Categories: Episode Rewrite
, Alternate RealityCharacters: Spike
I'm beginning to feel like some kind of weirdo with how often I'm throwing ideas at this board lately. But this idea was just to interesting to let go to where ever it is that Ideas go when they leave our heads <probably into someone else's heads> So There I was reading a story about a comforting Spike taking care of Buffy after the grave and this though just passed though my head. I know there are stories where Buffy and Spike never get together and become awesome friends with one another, even if one or the other, or both, are still secretly pining for the other. But was if Sex was never on the table? Not just because of it being personally disgusting or something but because they legitimately don't find the other sexually appealing in any sense of the word. But they still become the closets of companions, maybe even immortal partners.
Okay so here's the idea. What if Spike, was a large vampiric Dog? We are talking the kind of dog that looks like a Grimm, that children could ride if you put a harness on it. Big. Okay the size isn't important as long as it was big enough to take down grown men to feed. Oh, and he would have to be psychic, because a spike that can't talk would just be strange.
Naturally there are several ways to go about doing this. He could have just always been a dog, he could have been cursed by the vengeance demon he had been attempting to woo and Drusilla that he was just adorable. He doesn't 'have' to be a vampire, he could just be an large immortal dog. You could even have it be that he can't physically die like Jack from Torchwood, or that cat from the Hocus Pocus movie.
It could be that all of the Angelus people were cursed by gypsies and the others got some strange thing, like Drusilla becoming a doll, and Darla becoming a talking cat. This would be after Angel was kicked out and Darla and the others are looking for a way to break the soul curse. The clan obviously survives the attack as Jenny is in Sunnydale.
It could be that Dracula taught him how to turn into a dog but then never taught Spike how to turn back, this could be a reason for Drusilla to leave him and he takes down Nikki to prove that he still has the skills regardless of the shape he is in.
Maybe he was turned into a dog by the attack that injured Drusilla and he is adjusting to the form. Or maybe something I can't think of off the top of my head and you can. Oh, like vampires don't exist but shape changing were wolves and Spike is one who prefers fur.
The Challenge: Write a story where Spike is a Psychic Dog that Buffy adopts and dose slayage with. If you can, try to keep as much of the cannon material as possible. Though I'm not sure how I feel about the whole sex bot issue. Would anyone care if he ordered a robot doggy to... be involved with? Maybe its even encouraged as he would be the kind of dog that sat at the foot of the bed while you and your honey were.. being involved with each other. You could still do the Riley is jealous of Spike situation but now its a 'You love your dog more then me," and not 'You need a supper powered stallion so I get bit by vampires" thing. Which I gotta say is a more honestly mundane breakup which would kind of suit the entire relationship.
Must Have: Spike being able to communicate in some form or fashion. Either by actually talking, or mind melding stuff. Loads of my dog and me moments like snuggling on the couch, playing Frisbee, and at a scene or two where Spike just sits and stares at someone growling any time they try to get up or move. I can honestly seeing more of these happening with Dawn but it would still be fun.
Can't have: Spike getting chipped. I can see him getting captured, but as he will be a dog I can see them using an actual shock collar. Spike becoming human or human shaped. I could maybe see it as a some sort of epilogue type thing to a story if you go the curse route, or the shapeshifter route. But it would have to be long after the story you write ends. Heck you could even have the neckless he rips off the neck of ammara's corpes be what turns him into a dog and Harm runs off with the ring, but Spike can now go outside during the day because he is now an immortal dog....
okay this is entirely too much time devoted to this. You guys get the point by now. Spike is a bad slayer killing dog, before he meets buffy.
GOOD LUCK AUTHORS!