“I have no idea. I know they did, but that’s the gist of what they were willing to tell me. I really only spent a few hours with them, and they weren’t very talkative. I was their hostage, I guess.” Adam frowned. “Actually? I thought I had made it clear, but sometimes you...” He looked over at Buffy.
“Need Cliff’s Notes on Guy?” Buffy finished. “Yeah, that wouldn’t hurt.”
Adam laughed. “Yeah. Guy for Dummies.”
Buffy shook her head. “Don’t say dummies... just explain.”
“I wasn’t trying to offend you.” Adam looked concerned. “Anyway, what I was saying was, from the time that ghoul attacked me, until I met you, Dawn, and Willow, it felt like one bad thing after another. Everything kept getting worse, too. So...”
“So you love us.” Buffy smiled.
“Like you’re my sisters. Not like I want to...” He chuckled.
“Something that angel said to me. About my brothers. He called them erotically co-dependent.”
Buffy wrinkled her nose. “Eww. What does that even mean? Do they... oh, nevermind. I don’t care.”
“I heard a rumor about you and a couple of vampires. Don’t you already know what erotically co-dependent means?” Adam grinned when Buffy lifted one finger in response.
“I just want to get some place we can stop for a little while.” Buffy looked out the window.
“I’ll get us there.” Adam nodded. He turned the radio on again, then smiled and turned the volume almost all the way up.
Buffy reached for the volume control, then pouted as she looked at her hand. She sat back reluctantly and muttered to herself.
Adam turned the volume down a little. “What? I didn’t hear you.”
“If it’s too loud, you’re too old.” Buffy repeated. “My age is showing. This sucks.”
Adam laughed. “You’re not too old. My brothers introduced me to a hunter that’s a lot older than you. If he can do it, you can too. Besides, you have those kick-ass super powers.” He had been scared when he first found out that Buffy and the other slayers got their power from demons. But he had plenty of time to think it over and realized that those same powers were the ones that had yanked him out of Hell, so he couldn’t complain too much.
“Just make it a place with room service, please. If I have to eat one more fast food cheeseburger, I’m going to be sick. Besides, there’s no telling what’s in those things.”
Adam glanced over at Buffy. “You remind me of both of them, a little. I mean, from what I remember. It’s not much. When you get mad, you get this scowl that Dean had. But you stop fights between the other slayers with this kind of tone in your voice that seems like Sam.” He turned the radio off when it went to static. “I’m sorry if it bothers you that I bring them up sometimes.”
“They’re your family.” Buffy murmured. “It’s okay that you’re looking for familiar stuff.” She sat up in her seat, distracted by a glowing hotel sign. “There! Go!”
Adam laughed again as he changed lanes. “Am I your watcher or your chauffeur?”
“Both. Driving makes me uncomfortable. You’re pretty much completely at the mercy of a mechanical beast that you have to control, and if some demon tries to attack you, you’re screwed. But see, with you driving and me killing, we can’t lose.”
Adam pulled into the hotel parking lot and leaned back in his seat as Buffy went into the hotel to check in.