Sabrina appeared in front of a building, she looked around smiling. Apparently, she'd done it. She was now living someone else's life!
It was a wonderful afternoon, the sun was setting and the sky had an eerie orangey glow. Sabrina could smell adventure in the air.
"Sabrina?" A redheaded girl waved her hand in front of Sabrina's face. "Hello-o-o?!"
"Oh, hi!" she greeted the stranger. "How's it going?"
"I'm fine, but you don't seem to be ok. We were just talking about that test and..."
"...you just stood there staring at... whatever you were staring at for like 5 minutes! Sabster, you don't look ok, what's wrong?" said a dark haired boy.
Both, the girl and the boy, where around Sabrina's age and she assumed they were her friends. At least she got to keep her name in this place. Otherwise, it would have been a great confusion.
"It's nothing, I'm just a little, um, shaken from the test," lied Sabrina.
"Are you sure?"
"Yep!" she smiled. "So, what do you guys think that we should do now?"
It was rather hard to talk with these complete strangers, they seemed nice, but she didn't know them at all. She wished that Harvey and Valerie were there with her.
"Uh, we were going to the library, right Will?"
So, those were their names Xander and Will... Will? Wasn't that a male's name? Maybe it was a short for something, Will... Willow?
"Willow?" said Sabrina.
"Yes Sabrina?" said the girl.
"Nothing," she smiled.
So, that was her name, Willow!
"Like Xander said, we were going to visit Giles in the library," smiled Willow.
"Yeah, sounds like a great idea," said Sabrina. "Whoever Giles is," she thought.
"Sure," said Xander.
They went inside the building and walked through the halls, suddenly Sabrina knocked against someone.
"Watch out!" said a girl.
"Oh, no wonder!" she said rolling her eyes. "Sabrina Summers, go there with your bunch of weirdoes!"
"Hey! That's not nice," said Sabrina. "This girl reminds me of Libby."
"Cordelia, go mind your own business and leave us alone," said Xander.
"Sure, it's not like I want to hang out with a bunch of freaks!"
She walked away with an air of superiority and elegance.
"I can't believe her," said Willow moving her head from side to side.
"Forget her, I've seen worst. Let's go with Giles!" said Sabrina as she walked to the left.
"Where are you going Sab?" asked Xander.
"Uh... with Giles?"
"The library's not that way, it is this way," he said pointing towards the library door.
"Sure, yah, I knew that," she let out a nervous chuckle.
Xander opened the door and held it as Sabrina and Willow went inside.
"Hello Giles," smiled Willow.
"Oh, just in time," said a man with glasses and a foreign accent, Rupert Giles. "Sabrina, we have to talk."
"Uh... sure, Giles?"
"Sabrina, today is Friday the 13th and do you have any idea of what happens today?"
"Uh... witches can tell mortals that they're witches?"
Willow, Xander and Giles raised their left brows and shared a worried look.
"Just kidding," smiled Sabrina. "No, I don't know."
"It isn't very likely of Sabrina to joke like that," thought Willow.
"Every 100 years on the 1st Friday the 13th of that year, Karamus raises from his sleep and terrorizes the world. And, guess what?"
"Today is the 1st Friday the 13th of this year," said Sabrina.
"Apparently this switching places thingy makes you go to a different time, when I left Westbridge it was Thursday and now it's Friday," thought Sabrina confused.
"Exactly. I'm afraid that we'll have to go and get ready right now, Karamus might appear anywhere, anytime."
"Are you serious about that Karamus guy?"
"Serious?! Am I ever! Sabrina, what is wrong with you today?"
"Calm down, it's just a simple question, um, Giles."
Giles took a deep breath; seriously, Sabrina wasn't acting like herself today.
"So, what can we do?" asked Willow.
"There are a few books that mention Karamus that I haven't been able to check yet."
"Well, let's get to work!" said Xander rubbing his hands.
Willow and Xander walked towards the main table in the library and looked at the tall pile of books that laid on top.
"Whoa, and he said a few! I really don't want to be here when he says a lot of books," smiled Xander as he took a red book.
Willow smiled at Xander's commentary and took a green one.
"What about me? What do I do?" asked Sabrina curiously.
"As usual, you go and get ready for patrolling."
"Yes, Sabrina, you do it every night," said Giles narrowing his eyes.
"Yeah, of course I do," she smiled. "What if I skip patrolling today?"
"Skip patrolling?! Sabrina, you're not supposed to do that. You are the Slayer. You are acting in a very strange way today, what is the matter?" said Giles in his father-like voice.
"Just kidding," smiled Sab. "I'm ready to patrol!"
"You better be. Off you go!"
"Sure, but, where should I start?"
"Well, go to your house, get your weapons and then to the cemetery, why do you ask?"
"Just checking, because I don't know Karamus' tactics."
"Well, I better get going... Will, Xander, are you guys coming with me?"
"We have work to do here," said Xander. "But if you need us, we'll go."
"Please, I do need you."
"Ok then, Giles we'll be back soon."
"Thanks guys, you're the bests!"
Buffy was surprised to meet a talking cat. She'd seen demons, vampires and all kinds of monsters but never in her life she'd seen a talking cat.
"What am I doing here?" asked Buffy.
"Oh, Sabrina casted a spell to switch lives with someone else."
"What? Who's Sabrina?"
"Um, Sabrina is... my servant!" lied Salem, trying to take advantage of the situation.
"Yes," nodded the cat.
"Well then tell her to give me my life back in this instant! I'm not going to be a cat's servant!"
"Tsk, I can't do that. Sabrina casted a spell and only she can break it. Until that, you'll have to pretend to be her for everyone else's sake."
"Everyone else? Who else is here? Your cat wife and kittens?"
"No, Sabrina's aunts. Go downstairs and meet them."
"Ok," answered Buffy with a frown.
"And don't forget to bring me a can of tuna."
"Sure Mr. Cat."
"I like that, Mr. Cat! Ha!"
Buffy scoffed as she went downstairs and saw a blonde woman sat in the sofa reading.
"Aunt?" called Buffy.
"Yes Buffy dear," answered Zelda.
"Am I Salem's servant?" she asked raising her left brow.
"Oh, Buffy what a good joke," laughed Zelda. "Of course not, why do you ask?"
"Like you said, just a joke, you know me," smiled Buffy.
"Aren't you supposed to be in your bedroom finishing your homework?"
"Yes, I guess, I just thought that I could, you know, take a little rest."
"Sure honey, it's good to take little rests from time to time."
"Well, I better get back to work."
Buffy went upstairs and inside her room.
"Ok, Salem, here's the catch. You tell me everything there is to know about this family and I'll do you a little favor. No more lies, just the whole plain truth," said Buffy with her arms crossed and a very stern look.
"A cat's got to do what a cat's got to do. How could I ever pass such a great opportunity to have a servant," said the cat with a sob.
"Salem, less sobbing and more talking," demanded Buffy.
"Oh, well, Sab is a witch with powers and everything..." Salem was interrupted.
"Yes, a good witch of course. To be more specific half-witch."
"How can someone be half-witch?"
"Her father's a warlock and her mother's a mortal."
"And, why does she lives with her aunts?"
"Yes, her aunts, Hilda and Zelda. Zelda's the smartest and Hilda's the funniest. She lives with them because her mother can't see her or else she'll turn into a ball of wax. Her father lives in the Other Realm."
"Poor Sabrina, no wonder she wanted to trade lives with someone else. So her aunts believe that I am their niece?"
"Yes and everyone else as well."
"What about you? How come you know that I'm not her?"
"I'm not affected by the spell because I was here went it was casted."
"What's the Other Realm?"
"It's the witches Realm, they live there and can be reached from the Mortal Realm, this realm, through linen closets."
"Oh... so you said that I have powers, didn't you?"
"Uh-uh," nodded the cat.
"How do they work?"
"Just think about what you want and flick your index finger."
"Really? Let me try!" said Buffy as she flicked her finger and a cup of ice cream appeared right in front of her. "Whoa! This is really awesome! I've seen the pros and cons of this life and the pros are way over the cons!"
"But only your aunts and me know that you're half-witch. So don't go and show your powers to everyone."
"Now, about my favor."
"What do I get?"
"You get to keep your life," said Buffy holding her punches up.
"Oh my, you're not a bit like Sabrina," said Salem with a sob.
"Just kidding!" she said as she made appear many, already open, cans of tuna.
Downstairs the main door rang and Hilda opened it, right in front was a very handsome guy smiling.
"Oh, hello Harvey," greeted Hilda.
"Hi!" he said waving his hand. "Is Buffy ready?"
"Let me check," she said. "Buffy! Harvey's here!"
Upstairs, Buffy heard Hilda's announcement.
"Ok, Salem, who's Harvey?"
"Technically, he's your boyfriend."
"Oh, ok, I better get ready," she said flicking her finger and changing her clothes to a more casual style.
"Anything else that I should know about Harvey?"
"Ah... don't think so, just go with the flow!"
"Ok," said Buffy as she went outside her bedroom. "I'm ready Harvey!"
"Have a good time," said Hilda.
"Well, bye aunt... um Hilda," smiled Buffy.
She guessed it was Hilda since Salem said that Zelda was the smartest, she assumed that the one reading was Zelda and the other one Hilda.
"So, where are we going?"
"To the Slicery! Valerie will be there too!"
"Great!" she smiled. "Whoever Valerie is," she thought.
"Ok, Sab, here we are," said Xander as they stood in front of a very comfortable looking house, the Summer's residence.
"Yeah," she said as she opened the door. "I'm home!"
"Oh, honey, I'm so glad that you're home already. Dinner's almost ready," said a blonde woman.
"Good, we are very hungry, right guys?"
"Well, I'm up for some food too," said Xander rubbing his stomach. He was hungry indeed, it had been almost six hours since lunch.
"Yes, but, Sabrina, we have to work in that project," said Willow surprised that her friend had apparently forgotten everything about Karamus.
"Karamus can wait, but not my stomach!" Sabrina exclaimed.
Sabrina didn't know how hard it was going to be to fight Karamus, in her reality demons were almost as normal as humans and if they ever decided to "terrorize" the world it was just because they were angry or something. Silly things that a simple spell or a cup of good coffee could immediately solve. Life in Westbridge as an undercover witch was a whole lot easier, but Sabrina didn't realized.
"Kara-what?" asked Joyce, her mom.
"Karamus, a demon," answered Sabrina cheerily.
"A demon?! What kind of project is that?"
"Sabrina said it in a metaphorical way. Karamus was King of Russia during the... something century and he was a really evil and mean king."
"Good, as soon as you finish your dinner you can go back and finish your project," smiled the woman.
"Sure Mrs. Summers," smiled Willow.
Mrs. Summers walked over to the dining room and Xander followed her. Sabrina walked right behind him when a hand took grasp of her shirt and made her turn her head. It was Willow with a very confused and worried face.
"Sabrina, what's going on?"
"What do you mean Will?"
"You mentioned Karamus in front of your mom and you seem to think that this whole Karamus thing is just a joke," she whispered.
"So, mom doesn't know that I'm the Slayer?" she asked in a hushed voice.
"No, just a few of us know. What's wrong Sabrina? Are you suffering from amnesia or what?"
"Maybe, yes, maybe," Sabrina smiled at Willow. "I'm sorry if I'm not acting like myself today, I'll make it up for you guys later, I promise."
"If you say so," Willow wasn't convinced. That girl in front of her couldn't be her real friend and she was going to find out who she really was.
They went inside the dining room; a lovely dinner was waiting for them.
As Harvey and Buffy went inside a dark-haired girl greeted them with a sweet smile.
"Hey Val!" said Harvey as he waved his right hand with a lot of enthusiasm.
"Hi Valerie," said Buffy with a smile.
They walked towards Valerie and then, the three of them sat.
"So, Sabrina, did you finish the report?" asked Valerie.
"The one that Kraft gave you about 'Why we shouldn't waste food in the cafeteria'."
"Oh, yeah, it's done already!" laughed Buffy.
"Are you ready to order?" asked a young woman with a ponytail.
"Yes, two big extra cheese pizzas please," smiled Harvey.
"Sure," smiled the waitress as she wrote everything down in her notepad. "Drinks? Dessert?"
"Three large cokes and... what do you girls want for dessert?"
"I want a banana split," said Buffy.
"Yeah, me too," smiled Valerie.
"Ok, then, three banana splits."
"Ok, your order will be ready in a moment."
The waitress smiled as she walked away.
"Excuse me, I have to go to the bathroom," said Harvey.
"Sure," smiled Buffy.
Harvey went to the bathroom, in that instant Libby went inside the Slicery and walked towards Buffy and Val.
"Oh my God, Libby's coming. How do I look? Does this skirt make me look weird? Oh," asked Valerie nervously.
Buffy inspected her from head to toe; she had a pink blouse with flowers designs and plain blue skirt.
"You look great," she smiled.
"Oh, look, who is here! Buffer Spellman and her trustworthy sidekick Valerie Bird-head," said Libby with a cruel tone. "The greatest freaks in all of Westbridge!"
Buffy could feel her temper rising, she wasn't going to let a complete stranger call her like that.
"Listen, um, whoever you are. You have no right to call us names, ok?"
"Freak, freak, freak, freak!" Libby teased.
Buffy stood right in front of her with her arms crossed.
"Listen, you have no right to call us freaks, ok? Before calling us freaks you better take a look at yourself. Look at your outfit, it is sooo last year! And your hair! Who combed it? A monkey? You have serious problems and I can tell that you are the freak!"
Libby was speechless as well as every other person in the Slicery, she ran outside as fast as she could. Buffy's words had hurt her deeply.
"Wasn't that a little harsh?" asked Valerie.
"No, that was self-defense," said Buffy with half smile.
"What did I miss?" asked Harvey as he approached.
"Not much," smiled Buffy.
After the wonderful dinner the trio went back to the library carrying a black bag with the weapons. Sabrina was astonished when she realized that all those dangerous weapons belonged to her. So, she was a Slayer, did that mean that she had to slay? Yes, definitely. She shuddered at the thought.
"We're back Giles. Mrs. Summers send you some food," said Xander handing a bowl to Giles.
"Very nice of her," smiled Giles as he took the bowl. "I found something very interesting about Karamus."
"What?" asked Sabrina curiously.
"I found a way to defeat him. However, it says that he'll be back the next century, but as long as we can get rid of him for a 100 years that's enough for me," said Giles placing the bowl on top of his desk.
A sudden noise shook the whole library.
"What was that?" asked Willow.
"I don't know and don't want to know," said Xander with a scared glint in his eyes.
"So, Giles, what is the way to defeat him?" asked Sabrina.
"It's very simple indeed, you just have to..."
Something broke the right side of the library, a book hit Giles in the head and he fell unconscious. Behind the wall a horrendous 7 feet tall dark green winged creature was revealed. His claws and yellowish fangs were a foot long. His face was full of warts. His beetle-like eyes looked straight at Sabrina.
"So, you are Karamus? Why don't we call you Stinkaramus?!" laughed Sabrina. "You really could use a good spa! And a plastic surgeon!"
The demon let out an ear-piercing groan.
"Ugh! You need to see a good dentist too! You have a bad case of dragon breath!" said Sabrina as she waved her hand in front of her face.
"Sabrina catch!" yelled Xander as he threw a stake to her.
"Why do I do with this?" she asked as she caught it.
Meanwhile, Willow took the book from Giles' hands and read, trying to find the way to defeat Karamus.
"Sabrina! Words won't defeat this guy! You have to stake him!" yelled Xander.
"Stake it?! No, you do it!" she said throwing the stake back at him.
Karamus moved menacingly towards Sabrina. Xander took an ax and jumped towards the demon. He hit as hard as he could, but the demon didn't even flinched.
"PEPPER!" yelled Willow.
"What?!" asked Sabrina as she hid behind a table.
"We need pepper to defeat him!"
Willow took a plastic bag that was on Giles' desk; apparently Giles was ready to attack Karamus already.
"Here Sabrina!" said Willow as she threw the bag.
Sabrina stood up and caught the bag. Xander was still trying to hurt the demon with no effect. Sabrina opened the bag and threw its content over Karamus. With a shriek and a loud scream the demon disappeared.
"Good work guys!" said Sabrina.
"Sure," said Xander breathlessly as he placed the ax in the floor.
Sabrina realized that if her life was going to be like this everyday she didn't want it. It was too risky and too complicated compared to her simple and almost normal Westbridge life.
"What happened?" asked Giles as he stood up, his head hurt terribly, but he at least was conscious now.
"Karamus is gone," said Sabrina melancholically.
Now, she knew that her own life was better than anyone else's, because it belonged to her.
"Sabrina, are you ok?" asked Giles.
"Yes, I am. Are you?"
"Yes, dizziness and minor headache, that's all."
"Maybe if you eat the food that we brought you, you'll feel better," suggested Sabrina.
"Yes, hopefully," said Giles as he looked for the bowl; there it was exactly where he left it, untouched.
"After that fight that I had to put up, would you mind sharing some with me?" asked Xander.
"Come on Xander, you deserve a good portion," smiled Giles as they went over a table to eat. "Would you mind filling me up on what happened here while I was unconscious?"
"Willow," said Sabrina as she looked around, making sure that nobody else was listening. "I'm not who you think I am."
"What do you mean?"
"I am Sabrina Spellman, a half-witch from Westbridge."
"Sabrina, that's not funny!"
"I'm not lying! Really, Willow, I casted a spell to trade my life with someone else and... I guess that I was guided to this place."
"So, you're not lying? This isn't a joke?!"
"Please don't freak out, all I'm saying is the whole truth."
"Well, it makes a lot of sense, you don't seem to recognize anybody and you are definitely not a slayer."
Willow knew that Sabrina was her friend, or at least she thought so, but something deep inside told her that the girl standing in front of her was a complete stranger and not who she thought.
"But, then, what are we going to do?" she thought for a while. "I know, we can reverse the spell!"
"Are you sure that you can?"
"Believe me, Amy and me can do it!"
"Amy and you?"
"Yeah, we are witches too," smiled Willow.
"Good!" smiled Sabrina.
"I'll call her right away!" she whispered. "Giles, Xander, we have to go right now. I guess that we'll see you tomorrow!"
"Good night! Hope that you feel better Giles," said Sabrina as she and Willow ran outside.
"Thanks Harvey, I had a wonderful afternoon," she said kissing his cheek.
"Me too Buffy," he smiled. "See you tomorrow."
"Yeah," she said as she went inside the house.
Buffy heard someone crying and as she took a look around, noticed that it was Hilda.
"Are you ok, Aunt Hilda?"
"Yes dear, it's nothing," she said blowing her nose with a napkin.
"Are you sure?" she walked towards Hilda.
"Yes, it's just that James just told Kathy that he doesn't love her and she broke down."
"And you're talking about?"
"Three Roads and a Destiny."
"Oh, it's a show!" laughed Buffy.
"Yes," smiled Hilda. "But still, it's sad."
"Oh," she didn't know how to act in a moment like that.
It was easier to pretend to be like Sabrina when she was around her friends, but not as half as easy when she was with her aunts.
"It's ok. So, how was everything?"
"We went to the Slicery and Valerie was there too. We had pizza, cokes and banana splits!"
"That's good to hear. Um, good idea," Hilda flicked her index finger and a banana split appeared in her hands.
Buffy laughed at her aunt's little trick.
"Well, I'll go upstairs now," she said as she walked towards the bedroom.
Buffy opened the door and found Salem sound asleep on top of the bed.
"Salem!" she exclaimed. "Wake up!"
"Five more minutes! Can't you see I'm taking my beauty nap?"
"C'mon Salem, I need your help!"
The cat opened one eye at a time and with a fierce yawn stretched all his body.
"Ok, ok, what do you want?"
"I must reverse the spell! I can't keep pretending to be someone I'm not. Sabrina's life is nice and everything, but I have a life of my own. I have a very important job, to save the world!"
"Well, there's the Spell book," said Salem as he pointed the book. "I don't think that it will work."
"I hope it does," said Buffy as she walked towards the book. She opened it and flicked the pages looking for something that might help.
Willow and Sabrina stopped in front of a simple and mysterious house. Willow knocked on the door.
"Hello Amy!" greeted Willow as a black-haired girl opened the door.
"Oh, hi Willow and Sabrina. Please come inside," she said as she waved her hand motioning them to go inside.
"Did you find anything?" asked Willow.
"Yes, right after you called I got something. I still can't believe what you said. Sabrina's not who we think she is, that's very confusing."
"Believe me, it IS confusing," said Willow rolling her eyes.
Sabrina smiled and took a look around at the place. There was a white circle in the floor surrounded by purple candles. In the middle there was a small light blue spiral.
"Everything's ready, we just have to lit the candles and chant the spell. It is a very simple one, but even the smallest spell can have flaws, so all we can do is trust it and hope it works correctly."
"Yeah, I really hope so," said Sabrina crossing her fingers.
"Well, I guess it is showtime," said Willow.
"Sabrina, please, stand over there right on the spiral," said Amy.
"Sabrina," said Willow as she hugged her.
Sabrina smiled and hugged Willow back. Then walked away and did as Amy told her to. Amy and Willow sat outside the circle, facing Sabrina.
"Oh, Powerful One
We summon thee
Hear us witches
Set this soul free
To the correct
Time and space
To the rightful
And magical place"
Amy and Willow chanted as a cloud of dust raised in the air, covered Sabrina and then exploded in thunder. A soundless scream and countless colors filled the room. The explosion pushed Amy and Willow backwards.
It was a wonderful afternoon in Sunnydale, the sun was setting and the sky had an eerie orangey glow. Buffy could smell adventure in the air.
"Buffy?" asked Willow waving her hand in front of Buffy's face. "Hello-o- o?!"
"Yes Will," smiled Buffy.
"Sure thing. Let's go see Giles, ok?"
"Sure thing Buffster," said Xander.