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Xander faced the other four within the comforting embrace of the Willow Tree and he prayed this would not be the last time they'd be here.
“What do you guys think? Brass has a point and if what we are can help in any way, we should let them know.”
“I don't want to lose Willow,” Alex sniffled, tracing a finger over her name on the table.
Xander wrapped an arm around the boy. “She's been our best friend since we were five. Do you really think she'll abandon us?”
Alex looked up at Xander, sadness clear in his eyes. “We've lied to her.”
Xander nodded, “Yes, we have. But Willow is smart and she loves us. I'm sure she'll understand why we lied and will forgive us.” He rubbed Alex's back and glanced at the other three. “So, what do you guys think?”
“Tell Pack. We can help them and not have to hide anything,” Kingugwa placed paws upon the table and cleaned the tears from the cub's face.
Jabberwock said nothing, but it's body language agreed with the hyena.
“Full disclosure to Giles first,” Cheshire Cat stated. “He knows most of it and may have suggestions on how to break the news to the girls.”
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Giles, Buffy, Willow, Dawn, and Joyce threw a Welcome Home party for Xander – complete with home baked cookies and cake, and a mini movie marathon. Xander described his adventures – edited only slightly for the benefit of Dawn and Joyce.
It was late when the girls left, all promising to drop by the next day. Xander helped Giles collect the dishes and take them into the kitchen. The teen started washing, glad when his mentor stayed to dry.
“Giles? Can we talk?”
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Maven Alysse / Jennifer Ruth 2/3/2007
last edited 9/1/2008
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