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Title: An Alternate Ending to 'The Trial' in exactly 200 words.

Author: Patricia RD


Disclaimer: Not my characters. Joss owns it all.

Distribution: What? You really want this? Uh, okay, just let me know first.

Warning: Deals with murder/suicide (your pick)

Rated: PG-13

Summary: What the title says. LiveJournal challenge from PrincessTwilite: Male/female in a motel room. A note. A gun.



Lindsey was having second thoughts.

The firm had wanted to bring Dru into the game, bring the Darla Angelus knew back, but he’d bought some time, promising to bring her to them. And then, in the dingy motel room, one look into Darla’s tired eyes and he was ready to let her leave with Angel, living her last days in some sort of peace. Angel could hide her, found someplace safe for a while.

And now as he waited for Angel to bring the car, he looked at the sleeping beauty, all innocence and calm for one moment. A piece of paper con the nightstand caught his attention. A goodbye note. She had feared

she wouldn’t see him again. With a sight, he pulled the gun out of his holster. He’d changed his mind. He

couldn’t allow them to suffer. If she left, he couldn’t live anymore. If she stayed, she would be turned, a precious part of her lost forever. One of them wasn’t leaving the room alive. He pointed the gun at himself, then at Darla, over and over, making a choice, when he heard footsteps approaching, closer.

Before Angel could open the door, Lindsey pulled the trigger.

The End