Part 3

Angel whirled around to face the man behind him. He held a gun in his hands and was pointing it at Buffy.

"What do you think you're doing?" Angel growled, his game face threatening to show in his anger.

The man frowned. "What the hell?"

Giles must have heard Buffy's scream because he came up running. "What the..." he started and then noticed the man with the gun. "Whoa." Giles held up his hands.

"Hands are good right about there," the man said.

He noticed that Angel hadn't risen his hands and glared at him. Angel didn't move.

"Who are you?" Angel said. "What do you want?"

"Name's Cain, but I'm the one with the gun," the man said. "I do the interviewing."

"Hey!" Buffy said from the net. "Anyone care to let me down?"

Cain sighed and took out a pocket knife. He leaned down and cut the rope loose. The net opened up and Buffy fell from it. Angel reacted quickly and caught her before she could hit the ground. She smiled as he set her down gently.

"You alright?" Angel asked her.

Buffy nodded. "Yeah, thanks."

"Gotta say, I'm impressed," Cain commented.

"What?" Buffy asked.

"Hey, what two men and a girl are doing at Lover's Lane is nobody's business..." Cain said.

Angel took a menacing step forward and growled. Buffy quickly stepped in his way. "Okay, enough, repulsive brain," Buffy told Cain. "We're hunting werefwolves."

Cain raised an eyebrow and laughed.

"Okay," Buffy muttered. "It's funny if you don't believe in werewolves."

"Oh, no," Cain said. "It's not that. It's just that, well, he looks like he could..." He pointed at Angel. "But you two..." He motioned at Buffy and Giles. "Well, you're a bit old and she's well, she's a girl."

"I assure you she's quite capable," Giles defended his Slayer.

"Uh, huh," Cain said. "Let me ask you something, sweetheart, how many of these have you taken out?"

"As of today?" Buffy said.

He held up a necklace. "I tear a tooth out of everyone I kill," Cain said. "The next one will bring a total of an even dozen."

"It doesn't bother you that twenty-eight days out of the month they are human?" Buffy asked.

Cain shrugged. "I only hunt them the other three days," he said. "I'd love to stay and chat, well no I wouldn't, but I have to get going. Does anyone know anywhere else where guys and girls like to get together here?"

"You want a party?" Buffy said with raised eyebrows.

"No," Cain said as he collected his net. "But the werewolf does. They're suckers for that whole sexual heat thing. Sense it miles away. Since is isn't here, I figure he might have found some other place."

"Sorry, wish I could help you," Buffy lied.

"But you don't know squat?" Cain said and shook his head. "Gee, what a surprise."

Buffy glared at him as he left. She had to fight the urge to punch his face out of his neck. With a grimace, she turned to Giles and Angel. "Come on," she said and started toward Giles' car.

"Where to?" Angel asked as they all got inside the car.

"I think I know where to look," Buffy said. "I just need to get there before mein furrier does."


Cordelia and Willow sat on opposite ends of the couch. "Buffy, Buffy," Cordelia was saying. "Willow, Willow. What about Cordy, Cordy? Sometimes I wonder why we go out together."

Willow nodded sympathetically.

"And when I call him up on it, he pretends he doesn't know what I'm talking about," Cordelia continued.

"It's some look he gives," Willow added.

"It's a guy thing."

"And he's so busy complaining about what he doesn't have," Willow said, "that he doesn't realize what he does have."

"And he's always complaning about how Oz isn't good enough for you," Cordelia replied. "He should at least realize you have Oz."

Willow frowned. "I don't know," she said. "Do I have Oz? Oz and I are kinda like in a holding pattern except without the holding... or anything else for that matter."

"What's his problem?" Cordelia said and then rolled her eyes. "Oh, yeah, he's a guy."

Willow huffed. "Guys..."

"Who do they think they are, anyway? And how come Buffy has a perfect relationship?"

Willow's reply was interrupted as the werewolf jumped on the table in front of them. They screamed and jumped up, running separate directions. Panic soon engulfed the club and people started running everywhere. The werewolf stood in a low crouch looking around.

Buffy got out of Giles' car, followed by Angel and then Giles. She ran to the front door of The Bronze and pushed it open. Giles came up behind Buffy and Angel and almost got knocked to the ground by a teenager running for his life.

"Looks like you were right..." Giles muttered.

Willow ran up to Buffy. "The werewolf... it's in there," Willow said breathlessly.

Buffy turned to Giles. "Giles, take Willow someplace safe, then make sure there's no one around here. Angel and I will handle this." She looked at Angel for confirmation and he nodded.

"Are you s-" Giles started.

"Go," Buffy interrupted firmly.

Giles nodded. "Be careful."

With a jerk of her head to motion that Angel should follow her, Buffy started forward slowly. The place had been trashed by panicked people. Chairs, drinks, plates, and tables among other things were lying everywhere. They both looked around warily and cautiously, trying to find the werewolf.

Buffy noticed a shadow against a wall and started towards it. She felt Angel's hands on her backpack and she let him remove it. The clink of metal against metal could be heard as Angel took out the chains from her backpack and handed them to her.

They walked forward to the stage, just as they heard a low growl. Buffy jumped up on the stage and was knocked to the ground by the werewolf. Reacting quickly, she kicked it off of her and jumped up in time to see Angel throw the chain around it's neck. But, panicked, the werewolf jumped out of his grasp and jumped out a window.


"You let it get away."

Buffy cast an irritated glance at Cain. "I didn't let it do anything. I had the chain around it's neck."

"Chain?" Cain asked with amusement. "Were you gonna take it out for a walk?"

"No," Buffy said. "I was gonna lock it up."

Cain snorted. "Beautiful. But that's what happens when a woman tries to do a man's job."

Angel growled and took a menacing step forward. "Buffy just risked her life to find a beast you haven't even..."

"If that thing kills anyone, it's going to be on your pretty little head," Cain interrupted.

"I live with that everyday," Buffy said angrily.

Cain shook his head and started the other way, bumping shoulders with Giles as he and Willow approached Buffy.


Up on a hill later that evening, the werewolf was asleep. Suddenly, it started morphing into his human form to reveal Oz.

Oz opened his eyes and looked at himself to see he was naked.


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