It felt strange walking into Buffy's home, like too much power in one place. Giles' aura looked so dim next to Willow's. And hers was even dim next to Dawn's. There was so much power in her...much like Buffy did, but not as intense.
Speaking of Buffy, I could see her from where I stood behind the others. I noticed she was sitting on someone's lap, but I couldn't tell who. But I guessed that it had to be the souled vampire Angel. Will had told me he had arrived, and that Buffy had snapped right out of it. She had also said that the past few days you couldn't see one without the other close by. Of course, she hadn't seen this personally -- too busy helping me readjust to things --, but had heard it from Giles.
I watched as Buffy seemed to fly into my love's arms, holding her in a fierce grip. As Willow spoke to Buffy, I got a good look at Angel. What I saw was unsettling.
His aura was distorted. Like it was forcefully holding two beings within one body. From what Will told me about the curse on him, that was exactly how it was supposed to be. I did not like it. I could easily see which was the soul, and which was the demon. They had recently battled -- I could tell --, and the soul had won...for now. This had
to be stopped. The constant battle between soul and demon was destroying Angel...and he didn't even know it. I think I'm the only one who could, given my natural ability to read aura's without going into a trance.
Buffy moving over to hug...no, not hug...to hold Dawn, brought my attention back to the rest of the room, which I could now see. I had only a second to register that an elderly man was sitting on the couch...before the aura of the one beside him blinded me with its power.
I think my mind blacked out for a moment, because when I came to, I was on the floor, Willow holding me as I shook from shock. "Tara! What happened?!"
I heard within my mind.
I could not answer. I know I was speaking nonsense, but couldn't stop myself. It was like Glory all over again! Had to get out! Had to be me
I could feel Willow's terror, as she again tried to reach me. "Tara?"
I felt another's hand touch me on the forehead. The hand was cool...too cool for a human. I then heard a voice close to me, speaking to Willow. The voice was low, soft, and almost velvety in its richness of unspoken emotion.
"It's like when Cordelia has her visions.... Let me try."
I was moved away from my love's embrace, and placed against a cool body. Gently I was cradled against a definitely masculine chest, a rumbling purr coming from it. The purr and slight rocking sensation soothed me, and I calmed down.
Once calm, I pulled away from the souled vampire, and looked up into his eyes. There was such pain there! But there was love there as well. Silently I thanked him, then stood. Closing my eyes for a moment, I prepared myself, opened them, and turned to look at the person who obviously had to be the Immortal Giles had asked to come and help.
He did not blind me this time. That did not mean his had dimmed -- for it had not --, it only meant I was accustomed to it now. His aura was at the same level of where Buffy and even Angel's were at. I notice that he was looking over at Dawn. I looked more closely at her aura, and realized that it was a close second to the other three's. It made me remember what Buffy had said about her and Dawn's blood being the same....
Would that make Dawn pre-Immortal then?