Summary: What if Buffy had gone with Angel into that hell dimension on the finale of Season2? My first fan fiction, I think this would be considered AU.

Disclaimers: Mutant Enemy and Joss Whedon own it all. This just all just for entertainments sake, I hope.


Prolog

The fight had been exhausting, but it was almost over now. Buffy was about to send Angelus to hell and close the portal that he and Acathla opened. The air crackled with energy as she prepared to kill the monster her only lover had become, the monster they had unintentionally both released.

Buffy saw a flicker of recognition in his face, these were her lover's eyes, Angel was back, oh god! This couldn't be happening to her. How could she kill the one man, the only man, she had ever loved, how could she not? There wasn't much time now, the swirling vortex was in full force and Acathla was awakening.

Angel's look was one of total confusion, "Buffy, it seems like months since I've seen you. What's happening?"

"Shh. Don't worry about it. I love you." She smoothed his cheek with her hand.

"I love you." Angel looked into her eyes with all his love and trust.

"Close your eyes."

With a last kiss, Buffy plunged the sword into Angel as the portal to hell opened. The shock in his eyes broke her heart, so when his outstretched hand reached for her all she could do was grab hold.

Xander return to make sure Buffy had succeeded, but as he entered the room he saw his friend about to make the biggest mistake of her life. She was about to enter hell with Angelus.

"Buffy, no!"

Buffy cast a look over her shoulder, and Xander could see the pain in her eyes, but he could also see her conviction.

"Xander, I have to, he's my Angel. Tell my mom I love her…tell her everything."

With one last look at Xander, Buffy pulled Angel close to her and they were both wrenched into the vortex that would take them away from the only world they had every known.