“Hold your ground, hold your ground! Sons of Gondor, of Rohan, my brothers! I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me. A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day. An hour of woes and shattered shields, when the age of men comes crashing down! But it is not this day! This day we fight! By all that you hold dear on this good Earth, I bid you *stand, Men of the West!*”
Look me in the eyes, and tell me when you saw Buffy alive, that wasn’t the happiest moment of your entire existence.
Oh my Spike! The way he swallows his tears and stares blankly at first, as if not sure the boy has to see the truth. But this is Spike! And if there’s one thing Spike is not, it’s a coward. So he looks up and the emotions there can just kill you. Because his eyes are so open and so clear. They ‘yes’ with such certainty it takes your breath away.