Summary: Ashes to ashes, dust to dust. After Buffy dies, grief and a kind of madness take Spike and Xander places they aren't sure they can bear to go.
A/N: Written for prompt #7-nature vs. nurture-on my psych_30 table. This was definitely a hard one to illustrate while still keeping (somewhat) plot relevant. Hopefully I haven't strayed too far on either count. And thanks so much to everyone who has kept reading this story, despite my sadly slow updates.
Previous chapters can be found in reverse order in my tags or start from the beginning.
( He's a monster in man's clothing... )