Disclaimer: All characters belong to Joss Whedon, praised be his dark name.
Rating: Same as the show itself.
Spoilers: Up to "Ted" for now.
Series Teaser: What if Joss had been a Buffy/Angel shipper?
Episode Teaser: Joyce's new boyfriend forces Buffy to consider telling her mom about Angel.
Author's note: Two things.
1. The episodes "Ted" and "Bad Eggs" switch places, so we are days away from Buffy's 17th birthday. She is no longer grounded, incidentally.
2. Everything up to "What's My Line" and "Bad Eggs" is canon. Nothing else is.
Buffy, Xander, and Willow walked along the street towards their house. Xander and Willow were having a heated discussion which Buffy was ignoring.
"Well, that was her genius. He didn't even know he was playing second fiddle." Xander turned to Buffy. "Buffy."
"Who do you think was the real power – the Captain or Tenille?"
Confused. "Uh, who are these people?"
"The Captain and Tenille?" Xander got that look he got when people didn't understand his pop culture references. "Boy, someone was sure raised in a culture-free environment."
Buffy sighed. "I'm sorry. I was just –"
"– thinking?" Willow completed.
"No. Not thinking. Having a lot of happy non-thoughts."
"Yeah, with Spike and Drusilla out of the way, we've really been riding the mellow…" Xander got a guilty look on his face, "…and I'm really jinxing the hell out of us by saying that."
"Eh, I'll let you off this time," Buffy dismissed his concerns. She pulled out her keys as she arrived at her door. She put her key into the lock – and the door swung open.
Buffy tensed up. She knew that a door ajar at night was a bad sign. "Wait here," she warned her friends as she stepped inside, stake in hand. From the kitchen, she heard her mom cry "No!" followed by a crash. She rushed into the kitchen, and saw a horrific sight.
Her mom was wrapped in a deep kiss with a big, slightly portly man Buffy had never seen before. There was a bottle of wine on the counter.
They broke the kiss. Joyce stepped away from the man as Buffy hid the stake behind her back.
"I thought I heard…" Buffy started.
"I broke a wine glass," her mom explained. "You're home early."
"Hi," the man said.
"Hi," Buffy replied.
"Oh, uh, this is my daughter, Buffy," Joyce hastily introduced her. "And Buffy, this is… Ted."
Sarah Michelle Gellar
And Anthony Stewart Head as Giles
Created by Joss Whedon