Winifred "Fred" Burkle
Chosen Name: Fred
Age: 26
Race: Human
Position: Thinker? Crazy person?
Affiliation: Angel Investigations

"Handsome man, saved me from the monsters."



I'm gonna study, mom. I'm gonna learn every damn thing they know up there, and then figure out some stuff they don't. And I'll be careful. I'll even be dull, boring. Cross my heart.

The only child of Roger and Trish Burkle, Fred grew up in a loving household in Dallas Texas. A smart girl, she sailed through high school as well as her bachelor's degree, never veering far from home. She even went to college at the Dallas State School so that she could stay close to her family. However, every bird has to spread it's wings, and Fred's time came when she found her calling to study physics. Accepted to the UCLA program in Los Angeles, she moved to the big city.

Excelling in all of her classes, Fred proved herself to be a bright, up and coming physicist. When she wasn't in the lab or studying, she was working at the Stewart Brunell Public Library. It was in this library that Fred came upon the ancient text that opened the portal to Pylea. Always curious, she spoke part of the ancient text aloud, which activated the portal and sucked her into the Hellish dimension without giving her any way of returning.


Fred: I've been trying to make an enchilada out of tree bark.
Angel: Bark enchiladas. How's that goin'?
Fred: There's work to be done.

For five years, Fred survived Pylea. She worked as a cow with an explosive collar around her neck for two years before finally managing to disable her collar and escape into the woods. There, she found a small cave that she made her own and hid away from everyone and everything that could take her back to being a slave. Every once in awhile she would have to travel into town to steal food and sometimes her curiosity just got the best of her. Scribbling physic equations and pictographs on the wall in an attempt to both remember and forget her old life, she went a little insane. In a defense mechanism, she convinced herself that LA and that dimension never existed - that this had always been her life. Still very smart and with amazing survival instinct, she managed to keep herself alive for five years until luck sent Cordelia Chase into Pylea after seeing a vision of what happened to Fred.

On one of her information and food gathering expeditions, Fred saw Cordelia brought in to town and bought. In between yelling and disbelief, Cordelia mentioned the United States and that triggered something for Fred. She followed Cordelia to where she was put to work and tried to talk to her. Found out, she was captured and sentenced to death by beheading. Once again, luck was on her side as the man (or vampire as the case may be) called in to do the honors was none other than Angel. Unable to proceed with the beheading, he rescued Fred and took her back to the woods where she showed him her hide out. While he explored, Angel discovered that this was the woman from Cordelia's vision and told her that they could take her back to LA. Though unable to believe it possible, she couldn't help but agree to lead Angel back to the Castle to rescue his friends. On the way back, they were attacked by guards and, in order to protect Fred, Angel vamped out only to find that in Pylea his demon completely overshadowed his human form. He brutal murdered the guards, but he didn't hurt Fred, instead, he ran off. There, he met Wesley and Gunn and tried to attack them. Fred came to their rescue by luring Demon-Angel away with a bag of blood back to her cave.

There, she nursed a shell-shocked Angel back to health and never seemed to be scared of him. After his insistence to go after his friends, she followed him and offered to help him call out the Groosalugg as a diversion to let the others inside to get to Cordelia. The kingdom saved, the girl rescued, Fred accompanied the clan back to LA where she was very happy to discover that tacos had not gone extinct.

Angel Investigations

Can I say somethin' about destiny? Screw destiny! If this evil thing comes, we'll fight it and we'll keep fightin' it until we whup it. 'Cause destiny is just another word for inevitable, and nothing's inevitable as long as you stand up, look it in the eye, and say, "You're evitable!"

However, even once she was saved from Pylea, Fred has returned to a world that is different than she remembers. There are portals opening up everywhere and hellish demons sometimes make appearances. She thought she was rescued from the nightmare land and instead found herself living another one.

Friends and Enemies


  • Angel

Care About

  • Cordelia
  • Gunn
  • Wesley

Trade Secrets

She can bring this:


Once More With Feeling

  • Diamond in the Rough - Shawn Colvin
  • Closer to Fine - Indigo Girls
  • Wide Open Spaces - Dixie Chicks
  • Humble Me - Norah Jones
  • Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley
  • My Friends - Dar Williams
  • Because - The Beatles
  • Faith - George Michael
  • A Place Called Home - Kim Richey
  • Extraordinary Machine - Fiona Apple


Hotel California - plunderbunny - 12 May 2013 22:15

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