Chapter Eight
Warm Night In

"Have you finished your homework?" Buffy asked Dawn, soaping the dishes in the sink.

"Yes," Dawn said impatiently, standing aside with her arms crossed.

"Really?"

"Yes!"

"Okay. You can help me with the dishes."

"What?" Dawn exclaimed. "That's not fair! You're only saying that because you can't wait to do God knows what with your new boyfriend."

Buffy shrugged and started rinsing. "Fine. Go to the Bronze. Have fun. Just don't call on me when some demon eats you."

Dawn rolled her eyes. "I swear, ever since you and Spike have come out clean, you've been unreasonably happy."

Just then the doorbell rang. "Oh! That's Spike," Buffy said excitedly. She quickly dried her hands and went to answer the door. Dawn rolled her eyes and then slowly followed her sister to the door.

There stood Spike on the porch, looking just as sexy as ever. There was a bouquet of roses in one hand, and a box of chocolates in the other. He grinned when he saw Buffy and leant down to kiss her quickly on the lips.

"What's all this?" Buffy asked, taking the flowers and the chocolate.

He shrugged. "What? A vampire can't get something for his Slayer?"

She beamed. Setting the gifts aside, she wrapped her arms around him and they shared a long kiss.

"Um hello. Standing right here," Dawn said. Even then, the two didn't break apart. "I'm going to the Bronze!" Dawn yelled really loud. Just as she was about to slip by them, Buffy pulled away from Spike and grabbed her by the wrist.

"No you're not," Buffy said firmly. Spike's hands were on her waist, and it was hard for her to breathe at the moment. She could just imagine all the things they could do without Dawn in the house… she shook her head and then tried to focus on sisterly thoughts. "You can't. It's late, and there's no way you're going alone."

"Buffy, it's Friday night! What do you expect me to do? Sit in my room and listen to you two all night?"

Buffy blushed at this, and she could feel Spike's hands tighten around her waist. "Fine. Go with Janice or somebody. Just be careful. And take my cell phone. You can call me if you get into any trouble."

"Oh I'll be fine. I don't want to call and interrupt anything… intimate," Dawn said, a teasing smile on her face.

"She's right you know. I have a lot planned for tonight," Spike said to Buffy while kissing her softly on the neck.

Buffy gazed at him incredulously. How did he make her feel so weak and strong at the same time?

Dawn rolled her eyes at the lovesick couple. "Bye. Have fun." Before Buffy could open her mouth, Dawn added, "Yes I'll be careful! Don't worry about me. You two just have a nice, alone night." Grinning, she slipped outside and closed the door behind her.

"What did she mean by that?" Buffy exclaimed. "I don't know, maybe I shouldn't have let her go. What if something happens? I mean she's only fifteen—"

Suddenly Spike grabbed her and gave her a hard kiss on the lips. Pushing her against the wall, he trapped her body tightly with his and planted kisses down her neck. She gasped and ran her hands through his soft blonde hair, cherishing each moment his lips met her skin. Then in a swift movement, he pulled her away from the wall and kissed her again with sweet intensity, as if he could never get enough of her taste. Buffy weakly tried to grab something to hold onto as the two struggled up the stairs. But all her hands found was Spike's strong body, and it seemed to take forever just to walk up the staircase.

She wanted to treasure all of it. Every kiss, every touch, every time he whispered that he loved her. And the moment they got to the bed, she knew this time it was for real. And she would be able to say she loved him back.


"Wow," Buffy said breathlessly.

"Yeah."

"That was... wow."

Under the covers, Spike's arm was wrapped comfortably around Buffy's waist. She closed her eyes in content. It couldn't get muchbetter than this. But just as her thoughts were slipping into sweet dreams,she could feel Spike's body stiffen next to her.

"You're scared, aren't you?" she asked him.

"Oh please. I'm the big bad. I bloody don't get scared."

"Uh huh."

"Well... you aren't going to kick me in the face and then leave, are you?"

Buffy turned to face him. "I gave you my heart, Spike," she said with complete sincerity. "And I'm not expecting to get it back anytime soon."

"You mean that?"

She smiled. "Yes, dummy."

"I love you," he whispered softly.

"I love you too."

Ring! The telephone startled both of them. Buffy groaned and reached for the phone on her nightstand. "Hello?" she said irritably into it, angry that someone had ruined such a perfect moment.

"Hey Buff," It was Xander.

"What are you doing?" she demanded.

"What do you mean what am I doing?"

"I'm kind of busy right now," Buffy said in a frustrated voice.

"Oh well I was just calling to see if we're okay. I'd do it in person, but now I'm terrified that I'll catch you kissing Captain Peroxide or something."

Buffy laughed nervously. "Oh, well, don't worry about it."

"Okay," Xander said on the other end. "I love you, you know that? I just care about you and don't want to see you get hurt."

"Xander, you've always been there for me, and you'll always be my best friend."

"Xander? Why is that git calling you?" Spike said angrily. He grabbed the phone. "Buffy and I are in the middle of something. Sod off!" Then he clicked the phone off and handed it back to Buffy.

She stared at him for a long time and then started cracking up. "Wow, Xander is not going to take that well."

"He'll deal. Right now I want you all to myself with no more bloody interruptions."

"You evil, greedy vampire!"

"But you know you love me."

She giggled. "I don't know about that."

"What? You're kidding, right?"

Buffy shrugged. "I don't know."

"And you think I'm evil?"

She rolled her eyes and gave him a soft kiss on the lips. "Spike, of course I'm kidding. You think I went through all this Valentine's Day crap to end up denying my feelings? If I've learned anything from all of this, it's that I have to listen to my heart."

"And what exactly is that heart of yours saying?"

"I love you, Spike." Buffy whispered.

Letting out a soft growl, Spike pulled her close to him and hungrily kissed her warm lips. She kissed him back with full force, pulling his body close to hers.

With that, they disappeared into love and passion underneath the covers.


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