"Immortal Beloved...XXV..."



A shortie...



PG-13



Disclaimer: It's all yours and ME's, Joss...Except the 'Soames Walthrop'...

Spoilers for Angel to this week...Flee at once!... Summary: This one was kindly suggested by Ms. Pamela Rimshaw...(Remember they're not parts of one story, but a series of retellings during and after the Rome rendezvous of "Girl In Question")

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LA...Wolfram-Hart tower...May 6th...

William and Angel emerge from his office with the bagged capo...Each looking rather...

"Spike!..." Harmony calls from her desk... "There was something else...For you..."

From Rome, Special Del...He tears the package out of her hands...Tearing it open as Angel hurries over...

"Well?..." Angel stares... A frowning Harmony glaring at Will...Het-hum...

"It's...A tape..." William holds the cassette tape out, staring...HET-HUM!!...Harmony yells... "What?...Oh, sorry...Thanks..." he absently waves at her... "Find a tape player, would you?..."

"Hey, fetching for you is not my..." "Harmony, get a tape player...And where's my coffee?..." Angel turns away to follow William back to his own new office...

I think a certain underappreciated somebody might just take that offer the Senior Partners made her last night...she thinks grimly...

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William's office...Ten minutes later...Angel hovering rather anxiously as Will sits at his desk, fumbling with the tape player...

"Well?..." "Hold your panties, poof...And just be glad I'm willin' to let you hear this...It is addressed to me, you know...Personal..."

"Like you really want to hear it alone..." Angel eyes him... "If it's a kindly brush-off, it's fine...I've moved on, I can deal...You're the one pacing like an over-eager 16 year old on poof's prom night...Sit down..."

Was that the way you looked when you met her at that prom, by the way?...Angel glared, taking a seat...Then sighs, remembering...

"Yeah...Kinda..."

"Well...All set..."Will sets the player down...Looking at Angel...Yeah...He nods...

"She'd never be mean about it, Will... " he kindly notes, seeing William's nervous look... "And who knows..."



Right...Will sighs...Pressing the button...



(Love Song for a Vampire...Annie Lennox...)

"Come into these arms again

and lay your body down

the rhythm of this trembling heart

is beating like a drum

it beats for you, it bleeds for you

it know not how it sound

for it is the drum of drums

it is the song of songs



once i had rarest rose

that ever deigned to bloom.

cruel winter chilled the bud

and stole my flower too soon.



oh loneliness, oh hopelessness

to search the ends of time

for there is in all the world

no greater love than mine.



love, oh love, oh love

still falls the rain (still falls the rain)

love, oh love, oh, love

still falls the night

love, oh love, oh love

be mine forever (be mine forever)

love, oh love, oh love



let me be the only one

to keep you from the cold

now the floor of heaven's lain

with stars of brightest gold

they shine for you, they shine for you

they burn for all to see

come into these arms again

and set this spirit free..."

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The boys blinked at each other a long moment...

"Whatdaya think?..." Will nervously asked... "She's probably just tryin' to be nice, right...?"

Angel stared at him...What the hell?...

"I mean...Maybe she's saying... 'I might consider you if you made Humanity and all...But as for now'..."

"Will, are you insane...Still?..."

"Well, maybe this was meant for the Immortal poof...She just got the packages mixed..."

"You idiot!...You and your goddamn 'pure sacrifice'....She's been waiting for you to...Hey, wait..." Angel looked in the package... "There's a note..."



"Where have you been?...Why don't you come?...And why the hell didn't you stay last night?...

The Immortal jackass is just work...We needed to get close to him...Though, hell...The way you've been treating me...

You think I was lying, don't you?...You stupid...If you make me force poor Giles to cough up a plane ticket, I will beat the unliving crap out of you when I get there...

You get on a plane...Today...Now...Or so help me...

And if dear Dru has miraculously been re-human-souled, courtesy you and Angel...And you've taken up with her...Out of kindness, I know...

Tell the psycho to sleep lightly...

Love (That means what it says, jerk!),

Buffy..."

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"Well..." Will eyed the note carefully... "It could be a hint that she's interested...But it could have a hidden..."

Grrr...Angel fumed...Well, only one thing to do...Pow!...He socked him unconscious with one blow...Dragging him to the hall... "Harmony, have the company jet prepared for another flight to Rome..." he called...Pulling Will down to the elevator...

"Sometimes a grandparent just has to intervene..." he noted to Wesley as he passed...

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