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Hello Always Ends In Goodbye

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This story is No. 3 in the series "Hello, Goodbye". You may wish to read the series introduction and the preceeding stories first.

Summary: What do you say when hello and goodbye aren't enought? Companion to Goodbye Summers and You Had Me At Hello, Summers. One shot.

Categories Author Rating Chapters Words Recs Reviews Hits Published Updated Complete
Stargate > Buffy-Centered > Pairing: Jack O'NeillthegirlinquestionFR71510275,0677 Feb 067 Feb 06Yes
Hello Always Ends In Goodbye

Summary: What do you say when hello and goodbye aren't enough?

Disclaimer: I don’t own Stargate or Buffy.


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Jack shoved his hand through his hair and sighed. It had been a long day. A long week, actually. Glad it was Friday, he stretched like a cat, smiling in satisfaction as his back popped and relieved some pressure. Heading to the kitchen to look for something to make and debating whether to call for pizza or not, he stopped in surprise when the doorbell rang. Frowning, Jack cautiously neared the door and opened it.

What he saw surprised him.

"Hello," Buffy said, giving him a tentative smile. Jack just stared back, having no words, but his mind was racing a mile a minute with questions and thoughts.

What is she doing here? Was foremost, followed by How do I keep her here? Shaking out of his stupor, he stepped back and gestured Buffy in. "What's going on?" He asked, going for casual.

Buffy didn't say anything for a minute, instead she looked around his living room, and Jack wished he would have had sufficient warning that she would be there and he would have straightened up. While her back was turned, Jack quickly shoved his shoes and socks under the couch before she turned around.

"Nice house," Buffy told him, evading his answer as to why she was there.

"Thanks," Jack replied, eyeing her with confusion. "What's going on?" He asked again, undeterred.

"I just wanted to say hello," Buffy answered, then thought better of it. "No, I don't want to say hello." She said instead.

Jack narrowed his eyes in confusion. "You don't?" He asked, cocking his head.

"Well, no," she said, stepping closer. "I don't like hellos. They always have to end in goodbye. I like goodbye's even less. Strange, though, since I'm the Goodbye Summers."

He winced, rubbing the back of his neck. "You know about that, huh?"

Buffy smiled softly, inching closer and closer. "Yeah, I do. I don't mind." She shrugged. "It's the truth." There was silence for a few moments, and Jack didn't know what to say. Then she continued speaking. "The thing is, I don't want to say hello, or hi, or any kind of greeting, because that means that, eventually, I'll say goodbye, and that means I'll have to leave. I don't want to leave, Jack. Not anymore. Do you want me to leave?"

Jack stared at her, uncertain of what she was getting at. Taking a chance, he replied with one word. "No."

"Then ask me to stay," she whispered, standing in front of him and tilting her head up.

"Will you stay, Buffy?" He asked, also whispering.

"Sometimes, hello and goodbye aren't enough. But sometimes their all we have. I don't want it to be all we have. You realize that I want more, don't you?"

"I thought you'd never say so." Jack replied before he dipped his head and pressed his lips to hers.

And that night, and many following, Buffy didn't have to say goodbye, but she learned that sometimes, hello's can be the start of something new.


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