Turns out I’m the one manning the phones, now, since pretty much everyone else actually has things that they’re doing. In general, I guess, I’m useless, but that’s okay, since I apparently was able to stabilize this world, which is good, because I like it. It felt like a dream, but given everything else it probably wasn’t.
Anyway, I answer the phone, the video line anyway, and realize I know who it is simply from that hair. “Welcome to the family. When are you going to come and play Monopoly and Mario Kart so we can wreck any friendly feelings you had for us?”
The line is silent for a moment, then the man chuckles. “Sounds great, but now’s not the time. Out of curiosity, you’re…”
“Yeah, but Xander and I deal with loss by goofing off. Buffy goes and beats things up. I’m Dawn. There’s a lot of us to remember, sorry about that. No one will hold it against you if you can’t remember all of the Slayers’ names, though it’s easier than it had been.”
I know he’s trying to decide whether or not he should come back for his daughter, because he went all the way to a different dimension just ‘cause she needed him (‘course, that’s not really all that weird with our group), or whether he should track down Xander. It’s not really all that easy of a choice, since there’s danger everywhere, and both of them (I think) know how to take care of themselves. There’s definitely something about a serial killer that bugs him, but he doesn’t elaborate. Probably why he wastes so much time just talking to me talking about Xander. Johan now. God that’s weird. (Don’t tell my sister I’m swearing, she still thinks she’s mom and needs to use soap. Ugh.)
“Your hair’s cool. I don’t usually see old hairstyles like that. It must be a pain to do that every morning, though.” Given the fact that his friend (who hasn’t introduced himself yet) is making ‘abort/you’re dead’ gestures in the background, it’s a touchy subject, but I get a big smile instead before he asks me another question about Xan-Johan. Apparently I stayed on the safe side of the topic. I hope Xander doesn’t say anything stupid. He hasn’t really had family before this besides us, and he might not show it but he’d be devastated if he made his grandpa hate him because of some stupid comment. Then again, this is Xander we’re talking about. I’d try to warn him, but I’m not sure when he’ll be in his hotel or if he’s maintaining field silence or whatever, because there are definitely issues on his end.
Anyway, the usual stuff—read the official Speedwagon Foundation notes that are probably in this same folder, so it would be silly for you to skip them anyway. If you want to, that is.
Dawn’s Notes on Crazy Diamond
Stand User: Josuke Higashikata (thank goodness for the internet, or I wouldn’t have spelled that correctly)
Appearance: I vaguely saw something pink and hearts when he’d been fighting. As the Key, I might be able to see these things, but it’s not really that easy, and I got a super headache. Then again in human form I really shouldn’t be able to use any of this stuff. So maybe it’s a miracle I got this far? (By the way, the whole ‘I’m the Key’ thing is supposed to be a secret. Buffy would be really mad, but it’s not like it’s not an open secret anyway. Just, you know, be careful about his stuff.)
Main Power: ‘Fixing’ things, apparently. It doesn’t work on the dead, but.
That’s another thing I shouldn’t mention to sis, at least, not at the moment. She’s upset enough.
He could probably have saved Mom. Fixing cancer is probably a thing he could do, right? And it could probably be seen as spontaneous remission.
Buffy couldn’t handle that now.
Then again, he couldn’t use it all over the place. He’s got the cure for cancer right there somewhere in his soul, but if there’s anything I’ve learned from my years in Sunnydale, it’s that everything has a price. Still, I don’t think he would’ve thought twice about saving the mother of a friend of his grandson. He’s that kind of guy.
Besides, it’s coincidence, but her name’s Joyce. I’ve noticed the naming pattern. She might as well have been family, so we are too.
He was able to ‘reset’ Josephine to her non-drunk state, which may I say is just such an improvement? And it works as healing, too, and he can use it to go through walls and have them reform after him which would’ve been so useful when we were running…oh, you know, over the dozen times in Ye Olde Crater in the Ground.
If I think about it, there are probably other uses for the thing I could think of. But I’m sure I’ll get more of a clue when I talk to him more. He’s cool, and unlike everyone here he’s got time to talk to me. For a grandpa, only his hair is really old, and even then it’s kinda cool.