cut to the Summers' back yard.

Dawn is showing Andrew and the potentials how to load a crossbow. All the potentials are there except for Kennedy.

Enter Faith "Careful where you point that thing, Andy."

"I was aiming in your direction, you pop-tart thief, you." Andrew said proudly. Faith rolled her eyes.

"Dawn, can we talk?"

"Sure, I'll be right back guys. Keep practicing, and don't shoot anything... or anyone!"

They walked off to the side of the house. "Dawn, thanks for trusting me. Thanks for

"You're not gonna get all weepy on me again are you?"

"I thought I told you never to mention that! Come 'ere" Faith pulled Dawn in for a big sisterly hug.

Dawn's POV ^Ok, this is getting weird.^

"You should talk to Kennedy. I think you hurt her feelings earlier."

"Meant to." Faith said. "Let's go make sure nobody's lost an eye."

---------------------------------- Faith was sitting on the back steps watching the girls train but she couldn't stop thinking about everything that she'd heard last night, especially when Willow said that thing about the kiss. Faith wanted to, so badly, just take Willow in her arms and kiss her tears away, kiss those soft, red lips, run her fingers through her hair. Just to feel Willow's hands on her would have been so breathtaking.

Just then, she felt a soft hand on her shoulder. Her heart skipped a beat. Was it her? The woman she couldn't get her mind off of?

"Faith I owe you a major apology."

"Hey, B. Decide to believe me now?"

"Will told me everything."

"So now you hate me even more for trying to do something nice?"

"No, Faith. I don't hate so much anymore. Just—if you break her heart, or if you're just playing games, you'll have to answer to me, got it?"

"Got it." Both slayers sat in silence as they watched their successors train for the up and coming battle.

The back door swung open. "So this is where everyone is."

"Willow!" Shouted several of the potentials. "You're alive!"

"Yes, I'm alive. Andrew what have you been telling them?"

Andrew stuck out his tongue and went back to trying to show off in front of the potentials.

The red headed witch sat down between Faith and Buffy. "So, are you two finally peaceful? Because if you're not I could lock you in a room until you either kill each other or become friends."

"We're fine, Will."

"Yeah Red, no sweat."

"Good." Willow smiled and turned to Faith. "Can I ask you something?"

"Sure, Red"

"How'd you get Amy to agree to doing a protection spell on us?"

"I didn't tell her who I was going with, or how I knew about her. I just told her a friend and I were in trouble and need to be protected." Willow smiled at Faith.

"Thank you."

"You don't have to thank me, Red. I was just doing the right thing. I wanted you to feel safe."

"OK, if this is gonna get mushy, I'm outta here." Buffy said jokingly as she got up and began to train with the potentials.

"Can we go somewhere else and talk?" Willow said to Faith.

"Sure, Come on." Faith stood and grabbed Willow's hand, helping her up.

"I'm not helpless, you know."

"I know. But I needed an excuse you touch you." The girls started walking out of the backyard, hand in hand.

"That's what I wanna talk to you about." Faith pulled her hand away from Willow's.

"I thought you were interested?"

"I am, Faith." Willow took both of Faith's hands in her own. "Even before last night, I wanted to get to know you and I've kinda always thought you were beautiful." Faith was blushing.

"I don't want to cause any more trouble or pain in your life, Red."

"Faith, in the past few days, you've been the person I've wanted to spend time with the most, because you've been so gentle to me, so kind and caring. You've listened and never judged me, not once. You've never looked down on me for crying or yelled at me for being upset. And I wish I could tell you how I feel about you but I don't know if I have the courage."

"You don't have to have the courage. You already told me."

"What?"

"I overheard you last night, telling Tara that there's a woman you're interested in, plus all I've been able to think about was that kiss I missed last night." Faith said as she tilted her head, pulling herself in a little closer to the woman before her.

"You heard that?" Willow blushed and looked down.

"Look at me Willow." The woman's heart was racing at the sound of her own name. "Look at me when I'm trying to tell you that I feel the same for you. I wanna get to know you. I want to show you who I am, aside from the rogue slayer. I wanna—"Willow put two fingers up to the babbling woman's lips.

"Just kiss me already," Willow said with passion.

Faith obliged and slowly, gently brushed her lips against Willow's. Her hands moved up to Willow's cheeks, then back around to her neck. Willow's arms were around Faiths' waist and their bodies were pressed firmly together. Faith kissed her top lip, then her bottom lip, pulling it into her mouth just a little, and softly brushing her tongue against it. Their tongues met, for just a second and then Willow mimicked Faith's movements with her own lips. Faith was playing with the other woman's soft red hair as they kissed. She felt a tear fall on her arm. Faith broke the kiss, but kept her head close to Willow.

"Is it raining, or are you crying?"

"I'm—I just—"Willow didn't know what to say. She pulled Faith in so that their bodies were touching again. The Women stood there hugging for a long while. Finally, Willow found her words. Still in their hug she whispered, "I didn't turn into a boy!" Willow cried. Faith looked at her and smiled. "You better not turn into a boy. I like you just the way you are, my weeping Willow."

the end. I've decided that this will be the first story in a little mini series about faith and willow. stay tuned for the next round.