The music festival was filled with local bands as well as some that had traveled from the west coast. They walked around for a while before sitting on the grass off to one side. Willow was having fun as promised by Xander, but she was a little on edge for some reason she couldn’t explain.
The band playing on the stage closest to them finished their set and walked off. They got one hell of a shock when they heard that Dingoes Ate My Baby was next. They knew Oz hadn’t played for them since he left college but to see them here was crazy. What turned out to be the second biggest shock of the night was when they watched Oz follow Devon on stage.
Willow stood up and started walking toward the stage. Her brain registered that Buffy was calling her name but she didn’t answer. She had dreamed about this which is why she hadn’t been sleeping well. It was Oz! Now she knew why she was feeling on edge. She could feel him here.
They began to play, and as if he had felt her too, he looked up right into her eyes. He didn’t take his eyes off of her the entire time they played. He just smiled. When their set was done he leapt off the stage and went straight to her and hugged her.
It was like he had never left. He still smelled the same. When he released her from the hug he took a step back. She didn’t want him to move yet. “Hello Willow.”
“Oz,” was all she could say.
“I’m glad to see you’re okay.” She was confused, “I saw what happened to Sunnydale. I wasn’t sure if you had made it out.”
“Oh…yeah…that. We destroyed the hellmouth and Sunnydale went with it. Everyone’s okay.” She gave a slight shrug and smiled.
“Anya is the only one that didn’t make it out.”
“So your girlfriend is okay? What was her name?”
“Tara died long before Sunnydale was destroyed. She was shot by this guy named Warren. I was dating this slayer named Kennedy for a little while but it didn’t work out.”
“Oh she’s fine. When we destroyed the hellmouth, I did this spell that caused all potential slayers to be called.”
He held out his hand, “You wanna take a walk with me?”
“Okay.” She took his hand and it felt so right. Oz was really here. They walked off with Buffy and the gang staring after them with open mouths.
“So where have you been the last few years?”
“Traveling. I was upset when I left Sunnydale. I tried to find ways to get my mind off of you but it didn’t work.”
“I’m sorry. I didn’t wanna hurt you.”
His smile was genuine when he replied, “I know.”
It felt good to be near Oz again. She had been through so much in the last few years that it was hard to really be positive. She watched people she cared about die and had to help Buffy stop the end of the world. It was like there was always something bad going on. With Oz here she almost felt like she was back in high school. She could smile and found herself telling him everything again. Oz had always been a great listener.
They had walked around the entire festival with no awkwardness. It was just right. “I missed you.”
She looked in his eyes, “I missed you too. I’ve been having these dreams about you. Like, I knew you would be here. Not consciously, but part of me knew that you were near.” The old Willow would have been self-conscious about telling Oz all of this, but she knew that he got it.
“I need to get my stuff packed up so Devon doesn’t take off with it. You wanna help?”
“You aren’t going with them?”
“No. They just asked me to fill in for this gig. The guy who normally plays with them sprained his wrist.”
“Ouch. Where are you going from here?” Now she seemed a little self-conscious.
“I don’t know. I thought I might stick around for a little while. If that’s okay?”
“Of course it’s okay! You could stay at the school if you want.”
“Cool.” Her smile couldn’t have been any bigger and neither could his.
I am currently working on more chapters which will be uploaded over the next few days.