Chapter 86 - Meeting Riley

'Summers/Winthrop Residents'

"Are you sure about this?" Spike asked as he watched Buffy moving around their bedroom getting ready for her meeting with Riley.

"We've been over this already Spike." Buffy said with a sigh as she put her earrings in. "It'll be easier if I'm alone when I see him. You have nothing to worry about. It's not like I'm going to see him and release how much I love him and spend the next few hours having hot steamy sex with. He's not you."

"Damn right he's not." Spike shouted. "Like he could really go for hours anyways." He added under his breath.

"You'd be surprised." Buffy whispered in his ear from behind with a grin on her face.

"You're askin' for it Pet." Spike warned.

"I'll hold you to that for later." Buffy said before picking up her purse.

"You know where you're goin'?" Spike asked as he followed Buffy out of the room and towards the front door.

"Giles got me all the information on everyone as soon as we got to Sunnydale. Riley's an R.A. for his and Angel's old dorm, and he's a T.A. for Professor Walsh. I'm going to try and catch him after class, if not then I'll go to his dorm." Buffy explained.

"Let's hope for the classroom." Spike mumbled.

"I'll be back in a few hours. If anything happens to William you have my cell number."

"We'll be fine Luv. Go before you miss that class of his."

"I love you." Buffy said standing on her tiptoes to give Spike a kiss goodbye.

"Love you too. Drive safely."

"Always." Buffy smiled.

'UC Sunnydale Campus - Professor Walsh's Class'

Buffy entered at the back of the room as quietly as she could making sure to keep her head down as she went before taking a seat behind a large group of students.

Riley was in front of the class collecting homework from the rows while Professor Walsh finished up her lecture for the day.

"Your final drafts will be due at the beginning of next weeks class. You can pick-up your edited papers anytime after five tomorrow from my office. If you have any questions ask them at that time. Class dismissed." Maggie said before turning back to her desk to pack her things while all of the students filed out of the room and into the hallways.

"I'll get started on these and get them to your office in the morning." Riley said holding up the stack of papers in his left hand.

"Thank you Mr. Finn. I've got to get to a meeting, I'll see you tomorrow."

"Have a nice day."

"You too Mr. Finn."

"That's a lot of editing for only one person to do by tomorrow morning." Buffy said from her spot in the back of the room.

"A T.A.'s job is never done." Riley said without looking up to where the voice was coming from.

"Maybe I could help you with that." Buffy said moving closer to where Riley was.

"I don't want to sound mean or anything, but I have a girlfriend." Riley stated still not looking towards Buffy.

"Than it's a good thing I'm not looking to date you. How long have you been together?" Buffy asked.

"Almost two years." Riley said finally looking up. "Buffy…?"

"Anyone I know?"

"How?"

"Long story. Now about this girlfriend."

"Faith, and I've got time." Riley replied.

"You and Faith again. Really?" Buffy asked.

"We have our ups and downs but we've managed to pull threw in the end."

"Are you happy?"

"More or less."

"I'm sorry for hurting you in any way." Buffy said with a sad smile. "They had to make Drusilla believe I was really gone and the only way to do that was to make everyone else think I was dead as well."

"Where were you?" Riley asked motioning for Buffy to take a seat on the desk while he took one in the chair next to it.

"You're taking this really well."

"I'm probably still in shock."

"Oh. I was in England." Buffy answered hopping up onto the desktop.

"I hear it's very nice there."

"It is."

"Why are you back now? Why not sooner?"

"I had to wait until we were sure Drusilla wouldn't get out even if I still was really alive."

"That must've been hard. Being away from all your family and friends for so long." Riley stated.

"It was. Everyday I would think about everyone. I'd wonder whether or not they were happy. How much older Dawnie was looking, if she was taller than me. If Spike was moving on without me. Things like that." Buffy replied.

"Was he?" Riley asked.

"He was starting to."

"And now?"

"Now he's living with me in my new house here in town." Buffy said with a smile.

"I'm happy for you Buffy. I saw how hurt he was by your death. We all were."

"I'm so sorry I caused you or anyone else any pain."

"Do the others know yet?" Riley asked.

"Yeah. I stopped by the apartment and everyone was there a few days ago. I asked them not to tell you, this is the type of thing that needs to be done in person." Buffy explained hoping he wasn't hurt be her keeping from him longer than the others.

"I agree with you there." Riley smiled.

"There's something else I should probably tell you now." Buffy started.

"What is it?"

"I…I have a son."

"A son?" Riley asked in shock.

"Yeah, he'll me one soon."

"What's his name?"

"William." Buffy smiled.

"Oh, after his father."

"Yes, after his father." Buffy said pulling her wallet out of her purse. "I have a picture if you'd like to see."

"Okay." Riley said standing up and taking the picture from Buffy's hand. "He's cute."

"Thank you." Buffy replied carefully putting the picture back where it came from.

"Riley are you still in here?" Faith called out as she opened the door to the room. "You were suppose to meet me for coffee after class." She added until she came to a stop a few feet from the door where she was frozen in place as she saw the blonde seated on the top of the desk next to her boyfriend.

"Hello Faith." Buffy said with a smile.

"Buffy?"

"In the flesh."

"What are you...What are you doing here?"

"Don't worry, I'm not hear to steal Riley back. I just stopped by to let him know I wasn't as dead as everyone thought I was."

"Oh." Was all Faith could manage to say at the time.

"Riley can fill you in on all the details. I've got to get home." Buffy said jumping off the desk. "Who knows what types of trouble William's gotten his father into while I was gone." She smiled.

"I'm glad you're back." Riley said giving Buffy a hug.

"I'll see you around Riley." Buffy said before making her way towards the door. "Bye F." She laughed as she walked past a still frozen Faith.

'Summers/Winthrop Residents - Buffy & Spike's Bedroom'

"Um, this is nice." Buffy said as Spike wrapped his arms around her.

"That it is Luv." Spike replied kissing her on the top of her head. "How'd things do with Captain Cardboard?"

"Better than they went with you."

"I said I was sorry about that."

"I know you are. He was shocked at first, but so was everyone. I told him why it happened and where I was all this time."

"What else?"

"I told him I was sorry for any pain I may have caused."

"What else?"

"I told him about us."

"And?"

"That's all."

"That's all?" Spike asked raising up onto his elbows which caused Buffy to fall to the mattress.

"Was there something else I was suppose to tell him?" Buffy asked sitting up and looking back at Spike.

"Bloody right there was." Spike stated starting to get angry.

"Really?" Buffy asked trying to hide her smile. "What would that be?"

"Our son maybe." Spike yelled.

"Oh my God!" Buffy gasped. "I completely forget. I mean between the telling him I was back and the hot sex on the Professor's desk in the room we were in."

Spikes eyes grew wide as his face got redder and redder.

Buffy couldn't hold the laughter in any longer. "Oh God, I can't breath." She said between laughing and gasping for air. "You...should...have...seen...your face..."

Spike's eyes narrowed and in the blink of an eye Buffy found herself pinned beneath him.

"That wasn't very nice Luv."

"Maybe not, but it sure as hell was funny." Buffy replied.

"Not funny makin' jokes about shaggin' ex's while we're in bed naked together." Spike stated.

"You're right, I'm sorry. Of course I told Riley about William. I even showed him a picture I have in my wallet."

"Yeah?"

"Yeah."

"How'd he take it?"

"Really well. Than Faith showed up and I left."

"You didnt' get in any fights with her?" Spike asked remembering the history the two girls had with one another.

"Nope. She was pretty much speechless when she saw me. I told her Riley would fill her in on what was going on and that I needed to get home to my boys."

"Your boys. I like the sound of that."

"Do you now?" Buffy asked biting her lower lip.

"Very much so." Spike answered before capturing her lips with his. "I think we should practice on adding more children so we know what to do when we decide to have more."

"Really?"

"Oh yeah."

"I love the way you think." Buffy said pulling him down to her for another kiss.

"I love you." Spike whispered between kisses.

"I love you too." Buffy whispered back. "Make love to me."

"Always."

Chapter 87-Life Goes On

'UC Sunnydale Loft Apartment'

"Alyson are you in there?" Deacon asked as he entered the bedroom they shared. The same one that Buffy had used as her own when she lived there.

"Hey." Alyson said sitting up in the bed.

"Hey. How are you feeling?" Deacon asked joining her in the bed.

"I've been better."

"Just give this some time. This isn't easy on any of us, we just hide it better."

"Thanks a lot." Alyson replied sarcastically.

"You know I'm right."

"I know. I just feel so bad about what happened I was only thinking about myself, about how I was feeling. Buffy and I had been best friends for as long as I can remember. When she moved to Sunnydale it was like losing a sister. Than when everything happened with Spike again I wasn't here. She had a new best friend to turn to. A friend that knew she'd had a baby after only a few minutes of seeing her in over a year. I was hurt that I no longer had that type of relationship with Buffy that Cordelia has with her now." Alyson explained.

"Give Buffy some time and I'm sure the two of you will be able to work something out." Deacon replied. "You won't be best friends like you were before, but at least you'll be in each other's lives again."

"That's all I can ever hope for now." Alyson stated.

"Things will work out. They always do, even if we don't see it right away." Deacon told her giving her a light kiss on the forehead and walking out of the room to leave Alyson with some time to herself.

'Montgomery Mansion-Pool House'

"Do you think this will all work out?" Cordelia asked looking up at Angel than back out to the pool where Connor and Dawn were hanging out.

"Depends on what 'this' is." Angel answered.

"Our lives." Cordelia stated. "Everything with Buffy and Spike? Everything with Willow and Tara? Everything with Deacon and Alyson? Everything with everyone? Everything with us?"

"I'm not sure I can answer all that for you. I think everything will work out for the people it's meant to work out with. When it's all said and done not everyone who's together now will be together in the future. We can only hope for the best." Angel replied.

"You don't think everyone will stay together?" Cordelia asked turning to face him.

"People change over time Cordy. Not everything can always stay the same. I think the odds are in favor for Buffy and Spike. And I hope they're in favor for our future as well."

"You see us together in the future?"

"Of course. But in the future you're my wife and we have beautiful children. Don't you see us together in the future?" Angel asked.

"Every time I dream." Cordelia said with a smile.

"The same goes for me." Angel said leaning over to give her a kiss.

"What about those two?" Cordelia asked looking out towards Connor and Dawn again.

"I see a sister-in-law in my future." Angel said watching as Connor threw Dawn up in the air before she went crashing down into the water below.

'UC Sunnydale Campus-Riley's Dorm'

"I can't believe she's back." Faith said from her seat at the end of Riley's bed. "And she's got a kid to boot."

"So you've said Faith, many times now." Riley stated as he paced his room.

"What's crawled up your ass and die?" Faith asked glaring at Riley.

"Nothing."

"You've still got a thing for her." Faith said standing up from the bed.

"What?" Riley asked in shock stopping mid-pace.

"I can't believe you. You're still in love with B."

"I am not." Riley yelled.

"Yes you are." Faith yelled back.

"I just found out someone I was in love with is back from the dead."

"Love?"

"Was. I'm in shock, that's all."

"So you don't love her anymore?" Faith asked.

"Of course not. I'm in love with you remember, or am I the only one who remembers this past year?"

"I remember." Faith smiled. "I'm just checking."

"You never have to check when if comes to my feeling for you." Riley said pulling Faith into his arms.

"Remember you said that."

"I will." Riley smiled. "I'm just happy she's able to have the life she's always wanted.

"She does have good taste in men. I mean Professor Winthrop is one fine piece of..." Faith was cut off by Riley's lips. "What was I saying?"

'Espresso Pump'

"What can I get for you two?" A waitress asked holding out her pen and order pad.

"I'll have a green tea." Tara answered.

"And I'll have a mocha latté." Willow replied. "And also a grilled chicken sandwich with a garden salad."

"I'll be back with you order when it's ready." The waitress said writing down the order and turning to leave.

"Who's the salad for?" Tara asked already knowing the answer.

"You." Willow smiled.

"That was nice of you."

"I saw someone with the sandwich while you where ordering, and I know you don't eat meat so I got you a salad so you wouldn't feel left out." Willow explained.

"Very thoughtful." Tara smiled.

"I try."

"Here are your drinks." The waitress said as she placed the drinks down in front of their owners. "Your food should be ready in a few more minutes."

"Thank you." Willow called as the waitress turned to leave again. "I want one." Willow said out of the blue.

"One what?" Tara asked.

"A baby."

"Oh."

"Not right this minute mind you, but in a few years. After we're done with school and have stable jobs. I want a baby." Willow explained.

"You'll need some help with that." Tara stated.

"I know. Just...Did you see how happy Buffy and Spike looked with their son?" Willow asked.

"Of course I did Honey."

"Would you ever want that with me?"

"I'd love to have that with you someday. But we're going to need help getting there."

"Oz!"

"What about him?"

"We could ask him." Willow replied. "We both know and trust him."

"Yes. Do you think he'd want to help us this way?"

"I'm sure he would."

"Than we'll have to ask him about it later." Tara said.

"And it'd be both of us." Willow stated. "Not just me or you. We'd both have a baby. Not at the same time of course, maybe a few years apart. That way we'd both know what it's like."

"You've thought about this a lot."

"I have. Does it sound like a good idea to you?" Willow asked.

"It does." Tara smiled.

'Xander's Car'

"When are we going to tell everyone?" Anya asked as she held a ring on a chain out to look at it.

"Soon." Xander said as he made his way through the streets of Sunnydale.

"You said that when Buffy first showed up." Anya stated. "Yet this ring is still on this chain instead of around my finger for the world to see. Do you not want me to be Mrs. Alexander Harris anymore? Is that it?"

"Of course not. There's nothing in this world I want more than to have you as my wife." Xander replied.

"Than why haven't you let me tell anyone our good news yet?"

"A lots happened these past few days. I promise that we will tell everyone about our engagement very soon." Xander stated.

"You promise?" Anya asked.

"I promise." Xander said pulling over to the shoulder of the road. "In fact..." He said taking the ring from the chain and placing it on Anya's left ring finger. "I think now's as good a time as any."

"Really?" Anya asked with a big smile.

"Really. I love you, and I want everyone to know it." Xander said kiss the ring on her finger.

"I love you too."

Chapter 88-The Final Meeting

"I don't like this."

"You've already said that about a hundred times now Spike."

"That's because I don't like this."

"You're lucky I let you come this far with me. I could have taken up Giles offer to drug you and we wouldn't be having this discussion right now. You'd be passed out at home with Molly and William and Giles would be the one sitting next to me right now." Buffy stated.

"You were going to drug me?" Spike asked in shock.

"Giles thought it'd be better that way. I'd be able to meet with Carter and be back home before you had any idea what was going on." Buffy explained. "I'm starting to wish I'd gone along with him." She added under her breath.

"I just don't want you to get hurt."

"I won't. As much as you may hate it Carter loved me in his own twisted was. He won't do anything to hurt me now that Drusilla's out of the picture."

"Fine. But why do you have to go in alone?" Spike questioned.

"Because it will be easier for me to say what I need to say without worrying about the two of you getting into a fight." Buffy answered.

"I still don't like this."

"I know. I'll be back soon." Buffy said leaning over and giving Spike a kiss before hopping out of the SUV. "I love you."

"I love you too. Be careful."

"Always." She smiled making her way into the apartment building.

KNOCK-KNOCK

"Just a minute." Carter called out as he made his way out from his room.

KNOCK-KNOCK

"I'm coming." He yelled before throwing the door open.

"Is this a bad time?" Buffy asked with a straight face.

"Buffy...?"

"Well, aren't you going to invite me in? It's the least you could do after everything you've done to my family and friends."

"Come in..." Carter said stepping away from the door so Buffy could enter.

"Aren't you going to ask me how I'm doing?" Buffy asked taking a seat on the couch in the living room."

"How are you doing?" Carter asked closing the door.

"Still breathing." Buffy replied. "No thanks to you."

"How?" Carter asked taking a seat in a chair across from her.

"I never died."

"So I see. What happened?"

"Faked death, life lived ripped away from everyone I cared about."

"So Drusilla didn't?"

"No, we beat her to it so to speak."

"But she's still locked away."

"Disappointed?" Buffy asked sarcastically.

"No, I just..."

"One of the reasons I was gone for so long was to make sure that even if I did pop back up alive someday that she wouldn't be let out. Your ex-honey's more than a little crazy, or hadn't you noticed that?"

"I noticed. I never meant for things to go as far as they did." Carter explained.

"You just wanted me to yourself?"

"Yes."

"Because you loved me so much?"

"Yes."

"Do you have any idea what your loving me cost me? I lost over a year of my life with the people I cared about. I had to drop out of college because of Drusilla and your so-called love. I had to lie to my family and friends to keep myself safe from any further murder attempts. But none of that compares to having to raise my son without his father for almost the first whole year of his life." Buffy yelled now standing up in front of Carter.

"Son?" Carter asked in shock.

"Yes." Buffy nodded. "Son. My son with Spike."

"I didn't know."

"No you didn't. You robbed Spike, someone you said was your friend, of the one thing in this world he's looked forward to for most of his adult life." Buffy stated.

"I didn't know."

"Now you do." Buffy glared. "If you ever come near me or mine again you're going to wish I had died." Buffy added before turning and leaving the apartment with a stunned Carter left behind.

"How'd it go?" Spike asked Buffy as she got back into the passenger side of the SUV.

"Fine." Buffy said closing the door. "He's no longer an issues in our lives."

"What'd you say to him?"

"It doesn't matter, it's over now."

"What do you mean Luv?"

"I mean it's time we started living our lives again. We've made it this far, who knows what's next." Buffy smiled as Spike pulled out of the parking lot and headed home to their son, and new life waiting for both of them.

The End