"Oh, Cameron, he's beautiful!"

Cameron glowed with pride as Dawne stroked his horse's neck, all of her words praising. The horse leaned down and nuzzled her neck, making her giggle.

"He's doing quite well, I'm happy with him," Cameron said, smiling and checking the horse's water and feed. Dawne nodded and moved to pet her own horse, Ash, who was in the next stall. She was talking to him, singing even. She had quite a voice. Cameron had heard Rachel and Kendra sing before, and they were awesome. But he'd never heard Dawne. She was almost as good as they were. Ash swished his tail and nudged his owner, making her laugh and scratch his ears, then gently pushing him away and producing an apple from her pocket.

"Can I borrow your knife?" She asked. Cameron nodded and took the knife out of its sheath at his belt. Dawne took it and sliced the apple in half.

"Don't cut toward yourself!" he warned, "You'll get cut!"

"Nah, it's. . ." she broke off as the sharp knife slipped and sliced open her palm. She grinned sheepishly.

"You were right."

He pulled a handkerchief from his pocket and reached for her hand, wrapping it gently.

"You'll get your handkerchief bloody. Don't worry about it, it's fine," she said quickly, pulling her hand away.

"It doesn't matter. It'll wash. Give me your hand, you're bleeding."

Reluctantly, she held her hand out again, and he wrapped it. She wiped the blood off the knife and finished slicing the apple. Using her good hand, she fed the apple to Ash and petted his head, not noticing that Cameron still held her other hand until he laced his fingers through hers. Even then, she pretended not to notice, making sure Ash was settled.

"Ready to go back inside?" she asked, turning toward Cameron and taking a step, expecting him to turn and go. Instead, he just stood there, making her run into him. He released her hand and wrapped his arms around her waist, gently holding her. Her hands came up to rest on his shoulders, not fighting the closeness at all as she looked into his handsome face.

The moonlight reflected in her green eyes, making them sparkle. She was almost irresistible like this, a warm, soft bundle in his arms, looking shyly into his eyes and smiling at him softly. He leaned down to kiss her.

"CAMERON!" the yell made them leap apart. Dawne stumbled and went backward over Ash's stall door. Cameron didn't notice, he was looking at the too- skinny figure in the door. Rachel. She stomped forward, hands on her hips, glaring at the other girl whose head poked up above the stall door.

"Cameron, you said you liked me! And now you're kissing her?"

"Rachel, I never said I liked you!"

"You kissed me, I thought that meant you liked me!"

'He kissed her?' Dawne thought. 'Well, I should have known that it was too good to be true.' Aloud she said,

"Cameron, don't bother denying it. If you like her, it's no business of mine."

"But I don't!" he cried desperately, as she nimbly climbed over the stall door and strode toward the house.

"Good night, Cameron. I'm sorry."