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The Other Side Of Courage

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This story is No. 2 in the series "The Other Side Of Compassion Trilogy". You may wish to read the series introduction and the preceeding stories first.

Summary: BtVS/AtS/The Mummy/POTO/Charmed/Gargoyles/HP x-over. Sequel to The Other Side Of Compassion, the adventure continues when Buffy, Erik and the rest of the Scoobies go to England to fight a new enemy and at the same time protect the Boy Who Lived

Categories Author Rating Chapters Words Recs Reviews Hits Published Updated Complete
Movies > Phantom of the Opera
Cartoons > Gargoyles
Harry Potter > Multiple Pairings
RaeAngelFR18422,9751142,61017 Jul 062 Feb 07No

Seeing The Unthinkable

Disclaimer:Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel belongs to Joss Wheldon,The Phantom Of The Opera belongs to Joel Schmacher, Gaston Leroux and Andrew Lloyd Webber, Charmed belongs to the WB, Gargoyles belongs to Disney, The Mummy belongs to Steven Sommers and Harry Potter belongs to the wickedly amazing J.K Rowling. The songs in this story belong to the songwriters who wrote these amazing songs. Please don't sue me, I'm completely and utterly broke and it's for entertainment purposes only.

Timeline: Post-season seven, Buffy. AU:post-season four, Angel. After the movie The Phantom Of The Opera. AU:post-OOTP, Harry Potter, AU: post-season two, Gargoyles and AU: post-season five, Charmed

Pairing(s): Buffy/Erik, Dawn/Erik (friendship), Dawn/Draco, Willow/Erik (friendship), Willow/Snape (friendship), Willow/Imhotep, Angel/Cordelia, Wesley/Fred, Piper/Leo (a little bit), Piper/Cole, Piper/Erik (friendship), Raoul/Christine (a little bit), Snape/Christine (friendship), Phoebe/Gunn, Paige/Sirius, Elisa/Goliath, Harry/Christine (?), Ron/Hermione, Xander/Anya, Giles/Narcissa

Author’s Note: There is only a few things that I should mention before I go on with the story and forget.

--Goliath, Elisa and Angela have met two characters in both the Charmed universe and the Harry Potter universe during their ‘World Tour’. The identity of one of the characters will be revealed in this chapter. The other character will be revealed in the next chapter

-- I forgot to mention this in the first chapter. Demona is in the story (and in The Other Side Of Honor) but something will happen to her later on in the story that makes her re-think on her hatred for humanity thanks to a certain former mummy/High Priest. Demona will make her first appearance in two or three chapters.

-- A Slayer will turn to the dark side and betray the Scoobies and the Fang Gang. Her identity will be revealed at the end of the story.

-- Also, the connection between Christine’s unborn daughter and the Chosen Line will be revealed in the most unexpected way thanks to a character from the Harry Potter universe.

One more thing, here are the results (so far) of the Christine pairings poll:

BtVS/Angel

Xander – 20

Angel – 22

Spike – 25

Gunn – 14

Connor – 16

Other Character (Lindsey – 1), (Doyle – 1)

Harry Potter

Harry – 32

Oliver – 20

Fred – 14

George – 17

Other Character (Snape – 9), (Ron – 1)

If you haven’t voted yet on whom in the Buffy/Angel universe or in the Harry Potter universe should be paired up with Christine, I strongly recommend that you do. The poll closes on the posting of the seventh chapter of this story (which I haven’t started working on yet). Oh, yeah. I’ve recently seen Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest and it’s an awesome movie! (I love POTC as much as POTO). If you haven’t seen it yet, run (not walk!) to your nearest movie theater. Anyway, enjoy and remember no flames! I will ignore them and I don’t have the patience for them.

Summary: Buffy and the gang each get letters inviting them to teach at a school of witchcraft and wizardry called Hogwarts. Then they received the shock of their lives when Christine showed up at the Hyperion Hotel along with Imhotep.
Los Angeles, California
Meanwhile …

“What’s going on?”

“I have no idea. They’ve been in there for hours.”

“Do you think there’s a new Big Bad to worry about?”

“I don’t know.”

As Dawn went down the stairs carefully without trying to hurt herself because of her leg, she saw a group of Slayers with Shannon and Amanda in it talking and staring at the closed office door. She frowned at the door before she glanced at the Slayers with a confused and concerned look on her face and in her eyes.

“What’s going on?” Dawn asked.

“We’re not sure.” Shannon replied. “Buffy, Erik, Giles, Willow and the others have been in there for hours. Harmony won’t tell us anything.”

“What about that girl that came to the hotel?” Rona asked. “I wonder where she came from and how she knew Buffy.”

Dawn was confused. “What girl?” she asked.

“A pregnant girl around our age came to the hotel about three hours ago.” Shannon said. “She walked up to Harmony and asked for Buffy and Erik. She told her that she knew them.”

~Oh, no way! It can’t be! Can it?~

“This girl.” Dawn said. “What did she look like?”

“She looked around your age with long curly brown hair and eyes.” A Slayer named Sacha answered. “She was dressed like a chick from the nineteenth century.”

~Oh, my God! It is her! It’s Christine!~

“Is she …?” Dawn started to ask but paused.

“She’s been in there with Buffy and Erik and the others ever since she got here.” Rona replied.

Dawn was about to say something else but she stopped when she saw the doors to Angel’s office open. Buffy and Erik were the first faces she saw come out of the room. Then Angel, Cordelia, Wesley, Gunn, Fred, Spike, Xander and Giles. Then she saw the face of her best friend from the nineteenth century.

“Christine!” Dawn shrieked in delight and joy.

Christine looked up and smiled brightly when she saw Dawn. “Dawn!” She cried and she ran to her. Once she reached her, the young former singer threw her arms around Dawn and held her in a tight embrace. After a few moments, Dawn immediately started asking the questions that had been nagging in her mind.

“What are you doing here? How did you get here? Did something happen? Where’s Raoul?”

“Whoa! Down, girl!” Buffy cut in when she saw that Christine was starting to look overwhelmed. “Give Christine some time to answer your questions. Also, give yourself some time to breathe.”

Dawn’s face turned beet red. “Sorry, Christine.” She muttered.

Christine chuckled lightly. “That is quite all right, Dawn.” She said. “There will be time for me to answer your questions. But I think now Elizabeth has something to say to everyone here.”

Buffy nodded her thanks and turned to the group of Slayers. “Listen up, everyone. We’re going to be having some guests over here tomorrow night in regards to a new Big Bad that according to a letter, that Erik and I received, has been terrorizing people for months. We have just been given an offer to teach at a school of witchcraft and wizardry in England called Hogwarts. When our guests arrive tomorrow night, there will be a meeting which in this case you all are invited to attend. You will know more tomorrow morning when we begin preparations for the meeting. That’s all for now.”

As the group of Slayers scattered, Buffy turned to Dawn and Christine. “Okay, let’s go some place private so that you two can talk alone.”

Both girls nodded and followed Buffy to the library which was across the hall from Angel’s office. Then the Slayer turned to give her sister and Christine privacy but not before she spoke.

“If you guys need anything, I’ll be outside.”

“Thank you, Elizabeth.” Christine said quietly.

“Thanks, Buff.” Dawn replied.

As soon as Buffy closed the door to the library, Dawn saw that tears were welling up in Christine’s eyes and the warm expression on her face was replaced with a grieving and sorrowful look.

“What happened to you, Christine? Where’s Raoul?” Dawn asked concerned and afraid for her friend back in the nineteenth century.

“Raoul… he …oh, God!” Christine burst into tears and started sobbing uncontrollably. Judging by the tears and the grieving look on her best friend’s face, Dawn realized what had happened and tears welled in her own eyes for the fate of her friend.

“Oh, Christine. I’m so sorry.” Dawn said quietly. Gently, she took her sobbing best friend in her arms and held her. Then the tears that Dawn had been fighting ran down her cheeks as she quietly mourned Raoul’s death, the lost chance for Christine to live a normal life free from magic, demons and all other supernatural things and for their unborn daughter who would never grow up with both a mother and a father.

Halliwell Manor

San Francisco, California

Meanwhile …

“What do you mean you think you know?” Piper said trying hard not to scream in frustration. “Who are they?”

Leo paused before he spoke knowing that he was going against the Elders’ wishes for telling the Charmed Ones who the ‘others’ were. Since he found out about Lord Voldemort and what he had tried to do in the nineteenth century, he had been completely aware of what would happen if the dark wizard was successful in his plan to destroy the world.

“What do you know about the story of the Phantom Of The Opera?” Leo asked as evenly as he could.

The Halliwell sisters glanced at each other looking very confused before looking back at Leo.

“Well that, he terrorized an opera house all for the love of a young singer and that he lost her to her childhood sweetheart.” Piper replied. “It’s a very famous story. Leo, what’s that got to do with this?”

“What if I were to tell you that the Phantom had crossed over from the nineteenth century to this one just to be with a woman from this century?” Leo replied. He smiled at the shocked looks on the women’s faces.

“No way!” Paige exclaimed.

“How?” Phoebe asked.

Leo chose his words carefully before he spoke again. “The Phantom or Erik, as the Elders call him, saved the life of a twenty-first century Slayer and her sister and friend in his lair and later fell in love with her after he was denied and betrayed by the young singer. The Slayer, whom the Phantom fell in love with, happens to be one of my former charges.”

Piper glanced at him. “Brain freeze. Who or what is a Slayer?”

Once again, Leo chose his words carefully before answering Piper’s question. “In every generation, a Slayer is born. One girl in all the world. She alone can slay vampires; stop the spread of their evil and the swell of their numbers. She is the Chosen One.”

Phoebe’s eyes lit up with recognition. “The Slayer is mentioned in the Book Of Shadows as a young girl who is chosen by the Powers That Be to slay vampires, demons and other dark forces. There is usually only one.”

“Until seven months ago when a witch in a town called Sunnydale activated all potential Slayers in the world.” Leo said. “Now there are hundreds, maybe, thousands of them.”

The Charmed Ones couldn’t help but stare at the Elder with awe and shock. “Who would be powerful enough to cast such a spell?” Piper asked.

“And what about the Slayer that Erik fell in love with?” Paige piped up.

“As I’ve told you before, she was one of my former charges.” Leo continued. “Her name is Buffy Summers. She and the Phantom got married just only a month ago. They’re both in Los Angeles right now along with Angel and his crew helping to rebuild the Watcher’s Council after it was destroyed months ago by the First Evil. The witch who activated all of the potential Slayers is Buffy’s best friend Willow Rosenberg.”

The Halliwell sisters glanced at him with amazement on their faces. “I heard about her.” Paige spoke up. “From one of my charges. She once told me that some time ago that a witch named Willow Rosenberg tried to destroy the world after her girlfriend was killed.”

Leo nodded. “I was there when that happened. I was still a Whitelighter at the time.” He replied. “I helped Buffy and her friends fight Willow. In the end, only one of her friends was able to talk Willow down and saved the world.”

“Was this before or after the whole ‘Titans’ thing?” Piper asked sounding rather curious.

“Before.” Leo answered. “Remember the two days that I wasn’t home when I told you that I was needed somewhere?”

Piper nodded and realized what Leo was trying to tell her. “That explains it.” She said with a smile.

“Okay, can we get back to the subject at hand?” Phoebe asked. “We know now that Buffy Summers and her friends are the ‘others’ who are going to help us..”

“They’re not the only ones.” Leo cut in. “Have you heard of a group in New York called the Quarrymen?”

While Piper and Paige shook their heads, Phoebe nodded hers. “I heard about them in the news. They are some kind of a terrorist group who claim that their main goal is to capture and destroy gargoyles that they say are invading the city. I think that it’s some kind of a sick joke.”

“It’s no joke, Phoebe.” Leo said. “Gargoyles do exist and I don’t mean like stone statures. I’m talking about flesh and blood gargoyles that come alive at night and turn to stone during the day.”

Phoebe’s eyes widened. “So it’s true then. They do exist.”

“How do you know that, Leo?” Paige asked.

Leo smiled as he spoke. “Some time ago, I was in Italy tending to a charge when I met two of them.”

“Gargoyles?” Piper asked.

The Elder nodded before he spoke again. “Apparently, they were trying to find their way back to New York. Their names were Goliath and Angela. They had a human friend with them. An N.Y.P.D detective named Elisa Maza and a gargoyle beast they call Bronx. Anyway, I helped them fight a dangerous enemy and once it was defeated, I helped them on their way home. That was ten months ago.”

Once again, the Charmed Ones looked amazed and awed. After a few moments, Phoebe spoke up. “You’re saying that Goliath and Angela are of the ‘others’ who are going to help us?”

“Not just Goliath and Angela but their clan as well if they accept.” Leo replied. “Albus has offered them protection from the Quarrymen and Death Eaters in return for their help.”

“That’s a good offer not to refuse.” Paige said. Then she thought of something. “What about Chris? Is he going to play a part in this?”

Leo nodded. “According to the Elders, he will be a part of this.” He said. “I’m not sure exactly how but he will help us.”

“Speaking of Chris, where is he?” Piper asked.

Leo was about to say something when he heard Chris’s voice in his mind probably calling for him. “I better go. He’s calling.” He said. “We’ll talk more about this later.” At that, he orbed out leaving the Halliwell sisters bewildered and confused at their wake.

Hyperion Hotel
Los Angeles, California
The following morning …

//Erik found himself standing in a large room that had the most beautiful furniture he had ever seen. As he looked around, Erik saw something else that made him feel extremely cold. A young woman, a servant, was lying on the ground and the former Phantom could tell that she was dead from where he was standing. As he kept on walking, Erik saw other bodies lying on the ground and he gasped in horror as he took in the death and destruction of the room that he was standing in.//

~What happened here? Where am I?~

//Just then, the voice that Erik knew very well answered his unanswered question.//

//“I won’t let you kill her.”//

~The Viscount!~

//Erik ran until he stood in a doorway that he saw led to a master bedroom. Raoul was standing near a grand fireplace looking very determined and frightened at the same time. Standing in front of the Viscount was another man dressed in a dark robe. His back was to Erik.//

“I will ask you one more time, Mudblood. Where is Christine Daae?”

//Raoul looked at the man straight in the eye and said in a defiant voice. “I would rather die a thousand deaths than tell you where my wife is.”//

//The man laughed a cold laugh that sent icy chills down the former Phantom’s spine. “Very well then. You won’t tell me where your filthy Muggle wife is. You have to die.” He then took out what looked like to Erik, a wand and then the man shouted.//

//“Avada Kedavra!”//

//Suddenly a green light split the room and it hit Raoul square in the chest. Erik let out a cry of horror as Raoul hit the wall and slumped onto the ground. The former Phantom could see that the Viscount was dead from where he was standing. Then the scene shifted and instead of a grand master bedroom, Erik found himself in a small room. A young woman with red hair and green eyes was standing a few feet away from him. She was carrying a small child in her arms and was placing it inside a crib when the door burst open. Erik’s eyes widened in horror as he recognized the dark figure as the man who murdered Raoul.//

//“No, please.” The young woman pleaded. “Not Harry, please.”//

//“Step aside, you silly girl.” The man said coldly.//

//“No!” The young woman cried with tears running down her face. “Please, not my son. Not my only son. I would rather die than let you kill my son. Please spare him.”//

//“That could be arranged, my dear.” The man said and he raised his wand and once again shouted.//

//“Avada Kedavra!”//

“NOOO!”

Erik screamed as he flew from his bed in a sweat and into the waiting arms of his wife who was sitting at the edge of his side of the bed. At that point, he wrapped his arms around Buffy and started sobbing uncontrollably. All of his fear and horror over what he had dreamt came off of him in waves and in tears. He simply clung to Buffy like a frightened child and sobbed when he heard her say soothing words in his ear in an attempt to calm him down.

“Elizabeth.” Erik sobbed hysterically. “Oh, Elizabeth.”

“Shhh, it’s okay.” Buffy said gently. “It’s okay. I’m here. You’re safe.”

“It was horrible, Elizabeth.” Erik said in between sobs. “I saw him die. The Viscount. I saw him as he was murdered by a man.” Then he sobbed harder as he spoke. “I saw someone else. A woman and her child. I watched as she begged for mercy for her child. I watched as he …”

Buffy’s heart gave a horrible jolt at his words and a terrible revelation hit like a ton of bricks. ~If Erik had just dreamt of Raoul being murdered at the hands of Voldemort and possibly the parents of the kid being targeted by him, this is worse than we thought.~ She couldn’t help but wish that she could something; anything to ease her husband’s paralyzing fear and horror over what he had just seen in his nightmare. As she held her sobbing husband in her arms, Buffy looked up to see that Giles and Xander had entered the room concerned looks on their faces for Erik.

“What happened, Buffy?” Xander asked. “I heard Erik screaming and …”

“It was a nightmare.” Buffy interrupted him. “A really bad nightmare. I think you better get Angel and have everyone meet us in the conference room.”

“Why?” Giles asked fearing that he already knew the answer.

“Because if I’m right,” Buffy replied giving her best friend and ex-Watcher a grim look. “Erik’s nightmare may mean that the situation regarding Snake Face could be a lot worse than previously thought.”

Later …

~Cordelia is going to kick my ass for this.~

That was the one thought that ran through Cole’s mind as he rushed down the corridor at the other side of the Hyperion Hotel to wake up the seer for an emergency meeting that both Angel and Buffy called in the wake of a nightmare that Erik had of Lord Voldemort. As he reached the doorway of Cordelia’s room, he knocked on the door. After a few minutes, Cole knocked again louder this time and kept on knocking.

“Who the hell is knocking on my door at five thirty in the goddamn morning?” Cole heard Cordelia shout in an annoyed and angry voice. A few seconds later, the door opened revealing a very tried, annoyed and pissed off Cordelia.

“Oh, it’s you.” She said in a rather sarcastic voice. “What do you want?”

“Well, good morning to you too, Cordelia.” Cole said sounding very insulted. “Angel and Buffy have called an emergency meeting down in the conference room.”

Cordelia frowned. “An emergency meeting? At five thirty in the morning? That’s … Oh, shit!” She suddenly squeezed her eyes shut as she felt a vision coming on like a tidal wave.

“Vision! Catch me!” She cried as she twitched in agony. Cole ran forward and caught her in his arms before she hit the ground. Then he held her letting her vision run through its course.

~A really cute guy being threatened by another guy wearing a dark robe. The creepy guy is looking for something or someone.~

“I won’t let you kill her.”

“I will ask you one more time, Mudblood. Where is Christine Daae?”

“Christine!” Cordelia screamed as the vision continued to run its course.

~The creepy guy is looking for Christine! Why? What does he want with her? Wait a minute! The really cute guy is Raoul! Why am I having a vision of him?~

“I would rather die a thousand deaths than tell you where my wife is.”

~The creepy guy, he’s taking out a wand. Oh, my God! That has to be Lord Voldemort! The guy that we were talking about yesterday! He’s going to kill Raoul!~

Very well then. You won’t tell me where your filthy Muggle wife is. You have to die. Avada Kedavra!”

“Oh, my God!” Cordelia shrieked as the vision ended. Frightened and horrified over what she saw, she looked up at Cole who looked very concerned and a little sympathetic.

“Are you all right?” he asked. “What did you see?”

Shaking, Cordelia took a deep breath before she spoke. “I saw Voldemort kill someone. A young guy from the nineteenth century. I think it was Christine’s husband.” As she uttered those words, Cordelia saw that Cole’s face suddenly paled in shock.

“What?” She asked suddenly worried.

“That was the reason for the emergency meeting.” Cole replied. “Earlier this morning, Erik had a nightmare of Voldemort murdering Christine’s husband and someone else. Buffy thinks his nightmare is a sign that the situation is a lot worse than previously assumed.”

~How is it that Erik and I saw the same thing? In his case, it’s a nightmare and me a vision. How is that possible?~

That was the one thought that ran through Cordelia’s mind as she and Cole walked through the corridor toward the lobby of the hotel and to the conference room where everyone else including Dawn, Christine and a tried and drawn Erik were waiting.

Cordelia screwed her face into what she hoped was a neutral expression and said. “Okay, what’s with the emergency meeting?” The seer kept herself from flinching at the grim expression on Angel’s face as he started to speak.

“Buffy and I called this meeting to tell you that the situation is maybe worse than previously thought.” He said.

“What makes you say that, Peaches?” Spike asked sounding very dubious.

“Something that I have seen in a nightmare.” Erik answered and with Buffy’s help, he explained what he had seen in his nightmare. Once he was finished, everyone was gaping at him. Erik saw that Cordelia had paled and was looking at him with a look of horror and confusion on her face.

“What is it?” The former Phantom asked her with a twinge of worry.

Cordelia hesitated before she spoke. “What you saw in your nightmare, Erik. I saw it too. When Cole came to take me to the meeting, I had a vision. What I saw in it matches your description of your nightmare perfectly. Except the part about the woman and her baby, that I didn’t see.”

Erik stared at Cordelia in utter horror. “How is that possible?” he whispered.

“Good question.” Cordelia answered.

Christine glanced at both Erik and Cordelia with a mixture of horror and fear on her face before looking at Buffy. “The man who killed Raoul. You know who he is, don’t you?”

Buffy nodded. “We do, Christine.” She said. “He’s a dark wizard who goes by the name Lord Voldemort.”

“Lord Voldemort?” Christine repeated in an incredulous voice. “What a horrid name for a man.” As she uttered the words, Christine saw that everyone was looking very grim and Spike and Angel both growled at the name. Imhotep had a look on his face that suggested to her that he knew something about him.

“Unfortunately, Christine. It is a name that many people have many reasons to fear.” The former High Priest said. “And those who have come across him meet an untimely end like your beloved husband.”

~But why would he kill Raoul?~

That was the one question that ran through Christine’s mind and just she was about to put voice to her question, Xander spoke up.

“I don’t get it.” He said. “Why would Voldemort kill Raoul if he’s …” Then suddenly a realization hit him like a ton of bricks and he looked at Christine with wide eyes.

“Voldemort was after Christine to kill her and her unborn daughter.” The one-eyed carpenter said in a whisper.

Imhotep nodded his head. “Very good, Xander.” He said. “Lord Voldemort traveled back in time to finish what the Alga demon had started four months ago. But now that Christine is in this timeline …”

“Snake Face will try again in this timeline or send one of his Death Eaters to do it for him.” Spike finished for him. “That’s why Dumbledore offered teaching jobs for both Buffy and Erik. To offer better protection for Christine at Hogwarts.”

“And for the student targeted by Voldemort.” The former High Priest said. “They are both in danger without the protection the boy and Christine need. As long as Lord Voldemort is out there looking for her, he will never stop.”

“Until I am dead.” Christine whispered on the verge of tears.

“Exactly.” Imhotep confirmed.

Dawn was horrified over what she had heard. “So what are we going to do?” She asked. The teen glanced over at Buffy and Erik who both looked extremely grim.

“Right now, Dawnie, there’s not much else we can do.” Buffy answered evenly. “Except to try to protect Christine the best way we know how.”

Willow stood up. “I’ll put up protective wards all over the hotel until Dumbledore and the rest of our guests get here.” She said. “That should keep any uninvited guests out for a while.”

“Speakin’ of which, any idea when tonight they will be here.” Gunn asked finally speaking.

Buffy shook her head. “I have no idea when.” She replied. “I guess we’ll know when they will get here. In the meantime, we’ll just make preparations for when our guests get here.”

Sorry, I had a really bad case of writer’s block so that was the best I could come up with. Anyway, I’m also working on another fan fiction story crossing Charmed with The Da Vinci Code. It will be a Silas-centric story with everyone’s favorite sister witches (Piper, Phoebe and Paige) in the mix. The story will be similar to my BtVS/Charmed crossover fic A Matter Of Love, Friendship and Forgiveness but with a romantic and spiritual twist to it.The story is in development at the moment and you will know more about it in my next update of The Other Side Of Courage. Anyway, please review (I’ll give out a cookie to anyone who does review) and remember (for the millionth time) no flames! I will ignore them and I don’t have patience for them. For those of you waiting patiently for everyone in the Gargoyles universe to make appearances please be patient, they will make their appearances in the next chapter as well as everyone from the Harry Potter universe. I'm not sure when I will update so keep your eyes peeled!
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