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 Post subject: Re: Meant To Be - Ch 54 Updated 11/27/2017
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zampsa19752001 - Wedding time! I hope you enjoy the update.

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Title: Meant To Be
Disclaimer: I do not own any of these Characters, just borrowed them and wish I did own them.
Rating: PG-13 – NC-17
Author: Branny72
Feedback: Pretty please…it helps me improve and if I get stuck it gives me ideas on where you would like to see the story go!!

Summary: AU – Willow is graduating from college at UC Sunnydale and has accepted a job with a company that is new in town. One night, while out with some friends Willow sees an attractive blonde who turns her life upside down. (No Vamps, No Hellmouth, No Magic...)

Authors Notes: I’m trying to do more frequent updates. I hope that is okay.


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Chapter 55

Morning arrived and Willow was stretching on the couch where she had fallen asleep the night before as Buffy came out of her room preparing for her morning run.

“Willow? What are you doing up at six in the morning?” asked a startled Buffy.

“I’m just so excited, I couldn’t sleep. In twelve hours, Buffy, Tara and I are going to be getting married.”

“I’d ask if you wanted to go for a run with me to burn off some of that extra energy, but we all know that you and running aren’t a good mix.”

“You go run, I’m going to start going through my checklist and see what I have to do today and when I have to do it.”

Buffy smiled and headed out of the apartment as Willow pulled out her tablet and she brought up her checklist. Willow was pleased to see that the day had very few items on it. They had already paid for everything.

“It pays to have friends doing the catering and providing the DJ and reception venue,” thought Willow. “You can pay them ahead of time because you know you are going to get quality service.”

The previous night after the rehearsal and dinner, Buffy and Willow had made sure that they had all the items and jewelry ready. Willow’s dress was hanging up in Dawn’s room along with her accessories, Buffy’s tux and accessories were in her room ready to go. Today, Willow just needed to get her hair done, practice her vows, get dressed, and make it to Kingman’s Bluff on-time. Tara had the same tasks, plus making sure that Faith brought the wedding rings.

“This time tomorrow I’ll be Mrs. Willow Rosenberg-Maclay,” Willow said, out loud to herself. Hearing it out loud took on a whole different feeling. She was already excited and proud to be marrying Tara but saying it out loud made it that much more real.

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“Morning T,” said Faith as Tara came out of the guest room and into the living room where Faith was having her morning coffee.

“Morning.”

“How are you feeling this morning?” asked Faith as she poured Tara a cup of coffee.

“I’m elated. Today, I’m marrying the woman I love, combining my life with my soulmate,” said Tara, dreamily.

“Oh god, you got it bad Ms. Maclay.”

Tara threw a pillow at Faith almost causing her to spill her coffee. “Hey, liquid gold here. No spilling.”

“Then deal with the fact that I am in lover’s bliss.”

“Faith, stop tormenting the bride,” commented Emily as she passed through the living room toward the kitchen to get a coffee mug.

“But Babe, she makes it so easy.”

“Tough, it is her day. When it is our day she has to be nice to you.”

“Raw deal,” both Tara and Faith said in unison as Emily laughed.

“So Tara, do you have everything all ready to go? You know the something new, old, borrowed, and blue?” asked Emily sitting down next to Faith with her coffee.

“Yeah, it was on my checklist from last night. And now that Faith found the rings--”

“I put them there for safe keeping, I just forgot that I put them in my pocket,” Faith said, sheepishly.

“Today, all I have to do is get my hair done, practice my vows, get dressed, get the rings and myself to Kingman’s Bluff by six this evening.”

“That sounds like a nice relaxing day.”

“Yeah, T, it looks like you and Willow planned this pretty well. Maybe you’ll have to give us pointers for ours when we decide to set a date.”

“I’ll make sure Willow keeps the checklists for you,” Tara said, winking at her best friend.

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Willow and Buffy walked into Split Ends Hair Salon ready to get their hair done for the wedding. Willow had set up the appointments so that she and Buffy were first to get their hair done and Tara and Faith would be in at least an hour after Willow and Buffy left. This way there was no chance of them running into one another should her appointment run long.

“Hi, Willow,” greeted Lindsay, the stylist. “I’ll be with you two in just a few minutes. I’m just finishing up with Fred.”

“Hey, Willow, Buffy,” Fred said, waving from the chair.

“Hey, Fred.” Willow and Buffy said in unison.

Once Lindsay was finished with Fred she called both Buffy and Willow back and put them in chairs next to one another. Lindsay then asked how they wanted their hair. Buffy and Willow had agreed that their outfits looked better with their hair down, so they told this to Lindsay who said she would get some body into their hair and get them on their way. She started by washing Buffy’s hair and then combing it out before giving it a slight trim and then curling it so that it was still down, but had some body and bounce to it. She then moved to Willow and did the same thing.

“I can’t believe you’re getting married today,” said Lindsay. She had known Buffy and Willow for years as their hair stylist.

“I know, it just doesn’t seem real at times,” Willow responded, with a dreamy look on her face.

“And we lost her folks,” joked Buffy as Willow slipped into her happy daydream about Tara.

Once Lindsay was done the women left and headed back to Buffy’s to practice Willow’s vows so that she may not need the tiny cue cards she’d created.

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Tara and Faith got their hair done, both opting to do the opposite of Willow and Buffy and go with an up style. They didn’t know that it was different as Lindsay didn’t tell them what she had done for Willow and Buffy, just that they had been in and that she was really happy for the couple.

“So, now do we go home and practice your vows, or do you want to get something to eat?” asked Faith as they were leaving the hair salon.

“Eat, please. I’m starved and I have a feeling that I’m not going to be able to eat the closer we get to the wedding.”

“You aren’t nervous are you?”

“No, just really excited.”

The pair stopped by the Espresso Pump to get a sandwich and some coffee for lunch. As they were walking in they saw that Janice was working so they made sure to sit in her section.

“Wow, you guys look great,” commented Janice as she came to take their order.

“Thanks,” said Tara.

“What can I get you?”

“I’ll have a peppered turkey and cheese sandwich with a mocha,” Faith said.

“I’ll have a roast beef and cheese sandwich with a mocha, Willow-style, please.”

“You got it. I’ll be back shortly.” With that Janice left to put in their orders.

“So, what do we have to do after this?” asked Faith as Tara was checking her tablet to make sure that they were on schedule.

“Practice my vows, then get ready. Not much left to do,” Tara said, smiling.

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After practicing their vows it came time for Willow and Tara to start to get dressed.

“Willow, do you need help?” asked Sheila peeking her head into the room where Willow was getting changed.

“No, but thank you, Mom. This dress is easy to slip on.”

Willow slipped on the white sheath style dress. It accentuated her lean figure, without making her too self-conscious.

After getting her dress on, Willow then sat down for Buffy to do her make-up and help her get her jewelry on.

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Tara and Faith were starting to get ready when Joyce arrived at Faith and Emily’s place.

“Joyce, hello,” said Faith.

“Hi, Faith. I know that Tara’s mom can’t be here today, so I thought I would stop by and see if there was anything either you or Tara needed help with.”

“Joyce, that is so sweet,” said Tara entering the room in her wedding dress, looking for help zipping it up.

“Here, let me get that for you,” Joyce said, hurrying over to Tara’s side and zipping the dress up for her. “You look absolutely stunning, Tara.”

“Thank you!”

“Is there anything else that I can do to help?”

“I think we have it all. I just need to do my make-up and then we’ll be ready to go.”

“Well, if you need anything, please let me know.” With that Joyce left Tara and Faith to their preparation.

“That was really nice of Mrs. S to stop by like that,” commented Faith.

“Yeah, it was.”

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Willow and Buffy arrived at Kingman’s Bluff to find a small grouping of chairs set up for the wedding and two canvas huts for her and Tara to hang out in until the wedding so they didn’t see one another.

“Buffy, this looks great,” said Willow.

“Yeah, that wedding prep company did a great job. Although, I think they went above and beyond hoping for referrals from Angel and Conner.”

“I’m okay with that,” said Willow, laughing.

The pair heard a car pull up and quickly made their way to the hut so that nobody would see Willow’s dress before the wedding. Buffy had arranged for Dawn to seat the few guest that were going to be at the wedding.

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“Are you ready?” asked Faith, checking her pocket again for the rings.

“Yes, I think I am,” said Tara exiting the spare bedroom having finished her make-up and preparations.

“Tara, you look, wow!”

“Thanks, but if you make me cry and ruin my makeup Willow is going to kill you.”

The pair climbed into Emily’s car and made their way to Kingman’s Bluff.

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Once everyone had arrived and were seated the officiant took her place at the front of the group. Everyone quieted down. Willow was the first to walk down the aisle with Ira at her side. She was glad that her parents had finally taken part in her life and that they had accepted Tara so willingly.

Once Willow was down the aisle, Buffy and Faith came down together and then it was time for Tara to make her entrance. Donald and Tara exited the hut and made their way over to the aisle. As they reached the end they stopped and looked at the friends and family that had assembled.

“Last chance to run,” joked Donald.

“Not a chance in hell, Dad,” replied Tara, anxious to get to the end of the aisle so that she could see Willow and they could finally get married.

Father and daughter walked down the aisle, as they neared the end of the aisle and Tara got a good look at Willow she couldn’t help but stumble a bit, taken aback as to how beautiful Willow looked.

Willow’s breath caught as she saw Tara coming down the aisle. She laughed to herself as Tara was wearing the exact dress that Willow wanted and Sheila said she didn’t have the chest for.

Donald and Ira stood with their daughter's in front of everyone, proud as it was possible to be.

“Who gives these women away?” asked the officiant.

“We do,” said the fathers together.

With that Donald and Ira kissed each of their daughter's and then gave their hands to the bride’s leaving Willow and Tara standing their hold the others hand and smiling.

“We are gathered here today to join Willow Danielle Rosenberg and Tara Marie Maclay together in matrimony. I was told not to ask if anyone objected because neither girl cares,” said the officiant to a group of laughs. “Willow and Tara met by fate and have loved with their full heart and soul. When I first met them I saw what everyone else has seen, two souls that complete the other. It is my honor to wed this couple.”

“Willow and Tara have chosen to say their own vows rather than go with the standard union vows. Willow, you may now state your vows.”

“Tara, this has been the most amazing year of my life,” started Willow, her voice carrying a slight quiver to it. “The most amazing part of all was finding and falling in love with you. I thought my life was destined for me to be alone, but then seeing you at The Bronze that first time. Watching you laughing and dancing, you were so alive and carefree. You were breathtaking. Then came the day that I met you, the love of my life. I, to this day, still get light headed thinking about that day. I remember Donnie introducing us, I remember seeing those amazing blue eyes looking back at me, but I’ll admit, I don’t remember much after looking into your eyes. I was mesmerized. I was yours at that moment. The day you said ‘yes’ to marrying me was one of the happiest days of my life. I didn’t know that I could love someone as much as I love you and I have never felt as loved as I have from you. You make me complete. I love you with all my heart and soul. You are truly my soulmate. My forever.”

“Tara,” instructed the officiant.

“Willow, where do I begin?” started Tara, confidence projecting through her words. “From the night I first saw you at The Bronze I have been in love. I know that in my heart and feel it in my soul. The day that Donnie brought you into my office and introduced us, that was one of the happiest days of my life, thus far. I knew that day that I had met my soulmate. The day you gave me the grand tour of Sunnydale was one of the happiest days I had had in a long time. It didn't have to do with seeing Sunnydale, although we won’t tell the monkeys at the zoo that. No, it had to do with the person showing me around. You made me feel comfortable and alive. The night of our first kiss you took my breath away. The night you proposed to me, I had no clue it was coming. I know you and secrets and even though Buffy says you can’t keep them, or at least the big ones, you kept that one. I mean, you conspired with my dad to make it perfect. Now, we stand here together pledging our love for one another and committing our lives to being one. You are my best friend, the one that I want to tell everything that goes on in my head and heart to, you complete me. I love you.”

Everyone was silent except a lone sniffle coming from the seats before the couple. Anya took the kleenex offered to her by Xander.

“Those were lovely vows. Now, onto the rings.” Faith handed the officiant the rings and she blessed them and then handed one to Willow and one to Tara.

“Willow, please place the ring on Tara’s finger and repeat after me.”

“I, Willow Rosenberg, take you Tara to be my wife from this day until eternity passes,” repeated Willow.

“Tara, please place the ring on Willow’s finger and repeat after me.”

“I, Tara Maclay, take you Willow to be my wife from this day until eternity passes,” repeated Tara.

“By the power vested in me, by the state of California, I now pronounce you married. You may kiss your bride.”

Willow and Tara leaned in and kissed. As they kissed Willow heard Buffy comment. “Like those two need a reason to kiss. I’m surprised they made it that long.”

“I now present to you, Mrs. Willow and Tara Rosenberg-Maclay.”

With that, the couple made their way down the aisle hand-in-hand.

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Now that they were married it came time for the photos. Tara, not wanting to risk missing any part of the day not being photographed had a professional photographer from LA come in to take their pictures. It wasn’t that she didn’t trust the people in Sunnydale, it was she wasn’t willing to risk her special day on something going wrong. This was one of the few things that Tara explicitly wanted and got for the wedding.

“Photo time,” called Willow trying to round up the people needed for the pictures.

They started with pictures of Willow and Tara, then moved to pictures of the wedding party, then they got the families in there.


“I think we should get one with both families in the picture,” suggested Donald.

“I think that is a superb idea,” Sheila agreed.

The photographer had Willow and Tara stand in the middle and their families surround them. It was a little lopsided with Tara having one more person than Willow, but the photographer adjusted them so that it didn’t look out of place.

Once they finished with the family photos, Tara told everyone to meet her and Willow at The Bronze for the reception.

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“Good day?” asked Willow as she and Tara sat in the back of the limo that she had rented to take them to the reception and later to their apartment since their house was still a couple weeks away from being completed.

“Best day,” Tara said, kissing her bride softly. “I love your dress, it is very sleek.”

“I love yours, too. I actually looked at getting that one, but Mom said I didn’t have the breasts to fill it properly.”

“As I told you before, they are perfect for my hands.”

Both women laughed and came together for another long and sensual kiss. “Mmmm, I get to kiss those lips for the rest of eternity.”

“Eternity and beyond,” said Tara.

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The limo, after taking the scenic route, pulled up outside The Bronze and the chauffeur opened the door for the newlyweds.

“You ready to go in, Mrs. Rosenberg-Maclay?” asked Willow, extending a hand to Tara to help her out of the car.

“I’m ready to celebrate us,” Tara said, stepping out of the car and into Willow’s waiting arms. The couple kissed and then headed up the stairs and into The Bronze. As they entered the DJ started to play “Raise Your Glass,” by P!nk.

“Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, our brides, Willow and Tara Rosenberg-Maclay,” said the DJ. Everyone applauded as the couple danced their way in.

“Thank you, everyone for sharing this day with us,” said Willow, over the music.

As the DJ adjusted the music, the group started to mingle with one another. Willow and Tara making their rounds to make sure that everyone knew how grateful they were to have them share their day with them. Then came the dinner portion, Willow and Tara sat at the head table with Buffy and Faith. Their families sat at one table and their friends at another.

“Thank you, everyone, for coming and sharing this special day with Willow and me,” started Tara. “Thank you to Angel for catering this event and Conner, thank you for closing down tonight so that we could celebrate our special day at the place where we started. One year ago today, I saw this gorgeous redhead dancing and having a good time. Little did I know how seeing her was going to change my life.” Tara looked down lovingly at Willow who was sitting next to her, holding one of her hands. “I love you, Willow. You make me complete.”

“Wow, I have to follow that,” Willow said, laughing. “I agree, thank you, Angel and Conner, for making our special day that much better. We’re so blessed to have such amazing family and friends. Thank you all for sharing our day. Tara, what do I say to the woman who is my everything? Today is the happiest day of my life. I feel like I didn’t truly start living until I first saw you. I can’t wait to see what our future holds.” Willow leaned down and kissed Tara softly. “Everyone, please enjoy this amazing night.”

Willow sat down and Angel’s catering staff came out and started to deliver the plates of food.

“Thank you, everyone, for coming,” said Faith during the meal. “I know that it is customary for the maid-of-honor to make a speech and sometimes to embarrass the bride. I thought about all of the stories that I have of Tara over the years.” Tara groaned. “I thought about telling about the first time Tara and I snuck out of the house and went to a gay bar or the first time Tara got drunk.”

“They were the same night,” said Tara, out loud mistakenly. This caused the crowd to laugh.

“Oh yeah, they were, weren’t they. There is the story about Tara coming out to me that comes to mind...but, I’ll save those stories for another day. When I first met Tara, she was this quiet unassuming girl, new to Boston. I have watched her grow into this confident amazing and successful woman. Tara, you were there for me when I was on the streets, you have been my best friend and someone I’ve looked up to over the years. I’ve never seen you happier than I have since we came to Sunnydale. I know Willow, a lot of that has to do with you. I’m glad you found one another and I wish you both a lifetime of joy and happiness.

“I guess that makes it my turn to speak,” said Buffy taking the microphone from Faith. “I’m curious about that sneaking out story, Tara. You may have to tell me that sometime.”

“Not a chance in hell,” replied Tara, blushing.

“Well, folks, we all know that I had to try. For the record, for the parents in the room, Willow and I never snuck out of the house. I just wanted to clarify that. Willow is the type of friend that most people wish for, but rarely ever find. I’m lucky to have her as my best friend and as my sister. When I first moved here, it was Willow that took pity on me and showed me around the school. It was Willow who volunteered so many hours tutoring me since I arrived in the middle of the first semester and was totally lost in almost all my classes. She was always there whenever I needed a friend, even at two o’clock in the morning, on a school night after I had a fight with my boyfriend. Oh hey, I guess we did sneak out of the house once or twice, my bad.” Buffy looked down and smiled at Willow. “Willow, Tara, I want you both to know how happy I am that you found one another. Take care of one another’s heart. I love you, both.”

“Thank you, Buffy,” said Willow.

Dinner went off as planned, everyone had a good time. There was plenty of glass clinking for Willow and Tara to kiss throughout the meal, mostly by Dawn. Once they were done eating they made their way to the dance floor for the Father-Daughter dances.

Willow and Ira danced to, ‘Just The Way You Are’, by Billy Joel while Tara and Donald went a little less traditional and danced to an acoustic version of, ‘My Hero,’ by Foo Fighters. When they were done Willow led Tara to the center of the dance floor for their first dance. The music started playing, ‘You and I Tonight,’ by Faber Drive and the couple melted together.

“Good day,” whispered Willow in Tara’s ear.

“Best day,” Tara replied, leaning in and kissing Willow sensually, not caring who was there. This was their day.

After their dance, the DJ turned up the beats and got everyone out on the floor dancing.

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“They look happy,” said Sheila to Joyce.

“I’ve never seen Willow look happier,” replied Joyce.

“Ladies, you’ve been off the dance floor for far too long,” Donald said, standing next to Joyce and Sheila. He offered a hand to both of them and pulled them up onto the dance floor with him.

“Look at Dad,” said Tara to Willow as they were dancing with their friends. Willow glanced over and saw her Mom and Joyce dancing with Donald and she couldn’t help but laugh.

“Oh my, at least they look to be having a good time,” Willow said, pulling Tara closer and kissing her softly. “I don’t think I will ever get tired of kissing you.”

“You better not.” The couple laughed together and went to join Donald, Joyce, and Sheila.

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The night had gone off without a hitch and the DJ was winding down the night and slowing the beats, “last song, folks” said the DJ as he started to play, ‘By Your Side,’ by Faber Drive.

As the song ended, Tara grabbed the microphone, “thank you, everyone, for sharing in this day with us.”

“I can’t believe that you are going back to your apartment and not staying at some hotel in the honeymoon suite,” said Emily.

“We talked about it, but this way we’re home and we have everything we need,” Willow smiled.

“You don’t need anything your wedding night,” said Faith causing Willow to blush.

“No, we don’t, but if you guys want us in actual clothes for the gift opening, we need to go home.”

“You could have packed a bag, Red.”

“I didn’t want to,” said Tara coming to her wife’s defense. “We will get plenty of time in a hotel when we go on our honeymoon.”

“Which you aren’t leaving for three or four weeks,” added Donnie.

“Well, I had to go with how it was going to work out best for us. Not everything I wanted to do was happening if we left right away.”

“Okay, okay, enough harassing my wife,” Willow interrupted, wrapping her arms around Tara from behind.

The couple made their way over to the door to thank everyone as they were leaving. Once the crowd was gone they told Conner they would see him the following day at the brunch and gift opening.

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As the couple neared their apartment door Tara started to laugh.

“Care to share the joke?” asked Willow.

“Well, which one of us is going to carry the other over the threshold?”

Laughing, Willow said, “How’d we forget to figure that out?”

Tara unlocked and opened the door as she scooped Willow up into her arms. They made their way over the threshold of the apartment. Tara put Willow down quickly and found herself pressed against the back of the door and Willow’s lips moved to Tara’s lips, both women moaning into the kiss.

“Mmmm, baby,” said Tara as Willow’s lips moved to her neck. “Let’s take this to bed. I want to make love to my wife.”

That was all that needed to be said, they made their way to the bedroom and undressed one another and made love until the sun came up.

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zampsa19752001 - I’m glad you enjoyed the wedding. Honeymoon location has yet to be decided...I’m stumped on where to send them. :hmm

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Title: Meant To Be
Disclaimer: I do not own any of these Characters, just borrowed them and wish I did own them.
Rating: PG-13 – NC-17
Author: Branny72
Feedback: Pretty please…it helps me improve and if I get stuck it gives me ideas on where you would like to see the story go!!

Summary: AU – Willow is graduating from college at UC Sunnydale and has accepted a job with a company that is new in town. One night, while out with some friends Willow sees an attractive blonde who turns her life upside down. (No Vamps, No Hellmouth, No Magic...)

Authors Notes: I’m trying to do more frequent updates. I hope that is okay.

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Chapter 56

“Mmmmm, I know that I should be tired, but I’m not,” said Willow, her head on Tara’s shoulder and her arm draped across Tara’s naked body.

“Is it me, or does making love to your wife seem more, I don’t know, more intense?”

“No, baby, it is definitely more intense.”

“I love you, Willow.”

“I love you, too, Wifey.”

Tara laughed and rolled them so she was draped across Willow’s body. “Too bad we can’t stay like this all day.”

“That would be nice, but no, we agreed to meet everyone for brunch and open gifts. Who came up with this cruel idea anyway?”

“It’s a family tradition, Will. Tomorrow we can stay like this, right?”

“Tomorrow is no clothes, Saturday!”

“Mmmm, I like the sounds of that,” Tara replied, laughing. “We can either go shower and cuddle until it is time to go, or, we can make love again, shower, and then rush out the door...thoughts? Suggestions? Preferences?”

“You had me at making love again,” Willow said, leaning and kissing Tara soundly.

“Mmmmm, yes, ma’am.”

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Willow and Tara arrived at Angel’s about five minutes before their families were supposed to arrive.

“Good morning, ladies,” said Angel, cheerfully.

“Great morning,” Willow replied, as she and Tara walked hand-in-hand up to the restaurant.

Angel showed Willow and Tara in and back to the private room he had set aside for them.

“Can I get you two something to drink?”

“Coffee,” they said in unison.

“Wow, look who beat us,” Faith commented, receiving a playful hit from Emily.

“Faith, remember what we talked about? Be nice to them now and they’ll be nice to us.”

“Yeah, but we aren’t getting married yet,” whined Faith. “They’ll forget by the time we get married.”

“Did you guys sleep at all?” asked Buffy, seeing both women shake their head no.

“I have something to help with that,” Angel said, handing Willow and Tara each a cup of coffee.

“Mmmm, I love the taste of Willow…...style,” Tara whispered, just loud enough for Willow to hear, but nobody else.

“T-thanks, Angel,” said Willow, blushing from Tara’s comment. “And thanks for hosting the brunch for us.”

“My pleasure.” Angel smiled at the girls and went to make sure that everyone else was taken care of.

“You were my pleasure all night long,” whispered Tara, again.

“Stop it,” Willow responded, under her breath. Tara just chuckled and drank her coffee.

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After brunch the couple was seated in front of the others, both savoring the love that was in the room for them. Dawn was seated nearby so that she could take down who gave them what for the thank you cards.

“Gift time,” said Dawn, trying to get the groups attention.

“Thank you, everyone, for joining us today,” Tara said, getting the groups attention. “Willow and I both appreciate you spending yesterday and today with us.”

Willow leaned over and grabbed the first gift.

“This is from Faith and Emily,” said Willow, reading the card on the package.

Tara opened the package and saw that it was a decorative Waterford crystal vase.

“Wow, guys, this is really nice. Thank you!”

“We thought it would go nicely in your new house,” Emily said.

“I know just where to put it,” Tara added.

“The next gift is from Donnie.”

Tara opened the gift and found a silver picture frame engraved with Rosenberg-Maclay on the nameplate.

“Donnie this is beautiful, thank you,” said Tara, hugging her brother.

“I thought it would be a nice place to put a wedding photo of you two.”

“Thank you.”

“Next we have one from Buffy and Dawn.”

Tara opened the gift and found a toaster.

“I know you get a toaster for converting Willow, but we thought you’d like a high-end one as well. I hear the ones for conversion are pretty cheap,” Buffy explained as everyone laughed.

“Thank you, Buffy. We actually didn’t get the toaster for Willow’s conversion,” said Tara. “I’m not sure why.” Tara playfully looked at Willow.

“What?” Willow asked, seeing Tara’s look.

“Nothing, Sweetie. I’m just messing with you.”

“The next gift is from my parents,” Willow said, smiling.

Tara opened the present and saw it was a leather photo album with their names engraved on it. When she opened it up there were pictures of her and Willow as babies and kids.

“Ira, Shelia, this is amazing. How’d you get all these pictures?”

“Your father was kind enough to go through and make duplicates of several of you so that we could start the album for you. Now, I expect you both to keep up with the pictures.”

“We will, Mom. Thank you and Dad. This is truly special.” Willow smiled as she looked at the pictures.

“It looks like the last gift is from my Dad,” Tara said, picking up an envelope with their names on it in her father’s handwriting.

Tara handed the envelope to Willow to open. Willow opened the envelope and stared at what was inside, her face showing surprise.

“What is it, Sweetie?”

“Your Dad got us a two week trip to New Zealand.”

“I know that you love to travel Tara, and Willow I know you love to learn, so this present encompasses both. The tour hits wineries, volcanos, the glacier, all of the major highlights of the country. Plus, this is one place that I know you have never been, but your mother and I always wanted to take you.”

“Thank you, Daddy.” Tara jumped up and hugged her father as a few tears escaped her eyes.

“Thank you, everyone,” Willow said, smiling at the group and seeing Tara wiping her eyes.

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The weekend passed in a blur filled with nakedness, lovemaking, and just enjoying one another’s company. When the alarm went off Monday morning Willow let out a grunt and pulled the pillow over her head.

“Make it stop,” whined Willow.

“I’m trying,” Tara said, trying to find the alarm and knocking her phone to the ground. “Dammit, stupid phone.”

“You okay over there?”

“No, I’m having a bit of trouble getting the alarm to shut off.” Tara reached down and picked up her phone and silenced the alarm. She sat up in bed, now almost fully awake after struggling to get the alarm turned off.

“Will, we need to get up.” Tara tried lifting the pillow off her wife’s head, but Willow held it in place.

“Don’t wanna. Too tired…”

“I know, Sweetie. I’m tired too. Tonight we’ll make it an early bedtime.”

“Tara, we went to bed at six last night,” said Willow, peeking out from under the pillow.

“Honey, we may have come to bed at six, but we didn’t actually go to sleep until almost one this morning. Tonight we won’t stay up that late making love.”

“But, but, but, we’re newlyweds, that is what newlyweds do. They have lots of hot sex.”

“I’m not saying we won’t, we’ll just go to bed at a more reasonable hour. Plus, we do need to store up some energy for our honeymoon in a few weeks.”

“Mmmm, honeymoon.”

With that, Tara kissed Willow’s bare shoulder and got out of bed. As she was getting into the shower she heard Willow coming into the bathroom.

“Decided to join me?”

“Yeah, being in bed alone isn’t nearly as much fun as it is with your gorgeous wife in there with you.”

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Willow and Tara walked into work and headed right for the elevator. As luck would have it they were the only two in the glass elevator.

“I’m going to miss kissing you,” Willow said, looking up at Tara.

“I know, I’m going to miss kissing you, too. But, maybe we can sneak away at lunch?”

“I can’t, I have a meeting with Jesse and Xander today.”

“Well, poop. Now, what am I going to do on my lunch break?”

“Daydream about me, probably,” Willow said as the elevator dinged for the fourth floor. “This is my stop.”

“I love you! I’ll see you after work,” said Tara forgetting where they were and leaning and kissing Willow.

“Dammit T,” said Faith, coming up to the two women.

“I gotta run. I love you, too!” With that Willow practically ran to her desk. She didn’t want a lecture from Faith.

“It was a little kiss, Faith.”

“Yes, but in the workplace, that isn’t okay. I know you guys just got married, but please, don’t make me be the bad guy and have to write one or both of you up for misconduct. Kiss her before you walk in the building, not after. Please? For me?”

“I’m sorry. I will kiss my sexy wife before we walk into the building tomorrow.”

“Thank you. I hate being the bad guy here, but we have rules in the company and we have to abide by them even if you are newlyweds.”

“I get it. So, how was your weekend?”

“It was good. The house should be done today or tomorrow, so we spent the weekend planning what furniture we needed to get and where to place the stuff we have.”

“That sounds like fun.”

“Did you two do anything other than have sex?”

“We cuddled...does that count?” Tara said, a smile overtaking her face.

“No, that doesn’t. I know you two and that was just the interlude.”

“Well, yeah, you’re right, it was.”

The two arrived at Tara’s office and said their goodbyes. Melissa, Tara’s assistant was already at her desk waiting for Tara to arrive.

“Good morning, Melissa,” said Tara, cheerfully.

“Good morning. How are you doing?”

“Fantastic.”

“I’m glad to hear that. I’m also glad you are in such a good mood.”

“Why?”

“Because I received a call from a couple vendors last week for the campaign and they weren’t happy about something and they demanded to speak to you first thing this morning.”

“Do we at least know what they aren’t happy about or am I going into this blind?”

“It has to do with the website, that is all I know.”

“That isn’t much to go on.”

“It was the best I could get out of them last week.”

“Thank you,” Tara sighed. Her day had started out off, and it looked like it was going to stay there.

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“Hey, Sweetheart,” said Donald, sticking his head in the door of Tara’s office.

“Hi Daddy,” Tara said, her voice weary as she looked up from the papers on her desk.

“How’s your day going?”

“Ugh!”

“I sent you to college and the most you can tell me is ‘ugh’?”

“Sorry,” Tara said, sighing. “The morning started out rough and it hasn’t really gotten any better. We have a couple of vendors who have issues with their website and they’re blaming us. I haven’t had a chance to talk to Willow yet to get her thoughts on the technical side of this. I tried calling her after I got off the phone with the vendors, but I forgot she had a meeting with Jesse and Xander today. I spent the morning on the phone with the vendors and then catching up on the paperwork from last week when we were out for the wedding.”

“Tara, don’t run yourself ragged before you go on your honeymoon. Willow probably wants her wife there more than a zombie.”

“We’re going to be gone for two weeks, Daddy. We just need to get some stuff done before then.”

“Tara, you have an entire department at your disposal, Donnie and Jesse have other programmers. You two could have gone now. Does Willow know how long you guys are going to be gone for? Or where you are going?”

“Nope, she doesn’t know--”

“Who doesn’t know what?” asked Willow as she joined Donald and Tara in Tara’s office. “Sorry, Melissa said to come right in.”

“You don’t know how much I love you,” replied Tara, a loving smile gracing her face.

“Sure I do, it’s a little bit less than I love you. You need to step up your game…”

“Oh, I am getting outta here.” Donald laughed before continuing. “You two get the hell out of here and enjoy the evening.”

“We will,” Willow called as Donald left the office.

“So, you love me more than I love you, huh?”

“Oh yes,” said Willow, leaning over and kissing her wife softly. “But I won’t hold it against you.”

“Watch yourself, Mrs. Rosenberg-Maclay. I still have time to change the honeymoon plans. I could take us to some swamp in Florida instead of where we are going.”

“Yes, you could, but then you’d be stuck in a swamp with me as well.”

“As long as I’m with you, it’ll be a perfect honeymoon.”

“Awww, I love you, gorgeous.”

“I love you, too! What do you say we do as your father-in-law says and get outta here?”

“Yes, ma’am! You look tired baby, why don’t we stop at Angel’s and pick up dinner on the way home?”

“I am mentally exhausted, I think that is a perfect idea.”

The couple exited Tara’s office and made their way to the parking garage. Once they were in the car, Willow called in their order at Angel’s and they headed over to pick up dinner.

“What does your day look like tomorrow?” asked Tara as they drove.

“I have a meeting in the afternoon, but my morning is semi-open. I have some coding to finish up for Jesse from our meeting today.”

“Would you have a little bit of time to squeeze me in?”

“Baby, you can have all the time in the world. Seriously, whatever you need, my love.”

“I’m not thinking I’ll need a lot of time, I just need you to look over a couple of complaints we got from some vendors and give me your thoughts on it.”

“Did you need me to do it tonight? I can log in when we get home.”

“Nope, tonight you are all mine,” a mischievous grin crossed Tara’s face.

“Mmmm, I like how you think,” said Willow, leaning over and kissing the side of Tara’s head as she pulled to a stop outside Angel’s.

The couple picked up dinner and went home. After eating Willow drew them a bath and tried to help Tara forget the day. After the relaxing bath, they made their way to the bedroom and Willow gave Tara a sensual massage before they made love and drifted to sleep holding one another.

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“Hey,” said Tara.

“Hey, sexy. Did you want me to come up now to discuss those vendor issues?” asked Willow.

“If you have the time…”

“Tara, I told you last night that I have all the time in the world for you.”

“I know, but you also said you had coding to do for Jesse today. I don’t want to interrupt that.”

“I’m at a breaking point, I’m starting to confuse my PERL with my Python. I’ll be up in a minute.”

“Thanks, Sweetie.”

Tara hung up the phone and rifled through the papers on her desk finding her notes from the previous day. A few minutes later there was a knock at her door and Willow popped her head in.

“Hey, Beautiful,” said Willow.

“Hey, Sweetie. Come in and have a seat.”

“So, what’s up?”

“Well, we have two vendors that claim that their sites aren’t performing correctly and that they aren’t being given the same promotion as other sites. I have no clue what that means, but I’m hoping you do and that you can either disprove it or fix it.”

“I think I know what they are talking about for the promotional stuff. I can check the algorithm that I wrote to randomly promote vendors and make sure that they are indeed getting as much time as others.”

“Sweetie, I have no clue what you just said. Can you say it in English?”

“Sorry, our site has banners promoting each of the vendors. It puts them up at random intervals. I wrote the algorithm that rotates the banners. I’m going to check it to make sure that it is showing everyone for the same amount of time.”

“I think I got that. So, will that take care of their sites not acting right?”

“That I’ll have to call them and ask what they mean. I can do that before my meeting today.”

“Thanks. I appreciate you running with this. I’m out of my league when it comes to this stuff.”

“That is why you have me,” Willow said, laughing.

Willow went back to her desk and called the vendors and was able to resolve the issues in the space of the phone call. As it turned out the vendors own sites were the issue and not anything that TDM had done or had access to.

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The rest of the week passed without too much stress for the couple. Friday night arrived and they felt the need to go out and dance off the week's stress.

Willow called Buffy and invited her to join them at The Bronze. Tara called Faith, and Donnie and invited them. Donnie bowed out citing a rough week and a need for a quiet night in. Faith and Emily said they would meet them at The Bronze at eight.

“Willow, does this look okay?” asked Tara, coming into the living room wearing a pair of fitted blue jeans, a blue silk camisole, and a white shirt over the top.

“Mmmmm, there is my sexy wife.” Willow stood up from the couch and walked over, wrapping her arms around her wife from behind and kissing her neck.

“You keep that up and we aren’t going to make it to The Bronze,” warned Tara, her tone sensual and full of desire.

“Sorry, but you are just irresistible.”

Tara turned in Willow’s arms and kissed her softly. “Let’s go dance.”

The couple made their way to The Bronze. Once inside they found Faith, Emily, Buffy, and Angel upstairs.

“Hey, guys,” said Willow.

“Hey, Red. Hey, Tara,” replied Faith.

“Hi, Wills, Tara,” Buffy said, snuggling closer to Angel.

“I was just about to go get drinks. What do you two want?”

“I’ll just have a water,” answered Tara.

“I’ll go with you and help you carry the drinks,” offered Willow.

The pair made their way to the bar downstairs. As they neared the bar they saw Cordelia and Harmony standing there. Willow tried not to tense, but those two women had tormented her most of her life. Although, since Tara made good on her threat and created Maclay Realty they had left Willow alone.

“Well, if it isn’t little Willow Rosen-nerd,” Harmony said, her tone snide and condescending.

“It’s Rosenberg-Maclay now,” Willow said, proudly, flashing her wedding band in front of Cordelia and Harmony.

“Congratulations,” said Cordelia, softly, so soft she was almost unheard.

“Thank you.”

“When did you get married?” asked Harmony.

“Last week.”

“Leave her alone, Harmony. I don’t want her wife causing my parents more trouble. They already lost a lot of major properties because of Maclay Realty,” Cordelia said, trying to pull her friend away from the redhead.

“Yeah, that wasn’t cool of your girlfriend.”

“Wife, she’s my wife. And she warned you not to mess with her. It isn’t my fault that you didn't listen and that Emily is an aggressive businesswoman.”

“Grab that tray, Willow,” said Emily, motioning to the tray of drinks on the bar.

“Gotta go, ladies,” Willow said, smugly.

The group drank and danced the night away. Around midnight they decided to call it a night and everyone went their own way. Willow and Tara showered together when they got home and then curled up together in bed, both falling asleep within minutes.

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Title: Meant To Be
Disclaimer: I do not own any of these Characters, just borrowed them and wish I did own them.
Rating: PG-13 – NC-17
Author: Branny72
Feedback: Pretty please…it helps me improve and if I get stuck it gives me ideas on where you would like to see the story go!!

Summary: AU – Willow is graduating from college at UC Sunnydale and has accepted a job with a company that is new in town. One night, while out with some friends Willow sees an attractive blonde who turns her life upside down. (No Vamps, No Hellmouth, No Magic...)

Authors Notes: I’m trying to do more frequent updates. I hope that is okay.

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Chapter 57

“Tara? Baby, do you realize we still have more rooms than we do furniture?” asked Willow as she exited the master bedroom after the movers had moved the last of their boxes into their new house.

“Yeah, but that just means that we get to go do more shopping,” Tara said, a grin crossing her face. She wasn’t huge on shopping, but this was their house and their new life together. The apartment that she had was a furnished apartment so they were starting from scratch and loving every minute of it.

“Just don’t go overboard like Emily did when she and Faith went out shopping,” replied Willow, laughing. “She told me she still isn’t sure where they are going to put some of the stuff.”

“No promises…” Tara gave Willow a mischievous grin.

Willow walked up and wrapped her arms around Tara from behind. Pulling her wife close she rested her head on the blonde's shoulder.

“I can’t believe we got married two weeks ago, we’re moving into our house, and next week we leave for our honeymoon. Life is so good,” commented Willow, before tilting her head and kissing the side of Tara’s head.

Tara turned in her lover’s arms, “Life is better than good.” Tara leaned forward and softly kissed her wife.

“Mmmm, yes ma’am.”

“What time is the last of the furniture being delivered today?” asked Tara as a truck pulled into their driveway.

“Right now,” answered Willow, before she headed out to meet the movers and direct them where to put the furniture.

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“Hey Wil...oh my god, where?” stammered Tara, coming out of the master bathroom. Willow was standing in their bedroom wearing a burgundy lace bra and panty set. The set left very little to the imagination, not that Tara minded or needed any help.

“You like?” Willow asked, posing for Tara.

“Like is an understatement. Sweetie, we’ve been together for over a year now, where in the world has this little number been?” asked Tara motioning to what Willow was wearing.

“Oh, I just found it while I was unpacking. I guess we never really unpacked all my stuff when we were at the apartment.”

“Sweetie, I am deeply sorry I didn’t give you more drawer space so that we could have found that months ago.” Tara walked over and wrapped her arms around Willow from behind. Running her hands over the lacey fabric, feeling Willow arch into her touch.

“You keep that up...” started Willow as Tara’s lips brushed lightly against her neck.

“Mmmm, tasting your skin is addicting,” said Tara into Willow’s neck.

“Please don’t stop,” whispered Willow as she tilted her head to the side as Tara continued to kiss her neck.

“Not planning on it.” Tara continued to run her hands over Willow’s mostly naked body. Sliding them up to cup her breasts and with ease, Tara was able to unhook the front clasp.

“Oh god,” moaned Willow, leaning into her wife’s touch. “Yes, Tara…”

“Mmmm, I need to have you,” moaned Tara as she moved them to the bed. They removed one another’s clothing and then Tara covered Willows body with her own. The feel of skin on skin was almost as intoxicating as it was kissing her wife.

“Tara,” Willow groaned as she felt Tara’s body on her own. Arching up into Tara, needing to feel more. Willow let her hands roam over Tara’s body as she felt Tara grind into her hips. “Oh yes.”

Willow flipped them over and kissed her way down Tara’s body. When she got to her breasts she made sure to take her time, kissing them, teasing her nipples, sucking on them. She could feel Tara arching trying for more contact. Willow continued down the blonde's body until she reached the blonde wet curls. Smelling Tara’s arousal overtook Willow and she leaned in and gently ran her tongue across Tara’s clit, feeling her hips rise. Willow let out a groan of approval as she continued to lap at her wife’s wetness. Willow took Tara’s clit in her mouth and sucked on it causing Tara to call out Willow’s name. Willow felt a hand on the back of her head and pressure to keep sucking. As Willow sucked harder and teased the bundle of nerves with her tongue she slid two fingers inside Tara. Willow moaned at the wetness and the tightness as she started to slowly thrust hitting Tara’s sweet spot with each thrust.

“Oh god, Willow. Faster baby,” whispered Tara as her hips rocked in sync with the pressure Willow was applying to her clit and the thrusting inside her. Tara felt Willow moving faster as her wife had requested. She loved the feel of Tara when she was this turned on.

“Mmmm, baby,” Willow said into Tara’s clit. The vibration adding another sensation to the blondes already alert center.

“Oh, I’m so close. Faster Willow, make me…” With that Willow started to thrust faster and harder making Tara unable to speak and just moan at the intensity of what she was feeling.

As Willow felt Tara starting to tighten around her fingers she sucked harder and helped Tara ride out her orgasm. As Tara started to come down, Willow moved her hand and started to thrust inside Tara again. This caused the blonde to orgasm again. As Tara came down from the second orgasm Willow made her way back up the blonde's body until they were face to face. She smiled and then softly, but hungrily kissed her wife.

“I love you,” Willow said, pulling back slightly.

“I love you, too,” replied Tara as her hand touched Willows copper curls and then she slid inside her, catching the redhead by surprise and almost sending her over the edge.

“Oh, yes,” cried out Willow as they adjusted so that Tara could thrust harder and faster into the redhead. Willow orgasmed twice before Tara was too exhausted to continue.

The couple lay cuddled together, spent, but very satisfied.

“As soon as I get rested, I’m taking you again,” said Tara as she felt Willow shudder in her arms.

After a short nap, Tara woke Willow and the couple made love the rest of the night until the sun started to come up. As it did, they drifted to sleep in the others arms.

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Willow cheerfully walked into the Espresso Pump to get a coffee and wait for Tara who was outside talking to Dawn outside.

“Can I get two mocha’s and two orange scones to go, please?”

“Sure thing,” said the woman behind the counter.

“Willow?” said a male voice.

“Oz…” Willow said, almost inaudibly as she turned to face the man standing next to her.

“Please, can we talk?” Oz moved to touch Willow’s arm, but she pulled away from him, Willow hadn’t forgotten the last time she had seen him and how he forcefully grabbed her arm.

“There really isn’t much to say. I think we’ve said all there is to say to one another.”

“I want us to try again. I’m changing and I can be what you need now. Please, give us a chance. Give me another chance.”

“Oz, there is no us. I don’t mean to be rude or insensitive, but it’s been years, you need to get passed this. Passed us. Move on with your life.”

“Just give me a chance,” pleaded Oz. “I still love you.”

“I’m sorry, I can’t, not now, not ever.”

“Why? Give me one good reason why we can’t just try again.”

“Oz, I got married two weeks ago, and I’m leaving on my honeymoon in less than a week.”

“You w-what?” Oz stammered, his eyes going to Willow’s left hand in disbelief.

“I got married,” Willow said, raising her left hand and showing Oz her wedding ring. “I’m sorry, but there will never be an us again.”

“W-who did you marry? Was it Conner?” The venom in his voice didn’t go unnoticed by Willow.

“No, I didn’t marry Conner. Oz, I married a woman named Tara.”

“You, what? A woman? Seriously?” The skepticism in his voice was thick with disbelief.

“I’m very serious,” stated Willow as Tara walked over to them. Willow wrapped her arm around Tara’s waist and kissed the side of her head. “Oz, this is my wife Tara Rosenberg-Maclay, baby, this is Oz.”

“H-hi,” said Oz, taking Tara’s extended hand.

“It is nice to finally meet you,” said Tara, shaking his hand. “You almost ready to go, Sweetie? Don’t forget you have that meeting with Jesse right away this morning.”

“Yeah, I just need another minute.” Willow handed their breakfast and coffees to Tara and the blonde walked away.

“When did you start dating women? Her?”

“Well, there is and has been just Tara and we were on our first date the night you confronted me at The Bronze just about a year ago.”

“Willow, are you sure about this? Sure about her? That lifestyle? It isn’t an easy lifestyle to live.”

“Oz, I’m happier than I have ever been in my life. I’ve got a fantastic job, a gorgeous wife, a new house...there isn’t a single thing not going for me right now. As for the lifestyle, I’m very certain. Tara is my soulmate and the one that I was destined to find. She completes me.”

“What do your parents think of this? They can’t be happy with it. What about Buffy? Conner?”

“My parents are fully supportive as are all my friends and my in-laws. I need to go Oz, Tara is waiting and I don’t like to keep her waiting.”

“Yeah, okay,” said Oz, his gaze looking passed Willow to where Tara was standing.

Willow looked over her shoulder to see what he was staring at and smiled when she saw Tara laughing and talking with Dawn. Willow walked over and joined the women. As she reached them her arm went around Tara’s waist and they shared a quick, but loving kiss.

“Are you okay?” asked Dawn. “I saw you talking to Oz.”

“Yeah, I’m okay. I’m not sure he is, but I’m glad that I finally got my closure.” Willow glanced over at Oz who was still staring at them.

“I have a meeting first thing this morning with Emily, I’d better get going,” Dawn said as she hugged the two women and headed toward the Maclay Realty building.

“Now, how are you really doing?” asked Tara, knowing her wife better than anyone else.

“I’m not going to say that wasn’t one of the hardest things I’ve had to do or that I’m not waiting for him to explode, but I’m glad that I got the closure that I needed. I wish him well, but I don’t feel burdened anymore. Oz is a part of my past, you, my love, are my future. I don’t know how more to explain it.”

“That’s okay, I think I get it. Let’s head to work.” Tara handed Willow her coffee and scone so that she had a free hand. Once Willow got the stuff in her hand situated she reached over and took Tara’s hand and the couple made their way toward work. Neither seeing the unassuming red-haired man following and closely watching them.

The couple stopped just before they got to work and shared several loving kisses. Tara had kept her promise to Faith and made sure to kiss her wife before they set foot on company property.

“I love you, I’ll see you later,” said Tara.

“Love you, more. See you after work.”

The couple walked into work as Oz stood there still watching them. Shaking his head, his anger stunted by his feeling of loss. He could tell that he had truly lost Willow to this woman she called her wife.

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“So, Willow,” started Xander peeking into Willow’s cube. “Has Tara given you any hints as to where you are going for your honeymoon?”

“Hey, Xander. No, she still won’t give me even a hint of a clue.” Willow turned in her chair to face the dark-haired man.

“Well, that isn’t fair. How are you supposed to know what to pack? Or what to get your best work buddy as a ‘haha, I was here and you weren’t’ gift?”

Willow laughed, “Tara said she would do the packing for us. Which I’m okay with. She packed when we went out for the campaign tour and she got everything for both of us in one suitcase.”

“For both of you? That’s impressive.”

“That’s my wife,” Willow said, smiling wistfully at the thought of Tara.

“Uh oh, she’s gone folks,” teased Xander.

“Nope, just blissfully happy. How are things going with you and Anya?”

“Well, since your wedding she has been hinting about wanting us to get married…”

“Wow, how do you feel about that? Are you ready to take the plunge?”

Xander sat in the spare chair in Willow’s cube. “That’s a hard question. I know that I’m an adult, but sometimes I’m not sure I’m mature enough to get married and handle that much responsibility. Don’t get me wrong, I love Anya and want a long future with her, it is just that marriage seems so grown up.”

“It’s a big step, but as a newlywed, I am biased in saying it is so worth growing up for. I get where you are coming from though. It has to feel right for both of you for it to work.”

“Yeah, I have some deep soul searching to do.” Xander looked at Willow and smiled. “Well, that got a bit more serious than me harassing you about your honeymoon.”

“Yeah, but I’m here for you if you need to talk.”

“Thanks, I appreciate that. I have to get back to work. I’ll talk to you later,” with that Xander got up and left Willow’s cube leaving the redhead to think about her life and how much it had changed in the past year.

Willow: Hey sexy.
Tara: Hey beautiful. How’s your morning going?
Willow: Not bad. I miss you.
Tara: I miss you, too. Are you going to be able to get away for lunch today?
Willow: Yep. See you at noon?
Tara: Meet me at my office?
Willow: I’ll see you there. I love you!!
Tara: Love you, too.
Willow: You know, Faith had better never see our IM’s or we’ll probably get talked to.
Tara: What she doesn’t know, doesn’t hurt us. See you soon, Sweetie.


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“Hi,” Willow said, peeking her head into Tara’s office. “Melissa is away from her desk so I’m just checking to see if you are ready for lunch.”

“Yep, come on in.” Tara smiled as Willow joined her in her office. “So, do we want to take the blanket and go sit in the park for lunch. We walked so there is no racing home for a quickie.”

“The blanket at the park sounds great. I’d love a quickie, but something tells me that Faith wouldn’t approve of us using your desk or the couch over there.”

“Yeah, we may not want to press her too much,” replied Tara, standing and walking over to the couch and grabbing the blanket draped over the end.

The couple made their way outside to one of the vendors and grabbed a boxed lunch for each of them and headed across the way to the park. Finding a spot under a tree they laid out the blanket and sat down close together. Neither seeing the red-haired man that had been watching for them all morning.

As they are they talked about their morning. Willow told Tara about the projects that Jesse had lined up for her once she got back from their honeymoon. She told Tara about her conversation with Xander.

“I know Anya and she isn’t going to make this easy on Xander. If she has her mind set on them getting married, she is going to press him.”

“Oh, I don’t doubt that. I just hope he does it because he’s ready and not because she pressures him.”

Tara pulled the fresh fruit container out of the box and took out a sliced strawberry and fed it to Willow. “Mmmm, I love you,” said Willow leaning over and kissing Tara sensually.

“I love you, too.”

Willow and Tara took turns feeding one another fruit and exchanging kisses. As the time grew closer to the end of their lunch Tara smiled at Willow.

“What’s that smile for?”

“Because I’m so damn in love with you. You make me so happy.”

“The feeling is very mutual,” purred Willow.

“We need to go in, but I’ll give you and Xander one clue on where our honeymoon is going to be. If you can’t guess it by tonight I’ll tell you for certain.”

“Why the change?”

“Because I want you to be as excited as I am about where we’re going.”

“What’s my clue?”

“You chose where we’re going at Christmas.”

“What the hell kinda clue is that? I chose where we’re going at Christmas?”

“Think about it and let me know if you have any guesses.” Tara kissed Willow soundly and then stood up offering her wife her hand to help her get up.

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Xander was surprised when Willow got back from lunch and told him the clue that Tara had given her.

“What did you do for Christmas?”

“We went and played in the snow. Tara rented us a house in the mountains.”

“So, maybe she is taking you to Alaska? They have snow there almost year round in some parts of it.”

“That wouldn’t be bad. Maybe an Alaskan cruise or something,” suggested Willow.

The two spent the rest of the day IM-ing one another with suggestions. Willow was completely baffled by the time that she and Tara were heading home.

“So, any guesses?” asked Tara as she joined Willow and Xander in the elevator going down.

“The best we came up with was an Alaskan cruise,” Willow answered, not sounding confident at all.

“Nope, but if you like that idea, we can do it at some point.”

“Then we’re stumped.”

Tara laughed and couldn’t help herself to give the pair one last clue. “The last clue is that it is an over ten-hour flight, god help me with your fear of flying.”

“Guess that shoots out the Alaskan cruise,” commented Xander. “If Willow has a fear of flying, how do you expect to keep her calm?”

“Oh, don’t worry Xander, I have my ways,” Tara said, laughing. “Willow will have to tell you tomorrow where we’re headed.”

The group said their goodbyes and the couple headed to their new house.

Oz still following at a distance. He still wasn’t convinced that this was really what Willow wanted for her life or that she was telling him the truth.

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After arriving home, Willow and Tara changed and went and sat out on the back patio before making dinner. They sat close to one another, their fingers intertwining.

“So, do you have any other guesses as to where we’re headed?” asked Tara.

“Explain to me how I chose our honeymoon at Christmas. That is part that I don’t get. We were in the mountains surrounded by snow for Christmas.”

“You really want to know? Because if I tell you how you chose it, it will give away where we’re headed.”

“Tell me and I’ll make it worth your while…” flirted Willow.

“You got us tickets for Christmas.” Tara watched as Willow thought about it and then she saw it register in her wife’s eyes.

“We’re going to Ireland?”

“Yep. We’re going to Ireland for two weeks. Are you excited?”

Willow leaned in close to Tara and said, “Let me show you how excited I am.” Then she closed the distance and passionately kissed Tara.

“Mmmm,” groaned Tara, into the kiss. “Let’s take this inside to the bedroom.”

Dinner was all but forgotten as the couple spent the evening making love.

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The following morning as Tara and Willow made their way to the elevator they saw Xander standing there waiting.

“So? Where are you going?” asked Xander, his excitement that more of a little kid than a grown man.

“Ireland,” Willow said, laughing at Xander’s excitement.

“Oh, wow. That is so cool. Please don’t tell Anya. I don’t think we’re ready for an international vacation just yet.”

“We’ll keep it our secret,” said Tara.

The three got onto the elevator and as it stopped at the fourth floor Willow took Tara’s hand and squeezed it and softly told her she loved her. Tara returned the sentiment and Willow and Xander got off the elevator.

“So, how did you choose Ireland?”

“Oh, I forgot that I got us tickets for Christmas. So, we’re going to use those and spend two weeks touring the country...or I think that is the plan. I didn’t think to ask more than where we were going.” The pair laughed and made their way to their desks.

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“Ladies and gentlemen we are about thirty minutes outside of Dublin, from the crew of Aer Lingus, we thank you for flying with us.”

“I love you,” Willow said as Tara took the magazine that she had been reading to pack up in their carry-on.

“I love you, too. Are you excited?”

“Yeah, when were you here last?”

“I’ve just been here the one time. I was like ten when we were here, so this is going to be as new to me as it is to you,” said Tara.

“I like that idea. I wouldn’t want you to be seeing the same old stuff and be bored on our honeymoon.”

“Will, that would never happen. Even if I had been here last year it would still be new and different because I’m here seeing it with you. Through your perspective even.”

“Charmer.” Willow leaned over and kissed Tara. “So, do you have the whole two weeks planned?”

“Nope. I thought we could play it by ear and just do whatever. There are a few places that I’d like to see if we could go to, but mostly, I just want to be with you.”

“So, where do you really want to go?”

“I want to go to Sean’s Bar in Athlone, Co. Westmeath, it’s over a thousand-year-old bar. It is west of Dublin.”

“Whoa. A thousand-year-old bar? Seriously?”

“Yep. That is one of the reasons that I picked it as a place to go. How many people can say that they were in a bar that old? We could then go to Galway? I really have only a couple things that I really want to do while we’re here. The rest we can decide together.”

“What else is a must to do?”

“Maybe go to Belfast to see the special stuff they have on the Titanic. I love the documentaries on that.”

“Me too. When we get to the hotel, let’s plan out our time or at least where we want to go.”

The flight landed and the couple made their way to retrieve their luggage and make their way to the hotel.

“Welcome to The Merrion Hotel,” said the woman at the front desk of the hotel.

The couple checked in and was shown to the suite Tara had reserved for them. Once in the room Willow collapsed onto the bed and patted the spot next to her. Tara promptly joined her wife.

“What do you say we take a nap before we plan out our trip?”

“Deal,” said Willow, rolling on her side and leaning her head on Tara’s shoulder and draping an arm across Tara’s stomach.

“I love you,” said Tara, kissing the top of Willow’s head.

“I love you, too.” replied Willow as the couple drifted off to sleep.
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Title: Meant To Be
Disclaimer: I do not own any of these Characters, just borrowed them and wish I did own them.
Rating: PG-13 – NC-17
Author: Branny72
Feedback: Pretty please…it helps me improve and if I get stuck it gives me ideas on where you would like to see the story go!!

Summary: AU – Willow is graduating from college at UC Sunnydale and has accepted a job with a company that is new in town. One night, while out with some friends Willow sees an attractive blonde who turns her life upside down. (No Vamps, No Hellmouth, No Magic...)

Authors Notes: I’m trying to do more frequent updates. I hope that is okay.

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Chapter 58

Willow awoke and looked around the room, the unfamiliar surroundings took a few moments for her to register that they were in their hotel room in Dublin on their honeymoon. Willow looked next to her to see the love of her life sound asleep still. Willow looked at the time and found that their little nap had actually turned into a full night's sleep. It was now almost seven thirty in the morning.

“Well, at least we will be rested for the day,” Willow thought to herself.

“Will, can you turn the lights off or at least turn them down a bit?” asked Tara, sleepily.

“That’s the sun, my love. We kinda slept all night,” Willow said, giggling a little.

“We what?” Tara propped herself up on her elbow and looked at the clock on the nightstand.

“Our nap was more of a full night’s sleep.”

“Oh, oops. I guess jet lag kicked in...”

“Something like that. Does this mean it is time for my good morning kiss?”

“Mmmm, oh yes,” Tara said, leaning over and capturing Willow’s lips with her own.

The couple lay there kissing for a while. Both enjoying the closeness and the feel of the other nearby. Then Tara, needing more of a connection, rolled on top of Willow, their bodies meshing together.

“I want you,” Tara said, never removing her lips from Willow’s.

“Mmmm, I need you,” replied Willow, urgency, and need in her voice.

The couple managed to quickly rid the other of their clothes. Tara retook her place on top of Willow and slowly started to kiss her way down the redhead’s body. Stopping to pay special attention to Willow’s breasts. Teasing the redhead's nipples with her tongue. Feeling her lover moving to her touch. Then, slowly continuing to make her way further down her wife’s body.

“I love you,” Tara whispered as she let her tongue reach out and find Willow’s clit. Hearing Willow, gasp served only to make the hunger that Tara was feeling greater. She wanted to tease her lover and take it slow, but lust was starting to get the best of her.

“Oh, yes, Tara,” moaned Willow, her hips moving to the rhythm that Tara’s tongue had set.

“Mmmm, you taste so good,” groaned Tara as she sucked harder.

“Yes, baby, oh god yes…” The last coherent words muttered by either woman.

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After making love the couple showered together and ordered room service as they hadn’t eaten since they were on the flight to Ireland. Willow pulled her tablet from her carry-on bag while they waited for their food to arrive.

“So, should we plan what we want to do?” asked Willow as she sat down on the plush sofa in the sitting area of the room. “How long did you book us here?”

“I booked us here for three nights, but if we decide we want to stay here in Dublin longer we can.” Tara joined Willow on the sofa and leaned against her, trying to keep them as close as she could.

“Well, we know that we want to hit Sean’s Bar, but what should we do while we’re here in Dublin?” asked Willow as their breakfast arrived and Tara set it on the coffee table in front of them.

“You got the tablet, pull up a site and let’s see what there is to do here.”

Willow turned on her tablet and brought up ireland.com; the page she had found when she was buying the tickets for the flight. Surfing to the “Things to do in Dublin” page Willow found a list of things to do.

“Well, we have to go to the Guinness Storehouse. We are in Ireland.”

“Sweetie, you aren’t a huge beer drinker,” said Tara. “Especially Guinness.”

“No, I’m not, but we’re here and I think if you are in Ireland and you don’t try the Irish Whiskey and Guinness Beer you’re missing out. Plus, I was watching some show one night and they said that there is special training for pouring the best Guinness beer. I’m certain the people at the Storehouse have that training.”

“Good point. So, we have one place to go visit. What else do they have to do here?”

“They have St. Patrick’s and Christ Church Cathedrals, Dublin Castle, and oh, there are several museums and parks we can check out.”

“I think those all sound like fun. We could spend a few of days just touring around Dublin and then move onto another part of the country.”

“Well, from here we can go to Sean’s Bar since it’s just west of Dublin, then head north to Belfast? We can go and see Titanic Quarter as this site calls it.”

“I really can’t wait to see that. I love that part of history. I think I’ve seen, easily, twenty or more documentaries on the Titanic. The building of it and the sinking of it.”

“Cool! Then I guess we had better stay at the Titanic Hotel.”

“Don’t tease me, Willow,” pouted Tara.

“I’m not, see,” replied Willow, turning her tablet more so that Tara could see the webpage being displayed. “I would never tease you about something like that, Baby. Especially, on our honeymoon.”

“Sorry,” Tara said, sheepishly. “It is just one of the quirky things that I love in history. I get drawn in every time I see a documentary on.”

“Well, if my baby loves it and wants to see it, then she gets to see it.” Willow quickly booked a room for a few days knowing that it was going to take them at least that long to get through everything that Tara was going to want to see and do in Titanic Quarter.

“Mmmm, I like that logic,” Tara said, in a low and sensual voice. “Does that mean,” she started nipping at Willow’s neck, “that because I love you, I get to see you? Naked? Your body pressed tightly against mine?”

“Oh god, yes...and if you keep that up, mmmm, we’re not going to get decided where we want to go on our trip here.”

“We will, but I’m right now I’m craving you, again.” Tara took the tablet out of Willow’s hand and set it on the coffee table. She then pushed the redhead down onto her back and started to suck on Willow’s neck.

“Tara, yes.” Willow raised her hand and put it on the back of Tara’s head, keeping Tara’s lips on her neck. Willow felt Tara’s hand slip under her t-shirt and unhook her bra. She then felt Tara’s hand cupping her breast, the pad of her thumb teasing the now erect nipple.

Tara smiled into Willow’s neck as she felt the redhead's pulse speed up as she touched her lover’s breasts. Their breathing was becoming ragged, their need and desire were becoming overpowering.

Willow, giving in to the desire, reached down and pulled Tara’s shirt up until her bra was visible. Willow quickly unhooked the front hooks and began to caress Tara’s breasts.

“Oh, Willow,” moaned Tara as she leaned into Willow’s touch. Pulling away from Willow’s neck and capturing the redhead's lips. “Make love to me.”

That was all Willow needed to hear as she quickly stripped Tara of her clothing and removed her own. She made love to her wife on the sofa, the bed, ten feet away, seemed too far and their need too great.

After making love the couple moved to the bed for another round of lovemaking that morning. After they had satisfied that urge, they grabbed the tablet and cuddled together again to plan the rest of their trip.

“What else do you want to do?” Tara asked, her head on Willow’s shoulder and her arm draped across Willow’s stomach.

“I’d love to see some of the cliffs and old castles. Did you want to go kiss the Blarney Stone?”

“Can you come to Ireland and not go kiss the Blarney Stone?”

“You can, but I think that it is something that needs to be done at least once in a lifetime. We’re kinda jumping all over the country here. Going from Dublin to Athlone to Belfast and then to Cork and Galway. Have you thought about how we’re going to get places? I mean we don’t have a car, nor do I think either of us wants to drive here,” asked Willow.

“Well, we could either hire a driver to get us around or we can take the Irish Rail. Dad and I did that when he and I did a day trip when I was here as a kid.”

“That sounds fun, let me see where we can hit with that.”

By the time their lunch arrived, Willow and Tara had a game plan put together on where they wanted to go and what they wanted to see, and how they were going to get there. After eating the couple decided to go out and explore Dublin.

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Willow and Tara walked the short distance to Merrion Square Park and walked along the pathways enjoying the greenery. They then walked over to the National Gallery of Ireland. Both amazed by the drawings, paintings, and sculptures they saw.

“What was your favorite?” asked Tara as they left the museum.

“I was partial to the drawings. How about you, gorgeous?” Willow took Tara’s hand as they walked.

“I loved the watercolors. They reminded me of painting and doing art things with my mom when I was little. She used to buy a bunch of these corny paint-by-number watercolor sets and she and I would spend a weekend painting them.”

“That sounds like fun. Did your dad or Donnie ever join in? Or was that your mother-daughter bonding time?” Willow loved hearing about Tara’s childhood and all the things that her parents did with them.

“I don’t recall Dad or Donnie joining in. I just remember spending the time with my Mom.” Tara got a look on her face that showed the conflict of emotions she was feeling. The joy of the memory of spending time with her mom and the heartbreak of the loss of her mother. Willow wrapped an arm around Tara’s shoulders and kissed the side of her head trying to offer her some support. “Sorry, there are just times that I really miss her.”

“It’s okay, baby. I know you miss her and I know that your memories come at a price. You get the joy and the sadness mixed together. I’m just grateful that you let me be there for you. I will admit that I usually push people away when those emotions conflict with me.”

“You’ve never pushed me away,” Tara said, stopping to look at her wife.

“No, but it is also because in the past year I haven’t felt those conflicting emotions. You’ve made my life more joyful and all around pleasant. I don’t get sad thinking about what I missed out on with my parents and in my childhood. Now, instead of getting sad, I think about how we’re going to make it so our kids never have to feel what I felt growing up. Not from us, and definitely not from my parents.”

“I love the sound of that, our kids…”

“Me too.” They shared a soft kiss. “I love you.”

“I love you, too, Willow.”

The couple decided to start walking back to the hotel stopping at O’Donoghues Pub for dinner and to listen to some Irish music. Once they had their fill, they made there way back to the hotel. Tara stopped at the Concierge desk to see about getting a driver to take them to Athlone on their last full day at the hotel since the Irish Rail didn’t go that way. Once that was arranged the couple made their way up to their room, both exhausted from their morning of lovemaking and then all of the walking they had done in just the short time they were out.

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Willow and Tara spent the next day touring museums and parks, checking out St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and walking around and looking in various shops. They both agreed to wait to buy gifts for people until they were getting ready to leave. This way they didn’t have to tote them around from place to place.

The following day they hit the Guinness Storehouse and Dublin Castle.

“So, what did you think of the Guinness?” Tara inquired as they were leaving the Storehouse.

“Definitely better here in Dublin than that one time I tried it in college. I have to say that the Whiskey was amazing. I could get into drinking that if I were a drinker.”

“Yeah, it was really smooth.”

The following evening was the day Tara had arranged to have a car drive them to Athlone to go to Sean’s Bar.

Tara woke before Willow did that morning. She lay there watching her wife sleep thinking about life and how much has changed in the past year. TDM was thriving, more than ever after such a successful campaign the previous year, she had a group of close friends, more than just Faith and Donnie. Now she had Buffy, Angel, Conner, Emily, Dawn, Xander, and Anya. But the biggest change was Willow and what she brought to Tara’s life. She was her life, something Tara had never been able to imagine before.

“Whatcha doing?” asked Willow as she turned over and saw Tara staring at her, her eyes looking like they could spill tears at any second. “Baby? Is something wrong?” Willow reached up with one hand and cupped the side of Tara’s face.

“I love you,” whispered Tara, not trusting her voice.

“I love you, too. You’re kinda scaring me here.”

“Sorry, I was just watching you sleep and thinking about the past year and how much has changed.”

“And that brought on tears,” Willow wondered aloud as she ran the back of her fingers along Tara’s cheek brushing away a couple of tears that spilled out.

“They’re happy tears.” Tara leaned down and softly started to kiss Willow. As she continued to kiss the redhead she felt herself being pulled closer and their naked bodies becoming one. They made love, slow and tender. This was about connecting with one another, showing and being shown the depth of their love.

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Willow and Tara sat in the back seat of the car driving them to Athlone. Willow had Googled how long and found it was just about an hour and a half drive.

“Are you feeling better?” asked Willow. She had noticed that Tara was still a little quiet from earlier in that morning.

“Yeah, sorry. I promise that I will cheer up in a few minutes. I just need to get over…”

“Baby, you can be as quiet as you need to be,” interrupted Willow. “Every moment doesn’t need to be excitement and thrills.”

“It’s our honeymoon, Will, it should be all excitement and thrills.”

“We have had plenty of both,” Willow said, leaning over and kissing Tara softly.

“Thank you for understanding and not pushing.”

“Always.” Willow snuggled closer to Tara as they rode in silence again.

The car arrived outside Sean’s Bar and the driver told them that he would wait for them in the parking lot. The couple got out of the car and went into the bar. It was still early evening, but they didn’t want to be out too late as they were going to be heading to Belfast in the morning and they still had to pack.

“Wow, this place is amazing,” said Willow as they were seated near one of the fireplaces. They ordered a pint of Guinness to share, they each got a shot of Sean’s Special Blend Whiskey, and a bite to eat.

After they were done with their drinks and food the couple looked around the bar at the memorabilia that adorned the walls.

“This place is amazing,” again commented Willow as they were viewing one area housing several newspaper articles on the bar.

“Want a t-shirt or hoodie to take home?”

“Of course,” Willow said, giggling. She was enjoying the bar and being in such an old place and part of history.

The couple bought a t-shirt and hoodie to commemorate their visit. On the drive back to the hotel the couple discussed what they needed to do in order to be ready to check out in the morning and get on the Irish Rail to Belfast and to the Titanic Quarter. Tara was like a giddy kid at the thought of all the Titanic stuff they were going to see and that they were staying at the Titanic Hotel overlooking the Titanic Quarter.

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Morning arrived and Tara again was up before Willow. This time though, she was excited to be going to see the Titanic Quarter and getting to immerse herself in all things Titanic.

“Tara?” asked Willow, reaching for her wife and finding the bed cold and empty.

“Over here, Sweetie,” Tara said, from the sitting area of the room. She had been playing on her tablet, planning what she wanted to do and where she wanted to go.

“Baby, why are you up so early? Is everything okay?”

“I’m just excited for today.” Tara put her tablet down on the coffee table and walked over to the bed, leaning over and kissing Willow softly. “Good morning, gorgeous.”

“Mmmm definitely is now.”

Tara stood up and untied her robe and started to slip it off her shoulders. “Let’s see what we can do to make that a great morning.”

“Oh yes, please,” moaned Willow as she stared at her now naked wife. Tara slipped under the covers with Willow and they made love.

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The couple rode the Irish Rail from Dublin to Belfast where they took a cab to the Titanic Quarter. As they pulled up to the Titanic Hotel Tara’s face was lit up like a little kid’s at Christmas.

“Wow, this place looks amazing,” commented Tara as they got out of the cab and prepared to go check in.

Once the couple had checked into their hotel room and Tara had gotten her fill of the view of the Titanic Quarter from their room, they decided to go and take a walk around the area. It was mid-afternoon and although they had time to get into a couple of the places to view things, they wanted to wait until the following morning so that they could maximize their time at each location.

“This area and place are amazing,” Tara said as they walked along the SS Nomadic. Tara looking forward to touring it in the next day or two. “I can’t believe that we’re really here.”

“I don’t think that I have ever seen you this excited about something,” commented Willow, smiling at her wife.

“Oh, you get me plenty excited,” said Tara, in a sultry tone as she kissed the back of Willow’s hand.

“Mmmm, that I know, but I’m talking about--”

“I know, Sweetie. I’m just messing with you. I never knew this stuff existed and getting to share it with you just makes it all the much better.”

“I love that we get to share it together.”

The couple walked along the Titanic Quarter taking in the sites and the magnitude and size of the place. Once evening was setting in they made their way back to the Titanic Hotel and changed to have dinner at The Wolff Grill.

After dinner, the couple decided to take a walk along the slipway where the Titanic, Olympic, and Britannic were built.

“It’s so peaceful here,” commented Tara as they walked holding hands.

“Yeah, but I bet during the day it is a zoo here with everyone coming to immerse themselves in Titanic-y goodness.”

“Well, we are going to be two of that mass of people starting tomorrow morning.”

The couple fell into a comfortable silence as they continued to walk off their dinner and enjoying their time alone, together.

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“Tara, wait for me,” called Willow as Tara bolted out of the hotel and into the crowd of people waiting for the Wee Tram to take them around the Titanic Quarter.

Tara stopped and waited for the redhead to catch up before moving again. “Sorry, I just got overly excited.”

“Don’t make me have to find one of those child leashes to put on you,” teased Willow.

“Mmmm, you can tie me up later if you want,” Tara whispered into Willow’s ear causing the redhead to stumble a bit causing Tara to smile innocently.

“You are far from innocent, Mrs. Rosenberg-Maclay.”

The couple made their way over to the Titanic Belfast and after taking pictures near the Titanic sign they made their way inside. Tara had already planned what they were going to do for the days to come. They spent time in the Titanic Experience, Tara enjoying the interactive galleries and the dark rides showing them the shipyard. Then off to look at artifacts.

“Are you having fun, Sweetie?” asked Tara as they broke for a late lunch.

“I’m not sure what is more fun for me, seeing the exhibits or seeing how excited you are at seeing the exhibits.”

“I’m sorry, I just never knew this existed…”

“Baby, it isn’t a bad thing that you are this excited. We are supposed to be having fun on our honeymoon.”

“We are, aren’t we?”

“Very much so,” Willow said, leaning over and giving Tara a chaste kiss.

They went back to finish off the artifacts before closing time. The couple then returned to the hotel and ordered room service, both tired from the excitement of the day.

They spent the next two days wandering around looking at the other sites that the Titanic Quarter had to offer. Willow making sure to get as many pictures as she could of the area and of Tara enjoying the area.

The next day was spent traveling via Irish Rail from Belfast to Cork. Tara had found a tour that they could take in the area of Cork that showed them around the city and the nearby cliffs and took them out to Blarney Castle & Gardens to kiss the Blarney Stone.

“Wow, this place is huge,” commented Willow as they made their way toward Blarney Castle following several members of the tour.

“Yeah, I had no idea there was so much to do here. Do you think we’ll have time to do some exploring?”

“Of course, and if we don’t have time today we can come back tomorrow.”

They followed the group listening to the leader telling them about the history and pointing out important sites. Once they reached the Blarney Stone they each took a turn leaning over the side and kissing it.

After they were done they went to explore the gardens and the other sites that were there. By the time they left it was dark and both girls were exhausted.

“Tomorrow we can just bum around Cork and then the following day we head back to Dublin to get ready for our flight back to the states,” Tara stated as they cuddled in the back of the bus.

“That sounds like a good plan. I want to see about getting the gang some small gifts as well.”

“Sounds good to me.”

The following day they spent time exploring Cork, checking out the Cork City Gaol, Elizabeth Fort, University College Cork, and various other sites around Cork. By the time they made it back to Dublin the pair had seen quite a bit of Ireland but knew that they would be back to see more and enjoy more of what the country had to offer.

On the flight back to the US, Willow was exhausted from making love with Tara the entire previous night. They hadn’t slept wanting to make the most of their last night in Ireland. They were grateful that once they got back to the states they were going to have a couple of days to recover from the jet lag.

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“Daddy,” exclaimed Tara as they arrived at the Sunnydale Airport and Donald was there to pick them up. He hugged his daughter and then hugged his daughter-in-law.

“How was your trip,” he asked.

“Amazing, wonderful...I don’t know that there are words for how great it was,” Willow replied as Tara pulled their bag off the luggage belt.

“Well, once you guys get settled and over the jet lag, we’ll have to have a family dinner and you can tell us all about it and show us the pictures. I know the few that you sent me Tara showed that you were definitely making the most of your time.”

“We tried to stay busy, but not too busy to where it wasn’t relaxing for us as well.”

After being dropped off the girls opted to cuddle on the sofa instead of unpacking.

“I now understand why your parents did so much traveling. That was an amazing honeymoon,” said Willow as she adjusted to laying facing Tara on the sofa, their bodies close together.

“Yeah, it was amazing. Maybe we should make it an annual thing, you know, choosing someplace to go out of the country for our anniversary each year.”

“I like that idea. I also love the idea of it just being us.” Willow waggled her eyebrows before leaning in and kissing Tara soundly. The kiss started slow and then heated up.

“Take me to bed,” Tara said as her hands started to explore the redhead’s body.

“My pleasure,” said Willow, getting up and extending her hand to help Tara up. The couple made their way into the bedroom and made love for the rest of the night. Stopping only for short naps as the night turned into morning.
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Summary: AU – Willow is graduating from college at UC Sunnydale and has accepted a job with a company that is new in town. One night, while out with some friends Willow sees an attractive blonde who turns her life upside down. (No Vamps, No Hellmouth, No Magic...)

Authors Notes: I’m trying to do more frequent updates. I hope that is okay.

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Chapter 59

“So, my beautiful bride, what would you like to do today?” asked Willow as the couple lay in bed listening to the birds and the bit of the ocean that they could hear from their bedroom.

“Hmmm, maybe lunch at the Espresso Pump, and then we could see if maybe the group wants to go to The Bronze tonight?”

“Morning in bed, lunch with my smoking hot wife, and then a night out to show her off. I think I like how this day is playing out,” teased Willow.

“And what do you have in mind for while we’re in bed?” Tara asked, her voice sultry and soft.

“Making love to you. Over and over again.” Willow leaned forward and captured Tara’s lips with her own as their naked bodies meshed together. “I love how your body feels against mine.”

“Oh yes,” Tara groaned as she pressed her body into Willow’s. “Make love to me.”

“With pleasure,” moaned Willow as she slowly slid down Tara’s body and positioned herself between her wife’s legs.

“Yes,” whispered Tara.

Willow leaned in and started to tease Tara. Slowly and lightly kissing her upper thighs, giving her intimate kisses, all avoiding the overstimulated sections that Tara needed her in.

“Willow, please...take me…”

Without waiting any longer, Willow leaned in and wrapped her lips tightly around Tara’s clit, hearing Tara gasp as she did. Willow let out a groan as she felt how wet her wife was and how amazing she tasted.

“Oh, Willow…”

Willow slipped two fingers inside Tara and started to slowly thrust in and out. She felt Tara’s hips start to rock with her thrusts.

“Oh, Baby. You feel so good,” whispered Willow before continuing to suck on Tara’s clit.

Tara could no longer form words, she was reduced to grunts and moans as Willow took her further and further toward the edge. Willow added a third finger and made her thrusts faster and a bit harder. She felt Tara getting closer and closer.

“Come for me, Baby.”

“Willow...I’m so close…” groaned Tara. “Don’t stop.”

Tara tried to hold on as long as she could and then she fell over the edge and came calling out Willow’s name.

Willow kissed her way up to Tara’s breasts, lightly sucking on the erect nipples and hearing Tara whimper before she made her way up to Tara’s lips and then kissed her gently.

“I love you,” Willow said, pulling back from Tara’s lips.

“I love you, too.”

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“Hey Buff--” started Willow.

“WILLOW!” exclaimed Buffy through the phone.

“Ouch, deaf now.”

“Sorry, I may have missed you a bit,” said Buffy, laughing. “I take it you and Tara are back in the states again?”

“Yep, and we’re wondering if you would care to join us at The Bronze tonight? Conner has already said he’ll hold the VIP section for us.”

“Of course I’ll be there.”

“Awesome! See you around eight.” Willow hung up and proceeded to call the remaining members of their group and invite them to join them as well. Everyone was excited to join the couple.

“Calls have been made, people have all agreed to meet us around eight. I think we should shower and go have lunch. What do you think?”

“I’m not sure. I’m hungry, but I don’t know if I’m ready for your gorgeous body to be covered with clothing yet,” Tara replied, her voice reflecting her dilemma as she held open Willow’s robe and stared at Willow’s naked body.

“Mmmm, well, the sooner we go have lunch...” Willow pushed Tara onto her back and sensually crawled up her body until they were face to face, “...the sooner we can come back and maybe continue our honeymoon celebration. I mean, we are still technically on our honeymoon for another two days.” Willow then leaned down and kissed Tara teasingly.

“Oh god, yes! I like how you think, my love. Let’s go shower.” Tara led them into the bathroom and they showered together, taking special care to make sure no body part went untouched.

After their shower and getting dressed, Willow took Tara’s hand and they headed off to the Espresso Pump for lunch. As they walked they discussed the past two weeks and how much fun they had.

As they arrived at the Espresso Pump they saw Dawn sitting outside having her lunch.

“Hey Dawnie,” said Tara as they walked up to her table.

“Tara! Willow!” exclaimed Dawn as she stood up and hugged the newly arrived women. “How are you guys? How was Ireland?”

“We’re great. Ireland was amazing! Well, the whole honeymoon has been amazing,” Tara gushed before leaning over and kissing Willow softly.

“You definitely have to go there sometime,” Willow added as she wrapped an arm around Tara’s waist.

“I hope to someday. Until then I’m going to have to live vicariously through you two. Did you take many photos?”

“Oh yeah. You know me with a camera,” Willow laughed. “We have hundreds from the various places we went and of the various things we saw.”

“I can’t wait to see them and hear about your trip.”

“You should come to The Bronze tonight around eight. I know you are underage, but I’m sure Conner will let you up to the VIP section with us.”

“That sounds like a lot of fun. Who all is going to be there?”

“The usual group,” stated Willow. “Buffy, Conner, Faith, Emily, Donnie, Xander, and Anya. We invited Angel as well, but he said he was needed at the restaurant.”

“Cool. I’ll be there! Thanks for the invite,” said Dawn. “I’m sorry, but I have to get back to the office. Emily has some big clients coming in today and she wants me there to sit in on the meeting.”

“Sounds like things are going well for you there,” commented Tara.

“They are. I can’t thank you enough for creating Maclay Realty and getting Emily to give me a job.”

“You won the job on your own there, Dawn. I put in my good word for you after you had already interviewed and after Emily had already made her mind up that she was going to hire you.”

“Really?”

“Yep, so you have nothing to thank me for.”

“No, you created the company and gave me the opportunity.”

“Well, you’re welcome then. We better let you get going so that you aren’t late. We’ll see you tonight.”

“Later, Willow. See you tonight, Tara!”

As Dawn left the couple headed into the restaurant and Janice found them a table in her section. She took their order and told them that if this meeting that Dawn and Emily were having was successful she might finally be able to get out of the Espresso Pump and into a real job. Both women were pleased to hear that Janice might soon be joining the TDM/Maclay Realty family.

After eating lunch, Willow and Tara headed home, but decided on the way to take a slight detour, and take a walk on the beach behind their house since it was such a nice and warm day. As they were walking they held hands and just enjoyed the sounds of the birds and the waves. They sat down on the beach near their house and watched the water.

“I like this,” Tara said, moving to sit closer to Willow.

“Me too, just the two of us.” Willow leaned over and kissed Tara softly.

They continued to kiss and neither saw Oz camouflaged by the nearby tree. Neither noticed him watching, or saw the seething anger that was building inside him as he watched them together. He had spent the time they were gone stalking their house, waiting for their return. Now, seeing them together fed his anger and made him want Willow back even more. He knew that he would never get her back, but he still couldn’t help what his heart wanted. He’d never seen Willow seem so relaxed and happy. She was never like that with him. No, with him she was more of a spaz and pretty high strung.

“Why can’t I let you go?” whispered Oz, slipping back further into the coverage of the trees. He knew if anyone saw him he wouldn’t be able to explain why he was there let alone why he was watching the two women.

After kissing on the beach for a while Willow and Tara could feel the need and lust building so they made their way back to the house and to their bedroom to enjoy some private time before they got ready and headed off to The Bronze to meet everyone.

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“Willow! Tara!” yelled Conner over the music that was playing in the club as they arrived.

“Hey Conner,” said Willow as she hugged her friend.

“Hey,” said Tara as she hugged him as well.

“I can’t wait to hear about your trip. Was it good?”

“It being my first major trip outside the country, I think it was incredible. Or that could have to do with the company I had.” Willow smiled and looked lovingly up at Tara. “I’m sure for Tara it wasn’t as exciting. She’s done so much traveling.”

“No Sweetie, it was incredible for me as well. We did things and got to see things that I didn’t get to see and do when I was there when I was like ten. Plus, I’ll agree, the company definitely added to the experience.” Tara pulled Willow close and kissed her lips.

“Well, I have to make my rounds, but I will stop back up in the VIP section to hear more.”

The couple started to make their way up to the VIP section to wait for their group to arrive when they almost physically ran directly into Oz.

“Willow,” said the red-haired man, acting surprised to see her there.

“Oz, I don’t want any trouble tonight. I just want to enjoy the night with my wife and friends.” Willow motioned for Tara to go up the stairs to the VIP section.

She could feel her wife hesitate, but Tara knew Willow could hold her own after the self-defense class that Buffy and Faith made them take. Plus, she knew that Conner was roaming around and if there was a problem he would be there.

“I don’t want any trouble either. I was just surprised to see you standing there. I haven’t seen you here in the club for a while.”

“Well, I have been in Ireland on my honeymoon for the past two weeks.”

“Wow, that sounds pretty nice. Well, I’ll let you enjoy your night.” Oz moved to a secluded corner of the bar where he could see the VIP section, but they couldn’t see him. He had been searching for this spot while Willow and Tara had been out of town. Now, he could watch them in peace.

“That was awkward,” Willow said as she made her way into Tara’s arms.

“Well, it is over and you don’t have to deal with him again tonight. I know damn well that if he comes near you while the others are here he will regret it.”

“True.” Willow leaned up and kissed Tara.

“Oh come on,” said Faith, sarcastically. “You two didn’t get enough of one another while you were in Ireland?”

“No, Faith, we didn’t.” Tara kissed Willow again just to spite her friend. “We may never get enough of one another.”

The rest of the group arrived and Willow and Tara sat with them and listened to everyone telling them what had gone on while they were gone. Most of it was your regular routine day-to-day stuff. Buffy talked about the gym, Donnie and Faith about TDM, Emily and Dawn told Willow and Tara about their meeting earlier in the day and how excited they were to be taking on more Sunnydale properties to own and manage. Emily stated that she has been so impressed with Dawn and her work that she is even considering giving Dawn her own properties to manage. This came as a surprise to Dawn, but a pleasant one.

“So, what was Ireland like?” asked Donnie. “It’s been what, fifteen years or so since we were last there.”

“Incredible is I think how we’ve been describing it. We had so much fun traveling around the country,” Tara said, a glint in her eye as she thought about the trip.

“So you didn’t just stay in one area?”

“Nope, we hit Dublin, Belfast, Cork, and Galway. Although we were pressed for time in Galway, so we’ll have to hit there the next time we go.”

“Wow. I hope you got pictures to show us.”

“Willow took hundreds. We’ll have to do dinner some night and show you and Dad.”

Conner announced the band that was playing that night and the group made their way down to dance and enjoy the rest of the night.

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Willow put on her robe and walked out onto the back patio. It was still very early in the morning, the sun was barely peeking over the horizon as Willow watched the ebb and flow of the tide from the edge of the patio.

“Will?” asked Tara, concern in her voice as she wrapped her arms around the redhead from behind.

“Sorry, I just needed to get some air.”

“What’s going on?” Tara slowly turned Willow to face her.

“It was just a nightmare. A very realistic nightmare, but just a nightmare nonetheless,” Willow responded, leaning her head on Tara’s shoulder as Tara wrapped her arms tighter around her lover.

“Wanna talk about it?”

“Not yet, it’s still too real in my head.”

“Is there anything that I can do to help?”

“Just hold me.” Willow felt Tara’s arms tighten even more around her. The two stood there in silence for what felt like a long time, but in reality, it was just a few minutes. “You can go back to bed, baby. It’s still very early and I know we were up very late last night.” Willow gave Tara a coy smile.

“I’m where I want to be,” said Tara, kissing the side of Willow’s head. “I love you.”

“I love you, too. I’m sorry that I woke you. I thought maybe you’d be exhausted enough to sleep while I was out here clearing my head.”

“I don’t sleep well when you aren’t next to me. Even if I am asleep I know when you are there or not.”

“Let’s get you back to bed then.” Willow moved out of Tara’s embrace and took her hand and led them back into the house. They made their way to the bedroom where they both took off their robes and curled up together in bed. Tara was on her back and Willow curled up in her arms with her head on the blonde’s shoulder and an arm draped across her midsection.

“Are you sure you’re ready to sleep again?”

“No, but being in your arms is the safest place I can be.” Willow leaned up and kissed Tara softly. Their bodies melted together as one and they both eventually drifted back to sleep.

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“Hey Sweetie,” said Tara as she came out of the kitchen to find Willow curled up on the living room sofa.

“Hey Baby.” Willow gave Tara a weak smile.

“You’re still bothered by that dream aren’t you?”

“How? How’d you know?”

“I know you, Will. I know when something is bothering you. Talk to me, Sweetie. Let me help you deal with whatever that dream messed with you on.”

Willow let out a loud sigh and patted the spot next to her on the sofa. “I think what scares me the most is that this dream could come true.”

“Are you ready to tell me about it?” asked Tara, wrapping an arm around Willow and pulling their bodies together.

“Not really. Well, it isn’t that I don’t want to tell you, it is more that I don’t want to relive the dream. I’d rather just forget about it.”

“Well, then let me help with that,” said Tara, leaning in and kissing her wife.

Their kisses started slow, but the hunger grew quickly. Soon they were both panting, trying to catch their breath in-between kisses. Tara scooped Willow up into her arms and carried the redhead back to their bedroom. Tara carefully laid Willow on the bed, their lips still attached.

“Mmmm, make love to me,” purred Willow, loving Tara’s every movement and touch.

“Yes ma’am,” Tara replied as she sat Willow up and started to unbutton Willow’s shirt. When she was done with the shirt she quickly removed it and dropped it to the bedroom floor. Tara then kissed the newly exposed shoulders of her lover. She ran her hands over Willow’s stomach, shoulders, and arms. Trying to feel as much as she could. She then moved to unhook the redhead's bra and remove that. Tara’s hands quickly covered Willow’s breasts. Feeling the nipples pressing into the palm of her hands. “Oh, Willow--”

“Oh yes,” moaned Willow, leaning into Tara’s touch. Trying to feel more of the blonde's touch and body.

Tara leaned down and gently, almost too lightly sucked on Willow’s nipples. As Tara tried to pull away she felt Willow’s hand threading through her hair and holding her to the breast.

“You like that, baby?” asked Tara, playfully.

“Very much.”

Tara continued her attention to Willow’s breasts as she felt the redhead's heart speed up and her body became hot to the touch. Tara kissed her way down Willow’s body, stopping to unbutton and unzip Willow’s pants. Tara kissed the newly exposed skin before tugging the pants and underwear down together and off the redhead’s body, adding them to the growing pile on the floor.

“Oh, Tara,” moaned Willow as she leaned backward and felt Tara position herself between her legs. Willow spread her legs more to give Tara more space and to open herself up more.

“Oh, Willow. You are so wet,” replied Tara, seeing the arousal of her wife before her. Tara wasted no time and pressed her mouth to Willow’s clit. She sucked hard and heard Willow moan at her touch. Tara continued to suck as Willow’s hips started to rock. Knowing what Willow needed, Tara inserted two fingers into the redhead's center. Feeling Willow hesitate in her rocking for just a moment as her body adjusted, then her hips rocked to the rhythm of Tara’s thrusts.

“Fuck, Tara. That...mmmm...feels...oh god yes!”

Tara could only let out a lust filled moan as she continued to work her wife into a lust filled frenzy. She alternated between fast and slow, hard and soft. Willow could only lay there and enjoy the attention.

“I’m so close…”

Tara could tell, she could feel the muscles around her fingers fluttering and Willow’s hips were becoming more erratic. Tara moved faster and sucked harder to bring her wife to climax. As she felt Willow’s body give over to the sensation, she couldn’t imagine stopping. She kept sucking and thrusting as Willow rode out the climax and then as Willow started to work towards a second climax.

It wasn’t long before Willow was coming again, this time harder than the first time. Willow felt herself getting lightheaded.

Tara felt Willow’s hips starting to slow down and the muscles gripping her fingers were beginning to relax. Slowly, gently, Tara removed her fingers and used her tongue to lap up the leftover wetness. Then slowly she kissed her way up Willow’s stomach, through the valley between her breasts, stopping to suck on Willow’s rapidly moving pulse point. She then moved up the redhead's neck and made her way to her lips. Their lips locked and Tara could hear Willow moan as she tasted herself. They lay there kissing while Willow regained control of her breathing and as her racing heart slowed down.

“That was intense, baby,” said Willow, now tired and spent.

“It was meant to be. I love you, Willow.”

“I love you, too!” Willow tried to move, but her limbs felt as though they had been weighted down.

Tara seeing Willow’s struggle laid down on her back and slowly, gently, moved Willow to lay in her arms. “That better?”

“There appears to be a clothing discrepancy here,” noted Willow as she was naked and Tara was still fully dressed.

Tara laughed, “Well, you were just too tasty to wait. Rest now, my love and I promise when you wake up we will match.”

Willow made a noise between a hum and a groan before drifting to sleep. Tara watched as Willow slept in her arms. Seeing the peacefulness that she appeared to have reached. Hoping that the dream that had plagued her all day was over and gone now.

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Willow woke to find herself being spooned by a very naked Tara. She loved the feel of the blonde’s body on her own. She loved how they fit perfectly together. Part of her wanted to turn over and watch Tara sleep, but another part of her wanted to stay here where perfection was. Willow then realized that it was Sunday and they were going to have to go back to work the following day. Willow loved her job, but the time that she had spent with Tara on their honeymoon was something she could neither explain nor did she want to give it up. Today they were having the family dinner with Faith, Emily, Donnie, and Donald and they were going to show them their pictures and tell them about their trip.

Willow felt herself being pulled closer, tighter. She let out a soft moan of approval.

“Good morning, lover,” Tara said, her voice laced with sleep still.

“Good morning,” replied Willow as she turned in Tara’s arms and placed a gentle kissing on her lips.

“Is it wrong that I don’t want today to start yet? That I want to hold on to you for as long if not longer than I can?”

“Nope, I was just thinking the same thing.” They laughed and then came together in several kisses. Neither felt the need to deepen the kisses, but enjoying the gentle feel of them.

“Do you think they would miss us if we didn’t show up for dinner tonight and skipped out on work tomorrow?”

“Tara, I think they would definitely miss us.” Willow opened her eyes to see Tara pouting. She captured the jutted lip and sucked on it causing a moan to escape Tara’s throat. “I said they would miss us, not that we couldn’t still hideaway.”

“This has been the best month and a half of my life,” Tara blurted out.

“Mine too, love.”

They lay together lost in thought, each thinking about the time that had recently passed. They had gotten married, moved into their new house, and gone on a two-week honeymoon. Now, they were going to be hit with reality and life. Both having to go back into the real world.

“Do you have all of the pictures and stuff set to go for tonight or do you still need to get it together?”

“I have it all set. All I want to do today is lay naked in your arms and make love to you until it is time to get ready.”

“Yes, please.”

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DIBS! *runs off to read*

Ok, this whole OZ thing is creepy and doesn't bode well for good things, and frankly, I'm tired of reading about abusive straight men doing horrible things to LGBTQ people and/or their ex's; I see/hear/read about that too much in real life I don't need in it my fanfic so I won't be reading any more. That's my issue, not yours.

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Oh dear. Oz.

I always liked Oz. Not with Willow, just in general.
Sad to see him as the villain.

But, stories need conflict...

Good chapter. :clap

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Title: Meant To Be
Disclaimer: I do not own any of these Characters, just borrowed them and wish I did own them.
Rating: PG-13 – NC-17
Author: Branny72
Feedback: Pretty please…it helps me improve and if I get stuck it gives me ideas on where you would like to see the story go!!

Summary: AU – Willow is graduating from college at UC Sunnydale and has accepted a job with a company that is new in town. One night, while out with some friends Willow sees an attractive blonde who turns her life upside down. (No Vamps, No Hellmouth, No Magic...)

Authors Notes: I’m trying to do more frequent updates. I hope that is okay.

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Chapter 60


Willow and Tara had spent most of the day making love and were now starting to get up and get ready for their family to come over for dinner and to hear about their trip.

“Will? Do you remember where we put the good wine glasses?” called Tara, from the kitchen.

“They are on the top shelf of that cabinet,” Willow said, pointing at one of the upper cabinets in the kitchen.

“Thanks, gorgeous.” Tara pulled Willow close and kissed her gently. “How does Caribbean Jerk chicken, mixed veggies, and coconut rice sound for dinner?”

“Sounds great to me. That’s what you made the night we told your dad and brother about us.”

“You’re right. I had forgotten about that.”

“Do you need any help?” asked Willow, still being held by Tara.

“I could use another kiss.” Tara leaned forward and kissed Willow. The kiss started simple and small, but the longer their lips were together the greater their need for the other grew. Tara pulled back from the kiss, and glancing at the clock, saw they still had two hours until everyone was going to be arriving. “Give me ten minutes to finish this prep and then meet me in the bedroom naked.”

Tara heard Willow audibly gulp, but saw a knowing smile cross the redhead's face.

“Eleven minutes and I’m starting without you,” teased Willow.

This time it was Tara’s turn to audibly gulp at the thought of Willow touching herself. As much of a turn on as that thought was, Tara wanted to be the one turning her wife on and making her scream her name. Tara set to work in a hurry so that Willow didn’t have to start by herself.

Tara finished the prep work for dinner and put the marinating chicken back in the fridge and washed her hands before making her way to the bedroom. When she arrived her breath caught as she saw Willow laying there naked.

“God, you are beautiful,” said Tara, removing her own clothes.

“Eight minutes and counting,” Willow said in a seductive tone.

“Mmmm, as tempting as it is to watch you, I’m in the mood to make you scream.” Tara finished removing her clothes and crawled onto the bed and on top of Willow, her leg parting the redhead's legs.

“Make love to me,” whispered Willow as Tara leaned down and kissed her.

“With extreme pleasure,” said Tara.

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Willow and Tara were just finishing getting ready again after their little interlude when they heard a knock at the door. Willow hurried to answer it while Tara rushed into the kitchen to get the wine out of the wine fridge and get some glasses ready.

“Hey, Red,” said Faith as she and Emily entered the house.

“Hey, guys!” Willow directed them toward the kitchen hoping Tara was ready.

“Wow, this place looks so different now that you have furniture in it,” commented Emily as they made their way to the kitchen and sat down around the island.

“Hey guys,” said Tara as she opened the bottle of wine and poured four glasses.

“I’m amazed at what you guys were able to get done before you headed to Ireland,” said Faith, taking the glass of wine Tara offered her.

“That is all Willow. She coordinated with the delivery companies. We still have a few rooms to buy for, but those aren’t rooms that we’re using just yet.”

“Oh, you mean the kids’ rooms.” Willow smiled at the thought of them having kids.

“Kids, ew,” said Faith with a full body shiver. “I will love your kids and be the best Aunt that I can be, but I just don’t think that parenthood is in my future.”

“I have to agree with Faith on this,” said Emily. “I love other people’s kids, but really don’t have the desire to have them myself.”

“Well, then you will both just have to settle for Aunty Faith and Aunty Emily.”

They were laughing when they heard the doorbell ring and Tara jumped up to get it.

“Daddy! Hey, Donnie! Everyone is in the kitchen. Can I get you something to drink?” asked Tara as she followed the two men into the kitchen.

“If you have a beer, I’d love one,” said Donald catching his daughter by surprise. He rarely drank beer.

“I’ll have one as well,” said Donnie.

Tara went to the fridge and grabbed out two beers and handed them to the guys. Everyone sat down around the island again and started to discuss their day while Tara started to put dinner together.

Once they had eaten they moved downstairs to the video room that Tara had put in and Willow brought up the pictures from their trip. She put them on an autorun and she and Tara took turns telling them about some of the pictures.

“These are the ones taken in Dublin at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.”

“This is from the Guinness Storehouse.”

“Did you guys try the beer?” asked Donnie.

“We did, but I think we both preferred the whiskey over the beer,” answered Tara, seeing Willow nod her head in agreement.

“From there we went to Sean’s Bar.”

“What’s the big deal about a bar?” asked Donald, confused as to why they singled this bar out.

“Well, this bar was established in 900 AD. So, it is over eleven hundred years old.”

“Whoa,” Faith and Emily said in unison.

They then moved to Belfast and showed them the pictures of the Titanic Quarter, the Titanic Hotel, and the various other sites they saw. Willow then pulled up the pictures from Cork and of the Blarney Castle & Gardens.

“That place is beautiful,” commented Emily as the pictures of the gardens scrolled by.

“The pictures don’t even do it justice,” Willow replied.

“So, did you actually kiss the Blarney Stone?” asked Donnie.

“Yeah, we both did. Will and I got pictures of it somewhere in here.”

“I’m not sure I could kiss a rock that millions of other people have kissed.”

“Your mother and I did it when we were there with you when you were younger,” said Donald. “We tried to get you two to do it as well, but you both thought you were going to slip and fall down the hole.”

“I have no memory of that,” replied Tara. “That hole is a bit daunting, I figure they wouldn’t make it an attraction if people weren’t safe doing it.”

“It looks to me like you girls had a pretty good time. I’m surprised you hit as much of the country as you did,” Donald said as the pictures were still playing in the background.

“Well, we weren’t rushing ourselves, we just decided we were in the mood to travel,” stated Tara, wrapping her arm around Willow and kissing the side of her head.

“Here, I thought you would just find a hotel and stay there the whole time and never leave the room,” Faith said, laughing at the mock glare on Tara’s face.

“That would have been a waste of a trip. And, we didn’t think you would appreciate us staying home and doing that,” retorted Willow. “I’d have bought you earplugs though.”

“Touche, Red.”

Tara quickly steered the conversation into another direction that didn’t involve their sex life. As the group discussed current affairs and places they would love to visit, Tara couldn’t help but smile about how good her life was.

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As the alarm went off, both Willow and Tara knew Monday had arrived.

“I love my job, but I love being with you more,” mumbled Tara to Willow as she turned the alarm off.

“I know, Baby. I love being with you more, too.” Willow curled up closer to Tara and felt the blonde pull her even closer. Their naked bodies coming together as one. “Mmmm, are you sure we have to go to work today?”

“A big part of me wants to say no…” Just then the alarm went off again and it was time to face the real world again.

Willow and Tara got up, showered separately, got dressed and met in the kitchen where Tara was about to start some coffee.

“Let’s hit the Espresso Pump on the way and get some breakfast and coffee. I think Janice said she was working mornings this week so we can get them Willow-style.”

“Mmmm, I love the taste of Willow...style,” Tara said in a sultry voice.

“Not helping the whole leaving the house when you are all sexy and turning me on,” replied Willow, laughing and then leaning over to kiss Tara.

“I wasn’t trying to help. I missed my morning sex.”

“How about I make it up to you later and we can set the alarm for earlier tomorrow and I promise you won’t be missing a thing.”

“There is room for negotiation,” teased Tara.

The couple made their way out of the house and over to the Espresso Pump.

“Hey! How’s the happy couple?” asked Janice as Willow and Tara entered.

“In desperate need of two Willow-style Mocha’s and two chocolate cherry scones,” Tara said.

“Today is your first morning back isn’t it?”

“Uh huh,” whimpered Willow as she leaned against the counter.

Janice got them their scones and then went and made their drinks. “I made them a little stronger than usual, I thought you could use the extra ‘pick-me-up’ from it.”

“Thank you!” Willow was grateful for the coffee and that Janice had made it strong for them. She could already feel the day taking its toll and it hadn’t even truly begun.

The couple left and made their way to work. Stopping to exchange several deep kisses before heading into the building to start the workday.

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Tara heard the elevator ding and slowly exited and made her way toward her office. As she neared she saw her assistant Melissa was already at her desk.

“Good morning,” said Tara as she walked up to Melissa.

“Welcome back.” Melissa saw a tired look pass over Tara’s face. “I know it doesn’t feel like it, but you’ll get back into the swing of things.”

“I know, and I love what I do, but--”

“You had an amazing honeymoon and it is hard to come back?”

“Very! How bad is my office? Do I want to go in there? Or do I want to camp out here with you?”

“Well, it is pretty bad. I don’t think in the nine years I’ve been your assistant that you have ever taken two weeks off at one time. Well, while the company is open that is. I don’t count December.”

“I had to have taken...no...wait, I think you are right, this was the first time I’ve take two full weeks off together. Wow.”

“We’ll get you back into the swing of things. I tried to go through as much of the stuff as I could.”

“Thank you for that. I know I have a full department at my disposal, but there are still some things that a manager needs to do. Can you be the manager today?” laughed Tara as she headed into her office. She stopped in the doorway. The table and her desk were piled high with paperwork and there were two large bins of what looked like mail to be gone through as well. Tara took a deep breath and sat down at her desk to start her day.

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“Willow, it’s good to have you back,” said Jesse as he walked up to her cube.

“I really want to say that it is good to be back, but--”

“Yeah, Ireland is pretty spectacular. Coming back to work doesn’t compare. But, since you are back, I need your assistance on a project and your thoughts on something else. Would you be free around two today to talk?”

“Yeah, I’ll swing by your office at two.”

“Great, I’ll see you then.”

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“Hey, Sweetie,” said Willow, poking her head into Tara’s office.

“Hey, gorgeous. What brings you up this way?”

“I came up to see if I could sneak lunch with my gorgeous wife.”

“It’s that time already?” Tara looked at the clock, surprised at how fast the morning had gone.

“Been a busy day so far, Baby?”

“Well, it took me over three hours to get through just my mail bins. I’m scared to know how much Melissa actually filtered for me.”

“It sounds to me like you need a break, outside, in the park, with me.”

“I think that sounds amazing.” Tara stood up and grabbed the blanket they used to sit on when they went to have lunch in the park across the street from TDM. They stopped and got lunch at one of the sidewalk vendors and found a quiet place to sit. “How’s your morning been?”

“Not too bad. I think I had over two thousand emails to go through.”

“I have that in just one of my email folders,” cringed Tara. “I bet Jesse is happy to have you back though.”

“Well, we’ll find out at two. I have a meeting with him. He needs my assistance with a project.”

“It’ll be okay. Why don’t we get Angel’s for dinner tonight since I have a feeling neither of us is going to feel up to cooking.”

“Deal. Dinner, some kissing,” Willow started, then leaned forward and kissed Tara softly. “Maybe some evening making out.”

“Mmmm, maybe some of that love I missed out on earlier today?”

“God, I hope so.” Willow leaned forward again and kissed Tara not so softly, but very sensually. “I miss your sexy body pressed tightly to mine.”

“Mmmm, baby,” moaned Tara into Willow’s lips.

They finished their lunch, exchanged a few more kisses, and then headed back to work.

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“Hey, you ready to head home?” asked Tara as she came up to Willow’s cube.

“I need just a couple of minutes to finish this program,” Willow said, motioning for Tara to have a seat in the spare chair.

Willow quickly finished her coding and then started to shut down her computer. As she did Tara caught sight of her desktop and saw it was a picture of them from their honeymoon. Tara couldn’t help but smile thinking back.

“I need to find a picture like that for my backdrop.”

“We’ll go through them sometime soon and find you the perfect one. Let’s head to Angel’s so we can get home and relax.”

The couple headed to Angel’s and then home for their relaxing evening.

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It had taken them several days to get back into the rhythm of things. Willow and Tara stopped at the grocery store on their way home. They still hadn’t done a full grocery shopping since they had gotten back from Ireland. Tara had gone and picked up a few things to get them by, but tonight they needed to stock up.

“Okay, where do we start?” asked Willow as Tara pulled her list out of her purse.

“Let’s start with the fruit and produce since it’s right here and work our way around the store. Why don’t you go get us some carrots, radishes, and lettuce while I pick out some fruit and meet you by the tomatoes.”

“Right, rabbit food, I’m on it.” Willow left the cart with Tara and moved toward the produce section. Willow had grabbed a bundle carrots and radishes and was trying to find a head of lettuce that looked good when a guy came over and pulled out one causing the nice neat pyramid of lettuce to start to tumble.

“Oh shit, sorry,” said the man, quickly catching the few heads of lettuce that were making a run for it.

“Thanks for catching those,” said Willow.

“Willow?” asked the man.

Willow turned and looked at the man, “Riley?”

“Wow, small world. I didn’t think I would run into anyone while I was back in town.” Riley hugged Willow quickly.

“Sunnydale isn’t that big. What brings you back to town?”

“Military stuff. I’m only here for a couple of days. How’ve you been?”

“I’m great, well, better than great. Phenomenal or amazing might be a better way to describe how I’m doing.”

“That is great to hear. And please, don't take this the wrong way, but you definitely seem more alive than you did back in College. Whatever you are doing, it definitely agrees with you.”

“I think it is more of who is now in my life,” Willow said, catching a glimpse of Tara out of the corner of her eye.

“Oh, so you finally found Mr. Right?”

“Not exactly, but close.” Just then Tara pulled the cart up next to them and smiled.

“Hey,” said Tara.

“Hey,” Willow said, smiling. “Riley, this is my wife, Tara. Tara, this is Buffy’s old boyfriend Riley.”

“Wife? Wow, um, congratulations! It is truly nice to meet you,” Riley said, trying to contain his surprise as he shook Tara’s hand.

“It is nice to meet you, too.”

“So, how long have you been together?”

“Just over a year, married for almost seven weeks.”

“I’m really happy for you, Willow. It’s great to see a genuine smile on your face.”

“Thanks, Riley. Between Tara and then working at TDM, life is going pretty damn well for this geek.”

“What are you doing at TDM? I saw their building and wow, it’s pretty spectacular looking.”

“I’m a senior programmer in their Analysis and Design department.”

“That is great. I remember that it is the field you were wanting to get into. Tara, what do you do?” asked Riley.

“I work in Marketing at TDM.”

“She’s being modest.” Willow smiled proudly and took Tara’s hand. “She’s the Chief Marketing Officer and part owner of TDM.”

“Wow, that is impressive. I’ve heard really good things about your company and what they have done for the community.”

“Thank you.”

“I’d love to continue to catch up, but I need to get back to campus and to the recruits, we’re picking up this week.”

“It was good to see you, Riley.”

“You too, Willow. And it was nice to meet you, Tara. Keep that smile on her face, she deserves to be happy.”

“That you have my word on.” Tara watched Riley leave and glanced over at Willow who had gone back to trying to pick a good head of lettuce. “He seemed nice.”

“Riley? He’s a great guy. I think if Buffy wouldn’t have been so hung up on Angel that it could have really worked between them.”

“And here I thought you were getting hit on by some guy.”

“Is that why you came over here? To rescue, poor defenseless me?”

“You are anything but defenseless. No, I came over to stake my claim. I already won your heart, nobody gets to try to steal it away.”

“Nobody can, Love,” Willow said, kissing Tara quickly before they went back to their shopping so that they could get home, have dinner, and then relax.

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“I can’t believe the amount of food we bought and it still looks like we have barely bought anything,” Tara said, looking at the cupboards as they were unpacking their groceries.

“That is because we’re starting mostly from scratch. We didn’t bring much from the apartment with us, so we’re just going to have to take some time and build up our stock in things.”

“It still looks weird.”

“It’ll get better.” Willow walked up and wrapped her arms around Tara’s waist and started to kiss her neck lightly.

“Mmmm, that feels nice. I’ve missed kissing you whenever I want now that we’re back in the real world again.”

“I know. We need to get back into the swing of coming home at lunch.” Willow nipped at Tara’s neck in the spot she knew Tara was most sensitive.

“I’m all for that.” Tara threaded her hand through Willow’s hair as the redhead started to pull away from her neck. “Oh no, you aren’t going anywhere missy, I was enjoying that.”

“Well, then…” Willow pressed her lips back to her wife’s neck and Tara let out a soft moan. “I love you.”

“I love you, too,” Tara moaned as Willow’s hands started to explore her body. “We need...to finish putting...right there, baby...putting the groceries away.”

“Anything that will spoil has been put away, the rest we’ll deal with later, I’m enjoying feeling and tasting my wife.”

“Oh yes.” Tara was defenseless as Willow’s hands snaked their way under the blonde’s shirt and made contact with the underside of her breasts. Tara arched trying to feel more of Willow’s hands on her breasts.

“Bedroom?”

“God, yes!”

The pair made their way into the bedroom and stripped each other. Willow laid Tara on her back and then covered Tara’s body with her own. Their bodies fitting together like puzzle pieces.

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Morning arrived quickly for the couple who had spent most of the night and into the early morning hours making love. Their new morning ritual consisted of making love, showering, then getting ready for work. It made for some extra early mornings, but they were both happily relaxed by the time they got to work.

“Don’t forget that tonight I’m supposed to go out to dinner with Buffy,” said Willow as they were quickly putting away the last of the groceries and preparing to leave for the day.

“Oh, right. I had forgotten about that. What am I going to do without my wife for a whole evening?”

“I feel bad leaving you alone,” confessed Willow.

“Don’t worry about it, Sweetie. I’ve got a new book series that I’ve been looking to read. I’ll probably just kick back on the couch and read. Maybe have a glass of wine to wind down from the week.”

“Yeah, but I don’t like the idea of leaving you alone in the house...or at all.”

“Willow,” Tara said, wrapping her arms around the redhead from behind. “There are going to be times in our life when one of us has things going on and the other doesn’t.”

“Yeah, I suppose you’re right, I still don’t like the idea of you alone.”

“I’m not worried. Until you moved in, I had lived alone for several years.”

“Are you sure you don’t mind me going out?”

“Of course not. You and Buffy haven’t had any alone time in a while, it’ll be good for the two of you to get some best friend time together.”

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“Hey Wills,” said Buffy, opening the door to her apartment.

“Hey Buff,” said Willow as she entered the apartment and made her way to the living room.

“How was your day?”

“Long, but thankfully it is Friday and I have a couple of days to recover.”

“Will, you just got back from a two-week honeymoon/vacation. How stressed could you be?” Buffy replied, laughing.

“Getting caught up is stressful and tiring. I had over two thousand emails alone to go through. Jesse decided that since I’m back he is going to make up for lost time and pile on the projects, plus we are still setting up the house.”

“Okay, I see your point. I guess I can’t imagine the workload since I have never even take a full week off at one time.”

“Tara told me this was the first time she has ever taken two full weeks off at one time.”

“How was her week?”

“She was/is more buried than I am. I was barely able to get her to take lunch breaks this week with me.”

“Wow, although, Donnie did say that she was a workaholic for several years so I’m sure she’s used to it.”

“I know, but she still needs a break. How was your week?”

“It was good. Angel and I went out to Maggies for dinner the other night. He needed a break from the restaurant. I ran into Riley of all people last night.”

“Yeah, Tara and I saw him when we were grocery shopping. I told him Sunnydale is a small town so he shouldn’t be surprised to run into people he knows.”

“He mentioned seeing you and meeting Tara.”

“How’s it been living with Dawnie?”

“It’s getting better. She is learning what a kitchen is and that she doesn’t need to live like she is in the dorms and doesn’t have a full kitchen at her disposal. I think working for Emily is helping her mature.”

“That’s good. I know when we ran into her the other day she was really excited about the opportunities she is getting with Emily and Maclay Realty.”

Buffy and Willow spent the rest of the night talking, catching up, and playing video games. Once Willow started to get tired they said their goodbyes and Willow made her way home.

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“Honey, I’m home,” called Willow as she opened the door. She didn’t receive a response, so she closed the door and went in search of her wife. Willow found Tara asleep on the couch with her tablet on her chest as if she had fallen asleep while reading. Willow moved the tablet and leaned over and gently kissed Tara.

“Mmmm, Willow?”

“Hey, baby. Looks like you fell asleep on the couch.”

“How late is it?”

“It’s a little after eleven. Come on, let’s get you to bed.”

Willow helped Tara up and the couple made their way to the bedroom. Willow helped Tara get into her jammies and then into bed. Once Willow was changed she got into bed and Tara rolled over and pinned the redhead down as she became Tara’s body pillow. Willow loved feeling close to her wife and the couple drifted to sleep.


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