Disclaimers in part 1.


"Hey Wills how's it going?" Paige popped her head into Willow's office. She'd started hanging out with Paige and Piper more often after that first dinner at their house a few weeks ago. She was really enjoying her new life in San Francisco. Only one thing bothered her, and that was that after the initial night Phoebe acted much more distant. She hoped she hadn't done something wrong, as she had really liked the middle sister, and it was interesting to talk to someone else who had felt the allure of dark magic and given it up.

"Day just got better!" Willow said, walking around her desk to take one of the kids in Paige's arms. "Hey Chris!" She had really taken a liking to the youngest Halliwells. "Danger?"

"Not this time, just wanted to give their parents some alone time so I thought I'd bring them to the nursery for a while."

"You know, I'm glad you're here. I wanted to ask a favor. I wouldn't ask, but he's so far away and he'd have to take like five flights and-"

"You want me to orb him here instead. We talking about Xander?"

Willow nodded sheepishly. "Would you? Supposedly it's just for a visit but I'm going to try and convince him to stay."

Paige smiled. "You want me to get him now?"

Willow blinked. "Um, okay. I should call him first though. Yay for the new council giving everyone satellite phones!" she dialed a ridiculously long number and waited until her friend picked up.

"Hey Xand how does right now sound to you? No, I'm not kidding! Don't you remember I told you about Paige? She's gonna orb you here. I know! Seriously useful. So yeah, are you all packed? You're bringing everything right? Don't want anything to get lost or anything. Well sure, of course it would also make it easier if you decided to stay." She rolled her eyes at Paige, who giggled. "Okay then, she'll be there in a minute. Don't be freaked, it's a little freaky. See you soon!"

"You want me to take the kids to the nursery first?" Paige asked. Wyatt had found a toy in the corner and was busy sliding things around on wires.

"Leave them here. I uh…I found that toy and hadn't returned it to the nursery yet…"

"Aw, you stole a toy for Wyatt? It'd be cute if it wasn't slightly bizarre." Paige laughed. "Okay, be back in a sec!"

In slightly more than a sec, Paige and Xander reappeared, Xander wearing a giant backpack.

"Whoa, Willow, was that great or what?"

"Xander!" She carefully handed Chris to Paige before attacking her best friend with a massive hug.

"I missed you too."

"Had enough alone time finally?" After the end of Sunnydale, Xander had announced he needed some time. He agreed to work for the new council but wanted to do it wandering around in the wilderness. Willow thought he needed some time to think about and grieve Anya's death in his own way. She could understand where he was coming from.

Paige smiled at the greeting. She wondered what happened to Xander's eye, and before she stopped herself, she asked out loud.

"Oh, well there was this preacher…"

"An evil preacher." Willow put in.

"He was working with the First Evil, and last year when we were fighting him…."

"I still don't understand why you didn't have a whitelighter." She said, more to Willow, with whom she'd had this conversation before.

"Well, Xander's not a witch anyway. Just a really brave man."

"Still, you guys were fighting evil, and you were a witch."

"I know."

"What's a whitelighter, and what does it have to do with my eye?" Xander asked, looking back and forth between the women.


"I really shouldn't be doing this." Leo said, looking at Xander's eyepatch.

"It was done by evil, just kind of a long time ago." Willow advocated.

"I know…"

"Then let me try." Paige put in suddenly.

"Um….honey you can't heal, remember?" Phoebe informed her.

"Well they said that I'm becoming a real whitelighter right? I mean soon I'm going to get charges and everything? So my powers must be growing. I haven't tried healing in a long time. Let me try. Then if it wasn't allowed we can say I was just trying and we didn't think it would work!"

Xander looked at her with his good eye. "You want me to be your guinea pig?"

"The worst that could happen is nothing." Leo assured him.

The sisters and Willow all looked at him expectantly. He sighed.

"Pretty women have such power. Okay. Go ahead."

Paige placed her hands over his eye and closed her own, concentrating. At first nothing happened but then a faint gold glow started emanating from her palms.

"You're doing it! Keep going!" Phoebe cheered. "Sorry!" she whispered, at an admonishing look from her brother-in-law. But she caught Willow grinning at her, green eyes twinkling.

The glow stopped, and Paige opened her eyes. "I think I did it. Take the patch off, let's see! That felt so strange, by the way."

"Just imagine what it felt like for me." Xander said, sitting up.

"Oh, I know what that feels like. Leo's healed us dozens of times."

"Xander! You have an eye!" Willow screeched, throwing herself on her best friend. "Can you see?"

"Well I could, until someone knocked me to the floor." He joked.

"Sorry!" she jumped off of him and brushed herself off as Paige reached her hand down to help up the newly healed man.

"Thanks." He said, staring into her eyes for far too long as the rest of the group watched the pair with knowing smiles.

"You look even prettier in 3-D." he tried to joke it off. Paige just blushed.

"Have you seen San Francisco in 3-D?" she asked.

"Not even in 2-D. Want to help me out with that?"

She grinned and sauntered out of the room, Xander following her like a puppy.

Piper rolled her eyes. "Leo, let's go get the kids." He took her hand and they orbed away, leaving Willow and Phoebe alone.

"Gee, Paige didn't even show me the town yet." Willow said.

Phoebe laughed. "How much of the town do you think they'll actually get to?" she asked suggestively.

Willow wrinkled her forehead. "What do you…OH!" she turned red.

"Sorry your friend bailed on you the first night he's here."

"I can't blame him, if a beautiful woman offered to 'show me around town' I'd bail on him too." She grinned, using her fingers to put quotes around the words.

Phoebe laughed nervously. Willow took it the wrong way.

"Phoebe, did I…are you uncomfortable with this? With me?" she asked.

"What? No, of course not. Why would I be uncomfortable?"

"I'm not exactly sure, we seemed to be getting along so well the first night we met, but since then whenever I'm around you seem nervous. Is it something I said, something I'm doing?"

Phoebe looked away. "It's not you, Willow, it's me, I'm uncomfortable with myself, okay?"


Phoebe was quiet so long that the redhead almost couldn't stand it. Finally, she asked quietly "Are you attracted to me?"

Even though Willow had assumed the nervousness was due to her sexuality, the question still startled her.

"Um. Is that the problem? Phoebe, you're a very attractive woman, but I know you're straight, so you don't have to worry about me hitting on you, if that's what's bothering you."

Phoebe didn't look at her. "But what if I'm not?"

"Not what?"

"Straight." The word came out very softly, but the meaning came across as Phoebe raised her gaze to meet Willow's.

Willow swallowed audibly. "Oh."

"Yeah. See why I said it's about me?"

"Because you think you might be attracted to me and that freaks you out, so you act like you can't stand me?"

"Well when you put it that way."

"Hey, I get it, I totally wigged when I first figured out I liked girls."

"It's not exactly the first time."

Willow raised her eyebrows. "Then why with the wiggins?"

"It's the first time in a long time that it's been with someone there's a… possibility with."

Now her interest was peaked. "But there was someone before? That there was a possibility with?"

"Years ago, yes, in New York, I was kind of in a wild phase…I thought it was mostly that. And it didn't work out so well."

Willow thought for a moment.

"Okay, so I think we've established that we're attracted to each other. We know we're probably going to see a lot of each other in the future. So I think we have two options. One, we decide nothing will ever happen, and we go on as friends. Or two, we see what happens and try it out, running the risk of you freaking out more, or your family freaking out, or it just not working out. What do you think? We don't have to decide right now."

Phoebe grinned. "You're cute when you manage to babble and be logical at the same time."

Willow blushed slightly.

There was silence while both women contemplated the situation. Finally Willow stood up.

"Well, um, like I said no need to decide right now, I guess I'll be getting back to Magic School." She turned to walk out of the room. "You know where to find me if-"

She was cut off by Phoebe, who grabbed her hand, turned her around, and captured her lips in a kiss as their bodies melted together.

When they separated, Willow opened her eyes slowly. "Or, we could decide now." She said softly.

Phoebe just grinned.