, Sam Lawson
I would like to see a Spike centered story, in which Sam Lawson, the sailor turned by Angel during WWII, visits Spike.
Spike and Sam were both thrown off the sub into the freezing waters of the North Atlantic, and considering that Sam was a fairly new fledge, Spike had to "show him the ropes". Now, considering Spike's total dislike of all things Angel, I'm guessing Sam's "training" would be far different from the way Angel "trained" Spike.
I can see Sam behaving much like Spike, staying under the radar, behaving more human (like Spike), socializing, and being a survivor like Spike.
The reason for his visit could be anything. Maybe Spike was supposed to meet up with Sam when he was captured by the Initiative, or maybe during the summer Buffy was gone. When Spike didn't show up, Sam went looking for him.
It would be great if Sam showed up just at closing time at the Magic Box, and flirted with Anya a little. Or, maybe he shows up at the Bronze, and plays pool with Xander, all without anyone realizing that he is a vampire.
Handle this anyway you choose. I only want two things:
1. Sam must be very well liked by all of the Scoobies BEFORE they find out that he is a vampire, and friendly with Spike. and,
2. Buffy and the Scoobies learn exactly when, where, how, and BY WHOM Sam was sired, as well as what Angel did immediately after. The purpose? I want Buffy to see how much of a liar Angel really is. He told Buffy that he had not turned anyone since he was cursed with his soul, and he also gave her the impression that he was seeking redemption since he was cursed. We know that is not the case, and I would like Buffy to have those blinders she wears for Angel ripped right off! That's it.
Can be set in any season, but I feel season 6 may work best; there is the built in reason why Spike didn't meet up with Sam. . .he was looking after Dawn. If you decide to place this visit in late Season 4 or early season 5, the excuse would be Spike's capture by the Initiative. If set in S4, Sam could say something like, 'so Angel did bring the Nazi research to the army, as well as help Spike and the Scoobies in the fight against Adam. If in S5, Sam could be extra muscle against Glory. Plus, both Spike and Sam would be immune to the spell masking Glory's human host, so Sam could help Spike try to convince the Scoobies NOT to trust Ben.
**I admit, I really don't like Angel, and the fact that everyone, including Giles and Buffy, keep insisting Angel has a soul. He doesn't have a SOUL, he has a CURSE. I believe that initially, Angel was cursed with a pure soul (perhaps the gypsy girl he killed), and through Angel's own conceit, he managed to corrupt that soul. Once Angelus was released, I believe that Willow called back Angel's (Liam's) own soul, which had been in hell for his actions while human. That alone could explain his changed attitude toward Buffy, when he came back.