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This story is No. 1 in the series "The Vulnerability of Faith". You may wish to read the series introduction first.

Summary: She was chosen for a reason. To protect and save the world from evil. She shunned her calling & welcomed the darkness. Who knew she was the one that could save the world from the evil that actually could end it; evil that had a face of a friend.

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Highlander > Faith-Centered(Moderator)DemonaFR183381,0290422,0062 Aug 032 Aug 03Yes

Part Four: Return Of The Long Lost Angel

For Disclaimer and Notes see first chapter.

Part Four: Return Of The Long Lost Angel

Cordelia, Wes, and Gunn were completely shocked because they no clue that I was going to betray them like that and then side with Darla and Dru. Fortunately for all of us I didn't run into any of them while I was still evil with Dru and Darla. I'm not sure to this day what the outcome would have been because once I had gotten in tight with the vampiresses I was completely one of them. I was evil and I'm not sure if I would have been able to differentiate between Cordelia, Wes and Gunn as my friends or as my enemies. They still attended to the visions that Cordelia was sent by the PTB but they didn't really try to cross Darla, Dru, and me. Angel was out there lurking, I could feel him within the city still, but he didn't try to come after the three of us either, nor did he team back up with Angel Investigations.

It was three months after I had been with Darla and Drusilla that the attack came. Over those three months I had bonded with those two and we had become known as the "Terrible Trio" among the demon community because we showed no mercy to anyone or anything that got in our way. These were my two sisters and I wasn't sure that I really wanted to follow through with my original plan of killing them now that I had been with them for this long. I was even pretty sure that killing Angel would be something that I could do and/or would allow Darla and Dru to do. And then things changed because the attack came. The time came and I had to choose because Angel surprised us all and finally made his move.

Darla, Dru, and I were all chilling in our apartment. Darla and Dru were about to head off to bed for the day and I was going to head out to the store to do the grocery shopping for myself. I was in the process of searching the apartment for my favorite tank top to wear out. I had no clue where it was because I didn't do the laundry, we had a maid for that.

"Darla have you seen that black tank top with the silver stitching?" I called out as I went through the hanging laundry in the laundry room.

"Damn it Faith, can't you keep your clothes in order? Miranda is not in charge of separating clothes for us. You have to take care of finding and sorting your own clothes. How many times to I have to tell you?" Darla yelled out to me from her bedroom.

"My princess, don't fret. I know where it is, but you won't be happy with it," Dru called to me and I walked out to where she was standing in the kitchen. She was wearing a plain white summer dress with a container of blood in her hand and blood all over her lips and chin.

"Where is it Dru?" I asked her, impatient and antsy at the present moment for some unknown reason.

"I hid it because you hid Miss Edith. When you return Miss Edith then your tank top will turn up too," Dru said to me and I glared at her.

"I'm tired of your shit Drusilla. I didn't hide your fucking doll. Now give me back my tank top," I told her and she shook her hand at me and tsked.

"You took Miss Edith. The other children (dolls) don't lie to me Faith. Give her back or else," she hissed at me suddenly angry.

"Whatever Dru, I'm not afraid of your threats," I told her and walked out of the kitchen. She followed me as I walked into the living room. I started pulling up the couch cushions, looking for my top. I was still wandering around in only a pair of short jean shorts and my bra.

"Why are you lying to me Faith? The other children say that the souled one took it," Dru yelled at me causing Darla to come out of the bedroom in her nightgown.

"Did it ever occur to you Drusilla that I'm not the only fucking thing running around L.A. with a fucking soul?" I yelled back at her and threw a cushion in her general direction.

"I think that you should have read into your dolls more Dru, it would have forewarned you about this," a male voice which I never expected to hear ever again said to Dru. It was all in slow motion as Dru, Darla, and I spun around to face the voice.

There he was. I had been waiting what seemed like an eternity to see him again. He stood there in his long black trench coat, black leather pants, a tight black shirt, and his hair spiky and crazy-like, looking completely hot as hell, and *he* was holding Miss Edith in his hand.

"Angel?" All three of us asked at the same time. It was true that the three of us were all obsessed with Angel. That was probably the thing that we had in common the most and that which brought us all together.

"It is time," Angel said and snapped off Miss Edith's head and threw both pieces at Drusilla. Dru dropped the container of blood to catch the parts of Miss Edith. The container hit the hardwood floor and blood splashed up all over her white dress and it hit me all over my legs. She screamed in agony as she caught the different broken pieces of Miss Edith. Darla was in shock and didn't say anything at first.

"You think you are tough shit, don't you? You do realize that you are walking into a situation with three of your enemies, don't you? You won't be walking out of this one at all Angel," Darla finally managed to get out. The look on his face and the lack of emotion in his voice were what did me in and made me switch alliances right then.

"Not a problem. I don't expect for any of us to walk out of here at all. This is where it all ends Darla. We all are going down tonight," he threatened her. She laughed at him.

"You think you can take on me, Drusilla, and Faith?" Darla asked him and he actually smirked.

"I don't need to worry about three on one. I think the odds are in my favor. It is a two on two fight isn't it Faith?" Angel asked and my eyes immediately locked onto him. He knew. He knew the whole time that this was all a sham. Darla looked up at me completely in shock.

"I don't know about that Angel. Perhaps three months ago I might have stood by you but I don't think that I will now. You deserted me in jail; you left me there to deal by myself. That wasn't supposed to happen because you promised to always be there for me and to always help me. You lied to me Angel and I'm not too happy about that. You are on your own on this one buddy," I told him and his eyes twinkled with something that I had never seen before.

He rushed me and I tried to move out of the way. He anticipated what I would do and since he grabbed me and threw me in the general direction of Darla. I made up my mind the minute that he touched me that I was his forever and I would do anything to help him. Darla opened her mouth to say something and I landed a solid punch in her jaw. The force of my punch sent her reeling backwards and into the doorway. She looked up at me with anger and venom in her eyes. I knew that I had just sentenced myself to a painful death, but I wasn't going to go out without a fight. Darla and I threw blow after blow and landed punch after punch on each other. Although I was supposed to be the vampire Slayer and the stronger one out of the two of us she knew a little more about survival and she was starting to beat me. I didn't get a chance to steal a glance at the fight between Drusilla and Angel, but I knew that it was rough because I heard all the sounds of breaking glass and furniture around me. Darla finally got in a brutal kick to my ribs and I felt them bend and then finally crack and break. I felt one puncture something inside of me as I doubled over in pain. She was grinning knowing that she had beaten me. I wasn't going to die without taking her out with me though. I looked up and realized the only way that I was going to stand a chance at surviving this fight was the window and the sunlight that I knew was outside. I grabbed a hold of Darla and threw us both, with all the strength and energy I had left in me, through the window and out of the building. On the way out of the building she latched onto my neck, ripping it open as we fell. It took about two seconds for her body to catch fire and then it started to burn me all over as she disintegrated. She turned to ash about a second before I hit the sidewalk five stories below. I felt more bones break and pain lance through my body. Before I let the pain overtake me I uttered one word "Angel" and then the darkness consumed me.


During my yearlong coma I had a lot of things I had to work out before I could come back and face anyone, especially Cordelia. I had to make sure I wouldn't be homicidal when we met again. I didn't want to have any desire to still kill humans when I woke up. It was the mental battle within myself that kept me comatose for that long. The injuries would have only lasted a month but the inner war was too much for me to deal with while conscious. It took me a year to come to terms with myself, to tell myself that I did overall good. I had to tell myself that to get by. I knew I had done complete evil by killing people to finally kill Darla and Drusilla. But once I had gotten into their group I had lost a lot of my control; evil was always too powerful for me without Angel. He was my link to stay good and to strive to find the good inside me and other people.

In L.A., 2001, Oz returned to assist Cordy, Wes, and Gunn. Angel had evidently disappeared from L.A. totally. Lindsay went and had himself an epiphany of his own and had decided to help with Angel Investigations three months before my coma ended. I would have the shock of my lifetime seeing him and Oz together after I woke up. Cordy still got her visions and all five of them would fight evil together. Cordy and Gunn finally got together about three months into my coma. They were very happy together too. Wes dated several people but never made a real connection throughout the year that I was out of commission.


In Sunnydale, 2001, Buffy confronts Spike on how he managed to kill the two other Slayers. Afterwards the two start secretly dating. She was so stunned by his honestly and his love her for that she decides she has nothing to lose by dating him. So they started dating after Riley left and finally come out to the Scooby Gang after a year of secretly dating. They realized over the course of their relationship that they are actually really good for each other. After Spike and Buffy announce they are dating, Spike is semi-accepted into the Scooby Gang; mostly after he does several things to prove his worth and trust. Willow and Tara figured a way to magically deactivate Spike's chip. He still continued to fight evil alongside of Buffy, protecting her. He usually fed from her and now he could defend himself against humans because of the deactivation of the chip. Giles met a witch, Cassandra, an Immortal who was drawn to the Hellmouth. They started seeing each other after she came into the Magic Box to get a few ingredients for her spells. They are a happy couple and are very content with each other even though Giles knows that she is Immortal. Xander and Anya got engaged in January of 2002. Although they are engaged they haven't planned out their marriage yet.
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