In a dark void, a group of people sat confused. Willow was wondering why she couldn’t touch her magic, Buffy was wondering where all the demons went, Giles and Ethan were curled together wondering why they couldn’t feel their connection to the Earth, Andrew was staring into space wondering if he was dead, Faith was confused at why Xander wasn’t with them and began to worry, and Dawn was glaring at Willow somehow knowing that this was all her fault.
The air shimmered around the seven and they formed a circle, hoping to that they wouldn’t have to fight. They blinked upon seeing five men and five women appeared each with a clipboard and two pens, one marked good and the other evil. The blank space shifted to a court room and the ten people sat on the upper dais, looking down at the group and motioned them to sit.
“Faith Lehane, step forward and face judgment.” The voice was booming and a shaky Faith walked into the center of the room.
“You were called as a Slayer and have done what you could to help. You have also joined Sorcerer Richard Wilkins and done evil. However, you chose to repent for your sins, and have received forgiveness from those that you have wronged. Step in the circle and be judged.”
Faith swallowed and stood in the blue circle and felt as if her entire life was being picked apart. Thinking back to Xander, he was the last person she ever expected to forgive her, and he did it with a small smile and a hug. She kept her eyes on the panel before her and smiled, she did what she could to repent, and as Xander had once told her, sometimes your best is enough.
“You may go through the green door, you have been judged.” Faith bowed and left, knowing that she gave it her all. Once she was through the doors, Faith smiled at the sight of the beautiful fields. This is where her sister Slayers were, and it was where they could rest from the darkness that was their destiny.
“Rupert Giles and Ethan Rayne step forward and face judgment.” Both men made their way to the same spot that Faith had stood and waited.
“Both of you have done much for good and evil. You understood your nature much more than many others could, but Rupert had been repressed, thus Ethan had to restore some form of balance. Step in the circle and be judged.”
Both men swallowed and let their lives play out in their minds. Both knew that there was a high chance that they would not see Heaven, but they didn’t mind. They did what they could to correct their mistakes in the past, and worked hard to ensure that there were no other issues that forced them to undergo a half life once more. They were Chaos and Order, and by having one suppressed for so long, Giles was still trying to understand what had happened in the first place.
“You may go through the blue door, you have been judged.” Both men bowed and made their way to the door. Upon closing they smiled at the sight of Janus’ temple. They had a feeling that only he could properly punish them for anything that they had done. Walking into the temple before them, both men felt that they were finally home.
“Andrew Wells step forward and face judgment.” Swallowing, Andrew stepped forward and waited to be punished.
“You are a powerful magic user and have used your skills for both good and evil. You understand that you have done many wrongs. Step into the circle and be judged.”
Andrew kept his head bowed as his life passed before him. He knew that there was a small chance that he’d be redeemed, but he felt that he should have died instead of Anya. Xander’s words rang though his mind as he stood there; everyone has a chance to do good, and by helping us as you have been, you choose to be good, not evil, and that is the beginning of your redemption.
“You may walk through the yellow door, you have been judged.” Bowing, Andrew walked through the door only to stare in shock. He was not in hell, or any dimension of hell, making his way over to the group before him, Andrew bit back tears and smiled at being given a chance to help those that needed it, he would protect the new warriors with all that he was, and nothing would stop him from helping them complete their goals.
“Dawn Summers step forward and face judgment.” The loud voice seemed to echo around the room this time and Dawn stood where the others had and waited.
“You were created to hold the Key, and thus your existence is not common. You shall be judged only on what you truly have been alive for. Step into the circle and be judged.”
Dawn swallowed at the reminder that she was really just a creation of a green ball of energy but then Xander’s words from when she was wondering about her place cemented her. Standing in the blue circle with a peaceful smile on her face, Dawn waited to be told where to go. She hoped if she passed she got to see her mother again, she missed her.
“You may walk through the orange door, you have been judged.” Bowing to the ten beings, Dawn walked through the door and brightened at the sight before her. Sprinting over she pounced her mother and held her as she basked in the woman’s love.
“Mommy, where’s Xander?” She looked up with worried eyes and Joyce smiled.
“He’s somewhere safe and will finish living a full life.”
“Of course sweetie, now let’s go see Tara and the others.” Following her mother, Dawn looked walked into a life where she no longer had to worry about being killed by demons.
“Buffy Summers and Willow Rosenberg step forward and face judgment.” Both girls stepped forward and waited.
“Buffy Summers, you have once been given your rewards for your trails, thus you shall be judged on when you were pulled back from them. Willow Rosenberg, you are a powerful practitioner and shall be judged over all magical acts. Step into the circles and be judged.”
The pair stepped into the glowing circles and winced as their minds were delved into. Each action and inaction was watched; each spell cast and result was weighted and after a lifetime of judging both girls looked up.
“Both of you shall follow us to your judgments.” With that the ten beings led Buffy and Willow to a silver door. Upon walking through it their hands were chained for a moment.
“Buffy Summers, you will learn humility within one year before you are granted your final rest.” With that Buffy was pulled through a red portal and Willow was restrained.
“Willow Rosenberg, you will be cast into the darkest of pits where you must survive without the aid of magic or machines. You will be normal and have to deal with the magics that you used against others. Memory spells, your plans to destroy the world, the destruction of the realm that you lived in, casting Alexander Harris to a reality where he has no natal ties, all of the spells that you twisted and blamed someone else when they went wrong, as well as the forced changing of one man to beast and his sex. You will not see the final rest for many years, for you shall be in the pit for a century at the least. Remember, you kept breaking the three fold rule, and your arrogance is now your downfall.” With that she was banished to the deeper pits where she would have to fight her way to the top. It would take her many years before she realized that as well.
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