Willow and Xander sat outside on the back portch, talking and enjoying the sun.
"Anya wants to get married." Xander said to his friend.
"What? Don't you think it's a bit soon?" The readhead asked as if it was a crazy idea.
"I don't know, yes it's soon but I love her, what more do I need?"
"You need to know her better, it's only been five months." The readhead said.
"You don't know Anya, she talks a lot so I do know everything. Believe me when I say there is nothing she wouldn't tell me. I really didn't need to know about her bad experience when she got her first period." He said with a disgusted look on his face.
"That's what I said, what a mistake that was. She told me I didn't care about her and threw a shoe at me."
"I hate to be the one to break it to you but your girlfriend has serious mental issues," Willow said as if she was breaking it to him gently.
Xander laughed. "She just speaks her mind, and I think it's great. Women are always leaving men so confused, we never know what you're thinking. Anya though, never have to guess." He smiled.
"Some things are better left unsaid," Willow said, defending herself and other women.
"Okay, that is true. So tell me what kind of ring to buy."
Willow sat up straight in her chair upon hearing her friends words. "What? You're really gonna ask her?"
He nodded. "I know it sounds crazy but I am, I know she's all I'll ever want. You're my best friend, tell me you'll support me on this." He said placing his hand on her arm.
Willow sighed. "Of course I'll support you Xander, I just want you to be happy." She said as she covered his hand with her own.
"This will make me happy."
"Then I think it's great." She leaned to her friend and gave him a hug.
"Okay, so now back to the question, what kind of rings do women like?" He asked, starting to get excited.
"Ummm....how should I know?" Willow asked.
"Well hello, woman!" He said waving his hand at her.
"Yes but I've never been married or engaged," She laughed.
"Maybe you can go and help me pick it out?" He asked hopefully.
"Don't you think you should do it alone? It would mean more to Anya if you did it without help. If I were getting a ring I would want the person giving it to me to pick it out, not that I would get one, would I? Or would I give one? Being a lesbian can be a little confusing, maybe we'd give each other one, but then it wouldn't be a surprise cause we'd know we were getting one....oh god Xander, what do I do?" She asked as she started pacing.
"Whoa Will, calm down. I think whoever wanted to ask would give the ring. And considering your reaction I don't think you are thinking about that yet." Xander laughed.
"Oh right, sorry." She said as her face turned a faint pink.
"It's ok, and I think you're right about the ring. I just don't want to mess it up."
"You won't mess it up, it's not about the ring, it's about the heart," Willow smiled as her thoughts drifted to Tara.
Tara sat behind a counter where she worked. After looking at the clock, she sighed, feeling the day would never end. She just wanted to be with Willow, she knew the redhead had the day off and it was driving her crazy having to be stuck somewhere that her lover wasn't. The music in the sports shop begin to fade as the DJ started talking.
"It's time for the mystery Vacation giveaway. So all you listeners out there start calling, the fifteenth caller will be the lucky winner." The DJ answered the calls, until it came to number fifteen. "Thanks for calling WRZT, what's your name?"
"Faith!" The girl yelled.
Tara's eyes widened, she knew it was her best friends voice. She was surprised, Faith usually wasn't one to try and win contests.
"Faith, you are the fifteenth caller. Which means you win the mystery vacation!"
Tara couldn't help but grin as she heard her friend yelling "hell yeah!"
"Would you like to know what the mystery vacation is Faith?" The DJ asked, clearly amused by the girl.
Tara quietly hoped it was somewhere where she could surf.
"That would be nice," Faith said to the DJ.
"Your vacation will be at Koala Mountian. Where you can enjoy Skiing, snowboarding, and fine dining. Does that sound good Faith?" The DJ asked.
What? That's not a place to surf. Skiing? Snowboarding? Oh god....way to go Faith! Tara thought, she smiled knowingly at the pause her friend made on the radio.
"Umm...sounds great, thanks!" Faith said with uncertain enthusiasm. The DJ told Faith to hold and the station went to commercial.
A few minutes later Faith walked through the door to the sports shop. "Hey Tara, I called..."
Tara interupted her friend. "Yeah I heard it all," She said pointing to the radio. "Nice going, you will have much fun.... skiing."
"Not me, us," Faith smiled, seeing the frown cross the blondes face.
"Tare!" Faith whined. "It's for four people, you have to go. You, me, Willow, and Buffy, it'll be fun." She said, poking out her bottom lip. "Oh and snowboarding, it doesn't seem like it would be a big thing, might even be fun. Come on, surfing is what we love, how much different can snowboarding be?"
"You do have a point, we've conquered the ocean, now we can conquer the mountain." Tara said as a smile started to form on her lips.
"Exactly!" Faith said, she ran over to hug her friend. "I'm gonna go tell Buffy!" With that, she made a fast walk for the door.
"Faith, It would be nice to know when we leave, so I can give notice to my boss." Tara yelled out to her friend.
Faith turned around. "Oh, in two days," She said and then walked out the door.
"Two days? What the hell kind of notice is that?" Tara asked herself.
Tara walked into the house she shared with her girlfriend and friends. She saw Faith and Buffy sitting on the couch. "Where's Will?" She asked.
"Oh she's upstairs on the computer, she just finished ordering stuff," Buffy answered.
"Yeah, she's getting us some winter wear for the trip." Buffy said in excitement. "You should see the stuff we picked out, very cool."
"Just finished? She could have waited for me, I need things too," Tara said, a little upset that her girlfriend didn't wait for her.
"Oh, she got you stuff too," Buffy smiled.
"What? Oh great." Tara said. She was worried what her lover might pick for her, their tastes were way different.
Faith laughed. "Don't worry, I helped her pick out yours. Though she didn't need it, she knows you well."
"Oh," Was all Tara said, relieved that Faith had helped and she wouldn't be stuck in some pink outfit. Then she thought about how Faith liked to play jokes on her. She looked at her friend with a worried expression and opened her mouth to speak before being cut off.
"Don't worry Tare, nothing you wouldn't like, promise." Faith gave her serious look.
"Thanks." Tara said as she raised an eyebrow which in turn caused Faith to loose her seriousness and bust out laughing. She bolted up the stairs to see Willow.
When she reached the door, she opened it slowly, smiling that she succeeded without notice from her lover. She walked slowly till she was right behind the redhead. Leaning down, she whispered into Willow's ear. "So now instead of undressing me, you're dressing me?"
Willow jumped up causing her shoulder to collide with Tara's chin. "Oh god," She said as she turned around. "Are you okay?"
"Yes, I'm okay....you made me bite my tongue." Tara said holding her mouth. "I need my tongue you know," She gave the redhead a sexy smile.
"Oh baby I'm so sorry, you're right, tongues are needed for talking. Can you talk?" The redhead said with a genuine worried expression on her face.
Tara couldn't help but laugh. "Yes, I can talk...but I was speaking more along the lines of tasting and licking." She finished, her eyes roaming over Willow's body.
"Right, I know how you love ice cream," Willow said and then noticed Tara's eyes looking in an obvious place. Her eyes widened and her cheeks started to burn. "Oh."
Tara laughed as she moved closer to the redhead. "Jeez, what does a girl have to do to get you to see she's flirting with you?"
"Sorry...just never happened till you came along." She said as she looked to the floor.
"That's because girls are intimidated," Tara said as she put her arms around Willow's waist.
"Intimidated? Of what?" She asked in a bit of panic.
Tara took a step back after seeing her girlfriend's reaction. "You want girls flirting with you?" She asked pretending to be hurt.
"Oh no, not at all...." Taking a step foward she reached for her lover with sad green eyes.
Tara smiled and accepted the redhead back into her arms. She kissed her gently on the lips and looked into her lovers eyes. "Intimidated by your beauty."
Relieved that Tara wasn't hurt by what she said, Willow smiled brightly. She couldn't quite accept what Tara was saying but she could accept that it was how Tara thought of her. Her lover always made her feel special. She never thought that a girl like Tara could say those kinds of things. If she was honest, she was worried a little about it at first. That Tara would be one of those people who couldn't say how she feels, but that didn't turn out to be true. The blonde always told her how she felt, and Willow loved it.
Willow leaned in and kissed the blonde. The kiss was intense, she wanted to show Tara how much she loved her in that one kiss. When she pulled away, she was happy to see that her girlfriend looked as if she was going to faint.
"Wow Willow...that was....wow." The blonde breathed the words more than said them. "What got into you?" She playfully nudged the redhead.
"You," Willow smiled, her love for Tara written all over her face.
The blonde gave her girlfriend a huge smile. "I love you."
"I love you too." Willow once again went into her girlfriends arms, hugging her tightly.
"Now about the clothes you picked out for me. There's not any pink, or animals on them right?" Tara said.