Chapter 5: Team Cupid
Buffy walked back into the cabin with a plastic grocery bag in each hand. "Thank you, Sweetie." Joyce said as Buffy put them on the counter for Joyce to go through and headed back to the door, she opened it for Angel. "Oh Sweetie, I think you are missing a few things." Joyce said looking up at Buffy, she gasped when she saw Angel walk in the door with his hands full of several heavy looking bags and a small white paper bag hanging out of his mouth. "What is all this?"
Buffy laughed and took the bag out of his mouth.
"These fell out of a bag." He smiled.
"Yeah, right." Buffy laughed again. "You just wanted to eat all the donuts." She turned to her mom. "We wanted a few things too."
Angel set the bags down to the side where they wouldn't be in anyone's way.
"A few things?" Xander asked getting up and looking through the bags. "This is like junk food heaven! Thank God! We have all been saved! Cookies, chips, popcorn, Ice Cream!" Then turned to Buffy and Angel "What did you guys get for you?"
Buffy was sitting at the desk in her room when she heard a soft knock on the door and Angel peaked his head in. "Hey, I didn't just want to walk in in case you were changing or something." Buffy shut her laptop slightly when Angel walked further into the room. "What are you doing in here?"
Buffy shrugged "Just checking some messages. I don't have internet at home so there my laptop is pretty much useless."
"What kind of messages?"
"Wow, you are all up in my business right now." She laughed.
Angel shrugged. "Can't help it. You intrigue me." He reached around and quickly opened her laptop. "OkCupid?... I think I have heard about that site before, isn't that for online dating?"
Buffy nodded. "My friend set it up for me when I officially become a citizen of Singles-ville."
"I would have pegged you for an eHarmony girl." He leaned in closer to the screen and laugh. "Oh, this guy wants to know if you have been naughty this year… what are you going to tell him?"
"That after the last guy that messaged me I am going to delete my account."
"Why?" He asked sitting on the bed. "What did he say?"
Buffy's eyes got large. "If I would do a Dirty Sanchez!"
Angel burst out laughing. Buffy raised her eyebrows at him when he didn't stop, and it didn't look like he was going to stop anytime soon. He held his side while he was laughing and fell backwards on the bed. After a few minutes he sat up, tears of laughter still in his eyes. "Oh come on, don't ruin it for everyone else just because one guys wants…" He started laughing again.
"Did you come in here for a reason?" Buffy asked slightly annoyed.
Angel nodded and tried to get his laughter under control. "Your mom said everyone is about to start decorating the house."
"Fine." Buffy shut her laptop roughly and walked out of the bedroom with Angel behind her.
He wiped his eyes and tried not to laugh again. "Wow, I haven't laughed that hard in years."
Xander, Oz, Connor, Dawn and Anya all looked up at them when they heard Angel's voice.
"Happy I could amuse you." Buffy said trying to sound annoyed but had a smile on her face.
Willow set a box of decorations on the kitchen counter and smiled at the couple walking past. She knew they would like each other, she just hoped they would like each other enough to stay in contact once the holiday was over. Rupert put his arm around Willow's shoulder and smiled at his oldest daughter with her boyfriend. It was nice to see Buffy happy.
Joyce and Rupert gave everyone jobs and they all set out to decorate the cabin to make it look more like Christmas. Everyone in the family loved Christmas, except for Buffy. She always seemed so miserable, now watching her hand tinsel to her boyfriend so he could hang it around the ceiling she looked happy. Her mother smiled at the scene in front of her, she was thrilled that Riley could finally make it this year not only because they finally got to meet him but because Buffy was actually enjoying herself.
Willow was getting more decorations out of the boxes when she heard Buffy laughing at something, she looked up and saw her sister wrapping green tinsel around her boss and he was laughing too. Smiling Willow got an idea, she glanced down at the mistletoe that she had made earlier. She was about to say something to Buffy when Xander walked closer to the table.
"Hey, Buff" He called to his younger sister and she turned to look at him. "Why don't you hang up the mistletoe?"
Buffy looked at Angel and shrugged. "Okay."
Angel started to unwrap himself from the tinsel when she walked away, shaking his head and chuckling when he got tangled up in it.
Buffy moved a chair over to the walkway that they normally hang the mistletoe and climbed up in the chair with the mistletoe in her hand. She easily attached the mistletoe to a nail that was already in the wood.
Angel saw the chair that Buffy was standing on start to wobble, he wasn't the closest person to her but he somehow managed to be the only one who got to her. He caught her before she hit the floor. "You okay?"
"Uh huh." She mumbled her face only a few inches from his.
"Um… guys…" Xander trailed off, pointing above them.
Buffy and Angel both looked up at the mistletoe Buffy had just hung. "No way! That doesn't count."
Xander looked at his younger sister. "Yes, it does count. It always counts!"
"Yeah Buffy, it always counts." Dawn smiled.
Connor smiled at his older brother and the blonde that he was still holding in his arms. "It's like the law of Christmas or something."
Willow nodded her head briskly. "And you are a citizen who follows the law."
"And if I don't want to be a law-abiding citizen?" She couldn't kiss Angel! That would be bad, very very bad! She was attracted to him and didn't want things to get out of hand. Also, he had yet to say anything. She glanced over to see him smiling at her.
"All citizens of Christmas have to follow the law-abiding laws of… Christmas… I mean…" Xander trailed off looking slightly confused.
Angel looked up at the mistletoe trying to figure out if anything that just came out of Xander's mouth made sense at all. He looked back down to Buffy with another smile and whispered "He kind of has a point."
"He does? Because I didn't catch a point anywhere in that rambling." She whispered back.
Angel nodded and leaned in to gently kiss Buffy, it was supposed to be a quick kiss but before he knew it, it had escalated. Angel briefly pulled away but Buffy left her eyes closed, soon she felt Angel lightly kiss her again. She slightly opened her mouth, giving him an open mouth kiss. Angel smiled against her lips and ran his tongue across her lip. Angel softly brought his hand up to her chin tilting her head to get better access. Buffy ran her hands through the back of his hair and let out a small moan causing Angel to smile against her lips again.
Connor raised his eyebrows at his brother making out with his girlfriend's sister. Everyone was watching them, she could feel it. She pulled away from Angel and looked around the room, everyone was in fact staring at them. When did her parents get in the room? "I'm just going to… yeah…" She mumbled as she walked past Angel to go down the hallway. Angel turned to watch her walk away with a small smile. She went into the bathroom and locked the door.
Buffy took a deep breath and looked at herself in the mirror. Her lips where slightly swollen and her face was flush. Screw things not getting out of hand, the things flew out of said hand and where no longer in sight! She ran her hands through her hair taking another deep breath. She needed to get a hold of herself, it was bad enough that she practically threw herself at her sister's boss but to top it all off her whole family and their significant others were all watching.
A few minutes later there was a soft knock at the door. "Yeah?" Please don't let that be Angel.
"Sweetie, the guys are all going out to get the Christmas tree before it gets dark." Her mother called through the door.
"Okay, I will be right there." She yelled.
Buffy made her way into the living room and took a deep breath for what felt like the millionth time. All the guys were outside, Dawn and Anya were in the kitchen helping Joyce. Willow sat on the couch watching Buffy with a smile on her face. "You know Buffy, it's my turn to pick out the Christmas tree but I don't feel very well anymore. Could you pick it out for me and I will take your turn next year?"
"Are you okay?" Buffy asked concerned for her younger sister.
Willow nodded. "Yeah, just a little upset stomach is all. Make sure to get a big one!"
Buffy followed the voices of the guys until she found them in a clearing talking about which direction they should go in next. Angel and Oz thought they should go left while Xander, Connor and her dad thought they should go straight.
"Jeez, far enough out. If it wasn't for Xander's big mouth I might not have found you." Buffy joked. Angel smiled when he saw Buffy. "How about we make this easy and you're all wrong. Let's go to the right."
"Hey, Miss. Bossy Pants, it's Willow's turn to pick out a tree." Xander pointed out.
Buffy nodded. "Yes, I know this but she said she wasn't feeling well so we are going to switch."
"She okay?" Oz asked, looking like he was about to go back to the cabin.
"Yeah, she said it was just an upset stomach."
"Maybe she is just so hungry she doesn't have the energy to move." Xander commented. "I am starting to feel that way."
Buffy rolled her eyes. "Then let's move!" All the guys started walking in the direction she told them to, Angel hung back with Buffy. "You know, you don't really have to do this. I'm sure these guys can handle a tree alone."
"What? Are you kidding?" Angel smiled. "This is fun."
Buffy picked out the tallest, fullest tree she could that looked like it would fit into the cabin and watched as the guys got ready for Rupert to cut it at the bottom. "Come on Dad, hurry up. Ouch!" Xander whined when a tree branch hit him in the face. "This thing is trying to kill me."
Rupert turned to Angel and held out the saw. "Since it is your first Christmas with us why don't you do the honors, Riley?"
All the guys looked at the older man shocked, Buffy raised her eyebrows at her dad. No one ever cut down the Christmas tree but their dad.
"Well whoever is going to do it, can you do it fast?" Connor asked. "Xander isn't the only one this tree is trying to kill."
Once Angel cut the tree down all the guys grabbed different areas of the tree trunk and started to walk back towards the cabin with Buffy leading the way holding the saw. Buffy started to whistle the tune of Heigh-Ho.
"Hey! That's my bit!" Xander complained as he tried to get a better grip on the tree trunk.
Buffy turned around, walking backwards and smiled at Xander. "Sorry big bro, you missed your cue."
Once they got the tree inside Dawn stepped out of the way so they could set the tree in the Christmas Tree stand she had just placed on the floor in the corner. The guys all worked together to get it in the stand and stand it up straight. Dawn stood next to Connor and held his hand. "It looks great!" She smiled giving him a kiss.
"Can we wait until tomorrow to decorate it?" Xander asked his mother. "I'm starving and really tired."
Joyce looked from her only son to her husband then nodded. "Okay. Dinner is done anyway, Xander why don't you just give the tree a little water."
"What?" Xander asked panicking. "The water gauge should have been filled before we put the tree in."
"So not funny mom." Xander said walking to the kitchen to wash up before dinner.
Buffy shrugged. "I thought it was a little funny."
After everyone ate they decided to go to bed early, they had all had a busy day. It felt like a long day, longer than most. Angel walked into the bedroom after he came out of the bathroom, he smiled when he saw Buffy sitting on the bed brushing her hair.
"Hey." Angel walked over to her and stopped in front of her.
Buffy looked up at him with a small smile. "Hey."
"You tired?" He asked her.
Buffy nodded. "A little but after today I would rather just go to sleep so it could be over."
Angel smiled. "Wasn't that bad."
Raising her eyebrow at him she laughed. "Between the whole going shopping, the message from that guy, the whole mistletoe thin…" She stopped herself. "Okay, I'm a lot tired."
"I don't know, I kind of had fun today. I learned a few new things about you, we ate junk food…"
Buffy looked up at him confused. "What did you learn about me?"
"That you are really good at this…" He leaned over and gently kissed her. When she responded to him he deepened the kiss. He put his hand on the back of her head and gently guided her down to the bed. He moved onto the bed and hovered over her, never breaking the kiss.
"Okay, I take it back. I'm not tired at all." She mumbled.
Angel smiled as he brought his lips back down on hers in an open mouth kiss. She moaned into his mouth when she felt his hand gently caressing her flat stomach, slowly sliding up. She arched into his touch as her breast filled his hand, he gave it a light squeeze. Leaving her lips he trailed open mouth kissing down her neck and to the top of her white tank top that showed her cleavage. Buffy bit her lip and brought her left leg up onto the bed and hooked it over his hip. Angel smiled when he felt her leg push him closer to her body, his hand made its way to the bottom of her shirt and under it. Feeling his warm hand on her bare stomach sent heat waves through her entire body.
"Oh God." She moaned when his thumb lightly grazed her right nipple under her shirt then began to lightly pant as he took her left nipple in his mouth through her thin tank top. Her hands wondered under his own white wife beater tank, her nails digging slightly into his back when he tapped the nipple with his tongue and ran her nails down his back when he grinded his thinly covered manhood into her. "Angel…"
Buffy was brought out of her daze when she heard a crash coming from down the hall and her youngest sister's voice. "Oops. Sorry!" Angel lifted his head when he felt Buffy's body go still.
Clearing her throat she whispered "We better get some sleep, busy day tomorrow."
Angel didn't want to move, he wanted to continue what they had been doing but after a minute he stood up and helped Buffy stand. "What's happening tomorrow?"
"No one told you?" She folded the top part of the blanket over, trying not to look at him and climbed under it. He most likely already saw how flushed her face was, at least she thought it was flushed, it felt hot to her but then again her whole body felt hot right now. "Tomorrow we have this big family breakfast and then spend the day looking for twenty Santa statues that are about this high…" She held her hand up about two feet off the ground. "That my parents have hidden in the woods. We all break up in to groups… couples. Xander and Anya are a team, Willow and Oz, Dawn and Connor. I normally look solo but I guess this year I get you." She smiled. "There will be signs with each of our groups names on them in the back yard when you find a Santa you have to bring it back and put it in front of your sign. Whoever gets the most Santa's wins."
That actually sounded slightly fun. "What do you get when you win?" He was a little disappointed when she had gone over to the couch.
"Normally the couple who wins gets a paid vacation courtesy of my parents." She said lying down to get comfortable. "Connor never told you about it?"
Angel shook his head as he lay down.
"Weird, Connor and Dawn won a few years ago." She closed her eyes then mumbled "Angel?"
Angel closed his eyes to go to sleep but when he heard her say his name he opened his eyes and smiled. "Yeah?" He asked hoping she changed her mind and wanted to get in bed with him.
"The light is on…"
"I see that." He smiled a little wider and wondered if she was going to do this every night.
"Can you turn it off?"
Getting up to turn the light off he laughed as he made his way back to the bed.