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Summary: Post Season-2 AU. Buffy and Spike team up to go fight a demon for a Big Wish-one Big Wish, two warriors. You do the math.

She rolled off me, coming up to a crouch. I rose to my feet heavily, feeling the weight in my leaden legs. The green eyes stared down at us, enjoying itself.

"All right." I said. "Let's do this."

"No regrets?" She asked.

"I'm a vampire, love. I don't do the whole regret thing." I replied, charging her.

She responded by slamming into me, punching me hard and knocking me away. "Thanks for saving my life." She said.

"You saved mine first." I pointed out. I could still feel the open wounds on my back stinging in the open air.

I punched her in the face, knocking her down. "Thanks." I added.

"You're welcome," she said, scissoring her legs and knocking me down. "Although giving you my blood seems a bit stupid now."

"Hindsight and all that?" I said, landing hard on my back. I let out a growl.

"Sorry." She said.

"It's all right." I said, trying to get back to my fight. She kicked my in the ribs, and I felt them break. "Ow!" I said.

She didn't say sorry this time, getting to her feet and charging. I responded with the best speed I could, jumping up at her and punching.

Her face was hard now, and I realized I wasn't going to win. I'd put too much into beating the challenges. She had me.

She blocked my punch, catching my arm under hers, and slammed a fist into my face. I reeled back and she pulled me closer, smashing my arm and breaking the bone. I yelled and she kicked my shin, and as I fell down, leg broken, she grunted, stepping back.

"Ow!" I yelled. "Good one." I said admiringly, crawling backwards, away from her.

She looked at me, troubled. "I can't do this." She said.

"I would." I offered.

"Would you, really?" She asked me. "You're cold." She accused.

"I'm a vampire." I said. "An evil thing. A demon inhabiting a human's body."

"No." She said. "Angel was better than that."

"Angel was a freak!" I shot at her. "Just get it over with."

She approached, kicking me in the face. My head snapped back and the room began spinning, and when it stopped she was propping me up against the wall and my legs were burning, so hot, so painful.

"Just answer me one question, and be honest." She hissed. "You said you could change your own world. Would you do that, for me?"

"Desperately self-conscious question." I muttered. "Maybe."

"Maybe?" She asked. "You can't change your world, Spike. You think you can, but you don't have a choice."

"Maybe I don't." I agreed. "I like this life well enough."

She threw me to the ground, looking away. "You could change my world." She said quietly.

"Oh, please!" I moaned.

"Easily." She said. "But I can't change yours."

I struggled to my knees. I wasn't ready to be on my feet just yet, and my arm was still broken.

"No, you can't." I agreed. "I'm a vampire. I don't change, I'm eternal."

"Eternally evil." She replied.

"You can't change that." I said.

"I could change your world." She said, suddenly, her eyes flashing. "I could change your world, Spike."

I snorted. "Well, then, go ahead! Change my world!" I shouted the last three words, and she kicked me back to the ground, resting her foot on my chest. I stared up at her, into her eyes. She was so strong, but in that second she was so vulnerable.

"Please." I added belatedly, softly, almost in a whisper.

She walked away, towards Lurky, and I realized she was going to wish Angel back.

It figured. Every time anything seemed to be going good in my life, Angelus stole it. Hobby of his, really.

Then Lurky approached me. "Very well." He said. "You've passed the trials, and this one gift is yours. I return . . . your soul."

And then his hand was on my chest, and my world dissolved.

The End

A/N: What?! Of course it's the end! That's the beauty of it-all the buildup, and his world changes. What? Sequel? Well, yes, I'd like to. It would be different, though. Third-person, mostly about Xander and Willow and Angel (and Faith) and the odd couple that comes back to Sunnydale. What do you think?