Little Buffy by Zarrah

ReviewsRating: PG

Summary: Post-OMWF. A spell to bring out of her gloomy mood backfires causing a small problem for the scooby's.

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Chapter 8

Willow walked into the Magic Box, Buffy in tow, ready to see if she had retained any of her Slayer skills. Giles smiled as he saw her.

"Good morning Buffy," he said as she walked over to the table.

"Hey," she said smiling at him.

"How are you today?" Giles asked as Buffy tried to get up in one of the chairs at the table.

"I'm fine. Willow made me pancakes," Buffy said grinning at him as Willow helped her sit down.

"Did she? Well that was very nice of her."

"Uh huh. I got to help wash the dishes too."

Giles smiled at her. She was so adorable. She smiled about everything. He was happy just being able to see her happy. "I've got some fun things for us to try today...would you like to go see?"

"Maybe later...Spike's `pose to come and play with me today. Maybe I can play with you tomorrow," Buffy told him, as she looked up at him.

Giles looked over at Willow who was grinning at him and shrugged her shoulders at him. "Spike told her he would see her today," she told him quietly.

"Oh, I see. Well, what if I just show you what I have until Spike gets here. Would that be okay?" Giles asked Buffy as he looked back down at her.

Buffy scrunched up her face, thinking about what he had said before answering. "I guess we can," she said before sliding down from her chair.

"Willow, I think I may have found something in that text about the original spell. If you could cross reference it for me while I'm in the back?" Giles asked before turning to the training room.

"Sure...I can do that."

Giles walked with Buffy to the training room and ushered her in. Once inside Buffy looked around and frowned. Giles caught the look and leaned his head to the side. "Is something wrong Buffy?" He asked her as she stopped in the middle of the room.

"This is where I lost my mommy." she said sadly.

Giles looked saddened by her statement. He immediately felt angry again for what the others had done. He smiled at her and got down on one knee if front of her. "It's okay Buffy. We're doing everything we can to find her," he said, mentally slapping himself for having to lie to her.

Buffy looked at him with watery eyes. "What if you can't find her?"

"We will...I promise."

Buffy smiled weakly at him and wiped at her eyes. "Okay. Can we play now?"

Giles laughed lightly at her and shook his head. "Yes, we can play now," he said as he stood back up.

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Willow had been checking the spell books and listening to the sounds coming from the training room for a while and was beginning to wonder how long Giles was going to keep at his 'testing' of Buffy's skills. They had been in there for over an hour and she was sure Buffy was getting bored with him by now. Looking up as the door to the shop opened, she smiled as Xander walked in.

"Hey Xan...what are you doing here?" She asked him smiling.

"Oh, just thought I'd come see how our little Buff was doing," he answered her as he sat down.

"Giles is putting her through 'training' as we speak," she said giving him a lopsided grin.

"Ah, the ever faithful Slayer training. Giles is probably loving this. He can finally make Buffy listen," he laughed. "Well, in theory that is."

"Yeah, she can still be pretty stubborn when she wants to be."

"Who's that?" Spike asked, as he shut the door to the basement.

"What are you doing here?" Xander asked him hatefully.

"Now now whelp...better be on your best behavior. Wouldn't want out little Slayer to check out your knee caps again," Spike said, smirking at Xander.

"Shut up Spike!"

Spike laughed at him before looking over at Willow. "Buffy in the back?" He asked pointing to the training room.

"Yeah, Giles has had her in there for a while."

"Right then," Spike said as he headed for the training room.

"Where do you think you're going?" Xander asked him as he stood up from his chair.

Spike turned his head slightly. "Going to see Buffy," he said over his shoulder as he continued walking.

"Well, she doesn't want to see you, so stay away from her," Xander yelled out to him.

"Is that a fact?" Spike asked as he stopped and turned around to face him. "Doesn't seem that way to me."

Xander glared at Spike, hating the fact that he knew Buffy 'did' want to see Spike. The fact that she 'didn't' like him was eating him up. He rolled his eyes at Spike before returning to his seat. Spike just grinned at him and turned around, still smiling as he entered the training room.

"Now Buffy...please just do it exactly like I said," Giles told her, exhausted at his attempts to get her to cooperate with him.

"No. I don't want to," she said as she crossed her arms over her chest.

"What's the matter kitten, Rupert boring you already?" Spike asked as he walked into the room.

Buffy spun around at the sound of his voice and grinned big. "Hey Spike!' she yelled as she ran over to where he was.

"Hey Buffy," Spike said as she wrapped her arms around his legs. "You havin' fun with the watcher?" He asked as he squatted down next to her after she let him go.

"No," Buffy whispered to him, glancing over at Giles briefly. "He plays stupid games. All he wants me to do is hit stuff."

Spike laughed at her and looked up at Giles. "Well, he is kinda old. All his games are gonna be dull, just like him," Spike whispered back to her, getting a big giggle out of her.

"I heard that Spike!" Giles said as he stood up from the floor. "Please don't put such notions in her head. She's very impressionable at this age."

Spike straightened up and grinned at Giles. "What can I say Watcher. I just call `em like I see `em."

"Why are you here?" Giles asked, sighing heavily as he rubbed his forehead.

"I had a play date with the nibblet here," Spike said, patting her on the head.

"Well, play time can come later. I have important things to do here, as you can see."

"Yeah, and what's that...boring her to death? Real impressive," Spike said smirking at him.

Giles removed his glasses and rubbed at his eyes before replacing them and looking at Buffy. She was standing there, looking up at Spike with the cutest smile he had ever seen on her face. He smiled in spite of himself and shook his head. "Fine...play. She obviously has no desire to train. I can try to do this later," Giles said as he walked towards the door.

Spike tried to hold back his grin as Giles walked past him, but failed miserably. The fact that Buffy would rather spend her time with him rather than the rest of them, made him happier than any vampire should be.

He looked down at her as Giles shut the door and smiled at her. "So, what ya wanna do pet?" He asked her as she stood there smiling at him.

"There's nothin' to do here," she said looking around the room.

"Well, you have a point there," Spike told her.

"Can we go outside?" Buffy asked, looking back up at him.

"Don't think that'd be a good idea."

"Why not? It's fun outside. We could go to the park," she told him smiling.

Spike smiled back at her. "Yeah, that would be fun...but, I can't go outside Buffy. Not in the sun," he told her sadly.

Buffy looked at him quizzical. "Why not...you not like the shunshine?"

"Yeah, I do actually." Spike said before he led her over to the couch and sat down. "It's just, I have an.allergy to the sun," he told her...She's not gonna buy that one, he thought as she stood in front of him and looked at him.

"My friend's got allergies too. She sneezes when she plays with purple," Buffy said grinning a little.

"So, it's okay if we don't go outside then?"

"Yeah, I guess so...do you sneeze when you go outside?" Buffy asked.

"Yeah, something like that," Spike smiled at her.

Buffy walked closer to Spike and put her hands on both sides of his face. She looked him straight in the eyes and Spike grinned at her when she moved her head closer to his.

"What are you doing?" He asked her, chuckling softly.

"You have eyes like my kitty."

"I do?"

"Uh huh...His eyes are blue too," she said as she leaned back a little to look at him.

Spike smiled at her as she let go of his face. "How's about we go see if there's something out front we can do?" He asked as he stood up from the couch.

"Okay," Buffy said as she grabbed his hand and they started for the door.

"We Found It!" Willow yelled as she burst through the training room door smiling big. "We found the spell! We found a way to bring her back!"

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