The last battle
By: Yamuri (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Chapter One: A trip through time
Nemesis felt still bored when the final battle reached its climax.
While Jesse and the few outriders who stayed with him on the outrider
planet prepared the Blue Cobalt Blaster Nemesis concentrated on the
central computer system. It wasn't that easy to manipulate the
computer only with concentrating on it. But as long as Jesse and the
Star Sheriffs were busy with fighting out there nobody would
take notice of his actions and until it was to late nobody would
interfere. In the end he would win. Who did Jesse think he was? Did
he really think he could defeat him, Nemesis. Nobody could defeat
him. All of them would have to learn that. His power was unbreakable.
Finally he managed to live without a body. He could go wherever he
wanted to and with the help of those stupid Sheriffs he would be
free. Right now he was still connected to the Triton Materia and the
central computers. But soon he would be free. Nemesis realized that
Ramrod had found an entrance and was on his way to the Blue Cobalt
Blaster. For a last time Nemesis checked the systems. The Triton
Materia was charged with energy and ready to use.
When Jesse gave the sign and the Blue Cobalt Blaster shot towards
Ramrod the Triton Materia started to glow. A blue flash was formed in
front of the Triton Materia and sent through the outrider planet. The
flash hit the Cobalt Blaster's energy exactly at the same point where
the Cobalt Blaster's energy hit the energy Ramrod set free, with
using its guns.
A giant explosion was caused by the energy and the outrider planet
trembled. Jesse was thrown back against the wall. It was hot like
fire and almost burnt through his metal clothes. Shocked but still
confident he managed to go back to the computer.
"Commander, we have to go out of here." one of the outriders shouted.
The room was filled with steam and fog.
"No!" Jesse screamed back. "We will not surrender. Load up the Blue
Cobalt Blaster again!"
"You have no say in that matter. Do what I say!! And where are those
dammed Star Sheriffs!?!"
"The explosion threw them back. It must have damaged Ramrod badly."
"Okay." Jesse grinned evilly. "I fetch ..." but he was stopped by
what he saw on the computer screen. The screen didn't show planet
Yuma but a blue, green and white planet, which reminded Jesse of the
earth, as it had been centuries ago. Jesse had seen a picture of the
earth at school and the planet in front of the outrider planet looked
like earth must have looked like before humanity started to explore
and colonize other planets in the galaxy.
But he had not much time to think about it cause another explosion
hit the outrider planet and he was thrown back against the hot wall
again. This time it wasn't as hot as some minutes ago.
"Ramrod reached the Triton Materia!" one of the soldiers shouted.
Jesses face turned from white to red. "Then don't sit there and look
at me!! Are the weapons ready!?!"
"In a few seconds, commander!"
"In a few seconds?! I said now! Hurry up!" Jesse shouted and left the
The Star Sheriffs were stupid enough to face Nemesis. Well, he didn't
mind if they got killed themselves. Perhaps they killed each other.
That would have been the best ending of the battle. Then he would
finally be the new leader. As fast as he could Jesse ran to his space
ship Badlander and made his way out of the outrider planet. Some
seconds after he left he could see that another explosion hit the
planet. It was shown on Badlander's screen. From distance Jesse
watched the outrider planet. It was still far enough away from the
earth. But he had not much time to enjoy the view.
With high speed a small space ship was flying in his direction.
Bronco Buster. The cowboy was really tough. Jesse thought Colt had
been hurt very much during the last fight and couldn't join the
Sheriffs in the final battle. But nobody could tell Colt to stay away
"Jesse Blue!" Colt shouted to him over the two-way radio.
"You're still alive Colt." It was more a statement than a
question. "Well, we can change that very fast. Should be fun."
Colt answered with using Bronco Buster's guns against Badlander. With
full energy Bronco Buster fired towards Badlander. The space ship
wasn't damaged much by the shot. Jesse laughed and Badlander's guns
fired back immediately. Colt reacted fast and Bronco Buster flow over
Badlander and fired towards his back. Badlander couldn't move as fast as Bronco Buster but his
weapons were much stronger and Colt knew that sooner or later he
Suddenly a heavy explosion interrupted their senseless fight. Both of
them watched over their space ship's screens the outrider planet. It
seemed to break and dissolve it. Jesse felt that the explosion wasn't
the final one. Shortly after the first explosion Ramrod escaped the
outrider planet. The next
explosion blinded all of them and when they opened their eyes again
the outrider planet was gone. There was nothing but space left. For
some minutes time stopped. Then all of them could hear a voice in
A laughing voice. "You stupid humans. Did you really think you could
defeat me?! Did you think that your battle is over and that you've
won?! The war will never end but if it should end one day then you
won't be the heroes. In the end it's always me who will win."
"What have we done?" Jesse whispered. Then he realized that Bronco
Buster was flying towards him again and that Ramrod headed in the
same direction. As fast as he could he flow straight ahead towards
the moon. Before Badlander crashed into the moon Jesse moved his
space ship, flow around the moon and
towards the earth where he planed to land in a save and uninhabitant
Ramrod was damaged to badly to follow Badlander and had to land on
the moon. Although Saber told Colt to come back to Ramrod Colt
decided to follow Jesse. Bronco Buster was still in good constitution
and he didn't want Jesse to escape. Instead of Saber, April and
Fireball who were still confused by Nemesis voice talking to them out
of space Colt stayed cool. Before joining the Star Sheriffs Colt had
been a bounty hunter. And the headhunter's spirit in him was still
alive. He would find Jesse and bring him back before he could make
their situation worse. You had always to be prepared for surprises
Chapter Two: Darla's return
Years passed by since Darla fought for the master against Buffy. When
she left Sunnydale she had been almost dead. Her favorite childe had
betrayed her and helped the Slayer to defeat the master. Angel had
almost killed her. But she had survived. Soon she would be as strong
as before and their family would be united again. Then after those
years of healing she decided to search for Angel's favorite childes.
Spike and Drusilla. Rumors said they went to Brazil and there Darla
found Drusilla. But what happened to her? She broke up with Spike. At
first Darla thought that couldn't be possible.
"He became pathetic. When Angel lost his soul he even made a deal
with the Slayer. Can you imagine Darla, he helped the Slayer to get
back her soul boy."
"Angel lost his soul though? What a good news."
"No, no. My Angel has the soul back cause Spike betrayed us. Miss
Edith told me. My Spike, my poor Spike. This Slayer is really a
Darla stroke over Dru's head gentle. "Don't worry. We will get them
back and the Slayer will be punished. Soon we return for revenge."
"See, mummy is back and will take care of us. Don't worry Miss Edith.
We will get our Angel back and even Spike will return. Poor Spike.
Too obsessed with the redhead friend of the slayer. I've seen it in
his eyes before he left for California the second time." She smiled
and pressed her doll against her chest.
Drusilla and Darla stayed in Brazil only for a short time cause Dru
had a strange vision. Miss Edith told her they had to go back to
California and meet somebody. Usually Darla didn't give much about
what Miss Edith told but she knew that Dru's visions could be of some
importance. Although she was not ready to face Angel she would go
back to the USA with Drusilla.
Then they saw the sign. The moon was glowing and a strange lightening
passed the sky. Minutes later something went down from the sky. It
landed near the town they were at the moment. In the next night both
of them went out to see what it had been and discovered a large space
ship. Darla was surprised and didn't know what to do but Drusilla
"Miss Edith showed me that in one of my dreams. That's the thing we
are looking for." She went towards the space ship but was stopped by
"Wait. Tell me what's that?"
"It came from the future. And it came to help us."
"I smell blood and fear. Where do we get in? Have you seen that in
your visions?" her voice sounded hungry and impatient. Drusilla shook
Suddenly they heard a strange sound from the back of the ship. A
young man appeared. Green hair hang in his face, which was covered
with sweat and blood.
He weared only a gray shirt, black trousers and boots. The shirt was
ripped and showed his chest, which was covered with blood. His boots
were covered with sludge cause the ground was muddy. Angry blue eyes
looked up to them. Darla smiled at him and stepped forward.
Suspicious Jesse watched the young woman. Somehow she remembered him
to April. Long blonde hair fell down her shoulders and blue eyes
looked at him out of her pale beautiful face. She wear a tight black
dress and a red coat. A necklace made of diamantes lay around her
throat and glew in the moonlight. The other girl behind her, had long
black curly hair and wear a long red dress and a black leather
jacket. In her hands she held a dirty doll.
Before he could do anything the blonde girl reached him laid her
hands around his waist. Jesse was quite surprised. How did he deserve
this? "Hey...I suppose you ..." But he couldn't finish his sentence.
She leaned into him and kissed him hardly. "What's your name, luv?"
she whispered. "Jesse. Jesse Blue." He answered. He couldn't resist,
pulled her closer against him and kissed her back. Suddenly the black
haired girl laughed loudly and Jesse broke the kiss confused. When he
looked down to the blonde girl her face had changed. More surprised
and confused than frightened he looked into her yellow eyes. "What?"
"Close your eyes!" she demanded. Faster than he could look she leaned
into him and ditched her fangs deep into his throat. Surprised he
gasped for breath. His heartbeat became slow and he lost
consciousness. Darla laid him on the ground carefully, took a knife
out of her purse and cut her arm. She sat down next to him. With her
left hand she held his head. From the wound of her right arm blood
dropped down to his mouth. "Drink" she whispered to him. He didn't
realize what happened but he opened his mouth and started to drink.
Cold blood ran down his throat and gave life back to him. Suddenly
the blood was taken away from him and he felt himself changing. His
soul didn't want to leave his body. Whatever happened to him he
wasn't allowed to surrender. The demon cried out in anger when the
soul didn't leave. While demon and soul fought for their right
something strange happened. From out of the darkness soul and demon
heard a voice speaking to them. "Both of you will loose if you
continue fighting like that."
"Who?" they cried and looked at another soul, or were it a demon.
They didn't know. Whatever it was it was complete.
"You want me to solve your problem?"
"It's my body. Nobody will take it away from me. I won't die." The
"You're dead already and the body is mine now." The demon answered
"You want me to help both of you?!" the voice asked.
"Come here to me and become one again."
Slowly the ghost came nearer. When it touched soul and demon a
terrible ache was sent through both of them. They cried out in anger
All of them were one spirit now.
Jesse opened his eyes. They glew blue in the night. He smiled evilly.
<You've lost Nemesis.> Jesse thought. <You arranged that demon and
soul wouldn't get separated and therefore you became one with me. But
you see in the end it was me who won.> But Jesse didn't realized that
whether himself nor Nemesis won this fight. Both of them became a new
person, a vampire, the most powerful vampire which every existed. And
perhaps this wasn't such a big advantage for Nemesis. Although
vampires were immortal he was captived in a body now and if this body
died who knew if he would die with it then? But he was young and
hungry. The demon in him took away all his doubts and he was
confident about the future. He smiled at the girl who was still
sitting next to him.
"Who are you?"
"Name's Darla, luv. My friend's Dru."
"And what are you doing here, Darla. You came only cause of me." he
grinned and pulled her closer to him.
"Only for you, luv. You're my boy. The best man a girl can dream of.
Together we will rule the world. Soon hell mouth will open again."
Jesse grinned evilly and nodded. Finally someone who saw that he was
better than anybody else. His eyes glew in the darkness. "I suppose
we will go along fine."
"We should leave this area fast." Drusilla interrupted them.
Darla stood up and pulled him off the ground. When looking down
he realized that his wounds were gone. He didn't feel a heartbeat,
nor blood flowing through his veins or the need to breath. Only
hunger for blood. But his clothes were still ripped. Before they went
back to civilization he had to get knew ones. But some tracks had to
be buried first. He went inside Badlander and activated a bomb. Soon
the space ship would be gone. The bomb would destroy it completely.
Then he left his past behind and joined Darla and Drusilla. They
could see the first lights of the town already when Jesse stopped
them. "Wait. I can't go in town with those clothes. Fetch me some new
"Drusilla!" Darla demanded and Dru vanished into the darkness
The she turned to Jesse. "Always as you wish, master."
Jesse liked the way she was talking to him. It was such a good
feeling when she called him master. He was a master vampire. And a
girl, similar to April admired him, did everything for him. Dru came
back some minutes later and he wondered how she got those clothes
that fast. "Thank you, Dru." he said and gave her a gentle kiss. She
smiled at him happily. "One happy family." She whispered and started
talking to her doll. Jesse watched her surprised and remembered
Nemesis youth. Nemesis understood what Dru was doing and he felt
himself close to her. In his youth he had a teacher who taught him
the old abilities. Now he was a master in those arts and he would
teach Dru to use those abilities, too. She would be almost as good as
him but he had to take care of his girls. He wouldn't tolerate
disobedience. But Darla had hundreds of years practice and knew how
to treat him. In the end he would do what she wanted him to do. Of
course she would do what he wanted at first.
Chapter Three: The first victim
"How are you my boy?" Darla asked, after Jesse finished his first
meal. Drusilla had brought him some girl she catched in town and he
had tasted human's blood for the first time. It was delicious.
He grinned at her evilly. "Couldn't be better. There's only one
matter left." His eyes glew yellow while he watched back into the
direction they came from.
"Forget your past." She whispered while turning him around again. Her
hands touched his shoulder gently. "There's only one thing we have to
worry about. The slayer. But I'm sure we will get rid of that problem
"I give a damned thought about the slayer!" he wanted to add
something but suddenly a strange smell reached his nose and he could
feel the presence of an intruder.
"That's what my Spike said too before…" Dru started to say but was
interrupted by Jesse.
"Hush." he demanded. To Drusilla's surprise Jesse just leaned into
Darla to kiss her. But only for moments. Then he pushed her away,
turned around quickly and vanished into the woods.
"What's now?" Dru asked.
"Somebody is watching us. I can smell the fear." Darla whispered.
The same moment a young blonde man appeared out of the darkness and
fell down in front of them. Behind him Jesse stepped out of the
woods. "Number One." He said. "Take care of him. I will fetch the
second one." With those words he disappeared again.
"What a sweet prezie. Is it for me?" Dru sang while sitting down next
to the young man. "Strange clothes." She whispered. The man looked up
to her. His face was pale and covered with blood. The metallic
clothes were ripped and dirty. Carefully she helped him out of his
destroyed spacesuit. He wear a white overall under the spacesuit. It
was red, too. "Must have been a hard fight." Darla said from
behind. "Yeah. And what a waste of blood." Dru answered.
"Who are you?" the man asked.
"Me? Call me Dru, pet. She's Darla. My grandsire. How lovely you're."
She said while holding him in her arms and stroking over his hair.
"Please." He said. "You have to help me."
"I will, when our master is back."
"Your master? You don't mean Jesse?"
"Shut up." Darla said and sat down next to his other side. "You won't
speak mean about him. Soon you'll learn to respect him."
"Listen to me please. I can help you. You have not to do this. He
only uses you."
"He's confused and tired isn't he?" Dru asked. Darla grinned
evily. "Let's take care of him until he's back."
Far away they could hear someone fight. "You can't win." The man said
but the vampires ignored him. From out of nowhere Darla fetched some
cords and tied him to a tree. She pulled as firm as she could. Then
she used a scarf to gag him.
Dru giggled happily. A few moments later Jesse joined them. He
carried a blonde girl. She was unconsciousness and blood turned her
hair red. Jesse took off her red spacesuit and tied her to a tree.
Afterwards he turned to the man and sat down in front of him. Darla
took away the scarf.
"Nice to meet you Sheriff." Jesse said. "You know how long I've
waited for this moment."
"It's not to late Jesse. We can still help you." He answered. Jesse
laughed loudly but suddenly he bent towards him and pushed his fist
into the man's stomach. "Ouhhh…." He coughed and gasped for breath.
"You see. You have no say in this case, Saber Rider. And now you will
watch carefully. Lesson first, I'm the boss. Beside from now on you
will call me Nemesis. That's who I'am." He seized forward and choked
Saber whose breath was flat now. An evil smile passed the blue haired
man's lips. <I have a new body now. A powerful body and finally I
defeated this stupid demon and Jesse. As long as they don't try to
separate from me we will go along fine.> Nemesis thought.
"Are you frightened, little Sheriff." Nemesis laughed. "Frightened of
me? Yes you're. Come on, say it. Or do you want more pain."
"Now, that was bad. Really bad. You second lesson for today is. Obey
me and only talk when you got the permission too." He ripped Saber's
overall open and fetched a pointed stone. Saber's eyes widened when
Nemesis used the stone to cut into his chest. In horror he watched
Nemesis' face. Nemesis didn't look human anymore. The demon form took
over the body. Fastly Nemesis leaned forward and bit into Saber's
chest. A scream escaped Saber's mouth. Darla and Dru giggled.
But the vampire didn't take much blood. When he moved back his
demonic form vanished. "What do you say now, Sheriff? Are you
frightened or not."
"I'm." Saber whispered.
"That's good. You learn fast. Very good. If you're good you can have
some fun." Nemesis grinned and stood up. "He's useless for me. You
can have him." He said and kissed Darla gently.
"No…" Saber whispered. "You have not to be afraid of me." Dru said
and sat down next to him. "Mummy will take care of you." From
distance Saber could watch Darla and Nemesis talking to each other.
But he couldn't understand anything. This was a nightmare. They had
come to earth and searched for Colt. Instead of Colt Nemesis found
him and April. Somehow Nemesis must have been managed to take over
Jesse's body and to turn it into a monster, a being from legends, a
vampire. Hopefully April was okay. Her skin was pale and she lost
more blood than him. She seemed to be of not much interest for Jesse
as long as she was unconsciousness. How could he save her?
"My poor little pet." Dru said and stroke his hair gently. Carefully
she bent down and kissed the wound on his forehead. Saber didn't
move. It almost felt good and let him forget his problems. Dru's
hands stroke over his chest and made his heart beat faster. She
licked at his chest softly. "You remind me of my Spike, you know."
She said. "Your eyes are so beautiful. Mirrors of your pure soul. And
your blood tastes wonderful." She stopped talking for a moment to
lick at his chest again. "I can see you, my Saber. I can see your
soul. Pure and light. Do you also want to see me? I know you want.
Let me show you a world you never expected to be real." He didn't
know what she meant, but right now the only thing he wanted was to
sleep. Maybe she would let him sleep and forget about this nightmare
if he agreed. Slowly he closed his eyes and nodded. The same moment
her face changed. She leaned forward, touched his chest gently and
bit into his throat softly. A silent cry escaped his lips and his
eyes opened wide. His heartbeat became slow and he lost
consciousness. Before he would die Dru moved back. She used her
fingernail to cut into her throat. Blood ran down her white skin.
Carefully she leaned over him, her hands holding his head. "Drink."
She whispered. Saber's eyes opened again. He licked at her throat
slowly. Suddenly he felt the demon taking over his body. The soul
screamed in pain and fear but the demon was stronger and pushed the
soul away. Demonic features took over the body and he drank from Dru
greedily. After some time she moved away. His yellow eyes looked at
her greedy and wild. "I know you're hungry, pet. Be patient. Mummy
will fetch you a present, soon." She said. Dru stood up and watched
as Saber teared up the ties' and joined her.
Chapter Four: Decisions
Darla and Nemesis watched Dru patiently. "It was a lovely present for
her." Darla said. Nemesis nodded. "She's feeling better now." He said.
"You give me a present, too?" she asked. "Depends on how you behave."
He answered. "You won't be disappointed." Nemesis smiled and kissed
Darla smiled satisfied. The first step was done. She was glad she
made him a vampire. He was what she needed. With his help she would
get her Angelus back and afterwards they would rule the world
together. Nemesis, Angelus, Spike, Dru, Saber and Darla. What a happy
family they would be. Without the slayer.
Nemesis turned back to Dru and Saber now. "I see your boy is awake."
He said. Saber's eyes glew yellow. "You will have to wait some time
for your dinner, mate." Saber nodded. Nemesis smiled satisfied. It
had been a good idea to hand him over to Dru. She would take care of
him and they had one enemy less.
"But before we're going to have a bit fun …My dear Darla wants to
tell us something, right?" he took her in his arms and kissed her
gently. "I have. Important tasks are waiting for us."
With those words they sat down and Darla started to tell Nemesis and
Saber her whole story. At first she told him about her own life, how
she became ill and the master saved her from death by making her a
vampire. Then she told him details about how she got to know Liam and
made him her mate. Nemesis was impressed by what she told about
Angelus and his actions.
"Why isn't Angelus here with you? Did the slayer kill him? Is this
the reason for you anger?" he interrupted her.
"Oh no. It's a long and sad story. But Angelus isn't lost. We can
still save him from becoming totally insane."
"He got cursed with a soul." Drusilla sang while torturing her doll,
by using stones. Darla didn't pay attention to her acts but continued
her story about how Angelus got cursed and became Angel. Her voice
sounded sad and far away when she told about how all of them got
separated. She told about how she went to the USA and worked for a
master vampire again. And how she met Angel again and that he almost
killed her. Then she finished her report by telling about her escape
and her meeting with Dru.
Nemesis nodded thoughtfully. "Angel is in love with the slayer. Very
"We brought him back for some time." Dru said. "Angelus. My Angelus
came back. Spike brought me to the hell mouth to search for a cure.
In Prague, you remember Miss Edith, in Prague I got hurt and my Spike
helped me to become healthy again. We met Angel. The slayer. It was
the slayer who managed to break the curse. She did it by accident. We
were a happy family then and we almost killed the slayer. But Spike,
my Spike was jealous of my Angel and made a deal with the slayer."
"Spike helped to bring Angel back?" Nemesis wondered.
"No, no. Miss Edith told me it was the redhead, the slayer's best
friend. She's a witch and she cursed my Angel with the soul again.
Spike took me with him after a big fight against the slayer. We went
to South America. But Spike became pathetic. Wasn't vampire enough
for me. I left him."
"We will get him back and remind him who he is."
"Yeah." Dru smiled. "He has killed two slayers already. Me too. I
killed one myself. It was during the fight before Spike left
Sunnydale with me. My poor Spike. Maybe the redhead did a spell over
him, like she did over my Angel. Perhaps that's the reason why he
felt connected to her. After I left him he went back to Sunnydale. I
know. Then he came back and tried to convince me to take him back. I
couldn't. His thoughts were still in Sunnydale."
Nemesis nodded. Then he realized Saber's look. He knew how he had
felt shortly after becoming a vampire. Saber was hungry. Thoughtfully
he followed Saber's look. <He's watching April.> a part of him
thought. <How beautiful she is when she's sleeping. Finally she is
mine. Mine forever. Nobody will ever…Saber? Well, he can't have her.
He has to accept that.> Thoughtfully he watched her when the feelings
vanished. <Wait, I have a much better plan. She didn't want Jesse-me.
We will give her a last decision and if she refuses she will get what
she wants but in the end she will regret it. That's my promise.>
"Where are you looking at, mate?" he asked. "She's sweet, isn't she?
But she's all mine. Always remember that."
Saber looked at him a bit angry but nodded. "We understand each
other, good." Nemesis said. "Well, I see you're hungry. Darla and me
we're going to have some fun and you? You can have dinner. Show him
the best places to feed Dru."
"I will." She pulled Saber with him but Nemesis stopped them. "Saber,
my dear. You know two of our enemies are still out there."
"We will get rid of them if you want." Saber smiled evilly.
"Not yet. But I want you to destroy Ramrod."
"But maybe we can use …"
"NO. It's too dangerous. I had to destroy Badlander, too. Humans
military could find out and then we would be in great danger. You
don't want that, do you?"
"Nope. Dru and me will take care of the case. Don't worry." With
those words they vanished into the woods. <There will be no way back.
Humans don't have the possibilities to travel through time. When all
weapons and vehicles from the future are destroyed we must stay on
earth. And that's part of my plan.> Jesse thought. <What a great idea
to turn Saber into a vampire. From now on we're going to change the
The same time April woke up. At first she didn't know where she was
and what happened. Then it came back to her. During the battle
against Nemesis some sort of time tunnel was opened. Nemesis wanted
to destroy the earth but they managed to stop him. Afterwards Jesse
appeared. Colt followed Jesse to earth. Later on Saber, Fireball and
her had used Nova and Speed to follow him. They separated. Suddenly
she heard Saber scream and went to help him. It had been Jesse. He
captured them. Slowly she opened her eyes. In a distance she could
see Jesse and Darla talking to Saber and Dru. What happened? Why was
Saber acting as if he was Jesse's friend? What was that? Did Jesse
mentioned to destroy Ramrod? No, not Ramrod. Saber and Dru vanished
into the woods but Nemesis and Darla stayed. They seemed not to be
interested in her. Thought they were save. Darla laid her hands
around Nemesis' waist and kissed him. Soon he pressed her against
him. April looked away. She wasn't in the mood to watch this scene.
He could do what he wanted as long as he didn't harm anybody. While
Nemesis and Darla were engaged in having sex April thought of a way
to escape. She tried to reach the knot, which hold the cords
together. Her arms started aching but she would survive it. Finally
she got it. Nemesis and Darla were still too occupied to realize what
was happening. As fast as she could April got rid of her ties. <I
have to find the others before Jesse finds them.> she thought. <And I
may not become panic.>
She ran through the woods as fast as she could. Her heart beat fast
and sweat ran down her face. Sometimes she stumbled and pain shot
through her body. <I have to warn my friends.> she thought and ran
But she didn't know that Nemesis had watched her. <There you go. You
know April, you wouldn't have managed to escape, if it wouldn't have
been my wish.> he thought. <Somehow I feel you're the connection we
need. You will lead us to the place where the last battle will take
place. My sweet April. And then you will be mine. Jesse-me you had a
good taste. But soon dawn comes up. We need a place to hide. Although
the trees will protect us from the sunlight for some time. Hopefully
Saber and Dru will make it in time. I will use telepathy to tell Dru
where we're going, too.>
Chapter Five: The earthquake
Dawn had come and April was still running. But finally she reached a
town. Maybe she would be safe there. They had come to stop Jesse and
to find Colt. But Jesse found them. Something must have happened to
Jesse. She didn't understand what. He wasn't the man they knew. While
running she remembered the fight against him. His face had been
changed. It had looked like the face of some demon. <This is crazy.
Demons only exist in movies and books. They aren't reality.
Nevertheless he looked like such a creature. And somehow I feel safer
now. Oh my god, hopefully he didn't turn Saber.> she thought. Tears
formed in her eyes. Suddenly she was interrupted in her thoughts.
Hands grabbed for her and turned her around. "Ahh…" then she stopped
screaming and starred at the boy who hold her. "F..Fireball." she
"April. What happened? You look like you had a hard fight. Did you
find Jesse? And Saber?"
"Fireball." She sobbed. He took her in his arms and hold her firm.
His hand stroke over her head gently. "April, it's okay. You're safe."
"Hey, where's Saber." A voice called from behind. It was Colt. Two
girls followed him. April realized all of them wear clothes, which
were typical for the 20th century, even Fireball.
"Oh my god, what kind of clothes do you wear? What a terrible
taste.!" The brown haired girl said. She wear a red top, a short
black skirt, and a small purse. The blonde girl wears a tight colored
shirt and a short black trouser.
"You look as if you had a fight." She said.
"You can say that." April said. "Name's April." The other girls
smiled and shook her hand.
"I'm Cordelia. You can call me Delia. That's my friend Harmony. Nice
to meet you."
"You're the girl, Colt told us about, right?" Harmony said. "Wow. His
story was really amazing. At first we thought he's insane but then he
showed us his space ship. Great." She smiled happily. Fireball rolled
his eyes and shook his head. "When I met him he had done it already."
He whispered to April. "Incorrigible"
"I don't know if our story is that great." April said. "It seems as
if it turned into a nightmare."
"Why, what happened?" Harmony asked interested.
"She can tell afterwards." Delia interrupted her. "First of all she
has to get some new clothes. I know a good shop."
About an hour later April was dressed in a pink top and a white
skirt. From Delia's point of view she looked much better now. All of
them sat down in a restaurant where April started to tell her story.
Fireball and Colt were as shocked as Cordelia and Harmony when April
finished the story.
"You had luck." Delia said. "Usually you don't escape them that
"Whom?" Fireball asked. He was still confused about the whole story.
"Vampires. Demons." Delia answered. "I didn't believe in them at
first, too. But after I got to know Buffy I met lots of them. That's
one of the reasons why I quit contact with her."
"You mean those vampires, they are real?" April wondered.
"Yes. They are. You're better carefully after dusk."
"Vampires? Demons? I'm not afraid of such creatures." Colt laughed.
But Delia looked angry with him. "If you don't believe you have just…"
"Stop that." Fireball interrupted them. "What did you say about
Jesse's plans, April? He wants Saber to destroy Ramrod?"
"We have to stop him."
"Probably it's to late already. He sent Saber to destroy Ramrod last
night. Maybe we had luck and he didn't manage to do it last night."
"I will use Bronco Buster." Colt said immediately. "I can check out
the situation right now. Those vampires sleep all day, right?" Delia
"Okay. You two will stay here and I will fly to the moon and check
out if Ramrod is okay."
"And Badlander?" Fireball asked.
"Is destroyed. Jesse told the truth. Shortly before I reached
Badlander it exploded. I searched for Jesse then. Well and then I met
Cordy and Harmony."
"And as always when Colt meets a woman he forget his duties."
"Well, then." Colt stood up. "See you later." He smiled and left.
"Good luck." Harmony shouted after him.
Colt left town in the southern direction to fetch Bronco Buster.
Instead of Fireball he wasn't shocked that much. For him it was just
another adventure. But the relationship between Fireball and April
had grown during the last weeks and Colt understood how he felt when
hearing about the incident with Jesse Blue. How he hated this
bastard. He activated the disguise device after climbing in his space
shuttle. Then he started the engines and flew away.
April had a bad feeling Colt left them but Delia proposed to go
shopping. They spent the whole day with talking about each other's
life and having fun. In the evening the went to the Bronze where they
wanted to meet Colt. Time passed by, but no sign of Colt. April and
Fireball got nervous when they were interrupted by an earthquake. The
room trembled. Furniture crashed to the ground, people were screaming
and fell over each other. Soon first sirens could be heard and lamps
exploded. A few minutes later the earthquake was over. April and
Fireball acted immediately and helped the people to calm down and to
clean the Bronze.
"What was that?" Fireball asked.
"In California you get used to earthquakes." Delia said. "Is Colt
here already? Cause I don't want to stay."
"He isn't. At least I haven't seen him yet."
"He won't come." April answered. She was pale and her eyes starred
towards the door. Outside in a dark corner someone was standing. When
Fireball looked in the same direction the person was gone.
"Who was that?" he shouted. "Stay." And April hold his arm firmly. "
"What's the matter?" Harmony asked. "Isn't Colt coming?"
"It seems as if big problems are coming." Fireball answered. "Better
you go home."
"I have the bad feeling something terrible happened to him." April
"Don't. Everything will turn out okay. Calm down." Fireball said and
took her in his arms.
"How can we fight against vampires?" April asked.
"I hate this. I really hate this." Delia bitched.
"Buffy. We have to ask Buffy for help. And that means I have to see
Xander again. I can't stand the thought to see him together with
Willow and now Anya."
"You have not to ask her for help. We won't involve you in this
fight. How can she help us?"
"She's the slayer."
"Slayer?" April and Fireball were surprised and confused.
Delia nodded and told them about how she met Buffy for the first time
and got involved in Buffy's fight against vampires. She also told
them about the second slayer, Kendra how she was killed and how Angel
came back from the demonic dimension. Then she turned to the incident
between Willow and her ex-boyfriend Xander and what had happened
between the new second slayer, Faith, and Xander. She also explained
to them how Faith betrayed Buffy and Angel and teamed up with the
major, who had also been a demon. April and Fireball were surprised
by the story and wondered why nothing of that was ever mentioned in
history books. Maybe it was but those history books, according to
Delia, belonged to the so-called Council. When Delia ended her story
Fireball decided it would be the best to visit Buffy. Perhaps she
could even help them with their problem. Delia and Harmony decided
not to interfere and went home. Before they would check out the
address Delia handed over to them April and Fireball went to the
place where Colt had hidden Bronco Buster. No sign of Colt. But both
Sheriffs new that the earthquake wasn't a real earthquake. They knew
the sound of space ships crashing into the ground or of explosions.
This had been one. When Fireball used his two-way radio to contact
Colt it stayed dead. One thing they knew for sure. Colt had failed.
They were trapped in the past. Probably Colt was dead.
Chapter Six: The Curse
Willow sat on her bed at the dorms and thought about the past days.
Oz had left. He even didn't say good-bye, but left. She knew he left
with Veruca, the she-wolf. Tears ran over Willow's face when she
remembered the last week. They were meant for each other. She had
been the happiest woman when he forgave her after she kissed Xander.
But now, she was alone. Truly alone. Her Oz didn't want to be with
her anymore. He didn't find her as exciting as Veruca. A part of her
was fine with that and understood how Oz must feel. Finally he met
someone who was like him. But she had loved him that much and it hurt
when she only thought about the way he left. Even Xander said that
was rude. Suddenly she was interrupted in her thoughts by a knock at
the door. "Come in." She said. She wasn't really in the mood for
company although she would have been happy if Buffy would care a bit
more about her than she did right now. But Willow knew that the last
weeks had been worse for Buffy, too. The fight against Faith and the
The door opened and Spike walked in. She jumped off of the
bed. "Spike." She watched as he strolled around the room. <Well, no
slayer.> he thought. <Let's see if we can have some fun with Willow.>
he smiled and remembered the time when he had kidnapped her about a
year ago. "What do you want? A spell? I...I can do that." Willow knew
he had not come for a spell but maybe she would survive a bit longer
when talking to him.
When he didn't react to her question she rushed towards the door,
hoping to escape. But Spike caught her and pushed her back towards
the bed. She felt her body hit the end table next to the bed.
"I'll give you a choice." Spike told her as he stalked towards her
"Now I'm gonna kill you, no choice in that. But...I can let you stay
dead or...I can bring you back, to be like me."
Willow watched as he stalked towards her. He could smell the fear and
hear her heart beat faster. This would be much more fun than fighting
against the slayer. Maybe it would hurt Buffy much more if he turned
her best friend into a vampire. <I should have done that last year.>
he thought. <Dru wasn't worth all the trouble. I should forget her.>
Frightened Willow watched him, as his demon face took over his human
features. For some moments she wondered if she should allow him to
bite her and end her pain but she decided against it. Although Oz had
left her there were still lots of people who needed her.
"I'll scream." She said.
Spike grinned. "Bonus"
In fear she watched him bent his head towards her neck. Before his
fangs could touch her skin she started to scream. But he shoved her
in the bed and turned the radio up to a blaring level quickly. "No!"
Willow shouted. Spike jumped on her and pressed her arms down. She
struggled but he was stronger and bent down to bite her. Tears formed
in her eyes when she realized that he turned in his human form again.
Surprised he sat down next to her. Confused he shook his head. "I
don't understand. This sort of thing's never happened to me before."
Willow took a deep breath. <I really don't know why he stopped, but
I'm glad he did. Well, I shouldn't stay silent. Who knows what he
does next?> she thought.
"Maybe you were nervous." She said.
"I felt all right when I started. Let's try again."
<That wasn't a good idea.> Willow thought and tried to get away when
he bent to her again. Nothing happened. He wasn't able to vamp out.
For a short moment, when his face was near her throat Willow meant to
hear him breath. <This can't be possible.> she thought and pushed the
feeling away. Although she was still frightened she had the strange
feeling to comfort him. Angrily he got up, kicked the dresser and
started to pace around the room.
"Maybe you're trying too hard. Doesn't this happen to every vampire?
"Not to me, it doesn't!" Suddenly he looked at her suspicious.
"Is there anybody else hiding in this room?" he asked.
"No. Why?" she asked.
"I hear two hearts beat. One is almost…Wait!" he looked down and put
his hand on his chest. "I have…"
"…a heartbeat." She finished his sentence.
Both looked at each other amazed. "How could this happen? A spell?
You did a spell on me!" he shouted and pulled her towards him.
She tried to get away but he hold her hands and forced her to look at
him. "I..I didn't." she managed to say. "I..I even didn't know you
were in town."
"You didn't?" he asked suspicious. "But how? He pushed her back on
the bed and set down next to her. "Damm it. It must have been this
girl. Down there in the sewerage, where I found the ring of amara."
Spike watched her surprised. <She doesn't ask about the ring. Does
she care about me? I can't harm her now. Why should she be nice to
me? I tried to kill her several times. What makes her acting this way?
> he wondered.
"I went down there to search for the ring. You know it's true. As
long as a vampire wears it, he can walk in the sun without being
"That's why you came in the afternoon."
He nodded. "The ring and the gem were protected by some vampires and
this girl. I don't know her name. It's not important. We fought. She
was like a slayer. But something was wrong with her. I felt it."
"But you ignored your feeling."
"Yep. Everything was okay before I killed her. Before she died she
thanked me. Can you imagine that? She said, thank you."
"Maybe she was cursed and when you killed her the curse was
transferred to you."
"You mean I'm cursed? Cursed like Angel. That's the worst thing,
which could ever happen to me, except that Dru broke up with me
again. That's why I came back. If I would have killed Buffy, maybe
she would have come back to me."
He looked at her sadly, not knowing what he awakened in Willow when
talking about his girlfriend. Willow looked out of the window, not
able to say anything. His words remind her of Oz' departure. Tears
formed in her eyes.
"What's that?" he asked and turned her towards him.
"Oz…" she sobbed. "He …he left me. I…I loved him. But he left with …
Veruca. She was like him. A…a… wolf." Carefully he took her in his
arms and stroke his hand over her head. "He isn't worth the tears,
luv. Dru wasn't worth the trouble, too." She looked up at him,
wondering why he was nice to her. <What have I done to deserve this?>
she asked herself. <Probably he only acts that way cause he wants me
to remove that curse.> Sadly she pressed her head against his chest.
"It's okay Willow. I know how you feel. I felt the same when Dru left
me. I thought our love was for eternity. But it wasn't. Life or
unlife has to go on."
"I don't know how."
"Time will heal the wound. You will see. Beside you will find another
"You think so?"
"Of course." He smiled when she looked up. Their eyes met and for a
moment she meant so see some sort of desire in his eyes. She wasn't
sure but could it be he felt something for her? Last year, when he
kidnapped her she didn't realize it. But know it was different. The
way he hold and looked at her. For the first time since she knew him
she saw him from another point of view. He had always been the bad
vampire, never a friend who cared about how she was feeling. At the
beginning of their conversation she had felt afraid, then she felt
pity for him and now she almost liked him, maybe even more. Probably
he was right, and she shouldn't think that much about Oz.
Chapter Seven: A new friend
"You're only nice to me cause you want me to remove this curse,
right?" she asked. A last test to find out if he really cared for
her. Spike starred at her surprised.
"You think so?" she nodded. "You're wrong." His hand moved forward
and touched her chin gently. Again she looked up to him. Carefully he
bent down. This time not to bite, but to kiss her. It was like being
in a dream. For Willow it was the best dream since Oz's departure.
His hands were touching her gentle and his kiss made her forget the
surrounding. In Spike's whole life and unlife he had never tasted
something that good. When he broke the kiss to breathe she looked at
him surprised. She didn't think Spike could really feel something for
her, but he did. Spike also seemed to be a bit confused. <Hell, I
really feel something for Willow. I shouldn't, but I do. I want her
so much and I know she wants me. Let's forget our problems for some
time.> he thought and wanted to continue but she stopped him.
"Did I do something wrong?" he asked.
"Mmm…No, it…it was great. I didn't expect…"
He smiled. "I should have done that before."
"If you would be a vampire we couldn't be together you know." She
"You want to convince me to stay human?!"
"Yes. It's not that bad."
"No way. We will search a way to remove the curse and afterwards…"
"You turn me into a vampire."
"Why not. I suppose…"
"I don't want to be a vampire. Beside Buffy would stake you."
"Depends on if she finds out." He grinned evilly.
"Well, but as long as you're human she won't be in your way."
<She really wants to convince me. And I let her find arguments. Seems
to be official that William the Bloody is insane. Probably spent to
much time with Dru.> he thought by himself.
"Guess so too. Maybe you're right and we think about removing the
curse another time." Spike wanted to kiss her again and spend the
night with her but she put his arm away and looked at him earnest.
"I thought of some sort of deal we can make. For the next month you
will stay human and I will show you the advantages of being human. If
I can convince you within this month, well you stay human. If not I
do my best to remove the curse. But if I shall remove it you have to
promise me you won't bite me afterwards."
<She would really do that?> he wondered. "And how will you know I
"I will know. Beside I won't do the spell alone. Buffy will be with
"Well, okay. Maybe I even prefer it if you stay human. I don't know
if I want to know the demon which would take over your body."
Willow looked at him surprised.
Spike nodded. "Let's quit the talking part now and continue the fun
part." He pressed her against him and kissed her hard. Suddenly the
phone began to ring.
On the one hand Willow was glad that they were interrupted, cause she
didn't feel ready for this, but on the other hand she had forgot all
her problems while kissing Spike. She picked up the phone to answer
"Willow? It's me, Buffy. How do you feel?"
"Better. Really. Why did you call? Not only to ask me if I'm fine, or
"Not only. But I…I worried about you. I consider you to be my best
friend and I should have been at the dorm with you."
"It's okay Buffy. You're the slayer."
"Thanks. Could you come over to Giles? We need everyone."
"What happened? You sound worried."
"I will tell you there. It's important."
"Okay. Take care."
Willow turned back to Spike. "It's Buffy. I have to go." She took her
backpack and a jacket. "You mind, if I come with you?" Spike asked
and joined her.
"No…I mean yes. Buffy can't see you. She wouldn't understand. I will
tell her later."
"Then let me drive you to Giles."
"Come." He took her hand and pulled her with him. Some minutes later
they were on their way to Giles. "I will fetch you afterwards." He
said when Willow climbed out of the car and walked to the front door.
Willow nodded and smiled.
Spike parked his car near the house and went to spy after the
Scoobies. <I wonder what's that important. The dammed slayer. She
always gets into my way. Well, I didn't think Red feels something for
Inside the house Giles, Buffy, Xander, Anya, Willow, another guy and
a blonde haired girl were sitting in the living room. Buffy explained
the case to her friends. Spike wasn't very interested in the slayer's
problems but he worried about his Red. He wouldn't allow that anybody
hurt her. How much a kiss could do. Suddenly Spike realized that
somebody watched him. Not far away a girl was standing. She was
clothed totally in black and somehow remind him of Dru, cause of her
long black hair. When he looked in her direction she went back and
vanished. Curious Spike went to search her. <Who's that girl? And why
does she spy after the slayer? She's human. I can sense it. She's
confused and frightened but her aura is also full of hate and anger.
I wonder who she is?> Spike thought.
For some seconds he lost her but then he saw her again. From a short
distance he could see her fighting against some vampire. But they
stopped and the vampire handed over something to her. Then he
vanished. The girl looked around and went into his direction. In her
hand she hold a stake. <Damm it. She must be the second slayer. The
one which was called after Kendra's death.> Spike realized. Spike hid
in the darkness and she stopped. He could watch her opening the box.
It must be some sort of mini-TV. At least somebody was speaking to
her from out of the box. Someone Spike had only heard about during
his last stop in Sunnydale, about one years ago.
She sat on the ground and watched the clip. Memories came back to
her. The major. He had been the only one who ever cared for her, who
wanted her. When she had come to Sunnydale she wanted to be friends
with Buffy. The famous Buffy. But Buffy had not wanted her. After the
incident with Gwendolyn Post, the insane watcher, she had decided
that she would probably always be alone and that it was the best if
she never trust anybody anymore. Then she had killed this man by
accident. Buffy had become furious and somehow all of them had lost
control of what happened next. Angel tried to help her, although she
had tried to kill him when they met for the first time. It had not
worked. Later on the major had taken care of her. He always treat her
as his daughter and showed her that her life was of importance. Now
he was dead. But she was alive. This was his present for her. It
would be her task to take revenge for his death. Nevertheless when
she had watched Buffy she had suddenly felt sad. A part of her wanted
to be friends with Buffy again, one part wanted to help Buffy, to
excuse for what she had done and to do penance. Another part only
wanted revenge and Buffy's death. What should she do?
Chapter Eight: Homecoming
Far away in L.A. Angel stepped out into the night. It had been months
since he had seen Buffy for the last time and he still felt sad about
it. There must be a way for them to stay together without loosing his
soul. As always he went out to help lost souls. This night he had a
strange feeling. The night was dark and silent. Suddenly an
earthquake interrupted the silence and deep inside he felt the break
of a connection. <Spike.> he thought. <Something happened to him.>
The same moment he felt the presence of something familiar. <Darla.
Drusilla.> He turned around but only a blue haired man was standing
at the corner of a building. Angel was confused. The man was a
vampire and he could smell Darla's scent on him.
"Who are you?" Angel asked.
"And what do you want?"
"You need help. You just don't know it yet. But you do."
The man stepped out of the darkness into the light of the
streetlight. "I can help you to get your girlfriend back. It has not
to be this way. You can keep your soul."
"How do you know?" Angel wondered suspicious. Something was wrong
with the man.
"I know. And I offer my help. You'll get only this one chance. Take
it or forget it." The man turned away.
"Tell me how to keep the soul."
He turned back and smiled. "I will show you." Then he reached
forward and touched Angel's chest. Energy left the stranger's hand
and covered Angel's body. For some moments he felt a terrible ache in
his chest. A voice started talking to him and his eyes drowned in the
stranger's clod blue eyes. It was a deep hypnotic voice. "You want to
know how to keep your soul?" Angel nodded. "Follow my instructions
and you will get what you want." He lead Angel to an old building.
Buffy was waiting for him. What he didn't saw was that it wasn't
Buffy who was awaiting him. They entered the hall. A bed was standing
in the middle of the room. Buffy was sitting on it. "Go to her. She's
waiting. Love her and you will see. Nothing happens. You can't loose
your soul." Still hypnotized Angel walked past Drusilla who was
sitting on the floor and casting a spell. He sat down next to Buffy.
She smiled at him. Touched him gently, kissed him, loved him. It was
like being in a dream. Suddenly the pleasure and joy were taken away
from him. There was only anger left. His demonic features took over
the humans ones and he went backwards. The demon screamed. Darla left
the bed and put on her clothes again. "How's my Angelus feeling?" she
asked. Angelus shook his head. "Darla." He said and grinned
evilly. "I will always stand by you, my love." She said and kissed
him but he pushed her backwards. "No time for that now."
"Daddy's going to kill the slayer for us." Dru giggled and laid her
hands around his waist. "And teaching Spike a lesson."
"But before we have to finish some other business." Nemesis said.
"Hope it will fun. I liked the sound when Bronco Buster exploded in
"Who are you?" Angelus shouted.
"Call me Nemesis." Then he pointed towards Saber. "He's just one of
Dru's little toys." He laughed. Angelus grinned. "Good choice Dru.
But we will do it my way."
"I'm sure the one's I hunt teamed up with the slayer already."
"I see Darla told you about my way to solve problems. First of all
we're going to kill the slayer's friends and when only she's left
it's easy to kill her."
"But don't forget the second slayer." Dru said.
"Faith? Maybe she will even team up with us."
Nemesis nodded thoughtfully. He would have to be careful with
Angelus. This vampire was strong and he also wanted to be the leader.
Nevertheless at last he would be the leader. But at first he had to
be careful. Angelus had to think he was the leader. In reality
Nemesis would be the one who lead them. As long as they had the same
intentions everything would be fine. Afterwards he would have to get
rid of Angelus.
Spike was still watching Faith when he suddenly sensed a familiar
smell. The same moment Angelus stepped out of the darkness. "Faith."
She turned around immediately. "Angel." Her voice was unsure.
"Wrong. Angelus." He answered and went towards her. Faith smiled
"Well, then…" But she was interrupted by him. She still felt weak and
when Angelus grabbed for her she wasn't prepared. Suddenly she felt
herself pressed against a tree. His hands pressed her hands down and
his face wasn't far away from hers. "Let go of me." She shouted.
Angelus laughed and vamped out. Usually Spike would have enjoyed the
scene but this time it was different. Maybe it was because the girl
remembered him off Dru. She was pale and shocked by his actions.
Probably she didn't believe when he told her he was Angelus. Spike
didn't give a thought about the relationship between Angel and the
girl and why she hated Buffy.
<You ruined my unlife, mate.> he thought. <I won't sit here and watch
you while you ruin her life, like you destroyed Dru's. Drove her
insane and whatever.>
Angelus leaned down to bite her when he realized that she managed to
free her hand and hold a knife against his chest. The same time they
were interrupted by
Spike who pulled Angelus away from her and pushed him to the ground.
Now he was standing between them. "It's Angelus again. That's nice.
Perhaps you didn't realize it yet, mate. You aren't wanted here. Let
"That's no matter of yours, Spike. This is between me and the slayer."
"Hey, I can take care of myself." Faith said.
Spike turned back to her. "You better leave now."
"I'm not afraid of Angelus."
"You should. Besides he's just out for torture. Aren't you?" he tried
to shove Angelus but was thrown back at a tree. Angelus grinned at
him while Faith was still watching them. They fought for a while
until Angelus pressed him down into the ground and Spike wasn't able
"How did you get that heartbeat?" a strong hand choked Spike's
throat. Spike gasped for breath. "Oh, I forgot. You need to breath."
He laughed and stood up again. "Bastard!" Spike hissed and jumped up
to fight back. But Angelus grabbed him and pressed him against a
tree. "Run!" Spike shouted back to Faith. "Take care of my Willow and
"I think it will be a long night." Angelus interrupted Spike and
kicked him in the stomach. Spike moaned. The same moment a hard punch
hit his temple and he lost his consciousness.
At first Faith played with the thought to interfere and help the
stranger. But when Angelus beat the blonde up and turned back to her
she decided to follow the young man's instructions. To her surprise
Angelus didn't follow. Probably he would sire or kill the young man
now. She had to warn Buffy. Would B believe her? It was the only
possibility. B would know how to defeat Angelus. In the whole fight
she had totally forgotten the major's present, which had fallen to
the ground and destroyed wile Angelus fought against Spike.
Chapter Nine: The Warning
About half an hour later Spike woke up in Angel's mansion. Chains
were wrapped around his hands and holding them together. The end of
the chains was fasten to the ceiling and made him hang there. Spike
twisted his hands around trying to loose the chains without success.
His eyes wandered through the room. He was in the cellar. Around the
wall he could see lots of chains and a table with some weapons on it
was standing in the middle of the room. Shortly after Spike woke up
the door was opened and Drusilla walked in.
"Daddy said I may play with you until he's back." She smiled at him
and came nearer. "Dru." He whispered. Old memories woke up. What a
happy couple they had been before Angelus lost his soul for the first
time. Dru went towards him and stroke her hands over his face. "My
Spike." She said and laid her arms around his waist. Her eyes met his
and he felt his heart beating faster. She closed her eyes and bent to
him. He felt her tongue slipping into his mouth and caressing his.
Everything would become fine again. Spike felt her excitement and it
made him to want more. But she refused to give him what he wanted.
Instead she broke the kiss and pushed her fist into his stomach. He
moaned and looked at her in surprise. "What?" he asked confused. "If
I get rid of those chains I will torture you until you come back to
me. Understand. Look what you have done to me, bitch." He shouted,
now angry. Laughter filled the room.
"Oh Spike. How stupid do you think I'm? There's Red wherever I look.
Your heart isn't with your dark queen but with the slayers little
pet." Then Dru vamped out, reached forward and ripped his black
T-shirt off him. The black leather jacket and the red shirt were gone
already. "Wait!" he shouted.
"Afraid of me, luv." She laughed. "Poor Spikey. Human again. Cursed
like my Angel." Spike tried to free his hands again and struggled but
Dru pressed him to the wall and bent to his chest. Pointed teeth
touched his chest and cut into warm flesh. But she didn't take blood,
just bit him. "You see. That's fun. You will get a place of honor to
watch the slayers death. And never forget the redhead witch." She
grabbed for a glass, standing on the table, and smashed it into his
face before he could answer anything. Blood trickled down his cheeks
making him look quite battered. "Let me go." He whispered, knowing
she wouldn't but continue the torture instead. Confusion and fear
filled his heart. How could he have fear for humans? Only hours were
left since he was human again. And he hated it, hated to hear his
heartbeat and blood running through his veins. Nevertheless he hoped
that Buffy would listen to the strange girl and that Willow would be
save. Hopefully they wouldn't get her. He remembered the time when
Angelus lost his soul for the first time and froze. This time it
would be worse.
"You mean Jesse and Saber could be vampires?" April said in surprise.
The conversation was in full swing. After April told about their
problem Buffy informed them about everything they had to know about
Sunnydale being the town at the edge of the hell mouth.
"It's possible. According to what you told us." Giles answered.
"Then there is no way to save them? Oh my god. What shall we do now?"
she sobbed and cuddled herself into Fireball's arms.
"We will have to stop them before …" but she was interrupted by a
knock at the door. Fireball looked up in alarm when Giles went to
open the door. He was pushed backwards by somebody and the door
closed behind the girl. Sweat ran down her face and her black clothes
were dirty and wet. It was raining outside.
Giles got up and looked at her surprised. Buffy was the first one who
reacted. She jumped forward, grabbed for the girl, pushed her against
the floor and climbed on top of her to hold her down. "Faith!" she
shouted in anger. Faith coughed. "B..Please. You must listen…"
"No. F. You must listen. Who do you think you're? You won't destroy
my life again. I will…"
"Kill me. Okay, do it. I don't care."
But Giles interfered and pulled Buffy off Faith. Faith got up and
looked at them unsure. "I…I didn't come for trouble." She
stuttered. "But he wanted me to warn you."
"Sit down Faith and tell your story from the beginning." Giles
interrupted her and offered her a seat. <I don't know if we can trust
her and what happened. But nevertheless we have to listen. Sometimes
people change after they were in coma. Maybe there is hope for Faith.
Perhaps she isn't bad anymore. > he thought. Then Faith told about
what happened. Willow wondered if the blonde man who helped her could
have been Spike, but didn't say anything. Buffy was still suspicious.
"You want to convince us that Angel is Angelus again?! Well, I can
assure you he isn't. I didn't sleep with him."
"But he is. He said it himself. He wanted to sire me. I wouldn't have
come here if that wasn't true."
"Do you believe her?" She asked, looking at her friends. "Faith. You
lied to often. Maybe it's a trick again."
"And if not?" Xander shouted alarmed.
Again they were interrupted by a knock at the door. All of them
starred towards it, unsure of what would happen next. This time Giles
opened the door carefully. But he couldn't see anything and opened it
wide. A box was standing at the stairs. He fetched it and put it on a
table after closing the door behind him. All of them starred at the
"A present from Nemesis." Giles read to them. Fireball jumped up and
starred at Giles in fear. "Nemesis?" Giles nodded. At first Fireball
couldn't say anything but then he managed to tell their new friends
all about it. They had to be careful with the chest. Maybe it was a
bomb. Slow and cautious Fireball opened the box and looked into it.
Then he closed it again. His face was pale.
"What's it?" Buffy asked and went to open the chest.
"You don't want to see it." Fireball answered and sat down
again. "Don't open. It's terrible."
"I have to see, if I want to help you." She said and opened it. All
of them starred at it in horror. Three heads lay in the chest. One
head was burned and damaged badly. Buffy didn't know to whom the head
belonged. The other two head were cut from their bodies with a sharp
knife. "Cordy and Harmony." She whispered. "I told you Angelus is
back." Faith whispered.
"It wasn't Angelus." Buffy shouted. "This guy. Nemesis is behind it
and we're going to…"
"We're going to help you." Fireball interrupted her. "Together we
will defeat him." April nodded. Her face was red and wet. Buffy could
see the hate in Fireball's and April's eyes.
"We should calm down and …"
"I won't calm down. This monster killed friends of mine." Buffy
interrupted Giles and went to fetch her weapons. "B…" Faith said but
nobody could hinder Buffy from leaving the house.
"Well." Xander said. "That's what Angelus would also do, if he was
Giles looked at him earnest and nodded. Then he went to the phone to
call Angel. The phone rang for some minutes. After a while Giles hang
up and turned back to Faith and the Scoobies. "Noone answers the
Chapter ten: The trap
Meanwhile Saber, who spied after Fireball and April, left the shadow
of Giles house and followed Buffy. From some distance Darla watched
him suspicious. Nemesis had told him to hand over the present to them
and to come back afterwards immediately but Saber had other plans.
Why was Angelus allowed to do whatever he wanted to but he had to do
what Nemesis told him to do. He wanted some fun and didn't care about
Nemesis plans. Of course he knew that Nemesis would punish and
torture him afterwards but the fun was worth the trouble. Maybe
Nemesis would even be happy if he managed to kill the slayer.
<Stupid boy.> Darla thought. <Alone against the slayer. Only Angelus,
Spike or Nemesis could survive such a fight.> She followed Saber for
a while and decided to go back to Angelus' mansion immediately when
she realized what Saber planned. <It won't work and they will force
him to show him the way to Nemesis. But we will prepared.>
"Where's Saber." Nemesis asked her when she came back.
"He's bringing the last sheriffs and the slayer. Don't worry, soon
they will be dead." She laughed but Nemesis stayed earnest.
"I had other plans."
"But this one isn't bad, isn't it. Give him a chance."
"Saber isn't very useful for us. But well, it's a good way to get rid
of him. In the end all Star Sheriffs will die." Nemesis grinned
evilly and his blue eyes glew in the darkness of the night. <Soon you
will have to decide April.> he thought.
Not far away Saber jumped out of the darkness to catch Fireball. But
he failed. Fireball was thrown to the ground by Saber but Buffy
turned around immediately and pushed the vampire of Fireball. Both
April and Fireball starred at Saber in surprise. Saber vamped out,
got off the ground and tried to kick Buffy but was thrown to the
ground by her. She jumped on top of him and pushed her fist in his
stomach for several times. In a few seconds she took a stake out of
her pocket. "No." April cried and interrupted her. "What no? He's a
vampire." Buffy shouted back angrily.
"Maybe he knows where Nemesis is?" Fireball said.
"Well." She smiled down at Saber who starred at her in shock. "You
have luck. Maybe you survive a bit longer when you show us Nemesis'
Saber nodded. "I can show you. Sure. Will you let me go then?"
"We will see. Get up vampire."
Some time later they reached Angel's mansion. "That's the place."
"I know this place." Buffy whispered.
"Somehow this was to easy." Fireball and April changed a glance. The
mansion was dark as if nobody was at home. Buffy could also feel the
tension, which lay in the air, although the place looked peaceful.
The next moment they new why. From out of the dark several minions
appeared. "Take your weapons!" Buffy shouted. Two vampires tried to
grab for Buffy but she pushed them backwards and took out a stake to
attack them. April joined the fight immediately to help her new
friend. <It must have been some sort of trap.> Fireball thought and
took his guns. While April and Buffy were mostly using their
knowledge in martial arts he could use his guns to beat the vampires.
Saber used the confusion to attack Fireball. With a few kicks he
pushed Fireball to the ground. Strong hands hold him down. April who
was fighting against two vampires realized the danger and tried to
get to Fireball but she was to late. Saber vamped out already and
bent down to bite Fireball. The same time April managed to break free
and stake both vampires. She reached forward to push Saber of
Fireball but was stopped by a female vampire. "That's the girl who
haunts my by." She said and pushed her fist towards April's temple.
April stumbled back but was catched by somebody. Blood ran over her
face and she looked up to see that Jesse was holding her. Then she
"Let's carry her indoors." Nemesis ordered and Darla followed him
into the house. Meanwhile Buffy was still fighting against the other
vampires. It was a hard fight and some parts of her clothes were
ripped already, showing deep wounds. Nevertheless Buffy fought with
all her power and overwhelmed the minions soon. Right in time to see
how Saber sired Fireball she managed to reach him and pull her stake
deep into the vampire. He cried in anger and fear before he turned to
dust. "Bad girl. You killed my little Saber." Hands pulled her
away. "Drusilla!" she shouted angrily. "I guess I have not to ask
where Spike is." "Ouch." She cried when Buffy pushed her backwards
and staked her several times. Luckily she didn't hit Dru's heart.
Fireball was still weak and confused. The demon took over the body
only minutes ago and he didn't know about the slayer already. He was
too weak and young to fight the slayer. In fear he watched Dru and
Buffy fighting against each other. Suddenly a stranger appeared out
of the darkness and pushed Buffy to the ground. "Angelus." Buffy
whispered and crawled away. Tears were running down her face. Faith
had been right.
"Will my Angel kill the slayer for me now?" Dru asked from behind.
Angelus smiled evilly. "Not yet. I like to see her suffer." He
laughed and grabbed for Buffy's hair. "No!" she screamed. The dark
haired vampire threw her against a fence and turned back to the
mansion. Buffy felt a terrible ache in her back and almost lost
consciousness. Using her last strength she got up and limped away.
She had to warn her friends. Maybe it Willow could bring back his
soul again. Hopefully it wasn't to late. She should have believed
Faith. Only this time.
Angelus watched her leaving and smiled. Nemesis plan had been
perfect. He went indoors to meet up with the others. They lost many
minions. But it didn't matter. The cellar was filled with prisoners
now. <What a good plan to separate our groups. Only two slayers are
left now. Sooner or later we will get Faith and Buffy too. When they
realize what happened to their friends they will show up.>
Giles, Xander, Anya and Willow were chained to the wall like Spike.
Darla and Dru were just watching the whole scene when Angelus entered
the room. Nemesis brought April to another room and took care of her
wound. Then he locked up the room and went downstairs. Fireball
watched him coming and hid in one of the rooms. Since he became a
vampire and survived the slayer he had a strange smell in his nose.
It was sweet and delicious. He didn't care about his new family but
about this scent. Somehow it was calling for him. Slowly he walked
upstairs to find a closed room. Behind this door was the source of
the fragrance. Fireball used his power to break the door and move in.
A beautiful blonde girl was lying on a bed. <April.> he thought. When
he came in she opened her eyes and smiled at him. "Fireball."
"That's me." He said and sat down next to her.
"What happened? What are you doing?" she asked when realizing that he
got rid of his clothes. "Relax." He said. "Fireball. Not here. Not
now. We have other problems. We…"
"Shut up." He shouted and jumped on top of her. Violently he hit her
"Fireball. No! What are you doing?"
"Shhh…" he said and bent down to kiss her while tearing her clothes
to pieces. April struggled but he hold her down and continued kissing
Chapter Eleven: Fate
Nemesis reached the cellar when he suddenly felt somebody moving
behind him. <Fireball? A vampire? Well, I wonder why he isn't with
the rest of us but wandering through the house.> He didn't care about
what Angelus was doing and followed Fireball upstairs. When he
entered the room slowly, without making a noise, he could see
Fireball lying on April. Both of them were naked. She trembled when
he forcefully parted her clenched knees and positioned himself on
her. April could feel his throbbing cock at the entrance to her hole.
Rubbing it. Fireball took her mouth in yet another kiss. It was less
cruel than the first one. But he still couldn't get her to fully
respond. His hands roamed all over her body now. Touching, fondling,
pressing certain points, exploring others. His searing tongue was
flicking at her neck as if in preparation for something. April felt
the familiar pang of terror. But she didn't have time to dwell on it.
As he abruptly lunged forward once more - this time to bite into her
throat deeply, she opened her mouth to cry out in pain. That did it.
Anger and hate overwhelmed Nemesis when the Jesse part of him took
over the body. Nobody was allowed to hurt his April. And everyone who
did had to be punished. A shadow fell over the bed and strong arms
pushed Fireball away. In horror Jesse looked at the beaten body of
his love. His eyes glew yellow when he vamped out and pressed
Fireball against the wall. Fists reached forward and hit Fireball's
chest and stomach violently. "Bastard!" the vampire shouted. "Stupid,
minion! She's mine. Always mine." He cried. Tears ran over his face.
Fireball had been too much surprised to react and Jesse-Nemesis was
to fast for him. Within a second he took out a knife of his pocket
and pushed it in Fireball's chest for several times. The minion cried
in terror and begged him to stop. But Jesse-Nemesis had lost all his
control. Suddenly he felt dust falling through his hands and stopped
screaming. His hands were covered with dust and blood. Raceboy was
dead. Finally Nemesis thought. Slowly he turned around. April's face
was pale. Her eyes were opened wide and she didn't move. The
beautiful naked body of hers was covered with bite marks and her face
with a mixture of sweat and blood. Nemesis-Jesse reached forward and
took her in his arms. He couldn't hear a heartbeat. April was dead.
Tears ran down his face while he pressed his princess against his
chest. <Why her? She belonged to me? Why April. Why did I let her
die? If I only had come earlier.> he thought.
Another part of him laughed in joy. The Star Sheriffs were finally
dead and he had won.
Angelus could feel the fear in the small cellar room and enjoyed it
very much. Xander and Anya were still unconscious but Giles woke up
already and cursed him with angry looks. It had been an easy fight
and the prisoners weren't injured very much. But soon they would. He
had wanted them healthy. The torture would be much more fun this way.
They had prepared a curse. Luckily he managed to interrupt them.
Spike started struggling again when he woke up and realized that
Willow was next to him. Chains hold her. Angelus grinned at Spike and
moved towards Willow. "She's mine. Let her go." Spike shouted
"I wonder how she tastes." Angelus said ignoring Spikes screams. "To
bad that you're human Spike."
"Hey. I bet that although I'm human I can do that much better than
Willow starred at Angelus in horror than looked back to Spike who
grinned evilly. He did his best to get Angelus attention and to make
"You won't get away with this." Angelus said earnest. He turned back
to Dru. "Turn him. Then we will see who's better."
<Oh no.> Willow thought. <Please don't. It will kill him. The curse
can't be broken this way.>
Meanwhile Anya woke up. Slowly she realized what had happened. Next
to her Xander and Willow were hanging. Again for months she felt
angry at her helplessness again. If she still would be a demon she
could have protected Xander. She realized that Angelus and Dru were
busy and didn't take much care about her. They planned something with
Spike and Willow. <Shit. I know why Willow is their next victim.
Luckily they don't know that I can cast spells, too. I have to escape
and help Buffy and Faith to finish the spell. As I see they weren't
captured.> she thought. Besides she had noticed that Spike was human
again and she knew about this curse. Dru would kill him if she tried
to sire him and become a human herself. Anya also realized that
Willow seemed to have feelings for Spike and she didn't want Willow
to be hurt again, like she was hurt when Oz left her. An idea came to
her mind. A long time ago, when she started to practice magic she did
a spell to drive someone insane. There must be the other way round,
too. She would just try it. Anya closed her eyes again and
concentrated on Drusilla who was standing in front of Spike. While
Angelus watched Dru he didn't take notice of Anya who started
whispering a spell. Also Darla was didn't take much notice of Anya
but concentrated on the whole scene. "Finally I can see you again, my
Spike." Dru said and clinged to Spike. He changed a short look with
Willow. His eyes told her not be afraid, cause even if he was a
vampire again he was still in love with her and wouldn't harm her.
Whatever would happen he would do his best to protect her from
"Soon we will be one family again." She bent her head to his throat,
vamped out and bit him. Spike didn't show any emotion. He could feel
his life passing by. Suddenly, he meant it would have been over soon,
Dru stopped. "What?" he said but she only looked at him. Her face was
pale, blood dropped from her mouth and she turned into her human form
Angelus grabbed and shoke her wildly. "What's the matter with you.
Finish your business!" he shouted at her. Dru only coughed and puked.
Angrily Angelus starred at Spike, then at Willow. "You!" he said. Dru
fell to the floor but Angelus didn't take much notice of her. "What
did you do?! Curse her like Spike?!"
"No…I didn't." Willow whispered. She was as pale as Dru. "Please
don't. I can remove that curse. I promised Spike to do so. He came
over to force me."
"Force you? Don't believe so. You two are in love. I can feel that."
"Maybe." Spike interrupted him. But do you think I want to stay
human. Damn it. I hoped Dru would remove this curse by biting me."
Dru just lay on the floor. She didn't move. In her head she fought a
battle. Suddenly everything came back to her mind. The time before
Angelus drove her insane, the time with Angelus, the time with Spike,
everything. Then she understood. When she had seen Angelus for the
first time she had fallen in love with him. But she had fallen in
love with an Angelus who had not shown her his true face already. She
knew why she fell in love with Spike later. He had always been
different. Spike understood her and treated her the way Angelus
treated her in the beginning. This realization changed something in
her head. It made her whole again, took the insanity away and gave
back purity to her. Drusilla wouldn't be insane any longer. When she
stood up Spike realized that something changed. Her look was
different. But he had no time to concentrate on Willow cause Angelus
gave him other problems. He had sent for Nemesis and planned to
torture Spike and Willow until Willow would remove the curse.
Xander watched the scene in terror while Giles and Anya changed
conspiring looks. They had to get Drusilla's attention. Also Drusilla
watched the scene and each action remind her of what Angelus had done
to her. Anger and hatred formed in her heart but she knew she was to
weak to fight against Angelus. <Didn't the gypsies curse Angelus with
a soul one day? Maybe I can do the same. I will free Giles. I know he
helped Willow to prepare this spell the last time Angel lost his
soul.> She looked at Giles who struggled and whispered something.
Slowly she went to him. "You need to be quiet. I can't save you
otherwise." She said.
"You can't. He has the keys for the chains. But we prepared the curse
to restore his soul already. It has just to be finished."
"My home. You have to go there. Fast."
Dru nodded. She understood. While Angelus was still busy she left the
Chapter Twelve: Reconciliation
At the entrance of the mansion she was stopped by Nemesis. "Where are
"I fetch some utensils we need to remove the curse. Like my Spike I'm
Nemesis hold her close to him and looked at her earnest. "And you're
sane. You don't want to remove the curse. You want to help those
"What are you talking about?"
"You know." He said and let her go. <I don't know why I'm doing this.
Maybe cause I have done what I had to do. I destroyed everything and
then suddenly I became aware of what I lost.> he thought. "Dru?"
"Yes." She turned around.
"The only thing I wanted was to destroy those Star Sheriffs. But know
I feel somehow empty. I wonder if it had been the right thing to do.
For the first time I have feelings again. One part of me, the part
who was Jesse Blue showed it to me."
Dru nodded. "You were like me. Insane. Now you become aware of sanity
and changes. I know you tried to save this blonde girl. I can see.
You know Miss Edith. She's dead. She stopped talking. It's me, it has
always been me who saw things and finally I can live with it. I'm not
a child of the devil. I'm just me."
"Humans are strange." Nemesis said. "But finally I start to
"I have to go."
"You killed Darla?"
"Angelus will be angry when he finds out. You should leave."
Nemesis nodded. "Maybe. But maybe I want to know how it is to be
"Well, then you have to bite Spike. But don't take to much blood. He
was always nice to me and I know I made him feel miserable when I
wanted him to torture me. He really loved me."
"That he did. And still does."
"Yeah." She said and laughed. "But he deserves Red."
Then she left into the darkness of the night. Nemesis stayed there
and watched some minions who went in and out of the mansion. He went
downstairs when he suddenly meant to hear someone scream. It came
from the entrance.
Nemesis went back and hid in one of the corners to see two girls
fighting against a group of vampires. He knew one of them already -
Buffy the slayer. The other girl, was black haired and clothed
totally in black. She fought like Buffy. Maybe she was another
slayer. Two slayers. For some seconds he felt anger. His demon wanted
to interfere and kill the slayers. He knew he could. But he didn't
want to. There was no need to. Soon the demon would leave his body,
like Jesse's soul did. Or did he? Perhaps it just become one with
him, finally. The demon would do, too. Something new was beginning
and for the first time Nemesis felt excited about it. For to long he
practiced hate and war. Friendship would be new. He decided just to
watch what happened and afterwards he would leave. Earth was a big
planet and lots of experiences were waiting for him to be explored.
Buffy and Faith didn't realize Nemesis. They were too much involved
in the fight, not only cause they were surrounded by four vampires.
Both girls were fighting side by side. Buffy threw a punch at the
first vampire, but he ducked it while another vampire pushed her in
the back. She stumbled forward towards the first vampire. Fastly she
aimed for his stomach but he blocked it away and caused Buffy falling
to the ground. Immediately she rolls away, jumps up again and ended
up back to back with Faith. Simultaneous they jumped forward to kick
their attackers. Both vampires are pushed back but their mates tried
to punch them immediately. Faith and Buffy ducked, grabbed for the
vampires arms and sent them flipping onto their backs. They took out
their stakes but the other vampires jump up again and tried to push
Buffy roundhouse kicked hers again in the stomach. Faith punched her
vampire in the stomach and takes aim with her stake. Buffy shoved
hers against Faith's, and they end up back to back for another time.
The Slayers both plunged their stakes into their respective demons
simultaneously, causing them both to explode into ashes. Then they
turn around to the two other vampires. Both vampires are hold in
their attack when the slayers pushed their stakes into them. After
the dust settled, they give each other a high-five. "Synchronized
slaying again." Buffy smiled. "New Olympic category?" "Yeah, I didn't
think this would happen again." "History repeats." "I hope not. Let's
find Angelus." Faith nodded and they went downstairs immediately.
The door was pushed open and Xander let out a scream of joy. Finally
rescue was coming. Spike was still hanging in chains, covered with
blood and mud. Angelus had tortured him with fire and knifes. He
looked like a mess. When Faith and Buffy entered the room Willow was
lying on the table. Angelus sat over her. His face buried in her
throat. Surprised he looked up to Faith and Buffy. Blood dropped
down from his mouth.
"Take me and let her go, Angelus!" Buffy shouted angrily.
"Buffy?! What a surprise." He said and went towards her.
"This is only between me and Angelus. Take care of our friends,
Faith." She said and stepped in front of Angelus who grinned evilly.
"You really believe her. She isn't your friend Faith. She just needs
"I'm over that now Angelus. I know what I did wrong and now I'm back
to make better." She said and went to Willow.
The same time Buffy attacked him but he ducked away and made her
running against the table. "Ouch." She turned around ready to block
Meanwhile Faith had found the key for the chains.
Suddenly, Buffy had finally managed to overwhelm Angelus, the vampire
gasped loudly and groaned in pain. She saw his eyes glow bright red
for an instant and go back dark. He looked up at her, but quickly
collapsed to the floor, crying. Buffy stared down at him surprised.
Angel rose himself back up, his eyes heavy with tears, and looked
into her eyes. "Buffy? What's going on?"
"It worked. Dru did the spell." Anya whispered behind them.
"Where are we? I-I don't remember." He whispered.
Buffy turned around to face Anya. "He's Angel again."
"Angel?" she whispered while turning to Angel.
"Oh, Buffy... God. What happened? What have I done." He cried and
embraced her. She wasn't completely sure that it was true but
accepted the hug.
Happily Anya turned to Xander and Giles who were taking care of
Willow and Spike. Nobody took notice of Nemesis who left the mansion
to meet Drusilla.
"You did it." He said.
She smiled. "Everyone is happy. I can see that. My Spike is with his
Willow and my Angel with his Slayer. Soon Faith will find someone,
"Yes, but the one who is meant for her doesn't know he is, yet. Oh, I
see you dyed your hair black. Fits you."
"You offered me to become human."
He took her in his arms and bent down carefully. His demon face took
over his human features and he bit into her throat. Like Dru before
he stopped after a while. Nemesis felt sick and his face was pale.
Gently Dru stroke him "I wonder why you didn't kill me?"
"You don't see it." He coughed. "But you're needed here."
He looked up at her and smiled. "I can teach you to wake up all your
"I know you can. We should go back to the mansion to help our
Nemesis smiled and took her hand. Before they went back to the
mansion they watched dawn. For Nemesis it was the first time he saw
it like that - all golden.