Chapter 16
Angels & Demons

The entire group turned as one to stare at the man in the doorway who had spoken.

He had a mane of white hair flowing like water down his back, his suit looked like it cost more than what most people made in a lifetime, and he had a pure white moustache.

What made him odd was the huge sword strapped to his back, it was at least four feet long and encrusted with jewels and precious stones.

“What did you say?” Spike asked menacingly.

“I said she has a choice now.” the man repeated.

“A choice? What choice she’s dieing!” Dawn cried, she had gotten out of her bed and was slowly walking towards the man.

“She was a slayer, we need that power and that talent, I am here to giver her the choice to help us, to continue her fight against the darkness and the evil.” the man said as he walked into the room.

“Who are you?” Spike asked, “You certainly don’t smell human, or vampire or even demon if it comes to that.”

“You wouldn’t understand what I really am but the closest human language comes to it is an angel.” the man said.

“An angel? You?” Spike asked amusedly.

“Yes, I am an angel.” the man said, “I am known as The Dawning Star, but when I’m here I go by Joseph.”

“And you’re here to what? Make Buffy an angel?” Cole-pierce asked.

“Sort of.” Joseph said, “We need more warriors on our side, we approached Faith when she died, but she turned us down, however Willow and Tara joined us, Buffy could be with them again.”

“Willow?” Buffy croaked as she came round, she now looked about 95 years old.

“Yes, you could be with them both again.” Joseph said as he leant over her.

“What…Catch?” Buffy forced out.

“No catch, you get to continue your fight against the forces of darkness and evil.” Joseph said with a smile.

“I…come back…here again?” Buffy asked her voice getting weaker.

“If you need to, time is no barrier, you will live forever and your powers will only increase, your slayer strength will be returned..” Joseph said still smiling, “These are all the standard questions that get asked.”

“D-deal.” Buffy said a second before she stopped breathing, the heart monitor wailed as her heart stopped.

“Buffy!” cried Dawn, she rushed to her sister’s side just as a burst of bright pure white light came out of Buffy’s body.

“Angels cry as Demons laugh, Demons wail as Angels soar!” Joseph cried at the top of his voice.

The light that was coming from Buffy began to flow towards him moving and reshaping eventually taking a humanoid shape beside Joseph. The shape kept resolving and refining itself until with a small flash the shape became Buffy, age 21.

There were several differences between this Buffy and the dead one, for one this new Buffy’s hair wasn’t blonde it was gold, pure shiny, glittering gold, and her clothes were so white it hurt to look at them, and there was a sword identical to Joseph’s strapped to her back.

“Buffy?” Spike asked in amazement.

“Yes.” Buffy’s voice was slightly different too, it was more resonant and it flowed over the skin of the rest of the people in the room, giving them all goose bumps, even Spike.

“Buffy!” cried Dawn as she ran to her.

“Dawny.” Buffy said with a huge smile as she hugged her little sister.

“You look…radiant.” Spike said walking over to her.

“Thank you, Spike, and thank you for looking after Dawn all these years.” Buffy said looking at him with eyes that made Spike feel all tingly inside.

“I never brake a promise to a lady.” Spike said looking a little embarrassed.

“Did you hear?” the voice belonged to an ugly looking demon with huge horns growing out of it’s temples. His skin was bright green and it had a splattering of purple spots on the face.

“They recruited a slayer.” this voice came from a demon with red skin and pure blue eyes.

“Not just any slayer, they got Buffy.” a demon about ten feet tall with orange and green spotted skin and ridges running down it’s face.

“She has killed more of us than any other slayer in history.” the first demon said.

“She was a menace to our kind as a human, can you imagine what she could do with angel strength?” the third demon asked.

“I don’t need to imagine, I can see it.” this was a black skinned demon with blue horns growing from the front and back of it’s head, “I’m a prognosticating demon and I can see she’s going to destroy this council.”

“This council is Legion we cannot be destroyed.” the second demon said.

“Wrong! The ancient prophecies tell that a woman will come and she will topple the balance that this war has come to.” the first demon said.

“Toppling the balance is not the same as destroying this council.” the prognosticating demon said.

“This council will not be destroyed!” a booming voice from the other side of the room.

“Morning Star, we did not realise you were there.” the first demon said as he bowed.

“The new player is of no consequence, she will be crushed like the rest of the angel legions.” Morning Star said.

“With all due respect, Lucifer, you cannot know that for certain, she is an unknown quantity, just like Angelus.” the prognosticating demon said.

“DO NOT MENTION THAT NAME!” Lucifer’s voice was loud enough to make the walls quiver and dust to fall from the ceiling.

“My apologies, my liege.” the prognosticating demon said in submission.

“I will forgive you this time my servant.” Lucifer said.

“Morning Star, we must settle on a course of action.” the tird demon said turning to Lucifer.

“Yes, we must.” he said.

“Dawn, do you remember what I told you before I leapt into Glory’s dimensional portal?” Buffy was sitting with Dawn and Spike in the back room of the Millennium Bookstore.

“Yes.” Dawn was still in awe of her sister and her new look.

“What was it?” Buffy said leaning forward.

“The hardest thing in this world … is to live in it. Be brave. Live. For me.” Dawn echoed Buffy’s words back at her.

“And you have, you lived longer than you should have, and you helped Spike and he helped you.” Buffy said with a small sad smile on her face.

“You’re leaving, aren’t you.” Dawn had tears flowing down her face.

“Yes, I have to, I no longer belong here.” Buffy said looking lovingly into Dawns sad spectrum blue eyes.

“I-I don’t think I can go on.” Dawn said with a sob.

“You can, just remember you need to live and be brave.” Buffy said standing, she was starting to glow with a golden radiance, “Dawn, the hardest thing in this world … is to live in it. Be brave. Live. For me.” she said with a sad smile as she faded from existence.

“Buffy! No!” Dawn cried.

Spike felt his heart breaking at the sight of the love of his life crying and in so much pain.

“Will she be alright?” Buffy asked Joseph. They were standing in almost exactly the same place Buffy had a few second earlier.

“Yes she will be fine, we are keeping an eye on her.” Joseph answered.

“And her destiny?” Buffy asked turning to look at Spike hugging Dawn and trying to comfort her.

“It will be seen to, we need to get going, the Legion Council knows we have recruited you.” Joseph turning and leading the way through a astral door.

“Can I really come back?” Buffy asked as she followed him.