"Morning." I said, lying in Angel's white satin sheets
"What time is it?" Angel asked sitting up and running his pale hand through his thick, smooth, brown hair
"It's ten in the morning." I said putting my feet on the cold cement floor "Damn-I mean darn I forgot slippers."
"What was that for?"
"What was what for?" I asked, putting my clothes on
"Saying darn instead of your usual damn?" Angel asked
"Not in front of Kieran or Jesse!" I said, referring to the baby. My stomach was growing very fast. I had figured out that I was pregnant on June second, and it was June twenty seventh. It was huge, and the baby kept on kicking away. We decided that we wouldn't tell the doctor about the baby, and that Carlisle would check up on it. We knew that there was something weird about it, but I still loved it just as much.
"Pretty names." Angel said getting up and putting his jeans on.
"Um I'm just gonna,"
"GO GO GO!" Angel said as I rushed to the bathroom, "I'm guessing you want-"
"Pancakes?" I said as I inhaled the delicious smell.
I had started to live with Angel, choosing him to be the dad. We both knew that he wouldn't be related to the boy or girl, but he seemed like the perfect dad, and we had finally gave in and told each other that we needed to be together forever. My mom said that once the baby was born, that she would really want me to move back in and that she would turn the spare room into a nursery for the baby, and that Angel could stay with us. I didn't even have to make her cry by telling her that I was stupid and I had sex; she acted as if it was the best thing in the world. She was overly supportive. I pondered about it; going back to live with my mom, Angel didn't have any other rooms, but I don't know if Angel could live with my mom, due to the whole sun-light thing and with Edward being around.
Telling Edward was the most painful thing I had ever done. At first, he reacted just like Angel, as happy as the sun. That made the situation even worse. He lifted up my shirt and put his hands on the bump, and kissed me on the forehead. I sat him down in the shed and started to cry. He looked at me puzzled. I told him that I wanted Angel to be the dad, not Edward. He called me every synonym for the word slut and then kicked me out of my own shed-which he was lucky enough to occupy. Neither my mom nor me even thought about kicking him out, so he just stayed in the shed and sulked around. I hadn't talked to Edward after that.
I hadn't told Spike yet though. I imagined that he wouldn't be so hurt, him not having a soul and all. So I ate my pancakes, put on my flip flops, and kissed Angel on the lips. I then set out for the graveyard. I reached the end, lifted up the trap door, and went down the cement steps. Then, something totally strange happened:
I want you, I want you so ba-a-ad. I want yo-o-o-o-u, I want you so bad it's driving me mad it's driving me mad. I want you in my bed I want to kiss your head, I want you by my side, I don't want to hide. I want you to know, that I've missed you so and that I want you so bad, oh yeah I want you so ba-a-ad it's driving me mad.
"Uh Spike?" I asked. But he just kept on singing, there was music and dancing too!
Baby, I've missed ya, I wanna kiss ya, but you say no. But oh-oh. No no, I won't, I won't. Because I want you in my life, even though it's filled with strife, but oh yeah, I still want you, I want you so bad. Because you make me smile, even if it's just for a while and you brighten my day even though I hate light any wa-a-a-y. Mhmmm. I want to touch your skin, I want to let me have a win, I want you so ba-a-a-a-d
"Whoa!" I said as he twirled me around
Yes, you're the light in my life, even though it's filled with strife and I want you every day, I'll always want you anyway. I want to feel your lips against mine, baby you are so fine. I want to feel your body up against mine, I want to be tied up with you like twine Yes I want you in my life. I want you so ba-a-a-a-d.
"What -the -hell -was -that?" I asked backing away
"I don't bloody know but-oh my god," Spike's eyes bulged like balloons being blown up "follow me Bella." I followed Spike to his car as he started to drive down the main street.
"What's going on?" I asked as he opened the car door on my side and I stepped out on the sidewalk. We were in front of a seemingly small shop, entitled THE MAGIC BOX.
"Just come with me," Spike said pushing open the door, making sure that the blanket over his head didn't move. "He's back!" Spike yelled when we got inside. Willow, Buffy, Edward, and Giles stood in the store. I guess that all of them had gotten jobs there, but Edward? He didn't' need a job.
"Did you break out in song again too?" Willow asked both of us
"Spike did. I just walked into his place and he started to sing and dance." I said pointing to him
"So you didn't sing anything at all Bella?" Giles asked, eating an apple behind the counter.
"Nope." I said shaking my head.
"How's the baby?" Buffy smiled as she sat down.
"Very active. It won't stop kicking." I complained.
"I hear that when the baby kicks a lot, it's a good sign. Except for the whole, it's growing rapidly in one month thing-but anyway!" Willow said. I looked around the store. It was filled with hundreds of jars and books and every type of magical thing you could think of.
"Yeah, Giles, do you got anything on that?" I asked.
"No, I'm terribly sorry." He said stepping out from behind the counter "but, I'm looking everywhere for answers." He smiled "Have you thought up any names yet?"
"Kieran if it's a boy, and Jesse if it's a girl." I smiled
"Kieran isn't a boy's name! It's a name only Angel would have-WAIT BABY?" Spike said, not paying attention until we started talking about the baby.
"Yeah Spike, that's what I came to tell you about when you started singing." I said as he noticed my huge belly
"You know what's the best part Spike? She doesn't know or care who the father is, she just wants it to be Angel." Edward shot me a dirty look
"Well, I bet that he will make a great dad. You two aren't um-"
"He told me, and I'm not going to go there, especially because of my state." I said whispering and pointing to my belly. Buffy and Angel had started to try the 'let's be friends' thing, but I knew that they still loved each other. It was like with Edward and Spike. I was trying to be friends with them now, but I would always love them.
"She also won't do it because she knows that you still love Angel." Edward said, reading my mind
"Stop that Edward!" I yelled at him
"I'll pretend I didn't hear that because I wasn't supposed to," Buffy said, erasing her mind
"Edward, if you are going to be rude and share everyone's personal thoughts, you will have to leave." Giles scolded Edward.
"Fine." Edward said getting up. As he passed me to leave, he bumped my shoulder and whispered 'slut'.
"Hey!" Spike said holding onto Edward's shoulders and turning him around "If you ever say that to her again I'll rip off your head and drink from your brain stem!" He said before giving him a shiner
"Let's see how the slutty pregnant Bella can do!" I said picking him up. We started into each other's eyes for a moment, his icy cold again, and then I slapped him. The sound was like a baseball hitting the bat, thunder with lightning. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw Spike standing there, dumbfounded. That's when Edward really ran away. "Um, I should-"
"Run after him?" Willow said. I laughed and then ran out after him
"I'm done being your whipping boy Bella! I can't deal with you anymore! The only reason I came back was because I thought you were dead and because I still loved you, but now I just wish that you were dead!" He yelled at me. My lip started to quiver, and he kept on walking away. Whenever I cried before, he would hold me and hug me, saying 'I'm sorry' even if it wasn't his fault, but now, I just slid down the brick wall on the sidewalk and cried. Then the bug hit me:
Author note: the lyrics in parenthesis are the people who are around the singer at the time. I obviously can't really describe the dancing, so I'll let your little minds think up the dancing, unless I somehow do think a dance up. I tried really hard to think up lyrics, and most of them are based off of a real song, so don't get mad at me. This one is based off of impossible.
I run to him every time, and yes, I hate to see him cry-y. (oh cry-y) I know that I should leave-him-alone, but I can't do it on my o-own. (o-own) I need help from everyone, just to do one little thi-ing, yes I do. (she does) I'm supposed to be real strong, but if I am it don't last lo-ong, oh-no. (oh-no) Well I need to make up my mind, should I take Edward or leave him beh-i-ind? I don't know… I can't do it on my own, I need help from everyone, just to do one little thing yeah-ah! How am I supposed to be strong when I can't even see, the end of the how the tunnel e-e-ends! I can't do it on my own, I need to pick up the phone, call him up and tell him yeah-ah-ah! Tha-a-a-t I am not strong enough to deal with him even though he thinks' he's tough. I can't! Yes, I run to him every time, and yes I hate to see him cry-y. I know that I should leave-him-alone, but I can't do it on my o-own.
"Okay, that was weird." I said wiping away my tears and getting up. All of the surrounding people who were dancing and singing along with me just a few seconds ago had suddenly gone back to what they were doing, just with the same weird expressions on their faces like I did. I started back to the magic box, but a tall, brown haired man was following me. I entered the shop, hoping that I could shake him off, but he followed me.
"Xander?" Buffy, Giles, Spike, and Willow said together
"Um, yeah, the demon is back." 'Xander' said
"Screw demons! Where have you been Xand?" Willow said giving him a big hug, followed by a big hug from Buffy.
"The better question is where has Buffy been?" He asked after they finished their little reunion.
"Didn't I tell you? My mom shipped me off to Maine." She laughed
"Oh yeah," Xander said sitting down
"Yes Xander thank you for never visiting me or the shop." Giles said throwing away his apple
"He-he, yeah, I got busy-"
"Obviously not with girls. But I did!" Spike said putting his hand on my butt
"Spike!" I exclaimed slapping him and twisting his arm back
"Aah! Bloody hell!"
"I told you not to touch my ass!" I said letting go of his arm
"Who's the pregnant girl with Captain Peroxide?" Xander asked smiling. Spike gave Xander a dirty look
"I'm the-Ow," I said sitting down in a chair, assisted by Spike
"This is Bella Swan. She's the new slayer. She lives in my old house too." Buffy beamed. Buffy and I had really bonded in the past few weeks. She was also living in our house, currently taking what my mom was planning to make the nursery. My mom really liked having Buffy around too. She could tell my mom about what she had done as a slayer, and how she would always help patrol the cemeteries with me. Buffy had even taken over patrolling for me, due to me being pregnant.
"Hi, I'm Xander Harris." Xander said shaking my hand
"Hi. Let me guess, you were a Scooby?" I asked smiling
"Yep." Xander beamed "But, back to business. The demon is back and Giles," he looked over "Please do not start singing about your theories!"
"Yeah Bella, last time, we all sang in a group about why we were all singing!" Willow smiled
"So what's the demon?" I asked
"Well, I stumbled upon a book with him in it, and figured out that his name was Sweets." Giles said looking around for the book he was referring to. "He makes you dance and sing until you combust from the inside out."
"And he makes you tell you're secrets…" Buffy whined
"Like, sing out your secrets or?" I asked, referring to the baby
"I think it's just singing." Giles said still looking around
"Yeah Buffy, maybe our ending will be just like last time…" Spike taunted Buffy. Buffy quickly ran over to a side of the store, took out something, and threw it at Spike's head. It was garlic "OW! OW OW OW!" He screamed. I giggled. "Hey, you still have some explaining to do!" Spike said with his hand to his wound.
"Yeah, why didn't you tell me that you had a bun in the oven?" He pointed to the baby
"Because I didn't want to tell you. If I did, you would have drank thirty bottles of wine and try to sleep with me again, and besides, I don't know if it's yours or Edwards-" I quickly tried to cover up my mouth "Did I just say that?" Everyone nodded with their mouths open. "Ow!" I yelped as the baby kicked. I think the baby heard me too, because he kicked a lot, and he was punishing me. "Just tell me how to make him stop!" I demanded
"The baby or the demon?" Willow asked
"Both I guess." I held my stomach
"Well, I don't think we can make the baby stop kicking but, last time, the demon went away after we saved-" Willow's tone got low "Dawnie…"
"Who's Dawnie?" I asked, as everyone suddenly got sad
"She was my sister." Buffy sat down
"But, I thought that Willow said you guys saved her?" I asked, suddenly getting overly protective of the baby
"We figured out that Dawn wasn't Buffy's real sister, but a ball of energy and parts of Buffy, a key. Monks made her." Giles said stepping out from behind the counter.
"She 'disappeared' after my slayer duties were done, or after my mom took me away from Sunnydale. She blamed me for Dawn's 'death'." Buffy said
"Oh my god. I am so sorry." I shed a tear
"It's okay, no one could really stop it." Buffy tried to smile
Buffy: In all of us, there is a will. A need to go on and persevere
Spike: What is it though, because I really don't know, and I've taken too many blows
Giles: But in all of us, there is a hope. But then there is the loss
Willow: I don't know why, some of us don't even want to try
Xander: It's either try or die.
"um Guys?" I asked
Buffy: But then you think, there's no reason to sink, you still need to go on. We know that there is something, inside of all of us, that's telling us to go on
Buffy: What is the will? Is it just the kill? Or is it just the imagination?
"What the bloody hell? That didn't even sound good! Is he messing with us?" Spike said.
"I don't know, and Spike has a point. Giles?" Buffy asked. It was like Giles was Buffy's dad, or brain. She really depended on him, not just for information, but for everything. He did seem to know everything though. Apparently back in England, he was a curator of a famous museum.
"I don't know a thing." He replied. That was surprising
"Oh-no." My eyes bulged in fear. Angel probably wasn't here when the demon came to Sunnydale last time. He could have been dead by now, or singing for no reason. But, I also wanted to hear what he was singing, because if he had any secrets he was hiding, like Buffy said that you told secrets, and I wanted to hear his if he had any. I also wanted to hear how he sang, and danced.
"What?" Buffy asked "Is is the baby?"
"No, no, but, was Angel here the last time the singing bug came around?" I asked worriedly
"Oh my god! He wasn't!" Buffy and I thought alike. Angel could be burning up into a crisp right now.
"Spike! We need to get to Angel's!" I begged
"I'm not going over to that poof's house…"
"SPIKE I WILL RIP YOUR ARMS OFF IF YOU DON'T PUT THAT CAR IN GEAR!" I threatened him. He quickly started up the car and drove us over to Angel's
"Aw Buffy, how come you couldn't have been as bad-ass and Spike ruling as her?" Xander whined
"Because Bella gets all the fun." She whined
"That's right." I said getting out of the car. I walked over into the garden and pulled back the curtain. "Angel?"
"I'm over here!" Angel yelled out from upstairs. The gang and I walked up the stairs quietly and into his bedroom where he was-shirtless "Ah! What the hell Bella?" He said scrambling around for a shirt. I picked up a black one and handed it over to him.
"Did you by chance, break out into song or dance while I was gone?" I asked sitting down on the bed.
"Um, no why?" He asked, turning around and buttoning up his shirt
"Well, it's just that everyone has been breaking out in song because of a demon. And uh," I walked over to Angel and kissed him on the lips "I wanted to make sure you were okay." I started kissing him deeper, more passionately, but he pulled away.
"Bella, you know that I won't do that." He said stepping away "Especially in front of the whole gang-the whole gang? Spike?" I sighed, and then it started again
We've been here too long, trying to get along, pretending that you're oh-so pure. I'm a pretty girl, wanting someone in this world. I think that you are the right gu-uy. Friday night, no one in sight, and we got so much time to spa-a-re! Come on give in, it is not a sin, to want to be with me all the ti-i-i-me! Do you wanna touch, do you wanna touch, do you wanna touch me there? I swung my hips and my head crazily
"Yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah. Yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah." Angel sang getting closer
I love you so dear, I always want you here, but all you do is sit and sigh. I'm always on my knees, Angel won't you please, let me run my fingers through your hair? Hey yeah yeah, oh baby don't you care? Don't I make you feel so fine? Right or wrong, don't I turn you on, can't you stop wasting my time? Do you wanna touch? Do you wanna touch? Do you wanna touch me there?
"Yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah. Yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah."
Come on Angel give in, it won't be a sin, I love you and you know I do. Don't you wanna touch me there?
"Okay, I didn't mean to say that or sing that." I assured him and the group. Buffy looked hurt.
"Me neither." Angel replied
"Well, by breaking out in song, that's what I meant." I said
"Well has anyone combusted yet?" Xander asked. Oh crap, Xander was here too. I thought
"I don't think so." Giles said. Giles was here for the show too? I thought. I ran out the door. I think I'm gonna be sick!
"I have to go home." I said when I got out of the bathroom "What? I thought that you were staying here." Angel said
"I had a fight with Edward, and I had better straighten it out." I said going towards the curtain
"Did he hurt you?" He asked
"Only my heart."
When I got to the house, I didn't bother saying hello to my mom. I needed to talk to Edward right then. I would always love Edward. I would always want him in my life. There was a void in my life and heart whenever he was gone. I loved him through everything he did, and he loved me through everything I did as well. Until now, I supposed. I walked over to the shed and knocked on the door hard. "Edward?" I called out. No answer. "Edward? Are you in there? My mom wants to see you!" I lied, to see if he would budge for my mom. Nothing. I opened the surprisingly un-locked door, and saw that Edward wasn't there either. I hoped to god that he hadn't run away, especially without telling my mom. My mom would go ballistic if Edward ran away. She would feel like a horrible hostess, and think that he ran away for the stupidest reasons.
I ran back into the house and called out for my mom. Nothing. As I started toward the stairs, I saw little drops of blood. I hoped to god or whoever was listening that it was an animal's blood. I walked up each white carpeted step, each stained with dried blood. The bloody trail led me to the right side of the hallway. That was the hallway my room was on. I kept on following the blood, as it grew larger, and fresher. It led me into my room. Then I saw it. The huge puddle of blood by my bed, my mother's dead body swimming in it. I shrieked, and turned around. I saw Edward, his mouth and blue long sleeved shirt stained with my mother's blood. I shrieked again, fell backward, felt someone holding me, and fainted.
The sound of a gentle guitar woke me up in my bed. My head was only partially laying on a pillow though, the other on Edward's chest. I was too scared to scream. I just looked around for a way to escape. But when I was looking around, I didn't see any traces of blood whatsoever, or my mom. I actually saw my mom in her room across the hall, talking quietly on the phone. I felt so relieved.
Oh Mercy, relieve me of my anger. Oh mercy, relieve me of my pain. Oh mercy-y, relieve me of my hurt, oh mercy, give me back my heart.
Oh mercy" I sang "show me sunny ski-hi-ies. Oh mercy, stop all my li-hi-ie-ies.
The wind is low, the birds will sing that we were part, of everything, oh mercy. Oh mercy We both sang
Oh mercy, give me some of you-hu-u. Oh mercy, show me the skies new hu-oo-oo-e. He sang
Oh mercy, oh mercy, let me have some too. Oh mercy, show me what our love can do.
The wind is low, the birds will sing, that we were part, of everything, oh mercy. Oh mercy.
"What happened?" I asked turning over to face him
"You had a nightmare that I ate your mother, which I would never do." He laughed
"You aren't angry at me, are you?"
"For what? Having an overactive imagination? Of course not!" He put down the guitar.
"No, I mean, about earlier today."
"Oh, that." There was a long silence "Why did you chose Angel, I would understand why you would choose Spike, because he may be the father but, Angel?"
"I don't know, he's just had this horrible life. He has been wandering the earth since the sixteenth century, he was in the hell dimension for centuries to him, and it just felt like the right thing to do." I said as his thumb rubbed my shoulder.
"Well what about me? I was tortured by your smell and thoughts for years. Don't I get any credit? And that life inside of you may be mine." He said. I thought that he would be even angrier, because he had a point. That baby inside of me was either his or Spike's.
"I'm just happy that Jacob's not here, okay?" I laughed
"Bella! Quick, get something nice on! Jacob got here and he's waiting at the airport!" My mom said. Edward burst out laughing, so I hit him in the chest.
"Did you do this?" I asked brushing my hair wildly
"Me? Why would I do that? And I'm not being sarcastic." He said getting up and putting his black shoes on. "I hate Jacob, and you know that." He said taking me side and walking down the white, not blood stained, stairs. It took longer than usual, because of my size, and the baby started to kick again.
"Mom?" I asked as we got into the car "How would you like to explain to Jacob about me being the slayer and being pregnant!"
"Oh Bella, he's your best friend! What could go wrong?"
"YOU'RE PREGNANT?" Jacob screeched
"Nice to see you too Jacob." I laughed
"Where's Edward? I'm gonna kill that son of a bitch!" He said looking around the airport
"He-he, yeah, um, I don't really know if it's Edward's…" I laughed
"You don't-Bella! What-the-hell-is–wrong-with-you?"
"And uh, do you know what a vampire slayer is?" I asked. If he was and knew about werewolves, knew about vampires, "the cold ones", and all of these legends, by any luck he would know about the vampire slayer, or the Hellmouth.
"Yes, someone who kills vampires like I'm about to!" He fumed
"Yeah, I'm the new slayer…" I said backing away from the red-hot and growling Jacob
"Oh-my-GOD!" Thank god by that time we were outside, because Jacob transformed right then. He cooled off after a while, and then we went to the magic box
"Who's the guy?" Willow asked
"Um, this is Jacob. He's a werewolf." Willow looked sad
"Oh yeah, um, my boyfriend, was a, uh, werewolf!" Willow said
"Cool." Jacob said, his hands still in fists, waiting to punch Edward.
"Ew! What's that awful smell!" Spike asked, walking into the shop "It smells like a bloody were-"
"Werewolf? Yeah that's me, the werewolf." Jacob said
"So how's my little accident?" Spike said patting my stomach
"Shut up Spike!" Buffy scolded him as she hit the back of his head
"He-had-with you?" Jacob started to fume again.
"Outside, everyone, now!" I screamed as we all rushed outside. That's when Jacob transformed. I thought that Spike was done for, but within a second, it was over
"He thought he could fight me!" Spike said in a churlish voice. While everyone shielded Jacob from the onlookers, I looked around for pants for when he cooled off. It took a few minutes, but he transformed back into his normal self. But when I turned around to go back inside, I got conked on the head and got knocked unconscious.
I woke up in The Bronze. I was on a pool table, and there was no one else around. It was lit up as usual, and there was even music.
Hello, is anyone here? Oh come on, there has to be someone here. I didn't just get here on my own, and man, where is the phone?
Correct you are my sweet girl, come on ova here and give me a whi-i-i-rl!" It must have been the demon Buffy and the gang was talking about. He was red with a pharaoh's chin, and had on a blue jazz suit. "I am the one who got you here, and baby let me tell you, oh my dear that, you are going with me to be my bride! I'm the demon yes, who makes you, twist and shout! When you gotta sing, when you gotta, let it out. All those secrets you've been concealing, tell me you're all happy now, once more with a feeling!
"Um, can't you give me some slack? I never called upon you, or wanted this, or had any real secrets and, I'm kinda with child here, and oh my god!" I felt a burst of wetness "My water just broke!" I quickly felt around for my phone, but when I looked over at the demon, he had it in his hand.
"Bella!" Spike, Buffy, Xander, Edward, Giles, Jacob, Angel, Willow, and my mom burst through the door. "Well well well, if it isn't Sweets, the show tunes demon?" Buffy asked with her arms crossed across her chest
"Well if it isn't the slayer! You know, you owe me a wife!" He laughed
"Why are you back here? No one summoned you this time, I assure you." She said getting closer to him.
"Edward, get Carlisle, the baby's coming!" I screamed. Edward ran out the door in search for his sire.
"Like I said, you owe me a wife. So I chose little miss Bella over there. She even has a child that can be turned into a demon for me!" He giggled. I started to cry. If Sweets took me to hell with him, my baby wouldn't even be a baby anymore!
"That's too bad, because this time, we know how to kill you." Buffy pulled out a radio and hit the play button. At first, the tune was slow, and the demon started to dance to it. Then as the tune got faster, Sweets got faster. Then it got faster, and faster, and Sweets started to smoke! Then bam! He blew up! The only way to defeat him was to fight fire with fire, just like how he tried to kill humans by dancing too much. Then Buffy rushed over to me, and held onto my head as I started to cry from all the pain.
Hey Bella, don't be afraid, take a sand song, and make it better. Remember, to open up your heart, then you'll begin to make it better. Angel, Edward, and Spike sang to me.
"Bella! Push! Push!" Carlisle said, suddenly by my side.
Better(Push!) Better(push!) Better(push!) Better(push!) Better(push!)Better- Oh! Everyone sang Nah, nah, nah, nah,nah,nah,nah,nah, hey Bell! Nah, nah, nah, nah,nah,nah,nah,nah, hey Bell! Nah, nah, nah, nah,nah,nah,nah,nah, hey Bell! Nah, nah, nah, nah,nah,nah,nah,nah, hey Bell! Nah, nah, nah, nah,nah,nah,nah,nah, hey Bell! Nah, nah, nah, nah,nah,nah,nah,nah, hey Bell! Nah, nah, nah, nah,nah,nah,nah,nah, hey Bell! Nah, nah, nah, nah,nah,nah,nah,nah, hey Bell! Nah, nah, nah, nah,nah,nah,nah,nah, hey Bell! Nah, nah, nah, nah,nah,nah,nah,nah, hey Bell! Nah, nah, nah, nah,nah,nah,nah,nah, hey Bella!
"Bella!" Carlisle said handing me the little life in a blanket
"Kieran Axel Swan"