ACT FIVE

Buffy and Xander didn't exchange any words as he buttoned his shirt. It was
an awkward moment of silence. Buffy straightened her hair with her hands out
of nothing better to do. They just stared at each other.

"That … was great," said Xander, breathless.

"Yeah, I know," answered Buffy shyly. She walked over to him and kissed him
softly on the lips. "I'd like to do that again some time."

Xander did a double take. "Seriously? With me?"

"No, with Jojo, the dog-faced boy. Of course with you." Buffy grinned and
ruffled his hair. She bit her lower lip and smiled.

"Well, I'd like that very much." Xander said, and he returned her kiss.
"Very much indeed."

The kiss slowly progressed from a small, friendly kiss into another
full-blown adrenaline pumping kiss. Buffy gently moved her hands all over
his body, and once more began to unbutton his shirt.

They were about to continue when Buffy stopped. "I hear my mom downstairs.
She must be back early." She moved away from him while he rebuttoned his
shirt.

"Better stop before Mom catches us," said Buffy with a light tone in her
voice. "We wouldn't want that, now do we?"

"Yeah," replied Xander, as he was finished with the buttoning, "She kept
giving me the eyes … like she wants to do the whole 'mother of the
girlfriend' talk with me. I'm not looking forward to that."

"At least now you deserve it," said Buffy as she checked her appearance in
the mirror.

"What's that supposed to mean?" asked Xander, smiling.

Buffy turned back to look at him. "Yeah, well I was thinking, that maybe,
this thing could work. You and me, I mean. Or we could at least try.
Besides, the whole school already thinks we're going out."

Xander walked up to her and hugged her tight. "I think that's a great
idea."

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Buffy and Xander stepped into the room hand in hand. He looked dashing in
his tuxedo, while she looked gorgeous in her silver evening gown. Most
people turned to see the good-looking couple, before returning to their
usual conversation.

"Have I told you how beautiful you look today?" Xander whispered into her
ear as he led her to their table.

"About thirty-eight times since we left. Not that I'm complaining, though,"
she whispered back. "And you look kind of hot in that tux too."

"Thank you." Xander answered shortly.

"In fact, you look so good in your tux," Buffy continued mischievously ,
"I'm thinking of you out of your tux."

"Naughty Buffy," replied Xander, grinning as he sat down. Willow and Oz
were also seated at the table. Willow had a look on her face that Buffy
couldn't quite make out. Oz remained passive as usual , staring blankly at
nothing.

"So Buffy," said Willow, leaning forward, "I'm so glad that you and Xander
are together. In fact, I'm not the least bit surprised. I was actually
expecting something like this. So, if it were meant to come as a , say,
surprise, I wouldn't have been, say, surprised."

"I don't understand what you're saying," said Buffy.

"I'm just saying that, I really saw it coming. You and Xander. I mean, I've
always known you were the perfect couple." Willow said sweetly. She was
trying to make the point clear that no matter what else Buffy and Xander
came up with, she was not going to be surprised one bit.

"That's nice," said Xander. He gently nuzzled Buffy's neck and she giggled.

Willow was confused. There was something different about them compared to
the day before. Her comments were not getting the results she had expected.
She was hoping to catch a slight glimpse of disappointment, perhaps, on
Buffy's face, but didn't. Maybe she was wrong about them after all … maybe
they really were in love.

A slow ballad started. Xander got up and took Buffy's hand. "Care to dance,
milady?"

"I would love to, sir." Buffy said, smiling brightly. He led her to the
dance floor, as Willow watched. I could get used to this idea, she thought
to herself, they seem pretty happy. I guess I can accept that.


"When the road gets dark
And you can no longer see
Just let my love throw a spark baby
And have a little faith in me…


Buffy wrapped her arms around Xander's neck, and he placed his hands by her
side. They moved slowly to the music, dancing gracefully. Dancing closely.

She looked up to him and her eyes glittered. "Do you love me, Xander
Harris?"

He was a bit surprised by the question. To him, it was a stupid one anyway.
"Do you love me?" He asked her back, without answering.


"When the tears you cry
Are all you can believe
Just give these loving arms a try baby
And have a little faith in me…


"I asked you first."

"Of course I do," replied Xander without hesitating.

"Good," said Buffy, pulling him closer towards her. "Because I love you
too." They both shared a long and loving kiss. Willow watched from her table
and smiled to herself. Oz got up and asked her to dance. She accepted.


"When your secret heart
Cannot speak so easily
Come here darling
From a whisper start
Have a little faith in me …


Buffy slowly rested her head on Xander's shoulder as they danced. He
smoothed her hair with one hand, the other clasping hers. She was one of the
most wonderful women he had ever knew. He couldn't believe how lucky he was.

She pulled back a little to look at him. She had never noticed how
beautiful his deep, chocolate brown eyes were. She must have been either
blind or stupid not to have noticed him earlier. Perhaps it was both.

"You have puppy dog eyes." She told him, with a laugh.

"Is that a good or bad thing?" Xander genuinely asked her.

"I think they're cute," answered Buffy, before resting her head against his
shoulder again. She sighed contentedly. Xander held her close to him, as if
he were afraid to let her go.


"Well, I've been loving you for such a long, long time baby
Expecting nothing in return
Just for you to have a little faith in me
You see time, time is our friend
For you and me there is no end
And all you gotta do is have a little faith in me ….


"Have you ever thought," Buffy asked him, running her fingers through his
hair, "that we would end up like this?"

"End up like what?"

"With my joke. With my plan. Did you ever think that … in the end, it would
be you and me? Together? Like this?"

Xander seemed to ponder this for a while. He kissed her gently on the
cheek.


"All you gotta do is have a little faith in me
Just have a little faith in me…"


The song ended on a soft note. The couples on the dance floor stopped
dancing, but Buffy and Xander carried on anyway, so absorbed in each other
that they were unaware that the song had ended.

Xander finally spoke after a few moments. "I don't know. But I'm not
complaining."

Buffy smiled. "Neither am I."

~~~THE END~~~