Title: Power Still Remains
Rating: FR 15
Fandom/Theme: Angel/Merry Gentry
Disclaimer: I own none of the characters featured here. They belong to their respective creators and production companies.
Distribution: NeverNormal, TtH, Ffnet
Series: FFA Madness #23; Guarding the Princess #4
FFA Pairing: Fred/Andais
Summary: The Queen finds someone else who is not from her realm originally.
Author's Note: I'm really excited about my FFA collection now- think I'll end up having close to 70 stories here by the time I'm done...all these wonderful pairings that have my muses jumping up and down in excitement. You can also track my progress on this and my other stories at my Nevernormal blog, if you are so inclined.
The soul who had once been housed in the body of Winifred Burkle still marveled at where she had ended up. She hadn't liked what her lab assistant back on her Earth had been planning- bringing a demonic godhead out from the Primordium? What had Knox been thinking? she remembered muttering as her body had been wracked with fever and chills as Illyria burned her way through her -Fred's- body and Wesley could only sit there helplessly.
Goddess help me! I didn't want this to happen! I've got so much more I want to do! she screamed out mentally, then was surprised when she felt a cool feminine hand on her forehead and a voice whispered in her ear “Daughter of Eve, you will have your just reward.” right before her body seized up from pain and everything went black.
Even now as one of the Queen's maids, Fred, or Evergreen, as she was now known, she heard the gossip when the Queen had appointed her son Cel and niece Meredith as co-heirs until one of them had a child. Since the Goddess, in her infinite wisdom, had brought Evergreen to this world as a fae descendant of a fertility deity, she blended right in with the rest of the Unseelie court. She had met Cel a few times and hadn't cared for him at all; he reminded her too much of Angelus. Then she heard from the pixie Peasblossom that another girl had appeared at court and given fealty to Merry as one of her guards. She had also recently been proclaimed by Andais to have the geas lifted for her and be allowed use of whichever of the guards she pleased, though Peas hadn't been quite sure why that had been. Fred was currently on her way to the Queen's chambers, but the fellow servant who'd informed her of the request hadn't known why.
“Ah, Evergreen, do come in,” Andais spoke in a deceptively calm tone. Fred had experience with that kind of voice already. It was the same kind of insidious tone Angelus had had when he'd been taunting her, Wes and Gunn- the kind of voice that swirled around your ankles like fog and latched on with deadly perception.
“Yes my Queen?” she asked, bowing as low as she could.
“I remember how you once told me when my guards found you that you had another body- another name- from when you lived in your world- the one with vampires.”
Fred bowed even lower, her knees on the cold stone and her face as far down as she could go. “Y-yes, you Majesty- I had the name of Winifred in that world,” she answered quietly, not daring to look up. She'd learned that from the other maids the first week after she'd been found. The rustle of stiff taffeta reached her ears as Andais stepped down from the dias her bed sat on and stalked towards her kneeling handmaiden. “And did you bring anyone else with you?” she asked calmly as she lifted Fred's chin so she could look in the younger girl's eyes.
“No, My Queen. I was told by the Goddess that my soul wasn't dine and that I would be put to where I would be the most useful,” Fred responded.
Andais pursed her lips in a way that showed she wasn't pleased with the answer. “And yet...” she began, lost in thought, then, remembering her audience, dismissed a bewildered Fred with a wave.