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This story is No. 2 in the series "A Charmed Slayer". You may wish to read the series introduction and the preceeding stories first.

Summary: A Companion Story to 'A Charmed Slayer.' Cordy didn’t die at the end of ‘You’re Welcome.’ She was given a new job by the Powers That Be. A job in San Francisco, helping the Charmed Ones.

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Charmed > Cordelia-CenteredDemonChildeKyraFR131219,97823315,33110 Apr 0828 Apr 08Yes

A New Job

A Charming Interlude

Title: A Charming Interlude (Cordy’s Story)

Author: Kyra

Disclaimer: If you recognize it, I don’t own it.

Summary: Cordy didn’t die at the end of ‘You’re Welcome.’ She was given a new job by the Powers That Be. A job in San Francisco, helping the Charmed ones.

Spoilers: Angel Season 5 episode, ‘You’re Welcome.’ A few spoilers from Season 7 of Charmed later on, specifically the episodes, ‘Cheaper By The Coven,’ ‘Styx Feet Under,’ and ‘Witchness Protection.’

Warnings: None

A/N: This is just a small, hopefully short, story to explain what happened with Cordy. Originally I planned to just leave her dead, but ended up changing my mind when I remembered that Charisma Carpenter planned the Demonic Seer Kira in Charmed. This just explains how she got from L.A. to San Francisco and what all I’m changing from the Charmed story line concerning Kira.

A/N2: Also, just to let everyone know, I’ve never actually seen pretty much all of seasons 7 and 8 of Charmed. Which includes the 3 episodes containing Charisma Carpenter as the Seer Kira. So, I’ve never seen those episodes. I’m using transcripts I found on the internet for any of those scenes. I also didn’t read anything that happened in any of the scenes not involving Kira. I’ll try not to go into too much detail in those scenes in an effort to not screw things up too bad. But if I get something wrong, please forgive me; like I said, I’ve never actually seen the episodes.

A/N3: This story is completely finished, I wrote the whole thing before posting it so that I would be able to get it out fairly quickly, or at least regularly. I think what I’m going to do is post two or three chapters a week, as this story is 9 chapters long; most likely I’ll end up posting three chapters a week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. That gives me three weeks to finish the next chapter of ‘A Charmed Slayer.’ I hope ya’ll end up liking this!

A/N4: A huge THANK YOU to TouchoftheWind for the wonderful, wonderful banner!

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Chapter 1: A New Job

(April 2004)

“…You’ll win this in the end,” Cordy said as she stood up and took a step away from Angel, “I, uh, just wish I could be there to see it.”

Angel looked confused, “What do you mean? You’re not…”

Cordy turned back to look at Angel. “I can’t stay,” She said, “This isn’t me anymore. You can say good-bye to the gang for me, explain everything once you understand.”

“That’s gonna be never,” Angel replied as he walked towards her, “I need you here.”

Cordelia looked at Angel with tears in her eyes, “Don’t make it hard, Angel. I’m just on a different road…And this is my off-ramp. The Powers That Be owed me one, and I didn’t waste it. I got my guy back on track,” She explained.

“Cordy, there’s just-”

The Seer reached out to touch the Vampire’s face. “We take what we can get, Champ, and we do our best with it. I’ll be seeing you,” She said with a smile despite her tears as she turned to walk out of the office. She paused a moment later before turning and walking back to Angel. “Oh, what the hell. One for the road?” She said as she leaned up and kissed Angel.

The kiss was interrupted by the sound of the phone ringing and they gently broke apart.

“You know, um,” Angel started, “I don’t…I don’t need to get that.”

Cordy reached out and tenderly straightened the Vampire’s tie. “That you have to get,” She told him. As Angel headed towards the phone she spoke up once again, “Oh…and you’re welcome.”
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She watched as Angel answered the phone then closed her eyes, seeing a flash of bright light behind her closed lids. She kept her eyes closed, knowing that she was no longer in Angel’s office at Wolfram & Hart, and let the tears slowly slide down her cheeks.

A few minutes later she heard a throat being gently cleared behind her and spun around with a gasp, her eyes flying open. A man stood before her in a bowler hat and tacky clothes.

The man gave her a sad smile, “Hey, Kid.”

“Whistler,” Cordy greeted him with a nod, trying to subtly wipe away her tears.

“You ready for your next job?” Whistler asked.

Cordy took a deep breath to steady herself before nodding once more, “Yeah. So, what’s this job? All you told me before was that the Powers needed me somewhere else. And that Angel couldn’t know or be involved. Thanks for letting me say good-bye, by the way.”

“It was the least we could do, Kid. Like I told you before, the Powers owed you one. You were never supposed to become part-demon or have your body high-jacked by Jasmine. You’ve sacrificed a lot over the years and they wanted to at least try and make it up to you.” The Balance Demon told her. “As for your next job, They’re sending you to San Francisco. There’s some Witches there that They want you to help. The Charmed Ones. Three sisters who are three of the most powerful Witches in the world.”

“Okay, so what? I’m gonna go to San Francisco and be these Sisters’ Seer?” Cordy asked.

Whistler shook his head. “Not exactly. You’re going to help them from the inside, so to speak. The Powers are sending you to the Underworld. As far as anyone will know, you’ll be a demon with the Sight. However, like I said, you were never supposed to be made part-demon, much less a full demon. You’ll be completely, one hundred percent human.”

“Wait,” Cordy cut in, “Are you saying that I’m gonna have to put up with the skull shattering pain from the Visions again?” Cordelia looked a bit incredulous and not a little bit pissed off.

Whistler was quick to reassure her though. “Not at all, Kid. In order for you to be able to blend with the demons in the Underworld, the Powers are giving you a couple of gifts. One of which being pain-free Visions, another being the ability to Shimmer, which is a demonic form of transportation, very similar to teleporting. You’ll also have more control over the Visions, you’ll be able to See pretty much whatever you want, whenever you want, with some exceptions. Just don’t abuse it or the Powers might restrict your abilities again or even return the pain.” He warned.

Cordy nodded, “Sounds fair. Besides, what fun would it be to know everything? Will I be able to use my Visions to see how Angel and everyone is doing?”

“Sure, Kid, you just can’t contact them in any way. As far as they know, you’re dead now; and it needs to stay that way for now. You weren’t lying when you told him you’d be seeing him, it’ll just be awhile,” He told her.

“Alright, I can deal with that. Just as long as I can know that they’re okay,” Cordy replied. “So, these Charmed Ones, what exactly is it that I’m supposed to help them with?”

“There are these beings, called Avatars. They want to change the world, make it into a Utopia. No demons, no Evil, no conflict, no pain or grief; a Paradise,” Whistler said.

Cordy’s eyebrow quirked up, “What’s the catch? There’s no way it would be that simple. Besides, didn’t somebody once say that there couldn’t be Good without Evil, no happiness without sorrow? And isn’t this pretty much what happened with Jasmine? World Peace? Let me guess, the catch is no free will.”

Whistler grinned at her, “I knew you were a smart one. Biggest difference between the Avatars and Jasmine is that nobody will be worshiping them. They plan to put the world to sleep and destroy all of the demons and Evil beings in the world. While everyone’s asleep, they’ll change the way people think to keep them from creating conflict when they wake up. However, if someone creates conflict in their perfect world, then that person is removed from the world.”

“Alright, so I make sure that the Charmed Ones don’t let these Avatar people don’t go through with their plans. Why send me to the Underworld? Why make them think I’m a demon? Cause, I’m thinking that won’t help them trust me.” The brunette said.

“Ordinarily it wouldn’t. But if you show up out of nowhere with all this knowledge about the Avatars, they’ll be suspicious anyway. Especially since they already have a mortal telling them that they need to stop the Avatars and the husband of one of the Sisters is an Avatar and he’s convincing them to help the Avatars. Though to be fair, he doesn’t know about the whole loss-of-free-will thing. And they don’t know he’s an Avatar yet. Anyway, this way they won’t be quite as suspicious of how you got your information. And with your gift, you can show them what the Avatars’ Utopia would be like. Or at least that’s the plan. We can’t control everything, so you’ll most likely have to improvise some.” Whistler explained.

“Okay, I guess that makes sense. What about while I’m waiting for when I’m supposed to go to them? I mean, what if a demon wants me to use my gift to help them kill someone?” Cordy questioned.

“We have that covered as well. You’ll be working with a couple of Whitelighters, which are basically Guardian Angels for Witches. You actually already know both of them, but you’ll meet them later. If a demon comes to you for help and somebody needs to be saved because of it, just call for me and I’ll send one of them to you to find out what’s going on so we can try and stop it. Make sure you aren’t in the Underworld when you call though, because they won’t be able to find you down there,” The Balance Demon said, “Alright, I think that should be everything. You ready?”

Cordelia let out an sigh and nodded, “As ready as I’ll ever be.”

“Alright. Good luck, Kid,” Whistler said, before Cordy saw another bright light causing her to blink rapidly to rid her vision of the little spots swimming before her. When the world finally came back into clear focus she was in a cave with a large pool of water next to her and wearing a two-piece dark purple outfit, the top was short, ending just under her breasts, and the skirt was long and hung low on her hips.

Cordy’s brow rose, “A cave? They set me up in a cave? Well I guess it is the Underworld.” With that, she set out to explore her new domain and try out her new powers.

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So, what do you think? Did I get most of the info on the Avatars right? Like I said, I haven’t seen season 7, so I’m not sure. Just to let everyone know, this should only be a few chapters long. (Edit: -snorts- Yeah, that didn’t happen, it finished at nine chapters! One of which is FOUR freakin’ parts long!) Mostly because Cordy’s going to be showing up in ‘A Charmed Slayer’ soon and all I’m planning on doing with this is explaining how it is that Cordy’s still alive. And what she was up to between ‘You’re Welcome’ and when she shows up in ‘A Charmed Slayer.’

This chapter was 4 pages and 1,449 words.

(1) This was taken from a transcript for Angel episode 5x12: You’re Welcome. Transcript was found at buffyworld(dot)com

Anyways, let me know what you think. Chapter 2 should be up soon.

Kyra
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