Buffy stood with Damon down at the entrance to the tomb. Bonnie had called Buffy to let her know that the spell to seal Elena in her house had worked. "You trapped her in the house?" Stefan asked incredulously.
"It's for the best." Buffy said. "Trust me."
"Elena is on a martyr kick that rivals your greatest hits." Damon said. "You should be glad the witch and us are getting along."
"What about Willow?" Stefan asked.
Buffy sighed. "She's in touch with Bonnie, but she can't come back right now. All the research on Klaus and the moonstone is where she's at and she can't bring it all with her. Giles said he could come out, but I think it's best he stays where he's at. He's more useful there." She grabbed the backpack by the stairs. "We brought you this. It's a care package with candles and lanterns…. Some clothes…."
"And lunch." Damon added, pulling a bottle of blood out of his pocket.
"Give that to me and I'm just gonna have to share with her." Stefan said.
Damon looked at Katherine lingering behind Stefan. "Yeah…."
"You three are surprisingly calm considering Klaus will hunt you down and kill you if you mess with his little plan." She said.
"I've been dead before." Buffy said. "I got over it. Twice." She snickered at Katherine before turning to Stefan. "Once we deal with this moonstone, we'll figure out a way to get you out of there."
"Don't worry about me." Stefan said. "Just make sure Elena's safe."
Buffy nodded and took Damon's hand. "Bye psycho bitch." She shot at Katherine.
"Bye dead little Slayer." Katherine said back.
Buffy rolled her eyes and walked out with Damon. "I can't stand her."
"I can tell." Damon smiled. "So, what shall we do now?"
"I think we should go visit Elena."
"Oh, yeah…. She's gonna be pretty pissed."
"I expect her to be. But she's got to understand it's in her best interest."
"Can we make a pit stop by the house?"
He moved closer to her and wrapped his arms around her waist, pulling her tightly against him. "Because I want some alone time with you." He kissed her neck and nuzzled her hair. "Or we could act like animals and stay out here in the woods…."
Buffy started to melt into it when he nipped at her neck, but she fought to keep her focus. "Hey…. Hey!" She laughed. "Damon, quit it! We've got work to do." He pouted at her. "We'll make some alone time later. I promise."
"When's later? We've been so busy with this whole Klaus and Elena trying to kill herself thing that our alone time is spent sleeping."
She reached up on her tiptoes and kissed him gently. "You're not the only one getting restless. Trust me. I will make time to spend with you alone." Buffy kissed him again before slipping her hand in his and starting the hike back to the car.
Damon opened the door to Elena's house and let Buffy enter first. They found Elena sitting in the living room glaring at the floor. "You should really lock your door." Damon said. "Oh, come on pouty. Just give us two points for ingenuity.""Do you think this is funny?" Elena asked.
"Yes Elena." Buffy said sarcastically. "We find hilarity in the links that we have to go to repeatedly save your life."
"What does Stefan say about this?"
"He got a pretty good laugh." Damon said.
"And what did he say about Elijah still being alive?"
Buffy sat down next to Elena on the couch while Damon sat on the coffee table. "We didn't tell him." Buffy said.
"He can't do anything about it. So why worry him?" Jeremy came down the stairs and joined Damon on the coffee table. "Hey, where's Bonnie?"
"I thought she was meeting you." Jeremy said.
"No, she's on moonstone duty and Damon and I are on Elena patrol."
"And who's on Tyler Lockwood and the full moon?"
"Vampire Barbie asked me if she could handle that." Damon said. "And why not? Because if she screws up, he'll bite her and then I'll be rid of two of my problems."
"Damon!" Buffy slapped his thigh.
"Hold on a second." Elena said. "Tonight is a full moon?"
Buffy's phone rang as Damon said, "Yeah but you were too absorbed with all your suicidal tendencies to notice." He glanced at Buffy as she got up to answer her phone.
"It's Alaric." She mouthed to Damon before hitting the answer button. "Yes, Rick?"
"Sheriff Forbes has officially declared Mason Lockwood a missing person." Alaric said.
"Some girl from Florida showed up on the Lockwood's door step looking for Mason."
"I don't know but she sure got everyone in a tizzy."
"That's not good. Where are you?"
"I'm at the Grill."
Buffy sighed. "I'm on my way, then." She hung up. "Change of plans. Jeremy, you get to babysit your sister!" Jeremy smirked and sat down on Elena's lap. "Damon, you're with me, of course."
"Of course." Damon got up and followed Buffy to the door. "Hey you know, you should get out…. Enjoy the sun." He said to Elena. "Oh wait, you can't." Elena threw a pillow at him and Jeremy laughed. She stood up and dumped him on the floor.
When Buffy and Damon arrived at the Grill, Damon grabbed her hand and stopped her. "What's wrong?" She asked.
"Nothing." He smiled. "I just felt like doing this." His hands snaked up to cup her neck and jawline and he kissed her gently, but deeply. It made Buffy's stomach do flips and her heart rate sped up. "I feel better."
"What was that for?"
Damon shrugged. "I'm feeling frisky and you're looking extra yummy in those tight jeans of yours." He smirked as he checked out her backside.
"Would you two stop flirting? We're on a stake out." Alaric said, walking up to them.
"He started it." Buffy said. "So, is the new girl here?"
"Haven't seen her yet. But I've got a table with a view." He turned and led them up to the table.
Damon held Buffy's seat out like a gentleman and Alaric eyed him suspiciously. The vampire shrugged. "Habit."
"Never seen you do that before." Alaric smirked.
"Well, there's not a lot of women out there who deserve manners."
"I'm one of them?" Buffy asked. "Cause earlier you were talking about being an animal." She smirked at him and Alaric shook his head.
"You're getting to the sappy part of your relationship." Alaric said. "Only your version is a little bit more…. More terrifying."
"Anytime. Oh, hey…."
Buffy looked over to where Alaric was looking. A tall woman with long dark blonde hair and big eyes had just walked in. "Jeez, could you get any skankier?" Buffy asked, eying the woman's outfit.
"Hey, excuse me." The woman asked Matt. "Crazy question: do you know Tyler Lockwood?"
"Mason's mystery woman." Damon said.
"Where is Mason anyway?" Alaric asked.
"Decomposing in his truck."
"So you think she's a werewolf?"
"My gut's saying yes." Buffy said. "But that's bad news for certain vampires around here because it's the full moon."
"We should definitely find out for sure." Damon said, taking some wolfsbane out of his pocket.
"What is that?" Alaric asked.
"Wolfsbane." Buffy said. "If you're a born werewolf that stuff's like vervain to Damon."
"And the old silver myth?"
"Only works for weres that were bitten just like holy water works on the bumpy faced blood sucking freaks."
"You have such a way with words." Damon said. "How are we going to go about this?"
"Drunk guy hitting on the new girl?"
"Who's the drunk guy?"
"Well, I would say you, but if she actually fell for it, I'd have to kick her ass…. Wolf or no."
"The jealous type? I like it."
"Make me gag." Alaric said. "I'll be the drunk guy." He grabbed his drink and got up, moseying over to the bar where the woman had sat down. "Well hello. Can I have a scotch and whatever this beautiful woman is drinking?"
"No, one is my limit." The woman said.
"Oh come on! It's not like I'm a freak. I'm just friendly to somebody who's new to town."
"Ok, if you insist. How do you know I'm new?"
"Because I've never seen you here before and I am here every night."
Damon arrived on the woman's other side. "Excuse me, is this guy bothering you?"
"I'm not bothering anybody." Alaric insisted.
"Perfect. Well…. Do it elsewhere." The woman's attention was diverted to Damon. "Don't worry, he's harmless. He's the town drunk, you know." While Damon was talking with her, Alaric put the wolfsbane in her glass.
"Please don't talk about me like I'm not here." Alaric said as he gave the glass to Jules.
"Why are you here?"
"Thank you for the drink." The woman said. Alaric raised his glass and left. She watched him walk over to Buffy and say something to her.
Buffy looked over at Damon and then marched over. "Are you being mean to my brother again, sweetie?"
Damon shrugged. "He's going around hitting on women again when he should be at home…. Sober."
Buffy shook her head and looked at the woman. "Hi. I'm Buffy. I apologize for my brother…. And my boyfriend."
"It's ok. I'm Jules." The woman said, shaking Buffy's hand. "You have some very handsome men in your life."
"Thanks. Sometimes they can be a handful…. But then again, what man isn't?"
"True." Jules laughed. "Hey, you wouldn't happen to know a good place to stay around here, would you?"
"There's a B&B down the road." Damon said. "And there's a motel on the I9 but you know, if you ask me, it's kind of a mistake."
"No it's fine. I'm just here for the night. It's a long story. Looking for my friend."
"Who?" Buffy asked.
"We know Mason."
"What do you mean? Like…. Missing, missing?"
"How do you two know Mason?"
"Friends of friends." Damon said. "You know, I'm really tight with the sheriff. We both are. If there's anything we can do to help with looking for Mason, we will. He's a great guy and after his brother's funeral, he stuck around and he helped his nephew and…."
"Yep. Mason was with him the whole time. Helped him with all that grief. You haven't touched your drink."
"You know, I'm not much of a drinker. I should get going."
"Oh, come on. Look, one drink."
"It'll help me sleep."
She picked up her glass and then slammed it down on the bar. "You fools. You think you're clever, don't you?"
"What do you want with Mason Lockwood?" Buffy asked.
"He's my friend."
"Well, I'm sorry to inform you that you probably won't find him." Damon said.
"And why not?"
"You should leave town."
"You're threatening me? On a full moon? How stupid are you?"
Alaric walked back over. "How about that second round?"
"I think we're done, Rick." Buffy said.
"You think I'm afraid of you?" Damon said to Jules.
"No, I don't. That's your vampire arrogance. You should be. I sniffed you out the moment you entered this bar along with your pathetic wolfsbane. I've been at this a long time and any other night of the month, the situation would be reversed but tonight is not the night to pick a fight with me. You've been marked."
Buffy grabbed Jules's arm and squeezed. "Do you have any idea what I am?"
Jules looked her up and down before trying to get out of Buffy's grip. "You're not a vampire."
"Nope. Slayer. Which makes me stronger and faster than you any night of the month. I wouldn't go around threatening my people or me. Got it?"
"Let go of me."
"Leave Tyler alone and get out of town and I will." Buffy squeezed harder and she saw Jules wince. She looked at Buffy in pain with a touch of anger and fear and finally nodded. The Slayer let go, noting the bruises forming on Jules's arm, and she ran out of the bar.
"You are so hot when you're all imposing." Damon said.
"And you…. Stay away from her."
"She threatened me."
"You go after her and she will kill you. One bite, Damon, that's all it takes and you're for good dead. I don't want that."
Damon sighed. "Fine. I'll leave it alone." He smirked. "And speaking of alone…."
She smiled. "Yeah. Let's get out of here."
"I'm gonna stick around and make sure there's no more wolfy trouble." Alaric said. "You guys have a good night."
"Oh, we will." Damon said, throwing an arm around Buffy's shoulders.
Damon managed to get the front door open with Buffy pressed against it. He kissed his way back up to her mouth as she walked backwards into the house and kicked the door shut behind him. He reached behind him and locked the door before wrapping his arms around her waist and pulling her tightly against him.
Buffy gasped when his hands snaked under her shirt and up her back. He smiled into her mouth and started to work on the clasps on her bra. "Damon, wait…." Buffy stopped. "Shh…."
"What's wrong?" Damon asked.
"There's someone here."
He paused to listen. "I don't hear anything."
"Shh…." Buffy moved away from Damon and followed her gut. They moved stealthily towards the library. When Buffy walked in, she sighed. "Rose."
"You don't answer your phone." Rose said, standing up. "I wanted to apologize."
"Just admit it." Damon said. "You don't have anywhere else to go."
Rose ignored Damon and looked at Buffy. "I'm sorry about Elena. I wasn't thinking straight. I didn't know she had a death wish but I called you. I tried to make it right, ok? I'm sorry. And I have nowhere else to go."
Before Buffy could answer, they heard a noise coming from the living room. Buffy was out the door first followed by Rose and Damon. In the living room, a window was broken and the wind from outside rustled the curtains. Buffy reached over and yanked a sword off the wall. When she turned back around, a wolf was standing there growling at them. The wolf jumped on Rose and managed to bite her shoulder.
Buffy, despite Damon trying to stop her, hurtled herself at the wolf and tackled it off Rose. The wolf turned on her, grazing her arm with its teeth before Buffy got a foot between them and launched the wolf in the air. She jumped to her feet and stabbed the wolf before it could attack again. The wolf yelped and ran off, jumping back out the window.
Buffy went over to where Damon was checking on Rose. "How bad is it?"
"It hurts." Rose said, pulling her shirt away from the wound.
"It's healing." Damon said, stunned.
"Oh my god!" Rose started to sob and Buffy hugged her tightly. "I thought a werewolf bite was fatal and I thought…."
"Shh…. It healed." Buffy said. "You're gonna be ok." She didn't believe it for a second and Damon read that in her face when she made eye contact with him.
Damon was laying in Buffy's bed going through one of her Cosmo magazines while she finished up in the shower. Finally, she came out of the bathroom and grabbed her robe off the door. "I talked to Caroline." Damon said.
"Yeah?" Buffy asked, slipping into the robe.
"She said Tyler was all locked up."
"So it was Jules."
"I'm thinking." Damon pulled her to him and kissed her. "I'm also thinking it's pretty cool that the whole fatal bite thing is fake. Maybe the werewolves made it up to keep vampires away."
Buffy shook her head. "I'm not so sure, yet. I mean…. What if it's like a poison?"
"Then…. We'll keep an eye on Rose. Who, by the way, says she's staying to help."
"Save Elena, protect Elena, all things Elena."
"She's good that way."
Damon nodded. "Yeah? Well, if you think so, then I'll think so." He smirked and flipped her onto her back, pinning her down with his weight. "So…." He kissed at her neck and chest. "I think we were in the middle of something earlier."
Buffy laughed. "And I think we're alone."
Damon was suddenly standing at the door, shutting and locking it. "Just in case." He smiled and was back to kissing Buffy between one heartbeat and the next.