Chapter 22

He stood in the doorway of her room, watching as she put on her make up, looking so utterly gorgeous. He hated the idea of letting her go; knowing that she was going out with that boy — a boy not even worthy of her — but then again, no one was worthy enough for his princess. He was yanked away from the sight of her brushing her long, dark hair, only to stare into the eyes of an irritated blonde.

"Stop watching her, Spike. She's nervous enough as it is," Buffy commented.

"Not nearly as nervous as I am. Do we have to let her go on this bloody date? She's just a child."

Buffy rolled her eyes. "She's fifteen; I was younger when I started dating."

Spike scoffed. "Oh, that makes me feel so much better. I know your track record," he muttered.

"The point is that Dawn is a young woman now. She's going on her first real date, with a boy she really likes. She doesn't need us smothering her."

Spike crossed his arms over his chest, a pout forming on his lips. "Why does it have to be with him? Sure, you joked about this happening, but I never actually thought it would. It's Angel's spawn, for crying out loud."

Buffy smiled. "Connor's a nice kid, you only don't like him because of who his father is, but that doesn't even make much sense anymore. You and Angel are friends; you guys hang out a lot. I don't see what the problem is. You've stopped being at each other's throats a long time ago."

Spike let out a sigh. "Yeah, but I'll still never really like him."

"Honey, I doubt you would like any boy Dawn brought home, no matter who their parents were," she said, patting him on the back.

Dawn came out of her room then, giving them a pointed look. "You do realize I can hear everything you're saying, right?"

Buffy turned to the young girl. "Sorry about that, sweetie. I'm sure you'll have a great time tonight. You look so beautiful," she claimed, tears in her eyes as she hugged her daughter.

Dawn returned the embrace. "Don't cry, Mom. We've been over this, I'll be fine."

Buffy nodded, pulling away from the hug. "I know, but I still can't believe how grown up you are now."

"Are you guys gonna kiss and stuff? That's just gross," said a snotty voice from behind them.

Dawn rolled her eyes at her pesky younger brother, not even bothering to dignify that with a response.

Spike grinned, ruffling his son's hair. "Just wait until you get older, mate. You won't mind it so much."

The boy scrunched up his nose, heading back to his room.

Dawn took a deep breath when the doorbell rang, running down the stairs and letting Connor into the house, giving him a shy smile.

"Hey, Dawn, you look really pretty. These are for you; my dad said that you're supposed to give flowers when you take a girl out."

She smiled, taking the roses from him. "Thanks, that was sweet of you."

Buffy took the flowers to put them in some water, leaving the teenagers to their privacy, after dragging Spike into the kitchen with her.

"I don't like the looks of that kid."

Buffy rolled her eyes for what felt like the millionth time that day alone. "You worry way too much. They're only going to a movie."

Spike raised his eyebrows. "Only a movie? Do you remember what happened the last time we went to a movie?"

Her eyes widened.

"Exactly, couples never go to the theater to actually watch the sodding movie. They go to make out, or feel each other up, or in our case, have sex in the back row."

Buffy blushed, remembering that day like it was yesterday. It was their anniversary, so Spike decided to take her to dinner, followed by a late night movie, while her mom and Giles were home with the kids. They always liked to sit in the back, because she knew Spike could never keep his hands to himself. As soon as the lights went out, he was on her, nibbling her earlobe and slipping his fingers under her skirt. She chose not to wear panties that night, just to make it easier for him. He crushed his mouth to hers once she came; muffling her cries, then picked her up and placed her on his lap, where she rode him into oblivion. They were found by an usher minutes later, who told them to never return again after Spike growled at the boy for not being able to take his eyes off of Buffy's chest. She shook her head, breaking out of her reverie.

"It's only the first date, and Dawn is very responsible. Nothing's going to happen."

Spike threw his hands up in the air. "Great, you just jinxed it."

Dawn entered the kitchen, a smile on her face. "We're leaving now, I promise to be back by ten."

Buffy gave her daughter one more hug, running her fingers through her dark locks. "Just be careful, okay?"

The brunette nodded. "Of course," Dawn replied, turning back to Spike. She moved closer, giving him a hug as well. "I'll always be your little girl, Daddy."

His eyes teared up, holding her tighter and not wanting to let her go, but knowing he had to. It was time that he let her grow up. "You have fun, nibblet, but not too much."

Dawn laughed. "I'll try my best," she said, and with one last wave to her parents, left the house with Connor.

"You know what I miss?" Spike wondered a moment later, not waiting for her to answer. "An Apocalypse. That would be much more comforting right about now."

Buffy pulled him up the stairs and into their bedroom, shoving him down on the bed. "I have ways to take your mind off of it."

He leered up at her. "Do you now? Well, have at it then."

Buffy pounced as she flung her clothes to the floor, doing the same with his.

Luckily William had a habit of blasting his music, so he wasn't likely to hear anything.

She moaned once he filled her up, riding him hard.

They'd been together almost sixteen years, and still couldn't get enough of each other.

"God, baby, you're gonna be the bloody death of me." Spike turned them over, so he was now the one on top as he drove himself further into her, pounding her hard and fast.

Buffy came then, resting her head against his chest, breathing heavily. "Did that help?"

He thought about it. "I don't know. I'm still worried about Dawn, you may need to distract me some more."

And she did just that.

The End

That's all she wrote, I'm a little sad, but also relieved to be done with this one. Thanks to everyone who read and reviewed!