A/N: I apologize for the lateness of this chapter. I really have no excuses, but I hope you enjoy anyway.
Buffy walked into the Magic shop with one thing on her mind.
Talk to Tara and Willow about Amanda.
Buffy knew it was going to be hard. Willow and Tara had lost their son two years ago and nothing can bring him back, but they had to deal with this issue now that Amanda was out of jail.
Buffy was in luck when the doors opened. Willow and Tara were sitting at the table with coffee in front of them.
"I'm glad you guys could talk to me," Buffy states as she sits down across from them.
Willow looks at her best friend and smiles.
Tara smiles politely at Buffy.
"I know that Amanda may not be your favorite person at the moment, but two years ago was an accident. That day changed all of us and now that Amanda is here, you have to at least act civil because from what I can tell she has Slayer in here so I wouldn't want you to piss her off."
"I know earlier the way I acted with Faith was horrible. I shouldn't have done that. And you're right, I have to start forgiving because I spent the last two years in pain," Tara grabs her wife's hand and squeezes it encouraging her to continue. "I want Amanda to be able to heal as well. I just don't want her with Grace."
Tara looks at her wife.
"Honey, I think that has to do with Grace and Amanda, not us."
Willow closes her eyes and eventually nods her head.
"It's not going to be easy. I know that. There are things that Faith and I have to do with Amanda. She feels like we gave up on her and that's not it, but Amanda is a lot like Faith so I'm going to have my hands full," Buffy comments honestly.
Willow whispers in Tara's ear and Tara lets go of her hand so that Willow can get up from the table.
"Is she okay?" Buffy asks.
Tara nods her head.
"Yeah, Grace wanted to talk with her."
Buffy raises an eyebrow.
"Telepathy," Tara explains easily. "Where did you end up finding Amanda last night?"
Tara nods her head knowingly.
"When my mom died I felt like it was my fault and it wasn't. She was sick, but I was there with her all the time. I couldn't save her just like Amanda couldn't save Joey. She feels guilty when it was an accident based on poor judgment."
Amanda walks into the living room to see her mother staring at a picture. The picture was all of them as a family, Amanda, Buffy and Faith. Faith had her arms wrapped around Buffy's stomach and Faith's chin was propped on Buffy's shoulder. Amanda was sitting on a rock in front of her mother's.
"How many times are you going to look at that?" Amanda asks gently.
Faith sits the picture down and turns to her daughter.
"I thought you were upset with me."
Amanda shrugs her shoulders and sits down.
"I have your attitude, but mom's forgiveness or whatever."
Faith slowly nods her head.
"So, I was thinking that I start training again," Amanda says which automatically gets Faith to shake her head no. "Why not?" Amanda whines.
"One, I would have to talk to B and two, you are not ready to start with that again."
"Mom, that's not fair. I went two years without proper training. All I did in jail was lift weights, it was dumb."
"If I'm being completely honest right now Amanda, than I would have to say that I don't want you to be out there fighting evil, don't get me wrong, at some point I would like you to be out there, but today is just not that day."
"This is all because of Joey isn't it? I made one mistake and it ended in a life, but I was not the only one at fault. Joey didn't have to come with me and Grace didn't have to. I shouldn't have done it and I know that, but Slaying gives me a purpose mom and maybe I can save others the way I couldn't save Joey."
Faith knew that Amanda was pushing the issue. More than anything Faith could relate to Amanda, having accidentally killed Finch, no one really likes to talk about the Professor.
"I'm not makin' any promises, but I'll talk to B and we will figure it out, but for right now please do not push the issue, alright?"
Amanda smiles slightly and nods her head.
"I'm going to have to face everyone later, aren't I?"
Faith grabs her daughter's hand for comfort.
"It will be okay Amanda. It will be hard, but it will be okay."
"So, she's out already," the dark haired vampire says with a grin.
"Yes sir, from what I know Amanda Lehane is currently staying with Faith."
The vampire shakes his head with disdain.
"She should be dead already. She should have been dead two years ago with the other girl and that boy."
"Sir, I don't want to question what you are doing, but what exactly do you mean?"
"Amanda, Joey and Grace were supposed to die together, but this damn soul stopped me. Freaking Angel and his freaking soul, I mean come on. Now that only one is dead, I have to rework my plan."
"Angelus, what does that have to do with me?"
Angelus smirks at the young girl in his room.
"Well, Laura, you get a fine piece of ass. Plus, I need Buffy and Faithy to not be on the same page. Not being together breaks their determination and power long enough to get me what I want."
"And what exactly do you want?"