As much as he liked to consider himself 'macho' at the moment Spike was gossiping like a school girl. "No. he HIT you"

"Yep, hard. And the worst part is he did it for her. He was willingly to hurt me to protect her."

"Bloody hell!"

"I KNOW! Then he had the nerve to say it was MY idea that we stayed apart, when he clearly ignored my input on the situation, yet another decision he felt he was qualified to make for me. If I didn't love him so much I'd sooo stake him."

"Who does he think he is? You're the bloody slayer, if you can make decisions for the entire human race, you can make them for yourself!"

"Finally someone understands that blatantly OBVIOUS fact. I'm so tired of people trying to control me, my mom wants me to be normal, Xander wants me to bow to his 'superior knowledge', Willow ignores me when I need her but now I'm supposed to be there all day every day, Angel doesn't even KNOW what he wants, and Giles wants me to do it all without coming to him. I may be a super hero, but I'm still only one person!"

Spike was stunned for a moment. How did she do it?

"I'm an idiot", an unexpected voice rang through the dead silent cemetery.

"He REALLY is" yet another even less expected voice chimed in.

"Angel.. And… Dawn… Together, how odd." It didn't take a genius to see that the slayer was confused.

Spike had already left at this point; he'd had his soap-opera fix for the day.

Buffy went into big sister mode, "Dawn what are you doing out here at night? Shouldn't you be in bed? Mom is going to FREAK!"

"BUFFY, BREATH! I'm okay, I was with Angel the whole time, moms asleep, and I don't have school tomorrow, everything is fine."

"It's my job."

Dawn smiled, "And it's my job to fix his afore mentioned stupidity. Angel."

That was his que, "I'm so sorry Buffy, for leaving, for blaming you, for the lost day, everything. Please forgive me. You were right I never should've made your decisions for you, your intelligence is one of the reasons I fell in love with you, so undermining it doesn't make much sense."

"You're gonna have to do better than that" Buffy responded.

He pulled the ring out of his pocket, "Forgive me?"

Buffy rolled her eyes "Always"

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