Spike, my boy, you really don’t get it. Do you? You tried to kill her, but you couldn’t. Look at you. You’re a wreck. She’s stronger than any Slayer you’ve ever faced. Force won’t get it done. You gotta work from the inside. To kill this girl… you have to  l o v e  her.

when watching buffy i like to imagine the monks creating dawn and like researching what boy bands and tv shows were hot, buying endless tiger beats and posting them all over the monastery for information, fighting over whether dawn should be a fan of the backstreet boys or nsync, and like coming up with cute stories from her childhood to paste in for authenticity and someone will come up with a really good one and theyll all go “aww!!” and continue to glue pictures of justin timberlake on a vision board for information or read through the sunnydale middle school yearbooks to pick out dawn’s best friends (“i like this girl!! she looks nice.” “jesus gustavo do u want the key to be a huge megageek? she should be friends with chelsea b., she’s the HEAD CHEERLEADER”)

i assume that the Official Buffy Writers did not intend for this to be my main takeaway from the key storyline, but tbh it is