Best Served Cold
by Aadler
Copyright January 2012

Disclaimer: Characters from Angel: the Series are property of Joss Whedon, Mutant Enemy, Kuzui Enterprises, Sandollar Television, and the WB.

Setting: Buffy, Season 7
Spoilers: "Selfless" (Buffy S7-05), "Chosen" (Buffy S7-22)

The moment she saw the medallion, she knew. What it was. What it meant. How to collect and arrange the minor magicks available to her and, when the flare came, siphon some of those energies for herself.

A beginning.

Her death, fighting beside Andrew: illusion. Dead, she's off the books, nobody looking for her …

… or on guard.

Vengeance for Halfrek? against the source of vengeance? Impossible, too much power there. But with time, care, planning …

Never go for the kill, he'd said, when you can go for the pain.

In time, she'd show him it was possible to do both.