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Summary: Sequal to 'Beyond Limitations.' Cross Over with Saved by the Bell

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Television > Saved By the BellAngrycupcakeFR1511,338031,4968 Dec 038 Dec 03No
Title: Beyond Expectations (1/?)


Author: AngryCupcake


Pairing: Willow/Zack Morris


Rating: PG13


Disclaimer: Joss Whedon owns BTVS and Willow. Same goes for Peter


Angel Owning Zack and Saved By The Bell. I lay no claim. I make no


cash. Don't sue me.


Spoilers: Set in season 2 of BTVS goes AU after the Halloween may


change). Oz? Oz who? SBTB is harder… Lord knows they spent like six


years in high school. I guess it's set in Zack's junior year. No


spoilers.


Summary: I'm bad at summaries, sorry.


A/N: Sequal to 'Beyond Limitations'. Dedicated to all you crazy kids


who asked for a series and asked questions that made me think. Feedback: Please I'm a Feedback whore.




Part1




Richard Belding walked about the empty corridors of Bayside High


School. The students were in class and all was silent. The only


sounds audible were the soft click clacking of his shoes echoing off


the walls; it was comforting. He wandered the halls because he'd


rather do that than attempt to put a dent in the mounds of paperwork


awaiting him on his desk. The school principal was restless. Willow


had phoned him a few minutes prior about details concerning her


impending visit and now Richard was practically giddy. It was silly


really considering that Willow had been making regular visitations


for the past three months, but he couldn't help it. With no children


of his own, Willow was the closest thing he and Liz had to it. She


was such a joy to have around he could almost kiss Sheila for


allowing her to visit. Almost.




Up until a few months ago Richard didn't know she had even existed,


thanks to his sweet little sister. The Sheila Belding he knew was a


warm bubbly redhead much like the niece he had now practically


adopted. That all changed when she went to college and met Ira


Rosenberg. After all these years that man's name still brought out a


fury in Richard. Ira Rosenberg took his baby sister away. All of the


sudden the family that had raised her, hell scrimped, saved, and


sacrificed so she could attend Harvard was simply not good enough.


Her rejection nearly killed their parents. He hated her for that, for


the pain she had put them through. But as much as he would love to


blame Ira, he knew his sister had made her choice. A choice that


apparently took its toll.




When Sheila had first appeared on his doorstep after all those years,


he barely recognized her. She looked the same but different. Not the


kind of different that would be attributed to age, it was something


else. Sheila looked…harder. After their reunion, one marked with


anger and resentment on his part, his sister went on to explain the


point of her presence. That was another thing; she was so no-nonsense


and unemotional. Richard couldn't believe that this was once the girl


who launched sneak attack tickle fights on her unsuspecting older


brothers. Putting his own emotions in check, Richard listened to her


well thought out and logical proposal, and agreed to allow his


sister's daughter to visit.




When the official affairs were settled his sister made to leave as


abruptly as she had arrived. Richard stopped her, he had to, things


couldn't be left the way they were.




"Sheila how are you?" he sincerely asked.




Sheila froze a sigh escaping her. "I'm tired, Richard, very tired."




"Can I ask why?"




His sister looked at him with a frown on her face. "Why what?"




"After all this time, why now?"




"Richard my daughter is all I really have left. I'm not the mom she


needs me to be. I stopped being that Sheila a long time ago." She


said, "It's too late."




"Lala it's never too late." He desperately implored her.




Sheila gave a slight smile at the long disused nickname she had hated


with a fiery passion. "It is for me. Not for my daughter though. I


want her to have a few happy memories of family." She said


wistfully. "Goodbye Richie."




****






As Belding neared his office, to tackle the neglected work he put


off, a voice called out stopping him just a few feet from his


office. "Sir can I talk to you for a minute."




He turned around to see Zack Morris walking up to him. "Show me your


hall pass first." The principal demanded.




Zack dutifully pulled out a pink slip.




The older man examined it carefully before handing it back to the


teen. "Hmm it's a real hall pass too, I'm impressed. Alright Zack


what's up?"




"Nothing much," Zack said. "It's just that with Willow coming this


week-end, I want to remind you that I'm you taking her to an


Evanescence concert Saturday night."




"What are you talking about? You never mentioned it before. Willow is


going out of town with Mrs. Belding and me." The principal asserted.




"Mr. Belding I told you about this ever since I got the tickets---




"I'm just messing with you Zack." He interrupted. "I remember and


have her back no later than 1 am. Oh and bring me back some Alka-


Seltzer from the Effervescence concert HA HA HA." Mr. Belding laughed


in a high-pitched tone.




"Your just hysterical sir." The young man said humorlessly. "I'll


have her back by one on the dot."




The strangest thing about Zack's promise was that the principal


believed him. When it came to the redhead Zack was very reliable. He


had to be, Belding had set down strict guidelines: Eight Simple Rules


For Dating His Teenage Niece. To the older man's astonishment Zack


followed each and every single one of them to the exact letter.


Evidently the young man had stronger feelings for Willow than Belding


had initially given him credit for.




Indeed when he first heard the news he nearly killed the boy. After


all he had only `asked' Zack to show her around town not sweep her


off her feet. The young man was her total opposite, not at all the


sort of boy that Willow should be consorting with. As the king of his


castle he tried to forbid it, but that fell flat under the combined


weight of Willow's Resolve Face and Liz's Death Glare. So Richard


Belding resigned himself to closely monitoring the relationship. He


had feared that being with Zack would cause her to change into


something not so Willowy. Surprisingly Zack was the one who was


changing. Not that the schemer had become an angel, but since dating


Willow, his detention attendance had somewhat decreased. If anything


his niece proved be a positive influence on the young man.




As the two men continued to talk, Belding did not notice Zack slowly


angling him away from his office door so Jessie could quietly creep


by to enter the room. So engrossed was he in the conversation that


the principal failed to note the small squeak of locker cautiously


opening behind him. Screech stepped out of it with his tools in hand


and gave Zack a thumbs up sign before he too snuck into the office.




"Well I've got paperwork with my name on them so I'll see you later."


The principal made to move for his door but was surprised at how far


away he was from it. Oh well he must have misjudged its


proximity. "Zack I'll see you at dinner Friday night?" he queried.




"Count on it Mr. Belding." He smiled.




Mr. Belding smiled in return watching the student walk away before


turning to his door. As soon as his hand touched the doorknob a shout


drew his attention to a figure running toward him.




"Mr. Belding! Mr. Belding!"




"What wrong Big Pete?" he asked.




"It's the chemistry lab. Something's gone wrong." The small young man


panted.




"What happened?"




"It's just. I mean. Mr. Belding you just have to see for yourself."


Big Pete exclaimed.




A principal's job was never done. "Alright let's go see what's going


on." He said allowing the young man to take him to the site of the


problem.


***


Zack Morris left his hiding place to watch Big Pete quickly rushed


the man down the hall. He had to admit the geek did good work. The


schemer smirked as he causally strolled into Richard Belding's office


to join his friends already working in progress.

The End?

You have reached the end of "Beyond Expectations" – so far. This story is incomplete and the last chapter was posted on 8 Dec 03.

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