Tabula Rasa extended

Ok so here is the deal...the crystal never broke (well at least not when my story picks up). I own nothing, yadda yadda yadda...

Also a note for you readers: I LIKE FLUFF! Life is full of angst and so my fiction is fluffy because i like fluff. If you like to read about angst, then DO NOT continue. :)

Joan looked over at Randy while he was yapping on and on about being a noble vampire with a soul. How could she get him to shut up? He walked closer to her explaining once again that he had no desire to bite her and she just grabbed him and kissed him passionately. The pair pulled apart and starred at each other.

"Uh, Joan? What was that for?" He asked.

"I just wanted to get you to shut up for a second." Joan mumbled sheepishly.

"Have we done that before?" Randy asked her curiously.

"Don't know. Amnesia remember?"

"Uh yeah." He paused and looked at her. Feelings of love and devotion flowed through him. He tilted his head and looked at her intently. Joan could feel herself blushing under his gaze. "So…you wanna do it again?"

Looking up into his beautiful blue eyes all she could do was nod her head yes and grip him tightly as he crashed his lips down to hers. They stood there in the moonlight lost in each other until a voice broke through their haze.

"Well, Mr. Spike." Sharky said with a smirk in his voice. "I see why you haven't gotten me my kittens." The pair looked at each other sheepishly before turning to glare at the loan shark.

"Bugger off. We're busy here!"

"So the rumors are true then. You and the vampire slayer really are a couple! Well, allow this to my present to you…" as he stepped aside five more vampires approached.

"Wait…so you know who we are?" Joan asked incredulously.

"I know who you were." The shark answered and the vampires attacked. But they weren't even a challenge to Joan and Randy now that they realized what they had to do to kill them. Soon they were surrounded by five piles of dust and a nervous looking loan shark.

"Uh did I mention how nice you two look tonight? Love the new look Mr. Spike." The pair ignored him and advanced on him.

"Tell us what you know." Joan said while brandishing a stake at him.

"Uh…" Randy grabbed him by the neck and lifted him off the ground.

"I think the lady asked you a question."

"W-What do you mean?"

"You seem to know us…so spill." Joan elaborated.

"Yeah I mean who wouldn't know Buffy the vampire slayer and William the Bloody. I mean at least around here anyway."

"What's so special about here?"

"You know…the hell mouth. You know what…forget about those kittens you owe me Mr. Spike."

"I thought you said my name was William the Bloody?" Sharky looked at them like they were crazy. Buffy seemed to realize that they were putting themselves in a vulnerable posistion.

"Ha ha honey. I don't think he thought our joke was funny. Let's put the nice man…er shark down." Spike put him down and smiled at him but sharky wasn't sticking around and he soon rushed off into the night hoping that whatever was wrong with them wasn't contagious.

"We have got to get back and tell the others." Buffy said.

"Yeah! My name's not Randy…it's William. Bloody relief that is!"

"Not that silly. The hell mouth part?"

"Oh yeah."

They stood there looking at each quietly for a moment before Buffy reach out and took his hand in hers.

"And the part that we must be a couple. Otherwise I wouldn't feel this way." Spike smiled at her and gave her hand a squeeze and they began to walk.

"Me too Joan…I mean Buffy. I know this is sorta sudden and all but, oh bloody hell!"

"What is it Randy…er William?" Buffy said pulling them to a stop and looking at him seriously.

"That doesn't sound right."

"You're right, maybe I call you Will?"

"Still not right but better I guess."

"Stop changing the subject Mister! What did you want to say?"

Spike looked down at her intently and cupped her face in his hands. He leaned down and kissed her gently on the lips and pulled away slowly to gaze at her face. She slowly opened her eyes and smiled sweetly at him with no hint of sadness or disgust clouding her eyes.

"I may not remember who I am and I may not remember what I've done, but there is one thing that I'm sure about. I love you." Buffy felt emotion churn inside of her. The biggest thing she felt was fear, but she didn't know what would make her so afraid of his declaration. She closed her eyes felt Spike's hands drop from her face. She grabbed his hands and opened her eyes and smiled at him. Leaning up she kissed him passionately holding his hands tightly in her own.

"All we know is feelings now. When I talked to Dawn, I knew that she was my sister. I just knew it was my job to protect her. With you it's different. I have all these feelings towards you. Annoyance, irritation…" His eyes dropped and he started to pull his hands back but she tightened her grip and he looked into her eyes, hurt evident in his. "Geesh, let me finish! Sure you irritate me, but beneath it all is this fierce feeling of loyalty and affection and I don't know if I ever told you this before…but I love you too Will."

He looked at her shocked. Guess I haven't said it before Buffy thought sarcastically as he continued to stare at her. Then he smiled brightly and gathered her into his arms and spun her around in a circle.

"We're going to be so happy together love!" Spike exclaimed laughing. He carefully set Buffy on the ground and they walked off together to the magic box.

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The gang was collected in the upstairs room of the magic box. Anya was perched on top of the table while the others were collecting the bunnies and putting them in some empty boxes.

"Make sure you don't mix the boy bunnies with the girl bunnies!" Anya shouted frantically. At their blank looks she rolled her eyes. "Well I don't want them to copulate and then end up with more bunnies." Giles sighed and went over and rubbed her back in little circles.

"Anya dear. We'll take care of all the bunnies. Why don't you work on counting the receipts for the day?" She smiled at how considerate her fiancé was and went carefully over to the register. Something about the money just seemed to calm her right down.

Meanwhile Willow and Tara were chatting over a box of bunnies while Dawn was playing with one off to the side. Xander looked around the room and smiled. He was really lucky to have such great friends. Looking at Willow and Tara he frowned as he noticed that they were holding hands. They didn't even seem to notice. Well who was he to argue…

Just then the door burst open a giggling 'Joan and Randy' walked in holding hands.

"Ah, son. Good we were worried about you." Giles said frowning in concern at the hand holding. But to his chagrin his concern was more directed for Joan's sake. Dawn rushed over and hugged and Joan tightly.

"Oh Joan! I'm so glad you're back! I found my purse so I know where we live and Anya made all these bunnies! Can we keep one?" Buffy smiled at her younger sister.

"Actually we found out a few things too. My name is Buffy and Randy is actually William. He's a vampire…" Buffy was stopped at the group gasped in horror and started to hide. "No! We think he's maybe been given a soul or something. I thought that since Mr. Giles owned the magic shop he gave Will a soul to make him un-evil or whatever." The group slowly came out of hiding and began to stare at Spike intently.

"Eh…what's all this then?" He asked nervously.

"It's just you look so normal." Anya said. "We would have never thought that you were a demon." Silence once again reigned.

"Well, I for one am glad that you're still you son." Spike rolled his eyes and Giles moved forward and the two shared another awkward hug.

"So, you're not going to eat us?" Alex ventured.

"Nope. But you sure do piss me off."

"Likewise." There was another awkward pause. "So why are you and Joan…I mean Buffy holding hands?"

"We're in love." Spike answered nonchalantly.

"Indeed!" Giles exclaimed.

"Hey now I don't go off about the chippie…" Spike gestured to where Anya was counting the money.

"Well…oh dear." Giles said clearly flustered. The room fell into silence once again as they all looked at each other in curiosity. All these feeling were flowing through them but they were unsure how to express them.

"So can I have a rabbit?" Dawn asked when the silence became unbearable. Buffy smiled at her sister.

"Sure." Buffy answered and the two sisters smiled at each other. Then to everyone's surprise Dawn jumped and hugged Spike, who looked back at her with an amused smile.

"I don't know. I just felt really happy for you that Buffy and you are a couple." She shrugged her shoulders and went to pick up a rabbit. "Let's go home."

The rest of the group smiled and Buffy and Spike followed Dawn out of the store.

"Hey! I am not a chippie!" Anya yelled after them. Spike merely smirked at her in response and Xander found himself fighting the urge to grin.