Return to Unicorn Chapter Five


Author: Ghost of Eternity
Rating: PG
Copyright: I do not own the Buffyverse, Joss does. I do, however, own this story and this idea, so there!
Note: Thoughts appear in italics; Tara and the animals speak to each other like this < > and magic spells like this ~ ~.
Also: When Giles's outfit is described, think of the whole 'Fear Itself' sombrero thing.

A morning about two weeks later, close to dawn...

Tara watched as Xander and the others headed off to the clearing. She turned as Willow came out of the cave. She'd taken a little longer getting ready and Tara couldn't tell whether she had on purpose or not. She came up to Tara and smiled, "Well, Giles should be here in a little while, and we'll be back later. Unless you want me to-"

"No, I-it's all right. You go ahead with everyone else, it's almost dawn anyway." Tara replied. Willow grinned and leaned closer to Tara, their lips almost touching as she said, "Did I tell you that I love you yet today?"

Tara shook her head and Willow's smile widened; "I love you." and she kissed Tara.

Tara's head started swimming as she put her arms around the redhead's neck and moaned softly when Willow's tongue licked at her lips, coaxing them open. The blonde's tongue met hers and Willow groaned, pulling her against her as the kiss deepened. Her hands began running over her girlfriend's body and Tara shivered at every touch.

A man cleared his throat and both of them parted and turned. Giles stood there with his arms crossed over his chest. He was wearing all blue today, and a cap on his head with a green feather.

"Well, I uh, I better be going," Willow said as she looked at Giles. Tara's face was red as she nodded in agreement. Willow placed one last kiss on Tara's lips and ran to catch up with the others.

Giles chuckled, "It's nice to see Willow so happy. And, you are happy, I hope?"

Tara nodded and Giles nodded back, "That's good then. Today, I was thinking we'd start with levitation spells. Is that all right?"

The same day, about noon...

"All right now, just visualize the plate floating, Tara. Picture it in your mind. That's it..."

Giles watched as the young blonde lifted the plate inch by inch off of the ground. He remembered the way his brother seemed frightened of this girl...

"This one has a lot of power... Yes, a lot of power."

Giles knew that somehow this girl was the way to defeat his brother and save the others. When he'd brought it up, saying that it would help the others, Tara had immediately agreed to let him teach her magicks.

Willow seems so happy with her. Tara seems happy with her too. Giles was pleased when he found out the two of them were a couple. He only hoped that Ethan wouldn't try anything.

"All right Tara, that's enough for today."

Tara opened her eyes and let the plate float down on it's own. She stood up and stretched.

"Now, how about some lunch? I trust Xander left some out for us both?"

Tara was about to reply when a voice in her head spoke up, <Hey Tara, Giles.>

They both turned and saw Willow the unicorn there. Tara's breath caught at the sight of her girlfriend's animal form. She's always beautiful. In any form.

<Hello beautiful yourself. Don't forget I can hear your thoughts if I want to.> Willow teased.

Tara blushed as the unicorn came up to her and nudged her hand with her nose.

Giles chuckled, "Well Tara, I'll have to take a rain check on lunch. We'll continue tomorrow. Ta." and Giles was gone.

<If you were gonna eat, I'll go. Ya know, you gotta eat, I mean, it's important and all, so I could just->

"It's o-okay Willow. I'm fine." Tara reassured her in the middle of her babble. Worry then creased her features as she asked concernedly, "Are y-you ok? Is Dawn?"

<Oh, they're fine. They were by the stream, last I checked. I just thought I'd see if you wanted...> Willow trailed off.

"If I what?" Tara asked.

<If you wanted to go for a ride.> She replied tentatively. When Tara didn't answer, she went into babble mode again.

<I just thought, ya know, that it's such a nice day, and I wanted to spend some time with you. I figured, hey, it's a nice day for a ride, and you could ride on my back, if you wanted to. But you don't have to if you don't want->

"I'd l-love to."



<Good! I mean, great!> Willow said happily, and Tara couldn't help but smile.

Willow kneeled down so Tara could get on. The girl started toward her, but then stopped. What if I hurt her?

<You won't hurt me.>

Tara started. Willow heard her. She wondered if she could talk to her without saying anything out loud. She tried it.

I just think I'll hurt you.

<You won't.>

But I-

<I trust you.>

Are you-?

<I trust you.> Willow emphasized.

Tara was touched by her girlfriend's trust in her. She walked over and climbed onto Willow's back. She shivered as she felt Willow tremble slightly and she twisted her hands into her mane. Willow stood up, and Tara realized it was just like riding a horse. She did like to ride horses.

<Ready?> Willow asked.

Uh huh.

<Hold on,> and Willow trotted forward.

After a while they reached a meadow and Willow asked, <Do you want me to go faster?>

Tara surprised herself by nodding.

<Ok, then. Hold on tight!> Willow began to run, then broke into a gallop.

The blonde was in awe. She could feel her girlfriend's muscles rippling beneath her as she galloped. She asked, Could you go any faster?

<Yep. Here we go!>

The unicorn ran faster, and Tara gasped. It felt like she was flying. The wind was blowing in her hair, the sun was shining, and she was with the woman she loved.

Only one word could describe how she felt:


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