Chapter Eight-The Physicist

A couple of days later, Gunn had yet to visit Angel Investigations again, Connor was busy with school, and Angel was once again locked inside his room. Wesley was oblivious of the outside world.

If he wasn't setting up his books in the office, he was in Fred's room staring at the things she had left in there. He really loved the Texan and missed her terribly.

With the men off doing their own things, Cordelia was left to clean the hotel, well the rooms that were being used and she did not like that the men were not helping her at all. It wasn't fair. She wasn't the only one living there.

Despite her work, the seer was bored. There was nothing for them to do. The previous week had been so busy, but this week was incredibly boring. There were no cases for the AI team to work on.

The only thing they could do was wait. Waiting wasn't exactly the teams favorite thing to do.

So, it was no wonder why Cordelia was on clean up duty. She just wanted to keep her mind off the fact that they had no jobs.

Suddenly, Cordelia fell back, her body hitting the floor hard and she began to tense as a blinding pain surged through her skull. She couldn't breath, she couldn't scream. All she could do was feel the pain of not only the splitting headache the vision was causing her and from the torture that the people she saw would be experiencing.

A minute passed and the so did the vision. Cordelia held her head as she sat up, her head still throbbing. Despite her intense pain, she called out for anyone who could hear.

It was Wesley who heard her. He ran out of his office, calling for Angel as he cradled Cordy in his arms.

"Are you all right," he asked.

"I would be if you had brought some aspirin," Cordelia said with an attitude that she used when she was still in Sunnydale.

"Sorry," the ex watcher apologized.

"No," Cordy said. "I'm the one who's sorry. I shouldn't have gone all Queen C like that."

Wesley smiled down at her.

"I think I've got off kind of easy," he chuckled lightly.

Cordelia smiled up at her friend and was about to say something when she was interrupted by Angel clearing his throat. They turned to him to see the vampire standing over them with a glass of water and two aspirin. He knelt down to give them to Cordelia who thanked him before taking the medicine.

"Your vision," Angel said ignoring her gratitude.

The seer gazed up at him before nodding.

"I saw a large group of travelers coming in on a ship," she explained. "They're about to be demon food and when I say demon, I mean a big, water demon. We're going to need everyone for this one. We're not going to be able to fight it either. We're just going to have to save the people."

"Right," Wesley said. "Will you be all right?"

"Yeah, I'm fine," Cordy answered before she began to stand on her own.

Wesley headed towards his office to call Connor and Gunn on their cells.

"Wes," Cordy called out as she slowly made her way to a chair. "Fred's there."

The former watcher stopped. He turned back to his friend.

"How," he said in an almost quiet voice.

"I don't know," Cordy said sadly.

Wesley stared at her for a moment, then he nodded and continued to walk into the office to call the others.

Later that night, the group made it to the pier just in time to see the ship had just finished being docked and even though there was no way onto the ship, the crew had no intention on allowing anyone off the ship, the AI team made it aboard. The crew already gone as soon as they could.

They made their way to where the passengers were being held that they felt the first rocking of the giant beast that was planning on feeding.

"We need to hurry," Cordy said in a loud whisper.

"We can't fight this thing. We're going to have to get the passengers off this ship," Angel said. "Wes, Cordy, and Gunn will handle the passengers. Connor and I will prepare the ramp for everyone to get off."

Gunn and Connor nodded silently and headed out to gather the crew. Angel went off on his own, living the Seer and the former Watcher by the door that locked the people they needed to save inside.

"What was that?" asked a woman.

"It was nothing," said Fred. "Probably just the wind."

"That has to be a huge wind," said a man.

The ship rocked again, only more violently. People slammed into one another. Some fell to the ground and others were crushed into the walls.

"Everyone, follow us," Wesley said from the now opened door. "We're going to get you to safety."

The small crowd rushed out into the hall, pushing and shoving, not caring if everyone made it out in one piece as long as they and their family made it out. Gunn led them out onto the ship's deck.

Fred was the last one out.

"Wesley?" she asked her long lost Texan twang returning to her voice.

"Yes, it's me," he said.

Fred smiled brightly. She wrapped her arms around his neck and pulled him into a passionate kiss.

"Excuse me," Cordy said clearing her throat.

Fred stared at the other with wide eyes. She then squealed and enveloped her in a tight hug.

"Fred, it's good to see you too," Cordy said in a chocked voice. "But could you let me go, there's a demon coming and I can't breath."

"Oh, sorry," Fred said letting go.

"It's all right," Cordelia said. "Let's get off this thing."

Just then the boat rocked again and they lost their balance.

"We have to go now," Wes said firmly.

They hurried to the deck to see everyone else was off the ship. They made their way to the ramp and was nearly thrown off as the ship rocked again. After that, they practically crawled off the ship.

Then the AI team hurried off the pier with the people and then the people fled as the demon rose from the ocean and grab the ship causing it to sink. It dragged the empty vessel away from shore.

The AI team stared at the spectacle, the demon didn't seem to have noticed that it's meal was no longer onboard. When everything was calmed, they looked at one another.

"Home?" Connor asked with a shrug.

Everyone else looked at him and nodded. They walked to Angel's car and Gunn's trunk and headed home.

After a silent drive, the group entered into the Hyperion.

"I can't believe it," Fred said in awe breaking the silence. "I mean I can. I mean, I've seen it before, but still… The Hyperion is looking great."

"Thanks," Cordelia said. She wasn't ashamed of taking the credit for cleaning the hotel. She pretty much did all the work herself anyway.

Fred smiled at her. She stepped from the group to look around. She spun in a circle taking in her former home, stopping to stare at her five friends.

"So, we're back," she said before shaking her head no. "I mean, Are we back? Are we a team?"

The group looked at one another and smiled.

"Yeah, we're back," Angel answered and Fred squealed.

She ran to Cordy and hugged her tightly.

"I'm so happy," she said.

"I think we all are." Cordy said.

No truer words were said. They all were truly happy. Some happier than others, but they all were satisfied with their lives.

Finally they were all home. The vampire, the brain, the seer, the prodigal son, the warrior, and the physicist, the Angel Investigation team were one once more.

As the since of family, home, and friendship settled within the group, a bright light flashed and surrounded the make shift family and they vanished from the hotel.

END OF CH. 8