Author's Note: Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine is a real place, and where some of my ancestors are from.

She looked over the mail she had received that day, and notice a foreign postmark on one of them. Putting the rest aside, and sitting down in her antique rocking chair, she opened it.

June 24, 2030

Dear Alissa,
Happy belated birthday, hon. You're what? 4512 now? Anyway, as I've been doing every two weeks or so, I'm doing again. In the four years since we met with you, Willow has been training well with the sword. She was already quite knowledgeable of swords because of her Watcher training, and has since gotten quite adept. However, this time, I'm writing you to tell you of the fulfillment of what you wanted me to do. Travers has been trying to find us again since news mysteriously 'leaked' that we had been to see you. Thankfully, we've always been able to keep two steps ahead of him. However, he's been going after Angel's childre, apparently to flush us out. He staked Dru, but Spike managed to escape. He came to us, and, after Willow, with much persuasion, gave him his soul back, has been a great help. He told of how Riley went into hiding with Willow Anne, Buffy and Angel's daughter, and they're close.

As I said, he did catch up with us in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine. He caught Willow alone one night, and tried to kill her, but she challenged him. They met by the Dnieper River the next night and fought, and she took his head. I had followed at a safe distance to make sure she was okay, and, after the Quickening was over, she fell down on her knees and cried. I heard her say, 'That was for you, Buffy'. She finally got her closure, Ally, and is, even now, spearheading a lot of reforms in the Council. You'd be proud. Oh, say hi to your husband and Amber for me. It's about time for me to go into seclusion once again for about another lifespan. Willow knows who I really am, and would like to meet you again sometime. Rose has met a nice guy here in Nizhini named Adam Ostrovsky. She really likes him, and he's been taking her to meet his family here. And, amazingly, (really shocked here, Alissa), he's got some relatives in the States. Gee, I wonder who they could be?

Well, just say hi to your third cousin before you're related to an ex-vampire by marriage. Well, I doubt you'd bat an eye, Mrs. Goblin Queen. Well, keep in touch.

Sincerely,
Adam M. Pierson,
Nizhini Novgorod, Russia

Alissa folded the letter and smiled. Things were now back on the right track.