Some time in an alternate, nicer S5 – where the key is a key, Riley is gone, and Glory is somewhat misplaced in LA – a glimpse at a day in the life of Spike and Buffy.
Four years have passed since a certain peroxide blond vampire was last seen in Sunnydale losing the Gem of Amara to the Slayer. Since that time the Initiative has introduced chipped vampires into a form of slavery, available to selected bidders. Weary and disillusioned, Buffy succumbs to her absent Watcher’s advice to obtain a vampire bodyguard to help her in the fight against evil.
Post NFA. A heartbroken Buffy takes a small vacation in the English countryside to reflect on her loss and mourn a souled vampire’s passing. Joyce has other ideas and cajoles the Powers into providing a solution.
BtVS S6, Post Tabula Rasa. Spike takes his own course of action, trying to become a better man for his slayer.
S7 – End of Days – Following their conversation at Buffy’s house, Spike leaves to go check out the vineyard.