"I love you Tara." Willow said.
"I love you too Willow. You're my everything." Tara whispered.
"Do you think it'll be enough? I couldn't bear to loose you again." Willow admitted.
"Neither could I. I honestly don't know Sweetie, but I hope so."
Both Tara and Willow stopped short when they heard a commanding voice. Willow looked around, but she couldn't see anything. She certainly hadn't heard the voice before. It was so distinctive. She would have remembered it.
"Willow Rosenberg." The booming voice addressed her.
"That's me." Fighting with all she had not to let her voice shake, Willow wished more than anything she could hold Tara's hand for a little extra reassurance.
"It's ok Willow." Tara whispered gently. It was as if she had read Willow's mind. "You can't see them. That's normal."
"Willow Rosenberg." Came the voice again. This time, Willow was prepared for it and remained motionless.
"You have shown great persistence in pursuing the task set out for you. This in itself is proof of your love for Tara Maclay. On top of this, your actions have further shown your love." Willow's eyes lit up as she looked at Tara, who was finally allowing herself to be a little hopeful.
"I am pleased to say you have shown enough to allow the spell on Miss Maclay to break. She will be allowed to return to her human form and remain with you here, in the human world. Tara, you have done well in your trust. I commend you for your honesty and your diligence. You are hereby rewarded with a return to your human form. Congratulations to the both of you."
"Does that mean?" Willow gasped. When she looked over at Tara to see her human form restored, Willow's question was answered for her.
"Tara!" She said happily, throwing her arms around the girl.
Tara froze for a moment, bewildered before hugging Willow back. "I'm so glad to have you back. I don't ever want to be without you again."
"Just don't break my heart again, ok?"
Tara smiled and met Willow's lips with hers, kissing them softly. "Sweetie. It broke mine too! I wouldn't even dream of leaving you. I love you too much. It would kill me to be apart from you again." Tara said.
"Good." Willow said, a playful smile forming on her lips. "I guess you're stuck with me then 'cause I'm not going anywhere."