Disclaimer: I don't own Buffy, but I do own Sophie :)

AN: A Valentine's day one-shot, I know it's a little late but I was visiting my grandparents yesterday. Connor and Dawn are not a couple, but they are crushing on each-other. This takes place just before the first chapter of "Dawn's Magical Mishaps".


"Whats are all these hearts for?" asked Sophie, looking around as she walked through the mall holding hands with her mothers.

"They're decorations, Sweetie, for Valentine's Day" Tara replied.

"What's Valentine's Day?"

"It's a special day for people to celebrate being with their Valentine, the person they love" Willow explained.

"Yeah," said Tara, "Like I'm Mommy Willow's Valentine, Auntie Buffy is Auntie Faith's Valentine, and Connor is very close to being Auntie Dawn's Valentine, I think."

"Oh" said Sophie, pausing for a second before asking, "Who's Uncle Xander's Valentine?"

"Uh, Uncle Xander doesn't have a Valentine at the moment" Willow replied, although Sophie could have sworn she heard Tara whisper something that sounded like "Anya".

"It's not fair" Sophie thought to herself the next day, which happened to be Valentine's Day. "Everybody else who loves Uncle Xander already gots a Valentine. It's just not fair." Then the little girl smiled as an idea formed in her mind.

"I loves Uncle Xander! Maybe I can be his Valentine!"

"I think that's a great idea." Sophie turned to see Tara, smiling at her with the lopsided smile they shared. "Uncle Xander's coming over to look after you tonight when everybody goes out. I'll help you make a nice card, and then we'll make you look really pretty for your Valentine, okay?"

"Can I wears make-up?"

"Uh-huh, we might even borrow some of Auntie Buffy's make-up, as long as you promise not to tell her."

"I promise" Sophie smiled, happily running upstairs to fetch some pencils and paper. When she was gone, Tara picked up a phone, dialling Xander's number.

"Hey, Xander, it's Tara. Just thought you should know, you've got a very excited little Valentine here..."

That night, after Connor and Dawn had gone to the movies, and Buffy and Faith had headed off to do whatever the hell it was they were going to do (They hadn't told anyone), Xander arrived, being greeted at the door by a very excited Sophie.

"Hey, there's my favourite little Valentine" he smiled, scooping the little girl into his arms and handing her a rose. "Happy Valentine's Day."

"Happy Valentine's Day, Uncle Xander" said Sophie, handing him the card she had made. She had drawn a picture of The two of them holding hands, and Tara had cut it into a heart shape for her.

"You two have fun!" Tara smiled as she and Willow headed out the door.

"So, Valentine," Xander asked as he carrried Sophie into the lounge room, "Which romantic movie are we going to watch?"

" 'Beauty And The Beast' " said Sophie. "It reminds me of a story Mommy Willow told me."

When her mothers returned a few hours later, Sophie had fallen asleep, so Willow carried her up to bed. Tara began to follow, but Xander stopped her.

"Tara, I haven't had a chance to ask you this before, but... Anya got in, right? To heaven, I mean."

"Yeah" Tara smiled. She had been wondering when this was going to come up. "I had to make sure Cordelia put in a good word for her, but yeah, she got in."

"Thank you" said Xander, pulling Tara into a hug as tears came to his eye.