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Day Off (or Harmony in My Head) is the tenth issue of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Ten comic book series. Joss Whedon is the executive producer.

Synopsis

With the responsibility of writing new rules in the Vampyr book, Buffy and crew are literally the bosses of all magic – but as more baddies learn who has the power, protecting the book is becoming a full-time job![1]

Summary

At their apartment, Willow is preparing for a job interview with Theo Daniels. Buffy is committed to being the Slayer full time, and doesn't plan to become a consultant for the Supernatural Crimes Unit like Spike has because the work is "spotty."

Outside, a leprechaun, Lucky Cat, and slime man are outside, hassling Buffy and co about requirements involving the Slayer Handbook and the new magic rules. Willow is quite nervous, fearing she may ruin magic if they mess this up, but Buffy reassures her she's perfectly qualified to do it and she's not doing it alone.

At that moment, D'Hoffryn appears, reminding them they have his advice and that of the Magic Council, and reports he has no lead on the Soul Glutton and the Mistress; to find them, he'll need the assistance of the book. Buffy decides to save it for later, and talk to the others outside about proposed rule changes.

After talking to the leprechaun, Buffy is appalled when Vicki enters as a representative of the new vampires, along with Harmony and Clem. Vicki refuses to let Buffy use the book to strip the new vampires of their enhanced powers, but Harmony cuts in, insisting that Vicki and her associates will follow Reform Vampirism. Pointing out that they can't take away the new vampires' powers since they're already written in the book, Harmony proposes that they add a rule that the new vampires can walk in daylight, but can't shapeshift during the day, like in the old Dracula novel. While neither Buffy nor Vicki are happy with either one, both ultimately give in and accept the new rule.

With that, Buffy sits down, and Dawn reveals passes to a spa that Theo gave him for them to relax. While happy, Buffy is unwilling to leave the book in the open, but Willow assures them that her magic wards are in space and any vampire that gets near the book will burst into flame. Buffy gives in at that, and they go, unaware of a figure lurking outside the door...

In Xander and Spike's apartment, Xander is going for another session with Dr. Mike, while Spike is looking over supernatural crime case files. As soon as Xander leaves, Spike hears a knock on the door, and is surprised to see Harmony and Clem, though he lets them in. After a moment of chatting, Harmony bashes Spike unconscious and gets to work looking for the Vampyr book.

At the Pamper-U Day Spa, Buffy makes small talk with Dawn, asking how things with her and Xander are going and pointing out that if she takes too long, Xander will have moved on. Dawn retorts that the same could easily apply to her relationships with Spike, Angel, and Dowling.

Back at the apartment, Harmony declares that she wants to use the book to make Reform Vampirism a new rule of magic itself, and to be nice, to arrange for Buffy, Spike, and Angel to settle down in a polyamorous relationship, and most of all, to make herself the most beloved person on Earth... and at that moment, Spike regains consciousness and snatches the book back.

Harmony is furious to discover that Clem didn't write down any of the things she said. Clem explains that what he wrote down most likely wouldn't have come out right, and that planning to use it to make herself the most beloved person on Earth, and that Harmony deserves to be loved for herself rather than making people love her. Harmony just slaps him across the face and storms out, ranting about how Clem doesn't actually care about her... but much to her joy, she discovers that Clem did right something down; unicorns are now real.

Overlooking the book, Spike is tempted to write down that he would fulfill the Shanshu Prophecy and live as a human with Buffy, but Xander enters at that moment, remarking that it wouldn't give one party a choice. Xander admits he's been tempted to do the same with Dawn, and Dawn even suggested it, but he won't do it because it won't be real love. Spike recalls that his old soulless self would have done so in a heartbeat, but he won't; Buffy's happy, and he's content to just be friends with her and move on.

Unbeknownst to them, Buffy has overheard the entire conversation, and goes back, deciding to leave them alone for now and retrieve the book later.

Down in the Black Diamond Mines, the Mistress, the Soul Glutton, and a third demon are hiding out, discussing plans to defeat Buffy once and for all.

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References

  1. http://www.darkhorse.com/Comics/24-761/