POV: Shifts Perspective
Spoiler Alert: There are tidbits from past episodes and the Spanderverse series.
Notes: Story number seventeen in the Spanderverse-universe, following “Pathways”. Everything from the television series through the defeat of Adam also occurred as depicted, in the Spanderverse.
People’s thoughts are depicted in italics. You’ll find emphasis depicted with an underline.
Also, another thank you to Twiztv(dot)com script assistance and Wikipedia for character details.
Note: The ‘Angel’ timeline might be a little fuzzy. I don’t want to drag too much of that series continuity in for this story. I will say this takes place before the events of ‘
Ch 9 – Relief
As the gang came into the door, they were greeted by Giles who had already laid out bandages, a sewing kit and peroxide. ‘Just thought it prudent to be ready,’ he told them.
Angel immediately checked on Cordelia in the kitchen who sat at the table with Xander. His face was etched in concern and she was pale, her eyes carrying dark circles.
“A vision,” Angel asked gently.
“Yeah, another whopper from the Powers That Abuse Me. We need to get back to
He sighed. He’d really wanted to stay and help Buffy against this Glory bitch in case she wasn’t gone.
“Any details,” he wanted to know.
“Dru, evil lawyers, everything else is a huge blur, but I may remember more once I’ve had some sleep and the headache goes away.”
“Spike told me that Dru was here recently.”
“Yeah,” Xander interrupted, “she left half a dozen bodies behind. Feel free to tell her she’s not welcomed back.”
“Could you two leave me for a second and send Dawn in? I want to talk to her for a minute before we go.”
“So runt, you really caused a scene, huh?”
“Think Buffy will remember to ground me,” Dawn winced.
“Well, I should remind her, but since I’m generally anti-Buffy, I’ll keep it to myself,” Cordelia grinned, ignoring her own raging headache to focus on Dawn. If that wasn’t personal growth, what was?
“I’m sorry about… everything,” Dawn sighed. “It was just all too much. I wish mom was here.”
“I know. Xander and Buffy have gotten me caught up to speed and I know that this is going to take time to deal with. Not just your mom being gone, but finding out that you’re not exactly normal.”
“Oh, thanks for reminding me of that,” Dawn sarcastically said.
“Dawn, do you really think any of us are normal?”
Cordelia scoffed, “The guy that dates demons? Not to mention the whole ‘I’m casting a love spell that makes every female in town want to chop my head off’. Xander? Please… he wasn’t normal even before he met your sister.”
“But it doesn’t matter, Dawn,” Cordy continued. “Don’t you see? No one can live the lives we live and be ‘normal’. You are an exceptional young woman, just like me by the way. It doesn’t matter where we came from or who we thought we were or even how it is that we all came together. We’re all family now. That’s the only important thing, Dawn. It’s the only thing that makes any difference; the rest of it is just minor details. If you ever question that again, just think about how a Vampire Slayer has managed to be friends of sorts with not just one, but two vampires and the fact that a pretty shallow high school popular girl is now working with one of those vampires everyday helping people. If you’re not grateful to find yourself with this big, slightly crazy and dysfunctional family, well then, I guess you’re just blind. Now, I gotta run. But next time we have the chance, I expect you to come to
Cordelia and Dawn left the kitchen and Buffy was surprised, pleasantly, when Dawn gave her an unsolicited hug. After telling Buffy how grateful she was to have her as a sister, she waved goodbye to Cordy and went upstairs to get ready for bed.
Everyone wished each other good-bye and Buffy followed Cordy out to the waiting car where Angel sat.
“I’m kind of sorry you have to leave so soon,” Buffy said.
“Careful that Buffy, I might think you’ve been possessed. Seriously though, we do want to help. I’ll have Wesley start looking over his demon papers for any clues that can help you. If we come up with anything, I’ll email them to
“Thanks. And thanks, too, for whatever you said to Dawnie. I think it might have really helped her.”
“I just reminded her that families come in all shapes and sizes. Ours may be a little weirder than most, but I like it. She should, too. Remember that we’re always only a phone call away… I mean that Buffy. You don’t have to care for Sunnydale all on your own. And I hope that if we really need it, we can depend on the Sunnydale crew?”
“Hey,” Buffy said, “that’s what family is for, isn’t it?”
As Cordy got into the passenger side of the car and made a crack about Angel’s driving, Buffy went around to the driver’s side. There she leaned in and kissed Angel a long while.
“Take care of yourself,” she said.
“And you take care, too. If Glory shows again, give a holler.”
End Chapter 9
BTVS seasons 1-4.
Spanderverse: After 314
BTVS: Real Me
Spanderverse: Confusion of Three
The Risks of Glory
Hunting Our Needs
The Family We Choose
Feints and Counter-Feints
BTVS: The Body