Hope Springs Eternal

" –better, just different. You leave as many bruises on me as Dru, if that's any comfort."

Spike stares at the curve of Buffy's back, the sleek fall of veiling hair. No response. Right. Try again.

"When I'm with you, love, all I think about is –"

"My body."


"Riley fucked Faith because she was wearing my skin."

"Soldier-boy's a fool."

"So are you."


"I asked if you missed her. Not Dru. It. It loved you more than I do." She whispers, "Than I can?"

He holds her close. Doesn't answer the panicked question.

Doesn't know.

Just hopes.


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