|Title: An Alternative Reality: Trying To Make Things Right
Fandom: B:TVS AU
Rating: Pretty much harmless
Comments: What might have happened if the Jana of 'Sex, Lies and Betrayal'
had told Willow who she was. Happier ending, eventually.
Note: Some events occur in a different sequence than they did in the
An Alternative Reality: Trying to Make Things Right
She waited to hear what they were going to say. Willow had said it would be
all right, but Jana was not so sure.
She had told Willow about her clan, the curse, and her purpose here, after
they had made love for the first time. Not when they had done the sex magic
thing, but later, snuggled up in her bed after they had licked and teased and
laughed their way through the night.
Something had made her blurt out her secret to Willow. She'd spent minutes
that seemed like hours waiting for the young woman's response, sure she'd
just ruined everything. Then Willow had hugged her trembling form, murmuring
words of comfort. In the morning, Willow had insisted, as Jana knew she
would, that the others be told.
Which is why she was standing here now in the middle of absolute silence.
Angel wasn't here, of course, but everyone else was, and their faces
reflected varying degrees of shock and dismay. Finally, Giles cleared his
'It seems a very strange clause in a curse. Obtain true happiness and turn
back into a monster.'
Jana shrugged. 'It was a mistake. Somebody combined two different curses and
a mistake was made. It was supposed to be 'Obtain true happiness and die in
peace.' By the time somebody actually wrote down the curse and realised what
had happened, Angel was long gone. And when they did find him again, he was
so miserable and wretched that it seemed unlikely that he'd ever be happy
'The curse. You have a copy?' Giles asked.
Jana shook her head. 'There was only one copy. It was lost in Eastern Europe
during World War Two. And nobody knows which two original curses were used.
It didn't really matter until the seers began to tell us that they could see
'Because he obtains a moment of true happiness?'
Buffy's voiced was strained. Jana recalled that it was her Birthday. Not the
best birthday present a girl could receive, knowing that at any moment her
boyfriend could turn into a vicious homicidal monster.
'Well, knowing this should pretty much ensure that he never *does* have a
moment of true happiness,' Xander drawled.
Jana nodded, as the boy flinched under Buffy's poisonous glare. He was right,
of course. She hadn't thought of it that way. How ironic if all they had ever
had to do was *tell* Angel about the clause.
Not that it was foolproof, of course. True happiness could sneak up on you
without warning. And she smiled faintly at Willow, who hugged her briefly.
But at least this should delay things. And keeping Angel and Buffy apart
She said as much, and received nods of agreement even from a scowling Buffy.
'And Willow and I will try to find a way to permanently anchor Angel's soul
in his body.'
'No offence,' that was Xander again, 'but how do we know that we can trust
you? After all, you infiltrated us under false pretences.'
She had dismissed Xander Harris as an annoying bumbling fool, and felt a
moment's shame to realise that she was guilty of underestimating him.
She moved closer to Willow.
'Because I love Willow more than life itself.' She smiled as Willow flushed
in pleasure and embarrassment. 'And hurting you would hurt her.'
Willow was smiling incandescently now, and Jana felt herself falling for the
young woman all over again.
'So, what do we call you, then? Jenny or Jana?'
A good question. With only one answer. Jana would never have betrayed her
clan by telling strangers its secrets.
'Jenny, call me Jenny.'
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