Spoilers: Angel season 3 up to Dad
Rating: PG-13 (strong language)
Author's Notes: Angel/Cordelia romance. First
story ever, so go easy on me. I don't own these characters, they belong to Mutant Enemy. I'm just borrowing.
It's late afternoon and the setting sun burns red onto the courtyard at the Hyperion. Inside it's business as usual,
with Wesley and Fred in the office going through the files and organizing things while Cordelia sits by the front counter
talking with Gunn as he polishes his axe. "It had a hard sort of caramel crystallized shell and was soft and smooth inside
"Are you talking about a new demon?", Wesley interrupts, "Did you have a vision?"
" No, Creme Brulee. Cordelia corrects him with a smile, " I had some at lunch the other day with Valarie,
Gunn's never had it so I was just explaining what's it's like."
Gunn walks over, "Sounds fatting and kinda
girly to me."
"Well, I've always liked It., says Wesley, completely oblivious to the smiles on Gunn and
"It may have been fattening, and Angel made me do an extra fifty sit ups to burn it off,
but it was worth it."
Wesley looks up from the file Fred has handed him, "Yes, how is your training with
Angel going anyhow?"
"Really well, I'm feeling like a lean mean Butt-Kicking Machine! Cordelia emphasizes
the statement showing off her muscles like a body builder.
Fred smiles shyly as she pushes up her glasses, "They
have kerumption." They all turn to look at her with confusion across their faces, she just smiles and returns to reading
her files. Cordelia looks back to Gunn, "One of these days I really need her to tell me what that word means."
"No, you really don't. Angel comes down the stairs, wearing his usual somber dark colors and a serious look
on his face and carrying a mace and a couple daggers from upstairs. The look is ruined, however, by the baby pack strapped
to his back, complete with gurgling baby boy. Cordelia walks quickly over to Angel, goes right past him to Connor, and starts
to take him out of the harness as he giggles and grabs at her nose, "Look at you, your just the cutest little thing,
yes you are, yes you are."
"The baby really ruins your menacing look there bro." Gunn gives a smile
at Angel, who just rolls his eyes.
"I think it's nice that Angel is taking fatherhood so seriously. as Fred
begins to play with Connor too.
Cordelia lays the baby down on the couch and starts to tickle the child's tummy,
"I should bring you to my acting class, the girls would just go crazy for you. She turns towards the rest of the group,
"Speaking of class, Valarie is coming by tomorrow and I would REALLY appreciate it if you could not ruin the only normal
friendship I have left by speaking about demons or world ending prophies, please."
Angel sits on the couch
across from her, and picks up Connor and places him on his lap facing his father, " I think I speak for all of us when
I say we will do our best not to screw up Cordy. Angel raises the child to eye level, " And if we do we can distract
her with a cute baby we just happen to have on hand."
Cordelia scoots over to play with the child by tickling
Connor's feet while Angel makes goofy faces at him, while Gunn, and Wesley look on a bit disturbed. Angel looks up at their
faces, "What? Fred just smiles and wanders back behind the counter. Angel carries Connor back behind the counter, "Where
did we put the diapers? Fred takes the child, "Here let me do that. and carries Connor over to the small makeshift-changing
table in the corner. "Thanks Fred."
Cordelia walks up to the counter, "Now just remember, while Valarie
is here no demons, no evil, no...no..VISION." She screams and grabs at her head as she begins to crumple to the floor.
With inhuman speed Angel leaps the counter and lands behind her in time to break her fall. He holds Cordelia as she convulses
in pain, making sure she doesn't injure herself any further. Wesley and Gunn rush to her side, and Fred trys to comfort Connor
who, knowing something is wrong has begun crying rather loudly.
"Cordelia, are you okay?" concern is etched
across Angel's face as he looks down at his friend, "Did you hit anything when you fell, are you hurt? Cordy say something".
"I would if you'd be quiet for a second." She begins to sit up, one hand on her head in obvious pain, "
I'm fine, nothing broken this time. Thanks to you. she smiles weakly at Angel as he carefully helps her to her feet.
Wesley holds her arm for support as she makes her way to a chair, " What did you see? he asks, waiting patiently
for her to collect herself and respond.
"Demon, on the ceiling." struggling to remember any important
details, "It looks like an old office building, abandoned. There are kids there, I think they're runaways." Gunn
moves towards the weapons cabinet, "On the corner of 54th and Eastling. Oh god, he's taking their eyes out"
" I know where that is. The building is condemned, perfect hideaway for runaways or demons. Wesley takes a heavy
sword from Gunn. "Then lets go kick some Spiderman Demon butt."
Angel looks Cordelia in the face, "I'm
fine just go kill it."
Angel turns to the office, "Fred? Fred comes out of the office with a calmer yet
obviously upset Connor. "Yeah, I'll stay and take care of them, you go." Angel plants a quick kiss on his son's
head as he and rushes out the door.
Fred carries Connor over to a crumpled but slowly recovering Cordelia, he reaches
out for her tears in his eyes looking to be reassured that everything is okay. Cordelia takes the child in her arms and holds
him tightly against her chest as Fred looks on, "He really cares about you."
Cordelia looks up at her,
" Yeah, I never did understand kids."
" I meant Angel. Fred lets out a small grin when Cordelia looks
at her with surprised confusion.
" I never thought that it would be that hard to kill." Gunn comments as he finishes adjusting the bandage
on his arm, " It probably wouldn't have been so bad if he stayed down on the floor, instead of crawling all over the
walls like that. Overhead lighting kept getting in the way, I nearly electrocuted myself twice.
" Well your
just lucky you killed it and it didnt kill you, or suck out your eyes or whatever it does." Fred enters from the office
carrying more first aid supplies, and heads over to Wesley on the couch. kneels on the couch next to him and looks at the
large gash just above his left eye. " It looks a lot worse then it is, I don't think you'll need any stitches. she reassures
him with a comforting smile, making him forget his pain momentarily and return a weak smile of his own, only to wince again
when she begins cleaning the wound.
"We're just lucky we got there when we did, a minute later and some of
those kids wouldn't have made it out of there. Angel is sitting on the counter as Cordelia tends to a slash just along his
She looks up at him, "After that experience, some of those kids should be running back home, which
is a good, I guess. She winces and quickly looks back down as if looking towards the lights hurts her eyes.
head still hurt?" he asks her.
"It's nothing another dozen Advil can't handle,. I've got some more at
home." as she putts the last bit of tape of his gause bandage.
Jumping down from the counter, "Then we
should get you home, come on I'll drive you." Angel leads her out to the car, looking around the room, "I'll be
pulling the covers back on her bed, and fluffing up some pillows before she climbs in to relax. She has changed into some
comfortable pajamas and is looking very tired. Angel wanders in with a glass of water and an aspirin bottle. "Here are
your Advil, and some water, just in case your headache comes back, I put the phone next to the bed, but I turned off the ringer.
So you won't get disturbed. Can I get you anything, anything at all?"
"No I'm fine, I'm more then fine,
"Are you sure? I could go get some ice cream, or tea, I could make you some tea with honey.
Or what about chocolate I could..."
"Angel stop, I'm fine, really. You've done enough. I'm just going
to try to sleep, I'll be better in the morning. Just you watch, I'll whoop your butt in training, I promise." her face
brightens with a wide grin that could light up a room. Even Angel can't help but return a smile and relax a bit.
but I'm going to hold you to that. You owe me a good ass kicking in the morning." his smiles fades, " If you need
"You'll be the first person I call, I promise. Now go on, I'll be fine." and she sinks
down into her pillows with a small sigh, "I'll be fine." It's not until she hears the door close behind him that
the tears come, with gentle sobs she crys herself to sleep.
He can hear her from the hallway outside her front door.
Even without his vampiric hearing he would know that she was crying, could hear her small sobs of pain and grief. She sees
in her mind the most viscous of evils on a regular basis, and it hurts more then just physically. He knows it, no matter how
strong she pretends to be, and it breaks his heart.
"Jeez girl, you look like crap today, didn't you sleep, or did someone keep you up all night? Hmm...",
Valarie asks as she leans against the counter at the Hyperion. Tall and thin the dark skinned girl looks as though she could
have been a model, if she had only been a few inches taller. "Was it one of these handsome guys you work with, or someone
"No, I didn't sleep well last night, but I hate to disappoint you, but I was alone. No guy to speak
of, sorry. Cordelia tosses her lipstick into her bag; "You ready to go?"
"Yeah, right behind you."
"Where are you guys going today? Fred asks curiously. "We're going to go have a mini picnic in the park."
Cordelia answers with a smile as she rounds the counter.
Valarie adds, "Hey, do you wanna join us, it's gonna
"Well, I don't know. Fred stares at her feet nervously, obviously wanting to go but not wanting
"Yeah, Fred", Cordelia smiles and runs back to grab Fred by the arm, "You should definitely
"Are you sure I wouldn't be imposing", Fred asks sheepishly. Valarie takes Freds other arm
as they head for the door, "Absolutely not, just us girls, it will be great."
Angel comes down the stairs,
Connor in his arms, "You guys going out?"
"Oh shoot, that's right," Fred slaps a hand to her
forehead, " I said I'd watch Connor for you today, sorry Angel, I nearly forgot." She takes the child from him and
heads back to the office a little disappointed, "Maybe we can do the girly lunch another time."
Cordelia's eye's light up, "We could take Connor with us! That way Fred can still come, it'll be great."
walks toward Fred and Connor, "I don't know, I only allow myself to be seen with the cutest of men." She takes one
look at Connor and scoops him up out of Freds hands, "He passes."
Cordelia hurries towards the office,
"Let me just grab his diaper bag."
"Don't forget an extra bottle, in case he gets hungry again,"
Angel follows after her getting some things from behind the counter, "and his bear. Oh and take the camcorder."
He starts putting things into the diaper bag. "You might want to take a blanket for him, and a sweater in case it gets
cool out." "Right. Cordelia quickly finds a blanket from the closet while Angel grabs a little blue sweater and
puts it in the bag. "Do I have everything?"
"Check out Mom and Dad." Valarie raises an eyebrow
towards Angel and Cordelia, turning to Fred, "Are they always like that?"
"Yep, they go together
like a wink and a smile." Fred replies with a satisfied grin.
"Good song." Valarie nods, "He
is cute though, she could do a lot worse."
Angel helps Cordelia with the diaper bag and they both look up in
time to catch the two girls gazing at them.
"Nothing. Fred says innocently, while Valarie
just lets out a small chuckle, "Ready to go?"
"So did you have fun?" Angel is leaning on the counter as Fred is changing Connor. The sun has set and
the hush of evening has fallen over everything. "Yeah, it was nice."
"So a lot of girl talk huh?"
"Yeah, mostly about men. I'd almost forgotten what a conversation that didn't revolve around demons was like."
"You talked about guys? Angel seems to fidget nervously, Fred see this in the corner of her eye and smiles.
"Your name even came up at one point."
Angel can't help but smile, "Really."
"Yeah Valarie said she thought you were cute, and was asking if you were seeing anyone."
almost basking now, " She said I was cute? he's practically glowing at this point.
"Yeah," Fred lets
out a small giggle, "but then Cordy got all possessive, and was telling her not to even think about it."
well." trying to figure out just how to react, seeming somewhat conflicted, "She's just worried because of the whole
curse thing. Looking out for a friend." Angel walks over to the couch and slumps down in the seat, looking at the floor.
"Uh, yeah. Fred places Connor in his play pen and walks over to Angel, "Why don't you just tell her how
Looking up, fear in his eyes, " What do you mean, how I feel about her? We're friends thats
Fred flops down next to him, "Oh please, it's so obvious. You're in love with her."
defensive, "What! I'm not. It's not obvious, there's nothing to be obvious about. Wesley comes walking out of the office,
"Wesley, am I obvious?"
Wesley looks up from his book, "You mean about your blossoming feeling towards
Cordelia? I would have to say, yes."
Angel stands, "How did you even know what we were talking about?"
Fred walks up to Angel and places a hand on his shoulder, "You should tell her."
He looks over
at Fred, slightly defeated, "I should tell her. suddenly gaining confidence, "I should tell her right now."
Goes for his coat, "I'll just go over to her apartment and tell her."
Fred follows smiling with satisfaction,
"That's a great plan, but she's not there."
Angel turns, concern on his face that his plan is falling
apart, losing his confidence a little, "What do you mean she's not there? How can I tell her if she's not there."
"She went out with Valarie to some club, let me think, where did she say they were going? Oh come on Fred think.
They were going to a gig, some band, OH! They went to see Darling Violetta at The Gig. They invited me to go to but they aren't
really my cup of tea, and besides someone had to bring Connor back to the hotel." by the time she looks up, Angel is
already out the door. She looks over at Wesley; the two share a smile of a job well done. Wesley closes his book, "Well,
it's about damn time."
band is playing, the strobe lights are going and the large dance floor in the center of the room is jam packed with people
pressed tightly together, moving to the beat. The music is so loud nothing softer then a scream could be heard over it. Cordelia
and Valarie are on the dance floor, having a great time, when Valarie signals that she is going to the bar asking if Cordelia
wants something. Cordelia shacks her head and goes back to dancing.
Angel comes through the door, and deflates at
the sheer numbers. How in the world is he going to find Cordy in this mass? He's just about to give up when he spots Valarie,
and heads over to her. He taps her on the shoulder, and she turns to him. Seeing who it is she lets out a flirtatious grim.
Angel takes a quick look around and then yells, "Where's Cordy?" Valarie lets the grin drop and points towards the
dance floor. Angel peers through the crowd and finally spots his seer, "Thanks."
With some pushing and
squeezing he finally manages to get next to her, and takes her by the arm. Cordelia turns to look and is obviously surprised
to find Angel standing there. "I need to talk to you."
Signaling she can't hear him, "What?"
"I said I need to talk to you! yelling a little louder, but not loud enough, he's starting to get frustrated
at the mass and noise.
"I can't hear... before she can finish Angel loses all patience and grabs her to him
and kisses her hard, possessively. Shocked at first, she slowly gives in to her own hidden passion and returns the kiss, wrapping
her arms around Angels neck, pulling herself up into the kiss. They stand there; completely ignoring the crowd of dancing
people surrounding them, lost in each other.
Sunday, December 16, 2001