Disclaimer: Idon't own any of the characters, if I did Jenny never would have been killed. They are owned by Joss Wheldon, etc. No copyright infringement is intended and no profit is made, this is just a hobby.
Author's Notes: This is my first attempt at fanfiction or at least the first I've let anyone else read. I remember reading somewhere that originally Oz was supposed to die instead of Jenny. Sorry to all you Oz fans out there but I wanted to write a fanfic where Jenny survived and this got me inspired. English isn’t my first language so please excuse possible spelling mistakes.
Summary: This story starts at the episode Passion from season 3 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. This is my version of how the series would have gone if Drusilla never found out what Jenny was planning.
Chapter 2: Aftermath
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Jenny was sitting in her car parked outside Giles’s apartment waiting for him to come home. Where the hell was he anyway, she had already been waiting for 10 minutes and it felt like she was about too burst with excitement. Just then she spotted his old 'should be in the dump' car. She hurried out and was already by his car when he opened the door, "Where have you been?"
"I stopped by at Buffy’s. To get the book you borrowed me, she’d used it to perform the ritual to keep Angel out."
"Oh," She's taken aback and for a moment she forgets what she has to tell him, "How did it go?"
"The spell worked just in time. Angel showed up and he... well, he couldn't enter."
She felt like she was missing an entire level to the conversation but she forgets all about it as she remembers what she wants to talk to him about, "Well I have some more good news for you."
"Great," Rupert said smiling sweetly at her. "Why don't we go inside and you can tell me all about it."
She can't help but smile a little when she enters his apartment and she feels a peaceful calm wash over her. For the last few weeks she'd thought she never would be welcome here again. She knows it's foolish of her but being there now she just couldn't help but feel like everything was going to be okay.
"Are you alright?" Giles gentle and slightly worried voice interrupted her musings and she realizes that she had been standing in the middle of the room staring in to space and she can feel a slight blush rising to her cheeks.
He looks at her intently for a while and she can see that he's not entirely convinced, but then he shrugs and says, "So... You said you had some good news?"
"Oh right, the curse... to restore Angel's soul. I think I have it. I mean..." she stops and cringes at her sudden inability to explain herself.
Giles looks at her with a completely awed expression, "What to you mean you have it?"
Jenny takes a couple of deep breaths to try and get control over herself, "Before at school, when I told you I was working on a special project. I was working on a program to translate the Romanian liturgy to English based on a random sampling of the text."
Seeing his confused look she quickly continues, "Never mind, the how doesn't really matter. Here," She hands him the printout of the ritual.
At first he can't do anything but stare at the piece of paper, "Good Lord. I thought you said it couldn't be done."
"Well I can't guarantee it will work, but I think it might. I could perform the ritual tonight... if you want me to," she adds suddenly feeling unsure.
"Well, yes... yes of course. But... I-I should probably call Buffy first and tell her." He gets up and grabs the phone but before he can dial he puts it back down and goes back to sit next to her on the sofa, "Thank you for this Jenny. I..." He stops unable to put into words what he's feeling.
She reaches out and takes a hold of his hand, "You don't have to thank me Rupert. It was the least I can do."
He looks at her for a long moment before saying, "Yesterday at school when you told me that... how you. What I-I should have said... I want you to know..." Jenny holds her breath hoping that he's going to say what she wants him to say, "Jenny I..." However, he doesn't have time to finish before the phone rings interrupting him.
"Damn," he mutters under his breath.
"What to you expect? We were in the middle of a conversation," Jenny says, her words sarcastic but the smile on her face showed that she wasn't really offended. She really want's to hear what he has to say but knowing it could be important she reluctantly says, "You should probably get that."
"Yes," He looks at her for another second his expression soft before he goes up again to answer the phone, "Hello?" he answers not able to hide his irritation and Jenny can't help but chuckle softly.
But his mood quickly picks up when he hears who's calling, "Buffy, funny you would call, I was just about to call you myself. I, have some good news. What?" As he listens to what Buffy is saying his face changes to one of shock, and Jenny knows right then and now that something awful has happened.
"Oh Good Lord. How? What happened?" She watches intently as his face goes pale and her mind starts coming up with all kind of horrible scenarios of what could have happened.
"What about Willow? Where is she?" he pauses for a second listening. "Yes of course, yes, I'll be right there." He hangs up the phone and looks at her. He opens his mouth to speak but no words come out.
After a few agonizing minutes she finally summons up the courage to ask, "What's wrong? Are the kids okay?"
"Oz is dead," he paused for a second. "Angelus killed him, and Willow saw the whole thing." His voice his calm and methodical not giving away any of the shock that's so clear on his face.
"Oh my god," Jenny felt like she'd just been hit in the stomach, all the air leaving her lungs. She shook her head trying to get herself under control.
All of a sudden Giles quickly stood up pronouncing, "I have to leave, I promised Buffy I would meet with her at Willow's house." He hesitates for a second before going on to say, "Um, it's probably better if you... I, should probably go alone."
"Right, of course," She slowly stands up and is relieved to find out that her legs can still carry her. "What about the curse, do you still want me to do it?" she asks vaguely gesturing towards the printout he's still holding in his hand.
"Oh. I guess I will have to talk to Buffy. To see if she... What she thinks." He stops his rambling suddenly taking on a worried look, "Jenny have you told anyone else about this?"
"No, just you. And, the guy at the store."
"What store?" he asks suddenly sounding very anxious.
"The store where I bought the Orb of Thesulah, for the curse."
"What exactly did you tell him?"
"That I was trying to translate the Romanian liturgy to English, and that I was going to capture a soul for a-"
Before she can finish the sentence Giles interrupt her by grabbing her arm and practically dragging her out of the apartment while saying, "We have to get out of here."
Shaking his head at her unawareness of the danger she could be in he replies, "If Angelus finds out that you have the spell-" He breaks of not wanting to finish the thought. "He's never been in your apartment has he?"
She can't to anything but shake her head 'No'.
"Good. I'll drive you home"
"I have my car," she reminds him when she regains the ability to speak.
"Right. Well why don't you drive ahead and I'll follow you, make sure you get home safe."
She makes her way over to her car and gets in the driver seat. It takes her about half a minute before she remembers to take out her keys and start the car.
She can't really remember how but she manages to drive to her apartment. Giles is out of his car and opening the door for her before she has enough time to turn the engine of. He walks her to her door and asks her again, "Are you sure Angel has never been in your apartment?"
"No, he hasn't," she assures him trying to give him a reassuring smile and failing miserably.
He looks at her intently for a moment before saying, "I have to go. I'll call you later, when I get back home."
After she closes her door he waits until he can hear her deadbolt slip into place before he makes his way back to his car.
Jenny looks around her dark apartment for a moment before going in to the kitchen sitting down by the table not even bothering to turn on the lights. She can't help but wonder how things could have looked so hopeful just a little over an hour ago and now things seemed worse then ever.
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It seemed to Giles like the drive from Jenny's apartment to Willows house took forever. He should have known this would eventually happen. After all Angelus was famous for it. Torturing his victims by killing those people they were close to, driving them insane. It had only been a matter of time before something like this would happen.
And yet Giles found he was totally unprepared for it. Granted he hadn't known Oz very well, but he had seemed to be such a nice young man. And it was obvious that he cared very deeply for Willow.
Finally Giles came to a stop outside the Rosenbergs Residence. As he steps out of his car he's passed by two coroners carrying a body bag. He stares after them for a second before he quickly makes his way to the house.
As he steps in he sees Willow sitting on a couch silent tears running down her face. She's talking to a police officer and Buffy is standing on one side of her and Xander and Cordelia on the other side. Buffy is the first to notice him and makes her way over to him.
"Giles, thank god you're here," she says obviously relieved to see him.
"How's Willow holding up?" he asks tentatively.
"Not good. The police keeps asking her what happened, but it's not like she can tell them the truth."
"Yes, well... I'm afraid there isn't anything we can do about that."
"I know," she answers, unshed tears shimmering in her eyes. "I'm going to have to kill him. He's not going to stop. He's will continue to kill the people I care about, unless I stop him. I wasn't ready before, but I think I finally am."
"Buffy," he tries to interrupt her but she just keeps on talking her voice firm and assertive, "I can't hold on to the past anymore. Angel has gone. Nothing's ever going to bring him back."
"Buffy!" he exclaims finally getting her attention. Lowering his voice he goes on, "When you called me I was talk..."
Willow getting up from the couch and her, Xander and Cordelia making their way over to them interrupts him.
"Willow..." he tries to begin but words just won't come to him. There isn't really anything one can say in a situation like this.
Willow looks at them for a second before pronouncing, "I'm going to bed," her voice completely voided of emotion.
"Why don't you stay at my house tonight?" Buffy gently asks.
"No. I really just want to be left alone," Willow replies but this time her voice is heavy with grief.
"Willow wait..." Buffy tries to go after her as she starts making her way up the stairs but Giles stops her.
"I really think it's best to leave her alone for now Buffy."
All four of them exits the house slowly walking towards their cars. Joyce is standing a bit further down the street by her car waiting. It's Giles who finally speaks breaking the dead silence surrounding them, "Listen Buffy, I need to talk to you. In private."
"Oh. Okay," she turns towards Xander and Cordelia, "Night you guys. Ill see you tomorrow."
"Yeah, tomorrow." Xander sadly replies before he and Cordelia make their way over to her car.
Buffy turns back towards Giles curious as to what he want's to talk about that he can't say in front of the others, "What is it Giles?"
He gestures with his hand for her to follow him away from eventual prying ears, "When you called me Buffy I was um, I was talking to Je... to Ms Calendar," he takes a second to collect himself then holds Buffy's gaze before continuing, "She's has found a way to translate the curse to restore Angel's soul and well, it looks like she may have succeeded."
"Oh my god," Buffy can't to anything but stare back at him as she tries to take in what this means. She hardly dares to think that it might actually be true. That there is a chance she could have her Angel back.
"Jenny thinks she might be able to perform the ritual," he pauses for a moment trying to gawk her reaction, "If you want her to?"
"I don't know. I mean it's..." she turns and looks up at Willow's window, "I don't know."
"Buffy!" They both turn around suddenly hearing Joyce calling and see her walking towards them, "Are you alright honey?"
"Yeah mom, I just..." she leaves the sentence hanging.
"Let's go home Buffy. There is nothing you can do for Willow right now."
"Just a minute mom."
"Your mom is right Buffy," Giles intervenes, "You don't have to decide anything tonight. Go home and get some sleep and uh, we can talk more tomorrow at school."
She hesitates at first but she knows that he’s right, too much had happened for her to be able to make a decision right now, "Okay. I'll see you tomorrow."
"Yes," he watches as she gets in the car with her mother and drives of. He slowly walks over to his own car and gets in. He sits there for a moment worrying over what tomorrow would bring. He knew Buffy was right. Angel needed to be stopped one way or another. But first thing first, he had to get home and perform the ritual to keep Angel out of his apartment. Tomorrow would come soon enough.