Summary: Buffy is pregnant; Riley has left for S. America; who will be there to help her?
Disclaimer: The characters are the property of Joss Whedon. I thank him for letting me play in his ‘yard’. This story is to satisfy the writer in me and for the enjoyment of others and not for profit.
One Mistake Changes Everything
By T. Dunn
Buffy looked at the indicator stick for the third time, it wasn’t going to change in her life time. How could this have happened? They were always careful… except that one time... two weeks ago; after patrol. Buffy replayed that night in her mind.
The demon had escaped from her after a lengthy chase and fight. She finally felt what Faith had ranted about; hungry and horny. She was exhausted and bruised but when she saw Riley in her dorm room she wrapped her arms around him and they were naked in record time. Buffy reached into her night stand and found the empty box.
They never spoke about the incident. Riley out of shear forgetfulness and Buffy cause she felt as though, she brought this on in the first place and after when she checked her ‘chart’ it was supposed to be a safe time.
“The rhythm method my ass,” She muttered.
Buffy met with Riley that night for dinner. She was nervous but knew he had to be told.
“I have something to tell you.” Buffy began.
“I have some news for you too. The military wants me back; I’m being deployed.”
Buffy’s heart skipped a few beats, “I thought you weren’t a part of the initiative anymore?”
“This isn’t the initiative; it’s a great opportunity to get back to what I’m trained to do.”
She took his hand in hers, “Riley, I’m pregnant.”
Riley stared at her; his mind running through the same night. She was so wild and demanding, she worked him up into a-lust-filled frenzy and when it was discovered they had no condoms, he felt he was too far gone to stop and besides she wanted it.
“Buffy...” he pulled his hand out of hers. Taking a deep breath he let it out slowly. “I don’t know when I’ll be returning.”
“Oh...” she was a little shocked at the news.
“I have no choice, the military owns my butt.” He rubbed the back of his neck, “Besides Buffy, do you really think you want to spend the rest of your life with me? I don’t think you do. I know you love me, in your own way, but you’re not in love with me and over time I think you will regret settling for me.”
“Riley...” it took all of Buffy’s strength to keep from losing control.
He stood; taking all the cash he had from his wallet and laid it on the table. “I’ll be leaving in two days. Between packing and meetings I won’t be around so this is good bye.”
Buffy watched as Riley walked away from the table and out of her life. Picking the wad of cash up from the table she counted out the amount to settle their bill and a tip; pocketing the rest. She too left the restaurant and headed out to patrol for the evening.