Title: Once Upon A Time…
Characters: Dawn, OCs
Spoilers: Vague for Season 5.
Summary: Dawn is old now, but sometimes she remembers…
Word Count: 246
Disclaimer: I don’t own BTVS, or the characters. They belong to Joss Whedon.
Dawn is old now, older than she can imagine sometimes. Today is her one hundred and second birthday; it surprises her every time someone mentions it. Her memory’s not what it used to be, but at her age, what is?
She’s had a good life mostly, she seems to remember that much. There were two, no, three husbands, five children, she can’t remember how many grandchildren and she never bothered to count the great grandkids. A big family, and all those she hasn’t outlived are here today.
They talk about the past, and the things they remember. Their childhoods, their own families, friends long gone, and friends far away. Dawn joins in with a few anecdotes of her own, but… Her childhood memories don’t ring true and in the back of her mind, she dimly seems to remember a story about long ago, when she wasn’t human but something else; a key. A key to what, she doesn’t know; perhaps she’s forgotten, or else she never knew. It’s strange, and yet unlike a lot of the vague memories she has of her past, she doesn’t doubt it.
“Once upon a time,” she says in her cracked old-lady voice, “before any of you were born, I wasn’t human but something very different. I had a purpose and to keep me out of the wrong hands, I was disguised as child and sent to a place called Sunnydale to be protected by a very brave and extraordinary girl…”