Hey guys, sorry for the late update (Again) but I've been kind of distracted lately. Thanks for all of your reviews though, I really appreciate them. This chapter is basically filler, I think (Sorry for the lack of action) but next chapter should be better. And it's focused mainly on Maggie and Faith so…Yeah, here it is. Oh and look out for my Grey's reference if you watch it! :)
If you read my other Fuffy/BAM fan-fics: Chapter 2 of 'Jump into love' is posted, Next chapter of standing on the edge should be up by tomorrow, hopefully. :D
Hope you enjoy the chapter!
"'Morning!" Faith exclaimed happily as she walked into the kitchen and spotted Maggie sitting at the table staring forlornly into her coffee, an open book next to her.
"Um…Yeah" Maggie mumbled distractedly. She looked up for a brief moment before turning her gaze back to the book.
"What are you reading?" Faith asked a couple of minutes later as she dropped into a seat at the table, a cup of steaming coffee in her hands.
"Nothing!" Maggie shut the book and pulled it closer as the slayer leaned closer in an attempt to see what it was "It's…Nothing"
"You're being weird" Faith noted as she sipped at her steaming coffee "What's going on?"
"Nothing" Maggie mumbled, her tone slightly guilty "Maybe you should ask Buffy"
"Buffy already told me what's going on" Faith stated. When she was met with Maggie's shocked expression she took the chance to reach over and grab the book "Curses and Prophecies…" she looked up sharply "Wait, I thought you didn't know?"
"Tara let it slip last night" Maggie murmured still slightly shocked "So Buffy told you?"
"That I'm going to die?" Faith nodded and leaned back slightly in her chair "Yeah, she told me"
"You don't seem too bothered by that fact" Maggie frowned in concern. When Faith merely shrugged in response she shook her head disdainfully and turned back to her book.
"I'm not going to freak out about it" Faith finally spoke. She paused for a moment but when Maggie ignored her she spoke up again "Maggie?" no response was forthcoming from the other girl and Faith frowned thoughtfully "Did I do something?...Maggie!" she sighed when Maggie still didn't answer her and slumped back in her seat "Whatever"
A matter of minutes passed in tense silence before Bianca rushed into the room, obviously in a hurry "Has anyone seen my keys?"
"Counter" Faith spoke up when she realised Maggie was still unwilling to.
"Shit" Bianca muttered as she rushed to the counter and picked up her keys "I'm going to be so late"
"Where are you going?" Maggie asked finally as she looked up from the book she had been pretending to read.
"Work" Bianca said as she moved over and pressed a quick kiss to her fiancé's lips.
"But what about…" Maggie began to protest almost instantly.
"I'll tell you if she tries anything" Bianca promised hurriedly "I promise"
"Okay" Maggie didn't seem happy with the situation but she nodded anyway "I'll see you later than"
"Yeah" Bianca nodded and glanced back at Faith as she began to back towards the door "Bye Faith, Call me if you need anything"
Faith nodded as she watched Bianca go before she glanced at Maggie "What was that about? Is somebody bothering Bianca?"
Maggie glanced at her briefly but again didn't respond.
"This is ridiculous" Faith sighed irritably "What's going on with you today?"
"What's going on with me?" Maggie echoed sharply as she looked back up "Why don't you tell me what's going on with you?"
"Nothing!" Faith argued, seeming completely lost as to what had triggered the argument "Apart from dying but…You're the one who has some sort of problem with me Mags"
"NO!" Maggie yelled angrily as she stood up from the table "I have a Problem with your 'I don't give a crap that I could DROP DEAD TOMMOROW ATTITUDE!"
"I didn't say that I…"
"Whatever" Maggie interrupted as she grabbed her book from the table "Just leave me alone, Okay Faith?"
"Maggie, Wait a minute" Faith stated as she jumped up from her seat and rushed after the younger girl "We should talk about this"
"I don't want to talk to you" Maggie threw back over her shoulder as she continued her fast paced walk through the living room towards the stairs.
"But…" Faith trailed off and drew to a halt as her gaze fell on Buffy lingering next to the front door, oblivious to the argument. As Maggie made her way up the stairs Faith remained still, watching her girlfriend's hand hover indecisively over the door handle "So you're…Taking off again"
Buffy jumped and turned around guiltily at the sound of Faith's voice "Faith…"
"You're doing it again" Faith crossed her arms defensively in front of her "You come back, mess with my emotions and now you're leaving?"
"What is this to you now Buffy?" Faith questioned painfully, her stance loosening as she took a step forward "Just Sex? Because that seems to be all you want me for now" seeing Buffy was about to interrupt she continued quickly "I mean you don't stick around long enough to talk"
"I wasn't leaving" Buffy finally managed to say "I was just going to pick up my stuff from where I was staying. That is…I mean, if you want me to stay"
"Oh" Faith visibly relaxed but bit her lip guiltily "I'm…I'm sorry"
"Don't be" Buffy smiled sadly "You don't trust me…That's my fault. I haven't given you any reason to trust me again"
Faith nodded briefly, her expression troubled.
"So do you?" Buffy asked after a moment's silence.
"Do I what?" Faith frowned in confusion.
"Do you…Want me to stay?" Buffy swallowed nervously "Because I'd completely understand if you wanted me to leave"
"Of course I want you to stay" Faith answered instantly.
"Right" Buffy murmured interrupting the tense silence that had settled between them "Well…I have to go and get my stuff"
"Okay" Faith nodded "I'd go with you but…" she motioned towards the stairs "Maggie's having some kind of meltdown. She knows about the…Dying thing"
Buffy flinched involuntarily as the words left her girlfriends lips "Oh..." she took a deep breath before speaking again "You should talk to her"
"Uh-huh" Faith watched as Buffy began to open the door "B?" she walked forward so she was mere inches from the blonde.
"Yeah?" Buffy asked softly as she turned to face the other slayer.
"We'll talk when you get back" Faith promised "About all of this. About us."
"Okay" Buffy nodded and began to turn back to the door.
"Wait!" Faith grabbed Buffy's hand suddenly and pulled her into her arms. Though surprised at first Buffy returned the hug just as tightly, feeling tears spring to her eyes.
"I may not trust you yet" Faith whispered emotionally "But…I hope you come back"
"I hope so too" Buffy responded sincerely as she tightened her grip.
"Okay" Faith forced herself to pull away and lightly wiped a stray tear from the other girl's cheek "Go"
"I'm going" Buffy smiled weakly before she turned and walked out of the house.
"Fuck" Faith took a deep breath as she watched the door close "This is hard"
Maggie sighed from her position on the bathroom floor as she heard footsteps thumping along the corridor towards her.
"Maggie?" Faith's voice sounded slightly amused as she knocked on the bathroom door "Have you seriously locked yourself in the bathroom to get away from me?"
"My room doesn't have a lock" Maggie replied stonily "The bathroom was the best option"
"So can I come in?" Faith requested "We should talk"
Maggie rolled her eyes "Usually when somebody locks the door to get away from you it means they don't want to talk"
"Why?" a soft thud sounded informing Maggie that Faith was leaning against the door "What did I do?"
"It doesn't matter" Maggie answered tightly "I just don't want to talk right now, okay?"
"I could break the lock you know" Faith pointed out.
"That's an invasion of privacy"
"Come on Maggie, just let me in!" Faith pleaded "Seriously, B will kill me if I kick the door down again" she paused for a moment but when there was no response she sighed heavily "We need to talk about wh…" she trailed off when the door opened and almost fell through it due to the fact that she'd been leaning on it before it had opened.
"Hey" she said in surprise "You opened the door"
"Apparently" Maggie said sulkily "Just because you don't seem to be able to comprehend the idea that I don't want to talk"
"Right" Faith pushed Maggie back into the bathroom and followed her closing the door behind them "You're going to tell me what's wrong with you"
"Nothing's wrong with me" Maggie crossed her arms over her chest and leaned back against the sink.
"Of course not" Faith said sarcastically "That's why you locked yourself in the bathroom and you're refusing to talk to me"
"You're an ass sometimes, you know?" Maggie frowned as she looked away from the slayer's gaze.
"Thanks" Faith grinned much to Maggie's annoyance.
"I don't understand what your problem is" Maggie straightened up and glared at the older girl "Seriously, what is it?"
""Um…" Faith paused for a moment, confusion darkening her expression "I have no idea what you're talking about Mags"
"How can you be so calm?" Maggie asked disbelievingly "You're DYING! Don't you get that? You're going to…You're going to DIE!"
"Oh" Maggie laughed bitterly "All you can say is 'Oh'…Brilliant"
"Come on Maggie…"
"NO!" Maggie snapped angrily "Don't 'Come on Maggie' me! You're dying and you don't give a shit Faith. I'm just…" she shook her head and averted her eyes "I can't…I feel like I can't breathe"
"Maggie" Faith stepped forward and placed a hand on Maggie's arm only to be shrugged off almost immediately.
"Don't" Maggie whispered tearfully "Just don't okay?"
Faith stayed silent for a moment as she watched Maggie pensively before speaking "I care"
"I care that I could die" Faith admitted softly "It's scaring the crap out of me…Do you really think that I want to die? That I want to leave you, Buffy, Bianca and Miranda when…" her voice broke causing Maggie to glance up at her "I don't want to die Maggie and I'm going to fight like hell to stay alive, okay? But I can't…I can't show how terrified I actually am"
"I don't want you to die" Maggie murmured emotionally "You can't die!"
"There's something wrong with you" Faith observed softly "Something more than this" she watched as Maggie walked across the small bathroom and sat on the floor next to the door "Maggie" she moved over to the younger girl and sat next to her leaning against the wall "Tell me what's going on"
"You don't need to know" Maggie took a deep breath in an attempt to compose herself "It's stupid"
"Tell me" Faith insisted "I want to know. Really"
"It's just…" Maggie closed her eyes and leaned her head back against the wall "It feels like everything's falling apart around here. You and Buffy, Bianca…Nothing's stable anymore" she turned her head and opened her eyes to look at Faith "I'm not even sure about how secure my relationship with Bianca is right now because of the Lena thing and now…You're dying" she laughed humourlessly as tears stung at her eyes once again "I can't even think about that seriously because…I can't imagine you not being around"
"I'm sorry" Faith whispered.
"You're not supposed to do this" Maggie said as she pulled her knees to her chest "You're not meant to be a shaky thing in my life"
"What do you mean?" Faith shifted closer "I'm not sure I get you"
"You're not meant to disappear" Maggie said quietly "You're meant to be steady. We have like an unspoken pact, you know? We're supposed to be steady. You're not supposed to just die on me!"
Faith swallowed heavily against the lump in her throat "I get it"
"It's kind of ridiculous" Maggie chuckled despite her tears "I never thought that we would be this close when we first met. There's like an…I don't know…A platonic but really strong connection, if that makes sense but…"
"But I wonder sometimes…" Maggie said regretfully, looking away from Faith's gaze "If maybe it would have been easier if that vampire had never attacked in the alley"
Faith flinched and shuffled away from Maggie, hurt obvious in her eyes "Is that…A subtle way of saying you wish you'd never met me?"
"No!" Maggie shook her head quickly suddenly wishing she could take her words back "No…Faith" she reached out and grabbed the slayer's hand tightly "You're my best friend. I would never wish…" she paused unsurely "I don't know how to make you understand"
Faith shrugged painstakingly "Don't worry about it"
"You're my person" Maggie announced suddenly.
"I'm what?" Faith lifted her gaze to look at Maggie in confusion.
"My person" Maggie said firmly "You know…Bianca is my fiancé and you…are my person"
"I'm still not getting it" Faith chuckled lightly and ran her free hand through her hair.
"You're…" Maggie paused unsure as to how to explain herself "You're the person I would call if say for instance I had killed somebody and I needed help to drag the body across the floor. Not that I would ever kill somebody"
"Geeze, thanks Mags" Faith laughed genuinely "I'm your accomplice to murder…Great"
"No, I didn't mean…" Maggie bit her lip in frustration "I mean I would call you because I know you would be there and you wouldn't judge me"
"Are we still talking about this fake murder?" Faith grinned.
"About everything" Maggie said sincerely "Because I could depend on you to be there. I mean I'm completely 100% in love with Bianca but there are some things I can't talk to her about…Y'know? Like Lena. This isn't making any sense is it?"
"Yeah, it is" Faith nodded slowly "You're just confusing yourself"
"You're my person" Maggie reiterated softly "Which means you absolutely cannot die because…Somebody's 'Person' cannot be replaced and if you weren't here I'd be person-less so…"
"Maggie?" Faith interrupted.
"Stop talking" Faith instructed with a small smile "I get it. If I die you'll kill me"
"Something like that" Maggie nodded faintly.
"So…You were talking about Bianca?" Faith question in confusion after a moment "She who must not be named has come back?"
Maggie could help the laugh that escaped her at Faith statement "Apparently she said she was leaving but she didn't and now she's work stalking my fiancé"
"I could kick her ass for you" Faith offered only half joking "Just a little bit?"
"You'd probably get in trouble" Maggie murmured "But thanks anyway" she fell silent for a moment before speaking up "I feel like I'm losing her"
"Hey" Faith shuffled back to Maggie's side maintaining the tight grip on her hand "You are not going to lose Bianca, okay? She would never leave you for Lena, you know that. She loves you"
"I'm being stupid" Maggie sniffled quietly.
"A little bit" Faith said honestly "But it's okay. It's my job as your person to ignore your blonde moments"
"Hey" Maggie laughed and swatted Faith's arm gently "Shut up!"
"Ow!" Faith exclaimed in mock pain "That hurt!"
"No, it didn't" Maggie grinned as she pulled her hand away from the slayers.
"You and Bianca are going to be fine you know" Faith said sincerely as she leaned back against the wall "You'll get through this"
Maggie nodded and leaned her head against Faith's shoulder "So will you and Buffy"
"I hope so" Faith smiled faintly.
"And we're going to fix you" Maggie added firmly "There has to be a way"
"Uh-huh?" Maggie responded softly.
"You're definitely my person too" Faith smiled faintly.
"You came back" Faith observed as she stopped in the doorway to her bedroom.
"I came back" Buffy confirmed as she looked up "I told you I would" she paused for a moment and watched as Faith entered the room, her hands shoved into her pockets "I would tell you that I'm not going to leave again but…"
"But what?" Faith questioned as she cautiously sat on the bed next to the other slayer "You don't know if you will?"
"No" Buffy shook her head "I don't think you'd believe me if I said it though" a tense silence settle between them before she spoke up again "So how did the thing with Maggie go? Is she okay?"
"She's fine" Faith answered distractedly.
"Good…That's good" Buffy muttered as she looked away awkwardly, silence once again engulfing them.
"You're right" Faith said suddenly "I don't trust you anymore" Buffy visibly flinched at the statement but the brunette forced herself to continue "And I don't know how to fix that"
"Oh…" Buffy bit her lip against approaching tears and silently cursed herself "S-so you're saying you think we should…Give up on us? You're breaking up with me"
"It makes a change from you breaking up with me" Faith sniped without thinking. She watched Buffy stand up and turn away from her obviously trying to maintain control and felt a fraction of guilt at her words "I'm…I'm sorry. That was…"
"Completely fair" Buffy stated without turning back around "It's true…What I did to you is unforgivable"
"I don't expect you to forgive me" Buffy said as she turned back around "I don't deserve it. And if what you want is for me to leave you alone than that's what I'll do"
"You'd just…Walk away?" Faith questioned carefully "From everything we had together?"
"We were friends way before we got together" Buffy pointed out as she subtly swiped tears from her cheek "I wouldn't walk away completely unless you wanted me to"
"Shit" Faith muttered as she stood up and began to pace restlessly back and forth. She stopped for a moment next to the door and braced a hand against it "Is that what you want? You don't want to be with me like we were?"
"No!" Buffy exclaimed quickly "I'm not saying this is what I want. I'm just saying that there are other options if that's what you want"
"Do you want to be with me?" Faith turned around leaning back against the door.
"You don't trust me" Buffy stated.
"That's not what I asked"
"Of course I want to be with you" Buffy sighed and ran a hand through her hair in frustration "I didn't want to leave you in the first place"
"So…I think we should try" Faith took a small step forward "We'll take it slow this time. I don't want you to leave but I don't want to mess this up either" she bit her lip thoughtfully "We have to rebuild what we had…The trust. That might take a while and it's not going to be easy…"
"I'll do it" Buffy swore solemnly.
"Okay than" Faith smiled softly "We're going to do this"
"We're going to do this" Buffy confirmed softly.