Find a Savior
Title: Find a Savior
Rating: FR 18
Fandom/Theme: Angel/Merry Gentry
Disclaimer: I own none of the characters featured here. They belong to their respective creators and production companies.
Distribution: NeverNormal, TtH, Ffnet
Series: FFA Madness #19; Guarding the Princess #10
FFA Pairing: Giles/Merry
Summary: Someone else from Faith's world shows up in LA
Author's Note: I'm really excited about my FFA collection now- think I'll end up having close to 70 stories here by the time I'm done...all these wonderful pairings that have my muses jumping up and down in excitement. You can also track my progress on this and my other stories at my Nevernormal blog, if you are so inclined.
It had started out as a rather quiet day- Merry and Faith had the twins and Faith and Frost's daughter learning how to recognize good auras from bad when there was a sound like a thunderclap and a body fell into the pool from an opening in the sky with a splash. Doyle and Frost immediately went to shield the women and children while Galen dove in and fished the unconscious man out onto the grass. At first glance, Galen grew concerned at the bruises and cuts that liberally peppered the older man. Doyle was trying to keep Merry and Faith back until the latter peeked around his side and screamed in horror. Pushing the taller man to the side, Faith ran towards her friend laying on the grass. Falling to her knees, she leaned over the body, sobbing brokenly. “Giles! Goddess help him!”
“You know him?” Meredith asked, still holding back with the toddlers.
Faith looked up, tears streaming down her face. “He's a Watcher from my world- he trained the Slayer before me.”
Frost went over and laid a hand on her shoulder. “He's in bad shape- we should get a healer here to look him over first,” he said, communicating for a moment with Doyle in that silent way the Guards all had, and understanding what his slight nod meant.
The memories of the many months surrounded by Angelus's varied tortures had Rupert quickly sensing that someone else in the room when he woke.
“I know you're awake, Mr Giles. Not to worry, however- I swear by the Darkness that Eats All Things that you are safe here in this room at this present time,” a voice reassured him.
He opened his eyes to find himself in a simply appointed bedroom, while a young lady with dark red hair sat in an armchair off to the side while a man with silver hair stood guard beside her. Licking his lips and thinking carefully before answering, he said “May I assume then, that my hope to flee the atrocities of Angelus was successful?”
The woman glanced askance at the man who nodded before turning to Giles. “Yes, we were told about Angelus and yes, you are no longer in need of concern from him. My name is Queen Meredith, Queen of the Unseelie, but you might know us better by our older name- the Sidhe. Might you care to tell us what happened and how you came to us from your world?”
Rupert leaned his head back against the pillows and closed his eyes as a tear leaked out. In a soft voice, he began to retell the horrors of Angelus's reign. “We didn't know he had come back until Faith went to LA to see if he needed more help against Wolfram and Hart. He came to us in Cleveland a few weeks later, telling us Faith had been taken, presumed killed by a demon clan that had gotten rather angry about the sudden influx of Slayers, which was something we had known about as well and had been trying to stop. And then we had a rash of disappearing and Turned Slayers- which is a very bad thing to happen because the Slayer essence, though generally neutral, has an affinity and attraction for the demon that inhabits a vampire's body. Now, we initially thought it was merely the Powers That Be punishing us for Willow using the activation spell and overbalancing things to the side of Good. But then Kennedy broke up with Willow and Willow became rather depressed because of it. I was thankful that the vampire I thought was still Angel volunteered to talk to her since Buffy and myself were busy dealing with the Turned Slayers. By the time I realized, Angelus had twisted her mind around until she would do anything he asked- she hadn't gone Dark again, per se, but Angelus had introduced her to dark S&M games in their time together and used them to help make her more compliant. Angelus played up her loyalty to him so much that by the time Buffy and I came back from a conference in London with the rest of the Council that we walked into an ambush,” he continued, thanking Frost when that one brought him a cup of water to drink, since Giles arms were in casts. Opening his eyes, he stared at the two Fae. “All that he or Willow could convince to help with the lie that Buffy and myself were behind the Slayers being turned, well, they were all waiting for us when we returned to Cleveland.”
“Well, what about the those that didn't believe the lie?” Merry asked.
Rupert shrugged. “I don't honestly know. All I know is we were quickly subdued, taken to the basement where we usually held dangerous demons we'd captured but hadn't found out how to slay just yet. Then, to make matters worse, Angelus had found the formula for the serum that the old Council had used on Buffy once before, taking away most of her supernatural strength. H-He then alternated between days of torturing me and days of torturing her. Sometimes he would do it in another room and I could hear her screams echo. Other times, he'd torture us in front of each other, whipping her until her back was bruised and bloody, then slice me with razor sharp knives so I wouldn't feel the sting until the wounds started to bleed. But the worst day was the one where he took her down from her chains, raped her repeatedly in front of me then drained her before taking her body with him. I didn't realize the true horror of what he'd done until he showed up a couple of days later, Queen Slayer in tow. He hadn't killed her, he'd turned her and made her his own personal plaything.
"But I had a secret weapon- Dawn. While the monks had sent her to Buffy to keep her safe, there was an unusual clause that happened when Buffy was Turned- since she could no longer protect her little sister, the spell made her forget Dawn existed as well as anyone else that would cause her harm. We'd left her in England as a safety precaution, but when she hadn't heard from us in a month's time, she flew back, armed to the teeth and tracked me down in the dungeons, recovering from a dual torture session from the both of them. She had apparently walked right past her sister and Buffy hadn't even noticed. That's when she told me she knew how to help save me and sliced her wrist before starting to chant in Latin. The next thing I knew, I was falling towards water.”
Merry and Frost glanced at each other for a moment before turning back to Rupert. “How would you like to meet someone else we rescued from your world? I know Faith was worried about you.”