The Meaning of Dreams
by Hayley

Chapter Three

The feel of Faith was amazing.

Her hands moved over Buffy's body so skillfully and it made Buffy wonder how she knew exactly how to touch her. She seemed to know how to make her sigh and moan and basically do whatever she wanted. Those talented hands had that kind of power over her.

They hadn't even made it to the bed yet. Faith had her pressed against the wall of the bedroom and they were kissing frantically. Buffy was mostly naked as Faith was always quick about getting her clothes off and exploring her body. She wasn't that fast though so Faith was still fully clothed and there was no chance to strip her now. Not when Faith was pressed against her and had two fingers buried in her.

They broke apart and Faith started kissing and sucking on her neck as she thrust in and out of her. "Fuck, B. You feel so good tonight."

Buffy only groaned as she gripped Faith's back and wrapped a leg around her. They were going fast but Buffy knew that only meant that they were in for a long night. They could never seem to get enough of each other.

The fact that Faith was still clothed irritated her, especially since she could feel her clothes against her skin. She almost wanted have her stop so she could get more naked but Faith was very determined at the moment. It seemed she wouldn't be stopping until Buffy came and came hard and Buffy really didn't have a problem with that.

Faith gave her a hard, fast kiss as she continued to thrust into her. "You're so close already, aren't you? I can feel it."

"Yeah," Buffy moaned out, not able to deny it and not wanting to either. She wanted Faith more and more everyday so there wasn't any way she would deny wanting her.

A few more expert thrusts from Faith and Buffy cried out, coming hard. Her body went limp for a moment but Faith was well prepared for that, holding her close and keeping her from turning into a puddle on the floor.

After a minute Buffy felt she could stand on her own and she moved out of Faith's arms or as far as she could since Faith wasn't letting her move all that much. Their eyes met for a second before they were kissing again and Buffy was trying desperately to take back control. She wanted to get rid of the rest of her clothes but by the look in Faith's eyes she knew she was going to have to be a little more aggressive tonight.

She slowly pushed Faith back and the other slayer was caught off guard just enough to turn the tables on her and spin them around. Buffy quickly pulled off her shirt, revealing a lacy black bra underneath. She met Faith's eyes and noticed how dark they were, almost black. There was a smirk on her face as well, making her know exactly what Faith expected.

That gave her an idea, something that Faith definitely wasn't expecting of her. She gave her a smirk her own before taking a few steps, dragging Faith along by her belt. Buffy almost thought she might say something, maybe about her attempt at dominance, but there was only silence between them as she sat on the edge of the bed and Faith remained standing.

Buffy began slowly unbuckling Faith's belt then moved to unbutton her tight leather pants. She leaned in and placed a light kiss on her stomach, only stopping when she felt Faith's hand on her head. She looked up and saw something didn't think she'd see. The look she saw showed her that Faith wanted her to be sure in what she was about to do.

That look made her fall for Faith even more. She only gave her a small smile as she leaned in again . . .

Buffy woke up in such a panic she moved when she jumped up and fell out of her bed. She hit the floor with a loud thud, making her cry out and curse at the same time.

"Buffy!" Her mom nearly ran into her room, looking every bit the frantic parent. "What happened?"

The light in her room was quickly turned on as well, allowing Buffy to become more aware of her surroundings. Her bed was a disaster and she was, too. Her pajamas looked like she'd been trying to take them off in the night and she was sure the rest of her looked just as disheveled.


Shaking her head, Buffy managed to snap out of the panic her head was in and looked up at her mother. "I . . . I'm okay, Mom."

"Are you sure?" Joyce leant down and outstretched her hand. "I heard noises and then a scream. Did you have a bad dream?"

"Uh, yeah," Buffy answered quietly as she took her mother's hand and let her pull her up off the floor. "I guess I did have a . . . bad dream."

"Are you going to be okay? I don't think you've ever fallen out of bed over a dream before."

Buffy looked at the concerned face her mother was giving her and felt bad for not wanting to tell her what was going on. There was no way she would be able to tell her though. She would never get over the embarrassment of having to describe what her dreams were about. Talking with her mother about a sex dream would be bad enough but one that featured Faith would be beyond horrifying.

"Yeah," Buffy said as she sat down on her bed. "I'm okay. Just a little startled, I guess."

"Okay," Joyce said uneasily, "if you're sure. Try and get some sleep, honey. I'm sure you have a big day with Mr. Giles and Faith tomorrow."

Buffy tried not to blush at the mention of Faith. "Lots of training and research."

Her mother smiled softly. "See you in the morning."

"Good night," Buffy said quietly as she watched her leave the room and shut the door behind her.

She stood and shut off her light before laying back down. The dream kept replaying over and over in her mind even though she was trying desperately to stop. It felt too real though, so real that she swore she could feel Faith's hands on her.

For a moment Buffy let her mind wander and think of what it would really feel like to have Faith's hands move over her in such a possessive manner. She wondered if it would feel like it did in the dreams, if it would be such an incredible turn on. She wondered if she would be able to feel how Faith felt about her when she did it. It seemed to be that way in the dreams.

Her dream self had really fallen for Faith and that amazed her. Right now, the pair were only trying to rebuild and maintain a friendship and that was taking a lot of work. The trust was finally there but Buffy still didn't know much about Faith and never knew how to ask. She also still had to tell herself to answer whenever Faith asked her a personal question. Those questions were rarely sexual unless it was a sarcastic one so she knew Faith was just curious and she should answer.

Buffy wrapped the covers around her and closed her eyes, hoping to fall back into a restful sleep. There was so much to do during the day that all she wanted right now what a peaceful and less confusing sleep.

It had been two days but no one had found any answers on who Devon was. Giles' oldest texts didn't mention the name at all and Buffy and Faith hadn't had any other encounter with a vampire who brought the name up. They actually hadn't had luck on patrol in general.

Buffy had spent most of the morning at her watcher's place reading and it was the worst activity in the world to her. Reading about every vampire who tried to make a name for themselves and not having any of them be the one she was looking for felt like a waste of her time.

"This is pointless," she said out loud, causing Willow and Giles to look up at her.

"It is necessary we look through these texts in order to find some information on this vampire," Giles said matter-of-factly.

"It's a little boring but it'll pay off when we find what we're looking for," Willow added.

"What if he's not in any of these books though?"

"Are you inferring I need to acquire additional books?" Giles asked. "We all quit the Council so I would need to find other avenues to get them."

"No, I mean maybe he's not in any book," Buffy said. "Maybe no one has even written about him."

"You're not thinking this Devon is older than the books I have, are you?" Giles set his book down on the coffee table. "I doubt he would've flown under the Council's radar for that long only to surface here and now."

Buffy shook her head. "Maybe he's not in any of these books because he's too new. Maybe he's planning on using Sunnydale in order to put himself in these books."

"That would make some sense," Willow added. "It's like what we saw with the vamps making a move right after the Mayor. What better place to prove yourself than here? If you take out a slayer, you'll definitely be added to the Council's books and gain the respect of lots of vamps."

Giles looked down and picked his book up. "I guess that is a possibility but we still need to go through everything we have just to be sure. We want to be prepared."

The front door opened as Giles finished speaking and Faith walked in, looking a little tired. She had told Buffy the night before that she had an early morning shift at the warehouse but that she would have the afternoon free. She looked at the clock and saw it was two in the afternoon.

"Hey," Faith greeted them as she walked past them to the kitchen, "any luck today?"

"A whole lot of nothing," Buffy responded. "I just made an excellent point that maybe Devon isn't in any of the books because he hasn't done anything document-worthy yet."

Willow chuckled quietly but Giles shook his head lightly. "That doesn't mean it's okay to stop researching. Until we know for sure who he is, for all we know he could be in one of these books."

"Maybe someone in town knows something," Faith commented as she appeared in the living room, holding an already half eaten sandwich. "There's lots of vamps and demons who'll tell us what they know in return for remaining alive."

Buffy smiled, seeing an excuse to stop researching for the day. "Faith, you up for a little trip to a couple demon bars?"

Faith grinned. "I'm always up for one of those trips. No way for vamps to escape during the day."

"Okay, ask some questions but please be discrete about it." Giles looked at the two of them warily. "The last thing we need is for word to get that we're aware and looking for this person."

"Sure thing, G-man," Faith said before looking at Buffy. "Just let me change and we'll go."

"Great." Buffy smiled at her, liking the fact she hadn't had a dream last night so she wasn't on edge as she did. Faith returned the smile before climbing the stairs with her food.

Hopefully, the afternoon would be more relaxed and Buffy could concentrate on working on her friendship with Faith, not in trying to avoid close interaction.

"We need a car," Faith said as they walked to the seedy part of Sunnydale.

"Walking isn't so bad," Buffy responded. "It's not like we're walking miles and miles."

"Yeah, but it would be nice to get to these bars in a few short minutes instead of much longer. Why can't we take Giles' car or your mom's?"

Buffy looked at her with a raised eyebrow. "Do you have your license?"

Faith smirked and reached into her pocket, pulling out a card. "I know you have one, too, so there's no excuse for us walking."

She looked at it and sure enough, Faith had a driver's license. It was a Massachusetts one but it was valid. Buffy looked over the details and smiled as she looked back at Faith. "Lehane? Here I thought you were a one name kind of girl."

"Nah," Faith said, laughing, "I just don't like it much and no one ever asked. The main stuff I've kept from Boston are the name and that license. Work's making me get a California one so soon it'll just be the name."

Buffy nodded. "You can volunteer some of that stuff, you know? Normal people don't go around asking everyone what their last names are."

"Never took for you being normal." Faith winked at her. "Finally, we're here."

The pair looked over Willy's before walking in. Once they entered, both of them eyed the dreary surroundings before giving each other a look and walking toward the bar. There were maybe a dozen vamps and demons throughout the place and none of them looked to be any threat.

Willy saw them from behind the bar and there was a mixture of dread and fear in his eyes. "Wow, not one but two slayers stopping in today," he said in a louder than normal voice. "What do I owe the pleasure?"

Buffy took a quick scan of the bar again and saw all eyes were on them now. Both she and Faith were armed but she really didn't want to get into a fight today. She really liked the top she had on and didn't want to ruin it.

"Nice way to make it known exactly who we are," Faith said. "Do you want me to talk loudly about what will happen to anything that tries something today?"

"No one wants any trouble," Willy assured. "I don't want any damage to the place."

"We're not here for any trouble unless someone tries to start something," Buffy said. "We're looking for some information."

"Information's pretty scarce since the two of you took down the Mayor," Willy said. "It's been pretty slow in here since you took out most of my customers in that battle. Not much has been happening."

"That's bullshit and you know it," Faith said as she leaned forward. "Vamps and demons pass through here all the time. Just because we took down the Mayor doesn't mean vamps are gonna stop coming to the hellmouth."

"Ah, okay, maybe it hasn't."

"Don't screw around with us, Willy," Buffy warned. "We've agreed to not do any damage to the bar but there was no agreement to not do any damage to you."

Faith gave her a look and Buffy knew she was wondering whether or not she was serious. Neither of them liked the fact that Willy harbored vampires and demons that needed to be killed but the bar was also a place where they could get information on vamps they were tracking. Since its existence had proved helpful they allowed it to exist but that didn't mean they couldn't threaten.

"Okay, okay," Willy said and leaned in. "There's been some talk."

"What kind of talk?" Faith asked.

"After you blew up the Mayor lots of vamps saw Sunnydale as a free area again," Willy said quietly. "No one needed to check in to make sure their plans didn't interfere with him. I think lots of them are starting to come here. You might wanna be prepared."

"We're always prepared." Buffy narrowed her eyes. "Ever hear of a vamp named Devon? He ever pass through here?"

Willy's demeanor changed ever so slightly, like he was trying his best not to look nervous. Buffy wondered if Faith noticed what she did but when she quickly glanced over she didn't look it. Faith was too busy staring Willy down.

"I think you better answer us, Willy," Faith said in a quiet but menacing tone. "If you choose not to cooperate with us, I will stake every vamp in this bar. That can't be very good for business."

He let out a slow breath and rubbed the back of his neck. "Look, he hasn't come through here, okay?"

"Have you heard of him?"

"Yeah, I've heard of him." Willy's eyes scanned the bar quickly before looking at the two slayers again. "A few nights ago a couple nicely dressed vampires came in here, started talking to some of the tables about doing some work for a vamp named Devon. Most of the tables told 'em where to shove their offers but three or four left the bar with them."

"Have they only come in here once?" Buffy asked.

Willy nodded. "So far, yeah. Since they were kind of successful I wouldn't put it past them to come back and try again."

The two slayers shared a look before Buffy spoke. "You're gonna have to let us know if they come back."

"You're putting me in a bad position, slayers," he said, looking uncomfortable. "I've got a reputation to keep up here. Giving the two of you information like that is gonna hurt business."

"You don't really have a choice here," Faith said. "If it helps any, we won't advertise where we got the info."

"You slayers are all right," Willy said with a sad smile before clearing his throat. "Look, I told you I don't know anything."

Buffy turned her head to Faith and nodded. "I guess we'll just have to look somewhere else. If we hear of any trouble coming out of this bar though, we'll be back."

"Yeah, we'll cause more trouble than you'll know what to do with," Faith added.

When Willy didn't respond right away, they turned and walked out of the bar. Faith squinted and pulled out a pair of sunglasses and Buffy did the same.

"Isn't it weird that the sun always seems brighter after you've come out of a dank, disgusting bar?" Faith asked, a smile on her face.

"One of the upsides of living in Sunnydale," Buffy commented. "Probably one of the only upsides actually."

Faith laughed. "I dunno, I kind of like the slaying part."

Buffy shook her head but didn't comment. "What kind of vamp dresses up and walks into a dive like Willy's to recruit other vamps? Why?"

"Maybe if they're doing it at Willy's they're doing it at other places, too," Faith offered. "We should go to the other hideouts and see if anyone will talk to us. If I remember right, the other bartenders aren't as easy to get info from as Willy."

"Yeah, but they aren't human either so it'll be easier to apply a little incentive to get them to talk." Buffy looked around as they turned a corner and noticed the streets were quiet, only a few people walking along the sidewalks. "Doesn't hurt that they won't dare come outside either."

"True," Faith said. "At least we can tell Giles this wasn't a wasted trip so far. We know this Devon is recruiting vamps."

"Yeah, now he can't accuse us of coming here just to get out of research." Buffy smiled at Faith as they stopped in front of a rundown building. "Maybe we'll even get lucky and run into those vamps."

"And maybe we can have a little fun beating on some vamps and demons while we look."

Buffy pushed open the door to an unmarked building that the two of them knew what a demon hideout and bar. "Sounds like a plan."

"I don't think I've come across anything like it," Giles said.

"Is that good or bad?" Faith asked.

The two slayers just returned from their trip to the vamp and demon bars with news that seemed be the same at each place. After they left Willy's, they had visited two other bars and after using a little slayer-type persuasion, they found out that the two sharply dressed vampires had visited each place.

What surprised them was that the vampires weren't just recruiting vampires but demons as well. They didn't have too much luck but the bartenders at the other two places each said the pair didn't leave alone but with three or four vamps and demons. That was more successful than Buffy and Faith wanted.

"I'm not sure," Giles answered. "I don't recall any vampire trying to get other vampires to work with them like this. Normally, it's done through fear and never are there any demons involved. Many demons can barely stomach even the thought of vampires."

"That doesn't sound good."

"No, it doesn't," Giles agreed. "We may be dealing with a completely new situation."

Buffy sat down on the couch. "So what do we do?"

"First, we need to find the two vampires that are recruiting others to join this Devon." Giles sat down in the chair and sigh. "Maybe they will even be able to lead you to him."

The three of them sat in silence for a minute. Buffy didn't like how little of a plan they had. Simply patrolling every night in the hope that they would come across a nicely dressed vamp with information on Devon wasn't enough. It was too vague.

"That's not much of a plan."

"I think it's all we've got, B," Faith said. "We're bound to see someone who knows something when we patrol. They obviously want word to get around that Devon wants them. The more vamps they recruit, the easier it will be for us to find one that has the info we need."

"Hopefully, it doesn't take too long but that is the idea." Giles looked serious and Buffy knew that meant he was thinking over the situation. "If we're lucky, maybe you'll find someone tonight during patrol."

Chapter Four

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