A/N: Last part guys, hope you enjoy it.
The group, Buffy, Xander, Dawn, Giles, Willow, Tara and Andrew, were all gathered in the one room now. At first Giles had been quizzing Tara, checking her out to make sure she was actually alive but Willow had been overly protective and they had all agreed that this was genuine.
Willow had remembered the shoes and asked Buffy where she'd got them. But Giles had claimed responsibility for that.
"Money is finally becoming accessible and Xander told me of the shoe incident so I sent him first thing this morning to get them."
"So there like a 'happy averting the yearly apocalypse shoes?'" Dawn asked sincerely.
Giles nodded with an amused smile, "Yes. That's how they shall be known. Along with Tara."
The blonde blushed.
"Obviously I think you all deserve 'averting the apocalypse shoes' or some other appropriate gift but it will be delayed, I thought you would all appreciate food and shelter more." Giles told them.
Andrew sat up straight. "Oh! Can I put in a request for the star-"
"No." Giles said simply. "You were a prisoner for all intents and purposes and although you have paid your dues in our eyes, you do not get a gift from me."
Andrew huffed and crossed his arms frowning. "This is so unfair. Willow got off the hook and she killed Warren! I didn't do any more than her and I'm still getting punished."
Everyone looked ready to strangle him but to the group's surprise Tara beat them to it. She turned to him set him in his place with her glare.
"Don't dare say that. She didn't need to be punished because her conscience has done it for her. And that creep killed me, and you were on his side. It's not ok what she did but at least she's not delusional enough to take no responsibility for it."
Andrew's eyes were now glued to the floor as he whispered 'sorry' then made the sensible choice to shut up.
The rest of the group just looked on astonished.
"Remind me not to piss you off." Xander told the witch who just gave a nervous laugh.
Willow, although bothered by what was said just stroked her thumb over the back of Tara's hand.
"So, anything fun happen this year? Anymore musical outbursts?" Tara asked breaking the awkwardness.
Everyone pondered it.
"Oh! We thought Giles was the first and had to go out to the desert to find him and check." Xander said.
Giles sighed as he wiped his glasses, "Yes how could I forget the night 4 of you tackled me to the ground and prodded me."
Tara laughed, "You make it sound so fun, Mr. Giles." He simply lifted an eyebrow.
"Or the time I had a huge crush on a boy at school then found Buffy straddling him in a class room." Dawn announced while giving Buffy a look. The older Summer's simply hid her face in horror.
"Then Willow joined the club and tried to turn him into a woman." She added.
Tara looked between the two mortified girls with a slightly mortified look. "You all fell for some boy Dawn's age?"
Everyone chimed in for a "no!"
Xander informed her of the enchanted letter jacket.
"Ah, Ok, that makes sense." Tara said.
"It wasn't really a funny year." Buffy said as she considered everything that had happened.
Tara felt Willow tense up beside her. Her green eyes were pensive.
"There's still a lot you don't know." Willow told her quietly.
"I will though."
Willow nodded although the dread was written all over her face.
The door swung open and there stood Faith in the same clothes she'd been wearing for 2 days. She'd taken hospital duty since Wood was their and she had more reason than the rest to be near.
As she surveyed the room her eyes fell on Tara. She recognised her from the photo's and the one time they'd technically met.
"Hey, dead chick." she said nonchalantly.
Tara squirmed at being called that. "Hi."
"Faith, long story. How's Robin?" Buffy asked.
The dark slayer nodded, "He's doing better. Forgot how slow human healing goes. Thought I'd come here for the night, change, sleep, hang out." She said with a shrug.
"Xander, why don't you take Dawn and Andrew and get us all dinner." Giles suggested as he handed him a wad of cash.
"Sure. Chinese?" he asked the group. They all agreed, they'd all discovered fast that it was Chinese or dodgy diner food.
As the 3 headed out Faith straddled one of the wooden chairs. "So, things been quiet or is Blondie some sign of another apocalypse?"
"There was a deal with a wish. She's not here to warn us about anything." Buffy informed her.
"Cool." She said, happy enough with the explanation. "So, where am I staying tonight? Not that I'd mind bunking with Red and her girl but I figure they want some alone time."
Tara blushed. "Sorry, I didn't mean to kick you out of your room."
"It's ok, you can just stay with me and Dawn tonight. You wanting to shower before dinner?"
Faith nodded and stood up. "Yeah, can't wait to get rid of the disinfectant smell."
Buffy stood up and followed her out to let her in her room. "Back here in half an hour?" She asked. Giles told her yes.
Tara and Willow shared a look then quickly excused themselves, heading back up to Willow's room.
Closing the door to their motel room the girls lay side by side on the Queen Size.
"We have a half hour, do you want to get cleaned up?" Willow asked.
"Nope. I'd rather spend it with you before we go back to the circus."
Willow stroked the blonde's hand but made no further action. Something Tara was very much aware of. She rolled onto her side, resting her head in her hand.
"why don't we start out easy. Faith."
Willow finally broke her staring contest with the ceiling and turned her head to Tara. Nodding thankfully she started the story of being called o LA to help find Angel's soul. And how eventually Faith had become Queen of the Slayers for a short time.
"I still can't believe that it's not just Buffy and Faith anymore. Do we have any idea how many girl's were activated?" Tara asked.
By now Willow was mimicking Tara's position, enthralled in their conversation.
"No! Giles has already called every connection he has asking them to note any Slayer's. Hopefully we can set up a new Watcher's Council and maybe set up some kind of a Slayer academy. Like in X-men only with Slayers. I've been trying to think of a spell that could help us locate every girl that was activated. But without access to books while we're here it's pretty much not going anywhere."
Tara's eyes lit up. "Do you remember the spell we used when we were trying to find Adam? We could probably tweak that to work for Slayers."
Willow grinned, "We definitely could."
The two fell into silence as they gazed at one another. Tara's hand left Willow's and travelled up her side, over her shoulder to her neck then through the back of her hair. This sent an army of tingles through the Witch's body.
Tara watched as Willow bit her lip. She was holding back. Tara tried to tell herself she was moving too fast, that Willow had been through a lot and they couldn't just go back to how it was.
As she felt Tara's hand quickly retract Willow opened her eyes.
"Will… What are we?"
"I don't know."
"What do you know?" she asked sincerely.
"That I love you. That I want you but I look at you and I don't know how I managed to live without you. I don't want to go back to that person I was without you."
A tear ran sideways down the blonde's face. "I love you. I want to fix this. You."
Willow cupped the other woman's cheek. "You're the only person who can."
Tara kissed Willow's palm. "God, I hate I left you alone feeling that way."
"You didn't do anything wrong. You were the innocent one in all of it. It should have been me." She whispered out the last part.
"No, look at what you did, you saved the world. That was always your destiny no matter how you got there."
"You're my destiny." Willow said with absolute certainty.
Tara kissed her. "I am now."