Just when you think there's nothing left (9-10/?)
“What you’re saying is impossible, I mean it
was just a dream, right?” Gunn questioned to nobody in particular.
“It was him, I know it, I felt him” answered
Cordy as she paced.
“I think Gunn’s right” Fred answered casing
the group to look up at her, taken aback, “I mean, what if it was just a
dream?” she continued.
“It was him, he needs me to save him…” came
the reply, “it was him” she continued her voice gaining strength.
The group paused for a few moments before a soft
voice answered the question none of them had been willing to ask, “it’s
possible” Wesley replied as his brow knitted in confusion.
“What?” Cordy asked as she turned to him,
hope written all over her features.
vampire’s get older their abilities grow stronger; Vampires are able to build
connections with their childer, sires and even grandsires, it’s how they are
able to find each other in crowded places quickly, as they age they are able to
control the connections better and form them with almost anything or anyone they
desire” he replied as he continued to think.
still doesn’t explain how Angel’s guest staring in Cordy’s dreams”
as I was saying, these abilities develop as a vampire ages, dream control is a
very advanced ability, and for Angel to be able to manage it he must have pulled
Cordy into his mind, did he say anything about the dream?” he asked.
said he was holding it, the dream, we were in a place he went to with his
family… when he was human” she replied with a wistful look.
smiled as she watched Cordy’s expression and whispered “Kye-rumption” to
Gunn who only grinned at her.
that makes sense, as much of any of this does, there has been no record of
Angel, or Angelus for that matter having these abilities though” he stated.
about Drusilla?” asked Fred.
sorry?” asked Wesley looking up at her.
was in the files, Angel’s childe, Drusilla, it says she has those
abilities…” Fred said, “…so you’re thinkin’ it’s a family trait”
replied Gunn as he smiled down at Fred.
course!” Wesley replied, as he started pulling out books from the shelves,
flicking through the pages.
asked Cordy watching the ex-watcher thumbing he way through the musty old books.
looked up at Cordy as he replied “The Order of Aurelius”.
who-dies of what-ie???” replied a very confused seer.
the old days, just as the plague of humanity had washed over the earth the
Master set up the Order of Aurelius, it’s goal was to re-open the hell mouth
and to await the return of the old ones; full blooded vampires” at the
confused looks he continued, “The demons we see now aren’t full demons, they
are tainted if you will by humanity, vampire’s are the same” he replied.
Angel’s Pylea self?” asked Cordy as she peered over Wesley’s shoulder at
replied Gunn, his voice coming out harsher than expected.
Wesley started in a similar tone if voice as he scanned through the book,
“Angel descends from these Vampire’s, the Master himself was sired by a full
blood vampire, he sired Darla and she sired Angel” Wesley explained.
Angel might have some serious Vampire mojo going on that he didn’t tell us
about?” asked Gunn.
the way things look I would say yes” replied Wesley as he slammed the book
asked Gunn as he looked up at Cordy.
he told me to find the tune!” she replied, as the rest of the group stared at
her oddly she continued, “in the dream, Angel said something, he said that our
paths were linked and I just needed to find the right tune, or something…”
replied Gunn and Fred in unison.
we can do that!” continued Fred as she grabbed her purse.
can? He left for Vegas last thing I heard… although that was six months and a
missing vampire and son ago” Cordy replied as she followed Fred to the door.
got back a while ago, something about it not being his scene and that the
fluorescent lights were ruining his complexion” replied Fred as they all
followed her out to the car.
entered the Karaoke bar to the obnoxious sound of Britney Spears’
“Overprotected” being belted out by a particularly nasty looking Ethros
wandered through the security system, obviously a new addition since the last
episode they found a very stressed looking Loren emptying a Seabreeze.
Loren” chirped Cordy as wandered into the demon’s line of sight.
cat! Aren’t you a sight for sore eyes!” he replied as he engulfed her in a
know, I’ve kinda been AWOL for a while huh!” she replied they pulled out of
looked at her for a few moments before asking the obvious question “still
nothing from Angelcakes huh princess”.
still don’t know where he is” replied Fred as she looked down at her feet
might have a lead though”, Wesley added in.
might have crept into Barbie’s dreams”, replied Gunn as he wrapped his arm
around Fred’s waist trying to comfort her.
any chance you might be able to fit me in?” asked Cordy as she looked at Loren
know I’d do anything for you and Angelcakes” replied Loren as he handed her
a song list.
replied Cordy as she smiled sadly at him before looking through the list of
painful remediation of The Red Hot Chillie Peppers ‘Roller coater’ it was
Cordy’s turn on stage.
sat there alone on stage she looked down and as the song started, when it came
time for her to sing she held her head up high, her eyes glistening with unshed
tears as she opened her mouth to sing.
“Don't be confused by my apparent lack of ceremony, my mind is clear.”
”I may be low or miles high off in the distance, I want you near,
I love you,
Even when I'm sleeping. When I close my eyes you're everywhere,”
As she paused awaiting the next line her eyes were a mix of pain and love that she had for the ensouled vampire. ”And if they take me flying on the magic carpet, see me wave.
If our communication fails I'll reconnect it, I want to rave.”
As Cordy sang the last lines of the verse Loren swore even if he didn’t have the ability to read aura’s he would have been able to feel her pain for the missing champion anyway. ”I love you”
Cordy sang again, her voice wavering with burdened emotion as she continued on. ”Even when I'm sleeping,
when i close my eyes you're everywhere”
“No matter where the road is leading us remember don't be afraid. we have a continent that sometimes comes between us, that's ok.”
Cordy held a level gaze with the room even though tears threatened her unshed tears threatened to spill she continued with the same sad smile and though of how she would get Angel back, getting him back was the only way this could end, even if it took her forever she was going to get her best friend and the man she loved back. ”I love you Even when I'm sleeping. When I close my eyes you're everywhere.”
Tears ran down Fred’s cheeks as she listened to Cordy putting her very heart and soul into the song, as Wesley watched Gunn put his arm around Fred he realized something; Fred was right Cordy was the heart of their dysfunctional little family, and the heart was breaking.
“When I close my eyes you're everywhere.
Oh, don't be afraid, don't be afraid
Oh, don't be afraid, don't be afraid
Oh, don't be afraid, don't be afraid”
Cordy sang the last words of the song in almost a whisper as the tears finally escaped her eyes and ran down her cheeks.
As Cordy finished the song she stood up to receive whistles, cheers and alike, wiping the tears from her eyes she sadly smiled her thanks and descended the stairs.
headed back the table Loren got up and handed her his handkerchief and followed
her back to the table, his hand on the small of her back, when she got there
Wesley pulled out her chair, she bit back the several smart assed remarks that
went through her head and simply smiled her thanks.
come on, I wasn’t that bad was I?” she asked as she saw Freds tears
and as she looked over to Wes she saw that he wasn’t much better “Oh not you
too?!” she teased as she looked at him.
muttered something about allergies as she grinned at him, her face soon grew
serious as she turned to Loren, “So, what do I do?” she asked her green
him, he’s pulled you into a dream, I can tell, there are little pieces of his
aura in you” he replied looking at her.
Gunn’s raised eyebrow Cordy rolled her eyes and waited for the host to
he is the news isn’t good, his aura was dark, Angelcakes isn’t in a good
place emotionally or physically at the moment” Loren told them.
you say dark…” Wesley started but was cut off by Loren’s glare, the
flamboyant demon was obviously still bearing a grudge towards him.
depressed, angry, hurt, confused… not evil or beige but still not a happy
little camper” replied Loren.
what can I do?” asked Cordy, looking hopefully into the host’s eyes.
lot at the moment princess” at her depressed look he continued, “you have to
wait until he contacts you again, which means you both have to be asleep at the
same time again, since you two are deeply connected you should be able to follow
that connection, and hopefully that will induce a vision” replied Loren.
the vision thing I can do, but how do I stay asleep long enough for him to
contact me? How do I know if he will?” she asked, her worry present in her
took her hand, “I don’t know about the sleep thing, that’s your problem,
but I do know that he will contact you again” replied the host smiling warmly
do you know? Did you see it?” she asked.
just know him, and you, you’ll see soon enough” he replied cryptically
before leaving the group to their thoughts.