"Nevermore. Croaak. Nevermore." Spike peered in through the window of the Magic Box to see Dawn playing about with a raven's skull. "Nevermore."
Anya swiped the skull out of Dawn's hands. "Hey!"
Anya shook the skull at Dawn. "This is my stock. Not some toy. Besides, you're supposed to be helping with research, not playing like a little child."
"I'm not a kid. Xander, tell her I'm not a kid."
Spike grinned as Xander and Willow stared more closely at their respective texts. He wouldn't have gotten between Anya and the niblet either. "Nevermore," Dawn croaked again.
Spike slipped into the alley. Nevermore. He'd been wondering when Buffy might take him back. Apparently he'd been given his answer.