I like that you didn’t have Spike interrupt before they tried to kick her out...very in character with soulful Spike. I’d wish his little speech to her had been delivered like this. That it’d been followed by a kiss and her reciprocating his love.
J'aime bien ta version et c'est vrai que j'ai toujours trouve cela bizarre qu'elle se laisse faire car la maison est a elle et non au Scooby et même Dawn est mineur la majorité est a 21 ans au USA donc elle n'a pas le droit a la parole et c'est aussi pour cela que Giles a fait ce qu'il a fait avec Spike pour démolir Buffy et cela a marchais dans le canon mais le pire c'est que Buffy reviennent mais sans conséquences de la trahison et le pire ce n'est pas la dernière celle de Giles et Angel en saison 5 d'ATS pour Spike je veux bien que dans une amitié il y est des choses tendu et je suis un comme Alex mais le problème d'Alex c'est son béguin pour Buffy qui gâchent leur amitié qui est pour moi pas une mais bon c'est pas le sujet ici.[Report This]
Loved this little one shot. Absolutely hated them kicking Buffy out of the house. I wanted her to ship that ungrateful brat Dawn off to foster care so fast her snotty little head would spin and tell the rest of them to get out and follow Faith from somewhere else. Broke my heart. Thank you, made my night. Oh, and lovely writing by the way.
It definitely always bugged me how they just up and pushed Buffy from her own home, the home she shared with Dawn but was solely responsible for bills and upkeep on. I definitely liked this version in my head much better and I'm glad you did as well. Thank you so much for reading!
Loved it. I can actually see Spike say all that with a few more British swear words.
Lol. You're probably right. Spike would have definitely used more British swear words. Thanks for reading and I'm glad you loved it.
Yes!! This sooo needed to happen and I'm glad you made it possible. Buffy needed someone to give them a reality check and to not be alone.
I completely agree. Thank you so much for reading!
This episode always bothered me too and I love the way you have rewritten. It was great to see Spike step in and remind Dawn of her sisters love and sacrifice in her behalf. And the others. But what I loved most about that scene was when Buffy took his hand and they had that beautiful moment before they were interrupted. And it was the strength he gave her, or reminder her that she had, that allowed herself to stand her ground. Yes they had a bad time the last time they were at the vineyard, but it is a war and the other side is going to land a few hits. That was not Buffy’s fault. I really liked her calmly telling everyone her stipulations.
I loved the scene in the basement so much. Her tenderness and apologizing for the unhealthy part of their past, before her declaration was wonderful. I laughed and smiled at his response, which I must say I liked way better than his answer in Chosen!
This was lovely read and thanks for sharing!!!
This episode seems to be a bit of a sore spot for most Buffy fans and it was pretty cathartic to rewrite the entire scene. Lol. Spike had no problem stepping in when he felt he needed to and he was probably one of the only ones there who could fully put Dawn in her place because he stood by her the entire summer when Buffy was dead. He knew none of the horrible things that happened at the vineyard was Buffy's fault. No more than they were her Watcher's fault or her friends' fault. It's a war and she made the best decision she could have with the information she had. Yeah. I definitely needed to include his "Touched" speech because it was just too beautiful to exclude and I had to fix his answer from "Chosen" because he wouldn't have felt she was returning the sentiment because of his sacrifice. Silly Spike. I'm glad you liked his response, though. Thank you for reading!
I loved your take on empty spaces. I always hated the way her friends and even her own sister treated her. Spike put Dawn in her place. GO Spike !!!
And the happy ending with Buffy telling Spike that she loves him. Perfect.
Thanks for sharing
Yup. Spike was having none of their crap and, once he realized how bad it was getting and that the Slayer was going to cave, he stepped forward and put them all in their places. Thanks for reading!
For me, that entire situation is one of the most badly contrived in the entire series. It rivals the episode 'As you were' for illogical, totally out of character writing.
This story goes a long way to fixing that. Thank you.
Yes, yes, and yes. There was no reason for it to have gotten so far out of hand that she was kicked out of her own home. Thank you for reading and I'm glad you enjoyed it!
This was another episode on the show that wasn't written out well (we had some of those), she of the things being said and the actions seemed strange then. I suppose the writer's wanted the result that Buffy would be kicked out and didn't care that much about how and how to bring her back.
Now onto this story. I can understand them being worried (especially Xander) and in the beginning some things they said made some sense but then it escalated. Good to see that Spike backing her up made a difference. She got strength from him and demanded that they either followed her or left, that was good. The "touched" speech was too good to be left out and it was wonderful to see Buffy admitt her love.
You're probably right that the writers were looking for a quick way to kick Buffy out and bring her back so they didn't care how out of character it was for many involved. It did escalate rather quickly and it was definitely a good thing Spike was there. I'm glad you enjoyed the "Touched" speech because you're very right that it was too good to be left out. Thanks for reading!
I hated this scene too and frankly never understood why Buffy let them all off the hook for it almost immediately.
In my opinion Robin was angry because of Buffy's relationship with and defense of Spike. He dismissed Buffy as The Slayer and defaulted to Faith who he saw as more true to the cause (and not an ally of the guy who killed his mom). Giles was miffed because Buffy wasn't following his direction...again with the Spike situation being the flash point. Xander just lost an eye. I never really understood Willow and Dawn except perhaps they were upset with Xander losing that eye and were afraid of further loss. I think Anya was still resentful of Buffy having attempted to slay her when she was an active vengeance demon the last time. Her comment that doesn’t make you better than us, it makes you luckier than us was fairly out of character otherwise. The idea that Buffy's life as Anya knew it to be being called LUCKY was laughable at best.The Potentials were a combination of afraid and jealous. All in all it was completely unacceptable for a laundry list of reasons.
Buffy opened her home to all of them. A home she was paying for and tending (she was still WORKING to support the household unlike any of the rest of them). She had them all foist upon her to protect, feed, house and train. Those reasons alone were plenty for this to be completely out of line.
“Learn their names?” Faith’s eyes connected with the other Slayer’s, a challenge in the short exchange. And that was a low blow too. Buffy as I already said was carrying the full load including WORKING. Faith had a lot more time to pal around and learn names, trade stories.
if she didn't love you, she wouldn't ‘ave jumped for you and you'd ‘ave been dead. BINGO! So STFU Dawn. Ditto to the rest of you.
you've done nothing but harp on her, make her life harder than it needed to be, an’ judge her for any decision she’s made. Not to mention imply through your actions that SHE was to blame for all the horrors in the Angelus fiasco leading her to lose all her confidence in her own decision making. Questioning her, judging her, making demands on her, expecting her to clean up YOUR messes....
Not five minutes ago this entire room was ready to kick me out of my own house, onto the street in the middle of this shit-storm of an apocalypse and now you're worried about my safety? How safe would I have been alone on the streets? Bingo again. I MIGHT have accepted them not wanting to follow her, even putting Faith in charge (they would have been dead wrong and horribly selfish, stupid and ignoring all their history but I could make a case for why they might feel that way...see my opinion above) BUT the throwing her out of the house????!!!?!?! They were casting her out into a horribly dangerous place and keeping the "safe nest" for themselves!
Yeah I enjoyed this. I love that Spike gave her the support and strength she needed to not just fold under their pressure BUT I loved even more that she took it from there. She's the one to point out some home truths and laid down the gauntlet. She just needed his strength till she got her feet under her again.
Had she said the ILY before him wearing that amulet he would have taken it off and not burned IMHO. This would have changed it all.
I can also see why many of the others were angry at her, especially for her choice in Spike, but, like you pointed out, Buffy opened her home to them. She paid the bills, tended to their needs, and supported the entire group to the best of her abilities while no one else offered any form of assistance.
Oohh! Yes! I always hated how they said without saying that she was to blame for Angel losing his soul and reverting back to Angelus. She was young and thought to be in love. How else would a sixteen-year-old girl react to the horrible situation she found herself in after giving herself fully to the one she loved and then being blamed for it in passive-aggressive ways than to lose her confidence in her own decision making?
I can also agree that if they didn't want to follow her, but didn't go as far as to push her out of her own home then it may have been semi-excusable. They were, after all, frightened beyond anything they've ever dealt with, but that was just way too far.
I'm so glad you enjoyed it because it was so fun to write. Yeah. I didn't want Buffy to stand behind Spike as he barked at the group that had taken over her life, but I wanted her to gain strength from his belief in her and I'm glad that came out in the story. It definitely would have changed it all, in so many ways. Thanks again!