a/n my first one shot. thought of it when i was working on my chptr stories (one last chance and this is reality) decided to get it out. just a short piece looking into the what if's in life. please review!

There is a story…

There is a story where Buffy became friends with Cordelia, and dies alone and scared at sixteen, Angel unable to save her.

There is a story, Buffy never loves Angel, never discovers a vampire can wound her in more ways than physically, never see's vampires akin to humans.

There is a story…

There is a story, Buffy never loves Angel, never releases Angelus. Ms. Calander lives, marries Giles, when Buffy's mom dies it's not as hard because she has surrogate parents. And she always feels guilty, as if she should hurt more.

There is a story, Buffy never meets Parker, never dates Riley, never discovers humans can hurt her just as much as a vampire.

There is a story…

There is a story where Faith doesn't become corrupted, is adopted into the Summers home, Buffy gets the twin sister she never had.

There is a story; with Faith good Buffy can leave Sunnydale, the key never comes to her and she never dies a second time.

There is a story…

There is a story, Spike never makes the deal with her. Angelus for Dru. Sunnydale and the world is plunged into hell.

There is a story, Spike never realizes his love for the Slayer, never gets a soul, never gives her the strength to save them all.

There is a story…

There is a story, Spike tells Buffy he knows she loves him, afterward she can't let go, can't get past the never ending what if's.

Then there is a story…

A Slayer falls in love with not one but two vampires. Both ensouled.

One gives her the strength to learn, one the strength to act.

There is a story of a young girl, afraid at times but strong. Of a girl who sacrificed everything. Her life and her love twice.

There is a story where she gets a second chance.

Where he comes back to her.

Where he tells her he believed her last words, but didn't want her to suffer more, wanted her to move on, learn to love again.

There is a story, there is no prince, no shining armor. There is tragedy, fear, shame and war.

But in that same story there is love, hope and promise.

Love of two souls.

Hope of a future.

And the whispered promise of happily ever after.

There is a story…

There is a story…