"Immortal Beloved..." CIX...



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: Though the standard IB format, one of (109!) versions of events following the end of Angel S5 episodes from "Girl in Question" through to "Not Fade Away" and beyond...

This one's a single...IB99 and 100 are multipart...(parts alphabetically listed)

Archived (soon) at the 'Normal' Buffyverse page of the Buffy Rebecca verse at -https://www.angelfire.com/zine2/buffyrebecca/index.html , scroll down to "Immortal Beloved" series...

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"I still can't believe it's you...And that you finally came.." a sigh...

"I would've come...The moment I could...I just didn't think you wanted me..."

A slight stare...

"I loved you...I told you that...God knows..."

"Seemed a little feeble, no offense, at the end of our relationship..."

"Hey?!..."

"You were kinda focused on getting the job done...And when you didn't come...Or even try to reach me..."

"I didn't know you wanted..."

"After all we've been through?...And you sure didn't waste anytime finding...Someone..."

"It was nearly a year before I..."

"Oh?...Not what your good ole pal...The little...Told me when I came before..." A cold glare at the 'good ole pal' watching with the others from their seats in the hotel living room...

"You came here before?...When?...Why didn't you..."

"I came to check up on you...By then I'd figured you weren't interested but when I heard you were in danger...Well, maybe not really...But you coulda been...I came..."

And saw you seemed reasonably well- 'serviced' by your latest...



"What?!...Why the hell didn't they...?" Glare at several seated....

"Only your little friend knew...And I said to say nothing about my coming...For once, a pledge of silence kept..."

"I'll strangle the life out of the little...Ummn...Well, you know what I mean..."

Somewhat panicky look on the part of the little...

"A little late now...We both seem to have moved on..."

"Yeah, I guess...Son of a bitch!...If you'd just've...What kind of faith in me was that?..."

"You seemed pretty content that day..."

"Well you sure haven't taken a vow of celibacy!..."

"How the hell would you know?..." Nervous glance at the seated group...Several giving 'not me' shrugs...

"Same way you did..." Hard stare...

Seated, a desperately casual Andrew eyes a nervous Harmony...Who returns the stare...

"Ok, I haven't been strictly celibate since you...But God...For a year..."

"A year?..."

"Almost a year...Until my latest...Practically...And considering where I was and all..."

"Really?..." Pleased look...

"Only with you...Nearly always..." Look down... "Ummn...I mean...When I..."

Distressed looks from the seated group as they catch on...

"Oh...Say, I think I got the telepathic vibes from you a few times when I was...I mean...When I..."

"Then ya should've picked up the phone!...For cryin' loud!...I think I could outdo your mattress...Ummn..." Stares from the seated others..."Say, folks?...Could we have a little privacy?...Angel, Giles?...Willow?...Illyria?..."

"Yeah, get out...Especially you..." Hard stare at Andrew...

"And you..." Narrow glare at restored-souled Harmony...

Grumbling, the group backed out of the hotel room... "Geesh..." Harmony hissed to Angel as they left... "It was my evil side that blabbed...What are they blaming me for...?" "I'm just amazed your demon kept mum all these months..." he replied...

"I mean it, Andrew..." Continued hard glare till Andrew finally leaves... "So much for them...Until your latest, eh?...Seems to me that's been going on a while..."

"What?!...Who told you that?!..."

"You weren't the only one who went traveling incognito this past year..."

"When?..."

"A while back...Same reason as you...I'd heard tell of some danger and wanted to check on things..."



"Really?..." Fond smile... "You stupid blonde moron!...You coulda let me know..."

"You could've let me know..."

"Right...Guess we'd didn't have a lot of faith in each other..."

"Yet oddly enough we spent much of the year waiting..."

"Us waiting...?" a grin... "When did we become the 'waiting' kind?..."

"Guess we got cautious...When we really stood on the brink at last..."

"I'd say, stupid...Even cowardly..." a wry smile... "Hope to hell our enemies never learn what a couple of fearful little turds we really are..."

"Or maybe...Considerate...Willing to let the other decide for once..."

"Maybe...Though I'd still say, stupid..."

"So...How's..."

"Ok...But not you..." Hard look... "You and...?"

"Ok...But not you...Oh...How the hell could you not think I wanted you?...How could you have come here and not...?"

"How could you not have believed in me?..."

"How could you have believed what that idiot...Say, what the heck was said?..."

"It's just...I knew it wasn't a lie...You'd...And I figured, if that's the way you wanted it...I guess I was being stupid...Quite a bit jealous...But you didn't come...Ever...Oh, darling...My heart was bleedin' for this past year..."

"We thought we were doing the right thing for each other...I'd say your 'Stupid' pretty much hit it on the head for both of us...And my heart was bleeding too..."

"So?...Then what the hell's..." Fierce tone...Hand on hand...Embrace... "We'll tell them...They'll have to understand..."

"Wouldn't be very nice to do that to them...They love us..."

"Then they'll be hurt some but happy for us...It's our right to be together..."

"You could do that?...Hasn't your latest made sacrifices for you?...God knows, my poor..."

Fierce glare...

"Yeah?...So where is...?"

"My place...Wanted me to meet with you first...Figured something like this might happen, I guess..."

"Damned right...The hell with them...They're adults...More or less...They know our history, they'll understand or will have to...His Benevolence has been through this sort of thing many times and won't exactly suffer, I promise you...And she had no business getting involved with you, whether she saved you or no...Though it was Giles' fault for letting her know about the Partners' attack and not telling me..."

"Buffy..." William sighed... "Dawn is your sister..."

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