AN: Thank you for your feedback. I always enjoy feedback as long as you are nice about it.
The song mentioned in this chapter is All American Girl by Carrie Underwood but I am using it as a song written by Buffy.
This might be the last chapter for a little while because I am focusing on The Girl Next Door right now and I am also working on a Christmas fic. I hope you enjoy this chapter!
Chapter 3: Backgrounds and Parents
Buffy called Angel McCallum Saturday morning, well it was morning for her. It was more like 11:00. Angel asked her where they could meet to talk, they agreed on The Expresso Pump. Buffy didn't know why she couldn't just tell him over the phone that her parents gave her the okay and they will meet with him.
Before Buffy went to meet with Angel she stopped by Willow's house. She had called Willow before she went to bed the night before to ask her if they could do a little Mr. McCallum 101 online before she met with him.
Knocking on the Rosenberg's front door she waited until her best friend's mother opened it. Mrs. Rosenberg wasn't very fond of Buffy or her close relationship with Willow. Without saying a word she opened the door further to let Buffy in. Buffy gave her a small smile before running up to Willow's bedroom.
"Boy, your mom really loves me." Buffy said shutting Willow's bedroom door and making her way over to Willow's bed.
"Yes, she does." Willow joked, turning in her computer chair to face her best friend. She already had the search engine up on the screen waiting for Buffy.
Buffy laid down on the bed. "What did I ever do to her?"
"You kissed a boy." The red head answered turning back around towards the computer screen. "So you said his name is Angel McCallum?"
Buffy nodded handing Willow her purse. "His card is in there."
"You and Xander expect me to do everything." Willow smiled taking the purse from her best friends hand.
"Only because we trust you." Buffy said looking over towards the screen of Willow's desktop computer as Willow took the card out of Buffy's purse. She typed his name into the search engine.
"Wow!" Willow said excitedly.
"What?" Buffy asked getting up quickly to see what Willow found. She crossed the small space between Willow's bed and the computer desk.
Willow pointed to the computer screen. "This guy manages a bunch of really famous people! Toni Braxton , Backstreet Boys, Nsync and 98 Degrees!"
"Who?" Buffy asked confused leaning one hand on the corner of the desk and the other hand on the back of Willow's desk chair.
"Okay, your right. I dont know who 98 Degrees is but Toni Braxton, Nsync and Backstreet Boys! This guy means serious business. You have to at least see what he has to say!" Willow was so excited she could barely contain herself but when Buffy didn't say anything back she got a little worried. "Buffy?" She watched her best friend shake her head.
"Sorry, I just had Tearin' Up My Heart stuck in my head." Buffy smiled.
Willow laughed. "So?"
"I guess I am going to go talk to Mr. McCallum since my personal researcher says its okay." Buffy turned and walked towards the door. "Thanks Will."
When Buffy walked into The Expresso Pump she saw him already sitting at a table with a coffee cup in front of him. She was only a few minutes late, she wondered how long he had been there.
"Hey." She said walking up with her purse dangling from her hands in front of her.
"Hello Miss. Summers." He said picking up his cup.
Buffy sat down across from him. "Call me Buffy, its not like I'm old or something."
Angel smiled remembering that she had called him old the first night they met. "Did you talk to your parents?"
Buffy nodded. "They want to talk to you."
"Is that a good thing?" He asked.
Nodding again she told him. "I'm sure they will have some guidelines for you, that is how my parents are. They are totally cool but sometimes things have to be there way... or they make you think it has to be their way just so they feel like they are in control."
"That is completely understandable." He said. "The guidelines thing, not the think they are in control part of it. They are your parents."
"You can meet with them whenever." She told him, then asked. "How long have you been doing this? Representing people, I mean."
Angel took a sip of his coffee. "A few years. Dont worry though, I know what I am doing"
"Its not that..." Buffy said. "I was just wondering how many people... change. I'm worried about changing in to someone else.. or something else. I see it in the news and magazines all the time. These people become rude and stuck up. All they do is party and flash themselves to the paparazzi."
"First, don't believe everything you hear on the news or see in magazines, those people make stories up to get people to buy their product. Don't worry about how it will change you, Buffy. I will protect you." He told her seriously. "That is what I am here for."
Buffy gave him a small smile. "Are you going to kick me in the ass to bring me down a notch?"
"If that's what it takes." He nodded with a smile.
"Good, keep me grounded." She whispered still smiling. "Willow kicked me in the ass once so to speak.. I did this commertial years ago... it feels like forever ago now. It was only shown in Sunnydale I think. It was for a local Ice Cream shop we have here. I thought I was awesome because I was on TV. That was before I got the show though."
"The show?" He asked her.
Buffy nodded. "Yeah, I was on this show called Rise and Shine Sunnydale, I was on there for almost 3 years. It was yet another local thing. We have our own channel, when I was younger I thought having our own channel was the most amazing thing ever but then I found out a lot of towns have their own channel. Anyway, It was a News show but to keep the younger viewers interested we would do little skits. There were a bunch of kids on the show together. I still go to school with a few people that I was on the show with, we were all really close back then."
"Wow, so you are already a star." Angel smiled at her. "So you and these kids you were on the show with, you aren't friends anymore?"
"No. There was a rumor that the producers of the show liked me more then the other kids so they were upset. It turned out it was more then just a rumor. I ended up getting my own show called Girl Talk but things at school got really bad with the other kids so that only lasted 1 season." She explained to him.
"How long ago was that?" He asked drinking his coffee.
Buffy looked down at her hands. "It ended about 5 years ago."
"Does this mean your an actress on top of a singer?" He said in a jokingly tone.
Buffy laughed. "I guess so."
Angel nodded. "A double threat." He knew she had something in her that most performers didn't have. "Can you dance too?"
"Actually..." Buffy made a face, almost like she didn't want to answer him. "... Yes."
"Damn! A triple threat! Move over Jennifer Lopez, Buffy Summers is coming through." He laughed which caused Buffy to laugh too.
Angel told Buffy he would drive her home from The Expresso Pump and then he could meet with her parents if they were home.
"Is this a rental?" Buffy asked about the convertible Angel was driving.
Angel nodded. "I flew here."
"From where?" Buffy asked just to fill the silence. She didn't like silence.
"Are you asking where I flew from or where I am from?" He asked glancing at her.
Turning to look at him she asked. "Is there a difference?"
"I have been all over the United States the last couple of months trying to find new talent so yeah, there is a different, I live in Los Angeles though." He told her.
"Oh." She said looking out at all the passing houses on the passenger side of the car. "Should I actually be in a car with you. I mean, I don't even know you."
"Your right." Angel smiled. "A 15 year old girl like yourself should know not to get into a car with a stranger."
"Was this a test?" She joked.
Angel smiled at her. "So where is this place?"
"This place? You mean my house?" She asked. "Its on Revello Drive, just a few more blocks."
"Your parents know everything right?" He wanted to know.
Buffy nodded. "Why else would I be taking a total stranger to my house? I wouldn't do that unless my Daddy was there to protect me!"
Daddy? She really is still a kid. He just hoped she was mature enough to handle everything that comes along with a record deal. Buffy pointed to a house and Angel pulled over in front of the house. Buffy started to get out then turned to Angel.
"You coming?" She asked.
Nodding he turned the car off and got out.
"Mom! Dad! I'm home! And a brought a strange man with me." She yelled through the house from where she was standing in front of the front door. Angel closed the door behind her, not saying a word. A man walked into the fore from the back of the house, it was the same man from The Magic Box.
"Hey Dad..." Buffy started.
"Mr. McCallum. How are you?" Her father asked.
Buffy looked between the two men confused. "You two know each other?"
"Only briefly. Mr. McCallum came in to the store yesterday to purchase a book." He told his daughter.
Angel smiled. He met this guy before, they seemed to hit it off when he was at the book store. This was going to be easier then her thought. "Rupert, I'm fine. Thank you. How are you?"
"I'm great but please, call me Giles. Everyone does." He turned to give his teenage daughter a pointed look. "No matter what my opinion on the matter is."
"At least we stopped calling you G-man." She shrugged like a small child. Receiving another pointed look from her father she admitted. "Okay so MOST of us stopped called you G-man."
Giles turned to Angel. "Kids." He readjusted his glasses on his face. "My wife will be right in, she is trying to figure out how to rearrange the back yard."
"What is wrong with the back yard? I like the back yard like it is. Where else are me, Will and Xan going to lay out and look at all the cool shapes that the stars make?" Buffy said in a rush.
Angel glanced at Buffy with a questioning look but her back was to him so she couldn't see him.
"I'm sure she wont change it that much, Buffy." He reassured her as Joyce walked into the house.
Buffy walked quickly over to her mother. "Are you really rearranging the back yard? Do I get no say in it?"
Joyce gave Buffy a knowing smile. "Sweetie, we don't even know for sure if we are going to do anything. Just relax." she then looked to Angel. "Hello, I'm Joyce Summers."
"Angel McCallum." He introduced himself.
Joyce led everyone into the living room and asked if she could get anyone anything. They discussed what would happen if Buffy were to sign a contract with Caritas Entertainment for an hour while they snacked on cookies. Buffy was starting to get bored.
"The main issue right now would be that Buffy is a minor, there for she cant be anywhere alone. She will need either one of you or another adult that could chaperon her at all times." He told them.
Her parents looked at each other. "I don't know how that is going to work out since we both have our own businesses and Buffy has a younger sister."
"Should have had me sooner." Buffy teaser. "Then I would be older and we wouldn't have this problem."
"Yes, encourage me to have had you in college." Joyce said sarcastically.
Rupert looked scared for a moment. "I don't think we could have handled her while we were in college."
Buffy laughed. "That's sad. College kids are supposed to be all crazy and wild."
"YOU were crazy and wild." Her mother told her.
Rupert looked at his wife. "She hasn't changed one bit."
"Hey!" Buffy protested.
"We will work something out with the chaperon. You said if we couldn't do it then another adult could?" Joyce asked Angel.
He nodded. "Yes, as long as it is someone that you appoint. The next thing which is the biggest part of getting a record deal... making a demo. Now my boss trusts me 100% but he will still need to hear a demo."
"So this thing isn't a sure bet unless the big guy signs off on it?" Buffy asked a little nervous.
Angel turned to look at her, she was sitting in the large chair across from him. "Like I said Buffy, he trusts me completely. But none the less, we will need to pick a song that goes best with your voice."
"Which is?" She asked him.
Angel clasped his hands together. "I was going to leave that up to you."
"Really?" She asked him, receiving a nod from him. "Can I sing a song that I wrote myself?"
"You are a songwriter?" He asked a little surprised.
Joyce smiled at her daughter. "Yeah! I have been writing songs for years."
"Its the school work she has a problem writing." Her dad joked. "Speaking of..."
"Yeah yeah yeah, my grades have to stay as they are now or get better." Buffy dismissed.
Angel looked down at his watch, he was going to meet a girl he had met late last night so he needed to wrap this up. "Okay so you pick a song and let me know. Is there a recording studio in this area?"
Buffy shook her head no.
"We will have to go to LA to do it then. Can we do it sometime during the week?" He asked standing up from the couch.
Rupert raised his eyebrows. "As long as it is after school hours" then he turned to Buffy. "And your home work best be done first!"
Buffy nodded at him. "Yes, Daddy."
Angel made his way to the door. "I will call you on Monday then. Remember to pick a song."
As the door shut Buffy looked her her parents. "Well someone was in a hurry."
Monday morning Buffy got to school early, which was very rare and by rare meant it NEVER happened. She made her way to the courtyard and smiled when she saw a boy sitting by the fountain tuning his guitar with orange hair.
"Hey Oz!" She smiled sitting next to him.
He looked at her oddly. "Hey Buffy."
"So, how is the music?" She asked as if she was overly interested.
Oz stopped tuning his guitar. "Okay. I think we are about to get to a point where we don't suck."
"Cool! So I have a favor to ask." She said but didn't wait for him to respond. "So, this guy talked to me after I sang at The Bronze on Open Mic Night but totally long story short he wants to sign me. I was just looking to see how far he would go and he went pretty far but anyway, I told him I kind of had a band but hey, we all know I really don't BUT he agreed to at least hear my band to see how it sounds. Pretty cool huh?"
Oz nodded. "What band?"
"Well, I was thinking you." She smiled at him.
Oz put his guitar away. "Buffy, I'm one guy. I'm not a band, and didn't you hear we are ABOUT to get to a point where we don't suck. That means we aren't good."
"Oz, you are totally good!" Buffy whined grabbing his arm. "Please, I don't want to get into this whole record deal thing alone!"
Oz looked at her for a second. She got stranger and stranger everyday since the say he met her when she grabbed him, slammed him against the wall and asked him what he looked for in a girl. He later found out that Buffy wanted to hook him up with her best friend Willow, but Oz didn't see Willow that way. Not at first anyway, he was beginning to see her in a different way but now they were stuck in that awkward friend stage.
"You are totally to good for Dingo's, Oz!" She continued to whine. "You my friend are destined for greatness!"
Oz nodded. "Okay but that doesn't mean this guy is going to like me."
"Of course it does." She said happily that she got her way. "Your the best, Oz!"
"That's what they tell me." He said picking up his guitar case.
Buffy was sitting in her first period class before anyone else came in. Willow was normally the first student in class but today she walked in to find Buffy already sitting and her desk.
"Are you trying to take my title as the teachers pet?" Willow joked.
"Huh?" Buffy looked up to see her best friend."Oh hey! Sorry, I had to get to school a little early today and then I got bored so I thought I would come in here and pull a Cordelia, see." She said holding up her hand to show off her freshly painted pink finger nails.
"How did it go with Angel?.. Mr. McCallum... what do I call him?" The flustered red head asked her best friend.
"I don't know." She laughed. "It went good though. He is going to call me tonight because I have to record a demo and then get it to his boss. Guess what!"
Willow's eye got large. "What?"
"Oz is doing it with me!" Buffy said excitedly.
At Willow's confused expression, Buffy explained. "I may have told him MR. MCCALLUM that I have a band because I just wanted to see if he really wanted to sign me so I asked Oz to be my band because he agreed to hear my 'band'"
"But you don't have a band, Buffy." Willow pointed out.
Buffy signed. "I know! Oz is going to be my one man band!"
After school Buffy ran upstairs feeling extremely giddy. "Hey mom!" She ran past her parents bedroom and then her sister's bedroom. "Hey Dawnie!"
Joyce walked out of her room and slowly followed the same path her oldest daughter had just ran. "Where's the fire?"
Buffy threw her books on her bed then sat down next to them. "Did he call yet?" She was worried she had missed his call.
"If by HE you mean Mr. McCallum then no, he hasn't." Her mother informed her.
Buffy frowned. "But he should call soon right? How late is to late to call with this kind of thing?"
Joyce walked into her daughters room. "I honestly don't know, but I am sure he will call."
45 minutes later he still hadn't called, Buffy has started freaking out so her mother suggested they study to get her mind off of the phone call. It wasn;t exactly Buffy's idea of a good time but she thought maybe it would help her keep her grades up which was part of the deal. Buffy laid with her head in her mothers lap, her mother smoothing her hair out of her face and they reviewed the material for Buffy's next history test on the Revolutionary War when the phone rang. Buffy hurried to grab the phone by her bed. "Hello?"
"Buffy?" Came Angel's voice. He sounded a little out of breath.
"Yeah." She told him.
"Hey, so did you pick a song?" He asked her trying to catch her breath. He didn't mean to be late calling her but he had gotten distracted by a woman he met when he went out to lunch. They talked for a few minutes but that didn't last long, they were back at his hotel room before he even found out her name. Looking over at the beautiful red head laying on her stomach beside him he wondered if he should find out her name.
"Yeah, I was a little scared you went going to call." She told him nervously.
Angel didn't take his eyes off of the woman next to him. "What is the name of the song?"
"You know my friend Oz, he plays guitar and he said he would totally meet with you so you could hear him." She rambled. "Because of the band thing..."
"Yeah, yeah, Okay." He said as the woman next to him rolled over. "The name."
"Danial Osbourne." She told him. "But everyone calls him Oz."
Angel closed his eyes in irritation. "I mean the song."
"Oh! Sorry. All American Girl. You said I could pick from my own so I did!" She smiled into the phone.
"Great. I will call your parents tomorrow then." He said rushed and the woman began rubbing up and down his chest.
"Well my mom is right here." Buffy handed the phone to Joyce before Angel could get a word out.
Joyce smiled at Buffy then spoke into the phone. "Hello."
"Mrs. Summers." He said trying not to pay attention to the hand sneaking lower under the sheet.
"Call me Joyce." She smiled.
Angel closed his eyes again and bit the inside of his cheek. "Right, Joyce. So how about you or your husband take Buffy to LA on Wednesday and we will record the demo."
"That sounds fin..." Joyce said before she was cut off.
"Great, talk to you then." He rushed, hanging up the phone.
Joyce pushed the off button on the phone and set it down on the bed. Something was off about that man. "He is very busy, he had to go but he said on Wednesday you can record your demo."