Turning Back Time Chapter 5
Standing at bench, Haley smiled gleefully as Buffy approached them. "You seemed to have Mr. O'Connor quite taken." Mrs. MacCale said with a knowing high brow.
"Yeah, I guess. Where did Mrs. O'Connor and Katherine go?"
"They left some time ago. Mrs. O'Connor was needed home." Haley explained with a smile.
"Which reminds me, supper should be on the table." Mrs. MacCale began to lead the way back to the carriage to go home.
Mr. MacCale stood outside the house picking freshly grown tomatoes from the garden. He smiled as the three women walked up the cobble pathway toward him. "I see, you've had a good outing in town today." Mr. MacCale said with a friendly smile.
"The most wonderful time, Papa! Miss Buffy took myself and Miss Katherine to a dress store and then Mr. O'Connor snuck up behind Miss Buffy, surprising all of us! He made Miss Buffy blush just so!" Haley waved a handful of ribbons in her hand and ran past him into the house.
Mr. MacCale shifted towards Buffy and Mrs. MacCale. "She wouldn't be referring to Liam O'Connor, would she?" Mr. MacCale asked.
"She is." Mrs. MacCale answered.
Mr. MacCale sighed and tossed the tomatoes in his hand into the basket and wiped his hands together removing some of the dirt. "You are not to see that boy again, Buffy. It's forbidden." He looked at the blonde woman.
"Seriously?" Buffy scoffed and placed her hands on her hips.
"And not another word about it." Mr. MacCale ordered with his chin raised high and eyes piercing.
Buffy rolled her eyes totally unintimidated by the older man. "You can't tell me what to do. This isn't the 18th Century anymore! Well, technically… it is… But not for me…"
"Buffy," Mrs. MacCale said her name calmly.
"No, you listen to me. I don't know why or how I'm here. The last thing I remember is jumping off of a tower into a energy portal. I've lost my home, my family, my goddamn century! And I might be stuck in some kind of hell dimension. But he's here. You may consider him a criminal or whatever but he's still Angel. And you will not interfere. Whatever happens, will happen. Will it change history?" Buffy shrugged. "I don't know. Probably… Maybe it will change for the better… I don't know. I have no idea how long I'm stuck here. But this is my second chance to be with him. And I'm going to take that second chance. There is nothing that you could say to change my mind. Excuse me." Buffy left the husband and wife speechless in the garden.
Buffy stared outside the large window looking out over the hills to the woods. The large sky changed from red, orange and yellow to a shade of black. A knock sounded at the door taking Buffy from her thoughts.
The door creaked open and Caroline entered with a tray of tea. "Good evening, Miss Buffy. I bring you some irish tea."
"Thank you, Caroline." Buffy said watching the maid place the tray on a nearby table.
Caroline stood straight and looked at Buffy. "You seem most distracted tonight." She observed the young woman staring out the window longingly. "The man with boots does not mind where he places his food."
Buffy looked at the Caroline trying to decipher the odd proverb. "Huh?"
"He who comes with a story to you brings two away from you." With that in mind, Caroline left Buffy in deep thought.
"Wait, what?" Buffy stared at the closed door utterly confused.
The following day, Buffy managed to sneak out from under the MacCale's noses. She quickly ran through town and to the park where Liam was supposed to be waiting for her.
Buffy stood in the middle of the green grass looking for Liam. He was nowhere in sight. "Ya're late." A voice from behind the trees whispered into her ears.
Buffy spun around to see Liam stepping out from his hiding place and into the bright sunlight. Buffy gasped relishing the sight of Liam in the sunlight. He was as handsome as ever. His brown hair was neatly tied back. The tailored brown coat with a matching waistcoat was filled out by his board shoulders and defined muscles. The dark brown breeches were tight around his thighs.
Liam took off his warn tricorn hat and bowed his head like a gentleman.
Buffy smiled taking him in. "I had trouble getting away."
"I'm happy ya did. I couldn't stop thinking about ya, lass. The image of your heavenly face kept me up all night long." Buffy was taken by his outlandish flirtation. The Angel she knew what not so forthcoming with his feelings and his intentions. But there was no hiding that Liam was very much attracted to the blonde. Buffy admitted to herself that she was quite enjoying this side of him. "Won't ya come with me? Lucky for you, I know the most beautiful spot in all of Galway. A beautiful spot you'd never see in the Colonies" Liam held out his hand for her to take.
Without thought and filled with complete trust, Buffy took his hand. Liam picked her up like a feather weight and placed her on the saddle. He then jumped onto the horse behind her. His arms wrapped around her and told her to grip the reins. Buffy smiled and did as she was told loving the sensation of Liam's warm hands over her own.
Buffy felt his hot breath against her neck and let her head fall back against his shoulder. Liam buried his nose behind her ear smelling her blonde hair.
Liam pulled the reins of the horse halting the horse to a stop. "My grá, we're here." He whispered into her hair.
Buffy lifted her head and looked out to a crystal clue coloured lake surrounded by trees. "Look." He whispered. Buffy followed his eye direction to a quaint stone cottage up the small hill.
"Where are we?" Buffy asked as Liam hopped off of the horse and took her hands helping her down.
Liam tied the reins around a tree branch. "Across the lake. Follow me!" His excitement caused Buffy to giggle girlishly as he took her hand.
The general splendour of the old stone cottage caught Buffy's eyes. The garden's tall flowers wrapped around the stone walls. Buffy marvelled its beauty. "Does anyone live here?" She asked.
"No, not for ages."
"The gardens… This place is gorgeous."
"I frequently visit and care for the property." Liam stopped walking and faced her. "This will all be mine one day." His hands went to her hips and faced her to the large, beautiful green lands and body of water. "You see there?" He pointed to a large tree with a hanging branch. "I can hang a swing there. A good sturdy swing for children to play. What do you think?" Buffy could see the hope in his eyes.
"I think, this is a scene right out of a Nicholas Sparks novel." Liam gave her a sideways glance. Buffy smiled warmly at him. "It's wonderful."
"Come." He took her hand and pulled her along to the lake just down the hill.
At the bottom of the hill near the lake, Liam faced her as he untied his cravat and unbuttoned his waistcoat. He kicked off his buckle shoes as he pushed his coat from his shoulders and tossed it onto the grass.
"What are you doing?" Buffy asked with a smile watching him undress.
"Well lass, I'm going for a swim." He lifted his long off-white smock over his head loosening the ribbon tied around his hair.
He turned running into the lake water leaving Buffy behind on the grass. He jumped in and swam out. "C'mon, lass! The water is fine!"
Buffy laughed and fiddled with the strings of her gown. She praised herself for not wearing a corset. Liam jumped up from under the water in time to watch Buffy pull the clip from her hair letting her long blonde locks fall around her shoulders. His eyes widened memorised by the sight of the sunlight halo around her blonde hair and the shimmer of her tan skin.
Buffy ran to him and jumped into the water only to be caught into Liam's arms. He hugged her close to his body. Buffy's legs went around his waist and her arms circled his neck. Liam's fingers traced a line of her jaw and pushed a strand of her fallen wet hair behind her ear. "Where, did ya come from?" Buffy felt herself drown in the pools of his brown eyes brightly staring at her. "Ya're the most beautiful creature I've ever beheld."
"I bet you say that to all of the girls."
Liam's playful smile quickly faded away. "Only to ya, my grá. In all me life, I've never felt this way before." Liam smiled coyishly drawing her closer knowing his sweet words reeled her in.
They were just inches apart from one another. Buffy felt his warm breath against her skin. She twirled her fingers around the strands of his wet, brown hair then her hand fell flat against his cheek. Liam slowly closed the space between them pressing his mouth against hers.
Buffy melted against him threading her fingers into his hair. The kiss grew quickly fused by fire and passion.
For the first time since she had been sent to this strange place, she finally felt something was right.