Title: Beyond Expectations (1/?)
Pairing: Willow/Zack Morris
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
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.
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
"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
"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
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.