Angel’s gaze settled on Willow, she just stared back, “Willow” he said smiling at his old friend, “Its been a long time”. Willow recovered quickly from her inital shock and short out of her chair and into Angel’s arms. The two friends stayed there for a little while, the crew of Andromeda looking on.
“If you’re here, does that mean…” Willow trailed off
“Yes William is still around”
“Well where is he?” Willow asked looking around Angel, he chuckled,
“He’s not here, I’d say he’s still down on the planet, but someone else you know is around” Angel said in his usual cryptic way. Angel also noted the disappointed look on Willow’s face when he said that William was not with him. He knew the close relationship the two had when they were younger, and the universe was a kinder place.
“Uhhumm” came a noise from Dylan, “Could someone please explain what’s going on?” he asked. Willow turned and looked at Dylan,
“Maybe we should be sitting down for this” Angel answered for Willow and himself. Dylan, Angel and Willow joined the others back at the table.
“Now that we’re seated, would someone like to explain to me what’s going on?” Dylan asked again. The rest of Andromeda’s crew turned and looked at Angel and Willow for an explanation,
“Angel is an old friend” Willow started but before she could continue Rommie turned to look at Angel,
“I thought your name was Liam Orin?” she questioned
“Look, Angel is an old friend of mine, and what I mean by that is I knew him when I lived on earth” Willow explained. A look of shock came over most of the crew.
“So… you really are old friends, huh? Harper said and Angel looked at Willow surprised that she had apparently told these people the truth, or at least part of it.
“Yes, although this is the first time that we’ve run into each other in… many years” Angel explained.
“So what are you doing here then?” Beka asked
“I’m headed for the Commonwealth for official business with my assistant, just like you thought. I had no idea that Willow was going to be here though” Angle turned to Dylan, “Captain Hunt, I wonder if another of my associates, William might join us on this trip after all. He and Willow know each other also” Angel asked smiling inwardly. He knew that William would like it very much and if Angel returned to the planet perhaps months later, saying he had run into Willow, he would be dead.
“Sure why not” Dylan said, slightly bewildered, “The more the merrier”
“Well then I would like to return to the surface immediately to collect my colleague” Angel requested,
“”Of course” Dylan said, “Beka will accompany you down in the Maru”
“Well then, I guess we should get going” Angel said and stood up and turned to Willow, “I am guessing my assistant would like to see you” he said and strode out of the room with Beka.
Willow was standing in front of Angel’s assistant’s room, she had no idea who I was but Angel wanted them to meet. Willow pressed the ‘doorbell’ to announce her presence. The door slid open and she walked inside, what she saw shocked her, sitting in the room, there was no doubt about it, was Anya.
“Willow?” Anya asked, seemingly just as shocked as Willow,
“But… you were…” she trailed off; Anya smiled at Willow, “How?” Willow asked in amazement.
“Yes, I died, but for me I woke up in front of D’Hoffren. One hundred years had passed, but it didn’t feel like that to me. I had no idea that you were still alive until a couple hundred years later. I ran into Spike and he took me to Angel and they explained to me what had happened since my death” Anya explains.
“D’Hoffren? Does that mean you’re…?”
“A demon again? Yes, I was given my old title once again. But I’d ask that you don’t tell anyone”
“Of course” Willow embraced Anya, having been in shock when she first saw her friend. “So what’s life been like with Angel and Spike?” Anya laughed
“They haven’t changed. Although I do get the distinct impression that something happened between you and Spike. Every time we talked about you he’d either leave the room or get this strange look over his face” When Anya didn’t get a response from Willow she moved on, “Anyway, life’s been good”
“You’ve changed” Willow observed, “You seem more… mature: she said and Anya smiled.
“I guess all it took was a couple more thousand years, so what have you been up to lately?” Anya asked and the two talked for over two hours on their lives post Sunnydale before the door slid open to Anya’s room and in the doorway stood Dylan accompanied by Angel and… Spike.
“Spike!” Willow exclaimed and left Anya’s side to embrace her old friend. Anya watched them with a smirk on her face.
“It’s been too long Red, you don’t write, you don’t call and the next thing I know is you’re halfway across the galaxy and you’re a Commonwealth Commander: Spike said and smiled when Willow pulled back.
“Missed you too Spike” she said and turned to Dylan, “Captain, I’m guessing that you would like a more thorough explanation”
“You don’t need to explain, you outrank me after all” Dylan said and Willow smiled,
“Regardless of my rank, I would like to explain none the less” Willow said, “Anya do you mind if we talk in here?”
“Not at all” Anya said and then stood up, “Now if you don’t mind I’m going to change. I just don’t like the fahion of this century, something from the 21st century would be nice” she said and walked off, Willow rolling her eyes slightly.
“Well” Dylan began once everyone had sat down, “How do you all know each other?” he asked. Willow looked around the room and quickly took charge,
“You know about my life in Sunnydale, Angel, Spike and Anya were a part of the life too” Willow began,
“So, you are all really old huh?” Dylan asked, “I mean I’ve been around for over 300 years, and I know that you are all much older than that” Willow smiled slightly at his comment,
“Well actually when I was a still a mortal and living in Sunnydale, Angel was about 250 when I met him and Spike was about 126 I think. Anya thought was over 1000 years old.” Willow revealed
“Did I hear someone say my name?” Anya said walking out in a dress that she had from when she owned the Magic Box. “I guess you’re talking about all the boring stuff” She turned to Dylan, “We were all human once, well all of us but you, anyway, we were all human and how we’re not so human and we’re gonna live for a very long time” Anya said and sat down.
“Okay” Dylan said a bit confused, “I’m guessing this is a really long and complicated story, but you seem to be on our side so you’re okay by me” he said and stood up. “I’ll be on the bridge if you need anything” he said and walked out of the room. Willow turned and looked at her old friends; she couldn’t remember the last time she had been around so many familiar faces, at least real ones and not magical recreations. She regretted losing touch with Angel and Spike.
“So luv, what are you up to in my part of the galaxy?” Spike asked Willow,
“Official Commonwealth business, all in a days work and look, I managed to catch up with my old friends who survived this long. By the way, how have you survived this long?” Willow asked
“It turns out that the gem of Amara came from a larger stone” Angel explained, “Wolfram and Hart tracked it down and the stone was turned into two rings that Spike and myself use” Willow nodded her head in understanding. She smiled and thought to herself that for the first time in a long while she felt like she was home.
Meanwhile Trance was tending to her plants when something caught her attention and she looked up ad said, “And so it begins...”
“What begins?” Tyr asked from the doorway, he had just entered the room when he heard Trance talk to herself. Trance quickly made herself busy with her plants. “Trance…” he said warningly and the girl looked up at him,
“The universe is beginning to right some wrongs. What should be shall be. But there is nothing to worry about, we will be witnessing a miracle in the making” Trance said and watered one of the plants. Tyr stood there thinking before he said,
“Does this have anything to do with our latest guests?” Trance didn’t answer Tyr and stepped around him to the door. She turned and looked at him and smiled,
“Don’t worry, everything will turn out like it’s supposed too” she said and left the room.
Dylan was standing on the observation deck when he felt a presence behind him, “Can we trust them?” he asked, and then said “That’s what you want to know, isn’t it?”
“Well you have to admit Dylan, it is kind of unbelievable”
“I believed her. I’ve seen what she can do with my own eyes” Dylan said and turned to face Rommie. “They can all be trusted” Rommie studied Dylan’s face before giving in,
“I trust your judgement Dylan, you know that” Rommie said and then changed the topic. “We will be leaving the system in just under an hour” she informed Dylan.
Willow and Spike were sitting in her room talking about all that had happened in their lives so far. “Who would have thought that the universe would turn out like it did ey Pet?” Spike asked.
“Oh I had some idea; I mean if we were the only intelligent life in the universe then I would have been very scared. I’m just surprised that I’m still around to see it”
“Look Per, about us and losing touch…”Spike began,
“Don’t worry about it” Willow said, “It wasn’t your fault about what happened with us, it was no ones fault” Willow said remembering the day that Buffy had died. It had been a random demon attack in Europe, it hadn’t even known that Buffy was the Slayer and just like that, she was gone. Soon after that Willow had begun to loose contact with everyone else. She had stayed in contact with Spike the longest until she finally withdrew from him as well. She left and began to create a new life for herself. But now things were different. Willow was beginning to think that this was a new turning point in her life.
“What are you thinking about Pet?” Spike asked the red head who was leaning against his shoulder. Willow sighed ad looked up at Spike,
“Just remembering, I’m glad you’re all here. I feel like I can relax and finally be myself again for once” Willow said and closed her eyes. The two stayed like that, sitting on the couch, Willow resting on Spike each comfortable with the other’s presence.