Disclaimer: I don't own any of the characters, although I wish I did because I'd find a way to put Angel and Buffy back together; where they belong. You will also notice that I've snagged some lines from a few episodes on either Buffy or Angel.
Summary: What if the Oracles had in fact restored Angel to his vampire state instead of taking back the day (In "I Will Remember You" on Angel) so that a prophesized miracle could occur?
Historical Note:This trilogy takes place between the fourth and fifth season of Buffy, and between the first and second season of Angel. You may also notice some of the later elements are from later seasons of either show.
Author's note:this trilogy will go back and fourth between Sunnydale and L.A. More so in this first series. The second there isn't much crossover's going on, there may be a few though. I really tried to keep to both shows storylines as much as possible. Some events (The Glory bit in season 5 on Buffy for example) will be either pushed back or taken out in general. These events may have been important on the shows, but not in this story.
And Just to let everyone know so that there is no confusion, Darla was never resurrected in season 1 finale of Angel. So none of that Darla stuff ever happened. Yep, instead of Darla giving birth to Connor, Buffy will. As far as I can tell so far, the 'Connor' story line will remain the same. I'm still debating about the Cordy/Connor thing tho. Who else was going 'eww!' when that scene with Cordy and Connor in 'Apocalypse, Nowish' aired??!
Author's Note II:I just realized that in the last part, Buffy needed to go To Giles' to use the phone, yet I forgot Angel had a cell phone. My bad; but could you guys just play dumb and forget about that mistake? lol. It's greatly appreciated!! But he DOES have one now, k? Thanks soo much!
A few hours after nightfall, Buffy and Angel packed their stuff into the car once more and headed back home. They had called everyone earlier and told them their plans to leave come nightfall.
Angel and Buffy walked into the hotel and sighed.
"Oh, it's good to be home," Buffy said as Angel dropped their bags on the floor right where he was standing.
"I'm beat. How about we go up to bed," he suggested tiredly. Buffy frowned as she looked around the lobby worriedly.
"Where is everyone?" she asked quickly, wanting nothing more then to see her baby. Angel smiled, knowing she was anxious to see their son, as was he.
"Cordy called before we left; Connor's at her house," he explained.
"Oh," Buffy said, sounding a little disappointed.
"Buffy, he'll probably be here in the morning," he assured her. "Come on, let's get some sleep." Buffy nodded before they headed up the stairs.
It didn't take long for the two of them to get ready for bed. Angel lay there in bed holding Buffy as she began to drift off to sleep. He loved to lay awake and comb his fingers through her hair as he listened to her drift off to sleep.
"Angel," Buffy asked sleepily.
"Yeah?" he asked.
"Do you think Faith's doing alright?" she asked.
"Yeah. She'll make it through this," he told her. "Now go to sleep my love," he told her as he kissed her forehead. Not too long after Buffy had fallen asleep, Angel had dozed off himself.
* * *
The next day, Cordelia, Wesley, and Gunn came in for work at their usual times. They saw the bags on the floor, and knew Angel and Buffy had come back last night from Sunnydale. Cordelia was busying herself in the lobby; Connor sleeping in his playpen in the same room. Cordy was looking through some papers on the desk in the lobby when she heard Connor begin to squirm.
"Hey they're sweetie. Want aunt Cordy to hold you?" Cordelia asked as she bent down and lifted Connor out of his crib. "Yeah, you just want some attention, huh?" she cooed as she held Connor in her arms.
"Hey there's the little guy," Gunn said as he walked over to Cordy, and looked down at the happy baby.
"Angel and Buffy back from Sunnydale yet?" he asked curiously.
"Yup. But their upstairs sleeping," she told him as she shifted Connor to her side and began to paw through the paperwork that still needed to be filed.
"Do you think they're um..." Gunn trailed off.
"Please. We'd know if they were getting it on. With these walls, we'd probably be able to hear it for one. Two, Angel would come down here all evil again," she explained.
"It must be hard. For them to be together, and not be able to get together," Gunn said.
"They have no choice. They have to. As hard as it may be, they still have to," Wesley explained as he entered the lobby from the other room.
"I don't know if I'd be able to handle that. That's all I'm saying," Gunn said as the phone rang.
"Angel investigations. We help the hopeless," Cordelia said into the phone as she held Connor. "No, I'm sorry, but we don't take those kind of cases," she told whoever it was on the other line. "Thanks for calling. Sorry we couldn't help," she said before she hung up.
"Wow. Business has been pretty slow lately. Not a good sign," Gunn noted.
"What do you mean?" Cordelia asked.
"Well, Cordy, you obviously know you haven't had any visions in a while, and the phones have been slow, so I'm thinking something's up," Gunn explained.
"Well, don't jinx us Gunn. Just be happy we haven't had to fight any big bads'," Cordelia told him.
"I still think something's up," he told them. The three then went to work, and a few minutes later, Angel came down the stairs, shirtless.
"Connor?" he asked. Cordelia looked at him.
"Well, well, well, nice to see your finally up," she told him. Cordelia then noticed the fading bruises on Angel chest.
"By the looks of those bruises on your chest I'd take a guess and say either Buffy plays hard, or you two found Faith in Sunnydale," Cordelia guessed. Angel looked down at his chest and noticed the fading bruises Faith had left him.
"Yeah. We found her," he told her.
"And?" she asked.
"Yeah. How'd that go?" Gunn asked as he entered the room. Angel scratched the back of his head.
"Well, I think I was actually able to get through to her this time," Angel told them.
"Wow. I thought that was impossible," Cordy said.
"I thought so two," Angel admitted.
"So is Buffy as beat up as you are, or was she lucky?" Cordy asked.
"She's a little sore still. Faith pulled out a knife while they were fighting, and Buffy got slashed in the ribs," Angel told them.
"Oh my god. Is she alright?" Cordy asked.
"Yeah. She heals fast; slayer's heal fast," he reminded them. "I'm going to go upstairs. Are you sure you don't mind keeping an eye on Connor?" he asked.
"No problem. Go upstairs with Buffy. You know your dying to," she told him. He smiled.
"Thanks Cordy," he said before he started up the stairs. He quietly entered their room, and realized Buffy was still asleep. He carefully crawled back onto the bed and watched her sleep. Buffy then began to stir and a few minutes later, he watched her eyes flutter open and she smiled at the sight of Angel.
"How long have you been awake, and watching me?" Buffy asked.
"Not too long, I-" he began. Buffy shot up.
"Where's Connor?" she asked quickly.
"Relax. He's downstairs with Cordy, Wesley and Gunn," he told her. Buffy then plopped back down.
"Wow. I haven't slept in this late since before he was born," Buffy told him.
"It is kind of nice," he agreed. Buffy looked at him with a serious expression.
"You know. I still sometimes think this is all a dream," Buffy confessed.
"What do you mean?" he asked curiously as he propped his head on his hand.
"I just can't believe were together again; That we have a child together. Angel, all of this is more than I could have ever dreamed for. After you left for L.A. I thought my life was going to end, and then I went to L.A. and we shared that day together; that was when my life really began," she told him. He then bent his head down and kissed her. Instinctively, she wrapped her hands around his neck and pulled him down onto her and they continued to kiss. Angel could feel the temptation begin to rise inside of him, and he broke off their kiss.
"Buffy," he warned in a raspy voice.
"I know. Your right," she said as she let go of Angel and slowly sat up. She sighed as she climbed out of bed in only a T-shirt.
"I mean, I'm hardly able control myself anymore by just looking at you," he said looking at her. Buffy turned around and smiled.
"Is that so?" she asked as she walked back over to him and sat down on his lap. Angel nodded.
"It is," he assured her before he kissed her. All of a sudden, Cordy walked in.
"Sorry to interrupt, but, um, someone has had enough of the wacko's downstairs, and would like his mother, or father, or which ever one he likes to see in the morning. Here," Cordelia said as she handed Connor over to Buffy.
"Hey sweetie. I don't blame you. It's kind of busy down there, isn't it?" she asked. She kissed the baby on the forehead. "I've missed you sooo much," she cooed as she took in the sight of him. Angel leaned over and rubbed Connor's hand.
"There's my little guy; hey," Angel said in a low voice. Connor got all excited from all the attention and began to kick and squirm.
"You know. We haven't had a family picture taken of us since Connor was like a month old. We should really have one taken soon," Buffy told Angel as she sat on Angel's lap with the baby.
"Buffy. We have all the time inn the world to take pictures," he told her. "But if you want, we could have Cordy or someone take one," he suggested.
"I love you Angel, I really do," she told him.
"I love you too," he told her as he hugged her.
* * *
Later that night, Angel and Buffy were in his office laughing while Connor played with some toys on the floor when Gunn came in quickly.
"I'm sorry if I interrupted something, but, um, Cordy just had a vision," Gunn told them.
"What'd she see?" he asked quickly.
"A large beastie downtown. Cordy saw him take two people. She said his plans were to possess them for some unknown reason," He explained.
"I'll be back," he said as he got up and headed out for the lobby; Buffy closely following.
"I'm going with you," she told him as she handed Connor to Cordy.
"Oh no. I'd love to watch Connor, but I have plans tonight," Cordelia told them.
"Same here," Gunn told them. Buffy looked at Wesley and smiled.
"Wes, please," Buffy begged.
"Fine. I'll watch him," he told her. Cordelia smiled and handed the baby to Wesley.
"Great, thanks," Buffy said quickly. She bent down and kissed the baby. "Wes. The emergency numbers are on the fridge. He should be in bed by eight, oh, and-"
"Buffy, we'll be fine. Go," Wesley told her. Buffy smiled.
"Thanks again. Please be careful; there have been a lot of kidnap attempts on Connor lately," she reminded him as Angel tugged on her arm.
"Now you be good for Uncle Wesley," Buffy cooed before heading out the door.
"Alright, I'm out of here," Cordelia announced as she grabbed her large handbag.
"Me too. Will you be alright?" Gunn asked.
"Yeah. I mean, do you even know how to take care of a baby?" Cordy asked.
"I'll be fine. Will you two just go if your going to," Wesley told them. Cordy looked at Gunn.
"You don't have to tell me twice," she said as she hurried towards the door and left with Gunn following. Wesley looked down at the baby and sighed.
"I guess it's just you and me tonight," Wesley told Connor. All of a sudden, Connor began to cry as if he noticed his parent's absence. Wesley sighed again; heavily.
"It's going to be a long night," he told himself.
* * *
"What?" Angel asked as he noticed the uneasy expression Buffy had on her face as she looked down to the ground; beside the demon's large body. It had put up a pretty good fight before they were able to kill it, and free its prisoners.
"Something's wrong. I can feel it," Buffy told him trying to figure out what she sensed.
"What is it?" he asked concerned as he walked over to her and put his hand on her arm.
"We'd better get back. I have a bad feeling," she said in a worried voice.
"Alright," he told her as they began to run back. He knew she sensed something was wrong, and her senses weren't usually wrong. They had both learned to trust them.
As they ran up to the Hotel, Angel noticed the door was wide opened. He looked over at Buffy as her face turned to fear.
"Oh god," she said as she began to run towards the door. "Connor!" she yelled. Angel ran behind her as his stomach began to turn. He now also sensed something was wrong. He could smell the faintest trace of blood as they entered the lobby. He also realized there was a mess of broken furniture lying on the ground. There was a struggle, he thought to himself as he himself began to panic.
"Wesley?" he called out, hoping Wesley would walk out with Connor in his arms and assure them nothing was wrong. He could tell Buffy was beginning to panic as she began to search the place.
"Wesley? Connor?" Buffy called out. Angel then heard a painful moaning noise come from his office as he quickly walked over to the noise. He discovered a very badly beaten Wesley lying on the floor.
"Buffy, over here," he called out as he quickly rushed over to Wesley.
"Wes, are you ok?" he asked as he helped him sit up against the wall. Buffy then ran over to them.
"Oh god, Wes, where's Connor?" Buffy asked with pure fear in her voice as she knelt down beside him.
"They came...and took him. There were...so many. I...couldn't fight them," Wesley said in painful breaths.
"Who? Who took Connor?" Angel asked quickly. If something happens to Connor, I won't ever be able to forgive myself,
"Vampires. They...they said they had...a plan for him, and nothing...could stop them," Wesley told them; his voice filled with pain.
"Oh god. Angel, we need to find him!" Buffy said quickly as she got up. Angel got up and followed her.
"Wes, are you going to be alright?" he asked quickly.
"GO! Go get your son...before it's too late," Wesley told them. Angel turned around, but Buffy was already gone.
Once outside, Angel was finally able to catch up her.
"Buffy, wait," he told her as he grabbed her arm. Buffy quickly whipped around with tears in her eyes.
"Angel, something evil has our son, and has plans for him; for my baby," Buffy said in a strained voice.
"I want him back," she told him.
"I know. Buffy, I want him back too," he said as they exchanged looks and began to run once more.
* * *
Buffy and Angel's tracking skills finally led them to an alleyway in back of an abandoned building where a group of vampires were circled around an opening portal. Buffy suddenly caught glimpse of Connor as a vampire began to walk towards a cloaked being.
"Angel," Buffy said in a hushed voice.
"I know," he told her as they listened to what they were saying.
"And this child is that from Angelus?" one of the figures asked as a demon handed him the small child.
"Yes," the rugged looking demon assured him.
"That's it, I'm going in," Angel growled as his features changed into his demonic face. Angel stood up and slowly walked towards them with Buffy close behind.
"I believe you guys have something that's mine," Angel growled as he walked over to them
"Angelus," One of the vampires hissed as he turned around.
"And I like to have him back," Angel added.
"Angelus, nice of you to come by. Too bad you'll never see your son again," The figure that was holding Connor said. Angel growled.
"I'm thinking differently because I am going to get my son back," he told them. The figure stepped into the light that was generated from the fire nearby.
"Holtz!" Angel gasped in shock. Holtz laughed.
"Don't look so surprised to see me Angelus; you knew this day would come. I swore I'd get my revenge for what you and your vampire bitch did to me." Buffy looked at Angel confused, but Angel's gaze was locked on the man holding their son.
"I'm not the same person I was back then," Angel said.
"Yes, I've heard.; you've got a soul now," Holtz explained. He looked down at Connor, who was beginning to wake up from all the commotion.
"My original plans were to destroy you and Darla," he began. "But then I was informed about your new life. I think this is much better."
"Holtz, give me back my son," Angel demanded.
"That's not going to happen Angelus, and you know it. I will make you pay for what you and Darla did to me!" Finally he looked over at Buffy, finally acknowledging her presence standing beside Angel.
"I was surprised however hearing you had killed Darla. Even more surprised finding out that your now with the slayer here," he said, motioning to Buffy.
"I'm assuming you're the mother."
"I want my son back," Buffy responded.
"So tuff, but you can't fool me. You're scared; scared that you may never see your child again," he told her. "Your right. You won't!"
"That's it. I've had enough," Angel said as he charged at the vampires. Buffy followed as they both began to fight the vampires and the few demons present as well. Holtz just watched the two as they fought the vampires guarding him; fighting to get to Holtz.
"Fighting is useless. You cannot stop me!" he told them as he turned and walked towards the bright portal.
"Angel!" Buffy screamed as he staked a vampire. Buffy watched in horror as Holtz walked into the mystical portal with Connor in his arms. Buffy ran towards him, shoving vampires aside as the portal shut before she was able to reach it.
"NO!!!" she screamed as she dropped to the ground where the portal had been only seconds ago. Angel walked over and dropped to his knees beside Buffy and put his arms around her as she broke down.
"It's ok," he said as he cradled her. "We'll get him back," he said as he felt tears begin to form in his own eyes as he held Buffy. He couldn't cry; he had to be strong for Buffy, although he couldn't help but feel a since of loss as he thought of never seeing his son again.
To Be Continued...
Check out the second part in this trilogy called 'Return' to find out what happens…