Gardens of Crimson Roses by Holly
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Summary: BtVS/West Wing crossover. A key presented as a sister, a friend drowning in a vat of darkened magic, a country torn apart at the seams. Buffy Summers travels to Washington DC to inquire the assistance of President Bartlet as Glory grows stronger in Sunnydale. Meanwhile, after answering a call of duty, Willow finds herself journeying into darkened territory, spurned onto a move that will change her life--and cost the lives of others.
Author's Notes: As promised, here it is. Didn't leave you guys hanging for all that long…those who haven't forgotten and are still interested. Anyone who's just now stumbled over this and thinks I'm quirky or insane to mesh the fandoms together, but similarly find yourselves irrevocably drawn to my little world out of curiosity or the desire to see me fall on my face, I highly recommend that you refer to the fic that precedes this entitled, Grey Gardens of Shadowed Rapture. Everything that happens in this Book, as well as Book III when I get to that, is a result of what happened in that story.
Much of the dialogue from this chapter and the following chapter are taken directly from the season premiere of The West Wing: Season 2. In fact, all snippets of dialogue from both shows of the applicable seasons are subject to usage when it's needed or in the event that I am extremely lazy. Anyone who points out that I use dialogue from the shows throughout the story will be directed to this note, and I will offer no apologies.
Book II is going to delve deeper into The West Wing world. I have absolutely no intention of going into detail of the specific politics that are involved in each episode. That would be tedious for me, and very boring for the few that actually decide to read this thing. However, as President Bartlet is a Democrat, and thankfully very liberal, there is every chance that my own similar political beliefs will leak through and offend those who are rightists or of the more conservative sway. I will try to remain as neutral as possible. I will also try not to get too caught up in it, as my interest lie more with the BtVS cast as it is, and how they will effect the lives of the Senior Staffers…and vice versa.
Thanks to everyone for the wonderful support in the previous book. I had absolutely no idea that people were actually going to read it. Those who stick around for this one, I appreciate it highly and hope not to disappoint you. I'm very excited about this project, and hope to keep the followers of the previous book interested with the twists I have in store for this one.
Thanks to Megan, Kimmie, and Kat for betaing. I would be lost without you ladies.
Best to all,
Previously : Buffy and Spike are accompanying Willow to Washington DC where she hopes to be reunited with her boyfriend, Sam Seaborn, Deputy Communications Director for President Bartlet. They hope to arrive in DC in time to hear the President speak in Rosslyn, Virginia. Halfway to DC, Willow starts acting bizarre, as though something is wrong.
In Rosslyn, as the President and his staff are leaving the event, multiple gunshots are fired from a building across the street, leaving Willow in the midst of a magically induced seizure with the knowledge that someone has been hit.
This story is not complete.