Part 15 A voice was calling him pulling him away from the oblivion he had fallen into. "Angel. Come on, wake up." He knew that voice. Buffy. He let himself follow the voice, becoming more aware, the more he left the darkness behind.
Angel opened his eyes to see -- in his opinion -- a golden vision of beauty above him. He watched as the love of his life grinned. Slowly he sat up with the aid of his beloved, gritting his teeth as he did so. Once sitting and slightly leaning against Buffy, Whistler came over and knelt beside him.
"How you feeling, Kid?" the demon asked.
It took a moment for Angel to answer, and when he did, he was startled by his own reply.
"Like I've been ripped apart and put back together. I don't feel like I'm constantly fighting with myself though."
With an amused chuckle, Whistler said, "That's a pretty accurate description of what happened to ya, from what the Powers told me."
It took only a second for Angel to realize what Whistler meant. He quickly leaned forward, and grabbed the Messenger's arm in a vice-like grip, and said urgently through the sudden pain that shot through his skull, "The demon?"
"Pretty much non-existent," said Methos as he came over, Dawn by his side. "Can't you tell for yourself?"
Angel closed his eyes, as the pain in his head spread throughout his body. The pain reminded him of the time he had spent in Hell. With some difficulty -- as he tried to make himself understood --, he said, "I can't feel much of anything...besides an overwhelming pain that seems to come from the very essence of my being."
Whistler nodded as he stood up. Dawn quickly took his place as he said, "You'll be feeling like that for about a week, before everything inside you settles down." The demon looked at the vampire, Slayer, and former Key to the dimensions, and said, "Why don't the ancient one here and I leave you three to talk, and go see how the others are doing."
Angel -- eyes still closed -- nodded agreement as Buffy gently pulled him back into her embrace, Dawn sitting beside him and the Slayer.