I don't know if I really ship Buffy with anyone right now, except maybe Faith. I think she's a lot stronger on her own. She probably had a couple boyfriends in LA, Angel, Scott, Angel, Riley, the no - ness that was Spike. (That's not counting the comics.) Up until that point, she'd spent less than a year just by herself since she started dating at whatever age - fourteen? It may be my personal bias, I enjoy stories a lot more when they're not concerned with who's in immortal love with who all the damn time and I think that's another reason I liked season five after Riley left.