Chapter 37: Epilogue, The New Beginning
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OCs belong to me, and as always I remain…the man behind the curtain.
A whole new world,
A dazzling place I never knew,
But when I'm up here,
It's crystal clear,
That now I'm in a whole new world with you
Now I'm in a whole new world with you
Soaring, tumbling, freewheeling,
Through an endless diamond sky
A whole new world
Lyrics: A Whole New World Artist : Kelly Clarkson
Chapter 37: Epilogue, The New Beginning
Victoria II was truly in awe of the success that The Nighthunter/Team Slayer Joint Force had achieved. True, there were still predators out there stalking the citizens of the world, but a major threat, not only to this world, but to the entire multiverse had been eliminated.
And yes, Victoria had been apprised of the existence of the multiverse, and had taken a spell protected vow never to reveal what she knew. Lady Willow Rosenberg-Blaze had cast the spell herself. Sir John Blaze was rightly very proud of his new wife’s magical prowess.
After the ceremonies at Buckingham Palace, Sir John and Lady Willow hosted a get together for their friends new and old at their new estate Baskerville Hall. Sir William ‘Spike’ Pratt and his fiancee Lady Dawn Summers attended under the watchful eyes of Lady Dawn’s sister and brother-in-law.
It was at this party that an unexpected guest arrived in a shower of golden light, wearing a reddish gold Donegal tweed jacket, a white shirt, Stewart Tartan tie and rust colored wool trousers. His black loafers were polished to a high gloss, as were his new gold rimmed glasses. He looked much younger than he had the last time they saw him an curl of dark hair hung down over his forehead. He was accompanied by a beautiful dark haired young lady of gypsy descent.
The rejuvenated Rupert Giles, and his equally rejuvenated lady Jenny Calendar smilingly confronted their charges.
“They tell me that each of you have been informed, in dreams, why we are here, and what we are.” Giles said gently, raising an eyebrow.
“They told us about you, but not that Jenny was coming too!” Buffy stammered, giving her former computer teacher a hug.
“Well, I do believe that it was decided at the last minute that four of you, plus your various spouses, and your many companions were just a bit much for ONE put upon Guardian Angel to guide, corporeal or not!” Rupert snickered.
“Anyway Rupert asked for me as his angelic companion.” Jenny interjected.
“We are to be married, strictly for form's sake, of course. We can’t have a male and a female angel living under one roof with out the church’s, or at least God's blessing can we?” she giggled sounding like a mischievous school girl.
“Well who has decided to remain here and who has decided to go home?” Giles asked keeping his voice low.
“Hmmm…” Xander mused, “The NCIS crew has decided that they really have to go home. Though Abby wants to come back from time to time to visit Marie, and if push comes to shove I think 'Ducky' would like to visit her too,” he said winking.
“Since Ziva is going back so is Connor,” Buffy added, “I think that there may be a marriage there in the not too distant future. Connor’s even been talking about learning Hebrew, and going to Israel!"
“We’re staying here, and so are Willow and Johnny. Johnny doesn’t have to worry about Lucifer here. Not since the Powers-That-Oversee have banned him from coming here or bothering Johnny or Willow ever again!”
“Spike and I are staying too!” said Dawn as she walked over to them. “I’m going to attend Oxford, or as its called Oxenford here, by appointment of the Queen, no less.”
“Laura Lee and I are going to make our life here, and maybe some cute wolf cubs too!” Oz said in one of the longest sentences anyone had ever heard him say. The cute little blonde werewolf by his side smiled shyly and blushed. “By the way Dawnie, Laura Lee teaches Anthropology 101 at Oxenford,” he grinned that old Oz grin at her.
“Oz is so talented I’m certain that he can continue his career here as well, Heartblood Music, and Heartsblood Recording will help there. Think of all the songs he knows from your world that no one here has ever heard! I love Rock and Roll, hey that's a great title for a song, sweetie! He’s got one he calls “Twist and Shout” and another called “We Gotta Get out of this Place” and another named “Satisfaction", and one called…” Laura Lee gushed, in an almost Willow-like babble. No wonder he loved her!
“Hush baby,” Oz smiled and took her hand. She looked up lovingly into his eyes.
“Andrew is going back to tell Robert Haversham that he’s now the Head Watcher, and Faith that forevermore she is the Slayer Prime of that Earth,” Xander said on a formal note. "Hopefully he'll stay there," he muttered.
“Haversham is a good choice,” Giles said thoughtfully, ignoring Xander's aside, “now that I’m officially dead that is, and what about Robin Wood?”
“Robin can have the whole continenet of Africa, since Xander's not going back. Anything to keep him away from Faith,” said Buffy! “Since their stormy breakup they’re like oil and water when you get them on the same continent!”
“More like gasoline and matches, sweetheart,” Xander chuckled.
Buffy smiled at her big, strong husband and cuddling into his arms.
"Snuggles," he said with a smile, holding her tight?
Lady Drusilla Harris-Hall walked up to the group arm in arm with her husband, Dr. Sir Ian Evan Hall.
“I’m going to stay too…Daddy Giles…have you met my sweet, sweet husband…Jack-The-Ripper? Ripper…Jack…Jack…’Ripper’ Giles,” she giggled.
Giles smiled indulgently at her. “I hear that somehow you became Xander’s official sister here. Is that true?”
“By order of the Queen, ducks” she smiled! “And Buffykins is Mina-Love's sister too. OH goodness, that means that Dawnie is Mina’s sister too, and my dear sister-in-law!” Looking happily at Dawn’s shocked face.
“I’m thinking of adopting Kharis as our grandfather and Larry as our uncle as well,” Buffy snickered.
Mina and Vlad came up just about then with Lord and Lady Wyndam-Pryce, Wesley and Fred, that is.
“Well, what’s the verdict little sister,” Mina asked?
“Team Slayer has decided…after due consideration...” Buffy paused for dramatic purposes, “that those of us who are staying…” another pregnant pause, “want very much to become part of Nighthunter!”
Mina joyfully hugged her and Vlad shook Xander’s hand, and clapped him on the shoulder!
Just then Kharis, back in his little old man guise, waltzed by wrapped purposefully in the arms of a beautiful dark haired young Russian vampire named Svetlana Djanov, his head pillowed on her ample chest, a contented smile on his wrinkled face. He winked outrageously at Giles, and Giles true to form, began to polish his glasses with a muttered, “Good Lord!”
Buffy, Jenny, and Xander, indeed all of them, began to laugh appreciatively.
Author’s Final Note: Thanks to those few of you who hung in to the bitter end with me, through my exile to the snow covered tundra’s of Michigan where I fought off polar bears, and giant snowsnakes. And the many months that it took me to get back to and finish this tale. I love you all!
This is not to be the last story in this series, I have at least one more planned, as well as a few one shots. If you see fit to read them thanks, if you review them so much better, and if you like them even better yet!