To Begin Again
REPOST: CHAPTER 1 12/13/2005
Title: A World Apart
Rating: FR-13 (Mild Language) for now
Spoilers: For Buffy everything is fair game. Same goes for LOTR
Disclaimer: The only thing I own is the plot, characters belong to people who are not me. Buffy belongs to Joss Whedon and Co., LOTR belongs to Tolkein's Estate.
Author’s Note: Timeline – Buffy- After Season 7's 'Selfless', LOTR- A few months after 'Return of the King' and the destruction of the One Ring.
“I got it.” Dawn yelled as she made her way to the ringing phone. “Hello?”
“Hey Dawn, it’s Angel.”
“Angel? Oh my god, hi! How are you?”
“Okay, you?” He asked, his voice sounded tired.
“I’m fine, is everything okay, you sound…I don’t know. Not like you.”
"I’ve been better, kiddo. Is Buffy around? I need to talk to her.”
“Sure, hold on sec.” Dawn said then she set down the handset and ran upstairs to her sister’s room. She knocked then went in without waiting for an answer. She found the slayer laying stomach down on her bed reading Rolling Stone magazine. “Phone call.”
“Who is it?”
“Is something wrong?” Buffy said getting up and heading toward the door.
“I don’t know, I mean he didn’t sound like it was an end of the world sitch but he really wants to talk to you.”
Buffy nodded and trotted down the steps. She went over to the phone and picked it up. “Angel, hi.”
Count on Buffy to get right to the point. “There have been some thing’s going on, personal things, and I’d really like to talk to you about it. I think I need a vacation and I want to come to Sunnydale.”
“You need a vacation and you want to come to the Hellmouth?” She heard him chuckle softly.
“Seems like the perfect holiday spot for a vampire with a soul, I think. So, would you mind?”
“No, of course not. There are a few things I think I should tell you about too.” Buffy said thinking about the newly ensouled Spike.
“Ok, I’ll be there around midnight.”
“I’ll see you then.” Buffy said then hung up.
“Everything okay?” Dawn asked from the doorway of the living room.
“I think so. Apparently Angel’s been going through some personal stuff and he needs to get away for a while so he’s gonna come here for a few days. That’s ok right?”
Dawn smiled. “Well since you just asked me that, yeah, it is.”
“Good.” Buffy said with a smile of her own. “I better call the gang and let them know.”
Willow moved from her place at the window in her room as she heard Buffy call her name from the hallway.
“ In here, Buffy.”
“Hiya Wills. I just wanted to let you know that Angel is coming down for a visit.”
“Is everything ok?”
“I think so, he just has some stuff he needs to sort out.”
“When’s he getting here?”
“Tonight, around 12.”
“Have you told Xander yet?” Buffy nodded. “How’d he take it?”
“A lot of moaning and groaning and a ‘Don’t expect me to be nice to him’.”
“So the usual way, as far as Angel is concerned.” Willow said with a smile. “I’m glad he’s coming, there are a few things I’d like to ask him about.”
“Like what?” Buffy said as she sat on the edge of the bed.
“Just this feeling I’ve been getting lately, like something big is about to go down. I was hoping he could talk to some people while he was here, you know, check things out underground.”
“I’m sure he will. How long have you been getting this feeling?”
“A few days, I thought it was just my imagination at first, that’s why I didn’t say anything but now…I don’t know, now it just feels more real.”
“Well, me and Angel can visit Willy’s and a few other hot spots tonight, that way we can talk about whatever is on his mind, you know, without being listened in on.” Buffy said and turned toward the partially opened door. Both girls heard an ‘eep’ then footsteps as Dawn scampered down the hall.
“Working on her spy skills?” Willow asked.
“No, she’s probably just being nosy. Well, just wanted to tell you the news. I’m gonna go scold and possibly punish Dawn for snooping.”
“Have fun.” Willow said with a giggle.
Buffy’s face broke out into an evil grin. “Oh, I will. Wanna come? We could make it a bonding thing.”
“Thanks but no. I don’t think best friend bonding was meant to be done while punishing one’s younger sister.”
“Spoil sport.” Buffy mumbled as she left to do her task.
When Willow sat down at the window again, she felt it. It was almost like a little alarm in her head, a warning but it was also a tug. She could feel a fainting pulling in her mind. But what did it mean?