It Isn’t 1998

SUMMARY: A challenge fic by Angelluver who thought it would be interesting to read a fic that takes the scenario in “Gone” and twists it around so that Buffy is invisible and no one, not even the 3 nerds knows how to make her normal again… so she decides to pay Angel a visit and sees and hears things that she is not prepared for, hence a lot of A/C (and Connor) who don’t know that the Slayer is in town.
POSTED: 4 Nov 2003, ORIGINALLY POSTED at ST 25 Aug 2002
WARNINGS: None Listed
1) Everything is AU after the fang gang return from the ballet – Hence no Groo. Buffy is in no danger and can stay invisible indefinitely with any harm being done to her. Angel and Cordy have just confessed their feeling towards each other and have started dating, but there are taking thing slowly. Also Angel and Buffy never met up after Buffy was brought back to life by the Scoobies. For the purposes of the fic, they just spoke on the phone.
2) Revised version.


In Sunnydale

Willow Rosenburg paced the entire length of the linoleum covered kitchen floor, her feet not making much of a sound as she walked. To the outside world she looked completely alone, a girl with troubles on her mind. At least the latter part was true.

“Okay, Buffy I have some good and bad news for you,” the red head said to her currently invisible best friend.

“I’ll take the bad news first,” the slayer replied.

“Warren and the rest of the nerd gang have no clue how to make you visible again,” Willow said.

“Then what’s the goods news?” Buffy asked.

“I’ve been researching and the effects should wear off in about three days and then you’ll been visible girl again,” Willow replied.

“So you’re saying I have three more days before people can see me again?” the slayer questioned.

“Erm, yeah,” Willow responded. “Why?”

“In that case I’m off to LA to pay Angel a little visit,” Buffy stated.

“Buffy. Is that such a great idea?” Willow questioned.

“Of course it is Will, You know how painful it is when Angel and I see each other. This way I can see him but he can’t see me. He can brood about me without knowing I’m there and plus I really want to see Cordelia’s new hair cut,” Buffy said.

“Speaking of hair cuts, I really can’t wait to see your new cut,” Willow added, trying to change the subject

“Yeah, its so cute, it’s like I had it in 1998,” the slayer answered.

“Buffy, you know this isn’t 1998 right?” Willow asked.

“Of course I do but one person who never changes is Angel except- when he goes evil, but then he’s Angelus so that doesn’t really count,” Buffy countered.

“Well, that’s true but when I went to LA to tell them about you know what, he seemed a little different, they all did really,” Willow continued.

“Look Will, thanks for the concern but Angel hasn’t changed in all the time I’ve known him. He wears black, he helps the helpless, he rarely smiles and he broods about things that can never happen, namely him and me,” Buffy replied confidently.

“You’re not going to change your mind are you?” Willow asked.

“No, I just really need to get away for a few days,” Buffy stated ‘Get away from Spike more like it’she added in her head.

“Okay, when are you going?” the red head questioned.

“In about 20 minutes,” Buffy answered, eyeing the bus timetable that was lying on the kitchen counter. “Take care of Dawn for me, I should only be gone a day or so. I’ll be back well before the effects wear off,” she finished giving Willow a quick hug.

“Well, that hug was kind of weird,” Willow replied, trying to sound cheerful about Buffy’s trip to LA. ‘This is such a bad idea!’ she thought to herself, but when Buffy got an idea in her head there was no point in arguing.

“Yeah, it was. I’ll be back soon,” Buffy said, as she headed out of the door.

“What should I tell Xander and Anya?” Willow called after her.

“Tell them the truth,” came the reply as the door opened. “Bye Will.”

“Bye Buffy,” Willow replied. “Good luck,” and then she added in a whisper “I have a feeling you’re going to need it.”

Meanwhile in LA

Angel and Cordelia were lying in Angel’s bed. The suite was dimly lit by a bedside lamp on the nightstand.

Cordelia opened her eyes to find Angel staring at her. “Morning Angel.”

“Morning Cordy,” he replied.

“What are you looking at?” she asked.

“The most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen,” Angel replied smoothly.

Cordelia could feel herself blushing. Damn that vampire and his charm.

She simply flashed him her hundred- watt smile and moved closer towards him. “Where’s that little man of yours?”

Angel swallowed hard. That last question had sent him into a trance; his mind started whirling. Was she really asking what he thought she was asking?

“Hello, earth to Angel,” the Seer said.

“Huh?” Angel answered, his mind still in the gutter.

“I asked you where Connor was?” Cordy asked.

“Of course … Connor,” Angel stammered.

“Yeah Connor – who did you think I was talking about?” Cordy asked.

“Connor,” Angel lied. He didn’t want to admit he thought she meant his other ‘little man’.

Cordelia rolled her eyes and raised an eyebrow. Then she took pity on him and decided to drop the subject. “So when did you move Connor? He was here when we fell asleep.”

“I woke up in the middle of the night, poor little guy was a bit restless so I took him for a quick walk up and down the corridor and then put him into his crib. You looked so peaceful I didn’t want to wake you up,” Angel offered in way of explanation.

“Okay, so do I get a good morning kiss?” She asked, flashing him another one of her blinding smiles.

“Do you even have to ask?” Angel questioned as he moved closer to her.

“Well seeing as there has been no kissage so far I’m gonna go with yeah.” She moved in kissing him once on the lips.

“Is that what you call a kiss?” Angel questioned finishing with a mock huff.

Cordy giggled, “Hell no Broody boy! This is what I call a kiss.” She cupped his face with both her hands and began kissing him with a great passion. Angel immediately responded. Making out with Cordy was fast becoming his favourite past time. He could never get enough. His senses were filled with her.

After a short while, Cordy broke off the kiss, a little breathless she managed to say, “Well what did you think?”

“I like what you call a kiss,” he replied, flashing her the smile he reserved only for her. Cordy melted; she couldn’t help herself.

She returned his smile, glancing away from him to look at the nightstand. “Time for work! It’s only us here for the next couple of days remember? Not that I mind spending my time with my two favourite guys.”

Angel groaned. “Do we have to? Can’t we just stay here?” He gave her the puppy dog look.

Cordy rolled her eyes at him, “Jeez, Angel if you think that puppy dog look is going to work on me you’d be absolutely right” She moved back towards him and was kissing him again before he knew what was happening. Of course, he was not complaining.

8 hours later …

Cordy was just locking the front doors of the Hyperion when Buffy arrived outside.

‘Okay so her hair does look nice,’ the slayer thought. ‘I wonder where she’s going? Only one way to find out.’ Buffy dived into Cordy’s jeep as soon as she opened the door. Cordy joined the invisible slayer inside. She started the engine and pulled away. She had been driving for about 10 minutes when her cell phone started to ring. She answered after a couple of rings.


“Cordy?” Angel asked.

“Who else would it be?” came the reply.

‘I wonder who she’s talking to?’ Buffy thought.

“Where are you now?” the vampire enquired.

“I’m about half way home,” Cordelia replied.

“You know Cordy, you really shouldn’t be talking on your cell phone and driving at the same time,” Angel stated.

“Okay, I’m putting you on hands free, hold on,” the Seer answered.

‘Guess I’m going to find out,’ Buffy noted.

“Okay big guy! You’re loud and clear and I have both hands back on the wheel,” Cordy said.

“Geez, Cor I was only worried about you! I really don’t want you getting in a car accident. Is that wrong?” the vampire questioned.


“Are you being sarcastic?” Cordy asked.

“Me sarcastic?” Angel replied.

“Yeah, you,” came the reply.

“Cordy, you know me I’m never sarcastic. Okay, I don’t think you should be talking on your cell phone at all when you’re driving. So don’t answer it again until you’re home,” Angel ordered.

“Yes sir, even though you can’t see me, I’m actually saluting you as we speak,” Cordy stated before she added “Angel?”


“Can your phone do this?” Cordy asked as she disconnected the call leaving the vampire listening to the dial tone.

Cordy giggled. Buffy was shocked. Had Cordelia just hung up on Angel? She sure had. “5, 4, 3, 2 1,” Cordy said just as she finished talking her cell phone rang again.

“Hello,” she answered.

“I thought I told you not to answer the phone!” the vampire said.

“Well stop calling me then,” Cordy replied then, “Somebody’s been watching Pretty Woman again.”

“Connor likes it,” Angel defended.

“Sure Angel, Connor likes a movie about a hooker,” Cordy replied.

“He likes the music,” Angel stated.

“Okay, I’m going go now – bye,” Cordelia said as she disconnected again.

About 10 seconds later her phone was ringing again. Cordy looked at the caller id which said ‘Angel Cell phone’ and promptly turned on the radio, ignoring it.

“Stupid vampire,” Cordy commented.

‘I wonder who Connor is?’ Buffy thought as Cordy continued her journey home.

A short while later Cordelia was home. She got out of her jeep and was about to shut the door when her phone rang again, allowing Buffy to make her escape without being crushed by the door.

“Hello,” Cordy said brightly.

“Why didn’t you answer before now?” Angel questioned.

“You told me not to!” his Seer replied.

“Since when do you listen to what I say?” Angel asked.

“Angel! I always listen, I just don’t usually take any notice,” Cordy answered.

Angel started to laugh but quickly changed it into a cough.

“That’s a nasty cough you have there, Angel, suck it up big guy! You know you love me!” Cordy replied, smiling to herself.

“Well duh,” Angel answered, disconnecting the call straight after.

This time Cordy was left listening to the dial tone. She shook her head. “You’re so dead, Angel”

Buffy was really confused by this time. Had Angel just said he loved Cordelia and then hung up on her? That didn’t sound like Angel at all; and just why exactly was he calling Cordelia all the way home?

Cordy walked into her apartment, throwing her bag on the couch. “Hey Dennis.” she shouted.

‘Right time to have a little fun,’ Buffy thought. ‘I’ll just freak Cordy out a little bit, nothing too bad, just move some stuff arou-’ her thoughts trailed off as she noticed a tv remote control floating towards Cordelia. ‘What the?’

“Thanks Dennis,” Cordy said, accepting the remote into her hand. She pulled off her jacket and Buffy watched on in amazement as it floated off towards another room.

‘OMG, Cordelia lives with the invisible man!’ the really confused slayer thought.

Just then, there was a knock at the door.

“Who is it?” Cordy yelled, already knowing there was a fair chance it was Angel.

“It’s me,” came the reply.

“Hello! Use your key!” Cordelia instructed.

“Hello! Got my hands full,” Angel replied.

‘Key,’ Buffy thought ‘Angel has a key to Cordelia’s apartment?’

Cordy huffed loudly, she kicked off her shoes and was now barefoot and made her way towards the door. She opened it. There stood Angel, a mobile carrycot containing Connor in one hand and a massive bunch of red roses in the other. Cordy expression immediately changed into huge smile.

“Hello there cutie, aren’t you just the sweetest thing I’ve ever seen,” she said.

“Hi, you’re gonna have to stop saying those things Cordy, or you’ll have me blushing,” Angel replied.

“Okay, one, I was talking to Connor, two, you don’t blush and three, gimme, gimme, gimme,” Cordy said as she reached forward.

‘Same old Cordelia, although why the hell has Angel got her roses?’ Buffy didn’t have time to give it any more thought as she was too busy trying to pick her jaw of the floor when she saw Angel walk through the door. She hadn’t seen the carrycot before as her view was blocked by Cordy. It was a good job she was invisible at this moment in time because the look on her face was anything but pretty. Even more to Buffy’s surprise Cordelia hadn’t grabbed the flowers out of Angel’s hand, she got hold of the carrycot and was currently removing the contents. ‘OMG, it’s a baby!’

“Oh Connor, your daddy’s such a dork,” Cordy cooed at the baby.

‘That’s Connor!’ was Buffy first thought closely followed by ‘Daddy’. It was all too much for the slayer. She felt her knees getting weak. She had to sit down on the floor. A million thoughts started racing though her mind.

“I got you flowers,” Angel stated, as he closed the door behind him. He removed his duster and also his shoes. Putting them in the closet along with Cordy’s, which were still on the floor where’d she just kicked them off.

Cordy looked up at him and smiled.

“I can see that, they’re beautiful. Thank you,” she replied. “Dennis can you put them in water for me please?”

The flowers started to float off towards the kitchen. “Hi Dennis,” Angel said.

“Thanks Dennis,” Cordy said. “Gotta love Ghost service.”

‘Cordy lives with a ghost? How come I didn’t know about this?’ Buffy thought ‘And even more importantly; Angel has a kid?’

Angel chuckled. “So do I get a hello kiss?”

Cordy grinned brightly at him, remembering their conversation from earlier. “Do you even have to ask?”

“Well seeing as there has been no kissage so far I’m gonna go with yeah,” Angel finished with a wink.

“In that case, the answers no,” Cordy giggled.

Buffy was now sat on the floor with her hand clamped over her mouth. After Angel last question she was beginning to wish she’d listened to Willow and not come to LA.

Angel was about to respond when the phone rang. Cordy was just putting Connor in his playpen that she kept in her apartment so Angel picked up the phone and answered it.

“Hello…. Yeah, she’s here, hang on.” Angel held out the phone, “It’s for you.”

“No kidding,” Cordy replied. She got up to move towards the phone but was cut off by Angel, who had picked up one of her cushions off the couch and had just thrown it at her. “Big mistake Broody boy.”

“Sorry, she can’t come to the phone right now.” Angel said as he disconnected the call, dumping the receiver on the side. The phone call was quickly forgotten as Seer and Champion were now both armed with cushions. The battle commenced. In what was more like a mad frenzy – the cushions mainly connected with each other. Cordy screamed when Angel got a slight blow in. It wasn’t hard enough to hurt her of course. “Cheap shot, cheap shot,” she protested.

“No way Cor, I’m just that damn good,” came the confident reply.

“And can you say modest with it?” Cordy asked. Suddenly she froze, a look of horror appeared on her face.

“Cordy? What’s up?” Angel asked clearly concerned.

“Vision,” she said

[I[‘Vision?’[/I] the slayer questioned in her mind.

“What is it? What do you see?” the vampire asked, dropping his guard

“You,” Cordelia replied seriously.

“What about me?” Angel enquired.

“You’re getting your ass kicked,” Cordy answered.

“By Who?” Angel asked.

“Me in about two seconds,” She stepped forward, getting in about five good blows before Angel managed to bat the cushion from her hand.

“No Fair” Angel whined. He let out a small growl, making sure it sounded playful.

“Angel? Did you just growl at me?” the seer questioned, raising an eyebrow.

Angel quickly glanced around the room looking for something else to blame for the noise he had just made. He came up blank. ‘Dammit’

“Erm no,” Angel tried.

“Well who was it then? Dennis?” Cordelia asked.

“I think it was Connor!” Angel stated, trying his best to sound convincing. “Poor little guy must be hungry!”

“Oh Angel, that was low even for you,” Cordy replied. “How could you blame your son for your melodramatic ways?”

“You want melodramatic? I’ll give you melodramatic!” Angel said, dropping to his knees “Cordy, you’re my best friend, my seer and most importantly the woman I love, would you do me the honour of …”

‘Oh my god!! He’s gonna propose!’ Buffy thought to herself. ‘No, no, no!’

“Allowing me to kiss your feet?” Angel continued, flashing a big grin at her.

“Oh Sweetie, that was bad!” Cordy replied. Angel suddenly grabbed both her legs, pulling her downwards onto his knees. She hadn’t been expecting it and Cordy had landed a little hard and had also bitten her lip.

“Ow, I bit my lip,” the seer stated glaring at the vampire before her “A little warning next time.” The glare suddenly changed into a smile. “Paging Doctor Angel, I need medical attention.” She fluttered her eyelashes and was rewarded with a very sexy smile.

“I’m Doctor Angel! How can I be of assistance?” Angel practically purred.

“Well Doctor, it’s my lips, they’re really sore. I think they need soothing with something cool.” She pursed them prettily.

Angel gave Cordy a puzzled look, “You mean like a ice pack or something?”

Cordelia rolled her eyes.

“Angel?” Cordelia huffed “Where did I find you again? Oh yeah in the dictionary under d for dense. I was talking about your lips, you dork!”

“Oops,” Angel muttered as he moved in closer, placing a gentle kiss on her mouth. He repeated the caress again and again. He pulled back slightly after a while, his brow rose questioningly, “How am I doing so far?” he asked in a put on professional voice.

Cordelia looked as though she was giving it some serious thought before answering. “Pretty good – but I think I need some major soothing, pal.” With that Angel was kissing her again. Slowly and tenderly and they were both loving every minute of it.

Somebody who wasn’t loving every minute of it however, was one very shocked slayer. She’d managed to get back on her feet and had made a hasty retreat to the kitchen after Angel had delivered the first part of Cordy’s “treatment” She was leaning back against the wall, trying to comprehend the images she had just taken in. Angel and Cordelia were making out on the floor! Just what the hell was going on?

Then the phone rang. Buffy heard a grunt and a growl, both made by Angel. She moved out of the kitchen so she could see them again.

‘Oh thank god! I don’t know how much more I could have taken,’ Buffy thought. Her worst nightmare was playing out in front of her.

“Why does the damn phone always ring? Next time I’m gonna unplug it,” he stated, not bothering to hide his frustration.

“Angel, calm down,” Cordy said as she got up and picked up the phone handset. “Hello.”

“Hiya Cordy,” Fred chirped, “How are you?”

“Fine thanks Fred,” Cordy replied. “Angel, it’s Fred.”

“Hi Fred,” Angel shouted as he got up off the floor, he came up behind Cordy, wrapping his arms around her waist.

“So, you guys having fun?” Cordy asked.

“Oh yeah, it’s great here! Charles and I are having big fun,” Fred replied. “Have you heard from Wesley?”

“Earlier today, he’s fine,” Cordy answered before she let out a squeak. Angel’s hands had started to wonder. She covered the receiver with her hand. “Angel! I’m on the phone, quit it.”

Angel started to pout. Couldn’t a champion spend any quality alone time with his Seer? Well; as alone as two people can get with a baby and a ghost also present.

Buffy glanced over at Angel, and she couldn’t believe her eyes, he was actually pouting. Had he ever been spending way too much time with Cordelia Chase. He wasn’t meant to be pouting. He was meant to be brooding. Didn’t he brood anymore?

Cordy had also turned around and seen Angel’s face. “Fred honey, I’ve gotta go, Angel’s sulking again.” She sighed dramatically.

“Am not,” Angel lied – His lower lip jutted out even more

“Are too,” Cordy responded automatically.

‘I really don’t get these two!’ Buffy thought, ‘If they’re not kissing, they’re fighting’

“I’ll let you go, I’ll phone again tomorrow,” Fred said brightly, with a giggle.

“Kay, Bye,” Cordy replied as she disconnected the call.

She turned around to find Angel had slumped onto the couch. He did not look very happy at all.

“Great, now I’m at home with two babies and a ghost and one of those babies is 249 years old!” Cordy stated with a huff.

“I’m not a baby!” Angel said sharply.

“Well, you sure are acting like one.” Cordy paused for a moment before continuing “Sometimes I think Xander was more mature than you when he was in high school.”

Angel growled loudly at the mere mention of Cordelia’s ex boyfriend’s name. It didn’t help and he really wasn’t that fond of Xander himself. She sniggered triumphantly.

“Angel, I always thought you’re name was Angelus not Anjealous?” Cordy stated.

‘Well done, Cordy, that last comment should be enough to start a brood fest. Thinking about Xander will remind Angel of me and the things we can never have,’ the slayer considered in her mind.

Angel started to laugh, a really loud laugh. He’d obviously found Cordy’s little gag hilarious.

“God, I love you,” Angel declared, getting off the couch, he grabbed both of Cordy’s hands and intertwined them with his own.

“What’s not to love?” Cordy replied, flashing him a bright smile.

‘Hello, bitchiest girl in Sunnydale high school history!’ came to Buffy’s mind.

Cordy’s smile disappeared; she sniffed the air quickly, catching onto a scent.

“Angel, can you smell that?” she questioned. “Do you want to do it?”

Angel visibly stiffened. Just what exactly was Cordy asking him? And just what exactly could Cordelia smell? Was it coming from him?

“Erm Cor,” Angel managed “Do what?”

Cordy giggled. “Angel, you’re such a pervert! I think all those years of not getting any has corrupted your mind.”

“Cordy, I’m not a pervert! Okay?” Angel stated petulantly.

“Fine, whatever! But if you’re not a pervert then prove it. Tell me what you thought I meant?” the amused Seer asked.

‘Yes Angel, please tell us what you meant?’ the slayer added in her mind. It was getting harder and harder to keep quiet and not say anything out loud.

“Erm,” Angel started. Just what was he going to say? He thought Cordy was asking him if he wanted to have S E X with her. ‘Wait a minute I can say the word sex in my mind, Connor can’t hear me saying it in here.’ He mentally smacked himself around the head.

“I’m waiting, times a wasting big guy!” Cordy sing-songed.

Angel truly wished the phone would start ringing. He glared at the handset, willing it to -he was sure that if he stared at it for long enough it would ring.

Suddenly the phone did ring. Angel couldn’t believe his ears; miracles do happen – he dived forwards and grabbed the handset, relieved for the reprieve “Hello?”

“Angel?” Willow asked. She wasn’t expecting him to be at Cordy’s apartment!

“Yeah,” Angel replied “Who’s this?”

“It’s me Willow,” the redhead replied. “What are you doing at Cordy’s?” she asked, and Angel found himself wondering what business it was of the girl’s where he was.

“It’s Tuesday. Cordy and I get together on a Tuesday and frolic naked,” came the vampire’s sarcastic reply. *Let’s see what she makes of that!* he stifled a snigger.

Cordy let out a snort of laughter and replied, “No we don’t Angel, that’s on Wednesdays.”

“My bad,” Angel stated, flashing Cordy a wicked grin.

“What does she want?” Cordy mouthed to Angel.

Angel only shrugged in response.

‘That’s what I want to know?’ Buffy thought.

Willow let out a small laugh. Praying that Angel was kidding or Buffy was going to have a heart attack when she got there. Hopefully Buffy had gone to the hotel and was awaiting Angel’s return.

“So, Willow what’s up?” Angel inquired. Did he really want to know the answer? In his book, Willow equalled bad news; well, only once, but you never knew with that lot in Sunnyhell.

“Nothing really, just thought I’d ring Cordy and catch up,” Willow replied, deliberately vague.

“Buffy didn’t die again did she?” Angel asked. The words were out of his mouth before he could stop them. He cringed at the light way he’d said it- oops!

“What? No, What makes you think that?” Willow asked quickly.

“Well, I’m sorry but you don’t exactly keep in touch unless you’re telling us about Buffy,” Angel retorted, defending his question. It was true, wasn’t it?

“Erm, erm,” Willow stammered. She was expecting to talk to Cordy, not a sarcastic sounding Angel. Didn’t he brood anymore? And just exactly was she going to say ‘Just checking up in case you’ve rumbled Buffy?’ That wasn’t going to work. She was relieved when she heard Cordy’s voice but she wasn’t talking loud enough for Willow to hear exactly what she was saying.

“Angel, that smell is getting stronger! Do you want me to relieve that little man of yours while you’re on the phone? Or do you want to do it yourself?” Cordy inquired.

Buffy’s hands shot up to her mouth to prevent the gasping noise she made being heard.

Angel stumbled backwards in shock, his foot slipped on the abandoned cushion on the floor, causing him to crash down hard on his butt and drop the phone.

Cordy was doubled up with laughter. After a few moments she managed to say “Angel? Are you …” that’s are far as she got before she gave into the giggles once more.

‘What the hell is so funny about Angel falling backwards on his butt?’ Buffy wondered.

“Ow,” Angel said before he too started to laugh. His mind was permanently in the gutter where that girl was concerned.

“Pervert!” Cordy giggled. “You’re a total perv!”

Angel was looking up at Cordy, his eyes were wide in disbelief. The things she came out with – Cordy gave a whole new meaning to double entendre!

“What?” Cordy asked as she held out a hand to help Angel up. “Your son’s diaper is full and very smelly! Don’t tell me you can’t smell that? Mister I’ve got superior senses.”

“I knew that!” Angel said untruthfully.

Cordy raised an eyebrow in response.

“I did,” Angel lied, putting a little more effort into looking innocent.

Cordy bent down and picked up the phone “Hello, Willow are you still there?”

“Yeah I’m here! What happened?” Willow enquired.

“Angel slipped on a cushion and landed on his ass!” Cordy said trying seriously hard not to laugh again.

“Oh,” Willow replied faintly. “Anyways, I can tell you’re busy so I’ll let you go. Bye!”

“Okay, bye Willow” Cordy said and disconnected the call.

“Weird,” Angel said. “I wonder what she really wanted?”

“Don’t know and at this moment, not really caring!” Cordy replied. “Angel will you change Connor’s diaper already?” Cordy started to move towards the kitchen.
“I wish I had the video camera then, I could make a fortune sending it clips of you falling over into one of those shows. Then again you could have your own show, ‘When vampires fall on their asses!’ Starring Dork Angel.” She sniggered inelegantly.

“Hey,” Angel shouted, he put on a mock hurt face.

“You want something to eat?” Cordy asked, totally ignoring the look Angel was giving her. “Solid or liquid?” the seer asked.

“I’ll have some of your finest PB thanks,” Angel replied.

‘PB?’ Buffy wondered.

“Okay then, liquid it is,” Cordy said, she flashed him a bright smile before disappearing into the kitchen. She returned a few minutes later, carrying a warm mug of pig’s blood in one hand and a banana in the other.

She noticed that Angel had finally begun his task for changing Connor’s diaper. “Thank god, I don’t know how much more of that smell I could have taken – and poor Connor!” She sat down on the couch, still holding the blood. Angel finished changing the diaper and joined his Seer on the couch.

Cordelia sat at one end, leaning back against the armrest and Angel sat at the other in the same position. The vampire leaned forward to take the mug of blood out of Cordy’s hand, vamping out as she passed it to him.

‘What’s he vamping out for?’ Buffy wondered.

Angel drank the blood quickly and put the mug on the small table behind him. He slipped back into this human face. Cordy had started to peel her banana and slid it into her mouth. Angel froze, unable to move. She pulled the banana back out of her mouth, leaving all of it in tact. Angel subconsciously licked his lips as the banana was once again put back into his seer’s mouth. Lots of bad thoughts were running through Angel’s mind. If she carried on with this little performance Angel would be in deep trouble.

‘Why on earth is he staring at her like that? She’s only eating a piece of fruit!’ Buffy thought.

Suddenly Cordelia noticed Angel was staring at her. He looked like a stray dog who hadn’t eaten for weeks. “Angel? What’s up? You look a dog who hasn’t eaten for weeks and I’ve got your next meal!” With that she bit down hard on the banana. Angel cringed in response. Buffy finally clued into why Angel was staring at Cordelia.

‘Oh my god,’ was Buffy’s only thought at that moment in time.

Angel started to panic, he realised she was awaiting his answer. He opened his mouth and said the first thing that came into his mind.

“Jeez Cor, give a dog a bone!” Well hadn’t that come out all wrong?

“And you’re still claiming you’re not a pervert? I thought we’d agreed to rent out your condo by the river in Egypt?” she questioned, raising an eyebrow.

‘Angel has a condo in Egypt?’ Buffy thought dumbly.

“Okay,” Angel said as he stood up, “Hi my name is Angel and I’m a pervert! God I feel so much better now.” He rolled his eyes in Cordy fashion.

Cordy giggled. “See that wasn’t so hard now was it?”

“It wasn’t that being hard I was worried about,” Angel responded tightly, “I’m gonna take a shower.”

“Good idea,” Cordy replied as she finally finished the banana.

Angel disappeared into the bathroom. He came out a few moments later, only wearing his boxers and went into the bedroom.

Cordy was cooing at Connor again and didn’t notice the practically naked vampire strolling around.

The slayer noticed though. Boy did she notice.

“Cordy?” Angel yelled. “Have you seen my cd?”

‘Angel has a cd at Cordelia’s! I wonder what else he leaves here?’ Buffy pondered.

“Maybe Dennis moved it,” came the reply, “Dennis have you seen Angel’s cd?”

No response.

“Oh well” Angel sighed heavily, “I guess I’ll just have to sing then!”

‘Angel sings?’ the slayer questioned.

Quick as a flash one of the dresser drawer’s flew open and a cd hurtled towards Angel at a great speed. He caught it easily.

Cordy let out a snort of laughter. She got up and moved over to where Angel was standing. He was pouting again.

‘Again with the pouting?’ Buffy questioned.

“What’s wrong with my singing?” He asked soulfully.

“Angel, I love you with all my heart but your singing SUCKS!” Cordy replied honestly.

“It’s not that bad! Lorne said I was getting better,” Angel stated.

“You are getting better, the cats chorus that gathers outside each time you sing is down to like two maybe three dozen,” Cordy finished, flashing her biggest smile at him.

Angel now had a really wounded look on his face. “Aw broody, It’s okay! Do you want a hug?” Cordy enquired.

Angel didn’t respond verbally, he just stepped forward wrapping her up in his embrace and snuggling closely with a growing grin on his face.

“Erm Angel, is that a gun in your pocket or are you just really glad to see me?” Cordy asked cheekily.

“I’m just wearing my boxers Cordy, I don’t have any pockets!” Angel replied, wriggling his brows suggestively.

“Shower,” Cordelia said, suddenly breathless. She could feel her cheeks starting to flush.

“Yeah,” the vampire replied. Withdrawing from the embrace. He walked into the bathroom, closing the door behind him.

Fifteen minutes later, Angel returned, still wearing his boxers plus a robe.

“Right, my turn,” Cordy announced brightly as she handed Connor to the returning vampire. “I was going to yell and tell you not to use all the hot water but somehow I knew you wouldn’t.”

She kissed him once on the lips and promptly disappeared into the bathroom. Angel stared after her with a longing look on his face.

About twenty minutes later Cordelia came out of the bathroom dressed in a really cute pair of PJ’s. The top was sleeveless, with about two inch straps. It was grey with a picture of Snoopy on the front. Above the picture were the words “I’m with Snoopy”. The bottoms were grey shorts which end about mid thigh. She now had her hair in little bunches and had removed all her makeup. Angel looked at her and gave her the brightest smile Buffy had ever seen from him.

“You’re wearing them!” Angel said stating the obvious.

“Well duh!” the seer replied. “How could I not when you bought them for me?”

‘Angel bought them for you?’ Buffy questioned. ‘He never bought me any clothes’

“You look so cute and adorable and with the hair too!” the vampire replied.

“You like the hair then?” Cordy asked.

“You KNOW I do” Angel answered, closing the distance between them. He reached up and gently ran his hand down both of Cordy’s bunches.

Just then there was a knock at the door!

“Damnit” Angel growled out.

“Who is it?” Cordy yelled.

‘Doesn’t she ever just answer to door without yelling who is it first?’ the slayer wondered.

“It’s only me” came the reply.

Cordy ran over to the door and opened it. Buffy was not ready for who she saw at the door. A green demon with two red horns, wearing a bright blue suit and yellow shirt.

“Hello Princess” Lorne said brightly.

‘Princess?’ Buffy wondered.

“Hey Lorne” Cordy replied.

“I’m just here to pick up the little munchkin” Lorne stated.

Cordy turned around and gave Angel a questioning look!

“Hey Lorne” Angel said finally as he picked up Connor out of his playpen. He put him back into his carrycot and began walking over to the door.

“Well well Angelcakes, don’t you look fetching in that outfit?” the host asked.

‘Angelcakes? A demon has just called Angel Angelcakes! And what was that about him looking rather fetching in that outfit? What’s up with that?’ Buffy was getting confused again.

“And my my Cordelia don’t you look cute! Did tall dark and brooding buy them for you?”

‘People keep calling him Broody boy or something to do with brooding but I’ve yet to see any evidence of any kind of brooding taking place. Pouting yes. Brooding no’ the slayer thought.

“He sure did!” Cordy stated. “I didn’t know you were picking up Connor”

“Well, Angel is doing me a favour really. You know how much I love looking after Connor and I have no plans this evening so I asked our champion here if I could do a spot of babysitting” Lorne said, trying his best to sound convincing.

“In other words, Angel asked you to babysit Connor” Cordy stated raising an eyebrow!

“Busted” Angel replied, flashing Cordy another smile.

“You’re daddy’s very silly, do you know that Connor?” Cordy cooed as she lent in and kissed Connor on the forehead. “Aunt Cordy is going to miss you tonight but your coming straight back in the morning oh yes you are!”

‘Aunt Cordy? Oh thank god’ the slayer thought.

Angel also gave Connor a kiss and then handed over the carrycot to Lorne. “Be good for Uncle Lorne now. Daddy loves ya.”

‘Uncle Lorne?’

“Have a good night you two, have fun and get happy, just not too happy eh sweetie?” Lorne said as he started to head back out the door.

“Oh you are too funny” Angel responded in a sarcastic tone.

“Night Lorne see you tomorrow” Cordy said.

“Night Princess, Angelcakes” the host said as he departed.

“Night Lorne and thanks” Angel called after him as he shut the door. He turned around, wearing a wicked look on his face. “Now that I have you alone, well nearly alone apart from our invisible friend here”

‘What?’ Buffy questioned until she remembered about the ghost.

“What did you have in mind?” Cordy questioned.

“I was thinking …..” Angel was interrupted by the sound of the phone ringing.

“Oh for Christ’s sake!” Angel yelled out angrily. He picked up the phone “This better be good”

“Angel?” the voice on the other end of the phone questioned.

Angel looked up towards the sky and muttered “What have I done to deserve this?”

Cordy came up behind Angel and wrapped her arms around him. She rested her chin on his left shoulder.

“What do you want Xander?” the vampire asked, not beating around the bush.

‘Xander?’ Buffy thought. ‘First Willow and now Xander’

“Is Cordelia there?” Xander asked nervously.

“She can’t come to the phone right now” Angel lied. “Can I just ask you something?”

“Okay” Xander replied.

“Have you guys just had a new phone or something? Angel questioned.

“No, what makes you think that?” Xander asked.

“Well, first Willow phones for no apparent reason and now you! Were you like ringing all your friends and then you realised you didn’t have any so you called us?” the vampire asked.

Cordy giggled.

“Erm no” Xander replied. Willow was right when she had told me Angel was in a very sarcastic mood.

“Oh don’t tell me, you and Willow are having a competition, who can piss me off the most! Well gotta tell ya you’re in the lead Xander!” Angel stated.

“Easy deadboy! I just wanted to talk to Cordelia that’s all. Not wanting to talk to you at all really!” Xander replied.

“Well in that case, Xander?” Angel said


“Can your phone do this?” Angel said as he disconnected the call, leaving Xander listening to the dial tone.

Xander immediately hit the redial button. It rang, after two rings it was answered. “What” Angel snapped.

“Hey Angel, it’s me again you were asking something about my phone when we got disconnected” Xander stated.

Angel couldn’t believe it just how stupid was Xander. ‘And people call me dumb’ he thought. “I hung up on you! Now I’m gonna ask you another question and I don’t want you to answer me and if you ring back again tonight I’m going to have to come down there and kill you! So Xander here’s your million dollar question! What’s plastic and goes click?” Angel hung up again.

Xander heard a clicking noise before the dial tone kicked in. “Willow you were right. That doesn’t sound like deadboy at all. He just made with two funnies in a short space of time and we can’t call back tonight otherwise he’s coming here to kill us”

“He said he was going to kill us?” Willow asked.

“Well actually he said me but I KNOW he meant all of us. I wonder where Buffy is?” Xander wondered.

“I really don’t know but I’m betting if she’s with Angel she’s not having a lot of fun right now” Willow replied.

Back in LA

“Angel, you are totally shameless, you just stole two of my hanging up lines!” the seer stated.

“Cordy, I didn’t steal them I merely borrowed then and it was for a good coarse. Can you believe he actually rang back?” the vampire asked, shaking his head.

“Come on it’s Xander!” Cordelia stated.

“You gotta a point” Angel replied. “So, where were we?”

Cordelia was just about to answer when she started to float off the ground. Images and flashes pass through her head as the events of the visions took place.

‘What’s happening to her?’ Buffy questioned in her mind.

“Oh, oh, oh ew, ew” Cordy managed before the vision ended. Her feet came back on the floor.

“Easy baby, what is it? What did you see?” Angel asked, clearly concerned about what his seer had just witnessed.

‘Baby? Oh Angel that was cheesy!” Buffy commented to herself.

“You really don’t want to know” Cordy replied. “Oh ewwww”

“It can’t be that bad!” Angel stated. Little did he know what Cordelia was about to reveal.

“You really want to know? Don’t say I didn’t warn you!” Cordy said.

“Jeez Cor, spill already” Angel replied.

“Okay, I just saw Buffy and Spike having sex!” came his seer reply.

“I’m sorry Cordy, I think I need to get my ears tested cause I could have sworn we just said you saw Buffy and Spike having sex!” the confused vampire stated.

‘Oh my god, how did she know about that?’ Buffy thought. She really needed to know what Cordelia was talking about.

“I did just tell you that and it wasn’t just once either. Eww, I got a little montage” Cordy said.

“I just don’t get why the powers would send you a vision of Buffy and Spike you know, doing it” Angel replied.

‘Me either, oh god this is so bad’ the slayer thought to herself. She stepped closer to where Angel and Cordelia were standing.

“I can provide the answer to that one!” Cordy stated. “The first bit of the vision was from the past. They were in an old building, one minute they were fighting the next minute they’re taking off each other’s clothes off. Then I got a shot of Spike on top of a tombstone or something, kinda looked like he was exercising. Don’t wanna know what’s up with that and finally the future one which takes place on Saturday. Buffy and Spike were making with the hot monkey loving with a Hacklar demon …” Angel’s eyebrows shot up and he interrupted before Cordelia could finish her sentence.

“Hot monkey loving? I’m getting a visual and it ain’t pretty. So let me get this straight. Buffy and Spike are having a threesome with a Hacklar demon?”

Did Angel really want to know the answer to his question?”Ewww” was Cordelia’s only response.

‘Threesome with a Hacksaw demon? I don’t think so!’ Buffy thought to herself. ‘What the hell was a Hacksaw demon anyway? Hang on a minute she hadn’t said Hacksaw she’d said Hacklar. Okay let’s rephrase the question. What the hell was a Hacklar demon anyway?’

“Now I’m getting a visual and it’s really gross. Why the hell did you just say that?” the seer questioned.

“You said ..” Angel started before he was cut off by Cordelia.

“No I didn’t say that. If you had let me finish then you would have heard what really happens and not made up for own icky version and I wouldn’t be wigged out by the visual I just got because of that. The Hacklar demon is watching them and was about to pounce”

Angel screwed his handsome face up. “Oh, at least that’s not so bad as the threesome”

“Will you shut up about the threesome already” Cordelia replied, swatting him on the arm. “Like I said, it was bad enough having the other events in living colour in my head without having Angel’s lost fantasies in there as well!”

“My what?” Angel asked in horror. Surely Cordy couldn’t be thinking he would enjoy seeing that.

“Oh never mind. Look, what are we going to do about telling Buffy?” Cordy asked.

“Maybe you could ring her!” Angel offered.

“Me? Why do I have to tell her? She’s your ex girlfriend!” Cordy reasoned.

“Well I’m not phoning her” Angel replied. “You’re a woman it would sound better coming from you”

Cordelia put her hands on her hips and glared at the vampire. “What’s that meant to mean? Just because I’m the same sex as Buffy she’s going to believe me?”

“No it’s just that she might think I’m jealous or something and not listen to what I tell her. I don’t want her to get hurt and you know how stubborn she can be!” Angel answered trying his best to convince Cordelia that she needed to be the one to tell Buffy about the vision.

‘Hey!’ Buffy thought. ‘I am NOT stubborn! I listen to what others tell me’

“I’m still not doing it. And besides I dare you to do it” Cordy replied, a smirk forming on her pretty face.

‘Well that was a mature response’ Buffy commented in her mind. She was expecting Angel to come out with a similar reply as hers.”Okay, I double dare you to do it” Angel replied, crossing his arm in front of his chest.

‘I double dare you, I double dare you’ the slayer really hadn’t expected that to be Angel answer.

“I… I….” Cordelia started. Damnit, he had doubled dared her. Now she had to do it. Why or why or why had she dared him to do it.

“You what?” Angel enquired, raising an eyebrow.

“Geez Angel you’re mature! Sometimes I think Connor is going to mature faster than you” Cordy stated.

“Just let me remind you who started this daring business in the first place. I believe that you be you” Angel learned forward and prodded her lightly in the stomach with his index finger.

“What’s the penalty if I don’t do it?” the seer asked. If it wasn’t too bad she might not have to phone Buffy after all.

“You, me a movie of my choice” Angel replied.

“Where did I put that phone?” Cordy said, pretending to look for the missing item.

Angel grabbed the telephone receiver off the table, he moved quickly towards the couch. He laid down resting his head on the armrest. “Its right here Cordy, come and get it” A lazy smile appeared on his face.’I don’t think it’s a good idea for you to go over there Cordelia’ Buffy told the seer in her mind.

Cordelia obviously wasn’t in tune with the slayer’s thought cos she was already over by the side on the couch. She climbed on top of Angel. Straddling him. She ran a hand lightly up his chest until she reached his face.

“Do you know something, I really don’t want to phone Buffy tonight. We have plenty of time until Saturday. Also I just got a brilliant idea.” Cordy said, as she placed a chaste kiss on his lips.

“I’m all ears” Angel replied, wrapping his arms around the woman on top of him, pulling her down closer to his body.

“Wesley can phone Buffy, he used to be her watcher after all” Cordy said.

‘Wesley? Wesley? I’m being passed over to Wesley! And beside I really don ‘t have like 5 hours while he beats around the bush trying to explain that I’m having sex when I’m attacked!’ Buffy was shocked. Cordelia reaction she had expected but to pass her over to Wesley. Angel wouldn’t let that happen. Would he?

“I like your thinking” Angel replied before continuing with “What didn’t I think of that?”

“Because you’re a Dumbass” Cordelia responded playfully.

“Hey! I am not a Dumbass and you just lost your kissing rights missy” Angel replied. Two could play that game.

“Oh no, whatever will I do now?” Cordy asked in mock horror. She licked her lips slowly. “I’m going to kiss you now, what you gonna do about it?”

“Kiss away, I will resist your charm, woman” the vampire replied.

Oh my god, give me a break!” Buffy exclaimed silently.Cordelia leant down and kiss him three times on the lips by the forth one Angel had opened his mouth and returned the kiss. Cordy pulled back slightly knowing Angel had something to say.

“Or not” He moved one hand to the back of her head, pushing it down lightly to close the distance between their lips. He began kissing her with a great passion.

* * * * * * *

A short while later Angel and Cordy were still laying on the couch. They had stopped their heavy make out session a few minutes ago. Something Buffy was very grateful for.

“You know, I’ve been thinking” Cordelia stated.

“That’s what that ticking noise is!” Angel exclaimed. “All this time I thought it was the clock”

“Oh ha ha, very funny” came the reply.

“I thought so” Angel stated. “So come on Cor, tell me what you were thinking about. You know you want to”

“Okay, I will tell you but it’s only because I think it’s important” the seer said.

‘This ought to be good’ Buffy thought.

“Well, I was just thinking how well you took the news about Buffy and Spike. I was expecting you to go into brood mode. You surprised me!”

‘Surprised the hell out of me as well!’ Buffy stated.

“Well Cor, you know I still care about Buffy, I think I always will, I’m just not in love with her anymore. What she does and who she does it with is really none of my business. I have someone new in my heart now. Someone who forced her way in despite me pulling up the drawbridge and filling my moat
with sharks” Angel said, looking lovingly into Cordelia’s eyes.

‘Angel has a castle?’ Buffy pondered. ‘He’s not in love me with anymore? I guess I already knew that though’

“Hey, I’m a bad ass part demon. I eat sharks for breakfast!” Cordy replied giggling.

Angel chuckled too. God he loved this woman.

“You know something Cordy, It isn’t 1998. People move on, people change. Just look at me and you!” Angel said.

“You don’t have to tell me that big guy. In 1998 you brooded for fun. You didn’t have a son and” Cordy paused for a moment for dramatic effect “You didn’t know Fred and Gunn”

“That was actually quite good. One of your better efforts” Angel offered.”And there’s plenty more from what that came from my incredibly sexy man … pire” Cordy finished her sentence and started to giggle.

“You are ever going to let me live that down?” the vampire enquired.

“Well, let me see about that one” Cordy put a look on her face which made Angel think she was actually considering it “That would be no. I can still remember you face when I asked you if you were trying to tell me you loved me cos you know we’re different you and I, very different” she continued in a mocking tone, Angel seemed to be loving every minute though.

“Okay, human, well kinda now, vampire” Angel said he was about to continue when Cordelia cut him off.

“Woman, Man ..pire” Cordelia was grinning like a Cheshire cat. Then she suddenly let out a yawn. “Well as fun as this evening has been, I’m off to bed. Are you going to stay on the couch?”

“Well as comfy as your couch is Cordy, I’m thinking no. I really need a bed right now” Angel said as Cordy got up from her position on top of him.

‘Finally!’ Buffy thought “He’s going home. He needs to put his clothes on first though.’

Angel got to his feet. “Bagsy, I’m on the left” with a burst of vampiric speed, Angel had vanished into the bedroom, leaving Cordy to run behind him.

Buffy followed straight behind Cordy.

When the slayer reached the bedroom, she found Angel already in the bed. He was sitting up, leaning back against the headboard. He had a huge smirk on his face. Cordelia had just got under the comforter. She turned to look at Angel.

“You cheated” She stated simply.”Did not” Angel replied.

“Did too” Cordy answered.

‘Oh my god, they sleep in the same bed’ Buffy thought to herself. ‘And just how old are they five? Had Angel just said bagsy?’

* * * * * * * *

Meanwhile in Sunnydale

“Oh no, that can’t be right” Willow said, she was working at her laptop, rechecking her calculations “This is not good, not good at all”

“Will? What’s wrong?” Xander asked as he entered the room.

“Xander, shout Anya, we have a problem,” Willow replied in a worried tone.

Early the next morning

“Are you sure?” Xander questioned.

“Xander, I’ve been up nearly all night checking. I’m really sure this time” Willow replied.

“What are we going to do then?” Anya asked.

“I don’t know but we need to find Buffy and fast, she’s going to turn visible again in under and hour now. There is no way we can get to LA that fast” Willow sighed.

“If I was still a vengeance demon, I could teleport us there” Anya stated.

“That’s it!” Willow said excitedly

“But I’m not a Vengeance Demon anymore, I can’t teleport” Anya replied.

“Of course I know that” Willow said. “But I could do a teleportation spell. All we need to do is do a locator spell to find Buffy and then teleport to that location. If we time is right we will appear just as Buffy becomes visible again so it will look like we all just arrived”

“Is that such a good idea?” Xander questioned.

“It’s the only chance we have. Who knows where Buffy is and what if she’s in some kind of trouble!” Willow answered.

“If she was in trouble, wouldn’t Angel help her?” Anya asked.

“Deadboy is unpredictable, just look how he reacted on the phone last night. I think you might be right Will, just as long as you’re strong enough to do the spells. I don’t want you getting sick!” Xander said.

“I’ll be fine Xander, don’t worry about me. The locator spell is really simple and I’ll just need a little rest after the teleportation spell and I’ll be just great” Willow replied.

“Ok then as long as you’re sure” Xander said.

“Honest I’ll be fine” Willow repeated.

“In that case what do we need?” Anya asked.

“Just a few supplies from the Magic Box” Willow answered.

“Well let’s get going then, it’s a good job Dawn is staying over at Janice’s” Xander said.

They all left for the Magic Box.

Meanwhile in LA

Angel awoke to find a mop of hair resting on his chest. It had happened again. As much as they tried to stay away from each other in the bed, granted that wasn’t very hard, Cordy always seemed to end up in the same position, arms wrapped around him with her head using his chest as a pillow. Angel wondered if he could stay like this forever. He got his reply as Cordy started to wake up.

“Hey” she whispered softly.

“Hey” he replied, smiling at her.

“Sleep well?” She asked.

“Like a baby” Angel replied.

“You know there may be a reason for that!” Cordy stated, letting out a playful giggle.

“Hey” Angel pouted.

‘Doesn’t he do anything but pout?’ Buffy pondered from her position on the floor. She had been sat there for the past 20 minutes, having spent most of the night on Cordy’s couch, which luckily for her was very comfortable. She hadn’t however been able to get much sleep. No prices for guessing why that was. Angel was acting totally different to how she remembered and so was Cordelia for that matter but then again she had just learnt that Cordelia was a demon ‘Always knew she wasn’t human!’ Buffy mumbled in her mind.

“Cor, you haven’t got a new perfume or bubble bath have you?” the vampire enquired.

“Nope, not since that new one you got me the other week, which I love by the way, just like I love you”

“You love me?” Angel asked in mock surprise.

‘Well duh!’ Buffy anticipated Cordelia’s answer to be.

“No, of course not! You’re just the best damn pillow I’ve ever slept on, best looking too!” Cordy replied.

“Oh is that so” Angel said, a lazy grin appearing on his face. “How did I ever get so lucky?” his tone was serious now, all joking had been put aside.

‘Wow Angel, that was sarcastic. I wonder what Queen C’s reply will be’ Buffy pondered totally misreading the tone in Angel’s voice.

“No, I’m the lucky one, without you I was just an incredibly successful and wealthy actress. Did I mention successful?” his seer joked.

“Once or twice” Angel replied, keeping his voice cheerful. Cordy would kill him if he started to brood over that again.

“But it wasn’t me” Cordy continued. “Sure I had everything money could buy and more, but I didn’t have you”

“Did you ever wonder if that wasn’t such a bad thing?” Angel enquired.

“Never entered my mind!” Cordy replied “Until the end remember?”

“Until the end” Angel repeated.

‘Huh?’ Buffy thought, she was even more confused now that she was last night.

“So…” Cordy started, changing the subject.

‘Damn it, looks like I won’t get an answer to that one’ Buffy thought ‘But then again maybe that’s not such a bad thing’

“Why did you ask about the perfume?” Cordelia asked.

“It’s really weird and don’t stake me or anything but I keep getting a whiff of this perfume which somebody else used to wear” Angel stated.

“By somebody else do you mean who I think you mean?” Cordy asked raising an eyebrow for good measure.

‘Cryptic much?’ Buffy said in the head before she suddenly realised they could be talking about her ‘Oh god, she was busted’.

“Oh look there she is over there!” Cordy said, pointing in a totally different direction to where Buffy was actually sat. “Hiya Buffy, long time no see, oh wait I can’t see you cos some how you’ve turned invisible and of course the first thing you decided to do was pay Angel a little visit and spy on us. Well hope you’re getting an eyeful. Probably not liking what you’re seeing either”

“Cordy” Angel started but his seer interrupted him.

“Angel, look I’m sure Buffy has better things to do with her time that get herself turned invisible and come to check up on you. I know your ex’s are weird but surely not that weird!” Cordelia stated.

‘Hey, I’m not weird, well not really and coming here wasn’t the first thing I decided to do either’ Buffy thought. She had realised that Cordy was just being sarcastic. Geez between Cordelia and Angel there was way too much sarcasm in the room. Sure Buffy was sarcastic but nothing compared to those two. Had Angel always been this sarcastic or had he just been hanging around Cordelia for too long.

“You know I don’t know whether to be insulted you thinking I would wear any perfume that Buffy would wear. You know what her dress sense is like” Cordy stated.

“Some of her outfits were okay!” Angel said.

“Well I don’t blame her for the ones she used to slay in cos you know demon goo and all but she had no excuse for some of those outfits she wore for school” Cordy said.

“You got that right” Angel replied.

“Ooh you bitch” Cordy joked.

Angel laughed “ I leant from the best” he replied with a wink.

Buffy was starting to get pissed. Just who did those two think they were. Making fun of her clothes and perfume.

“Okay” Cordy said “That’s enough of mentioning Buffy’s name. Wouldn’t want to kick off a …” She was unable to continue as Angel had suddenly pulled her further up him and had started to kiss her.

‘Oh for crying out loud! Get a room you two’ Buffy thought. Well wasn’t that a dumb thing to think. They already had a room and Buffy was the one who was there uninvited and yet for some strange reason she couldn’t leave.

“You know something” Cordy started.

“Cor, I know lots of things, I’m nearly 250 years old. I’ve got a lots of knowledge”

“Yeah 250 years worth of knowledge and you’re still a Dumbass!” She finished her sentence with the smile.

“Cordy, I am not a Dumbass!” Angel replied.

“Oh really?” Cordy questioned, raising an eyebrow.

“Okay, maybe sometimes I can be a little slow on the uptake but I get” he stopped and kissed her once on the lips “there in the end”.

“Well at least we know now that you don’t have a blond fetish after all. But all the woman in your life do have something in common” Cordy suggested.

“And what might that be Cor?” Angel asked.

“The letter S” Cordy replied.

‘The letter S?’ Buffy’s ears pricked up at Cordelia’s suggestion.

“Okay we’ll start with she who can’t be named. Slut, Streetwalker” Cordy offered.

‘Oh my god! Angel are you going to let her talk about me like that?’ Buffy silently demanded an answer.

“Slapper” Angel offered.

“Good one” came the reply “And while we’re on the subject, just how many times is she going to die? Stay dead already! She’s died more times than Buffy” Cordy paused for a moment “Angel, I’m sorry I didn’t mean for that to come out like it sounded”

“It’s okay Cordy really” Angel replied.

‘Angel it is so not okay’ Buffy commented in her mind. At least she wasn’t she who couldn’t be named but still.

“Speaking of Buffy of course is the obvious S word, Slayer” Cordy stated.

“So what about you Cordy? What are the S words for you?”

Cordy got up from Angel and slipped out from under the comforter. Angel did the same and he was now sat upright with his legs hanging off the side of the bed.

‘I can think of a few’ Buffy thought angrily.

“How about secretary?” Angel offered. He patted his knee, motioning for her to sit. She complied with his request. “Take a letter Miss Chase”

Cordy giggled. Buffy wanted to gag.

“Cordy do you still have those glasses you wore when we went into Wolfham and Hart?” the vampire enquired.

“Yeah, I think so why?” Cordy asked.

“Well” Angel replied “They make you look dead sexy” he purred.

Cordy raised an eyebrow. “Really?”

“Yeah” Angel stated “Which brings me onto my next word for you sexy”

“Well I was going to go with seer but please carry on” Cordy grinned at him.

“Not that Buffy and Darla were ugly or anything but …” Angel couldn’t finish once more as Cordelia interrupted him.

“Uh Angel can we stop talking about your old chippies and get back to you telling me I look sexy in those glasses?” Cordy asked.

“I think I can manage that!” Angel said.

Buffy was shocked again! ‘Chippies? I’m a chippie? I don’t think so! I’m the slayer I play chippie for nobody’

“Glasses make Cordy look sexy!” Angel said slowly in what could only be described as a Tarzan voice.

“And don’t I look sexy without the glasses?” Cordy questioned.

“I’ve just been a Dumbass haven’t I?” Angel replied.

“Oh yeah” Cordy said “And for that you shall make me breakfast! But first of all you need to take a shower cos you smell like me which is fine for us part demon females but not for a male vampire like yourself”.

“Care to join me? You could scrub my back?” Angel enquired with a huge grin.

“I’ll send Dennis in for you!” Cordy joked.

“I can manage” Angel stated. Cordelia’s refusal was probably for the best. Showering with Cordy would lead to bad thought.

Cordy removed herself from Angel’s knee after giving him a quick kiss.

Angel got up and headed for the bathroom. Along the way he started to sing “Could it be magic”. Thankfully after just one line he started whistling, something Buffy and Dennis were grateful for.

45 Minutes later, Angel was sat on the couch in the living room. Showered and changed into a white tank top and a pair of light grey sweatpants. He’d made Cordy some breakfast and she’d came out of the shower about ten minutes ago. She was currently getting ready in the bedroom.

Buffy was stood in the middle of the living room studying Angel. She was trying to understand how he could have changed so much in these past three years. Sure, she had changed too but Angel was nothing like the broody vampire she used to know. The one who used to love her and didn’t even give Cordelia Chase a second look. Maybe if she knew she was there he stilled loved her. That Cordelia was a poor convenient substitute for her. She couldn’t continue her thoughts because there was a bit of a bang. She turned around and suddenly stood next to her were Willow, Xander and Anya. Just what the hell were they doing here?

“Is everybody okay?” Xander asked. “Buffy you okay?”

He turned to face the now visible slayer.

“Huh?” Buffy said something out loud for the first time since she’d left Sunnydale. She looked down to find she was visible again. The group of newcomers all turned around when they heard a growl.

It came from an extremely pissed off looking Angel. He got off the couch, placing his hands and his hips “What’s everybody doing in my living room?”

“Your living room? You live here?” Xander questioned.

“Well, uh uh actually it’s Cordelia’s living room” Angel replied. What the hell were they doing here?

“Might as well be living here!” Buffy muttered under breathe, the other Scoobies heard her though.

“I ask again, what are you doing here?” Angel demanded. He and Cordy were about to do some training when Cordy was dressed. Trust Buffy and the others to turn up and ruin his plans. “Oh wait, don’t tell me. You broke the phone last night making all those calls and now you’ve decided to come and piss me off in person”

“No, no” Willow said. “There’s this new demon and I did a spell to try and locate it but something must have done wrong and somehow we ended up here. You know how my magic goes a little wonky sometimes”

“Well in that case you better be on your way to get to the demon, so you can slay it or whatever” Angel replied, praying they would be gone before Cordy came out of the bedroom.

“Sorry, no can do, the teleportation spell I used to get us here takes a lot of energy to perform. I can’t use is again for at least a couple of hours” Willow replied. Angel really didn’t seem to be pleased to see them at all even Buffy.

Angel was about to ask if they had any money on them so they could depart by public transport when the bedroom door opened and out came a very scantily clad Cordelia Chase. We was wearing an extremely short black skirt that just about covered her panties and really looked more like a belt. To make matters worse she had left the few three buttons of her white blouse undone, exposing a bright red bra.

Cordelia stopped dead in her tracks. Angel was just staring at her, as were all the others.

“Red” was all Angel could manage. He looked up to see her face, she was wearing the glasses too. Good god, she looked hot. He managed to drag his eye’s off his seer long enough to notice that Xander and Willow for that matter were still staring at Cordy.

“Mine” he growled out, moving towards Cordy, to block out the other’s view of her.

Xander got a visual of Angel dressed in nothing but a red bra with matching panties. This Angel moved towards him and said “Heelloo”. Xander shuddered, forcing the picture out of his mind. That was not a pretty sight and he’d probably be having nightmares for weeks to come.

Cordelia had said nothing. She just turned around and ran back into the bedroom, shutting the down behind her. Boy, that was embarrassing. The door opened and in charged Angel.

“What was all that about?” Xander questioned, still disturbed by the visual he had gotten.

“I’m not quite sure. Buffy can you fill us in?” Willow replied.

“First of all, what are you guys doing here?” Buffy asked.

“I discovered that the effects of the invisible ray were going to wear off right about now and we needed to get to you in a hurry. Good timing don’t you think?” Willow said.

“Okay” Buffy replied.

Angel suddenly exited the bedroom, he had a smirk on his face, which quickly vanished when he saw them all still standing in the same positions as he had left them in.

“Cordy’s just getting changed” Angel said sheepishly.

‘Cordy? Since when was she Cordy to him’ Xander wondered.

Cordelia re-entered the living room, now dressed in a dark green tank top and matching combat pants. She was still wearing the glasses.

“Sorry about that guys, we were just fooling around” Cordy stated. “I didn’t hear the door go, why didn’t you shout me?”

“I would have done Cor, but there was no knocking on the door, they just teleported right on in” Angel stated. His bad mood seemed to be getting worse.

“Okay, so do you guys want a drink or something?” Cordy asked.

“Sure” they all replied. Buffy was dying for a drink for obvious reasons.

“Dennis, can you bring out some sodas from the fridge please and some blood for Angel” Cordy shouted.

“Who’s Dennis?” Xander questioned. “M’lady’s butler”

“No, he’s my roommate” Cordy replied. “He just happens to be a ghost”

“You live with a ghost?” Anya asked.

Buffy put on a mock surprised look.

“Don’t worry, he’s friendly. Well most of the time anyway” Cordy replied.

“Well I should hope so” Xander said.

“So why are you guys here anyway?” Cordy asked.

“Complete accident” Willow lied. “Locator spell went wrong and we ended up here some how” She gave Cordy a small smile.

Dennis entered the room signalled by a tray of sodas floating in. He placed it down onto Cordy’s coffee table.

“Thanks Dennis” Angel said. “So Willow how much time do you need before you can get out of here?”

“You trying to get rid of us Deadboy?” Xander asked.

Angel just growled in response.

“Angel, calm down or you’ll have a heart attack!” Cordy joked.

“Cordelia, Angel’s a vampire, his heart doesn’t beat” Xander explained.

“Angel’s a vampire?” Cordy questioned. “You’re a vampire?” she turned to look at Angel directly.

“Damnit, my secret is out” Angel replied.

“I always wondered why you drank PB” Cordy said “Well come on then, let’s see those lumps and bumps”

Angel vamped out as requested.

“Ooh, scary” Cordy said.

“What’s up with you two?” Willow asked.

“Nothing” they both replied at the same time, sharing a secret smile. Angel returned to his human face and picked up his blood. He started to head towards the kitchen.

Where do you think you’re going?” Cordy enquired.

“Kitchen” Angel replied. “Which last time I checked was in this direction!”

“Smart ass!” Cordy said. “Get your butt back here now. Anybody who doesn’t want to see you drinking your blood can go into the kitchen”

“But” Angel started.

“No buts” Cordy replied.

“You watch deadboy drink blood?” Xander asked.

“Well duh! He’s a vampire as you just pointed out just a minute ago. It’s kinda what they do” Cordelia answered. She could always rely on Xander to ask a Dumbass question.

“Maybe Cordelia gets a kick out of watching him drink” Buffy commented, in a bitchy tone. She was more than a little miffed that Angel hadn’t said a word to her since ‘they had arrived’.

Angel wanted to growl but instead he decided to just ignore Buffy’s comment totally. That would piss her off.

“Anybody going to the kitchen?” Cordy asked.

“Nope, we’re all fine here” Anya said.

“Right so in that case, take a seat. Okay, that demon you’re after, what type is it?” Cordy enquired, taking a sip of her soda.

“Not sure” Willow replied.

“What’s it look liked then?” the vampire questioned. Maybe it was that Hacklar demon that Cordy saw in her vision.

“We don’t know that either” Anya replied. They hadn’t been expecting the third degree about what the made up demon looked like so they just had to play dumb.

“Well how are you going to kill it then?” Cordy asked.

“I will slay it” Buffy stated. “Cos after all I am the slayer, it’s what I do”

“That’s nice but I meant is it your standard slice and dice or do you have to set it on fire so you have roast crispy demon? Don’t you have a plan? Cordy asked. “God, you guys are worse than Angel!”

“Hey, I always have a plan!” Angel pouted.

Xander and Willow did a double take. Yes they had seen correctly the first time Angel was pouting.

“Your patterned sudden burst of violence doesn’t count as a plan sweetie” Cordy replied.

“Did you just call him sweetie? Cos I can thing of a lot of things to call Angel here but sweet ain’t one of them” Xander stated.

“Angel can be very sweet and kind at times plus he has the best taste in clothes whatever his own may suggest” Cordy said, she couldn’t resist getting in a little dig at Angel to continue their friendly banter.

“Thanks a lot Cor” Angel replied.

“You’re welcome” Cordy replied, flashing him her 100 watt smile and choosing to totally ignore Angel’s sarcasm.

“I didn’t know you had to wear glasses Cordelia” Anya commented, trying to change the subject.

“She doesn’t” Buffy said before she could stop herself. “I mean she didn’t when she lived in Sunnydale” she corrected.

“Nope, Buffy’s right. I don’t have to wear them, they’re just plain glass” Cordy replied.

“Well, what do you have them on for then?” Anya enquired.

“Geez, nosy much!” Angel said.

Cordy sniggered. “Hey, Angel can I talk to you for a second”

“Sure” Angel replied. Cordy grabbed Angel’s hand and lead him towards the other side of the living room.

“Now would be a perfect time to tell Buffy about the vision. I know we said Wesley should do it but I think it would be better to tell her in person”

“I agree” Angel said.

“You do? Well that’s just great. Good luck with that” Cordy replied.

“I’m not doing it Cordy, you are” Angel stated.

“Am not”

“Are to”



Cordy stuck out her tongue at the vampire. “Look there’s only one way to settle this. Rock, paper, scissors!”

“I rule at that game, you’re so going down Chase” Angel said cockily.

“What are they doing?” Anya whispered.

“God only knows, they’re been acting like a couple of five year olds since I got here last night” Buffy whispered back.

“1, 2, 3” Cordy said. “My rock blunts your scissors, I win”

“Damnit, how about two out of three” Angel enquired.

“Okay Mister I rule at this game” Cordy replied.

“Are they playing rock, paper, scissors?” Xander asked.

“Oh yeah” Buffy replied.

“1, 2, 3, My paper is cut by your scissors! Crap, I’ve lost again. Best of five?” the vampire offered.

“Sure, but if I win this game it’s all over. 1, 2, 3. My paper wraps your rock. I win” Cordy replied.

“Shit” Angel muttered.

“Is there any game you don’t suck at?” Cordy enquired playfully.

“Doesn’t look like it” Angel replied putting on the puppy dog look. He knew it was a low thing to do but he was desperate. No way did he want to be the one who told Buffy about the vision.

“Please Cordy” Angel begged. “I’ll be your best friend”

“Pfft, you already are my best friend” his seer replied.

They turned back fully around to find the others all staring at them.

“Do you two just play rock, paper, scissors?” Xander replied, still not quite believing what he had just seen.

“Yeah and Angel has something to tell Buffy, don’t ya Angel?” Cordelia said, pushing the vampire forward.

“Erm, erm” Angel started.

Just then there was a knock at the door.

“Saved by the bell” Angel said to Cordy as he ran to the door to answer it.

Angel opened the door. Fred and Gunn were standing outside.

“Guys” Angel said, pulling them into the room and engulfing them both into a big hug.

“Hey man, some of us need to breathe you know” Gunn stated as he struggled free of the vampires vice like grip. He looked around the room at people he didn’t recognize but he was sure that one of them was Willow, the person who had come to tell Angel about Buffy dying. Surely she hadn’t died again?

His eyes landed on Cordelia. “Who’s the fox?”

“Hi, I’m Buffy” the slayer said, stepping forward.

“Hey Buffy, but I was actually talking about Cordy” Gunn replied.

“Oh” Buffy said sheepishly, returning to her original position.

“Looking good girl” Gunn continued, now looking at Cordy.

“Thanks Gunn” Cordy replied.

“Gun Where?” Xander asked.

“That’s his name Dumbass” Angel replied. “It has two n’s” as he spoke, he, Gunn, Fred and Cordy all waggled to fingers in the air.

“My bad, I’m Xander, Xander Harris, two r’s” Xander said, shrugging.

“I can’t believe you just said that” Angel stated to Xander. “And people say I’m a Dumbass” he muttered mainly to himself.

“Hey there” Fred said, speaking for the first time, her mind was racing as to what these people where doing here.

“Hello” Anya said.

“Hi Fred” Willow replied, “Nice to see you again”

“You too Willow” Fred stated.

“You know Cordelia with those glasses you remind me of that Linda Carter person from wonder woman with a disguise and all” Gunn paused for a moment before continuing in a high pitched voice “Wonder woman”

“I was cool before I met y’all” Angel, Cordy and Fred all said at the same time.

“Hey, don’t be dissing my show! So how came the scrappy gang are here anyway?”

“Scoobie gang” Xander corrected.

“Whatever” Gunn said

“They just teleported right on in” Angel stated.

Buffy couldn’t help but notice how Angel seemed really pleased to see these two people and he couldn’t wait to get rid of her and her friends. Buffy just needed to take to Angel. It was like Cordelia had brain washed him or something.

“What are you guys doing today?” Fred enquired.

“Well, Cordy and I were about to do some training!” Angel said.

Gunn coughed “Yeah right” he said before coughing again.

Xander started to laugh loudly.

“It starts off as training …..” Angel trailed off, turning his attention to Xander who was still laughing. “What’s so funny?”

“The thought of Cordelia training! What does she practice running away and screaming?”

Angel growled, that was it Xander was getting his ass kicked.

“Okay then we better going with today being our day off and all” Fred stated.

“Do you have to?” Angel almost whined.

“Way things are around here? Oh yeah!” Gunn replied. “You want to hook up tonight dawg?”

“Sure thing Bro” Angel said. “I’m pretty fly for a white guy!” He paused at the looks he was getting from Gunn, Fred and Cordy.

“Undead vampire” Angel offered.

“Dork” Cordy giggled. “See you guys later, say here around eightish?”

“Sounds good. Nice to see you again Willow. Bye y’all. Bye Dennis” Fred yelled the last part, unsure of Dennis’ wear abouts in the apartment as she and Gunn walked towards the door. Fred opened the door.

“Later Dudes” Angel joked.

Gunn just shook his head. “Man, you are so not cool” He said before disappearing.

Angel turned around and grinned like a Cheshire cat at Cordy. He started to walk forward and tripped up. He managed to regain his balance before he went flat on his face.

“What did he just trip over? There’s nothing there. Has he been drinking?” Anya asked.

Buffy needed to change the subject and fast. She had to get Angel alone. The perfect idea sprang into her head.

“Angel, I could do with a workout. Maybe we could train together, just me and you like old times” Buffy offered. ‘All I need is a few minutes alone with him’.

“I don’t think so Buffy” Angel replied.

“Why not?” Buffy pouted.

“Because I don’t want to” Angel stated bluntly.

‘He really has been spending too much time with Cordelia Chase’ Buffy thought.

Cordy glared at the vampire “Angel” She moved closer to him. “Perfect opportunity to tell Buffy about my vis….”

Angel had grabbed hold of Cordy and was now kissing her passionately. She struggled for a few seconds before she relaxed. After a few moments she broke the kiss. “What was that for? Not that I’m complaining.”

“No reason, I can kiss my girlfriend in her own home can’t I?” Angel reasoned.

“Pfft, there’s something else going on. You’re stalling.” Cordelia said.

Angel flashed her his bright smile, the one reserved only for her. “Why would I be stalling Cordy?”

“I don’t know Angel? Maybe you’re trying to avoid telling a certain person a certain something?” Cordy asked.

“Me, avoid talking? You’ve got me all wrong.”

“Really?” She raised her eyebrow at him.

“Maybe not,” Angel admitted.

“Take a load off,” Cordelia said, pushing Angel back into the armchair. “Be a good boy and play nice!”

The vampire rolled his eyes but said nothing.

“So, what’s new with you guys?” Cordelia asked cheerily.

“Nothing much,” Willow replied.

A growl was heard when Cordelia walked over to the other side of the room and sat down on the floor by the fireplace.

“What’s wrong now?” Cordelia demanded.

“Nothing,” Angel muttered.

“He seemed to be pissed off about something!” Anya supplied helpfully.

“Thanks, I kinda got that.” Cordelia replied.

The room drifted into silence for a moment before the phone rang. Cordelia held up her hand and caught the receiver, which came flying through the air thanks to Dennis. “Hello,”

“Hi, it’s me,” Angel replied, pulling his cell phone into view.

“What do you want?” Cordelia asked.

“I’m lonely over here and you’re all the way over there,” Angel stated.

“You’re such a dork,” Cordy said. Disconnecting the call. She got up from the floor and walked over to Angel. She sat down on his lap. “Better?”

“Much,” Angel replied.

“So how long have you and Angel been ….” Willow trailed off, unsure of how to ask them what kind of relationship they had.

“Together? Not that long really. If you want to know how long I’ve been in love with this goofball. I don’t know. It seems like forever.” Cordelia said, a bright smile on her face.

“The day you gave me the plastic flowers,” Angel admitted.

“What?” Buffy questioned.

“Angel trains in the hotel basement. I bought him some plastic flowers to brighten the place up.” Cordelia explained. “Angel was in full dork mode that day, weren’t you my man.. pire?”

“You’ll be paying for that later!” Angel told her.

“Ooh, I’m so scared,” Cordelia replied.

“You should be,” Angel whispered in her ear in a husky tone.

Cordelia shivered. Damn Buffy and the rest of them for turning up.

A knock at the door was heard.

“This place is like a mad house today.” Cordy said, getting up from Angel’s lap to answer the door. She opened it to find Wes standing at the door. “Wes, you’re back!” She pulled him into a hug.

“I am,” Wesley replied. He broke contact with his friend when he heard a growl.

“Geez Angel, it was only a hug, no need for you to get jealous. I’m sure Wes will give you a hug too,” Cordelia said, moving out of the way so Wesley could enter the apartment. She closed the door behind him.

Angel jumped up, crossing the room. He gave Wesley a quick hug. “Good to see you,”

“You too,” Wesley replied. He turned to see all the other’s starring at him. “Buffy? What brings you to LA?”

“A demon,” Buffy lied. “Will did a spell, went a little wonky. We ended up here some how.”

“Oh really,” the ex-watcher said.

“Yeah,” Xander added.

“When you get back?” Cordelia asked Wesley.

“Last night,” Wes answered. “I thought I’d drop by here on my way to the office. You heard from Fred and Gunn?”

“You just missed them, they were here about ten minutes ago,” Angel stated.

“Never mind, I’ll catch up with them tomorrow.” Wesley said.

“I’m sure you’d like a drink. Cor, can you get Wes a cup of tea?” Angel asked.

“Sure,” Cordelia replied. “What are you guys up to?” She raised an eyebrow in suspicion.

“Us, nothing!” Angel faked innocence.

“Pfft, I’ll find out sooner or later!” Cordelia said as she headed towards the kitchen.

“There’s nothing to find out,” Angel shouted. “Damn, how does she do that?”

“Must be a seer thing,” Wesley joked.

“So, did you get it?” Angel asked.

“I certainly did, and if things go as planned you’ll be able to give Cordy her surprise very soon.” Wesley answered.

“What surprise?” Cordy asked, stepping back into the living room.

“You’re not supposed to be listening, you meant to be making Wes’ tea.” Angel complained.

“Forget about that, what’s my surprise?” Cordelia semi demanded.

“Cordelia, if we told you that it wouldn’t be a surprise now would it?” Wesley reasoned.

“Wes,” Cordy whined. “You know this is going to kill me, you have to tell me. If you don’t I’m going to bug you until you do. Both of you.”

“Tough,” Angel replied. “We are not telling you,”

“Meanie,” Cordy said, sticking out her tongue at her boyfriend.

“She stuck out her tongue at me, that’s going to make me want to tell you. Oh wait, it really isn’t! Angel stated.

“Dumbass,” Cordelia huffed. She returned to the kitchen.

“What’s the surprise?” Anya asked.

“I’m not telling you now,” Angel said. “Hawkears, in the kitchen will hear,”

“Hey, I heard that!” Cordy yelled from the other room.

“I rest my case,” the vampire stated.

Cordelia re-entered the living room again. “Sorry, Wes I haven’t got any tea. You must have used all the bags last time.”

“Doesn’t matter Cordy, I’ll have one when I get to the office. Which, I should be doing now. What time are you too coming in?” Wesley enquired.

“Now’s good for me,” Angel said. Not even trying to hide his eagerness to leave.

“We can’t just leave them here,” Cordelia replied.

“Sure we can, Dennis will look after them. Won’t you Dennis?” Angel asked.

“We’ll come with you,” Buffy stated. “I really need to talk to Angel anyway,”

Angel bit back a growl. “Let’s go then,”

“I can’t wait to see you’re hotel. Willow says its pretty big,” Anya said.

“It’s really big, we still haven’t found a use for most of it. I’ll give you the grand tour if you like?” Cordelia offered.

“I for one can’t wait,” Xander replied.

Angel gave Xander a death stare. “Nobody’s forcing you to come.”

“No, no I want to.” Xander said.

Angel rolled his eyes. “You guys can ride with Wes. Cordy and I will follow.”

Cordelia opened the closet and pulled out Angel’s blanket. She threw it at him. “Here, you’ll be needing this.”

“Thanks, okay let’s go,” Angel said.




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