Dawn set the airship down just outside of Bevelle and put the engine on 'Stand By' mode and waited for the group to return. The group ran down the walkway leading to the main temple hall, and was stopped when two guards raised their guns.
"Infidel!" One of the guards shouted cocking the gun.
"These guys just don't give up, do they?" Xander said shaking his head, as he got into a fighting stance.
"You'll regret showing your face here! We'll strike you down in the name of Yevon!"
"Blah, blah, blah. Yeah, so? Guys?" Willow said waving her left hand around.
"If it's a fight they want. I say let's give 'em one!" Buffy said tightening her glove.
"Prepare to charge!" The second guard shouted.
"Stop!" Shelinda said running over.
"Captain!" Both guards saluted shouldering their weapons.
"Lady Tara is not to be harmed! She is not a traitor! That is an evil rumor spread by the Al Bhed!"
"What!?" Buffy screamed as her jaw fell open.
"Maester Snyder himself told me."
"Then...captain, what are we to do?"
"Stand down!" Buffy said stepping forward glaring at the guards.
Shelinda nodded "Do as she says."
The guards relaxed and moved back to their posts.
"Just what the hell was that about evil Al Bhed?"
"Truly, I do not understand it myself. All of Yevon seems to be in a state of confusion. It was just yesterday they called me out of the blue and made me captain of the guard!"
"Short of believers?" Giles said grinning.
"Yes! The chaos in the temples is worse then I'd imagined. It's so horrible! All the priests do is blame each other. I'm beginning to worry what's going to become of Yevon. But I must be the rock that stands against the swirling tides, right? Lady Tara, I must say that your courage has been a great inspiration to me."
"That's great, but we came to speak to Maester Snyder. Is he here?" Willow asked
"Yes, the Maester is here, I shall go arrange an audience. Please wait in the courtroom."
"Hey! Wait! What was all that about the Al Bhed lying and stuff?" Buffy shouted as Shelinda left.
"It's quite simple. Tara has become Snyder's only hope." Giles said and began walking to the courtroom door.
Anya cocked her head to the right "Just what the hell does he think he can get away with?"
"I think it's high time to teach him some manners!" Willow said smirking much like Faith at that moment.
"Yes, let's." Tara said nodding.
The group walked up the stairs to the left and made their way over to Snyder's chair and waited. Snyder walked in five minutes later and looked at the group in shock.
"Why are you here? You must go and defeat Sin, quickly! You have obtained the Final Aeon from Yunalesca, have you not?" Snyder asked as he stood facing Tara/
"Well, we...uh, did meet her." Willow said nervously
"We fought and defeated her." Tara said proudly.
"What!" Snyder screamed wide-eyed and covered his face.
"Summoners and their guardians will no longer be sacrificed for the Final Summoning!" Giles said gruffly
"What the hell have you done?! You have profaned and subverted a thousand-year-old tradition! You fools! Do you realize what you've done? You've taken away the only means of calming Sin!"
"Maybe that's not the only way!" Willow shouted, "We think we've got another way to defeat Sin."
"You fool!" Snyder said and slapped her. Faith swung her spear nearly cutting his dead hand off. Giles raised his sword and held it to Snyder's neck.
"Do not touch her again! Actually, do not touch anyone here. Or we'll find out how well your head stays on your shoulders." Giles said and lowered the sword as Tara slapped Snyder back.
"What? Is the grand Maester gonna run away?" Xander asked with a glare.
"Spira has lost its only hope. The destruction that awaits is inevitable. Yu Yevon's spiral of death will consume us all. And I have no desire to watch Spira die." Snyder said and souls appeared around his body.
"Who the hell is this Yu Yevon guy?" Willow asked angrily.
"Yes, Yunalesca also mentioned him." Anya said remembering what Yunalesca said before she disappeared.
"Wait, gramps! Who is Yu Yevon?" Buffy said to the transparent Maester.
"He who crafts the souls of the dead into unholy armor. An armor called Sin. Clad in it, Yu Yevon is invincible! And the only thing that could have pierced that armor, you have destroyed! Now nothing can stop it." Snyder said and disappeared.
"Disappear on us, will ya?" Xander said shaking his fist "You rotten son of a shoopuf!"
"Where...where is the grand Maester?" Shelinda asked approaching.
"He, umm..." Tara was at a loss for words.
"He has not arrived yet. How long must we wait?" Giles asked none to happy.
"That's odd... I'll go look for His Grace." she said and left.
Tara looked at Willow and her eyes widened, Willow turned around and saw the Bahamut Fayth floating behind her.
"Come to my room."
"Okay." Tara said and Willow nodded as the Fayth disappeared.
"Hey, who ya talkin' to?" Xander asked looking from Tara to Willow.
"Oh. It's nothing Xander. Nothing at all."
"I must go see the Fayth." Tara said as Giles nodded.
"I see...then go we will wait for you out front."
"Thanks Giles." Willow said and took Tara's hand and headed to the Fayth chamber.
<I wonder what's going on...the Fayth want to see us, but what for?> Willow's thoughts were filled with questions as she and Tara walked into the chamber.
"Hello again." The Fayth said when they entered.
"I thank you for the Aeon." Tara said and bowed.
"So, what's up?"
The Fayth smiled. "No need to thank me Lady Tara. So, have you found a way to truly defeat Sin?"
"Well... I think so." Willow said a little unsure.
"We have to fight Yu Yevon."
"Yes if you defeat Yu Yevon, it will end. Tell me, what do you know about Yu Yevon?"
"He's what makes Sin come back!" Willow growled out.
"Sin is his armor, it protects him." Tara said and rubbed Willow's back.
"Yu Yevon was once a Summoner, long ago. He was peerless. Yet now he lives for one purpose: only to summon. He is neither good, nor evil. He is awake, yet he dreams. But...maybe not forever."
"Yeah, that's right. Because we're going to end it." Willow said and looked up at the young boy.
"Yes. Even if you were to defeat Sin with the Final Summoning, Yu Yevon will live on. He will join with the Final Aeon, and transform it into a new Sin."
"Yu Yevon merges with the Aeon..." Tara started to say but stopped.
"Then, protected be this new Sin he has created, Yu Yevon continues the summoning."
"For eternity...huh?" Willow asked sadly.
"But you know, there is no such thing as eternity if you end it, is there?"
"Yu Yevon lives inside Sin. Tara, listen. When you fight Yu Yevon, we will help you. Promise me you'll summon us. I'm afraid your swords and magic won't be enough. Please, call us. Promise?"
"Yes." Tara nodded confused.
The Fayth turned to Willow "But you know... When it's all over...we will wake, and our dream will end. Our dream will vanish."
"Yeah." Willow hung her head. "You've been dreaming a long time, haven't you?"
"I'm grateful." Willow smiled to the Fayth as he disappeared.
"About what?" Tara asked turning to her.
"Oh, nothing." Willow said causing Tara to frown "Hey now. Don't make that face! We're going to beat Sin, for good! So, let's see some cheer, okay?"
"You're hiding something."
"I am not!"
"Really?" Tara asked. Willow only smiled before turning and walking out the chamber door. "You're a bad liar, you know?" Tara said before following Willow.
<This sucks! What the hell am I supposed to do? I love her...but I can't tell her what's going to happen. Dammit! Tara I'm so sorry.> Willow thought as she caught up to the others outside with Tara right beside her looking worried.
"I'm sorry the grand Maester is nowhere to be found!" Shelinda was telling the group worriedly.
"Hey, it's okay. We were just leaving." Willow said and smiled.
Shelinda sadly looked to the ground "Oh...I see."
"Hey!" Buffy shouted "Maybe you can help us out with the Hymn!"
"That's a good idea!" Willow said and grinned.
"It's like this, we need you to tell as many people as you can."
"What should I tell them?"
"A ship in the sky will sing the Hymn of the Fayth. When they hear it, we need everyone to sing along!"
"Everyone in Spira, ya?" Xander said liking the idea.
"I'm not sure I understand what you're saying."
"You don't have to!" Buffy said still excided "Please, just tell everyone!"
"Okay, a ship in the sky will sing the Hymn of the Fayth. And when they hear it, everyone should sing along, correct?"
"Right! And if they do, we might be able to defeat Sin!" Willow smiled at the new captain
"Yes!" Tara nodded giggling.
"That is wonderful news! Don't worry. You can count on me! I shall tell all of Spira!" Shelinda said and ran off as the group headed back to the airship. Joyce watched the group walk through the door and walked over.
"So, what did you find out?"
"Enough, and we sent out a message to sing the Hymn when they hear it." Willow said and leaned against the wall with Tara watching her.
"We can only hope they get the message before we fight Sin." Anya said and sat down on the floor.
"Well, where to now?" Joyce asked and walked toward the sphere.
"Where else? We find Sin." Willow said and walked out of the control room.
Willow walked into her bedroom with her shoulders slumped, sighing she flopped down on her bed and stared at the ceiling. <What am I doing? Fight Sin, my old man, then this Yu Yevon guy. Let the Fayth rest...let them stop dreaming. And me... I'll vanish just like the Fayth said. I wonder if it will hurt?> A knock at the door roused Willow from her thoughts "Yeah?" she asked still staring at the ceiling and not noticing Tara walk in and gently close the door. But she did notice when Tara straddled her waist "Tara? What's wrong?"
"That's what I was going to ask you. You've been, I don't know...distant... since talking to the Fayth."
"It's nothing. Just nerves I guess."
"Are you sure?" Tara asked leaning down and kissing her.
"Uh...yeah. I'm, uh, sure." Willow said cupping Tara's cheek and raising up, Tara slid down into Willow's lap as Willow kissed her. Tara unlatched Willow's overalls and let the straps fall back, and reached down taking the bottom of the yellow shirt and pulling it up. Willow leaned back just enough and raised her arms over her head, the shirt came off and was tossed to the floor. As Tara was unsnapping Willow's bra, Willow was sliding Tara's white shirt down her shoulders. The bra and shirt fell to the floor followed by Tara's black bra a moment later. Willow stood up and laid Tara on the bed, starting at her shoulder Willow slowly and torturously kissed her way up to Tara's lips. Willow ran her hands down Tara's shoulders and over her breasts, Tara moaned in pleasure as her nipples hardened. Taking each nipple Willow gently rolled them between her thumb and forefinger. Willow licked and kissed her way downward and latched on to Tara's left nipple, and let her and slid down and under Tara's panties. Releasing the nipple Willow continued kissing her way downward. Tara lifted her hips when Willow started pulling at her panties. Breathing in the sweet musky sent of her arousal, Willow attacked the soft petals fervor. Tara would moan and arch her back every time Willow's tongue found a sensitive spot. Burying her hands in Willow's hair, Tara gently pushed Willow closer to her. Grinning, Willow thrust two fingers inside Tara bringing her to climax as she screamed Willow's name. Willow took a moment to lick the juices off Tara, bringing her to a second orgasm.
Breathing hard Tara pulled Willow up and kissed her hard, the pushed her down on the bed. Tara continued kissing her, starting at her forehead, then the tip of her nose, between and around her breasts. She would pause and kiss each rib, then continue her trek downward, Willow raised up when Tara pulled at her overalls. With the overalls thrown to the floor, she leaned down and licked around Willow's navel causing a low moan to escape from Willow's throat. At first Willow thought it was because of Tara's lack of experience, but soon realized it was Tara's way of teasing her. Each time she would come close to a sensitive spot she would kiss or lick around it, never on the exact spot. Willow moaned as Tara licked around her wet sex and leaving a trail of saliva behind.
"Tara...p-please don't tease...me..."
Willow's words were cut short when Tara latched on to her clit and thrust two fingers inside her at the same time. Willow bucked her hips and moaned loudly as Tara thrust again and again, all the while gently sucking and licking her very sensitive clit. With one final thrust Willow arched her back and screamed Tara's name as an orgasm washed over her body. Relaxing Willow pulled Tara down beside her and softly kissed her. Tara snuggled up to Willow's side with a smile across her face, as she drew little circles on Willow's stomach. No words were said as the two girls fell into a blissful sleep wrapped in each other's arms.