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One Last Time

by Anon Moon
Rating: PG

Disclaimer: I own nothing, just playing around with the characters.
Author's Notes: This is after Season 5 and Faith is out of prison. I just thought this short thing up two nights ago. There's no beta so I hope I didn't make too many mistakes. Oh and the title comes from a Veruca Salt song, "One Last Time." The song doesn't have much to do with the story, but the song rocks!
Feedback: I would love some.

Buffy rubs her hands on her arms and up her shoulders shivering.

"You cold?" Faith asks sitting on the grass next to Buffy and leaning her back against a tree.

"A little." Buffy replies looking at Faith.

There's a long pause as the wind scatters some fallen leaves. The night clouds move in the sky to reveal the stars and the beautiful night it is.

"So what has the eldest slayer been up to?" Faith questions with a small smile.

"I died." Buffy says plainly.

"Yea, I know." Buffy gives Faith a questioning look, "It's the Slayer thing B."

"Well, besides dying there was a lot of other stuff that happened," Faith looks content to listen, "Xander almost got married, but he got spooked and didn't go through with it. Dawn turned into a clepto and Willow abused her powers and went big nutty Wiccan on us, so her and Tara broke up. You remember Tara from when..."

"Yea B, I remember."

Another long pause.

"Faith?"

"Yea?"

"Why are you back?"

"Well, there's still that small issue of me saying I'm sorry."

Another long pause.

"B?"

"Yea Faith?"

"I'm sorry."

"I know, I forgive you."

Faith looks up at the sky and then down to the ground, trying not to shed tears.

"Thanks B, that really means a lot to me."

"All that stuff is in the past. I learned to put it behind me and forget it."

Another long pause.

"B?"

"Yea?"

"You know I could never forget it." Faith states more than asks.

"Yea I know."

Another long pause.

Faith sighs and stands up followed by Buffy.

"I should apologize to the Scoobs but it seems they have enough problems right now and they don't need me to be adding on to that. Besides, I need some rest for tomorrow, it's a long way back to Boston." Faith looks everywhere but at Buffy.

"Back to Boston?"

A short pause.

"You're not staying?" Buffy asks confused and clearly upset.

"This is your town Buffy. I need to find my place. To see where I belong." Faith looks at the ground.

"Everyone leaves. My dad, Angel, Riley, my mom, Giles, and now you."

"Buffy you've always had people with you and you always will. You're not alone, you never are."

Another long pause,

"Will you come back? How do you know you don't belong here?" Buffy asks, hoping for the answer she wants to hear.

Faith steps to Buffy, takes her hands and kisses them.

"If I belong here, I'll find my way back."

Faith turns and walks away. Never saying good-bye.

The End

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