Here's the end, folks. Thanks so much to all who read and reviewed! This is basically just some parting fluff, so let it put a smile on your face!
Dawn woke up early the next morning, remnants of a dream niggling at her brain. Buffy and Spike had gotten married. She was the Best Man and the Maid of Honor. Giggling, she went to Buffy's room to tell her about the dream.
She'd forgotten about the whole Buffy-and-Spike-are-together thing until she opened Buffy's bedroom door and saw them lying together, wrapped up in each other's arms. Smiling broadly, Dawn went to shut the door when she saw the twin bite marks on their necks. Brow wrinkled in confusion, she backed out of the room and shut the door quietly.
Dawn padded downstairs to the kitchen, where Willow and Tara were leaning against the counter chatting quietly with Giles, who had just gotten home from a buying trip for the Magic Box.
"So I hear there have been some drastic developments in my absence," Giles said to Dawn, pouring her a glass of orange juice before removing his glasses to clean them.
"Well, hold on to your knickers, 'cause it's about to get way more drastic," Dawn said, picking up an apple and taking a big bite. "What's it mean when, say, a vampire bites a human, and the human bites back? When they're in a relationship?"
"Oh dear lord," Giles said, removing his glasses again and cleaning them once more.
"What? What's it mean?" Willow asked.
"You're saying that Buffy and Spike have-" Dawn nodded. "My word."
"Giles, make with the talky," Willow said.
"Well, i-i-if-f they've actually- I mean to say, if they've really-" he stammered. "It would appear that they've claimed each other." The girls' faces were blank. Rolling his eyes, Giles continued. "It's an old vampire ritual. More permanent than marriage, and eternal." A long beat of silence followed his speech.
"Wow," Willow breathed. "So they're… married."
"In a matter of speaking, yes," Giles said. Dawn burst into laughter.
"Awesome," she laughed. Low thuds and bed springs squeaking signaled that the newlyweds were awake. "I've always wanted a brother."