it’s time. watching s3ep5: homecoming. and y’all know.. my fuffy ass can barely handle this.., this post ain’t even gonna get to the later Actual homecoming dance scene, just this one.
we start off this scene with the infamous “Buffy and Faith are in the library getting all hot and sweaty” line. a line that Keeps Me Awake at night. i kno the line was just xander being xander, but it makes me wonder if they’ve said any of these things with those two around. buffy’d probably slap his shoulder (lightly) and scrunch her face and call him a perv. faith on the other hand would be like ‘well hey i’d be down for that haha’ and no one really knows if she’s joking (hint: she’s not)
anyways. background info here. scott hope, aka the sickly, twelve year old-lookin’ fellow that buffy was into for all of five seconds, broke up with her. She’s angry and getting out some aggression with training. also: wearin dat sports bra. damn. faith’s like ‘haha guys should break up with you more often’ and if i’m not mistaken, she’s the only character we see who’s giving the ‘fuck that guy, you’re great and deserve better’ kind of encouragement that one needs after a break-up.
and then, faith lehane asks buffy summers to the dance.
the more i watch this scene, the less i see it as ‘subtext’. it’s not even ‘sub’, it’s just ‘text’: buffy and scott broke up, she’s single, and faith asked her out.
ah yes… look at that completely Heterosexual™ reaction. buffy doesn’t exactly know what to say, and she’s obviously surprised at first. up to this point, we’ve only seen her dating/crushing on men (and that continues til the comics, with satsu, though people argue they weren’t Really a thing but that’s a discussion for a different post) but we’ve seen quite a bit of dialogue (between joyce and buffy, especially) that uses being the slayer as a metaphor for being queer. even in the script, it says buffy’s considering faith’s offer, but gets out a flustered, smiley ‘i don’t know about that’.
and then, faith does something so completely textbook queer i’m surprised i didn’t notice it the first time.
she backtracks real quick to Heterosexual Grounds at the first hint of rejection. the amount of times i’ve done this with girls of indeterminate sexuality is… well, a lot. it’s a foolproof way to see if she has feelings for you or sees you as just a friend, without totally having to out yourself. faith may have jumped the gun here (like… come on, that flustered smile? buffy was defnitely considering saying yes) but knowing what we do with the angel situation, it’s probably better she did. however, by the look on buffy’s face and her response, i honestly think she knew faith was serious. i think she’s probably known faith was into her like that (need i bring up: ‘mixed signals–i have faith for that’ in s7) and i have to ask: if angel hadn’t been back, would this play out the same way? maybe this scene, but later on… i’m not so sure.
tl;dr: faith lehane is a textbook queer and buffy summers isn’t that clueless.
fuffy aus no one asked for (1/ ∞ ) ↪ cheerleaders buffy anne summers had everything at hemry high. prom princess, a shoe in for next year’s cheer captain: adoration and ass-kissing from students and teachers alike. faith lehane, the metaphorical and literal bottom of the cheer pyramid, hadn’t even been a footnote in her life. but when her parents divorce and her life is uprooted and relocated to sunnydale at the same time faith’s moved to a new foster home, the girls have to start new and climb their way (back) to the top. juggling a new school and a new squad is hard enough without discovering your probable lesbianism and engaging in an affair with the only girl who can take away the one thing you’ve worked for your whole life. but it’s just an affair. no strings attached, right? …right?