Title: Adjustment Factor
Rating: FR 15
Fandom/Theme: Angel/Anita Blake
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 #24; A Bigger World #1
FFA Pairing: Fred/Jean Claude
Summary: Fred goes to St Louis after the events in “Guilty Pleasures” (AB verse)
Fred had never quite grasped why she'd been the first, outside of those from Sunnydale, who'd figured out once they got back that vampires had somehow become citizens. Or maybe it was because the group had given the former slave a massive crash course in what she'd missed in the past few years. The way Cordelia had explained it to her, the mayor of Sunnydale had wanted his own little kingdom, so made sure everyone in town was unaware of what was going on. Either way, she'd been rather eager to volunteer when Angel had mentioned that he needed to send an envoy to the new Master of St. Louis. It would be to both strengthen their ties and remind the new Master that Angelus was still someone a fellow Master would do good to have as an ally, even if Jean Claude had more physical years on him. Cordelia had been surprised when Fred had almost jumped to go, but glancing over at the furious looks being thrown back and forth between Wes and Gunn, she had a good feeling why Fred would appreciate leaving town for a while.
Jean Claude sighed as he glanced over all the paperwork he had left to do. There was Guilty Pleasures and a discussion with Raina to be had about whom among her wolves were able to be used at the club. Then there was the Circus and the contract he had to finalize before the new act with the Lamia could commence. And just then, his intercom buzzed. “Oui?”
“Sir, the envoy from the Master of LA is here to see you,” his secretary informed him.
“Very good. Please hold all my calls except for those from Ms. Blake,” he instructed, thought he could hear in her acknowledgment that she would rather tell the animator to take a long dive off a short pier, but when her Master said something, she would obey.
By the time Fred had entered his office, his desk was clear and his blank face was on. He was mildly surprised and amused when he saw who Angelus had sent, however. “Miss Burkle, thank you for coming,” he greeted her, holding his hand out as she did the typical eye shuffle most humans did.
“Thank you for seeing me. Angel said you had been unusually busy with the local lycanthrope population since your predecessor had been rather...harsh,” Fred replied succinctly as she sat in one of the chairs on the other side of his desk.
Jean Claude nodded in acknowledgment. “And why does the Master of LA come to me with an envoy?” he asked, though he thought he already knew part of the answer. Angelus, for being such a relatively young Master, was know to have all Cats as his animal to call.
“He has a son now and knows of your concern with his animal to call,” Fred told him, hands folded in her lap.
“A son? That prophecy was a true one then?” he demanded, more surprised by that than Fred's implied assurances of non hostilities between their two territories.
“Yes, sir, it appears so. We have had to rebut repeated recursions by the LA branch of Wolfram and Hart and the...assistance of a new, more powerful Master might aid us,” she said apologetically.
Jean Claude pondered this as he watched the younger woman. Having met Angelus a few times when Darla had visited Bella Morte, he knew it took a lot for the other vampire to ask for help, however vaguely. “This seems the type of thing I would wish to discuss further with your Master,” was his noncommittal reply, and Fred nodded, thanked him for his time, and left.