A/N: Sorry this chapter took so long to get up, between school, rehursal, and major writers block I have had a hard time, so if this chapter is no good SORRY, but please R&R!





"Where's Mom?" Katie asked.

"She's talking to An.. a friend," Dawn said.

"This 'friend' would not happen to be the guy that mom was fighting with, would it?" Katie said more as a statement then a question.

"Katie, go to your room it is past your bedtime," Dawn said blankly.

"But..." Katie started.

"Go. To. Your. Room." Dawn said.

"Got it," Katie said and ran up stairs.

"Is she back yet?" Xander asked worried.

"Not yet," Dawn sighed.

"Hey, maybe she killed Angel, and went to party," Xander said happily, yet lamely.

"Then wouldn't you be partying with her?" Dawn said.

"Ok, your right," Xander said.

"All we can do is wait," Willow said, as she stepped into the room.

"How long?" Dawn asked.

"I wish I knew, I really wish I new," Willow said.



At the mansion Buffy and Angel are staring at each other.

"Ok we have been here for an hour in a half and we haven't said anything for an hour in a half," Buffy commented.

"And what am I suppose to say?" Angel asked.

" 'Hi, Buffy how have you been?' I don't know, you're the one who is a couple centuries old," Buffy said rather harshly.

"Ok, how's this YOUR WERE SLEEPING WITH SPIKE!" Angel said angrily.

"Darla," Buffy coughed.

"I can't believe you! Sometimes you can be such a...." Angel's rave was cut off by Buffy.

"Remember no yelling, lets just, talk."

"How could you sleep with him?" Angel asked calmly.

"Sixteen years and I still don't know a answer," Buffy replied.

"What ended it?" Angel asked curiously.

"Well I don't have an answer to that either, it was kind of an on and off thing, but when he tried to rape me that was it," Buffy said the last part she didn't mean to say, "Oops."

"Oh, a. that's...new," Angel said mumbling.

"Yeah most of my exes cheated on me or tried to kill me," Buffy said in a matter-o-facty way.

"So...um what do you want to talk about?" Angel asked.

"As long as it is nothing involves me, I'm good, so how have you been?" Buffy asked.

"Well, too bad, so how old are your daughters?" Angel asked.

"Katie is 15 and Melissa is 3," Buffy said, "So how old is Conner now?"

"He, died, fighting a demon a few years ago," Angel replied sadly.

"Oh, Angel, I'm so sorry," Buffy said.





Dawn is pacing around the living room; she looks at the clock, for the millionth time.

"Two hours, they're dead aren't they," she asked the empty room.

"Probably one of them killed the other one, then themselves," Spike said as he entered the room.

"Your right, Buffy always did have a death wish..." Dawn said worried.

"Niblit, I was kidding, there was probably a demon that killed them both," Spike said.

"Very funny, but, what if she's hurt," Dawn said.

"She's fine," Spike tried to reassure her, but it didn't work.

"How do you know?" Dawn questioned.





Buffy and Angel have been talking about everything that has gone wrong in their lives.

"Buffy?" Angel asked.

"Yes."

Angel stood up, "When did things go wrong?" Angel asked, not expecting a reply.

Buffy stood up and looked him strait in the eye, "Twenty years ago when you left me?" Buffy questioned.

"Did I ever say I was sorry about that?" Angel asked half joking.

"No."

"Your going to make me say it, aren't you?" Angel said.

"Yes." Buffy said smiling.

"I'm sorry, but I think your right," Angel said.

"About what?" Buffy asked.

"Everything went wrong after I left you," Angel whispered.

"Yeah," Buffy said.

"Buffy, I love you," Angel whispered.

"I love too, I always have," Buffy whispered back.

They leaned into each other and kissed, this kiss could only mean one thing, TRUE LOVE.

They kissed for a while longer then Buffy pulled away, "I-I-I can't," she whispered.

"What?" Angel asked confused.

"Katie and Melissa, they deserve a normal life, without having to live in terror a demons, Katie knows about them, but she has never really seen what they a capable of, you of all people can understand that," Buffy said.

"Yes I do," Angel sighed, "You still my girl?"

Buffy takes a breathe and she just turns and walks away about 15 feet, stops, looks back at him, turns away again, and whispers, so no one but her will hear, "Always," and continues walking as a tear runs down her face.



THE END