Chapter 41: The Man
Buffy knocked on the door for the second time and waited. What was he doing in there? Is he even here? Of course he is! He doesn't have a life. Buffy knocked again rapidly, getting a little frustrated. "Hello. Girl standing out here all alone, there could be crazies lurking."
She was about to knock again when the door swung open revealing the lady of the house, wearing just a button down shirt and her dark hair was slightly messy.
"Gross." Was all Buffy said.
"Oh, hey Buffy. What's up?" The woman asked.
Buffy walked past the dark haired woman and into the apartment. "Need a new stylist, do we Jenny?"
"Huh?" Jenny asked
Buffy raised her eye brows and motioned towards Jenny as Giles came down the stairs. He was wearing grey draw string night pants and his robe that he was tying around his waist.
Buffy covered her eyes "And I thought it was traumatizing seeing you with my mom. Oh wait, that is still worse!"
"I cant have a social life?" Giles asked.
Buffy shook her head still covering her eyes. "No!"
"Why?" Giles asked.
Buffy cutting him off. "Because your old and that's just gross!"
"You have seen this before, you have excepted it." Giles said in a soothing voice.
"Seen it, yes. Excepted it, NO!" Buffy whined. "Someone get me acid to poor in my eyes!"
Giles took his glasses off his face, wiping them off with the small cleaning towel he got in a set. "Buffy, could you please try to be a little more adult about this?"
"NO!" Buffy shouted. "Because Angelus has those pants in black!
Jenny looked confused, she had bought those pants for Rupert. "Why does that matter?"
"I will always be thinking about how Giles has them too whenever Angelus wears them!" Buffy shouted jumping up and down like a child throwing a fit, never removing her hand from her eyes.
"Whatever." Jenny said turning towards the stairs. "I am going to go change so Buffy can open her eyes.
Buffy made a grossed out face when she heard the sound of Giles and Jenny kissing. "I can hear you!"
Giles smiled at her words, it was the same thing he had said to her and Logan once when they were making out in the stacks of the Library. "Would you like me to go change too?"
Buffy nodded. "Please do."
Giles turned to head up the stairs as well when Buffy shouted. "No hanky panky either!"
When she thought Giles was more then half way up the stairs she dropped her hand from over her eyes and walked into the kitchen. She was a little hungry.
"Is this better?" Giles asked coming down the stairs a few minutes later.
Buffy looked up at him from her spot on the couch. Jeans and a sweat. "Kinda. I guess I am still used to seeing you in tweed all the time."
"Yes, well, people evolve." He said walking over to the couch to sit down.
Buffy bit a piece off of the cookie she had been eating. "You ever think you are becoming to American?"
A worried look formed on Rupert's face, he shook his head in denial. "Tea?"
Buffy laughed as he got up, making his way to the kitchen. "Tea and a afternoon romp? No, your not to American. We Americans get plastered with Vodka, Tequila, and a little bit of my old buddy Jack Daniels THEN we get down and dirty."
"Yes well I will never understand you Americans." He told her as he started to make a fresh pot of tea.
Buffy casually looked around the living room that she had been in hundreds of times. "Me neither." She came here to tell Giles that she was getting married to Angelus, someone he had only met once. For some reason she was more nervous about telling her old High School Librarian then she was her own father. She stayed quiet, thinking about what she was going to say to him.
"You are being awfully quiet, Buffy. Is something bothering you?" He asked bring the tea, three tea cups and a small plate of cookies out to the living room on a tray.
"Huh? No. Nothing. Just thinking." She said with a weak smile.
Jenny came down the stairs and sat in the chair near the couch that Buffy and Giles were sitting on. "Your thinking? This is never good."
Buffy took two more cookies off of the tray on the coffee table and put them on her plate she had gotten earlier. "Sometimes its good."
"Buffy, you are a very bright girl." Giles reassured her.
She smiled at him. "Thanks. I actually came here to tell you something. I was going to tell you earlier but there was this thing called work that grown ups have to do. Whatever happened to me not growing up?"
"You grew up, that is what happened." Giles smiled. "You cant stop growing up Buffy, its all a part of life."
"Right." Buffy said looking down at her plate.
"Tea?" He asked Buffy and Jenny as he was already pouring their cups. "What is it you needed to speak with us about?"
Buffy licked her lips and turned slightly more towards Giles and Jenny. "Angelus proposed to me."
"Really?" Giles asked.
Jenny got excited. "What did you say?"
Buffy studied Giles' face for a moment. "Yes."
Jenny let out a squeal that sounded a lot like a excited teenage girl.
"That doesn't surprise me one bit." Giles said looking at Buffy proudly.
Buffy locked eyes with the older man that she thought of as a father figure. "That he asked me or that I said yes?"
"Both, actually." He said leaning closer taking her hands in his. "Just from meeting him once I can tell he cares a great deal about you. That is what truly matters, he loves you. I also think he is a nice man with a level head. He is a fine choice for you to settle down with."
"Thank you." Buffy whispered with a smile.
Jenny got up from the chair and excitedly sat down on the other side of Buffy. "Soooo, tell me everything! How did it happen? Was it a sweet moment? Did he get down on one knee?"
"Not exactly." Buffy shook her head. "I was upset. He was being incredibly sweet and he got me a ring. See." She said holding her hand out for them both to see. "All I could think about was the fact that he had to leave at some point, the Army never lets you stay in one location for long. He has been pretty much drilling that into my head since day one. Long story short, he said there was a way we could stay together and that was getting married."
Jenny smiled. "And you said yes and there was kissing and hugging and most likely happy sex?"
Buffy gave her a odd look. Just hearing her say sex was weird. Jenny wasn't as old as the other adults in Buffy's life but she was Giles' girlfriend so it was sometimes weird. "No, actually I kind of ran away and left him hanging but then I couldn't believe I had done that so I went and talked to him and we decided we are for sure going to get married."
"So that means you will be moving?" Jenny asked slightly worried about how Rupert and the rest of Buffy's friends would take that news.
She nodded. "9 months and counting."
"Well then." Giles said getting up from his spot on the couch. "We all better make these next 9 months count, shall we?"
Giles was avoiding looking at Buffy, he tried to busy himself at his desk. 'I don't think he is taking the moving part very well.' She thought. Buffy got up from the couch and walked up next to Giles. Hugging him she said "We will make them count and even after I move we will still talk all the time. We can call, write, visit and NOT email."
Giles rested his chin on Buffy's head. "We will have to. That is what fathers do when their children move away, is it not? Especially their little girl."
"Yeah." Buffy whispered. "Especially their little