Elizabeth carried a tray of food toward the cabin Buffy was residing in. She had seen very little of Will or Buffy since they had returned to the Dauntless four days ago. Buffy's wound had become infected and she had become very sick. Will hadn't left her side and Elizabeth hadn't felt the need to visit. She had issues of her own that she needed to take care of first. Will's declaration of love for Buffy had hurt her and it was her father who suggested she talk to him. Knocking on the door she heard Will's quiet "enter".
"Doctor Smith said you hadn't eaten anything today." She held out the tray to him. "How is she?"
"Thanks." He said taking the tray and setting it to the side. "Doctor Smith says her infection is clearing up and her fever is down. I just wish she would wake up."
Will said as he once again dipped the cloth into the water and gently began to wipe down her face. Elizabeth noticed what care he took as he gently wiped her face. Returning the cloth to the bowl again he rang it out before letting it rest on her forehead. He picked up Buffy's hand and held it.
"Do you think we can talk?"
"About what?" Will knew what she wanted to talk about but was deliberately being obtuse.
"About when you knew you loved Buffy?"
"I guess I have always loved her but I didn't know until I saw her lying there. I thought she was dead and for a brief moment it felt like my heart would never be the same."
The two sat quietly looking at Buffy before Will turns and looks Elizabeth in her eyes.
"I'm sorry Elizabeth. I never meant to hurt you."
"I know, and you didn't. I have been thinking a lot these past four days about how I felt for you and I realized that my infatuation with you was no more than childhood dreams. I have always been fascinated by pirates and we first met I thought you might have been one. You will always be my friend and I don't want you to worry about me. Commodore Norrington has asked me to marry him and I have accepted."
"That's wonderful news. I only hope that I get a chance to ask Buffy to marry me."
"Buffy's going to wake up soon. I know it." She hugged Will and he returned the hug before Elizabeth left him alone with Buffy again.
It was hours later when Buffy slowly opened her eyes. Her cabin was dark except for the soft glow of the lantern that was turned on low. She could just make out the sleeping form of Will who laid with his head on the bed his hands still clutching her left one. She gave his hand a slight squeeze. Will only mumbled something unintelligent in his sleep not even coming close to waking. Buffy really hated to wake him but she really needed a drink.
"Will…Will…" Buffy called out hoarsely as she moved the hand he was holding hoping to wake him.
Will groaned and Buffy was glad to see that he was waking up. He released her hand to rub the sleep out of his eyes. His head immediately turned to look at her.
"Buffy! You're awake!"
"Wat-er." She rasped out.
"It's been sitting so it's a little warm but should do to quench your thirst. Let me help you sit up."
Buffy watched Will and thought he looked like a kid in a candy shop as he moved to help her sit up and handed her the water. She drank it gratefully.
"Thanks, how long have I been out?"
"A little over four days. You've been very sick. For a while there Doctor Smith didn't think you were going to make it. How do you feel?"
"A little tired and hungry but better." She loved her slayer healing. "You look like you could use some sleep. You've been here all this time haven't you?"
"Yes, I couldn't leave until you were awake to hear me say…" Will paused reaching into his vest pocket and pulling out a gold ring with a single green stone. "Buffy, will you marry me?"
"Will?" Buffy was to say the least stunned. "Are you sure? I mean what about Elizabeth?"
"I am very sure. When I saw you lying there the first thing I thought was that you were dead.
It was at that moment that I realized who I loved more. It was that same moment that I felt that my heart break because I just knew I had waited too long. I've had a lot of time to think these past four days and I told myself that when you awoke I wasn't taking any chances."
"There are things about me that you need to know Will. I'm not a normal girl like Elizabeth. I'm probably the farthest you could get from being a proper lady. I…"
Will smiled as he leaned in and quickly placed a kiss on her lips. Buffy returned the kiss and when the two broke apart they were both smiling.
"I already know about where you come from. I overheard you the night you told Jack, but I knew from the first day I met you that you were something special. Buffy Anne Summers, will you do me the honors of becoming my wife?"
"Yes! Yes, there's nothing I want more." Buffy said as Will slipped the ring on her finger. Once the ring was on her finger Buffy wrapped her arms around Will and kissed him passionately.
"It's beautiful. This must have cost a fortune."
"It was my mother's. She gave to me when I was but a young lad. My father had given it to her before they were married. She told me that he had given it to her as a form of protection, and now it's protecting the greatest treasure of all."
"Oh Will, that's so sweet. I'll wear it always."
The next morning Buffy felt good enough to get dress wanting to get out of her cabin. The only problem with getting dress was that she didn't have anything to change into. The clothes she had had on she assumed had been cut off her when she was shot. Whatever clothes she had brought with her had been destroyed when Barbossa destroyed the Interceptor. She had been left in her britches but little else. Wrapping the sheet from the bed around her she was about to venture out when there was a knock on the door.
"It's open." She called out. The door slow opened with caution to reveal Will who she had sent to his own cabin to get some much needed rest.
"I thought you might need something to wear."
Will handed her the pair of pants she had been wearing and a white shirt which she was sure belong to one of Norrington's men.
"Thanks. I thought my pants had been cut along with my shirt when the doctor operated."
"No, but they were covered in blood. Elizabeth did her best to wash it out."
"I'll have to thank her. Give me a few minutes to get dressed and then we'll get some breakfast."
He nodded backing out of the door. Buffy quickly dressed and tried to make her hair look semi descent. She opened up the door to find Will waiting patiently.
"You look beautiful." Will said kissing her on the cheek.
"Thanks but I think you're a little biased. Let's go eat. I'm starving."
Will and Buffy walked together toward the mess hall. They got some food from the cook and found a place to sit. Once they ate the two headed toward the deck. Commodore Norrington was at the helm and motioned for the two to come to him.
"Miss Summers, It is good to see that you are out and about."
"Thank you Commodore. I'm still quite sore but I feel better than I did. I heard that Elizabeth accepted your marriage proposal. Congratulations."
"Thank you Miss Summers. Word has spread across the ship that young Mr. Turner has also proposed to you. I believe congratulations are in order to both of you as well."
"Thank you Commodore," replied Will.
Buffy had been stunned that the Commodore knew about Will proposing and wondered how he found out. Will took her hand and the two began to head to rail to look over at the water. Governor Swann and Elizabeth approached them.
"Mr. Turner. Miss Summers. It's good to see you looking better."
"I feel better thank you sir." Buffy told Elizabeth and her father.
"So is what I heard true that Will proposed to you?" Elizabeth asked excitedly.
"Yes, but how did you find out? I only woke up during the middle of the night and we haven't had the chance to tell anyone."
"Apparently one of the Commodore's men has the room next to yours, and the walls are paper thin, and this is a small ship. Congratulations you two."
"Thank you Elizabeth." Will spoke taking Buffy's hand in his.
"Well Mr. Turner it is a good thing then that I have decided to pardon you for crimes in piracy since it helped save Elizabeth's life and as long as you don't engage in anymore acts of piracy."
"Thank you Governor." Will said with a small grin. "I am more than content with being a simple blacksmith as long as Buffy is at my side."
"Always." Buffy told him.
She watched Elizabeth during the whole conversation and was glad to see that she didn't seem upset or jealousy about Will choosing her.
"That's good to hear Mr. Turner. Very good to hear."
THAT'S THE END OF THIS STORY AND I HOPE YOU ALL ENJOYED IT. I'M THINKING OF DOING A SEQUEL WHICH HAS BUFFY AND WILL EITHER FOLLOWING DEAD MAN'S CHEST OR WILL GETTING TO SEE WHAT THE FUTURE IS ALL ABOUT.
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