And Another S7 finale... First Therapy...

Whoa!...Spoilers for Dirty Girls... etc...

Summary: I'm even nice to Angel in this happy (sappy) ending...Let alone the First and Caleb...

PG?13

Disclaimer: All BTVS characters remain the property of Joss Whedon, Mutant
Enemy, and all other owner/creators of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer series...

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The gang faces disaster...Despite their best efforts...Angel's and Riley's groups' arrival in support...And Willow's and Andrew's temporary immobilization of Caleb via freeze ray and containment spell...The First is on the brink of starting the final process to the Apocalypse...

Worse yet, with her minion Caleb's able help, she's succeeded in her goal of seizing Buffy's body to allow her to take physical form...Though Buffy's soul fights on within...

Hmmn...She's taking physical form just in time to destroy the world?...Willow thought, wondering...

Seems a bit illogical to me...

And in fact, the First, despite Caleb's insistent demands for immediate Apocalypse, ranting at her as he thrashes about in Willow's binding field...Seems a little...

Hesitant...

Despite her large army of Bringers and newly-released Uber-vamps...Surrounding the combined Slayer/Angel/Initiative forces...

Willow's force field keeping the gang and the S/A/I remnants within safe...For a short time while her power holds out...

"Kill 'em!...Kill 'em all!!!..." Caleb screams...

Hmmn...Maybe it's Buffy's soul fighting for us within...William notes...

Aw...The First smiles over at him...

"That's so sweet, Will...Buffy says thanks..."

Ummn...she blinks...

See?...he eyes Willow...

Yeah...Willow nods...

"Kill them!...Start the End, let Hell's fires pour forth!!!..." Caleb rants on... "Now you dirty little..."

"Ok, Caleb...Just a minute..." the First looks over to him... "Willow won't last much longer..."

Amazing how it takes that jerk Caleb's attitude though...Willow eyes him and Morphy...Who gives her a rather sad...Don't hurt him, please?...Glance...

I mean...Hell, she's the First...How can she let him boss her around like that?...

Desperate, the gang has decided to try a different approach with the First...And via a seance by Willow has called in some extra help...

The human soul of Buffy's vamp psychologist...Holden...

Who, as a good-hearted soul on the side of Light...And a dedicated therapist...Was happy to lend his assistance...

***

"I'm ready to begin the Apocalypse...Right now..." the First insisted...Glaring at the form of Holden floating above her...

Don't think I won't...she eyed the gang within Willow's protective field...

"I understand..." Holden's forming head nodded slightly... "But I just want to talk...Ok?..."

No!!!...Screamed Caleb from his binding field...Kill!...Kill!...I want my Apocalypse!!!...

"Shut up you nut!..." Willow glared at him...

Hmmn...Giles eyed the mad preacher...Do I know him from somewhere?...

"And after all...If you destroy the world...My friends there all go to Heaven...Even William and Angel..." Holden calmly pointed out...

She stared...Oh...Yeah...

Hmmn...Never thought of that...Caleb was always so sure Apocalypse was the way to go...

"So you may as well talk to me a moment or two before you pull the plug...Right?..."

Well...

"You know..." Holden paused. "It might be easier for both of us if you had a name I could use..."

"Well..." the First sighed...See...

"I never really had a name...Myself...All my minions did...Satan, Mephistopheles, Ba'al...But..." she looked rather downcast...

Some of my guys call me "Morphy" sometimes...she noted...But...Never really liked that...

"Oh..." she looked up at his hovering form suddenly... "What about...Anne?..."

Hey! A shriek from Buffy's soul...Telepathically heard by all...

"Anne is Buffy's demonic counterpart...And I'm a large part of her...Linked to Buffy via her..." the First explained.

So...she smiled wanly at Holden...Who nodded kindly...

Anne, it is...

Hey!...She's not using my middle name, no way!...Buffy's soul hollered...

"Buffy..." Holden sighed... "I'm trying to help all of us...But my patient...Both of you...Must come..."

First...he grinned at Morphy who couldn't help smiling back...Cute guy that Holden...Sincerely cares too, ya know...she thought wistfully...

Even his vamp demon couldn't quite kill that sincere concern...Right, Buf?...she noted within...

Shut...Up...And get out of here...Buffy's soul replied crossly...

"And I need to have a personal, tangible point of contact with the First..." Holden finished...Morphy beaming a bit again...Gee...

Nobody ever tried to have a "personal, tangible" contact with me before...Even Caleb was always kinda...Impersonal...

And, Ms. Summers...Holden's spirit eyed his patient sternly... "You know "Anne" is right...You and she have a very strong connection..."

"Practically sisters..." Morphy nodded...

What?! Buffy's spirit choked within...

Well...Willow thought...If you take all things into consideration...I mean the way Buf's been all this year...And the bond between them...

"This is just a temporary means of establishing a dialogue, Buffy..." Holden noted, more gently now...
"You do want us to establish a dialogue with the First?....And possibly avert an Apocalypse?..."

"Buffy..." William pleaded... "If you really do care for me..."

"Hey...?" Angel glared...

"You mean...If she cares for me...You cheap imitation Shelley..."

"Boys...Fight it out later..." Faith grinned at them...

"Come on, B...Ghostie boy's just tryin' to help us out here..." she eyed the First...

Yeah, yeah...Buffy's soul grumblingly agreed...

Cute ghostie boy...Faith grinned at the floating Holden...Who smiled back...

"If we don't make it, you look me up in Heaven, cutie..." she called...

But lets get it straight...I am not part of the First...No how, no way...She's just linked
to me...Via my dark force...And my demon...And only very slightly...My Dark Side is not the First...
Buffy's soul concluded firmly...

Hmmn...Dawn looked away...

Thats not what Mom's spirit tells me...she did not say...

Holden's spirit suggested they move on...Mucho ground to cover...

"So... "Anne"...Surely you know that starting the Apocalypse will end in your destruction?...
Especially now that you hold corporeal form in Buffy's body?..."

"Ummn...Yeah..." "Anne" nodded...But

"Caleb says...That's the only way to win this war..." she explained a bit lamely...

Hmmn...Holden's head nodded, becoming a bit misty...

"Caleb tells you to do a lot of things that don't seem in your best interests, "Anne"..." he noted gently...

Have you ever noticed that?...

Ummn...she looked away...Well...

"Caleb loves me...He worships me...Literally...Thinks of me as God...The God..."

Nobody else gives me that kind of devotion...she sighed a little...Looking at William for a moment...
"Thought Spike might...But he never cared for me...Only for Buffy..."

Even when I was nice to him when he went crazy and was all alone...

"Abandoned by Buffy too..." she noted solemnly...

Hey!!...

"Certainly not..." William gallantly asserted...

Well...Certainly not...In the end...he thought...

"What's been going on here between them...?" Angel hissed to Willow...

"You mean...While you abandoned Dawn and never showed when Buf resurrected and needed support...Of a practical,
financial nature...Such as a successful businessman could supply...Even though LA is just a twenty minute train ride
away?..." Willow hissed back...

"Even Angelus didn't like me that much..." Morphy noted to Holden, looking over at Angel...He just liked to call on me
and use me for his own plans...

Like everybody does...she looked down, sighing...Then brightened...

"But Caleb is different..." she insisted... "He really cares..."

"Does he, "Anne"?...How does he show he...Cares?"

Ummn...she looked at the floating spirit...Well...

"He blew up the Watchers' Council building for me...Got most of the Watchers...And it was kinda dangerous for him..."

But...He enjoys that sort of thing, doesnt he...? Holden asked...

Well...Sure...

"He's an utter psycho...He loves killing and violence..." she nodded... "A serial killer of the worst kind..."

But this one he did for me...she beamed...And he got all those SITs for me, too...Got my Bringers to be a pretty effective
fighting force...

"In exchange for some pretty hefty power, right?..." Holden pointed out...

"Well...That was just a gift...And a way to help him do all that..."

"And in exchange all he had to do was something he enjoyed in any case...? And now you're gonna start the Apocalypse,
destroy the world...For him?"

"Hey!..." Caleb shrieked... "Follow not the way of the heathen!!!...And..."

Shut!...Up!...Willow sent a major shock wave through the binding field...

Hhhhhhhhh...Ahhh...Grrr...OWWWWW!!!!...Caleb yelped as both his eyes bulged to double size in their sockets for several long, extremely painful moments...Then passed out...

"And what?... "Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live...?"...Wimp..." Willow eyed the crumpled minion... "That's one for you,
yellow crayon boy..." she grinned at Xander...Who smiled wanly and nodded back...

Caleb?...the First looked over...

"He's just unconscious..." Holden noted... "Now...I want to ask you a question... "Anne"..." She looked at him...

Sure I know that fellow from somewhere...Giles shook his head.at the crumpled Caleb...Willow?...he waved her over...

"We need to do some quick research..."

"Are you...Happy...?" Holden eyed Morphy fixedly...

"Happy...?" she stared at his form, now stable, now somewhat unfocused, then stable again...

"I'm the First Evil...I'm not supposed to be...Happy..." she replied a bit sarcastically...

But with just that touch of wistfulness...

"Now...Who says that...?" Holden looked sternly at her...

Ummn...Well...

"Did God come out of Heaven and tell you that?...Did your parents tell you that...?"

Don't have...Parents...she replied...

"Never spoke to God...Actually..."

But Caleb says...she began...

"Caleb says..." Holden looked at her...

"Well...What does...Caleb say...?"

"Ummn...That I'm Evil...And Evil should bring about destruction of all life and Light..." she replied...

Even if it means...she paused, biting a lip in very Buffy manner...

"Your own destruction...?" Holden asked quietly...

Ye..ah...she nodded...A little uncertain...But she quickly put on an air of bravado...

"Like I told Willow before...I'm ready to "shuffle off this mortal coil"..." she insisted...But with just
a slight nervousness betraying her...

"I see...And do you really want to "shuffle off"...I mean, knowing that all your opponents here..."
he waved a misty hand at the Slayer army and its allies within their field... "Will simply move on to Heaven...
While you're stuck here or back in Hell...With no one but your followers here to keep you company..."

Ummn...Well...

"Caleb...Says..."

"I don't want to hear what Caleb says...What do you say...?... "Anne"..." he looked at her...

Me?...

Well...

"I...Kinda...Like the world..." she stared at him...

"I mean it's been kinda fun...Watching things going on and all...All these years..."

"So...? Why end it...?" Holden looked at her...Putting up a hand..."Don't tell me what Caleb says..."

"Yeah but...Caleb's the only person who...Cares about me..." she looked down...

Even my Bringers don't really like me...They're possessed humans, not volunteers...

Giles looked at Willow, pointing at some records on her laptop... "You see... I knew I knew this Caleb from somewhere..."

Geesh...? Willow stared...

"Well...Can you do it?..." Giles eyed her...

This...Sure...Willow shook her head...I just need some herbs...

"God...All this over a chemical imbalance...?" she shook her head...

"What?..." William came over, looking at both...

"See..." the First was explaining to Holden... "It's hard for me to get close to people..."

"This guy was a Watcher...? And an Anglican priest?..." William stared at Willow's laptop...

"He isn't even a real Southerner...It's part of his psychosis...Though Dr. Ravenwood did flee to
America ten years ago when he escaped the institution where the Council had sent him after his psychotic episodes
threatened to become dangerous, given his knowledge of magic and the occult..." Giles explained...

"After all, if you were a dignified British Watcher-Bishop...And went insane...What would be more reasonable than
you'd imagine yourself a deranged Southern preacher...? And try to side with the First Evil against your former
colleagues and all Humanity..."

"So...He's just looney...?" Xander looked at the computer as well...

Super-powered by the First, Watcher Council magics-trained looney...Not a good combination, William noted...

"Will, you better go help Holden...Keep Buffy in there fighting while I treat Dr. Ravenwood..." Willow told him...

"Treat...?" Xander eyed her...His magically repaired eye still a bit slower moving than his undamaged one...

"Most mental illnesses have an organic basis, Xander...We just haven't learned enough as yet in neurology to treat them..."
Willow noted...

But...We have Wiccan herbal medicine on our side here as well...And we're preety advanced in this sort of thing...

"Pity the Council never placed enough faith in alternate medicine..." Giles sighed...

"Can't you see... "Anne"...?" Holden continued his session...

"You have a real chance here to determine the course of your existence..."

"But..." she waved a hand and shrugged...

"Nobody would care...I'd still be all alone...Especially if Caleb got mad and left me..."

A scream from Caleb in his binding field...

"Caleb!?..." Morphy called anxiously... "Hey!!...Don't you hurt him!..."

"Willow's just trying to help him, "Anne"..." Holden explained patiently... "He's fine...You can sense that...Right?

Well...she paused...

"They better not hurt him...'Cause I can start the Apocalypse...Any time I like..."

Of course...Holden nodded...

So...he eyed her...Smiling gently...

"The First... "Evil"...Cares about somebody...?" he looked at her...His head a bit misty for a moment...

Well...Yeah...

"I'm not heartless, ya know...Just Evil..." she insisted...

"Rupert...Giles...?" Caleb gasped weakly...Now in a rather clipped British accent...

"Caleb Ravenwood...?" Giles replied...

"What's happened...?" Dr. Ravenwood looked about...

"Oh...My dear God...Rupert...!" Caleb struggled wildly...

"Steady, dear fellow...You've been quite ill..." Giles noted...

"I...Tell me, Rupert...Is it true?...Did I...?" Ravenwood stared at him...

"'Fraid so my friend...But your illness was a mitigating factor..."

"Is he...Ok?" Kennedy eyed Willow...

Think so...Willow smiled...

"You hexed him?..." Kennedy stared...

"Him?...Nah...He's a severe late-onset schizophrenic...Paranoid delusions, all that..."
Willow sighed...

"Plus bipolar disorder as well...Made worse, no doubt by overexposure to dark magic
working for the Council..."

"I just corrected the chemical imbalance in his brain...Score one for alternative medicine..."
she nodded...Grinning...

"Caleb?..." Morphy called over...

Oh...Geesh...she sighed...Glaring up at Holden...

"There goes my one and only..." she frowned...

Well...Time to start world destruction...she grimly started toward Willow's field...

"Now... "Anne"..." Holden shook his head...

"Dr. Ravenwood is back to his sane true self...This "Caleb, the mad preacher" was just a
paranoid fantasy..."

Preety effective fantasy...One of the SITs noted to Kennedy and Faith...

"You can release Dr. Ravenwood, Willow..." Giles turned to her...

"Are you certain, Rupert...?" Caleb eyed him... "I'm not sure that's a wise idea until I've
been checked throughly..."

"Doesn't matter, now..." the First called... "His power came via me and it's cut off now...
Just in case you were thinking of using him against me, Giles..."

"Now...You're all gonna die..." she noted...But without a great deal of enthusiasm...

At Buffy's hands...she pointed out...

Hey!?...Buffy's soul shouted...

"Not at all, pet..." William called, reassuringly...

"Hey!..." Angel frowned... "You keep out of this, Spike...You're not responsible, Buffy...If
you can't help yourself..." he added...

Angel you brooding, posturing...Buffy's soul fumed...Look who's talking...The guy who had to be
cursed back to souldom...Unlike some former soul-less vamps I know...
Thanks, William... she called telepathically...

"She doesn't like you much these days, Angel..." Morphy grinned at him...A tad sympathetically,
under the usual sarcasm...

Still not in a great hurry to destroy us...Willow couldn't help noticing...

Holden catching it as well, expert therapist he'd been...

""Anne"..." he called... "What's the point of sending them all to Heaven?...And you and Buffy know there's a Heaven..."

Because I can...she smirked...

""Anne"..." Holden frowned at her...Floating above her...

"Answer me one last question first...Before you start "world destruction"..."

"Hmmn...?" she eyed him...

"Why did you take physical form in Buffy's body?...With the world to be destroyed and all...?"

Ummn...

"Well...Always wanted to try the physical thing...And this was my first real chance...Cause of our link via our
shared Dark Nature and all..." she noted...

And the imbalance Willow caused by resurrecting her...

"So..." Holden looked at his patient...Both of them...

"You want a physical life...After watching Earth all these billions of years..."

"Well...I thought it might be fun to try it..." Morphy sighed...

You know... "Anne"...Holden eyed her...

"Dawn was once pure mystic energy...Made over as human..."

"Yeah...?" Morphy looked at him...

"And you sure got a lot of...Mystic energy...You're practically all mystic energy yourself, right...?"

Ye..ah...I guess so...she nodded...

"So...? Why not put all that mystic energy to constructive use?..."

"How's it looking...?" Dr. Ravenwood eyed Giles...

Not too bad...Giles noted...I believe our friend is winning the First over...

"Of course the Council is shot to Hell..."

Ravenwood hung his head...

"Don't take it too hard, old boy..." Giles patted him... "Not your fault really, you know..."

"And I will need your help in rebuilding the Council...Now that Ms. Rosenberg has started setting you to
rights...So, please...Pull yourself together..." he nodded at him kindly...

"Of course, Rupert...Very sorry, ladies...And gentlemen..." he eyed the combined forces of Light sadly...

"Regards my illness getting the better of me..."

Hmmn...Cute guy, really...Faith noted to herself...And I'll be needing a new Watcher now that I'm
back on duty...If we make it...

Caleb nodded back to Giles... "And sorry I couldn't retain the First's power and assist you..."

"Put my energy...To constructive use...?" Morphy eyed Holden...

"How...Constructive...?"

Well...Holden eyed her...

"Buffy has an artificial sister..."

"Why not another one?..."

No!!!!...Buffy's soul hollered within...No way is the First gonna be my sister!...

"Well...How's about...A cousin...?" Holden suggested...

Me?...Morphy stared...The First?...Buffy Summers' "cousin"...?

"Cousin... "Anne"..." Holden noted...

"Human cousin Anne...In a physical body..."

"They'd never agree..." she glanced at the gang...

Actually...William eyed her...As an alternative to the Apocalypse...

"See..." Holden smiled at her...

"And besides...With your power...And a little help from Willow...
No one would have to know who you once were..."

Even you...he grinned...

"Just like with Dawny...?" she noted carefully...Clearly considering the idea...

Exactly...A few careful memory spells...

"Nobody would know...?" she paused, thinking...

Nobody...Holden nodded...

"Except me of course...To watch over your transition and all..."

"What about...Family...?"

"What about family...? You and Willow put in a few memories of Dawn and Buffy
loving their lovable "cousin" and best friend..." Holden smiled...Practically another sister...

"Could I have memories of Joyce where she used to be sort of my mother?...When my mother...
"cousin Anne"'s I mean...Got killed or somethin'..."

Always liked Joyce...she noted...And I always did wish I had a mother...

Why not?...Holden spread his arms...

Hey?!...Buffy's soul groused...

"Buffy...She's not asking for all that much...To give up the Apocalypse and world destruction..."

And a boyfriend...Morphy insisted...I want a boyfriend...

Hmmn...Buffy's soul thought...

"Non-negotiable...Hell, I'm considering giving Buffy's body...Not to mention the Apocalypse... Up..."
Morphy pointed out...

"Andrew's unhitched..." Willow called...

"I like Andrew..." Morphy nodded... "But he doesn't like me much..."

And he's gay...

What?...Andrew blinked...Whom are you referring to, you Evil doomsayer, you...?

Geesh...No offense intended...Andrew...Morphy replied...

"But it's kinda obvious...Ya know?..."

Hmmn...Wait a minute...Buffy's soul called...

I got a suggestion...

***

Later...At the Summers...

Angel and William waiting in the living room...The gang...Willow, Xander, Anya, Dawn, Giles...Eyeing them...

No SITs in sight...Except...Willow's new girlfriend...Met at the Bronze while visiting California relatives...Under
the new construction of events...

Kennedy...

"Well, gentlemen..." Giles sighed...

"Dr. Ravenwood and I still can't figure out exactly how we defeated the First...But thanks to you...And Willow...
And apparently, Faith..."

I think it's likely we agreed to it, Giles...Willow noted...We're all showing signs of memory spells...

He nodded...Well...he shook his head...

"At least the Council and the world's supply of Slayers-in-Training seem fine...The First doesn't seem to have had a chance to harm them...

"Or maybe...It allowed them to be unharmed..." William suggested...

"I'm sure it was quite a battle..". Angel noted... And we succeeded...

God...I know how the Angel Investigations logs will record this one, William thought...Rolling his eyes...

Angel the new Christ...With some minor support from nameless others...

"Well...However we won...I'm glad for both of you...Welcome back to Humanity, gentlemen..." Giles smiled at Angel and William...Human Angel and William...

Lil' last present from the First...Though with a small string attached...

But hey...For the Sake of Humanity...Angel had been willing to bear the burden, true Hero that he was...

And it was likely to be a rather nice burden at that...

"Nice to be back, Rupert..." William grinned...

"Eh, Liam...?" he smiled at Angel...

"Or are you gonna use Liam as the last name...?"

"Might be confusing otherwise you know...For our ladies..."

"I was Liam a long time before you were William, Spike..." Angel frowned...

Boys...Willow shook her head...

"Your girls are waiting...You gonna do this or no...?"

Yeah...Will grinned...

Right, Liam...Ole pal?...he smiled...Angel nodded...

Ready?...Willow waved her hands...Music came up...

Dawn?...She looked at her...

Buffy!...Dawn called...

Anne!...

"There are two gentlemen here with something to say..."

Buffy and a dark-haired identical twin appeared on the upper floor...Looking at the group below, then each other...

"Will...?..." Buffy called...

"Angel...?" Anne called...

"Wait, girls..." Angel called back...

William?...You want to start?...he eyed his partner...

No, after you...

"Please, dear fellow..." Angel waved a hand...

"Guys...? Can't keep holding mystical music..." Willow hissed...

"Well, William, you go first, I'm not really good at the high bits. Much better at the low..."

The manly low notes...Angel smiled...

Anne beaming above...The manly low notes she nods...Like a true hero, tempered by suffering...she thinks happily

"We'll see about that..." William frowned...Poof...he thought...Spike snickering within...

You tell him, Will...Buffy thinks...Beaming at her beau...Who won his soul back...For his own true...

Lady Come Down (from The Importance of Being Earnest as sung by Colin Firth and Rupert Everett)

Angel: Hmmn...hmm...hmmn...
William: One, two... and...

The western wind is blowing fair
Across the dark Aegean sea,

Angel:

And at the secret marble stair
My Tyrian galley waits for thee.

The boys together: (Strolling together with a spin at the coffee table...Watch it, fellas!...Xander calls anxiously...Not my latest table...)

Come down! the purple sail is spread,
The watchman sleeps within the town,
O leave thy lily?flowered bed,

(Gentlemen...Angel signals Giles and Xander for back-up, they join in the chorus...)

O Lady mine come down...

Come down!

Lady, come down! (William and Angel tap canes on the floor, spinning) Come down...

Lady, come down!... (Wow...Anne beams at Buffy... "Cuz, lets go...!" Wait, Buffy puts up a hand...They've
been getting this ready for a while...)

O Lady come down.
        
Angel:
She will not come, I know her well,
Of lover's vows she hath no care,
And little good a man can tell
Of one so cruel and so fair.

(Hey...Anne looks at Buffy...Buffy at Anne... "Cruel?...You loved two vamps...And I took Angel on after he'd run out on you...
And come whining back...After all this time..." Anne grouses...)

William:
True love is but a woman's toy,
They never know the lover's pain,

Together:
And I who loved as loves a boy
Must love in vain, must love in vain. (arms thrown out...)

With Giles and Xander:
Come down...lady, come down.
Come down...

Ooo...who...Willow, Dawn, Kennedy in chorus...
Lady, come down....

(Lets go!!...Anne tugs at Buffy...Well...Buffy nods... "Guys, wait..." Dawn waves... "They've been practicing this
all week since we beat the First...However way we managed that..." she pauses in confusion... "Anyway...Wait up a mo..."

"How did we win, anyway, cuz...?" Anne looks at Buffy on the upper floor...Who knows?...Buffy shrugs back...

"Key thing is...We won..Baddie lost...And Giles seems to think it's legit..."

Yeah...Anne nods...

Xander hastily looks over at a floating Holden in a corner of the living room...Whom only he can see...
Who winks back...See? No prob...)

Angel: I think your high notes might have damaged our chances, old boy. You do want them to come down, don't you?

William: But they're never going to come down if you're singing like that, you're completely out of tune.

Angel: How dare you!

William: Sod off...I'll take this bit
.
Angel: You'll leave this to me! You go and have a lie-down, little man.

William: I'll take this bit.

(Buffy glares at Angel...Bloody stupid bullying twit...Anne likewise at William...Wise ass smug mama's
boy poet...)

Angel: Out of my way! I'm coming through!...

Tries to shove past to the stairs, William easily trips him up...

William: Go easy, my dear fellow...Youll sprain something ...Your hair perhaps...

(Hey!...Anne hollers, moving to the stairs...Buffy giggling...

"I'm all right, dear..." Angel calls up...)

"Gentlemen..." Giles frowns...

Sorry...They reply...

Together:
COME DOWWWNNN!!!!

William: Told you, less is more.

Together:

Come down

Willow, Dawn, Kennedy in chorus: Ooo...hoo!

The fellas: Lady come down.

Willow's music fades...

Angel: That wasn't so bad, was it?

(Buffy and Anne look at each other...)

"Great job, guys..." Dawn nods...

William: They're not going to come down... you think we should go up? Maybe we should go up....?

"William, you're always talking nonsense..." Angel frowned... "You're worse than Spike ever was..."

Well it's better than listening to nonsense...Will replied...And you're still bloody stupid...It's
probably that hair of yours that's keeping them upstairs...

Well, don't muck up our ending...Angel insisted...

(Xander has slipped over to Holden's spirit in the corner...His duty having been to stay untouched by the various memory spells
and confirm as the one who sees all... that the deal with the First has gone through...

"Told you, Xander...She was willing to keep her part of the bargain..." Holden noted...

"But...Holden...She's the First...A mass killer...Since the dawn of time...?"

"She didn't do the killing, Xander...And those she's persuaded others to cause to die or suffer only suffered a
few moments compared to her eons of loneliness...Then we were off to eternal Peace, even Heaven...
While she remained stuck...Even Angel and William have only been in agony for seconds compared to her..."

I don't understand it all myself...Holden shrugged...But I think the Powers That Be decided she'd suffered
alone long enough...

Joyce's spirit appeared, smiling...Likewise only visible to Xander...

"It's the right thing, Xander...Don't worry..."

"But..." he stared at them...As Anya went over and nudged Willow...What's wrong with my honey?...Watching Xander looking intently
at an empty room corner...

Willow shrugged...Residual from the spell that beat the First...Whatever it was...Maybe...

Give him a sec...she suggested...

"Joyce...Holden...If she was the First...The source of all Evil...And now she's human...And seems kinda sweet... Xander eyed
Anne above happily tapping to the music...Glare match over and now arm-in-arm with her...Cousin...

"Is Evil gone from the world?..." he asked...

Please...Holden rolled his eyes...

"And how do you know she was the source of all Evil?..." he smiled...Joyce nodding gently...

Humankind's always done a fine job of creating Evil on our lonesome...

"I'm afraid you people still will have a lot of it to deal with yet..." the former therapist grinned...

Maybe a bit less organized now though...

"You can deal with this...Xander?..." Joyce asked...

"Being the one who knows what really happened here...?...Keeping an eye on Anne?...And my girls..."

I...Guess...he nodded...

"We...And some others...Will check in every now and then..." Joyce smiled at him...As Anya came over...

For now... Joyce began to fade... "Rejoice...Xander...Your Anya's with you again..."

My girls have their true loves...As do our other family...

"The happy ending you wanted, kiddo..." she grinned...

He whirled...Anya?!...

"What...?" she stared... "I just got here..."

"You're ok?...The Bringers didn't kill you?..." he stared in some shock...

Last time he'd seen her...Her broken body on Caleb's altar while he watched helplessly...

"No...?" She stared back...Xander?...

"Why did you think they killed me...? I was at the Box with Anne and Dawn helping Giles and Dr. Ravenwood...At
least...Thats what I remember..." she paused...

Yeah...he hastily nodded...Me, too...

Absolutely...Just wanted to be sure...God, An...He grabbed her...

Holden and Joyce faded out...Xander waving over his embraced Anya's shoulder...

Hey...? he thought...

Her girls...And our family...? Have true loves?...)

The boys in chorus...

Angel: Willow?...

Willow brings the music back up...

Angel, one more time: Lad...dy...Come....Dowwwnnn....

William: Dooby, Dooby, dooby, Doo. *sigh*

A knock at the Summers door...

"Hey...Robin..." Dawn called to Principal Wood...Who led Andrew in, followed by...Jonathan...

"Jonathan..." Dawn beamed, coming over to hug him...(Jonathan?...Xander stared)... "Say...You guys
are a little late...The fellas just finished their number..."

We can do it again...Angel insisted...William nodding...Sure...

"Everything was ok at the hospital?..." Dawn eyed Wood...Who nodded...

"Jon here is fine...Just a little shock aftereffect from the bloodloss..." he smiled at Jonathan...

"Thank God for vasoconstrictive reactions and ventricular fibrillation, eh...?" the principal beamed...

Yeah...Dawn sighed...Hugging her Jonathan...Whom she was reasonably sure had played some major role in saving the day...
While in hiding with Mr. Wood after hed rescued him from what would've been his burial hole...

No more knives, Andrew...she frowned at him...And no more playing around with the First...If it ever comes round again...
"Don't worry..." Wood smiled...

"My Andrew will keep to the straight and narrow from now on...Right, Andy...?" he eyed his dear, troubled but
struggling for the Good, Andrew...

"Absolutely...Robin..." Andrew smiled at Wood...

Thank God there are two of us...Buffy noted to Anne...Who nodded happily...

As they went down...

"Hey...Buf..." she hissed...Halting on the stairs, still out of earshot of most...

Lets switch tonight with the guys...Ill wear my blonde wig, you wear your brunette...

Anne?...Buffy stared...

"Kidding..." Anne nudged her cousin...

"Annie...Sometimes I see an evil streak in you, cuz..." Buffy grinned...

But it's an interesting thought...she smiled back...

"Just my practical, hard-headed nature, cousin..." Anne gave her a solemn look and wink...

We need to be sure which one we each really want before we sign them up permanently...she noted...

"No returns on 'em after all..."

But...she grinned...We do seem to be preety well matched already by color coding alone...

"Willow...? One more time?..." Angel eyed her...

I'm ready...William nodded...

Boys...After this, I'm charging by the hour...Willow frowned at them...Waving her arms...
***

Anne smiles at Buffy...

  

"Angel does kinda look like Colin Firth...Only taller huh?..."

God, cuz...You got it bad...Buffy sighs...

I'm just glad William's not more like Mr. Everett...Not that I don't like Mr. Everett as an actor...
she thinks...Just...

And William sings better...she sighs contentedly...Arm in arm with twin "cousin" Anne...

"The Western wind is blowing..." Angel begins again...

***
***
"Say...?" Xander calls out to the fading Holden and Joyce spirits...As the former vamp boys continued
their second rendition...Jonathan and Wood listening attentively, Dawn and Andrew contentedly by their
respective beaus' sides...

"What about...Darla?...Her soul, I mean..."

So long as everybody's getting a happy ending...he noted...And she's Connor's mom...

I'm sure human soul Drusilla's fine in Heaven...But Darla's soul musta liked Angel...

"She's all set..." Holden smiled...Holding his form a mo...

Remember Heinrich Nast, the soul of your first big bad, the Master?...Preety nice fellow, actually...Soulwise...Holden noted...

"He and Darla's soul are doing quite nicely in Heaven..."

"And Olivia's on her way from England to see Giles..." Joyce's spirit smiled at him...

Great, great...Xander beamed...

And Warren Mears is defleshed and rotting in Hell...Eternally alone...Joyce finished...Fading out...

"Xander?..." Anya looked at him...

"Why are you smiling like that...?"

"God, An...I just love happy endings..." he beamed...
***

A doorbell rings...Parker goes to answer it...

A stern-looking Buffy staring at him...Several cops with her...

"Buffy...Summers?..." Parker stares back...

"That's him..." Buffy nods... "That's the guy..."

"Ok, pal...You're coming down to the station..." a cop informs him...

"What?...What did I do?...Buffy?..." Parker stares wildly...

"That's the guy who damaged me three years ago...I have it recorded in my primary
memory bank..." the Buffy-bot frowned...

"He owes my owners Ms. Summers and Mr. William Walthrop $4000 in repair
costs...See this bill...?" she waves a repair bill...

"What the hell are you talking about...?" Parker looks at her...

"And he's gotta be pretty kinky...Dangerous, maybe...Or very stupid...Not to
know he was screwing a bot..." the bot nodded solemnly...

Bot?...I had sex years ago with a...? Parker blinked...

I was being field tested by my owners... the bot looks at him...

Ms. Summers' fiancee, Mr. Walthrop, thought she should have a stand-in to cover for
her at school and so forth when she couldn't be around...Being the Slayer and all...

"My program was so innocent then..." she noted sadly...

"Come on, pal...You're under arrest for damage of private property and
violation of several public decency ordinances..." one cop pulls at Parker...

Screwed a robot?...one cop sneered at him as they led him to the car...The bot
still frowning...What a loser, the cop chuckles to her partner...

"And to think I nearly let you pick me up the other night at the Bronze..." the
cop looks contemptuously at Parker...

From some bushes, Anne nudges Buffy...Well?...Was it a good idea or no?...

"I really luv ya, cuz..." Buffy beams back...

Don't remind William about the bot thing though?...He wasn't responsible back
then, my poor lamby...she asked...

"Would I do that?..." Anne shook her head...

"Long as he stops with the hair cracks about my Liam..." she looked innocently up over at
the wall near them...Grinning back at her cousin...


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