Categories: Season 2Characters: Angel
story title up to author
Spike and Dru come to the hellmouth in S2.
Dru is not sick but is mentally in a terrible place pining for her "daddy" and demanding Spike take her to the hellmouth so she can be with her daddy. Spike has had a century of never being her true love but still in the habit of catering to her so he takes her there hoping she'll give him some crumbs at least.
When he gets to Sunnydale he sees Angel and Buffy on one of the few nights when Angel is on patrol with Buffy and sees them kiss. This is before Buffy has decided Angel is THE one but soon after she has toyed with the idea of Angel as boyfriend material. Spike seethes. Angel always getting the girl even HIS girl. Spike gets very drunk.
Spike kidnaps Buffy to "Take away Angel's girl for a change".
He takes Buffy to a hideout with wards so no magic can find them and after he sobers up realizes he is screwed. Spike knows that the Slayer will kill him if he releases her and if she doesn't Angel will. He is not a coward but also not ready to die just yet so he keeps Buffy there until he can figure out how to let her go and still remain undusty.
While she is captive they get to actually know one another. Starts with hostility naturally but something (authors choice) happens to make Buffy soften...maybe Spike saves her life after she attempts to escape or something like that. Buffy realizes she knows more about Spike then she ever did with Angel. She starts to see his humanity and vulnerability (not weakness...no wimpy Spike but not a total jerk either). Buffy finds herself actually liking Spike even though she doesn't want to.
Spike gets to know the sadness and fear of a Slayer's life and comes to genuinely care about Buffy. They both discover that they actually want the same things...someone who will love them and put them first and will stay. This leads to him falling in love with her after they are parted.
By the time Spike returns Buffy to her home they are both in love but not said it to each other for fear the love is one sided.
LOTS of conversations where they truly get to know one another!
Buffy prevents anyone from going after Spike. Both of them long for the other after they are parted.
Buffy does not go back to pursuing Angel. Her friends think it's because she's learned her lesson about vampires but it is really because she has compared the two and found Spike to be more human and decent in his core. (Spike hasn't killed while holding her hostage...at first because he didn't want to draw attention to where they were and they were isolated but later because he knew it would hurt her).
Spike still is on the wagon afterwards because he doesn't want to hurt Buffy. He starts to change like in canon (only without the chip). He stays close but in hiding.
While they were gone Angel got stuck with Dru and Dru has no intention of letting him go again so she doesn't help "find" Spike and Buffy.
After Buffy's return Angel loses his soul but not through sex with Buffy...figure something out for that...maybe it's her return still as a virgin (and it squicking her out that her "purity" is so important to him). This leads Buffy to note even more strongly how different Spike is from Angel. She sees that Spike with no soul is more like Angel with one for example.
Angelus is pretty much like in canon only more evil like we SHOULD have expected given his reputation. He does try to open the hellmouth with Acathla or something similar and Buffy has to go after him. Can be plenty of conversations about why she is willing to go after Angelus but not Spike who kidnapped her. Giles thinks Buffy has Stockholm Syndrome where Spike is concerned but this must not be the case in the story...she has genuinely fallen in love with him.
Spike has had some magic he's used to keep hidden while keeping an eye on (protectively not stalking) Buffy possibly a talisman or somesuch. He should save Giles and one of the Scoobies at some point.
Spike comes out of hiding to help her defeat Angelus. He has been helping keep Buffy safe secretly (she can know but no one else) ever since returning her.
Angelus and Dru both getting swallowed by Acathla (or whatever end of world device the author has cooked up) removing them from the picture. NO return for them.
Dru has not missed Spike at all and Spike has completely gotten over his Dark Princess. Spike realizes he has never been loved in a healthy way.
Buffy and Spike can have sex after defeating Angelus and Dru and you can have it as hot as you want (please) but tons of UST throughout to build up the moment.
NO sex between Spike and Buffy while she is his captive but tons of UST. No drunk Spike while she is captive...once he sobers up he stays that way.
Spike helping to save the world from Angelus and everyone knowing.
Giles and Scoobies realizing the Buffy does truly love Spike and it's not some side effect from the kidnap. They also have to come to see the better side of Spike after he saves Giles and one of the Scoobies.
Joyce finding out Buffy is the Slayer while she is gone. Joyce finding out Spike has been helping/protecting Buffy after her return.
Dru should be sympathetic her issues are because of what Angelus did to her. She is still evil and dangerous but has to have vulnerability too.
Angel showing his still evil core while Spike and Buffy are missing causing Giles and Scoobies to rethink him as a good guy just because he has a soul.
Everyone rethinking the whole importance of the soul when Buffy lets them know what Spike is like without one. They come to see some of it themselves and maybe rethink the idea of a soul making the difference in vampires (and people)
Spike on a direct path towards humanity as he changes to be more worthy of Buffy.
Buffy seeing and accepting the grey area of life and rejecting Council propaganda.
Everyone coming to accept that Buffy and Spike love one another and that Spike really has changed for her.
Plenty of banter and UST
MUST NOT HAVE:
Easy acceptance by others of Buffy and Spike loving one another though Joyce can come around fairly early being grateful that Spike didn't harm Buffy while he had her captive and he did let her go.
The Council in any involvement or as a threat
Character bashing...all negatives have to come from the character flaws we saw in canon (plenty of fodder to use without bashing).
Story bleed into season 3 and Faith showing up as the relationship between Spike and Buffy grows
This should be a fairly long story with plenty of build up to make the changes in characters and relationships believable and organic.
This was a dream I had and I would LOVE to see it fleshed out by someone into a story.