Disclaimer in part 1
Buffy, Xander, Giles and Dawn were all sitting around a board table in the watcher council headquarters when suddenly five people appeared in the room with a resounding ‘pop’. Giles stood up and a woman walked forward, “Rupert Giles I presume” she said and Giles nodded shaking her hand,
“Yes and you must be Hermione Granger, Minister of Magic’ he said, “Please sit” he said motioning to the empty chairs. They all sat down and Hermione noticed that there was still one seat empty/
“These are my colleges, Draco Malfoy, Harry Potter, and Ron and Ginny Weasley, related by blood, not marriage” Hermione explained,
“There is one last member of our party who is running late, but this is Alexander Harris, Buffy Summers and her sister Dawn” Giles introduced and everyone said their hellos, “So, why don’t we get down to business?” Giles said and Hermione nodded,
“Right well…” she trailed off and turned to Harry where he took over,
“A couple of days ago our magical contracts department found a bound contract that involved Hermione and what seems to be Mr. Harris here” Harry said,
“Involving them how?” Buffy asked curiously,
“It seems that when they were babies they were betrothed, there wasn’t much information except reference to a book of Lavaht” Harry continued and Giles looked pensive, “Of course we would like to find some way out of this if possible. I’m sure both parties involved would want o get on with their lives” Harry said and at that moment the doors to the room flung open and a redhead flew in.
“Sorry I’m late, I was talking to Angel, He said that he’ll help in any way he can with whatever it is that’s going on” Willow said sitting down and kissing Xander on the lips,
“This is Willow Rosenberg, Alexander’s fiancé” Giles said and there was a silence that fell over the room, “Willow, this is Hermione Granger and her colleges, Draco Malfoy and Ron and Ginny Weasley” Giles introduced. Willow looked to their guests and when her eyes met Draco’s they widened in shock. Any shock that Draco felt he hid well and Willow continued on like there wasn’t anything wrong.
“It’s nice to meet you” she said containing the shock inside herself, “So what’s going on?” she asked and Xander took her hand in his and squeezed it.
Draco couldn’t believe it, when she had rushed into the room his heart had stopped, but when she kissed the dark haired man sitting across from him he narrowed his eyes. He couldn’t believe it, she was just with him last night and for every week in six months yet he knew nothing about her. It had taken only a few minutes to change that, her name was Willow and she was engaged to that Alexander fellow who was betrothed to his girlfriend… His girlfriend, Hermione, he had almost forgotten about her for a second, he didn’t know what was coming over him, Xander’s voice brought out his thoughts.
“Wills, these people have found something… a magical contract, it says that I’m betrothed to Hermione here” Xander said and Willow turned from Xander to Hermione and back again, her eyes briefly catching Draco’s before looking at her fiancé once more.
“You can get out of it right?” she said and Xander looked down,
“We don’t really know that much about it yet, I guess we should call Wesley and Angel and get them to start to look into it” Xander said standing up,
“I don’t understand” Willow said getting up, “How can you be betrothed to her? I…” Willow paused and took a quick breath, “Okay I’ll call Angel, see what he can do” she said and got up, her hand slipped out of Xander’s as she walked out of the room.
Draco stared after the red head and turned to his girlfriend, he whispered something in her ear, she nodded and a second later he apperated out of the room. “Draco had an appointment that he had to keep” Hermione said, “I suggest that we should begin to find a way to get out of this magical contract” she said and Giles stood up,
“Yes, I’ll show you to some offices that you can use to contact people” he said and showed their guests out.
Draco stood in the doorway of an office, watching as Willow stared out of the window, her back to the door, “knock, knock” he said and Willow spun around. Draco moved into the office and sat down opposite his red haired lover. “Soo…” he said and Willow waved her hand and the doors that Draco walked through shut. He raised his eyebrow but didn’t say anything,
“No one knows, its that’s what you’re wondering” she said,
“This will all be over soon, I’m sure we can find a way to get them out of this” he said, “Don’t worry” he added, and he couldn’t understand his need to comfort her and hold her in his arms,
“Don’t tell me not to worry; you don’t know how I feel. I feel like my fiancé and best friend since we were in diapers is being ripped away from me and there is nothing I can do” she said tears forming in her eyes but Draco made no move to comfort her. When he heard her comment about her fiancé and her being best friends with him he felt as if she was being taken away from him even though she wasn’t his.
“I know how you feel” he said softly and Willow looked at him in confusion, “Hermione” he clarified, “My girlfriend” Willow looked at him in surprise but said nothing, “So I know how you feel” he said, Willow looked at him and then took a deep breath.
“Look… considering what’s taking place at the moment…” she said trailing off,
“Consider it forgotten” he said getting up he walked over to Willow and brushed his lips against her cheek. “I’ll see you later Willow” he said and then disapperated from right in front of her. Willow gasped in surprise and then got out of her seat and rushed into Giles’ office,
“Where are those people from?” she asked and Giles looked up in surprise,
“England’s Ministry of Magic” he said and Willow looked at him with wide eyes, “Is everything alright Willow?” he asked,
“Yeah” she said, “yeah, everything’s alright” she said and walked out of Giles’ office bumping into Willow on her way out, “Oh, sorry” Willow said and Buffy smiled,
“That’s alright. How are you holding up?” Buffy asked as the two girls walked down the hallway
“I’m fine” Willow said and Buffy just looked at her knowingly,
“Come in, I’m headed to our visitors, we’re trying to find a way to get Xand out of this. Lets see what we can do to help them okay?” she said helping her best friend to the rooms that their visitors were using.
Pushing the doors open, Willow and Buffy were greeted with the faces of Harry, Ron, Ginny and Dawn, “Uh, where’s Hermione?” Willow asked and Harry stood up,
“Uh, she and Alexander went to get to know each other” he said and then offered Willow a seat. “Here we’re trying to find a way to get this annulled or whatever it is, void” Harry said, Willow turned to Buffy but she was on the phone,
“Hey its me… yeah… have you found anything yet? ... Okay… yeah… miss you too… here she is” Buffy said and handed Willow the phone, “Its Angel” she said and Willow nodded,
“Hey Angel… yeah I’m fine… yes I’m sure… oh okay, Hey Spike… no he hasn’t done anything wrong… yeah I always do… yeah okay, take care… love you too” Willow said and hung up the phone and turned to Buffy, “Spike threatened to ‘take care’ of Xander if he hurt me, they haven’t found anything yet?” she asked and Buffy shook her head sadly.
“No, but Gunn’s working on it, and I’m sure he’ll find a way out of it” she said and Willow nodded encouraged slightly, but she couldn’t shake the feeling that everything was not headed for the happy ending everyone expected.
Xander looked at the Girl in front of him, “So…” he said,
“Look… Alex, I’m sure that we both want to get this over and done with, I mean you have a fiancé, I have a boyfriend and I’m not sure how tolerant Draco can be” she said. For some odd reason Xander liked it how Hermione called him Alex and didn’t object.
“Oh, so Draco is your boyfriend?” he asked and Hermione nodded, “So you’re head of the Ministry? That’s pretty great” Xander said and Hermione nodded,
“Yeah, it’s pretty great working with my best friends, Harry, Ron and I have been best friends since we were 11, and Ginny started school the year after. Actually Draco was our enemy up until the last year. Kinda funny how things turn out huh?”
“Yeah” Xander said thinking about Willow,
“So you’re engaged? That must be pretty exciting” Hermione said and Xander smiled,
“Yeah, Willow and I have been best friends since forever. She helped me through a really hard time when my ex fiancé died” he said, “Funny how things turn out” Xander said echoing Hermione’s words as he thought about Willow and she thought about Draco.
Charles Gunn walked over to his boss’s office; he walked in and sat down with a file of paperwork. “Well?” Angel said looking at his friend. Gunn looked down at his paperwork dreading what he had to say.
“It’s ironclad” he said,
“What?” Angel said, “There has to be some way to get out of this” he said and Gunn shook his head,
“Look there’s nothing that can be done” Gunn said, Wesley who had been sitting at a desk with books piled up suddenly stood up,
“Angel, I think there’s something you should know” he said walking over and handing him the book he was reading, along with some notes. Angel looked over them and then up as Wesley,
“Are you sure about this?” his asked, his face serious,
“I’m afraid to say I am” she said, Angel looked at Wesley,
“I’ll call and let them know” he said and Wesley nodded,
“What? What is it?” Gun asked feeling out of the loop
Buffy was sitting at a desk in-between Harry and Ron when the phone rang. “Hello?” she answered, “Angel, have you found anything?” she asked, there was silence for a while until she gasped and her eyes flew up to meet Willows. “Okay, I’ll talk to you later” she said and hung up the phone
“What is it?” Willow asked and Buffy couldn’t meet her eyes,
“Wills, I think we need to have a talk” she said and the two girls exited the room and Dawn leapt up to follow leaving a very bewildered Harry, Ron, Ginny behind.