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Love Dares You, Part Three was the thirteenth issue of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Ten comic book series. Written by Christos Gage with Nicholas Brendon and illustrated by Megan Levens, it was originally published on March 18, 2015, by Dark Horse Comics.

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Some suspiciously supernatural murders have Spike, Xander, Willow, and Giles in a conundrum. They have to talk to Buffy, but there's something about the killer they're pretty sure she's not going to like... Meanwhile, Andrew gets some relationship advice from Buffy![1]

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Buffy wakes up in Spike's bed and shyly asks if he's evil. Spike answers he isn't more than usual, then she asks if he's okay. Spike says he just had a weird dream, but it's nothing. They start putting their clothes back and talking about their night, when Spike receives a text message from Dowling about a murder scene.

Looking at the two victims, Spike notices the couple look familiar. Dowling explains it is consistent with a vampire attack, but the blood spread around the scene isn't typical. He wonders if the vampire is sending a message, and Spike quietly says the killer might be just enjoying himself.

In Xander and Spike's apartment, Spike talks with Xander about being unsure if he could have killed those people. Xander wields a cross and a stake and recalls when the First Evil made Spike kill without knowing it. Spike says he came for Xander's help because he can't trust himself to handle this alone. Xander congratulates Spike for recognizing it and says they have to bring in Giles and Willow. Spike argues they never truly trusted him, but Xander says they would be thorough and have Buffy's best interest at heart. Spike reluctantly agrees with him.

In Giles's apartment, Willow and Giles hold Spike in mystical strains, explaining they have to be caution due to his history. Spike is understanding but asks them not to tell Buffy about it yet. They are against lying and his selfish motivation, but Xander convinces them Buffy won't like the way they are treating her lover. Willow and Giles agree they can get some answers before telling her, but the investigation will be invasive and painful. Xander begins to protest, but Spike tells him to take Buffy out while Willow and Giles will exam him.

Xander arrive with Buffy at Andrew's door, explaining he needs her support. Andrew finally lets them in, and Xander apologizes for the way he acted when Andrew came out. Buffy assures they already knew Andrew was gay and are completely fine with it, but Andrew questions how good it could be if he never knew it himself. Xander apologizes for overcompensating, but Andrew says he appreciated his reaction because Xander made so it wasn't a big deal just to him. Andrew confesses he ran away from Clive in shame of his true form, but Xander and Buffy convince him he shouldn't deal with his dysfunctional patterns by repeating them; he does deserve happiness so he should take his shot.

In San Francisco, Willow and Giles continue their painful magical examination on Spike. They visualize the couple from Spike's dream walking as new vampires and call Buffy, saying they heard a rumor about a nest in that area. Buffy enters the abandoned building with Xander and stakes one of the vampires, but Xander sees as the place suddenly catches fire. Buffy throws the second vampire into the flames and escapes the exploding building with Xander in her arms. Buffy concludes it was not a nest but a trap, and Xander confesses he has something to tell her.

Spike hangs up his phone and says the police had secured the couple's corpses with garlic and crosses, and Willow concludes someone set them free. Buffy arrives demanding an explanation; Giles says they discovered Spike is not killing innocent people, and Willow explains they didn't want to tell her anything without knowing for sure. Buffy asks if her friends were conspiring behind her back, and Spike says he asked them not to tell her because he was afraid of losing her. She argues that lying is not the way, and Spike says that's why he will tell her everything.

Giles, Willow, and Xander allow them to talk alone. As Xander leaves with Dawn to get her up to speed, Willow tells Giles to continue their research later. She goes to meet with Aluwyn and breaks up with her. She explains she can't trust the trickster nature of Aluwyn; while Willow has changed her needs, Aluwyn is incapable of keeping up because she is immortal. Willow hopes they can still be part of each other's lives, but Aluwyn angrily teleports her back to her apartment.

Willow finds Buffy alone, and they share ice cream as Willow tells her about her breakup. Willow says that, despite being immortal, Spike changed by getting a soul and becoming a "pretty decent guy." Buffy explains she wanted to break up with him because she doesn't know Spike that well, but she didn't want to run away again from being happy. She intends to find the responsible for Spike's dream, take it down, and then learn more about Spike himself. Willow says one thing might accomplish the other.

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  • One new vampire, thrown into the fire by Buffy.
  • One new vampire, staked by Buffy.

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  • The tile Love Dares You is based on a verse from the song "Under Pressure."

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  • Love Dares You, Part Three was the 138th best selling comic issue in its publishing month, with 15,565 sales in March 2015 at comic specialty stores.[2]

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