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Title: Unexpected Guests - prolog
Author: Michelle with the help of Jadedragon
Email: mrsdrake@sff.net
Date: January 2004
Rating: PG-13
Pairing: Buffy/Giles
Summary: Buffy and Giles are getting married, and some unexpected guests show up.
Feedback: I love it, want it, and need it.
Distribution: If you want it, take it. Just tell me where to find it.
Spoilers: This story takes place between seasons three and four, but uses some elements from season five. If you know about the Magic Box, you’ll be okay.

Disclaimer: These are not my characters. They belong to Joss, Twentieth Century Fox, UPN, WB & Mutant Enemy. “And I Love Her” was written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. This is purely for fun.

Author’s note 1: This is a sequel to Band Cookies, but it can be read as a stand alone. This starts a week after graduation day.

Author's note 2: Giles was put on probation after the events in Helpless, not fired. Wesley was brought in to be Faith's Watcher, not as a replacement for Giles. Wesley is supposed to report to the Council if Giles disobeys the Council again. Faith is not bad. I use these [ ] to denote thoughts.

Special thanks to Jadedragon for helping so much with the spells and magick scenes. Also, thanks go out to my betas, Jade and Mer.

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"When can I take off this blindfold?" Buffy was fidgeting as Giles unlocked the door.

He took her by the hand and led her inside. "Now." He helped her remove the blindfold. "What do you think?"

"Where are we? This looks like a magic shop." She walked around looking at things. "Why did you bring me here? You said that you had a surprise for me."

"This is my surprise. I bought this store. Since we destroyed the school, I no longer have a job."

"So you bought a magic shop? This is your big surprise." She looked disappointed.

He took her to the back of the store. "No. This is only part of it." He opened the door at the rear of the store. "There is a training area back here. Wesley and Faith helped me put it together. I know you can't use it now, but later you can. There’s even space for a nursery in the corner." He looked at Buffy. She was crying.

"You did all this for me?"

"For us." He wiped a tear from her cheek.

"When did you buy this?"

"I found an ad for it just after the prom. It didn't take long to finalize the sale. The previous owners were eager to sell. I thought it would be a good wedding present. Do you like it?"

"It's great. Thank you." She stretched up on her toes and kissed him. "I love you, Rupert."

"I love you, too." He looked at his watch. "It will be dark soon. I'd better get you home. We have a big day tomorrow."

"Yea, it's not every day that a girl gets married to the man of her dreams."

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"Buffy, it's time to go." Joyce called as she walked up the stairs. "You don't want to be late."

She pushed open the door to Buffy's room. "Buffy, are you ready?" There was no answer. Looking around, she saw the wedding dress hanging on the closet door, still in the bag. "Buffy?" A chill crept through her when she noticed the rest of the room. The lamp was in pieces on the floor, the phone had been pulled from the wall, the curtains had been ripped off the rod, and the window was open.

She ran to the bathroom, hoping that Buffy was there. "Buffy!" Buffy wasn't there either. [I need to call Rupert. He'll know what to do.]

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Continued in part 1
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