Characters: Buffy, Angel.
Challenge: 126: Just The Way You Are at drabble_weekly.
Spoilers/Setting: Early Season 2.
Summary: Buffy and Angel are from two different worlds, but that doesn’t change the way they feel about each other.
Disclaimer: I don’t own BtVS, or the characters. They belong to the amazing Joss Whedon.
A/N: Double drabble.
Buffy is a human teenager, and the Slayer no less, while Angel is a centuries old vampire, so their relationship isn’t exactly normal to begin with. Even without taking the unnaturally wide age gap between them into account they should be mortal enemies, each of them seeking to kill the other.
But Angel isn’t your everyday vampire; in fact he’s unique among bloodsuckers in that he’s been cursed with the restoration of his human soul. It doesn’t make him any less a vampire, he’s still one of the undead, a very well preserved human corpse inhabited by a demon, but his soul is in control; he’s prey to all the finer human emotions: Grief, shame, guilt, pity, regret, empathy, and above all, love.
Being the Slayer, Buffy isn’t your average teen either; she’s had to grow up far faster than any of her peers. She understands exactly what Angel is, knows his history, and yet none of it matters to her because she can see past what he once was to the man he is now, just as he sees past the Slayer to the girl.
She wishes he could be fully human, but loves him just as he is.