Categories: Time Travel
, Season 2
, Season 3
, Season 4
, Season 5
, Season 6
, Season 7
, Crossover (AtS)Characters: Buffy
Buffy and co. show up to help in that final battle in NFA but Spike doesn't survive the battle. Buffy's furious that Angel didn't call her right away and accuses him of talking Spike out of contacting her once he was corporeal. Angel's fires back that he doesn't see why she cares when she moved on from the both of them with the Immortal. Whether you go with the comics and that wasn't really Buffy they saw or if there was another explanation for Buffy being close to the guy is up to you. Whatever you choose, Buffy explains it to Angel and they both realize that there was plenty of assumptions being made since no one bothered actually talking to each other. (For instance, was it true that Buffy & Faith really stopped trusting Angel once he took over W&H or was Andrew spouting off the company line given to him by someone else like Giles or Robin or Xander or maybe one of the other Slayers?)
Air cleared between the two of them, Buffy stays in LA for awhile longer. She can't seem to stop herself from going to that alley where Spike died each night. One night, she goes and Dru is there. While normally Buffy would immediately go into Slayer mode, it's pretty obvious that Dru is there because she's mourning Spike as well. So instead of "hit first, ask questions later", Buffy makes the first move. I imagine her saying something like, "You were right. Vampires could love well but not wisely." Maybe there's a bit of bitterness to her smile or tone because she's thinking Spike loving her was the unwise part. Dru, on the other hand, assures her (in her own Dru way) that loving Buffy wasn't where Spike went wrong. What went wrong was that "Daddy got what he wanted just like he always does." A bit of prodding has Dru telling Buffy that Angelus' mission when he first came back wasn't to use the Judge or anything. He wanted to hurt Buffy like he hurt Dru and he managed it though not in the way anyone would have expected.
Angelus broke Dru before he turned her so while she was able to love Spike the best she could, it wasn't in the way he wanted or needed in the end. And then Angelus wanted to break Buffy and, in a way, he managed it. What Angelus did was what caused Buffy to doubt Spike's love later on - that pesky soul debate and all. Combine that with other factors (Angel pushing her to go for normal, Spike trying to woo Buffy the way he would Dru when he chained her up which just made Buffy feel justified in her beliefs, etc) and it took much too long for Buffy to realize Spike's love for her was real and that she loved him back.
And from that conversation, a friendship no one saw coming is born.
Buffy and Dru bond. They become actual friends that are leaning on each other for support because no one else gets what they're going through. No one wants to help Dru because, hey, enemy! No one wants to talk to Buffy about Spike because, well, it was Spike, why isn't she over it?
Then one night they get a crazy idea to fix things. They can't bring Spike back but they can go back to when Spike was still alive (undead, whatever) and fix things. Dru has made it clear that while she loves Spike, it's more that she wishes they could have been a family again but this time with Buffy included. She knows that Buffy and Spike are supposed to be together. And hell if Buffy's going to argue.
They plan and though Buffy is preparing herself for this to possibly fail, in the end it actually works. Both Buffy and Dru end up in their past bodies and set out to get Spike together with Buffy and be a family. (Buffy's not going to ditch her friend once she gets her man after all!)
I'd like for them to go back to either season 2 or 3 and for them to have already figured out a plan for when they get back. If season 2, it's before What's My Line? and Buffy breaks up with Angel. She gets either the manuscript or Du Lac cross (or both if you want) that's necessary for Dru's cure - the two of them already know Angel doesn't have to die for Dru to get her strength back so it's not like that's a problem. Dru, meanwhile, tells Spike that he needs to play nice with Buffy because she's going to bring them what they need. Spike nearly falls over in shock when it turns out it's not just crazy talk on Dru's part, the Slayer shows up with the means to cure Dru. Not only that but the two are getting along like a house on fire. Do they convince Angel to participate in the ritual willingly? Does Buffy end up helping them kidnap Angel if he doesn't (which Spike would probably be baffled by while also finding it a bit hilarious)?
If season 3, then rather than cheat on Spike, Dru insists that they need to go back to Sunnydale. The reason can be anything (though imagine Spike's face if Dru says she misses her sister and he's wondering who the hell that could be). On Buffy's end, depending on when in the season it is, she tells Giles immediately about Angel being back once it happens or she breaks up with Angel and doesn't let him talk her out of it. Instead she's firm when she says if he wants to be her friend then great but if he can't do that then they need to stay away from each other.
From there, cue Buffy and Dru continuing their friendship (and not bothering to explain to anyone how/why they're friends) and shenanigans as they try to get Spike to admit that he's fallen in love with Buffy. If you decide to continue passed that and show how Buffy and Dru's friendship changes what happens in later seasons, I think that'd be great but if you want to stop after Spuffy gets together, that's okay too.
Sorry about the length - I seem incapable of writing short challenges, yeesh.