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Summary: Angel (finally) pays a visit to Sunnydale to discuss a small annoyance...



"You see..." Angel eyes Buffy... Pushing several letters over to her...

There's clearly a threat intended here to Connor and me...

"Preety graphic stuff..." Willow notes...

And...Sent from Sunnydale...No question...Angel looks at Buffy...

"So you see...For Connor's sake at least...I've got to know who's been writing these..."

Though I have a pretty good idea...he notes...

"Spike?..." Tara eyes him...

"Guess it is his style..."

Buffy looks the letters over...Hmmn...

"Could be...But Will has been behaving himself..." she notes...

You the Slayer?...A sour-faced teen Connor looks at Buffy...Twisting restlessly from the seat where Angel had ordered him to stay put...

The dead one my dad's "evil spirit" screwed?...

You got small ones...he leered...

"Connor!...Apologize...Now..." Angel said grimly and quietly...

Sorry...Connor sneered...

***

Yeah...Buffy smiles at Angel...

I can see the Darla in him...

***

"You two the lesbians...?" Connor sneers at Tara and Willow, eyeing them...

You look about right...

"Connor!!..." Angel glares...

"Which one was the deady my dad's ceremony got back?...You?..." Connor looks at Willow...And her desperate attempt at redying her hair...

You sure look deady...he sneers...

"Connor...I've told you once...Sit down, be quiet, and be polite..." Angel calls...

Yeah, yeah...Connor sulks...Kicking at the wall, his chair, the table...

Hmmn...Willow thinks...

Wonder if he'd still be so "cute" if we turned his skin inside out...?

She nervously glances quickly back at a frowning Tara...Clearly sensing...

God, she's gotten all espish since her resurrection...she thinks...

Honest, I be good, honey...No more black-eyed rants...I promise...

Just wish the black would finish coming out of my hair...she sighs...

***

A bored Connor gets up, turns to Dawn...

Hey, baby...Connor grins at Dawn...Pawing at her...

"Hey, hands off, you clown!..." Dawn shoves him back...

Connor trembles in rage, slapping her...

"Bitch!..."

"Connor!!!..." Angel moves to grab him...But not before Buffy has whirled him back to face her...

"You like slapping girls, kid?..." she smiles at him...

Maybe you'd like to go one-on-one with me...

Ummn, Buffy...Angel pauses...

Ummn...He didn't mean it...

The boy is just...High-spirited...

"Hey!?...Daddy, are you gonna let her talk to me like that?...I thought you said you knew how to handle women like this..." Connor sneers at Buffy...

The "right way...With the back of a good Irish hand...and...a good hard, fast..."he pauses in mid-quote, Buffy's glare now at withering intensity...Angel glaring but pleading a little as well...

Can it, boy...? We want these girls to like us, remember...? his look says...

"Do you know how to handle women like me, Angel?..." Buffy smiles gently...

The "right way"?...

Ummn...

"Dad said you were so hot for it you'd even do the Undead..." Connor jokes... "You're screwing William the Bloody now, right?...."

Almost as hot as an Irish girl...Dad says...he continues...

Did you say that...? Me boy-o...? Buffy smiles again beatifically...Looking at Angel...

"I'm flattered..." she smiles on...

Ummn...he smiles wanly...

Well...I did mention I'd heard you'd gotten involved with Spike...I think...he paused...

But I was sure it was just a side effect of...

"Of being abandoned by my former lover...?" she sweetly inserts...

Sorry...she smiles...I was dead just a little while ago...It affects the politeness bone...

God, how do some of us stay hetero?...she thought...

Never thought William the Bloody would become a prime example of an enlightened male...

Oh...My sweet Will...Out there somewhere...Wandering in despair...Poised between Heaven and Hell...God, how could I have let you go off like that...?

And leave me to face...

This...

"Buffy...?" Angel looks at her as she comes back to herself with a start...

Sorry...Have a tendency to drift off a bit these days...she smiles...

"Brain damage...?" Connor notes...

Not the worst thing that could happen to a hot babe...he smirks...

***

Maybe...Connor should go outside with Dawn...And Tara...Buffy suggests...

"What...you gonna talk sex?...Or killing?...I know all about the two of 'em..." Connor smirks...

Lemme give ya some pointers...Buffy...he sneers...Looking her up and down...

Angel glares at him...

But hey, out with the big lesbo and the lesbo-in-training...? Connor looks at Dawn who glares at him...

"Why not?...Maybe I can "effect a cure"..." he eyes them...

Out...Angel tells him coldly...

"Give him a good whack if he gets out of line, Tara..."

Ummn...Not quite my...she thinks...

"Oooh..." Connor smirks.... "Gee, the big lesbo witch is gonna..." Tara smiles at him in a way that shuts him up...He follows her out a little nervously, with Dawn behind...

Guess I could learn to enjoy it...Tara thinks...

***

"Well...As to Spike..." Angel begins...

I'm sure he's my letter-writer...His style is preety distinctive...

Well, Willow notes...He did try to rape Buffy...Maybe his evil side is regaining control...

Oh...Angel looks at Buffy...

"My poor Buffy..."

God, so he finally showed a leetle spunk...Angel thinks...Thought all the little poet was good for was reading his crappy poetry to her...

Rather nice to know a "grandson" of mine shows a little proper "spirit" in romance...Always gotta wonder about these "arty" types...he thinks...

Thank God my Connor's all boy...

"It wasn't that serious..He was having problems...I wasn't helping much...Not that I condone what he did...Just..." Buffy pauses...

He tried very hard to control himself before...He didn't kill me when he had the chance...There were issues...I should have tried to help him deal...

I understand...Angel smiles reassuringly...

God, poor girl must have been desperate with me gone...Well...Angel's here now to solve all your little problems, he thinks...

"I'll deal with Spike, Buffy...Don't worry about him..." he confidently pats her hand...

Willow notices a rapid increase in glare intensity...Uh-oh...

"Ow!!!..." Connor calls from outside...Where Dawn...And Tara...were clearly applying a leetle discipline...

"Daddy!!!!"

***

Angel goes out to dispense a little lecture to his boy...And make sure Tara and Dawn aren't suppressing his youthful, all-boy spirit too much...

Right...Buffy thinks...

Leaves me alone to fight Glory...Doesn't even check on Dawny after I'm dead...

Paid no attention to my hints that I needed financial help when I met him earlier post-resurrection...Too busy showing Connor pictures and praising poor dear Darla's noble soul to the skies...

And now...He's gonna "help" me by removing the one person who's been there for me all through this horror...

And I know why...

Course...He did provide the Wolfram-Hart ceremony that saved our Tara...So I gotta be polite...

For now...

Angel returns, smiling...

Connor just has a bit of the ole Irish devil in him...he smiles...Really a sweet kid, underneath...

A really sweet kid, he notes carefully, looking at Buffy...

Yep, Buffy thinks...Right on the money...

***

Of course...Angel hesitates...

What the boy really needs is a mother...he pauses, eyeing Buffy...

And a blonde one would be preferable she thinks...

Ummn...she hesitates...

"I'm not really...Ready...To consider this, Angel..."

Right...No sex, forced move to LA no doubt, and I get to wait hand-and-foot on Brat Boy and his eighteenth century minded dad...

What's not to love...?

"I understand..." Angel smiles...

Poor girl...All too overwhelming for her...

Not every day an offer like this comes her way...

"First I'll deal with William...Then we'll talk..." he gets up...

Yeah...Whoa...Deal? with William?...she thinks...

Connor!!!!!....Angel calls...

Time to leave, boy...

"Later baby..." Connor smirks at Dawn...

Just mention my name next time you're in LA...Doors will open, babe...

Kat-cha...he cocks a finger at her...

She grimaces...Urggh...

***

Well...Tara tries...As she, Buffy, and Willow sit around the kitchen table...

That was...Ummn...

Nice...

"I guess we'd better find Spike before Angel does..." Willow sighs...

That is...If you have made up your mind about him...she eyes Buffy...

"Well...Of course...I can't love a demon..." Buffy hesitates...

Buffy...Tara glares...

"Ok, ok...I'm in love with William...There must be something human left in him...Maybe...If we can keep him from evil...We can find some way to help him later on..." she looks, pleading and hopeful at her friends...

"This is probably gonna take a long time...Maybe all year, you know..." Tara notes...

Finding him, making sure he isn't hurting anyone, looking for a cure...

"But we have the resurrection ceremony now...And something tells me he'll be willing to try...If you tell him you're here for him..." she eyes Buffy...

And no more letters to Angel and Connor...Willow notes...

You know...? Buffy looks at them...

"Good try on the handwriting alteration, Buf...but yeah..." Willow grins...

I will say you learned a lot from dear Willy the Bloody...Very graphic descriptions of what you'd like to do or have done to the Angel clan...she notes...

Actually...Buffy grins sheepishly...

It was a joint project...

One night...We were a little...In the crypt...she pauses...

Well...she looks away...

It was either that or tell Will... "I love you"...

And I wasn't ready...And I was mad at Angel...

Besides...I dunno why Angel got so upset...We only sent four letters...

Though...

They were good ones...she grinned...

Spikishly...

***

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