A/N I want to send out a big thank you to everyone who has read and reviewed my story. Your support and comments have been valuable throughout. ~Angela~

Chapter 14

The unwelcome sound of the alarm clock, cut through Fred's slumber, like a knife. She groaned tiredly, turning over in bed to quieten it. Another hand beat her to it, as Spike got there first. Fred looked up at him to see that he was fully dressed; she was more than a little disappointed.

Spike smiled at her warmly.

"Morning love, sleep well?" he asked.

"Very well, for what little time I actually spent sleeping," said Fred, sleepily.

They both smiled at the shared memories.

"You go and get yourself a shower, I'm making breakfast," said Spike.

"You are becoming quite the domestic," She teased.

Fred rose out of the bed, and Spike whistled appreciatively at the sight of her nakedness.

"Now there's a sight I could get used to in the mornings, beats Angel's face, any day of the week," grinned Spike.

Fred, shrugged on her wrap, and belted it firmly at the waist.

"What are you going to do for the day, while I am at work?" asked Fred.

"Why, come in with you of course, I got the royal summons. Angel wants to see me first thing this morning. It sounds more than a little ominous to me. Probably just wants to tell me, now that I am free, I can go get the hell out of Dodge," said Spike.

"How does he propose we get you there in one piece?" asked Fred.

"Oh, he said something about the car windows being made out of the same sort of thing as the office windows," said Spike.

Fred nodded.

"I suppose I'd better get that shower. Feel like keeping me company?" she asked, shyly.

"I thought you'd never ask," said Spike, as he swung her up into his arms, and carried her in the direction of her bathroom.

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"Angel is going to be so mad at me, we are over an hour late," said Fred, as she glanced nervously at her watch.

"Sod, what he thinks, just say the early morning traffic was hell. He won't know the real reason why we were late," said Spike.

"Okay, but I don't think he's gonna buy it," said Fred, as she got out of the car.

Spike switched off the engine of the viper, almost regretfully. He had missed having a car; this was the first decent ride that he'd driven since the Desoto.

"I'd better return these to Angel," said Spike, as he locked up the car and jangled the keys.

Fred linked her hand through his, and they walked off together in the direction of the elevator. Once they were inside, Spike swept her up in a passionate kiss. Then he stepped back to survey the devastation that he had wrought on her hair and her swollen lips. A smug little grin on his face.

"There, you look like mine now," He said.

Fred couldn't help, but laugh.

"Is this some kind of Vampire territory staking a claim ritual? Because if it is, it's not sexy," She replied.

"Well, I must be doing something wrong, mind if I try again?" Spike asked.

"Not at all," said Fred, as she went back into his arms.

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The elevator doors pinged open, to reveal a less than pleased Angel. He was standing there with his arms folded, observing them both.

They broke apart, Spike smiled at Angel.

"Enjoy the show?" he asked.

Angel ignored him, and turned to Fred.

"Afternoon Fred," He said, pointedly.

Fred blushed, and looked at Angel nervously.

"Oh, I am so sorry about the time Angel, the traffic was terrible," She felt herself getting redder as she spoke.

Angel just continued to look at her sceptically.

"Ah, yes, I think I should be running along to the lab now, I had some readings to go over with Knox. Yes I should go and do that," she said, starting to ramble.

"See you later love," said Spike, squeezing her hand before she walked off.

"You are a bad influence on her," said Angel.

"Fred is a much stronger woman than you giver her credit for," Spike replied.

"Sorry, force of habit. I've always felt protective towards her, ever since we all brought her back from Pylea. She seemed such an innocent," sighed Angel.

"As much as I love talking about my science babe, what is it you want to see me for?" asked Spike.

"Shall we go to my office? We can discuss it there," Said Angel.

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Fred walked dreamily along the corridors of Wolfram and Hart, towards her lab. She walked smack dab into a solid object, almost stumbling in the process. A pair of green hands reached out to steady her. Fred looked up to see Lorne's friendly face.

"Hey there, sugar plum. What's the hurry?" asked Lorne.

"Oh, hi Lorne, got to get to the lab, I am running a little late. Don't want to blot my copy book any more than I already have," She smiled.

"I hear ya gorgeous, I'd better let you go then," Said Lorne.

He air kissed her on both cheeks and strode off, bursting into song as he walked away.

"Love is in the air, every time I look around, love is in the air, in every sight and every sound.." He sang.

Fred laughed, was it so obvious to everyone that she met?

"Oh, my God," said, a whiney familiar voice.

Fred turned to see Harmony standing there, a look of horror on the blonde girls face.

"What is it?" asked Fred.

"Ugh, just ugh. Spike is disgusting. I can smell him all over you," said Harmony, as she wrinkled her nose in disgust.

Fred frowned, feeling her happy vibe fast dissolving. Especially in the wake, of the other girls evident revulsion.

"Are you sure that Lorne is not the only green one around here?" asked Fred, defiantly.

Harmony looked at Fred in confusion.

"Did I use the wrong eye shadow this morning? It's so hard trying to put on make up with out a reflection," sighed Harmony.

Fred shook her head in despair.

"I'll catch you much later, I have to go, before I start losing IQ points," said Fred, as she walked off.

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Angel ushered Spike into his office and closed the door behind them. Spike strolled over to one of the leather sofas and sat down. He watched Angel's progress, as he walked over to his desk and sat behind it.

"If it's about the car, it's all in one piece without a scratch on it," said Spike.

He threw the keys at Angel, who deftly caught them with one hand.

"That's good to know, but it's not why you are here," said Angel.

"Well, are you are you going to enlighten me anytime during this millennia?" asked Spike.

"Okay, as much as it pains me to say this, how would you feel about coming to work here, at wolfram and Hart?" asked Angel, in a rush.

Spike looked at Angel, rendered speechless by Angel's offer of employment.

"Ha, that's a funny one, tell me another," said Spike, as he finally found his voice.

"No, I am serious, I think you've proved yourself more than worthy. Especially in one young lady's eyes," said Angel.

"Ah, but what does the great boss man make of it all?" asked Spike.

Angel looked uncomfortable, at being put on the spot.

"I think you er have your uses and could be an asset to the team," said Angel, grudgingly.

"There, it wasn't all that painful to admit to it, was it?" asked Spike.

Angel didn't respond, choosing instead to study a speck on his desk.

"Of course I get a salary and a set of wheels, and my own office. Unless of course you want to share yours with me," asked Spike.

"Anything else?" asked Angel, sarcastically.

"We'll work on the details later, there's someone I want to go and share my news with," said Spike.

"Fred?" asked Angel.

"No, Harmony. What do you think?" asked Spike, mockingly.

Angel played about with the penholder on his desk, a souvenir from his time at the Hyperion.

"That's it, I am not going to get any work out of either you, or Fred today. You both may as well go home and come back tomorrow when you've had time to er talk about things," said Angel.

Spike grinned at Angel, not really sure how to take this about-face after the last few weeks of their sparring.

"Come on admit it just a little bit, you've enjoyed having me round the place these last few weeks," said Spike.

"That's all your gonna get out of me today William, oh and this," said Angel, as he threw the car keys back at him.

Spike caught them.

"Thanks, I guess I'll be on my merry way then," he said, as he turned to leave.

And one more thing, you take care of Fred, we all care about her happiness here," said Angel.

Spike nodded and left.

Angel sat back in his plush leather chair, staring out of the window. Yes, things had definitely been different since Spikes arrival. Angel smiled to himself before picking up the phone.

"Harmony, could you bring in my list of appointments for the day?" asked Angel.

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Spike burst into the lab, eager to share his good news with Fred. When Angel had first asked to see him, Spike had felt sure that it was only to tell him that he had to leave LA. The job offer had been a bolt out of the blue, a very welcome one at that.

Fred looked up from the notes she was busily scribbling down with Knox. Her whole face lit up at his arrival. He walked up to her and swung her up in his arms. Fred looked around anxiously at the faces of her co-workers, whom all wore matching bland expressions at the recent turn of events.

"Spike! She hissed in his ear.

"What?" he asked, innocently.

"You can't come in here and act all 'Officer and A Gentleman' and just take me out of my lab. I have work to do," she said, self-consciously.

"Yes you can, Angel has given you the day off," Spike informed her.

"Oh," she replied.

Spike turned to face Fred's workers.

"The lady will be back in the morning, Knox you hold the fort," said Spike, acerbically.

Fred laughed, remembering her own lame joke the other day.

"Sorry guys," said Fred apologetically, as Spike walked out of the lab, still holding her firmly in his arms.

When they got outside, he put her back on her feet.

"So what's the occasion?" asked Fred.

"Meet Wolfram and Hart's newest employee," said Spike, proudly.

Fred frowned.

"I don't get it," she replied.

"And, I thought you were the brainy half of our relationship," said Spike.

"Angel offered you a job here?" asked Fred.

"You got it, but it almost killed him to utter the words, and I get to keep the viper. Even better than that, I get to spend more time with my favourite girl," he purred seductively.

Fred looked at him, coyly.

"Who, Harmony?" she asked.

"Oh, you are asking for it," he growled.

"Well let's stop wasting time, so you can take me home and give it to me then. After all there's only another twenty-two hours until we have to be back at work," said Fred, glancing at her watch, before walking off towards the elevator.