Characters: Buffy, Angel.
Written For: Challenge 42: It's A Secret at drabblesoup.
Summary: This is one secret Buffy can’t even share with the people she trusts the most.
Disclaimer: I don’t own BtVS, or the characters. They belong to the wonderful Joss Whedon.
Buffy’s become adept at keeping secrets, but this one’s a biggie, something she has to hide even from her best and closest friends. They wouldn’t understand.
She and Angel are over, but she can’t simply abandon him. He needs her; he’s still too weak to fend for himself, and anyway, it’s her fault he’s the way he is. Her fault he lost his soul, her fault he spent an eternity being tortured in a hell dimension. She owes him; she can’t betray him. If anyone knew he was back, they’d kill him; she can’t allow that.
She still loves him.