Cut to the Bronze:

"So you and Spike- when did this happen?"

"I'm not sure, but I think I love him." Buffy said with a small smile.

"Ok, that's my cue." Angel turned to leave.

"Angel—"

"It's better this way. Besides if Spike screws the world, someone's gotta be back up."

Buffy stood and watched as her ex-lover walked away.

"I heard what you said."

"Busted," Buffy smirked.

"Buffy, Andrew won't stop talking about Star Wars, can you make him disappear?" Amanda asked.

"Find Willow, she's the girl for that."

"She left."

"What do you mean she left?"

"She went to find Faith. They had some fight or something."

"Alright, get everyone else. It's time to go home." Buffy said with a hint of worry in her voice.

cut to Sunndydale High School, ext.:

Willow and Faith are still talking. Faith is still sitting on the bench, and Willow is sitting on the Back of the bench behind her.

"Why didn't you tell me—"

"Just let me finish. I stood and I watched you and I was, I am so proud. To see that you're dealing, was, is so good. And I watched you fight with Kennedy. I've heard you giggling with Dawn. I've learned that you're mending your friendship with Buffy, and it's been a big, important two weeks for you Willow. I didn't wanna get in the way of all the progress you've made."

"Maybe I'm not the one who isn't ready for this relationship." Willow said flatly. "You could have said something before I made a fool out of myself by kissing you and wasting my time thinking about you if—"

"It's not like that Red. You were right on." Faith turned her head to meet Willow's eyes. "I've wanted to talk to you every day but I was too nervous."

"Faith, miss bad ass? Nervous? Damn!" Willow smiled and looked down at Faith who was staring off into space.

"I'm serious, Red. You're the first person I've opened up to since—well since my first watcher died."

"Oh god. Faith, I'm sorry. I didn't know."

"It's ok. I've been cold ever since. I was too busy trying to hide from my feelings, too busy trying to be the tough guy to let anybody notice there was anything wrong, or let anybody in

"Faith?"

"Yeah?" Faith looked up at the red headed woman hovering over her.

Willow leaned down and kissed the brunette slayer lightly on the lips.

"What was that for?"

"I need to know something," Willow said, ignoring Faith's question.

"What's that?"

"Promise me that the games are over. Promise me that you'll talk to me, tell me when things are on your mind. Show me the real Faith. Show me the strong, sexy, amazing woman that I know you are inside."

Faith stood and took Willow's hands in her own. "I will. But you gotta do one thing for me?"

Willow gave her a questioning look. "Yes?"

"Kiss me again."

Willow looked deep into the slayer's eyes. She rested her forehead against the other woman's forehead and said. "No."

"But—"

"But, it's your turn slayer. Your turn to answer a question."

"OK"

"I know the First is coming. I know there's a big battle ahead of us. And I know that we can't fight side by side..."

Before Willow could finish talking, she felt two soft, full lips pressed firmly against hers.

"I don't care if tomorrow's the end of the world, or what ever. Truth is, we don't know what's gonna happen, but it doesn't matter to me. I'll still want you. I'll still think about you. I'll still—"

Faith kissed the babbling woman's lips again.

"Are you trying to shut me up?"

Faith leaned in for another kiss.

"Come on! You can't just keep kissing me."

"Yes I can."

Faith leaned in one last time to kiss Willow. Her lips were just as soft as she remembered. Their tongues danced, lips pursed. Willow's arms immediately went around Faith's waist and Faith's hands went straight behind Willows neck. She was playing with the red hair she's so longed to touch, to smell, to pull.

Their kiss had deepened. Both Faith and Willow knew there was much more to be talked about, but they were both too involved in one another to care at the moment. Willow's hands moved up to rest on Faith's chest. Faith slowly traced a path from Willow's hair down to her stomach with one hand. She grasped the front of Willow's jeans and pulled the red head's body closer to her, so she could feel more of the energy that was radiating off of the witch.

The two women were interrupted by Buffy who seemingly appeared out of no where.

"Well, look at the lovebirds."

Faith broke the kiss. "Hey B. Can't you see we're having a very important conversation?"

Faith didn't take her eyes off of Willow's.

"Yeah, I know. You had to be talking about that girl Willow cheated on you with all night."

"What? Buffy I just danced with her." Willow said defensively.

"It's ok, Willow. It's not like we're dating or anything."

"That's right. It doesn't matter. Nothing matters anymore."

"What're you talkin about B?" Faith and Willow both turned their heads to look at their friend.

"I'm talking about the end. It's coming and you'll all die. Especially that little army you've got going. Those potentials lack serious potential. In order to call them as slayers, certain other slayers have to die."

With that, "Buffy" disappeared before their eyes.

"What the hell was that?" Faith asked.

"I'm not sure. I better get to Giles. He can help us figure it."

Faith helped Willow off the bench and together they walked back to the Summers' house, hand in hand.

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Buffy had just walked the girls and Dawn and Andrew home from the Bronze. Ext. Summers' house.:

"I gotta find Willow and Faith."

"Buffy, be careful."

"I will Dawnie. Thanks." The slyer hugged her sister and started running.

^God where could they be?^ Buffy thought as she ran through the streets.

"Buffy!" Willow shouted.

"Is it really her?" Faith whispered.

"I think so....BUFFY!" The red head yelled even louder.

"Will!" Buffy was out of breath. "What happened to you guys?"

"Faith ran off cause I was all-- with the grumpy, and then I found her and then you were there but it wasn't you and—"

"Slow down, Red, you'll give yourself a headache." Faith smiled.

"Ok, let's get home and we'll talk about it there." Buffy said.

----------- Cut to the Summers residence, int.:

"So then Buffy disappeared. But it wasn't really Buffy, because then Buffy came running toward us a minutes later." Willow said.

"It couldn't have been a ghost, right? I mean Buffy's not dead."

"It's the First."

"What Spike?" Buffy asked.

"The first evil. The one that drove Angel mad when he got his soul." Spike said seriously.

"I don't understand. What did she want with me and Red?"

"It was trying to psych you out. Make you twitch." Spike said matter-of- factly.

"Willow, perhaps you could go through your books, learn more about the First, see if there's anything you can do."

"Sure thing Giles. I'll get right on it," Willow stood and turned "...Faith, are you coming?"

"Red, you know research isn't my kind of thing."

"C'mon. It'll be fun."

"Fun like pulling teeth." Faith groaned.

Willow grabbed the brunette slayer's hand and dragged her up to her room.

"What was that all about?" Giles asked.

"You don't wanna know." Buffy grinned. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Cut to Willow's room.

"You didn't bring me here to research, did you?"

"Nope." The witch said, then she placed her hands on Faith's cheeks and gently kissed those crimson lips she'd been thinking about all day, night, all week.

"So are we finishing the 'conversation' we were having earlier?"

"Not so fast, slayer. I've got some explaining to do."

"Kay."

"That blonde you saw me dancing with, I only did it to make you jealous."

"I don't care. You were pissed off. You had every right."

"But Buffy said-"

"That wasn't Buffy, remember? It was evil. Pure evil, trying to make us scared."

Faith took Willow into a loving embrace.

"Thank you." Willow whispered.

"For what?"

"This. Hugging me, and listening."

"Anytime, Red. Anytime."

"You mean it this time?" Willow looked deep into the slayer's eyes.

"Yes. I just freaked, Willow. I got so scared."

"Are you done being scared?"

"I don't know. I don't want to hurt you and I don't want to make you cry like I did. I don't want—"

"What do you want then Faith? Don't be afraid to have what you want."

"I want you. I want you in my life, in my arms."

"You know, you don't always have to be the strong one, Faith."

"But that's who I am. I'm supposed to protect you guys, and make sure everything's ok."

"But you're more than just that. You're fiery, and bold, you're sensitive and smart and beautiful." The red head said confidently.

"Are you trying to make you blush?"

"I'm trying to tell you that the past two weeks with out you... have been unbearable, unhappy, un- Faith-full. and I don't wanna be without you anymore."

Faith looked at the woman in front of her, with tears in her eyes. She rested her head against Willow's chest and said, "I'm sorry. I'm so, so sorry."

Willow continued to comfort Faith as they stood and held each other.

To be continued...

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