The airship circled Kilika Island before skimming across the water and landing next to the docks. Willow and Tara had been holding on to each other, pressed up against the wall.
Buffy had not been so lucky, she'd been thrown from one side of the cargo hold to the other, before she'd grabbed on to a rope. Willow softly kissed Tara as she pressed the button to lower the door.
Buffy was grumbling under her breath as she rose from the floor, grabbed Willow, and pulled her out the door. Tara followed giggling, and took a look around. There were people all over the docks working on building to their homes, and working a Youth League office five hundred yards from the beach.
The girls could see Youth League members and New Yevon members arguing with each other, as they walked down the dock.
"Looks like tension is building more and more between the groups." Tara said as they passed by two men screaming at one another.
"I'll say. Whoa!" Willow said and jumped back to avoid getting hit by a New Yevon man as he flew past her. A Youth League man ran in front of them, and threw the other into the water.
"Ya know, I think we shouldn't get involved with any fights while we're here." Buffy said stepping away from a group of men, and women, who at that moment were fighting like rabid dogs.
"You're right! Let's go, before we get pulled into something." Tara said and walked ahead.
"Yeah, and everyone would want you on their side...you are the High Summoner after all." Willow growled out as they reached the next section of the docks. A man was pushed out of a hut and stood staring inside.
"Cordelia!" The man said getting the girls attention.
"Hey! That's Angel!" Buffy said and heard Cordelia's voice.
"Have it your way."
"Go on, leave!"
Angel ran by the girls with his shoulders slumped as they walked up the steps. Walking in front of the door Tara stopped and turned.
"Well, look who's here." Cordelia said and motioned for the girls to step inside.
"It's good to see you." Tara smiled as Willow nodded noticing that Cordelia was wearing the same outfit like always. Tara looked over at her with a glare, Willow's eyes widened as she looked at the floor.
"Damn! What's up with Angel?" Buffy asked leaning against the staircase. "He just flew right by us without saying a word!"
"It's nothing really. You see, I joined the Youth League, and he joined New Yevon. And that makes living together rather difficult."
"But you've been together so long..." Tara sadly trailed off and looked at the floor.
"Everything will get straightened out... I'm sure of it." Cordelia said and approached the door. "The Youth League members are meeting inside the gate, I must be going." she said and left, with the girls following. Cordelia led the girls through the gate without knowing, and waited for the meeting to begin.
Tara looked around at the group gathered and sighed. "Are all these people sphere hunters too?"
"I don't think so..." Willow said just before the group of people stared cheering and clapping.
"Hey, who's that?" Buffy asked pointing out a man with long light brown hair, and glasses. His left leg was covered by a metal brace, and he was using a metal cane to help him walk. The crowd began chanting 'Nooj' as he approached.
"Ah, so that's the Meyvn of the Youth League." Willow said stepping beside Tara and taking her hand as Nooj began to speak.
"Greetings, everyone! There is an important sphere hidden in Kilika Temple. A sphere documenting the true history of Spira. That is why we are here today... to demand that New Yevon make the contents of the sphere public. As always, we are kept in the dark and ignored, and I have to ask you: why? It is because that New Yevon wants to keep the truth hidden! Just as the Temples did before them! And I say that it has gone on long enough! Stand with me, and together we will bring the truth out!"
The crowd cheered as Nooj turned to leave. Turning around he smiled to the people "But let’s not overdo it… Our opponents aren't as young as they used to be." he said and walked toward the jungle.
The girls watched the crowd follow Nooj into the jungle before glancing at each other.
"Well that wasn't what I had expected." Tara shook her head.
"That's our sphere! Dammit!" Buffy stomped her foot on the ground. "So whatcha wanna do now? Quit?"
"I don't know about you, Buffy." Willow grinned. "But I for one sure could use an 'Awesome Sphere'"
"They can't decide who it belongs to." Tara joined Willow's trail of thought and giggled. "I say we make it our own!"
"Right!" Willow and Buffy shouted as the three high fived and ran off into the jungle.
Running straight into the jungle they came to a blockade with the Youth League members on their side, and New Yevon guards on the other.
"Hand the sphere over! Yevon has controlled Spira's secrets long enough!" A man shouted pounding on the gate.
"What are you talking about?" A guard asked
"Don't play dumb! You're guarding something from us!" Another man shouted making the guard angry.
"We're guarding our families from bastards like you!" The guard said holding his gun up. "I think you'd better leave."
While the men were fighting Willow had looked up and into the trees. Squeezing Tara's hand, and nudging Buffy's arm, she pointed up. Following her gaze Tara and Buffy saw a path through the trees, and stepped away from the blockade. The girls jumped up on to the path and ran toward the temple, where the Youth League members were squaring off with the New Yevon priests.
"I keep telling you!" A priest said angrily.
"Just shut the hell up! Give us the sphere and we'll be on our way." Cordelia said just as angrily.
"I don't know what you're talking about!"
"Hey! I found it! I found the sphere!" A man said running down the stairs from the temple carrying a movie sphere in his right hand.
"See? You had it all along! And now it's ours!" Cordelia said, and then began to look around as the ground started shaking. "Huh? What's going on?"
The priest smiled as a ten-foot tall brown and gray machina robot walked down the stairs. Many of the Youth League members ran off, as the machina glowed and shot its fist at them. The fist returned back on the arm as the priest walked over to it.
"I had something prepared for this. It was nice knowing you!" The priest laughed as he ran back toward the temple.
"Watch out!" Willow screamed and ran at Cordelia knocking her out of the path of the giant fist as it flew by.
Tara began firing her pistols, as Buffy mixed a Rolling Thunder mix and threw it at the machina. Willow rose from the ground and cast a Thundaga spell as she turned. She infused Tara's bullets and her and Buffy's weapons with Thunder magic before she ran at the machina.
The machina swung both fists around just missing Willow and skimming the side of Buffy's face. Willow rolled under the machina and rose up behind it, hitting its back with her sword as it shot a fist toward Tara. Tara side flipped, and rolled forward pumping bullets into its face.
Willow threw her second sword to Buffy who caught it in mid-air, and swung it down severing the left fist off. Twirling her body Willow sliced at the joint in its right leg, sending the machina to the ground.
"Ha! How'd you like that?" Buffy asked smirking as she danced around.
Tara laughed watching Buffy. "I have to say, that wasn't bad at all!"
"We are so good!" Willow said joining Buffy and dancing around.
"Just what in Hellfire do you think you're doing?" Cordelia asked causing Buffy and Willow to blush and stop dancing.
"Well...you see, we're...um, sphere hunters." Tara said holding her pistols to her side.
"So?" Cordelia asked confused and backed up as Willow flipped her sword in the air, Buffy swung hers around and brought it down in front of her, and Tara twirled her pistols and pointed them at Cordelia's feet.
"Sorry, Cordelia, but that sphere is ours!" Tara said as the airship rose into the air with the cargo door open.
Buffy grabbed Tara's hand and ran toward the ship. Willow laughed as she swiped the sphere from the man holding it.
"Tough luck!" Willow grinned and jumped into the airship leaving some very pissed off Youth League and New Yevon members behind.
The girls ran up to the bridge laughing all the way and tossed the sphere to Shinra. Willow pulled Tara close to her, and planted a long deep kiss on her lips.
"I can't believe that! Did you see the look on their faces?" Buffy leaned against the back of Shinra's seat laughing. "I swear they pissed their pants!"
"Don't you think we might've overdid it?" Tara asked turning in Willow's arms.
"Overdid it?" Dawn asked laughing as hard as Buffy. "No way! We shall be notorious throughout Spira!"
"Yeah!" Buffy said getting her laughter under control.
"You know, they weren't all that happy with us." Willow said and slid to the floor bringing Tara into her lap.
"Huh?" Buffy asked confused.
"You can't forget that notoriety can be a bad thing."
"So? I wanna have lots of fun!" Dawn said bouncing up and down with Buffy.
Sighing Mizu walked over and glared at both girls. "Just make damn sure that you don't do anything to land us in hot water, okay?"
"Aww...damn! There's no fun in being just plain old sphere hunters." Buffy said slumping her shoulders. "And there's no boiling water around here."
"Yeah! What she said!" Dawn said standing beside her sister.
"Oh...shit!" Willow groaned.
"What?" Tara asked laying her head on Willow's shoulder.
Shinra turned and stood up in his seat. "Whenever Buffy and Dawn agree on something... bad things happen."
"That can't be good." Tara said and snuggled into Willow closing her eyes with a smile.
An hour later the airship shook waking Willow from her doze. Yawning she smiled and kissed Tara's forehead.
"Wake up, baby."
Tara slowly opened her eyes and hugged Willow closer. "What if I don't want to wake up?"
"Well, I guess I would have to make you wake up."
"And how would you do that?"
"Oh...maybe like this." Willow said leaning down almost kissing Tara, before she began to tickle her. Tara wiggled around laughing and rolled away from Willow.
"That was mean! I thought you were going to kiss me." Tara giggled then blushed when Buffy tapped her on the shoulder.
"Yeah, and if she would have...we would’ve had to cover our eyes...and ears!" Buffy giggled as Tara rose and hurriedly walked over to Shinra.
"How'd the analysis go?"
"Well, it's just a regular movie sphere. You wanna watch it?"
"Yeah, sure." Tara said as Willow stood to her left with Buffy on her right.
An image of a one hundred foot tall machina with an evil grinning face appeared, as Glory looked up at it.
"You know, you're all I can count on to save Lenne." Glory said to the machina and ran forward as the image disappeared.
"Fryd en dra ramm fyc dryd keyhd machina?" (What in the hell was that giant machina?) Dawn ask with wide eyes.
Tara stepped back into Willow's arms. "What...what was she doing?"
"Who's Lenne?" Willow asked squeezing Tara.
"U tuh'd mega drec cbrana!" (I don't like this sphere!) Dawn said with Mizu nodding her head. "Give the sphere back!"
"But we worked so hard to get it!" Buffy said turning to Dawn.
"Don't care! That thing is uber bad news!"
"Hey, what if we...ya know, donated it to the study of Spira's history? That's what a sphere hunter is about, right?" Mizu said trying to clam Dawn down.
"Isn't it a little late to be bringing that up?" Willow said and slid down to the floor bringing Tara with her.
Buffy nodded. "Yeah! We already swiped it!"
"Still don't care! I don't want it around me! We will give it back, now!" Dawn said and glared at Buffy.
Tara nodded. "It might be better to get rid of it."
"You don't mind?" Buffy asked surprised.
"I've seen it."
"I agree with Tara and Dawn...I don't like that sphere." Willow said kissing Tara's cheek.
"Still it's pretty shameless to just saunter up and give back the sphere we just stole." Mizu said picking the sphere up.
"Oui pi xiead!" (You be quiet!) Dawn glared at her.
"So who are we gonna give it to?" Buffy asked then looked puzzled.
"With the Youth League and New Yevon, it's a lose-lose situation." Shinra said walking over to the group.
"Give it to the Youth League, they were the ones fighting for it." Tara said and rose with Willow following. "I'm going to get some sleep, and all of you should too. We'll take the sphere back tomorrow, okay?"
"Yeah, sure. Go rest, both of you." Buffy looked from Tara to Willow and grinned when Willow yawned.
Dawn sat the airship down on a small safe island a few miles from Kilika, and went to bed. Buffy was already asleep and dreaming about Faith. Mizu was reading more reports from the Bikanel Desert, and Shinra was still researching fiends.
In Tara and Willow's room both girls were asleep, somehow Tara's outfit changed to the purple shirt, and gray skirt as she slept. And she began to dream.
Tara was running beside Willow down a dark hallway, being chased by Bevelle guards with bayonet rifles. Running into another room they stood in front of the giant machina, and turned to face one another. Willow looked into her blue eyes and gently kissed her. When she pulled back a tear fell from Tara's right eye, and she smiled sadly.
The guards stopped and cocked their rifles, Willow glared at the men as Tara turned to face them. The bullets sped through the air and hit both girls knocking them to the floor. Tara turned her head to Willow, and saw that she had been killed instantly. She closed her eyes and took one last breath before she died.
Tara was tossing in her sleep; Willow turned over and gently shook her as Buffy came into the room.
"Tara, baby, wake up." Willow said and kissed her. "Come on, baby. It's just a bad dream."
Slowly opening her eyes Tara saw a worried looking Willow and Buffy leaning over her. "What?" she softly asked and wiped the sweat from her face.
"You were having a bad dream." Willow said worriedly
"Blame it on the new jammies." Buffy said looking at what Tara was wearing. "Why did you sleep in that anyway?"
"She wasn't wearing it when we fell asleep." Willow said confused.
"No time to worry about it now. We're almost to the Youth League headquarters." Buffy turned to leave. "Hurry and get dressed... I'm starting to want that sphere gone too!" she said and left the girls alone to dressed.