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Summary: Cameron is sent back for a preliminary mission prior to tracking down John Connor.

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Television > Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles(Past Donor)SnagFR182434,4743325068,7141 Aug 1028 Aug 10No

Pair Bonding

Here comes the shenanigans some of y'all have been waiting for!


Cameron examined her files regarding the group's decision to have Angel move piece of the Judge entity out of the country. Due to her romantic attachment to him, Buffy was distraught. Miss Calendar was most insistent that he be the one to do the job. Cameron had to decline because of her pre-existing mission responsibilities. However, she determined that the objective to get the unwanted arm out of town rapidly may have succeeded if she had accompanied Buffy and Angel. She had hesitated to volunteer to accompany, due to a suggestion from Miss Calendar that they would want to say goodbye with a degree of privacy. Cameron resolved not to permit these things to prevent her from offering aid in the future.

Now she was assisting in researching information regarding the Judge while Buffy and Angel conducted reconnaissance to determine if the Judge was where her dream said it may be. She was uncertain if this was a wise course of action, but enough vampires could do sufficient damage to her as to render her ineffective.

Cameron watched idly when Xander and Willow were discussing her date and his lack of same, devoting a background analysis of the conversation while she researched. Once she'd concluded that there was nothing useful in that volume, she moved to put her book away and look for another. As she was perusing the shelves seeking the next book that Giles suggested, she came across Xander who was also seeking another avenue of research.

"Hey, Cameron," Xander greeted. "This is your first all-night research spree with us, isn't it?"

"Yes. Although I've spent several nights in here learning generalities about the occult phenomena that Giles says are commonplace in Sunnydale." Cameron nodded.

"Well, I'd suggest coffee or coke to help you keep awake, but-"

"I don't sleep."

"Took the words right out of my mouth." Xander yawned. "Gyah. I should listen to my own advice."

Cameron looked around and spotted where the refreshments had been placed earlier. She paused in her search and brought a carbonated beverage to him. "Here."

"My hero." He opened the can and began to consume it.

"You were unhappy earlier," Cameron stated without preamble.

"Which part? The one when the arm decided to indulge in disembodied strangling, or the one where the box containing the arm got away?" Xander paused on a book and looked inside briefly. "I think I read this one already.

Cameron looked over his shoulder. "You did. I was referring to when Willow mentioned having a date."

"Oh, that." Judging by the slump of the shoulders, Xander was quite disappointed. "Yeah, well. I had hopes, they got dashed. Nothing new."

"I didn't have a date. There's nothing wrong with it."

"Yeah, but you don't have the hormones and everything telling you that being dateless sucks." Xander pushed the book back onto the shelf with more force than was strictly necessary.

"I have mission objectives that often tell me to seek people out," Cameron offered.

Xander paused to consider this new information. "But do you feel bad about it when you can't find 'em or anything?"

"No. If I can't locate someone, I either try the next step to locate them or move on to a new objective if they're already dead before I get there," she explained.

"Eh. Good enough for government work."

They perused the shelves in silence for a time. Cameron broke the silence as she concluded a line of reasoning that she'd been considering for a while. "Xander. Do you recall our discussion about whether or not I can learn emotion?"

"Yeah. And I still think that's possible. Or at least you could experiment and see what happens for a bit." Xander offered an encouraging smile.

"I wish to learn about mixed gender pair bonding," she informed him.

"Well, ask Giles, he must have a book on that around here somewhere."

Cameron decided that he may have misunderstood her statement. She decided to simplify. She'd noticed that Xander's vocabulary did not contain as many clinical descriptive terms as people such as Giles or Willow.

"I want to learn about the emotions associated with dating and couples," she clarified.

Xander shook his head. "I thought I said no more daytime TV." He paused for another drink of his beverage.

Now she suspected he was being deliberately obtuse. Teen psychology indicated that sometimes when attempting to communicate with a post-pubescent male in his age bracket, a direct statement of intention was often required.

"Xander, I wish to be your girlfriend and learn about romantic emotions."

Cameron observed his reaction and made an alert for herself to avoid offering potentially surprising statements when someone was consuming liquids. Giles was very protective of his books and would not be pleased to know that Xander had just ejected his cola through his nose and onto the bookshelves.
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