EpilogueDisclaimer: All characters belong to their rightful owners. I do not own any of them.
He felt the wards snap into place as the door clicked shut. For the first time in a long time he felt alone. The drive back to California was going to be hell and when the gang found out what had happened it would be worse. He could already see the fear in Willow’s eyes and the grim determination in Buffy’s. Maybe he was getting ahead of himself, but he did not think so. These were people he knew, people whom he had lived with and had fought beside. No. He knew how they would react and the thought was not pleasant.
Loose gravel crunched under his feet as he walked to the back of the sixty-three Dodge Comet, popped the trunk and tossed his bag inside. Xander smiled. His Comet may not have had the trunk space of Nicks sixty-two Caddy, but it had more style. The lines were cleaner and it had a ragtop. Some nights he just liked to let the top down and drive. It was almost as good as flying. Almost.
The trunk shut with a soft thud and he took three slow steps to the driver’s side door, enjoying the cool breeze on his face. He thought of Tru and how much she looked like Faith and wondered why he cared. Maybe it was the familiar face that had brought out such strong emotions in him. A little piece of his past that had not shied away from him at first. Maybe that was why it had hurt so much when she would not take his calls. If Faith could not accept his new condition then who would?
“She’s not Faith,” Xander muttered as he slid into the driver’s seat. “She just looks like her.”
“Who’s Faith?” A soft voice next to him asked. “That’s the second time you’ve mentioned her.”
Xander started and twisted clockwise in his seat ready to take on the new threat.
“Whoa there!” Tru said her back to the door. “Just wanted to talk.”
“Tru!” Xander yelped. “You’re here. You’re really here! Why are you here?”
“Calm down Xander,” Tru said smiling. “It’s good to see you too.”
Conflicting emotions warred for prominence on Xander’s face. Happiness that she was here conflicted with his confusion about her presence. He took a deep, unneeded breath and forced himself to be still, willing his mental turmoil into silence. “Tru,” he spoke after a moment. “It’s good to see you again. I tried to call…”
“I was in a bad place there for awhile,” she said. “I wasn’t ready to talk to anyone about what happened. Now I am. I’m ready.”
“I don’t know what to say,” Xander sighed. “I’m heading home…”
“I know,” she interrupted. “I spoke with Harry. He explained a lot of things, but said that there were some things that I should hear from you.”
“There’s not enough time,” he started then went quiet when she placed a finger on his lips.
“There’s plenty of time on the road.”
“You want to come with me?” he asked.
“I’m just auditing classes right now,” she said. “And anyway I hear that USC is a good school with a solid medical program. I figured that I could check it out. Compare and stuff.”
“Tru, I,” Xander faltered.
“I’m willing to try if you are,” she whispered, eyes cast to the passenger floorboard.
“Okay,” Xander said.
“Really?” she looked up with a grin.
“Yeah,” Xander smiled. “Who am I to turn a beautiful lady down? Especially if she’s human.”
He started the car and shifted it into gear.
“You get a lot of none human women?” she asked.
“You wouldn’t believe it if I told ya,” Xander said, grimacing as he pulled away from the curb. “Next stop, Sunnydale.” A/N: Well, this wraps up, "A New Tale". I hope that everyone has enjoyed has enjoyed my story.If you liked it don't worry, I have more. The second part will be called, "Homecomings". I still have alot of work to do with the story-arc and the plot but chapter one should be out by mid-August.I have a short story that I should be posting end of June/beginning of July. It's almost done, but I still have a few kinks to work outThanx again for making writing so much fun :) Crossover:
The Dresden Files