Willow's Child

The Greatest Birthday Present Ever

Disclaimer:I own nothing, except Sophie.

"Wake up, Mommy Willow, wake up!" cried Sophie, jumping on her mother's bed. "It's your birthday, and Auntie Buffy says she gots a big surprise for you!" Willow cracked one eye open, glancing at the cloc. 7.30am. On Saturday. What the hell did Buffy think she was playing at?

"It's too early, baby" Willow yawned. "Tell her I'll be down later."

"But she said it's important!" said Sophie, pouting and crossing her arms. "Everybody else is already awake, and Uncle Xander comed over!" Willow sat up, rubbing sleep from her eyes. Why would Xander be here at 7.30 in the morning? Something was definitely going on here. She sighed, climbing out of bed.

"Okay, I'm up."

"Yay!" Sophie cried, grabbing the wicca's hand and dragging her out of the room. "Hurry, Mommy Willow, everyone's waiting for you!" As she reached the bottom of the stairs, Willow was greeted by a chorus of "Happy Birthday To You" from everyone. They all seemed to have unnaturally large smiles on their faces. "Ok, seriously, what is going on?"Willow thought to herself. She didn't have time to dwell on this however, as she was suddenly bombarded with presents. She received books from Giles and Andrew, some spell supplies from Dawn, and a few DVD's of old Bollywood movies from Xander. Sophie slid off Xander's lap (He had cemented his position as Sophie's favourite uncle, but the role of favourite auntie was still open) and crawled into her mother's, presenting her with the piece of paper she was clutching.

"I drawed you a picture, Mommy Willow. It's our family, see? There's you and me, and Auntie Buffy, and Auntie Dawn, and Auntie Faith-" the Dark slayer flinched, but Sophie, not noticing this, continued. "-and Uncle Xander, and Uncle Andrew, and Mister Giles." Sophie then pointed at a figure standing on a cloud floating above the others. "And there's Mama Tara, watching over us from heaven." Willow's eyes began to fill with tears.

"It's beautiful sweetie, thank you." Noticing the witch's eyes beginning to water, Faith nudged Buffy.

"Looks like Red's about to turn on the waterworks, B. I think now's probably a good time to bring out the surprise." Buffy nodded in agreement, standing up.

"Okay Will, ready for your surprise? Come stand here, in front of the kitchen door."

"Um.. okay" said Willow. "What type of surprise could they possibly hide in the kitchen?"

"Now close your eyes" Buffy instructed. Willow obeyed, then heard Buffy knock lightly on the door and whisper "We're ready" before the door creaked open. "You can open your eyes now. Happy Birthday, Will." Willow opened her eyes, her jaw dropping at the sight before her.

"Mama Tara!" Sophie cried, running to the blonde, who scooped the little girl into her arms, beaming. "You comed back from Heaven!"

"Uh-huh. Auntie Buffy brought me back with her special wish. I told you you I'd see you soon, didn't I?" Tara paused, her face becoming concerned as she spotted the purple bruise on Sophie's cheek. "Where'd you get that bruise, baby?"

"One of the demons hitted me after I founded Mommy Willow" Sophie explained. "But Mommy Willow got hurted worser 'cause she gots a cut on her head, only you can't sees it very well 'cause she hided it under her hair." Tara glanced at Willow, who was still standing in open-mouthed shock, before puttting Sophie down.

"You go sit back with Uncle Xander for a minute, I have to talk to Mommy Willow." As Tara turned and smiled at her with the lopsided smile she loved so much, Willow finally managed to speak.

"I'm sorry" she mumbled, "It's just.. I've dreamed this so many times but when I wake up you're always.. Oh Tara!" The red-head ran to her soulmate, sobbing into her chest.

"It's okay" Tara whispered, planting a soft kiss on Willow's forehead as she stroked her hair comfortingly. "It's okay, I'm not going anywhere." As the red-head's sobs subsided, Tara slowly lowered her lips to Willow's, gently parting them with her tongue. Willow wrapped her arms around Tara's neck, not caring that everyone was watching, or that Faith was wolf-whistling, as she deepened the kiss. All she cared about was that she had her soulmate back, and not just in a dream. Tara was here. She was real. She was alive. However, one thing was troubling the wicca, and she broke the kiss, pausing to catch her breath.

"Not that you aren't the greatest birthday present ever baby, cause you are, and now all my future presents to Buffy are gonna seem really stupid to me, but are you okay with this? I mean, when Buffy came back-"

"Willow.." Tara tried to cut in.

"She was all depressed and secretly resented us for pulling her out of Heaven-"


"And then there was all that stuff with Spike.." Tara sighed, finally cutting her lover off with another kiss.

"Willow, you're babbling. And you don't have to worry about me being pulled out of Heaven.."

"Why?" said Willow eyes widening. "You weren't in Hell were you?!"

"What? No, don't be stupid" said Tara, laughing. "I was in Heaven, but it was different for me than it was for Buffy" she explained. "I mean, it was cool seeing my mom and all, but I could never really be happy anywhere you're not. And now we have Sophie too, and she needs both of us." Willow hugged Tara tighter, trying not to cry again.

"I've missed you so much, Tara. I love you."

"I love you too, Willow. Like I said, I'm not going anywhere." They stood silently for a moment, until Sophie tugged on Willow's pants.

"Mommy Willow, if Mama Tara's back from Heaven, do we gets to be a real family now?"

"You betcha, kiddo!" Willow smiled, lifting Sophie into her arms, her smile widening as Tara tickled their daughter's stomach, making the little girl giggle. She handed Sophie to Tara, before moving to hug a certain blonde slayer.

"Thank you Buffy" she whispered. "I don't know what else to.. Thank you."

"It wasn't all me" said Buffy. "Faith helped." At that moment, Dawn piped up.

"Um, now that you mention it, where is Faith?"

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