Characters: Angel, Xander, Buffy.
Written For: Challenge 010: Life-Giving at doubledrabbles.
Spoilers/Setting: Prophecy Girl.
Summary: Buffy needs something Angel can’t give her: the kiss of life.
Disclaimer: I don’t own BtVS, or the characters. They belong to the wonderful Joss Whedon.
A/N: Double drabble.
Angel’s unbeating heart sinks as he and Xander drag Buffy out of the shallow pool. She’s so still and pale, her golden hair limp and bedraggled; he doesn’t need to check her to know she isn’t breathing, that her heart is as still as his own. Buffy is dead.
They were too slow getting down here, and if Xander hadn’t shamed him into it Angel knows he wouldn’t be here at all, but even though he is here, there’s still nothing he can do to help the girl he loves. He’s a vampire, an animated corpse; no heartbeat, no blood circulation, and most importantly, no breath.
It’s breath that Buffy needs, life-giving air forced into her lungs to bring her back. For Buffy’s sake Angel would fight any demon or monster that came along, but he can’t breathe for her. Xander can.
“You have to do it. I have no breath.” Never has he hated what he is more than at this moment, having to rely on Xander to save the life of the girl they both love.
He can’t let jealousy get in the way; what matters is that Buffy gets another chance to live, by whatever means necessary.