Subtlety >> The House Always Wins

C/A spice: Medium

In the first scene, Connor is fight a vamp. As he does...

The camera pulls back to show Angel leaning on the edge of the roof of a nearby building, watching.

Angel: "You're talking too much. Gives him time to... Watch it! Don't let him box you in. That's it Connor. No, don't go toe to toe. He's too big. Faster than he looks. Wait for an opening. Stay sharp. You can do it. - That's it."

Cordy: "Of course he can do it. He's his father's son. Same dark good looks, same lost boy sweetness, and the broodyness, boy, he got that down stone cold."

Camera pulls back again into the white light and clouds from where Cordy is watching them both.

Cordy: "You really don't have to worry about him, Angel. But maybe there is something you could be worrying a little more about, like, for instance, *me!* Remember me? The one stuck in misty magicland for like, eternity? You've got to get me out of here, Angel. Please! Help me!"

Angel raises his head a little, as if he can hear Cordelia.

I liked this scene, - Angel watching Connor, Cordelia watching Angel watching Connor, me watching Cordelia watching Angel watching Connor.

Angel: "I know you're there - watching me."

Cordy: "Oh my god! Angel, you can hear me? I so love you! You don't know what it's been like!"

Fred, coming up from behind him: "We weren't spying."

Cordy: "Ah, for crap's sake."

You hear that? She *so* loves him! Also notice how she only talks to Angel, and doesn't even try talking to the others.

Later on, the gang (or what's left of it) goes to Vegas. Angel is in a casino and he notices that the people at the slot machines seem a little zombie-like.

Cordy: "You're picking up on it, too, aren't you Angel? Something is wrong with those people. They could probably use your help."

The camera pulls back into the white glowing clouds where Cordy floats.

Cordy: "So that's got me wondering: where is that keen sense of perception as far as I'm concerned, huh? What, am I out of the range of your super vampire senses? Angel!"

The sound of his name echoes as the camera focuses back on Angel, standing between the slot machines. Angel looks up and scans the room.

He hears it again, they definitely do have some kind of connection. This kinda reminds me of Birthday, when Cordy is trying to communicate with Angel - and he does sense something, but sorta brushes it off. "How are *you* a champion??? In what way are *you* a champion?!"

In this scene, Fred, Gunn, and Lorne have been apprehended, and Angel is still the under clueless slot machine zombie thrall.

Cordy up in her clouds: "Oh, this is just great! What's the point of being an all powerful what's-a-ma-whosit if I'm not allowed to intervene? My - my friends are gonna die! I mean - what am I supposed to... - Angel. God. Look what they've done to you. If I could just get you in that room, maybe... - Oh! Think, bubble head! How do I..."

The slot machine in front of Angel stops on nothing. Angel inserts another quarter and pulls the lever. The machine stops on two diamonds with a third one just above the line. Angel looks down into the cup he is holding. There are no more quarters in it.

Angel: "Huh?"

Suddenly the third diamond moves down. The light on top of the machine and a bell go off as the machine dings constantly.

That's a pretty cool trick. If I could get me one of those Higher-Being-Cordys, I'd go buy a nice New York lottery ticket...

Angel, Fred, Gunn, and Lorne are back at the hotel, walking in from the garden.

Angel: "Just thinking. It doesn't make any sense winning on that slot machine."

Gunn: "Well, maybe DeMarco was right. Glitch in the machine."

Lorne: "Or maybe Lady Luck was smiling down on you."

Lady Cordy, that is.

Angel: "Hmm. Lady Luck. I don't know. Just, I don't get why or how I was able to fight when I had no reason to, no destiny."

Lorne: "Well, even without a flight plan, bucko, you are still a stealth bomber. You were fighting for your friends' futures. The people you love are part of your destiny, and nobody can take that away, not even you.

What is so right about Lorne saying "the people you love are part of your destiny, and nobody can take that away..." is that it doesn't only refers to Fred and Gunn, but also Cordy. Even in her higher being plane, she isn't severed from Angel. She still helped him, and now it seems, the "nobody can take that away" part is more true... because she comes back.

As Fred, and Gunn enter, they see Angel has stopped short at the doorway. Cordelia is standing in the hotel lobby.

Angel: "Cordelia?"

Cordy turns around and looks at them.

Cordy: "Who are you people?"

Tell me we don't live in a soap opera.

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