Chapter Three

"Pack some things," Buffy announced to Dawn the next morning, just after they'd both woken up.


"Pack your things. We're going away."


"Vacation," Buffy explained. "You, me, and Spike. And the rest of the Scooby Gang."

"You're kidding."

"Nope. Dead serious. We're leaving ASAP."

Dawn stared incredulously at her sister. What on earth? This seemed extremely sudden and… weird. "Where are we going?" she asked, throwing a suitcase on the bed. She quickly packed some clothes.

"Don't know. Don't care. As long as it's out of here."

"What about those social services?" Dawn asked. "Aren't they going to come?"

"Let them. We'll deal when we get back."

"Nibblet set to go?" Spike asked, appearing out of nowhere. He kissed Buffy on the cheek.

"Almost," Dawn replied, struggling to shut her suitcase. "Got it."

"Great!" Buffy said cheerfully. "Xander should be here any moment now."

A loud horn honked outside.

"There we go," she said loudly. "Come on, let's go." The three of them ran outside, Spike shielding himself from the sun with a blanket. A large RV was parked outside.

"All aboard!" Xander announced, sitting at the driving wheel. Spike immediately ran inside and collapsed on a seat inside. "Oh you didn't explode into dust? Pity. I was really counting on the sun," Xander commented. Spike rolled his eyes.

"Xander…" Buffy said in a warning voice. She went to sit by Spike.

"Sorry, sorry. Shutting up."

"Isn't this exciting?" Willow said, fingers laced with Tara, who was sitting next to her. "A random trip that just came flying out of nowhere. And we don't even know where we're going! This is so… wild and sexy. Plus the RV? Very hot."

"You think the RV is sexy?" Dawn said, stepping inside, dropping her heavy suitcase on the floor. The whole RV jumped a little.

"Dang Dawn!" Xander exclaimed. "What do you have in there? Anvils?"

"Yes Xander. I've packed plenty of anvils for the trip."

Xander chuckled. "Funny. She's funny," he said to Anya, who was sitting next to the driver's seat.

"You okay?" Buffy asked Spike, reaching for his hand.

"Thanks for your concern, Slayer. But I'm fine. Spent many mornings flying into a certain house under a flaming blanket."

"Ohh and look at you two," Willow said, her eyes glazed with tears. "I can't believe I'm saying this, but you're just too cute together!"

"I think she's high," Dawn commented.

"I had coffee this morning," Willow confessed. "It makes me wacky."

Buffy stood up and walked over to Dawn. "Dawn, can we talk for a minute?"

The engine started, and the RV began moving smoothly along the road. Dawn looked at Buffy right in the eyes. "Sure. What about?"

"Over there by the beds."

"You know why I'm doing this, right?"

"Um… because the RV is sexy?"

"Because I'm worried about you."

They entered the bed area and Buffy closed the door behind them. Dawn sat down on a bed, and Buffy sat across from her. "The social security mentioned a lot of things… half of them I don't believe, but I know that you've been… rebellious lately. She said you were staying out late at the Bronze, shoplifting, stuff like that—"

"What? That's not true," Dawn replied nervously.

Buffy sighed. "Dawnie, please tell me the truth. What's been going on?"

All of a sudden Dawn looked sad and vulnerable. She crossed her legs, uncrossed them, and then stared down at the floor. Buffy reached over and tucked a piece of silky brown hair behind Dawn's ears. "It's okay," she said softly. "I'll always be here for you."

"But that's just it," Dawn said, choking on her voice. "You haven't been here for me."

Buffy stared. "You can't possibly think that."

"It's true! All you think about is yourself. You're trying to make your life better, which… well, I don't blame you. But couldn't you take a minute to think about me? And how lonely I've been? That's why I've been hanging out at the Bronze, hanging around people that smoke, breaking curfew, stealing. It makes me feel like someone I'm not. I can be free."

Buffy bit her bottom lip. "Dawn, I know the feeling."

"Oh right… because last year you screwed the brains out of Spike. Big deal."

"Hey I heard that!" Spike yelled from outside.

Buffy blushed. "What I'm trying to say is that we need to pull this family together again."

"Family? Mom's gone, Buffy! Dad doesn't even care about us. There is no family."

"Sure there is," Buffy replied, standing up. She opened the door to reveal Spike, Willow, Tara, and Xander and Anya in the front. "You're telling me these people haven't always been there for you?"

"Well Anya—"

"Beside the point."

Dawn let out a huge sigh and then gave her sister a huge hug. "I'm sorry," she whispered.

"It's okay. We're making amends now. See? Vacation with shiny RV."

Dawn giggled. "And very dark," she said, motioning towards the shaded windows.

"Hey, I don't want my boyfriend turning into dust," Buffy replied.

"You don't? Well, isn't that sweet," Spike said, grinning at her. Buffy launched herself into his arms, and he caught her perfectly. She sat down next to him and then laid her head on his shoulder.

"Tired," she mumbled.


She gave him a seductive smile. "No complaint there."

He scooped her up in his arms and carried her into the bedroom. He locked the door shut and then placed Buffy down on the bed.

"You think we'll be quiet enough not to bother Captain Idiot?"

"If you're referring to Xander…"

"Sorry. The guy just bugs the hell outta me."

Buffy pouted. "That's my friend you're talking about."

With a small shrug, Spike leaned over and planted a kiss on her forehead. "And I'm talking about shagging in the back of the RV."

"Huh? What does that have to do with Xan—"

Spike shut her up with a passionate kiss. She sighed into his mouth and lifted her leg to pull him closer. Opening her eyes, she gazed into his blue ones and whispered, "How do you do that?"

"What? This?" he pressed into her.

She gasped. "That too."

"Or this…" he gave her a gentle kiss on the lips.

"The way you make me fall in love with you over and over again," she finally said.

I know, I completely changed the storyline. I needed something spontaneous and FUN. All the Dawn stuff was getting on my nerves. No more drama and sadness. It's going to be FLUFFY. LOL. I hope everyone's still reading… sorry for the shortness of the chapter. Next one will be longer, I promise. Reviews?