Title: Family: Wedding in LA

Author: victoriamartynne

Rating: R

Disclaimer: I own nothing!

Spoilers: None, I think!

Summary: Sequel to Family: Back to Sunnydale, Family: Forward to LA, Family: Return to Sunnydale and Family: On to LA. As Cordelia and Angel's wedding approaches, old friends reunite.

"What the hell are you doing here?" Cordelia shouted across the lobby.

Faith smiled slightly. "I wasn't expecting to be welcomed with open arms but raised voices; I wasn't expecting that from the first sentence."

"What exactly were you expecting? A hug? A kiss? A 'how are you?'?" Cordelia asked.

Faith shrugged.

"This is just wrong." Cordelia shouted across the hotel. "How the hell are you out of prison?"

"Good behaviour." Faith replied, still standing in the doorway.

"Good behaviour? So you aren't going to go kill anyone or torture my friends?" She asked in disbelief.

Faith flinched. "I did a lot of bad things and I'm sorry. It's not going to happen again."

"The hell it isn't. Angel was trying to help you and instead you knock me out and torture Wes." Cordelia remembered aloud. "I don't want you anywhere near my children."

"That's your kid?"

"Yeah, and I have another upstairs." She replied grudgingly.

"Who's the dad?"


"Hey, you two crazy kids finally found your heads, good for you." She told her honestly.

"I'll go, you don't want me here."

She turned around to leave but Cordelia couldn't help herself.


"What for?"

"You can stop here."

Faith turned. "Why?"

"I can sense your unhappiness." Cordelia admitted. "I can't sense anything evil about you."

"What do you mean sense?"

"Long story, I'm a half demon."

Faith's eyes widened. "Who'd have thought Queen C would risk her looks to help the greater good."

"Hey, if you're going to be mean then you can right back out." Cordelia threatened weakly.

Faith smirked. "You've lost your touch C."

Cordelia smiled. "I guess I have. Slightly."

"Hell no, you're a pussy cat, I can tell." Faith grinned.

"What made you come here?"

"You were the ones that tried to help me. Everyone else just wanted me taken to England. You lot wanted to help me. I remembered that."

"Everyone deserves a second chance." Angel's voice echoed down from the balcony. Both women looked up.

"I think I blew my second chance." Faith called up.

"I think maybe we could swing it." He told her, leaning on the railings.

"You've been with Cordelia too long, you're starting to sound like her." Faith noted.

"It's good to see you Faith."

"You too Angel."

Wes had been harder to convince than Angel and Cordelia but after spending a little time with her he realised that she was sorry and he began to relax around her. Faith had been interested in the wedding and had vowed to help organise the bachelorette party.

"No strippers." Cordelia had warned but with Faith at the helm anything could happen.

Cordelia had called and told Buffy about Faith and she seemed a little concerned but trusted Cordelia and Angel's judgement too much to contradict their decision about letting her get involved with their lives again.

The Scoobies were coming up in a couple of weeks anyway for the bachelorette and bachelor parties and the wedding. Also Cordelia hadn't bought her dress yet so Buffy was going to come help her after Fred had retired, claiming exhaustion and eventually boredom.

Cordelia and Faith had gotten to know each other, having never really gotten to know each other in Sunnydale or during Faith's brief visit to LA a couple of years ago. Having seen each other as potential rivals for Xander back in Sunnydale they'd never really seen eye to eye.

Faith was interested in what was happening in Sunnydale.

"Well." Cordelia began. "Buffy is dating Spike."

"Spike?!" She exclaimed. "As in evil vampire? Wow, I never thought B would go to the bad side too."

Cordelia grinned. "He's not bad anymore. Think of him as neutered. A government thing, long story. Anyway, she has a sister now too. A teenager called Dawn, and yes that is a mystical thing. Willow is dating a really sweet girl called Tara and."

"Wait a minute, a girl? Willow turned to woman?" Faith's face looked alive for the first time since she'd arrived. Hearing about the Scoobies had definitely lifted her spirits. "I never saw that coming. Then again, Xander did have that effect on girls. You sure you're not repressing any feelings here girl?"

Cordelia rolled her eyes and slapped her arm. "I wouldn't know with Xander, you were the only one who slept with him and as far as I know he and Willow only ever kissed."

"I stand corrected. What's up with Xander anyway?"

"He's engaged, believe it or not. To an ex man hating vengeance demon."

"Not Anya?" Faith asked in surprised.

"How do you know Anya?" Cordelia asked suspiciously.

"She helped me out a couple of times." Faith replied noncommittally.

"I don't even want to know." Cordelia admitted.

"How about Giles?" Faith smirked. "Still old?"

Cordelia burst out laughing. "Still old. I think he's mellowed though. Don't worry, you'll get to see everyone at the wedding."

"Sounds good." Faith smiled. "Any cute best men I can flirt with?"

"Don't you ever get your mind off men?"

"Hey, been in prison, kind of horny." She divulged devilishly.

Cordelia held up her hand before she could tell her anything else. "Wes or Gunn."

"Well, Gunn is taken. It'll have to be English then."

Cordelia rolled her eyes. "Must you really?"

"Hey, he got cute!" She grinned.

Cordelia raised an eyebrow. "You like Wes?"

Faith had the decency to blush. "I only said he was cute."

Cordelia laughed. "You're hopeless."

They were interrupted by the man in question informing them about a new case they were needed on.