Buffy watched the clock all afternoon. When it was almost time for Theo to leave, she took a deep breath and left her rooms. They needed to talk and hadn’t done so since Dawn had come through like a tornado. After the dinner that made Buffy want to smash her face into a wall, because that had to be less painful, she had avoided him, not sure what to say or where they stood now. The past times they interacted, they were disrupted, either because of Buffy’s injury or because they couldn’t be alone together. Hopefully arriving so quick to his departure time would give them some wiggle room.
When she peeked into the infirmary, her face fell. She didn’t see him inside. Perhaps he left early. Just to make sure, she took a few steps inside. She thought she saw a light to her left and continued walking in.
The voice came from behind her and she jumped, grabbing an instrument tray from a counter and pulling it back to throw when she spun around. She just stopped when she noticed Theo had been the one to call her name. With a deep breath to calm her heartbeat, she put the tray down. “Excellent idea. Let’s scare the slayer and nearly get your head bashed in with a metal tray.”
Theo had his wand pointed at her. “I was ready to deflect it. Why are you so jumpy? I was just on my way out. Did you... need something?”
He tucked his wand back into his jacket and walked towards her. Before Theo could stop himself, he tucked some hair behind her ear.
“And you did come looking for me. Should you really be that surprised upon finding me?”
The casual touch made her grin. “It’s not that I’m jumpy. I thought the place was empty so when I hear a sudden noise, it’s my instincts to turn and fight. I thought I got here after you already left. Now I know to be not-jumpy Buffy in the medical area.”
“You do know if a slayer is injured, even in the middle of the night, I come back, right? Daisy or Willow have called me back before.” Theo smiled. “Now what can I do to you? For you. I mean for you.”
Buffy bit her lip so she wouldn’t laugh. At least she wasn’t so nervous now. “I wanted to apologize for the Spanish Inquisition you got from Dawn. She means well but she has a habit of going a bit overboard. I know you didn’t need all that after everything else.”
“Did you suddenly forget who I was at school with? It’s nice that she cares about you so much. She might have an odd way of showing it, but I think it’s nice. If that was your version of overboard remind me never to let you see Malfoy’s version. I’m surprised Lovegood hasn’t filed a restraining decree on him, the stalker.”
“Oh no, that was Dawn’s
version of overboard. The real overboard comes when the two vamp exes get involved. Then the stalking and threatening and fighting happens.” Buffy sighed. “Here’s to hoping they don’t want to fly all the way over here. Although they didn’t really do anything when I dated the Immortal, but that wasn’t serious at all.”
“I really don’t see that as a problem.”
Buffy had this look.
“Well, they’re vampires, right? Essentially dead? I wouldn’t harm them, but I could make them not harm me. I hold sway over the dead. I could sway them into not killing me.”
She blinked in surprise. The thought had not occurred to her. When she thought of him controlling the dead, she only thought of bodies in the ground, not the ones walking around with demons inside.
Part of her wanted Angel and Spike to show. Another part of her wanted them to stay far, far away, because no good would come of the scenario where Theo had to control them.
“Nice to know,” she said faintly.
He stepped into her personal space and rubbed his hands up and down her arms in comfort.
“I would never harm them unless they gave me no choice, and even then I am not so sure. You obviously care for them still. It would hurt you, and I think I’ve reached my quota on that with my secret keeping.”
Her distant look sharpened as her mind stopped wandering. “You really kinda have. But thank you for saying that anyway. If they do show up and they kick up a fuss, I will kick their heads. I’ve done it before when they start posturing like little children on a playground.” She took a deep breath and let it out slowly. “Enough about all that. Let’s get a new topic. I have a question for you. How would you feel about going on a date but staying in my rooms for said date?”
She noticed his interested look and glared at him. “I meant like a stay in, eat pizza, and talk the night away date, not a oops, where did my underwear disappear to
“You have dates where your knickers disappear? Because that interests me.” At her glare, he started laughing. “If I have you to myself, I think staying in sounds lovely.”
“Excellent,” she said, brushing her fingers over his white coat that he wore while in the infirmary. It had been a while since she had seen him without it. “I’ll make sure the slayers do not disturb us and Willow can heal the bumps and bruises. We will be interrupted in an emergency only. When’s a good time for you?”
Theo hadn’t heard a word she just said. He was looking at her mouth while it had talked, but he was thinking about kissing her, so he did then.Now, apparently
Buffy thought. Thankfully, the infirmary was empty and she didn’t have a nagging sister or an injured back to deal with. She wrapped her arms around his neck and pulled herself closer.
She only pulled back when her lungs began to burn. Buffy broke the kiss and pulled in much needed oxygen. “You didn’t answer my question,” she asked as she leaned her forehead against his.
“Whenever you want me there. You tell me when, and I will make the time. It’s not as if I do anything besides come here anymore.”
He was in real danger of doing something now in a place that did not have a lock on the door, and it was not something he wanted to do without a lock keeping the world at bay.
Buffy would have felt bad about the Council monopolizing Theo’s time, except she liked knowing where he was. “I’ll check the patrol schedule. The next time Mac and Kasie are out, we’ll have our date. I’ll have Vi and Rona on standby in case they need back-up. I think they’re due for another round in a few days. Sound good?”
If they weren’t scheduled for the next week, she was making some scheduling changes.
“Perhaps if this pizza and talking with the non-loss of knickers goes well, I can patrol with you sometime. Strictly in an observational manner. I’d like to see what it is that you do.”
He had moved closer to her and could not stop touching her person. This was bad in a very good way, and he was a bit surprised she hadn’t knocked his head off for doing so.
Buffy didn’t know if that would be a good idea. She would be too worried about making sure he was safe to pay attention, even if he was a wizard. “We’ll see.” She leaned forward to end the conversation by giving his mouth something to do when a loud bang and screams of laughter sounded in the hallway outside the infirmary.
She took a step back. From now on, she didn’t think even coming to see Theo at the end of his shift was going to cut it anymore. Buffy took a deep breath. “So, I’ll check the schedule and let you know.”
“Right,” Theo said, sucking in air.
A part of him was very angry with her. He was almost always in control. He hated not being in control, but when she was near him, he didn’t know his arse from his armpit anymore.
They stood there staring at each other for a moment more. “I guess that means I should leave. And go do something. Like check the schedule in the training room. Which I’m going to leave to do that now.”
As soon as she turned to face the door, she did a complete turn to face him again. “Do you want to go with me? To check the schedule? Since you’re here and all, so you’ll know?”Way to sound like a fifteen year old, Buff
, she thought to herself. Get drunk on beer and beat him over the head with a branch next time
“All right,” Theo said with a grin.
He really shouldn’t. He should go home, but there was something about her that made him not want to leave. She had power over him, and that was a dangerous thing. However, Theo was beginning not to care so much.
He even tucked her arm in his as they started walking. He hoped she’d let him keep it there.
Buffy was amused when he straightened his spine and actually escorted
her down the hallway. “You realize we’re just going to the training room, right? Nothing glamorous about that place.”
“What sort of animals have you been going out with? I don’t care if you could kill me with your bare hands. You’re still a lady, and while my mother lacked a great many skills mothers ought to have, she did teach me how to treat a lady. Can I not be proud you’ll let me escort you? Even to the training room?”
She grinned and let him continue to walk her down the halls. “I’ve actually gone out with plenty of gentlemen, considering most of them were actually around when the proper etiquette was crazy strict. Hell, I even got turned into an 18th century maiden one Halloween. I remember going on and on about how everything was so improper.”
When they turned a corner, two younger slayers saw them and started giggling until Buffy gave them a look that sent them scattering. “Nevertheless, thank you.”
“Well, you’re welcome,” he replied.
Theo noticed every slayer they passed was looking at where Buffy’s arm was tucked into his. Then they grinned. No one looked skittish any longer. It was as if Buffy was saying Theo was okay, so now they knew it. He could probably expect his numbers in the infirmary to return.
They arrived at the training room with no other problems. Buffy detached herself and walked over to the board where the patrolling, training, and class schedules were posted. The board was large to accommodate all the slayers. She searched for all the top slayers that would have no issues running the place on their own for a few hours.
They were in luck. Two days from now, Mac and Kasie were set to patrol while Vi and her watcher were already scheduled to do some quick tip training in the main training area.
“Looks like we have a date,” she said, pointing to the schedule. “Two days from now work for you?”
“I told you I would work around your schedule. Should I bring anything? Do I meet you at your room or shall you come and fetch me?”
“You probably need to come to me. If I go out, I risk having someone grab me and pulling me in to help with a problem.” She took a step closer, aware that they were very much not alone, so she didn’t get too close into Theo’s personal space. “Just bring yourself. I’ll cover the food. Anything you don’t like on a pizza?”
Buffy made a face, considering that this was a wizard she was talking to. “I didn’t even think...do you even know what a pizza is?”
“Yes, I know what pizza is. We have a pizza place in Diagon Alley that I’m quite fond of. What I am not fond of are anchovies. Anything else will be quite fine. I won’t be there for the food.”
He took a step closer to her, and was about to move closer still when the door opened.
“Oh wow. Sorry, Buffy.”
She was saved from a door hitting her in the back by the same instincts that caused her to almost throw a tray at Theo. Buffy’s hand came out and gripped the edge at the last moment, stopping the door in its tracks. The slayer that was coming through the doorway did a complete turn around and left, but Buffy was very much aware that the noise from her palm slapping the door caught the attention of everyone who had been on the fringe of the mats, either warming up or cooling down. She released the door and let it swing back closed.
After taking a calming breath so she wouldn’t go on a rampage, Buffy smiled up at Theo. “I think a night in with no disruptions would be perfect. I’ll see you in two days. Around six?”
“Yes,” he replied, then made the bad decision to kiss her just because he couldn’t just walk off and not do so.
He was a bit at a point where he did not care who saw them.
As much as she wanted to continue kissing him, she was aware that they both needed to remain professional and be good role models. She already had one knocked up slayer. She didn’t need more. That didn’t stop her for wrapping her hand around his arm as she kissed him for longer than needed.
The door to the training room opened again and her hand smacked against the door loudly again, but she didn’t stop kissing him.
That was all the reminder she needed to step away. The slayer who had come through rushed over to a group on the other side of the room and Buffy cleared her throat. “I guess I’ll see you at six.” Since her hand was already holding the door open, she turned and gestured for him to go through first.
Theo grinned at her as he moved through the door. “Six.”