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This story is No. 4 in the series "The key shard realms". You may wish to read the series introduction and the preceeding stories first.

Summary: Tara finds herself the student of the Highlander.

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Highlander > Tara-CenteredMistofRainbowsFR15109,08935423,4408 Aug 0728 Mar 08Yes

NOTE: This chapter is rated FR13

Ends and Beginnings

Duncan frowned as he felt the buzz of two immortals coming up the lift. He sprinted for the table where his sword rested. His mouth opened in shock as he noted the three people in the lift. His student showing up wasn’t much of a shock nor was the short blond-haired girl that was leaning against the side of the lift with a smile on her face as he had no idea who she was and she didn’t feel like an immortal. The other man standing there in a trench coat with a wide grin on his face was a different matter. “You’re supposed to be dead.”

Adam smirked at the shocked look on Duncan’s face. “Reports of my death were apparently greatly exaggerated.”

Duncan shook his head, “I should have known better. So who is your friend?”

Adam smiled and nodded toward Tara, “This nice lady says you already know her, and this is Buffy.”

Buffy smiled, “I’ve heard so much about you.”

Duncan sighed, “Why do I think this can’t be good?”

“Because, you know me? If you have an extra beer or three I’ll trade you some stories.”

He chuckled as he walked to the fridge to get the beer, “You know Joe ran your card to pay your bar tab.”

Adam scowled, “Bastard.”

Duncan opened the fridge to grab the beer, “Can I get you ladies anything?”

Buffy took a seat on the couch, “Maybe a soda or something, beer and I don’t get along.”

Duncan came back with two beers and two sodas. His eyebrows rose as he noticed how close Adam was sitting next to Buffy. He tossed the beer over to Adam. “So where did you two meet?”

Buffy shrugged, “Italy a couple of years ago.”

Duncan frowned, “I didn’t know you were in Italy a few years ago, besides weren’t you with…”

Adam nodded, “Maybe, I should start at the beginning.”

Duncan rolled his eyes, “How about just from that last…”

“Fight? Yeah she knows about me being immortal. That’s where I was going to start. Anyways this immortal challenged me for some perceived wrong doing from my past.”

Duncan just sort of glared at Adam, “How long ago?”

“It might have been a while, anyway he was for some reason afraid that I would sneak off if given the chance so he attacked me on holy ground.”

Duncan winced, “You probably would have. That must have been some disagreement to get him to attack you on holy ground.”

Buffy raised her eyebrows as she glanced at Adam, “Did you cause some trouble in your youth?”

Duncan barely stopped himself from spraying the room with beer, “He didn’t tell you much about his past did he.”

Adam shook his head sharply as he glared at him, “Well, I might have stolen a girl or two from him. It was a very long time ago, and I have trouble remembering.”

Buffy chuckled, “Yeah sure and the tooth fairy is real.”

Adam grimaced as he took a pull on his beer, “Anyways we fought, I won. Sadly the warnings about fighting on holy ground are true. A rift to an alternate dimension was ripped open and I fell through, without my damn coat I might add. You don‘t really seem as surprised as I would think Mac.”

Duncan shrugged, “It’s been a strange couple of months since you vanished.”

“Anyways I spent some time in Buffy’s world and as luck would have it she knew some people that could sent me back to my world. She decided that she wanted a vacation so she tagged along.”

He nodded, “Alright while that story sounds crazy, considering what we are… I’ll let it go for now. But why was Tara with you when you walked in?”

Tara smiled, “Because I know Buffy at least I’m fairly sure she is the Buffy I know. It’s hard to know for sure with alternate dimensions as such things.”

Duncan took another long drink of his beer. “I should have grabbed something stronger.”

Adam nodded, “Probably, anyways little miss Tara here fought a battle on that same holy ground right as our friend was making with the portal magic. I’m not an expert on magic but I’m assuming that fighting on holy ground destabilizes the barriers of reality somehow. Or maybe it was just a weak point being that it was where Adam left from.”

Duncan glanced at Tara, “You took a head.”

Tara nodded quietly, “I didn’t have much choice, it was either that or let him kill me.”

Duncan shook his head, “No you did the right thing. Though, I think this is going to take a while to sort out.”

And so it did, take a while to sort out at least, but as such things go life returned to relative normalcy before too long. The magic shop continued it’s quiet existence though with slightly less friction now that Claire knew magic was real. Duncan continued to be plagued by stupid immortals looking for his head. Adam traveled around the world showing Buffy the sights. It was ten years before it was finally voiced by Duncan on one of her visits that Buffy hadn’t aged a day since they had met. The only thing they could chalk it up to was that too much demonic energy stuffed into a slayer via the slayer creation spell tended to change the nature of said slayer. While it wasn’t heaven it was with the occasional bout of ice-cream binging enough of a life to not regret being pulled out of heaven.

As for Tara and Claire they spend many nights over a quiet fire chatting and will probably do so for many years to come as the years seem to touch Claire as little as they do Buffy.

~~Authors notes~~
I want to thank everyone that stuck with me until the end of this story. I had thought it might last a bit longer but I realized in writing this last chapter that I didn’t have anything else to say. I could have explained a number of things differently but I think I’ll leave it up to the minds of the readers to fill in the rest. I will however point out that I did steal/borrow an alternate version of a character from Heroes. Thanks again.

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