Knowing Me, Knowing You
During Season 3
Angel watches the Oz-wolf
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Response to the Peer Pressure challenge on Riotlist. My words are violent, musing, sleeping, translucent and Messiah. And sorry for the title, it was the best I could think of in 15 seconds.
Angel watched the threads of saliva dance from the Oz-wolf's jaw as it clawed futilely
away at the wire mesh that enclosed it. Its ink black eyes looked back at the man that
stood a few inches away from it, and flashed with rage. Angel was close enough to see, to
hear, to *smell*, but just not quite close so that the Oz-wolf could use its claws and its
teeth to pierce the pale flesh. It growled at the vampire, who returned the gaze, if not
It was the first time he'd agreed to look after Oz in the library, and he'd never realised
just how much the quiet, reserved young man changed when he was confined to a tiny part of
another creature's mind. The parallels were almost too obvious. Angelus might look like
Angel, talk like him and walk like him but he was only the echo of the besouled Angel. And
because he retained the memories of what he had done it was as if he had been
there all along. A horrified onlooker, powerless to stop the destruction caused by his own
hands. His own teeth. Oz, of course, didn't remember anything of when he was a wolf, but
Angel imagined that wouldn't make him feel any less guilty if he were to hurt someone.
Like Angel, Oz had become a monster at an early age. The rest of his life changed by one
simple bite. Oz was only a danger a fraction of the time, of course. On the other hand,
this confinement three nights a month would always be required. Unless someone found a
cure. Something that there could never be for Angel. He would never see his reflection
He really should get to know Oz better; of all of Buffy's friends, he was the one of which
he knew least. But he wanted to find out more, if only because he and Oz had more in
common than, well, any of the others. Even Buffy. But not today.
The Oz-wolf was quiet now, and Angel sat down at a table, flipping idly through one of
Giles' books. It was getting late, or rather, early. Xander was supposed to relieve Angel
of duty before dawn so that the vampire could slip home in safety. He had better arrive
soon; the sun wouldn't wait.
The sun did not. Xander had not arrived by the time Helios burst above the horizon, and
Angel remained in the library. He got up, avoiding the places where sun fell across the
floor of the library, and peered into the cage.
The buttery light of the morning cast slivers of light across Oz's sleeping form. His skin
was translucent and pale, the freckles across the tops of his shoulders providing the only
contrast. Then the small man stirred, and rolled over onto his back, arms outstretched
like Jesus on the cross. Angel knew he should give Oz privacy but couldn't not look at the
naked person in front of him, and couldn't repress the thoughts than ran through his head.
He didn't want to.
The sound of Xander arguing with Willow suddenly echoed from the corridor as they
approached the library, and Angel briefly turned to look at the door, swallowing. He
looked back at Oz, for one last glance before he moved away from the cage and his eyes met
Oz's, and Angel's mouth opened a little, suddenly sticky.
But Oz said nothing. He smiled a little, and nodded. Angel blinked, nodded in return, then
moved across the floor to the table, just as Willow and Xander swung open the doors.
He travelled home under a blanket in Oz's van. His driver said nothing during the journey,
except as he drew up to the mansion.
"I have a free period first thing."
Maybe today Angel would get to know Oz better after all.