Later, Willow leaves, suddenly looking much, much taller than Buffy. Maybe she has some stack-heel boots on? Giles offers to stay, but Buffy tells him it's a family situation and closes the door behind him. She goes upstairs, where Joyce and Dawn are sitting on Dawn's bed. Dawn wants to know why she wasn't told, and Joyce says they wanted to wait until she was older. Dawn to demands to know how old she actually is, and Buffy has to tell her that she's only existed for six months. Dawn has a little stuffed unicorn on her bed that looks an awful lot like one I had, back in the day. Dawn is having a very hard time dealing with the revelations of her origins, despite the fact that both Buffy and Joyce try to assure her they love her and feel that she is their family. In a very convincing show of teenage rage, Dawn shrieks at them to get out of her room. She lies on her side and sobs as Buffy and Joyce leave.
Next day at Der Zauber Kasten. Buffy needs answers about the Key. I'd like some answers about the ghastly sheer shirt with shirred boob-hugger tank underneath that she's wearing, but I know I'm not going to get them. Buffy wants to find out more so that Dawn can get a sense of where she came from. Giles wanders about, wondering how Dawn got into the store and found his diaries, when Anya bounds up and demands, "Ew! Who's been using the urn of Ishtar as an ashtray?" Scoobies share looks all around.
Next scene, predictably, features Buffy storming into Spike's crypt. The vampire in question is sitting on top of a stone coffin painting his nails when Buffy yanks the top out from under him and dumps him inside. Spike pops up, telling her to watch his nail polish, and she slams the coffin lid into him, shoving it back and pinning him while she rants about the manner in which Dawn found out she was the Key. Spike protests that he didn't know, had no way of knowing, and bitches, "Something goes wrong in your life -- blame Spike." He suddenly stands and flings aside the coffin lid, startling Buffy and causing shortness of breath in admirers across the nation. He continues to read Buffy the riot act, saying that Dawn would have snuck out anyway, and he was just trying to keep an eye on her. Buffy insists, "She shouldn't have found out like that," and Spike heads for the final smack-down: "Maybe if you had been more honest with her in the first place, you wouldn't be trying to make yourself feel better with a round of 'Kick the Spike.'" Buffy flounces out, and Spike shakes his head as if to say, "I just can't win with this woman."
Dawn is lying in her bed, still wearing her clothes from the night before. There's a light tap on the door, and Joyce enters. She quietly tells Dawn she'll be late for school, but Dawn sulks that she's not going. Joyce then sits and offers to make soup, and I get a little teary at her attempts to deal, because not much in her life has probably prepared her to handle this, but Dawn rejects the offer, practically shouting that she's not sick. Yay, we get a classic fourteen-year-old line: "Don't tell me what to do. You're not my mother!" Poor Joyce looks so sad. Dawn then hops off the bed and says she'd rather be at school. She storms out, leaving Joyce sitting in the bed. Even in my most distraught teenage moments (and there were plenty of them) I never, ever would have gone to school in the clothes I had worn the day before.