Chapter 3: Hank Summers Makes You Do The Wacky
Lydia looked at everyone in her backyard, seeing as no one was going to move she spoke up. "Hello, you must be Hank. I am Lydia O'Connor."
"Hank Summers." He held out his hand to Jim ignoring Lydia.
Jim narrowed his eyes at Hank but shook his hand anyway. "Jim O'Connor."
"We should check on the food right?" Buffy asked turning to Lydia.
"Um.." Lydia looked around at everyone. "Yes, we should."
Buffy, Joyce, Dawn and Angel followed Lydia inside in to the kitchen. Dawn took Buffy and Angel by the hand, laughing when they swung her in the air.
"Come on in." Jim motioned for Hank to go before him.
"Buffy, could you check the potatoes?" Lydia asked opening the oven to check on the turkey.
"Not so big on the cooking but I have eaten a lot." Buffy joked as she looked in to the large pan. "How do I check on them?"
Angel laughed. "Stick a fork in them, if it slides of then they are done."
"The turkey is almost done." Lydia said closing the oven. "So, Hank. What do you do for a living?"
Jim and Hank sat at the kitchen island. Jim rolled his eyes when Hank didn't answer his wife. "What do you do for a living, Hank?"
"I am a lawyer." He nodded.
"Oooh, sounds fun." Jim smiled. "Beer?"
Angel got a beer out of the fridge for his girlfriends dad, he opened it and set it in front of him.
They all sat down to eat, Hank sat next to Jim. Angel noticed that Hank had yet to talk to any of the females. He only tried to talk to Buffy once, but she ignored him just like her dad had ignored his mother. Joyce hadn't even looked at Hank. Things were tense.
"So, how exactly do you know my daughter?" Hank asked Jim.
Jim smiled at Buffy. "Well she is dating my son."
"Dating your son?" Hank asked then turned to Buffy. "I didn't know you were dating."
Buffy rolled her eyes. "I have been dating for a while now... DAD."
Angel looked at Buffy who was loading the mash potatoes on her plate. He laughed when she didn't stop. "Your cute when you are an emotional eater." He whispered.
Buffy pouted. "Don't make fun of me."
"Never." He smiled giving her a quick kiss.
Buffy rested her chin on Angel's shoulder. "When do we get pie?"
Jim and Lydia heard Buffy's comment and started to laugh.
"You have a hell of a daughter, did you know that?" Jim asked Hank then turned to Joyce smiling. "Joyce knows."
Hank shook his head. "She's a smart ass."
"That's what makes her so amazing." Angel smiled at Buffy.
Buffy threw her hands in the air. "Am I not going to get an answer about the pie?"
"Eat your food Sweetie." Her mother told her.
Buffy looked at Dawn and laughed when she saw the gravy all over her little sisters face. "At least Dawnie is enjoying herself."
"You are too." Angel smiled putting some gravy on his finger and wiping it on Buffy's cheek.
"Angel!" Buffy laughed wiping her face off with her napkin. "Your mean!"
"I'm not mean!" Angel said wiping some gravy off her face that she missed. "You shouldn't lie Baby."
Buffy playfully hit Angel in the arm. "Shut up! Is it all off?"
"Oh you missed a spot." Angel said sticking his tongue out, trying to lick it off her face.
"Ewww! Your so gross!" Buffy laughed pushing him away.
Joyce, Lydia and Jim all laughed at the couple.
"They were made for each other." Joyce whispered to Lydia.
Lydia nodded. "I'm just counting the days until they get married."
"I know, just not to soon." Joyce told her.
"Buffy, stop acting like a child!" Hank raised his voice.
"Excuse me?" Buffy said giving her father attitude. "Who are you to tell me what to do?"
"I'm your father!" Hank said annoyed.
Buffy scuffed. "When have you ever acted like a father?"
"I can't believe you would say that to me!" Hank shouted. "I came here to tell you that you can come live with me in LA, but seeing you act like this... You are disappointing."
"Tell me that I can live with you? Tell me?" Buffy said. "A few months before I turn 18 the man wants me to live with him!"
Buffy got up from the table and left the room.
Joyce glared at Hank. There was no way he was taking her daughter.
"I got this." Angel said following Buffy out.
"I hate him!" Buffy shouted when she heard Angel enter his room.
He laid down on his bed next to her. "I can see that."
"Don't mock me." She told him
"Never." He said turning on his said to look at her. "You wouldn't go... right? I mean, I just got you.. I don't want to lose you."
"First of all, I HATE him." She said turning on her side to face him. "Second of all, I could NEVER leave you. I love you to much."
Angel smiled. "Good. I think I hate your dad too."
"He is very hate-able." Buffy nodded.
"Baby, hate-able isn't a word." He said playfully.
Buffy pouted. "It is now. I feel like doing something to piss him off. He hasn't been around in 8 years and now he comes to my boyfriends house for Thanksgiving and TELLS me that I can live with him!"
Angel smiled. "How bad do you want to piss him off?"
"What do you mean?" Buffy asked.
"What would piss him off more then anything else?" Angel asked her.
Buffy shrugged. "Not getting his way. He always had to get his way when I was younger."
"So you not living with him would piss him off?" Angel asked tucking a piece of hair behind her ear.
"Then let's piss him off." Angel smiled getting off the bed and holding his hand out to her.
"Where is Angel?" His mother asked when Buffy came back to the table alone.
Buffy sat down. "Um... I don't know. He was right behind me."
A few minutes later Angel came back and sat in his chair next to Buffy.
"Everything alright?" Jim asked.
Angel nodded. "Perfect."
"Buffy, my tummy is full." Dawn said looking at her big sister.
Buffy gasped. "No room for Pumpkin Pie, Pumpkin Belly?"
Dawn shook her head.
"Go play, you can have desert later." Lydia smiled.
Once Dawn was out of the room Joyce looked at Hank. "Are you going to take both of my daughters or just the one you claim."
"It was never proven that, that child is mine." Hank said pointing to the next room where Dawn was playing. "She looks nothing like me."
"And I do?" Buffy asked.
"You have my eyes." Hank commented.
Buffy rolled her eyes.
"She has blue eyes and brown hair." He pointed out. "You look like me, she is the complete opposite."
"Well it's better that you deny her." Buffy glared. "She is better off."
"Let's not talk about this right now." Joyce said.
Buffy sighed. "Yeah, let's eat."
"Potatoes are good." Angel said seriously.
Buffy laughed. "Thanks."
"Your a good cook." Angel put more potatoes in his mouth. "Yummy!"
"Yes." Jim nodded. "They are very good."
"You will be a great cook by the time you get married." Lydia smiled.
Hank looked at his daughter. "Married?"
"Speaking of." Angel wiped his mouth and smiled at Buffy.
Buffy looked at her boyfriend confused. "What?"
Angel pushed his chair out of the way and got down on one knee. Pulling a ring out of his pants pocket he held it out to Buffy. "Baby, will you marry me?"
Lydia and Joyce gasped while Jim laughed.
"What the hell!" Hank yelled.
Buffy smiled. "Yes!"
Angel laughed putting the ring on Buffy's finger, she hugged him when he stood up.
"Oh my gosh!" Lydia gushed, rushing over to Buffy and Angel with Joyce following her. Both woman hugged Buffy and Angel.
Jim got up from his seat smiling. "Well all right!" He shook Angel's hand.
Dawn ran back in the dinning room to see what was going on, everyone was so happy.
"What the hell!" Hank yelled. "Are you all insane! She is 17! There is no way in hell I will allow this!"
Dawn got scared and hid behind Buffy.
"The first time we met Buffy she told us she was going to marry our son." Lydia told Hank.
Joyce smiled at Hank. "You don't have the right to say you wont allow it."
"If you don't support our children being together then I think it is time for you to leave." Jim told Hank.
"She is 17! She will be making the biggest mistake of her life! Once I tell my lawyer about this there is no way they will let you keep her, Joyce. She will be living with me." Hank sneered.
"Why?" Buffy asked her father. "Why do you want me to live with you so badly? What is in it for you?"
"Your my daughter." Hank told her. "You are going to live with me and that is the end of it. There is no way I am going to just sit back and let you marry this... this kid."
"I'm going to be 18 soon, get over it." Buffy smiled hugging Angel. "I can do whatever I want."
"I will show you out Hank." Jim said waiting for Hank to walk out. "I can't say it was a pleasure."
"Well... I can't say I am surprised but I didn't think it would happen this soon." Joyce said eating her pie. The excitement had died down, now she was wondering if her daughter was insane.
Lydia smiled. "They aren't really engaged."
"What do you mean?" Joyce asked.
"That is my ring." She informed Joyce. "Angel must have gone in to my room when he was upstairs."
Joyce closed her eyes and shook her head. "So why did he propose then?"
"That we will have to ask them." Jim said joining the conversation.
"I think I am going to eat this whole pie." Buffy pouted looking down at the half eaten pumpkin pie.
Angel smiled picking up a fork and digging into the pumpkin pie. "Do you think we pissed your dad off enough?"
Buffy nodded. "Yeah, we did. I guess you want this back. Huh?" She took the ring off and handed it to him.
"I will get you a real one some day." He told her.
"Some day." She whispered.
"Soon." He whispered.
Joyce and Lydia walked into the kitchen.
"What exactly was all that about?" Joyce asked.
Buffy gave her mom a small smile. "Just pissing off Hank."
"So, it was for sure a fake proposal?" Joyce asked her daughter.
Angel nodded. "Kind of."
"Kind of?" Jim asked walking in to the kitchen too.
Angel looked at Buffy then back at their parents. "Well I am going to marry her some day. I just grabbed a ring from my moms room really fast."
"I didn't even know about it." Buffy whispered.
Lydia smiled. "You didn't know about it? So your yes was real?"
Lydia and Joyce smiled at each other.
"It better be a long engagement." Joyce told the two teenagers.
Buffy laughed. "What are you talking about?"
Lydia took the ring from Angel's and handed it to Buffy. "Keep it."
"You are all okay with this?" Angel asked.
"As long as you don't get married while you are still in high school." Joyce half joked.
Angel looked at Buffy and smiled. "I want to pick out a ring though."
"Well then just think of your mothers ring as a pre-engagment ring." Jim suggested.
Buffy and Angel sat out on the porch together. Buffy was sitting on the steps between Angel's legs, leaning on him.
"I think our parents have completely lost their marbles.." Buffy said.
Angel hugged Buffy. "I don't know. I think they are just being supportive. I heard our moms talking and your mom said if they denied us from getting married then it would just make us want to do it more."
"I want to do it anyway." She whispered.
Angel kissed her head. "Me too."
"Is this going to be a hard engagement because of you going away to college?" Buffy joked.
"Well..." Angel started. "We could just get married before college and I could stay here. Go to UCS."
Buffy shook her head. "You want to go to Stanford... remember?"
"How can I forget." He whispered.
"You will go." She said sternly.
Angel smiled. "Already bossing me around?"
"Yes." She smiled. "You know, despite my dad showing up... this has been the best Thanksgiving ever."
"And here I thought all Thanksgivings were your favorite." Angel joked.
"Your right." Buffy said nodding. "I always loved Thanksgiving."
"Come on." Angel said getting up. "Let's go eat some more, you aren't looking like a beached wale yet."
"I'm totally finishing that pumpkin pie!" Buffy laughed running inside.