EPILOGUE: Saudi Arabia
Disclaimer: I do not own any of the characters or worlds used in this story, including (but not limited to) Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dollhouse, Firefly, Supernatural, and Twilight. No harm is intended toward any of the copyright owners. This story is intended for entertainment purposes only.+++++PREVIOUSLY: Kennedy and Faith got in a limo to head back to Boston. Buffy and Satsu had a chat, and Satsu revealed that her husband wasn't really too happy about all of this. Xander told Willow that D'Hoffryn had given him a full download of everything that happened in the other universe. Finally, Willow and Tara went to bed, and Willow decided that she had all the magic she needed right there.+++++
"I had a dream my life would be different from this hell I am living, so different from what it seemed. Now life has killed the dream I dreamed." -Victor Hugo
A storm was brewing. Lightning, thunder, gusts of wind; people took cover, stayed away from the windows. At a small, nondescript airfield, the air crews locked the hangar doors and shut down the planes’ systems, just in case. Then they evacuated to an underground bunker.
The storm was more violent than anything they’d ever seen before. Some prayed to Allah, some stayed silent, and all waited for it to pass.
Outside, on one of the runways, a series of lightning strikes blasted the hard-packed earth, all of them defying common sense and hitting the exact same spot, over and over. No one was there to see it, but it happened nonetheless.
Then thunder boomed, loud as a bomb, and as the storm broke, one final red-orange flash struck the ground.
It left behind a woman.
A woman wearing a dark-brown jilbaab, dusty in places and scorched in others, with a khimar covering her head. Only her face was visible, and as she walked across the airfield toward the hangar buildings, the exterior lights revealed her pale skin. Her eyes were blue, soft but intense, seeing everything.
The woman looked around and found that everything was quiet once more. She nodded, satisfied. “It worked,” she whispered. Then, more relieved: “It worked.”
A gust of wind found its way into her khimar and freed a lock of blond hair. She tucked it back in place without thinking as she headed toward the terminal building, walking purposefully across the dry ground.
She had a job to do, and it wasn't going to get done just standing around here.+++++
This story was mostly inspired by Perfect World
by Mediancat. In it, our heroes have been shifted into a perfect world because one of their old nemeses wanted her lover back. It gave us a look at what the main characters of Buffy and Angel might have been like if Buffy wasn’t the Slayer.
I decided that was pretty interesting, and thought that, after I finished the latest story in the “On” series
, I’d go ahead and write one of my own, just to see what it would be like. I knew that I wanted everyone to end up together regardless -- especially Willow and Tara -- so I started with an AU in which Tara wasn’t killed by Warren. Then I had to figure out how to change the world the rest of the way, and for that I turned to the good old “wish” trope of Buffy fanfiction. I hope I did it justice.
Finally, I needed a plot of some kind. Well, why not continue with my inspiration and have the characters start to figure out that something strange is going on. I’ve always hated
the “slayer dreams” power, so just to challenge myself I decided to make dreams the medium by which the slayers (and Xander) discovered that something was wrong. I didn’t explicitly state that Willow and Buffy being in close proximity to each other was the thing that set it all in motion, but that’s what it was.
My original outline didn’t have a lot of Chapter 19 in it (the ending, where everyone thanks Xander for changing the world), but after what he did, I felt like he needed a little redemption. In fact, of all the stories I’ve written thus far, this one deviates the most from the outline, mostly in the way the characters reacted to certain things. Faith especially -- she just had
to have her own way, and to hell with my careful planning.
As for the very end, I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you who appeared and said she had a world to save.
It did contain the epilogue, and a few weeks ago I outlined a sequel that stars, of all people, the Trio. But, in the meantime, I’ve already knocked out a little Firefly crossover with all the lyrics from the sixth-season musical episode that I’m sure Joss would’ve made if the show had gone on that long. I had to post the Firefly
crossover on my own site because it does not conform to the rules of TtH. I checked with the mods to make sure. Don’t blame them; it’s my fault for not following the rules.Here's the link to the Firefly musical episode. Enjoy.
I've also posted the original outline for this story
, if you'd like to compare and contrast what was actually written to what I planned to write.
As for the sex stuff... well, that was just self-indulgence on my part. I do write a fair bit of erotica, and I like doing it. Plus, Buffy and company deserved to have sex without it leading to a bad end. That seemed to happen way too much on the show. Now, I know it’s possible that sex can lead to bad things, but for the most part, if you use protection (which you should always
do), then sex is pleasurable, fun, and an all-around positive experience. I wanted to convey that opinion. The challenge for me was to make the sex relevant to the plot, interesting to the reader, and not too
explicit. I couldn’t help it in a couple of places -- there was just no way to talk around some of it (especially the Faith/Kennedy parts) -- but for the most part I hope you think I did all right.
Oh, and if you were planning to nit-pick that a 31-year-old could be the CTO of a major media company... In real life, I do work for a major media company. My CTO is 35, and I’m pretty sure that, if Willow was a real person, she’d be even smarter than he is.
So. That’s everything. If you have further questions about the story, do feel free to leave them in your reviews and I’ll be glad to answer them as best I can.
Thanks for reading.Listener
Marietta, GA, USA
July 8, 2012