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Summary: Post-OMWF. A spell to bring out of her gloomy mood backfires causing a small problem for the scooby's.
Spike ran in the back door to the Summer's home, blanket smoking slightly. He had not been able to sleep much, as his mind constantly swirled around the thoughts of Buffy.
As much as he enjoyed her "liking" him at the moment and as adorable as he thought she was, he wanted his Buffy back. He missed her. He was in love with the grown up version of the little girl who was slowly stealing his heart.
"Hey Spike," Buffy squealed, as he stepped in the living room.
"Hey there pet. How are you today?" He asked, as he saw her sitting on the couch watching TV.
"I'm fine," she said, as she climbed off the couch smiling. "Willow made me pancakes."
"Did she now?" Spike asked as he sat down in the arm chair.
"Uh huh. She said if I ate all of them I could help her wash the dishes."
Spike smiled at her as she leaned up against the chair he was sitting in.
"Oh, hey Spike," Willow said, as she walked in the living room. "I didn't hear you come in."
"Haven't been here long."
"Well, I guess I can go ahead and go since your here. I left you a note of the fridge about lunch, naps, things like that."
"Alright then. I think we'll be just fine," he said, looking back over at Buffy.
Willow smiled at Buffy. She was leaning on Spike's chair looking at him. She had the cutest grin on her face. Willow couldn't believe how much Buffy seemed to like Spike and wondered how he was going to take it when Buffy was back to normal and didn't want him around anymore. She felt almost sorry for him.
"Buffy, I have to go to class now. You and Spike have fun, okay?" Willow told her as she picked up her school bag.
"Okay," Buffy said, finally looking over at her.
"I'll see you later then...Bye."
"Bye Willow," Buffy said, as she watched Willow open the door and leave.
Spike looked over at Buffy and noticed she had on a purple sundress and assumed it was the one she had mentioned to him last night.
"You look very pretty today Buffy. Did you get all dressed up for me?" He asked her smiling when she looked back over at him.
Buffy's face lit up as her smile got bigger. "Uh huh...it's purple."
"Yeah, that it is. So what do you wanna do?"
"We can color some more. Willow said I could put my pictures on the frigerator."
"Well, let's go get those books then," Spike said, as he stood up and went to get her coloring books.
Spike and Buffy sat at the dinning room table coloring and talking. She really liked to talk. She told him how her mommy took her to the park and let her play in the sand. She liked playing outside, and it took alot of persuasion to get her to want to play inside today. Spike was sure the whole smoking bit would be too much trauma for her small mind, so after much discussion, he had finally convinced her to stay inside.
Spike took Buffy's finished pictures and walked her into the kitchen. She smiled brightly at him when he hung them on the refrigerator door. He had found Willow's note and noticed she had left instructions on everything, from food, naps, emergency numbers, even potty trips...which he wasn't looking forward to. Hopefully she didn't need any help in that area, he thought. Buffy would surly stake him when she returned to normal if she ever found that out.
Buffy was a ball of energy. They spent the morning coloring, playing hide and seek, and watching TV. She talked and laughed and Spike was getting exhausted just listening to her. He had never heard Buffy talk so much. She was always so reserved and quiet around him...well, unless she was pounding on him for info.
"You bout ready for some lunch?" Spike asked her as they sat and watched some children's program that was starting to grate on his nerves.
"Uh huh. Can I have peanut butter and jelly?" she asked him, as he helped her down off the couch.
"Yeah, I think I can manage that," he said, as he led her into the kitchen.
"Alright, you sit here and I'll make your lunch," he told her as he lifted her up onto the stool.
Spike fixed her sandwich and got her a glass of milk before he sat down beside of her as she ate.
"When's my mommy coming back?" She asked him, her words slurred due to the sticky peanut butter.
"She'll be back soon," Spike lied to her. He felt sorry for her. She wanted her mum and there was no way to tell her the truth. He felt even worse having to lie to her. "I'm sure she's thinking about you and missing you," he told her as she continued to eat her lunch.
"That big girl Dawn said I could stay with her as long as I wanted," she said, smiling at him. "I like her...she plays with me. She has a sister, but she's not here. I saw her picture."
"You saw a picture of Dawn's sister?" Spike asked, wondering how Dawn got out of that one.
"Uh huh...she's pretty. Dawn said when I growed up I would be pretty just like her." Buffy told him grinning.
"Well, that you will. But just between you and me...I think your already as pretty as Dawn's sister," he said, winking an eye at her.
Buffy giggled at him as she finished up her sandwich and watched him as he stood up. "I think your pretty too," she told him as he took her empty glass and plate to the sink.
Spike couldn't hold back the grin that crossed his face. "Well, I think that's about the nicest thing anyone's ever said to me," Spike said as he walked back over to her and helped her off the stool. "How's about we watch another one of those kids shows before we put you down for a nap?"
"I don't need a nap...I'm a big girl," Buffy said, sarcastically rolling her eyes at him.
"Yeah, well even big girls need naps," he told her as they walked back into the living room and sat back down on the sofa.
"Not me. I can go all day without a nap. Mommy let's me stay up sometimes and watch her soap propras with her."
"Well, we'll see," Spike said smiling, knowing she would fight this nap thing. A crying Buffy wasn't something he wanted. He couldn't take her adult tears, and the little ones tore him up even more.
Buffy had sat beside him, watching more of the sing-along children's shows before she scooted away and laid her head down on Spike's leg. He had sat there, absently running his fingers through her hair, smoothing out the long tangled locks and watched as her eyes became heavier until they finally closed. He listened for her breathing to even out before he picked her up when he knew she was good and asleep. He carried her to her room and laid her down, freezing in place as she shifted slightly and he thought she was going to wake back up, but snuggled into the covers instead.
Spike busied himself with cleaning away all the coloring books and dishes until his sleep deprived body began to wear on him. He stretched out on the sofa to watch `his' favorite soap opera until his eyes became so heavy he was having trouble keeping them open. It wasn't long before he was also taking his own afternoon nap.
Buffy woke and looked around as she sat up. She climbed down from the bed and quietly made her way down the steps. She saw Spike lying on the couch and walked over to him. She stood there looking at him for a minute before climbing on the couch and laying down beside him....soon fast asleep once again.
That's how Willow found them when she came home. She was struck with that `aw' face at the scene. Buffy had her arm wrapped over Spike's waist and was making a slight snoring sound. It was so cute. She ran into the kitchen and grabbed her camera. She had to get a picture of this, if nothing more than to use it as blackmail in the future. After snapping the picture she walked back into the kitchen and put the camera away.
Dawn was home before Spike and Buffy finally stirred from their sleep. Surprised to wake and find Buffy on the couch with him, Spike smiled and gently shook her to wake her up.
"Hey, wake up lil' bit. Can't sleep the whole day away." He glanced over at the clock and wondered where everyone was.
"That's got to be the cutest thing I've ever seen," Dawn said from her spot in the door way.
Spike's head shot up and looked at her, a sheepish grin on his face. "Well, I did put her in bed, she must've came down when I fell asleep," he said as he sat up.
Buffy opened her eyes and sat up beside Spike. "I got scared," Buffy said as Dawn walked in the room.
"Ah, did you have a bad dream?" Dawn asked her.
"Uh huh. There was a monster chasing me," Buffy said with a shaky voice.
"Well, it was just a dream....no monsters around here," Spike told her patting her on the head.The lies just keep on growing, he thought to himself. "Well, guess I'll be going then since your home," Spike said as he stood up from the couch.
"Your leavin?" Buffy asked looking wide eyed at him.
"Yeah, I'll be back...maybe tomorrow...is that okay?"
Buffy looked up at him, her big green eyes pleading with him to stay. "Don't go. We can play some more. I'll be good. I promise. Please."
Spike's heart melted. He leaned down and hugged her, knowing this would all be over soon and he would miss it. He pulled back and kissed her on the forehead. "Sure thing pet, if you want me to stay, I will."
Dawn's snicker's caught Spike's attention and he turned his head to look at her.
"What?" He asked.
"I thought big Buffy had you whipped, but little Buffy has you wrapped around her little finger."
"Well, what can I saw, always been hard to refuse her anything, especially now."
"Yeah, I can see," Dawn said, as she got up and left the two alone.
"Well pet, what's say we grab those coloring books and you can make me a pretty picture."
Buffy smiled and jumped off the couch. "Okay. Come on," she said, grabbing his hand and dragging him back into the Dinning Room where they sat for hours coloring and enjoying each other's company.
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