Okay Dokey, Here's the fifth chapter. Truly sorry it took so long to update - it's end of term and all.
Anyways, this chapter has one hell of an ending. And I will try and update, but likely not until after exams, because studying is important.
Thank you to everyone for the reviews! They make me happy. And now, enjoy the show.
Chapter 5: "Red Satin"
Buffy was overly cheerful the next day. She practically skipped down the stairs to breakfast. Dawn was half asleep and Joyce was on her second cup of coffee.
"Good morning!" Buffy said cheerfully as she grabbed an apple from the bowl on the table. "I'd love to stay and chat but I've got breakfast plans with Willow. Have a great day." Buffy bounced out of the kitchen. Dawn and Joyce watched her go.
"What's up with her?"
Buffy sat in the college café. She had a muffin in front of her. Willow was late to breakfast. Buffy didn't really mind. She was playing newly remembered memories behind her eyes. So Willow's touch on her shoulder sent her through the roof.
"Sorry!" Willow said. Buffy smiled and turned to her friend.
"There's no way you can ruin this day." Buffy said. She was still smiling. "Join me. I'm muffin girl." Willow smiled and sat down.
"So details!" Willow said. Buffy gave her a look.
"Details? I'm supposed to give details?" Buffy asked playfully. Willow smiled.
"I like this side of you. You should be cheerful more often." Willow said. She ordered an omelet from a waiter.
"I like being cheerful. It's fun. It just scares me. Every time I'm happy, bad things happen." Buffy took a bite of her muffin. "Really bad things."
"I know the feeling. But did you, you know, with Angel?" Willow asked. Buffy chuckled.
"No, well almost. He came to my house last night and we talked. Apparently the Powers that Be bound his soul." Buffy said. Her voice softened. "Okay, we almost did it on the kitchen counter. Oh and remember when I went to LA after Thanksgiving?" Willow nodded. "Apparently, Angel became human and we spent twenty-four blissful hours together." Buffy stretched catlike in her chair.
"Oh my God! That's – Oh Buffy, I can't lie. I figured it out. Well the human part not the bliss part." Willow said. Buffy's mouth fell open. "I guessed on the bliss part."
"Will! I can't believe you. Oh God, these memories. I swear if any more come back, I'm going to cut my classes and see if I can recreate any." Buffy said, with a smile. "What am I going to tell Giles? Or Xander? Can you imagine Anya?"
"Please let me be there when you tell them. And especially when you tell Spike." Willow said. Buffy gave her a look. "Xander can fix the Spike problem. He wants to tell Angel that Spike wants to sleep with you."
"Don't tempt me." Buffy said. She continued to pick at her muffin. They sat in silence for a few minutes, each wrapped in their own thoughts. It was a scream that broke the silence. "Always when I'm eating."
Buffy and Willow stood and ran in the direction of the scream. They arrive just in time to see a vampire standing in the sunlight. He is just beginning to smoke.
"Slayer. I have a message for you."
"Then tell it." Buffy snapped.
"They are coming and we will make you fall. The end is here." The vampire said his line and burst into ash. Buffy straightened and inhaled. She was having a major flashback. Whoever they were, had sent an 'immolation-o-gram' and they were not the first one to do it.
"I've got to find Giles. Something's going on. Always when I'm happy." Buffy said. Willow nodded. They walked out of the café.
"Let's go. Are you alright? That was eerily familiar." Willow said as they walked. Buffy smiled.
"That's good. It narrows down the suspects. Angelus sent the immolation-o-gram last time. It was a trap. And last time Drusilla bagged a Slayer. She was in on it. So if Angel didn't do it and Spike's down for the count, then that means Drusilla's back in town." Buffy said. "Oh God, I hope not. Just what I wanted, more crazed vampires."
Buffy had played the good student Buffy for the better part of the day. She had to. And then she had to go and play the good daughter Buffy and sit at dinner with Joyce and Dawn. And that conversation had been full of holes and silence. Dawn wanted to know why Buffy was so happy. Buffy was glad Dawn had left Angel out of the conversation. That would be way too much to explain to Joyce. Angel back and in Buffy's life? Not a good thing. Joyce had liked Riley better. Buffy was half way out the door when Joyce called her back.
"Buffy, are you going out?" Joyce asked. Buddy nodded and hesitated before answering.
"Yeah. Going to run a patrol, and then head over to Willow's. It's Girls' Night." Buffy said. It wasn't exactly a lie. There would be patrol but the night was not being spent at Willow's.
"What was in the kitchen last night?" Joyce asked, catching Buffy off guard. Although Buffy recovered rather quickly.
"I couldn't sleep. I went down to the kitchen to make some tea and dropped a mug." Buffy lied. Joyce nodded.
"Well have fun at Willow's." Buffy smiled. She kissed her and headed out.
The night was dark and silent. Buffy ran her patrol through deserted and empty cemeteries. That alone unnerved her. There were never no vampires. She always got at least one. It was Sunnydale. There were a lot of deaths, most vampire induced. Buffy sighed and walked along the outskirts of town. Some impulse drove her to the old factory. Spike and Drusilla's old base. It was still a burned out ruin. Curtsey of Giles's rage.
Buffy picked her way carefully across the ruins. The building was extremely unstable. It was also full of memories. She had almost died here, several times. And those she loved had almost been killed here. It was a rough place to be. The building was completely empty. Buffy felt herself relax a tiny bit. No need to relive memories. She turned to go and crashed head long into Spike.
"What the hell are you doing here?" Buffy snapped. Spike smirked.
"What's wrong Slayer? Not up for old reunions?" Spike asked. Buffy shook her head. "Not even for a little fun?"
"Not with you. I'm busy, Spike. Go back to your crypt." Buffy said. Spike smiled. Buffy turned on her heel and walked away. Spike lit a cigarette as he watched her go.
"Oh, this is going to be good."
Buffy was running a final sweep on a Sunnydale cemetery. She was bored and sitting on a headstone. There were no vampires in sight and it was really getting boring. The Slayer in her wanted a good fight. But Buffy was distracted. With the new found information concerning Angel, she couldn't decide what to do. Part of her wanted to forgo the hunt and run straight to the mansion. And the other part of her wanted to stay away and protect herself from being hurt again.
Someone cracked a twig in the undergrowth. Buffy turned with stake in hand. It was Xander. He was walking out of the nearby woods, carrying a thermos. Buffy raised an eyebrow. She was a hair suspicious.
"What are you doing out here?" Buffy asked. Xander walked over to her.
"I brought hot coco. Look Buffy, I just want to talk." Xander said. Buffy nodded. She let him pour two cups of coco.
"Look, I've been doing a lot of thinking, with Angel coming back and all. And I talked to Willow." Xander said. "Angel's not my favorite person in the world. Hell, I don't even like him. But I see how you are around him. Buffy, he's your soul mate, your other half. Like Willow and Tara. Maybe even me and Anya. Look Buffy, I don't like him, but that shouldn't affect how you feel or what you do." Buffy smiled and touched his shoulder. "I just want us all to have a chance at happiness. And I'm sorry for telling Giles when I saw you two kissing when he came back from hell."
"Thanks Xander." Buffy said hugging him. "Not just for the coco but for your words too. I've got to finish this patrol. You don't want to be out here."
"Welcome, Buffy. I'll see you tomorrow. Besides Anya's probably trying to figure out where I am." Xander said. He hugged Buffy and walked out of the cemetery. Buffy watched him go. So intent, she was caught off guard by the vampire that attacked her.
Buffy whipped around to engage the vampire. He was tough and knew his strength. Buffy found herself forced to fight harder. The vampire managed to wrest the stake from her hand. Buffy's eyes widen as he moved to stab her with it. She managed to kick it from his hand just before he killed her. Buffy flipped back and grabbed a broken branch. She plunged it into the heart of the vampire and he turned to dust. Buffy landed on the grass, recovering from the fight. She had almost died. And all she could think about was when she told Willow to seize the day. She had said it years ago, right after coming to Sunnydale. Buffy realized she had forgotten how to seize the day.
Buffy threw herself to her feet and dusted off her clothes. Her feet knew the path she was taking better than she thought. The mansion stood there, all dark and inviting. Buffy walked in through the moon lit garden. It was there she heard the sound of a fight.
Angel was fighting three armed vampires with a broadsword. The vampires were fighting back. Buffy slipped into the room and grabbed a battle axe off a nearby table. She launched into the fight and engaged one of the vampires. He was easily beheaded. Buffy whipped around and engaged the second. The third continued to fight Angel. Out of the corner of her eye, Buffy saw the third vampire throw Angel back. She hesitated for a split second and felt a sword cut across her back. Buffy whipped around and beheaded the second vampire just as Angel took out the third.
"Buffy, are you alright?" Angel asked. Buffy winced as she took off her jacket. The sword cut was just deep enough to hurt.
"Fine. It just stings a little. What was that about?" Buffy asked. She swore at herself, this had not been the idea for tonight.
"Some friends from LA. You look shaken." Angel said. He put the weapons back on the table. They sat down by the fire.
"A vamp almost staked me." Buffy said. She wrapped her arms around herself and shivered but not from the cold. Angel moved to touch her but pulled his hand back. "The vamp scared me. I'm the Slayer, and the Slayer doesn't usually last passed 25." She turned to face him. Their eyes locked. "I almost died today and all I could think about was what I haven't done." Angel reached out and stroked her cheek. She leaned into his touch. "I told Willow to seize the day, once a long time ago. But I don't anymore. And I want to."
Angel's eyes were soft and so comforting but Buffy saw something more in his eyes. She saw passion and love. His love for her. Without a word, Angel leaned towards her, their lips inches apart.
"We could both die tomorrow." Angel whispered. Buffy smiled.
"Carpe Diem." Buffy whispered.
Angel smiled. And then his lips were upon hers. The kiss was passionate and possessive. All the things they had wanted to express to each other, but couldn't. Buffy felt Angel's hands along the skin between her shirt and pants. His touch sent chills up her spine and she arched closer to him. She laced her fingers through his hair and played with the small hairs at the nap of his neck. The kissing deepened and Buffy had no doubt of where it would lead.
"Angel." Buffy whispered as he kissed the bite scar on her neck. He stopped and matched her eyes. "I love you."
"I love you, Buffy. I always have." Angel answered. Buffy smiled. She started the kissing this time. She heard the extremely sexy growl he made as he kissed her. He broke the kiss long enough to sweep her up into his arms.
Angel carried her across the room to the bed. It was different now. Made with dark red sheets. Buffy smiled as she saw the bed. It looked so inviting, and with Angel beside her… He put her down on the bed. The sheets were satin. Buffy ran her and along them.
"Red satin. Were you planning this?" Buffy asked. Angel smiled and kissed her.
"I never liked the plain white ones." Buffy smiled. Angel ran his finger tips along her jaw line. Buffy leaned into his touch. Her eyes never left his.
They sat on the bed for a second just looking into each other's eyes. Buffy had forgotten how much she loved his deep brown eyes, like pools of chocolate. His soul was reflected in time. Angel leaned in and kissed her. And it was like they had never been apart. Buffy's new memories told her it had been like this in LA. The kiss was even more possessive then the ones before. Buffy heard Angel's sexy growl again and she moaned in pleasure. His lips trailed down her neck. His tongue playing over her bite scar. She gasped. Buffy had never felt this way before, everything just felt right. She smiled as Angel's lips trailed back up her neck. She slid her hands under his shirt and ran them over his bare chest. The feather light touches were driving him insane. Buffy tried to unbutton his shirt, but his mouth kept distracting her. He knew just how to make her moan.
Angel's fingers trailed over her bare chest, tracing circles on her breasts. Buffy nipped at his neck with her dull teeth. It was enough to draw a growl from him again. Buffy moaned as Angel's hands slipped under her waist band. Buffy knew in an instant she wanted him in her again. She wanted him. She unfastened his pants while he did hers. Buffy shivered as her skin hit the cool sheets. The sensation lasted for a second. And then all that filled her was Angel. He filled her thoughts and she felt him inside her. Buffy gasped as they came together. It was the most amazing thing she had ever felt.
Buffy woke in luscious degrees. She was pleasantly numb all over. Buffy smiled as the events of the night flowed back to her. She was nestled next to Angel and they were both naked under the red satin sheets. Angel was awake too. He leaned down and kissed her.
"I was afraid you wouldn't be here when I woke up." Buffy said. Angel smiled and touched her face.
"I won't ever leave you." Angel said. Buffy kissed him.
"I like this. This waking up with you thing. It's a good thing." Buffy said. Angel smiled and pulled her closer. "I like these sheets too."
"I thought you would." Buffy smiled. They kissed again. Buffy shifted so she was on top of him.
"We should do this more often."
"We will." Buffy cocked her head to one side and looked at him.
"Yep, soul still there." Angel smiled and flipped her over so she was on the bottom. "Angel what time is it?"
"Almost noon, I think." Angel answered. Buffy gasped.
"I'm supposed to meet Giles and Willow at the Magic Box. Giles said something about – stop that I can't think." Angel smiled. He was nibbling her ear again. Buffy managed to get away from him and tried to find her clothes. She held up her shirt, it was torn. "This is not good."
"Take mine." Angel said. Buffy smiled. She grabbed his shirt and pulled it on.
"There all ready. Would you know what I was up to?" Buffy asked leaning in to kiss Angel.
"In an instant." Buffy reluctantly pulled back.
"I'll be back as soon as I can."
Angel smiled and watched her go, out into the sunlight.
The Scooby Gang was gathered at the table in the Magic Box when Buffy walked in. She was a sight. Jeans, large silky black shirt, slightly messed up hair and a lack of makeup. Willow and Tara exchanged looks as Buffy walked over. Her lips were swollen and there were love bites on her neck, her bite scar also looked fresh. Buffy took a seat with them and acted as if nothing happened, but full of smiles.
"So Giles, what's going on?" Buffy asked. Giles cleared his throat and started cleaning his glasses. Buffy looked around the group. "Am I really that bad?"
"Let's just say it's a good thing Dawnie's not here." Tara said. Buffy half smiled.
"You had sex. Lots and lots of sex." Anya said, cheerfully. "So is Angel evil?" Buffy inhaled to hide her laughter. Giles cleared his throat again.
"His soul is bound." Buffy said, she was still smiling. "I kinda didn't have time to change."
"So you were – for the whole night?" Willow asked. Giles left to find a cup of tea.
"The night, the early morning, almost the afternoon." Buffy confessed reluctantly, but happily.
"Was it?" Willow asked.
"You have no idea." Buffy said, she stretched in her chair. "It was, indescribable."
"Could we focus on the demon? Please." Giles asked as he walked back in the room. "How was the patrol?"
"One vamp in the cemetery. Three at Angel's." Giles nodded. "The ones at Angel's were armed with swords."
"Interesting." Giles said. The bell over the door rang and Joyce walked. Buffy dove behind Willow, half under the table.
"Mr. Giles." Joyce said formally. "Have you seen Buffy?"
"Yes she was right here." Giles said. He missed Willow's signals.
"She's been out since last night. I thought she was at Willow's." Joyce said.
"She was." Willow said. "We had fun. It was a great Girls' night." Buffy smiled under the table. "I thought she was headed home."
"I must have missed her." Joyce said. Buffy exhaled. It was going well, well that was until Spike came in with his all too common blanket.
"Does anyone know what the bleeding hell is going on? Granddaddy sire is shagging the Slayer, but instead of Angelus he remains Peaches. And then these sword wielding vamps attacked my crypt." Spike said. It was then he spotted Joyce. "Mrs. Summers."
"My daughter is doing what with who?" Joyce asked. Spike saw Buffy signaling from under the table. He shrugged
"Ask her yourself. She's under the table." Spike said. Buffy glared at him as she crawled out from under the table. She stood up, slightly shamed at being caught.
"Buffy, what is going on?" Joyce asked. "What is Spike talking about?"
"I was patrolling and got attacked. My shirt was torn. Angel helped me out and lent me a shirt. I spent the night at his house, he took the couch." Buffy said. Willow caught the lie. "I over slept."
Joyce nodded, still uncertain. Buffy's words were not as clear as they should have been. She kept smiling and giggling. Never mind that she seemed to glow.
"Alright. I was just wondering if you could take Dawn school clothes shopping after school today." Joyce said. Buffy nodded.
"Sure. I can do that." Buffy said. Joyce nodded.
"I'm late to the gallery. So, I'll see you both home for dinner. We'll talk later." Joyce said. Buffy nodded. Joyce walked out of the Magic Box. Buffy sunk into a seat at the table.
"I am so pleasantly tired." Buffy said. Giles walked to the back for another cup of tea. "Will, am I that obvious?"
"Without a doubt. You definitely look like you've been having sex." Anya said. Buffy smirked. "Lots and lots of sex."
"You did miss class though. Tara and I were worried." Willow said. Buffy looked surprised.
"There was class today?" Buffy asked in shock. "When?"
"At nine. Remember, we were reading Elizabeth Barret Browning's poetry, How do I love thee, let me count the ways." Tara said. Buffy smiled.
"Angel gave me that book. I remember nine o'clock. I wasn't reading poetry." Buffy said. "I'm playing hokey from classes and professors today. Nothing can ruin this day."
Giles walked back into the room carrying a cup of tea and a large text. He did not look happy.
"I'm afraid I have some bad news." Giles said as he put the book down. Buffy pretended to back away.
"No bad news today. I'm in a no bad news zone. In fact, I'm in a demon free zone." Buffy said.
"Well except for Angel." Willow added. Buffy nodded.
"Except for Angel. But technically he's a good demon." Buffy said. Giles rolled his eyes.
"Well the demons do not rest just because you want them to." Giles said. Buffy glared at him. "I just check your sword-wielding vampires. They attack those vampires who help the Slayer."
"Fine, so I'll hunt vampire." Buffy said. "And I'll take Angel as back up."
"Are you really going to hunt?" Tara asked. Buffy smiled.
"Of course. It'll be just like high school." Buffy said. Willow gave her a look. Giles cleaned his glasses, again and walked back to the counter. Buffy finally sees the clock. "Is it that late already? I have to change before getting Dawn."
"Yeah, that outfit is going to raise too many questions." Willow said. Tara nodded in agreement. Buffy sighed and touched Angel's shirt.
"You have a point. Hey, you guys want to come with?" Buffy asked. "I could use the company and it'll keep me from saying anything, revealing."
"I'd love to come, Buffy. I love seeing Dawnie, but I've got class." Tara said. Buffy nodded. "I guess I'll take a rain check."
"I'll come. I want to pick up a new outfit anyway. See, we'll make a party out of it." Willow said. Buffy smiled.
"I'd better head out. I want to shower and change before Dawn gets home." Buffy said. She walked out the door.