Youíre My Hero


by Saber ShadowKitten


"Do you want some coffee?" Cordelia asked.

"I donít wanna leave. She might, uhÖ"

"Iíll get it," the cheerleader told him.

"Thanks," Xander replied, clasping his hands together and staring at them before returning his gaze to the pale form on the bed.

It must have cold there in my shadow.
To never have sunlight on your face.
You were content to let me shine, thatís your way.
You always walk a step behind.

*Youíve always been the strong one, Willow,* Xander thought, tears welling in his eyes. *The one who holds me up, the one who never slams on me, the one who thinks Iím cool, even though we know Iím not.*

I was the one with all the glory,
While you were the one with all the strain.
A beautiful face without a name, for so long.
A beautiful smile to hide the pain.

*I donít know why you ever put up with me,* he thought, leaning closer to the bed. *You have such a beautiful soul which reflects out to everyone you meet. Why did you always hide in the shadows?*

Did you ever know that youíre my hero?
And everything I would like to be.
I can fly higher than an eagle,
When you are the wind beneath my wings.

*Willow, youíre everything to me. You are my sun, my moon, my little, white, puffy clouds,* he thought, taking her lifeless hand. *Without you, I am nothing.*

It might have appeared to go unnoticed,
But Iíve got it all here in my heart.
I want you to know I know the truth, Ďcourse I know it.
I would be nothing without you.

"Come on, Will. Look, you donít have a choice here. You gotta wake up. I need you, Will," Xander whispered, rubbing his thumb over the back of her hand.

Did you ever know that youíre my hero?
And everything I would like to be.
I can fly higher than an eagle,
When you are the wind beneath my wings.

"I mean, how am I gonna pass trig, you know?" Xander chuckled sorrowfully. "And who am I gonna call every nightÖand talk about everything we did all day?"

Fly, fly,
fly high against the sky
so high I almost touch the sky

"Youíre my best friend. Youíve alwaysÖ" Xander swallowed heavily, staring at her pale face.

Thank you, thank you
Thank god for you

"I love you," he admitted. *Youíre my hero, Will.*

The wind beneath my wings.


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