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Probably one of my two favorite scenes from Buffy, the other one's the cross scene from 'Beneath you'


Spike is lying on the floor in shackles, both hands and feet chained to the wall. His eyes are closed. Buffy walks downstairs with a bowl of water and goes over to him. She dips a towel in the water and washes the blood off of his face.

SPIKE
(wakes) Did I hurt anybody?

BUFFY
You took a good bite out of Andrew.

SPIKE
Who?

BUFFY
Tucker's brother.

SPIKE
Oh.

BUFFY
He'll be OK.

SPIKE
I don't remember.

BUFFY
It's OK. (stands, walks to sink)

SPIKE
Buffy, I don't know why.

BUFFY
(sighs) We think we do. Something's playing you. Some ghost or demon has figured out how to control you. Got the gang researching it right now. (Spike pulls himself up into sitting position using the chains) Xander has this theory that you're being triggered.

SPIKE
Kill me.

BUFFY
(turns to face him) What?

SPIKE
Buffy, you have to kill me.

BUFFY
You don't understand. When I left the room earlier, I heard you talking to someone—

SPIKE
Do you have any idea what I'm capable of?

BUFFY
I was in the cellar with you. I saw what you did.

SPIKE
I'm not talking about the cellar. The people in the cellar got off easy. I'm talking about me. Buffy, you have never met the real me.

BUFFY
(crosses arms) Believe me, I'm well aware of what you're capable of.

SPIKE
No, you got off easy too. (stands) Do you know how much blood you can drink from a girl before she'll die? I do. You see, the trick is to drink just enough to know how to damage them just enough so that they'll still cry when you— (chokes up) 'cause it's not worth it if they don't cry.

BUFFY
It's not your fault. You're not the one doing this.

SPIKE
I already did it. It's already done. (paces, then steps purposefully toward Buffy) You wanna know what I've done to girls Dawn's age? (beat) This is me Buffy. You've got to kill me before I get out.

BUFFY
We can keep you locked up. Keep you here and we'll figure out—

SPIKE
Have you ever really asked yourself why you can't do it? Off me? After everything I've done to you, to people around you. It's not love. We both know that.

BUFFY
You fought by my side. You've saved lives. You've helped—

SPIKE
Don't do that. (rolls eyes) Don't rationalize this into some noble act. We both know the truth of it. (looks down and away) You like men who hurt you.

BUFFY
No.

SPIKE
(looks at Buffy) You need the pain we cause you. You need the hate. You need it to do your job, to be the slayer.

BUFFY
No. I don't hate like that. Not you, or myself. Not anymore. You think you have insight now because your soul's drenched in blood? You don't know me. You don't even know you. Was that you who killed those people in the cellar? Was that you who waited for those girls?

SPIKE
There's no one else.

BUFFY
That's not true. Listen to me. You're not alive because of hate or pain. You're alive because I saw you change. Because I saw your penance.

SPIKE
(lunges violently at her, but chains hold him back) Window dressing.

BUFFY
Be easier, wouldn't it, it if were an act, but it's not. (walks toward him) You faced the monster inside of you and you fought back. You risked everything to be a better man.

SPIKE
Buffy...

BUFFY
(in his face) And you can be. You are. You may not see it, but I do. I do. I believe in you, Spike.

Spike looks at her with a face full of hope and amazement. Just then, the lights flicker and go out. Someone bursts into the basement and pushes Buffy away from Spike. She falls to the ground.

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