Chapter 1

"You go on ahead, honey," Buffy smiled at her son as she sat down on the beach chair. She took out her book and began reading. From time to time she looked at her son playing with his friends by the seashore.

"Hi," a tall, blonde man sat down at the edge of her bench. Buffy looked at him for a second before returning to her book. "I see you're reading Maggie Walsh's book there, you know I was her TA once."

"Really?" Buffy sat up, placed down her book and took of her sunglasses. "I'm a big fan of her work."

"Yeah, she's great," the man nodded and smiled. "You studying psychology?"

"Actually, I'm a psychiatrist," Buffy informed him.

"Really?" the man looked at her suprisingly. "Aren't you a little too young to have an M.D."

"Ever heard of people who graduate college when they're eighteen?"

"Uh-huh," the man nodded.

"Well, I'm one of them. Graduated college when I was eighteen, took a year off, then went to med school in a breeze and then specialized in psychiatry. And voila, a 25 year old psychiatrist at your service."

"Wow," the man nodded in awe.

"So what do you do?"

"I have my PhD in psychology. I'm currently working in UC Sunnydale in California right now as a professor," the man told her. "By the way, I'm Riley Finn."

"Pleased to meet you Riley Finn," Buffy shook his hand. "I'm Buffy."

"So you here in vacation then," Riley raised his hand to point at the beach. "It's a nice day today, not too sunny, a lot of clouds in the sky."

"Yeah, it's great. I wouldn't be worrying about having a tan too much," Buffy looked back at the beach to check on her son.

"So, you here with someone?"

"I knew you would be asking that at some point," Buffy smiled at him. "And yes, I'm here with my son. He's over there."
Riley turned around and saw a boy of about six years waving at Buffy with a smile.

"How about you, are you with someone?" Buffy asked him.

"Yeah," Riley nodded. "I'm here with a couple of buddies of mine. Since it's summer, we really have nothing to do so we decided to come here and see the beaches of Florida."

"That's nice. We came here with a couple of friends of mine too. Their kids wanted to see Disney world. Liam wanted to see Disney World, and so we all decided to go."

"I bet, Liam's having a good time."

"Hey, sweetie," Buffy smiled as her son came up to her and sat down beside her.

"Hey Mommy," Liam hugged her briefly and showed her a seashell proudly. "Look! I found it!"

"That's great, honey. I want you to meet someone, this is Riley," Buffy pointed to Riley.

"Hi," Liam looked at the man.

"Hi there, buddy, you having a great time? I heard you're going to go to Disney World. I bet you're excited," Riley smiled at the boy with light brown hair and dark green eyes.

"Mommy's gonna go take me there tomorrow! Right, Mommy?" Liam looked at Buffy.

"Yes, sweetie," Buffy smiled and placed a kiss on his forehead. "Are you tired?"

"Uh-huh," Liam nodded and then looked at Riley again. "Did you go to Disney world?"

"I'm sorry, I didn't. But I heard it's nice there," Riley patted Liam's head and then looked at Buffy. "I've got to go. I have my friends holding my spot in the line to the club."

"A club in the middle of the day?" Buffy raised her eyebrow with a smile. "Didn't know they had those."

"Yeah, here they do," Riley shrugged as he stood up. "By the way, where are you from originally?"


"Really? That's two hours from Sunnydale. That's great. Hey, maybe we could catch up some other time. Talk about psychology and stuff...," Riley asked hopefully.

"Yeah, that would be great," Buffy agreed. "Just give me your number."

"I've got no pen or paper, though."

"I've got a good memory," Buffy assured her.

"Right," Riley laughed a little. "I forgot you finished college by eighteen."

"You seem forgetful yourself, though," Buffy laughed with him. Riley gave her his number and took off with a wave. Buffy watched him walk away until he was out of sight. Then she looked down at her son that was already asleep in her arms. She leaned back down again and after a few minutes took her cellphone from her bag and called her husband.

"What?" Liam's angry voice answered.

"I need you to come pick us up, we're going back to the hotel. Where are you anyway?" Buffy asked him.

"At the club," Liam replied angrily. "The hotel is a short walk from the beach, Buffy. Can't you walk alone?"

"Liam is fast asleep and I can't bear wake him up. I can't carry him all the way to the hotel, you know!" Buffy felt her blood boiling. She knew that Liam was probably in the club surrounded by women again.

"Fine," Liam spat and hung up the phone.

"Jerk," Buffy rolled her eyes and placed her cellphone down. She looked down at Liam and smiled. "At least I have you."

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