This is a wonderful story. And at the same time it is so ... it does not let go. Such a short story but it made me think so long about the question you`ve raised. What would have happened? Your answer is so devastating on the one hand. And on the other hand it is beautiful as well, because after all - it proves how much Spike loves Buffy, soul or not. He does not want his death on her conscience.[Report This]
Sadly I think this is how it would go. Funny how much weight she puts on that soul. She forgets all he did without it, how he loved without it...how that soulless demon is the one who CHOSE to go get it. She forgets there was never a Spikelus unlike Angelus. The soul that Angel really HAD to have made all the difference. With Spike his unsouled self wasn't really so evil after he got used to humans as more than food (thanks to the chip) and after he realized he loved Buffy. Too bad that soul is counted as essential.
Can't really feel sorry for Buffy for "having" to dust him. She really didn't have to and certainly didn't have to do it right out of the shoot.
Can't remember the issue but when the other comic company (IDC? Did the After the Fall and so on???) did something where the soul was removed Willow, who was present, pointed out that Spike was fine without the soul so they gave it to Dru. They had to take it back because Dru was worse with it and Spike got it back but I loved that Willow supported Soulless Spike as worthy and not a threat.
Never felt the soul was a necessity for Spike in and of itself. Only a necessity for Buffy. I know Spike loved her enough with or without. Totally can believe this ending. Proving he loved her enough, even without the soul, to not leave her with having to do the deed.
Intervention: "I couldn't live, her bein' in that much pain. Let Glory kill me first. Nearly bloody did."[Report This]
The soul really did destroy him. The way he denied his own feelings when he was soulfree was a sickening thing to read in the comics. We could clearly see that having a soul is a poison to a vampire and it affected him somewhat like Angel, the Angel syndrome as I call it. It was of course sad to see that Buffy believed the lies about the soul. Too bad it had to go this way, getting rid of that horrible thing could have been so wonderful.[Report This]