Categories: Season 5
, Alternate Reality
, Episode Rewrite
, Challenge ResponseCharacters: Buffy
, Original Characters
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Ok, so here’s what my restless mind cocked up, (I know, it’s a scary place):
Glory’s alter-ego is her identical twin, let’s call her Grace, or anyway you like. She’s a teacher in Dawn’s school, her favorite teacher to be exact. Glory and Grace look is different just by the way they dress and the hairdo. In character they are the total opposite. Grace is kind, sweet and loves the world. She loves it here, in fact she’s looking for a way to stop Glory, even at the cost of her own life, problem is she can’t do it herself because Glory put a spell on her ‘twin’ so she can’t take her own life.
The presto-change-o spell works almost the same as in canon, because not even the demons can tell the difference between them. The only visible thing when they change is the hair and the look in their eyes. Grace is a sane person, oh, and the fact that nobody remembers how Glory looks like when Grace is present, works the same in reverse.
Here’s where the challenge begins:
Buffy disinvites Spike after Dawn lets the cat out. The vamp falls in depression and Dawn takes upon herself to cheer him up and make her sister jealous in the process. She introduces Grace to Spike. The vamp is too in love with his Slayer to start a romantic relationship with another woman that isn’t Buffy. He tells as much to Grace. She understands and they became friends and hang out a lot, much to Buffy’s annoyance. She kinda bumps into them all the time.
By a chance meeting, Spike saves Joyce’s life when he smells the blood, but even that is not enough for Buffy and co to see him differently. He’s still an evil bloodsucker who wants in Buffy’s pants, that's why he do it in Xander's opinion. Buffy feels grateful to Spike, but she’s too scared to admit it aloud because of her friends. Anyway, he’s soulless, right, you don’t say thank you to a thing. Right? Xan said so.
Glory is aware her alter-ego is spending her free time with Spike but she unconcerned about it, is not like he knows or care, right? He's just a vampire, he doesn't care if the hell brakes loose. Right?
Grace knows Dawn is the Key but keeps that for herself, she even kills Jinx to stop him from babbling about to Glory. Spike sees her do it and confronts her. Finally he finds out that Grace and Glory are the same person. His love for Buffy and his Nibblet is urging him to kill Grace. Problem solved. Easy thing to do, right? That is if he didn’t care about his new friend too. So the only option viable for him is to find a way to kill Glory but to keep Grace, Dawn and Joyce alive, and above all, to keep Buffy alive and if he finds the time - the ungrateful Scoobies. So, he’s kinda screwed, because other than a spell he can’t see other option. Problem is he’s not a warlock and he hates magic, not to mention the consequences. So all that’s left is research, but time is running out.
Of course he tries to tell Buffy about it and asks for help, but with the spell in place, all that Buffy hears is how much he fancies Grace, so no help from there. Spike then tries with Giles, no help from there either, you can find any reason he won’t help (demon=bad, Spike=evil, I know better than you, etc.). Xander was never an option for oblivious reasons (he’s not the research type, not book smart and hates Spike, to name a few), Willow is too loyal to Xander to help despite the fact she likes to research. Anya says she would help if some profit comes from it. If she helps or not is up to you.
Tara is on board almost immediately because she reads his aura. Joyce, even if she doesn’t understand much about the occult agrees instantly, for two reasons, he owes him her life and she believes him when he says is for Dawn. The Nibblet is all too happy to help, she likes to read. They meet in Spike’s new apartment he had rented for a while because he wanted to impress Buffy.
Between them they find a way to separate Glory and Grace. Spike kills Glory. The spell brakes. The Beta team saves the world while the Slayer team did everything in their power, not exactly to stop them, but not helping either. Why would they? Demons lie, don’t they? Enter a messenger from PTB, but I prefer if is not Whistler, could be someone from Giles' past. He/she gathers everybody around for a show and tell. How things had played if not for Spike. (Joyce dead, Tara insane, Buffy dead and so on.)
Now, to the fall out. From here on is your story. You can chose how goes from here. It can go in many directions. If you manage to make it Spuffy I’m a happy gall, but make her work for it.