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The next evening Father Desmond escorted the Royal Couple from Avali into the Reception Room when they arrived, with Maglor following behind. Darren escorted Buffy and Dawn into the room a few minutes later and noticed Giles and the doctors were already there and dressed in either tuxedos or formal ball gowns and General Alexander wore his formal Military Dress Uniform. When Eönwë and Angela walked into the room they were greeted by cheers and smiles and Aral and Maril bowed to the Maia and they both gave Angela a kiss on the cheek.
“Congratulations,” Doctor Vincent said to the two of them when he, Doctor's Chandler, Collins, Graham, Weber and James walked up to them.
“Thank you,” they replied.
“When is the baby due?” Doctor Collins asked.
Angela told them and that Doctor James has agreed to be her doctor.
“You have a fine doctor,” Doctor Weber said and gave her a kiss on the cheek and the other doctors shook Eönwë's hand.
“Is that why the two of you were late before the battle?” Doctor Graham asked with a raised eyebrow.
“Angela was ill,” Eönwë answered.
“Now I know why I'm hungry all the time,” she said laughing.
When the Federation President arrived 15 minutes later her security detail was surprised to see archers on the roof of the castle and two elven guards guarding the door outside the castle with a spear in one hand and a shield in the other. They also saw their swords and daggers. Father Desmond escorted President James into the Reception Room and she had a quiet talk with the Royal Couple before the others from the Federation and Starfleet arrived. She wore wore a lovely green ball gown.
The Head of the Federation Council, Ambassador Lincoln Johnson, arrived next with several Federation Council Members and Admirals from Starfleet and their spouses. Father Desmond smiled when he saw his brother, parents, sister and brother-in-law and Dora at the door five minutes later. He also escorted the remaining guests into the Reception Room when they arrived. Everyone stood in the receiving line and were introduced to the Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Avali and afterwards the guests were served the beverage of their choice and hors d'oeuvres.
“I understand your problem has been solved your Eminence,” Robert Xavier said quietly to Cardinal Gianni.
“Yes it has Mr. Xavier and the Lord works in mysterious ways,” he replied with a smile and took a sip of his wine.
Robert Xavier returned the smiled and saw Kai Jalan talking to Cardinal Ramirez.
“You look beautiful in your ball gown Mrs. Sisko and I see the Sisko men are dressed in tuxedos,” Angela said with a bright smile when she walked up to them.
“Thank you,” Kasidy said returning the smile.
“I'm sure you had something to do with our wardrobe,” Admiral Sisko replied with a grin on his face.
“Maybe,” she replied.
“Can we see the children before we leave this evening?” Joseph Sisko asked.
“I'm sure that can be arranged,” Angela answered.
“Thank you,” he said.
“I see General Alexander has a lot of medals on his chest.” “I wonder how he earned them?” Admiral Nechayev asked Admiral Ross and a few other Admirals after taking a sip of her wine.
“Over a lot of dead bodies Admiral – that's how he rose through the ranks,” Doctor Edwards answered when he turned and saw Nechayev blush. “General Alexander graduated 12th in his class at West Point and was sent to war after he received his Commission as a Second Lieutenant, along with many others from his graduating class. The cadets who graduated first, second, third, seventh and tenth died on the same battlefield and many others who returned home were maimed for life and some were sent to the psych ward at the Army hospital, and a few are still there today. General Alexander earned all those medals the hard way – on the battlefield.”
The Admirals looked at the General who was talking to Admiral Janeway, her mother and Mr. Giles.
“Which one is Buffy Summers Owen?” Maggie Paris asked her husband looking around the room.
“The one in the light blue ball gown,” he answered.
“She's so young,” Mrs. Paris said looking at the slayer.
“She was called as slayer at the age of 15 and she's now 25 and the longest living slayer in history,” he told her. “She also died twice and was brought back each time.”
“I can never image our daughters doing something like that,” she said.
“Neither can I, but she had no choice,” he replied.
“Is that her sister standing next to her dad?” Tom asked.
“Yes,” he answered.
B'Elanna Torres studied the slayer from across the room and still couldn't believe what her father-in-law told them about the battle and how Buffy and a few other slayers knocked some demons backwards with their fists. The said demons who were much more powerful than any Klingon and Harogin combined.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard thought the elves elegant and graceful and noticed none of them made a sound when they walked and they glided across the room. He was also surprised to hear their lovely musical voices.
“The elves have given us a copy of their history, laws and customs,” Crusher said to Picard.
“I can't wait to read them,” he said smiling.
After the reception Father Desmond escorted the Royal Couple out of the Reception Room and onto the castle grounds and the others followed. The Royal Couple sat at the High Table with the Federation President, Ambassador Lincoln, Maglor, Father Desmond and Robert Francis Xavier. The others were escorted to their round tables which sat ten each, by one of the elven servants. Each table had a bouquet of flower as a centerpiece and there were also candles on the table.
Father Joseph Daniels sat at the table with the two Cardinals, Kai Jalan, Vedek Heller, Captain Kira and four doctors from the staff at the castle. Admiral Janeway sat on General Alexander's left and her mother on his right. Rupert Giles also sat at the same table along with Admiral Paris, his wife, son, daughter-in-law, Harry Kim and David Alexander. Buffy, Dawn and Darren sat at the table with Doctor's Graham, Collins, Chandler, James and a few other doctors. Eönwë and Angela sat at the table with Admiral Sisko, his wife, father, son, Admiral's Sanchez and Desmond, Captain Dennison and Dora. The doctors from the Vermont Institute sat with some of their counterparts from the other earth. Doctor Madison sat with his Aunt Katherine, Captain Picard, Doctor's Crusher and Paige and a few doctors and nurses from the castle. Some of the Admirals and their spouses sat together and Admiral's Rean and Toddman and their spouses sat with Members from the Federation Council.
The Federation President stood up along with everyone else, and she gave a toast to the Royal Couple and they did the same and the Royal Couple also gave a toast to Ambassador Johnson – and then the first course was served.
“This vegetable soup is delicious and unlike any soup I've every had,” Dora said.
“I agree,” Joseph Sisko replied with a smile after the taste exploded in his mouth.
“It's the spices the elves use and they're very different from ours,” Angela replied. “The Avalian elves also have vegetable soup and bread for lunch everyday.”
“Are they vegetarians?” Jake asked.
“No they're not. They also eat meat, fowl and fish,” Eönwë answered.
“For breakfast they have fruit, cheese, yogurt and bread,” Angela told them.
“No bacon and eggs for them,” Sisko said laughing.
“No Admiral,” Angela replied also laughing. “The elves don't eat pork, but dinner is a always a feast and they serve wine with dinner every night.”
“I could drink this wine with every meal,” Kasidy said and everyone at the table laughed.
The second course was deer meat with a sauce on top and warm elven bread.
“Why kind of meat is this?” B'Elanna asked. “I've never had it before and it's tender and delicious.”
“So is the sauce and bread,” Tom said.
“It's deer meat Commander and the bread is elven bread,” David answered after sopping up the sauce with his bread and noticed everyone at the table did the same.
“I take it you've had deer meat before,” Harry Kim said to David.
“Yes I have,” he replied.
“Let me guess, on the elves home world,” Admiral Paris said.
“Yes sir,” David replied. “The elves are also great hunters and they hunt for all their meat. They're also excellent trackers.”
“I have no doubt,” Admiral Paris said.
“Do you they any technology?” Tom asked.
“No they don't, but they're not as backwards as you think they are. They live in houses like we do and they had bathtubs, sinks and toilets long before we did, and all the rooms in their inns have a full bath attached. They also have shops and restaurants. The hallowed jewels on Avali can be found in the waters all over their world, no matter if it's a like, stream, river or ocean. They're also in the sand on all their beaches world-wide and are imbedded in all their walkways, roads, bridges and archways. The elves are also great builders, craftsmen and mariners and everything they build or make lasts forever. The archways can take them anywhere on their world; and all they have to do is open one and they can either walk or ride through to their destination.” David answered.
“Those archways are their transporters Tom,” Janeway said.
“I would've never thought of that,” B'Elanna replied looking at the elves and wondered how they worked and had a new found respect for them after hearing what David just told them.
“One of those archways is connected to our earth and that's how they travel from their dimension to ours and how we travel to their dimension,” David told them.
“There's an archway on your earth?” Gretchen Janeway asked surprised.
“Yes ma'am, but no one can see it except us,” David answered. “It's on the grounds of the Angel Academy for the Gifted and Talented where Admiral Janeway and Father Desmond stayed when they were on our world. That same archway can also take us to the Sylvan elves home world, which is in an entirely different dimension.”
“Our three dimensions are connected together by those archways and the Sylvan elves also have archways all over their world,” General Alexander said.
“The Avalian and Sylvan elves still do some things the old fashion way; and by that I mean they make everything by hand and they still ride horses. They also use parchment to send all correspondence and decrees by courier on horseback. However, they have ships that can take them anywhere in their world and all the Members of the Royal Family on Avali have yachts that take them anywhere to perform their royal duties instead of riding through one of the archways,” David told them.
“Why?” Harry asked perplexed.
“They have all the time in the world Mr. Kim and time has no meaning to them,” Giles answered.
“Their immorality,” Harry replied.
“Which is natural for them and unnatural for us,” Giles said.
“Why did you become a Watcher Mr. Giles and what does it entail?” Mrs. Paris asked as the third course was being served.
“My father and grandfather were Watchers...”
The third course was a quail with a mushroom sauce on top and a mushroom and bread stuffing on the side, and the elven staff continued filling the wine glasses at the tables all evening. Before the fourth course was served the staff lit the candles on the tables and everyone looked around and were in awe of the sight of the candles illuminating the entire grounds. The fourth course was dessert which were a perfectly baked skinned apple and pear and they were sweet – and the guests commented how the food exploded in their mouths and it was the best meal they've ever had.
“That was delicious,” Buffy said.
“Yes it was and the elves know how to serve a feast,” Doctor Graham said as coffee and tea were being served.
“I see the other guests also enjoyed the feast,” Doctor Collins said looking around and seeing smiles on many faces.
“Most of them have known only replicated food and anything is better than that,” Doctor Chandler replied.
Everyone at the table laughed.
“I see you enjoyed your dinner Captain,” Angela said to Dennison after the dessert plates were cleared away.
“That was the best meal I ever had,” he replied.
“I agree with you Captain,” Sanchez said.
“I also agree,” Admiral Desmond said with a smile.
“I've been a chef all my life and I've never tasted anything like that,” Joseph Sisko said smiling.
“Neither have I,” Dora replied.
“Do the elves eat like this everyday?” Jake asked.
“Yes they do,” Angela answered.
“Do you like the elvish tea Captain?” Doctor Madison asked Picard.
“Yes I do and it's just as delicious as the meal,” he answered with a smile.
“The service was also impeccable,” Doctor Paige said.
“I wonder if the elves will share their recipes with the Vermont Institute?” Doctor Jessica Madigan asked with a grin on her face.
“Those spices come from their home world,” Doctor Meyers told her.
“Does the Vermont Institute serve real food or replicated food? Doctor Weber asked.
“We eat replicated food,” Amy Madigan answered.
“Grow your own vegetables and buy everything else you need,” Doctor Rosen said. “There's plenty of food and fruit here and we don't understand why you simply don't eat it like we do.”
“None of us know how to cook,” Doctor Sam Madigan said.
“The chefs and kitchen staff at this Castle know how to cook and they can help you with anything you need,” Doctor Weber replied.
“That's a good idea,” Sam Madigan said.
After dinner everyone was escorted into the ball room by Father Desmond and the Crown Prince and Princess of Avali had the first dance.
“May I have this dance Madam President?” Xavier asked holding out his hand.
“Yes you may Mr. Xavier,” she said and took his hand.
“I hope you enjoyed the feast Madam President,” he said.
“It was spectacular Mr. Xavier,” President James replied. “When are you leaving?”
“Tomorrow Madam President,” Xavier answered.
“I want to thank all of you for everything you did,” she told them.
“This is our job Madam President,” he said.
“I'm glad I'm not any of you Mr. Xavier – no offense intended,” she replied.
“None taken Madam President,” he said smiling at her. “All of us would walk away tomorrow if we could, but we can't because we're either called or born to do this.”
“All of you stand between hell and the rest of us,” she said.
“Yes we do Madam President,” he replied.
General Alexander and Giles danced with Admiral Janeway, her mother and Mrs. Paris. Dawn danced with Darren, Doctor Graham and the other male doctors at her table, and Buffy only danced with Darren. Angela danced with her husband and some of the men at her table and Dora and Mrs. Sisko did the same. Everyone at their tables did the same.
“When are you leaving?” Joseph Sisko asked.
“We're leaving tomorrow,” Eönwë answered.
“The slayers and the rest of the Members of the Angel Institute have already gone home,” Angela told them. “It feels like we're been here a long time, but we're only been here a few weeks.”
“You've been here longer than that,” Captain Dennison said looking at Angela.
“Time runs differently in each dimension Captain and you should know that,” Angela replied with a smile.
“Point taken,” he said.
“Time runs slower in your dimension?” Jake asked.
“Yes it does,” she replied.
“How did you get from one dimension to another?” Admiral Desmond asked.
“With a magic spell and that's the only way it can be done,” she answered. “Don't forget we have weak dimensional walls and we can dimension hop.”
“And others can come to your world the same way,” Admiral Sanchez said.
“Unfortunately they can Admiral,” she replied.
“How do you live like that?” Dora asked.
“It wasn't always like that,” she answered and told them what their scientists think happened.
“The same thing happened here,” Admiral Desmond said.
“I know, but that cataclysmic event weakened our dimensional walls and opened a rift to the hell dimensions,” Angela replied.
“I wonder why?” Kasidy Sisko asked.
“It was our fate and someone has to fight that evil until the end,” she answered.
Everyone stood up when the Royal Couple, Maglor and the Federation President departed an hour later, but many stayed for another hour. Doctor Madison escorted the Sisko Family, the Cardinals, the Kai and Vedek Heller to the children's wards after everyone said their good-byes.
“Whistler,” Xavier said when everyone was ready the next afternoon.
When Whistler snapped his fingers everyone returned to the Angel Academy and then they returned to their homes.
“Edward flew back to London and we exchanged information,” Peter said to Darren when he returned.
“Good,” Darren replied.
“When are you flying back to San Francisco?” Buffy asked Darren.
“Tomorrow morning,” he answered.
“I'll see the two of you off tomorrow before I return to the slayer compound,” she said.
Darren smiled at her.