Disclaimer: Not mine! Now I must cry...
A/N: SUPREMELY belated birthday/mod fic for jedibuttercup. It's not quite a thousand words, but I couldn't figure out where else to go with it. Iffen you want more, or a different fic, lemme know!▬ ♥ ▬ ♥ ▬ ♥ ▬
Buffy had had enough. The sidelong winks from Faith were fine, Draco's curious stares she could deal with, but the weird winces and not-quite subtle stares from Dawn and Xander?
Something was going on and she intended to find out what.
"Alright, what's the big idea?" Buffy stood, arms akimbo, in the kitchen facing the table where the other four were seated. Faith grinned, Draco smirked, and the other two Scoobs blushed and looked everywhere but at the eldest slayer.
"Whaddaya mean, B?" Faith asked innocently, reaching one hand up to fiddle with the short curls at the back of Draco's neck. He leaned into her ministrations, watching the proceedings with amused gray eyes.
"I mean the funny looks, the hushed conversations when I come into a room. What's gives?"
"Well, uh - "
"You see, it's... um - "
"Do giants do it better?"
Dawn slid down in her chair and covered her face with her hands. "Faith!"
"What? It's what everybody was thinkin'!"
Xander raised a hand, looking distinctly green around the gills. "Um, actually I wasn't thinking anything even remotely like
that! In fact, I could have gone the rest of my life comfortably thinking things that have nothing whatsoever to do with that particular mental image." He shoved his plate of toast away with a grimace, "Thanks a lot, Faith."
She shot him a feline grin, "Anytime."
Buffy blinked and attempted to pick her jaw up off the ground. "You think I - what
? Wait, why do you..." She dropped into the seat at the end of the table, bracing her hands on either side of her empty plate and taking deep breaths. "Let me get this straight, you - " she pointed to each of them in turn, " - all think I'm, erm, involved
Faith winked, Draco nodded, Xander turned even greener, and Dawn tried to melt into the floor.
The blonde burst into peals of laughter, "Oh my god, seriously?! That's the funniest thing I've heard since Andrew tried to teach the mini-slayers that Green Lantern code-thingy." She paused to wipe away a few tears from the corners of her eyes, "I go visit Hagrid because I like his dog
Xander scowled, "If that's some new slang term, I really don't wanna know."
"New 'slang term'? Gee Xan, you gonna start wearing tweed and polishing your patch next?" Dawn rolled her eyes and turned to Buffy, "You mean his cerberus, Fluffy?" At her sister's nod, the Key frowned, "Then what's up with all the secretiveness? Why have you been sneaking away to the castle so much?"
Buffy blanched, "Oh um, no reason. None at all."
"Really?" Draco broke in, "So your recent scholastic bent has nothing to do with a new flying instructor named, say, Oliver Wood?" He smiled victoriously at the blush rapidly spreading over the other blonde's cheeks and down her neck.
Faith's hand tightened abruptly in his hair, making him hiss. "You been holdin' out on me, boytoy." She pulled his head around to press her forehead to his and grinned dangerously, "I'm gonna hafta punish you."
Draco licked his lips, "Promise?"
"Oh god," Xander shoved his chair away from the table. "That's it, I'm done. See you guys again in a couple of weeks." That said, he stalked off, muttering about how 'things were simpler in Africa' and how he missed 'demonic wars' and 'superstitious tribes'.
"So..." Dawn smiled toothily at her sister, "Oliver Wood, huh?"▬ ♥ ▬ ♥ ▬ ♥ ▬
A/N2: The end! So, whaddaya think?