Characters: Buffy, Dawn.
Written For: Challenge 3: Final Moments at sesquidrabbles.
Spoilers/Setting: The Gift.
Summary: Buffy is about to make the ultimate sacrifice for her sister.
Disclaimer: I don’t own BtVS, or the characters. They belong to the wonderful Joss Whedon.
A/N: Drabble and a half, 150 words.
In her final moments, Buffy understands the first slayer’s words: Death is your gift. It’s not the death she deals out to vampires and demons, that’s not what was meant, it’s her own death, and her gift to her sister; Buffy dies and Dawn lives, it really is that simple.
It no longer matters to her that Dawn was created rather than born, a mystical key transformed into a young girl, because Dawn is her sister in all the ways that matter and Buffy cannot let her go to her death. She’s so young, so innocent; she hasn’t had the chance to really live yet, while Buffy just feels old and jaded, weighed down by too much responsibility.
The portal that’s opening thanks to Dawn’s spilled blood can only be closed the same way, but Buffy’s blood is the same as Dawn’s…
And so she jumps.
It’s the only way.