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So, I was going to do a new story for that wonderful episode, 'Angel', for Phantasmagoria, but time has been against me... Maybe I'll get it done later.

Instead, here's an old one that I've dredged up, from 2005, written for the Blood Roses Forum. It's about the curse, which we first hear about in this episode, and whether we really understand it.



PARTY

Author: Jo
Rating: For anyone
Distribution: The Angel Texts: http://www.octavesoftheheart.com/angeltexts/
Blood Roses Forum: http://www.darkstarfic.com/ Otherwise, just let me know where.
Summary: Do we really understand what the gypsies did to Angelus?

A rosebud fic, written for the Blood Roses Forum’s second birthday. It’s 530 words, instead of the requisite 500, so it’s got an extra petal. I hope it’s none the worse for that.


PARTY

It is a party of sorts. At least, all the young girls have put on their finest clothes, and are dancing to the sound of the violins and tambourines in celebration of the visit. Soon, food will be handed round, and the slivovitz is already flowing freely. For now, though, the Elder Woman sits in her caravan, with the leader of the Svear priestesses.

“It is agreed, then?”

The Elder Woman sighs in sorrow, but nods her head. “My vision was clear. The Old One tires of her world of insects. She will look for a way through. The one who opens the gate is the only one who can close it again.”

“You will sacrifice your granddaughter to Angelus?”

“I should ask someone else to sacrifice theirs? We must have reason for what we do, and her death will provide it. There must be Angelus to bring back the sun, and there must be the other, our creation, to ensure the defeat of The Old One. Ensouled Angelus.”

“The punishment will be unjust to the soul – it did nothing to deserve this.”

“Yes, but that is a sacrifice that must be made. It is no more unjust than the death of my granddaughter.”

“And with the soul, he will become what he needs to become?”

“That is what my vision showed me.”

“How will you make sure that Angelus can be returned when he is needed?”

“We will put a clause in the curse, a condition on which the soul might be released, and Angelus freed. I saw what should be done.”

“You will have him always watched?”

“Yes, in case the condition is not fulfilled. If he does not lose the soul when the time is right, then it will all be for nothing, and the Old One will win. I should not like to see humanity gone because of a few scruples.”

“Why him?”

“That I do not know. Perhaps he will have more need of atonement than most.”

It is the turn of the Svear priestess to nod her agreement, her face as stern and harsh as the gypsy’s. Condemning children and souls is not a matter undertaken lightly.

The Elder Woman takes her hand.

“I am sorry that this will mean the end of your Order.”

“I shall try to leave something behind, so that the Order can live again. I have, what, a hundred years?”

“Something like that. It’s a long time for him, but if we do not do it now, he will not be ready.”

“When is it to be?”

“The female will look for a present for him tomorrow, and she will find Zelda.”

The two women hug, silent tears falling down their ancient faces. Their decision means death and pain, but the alternative is much worse. Arm in arm, they walk out to the party.

In the town of Borsa, a few miles away, Angelus walks Darla back from another party. Because of them, fewer guests will leave than arrived.

“I’m tired of fops and dandies and strait-laced women. I need something –earthier. Shall we move on, Darla?”

“Soon, dear boy. I’ll find you something more to your taste, tomorrow.”

THE END
August 2005

Author’s note

Slivovitz: Plum brandy from Rumania and Yugoslavia. Lethal.




Hope you enjoyed it.

Jo
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From:a2zmom
Date:August 29th, 2008 11:29 am (UTC)
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A very interesting take on things. Something to ponder, for sure.
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From:librarian2003
Date:August 29th, 2008 03:59 pm (UTC)
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:~)))

Thanks! Just trying to find another way of making sense of the whole wretched thing...

Jo
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From:annegables
Date:August 29th, 2008 12:20 pm (UTC)
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Uh - woah. This would certainly turn things around, wouldn't it? Have to go think about this now. Thank you!
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From:librarian2003
Date:August 29th, 2008 04:01 pm (UTC)
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Well, poor Angel always seems to be shackled to Destiny, and one has to wonder why! And then there's my convoluted mind...

:~))

Thanks!

Jo
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From:velvetwhip
Date:August 29th, 2008 05:37 pm (UTC)
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I think I remember this one. But it is no less wonderfully intriguing for its familiarity. Excellent!


Gabrielle
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From:librarian2003
Date:October 30th, 2008 12:18 am (UTC)
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Gabrielle! So sorry for the tardiness - things have been - hectic - here...

And thank you! I'm glad you liked this.

Jo
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From:velvetwhip
Date:October 30th, 2008 12:21 am (UTC)
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I understand completely. Welcome back!

:::throws confetti and stages a little parade:::


Gabrielle
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From:librarian2003
Date:October 30th, 2008 02:06 am (UTC)
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You're such a sweetie! :~))))

*Hugs*

Jo
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From:cornerofmadness
Date:August 29th, 2008 10:35 pm (UTC)
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what an interesting twist on the curse.
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From:librarian2003
Date:October 30th, 2008 12:19 am (UTC)
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Sorry to be so late with this, but thanks! I'm glad you were intrigued. :~))

Jo
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From:ares132006
Date:August 30th, 2008 07:28 am (UTC)
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Oh, yes. Preordained. Why not? Angel is featured in prohpecies, this we know.

For the greater good, eh? I have new found respect for them. (When previously I had hated the gypsies for including the clause in the curse.)

Love you story.

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From:librarian2003
Date:October 30th, 2008 12:20 am (UTC)
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:~))) Sorry for the tardiness my dear - but I'm glad I gave you a different perspective.

Thank you!

Hugs
Jo
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From:clawofcat
Date:September 1st, 2008 02:00 am (UTC)
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Awesome twist on the Gypsy curse. The Svea priestesses are the ones murdered by the Beast in AtS S4? It's been a long time since I've seen it. My memory is a little hazy on that front.

As I recall, Knox tells Angel & Co. that the return of Illyria was preordained, that Fate has put everything into place so that it could happen, including Connor's improbable birth, the whole Jasmine bladdy-blah, etc. This spin on the curse snuggly fits Angel's destiny right in to the innumerable prophecies that litter AtS. A really unique vision. Kudos! Loved it.
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From:librarian2003
Date:October 30th, 2008 12:22 am (UTC)
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So sorry for the tardiness of this reply!

Thank you! I'm really glad you liked it. And yes, the Svear priestesses were murdered by the Beast

Unique vision? *Beam*

Thank you again

Jo
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From:darkspace99
Date:September 3rd, 2008 03:42 am (UTC)
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Excellent piece. Love how you make everything fall into place.
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From:librarian2003
Date:October 30th, 2008 12:23 am (UTC)
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Sorry to be late replying, but *thank you*! Glad you liked it.

Jo
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From:brunettepet
Date:September 4th, 2008 05:11 pm (UTC)
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This is a well thought out and intriguing take on the curse. Angel and Angelus pop up in quite a few prophecies in canon, so this fits right in.
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From:librarian2003
Date:October 30th, 2008 12:24 am (UTC)
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Sorry for the tardiness of saying thank you - but *thank you*

Glad you enjoyed it.

Jo
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From:scribesds
Date:September 5th, 2008 12:05 am (UTC)
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Interesting take on how the curse came to be. You do like to tie up all the loose ends, don't you, Jo? This was very good.!

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From:librarian2003
Date:October 30th, 2008 12:25 am (UTC)
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Sorry for the tardiness, my dear, but *thank you*! Glad you liked it.

Yep, I seem to be loose ends gal, don't I??

:~))

Jo
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From:markeyisapunk
Date:September 6th, 2008 05:58 am (UTC)
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interesting. I think I'd prefer your take on events--it's so much better than 100 years of vengeance exacted against an innocent soul--and knowingly "it's not justice we serve..."

it would be nicer if the gypsies had some foresight, and the sense of sacrifice you include is also much more commendable than the drivers we see in canon. it would be neat to see AUs involving the nature of the curse...
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From:librarian2003
Date:October 30th, 2008 12:36 am (UTC)
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Sorry for the tardiness of saying thank you - but *thank you*!

Like you, I never thought Joss's solution to pulling everything together was terribly satisfactory, and I'm really glad you liked my alternative!

I just love to explore the world-changing stuff... :~))

Thanks again.

Jo
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From:catko
Date:September 11th, 2008 09:35 am (UTC)
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Marvelous twist, and makes more sense than what we got in the series, in my opinion. Love the switch in tone to Darla/Angel at the end.

"Because of them, fewer guests will leave than arrived." But of course.
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From:librarian2003
Date:October 30th, 2008 12:38 am (UTC)
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So sorry for the tardiness of this reply, but *thank you*!

I'm really glad you liked it! :~))

Jo
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