Chapter 1


Angel, Wesley, Gunn, Fred, and Lorne had been given the offer, a very tempting offer. To take over Wolfram and Hart, or at least the LA branch of it. Each had to make this decision for him or herself.


Angel: So, what do you guys think?

Lorne: You know me, I'm pretty adaptable. Whatever you guys decide is fine with me.

Angel: I'm taking it.

Wesley: You are?

Angel: Yeah, why not?

Wesley: Angel when you make a deal with the devil, you don't change the devil. The devil changes you.

Gunn: Angel makes a good point. I've been fighting to save my neighborhood for as long as I can remember, and what good has it done?

Wesley: How many lives have you saved doing this? I honestly don't know the number, but I'm guessing it's high.

Gunn: And how many are still alive? Much less. Those people I saved, a lot of them just died later. Things didn't get better, but maybe now I'll have the resources to help people.

Wesley: At the cost of your soul.

Gunn: I was willing to sell my soul for a truck, because that's what I needed to save my community. This deal is just on a bigge scale, for a smaller cost.

Wesley: You really believe that. You really think you can do this job, without hurting people?

Gunn: I know for a fact that more people die from neglect than vampires.

Wesley: I can't stop any of you from accepting this Faustian bargain, but I'm out.


As Wesley was walking away Fred ran after him. They had a brief conversation, but then Fred went back to Angel.


Fred: I thought I could convince him, but he walked away.

Angel: And you?

Fred: Gunn has a valid point, and maybe if I stay, I can help keep collateral damage to a minimum.

Lorne: And I definitely can do some good at the PR department, I'm in.

Angel: Okay, for better or worse, we're all in.