"Immortal Beloved XII..."



PG-13

Spoilers for Angel to "The Girl in Question..."

Disclaimer: Not mine, but thine O Joss!...And ME's...



Summary: Yet another view of the upcoming Wednesday rendezvous and its aftermath... Ok, the last one...Really...

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Three months after the destruction of Wolfram-Hart in May 2004...A late summer wedding ceremony at LA's ritziest hotel...

"Darling..." William turned to his blonde Slayer bride...Looking radiant in her white gown...Members of the old Sunnydale gang-Giles, Andrew, Xander watching from the front row...Dawn and Willow in bridesmaid gown

Angel as Best Man by his side....

"Darling...I vow to try and renew our love everyday...And when the hard times come, when I may fail you in some degree, as I may, I ask your understanding and patience...For we are setting our sights not on a few years on Earth, but on an Eternity...Together..."

Always allowing you the occasion to look around...Eternity being a long, long time...he grinned...She chuckled...

"William...Let me always be there for you to love and help you...Throughout Eternity..."

So long as you keep that damned soul...she grinned...

The ceremony proceeded to its conclusion...

"Do you, William...Take Sarah..."

"Do you, Sarah..." A beaming Sarah Michelle Gellar, divorcee, actress, and as of last October (yeah, technically she got the Power in May but heck she had a couple of movies to do and a messy divorce to get through before she could possibly take up her life-saving duties and train in England), Slayer...Eyes her intended...

A frowning Buffy in bridesmaid gown by Willow... "He's only marrying her cause she's my near twin, ya know..." she hissed...

And 'cause she has my Slayer memories...My memories of Spike...she fumed...My Spike...

"If he'd just waited for that thing with the Immortal to be so over as it is...Damn...Well...This won't last...Look at what happened with her first..."

Can it, Buf...Willow hissed back... What's done is done...And that guy walked on her...

"William is a keeper...We know that..."

Shit...Buffy groused under her breath...



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Sarah and William greeting guests...A nervous look coming over Ms. Gellar-Walthrop's face as Buffy and Willow approach...William, sensing his bride's natural nervousness on encountering a spousal former ex- and near-identical twin gives a reassuring pat...

"Hey..." Buffy makes an attempt at a smile...

"Buffy..." Sarah puts on a beaming one... "You and the other guys did such a great job as our bridesmaids...I really want to thank you..."

Oooh...Such precise diction...Buffy inwardly sneers...Bitch...Bet she never killed a vamp in her whole brief career...

Acquires...Steals, really, my memories of William...And then goes rushing to see him soon as her star hubby dumps her...

In love with the memories of my William...A dark look...

Ok, so were several hundred other Slayers...But she had to be the one who looked like me...And who had to...Want him...

Really want him...Ummn, the way I really do...er did...

Ok, so I should've gone after him...Like she did...Shit...

"So...How's things workin' out with that Immortal bloke of yours...?" William smiles at her...The brief smile she'd given him on taking his hand fades at once...She reddened...

Hmmn?...Will stared...Sarah still eyeing her near twin cautiously...Remembering everything previous to that May when the Power was transferred...Every detail etched in her actress' trained memory...

And quite ready to employ Buffy's own remembered skills to hold her honey...

Ummn...Willow hastily stepped in... "Things didn't work out...Different paths..."

"He dumped me for human-souled Drusilla..." Buffy cut her off bitterly...

Thanks for finally helping her, Angel...she sourly eyed him, in line beside the happy couple...Ummn...Well...He shrugged... "Will and I decided we had to do something for her...Sorry..."

"He said I didn't have her compassion...Me, Buffy...Less compassion than freakin' Drusilla?..." she stared at William...

Well, soulless Dru did come back for me that time...Didn't forget what I'd done for her even soulless...he thought...

Hey...Dawn, next in line, beamed brightly at Sarah...The bitch who'd taken their William away from us...er Buffy... "Great wedding..."

"Scooby-doo..." she whispered under her breath...Sarah giving a sudden cold, narrow stare...

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