Facing the Past
By Sadira Jewelsten
Summary: Cordy's parents come to visit and she tries to hide the visions from them. Meanwhile Gunn and Wes go to help a daycare that has been taken over by vampires.
Disclaimer: I DO NOT own any of the characters from "Angel". They belong to Warner Bros. The only character I own is Amy who is Angel's five year old daughter.
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Cordelia Chase was sitting in Caritas waiting for Lorne to serve her her lunch. It had been an hour since she had ordered and she was getting tired of waiting.
"Sorry about that, princess," Lorne said apologetically. "I didn't know the wait would be so long." Cordy shrugged.
"It's not a problem. Really." Once Cordy got back to the hotel, she sat on the couch and began to read.
"Hey! I didn't see you come in," Angel said with a grin on his face. "How was the trip to Caritas?" Cordy sighed.
"Long. But the food was good. I'll tell you something though. The guy who got up to sing was a real dud."
Angel laughed. "You sure he wasn't related to me?" Angel asked rhetorically, knowing that Cordy was going to answer.
"I don't know. He did look kind of pale." Cordy replied with a smile. Angel smiled back, but glared at her playfully.
"Oh before I forget, your parents called." Angel said matter-of-factly.
"My parents?" Cordy asked jerking her head around to face him.
"Yeah. They said they were coming out to see you this weekend." Cordy nodded, feeling the blood drain from her head. Then she realized what was happening. Her hand flew up to her forehead.
"Angel," she said breathessly before grabbing onto a chair to prevent herself from falling to the floor.
"Easy." Angel said soothingly as he caught her before she fell.
"It hurts!" Cordy exclaimed in a tearful tone. "It hurts."
"Shh. It's gonna be okay," Angel said gently. "I promise. What did you see?"
Cordy sighed and tried to catch her breath.
"Uh a daycare is being broken into by a bunch of vamps. They're taking kids." Angel nodded and helped her to lie down and recover.
"Okay. You're gonna be all right."
"Damn it!" Cordy said with irritation in her voice. "Just what I need. My parents are coming for a visit, the Powers That Be won't leave me alone for a single day. Did I mention my parents are coming?" Angel nodded.
"You did happen to mention that. It'll be okay. Do you want an aspirin?" Cordy shook her head.
"I don't think an aspirin is going to help me survive my parents." Angel laughed softly.
"No. I mean for your headache."
"Oh, yeah. Sure. Thanks."
"No problem. Be right back."
That night, Cordy spent the night at the Hyperion. She was beginning to feel the long-term affects of the vision she had received. Angel didn't feel comfortable with her being alone because of this. Even if Phantom Dennis would be there to protect her. Cordy had started feeling dizzy around six o' clock and Angel had suggested that she'd lay down. Then something happened that was a little out of the ordinary. She fainted. It happened while she was helping Angel, Wes and Gunn restock the weapons cabinet. Cordy had gone to pick up something that was on the table. As she was coming back towards them, she blacked out. She awoke on the couch and that's when Angel had declared that she was staying the night for protection. Cordy didn't argue because she knew deep down in her heart that Angel meant well. So did Gunn, Wesley and Fred. They were all very good friends and Cordy was glad to be a part of the circle.
Around nine o' clock at night, Cordy was having trouble sleeping. Angel came downstairs to find her tossing and turning.
"Can't sleep?" Angel asked sympathetically. Cordy shook her head.
"I just can't stop thinking about this weekend. I can't believe my parents are coming to see me."
"It sounds like they're really looking forward to spending time with you." Angel mused.
"Yeah. The only problem is that I'm not feeling the same way about them. Besides, I haven't exactly topped the A list with the whole acting thing. My father was never cool about detective work. I'm just afraid that I'm gonna..." Her voice trailed off as tears came.
"Afraid you're gonna what?" Angel asked, moving closer to comfort her.
"I'm afraid I'm gonna let them down." The tears came and Cordy stared at the floor.
"Hey, hey," Angel said gently, putting his hand on Cordy's shoulder. "Look at me." Cordy obeyed, but her eyes were filled with tears. "You are far from a disappointment to anyone. You've matured a lot since you've come out here and you've also gone through a lot. We all have. The most important thing is that we've helped each other through the hard times and we'll continue to do so. Okay?" Cordy nodded as she layed her head on Angel's shoulder, letting the remaining tears fall.
For several minutes, Angel just sat there, stroking Cordy's hair and rubbing her back. He felt bad that she was feeling so scared and upset about her parents visit, but he couldn't see anything to be scared or upset about. He had met Cordy's parents in Sunnydale and from his stand point, they seemed pretty nice.
The next day, Cordelia woke up in a bad mood. She was more sharp-tongued than usual and she had a small headache. She was off her game in training and even dropped a coffee cup on the floor, making it shatter into thousands of pieces. At breakfast that morning, Amy even noticed something was wrong with Cordy. Her aunt hadn't said good morning to her like she usually did. In fact, Cordy didn't even eat anything. After breakfast, Amy found her father in the living room and asked him what was wrong.
"Is Aunt Cordelia mad at me?" She asked, hoping the answer was no. Angel shook his head and took his daughter in his lap.
"Not at all honey. She's just nervous about seeing her parents, that's all."
"Why?" The five year old girl asked.
"Well, she hasn't seen them for a long time and she's afraid that-"
"If she hasn't seen them for a long time," Amy interrupted Angel, "then why isn't she happy about it?" Before Angel could answer his daughter's question, Cordy came into the room and sat across from them.
"Are you feeling better?" Angel asked in concern. "Was it what you thought it was?" Cordy shook her head and gave him a look.
"If it was what you're thinking of, I would have been screaming in pain." She replied, glaring at him.
"Sorry," Angel said. "I was just worried about you." Cordy sighed.
"No. I'm the one who should be sorry. This whole thing with my parents coming is just gotten me on edge. I'm sorry I've been in such a bad mood," she replied.
Amy brightened at this. Now she could ask her aunt the question that was really on her mind.
"If you're feeling better," Amy began, "does that mean I can come to your house for lunch?" Cordy nodded.
"Sure Ammers," she said, using the nickname she had called Amy ever since she was born. Amy grinned and ran upstairs to pack her things. She always liked it over Cordy's. It was a lot of fun and Phantom Dennis didn't scare her either. Except when there was a thunderstorm late at night.
Meanwhile, at the Daycare Center, the guards were running around trying to stop the vamps.
"Hey, put that boy down!" one of the guards ran up to a vampire with a gun. He fired, the vampire just looked up and growled at him angrily.
"I hate being shot!" he ran forwards and wrapped his mouth around the guard's throat and started to drink. As the guard's lifeless corpse dropped to the ground, the vampire licked his lips and picked the baby up again.
"Are they ready?" another vampire asked.
"Yes boss, I just had a snack," his lackey answered looking down at the dead guard. Another vampire walked into the room, blood from his victim had stained his jacket.
"What if that vampire, Angel comes," he warned. The boss looked at him with an evil smile.
"I have a trap set for our 'friend'," he laughed as his vamp-face appeared.
Back at the Hyperion, Angel and Wes began to research the type of vampire that Cordy had seen in her vision.
"We're leaving!" Cordy called from the lobby. "We'll be back in a few." Then she whispered to Amy. "Go say good-bye to Daddy." Amy nodded and ran to give Angel a hug and kiss.
"Aw you," Angel said as he picked his little girl up. "Now you be a good girl for Aunt Cordy. Okay?" Amy nodded and ran to give Wes a hug as well.
"All right ,sweetheart. I'll see you later then."
With that, Cordelia and Amy left the hotel.
"So what do you wanna do first, Ammers?" Cordy asked as she put her stuff away in the living room and put the TV on the Disney Chaneel so that they could see what was on. Amy shrugged.
"Do you still have UNO?" the child asked.
"You're on!" Cordy said with a smile. Amy giggled as she ran to get the game off the shelf. As she went to search through a bin of stuff, Phantom Dennis helped her out and floated it out to her. Amy giggled and took it in her hands.
"Thanks Dennis!" Amy said with a giggle and took the game back to the table.
Back at the Hyperion, Angel sighed as he flipped through a book for the thousandth time.
"I can't find it," Angel said frustratedly.
"Try looking in the D section." Wes advised. Angel nodded and glared at him.
"Um, excuse me," a woman said from in the lobby door, "can you tell us where we might find Cordelia Chase?"
Angel looked up to see a woman about the age of forty-seven with brown hair down to her back. A man stood beside her with the same colored hair only shorter.
"May I help you?" Angel asked.
"Yes, We're sorry for intruding like this. My name is Sandy Chase and this is my husband Rick. We're looking for our daughter. Someone at a local karoke bar said she worked here."
"You're..." Angel said, his voice trailing off.
"Cordelia's parents." Wes finished for him as he stood up and extended his hand. "Hi. I'm Wesley Wyndam Pryce . I work with your daughter and may I say she is a delight to work with." Sandy smiled.
"Thank you. She is a delightful girl."
"Where might we find her?" Mr. Chase asked.
"Well, she's at her apartment right now with my daughter," Angel replied. "They should be back in a little while." Sandy nodded.
"You are welcome to hang out here while for the time being." Wesley offered. Rick nodded and sat down next to Angel.
"You must be the one my daughter always talks about when she calls." Angel blushed.
"Well, Cordy and I go back far. I would do anything for her."
"Aw, I thought I was the only one who called her that."
Angel blushed again. "It's made its way around. We mostly call her that." Rick nodded.
"That's fine. I don't mind. So what does my little girl do here?" Wes looked at Angel.
"Well, uh, she takes messages and helps us with the investigations and she does a lot of other things that help us out a great deal." Wes replied.
"Hey!" Cordy said with a smile as she walked into the lobby. "We're..." She stopped as she came into the room and spotted her parents sitting on the couch, "... back. And um..."
"I had such a good time!" Amy said cheerfully as she ran over to Angel and gave him a hug.
"That's great sweetie," Angel said gently. "I'm happy for you. Now go up to Aunt Fred's room. She has a surprise for you." Amy nodded and grinned.
"Do you know what it is, Daddy?" Angel shook his head.
"Now if I told you that, silly, it wouldn't be a surprise. Now get going." He gave his daughter another hug, then gently pushed her towards the stairs. After Amy left, he turned to Cordy who looked like she was about to faint from shock. He guided her to a seat next to him and gave her a reassuring pat on the shoulder. Then he whispered, "It's gonna be okay. They really missed you." Cordy nodded and tried to make the best of it.
"Hi Mom," she said as she stood up and gave her mother a hug. "Hey Daddy. Long time no see."
"I'll say," Rick said, taking his daughter into his arms. "We've missed you, pumpkin pie."
"I've missed you guys too," Cordy said sincerely.
Just then, Gunn came into room.
"Hey you guys! I got a lead on who attacked those children in the-Oh! I see we have company." He said with a grin.
"Oh, how rude of me," Cordy said, turning towards Gunn. "Mom, Dad, this is my friend, Gunn. He works here with us."
"Charles Gunn," Gunn said, holding out his hand. "Nice to meet you."
"Like wise," Sandy said, grinning. "it's nice to see that our daughter has made some really good friends here. We were kind of worried about her being alone in a strange place."
"That would never have happened if someone hadn't made that long term mistake," Cordy mumbled.
"What was that, sugar?" Rick asked.
"Nothing," Cordy said quickly.
"You learn fast, sweetheart," Fred said as she walked downstairs, followed by Amy. Amy giggled and nodded.
"Amy, sweetheart, come over and sit with Daddy," Angel said. "There are some people I want you to meet." Amy nodded, but became kind of shy.
"Here, sweetums," Cordy said as she took Amy onto her lap. "Come sit with Aunt Cordelia." Then she turned to her parents. "Guys, I want you to meet my niece, Amy. Amy these are my parents. This is Angel's little girl." Sandy nodded and grinned gently.
"Well hello there, sweetie. How old are you?"
"Five," Amy whispered, holding up her right hand.
"Wow! Five!" Rick said, pretending to sound amazed. "You must be a big girl." Amy grinned slightly.
"Do yall want something to drink?" Fred asked, coming over to stand next to Cordy. Sandy nodded.
"That would be nice."
"I don't mean to be rude," Rick said, turning to Fred, "but who are you?"
"Oh, it's totally my fault. I'm Fred. I work with Cordelia also."
"Speaking of work," Sandy said, turning to Cordy, "what exactly do you do?"
"I think we've already covered that," Wes said, dodging the question so that Cordy wouldn't have to answer it.
"Here you go," Fred said as she handed Sandy and Rick a cup of iced tea. Sandy grinned.
"Why thank you, Fred."
"So what have you guys been up to?" Cordy asked, trying to make small talk.
"Not much. We moved in with your Aunt Lyndsey," Sandy said with a slight smile. Cordy groaned.
"Aw. I pity you two. Aunt Lynn was always a witch."
"Cordelia!" Sandy scolded. Cordy giggled.
"I'm sorry, but she tortured me as a kid." Then she turned to the gang.
"You wouldn't believe the stuff she made me do. I felt like Cinderella." Angel laughed softly.
"Now that's hard to believe."
"Well believe me. It was horrible."
"Can I have some more iced tea, please?" Sandy asked.
"Sure," Cordy said. "I'll get it." As she took her Mom's glass, she started feeling dizzy again. "I'll be right back."
Sandy nodded. As Cordy went to the kitchen to refill the glass, she swayed a little bit. She tried to grab onto the table to steady herself, but it was no use. As the pain went through her head, she screamed. As she fell to the floor, the glass shattered into a million pieces. "Ahh! Ow! Ahh!" Meanwhile in the living room, Sandy jumped to her feet.
"Cordelia!" As she ran for the kitchen, Angel stopped her.
"Wait, I'll go see what's wrong. She probably just saw a rat." Sandy nodded, but she still wasn't sure. As Angel ran into the kitchen, he found Cordy underneath the table. Her hand was clutching her forehead and tears of pain streamed down her face.
"No! Ahh! No-o-o!"
"Cordy, it's okay," Angel said gently as he helped her to sit up and put an arm on her shoulder. "You're all right. What did you see?" It took Cordy about five minutes before she answered his question.
"The same vampire gang that attacked the daycare is heading for Caritas." She said breathlessly as she let out another sob of pain.
"Shh," Angel soothed. "it's okay. It's okay. Easy. Come on, let's get you upstairs."
"Do you think they know?" Cordy whispered as Angel helped her up. Angel shook his head.
"I covered for you. Good move on your part though. You're getting better at knowing when a vision is gonna hit." Cordy grinned slightly through her tears.
"I felt it," Cordy whispered. "I felt it coming on. I knew I had to get out of there before it-"
"Oh my goodness!" Cordy turned to see her mother standing in the doorway. "Are you okay?"
"I'm fine," Cordy said. "I'm fine. I just got a little dizzy that's all. I skipped breakfast today because of a case we had." Sandy nodded.
"I'm taking her upstairs to lay down," Angel said. "She really needs rest and to just be by herself. Trust me when I say, she'll be fine." Sandy nodded and went back in the other room, shaking her head in disbelief. As Angel helped Cordy upstairs, she started to feel weak.
"I don't think I can make it," she whispered. "That vision was a whopper." Angel shook his head.
"Yes you can. It's gonna be okay. Just take it easy." As he said this, Cordy fell backward somewhat. "It's okay. Easy there." Angel said as he guided Cordy towards a spare room. "You're okay."
"That was a close one," Cordy said softly.
"You're telling me. After we get you settled, I'm gonna go down to Caritas and see what's up." Cordy shook her head.
"No, please don't leave. I don't know what's gonna happen and with my parents here, I don't feel safe without someone who knows." Angel nodded.
"All right, then. I'll send Gunn and Wes to take care of it." Cordy nodded and smiled slightly.
"Thanks. I really appreciate it." Angel nodded as he helped her to lay down.
After he had made sure she was comfortable, he went back downstairs to find Wesley waiting for him.
"You and Gunn are going to stop the vampires from heading for Caritas" Angel handed him a crossbow, "I'm counting on you!" He said as he walked off upstairs.
"Why aren't you coming?" Wes asked. "Cordy wants me to stay," he answered. Gunn joined and they both walked outside. Just then, Sandy entered the lobby.
"Where are they going?" she asked curiously.
"They've gone to get Cordy some ... urm ... medicine," Angel answered.
Meanwhile, Gunn and Wesley were walking towards Caritas where the vampires were heading.
"Hey!" A voice was heard behind them. Gunn rolled his eyes back as Wesley started to stutter.
"Erm... who are you?" he asked.
"You're going to come with us!" the man walked from the shadow, he was the vampire in charge of the Daycare Center raid. Wesley aimed his crossbow for the vampire's chest but before he could fire, another one came up behind him and grabbed it.
"Oho," Wesley looked at Gunn.
"You will join the children in the feeding," the vampire growled as his face went into feeding-mode. "Although they're for later!" He walked menacingly towards the two, they tried to run but one of his lackeys punched Wesley unconscious. Gunn held up a cross and the vamps stumbled backwards, he went to pick Wes up but the boss grabbed him and ran off.
"No!" Gunn yelled, he ran off as the boss disappeared with Wes, the rest of the vampires were chasing Gunn as he went back to get Angel.
"Thanks," Cordy said softly as Angel handed her a cup of iced tea.
"Thanks a lot."
"You're welcome," Angel replied. "Are you feeling any better?" Cordy nodded. "Good." Just then, Cordy felt another vision coming on. She closed her eyes and tried not to scream out in pain. Angel held her hand and tried to calm her. "It's okay," Angel said gently. "It's gonna be okay." Cordy wanted to believe him, but the pain was too much.
"It hurts!" She wailed. "It really hurts."
"I know," Angel soothed. "But it's gonna be okay.' After Cordy had calmed down, he asked, "What did you see?"
"Nothing," Cordy replied through her tears. "I didn't see anything. It was just blinding pain." Angel looked concerned.
"We better call Lorne." Cordy agreed and waited as Angel made the call.
"Is she okay?" Lorne asked in concern as he burst through the door twenty-minutes later.
"Is she all right?" Angel shook his head.
"I'm not sure. She's in a lot of pain and she got sick a couple of times. She's really scared too."
"Oh poor thing." Lorne replied sympathetically. He knew the visions were beginning to take a toll on Cordelia and he wanted to do everything in his power to help her. As Angel lead him through the lobby, Sandy poked her head in.
"Angel, do you have a chess-" She stopped when she saw Lorne. She gasped in surprise. "Who are you?" She asked.
"Oh this is Lorne. He's a friend of mine. He reads fourtunes and palms."
"How nice," Sandy said. "Why the make-up?"
"Oh! He works as a clown for local charities to help children. He also knows how to do magic." Angel said.
"Maybe he could teach me some tricks later," Sandy suggested with a grin.
"Later's great!" Lorne replied. "Now I have to go up and read some books to Amy." Sandy nodded. As they entered the room, Cordy turned her head to see who had come in.
"Hey," Angel said. "You're gonna be okay." Lorne nodded.
"All right, princess, you're gonna be fine. Let's just see if we can't figure out what's wrong here." Lorne said as he prepared to look inside Cordy's mind. Cordy nodded and tried not to cry out in pain.
Angel didn't want to leave Cordy in the state she was in. Even if it was only for a minute but she was in good hands. There also were also things to do. The main one was to make sure that Cordys parents didn't find out about Cordy's visions or about what was going on. As he reached the bottom of the stairs, Sandy rose from her spot.
"Is she all right?" She asked worriedly. "Is my baby girl okay?" Angel nodded.
"Yes. She's fine. At least she will be in a few hours."
"Can we see her?" Rick asked hopefully. Angel shook his head.
"Not yet. She has to rest." Sandy nodded and went back into the living room, unsure if she really believed him.
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