"You got me a date with her?"
Willow laughed along with Buffy.
"That's awesome," Xander exclaimed. Then, there was silence. "Wait...you got me a date with her!?"
"Well, yes," Willow reiterated.
"You don't understand," Xander said, looking behind him in a blind panic. "You don't just set up people on dates. People who have no idea what the other person is like. It could go horrible."
"Or it could go amazingly well," Buffy argued. "That's what blind dates are for, Xand."
Willow agreed. "It's why college is called college. Originally, college was for dating -- not high school."
"Or middle school for that matter," Buffy reasoned.
Xander groaned. "But I don't even know her!"
"Consider it a way of getting to know her," Willow offered. "And hey! Maybe we could turn it into a whole double date thing? Or maybe triple!"
Buffy laughed. "Triple?"
"Angel might like to come --"
Xander snorted. "Highly unlikely."
Buffy shot him a questioning glance. He looked at her and said, "as if a college professor would be seen with his students."
"But that's just it," Buffy countered. "This is college. Not high school. We're independent adults and all that jizz. It could be fun."
Willow and Xander shared a look. The two burst into laughter, a confused Buffy watching them. "What? What?"
A look of realization dawned on her face. "Oh, god. Ignore that."
"Too late now, Buffster," Xander said in between chuckles. "That Freudian slip is something neither of us is going to forget."
Buff rolled her eyes and smiled in embarrassment. "Okay, so, getting past my mortification status and back to the point...it could be fun."
Xander stopped chuckling. "You haven't even asked Angel yet!"
"That's not the point --"
Willow silenced the bickering pair with her 'not now' look. It froze both Xander and Buffy into silence.
"If we're going to the Bronze later on," Willow warned, "I don't want to be stuck in the middle of a huge, tension-y…thing."
Xander grumbled something about 'letting idiots into the workforce' and Buffy shrugged her shoulders. "The things I do for friendship."
Both Willow and Xander smiled.
Oz picked up Buffy later on in the week after he classes were over, insisting on helping her move into her dorm.
The whole car ride, Buffy babbled about Angel. That was what she liked about her cousin -- he never got tired of hearing her random rants or constant speeches.
Or at least he didn't show it.
"And so now we're not really just student and teacher," she continued as Oz turned a corner, "we're friends."
"You think I should ask him to hang out one day?"
Oz shrugged. "Depends."
Buffy tapped her fingers against the dashboard. "True. But…he's my teacher. Or, at least, my TA."
Oz parked in the driveway and the two of them got out.
"Hey, no band practice today?" Buffy asked as they entered the house.
"Nada," he said, closing the door behind him. "We're low on members."
The cousins walked into the kitchen and Buffy went straight to the fridge. "What happened?"
"Devon's getting married."
"What? Your brother?"
Oz stared at her blankly. "Who else?"
"But --I -- " Buffy sputtered words out, shock gripping her. "Devon? He doesn't seem like the 'married' type. And the groupies! And why didn't mom tell me -- "
"He's not coming back Buffy," Oz explained, grabbing a soda. "He's getting eloped as we speak, I assume. No one knows."
Buffy laughed. "Now that's just crazy talk."
"Devon's pretty crazy."
She groaned. "And your singer -- "
"Is getting married."
"Yep. To Devon, of all people."
"Wow," she responded, taking a drink of her soda. "That's intense."
Oz nodded. "Where's Aunt Joyce?"
"Probably working overtime at the gallery. You know how it is, college and money." Buffy sighed. "I so need a job."
He thought for a moment before answering. "I could offer you one."
Her eyes perked up, and a smile formed on her face. "I'm listening."
After transferring furniture with Oz into his van, the cousins drove by Willlow's house to pick up the redhead and Xander. Both friends agreed to help with the move, just as long as they got visitation rights whenever they wanted.
"And when I mean visitation rights, I mean the Full Monty, missy," Xander playfully warned her during the drive.
Buffy rolled her eyes. "Full Monty? I don't want Full Monty's, full moon's, full anything, mister."
Willow laughed from her seat in the front with Oz. "We see each other everyday, anyways."
"True," Xander nodded, "but if my house is full, my basement's not reachable, and there's no where else to escort my super-hot date, then -- "
"Considering you get a super hot date, Xand."
"I'm ignoring that. So, it's a deal -- "
Buffy hit Xander playfully on the shoulder. "Are you kidding me?"
Willow grinned and looked back. "I'm sure Anya has some special privileges, being one of the RA's."
Xander's face lit up. "Hey! Good thinking!"
Oz parked the van in front of Nemation Hall, where Buffy was currently residing in. "Everyone out."
With Xander grumbling the whole way and Willow not carrying much of anything, Buffy realized it would have been better to move the things herself.
Yeah, if you wanted to be bored out of your mind.
The two made things a lot more entertaining. That could keep anyone's sanity in check, Buffy's included.
"Just one more floor to go, guys," Buffy called from behind her.
"Why don't they have working elevators?" Xander groaned.
After setting all the boxes up (and receiving an awful number of angry glares from people checking them out in the hallway), the group settled for lying on various pieces of furniture scattered across the room.
A knock on the door made Buffy lift her head up off the floor. She saw Faith underneath the doorway, a smirk on her face.
"You could have asked me for some help, B," she said before entering.
Buffy struggled to sit up. "Didn't want to burden."
"Aw, it could have been fun," Faith said playfully. "I heard all the people yelling and I thought there was a party."
"Party? They sounded pretty mad to me," Willow spoke. At the awkward silence, her eyes lit up. "Oooh. Sarcasm. I get it, now."
Buffy stood up and dusted herself off. "Guys, this is Faith. I met her trying to get access to the dorm. Faith, this is Oz, Xander, and Willow."
Everyone started to talk as Buffy headed back to the van to grab a few snacks. Finally, mom's annoying habits of "take a snack, honey!" pays off, she thought to herself and chuckled.
She grabbed the food out of the glove compartment and locked Oz's van before turning around. Buffy hesitated for a moment, hearing the faintest sound in the distance -- the sound of footsteps.
Looking down at her watch, she noticed it was almost 7:30 and already getting dark out. Cursing under her breath, she hastened her walking pace and headed for the hall.
She recognized the voice and stopped midway. "Angel."
Angel stepped out of the shadows and jogged up to her. "Hey. Didn't mean to scare you, or anything -- "
"Scare me?" Buffy laughed, only earning a skeptical glance from Angel. "Okay, maybe you scared me a little. Like, this much," she explained, holding out her index finger and her thumb an inch apart.
Angel laughed. "Oh, good, because I thought I had scared you, like, this much," he said, extending his arms wide apart.
The two shared a laugh before Buffy remembered her dorm. "Hey, you wanna come up?"
Angel seemed hesitant. She shook her head before continuing. "My friends are up there, if you were wondering. And Faith, she just…kind of came in."
The two walked inside and Angel looked up the stairs. "Faith's up there?"
"So Spike's there, too?"
"Surprisingly not," Buffy answered. "Those two cling onto each other like their life depended on it."
"I guess in some ways, it does," Angel said softly.
Buffy looked at him carefully. He's so sweet. What was Spike talking about?
After a moment of silence, she started walking up the stairs, Angel following behind her.
"I'll just walk you up, as long as one's going to mind."
"No one will mind," she said. After a moment's thought, she added, "except for Xander."
He groaned. "Not that kid, again."
Buffy laughed. "I really wish I was in the same classroom as you two. That could be priceless."
Angel shrugged. "The students seem to like it. Provides entertainment while learning, and that's always a plus."
"Do you have a selected someone to pick on in all your classes?" she asked him.
Angel smirked. "What do you think?"
Buffy only shook her head and laughed. "And I'm guessing I'm one of these 'means of entertainments'?"
"It would appear so."
He opened the door for her. Faith looked up and walked over to help Buffy with the food. She noticed Angel as she grabbed a bag.
"Angel, what a surprise," Faith said and grinned.
Xander groaned. "What a surprise, indeed."
Willow nudged him in the stomach lightly. She smiled apologetically at Angel.
Buffy put the food in the middle of the room and watched in amazement as her friends began to flock towards it. "Wow, you guys really were hungry."
Xander stuffed some marshmallows in his mouth and tried to smile, only to have a bunch of marshmallows fall out.
Buffy introduced Angel to Oz and asked him if he wanted anything to take on his way home. He declined as she walked him to the door and smiled.
"Thanks for seeing me up," she said sincerely.
"You could probably take care of yourself."
"True," Buffy said with a playful grin, "but you're among the first to actually care about my well-being after dark."
Angel chucked. "Nice to know. I'll see you in class, then."
"And probably around here!" Faith yelled from the dorm. "Spike's gonna be with me for a while."
"When will the class get to meet Spike?" Buffy asked.
Angel frowned. "Hopefully not anytime soon."
"Spike, Angel," Xander said loudly, "could you guys have any weirder names?"
Angel shot him a glare. Buffy raised her eyebrows and said, "hey, I'm part of the weird name club, too, Xander."
"Same," Oz answered as Willow rested her head in his shoulder.
Angel left after a chorus of goodbyes echoed through the room. Buffy's dorm room wasn't the biggest, but it comfortably housed the five of them.
"I'm going to have to put a lot of posters up," she mused. "This place is creepy."
"True, but it's yours," Faith added. "At least until the rommie moves in. Do you know who it is yet?"
Buffy shook her head. "Not yet. I'm hoping for some fun though with you and Spike in the meantime."
Willow sat up quickly. "Hey! I think, I think I just got an idea!" She turned to Faith. "I take it you're going out with Spike?"
Faith smirked. "Let's hope so, or else the two of us have been really, really naughty."
Everyone laughed. "Maybe you and Spike could come with Buffy, Xander, Oz, Anya -- the RA -- and me. We're planning on going out…somewhere," Willow said.
"Oh! And maybe Spike can bring Angel!" Buffy added.
Faith smiled. "I'll try it. I don't get much invitations for school-friendships, mainly because everyone thinks I'm a big party-ho who doesn't have any brains."
Oz nodded. "Same with me. Only less on the party-ho."
The group laughed and started to attempt to plug in the television set. After ten minutes of failure, Faith brought them into her dorm room and they watched Who's Line Is It, Anyway? for the rest of the night before crashing in Faith's room.