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Buffy, Angel, and Willow had called Xander and Anya before they left the room. They too were going to help with the research. All five of them were on their way to Giles'.

"So, he just jumped into the light and pulled the cables?" Anya asked for the hundreth time.

"Yeah," Angel said.

"And he was a demon?"


"And he saved you all?"


"What self-respecting demon would do that? They're all for causing chaos, not preventing it."

"He was a Bracken demon, Anya," Angel said.

"So was he cursed like you?" Anya asked, ignoring her demon expertise.

"No," Angel said. "it was just his species. They were all kind-hearted."

"Have you met another one to back up that theory?" she asked.

"Anya!-" Angel started, but stopped himself.

"What? I'm just asking."

"Nice girlfriend you have there, Xander," Angel said before he walked back into Giles' house.

The first thing Angel saw was Cordelia sitting on the coffee table while Giles sat on the couch. Their knees were touching. They looked like they had some big secret.

Cordelia looked at Angel. She slammed the book closed and sat it on the table beside her. "Hey, Angel," she said.

Angel rushed to her side. "I know that look," he said.

"I don't know what you're talking about."

"I have been around you too long. You have the look of you're hiding something really important and you don't want to tell me."

Cordelia didn't see a way out of telling him. "Giles found a way to get Doyle back," she said quietly.

"Yet you're not overjoyed," he said.

"I have to die."

"What?! You can't!" Angel yelled.

"And you're going to stop me?" Cordelia challenged him loudly as she got up from the table.

"Yeah, because I'm going to do it," Angel said and reached for the book.

"Angel..." Buffy stepped up.

"No, you're not!" Cordy yelled.

"You can't do it, either," Angel said.

Tears filled Cordy's eyes. "You're not the one who was mean to Doyle! You're not the one that took his obvious crush on you for granted! You're not the one who judged him on his social class! And you're not the one who didn't know how much he meant to you until he was gone. You saw him for who he was. A hero. Sure, he was drunk most the time, but he had a kind soul. He gave up his life for us," Cordy collapsed into Angel's arms and sobbed.

Angel comforted her for a minute. Then he said, "You can't die to bring him back. You still won't be with him."

"I know. I just can't take the pain anymore."

"I know, but this isn't the solution."

"Then what is?"

Xander stepped up. He had never seen Cordy like this. "We'll find something," he said.

Cordy wiped her eyes. "I'm sorry you guys had to see me this way."

"It's totally understandable," Buffy said.

"Are you ok?" Angel asked Cordy.

"Yeah. I'll be fine."

"Ready for a par-tay?" Xander did a couple of crazy moves.

"We can't," Willow said. "We have classes tomorrow." She motioned to Buffy.

Buffy moved to the door. "We'll see you tomorrow." They walked out the door.

"It'll be daylight soon," Angel said and followed them.

"I'm still mad at you for forgetting our anniversary," Anya said and walked out.

Giles had left the room to tend to Spike, still chained in the tub.

"Cordy?" Xander asked.

"I'm still tired from the car ride," she said.

"I'll see ya tomorrow then," Xander said and walked home.


After Xander closed the door, Cordy walked back over to the table the book was laying on. She picked it up and flipped it to the page she was reading earlier. She heard Giles returning from the bathroom so she ran out the door with the book still in her hand.

Part Twelve