See first chapter.Time line:
Post-Chosen (by 5 years). Ignoring the comics. Angel, it's complicated - Wesley is alive, Illyria is present, Connor has his real memories, Spike is corporal, Harmony is around, I just don't know if they are still at Wolfram and Hart or not.A/N:
Like I mentioned last chapter, this is kind of short and doesn't have much to do with very much at all, but things will begin to pick up in the next chapter, I promise. I think. Either way, read, review, and enjoy.Chapter 3
Dawn knew her sister was a smart cookie, so when Buffy cornered her three months after Oz had moved into their house and demanded to know what was going on, Dawn had to quickly think of something. Because telling her older sister the truth would only lead to death, particularly her
death. And that was something Dawn really hoped to avoid.
“I don’t know what you’re talking about, Buffy.” Dawn answered with a shrug, praying that the blonde didn’t see through the lie.
“Right, so you have no idea why Oz hasn’t been able to find any other place to stay at other than ours?” Buffy asked still demanding answers.
“Exactly, and he hasn’t exactly given an answer as to how long he would be staying, so we can’t really build a place for him.” Dawn reminded her. Even in Oz-speak he remained vague about his long term plans.
“And he still hasn’t answered any of my questions about Graham!” Buffy whined. “I mean, Graham clearly said something to get the unmovable Oz to come here, and is it really too much to want to know how my brother was doing?”
It amazed Dawn, even after have grown up with the woman, how easily Buffy’s mind changed course. One minute, like now, she could be grousing and accusing her sister of plotting something, to whining about their brother avoiding them. Which Dawn hated as well.
“Graham was always very persuasive, so maybe he said something to keep Oz quiet – or quieter than normal.” Dawn offered.
Buffy gave her one of her patented Slayer glares, “Nothing can persuade Oz to do anything he doesn’t want to do.”
Dawn smiled at the truth in the determined statement. “But we just have to be patient, eventually Graham will come back and we can talk. And eventually Oz will let us know what he is planning; just like he will eventually find a place that isn’t ours.”
“Oh so it’s our place again?” Buffy countered with a hint of anger in her voice.
“I told you that I was going to be moving back.” She informed her sister both annoyed and angry.
“Then we really need to get Oz to move out.”
“We can’t have a guy living in the house with us.” Buffy informed her as if it was the simplest thing in the world.
“Yes we can, and we’ve done it before. You just have to make sure that you don’t walk around naked.” She shot back, their casual conversation outside the dining hall beginning to escalate to an argument. “But I kind of hope that you haven’t been still doing that.”
“I haven’t been.”
“Good.” Dawn shot back.
“But there was that incident.” Someone said causing both sisters to jump in shock.
“Oz!” Buffy half screeched half cried. For his part, the stoic werewolf remained calm, but knowing the other man, Dawn figured he was laughing on the inside. “How long have you been standing there?”
Oz shrugged before answering, “Graham saying something to keep me quiet.”
Buffy almost seemed to shrink in on herself as everything discussed following that came back to her, “Really, that long?” she asked him weakly.
Oz simply nodded.
“Well, I’m going to go get my bags so that Vi isn’t alone in moving me back home.” She informed the pair, “Nice to see you again Oz.”
Once she was certain she was out of ear shot, she pulled out her cell phone and dialed Willow’s office number. After two rings, the red head picked up her phone, “Hey, what’s going on?”
“Depends on how you look at it.” She answered cryptically, “Buffy might have said a few things about Oz without knowing he was listening, but then from what little I could see, he seemed to think at least some of it was a compliment.”
“What did she say?”
“That nothing could make him do what he didn’t want to. That he needed to leave the house.” She relayed, “But then Oz said something about their having been an ‘incident’ when I mentioned Buffy’s tendency to walk around naked.”
“Ooh, we need to know more about that.” Willow stated, “I wonder if Sam can find anything out.”
“Well I’m moving back in either tonight or tomorrow so we’ll be able to learn more about what’s going on inside the house.”
“Good, well get back to packing.” Willow instructed, “And thanks for the update, I need to get back to work.”
With that, they both ended the call. Dawn smiled to herself as she walked off towards the Anya Jenkins building and the room she had been sharing with Vi. Things seemed to be going well, but once she moved back home, they would know exactly how their plan was progressing.