'That was our first of many classes together. That semester was one of the hardest of my life. Not hardest in a academic sense but in an emotional way, and not just mine, but Willow's too.'
"Oh My GOD! What happened?" Buffy glared at her daughter of eighteen years. "I mean, I'll be quiet now."
'Well, the thing was both Willow and I lost our first boyfriends that semester. Willow was dating this guy Oz for a few months, but he cheated on her and she broke it off, but even back then I figured it wouldn't last that long.
I caught up with Willow the day after her break-up with Oz, and of course, Tara was in tow. As the year grew on Tara, Willow, and I had basically become the three Musketeers, but as close as the three of us were, Tara and Willow were even closer.'
"Willow? Are you okay?" As we walked up Willow was getting something out of her locker and was looking at this picture of the Scoobies at the beach, taken a few weeks prior.
"Huh?" She shook herself out of her thoughts and turned to us. "What did you ask Buffy?"
"S-she asked if you were okay? And I was just wondering the s-same thing."
Willow smiled gratefully. "I'm just fine. I mean, yeah, it hurt to have him cheat on me, but my heart wasn't really the relationship. Him cheating just gave me an easy out."
"I knew it." I was right about Will and Oz, she never really seemed to be that excited about him.
"Knew what?" Tara and Willow both asked me at the same time.
"Oh, sorry. I just kinda figured that you two weren't going to be 'you two' for very long. You were never very happy with him. Hell you seemed happier when you hanging out with us, not that that's a bad thing."
"Hee, yeah. He and I just didn't click. But Pfft, whatever, I'm over it." she waved her free hand in the air.
"Well, then I suggest we have a girls night at my house this weekend. Besides I have something I want to ask the both of you."
"Of course. When?"
"Friday night. Movies, candy, the works." And that was that. We agreed to met that weekend.'
"Was that the start of Scooby Movie Night?"
"No, we started those over the summer between sophomore and junior year."
"Oh, wait a sec. You guys were in what eleventh grade at the time, right?"
"Wow, that was a long time ago!"
"It wasn't that long ago! You better take it back or I'll stop the trip and the story right now!" she bluffed. Joy bought it.
"No! You can't! I'm sorry I was only joking!" she pleaded.
"So was I," she gave her child a smug grin. Her child in turn, stuck out her tongue at her.
"Man, I'm going to miss Scooby Movie Night with everyone. Specifically Rupert and Alex, but especially Rupert."
"I know, honey. But you guys can visit each other."
"I know, but I wish he, or you guys, would tell me where he's going to college."
"He said it was going to write you with his address to your dorm room right?"
"Yeah, but I just want to know how far I have to go to visit my best friend."
"Oh, he's only your best friend?" she gave a cheeky grin.
"What do you mean?" Joy felt the blush on her face, "I have no idea what you're talking about!" she looked around the diner, clearly embarrassed.
"Oh, I think you do."
"Umm, uhh, various sounds of hesitation."
"Admit it! You have always had a thing for that blue-eyed Cutie! Don't deny it."
"FINE! I'm in love him," she whispered.
"What was that honey?"
"I love him," she said normally.
"I didn't catch that, what did you say?"
"I'M COMPLETELY IN LOVE WITH HIM! Are you happy now!?" she cast another glance around the diner, she noticed that some of the patrons looked back at her. She sighed and slammed her head down on the table.
"I know," she ran her fingers though her daughter's long blonde hair.
"Of course. I'm your mom, it's my job to know when someone is making you glowy."
She sat up, and gave a smitten grin. "Yeah, I know. Just thinking about him I get all, um, tinglely and sigh."
"Fifteen ninety on your SATs and all you can think of is tinglely and sigh?" Joy glared at her mother. "I'm kidding. I get it. Really I do. I was once there myself, heck I still am," she too smiled the grin of the smitten kitten.
"Twenty-two years later and Dad still makes you feel all tinglely and sigh?"
"Wow," her blue-gray eyes widened.
"Yeah, yeah, so are your ready to get back on the road?"
"Only if you're continuing the story."
"And what leave you hanging? I'm not that evil," Buffy replied as she and Joy got up from the table, she left the money on the table.
"I know, and Mom?" she asked as she put her bag over her shoulder.
"Yes, sweetie?" Buffy looked up from her purse.
"Thanks. I feel better now that I know that you know I know, ya know?" she wrapped her mother in a hug.
"You're welcome. Now let's get back on the road and the tale."