BLOOD TIES

NOTE: I deserve these Angel characters, especially after what they put me through last season, but, sadly, they belong to Joss Whedon.

A/N: This takes place after the episode, "Life of the Party." Parts of this are AUed. First off, Spike is corporeal but he's still stuck at W&H because the amulet won't let him leave LA. Also, in my happy, wonderful world, Fred and Gunn never broke up so they are still together. I think that's all for right now. Enjoy.

CHAPTER 2

***Three weeks later***

Wesley, a frantic look on his face, entered Gunn's office. Gunn sat behind his desk, quietly going over some paperwork.

"Gunn, hello. Good afternoon," Wesley greeted casually.

Gunn glanced up, suspicious of the British man's semi-cheerful attitude. "Hi, Wes."

"Hi," Wesley did his greeting again.

"Anything you wanted?" Gunn asked him, trying to get to the point.

"It's nothing really. I was just wondering..." Wesley's face turned grim. "Have you seen Amy?"

Gunn went back to his work as he said, "No, not since..." he looked up at Wesley then, wide eyed. "You mean she's not being monitored?" Wesley shook his head. "Oh, hell no. Come on. I'll help you look."

"Thank you," Wesley said as he and Gunn exited Gunn's office. "Harmony," Wes said to the blonde secretary, approaching her desk. "Have you seen Amy?"

"Sorry." Harmony's face turned serious, which was unusual for her. "You mean she's not being monitored?" Both Gunn and Wesley shook their heads. "Oh, no." She began to take items out of her desk, packing them up. "Tell Angel I am taking some time off until that girl is found."

"Harmony, chill," Gunn reasoned. "Just help us find her."

"Fine," Harmony sighed, standing.



In her office, Cordelia stood over a file cabinet, rearranging things. It was a habit of hers ever since she had come out of her strange coma, compliments of Wolfram and Hart medical department. The beautiful brunette glanced over at her doorway to see Gunn, Wesley, and Harmony all standing there.

"Is there a meeting I don't know about?" Cordy asked them.

"No, of course not," Wesley answered her.

"It's just that..." Gunn trailed off, trying to think of the best way to put it.

"The demon child is loose," Harmony said bluntly.

"Amy is out there... unmonitored?" Cordelia exclaimed, causing all of their heads to nod. "Oh, God, no."

Lorne walked down the hall with his assistant, chatting on his cellular phone. The jolly green demon wore a turquoise and white suit, a blue scarf hanging from around his collar.

"Yeah, I know it's not fair, honey, but parents have their rules," Lorne said into his phone. "Yes, I know all that's true. Well, maybe they are being unfair but, baby, you can't expect to get a D in math and still be allowed to go to a concert with Li'l Romeo. Ooh, Lizzie Mcquire's going to be there, too? Oh, you are in bad shape."

"Lorne, we have a problem," Cordelia said, coming up to the demon, followed by the others.

"Hang on." Lorne put a hand over the mouth of his phone. "Cordy, sweetie, I'm on the phone with Raven Symone. What could be more important than that?"

"Amy's out there," Harmony said. "Like alone out there."

Lorne went back to his phone. "Yeah, gotta go, babe. Emergency's come up." He immediately hung up.

Angel stepped off the elevator and immediately got swarmed by Cordelia, Wesley, Gunn, Lorne, and Harmony.

"Angel, you are not gonna believe what's happened," Gunn said.

"It's awful," Cordelia said.

"Horrible," Harmony corrected.

"A total Titanic thing," Lorne added.

"What's going on?" Angel asked with concern.

"I can't find Amy," Wesley told his boss.

Angel right away said, "Harmony, hold my calls and put on the alert for a code red."

"Gotcha," Harmony agreed.

Fred, followed by a few other members of her science team, all raced down the stairs then, as if they were running for their very lives.

"Fred, what is it?" Angel asked her.

Fred ran up to all of them. "There's been a disaster in the lab," she panted.

Everyone made their way upstairs, seeing that Fred's laboratory was flooding over with smoke. Wesley, coughing, stepped in front of Angel, Cordelia, Lorne, Gunn, and Harmony. He saw a small figure hugging her knees up against where a table of chemicals had once been but had clearly been blown up. Her blonde hair toppled over her head. She glanced up, showing Amy's blue eyes.

Wesley sighed deeply. "Amy..."

A/N: Did I forget to mention that Cordelia's still alive? Don't worry. In this, that Connor thing never, ever, ever, EVER happened. Cordelia just pretty much fell sick into that coma. Please review!