"Immortal Beloved..." XLV...

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...Hmmn...Think I will try for 50...I mean the numbers are easier to write after 40 anyway...

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LA...The night of the battle with the Senior Partners...

A battered, bruised William stares up from the ground at a wanly smiling Angel standing near him...He looks to see Illyria protectively covering a collapsed, unconscious Gunn while in an agitated, yet sweet Fred voice, speaking into the cell phone Angel'd just handed her, demanding an ambulance at once...Switching to Illyrian threatening tone when the operator began demanding details...

"Angel?...We're...Whatever version of alive you can call us?..."

"That we are, William..." he turned at the sound of a voice, a rather miffed one...

"Hey!...You might remember who you owe that life or whatever to..." A frowning...

Buffy?...William stared...She now beaming at him... Hey, my lil' blonde babe...she grinned, waving...

Angel frowning at her...

"We're properly grateful..." he began, eyeing Will, now struggling to rise...She was over to him in a second, gently forcing him back to the ground... "No, Will...Honey, lie back..."

Get some help for him...she turned to Angel, startling William a little by her cold tone...

And now, despite his pain...He began sensing...Something wrong...

"Illyria has an ambulance coming from LA General...I've got calls out, our medical staff may see the light and side with the victors..."

Tell them they're dead if they don't...she glared...Kneeling beside William...

"Buffy..." he looked at her... "But...You..."

"I'm here Will, sorry I took so long...Came just as soon as I could..."

"Who...?" Will whispered faintly, twisting to stare at her...Near passing out... "I'm here, baby...Buffy's come to you..." she murmured, stroking his hair... "Just in the nick, from the looks of things..." she grinned... "Don't fret...I'm here..."

Angel now frowned again and would have spoken...But for the sudden interruption of a massive blue light in their midst...

Dawn and Giles...Giles holding an orb...And both staring with cold anger at...

"Anne...!" Dawn's angry cry...

"Angel...That is not..." Giles began...

Hello...I know that, Giles...Angel fumed a little...Vampire here, can sense a sister when I see one...

And by the way, nice of you not to let us know Buffy had deliberately arranged to be transformed when you got to Cleveland after learning she was dying of her injuries from Sunnydale and that Will's spirit was still on Earth with me...Killed Willow before she could curse her...And that you've had an Slayer actress twin of Buffy playing Buf for months to keep the underworld from learning the truth until you could catch her...

"I know Giles..." Angel nodded to him... "She's agreed to surrender now that William's safe...And more..."

And I also know she's the only one of you who damned well cared enough, demon or no, to come and help us out, despite the risk of your finally catching up with her...Though all for William as she explained before I nearly staked her...

Hmmn...Looks like the party's over and I be bound for Africa...Anne frowned at them...

Oh well, just another fool for love is Annie...she sighed...Cradling William in her arms...

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