Chapter 2: Of Mages and Lesbians
Chapter 2: Of Mages and Lesbians
A/N: Canon changes to Ethan’s character and Tara’s timeline.
Challenge: #2666 ‘Conception by Conspiracy’
by zoev. It isn’t an exact match, but hopefully it’s close enough for zoev.
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Buffy looked over at her redheaded best friend on the other bed. “I don’t know, Willow. It just seems strange. Ever since I was in the infirmary last week, Professor Walsh has been watching me…like she knows something I don’t.”
“Have you said anything to Giles about it?” Willow asked, worried for her best friend.
Ever since Ethan told them about the Initiative and something called ‘314’ – as well as another project so secret they didn’t even have a code-word for it – they had all grown more suspicious of the top-secret demon-fighting group. The fact that Ethan had come to them at all spoke volumes about how bad things might be.
However, it did have one positive side effect: Ethan apologized for the trouble he had caused them in the past. He vowed that he didn’t know the full story for the band candy incident – he wasn’t so heartless as to want to harm children.
And the Halloween spell was essentially harmless to humans. Oh, it scared the life out of them, only not literally. When it ended, all injuries related to it reverted as well. The only ones to suffer permanently were the supernatural beings.
That left Eyghon…that one he did
have some major groveling to do. He had gone after Buffy, and that made Giles very angry with his old friend. The only thing that Ethan could say was that he was terrified, and he thought that Buffy would somehow be able to survive it. After all, she survived the prophecy that said she would die at the hands of the Master.
Against their better judgment, they decided to forgive him. Then he and Giles decided that if the Initiative were really up to something bad, the young wiccas needed to increase their magical training and worked quietly to build their discipline and power. They kept this all a secret though, even from Riley.
“Yeah. He just said to keep my eyes and ears open for any suspicious behavior – other than what I’ve already noticed,” Buffy clarified, obviously not happy.
Willow wondered if the Professor’s interest in Buffy had anything to do with her Slayer powers. The idea that they experiment on her though…she couldn’t stop the shudder. “You don’t think she did
something to you, do you?”
Buffy shook her head, but didn’t look entirely convinced, “I don’t know. There’s something going on that feels wiggy to me, but I don’t physically
feel any different. All my Slayer powers are working fine, too.”
“Well, I guess until we learn different, we’ll just have to let it go. On a happier topic, how are things with you and Riley?” the wicca asked, bouncing slightly in her seat.
Groaning, Buffy laid back on her bed. “Again, there’s weirdness. He acts like he’s interested, but whenever I try to make with the smoochies, he backs off like I have the cooties or something.”
Willow was saddened for her best friend; she really had bad luck where guys were concerned – not that hers was any better. She suggested hopefully, “Maybe he just doesn’t want to push you. You know, on account of that poophead, Parker.”
“Or maybe he thinks I got some kind of disease from Parker and doesn’t want to risk getting it from me,” Buffy shot back, annoyed at the world – but mostly men.
you been tested? I know you used a condom, but they aren’t fool-proof,” Willow told her, sickened at the idea that something could have happened.
Buffy rolled to the side to glare at her friend. “That’s a happy thought.”
Willow winced at the look and hurried to explain, “I’m sorry. It’s just--”
“Parker was a man-whore who slept with any idiot who fell for his ‘sensitive guy’ routine?” Buffy interrupted with a self-loathing tone.
The redhead’s eyes brightened with tears in sympathy. “Well, yeah. I mean about the sleeping around part, not the idiot part, because you’re not an idiot, Buffy; you were just vulnerable, and he took advantage of that and--”
The Slayer cut her off again, not willing to excuse her own behavior, “I was an idiot for going to bed with him. No matter how badly he tricked me, I shouldn’t have slept with someone I just met. It took me a year to get to that point with Angel, and yeah, he’s not the best example for a relationship either, but the point is: I waited. Now I just realized that I shouldn’t be complaining about Riley’s lack of interest – except for wondering if I’m not attractive anymore.”
“Of course you are! You’re very
attractive, Buffy!” Willow insisted, a little too vehemently.
Which Buffy caught right away. “Something you want to tell me, Wills? You aren’t harboring lusty thoughts about me, are you?” she teased.
Willow shook her head adamantly, “No! But, would there be anything wrong with it if I were?” she ventured, testing the waters for some thoughts she had
been having lately for another blonde.
“Except for that I’ve already gone through this with Xander, no,” Buffy told her nervous friend. “I dated a vampire; you dated a werewolf; Xander is currently dating an ex-demon. Compared to those things…batting for the home team is nothing. In fact, it would probably be one of the most normal
relationships any of us has had,” she finished with a smirk.
“So if I were
into girls?” the redhead pushed.
“As long as she treated you right, I wouldn’t care,” Buffy answered. Then she got a curious look on her face and asked, “Is
there someone? Like from that wicca group, maybe?” When Willow hesitated, Buffy got up, took her hand and gave it a comforting squeeze. Given who the new Scooby member was, she thought Willow’s crush was probably Tara, but assuming could cause awkwardness if she was wrong. “Honestly, Willow, it doesn’t bother me. And I’m sure Giles and Xander would feel the same way.”
Willow debated saying anything about her attraction to the girl in question. “Well, it isn’t anything definite yet. We’re still just trying to get to know each other right now. I don’t even know for sure if she’s
into girls or not. Are you okay with me just keeping this to myself until I find out if it’s going to turn into something more? Please?” she begged.
Going to her closet, Buffy gave her a warning, “That’s fine, Willow. But if you start to act weird, then I will want to know more. So, no secrety agent stuff, ‘k?”
“I promise. As soon as I know anything, you’ll be the second person I tell. ‘Cause, you know, she
would be the first,” Willow shut up before she went into full babble mode.
“Makes sense. Now, how ‘bout we go out for a mocha?” Buffy asked, reaching for her coat and weapons.
Willow smiled, relieved at how well it went. “Sounds perfect. Let’s go.”