All characters from the Dune Universe are property of the Frank Herbert Estate. All characters from the Buffyverse are Property of Joss Whedon. Everything else belongs to me.
“This is what people don’t understand about us. We’re just family.”
-Notes from the Golden Throne.
She didn’t care who she hurt on her way to the safe room. Buffy knocked both slayers and Bringers out of her way as she ran blindly down the steps. Down five levels of the imperial mansion she fled until she found the pile of rubble and shattered steel that was the safest place in the world. She could hear the moaning of the injured. She could hear the voice of Colette beneath the tons of concrete and plaz. Buffy didn’t hesitate. She began to work her way through the rubble tossing metric tons of concrete aside as if they were Styrofoam blocks. Her strength came natural to her. Buffy Summers was the emissary of the Destroyer. Buffy lifted a five meter section of steel and saw the battered body of Colette Searas. Buffy remembered her face. She was Liam’s childhood sweetheart. Colette was somewhat injured. There was a nasty bruise on her forehead. Buffy bent down over her. She made sure the slayer was awake.
“Where is Liam?” She asked. Fear made her voice tremble. Colette looked out of one swollen eye. All she could say was “He’s gone.”Before:
A trillion evil stars fell down upon him. In the space of a millionth of a second something
reached out and grabbed him. Liam awoke in a white room. Angelus recognized where he was immediately.
“The last time I saw this place it was at the top floor of the Wolfram and Hart building.” The memories of Angelus informed Liam. He was in the white room which was the conduit to the senior partners.
A little girl approached him. She looked about age five. She wore a simple pink dress. Her hair was blond just like her grandmothers.
“Hi, daddy!” she said. She held a huge grin on her face. Her head was round. She had full cheeks. “They said I could see you today!”
It took Liam a moment to notice the couple walking up behind her. The couple consisted of one male and one female humanoid. They both had similar androgynous features. They could have been brother and sister.
“It survived.” One of them said. “It wasn’t supposed to survive. The weapon has no use beyond its function. Its function has been fulfilled. ” The female spoke. Liam could hear the distain in her voice.
“He’s my daddy!
” The little girl said with all the strength her tiny body could muster. She bawled her fists against her tiny waist. The couple stared down at her with contempt yet they made no move to contradict her.
“I know these losers.” The memory of Angelus said to Liam. “They speak for the Powers-that-Be.” Liam was awed. He was in the presence of those who spoke for the gods. “The last time I saw them they were lying in a pool of their own blood.” Angelus said.
The little girl walked over to Liam. She pressed her tiny soft lips against his ear. “I told mommy I wouldn’t let the bad man get you. He was going to burn you daddy! So I brought you here.”
All the pieces suddenly came together. He began to understand what he was dealing with.
“What are you?” He asked as he looked into her pale blue within blue eyes.
“I am something new, I am something old. I am something that has not been seen since before eternity began. I am one of the Powers-That-Be.”
“How?” He asked.
She smiled in a way that sent a shiver up his spine. “That’s another story for another time.” She said. Liam was quite sure that the being before him was not a little girl at all.
Liam saw on the sleeve of her dress in tiny letters the letters “AA”. It took him a moment to decode them.
“Annie Atreides.” He whispered to her. A shocked look came across her face that turned to joy and then tears.
“My name!” she said. “I finally know my name!” She smiled in a twisted way as she turned to the couple that had been keeping her prisoner. Annie Atreides glowed. Her body lifted itself inches above the ground.
“Time to go home daddy.” She said. She waved her hand and Liam disappeared in a burst of light. Microseconds after he was gone she destroyed the pocket universe she had built and then she turned her anger on the gods who had betrayed her.
Buffy’s heart sank. Liam was gone. Colette’s words were still echoing in her ears. All her strength was useless now. All she could do was bend steel and crush metal. She couldn’t bring her son back. "You look terrible.” someone said. Buffy turned her head. Liam was standing next to her. It took all of her self control to keep from crushing him.Epilog:
Lightning flashed across the dark Arrakis sky. The First was dying killed by the ultimate vampire. As it died its power scattered across the planet burning Arrakis where it touched. The First contained a significant amount of magic and demonic energy.
The effect was called Thaumogenesis. It was the creation of life by magic. Where the energies of the First struck hideous bloodthirsty things began to pull themselves out of the sand. One of the monsters stood naked under the dark Arrakis sky as ancient memories poured back into its regenerated form. This was a particularly nasty monster. Only by sacrificing the First could it be brought back to its undead life. Dracula
, lord of the undead, had returned.