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Buffy counted down the days until Saturday. Each day Link would surprise her with a gift and a small note. On Saturday, she had gotten up extra early to make sure she had the right sweater and skirt on and that her hair was done just right. She started out with all of it up and quickly changed her mind to putting it all down. Finally she decided to go with something in between and put part of her hair up and left the rest of it down. Going downstairs she was too nervous to eat but figured she should eat just a little something. She quickly poured herself some cereal and milk in a bowl and ate it. By the time she finished her breakfast her father came down.
“You look beautiful Honey.”
“Thanks Daddy, do you like my hair? I was trying for something different. What if Link doesn’t like it? What if he’s expecting to see me with my hair down?” Buffy was babbling nervously.
“Buffy, I think you could wear a paper bag with your hair completely shaved off and this boy would like you. The two of you have talked on the phone the past two nights till almost eleven. You look fine Buffy. Now, I believe I hear your young man pulling into the driveway now. I’m going to head back upstairs and let you and your young man go. I want you home by your curfew.”
“I will Daddy.”
Buffy watched her father go back upstairs as the doorbell rang. Buffy took several deep breaths trying to calm herself before going over to open the door. She took one last breath before opening the door. Link expression when he saw her told Buffy she had made the right choice in everything she wore.
“Buffy you look…wow…magnificent!” Link finally managed to get it out.
He was finding it hard to speak because Buffy just looked phenomenal and he had totally forgotten about the flowers for her in his right hand.
“Are those for me?” Buffy asked pointing to the flowers.
“What? Oh…yes these are for you.” Link finally held up the flowers.
“They’re beautiful Link. Let me put them in some water and then we can go. Why don’t you come in?” Link followed Buffy in.
Buffy quickly found her mother’s vase and filled it with water and placed the roses in it. She set the vase on the counter and saw that Link was staring at her.
“You look beautiful but I think you’re missing one thing.”
Link reaches over and plucks a rose from out of the vase, breaks off part of the stem, and placed the rose in Buffy’s hair right by her ear.
“Perfect. Are you ready?” He asked offering his arm.
“Lead on kind sir.” Buffy said taking his arm as they walked toward the door.
Link and Buffy were one of the first people to arrive. A few stage hands were there doing some repairs on the lighting system. Buffy was fascinated as Link gave her the tour. He showed her where his make-up and hair station was. Sitting on the table was numerous fan mail letters. He took Buffy up to the sound booth where Mr. Spritzer stands when he’s watching the show. You could see the stage from up there. Link and Buffy saw that the other kids had arrived. They went down to join them. Link introduced Buffy to everyone. They all seemed to like Buffy accept for Amber, Tammy, and Brenda, who were jealousy that Buffy had managed to steal him from under their noses especially Amber. She had been so close to making her move on him. Amber’s mother came in and began squawking for them to get in line. Buffy moved to sit on the bleachers behind the cameras. She found the whole thing fascinating as the man who hosted the show showed up and joined the group. The practice went on for most of the morning with the group only taking one fifteen minute break which Link immediately headed her way. Buffy told him how she thought the practice was fascinating and that she loved to watch him dance. When the break was over Link returned to the stage. They continued to work on the moves even with the slight noise coming from the stages hands fixing the lights. Buffy felt the need to move around a bit and it was a good thing she did. She was closer to the stage when one of the lights started to fall. The dancers on the stage were totally unaware but the only one who was in the path of the light was Corny. It was as if everything happened at once. Buffy ran for the stage throwing herself at Corny as the light fell. Buffy, Corny, and the light all hit the floor at the same time luckily for them not in the same spot.
“Are you all right?” Buffy asked.
“Thanks to you. Who are you?”
“Buffy!” Link ran over to Buffy dropping to the floor beside her. He placed a hand on each side of Buffy’s face looking her in the eye.
“Are you okay? Did it hit you?”
“I’m okay. It missed me.” Link was overcome with such happiness that she was safe, that he placed his lips upon Buffy’s and kissed her passionately.
“Link, are you going to introduce me to your friend?” Corny asked when they still hadn’t broken the kiss.
They broke apart both breathless. Corny was now standing and offered a hand to Buffy to help her stand. Link also stood wrapping an arm around Buffy’s waist.
“This is my girl, Buffy Summers. Buffy meet Corny Collins.” Buffy looked at him not sure if her smile could get any bigger than what it was.
“I owe you a big thanks Buffy. That light surely would have hit me if it wasn’t for you. You will always be welcomed on the set. Is there anything I can do to say thank you?”
“Can you arrange for Buffy to get out at the same time we do?” Link asked.
“I think that could be arranged. Let’s talk this out over here for a minute.” Corny said offering his hand to Buffy.
Buffy looked back at Link who just shrugged his shoulders. Corny led her down stage a bit where they could talk without being overheard.
“Buffy, you saved my life today and I feel there should be something more I can do for you. I want to offer you a job as my new assistant. My other assistant is going to be quitting to take care of her mother in Maine. I’ll pay you of course and that way you’d have a reason for being let out early. It doesn’t require much. You get me a drink or get the makeup lady to make sure I’m not shiny. Have a towel ready for when we go to commercial because those lights get hot. Tiffany can teach you everything you need to know before she leaves. Besides you’re in the loop on what the kids think are hip and can keep me up on the latest phrases, and maybe run interference from time to time with the blonde she-creature.”
Buffy laughed at that which drew all attention back to them.
“That’s sounds good to me but my father is the one you’ll have to convince. Why don’t you come for dinner tomorrow night and you can talk to him then?”
“Sounds like a plan. What time?” Buffy told him five and gave him her address. “Thank you, once again Buffy.”
He leaned in and kissed her on her cheek.
“Why don’t you grab Link and skip out on the rest of practice? Let him take you out and celebrate.”
“Are you serious?” Corny nodded and Buffy let out a squeal. She hugged him and then ran toward Link grabbing his arm and pulling him toward the exit.
“You’ve been given the rest of the day off to take me out let’s go.”
Link laughed at Buffy’s enthusiasm and followed her willingly out the door. Once they were in the parking lot Link pulled Buffy to a stop.
“Are you sure you’re okay?”
“I’ve never been better. I get to spend the whole day with my guy.”
“You and Corny were talking for a long time. What else were you talking about?
“Come on, I’ll tell you on the way to our date.”
Buffy said as they headed to his car. She could see a bit of the green-eyed monster and thought it was cute that he was jealous over Corny.
As Buffy gave directions to where they were going she told Link about Corny’s offer of a job so they could ratify her reason for leaving school early.
“Think you can come to dinner tomorrow? Corny is coming over to talk dad into letting me take the job, and I would love it if you would be there.”
“Sure, anything for you.” Link told her. “What time?”
“I told Corny five. Turn here.”
“We’re going ice skating?” Link asked. He never knew this place existed. Buffy nodded.
“I love to ice skate. There’s nothing better than ice skating over a nice frozen pond but this is the next best thing.”
Buffy was practically glowing with excitement and Link liked seeing that particular look on her. He paid for their admission and skate rental and they entered the rink. It was mostly emptied which Buffy was glad because it made it more special for them. They took a seat on a bench and put on their skates. Buffy was the first ones to get her skates laced up. She waited for Link who seemed a bit nervous.
“Have you ever ice skated before?” Buffy asked him.
“Once or twice but I have to admit Darlin I’m not very good at it.”
“That’s okay Link, we’re here to have fun.” Buffy said with a loving smile.
She reached for his hand and gave it a squeeze before they both got up and headed for the ice. Buffy watched as he was able to stand and move without falling.
“Want to dance with me?” Buffy asked him.
“There’s no music.” Link pointed out.
“Sure there is.” Buffy started humming. Link just smiled at her and nodded. Buffy put her arms around his neck and Link put his arms around Buffy’s waist. “Just follow me.”
Buffy hummed softly as she skated backwards slowly. Her eyes never left his and vice versa. They skated like that for five minutes before Buffy stopped them.
“Thank you for the dance kind sir.” Buffy said while curtseying.
“The pleasure is mine, Milady.” Link bows and they both laughed. “Why don’t you show me what you can do?”
Buffy nodded and began to skate. She began doing one of the Dorothy Hamill routines that she had learned from her other life. Link watched in amazement as Buffy did a triple axel and skated backwards before going into a spin. Link began to clap as did the few other skaters that were there. Buffy stopped a bit embarrassed at the extra attention. Link skated over to her.
“Buffy that was absolutely fabulous. You were like poetry in motion.”
“Thanks, it felt good to do that. I can’t remember the last time I skated to have fun.”
“Then, I’m glad we came today. Come on.” Link said taking her hand to skate with her.
The rest of Buffy’s date had gone well and she didn’t want to see it end. They had gone to the park where they walked before Buffy’s playful side came out and she ran to the swings. The two had a swinging contest where they ended up calling it a tie. They then played on the merry-go-around, the slide, and the monkey bars. For dinner she and Link had hot dogs and coke. They then took a walk on the beach and watched the sun go down. After the beach Buffy and Link headed back to her house. Her father was gone and Buffy looked to see what they had for her to cook. Not finding much Buffy got the grocery money and Link took her to the store. He had been such the gentleman carrying all the bags in and helping Buffy put the groceries up. Buffy had rewarded him with a kiss. Link left Buffy’s house when her father had returned not wanting to leave her there by herself. Buffy found that incredibly sweet even though she could take care of herself. She had explained to her father that she had invited Link and Corny to dinner so she was going to bed to get up early to make sure everything was ready. I hope you liked it. Please Review and feed the Muse.