: Two for TeaAuthor
: Maeve BranRating
: Buffy and Willow take a break in Charleston and stumble on a new Slayer.Disclaimer
: I don't own Buffy the Vampire Slayer, or The Tea Shop Mystery books, I'm just using them for some unprofitable fun.Fandom
: The Tea Shop Mystery series by Laura ChildsNotes
: For the TwistedShorts August Fic-a-Day challenge, 2009. This is a crack fic. Please don't hold it against me. Shades of Earl Grey is my current reading material. =)Words
"Why are we stopping here?" Buffy asked as she and Willow entered the Indigo Tea Shop in the historic district of Charleston. "Isn't the address for Haley Parker across the street?"
"It is, but I need a bit of refreshment before I confront another giggly teenager with super powers," Willow said as she sat at one of the tables.
"OK, but why tea? Isn't that a little Gilesish?" Buffy asked as she joined her.
"Is there a particular tea I may get you or may I recommend a nice Darjeeling?" asked an impeccably dressed older man.
"The Darjeeling sounds lovely, we'll both have that," Willow ordered for them both.
"Definitely a Giles place," Buffy whispered. Willow smiled.
A young woman bustled out of the back a few minutes later with two plates of cream scones and lemon curd right as the gentleman returned with a fine china tea pot and two tea cups and dainty saucers.
Willow poured a little cream in the bottom of both cups before adding the aromatic brew. She passed one to Buffy before adding two small spoonfuls of sugar to her cup and stirring.
"Where did you learn to pour tea so elegantly?" Buffy asked, amazed that her friend had suddenly acquired a skill she associated with stuffy Watchers.
"You forget I spent time in Devon. The coven took tea every day at precisely four in the afternoon. We all took turns being 'Mother' and pouring," Willow said as she expertly sliced her scone in half horizontally and spread a little clotted cream and lemon curd on and taking a bite. "I've missed this."
Buffy eyed the redhead dubiously but followed suit. "That is good," she agreed.
"I told you, a tea shop would be the perfect stop before we find this Haley Parker," Willow said as she sipped her tea.
"You're looking for me?" the young woman who had brought their scones to them.
Willow hastily swallowed her tea, "Yes. Is there somewhere we can go to talk?"
"I have to wait for the scones in the oven to be done, but I'll see if Theo will let me take a break after that," Haley said.
"That works, because I plan to enjoy every bit of this scone and tea," Willow said as Haley ducked behind the green velvet curtain.
"A tea shop baker as a Slayer, maybe I'll spend more time at that school of yours," Willow said to Buffy before polishing off her scone.