Author: Kat Lee
Challenge/Prompt: fffc Drabble Madness
Warning(s): AU in the second; Cannon Character Deaths in the third
Word Count: 100 each
Date Written: 13 February 2018
Summary: Three different takes on how forever could restart for Angel and Cordy.
Disclaimer: All characters within belong to Whedon, not the author, and are used without permission.
Cordelia spins, watching her reflection in the mirror. She touches her hair, touches the fake jewels in them that Lorne helped her to find and then shined until they sparkle like the real things, touches her neckline. She spins again, carefully examining her reflection one last time. She’s wondering if she should change something, if her neckline is too low or her hem not high enough, when the knock comes on her door.
Her heart pounds. She walks over, opens the door, and smiles tremulously. Yet when she takes Angel’s hand, she knows this is just the beginning of forever.
“It’s okay,” she says as Angel, crying, bares his fangs. “It’s okay,” she whispers again as she feels him tremble. “I trust you, Angel. You can do this. You can save me.”
His fangs graze her neck, but he stops himself. “Bite me, Angel. You have to bite me or I’m going to die!” Arguments are on the tip of his tongue, but she cries at him again. “Save me, damn it! You have the power!” As he bites her, she knows forever’s just beginning. Yet he still cries, because he knows this is just the beginning of the end.
So this is his Shanshu, Angel thinks as everything turns white around him. His precious Cordelia, Fred, Wesley, and Gunn are all dead. Even Spike is gone, turned to dust in the blink of an eye. He’s alone, and yet now he shanshus?
He’s hissing depreciation at himself when he spots a figure moving toward him through the white emptiness. His hiss transforms into a gasp, and tears pour down his face. “C-Cordy?” She embraces him, and Angel cries into her hair, feeling free at last and knowing his forever truly is going to be happily ever after after all.