Characters: Buffy, Dawn.
Written For: Challenge 011: Unrelated at doubledrabbles.
Spoilers/Setting: No Place Like Home and after.
Summary: The truth about Dawn’s origins doesn’t change the fact that she’s Buffy’s sister in every way that matters.
Disclaimer: I don’t own BtVS, or the characters. They belong to the wonderful Joss Whedon.
A/N: Double drabble. 200 words first try.
It’s weird for Buffy to realise she and Dawn aren’t actually related, even though she has clear memories of growing up with a younger sister. All those memories are false, constructs created by whoever it was disguised the Key as a young girl.
Dawn was never born, never a baby, never the nuisance sister Buffy recalls taking her stuff without asking and being a pain, at least not until recently.
It’s even weirder to realise that she’s not the only one to have her memories tampered with. Giles and all her friends have been just as convinced about Buffy having a younger sister, and until the brain tumour started affecting her, Buffy’s mom believed it too.
Maybe it doesn’t matter that Dawn isn’t really her sister, because even if she wasn’t human before, she is now. She’s just a kid, scared, confused, and in danger from… something, or someone; Buffy’s not sure what yet. But she is sure of one thing; Dawn needs her protection, she has to be kept safe.
Dawn’s still a pain and a nuisances, still snoops around in Buffy’s stuff, but who cares that they’re not related? Buffy loves her as the sister she’s never had.