*****VERSION TWO*****

AUTHOR: Joann Freitas



SPOLERS: This story takes place during the Season Three time line. Version TWO fits after episode Band Candy, and before Lover's Walk or Helpless. It includes a new character of my own creation as well.

PAIRING: There are no unusual romatic pairings. The character relationships closely follow those of the TV show canon for this particular time line (B/A, W/O, and C/X) The emphasis is on a B/G friendship. Faith and the Mayor's presence is glossed over as this story deals mostly with the main core group of characters.

RATING: Pretty much PG-13. There is some mild language, and several references to sex, but nothing explicit or descriptive. Only a few gratuitous schmoochies here and there.

DISTRIBUTION: Your welcome, but please ask first.

DISCLAIMER: I acknowledge that I do not own any of the characters from the Buffy The Vampire Slayer television show or the accompanying line of novels. These are the property of creator Joss Whedon, Mutant Enemy, Fox, UPN (WB), Kuzui Enterprises. I do not pretend to have created them, and have no intention of profiting from this particular work, but have merely borrowed their fictional lives, and as per Joss's encouragement, fill the now vacant Buffy hours in my life by writing fan fiction.

SUMMARY: Growing up is hard to do...especially when you live in Sunnydale, California, home of the always open Hellmouth.

As long as there have been vampires, there has been the slayer. One girl in all the world, the Chosen one. It is her duty to find the vampires where they gather, to stop the spread of their evil and the swell of their numbers. Seventeen year old high school senior Buffy Summers battles demons and monsters while juggling a busy schedule of slayer training, homework, a family life at home, and all the various social activities one would expect a normal teenager to pursue. But her life is anything but normal, and the most recent evil she has encountered may prove too much for even her to handle.

Buffy has a new Watcher.

Thereís a deadly water demon in town decimating the male populace, and as if that werenít enough, a magical amulet and an idle wish have brought about some dire consequences to her former Watcher, Rupert Giles. Itís a race against time as Buffy and her Scooby schoolmates try to find a way to help their librarian friend, and still maintain peace and order in a town that attracts an ever present assortment of vampires and demonically vicious low lifes.

Can Buffy do it all, and still manage to conquer the biggest challenge before her... growing up?

Prologue Chapter One Chapter Two Chapter Three
Chapter Four Chapter Five Chapter Six Chapter Seven
Chapter Eight Chapter Nine Chapter Ten Chapter Eleven
Chapter Twelve Chapter Thirteen Chapter Fourteen Chapter Fifteen
Chapter Sixteen Chapter Seventeen Chapter Eighteen Chapter Nineteen
Chapter Twenty Chapter Twenty-One Chapter Twenty-Two Chapter Twenty-Three
Chapter Twenty-Four Chapter Twenty-Five Chapter Twenty-Six Epilogue