A/N: I want to thank everyone who's reviewed and added my story to their alert list. I just wish that some of the reviews were longer (hint hint). Also, I want to apologize for taking so long to update, stupid college, making me busy with homework and finals. Well, enough of my rambling. On with the next chapter.

Bribe

"Angel! You get your undead ass over here and open this door before I try to break it down!" screamed Cordelia. The banging became more frantic as she waited not-so-patiently on the other side.

"You better get that, Angel. Knowing Cordy, she'll get someone to break down the door, if you don't answer it." Xander sighed. Angel walked away from the teen, aware of how his expression had changed since Cordelia showed up.

'You know, we could just scare the poor girl away and go back to taking care of our boy,' Angelus suggested.

'You really think that is going to work after what you did last year?' Angel asked sarcastically, right when he got to the door.

'Well, what are you waiting for?! Open the door. We don't want her waiting,' Angelus grumbled. Angel let out a small laugh before opening the door. The door was open barely a crack before it was pushed all the way open and a cross shoved into his face.

"Where is he, you… you… you evil, undead guy!" Cordelia shouted at him.

"Nice to see you too, Cordelia," Angel began casually, backing slowly away. Cordelia looked like she was ready to take on a whole army of vampires. She was carrying a cross in one hand, a plastic neon green water gun, with what he assumed was holy water, in the other and had a stake poking out of her pocket.

"Oh, shut up!" she cried as she walked in and shut the door with her foot, aiming the water gun at Angel. "What have you done with Xander?"

"What do you mean, Cordelia?" Angel asked calmly.

He didn't want to do anything that would make the slightly crazed girl do something highly dangerous to his health.

"Oh, you know what I mean, Angel. Or should I say, Angelus?" Cordelia gave a dangerous glare with a smirk.

"Cordelia, I have no idea what you are talking about. If you would just sit down, put the cross and water gun away, and tell me what is going on, we might be able to get on the same page."

"Oh, no way am I sitting down or putting these away." She started shaking the cross frantically in Angel's face. "That's just what you want me to do! I remember the last time you were around. You almost made hell on earth, literally. All I want is to find Xander, get him away from you and then squirt your ass with this holy water. Then I'll let Xander stake you for torturing him."

"Cordelia, you are acting crazy! What do you mean I tortured Xander and why would I?" Angel, asked.

"Oh please, mister "I hate Xander". I so know you wanted to kill Xander after he helped send you to hell. Just lead me to Xander, so I can free him and turn you into a dust bunny." Cordelia spoke as she poked him with her water gun.

"Okay, okay." Angel held his hands up and led her back to his bedroom.

"Who knows what kind of evil torturing you're doing to him," Cordelia ranted as Angel opened the door for her. "You could have him hung by hooks, cut him up, burned him with a branding iron . . ." Cordelia continued walking backwards, making sure Angel didn't try anything on her. "Or you could be… serving him breakfast in bed?!" Cordelia shouted, surprised, as she turned around. Xander was about to take another bite of his omelet. Cordy looked back and forth between Angel and Xander.

"Nice to see you, too, Cordy. Can you hold on a sec and let me finish my omelet?" Xander asked. Cordelia shook her head in disbelief then turned to Angel.

"So, Angel, you know I was just kidding about the whole Angelus thing, right?" Cordelia laughed nervously.

"Don't worry about it, Cordy. All's forgiven." Angel smiled a very dangerous smile. Cordelia cautiously backed away from the vampire.

"So, Cordy, what brings you here?" Xander asked breaking the tension.

"Oh, well, everyone back at the library did some research and we think we found out a major part of the prophecy. It turns out that we're looking for a person in Angel's life who is human. Apparently, the person is alive and was abused or something like that." Cordelia shrugged before she took a long look at Xander. She noticed the bandages and gauze.

"It happened again, didn't it?" Cordelia asked, looking concerned.

"Yeah, but worse. I'm lucky that I made it out alive this time." Xander answered somberly.

"So what made you come looking for Xander here?" Angel asked trying to break the tension.

"After Wesley mention something about the abuse, I remembered a few things when we were dating. Mostly the bruises and the sharp breaths he took when I hugged him a few times." Cordelia admitted as she walked to Xander's side and pulled a chair over. "So I made up some excuse to get out of there and went to Xander's, since he was missing all day, and guess what I find when I get there? Xander's mom scared for her life because a terrifying monster barged in her house after Xander invited him in and almost killed his dad, picked Xander up and carried him away," Cordelia said as she sat down.

"And that made you come barging in here like a female Rambo?" Angel asked holding up her neon green water gun.

"Well, I knew it had to be you since Xander wouldn't invite in a vampire he didn't know, but what I don't know is why you would save Xander," she said before turning to Xander. "So, I assumed Angelus was back and he kidnapped you to torture and kill you, then leave you on Buffy's door step. So I went to the nearest Wal-Mart, which will never happen again, and bought that and drove here." Cordelia smiled.

"Remind me never to ask you to plan a rescue mission for me ever again, Cordy," Xander joked.

"Hey, I did a pretty good job on short notice. You could be appreciative that I didn't get the whole group here to see this," Cordelia said as she waved her hand between the two.

"See what? Xander lying in bed eating breakfast?" Angel asked skeptically.

"No, to see Xander eating breakfast in YOUR bed. Now, if I was Buffy, I would probably be pretty pissed that the guy that I want back has my male best friend in his bed," Cordelia mused.

"Thank you very much, Cordelia, for saving me from a fate worse than death. I worship the ground you walk on," Xander said quickly.

"Awww, you're welcome, Xander. Besides, I can't let my Zeppo be tortured by being pampered to death." Cordelia laughed as she patted Xander on the head. Angel growled low in his throat when Cordelia said 'her' Zeppo.

'How dare that wench call our boy hers? We should rip her head off to dare say such a thing.' Angelus thrashed.

"Well, I better start heading back to school. Someone's got to get your homework and make sure you actually graduate," Cordelia said as she got up. "Angel, care to walk me out?" she asked, but her eyes said 'you better follow me.'

"Yeah, I'll be right back, Xander," Angel answered carefully. He walked slowly behind Cordelia, not sure what she had going through her mind. Right before they got to the door, Cordelia turned around quickly and held out her hand. Angel looked confused at the outstretched hand. She started to tap her hand, slowly, deliberately. Angel looked even more confused.

"Money," Cordelia demanded, answering Angel's confused look.

"Money? For what?" Angel asked.

"Isn't it traditional to bribe the person when you want them to keep their mouth shut?" Cordelia asked.

Angel frowned, trying to decide on the best course of action while mentally calculating how much he had in his wallet. He didn't usually let people extort money from him, but he'd never been in quite this situation before either.

"Look, I came here because I care about Xander, but vampire-intimidating supplies cost money, not to mention my valuable time. So, just give me the money. If you don't, then I'm afraid that I'm just going to have to tell the group where Xander is," Cordelia said as she shook her head. Angel reluctantly withdrew his wallet and plucked several bills from in, putting them into her outstretched hand.

"Thank you. Trust me, it's better to keep on my good side," Cordelia said sweetly. "I'll be back after school with Xander's homework and a list of things you'll need to take care of him. I'm audi." She walked out the door. Angel stared after her, shocked that a cheerleader just threatened to tell Buffy and the others where Xander was, then did a complete 180 and became an ally – if a bossy, overprotective one.

'You know, she would make an amazing childe judging by the way she just threatened you,' Angelus mused.

'The worst thing is that I actually agree with you.'