Chapter 5: No Other Way

Rating: PG

Summary: Reason why this is the only option.

Spoilers: up to Season 3 BtVS

Warning: Angst

Story Disclaimer: Just borrowing from Joss and his kind.

By this point Buffy is sobbing. "Can't I just stay with him to keep that from happening? Betraying him can't be the only way to save his life!"

Trying to help her understand, PTB reply, "Remember, his death isn't the only reason for doing this. Angel's destiny and all those he touches hinge on this as well."

Buffy starts sulking. "This isn't fair! Can't you stop him from betraying me instead?"

"Unfortunately, that wouldn't work. If he didn't betray you, then even more people would be at risk and he wouldn't have been able to come to your rescue. You and many others would have died."

Buffy has tears in her eyes. "Will I at least ever be able to tell anyone why I did this? It hurts so much that they hate me."

PTB look at her compassionately but resolutely. "No…they can never know the truth."

"Well, this sucks and I hate you for making me do it!"

A/N: I'm considering making this a series. Frequently Buffy – or possibly others – make a decision that doesn't make sense, this will be used to explain their actions. What do you think of that idea?