March 2, 2005 7:16 AM
Willow stepped out of the floo. There were bodies on the floor.
"Oh my god."
She rushed to one and rolled him over.
Willow squealed when she was grabbed around the waist and pulled to the floor. As she went down she noticed Kasie asleep on the bar.
Kasie groaned, not wanting to wake up. Her head wasn't pounding, but it sure didn't feel nice. "Will you guys shut up?" She rolled over, letting out a shout when she fell to the floor. As her eyes opened, she realized she was behind the bar now. "Trippy."
Mac sat up on the booth bench she'd been sleeping on. She hadn't drank anything. She was mostly making sure nothing happened with her brother and Kasie.
"Broderick Liam MacDougal! Get yer paws off of Willow!"
Her brother was giving quite the cuddle, and Willow was giggling and blushing and trying to escape.
Kasie popped up, sputtering as blonde hair got in her way. Her brow furrowed when she saw Willow. "How long have you been here?" she asked warily. "And I thought you liked girls."
"I like both," Willow said, struggling to get out of Brody's arms. "And I just got here. What do you guys do last night?"
Mac stomped over and punched Brody lightly in the jaw. While he was stunned she pulled Willow out of his embrace.
"They got drunk. I watched."
Kasie hopped back up onto the bar. "And I totally won every drinking game there ever was." She looked down and frowned. "Where's my other sock?"
"Is it navy?" Willow asked then pointed to Brody's kilt.
There was a navy sock tucked into the waist and half sticking out. Like a tag in a touch football game.
After wiggling her toes, Kasie crossed her arms and glared at Brody. "Why do you have my sock? We didn't play strip poker or anything, did we?"
"I dinna think so," he said, pulling the sock out and offering it to her.
"No, ya dinna," Mac said. "There was a lot of singing and ya wanted to show him yer toes."
"Well, they're all sparkly. Why wouldn't I want to show them off." She took the sock gingerly and pulled it back on, fidgeting before looking up at Brody. "We're okay, right?"
"Aye," he replied, grinning at her.
Brody moved close and and leaned down. He kissed the top of her head.
Willow was smiling. Brody really was a big old teddy bear.
Kasie jumped off the bar, but Brody had to grab onto her shoulder when she swayed. "I wish all my conflicts were solved by getting drunk." She had to blink a few times for things to come into focus. "But I think I will stick to vodka. Firewhisky makes my already spinning vision go even more spin-y."
Brody used his wand to accio a vial to his hand. He held it out for her.
"Take this. It's hair o'th'dog tha' bit ya."
"If you guys want to hang around, I can tell Oz-"
"Tis fine," Mac said. "I think I can come back."
Kasie interrupted any further conversation. She'd popped back the vial and swallowed it all in one go. "Oh my God
that is disgusting
." She stuck out her tongue and tried to wipe off the taste. "Id tade wooth thad dar."
She put her tongue back in her mouth, making a face as she did so. "It tastes worse than tar."
But as she settled, she noticed the headache was gone. "Definitely sticking to vodka if I have to digest that crap every morning after. Blech." Kasie did a full body shiver.
Brody chuckled and nudged her playfully before heading around behind the bar. Mac shook her head. He, of course, suffered no ill effects from all the drinking. He never did.
"So we're ready to go then," Willow asked.
Kasie pulled on her shoes then made sure she had everything she'd come with. As she stepped over to Willow, she looked over at Mac. "Well? You kinda did promise to help me find my friend. You can't go back on a promise. Plus, I'll make trouble until you do come back."
Mac rolled her eyes and moved to join them.
"Be good," Brody said. "Kill lots of evil thin's."
She made a face at her brother.
"I like a guy who tells me to be good by killing things. It's different." Kasie grinned up at Willow. "Do we get to go through the tunnel of swirling lights again? Because that was truly awesome."
"To Watcher's Council Wiltshire," Willow replied.
Mac moved past the both of them and went first. Willow looked at Kasie.
She stopped before moving to the fireplace and turned to Willow. "Thanks for telling me where she was and letting me get her." Kasie bit her lip. "That was kind of a big show of trust on your part. I'm not stupid and I know you can find me, but still. Thanks."
Kasie grabbed the powder that was handed to her and let out a small squeal as she stepped into the fire. "Watcher's Council Wiltshire!" She threw down the powder and was gone.
Willow looked at Brody. He winked at her. She rolled her eyes and followed the girls.