Busy Work Slayer Style
June 23, 2005 10:00 AM
Kasie was bouncing along as they walked to Willow's office. Mac was more subdued next to her. "What do you think they want us to do? Go after another master vamp? Or maybe there are hellhounds or something. Oooh, what about a dragon? Do you think we could take on a dragon?"
Mac looked at her. "I dinna care iffen I have to fight a whole zombie army so long as I get to go to France wit' Neville."
"No zombie army," Willow said. "Not yet."
"Ooh, is there a dragon?" Kasie asked as they entered into the office fully.
Buffy rolled her eyes. "It's like watching Spike and Angel fight in L.A. all over again, the morons. No, there is no dragon. But we do have a job for you."
"Yes," Willow said. "We want you to take a look at an exhibit at the British Wizarding Museum, Kasie. To see how you'd break in. All the ways you'd break in, and Mac, we think you and Vi would make excellent heads of security. We'll be guarding the exhibit for its duration."
"If I nick something, can I keep it?" Kasie asked excitedly.
"No," Buffy replied loudly, giving her an exasperated look. "I volunteered our services to these people and they are trusting us to keep priceless magical artifacts safe. If we screw this up, this is just what the British cops need to really go after us. We need this opportunity to show our worth to the tight-asses, okay?"
Kasie sighed, still disappointed but glad to be doing some familiar work. "Fine with me. What am I trying to steal?"
Willow grinned. "Among other things, the sword Excalibur."
She returned the grin. "That's awesome. I get to try to steal the sword Excalibur? When do I start? I'll need to get my gear and do a bit of planning, but I'm totally okay with this."
Willow smiled more widely. "I'll get Irulan to take you to have a look in a few days. You can plan all you like, but we need to have a security idea before the end of July. They want this ready to go when kids will be getting their Hogwarts letter. That's July 31st."
Kasie did a little dance. It had been so long since she'd done an actual heist. It was almost like her first time doing it all over again. The adrenaline was already starting to pump.
Buffy leaned over to Willow. "I think she's excited."
"I agree," Willow replied. "Mac, you're awfully quiet. Nothing to add?"
"I need a favor," Mac said, a bit nervous. "Neville is goin' to France soon, and I want to go wit' him. I'd like to be alone wit' him. I canna do tha' here."
Buffy blinked in surprise. "France? Wow. Uh, for how long?"
"Dunno, a weekend? He dinna say. He has a delivery there. He wants to take me on a holiday. I want to get him naked wit'out teenage eyes about."
Willow could not help her giggles. Mac was certainly blunt.
She let out the breath she didn't know she was holding. Buffy's first thought was that they were running away together and she was losing one of her top slayers for good. Now that it was a weekend getaway, she could relax. "I can understand that."
Buffy preached that she wanted the girls to have a normal life, but she was still protective. "Just let me know the exact dates so we can have someone cover patrol if you're on the schedule. And I want to know where you're staying, just in case there's an emergency."
Mac made a face. "Ya do know I'm older than ya are, aye? Been makin' m'own decisions for years even."
"We just need to know where to reach you if there's trouble and you're needed, Mac. We won't be disturbing your Neville time without a really good reason," Willow offered.
"Promise," Buffy added hastily.
Mac nodded. Then she started grinning. Willow smiled too. Mac's happiness and Kasie's excitement were seeping into her.
Kasie grabbed Mac's arm and started to pull her from the office. "You can help me with the blueprints like you did you with the mausoleum. I can teach you how to look for security cameras and guards in street clothes. This is going to be so awesome!"
"And ya can help me shop for sexy thin's to sleep in."
Willow's eyebrows went up. She looked a Buffy. "It's nice they both have a project?"
"After that conversation? I think it's best we keep them busy. Who knows what will happen if we don't."
"Well, things would start coming up missing and people would have a lot more broken legs," Willow said.