Chapter 28 Last Man Standing

I'm waking up to ash and dust
I wipe my brow and I sweat my rust
I'm breathing in the chemicals
I'm breaking in, shaping up, then checking out on the prison bus
This is it, the apocalypse
Whoa

I'm waking up, I feel it in my bones
Enough to make my systems blow
Welcome to the new age, to the new age
Welcome to the new age, to the new age
Whoa, whoa, I'm radioactive, radioactive
Whoa, whoa, I'm radioactive, radioactive

I raise my flags, don my clothes
It's a revolution, I suppose
We'll paint it red to fit right in
Whoa
I'm breaking in, shaping up, then checking out on the prison bus
This is it, the apocalypse
Whoa

I'm waking up, I feel it in my bones
Enough to make my systems blow
Welcome to the new age, to the new age
Welcome to the new age, to the new age
Whoa, whoa, I'm radioactive, radioactive
Whoa, whoa, I'm radioactive, radioactive

All systems go, sun hasn't died
Deep in my bones, straight from inside

I'm waking up, I feel it in my bones
Enough to make my systems blow
Welcome to the new age, to the new age
Welcome to the new age, to the new age
Whoa, whoa, I'm radioactive, radioactive
Whoa, whoa, I'm radioactive, radioactive

'"The heart represents, well you know," Angel couldn't say it he was afraid to say it and Buffy looked up at him smiling understanding.

"It's beautiful." She commented."'

Angel could remember that day perfectly. That night for all intensive purposes they were married, he gave her a ring and they consummated that love. In all reality they have been married for well over twenties years. Angel was walking on a low roof top and Connor was on the ground. They were getting further from the inner city and near to the outer parts. But they were not home free by any means. Angel would glance down once in a while to Connor.

Now thinking about it, seeing it Connor did look like Buffy. He didn't have brown hair but dirty blonde, his eyes were a hazel like a mix of his brown eyes and Buffy's green. Really looking at him he had Buffy's soft features. That was their son and all that matters now was keeping him alive and safe. Angel then stopped walking and Connor felt it and stopped too and looked up. Angel jumped from the roof and to the ground and they both looked around and heard the gurgling noises of the dead.

Angel and Connor made it away from the oncoming zombies but it wasn't a good sign. It meant evil was making its way in the outer regions of the city. The portal was out of control and if the Beast left then they had no idea what could happen. Angel embedded the scythe into the Beast's neck and before leaving the scene and the Beast laid out on the street. Hopefully it was dead and perhaps the zombies were feasting on it.

They not only past the old hotel but blew it up so Angel knew where he was going same with Connor. They were by no means in the home stretch but they had to keep going. But what just happened not long ago barely kept them moving. They lost someone, someone very close to them and someone they loved. It was a loss that cannot be measured, could not be buried, could not be erased, or forgotten. It was going to be a deep wound and maybe one day a scar. But that scar would never fully heal and would be opened many times over.

Angel pushed Connor into a building so they could quickly rest up for a moment before running again. Outside they could hear the jets and small bombs being dropped in order to contain the enemy. Hell's minions were spreading out from the portal at a fast rate. Connor walked to a window and looked out seeing one jet fly overhead and then an explosion and then Connor looked to Angel. Angel looked worried.

"The bombs are getting closer." Connor said softly as not to alert anything that they were here. Angel came over to the window to see if he could see anything. Angel then looked to his watched and they had about fifteen minutes to get out of here. Connor looked to Angel knowing it meant that they were on crunch time now. They headed further into the building and out another way hoping to avoid evil. It was time to just keep running and not stop. Angel grabbed Connor by the shoulder and they both ran. They had high levels of endurance but this night was wearing down on them. They rounded a corner only to be greeted by a horde of zombies. They quickly took cover behind the wall and had to think this through. Connor peered back out and pulled back in.

"There's no way to get through that." Connor stated and Angel looked around and looked to son. "They're getting closer to leaving this city." Connor realized and Angel didn't say yes but his body language suggested it.

"We have to." Angel said and Connor nodded and held up his axe. They had to fight their way through the horde and hopefully run like hell. The vampire with a soul and the son of the slayer came out from the building walking right to the horde of oncoming zombies. The zombies saw them and started to make their way to them. Angel and Connor started to jog towards them. This was it; this is what it all comes down to. Angel and Connor jumped up at the same time and sliced heads. They fought their way through them. Zombies had no fighting skills so it was somewhat like shooting fish in a barrel.

The only way out might to be hop roof to roof. But both father and son really wanted to kill these things. These things are what killed their friends and Buffy. They didn't stand still; they just kept running through them killing what they could. They came to a small clear and Connor took out a small knife and tossed hit and it stuck between the eyes of a demon before it could get his father. Angel saw the demon and then to Connor. The two then kept running but fell backwards as the Beast came jumping down from a roof landing.

Angel scooted away grabbing Connor to go with him. They both stumbled as they got up and when they went to run the horde of zombies were in front of them. They went to run another way but they saw a clad of demons slowly making their way to them. And then down the other way were vampires. The Beast roared at them and they were trapped. They didn't have a place to go. As Connor stood up he felt something, it was like a surge of energy. He was always powerful but he felt different, a different power. He didn't notice that his father was staring at him.

"Slayer!" A vampire yelled and Connor looked around thinking he meant that there was a slayer. Nearly all of him prayed that the vampire was talking about his mother. But there was no slayer around just him and his father. "Slayer!" The vampire yelled again and then Connor looked to his father. In split second without thinking about it Angel and Connor switched weapons. Now for the first time he Connor felt the power of the scythe. It felt like it was his, it was his weapon.

Angel took off and started to kill the oncoming zombies, demons and vampires as Connor focused on the Beast. This thing was going to die. It's the reason why the world was falling apart. It's why his mother was dead. Connor charged at the Beast with his new found strength and the Beast roared ready to kill the Divine Warrior. Connor swung the scythe wanting to kill this thing once and for all. The Beast dodged the scythe and took a swung at Connor. Connor ducked and he was fast, faster than he's ever been. He was almost as fast as his father. He was now part vampire and part slayer, something completely new. Connor swung the scythe and it embedded into the Beast's side.

The Beast was far from being happy or over this fight. Connor ripped the scythe from the Beast and swung again. This time he flipped the scythe so the stake end was pointing to the Beast and he jumped and threw it. The stake of the scythe was now in the Beast's chest. The Beast roared in pain and Connor kicked the Beast and then jumped again ripping the scythe from it. There was one way to make sure this thing was dead and he rammed the stake side of the scythe up and through the jaw of the Beast.

"Go back to hell!" Connor yelled and then yank the scythe back out and flipped the weapon around and then sliced the head of the Beast's off. The demons screamed in horror at what just happened and Angel had one small moment to be happy and proud but then it was back to killing the zombies. Connor staked a vampire but the other vampires were cautious with this one. He wasn't a typical slayer and then you had Angelus. They had to fight them but it didn't sound easy. Just as Connor dusted a vampire and Angel killed a demon there was a scream cutting through the sky. It was another jet and Angel managed a quick glance at his watch. He looked to Connor and it meant it was time to run as fast as they could and get as far away as possible from this city. Angel ran to Connor and grabbed his shoulder and they ran as fast as they could with what little strength they had.

There was no time anymore the bomb was about to be released. As the two ran they ran to another horde of zombies and it hit Angel. There was no way out. They turned around seeing more zombies closing in. All Angel could do was pull Connor closer, to hold him one last time.

"Don't look," Angel said to his son meaning it'll be over in a second. Connor closed his eyes but they snapped open when they heard a gun go off. A hummer came rolling in and Rick came out firing at zombies.

"Let's go!" Rick ordered and Angel pushed Connor to the hummer and he got into the back. "Where's Buffy?" Rick asked as he fired at some of the zombies but Angel said nothing and Rick knew what it meant. Rick ran to the other side and got in. Angel slammed on the gas and they floored forwards through the zombies. Angel was driving because he knew the way out. All three were bracing themselves and Rick looked to his watch, three minutes to get out of here and away from the initial blast radius. Angel plowed through anything getting in their way and finally they were getting out.

Connor sat in the back focusing and praying his father would get them out in time. As they drove they saw something ripping through the sky. It was the missal. Angel had the pedal to the floor now as he drove. Connor closed his eyes and all of a sudden the place started to get bright. Rick held onto the door handle and closed his eyes from the bright light. Angel didn't stop driving but braced himself. There was a huge wave that rattled everything and nearly toppled the hummer. Just as fast as it came it stopped.

"Are we dead?" Rick asked slowly opening his eyes looking around and Angel was still driving. Connor opened his eyes and he was still here. Angel had eased up on the gas a little and the hummer came to a stop. All three guys looked to at one another not believing that they made it. Was it real? Did they make it out alive? Then they all got out of the hummer quickly.

"You see that? You see that?" Connor asked and hugged his dad and Rick came over and Connor couldn't help but hug him too. Then all three looked out to the city as it was completely obliterated. All three watched it, watched it crumble onto itself. Then Rick looked to them.

"Buffy?" Ricked asked and neither Angel nor Connor said nothing and Rick nodded. He couldn't help but fight the tears. He barely knew Buffy but she grew on him, she was a strong person and she fought and died in order for everyone else to have a chance.

"Xander and Giles?" Connor asked and Rick shook his head no and Connor nodded understanding. Angel and Connor stood there watching the city finally burning. It once was a proud city where celebrities went, where young people flocked to, to find their dreams. But now it was gone. The sun would rise soon but no more on this city. It was a both battle won and lost. Angel stood there knowing what they did; they didn't change anything the world was still going to end. But there was one thing Giles read to them, at the end of the book. The old will pass but something will come but this wasn't it.

"It'll burn." Connor stated and looked to Angel.

"Let it." Angel said as he looked to the city. Angel then squatted down to the ground and was quiet.

"Nothing's changed." Connor commented. The world didn't feel right after saving it. These two have saved the world at least once and there's always that feeling that they won, another day was coming but not now. Right now it felt just like it did when they first got here.

"There never was destroying it." Angel began and Rick looked shocked but also like he knew it, he knew this would happen. "It's supposed to happen this is supposed to happen." Angel looked around finial understanding what this was about.

"No," Connor object and Angel stood up walked up to him. "Then this was all for nothing? Mom's dead for nothing." Connor started to get mad and frustrated. Angel shook his head no and placed his hands on son's shoulders.

"No Connor, this wasn't all for nothing. Giles was right the old world will pass and a new one will begin. There was nothing we could do, this world ended when all this started. Buffy, Dawn, Faith, Spike, Willow, Giles and Xander were the old world." Angel paused and he could see it in Connor's eyes as he was understanding now. "There never was stopping it there was only surviving it. Giles knew and I didn't want to listen like you. But he knew. Buffy knew at the end. You're the new beginning Connor and I know what it means that I'm the champion."

"You are to protect me." Connor stated and Angel nodded. "What about mom?" Connor asked.

"She was the one to bring you here." Angel answered and Connor nodded. "We're the future and as long as we are here evil will not stand." Angel stated and then the two embraced each other and Angel felt it Connor was crying in arms. That made Angel cry too and Rick smiled a little. He had his son his last connection to Buffy the greatest thing they created together. Then the three heard something and they pulled apart and it was parts of the army. The vehicles parked and some of the slayers and soldiers got out. Juan then stood amongst them and Angel smiled a little seeing him. Marshal and Lorne then appeared as well and the three walked to them. Juan, Lorne and Marshal along with the slayers were looking for one person in particular.

Angel and Connor stood before the small group now and Juan nodded knowing what it meant that Buffy wasn't here. Juan couldn't help but be shaken a little and took in a deep breath to settle himself. Lorne walked over to Connor and embraced him. Marshal bowed his head in reverence to maybe the greatest slayer. Angel stood there thinking about Buffy as Juan placed a hand on his shoulder and they both knew the importance of her loss. Angel looked to Connor knowing what his purpose was. Then something caught Angel's eye and he walked to it. It was something shiny in the dirt. Angel went to the ground and dug it out of the dirt and it was a ring. It was a claddagh ring. It was impossible because before he left her he kissed her hand and the ring was there. Angel looked up and then he couldn't help but smile a little and looked around. She wasn't really gone. Angel tucked the ring away and walked to his son.

Connor then saw a radio in the hummer and it was time. Connor picked up the radio as everyone was watching him and waited for orders. Buffy was in commanded but Angel was her second in command meaning he was now the leader. But this would be Connor's new world soon so he clicked the radio as he was ready to say something in it.

"To those who are listening my name is Connor," Connor looked to Angle and he smiled. "I am a survivor like you. If you can hear this please pass this on to others. You guys are it you are the future, this isn't the end of the world but we must stand together." Connor paused for a moment thinking. "LA is done, we're moving on. Every city is done it's time to leave. Stay off the roads, keep moving, keep fighting. Fight for your right to live. Every morning just before dawn," Connor took a second to swallow the word dawn but knew she would keep fighting and keep going too. "Just before dawn I will be on the radio to help. You're it, fight the dead, fight for your life and stand. Stand. Connor out." Connor clicked off the radio and Angel smiled and he with his son and the rest of the survivors all went to back to the cars and got in ready to follow these two. They were moving on but it didn't matter as long as they kept the survivors safe. Angel started the car and started to drive and Connor sat in the passenger's seat holding the scythe in his hands. The rest of the caravan followed to a new and long journey. What were the chances of survival in this new world? Slim maybe but a slim chance is better than none.

One Year Later.

A year ago war was declared on humanity both the race and the inner parts of the man. A year ago she lost her sister and her friends. A year ago she sacrificed herself for the world again. A year ago this world changed but evil and hell did not see it coming. Humans will never truly cower and back out. She will never cower and back out and that's what kept him going. He's lost everything at some point, he's been broken to the smallest of pieces but out of it he's become stronger.

The world had changed pockets of people are everywhere. Hell's minions still walk the roads but the barren wasteland of the desert has yet to appear because of one slayer, one slayer that refused to die. Because of one vampire who refused to give in and one boy born from them who refused to give up. The last standing survivors of the ongoing war slowly found one another and rebuild something. History will be remade but humans will continue.

Angel and Connor stood before seven grave stones. There were more but these were the first in front of the others. There were no bodies it was just a symbol for everyone to see, to remember what was lost and remember what gave them a chance to live. One was Dawn's, another Faith's, Willow, Xander, Giles and Spike. There was one Angel took a knee to and it was Buffy's. He reached out and touched the headstone and it read Buffy Anne Summers O'Brien, fearless slayer, beloved mother and best friend. Angel leaned in kissed it then got up and father and son headed back to the house. Connor headed to a truck and Angel headed off into another direction.

Connor made sure the car was packed and ready for the mission. Helping him was Marie, Marshal's daughter. Over the last few months they've been getting kind of cozy. The farm was busy as people lived here now. Lorne kept in touch telling them his farm grew too. Juan as well found more people to live in the underground bunker. The three forts were a strong hold but it wasn't safe out there and they had to find more people and bring them to safety or try to have them come here. One day this world might be livable again. Angel then met up with Rick to do one more run down of tonight's mission.

Rick by some miracle found his wife and son. They lived here now on the farm and they were safe. Angel was the leader, his son second in command, Rick the General. One day though once Connor was ready which wouldn't be long he would lead them. Marshal came from the house as well handing Angel a canister of blood for the trip and bottles of water to Rick. Connor saw his father talking to Rick and they nodded meaning they agreed on something and he headed off as a few men waited for him. Angel then stood there for a moment and looked to his son. It's all changed but the two will never forget the slayer that brought them here. The woman they loved and kept them fighting. This farm had life now with its live stalk and the people. There were children on this farm. Life was going on. They could never let their guard down but to see that people were living, surviving it gave hope.

Angel drove the truck and parked out in the street and a building was in view. Another car pulled up behind them with Rick and few slayers ready to help. There were people in that building hiding under it. But in and around the building were some demons and zombies out waiting for a meal or just to kill. These people, the survivors would rebuild the world even if it meant to kill each zombie, each demon, each vampire by hand and one at a time. The mission was to get the survivors out and home. The group gathered together with weapons in hand. Angel and Connor joined up with them and they walked together side by side leading. Angel tossed the scythe to Connor and he caught it. Rick smiled seeing how they worked so close together. Angel made sure his crossbow was ready and as they walked towards the building. Then a zombie looked up and saw them and started to walk to them. The group went into formation with Angel and Connor leading them.

Rick and a few slayers took out some random zombies as they got closer to the building. The group stopped just short of the entrance to the building and Angel looked at Connor and he looked to him. Connor looked to his father, his first hero and thought of his mother; his first love. No matter what has happened in the past Connor wouldn't change it. His father is the champion of man. His mother is the slayer no matter whether she was alive or not. She was alive in him. And these two will stand and stay standing. Angel stood at the front door and then kicked it down looking in ready to fight as he infiltrated firing at the dead. Connor looked around and a demon came charging and Connor swung the scythe at the demon and the head rolled. It was business as usual.

I am the last man stand survivor
I am the last man home.
I'll be the last man stand survivor
I'll be the last man home.

I am the last man stand survivor
I am the last man home.
I'll be the last man stand survivor
I'll be the last man home.

You're all alone sitting in the corner,
You've got a killer stare.
Who's messing round with you in the corner?
He better say his prayers.

You found yourself a new sensation
But baby it's a jungle out there
The one's you counted on are all but gone
Baby it's a jungle out there.

I am the last man stand survivor
I'll be the last man home.
I am the last man stand survivor
I'll be the last man home.

I wish you would try and look
a little more excited,
Let me stay, let me cause I'm coming anyway

I am the last man stand survivor
I'll be the last man home.
I am the last man stand survivor
I'll be the last man home.

I am the last man stand survivor
I'll be the last man home.
I am the last man stand survivor
I'll be the last man home.

You found yourself a new sensation
But baby it's a jungle out there
The one's you counted on are all but gone
Baby it's a jungle out there.

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Beginning song: Radioactive sung by the Imagine Dragons.

End song: Last Man Standing sung by People in Planes.

Fight the dead; fear the living. Stand.