Title: One For All (0/?)

Author: Cyclone

Feedback: Please be gentle.

Distribution: Gimme credit and a link. Plus, archived at

Rating: I'm gonna go say PG.

Spoilers: Up to Graduation, then AU version of events after that.

Disclaimer: The characters depicted herein belong to the almighty Joss. I'm just borrowing them for a while.

Summary: Thanks to Xander's sacrifice, the Slayer and Slayerettes can live normal lives... until now.

Author's Note: Too many plot bunnies. Just... too... many...

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"I still think this was a terribly big mistake, Xander."

"I know you do, G-man, but..." Xander gazed back down at the bright lights of Sunnydale at night and sighed, "...they've earned this. They deserve a chance to live normal lives."

"He's right," Angel said, nodding.

"Are you saying you two don't?" the Watcher asked, arching an eyebrow at him.

Angel shook his head, "I don't. Not yet, anyway."

Xander chuckled, "As for me... maybe I do, maybe I don't. Doesn't much matter. I chose this path, and I don't intend to leave it."

"Xander, didn't _they_ deserve a choice?"

The younger man whirled and cut him off, "Giles, they did this because they felt obligated to. I do it... because it gives some meaning to my life. Besides, they've all wished they could live normal lives at one time or another."

"I understand," Giles said, holding his hands up defensively. "I'm just playing devil's advocate."

Xander sighed and looked back at the city, "I know, Giles. You haven't said anything I haven't thought myself a dozen times already."

"I suspected as much."

"Look," Xander said, turning back to Giles, "you're sure the Hellmouth's closed for good?"

"It is."

"And the Council?"

"They've already found the Slayer who was called when Faith flat-lined after Buffy stabbed her. As far as they know, Faith's the only Slayer in Sunnydale."

"Will they remember?"

"Only if something truly shatters the spell's delusion or reverses the spell. Xander, Angel..."

"We know. They won't remember us." He sighed again, hesitated, and said, "You'll take care of 'em, right? In case some demon that the spell missed shows up thinking Buffy's still the Slayer?"

"I will."

"Faith too?"

"Yes."

"Thanks, G-... Giles."

"We'd better get going," Angel said, rising to his feet. "I'd like to get to L.A. before dawn."

Xander shook his head as the two walked away, "You're going to the City of Angels. I'm still amazed."

"At what?"

"That you actually have a sense of humor, Deadboy."

"Harris..."

Giles shook his head in amusement as he watched the two champions walk off into the night.

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Author's Postscript:

Okay, my muse has apparently been working overtime on new ideas, but he's been keeping awfully quiet on the continuation of my older WIPs... _