Aug 14 – You Didn't Do Right By Me

Chapter Summary: **Part of the 2018 LiveJournal's Twisted Shorts FaD** challenge. Buffy sings to ease her broken heart after Angel leaves.

Challenge: for the livejournal 2018 August Fic-a-Day Challenge.

Timeline: post-season 3 for BtVS; post-episode 6 of season 2 for Charmed

Disclaimer: BtVS/AtS characters belong to Joss Whedon/Mutant Enemy. Charmed characters belong to WB. I claim no rights to any copyrighted material. Please do not copy or take this story without my permission. Song by "Love, You Didn't Do Right By Me" is by Rosemary Clooney


Caritas

Leo sipped his drink, wondering how his fellow whitelighter convinced him to come to a demon bar of all places to drown his sorrows over Piper dating Dan. He had to be crazy. That's all there was to it…when she picked Dan, he obviously lost his mind.

"Why are we here again?" he demanded of his new friend.

The rookie whitelighter peered across the room and smile when he saw who was about to head up on stage. "I nudged a friend from high school to come here and sing. The Host," he pointed to the green demon with red horns, "can read people when they sing and offer them advice on their lives."

A song that came out after his death, but close enough to it, that he enjoyed it anyway began to play. Ironic how much it called to him at the moment.

"Love, you didn't do right by me…"

He held up his glass for a refill. He'd need a few more to get through this song…especially with the way this woman was singing it. She wasn't a bad singer. She wasn't going to get a record deal or anything, but she didn't sound like dying cats either. But clearly, this song had a lot of personal meaning for her given how she was already crying.

"My one love affair didn't get anywhere from the start…"

It wasn't really fair to imply this was Piper's fault. He should have known better to fall for a witch…especially one of his charges. But, then again, you can't help who you fall for. There probably would be a lot fewer divorces in the world if you could. He wondered if that was the story for the woman on stage.

"Yes, Mr. Love, you done me wrong."

There was a polite scattering of applause from the crowd as she left the stage to join The Host. The demon offered her a clean handkerchief from his pocket and gestured for her to keep it. After consoling her for a minute or so, he started talking to her.

Then to Leo's surprise, the demon pointed across the room at him. The woman looked at him in confusion, but he just nodded and pushed her towards Leo's table.

"That's my cue to leave, buddy," his whitelighter friend said, quickly standing. "Tell Buffy I hope this makes her happy."

Her name was Buffy? Why did that sound familiar to him?


The next day…

Their initial conversation was a little stilted, but decent enough for them to make plans for coffee in the morning.

"So, I never got around to asking you last night what you are." Buffy pointed to the sunny day and added, "Obviously, you aren't a vampire, so that's good. Given that you were at Caritas, I assume you already know about the supernatural, and if you don't…surprise?" she jiggled her hands in the air.

"Do you know about witches?" Leo asked.

"Sure," she replied, "my best friend does some spells and wants to learn more."

"Really? What's her name?" he inquired eagerly. He wondered who her whitelighter was.

"Umm, I don't really know you all that well just yet, so I'd rather not give you that kind of info on our first date," Buffy hedged.

"Sorry, I was just wondering if I knew her whitelighter," Leo explained, knowing that his friend wouldn't have wanted him to meet Buffy if she and her friends were evil. "That's what I am…a whitelighter. We guide witches and future whitelighters."

"I don't think she has one," she said. "It would be awesome if she got one, though." She leaned in and admitted, "Some of her spells go kinda wonky. Course, that might be the Hellmouth's fault."

"Hellmouth?" Leo paused for a few seconds while that information sank in and he suddenly remembered where he heard her name before. "You're the Slayer!" he whispered.

Buffy looked around nervously like she was expecting something evil to jump her. "Okay, umm…"

"I'm sorry, I don't mean to make you nervous. Larry didn't explain how he knew you," he apologized softly.

"Larry? Didn't he die during graduation?" she murmured aloud. "He didn't become a vampire, did he?" she demanded to know.

Leo shook his head and answered, "No, he became a whitelighter."

"Oh, well good for him…I guess," Buffy responded. "Is it a good gig? Better than the Slayer thing?"

"I'm happy with it most of the time. When I lose a charge, it hurts, but knowing that I can make a difference helps," he told her truthfully.

"Huh, I never thought about it like that before," she said. "So what did Larry tell you about me?"

Clearing his throat in embarrassment, Leo answered, "Just that he hoped meeting me would make you happy. It kind of sounded like he was trying to make up for something that happened between you while he was alive."

"A few somethings," Buffy agreed. "But him helping at graduation made up for those things, so meeting you is a bonus…as long as you don't turn out to be evil or anything. You were never cursed by gypsies, were you?"

"No," he replied warily, curious as to the story behind that question.

She smiled at him a little wider. "Good to hear. That makes you different from my ex."

"You save the world, which is like my ex, but that's a good thing in my book," he answered with his own smile.

It wasn't much, but it was a start.


A/N: Couldn't have either of them leap into a new relationship right away but thought this could be an interesting first step to a Leo/Buffy 'ship. It would completely derail Charmed…and possibly BtVS as well. And who loves that Larry became a whitelighter?!