Of Skyquakes & Stories
Disclaimer: Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel belongs to Joss Wheldon, Charmed belongs to the WB and the creator whose name I don't know, Harry Potter belongs to the wickedly amazing J.K Rowling and the Lord Of The Rings trilogy belongs to J.R.R Tolkien, Peter Jackson and all the other screenwriters. The songs featured in this story belong to all the singers and songwriters who wrote such amazing songs. Please don't sue me, I'm completely and utterly broke and it's for entertainment purposes only.
Timeline: post season 7 Buffy, six months after the series finale Chosen. AU: Charmed. Post-book 5, two months after the events of OOTP, Harry Potter. During the first movie The Fellowship of The Ring all the way to The Return Of The King.
Pairing(s): Buffy/Legolas, Dawn/Frodo (weird pairing I know but I wanted to do something different), Dawn/Sam (friendship), Piper/Sam (friendship), Merry/Willow (friendship), Willow/Boromir, Angel/Cordelia, Cordelia/Pippin (friendship), Fred/Wesley, Leo/Piper, Paige/Richard (?), Lucius/Narcissa, Harry/Ginny, Dawn/Harry, Buffy/Draco (friendship), Dawn/Draco (friendship?), Sirius/Paige (?), Ron/Hermione, Cole/Phoebe, Aragorn/Arwen
Author's Note: This is an alternate universe story for Charmed. Cole was the Source but was restored and is still with Phoebe. Leo became an Elder but is still together with Piper. This is also an alternate universe story for Angel. The whole thing about Cordelia and Fred dying never happened. Cordelia woke up from her coma and reunited with Angel and the gang and Fred never got infected with a demonic parasite and is now engaged to Wesley. For some of you hoping for a Buffy/Spike romance, it's not going to happen in this story. Please don't flame me, it's a decision I made before I started to write this story.
Summary: Earthquakes, a strange shape in the sky, strange weather changes, mysterious demons, rain of fire, sea monsters, disappearing vampires, skyquakes. Strange? Piper, Phoebe and Paige think so until they uncover an ancient evil from thousands of years ago and a prophecy that will change them forever and would force them to join Buffy, Angel and their friends and allies to save their world and the world called Middle Earth.
Conviction Of The Heart
July 1, 2003
Los Angeles, California
"You could've picked a better parking spot, Xander." Buffy Summers said with a smirk on her face. Xander Harris turned to her and gave her a long-suffering look. Her sister Dawn giggled while Willow Rosenberg just smiled. It had been a long six months for Buffy and the remaining Scoobies since their victory over the First Evil in Sunnydale. Now with the town destroyed and the Hellmouth closed forever, the Slayer, her friends and the recently activated Slayers had traveled to Cleveland to shut down the Hellmouth there which took almost five months without destroying the city in the process and then they spent nearly a month traveling all over the country in search of recently activated Slayers. After their search ended in success finding at least close to fifty girls, they came to L.A after Angel offered to turn the Hyperion Hotel into a training fulcity for recently activated Slayers.
Xander muttered something that Buffy and the others didn't catch and got out of the car. Buffy got out after him and found that he had parked the car five blocks away from the Wolfram & Hart building. So she and her friends walked until they saw the other car containing her Watcher Rupert Giles, her fellow Slayer Faith and a dozen Slayers about twenty feet away. Faith grinned when she saw Buffy.
"Xander parked too far, B?" she asked.
Buffy grinned. "You could say that." She replied.
Faith laughed. "Well, what can you do? Never trust a guy to find a good parking space."
Giles heard her and turned to glare at her. "If you're referring to the parking space I found when I drove you and Rona to the gym, I think the spot I found was rather right. Not too far and not too near."
Faith thought of a response to the comment but before she could voice it a loud roar ripped through the sky and it turned black causing utter darkness. Lightening split the sky and struck a building near the Wolfram & Hart building.
"What the hell?" Faith screamed over the loud roar of the sky.
"Take cover!" Giles shouted.
Buffy and Faith didn't need to be told twice. They ran inside the Wolfram & Hart building and didn't stop until they reached the lobby where they found Wesley Wyndam-Pryce and Angel giving orders to employees and trying to calm terrified clents.
"Need help?" Faith shouted.
Wesley nodded his head. "Thanks." It was all he could say before he turned to calm a terrified woman and her son. The loud roar grew louder and a lightening strike ripped into the building causing everyone to scatter to avoid getting hit. Neither Buffy, Faith, Wesley or Angel couldn't believe what was happening. Wesley looked up to see that the sky now had orange streaks in it.
That's the fifteenth skyquake in nearly three weeks!
"Ah, Angel. What the hell is that?" Buffy demanded. Her voice shaking.
"A skyquake. Fifteenth one in three weeks." Angel replied.
Buffy wasn't sure what he meant till she remembered an incident back in New York three weeks previous. An earthquake rocked the city nearly destroying everything in it's path and killing close to ten thousand people. At the same time, the sky had turned black like it was quaking along with the Earth and after a minute, it turned back to normal.
Except this time, we're in Los Angeles and this skyquake is a lot worse than the one in New York.
"What do you mean this is the fifteenth one in three weeks?" Faith bellowed.
"Strange things have been happening." Wesley said. "Three weeks ago, a skyquake ripped through the sky here. It lasted for only a minute and it went back to normal. Then two days later, it happened again except in that time; it grew stronger and happened more frequently about two times a day for nearly three weeks and it's not the only thing that is happening."
"What else has been happening?" Buffy asked fearing that she already knew the answer.
"People found slaughered, mysterious demons showing up, sea monters destroying habours, vampires disappearing and buildings destroyed by an unknown force." Angel said.
"Wesley and I found a couple of our clients dead about a week ago." He added. "Right now, Gunn is investigating the murders. Then we were attacked by a group of strange demons who killed all the security guards and destroyed all the security cameras. Then just yesterday, I got a report of sea monsters attacked and destroying city piers and habours."
"Any idea what the hell is causing all this?" Buffy asked.
Angel shook his head. "No. Not yet."
"Well, guys, I hate to interrupt this conversation but you better take a look at this." Faith said pointing at the sky. Buffy, Angel and Wesley looked up at a strange shape in the sky. It looked like a giant firey eye and it was staring down at the remains of the Wolfram & Hart building.
"Oh, my God." Buffy whispered stunned and horrified.
Wesley was looking at it with a flicker of recongition in his eyes. "I think I know what it is."
Angel turned to him. "What do you mean?"
"If I'm correct then everything that is happening could be connected." Wesley darted toward the stairs trying to avoid the flying debris in the process. Angel, Buffy and Faith went after him.
"Where are you going?" Faith yelled.
"To prove my theory!" Wesley shouted back and continued the long stair climb back to his office.
San Francisco, California
"What the hell is going on here?" Piper Halliwell hollered as everything in the Manor began to shake as the result of an earthquake and the deafening roar of a skyquake ripping in the sky.
"A skyquake!" Her husband Leo Wyatt shouted back as he ran down the stairs with his screaming son Wyatt in his arms and Piper's other sisters Phoebe and Paige close behind him.
"That's the fifteenth one in three weeks!!" Phoebe shouted.
"I know!!" Leo yelled. "The Elders sent several Whitelighters to investigate the skyquakes and what they found is something that hasn't happened for three thousand years."
"What's happening?� Phoebe asked.
"There's an ancient evil that hasn't brewed here for a least three thousand years. Around that era, a Dark Lord called Sauron tried to take over our world and a demension called Middle Earth. When Sauron tried to take over our world, he caused earthquakes, skyquakes, weather changes and even a rain of fire to grip fear in the hearts of everyone on the planet."
"In Middle Earth, rings were made for different races. Three rings were given to the Elves. Seven to the Dwarves and nine to the race of Men who desired power. But in secret, Sauron created a master ring and in it he poured his cruelty, his malice and his will to dominate all life. It was called the One Ring. Not only did Middle Earth fall to the power of the Ring so did our world."
"But somebody must've stopped him. I mean, our world isn't ruled by some crazed Dark Lord." Paige said.
"Sauron was stopped." Leo said. "In Middle Earth, an army of Men and Elves battled his army to free their world and here in our world both Elders and Whitelighters fought battles in two separate locations. In Scotland and in Eygpt. Then Sauron was defeated when the son of the king of the land of Gondor took up his father's sword and sliced off his hand. One of the Elves tried to have him destroy it but the Ring corrupted the man so much that he wouldn't and kept it.Some time later, he was attacked and killed and the Ring was lost for over two and a half thousand years. Even the Elders were having a difficult time finding it to destroy it. Then it found a new bearer, a creature who called himself Gollum."
Paige winkled her nose. "What kind of a name is that?"
"A name that was given to him by people who didn't care." Leo said. "He loved and hated the Ring and will never be rid of his need for it."
"Like a drug addict or an alcholic." Piper said.
Leo nodded sadly. "He was once called Smeagol and a future Whitelighter at one point. An Elder, Padela, was training him. She and Smeagol were very close as teacher and pupil. They later fell in love, which was forbidden but they didn't care what the Elders thought and cared only for each other. They always talked all the time about everything and Smeagol couldn't wait to finish his training and join us as a Whitelighter."
"What changed?" Piper asked.
"One day, Smeagol and his cousin Deagol were fishing in the river and when Deagol caught a fish that he couldn't reel in and fell off his boat, he found the Ring and brought it with him when he swam to shore. Then Smeagol saw it and he wanted it for himself therefore he fell victim to the Ring's power and fought with Deagol for it. Finally, he strangled him to death and claimed the Ring as his own calling it his 'precious'."
The three sisters shook their heads in disbelief. "That's horrible." Paige said.
"When Padela found out what Smeagol had done, she was devastated and she tried to talk him into destroying the Ring but he wouldn't and disvowed any love he ever felt for her. That was a huge blow to her and she never recovered from her loss. Her grief for Smeagol was so great that it consumed her and rather than continue her life as an Elder, she turned her back on them and then took her own life."
Piper was shocked. "She killed herself? Over Smeagol?"
Leo nodded. "Like I said, she was devastated over what he had done and what the Ring had done to him. The pain and the grief was too much for her to bear and she wanted to end it. When Smeagol was banished from his family, he went to look for Padela to talk to her but when he learned of her death from another Elder, he was devastated and wanted to take back what he had done to her but he couldn't and it was too late. Padela's death and the Ring's power drove Smeagol utterly and irreversibly insane. From that day on since he found the Ring and Padela's suicide, he became Gollum."
"So where's the Ring now?" Chris asked.
"Last recorded location was in the deep tunnels of the Misty Mountains." Leo replied "But that was sixty years ago. It disappeared out of the Elders' radar and hadn't been seen since."
Piper, Phoebe, Paige, Leo and Chris turned to see Cole standing the doorway. His clothes were charred and black. His hair a total mess and his face black and raw with burns but netherless, he was alive.
Leo looked surprised. "You know where the Ring is?"
"According to a source, it's been located in a place in Middle Earth called the Shire in the hands of a Hobbit and also a prophesy." Cole replied.
"What kind of prophesy?" Phoebe asked.
"It's a prophesy that involves us and everyone else here and in Middle Earth." Cole said. "The demon who told me this gave me this before he took off." Cole handed a piece of paper to Leo. He unfolded the paper and read the writing on it out loud.
On the darkest day when the Dark Lord Sauron returns to reclaim Middle
Will rise the Chosen
Women who have been summoned as the Slayers of the Vampires
They will be accompanied by three sister witches
An Elder, a Whitelighter, a redeemed demon
Two vampires with souls, three mortals, the Key and
A seer who will lead them the way
Together, they will restore order and peace
To Middle Earth and to accompany a Fellowship to
Destroy the One Ring
The sisters looked at each other in shock before looking back at Leo, Chris and Cole. The same question echoing in their minds but it was Piper who put voice to it.
"What does this mean?"
"It means that we are to go to Middle Earth and stop Sauron before he tries to take back what was his." Cole replied.
"It also means that we are not going alone." Leo added. "These people mentioned in the prophesy I've gotten to meet in a few occasions. One of them I've been watching for a long time. One Slayer, Buffy Summers."
Piper was shocked. "Buffy Summers?"
"That's right." Leo said. "The Elders have been keeping tabs on Slayers for centuries. When Buffy was first summoned as a Slayer, the Elders assigned me to keep an eye on her and to watch her. The only catch was that I wasn't allowed to show myself to her. Then about a few years ago when her best friend tried to destroy the world, the Elders sent me to her Watcher and through then I gave him the means of trying to stop her. he was an honorable man and dedicated to helping and guiding Buffy and her friends. I helped Buffy and her friends fight her and to restore her humanity."
"So where is the Slayer? Here?" Paige asked.
Cole shook his head. "In Los Angeles. If we leave right now, we can get to her and her friends before the skyquake gets any worse."
A deafening roar filled the Manor and the skyquake instensfied for a few seconds before it stopped and there was silence. Chris opened the door and recoiled in horror when he looked up at the sky.
"You better take a look at this." He said in a shaking voice.
Piper, Phoebe, Paige, Leo and Cole walked out of the Manor and looked up. What they saw shocked them, a strange shape appeared in the sky. It looked like a giant firey eye and it was staring down at the Manor. Both Cole and Leo recongized it immediately and turned to the Charmed Ones and Chris.
"Leo, what is that?" Piper asked.
"It's the Great Eye of Sauron." Leo replied. "Something, which hasn't been seen in three thousand years."
"If this thing hasn't been seen for that long, then that means..." Phoebe said
"Sauron has returned." Cole finished for her.
"So, does that mean we leave for LA right now?" Paige asked. "And find the Slayer?"
Leo and Cole both nodded.
"Well then, let's go!" Piper demanded. "Time's a wastin'!"
"Wait!" Chris said. "What about Wyatt? We can't leave him here."
"I'll take him to the Elders for protection until this is over." Leo said and he took him from Piper. "I'll catch up with you later." At that he orbed out of the Manor. Then the Charmed Ones, Chris and Cole orbed out of the Manor to go to Los Angeles.
Well? Please don't flame me! I worked too hard on this first chapter. So if you have any ideas of how I can make this better, just e-mail me at and I'll take your suggestions into consideration. Okay? Please review!! The more I get, the more I'll update! I'll update soon. Promise!!!