Title: Master of Puppets
Author: Maeve Bran
Summary: Willow hears about the strange happenings in LA.
Disclaimer: I don't own Buffy or Angel or Bones.
Prompt: Twistedshorts "Metallica song titles", TtH100 #23 - Pride
Spoilers: Set after the Angel episode "Smile Time"(Ats 5.12) and Bones episode 1.12 "The Woman in the Car"
Notes: Set in my slightly AU season 5 Angelverse. Part of the "Willow, the Squint" subseries.
Willow had taken some much needed time from the most recent case. The air around Special Agent Seeley Booth was getting super-charged. A little boy was missing and that was pushing his father buttons. There wasn't a lot Willow could do so she was holed up in the holographics area checking her email. There was one waiting in her in box.
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Subject: FWD: Fun pictures to share.
Spike sent this to me. They are about the funniest pictures I have ever seen. Do you recognize the main subject?
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Subject: Fun pictures to share.
Here are some amusing pictures of Peaches. I know you have feelings for the lout but you should find these funny.
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Willow downloaded the half dozen or so pictures attached. Spike was right, they were pretty funny. Spike had even included captions. Her favorite was a screen capture of the kids show Smile Time, which had Angel the puppet on top of a dog house with a large sword heroically slung over his shoulder. The caption read, "The Master of the Puppets".
Willow laughed uproariously. So much so that Angela came in to see what she was laughing at. Angela, who had met Angel a couple of times but had never seen his goofy side, couldn't make up her mind of how to react just stood there dumbfounded. The pictures were of everyday stuff with a puppet version of Angel doing them, (with the exception of one or two screen caps of the show).
After a minute of shocked silence Angela started laughing too. This brought in Zack Addy, Dr. Jack Hodgins, and Dr. Temperance Brennan into the room. They looked over Willow's shoulder. Hodgins was stunned because one of the lawyers that the puppet Angel was talking too looked almost like a twin. Everyone turned to look at him for an explanation.
"That must be my cousin Phil Hodgins. I had heard that he was a lawyer with some big time law firm in LA. I just didn't know it was the one your friend was in charge of," Hodgins explained.
"He doesn't look that scary now," was Zack's response. He had been rather intimidated by the vampire with a soul.
"What could have caused this?" Brennan asked, curious about what could cause someone to suddenly become a puppet.
"I'll write to Spike for a full explanation. But off the top of my head, something mystical," Willow answered. The others soon drifted away to get back to work, so Willow replied to Buffy.
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Subject: The fun pictures.
Buffy thanks for those pictures. The others here heard me laughing and came into see what I was looking at and chuckled too. Well except for Dr. Brennan who wanted to know what caused this to happen. Don't tell Angel that I showed these to my fellow squints, I don't think his pride could take it. I'll print out copies for Zack to take home to Dawn.
Gotta go. I'll talk to you later.