Nikki Harrington


Set at the end of Becoming 2.

Finally Buffy knows she could kill Angel.

An established relationship story.

Written: April 2009. Word count: 300.



Her calling meant she should have killed him.


Instead she'd fallen in love with him.


And it had been that love, which despite everything he'd done since reverting back to Angelus, which had prevented her from killing him.


But now she knows she can do it.


Now she knows she has to do it.


Because it isn't just her friends, her mom, her Watcher she has to save; it's the entire world.


She raises her sword.


And then it happens.


Before her eyes Angelus becomes Angel again.


It's going to be all right.


Everything is going to be all right.


She doesn't have to kill Angelus.


She doesn't have to kill Angel.


She closes her eyes.


There's a low rumble.


She opens her eyes again and sees Acathla's face contort. His mouth opens and she sees the swirling vortex of hell.


It's too late.


Willow was too late.


She was too late.


Now she has to kill Angel.


"I love you." She whispers the words.


"I love you." He also whispers.


"Close your eyes." She won't cry; she won't let him see her crying.


She can do this. She's the Slayer. Her job is to kill vampires. Her job is to stand against the vampires, the demons and the forces of darkness. She can do this. She'll do it and that's it. No more. Never again.


She kisses him once more before plunging the sword into his chest. She feels as if she's plunged it into her own chest.


His eyes open. He reaches for her.


"Buffy . . ."


She steps back, staring at the sword. She can't look into his face. She can't look into the face of the man she loves. The man she has killed to save the world. The world may be safe, but she has lost everything.



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