Title: Sound the Bugle Now

Author: Mel

Rating: G

Warnings: Nothing much. Just massive Wes-angst and a character death

Spoilers: A Hole In The World, although I can't imagine who among the fans hasn't seen it by now

A/N: This is a song-drabble that came to me now that I've been watching my Angel DVDs again. I know I can't be the only one who thinks Wes is probably the most tragic figure in the entire Buffyverse. Every time the poor guy gets close to being happy, Joss would have life kick him in the guts again. And if you follow the comics, it's still going on because now he's the Senior Partners' flunky for the rest of eternity. The song is "Sound the Bugle Now" from Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron. Yes, I have a thing for animated movies. No, it's not the entire song because the last segment didn't fit. I can pass on the lyrics though if you want them.

Feedback: Is welcome, along with sexy vampires. Flames will be quickly doused by Ilyria

She goes silent and still as death claims her, her battle now lost

My Fred...so courageous...so beautiful, even in this condition

Sound the bugle now

Play it just for me

As the seasons change, remember how I used to be

This creature has left me as it left her: An empty shell

Hollow...lifeless...dead inside...devoid of hope.

Now I can't go on

I can't even start

I've got nothing left, just an empty heart

My hopes, my dreams, my future...

my heart and my soul...All are gone now.

I'm a soldier, wounded so I must give up the fight

There's nothing more for me, lead me away

or leave me lying here

When death comes, I will embrace its release

But it will be only physical, for I am already gone.

Sound the bugle now

Tell them I don't care

There's not a road I know that leads to anywhere

I know that my life ended when Fred drew her final breath

I know that as she died, so did I die with her.

Without a light I fear that I will

Stumble in the dark

Lay right down,decide not to go on