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 Post subject: Re: Meant To Be - Ch 39 Updated 06/22/2014
PostPosted: Thu Jun 26, 2014 2:12 pm 
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Hi Branny :bigwave

YAY new Meant To Be :)

I was wondering if the Treinen corn maze festival is a real thing

“Well, it is. This year the maze is a Triquetra Celtic Knot,” Tara said as she pulled the picture up on her phone. “It is just like the design on our rings.”

Say, I have a ring with that design too. :)

“Yeah, I just get full body tingles when you talk about our future like that. Especially when you mention us having a family.”

YAY a baby Willow and a baby Tara in the future :)

I love the friendship that develops between Emily and Willow whilst Faith and Tara are off being all competitive.


“Don’t ever scare me like that again,” scolded Tara softly in Willow’s ear."

I know there's a big love between the two girls but isn't Tara overreacting a little.She sounds like a parent telling a child off. It may be just me misreading it but that is how it feels.

Faith smiled, but her competitive nature wouldn’t allow her to celebrate.

Aww boo Faith, that just sucks. :)

Wouldn't UC Sunnydale have it's own librarian(s)?


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 Post subject: Re: Meant To Be - Ch 39 Updated 06/22/2014
PostPosted: Wed Jul 02, 2014 12:58 pm 
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This story is a sweet and fun read and though I have been very, very poor with feedback as of late, I am still enjoying the read. The corn maze was an enjoyable read. From experience I can say even with a map those things can be difficult to navigate but can be a lot of fun to challenge friends much like Faith/Emily and Tara/Willow did.
I was happy to see Giles make an appearance but confused as to why he would fly to Wisconsin to meet Willow when they would be back in Sunnydale doing a west coast launch soon. He could have met them there. I would guess he would be the head librarian overseeing the two schools (university and high school). Strangely enough I have a group of librarian friends including one who works at a university. That is a busy job.
The pumpkin launch sounds like a lot of fun. I live in the countryside and now need to see if anyone around here does that. Since it is fall I could see the girls going to a haunted house too or haunted hayride - lots of reasons to get close and snuggle if one of them ends up afraid. My wife laughs her way through haunted houses while I am usually huddled into her with my face hidden. I could see a day at a theme park or carnival as well - again, lots of time to be together and have fun.
I look forward to your next chapter.
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 Post subject: Re: Meant To Be - Ch 39 Updated 06/22/2014
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zampsa19752001: I’m glad you enjoyed the update. I have been trying to find a way to put Giles in there...it just wouldn’t be right without him. I’m a competitive person so, I had to include some with Tara and Faith. :grin

Phantasyland: The maze is real - we go there every year...the teams are usually my wife and I versus our daughter and the friend she brings. :grin I hope you enjoy the below update. :glasses

willowtaralover: Yes, the Treinen corn maze is a real maze. My wife and I take are our daughter every year. I love the look of the Triquetra Celtic Knot. My wife and I went with Claddagh rings, but it was one we looked at. :) There has to be a Willow and Tara baby at some point...they are too cute together to not have one. As for the scolding, it may have seemed childish, but well...I took it from life experience - I wandered off and my wife wasn’t amused. As for the librarians, there is usually a method to my madness...give me time please. :sigh

loislane1: I am so happy to hear that you are enjoying the story. As for navigating the corn maze - yeah, the map isn’t all that helpful. We usually just wander and hope for the best. The pumpkin launch is very fun. We have only done it once, but even just watching people is fun. Haunted Houses and hayrides are a lot of fun. My wife and I laugh through them. I am always amazed that she isn’t jumpier...I can walk into a quiet room and say something and she jumps and squeaks. Yeah, that is my fun. Both her and my daughter do that actually. Some days it is a whole lot of fun to be me. :glasses :ghost :grin

I have a plan for Giles and why he stopped in Wisconsin (outside of it being home and a cute way to add it into the story). As for the librarian, I have a plan - hopefully it plays out right and realistic. Thank you for continuing to read!! :sigh


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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: Thank you to Willara4ever for all your help with this story. I appreciate your reading it and helping me with the idea.
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Chapter 40


The trip to Texas was quick and went off without a hitch. Willow and Tara were exhausted and finally headed home. Mr. Maclay had cancelled one of the west coast events telling Tara that he was going to do a larger bash at TDM’s building in Sunnydale.

“I can’t believe we are finally going home,” said Willow as she sat down on the plane.

“Yeah, traveling around takes a lot out of you. I have to say that traveling with you is very nice,” said Tara leaning over and kissing Willow softly.

“And I have gotten better so that you aren’t losing circulation in your hand during takeoff and landing,” laughed Willow as she entwined her fingers with Tara’s.

“That is true. So, do you want to have a party to celebrate our engagement?”

“I’d love to. We could have it at the beach or The Bronze.”

“I think either would work. We’ll have to plan it once we get home.”

The flight from Houston to Sunnydale was a little bumpy and Willow started to get nervous, but she remembered all the flights that she had been on recently and how nothing had happened. Tara distracted Willow by kissing the redhead and talking about their engagement party.

When they arrived in Sunnydale, Tara’s father was there to pick them up. He hugged them both before they loaded the car and headed for Tara’s apartment. Once inside they unpacked their bags before collapsing together on the couch, Tara wrapping her arms around Willow and pulling her close.

“I’m exhausted,” said Willow.

“Me too. At least Dad said we don’t have to go back to work until Monday. That gives us a whole 5 days off.”

“I know. I guess there are advantages to sleeping with the owner’s daughter,” teased Willow as she turned in Tara’s arms and tenderly kissed the blonde.

“I think you are doing more than just sleeping with her,” Tara said giving the redhead a coy lopsided smile.

“True. I do like to make her scream my name. Most of all though, I love to tell her how much I love her and hear her say that she loves me too.”

They lay there tenderly kissing. Neither felt the need to deepen the kisses or move the touching to more. They were content to just be close and feel the others lips on their own.

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“Hey Buffy,” said Willow as she was relaxing in Tara’s arms on the couch after another makeout session.

“Willow! Where are you on the tour across america?”

“Home,” laughed Willow tiredly.

“You’re in Sunnydale? That home?”

“Yep, that is the one.”

“When did you get back?” asked Buffy excitedly.

“Yesterday.”

“When can we go out for coffee? Now? In a couple of hours?”

“I don’t know Buffy. Tara and I were going to have a quiet day together,” said Willow smiling up at the woman who was holding her close.

“But you’ve seen her for weeks,” pouted Buffy. “She’s been monopolizing Willow-time.”

“She’s my fiancée Buffy. I like seeing her,” said Willow her eyes scanning up and down Tara’s body quick. “And she wasn’t monopolizing Willow-time, we were working.”

“I know, but you used to like seeing me too. Well, not in the same way, but come on...we need to get together soon,” whined Buffy.

“How about you and I go out for breakfast tomorrow?”

“Fine, I’ll take it. So, is it good to be home?”

“Yeah, it is. I just wanted to let you know we were home. So, tomorrow at Angel’s say 8 AM?” asked Willow.

“I’ll see you there,” said Buffy.

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After hanging up with Willow, Buffy called Angel and told him that she and Willow were coming in for breakfast and that she wanted a spot away from everyone so that she could hang out with her best friend. Buffy then called and told work that she wasn’t sure if or when she was going to be in the following day.

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“Tara...Baby,” said Willow leaning over the blonde as she slept.

“Mmmmm Willow,” Tara said tiredly rolling on her back.

“I’m going to go have breakfast with Buffy. I’ll be back later. I love you,” said Willow leaning closer to the blonde and kissing her.

“Mmmm, I love you,” said Tara wrapping her arms around Willow’s neck and pulling her into the bed and then rolling on top of the redhead.

“Baby,” squeaked Willow before kissing the blonde sensually.

“I love you. Hurry home,” said Tara before kissing Willow again.

“I will,” Willow said flustered. “I love you too.”

Willow crawled out of the bed, smiled at Tara, and then headed off to breakfast with Buffy.

Tara hugged Willow’s pillow and drifted back to sleep.

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“Willow,” called Buffy as she saw her best friend walking up.

“Hi Buffy,” said Willow as the two women hugged.

“I’m so glad you are home.”

“Me too!”

The two women went inside. Angel had reserved a spot for them in a private section of the restaurant. After being seated and placing their order Buffy grinned happily at her friend.

“What?” asked Willow.

“I missed you,” said Buffy.

“I missed you too! So, what’s been going on? How is it living with Dawn as ‘adults’? How’s work?”

“Well, living with Dawn is different than living with you. She is up in the morning’s sometimes even before I am. She is a slob. I swear she is living on Ramen Noodles, mac & cheese and cereal.”

“Buffy, she’s a college student, that is pretty typical of them. Hell, we did it,” laughed Willow.

“We lived in the dorm when we did it. She has a kitchen that she can use.”

“She’s 18 Buff.”

“I don’t think I like the influence Tara is on you,” Buffy said pouting.

“WHAT?” exclaimed Willow.

“You are all mellow. You need to stop getting laid. It makes you too mellow.”

“That is SO not going to happen. You didn’t by any chance do a whole lot of drugs before coming here did you?”

“No, I didn’t, but it is making you too mellow. I miss my high strung Willow.”

“Deal with it Buffy. I happen to greatly enjoy my sex life. I really just admitted that didn’t I?” blushed Willow.

“Yeah, you did,” laughed Buffy.

“So, speaking of the Maclay’s. How are things going with you and Donnie?”

“He’s a nice guy, but there is no sparkage...we talked about a week ago and decided to just be good friends.”

“I’m sorry Buffy.”

“It’s okay. I did have a date the other night that showed some promise,” Buffy smiled coyly.

“And I am just now learning this? What the hell Summers?” scoffed Willow pretending to be hurt.

“Hey, it isn’t my fault you have been gallivanting around the country.”

“I was working Buffy.”

“Working, getting engaged, having tons of sex, going to corn mazes...gallivanting.”

“Fine, now give me details woman,” said Willow as their breakfast arrived.

“Angel and I went out on a date,” said Buffy before taking a large bite of food.

“You did that on purpose,” said Willow as Buffy nodded in agreement and chewed even slower. “You are so mean Summers!”

“And yet you still love me,” laughed Buffy.

“Yeah, I do. So, tell me about your date with Angel.”

“He asked me out of the blue to go out with him. We went to LA and had dinner at a fancy restaurant there. He then took me to Broadway show. I think it was the most romantic date I have ever been on.”

“That sounds awesome. Are you guys going to go out again?”

“He sent me flowers yesterday and said that he’d love to go out again.”

“Wow, that’s fantastic. I’m so happy for you.”

The two continued to talk about Buffy and Angel dating and what else had been going on in Sunnydale while Willow was gone. Connor came in and hugged Willow close. He told her he missed her and then he made her promise to come to the club that night to see him.

After finishing breakfast Willow and Buffy hugged and Buffy headed to work while Willow headed to the Espresso Pump to get her and Tara some coffees and to get Tara a scone.

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Willow entered the apartment she shared with Tara to find that the blonde was still in bed. She set the coffees and scone down before sitting down on the bed next to Tara. Willow leaned over and started to kiss Tara’s neck.

“Mmmmm, that is a nice way to wake up,” said Tara turning towards Willow. “Not as nice as if you were naked, but still very nice.”

“Well, I suppose that I could get naked,” said Willow looking under the covers at her very naked fiancée and then leering at the blonde.

“Hand me that coffee and then gimme a little strip show,” said Tara sitting up and waggling her eyebrows.

Willow laughed and handed Tara her coffee and scone before she moved to the end of the bed and slowly started to remove her clothes. Willow had to stop twice. Once to move Tara’s coffee before she spilled it on herself and the second time was to take the scone away as the blonde had choked on it. Willow crawled up the bed until she was hovering over the blonde.

“Is this what you had in mind?” asked Willow before leaning down and sucking on Tara’s neck.

“God yes,” said Tara as she tilted her head to the side allowing Willow more access to her neck.

The couple made love slowly making sure to savor every last moan and surge from the feel of the other’s mouth and touch. After making love Willow told Tara about her conversation with Buffy, about Buffy’s date, and about Connor making her promise to go to The Bronze that night.

After spending the remainder of the day cuddling and making love they moved to showering together.

“You know, I don’t think we’re going to be able to go back to work on Monday,” said Tara as they were getting dressed to go to The Bronze.

“Why is that?” asked Willow as she came out of the walk-in closet wearing her tight leather pants and just a bra.

Tara just stared at the redhead. Her mouth opened and closed a few times, but no sound escaped.

“See something you want?” Willow asked seductively as she slowly walked towards Tara.

Tara’s eyes were moving along Willow’s body. She couldn’t believe how much she loved and desired this woman standing before her. Once she was within reach Tara grabbed Willow’s hips and pulled her so their bodies were flush together. Willow wrapped her arms around Tara’s neck and kissed her deeply.

“We better finish getting ready,” Tara said when the kiss finally broke.

“I know, but you are going to have to let go of my ass for that to happen,” said Willow removing Tara’s hands from her leather clad butt.

“Fine, but I get to hold those when we get back,” Tara said suggestively.

“I promise,” said Willow kissing Tara softly before going to find a shirt to wear.

Willow and Tara finished getting ready and headed to the club.

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“Hello?”

“Hey Connor, it’s Buffy,” said the petite blonde.

“Hey Buffy. What’s up?”

“Well, since you convinced Willow that she and Tara need to come to the club tonight, what do you say we throw them a secret ‘Welcome Home’ party?”

“Secret ‘Welcome Home’ party? Explain your thoughts,” said the man intrigued.

“Well, invite Anya, Xander, Jesse, Faith, Emily, Angel, Donnie, and Mr. Maclay. We can have munchies and maybe the upper area, unless it is booked. Maybe Fred can be our waitress if she’s working?”

“I like that idea, but you forgot your sister,” said Connor.

“She isn’t 21 yet.”

“No, but I still think that she should be there.”

“You are right. So, do you think it is a good idea?”

“Yep, I’ll get it all organized as far as the club is concerned, you get everyone to show up. Oh and if Cordy and Harmony show up I’ll make sure that the bouncers know to deny them access to the club.”

“That sounds awesome. Thanks Connor.”

Buffy hung up and started to call everyone and invite them down to the club. Buffy was pleased when everyone was available and excited to come. When Buffy got off work she hurried home to get ready and then headed to help set up at the club.

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Willow and Tara walked up to the line outside The Bronze. As they were starting to get in line the bouncer called them up front. He let them in and told them to head up to the upper area. As they were walking up the stairs Buffy came racing over to the top of the stairs grinning.

“What did you do Summers?” asked Willow as they stopped on the stairs nervous to go up further.

“I did nothing bad,” said Buffy as she went down and pulled the two women up the stairs. When they rounded the corner they saw their friends and family standing there. “Surprise! Welcome home!”

The two women were surprised and they both hugged Buffy and thanked her before heading over and joining everyone.

“I can’t believe you two are back,” said Anya as she hugged Tara.

“Welcome back Wills! Cube farm hasn’t been the same without you,” said Xander as he hugged the redhead.

“Thanks,” said Willow.

“I can’t believe everyone is here,” said Tara.

“Blame Buffy,” called Faith from the back.

“I wanted to welcome you back. I haven’t seen you two since Boston. I noticed you have added an accessory since then as well,” said Buffy glancing towards Willow’s hand

“Why did she get to go to Boston? What accessory? What are you hiding Tara?” asked Anya.

“Well, for the few of you that don’t know...Willow and I are engaged,” said Tara she wrapped an arm around Willow’s waist. “And we both have rings now.”

“Seriously?” said Anya. Both Willow and Tara raised their hands to show their rings. “Oh my god! These rings are gorgeous.”

“Who asked who?” asked Jesse.

“Willow asked me in Boston,” Tara said with pride.

“You picked those out?” Anya asked Willow.

“Yep.”

“Very good taste,” said Anya before turning to Xander. “You better talk to her if you are ever going to buy me a ring.”

“Congrats you two,” said Xander blushing and hugging Willow and Tara.

Jesse was next to congratulate the couple followed by Angel. Connor and Fred brought the food out and everyone started to eat and drink while the music picked up downstairs.

“Will, I am so happy for you,” said Fred as she pulled Willow aside and hugged the redhead close. “I don’t know when I’ve ever seen you so happy.”

“Thanks Fred. I don’t think I even dreamed I could be this happy.”

“She’s pretty cute too,” said Fred as Tara walked their way.

“Amazingly gorgeous and sexy,” Willow said in a lovesick tone as she wrapped an arm around Tara’s waist and pulled her close and they kissed quickly.

“Congratulations Tara,” said Fred as she hugged the blonde.

“Thanks Fred. It means a lot to have all your and well everyone’s support.”

“I can only speak for myself, but all we have ever wanted was for Willow to be happy and you definitely make her happy.”

“Thank you,” said Tara.

“Slow song...will you excuse us?” said Willow pulling Tara towards the upstairs dance area.

The couple danced together and were joined by several others. The night went by in a blur. Willow and Tara said goodbye to everyone. Her dad gave them a ride home and told them that he was happy to have them home.

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“Tonight was fun,” said Willow as she and Tara entered the apartment.

“That was really nice of Buffy,” said Tara as they entered the bedroom and she pulled Willow’s body to her own and kissed the redhead passionately. As Willow wrapped her arms around Tara’s neck the blonde’s arms went around Willow’s waist and her hands landed on Willow’s ass. “You promised my hands could be back here when we got home.”

“I did, but I was also thinking that maybe we might make one little change.”

“What’s that?”

“I thought we might lose all of our clothes and maybe take this to the bed,” Willow said while nipping at Tara’s neck.

“Oh god yes...that is a MUCH better idea,” Tara said tilting her head allowing Willow more access to her neck. The redhead continued to nip at Tara’s neck for several minutes before they pulled apart and stripped one another and moved to the bed.

“I can’t seem to get enough of you today,” said Willow covering the blonde with her own body.

“Oh Willow,” moaned Tara arching into the redhead’s body. “I need you.”

Willow decided to respond with actions rather than words. She slowly kissed along Tara’s jawline and then down Tara’s neck nipping and sucking. Tara was moaning as she felt her lovers ministrations. Each moan turned Willow on more and found it harder and harder to take her time making her way down the blondes body. Willow licked the valley between Tara’s breasts before running her tongue around Tara’s now very erect nipples.

“Suck...hard…” panted Tara as she arched into Willow’s mouth. The redhead smiled to herself loving the effect she was having on her lover. As she sucked on the left nipple hard she heard Tara’s breath catch and they both let out a groan of satisfaction. Willow brought her hand up and started rolling the right nipple between her fingers. Tara arched into the touches.

“Ohhhh, I love you so much,” said Willow as she moved her lips to the right nipple.

“I love you too,” said Tara as she moved her hand to the back of Willow’s head pressing her tighter to her breast.

Willow took turns sucking on each nipple and rolling them between her fingers. She could tell that Tara needed more as the blonde started to rock her hips into Willow’s body. Slowly the redhead ran her tongue down the blondes stomach and when she reached the blonde mound she could smell the arousal. Willow couldn’t contain the desire and need any longer. Willow lowered her head and thrust her tongue inside the blondes folds and moaned as she tasted her lovers essence.

“You...taste...mmmm,” said Willow as she was overcome with need and started to lick and suck Tara’s already quivering center.

“Willow...look...at...me,” panted Tara.

Willow locked eyes with Tara and watched as Tara’s eyes closed and her head arched back as Willow slowly entered the blonde.

“Oooohhhhh,” moaned the blonde as she felt herself entered and Willow started to move in and out of her at a slow steady pace. “Sweetie that feel so good.”

Willow groaned the vibrations sending a shiver through Tara’s spine. Tara moved closer and closer to ecstasy. She reached down and put her hand on the back of Willow’s head and pulled her as tight against her sex as she could.

“Oh...yes...faster...harder…” commanded Tara.

Willow loved it when Tara told her what she needed. She found herself moving faster and sucking harder as Tara’s breathing became more labored. Willow knew that Tara’s orgasm was near. She couldn’t help but smile as the grunts and moans from Tara were getting louder with every thrust.

“Oh...Willlllow,” moaned Tara as she tried to hold on longer.

“Come for me Baby...explode on my hand and in my mouth,” Willow said as Tara moved to pull her tighter to her body.

“WILLOW...OH...WILLOW,” screamed Tara as the orgasm ripped through her body.

“Mmmmm,” moaned Willow as she lapped up the juices as Tara shook in her arms.

As the tremors eased Willow kissed her way up Tara’s body dipping her tongue in the blondes belly button before making her way back up to Tara’s nipples. As Willow sucked on each one Tara felt another orgasm building as she rocked her hips into Willow’s hips. Willow felt her head being pulled upwards and as she moved up she found her lips pressed against Tara’s and the blondes tongue thrust into her mouth.

Tara rocked her hips in time with Willow’s as they both came. After riding out the orgasm as long as they could Willow collapsed to Tara’s side.

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

“I love you too,” Tara said tiredly.

“Sleep my love,” said Willow as she wrapped Tara into her arms.

The two women drifted off to sleep both exhausted from their lovemaking.

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“I can’t believe we have to go back to work in two days,” said Willow as she and Tara cuddled on the couch watching a movie.

“I know. I don’t know how I am going to handle not being able to kiss you for 8 hours, or even wrap my arms around you,” said Tara squeezing the redhead closer.

“Oh god, we’re not going to be able to kiss and touch...I don’t wanna go back to work,” whined and pouted the redhead.

“Oh Sweetie.”

“Can we sneak away for lunch some days?”

“Mmmm, I like that idea,” said Tara rolling Willow onto her back and then kissing her soundly.

“So, I’m thinking if we sneak away for lunches Monday through Friday we might make it through the week,” said Willow.

“What about Saturday and Sunday?”

“Oh yeah...hmmm...maybe those days we can stay in bed most of the day.”

Both women laughed and then continued to enjoy the last of their time together.

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TBC...

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 Post subject: Re: Meant To Be - Ch 39 Updated 06/22/2014
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zampsa19752001: I’m glad you enjoyed the update. I have been trying to find a way to put Giles in there...it just wouldn’t be right without him. I’m a competitive person so, I had to include some with Tara and Faith. :grin

Phantasyland: The maze is real - we go there every year...the teams are usually my wife and I versus our daughter and the friend she brings. :grin I hope you enjoy the below update. :glasses

willowtaralover: Yes, the Treinen corn maze is a real maze. My wife and I take are our daughter every year. I love the look of the Triquetra Celtic Knot. My wife and I went with Claddagh rings, but it was one we looked at. :) There has to be a Willow and Tara baby at some point...they are too cute together to not have one. As for the scolding, it may have seemed childish, but well...I took it from life experience - I wandered off and my wife wasn’t amused. As for the librarians, there is usually a method to my madness...give me time please. :sigh

loislane1: I am so happy to hear that you are enjoying the story. As for navigating the corn maze - yeah, the map isn’t all that helpful. We usually just wander and hope for the best. The pumpkin launch is very fun. We have only done it once, but even just watching people is fun. Haunted Houses and hayrides are a lot of fun. My wife and I laugh through them. I am always amazed that she isn’t jumpier...I can walk into a quiet room and say something and she jumps and squeaks. Yeah, that is my fun. Both her and my daughter do that actually. Some days it is a whole lot of fun to be me. :glasses :ghost :grin

I have a plan for Giles and why he stopped in Wisconsin (outside of it being home and a cute way to add it into the story). As for the librarian, I have a plan - hopefully it plays out right and realistic. Thank you for continuing to read!! :sigh


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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: Thank you to Willara4ever for all your help with this story. I appreciate your reading it and helping me with the idea.
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Chapter 40


The trip to Texas was quick and went off without a hitch. Willow and Tara were exhausted and finally headed home. Mr. Maclay had cancelled one of the west coast events telling Tara that he was going to do a larger bash at TDM’s building in Sunnydale.

“I can’t believe we are finally going home,” said Willow as she sat down on the plane.

“Yeah, traveling around takes a lot out of you. I have to say that traveling with you is very nice,” said Tara leaning over and kissing Willow softly.

“And I have gotten better so that you aren’t losing circulation in your hand during takeoff and landing,” laughed Willow as she entwined her fingers with Tara’s.

“That is true. So, do you want to have a party to celebrate our engagement?”

“I’d love to. We could have it at the beach or The Bronze.”

“I think either would work. We’ll have to plan it once we get home.”

The flight from Houston to Sunnydale was a little bumpy and Willow started to get nervous, but she remembered all the flights that she had been on recently and how nothing had happened. Tara distracted Willow by kissing the redhead and talking about their engagement party.

When they arrived in Sunnydale, Tara’s father was there to pick them up. He hugged them both before they loaded the car and headed for Tara’s apartment. Once inside they unpacked their bags before collapsing together on the couch, Tara wrapping her arms around Willow and pulling her close.

“I’m exhausted,” said Willow.

“Me too. At least Dad said we don’t have to go back to work until Monday. That gives us a whole 5 days off.”

“I know. I guess there are advantages to sleeping with the owner’s daughter,” teased Willow as she turned in Tara’s arms and tenderly kissed the blonde.

“I think you are doing more than just sleeping with her,” Tara said giving the redhead a coy lopsided smile.

“True. I do like to make her scream my name. Most of all though, I love to tell her how much I love her and hear her say that she loves me too.”

They lay there tenderly kissing. Neither felt the need to deepen the kisses or move the touching to more. They were content to just be close and feel the others lips on their own.

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“Hey Buffy,” said Willow as she was relaxing in Tara’s arms on the couch after another makeout session.

“Willow! Where are you on the tour across america?”

“Home,” laughed Willow tiredly.

“You’re in Sunnydale? That home?”

“Yep, that is the one.”

“When did you get back?” asked Buffy excitedly.

“Yesterday.”

“When can we go out for coffee? Now? In a couple of hours?”

“I don’t know Buffy. Tara and I were going to have a quiet day together,” said Willow smiling up at the woman who was holding her close.

“But you’ve seen her for weeks,” pouted Buffy. “She’s been monopolizing Willow-time.”

“She’s my fiancée Buffy. I like seeing her,” said Willow her eyes scanning up and down Tara’s body quick. “And she wasn’t monopolizing Willow-time, we were working.”

“I know, but you used to like seeing me too. Well, not in the same way, but come on...we need to get together soon,” whined Buffy.

“How about you and I go out for breakfast tomorrow?”

“Fine, I’ll take it. So, is it good to be home?”

“Yeah, it is. I just wanted to let you know we were home. So, tomorrow at Angel’s say 8 AM?” asked Willow.

“I’ll see you there,” said Buffy.

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After hanging up with Willow, Buffy called Angel and told him that she and Willow were coming in for breakfast and that she wanted a spot away from everyone so that she could hang out with her best friend. Buffy then called and told work that she wasn’t sure if or when she was going to be in the following day.

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“Tara...Baby,” said Willow leaning over the blonde as she slept.

“Mmmmm Willow,” Tara said tiredly rolling on her back.

“I’m going to go have breakfast with Buffy. I’ll be back later. I love you,” said Willow leaning closer to the blonde and kissing her.

“Mmmm, I love you,” said Tara wrapping her arms around Willow’s neck and pulling her into the bed and then rolling on top of the redhead.

“Baby,” squeaked Willow before kissing the blonde sensually.

“I love you. Hurry home,” said Tara before kissing Willow again.

“I will,” Willow said flustered. “I love you too.”

Willow crawled out of the bed, smiled at Tara, and then headed off to breakfast with Buffy.

Tara hugged Willow’s pillow and drifted back to sleep.

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“Willow,” called Buffy as she saw her best friend walking up.

“Hi Buffy,” said Willow as the two women hugged.

“I’m so glad you are home.”

“Me too!”

The two women went inside. Angel had reserved a spot for them in a private section of the restaurant. After being seated and placing their order Buffy grinned happily at her friend.

“What?” asked Willow.

“I missed you,” said Buffy.

“I missed you too! So, what’s been going on? How is it living with Dawn as ‘adults’? How’s work?”

“Well, living with Dawn is different than living with you. She is up in the morning’s sometimes even before I am. She is a slob. I swear she is living on Ramen Noodles, mac & cheese and cereal.”

“Buffy, she’s a college student, that is pretty typical of them. Hell, we did it,” laughed Willow.

“We lived in the dorm when we did it. She has a kitchen that she can use.”

“She’s 18 Buff.”

“I don’t think I like the influence Tara is on you,” Buffy said pouting.

“WHAT?” exclaimed Willow.

“You are all mellow. You need to stop getting laid. It makes you too mellow.”

“That is SO not going to happen. You didn’t by any chance do a whole lot of drugs before coming here did you?”

“No, I didn’t, but it is making you too mellow. I miss my high strung Willow.”

“Deal with it Buffy. I happen to greatly enjoy my sex life. I really just admitted that didn’t I?” blushed Willow.

“Yeah, you did,” laughed Buffy.

“So, speaking of the Maclay’s. How are things going with you and Donnie?”

“He’s a nice guy, but there is no sparkage...we talked about a week ago and decided to just be good friends.”

“I’m sorry Buffy.”

“It’s okay. I did have a date the other night that showed some promise,” Buffy smiled coyly.

“And I am just now learning this? What the hell Summers?” scoffed Willow pretending to be hurt.

“Hey, it isn’t my fault you have been gallivanting around the country.”

“I was working Buffy.”

“Working, getting engaged, having tons of sex, going to corn mazes...gallivanting.”

“Fine, now give me details woman,” said Willow as their breakfast arrived.

“Angel and I went out on a date,” said Buffy before taking a large bite of food.

“You did that on purpose,” said Willow as Buffy nodded in agreement and chewed even slower. “You are so mean Summers!”

“And yet you still love me,” laughed Buffy.

“Yeah, I do. So, tell me about your date with Angel.”

“He asked me out of the blue to go out with him. We went to LA and had dinner at a fancy restaurant there. He then took me to Broadway show. I think it was the most romantic date I have ever been on.”

“That sounds awesome. Are you guys going to go out again?”

“He sent me flowers yesterday and said that he’d love to go out again.”

“Wow, that’s fantastic. I’m so happy for you.”

The two continued to talk about Buffy and Angel dating and what else had been going on in Sunnydale while Willow was gone. Connor came in and hugged Willow close. He told her he missed her and then he made her promise to come to the club that night to see him.

After finishing breakfast Willow and Buffy hugged and Buffy headed to work while Willow headed to the Espresso Pump to get her and Tara some coffees and to get Tara a scone.

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Willow entered the apartment she shared with Tara to find that the blonde was still in bed. She set the coffees and scone down before sitting down on the bed next to Tara. Willow leaned over and started to kiss Tara’s neck.

“Mmmmm, that is a nice way to wake up,” said Tara turning towards Willow. “Not as nice as if you were naked, but still very nice.”

“Well, I suppose that I could get naked,” said Willow looking under the covers at her very naked fiancée and then leering at the blonde.

“Hand me that coffee and then gimme a little strip show,” said Tara sitting up and waggling her eyebrows.

Willow laughed and handed Tara her coffee and scone before she moved to the end of the bed and slowly started to remove her clothes. Willow had to stop twice. Once to move Tara’s coffee before she spilled it on herself and the second time was to take the scone away as the blonde had choked on it. Willow crawled up the bed until she was hovering over the blonde.

“Is this what you had in mind?” asked Willow before leaning down and sucking on Tara’s neck.

“God yes,” said Tara as she tilted her head to the side allowing Willow more access to her neck.

The couple made love slowly making sure to savor every last moan and surge from the feel of the other’s mouth and touch. After making love Willow told Tara about her conversation with Buffy, about Buffy’s date, and about Connor making her promise to go to The Bronze that night.

After spending the remainder of the day cuddling and making love they moved to showering together.

“You know, I don’t think we’re going to be able to go back to work on Monday,” said Tara as they were getting dressed to go to The Bronze.

“Why is that?” asked Willow as she came out of the walk-in closet wearing her tight leather pants and just a bra.

Tara just stared at the redhead. Her mouth opened and closed a few times, but no sound escaped.

“See something you want?” Willow asked seductively as she slowly walked towards Tara.

Tara’s eyes were moving along Willow’s body. She couldn’t believe how much she loved and desired this woman standing before her. Once she was within reach Tara grabbed Willow’s hips and pulled her so their bodies were flush together. Willow wrapped her arms around Tara’s neck and kissed her deeply.

“We better finish getting ready,” Tara said when the kiss finally broke.

“I know, but you are going to have to let go of my ass for that to happen,” said Willow removing Tara’s hands from her leather clad butt.

“Fine, but I get to hold those when we get back,” Tara said suggestively.

“I promise,” said Willow kissing Tara softly before going to find a shirt to wear.

Willow and Tara finished getting ready and headed to the club.

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“Hello?”

“Hey Connor, it’s Buffy,” said the petite blonde.

“Hey Buffy. What’s up?”

“Well, since you convinced Willow that she and Tara need to come to the club tonight, what do you say we throw them a secret ‘Welcome Home’ party?”

“Secret ‘Welcome Home’ party? Explain your thoughts,” said the man intrigued.

“Well, invite Anya, Xander, Jesse, Faith, Emily, Angel, Donnie, and Mr. Maclay. We can have munchies and maybe the upper area, unless it is booked. Maybe Fred can be our waitress if she’s working?”

“I like that idea, but you forgot your sister,” said Connor.

“She isn’t 21 yet.”

“No, but I still think that she should be there.”

“You are right. So, do you think it is a good idea?”

“Yep, I’ll get it all organized as far as the club is concerned, you get everyone to show up. Oh and if Cordy and Harmony show up I’ll make sure that the bouncers know to deny them access to the club.”

“That sounds awesome. Thanks Connor.”

Buffy hung up and started to call everyone and invite them down to the club. Buffy was pleased when everyone was available and excited to come. When Buffy got off work she hurried home to get ready and then headed to help set up at the club.

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Willow and Tara walked up to the line outside The Bronze. As they were starting to get in line the bouncer called them up front. He let them in and told them to head up to the upper area. As they were walking up the stairs Buffy came racing over to the top of the stairs grinning.

“What did you do Summers?” asked Willow as they stopped on the stairs nervous to go up further.

“I did nothing bad,” said Buffy as she went down and pulled the two women up the stairs. When they rounded the corner they saw their friends and family standing there. “Surprise! Welcome home!”

The two women were surprised and they both hugged Buffy and thanked her before heading over and joining everyone.

“I can’t believe you two are back,” said Anya as she hugged Tara.

“Welcome back Wills! Cube farm hasn’t been the same without you,” said Xander as he hugged the redhead.

“Thanks,” said Willow.

“I can’t believe everyone is here,” said Tara.

“Blame Buffy,” called Faith from the back.

“I wanted to welcome you back. I haven’t seen you two since Boston. I noticed you have added an accessory since then as well,” said Buffy glancing towards Willow’s hand

“Why did she get to go to Boston? What accessory? What are you hiding Tara?” asked Anya.

“Well, for the few of you that don’t know...Willow and I are engaged,” said Tara she wrapped an arm around Willow’s waist. “And we both have rings now.”

“Seriously?” said Anya. Both Willow and Tara raised their hands to show their rings. “Oh my god! These rings are gorgeous.”

“Who asked who?” asked Jesse.

“Willow asked me in Boston,” Tara said with pride.

“You picked those out?” Anya asked Willow.

“Yep.”

“Very good taste,” said Anya before turning to Xander. “You better talk to her if you are ever going to buy me a ring.”

“Congrats you two,” said Xander blushing and hugging Willow and Tara.

Jesse was next to congratulate the couple followed by Angel. Connor and Fred brought the food out and everyone started to eat and drink while the music picked up downstairs.

“Will, I am so happy for you,” said Fred as she pulled Willow aside and hugged the redhead close. “I don’t know when I’ve ever seen you so happy.”

“Thanks Fred. I don’t think I even dreamed I could be this happy.”

“She’s pretty cute too,” said Fred as Tara walked their way.

“Amazingly gorgeous and sexy,” Willow said in a lovesick tone as she wrapped an arm around Tara’s waist and pulled her close and they kissed quickly.

“Congratulations Tara,” said Fred as she hugged the blonde.

“Thanks Fred. It means a lot to have all your and well everyone’s support.”

“I can only speak for myself, but all we have ever wanted was for Willow to be happy and you definitely make her happy.”

“Thank you,” said Tara.

“Slow song...will you excuse us?” said Willow pulling Tara towards the upstairs dance area.

The couple danced together and were joined by several others. The night went by in a blur. Willow and Tara said goodbye to everyone. Her dad gave them a ride home and told them that he was happy to have them home.

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“Tonight was fun,” said Willow as she and Tara entered the apartment.

“That was really nice of Buffy,” said Tara as they entered the bedroom and she pulled Willow’s body to her own and kissed the redhead passionately. As Willow wrapped her arms around Tara’s neck the blonde’s arms went around Willow’s waist and her hands landed on Willow’s ass. “You promised my hands could be back here when we got home.”

“I did, but I was also thinking that maybe we might make one little change.”

“What’s that?”

“I thought we might lose all of our clothes and maybe take this to the bed,” Willow said while nipping at Tara’s neck.

“Oh god yes...that is a MUCH better idea,” Tara said tilting her head allowing Willow more access to her neck. The redhead continued to nip at Tara’s neck for several minutes before they pulled apart and stripped one another and moved to the bed.

“I can’t seem to get enough of you today,” said Willow covering the blonde with her own body.

“Oh Willow,” moaned Tara arching into the redhead’s body. “I need you.”

Willow decided to respond with actions rather than words. She slowly kissed along Tara’s jawline and then down Tara’s neck nipping and sucking. Tara was moaning as she felt her lovers ministrations. Each moan turned Willow on more and found it harder and harder to take her time making her way down the blondes body. Willow licked the valley between Tara’s breasts before running her tongue around Tara’s now very erect nipples.

“Suck...hard…” panted Tara as she arched into Willow’s mouth. The redhead smiled to herself loving the effect she was having on her lover. As she sucked on the left nipple hard she heard Tara’s breath catch and they both let out a groan of satisfaction. Willow brought her hand up and started rolling the right nipple between her fingers. Tara arched into the touches.

“Ohhhh, I love you so much,” said Willow as she moved her lips to the right nipple.

“I love you too,” said Tara as she moved her hand to the back of Willow’s head pressing her tighter to her breast.

Willow took turns sucking on each nipple and rolling them between her fingers. She could tell that Tara needed more as the blonde started to rock her hips into Willow’s body. Slowly the redhead ran her tongue down the blondes stomach and when she reached the blonde mound she could smell the arousal. Willow couldn’t contain the desire and need any longer. Willow lowered her head and thrust her tongue inside the blondes folds and moaned as she tasted her lovers essence.

“You...taste...mmmm,” said Willow as she was overcome with need and started to lick and suck Tara’s already quivering center.

“Willow...look...at...me,” panted Tara.

Willow locked eyes with Tara and watched as Tara’s eyes closed and her head arched back as Willow slowly entered the blonde.

“Oooohhhhh,” moaned the blonde as she felt herself entered and Willow started to move in and out of her at a slow steady pace. “Sweetie that feel so good.”

Willow groaned the vibrations sending a shiver through Tara’s spine. Tara moved closer and closer to ecstasy. She reached down and put her hand on the back of Willow’s head and pulled her as tight against her sex as she could.

“Oh...yes...faster...harder…” commanded Tara.

Willow loved it when Tara told her what she needed. She found herself moving faster and sucking harder as Tara’s breathing became more labored. Willow knew that Tara’s orgasm was near. She couldn’t help but smile as the grunts and moans from Tara were getting louder with every thrust.

“Oh...Willlllow,” moaned Tara as she tried to hold on longer.

“Come for me Baby...explode on my hand and in my mouth,” Willow said as Tara moved to pull her tighter to her body.

“WILLOW...OH...WILLOW,” screamed Tara as the orgasm ripped through her body.

“Mmmmm,” moaned Willow as she lapped up the juices as Tara shook in her arms.

As the tremors eased Willow kissed her way up Tara’s body dipping her tongue in the blondes belly button before making her way back up to Tara’s nipples. As Willow sucked on each one Tara felt another orgasm building as she rocked her hips into Willow’s hips. Willow felt her head being pulled upwards and as she moved up she found her lips pressed against Tara’s and the blondes tongue thrust into her mouth.

Tara rocked her hips in time with Willow’s as they both came. After riding out the orgasm as long as they could Willow collapsed to Tara’s side.

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

“I love you too,” Tara said tiredly.

“Sleep my love,” said Willow as she wrapped Tara into her arms.

The two women drifted off to sleep both exhausted from their lovemaking.

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“I can’t believe we have to go back to work in two days,” said Willow as she and Tara cuddled on the couch watching a movie.

“I know. I don’t know how I am going to handle not being able to kiss you for 8 hours, or even wrap my arms around you,” said Tara squeezing the redhead closer.

“Oh god, we’re not going to be able to kiss and touch...I don’t wanna go back to work,” whined and pouted the redhead.

“Oh Sweetie.”

“Can we sneak away for lunch some days?”

“Mmmm, I like that idea,” said Tara rolling Willow onto her back and then kissing her soundly.

“So, I’m thinking if we sneak away for lunches Monday through Friday we might make it through the week,” said Willow.

“What about Saturday and Sunday?”

“Oh yeah...hmmm...maybe those days we can stay in bed most of the day.”

Both women laughed and then continued to enjoy the last of their time together.

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Dibs-y Goodness!

Yay for excellent update-y goodness... Yay for Buffy organizing their Welcome Home Party... I really liked their private celebrations...

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Oh wow! Willow in leather pants!

Another great update - thank you again!

Looking forward to their lunch breaks...

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YAY new meant to be :)

Mr. Maclay had cancelled one of the west coast events telling Tara that he was going to do a larger bash at TDM’s building in Sunnydale.

I love your use of the word 'bash' for event. I thought that was only something we here in the U.K. used. :)

“I’d love to. We could have it at the beach or The Bronze.”

YAY party on the beach. :)

They lay there tenderly kissing. Neither felt the need to deepen the kisses or move the touching to more. They were content to just be close and feel the others lips on their own.

Hey Branny, I just wanted to say that I totally, absolutely love scenes like this. Being a romantic at heart I do like to believe that this is what love is like, just full of romance and love, care and affection for each other.

“Hey, it isn’t my fault you have been gallivanting around the country.”

Gallivanting, another great word that just isn't used enough.

We went to LA and had dinner at a fancy restaurant there. He then took me to Broadway show.

I may sound stupid saying this but isn't Broadway in New York?

A big yay for Buffy organising a 'Welcome Home' party for her friends.


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I always look forward to you're nice long updates:)

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zampsa19752001: Thank you for reading!! I’m glad you enjoyed the private celebrations. :grin


Phantasyland: Hi!!! I know, Willow in leather pants is yummy. :drool I’m glad you enjoyed the update. :glasses


willowtaralover: I’m sorry the updates have gone from weekly to bi-weekly. Last night I finished writing the 1st draft of what I hope to be my first published book (at some point). I am going to try to get back to weekly updates... :sigh

Hey Branny, I just wanted to say that I totally, absolutely love scenes like this. Being a romantic at heart I do like to believe that this is what love is like, just full of romance and love, care and affection for each other.

I love the subtle romance and times of just being close.

I may sound stupid saying this but isn't Broadway in New York?

Sorry, that was my fault...Broadway shows do occasionally tour around. I should have phrased that better.


Finey_McFine: I appreciate you taking the time to read the updates. :sigh


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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: Thank you to Willara4ever for all your help with this story. I appreciate your reading it and helping me with the idea.
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Chapter 41

Monday morning arrived and both women groaned when the alarm went off.

“Sweetie, it’s time to wake up,” said Tara softly into Willow’s ear.

“Don’t wanna. Monday has been cancelled,” mumbled Willow pulling the covers up over her head.

“If Monday has been cancelled, what am I supposed to do now that I’m awake?”

“Come under here and I’ll show you,” Willow said lifting part of the covers allowing Tara a perfect view of the redhead’s naked body.

Tara’s eyes widened at the sight before her as she let out a soft groan.

“That is just mean,” pouted Tara. “You know we have to get up and moving.”

“I know,” Willow said as her head popped out from under the covers. “You can’t blame me for trying though.”

“No, but I will blame you for these inappropriate thoughts I’m going to have all day,” laughed Tara as she got up and headed for the shower.

Willow lay there listening to Tara in the shower. She knew she could go in there and join the blonde. Hell, she wanted to go in there and join the blonde, but Tara was right, they needed to go to work today. They had been gone for several weeks and it was time to get back to doing real work.

Once Tara came out of the bathroom to get dressed Willow went to take her shower. Once they finished getting ready for work they headed to the Espresso Pump to get coffee and breakfast.

“Hey Willow,” said the woman behind the counter.

“Janice? When did you get back?” said Willow hugging the girl.

“Last week. I missed Dawn and Sunnydale to much to stay away,” beamed the strawberry blonde.

“Welcome back! Can I get two of my usual?”

“How is life at TDM? You did get the job there right?” asked Janice as she made Willow’s order.

“It is amazing. By the way, Janice, this is my fiancée Tara. Tara, this is Janice, Dawnie’s best friend.”

“It’s nice to meet you,” said Janice reaching over and shaking Tara’s hand. “Congratulations you two.”

“Thanks,” both women said together.

“Dawn and I are going to the beach tonight for a bonfire. You two should join us,” said Janice handing them their coffee and 2 chocolate cherry scones.

“Baby?”

“Sounds like fun,” said Tara.

“Great, those are on me. I’ll see you two tonight.”

“Thanks Janice,” said Willow as the two women made their way out and onto the street.

“She seems nice,” laughed Tara.

“Janice is awesome. Dawn was really bummed when she found out Janice was going to go to school out of state. I wonder if she took Dawn’s spot since she is working for Emily now.”

“I guess we’ll find out tonight,” said Tara as they made their way to work.

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Willow had been working at her desk for several hours when Jesse stopped by and asked her to join him in his office for a meeting. She looked at the clock and saw it was close to lunch time. She sent Tara an instant message telling her she may have to miss lunch. Tara told her she was about to send the same message. Willow laughed and then grabbed her tablet and headed to Jesse’s office.

“Willow, have a seat,” said Jesse pointing to the round table in the corner of his office.

“Thanks,” said Willow.

“We’re waiting on two others,” said Jesse as he sat down next to Willow at the table.

About two minutes later Tyler and Xander walked in. Xander closed the door behind them and took a seat next to Willow.

“Welcome back to the daily grind Willster,” said Xander.

“Hi,” said Tyler averting his eyes.

“Hey guys,” Willow said cheerfully.

“Great, now that you are all here. I have a new project for the three of you to work together on,” started Jesse. He then proceeded to lay out the project and what he hoped each person could bring to it. When he was done they started brainstorming and Jesse ordered pizza since it was lunch time. They ate and discussed the project. After a couple of hours Jesse told everyone to take a break. Jesse left the room, as did Tyler leaving Willow and Xander alone.

“So, how was the trip?” asked the dark-haired man.

“Fantastic,” beamed Willow before her eyes shifted to the ring on her finger as she thought about Tara.

“So, how does it feel to be engaged?” asked Xander.

“Incredible, amazing, insert exuberant adjective here,” beamed Willow.

“You two seem happy. Maybe someday Anya and I will be as happy as you two,” said Xander.

“I hope so. It is an amazing feeling.”

“So, when’s the wedding? Have you two set a date yet?” asked Xander as Jesse and Tyler entered the room.

“No date set yet,” said Willow glancing towards Tyler who was now fixated on the ring on her left hand.

“Congratulations,” said Tyler unsure what else to say or do. He knew now that Willow meant what she said when she told him there was someone else and that they were serious.

“Thanks,” blushed Willow.

Jesse then steered everyone back to the project and brainstorming. Willow was grateful for the topic change. She knew that it had to be a shock and hard for Tyler and she didn’t want it cause any hard feelings between them. Especially now that they were going to be working closer together.

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Tara arrived before her assistant. She entered her office and groaned as she saw three large stacks of mail on her table and two large folders on her desk. Tara sat down at her desk and let out a loud sigh. Just as she was about to start work on the first pile she heard a knock at her door.

“Come in,” said Tara.

“Good morning, Tara,” said her assistant Melissa as she entered the office.

“Good morning!”

“How does it feel to be back in the office?”

“Odd,” laughed Tara as she ran her hand through her hair. “I love being home, but now the reality of work sets back in.”

“Well, we can go through the piles whenever you are ready,” smiled Melissa.

“Thanks. Why not start now,” said Tara glancing at the various stacks.

“Great, let me grab my notepad and coffee. I suggest we start at the table and work our way over.”

“I’ll meet you at the table,” laughed Tara. As Melissa left the room Tara picked up her phone and sent a text message to Willow telling her that she loved her and missed her.

Melissa arrived back and they went through the stacks. Tara pulling aside several items to be looked at more in-depth and Melissa taking notes on everything that the blonde wanted done. After they finished with the stacks they moved to the desk. Melissa explained the two large folders and that they were marketing statistics on the launches and what trends the affiliated sites had seen.

“Hey Tara,” Melissa said sheepishly. “Can I ask you something non work related?”

“Yeah, sure.”

“We’ve know one another a long time right?” And they had. Melissa was a few years older than Tara, but she had been the only assistant the blonde had ever had. They had been working together for approximately eight years.

“What’s up?” asked Tara moving from behind her desk to sit next to her assistant.

“Um, care to explain?” Melissa said taking Tara’s hand and pointing out the ring and seeing the blonde blush.

“Oh, um, I’m engaged,” said Tara looking at the ring and beaming.

“Alright, now details. Who? How long have you two been together? When? How? Give me the girlie gossip.”

Tara laughed and told Melissa about her and WIllow and their relationship, the engagement, and everything that had gone on over the past 5 months.

“Congratulations! I’m so happy for you. Both of you,” said Melissa hugging Tara.

“Thank you!”

“So, what does your dad think of his little girl growing up?”

“He is dealing with it better than he ever thought he would,” said Tara’s father as he entered the office causing both women to jump. “Sorry, I didn’t mean to scare you. I knocked, but heard laughter so I thought it was safe to peek my head in.”

“Good morning, Daddy,” said Tara standing and hugging her father.

“Good morning, Sweetheart. Good morning to you too, Melissa.”

“Morning! I should be getting back to my desk. Let me know if you have anything else for me to do. And again, congratulations.”

“Thanks Melissa,” said Tara smiling as the woman exited the office.

“You told her huh?”

“She sort of asked about the ring.”

“Well, it is a stunning ring on the hand of my stunningly beautiful daughter. Now, I need to talk to you about some work related things.”

“Fine...if we must,” Tara said in a dramatic tone causing them both to laugh.

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Willow and Tara arrived home and they were both exhausted. Tara made dinner for them while they discussed their day. Dawn had sent Willow a message while she was at work telling her to meet them at the bonfire around 8.

“Baby, are we old?” asked Willow.

“No, why?” said Tara arching an eyebrow.

“The idea of going to a bonfire on the first Monday back at work makes me tired,” whined Willow as she leaned her back against the kitchen wall.

“We can cancel, but, I was looking forward to watching the sunset over the water, while holding you in my arms.”

“I like that idea,” Willow whispered into Tara’s ear before running her tongue along the edge.

“Oh god,” whimpered Tara.

Tara turned in Willow’s arms and they tenderly kissed.

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“Willow! Tara! Over here,” called Dawn as she saw the two women walking along the beach. Willow and Tara waved to her and headed that direction. Dawn hugged the newly arrived women and then put out a blanket for them to sit on.

“Hey Dawnie,” both women said.

“Janice should be here any minute.”

“Are you happy she’s back?” asked Willow as Tara sat down and pulled the redhead to sit in-between her legs.

“Hell yes!”

“Hey guys,” said Janice as she walked up and then sat down next to Dawn.

“Hey!” said the three women.

“How was work?” asked Willow.

“Ugh! It has been a while since I’ve had to work that hard,” laughed Janice.

“Emily said that as soon as she needs another person you’re in,” said Dawn.

“How are things going there?” asked Tara.

“Well, you’re dad made sure our offices are amazing.”

“Dad is very good at that,” laughed Tara.

“Wait...didn’t you say that TDM owned the business?” asked Janice.

“Oh, sorry, I forget you don’t know,” laughed Willow. “Tara is the T in TDM. She is one of the owners along with her dad and brother. TDM - Tara, Donnie, Maclay.”

“Oh, wow,” said Janice.

“Don’t worry. The whole family is cool,” added Dawn.

“Hello, sitting right here,” laughed Tara.

“And I am so glad that you are,” teased Willow as Tara poked her in the ribs causing her to squirm. “Stop it.”

“Nope,” laughed Tara as she continued to poke Willow causing her to continue to squirm.

“Dawn, help me…” squeaked Willow.

“Do and you’re next Summers,” laughed Tara.

“Sorry Wills, you are on your own,” said Dawn.

Willow managed to turn enough to tickle Tara. They both finally stopped breathing hard from laughing.

“Truce?” asked Tara.

“Uh huh,” said Willow.

Tara put her hands down and leaned back getting comfortable again. Willow took the opportunity to poke Tara in the side.

“Willow…” warned Tara trying to keep a straight face.

“You know you love me...you know I am cute.”

“I do love you and you are cute but that has nothing to do with you being a snot,” Tara said smiling.

“I’ll make it up to you later,” whispered Willow.

“Hello - people still here,” said Dawn.

“Sorry,” said Willow and Tara as they took their previous positions of Tara holding Willow.

“You two are just too cute,” laughed Janice. “I don’t know that I have ever seen you look so alive Willow.”

“I’ve never felt this alive,” said Willow turning and kissing Tara on the cheek.

“Yeah, so they are the mushballs of the group now,” added Dawn.

“Hey! Oh wait, we resemble that don’t we…” laughed Willow.

“So, since I haven’t been here. How did you meet? Will, gay? Someone needs to start talking or the redhead is going in the water,” threatened Janice.

“I’m okay with that,” said Dawn.

“Me too,” said Tara.

“Hey! Do you want to have sex again before the wedding that we haven’t set a date for yet?” asked Willow seeing Tara’s eyes widen. “That’s what I thought.”

The group proceeded to tell Janice what had gone on over the past several months. They watched the sunset on the beach, hung out around the fire, and then called it a night.

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The week passed quickly for the two women. Willow worked with Xander and Tyler on their project. Tara analyzed data from the tour, dug herself out of the piles that Melissa had made for her and met with her father on the final kickoff bash.

“Hi Willow,” said Melissa as Willow made her way to Tara’s office at the end of the day on Friday.

“Hi Melissa. How are you doing?”

“Great. Congratulations on your engagement.”

“Thank you,” blushed Willow. “Is Tara in? I tried to message her before I came up, but she didn’t respond.”

“She’s spent the day at her table going over something for Mr. Maclay. You can go ahead and go in.”

“Thank you!”

Willow knocked on the door and poked her head in and smiled as she saw Tara sitting at the table nibbling on the end of a pen while reading over some papers.

“I’m jealous of that pen,” said Willow as Tara looked up and smiled at her.

“Hi Sweetie. Is it that time already?” asked Tara tiredly.

“Are you ready to leave or do you need some time yet?”

“I’m going cross-eyed reading all of this. Take me home...please.”

“My pleasure,” said Willow leaning down and giving Tara a chaste kiss. “I know we aren’t supposed to do that at work, but we haven’t been able to sneak away for lunch at all this week.”

“I know. It’s Friday though. You get me for the full weekend,” Tara said.

“I like that idea. How about we stop at Angel’s and get dinner, go home, eat, you can have a glass of wine and then we can take a candlelit bath together?”

“That sounds amazing. Why don’t you call and order dinner from Angel while I finish up these last two things.”

“Deal,” said Willow as she called in the order to Angel’s.

Tara finished up and as she and Willow were leaving Melissa was finishing up and the three got into the elevator together.

“So, have you two set a date?” asked Melissa as the elevator started down.

“I was thinking…” started Willow as the door opened on the fourth floor and Tyler got in. The man was uncomfortable and waved hello at the three women and moved to the farthest corner from them.

“So you were saying?” prompted Melissa.

“Oh, well I was thinking that maybe this weekend we would be able to take some time to discuss a wedding date.”

“Well, good luck with getting the workaholic to relax long enough for you two to set a date,” laughed the older woman.

“HEY! I am still your boss,” laughed Tara as the elevator reached the main floor and the four started to exit.

“No, we were in the elevator leaving and you are now my friend,” said Melissa.

“Um, s-sorry to interrupt, b-but um, W-Willow? You’re m-marrying T-Tara?” stuttered Tyler. The three women had forgotten he was there.

“Oh Tyler, yes, Tara is who I have been seeing,” said Willow as Tara and Melissa faded back a bit to give the two colleagues some space.

“Well, c-congratulations both of y-you,” said Tyler.

“Thank you. I’m sorry I didn’t say anything about who I was dating,” said Willow.

“It’s okay. If I were dating one of the owners I don’t think I would say anything either. Also, um, thanks for being nice when you let me down. Not a lot of people do that. I usually get laughed at.”

“I know how you feel. I’ve been a nerd my whole life. I used to get laughed at just for being in the same area as some people.”

“I’m glad she makes you happy. I guess that explains why you two always seemed so close.”

“Yeah, it is. Thanks for understanding. We have to get going. Have a good weekend and I’ll see you on Monday,” Willow said smiling at the man.

“You two have a good weekend as well,” said Tyler before he headed to the parking area.

Willow joined Tara and Melissa and told them about the conversation. Melissa said her goodbyes and Willow and Tara headed over to Angel’s to pick up dinner.

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After dinner Willow filled the bathtub and lit and placed candles around the bathroom and bedroom.

Willow led Tara into the bathroom and carefully undressed the blonde and helped her into the tub. She then undressed herself and slipped into the water sitting with her back against Tara’s front. They sat there letting the stress of the week ease away into the warm water. They sat cuddled like this for a long time.

“So you really want to talk about the wedding this weekend?” asked Tara.

“I do. If you want to wait, we can do that too,” said Willow, afraid that Tara wouldn’t be interested in discussing their wedding.

“Of course I want to discuss our wedding,” said Tara.

“I just don’t want you to feel pressured. I know that we’ve moved along quicker than most couples and that you are probably so tired out from the work week. I was just thinking that if we set a date I can start making charts and setting up schedule and...and…” babbled Willow before she was cut off by Tara’s lips.

“Tonight,” Tara said running her tongue down Willow’s neck and sucking at the base of the redhead's neck while her warm hands slid up Willow’s body and cupped her breasts. “I want to practice for our honeymoon.”

“Oh baaaby,” moaned Willow arching into Tara’s hands.

“Is that a yes?”

“Yes...I love how your lips and hands make me feel,” Willow said bringing her hands up and covering Tara’s hands with her own and they both massaged her breasts.

“I love it when you help. Let’s move to the bedroom so I can ravage your body.”

“Yes ma’am,” Willow said her breathing increased and her eyes a darker shade of green.

The couple let the water out of the tub and blew out the candles before moving to the bedroom. Willow pushed Tara onto her back and then laid on top of the blonde pressing their bodies together tightly. Willow leaned forward and sucked on Tara’s lower lip while her thigh was pressed between Tara’s legs causing the blondes breath to catch. Willow pressed her lips tightly to Tara’s and then thrust her tongue into the blondes mouth.

Tara moaned incoherently as her hips started to rock against Willow’s thigh. Tara brought her hands to Willow’s pert breasts and teased the erect nipples while occasionally pinching the nipples between her thumb and forefinger. Willow tried for control but her eyes closed and her hips started to rock against Tara’s hips.

They got into a comforting rhythm and both rocking and moaning at the feel of the others wetness on their leg. Willow’s hand slid down between their bodies and reaching between Tara’s legs she started to rub in slow circle around Tara’s clit.

“Oh Willow...don’t...don’t stop…” panted Tara as she used one of her hands to mirror Willow’s touch.

“Oh yes…” panted Willow.

They rubbed one another and teased the others center before they each thrust two fingers inside the other and they both called out in pleasure. Willow arched her back as she called out and Tara took the opportunity to latch onto Willow’s erect nipple.

“Fuck,” Willow choked out as she started to move her hand inside the blonde faster.

“Yes…” whispered Tara into Willow’s breast.

They moved one another closer and closer to orgasm. When Tara called out Willow’s name it sent the redhead over and she called out Tara’s name. They both rode out the orgasm as long as they could before Willow collapsed on top of Tara. Both women panting and trying to regain their breath.

“I...love...you,” panted Willow.

“I...love...you...too,” said Tara punctuating each word with a kiss.

“I think I like practicing for our honeymoon. I hope we can practice often so that we’re experts by the time we are married.”

“Sweetie, I hate to tell you, but I believe we are already experts. We’re now just fine tuning our skills.”

“I like that idea,” Willow smiled as they rolled onto their sides facing one another. Willow brushed some hair off Tara’s face and smiled softly at her.

“Do you have ideas on when you want to marry me?” asked Tara.

“Now?” laughed Willow.

“If we have to get dressed I am firmly against it,” said Tara lifting the covers and gazing down at Willow’s naked body. “Definitely against it.”

“Are you thinking that we might need more, um, fine tuning?”

“Oh yes.”

Willow leaned in and met Tara’s lips with her own in a searing kiss that led them to round two of lovemaking for the night.

Willow and Tara woke around eleven after making love until around five in the morning. They showered together washing and kissing the other. Once they were dressed they made breakfast together and then Tara grabbed a notebook and they sat down on the couch to start to plan their wedding.

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Yay for excellent update-y goodness... Big yay for start of the wedding planning... Big lol for honeymoon practice... I'm really glad of the way Willow handled the Tyler situation...

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Hey Branny :bigwave

You're writing your own first novel to be published? You have no idea how much I envy you for doing that. This is something I have wanted to do for a long time, and even have a storyline for one, but have just been too scared to actually start writing so I will wish you well with your story and hope that you get many sales and positive criticism for it.

YAY, you put in Dawn's unseen bestie Janice. whatever happened to her after season 5?

You two should join us,” said Janice handing them their coffee and 2 chocolate cherry scones.

Chocolate cherry scones :drool :)

“I love being home, but now the reality of work sets back in.”

And now she wishes she had taken up Willow on her offer :wink

It's nice to see that Willow is still being nice to Tyler and that he is being just as nice back and accepting that she's engaged to another woman. More so than Oz was at least.


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I know I don't leave feedback regularly, but this story is one of my favorites, so I hope you'll finish it. :flower

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zampsa19752001: I am glad you enjoyed the update!! I always thought that honeymoon practice was part of the wedding planning!! :wink

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It's nice to see that Willow is still being nice to Tyler and that he is being just as nice back and accepting that she's engaged to another woman. More so than Oz was at least.


I think we have all at one time or another had to either let someone down or been let down. I for one and always grateful for it to be a cordial experience. Too often we see the Oz reaction.


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Finey_McFine: I am attempting to get it every week. My daughter is headed to college in a couple of weeks so that is going to free up a lot of time. :bounce Please be patient with me...


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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: Thank you to Willara4ever for all your help with this story. I appreciate your reading it and helping me with the idea.
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Chapter 42


“So, where do you want to start?” asked Tara.

“Honeymoon practice?” said Willow waggling her eyebrows.

“I thought we already did that.”

“We did and we are perfect, but it never hurts to continue to ‘refine’ our skills.”

“Insatiable and incorrigible,” said Tara leaning over and kissing the redhead softly. “I love you!”

“I love you too! Seriously though, I went online and grabbed a checklist for us to use. Step 1 - get engaged...check! Step 2 - choose a date,” stated Willow.

“Is there a date that you’ve thought sounded perfect or a date you dreamed about?”

“Not really. As long as you and I are the two standing in front of everyone else saying ‘I Do’, I don’t have a preference,” Willow said.

“Well, we could do Valentine’s Day or St. Patrick’s day,” joked Tara. “I think my Dad would kill us if we chose either Christmas or New Years.”

“Yeah, I think less than two full months away would be a bit quick. Not that I don’t want to marry you that quick.”

“Oh, I know the perfect date,” Tara said smiling proudly.

“What date is that?”

“May 7th. The first day I saw your gorgeous face at The Bronze.”

“That is perfect, Baby! Wow, we have a date!”

“Is it weird that it is during the week?” asked Tara.

“It isn’t the day of the week that makes it special...it is what the date means to us,” said Willow as she took Tara’s hand and brought it to her lips and kissed the back of it.

“Charmer.”

“That’s me,” smiled the redhead.

“So, what is next on this checklist that you found?”

“Well, there is determining a wedding style, a budget, wedding party, and starting a guest list. What do you think of getting married on Kingman’s Bluff overlooking the ocean? Or is there someplace you have your heart set on?”

“That sound like a beautiful place. There or on the beach sound great to me. I just think that doing it as the sun sets would be so romantic.”

“Sunset wedding it is,” Willow said before turning and kissing the blonde.

“How formal do you want it to be?”

“Have you met Buffy?” asked Willow laughing.

“Good point,” agreed Tara. “So, no formal dresses, but still something nice?”

“I think that sounds perfect. How big of a wedding party do you want?”

“Um, I prefer a small one…”

“Oh good,” interrupted Willow. “I always just pictured Buffy up there with me.”

“So, you are going to have Buffy stand there with you? You know I’m going to choose Faith. Oh hell, I’m not certain we can trust those two.”

“I’m not either, but I know that if we don’t have them up there we aren’t going to have a good wedding.”

“I agree. Why do people say that wedding planning is hard? We seem to be doing just fine with it,” said Tara.

“That is because we’re perfect for one another, and we think so much alike that it makes it easier.”

“I agree. Budget isn’t an issue so we don’t need to discuss it.”

“Why isn’t it an issue?” asked Willow hesitantly.

“Will, Sweetie...it isn’t an issue because I have it covered. I’m not going to pull the ‘I’m rich’ card, but I have the means so we don’t need to worry about it.”

“I’m not broke either Tara. I can afford to pay for this as well,” Willow said trying to contain the annoyed tone.

“I didn’t mean that you weren’t able to Sweetie,” said Tara turning Willow towards her. “I just meant that we don’t have to worry about not having something that we really want.”

“I know, I’m sorry. I just don’t want anyone thinking that I’m marrying you for your money or to get ahead…”

“I don’t give a rat’s ass what anyone thinks. I know that you love me and that you are marrying me because you love me and not for any other reason.”

“And that is why you are the perfect woman,” Willow said kissing the blonde soundly.

“Let’s get out of here for a bit. I want to go to the beach.”

“Sounds like fun.”

The couple changed into their swimsuits and grabbed their beach bags containing towels, water, sunscreen, and sunglasses before heading to the beach.

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Once they found a spot on the beach the two women set up their towels and Willow pulled her tablet of her bag as she lay down on her towel.

“What book are you reading today?” asked Tara pulling her tablet out as well.

“Um, Winter Jacket by Eliza Lentzski. What one did you load?”

“Second Chances by MJ Duncan.”

“I read that one last week. I loved it,” said Willow.

“I remembered so I grabbed it the next day at lunch since I wasn’t able to sneak away with this sexy redhead I’ve had my eye on,” Tara said smiling at Willow.

“Yeah, I wasn’t happy that we weren’t able to sneak away either.

The two settled in to read while enjoying the warm Sunnydale weather. The spot they had picked on the beach that wasn’t crowded and offered some seclusion due to the weathered rocks nearby.

“Hey Will,” called Buffy as she was running along the beach and saw the two women.

“Hey Buff! What brings you out this way?” asked Willow shielding her eyes from the sun.

“I was out running in this perfect weather. What’s new with you two ladies?”

“Not much,” said Tara smiling up at the blonde.

“Um, we did start wedding planning this morning,” Willow said with a goofy grin.

“You did?” squeaked Buffy. “Um, Tara, for future reference - THAT is something new and to be offered up as information when one is asked ‘what’s new?’”

“Noted,” laughed Tara as she moved closer to Willow giving Buffy room to sit down on her towel.

“So, what was decided? When do I start my duties as Maid of Honor?”

“Oh, I see, you are assuming that I want you in the wedding with me,” teased Willow who received a pout from Buffy. “I’m joking. Geez! Of course you are my Maid of Honor.”

“I assume that you are going to ask Faith to be yours,” said Buffy looking at Tara.

“Yeah. After all that her and I have been through, I can’t picture being up there without her.”

“That and she’d kick your ass,” laughed Willow as she reached over and squeezed Tara’s butt. “And I am very partial to that ass.”

“I don’t need to know that,” said Buffy.

“Deal with it Summers. I have a smoking hot and sexy fiancée and I am NOT afraid to admit it.”

“Yeah, yeah, yeah. Rub it in for those of us still single.”

“What is going on with you and Angel?” asked Tara.

“I don’t know. We have barely talked since our last date.”

“Have you called him?” asked Willow.

“No.”

“It’s 2014, Buffy. You can call him and NOT be branded with a scarlet letter.”

“I know that. I was just hoping for him to do the romancing.”

“He still can Buffy. You and Angel have gone round and round on this for years. You need to just suck it up and call and then you two need to talk about your relationship expectations. Tell him you want to be romanced or that you want to see him more,” said Willow.

“Very insightful,” said Tara before leaning over and kissing Willow softly. “I’m going to go call Faith while you two talk. What do you two say we have a beach barbecue tonight?”

“Sounds fantastic,” Buffy and Willow responded.

“Great, I’ll be back in a minute.”

Willow smiled as she watched Tara walk away. She was drawn back to the discussion by Buffy covering her eyes.

“RUDE,” laughed Willow.

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“Hello Angel?” said Tara as the man answered on the other end of the phone.

“Yes?”

“Hey, it’s Tara.”

“Hi Tara. How are you doing?” asked the man happily.

“I’m good. I’m calling to invite you to a barbecue we’re having at the beach tonight.”

“Thanks, but…”

“Nuh uh buddy. You have to come. Buffy is going to be there and so are Willow, Faith and Emily. You cannot leave Buffy dateless. Plus, think of the stud status you are going to achieve sitting here with five hot women.”

“Yeah, except that you and Willow are going to be hanging all over one another, Faith and Emily will be doing the same,” laughed Angel.

“Do NOT tell me that is not every straight man’s fantasy…” quipped Tara.

“I, er, um…” stammered Angel.

“That’s what I thought. So, you’ll be here in an hour or so?”

“I’d love to. Thanks for the invite.”

“Thanks for agreeing to come.”

After hanging up with Angel, Tara called Faith and told her that they needed to get down to the beach and to make it quick.

Tara glanced over to see Buffy and Willow laughing. She couldn’t help but smile. She loved how Willow glowed when she laughed and was truly happy.

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“She knows she didn’t have to leave right?” asked Buffy as Tara walked away.

“I think she wanted to give us a moment together. What are your thoughts and feelings honestly about Angel?”

“What do you mean?”

“Do you want it to work? Do you want to be with him?”

“Of course I want it to work,” said Buffy surprised by Willow’s question.

“Then you have to put forth some of the effort, Buff. You can call him. You can ask him out. It isn’t 1727. You don’t have to live by him making all the moves. If you want him, go after him.”

“That is easy for you to say. You have Tara.”

“Yeah, I do. Do you think that her and I would work if I just sat back and waited for her to make every move?”

“No, I guess not.”

“So then call the man. Show him that you are interested in being with him. BUT - we are not having a double wedding. You are not stealing my day from me,” laughed Willow.

“Yeah, whatever,” laughed Buffy. “As long as I get to stand up with you, I’ll let you have your day. If I don’t...Beware of the Super Soaker.”

“You wouldn’t!”

“The hell I wouldn’t,” teased Buffy.

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After Faith and Emily arrived Tara told them she was going to get the grill and food. Willow offered to go with, but Tara told her to stay. When she returned Angel was with her helping her carry the provisions for grilling.

“Angel? Hi! What are you doing here?” asked Buffy.

“I invited him,” said Tara catching a smirk from Willow.

As they were setting up the grill and chairs that Tara and Angel brought Willow wrapped her arms around Tara’s waist. Willow felt Tara lean back into her and the embrace.

“That was rather sneaky of you Ms. Maclay,” Willow said softly into Tara’s ear.

“I know not what you speaketh of,” giggled Tara as she felt Willow’s teeth nibbling on her ear.

“He’s who you called when you gave Buffy and I time to talk.”

“She sure as hell wasn’t going to...dammit, I mean,” giggled Tara.

“You are a hopeless romantic and a great friend,” Willow said before kissing the side of Tara’s head. “Two of the many things I love about you.”

Tara turned in Willow’s arms and kissed her softly.

“Get a room,” Faith called to them.

“You’re just jealous,” said Tara sticking her tongue out at the brunette.

“You wish.”

“Ew, I so do not,” laughed Tara.

“HEY,” exclaimed Emily. “She isn’t THAT bad.”

“Thanks babe...HEY! What do you mean ‘that bad’?” laughed Faith.

“That is for me to know and you to wonder,” said Emily kissing the brunette on the tip of her nose.

“Why do you hang out with these odd people or couples as they are?” Angel asked Buffy as they cuddled together watching the interaction between the others.

“It makes me feel normal,” laughed Buffy.

“Who are you calling odd?” Willow asked in mock annoyance.

"Well, you have Emily and Faith who are the sarcastic couple. Then there is Will and Tara, the perpetually happy and horny couple…" started Buffy.

“You’re just jealous because I get to sleep with this hot babe. Although there are more nights than not that there isn’t a lot of sleeping. Not that sleep is needed when you have mind blowing sex as frequently as…” babbled Willow before Tara kissed her soundly.

“Hush baby,” Tara said softly pulling away from the redhead.

“Yes, please stop,” said Faith covering her ears. “Tara is like a sister to me and I have NO desire to know about your sex life.”

“I’m with Faith. I love you Will and you have always been a sister to me as well. Please stop subjecting me to that information. I am sorry about the Super Soaker comment. I swear I won’t ruin your wedding, just stop talking,” pleaded Buffy.

“Why are you going to ruin our wedding with a Super Soaker?” asked Tara confused.

“She isn’t. That was her threat if she wasn’t a part of the wedding. Since she is, all is safe,” Willow said kissing Tara’s temple before taking her hand and playing with her fingers and engagement ring. The feel of the ring on Tara’s finger caused Willow to smile sappily.

“See, odd,” laughed Angel and the others joined in.

“You are right there with us buddy,” laughed Willow.

“I am not.”

“Yeah, you are.”

“Nuh uh.”

“Yeah huh,” retorted Willow.

“Explain Willow or you are both going to a time out,” said Buffy shaking her head at the childish banter between Willow and Angel.

“Fine. You two are so in love with one another and have been forever, yet you both deny it. You two prefer to torture yourselves.”

“Yeah, we look tortured,” said Buffy as Angel pulled her closer.

“Yeah, because my amazingly hot fiancée called him to join us you wuss,” said Willow raising an eyebrow at her best friend.

“Don’t you give me that Tara-eyebrow look thingy,” said Buffy.

“Wow Sweetie. You have that down pretty good,” said Tara.

“I doubt it is as sexy as yours though.”

“They’re going to kiss again…” warned Emily as Willow and Tara’s lips met. “And we have lip contact.”

Emily, Faith, Angel, and Buffy laughed as Willow deepened the kiss and Tara let out a soft groan.

“Alright - separate you two or I am getting ice from the cooler,” threatened Faith.

“Fine,” Tara said before placing a series of chaste kisses on Willow’s lips and then pulling the redhead into her arms.

“So, who am I going to be standing up with at this wedding of yours?” asked Buffy.

“You started planning?” asked Emily.

“Do you need a caterer?” asked Angel.

“What the hell? You are holding back?” asked Faith.

“Whoa,” said Tara putting a hand up. “Yeah, we started planning this morning. Faith, there is nobody I would want more than you standing up with me, and yes Angel we’d love to talk with you about catering. Does that cover everything?”

“It’s a start,” said Faith. “And you know I’d love to be up there with you.”

Willow and Tara told the others the date and what else they had agreed on for the wedding. Everyone was excited to hear the details and offer their thoughts and suggestions. After the wedding talk they lit the grill and prepped and made dinner. After the sun went down they made s’mores and enjoyed the company around them.

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Arriving home late Willow and Tara showered together and then curled up in bed Willow holding Tara.

“Today at the beach...that was fun,” said Tara adjusting her head on Willow’s shoulder.

“Yeah, it was,” agreed Willow. They lay there in silence for a while before Willow interrupted it. “That was a really good idea inviting Angel. You are right that Buffy never would have called him.”

“They make a cute couple. I don’t know that I will ever understand their self-imposed torture.”

“Me either. I could never fathom the idea of not being close to you,” said Willow.

Tara shuddered at the idea of being separated from Willow yet seeing and interacting with her daily.Tara leaned into Willow more and their eyes locked and their lips came together in a soft and telling kiss followed by whispered ‘I love you’s’ before drifting off to sleep.

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Sunday Tara had to meet with her brother and father to set up plans for the final kick-off campaign. While she was gone Willow spent the day creating a spreadsheet and timeline for their wedding plans. She filled in what they knew and ideas that she had and wanted to show Tara when she got home. When she finished she decided to run to the store to attempt to make Tara a nice dinner.

“Honey, I’m home,” called Tara as she entered the apartment in the late afternoon. She received no response. After checking around the apartment she found that Willow wasn’t home. Tara smiled to herself because that allowed her to finish preparations for the present she had stopped and picked up for Willow on the way home.

Tara wasted no time in getting the package wrapped and filling out the little note that went with it. She then put the box in her nightstand. Tara then grabbed her tablet and relaxed on the couch reading the book she had started at the beach the day before.

“Hi,” said a startled Willow surprised to see Tara home already. She quickly put the bag she of groceries in the kitchen before heading into the living room and kissing Tara softly.

“Hello,” smiled Tara after receiving a kiss from the redhead.

“I didn’t expect you home so early.”

“I can leave if you’d like,” teased Tara setting her tablet on the coffee table.

“I don’t think so,” said Willow lowering her body on top of Tara’s on the couch.

“Good, because this is WAY better,” replied the blonde in a sultry tone before pulling the redhead atop her into a steamy kiss.

“Wow,” whispered Willow when they finally broke apart. “I may have to forget that I was going to make dinner and just stay here and kiss you.”

“Mmmm, as tempting as that sounds...I’m starving. Dad didn’t have anything good.”

After kissing and cuddling for almost an hour Willow got up and went to make dinner. While she was doing that Tara set the table, dimmed the lights, and lit some candles. She then retrieved the box from her nightstand.

After eating dinner and cleaning up, Willow and Tara went back to cuddling on the couch. Tara was holding Willow and nibbling on her neck.

“I love these moments,” said Willow softly.

“Which moments?”

“The moments when it’s just us, together, sharing our love.”

“I love them too. I got you something,” said Tara as she pulled the box from behind the pillow she was leaning up against and handed it to Willow.

“When? What?” asked Willow turning her head to look at the blonde.

“I stopped on my way home today, and for what you have to open the box silly.”

“Why though?”

“Because I love you,” Tara said before kissing Willow. “Now, open the box.”

Willow relaxed back into Tara’s arms and the blonde resumed her nibbling on the redhead's neck and ear.

“That is distracting you know,” giggled Willow as her eyes kept fluttering closed.

“Deal with it.”

Willow laughed and then opened the box and found a box covered in felt. Willow opened that box and found a diamond pendant necklace with 3 hearts on it and a note below it. Willow opened the note and read, ‘Today is a gift and tomorrow is yet a dream. I would gladly give back the gift to forever live the dream with you.’ As Willow read the note, her breath caught.

“Tara,” whispered Willow her breath taken away by the beauty of what was written and the pendant.

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TBC...

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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: Thank you to Willara4ever for all your help with this story. I appreciate your reading it and helping me with the idea.
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Chapter 42


“So, where do you want to start?” asked Tara.

“Honeymoon practice?” said Willow waggling her eyebrows.

“I thought we already did that.”

“We did and we are perfect, but it never hurts to continue to ‘refine’ our skills.”

“Insatiable and incorrigible,” said Tara leaning over and kissing the redhead softly. “I love you!”

“I love you too! Seriously though, I went online and grabbed a checklist for us to use. Step 1 - get engaged...check! Step 2 - choose a date,” stated Willow.

“Is there a date that you’ve thought sounded perfect or a date you dreamed about?”

“Not really. As long as you and I are the two standing in front of everyone else saying ‘I Do’, I don’t have a preference,” Willow said.

“Well, we could do Valentine’s Day or St. Patrick’s day,” joked Tara. “I think my Dad would kill us if we chose either Christmas or New Years.”

“Yeah, I think less than two full months away would be a bit quick. Not that I don’t want to marry you that quick.”

“Oh, I know the perfect date,” Tara said smiling proudly.

“What date is that?”

“May 7th. The first day I saw your gorgeous face at The Bronze.”

“That is perfect, Baby! Wow, we have a date!”

“Is it weird that it is during the week?” asked Tara.

“It isn’t the day of the week that makes it special...it is what the date means to us,” said Willow as she took Tara’s hand and brought it to her lips and kissed the back of it.

“Charmer.”

“That’s me,” smiled the redhead.

“So, what is next on this checklist that you found?”

“Well, there is determining a wedding style, a budget, wedding party, and starting a guest list. What do you think of getting married on Kingman’s Bluff overlooking the ocean? Or is there someplace you have your heart set on?”

“That sound like a beautiful place. There or on the beach sound great to me. I just think that doing it as the sun sets would be so romantic.”

“Sunset wedding it is,” Willow said before turning and kissing the blonde.

“How formal do you want it to be?”

“Have you met Buffy?” asked Willow laughing.

“Good point,” agreed Tara. “So, no formal dresses, but still something nice?”

“I think that sounds perfect. How big of a wedding party do you want?”

“Um, I prefer a small one…”

“Oh good,” interrupted Willow. “I always just pictured Buffy up there with me.”

“So, you are going to have Buffy stand there with you? You know I’m going to choose Faith. Oh hell, I’m not certain we can trust those two.”

“I’m not either, but I know that if we don’t have them up there we aren’t going to have a good wedding.”

“I agree. Why do people say that wedding planning is hard? We seem to be doing just fine with it,” said Tara.

“That is because we’re perfect for one another, and we think so much alike that it makes it easier.”

“I agree. Budget isn’t an issue so we don’t need to discuss it.”

“Why isn’t it an issue?” asked Willow hesitantly.

“Will, Sweetie...it isn’t an issue because I have it covered. I’m not going to pull the ‘I’m rich’ card, but I have the means so we don’t need to worry about it.”

“I’m not broke either Tara. I can afford to pay for this as well,” Willow said trying to contain the annoyed tone.

“I didn’t mean that you weren’t able to Sweetie,” said Tara turning Willow towards her. “I just meant that we don’t have to worry about not having something that we really want.”

“I know, I’m sorry. I just don’t want anyone thinking that I’m marrying you for your money or to get ahead…”

“I don’t give a rat’s ass what anyone thinks. I know that you love me and that you are marrying me because you love me and not for any other reason.”

“And that is why you are the perfect woman,” Willow said kissing the blonde soundly.

“Let’s get out of here for a bit. I want to go to the beach.”

“Sounds like fun.”

The couple changed into their swimsuits and grabbed their beach bags containing towels, water, sunscreen, and sunglasses before heading to the beach.

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Once they found a spot on the beach the two women set up their towels and Willow pulled her tablet of her bag as she lay down on her towel.

“What book are you reading today?” asked Tara pulling her tablet out as well.

“Um, Winter Jacket by Eliza Lentzski. What one did you load?”

“Second Chances by MJ Duncan.”

“I read that one last week. I loved it,” said Willow.

“I remembered so I grabbed it the next day at lunch since I wasn’t able to sneak away with this sexy redhead I’ve had my eye on,” Tara said smiling at Willow.

“Yeah, I wasn’t happy that we weren’t able to sneak away either.

The two settled in to read while enjoying the warm Sunnydale weather. The spot they had picked on the beach that wasn’t crowded and offered some seclusion due to the weathered rocks nearby.

“Hey Will,” called Buffy as she was running along the beach and saw the two women.

“Hey Buff! What brings you out this way?” asked Willow shielding her eyes from the sun.

“I was out running in this perfect weather. What’s new with you two ladies?”

“Not much,” said Tara smiling up at the blonde.

“Um, we did start wedding planning this morning,” Willow said with a goofy grin.

“You did?” squeaked Buffy. “Um, Tara, for future reference - THAT is something new and to be offered up as information when one is asked ‘what’s new?’”

“Noted,” laughed Tara as she moved closer to Willow giving Buffy room to sit down on her towel.

“So, what was decided? When do I start my duties as Maid of Honor?”

“Oh, I see, you are assuming that I want you in the wedding with me,” teased Willow who received a pout from Buffy. “I’m joking. Geez! Of course you are my Maid of Honor.”

“I assume that you are going to ask Faith to be yours,” said Buffy looking at Tara.

“Yeah. After all that her and I have been through, I can’t picture being up there without her.”

“That and she’d kick your ass,” laughed Willow as she reached over and squeezed Tara’s butt. “And I am very partial to that ass.”

“I don’t need to know that,” said Buffy.

“Deal with it Summers. I have a smoking hot and sexy fiancée and I am NOT afraid to admit it.”

“Yeah, yeah, yeah. Rub it in for those of us still single.”

“What is going on with you and Angel?” asked Tara.

“I don’t know. We have barely talked since our last date.”

“Have you called him?” asked Willow.

“No.”

“It’s 2014, Buffy. You can call him and NOT be branded with a scarlet letter.”

“I know that. I was just hoping for him to do the romancing.”

“He still can Buffy. You and Angel have gone round and round on this for years. You need to just suck it up and call and then you two need to talk about your relationship expectations. Tell him you want to be romanced or that you want to see him more,” said Willow.

“Very insightful,” said Tara before leaning over and kissing Willow softly. “I’m going to go call Faith while you two talk. What do you two say we have a beach barbecue tonight?”

“Sounds fantastic,” Buffy and Willow responded.

“Great, I’ll be back in a minute.”

Willow smiled as she watched Tara walk away. She was drawn back to the discussion by Buffy covering her eyes.

“RUDE,” laughed Willow.

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“Hello Angel?” said Tara as the man answered on the other end of the phone.

“Yes?”

“Hey, it’s Tara.”

“Hi Tara. How are you doing?” asked the man happily.

“I’m good. I’m calling to invite you to a barbecue we’re having at the beach tonight.”

“Thanks, but…”

“Nuh uh buddy. You have to come. Buffy is going to be there and so are Willow, Faith and Emily. You cannot leave Buffy dateless. Plus, think of the stud status you are going to achieve sitting here with five hot women.”

“Yeah, except that you and Willow are going to be hanging all over one another, Faith and Emily will be doing the same,” laughed Angel.

“Do NOT tell me that is not every straight man’s fantasy…” quipped Tara.

“I, er, um…” stammered Angel.

“That’s what I thought. So, you’ll be here in an hour or so?”

“I’d love to. Thanks for the invite.”

“Thanks for agreeing to come.”

After hanging up with Angel, Tara called Faith and told her that they needed to get down to the beach and to make it quick.

Tara glanced over to see Buffy and Willow laughing. She couldn’t help but smile. She loved how Willow glowed when she laughed and was truly happy.

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“She knows she didn’t have to leave right?” asked Buffy as Tara walked away.

“I think she wanted to give us a moment together. What are your thoughts and feelings honestly about Angel?”

“What do you mean?”

“Do you want it to work? Do you want to be with him?”

“Of course I want it to work,” said Buffy surprised by Willow’s question.

“Then you have to put forth some of the effort, Buff. You can call him. You can ask him out. It isn’t 1727. You don’t have to live by him making all the moves. If you want him, go after him.”

“That is easy for you to say. You have Tara.”

“Yeah, I do. Do you think that her and I would work if I just sat back and waited for her to make every move?”

“No, I guess not.”

“So then call the man. Show him that you are interested in being with him. BUT - we are not having a double wedding. You are not stealing my day from me,” laughed Willow.

“Yeah, whatever,” laughed Buffy. “As long as I get to stand up with you, I’ll let you have your day. If I don’t...Beware of the Super Soaker.”

“You wouldn’t!”

“The hell I wouldn’t,” teased Buffy.

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After Faith and Emily arrived Tara told them she was going to get the grill and food. Willow offered to go with, but Tara told her to stay. When she returned Angel was with her helping her carry the provisions for grilling.

“Angel? Hi! What are you doing here?” asked Buffy.

“I invited him,” said Tara catching a smirk from Willow.

As they were setting up the grill and chairs that Tara and Angel brought Willow wrapped her arms around Tara’s waist. Willow felt Tara lean back into her and the embrace.

“That was rather sneaky of you Ms. Maclay,” Willow said softly into Tara’s ear.

“I know not what you speaketh of,” giggled Tara as she felt Willow’s teeth nibbling on her ear.

“He’s who you called when you gave Buffy and I time to talk.”

“She sure as hell wasn’t going to...dammit, I mean,” giggled Tara.

“You are a hopeless romantic and a great friend,” Willow said before kissing the side of Tara’s head. “Two of the many things I love about you.”

Tara turned in Willow’s arms and kissed her softly.

“Get a room,” Faith called to them.

“You’re just jealous,” said Tara sticking her tongue out at the brunette.

“You wish.”

“Ew, I so do not,” laughed Tara.

“HEY,” exclaimed Emily. “She isn’t THAT bad.”

“Thanks babe...HEY! What do you mean ‘that bad’?” laughed Faith.

“That is for me to know and you to wonder,” said Emily kissing the brunette on the tip of her nose.

“Why do you hang out with these odd people or couples as they are?” Angel asked Buffy as they cuddled together watching the interaction between the others.

“It makes me feel normal,” laughed Buffy.

“Who are you calling odd?” Willow asked in mock annoyance.

"Well, you have Emily and Faith who are the sarcastic couple. Then there is Will and Tara, the perpetually happy and horny couple…" started Buffy.

“You’re just jealous because I get to sleep with this hot babe. Although there are more nights than not that there isn’t a lot of sleeping. Not that sleep is needed when you have mind blowing sex as frequently as…” babbled Willow before Tara kissed her soundly.

“Hush baby,” Tara said softly pulling away from the redhead.

“Yes, please stop,” said Faith covering her ears. “Tara is like a sister to me and I have NO desire to know about your sex life.”

“I’m with Faith. I love you Will and you have always been a sister to me as well. Please stop subjecting me to that information. I am sorry about the Super Soaker comment. I swear I won’t ruin your wedding, just stop talking,” pleaded Buffy.

“Why are you going to ruin our wedding with a Super Soaker?” asked Tara confused.

“She isn’t. That was her threat if she wasn’t a part of the wedding. Since she is, all is safe,” Willow said kissing Tara’s temple before taking her hand and playing with her fingers and engagement ring. The feel of the ring on Tara’s finger caused Willow to smile sappily.

“See, odd,” laughed Angel and the others joined in.

“You are right there with us buddy,” laughed Willow.

“I am not.”

“Yeah, you are.”

“Nuh uh.”

“Yeah huh,” retorted Willow.

“Explain Willow or you are both going to a time out,” said Buffy shaking her head at the childish banter between Willow and Angel.

“Fine. You two are so in love with one another and have been forever, yet you both deny it. You two prefer to torture yourselves.”

“Yeah, we look tortured,” said Buffy as Angel pulled her closer.

“Yeah, because my amazingly hot fiancée called him to join us you wuss,” said Willow raising an eyebrow at her best friend.

“Don’t you give me that Tara-eyebrow look thingy,” said Buffy.

“Wow Sweetie. You have that down pretty good,” said Tara.

“I doubt it is as sexy as yours though.”

“They’re going to kiss again…” warned Emily as Willow and Tara’s lips met. “And we have lip contact.”

Emily, Faith, Angel, and Buffy laughed as Willow deepened the kiss and Tara let out a soft groan.

“Alright - separate you two or I am getting ice from the cooler,” threatened Faith.

“Fine,” Tara said before placing a series of chaste kisses on Willow’s lips and then pulling the redhead into her arms.

“So, who am I going to be standing up with at this wedding of yours?” asked Buffy.

“You started planning?” asked Emily.

“Do you need a caterer?” asked Angel.

“What the hell? You are holding back?” asked Faith.

“Whoa,” said Tara putting a hand up. “Yeah, we started planning this morning. Faith, there is nobody I would want more than you standing up with me, and yes Angel we’d love to talk with you about catering. Does that cover everything?”

“It’s a start,” said Faith. “And you know I’d love to be up there with you.”

Willow and Tara told the others the date and what else they had agreed on for the wedding. Everyone was excited to hear the details and offer their thoughts and suggestions. After the wedding talk they lit the grill and prepped and made dinner. After the sun went down they made s’mores and enjoyed the company around them.

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Arriving home late Willow and Tara showered together and then curled up in bed Willow holding Tara.

“Today at the beach...that was fun,” said Tara adjusting her head on Willow’s shoulder.

“Yeah, it was,” agreed Willow. They lay there in silence for a while before Willow interrupted it. “That was a really good idea inviting Angel. You are right that Buffy never would have called him.”

“They make a cute couple. I don’t know that I will ever understand their self-imposed torture.”

“Me either. I could never fathom the idea of not being close to you,” said Willow.

Tara shuddered at the idea of being separated from Willow yet seeing and interacting with her daily.Tara leaned into Willow more and their eyes locked and their lips came together in a soft and telling kiss followed by whispered ‘I love you’s’ before drifting off to sleep.

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Sunday Tara had to meet with her brother and father to set up plans for the final kick-off campaign. While she was gone Willow spent the day creating a spreadsheet and timeline for their wedding plans. She filled in what they knew and ideas that she had and wanted to show Tara when she got home. When she finished she decided to run to the store to attempt to make Tara a nice dinner.

“Honey, I’m home,” called Tara as she entered the apartment in the late afternoon. She received no response. After checking around the apartment she found that Willow wasn’t home. Tara smiled to herself because that allowed her to finish preparations for the present she had stopped and picked up for Willow on the way home.

Tara wasted no time in getting the package wrapped and filling out the little note that went with it. She then put the box in her nightstand. Tara then grabbed her tablet and relaxed on the couch reading the book she had started at the beach the day before.

“Hi,” said a startled Willow surprised to see Tara home already. She quickly put the bag she of groceries in the kitchen before heading into the living room and kissing Tara softly.

“Hello,” smiled Tara after receiving a kiss from the redhead.

“I didn’t expect you home so early.”

“I can leave if you’d like,” teased Tara setting her tablet on the coffee table.

“I don’t think so,” said Willow lowering her body on top of Tara’s on the couch.

“Good, because this is WAY better,” replied the blonde in a sultry tone before pulling the redhead atop her into a steamy kiss.

“Wow,” whispered Willow when they finally broke apart. “I may have to forget that I was going to make dinner and just stay here and kiss you.”

“Mmmm, as tempting as that sounds...I’m starving. Dad didn’t have anything good.”

After kissing and cuddling for almost an hour Willow got up and went to make dinner. While she was doing that Tara set the table, dimmed the lights, and lit some candles. She then retrieved the box from her nightstand.

After eating dinner and cleaning up, Willow and Tara went back to cuddling on the couch. Tara was holding Willow and nibbling on her neck.

“I love these moments,” said Willow softly.

“Which moments?”

“The moments when it’s just us, together, sharing our love.”

“I love them too. I got you something,” said Tara as she pulled the box from behind the pillow she was leaning up against and handed it to Willow.

“When? What?” asked Willow turning her head to look at the blonde.

“I stopped on my way home today, and for what you have to open the box silly.”

“Why though?”

“Because I love you,” Tara said before kissing Willow. “Now, open the box.”

Willow relaxed back into Tara’s arms and the blonde resumed her nibbling on the redhead's neck and ear.

“That is distracting you know,” giggled Willow as her eyes kept fluttering closed.

“Deal with it.”

Willow laughed and then opened the box and found a box covered in felt. Willow opened that box and found a diamond pendant necklace with 3 hearts on it and a note below it. Willow opened the note and read, ‘Today is a gift and tomorrow is yet a dream. I would gladly give back the gift to forever live the dream with you.’ As Willow read the note, her breath caught.

“Tara,” whispered Willow her breath taken away by the beauty of what was written and the pendant.

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Yay for excellent update-y goodness... Big yay for start of the wedding planning... Buffy & Angel really need some ass kicking to get them together... I really like Tara's gift for Willow...

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The final scene was soooo beautiful! Thank you!

Now I can hope to smile again while I wait for the next update. :)

And don't let anything stop you from submitting the novel! :flower

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YAY New Meant To Be; one of my favourite KittenBoard stories :)

Thanks for the advice Branny, I'm trying to write the story but it is incredibly nervewracking. Once I have a couple of chapters written I will PM them to you.

I love the idea of the girls wedding; on the beach round about sunset sounds like it should be a beautiful ceremony.One question, are they both going to wear dresses or will one of them be the butch and wear a suit?

The couple changed into their swimsuits and grabbed their beach bags containing towels, water, sunscreen, and sunglasses before heading to the beach.

When you say swimsuits you do actually mean bikinis don't you? :wink

Like the banter between the three couples as the have their beach barbecue. It reveals how close they are all as friends

Loved the gift that Tara gave to Willow and the note that went with it.

Now the big countdown is on till the wedding so it should be fun seeing all the preparations and Willow regularly spazzing out over everything.


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I always enjoy tuning in to this story so I must apologize for not writing more feedback to you. My wife an I have been together for almost 10 years and decided a few years ago to get married but delayed waiting for it to be legal somewhere nearby. I do so look forward to all of the US getting on the same page. Your wedding conversations are reminding me of some of the ones we had though I had a bit more stress than these two (its my nature). We chose to get married in Washington D.C. with just one friend there with us on 12/30 last year in the livingroom area of our hotel suite we booked. It was perfect. We then did a handfasting and reception here in North Carolina at our favorite winery (the pic I have here is me from that day). Getting organized for that seemed to me to go as smoothly as the conversations Willow and Tara are having. What I learned is a wedding should be an imperfectly perfect day meaning things won't all go as planned but will still be amazing. We realized we didn't have to follow anyone's rules so we did it our way, everyone had a nice time, and we got to share our love and happiness with more friends than I ever expected.

I don't know why I'm sharing all of this other than your story is reminding me of the positive amazing time I have had this past year and I look forward to what the girls in this story do that leads up to and cumulates in an imperfectly perfect day for them as well.

I loved the picnic in this past chapter as well and like that Tara is taking an end run around Angel and Buffy's stubbornness to get them together. They do make a great couple in this scenario. I wonder who Donnie will find to love? Looking forward to the next round.

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zampsa19752001: Weddings take a long time to plan, so they had to get started or it was going to be another year before this story got finished. I know there are a couple people that wouldn’t mind that, but I don’t know that this story can last another year. I’m glad you liked Tara’s gift. I thought that they needed a sweet moment. :wink

Phantasyland: I’m glad you enjoyed the last scene. I like writing sweet moments like that. :flower I’m sorry it has taken so long to get the update out here. You know the struggles and distractions I’ve had. :geek

And THANK YOU for the help getting the novel submitted. You know what a chicken shit I am. :grin


willowtaralover: I’m so happy to hear that you like Meant To Be. :cool

Writing can be very nerve-wracking, but stick with it. I look forward to reading anything you get put together and send to me.
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Weddings at sunset always seem so romantic to me. I figure that it would be something that would be fitting for Willow and Tara. I haven’t decided what they are going to wear yet. Any requests?

When you say swimsuits you do actually mean bikinis don't you? :wink

Yes, that is totally what I meant!! :blush

Now the big countdown is on till the wedding so it should be fun seeing all the preparations and Willow regularly spazzing out over everything.

Willow spazzing should be entertaining! I’ll make sure to write plenty for you. :sigh


loislane1: Congratulations to you and your wife! I loved the story you shared, thank you for sharing it. My wife and I have been together almost 12 years now. We met on here actually. :) We had a commitment ceremony on our 2 year anniversary. Should the state I live in come out of the back woods and get their head out of their ass and approve it for us to get married, I am going to see if she is interested. :sigh

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: Thank you to Willara4ever for all your help with this story. I appreciate your reading it and helping me with the idea.
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Chapter 43

Willow turned towards Tara, her eyes filling with tears.

“I love you so much,” Tara said before wiping away one of the tears that had escaped Willow’s eye.

“This is so beautiful, YOU are so beautiful,” sniffled Willow trying to keep the remaining tears at bay. “I love you, too.”

The pair laid down on their sides facing one another and exchanged several sensual kisses before Willow pulled back and let her eyes gaze on the necklace still in her hand.

“Do you want to wear it now?” asked Tara.

“No, right now I just want to lay here with you,” Willow started putting the box on the end table and then brushing her lips to Tara’s exposed neck. “Lay here and…”

Willow didn’t get to finish her thought before Tara brought their lips together. They laid there kissing and enjoying the love they felt whenever they were close.

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“Tara will you put my necklace on me?” asked Willow as they were getting ready for work.

“What Sweetie?” Tara asked as she exited the bathroom and stopped in her tracks as she saw Willow holding the necklace Tara had given her the night before and her head tilted to one side exposing her neck. Tara licked her lips as she stared at the one spot on Willow’s neck that she knew drove the redhead nuts.

“Tara?” Willow smirked knowing what had the blonde distracted.

“Huh?”

“Will you help me with my necklace?”

The blonde nodded her eyes still trained on Willow’s neck. Tara stepped close behind Willow and let her lips brush against the redhead's neck before reaching forward and bringing the necklace around Willow’s neck and clasping it in place. Tara let the necklace hang and wrapped her arms around the redhead's waist.

“That looks very pretty on you,” Tara said before kissing the side of Willow’s head.

“You think so,” Willow said as she turned in Tara’s arms. “Some hot blonde gave it to me.”

“Oh? And why would she do that?”

“I’m told it is because she loves me a little bit.”

“Just a little bit,” Tara said raising an eyebrow.

“Mmhmm,” Willow giggled before trying to kiss Tara only to have the blonde pull back just before their lips touched.

“So, what do you think you’d get if she loved you a lot?”

“One of these,” Willow said raising her left hand showing her engagement ring. “And a promise of forever.”

“Huh...and you are okay with that?” teased Tara.

“Yes, now kiss me before I change my mind,” laughed Willow.

Tara gave Willow several chaste kisses before placing a slow and steamy kiss on the redhead's lips.

“Wow…” Willow said breathlessly.

“Definitely wow,” agreed Tara as she leaned her forehead against Willow’s. “Do you think thirty years down the road when you kiss me it will feel that good?”

“I think it will feel better. We’ll have spent years mastering the perfect kiss.”

“You are such a romantic,” Tara said unable to keep from smiling.

“I guess that is just what you bring out in me. We have to get going if we are going to make it to work on time.”

“Alright, if we must.”

The two women grabbed their purses and headed off to work.

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Willow was lost deep in her programming when her phone rang causing her to jump.

“This is Willow,” she said into the receiver.

“Well, this is your Father,” said the voice on the other end.

“Hi Dad! What’s up?”

“Your Mother and I were hoping you might be interested in having dinner with us tonight? That is if you and Tara don’t have plans.”

“Actually, Tara is going to be working late with her Father and Brother, so, I’m free.”

“Great! Do you want to come over around six o’clock?”

“I’d love to. Do you need me to bring anything?” asked Willow.

“Just yourself.”

“Great, I’ll see you at six,” Willow said hanging up the phone and then hearing someone clear their throat in her doorway.

“Hot date?” asked Tara.

“Oh yeah, steamy,” laughed Willow. “I’m going to dinner at my parents since you are going to be busy tonight.”

“Well, what are you doing for lunch?” asked Tara coyly.

“I am going home for lunch,” Willow smiled back.

“Meet me at the car at noon,” Tara whispered into Willow’s ear before running her tongue around the outer edge of the ear. “I want you…”

Willow had to close her eyes and grit her teeth to keep from gasping and letting out a little moan of excitement. She could feel Tara smiling against her ear.

“You...are...evil,” Willow managed to get out as she worked to control her now rampaging hormones.

Tara laughed and gave Willow her most innocent look before mouthing ‘you can spank me later’ to Willow.

“Out! I will see you at noon,” whispered Willow in a ragged breathy voice as she pointed towards the door to her cube.

“See you then,” Tara said innocently.

Willow placed her forehead on the desk and tried to rein in her emotions.

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Willow spent the rest of the morning watching the clock slowly creep closer to noon. At 11:58 she locked her computer terminal and headed to meet Tara at the car in the parking ramp for lunch.

“Hey Sweetie,” smiled Tara innocently as Willow walked up.

“Hey Gorgeous,” said Willow as they got in the car and she leaned over and gave Tara a chaste kiss.

“So, how was your morning?” asked Tara as they drove to their apartment.

“Long. You know what you did to me was totally unfair right?”

“It was only unfair because I did it to you,” Tara said raising an eyebrow at the redhead before smirking.

“Well, of course,” Willow laughed.

They pulled into their driveway and made their way to the apartment. As soon as the door closed Tara found herself pinned between the front door and Willow’s body. Their eyes met and then their lips causing them both to groan.

“Bedroom...now…” Tara said never breaking their kiss and then she started walking Willow backwards towards the bedroom. As they made their way to the bedroom they managed to remove each others clothes.

The couple made love enjoying the effect they had on the other. After catching their breath they quickly showered together and got ready for work again.

“As much as I love a midday quickie,” Willow said as they were getting ready to head back to work. “Tonight, I plan to worship your body inch by sexy inch.”

“Mmmm, I cannot wait,” Tara said before kissing the redhead and then they headed back to work relaxed and refreshed.

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Tara spent the afternoon in meetings before heading to her father’s house to meet with him and Donnie.

“Hi Honey,” said Donald as he answered the door. “How’s my favorite daughter?”

“Um, do you have others I don’t know about?” laughed Tara.

“Well, I have Faith, and then once you marry Willow.”

Hearing the redhead's name caused Tara to smile as they made their way to the living room.

“That is true. Faith is family. And I hadn’t thought about the fact that you would have Willow soon too. As long as I’m your favorite, I'm good,” Tara teased. “How are you?”

“Ready for a long vacation.”

“Well, as long as you are here for May 7th I think you have earned a vacation,” said Tara as she heard her brother come in and then he joined them in the living room.

“Good evening family,” said Donnie as he flopped down into one of the chairs.

“Well, now that you are both here, I want to talk to you about something important dealing with the future of TDM,” Donald said getting the attention of both his kids.

“Okay…” Donnie and Tara said in unison.

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Willow arrived at her parents house a few minutes before six. When her father answered he swept her into a huge hug.

“Hi Kiddo,” said Ira.

“H-hi Daddy,” Willow said still getting used to the idea of her parents willingly being a part of her life and wanting to be a family. As they went into the living room and she saw her mom sitting on the couch. They exchanged a quick hug and then Willow sat down in her favorite chair.

“How is work today?” asked Sheila.

“It is really great. I love what I do,” Willow smiled.

“How is Tara?” asked her father.

“She’s amazing as always. I may be biased on that.”

“Your mother and I want you two to come over more so we can get to know her better.”

“Have you set a date?” asked Sheila.

“May 7th,” Willow said proudly. “We started talking about things on Saturday and that will be one year from the date we first saw one another.”

“You seem so happy,” said her father.

“I am. Tara makes me complete.”

“We are happy for you Sweetheart.”

“What other things did you get planned for the wedding,” asked Sheila.

“We’re planning for it to be a sunset ceremony on the beach. Angel has agreed to be our caterer. Buffy is going to stand up with me and Faith, Tara’s best friend is going to stand up with her. We just want a small wedding. Nothing outrageous, that isn’t us.”

“It sounds lovely. That is a pretty necklace,” Sheila said. “It looks beautiful on you.”

“Thanks, Tara gave it to me,” Willow said as she brought a hand up to play with the necklace.

Ira went to check dinner and Sheila talked to Willow about them having more dinners with her and Tara. She even mentioned that they would like for Donald and Donnie to join so that they may get to know their extended family better. They were going to try to make more of an effort to be a part of their daughter's life. Willow still couldn’t believe she was finally getting to have her parents truly in her life. After they ate dinner the three watched some TV. It was something so normal, but not something that they had ever truly done before. Willow felt contentment in the action. Before it got too late Willow hugged her parents and headed home. She was pleased with the night and the effort her parents were putting in. She was hesitant to let herself completely believe that they were and wanted to be involved in her life. She had been hurt by them in the past and wasn’t interested in getting hurt by them again. More importantly she was not going to let them hurt Tara or their relationship.

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“Hey Sweetie,” said Tara as Willow entered the apartment living room and sat down beside Tara.

“Hi Baby. Are you okay?” asked Willow sensing something was either on Tara’s mind or bothering her greatly.

“Yeah, it was just an odd night at Dad’s. How’d it go at your parents?”

“Do you want to talk about it?” Willow asked, pushing the question aside at the moment to focus on Tara.

“Maybe once I process things more.”

“Well, when you are ready, I’m listening-girl. Dinner with my parents was good. They want to have us over more so that they can get to know you better. They also want your Dad and Donnie to come over to get to know them.”

“Wow, that is quite the change,” commented Tara.

“Yeah, I’m still skeptical on things, but at least they are trying.”

“Give them time my love. They may surprise you.”

“I’ll give them a shot, but if they hurt you or upset you, all bets are off,” Willow said pulling Tara into her arms and just holding her close. “Why don’t we get ready for bed and you let me hold you close?”

“I’d like that a lot. I’m sorry my mood is ruining what we had planned earlier for tonight.”

“It isn’t. We are together and that is all that truly matters. I’m here to support you in whatever way you need me to. If it is to listen, then I’m all ears. If it is to just hold you, my arms are open. If it is to love and worship your body, I’m here to serve. As long as we’re together Baby, that is all that truly matters to me.”

“I don’t deserve you, but I’m keeping you,” Tara said before kissing Willow softly on the lips.

The couple got ready for bed and then curled up together with Willow holding Tara close. Just being that close, feeling the others body nearby was enough to make the outside world disappear and all stresses seem to drift away. They drifted off to sleep neither having spoken after they got into bed, but both knowing how deeply they were loved by the other.

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Both Tara and Donnie were quiet for the next several days and both Willow and Faith were concerned.

“So you have no idea what is up?” asked Faith as she and Willow met Friday morning at the Espresso Pump for breakfast.

“No, Tara hasn’t said a word about that night. Well, she hasn’t said a lot since that night either,” said Willow as Janice brought them their coffee and scones.

“I have been in meetings with them all week and they hardly say anything there either. Donald has been a little stressed but I think that has to do with the kickoff thing next week.”

“Maybe they are stressed about that?” Willow said skeptically. She knew that there was nothing about that event that could bother either Tara or Donnie enough to cause them to shut down like they have.

“I wish. Have you tried confronting Tara about what is wrong?”

“Nope. I told her when she was ready to talk about it I’d be there, but until then I would just be there to support her.”

“Awwww, that is so sweet,” Faith said mockingly. “If this goes on much longer I’m going to confront them both. I’ve known them a long time and I have only seen them act like this once and that was when their Mom got sick.”

“You don’t think…” started Willow.

“No, I don’t. Mr. M wouldn’t be in good spirits if that were the case.”

“Okay, good. I think it is because of him that my parents are making an attempt.”

“He’s a good man. I know he is more of a father to me, well, they all are more of a family to me than any of my blood relatives.”

“Faith, at this point I think you are just known as family to them,” smiled Willow.

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Friday night Tara was still quiet. The couple stayed in and cuddled on the couch watching movies. Willow could tell that Tara was there physically, but mentally she was miles away. Saturday morning Willow was still concerned.

“Baby, are you sure everything is okay?” Willow asked as the couple cuddled on the couch.

“What do you mean?”

“Well, you have been miles away since you met with you dad and brother. Faith and I had breakfast together yesterday and she said that both you and Donnie were quiet in the meetings you have had this week as well. We’re both concerned. I know you may not want to talk and I’m not going to force you to talk, but I’m worried and I just...you can talk to me, Tara. I don’t care if it makes sense. Hell most of the time I don’t make sense, I just babble and ramble and well, I’m doing it now and oh look I see a smile on your face yet you aren’t stopping me...baby, please stop me. I’m babbling and I…” said Willow before Tara leaned in and kissed her softly. As their lips touched both women let out a soft sigh.

“I love you Sweetie. I’m sorry I have been so distant,” started Tara after they pulled apart. “I don’t know where to start honestly.”

“It doesn’t matter where you start Baby, just talk to me.”

“When Donnie and I met with Dad the other night...he said he is thinking about retiring and handing the business over to Donnie and I. Then he talked about moving out of Sunnydale or doing some extensive traveling. Will, I’ve ALWAYS had my Dad nearby. I...I don’t know what I’ll do if he isn’t around,” Tara said her voice getting softer and softer.

“Come here,” said Willow pulling Tara into her arm and holding her close. “That is huge, but your Dad is always going to be there for you. If he isn’t here, he’s going to be available by phone and I have no doubt he’d drop everything to be here.”

“I know, but he’s always been there. I know if…” Tara started before she felt overwhelmed.

“Shhh, it’ll be okay,” said Willow holding Tara closer. The two sat in silence for a long time, both lost in their thoughts.

“I’m sorry,” Tara said softly.

“You have nothing to be sorry about. I don’t doubt that this is scary as hell for you. Your Dad has been by your side every day of your life. He is the only parent you have, he is one of your best friends, and he’s been your mentor. Tara, I get that it is scary as hell to think that he won’t be right here. I can’t imagine being as close as you are with him and Donnie. Hell, the scariest thing I’ve done is move away from Buffy and move in with you,” Willow said. The last bit causing them both to giggle. “You aren’t going through this alone though. Lean on me, lean on Faith, even lean on Buffy, just don’t hold it all in. Did your Dad say when he was thinking of doing all this?”

“No, he just said he wants to start driving the company in that direction and getting Donnie and I ready to take over.”

“That is going to take time my love. Your Dad isn’t going to just up and leave you to fend on your own. He built the company for you two. He is going to make sure that you are secure before he leaves. Plus, we have a wedding coming up and he is going to have to stick around for that. You and I both know there is no way he would miss that.”

“No, he wouldn’t, but he could always just come back for it,” said Tara.

“Not going to happen. He is going to be here to help us with the planning and then when you get cold feet about marrying me he is going to be the one to pull your head out of your butt and remind you that I am awesome.”

“There is no way I am getting cold feet about marrying you,” Tara said before kissing Willow softly at first and then the hunger growing in their kiss. “Mmmm, I love you.”

“I love you too,” Willow said breathlessly. “Now, what else is going on in that pretty little head of yours?”

“How did I get so lucky to find out?”

“Fate? We were meant to be. Everyone has someone who they were meant to spend their life with. For me it is you.”

“I’m grateful for whatever it was that put us together. Thank you for listening.”

“I’m always here to listen. Let’s just not wait until I’m going insane and starting to have silly thoughts to talk next time.”

“What do you mean silly thoughts?” asked Tara.

“I started to wonder if it was me or if you were getting cold feet. I mean the timing was right after we had started planning.”

“Will, Sweetie. I’m sorry I made you think that…”

“You didn’t. It was my silly mind. I just want you to know that you can talk to me and I’ll just listen.”

“I promise, I’ll talk to you instead of holding it in.”

“Good, now, what do you say we go get some lunch and then maybe wander around the zoo?”

“Sounds like fun.”

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Yay for excellent update-y goodness... I'm really glad that Tara has Willow to take care of her during those 2 life changing events (marrying Willow & Tara and Donnie assuming controll of the company)...

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Still, my favorite feelgood story, this. :) :clap :clap :clap :clap

I am probably one of those you think wouldn't mind if there was another year of Meant To Be meant to be written... :kgeek

And I can't wait to get a hold of the novel! :flower :flower :flower :flower

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Hey Branny :bigwave

I do really like the fact that in this tale Willow's parents actually care about her and very supportive of her relationship with Tara. There are so many that show Sheila and Ira in a negative light.

“I’d like that a lot. I’m sorry my mood is ruining what we had planned earlier for tonight.”

“It isn’t. We are together and that is all that truly matters. I’m here to support you in whatever way you need me to. If it is to listen, then I’m all ears. If it is to just hold you, my arms are open. If it is to love and worship your body, I’m here to serve. As long as we’re together Baby, that is all that truly matters to me.”

“I don’t deserve you, but I’m keeping you,” Tara said before kissing Willow softly on the lips.


This is piece is just so fantastic as it thoroughly sums up Willow and Tara's relationship and gives us all something to attempt to achieve in our lives.

Poor Tara, worrying over her father leaving some time but she still has Willow, Donny, Faith and Buffy as well as all her other friends. I just realized that this is the first time that we see Tara spazzing, though she seems to be doing it inwardly.

"Fate? We were meant to be. Everyone has someone who they were meant to spend their life with. For me it is you.”

Branny, this line is awesome-it needs to be used by one or both of the girls at their wedding ceremony.

This has got to be one of the best feel-good chapters I've read so far and I'm looking forward to many more.


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zampsa19752001: Everyone needs someone to love and support them during some life changing events. I agree that Tara is lucky to have Willow. :wink I think that going forward with the wedding plans and learning what is needed to take over some of the duties to manage the company...but not in this chapter. :grin


Phantasyland: I’m very happy to hear that this is still your favorite feel-good story!! :bow And yeah, I know you are one of those who wouldn’t mind if Meant To Be went on indefinitely. :sigh I am humbled by your support on both this story and my novel. :bow You are truly a great friend!! :flower :flower


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I do really like the fact that in this tale Willow's parents actually care about her and very supportive of her relationship with Tara. There are so many that show Sheila and Ira in a negative light.


Having a supportive family is amazing. I am lucky that my family is so openly supportive of my life choices. I know so many people who aren’t that lucky.

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“I’d like that a lot. I’m sorry my mood is ruining what we had planned earlier for tonight.”

“It isn’t. We are together and that is all that truly matters. I’m here to support you in whatever way you need me to. If it is to listen, then I’m all ears. If it is to just hold you, my arms are open. If it is to love and worship your body, I’m here to serve. As long as we’re together Baby, that is all that truly matters to me.”

“I don’t deserve you, but I’m keeping you,” Tara said before kissing Willow softly on the lips.

This is piece is just so fantastic as it thoroughly sums up Willow and Tara's relationship and gives us all something to attempt to achieve in our lives.


I agree that it does give us all something to attempt to achieve in our lives.

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"Fate? We were meant to be. Everyone has someone who they were meant to spend their life with. For me it is you.”

Branny, this line is awesome-it needs to be used by one or both of the girls at their wedding ceremony.


I like that idea - I will try to remember it when I write the wedding ceremony. Thank you!!

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This has got to be one of the best feel-good chapters I've read so far and I'm looking forward to many more.


I am so glad that you enjoyed it. I hope you enjoy this chapter - I had some...okay a lot of fun writing it. :sigh :glasses :sigh

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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: Thank you to Willara4ever for all your help with this story. I appreciate your reading it and helping me with the idea.
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Chapter 44


Willow and Tara were standing outside the monkey cages watching one of the mother monkeys feed a baby monkey.

“That is so cute,” Willow said.

“Yeah, it is,” said Tara. “Not quite as cute as you are though.”

“Do you realize how far we have come since our first time standing here?”

“We certainly have come a long way. You were almost as hot then as you are now,” said Tara wrapping an arm around Willow’s waist. “I wanted so badly to hold your hand, wrap my arms around you, or kiss you that day.”

“Hey you two,” said Faith and she and Emily walked up to the couple.

“Hey,” the couple said in unison.

“What are you two up to?” asked Emily.

“Just hanging out and enjoying this beautiful day.”

“T? Can we talk for a minute?” asked Faith.

“Sure,” said Tara.

Willow told Faith and Tara that she and Emily were going to get some drinks and snacks and they would be back shortly, Faith was thankful for Willow’s intuition and for giving them space.

“What’s up?” asked Tara as they sat down on a nearby bench.

“You and Donnie have been really quiet this week. Is everything okay?”

“Yeah, sorry about that. You remember the other night when Donnie and I were going to Dad’s to talk about work? Our ‘dinner’ meeting?”

“Yeah.”

“Well, Dad told us he is going to retire and he wants Donny and I to split the responsibilities.”

“Wow, that is...wow.”

“Yeah, so Donnie and I have been processing the fact that Dad won’t be there every day. He is talking about traveling so he won’t even be HERE,” Tara said looking down at her hands and playing with her engagement ring.

“I’m sorry Tara, I know that has to be incredibly rough. Did he say when?” asked Faith wrapping an arm around Tara for support.

“Once he has us trained. He also said that without a doubt he’d be here for the wedding,” said Tara leaning her head on Faith’s shoulder.

“I didn’t doubt that he would be here for the wedding. You’re his daughter, his one and only daughter.”

“He thinks of you as a daughter as well Faith.”

“I think of him as a father, so that works out. So, if Donald is retiring as CEO, who is going to take that position? Or are we going to have CCEO’s?”

“What the hell is a CCEO?” asked Tara pulling back and looking at Faith questioningly.

“Co-CEO’s,” Faith said proudly.

“Oh geez. No, we definitely are not having CCEO’s. You goof,” laughed Tara as they saw Willow and Emily head slowing towards them. Tara extended her hand towards Willow.

Willow and Emily made their way over to the two and sat down next to them.

“Everything okay?” asked Emily.

“Yeah. Faith was just trying to find out why Donnie and I have been so withdrawn.”

“Is everything okay?” asked Emily.

“Yeah, well, I guess this will affect you as well. My dad is looking to retire soon. He told Donnie and I the other night.”

“Wow, that is huge for you and Donnie,” commented Emily.

“Yeah, it is.”

“So, if you aren’t doing CCEO’s, who is taking over?” asked Faith.

“Definitely no CCEO’s,” Tara laughed. “I figure Donnie would take over as CEO since he’s the oldest.”

“What the hell is a CCEO?” asked Willow thoroughly confused.

“I asked the same questions Sweetie.”

“Co-CEO,” Faith said proudly.

“It’s cute,” said Willow.

“Sweetie, don’t encourage her,” Tara said teasingly causing Faith to pout and the others to laugh.

After talking for a several minutes Faith let them know that she and Emily had to get going so that they could make their dinner date. The two couples went separate ways.

“Are you okay?” asked Willow sensing Tara starting to withdraw inside herself again.

“Yeah, I’m fine. Can we head home? I just need some cuddle time with my beautiful fiancée.”

“Of course,” said Willow as they left the zoo.

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Willow and Tara had been back from the promotional tour for two weeks and it was going to be another week before the final launch party was had. Willow had been revamping the program to meet Mr. Maclay's requirements. She was putting in some long nights and Tara was afraid that the redhead was going to burn out if she didn't slow down.

“Hey Will, are you ready to head home?” asked Tara on Thursday night.

“Sorry, I’m going to be here late again tonight and now I’m thinking I may have to come in over the weekend.”

“Will, you are pushing yourself too hard on this. Dad just wanted a couple of tweaks,” started Tara.

“I just want it to be perfect. With him retiring I want it to be special.”

“I get that Sweetie, but you staying here until midnight or two in the morning like you have been this week isn’t the answer.”

“I’ll be done by Monday or Tuesday at this rate though,” said Willow looking up at Tara who was now leaning against her desk and slowly moving closer.

“You really aren’t coming home are you?”

“I’ll try to get out earlier than last night,” said Willow.

“I hope so, you didn’t get home until two this morning.”

“How about I work until eight tonight and then I head home and we can snuggle.”

“No later than eight,” Tara conceded.

“I love you,” Willow said softly taking Tara’s hand and squeezing it gently.

“Love you too. Hurry home, I miss you,” said Tara.

“I will. And I do miss you too...a lot!”

Tara left and just as she was opening the front door to the apartment she shared with the redhead her phone rang.

“This is Tara,” she answered.

“Hi Tara. This is Sheila Rosenberg, Willow’s Mom,” said the older woman.

“Hi. Um, Willow is still at work.”

“Oh good. I was hoping to talk to you alone.”

“Okay,” Tara said hesitantly.

“What does your family usually do for Thanksgiving dear?”

“Well, it is usually my father, Donnie, Faith, and I. We usually watch football, play cards, and choke down the dry turkey that my father makes every year,” chuckled Tara. “He can never seem to keep the turkey moist.”

“It takes finesse to really make a good turkey. My mother used to do it so well. I have hit and miss moments. Oh, and now you get to hear me babble like my daughter,” laughed Sheila. “I was wondering if you, your brother, your father, and Faith was it? Would you all like to come over to our house for Thanksgiving dinner? Ira and I would love to have you here and get to know you all...especially since we are going to all be family soon.”

“I can answer for everyone when I say that we would love to. Would it be a bother if Faith brought her girlfriend as well?”

“Of course not. Ira and I want to get to know all the people special in Willow’s life. I called to invite Bunny, but she said that she and her sister were going to visit their mom in LA.”

Tara giggled quietly when she heard Sheila refer to Buffy as Bunny. It was something that Tara thought could make a horrible day better.

“I will confirm with everyone, but I am certain they would love to join you and Ira. I know that Willow has been so happy since you three have started to get closer. We look forward to getting to know you and Ira better as well.”

“I’m so glad you will be there.”

“Is there anything you want us to bring?”

“No dear, not at all. Are there any allergies that I need to know about when we cook?”

“Just my allergy to shrimp.”

“Alright, that I can work around,” said Sheila. Her voice conveyed the smile on her face and that eased any anxiety that Tara may have felt. “I will let you enjoy your evening and please, let me know once you have talked to the others.”

“I will. And thank you again Sheila.”

Tara hung up the phone and sat down on the couch to relax and wait for Willow to get home.

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Tara looked at her watch as she heard the door open and saw it was just after eight. She hadn’t been sure the redhead would be able to pull herself away from work.

“Hey Gorgeous,” said Willow as she set her bag down before leaning over and kissing Tara.

“Hi. I wasn’t sure you were going to make it home on-time,” said Tara.

“I promised I would. I’m sorry that I have been putting in so many hours. I just want to make sure that everything is perfect for this final kickoff. I want to make your dad proud.”

“Will, he’s already proud of the work you do.”

“Yeah, but I’m marrying his daughter and therefore to me the standards are higher.”

“Well, if it is because you are marrying me, maybe you should be trying to impress me,” Tara said as she pulled Willow’s lips to her own.

“Mmmm, I love kissing you,” Willow said into Tara’s lips. “How was your night?”

“It was...um...different,” Tara said confusion permeating her voice.

“Should I be concerned?”

Tara pulled Willow on to her lap and kissed her again. Willow snaked her arms around Tara’s neck and leaned into the kiss.

“You are avoiding my question,” stated Willow.

“No, I am not. I just haven’t seen much of you and I am enjoying being able to kiss you. Sue me,” Tara said and Willow knew not to press things. Tara had made it clear how unhappy she was when she had left work alone without Willow.

“I’m enjoying kissing you too,” Willow said before capturing the blondes lips with her own. After several minutes of kissing they broke apart naturally and Willow ran her fingers through Tara’s hair.

“Your Mom called me just as I was getting home tonight.”

“I’m sorry? What?” asked Willow shocked.

“Your Mom called to invite us to Thanksgiving dinner and she said for me to bring Dad, Donnie, Faith, and Emily.”

“My mother? Sheila Rosenberg?”

“Yes, that is the one.”

“Wow. Mom doesn’t ever have ANYONE over for the holidays. Well, we’re Jewish so the whole Christmas thing is a no, but she never even invited family over for Hanukkah. I don’t even know what to say. I’m shocked.”

“She said she even called Bunny, but she is going out-of-town with her sister,” laughed Tara.

Willow told Tara that she nor her family needed to feel obligated to attend dinner if they didn’t want to. Tara reminded Willow that they were all going to be family and that it would be good for everyone to get to know the other outside of work. Willow agreed and told Tara that she would talk to her Mom again to make sure that there was nothing she needed them to bring.

After discussing Thanksgiving Willow went to shower and get changed while Tara made them dinner. Because it was late she opted to make a light Caprese salad. She pulled out the mini mozzarella balls, the cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper. Tara went about rinsing and cutting the cherry tomatoes in half and then in a bowl mixing in the mozzarella balls, popping one or two in her mouth, then she added in the fresh basil. She mixed them all together and then put them into two bowls and then drizzled some of the oil as well as salt and pepper on top. She was just finishing up when Willow came out of the bedroom wearing a thin tank top and much to Tara’s delight an old practically see through pair of boxers.

“I’m not sure if I want you or dinner to eat,” Tara said in a sultry voice.

“Well, why don’t we have dinner and then we can discuss what is for dessert,” Willow said causing Tara’s breathing to become slightly ragged at the thought.

They sat down at the table and ate their salad. Willow told Tara about some of the changes that she had made to the presentation and Tara agreed that her father would both approve and be impressed with what the redhead had done. After they finished dinner Willow took the dishes into the kitchen and rinsed them off and loaded them into the dishwasher.

When Willow left the kitchen she noticed that Tara had already shut everything down in the living room and that there was a warm glow from the candles the blonde had lit illuminating their bedroom. Willow smiled to herself and shook her head wondering what it was that she did so right to be lucky enough to be marrying such an amazing woman.

“Join me for dessert?” asked Tara pulling the covers back to reveal her very naked body.

“Oh god yes,” said Willow rushing forward only to be stopped by Tara pulling the covers back down and covering her body up again.

“No clothes allowed.”

Willow let out a flustered and lust filled groan as she quickly removed her clothes and slipped under the covers and on top of the blonde. They bodies melted together and soon their bodies were moving together at a slow and steady pace. Neither was in a hurry to rush this. They both had missed the feel of the others body pressed to their own. Their lips caressed the other while their bodies became one fluid motion and sweat beaded up on their bodies as they both moved closer and closer to their pending release.

The couple made love several times that night. Willow vowing to make sure she was home at a more reasonable time so that she didn’t burn out and so that they didn’t have to miss each other as much as they had.

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Morning arrived quickly. Willow and Tara were awakened by the alarm clock going off. After starting to wake up they felt their bodies pressed together causing both of their nipples to become erect and the yearning to make love again overtook them.

An hour later the two women began getting ready for work. They both knew that they were late, but neither had any regrets as to why.

“What are you going to use as your reason for being late?” Tara asked Willow as they were getting dressed.

“Overslept? You forgot to set the alarm,” teased Willow.

“Oh, I forgot to set it huh?” asked Tara laughing as she made her way over to the redhead and started placing soft kisses along her shoulders and neck while her hands gripped the redhead's waist.

“That...isn’t...fair...Tara,” whined Willow as her eyes closed and she leaned into the sensation of the blondes lips and Tara’s arms wrapped around her waist.

“I know, but I’m trying to give you incentive to come home early again tonight,” Tara purred into Willow’s ear.

“I can’t come early if I never get there…”

“I never want you to come early, but I can definitely get you there…” Tara said before sharing a deep and sensual kiss with the stunned redhead.

“That...ugh...you know I mean come HOME early...Ms. Maclay, that was NOT fair. Do you realize the thoughts I am going to have all day now? Tonight, my love, you will pay,” Willow said with a devious grin.

“Mmmm, sounds exquisite to me,” Tara said placing a chaste kiss in the redhead's lips and then they finished getting ready and headed off to work.

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As Willow and Tara got out of the car Willow turned and saw Anya headed their direction.

“I’ll see you later,” Willow said placing a light kiss on Tara’s lips and then bolting inside.

“Look at you two coming in late,” said Anya from part way across the parking garage. “I bet you were home having lots of orgasms.”

“Anya, I’m at work, that isn’t appropriate,” Tara said in a muffled yet scolding tone.

“But you aren’t denying it either,” she said smiling.

“I’m not confirming or denying it,” Tara stated trying not to blush.

“Whatever, I know I’m right. I have a keen sense for these things. What’s her hurry? I mean, if anyone is going to yell at her, you can just fire them. That is a perk of sleeping with management isn’t it?”

“We overslept. She is hurrying because she needs to get to work. Also, we are not using mine and Willow’s relationship to fire or hold anything over anyone.”

“Well, that sounds boring. If Xander had the kind of power you have, we’d totally be using it to have sex whenever and wherever we wanted.”

“That is good to know. I have to get up to my office now. Have a good day,” Tara said before escaping into the elevator.

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“Hey Willster,” said Xander as Willow passed his cubicle on her way to her own.

“Hey Xander,” smiled Willow.

“You’re in kind of late aren’t you?”

“Yeah. I overslept.”

“Well, get to work then,” laughed Xander noticing a slight red tint in Willow’s cheeks.

Willow sat down at her desk and opened her email to find that Jesse had sent her a couple of programs to debug. She quickly started to work on them. After a couple of hours of working on the programs and the various servers they were on Willow decided to send an instant message to Tara.

Willow: Hey Baby!
Tara: Hey Sweetie. How is your day going?
Willow: Frustrating. How is your day going?
Tara: Okay. Why is your day frustrating?
Willow: I got in and Jesse had some programs for me to fix.
Tara: Did you have problems with them?
Willow: No, it is the stupid Linux commands.
Tara: You lost me…
Willow: "unzip; strip; touch; finger; mount; fsck; more; yes; unmount; sleep" - my Linux command list **blush**
Tara: Oh my...LMAO
Willow: It’s not funny Tara.
Tara: Um, yeah Will, it is. I have a meeting to run to. I love you!
Willow: I love you too!

Tara set herself in meeting mode and with a satisfied smile headed out of her office to meet with Faith. Willow decided she needed a break and grabbed her mug and went to get some ice water to cool her down.

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Willow arrived home at seven that night. Tara was reading on the couch and looked up and smiled at her.

“Wow, home even earlier than last night. To what do I owe this pleasure?” said Tara.

“Like you have to ask,” Willow laughed. “Do you recall what you said before we left? What my command list was?”

“I have not forgotten either,” Tara smirked.

“Then why are we not naked and in bed yet?” Willow asked.

“I have no good answer for that. Are you hungry?”

“Yes, but food is the last thing on my mind. What do you say to you and me picking up where we were so rudely interrupted this morning?”

“Rudely interrupted?”

“Yeah, we were rudely interrupted by the call of duty and having to go to work,” Willow gave Tara a sultry smile.

“Ah yes, I think that picking up where we left off is a fantastic idea.”

Tara put her tablet down on the table and Willow helped Tara to her feet and into a steamy kiss. Tara wrapped her arms around Willow’s waist and pulled their hips together causing the redhead to let out a groan.

They continued to kiss and disrobe as they made their way to the bedroom. Both were devoid of clothing by the time they reached the bed. Tara laid down and pulled Willow on top of her. They made love until they were exhausted and then drifted off to sleep in one another’s arms.

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TBC...

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Yay for excellent update-y goodness... I'm glad that Faith & Emily now know about the retirement thing and Tara's & Donnie's extra duties... The Rosenberg-Maclay-Lehane thanksgiving dinner sounds interesting... Big lol for Anya figuring out immediately why Willow & Tara were late for work... Poor Willow and those "naughty" Linux-commands...

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I've been reading this story almost from the start and I have to say it is one of my favorite low angst / lite stress stories. The ease with which the characters came together and built something special isn't seen in many works and there are times when this style can be just what the doctor ordered.

Looking forward to more.

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Hey Branny :bigwave

YAY another new chapter of one of my favourite fanfics :)

I don't think you're being gay is a life choice, it's just who you are, the same as it is with my cousins. To be honest I don't really know what a life choice is though it's probably very different from personal choices such as your willingness to befriend me even though I'm a stranger on the other side of the pond.

Willow working till all hours!!!!! That can't be good

Love that Sheila is making that effort to reach out by inviting Tara and her folks to Thanksgiving.

“Well, it is usually my father, Donnie, Faith, and I. We usually watch football, play cards, and choke down the dry turkey that my father makes every year,”

And of course when they play cards Tara wins on a regular basis, I've seen 'Older and Far Away' from season 6. lol

She was just finishing up when Willow came out of the bedroom wearing a thin tank top and much to Tara’s delight an old practically see through pair of boxers.

And much to my delight too :drool

They continued to kiss and disrobe as they made their way to the bedroom. Both were devoid of clothing by the time they reached the bed. Tara laid down and pulled Willow on top of her. They made love until they were exhausted and then drifted off to sleep in one another’s arms.

An excellent way to end the day; and the chapter. :)


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zampsa19752001: I haven’t completely planned out the Rosenberg-Maclay-Lehane Thanksgiving, but yeah, it is going to be interesting. And I do feel sorry for Willow with her Linux commands...I use most of them daily as well. :grin


Citanul: I’m happy to hear that this is one of your favorite low angst / lite stress stories. I try to keep it light-hearted. I had a bit too much fun writing parts of this update. I hope you enjoy it. :sigh


willowtaralover: HI! :wave

I agree that being gay is who you are. I unfortunately know enough people who choose to hide who they truly are for various reasons. I don’t think I could ever do that. :)

I have some plans in mind for Thanksgiving, but nothing set in stone yet. I do promise that it will be entertaining. I was grateful for the timing of the holiday. I had been trying to come up with a good way to start to bring the families together.

She was just finishing up when Willow came out of the bedroom wearing a thin tank top and much to Tara’s delight an old practically see through pair of boxers.

And much to my delight too


Much to my delight as well! :drool


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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: Thank you to Willara4ever for all your help with this story. I appreciate your reading it and helping me with the idea.
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Chapter 45

“Willow, are you sure that everything is all ready to go?” asked Jesse.

“Yep, I have triple checked this morning to make sure that all the audio and video equipment is set up and I tested the microphones. Last night I ran through the whole presentation to make sure that it ran smoothly.”

“Wow, what time did you go home?”

“She got home at three this morning,” said Tara walking up to Jesse and Willow. Tara kissed the side of Willow’s head without thinking twice causing Jesse to smile at the interaction.

"You got home around three?" said Jesse looking at his watch and seeing it was only 7:30 in the morning.

“It is what I do,” Willow said nonchalantly before turning back to again check the computer to make sure everything was set.

“She is a perfect fit for you Tara,” laughed Jesse.

“I know,” Tara said looking at Willow with pride.

What was once a group of giant conference rooms had been transformed into a state of the art Convention Center. There were booths set up for several of the companies TDM had partnered with on their literacy campaign, there were demonstrations set up to give those attending hands on experience to the variety of programs available. The turnout here was greater than at any of the previous launches. Tara knew that her father had extended the invite to include anyone involved in the previous launches and several had taken him up on the invite.

Donald was walking around in awe of what his staff had accomplished. Every person he talked with had told him how impressed they were with the attention they were receiving from the TDM staff. As he walked around he saw Faith working with a couple of vendors, his IT staff working with some vendors who were having issues with their hardware. It was truly an amazing sight.

“Hello Donald,” said a female voice causing him to turn.

“Erin, what brings you here?” he asked trying to contain his extreme dislike for this woman.

“My company received such a great response from the last launch we attended they decided to take you up on the offer to have a booth here. Since I have a personal connection with TDM they of course chose to send me.”

“And what personal connection might you have with TDM?”

“Well, I did date Tara for a couple of years,” Erin said smugly.

“I don’t think what you did with my daughter was called dating. Professionally your company has affiliated themselves with us, personally, you have no connection to us. Please, excuse me. I need to go find and meet with my future daughter-in-law,” said Donald as he smiled and walked away from the stunned woman.

Erin turned to watch Donald leave. As she turned she saw Willow, Donnie, and Tara standing nearby with their mouths hanging open. It was more than obvious that they had heard the exchange. Embarrassed by both the exchange and the fact that Tara and Willow had been witness to it, Erin scurried away quickly.

“Oh, now that was priceless,” said Donnie.

“Wow, I am so glad that Dad is on our side,” laughed Tara.

“I wonder if I got that on tape?” Willow wondered out loud.

“On tape?” asked Tara.

“Oh, yeah we have several cameras around here taking video to make a highlights thing for future promotions and for your dad.”

“Will,” started Donnie putting his arm around the smaller woman. “You work in IT. You don’t do marketing, that is my sisters job.”

“Hey! She can help me if she wants, big brother. By the way Sweetie, that is an awesome idea. I had no idea you had set that up.”

“Yeah, it was going to be a surprise, but I um, kinda blew that.”

“I’m surprised. How about you, Donnie?”

“Yep, definitely surprised.”

The three then headed off to find Donald to see what else he would like done. There were a lot of people already arriving and still more to come. The launch wasn’t until nine that morning.

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“Thank you everyone for coming today and for being a part of this amazing campaign,” Donald said as the applause died down. “I am honored by all of the amazing companies we have joining us this year and those that we have returning from prior years. I am also honored to have my daughter and my son here beside me.”

Tara and Donnie stepped forward and joined their father at the front of the stage. Willow was watching from the audio/visual hut mesmerized by the blonde love of her life.

“For those of you who don’t know our history. I started this company for my children. I wanted to give them a legacy to be proud of and something for us to share as a family. When my wife passed away, times were tough, but together we got through it and it made us a stronger family. Now, my son is the Chief Technology Officer and my daughter Chief Marketing Officer. I couldn’t be prouder...well, I will be when my daughter gets married in a few months, but that is a father’s pride not professional pride.”

Donald continued with his speech and Willow taking the queues started the presentation. As the first video presentation ended Donnie took over discussing the technology that they were using and how they were integrating the technology of their partners and always looking for ways to improve so that they can provide the best possible experience for anyone they work with. Willow started the next video and as that ended Tara’s portion came up.

“I guess that means it is my turn,” Tara said stepping forward.

“Where’s your fiancée?” called someone from the crowd. Tara, Faith, Emily, and Willow knew it was Erin.

“While I am beyond excited about my pending nuptials and that my family shares in our excitement, I prefer to keep my private life, private. Thank you for your interest though,” said Tara. “The real reason we are here is to complete this amazing campaign kickoff.”

With that Willow lowered the screens again and started the newly revised campaign video she had created. As the video played, Willow watched both Tara and Donald’s reaction. Tara frequently turned towards where Willow was. As the video was nearing the end Willow went back to her computer to queue up the next video surprise she had compiled of messages from various vendors to encourage people to support and pay-it-forward on the literacy campaign by helping others. Donald and Tara both turned towards the hut and Willow saw them each wipe a tear.

“You are a sneaky one Rosenberg,” said Donnie as he entered the hut.

“I have no idea what you are talking about,” Willow said trying to suppress a smile.

“When did you make the edits to the original video and find time to create this new one?”

“I’ve put in a few extra hours,” Willow said sheepishly.

“If I ask Tara is she going to tell me it was more than a few hours?” Donnie asked as he continued to watch the reaction of his father and sister.

“It isn’t her favorite subject, so for my safety, let’s not bring it up to her.”

“Why the change?” asked Donnie.

“If your dad is going to retire in the near future I wanted his last kick off to be memorable.”

“Thank you,” Donnie said wrapping Willow into a large brotherly hug. “I should get back up there before people notice I’m gone.”

Donnie left the hut and Willow smiled to herself. She was so happy that she wasn’t in trouble for what she had done and that everyone involved seemed to enjoy the edits she had made.

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“This isn’t the video you have been showing is it?” Donald whispered to Tara as the video played out before them.

“No, it isn’t. Willow took it upon herself to create a new one. I haven’t seen it, nor do I have a clue what is in it,” Tara said glancing between her father, the video, and Willow in the hut.

“When did she find the time to put this together? I may need to talk to Jesse about her workload.”

“She’s been working on this after work.”

“Tara, this isn’t a small task. She had to put in a lot of long hours to make this,” Donald said looking at his daughter and then towards the hut.

“She has put in the long hours. There were nights that she didn’t get home before two in the morning.”

“Tara, that is outrageous,” said Donald again turning towards the hut. “I hope you put your foot down.”

“I tried, but her reasoning and logic couldn’t be refuted,” said Tara as Donnie joined them again.

“She’s right Dad. Willow’s logic cannot be refuted. She wanted this to be special for you since it will most likely be your last kickoff campaign,” said Donnie.

As the presentation was coming to an end a picture of the entire Maclay family from the early years with the logo from when they first started superimposed into the background. Willow loved the family picture and knew the moment she saw it she had to use it. Tara was about eight in the picture and she and Donnie were standing in front of their parents. Below the picture was the label ‘THEN’ in bold letters. The next picture was one that none of them were aware had been taken. The picture was from Boston. Joyce had taken it shortly after Willow had proposed to Tara. Willow had added the label ‘NOW’ below it. Then both pictures were on the screen with the tagline below the labels saying ‘To encourage literature and the arts is a duty which every good citizen owes to his country. ― George Washington’

Willow left the picture up as she raised the lights and Donald took the queue to go back to the presentation as the thunderous applause quieted down.

“Well, I...I’m not sure what to say about that video. That was the first time I’ve seen it. Can we get a round of applause for Willow Rosenberg for that touchingly special video edit,” said Donald causing Willow to blush even though nobody could see her. “I’m certain she isn’t going to come out of the audio/visual hut any time soon, but Willow, I am so very touched by what you have put together. Thank you!”

The rest of the presentation went on as it had been planned. Once they were done, Willow put the pictures back up for everyone to enjoy.

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Tara made her way off the stage and over to the hut where Willow was starting to shut down the presentation.

“Willow, that was amazing,” Tara said her eyes tearing up again at the remembrance of the videos.

“I wanted it to be special for you all,” said the redhead as she moved to wipe the stray tear from Tara’s cheek before leaning in and kissing her.

“You succeeded,” Donald said entering the hut causing the two women to cut their kiss short. “I don’t think I’ll ever forget that.”

“I’m glad you approve,” Willow said as Donald pulled her into a hug.

“I loved it. I can’t believe that you did that in just a couple of weeks.”

“It was a bit of a challenge, but then again, I love a good challenge,” laughed Willow as she felt Tara’s arms wrap around her from behind. The embrace was so warm and loving that Willow couldn’t help but lean into it.

“I have to get out there, but thank you again for the touching video and for making my daughter so happy,” Donald beamed before exiting the hut and leaving Willow and Tara alone.

Willow turned in Tara’s arms and they exchanged several chaste kisses.

“I have to get back out there. Are you going to mingle as well or are you going to skip out of here?”

“I’ll be around. I’m not leaving you here alone with Erin around. Someone needs to keep her in line,” said Willow.

They left the hut and started making their rounds. It wasn’t long before Willow was being pulled in to a group of geeks that wanted to ask her about what she used to create the video and make sure the timing for everything was spot on. Tara smiled knowing Willow was in her environment. She moved on and managed to evade Erin the remainder of the day.

As the party was coming to an end Willow met up with Tara, Donald, Donnie, and Faith. Again they all expressed their love of the video. Willow said that she would make sure they each had a copy and she told them about the promotional video she was going to be creating from the data she had picked up from the cameras around the room.

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Willow and Tara were cuddling on the couch at home after the kickoff when Emily called and asked if they wanted to go out to The Bronze. They decided that they hadn’t been out there in a while and it sounded like fun. Willow told Emily she would call Connor and see if she could reserve the upper area. They agreed to meet outside at eight that night.

“I guess we need to start getting ready,” said Willow as she hung up the phone after talking to Connor.

“Soon,” Tara said pulling the redhead back into her arms. “Have I told you how amazing you are?”

“Yeah, but I never get tired of hearing it from you,” Willow said before Tara kissed her.

They lay on the couch kissing for several minutes before Tara’s phone buzzed. Tara reached over and grabbed it off the end table and saw it was from Faith.

Faith: Quit making out with Willow and get dressed and get down here.
Tara: What makes you think I was making out with Willow?
Faith: It is your favorite pastime. LOL
Tara: So true...and if she wasn’t so damn good at it...we’d actually be dressed.
Faith: Eww, get your ass moving. I need to drink enough tonight to erase that from my brain.
Tara: :D LOL - see ya soon.

Willow blushed as she read the conversation over Tara’s shoulder.

“You really love to torment her don’t you?” laughed Willow.

“Like you don’t torment Buffy the same way?!” responded Tara.

They went and got ready and headed out to meet with Faith and Emily.

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Willow and Tara arrived at The Bronze and found Connor standing near the door. He came over and wrapped them both in a warm hug before sending them upstairs. He told them that Faith and Emily were already there and upstairs.

“Thanks Connor,” said Willow as they turned and headed inside and upstairs.

“T! Red!” said Faith.

“How is our favorite mushy couple?” asked Emily laughing as the two women made their way over.

“Hey guys,” said Tara as she wrapped her arms around Willow’s waist and holding her close.

“Hey,” said Willow as she leaned into Tara’s embrace. “How’s it going?”

“Not bad. We invited Buffy, Donnie, Xander, and Anya as well.”

“Fantastic,” Tara said smiling.

Connor brought up drinks for everyone and told them that he would keep an eye out for the rest of the group since he was working the door for a while. They thanked him and sat down at one of the tables.

“So, now that the kickoff is over are you going to start working on the wedding plans more?” asked Emily.

“Definitely,” said Tara. “And now that Willow won’t be working so late we can continue to practice for the honeymoon.”

“Ew,” came three voices from behind them and then a laugh.

Willow and Tara turned to see Buffy, Angel, Xander, Anya, Donnie and his girlfriend standing nearby.

“Hey Guys,” said Willow waving for them to join the table.

“Hey,” said Buffy as she sat down next to Willow.

“Why must you talk about that stuff,” cringed Donnie.

“Because it makes you and Faith squirm,” teased Tara.

“Well stop,” whined Donnie.

“I have to agree with the D-Man,” Faith said.

“Spoil sports,” laughed Willow.

The group continued to talk about what has been going on, about the kickoff, and about how long it had been since they had all been out dancing. Tara grabbed Willow’s hand and told everyone she was tired of talking about it and then she pulled the redhead downstairs to the dance floor. Everyone watched them for a moment before joining them.

After dancing several songs the DJ slowed it down and everyone coupled up to dance. Willow and Tara held one another as close as they could and exchanged several soft kisses during the songs.

“I love holding you and feeling our bodies swaying together,” Tara softly said into Willow’s ear causing the redhead to shudder.

“Mmmm, do you know how much of a turn on it is with our bodies pressed together and you whispering in my ear?”

“Oh yes, and unfortunately it turns me on just as much,” blushed Tara.

“Does it turn you on as much as thinking about what I’m going to do to you when we get home tonight?” Willow asked before sucking on Tara’s earlobe.

“W-Willow, that isn’t fair,” Tara managed to get out while trying to control her breathing.

“Sure it is,” Willow said trailing her lips lightly down Tara’s neck, stopping to feel the blondes pulse speed up.

“T-this is payback isn’t it?”

“Oh yeah,” moaned Willow. “And the best part - you know you love it. How it is making your body surge with desire”

“You are not nice Rosenberg.”

“Oh, but I am. And you are loving every minute of this. Feeling my lips on your neck, my breath in your ear, my arms around you...our bodies pressed together...”

“Is it time to go home yet?” whimpered Tara.

“Not yet, but soon.”

Willow smiled at Tara let out a groan of frustration.

As the slow music came to an end and the DJ ramped up the energy in the club again with some livelier music. Willow and Tara joined the others in their group and they continued dancing and enjoy the night.

“I need a break,” Buffy said to the others. Everyone agreed that it was time for a rest and they all headed upstairs.

Once they were seated upstairs they fell into a casual conversation regarding the kickoff, things going on around Sunnydale, and Willow and Tara’s upcoming wedding. The group danced a couple of more times before they called it a night.

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“That was a lot of fun,” said Willow as they entered the apartment.

“I don’t remember much after you teasing me on the dance floor…” Tara said as she pinned the redhead between her body and the wall near their bedroom.

“Well,” Willow started to say as Tara captured her lips and hungrily kissed her. Their bodies pressed together, their hips moving in sync with the others.

“I need you,” Tara said into the kiss. She wasn’t sure what had overtaken her hormones, but she needed the redhead and the release that she could get from her.

“Bed...Naked...Now…” Willow said in-between kisses.

The couple made their way to the bed. Willow removed her clothes, Tara removed hers and they crawled into bed together the blonde hovered over the redhead briefly before laying their bodies together. Their needs tonight weren’t about soft, sensual, romantic love. Tonight they needed intensity. They took one another quickly, powerfully, and although it was a primal need for the other, they both felt the depth of their love for one another. After they both had sated those primal needs they drifted to sleep cuddled together.

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Tara was woken up by the sound of her phone ringing. She eased her way out from under the redhead and crawled over to where her phone was.

“Hello,” answered Tara her voice laden with sleep.

“Were you still sleeping?” the voice on the other end said.

“Yes, I tend to do that when I have a late night.”

“Tara, look at a clock…”

Tara glanced at the time on her phone and saw it was eleven in the morning.

“Oh,” responded Tara. “I guess my body needed some extra sleep.”

“Right, I almost believe that except we left at a respectable time.”

“What’s up Anya?”

“Well, Xander and I were wondering if you and Willow would like to meet us for brunch? BUT, I am guessing since you were up all night having orgasms with Willow you aren’t going to want to.”

“Tara?” Willow said reaching around the bed to try to find the blonde before sitting up when she failed to locate Tara.

“Anya and Xander want to know if we want to have brunch with them,” Tara said covering the microphone on her phone.

“And they called so early why?” Willow asked running her fingers through her hair trying to tame it.

“It’s after eleven Sweetie.”

“Oh...really?”

“Yeah, so do you want to go?”

“HELLO?!” Anya said loudly into the phone. “If you are having orgasms again I do NOT want to hear it.”

“Anya,” snapped Tara. “Willow just woke up so I was asking if she wanted to go to brunch.”

“Oh, okay,” Anya replied in a chipper voice.

“Sure, but we um need to shower first. How about noon at the Espresso Pump?”

Tara told Anya that they would meet them outside the Espresso Pump in forty-five minutes. The two then quickly showered separately since they had plans and self-control after the night of passion they had shared was at a minimum.

After dressing they walked over to the Espresso Pump since it was a nice and sunny day out.

Xander and Anya arrived and the four of them went inside. Janice had seen them walk up so she had reserved a table in the back for them.

“Thanks Janice,” said Willow as they were seated.

“No problem.” Janice took their orders and then went to put them in and make their coffee.

“That kickoff was amazing,” Xander said. “Is that what it was like when you were traveling around?”

“Parts of it were. Willow changed the video presentation and we didn’t have the ‘after’ interviews. The energy from the vendors was the same. Everyone was so positive and excited about the new campaign.”

“Maybe we need to have more of those launches,” said Anya.

“If we do, leave me out of them,” laughed Willow. “Those were a lot of work.”

“Awww, poor baby,” Tara said before giving the redhead a chaste kiss.

Janice brought their drinks and told them that their food would be up soon. They all thanked her.

“Tara, not to alarm you, but there is a woman to your left that keeps staring or better yet glaring at you,” Anya said.

Tara glanced over and saw Erin glaring in their direction. Tara smiled and waved at the brunette before turning back to the table.

“Just ignore her,” said Tara.

“Who is that? Does Willow have some competition? Because if she does, I’m going to advise you stay with the redhead,” Anya said.

“That is just my ex from college whom I can’t seem to get away from.”

“Want me to go kick her ass? I’d do it for you...just say the word.”

“Thank you for the offer Anya, but no. She isn’t worth the extra energy.”

“Will, you are pretty quiet,” said Xander.

“Sorry, between still being partially asleep and wishing that woman would just get the hell out of our lives, I got trapped in my mind.”

Janice arrived with their order and they went about ignoring Erin and enjoying their meal.

“So, how is living together?” Willow asked Xander.

“Different,” he said sheepishly.

“He means that I’m a neat freak and he is a slob.”

“Thank you Anya,” Xander said blushing.

“Living together takes compromise,” Tara said.

“Did you and Willow have to compromise?”

“On a few things. Namely I had to change my ringtone on a few numbers, we share the office and desk, and she gets most of the closet,” laughed Willow.

“I do not get most of the closet...you just don’t have as many clothes,” laughed Tara looking at Willow with love and adoration.

“Those seem pretty minimal. We’re making it work though,” answered Xander. “She’s worth it.”

“Damn right I am,” said Anya.

They finished their meal, paid and then the four of them decided to walk to the pier since it was nice out.

As Willow and Tara were heading home, they passed by the hotel and Erin was just heading out with her suitcases.

“Why does everything go your way?” snapped Erin.

“It doesn’t always go my way,” answered Tara feeling Willow squeeze her hand gently in support.

“Yeah, it does. You have this perfect family, perfect friends, perfect business, you are getting married. Nothing ever goes bad for you.”

“I have those things because I put in the effort to make them work. I don’t use people the way you do. Show some respect to someone, you’d be surprised at where it gets you. Willow and I fight, but we work to resolve the fight as well. We know that our relationship means more to us than a trivial disagreement. Your unhappiness is your own doing, I won’t feel sorry for you, but I do pity you.”

With that Willow and Tara walked away leaving Erin standing there dumbfounded.

“That was awesome,” Willow said as they neared home.

“It is true,” Tara said pulling the redhead's hand to her mouth and kissing her knuckles.

“How about some cuddles and reading for the rest of the afternoon?”

“Works for me, I just want you close.”

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TBC...

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 Post subject: Re: Meant To Be - Ch 45 Updated 10/05/2014
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Dibs-y goodness...

Yay for excellent update-y goodness... I'm really glad about the way they handled Erin... Can't wait for their honeymoon practice sessions :wtkiss

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 Post subject: Re: Meant To Be - Ch 45 Updated 10/05/2014
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YAY new Meant To Be :)

Just love the way that Mr. Maclay totally shoots down Erin when she claims to have a personal connection with the family through dating Tara. I've always liked it when writers re-write Mr. Maclay as a nice person instead of the jerk he was on the show.

Just had a thought about Erin, couldn't Mr. Maclay contact her company and inform them that she has been making unwanted overtures towards Tara? It's not a lie and it could mean that she wouldn't be sent to any other seminars or if she was then somebody would be with her to ensure she stayed in line.

Willow's presentations for the Maclay's sound amazing, I only wish I could have seen them. And now after all that work has paid off I'm sure that Tara will reward her appropriately.

“I have those things because I put in the effort to make them work. I don’t use people the way you do. Show some respect to someone, you’d be surprised at where it gets you. Willow and I fight, but we work to resolve the fight as well. We know that our relationship means more to us than a trivial disagreement. Your unhappiness is your own doing, I won’t feel sorry for you, but I do pity you.”

First Mr. Maclay and now Erin gets a mouthful off Tara. Perhaps now she'll get the message.


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