It’s A Date
by Susan L. Carr
All non-original characters herein belong to persons such as Joss Whedon, Mutant
Enemy, UPN, WB, etc, etc, etc, rather than me, myself and I. Watchers belongs to
CN Winters and myself, so I don’t need permission. No compensation is received
by me, only the pleasure I take in writing it.
The Mystic Muse, Watchers
In Love and War, Luna
story was written for Angie who won me in the Watchers Atlanta Auction. Thanks
for the idea, Ang.
Dawn meets an intriguing redhead and suddenly her world is turned upside down.
was trying to act more mature, she really was – after all, she had been to Europe
– but she was still bound to her sister and that irked her to no end.
in Buffy’s shadow,
she thought to herself and sighed.
heard her and turned her head slightly as she continued to drive toward The Bay
School, Dawn’s new penitentiary. “It’ll be all right, Dawn,” she said.
do I have to go to school anyway?” Dawn said and internally winced at the
whine she heard in her own voice. She adjusted her tone. “I mean, why can’t
you just hire a tutor to home school me? We can
afford it, you know.”
know we can,” Buffy said. “That’s not the point. The point is that you
need to be around kids your own age. You need the social interaction.”
narrowed her eyes at her sister. “You’ve been reading that parenting how-to
book again, haven’t you?”
in all, Dawn had to admit, it wasn’t
a bad school. The classes were small and the teachers were pretty cool. They
seemed like her idea of college professors rather than the babysitters she had
in public school. And the library…the library was heaven.
would do handsprings,
she told Buffy at dinner after that first day of school. It’s
got this huge section just on dead
languages alone. I mean, a total row completely in Latin and Greek. It’s
had simply smiled and added more peas to her plate.
The Instructions of Suruppak
available?” Dawn asked the librarian for the second time in as many days.
mousy librarian turned to the computer on the desk and typed in a few keys.
After a moment, she said, “It’s still checked out.”
thought it was due back yesterday?” Dawn insisted.
librarian glanced at the computer again. “The borrower renewed it online.”
Dawn sighed and headed to one of the library’s catalog computers. She pulled
up the information on the book she wanted and saw that it was indeed checked
out. She thought a moment and then after a quick glance around to make sure no
one watching she started to type furiously on the computer. Just a few Willow-tricks, she thought to herself. No
Talisker,” she whispered as she hacked into the library’s records. A few
more keystrokes brought up the student-in-question’s home address and
schedule. She stared for a moment at the school picture of the redhead, noting
the kind eyes and the engaging smile. Finally, Dawn printed the information and
logged off, leaving the library in a hurry.
the elusive Skye Talisker proved to be more difficult than Dawn originally
thought. She took the BART out to the address she had hacked, but the
building’s security proved more substantial than the school’s computer
system. Dawn was then forced to resort to stalking the girl after classes, but
since Skye was a senior, it proved difficult. Finally, she caught a glimpse of
the redhead in the hallway and hurrying along, followed her to – of all places
– the library.
hid behind a pillar watching the girl as she sat at a table and started removing
books from her backpack. She unconsciously licked her lips and moved closer,
trying not to notice the girl’s deep brown eyes. Ah ha! She spied the book she wanted and marched up to the table.
you ever gonna finish with that?” Dawn said pointing to the book.
Skye looked up, confusion on her face.
Dawn picked up the book. “I’ve been waiting weeks
for this and you’re hogging it.”
Skye said. “Sorry…um…”
she replied and sat at the table. “Dawn Summers.”
smiled. “I’m Skye Talisker.”
know,” Dawn absently replied, opening up the book and flipping the pages.
know?” Skye asked surprised.
looked up, caught. “Um…I mean…hi?”
looked at her and started to laugh. “Nice,” she said and then motioned
toward the book. “I’m finishing up my paper so you can have the book
tomorrow. That okay?”
Dawn said. “Shall I meet you here?”
thought a moment. “Nah, it’s dead here on Friday’s.”
I’ve spent enough Friday’s in the library, I won’t have to worry until
how about dinner?”
eyes widened. “Dinner?”
shrugged. “Yeah, you know…two people, you and me being the people, eating
together someplace, hopefully with a nice ambiance.”
yeah…dinner,” Dawn said. “Okay.”
Skye said. “Meet me at the Wharf at six.”
Wharf?” Dawn asked. She felt like a total idiot.
Wharf,” Skye explained. “You’re new here, huh?”
nodded. “Yeah, my sister and I just moved here a couple of weeks before school
Skye said. “Just take the cable car down to the Wharf. I’ll meet you at the
sign. Right now though, I really need to finish this paper.”
Dawn said. “See ya. Six…at the Wharf.”
hurriedly left the library, in a daze.
cooked meatloaf. Normally, Dawn would have teased her sister mercilessly on her
attempt at cooking, but tonight she couldn’t stop thinking about the redhead
from the library.
she thought. I’m going to dinner…with a girl.
meatloaf okay?” Buffy asked.
it’s good,” Dawn said and didn’t notice her sister’s eyes looking at
her. Is it a date? Did I get asked out by
rehashed the encounter in the library again in her head. I approached her. We introduced ourselves. We chatted about the book.
She asked me to dinner. She probably just meant that she’ll be in the
neighborhood and everyone has to eat, right? So, why not eat with me? It’s not
like it means she likes me or
anything. Does it?
school?” Buffy asked.
Dawn replied absently.
looked up from her plate, afraid for a moment that her sister had read her mind.
The blonde was looking at her mildly.
yeah,” Dawn said. “I think I made a new friend. Her name’s Skye.”
laughed. “Typical Californian name.”
who’s talking!” Dawn protested. “Anyway, I’m meeting her tomorrow night
at the Wharf.”
Buffy said and scooped some more carrots on Dawn’s plate.
absently mixed the new carrots with the dry meat on her plate. An image of a
redhead came into her mind. She is kinda
pretty. Dawn tried to ignore the voice in her mind which insisted that Skye
was beautiful. She was probably just being
nice. And I’m sure it’s not a
date. The voice asked if Dawn wanted it to be a date.
her surprise, the answer was yes!
mingled with the tourists surrounding the square and tried to stay out of their
photographs. She smiled at the hippy panhandler holding a cardboard sign that
read “Will Work for Weed.” The hippy smiled back.
isn’t it?” a voice said and Dawn spun around to see the now familiar
tourists, the bums, the smell of fish,” Skye said.
Dawn looked around. “It’s not too bad…I’ve seen worse.”
much?” Skye asked, hefting her backpack on her shoulder.
Dawn answered, her gaze wandering to Skye’s lips. “My sister and I…”
smiled, causing Dawn’s stomach to flutter more. “Your sister and you…?”
Dawn tried to snap out of it. “We spent the summer in Europe.”
Skye said. “You ready to go?”
got the book in my pack,” Skye said absently as she led the few blocks to the
cable car turnaround.
thought. She had forgotten about the book. She was silent as she walked beside
the redhead. They waited with the tourists for the cable car to finish its turn
and then flashed their FastPasses to the conductor. Dawn took a seat beside Skye
and tried not to notice the warmth of the other woman’s thigh that sent
tingles along hers.
restaurant was warm and friendly. And
expensive, Dawn thought looking at the menu. The waiter called Skye by name
who introduced Dawn. As he rattled off the night’s specials Dawn realized he
is San Francisco, Dummy…City of the Gay.
She glanced at Skye. Is she gay? Do I want her to be? Does that make me
gay? Do I even care?
Dawn said. “Um…the alfredo, I guess.”
good,” the waiter said and then placed a hand on Skye’s shoulder and bent
down to whisper in her ear. Skye chuckled and nodded before he walked away.
looked at her curiously.
explained. “He thinks you’re prettier than the last girl I came here
is a date!
was magic. About halfway through the meal, Dawn realized she was having a
wonderful time. Her and Skye talked about everything under the sun; school,
family, music, books, writing. Dawn learned that Skye was bright, beautiful, and
witty to the point of snarkiness. Dawn was enchanted.
do you like San Francisco,” Skye asked as they left the restaurant and headed
amazing,” Dawn replied. “I love the people, but I miss my family.”
thought a moment. “Your dad’s in LA, right? That’s not too far.”
you know that?”
see…” Skye squinted at the stars above. “Dawn Summers, legal ward of her
sister Elizabeth Summers, both formerly of Sunnydale.”
Dawn couldn’t decide if she was outraged or pleased that Skye checked up on
did, didn’t you?” Skye pointed out.
yeah,” Dawn shrugged. “But I had a good motive…I wanted that book.”
smiled as she turned the corner. Dawn was surprised to realize they had reached
her house. Skye stopped at the gate and pulled the book from her pack. “I had
motive, too.” she said.
took the book. “What?” she mumbled.
put a finger under Dawn’s chin and gently lifted her head. Dawn nearly stopped
breathing at Skye’s closeness. Oh gods,
she smells so nice.
last girlfriend turned out to be psycho,” Skye said softly. “I like you and
wanted to make sure you weren’t crazy before I got to like you more.”
you want to go out with me?”
nodded again. “Tonight was the best first date I’ve ever had. I’d love a
heart was hammering. “Okay,” she whispered.
Skye’s smile lit up the night. “Tomorrow’s Saturday. Wanna meet in the
park…Golden Gate, I mean?”
got it that time,” Dawn chuckled. “Ten okay?”
great,” Skye paused and looked at Dawn’s lips. “Can I –?”
a smile, Skye leaned forward and gently pressed her lips against Dawn’s. Dawn
nearly forgot to breathe as she fell into the sensation. She moved her lips to
capture more of Skye’s and nearly moaned at the softness. After a moment, the
redhead pulled away.
Dawn,” she said backing away down the street. “See ya, tomorrow.”
Dawn said. She watched until Skye turned at the end of the block and then ran up
got a date,
she giggled to herself as she unlocked the door. A
date with a girl…and what a girl!
I’m home!” she called and gave the door a mighty push behind her.
slam the door!” her sister yelled from the den.
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