Title: Divine Interruption (6/6)

Author: Cyclone

Feedback: Please be gentle.

Distribution: Gimme credit and a link. Plus, archived at http://fanfiction.net/profile.php?userid=62966 or http://fanfiction.net/~cyclone

Rating: I'm gonna go say PG.

Spoilers: Up to season two of Buffy and anything in the Herc/Xenaverse.

Disclaimer: The characters depicted herein belong to the other people. I'm just borrowing them for a while.

Summary: Xander gets some "help" from a goddess. Sequel to Reminiscence.

Author's Note: I _was_ planning on skipping to the Judge story arc, but...

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Willow blinked sleepily when she heard the knocking on her patio door. Her forehead creased in confusion as she opened the door.


"Hey, Will."

She frowned in further confusion. "What are you doing here?" A thought struck her, and her eyes went wide with near-panic, "Oh, God, Buffy's in trouble, isn't she?"

Stepping in, he said, "No, Will. She's fine."

"So... why _are_ you here?"

"I..." he swallowed, "I had to see you."

The redhead blinked. What was _with_ him?

"Well, you're seeing me now," she said, then reddened as she realized how that sounded.

Xander chuckled and said, "I was thinking. A-about what happened."

"Wh-what about it?" she asked, suddenly nervous.

"Well," he said, "I was sorta wondering why you weren't affected."

She didn't know what to say. *I can't tell him! I just... can't!*

As he placed a hand on her cheek and gazed into her eyes, her mind began to shut down, and her mouth went dry.

*This can't be happening. It just _can't_ be!*

Willow watched as Xander licked his lips, looking about as nervous as she felt. Finally, he bent down and kissed her, and she sank into his arms as she kissed him back.

After a long moment, he pulled away, looking at her uncertainly.

"You... kissed me," she murmured.

"Not exactly the reaction I was aiming for..." he said, his face splitting into a wry grin.

"Xander!" she smacked his arm. "Why did you kiss me?"

He sighed and closed his eyes, sitting on the edge of her bed, "Lots of different reasons, Will." He opened his eyes and looked up at her, "I just... I've looked at you as a sister for so long, Willow, but somewhere along the line... you grew up. And this thing happened, and I started wondering what would have happened if you were acting like Kendra was, and..." He shook his head.

This was it. This was her chance.

Now, if she could just get the words out of her mouth...

"Xander," she said, "I... I did get affected. I think." *Chicken!* she scolded herself.

He looked at her curiously, "You think?"

"I can't really tell, Xander," she said softly, "because I already love you. I'm already _in_ love with you." She hesitated, then asked tentatively, "Do you... do you love me?"

"Of course I do, Will," he replied. "But am I _in_ love with you? I just don't know."


Xander smiled faintly at her, "I'd like to find out, though. How would you like me to take you to dinner tomorrow night?"

She smiled, "I'd love to, Xander."

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"YES!" Aphrodite, goddess of love, cheered, shaking her fist in triumph.

"Mom, what are you doing?"

"Oh, I'm just having a peek," she said, miffed. "I'm not meddling." Her gaze swept over, and her eyes suddenly lit up. "Oh, now _those_ two _do_ need help."

Cupid followed her gaze and closed his eyes, rubbing his temples to stave off an impending headache.

"A human and a gargoyle? Mom, they aren't even the same _species_."

"True love knows no boundaries, Cupid," she sniffed. "You should know that by now."

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Disclaimer: "No sexual orientations were permanently altered during the writing of this fanfic."

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Author's Postscript:

Okay, hands up if you know who 'Dite and Cupid are talking about. ;-)

To be continued in Demons & Demigods.