A short story concerning Anya's thoughts after Xander announces he loves her during "Into the Woods." Romantic, but slightly humorous (due to it being Anya's point of view). Please feel free to leave any kind of reviews, as I always appreciate reviewers and their opinions.

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I was absolutely speechless. And, just so you are aware, that is a very rare thing to occur! I'm always yapping my mouth off about something or other … well, at least everyone else says I do. Frankly, I think the things I say are very pertinent … wait, this isn't what I'm supposed to be contemplating on.

Oh, yes! Xander. I mean … it was just so … surreal. Put yourselves in my shoes. Now aside from winning the lottery and obliterating the world of bunnies, having Xander show any tender affection toward me was only a dream which existed in my mind. And, you know, it's not like I was sitting there every night pining over Xander and wishing he would be my romantic hero like in all those stupid, sappy films. I was happy with the way things were. Being a former vengeance demon tends to dampen your optimistic views on romantic relationships. So I figured if our relationship was purely sexual, I wouldn't run into any problems.

But, then, he drops the ultimate bombshell. He just enters the bedroom, looks at me like I was the most beautiful thing he'd ever seen, and just spills what he has to say. No flowery introduction, no nervous, awkward gaps. Nothing came out of his mouth … just the most gorgeous words I've ever heard in all my thousand years.

And to think I was going to scream at him ad infinitum for being late! Instead, trying to conceal my threatening tears, I wound up kissing him hard and for so long, I thought, surely, both our lips would fall off (which would be insanely ludicrous), but I'd be okay with it, anyway.

Xander Harris has made me, Anyanka, the avenger of scorned women, a weepy, emotional, speechless little girl. My goodness, what has this man done to me … and why do I love it so much?

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I've gotta say something... 'Cause ... I don't think I've made it clear. I'm in love with you. Powerfully, painfully in love. The things you do ... the way you think ... the way you move ... I get excited every time I'm about to see you. You make me feel like I've never felt before in my life. Like a man. (Pause. He shrugs uneasily) I just thought you might wanna know. –Xander, to Anya ("Into the Woods")