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Summary: Challenge Response. What if Cordelia had bought a costume from Ethan's? One that consisted of a barcode tattoo?

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Television > Dark Angel > Cordelia - CenteredDemonChildeKyraFR1379,11726413,8593 May 0817 Jul 09No

Saying Goodbye

Title: X5-682

Author: Kyra

Disclaimer: If you recognize it, I don’t own it! If I did, I probably wouldn’t be writing fanfiction.

Summary: Challenge Response. What if Cordelia had bought a costume from Ethan's? One that consisted of a barcode tattoo?

Spoilers: Buffy – Season 3 finale. Dark Angel – End-ish of Season 2.

Warnings: None that I can think of.

A/N: I know, I know, it’s been forever since I updated this. I’m really sorry about that. I lost all my notes for this when my computer crashed last year and then couldn’t remember how I wanted things to go and what all I wanted to happen. I’m trying to come up with a new outline and figure out where I want to take this since I can’t remember where it was originally supposed to go other than the pairings. So don’t be surprised if it takes me a while to update this again. Also, this is a short one. I apologize. I did try to make it longer, but it kept sounding forced.

Chapter 7: Saying Goodbye

Cordelia stood staring at the smoking ruins of what was once her high school. Faith stood next to her, a little banged up but not too bad. The two girls were probably about even as far as injuries went.

The Mayor had Ascended and become a pure demon at Graduation. The Scoobies had gotten the entire Senior class to help fight him and the vampires that showed up for the ceremony as well. The fight had ended with Buffy blowing up the Mayor, along with Sunnydale High.

During the battle, Faith and Cordy had stuck close together since Faith was still the only one to know about Cordy’s X5 enhancements. If anyone asked, most of the damage Cordy caused could be blamed on Faith and no one would question it.

“Ya know,” Faith started, “that almost makes me wish I had gone to school here…”

Cordy turned and looked at Faith like she was crazy, “Why?!?!”

Faith grinned at her friend as she replied. “Because this would be so much more satisfying if I had,” she told her.

Cordy just shook her head and laughed. The two girls had gotten extremely close ever since Faith found out about Cordy’s seizures and X5 enhancements. They had gotten even closer after Cordelia broke up with Xander after walking in on him making out with Willow. The two were practically inseparable and told each other everything. In fact, it had been Cordy that Faith went to when she accidentally killed Deputy Mayor Finch. She had told Cordy everything, what happened, how she felt about, how scared she was because she didn’t know what to do or how to deal. Cordy had just held her friend and let her talk before reassuring her that everything would be okay, that she wasn’t a horrible person. She had told Faith about some of the things she remembered X5-682 doing, some of the missions she had gone on. While it may not have actually been her on the missions, carrying out the orders, she still remembered it as it had been her. Because of that, she had been able to help Faith deal with her guilt over killing the Deputy Mayor and it became just one more thing that brought them closer together.

“So what now?” Faith asked as they turned to head for Cordy’s car and back to the apartment the two of them had moved into together after Cordy’s dad had lost everything to the IRS.

Cordy shrugged. “I was thinking Seattle,” she replied.

Faith arched an eyebrow as she looked at her friend. “Seattle?” she asked. “This doesn’t have anything to do with that siege against the Transgenics that we heard about on the news the other night, does it.”

“Maybe,” Cordy replied with a grin. Then she shrugged again as she tried to explain, “I mean, I just feel like I should be there, ya know? Like I’d be abandoning my unit if I didn’t go. Even though I know that’s not true, I can’t help feeling that way.

Faith just grinned in return. “I guess we’re going to Seattle then.”

“You can’t leave!” Buffy exclaimed as she stared incredulously at Faith.

“Why not?” Faith asked as she looked at the other Slayer.

“What about the Hellmouth?” Willow asked.

“B’s here,” Faith replied, “Hellmouth will be perfectly safe with her here. It’s not a two Slayer job, she did just fine on her own before I showed up. Besides, if you need me to come help with an apocalypse or something, I’m just a phone call away.”

“Are you taking Wesley with you?” Buffy asked. “He is your Watcher, after all.”

Faith snorted. “No way,” she said. “I prefer to be Watcher-free. I’ve done just fine without.”

“What if you need a Watcher?” Buffy asked. “You won’t have one.”

Faith shrugged, “I have G’s phone number. If I need anything Watcher-like, I’ll call him. But I’ll be fine.”

“Do be careful,” Giles told her as he tried not to look too pleased by Faith saying she’d turn to him for her Watcher needs.

“Will do, G,” Faith replied. “Look, I gotta go. Queen C’s waitin’.”

“I can’t believe you’re going with Cordy,” Xander muttered as he shook his head.

“She’s not that bad,” Faith told him. “We get each other.”

“You’ll call and check in every now and then?” Giles asked and Faith nodded.

“Sure thing. And now I really gotta go.” She waved to the group as she started to walk away to meet Cordy back at their apartment so that they could leave for Seattle. “Tell Oz, I said goodbye,” she said and Willow nodded her agreement.

Like I said, it’s a short one. I hope you all liked it anyway, though.

~ Kyra

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