Title: The Fall of the Hellmouth
Disclaimer: The Buffyverse
belongs to Joss Whedon and company. The Stand
belongs to Stephen King and company.
Notes: Set in an AU BTVS Season Five, it loosely follows the same timeline as “Final Choice,” but it can be read on it’s own.
There had been no prophecy about the superflu, but Giles thought that perhaps there should have been. As things slowly fell apart around them, Giles thought that something that was more deadly than any demon and Hellmouth combined deserved to have it’s own prophecy. He wondered what the men who had formed the first Watchers’ Council by making the First Slayer would have thought about a deadly disease that the Slayer was powerless to stop. Giles didn’t think that those men would have thought like the Watchers who had managed to survive the Black Death had thought. He remembered the halcyon days of his youth when he had read the ancient texts of those Watchers who could. Their words had been full of doom, gloom, death and a deep sense of faith. In a way, he wished that he possessed their faith, but as he slowly became more and more sick, he knew that faith couldn’t fill the void from watching as everyone around was slowly dying as well. At least, he didn’t have the added worry of the Hellmouth as the demons seemed to be affected as much as the human population was by the deadly flu.