Haven't Met Him Yet
Summary: Instead of turning to Spike, Buffy meets somebody new during Sweet's visit. Now that the spell's broken, can she find him again, and will it change anything?
Warning: I don't know; maybe language and innuendo somewhere along the way.
Timeline: season 6, during and after 'Once More With Feeling'.
A/N: This is only a prologue, folks. It's up to you, the readers, to decide where the main part of the story happens. I'll let the voting go for a couple months to give everyone a fair chance to suggest.
Thanks to my betas: zigpal, AshDawnSoulmates, and AerynSpeedleCaine. You can thank the last one for my posting this now instead of later; she wanted another interactive story from me.
Disclaimer: BtVS characters belong to Joss Whedon / Mutant Enemy. I claim no rights to any copyrighted material. Please do not copy or take this story without my permission. Song sung by Michael Bublé and the scene is from the video, 'Haven't Met You Yet'.
Lying in her bed, Buffy wondered about something she hadn't told the others about when they shared their different song stories. When it happened, she felt light and free – like before she became the Slayer and had the weight of the world on her shoulders. After the song ended, however, that crushing sense of emptiness hit her again. Even though a part of her was grateful to Spike for keeping her from dancing herself to death, a larger part wanted somebody else to be responsible for saving her…for example, the guy from the grocery store.
It was weird encounter.
Okay, so given everything else that happened during Sweet's visit, it was pretty much par for the course, but still…
So she went to the store to get some things that they were low on: toilet paper, milk, that sort of stuff. She had just gotten to the ice cream section – because you can't go grocery shopping for the Summers household and not get ice cream – when she looked up and saw a hottie singing out loud.
And I know someday that it'll all turn out
You'll make me work, so we can work to work it out
And I promise you, kid, that I give so much more than I get
I just haven't met you yet
By the time he got to the end of the stanza, they were walking on top of the refrigerators towards each other. As soon as they got within range, their bodies melted together – in a metaphorical sense – like they were meant to be. Like soulmates…you know, the way she once thought she and Angel were once upon a time.
When the next verse started, they were suddenly sitting at a table that moved around the store somehow. From the corner of her eye, she saw that nothing was supporting them; they were basically just floating. Talk about strange. But it was hard to care when he was looking at her like that and singing so sweetly.
Wherever you are, whenever it's right
You'll come out of nowhere and into my life
But that part paled in comparison to the next scene…where they were on a bed going down the aisles. Curling up next to him felt so good and so right to her. It was definitely a close second to being back in heaven. They stayed in the bed until he sang the chorus again.
And I know that we can be so amazing
And, baby, your love is gonna change me
And now I can see every possibility
Sadly, that's when they shifted to another place: a spinning phone booth of all things! All the spinning was making her a little sick to her stomach. Plus, she wanted to go back to the bed, dammit! That was much better place to be in her opinion.
They say all's fair
In love and war
But I won't need to fight it
We'll get it right and we'll be united
Then they were split up during the instrumental break. She found herself standing near the cash registers while he led a marching band – how on earth did they fit in the aisle? – towards her, looking kinda like an older, hotter version of Ferris Bueller in the parade scene. Okay, so he didn't look like Bueller, but the scene reminded her of the movie.
Confetti fell down on them like snow as he pulled her into his arms again. The passionate way he stared into her eyes made her happy to be alive again for the first time since she was dragged out of heaven. Even seeing Giles again didn't compare to this. Around them, customers and store employees were dancing in a crazy, but fun way. Her heart soared as he reached out a brushed a lock of hair out of her eyes.
And someday I know it'll all turn out
And I'll work to work it out
Promise you, kid, I'll give more than I get
Than I get, than I get, than I get
As the chorus repeated again, everyone spilled out into the parking lot – which was lit up by Klieg lights to brighten the area, which was odd considering that she entered the store in the middle of the afternoon – for more choreographed dancing. Buffy couldn't help but join in the fun this time; she was just so damn joyful!
But since it was Buffy's life, the bubble had to burst eventually.
I just haven't met you yet
When he got to the last couple words, time reset and she was alone in the parking lot. Walking into the store, she noticed a guy walking past her, but didn't stop to really look at him; she was too focused on getting the stuff she came to buy. It wasn't until they found out about Sweet, and she had time to think about it that she realized it wasn't some weird daydream.
Question was: could she find him again and could she feel that happiness she had with him?
A/N: I left the guy's description as vague as possible so I could leave it up to the readers who he is. A couple things to keep in mind before you cast your vote, though. One, he needs to be a good guy – or at least a redeemable bad guy (No Voldemort, please). Two, he has to come from a fandom I can write about. I'll count up the votes and see who has the most; if I can write him, there'll be a sequel. Well, there'll be a sequel no matter what – unless all the reviews say that there shouldn't be – but who the lead man will be is the question to answer. Time to stop the babbling. So, 'vote early and vote often!'