Willow and Tara are swimming in the ocean just off Besaid Island Beach. Willow watched grinning as Tara dived under the water, before she followed her. Wrapping her arms around Tara's waist, she waited for the sign to let her go. Tara leaned her head back on to her shoulder as Willow kissed down her neck; she tapped Willow's hand and swam to the surface.
"Two minutes an forty-one seconds!" Tara said and grabbed Willow when she surfaced behind her. "That's my longest yet!"
"Yeah, and I'm proud of you." Willow said capturing Tara's lips and groaned when Xander hollered out to them.
"Yo! It's time it come in!"
Sighing Tara shook her head. "We're coming!"
"Not yet we're not." Willow whispered.
"Willow!" Tara glanced at her, "That'll be later." she said and swam ahead.
"You bet it will!" Willow shouted following.
"Damn, Will! You got her diving like a pro!" Xander grinned when the two girls approached him.
"Yes, but both of you will always be the pros."
"Willow might, but me? I dunno." Xander said and looked down at the sand "It's been a long time since I trained."
"You have gotten a little chubby." Tara poked at Xander's pudgy belly and giggled.
"And you're not even the one having the baby!" Willow laughed out.
"Yeah, yeah. Make fun of the chubby one." Xander said turning around and running off.
Tara giggled and watched him go. <It's been two years since Sin was defeated... And a year since I married the most beautiful woman in Spira>
"Whatcha thinking about, beautiful?" Willow asked wrapping her arms around Tara's waist.
"How lucky I am to have you."
"Actually I'm the lucky one, to have you as my wife." Willow kissed Tara's ear as she slid her hand under Tara's blue shirt.
"Will you two ever quit?" Xander asked making both girls jump.
"Xander! Don't do that! You scared the hell out of us!" Willow shouted as Tara blushed and lowered her head with a grin.
"Never!" Tara shouted and ran off laughing.
Willow chased after her leaving Xander to shake his head. He caught up with them near the gate leading into the village.
"Now, the reason I interrupted your...fun. There is a man who wishes to talk to you Tara." Xander said causing Willow to growl and Tara to sigh. "I'm sorry, ya? But he's waiting in the Temple."
Willow held Tara's hand as they walked toward the Temple, and grumbled something under her breath.
"What was that?" Tara asked knowing why Willow was upset.
"It's just that every damn time we get time to ourselves someone always wants to speak with you."
"No! No, it isn't your fault. ItÖ Itís like no one can think for themselves."
"I know, sweetie." Tara said as they walked into the Temple and saw an old man looking at the Summoner's statues. He turned and smiled at both girls before walking over.
"Lady Tara, Guardian Willow, it is a pleasure to meet you both. My Lady I heard your speech two years ago in the stadium. But seeing you this close you look so much more... I'm sorry. What I mean is, you're truly beautiful."
"That's very kind of you to say, thank you... Sir."
"Oh, where are my manners? My name is Tasgio. The reason I've come here today is to talk to you about my grandson. He's joined the Youth League, you see. I've nothing against the League, mind you. It's just me and the missus belongs to New Yevon. My grandson used to attend the meeting with his parents, of course. And one day...he just quit. I'm sure being around people his own age can't be bad for the boy. But, still I worry about him. I feel like...how shall I say this...like our grandchildren are moving too quickly."
<I can't believe this! Why don't he just talk to the boy? Youth League, New Yevon, Machina Fraction, so what? Everyone wants to build a new Spira, why don't they just do it together?> Willow thought and looked to Mythe's statue.
"I only want what's best for him...but it troubles me when we agree on so little." Tasgio continued.
<People have different ideas. And sometimes, they do disagree on the right thing to do. Sometimes, I worry too.> Tara thought as she listened to the man. "I understand how you feel. But maybe you should try talking to your grandson first. He may walk a different path, but I'm sure he wants the same for Spira as we all do."
"Yes, you're right, My Lady. Thank you." Tasgio said bowing and left the Temple.
"Finally! Now I have you all to myself!" Willow said pulling Tara close and kissing her.
"Willow...maybe we should...you know, go to our hut."
"You're right, let's go!" Willow said picking Tara up and carrying her out the door, only to stop when Xander stepped in front of her. "No, Xander I don't care who or what it is! I'm going to have some alone time with my wife!"
"Okay, ya. I, um...gotta go check on Anya, ya?" Xander said backing down the stairs and running toward his hut.
Tara giggled and gasped when Willow moved her hand enough to squeeze her butt. "What're you laughing at?"
"Nothing." Tara laughed as Willow took off in a sprint toward their hut.
Kicking the front door shut she didn't waste no time in getting to the bedroom. Setting Tara down on their bed Willow took Tara's blue shirt, and pulled it over her head. Leaning down Willow licked and kissed her way down Tara's neck, as she reached around and unsnapped her bra. Tara grabbed the straps of Willow's overalls and pulled her down as she unlatched them, and pulled Willow's red shirt up. Rising up Tara pulled it off, and tossed it to the floor. She slid the bra straps down, as she kissed across the top of Willow's chest, and up her neck. Gently sucking on her earlobe Tara unsnapped the bra and let it fall to the floor. The overalls and panties followed, as she took Willow's nipple into her mouth. Willow held on to Tara's shoulders, and moaned, "Come here." Tara said leaning back and pulling Willow into her lap, as she began kissing and nipping at Willow's neck and shoulder.
Willow moaned into her mouth when she thrust two fingers inside her. Breaking the kiss Willow leaned down breathing hard, and sucked on Tara's neck. Willow stiffened and screamed Tara's name, when Tara brushed her thumb over her clit.
"You okay?" Tara asked in a whisper before kissing Willow's shoulder.
"Oh...yeah...I'm fine." Willow said and leaned forward pushing Tara down on the bed. She kissed the red mark, and licked Tara's neck up to her ear. She gently sucked on the lobe as she raised Tara's skirt up, and slid her hand into her panties. Kissing and licking her way down, Willow sucked Tara's right nipple into her mouth, as she rolled the other between her thumb and forefinger. Tara arched her back as Willow thrust two fingers inside her. Moving her hips she met Willow's hand thrust for thrust, releasing her nipple Willow leaned over and licked the left nipple, and kissed her way up. Willow smiled when she reached Tara's ear "Come for me, baby." she said and licked Tara's lobe as she gently ran her thumb over Tara's clit. Tara arched up and screamed as the orgasm washed over her body.
Willow kissed Tara's neck, forehead, and lips as she came down from her orgasm. "I love you." Willow whispered.
"I love you, too." Tara whispered back and pulled Willow down on her.
A knock at the door caused Willow to groan in annoyance "What!?" she yelled.
"Hey, can you two love birds meet me at the Waterfalls?" Xander asked through the door.
"Yes, Xander. We'll meet you there in an hour." Tara shouted back as Willow gave her a confused look.
"Okay." Xander said and left.
"An hour?" Willow asked still confused.
"Mmm yeah... an hour."
"Why an hour? We could go now, couldn't we?"
"Well, we could." Tara said leaning up and kissing Willow's shoulder. "But, we couldn't go for round two, now could we?"
"I see your point." Willow said grinning and pushed Tara back down on the bed.
[With Xander and Anya]
"Are you going to talk to them?" Anya asked as Xander entered their hut.
"Yeah, in an hour."
"You know how they took it last time. Do you really think it's going to be different this time?"
"No, I don't. But the villagers are dead set on it!" Xander sighed. "I...I just don't know what to do."
"Well, all I can say is Willow isn't going to like it."
"Tara won't either... I'm going to go and wait at the waterfalls." Xander said and kissed Anya before he left.
[At the Waterfalls]
Xander could see Willow and Tara walking his way and sighed knowing what their reaction was going to be. "Hey there!" he called out and hoped for a lightning bolt to fry him.
"Let me guess, another moron wanting to talk with Tara?" Willow said in an almost growl.
"No, no, noting like that. I just wanted to talk, ya?" Xander braced himself "The, uh...old folks in the village, they'd like to see you have... y'know... Well they wanna see a mini-Tara, or mini-Will running around."
"We've told them, not now!" Willow growled out with a glare.
"Xander, they know we aren't ready to be parents. We've only been married for a year. I would like to wait a little longer."
"Yeah, that's what I told them...but you know how they can be."
"Well, I'll go tell them myself." Tara said and turned to leave.
"No, that's okay. You just leave them to me, ya? You really don't want to see them anyway. You both know how they get."
"Okay, but please tell them we're not ready."
"I will, Tara."
"Who's that?" Willow asked when a young man approached.
"Lady Tara!" The man said and saluted. "Lady Tara, I am Yaibal. I've come on Youth League business! I bring a message for you from our leader, Meyvn Nooj."
"She's not interested in joining, ya?" Xander said crossing his arms.
"Really is that why you came?" Willow asked stepping closer to Tara.
"I'm sorry, but I will not be joining any group."
"Will you be starting a group of your own?"
"Please, leave us."
"Yes, My Lady." Yaibal said before leaving and bumping into a blond girl. The girl watched the man leave and shrugged her shoulders, before walking around the bend.
"Hey guys!" She said breaking into a run.
"Buffy!" Willow shouted and received Buffy's famous bone-crushing hug.
"Can you guys come to my ship?" Buffy asked letting Willow go, and latching on to Tara.
"Yes." Tara squeaked out.
"So, how goes the salvaging?" Willow asked near the docks.
"Great! Although teaching people how to use it can be tough. Especially when they're all like Yevon used to be. Ya know, with the machina's bad, the Al Bhed are bad." Buffy said stopping on the boat dock, and elbowing Xander's belly a few times.
"Hey! Cut it out!"
Buffy laughed "Damn, love's sure got a handle on you! Where's Anya?"
"She's back in the village. Go say hi, ya?"
"You got it! Tara, Will, you're both the...same."
"Yeah whatever." Willow said punching Buffy on her shoulder.
"Is Faith still on Mt. Gagazet?" Tara asked pulling Willow to her side.
"Yeah! She's been up there helping teach the orphaned Dragons all kinds of stuff. Oh, that reminds me, I gotta show you something." Buffy reached into her pocket, and pulled out an old sphere. "Faith found it up on the mountain."
"A sphere?" Tara asked confused.
"Yeah, and take a good long look at it." Buffy said shivering as she pressed the button.
An image appeared of a dark place with a blond woman trapped in a cage, trying to get out.
"No! Look I'm sorry! I haven't done anything wrong! I know you're listening. If she was your girl, what would you do? How can you blame me for trying to use your weapon? It was the only way I could save the Summoner! What would you do if you were me? Let me out! I want to see her!" The woman said as the image disappeared.
Tara backed up and shivered as Willow wrapped her arms around her waist, with a confused look on her face. Xander was staring at the sphere unbelievingly.
"What the hell! What is this? Was that her... Was that Glory?" Xander asked stepping back. What... What's going on?"
"I don't know." Buffy said and placed the sphere back into her pocket. "But you wanna find out, don'tcha?"
"Well, yeah, but..."
"Yes!" Willow said releasing her hold on Tara. "If that was Glory we have to stop whatever it is she's doing."
"Okay, let's go!"
"Yeah, that's the tricky part, Tara. Hey, I know! Faith found it, let's go talk to her!"
"Woah! You sure you're ready to just run off like that? Can't you wait until we have more information?" Xander asked worriedly.
"And just who's supposed to do the finding out?" Buffy asked turning to him, and glancing over his shoulder.
"Leave that to the Youth League! I'm sure Meyvn Nooj will agree to help. In fact, I will ask him myself!"
Yaibal said from behind Xander.
"Will you beat it!" Willow snapped.
"Understood! I shall return as soon as possible with a full report of investigation!" Yaibal said and ran off.
Buffy sighed, "Look, Tara, and Will, need to go."
"And just why not?"
"Because Tara's booked solid for three months, and Will won't leave her!"
"Oh yeah? Well, what about what they want?"
"Well, yeah, but... Okay, maybe once things calm down, y'know?"
"And what if they don't, Xander? What then, huh? I don't believe it! After everything Tara did for us! Look at what happened to Will! Why can't they just do what they want? You know, every time I visited here, I wondered...why is it, that when everyone's out making their dreams happen and everyone's getting their chance... Why are their dreams are on hold?
"It's not like that, ya?"
"What do you know anyway, tubby? Tara? Will? What do you want?"
"I'll go if Tara does."
"I want..." Tara said thinking <I do want to journey again. But... if I leave, I'll be disappointing everyone else. Except Willow... I want...> "I want to go." Tara said having made her mind up.
"Tara!" Xander shouted.
"I know it's selfish... but this is our story, Xander." Tara said taking Willow's hand.
"Cool! I knew you'd say that. So, I brought something for the occasion!" Buffy said happily.
"Oh man, gimme a break!" Xander groaned.
"First, you need a costume change. You are a celebrity, so incognito's the way to go!"
"Wait, guys! I'll go get Anya!" Xander said and ran off toward the village.
<An Eternal Calm. My Willow... And a slightly chubby Xander. It's all I need.> Tara thought and turned to Buffy. "Let leave! Let's leave right now!" she said as Willow kissed her hand and smiled.
They followed Buffy into the ships control room, and watched Besaid Island slowly disappear into the distance, as they left on a new journey.