"Immortal Beloved..." CII...





A shortie...



PG-13

Disclaimer: No, Joss, no...I make no claims, put that thing down!

It's all yours and ME's...

Spoilers for Angel to the bitter end...Flee at once!...

Summary: Various outcomes following "Girl In Question" and /or "Not Fade Away" on Angel...



C'mon, there had to be a "Star Wars" one...(as noted before 99 and 100 are longer and in progress..)

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LA...The very early morning following the long, horrible night of the battle with the Senior Partners...



"You're a fool, girl..." William frowned at the glaring young blonde woman before him...He shook his head, staring round the battlefield...Slaughter house more like it...

The gore of countless demons, natch...But more than that...Enough of a ocean of human blood...Supercharged human blood...To make a vamp a bit crazy with feeding frenzy even with the soul...

He struggled to contain himself as he turned back to stare at his long-awaited Buffy...

But not the Buffy his demon and his soul given up existence for...

No, human as she still was...This was no longer Buffy Summers...

"This was all for you, William..." she said coldly... "The Immortal swore he and the Partners could arrange your resurrection and keep you safe for me if I joined them, secretly..."

"You've betrayed all these women, girls...Buffy?..."

"I betrayed the Partners, too..." she noted... "Exceptin' the Immortal...For now...Heck we slaughtered their army too and the world's still got one Slayer...The odds are still even..."

He looked at the raging yellow eyes... "Do you have any idea of the deal you've made?...What you've lost...?"

"It was all for you..." she repeated coldly... "You didn't believe me...And I don't blame you...I did nothing for you before..."

But now...she smiled, the eyes returning to normal... "Now at last, I've put my soul on the line..."



"Girl...Not even you can make a Faustian bargain like that and survive intact...Buffy, if you wanted to prove you loved you coulda just come when I materialized..."

Leading your girls to be slaughtered?...Not really necessary...

"The Immortal told me it was the only way to protect you...Besides, the world's safer with one Slayer...A lot of them couldn't really handle the power...A few'd already turned evil and had to be dealt with..."

"And you can?..." he eyed her, the eyes yellow once more...

"I have for ten years...What, you think Evil can ever get a hold on me?..."

"You just killed Angel and Giles for the Senior Partners, Buffy...After lying to them and your friends all year......I'd say that was pretty Evil, with capital E..."

"Eh, Angel took the deal with Wolfram-Hart...And Giles tried to kill you, still thought it was a good idea to leave you to be destroyed, probably woulda done it himself..." she waved an annoyed hand...Geesh, I do all this for him and he carries on like this?...

"We can go now...We just have to destroy the Immortal to finish the job and you'll be safe...My love..." she moved to take his hand...

He pulled back, she, startled, staring at him...William?...

"The Buffy I loved is dead..." he told her quietly... "I'm not going anywhere with you..."

"William?!..." a battered Illyria suddenly appeared, stumbling up the rubble-filled boulevard...

Buffy looking at her, then at William, eyes yellow with rage...

You...she eyed Buffy... "You killed Angel...Your own Slayers...I saw you..."

"Your little demon girlfriend made it, eh?..." Buffy rounded on William... "You told me she'd been killed!..."

"I only wish I could've done the same for Angel..." he noted quietly...

Liar!!...she shrieked, staking him...

Oops...she eyed the ashes, eyes back to normal...

Ummn...William?...

Ummn?...Honey?...she addressed the air... "I promise as soon I kill the Immortal I'll make Willow bring ya back...I swear...Oh, Will...Ya gotta believe...Hey!..."

Illyria slammed a fist down hard on her back...She fell forward but caught herself...

"So...The bitch who got my William to betray me wants a piecea me, huh?.." she turned to face her enemy...

"More than a piece, Ms. Summers...And you're the one who did the betraying from what I can see...Say...I'd watch that open gas line behind us, Slayer...It could blow any moment..."

"I'm gonna teach you what means to try and take the Slayer's guy, you blue bitch!..." Buffy slashed at her...

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I told her to watch the gas line...Illyria thought as she stumbled through the shattered streets seeking help...Trying to note any surviving Slayers or humans...

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"Well..." Buffy lay on her hospital bed...The Hospital Immortale in Geneva... "How bad..." her voice a harsh whisper trailed off...

"My dear..." the Immortal sighed, benevolently... "We were lucky to save your life and limbs...I'm afraid reconstructive surgery can not help much here..."

Shit...she eyed the hideously disfigured face in the mirror...Breathing tube sticking out of her neck...

"Where's William?...Is he ok?..."

"My dear..." Another benevolent sigh...

"I'm afraid you had another one of your little fits of rage on encountering him..."

Aw...Crap...

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