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Chapter 7

The Truck slowed down as it neared the city of Sunnydale. Faith felt the knot of insecurity in her stomach. She was going back to the very place where everything turned bad. She knew once everybody knew she was there, she would be hunted. That would mean it would probably be very hard for her to get out. But she wanted to get in touch with Angel. He seemed to know what he was talking about when he talked about turning from his darker days.

She entered town and started to go through the back streets, not wanting to be caught by the Police. She made it to Giles place. If anybody knew where Angel was, and how to reach him, It would be Giles. He always kept good tabs on everything.

She knocked on the door, and waited for a second. She wanted to make sure Giles knew she wasn't hostile, or she would just enter. Giles came up to the door, and looked through the peep hole.

"Faith, why are you here. Are you daft girl?" Giles said.

"Giles, I have to talk to you, I'm not here to hurt you, if I wanted you'd be hurt or dead already." Faith said.

Giles stood at the door for a second, trying to decide if she was truthful about what she just said. He decided to give her benefit of the doubt, and opened the door carefully. He wasn't quite sure what would happen next.

"Before we talk, how did you free yourself from the Watcher's base without anybody realizing."

"I didn't free myself, I was broken out by someone that I know now."

"Who is it?" Giles asked suspiciously.

"It's nothing that wants to hurt humans." Faith said.

"You're right. With the lack of information about your escape- I surmise that whoever placed those people into slumber, could have easily killed them."

"Giles, I just recently fought 3 daemons, no I should have said, I tried to fight 3 daemons. They were tall, strong. They were Greenish Red, and had spines all over their body. They also paralyze people with the spines. Poison that was strong enough to paralyze me."

Giles looked at her. He was somewhat knowledgeable about such daemons, but he wanted to make sure.

"Let me look at my books. I think I know what you're talking about, but I'm not sure of it. How did you get out alive Faith?"

"They didn't want me dead, and my new contact helped to take care of one of them, and the rest fled." Faith said.

"He must be very strong."

"I don't think I should talk about him." Faith said.

Come on Faith, he almost knows now, and soon will find out anyways. Tell him it was me okay.

Faith shook her head. How can this guy know almost everything.

I don't, I'm just keeping track of you. I'm vaguely aware of all the other things going on in the world.

She shook her head more.

"My contact is just telling me that I should tell you who he is. It's Loreminien."

Giles looked at her shocked. Never had he told any of the slayers about that one. Most of the really important watchers knew about him, some even knew him. Giles hadn't had the honour of it- but he knew of Loreminien- the last resort. If the slayer in the past failed any time in history, the watchers would call on him to solve the problem.

"I see you know of him."

"Yes, why would he want anything to do with you."

"You don't know much about him do you. I'm trying to get my mind around it. You know he was one of the three thousand, as he said, at the day of Pentecost to repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ." Faith said.

Giles looked at her. He didn't know that.

"But the reason he's so interested in me, is to get me to do that as well. I don't want that. I don't want to be saved. I deserve to go to Hell." Faith stopped.

There was a moment of silence between the two.

"Oh thank you for not saying- you shouldn't want to go there." Faith said.

"Look Faith, you haven't done anything to deserve my sympathy." Giles said.

"I don't want to get angry. I just need to get in touch with Angel. If I can get a hold of him, he'd be able to help me to move away from this life I have been living."

"Why the sudden change Faith?" Giles said.

"Because. . . ." Faith paused, "because when I was at the watcher's base something happened, and I don't want to be the same ever again- it started when I was in Buffy's body. First when I saved the one girl, and a little more when I made love with Riley, and then wanting to help those people in the church, and then what just happened in the watcher's base."

"Okay, I'll give you what you need, and when I get information on those daemons, I'll get back to you- what's your number." Giles said.

Faith gets a piece of paper on the desk, and a pen and starts writing the number of the place Loreminien gave her.

"Here's my number."

Giles took the piece of paper and then pen. He tore the piece of paper in half, and wrote down something, and gave it to Faith.

"Thanks Giles, and if Buffy comes by today, don't tell her I was here."


Faith got up and left the house. She walked quickly down the back streets of Sunnydale. She got out of the city limits in an hour, and walked down the main highway, trying to hitch hike.

A Police Car came up. She tried to act inconspicuous, but the Car stopped near her, and the police men came out.

"Excuse me miss, would you come over here." One of the police men said.

She quickly turned 90 degrees and started to run as fast as she could, across the island. The police came right after her, One of the Police men took out his gun and shot. The bullet flew past her leg. The other Police man took out his gun and shot, and the bullet struck her leg, and she went down. The pain was great.

Instantly Loreminien came in. "Why do you always get into trouble Faith?" he shook his head. The two Policemen looked at the newly appeared person in the midst. They took their guns and shot as many times as they had bullets at him.

"Bullets Stop." Loreminien said. The bullets came up to him and stopped and then fell to the ground. "You shouldn't play with things you don't know about my friends, you could get hurt."

The policemen ran as fast as they could.

"Faith. Did you get what you needed from here." Loreminien asked.

"Yes, can you heal me." Faith said.

"No, I won't heal you. You made a bad mistake coming back here. A mistake you'll have to live with."

He took Faith into his arms. The scene disappeared, and they were in the apartment that Loreminien had given Faith.

"You should call Ethan up, that way he can take care of you while you're healing from the gun wound. I'll take the bullet out, and sterilize the wound but that's it."

Loreminien moved his hand over the wound and she felt the bullet dislodge out of her leg, and then an intense pain in the wound.

"Your leg has been broken too, it'll be a week or two before you can walk again."

He moved his hand over her leg, and instantly a cast was made over the leg.

"Call Angel. Tell him Loreminien says hi."

"You know him."

"Yeah, I wanted to destroy him when I felt his presence in the world, but God didn't want that. I think one day I should pay him a visit. But not until he wants to deny his Daemonic nature- and become human again- God wants him back, wants you back as well."

"All this god stuff again, I don't want to do that. Why can't you leave me alone?"

"Because I care for you Faith- and if you care for someone you'd never allow them to die unaware- you'd do something to save them right- like you slay vampires that few people that don't live in Sunnydale know about."

"Shut up, don't try to equate all this religion stuff to what I do!"

"Okay Faith, I'm out of here. Go talk to Angel, and remember tell him hi from me."

Faith moves over to the Phone as quickly she could with a cast. I'm going to be like this for a week she thought, this is going to be a problem. She took out the number that Giles had given her. She picked up the phone, and felt hesitation. What was she going to say? Hi Angel it's me Faith, you know the one who tried to make you into Angelous again. I'm trying to change for the better. So where do I begin. That sounds so corny. "Might as well get a gun and end it right now." She said as she laughed.

She thought might as well do it, what do I have to lose? She dialed the number.

"Angel Investigations, We Help the Helpless." Cordelia answers.

"Is that you Cordelia?"

"Faith, you're not going to kill us are you."

"Shut up Cordelia, I want to talk to Angel."

"Shut up, Shut up- how dare you tell me to shut up, I'm going to be a big actress Faith, but for now Angle is my boss and my friend, if you try to stake him, you'll have to go through me first."

"I'm not even in La."

"How did you know we're in La?"

"The area code. Giles gave it to me."

"Okay, I'll get Angel."

Faith hears the phone being placed down on the other end, and there is silence for a couple of minutes.

"Hello Faith, what do you want?" Angel asked, in his usual brooding tone.

"Angel, I feel so sorry for what I did to you, I can't understand it, but I am so sorry for what I did. It's probably that Loreminien's fault."

"Loreminien? You know him."

"He forced himself in my life. After I saved a whole bunch of people in a Church, I got on a train. He allowed a bunch of watchers to capture me, I was kept sedated. I had some pretty weird dreams while I was in there. Including one where I gave myself to God. Loreminien even admitted to me that he gave me that dream. But the last one, it scared me Angel. I dreamt I was in Hell with the Devil himself, and he mocked me, and tossed me around like a rag doll. I'm so use to fighting things and killing them, but he made my strength look like weakness. Then God helped me out of it. After I was in his presence I know I had to change my life, and I felt like I could live my life a whole lot better. I guess that's what you felt when you got your soul back Angel. I'm so afraid, the Devil himself tried to get at me a couple of days ago. Daemons so powerful not even me and Buffy combined could fight and defeat one of them. Loreminien had to save me. He keeps on saying I should repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, but I keep on telling him to get away from me with that stuff, that I don't want to be saved. I'm so confused Angel. What should I do?" Faith said.

There was silence on the other end of the phone, "Well, from what I just heard, this person is very powerful, but he cares about you. What is Loreminien anyways- never heard of him."

"Loreminien says he's a human who uses more of his 1.5% difference in DNA over primates then the rest of us- the 1.5% difference he says that makes Man in God's image."

"I never heard someone say that before. But if he's closer to God in his abilities, then He's probably closer to God in his atitude. I think you should talk to him more Faith, he might lead you to the right way." "Thanks Angel. I've got a lot to think about now. Wish me luck."

"Good luck Faith. I hope you make the best decision for you."

Faith hangs up, and she starts to relax. Maybe I should call Ethan she thought. She started to get up, and she saw crutches just appear out of nowhere. Faith shook her head. Does he know everything that I do.

"You'd better not be doing that when I shower, Hmmm- never mind- go ahead."

Don't be Naughty, of course I don't look in on you when you shower.

She started to look around and she quickly found Ethan's number.

She made her way back to the Phone, and she dialed up. After three rings there came an answer.


"It's Faith, is that you Ethan?"

"Yeah it's me. I thought you said you wouldn't call me."

"I thought so too, but now I have a broken leg, and I'm in need of some TLC."

"Sorry don't have their album, pop music sucks." Ethan laughed.

"No- I need someone to take care of me, are you always like this?"

"Yeah, I'll be right over. I got some Spaghetti leftovers. Be there in 5 minutes, you'll love it." Ethan said.

"Okay, I don't really like Itallian, but anything will do." Faith said.

"Okay, I'll be there. Cya if 5 minutes." Ethan said.

Ethan hangs up, and Faith hangs up right after. She waits, and Ethan knocks on the door. She gets on her new crutches. She makes her way to the door, and opens the door.

"May I come in."

"Get in here."

Ethan comes into the apartment, moving around Faith, so that she wouldn't fall down.

"You'll have to excuse the mess, I hardly ever clean."

"No problem, where's the kitchen."

"Over there I think." Faith said pointing to one room.

"You never cook either."

"Not when you can go anywhere with unlimited credit on Loreminien."

"You got a point, you'll like this Faith, it's my favorite meal."

He quickly got into Kitchen, and takes out a frying pan, he went into the fridge and got out butter. He took about a 1/10 of the butter and put it in the frying pan. He turns on the gas, and lights the wick of one of the elements. He placed the Spaghetti into the frying pan and started to stir it to cook it.

"Loreminien must have known I would be cooking here- has all the environmental friendly stuff that I would have in my place."

"So that's important to Christians?"

"No, just me- it's a personal conviction."


"So you want me here for more then the cooking right, so what do you want to talk about."

"Despite the fact I don't know if I want to do this, I want to learn more about your faith. I want to make my decision with all the information before I judge this."

"Outstanding. I can give you a bible study. You should have all your answers answered then. I'll be praying for you to make the right decision. I don't know what exactly a Vampire Slayer is, but I am sure the Lord wants them to give their lives to him as much as anybody else."

"You people. Why are you so much like that?"

"I didn't use to be like that either. But when I repented and was baptized I became a different person"

"You mean you really become a different person."

"Yeah, but lets not get into it. Jesus loves you Faith."

"Thanks, I don't know why he would?"

"Don't worry- he loves everybody for who they are. It says in the bible- John 3:16- God so loved the World that he gave his only begotten son, for whosoever believeth on him shall have everlasting life."

"I've never heard that."

"Not many people do. The bible isn't a book of mysticism like most people think, its to uplift people to know God's love, the dinner is done."

He entered the room with two plates. He placed one down in front of Faith, and another in front of him.

"Hey we're having dinner together- our first date." Ethan laughed.

"Want to have breakfast here too?" Faith said sarcastically.

"Would you please." Ethan remarked with an edge. "Seriously, I can't do stuff like that."


"Okay let me say grace. Lord thank you for this food that you have granted us in the name of Jesus Christ, and bless this fellowship that we're having to lead to greater understanding of you in both of us in the name of Jesus Christ, and bless this food so it may nourish our bodies in the name of Jesus Christ." Ethan said.

"Did you have to go with all those Jesus stuff."

"I like to honour my lord."

They ate their dinners without talking much.

"Ethan, this is good stuff. You know how to cook good."

"Yeah, its a talent that the lord gave me."

"All this lord stuff. Can we just tone it down a bit, like don't say stuff like that at all."

"If you wish."


"Well I'll be seeing you later."

"Okay, when you need anything just call me okay."

Ethan got up and walked out of Faith's apartment.

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