Title: The Return
Written for whedonland's gift extravaganza.
One day Cordelia came back, decades after Angel finally left LA, with a bounce in her step, wearing the latest fashions. He was now the proud protector of Ottawa which didn't go unremarked on after he had understood that she wasn't a ghost, evil, or undead.
When he had asked how, she only smiled, it felt like pure California sunshine, and said that she had finally earned her reward.
Angel couldn't help but take her hand then and kiss it, the warmth of her skin felt like atonement, and there was nothing more to say. She had come back to him.