Disclaimers: Nope I don't own any characters that you have seen on TV. I'm just playing with them. Joss is their creator.
WARNINGS: None for this chapter, but later on there will be a huge warning. Someone close to Buffy will die during this season. I will give a catch up on the chapter after this happens in case you don't want to read this chapter. I know that sometimes, a person might have recently lost someone close to them and couldn't bear to read about a beloved character going through what they themselves are going through. Also later one of the characters from the show will be raped. This rape will not be graphic. Again, I know that sometimes a person may in a part of their life to where they cannot read something like that, so I will do a recap or catch up on the chapter following it so you will know what happened with out having to read the chapter. There are no NC-17 scenes written yet. However there are a few places where I will want an NC-17 scene. If you would like to guest write an NC-17 scene, please email me at LadyMacKenzie(at)gmail(dot)com and I will let you preview the chapter that I need the NC-17 scene from and we can see what you come up with.
A/N: When I started to post With Arms Wide Open Book 1, I had all of that book written. This book is still being written. I'm having to come up with some more chapters, but despite that, I hope to have this book posted much quicker than Book 1. Because of that, I will be posting only here until I have all of it posted, then I will convert to HTML to post on my website, unless I get the time to update on the website, sooner. I will let you know if that happens.
Thanks to the BETA TEAM: SerenityAngel44, Michebabyblue, CarlyJx, Ekimmuh, Pheonix Evans, and Tanya. The whole beta team contributed and had some ideas that I kept. I could not have done this chapter with out you, ladies!
Muirnín = Sweetheart
Mo Chroí = my heart
Tá mé chomh doirte sin duit = I love you
Grá mo chroí = Love of my heart
Ionúin = beloved
Summary and Catch Up/Recap: Last Book: Angel did not loose his soul when he and Buffy made love in Season 2. Buffy and Angel grew closer, Joyce walked in on Buffy and Angel making love and then Hank and Joyce gave their permission for Buffy and Angel to legally marry after being saved from vampires by Buffy and Angel. Joyce and Hank learned about the Slayer and the short life span of a Slayer and felt that Angel could prolong their daughter's life. When they legally married, they also went through the Bonding Ceremony which bound them together as a vampire and his Mate. This also split the demon and the soul. Angelus can and is in charge of the body during certain times. We learned that there was a vampire who wanted to be just like Angelus (his name was Devlin) and he was the one who came to town and was the big bad. Devlin was Angel's best human friend and continued to be his best friend until Angel regained his soul. Devlin killed Miss Calendar. Although it was not said in the story, the reason was because she was working on the re-souling spell for him -- to repay Angel for all the good he has done, she was trying to give him his best friend back. Yes, Dru still killed Kendra, police thought that Buffy did it, and Giles and the other scoobies had to convince the police that Buffy had nothing to do with it. Buffy and Angel closed Acathla after killing Devlin. Angel is still morning his best friend's final death. Just in case you want to read the wedding and the bonding ceremony, that's chapter 9 of Book 1. Angelus' thoughts are underlined.
With Arms Wide Open: Book 2
After passing all of her classes, Angel and Buffy planned on spending a few weeks with her father in L.A. One night they had been out fighting a really tough demon. When Angel carried her into Hank's house, there was a raven-haired lady in the living room with Hank. When Angel came into the house without knocking, the lady said, "Hank, you didn't tell me that you have a roommate."
"I'll explain in a minute, Grace." He turned to Angel, who held his daughter's limp body in his arms, "What happened?"
"I'll explain in minute, Hank," Right now, just get me a first aid kit,"Angel said not thinking how rude he was being. His only goal was to get his wife though this.
"Angel," Buffy moaned, slipping in an out of consciousness.
"It's alright, Muirnín. You're safe," Angel tried to comfort his love through their telepathic bond, but he was having trouble keeping a tight reign on Angelus.
"The bleeding's bad, you should have taken her to ER." Hank's friend said. Any other person would be shocked by the sight, but she seemed like she was used to the scene.
"No! It looks worse than it is," Angel hurriedly spoke, before Buffy could go into hysterics about going to a hospital.
"Let me help you. I'm a nurse in the ER," Grace said as she grabbed the first aid kit from Hank and followed Angel to his and Buffy's bedroom.
When Angel laid Buffy down on the bed, Grace said, "Oh my goodness! What happened?"
Angel laid Buffy carefully onto the bed, giving Grace a better look at her wounds.
"It looks like she's lost a lot of blood, she might need a transfusion" Grace adjusted the pillows, making sure Buffy was as comfortable as she should be, before ordering Hank to put pressure on her open wounds. Angel passed a first aid kit to the stranger, not knowing why he would put his life in her hands, but something about her seemed trustworthy.
Grace got to work on Buffy, not asking a single question. As a nurse in ER, she had seen some horrible things, and had learned long ago that curiosity indeed killed the cat.
Yes, working in ER, she had seen a lot, but none of them could prepare her for this. One of Buffy's wounds that she was about to dress had completely healed, like something hadn't even touched her skin.
One thing Grace was curious about was the five slashes across her stomach. It had seemed like most of the blood loss had come from those cuts, but they were nearly closed by now.
After Angel and Grace had bandaged up the gashes on Buffy, Buffy opened her eyes and groggily said, "Dad?"
"Dad? Hank, you didn't tell me you had a daughter," Grace said.
"Who is that?" Buffy weakly asked and then passed out again.
"Buffy?" Angel called out.
Stop! Listen! Her heart rate and breathing are normal for when her slayer healing is going into overdrive. She just passed out, Angelus was saying inside of Angel's head.
"Grace, I'll explain in a minute," Hank said eying Angel.
Angel sighed, "She passed out again."
"Now, Angel, will you please tell me what happened?"
Angel turned to Grace and asked, "Can you watch over her for a few minutes?"
"Sure," Grace said confused.
Angel left the room with Hank close behind. Angel grabbed the phone.
"Angel, what happened?" Hank asked as Angel was dialing a number.
"You can listen in while I talk to Giles, Hank," Angel said as he listened for Giles to pick up his phone.
"Hello?" Giles's British accent seemed stronger over the phone.
"Angel? Is that you? How's L.A?"
"Uh.. Its great" He paused, while Buffy glared at him, this wasn't a social call. "Listen, we need some research done" He continued. "Buffy and I ran into a majick using demon. He wounded Buffy pretty bad, she's alright now though" He added quickly, knowing that Giles would be concerned about his slayers safety.
"What kind of spell did it use?"
"That's the thing, I have no idea. Whatever it was, it was strong. Buffy's wound looked as if someone had clawed her across her abdomen"
"Oh my. What kind of weapon did he use?"
Angel could hear pages being turned, and knew that Giles was already in research mode.
"That's what I'm telling you, it was a spell. He didn't touch Buffy"
"I see. Is there anything more you can tell me?"
"She could have died, Giles. If it wasn't for her Slayer Healing, she probably would have" Angel sighed.
"Where are you now?"
"We're at Hank's. She passed out. She's lost a lot of blood," said Angel worriedly.
Giles heard Angel's worry and asked, "Do you think she'll recover?"
"Yes, she'll be fine in the morning, I'm sure. I just don't know what kind of demon we're facing," Angel sighed.
"Well what did it look like?"
"It looked like a human, but was grayish and had no mouth. We couldn't get close enough to tell anything else. Buffy said that her Slayer Senses were going off and this thing didn't smell human to me," Angel said anxiously barely controlling Angelus.
Come on, Soulboy! Let's go back out there and torture the damn thing!!! I won't stand by and let my Mate be hurt like that!
"Okay, Willow, and I, will have a look now. I'll call you when we find something" Giles paused. "Oh, and Angel? Look after her."
"Just tell me how to kill it."
Gonna torture it first! Did you see how bad she was hurt? That deserves some torture!
"As soon as I find out how, I'll let you know," Giles said.
"Thanks," Angel said as he hung up the phone.
"What did Giles say?" Hank asked.
"He and Willow are going to get onto it."
Angel went back to his and Buffy's room to watch over her. Buffy was asleep but Grace was examining her neck.
"You guys may think I'm crazy, but working in the ER, I've seen some really weird stuff. I've heard about things that you would never believe existed. I believe that this girl needs help." Grace took a deep breath before continuing, "She may be addicted to vampire bites." Angel and Hank just stared at her. Grace looked very concerned.
Hank thought that his date was crazy. Sure there really were vampires. He knew that. My daughter, The Slayer, addicted to vampire bites? She's only been bitten once and that was at the Bonding Ceremony.
Angelus started laughing inside Angel's head at the absurdity of the suggestion while Angel looked at the unknown woman before him and asked, "What makes you say that?" Angel and Angelus knew that they fed from Buffy every night, but that was just between them. No one else needed to know what they did when they made love.
"You see this scar on her right shoulder? It was caused by a vampire bite. And it's been opened numerous times. Indicating that she might be addicted."
"This is ridiculous, there is no way my daughter is addicted to vampire bites!" Hank said.
"Why because vampires don't exist?!" Grace shot back.
"No, because she's The Slayer!" Hank informed her. "She kills vampires."
"How do you know about vampires?" Angel asked.
"It doesn't matter, getting her help, before a vampire gets carried away and kills her does," Grace said.
"Have you ever seen someone who is addicted to vampire bites with just one scar?" Angel asked.
"No, this is the first."
"Indicating it was the same vampire that reopened the scar."
That's it, Soulboy! Let Daddy in our sex life! Angelus laughed.
"Excuse me?" Hank asked looking at his son-in-law.
Angel ignored Hank and Grace asked, "What makes you say that?"
"Because vampires will not feed from another vampire's scar. And if someone is Marked, they will not feed from that person. Only the one who Marked her has fed from her," Angel explained.
"How do you know that? Why wouldn't they feed from a scar that's already there? She might have asked the vampires not to scar her up and to use the scar."
"No, it doesn't work that way. It's against Vampire Law."
Both Grace, and Hank looked at Angel with raised eyebrows. Both thinking the same thing: How could soulless monsters have any law.
"With a mark like Buffy's, no vampire would be stupid enough to even think about it. But if they were, then they were condemned to a life of torture before being killed by the vampire that marked her. That's if she doesn't kill them first."
Damn Straight! I can keep a vampire alive for many years torturing them before getting bored with them and staking them. And the first order of torture would be to defang the bastard!
"I told you she's addicted, she wouldn't kill them."
"Yes, she would!" Hank explained.
"Listen, lady, you don't know us. You don't know her. It is her duty to kill vampires and other demons. And she won't let anything get in the way of her duty," Angelus said harshly as Angel finally lost control over the demon. "Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to look after my wife."
Wife? Since when do you call Buffy your wife? You always call her your Mate.
Yeah well, I don't know this woman and I'm not going to tip her off to the fact that I'm a vampire right now. She just really pissed me off. Our Buff being addicted to vamp bites? The first vamp that tried to bite her like she's suggesting would be tortured for years before I finally staked him.
"Just get her help before it's too late," Grace pleaded.
Just let me handle this before you screw it up!Angel took control again and sighed. He didn't see any other way of getting the woman to leave them alone. "For a person to be addicted to vampire bites, they go searching for any vampire to bite them. Just trust me when I say that is not the case here."
"How do you know so much about this? Where did you get your information?"
Oh just let me shut her up!
Ignoring Angelus' taunting Angel tried to explain, "I know the Vampire Laws and customs. Some vampires are group oriented and some are loners. But even the loners would never break the Law of the Mark. Even the most ruthless vampire would never break that law."
Speak for yourself, Soulboy! I seem to remember a certain vamp that was marked that begged for it and, boy, was it worth it.
"How do you know? How can you be so certain?"
"How do you know about vampires?" Angel countered.
"My brother was turned and almost turned me. But I was saved by a group of people with crossbows. After my brother turned to dust before my eyes, one of the guys in the group explained it to me." Angel sighed. Gunn and his gang had saved yet another person. "Now every time one of the group needs medical attention because of vampires, they come to me. Now it's your turn. How do you know so much? And how do you know that your source is reliable?"
"Let's just say I know a lot of vampires. I know their ways."
"And you fight them too?"
Not by choice, but I get Slayer blood and sex for it, Angel rolled his eyes at Angelus' comments.
"Angel …" Buffy moaned as she came to again.
"I'm here, Muirnín," Angel went to Buffy's side and held her hand.
"Where am I?" she asked groggily.
"We're at your dad's," Angel said lovingly.
"What's going on?"
"Go to sleep. We'll talk in the morning, Mo Chroí." Angel said as he kissed her on the forehead and added, "Tá mé chomh doirte sin duit."
"Love you, too," Buffy smiled and replied through their telepathic bond.
"Mine," Buffy responded to Angelus' way of saying "I love you".
"If you're going to talk, then you will leave this room. She needs to sleep," Angel said as Hank and Grace left the room. Angel got undressed and climbed into bed and laid beside Buffy.
"Where did he go?" Grace asked Hank.
"Who? Angel? Oh, he stayed with Buffy. You're not going to get him away from her," Hank said.
"She's your daughter?"
"Yeah. That's Buffy, my daughter," Hank said nervously.
"Why didn't you tell me you had a sixteen year old daughter?"
"Because the subject of children never came up." Hank said and then added, "And she's seventeen."
"Oh. Well a seventeen-year-old daughter. Why haven't I met her before?"
"Because she and her mother moved to Sunnydale after the divorce. That's where she and Angel live. They just came down for a few days, since it's summer vacation."
"And you let him stay in the same room?"
"They're married," Hank said as if everyone knew this fact.
Angelus came out of the room, with only a pair of black sleep shorts on and angrily demanded with a slight growl, "Will you keep it down? She needs to sleep and she can't with you yelling!"
"Just what is going on, here? There is a seventeen-year-old girl in there wounded, pretty badly, I might add. And she has been bitten by vampires multiple times, and now her fathersays that she is married?!" Grace asked dazed.
"Yes, Buffy and Angel are married. Angel has saved her life several times. And with her being The Slayer, she could be killed at any time. Her mother and I wanted her to be happy and Angel makes her happy. Not to mention that her grades have come up since they've been married," Hank defended himselfand his daughter.
Angel sighed and walked back into the room where Buffy was trying to sleep. "Who is that?" Buffy asked groggily.
"A friend of your father's. I heard him call her Grace, but we haven't been formally introduced," Angel said.
"Oh," Buffy said as she slipped back into slumber.
"If you know that her being The Slayer is that dangerous, why do you let her do it?"
"We didn't choose it, it choose her. If I had my way, she wouldn't even be out in the dark, never mind risking her life."
"Oh right. A teenager saving the world," Grace said unbelievingly.
Hank sighed, "Grace, let's not talk about this right now, okay? Just trust me, Joyce and I have done what we thought was best for Buffy." He pulled Grace into his arms and began to kiss her.
The next morning when Grace walked into the kitchen, she saw Buffy making breakfast. "Oh you're up. I figured you would still be asleep," Grace said nicely.
Buffy turned around and said, "Who are you and what are you doing in my dad's house?"
"I'm sorry. I forgot we haven't been introduced. I'm Grace. Your dad and I have been seeing each other for three months now."
"My dad has a girlfriend and he didn't tell me?" Buffy asked confused as to why her father wouldn't tell her about his new girlfriend.
"Don't feel bad, he didn't tell me about you either."
Buffy looked crushed, "He didn't tell you about me?"
Grace not noticing how this upset Buffy, continued, "Not one word about having a kid." She chuckled, not understanding why he would leave such a big thing like that out.
Buffy looked as if she was about to cry, then she got mad, looked at Grace, and asked nicely, "Do you want some breakfast?"
Buffy handed Grace a plate with half of the bacon, eggs and toast on it. Then she cut off the stove and marched back to her father's bedroom and opened the door without knocking and said, "You have a girlfriend that you didn't tell me about?! And what's worse, I mean so little to you that you didn't tell her about me? You didn't even mention that you had a daughter?!"
Hank sat up with the sheets covering the lower half of his body and sleepily said, "Good morning to you too, dear. Rough night?"
"Rough night?! My night has nothing to do with this! I'm cooking us some breakfast and your girlfriend, who I didn't know anything about, walks in the kitchen, dressed in one of your shirts…"
"And you're dressed in Angel's shirt," Hank shot back as he interrupted her.
"This isn't about Angel and me! This is about you. I mean so little to you … that you didn't even tell her about me. Fine! Fix your own damn breakfast. I gave yours to Grace!" She slammed his door and went into her own room slamming her door as well.
Angel sat up in the bed, looked at his wife, and saw the hurt in her face. "Buffy…"
"Angel, I mean nothing to him," she said as the flood of tears fell from her eyes. Angel crossed the room with vampiric speed and embraced his Mate.
"I'm sure that's not it, Grá mo chroí."
Like hell it isn't. Why do you lie to her?
I'm not lying to her! People make mistakes! That's all that happened here. He made a mistake.
"Why else would he not tell her about me. I mean him not telling me about her, I can understand. I mean he wouldn't know how I would react. But to not tell her about me. He doesn't care about me," Buffy sobbed.
Yeah, Soulboy! Why else would he try to keep her a secret?
"Buffy, give him a chance to explain," Angel tried to comfort her. "I'm sure that's not it."
"Angel, I want to leave tonight."
Fine by me. Daddy's cramping my style anyway. I can't make her scream as loud as I want to with him in the next room.
"We can't. We have to kill that demon."
"We can go stay somewhere else."
"If that's what you really want,Ionúin," Angel agreed to her request.
"So, how do we kill it?" Buffy asked as she wiped the tears from her eyes.
"I don't know. I called Giles last night after I bandaged you up, and he's doing the research now."
"Right. Research mode, huh? Well anywhere around here to research?"
"Nope. All of our books are at the mansion back in Sunnydale."
"Well, I guess I could go ahead and pack our stuff," Buffy said as she moved to start unpacking their clothes from the dresser that was in the room.
Angel stopped her and brought her back into his embrace, "Please, Muirnín. Stop. Just think about this first. Go, eat some breakfast, and talk to your father. Maybe there's a good explanation as to why he didn't tell her about you." Buffy looked doubtful. "Please, for me? If you want to leave and go stay at a hotel, we can do that. We own two or three here in L.A. But I don't want you to leave here with things like this between your father and you. Trust me; it's not a good idea."
Oh yeah right, Soulboy! Give the asshole the chance to hurt her more!
Buffy knew that Angel regretted leaving his father's house the night he was turned. Not necessarily because he was turned, but because of the fight that he and his father had. She looked into her Mate's eyes and said, "Okay. I'll talk to him, but only because it means so much to you."
"That's all that I ask; that you talk to him," Angel smiled.
Buffy and Angel got dressed and went into the kitchen. Grace was washing some dishes when Buffy and Angel walked into the kitchen. "Are you alright, Buffy? I didn't mean to upset you."
Buffy smiled, "Grace, it wasn't you. My dad should've told you about me."
"Well, in his defense, we never really brought up the subject of kids before. There's a lot of things that weren't brought up until last night."
"Oh. Well, I'm sorry if I ruined anything for you."
"No, no. You didn't. It was just a shock. That's all."
"Oh. Sorry, I don't remember much about last night."
"No, I suppose you don't. I want to check your injuries before I leave. I work in the ER. I just want to make sure that they aren't getting infected."
"Oh, umm…. I'm sure that they looked worse than they were last night. I'm fine really," Buffy stuttered.
Angel smiled as he poured himself some hot Earl Grey Breakfast tea. He knew that his wife was all right. He didn't go to sleep until he saw that Buffy's injuries had healed completely.
I don't know why you're drinking that stuff, her blood's been replenished. We could just go back into the bedroom for a quickie,Angel ignored Angelus' snide remark. He had no plans of drinking from Buffy right then. While her wounds were completely healed, he wanted to make sure that her blood was replenished before drinking from her.
"I'd just like to look at them," Grace continued her and Buffy's conversation. "I'm just concerned is all. I don't want them to get infected."
"They won't," Buffy said as she started to eat.
Hank came into the kitchen. He had showered, shaved, and gotten dressed. "Buffy…"
"Not now, Hank," Angelus warned. He was not going to let Hank hurt his Mate anymore than he already had. She needed to calm down before they talked.
Hank ignored his son-in-law, "I know. I've messed up, but please know that I'm sorry."
"HANK! I said not now!" Angelus shouted.
Grace could've sworn that Angel growled, but thought it was her imagination. However, Buffy and Hank both knew that Angel did growl and Buffy looked up at her husband and silently begged him to calm down and Angel took control. "You have hurt her enough for right now. Talk to her about it later. Not now," Angel continued more calmly.
Hank looked over at Angel and knew that it was in his best interest to do as his son-in-law said. While Angel face still looked human, the look in his eyes told Hank that Angel would not hesitate to protect Buffy from any more harm from anyone, including her father.
Hank didn't know that he was witnessing Angel struggling and failing to get back in control of the demon.
Buffy ate her breakfast, which had gotten cold, while Angel sipped on his tea. Buffy had just finished her breakfast when there was a knock on the door. Hank went to answer the door.
"Rupert, Willow, how good to see you. Come in, please," Hank said.
When Buffy saw her best friend, she got up and embraced her, "Will!!! What are you doing here?"
"Well, Giles called and said that you needed help. So here I am."
"Your parents let you come to L.A.?"
"I told them that I was coming to see you at your dad's. That wasn't a lie."
"And they let you come?"
"Yeah, well, I told them that it was a best friend emergency. And I also told them that I was taking the bus – figured that they would ask too many questions if they knew that Giles was bringing me. I also told them that you and Angel would drive me back. And then they let me come. They trust Angel for some reason."
Buffy and Willow chuckled. As Angel came out of the kitchen and shook Giles' hand, "Rupert. I was expecting a phone call, but I'm glad that you came."
"Yes, well I also stopped by Willy's and brought you this," Giles said as he handed Angel something. From where Grace sat, it looked to be a wine bottle.
Angel smiled and said, "Thanks, Rupert."
"Yes, well, I thought that you might need it ...," Giles trailed off. He had seen the woman in the kitchen, but didn't know how much she knew about things, so he didn't say anything else.
Angelus caught the scent, A positive, just what Buff is. Too bad it's in a bottle though. And I know that it's not Slayer blood, but it's better than animal blood or worse, nothing at all. You were gonna let me starve!
When Hank made no move to introduce the visitors, Buffy said, "Giles, Willow, this Grace, Dad's girlfriend. Grace, these are friends of ours, Willow and Giles."
"Rupert, have you found out anything, yet?" Hank asked. When Hank saw that Giles wasn't sure how to answer that, he added, "Grace knows everything."
"Well, I think we may have found something. Buffy, Angel, is this the demon that attacked you last night?" Giles handed an open book to Angel.
Buffy and Angel both looked at the picture on the page. "Yes," they both said.
"How do I kill it?" Buffy asked.
"Well, you will need help from Willow and myself. We need to break down his majickal barriers before you can kill it by dismembering it."
"Slice and dice. Got it," Buffy said looking resolved.
"Buffy, we still need to figure out how to protect you from his majick. He will still be able to use his majick against you," Willow said.
"I don't want you facing this demon just yet," Giles said. "We're not fully prepared."
"What kind of demon is it?" Grace asked.
"It's a un démon majickien télépathe. It normally stays in France. I don't understand why it's here in California of all places," Giles explained.
"Maybe on it's way to the Hellmouth?" Angel asked.
"Angel, you know something?" Giles asked.
"Well, back in January, we killed a Mataza Niño Diablo. They normally stay in South America. And now we have a demon that normally stays in France, but it's here. I wonder if there is something going on with the Hellmouth that might be drawing them here."
"Could it be Buffy?" Willow asked.
"What do you mean?" Angel asked.
"Well she is The Slayer; could they be coming to kill her?"
"Vampires are usually the only ones that will hunt down The Slayer to kill her. And even among vampires there are only a few who will do so. Most demons tend to avoid The Slayer," Angel said.
"But another demon hiring these demons to come to assassinate her. That could be a possibility. These demons are unlikely assassins, but I think that given the right incentive, they might come to try to assassinate her," Giles said.
"True. I didn't even think of that," Angel agreed while Angelus growled inside his head.
"Willow, is Oz in Sunnydale or are The Dingoes on tour?" Angel asked.
"They just got back. Why?"
"Could you call him and see if he could go and intimidate Willy to see if he knows anything? If that doesn't work, we'll call Cordy to go buy him off. We'll pay her back when we get back home," Angel explained.
Willow looked at Hank and asked, "May I use your phone, Mr. Summers?"
"Sure. There's one in the kitchen," Hank answered.
"I'll come with. I'll make us some more tea," Buffy said.
As she got up she touched Angel's hand and smiled when she heard, "Baby, bring me some of that blood that Giles brought. I'm starving! It's not your blood, but it'll do."
While the girls were in the kitchen, Grace asked, "Mr. Giles, is it possible for someone to be addicted to vampire bites?"
Here we go again! Will the bitch just shut the hell up?!
If I didn't think that her family and friends would freak out, I'd just tell them that the only vampire that drank from her is me and it's me that drinks from every night. Giles knows, apparently, I mean he brought us some blood, so he has to know. But her father and Willow would freak.
Giles looked confused for a moment but then said, "Yes, it's possible. There are places where people go to pay vampires to feed from them. Most of the time, sex is involved as well. The 'Feeder Houses' are basically brothels. But it's very rare for someone to become addicted to vampire bites. A vampire will usually drain the person the first time they bite them."
"But it is possible."
"Yes. The people who get addicted are the ones visiting the 'Feeder Houses'. But not all people who visit the 'Feeder Houses' will get addicted."
Grace smiled triumphantly, thinking that she may have just made a point. Then she continued, "Would more than one vampire bite a person in the same spot?"
"No. They can smell each other's marks, or scars from their bites. A vampire will avoid another vampire's mark or scar on a person. And if that mark or scar is a Mate's Mark, no vampire will drink from that person once they see the Mark. If they do, they break their laws and the Mate has the right to with the intruder as he or she sees fit. You see for a vampire to drink from another vampire's mate is like a man raping someone else's wife," Giles explained.
Angel continued, "While vampires don't really care about other vampires drinking from someone who isn't a Marked Mate, whether the person is willing or not, it is a grave offense to drink from a Marked Mate. Most vampires are not monogamous. There are a few exceptions, but most have more than one sexual partner, even if they have Marked someone. The rules on that are bit different. But not even the most solitaire or ruthless vampire would ever drink from a person or other vampire who was a Marked Mate."
Like I said earlier, Soulboy, speak for yourself.
Shut up, Asshole!
"If they don't care that their 'mate' has sex with another, why do they care so much about another vampire 'drinking' from their mate?" Grace asked.
"Because it's a lot more intimate than sex. I can't explain it. Only another vampire or someone who has been Marked can understand it," Angel said.
"I've been bit before. I would have been turned, if it weren't for a group of vampire hunters that happened by. There was no intimacy to it," Grace said.
"On your part. If you were going to be turned, your would-be sire felt or was going to feel some intimacy to it," Angel said.
"My would-be sire, as you put it, was my brother," Grace said.
Angel smiled, "It doesn't matter. When a person is turned, the demon doesn't get their Soul. It's gone. They have no conscience. No morals. It's an easy way to live. Go around doing as you please with no guilt. The vampire keeps the same personality, memories, and mannerisms as the person, but not the purity, morals or anything good. All that is good is gone."
"Unless the vampire regains his Soul," Giles interjected looking right at Angel.
Angel just gave Giles a nod of thanks.
"Has that ever happened? Where a vampire has regained his Soul."
"Once," Giles said, both he and Hank gave a look at Angel.
Willow hung up the phone and said, "Oz said that he would pick up Xander and Cordy and go to Willy and hopefully between the three of them they might be able get some information out of Willy."
"Hopefully, Willy will know something." Buffy then changed the subject, "What do you think of Grace?"
Willow shrugged, "She seems nice."
"She does. I wonder why Dad didn't tell her about me."
Willow's eyes got big, "WHAT?!"
"Yeah, he didn't tell me about her, which is understandable. He didn't know how I would react to him dating again. But why doesn't he care enough about me to tell her about me?"
"What are going to do?"
"Angel and I are going to a hotel at sundown."
"Buffy don't you think that's a little drastic?"
"Will, he thinks so little of me he didn't tell his girlfriend that he had a daughter!" Buffy said as the teapot whistled. Buffy fixed the tea and put it on a tray, fixed Angel a mug of warm blood and put it on the tray.
Willow put a few slices of cake and a few saucers on the tray and they went into the living room just in time to hear Giles say, "Unless the vampire regains his Soul," Giles interjected looking right at Angel.
"Has that ever happened? Where a vampire has regained his Soul."
"Once," Giles said.
"So why can't all vampires just get a soul?" Grace asked, naïvely.
"Those majicks were lost a long time ago and it can't be done anymore," Buffy inputted.
"Actually, when I was cleaning out Miss Calendar's room, I found a disk with the curse on it. It looked like she had been working on it when she was killed. I'm just sorry I didn't find it in time to help Devlin," Willow said looking sadly at Angel.
"It wasn't meant to be," Angel whispered regretfully. Both the Soul and the demon missed their best friend of a couple of centuries. Buffy sat down beside Angel and he put his arm around her.
"What happened to the vampire that regained his Soul?" Grace asked.
"He spent nearly a hundred years feeling guilty for all of the crimes he committed when he had no Soul. And then started fighting and killing vampires and other demons," Giles said.
"How do you know that Buffy or another Slayer hasn't already killed him?" Grace asked.
The room erupted in laughter. "Trust me. I haven't. And neither has any Slayer before me," Buffy said. "And I won't."
"Not even by mistake? Have any of you ever met this 'souled' vampire?"
"Yes," Giles said.
"He helps us out a lot," Willow explained.
After a pause, Grace brought the subject back to addiction, "So what you are saying is that the person who is addicted to vampire bites might not be a masochist."
"Exactly. And the person who is addicted to vampire bites won't care who the vampire is that bites them. And a vampire will not bite into a scar made by another vampire," Giles explained.
"So has a Slayer ever become addicted to vampire bites?" Grace asked.
Buffy was shocked at the question. Giles quickly said, "No. It's never happened before."
"Any Slayer who has been bitten by a vampire has not lived to get addicted to the bite," Angel interjected.
Well there was that one that was turned.
That's just legend and she wasn't addicted.
No, but she could have gotten addicted after she was turned.
Would you just stop making things more complicated?!
"With the exception of Buffy," Grace added.
Angel was getting angry, "You're not listening; she is not addicted to vampire bites!"
"But the scar has been reopened. And by the looks of it I would say several times," Grace argued back.
Buffy was stunned. She couldn't believe what she was hearing, How could anyone be addicted to vampire bites? When a vampire bites you, you're dead. When Angel feeds from me when we're making love it's different. He doesn't take that much. When the Master bit me it was different, it wasn't like Angel's bite at all.
Willow was also stunned, "You think that Buffy is addicted to vampire bites?"
"Yes and I'm very concerned. I see it a lot in the ER. Some one comes in with almost total blood loss and there are scars all over the body. Scars that look just like the one on Buffy's neck."
"But she only has one scar," Willow interjected.
"But it has been reopened several times," Grace said.
"How can you tell?" Willow asked. She had a feeling Angel had been feeding from Buffy. Not because of anything that Buffy had said or anything that she had seen, just from what she and Buffy had read about vampires and sex. She really didn't want to pry into Buffy and Angel's sex life – well all right, she did, but she wouldn't. That was just rude. Good thing Xander's not here, he would go off on Angel if he had any idea that Angel had been feeding from Buffy.
"I work in the ER. I can tell when a scar has been reopened."
"Oh. Well, you could be mistaken in this case."
"And Angel told you. I'm not addicted to vampire bites. So, no need to worry. I appreciate the concern though," Buffy said in a forced politeness. After a brief second, she telepathically asked Angel, "Angel, do you think…"
"NO!" "This conversation is over. Buffy and I will be in our room if anyone needs us," Angel said as he stood up took, Buffy's hand to help her off the couch. They walked hand in hand to her room. After the bedroom door was closed, Angel looked into Buffy's eyes and said, "Buffy, you are not addicted to vampire bites. You don't go out looking for other vampires to feed from you. What she was suggesting … it's not what is happening. She doesn't understand and she's just concerned for your well-being."
"I just don't see how people can get addicted to it. I mean when a vampire bites you, you get dead, not addicted."
"Most of the time, yes," Angel sighed. He had hoped that he could shield her from this, but he couldn't now. "You know how you feel when I ..."
"Yes," she interrupted when she saw that Angel had a hard time saying it. She knew what he meant was when he bit her when they made love.
"Well, most people who get addicted are bitten like that."
"But when the Master bit me, it wasn't like that at all. It was very painful."
"Well there are some who like the pain. But there are places that a person can go to pay vampires to feed from them. They're called feeder houses and most of the time, in these feeder houses, sex is also involved. The vampires are not supposed kill the paying customer."
"After you got your soul back, did you ever…."
Angel not really wanting her to know about it, but not wanting to lie either, told her the truth, "At first, yes, I did. Then it got to where even that was making me feel guilty, so I found other ways."
"Animal blood from the butcher shop?" Angel nodded. Buffy asked, "Does Giles know about these 'Feeder Houses'?" When Angel nodded, she asked, "Why didn't he tell me about them? Are these vampires off limits to Slayers or what? What if I come across one and don't know and dust them anyway?"
"Buffy, slow down. Just because these vampires are working the feeder houses doesn't necessarily mean that they're not evil. Most of the vampires that work the houses still kill and turn people. Most of the time they are working the houses for the sex that is involved with the feeding." Angel thought a moment, and then said, "They are like brothels. People go there to pay for a sexual experience whether or not they actually have sex or not, they still get the sexual pleasure. Those who get addicted most of the time go too frequently and end up being accidentally killed by a vampire who looses control and takes too much and some are turned when the vampire realizes that he took too much. The first case happens more than the second and not just to addicts. It's like being addicted to drugs.
"The vampires that are just working the feeder houses to get the blood they need to live, live in the 'Feeder House' so they don't leave. We never come across them," Angel tried to explain.
"So you really don't think that I'm getting addicted to your bite?"
"Is it so wrong for a wife to be addicted to making love only to her husband?"
Buffy wasn't sure about the answer to that question, but she had a feeling that she might be addicted to making love to Angel. There were very few nights when they didn't make love, mostly when one of them was hurt too badly during Patrol. Buffy decided to change the subject since she wasn't sure what the answer to Angel's question was. "So, I guess we need to start to pack."
"Are you sure? You haven't even talked with your dad yet."
"Angel, even after I talk with him, I know that I'm not going to want to stay here with him for a while. I mean he thinks so little of me that he didn't even tell his girlfriend of three months that he even had a daughter," Buffy said sadly, as she stood in front of Angel and rested her head on his chest. He put his arms around her and held her close to him.
Angel could see her point. He really could. He was angry at Hank too. Having a child is something you should be proud of and not try to hide and it seemed as though he had been hiding Buffy from Grace. But he also didn't want Buffy to throw away her relationship with her father over this. He wanted their relationship to be repaired if possible. He wished he could have repaired the relationship between his father and himself, but regrettably, it was never to be. Even if Angel hadn't been turned, he doubted very much if he would have been able to repair his relationship with his own father. The wounds on both sides were just too deep. But maybe, just maybe with some communication, Buffy and her father could repair their relationship.
As they just stood there in each other arms, a knock came at the door and Angel asked, "Who is it?"
"It's Hank. Can I talk to Buffy?" Hank called through the closed door.
Angel looked down at his other half, and she gave a small nod, "But stay with us?"
"Come in," Angel called.
"Buffy, listen, Grace is just concerned about you. We didn't tell her that Angel was a vampire and I don't know why she thinks that your Mark has been reopened…."
Buffy couldn't believe her ears, "This isn't about what was said out there. This is about you, your feelings towards me and how that makes me feel."
Buffy was fuming, when she shouted. "What? Dad, you had a girlfriend for three months and never told her that you had a daughter. That tells me that you don't love me and that hurts me more than you'll ever know!"
Buffy was shouting so loud that Giles, Willow, and Grace could hear her in the living room. "Buffy, please keep your voice down," Hank pleaded. Buffy looked at him fighting back the tears in her eyes. Angel stood behind her as if to hold her up to keep her from falling. "Angel, could we talk in private please?"
"I want him to stay," Buffy said, knowing that she was drawing the strength for this confrontation from Angel's presence.
Hank sighed, "Buffy, I know I made a mistake and I'm sorry. Grace helped me to see last night that my reason for not telling her about you wasn't valid."
"So what was the reason? You're ashamed of me?"
"No, that's not it at all! I'm very proud of you, you're a hero -- even if only a few people know it. It's just that every time…." Hank sighed again and looked at the floor, "Every time I have been interested in a woman as soon as she finds out about you, she splits. I didn't want that to happen with Grace."
"If they split because you have a daughter, then they weren't worth it to begin with," Angel said in a low growl.
"Grace helped me to see that last night. I was wrong and I'm sorry, Buffy. Please forgive me," Hank said.
"I don't know if I can," Buffy said still feeling very hurt.
"How can I make this right?"
"Give me some time. Angel, go ahead and make the call," Buffy said unemotionally.
"What call?" Hank asked as Buffy put their suitcase on the bed and started to pack up their things. "What are you doing?"
Buffy looked at her father like he was stupid, "What does it look like we're doing?"
"It looks like you're packing, but where will you go?"
"Celtic Knights. We'll be in the penthouse," Angel said.
You didn't have to tell Daddy exactly where we would be. All you had to say was a hotel.
"Buffy, please, don't do this," Hank pleaded.
"I can't stay here right now," Buffy said. "I can't stay with a father that doesn't love me. It hurts too much."
"Buffy, I do love you. I made a mistake, yes, but that doesn't mean that I don't love you."
Buffy was able to keep her emotions at bay and coldly said, "You have a funny way of showing it."
"Buffy, please, just give me another chance."
"Give me some time," was all Buffy said as she continued to pack.
Angel went in the other room to call the hotel to have them get the penthouse ready for them and have it stocked up on groceries. He told the manager of the hotel that he and his wife would be there shortly after sunset. One of the advantages of owning a hotel with a few penthouses was that you could always keep one penthouse open for you and your personal guests.
When Angel came back into the room, Willow was helping Buffy with the packing. "Uh, there's enough room for you and Giles to stay with us in the Penthouse," Angel offered.
"Thanks," Willow said. "I can't speak for Giles, but I'd love to stay with you two."
Grace knocked slightly on the open door, "Can I talk to you for a minute, Buffy?"
Buffy looked up and smiled, "Sure. Come on in."
"Buffy, please don't leave because of me."
Buffy shook her head no, "I'm not leaving because of you, Grace. It's my dad. I just need some time to think through things and I think he needs time to find out where I fit into his life now. And just how important I am to him."
Grace nodded and left the room.
Not long after dusk, Angel, Buffy, Willow, and Giles entered the Penthouse reserved for Angel and Buffy at the Celtic Knights Hotel. After they put their things away, Buffy and Angel made dinner while Giles and Willow started looking through the spell books that they had bought from home.
After dinner, while Giles and Willow were looking in the spell books, Angel and Buffy trained. They all stopped what they were doing and looked at each other when there was a knock on the door. Angel answered the door and Angelus groaned inside his head, The bitch is back.
Angel ignored Angelus and asked, "Grace, how can we help you?"
"It's more 'How can I help you?' I want to help. I know what this demon did to Buffy last night and I can help out. Maybe not with the killing, but if anyone gets hurts, I can help out medically," she answered nervously.
Out of habit, Angel stepped aside and opened the door wider. Grace took Angel's body language to mean an unspoken invitation and walked into the Penthouse Suite.
"Uh… we're just in research mode right now," Buffy said eyeing her father's girlfriend suspiciously.
"Research. I might be able to help with that," Grace said as Angel and Buffy started training again.
Giles looked up from a book he had in his hand, "Do you know enough about the Majickal Arts to know if a spell would protect Angel and Buffy against other spells?"
Grace looked down at her feet and blushed, "Uh… no, I don't. I don't know anything about the Majickal Arts. But if there is something else I could research ..."
"Well, we already know what it is and how to kill it, we just need a spell to protect Buffy and Angel from the whatever spell that it uses so that they can slice and dice it. If we could just take down its defenses ..." Willow said excitedly as she reached for a certain book and turned right to a spell that had just occurred to her. "Yes, here it is, Giles, do you think that this will work?"
Giles looked at the spell, then back at Willow, and narrowed his eyes suspiciously, "Yes, it should work. Willow, how did you know about this spell? It's well beyond your abilities."
Willow blushed and stuttered, "Well, uh, it's one of Miss Calendar's book and she and I had been working together and well … um … I was just looking through this book … that she lent me before she … well you know … and anyway, I was just reading the book and I remembered about the spell just now."
When Willow started to stutter, Buffy and Angel stopped what they were doing and listened in on what was being said. Angel had rested his hand on his Mate's bare shoulder. "Somebody's lying," Angelus sing songed.
"Yep. Wills can't lie worth a hoot." Buffy then got a confused look on her face and thought to her Mate, "What does that mean anyway? 'Worth a hoot'."
Angel rolled his eyes and chucked as Angelus explained, "It's just a saying, Baby."
Willow saw the expressions on the couple's faces and tried to distract Giles from realizing that she was less than truthful, "Would you two stop that?! It's rude! I mean we all know that you are talking to each other because of your body language and it's irritating not hearing what you are saying!"
"Willow, don't try to get out of this. Look me in the eye," Willow obeyed and Giles continued, "Have you done any of the spells in this book?"
Willow looked guilty, "Maybe a few. But Miss Calendar was right there helping me. She said that she was working on some spell that she would need a back up for and thought that I could handle it, but she said that I needed to get ready cause it was some heavy majick. And I guess that disk I found was the spell she was working on."
Damn it! I had asked Jenny not to let Willow get too deep into the Majickal Arts too soon. She needs to learn to control the natural power that she has before doing these large spells. Giles sighed, "Just promise me that you will not do any of these spells without me present. These spells contain a lot of power, Willow. I just want to make sure that you can handle it."
"I can handle it. I know I can, Giles," Willow said.
Giles looked at the spell again and showed it to Angel to see if he had everything that they would need. As it turned out they needed to go to a Magic Shop to get some of the things for the spell.
On the way to the magic store, Buffy looked at Grace and asked, "Why are you really here? Are you trying to make me make up with my dad?"
"No, I'm not. I know if my dad did what Hank did, I would be angry too. It's between you and Hank. But I did want to you to know that I want to be your friend. I really do like your father and I want to get along with you as well. I don't want to come in-between you and your father." Grace sighed, "I'm not real sure how to say this, so I'm just going to say it. Your father is the first man that I have had any sort of romantic feelings towards since my own divorce. I have no children of my own. Matter of fact that's why my husband left me. We found out that I couldn't have children. He wanted kids, and I couldn't give them to him. So he found some one that could – before he divorced me." She saw the shock on Buffy's face, "Yes, he got some twenty-something girl pregnant and divorced me. I swore I wouldn't fall in love again. So I can't say that I love him, but I do care for him – a lot. And I want him to be happy, but he made a mistake and he has to figure out how to make it up to you on his own."
"So, you're here to show that you want to be my friend anyway?"
"That, and well, to see if I could help save a few lives," Grace smiled as she thought, Starting with yours. I need to make sure that you don't go hunt down a vamp to bite you.
After finding the demon, it didn't take long for Giles and Willow to perform the spell and bring down the demon's defenses and after that, it didn't take long for Buffy to kill him. They didn't need Grace's nursing abilities after all.
Giles and Willow left to go back to Sunnydale the next morning. When they got back to town, the others told them that Willy didn't know anything about any demons coming for Buffy.
Angel and Buffy spent the rest of the summer on a much needed vacation in the Rocky Mountains.
A/N: Please be sure to check out Angel's blue eyed girl, blackbeltchic, Brandi Rochon, D. M. Evans, and Emma's Angel for some really good B/A fics! Some of these writers even have Buffy/Angelus fics. :-)
Oh and if you like Superman please check out Kala Lane-Kent and Eviefan for some really good Lois/Clark. Eviefan also has some good Twilight fics (I'm beta'ing) as well.
Here ends the pimping of other authors for this chapter. I know I've never done this before, but some of these ladies have been pimping With Arms Wide Open and I thought that I would return the favor. I, personally, love their writing. And I know it's not common to tell of other fandom's and their authors, but I just felt that these two ladies -- well three ladies since Kala Lane-Kent is two ladies who co-write -- really deserve to be read by all who might like their fandoms.
Until next chapter!
Please review and if you have any ideas on what I could add in, just let me know in your review. I have a few things that I have to be done and I have the re-writes of the episodes I want to do, but if you have some idea for an original chapter which would equal an episode, just let me know. If you remember Jannet from last Book -- I think Chapter 5 or Chapter 6 -- she will be back in Chapter 3. Oh and Faith comes to town next chapter!