Author's note: Thank you for all the reviews and support that I've received from all of you. This was my first time writing fanfic and I really benefited from all your feedback. I am planning a sequel to this so just keep an eye for it (if you are interested).

Experimental: Epilogue.

Eight months later.

The hardest thing I've done in my life was to watch my mother die. The second hardest thing was letting him go.

But there was not other choice. For you see, I had finally become the Slayer.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Silly name right? It was a silly name for a silly heartbroken girl that had at last come into her own.

I was called almost six years ago but it took a vampire to show me exactly who I was and what I could do. I was no longer the puppet of the Initiative or the "tool" of the Council. My actions were strictly my own. I decided what the Slayer stood for even if that flew at the face of convention or regulation.

Loving Spike had opened my eyes to all the possibilities of a world where nothing was black and white. Where I had to sift through gray to get at the truth. I had been sifting ever since.

The Hellmouth reopened. The Master rose. The Initiative used all their resources and manpower to stop him but at the end it was a combined effort between Giles, Xander, Willow, Tara and me that did it. All five of us with the help of Angel managed to avert the Apocalypse.

Angel, the souled vampire, joined us when things seemed at their worst. He was instrumental in my final face-off against the Master. Afterwards the heat of battle confused our feelings a bit but at the end there was nothing but friendship. He had come too late into my life. My heart was in another's keep.

I dreamed of Spike constantly, almost every night. During the day he invades my thoughts. I wonder how he is and if he still remembers me.

But lately I have been sensing that he is near. Once I thought I caught a glimpse of him as I battled yet another vampire that had been lured by the Hellmouth to my town. After the vampire was dust I went for a closer look but did not find anything. I blamed it on my imagination and wishful thinking but my "sightings" have been increasing in number.

I asked Angel but he replied that he hadn't heard from Spike but there were rumors that Drusilla would be coming to Sunnydale. I had to bury a sharp twinge of jealously.

In the end all I can do is wait for him to make the first move.

I hope that he decides to do it soon.

The END.

All unfinished business will be addressed in the sequel (Title to be determined) coming soon.