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[ACTD] #2 - Lyrics - Dream Lover

Lyrics: Dreamlover come rescue me Take me up take me down Take me anywhere you want to baby now I need you so desperately Won't you please come around 'Cause I wanna share forever with you baby ~Mariah Carey~

Every time that Buffy had a spare moment of thought she kept seeing Xander kissing Dawn. It got worse every time that she closed her eyes. The scene kept playing over and over again, mocking her which meant that sleep was not going to happen any time soon. Buffy decided that instead of counting sheep she would try to distract herself by dusting vampires. There were two advantages of this brilliant idea, it helped to get the frustration and anger out as well as distracted her until she finally fell asleep.

Soon the subconscious began to take over as she drifted into REM. The venue of dusting vampires switched from Scotland to New York. Buffy soon found herself on a deserted street in Manhattan following a vampire. As with all dreams, she suddenly knew that she was following the vampire toward a lair along with the realization as to why it was New York and not Scotland. Buffy was so intent on what she was doing that it took a moment for her dream self to feel the presence of someone watching her. There wasn't any Slayer tingling sensation but that didn't mean anything with the Twilight Cult. They were human --- mostly.

She let the vampire go, secure in the knowledge that she would find him again. Buffy melted into the shadows and jumped on to the lowest platform on the fire escape and waited for her follower to come closer. The wait wasn't long before one of the shadows moved closer. The Slayer jumped down with a graceful movement and landed behind her target, not wasting any time before kicking them behind the knee and forcing them to the ground. As soon as they hit the dirty alley floor, Buffy put her knee in the small of their back, "Why are you following me?"

"I thought you might need some help." The muffled voice replied.

"Riley?!" Buffy jumped up in surprise. "Are you okay? What are you doing here? How did you know where to find me?"

Riley rolled over, but still sat on the ground and looked up at Buffy with a sheepish expression. "Hey Buffy. I’m fine except for my ego." He stood up and brushed off his jeans. "My unit is still in the area. I was on my way to the movies when I saw you following someone. I didn't see Willow or Kennedy so I figured you were on your own. I hung back to see if you needed anything." He chuckled and rubbed the back of his neck. "That'll teach me to stalk a Slayer."

A light flush spread across her cheeks. "Sorry. With everything that's been happening, I'm in ask questions later mode."

He looked at her in concern. "Twilight still?"

"Yeah." She was so not going to mention the other. It was bad enough that she was pathetically happy to see an old boyfriend but to add insult to injury of admitting to being upset about Xander and Dawn? Yeah, not going to happen. Buffy waved the concern away. "Not important. We'll defeat them like we always do." She grinned, "feel like killing some vampires?" Buffy tried to keep the hopeful note out of her voice but she had a feeling that she'd failed.

"Like old times?" Riley returned her smile and extended his arm to loosen the stake hidden there. "I even have a stake."

"I love a man who's prepared." Buffy laughed and motioned for him to walk beside her. "So, how long is your unit stationed in New York?" She might stay longer there if he was staying.

"We never know how long we'll be assigned but there's so much activity here it'll probably be awhile. Are you in New York now?"

"We're back in Scotland." A part of Buffy's mind was telling her she probably shouldn't tell him that since they were hiding from Twilight and Amy but it was Riley. She literally trusted him with her life. "At least until we find something. That's why I'm here." She hedged a little as they stepped out into the street once again.


As it was with most dreams, Buffy found herself and Riley suddenly in the middle of the lair with evidence of a struggle all around them. It had felt good fighting side by side with him again. Old memories came to the surface as well as old feelings as she looked up at him and saw Riley grinning broadly. "That was fun. Uh, you know what I mean. I haven't done that in a while. Okay sure, I do that with the Slayers all the time but that's a coordinated effort." Buffy winced. "Not that this wasn't --" She was cut off mid-embarrassed and awkward commenting when Riley leaned down and kissed her. It was a very pleasant surprise and effective way to shut her up.

"Sorry." Riley said after a long moment. "I couldn't resist. I forgot how you sometimes babble like that and how I found it cute."

"It's okay. I liked it." Buffy placed her hands on his waist and kissed him again. This time, she deepened it. It had been so long since she'd kissed anyone. Too long actually.


Her eyes popped open and she sat up abruptly in bed. The languid sensation of kissing Riley gone forever. The strident yell of a Slayer through the door was as effective as any cold shower. "I hate my life." She huffed and flopped back on the mattress. For a moment, she debated about trying to fall back to sleep and kick start that dream again where she left it but knew it for the fantasy that was.

"I'm coming." She couldn't even get lucky in a dream.

Buffy Summers ~*~ BtVS ~*~ 957 words


Dec. 12th, 2009 02:23 am (UTC)
You most certainly can. I'm writing 7 Xovers for Buffy and a certain Englishman is going to be in one of those. *g* They do do sparring well.
Dec. 12th, 2009 03:55 am (UTC)

{{Quietly does a little Snoopy-Happy-Dance-Of-Joy}}