Author: Hope

Title: Family

Summary: Angel stumbles upon a strange young girl in LA and when he sends her to live with Buffy in Sunnydale, strange ties between her and Spike are revealed. More spike/buffy to come.

Rating: It's R now

Disclaimer: Alas, Joss is a hog and doesn't like to share his toys. Hope is mine tho.

Feedback: Yes!! Please!! Tis my first fic.



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"So when are you leaving?" Angel asked the blonde vapmire.

"Tonight." Spike replied, taking a drag from his ciggarette and not looking at him. "Buffy's gettin' her stuff together now and Hope went to say g'bye to some friends." Angel nodded. The two sat silently together on the hood of Angel's car, which was parked in front of The Hyperion.

"Spike?"

"Yeah."

Taking an unnecissary breath, Angel continued. "Why do you love her?"

Spike remained silent before finally turning to face him. "What d'you mean 'why'? I just do."

"And you wouldn't hurt her?"

"No." he answered simply.

Angel looked at him. "If you ever hurt her, I'll hunt you down and....."

"All right Peaches, I get the picture. You have my word, no hurting the slayer." He held his hand over to the older vamp. Angel sighed dejectedly and shook it. "Come on then mate, I fancy I should say g'bye to the others and whatnot." He slapped Angel on the back and hopped from the hood. "And for the record, I beat you!! I got the girl!! Ha, take that Peaches!!" He said mockingly, prancing about.

Angel chuckled and shook his head at the psychotic vamp, hopping off the car. "Let's go ,boy, before I hurt you."

"Fine then, but I still won." He sneered, following him into the builing.

"Won what?" Cordy asked as Spike walked happily through the door, followed closely by a smirking Angel.

"Nothing." Angel said. Spike glared at him and threw his arm around his shoulders.

"I did win." He pointed a finger in his face then looked to Cordy. "I won't say how, but just so you know, I bloody beat Peaches! Ha!!"

"Spike, are you drunk?" Buffy asked, coming down the stairs with a bag in her hands.

"No pet, what makes you say that?" Plopping down on the couch, he pulled out another fag.

"I dunno, you're all perky and stuff." He raised an eyebrow at her and grinned as he went to light the ciggarette.

"Uhuh." Angel said, grabbing it from his mouth, "Not in here, I don't want Connor breathing it in."

"Sod off poofter. It won't kill the kid." He said, snatching it back from Angel and shoving it in his coat pocket.

"Don't worry Spike, he won't even let us watch TV when we're holding him. He 'doesn't want his brain cells frying young.'" Cordy said sympathetically. Spike and Buffy turned and looked at Angel skeptically.



"What? I don't want him to be a mindless TV junkie."

"Don't let him hang around Uncle Spikey then." Buffy sated, sitting down next to said vampire.

"I'll have you know I'm not a 'TV junkie', I just like Passions."

"And you sit in that dark crypt all day watching reruns when you could be reading or something." Buffy retorted.

"Oh that's great Buffy, tell him that and he'll have a collection of Spiderman comics by the end of the week." Hope chimed, walking through the door of the hotel. "I mean, comic junkies are sooo much better that TV junkies." she rolled her eyes.

"Don't start with me pet or I'll make you watch Passion's with me." Spike said warningly

"Eww, no, that show scares me."

"You fight demons and monsters and you're afraid of a simple TV show?" Cordy asked, amused by the exchange.

"Have you ever seen it?"

"No..."

"I'll send you a tape," Spike piped, grinning. "So, you ready to leave?" He directed to Buffy and Hope. The girls nodded. Pulling Buffy to her feet as he stood, he looked over to Angel and Cordy. "By chap's, it's been fun." He saluted them.

"I agree with Buffy, you're way beyond perky." Cordy said, walking toward the trio. She pulled Buffy into a hug, "You need to come visit more," She hugged Hope, "both of you."

"Where's mine?" Spike asked, pouting. She rolled her eyes and hugged the vampire. "Thanks pet, I feel much more loved now." He grinned.

"Be careful," Angel stated as Cordy walked back to stand next to him.

"Angel, you really need to show some emotion other than 'sad', the whole broody thing is getting old." Hope said, smiling and hugging him.

"I'll try to remember that." he said, a smile playing on his face.

"Good. We better go Will, otherwise we won't make it back before that big fireball called the sun comes up." He nodded.

"We're off then. Bye Peaches, bye Cheerleader."

Buffy sighed as Spike began to push her and Hope out the door. She waved, "Bye guys."

"Bye." they chimed together, watching as they disappeared. Standing in the lobby, they fell silent.

"It's quiet." Angel observed.

"You noticed?"

"Yeah. Let's not have Spike back over for a long time."

"Agreed."

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"Hello?" Buffy called into the darkness of her house, pulling her keys from the door. "We're home! Anyone here?" Closing the door as Hope and Spike followed her in, she glacned into the living room. Chinese food boxes, pop cans, board games. Yup, someone was here.

"Buffy!!" Dawn squealed, rushing down the stairs. She threw her arms around her sister, "You were gone almost a week."

"I know," Buffy said, releasing her. "Sorry bout that, didn't think it would take so long."

"It's all right. It was fun. Xander and Anya came over alot. You know that movie night we missed?"

"Yeah."

"We made up for it like 5 times over. Problem was Xander insisted on picking out the movies, I don't ever want to see Jackie Chan again."

"Glad you had fun Bit, sure know we did." Spike said, ruffling her hair.

Hope shook her head and smiled, "Oh yeah, loads of fun."

"You had more fun than us pet, with bein on the non-kickin our arses side of the deal and all."

"I didn't kick your 'arses', my big ole demon friend did. I just watched."

"You were about to stake me luv." Spike stated, raising an eyebrow at the cocky girl.

"Who's the one who go hit in the head with a merry-go-round here?" She asked, shaking her head.

"-Part- of a merry-go-round." Buffy added. "Now I don't know about you two, but I'm tired."

"It's six-thirty in the morning Buffy, you're going to go to sleep?" Dawn asked, smirking.

"Yes, I am. Hey, where's Xander? You weren't here by yourself last night, were you?"

"Nah, he left to go to work about fifteen minutes before you got here."

Buffy smiled, "That's good. Why don't you get ready for school. I'll stay up until you leave."

Dawn smiled and nodded, heading back up the stairs.

"I'm not waiting." Hope said, marching up after her. "Wake me up sometime tommorow." Waving her hand over her shoulder at the couple at the bottom of the stairs, she dissapeared into her room.

"Guess I better be goin' then too luv." Spike said flatly, reaching for the door.

"What? Wait, why?"

"What do you mean 'why' pet? I'm not tired, gonna go home and veg on my couch. You should sleep." he smirked, poking the tip of her nose. She swatted him away.

"Well...I mean.... why don't you stay here? We have a couch and a TV and old chinese food and it's sunny out." She rambled.

He shoved his hands in his pockets and rocked back on his heals, grinning. "Well I don't know pet, I really shoul....." She cut him off with a small kiss.

"Please?" She asked, smiling.

"Right then pet, you're stuck with me now." He said, stunned. Grinning, he scooped her up and threw her small form over his shoulder and headed up the stairs, despite her protests.

"Spike, put me down!!"

"No can do pet." He pushed open her door and threw her onto the bed. She tried to scowl at him, but it didn't work. She burst out laughing. "Shuttup slayer." he said, kissing her on the forehead and pushing her down into the pillows. "Get some sleep, I'll see that the Nibblet gets off to school."

"You won't leave?"

"Well, I might, seeing as....." She flung a pillow at him and he grinned. "I'll be here when you wake up pet, promise."

"Thanks."

He smiled and walked out of the door.

"Spike?" Buffy called. He poked his head back in the door.

"Yeah luv?"

"I....I love you."

He grinned. "I know pet, I know."



FIN

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Yay!! All done. As I said on the review page, I'll prolly do a sequel starting off with Hope heading off to school with Dawn. Email me at PixCFairy1@aol.com or post on the review page if you want to be one of their classmates!!! Or if not just review and tell me what you thought of the story. :P