A Mid-Day Talk

Disclaimer: None of these characters belong to me. Except for Brittney, she is a product of my own demented mind.

Summary: An old friend from Angel's past shows up unexpectedly. What will this mean for Angel and his already fragile relationship with his human friends.

Brittney and Angel were lying down on Angel's bed, just cuddling enjoying the silence and each other's company.

It had been over fifty years since the two had been together. After they had gotten their souls back and left the rest of the group, they had gone to America. The pair stayed together for a few years, but Angel had wanted to stay around New York and the New England states, and Brittney had wanted to move south to see states like Texas and Florida, so they separated. After fifty some-odd years of nothing between the two, she had shown up on his doorstep and said, "Hi!"

"God I've missed this." Brittney whispered.

"Me too." Angel said giving her a kiss on the forehead. "So, where have you been the past few years?"

"Everywhere. After we separated, I went down South and visited a few of the states down there. After that, I went back to Ireland and saw the place my home used to be. They've taken away what was left of the house, and put up a hotel. I stayed there for a night, but it was just too weird. I also went to France, Spain, Italy and England. I eventually came back to the states and stayed in Maryland for a few years. I decided to come look for you and the rest of the group. And, well, here I am." Brittney explained. "So what about you? Did you stay in New York long?" she asked.

"I stayed in New York for a few years. I met a guy named Whistler who told me to go to Sunnydale, California to see the next slayer, Buffy. When I saw her I immediately fell in love with her, or I thought I was in love with her. I even dated her for a while. So I lived in Sunnydale for about three and a half years. I lost my soul for a few months and when I got it back, I was sent to hell. I was brought back somehow but was never really trusted by anyone fully ever again. After Buffy graduated, I left Sunnydale and moved to Los Angeles. I've lived here ever since, running a detective agency that helps the hopeless of the city. I work with a few humans, two old friends from Sunnydale and two that I have met here in LA. We fight demons and vampires and help to keep the city safe. It's a pretty nice job." Angel replied.

"You dated a slayer?! Wow, and I thought you couldn't sink any lower than eating rats. So, what about the rest of the group? Is it true that Spike didn't take Drusilla back when he had the chance?" Brittney asked before Angel had a chance to comment on his relationship with Buffy.

Angel glared at her for a moment and thought about defending himself about the relationship between him and the slayer. It was still too painful, and probably always would be. "Yeah. After Dru and Darla left L.A., Dru went back to Sunnydale to get back with Spike. But he blew her off, surprisingly. Even after all the fuss he made when she left him. I'm not sure where she is right now." Angel informed her.

"Oh." Was all she had to say. She couldn't even begin to think of Spike and Drusilla not being together.

An awkward silence fell between the two vampires. Angel had a question racing through his mind that he knew he would have to ask, but he didn't want to. He was too afraid of the answer he was going to get. He had just gotten his favorite female childe back. But he decided to get it done and over with.

"So, how long are you going to stay?" he asked as nonchalantly as possible.

"I don't know. I want to go and visit Spike but I don't want to have a run in with this Buffy chick. I think I would have to kill her just for believing herself better than you, and I know you would hate me for it. You were the reason I left Maryland and started moving across the U.S. And now that I've finally found you, I have this feeling that if I leave, I won't ever see you again." Brittney told him.

"Why don't you stay?" He didn't mean to say it. But he could not stop the words from escaping through his lips. He didn't want it to seem like he needed her like he used to. He had loved her once, more than Darla and his other childer and had needed her to keep him sane. She had stirred his imagination and had kept him young and strong. Maybe with her by his side again, he could keep his strength up just enough to maintain the fight in helping the hopeless, and moving towards his precious redemption.

"Won't your pretty little human cohorts be upset with you over this? Especially after that little fiasco with Darla and Dru, which of course I heard all about. They might think you have gone over the edge again, might just try and kill you this time around." Brittney said with slight malice in her voice. Whether that malice was aimed at her old vampire family for ruining what Angel had or at his humans for turning so quickly on someone that obviously cared so much about them she was not sure. Maybe it was for both. She may have a soul, but that did not mean that she would be unwilling to kill to defend Angel, even against his so called friends.

"Don't worry about them. If you decide to stay, then they will have to deal with it, or answer to me. Yes, when they find out there will most likely be a fight about it. But I know that you will be on your best behavior around them." Angel said throwing out a bit of his 'I'm your sire and you will do as I say' voice.

Brittney giggled at his attempt to intimidate her. She had never been easily intimidated not even by her own sire. Although she knew that his veiled threat would be carried out if she stepped out of line around his humans, she also knew that his punishments would not be anywhere near as severe as they used to be in the past.

"Well, in that case," Brittney said nestling her neck deeper into Angel's shoulder, "I might just stick around for a while."

Angel smiled at her, gave her a quick kiss, and they both fell asleep in the comfort of each other's arms.