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“Even if he was okay with it, even if he was a bad person, even if... if he... did the same thing to someone else. That wouldn’t make what I did right.” Buffy talks to Dawn in the car ride home from the train yard, in Him.
Spike had returned to Sunnydale to kill the slayer, and here she was. But that wasn’t the right scent. And that golden skin was pale. And those green eyes were no longer vibrant and alive, they were dead and cold in Buffy’s hard, humorless face. “Oh, bloody hell!” Spike snapped. “Some berk got here before me?”
AU season four, Vampire!Buffy
Approximately 60,000 words, complete at 18 chapters. Written for the Elysian Fields 'Artistic Anniversary Challenge'. Banner 4 by javajunkie247.
On Halloween night, Dawn Summers went missing. Two days later she turns up dead, and an already grieving Buffy has one less reason to try and claw her way back to life. But something already did come back – to demonic unlife, anyway. Now Spike has to rear an adolescent vampire, trying keep her from killing when she has no chip, no soul, and no real reason to be good, except for her respect for him. Season Six divergence, as Dawn is brought all the way in All The Way. Complete at 50 chapters.
Buffy comes to some unpleasant realizations after she fights that incubus.
Comic canon, season ten, after issue 20, “Triggers”
Spike goes to talk to Dawn after Buffy's birthday, to ask why the girl has been stealing. The answer isn't what he wants to hear... and Buffy's answer isn't, either.