|Bennett Neely Bale (bennett_bale) wrote in btvsal,|
@ 2011-03-30 16:22:00
|Entry tags:||ash kowalski, neely bale, place: la, ~crystal sullivan|
Who: Ash and Neely, with an oh-so-brief appearance by Crystal
Where: Shattered Records
When: Tuesday, March 29th
Considering how... traumatic the last few weeks had been for Ash, he knew exactly what he needed: while Lucy was truly his calming influence, sometimes a guy just needed to see his BFF. Which was what brought the young warlock to Shattered Records, clad as usual in one of his black suits, his platinum hair growing a TAD longer and now slicked back, giving him a goth-mobster look. His face scrunched up immediately though, as he entered, and heard the music playing. "Is... is that.... SKID ROW? Seriously?" To which Crystal gave him the finger and scowled. "Hey, screw off, pal. '18 And Life' is the fucking bomb, ok? And Sebastian Bach is STILL hotter than your pasty ass will ever hope to be." Ash just... blinked, as though he'd been punched in the face. Yeah, THAT caught him off-guard.
"Crystal!" Neely called downstairs, leaning against the railing, looking down at the other woman. "What did I tell you about mouthing off to the customers? NEVER WHEN I CAN HEAR YOU." Ah yes. That was a good business ethic. Neely smirked lopsidedly when she realized that it was Ash down there, and had to laugh. Our favourite blonde was currently dressed in tight jeans and a white tee that she was practically spilling out of. "Long time no see!"
"Jesus, Neels..." was all he could get out when he saw the outfit she had on. Shut up. He caught himself staring before shaking it off and laughing. "And don't worry about it. It's like... well... dealing with a slightly less abrasive version of my sister. I'll deal. Just... figured I'd come check your store out."
"'Bout fucking time!" Neely yelled down at him, before making her way down the steps with a grin. Hm. Apparently she'd taken tips from Chelle where her epic cleavage was concerned, eh?
He opened his arms to her as she came down the stairs, as frankly? He needed a hug. Badly. "I missed you, babe. Like you couldn't believe."
"Well yeah," she replied, walking over to wrap her arms around him, giving him a good hug. "I'm like a drug, didn't ya know? Can't stop at one hit."
"Sadly, I wouldn't know." He joked with a wink, although this time, it seemed.... forced. Flat. "How've you been? Store's really nice, by the way."
"Can't complain, really. Things are going well." She took hold of his hand and tugged him upstairs to his office (Hm, maybe THAT'S why the rumors started about this two, huh?). Once in the office, she shut the door behind him. "Wanna tell me why you're all 'Mr. Grouchy!pants?"
"Long story, but basically? I think the vampire that 'killed' Lucy has been reincarnated in an otherwise innocent girl. And only Lucy is stopping me from slitting her throat just in case." Aren't Ash and his sanity AWESOME?!?
Neely sighed and rubbed the pads of her fingers over her closed eyelids. "I'm not even sure how that works. Seems to me only the girl was reincarnated... she doesn't have a demon in her, Ash."
"It's just... she has dreams. Of me burning her alive. And god help me... I want to do it again." He stepped closer to her, sighing as he rested his forehead against hers. "I know I sound insane.. I just refuse to let my loved ones be hurt again."
She set her hands on his hips and breathed in his scent. "We don't kill innocent people, Ash. If you want, we'll keep an eye on her, be prepared just in case. But I'm sure Lucy wouldn't want you to go back to that dark place. You wouldn't want to leave her alone, would you?"
"No. Lucy... and, admittedly, YOU... are my anchors. I love you both far more than can possibly be healthy. Neither of you want me to hurt this girl... so I won't. And do you seriously have to smell so good? It's fucking distracting." Oh good lord, only these two...
She smirked lopsidedly. "It smells like YOU'VE changed your hair care products. It's nice, but I liked the way you smelled before."
"Well, that's because you totally want me. Don't forget THAT..." Dear lord... how was it that somehow, Neely brought out the part of him that was clearly influenced by growing up with Patience?
"Yeah, yeah, yeah," she muttered, thwapping him on the arm playfully before sitting down on the small leather couch that was in the office. "Feel better now?"
"Mostly. You might need to get naked though, just to make sure." He said, with mock-dire seriousness.
"Don't tempt me," she replied, giving him an equally mock-serious expression. Oh my. They were terrible influneces on each other, weren't they?
"That's all we DO is tempt each other, sexy. Admit it." He shook his head, laughing. "How a scrawny, pale, freak like me can be the ONE GUY that somehow tempts you, I will NEVER understand
"Right there with you, buddy," she replied with a smirk, drawing her knees up to her chest to hug them, tilting her head to the side to look at him.
".....what, do I have something on my face?" He asked, trying to figure out why she was staring at him. Poor guy just DIDN'T GET that some girls found him attractive or interesting.
"No. I'm just looking at the handsomeness that is you, dork," she replied. Ah. Feel the love. "So, apart from murderous impulses, how have things been?"
"Good... mostly I've been trying to get my powers back, and spending the rest of my time training Buffy and having increasingly rough sex with Lucy." He said with a triumphant grin. "Who'd have guessed the little thing had it in her?"
"She's definitely been exploring her dark side lately, hasn't she?" Neely said with a lopsided smirk. "You two compliment each other really well."
"I think so too." He said with a smile. "Honestly, other than you, I don't even register that other girls EXIST."
"You're lucky to have each other. I mean, Rachelle's attracted to other people and she's allowed to explore that, but the end of the day – She's MINE. And that's what works for us."
"Yeah... well..." He had to try to lighten things, ok? "When you gonna get to explore me, huh?"
She took in a breath and let it out slowly, giving him a DAMN cheeky look. "You and I know that's not on the cards, even if my wife DID give me permission."
"Waitwait... she... she WHAT?" Ash stammered, jaw hanging open a little. "You're fucking KIDDING me."
"It's Rachelle, Ash. Of COURSE she did." She had a point there. "She's been getting more play recently, so I guess she felt guilty or something."
"Jesus CHRIST." Was about all he could force out there, before sitting down, wide-eyed. "I... I.... yeah. Ok. It's totally a cold-shower night for Ash."
Neely had to giggle then. "I think I just like torturing you, if I'm being honest." Although, the idea of having sex with him was less repulsive to her then it might have been a year ago, BUT, like she was going to say that one out loud.
"Hey. Blake and Bastian are proof that somewhere, SOMEHOW, you find me at least moderately attractive. SO THERE." Yep, that was his big comeback. 'So there'.
"What are you? Five?" Neely laughed, slapping him in the arm playfully. "So, feeling better now that we've sufficiently tortured each other?"
"Always." He said, this time with utter honesty. "Somehow, I ALWAYS feel better after we've spent some time together. I really do love ya, Neels. You know that, right?"
"I know. It's hard not to love something that comes in such an awesome package, y'know?" She smirked. "I love you too, doofus."
"Speaking of awesome packages... now that yer ALLOWED to see mine..." OH MY GOD! This was ASH? REALLY?
"Don't be such a smart ass," she replied, unable to stop from smirking at him. Damn his cheekiness!
"At the risk of sounding as geeky as your wife, I guess I'm trying to go where no man has gone before." OH! ASH FOR THE WIN!
At this point, Neely bobbed down her head to try to stop from bursting out into uncontrollable laughter. It didn't work, sadly.
"Yep. Right there. THAT is the sound of Ash coming away with the victory." He said, triumph in his voice.
"Well, one day I'm gonna render you speechless, THEN we'll see who's laughing. ...Oh, wait. I guess I'll still be laughing then, huh?" She snickered.
"GOD you're a dork, Neely. Seriously." He said as he wiped a few tears of laughter from his eyes, leaning in to hug her again.
"Yeah, yeah. Just don't go spreading that one around, okay?" Neely asked, still laughing as she hugged him back.