"Forever..."

PG-13

Summary: Buffy has an important rendezvous after making a life-altering discovery...

Disclaimer: All BTVS characters remain the property of Joss Whedon, Mutant Enemy, and all other owner/creators of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer series...



London...One month after the destruction of Sunnydale in "Chosen"...Six pm...


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"Hair...?"

"Perfect..." Dawn nodded...

"Nails...?"

The same...Summers the younger smiled...

"This isn't...The dress?..." Buffy eyed her sis nervously...

"Nope...Just right..."

He'll love it, Buf...Dawn patted her...

"You think...?" A cell phone in Buffy's purse buzzed...I got it...Dawn pulled it away before Buffy could take it...The Slayer perhaps moving with a bit less of her usual speed...

"Hey, Giles..." Dawn spoke chipperly... "No, Buffy's left..."

"A date...Yes, a date...You remember 'dates', right?...No, I don't know when she'll be back..." She eyed her sis...A quick wink...

A rather grateful beam back...Thanks...

"I'll tell her...Thanks, Giles..." she closed the phone...

"Better get moving...Wait outside for the cab...Before he sends twenty Slayers to fetch you..."

Buffy nodded, but hesitated... "Was it anything...?"

"Who knows...He called instead of coming over...It's probably just more Slayers to meet with you...Maybe he's just concerned about you...Anyway, nothing's more important than this date...Right?..."

Yeah...she nodded...Thanks...A horn blared outside...

"There's your cab...Lets get moving, sis..." Buffy moved for the door, pausing...

"Really looks...?" she gave a wave...

"First-rate..." Dawn nodded...

"Don't stay up too late, Dawn...If I get tied up..."

A slight frown...Hey?... "I want to hear, Buffy..."

"If it's not too late, I'll call...Else I'll tell you all about it tomorrow...It's Sunday, you know..."



O...K... A sigh...Buffy opened the door...

"Take care, sis...You know..." Dawn hastily called to her... "And give him my best..."

"Sure...Thanks..." she gave another grateful stare...

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9:00 pm...Night...

"So there you are..." Buffy looked carefully in the gloom... "Hey..." she smiled... "Whatdaya think?...I think the black is me..." she spun round...Her dress lifting a bit...

"I figured it was about time I decked out again...Especially for something like this, you know..."

Dawn says hi...Gives her best...Oh, I should call her...I promised to if it wasn't too late...

"Sorry...Don't wanna interrupt but she really wanted to hear..." she punched the phone...

"Buffy?..."

"Yeah...Yeah, I found him ok...He's right here...Wanna say hi?.."

"Hi!..." Dawn's voice floated out into the night air...

"Dawn?...Gotta go...I'll be back around midnight...And Dawny...?" she paused..."Thanks...For all...Everything...I couldn't have done it without you...Giles would've found out and had..."

"No problem...Hey, what's a few days buried in the old Council archives?...Just glad they kept copies on disk in another building...But you found him ok?...Tell me?..." Dawn asked anxiously...

What does it say?...

Buffy knelt to read the stone...Shining her flashlight carefully...

"William Soames Walthrop, 1859-1880...Forever in my heart...Cicely..."

"Just like you remembered..." Dawn noted quietly...Yeah...Buffy touched the aged white marble...

"He's gotta know now...And be pleased..." Dawn told her... "What about...?"

"Buried next to his stone...Both of us...Amelia our baby, and...Me...Dawn?..." she was shaky on the phone...

"I'm sure he knows now...Understands...And he's glad...You didn't forget him..Sis, you saved him, the way it really counts...The soul is what's forever...And you helped him win his back..."

"Cicely..."

That's me...Buffy smiled gently...Looking at the stone next to William's...

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