Family Dinner Disclaimer:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer belongs to Joss Whedon and Brothers & Sisters belongs to Jon Robin Baitz Spoilers:
Post “Chosen” and, I guess “The Other Walker” for Brothers & Sisters A/N:
Takes place in “That Homey Feeling” universe.
“Well, I’ve never been banned from a restaurant before.”
“Seven, remember the family vacation to Florida?”
“If you want to count outside of California, then--”
Several heads swiveled to find Nora standing on the corner, purse clenched in her hands. She was not about to lose control of her family. Not again.
“Sorry, Nora,” Buffy turned her head away from street.
“Not you, Buffy, you didn’t start all of this. Nor did you Scotty,” Nora smiled their way before turning back to the rest of her family, frowning.
“All I wanted to do was have a nice family dinner, a night for Justin and his recovery, a night for Kevin and Scotty and a night for Buffy, but you pissed all over that!”
“Mom!” Kitty lifted a shocked face.
“Oh don’t mom me, Kitty,” Nora held her hand up, “You wanted a lesson in motherhood, and you’re getting it. You can’t always be your child’s best friend.”
“I think she’s more shocked you used the word ‘pissed’,” Kevin shrugged, but apologized when Buffy kicked his leg.
“Was I the only one who saw this coming?” Justin asked.
“Heaven forbid we’re allowed to have a normal family dinner where insults aren’t thrown around.”
“Or pie,” Buffy groaned as she pulled another piece from her hair.
“Sorry, again, I was aiming at Justin,” Tommy bent down to a sitting Buffy to help.
“No, no, nothing I’m not used to at the school. Of course, I usually get to punish the offenders in return, being boss girl and everything.”
“It has to be nice, being in charge of a school,” Scotty spoke. “But it seems like a lot of responsibility to handle.”
“You’re telling me, but it’s worth it. Knowing that with every girl, I’m helping with their purpose in life.”
“They’re lucky if they get to experience that purpose,” Kevin blurted out.
“What’s that supposed to mean?” Scotty turned toward him, not seeing the several pairs of eyes burning daggers into Kevin’s.
“He means that not every girl chooses to make the best decisions with their life,” Buffy answered. “We give them the opportunity to do something great, but we can’t force them into doing it.”
“See, this is the kind of dinner conversation I was looking into having,” Nora broke in, “Not the secrets my children seem to think no one else knows about when everyone really does.”
“Mom, did you ever think that maybe this is what makes us a family?” Sarah asked. “I mean, dinner can’t be dinner if no one’s fighting, or Kevin isn’t drinking himself stupid.”
“Hey!” Kevin protested.
“Even I’m starting to see that’s true, Kev,” Buffy smiled.
“Fine, it’s not a Walker family dinner without all the craziness, but couldn’t we go one night without it?” Nora pleaded. “Things are finally looking up in this family and--”
“I’m not getting any younger, and if I have to force my family to get along then I will.”
“Is that what this is about?” Kitty asked. “Mom, there is nothing wrong you. You’re still young.”
“Kitty, I’m passed the age of needing to be flattered.”
“She’s right, Nora,” Buffy stood. Taking her hand in hers, she faced her. “You’re going to live a long life. If anything, I should be the one trying to keep everyone together and happy, cause my expiration date keeps getting pushed back by force of will.”
“Buffy,” Nora frowned as she pushed strands of her pie covered hair behind her ears. “You’re going to outlive me, you hear that.”
“Not if those kids have their way with me,” Buffy rolled her eyes. “But you see that, I called them my kids because in a way, we’re family. They’re crazy, and definitely not without there flaws, but they’re mine. I wouldn’t want to change them, so can you honestly say you’d want to change your kids?”
Facing her children, Nora looked them all over.
“Alcoholics and Republicans notwithstanding,” Buffy nodded.
“Hey!” Kevin, Kitty and Tommy glared.
“No, I don’t think I could.”
“See, now everyone’s all with the happy and I can shower!”
“‘All with the happy’, I like that,” Scotty nodded.
“She’s just full of a vocabulary we’ll never understand,” Kevin groaned.
“Do you really want to talk about who’s full of what, cause we’ve got enough alcohol jokes to last a year,” Justin shot back.
To clear up any confusion from this story and the actual show, Buffy will remain their biological sister, though it’s a nice story idea for her to doubt it.