"Catch me!" William cried.

"Get back here you little sneak!" Dawn yelled. She chased the wobbling three year old down the hall and halfway down the steps. Will let out a shrill scream when his aunt caught him.

"Dawn, what are you doing to him?" Buffy laughed.

"I'm just gonna tickle him to death!" Dawn giggled. She'd only been home for ten minutes before she'd been suckered into a game of 'hide and go seek'.

The Slayer stood in the doorway between the kitchen and living room watching her son and her sister. It still amazed her that Dawn was in college; she was almost nineteen. It seemed like just yesterday she was getting thrown into detention for missing school. Boy how things changed.

"Mommy," a sleepy voice called. Buffy spun to find Audra standing in the hallway rubbing her eyes sleepily.

"Hi honey," Buffy purred, "Did you have a nice nap?" Audra nodded climbing into her mother's waiting arms. "Where's you father?"

"Sleeping," Audra said pointing to the basement.

"Oh I see," Buffy smiled, "guess who's here? Aunt Dawnie."

"Really?" the little girl asked excitedly.

"She's in the living room playing with your brother, why don't you go tell them that dinner is almost ready."

"Ok." Audra slipped from Buffy's grasp and dashed into the living room.

Buffy turned back to her cooking when she noticed a certain peroxide blonde standing in the basement doorway. "Morning sleepy head."

"Mornin luv," Spike yawned wrapping his arms around her waist. "Did I miss dinner?"

"Nope it's almost ready," she motioned to the stove, "why don't you get Dawn and the kids in here."

"Bit's here?" Spike asked.

"Yeah, she doesn't have classes until Tuesday."

Before Spike could respond there was a loud knock at the front door. "I'll get it!" Dawn yelled from the living room. Seconds later she appeared in the kitchen carrying a small box wrapped in brown paper.

"What's that?" Spike asked.

"I don't know," Dawn answered, "I answered the door but there was no one there. The tag says it's for you." She pushed the box towards Spike.

Looking a little confused, Spike picked up the box and weighed it with his hands. Deciding it posed not threat he tore the paper open and lifted the lid of the box. Inside was a letter, it read:

Spike, Don't say I never gave you anything. Peaches.

"What is it?" Buffy asked peering over his shoulder.

Spike picked the ring out of the box with a grin and slipped it onto his finger.

"Is that-?"

"Yeah," Spike smirked, "the Gem of Amara."


Okay.I know that Angel destroyed the ring, but hey it's my world and I'll do what I want, lol.