A/N: This is my first attempt at a Buffy fic! Let me know what you think plz!

Malevolent Spirits

Shadows danced across the faces of the Slayer and her friends as they patrolled the local Shady Hill cemetery. It was close to midnight and they had been out for nearly 3 hours already. Despite the late hour, the full moon illuminated everything in an eerie glow and lit a path between the graves, providing them with much needed light.

Leaves rustled gently in the slight breeze and crumpled underfoot. The trees swayed hauntingly and something moved in the shadows off to the right. Buffy paused a moment and stared into the bushes, cautiously. She didn't want to miss anything. Finally deciding there was nothing there and that it had just been the wind, she moved on, glancing back at her pals.

Xander shoved his hand into a half-empty bag of Cheetos, breaking the silence that had fallen with a distinctive crackling of the packet.

"Cheeto?" Pausing a moment, he offered the bag to Willow. She took a handful of the crisps, rustling the packet once again.

"Cordy?" Xander held the Cheetos out to her.

"No!" Cordelia pushed them away and continued walking.

"How about you Angel?"

Angel shot Xander an exasperated look and went back to ignoring him. Xander shrugged, not really caring. Dead Boy didn't need to eat, anyway.

"Buffy?"

"No thanks, Xand." Buffy replied, her voice just above a whisper.

"Okay, then. More for me!" Xander grinned and picked out a few more Cheetos, stuffing them into his mouth and chewing loudly.

Buffy came to abrupt halt and turned to face him, determination in her eyes.

"We really need some quiet right about now. Hold off on the Cheetos awhile, okay?"

"Yeah, Xander. Are you trying to wake the dead?" Cordelia retorted. It took several moments for her to properly digest what she had just said.

"No pun intended." She added hastily. "I mean, he's not gonna wake the dead, right? Right?" Cordelia turned to Buffy, a frantic expression crossing her face.

Buffy smiled grimly.

"It's not likely, but you just might. Now everyone, quiet okay?"

Cordelia nodded and huddled in Xander's arms; she was obviously still unsure whether or not they would be able to wake the dead.

"Yup, sure. We can be quiet! Can't we, Xander?" Willow piped up.

"Sure. Quiet now." Xander tossed the bag of Cheetos to the side, as if it would show that he could remain silent.

Turning her focus back to patrol, Buffy scanned their surroundings. There was nothing. Still. Normally the nasties took the full moon as an invitation to go out for a big meal. This nights' patrol had been extremely uneventful. They hadn't seen a vampire or demon all night, with the exception of Angel, of course. It was all kinds of unnatural.

"Angel?" Buffy glanced at the vampire at her side. He turned to face her.

"Yeah?" Angel skimmed the area around them distractedly and pulled a hand through his dark hair.

"Any idea where all your ex-buddies are tonight?"

Angel remained silent for a few moments, apparently deep in thought. After awhile, he replied.

"I don't know, but there doesn't seem to be anything going on here tonight. Why don't you call it a night?" He paused. "I can stay on a bit longer just in case."

Buffy considered Angel's offer for a moment. She had school the next day and hadn't had a good nights' sleep in ages so the decision came easy. Nodding slowly, she moved closer to the vampire.

"Thanks, Angel." Buffy kissed him lightly on the lips before saying a quick 'goodbye' and heading over to join the others, who had gathered a few metres away. Angel moved off, blending into the shadows.

"Will, Xander, Cordy – you guys want to head home now? Angel's going to stay awhile to make sure we didn't miss anything."

"Finally!" Cordelia pulled at Xander's arm, urging him to leave. "Let's go!"

"Wait a second, Cordy." Xander turned back to Buffy and Willow. "Buffy, what about you?"

"Yeah, Buffy! You're going home now, too, aren't you?" Willow asked.

"Soon. I've got to go see Giles first. He wants a report of tonight's patrol."

"I'll come! I want to check on Oz, anyway." Willow beamed at the thought of seeing her werewolf boyfriend. Oz was currently locked up in the library cabinet. Giles had taken the job of watching him for the night.

"Sure. What about you Xander?"

"I'll be taking Cordy home and then going home myself." Xander grinned at them. "See ya tomorrow!" He raced off towards Cordelia who seemed desperate to get away from the darkness of the cemetery.

Buffy and Willow remained where they were. For a few moments, they stood still unsure what to do. Buffy finally spoke.

"We should…uh…go now." She smiled at her friend.

"Right. Yes. We should go." Willow grinned back at her and followed her out the front gate.