"Well Willow," Buffy said, sounding excited, "Giles gave me the night off, Xander and Angel are handling patrols, and I have been told to relax. I guess Giles finally realized even Slayers need to have a break occasionally. So, what are we going to do tonight?"
"You yelling at him had the desired effect, huh?"
"I couldn't help it.
The boys get to go out and party, why can't I? It's not like I want
to go bar hopping every night or anything, but I need to go wild every
now and then. Especially after having to kill that chaos demon.
So, tonight we go out, get drunk, meet up with Xander and Angel, and I can take Xander home and seduce him."
"He still trying to take things slowly?"
"Yeah. I think
he's afraid if we sleep together it would mess things up. I know we've
only been dating a few weeks, but it's been building for so long it feels
much longer. I'm going to make him take advantage of me
"Sounds like a good plan. So, where do you want to go anyway?"
"Not the Bronze. Too many kids there. How about we try that new club across town? We can get dressed up and do a little dancing?"
Later that night
"Damn this club is
awesome," Buffy yelled over the music and their dance partners.
"I love this place. We have to bring our boyfriends here."
Buffy emphasized the word boyfriends for the benefit of the guys that were
hitting on her and Willow. Finally fed up with the way her dance partner was trying to grope her; she dragged Willow back to their table.
"No more dancing for you.'" She told Willow giggling. "You're drunk and have no slayer powers to defend yourself against all these guys."
Buffy ordered the girls
2 more drinks as Willow was dancing around in her chair. Just as
Willow finished her drink and was about to order another one, a guy came
up and asked her to dance. She said yes and was about to
head to the dance floor when Buffy grabbed her arm.
"Sorry," she told the guy, "she's had enough dancing for one night."
"But Buffy, he was cute."
"Willow! What about Angel?"
"Angel's not cute, he's hot. And sexy."
"That's not what I meant and you know it! I thought you two had something going on? What's wrong? My ex not good enough for you? You know I'm okay with this don't you? I want you and Angel to get together. You make him happy in a way I never could. It was tough at first, when he got out of hell and was closer to you, but now I'm really happy he has you. You guys are such good friends, he and now never were friends. And you should be friends first. Plus, I love Xander now. And…"
"Buffy, stop babbling! That's my job and now everyone else is doing it. First Xander and Oz, and even Angel. Now you."
"Willow, back to Angel."
"I really just don't want to start anything right now. It's too soon. Oz and I just broke up a couple of weeks ago, and I need time. Angel understands that, why can't you? Now, if you won't let me dance with cute boys, you're going to have to dance with me."
"Of course. I guess my little wallflower grew up. Let's boogie."
About 2 AM, Buffy and Willow stumbled out of the bar, literally. Buffy tripped on the way out and landed flat on her face.
"Ouch, that hurts."
"Poor Buffy, hehe, the slayer fell on her face. And I'm still standing. And dancing," Willow said doing her best ballerina impersonation and almost ended up beside Buffy.
"Help me up prima donna."
Willow helped Buffy up and they began walking home.
"I'm glad we live in a town where you can walk everywhere, but shouldn't we page the boys and have them walk us home?" Willow asked, trying to figure out if her and Buffy's laughing and stumbling would get them killed. Plus, she really wanted to see Angel.
"Nope. I may be drunk, but I am still the slayer. Besides, I want to surprise Xander. They should be finishing up the last patrol through the cemetery. Let's head there."
The girls made their way to the cemetery still dancing, stumbling, and giggling.
The guys were fighting a couple of vampires. As Angel staked the last one, the girls stalked out from behind one of the big crypts.
"BOO!!" The girls shouted in unison.
"Damn you two. You scared the shit out of me," Xander yelled at them after he realized who they were. He had hidden behind Angel when they jumped out.
"Not me," Angel said "I heard you coming."
"Angel, you little…blood sucking fiend you, you could have warned me."
"Ah, Xand-man, what's the fun in that. So, how are you doing? Did you have a fun night off?"
"Oh yeah," Buffy said. "We had a blast. A little dancing, a little drinking. I think Willow danced with every single guy there, and some of the taken ones too."
"No I didn't. Only a few boys. And you danced with as many as I did!"
"Buffy," Xander exclaimed, as Willow doubled over laughing and pointing at Buffy.
"Don't worry Xanderpoo,
I was wishing I was dancing with you the whole time. Well, except
when I was dancing with Willow… Xander, get that look at of your
eyes mister! Man, I mention dancing with Willow and you go off
in some sort of threesome fantasy."
"No, I didn't. Okay, I did. I'm sorry."
"Forgiven. Hey, where did Willow and Angel go?"
"I don't know, but Angel can take care of Willow. Come on drunken slayer. Let me walk you home."
"Oh goodie, and Xander?"
"I just wanted to tell you I am planning on seducing you tonight."
Xander started walking
faster, almost braking into a run, as they headed to the apartment she
and Willow shared. Buffy just giggled and tried to keep up.
But a part of her couldn't help but wonder what Willow and Angel were
As Buffy and Xander headed back to Buffy and Willow's apartment, Angel and Willow were walking across the other side of the cemetery.
"Thanks for walking with me Angel. Buffy needs some time alone with Xander. For what she has planned for tonight, I think it would best if I'm not there."
"And just what does Buffy have planned for Xander?" Angel asked with an amused sound in his voice.
"I can't tell you that. It's private," Willow said, turning redder by the second.
"That's okay. I can tell by the look on your face what it is. So, Buffy's planning on making her move tonight?"
"Yep. Xander won't know what hit him. He doesn't stand a chance."
"Oh, I don't think he'll protest too much. He's really in love with her."
"And she's in love
with him too. I'm glad they got together. She needs someone
who understands who she is. Someone who knows she is the slayer.
Xander understands what her life means and he can help her. Plus,
look so cute together."
"So, do you want to stay at the mansion tonight? To give the lovebirds some space? The guest room is free." <I just wish you would stay in my room, but I can be patient.>
"I'd appreciate that." <I want to stay with Angel in his room. Hmm, maybe I can seduce him tonight. Hehe.>
They continued on to
the mansion, with Willow stopping occasionally to try to get Angel to dance
with her. In order to get Willow there without running into any more
vamps or nasties, Angel finally decided to just tango
their way home. It was late enough that no one saw them, but if they had, they would have assumed they were a couple in love. And behaving in a very silly manner.
By the time Angel managed to get Willow inside, she was close to passing out, but she wanted to have another drink anyway. <Maybe this will give me the courage to seduce Angel.> She headed straight to the kitchen
"Angel, don't you have anything to drink besides blood?"
"Oh yeah, I have OJ, Coke, water, and maybe even some apple juice if Xander didn't drink it all."
"Cool, OJ. Now where's the vodka?"
"Willow, I think you've had enough to drink. Let me get you a glass of water, " Angel said as he steered Willow to the living room. "Now, have a seat and watch TV."
Willow just sat there and pouted until Angel got back. "But I want a courage drink."
"What do you mean, a courage drink?"
"So I can get up the nerve to seduce you."
"You need to be drunk to seduce me? Should I be flattered or insulted?"
"I don't have to be drunk to seduce you, but to get the COURAGE to seduce you."
"Oh, well no offense Willow, but in your state I don't think I can let you seduce me. However, when you're sober, feel free. In fact, I'll even help you out. Just knowing you want to seduce you will help me get the courage to seduce you. Now, drink your water and we can watch a movie."
"Only if we can watch 'The Little Mermaid' again."
Ever since she had introduced Angel to Disney movies, he had begun collecting them. They usually watched a least one a week.
"Okay, but I am NOT singing this time."
"You're no fun."
Angel put the movie on and settled in on the couch beside Willow. She decided he would make a better pillow and snuggled up against him.
"Angel makes a nice pillow," Willow said, sounding very sleepy.
Angel sat enjoying
the feel of Willow resting in his lap. She had her head on his shoulder
and he could feel her heartbeat beside him. About the time
Ariel got her legs, he could tell Willow was fast asleep. Angel carried
her into the guestroom and placed her down on the bed. On an impulse,
he got in the bed next to her and cuddled her close to him. He thought
about the sweet, loving women he held in his arms. Her offbeat sense
of humor that always made him smile. Her intellect and insatiable
curiosity that amazed him; she always hungered for knowledge, whether or
not she wanted to learn about the things she researched. She never
tried to pretend that monsters and the like were just myths. She
faced things head on with courage rarely seen in one so innocent and sweet.
Her dedication to studying magik was rooted in a desire to help the slayer
and others. She wasn't the slayer, but she stood by the slayer's
side time and again. She was a true friend to all who knew her, especially
him. She always listened intently when he talked about how his life
used to be and how he wanted it to be in the future. She made him
want to open up in a way no one else could. He had shared everything
with her, and she never turned away. She accepted him for who he
was and who he could be. When she didn't understand a part of him,
she would talk to him, not pretend it didn't exist. How could someone
as sweet as her ever know the life he had lead? But she wanted to
find out and she used that knowledge to learn how to understand him.
She had given him the peace he had never been able to find. In all
years on earth, as a mortal or as a vampire, she had given him the unconditional
love that no one else had. And he had never loved anyone as much
as he loved her.