Putting Things In Perspective
Disclaimer: I don't own Buffy, but I do own Sophie :)
It was afternoon on the day before Willow and Tara's wedding, and Willow had spent the day running around in a panic, making phone calls to Giles to ensure he and Andrew hadn't missed their flight (They hadn't, Willow was so stressed that she had forgotten they'd arrived two days ago along with the handful of potentials she'd invited and were staying in a nearby hotel), Angel and Spike to tell the vamps the easiest way to get into the venue while avoiding sunlight and to remind them to make Illyria take on Fred's form so she didn't frighten the celebrant ( "We know, Willow" Angel had said, "You've called every day this week!"), as well as the florist, the celebrant, the owner of the venue, and anybody else involved in ensuring that the big day went off without a hitch. She was currently speaking to the caterer, while an amused Tara watched from the kitchen, making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for Sophie.
"Yes, the jugs of warm pig's blood are completely necessary!" Willow yelled into the phone. "Two of the guests have a very rare medical condition and need to drink blood at regular intervals." She paused, listening to the person on the other end of the line. "I don't know why it has to be pig's blood, I'm not their doctor, just have it ready! And remember, there can't be any shrimp around, my fiance's allergic. You got all that? Okay, bye." Willow hung up and let out a deep breath, running a hand through her hair.
"You've been on the phone all day, Will" Tara smiled, placing the sandwich in front of Sophie who had been sitting patiently at the table. "Take a break, come have some lunch."
"Okay" Willow headed for the kitchen, but then changed her mind, turning back to reach for the phone. "Maybe I should call Angel one more time.."
"No" said Tara as she rushed over, snatching the phone from her soon-to-be wife and placing it back in its cradle. "I think you've bothered him enough this week."
"But what if he and Spike forget the safe way in?" she cried. "I don't want any of our friends turning to dust at our wedding" Willow sighed, wrapping her arms around Tara's waist. "I want everything to be perfect..."
"As long as we're married at the end of the day, it will be" Tara smiled, tucking a stray hair behind Willow's ear. "As for Spike and Angel, you're instructions are probably burned into their brains by now, so don't worry."
"I guess you're right, but.."
"Will, if you have to do something wedding related, go pack your bag for tonight" said Tara. "You're staying at Xander's, remember?"
"Do I have to?" Willow pouted.
"Yes. You know it's bad luck for us to see each other before the wedding."
"Oh, okay." Willow, still pouting, headed for the stairs. "But that doesn't mean I have to be happy about it."
So, Willow packed her bag and placed it by the door so she'd be ready to go as soon as Xander arrived to pick her up. Leaving Tara for the night was going to be hard enough as it was, she didn't want to make it harder by stalling and dragging it out. But, when Xander finally arrived, that is exactly what Willow found herself doing. Xander unknowingly assisted with this by happily chatting away to Faith and Buffy for nearly two hours, and creating a game for Connor and Dawn who were holding hands under the coffee table, with Dawn occasionally giggling at the fact Xander didn't notice. He was the only Scooby who didn't know the young pair were now a couple, as they didn't think he'd take the news that Lil' Dawnie was dating Angel's son very well, and were waiting until they could tell him at a time and place where violence could hopefully be avoided. Tara had headed upstairs a while ago to put Sophie to bed, so Willow decided to go kiss her daughter goodnight before making another attempt at forcing herself to leave the house. She paused just outside the little girl's door, smiling at what she was seeing and hearing.
"That night your Mommy Willow came to my dorm, and I told her she had to be with the person she loved. Then she said she was" Tara told Sophie, smiling at the memory.
"So that was when you falled in love?" Sophie asked, letting out a small yawn. Tara shook her head.
"No, I was in love with Mommy Willow long before that. But that was the first time I knew that she really loved me back."
"And tomorrow.." Sophie yawned again, trailing off as she drifted into the land of dreams, "Tomorrow, you're gonna gets your happily ever after..."
"Yeah" Tara smiled. She stayed there for a while, stroking her daughter's hair. Willow remained frozen in the doorway, not wanting to ruin this beautiful moment. Eventually, Tara looked up, still smiling. "Hey."
"Hey" Willow smiled back. Tara slid off the bed, careful not to disturb the now sleeping Sophie, and moved over to Willow, wrapping her arms around the redhead's waist.
"You leaving now?"
"Soon" said Willow. "I just wanted to come and kiss Sophie goodnight, but you were having a special bonding moment and I didn't wan't to disturb you." Willow looked at her little girl, sighing sadly. "Tomorrow we won't be here to kiss her goodnight. We're always here to kiss her goodnight Tara, we've never left her before."
"I know. But we're only a phone call away if she needs us, and we'll only be gone for a few days. The others will look after her."
"Willow!" Xander called from downstairs. "We better get a move on, it's late!"
"I'll be down in a minute!" she called back, before returning her attention to Tara, and sighing again. "Since you've been back, I've never left you either. It's hard."
"Well, think of it this way" said Tara, after thinking for a moment. "The next time you see me, I'll be walking down the aisle. The next time you kiss me.." she gave Willow a quick kiss, "I'll be you're wife. And by this time tomorrow, we'll be on our honeymoon." Willow grinned, giving her wife-to-be one last kiss goodbye before heading back downstairs. Yep, that had definitely put things into perspective. This time tomorrow, she'd be married to the love of her life. It didn't get any better than that.
AN: This arc will not contain any Dawn related magical incidents, but some magical stuff will happen. Stay tuned!