Chapter 25: Welcome Home Brianna

Main Characters: B/S

Other Characters: the rest of the Buffy cast and Brianna.

Disclaimer: Joss owns everything. I own the story and Brianna.

Authors Note: I am sorry that I took so long to update but RL has been kicking me around a bit. This is the last chapter of this story, but it doesn't end here because there is a sequel in the making. I would like to thank all my readers for your kind reviews, you're all special to me. I love you guys, you're the reason I keep writing. I also would like to thank my beta Sylvia for keeping it real and helping through the rough spots. Well, enjoy and as always R & R.

Spike remained by Buffy's side the entire time she and the baby were in the hospital, he didn't want them out of his sight for even a second. Brianna only left her mother's side when her pediatrician examined her in the nursery; Spike followed along to keep an eye on her and when it was over, he would return with her safely cradled in his arms.

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Buffy and the baby were released from the hospital two days after her birth. Dr. Ryan had come to her and told her that she could go home, he instructed her to call his office and make an appointment for her six-week check up. He also emphatically instructed the couple not to have sex until, she was released to do so. Buffy reassured the doctor that she will do as instructed and thanked him as he left the room then began to dress Brianna and get herself ready to leave. While she was doing so, she made a call to Willow and told her that she and the baby had been released and that they were on their way home.

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Within a half an hour, Buffy and the baby were ready to go home and was wheeled down to the hospital exit. Spike had already gone ahead and parked the SUV at the door; he had the doors of the vehicle opened and was ready to receive his precious cargo. The nurse waited while Spike placed the baby in her car seat, securing her in it and then helped Buffy into the front seat of the vehicle, she wished them good luck and then left. Spike climbed into the SUV, started it and prepared to pull off.

"Well Slayer, ready to go home?"

"I can't wait."

"Off we go then."

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On Revello Drive, the Scoobies were setting things up for a celebration to welcome Buffy and Brianna home, everyone greatly anticipated the little families arrival. They had the dining room decorated in pink and white streamers and gifts for the baby were arranged in one corner of the room. Spike had asked Willow to purchase a bassinet for he and Buffy's room, so that when the baby wakes up in the middle of the night, she would be with them and not disturb the entire household.

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After pulling into the driveway, Spike helped Buffy out of the vehicle then unbuckled the baby from her car seat. He gently lifted his daughter out of the seat and handed her to Buffy, then grabbed her overnight bag and they both walked to the house. Spike opened the door and ushered his wife into the house, as they entered they saw a celebration waiting to begin in the dining room; Giles and the other Scoobies stood around the table which was loaded down with food.

"Welcome Home!" the group said in unison.

"Thanks, guys."

They all came from around the table to hug Buffy and take a peek at Brianna. Xander and Anya worked over the buffet table, after they admired the baby.

"Xander, are you going to save any food for us?" Willow asked, jokingly.

Xander playfully waved his hand at her, smiling. Spike gently helped Buffy sit down with Brianna near the table and then took her bag upstairs. Upon his return to the gathering, he went back and stood beside Buffy's chair, and after a few minutes there was a knock at the door.

"I'll get it, luv."

Spike walked to the door and answered it, when he opened it there stood a deliveryman.

"Can I help you, mate?"

"Um yeah, I got a delivery for Buffy and William Summers."

"I'm William Summers."

"Sign here, please."

The deliveryman handed Spike a pad of paper to sign, after which Spike handed it back to him and he shoved it into a pocket. He then backed away from the door, picked up a large teddy bear and a generous bouquet of flowers and brought them into the house, setting them down in the foyer. Spike thanked the guy and then gave him a tip before he left.

"Spike, who was that?" Buffy inquired.

"It was a delivery man, he brought these," he stated bringing the gifts into the dining room, after closing the door.

"These are beautiful," Buffy stated.

"Wow! Look at the size of that bear," Dawn said.

The flowers had a card attached, which Spike plucked off the bouquet.

"Who sent them?" Buffy asked.

"Well, let me read the card and we'll find out."

"Congratulations on the birth of your little girl, Buffy and Spike. Here is a little something for Buffy and the baby, call me when you get settled in. Randy."

"That was sweet of him, how did he know?"

"I called him after you had the baby."

"Oh."

"I'll put these in water," Dawn said, taking the flowers.

"Thanks Dawnie."

"I'll put the bear in the nursery."

"Thanks honey."

Spike picked the toy up and carried it upstairs.

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Spike was on his way back downstairs when there was another knock at the door.

"I'll get it," Spike yelled.

When he opened the door there stood another deliveryman with a large bouquet of flowers with a small teddy bear attached.

"I have a delivery for Buffy Summers."

"I'm William Summers, mate. I'll take it."

"Sign here please."

Spike signed the pad of paper and handed it back to the guy.

"Here you go," the deliveryman said, handing Spike the flowers.

"Thanks mate," Spike replied as he tipped the guy.

"Who was that?" Buffy inquired.

"Another delivery bloke, we got more flowers," Spike carried the items to the dining room table, setting them down in front of his wife.

"These are just as beautiful as the other ones. Who are they from?"

He took the card off of the flowers and read it aloud.

"Congratulations on the birth of your daughter, Buffy and Spike. I bet she is a real beauty, please send us a picture when you get some. Love Angel and Cordelia."

Spike tightened his jaw after he read the card. As he put the card down on the table, Buffy could plainly see that he was angered by the fact that Angel knew about the baby's birth.

"How in bloody hell did he find out about the baby being born?"

"I called Cordelia after Bri was born and she told him."

Spike became silent, then walked out to the front porch.

Buffy knew exactly what was going on and decided to follow him to the porch to talk to him, she stood up and then walked over to Willow.

"Willow, will you please hold Brianna, while I talk to Spike."

"Sure."

Buffy gently placed the baby in Willow's arms and headed for the front door.

"Buffy, I'll talk to him," Giles chimed in.

"No Giles, I'll handle it."

"Alright."

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Buffy walked out on to the porch and went over to where her husband was leaning against one of the columns, staring out into the street, smoking a cigarette.

"Spike. I wasn't trying to hide anything from you, do you remember when I went to visit Angel and Cordelia while we were in LA?"

"Yeah, what about it?"

"Well, before I left to come back to the hotel, I told them that I would call them after I had the baby. I just forgot to tell you about it. I'm sorry."

"There is nothing to be sorry about, luv. But you know how I feel about that bloody poof."

"I know. When it comes to me, the both of you develop a case of vampire jealousy."

Buffy moved up against him and wrapped her arms around his waist, then looked up into his face.

"Besides, you're my husband, not Angel. It was you that won my heart, I'm yours body and soul. You have been there for Dawn and I through some tough times, especially after I came back. You didn't leave me like Angel did, plus you gave me the best gift in the whole world, a beautiful baby girl. I love you."

Spike turned around and wrapped his arms around her and looked down into her face and smiled, giving her a light kiss on her forehead.

"You're right, luv. I don't know why I let him drive me crazy. You're my wife and the mother of my baby. I love you too."

The happy couple kissed each other passionately. Spike heard her heart rate increase and her body language spoke volumes to him, he began to realize what was happening. He broke the kiss.

"Um Slayer, we can't do anything, remember what the doc said."

"Yes I know," she sighed in disgust.

"This is going to be the hardest 6 weeks of my life."

"Yeah. For both of us."

"We better get back to the party."

"Alright, pet."

They walked back into the house together to rejoin the party.

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Once they got back into the house they heard Brianna crying. Willow held the baby against her shoulder and bounced her; she had a puzzled look on her face, not knowing what to do for the baby. Buffy went over to see what was wrong.

"Awww! What's wrong Bri?" Willow handed the baby to her.

"She just woke up and started crying, I didn't know what to do." Willow explained.

"It's ok, Will. Brianna is hungry and I'm the only one that can help her with that. Excuse me everyone while I take her upstairs and feed her."

"Ok," the group said in unison.

"Will you be needing my help with anything, luv?"

"No sweetheart, Bri and I will be fine. Stay and enjoy yourself.

"Alright, luv."

Buffy left the room with the mewling infant and went upstairs. Spike then turned back to the group.

"Well Spike, how does it feel to be a father?" Xander asked.

"I love it, I couldn't be happier."

"Hopefully, Xander and I will have a baby of our own someday and be as happy as you and Buffy are," Anya stated.

"Yes, but later, much later," Xander piped in.

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Once Buffy and Brianna were up in the nursery, she closed the door behind her. She lay the baby down in her crib, while she prepared herself to breastfeed her daughter. Brianna let out a howling cry, which gave Buffy a start, but she quickly picked her up and bounced the baby to calm her down.

"Boy, you sure sound like your father, howling like that," she said jokingly to the baby.

Buffy sat down in the rocking chair and put Brianna up to her right breast, which she took into her mouth immediately and suckled hungrily. Buffy winced at the sensation caused by the baby's sucking.

"Wow! You really are hungry. You're going to pull mommies breast off."

When Buffy's right breast had been emptied she switched the baby over to her other breast without too much fuss.

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Spike went up to the nursery to make sure that everything was all right. While Brianna nursed, Buffy hummed to her and concentrated on her little face, then the door opened and Spike stuck his head in.

"How are my girls doing?" he said as he closed the door behind him after entering the room.

"We're just fine, aren't we sweetheart?"

"Glad to hear it. Buffy I had Red buy a bassinet for our bedroom, thought you might want to keep the baby with us for those middle of the night wake up calls."

"Yes, I would. Thank you, sweetie, you're so thoughtful."

"Thank you, luv."

Brianna began to drift off to sleep before she finished nursing; Buffy noticed this, took the baby from her breast and then handed the child to her father while she adjusted her clothing. Spike held the tiny bundle and stared at her.

"She is so beautiful."

"Brianna looks like you, you know."

"She has some of your features too, other than your blue eyes."

"Where? All I see is you."

"You'll see yourself in her as she grows up, I promise. Please lay her down and we'll get back to the party."

Spike gently lay the baby down and pulled the blanket to her waist, while Buffy plugged in the nightlight.

"Slayer, how long are you planning to breastfeed her, because you won't be able to go back to slaying and nurse too."

"For a few more weeks and then she'll be switched to formula, gradually. That will make feeding her convenient for everyone and I'll be able to go back to my job as the slayer."

"You mean, we'll be able to go back to slaying, luv."

"Yes, we."

With that having been said, they stood holding each other and watched the beautiful miracle before them, which was their child, sleep.

The End.