Chapter 31 Home Sweet Home

The bell over the door at the Magic Box rang and all heads turned as a smoking blanket came crashing through the door and onto the floor. Everyone seemed unimpressed.

"It's just Spike" Willow said and everyone else muttered under their breath and continued on about their way. They had all convened at the Magic Box to talk about what had happened to each of them the past few days. It had certainly been a wild few days but things were starting to feel normal again. Except, of course, for one thing.

"Bloody hell". Spike yelled as he tried to put out his blanket on the floor. It looked as if he was stomping grapes or maybe doing the "Lord of the Dance" and the gang was getting a little chuckle out of it.

Buffy heard the commotion from the training room and came out to see what was going on. She stopped in the doorway to the same site as the others. She smiled a little and then asked what everyone else wanted to know. "Spike, what are you doing here?"

He looked up at her and instantly smiled. Their eyes met and he suddenly forgot about the blanket and the bloody sun. He walked over to her and stood directly in front of her, gazing into her eyes. Xander groaned a little and then went to sit at the table.

"Aren't we supposed to be discussing what happened to all of us?" Xander was getting impatient now and even though he knew about Buffy and Spike he still didn't like it.

Giles spoke up then. "Yes, I suppose we should get started. I want to document this. I am sure that the Council will be most grateful."

All eyes turned toward him at mention of the Council. No one really wanted to hear that word right now. This whole mess had started because Giles thought he was taking orders from someone at the Council.

Buffy broke the silence by asking Spike again. "Why are you here? We were supposed to meet later remember? You know, when the sun is down and you are not so much with the burning."

He gave her that look that made he skin tingle. "Yeh, well, you know me love. No much for patience and all that rot. I got bored." He leaned in closer to kiss her.

Willow coughed and they both looked over at the table. Everyone was sitting and Giles was getting paper and pen ready. Buffy and Spike then joined the others.

The tale was then told for all to hear. Giles confessed his mistake about Mr. Hargis to the group and Buffy told what happened when she and Spike touched the book. Xander and Oz talked about their experience with Mr. Hargis and Willow hugged Oz and told him how brave he was.

They filled each other in on everything that happened while they were in this strange place with the castle and the cruel king. Giles was frantically writing everything down as fast as he could.

"Please, you must slow down a little. It is imperative that I document everything correctly and exactly as is happened." They all laughed a little because Giles was just being Giles and it was so good to be home.

"Are you feeling better Willow?" Buffy looked concerned that Willow hadn't rested enough before the meeting. The last spell had taken a lot out of her, but she seemed to be coping with it.

"I'm fine. I will be back up to full power in a couple of days." Oz put his arm around Willow and everyone recalled the magnificent spell that Willow performed. It was the spell that helped Buffy to come out of her trance.

"How did you know it would work, Will? I mean, you were knocked out before you could complete the original plan. What made you think you could help Buffy come out of her trance?"

Xander was curious and so was the rest of the gang. They hadn't had a chance to talk about what happened in the cellar of the castle yet. They were all just so glad to be back that it really didn't matter.

Willow shrugged her shoulders. "I was just really pissed off at that ugly witch and knew I had to do something. I thought maybe if I could break the barrier then Buffy would come to her senses before it was too late."

"Well, you were right Will. It was strange but all of a sudden I felt like myself again. I just knew what I had to do. I knew in that instant that I loved Spike and I wanted him to have my heart. That's why I placed the necklace on him." Buffy was looking at Spike now and the rest of the gang was silent. They all knew what had happened between them but no one was really coming to terms with it yet. It just seemed so ridiculous to them. Spike was supposed to be the enemy.

Oz spoke up next. "I thought that the necklace was meant to go on Julian who was the substitute for the king. If I remember right, the information we had said you had to place the necklace on the demon to break the spell. So how did you all get back here safe and sound?"

Buffy looked around and began to explain. "The ritual said to place the necklace on the demon after I realized that I loved him. I had to give my heart to him. When I placed the necklace on Spike that is just what happened. Only it wasn't the way the king had planned or the demon that the king had planned on."

They all took in the information and Giles continued to write frantically. "Are you sure this isn't just some kind of spell Buffy? Some spell to make you love Spike. I mean, this is Spike we are talking about here." Xander was speaking up again at his opinion on the whole Buffy loves Spike thing.

"I'm sure it's not a spell Xander. I can't explain it because I am not sure of everything myself yet. We have a lot to work out, I know that. But we both know how we feel about each other and that's a start."

Just then the bell rang again and the gang all turned to see Julian and Anne walk into the Magic Box. They were both greeted with smiles and hugs.

"Did you both get settled in ok? I hope that the place that Xander found you is ok." Willow was walking up to Anne and hugging her. "You both look rested."

Julian and Anne did indeed look better than they did a few days before. Buffy's actions had broken the spell binding Anne and she and Julian were both transported to Sunnydale. Neither of them was sure of their future in this strange place, but they knew it had to be better than where they had been.

They had moved into separate apartments in an apartment complex that Xander's construction company had just finished. They both were unsure of what kind of jobs they would find but they knew at least they had friends here. Good friends.

Anya had been frantically getting the store ready to open and was getting impatient. "Is this meeting over yet? I have to get the store open so the customers can come in and buy things from us. This is how we make our money you know. It doesn't just grow on trees."

The gang all looked at each other and at their two new friends and they all laughed. Buffy leaned over and gave Spike a gentle kiss on the lips. She was so glad to be home again.

The End.

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Well, this story is finally ended. I hope that you enjoyed the story and the ending. Buffy and Spike are just beginning on their journey to discover each other. I might write a sequel if that's something that you all would like to read.

Thanks for all the wonderful reviews and for following along with me on my first attempt at writing a story. I hope everyone was satisfied with what happened. I know I am.