Buffy's Early Boyfriend Realization (Author's Choice of Name) by Mia Vaan +13
Responses: 1
Categories: Episode Rewrite, Season 4, Season 5, Alternate Reality
Characters: Buffy, Ensemble, Spike

So in the season 5 episode "I Was Made to Love You", Buffy realizes that she doesn't need a boyfriend and should only date if she finds the right guy. 

What if she made this realization in season 4? 

Either Spike points it out to her or Riley does something stupid and she makes the realization herself.

That realization being that her break-up with Angel doesn't mean she needs to find a guy and attach herself to him. She did that with Parker, and it didn't end well. She realizes that Riley is her rebound guy (change his hair and eye colour and he's practically Angel) and that she's trying way too hard with him and letting him get away with things that would usually be unforgivable. 

So she breaks up with Riley, and he leaves with the military after the Initiative has been taken down. 

Then along comes season 5, and since she's not being distracted by Riley, Buffy begins to notice that Spike is helping her and sees that he's changing. They slowly build a relationship. 

Summary: An off-hand comment from Spike about Riley gradually makes Buffy realize that she’s the Slayer, and doesn’t need a boyfriend hanging around to make her life more complicated. If she’s going to fall in love, it’s going to happen all on its own without her trying. Oneshot. 
Important Note: This is an old fic. My writing has since improved so please bear that in mind when reading. 
Categories: Season 4, Season 5, Alternate Reality, Episode Rewrite, Challenge Response
Characters: Buffy, Ensemble, Riley Finn, Spike
Genres: Challenge Response, Drama, POV, Romance
Warnings: Adult Language, Blood Play, Buffy/Other (Temp), Character Death
Challenges: Buffy's Early Boyfriend Realization (Author's Choice of Name)
Completed: Yes Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Word count: 7,644 Hit Count: 6,805 ePub Downloads: 182
Published: August 14, 2014 Updated: August 16, 2014