Southern California, July 2009
Buffy was sitting under a sun umbrella on the beach, rubbing tanning lotion onto her legs while looking at her friends and family in the water. They had all gathered in her and Will's new house outside of San Diego for the Fourth of July weekend. Dawn had graduated from NYU a couple of weeks earlier and had been offered a job at a paper in LA. She had accepted, and Buffy and Will decided that it was time to return to sunny California. They had both fallen in love with the beautiful beach house after seeing the pictures, and signed the deal without even having been inside it. And they hadn't been disappointed. The house wasn't big, but it was enough for them. It had two bedrooms, a large living room, two studies and an amazing deck overlooking the ocean. The kitchen and bathrooms were equipped with the latest technology.
Buffy let her eyes wander over her friends and family. Dawn had brought her new boyfriend, a painter that lived in her new apartment building in LA. He was spinning her around in the water and Buffy could hear her shrieks all the way up to where she was sitting, making her laugh. Willow and Tara were running through the more shallow water, splashing each other and giggling. A few feet up from the water were Giles and five year old Alex, playing with a bucket and shovel, Giles was trying to teach Alex how to build sand castles. Xander and Anya had disappeared about half an hour earlier, and Buffy had no problem imagining what they were up to. These days they took every chance they could to have some alone time together when someone was watching the kids. A little bit out in the water Will was pulling Joyce, who was almost two now, through the waves, making her scream with laughter.
Buffy watched them, a smile on her lips, reminiscing over the past two years. After her reunion with her friends in San Francisco on Willow's birthday, she had gone back to New York with Will and Dawn. Wanting to give them some privacy, Dawn decided to move into a dorm room at the NYU campus. Buffy got a part time job at a small restaurant a few blocks from her and Will's apartment, working nights so she could go back to college and finish her degree. A few weeks earlier she had finally gotten her diploma and she was now a certified counselor.
After the holidays Buffy was going to a few job interviews in the area. Will had already gotten a job, bartending at a popular club in San Diego.
After a little while Will noticed her eyes on him, and he came out of the water and sat down next to her on a towel, letting Joyce run down to join her brother and 'grandfather' by the water.
"She's something, isn't she?" Buffy smiled at him.
"She wonderful." He shook the water out of his hair, splashing Buffy in the process.
"She in particular or kids in general?" He shot her a wondering look.
"Why?" He asked suspiciously.
"Oh, nothing. Just thought I should check, I mean, we never talked about it, you know but..."
"What? You mean... you're...?"
She nodded. "Yep. I mean, I haven't been to the doctor, but I did two tests. Both positive." She let out a shriek as he pulled her into his lap, kissing her hungrily. She pulled away for breath.
"So, it's a good thing, I take it?" He answered her with another kiss that took her breath away once more.