Research Party

by Saber ShadowKitten
Abracadabra 7: PG-13 Version


Willow looked at the small group crowded in her bedroom. Each held papers in their

hands, reading through them intently. She watched as Giles removed his glasses and

cleaned them, eyes never leaving the papers in his lap.

Turning her head, she gazed thoughtfully at the threesome lying on her bed. Buffy was

sprawled across the bottom, papers resting on the floor as she read. Cordelia and Xander

were using the Slayer's back as a foot rest as they sat close together, leaning against the

mountain of pillows.

Finally, she looked down to her left to the man leaning against her desk. Angel frowned

as he read, placing one piece of paper neatly on the stack next to him as he finished the

sheet. He glanced up. Upon seeing her watching him he smiled, then brought his right

hand over and began to caress the back of her leg as he went back to reading.

Willow smiled and turned back to the computer screen. Life was so good.

Except for the fact that someone was trying to kidnap her.

But that was normal when one lived on the Hellmouth.

Part One

"Ah-ha!" Xander exclaimed.

All eyes turned to the boy on the bed. "What?" Buffy asked.

"Huh? Oh, nothing," Xander said. "I've just always wanted to do that."


Xander ducked as objects and hands came flying at him. Willow smacked him soundly in

the head with the small stuffed frog he'd gotten her as a gag gift to get over her fears.

Buffy rubbed her tired eyes and rolled off the bed. She thumped to the floor at Angel's

feet. "I can't do this anymore," she whined.

"What say we take a well deserved break?" Giles suggested.

"And get some food!" Xander said. He grabbed the phone from Willow's nightstand and

dialed a number. "Yeah, I'd like a large pizza with the works." He put his hand over the

receiver. "What do you guys want?"

Giles shook his head and Willow giggled. "Better get two more large, one with

everything and the other sausage only," she said.

Xander placed the order for pick up, then stood and stretched. "How about a quick game

of Whoever Has The Car Gets The Pizza?"

"I'll go, Xander," Giles said. "Shall I stop at the grocers and pick up something to drink?"

"That's what I like about you, bookman," Xander said. "Always thinking of others."

It was decided that Cordelia would go with Giles to get the pizza and drinks after they

both put up their token protests, while Xander would accompany Buffy on a quick patrol.

Angel was to stay and protect Willow.

"Phew!" Willow sighed, flopping down on her bed, not caring that she was lying on some

of the printed copies. She put her arms behind her head and closed her eyes. Suddenly,

she felt her shoes and socks being removed, then cool hands massaging her feet. "Ooh.

That feels good."

Angel chuckled. "I take it you like."

"I like," Willow replied agreeably. After a few minutes, she felt his hands start to move up

her legs under her long skirt. Her breathing increased as he kneaded the muscles. He

stopped and she frowned, only to smile in anticipation when his hands were replaced by

his body.

Angel supported himself on his forearms as he captured Willow's mouth in a soft kiss.

Willow sighed in pleasure into his mouth, then moved her arms to cradle his head in her


Angel trailing light kisses down from Willow's mouth to her chin and along the column of

her neck. He licked the hollow of her throat and she shivered. Soon they came together

in a tangle of limbs, loving each other they way it was meant to be.


Willow lay happily on her back, her lover's arm across her small waist. She could hear him

purring contently again, as she did several times since that morning. *Has it only been

twelve hours?* she asked herself. Willow had only slept until 9:00 a.m. that morning and

Buffy had brought her clothes during their free period an hour later.

Moving her left arm, she brought her watch into view. *They'll be back with the food

soon,* she told herself. Angel's purring turned to a slight growl when she moved, then

returned to its low, soothing pattern when she put her arm down. *I wonder how he does

that?* she thought, referring to his purr. *I wonder if he knows he's still in game face. I

can feel the ridges against my cheek. Funny, that use to scare me. Now, it makes me feel

good to know I am the one who caused him to lose his self-conscious, brooding persona

and be truly himself, demon and all.*

She heard the front door open. Giles and Cordelia could be heard arguing about

something, but she didn't want to move. Angel gave no indication that he noticed their

friends arrival, or he just didn't care.

"I'm telling you Giles, put an off-white oxford with that tweed and leave the tie at home

and you'd look great," Cordelia said. "For an old guy, that is."

"Cordelia, I am quite happy with my appearance," Giles said. Willow could tell he was at

the end of his patience. "And my car."

"I was just saying that when in America do as the Americans," Cordelia said, continuing a

previous argument. "That includes driving an American car."

"Your automobile was not made in America," Giles pointed out. "It was made overseas,

most likely in Japan or-or-or Taiwan, and shipped here."

They came down the hall and stopped mid-argument when they saw the two on the bed.

"Oh," Giles said, blushing faintly. He was carrying the three pizzas and a case of soda.

Cordelia set the plates and napkins she'd gotten next to the computer, then sat in the desk

chair. "You two look cozy, in a non-matching sort of way. I swear, Willow, one of these

days you have to tell your mom to stop buying your clothes."

"Buffy was the one who picked them out this morning," Willow pointed out.

Before Cordelia could comment further, she noticed a strange sound emanating from the

vampire on the bed. "What is he doing?"

Giles had set the pizza's down under the plates and napkins and was busy cleaning his

glasses with intent concentration from the doorway. "I be-believe Angel is, uh, showing


Willow giggled and Angel growled again. He was extremely content and didn't want to

bother with the two mortals who had come into the room. "He's purring, Cordy."

"Huh," Cordelia said. "Does he do it often?"

"He's been doing it all day," Willow said and blushed. She tried to sit up, but Angel held

her firm. "Angel, I want pizza."

"No," Angel said, he pouted. "Don't want to move."

"You don't have to move," Willow told him. She turned her head and looked into his

yellow eyes. "But I do," she whispered. It was if someone threw a lightswitch on behind

his eyes. He grinned sheepishly, which looked really funny with his fangs, and let her up.

She kissed his nose, got up and left the bedroom.

As soon as Willow got up, Angel grabbed a pillow from the top of the bed with one long,

arm and smashed it over his head, hiding his face. Voices were heard in the hallway.

"Embarrassed much?" Cordelia asked him sweetly.

Angel flicked her off.

Xander and Buffy stepped in the room just in time to see Angel's rude gesture. They both

fell to the floor in laughter. Even Giles couldn't withhold a chuckle.

"What did I miss?" Willow said, looking down at her friends. She turned her gaze upon

the bed and saw Angel still face down, his head buried under a pillow.

"Willow, your kitten flicked me off," Cordelia said.

"Kitten? But I don't have oh!" Willow responded.

"Kitten? Will, did you get a fuzzy fur ball without my knowing?" Xander asked, scraping

himself off the floor and snagging a box of pizza. He didn't bother to take a plate.

"No, pig boy," Cordelia said before Willow could say anything. "She has a 175 pound

vampire that purrs."

Willow blushed bright red, matching her hair. Angel groaned under the pillow. Xander

and Buffy stared at Willow, then at the figure lying on the bed. Giles hid his smile and

Cordelia grinned unabashedly.

"Buffy, stake me, please," Angel's muffled voice said.

Part Two

Very few slices remained of the pizza and Willow was reluctant to get back to work.

After the acute case of embarrassment wore off, she and Angel sat side by side on the

floor, leaning back against the bed. She once again had to tell him to put the human mask

back over his features when she finally conned him from beneath the pillow.

Angel still couldn't understand why he didn't immediately drop the mask into place.

Willow seemed to overload his system so much, he didn't realize his natural features were

showing. It unnerved him.

The phone rang and Willow answered it. "Hello? Oh, hi mom! Yeah. Ok. See you

Sunday." She turned to her friends. "That was my mom. They're going to be out of

town until Sunday."

"That solves the problem as to how to keep your parents safe," Angel said. He found her

hand with his and squeezed it. "It also makes it much easier on my end to protect you."

"You two are so sweet, I think I'm gonna hurl," Cordelia said from her perch in the desk

chair. She stood and began to clean up the garbage. The others took this as their cue to

do the same.

"Well, I had best be taking my leave," Giles told the group after they cleaned up. "I shall

see you all in school tomorrow. Well, not Angel, of-of course."

With a chorus of good-byes, the Watcher left in his old Citrogen and the five friends

looked at one another.

"Um guys?" Willow said tentatively. "I know it's a school night and all, but how

about a sleepover party?"

"Really?" Buffy asked. Her eyes gleamed with excitement. "We haven't done that in so


"If we're going to have a sleepover," Cordelia said. "I'll have to run home and get my

nail kit. There's no way I'm passing up this opportunity."

"Guys? Will you stay, too?" Willow asked, smiling brightly at them.

"Oh, why the hell not," Xander said. "Lemme call my mom."

Angel sighed good naturely. "If I gotta "

Willow smacked him and the group laughed.


Buffy and Angel went out for another quick patrol as Cordelia drove home to get her

things. Willow cornered Xander in her room with a plan.

"Xander, remember Fort Harrisberg?" Willow asked.

Xander gave her a look of pure glee. "Do I? It was the best blanket fort in all of

Sunnydale! Nothing could topple it, well, except for when Jesse tripped in the middle of

the night and the lamp came crashing down."

"Wanna build a fort?" Willow said.

With a friendship that took a lifetime to build, Xander and Willow began constructing a

fort to end all blanket forts in her room. Xander even took pains to make a corner for

Angel that would be completely protected from the windows or French doors the next

morning. Even though he whined the entire time.

Buffy and Angel returned the same time Cordelia did. When they tried to enter the

bedroom, they found it was blocked off by a piano bench. Willow's head popped out

through the hole. "Hey, guys! Come on in to Fort Harrisberg!"

Crawling, the trio entered the dim fort. Flashlights were set along a twisting path that led

to the center, which was propped up with a music stand. There was enough room for all

five of them to spread out.

"You guys are weird," Buffy said.

"We try," Xander replied. "Hey Will, we could use a bit more light, don't you think?"

"Um ok," Willow said. She didn't realize that Xander meant to get more flashlights.

Instead, she opened her bottom desk drawer and pulled out a small pyramid. Setting it in

front of her, she whispered a few words and the object started to glow.

"Oh wow," Cordelia said, speechless for once.

The little tent was lit up in a cheery glow and Willow smiled at the others. "Better?"

"I didn't know you were so good at this, Red," Angel said. "You'll have to be careful."

"Oh, I am," Willow answered. "I only do little things like light and fire and I'm really

good at making things appear." She gestured and whispered a few words. Suddenly, a

bag of Oreo's appeared in front of her. She pulled one out and twisted the chocolate

apart. "Want one?"

Xander and Buffy each accepted the proffered gift. "My best friend's a witch, who has a

thing for a vampire, but after she dated a werewolf. My other best friend's a vampire

slayer and my girlfriend is Cordelia. Can my life get any stranger?"


"So, Willow, tell me. What's Angel like?" Cordelia said. The three girls were sitting in

the middle of the tent doing their nails. Actually, Cordelia was doing Willow's nails and

Buffy was painting her toes. The guys had gone on a sojourn for food. Xander was

hungry, as usual.

"Wonderful," Willow sighed. Then her eyes widened and she clamped a hand over her

mouth. "Oh Buffy, I'm so sorry. I didn't mean to I know that he and you and I'm so

sorry "

"It's ok, Will," Buffy eased her friend. "I admit it was a shock at first. But now, after

they way I've seen Angel look at you Anyway, we could never get back together, not

with all we've been through. I'm glad he's found you."

Willow blushed. "But, what about you?"

"Me? Oh, I have my sights on someone," Buffy confessed. Then she blushed.

"Really? Who?" Willow asked excitedly. Cordelia yanked on her hand so she would

hold still.

"Let's just say he's older and keep it at that," Buffy answered, looking pointedly at her


"GILES!" Willow screeched, figuring it out.

"I don't think they heard you in LA, Willow," Buffy said sarcastically.

"Oh, my god! Buffy, this is so great! I wonder if he has a thing for you? I mean, he's

your Watcher and all and don't past Slayer/Watcher's have things?" Willow was rambling.

Cordelia rolled her eyes and continued working. She'd leave this one to Buffy.

"Chill," Buffy said. "I have no idea. Plus, there's kinda the fact that I'm a student and

he's a teacher "

"But not for much longer," Willow pointed out. She sighed. "That's so romantic."

"How come you two get the older men and I'm stuck with Xander?" Cordelia asked,

capping the polish.

"I thought you liked Xander?" Buffy said to the cheerleader.

"I do, but at least your guys have experience," Cordelia said.

"You mean you and Xander never " Willow said. "But I thought that, with all the

closets, you would have."

"Sorry to burst your bubble of dissolution," Cordelia said. "But Xander's still prime

sacrificing material." The three girls giggled, planning to use this information for

blackmail. "So, Willow, you never did answer my question," Cordelia continued.

"Which one?"

"What's it like with Angel? Details, girl. I have to live out my fantasies through someone

else. Though normally I would have picked someone who dressed better."

"Is it ok, Buffy?" Willow asked her blond friend.

"You bet," Buffy answered. "'Cuz as of right now, I think you've got the most


Cordelia nodded and Willow blushed again. "Um where do you want me to start?"

"How about this morning?" Buffy said. "When we got there, Angel was all 'grr' at us."

"Well um you remember he was shot, right?" Willow said. The other girls nodded.

"Ok. I woke up and decided to change his bandages while he was still sleeping. Thing is

he uh, had a hard on."

"He did?" Buffy squealed.

Willow nodded, grinning from ear to ear. "Yeah. It was so much bigger than I

imagined not that I imagined Angel before. Well, only once, but that was a long time


"Will, the story," Cordelia interrupted.

"Right. I had to pull down his boxers in order to doctor the wounds on his leg. I figured

I did it last night, I could do it this morning, no problem."

"But last night I take it he didn't have a happy," Buffy said.

"Er no," Willow replied. "I still can't believe I did what I did next. My hand seemed to

have a mind of its own. I just sort of reached out and touched it."

"While he was still asleep?!" Buffy asked.

"Yeah. And it jumped. I was so surprised, but when he didn't move, I touched it again,"

Willow confessed.

"Then what?" Cordelia asked. She was really getting into the girl talk.

"It jumped again and I got scared, so I grabbed the bandage on his leg and pulled. Hard."

Buffy started to laugh. "Did he wake up then, when you ripped off his hair and skin?"

"Uh-huh," Willow told them. "But he said it didn't hurt, only startled him. Then he sat

up and I was babbling and he kissed me."

"Ooh! Were there fangs involved?" Buffy asked.

"Oh yeah," Willow said in a breathy voice. She unbuttoned the old oxford shirt of her

dad's that she'd chosen to sleep in and showed them her neck and belly. The bite marks

were still plainly visible.

"Vampire hickeys," Cordelia grinned. "Did it feel good?"

"You have no idea "

"Ladies, your big strong men are back!"

The girls screamed in fright at Xander's voice outside of the blanket fort.

"Xander, go away, we're not ready for you yet!" Cordelia demanded.

"Um, give us a few more minutes of girl talk, ok?" Buffy called out sweetly.

Xander turned to his companion and shrugged. "Ok. We'll be in the kitchen." Angel

and the teen turned and left.

"Quick, finish before they decide to come back," Cordelia said, pouncing on Willow


"Well, that's it, really. We, uh, did it," Willow said.

"Did you see stars?" Buffy asked.

"More like lightning," Willow answered. "Shooting behind my eyes. Then after, he

curled up next to me and, uh, purred."

"God, Buffy, you have to hear that man purr," Cordelia told the Slayer. "He was doing it

early when Giles and I got back with the pizza and drinks. He sounds like a big, lazy cat."

Buffy arched an eyebrow. "Really? Any other fun noises?"

"Well, he growls a lot," Willow told them. "Different ones for different things. Oh, and

this is so cool, I make him forget he's, you know, 'grr.'"

"In game face?" Buffy clarified. Willow nodded. "And here I thought he was mad at

Xander and me for coming over."

"He was," Willow said. "A little. More after Xander punched him though."

"My Xander? Punched Angel?" Cordelia asked with surprised. "And he's still alive?"

"He almost got killed by me," Willow said. "But it looks like everything is back to

abnormal with all of us."

"Will, before we get the guys I want to ask you something," Buffy said. "Are you falling

for him?"

Willow nodded shyly. "Big time."

"I'm happy for you," Buffy said, leaning over and hugging the hacker.

"Thanks," Willow replied.

"I want to hear this purr of his, though," Buffy told her. "Before the sun comes up."


Part Three

"'Would it help if I got out and pushed?'"

"Leia. Empire Strikes Back," Xander answered. The five were lazing around the

homemade fort, playing Who Said That. Cordelia had Xander's hand and was giving him

a manicure. "'You remind me of the babe.'"

"The Goblin King. Labyrinth," Buffy answered. "Um 'Ya, but you can tell how much

it's gonna cost.'"

"Watts. Some Kind of Wonderful," Cordelia said. She added another coat of silver nail

polish to Xander's nails. "'And remember my name - Armand.'"

Angel chuckled. "Armand. Interview with the Vampire." Willow had her head in his lap

and he was stroking her hair. Smiling down at her, he continued the game. "'You would

have looked better.'"

"Ooh! Burn. Hackers," Willow giggled. "I love that movie. How about 'Your

diphthongs are very well rounded.'"

They all looked at the red head in confusion, then started to laugh. "What? Its Dr. Poole

in Oscar."

"And on that note, I think our game has come to an end," Buffy said. She yawned and

looked at the alarm clock Willow had brought under the blankets. "Yikes, its late. Or

rather, early."

"But we don't need no stinking sleep," Xander said, holding up his hand to examine the

job Cordelia had done. "That's what school is for."

"Then what do you want to do?" Willow asked.

"I vote Truth or Dare," Cordelia said, capping the silver polish. She scooted to her right

and captured Angel's left hand to examine his nails. She sighed heavily and pulled out a


"Only if we can avoid the ick factor," Xander said. "No drinking of the gross


"Sounds good to me," Buffy said. She glanced at Xander who was to her right, then at

Willow and Angel, who were at her left. Cordelia was across from her. "Are you two


"I'm in," Willow said. She looked up at her lover. "You?"

Angel nodded. "Sure. It's not often a 243 year old gets invited to play Truth or Dare."

"That's because most 243 year olds are six feet under," Willow pointed out.

"Goody," Buffy said. She rubbed her hands together. "Me first. Xander, Truth or



"Are you still a virgin?"

Xander's eyes bulged and he blushed. "Who me? Heh, heh, heh. Um yes."

Cordelia snorted and gave Willow and Buffy an 'I told you so' look.

"Now that you know all about my love life," Xander said. "Cordy, Truth or Dare?"


"Same question."

Cordelia suddenly developed a very fascinating relationship with Angel's fingernails.

"Cordy?" Xander prompted.

"Yes. Ok, yes," Cordelia snapped. "Are you happy?"

Xander grinned. "Oh, yeah."

The other three chuckled at his response. "Willow, Truth or Dare?" Cordelia said.

"Um truth."

"Well, I can't ask you the same question, since we all know the answer to that one,"

Cordelia said. Willow turned the color of her hair and Angel turned his head away from

the other three, embarrassed. "Ok. Who was the first person you ever loved."

"That's easy. Xander," Willow answered offhandedly.

Xander looked at his best friend in surprise. "Really? I didn't know that."

"Of course you didn't, idiot," Buffy said. "You were blind."

"You knew about this, too?" Xander asked Buffy. "Where was I?"

"In the closet with Cordelia," Willow said. She and Buffy giggled. Willow looked up at

Angel. "Oh, General?"

"Yes, Red?" Angel faked a sigh.

She got an impish look on her face. "Have you ever had sex with a guy?"

"Yes," Angel answered simply. He shrugged at the looks the others gave him.

"What's it like?" Xander said. "And I can't believe I just asked that."

"It's hard to explain," Angel said. He was not uncomfortable in the least. "The scent is

different, very heavy. It's tighter, but not as hot. It's also easier to pleasure another male

because you have the same body."

"So that time, at the mall " Xander hinted.

Angel grinned evilly at him. Xander's eyes widened.

"Wow," Buffy said. "Who was your last uh, male lover?"

"Spike," Angel replied. "Of course, at the time he wasn't quite well."

Buffy laughed, shaking them out of the moment. "Poor guy. That's what happens when

you drop an organ on someone."

"My turn," Angel said. "Buffy, Truth or Dare."

"Dare," Buffy answered with a grin.

"Ok. I dare you to call Giles up and tell him how you really feel," Angel said.

Buffy couldn't believe it. "What! How did you know?"

"Giles!" Xander exclaimed. "Lot's of therapy bills in my future."

"It's pretty obvious, Buffy," Angel said. "Well, to me anyway. And don't worry, he feels

the same way."

"Is it too late to choose truth?" Buffy pleaded.

"Sorry, Buffy," Willow shook her head. "But you can use the kitchen phone for privacy."

Buffy swore at Angel then scooted out of the tent. The other four looked at each other,

then Willow and Xander scrambled out after her. Cordelia continued to work on Angel's

nails, painting them blood red.

"Do you really have a yen for Xander?" Cordelia asked in her normal forthright way.

"Other than the fact that Xander's exceptionally annoying," Angel answered. "Yeah. I'd

do him."

"Crude way to put it," Cordelia said. "Whatever happened to that guy who would sit in

the dark and brood for days on end?"

"I'm not sure, Cordy," Angel replied. "I think Willow stuffed him in a bottle labeled

'Vampire's Delight.'"

Willow and Xander came rushing into the fort, which was a funny sight seeing as they

were crawling on their hands and knees. The retook their positions and tried to look

nonchalant. Buffy entered a moment later.

"What did he say?" Cordelia asked.

"He was surprised," Buffy answered. "And flattered. And told me I had a whole life

ahead of me to find someone."

"He's lying through his teeth," Angel said flatly. "Tomorrow, corner him in that office of

his and get him to confront you face to face."

"I can't. I'm too mortified as it is," Buffy said, burying her face in her hands.

Angel brought his free hand forward and brushed back Buffy's hair. She looked up at him

with tears in her eyes. "Trust me," Angel told her.

Buffy nodded and took a deep breath. "Alright. For my next trick "


An hour later, the game was winding down to an end. Each had participated in a variety

of dares, but Buffy was saving her best one for last. "Willow, Truth or Dare?"

"Dare," Willow said.

*Perfect,* Buffy thought. "Xander, you and Cordelia come with me. Willow, you have

fifteen minutes before sunrise."

Willow's eyes widened. "Buffy!"

Angel looked confused as the other three left the room, with Xander complaining that he

never knew what was going on. "What's the dare, Red?"

Willow sat up and kissed him, hard. She wiggled onto his lap so she was straddling his

hips and plundered Angel's mouth with her teeth and tongue. Breaking the kiss, she

moved to his ear. "I have fifteen minutes to jump your bones while they're in the house,"

she lied.


Willow slumped against the still feeding vampire, her legs quivering. It felt so good to be

connected like they were. She blinked the haze from her eyes and happened to be facing

the alarm clock. *Eep! Two minutes!*

She used her left hand to stroke the back of Angel's head, a calming technique she'd

learned the day before. Willow felt him remove his fangs from her shoulder, then he sat

back and looked into her face. "Hi," she said with a small smile.

Angel pulled her forward and kissed her. Willow could taste her blood on his lips. It

should have been gross, but it wasn't. With a pleasurable sigh, Willow let herself be

loved. Then she remembered the time.

Pulling back, she moved her legs, indicating she wanted to separate. She quickly moved

off him to fix her clothing. He frowned, then growled at her before pulling her back onto

his lap, her back to his chest. He moved the collar of her shirt, which now had blood on it,

and began to kiss and lick the twin puncture wounds.

Willow sank back into his embrace and relaxed. The others would be back in a moment,

and Angel was purring like a sexy motorboat as he stroked her neck with his tongue and

lips. *Dare accomplished.*

"Ready or not, here we come," Buffy's voice sang into the bedroom. Willow smiled

sleepily as first Buffy, then Cordelia and finally Xander crawled into the fort.

Buffy grinned at the noise Angel was making. "You were right, Cordelia. He does sound

like a big cat."

"Told you," Cordelia replied. She yawned and searched for the stack of pillows that was

somewhere behind her.

Xander was staring at Angel, who seemed not to notice that there were three other people

in the room. Fascinated, he watched as the vampire's tongue snaked out and licked

Willow's neck, lapping up the blood that pooled slowly from the bite mark on her

shoulder. He swallowed when yellow eyes looked up and met his brown ones and Angel's

purr turned into a low growl.

Willow brought her arm up and touched the side of Angel's face. He immediately stopped

growling and nuzzled her neck, purring once more. Willow smiled at Buffy, who was just

as fascinated as Xander.

"I don't know about you guys, but I'm going to sleep," Cordelia informed the group. She

handed the others the extra pillows, then stretched out, her head in the center of the tent,

her legs stretched out behind her.

"Good idea," Buffy said, yawning. "Ugh. We have to get up in two hours," she said,

looking at the alarm clock. Luckily Willow had already set it. She laid down exactly like

the cheerleader, just across from her.

Xander shook his head, then curled in front of the desk where he had been sitting. He

continued to watch Willow and Angel, who were leaning against the back of the bed.

Soon, however, Angel's constant, low purr soothed him and the others into sleep.

Willow smiled at her sleeping friends, then relaxed fully into Angel's embrace. She let

herself drift off to the calming sound of her lover's contentment.