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Once More with Poetry

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Faith isn't good with words. She’s known for it. It’s fine; usually, actions work just as well.

Not with Buffy.

Faith takes Xander and says: I can be better than you. She takes Riley: I can be you. She takes Angel: I can be more than you.

Buffy doesn't hear any of this. She hears only, ever, I can be the worst of you. A note held at the tip of her nose so it blurs to gray. She and Buffy are too close to read each other.

Maybe Buffy said I love you back, and Faith didn't hear it.