Summary: After listening to Xander’s little “Riley is great” speech, Buffy runs into Anya, who may just have some advice of her own for the Slayer.
Beta and Sensitivity Readers: Doublemeat Palace
Artists: honeygirl51885
Categories: Season 5, Missing Scene
Characters: Buffy, Spike, Anya
Genres: Angst, Drama, Fix-It, Hurt/Comfort
Warnings: Adult Language
Completed: Yes Chapters: 1
Word count: 3,430 Hit Count: 1,287 ePub Downloads: 23
Published: January 24, 2023 Updated: January 24, 2023

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Story Notes: A huge thank you to Doublemeat Palace for betaing this story! heart
This story starts immediately after Xander finishes his speech about how Riley is the one and Buffy would be a fool to let him go.
I got the idea for this story from a conversation with Stiney (cawthraven) and Nina (HappyWhenItRains) on Discord. We were talking about shows/musicals Anya would have liked, namely Why Women Kill, Chicago and Six; and how she would have loved these women for taking vengeance into their own hands, but have been bummed about not getting to take action herself.
I started thinking more about Anya and was going to post a comment about how if she and Buffy would have been closer, she would have had a very different perspective for Buffy about Riley’s infidelity. But, I got tied up with something and when I got the chance to come back, things had already moved on.
I couldn’t shake the idea about how if Anya had been more developed in S5, she would have hated Riley for what he did to Buffy. Or, at the very least would not have been sorry to see him leave. I decided to go ahead and write this little “what if” scene. I hope you like it!
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1. Chapter 1 by honeygirl51885 - Likes: 67 Comments: 30 Word Count: 3,430 Hit Count: 1,287 Published: January 24, 2023

I didn’t add the HEA/HFN tag, but this does have a positive, “things are looking hopeful” kind of ending.

Some dialogue taken from BtVS episode 5.10 “Into the Woods.”