I Only Have Eyes For You

“To forgive is an act of compassion, Buffy. It’s-it’s… it’s not done because people deserve it. It’s done because they need it.”

Giles speaks about James needing forgiveness from Ms Newman in order for his spirit to move on and stop haunting the school. She has no right to forgive him for killing her, but she does need him to understand that breaking up was the right thing to do, and that she does still love him.

Since James possesses Buffy in the reenactment with Angelus, we are lead to believe that Buffy needs to be forgiven by Angel for allowing Angelus to take over again. Buffy “killed” Angel and is being haunted by the vengeful demon Angelus, taunting her and threatening her. Angelus, being possessed by Grace Newman, might be speaking from Angel’s perspective. Angel forgives Buffy for what happened, not because he is any less “dead” or “gone”, but because she can never move past the fear of Angelus without knowing that Angel is still on her side.

Buffy also needs the forgiveness of Buffy. Buffy needs to forgive herself for what happened so that she can move beyond it. I place a very clear distinction between “getting over” something, and “moving beyond” something. When you move beyond something, it is still there and it will always be there, but it doesn’t have to consume you. Getting over something is more akin to forgetting about it. Buffy cannot get over what happened, but maybe she can move beyond it.

buffy/willow: still life (1/?)

summary: in which buffy never moved to sunnydale, and the first evil runs rampant throughout history. buffy—the slayer, reeling from the loss of her mother and the responsibility of caring for her sister—is teamed up with willow, a witch with a penchant for over-using magic. in dreams, they (time) travel to new places and work to keep the slayer line safe.

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“You wanna move on to the next place?” Amy asks. She’s not finished her drink yet: a martini, Willow thinks. Minus the olive, ‘cause she’d already eaten it.

“I-I don’t know. I kind of have a thing to do later.”

Amy looks at her bemusedly. “It’s 11 PM. You know that there isn’t much ‘later’ left, right? What is it, anyway?”

“It doesn’t matter.” Willow waves her hand and the snow-cloud she’d conjured over the club disappears, along with the blanket of snow-turned-slush that had covered the concrete dancefloor moments before. Amy mimics the movement and her twittering birds leave, too, flying out the front door into an uncertain future.

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following my previous clara drawing, this time it’s buffy! watch me draw all my favorite ladies by the end of the week lmao

it’s nice to study face shapes and try out different painting techniques but honestly i have no idea what i’m doing

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  • Sherlock Holmes: *dies and comes back*
  • Sam Winchester: *dies and comes back*
  • Dean Winchester: *dies a lot and comes back*
  • Castiel: *dies and comes back*
  • Loki: *dies and comes back*
  • Harry Potter: *dies and comes back*
  • Professor X: *dies and comes back*
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