Disclaimer: Do not own hackers or buffy. Wish I did.
a/n- I greatly appreciate all the reviews on my last chapter...I have been busy in r/l with work and life...hope you all are well...any feedback is welcome...thanks again....
“Buffy?! What the Hell?!”
Buffy and the Elite whorled around to find out who or what had found them. Dade was at a loss trying to figure out who this person was. Buffy on the other hand was so stunned she nearly passed out.
“I didn’t know you were in town. I thought you would still be in the Dale or at least LA. I mean you have things you have to ta..” was that got out before Buffy snapped out of her stupor and slapped a hand over the offending mouth.
“Now, now. Let’s not talk about that.” Buffy said in a deceptively calm tone. “Why are you in New York and what are you doing in this alley?”
Before the addition could utter another word Dade cut in, “Buffy who the hell is this and a general what the hell?”
To say that Buffy was annoyed and frustrated was like saying the Grand Canyon was just a pothole. She had no clue what to do. Her head was ping from the ground to Kate to anywhere else but Dade.
As she heaved a sigh she began her reply, “Dade this is my friend..........Pike.”
Dade had no clue what to say to that. He whipped his head around to look at Pike.
Pike gave a wave and a goofy grin. “What’s up man? I heard about you from Buffy. Never really expected to meat you though. Not after what happened back at....” he never finished as Buffy dumped him on his ass.
“Let’s not get into that Pike. All I really wanna know is why are you in New York? Last thing I heard from you, you where headed to Mexico to get your shit together. This doesn’t seem like Mexico to me.”
Pike gradually started to pick himself up off the street. “Don’t be like that Buff. I asked you to come with me. You’re the one who wanted to stay in LA with your folks.”
“That’s besides the point,” she huffed indignantly.
“Um, Buffy?” Dade began hesitantly, “This is Pike. As in the guy that helped you burn down the gym, Pike?”
Pike’s head went on a swivel from Dade to Buffy. “You told him? I can’t believe you told him about that! WHAT THE HELL BUFFY? I can’t believe you told anyone.”
“Of course I told someone. I had to. I didn’t know what else to do. It was pretty heavy shit that went down.”
“But did you have to tell him about me? Did you spill about EVERYTHING? I mean...ack!”
All of the sudden Pike was pinned against the alley wall with his feet a good six inched off the ground and Buffy’s hand on his throat and her eyes promising a swift death if he didn’t shut up.
“Pike..” she ground out. “I only told two other people what REALLY happened and you know where it got me? Locked up in an Institution for three months. The divorce of my parents. AND the loss of my best friend. So tell me, WHY THE FUCK WOULD I TELL SAID BEST FRIEND EVERYTHING?”
While Kate was looking confused and trying to figure everything out, Dade looked as if he had been hit with a Mac truck and then backed over for good measure.
“Buffy-” Dade began softly, gently touching the hand holding Pike to the wall. “You need to let him breath. He’s about to pass out.”
Buffy seemed to snap back to the present with that touch. She let Pike go so quickly that he had no time to react and once again landed in a heap on the ground.
‘I always end up on the ground around her.’ he thought as he began to feel the inevitable bruising on his backside. ‘Just like old times.’
“OK. First things first. We need to call off the Buffy search. Then we nee...”
“Hold on a damn minute.” Kate interrupted. “I wanna know what is going on. What are they talking about. I mean you mentioned the gym thing when she was here last time but what is all this other stuff about?”
“Kate-” Buffy began.
“Kate that is not really important right now. Right now, we have to call the guys and get Buffy’s ribs looked at.” Dade interjected.
“Buffy what is he talking about your ribs?” Pike asked asked as her grabbed for the hem of her shirt. “SHIT BUFFY! How the hell are you still moving let alone lifting me? I mean why didn’t your watcher help with this before you left?”
“PIKE!” Buffy screamed at she slapped his hands away, trying hard not the think about what he just blurted out.
By the time she got him away from her shirt Kate had come back from making the calls to the other Elite and caught the tail-end of the conversation.
“Watcher? Who has a watcher?” Kate asked in all seriousness.