Immortal Beloved IX..."



PG-13

Spoilers for Angel to "The Girl in Question..." However everything here except the reference to the episode's enemy is my own playin' round...

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



Summary: Yet another view of the upcoming Wednesday rendezvous...

Ok, so I'm trying one last one...

(Ok, again, it wasn't quite the last...)

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London, Office of the Chairman of the New Watchers'/Slayers' Council...Tomorrow...Giles at his desk...Sighing as he listens to the various taped phone messages of what had happened the night before in Rome...

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Dawn-

"Giles!...You're not gonna believe this!...Spike's alive!...He came with Angel to our apartment last night after Buffy left with that Jude Lawish new guy of hers...You know, d'Vest-whatever...The hot guy...Anyway..."

Somethin' about some Immortal guy...Oh, and they thought Buf's date was him...

"Just like sis to pick another vampire, huh?..." a sigh...So anyway...

"They knew cause Andy called 'em...Is he in town?...How come he doesn't come by?...Oh, and cause of some gross thing they brought with em...A head in a bag, I think...Disgusting..."

"So then I sent them out after Buf...Had the address and phone number of the place right by the phone..." a proud note...

"Don't know what we're gonna do now, Giles...Buffy called to say she was fine...They got what-his-name but she didn't come home...Though Angel stopped by and said everything was ok regards the jerk...William dusted him..."

Shame, really...she noted...He really was a cutie...Did I mention he was the spittin' image of Jude Law?...

"I mean...It's not that I don't think Spike did great last year...The soul and world-savin' and all...And he is kinda fun in a weird way to have round...But it'd be nice if Buf tried someone livin' again, you know?...Though he is a hero, now I guess...But...I dunno..."

Course...she noted...It is true that I kinda brought them together...When Spike and me used to pal around...And he confided in me...

"I really was the first to see his potential for good, you know..."

Whoa!...Wait, Giles...Hey...



"Maybe it was me all along...My bein' created that did it...You oughta have Willow look into that..."

Call you when I hear anything...Bye...

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Andrew-

"Mr. Chairman, this is Provisional Councilor Wells reporting in...To report, forthwith... 'Mission Accomplished'...The Immortal is no longer such...He has been extremely prejudicially terminated by my chosen operatives..."

I should note that Mr. Angel performed well for the duration of this temporarily necessary alliance and I wish to recommend that we consider the possibility of reviewing the matter of establishing contacts with his group...Despite the sinister nature of his villainous Senior Partners...(see notes and reference on 'Senior Partners, Wolfram-Hart')...He seems to continue on the true path...

"However...There is an important matter which I must confess I had previously concealed from you and our August body, on my return from my successful mission to the City of Angel(s)...Concealed only as it had seemed to be a personal affair..."

William the Bloody lives...He has, like our own Buffy, transcended the grave...And emerged, like a Phoenix from the ashes of the pit of destruction in our beloved and lamented old Sunnydale...It was he in fact who was the primary instrument of success last night in our battle with the heralded and fiendishly handsome, Immortal...

"The scene was one fraught with peril...Though to one uninformed as to our activities against the Forces of Evil and their Dark World, it might have been a pleasant evening out, at Rome's trendiest nightclub...The glitteratzi bending and swaying to the pumping rhythm of Italy's finest rock musicians..."

But to one like me, who watched...As a Watcher does...From the shadowy corners...Menace hung heavy on the air...

"Our Buffy, Slayer extraordinaire, was clearly, as we feared, under the influence of magics, in the grip of the devastingly handsome yet rugged Immortal..." (Note for the Council...I recommend all Slayers be equipped with anti-magics protection, particularly focusing on love spells, and bestial transformations...)

"Lovely as ever, but drained of will, she swayed to the music, all but seduced by the fiend's power...Being slowly guided to her destruction by the strong and capable hands of the Immortal one..."

I naturally alerted my own Slayers to the danger...But as you had warned me, sir, used caution in exposing them to the Evil One's influence...Yet we prepared to make a gallant, self-sacrificing charge...

"Then, out of the darkness, like a knight of old...The strobe lights causing a halo to form about his blonde head...Yet bearing himself modestly, manly courage radiating from every pore...Emerged a champion...Our Champion...William...Crying out to the fiend to desist..."

Suitably attired in his trademark black and red...And seconded closely by his nearly equally gallant companion...Likewise quite suitably dressed in his own favorite black...

"Buffy's shock overpowering her a moment...The fiend, his dark heart trembling at the sight of such noble foes...Moved to make a desperate effort on the enthralled heroine...It looked hopeless as she was swept into his clutch...!"

But no!...Our heroes, ignoring the fiend's assorted minions, charged the foe...Knocking him back...

"And our heroine, the shock of seeing her beloved William, risen up to join her once more, broke out of the dastardly spell...And gave the monster a stout thwack!...Knocking him back..."



To where our William waited...And seizing the foul minion of Hell, destroyed him by throwing him on to a stake held by the Angelic One...

"With disaster averted...And Buffy engaged in a deep embrace of our noble William...I chose to remain...With my agents...In the shadows, Watching..."

At present they remain in the club...Still engaged in deep embrace...

"A written report shall follow forthwith...My Chairman..."

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Xander-

"Giles...The shit has hit the fan...Dawn called me at nine last night to say that Angel and Spike had shown up at her place...I was already to head for the airport myself...Did you call Angel?...Tell me you didn't...Giles?...What were you thinking?...Or was it Andy?..Hell, Buffy could've handed this Immortal guy once Willow and me got there with a few anti-magics...C'mon..."

I guess he did take out the Immortal creep though...You know I didn't like that guy just from Buffy and Dawn's description...

"But look Giles...Dawn says Buffy never came home after they nailed the bastard...She's gotta be with Spike, cause Angel stopped by...What are we gonna do?...Geesh I thought we'd finally gotten that guy out of her hair at last for good and he climbs right back up out of..."

Well...I guess he did try hard for her...But Giles...

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Willow-

"Giles...Just got off my astral plane...Dawn says Buffy's ok and William's back...That's so neat...I mean, if he's still got the soul and all..."

Does Angel still need some help with his friend?...Your old message didn't say when you called...

"I'll be in London by 11...I can head out to Rome if you think I should as soon as you can book me a plane...Unless it's a teleport crisis..."

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And Buffy-

"Giles...I'm ok...I just wanted to let you know how sorry I am for the way I acted the last few days...He was a baddie...It was a spell...He's dust..."

You know me and love spells...Just a sucker for em...I guess we really should listen to Andrew's recommendations about carrying protection...

"Giles...Something wonderful happened last night...I really need you to come to Rome...Bring Willow...Please come..."

He's alive, Giles...He's come back to me...Oh, God...

"I mean William...He lived through the Big One in that damned, blessed amulet...He's been with Angel all this time..."



Damn him...Yeah, you...(her voice fades)...Keepin' me in the dark all this time, not comin' to me...(sounds finally like William's voice in the background)...Giggling sounds a moment later...

"And as for you, Giles..." she returned to the phone... "I better not find out that Andrew'd told you...Cause you may lose one reasonably well-trained Slayer if it turns out you kept this from me..."

Anyway...I hope you wouldn't do that...

"It was like a scene out of a fairy tale, Giles..." (No, idiot...she moved from the phone, obvious addressing someone again...Not a Grimm Fairy Tale...At least not a grim Grimm...).. "He came in, with the strobe lights gleaming on his head....Like a knight in a story, back from the grave to save me...God, he was so beautiful..."

Sorry...she sighed... "I know, a little much...But oh God, Giles...He's back... 'Quick and in mine arms'...

"I have been reading that Shakespeare you gave me, see..." a chuckle...

Ummn...We're married...Which is why I want you all here...We're gonna have the party of all our lives and Unlives...

"Angel's got W-H covering it as Will's a new associate partner..."

Ya will not believe how much my new hubby makes, Giles...And he's going for his law degree, so it'll be legit...I'm so proud of him...

"Had to get him drunk first of course, but he finally went along...Haven't told Dawn yet..." Ummn...

Any chance you could speak to her?...Will wants to, but I'm afraid she'll stake him...

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