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Revelations Unsuspected and Unwanted

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This story is No. 3 in the series "Follies of Fate". You may wish to read the series introduction and the preceeding stories first.

Summary: Angel dressed in a costume for Halloween, too, at Buffy's request, and the long-term consequences of that are just beginning to be understood.

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Multiple Crossings > Angel-CenteredGreywizardFR1812,838072,54131 Oct 1231 Oct 12No
Category: Multi-crossover. The primary crossover is Literature -> Fantasy, with one of Robert E. Howard's classics.

Time Frame: Follows the events of the BtVS Season two episode 'Halloween' and my earlier story, 'A Solemn Occasion, Indeed.'

Spoilers: Nope. None at all, since this story is seriously AU from Joss' canon.

Character Bashing: None. I'm actually trying to make Angel seem like a decent person in this one. Let me know if I succeeded.

Feedback: Of course!

Archiving: Talk to me first, please.

Author’s Note 1: May thanks to Bill Haden and Theo (Starway_Man) for beta-ing this story.

Author’s Note 2: As usual, “word” indicates speech, :: word :: indicates mental communication and { word } indicates a character's thoughts.

Author’s Note 3: Story #3 in my 'Follies of Fate' series, following 'Star Knight, Star Bright' and 'A Solemn Occasion, Indeed.'

Author's Note 4: This isn't exactly a Halloween story, but it deals with the aftermath of 'Star Knight, Star Bright' and 'A Solemn Occasion, Indeed,' both of which did deal with Halloween costume changes

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Previously, in 'A Solemn Occasion, Indeed':

{ Whoever would have thought that my agreeing to Buffy's request to dress up for Halloween could have ended up like this? } Angel thought to himself as he stood for a moment outside his apartment building and savored the warmth of the morning's sunlight.

{ I can't wait to see Buffy's reaction when she sees me walk in to the library using the main corridor from the street, rather than the sewer access, } he smiled to himself as he then headed off towards the high school.

{ And seeing the others' expressions is definitely something I'm looking forward to, too. Especially Harris', when he realizes that I can walk in the sunlight now. }

{ I wonder if any of the Gang aside from Giles will even recognize the name of Solomon Kane? }

***

And now, in 'Revelations Unsuspected and Unwanted':

Sunnydale High School
Sunnydale, CA

November 1st, 1997


Angel's anticipation of seeing the Scooby Gang's reactions to his atypical arrival quickly vanished, when the former vampire's intended dramatic entrance through Sunnydale High School's library's doors was met a resounding lack of reaction. Which, in turn, was due to the absence of any members of the Scooby Gang in either the library or the school, itself.

Angel quickly headed into Giles' private office, and called the number for the Watcher's apartment. Again, nothing. Starting to get worried, Angel quickly left the library…

A brief interrogation of the janitor (it was Saturday morning, after all, and no students were around) quickly informed the newly-remade human of the many currently unexplained disappearances and/or possible deaths among both the student population and the general populace, too, which had occurred the previous night. Thus, Angel's joy and exhilaration at his new situation subsided instantly as he immediately headed toward the closest hospital in an effort to determine the status of any or all of the currently missing Scoobies.

~/~/~

Sunnydale General Hospital

A short time later


"Excuse me, miss? I'm trying to find some people who've been missing since last night," Angel said as he tried to question the hospital receptionist, who herself was trying to cope with the spate of admissions which had occurred during the previous sixteen hours. "Three of them are teenage girls – their names are Buffy Summers, Willow Rosenberg and Cordelia Chase – and one is a young man named Xander Harris.

"Can you tell me if any of them were admitted here last night or this morning?" Angel inquired as politely as he could manage, given the current circumstances.

"Are you a family member of any of those people?" the harried-looking woman asked, after a very quick glance up at him over the counter's reinforced glass divider.

"Yes; Buffy's my cousin, and she hasn't answered any of the phone calls I've made to her mother's house, and the others are all close friends of the family who would most likely be with her," Angel immediately lied, giving the woman an earnest look as he tried to convey his concern for all four of the teens mentioned.

"Uh…hang on…yeah, there was a Ms. Summers who was admitted to the Emergency Room last night," the receptionist reluctantly admitted, with the least bit of hesitancy about parting with any information at all about the hospital's patients. "Her family is up in her room at the moment. But that's all I can tell you, unless you can *prove* you're a family member."

"That's okay. I'll just head up and check in with Aunt Joyce," Angel shook his head. "What room is Buffy in?"

~/~/~

He'd barely made it up to the third floor, where he'd been told Buffy was located, before Angel received the first of what was going to be many shocks of the day.

"Angel? What are you doing here? Who told you about what happened to Buffy?" a tall, strikingly beautiful brunette demanded as she gasped and grabbed his arm as they passed in the hallway.

"Who are you?" the former vampire reflexively asked in response, not recognizing her as any of Buffy's friends he'd met previously. "And what happened to Buffy?”

"She got hit by a car when she was trying to help some kids who were being attacked by some other kids who got changed into their costumes," the brunette answered his second question first, before then adding, by way of explanation, "And I'm Dawn. Buffy's sister."

Seeing the goggle-eyed expression of surprise and disbelief which took possession of Angel's face at her revelation, Dawn added, and clearly superfluously, "I kinda got changed a bit 'cause of whatever it was that happened last night, too.

"Uh, from what we've been able to determine, a lot of things that happened to a lot of people last night, and most of them weren't of the good," the youngest Summers woman added with a frown, twisting her mouth into a semi-grimace.

"I'd definitely have to agree," Angel muttered his agreement as he gave Dawn another look, before focusing his attention on the more important matter at hand. "At least, as far as the first part is concerned.

"Look, Dawn, what exactly happened to Buffy last might? Is she all right?" Angel then demanded, his worry about her sister clear to Dawn's eyes. "How badly was she hurt, if they had to bring her here?

"Were Willow or Xander hurt too? Usually, they're all together, so whatever happens to one, the others are right there for it, too," Angel continued. "Are the two of them okay?"

The fact that he'd also asked about the other Scoobies and seemed sincere in his concern about them all added a few points to his likeability score, in the young woman's opinion, so the newly-enhanced adolescent decided to give her sister's maybe-boyfriend a brief summary of the previous night's events.

"Okay, Angel. Buffy got hit by a car trying to save some trick-or-treaters last night, but she seems to be pretty much okay now," Dawn told him. "There was a lot of really weird-ass stuff going on last night, and a lot of people got hurt, but I don't know anything for sure about what happened to Willow or anyone else – except Xander.

"And the only reason I know *he's* okay is because he came here right away, once he got back into town – from wherever it was he ended up, last night…" Dawn's voice trailed off at the end of her sentence, since she wasn't sure Xander would appreciate her informing her sister's maybe-boyfriend about the changes he'd gone through, since she was pretty sure that the two of them didn't get along very well.

"Anyway, we still haven't been able to get in touch with Willow, and there hasn't been any answer at her house, either," Dawn went on, her concern and apprehension for the currently missing redhead obvious to anyone who might have heard her. "In fact, now that we know Buffy's gonna be okay, I was about to head out and join Xander and Giles in their search, and try to find her."

"Right. Okay. Uh, I need to see Buffy. Could you show me to her room, please, Dawn?" Angel asked politely. "I have something I have to tell her and Giles, and anyone else who's in the know, about some things that happened to me last night, too.

"And the sooner we get that taken care of, the sooner we can all start searching for Willow."

"Okay," Dawn nodded, a flicker of curiosity flaring up slightly, as she *finally* realized that her Slayer senses weren't warning her about her sister's potential boyfriend's undead presence.

{ I'll have to keep an eye on him, } the newly-created Slayer cautioned herself, as vague thoughts about how a vampire might be able to shield themselves from detection bounced around in her head.

But then, Dawn's eyes widened slightly with surprise, as she also realized that she could hear the man beside her breathing, and see his chest move with every breath he took!

Instincts from her 'life' as the seventeenth century Vampire Slayer, Maureen Mac Corey, which she'd received as a result of whatever craziness had happened last night, kept Dawn from revealing her newly acquired knowledge, and the young brunette resolved to herself to keep an even closer watch on the man/being/whatever he or it might be, as she began leading Angel down the corridor to Buffy's room.

~/~/~

Sunnydale General Hospital cafeteria

The same time as the above scene


Joyce Summers stared at the mug of hot chocolate on the table in front of her, which was currently cupped in both of her hands. There was a bemused expression on her face, as she tried to achieve a better mental grasp of the state of affairs she was now facing.

After all, her eldest daughter had been seriously injured the previous night and had nearly died after getting hit by a car, a thought which was quite certainly one of any parent's worst nightmares.

The fact that the accident had occurred because Buffy had been trying to save some helpless schoolchildren really hadn't made things any easier in the least, because regardless of the circumstances, her little girl had still almost *died*!

And exacerbating that still terrifying idea was the fact that Buffy had apparently been healed and brought back to her current state of health through the efforts of some extremely secretive military organization – the exact details of which were something she knew she didn't understand completely – as well as the fact that her younger daughter had somehow been transformed from your typical twelve-year-old pre-pubescent into a seventeen-year-old beauty!

That Dawn apparently also had the sort of superhuman strength and other abilities which Buffy had, at first, claimed, and then later denied that she had possessed after being committed to that asylum, only served to confuse her all the more!

All in all, everything that had happened was certainly taking some getting used to, but this time around, Joyce was going to make sure that she possessed all of the relevant facts before she made any sort of decision regarding *anything* having to do with either of her children's futures.

The stunned and still-wondering woman figured she needed to give some extremely serious thought to what Dawn had explained to her had happened last night, and which Xander and Mr. Giles had confirmed, to some degree, and try to figure out exactly how best to proceed from here on out.

Based on everything she had learned since receiving that awful phone call from the police last night, she now knew, without any doubt whatsoever, that she had made some very serious mistakes trying to deal with what she had, originally, sincerely believed to be Buffy's hallucinations.

Still, she wasn't about to make any more mistakes when it came to her children's safety and their future.

~/~/~

Sunnydale General Hospital ICU
Buffy Summers' cubicle


"Buffy? Are you okay?"

Angel's voice interrupted her sister's clearly apathetic and disinterested viewing of whichever morning talk show was playing, Dawn noticed as they two of them entered Buffy's cubicle.

And, judging by the obvious concern she could hear in his voice and the various nuances of his body language as he rushed into the room upon seeing her sister, the younger Summers sibling decided that Angel actually was quite worried about her.

Fortunately for them, the patients in the other cubicles were currently all asleep (the hospital was so overcrowded right now after the events of Halloween, it wasn't even remotely funny) and the nursing staff were more than willing to give them as much privacy as they wanted, so they didn't need to worry about their conversation being overheard.

Casually dropping into the chair closest to the window, Dawn picked up a magazine and watched the interaction between her sister and the older guy she was apparently besotted with, with carefully concealed interest.

"Angel? What are you doing here? Did you find out something about Willow?" Buffy asked earnestly, her eyes widening with surprise as she saw her semi-romantic interest entering her hospital room. "Is she still missing, or what?"

"No, I'm sorry, Buffy. I haven't heard anything about Willow," Angel said as he shook his head negatively in response to her question.

"I stopped by the school this morning, so I could tell you about something that happened to me last night, but there wasn't anyone there," the former vampire began to explain. "Nobody was there – not you, Giles, Willow or Xander. And when I asked around, I heard that a lot of people were injured during whatever caused that disturbance last night.

"So, I came here first to check and see if you or the others were injured," Angel elaborated, "since it's the closest hospital to the school and it's on the way to your home. Then I was going to go check Willow's and Xander's homes, to see if I could find them, and learn anything about what happened last night.

"Buffy – what exactly happened to you?" Angel asked, not waiting for a reply before immediately following his inquiry up with a second question, "And what happened to your sister?

"Because I remember Dawn being much – younger," Angel said as he gave the brunette Slayer a quick glance.

Dawn ignored both Angel's question and his somewhat questioning, uncertain look regarding her, as she noticed the fleeting smile which Angel's declaration of worry about her produced on Buffy's face – one which was instantly replaced by an expression of anxiety and concern about the group's currently absent redhead.

"Okay, short version. I got hit by a car last night, but I'm doing a lot better now," Buffy gave Angel only a partial explanation for what had occurred to her the previous night, since Joyce had decided to wait until the blonde had regained a bit more of her strength, before receiving a fuller, more complete and in-depth explanation of last night's events and their subsequent consequences.

"I appreciate your worrying about me, Angel," Dawn heard Buffy say, refocusing her attention on the pair, "but what I really need from you right now is to find out what happened to Willow.

"Xander and Giles are out searching for her, now, but I haven't heard anything back from either of them, so I'm guessing they still haven't found her, or what, if anything, might've happened to her," the elder Summers sister babbled to her hopefully more than just potential love interest.

"Uh, all right, then," Angel nodded his understanding of the situation.

"Now that I know you're okay – well, as okay as you can be, after getting hit by a car," the former vampire immediately qualified his words, "I'll get on that straightaway. You're right, we need to find Willow – or at least, find out what happened to her."

"How're you going to do that?" Buffy immediately asked, a frown marring her already pale and drawn features.

"Do you think something from – your part of town might be involved with her not being around?" the older Slayer asked, a very worried look on her face. "Are you going to check Willy's or some of the other places where, uh – the bad guys hang out?"

"Oh, give me a break, okay, Buffy?!" Dawn snorted from her chair off to the side of the cubicle, not bothering to look up from the three-month-old 'People' magazine she had been idly reading through. "You don't have to talk in code!! I've had a fairly good idea of what's been going on in Sunnydale for most of the past year.

"And I've learned a lot more about what *really* goes on around here after last night, too," Dawn reminded her technically-older sister.

"Oh, um,” Angel said, a mixed expression of surprise and awkward semi-embarrassment on his face as he redirected the topic of conversation back to Buffy's question, "Buffy, listen – I almost forgot to mention what I had gone to the school to tell you and the others.

"Probably as a result of whatever it was which caused events to happen last night," he said, "I was turned back into a human being again."

The surprised expression on Buffy's face was matched almost exactly by the one on Dawn's face, Angel noted. Although, out of the two Summers sisters, only Buffy's face broke out in a wide, delighted smile.

Angel's joy at seeing her reaction was tempered by the additional knowledge he needed to tell, though, so he refrained from returning Buffy's smile as he continued speaking.

"Well, mostly human, that is."

~/~/~

TBC

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