Epilogue: Where Does My Heart Beat?
Miraculously, as the power of the Pit waned and disappeared only hours after being released, the zombies disappeared also.
No, they did not disappear. It was as if the Lazarus Pit’s power had reversed, and in the morning, there were no signs of the dead in the streets. Nor any signs of them having risen.
They were just gone. Returned to their resting places as if nothing had happened.
Confusion and then denial. As usual, this was the pattern of the people of Gotham. To them it had never happened, and that was the way it would remain, except to those who had actually lived it.
The area where the Lazarus Pit had been was excavated. Iron Man did most of the heavy lifting. The Pit was gone, also as if it too had never existed. Ra’s al Ghul’s body had never been found.
Neither had Buffy’s.
Bruce had found Richard where he had collapsed in the tunnel above the Pit. For two days he would not speak. Just sat staring out the window, hands clinched into fists, silent tears falling down his cheeks. Tears Bruce could not cry. Would not allow himself to for fear he would shatter with them.
Mr. Freeze had arrived after Iron Man and Batman had gone, and taken his wife’s lifeless body away. There was still hope for her even though he himself had none.
Three days after the zombies had risen and then fallen, Bruce, Richard, Tony, Faith, Willow, Giles, Xander, and Alfred gathered in the small fenced in area behind Wayne Manor. Marti, asleep, was held by her father, she herself oblivious to what was happening. Spike was under the tree nearby, covered in a thick blanket. Dawn, after being called by Willow, had come from Rome. It was a shame she had to meet her brother-in-law and niece and nephew for the first time at her sister’s funeral.
Before them lay a fresh mound of dirt which covered an empty casket.
And a granite marker that read:
Buffy Anne Summers-Wayne
Wife. Mother. Slayer.
Who sacrificed so much,
For this thankless world.
It began to rain.
Somewhere. Some time. Her eyes opened.
And she remembered nothing.