Hey guys, I know who you were all probably wondering if I would ever get around to updating this story. Sorry it took me so long, I have had serious writer's block. Anyways, this chapter is kind of a transitional chapter to move the plot along. Also, let me remind you that the story is rated T for a reason, so just bear that in mind!! Thanks!

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"Wait, wait, what happened then?" asked Cordelia excitedly from her perch on Buffy's bed, where all the girls had gathered, anxious to hear Buffy's account of her study date with Angel.

"You know, no matter how many times I tell the story it doesn't change," said Buffy, pretending to be exasperated but secretly ecstatic. She could barely wipe the grin off her face.

"Wow, way to go B," declared Faith smiling, whistling low in her throat and causing a blush to spread across the blonde's cheeks.

"He really kissed you? In the pool? Oh, that's soooooo romantic!" gushed Willow, bouncing slightly up and down. She knew the two of them would get together eventually.

Looking around at her four friends, Buffy finally started to feel like things in her new life were maybe going to be okay. She had finally admitted her feelings about Angel, and to her surprise he felt the same way. She was still reeling a little from the shock of the whole afternoon. The second she got back from studying she was bombarded with questions about her wet clothes and what had happened; they were relentless.

"So, you're like dating now?" asked Cordelia, still confused as to the outcome of the entire event.

"Well, I think so. I mean, he told me that he'd like to, so I guess, yeah, we are," she stuttered nervously, still a little unsure about everything.

"What was it like to kiss him?" questioned Fred excitedly, blushing as Faith groaned beside her.

"Geez, this is my brother we're talking about here. I so don't need that kind of information."

"It was amazing," murmured Buffy. "It was just so, mhhhhhhhhh..." she trailed off in a dreamy sigh, earning giggles from all the girls, minus a disgusted Faith.

Yep, life was good.

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As the weeks slowly passed the novelty of Buffy and Angel's new relationship failed to wear off, though luckily their friends' teasing remarks slowly died down.

Standing in the kitchen, Buffy idly stirred the pot she was holding, humming to herself as she listened to the conversation going on around her. She and Willow were helping out with some of the cooking that day since there had been nothing else to do. Fred was off in the woods gathering plants to study, Faith and Cordelia were visiting some people from a nearby pack, and all the boys were at a political meeting of sorts.

Giles was slowly starting to hand off more responsibilities to his son, and in turn the other young male members of the pack were becoming more involved as well. Buffy didn't know much about what they were doing, but she knew it involved relations between the packs.

Setting down the bowl she had been holding, she moved over the counter where she began chopping up an onion. Apparently spaghetti was on the menu for dinner, since for the past hour she had been helping to put together sauce and cook noodles.

"Hey, Buffy, can you pass me that meat?" asked Willow, pointing to the bowl of hamburger meat located near the blonde's elbow.

Grabbing out a piece and quickly popping it in her mouth before passing over the bowl , Buffy started laughing as she caught sight of her friend. The redhead had tomato seeds splattered across her apron and what looked like a noodle tangled in her hair. Sometimes her friend amazed her.

All of a sudden she let out a gasp as she felt two strong arms wrapping around her from behind, and turning she was met with the grinning face of her boyfriend. Leaning down, he pressed a soft kiss to her lips, pulling away slowly.

"Hey you," she murmured, biting her lip gently as she smiled up at him. "Did you just get back?"

"Yeah, just a few minutes ago. I went to look for you in your room but I saw Fred and she told me you were in here. I didn't know you could cook."

"I can't," she grinned sheepishly, reaching behind her back for a rag to wipe her hands off on. "They put me in charge of sauce, it's impossible to screw it up since it's basically just mixing up a bunch of stuff."

"Ummm, it smells so good," he muttered, looking at the array of food spread out over the counter. "I feel like I haven't eaten in forever."

"Poor baby," she cooed, moving over to one of the cabinets to grab a plate. "You must be really hungry. How did the meeting go?" she asked as she moved around the room, filling the plate with pasta, asparagus and bread.

"Ughhhh," he groaned, rolling his eyes. "God, I thought it would never end. People just kept talking and arguing, it's amazing we got anything done at all."

"Well, now that it's over, what do you want to do?" she asked, handing him the plate laden with food and sticking the fork right in the middle.

"Well," mumbled Angel, swallowing the mouthful of food he had hungrily consumed, "first I have to go see my dad and give him a quick report, but I after that I was thinking we could just hang out and watch a movie."

"Sounds good," she agreed, smiling at him. "Let me just wash up here and then I'll be set to leave."

"Alright, I'm going to go find my dad, but why don't I meet you in the south rec room and you can pick out the movie?"

"'Kay" declared Buffy, and leaning in she gave him a quick kiss before disappearing with a blush. She was still uncomfortable with public displays of affection, something that highly amused her boyfriend. With a grin, Angel stuffed another bite of food into his mouth before casually making his way down the hall in search of his father.

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Twenty minutes later Buffy and Angel were happily ensconced on a couch as they relaxed and watched a movie. Buffy was laying with her back pressed up against Angel's chest, his hands resting lightly around her waist. He was having a difficult time paying attention to the screen instead of the blonde girl in his arms. He had had a long day and an evening of relaxing with his girlfriend was just what he needed.

Glancing down and seeing Buffy's eyes fixed intently on the screen, he carefully moved his hands to gently run down her arms, moving up and down slowly. Reaching her shoulders, he gave them a quick squeeze before moving up to brush aside her hair as he lowered his head to her neck and brushed her skin with his lips. Gasping, Buffy's eyes immediately went wide as her whole body tensed up, though to her credit she didn't move a muscle.

Grinning at her reaction to him, he resumed his ministrations, moving from her jawline down to her shoulder, pausing to take the skin into his mouth as he bit lightly and sucked on it. Moaning, Buffy tilted her head to the side to give him more room as she reached her hands up to wrap around his neck. As a werewolf the stimulation of his teeth on her neck was almost too much to bear and she was glad when he abandoned the spot to resume his path along her shoulder.

"Aaangel," she moaned breathlessly, digging her fingers up into his spiked hair.

Looking up with a smirk, Angel maneuvered himself until he was leaning over her, by this time panting heavily. His lips were soon sealed with hers, his hands running through her hair as he let out a groan. He had been dying to kiss her all night and her lips felt so good against his.

He had had a few girlfriends in the past and he had had his fair share of make out sessions, but with Buffy it was different. The other girls hadn't lasted more than a few weeks, but he had a feeling that Buffy would be different. He felt a connection with her that he hadn't with the other girls.

Pulling away from each other abruptly the two blinked in the sudden light that filled the room, quickly scrambling away from each other as they saw some of their friends standing in the doorway.

"Oh my gosh!" exclaimed Fred, putting a hand to her mouth as her cheeks turned red, though she was grinning slightly.

"We were just watching a video," offered Buffy meekly, running a hand haphazardly through her messy hair.

"Care to watch a video sometime with me, Buff?" asked Xander jokingly, moving to sit in between the two though quickly leaped up again as he heard the low growl Angel emitted.

"Do you mind if we join you guys?" questioned Cordelia, smacking Xander in the head as she passed him on her way to one of the chairs situated around the screen.

"Of course not!" squeaked Buffy, still acutely embarrassed at being caught. "Do you want us to start it over or something?"

"Hey, where's Spike and Faith?" asked Angel, interrupting the conversation. Looking around, Buffy too took in the absence of the brunette and bleached-blonde couple.

"Dunno," said Oz in his usual monosyllabic way.

"I think I saw them heading down the hall earlier, but I don't know where they were headed," supplied Willow, moving to join Cordelia in her chair.

"Hmmm," muttered Angel, shrugging as he pulled Buffy back into his arms as they resumed playing the movie. It wasn't unusual for his sister and her boyfriend to go off together alone, so he wasn't worried.

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Meanwhile, back in Spike bedroom he and Faith were getting pretty intense lying on his bed. They had been going out for a long time and their relationship was as strong as ever, but Faith felt like she was ready to take it to the next level. Werewolves were amorous creatures but the ultimate act of intimacy wasn't indulged in lightly. To mate with another wolf was a serious step, marked with the act of physical love and blessed by the moon goddess. As the night progressed, Faith knew she had made the right choice as she lay in her lover's arms.

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There you go, another chapter! Finally!!!! Thank you to all those who gave reviews, please let me know what you think of this one and of how the story is progressing. I'm not sure exactly where I'm going with this so we'll just have to see.