Waking up mid orgasm was just as surprising the second time, though the three recovered quicker as they knew what had just happened… and had expected it. Unlike last time, this time there were no apologies or excuses from the three, they just laid there and cuddled.
Buffy broke the silence by saying, "I'm not sure how this will work out if Xander sleeps in the middle."
Xander opened his mouth to say something, paused, realized he really didn't have anything to say to that and kept silent.
"I'm guessing one of us gets woken up early and the other gets left out," Willow offered, automatically running though things in her head.
"This is a plot to keep me from sleeping in the middle, isn't it?" Xander joked.
"We can try sleeping with you in the middle," Buffy replied, "but I doubt we'd end up like this that way."
"Which is bad," Willow said.
"Ending up like this or not ending up like this?" Xander asked confused.
"Uh… not," Willow said shyly.
"Yes, not," Buffy agreed firmly.
Xander grinned. "What if I promise to make sure the other girl doesn't feel left out after we wake up?"
The three fell silent as the girls thought about that.
"I think… it's up to the girl curled up with you to make the other girl feel… welcome," Buffy said slowly. "Just to be fair," she quickly added.
"Yes," Willow quickly agreed, "to be fair."
"Xander agrees," Buffy told Willow before he could respond as she could feel his agreement.
"I'd argue the point, but you'd know I was lying," Xander admitted.
"Good," Buffy said, "now somebody kiss me."
"And me," Xander added.
"You're going to have to remove your fingers so I can turn around," Willow pointed out.
"Fine, but I'm wiping them on your butt," Buffy teased as she reluctantly moved her hands.
Willow slowly turned around to face Buffy and Xander.
Buffy didn't hesitate, pulling Willow to her and kissing her… thoroughly.
Ten minutes later…
"We have thoroughly dirtied these sheets," Willow noted.
"Glad we picked up several sets," Buffy said, relaxing into Xander's arms with Willow cuddled to her chest.
"Is it too early to ask what we are?" Willow questioned.
"No, I think we've passed the point of questioning," Xander said.
"The kissing was the point," Buffy reluctantly agreed.
"Oh, good," Willow said. After a few seconds she spoke up again, "Can someone please say it out loud? I think I kinda need to hear it."
"Alright," Buffy agreed and took a deep breath. "You are both my friends with the sexual identifier connected."
Willow decided to do the mature thing and bit her tit.
"Ack!" Buffy squealed. "Alright, you're my boyfriend and Xander's my girlfriend!"
"I think you've got those two backwards, Buffy," Xander pointed out.
"It's hard to think with Willow latched on like that," Buffy said, "she has sharp teeth."
"Sorry," Willow apologized while being completely unapologetic, "but I needed a firm answer."
"Xander has the firm answers, mine are soft and squishy," Buffy replied with a grin.
"I've rubbed off on you," Xander said proudly.
"Multiple times," Buffy agreed. "Anyway, I love you guys, I believe you love me, and anyone who's been around you two for longer than five minutes knows you love each other, so yes we are a thing, though we should keep that on the down low in Sunnydale to avoid flack."
"We've never really cared what the popular people thought before," Willow said.
"True, but they suck," Xander said, "and we haven't gone out of our way to offend their delicate sensibilities either."
"We don't need the hassle," Buffy said. "I have no problem letting Giles know."
"What about Angel?" Willow asked cautiously.
Buffy sighed. "While I may care for him, I love you guys more."
"Good," Willow said and snuggled against Buffy, "I love you two too."
After a few seconds Buffy said, "Aren't you going to say anything?"
"I'm not spoiling the moment by badmouthing Angel," Xander said, "he has some good points as much as I hate to admit it."
"I mean about love, you dork," Buffy said with a grin.
"I don't love him!" Xander said, sounding horrified. "Tolerate, I tolerate him."
The girls burst out laughing until tears came to their eyes.
"I meant about us," Buffy said.
"I love you both more than anything," Xander said, relieved. "I thought you'd both know that by now."
"We're girls, we need to hear the words," Buffy told him.
"A lot," Willow added.
"Saying it is cheap," Xander argued, "its actions that matter, like when you do all the little things that make life easier, as well as the big things like risking your life to save theirs. But if you need to hear it then you can be one hundred percent sure that I love you both with all my heart and that will never change."
Buffy wiggled deeper into his arms. "A simple 'I love you, Buffy' will suffice."
"Yep," Willow agreed. "Several times a day, sometimes more than that."
"Do I get a kiss with it?" Xander asked hopefully.
"Every time," Willow assured him.
"Sounds like a good deal to me," Xander decided.
The three laid there in silence for a few minutes enjoying each other's company.
"We need to shower before everything dries and we get glued together," Buffy said.
"It's cold outside the bed," Willow pointed out.
"The shower will make it seem warm," Xander said.
"The towels are out… wood needs to be added to the fire before we shower," Willow said, making plans in her head. "Okay, let's all get up and run for it, Xander can toss a couple of logs in the fireplace on his way past."
"It's a good plan, but it involves me getting up," Buffy said with a frown, "and I lack the will to move while I'm so comfy."
"Weren't you just saying we needed to get up?" Xander asked.
"And we do," Buffy replied, "that doesn't mean I'm willing to."
"Ah, so you just need motivation," Willow said with a grin.
"I'm kinda motivated out," Xander said, "at least for… nevermind, my 'moto' is back!" he kissed the side of Buffy's neck.
Willow's grin turned evil as she flung the covers down to their feet. "Ack! Cold!" she squealed.
The three scrambled out of bed.
"The floor is cold!" Buffy complained as they hot footed it to the bathroom.
Xander smiled at their antics and placed a couple of logs on the fire.
"Get in here!" Buffy called out from the bathroom.
"Coming," he replied as he stirred up the coals to make sure the wood caught fire.
The bathroom was comfortably lit by the lamps on the wall as Xander entered, allowing him to see the girls shift from foot to foot uncomfortably.
"Shower shoes," Buffy said firmly, "we have to buy shower shoes."
"Agreed," Willow said, "I'll add that to the list."
Xander stepped in between them and reached upwards for the handle to turn on the water. "Ready?"
"Hell no!" Buffy exclaimed. "But do it anyway."
Xander shoved up on the handle and the girls squealed as freezing cold water poured down on them.
"I've got the shampoo," Willow exclaimed.
"I've got the soap," Buffy replied.
Knowing what to do this time didn't make it take any less time, as the three soaped and rinsed one another as fast as they could, in fact it seemed to make it take longer as they were more thorough in their cleaning, but they got the job done without dropping the soap this time at least.
"Done. Shut it down!" Willow exclaimed as she rinsed the last of the shampoo from Xander's hair and he got up off his knees and shut off the water.
The three scampered into the main room and snatched the towels off the table, quickly toweling off and hanging them on the chairs before huddling in front of the fire to warm up.
"I'm regaining feeling in my butt," Willow said happily as she stood with her back to the fire.
Xander and Buffy reached down and gave it a squeeze making Willow squeak.
"Yep, still there," Xander said.
"Feels great," Buffy agreed.
Willow giggled and turned to warm up her front.
"Nothing's frozen off," Buffy reported as the numbness faded away. "Bed?"
"Dibs on the middle," Xander said as he rushed for the bed ahead of the two girls.
"Cheater!" Willow complained as she reached the bed last, Buffy beating Xander by a hair and pulling the blankets up.
Xander pulled Willow half on top of him as the other half was occupied by Buffy. "As long as we get to cuddle like this after a shower, I don't mind always being the big spoon at night."
"You're a spork," Willow told him.
"He's a spork?" Buffy asked before getting it and giggling.
"Yeah that sounds about right," Xander agreed.
"It's nice and warm in the bed, I don't know why we ever leave it," Buffy said.
"To avoid being stuck to the bed," Xander reminded her.
"Bah, past me is a whiner," the Slayer said, dismissing her past self's actions, "the bed is perfect."
"Agreed," Willow said. "All hail the bed."
"Hail," Xander complied, making them laugh.
"So, what's on the agenda today?" Buffy asked.
"Put away the rest of the stuff we picked up and see what all is in the backroom," Willow replied. "I knocked over a box last night and found towels and bathroom supplies."
"Why did you have a box of bathroom supplies that you didn't use?" Buffy asked Xander.
"Well, my best guess is I picked it up at either Ted or Amy's," Xander said. "Trying to make it look like someone packed in a hurry isn't an exact science, so I tend to just grab a bunch of random things from a room and stuff them in a box. I figured the more random the more in a rush they'd seem to be."
"Huh, I can see that working," Willow said thoughtfully.
"It'd confuse the police if nothing else," Buffy agreed.
"While I did take the time to grab anything strange or incriminating… there is a lot of random stuff," Xander said. "Anyway, I have no idea what all is back there except for a few things I have deliberately moved to one side, like the puzzles and some food."
"I still can't believe you were doing all that for me and I never noticed," Buffy said with a sigh.
"There, there," Xander said, patting her butt.
"I think you're supposed to pat my back," Buffy said, trying not to laugh.
"Who is the professional comforter here?" Xander asked.
"I'm guessing you," Buffy said.
"Exactly," Xander said, giving her a squeeze, "and patting your butt makes two people happy at once, so obviously it's the right choice."
Willow grinned. "I've done the math, it checks out."
"I bow to your expertise," Buffy said. "Still, I'm sorry I was so self-absorbed I never noticed."
"I didn't notice either," Willow pointed out.
"True, and no one can say you're a bad friend," Buffy said.
"You are the best friend ever," Xander told Willow.
"So… we'll just blame it on Xander being sneaky," Buffy decided.
"Sneaky?" Xander asked and then frowned thoughtfully. "Actually, you may have a point on that one."
"I was joking," Buffy said.
"Yes, but to avoid getting caught I was being sneaky," Xander said, "so I'm going to have to say you were not being a bad friend by not noticing because I was trying to make sure no one noticed."
"So… what all do you have back there, any ideas?" Willow asked.
"Stuff, lots of stuff," Xander said.
"That helps," Willow said, rolling her eyes.
"Well, I cleaned a couple of drawers out of their dresser, mostly smaller top drawers and any of the larger ones that were close to empty, so I could leave a couple of empty drawers on the floor," Xander explained. "I also made a point to hit desks and poke around in closets."
"When you cleaned up Amy's house did you get Catherine's room or Amy's?" Willow asked intently.
"Catherine was using Amy's room since she was in her body," Xander said, "so… I think I hit Amy's room and Catherine's… Why?"
Buffy started laughing. "That's what Amy was complaining about!"
"She was…" Willow trailed off and started giggling.
"I feel like I'm missing the joke here," Xander said. "Anyone want to clue me in?"
"After Amy returned home and got in contact with her father, complained that for some reason her mom had completely emptied her underwear drawer, so she had to buy all new things," Willow explained.
Buffy laughed. "She didn't know why her mother had done that and it was driving her crazy. She even cornered Giles to ask him during lunch one day. He went all stammery and embarrassed."
"I stole all of Amy's panties," Xander realized, making the girls burst out laughing. "Do you think I should box them up and send them back or at least try to explain things to her?"
"No!" Willow yelped out, squeezing him tightly. "Trust me, Xander, that is not a good idea."
"Right now she thinks her mom threw them all out and was going commando," Buffy explained, "but if you show up with the entire contents of her underwear drawer… she might get a tad upset."
"Yeah, I can see that," Xander said. "Well… I guess I'll just leave them in the back room then."
"With Ampata's," Willow agreed. Seeing the two were looking at her in confusion, Willow explained, "You also have all of Ampata's things which would include her underwear."
"And probably Mrs. French's as well," Xander realized. "Good golly Miss Molly, I've been collecting a lot of panties. I probably have the largest collection of female undergarments in Narnia!"
The girls burst out laughing.
"Only you, Xan," Buffy said with a smile.
"I've never pictured myself as a collector of undergarments, I think you look much better without them," Xander said.
"Wait until you see us in some proper lingerie before you say that," Buffy said smugly, "it's popular for a reason."
"I'm certainly not going to complain about that," Xander agreed.
"Enough resting," Willow said, "let's get up and see what all Xander has stolen in his long and sordid career as a burglar and Narnia's greatest panty thief."
"Not something I want to be known for, but at least I'm the greatest," Xander said as Willow tossed off the blankets and got up, goosebumps forming on her skin from the cool air in the cottage which hadn't completely warmed up yet.
Buffy reluctantly got off Xander and went to retrieve some clothes.
Xander laid there, content to watch the girls get dressed before getting up and retrieving his own clothes, a pair of old guy sweats and thick wool socks.
"Come on lazybones, let's find out exactly what all you've stolen," Buffy said as she followed Willow into the backroom, holding aside the wool blanket for him to enter.
"Maybe I'll find something I can make a costume out of," Xander said as he entered, letting the wool blanket fall shut behind him.
The room was well lit as Willow had stuck half a dozen lights in it, making even the far end visible.
"Do you really think you'll be able to find something you can make a Disney costume out of?" Willow asked.
"Women's underwear and towels does not a costume make," Buffy teased.
"Not the whole costume, no," Xander said. Seeing the girls stare at him he quickly parsed what was just said. "I'm not planning on making a costume using women's underwear. I meant there was bound to be some simple clothes in here I could use as a base and then pick something up at the store."
"Good," Willow said, "as much as I like seeing you barely dressed, I think you dressing as Dr. Frankfurter would mentally scar the kids we have to escort tomorrow."
"Is The Rocky Horror Picture Show a Disney product?" Buffy asked, surprised.
"Well… no, but my mind went there when I pictured Xander making a costume requiring women's underwear," Willow explained, "and I'm pretty sure Snyder isn't a big Disney fan, so anything vaguely once-upon-a-timey should work."
"I was thinking more of finding some dark clothes and dressing like a peasant or king in hiding," Xander said.
"I doubt you'll find any peasant type clothes in here, but it's worth a shot," Buffy said.
Willow giggled. "We're in a place where peasant type clothes are actually worn. In fact, we are practically in a Disney type land and we're still going to have to buy our costumes from a costume shop."
"Okay, that is funny or at least ironic," Buffy agreed.
"I prefer paying as little as possible for school assigned functions," Xander said, "especially when they are assigned by trolls. Are you sure we can't slay him?"
"No, he's human, I had Giles check," Buffy said.
"The fact that you had to check makes him slay worthy," Xander joked.
"Giles checked on you too," Buffy said with a grin.
"Xander?" Willow asked as they both stared at the grinning Slayer in disbelief.
"Me?" Xander asked.
"You held out against a primal spirit, the Alpha, without killing and eating anyone," Buffy said, "and you attract supernatural women like nobody's business, so of course he'd check."
"And there's the whole Buffy being alive when everyone expected her to be dead," Willow added.
"Have I told you have grateful I am for that?" Buffy asked. "Cause I really am, PTSD bitchyness aside." The small blonde stepped forward and gave him a tight hug. "So yeah, Giles checked you two and Snyder."
"Me? Why would he check me?" Willow asked.
"Apparently there a whole three-fold something or other, so he needed to check more than one person and since you are my other best friend you were picked," Buffy explained as she let Xander go.
"I always knew she was too smart to be human," Xander said.
"Plus, the innocent act… too overdone," Buffy said. "No one is that innocent."
Willow pouted cutely.
"Let's not forget the sexiness," Xander said. "I could almost bend a primal to my will but when the clothes come off… I'm helpless."
"And I was straight," Buffy said, "but now I've developed a definite curve."
"I'm guessing succubus," Xander said, "it would explain so much."
"I'm just human," Willow said, rolling her eyes, but unable to stop herself from smiling.
"Actually no," Buffy said. "I mean, yes human, but you have strong magical potential."
"Like a witch?" Willow asked.
"Pretty much," Buffy agreed. "If it wasn't such a bad idea to learn magic on a Hellmouth he said he'd have seen to having you trained."
"Yeah it kinda messes up everything or at least I'm assuming it does, since Sunnydale is… well, Sunnydale," Xander said.
"Yes, but here isn't Sunnydale," Willow said. "I think I could learn here without turning out like Amy's mom."
"Somehow I can't see you switching bodies with Amy to become a cheerleader," Buffy said.
"I don't know," Xander teased, "maybe her secret fantasy is to become a cheerleader and the only thing stopping her is a lack of magical know how."
Willow exchanged glances with Buffy and Xander found himself backed up against a wall.
"You know, you talk a lot of smack for a man within dick sucking range," Willow said, forcing herself not to stutter though her face turned as red as her hair.
"What?" Xander said, his brain sending him error messages.
Buffy grabbed his face and introduced her mouth to his, further reducing his ability to think.
Willow sank down to her knees and grabbed the waistband of his sweats.
The three teens were sprawled out on the bed, naked once more.
"I didn't see that coming," Xander said, "and this is in no way a complaint."
"We kinda planned it in case things like this morning didn't happen again," Willow explained.
"But it did," Xander said.
Willow shrugged. "Why let a good plan go to waste?"
"You make a very convincing argument," Xander said. "So… back to cleaning the storage room?"
"Do you really want to spend our time here doing chores?" Buffy asked in disbelief.
"No," Xander replied, "but I thought you two did."
"Maybe if we get bored," Willow said as she rolled on her side to face Xander and Buffy spooned up behind her.
"And I don't see that happening anytime soon," Buffy added, "do you?"
Xander smiled. "No, no I don't."
Typing By: Abyssal Angel
TN: Heh, sorry Buffy, unless you keep the shower shoes near the fire, they're going to be just as cold as the floor. Why do you think hanging socks on the mantle used to be a thing? Also I shall make another reminder that naked Jacuzzi soaking is a thing, so this nightmare of freezing cold showers for the sake of naked cuddle time doesn't have to be a thing.
AN: And nothing more needs to be said! –
TN2: "True, and no one can say you're a bad friend," Buffy said.
Me: Recalling all the other drama crap that happened in the canon show. "Uhhhh… I wouldn't say 'no one', Buffy…"
AN: None of that has happened yet or is likely to in this timeline.
TN3: "Stuff, lots of stuff," Xander said.
Me: …Suddenly I'm imagining the three of them deciding to take an extended vacation tour of Narnia and getting to the nearest human town and ending up becoming known as eccentric traveling salespeople with various odds and ends from the future. XD
AN: How far are they from a human town?
TN4: Buffy said as she reluctantly got off Xander and went to retrieve some clothes.
Me: You can also hang around naked if it's warm enough... Trust me, I live in Florida. The only time I'm not wearing shorts only is when I'm outside between the months of November and January and can get away with it.
AN: Even though the fireplace has been burning for a little while it's still a tad chilly inside.