Battle of the Exes
Oz was waiting in the training room for Mac and Kasie. He was going to do a bit of watching today. He was not expecting Kennedy to walk in. Oz had to wonder what she was still doing here. He knew Willow was uncomfortable about it. She started doing stretches. Oz ignored her. Not that he had anything against her really, but all the girls were buzzing about how she'd tried to attack Pevensie's back. He just thought that was uncool. Thankfully, Mac and Kasie walked in.
"...and I'll be able to use my almost new elevator rig, because I can switch out the pulley with a new one that is lightweight, silent, and is steadier so I won't accidentally swing into motion detectors." Kasie was rambling out loud all the things she needed for when she went to thief-proof the wizarding museum.
She stopped short when she saw the extra person in the training room. "Who's the chick? This is our training time with Oz, right? Just ours?"
"Aye," Mac said. "Tha's Kennedy. Willow's ex. Then again, so's Oz. Strange."
"Ladies," Oz said. "How goes the museum-ing?"
"You guys are Mac and Kasie, right?" Kennedy asked, interrupting.
Mac glared at her for interrupting Oz. "Aye."
Kasie pointed to her left eye and nodded. "What she said."
"I heard you were the best. I want to spar with you."
"No," Oz said. "This is our training time, and that was not cleared by me. I'm their watcher, and this is our time, so maybe later."
"Wha' he said," Mac replied with a grin.
She did like when Oz acted all Giles-y.
watcher?" Kasie asked.
"I don't have one," Kennedy said. "None of the girls who fought in Sunnydale do. We train with Buffy or Faith."
Kasie frowned. She recalled what that was like not to have a watcher. "Huh. That's weird. The only time I didn't have a watcher was when I was too stupid to have one."
"You're not stupid," Oz said. "You just didn't have the right watcher."
"Agreed," Mac said as she started stretching. "I heard ya attacked wee Pevensie's back, Kennedy. Kinda weak and beneath ya for someone who fought in Sunnydale, is my thinkin'."
Kasie sat on the mat and started to stretch her legs. "That was you? Why the hell would you do that? She's just a little kid." She made a face at Mac. "Are we even allowed to beat up little kids?"
"Thin' 'bout wee Pevensie punchin' someone," Mac said. "I wouldna exactly call her a kid. She knocked her down a few times a'fore the back attack... which Malfoy finished."
Mac could tell Kennedy was getting irritated. She didn't care. She wasn't fifteen. Let Kennedy come after her instead. She didn't need the help of a wand to put the other girl down.
"Well it was kind of a waste of energy," Kasie said lightly. "I mean, for Pevensie."
"Stop," Oz said. "I know what you two are doing, and you'd tear her apart."
"Oz," Mac said, getting annoyed by Kennedy superior attitude. "I request ya let me fight her."
"No," he replied firmly
Kasie raised her hand and shook it excitedly. "Oh! Can I do it? Please? Pretty please?!"
"No," Oz said even more firmly.
"You scared I might hurt someone?" Kennedy asked.
Oz gave her a tight smile. "No."
"Is this a jealousy thing?"
Oz frowned at her, honestly confused. "What are you talking about?"
"You're not going to get back with Willow, so there's no need to give me the cold shoulder. Look, I'm sorry she likes girls now, but there's no need to prove anything. Not when I could put you down."
Kasie threw her head back and laughed. "Oh you did not just go there. Like everything's about you." Kasie grinned and continued stretching. "Well, in a way it is. He doesn't want us to hurt you. I'd hate to break my hand on your face."
Mac laughed. "Oz, brother, please. Lemme just hit her once."
Kennedy made a face. "You've only been training for what? Six months? You couldn't lay a hand on me."
"Both hands an' both feet a'fore I get ya wit my head as well," Mac replied.
Kasie stood. "If this is going down, can I go get popcorn?"
"You're not going to threaten me too, Goldielocks?"
Mac was still grinning at Kennedy. "She willna need to."
"Kennedy, go," Oz said. "No fight for you."
Kasie stood and held out her hand. "To be honest, I'm not the fighting type. But if it can be cleared, I'll be happy to spar with you. Not going to pull you into a fight or anything, promise," she added as Kennedy cautiously shook her hand. Kasie pulled her into a hug.
"It's always nice to meet a sister slayer, especially one so experienced."
When she let go, she walked over to Mac, keeping her hands tightly clenched.
Mac was snickering. She knew exactly what her partner had done. Kennedy, on the other hand, had no idea.
"Kasie, give them back," Oz said.
Kennedy frowned. "What are you..."
"Don't," Oz said. "Kasie, return them, please."
She groaned as she turned around. One day she was going to do a pull without him noticing. "Why
?" she asked, not even trying to keep the whine out of her voice. "I mean, they're not even that expensive."
"They are also not yours," Oz said. "We don't steal from other slayers. No matter how obnoxious they are."
Kennedy actually moved towards Oz, but Mac blocked her path. "Ya dinna touch him."
Kasie stayed put and pouted. She wasn't going to return the things unless Kennedy apologized and asked for them personally. "Can't you bite her in the ass or something? At least give her fleas."
"She'd taste bad," Mac said.
Kennedy moved, and Mac headbutted her. She stumbled back holding her mouth, and Mac readied herself for retaliation.
"That's enough," Oz shouted.
Kasie snorted. "Uh, yeah, I'd say so. Does she look like she's ready to fight after that? Besides, Mac was totally justified. She was practically attacking you."
"Kennedy,"Oz said, uncharacteristic frustration in his tone. "Just go before Mac hurts you and Kasie takes the shirt off your back."
"Make you? No, but Willow can." Oz hated to throw down the Willow card, but she seemed to be the only person who could get through to Kennedy.
She walked slowly out of the training room, her movements angry.
"Lose the attitude or go back across th'pond," Mac snapped.