Rebuilding Your Life in Ten Easy Steps

Part 8

A/N: I finally solved the Willow vs. William abbreviation problem. From now onward, William=Will and Willow=Wil (that's how they spell it in the subtitles)

Buffy took her seat in history class with a yawn. She really hated this class. It was always so old and dusty. Opening her binder, she was surprised to find a square of paper and a candy heart. Curiously she opened up the note.

'Go get 'em Slayer! Eternally, S'

She smiled and popped the candy into her mouth. Trust Spike to cheer her up even when he wasn't around. She still had to find a pet name for him though. He now constantly called her 'Slayer'…he told her that while practicing, he had said 'she really slays me' causing Lorne to dub her 'Buffy the Spike Slayer'. Shortened to 'Slayer'. It was cute.

"Is there something you'd like to share with the class, Buffy?" She looked up at the not amused teacher and smiled.

"My boyfriend is the best."

"I don't like it." Buffy grumbled, taking a sip of her soda and frowning at the stage. Gunn had persuaded to do a special 'double the music' night where Sunnyhell Players and Scorn combined to play together. Currently Spike and Tara were singing a love song and Buffy was not happy.

"What's not to like?" Willow asked.

"That. Sharing a microphone, all lovey-dovey. It's…it's unfair. Why should she get quality time with my boyfriend?"

"I don't think you need to worry Buffy," Willow smiled slightly.

"I'm not worried," Buffy snapped and drank some more soda with a sigh.

"Tara isn't going to steal your boyfriend, Buffy." Buffy pretended to not be interested for a few minutes before she gave in.

"But how do you know Wil?"

"Tara," Willow shrugged and blushed, "Not so much with the guys."

"What do you…oh. How do you know?"

"Well," her blush intensified, "She told me."

"Told you? When?"

"Well, you know how I haven't been so much in the dorm…"

"You little delinquent! You pulled the old 'I was at the library' trick on me!" Buffy was horrified, "And I believed it!"

"I did not!" Buffy raised her eyebrows doubtfully and Willow smiled guiltily, "I never said anything. You just assumed I was at the library. That's not my fault."

"I'm a bad influence on you," Buffy shook her head sadly. And Willow couldn't disagree.

Buffy threw her schoolbag onto a table and stretched. Homework, homework, how do I hate thee? Let me count the ways. Liam was a bad influence on me, she thought with a smile before turning to open her backpack. She was interrupted by a deafening whoop from the other room.

Spike charged in, face lit up with a huge grin.

"What's all the-ooh!" Buffy squealed as he picked her up and spun her around, showering her with kisses. When he finally set her down she was out of breath.

"Guess what, pet?"


"Guess! Great news," he hinted.

"Umm…there are free sodas at McDonalds?"


"You won tickets to see Britney Spears?"

"WAY better!"

"Every Abercrombie & Fitch store in the nation is closing." He wrinkled his nose.

"Not quite that good."

"I give up, tell me!"

"We made it to Battle of the Bands!" He crowed, jumping in excitement again. Buffy cheered as well and hugged him tightly. She knew how much this had meant to the band. A chance to compete and really become visible to the public. There was only one flaw in this happy news.

"But Spike, it's been sold out for weeks! I'll never be able to get tickets!"

"No, you wouldn't," he shook his head, still grinning like a madman, "Unless you happened to be dating a band member."

"You got me tickets? Oh my god! I love you!" She kissed him again and the smile just kept on growing.

"Not just that. Tickets for you AND Wil. Gunn has one for Faith. And…Lorne said it was all right if I used his ticket so…tell Red to bring a friend! I'm sure Tara would love to go with her."

"Spike, you know that-" She got a good look at him and gasped, "You don't mean-no way!"

"It's pretty obvious, Slayer."

"To who?" She exclaimed, "I thought Wil was hung up over that Xander guy back home."

"Well she might have been, but no more. I know things, luv. I can see the truth about love sometimes when even the people in love can't."

"You know what, Spike? You're a pretty amazing guy."

"Well, yeah," he said, raising his eyebrows, "You just figured that out?"

With a scream of pretend rage, Buffy began to tickle him without mercy.

"I can't ask Tara to go to Battle of the Bands with me!"

"Why not?"

"Well, it would be forward and unfriendly and what if she says no?"

"She wouldn't say no, Wil! Who could ever resist you?"

"Last I checked, absolutely everybody."

"You have to have some backbone, girl! Just ask. There's no harm in asking."

"I suppose…"

Next chapter: The Battle of the Bands! Will Tara go with Willow? Is Spike right about their unspoken attraction? Find out! R/R please!