A Time To Remember
Summary: Set after the
Season 2 Episode Becoming. After sending Angel to hell Buffy is given a way to
bring Angel back but at what cost?
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Tears filled her eyes as she stared at
him. It was no longer Angelus’ eyes that looked back at her but Angel’s. He
was back! Her Angel was back but it
was too late. Acathla had already begun to open his maw to draw the world into
his own personal hell dimension. And no matter how much it pained her or how
much what she had to do would destroy her she couldn’t let Acathla doom the
After months of anguish and pain he
finally uttered the words she had longed to hear for so long. “I love you.”
If only.... She quickly shook her head.
She couldn’t allow herself to wallow in if only. “I love you too.” Softly, she
caressed his lips with her fingers. “Close your eyes.”
with dread as he did as he was bid. Pain shot through her heart as she kissed
him gently on the lips before she pulled back the sword in her hand and drove
it deep into his chest.
The look of
incomprehension and pain that flashed on his face was almost her undoing. She
wanted to take it back, to tell him she was sorry and that they would find
another way but it was too late. Acathla had already began to close his mouth
around her Angel.
Her harsh cry
echoed through the room as she sat up in bed. She gasped for breath as she
strained to get her heart beat back under control. Since the night she had lost
Angel... No, that wasn’t right. Since the night she had killed Angel,
nightmares had been her constant companions. It was always the same dream, the
sword sliding into his chest like a knife in warm butter and her name whispered
on his lips in shock at what she had done before he had disappeared from her
life. Trapped in a hell dimension forever.
How was she
supposed to live with what she had done? No one could understand what she was going through. How
could they? No one else had ever had to send their boyfriend to a hell
dimension to save the world.
With a loud
sigh of frustration and sadness Buffy swung her legs over to the side of the
bed and stood up. There was no sense in staying in bed any longer. She knew she
would never get back to sleep even if she wanted to. She might as well get
ready for work.
The sun was
just barely beginning to rise on the horizon as she walked into the diner where
she had worked for the last few months. Helen’s Kitchen wasn’t a great place to
work but then again no one had ever claimed it was. But at least it was a job
that paid the rent and that’s pretty much all she needed at the moment.
She had just
walked through the door when the other waitress snapped her fingers to get her
attention. “Anne, can you take that table’s order please?” As the older woman
pointed to the table in the corner she hastily added, “I’ll owe you one.”
With a nod of
her head Buffy walked over to the table, her pen and pad in her hand. “What can
I get for you?”
For a moment
Holland Manners hesitated. Surely, this couldn’t be the girl The Senior
Partners were so interested in his helping. There was no way this girl could be
the slayer he had heard so much about; the one who had sent The Vampire With
A Soul to a hell dimension. She looked so, well... beneath notice. But of
course he would do the job he was told to do. One didn’t disappoint the Senior
Partners of Wolfram and Hart unless one wanted to disappear permanently. “How’s
“It’s hot and
wet. I can’t guarantee you how good it is.” She didn’t bother to look at him as
she answered his question.
Holland flashed her a rueful smile that
went unnoticed. “Then just bring me a cup of hot water and a tea bag. There
really isn’t any way that could go bad.”
It didn’t matter to her one way or the other. “You would be surprised.” Buffy
wrote down his order, tucked her pen behind her ear and turned to walk away.
He watched her
stiffen as the loudmouth man sitting at the table in front of him slapped her
ass as she walked past. Holland sat up straighter as power crackled from her
echoing throughout the room. Now this was more like it! No one else but
him noticed as she ignored the power surging around her begging to be released.
Without a word she lowered her head and walked away.
Well, Well. He leaned back and rested his body
against the cushion. So, the stories were true after all. She was hiding
from herself and what she had had to do to the vampire in order to save the
world. Holland waited patiently for her to bring his order. The minute
she turned her back he left the tea untouched beside a twenty-dollar bill and
his business card with a hand written note scrawled on the back of it face down
on the table where she was sure to find it. Without a backward glance he left
the diner. The next move was up to her... at least for now.
A few hours
later Buffy had finally given into temptation. She stood just inside of the
Wolfram and Hart building her nerves raw and jangling. She had debated with
herself all day whether she should come or not but the idea of facing another
sleepless night was too much. After work, she had thrown on the first outfit
she had laid her hands on and there she was. She knew she probably shouldn’t be
doing this but the man or at least the note, she glanced down at his card held
tightly in her hand, had said he could help.
“May I help
you, Miss?” The lady behind the desk took in Buffy’s appearance. Not even a
flicker of emotion or sign of disapproval showed on her features.
tucked the card back inside of her pocket. “I’m here to see...”
could finish her sentence Holland Manners walked across the foyer and held out
his hand in greeting. “How are you?” He beamed at her. “I was hoping you would
Her hand shook
slightly as she tucked her hand in his. “I’m fine.” The manners Joyce Summers
had instilled in her from a very young age made her ask, “And how are you?”
“Fine. Miss...” He paused for a moment. “I’m
sorry.” Soft laughter bubbled from within him. “I don’t know your name.” That
of course was a lie. He knew everything about her. From the date of her birth,
the names of her friends, most, if not all, of her enemies and the date of her
death. Although that last one could be changed depending on a lot of different
factors that didn’t concern him.
He shot her a
smile that she assumed was supposed to be kindly but ended up freaking her out
a bit. There was something about the man that gave her the wiggins. Although
she couldn’t quite figure out what it was. “I’m Buf...” She quickly clamped her
mouth shut; she had almost given him her real name. What the hell? She was
never this careless. She cleared her throat and tried again. “I’m Anne.”
An all too knowing look began to cross
Holland’s face as he looked down at the young woman before him but he refrained
from saying a word. “Hold all my calls,
Louise.” He tossed over his shoulder as he guided Buffy into his office with
his hand at the small of her back. He motioned for Buffy to take the seat in
front of his desk as he shut the door. “Now what can I do for you, young lady?”
his card from her pocket and held it up. “I’m not sure. You left this card at
the diner where I worked.” She turned the card over. “On the back it says I can
help.” She was beginning to think that she had made a huge mistake in coming
here. What if it was all just a misunderstanding and there was nothing this
man or anyone else could do to help her? Pink began to stain her cheeks at
his silence. She had known it. This was all a mistake. Without a word she began
to rise from the chair.
motioned for her to stay. “It’s true. We can help you.”
She shook her
head. “But I don’t have any money.”
“Why don’t you
let me worry about payment. I’m sure we can work something out.” The look on
her face was priceless and he couldn’t help but laugh out loud. “Oh, nothing so
immoral as what you’re thinking, Miss. I can assure you of that.”
misgivings of his motives she believed him. Whatever payment he had in mind
wouldn’t have anything to do with sex. ‘I’m sure this is a waste of your time
“I wouldn’t be
so sure of that.” Once more he smiled at her and she couldn’t help but wish he
would stop doing that. “There is a way to bring Angel back.”
widened as she stared at him. “How did you...”
Summers.” He smiled once more. “We’re both busy people. Let’s not play any more
games, shall we?”
“How did you
know my name?” The question had slipped out before she could stop herself.
A sigh escaped
him. “What’s more important to you now, Miss Summers, the fact that I know who
you are or that I can help bring Angel back?”
even have to think twice about it. “Okay, bring him back.”
up his hands. “Oh, if only it were that easy but I’m afraid things are seldom
as easy as we would wish they were.” He shook his head sadly. “Unfortunately,
Miss Summers this isn’t something I or anyone of my colleagues can do. This is
a job for you. And only you.”
“I will do
anything to bring him back. Just tell me what I have to do.” The slayer would
have wanted more information and details on why this person who didn’t know her
at all would be willing to help her and why she should trust him in the first
place. But all Buffy, the young woman hurting from lost love, wanted was her
loudly as a sad sigh escaped him. “Remember those words. They may come back to
haunt you. As a matter of fact you may wish you had never said them at all.”
danced down her spine at his words but it was too late to change her mind and
she wouldn’t even if she could. If there was a way to save Angel she was going
to do it no matter what she had to do. She straightened her shoulders. “What do
I have to do?”
spread wide. “That’s easy, Miss Summers. You have to go to hell.”
sense since that was exactly where Angel was. “How?”
an indulgent smile on his face. “Not so fast, Miss Summers. There is the small
matter of our fee.”
He cut her off
before she could finish speaking. “All it will cost you is a vial of your
He wanted to
tell her that she shouldn’t dismiss her blood that easily. All things came down
to blood and the blood of a slayer was almost priceless in certain demonic
areas. But instead he nodded his head. “That’s it, just a little blood.”
couldn’t help but be doubtful. “So, all I have to do to get Angel back is give
you some of my blood?”
“Oh no, Miss
Summers. There seems to be a little misunderstanding between us.” He put his
hand over his heart in a placating gesture. “The blood is the payment for me to
show you how to get into hell.” He held up his hand to shush her before she
could speak. “Let me rephrase. This information will get you into the right
Hell dimension. The one where Angel is at this very moment being tortured
almost beyond endurance.”
her eyes. ‘Stop it.”
Miss Summers.” Although the look on his face said he was anything but sorry.
“But it will not get you Angel back. It’s up to you whether or not he steps
foot back in our own dimension.” He gave her a few minutes to think about what
he had said. “Do we have a deal?”
She knew she
should have taken her time and not rushed into anything but this was for Angel.
She didn’t have any choice. Buffy held out her hand. “Deal.”
“Deal.” With a
smile on his face, Holland leaned over and clasped his hand around hers. After
he let go of her hand he slid a set of papers in front of her. “You’ll forgive
me but this arrangement has to be in writing. You know how it is. We wouldn’t
be lawyers without a lot of paperwork.”
for the pen lying on his desk but he quickly exchanged it for another. Without a word she began to write her name
on the paper before her. A look of horror began to spread across her face as
she watched her name being written in blood. Her blood. She stared up at
his shoulders. “I told you it was all about the blood.”
As soon as she
had signed the last piece of paper and wrote her initials in the last spot,
Holland whisked the papers away and tucked them into his briefcase without so
much as a glance. “Now, Miss Summers, if you will follow me.”
later Buffy stood in the corridor, outside the lab, waiting for him to rejoin
her. The procedure hadn’t taken nearly as long as she had thought it was
especially considering the size of the vial they had used for her blood. It had
been the biggest one she had ever seen. But it didn’t matter she would have
given twice as much if it would help her to get her Angel back.
Are you ready?”
She had been so lost in her own thoughts that she hadn’t even noticed Holland
beside her. That was a dangerous thing in her line of work. “Where to now?”
“If you will
come this way I will take you to where your journey begins.”
As she fell
into step beside him she couldn’t help but wonder if he made himself sound
creepy on purpose.
He opened one
of the back doors and stopped just outside the building. “This is where you
“You’ve got to
be kidding me. A back alley is supposed to lead me to Angel?” Her hands splayed
her hips as she glared at him. If he had just had her on a wild goose chase she
would seriously reconsider her stance against staking humans.
“Oh yea of little
faith.” He pointed his fingers to a spot just beyond her where the area had
already begun to shimmer. “There is your portal, Miss Summers. That will take
couldn’t help but interrupt as his name fell from her lips in a soft whisper.
at the interruption. The manners of young people today were just deplorable.
“Not quite, Miss Summers. Remember,
the portal will lead you to the dimension to where Angel is being held. It is
up to you to find him and bring him back.”
widened before she quickly nodded her head in determination. She would find
Angel and bring him back or die trying. “I will.” With that she took a step
towards the opening.
He grabbed her
arm to stop her. “One last caveat, Miss Summers.” As he squeezed her shoulder,
his fingers dug into the back of her neck in what she guessed was a gesture of
sympathy. For an older man he had a lot of strength. “Before you take that step
be sure you are willing to do anything that you have to do in order to survive,
in order to save Angel. Once entered you have to follow the portal through. If
you change your mind once inside there is nothing else we can do. I and Wolfram
and Hart have done all we can to help you. If you should fail you will be stuck
in that hell dimension forever.”
his hand drop from her shoulder as she turned toward the portal. “Miss
She hastily turned around to face him.
“You only have
three days in that hell dimension.”
dropped in shock. Talk about needing to read the fine print more closely.
He gave her a
level look before he shrugged his shoulders. “We don’t make the rules, Miss
him back.” With those last words she turned and stepped through the portal.
“I hope so, Miss
Summers. I really do hope so.” He whispered as the portal closed behind her.
As he turned
around to go back inside the building, although he shouldn’t be surprised he
couldn’t help but feel a little shocked to see Lindsey McDonald standing behind
him staring at the spot where she had disappeared into the portal.
“Do you think
she’ll make it back?”
Manners shrugged his shoulders as he walked past Lindsey and pushed open the
door. “I don’t know. It doesn’t really matter.”
was all kinds of confused.
With a sigh
Holland turned to face his young protege. “Miss Summers isn’t the issue. Angel
is. The Senior Partners want him back.”
they want that?” Lindsey didn’t know much about Angel except that he was a vampire
and in his opinion they were all pretty much the same... Disposable.
Holland shrugged. “Something about Angel and his playing a vital part in the
coming Apocalypse. I didn’t really ask any questions.”
doubt that. If Holland Manners had asked he wouldn’t be standing there now. The
Senior Partners wanted their orders followed without question. “So this young
girl is supposed to go up against a hell full of demons by herself just to
bring back one vampire?” He shook his head as he wondered what kind of company
he had gotten himself into. “Did you at least tell her that time moves
differently in another dimension?”
at Lindsey. Sometimes he doubted whether the young man had what it took to be
Wolfram and Hart material. Given the circumstances it was probably better if
Lindsey didn’t know everything. “Do not concern yourself with Miss Summers,
Lindsey. She has been told all she needs to know to get the job done. Suffice
it to say, The Senior Partners will get what they want no matter what it takes.
They want Angel back in this dimension. And they want it now.” Without another
word Holland walked through the door and made a beeline for his office leaving
Lindsey to stare after him in shock.
and leaned against the side of a tree. She was the Slayer she was used to a lot
of physical exertion. But this was more than she had bargained for. She felt as
if she had been walking for hours and hours.
And the bad part was that everything looked the same no matter how far
she traveled. To make it worse a red haze seemed to cover all that she saw.
“What ya doing?”
as she spun around to face him. She couldn’t believe she hadn’t felt the demon
come up behind her.
Almost as if
he read her thoughts the demon began to speak. “It’s this place. It does
something to you; slows you down. The things you were capable of doing in your
dimension you can’t do here.”
A look of
shock crossed her face. How am I supposed to free Angel if I can’t be the
slayer!?” His voiced echoed around them and he quickly put his fingers to his
lips and glared at Buffy. “Shh. Do you want the others to hear you?”
“But I didn’t
say a... Never mind.” There was something about him that was vaguely familiar
to her but she couldn’t quite put her finger on what. “Who are you?”
ears bounced as he nodded his head. “I’m Mac. But you don’t have to worry. I’m
a good demon.”
The doubt was
plain on her face as she side-eyed him. “Uh huh. Then what are you doing in
this hell dimension?”
darkened. “I owed a debt.” He pulled his lips tight together to let her know he
wasn’t willing to discuss the subject any further.
There was more
to the story; she could feel it but if Mac didn’t want to talk about it that
was fine with her. She didn’t have time to try to pry it out of him. All she
wanted was to find Angel and get the hell out of here.
Vampire with a Soul?” He waited until she had nodded her head before he
continued. “I know where he is.”
wished he would quit doing that. The whole reading her mind thing was starting
to give her a major wiggins.
Most of the time I don’t even realize I’m doing it until it’s too late.” He
gave her a rueful grin as he motioned for her to follow him. “See what I mean?”
“So where are
you taking me?” For some reason that she didn’t quite understand Buffy almost
trusted the little demon.
“Thank you for
that. Although, I have to admit that I do abhor your use of the words little
demon. I’ll have you know that I am a perfectly acceptable size for my kind.”
He puffed out his chest and wiggled his ears. “Besides parts of me are quite
huge. Do you want me to prove...” At the look on her face he paused and quickly
changed the subject. “Anyway, I can
promise you that I mean you no harm and that I will help you find Angel.”
help but notice he was quick to use the word find and not release.
Mac stopped in
the middle of the road. As he turned to face her he nodded his head. “That’s right.
I’m helpful not stupid. You want to find Angel that’s fine with me. I’m your
demon. I will take you right to where he is being kept. I will even tell you
how to get past the guard but if you want to help him escape.. Count me out.
You are on your own.”
She pushed the blonde hair out of her eyes and gave him a smile. “Take me to
They had only
been walking for a few minutes when Mac turned to look at her. “So you’re the
She shrugged. “Yeah,
but it doesn’t really mean much in here, does it?” Not that she was bitter of
course. But she was beginning to wonder what else that guy at Wolfram and Hart
hadn’t told her about this place.
He repeated her own phrase back to her. He wasn’t a fan of sarcasm as a rule
but he guessed she had a right to it at least this once, given the
circumstances. “So, how come you’re here?” He quickly held up his hand. “And
don’t say to rescue Angel. I got that part. What I don’t understand is why? He
is a vampire after all and unless my nose is misleading me you are entirely
human. Or as human as a slayer can get anyway.”
The words ran
together but he understood them. “What the hell?” Mac stopped in mid-stride.
“You sent him here? Really? You are the reason that he is being...?” He
couldn’t bring himself to say the word. The kid looked tore up enough. He
didn’t need to add to it.
her eyes before she brushed them away. “Yes. He’s here because of me. That’s why
I have to get him back.”
“If he means
that much to you why did you send him here in the first place?”
“I don’t want
to talk about it.”
“I’ve got all
the time in the world. Do you?” Mac folded his arms across his chest as he
waited for her to speak.
Damn it. She
really didn’t want to talk about it but she only had three days. Although, he couldn’t know that...
But at the look on his face she knew he had read her mind again. Damn. A
sigh escaped her. “He, well it wasn’t really him but a demon inside of him
called Angelus who awakened Acathla. The only way to stop him was with Angel’s
blood. So, we fought and I had to stab him with a...” As she spoke her voice
got softer and softer until it gradually faded away.
A soft whistle
escaped him. So, she was the one who stopped Acathla from sucking the world
into his hell. “Okay, I can get you to him. But if you want to see him. There
will be a price.”
about...?” She wasn’t sure how she was going to fight Acathla and win but she
was determined to get Angel out of this place.
He quickly cut
her off. “What the Master doesn’t know doesn’t hurt anyone. Besides who would
have the nerve to tell him?” He wiggled his ears at her. “Would you?” He didn’t
even wait for her to shake her head before he continued. “Besides in this place
everything has its price.”
“That will be up to whoever is guarding Angel at the time. Different guards
have different needs or desires.” He shot her a look. “Pray for one that just wants
screwed up with disgust. “Ewww. What is it with you guys and blood?”
“Hey!” He put
his hands on his hips as he glared at her. “That’s profiling! Didn’t anyone
ever teach you that profiling is wrong? Just because I’m a demon doesn’t mean I
like blood. Personally, I’m more of a kitten fan but that’s....”
her head to dispel the image trying to take root. “I get it. I’m sorry.”
He flashed her
a smile as they resumed walking. “That’s okay. You’re forgiven. After all how
could you know? You’re only human.”
“Oh, ha ha.”
sarcastic laugh brought a smile to his face. “When we get there. Don’t be shy.
Be bold or they will take it as a sign of weakness. And for the love of all you
hold dear no matter what happens don’t show any fear.”
be a problem she was the slayer. She was used to facing her fears. But
curiosity made her ask. “Why not?”
of the demons here get off on fear. They’ll do things to you, things that would
scare the crap out of whatever inhabits your nightmares. You’ll pray for...”
Mac answered her bluntly.
She held up
her hand to stop him. She really didn’t want to hear any more. “Got it. No
“One more thing.”
there was. “What?”
drooped as he lowered his voice. “If a guard wants a fluid release don’t fake
dropped open as she hoped that didn’t mean what she thought it meant. “Fluid
Mac tried to
keep his face from turning red as he brought up this most uncomfortable topic.
But it was no use he could feel the blush spreading across his face. “I was
trying to be polite. But if you want blunt.” He lowered his voice even further.
“Sex. Some of the guards will want sex as their payment.”
Ewwwww. And gross!
She was so not going to do that with a demon!
“Oh?” The skin
on Mac’s arms wiggled as he rubbed the top of his head. “I thought you said you
would do anything you had to do. But maybe I was wrong.”
sigh escaped her. “No. I will do anything to get Angel back. Even....” She
swallowed hard. She didn’t even want to think about having sex with a demon
much less letting it make her... Buffy shivered delicately. “Why can’t I fake
Damn. The man
who had sent her in here hadn’t prepared her at all. “Because they can tell whether or not you have...” His
face reddened. “They can smell it.”
“Okay. No fear
and no faking. Anything else?”
He shook his
head slowly. “Nope. That’s all you need to know.” He paused for a moment.
“Well, maybe you can pray harder for a guard who only wants your blood.”
get answered in Hell?”
her a grin. “You’re here aren’t you?” He let her take that little tidbit as she
later they were standing outside a cave entrance. “They’re keeping Angel here?”
And she had been worried that Angel was being kept somewhere like the luxurious
offices of Wolfram and Hart. She imagined getting inside of that building would
be a nightmare but this... This was going to be easier than she had first
Mac nodded his
head. “Yes, he’s here. But don’t let the outside fool you it’s what’s on the
inside that counts.” He held out his hand. “Here take this.”
down. “What is it?”
He grinned at
her. “Something that might come in handy. Don’t let the guard know you have
He watched as
she took it from him and stuffed it under the wire of her bra.
After she was
done she whispered, “What do I do now?”
But before Mac
could answer her a huge, horned demon walked towards her. His voice was deep
and husky as he asked, “Well, what have we here?” His black eyes raked her body
as he spoke. By the time he was finished she felt her skin begin to tingle. It
was almost as if he had seen every inch of her body naked, as if he had touched
every hidden cavern within her. Finally, he looked her in the eyes. “What are
you doing here?”
She turned to
look at Mac for guidance but he was no longer beside her. “I came to see
He crossed his
arms over his broad chest as if daring her to challenge him. “There’s a price.”
she was ready for this. Buffy nodded her head. “I know.”
A slight smile
curled his full lips as he stared down at her. “It could be more than you are
willing to pay.”
back at him, determination flared in her eyes. “I’m willing to pay whatever it
takes to see him.”
smile widened as he closed the distance between them and slipped his arm around
her to pull her close. Slowly, he ran one of his hands down her back, gently
cupped her ass and then moved to caress her hip before beginning to slide
between her legs. Buffy stiffened as her hands curved into fists at her sides.
She could feel herself going into full slayer mode. It was all she could do not
to try and fight him off of her. But thankfully Holland Manners’ words came
back to her just in time. Be sure
you are willing to do anything that you have to do in order to survive, in
order to save Angel. She knew she wouldn’t get a second chance. She took a
deep breath and made herself relax in his embrace. She slid her hands up his
arms to grasp his biceps.
He whispered as he nuzzled her neck for a few minutes before he slid his arms
back around her waist and finally let her off the hook. “For my payment I only
want your blood.”
She wanted to
slap him. “Then what was with all the touchy feely stuff?” The words were out
of her mouth before she could stop them.
He raised his head and looked her in the
eyes. “I am a male.” Laughter rumbled from deep in his chest at the look on her
face. “I wanted to be sure you were willing. You wouldn’t believe how many
times someone has tried to get by me by using an unwilling body.”
shocked at his words. “Does it really make such a difference to you?” As soon
as the words left her mouth she could have kicked her own ass. Way to go,
Buffy! Piss off the only demon who can help you get to Angel.
“I may be a
demon but I have standards.” He shrugged his massive shoulders. “Besides the
blood tastes so much sweeter if the body is willing.”
the way she had heard it.
But Buffy knew better than to argue after all as the saying went, discretion
was the better part of valor so she kept her mouth shut. "But you're not a
vampire. Right? Then how can you...?”
technically. No. But I do have fangs.” As he grinned she could see the points
of his teeth brush against his bottom lip. “If you want to see him...” He let his
sentence trail off. He wouldn’t coerce her into letting him have her blood; it
was her call.
another word she nodded and tilted her head to the side exposing her neck. Her
body trembled but from what she couldn’t say.
“I won’t hurt you. I promise.” His arms
tightened around her as he leaned down and took a deep breath. “You smell
reason she couldn’t explain a blush began to steal across her face. Damn it.
What was it with her and monsters?
She lost all capability to think as his
tongue slid sensuously across the sensitive skin of her neck before he bit
it was all over. A satisfied smile pulled at the corners of his mouth as he
raised his head. There were things he wanted to say; things like If you were
mine I would kill anyone or anything that touched you. But he knew
better. She was there for someone else.
He took his
time releasing her. His hands slowly caressed her back before he dropped them
to his sides and took a step back. "You may go in now."
As she began
to walk inside she turned back to look at him. “Thank you.”
He nodded his
head. As she disappeared through the doorway he couldn’t stop himself from
whispering. “Any time.”
down the hallway slowly peering into each empty cell she passed. She was just
beginning to think she had been had when she saw him. He was battered and
bruised. His face was barely recognizable beneath the filth of the place. But
despite everything she knew he was Angel. Her heart would recognize him
voice was husky with tears.
stared up at her. Years had gone by, years of torture and misery that he
wouldn’t wish on his worst enemy but somehow through it all he had never
forgotten her. He had come close to forgetting his own name but never her.
Angel winced with pain as he pulled himself up. Slowly, he walked towards the
bars and Buffy. “What are you doing here?”
“I’ve come to
get you out of here.”
“Is it you?” He
shook his head not quite certain that she wasn’t a mirage. “Are you really
It’s me. And I’m here.” She touched him gently through the bars.
understand. How did you get here?”
about it later. Right now let’s just get you out of there.” She looked around
for something to break the lock.
“Why can’t you
just....?” But before he could finish his question the answer dawned on him.
“You don’t have any of your slayer powers here do you?”
She shook her
head as she straightened up. “Nope. That’s why we have to rely on good old
ingenuity.” She quickly raised her shirt and began to run her fingers under her
don’t think this is the right time for us to...” Angel took one last look at
her bare mid-drift before he swallowed hard and turned away. “I mean not that I
wouldn’t want to but you know that we can’t and besides I’ve been tortured for
the last I don’t know how long and...”
Buffy’s face flamed red as she realized what he thought she was trying to do.
“No. I wasn’t. I mean there was no...” She clenched her teeth together as her
fingers finally gripped the piece of metal Mac had given her. She held it up
for Angel to see. “This is what I was after.”
had the grace to look sheepish. He also felt a little hurt. Not that he wanted
Buffy to try and seduce him now because he knew his limits and he knew they
couldn’t do that any more but would it have killed her just to.... Angel shook
his head to dispel the thoughts. It wasn’t her fault he had spent what had felt
like an eternity in this place wanting her. “Okay, what’s that?”
her shoulder. “Mac didn’t say what it was. He just said that it might come in
He could have
asked anything. He should have asked what does it do but instead what came out
of his mouth was, “Who the hell is Mac?”
“I’ll tell you
all about him later. Right now stand back.” She waited until Angel had put a
safe distance between them before she held the metal against the lock. Her eyes
widened in shock as she watched the lock melt away into nothing before her very
eyes. There was no smoke, no smell of burnt metal, nothing to give them away.
It was as if the lock had just disappeared. She pushed open the door. “Let’s
have to tell him twice. Angel hurried out of the cell as fast as he could under
the circumstances. “Where to now?”
“I’m not sure.
We can’t go back out the way I came in. There’s a guard.”
him.” Angel had no problem with killing the creature that had guarded him.
“I don’t want
to hurt your ego or masculine whatever you guys call it but this guy is
ginormous. I mean seriously, even at your best you would have a hard time
taking him and now...”
She stopped as
Angel held up his hand.
“I get it.
“Big doesn’t even begin to cover it.” She
whispered underneath her breath.
Angel shot her
an annoyed look but didn’t comment. “Okay, then how did you get by him?”
“He let me
by.” The words were out of her mouth before she could stop them.
He tilted his
head to the side as he stared down at her. “The guard just let you go...” He
snapped his fingers. “Just like that?”
Buffy ducked her head and refused to look him in the eye. “Look, can we talk
about this some other time? Right now we need to get out of here.” She turned and led the way down the hallway
in the opposite direction.
Without a word
Angel fell into step behind her. They both knew the conversation wasn’t over by
a long shot but for now he would let the matter drop until they could find a safe
place to talk.
voice whispered harsh and low. “Is that you?”
“If it wasn’t
you would be in a lot of trouble, Mac.” Buffy grinned as she stooped to walk
out of the back entrance of the cave.
“You did it!”
Mac completely forgot himself and ran to hug her. “I knew you could do it!”
A grin spread
across her face. “Then why do you seem so surprised?”
shook his head. “I’m not surprised. I’m happy.” He shot her a grin. “Geesh,
learn the difference would ya?”
Buffy’s grin widened.
his shoulders as he looked around. There was no doubt about it they were being
followed. “We have to find a place to lay low for a little while. Follow me,
to fall into step beside the demon but Angel balked. “How do we know you’re not
leading us back to Acathla?”
smile faded as he turned to stare at Angel. “You don’t. But do you have a
choice?” The unmistakable sounds made by a horde of angry demons grew louder.
“You can stay here for all I care but I’m getting Buffy the hell out of here.”
He glared at Angel. “This is no place for a young woman much less the Slayer.”
another word Angel grabbed Buffy’s hand as they followed Mac to safety.
A few minutes
later they found themselves standing inside of a cave that looked almost
exactly like the one they had left minus the cells.
over at Angel still standing inside the cave entrance. It was time to make the
introductions. “Mac, this is Angel.”
bother with a hello. “How did Buffy make it by the guard?”
fell open in shock as a blush stole across her face. This wasn’t the way Angel
acted. He definitely wasn’t himself.
“I’m sorry. I
forgot to tell you.” Mac waited until he was sure he had Buffy’s attention
before he continued. “He’s been here for one hundred years and it’s going to
take awhile before he gets back to...”
found her voice. “Excuse me? Did you say one hundred years?” That can’t be
right. It had only been three months ago since she had sent Angel to...
been here a hundred years. Now will someone please answer my damn question?” He
glared at the two of them. “How did Buffy get the guard to let her by?”
When it was plain
Buffy had no intention of speaking Mac hastily spoke up. “She let him drink her
growl erupted from deep inside of him. No matter how much time had passed since
he had seen her, held her she belonged to him. Buffy was his!
She closed the
distance between them and put a placating hand on his chest. “It was just
blood, Angel. That’s it. He didn’t hurt me or touch me in any other way.” There
was no need for her to mention he had felt her up before he had bit her. She
quickly shot Mac a glare. You had better keep your mouth shut. That’s
something he doesn’t need to know.
Mac grinned at
her as he nodded his head. “It’s plain to see that you two have a lot to talk
about so why don’t I just mosey along for a while and find something to busy
myself with while you two...” He stopped talking as his face turned red. He
knew exactly what he would be doing if he had been stuck here for a hundred
years and his girlfriend showed up. Surely, Angel was no different. As humans
go Buffy wasn’t all that bad to look at. He could see how she would appeal to
the vampire. Yep, they would probably most definitely take the time to... Mac
shook his head as the blush on his face spread to his ears. Just the thought
of.... Without another word he quickly ran out of the cave.
could begin to speak, Mac popped his head back through the entrance. “Oh, I
thought I would mention that it’s not just your slayer powers that don’t work
here. Nothing supernatural does. If you know what I mean.” He wiggled his ears
at them before he left.
her head back to stare up at Angel with a look of confusion on her face. “What
do you think he meant by that?”
shrugged. “I have no...” A huge smile began to spread across his face as it
dawned on him what the little demon was trying to tell them without actually
having to say it. Slowly, he slid his arms around her waist and pulled her
close until her body was flush with his. “I think I have an idea.”
think....” But then it dawned on her. The only thing it could be. “I thought
you couldn’t.” Her fingers played with
the edges of his shirt.
as his arms tightened around her. “Watch me.” He lowered his head and quickly
captured her mouth with his own.
A low moan
slipped from her as his tongue plundered the moist cavern of her mouth.
As kisses went
it wasn’t the sweetest Angel had ever given her but it was by far the most
possessive, the one that marked her as his.
name was wrung from her as his lips left hers to trail hot kisses across her
whispered as he claimed her mouth once more.
He wanted to
go slow, to take his time loving Buffy. He really did. But the memories of the
last time he had been with Buffy, the feel of her naked body against his fueled
with the torture of the years without her touch and the knowledge that another
demon had drank from her was his undoing. “I can’t go slow. I’m sorry, Buffy. I
can’t stop. I don’t want to.” His voice was husky as he turned her to face the
rough wall and deftly lowered her pants.
“I want you,
Angel. I don’t want you to stop either.”
That was all
the encouragement he needed. Angel pushed against her booted feet until her
pants became restraints around her legs holding her in place. He pulled his shirt
off and handed it to her. “Use it as a pillow so you can put your head against
the wall.” He couldn’t believe how fast Buffy did as he asked. “Push your ass
towards me.” He groaned out loud as she wiggled her ass against his
cloth-covered erection. “Damn.” With one hand he unfastened his pants and let
them fall to the floor.
trembled as pleasure coursed through her as the thick head of his cock slid
against her slick entrance. She couldn’t believe this was happening. That after
so many months of wanting Angel; they were going to give into their desires...
again. Maybe it should have occurred to her that she was taking a demon at his
word but she couldn’t stop herself. She had to have Angel, she needed to be in
his arms. At least one more time.
In his haste
he didn’t want to hurt her. Angel caressed her hips, her thighs before he slid
his hand between her legs, barely dancing across her clit as he tested her
As his fingers
dipped inside of her moist heat she pushed back against him, demanding without
words that he give her what she so desperately needed.
This was it,
he couldn’t wait any longer. He removed his fingers and slowly began to ease
himself inside of her. Hot, wet heat surrounded him as he slid inch by
torturous inch inside of her until he was fully engulfed. He could feel his
eyes begin to roll back in his head as her muscles tightened around him. A
sound escaped him; part moan and part growl. The pleasure was more than he had
dreamed, much more than he remembered.
trembled as he began to move slowly, carefully inside of her. Every cell in his
body urged him to grab her hips and fuck her until they were both mindless
heaps on the cave floor. But this was Buffy. “Buffy.” Her name was an agonized
plea on his lips.
his shirt as she pushed back harder against him, driving him deeper inside of
her. “Harder, Angel. Please. Harder.”
possessive growl rumbled from deep within him as he gripped her hips in his
hands and began to thrust inside of her. The wet sounds echoed obscenely
through the room, bouncing off the rock walls surrounding them. In and out he
pushed against her, harder, faster, deeper until whimpers of pleasure escaped
her and she was a quivering mass of need.
his arm around her and pulled her closer to him driving his cock even deeper
inside of her. He nuzzled her neck as his hand moved to slide between her legs.
Angel!” Her breath caught in her throat as his fingers barely grazed her
Slowly, he strummed
the sensitive nub. “Shh, baby. I’ve got you.”
The words ran together in a litany of prayer as tears of frustration welled in
matter?” His voice was all innocence as his fingers continued to work her clit.
back against him. “You said you couldn’t go slow.”
nuzzled her neck before he licked the shell of her ear. “I find that I lied.”
Two could play
that game. Buffy clamped
her inner muscles down on his cock; tightening around him so hard that his body
trembled from the pressure and the ridges on his forehead appeared. With a
wicked smile on her face she tilted her head to the side to offer him her neck.
She was tempting Angel beyond all endurance and she knew it, she thrilled from
warning his fangs slid into her soft skin, as her blood flowed into his mouth
her orgasm ripped through her body and she screamed his name.
behind his eyes as the ripples from her body caused her to tighten even harder
around him. His control, what little there was of it, finally snapped. Harder
and harder he thrust into her willing body.
Her blood was warm and wet as it coated his throat. As he swallowed the delicious blood in great
greedy gulps his orgasm burst from him and he roared with his release.
After he was
spent he lovingly licked the tiny wounds closed. “This isn’t the way I would
have had made love to you again.”
smile lit her eyes as she turned to face him. “Do you hear me complaining?”
smile spread across his face as he shook his head. “No.” He whispered as he
bent to help her readjust her clothing.
kiddies, I hope you’re decent because it’s time for us to go.” Mac yelled
loudly as he walked into the cave. The last thing he wanted to do was to come
upon them in flagrante delicto. Just the thought of it made his
ears begin to burn again.
they were fully dressed by the time he had entered.
“We have a small
window of opportunity to get you two out of here. It will only be so long
before someone thinks to search this cave. So let’s go.” Without waiting to see
if Angel and Buffy were following him, Mac turned and walked out of the cave.
It didn’t take
long before they fell into step beside the demon.
Minutes later and Buffy was sure she was
beginning to recognize the area. “Isn’t this the way I came in?”
Mac nodded his
head. “Yep, just down that way is the portal.”
“Oh my god,
Angel! We’re really going home!”
his mouth to speak but no sound came out.
her eyes as she watched as Angel crumpled to the ground at her feet. What
the hell? Even though Buffy knew she was powerless in this dimension she went
into full slayer mode as she glared at Mac. “What are you doing?”
held up his hands. “This isn’t what it looks like.”
her hands on her hips ready to kick demon ass. “Yeah, that’s good because it
looks like you just injected something into Angel that caused him to pass out.”
She couldn’t believe this was happening. They had been so close. “If you never
had any intention of letting us go then why did you let us come this far. Why
did you help me find Angel in the first place?” Buffy looked around for
something to knock the little demon out with. Maybe she didn’t have her slayer
powers but she was pretty sure she could take the little runt in a fight.
the girl packed a mean attitude when she was pissed. “I told you before
that I was an acceptable size for my species.” At her look he stopped. “Look, I
had no choice okay?
I told you that I was here because I owed a debt?” He waited until she had
nodded before he continued. “Well, this is the debt I owed.”
“So your debt
was to give me hope and then take it away?” Why would anyone want to do that
to her? It didn’t make any sense.
It doesn’t make any sense but here we are. And just so you know. This isn’t
even about you. It’s about Angel here.” He pointed down on the ground where
Angel was out cold. “Someone wants Angel back in your dimension and they want
him back immediately.”
from her eyes as she stared at the demon. “Then why make me go through all of
this? Why couldn’t you have done this yourself?”
laughter echoed around them. “Have you seen you?” He looked her up and down
appreciatively. “Seriously, between you and me which one of us stood the better
chance of getting by that guard? Besides do you think Angel would have trusted
me if not for you?”
“It seems as
if Angel was right in not trusting you.”
placed his hand over his heart and staggered backwards as if struck by her
words. “That hurts. It really does.”
She took a
menacing step closer. “Stop the con act and just explain to me what’s going
Mac leaned against the nearest tree. “This is the way it is. You had to get
Angel out and now I have to get him through a different portal into your
her face. “I don’t understand. Why can’t we go through together?”
shrugged. “Beats me.” He hastily held up his hand again as Buffy took a step
closer. “That was just a saying not an invitation.” He couldn’t miss the slight
curve of her lips as he continued. “The only thing I know is that you go back
the way you came and Angel goes through a different portal.”
“How do I know
if I leave that you will really let him go through? What if you decide to take
him back?” She thought they were both very good questions even if she did say
They are good questions. And I have equally good answers.” He grinned up at
her, impishly. “I love my life. Most of the time, anyway. And I wouldn’t do
anything to jeopardize it. So as soon as you leave in he goes. I promise.”
understand why she believed him but for some reason she did. “Okay, Can I...”
She nodded her head towards Angel.
He’s groggy and disoriented. But that’s so he won’t...” Mac let his sentence trail
off. He had almost told her that Angel would remember anything that had
happened the last couple of days. He was sure that would have went over big
with the Slayer.
to her knees beside Angel and took his face in her hands. “Mac, says we have to
get back to our own dimension separately. But I want you to know that I won’t
forget what’s happened between us these last couple of days. I’m leaving LA as
soon as I get back and we can...” She brushed back the tears from her eyes.
“I’ll be in Sunnydale soon.” Her breath caught in her throat as he opened his
eyes and stared up at her.
before he could say anything else his eyes drifted closed once more.
She leaned down and gently kissed his lips.
“I love you, Angel. I’ll see you soon.”
stood up. “You had better be telling me the truth. Because if you aren’t I
swear to you and all that you hold dear that there is no place you can run; no
place you can hide....” She made a stabbing motion with her fist as she began
“I get it.
You’ll kill me.” He rolled his eyes as he watched her back away. “Trust me when
I say this, Buffy but the people I owe this to are a lot more scarier than you.
Angel will be back in Sunnydale soon.” Maybe he should have told her the rest
but he didn’t have the heart to. Let her continue believing, at least for a
little while longer, that she and Angel would work this time. That they would
remember all that had transpired between them here.
called his name.”
in the middle of the path. “What would have happened if I didn’t believe you
and took Angel with me?”
if you don’t ask that question, Buffy.” He glanced back over his shoulder behind
them. “You wouldn’t like the answer and neither would I.”
Mac shook his
“Why did you
let me and Angel have the time to...” Her face turned red. “You know.”
grinned at her as his face begin to turn a red as well. “That’s easy. I wasn’t
told that I couldn’t. Besides you looked at him as if he was the best thing in
because he is.”
“Then you have
your answer. How could I not let you have a few moments together here without
any fear of Angelus’ return?”
“Thank you, it
meant a lot. I’ll never forget it.” Buffy whispered before she turned and
resumed walking towards the portal that would lead her back to Los Angeles.
With a painful
look on his face, Mac watched until she was out of sight before he started the
count down. In exactly one hour he would push Angel through the portal. By then
a couple of weeks would have passed in their dimension and Buffy would be back
leaving the portal took less time than it had going into the hell dimension.
Within thirty minutes Buffy could see the back of the Wolfram and Hart building
and the man standing there.
A smile began
to slowly spread across Holland Manners’ face. “I take it your mission was a
success, Miss Summers?”
Buffy gave him
an answering smile as she stepped out of the portal and it closed behind her.
“Yes, it was. Mac, this demon I met, said that he was supposed to get Angel
into this other portal.” She rubbed the back of her neck. She didn’t notice as something
fell to the ground behind her. “I don’t know why I believed him. It doesn’t
sound like me.” She tilted her head to the side. “Does it?” Buffy teetered
backwards. “What’s going on?” She stared at the man watching her. “Who are you?
What am I doing here?”
Manners made sure to crush the small tracking device that had fallen off of
Buffy beneath the heel of his shoe as he caught her before she could fall to
the ground. “It’s okay, Miss Summers. I’ve got you.” He placed his hand on her
shoulder and gave her a friendly squeeze.
“You’ve just had a nasty accident.”
“Why can’t I
received a bump on the head. It’s natural to be a little confused after
something like this. What you need now is a hot relaxing bath and a good
night’s sleep. I’m sure everything will be alright and you will see things
clearer in the morning.” Holland knew Buffy would never remember that she was
the one who had helped Angel get out of the hell dimension but The Senior
Partners would never forget it. For a split second he allowed himself to wonder
if they would have any more use for Miss Summers but he quickly shook his head.
It really wasn’t any of his business. If or when the slayer was needed again he
was sure The Senior Partners would let him know.
nodded her head but stopped herself just in time. “That does sound good.”
He held out
his hand towards the man standing in the doorway. “If you don’t mind, my
colleague will see you home.” His smile widened with satisfaction as he gently
guided her into the other man’s arms. “Lindsey, see that, Miss Summers gets
back towards him. “Thank you. Mr....? I’m sorry but I don’t remember your
all right, Miss Summers. You won’t remember this conversation either.”
at her. “It’s nothing, Miss Summers.”
“I can’t help
thinking that there was something I was supposed to do. Or did I already do
it?” She grabbed her head as pain shot through it. “Why can’t I remember?”
beside them as Lindsey guided her towards the limousine with his hand at the
small of her back.
Miss Summers. Everything has already been taken care of. All you need to do now
is go home and rest.” He nodded at Lindsey as he began to usher her into the
backseat of limousine.
door shut Buffy leaned forward. “Thank you for everything.”
Miss Summers. It has been my pleasure.” Holland shut the door and watched
silently as they pulled out of the alleyway. “Go home, Buffy. Go back to
Sunnydale and Angel.” He whispered as the car sped away. “The faster you get
back to Sunnydale the faster Angel will get here where he belongs.”