria as she pushed buttons rapidly. He sat on one of the stools by the counter. They were going to be in /so/ much trouble if they couldn't catch this thing.
"Yes, Sir, It's Tria. It's happened. The thing we never thought would? It's escaped. It's killed its' teacher, and the binding spells have been broken." She paused, staring at her new blue sandals. "No, Sir, we've got no idea at all. No one else is dead, that we know if." She sounded a lot calmer than she looked. Her eyes were closed, she was pinching the bridge of her nose. "But, Sir, Nicoli and I - " She stopped, eyes opening. She was clutching the phone so hard she broke a nail. "Yes, Sir, I understand/" She hung up and sat next to Nicoli.
Nicoli waited. Tria looked at him and shook her head. Nicoli sighed. They'd be dead by the end of the day.
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