Picking up the Pieces
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All the characters are based on the television shows, Buffy the Vampire
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over now and i've gone without cuz you're everybody else's
girl it seems to me
Angel sat in staring at the wall. The weapons hanging on the walls glared at him, flickering from the light of the three candles burning around the room. He needed a hobby. This constant brooding wasn't helping him start this new life in LA. This constant brooding about Buffy was breaking him into more fragments than he started with before she healed him.
God, how she healed him. Remembering the pain and emptiness he felt before her was almost incomprehensible now. If the mirrors could have seen him then, they would have only reflected the nothing that he kept behind his dark eyes, the coldness he had for everything undead and alive. A great gaping void where the killing pleasures once sprang from. He didn't love his soul until he met her, didn't care if he kept it. Except for the murders, he would be content to lose it again. The remorse ate away at the nothing, creating more of the same until one day he simply let hope go.
Hope. What a funny word. Made him want to laugh with joyless guffaws until he was cackling like a storybook witch.
when you cry run when you run love when you love represent the ashes
that you leave behind
Standing on the steps that day in LA, she shone brighter than the sun that threatened to burn his skin. How could one little girl change his whole life? A slayer yet to be called, her innocence tangible in the air, she became in one moment his whole reason for being. It wasn't her innocence alone that called to him, wasn't her beauty, wasn't the terrors flashing ahead in the future. Her soul curled around his, curving over him, recreating the hope that cackled in his lifeless body. She took him with her on the first hunt. She called him out on the carpet. To the mattresses, Angel. Time to fight for life again. Time to fight for life. Her life.
already knew what Angel's answer would be, long before he laid eyes
on him, or rather, smelled him. He knew that the new slayer was Angel's
destiny. The Powers That Be had it written centuries before. The legends
intertwined. The Scourge of Europe and the strongest slayer in all of
history. Together they would be strong. Whistler simply nudged Angel
toward his fate. Slipped a little Buffy in his drink. Nothing would
ever be the same. Thank the Powers for that one.
bet you're hard to get over i bet the room just won't shine
Now here with his weapons to cuddle with, Angel stared at the wall and thought about things that would suck his time. Fighting evil was only a part time job. Training could only be done for so long. Brooding formed the rest of his occupation. What can fill the time of a vampire with a soul who can think of nothing else but one little blonde Slayer in one little Hellmouth with one not so little new boyfriend? Come on, Cordy, let's have a mind numbing, brain cracking vision.
about everything and everyone i needed before tryin' to get a handle
on a reason
kissed her fulls lips and thanked God again and again as he moved down
to her soft jaw line and then smoothed his lips over her neck. Beautiful.
So damn beautiful. He wondered if she felt his hands shaking. He never
wanted to make love to someone more than he wanted Buffy. She hummed
through his whole body, making him feel alive and aroused like he never
this?" He asked, rubbing just under the scar, rubbing just under.
you've never heard that silence it's a god awful sound
The angry puppy excuse wasn't going to work on Riley. He knew about things that went bump in the night. Buffy felt Angel's memory rear up inside her and her first urge was to run away. She wanted to push aside her arousal, his gentle caresses, the lovemaking soon to follow and she wanted to run. Instead, she tensed, stared at the wall and thought about her answer. Thought about her Angel all those miles away.
He asked, kissing her shoulder, trying to keep the mood. He knew as
soon as he asked her what it was, as soon as she flinched, that his
question was a mistake.
nodded, tears filling her eyes. Damn you, Angel.
we learned here is love tastes bitter when it's gone
"Bad memories, huh?" Shut up, Riley and kiss her sadness away, he thought to himself.
want to tell me that story, do you?" The stupid questions just
kept on rolling out of his mouth.
today," she said, trying out her smile. She thought her face was
going to break away and fall to the floor, start running for the door.
She kissed him. Silenced him.
she make you want to scream, damn
Make me forget, she thought as she pressed her soft tongue into his mouth. Make me believe that there is someone else in this world who can create happiness in me. Pure happiness is hiding somewhere inside me.
stopped talking and focused on what seducing her again. One hand entangled
in her long silky locks, one hand pulling at the ties on the back of
her halter top, he moved them back towards the bed. She busied her hands,
pulling his shirt over his head to reveal a tight muscular body. Small
roaming hands whispered over his chest, tingling his nipples, painting
his back, straying over his treasure line, resting on the waist line
of his jeans.
Undressing him, undressing her, they passioned against each other, making the dropping clothes piles of lust around the room. Moving to the bed together, they worked on the same wave length, finding connection of skin and mission building in their bodies.
So warm. He was so warm, kissing her breasts, pulling her nipples into his mouth. She arched against him as he reached down to touch her sopping curls. Moving to her other breast, he rubbed her clit in slow, lazy circles. She moaned, threading her fingers through his dirty blonde hair. Trembling beneath him, she came and he made his way back to her lips, diving headfirst into the lust.
ain't no good, in fact it's phony as hell
entered her slowly, completely, focusing on her beautiful face. She
wrapped her arms around him and pulled him deeper inside. Fill the
void. Make the pain go away. So warm. He was burning her. Were all
men this warm? The heat that radiated between them was melting her but
The Slayer hung on. She waited for the pain to disappear. She waited.
you know I feel the darkness closing in tried to be more than me and
I gave til it all
Angel," Cordelia exclaimed, walking into his office.
he asked, looking up at her wearily.
find something to do. I can't take anymore of this brooding. You've
been wearing Buffy face' all damn day. I can't work under these
conditions. Keep this up and I'll have to demand a raise."
a vison and I'll have something to do," he said, picking up his
was right of course. His whole day had been filled with thoughts of
Buffy. Thoughts of Buffy with someone else. You made this decision,
he reminded himself. This is what you wanted. Well, not exactly
what he wanted. Night wrapped itself around the building and Angel itched
for violence. His demon begged to be unleashed on something it could
I'd love to. Really. I enjoy Doyle's little gift more every time I -"
Her hand flew up to her head and she crumpled as the vision hit her.
Angel flew around his desk and caught her, wrapping his arms around
her narrow waist, holding her up. She slammed back against his chest,
holding her head, convulsing in his arms. The pain scorched through
her, spreading like a cancer as she intently watched the images smash
against her brain.
her gently into the chair in front of his desk, he lowered to a crouch
in front of her. Wesley ran in and stood on the other side of her. They
both waited for her to speak.
women, two men. Couples. Walking down the street," she said, squinting
at Angel, "Demons. Lots of them." She breathed for seconds,
intently searching back through the images for a location.
Wesley asked, as if she had simply forgotten to include the necessary
Looks like there's a liquor store on the corner. And a pawn shop."
Opening her eyes fully, she looked at Angel, "They're going to...Oh
popped up to his full height.
we need to find out where in downtown there's a pawn shop and a liquor
store next to each other. Call me on my cell phone when you find out
the exact location. I'm heading downtown now."
nodded and pulled the yellow pages out of Angel's desk drawer. Thumping
it down on the desk, he began hastily flipping through the pages.
hurry," Cordy squeaked, before going slack against the chair. Nodding,
he ran out of the office.
you got to think with a girl like that any love at all, is better than
nothing, it's better than nothing
Buffy tiptoed in her dorm room the next morning. Slipping off her shoes at the door, she walked over to her closet to retrieve her robe. When she turned back around, Willow was wide wake, smiling broadly.
didn't come home last night." Willow felt like Xander - stating
I was with Riley."
you guys...um...you know...last night?" Buffy blushed and nodded,
smiling at her friend.
How about some blurry watercolors?"
was nice, Will. He was sweet," she said, settling down on her bed.
can't live vicariously through your smoochies if you don't give me watercolors
that are a little less blurry," Willow said, sitting up on the
bed, smoothing her tousled hair.
when I woke up, he was still there. Still good. Still sweet. He was
wonderful," Buffy said, biting her lip. Willow beamed from across
the small expanse between their beds.
it's good that i'm not angry i just need to get over i'm not angry it's
dragging me under i'm not angry
shower pelted its tears on her, washing her with guilt. She didn't do
anything wrong. Angel left her. He wanted her to move on, wanted her
to have a normal life. So why did this feel like betrayal? Why did she
feel like she had cheated on him? Again. Sleeping with Parker had felt
like revenge. He had felt like escape. Riley felt like betrayal. He
felt like the dirtiest clean. She tried to wash him off of her body.
tears mixed with the water, falling down the drain at her feet. Increasing
in speed, the pain ripped through her, forcing to her knees. She couldn't
wash them away. Neither of them. She hated that he could still hurt
her this much. His absence was the one real thing in her life. The tears
weren't real, the slaying wasn't real, the water wasn't real. The pain
was real. The memory of him was real. The two hundred miles separating
them - Real.
take this away. She silently begged Riley to materialize, to somehow
become real. Could his hands be the one thing that brushes her demon
lover away? Could his smiles in the sunshine erase the darkness that
held Angel inside her? Could Riley's love push Angel's aside? Please,
she begged the Powers, please. Something else has to be real.
oh how i want you to know me oh how i want you to know me
was all Riley could do not to skip through The Initiative. Pulled away
from her warmth to go on an impromptu mission, he could still smell
her on him. Sex and vanilla and sweat. Passion. He wanted to exclaim
poetic verses outside her damn window.
Finn," Walsh's cold voice ripped through his reverie.
Walsh," he answered. His was sharp and ready, his body tensed for
action and he tried to clear his mind of the warm bed he had just left.
is an odd uprising of unusually vigorous HSTs. They are picking people
off the streets in broad daylight. Find their nest and take them out.
Remember this is a kill, not a capture."
Initiative teams took to the streets in full commando gear. Tracing
the demons to their nest in an abandoned warehouse east of town, they
stormed in, full force. The first spray of bullets landed around the
three demons like mist. The second spray bounced off their burly chests
and slipped to the floor. Rounds three, four and five left the soldiers
fearful and the demons angry. They resorted to hand to hand combat.
Team three flung themselves in the fray, pulling tasers from their belts.
demons weren't falling. They weren't stumbling. They weren't even sluggish.
Team three had fallen and team two went in. As his comrades fell, Riley
shot a net over the demon nearest him. Rushing across to him, he hit
him once over the head with the butt of his gun. The demon reached and
clutched Riley's ankle with his large hand, his strong talons cutting
into his boot. Thank God for army issue boots, he thought as he swung
the gun, hitting the demon at the temple. Swinging again he him until
he was unconscious.
changed," He screamed over the battle noise, "Capture! Capture!"
demon's hand when slack as he lost consciousness and Riley pulled his
leg back, wrenching his ankle from the demon's hand. Stumbling, he rolled
his ankle around for a moment as he looked around at his men finding
success at capturing the beasts. Gingerly placing weight on his ankle,
he stepped forward to aid his men. Demon nearly crushed the bones in
nothing, it's so normal
Angel said into his cell phone.
I think I found the location," Wesley said into his end. Giving
Angel the directions, he announced that he was going to make his way
to join the battle. Angel pulled up the vacant building and felt his
face change before he even entered the door. The smell of blood was
was too late to save the couples on their leisurely stroll. He thought
the newest layer of blood had to be theirs. But the layers underneath,
the layers of blood and death...he spotted one demon across the room.
Flipping on his phone, he stepped back out of the building.
I'm just on my way out the door."
human could live through this. I need you to find out what these demons
are and how to kill them. I've never seen anything like them,"
Angel said, starting to gag on his words, wishing the building would
disappear so he wouldn't have to go back in there.
gave him the description of the demon he saw and gripped his axe as
he inched his way back inside.
thought I said, kill' not capture,'" Walsh said as
the soldiers drug the demons into containment.
ma'am," Riley nodded, "I know but we were unable to kill them."
we lost teams two and three. The demons were not affected by any of
our weapons, including tasers. The only option was to capture."
snapped her head to the right and barked at her aid, "Find out
what they are and how to kill them." Turning on her heel, she walked
turned and began to walk out himself when a sharp pain traveled his
leg. Reaching down, he pulled up his pant leg. Blood was seeping out
of his boot. The monster's talon had cut right through.
think my head is caving in
patrol, Buffy found the streets bare. People weren't out. There were
no demons, no vampires. Buffy headed toward Willy's. She stepped in
and as usual was disturbed by the smell of demons, blood, alcohol, smoke
and death. The smell in there was what kept this as her last resort
most days. She didn't know how Willy could work here all the time. She
shuddered in disgust as she walked towards the bar.
THE SLAYER," Willy said loudly, announcing her entrance, "Hello
Willy," Buffy said, ignoring the obvious quick exits of certain
members of his patronage.
there, Slayer," He said lowering his voice back to his normal level,
"How are you doing? Want a drink?"
as usual I'm here for information. What's going on?"
do you mean? It's a quiet night here on the Hellmouth. I'm running a
nice, neat, legal business here."
it so quiet? I smell fear in here, Willy," Buffy said, leaning
over the counter casually.
don't know, Slayer. I'm out of the loop these days," he said, but
he was afraid. In fact, he was trembling and it wasn't her he was worked
it, Willy. I don't have time for this," she said, pounding a fist
on the counter in exasperation.
alright, calm down. There are three new demons here in town. Arrived
the other day. They kill everything they come across. Nobody can figure
out how to kill them or what they are. They're killing demons and humans.
People are afraid."
know what I mean. Rumor has it they were taken in by those commando
boys tonight but everyone is still afraid. There are more of them coming.
They say they can feel it."
she knows she's been here too few years to feel this old
a sigh she headed back into the street, of course more were coming.
Why couldn't they find some other town to terrorize? She walked down
the street and headed toward home, feeling that there wasn't going to
be much action tonight. Pain ripped through her body and she stepped
back a few steps, making contact with the wall next to the movie theatre.
turned and ran to Giles. She had to get to LA. Tonight.
all gonna end and it might as well be my fault
her dead run and turned to see her boyfriend hobbling toward her.
boyfriend. That's right.
She said picking up her run again to meet up with him, "You're
new demon in town. I think he scratched me," he said, looking sheepishly
down at his bloody boot.
think he mauled you," she said. Pulling his heavy, muscular arm
over her shoulder, she nodded ahead, "Let's get you to Giles' and
get you cleaned up."
pain was coursing through her veins. She pulled Riley closer, wishing
she felt his pain instead. Limping with him, they went into Giles flat.
his boot off, Buffy reached for the bowl of water that Giles handed
her. Riley hissed as she touched the washrag to his ankle. The wound
was ugly and red. It looked to be spreading through his veins.
happened, Riley?" Giles asked, sitting down with tea, inspecting
the wound. Riley launched into a brief review of the demons. Buffy filled
Giles in on her visit to Willy's earlier that night. She jerked up as
the phone rang.
she whispered as she watched Giles answer it.
Riley asked, searching her face. Buffy didn't answer, she watched Giles
as he spoke into the receiver.
Giles. Wesley here."
Hello. Is there trouble?"
say so," Wesley answered looking across the room at Angel.
took off his glasses as he hung up the phone. Pinching the bridge of
his nose, he looked over at Buffy crouched at Riley's feet.
seem to have a problem," he said. Picking up the phone again, he
dialed Willow's number.
hello. Yes, there's a problem. Please call Xander and come over to my
flat. We need to have a meeting."
what is it?"
explain when everyone gets here."
wrong with Angel?" Panic covered Buffy's face. She already knew
he was hurt. She already knew it was the same kind of demon
that had hurt Riley, but she needed Giles to say it. She needed a reason
to run to him.
has called for our help. It seems Angel has been hurt. From Wesley's
description, I'd say it was the same sort of demon that Riley and his
men faced today."
sat back on her heels, as Willow, Xander, Tara and Anya came through
the door. She turned around to face her friends, "We're going to
almost like a disease
itched to get inside as they pulled up to Angel's. She ran inside, hearing
him roar as they entered.
Buffy said, seeing the beautiful brunette step in front of her with
her hands on her narrow hips.
You're looking a little last season."
don't have time for this," Buffy said, making a wide arch around
Cordelia and running into Angel's bedroom with all of her friends and
Riley close on her heels. She stopped suddenly, upon seeing him, almost
causing everyone to hit her back like a set of dominos.
God," she whispered. He was lying chained to the bed, covered in
blood, roaring. He was hurt all over, bleeding profusely from numerous
he growled, his chest heaving from his repeated roars.
the hell is that?" Riley said, looking at Angel, "Your ex?!"
ignored him and started toward Angel.
Buffy," Wesley said, stepping into the room with Cordelia close
were able to chain him up but neither of us have been able to get near
him since then."
he's gone completely psycho. We couldn't get his legs chained. I'm not
sure you should go over there."
never hurt me," Buffy said, taking another step toward her ex-demon
can't go over there," Riley said, limping a step closer, covered
like Angel isn't the only one in need of medical attention," Cordy
said, looking over Riley, "Soldier guy needs some drugs."
won't hurt Buffy, that's why you called, right?" Willow asked.
that is what we thought," Wesley said, nodding, "Mr. Giles,
we have done quite a bit of research on these beasts. Why don't you
come up the office and we can discuss it further?"
nodded and fell into step behind Wesley's retreating form.
be fine," Buffy whispered, keeping her eyes on Angel, "He'd
never hurt me."
don't..." Riley said. She
continued towards the bed, where Angel screamed and roared in pain,
his game face intact.
these feelings, cloud up my reasoning, cloud up my reasoning
she whispered, as she got to his side. Placing a hand on his face, he
calmed, laid still and slipped back to his human features.
want you to come...to see me like this," Angel whispered, "Something's
inside me. Can't control it."
gritted his blunt teeth. She smoothed her hand over his sweaty brow,
"Shhh...it's going to be okay."
love." His words were a whisper across the room but no one missed
her head back at her friends, she addressed Cordelia, "I need some
bandages and stuff."
got em," she answered, nodding at the table, "I knew
if anyone could reach him, you could. Although I hate to admit it. He's
been wearing Buffy face' for weeks anyway."
to me like he's been wearing game face," Buffy said, as he slipped
into his demon visage from the pain. She unbuttoned Angel's black silk
shirt, which was already in tatters. As she pulled his shirt open, he
growled in pain. Buffy gasped at his deep wounds. Red lines were spider
webbing through his dead veins, covering his muscled chest.
baby," she said, wringing the wash rag out in the warm soapy water,
"This might sting a little." Biting her lip, she touched the
cloth against the first wound. Angel arched violently off the bed as
she touched him, roaring menacingly enough so that everyone but Buffy
took a step back. He jerked from her and rattled against his chains.
the hell away from me," he growled through hazed golden eyes. She
pushed his shoulders back on the bed and jumped on top of his lap, pushing
him down with both hands.
being a damn baby," she said.
might hurt you," he said, "I feel...angry. There's something
in me. Poisoning me. It almost feels like...when I was poisoned...before...you
know. Only angrier. Crazier." She nodded, perched on his hips,
forgetting her boyfriend who was steps away. Smoothing her hand over
his brow again, he nuzzled against her hand.
going to be okay."
inched out of the room, feeling intrusive suddenly. Riley was the last
in love with him...that demon," Riley said to Xander.
used to be," Xander said, "But it's over. They can't be together.
They know that. It's over."
a long story," Willow said, brushing past them, "One that
Buffy can tell him herself." She eyed Xander sharply. Brushing
past them, she headed for the office to find out how the Watchers were
faring. Better not leave them alone too long. There might be a British
rumble. Scones could be thrown.
wasn't going to tell him anything," Xander said, holding up his
look over," Riley said, glancing in at his girlfriend's nimble
body straddling the vampire.
is. Don't worry," Xander said. But he looked worried. Forbidden
love and all that.
it's just that you're weak can we talk about it it's gettin' so damn
creepy just nursing
demons appear to have a drug inside their talons that is released much
like a snake bite. When they cut in, the poison is released," Wesley
said, his eyes focused on Rupert's worried face.
have you found out about the poison? How does it affect humans and vampires?
It seems as if Riley and Angel have the same thing."
still working on that part." Burrowing into the books, the Scooby
core and Angel's group dove into the research. With Angel cleaned up,
Buffy stayed by his side until he fell asleep. She walked out and found
Riley standing vigil by the door. He was covered in sweat, shaking and
swaying like he was about to fall.
are you okay?"
you finally came out to see," he said, his usually tender blue
eyes covered in anger, "How's your demon doing?"
think he's dying," she said through tear filled eyes, "And
it looks about the same for you. We've got to find a cure for whatever
is poisoning you and a way to kill these demons."
want to save me or him?" Riley asked, jerking his head behind him
at Angel's sleeping form.
want to save you both," she said honestly and pulling his arm over
her shoulder, she nudged him away, "Let's go see what Giles and
Wes have found out."
me one more time how you're sorry about the way this all went down
the research party was in full swing. Settling into a chair next to
Riley, she sighed at she opened up her first book and then closed it
again as Giles strolled over, "Here it is."
of a Slayer?" Buffy asked, looking up at Giles.
need another soul to feed on
so," he muttered.
Willow and Xander gasped together.
about humans?" Buffy asked again.
Giles said, with a sigh, "Well, actually..."
Angel said from the doorway. Chains hanging from his bloody wrists,
banging against his legs, "He's going to need one."
dear Lord," Wesley said, turning to look at the crazed vampire.
again, Wes," he said with an evil, poison induced smile.
Buffy yelled, as Angel made a beeline for Riley, "Stop! You're
sick. You don't want to hurt anyone."
Buffy," Angel said as he continued to walk toward Riley. Riley
jumped up from his chair, looking just as crazed.
him come over here, Buffy," Riley sneered, pulling a stake from
a lower leg pocket of his pants, "I would love to sink this into
his vamp heart. Let's see how his dust can take you away from me."
right, soldier boy," Angel said with an evil smile, "The only
way she'll stop loving me is if you kill me. She'll always me MY mate.
She belongs to me."
jumped between them, pushing them both back, "Stop! Both of you!"
really think a demon like you could please this woman?" Riley asked,
"All you can give her is darkness. I can give her a real life."
all you'll have is darkness, too," Angel said moving towards him
think you'll be able to kill me? I kill your kind all the time."
haven't killed your kind in quite sometime. I think it'll come back
to me though," Angel answered, his voice so cold a chill ran down
Buffy's spine, "It would be worth it to kill you just for touching
i'm more frightened everyday someone will take the hope i have away
seems to like me touching her," Riley said, "She feels good.
Inside and Out."
A mad roar came out of Angel. Buffy thought she heard him snap inside with Riley's delirious comment. Angel raced across the room, grabbing the boy and throwing him against the wall, knocking the stake from his hands, "We'll see how you are on the inside."
his fangs to Riley's neck, he was a millisecond from biting in when
Buffy pulled him off and flung him away.
saved you," Angel said, pulling himself to his feet, "Mention
one more word about having sex with my beloved and I will taste your
shut up. Riley, shut up. Both of you listen. The poison is making you
crazy. Angel you have to feed off me and then Riley andI will take a
little trip to the hospital."
Angel said, crossing his arms, "We're not doing that again."
not? You seemed to enjoy it last time you fed off her," Xander
don't know shit about it, Xander," Angel sneered back.
the vampire that bit you?" Riley asked, walking over and touching
her scar. Flinching, she jerked her neck away.
she said, ignoring Riley's comment, "You can't die. Lost souls
need you remember?"
Angel said again.
die if you don't."
you won't kill me. You can just take what you need and then I'll get
the hell not?" She screamed.
I can't go through that again. I won't put you through that again. Besides,
I don't have a lot of control right now. I've had a long life. Go to
the hospital and save your boyfriend...before I kill him."
that what this is about? That I moved on? It was your idea, remember?"
please. The world needs you to live. I need you to live." She walked
closer to him and was now a foot away.
away from me, Buffy."
yourself with my blood."
to him, Buffy," Riley said, walking closer to her, "Let him
die. He's just a demon anyway. Come to the hospital with me."
not just a demon!" She said whipping around to face him, "You
don't anything about us."
she amended, but it was too late, "You don't know anything about
still in love with him, aren't you? You're actually in love with that!"
Pointing at Angel's vampiric face, "He's a vampire, Buffy. A demon.
He subsists on blood. He's a parasite, feeding off the life of others.
Come with me."
up! Angel, please."
that asshole's right. You couldn't ever have a life with me. A parasitic
me here. Go."
Angel. You're not listening to me. I'm not leaving you here." Pulling
back, she punched him hard enough to knock him against the wall.
not going to work this time, love." He leaned casually against
the wall, as if she hadn't just hit him, crossing his arms defiantly.
him again, his body burrowed into the wall. She violently pulled her
shirt over her shoulder, ripping it and tossing her silky blonde hair
go on, wreck me funny how I carry on, and not be taken over, will not
roll over on anyone
think i've already lost you i think you're already gone i think i'm
Cordelia, Xander, Willow, Anya, Tara, Giles and Riley stood staring
at the couple. Buffy repeatedly hitting Angel, begging him to take her
life's blood. Sounded like this had happened before. They winced in
unison as she hit him again, blood flying from his already bloody nose.
He looked at her through eyes that didn't appear to be focusing. Riley
sat heavily in chair as he began to feel dizzy.
Riley whispered, "I think I have to go to the hospital now."
Angel swayed before her, leaning heavily against the wall as the poison
coursed through his veins. He couldn't live without her. Not anymore.
He was too weak. Couldn't stop thinking of her.
him to the hospital," Angel said through bloody lips.
take both of us," she answered, "After you drink."
she said. Trying another tactic she pressed her body against his, his
blood rubbing into her white shirt. Caressing his hard chest, she looked
into his eyes.
she repeated, pressing his lips against hers as the group gasped. She
moved down to his neck and bit him. Hard. A low growl erupted from his
on, lover," she said, biting into him again, "You know you
want it." She kissed and bit his neck, pressing her lithe body
into him, grinding her hips against his growing arousal.
the times I've given in you fit me like a second skin and one by one
Buffy," he groaned, pulling her away from his neck and taking her
lips roughly, trying to maneuver around his fangs.
said I'm yours," Buffy moaned, "Take what's yours." She
pulled away from his lips and pressed his face into her shoulder. Holding
him there, he couldn't resist. He bit in and drank.
Riley screamed, rushing over to the couple. Buffy kicked back at him
with her right leg as Angel gulped her in, sending Riley flying across
away, Riley," she whimpered, holding onto Angel. She was weakening
and she began to sag against him. Angel scooped her up in his arms and
seconds later pulled away from her neck.
an awful lot of breathing room but i can hardly move if you're gone
piece of shit," Riley yelled, looking at Angel and standing up,
"Get your demonic hands off my girl."
going to the hospital," Angel said, turning from the room, "If
you want to be healed, come on."
followed reluctantly but found he had to run behind Angel who was making
his way out to his car in a break neck speed. Setting Buffy in the passenger
seat, he buckled her in snugly. Riley fell into the back seat, barely
making it inside before Angel took off, leaving the rest of the group
to find their own way.
she dies, I'll dust you," Riley said, nearly lifeless in the back
she dies," Angel said, glancing over at her, "I'll do it for
eyes widened. That demon really did love her. Of course, how could anyone
not love her?
why ya gotta stand there looking like the answer now it seems to me
looked pale. She looked dead. Angel kneeled by her bedside, ignoring
the chair he could have dragged to her side. Tears streamed down his
going to live. She's going to live.
on, love," he whispered, "Come back to me."
eat, can't sleep, could have been a bigger man, damn
couldn't believe he had been so weak. He promised himself he wouldn't
do this again. He wouldn't drain her like that ever again. He failed.
takes what she gets, and she never did flinch
moved from Buffy's room, feeling a little more than guilty for watching
Angel's anguished display.
he going to be alright?" Giles asked Willow who just came from
They gave him some antibiotics. Apparently that's all he needed."
if we ever coulda kept it all together where would we be
she whispered before she opened her eyes. She could feel him there beside
he whispered back, "Thank God."
you I would be okay," she said, opening her eyes and reaching out
to wipe his tears away, "We're both okay now."
so sorry," he said, shaking his head, "I'm so sorry, love."
there's no reason to be sorry."
there is," he said, blinking through the tears that he couldn't
she said, holding her arms out to him, which he didn't hesitate to fill,
"It's alright." Pulling him into bed with her, she sighed
as he spooned her back, holding her tightly, molding around her slight
be sorry. Just hold me."
love you, Buffy."
love you too."
can't live without you anymore. I can't stand to see you with someone
else. The thought of him touching you, making love to you...it makes
me crazy. I can't stand it."
are you saying Angel?" She asked flipping over slowly in the bed
to face him.
know you deserve a normal life, but I love you. I miss you. I want you
back. How do you feel about a little more darkness?"
unnerving how just one move puts me by myself there you go
you won't leave again? Because if I come back to you, I can't lose you
again. I couldn't live through that again."
promise. I'll never turn away again."
Does that mean you'll take me back?"
she said, turning over again and pulling him closer against her, "I'd
always take you back. I belong to you, remember?"
about that. I was a little crazy."
was a little extreme but you're right. I am yours."
he said, nuzzling her hair.
you," she said, sleepily.
you too," he whispered.
here with me," she yawned, "Don't leave."
won't, love. I'll be here when you wake up."
said I tried to be but I'm not and could you please collect your things
your goddamn hands off her, vampire," Riley yelled as he walked
in Buffy's room. Angel & Buffy jerked awake and Buffy grimaced,
as the pain shot from her neck.
yelling," Buffy said, "We don't need the whole hospital to
know that Angel's a vampire."
she said, leaning against his shoulder, "I need a minute with Riley."
Kissing the top of her head, he unraveled his arms from her waist and
stood. He iced Riley down with his eyes as he walked out of the room,
Riley mumbled, settling into the chair by her bed, "But I saw him
on the bed with you and I kinda lost it. Been like that a lot lately.
Guess the poison was something else."
okay," Buffy said, sitting up in the bed, facing him.
tell me you don't want to break up."
she said with tears in her eyes.
can't give you a life, Buffy. I can. I can give you children and a future.
think that I can take another empty moment don't think that I can fake
know that, Riley. I can't have that stuff anyway. I'm The Slayer. I
probably won't even live past 25, let alone have children. They would
never be safe, even if I did have them."
we can fight together. We don't have to have children if you don't want
to. I'm in love with you. Please don't do this."
says anything to keep her by him
sorry, Riley. I thought I could live without him. I was wrong."
he begged, "You were right."
I love him. I will always love him. I know that now. I'm sorry."
there's nothing at all to make her change her mind
sorry, Riley. I'm sorry, I didn't mean to hurt you."
I'm sorry too."
sorry bout the attitude i need to give when i'm with you
Angel said, beckoning Wesley to him in the hallway.
you sane now?" Cordy asked.
big," Cordy answered, "Glad I didn't have to stake you. You
were edging on Angelus there for a minute."
he repeated, "Wes, did you find out how to kill the demons?"
and fire," Wesley answered simply.
I'll be back."
you wait for Buffy to recover and accompany you?"
I don't want anyone else to be hurt by them. I'll take them out."
if they poison you again?" Willow asked, stepping timidly up.
you think you can just stop in while Buffy's still at the hospital on
get a little more blood? She's not a convienence store, you know."
if they poison me again, I won't be back," he said, turning, his
coat sweeping dramatically behind him as he exited the building.
was listening to the radio and wondering what you're dreaming when it
came to mind that I didn't care so I thought - hell if it's over i had
better end it quick or I could lose my nerve are you listening - can
you hear me
tear stained face did not escape the notice of anyone as he walked out
of Buffy's room.
checking out the hospital and heading back to Sunnydale," he announced
to the group.
you okay?" Willow asked.
broke up with me for Angel," he said, glaring at her friends, "Would've
been nice if someone had mentioned to me that she was in love with a
vampire before I started going out with her."
man," Xander said, looking down, "We all thought it was actually
it's not. But we are. I'm outta here."
you be alright?" Giles asked, taking off his glasses again in desperation.
I'll be just fine," Riley said, heading to his room to dress.
aggravating how you threw me on and your tore me out how your good
broke up with Riley?" Giles asked from Buffy's doorway.
are reuniting with Angel, then?"
she asked, bracing herself for the inevitable lecture.
you sure that is the wisest course of action?"
I think that you ought to reevaluate your plans for the future. Angel
cannot give you a normal life. You even admitted that it was
better that you broke up, remember?" Giles said, perching on the
edge of her bed, looking down at her, concern on his face.
love him, Giles. I know what I said. I just can't live without him anymore.
We all know I'll never have a normal life."
my soul mate. Even you have to admit that he loves me."
I know," he sighed, "But that doesn't mean that I won't worry."
know, I know. You are all are going to constantly worry that we'll unleash
Angelus again. We do have self control, you know," Buffy said,
feeling that old familiar ache settle in her stomach.
know I'll worry," Xander said, walking in with the rest of the
group behind him, "You know this isn't right, Buff. It's not just
your life. If Angelus is unleashed, it's all of our lives."
I hate to agree with Xander but he's right. You two get pelvic and all
our necks are hanging in the balance," Cordy added.
there's no need to worry," Willow said, looking a little guilty.
I'd say there's plenty reason to worry," Wesley chimed in.
actually, I took the little happiness clause out when I cursed him again,"
Buffy said, in conjunction with the rest of the group, "Why the
hell didn't you tell us?"
I wasn't sure...I...I was going to and then I thought maybe it didn't
work and I shouldn't tell you in case it didn't and then I double checked
it and I thought it was right. I was going to tell you, I really was
and then he left you and..." she tapered off, her eyes filling
with tears. Locking eyes with Buffy, she spoke again, "I'm sorry,
Buffy, but the reason he left wasn't because he couldn't...you know...with
you," she added.
can't believe you didn't tell me," she whispered, "But thanks."
Xander huffed in the corner.
is Angel, anyway?" Buffy said, looking around the room.
went out to kill the demons," Wesley stated crispy.
By himself? What if he gets poisoned again? They could kill him this
said if he was poisoned again, he would not return," Wesley added.
Wesley! You let him go?!"
you really think I could have stopped him?"
she said, struggling to get untangled from the sheets, "I have
to help him."
don't think that's a good idea," Anya said, "You're just going
to get poisoned too and then we'll spend all weekend in this horrible
hospital. Do you realize there are sick people everywhere in here?"
able to get to her feet, Buffy moved to find her clothes.
guys wanna get out of here so I can get dressed?" She asked, looking
around the room.
you're still weak," Giles said.
and Dead Boy can take care of himself," Xander added.
should stay here. You don't even know how to kill them," Willow
burn down the building," Angel said, walking in with a smile. Rushing
into his arms, she rubbed her face against his chest.
don't change, please don't break the only thing that seems to work at
all is you
God. Were you cut or anything?" She asked looking him over.
love. Just performed a little arson. They never even touched me."
then get me out of here."
am all that i'll ever be when you - lay your hands over me but don't
Back at Angel's, Buffy took a long hot shower, relishing in the feel of the warm water rushing over her body. She walked out into his bedroom wearing nothing but a towel and a smile, feeling sleepy and excited about the night to come. She could hear Angel rattling around in the kitchen, so she headed for his closet, pulling out a black velvet shirt. Xander once told her there was nothing sexier than a woman wearing nothing but a man's shirt. She slipped the velvet shirt on, smiling as the material nuzzled her erect nipples. She left the top five buttons unfastened, pulling the top open so that her perky cleavage was visible.
brushed out her long blonde hair and then sauntered into the kitchen.
She stopped to watch him, leaning against the wall, as he artfully scrambled
eggs. He had shucked his soot covered shirt before he started cooking
and she smiled at his muscle corded back. Now that was one sexy man.
good," she said huskily, causing him to whip his head around at
the sound of her voice. He felt his arousal rising as he inhaled hers.
God, he was in trouble. He knew immediately that he had made a mistake.
He had forgotten how much self control was required to be around her.
He was never going to make it through a lifetime with this incredibly
sexy woman, let alone tonight.
be so complicated just hold me and then just hold me again
some eggs?" he asked, turning back around to leave her sexy image
behind him. He looked down at the eggs. Fucking eggs. The sexiest woman
in the world was standing behind him and he was looking at eggs. He
thought about her in his velvet shirt, her breasts nearly completely
visible from the buttons she left unbuttoned. So goddamn sexy. Cordy
was right, he was a eunuch. He might as well be. He couldn't even make
love to her.
just want to get inside you
she said, her voice low and dripping with sex, "I want you."
walked up behind him, enjoying this torture she was giving him. You
shouldn't be doing this, she chided herself as she wrapped her arms
around him, pressing her breasts against his back, but it's so much
fun. She reached down and rubbed his arousal and felt the wetness seep
between her own thighs.
he growled. His growls never failed to give her that low down tickle
and she moaned, gently squeezing his cock through his pants and biting
into his back, "You. Have. To. Stop."
should I baby?" She was driving him insane. He was so close to
losing control. He turned around, pushing her against the counter, pressing
his groin into her.
if you keep doing that, I'm going to lose control and fuck you like
an animal," he said, "I'll lose my soul. You'll have to kill
me and I really wasn't planning on having that kind of relationship
this time around."
your soul is permanent."
says that when she cursed you the last time, she took out the happiness
clause. You can be happy. You can...um...fuck me like an animal."
won't lose my soul?" he asked, reaching between her legs and groaning
at the feel of her dripping sex.
she moaned, smiling into his eyes and riding his hand, as he pushed
a second finger in.
me to thank Willow," he said, smiling so broadly that he melted
her heart. He captured her lips, pushing a third finger inside her wet
center, rubbing her swollen clit with his thumb. She kissed him back
passionately, jerking the top button of his pants off as she struggled
to get them open. Oh the hell with it, she thought and ripped his pants
apart, his erection bouncing free as she ripped the material away from
him. He pulled his hand away as she climaxed, placed his hands on her
waist and hoisted her up on the counter.
keep you trembling
buttons flew off of his velvet shirt as he ripped it off her tanned
body. Seating himself fully inside her, she wrapped her legs around
love," he growled as he began to move inside her, pulling her right
nipple into his mouth.
she panted as he moved faster inside her, burying himself deeper with
each thrust. He wrapped his arms around her and picked her up off the
moaned as he shifted inside her. She wrapped her legs tighter around
him, holding him like a vice so that he didn't slip out. He carried
her to the bedroom, each step shifting inside her and that they were
both crying out by the time he lowered them to the bed.
love you," she whispered.
the whole point."
if we slide on over and accept fate then it's bound to be a powerful thing
The End. Hope you all liked this one. (Don't ya just love it when Riley loses?)