Takes place during 'Older and Further Away'. As well as being locked in a house with a monster, Buffy recieves a birthday present which causes the Scoobies to burst into song again.

The first two chapters are just details of the episode which needed to be changed slightly for my story to work, so start with dialouge out of the episode. This first one - if you can't guess - takes place after Spike has just joked about eating Richard and Buffy drags him into the hall. The second is when Anya gangs up on Willow to do magic.

Disclaimer - obviously I don't own Buffy or any of the songs I use. I do however own a computer and an imagination.

Pairings - Spike/Buffy Willow/Tara Xander/Anya

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"Hey, Mr passive aggressive guy, seriously, you wanna take it down a notch or two in there?" snapped Buffy.

"What? Poor dainty Richard can't take a joke?" retorted Spike.

"We do not joke about eating people in this house" Buffy reprimanded. "Look Spike, I know you're jealous but you're just going to have to deal with it, ok?"

"What?" he asked shocked. "I am so not jealous pet. I don't get jealous"

"Mmmhmm" she nodded.

"Ok, so what if I was the tiniest bit jealous – and I'm not saying I am – should I be?" He asked the last part quietly.

"Spike" she half laughed. "You have no reason to be jealous. But that doesn't excuse the rude remarks you made to Richard. I think it's best if you just left." She added sadly, hoping that he would defy her like he usually did and stay.

"Maybe your right" he agreed quietly. "It is your party after all, but before I do, I just wanted to give you this" he handed her a neatly wrapped up present with bows on top.

"Happy Birthday pet" he whispered and kissed her on her cheek before turning to go. Only he didn't, or rather, he couldn't.

Buffy hadn't realised this as she was looking down at the neatly wrapped gift in her hand, wondering what it might be. 'Stupid girl' she thought. 'You know that the only person you really want to spend your birthday with is him.'

She was just about to go after him when she realised he was still standing in front of her.

"What's the matter?" she asked rather agitatedly, sure she was relieved he hadn't left, but she wasn't going to let him know that.

"I can't leave" he stated flatly. "And not just because the suns up" he added quickly as she opened her mouth to speak. "Try yourself luv and you'll see what I mean"

She wanted so desperately to make a smart remark, but surprised him by doing as she'd been told. He watched her eyes widen comically as she realised what he meant.

"Well, this can't be good" she told him.