Title: Another Thread
Author: Christy
Rating: FR15
Disclaimer: I do not own Angel or Dollhouse- they are both the property of Joss Whedon
Genre: Gen / AU
Fandoms: Angel/Dollhouse
Word Count: 305
Timeline: After Home for Angel; Just before Season Finale for Dollhouse
Written For: twistedshorts Fic #1
Summary: Angel tries to help Faith one more time

He got the call a few months after they'd started rebuilding their life after the chaos of the End of Days fight. The Earth still rotated, day following night and Angelenos went on their merry way, happy and oblivious to the supernatural that surrounded them. Angel still had connections in law enforcement but hadn't expected to need them for quite this reason.

After the fallout from the Scoobies, when he'd gone toe to toe with Giles about them not coming to help, Willow had been the one to call and tell him when Faith had gone missing. They then found out through a little research, and Angel bashing in a couple of heads, that Faith had gone to a shaman to help her forget or forge the two different timelines and he had apparently thought she wanted a whole new reality for herself. This is why Angel found himself standing outside an apartment where the man within might have the next piece of the puzzle.

"What do you mean, she's gone? You just told me this organization had measures to prevent these, these Dolls from leaving!"

Paul looked up into the furious eyes of a vampire who was this close to losing it. "Yes, they were, but Alpha disabled them. I had no idea he was who he was or that he'd taken such an interest in Echo, uh Caroline."

"Faith! Her name is Faith and I don't get how the hell we're supposed to get her unwiped AND back to that damn shaman in time." Angel growled, pacing back and forth in Paul's living room.

Ballard chuckled. "You know, I thought the idea of them programming human beings was the craziest thing I'd find, but magic? That takes the cake."

"You ain't seen nothin' yet," Angel muttered, pulling out his cell to call Willow.