Note: Okay, this is my last chapter in this story. It was just meant to be a short little romance story. Hope it wasn't to bad.
"There has to be away for her to see that your not lying." Faith said, looking at Ares thoughtfully. They had been in this time for a couple of days now, and Faith had learned a few more things about Ares and Xena. "Of course, it'll have to be something pretty big. Hell, I'm not even sure your not lying now."
"What? Of course I'm not lying." Faith shrugged. She was walking beside the god in a small town. She had split from the others, saying she wanted to explore a little.
"You know, it didn't take much for Gabrielle to spill what you did to her before." She grinned a little. "I had no idea you and Spike had so much in common"
"What do you mean?"
"Well, Spike did try to kill B on more than one occasion."
"Hey." Ares stopped. "I never tried to kill Xena." He shrugged a little. "Just drive her insane." Faith rolled her eyes.
"I can't believe I'm helping you."
"Why do you want your friend to hook up with this guy, then?" Faith shrugged.
"He didn't have a soul when he did those things to B. He does now. What's your excuse?"
"I'm the god of war." Ares shrugged. "Xena switched sides on me. I wanted the old Xena back." Faith stared at him.
"Your right, you are a god." Faith chewed her lip thoughtfully. "Maybe there's away for her to feel what your feeling."
"Naw, she'll never believe that. She'll think it was a trick."
"Not if it's something she can do. Like a spell that she could cast." Ares stared at her like she was crazy. "Oh, come on. One of the girls back home is a witch. I'm sure we could come up with something. Something that Xena wouldn't be able to say was a trick, too. She's not going to believe you if you just say you love her."
"Faith!" Buffy yelled, waving.
"I'll work on it." Ares said, disappearing. Buffy, Gabrielle and Xena came up a few seconds later.
"Where did you find this?" Xena asked when Faith handed her the paper.
"Someone in town. Look, he said that it would work, no doubt about it. Now you can really know."
"Know what?" Xena raised an eyebrow.
"Know if Ares really loves you or not." Faith said. They were all sitting around a fire. Gabrielle was cooking at the moment. At Faiths proclamation, though, all three women turned to stare at her. Xena actually looked pissed off.
"I do not need this to tell me that."
"Really?" Faith asked. "You mean, your not even a little bit curious? Come on, I see the way you look at each other." Xena's eyes widened.
"I do not look at Ares like...like that! And, Ares doesn't love. He's just obsessed." Faith grinned at her. She risked a glance at Buffy to make sure she had the slayers attention as well.
"Come on, how do you know that? Look, I know he, like, hurt you in the past. But has he done anything like that since he first told you he loved you? I think you should give it a shot."
"No." Xena said simply, shoving the paper back towards Faith.
"Are you afraid?" Faith asked, smirking.
"I am not afraid of Ares." Xena said forcefully, leaning towards Faith.
"Uh huh. Then what are you worried about? Scared I might be right?" Xena's eyes narrowed.
"Fine." She said, holding up her hands with a scowl.
"Xena. You called." Ares said as he appeared before them.
"Lets just get this over with." Xena said, not answering Ares. She snatched the scroll from Faith and read the spell quickly. It was in a different language, but Faith had gotten it translated by someone before she had given it to Xena. She knew it wasn't a trick. It was specifically designed to make Xena feel what was in Ares heart.
Nothing happened for a moment after Xena said the words, and she raised an eyebrow at Faith. Before Xena could say anything, though, she suddenly doubled over. Her hand went to her heart and she gasped.
"Xena!" Gabrielle went to her side, grabbing her shoulder. After a minute, Xena straightened and stared at Ares. Her eyes were a little liquid and she didn't seem to notice anyone else was there. Ares stared back at her a little warily.
"Ares-" Xena started. "You really-" She cut herself off and Ares, taking the chance, moved forward ignoring Gabrielle. He didn't say anything, simply connected his and Xena's lips in a kiss. When he pulled back, Xena was still staring at him, in shock.
"I think we need to talk." He said finally and then they both disappeared in a blue light.
"Wait-" Gabrielle yelled out, her face worried.
"Don't worry." Faith said, grinning. "They'll be alright."
"Ares." Xena started when they appeared in his temple.
"Look, I know I've done a lot of things to you over the past years. I know you have no reason to believe me. But, I swear Xena. I love you." Xena stared at him.
"I believe you." Xena said. She raised a hand to her heart. "I felt it." She looked down. "That's never really been the problem."
"Yeah." Ares sighed. "That's why I got something."
"It's an oath. You can check it out yourself. If I swear it to you, it means that if I ever intentionally hurt you again, I'll loose my god-hood." Xena's eyes widened.
"You would swear that?" Ares nodded firmly. He knelt on one knee before her and took one of her hands. His other hand fisted at his heart.
"Xena, I swear on my powers, on my heart, on my family, that I will never intentionally hurt you again." At the last word, a surge of his own power went from his fist to his heart. He looked up at her.
"If you don't believe it's real, you can ask someone. The fates or anyone." Xena stared at him for a moment and then, throwing caution in the wind, she crashed their bodies and their lips together.
Faith watched Buffy as they sat around the fire. Buffy was sitting and staring into the flames, lost in thought. Gabrielle was working out her worry a few feet away, practicing.
"You know, I'm glad their working this thing out." Faith said idly. Buffy turned to her.
"I bet a lot of people might think Xena was stupid or something for getting with Ares now. It's good that she doesn't care what people think about it. That she's not losing something like that because some people are to judgmental." Startled, Buffy stared at Faith.
"Um, yeah. That's good." Buffy chewed her lip for a moment. "But he did so many horrible things to her in the past. How can she know it wont happen again." Faith shrugged.
"Well, maybe she doesn't. But she loves him, I can tell. And sometimes you gotta take a risk with that, right? Plus, what's worse, taking the risk or being unhappy for the rest of your life?" Buffy frowned at Faith.
"Since when are you the expert on relationships." Faith grinned and wanted to say since she had seen the stupid dance that Buffy and Spike had been doing around each other.
"Hey, I'm right, ain't I, B?" Buffy said nothing, just stared into the flames again. She and Faith sat in silence for a while. They both jumped when Ares and Xena appeared out of nowhere about thirty minutes later.
Gabrielle immediately ran over and hugged Xena.
"Didn't expect you guys back so soon." Faith said, grinning at them both.
"Yeah, well. I didn't want to worry anyone." Xena said, hugging the only person that was really worried back.
"So." Ares said, clapping his hands. "You guys want to go back to your time?" Buffy's eyes widened.
"You can send us back?"
"God." Ares said, raising an eyebrow.
"Why didn't you say something before?" Ares just shrugged and grinned, but gave a wink in Faith's direction.
Faith and Buffy hugged Xena and Gabrielle, whispering goodbyes as Ares opened a portal back to their time.
"How do you know this is right?" Buffy asked Xena quietly after hugging her, throwing a glance at Ares. Xena shrugged.
"I don't. But maybe it's worth the risk." Buffy nodded and stood next to Faith, preparing to leave. Faith grinned and gave Ares a salute and jumped into the portal followed quickly by Buffy.
Buffy walked through the house and down to the basement where she knew he would be. She chewed her lip, unsure if she was doing the right thing. She opened the basement door and walked down the stairs hesitantly.
Spike was sitting up in his bed, smoking a cigarette with in just a pair of pants.
"Hey." Buffy said quietly.
"Hey. Where have you been?" He asked.
"You wouldn't believe me if I told you." Spike raised an eyebrow.
"Your talkin' to a vampire who works with the slayer, what couldn't I believe?" Buffy shrugged.
"It doesn't matter. What does is that while I was gone, I came to a decision."
"What's that?" He asked, and Buffy could see the nervousness in his eyes.
"I don't want to be afraid to take a risk." She said, beginning to pace in front of him, unable to meet his eyes while she said this. "I don't want to put everything on hold just because I'm afraid of what Xander and Willow and the others might think. I want to be whole."
"Buffy, what are you talking about?" He asked, standing up. She turned to him.
"I love you." She blurted out. "I think I have for a while now. I was just to scared to admit it, even to myself."
"Buffy, if this is some kind of game"
"It's not." She said forcefully. "I love you, Spike." She reached up and pulled his head down for a kiss. "I don't want to loose you because I'm scared anymore. I love you."
"I love you, too, Buffy." He said, bending to return the kiss. He broke the kiss and stared into her eyes. "If you wake up in the morning and realize this was a mistake-"