"Immortal Beloved..." LXXXIII...



A shortie..

.PG-13

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

It's all yours and ME's...(and of course, Cole'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...

Ok, I lied about stopping at 50...But me poor ole mum would just say, "so long as I like it, it's ok..."

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An alleyway in LA...Late evening...



(Night and Day, Cole Porter...)

Play

"Like the beat beat beat of the tom-tom

When the jungle shadows fall...

Like the tick tick tock of the stately clock

As it stands against the wall...

Like the drip drip drip of the raindrops

When the summer shower is through...

So a voice within me keeps repeating you, you, you...



Night and day, you are the one

Only you beneath the moon or under the sun

Whether near to me, or far

It's no matter darling where you are...

I think of you...

Day and night, night and day, why is it so

That this longing for you follows wherever I go

In the roaring traffic's boom

In the silence of my lonely room

I think of you

Day and night, night and day ...



Under the hide of me

There's an oh such a hungry yearning, burning inside of me

And this torment won't be through

Until you let me spend my life making love to you

Day and night, night and day ...



Night and day, you are the one

Only you beneath the moon or under the sun

Whether near to me, or far

It's no matter darling where you are

I think of you...

Day and night, night and day, why is it so

That this longing for you follows wherever I go...

In the roaring traffic's boom

In the silence of my lonely room

I think of you

Day and night, night and day ..."



Illyria stared at William as his cd player stopped...Angel and a staggering Gunn staring briefly as well...As the tiny group braced for contact with the horde bearing down on them...

"That is your battle song?..." she eyed the blonde vampire...

Yeah...



Hmmn...she reflected...Raising spear as the ground shook and the first blasts of fire from the dragon approaching set trash cans ablaze around them...

"It's a good song..." she nodded...May I?...

"Be my guest..." he grinned...She pressed play...

"Night and day...Wesley...You are the one..." she began...

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London...Same time...



"...Only you beneath the moon or under the sun

Whether near to me, or far

It's no matter darling where you are...

I think of you...



Night and day..."



The music paused...

"Hope that kinda says it all, Giles..." Buffy's voice came from the tape player... "By now I'm in LA..."

"Sorry to have stolen that orb from the archival vaults but I couldn't get hold of Willow and there wasn't time to fly after Andy told us at the meeting this morning about him being with Angel..."

And sorry to have lied about agreeing it was best not to go ...I knew you'd try and stop me...

"Forgive me for doing things this way...If anything goes wrong...My own call..."

Tell His Benevolence...I'm sorry...But I think he'll understand I had to go...

"Love ya...All..."

Ummn...If you do manage to reach Willow...

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Nairobi...Same time...



"...Whether near to me, or far

It's no matter darling where you are...

I think of you...

Day and night, night and day, why is it so

That this longing for you follows wherever I go

In the roaring traffic's boom

In the silence of my lonely room

I think of you

Day and night, night and day ...



Under the hide of me

There's an oh such a hungry yearning, burning inside of me

And this torment won't be through

Until you let me spend my life making love to you

Day and night, night and day ..."



Kennedy shut off the repeating CD player...Turning to a Willow sitting on the floor of the supervisor's lodgings of the Council of Watchers' new but rather solidly built, African headquarters...Several African Slayers in attendance in the room...Some frightened, some kneeling by Willow...All visibly upset and sobbing...

"Willow...I am so sorry..." the Slayer moved to her, putting hands on her shoulders...

"I should have known right away by the tone in his voice...I should have guessed...It's been almost a year to the day...I should have been here..." Willow murmured...Stroking the dark hair of the head in her lap...

Xander...she whispered...For the third time unfolding and trying to read a brief note...

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