"Can I trade in the children for more cash?"
- Apr 28, 2021
I can't believe no one else has talked about this one yet, because it bugs the heck out of me.- Angel 'raped Buffy's mind' and 'stole away her happiness' in 'IWRY': This...is not what happened. The day was taken back, erased from existence, for everyone in the world except Angel. The Oracles did this, it was their solution and Angel did it not because of shallow reasons (he couldn't cope with being a mere human or whatever) but because he was told that remaining mortal would eventually cost Buffy her life. Angel was very much enjoying the mortal stuff; sunlight, tasting food, kissing Buffy, having tea with Buffy, the marathon boink-athon with Buffy and added ice-cream, etc.
Angel obviously wanted to prolong it for as long as he could so he forgoes the easy option, its part of why he left Sunnydale in the first place. He wanted Buffy's life to be better, and also longer.
Even in Bangel fics, when they call it the "Forgotten Day", or Buffy remembers the day like they were repressed memories, I groan and/or roll my eyes.
And even if they acknowledge the fact the day never happened, they then get mad at Angel for not telling Buffy what happened, a situation which Buffy herself perfectly explains:
If he had told her, she would have just wallowed in "what if"s and wouldn't have been able to move on and live or normal life (which was what Angel wanted for her).Buffy: "How am I supposed to go on with my life knowing what we had? What we could have had?"
Sidenote: I just wanted to post here and say how much I love re-reading this thread; it makes me happy to be a Bangel shipper