“How was your visit, sweetie?” Joyce asked as Buffy bounded through the door, followed by her brother. “She and Zoe didn’t put too big a hole into your credit card, did they?”
“Zoe showed me everything. Did you know that living in a town with a top level security science lab means that their town almost beats Sunnydale on weird? Everything turned to gold once!” Buffy exclaimed, giving her mom a bug hug.
“Jack?” Joyce asked, looking for conformation.
“That was one of the more interesting weeks, but yeah, it happened,” Jack agreed. “But it’s not as bad as cheerleaders suddenly bursting into flame, loosing their eyesight, or their mouths, is it?”
“I don’t know. I think I’d rather have things like that happen to the town than on single people,” Joyce said.
Suddenly from upstairs there was an enormous squeal. “Uncle Jack! Uncle Jack!” Dawn shouted.
“How’s my littlest niece?” Jack asked as he scooped her up and spun her in circles. “You looking forward to school?”
“Not really. Where’s Zoe?” Dawn asked.
“She started school yesterday, so she couldn’t come,” Jack said, setting Dawn on her feet. Dawn reached into her pocket and gave Jack the key ring she had there.
“Will you give this to her? I got it when I was at the minimart and I don’t think she has one from here.”
Jack took the key ring and smiled at Dawn. “I promise she’ll get it,” Jack said pocketing the key ring, thankful it wasn’t a cookie or a piece of cake that Dawn had tried to get him to give to Zoe before. They never lasted the trip.
“It was fun having her with us. Let’s try for Zoe here next summer?” Jack asked.