Draco walked to DADA, his heart troubled from all of the pressures that had been bestowed upon him. As he walked through the halls, something caught his eye. Draco stopped in his tracks as he got a better look. It was a couple, completely involved with each other in a dark corner. If he hadn't been looking specifically in that direction, he probably would have missed them. They were totally attached by the lips, not realizing that there was someone moving through the hallway. Normally, this kind of thing wouldn't have shocked him. Couples made out in hallways all of the time. No, what made him do a double take was that it was two girls, one of them had red hair. Ginny Weasley. Her partner was what surprised him even more. It was none other than his friend and housemate, Buffy Summers. Draco's eyes widened, then he grinned.
The first thing that came to his mind was 'Buffy likes girls?'
The next thought had been a little more perverted: 'Mmm...pretty girls and tongues, togetherness.'
Then he realized that it would be fun to see the look on Summers' face when he told her she was busted. His last thought was imagining the reactions of Potter and Weasel. Oh yes, this would be interesting. Draco continued walking to class with a newfound happiness in his heart.
Buffy returned to the Slytherin common rooms with a soft smile on her face. She and Ginny had been together officially for two weeks and Buffy had never been happier. They were taking things slow, but reserved the right to have smoochies. Both had decided that it was better for them to keep their relationship a secret for the time being, not wanting to call any unwanted attention to themselves. They hung out in the library together, with Buffy helping Ginny with her work occasionally. Sometimes they snuck around the school looking for places to be alone, and have the heavy make-out session. They did do other things like go flying and train privately, but that mostly ended up in them making out. Buffy thought back to the last time they were training with a secret grin. It had started out hot and heavy, but turned into something more meaningful. Buffy now felt closer to Ginny in a more emotional sense, having been left with a feeling that their relationship had progressed on another level.**Flashback**
Buffy had been working on showing Ginny how to spar lightly. Mostly, it was Ginny on the offensive with Buffy defending herself, but hardly striking back. She wanted Ginny to get used to the movements first, and didn't want to accidentally hurt her with an unexpected attack. Ginny had been throwing combinations of punches and kicks that Buffy blocked easily. It was starting to frustrate Ginny. The frustration was what led to their little smoochfest. Ginny had thrown a punch which Buffy blocked with a cocky grin. Ginny's competitive and fiery nature didn't take Buffy's smugness very lightly. Ginny stepped into Buffy's personal space and lightly ran her other hand over Buffy's arm, causing the other girl's eyes to gleam with desire. Catching Buffy off guard, Ginny hooked her leg into Buffy's and sent her flying to the floor on her back.
“Wha—Ow!” Buffy glared at Ginny, who stood there smiling. “You totally cheated!”
“No, I didn't. I just used my every advantage. It's not my fault you were distracted.” Ginny laughed as Buffy's glare grew darker. “Aww... you're just mad because I got you good.” Buffy stopped glaring and gave Ginny a sheepish smile.
“Okay. Fine, you got me. Damn, that hurt.” Buffy rubbed her backside before sitting up to look at Ginny. Ginny knelt down and went to climb on Buffy's lap, straddling her legs. Buffy held Ginny by her waist, gently caressing her sides.
“You want me make it up to you?” Ginny ran her hands through Buffy's hair, sending a spark of desire through Buffy. Ginny saw Buffy's eyes darken and Buffy's tongue stick out to lick her lips. Buffy nodded in answer to Ginny's question. Ginny leaned forward to meet Buffy's lips in a hungry kiss, both tongues dueling each other for dominance. Ginny continued to run her fingers through Buffy's hair, massaging her scalp. Buffy moved her hands over Ginny's back, unconsciously pulling Ginny closer to deepen the kiss. Buffy moved her lips away from Ginny's and planted wet kisses down her neck until she reached the pulse point. Buffy stopped her lips and sucked on Ginny's flesh. Ginny threw her head back to give Buffy more access and moaned from Buffy's administrations.
“Mmm... that feels nice.” Ginny said raggedly. She felt Buffy's hands roam towards her butt, gently squeezing before moving some more. Ginny then noticed Buffy's hands slide up her shorts and slip under the fabric, moving her hands over Ginny's legs. That was about when Ginny managed to get her thoughts straight. She pulled away from Buffy and grabbed her hands from roaming any further. “Stop.”
Buffy looked at Ginny in concern and began to apologize. “Oh Ginny, I'm sorry. I didn't mean to let it get that far.” Ginny placed her fingers on Buffy's lips to stop her from talking.
“No, it's okay. It felt wonderful. I'm just not ready to take this any further and we both got carried away. I didn't mean to lead you on.” Ginny placed a quick, reassuring on Buffy's lips.
“It's alright. Truthfully, I'm not entirely ready for us to take the next step either. I've only had sex once before and it turned out very badly.” Buffy stated.
“Wait, you're not a virgin?” Ginny asked surprised, and somewhat curious. None of her peers had ever gone that far. Most of them just snogged until their heart's content. Buffy gave her an uncomfortable look.
“No. I'm not. I was seeing someone before I came to Hogwart's.” Buffy replied. “Are you mad?” Buffy looked into Ginny's eyes, uncertain of her reaction. Ginny shook her head. Buffy let out a small breath in relief.
“No, just surprised. How did it happen?” Ginny asked. Buffy sighed deeply. She still hated talking about her and Angel. It wasn't something that really gave her truly happy memories. In fact, it just brought back feelings of guilt for Buffy and made her think that if she hadn't been so selfish, then maybe Ms. Calendar, Kendra, and many others would still be alive. Buffy hated those feelings of doubt that always came back to her, but she felt that Ginny had a right to know everything that happened. She spent the next couple of hours explaining her whole mess of a relationship with a souled vampire. When she was done explaining everything, Buffy looked at Ginny, her eyes tearing up.
“Are you disappointed with me?” Buffy asked tearfully. Ginny immediately understood what Buffy meant, having had dealt with another hero-type with a huge guilt complex. She shook her head, trying to reassure her girlfriend.
“No. It's not your fault. There was no way you could have known that something like that would happen. Buffy, you can't help who you fall in love with.” Ginny hugged Buffy close and rubbed her back in a comforting gesture.
“I know, but that doesn't make the guilt go away.” Buffy said mournfully.
“It will get better eventually. Just give yourself more time.” Ginny gave Buffy a sweet kiss on her lips.
When Ginny moved back from the kiss, Buffy gave her a little smile. She felt much better. “Thanks. I needed that.”
“Heh. No problem. I needed that too.” Ginny joked. She wanted to distract Buffy from her guilty thoughts.
“As always, you're being demanding.” Buffy replied playfully. She knew what Ginny was doing and allowed it to happen. Feeling sorry for yourself wasn't going to change things.
“It's all part of my charm, and I'm only demanding to you because you can't refuse me anything.” Ginny grinned smugly. “Now give me another kiss.”
Buffy chuckled at her girlfriend's forceful behavior, knowing that even though she said it lightly, Ginny was telling the truth on some level. Buffy adored Ginny and didn't really like to deny her anything. She wouldn't say that they were in love right now, but it was a very real possibility. Buffy just didn't want to rush into things like she had done with Angel. She also admitted that there was something about Ginny that just called to her. Even at her happiest moments with Angel, Buffy had always felt like something was missing. With Ginny, she didn't have that feeling. Ginny, in essence, made Buffy feel completely content. Pushing those thoughts aside, Buffy leaned forward to plant a big, wet one on her girlfriend's lips.
“You're just lucky that you're a good kisser.”
“Hey, Earth to Buffy.” Draco pulled Buffy away from her thoughts.
“Oh hey, Drake. What's up?” She said distractedly. Draco smirked a little before answering.
“Nothing much. What's with the whole zombie impersonation?” Draco asked innocently.
“Huh?” She looked up to see him staring at her with a sly grin.
“Never mind. You know, today I saw the most interesting thing on my way to class.” Draco stated conversationally. It was almost too pleasant. Buffy gave him a wary look.
“Really?” Buffy narrowed her eyes at Draco, trying to see where he was going with this conversation.
“Oh yea. See, I was walking through the hall and I see two figures standing close together in the shadows. At first, I thought it was just any ordinary couple snogging, but then I got a closer look. Imagine my surprise when I saw that it was actually two girls going at it... and a Slytherin and a Gryffindor no less! When did you start swapping spit with Weasel's sister anyway?” Draco looked at Buffy with pointed leer. She flushed. She and Ginny had thought that they made sure no one was in the hallway, but apparently, they were wrong. Shit!
“Ew...Drake, disgusting much?” Buffy wrinkled her nose at Draco's antics. She knew he would get a kick out this when he found out. He was twisted like that. “It's not like that. I really like her. Maybe even love her. I'm not sure yet. We're trying to take things slow.” Buffy explained.
“I can't help it. Guys like hot chicks, especially when they play with each other's tongues.” Draco grinned sheepishly. His eyes started to glaze over again. Buffy swatted his arm. “Ow!”
“Drake, cut it out.” Buffy admonished playfully. She couldn't really be mad with him about it. Xander would be the same way. It was probably a guy thing.
“Sorry. So when did all of this happen anyway? I didn't know you liked girls.” Draco asked.
“I don't. I like Ginny. Something about her makes me want to be around her all of the time. I can't help myself. Plus, I can't stand to make her unhappy. Right before we actually hooked up, I made her cry. I felt like such a jerk. That was when I knew that I really wanted to be with her.” Buffy smiled.
“Why? Because you were a jerk?” Draco still didn't get it.
“No, because I didn't like to see her looking at me with disappointment. It's like I'm compelled to make sure that she's happy, no matter what. Oh my God, I'm so whipped!” Buffy's eyes widened in horror at the realization. Draco began to laugh at Buffy's expression. He gave her a sympathetic pat on her back.
“There. There. We all have our crosses to bear.” Draco gave her a huge grin, making her scowl.
“Shut up.” Buffy pouted. “And to answer your other question, we've been together officially for a couple of weeks, but we've been dancing around each other for a bit more than that."
“Is that why your head was in the clouds that one day?” Draco asked.
“Oh yea. It was right after the first time we kissed and I didn't know what to do.” Buffy replied.
“Mmm...hot girls...kissing...body parts...” Draco's eyes began to glaze over. Buffy punched him in his shoulder. “Ow! What was that for?” Draco cried out indignantly as he rubbed his sore spot.
“You know exactly what that was for.” Buffy said pointedly. Draco glared. Then he remembered something from before.
“You do realize that Potter and Weasel are going to flip their lids when they find out?” Draco smirked. Buffy sighed.
“Yea, that's why we're keeping this a secret for now. It's complicated enough that I have to train them. I'd really appreciate it if you kept this to yourself.” Buffy gave Draco a serious look.
“But Buffy, this is too good to let go!” Draco whined. “Think of the pleasure of seeing Potter's heartbroken look. And what about Weasel's face? I bet it'll turn as red as his hair and he'll be so angry that he won't be able to speak.”
“Please Drake? Imagine how ultimately bad it would end up if they found out I'm with Ginny right now. I might have to watch my back for curses for a very long time.” Buffy stated. She gave Draco a more pleading look. He held his hands up in surrender.
“Fine! I won't say a word.” Draco said with a pout. “I'd love to see their faces if they ever found out though. It would probably one of the best days of my life.” Draco said with slightly more wistful tone.
“You're evil.” Buffy tapped him playfully.
“No, I'm not.”
“Yes, you are.” There was a slight pause.
“Well, maybe just a little.” Draco admitted sheepishly.
Dumbledore sat at his desk mulling over some research. After his meeting with Rupert, he had decided that he would try to look for the remaining horcruxes. Right now, his research was showing some very promising information about a ring that Tom might have hidden in the Gaunt's house. He knew that it was a very dangerous mission, but if he could somehow eliminate them one by one, then he could at least give Harry and Buffy a better chance. That was all that mattered.
Angel looked up from where he sat to see that Willow and Xander were entering the mansion. They had taken him off of the chains that he was being held in because he had started to become more coherent in the past few days. He no longer acted like a wild animal, but was still wary around people, especially Faith. She was never hostile towards him, but he knew that if he were to step out of line around her, she would dust him without any objections. She just gave off that kind of vibe. He actually wondered how she ended up in Sunnydale and why she was in Sunnydale since there was Buffy, but he hadn't been able to ask those questions yet. Angel found that doing Tai Chi helped to soothe his demon. It was sort of grounding, and every time he did a set of forms, it brought him one step closer to humanity.
“Hey guys.” He greeted them softly.
“Angel.” Xander returned stiffly.
“Hi Angel. How are you feeling today?” Willow asked brightly.
“Much better, thanks. I don't feel so agitated anymore. Tai Chi and meditation has been helping me a lot.” Angel admitted.
“Hey, that's super! Maybe now we don't have to worry about you taking a nice big chunk out of our necks!” Xander exclaimed sarcastically. Willow slapped him in his head. “Ow!”
“Xander, remember that talk we had about being nice?” Willow said sternly. She gave him her resolve face. He caved, but it was done reluctantly. He gave Angel a glare.
“Fine. I'm not going to say another word...for now.” Xander stated.
“Can I ask you guys something?” Angel asked hesitantly. He was curious about Buffy. Ever since he had come back, he hadn't seen or heard from her once. He wanted to know why she wasn't around and why Faith was the Slayer in town.
“Um...sure.” Willow was pretty sure she knew where this was heading. She had been expecting it the moment Angel could form rational sentences again.
“Where's Buffy? And why does Faith live with Mrs. Summers?” Angel asked awkwardly. Both Willow and Xander showed a hint of guilt on their faces before looking away.
“It's sort of complicated.” Willow said uneasily.
“Why?” Angel persisted. He wanted answers without any avoidances.
Xander groaned. Despite his dislike towards Angel, he felt that Angel deserved an explanation at the very least. They all knew that Angel didn't really remember much from the time he lost his soul to the time he got it back. Then there was the whole sending him to hell from Buffy. It really wasn't his fault that he didn't know what was going on. Xander let out a huge sigh then began to explain.
“It's like this...”
The next few days had gone by slowly, with Thanksgiving approaching. Even with Ginny's excellent methods of distraction, Buffy could hardly wait to go home and see everyone. She was nervous to see her mom again, but she was also excited for it. She really did miss her mom despite their arguments. She also missed her friends and wanted to meet the other slayer. She also wished that Ginny could come home with her, but since it wasn't an official holiday for the school, there was no way Ginny would be allowed to go. It would be nice to have her girlfriend meet her mom and her friends. Oh well, there was always the Christmas break. Buffy entered Giles' office excitedly.
“Giles, are you ready to leave yet?”
Giles looked up from his desk and smiled at his slayer. Dumbledore had given them both permission to take early leave for the weekend. Buffy had nagged him into going home with her for Thanksgiving and he gave in. It wasn't customary for him to celebrate that holiday, but he considered Buffy to be the daughter he never had and if she wanted to celebrate it with those she considered to be her family, himself included, then he would be there for her. He also knew that she wanted his support for when she saw her mother again.
“Yes. I just needed a few things from my office before we leave. Just a couple of books that might prove to be useful for Faith and her watcher.” He stood up from his chair and gathered his things. He didn't have much since he still had his place in Sunnydale and a lot of his clothes were there.
“Cool. Let's get this show on the road then.” Buffy danced around anxiously. Giles looked at her amusedly.
“Oh alright.” Giles said exasperatedly, though Buffy thought she heard a hint of excitement there. “Are we going to apparate or use a portkey?” Giles asked warily. He wasn't very keen on either of those things, but it was much more efficient than buying a plane ticket.
“Portkey. I haven't tested international apparition on my own yet, and I wouldn't want the both of us to end up splinched if I do it wrong.” Buffy grinned as she held out a stake. Giles raised an eyebrow. “Some habits are hard to get rid of. You know I don't like to go anywhere without a stake. This way I'll be prepared. It's set to take us to Sunnydale as soon as you grab the other end.” Giles reached out reluctantly and grabbed the stake, only to feel a tug at his navel as he was pulled away.
“So Buffy's adopted, and Joyce and Hank are not her real parents?” Angel said in disbelief as he paced the floor in the living room. Willow and Xander nodded.
“And she's also a witch who goes to magic school somewhere in England?” Angel questioned. They nodded their confirmation again.
“And this is all because she has another destiny than to be tied to the Hellmouth?” Angel asked.
“Yes!” Willow and Xander replied in unison. Angel had been asking them the same questions over and over ever since they told him what had happened with Buffy. They were getting tired of this conversation.
“Huh.” Angel sat back down. “Why haven't you guys told her about me being back?”
“Well you see, when Buffy had to kill you, it devastated her. She went to England not only to learn magic, but to deal with losing you. We all felt that if she knew you were back, she would want to come back to see you. In her last letter, she seemed much happier, like she never even thought about you anymore. She talked a lot about her friend Drake something or other. It sounded like they were really close. I don't know how she would've taken the news to your being back anyway. Plus when you came back, you were like a wild animal, so we figured that it would kill her to see you like that. We've been waiting for you to get better before we planned on telling her. She is supposed to be coming back for Thanksgiving so we figured we'd just play it by ear.” Willow said quickly. Xander frowned and wondered briefly how she didn't run out of breath. Even Angel, who didn't need to breathe, was impressed with Willow's long-winded explanation.
“I see.” Angel said softly. He was little hurt that Buffy seemed to get over him so quickly, but he pushed it aside.
Willow caught Angel's hurt look before he was able to hide it. “Sorry. Maybe Buffy really does miss you, but is just keeping it to herself.” It seemed sort of insincere though. In her letters, it sounded a lot like Buffy was moving on.
“Not your fault. Maybe I'll just have to wait until she comes back before I can find out how she's doing.” Angel said optimistically, but it held a false ring to it. Considering their past, he couldn't blame Buffy for not waiting for him. No one wanted 240-year-old vampire with a Jekyll/Hyde complex for a boyfriend.
“Yea, maybe.” Willow said a little too brightly. She was trying to give the vampire some hope, but she had a feeling that it was being made in vain. Buffy seemed much more happier at Hogwart's than she had ever been when she was dating Angel.
Joyce was working hard to get everything cleaned up for Thanksgiving dinner. The meal had already been planned for the next night. She was kind of nervous to be seeing her daughter again after all of these months. They hadn't left on the best of terms, but they had managed to write each other often enough. From their letters, Joyce knew that they were several steps closer to repairing the trust between them. Having Faith around had paved a way for Joyce into accepting Buffy's life as a slayer, but she also knew that it was a little different because it was Buffy. Buffy was her baby girl. No matter how much older she got or the fact that Buffy wasn't her biological child, it would never change and no mother wanted to accept that their child might not outlive their parents. It was bad enough that she had to find out from Buffy's friends that Buffy had died once before.
Joyce had just about got everything in order when she heard the doorbell ring. When she opened the door, her heart filled with joy.
“Buffy!” Joyce cried out when she saw her daughter and her mentor, Mr. Giles. Joyce quickly stepped forward to sweep her baby girl into a tight hug. Giles smiled at the heartwarming sight. His slayer would be okay. He stepped to the side to give them more privacy.
“Whoa, can't breathe!” Buffy coughed out. Joyce gave her an embarrassed look.
“Sorry, honey.” Buffy grinned at her mom. Maybe things would be all right after all.
“I assume by that suffocating hug that you missed me?” Buffy asked shyly.
“Of course, honey! You're my baby and I'll love you no matter what.” Joyce quickly assured Buffy. Then she gave a guilty look. “I'm so sorry that I didn't take everything very well. I've had some time to think about things and with Faith living here, I'm starting to accept it more. I know I overreacted and I'm ashamed of myself for it.” Joyce stated remorsefully. Buffy felt tears begin to prick her eyes.
“It's okay. I'm sorry too, mom. I know I didn't make things easier for you either. I've also had a lot of time to think about things and I've forgiven you. Do you think that you could forgive me too?” Buffy looked at her mother hesitantly. A couple of tears fell down her cheek.
“Oh sweetie, there's nothing to forgive.” Joyce gave her daughter another hug. She brushed away the tears in a loving gesture.
“Mom, I missed you so much! I really hated that I left with things still shaky between us.” Buffy leaned in to her mother's comforting scent.
“Shush. It's all in the past now.” Joyce said soothingly as she rubbed her daughter's back. “I know it won't be easy, but I know we can build our relationship into something much better.”
“I'd like that.” Buffy smiled. Then she frowned. “Oh my God, Giles! I totally forgot about him!” Buffy pulled back from Joyce's embrace and looked around to see Giles standing at the edge of the sidewalk.
“Giles!” Buffy called. He turned around and smiled gently. She motioned for him to come closer.
When he reached them, he gave Buffy a concerned look. “Everything alright?”
“Yea, we talked a little. Cried a little. All better now.” Buffy grinned. Joyce smiled at Giles.
“Hello, Mr. Giles. I'm glad that you could join us for Thanksgiving.” She greeted.
“Hello, Mrs. Summers. I'm honored to be invited to such a special occasion. I hope it's not too much trouble.” Giles returned cordially.
“Please, call me Joyce. And it was no trouble at all. I know Buffy considers you family and she would never let us celebrate this without you. Plus all of her friends will be here too. One more won't make much more of a difference.” Joyce stated.
“Thank you all the same. And please, call me Rupert.” Giles smiled.
“If you insist. Now that we have everything settled, how about I make us something to eat. You must be starving.” Joyce offered. Buffy and Giles nodded. “Then the both of you can tell me what the two of you have been up to at magic school.”
“Sounds lovely.” Giles agreed. Buffy rolled her eyes at her watcher's phrasing.
“Yea mom, what he said. C'mon, I'm starved. International traveling always makes me hungry.” Buffy joked as she led them into the house.
“That reminds me. How did you get here so quickly without catching a flight?” Joyce asked curiously. She had wondered about how Buffy was planning on getting home, especially since Buffy never mentioned needing to buy a plane ticket.
“Magic. We used a portkey.” Buffy explained. At her mother's confused look, she elaborated. “It's any item that's bespelled to travel somewhere specific. It can be anything from a coin to a shoe. Wizards use them as one of the methods to travel.”
“Oh. It sounds like you're learning some very interesting things, dear.” Joyce stated.
“Yea, I really love it there. I actually go to class now.” Buffy smirked at her mom's skeptical look. “I swear. Just ask Giles.” Both Buffy and Joyce turned to the gentleman for confirmation.
“I assure you, Buffy is actually an exceptional student. I was quite surprised myself. If I hadn't seen it with my own eyes, I wouldn't have believed it either.” Giles said dryly. Joyce snickered.
“Hey! Just because I never did well in school, doesn't mean I'm an idiot!” Buffy said offended.
“Sorry, honey. It's just so unlike you. Not that you're stupid, just that you've never shown an interest in school before.” Joyce tried to assuage Buffy's irritation. It didn't really work. Buffy's pout only grew bigger.
“Ha! You try being the world's savior and see if evil creatures put their plans of world domination on hold because you have a chemistry test!” Sorry it took so long to update, but I wanted to give a little more to read and I also wanted to make sure that I posted this before I go on my little trip to Colorado. Believe it or not, but I actually finished this in the airport while I'm waiting for my flight that has been delayed by several hours. Definitely not happy right now. :-(
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