Title: Finding Family 21/40
Rating: Adult - Overall
Paring: W/X HUA
Disclaimer: I own nothing, including the characters used in
this story and make no money off them.
Summary: This story is a follow up to "Flip The Script."
The boys are living together happily when something unexpected
turns their lives around.
Will stuck his head in the library and rattled the keys to the rental car.
"Come on Willow, Xan wants us to run to town and pick up some
Seeing the flicker in Deena's eyes, Willow smiled.
"Why don't you go with us? You could probably use some fresh air
and you can tell us if there is anything you need. Hey, I'll bet there
is all sorts of stuff you need to get ready for the baby."
Will frowned. He had seen Willow bounce like this before and he
knew it wasn't good.
"Xander said groceries. He didn't say anything about baby stuff.
We aren't going to spend all day are we, cause Xander said........."
Willow dismissed him with a wave of her hand.
"Xander said. Xander said. Pooh on Xander said. We have baby
things to buy."
Willow helped Deena to her feet, but just as quickly saw that she had
dug her heels in and would go no further.
"Maybe I better not. Billy wouldn't like it if I just took off without
asking him first."
Willow brushed Deena's hair back from her face.
"Honey, these are things you have to have. Diapers, formula,
baby clothes. Will here is willing to buy all those thing for you
and right now Billy can't. It doesn't make any sense to refuse
Will's generous offer."
Accepting the logic, Deena had to admit she had been desperately
trying to figure out how to afford those things on her own.
With a grin and a nod of her head the two women locked arms
and headed for the car totally ignoring Will's voice calling out as
he hurried to catch up.
"What offer? When did I offer?"
Xander had just located the shelves that held the cleaning supplies.
He was unsurprised to see that it was the only thing in the kitchen
that seemed to be untouched.
He briefly wondered how much it would cost to have Bungy fly
over and take charge of this mess. Knowing that wasn't going
to happen he sighed and rolled up his sleeves.
Propping up a trash bag in the center of the room he began shoveling
in all sorts of unidentifiable fungus covered inedibles.
Grumbling to himself he suddenly paused.
With the hair standing up on the back of his neck Xander turned
"Will? That you?"
He was answered by only silence. Checking the hallway he couldn't
shake the sensation that he was being watched.
Finding no one around, Xander returned to his kitchen duties
feeling a little foolish and paranoid.
Although he knew it was probably a lost cause Will tried to regain
control of the shopping trip. After all he was behind the wheel. They
would have to go where he said.
"Oh, pull over here."
Sitting in the back seat Willow leaned forward and stuck her finger in
Will's face. Pointing and wagging the digit under his nose.
"Over there at that baby store. We can start there."
Deena's forehead wrinkled.
"Gee Willow I don't know. That place is kind of expensive."
"Don't be silly. Will wouldn't have it any other way."
Will sputtered and stammered as he pulled into the parking space and
watched the women clammer out and head for the door.
Knowing he needed to stop this now or be steamrolled, Will jumped out,
stomped his foot, and stood firm on the sidewalk.
"NO! No Willow. Xander said groceries and trash bags. He
didn't say anything about diapers and baby clothes."
Willow shoed Deena on into the store then returned to where
Will had planted his feet.
"You are absolutely right Will. We need to do what Xander said."
She tapped her forefinger on her chin as if giving it some thought.
"Oh, I know, why don't you go on to the grocery store and get the
food and cleaning supplies.
After that you can come back here. We should be finished and
we will need you to carry our heavy packages for us. We couldn't
possibly manage without you. Then we can go back to the estate
and Xander will see that you have done just what he asked.
Doesn't that make sense?"
Will wrinkled his brow and scratched his head. Something about
the logic of all that just didn't seem right but he was having trouble
putting his finger on it.
"Yea, I guess that would be all right. But when I get back here I
expect you two to be ready to go. No more delays understand?"
Willow put on her most cooperative innocent face and patted his cheek.
"Promise! No more delays. In fact it just might hurry things up
if you go ahead and give me a credit card now. That way we
will be finished and waiting on you."
Will reached into his wallet, proud that he had clearly won this argument.
Xander was always telling him to stand up for himself and this time
He was running this show.
Handing the card to Willow, Will jumped back in the car and drove off
in the direction of the grocer. Shoulders straight and puffed up like
a peacock, William slapped his hand on his chest.
"Hell yea, I'm the man."
Xander had quickly stopped trying to discern the saveables vs the
5 minutes into the cleaning he had decided that everything goes.
It made the job go quicker and easier. Filling the trash bags didn't
take long now considering that some of the plates went with the
food that was cemented to them.
He was still chuckling at his earlier foolishness when he conjured
up the unwanted memory of a movie they had rented a week before
House On Haunted Hill.
Why the fuck had he let that thought creep into his head?
People had died here. Right in this very house.
The place looked like a giant mausoleum.
Bet it was dark as fuck here at night.
Spinning around, Xander screamed and dropped the plate that
was in his hand letting it crash into a dozen pieces on the floor.
"Jesus, you nervous or something? I was just looking for Deena.
You know where she is?"
Billy stood, still shirtless and bare foot in the kitchen doorway.
The nap apparently had not refreshed him.
Composing himself, Xander began picking up the broken pieces
with shaky hands.
"I don't know. Maybe she went in town with Willow and Will."