Categories: Season 4
, Alternate RealityCharacters: Ensemble
What if Buffy and Spike got together in season 4 and the reason why was because of... Maggie Walsh?
After this speech of Professor Walsh's: "Ok. This is Psych 105, 'Introduction to Psychology', I'm Professor Walsh. Those of you who fall under my good graces will come to know me as Maggie. Those of you who don't will come to know me by the name my TAs use, and think I don't know about, 'The Evil Bitch Monster of Death.' Make no mistake, I run a hard class, I assign a lot of work, I talk fast and I expect you to keep up. If you're looking to coast I recommend 'Geology 101,' that's where the football players are."
The Professor has the class look at the syllabus. She assigns them a project they'll have to work on for the duration of the semester that requires them to pick a subject (a person) they don't get along with and see if they can change the persons perspective of them simply by "killing them with kindness". They have to resist the urge to be rude to this "subject" for the whole of semester although the professor doesn't want them to become doormats. Each student must keep a diary (for privacy's sake the subject must be kept anonymous and must not know that they are unwittingly part of an experiment) of reactions and must note if they are succeeding or failing at the task. The journal must be handed in at the end of the semester and will make up a huge percentage of her grade.
Will Buffy have a hard time picking a subject and start fretting that she's going to fail the class because she can't find someone suitable for the study? Does she consider her roommate Kathy for the part at first only to have to start from scratch when the soul sucking monster gets taken back to her own dimension?
Does she finally decide on Spike when he shows up chipped and starving on Thanksgiving (maybe she thought of making him her subject, for like, a millisecond before the fight for the Gem really ramped up?)? Maybe seeing him so pale and wasted away helps her to pretend he's a person and show sympathy for him. Will she tell the Scoobies her plan and get them all in on it? How will they react? Will they fight her on it? Will they agree to support her plan but not be nice to him themselves, cause, hey, not their assignment. Will Buffy, as her first act of kindness, go buy butcher's blood to feed him?
Will Spike be skeptical at Buffy's kindness and, in typical Spike fashion, be a "bad rude man"? Will something eventually happen to make him start appreciating her kind gestures? Will he reciprocate in kind all the while continuing to be snarky? Will Buffy start to include Spike in her patrols so that he can get out of Giles' place? Will Buffy start appreciating his view on things (which could also spill over to Anya who is an untapped fount of knowledge).
Will Spike eventually find out about the assignment and be very upset because he made himself even more vulnerable to the Slayer? Maybe he finds out by reading her diary. How will that play out? Will things get rocky for a wee bit until Buffy explains that though it started out as an assignment it stopped being that a long time ago.
Will Walsh die or not and if she does will her death completely derail the assignment? If she lives would things change? Would there be an Adam? Would Walsh still try to recruit Buffy or would she want her for experiments? Will Buffy feel disgusted when she finds out who her professor really is? Would Buffy and Spike have a good working relationship by then? Would they already be in love with each other?
Would like to see:
-Buffy and Spike bonding over bouts of helplessness (Her cruciamentum, his chipping)
-Joyce or other unlikely sources unwittingly smoothing the way for Spuffy.
-This shed new perspectives on canon events which help the Scoobies be more accepting.
-Angel popping up again after "Pangs" to see Buffy working with Spike (and Spike rubbing it in.) Bonus if Angel is human.
Must not have:
-Buffy and Riley- maybe she won't date him because her mother makes an off hand comment about it being potentially problematic grade wise for her daughter once Buffy tells her he's the TA for her Psychology class.
-Buffy running off after Thanksgiving to see Angel.
That's it folks. Make it awesome!