He Listened to My Prayer
Disclaimer: You think I own them? You
nutter! If I owneed them Angel would have become human
agggggggeeeeeeeeeeessssssssss ago and everyone would be happy.
Post IWRY (The event in BtVS & AtS that occur after that
haven't happend, only thing that did happen was Angel finding out
about his promised redemption in 'To Shanshu In L.A', except his
apartment didn't blow up.). One year on, Buffy arrives on Angel's
doorstep with a surprise for him.
Angel stormed around his
apartment, angry, frustrated and tearing apart inside. It had
been a year since the forgotten day a year since he
had been with Buffy in every sense he could have been with her.
Angel missed Buffy so much, his whole being longed to be with
her. He hadnt seen her since she left that day on November
24th 1999, now here he was, one year on he could still remember
every detail about that day, remember the shampoo that hed
smelled in her hair, the feel of her lips, the feel of her body.
He hadnt had any contact with Sunnydale since then, they
didnt need him... She didnt need him.
Angel was dragged from his thoughts by the sharp shrill of
the doorbell. He was tempted to ignore it, to be left alone with
his thoughts of Buffy and the four cruellest words in the English
language what might have been. But instead he slowly
walked to answer the door, better to have company than wallow in
his ever growing self-pity. Angel opened the door and stood
dumfound, staring at the face of the woman he hadnt seen in
a year. She was still as beautiful as he remembered, perhaps even
more so; she wasnt as thin, her clothes concealed sensuous
curves, shed grown her hair and hadnt dyed it,
leaving the natural light brown, most of all it was her face, no
more worry lines, no more bags under her eyes... She looked
happy... Happy without him?
Buffy... I-I... What are you doing here? Angel
stuttered after he recovered from his initial shock. Buffy said
nothing. Instead she bend down and retrieved a small carry cot
from the floor and dumped it unceremoniously in his arms. Angel
looked into the carry cot and saw the tiny child nestling among
blue blankets. The baby smiled as it opened its eyes and all
Angel saw was Buffy. It was her child
How could you do it?
The furious slayer demanded, stepping into the basement apartment
Buffy... I dont understand, what did I do? He
asked, gently laying the carry cot on the couch. Buffy scowled
Well to be honest I dont either. Heres the
sitch She said sitting down next to her baby on the couch,
rocking the cot gently Eight months ago, I go to the doctor
cause Ive missed my period a couple of times and Im
pretty freaked my this coz theres no way I can be pregnant,
then she tells me I am and I get really scared and run to Giles
for help who also gets very freaked and there is just a whole big
freak-fest. In the end Giles decides its an immaculate
conception... something to do with me being a Slayer. And so I
have my baby... Buffys scowl softened as she began to
talk about her son My son. And hes so perfect. And
then a week ago he smiled for the first time... yknow, not
from wind, and I recognised that smile Your smile. Your his
father. She whispered quietly.
Angel frowned Buffy I dont see how...
Hes yours. I dont know how. But he is.
Angel looked at the little boy... no, his little boy lying by his
mother on the couch Can I..? He asked, reaching his
hand toward his son.
Buffy nodded silently.
Angel reached into the carry cot, delving his hands into the warm
nest of blankets and picked up his son. And the moment he was in
his arms, Angel knew. Knew that this child was his son.
Tears glistened in Buffys eyes, running salty rivers down
her face. His name is Jaden she murmured. Jaden
Liam Summers. Hes three months old Buffy laughed
lightly The immaculate conception happened a year ago.
Angel couldnt hold back the tears. Holding Jaden in his
arms gave him happiness he didnt think he was capable of.
Im sorry he whispered Sorry I didnt
tell you... wasnt there for you... Angel wept into
his sons tiny shoulders. Jaden appeared disturbed by Angels
distress and curled his tiny hands around the silk collar of
Buffy let father and son hold each other for a few moments before
she stood up and gently removed her sleeping baby from Angels
grasp and laid him back into the carry cot. Angel didnt
move, tears still streaming down his face Im sorry
he whispered again.
What? What is it? Even after over a year of absence,
the sight of him upset cut Buffy up inside, and feeling that she
couldnt even begin to explain.
Angel opened his eyes and looked at Buffy. Her eyes still held
the same look of love that they always had, but there was
something else now, something new. I know why. he
choked out. I know what happened... How Jaden...
Tell me. She urged gently, sitting him down next to
her on the couch But Im telling you She said,
trying to ease his discomfort If it involves cookie dough
fudge mint chip ice cream and your chest then...
Angel stared at Buffy in blind disbelief How did you...
You didnt kill the Amorah demon the first time?
She half asked, half told.
Angel nodded Oh God! Oh God... You remember? Buffy I...
Please forgive me. he pleaded
She gently stoked his brow You did what you thought was
best... Ok so you didnt ask me what was best for me
...AGAIN... but things have turned out ok... We have our son...
Each other... Buffy picked up their sleeping son and handed
him once again to Angel We both forgive you. She
smiled sweetly at him and kissed him gently on the lips. Say
hello to your daddy Jaden. she whispered to her
Angel looked at Jaden lying in his arms and then into Buffys
eyes, he saw love as always but he also saw trust, respect and
acceptance. He felt his heart constrict and he let out a sharp
gasp as Jaden tumbled from his arms into Buffys lap. Angel?
What is it? Whats wrong? She demanded, beginning to
panic. Angel took another breath, this one less imperative.
Buffy! he gasped Im human... It was you... Youre
Buffy paused for a second, her eyes widening in joyous surprise
before she let her lips meet his in a gentle yet passionate kiss.
Her body revelled in the feel of his body, constantly getting
warmer next to her. Before the kiss could get any more intense,
Buffy placed their, once again sleeping child in his carry cot.
Buffy returned to his kiss, her arms winding round his neck, his
hands roaming her body with intense ferocity. Buffy puled away
and looked him in the eye Are you sure you want this? Us?
I dont want it. Buffys face fell, looking
totally defeated for an instant before pure bliss over took her
expression I need this. Angels warm lips
reached out to Buffys quivering ones, kissing her the long
awaited kiss shes been anticipating. Angel... I
missed you so much, I couldnt cope. I-I-I love you, I never
stopped. Angel looked into her eyes, the eyes hed
loved before shed even known him I love you too.
Angel stood up, sweeping Buffy into the bedroom, making a final
check that his sleeping son was ok.
Angel watched Buffy sleep, a
contented smile dancing across her face, Angel blew gently on her
face with his newly acquired breath and her eyes fluttered open
Hi. She whispered... almost shyly. Hi back.
he whispered into her hair Are you... How are you? he
asked, slightly nervous. Good she smiled Better
than good. Fantastic. I have you She leaned over and kissed
him softly And I have my baby. And I have my health
She laughed. But you know what Id really like?
She asked rhetorically before continuing Another baby.
Angel raised his eyebrows questioningly Not right now...
Maybe in a couple of years, but I thought we should get some
practise in... yknow, coz practice is good. Buffy
smiled seductively and wriggled her naked body against his.
Practice is good. he repeated, as he rolled himself
onto her and began kissing every inch of flesh he could come into
contact with. Practice is very good.
Buffy? Angel whispered
exhaustedly Why did you call him Jaden Liam?
Giles told me your name... before you were changed was
Liam. I guess deep down I always knew he was yours... I mean his
name, Jaden means God has heard, do you now how often I prayed
that you and I could have children, be a family, have to have
the talk with our kids once they grew up. God sent
him to us Angel, hes our gift. Hes ours."
Epilogue I: Three months later.
Angel sat on the couch in his and Buffys new apartment in
Sunnydale, bouncing his son on his knee. Jaden was still small
for his age, tiny in fact but that just made him even more
loveable. He was a beautiful kid, Angels chocolate eyes,
Buffys honey hair, her nose, but he had both their
strength, at 6 months old he could probably beat Xander in an arm
wrestle hands down, no contest.
Buffy entered the room smiling. Father and son. An image that
would never fail to make her smile, everything was going to be
ok, it really was. Angel saw his soul mate enter the room and
smiled. He put Jaden down on the floor and walked over to her,
smiling he went down on one knee. Buffy. I love you.
He produced a small blue velvet box from his pocket and opened it
to reveal a diamond ring. A diamond, that was him- an uncut
diamond, rough on the outside but the most treasured jewel
inside. Buffy Anne Summers, will you marry me?
Buffy stared at him in shock, of course shed been expecting
this... one day. But now? Yes. she barely whispered.
Epilogue II: One month later
You may now kiss the bride. Pronounced the priest at
the Sunnydale Church. Angel looked at Buffy, removing the white
lace veil revealing her smiling face. I love you Buffy OMalley.
He whispered as his lips met hers.