Title: Facing Their Pasts Epilogue
Disclaimer: I own none, all belong to Joss Whedon
Comments: Always welcomed!
Summary: A Sequel to 'Imprisonments'. The past comes back for both boys.
Warnings/Spoilers: Human verse and OOC
Beta'd by: Whichclothes
William placed carnations on the grave before he squatted. "Hi, Mum. I know it's been a while… over ten years. I should have come to visit you, but I just couldn't. You're probably wondering why after all this time I've finally come home. Me and Dad finally made up. Who could have ever guessed? So here I am. I want you to meet someone." William turned and ushered Xander to come stand beside him.
"Hi, Mrs. Pratt. It's nice to finally meet you." Xander cringed at that. He faced William and he was waved at to carry on. "I wanted to tell you that you raised William right. Even though he was lost for a while he really is a good guy. I'm lucky to have found him. If it hadn't been for Will I never would have had the nerve to leave Sunnydale, let alone the States."
William smiled at Xander, so proud at how far he had come in just a few months. Never would William have guessed that he'd be actually good for someone. "Xander's a good man. I wish you could have met him. He's keeping me on the straight and narrow. So to speak of course," William said earning him a snicker from Xander. He ran his fingers lightly over the headstone. "I miss you Mum. I hoped that the pain would be gone after all this time but it's still there. It will probably never really go away though, will it?" he sighed. "We should go. Dad's waiting for us and I don't want him to give me that annoyed look he gets every time I'm late." William smiled, knowing that his mother knew what look he was talking about. "I promise to come back and visit you before we go back to the States. I love you, Mum."
Xander helped William stand, his arm wrapped around his waist as they made their way out of the cemetery. "Are you okay, Will?"
"Yeah. Thank you for coming with me." William smiled at Xander. "I don't know if I could have done it alone."
"You could have. You're stronger than you think you are, you know," Xander told him. "But I wouldn't have let you."
William stopped and turned to face Xander. "That is one of the things I love about you."
"Maybe tonight you could show me just how much you love me," Xander said with a leer.
"Shush not in front of my Mum!" William swatted at Xander with a laugh.
Xander ducked his head and apologized to Mrs. Pratt then looked up at William. "But you will, right?" Xander asked with a huge grin on his face.
William rolled his eyes, the smile never leaving his face. "Yes, Xanpet. Bloody good thing we're staying in my old room. Far enough away from my dad, he won't hear you screaming."
"I…" Xander's mouth open and closed multiple times. "I'm not the only one who screams!"
"You're adorable when you get riled up," William said and swatted Xander on the butt, making him start moving again. He turned around to his mother's grave with a sad smile on his face. "Thanks for bringing Xan into my life, Mum. I know you had something to do with it." William turned away and followed Xander, who was waiting for him at the car.