Disclaimer: Buffy the Vampire Slayer belongs to Joss Wheldon, and Nip/Tuck belongs to Ryan Murphy. The songs Believe by Josh Groban (from the movie The Polar Express) and Where Are You Christmas? by Faith Hill (from the movie How The Grinch Stole Christmas) belong to the songwriters who wrote these amazing songs. Please don't sue me, I'm completely and utterly broke and it's for entertainment purposes only.

Timeline: Post season 7, Buffy, and post season 2, Nip/Tuck

Rating: PG for swearing

Categories: Angst/Drama

Main Character(s): Christian, Dawn

Pairing(s): Dawn/Christian (friendship)

Author's Note: Well, folks, this is it. The final chapter of this story is here. I would like to thank everyone who took the time to read it and reviewed it. You guys are the best!!! As a treat, this chapter will contain an element from the Buffy episode Amends. It will also contain a quote from the movie The Polar Express, if you haven't seen it yet, run to your nearest theatre and see it!! It's a great movie with awesome animation and a heartfelt story. Anyway, to everyone, I would to wish everyone a very merrybelatedChristmas and a happybelatedNew Year.

Summary: Dawn bought a very special gift for Christian and was given two turtle doves by an elderly man. After wrapping her gifts, she has a talk with Buffy.

December 25, 2004

4:30 am

Children sleeping

Snow is softly falling

Dreams are calling

Like bells in the distance

Dawn woke up to the sound of her alarm clock which was playing Christmas music and she switched it off quickly to avoid waking up Buffy whose room was across the hall from hers. Quickly and quietly, she got dressed into her best outfit, put on her coat, grabbed her purse and then went downstairs to call a cab to go to Christian's apartment to give him his gift and wrote a note for Buffy explaining things. Once she did that, she waited outside for close to ten minutes and when the taxicab arrived, she went in and told the driver where she was going. Then she spent the entire ride to Christian's apartment thinking of him.

I hope he likes this because he really needed someone to reach out to and to talk to.

4:50 am …

Christian woke up earlier than he wanted to but after a rough night following his encounter with Dawn, he had a horrible time trying to sleep and spent all of Christmas Eve night tossing and turning before finally having an hour of peaceful slumber. Knowing that there was no chance of going back to sleep, he got up, went into the kitchen and turned on the light. He then opened the cupboard and took out a jar of coffee but before he could start making it, he heard a knock on the door.

Who could be at my door at 5:00 am? Christian thought as he went to the door and opened it to reveal Dawn standing in the doorway with a smile on her face.

"Merry Christmas." She said.

Christian was surprised and delighted. "Dawn!" he said. "Merry Christmas."

Dawn smiled. "I've got something for you." she said. She reached into her purse and took out a small box wrapped in beautiful red Christmas wrapping paper and handed over to him. Christian held it in his hand and glanced at her with surprise and shock.

"What are you waiting for, next Christmas? Open it." Dawn exclaimed.

Christian ripped the wrapping paper off and opened the box. Inside was a long silver chain with a tiny charm hanging from it reading "Friends Forever." He was stunned and surprised.

"Dawn, I-I-I." Christian stammered.

Dawn smiled at him silencing him. "I have something else for you." then she took something out of her purse and placed in his hand. Christian looked down and saw that in his hand was what looked like a small white bird.

"What is it?" Christian asked.

"It's a turtle dove." Dawn replied. "I have one. You have one. As long as we each have a turtle dove, we'll be friends forever."

Tears welled in Christian's eyes as he looked at the turtle dove in one hand and the necklace in the other and then back at Dawn. He put the necklace in his pocket and held the small turtle dove in his hand.

"Dawn." Christian said with a sob. "Thank you."

Dawn smiled at him gently. "You're welcome." She said. "Merry Christmas, Christian." Then she took him into her arms and once he went into her arms, Christian burst into happy tears crying on her shoulder. As they were holding each other, Dawn and Christian were completely unaware of the miracle that was about to take place outside.

Meanwhile …

We were dreamers

Not so long ago

But one by one we

All had to grow up

When it seems that the magic

Has slipped away

We find it all again on Christmas Day

As everyone else was passing around gifts, Buffy's thoughts drifted to her sister. After finding Dawn's bed empty, she was scared and worried at first but after finding and reading the note, she understood why Dawn had taken off and accepted it. Her sister had befriended a total stranger and had even gotten him a gift which was something Buffy had never thought in a million years Dawn would do but she knew that her sister had changed in the two years after the destruction of Sunnydale.

She has changed so much and I never noticed. I wonder if …

Buffy's train of thought was interrupted when she heard Xander's voice shouting. "Hey, look!"

Curious, she went to the window and what she saw shocked her beyond belief. Snow was falling to the ground and was now covering the whole yard in front of the house.

Something like this hasn't happened since the whole Angel thing on Christmas Eve six years ago! Buffy thought. She and her friends watched the whole miracle unfold with awe and wonder.

Meanwhile …

Believe in what your heart is saying

Hear the melody that's playing

There's no time to waste

There's so much to celebrate

Believe in what you feel inside

And give your dreams the wings to fly

You have everything you need

If you just believe

Trains move quickly

To their journey's end

Destinations are where

We begin again

Ships gone sailing

Far across the sea

Trust in starlight

To get where they need to be

For the longest time, Dawn and Christian held each other in a tight embrace with Christian weeping on Dawn's shoulder. After twenty minutes, they pulled away and stared at each other. Then Dawn looked out the window and she recoiled in shock and disbelief. Christian looked very concerned and worried.

"What is it?" he asked.

Dawn turned to him. "See for yourself." She said.

Christian looked out the window and he couldn't believe what he was seeing. Snow was falling on the ground and it covered the ground below. This was something he had never seen in all of his years living in Miami.

"I can't believe it," he said softly. "It's snowing out there."

Dawn agreed. "Me either." She said, "It's a miracle." Then she turned to him. "Up for a walk back to my house?"

Christian smiled. "Sure." He said. After he got his coat on, he and Dawn left his apartment to walk outside in the newly fallen snow. With smiles on their faces, Dawn and Christian walked outside holding hands not caring who saw them and laughing while all the while. As the two friends walked, Dawn noticed that the same elderly man who sold the sliver chain to her was standing in the corner of the street with a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eyes and she heard his voice in her mind saying something.

Merry Christmas, Dawn and thank you for giving him back what he had lost and for helping him to believe. Remember, the spirit of Christmas lies deep in your heart.

Dawn kept eye contact with the elderly man before he vanished before her eyes. Then she turned back to Christian and continued the long walk to her house to celebrate Christmas with her sister and friends with Christian as a guest and a new member of their family.

When it seems that we have

Lost our way

We find ourselves again on Christmas Day

Believe in what your heart is saying

Hear the melody that's playing

There's no time to waste

There's so much to celebrate

Believe in what you feel inside

And give your dreams the wings to fly

You have everything you need

If you just believe

If you just believe

If you just believe

If you just believe

Just believe

Just believe

The End

Well, everyone. That's it. What do you think? Please review and again thank you to those who reviewed this story. See you all in the New Year. Until then, merry belatedChristimas and seasons greetings to all!