A female figure slowly appeared, and looked around seeing an exact replica of the Farplane, the only thing out of place was the blond girl. A smile spread across her face when she realized who it was, taking a step forward she watched for any sign that Tara had head her. Not seeing one, she began walking at a slow pace toward her.
"Is this...the Farplane?" She heard Tara ask and grinned. "Am I dead?" Tara asked just before she touched her shoulder. She stepped back when Tara jumped up. "Willow!" Tara shouted happily and hugged her. "Are you really here? Is this the Farplane? If not, where are we? Am I dead?" Tara was stopped short when Willow covered her lips with hers. Pulling back Willow smiled and fell back on to the ground with Tara landing on top of her.
"Let's see, where to start... Yes, I'm really here. No this isn't the Farplane...just a replica of it. No you're not dead. And we're in your dream." Willow kissed Tara again "There, did I get all of them?"
"Yes, you did...but if this is a dream, then you're not here, right?"
"Tara, baby. I am here... I was sitting with my mother and your mother, when I started, um...flickering. Your mother told me that someone was dreaming about me, and here I am...with you."
Tara hugged Willow closer to her and rolled over with Willow on top "I'm glad you're here." she said looking into Willow's green eyes. "I wish we could be together."
"I wish I was with you instead of being in the Farplane, too." Willow said sadly before her face lit up "Oh! You were great!"
"What? Great at what?" Tara asked grinning "This?" she raised up and kissed Willow.
"Oh yeah... That too!" Willow said when Tara pulled back. "But that wasn't what I meant... Your speech at Luca, you were great."
"You saw that?"
"Yeah, me and Giles watched... I think everyone watched but I was with Giles."
"Thanks." Tara said and pulled Willow closer to her and moaned when Willow nipped at her neck. Kissing her way down, Willow pulled Tara's shirt apart and kissed her between her breasts. Willow groaned when Tara flickered.
"What's happening?" Tara asked worriedly.
"Don't worry, you must be waking up."
"I love you." Tara said and flickered again.
"I love you, too." Willow watched Tara vanish as she herself disappeared back to the Farplane. She appeared in the same place, the only thing different were the Fayth standing beside her parents, Mythe, and Giles.
"Willow, we must speak with you." The Shiva Fayth said to her before sitting down next to Mythe.
Willow nodded and sat beside her mother <This can't be good> she thought as the Bahamut Fayth stepped forward.
[On the airship]
Tara woke up to someone shaking her, opening her eyes she saw Buffy standing beside her bed. Buffy smiled and sat down beside her.
"Hey there. We're landing on Besaid."
"Yes, I bet you'll be glad to be home again."
"I know." Buffy said pulling at a string on her shorts. "Come on get ready, the others are waiting."
Tara watched Buffy leave before sliding out of bed and getting dressed. She met the group at the cargo door, when they stepped out they were surrounded by the villagers. Speaking with and hugging them took a couple of hours, slipping away from everyone Tara went into the temple and down into the Fayth's chamber. She sat down in front of the Fayth's statue and got lost in thought; she didn't see the beautiful dark haired woman appear until she spoke.
"Valefor?" Tara asked staring wide-eyed at the Fayth "But I thought the statues had lost their power."
"They have, but we can appear in the chambers whenever we want. Enough about that. I have come to ask you a very important question."
"Yes, what is it?"
[On the Farplane]
The young boy looked at Willow and smiled. "It's not what you think. We have come to ask you an important question."
"Do you want to be with Tara?"
Willow's eyes went wide as she looked from the young boy to her parents, and Mythe. "You serious?"
"Yes." The Fayth nodded.
"Do you want her back?"
"Yes, do you?"
"Yes! I do! Please I beg of you, give her back to me!" Tara said and began to cry.
"Tara, thank you. That was all I wanted to know." The Fayth said and vanished leaving a hopeful Tara behind.
Valefor appeared and stood beside Ifrit. "I have the answer." she said as Bahamut turned toward her.
"Willow what is your answer?"
"What are you nuts? Yes! My answer is yes!"
"Tara told Valefor she wanted to be with you also." Bahamut said and sat down. "Even though we aren't as powerful as we were, we still have power. And since you were touched by Sin, you became more than just a dream. Sin left a powerful energy on you, and we can use that and our power to send you back."
"Then do it!" Willow said excitedly.
"But." The boy said causing Willow to groan. "We need to have Tara and Anya to help. They both have very strong white and black magic power, and that will be needed to help you cross back. Also it will be painful, are you still willing?"
"Yes, but only if it won't hurt Tara or Anya."
"It won't. It will only exhaust them."
"Then let's do it."
Tara was still sitting in the chamber when the woman appeared again, and smiled at her.
"Are you willing to help us?"
"You need Anya to help. Go get her, I will be waiting here for your return." Valefor said and watched Tara rush out of the chamber.
[Outside the Temple]
"Anya!" Tara shouted running toward the small group.
"What is it?"
"The Fayth appeared to me. They can bring Willow back, but they need our help." Tara said causing the group to gasp.
"Are you serious?" Buffy asked leaning against Faith.
"Yes! Come with me, Valefor is waiting." Tara grabbed Anya's hand and pulled her toward the temple with the others following.
Valefor smiled when she saw Tara dragging Anya behind her, then laughed when Xander nearly fainted.
"Uh...hi" Buffy said staring at the Fayth.
"The others are preparing, let me explain what you need to do." Valefor said and waited as Tara and Anya sat down.
"Willow you will need to stand here." Ixion said pointing to a circle with wings. "Then think of Tara, that's all you need to do, we will do the rest."
"Okay." Willow stepped inside the circle and waited. She watched as Bahamut stood in front of her, Ifrit to her right, Ixion to her left, and Shiva behind her. Death Dragon, Carbuncle, and Anima vanished from site as the other Fayth started chanting. Willow closed her eyes and thought of meeting Tara, the voyage to Kilika, then Luca, and Mi'ihen Highroad. She thought about rescuing Tara from Bevelle, and their first kiss in Macalania Woods. Willow suddenly felt power flowing through her body before she felt the pain following, screaming out she vanished from the Farplane.
Valefor was floating behind Tara and Anya, Death Dragon was to their right, Carbuncle was on the left, and Anima was in front of them. The Fayth began to chant as Tara glowed white, and Anya glowed blackish purple. Xander, Buffy and Fayth were standing near the chamber door and watched as a form took shape in the center. They smiled, as Willow appeared, then frowned when they saw the painful look on her face right before they heard her screams. Tara wanted to open her eyes and rush over to her, but the Fayth told her not to move. Anya was also fighting not to open her eyes, and help Willow, but knew if she did there would be no other chance. Moments later the screams stopped and Willow fell to the floor unconscious, and the Fayth opened their eyes. Even though they were exhausted both Tara and Anya rushed over to Willow. Tara laid Willow's head in her lap and looked at each Fayth.
"No need. But you are welcome. Now, all three of you need rest." Valefor said and disappeared with the other Fayth.
Faith ran over and picked Willow up. "I'll take her to your hut. Buffy please help Tara."
"You got it!" Buffy picked up a protesting Tara and carried her out of the chamber following Faith.
"Come on, Anya. I know you need help." Xander said and picked Anya up.
Wrapping her arms around his neck she laid her head on his shoulder and smiled. "Thank you."
"No problem, ya?" He whispered watching Anya fall asleep.
Faith walked out of the temple took the small path on the right leading into the woods. Tara had wanted her hut off from the village so she could sit, and watch the wildlife without being disturbed. Tara tried to protest that she would be fine, but Faith built her own hut twenty-yards away to make very sure she would be safe.
<Looks like Tara won't need me to watch over her all that much now, huh?> Faith thought and smiled down at Willow. <I know she's got someone who won't let anything happen> "I'm going to leave Tara in your hands while I'm gone." Faith whispered to Willow's unconscious body as she stepped through the door. She passed through the front room where there was a sofa and table, and bookshelf on the right wall, the kitchen was on her left, as she passed by and into Tara's bedroom. She gently lay Willow down on Tara's bed, and watched Buffy lay Tara beside her. They smiled when even in sleep Willow wrapped her arms around Tara, and pulled her close. Faith covered the two girls up, and walked into Tara's kitchen.
"Do you think they'll both be okay?" Buffy asked in a whisper as she sat down on the sofa.
"Yeah, they will be. Don't worry." Faith came out of the kitchen and handed Buffy a glass of water as she sat beside her.
"Now, what are you gonna do?"
"Well when Willow recovers, I'm going to leave for a few months and take care of the Dragon village, and help you rebuild your home."
"Thank you." Buffy said laying her head on Faith's shoulder and falling asleep.
"You're welcome." Faith whispered before she too fell asleep.
The early morning sunlight peeked through the window, and on to the bed where two young women slept. Slowly rising, the sunlight stretched across the room, and hit Willow in the face. Groaning she opened her eyes, only to shut them when her head began to pound. She tried to move her left arm, but soon realized something was lying against her. Cracking her right eye open and looking down, a huge smile spread across her face when she saw Tara snuggled against her.
Tara squeezed her once before she opened her eyes, smiled, and kissed her. "You're really here, right?" Tara asked in a whisper, "This isn't a dream, is it?" she asked caressing Willow's cheek.
"If this is a dream, I never want to wake up." Willow said taking Tara's hand in hers.
Tara smiled, "Me either." She said and pulled Willow on top of her. "I love you...always."
"I love you, too. Always and forever." Willow said and closed the gap between them.
One Year Later
Kilika Island had been restored bigger and better than before. Homes had been built right beside the water, and shops lined the docks. The inn had been built anew with a third story, it was full most of the time, now that Sin was gone people in Luca, and Bevelle vacationed to the Islands. Cordelia and Angel had built them a home close to the docks, and lived peacefully, she would perform the sending on the dead when needed. And Angel had decided to become a Crusader and helped kill fiends in the Kilika Jungle. Ifrit's temple was much the same the Crusaders had set up a recruiting station; their job now was to kill as many fiends as they could.
Luca had built more shops, inns, and a bigger blitzball stadium. Being close to the Mi'ihen Highroad the weapon and item shops did great business, with the Crusaders when they made their weekly fiend run. Jenny had set up machina carriers for travelers, and had machina guards, and gunners to patrol the highroad to help the Crusaders. In Bevelle the temple had closed the trials allowing no one to enter, as the New Yevon group took it over.
The Al Bhed had taken over Djose Temple and built on making it bigger. To help out they would hold interviews there for people who wanted to go digging in the Bikanel Island Desert for money. They began calling themselves the Machina Fraction.
The Guado were staying in Guadosalam ashamed of what Glory did, Amy had become their leader and now had the Guado helping the Crusaders kill fiends in the Thunder Plains. Captain Drusilla was promoted to Commander, and Darla took her place as Captain. William was the Crusaders Chocobo caretaker when he wasn't fighting fiends on Mushroom Rock Road, along with the commander, and captain.
With no one venturing into Zanarkand anymore, the fiends soon left to find food. Soon the ruins fell into the ocean and sank to the bottom. Mt. Gagazet was still home to the Dragon Clan. What Glory didn't know was that some of the clan had hidden in the village, with the babies. Even though losing half of their friends, family, and loved ones, the clan still had two hundred strong men and women. Faith had left her clan's home on Gagazet to help the Al Bhed rebuild their home.
On Bikanel Island the Al Bhed home was more than half finished. They only had the towers to stand up, and the windows to replace. Buffy was running around giving orders with no one listening to her, but when Joyce walked through they did as was told. Faith laughed when she saw Buffy glare at the workers, and walked toward the airship with Dawn by her side. Buffy and Joyce were following and boarded she ship right behind them.
"Rinno ib! Un fa'na kuehk du pa meda!" (Hurry up! Or we're going to be late!) Buffy shouted as she strapped into the co-pilots seat.
"Your...fault! Me not spend one hour in shower!" Dawn said starting the ship.
"Thank you Faith, with both you and Buffy teaching Dawn, she has gotten better at speaking english." Joyce said and hugged Faith.
"No problem. I was glad to help."
"Besaid Island...we coming!" Dawn shouted and accelerated the airship.
The villagers of Besaid Island were running around getting ready for the big event, Xander laughed when an old woman shouted at her husband to get dressed. Everyone stopped for a moment when the airship passed overhead and did a loop in the air, before landing just outside the village. The villagers shook their heads and went about the preparations. Dawn and Buffy were fighting to be the first out, and screamed when Faith ran by laughing.
"If you'd get along, you'd be first!" Faith called over her shoulder smirking.
Xander laughed when Faith slapped his hand before Buffy latched on to him giving him a bone-crushing hug, with Dawn following.
"Hey girls! How ya been?"
"Great!" Buffy answered, "Where's Will?"
"In our hut, getting ready. Anya's with Tara, in her hut."
"See ya!" Faith said and ran into the hut to say hi to Willow, and ran off to see Tara.
"So when are you and Anya getting married?" Buffy asked nudging Xander's arm.
Xander blushed and looked at the ground, "Right now we're taking it slow, ya?" he said and smiled "I think Hikari would be proud."
Buffy nodded and walked toward the hut with Xander by her side. "Yeah, you're right. I think everyone is proud right now." She said and entered the hut.
Dawn followed and screamed and ran over when she saw Willow, Buffy and Xander followed her over and looked at Willow smiling. Willow was standing there in a dark purple suit, a white shirt and black tie, with black dress shoes.
"Buffy! Dawn!" Willow shouted, "I'm so glad you could make it!" she said hugging both of them.
" What and miss your wedding? I don't think so!"
"Willow?" Riley asked poking his head through the door. "It's time."
Xander escorted Willow to the Temple steps where she waited for Tara.
"Stand still, I don't want to poke you...Willow might poke me with her sword, if I hurt you." Anya said finishing up with the dresses waist.
"Damn! You look great!" Faith said walking in.
"Faith!" Tara ran over to hug her, "I'm so happy to see you, I missed you so much!"
"I missed you, too. Now are you ready to get married?"
"More than you know."
"Tara? Are you ready?" Commander Drusilla asked stepping into the room.
"Yes, I'm ready."
"Willow is waiting." Drusilla said then looked over Tara's dress. The white dress stopped at her knees in the shape of feathers, and a white veil covered her face. Her hair was braided, and she was holding a bouquet of red, purple, yellow, and white roses. "You look beautiful, Lady Tara." Drusilla said before leaving.
Faith held out her hand and led Tara out and up to the Temple, with Anya carrying the tail of Tara's dress. Willow's eyes brightened as her breath caught in her throat when Faith gave her Tara's hand.
"We are here today to join these two women in marriage. Does anyone here have any objections?" The priest asked and waited, no one said a word. "Then, we shall begin. Guardian Willow, do you swear to love, and protect Lady Tara?"
"Do you wish to take her as your bride?"
"Yes, I do." Willow smiled and looked into Tara's blue eyes.
"Lady Tara, do you swear to love, and protect Guardian Willow?"
"Do you wish to take her as your bride?"
"Yes, I do." Tara said and smiled looking into Willow's green eyes.
"Then, as a Holy Priest of the Temples, I pronounce you joined in matrimony." He said and waited, after a moment he shook his head and smiled. "Guardian Willow, you can kiss her now."
Willow slowly raised the veil and cupped Tara's cheek, "I love you. Always." She said and leaned in.
"I love you, too. Forever." Tara said closing the distance and pressing her lips to Willow's as the villagers, and guests clapped and cheered.
No one saw the Fayth, Mythe, Shelia, Ira, and Giles disappear smiling.