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So, finally got around to watching season 1 of Heroes on Blu ray. I am through the fifth episode. I can see why everyone was so jazzed on the show when it first came out. It's very impressive.
Hyperion Hotel, Los Angeles, California. The same time
Gwen Raiden knew she was in real trouble, as the rest of the Fang Gang gathered around her body - which had been blasted backwards into the glass doors of the weapons cabinet, from the latest vision to assault her mind.
It had been a fairly slow night up until now; everyone but Cordelia had been present, and Angel’s Avengers had been talking about setting up a surprise party for Ms. Chase - whose birthday was just a few weeks away. Off to one side, Darla had been feeding Connor and talking with Angel about Wolfram & Hart's latest offensive to steal their baby...which had been interrupted by a sudden legal attack on the firm by the U.S. government, led by a newly recruited government attorney...
Lindsey McDonald. The only lawyer to ever successfully get away from the evil law firm, apparently.
But then Gwen’s head had almost exploded, and now the Electra Girl found herself outside her own body in a rather bizarre case of astral projection.
“Gwen? Gwen!!” Gunn shouted, cursing as he went to reach down and touch her - and then he hurriedly back off, knowing that to do so would kill him.
“She’s still alive. She's still breathing, and her heart's still beating,” Darla said, handing Connor off to his father and ignoring the lethal electric shocks as she examined the comatose brunette for herself. Darla stepped back, her heart beating once or twice from the shocks as she calmed herself down.
“This - is getting too weird,” Gwen muttered, before she tried to get everyone’s attention but failed miserably. Desperate, she stood right in front of Wesley - but the British man walked right through her astral form. “Yuck!”
“We gotta get Gwen to a hospital!” Charles sounded very worried.
“What do you think the doctors there are gonna do, Gunn? I’ll tell you what they’ll do - the same thing...
The Road continues
UC Sunnydale, Sunnydale, California. November 29, 2001
Not all that long after the baby named Connor Alexander had been born to Angel and Darla down in Los Angeles, Willow Rosenberg wasn’t asleep; despite the fact that it was roughly two o’clock in the morning. Because she was preparing a magic spell - in secret.
It had been two weeks now since that conversation in the Magic Box, where the others had vetoed her idea to experiment with Lethe’s Bramble in order to ‘fix’ what had happened regarding Xander Harris so long ago. Willow had not taken that decision well; in fact, trying to overcompensate for the incorrect perception that the Scooby gang didn’t trust her not to screw up, she had become more determined than ever to do whatever she had to - in order to clean up the mess she’d made during her senior year of high school.
< Thank God Tara isn’t here, > Willow thought with the tiniest bit of guilt as she continued the preparations in their dorm room. < I’d hate to have to ask her to lie for me, if anyone tried to find out what I got up to tonight! That’s it, I’m almost done... >
At last, the red-haired witch was ready to begin. Disregarding all the dangers associated with the rite she was about to undertake, Willow started to chant:
“For Xander Harris, this I char. Let Lethe’s Bramble do its chore. Purge his mind of alien memories grim, of pains from ancient slights and sins.”
Willow struck a match, and set light to the small collection of flowers before her on the floor of the dorm room. She then reached into a small pouch on her belt, took out a clear crystal and held it within the flames.
“When the fire goes out, when the crystal turns black, let the spell be cast. Tabula rasa, tabula rasa, tabula ra-”
Suddenly, Willow stopped. She could feel *something*; a gathering of ...