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Chapter Fifty-Three: Epilogue, End

By Annie

Fin. 2003-08-27

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"And what if I said I wasn't surprised?!" Buffy was screaming, Spike's eyes growing wide with rage before he retorted:

"You said you trusted me, Slayer. I guess it's been too long for you to actually remember if you meant those bloody words or not, hasn't it?!"

"I DID mean them!" she burst out.

"But not anymore, right?"

"What the hell do you expect? Everything Riley said about you turned out to be true, didn't it?!"

"Perfect. Sodding splendid."

"Don't go huffing at me like that, Spike! I saw the eggs with my own two eyes, you can't dismiss it."

"No, I bloody can't, can I? And I'm not going to. But you're not listening to ME. I told you years ago that I'd given up that part of my life... remember?"

"Yeah... I remember."

He stared at her as she glared back, and then he shook his head in disbelief.

"And you don't believe it anymore, do you?"

She hesitated, then squared her shoulders and answered:

"I can't see how I could."

"So soldier boy swaggers back into your life for one day and whatever he says goes, yeah? You still love him..."

"I barely had time to fall in love with him," Buffy cut him off, but Spike was looking close to disgusted and Willow knew that if she could see it, then Buffy most certainly could as well.

"But you DID, didn't you?!" Spike yelled and Buffy's eyes grew before she took a step forward, her posture rigid and her voice trembling with emotion as she replied:

"If you truly believe that... then you don't know me."

"Maybe I don't," he agreed. "Hell, maybe I never did. The Buffy I once THOUGHT I knew wouldn't run straight into the sodding arms of an ex-lover without telling her current one! What were you afraid of? That I'd kick his lily ass for even looking at you, for presuming he could come back here and think..."

"The whole jealousy bit's been done now, Spike. Drop it!" she shot and his mouth hung agape as he was stopped mid-sentence. "You're so unfair."

"I'M unfair? What the bloody hell do you call what you're being then - completely and utterly understanding?"

"What's to understand?!" she wondered, voice growing loud again. "You had demon eggs hidden in your crypt! They were hatching! They could have killed all of Sunnydale TONIGHT! I helped blow them up... it's all pretty basic isn't it? What else could there possibly be to get about this situation?"

"I'm not operating as the Doctor again!"

"If you ever stopped," she muttered under her breath and his eyes once more widened with disbelief.

"So that's all it took to blow away what shred of faith you had in me, huh? I guess that show's just how much our love is worth."

"It shows me exactly how much YOUR love for ME is worth, yeah," she nodded, her jaw set as she met his gaze firmly.

"I have never lied to you," he stated, voice lowered. "But I guess it doesn't matter 'cause no matter what I do I'll never be enough... I'll never be good enough for you, will I?"

She didn't answer, merely eyed him in tightening silence before he nodded and turned around. Walking up to the door he looked back at her before saying:

"This... is over."

He turned the knob and stepped outside. As he closed the door Willow turned her eyes on the Slayer who seemed to be frozen to the spot. She stood like that for such a long time Willow began to wonder if she'd gone into some sort of a shock, but then the Slayer's legs suddenly folded under her and she dropped to the floor.

Willow tried to run up to her, but once again she found she couldn't move. She was merely there to bear witness.

Buffy hid her face in her hands and began to cry.

Willow looked to her right and was surprised to see the scenery had changed once more, this time without her having the slightest hint of it. She wasn't exactly sure where she was, but when she moved her head back to its original position she saw Buffy standing in the doorway of the room the former was in.

"Spike?" Buffy said and Willow frowned, then turned her head to look at the vampire sitting huddled against the wall. "What is it?"

"I shouldn't have... come back," he whispered. "I'm... sorry."

"No," Buffy said gently, coming into the room she didn't stop until she could sink down against the wall beside him, resting her back against it in the manner he was. "Don't ever regret coming home."

Spike moved his head and looked at her with such frailty in his eyes that the Wicca got the feeling Buffy's words would either heal or kill at this point. The Slayer seemed quite aware of this as well as she met the vampire's gaze tentatively.

Willow was so sure that something had changed, something big, but she couldn't put her finger on it.

"I wanted to be strong for you," Spike mumbled.

"You were," Buffy said gently. "When you left... I can't... believe you did what you... did," she added, watching him as he rose to his feet and took a few steps forward before stopping and turning back to her. "Spike," she tried when he looked torn between wanting to hit something and needing to melt down completely.

"I'm so bloody messed up!" he exclaimed and she quickly rose as well, coming up to him and making him remove his hands, which he had clenched before his eyes, and then she forced him to look at her.

"So am I," she said softly, entwining their fingers as she brought his hands down to rest along his sides.

"Buffy..." he mumbled as he closed his eyes and carefully leaned forward to put his forehead against hers.

She closed her eyes as well, their bodies drawing nearer to each other without them having anything to do with it as they soon stood close together.

"I missed you when you went away. I missed you so much," she said, voice lowered. "The fight we had..."

"Shh," he interrupted gently, shaking his head.

"No, you were right," she stated firmly, pulling away slightly as she opened her eyes to look up at him and he did the same, meeting her gaze. "I was shaken up and I took it out on us - on you. I should've listened to you, but... Seeing Riley made me realize how much I... Seeing him with his... wife... It made me..."

"You don't have to explain," Spike once more stopped her, but she was determined and therefore drew a small breath before she said:

"All of it made me understand exactly how much I needed you in my life and it made me feel ready to... To take one more step... I wanted us to be in the same house, I wanted you to truly be there all the time... And it freaked me out how much I wanted it 'cause every time I come close to having what I want - something happens that takes it away." She paused, then huffed. "Guess that time it was my own doing. And that has hurt more than anything else. I was so scared I'd never see you again."

He wrapped his arms around her at that, pulling her hard to him.

"No matter what happens I will ALWAYS find my way back to you," he said and she held onto him as tightly as he was her. "If I didn't love you I wouldn't be standing here like this... My memories are killing me - more."

She smiled a little at that, then grew serious as the other aspect of what he had said hit her and she moved out of his arms to have his gaze in hers again.

"Would you do something for me?" she asked quietly.

"Anything," he assured and she nodded.

"Say you forgive me."

He stared at her, then replied:

"I forgive you. But..."

"I love you," she said, making him completely lose what he had been about to say. "And I can't be apart from you anymore... I can't stand to see you suffer like this," she then sobbed and he bent down and kissed her cautiously.

She returned it tenderly before deepening it slowly.

Willow looked away, feeling more than ever like an intruder.

She had had an almost intuitive notion of why everything was the way it was. Spike must have, somehow, gotten his soul back. A thought that was so foreign to the Wicca that she simply couldn't grasp it even looking at the two lovers. And yet...

"I promise you," Buffy said as they had ended the kiss and merely held each other. "I will never fail you again."

"You NEVER failed me," he disagreed.

"Yes. I did. When I saw my dependence of you as something bad, and my love as something threatening," she added and he frowned slightly.

"Okay, maybe you kinda did, then," he consented and she had to laugh softly before looking up at him.

"Never again."

Willow sighed happily. So it all turned out for the best. In spite of the Powers clear wish to screw everything up for these two they still found each other in the end.

I can go home and...

She was missed only by an inch when a huge block of what could be nothing but rock landed right next to her. She jumped with a small cry of surprise and then she ran a few paces forward, getting another shock as she realized that she could move and then having to duck as sand and dirt fell from above her. She looked around, scoping the place she this time was in, and furrowed her brow as she came to the conclusion that it was a humungous cave.

She turned around and saw Spike. He was glowing with what looked like fire from deep inside of him and Willow felt her heart catch in her throat as she saw Buffy sitting before him. Spike reached out a hand and Buffy's fingers entwined with his tightly, small flames dancing about it but the Slayer didn't even flinch as she rested her eyes in the vampire's.

"Time to go, love," he said and she shook her head.

"I made a promise and I intend to keep it," she replied.

"Not a good time to dose me some of that stubbornness," he shot and she gave a faint smile before her eyes filled up with fresh tears. "But honor your promise then. Go."

"You can't ask that of me," she stated. "You have no right to ask that of me."

"You started this," he retorted. "It's up to me to finish it this time. The world needs you."

"No, YOU need me. I need you... You can't leave me."

"You don't get to choose when to leave. It's outta your hands, Slayer."

"No!"

"Buffy... I love you."

"I love you too... Spike..."

"Don't cry. And don't look back."

"I can't..."

"You can't have all the glory, love. Besides, I'm kinda curious to see how all this ends."

"William..."

"I can feel it, Buffy."

The tears were falling now as she looked at him, at the expression of actual happiness on his features.

"What can you feel?" she asked quietly and he fixed his gaze in hers before he replied:

"...My soul."

She smiled again, blinking at her tears as she seemed to come to a decision.

"I'll love you all my life," she whispered before slowly letting his hand go as she moved backwards.

Turning around she then ran out of the cave and Willow stared with her own eyes brimming with tears at the scene of the dying vampire.

And then blackness.

It enveloped her in both comfort and fear as she felt how she was floating through it in no real care of where it was taking her.

There was a light ahead of her and she squinted before she realized that it was approaching rapidly. That she was falling towards it and that she was going to crash head first into it. She put her arms up and was about to scream when she felt a hand touch her shoulder and she looked up sharply.

She was in another unfamiliar room, only this time her eyes fell on the completely shocked expression of Buffy as she stared at...

"Spike?" Willow said, wondering exactly what the heck was going on now.

But then she understood as Buffy said:

"What is this - some kind of a sick joke?"

Turning her head to a fourth body - Angel - who shook his head with a deeply apologetic look on his face.

"Buffy..." Spike said and she looked as though she had been slapped in the face as she turned her gaze back in his.

Then she merely put up her hands for him to stay quiet as she walked up to the doorway in which he was, pushed passed him and hurried out of sight.

In the next moment Willow found herself standing in the bedroom where the Slayer had run off to. The latter was pacing wildly and didn't event take notice to Angel's slow appearance in the doorway. He leaned against the post and watched her for a few seconds before asking:

"Are you upset?"

She stopped at that, shooting him an enraged glare and he smiled a small smile before he entered, hands in pockets.

"Who is that? Or WHAT is it?" she demanded and Angel observed her for another couple of seconds before he replied:

"He was brought back, Buffy."

"I don't know whether to laugh or cry," she murmured, a touch of sarcasm in her voice before she huffed. "Or scream at you or... It can't be true. That can't be Spike down there," she added, facing the window and gazing down at whatever was below it.

"William," Angel said and she turned her head back to him. "We don't call him Spike anymore," he elaborated and she stared at him before shaking her head.

"This is way too much for me to deal with right now. Was THIS why you wanted me to come to L.A.?"

"No. We have a very serious situation on our hands here and I needed your expert opinion on..."

"Enough," she cut him off. "Fine. So then - how long? How long have you been lying to me? How long has he been 'back'?"

"Alive," Angel filled in and Buffy raised one eyebrow. "Buffy," Angel said, wiping the look off her features as he added: "Spike's human."

"Willow!"

She was torn so roughly from the place where she had gone that she lost her breath and fell backwards with her legs still crossed. One of the candles tilted over and spilled its whiteness to melt into the carpet.

"Woah, there," Xander said, bending over her and looking at her through narrowed eyes. "You okay?"

"Um... yeah," she nodded, sitting up and then getting to her feet abruptly as she looked around the room in order to find what she was searching for.

A part of her was tugging to go back, to see what else was in store for the Slayer and her... human? No, the part wasn't tugging - it was pulling as hard as it could from pure curiosity. But the spell had been broken and Willow couldn't help but wonder if perhaps it had been meant that way. Coincidences rarely happened so conveniently, did they? She had seen what she had been supposed to see. She had seen enough, and thus the larger part of her was perfectly content with that.

She finally stumbled over what it was she had been looking for, grabbing the pen and the notebook she had made sure to have out before she sat down to perform the spell. She now quickly scribbled down one single sentence.

"What have you been doing, Will?" Xander inquired and she smiled dismissively.

"You don't have to worry," she assured. "It worked."

"Was it a dangerous... one?" he asked and she smiled wider, then she sighed.

"Soon it won't matter."

He frowned questioningly at that as she blew out the remaining candles and began to gather up her trinkets, shutting the heavy book as she looked up at him again.

"Soon I'll have forgotten all about it. It's part of the deal, if you decide to do the spell."

"Okay, lost and lonely un-witchy over here saying: huh?"

She gave him a friendly slap on one arm for that comment as she put the book down on the bed and sat down beside it, patting it gently before she said:

"It's not healthy, you know; to know too much about the future."

"Future? You did a future spell?!"

"Hey, un-witchy - chill," she replied and he made a face which had her laughing. "I got to know what I wanted to know."

"And what was that?"

She looked at him and then she smiled again.

"That no matter what, love finds a way."

He looked uncomprehending, but that was as far as she would go in the explanation department and soon he simply let the whole thing lie as they sat down in front of a healthy hour of knee-slaps and laughing fits. Supplied by the TV, of course.

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The following morning.

Willow stretched and sat up on the sofa bed. Looking over at Xander, who seemed to have a jolly good time on the hard mattress he had been gracious enough to take on as sleeping quarters for the night.

She moved to the edge of the bed and got to her feet, yawning as she walked up to the stairs and stopping on the first step as her eyes landed on something placed neatly on the fifth.

She blinked, picking up the notebook and reading the sentence written in her handwriting on the page opened. Then she smiled, putting the notebook down again before she continued upstairs.

That sentence had given her all the comfort she would ever need and it read:

...They will be fine.

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Incredible! Unbelievable even. I'm actually done. It's so sad and so uplifting all at once. Sad to have it be over and uplifting because I got to finish it. It fills you with such a sense of victory when you put the final touch to a work that is all your own doing, you know? Well, not purely my own, of course, because without you - my darlings - and your support and encouragement I'm not sure I actually would have gotten this far... So, for the final time, thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you so much for all the love you've let flow through cyber space! It has meant so much, more than words could ever describe, and it's been so greatly appreciated!

Some of you I may see now for the very last time - and some of you are old friends - and some I hope will stick around, but to all of you I still say: it has been, it is and will continue to be a true privilege to be part of the whole Spuffy clan. You guys are the best in this world and I can't imagine giving you up!

Okay, so I will now try to divide my time the best I can so that I can get back into gear with the left completely hanging In the Dead of the Night. I have some things I need to tie up first though, but I will start it at the latest by October. I hope there is still some interest and I really do need to finish it for my own sake as well. I mean hey, now's when the action starts! ;) I'm sorry it took me so incredibly long, you guys, and again - do hope to see one or two of ya back there... :)

Oh, and I just notices I spelled Bitty-Buffy wrong - it was due to lack of sleep and girl, I apologize. I'm upgrading that at the same time as I'm posting this. Which is now. ;)

Now, very special and very warm thanks to:

Maribel - me too! I really feel so strange saying good-bye to this story, but it's seeing you guys all the time that I'm gonna miss, you know? Really nice to hear you feel the same way and hey, thanks for riding along with me this far!

Wolf116 - Okay, I get what you say about the epi of S6. I also really think that show has one of the cruelest scenes between Buffy and Spike when she comes to the crypt and asks him to tell her he loves her and then that he wants her simply because seeing Riley again has her so frickin' upset. That REALLY showed (though I was deep in denial at the time) that she truly had no feelings what so ever for Spike; or at least that she didn't for one moment believe in Spike's love. I mean, to use him in that way. That really made me so angry with her. And even more so since it was in the same context as the git Riley, that HE made her do that to poor, poor Spike. *shudders* Okay, so maybe that was kinda what you said too? I wasn't sure how to interpret what you wrote about the "Buffy tell her that he loved her and wanted her, then to go and throw that whole monkey wrench in that Spike was the guy that Riley was looking for...". Well, now you've read my thoughts on the matter. ;) Though I did scream with glee (almost anyways) when it turned out the boredom incarnate was married. All yummy fun. *heheh* Okay, so I would loooooove to write all the seasons just like this one. I really, really would. But I simply cannot indulge myself. And besides, I also really do want to finish In the Dead of the Night. But you know this lready, and you're just being so fabulously supportive and what I'm trying to say is thank you for the confidence! :) I do agree about the demon eggs and the getting money for her and everything. *nods* Hey, you can go on and on about anything regarding the Buffyrealm all day, okay? That's partially what the review board is for - at least the way I see it. ;) Thanks for sharing your thoughts, girl!

Captain - oh, I can't tell you how much that totally warms me up and makes me all fuzzy inside! Truly! Thanks for that compliment, my friend. I will definitely read your story! That's a promise. And hope you had a good time on your vacation. Big travel, little travel? Hope you liked this ending!!! Thanks for these months, you've been fab! ;)

Night - all I can do is bow my head in utter gratefulness and I truly hope this ending was as it should be. ;) Hope you enjoyed it and thank you, thank you for all your encouragement throughout! :)

Taelyn - gosh, I'm drowning in compliments and it sure is the sweetest way to go. Thanks a lot! It's so, so nice to hear! I laughed when I read about the yelling and your brothers thinking you're totally nutso, that was really funny. *smiles* Well, THAT is really something. That I managed to compliment you back so well for complimenting me! No, I mean, seriously. That's really great! And hehe, I would love to see you on some more of my review boards, my friend! ;) Well, you did get two chapters. Hope that was to your liking. :) Hehe, don't waste napkins on nerves, girl! ;) Hope this was worth the wait and thank you, thank you for wonderful encouragement! :)

LizDarcy - hey, girl! Here's my reply for 49: I'm so happy you enjoyed it, and especially the dinner between mother, daughter and vamp since I really wanted to get that right. Lovely! And for 50: Well, I do hope you got the explanation you needed, but we'll get to that. Oh, I'm so pleased you liked the Xander Buffy interaction and the whole Jesse deal. That feels very good to read! And here's reading your comments on 51: *smiles* Oh, girl, I don't wanna feel like I'm abandoning my wonderful readers but that's really how I feel. I'm gonna miss reading your thoughts, believe me!!! Hehe, got your answer for the Hawaii thing in the previous chapter, didn't ya? ;) You have been with me through this whole thing, girl, and I can never repay you for it. I can merely tell you that your love and your faith in me and this story has not gone by unnoticed and I really wanna just hug you hard for it! Thank you for all your great, great comments and all your compliments. They have meant a lot to me! It's been great hearing from you! And yes, you're right, the caps letters have varied a bit. ;)

Mel - that is so totally the sweetest thing! Thank you so much! Gosh, I'm totally floating over here, I've had so many nice comments! Well, thank you time and again for yours! :) Being able to communicate with you all is one of the best trips and perks of the whole posting bit and I couldn't give it up for anything (but the occasional crisis in time...) ;) Hey, you're not the only one who adore Spike! ;) I love that character to death, too. I mean, jeez. Where are all those guys? Okay, so he's a killer and yadayada but underneath so much more. Isn't that what the allure is? It's almost cliché how a bad boy can get you going, isn't it? You wanna be the one to tame him the way Buffy does Spike. Goodness gracious. *wink* I'm so happy to read that you like the Buffy and Spike interaction "in all formats", that's really great! Thanks sooooo much for everything! Gonna miss reading your feedback and encouragement, girl!

Carol - hey you! Okay, I'm very confused here. Sorry. But there's two reviews, both saying Carol on them, both being for chapter 51 and seemingly having nothing to do with each other. But you're not supposed to have the same name anymore on this site, are you? And you're also not supposed to be able to review twice. So I have no idea if I'm dealing with two seperate Carol's here or... I'm just gonna assume that I'm not. I mean, I've only noticed one - you - before now... Okay, so Carol, thanks a lot for your comments. I'm happy you didn't want one last brawl between the two 'cause I wasn't apt to deliver one. *wink* Yes, me third - let's all go to Hawaii, shall we? *smile* I am SO happy that you think it's been worth making this journey with me. All your support and great comments have helped along the way, you really must know that! Thank you! You honestly brought me to tears when I read this 'cause that thank you was so amazingly nice. Thank YOU, truly and deeply, for everything you have given me in return! *huge hug*

Leanne - well, what can I say? I'm more than glad that you still like it, girl! And about the Buffy, I'm so happy that you think that. That was a very great compliment on my writing and I'm jumping in my seat from it! Thank you for all of these uplifting, joy-bringing treats you've sent my way right from the start! It's been wonderful to have you be part of this, and have you wanna be part of it. Thank you, from the most honest corner of my being! ;) Luv ya!

thechosen - I know, I know. But I'm not in the State's and so I haven't had access to it, which royally sucks, I might add. *lol* You honestly made me laugh with the "I'm going back to the basement" comment. It's been so great to read what you've thought of this piece. I am going to miss you, all of you. Thank you for everything!

Earthenskyz - happy you enjoy! And the bathroom thing - all I can say is that I chose to leave that part out of the whole thing. I mean, they did, somehow. I really don't know exactly how, but somehow. They never really go to the bathroom on the show either, do they? I mean, perhaps they don't actually need to. *very sarcastic* Hhehe. Hope you shall come to like the continuing chapters just as much if not more! Thanks for dropping those lines, very nice!

Sheila - I am very glad to read that, girl! And the second comment helps elevate my self-confidence a bit since you then have "experience". ;) Thanks a lot!

Miserymistmenthe - just have to say that that's one of the most curious making names I've come across. What does it stand for? I mean, I can tell it's made up of four words, but why did you put them together like that? Is it from something else, like a comic or a movie or a series or just you? Had to ask! And thank you for that lovely, lovely compliment. Wow, really? This is your first Spuffy fic? Well, I'm honored then! I mean, I remember the first I ever read to this day. That is SO nice of you to say that it's one of a kind, I mean, thank you for that, really! Hehe, I hope that short passage with Buffy and Spike on the Isle of... sand and stuff, was to your liking! ;) Thanks a lot for sending me your thoughts! Very appreciated!

Now - to every single one who has ever read this story and told me in one way or another here's a special shout out - GREAT HUGE BIG THANKS TO

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And I also wanna thank all of you above who have taken the time to send emails, they were always appreciated! To those who are not mentioned above, thank you so much to

EricaDiaz, Elisa, Yvonne, Keeper, Andrea, Joe, Meggie and scrub1966 - you have not gone by unnoticed!

It's been a terrific, wonderful, exhilirating ride and I'm so privileged to have taken it with all of you! To those who voted for me to win the SpuffyAward with TRAppED - a special shout out to you! Thanks for taking the time and I truly felt like a winner for being nominated! To those who replied with such feeling when I was freaking out about the Buffy finale, I can't say how much your calming words helped or how much they meant. Thanks a lot, you guys!

I detest that it's over, but this time it really is.

Take care of yourselves and I hope I'll see you around. Forever thank you for making this story something I will never forget writing.

All My Love,

Annie.

"Tale as old as time, true as it can be, barely even friends, then somebody bends - unexpectedly. Just a little change, small to say the least, both a little scared, neither one prepared - Beauty and the Beast. Ever just the same. Ever a surprise. Ever as before, ever just as sure, as the sun will rise. Tale as old as time, tune as old as song; bittersweet and strange, finding you can't change - learning you were wrong. Certain as the sun, rising in the east; tale as old as time, song as old as rhyme - Beaty and the Beast."

Now, which one is the Beaty and which one is the Beast is completely up to you. ;)