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This story is No. 2 in the series "The Slayers Of Dune Book III". You may wish to read the series introduction and the preceeding stories first.

Summary: An ancient enemy not seen since the old days of the Butlerian Jihad returns.

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chapter 20

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.


The sins of this universe would trouble anyone.


That night he had a dream. It wasn’t a prophecy dream or a vision sent to him by the Destroyer. This was not spice vision. This was something sent to him from the secret parts of himself. Liam tossed in his bed as the vision came upon him. Conner, Angel’s only son, stood by his bed. Liam turned and looked at him sleepy.

“An old enemy has returned” He said.

Liam rolled his eyes. “Which old enemy?” He asked.

“One who can open the door to Quor-Toth, the one that sent me to hell.” Conner said. “Ask the machines where they got the idea for dimensional shifting. They reversed engineered it by watching him.”

It took Liam a moment to generate the answer. “Sahjhan?” he asked.

“Sahjhan, the dimensional shifting demon that almost killed Angel. He’s after you now.” Conner said. Liam could hear the concern in his voice.

“Why?” Liam asked. He was sitting up now.

“He works for The Silent Gods.” Conner said. You should have been destroyed along with the First. You can time travel. You can undo the works of the Powers that Be.” Conner bent down close to Liam. "Something else you should know Liam, and I think this is more important than you.”

“What?” Liam asked.

“Mesektet waits for Annie.” Conner said. He jerked his head at the sound of approaching footsteps from beyond the world. “The end of days are coming!” Conner said and then he disappeared. Liam had a million questions. He knew none of them would be answered tonight.

“The end of days.” Liam thought. He remembered what his daughter Annie had told him when they went to see Buffy and discovered Dracula with her.

She had said:

“Daddy, the Gods are coming. They are very, very angry at you. They don’t want you here.” Annie cried as she hugged him. “I won’t be able to save you.” Liam understood those words now.

“The end of days.” He thought again as he scanned all possible futures. All he could envision was himself on a tower standing between the harsh daylight of Arrakis and the infinite darkness of the night sky.

The End

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