OK, so this is in response to this post where the challenge is to play a fanfic version of fuck/marry/kill where instead it’s slow burn/fake dating/enemies to lovers. (And I will say that since I’m putting myself into the mix I’m mentally aging the characters up to their mid to late 20s. Just so it doesn’t feel weird.)
Soo… For the first set I’d say that I’d definitely do a slow burn romance with Tara. She’s so shy and sweet that it would be worth taking the time to get to know her and help her get out of her shell. I mean look at this cutie! Definitely a woman who’s worth taking the time to get to know.
I guess I’d fake date Oz. Which is kinda funny, cause one of Oz’s hallmarks as a character is his sincerity. But I enjoy imagining some kind of contrived scenario where we have to pretend to date but actually we’re just friends, but wait, maybe we’re something more? Like, Oz is bi and has been mostly dating guys lately but his family’s not accepting so he decides to take a female friend as a guest to a wedding to make his mom happy?
Which leaves Kennedy with enemies to lovers.
I’m not a huge fan of Kennedy, but I’m not a hater either. (I actually wrote a Kennedy/Anya fanfic that I’m pretty pleased with.)
I do think our communication styles would initially clash pretty hard. I can imagine us first meeting at a party or something and my first impression of her being that she’s a blunt, snobby, jerk. Not sure what she’d think of me. Then over time things might develop if she proved to have more sensitivity and depth than was immediately apparent. It’d be a whole Elizabeth/Mr. Darcy thing.
For the second set, I’d do the slow burn with Kendra. Again, she’d need time probably need a little more time, given her cloistered upbringing. There also might be some adjustment with coming to grips with her sexuality.
Buffy for fake dating. This is as much because she’s an adorably bad actor as anything else. It’d be fun to accompany her on an undercover mission and watch her flounder.
And then, of course Faith would be enemies to lovers. It seems only natural given her bad girl past and the fact that enemies to lovers is kinda baked into her most popular ship. I could see it being one of those things where you tell yourself not to date someone cause of their obvious emotional issues. But then you have a fling with them anyway and of course it’s even worse of a train-wreck than you imagined. But then maybe years later you’ve both worked out a lot of shit and you get back together and this time it’s actually pretty good. (Yeah, I dunno if it ever actually works like that, I’ve only done the first part of that equation.)
 You believe puns are the highest form of wit  You have blonde hair  Your parents are separated or divorced  You love ice skating  You’ve suffered from depression before  You have a big secret that you’ve kept for years  You are short or petite  You would die to protect your family  You still own cuddly toys/stuffed animals, and you love them  You have been expelled or suspended from school before Total:
Willow Danielle Rosenberg
 You’d describe yourself as quite ambitious 
You have participated in internet dating before
 You suffer from stage fright  You are or were a straight A student  You are ginger or otherwise a redhead  You own at least one pair of overalls  You’re great with computers  You’re an only child  You own at least one choker necklace  You’re no stranger to anxiety Total:
Xander Lavelle Harris
 You’ve had to wear an eye-patch before  You sometimes worry that you’ll end up like your parents  You own a skateboard  You have a jealous streak  You enjoy or are skilled at woodwork or carpentry  You own at least one Hawaiian T-shirt  You tend to attract quirky, odd people  You use your sense of humor to get through tough times  You know how to perform CPR  Of all your friends, you’re the “normal” or “sane” one Total:
 You’re awful with computers  Tea is your favorite drink  You can be quite sarcastic  You wear glasses, or have worn glasses  You’ve fainted or have been knocked out at least thrice in your life  You’ve been fired from a job before  You live in a different country now to the one you were born in  You get weirdly excited by the macabre and the supernatural  You love reading  You are the oldest person in your group of friends Total:
 You often feel alone in a crowd  You’ve been part of a gymnastics, cheerleading, or dance squad  You have or would like to pursue a career in acting  You’ve never been to university, nor do you plan to  You love fashion  You’ve been nominated for prom king/queen, homecoming king/queen, or something of that nature  You’d rather hear brutal honesty than a beautiful lie  You have an alliterative name  You quite like personalized license plates  You feel as though people underestimate your intelligence Total:
 You’ve had a difficult relationship with your father  You feel a lot of guilt and regret for your past actions  You love eyeliner  You have a dark sense of humor  You own at least two long coats  You are a mother or father  You’re a talented artist  You have at least one tattoo  You own at least one pair of leather trousers  You’re a bit of a loner
Daniel ‘Oz’ Osborne
 You have a very patient temper  You’ve had a one night stand before  You’ve dyed your hair at least three times  You have a talent for keeping a straight face when amused  You own a van or minivan  You’re often prone to deep, philosophical thoughts 
You know how to play the guitar
 You’re a man or woman of little words  You are or have been in a band  You go by your last name, or an abbreviation of your last name Total:
 You own at least one cat  You have (or once had) a stutter or other speech impediment  You are allergic to seafood (or some seafood)  You know how to do tarot  Sometimes you feel like an outsider in your own group of friends  You have lost contact with at least one person in your immediate family  People often tell you that you have a beautiful singing voice  You know how to read palms  You are romantically attracted to the same sex  You own crystals Total:
 You sometimes feel overshadowed by siblings or other family members  You keep a journal or diary  You feel embarrassed about the crushes you’ve had in the past  You’ve stolen before  You know at least two languages  You enjoy chess  You are the youngest person in your group of friends  Harry Potter is your favorite book series  You have a thirst for knowledge and love researching topics of interest  You tend to form unlikely friendships Total:
William ‘Spike’ Pratt
 You have a good relationship with your mother  You smoke  You can be quite reckless and spontaneous  You’ve dyed your hair  You’d describe yourself as a hopeless romantic  You love daytime TV/soap operas  You enjoy getting drunk on a regular basis  You’d be prepared to drastically change yourself to please a lover  You own a leather jacket, leather duster, or other type of leather coat  You have a short temper
 You think revenge is a righteous and just concept  You find bunnies to be overrated 
You would love to get married one day
 You often offend people without meaning to  You consider yourself a feminist 
You’ve had at least one really bad boss in the past
 You admit to being a bit of a misanthrope
 You’re great at board games  You’d describe yourself as a capitalist  You work or have worked in retail Total:
“That was the best job ever!” Parker exclaimed as she bounced into the bar.
“I have to agree with Parker, especially considering at no time did I have to jump off any buildings,” Hardison said. “Also, there was some sick tech that I may or may not have taken for my own personal use.”
“We barely got out alive!” Sophie said.
“If it wasn’t for Eliot,” Nate agreed.
“It wasn’t all that -” Everyone stopped and at the man sitting at one of the tables in the closed bar. He had red hair, wore a heavy coat with a thick fur collar.
“Who are you?” Nate asked.
“Oz,” Eliot said.
“Eliot,” Oz said. “I need some assistance.”
“Done,” Eliot said. “Where?”
“Wait, hold the phone,” Nate said. “What are we doing? We need a bit more information.”
“My pack is in trouble,” Oz said. “We still call Eliot pack. He’s the only one I could trust with this.”
“Pack,” Sophie said.
Eliot glanced around at the team and shrugged. “It was years ago. Got bit, found a pack that took me in until I got control,” he said. “Oz and his packed helped me. So I’m going to help him. Come with me or not, but I’m going.”
“ … Eliot’s a werewolf!” Parker yelled. “That explains so much.”