Another Magic Box Meeting
It had been nearly a month since Claudette's birth, and once again everyone was in the Magic Box. And once again, Willow and Spike were in the center, and yet again, the occupants of the room were in various states. Xander was in denial. Buffy was confused. Anya was bored. Giles was concerned. Willow was nervous. And Spike was too preoccupied with Claudette to pay attention to any one else.
' No. No. No.' Xander thought furiously. 'For Willow to be pregnant, that would mean that she and Spike- No, no. Not going there. So not going there. This is Willow, smart Willow. How could she be... It's a joke. She's joking.' Xander looked up at his best friend. 'Okay, she isn't joking.'
'Wait, he's a vampire. Vampires can't get people pregnant. They're dead. And dead people can't-'Buffy stopped mid-thought and shook her head. 'I am so not going to finish that sentence.'
Anya sighed. 'Why is everyone in this group so overdramatic? They're having a baby, so what? It's not like they don't already have one. And Spike already has fathered a daughter. Why should everyone be surprised that he, a vampire, is having another baby? He must be very healthy for a vampire. And Xander did say that he was a man whore...' Anya began to look Spike up and down.
'Why does this sound so familiar?' He thought for a moment. 'The prophecy. It has to be the prophecy. Dear Lord.' Giles took off his glasses and began to clean them.
Willow looked around the room. Xander looked like he was trying to forget something. Buffy looked like she was trying to do algebra without a calculator. Anya looked like she was undressing Spike with her eyes. Giles looked like his puppy had just been killed. Willow's eyes finally landed on Spike, who was completely oblivious to the tension in the room. He was rocking Claudette gently. Suddenly, he looked up, smiled at Willow and then turned his attention back to Claudette. Willow loudly cleared her throat in hopes that someone would say something, anything.
Much to her surprise, Anya was the first to speak. "I am very happy for you. You will be a good mother."
This caused Spike's head to shoot up. "Demon Girl, she already is a mum."
Anya thought for a moment. "But now she's a real mom."
The witch smiled slightly. "Thanks, Anya, I think..."
Xander smiled at his best friend. "You are good at this mom thing already. But I can't believe you're pregnant this time."
"I still don't see how she can be pregnant." Buffy stated. "He's a vampire."
"Hey, Slayer, have you met Claudette, yet?" Spike asked sarcastically.
Before Buffy could respond, Willow intervened. "Listen, Buffy. I don't know how to explain it, and I don't want to. Can't you just be happy for me? Please?" The redhead begged.
The slayer slowly nodded. "Sure, Wills."
Finally, Willow looked at the watcher. "Giles?" She asked hoping he would say something. She didn't like the look on his face.
The watcher put his glasses back on and looked at Willow. "What was that, dear?" At Willow's concerned look he just shook his head. "I have to consult my books about something." With that he left five confused Scoobies in his wake.
"See, love, I told you there was nothing to-" Willow quickly put her hand over Spike's mouth before he could finish the sentence, but it was too late. The door swung open and in its place stood a very angry Oz.