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It's time. This story is almost 9 years old. Hopefully everything is all wrapped up. Also, part of the epilogue was written back in 2007 before I started posting.



Chapter 27

“I come bearing gifts,” Willow peeked around the corner into the living room where Buffy was propped up on the couch. “And news.”

“Finally. Soap operas are so boring.” Buffy turned the television off, and she flung the remote down at her feet.

“So, which do you want first? The gifts or the news?” Willow stepped into the room with her hands behind her back to hide the bag of donuts from Brenna’s husband Hassib.

“Gifts.” Buffy grinned at Willow. “I do love me some gifts.”

Willow presented the bag of delightful deep-fried goodies to her friend. “Brenna sent you over the monthly special from Hassib’s Donut Heaven. They’re chocolate glazed chocolate banana donuts.”

“That man should be given a sainthood.” Buffy opened the bag, and she stuck her nose inside to give a deep inhale. “So delish.”

“Now on to the news.” Willow sat down in an armchair. “Tucker Wells went crazy, and he shot Jonathan Levinson. Tucker said that it wasn’t him. That it was a ghost that took over his body or something. He was sent down to Rocky Point for a psych consult.”

“Wow, things were hectic while I was sick,” Buffy said before she pulled a donut out of the bag. She offered the bag to Willow.

“No, thanks.” Willow shook her head. “Things were very hectic. Principal Palmetto saved the swim team from turning into fish monsters. She and Mr. Pierson caught the coach giving the team fish steroid-filled steam room sessions. He wanted to win at any cost.”

“Dang, that’s just kinda creepy.” Buffy scrunched up her nose. “And kinda icky. Anything else happening?”

“Mr. Chase offered $100,000 for anyone who can give information on Cordelia. That’s about it.”

“I wonder where Cordelia got off to. Hope she’s having a good time,” Buffy laughed. “Too bad she’s missing these donuts. They’re pretty darned awesome.”

“They are,” Willow agreed.

“It’s kinda wiggy this year. There isn’t an apocalypse to deal with.”

Willow shrugged. “Maybe it’s some other dimensions turn for an apocalypse and some other hero is solving it.” She suddenly giggled. “Maybe Cordelia is solving the apocalypse.”

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The ritual circle was set and ready to go. Amy went over the spell again. She wanted to make sure she got it right. She looked over at Sir Brian and Ty. Amy was quite certain she wanted to stay here in Pylea. Things were just getting interesting.

Amy went to Ysped. “I need you to stand at the top of the star. Sir Brian and Ty stand at the top two points with Cordelia and Groo at the bottom two points. I need to stand in the middle.”

Everyone took their places. Amy glided into the middle of the ritual circle, and she raised her hands in the air. She started to recite the incantation to remove Wolfram and Hart from Pylea.

Amy’s voice rose, gaining more power and becoming louder. The portal to Quor’Toth swirled bigger and noisier. Cordelia and Amy’s hair swirled around their faces as the wind started to whip everything in the vicinity around.

Klempt let out a scream. Those inside the circle, with the exception of Amy, turned their heads to be just in time to see Klempt be pulled into the portal. He screamed again, words this time, but they were too distorted to be understood.

It didn’t take long for more of Klempt’s species to transport in and be swept away into the portal. By the looks on the demons’ faces, it was easy to see how startled they all were. None of them were exempt, not even the children. One poor demon had his body sucked right out from under his head. The head tumbled to the ground with a disgruntled grunt.

“Get back here,” he screamed at his body. “Where do you think you’re going?” The head started to roll towards the portal complaining every inch of the way. In a matter of minutes, it was swept away as well.

Everyone in the ritual circle ducked, even Amy, when the Wolfram and Hart buildings appeared. They were sucked in even faster than the demons.

“That’s the last of them,” Ysped shouted. “Close it up tight, witch.”

Amy shouted one last word, and with a dramatic sweep of her arms, the portal swished shut. The quiet was almost deafening.

Cordelia attempted to pat her hair down. “Well, that was a thing.”

Sir Brian let out a happy shout, and he did a ridiculous looking victory dance that made Ty snort and roll his eyes. “Back to the castle for a victory feast,” Brian announced. “I’m hungry enough to eat a dragon.”

Ysped hissed at Sir Brian.

“Not a little dragon like you, Ysped.” Sir Brian hid behind Ty when Ysped advanced on him. “A big dragon, like that one hiding over in Titan Peak. He’s as big as the castle.”

“Dragons don’t taste very good,” Ysped announced.

Amy leaned over to Cordelia. “Guess they don’t taste like chicken.”

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Epilogue

Halfrek popped in for Anyanka's engagement party. She couldn't believe Anya was marrying such a puny human. The human wasn’t even a handsome young stud. He was old and … old. Halfrek wrinkled her nose. There were so many good looking fuckable men in the world. Anyanka was an idiot.

The party was going full swing. Halfrek moved to the punch table only bump into a bleached blonde... vampire. Hmmm, this party might be interesting after all. When he turned and looked at her, she couldn’t contain her gasp of surprise. A pair of very familiar blue eyes looked at her. Only now there were no spectacles perched on his nose.

"William, it certainly has been a long time since I have seen you. I didn't realize you were turned."

"Do I know you?" asked Spike

"Oh sorry, let me change my face here.” Halfrek changed from her demonic face to her human one. “Do you recognize me now?"

Spike arched an eyebrow before he moved off to where a blonde woman was sitting. He eased onto the arm of the chair, and she looked up at him giving him an enchanting warmth-filled smile.

"Lizzie, look who has dropped in for a visit," he said, indicating the vengeance demon.

All heads turned in sync to study the dark hair woman.

"Cecily...." Lizzie said.

"My name is Halfrek now or Hallie if you like." Halfrek had no idea what was going on.

Lizzie nodded. "My name is Buffy now or The Slayer if you like."

"William called you Lizzie. Is that you, Lizzie?" asked Hallie as she moved forward. She peered into the Slayer’s face. “It is you. Wow, long time no see, little sis.”



"Yes, it's me.” Buffy nodded with a shark-like smile. “Oh, and William goes by Spike now. And he is mine. He’s always been mine; we just didn’t know it last time around.”

Halfrek watched in wonder as Lizzie led William away from her with a possessive hand on his sleeve. She had no idea what was going on, and it seemed like very few people were inclined to help her. Even Anyanka was too besotted with her human to notice Halfrek’s confusion.

“Halfrek, I didn’t know you were going to show up.” Ceridwyn glided over with a mimosa in her hand. “I thought for sure you’d be stuck helping out those orphans in Timbuktu.”

Halfrek let out a disdainful sniff. “It was in Zimbabwe.”

“Eh, I had the right continent.” Ceridwyn took a drink of her mimosa. “If you cause any trouble for Buffy and Spike, I will make your life so miserable that you’ll wish you’ve never been born.”

“Why would you even care?”

“Because Buffy was my daughter and the reason I became a vengeance demon. She’s finally got her happiness. I’ll be damned if I let you destroy that.” Ceridwyn wandered off to join Anya and two older humans.

“Justice Demon. I keep telling you all that it’s justice demon,” Halfrek grumbled under her breath.

It was then that Halfrek noticed that half the room was eyeing her like she was a threat, which she was. Damn it! She was a scary, vicious demon. She pulled her demonic visage forward to glare at the humans. Halfrek didn’t get the reaction she was expecting.

None of the humans were scared of her.

No one ran away screaming in terror.

This was going to be a boring party. Boring, boring, boring! Halfrek decided that she and Anyanka weren’t that close anymore. There were other more exciting places to be. She grabbed a drink before she popped away.

If Halfrek had just stuck around a few more minutes, she would have been there when Cordelia, Groo, Ysped, Sir Brian, and Ty fell out of a portal at Buffy’s feet.

But, that’s not part of this story.

The End.

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