"Buffy? Where are you going?" Dawn saw her sister leave and asked. She can't know now.
As soon as Buffy was outside she pulled out her cell phone and called Riley's new one. RING RING!

"Hello?" He asked.

"Riley, can you meet me at the cemetery? I'm going to take care of something and I may need some backup."

"Sure. Ten minutes?"


"Love you."

"Love you too." Buffy said and pressed "end".

"Riley." Buffy whispered.

"Hey. So what's the big deal?"

"Guess." Buffy went to the crypt door alone. "If you hear screams, mine, come in and help."

"Check." Riley said and Buffy opened the door and walked in.

"In other places a normal person would consider that trespassing." Spike said.

"Good thing you're not normal."

"Good thing. You here for-"Spike started to ask.

"Yes, I'm here for this." She pulled out her stake.

"Kinky." Spike said with an arched eyebrow.

"Are you blind? This is a stake. Something that you should be all hissy about."

"You couldn't—You wouldn't. You can't stake me."

"Wanna bet?" Buffy said and lunged toward him and began to corner him. Spike gripped her in a kiss. She got out of it and screamed. Riley came in quickly.

"Buffy, what happened?"

"Spike kissed me." She said wiping her mouth off in disgust.

"Like you didn't like it, love." Spike said nastily.

"I'll take a long shot, she didn't." Riley's lip curled. He lunged forward and spat on Spike, right on the cheek. Spike struggled to get it off.

In this struggle, Riley took the stake and jabbed it straight into Spike's non- beating heart. Spike looked down and saw the stake, looked meaningfully into Buffy's eyes and fell to her feet as a pile of dust, in a funny way, it looked like confetti, like from a birthday party. Oh duh, Buffy slapped her forehead. It is my birthday.