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This story is No. 2 in the series "Alissa's Interests". You may wish to read the series introduction and the preceeding stories first.

Summary: Some of the things that Alissa has been through over the centuries

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ChristyFR151713,744028,28531 Mar 1029 Apr 13Yes

History in A Minor

Title : History in A Minor
Author : Christy
Rating : FR15
Disclaimer : I do not own any of these series....I'm just borrowing the situation for a bit. I may not own the series that Alissa filters through, but the concept of her is something I came up with
Fandoms : Angel/Highlander/Real Life
Series : Alissa’s Interests
Summary : At a concert to take their minds off of Kennedy’s death, Alissa remembers another time she heard Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.
Author’s Note: It’s weird where you get inspiration from, but I was reading a book about music and musicians, and I’d seen Immortal Beloved many times when the idea for this story came into being….Hope you like it.

The costumes worn might have changed over the years, but the music, if played as well like it had been tonight, never failed to have feeling welling up in her chest. The entire audience was on their feet, applauding the orchestra and the world renowned conductor and Alissa was reminded of the first time she’d heard this symphony. The great esteemed composer had been set to reveal his latest composition, though there had been much speculation how well it would be due to the well known fact that Herr Beethoven was deaf. Alissa was close friends with the fellow Immortal who had been Ludwig’s lover off and on for years, so she wasn’t too surprised when Claudia burst into her sitting room one afternoon, declaring confidently to her friend that her lover was almost finished with the piece.

She had looked up from her ledgers with a smile, glad to see her friend in better spirits. Composers were a temperamental lot at the best of times, but Ludwig put them all to shame, especially once he’d started losing his hearing. Claudia had come to cry on Alissa’s shoulders numerous times whenever she and the composer got into arguments. But for now, Alissa put the quill back in the inkwell and smiled at her friend. “Well then, my dear, we shall definitely have to be there at his debut.”

Now the best of Viennese society was packed into the Royal Opera House, ready to hear Beethoven lead the orchestra the first time in his Ninth Symphony. The brilliant man bowed to the audience, turned around, raised his baton and away they went. When it was over, Beethoven stood there in from of the orchestra as the House was covered in thunderous applause. It was only when the assistant conductor turned him around was the true miracle of this night brought back to her, and tears pricked her eyes.


“Alissa, are you okay? We’re getting ready to head back to the house before the burial tomorrow,” Giles reminded her.

The brunette mentally shook herself, realizing she’d been crying. “Thank you, Rupert. I had just hoped that an evening of distraction was in order. I know that Kennedy knew what Willow was going to be- I just never thought that it would be a Dark Quickening that spilled the beans about her becoming Immortal,” she said tiredly. “I didn’t even want to be the one to have to handle it, but when Willow called me, hysterical because of what Kennedy had tried to do to her, I had to do something.”

“Well, I know a lot of us appreciate the sacrifice you had to make and-“

“I’m not the only one who had to sacrifice something of themselves, Rupert,” Alissa said softly, looking over to where Willow still sat, staring at the empty stage while Spike sat next to her. The vampire just held her hand and murmured softly to her. “He’ll take good care of her,” she said with confidence. “I’ll see you back at the house later on, if you don't mind.”
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