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Title: Emily, Maybe.
Author: DHW.
Rated: PG.
Prompt: Enquire Within.
Characters: Giles (kind of).
Word Count: 300.
Setting: Early Series 6.
Summary: There must always be a Slayer.
Disclaimer: Not mine (which is probably for the best, really).

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Old Mrs Ripley picked her way through the Sunday shoppers, hand clutching the brim of her hat, granddaughter in tow. The sun was shining but the wind was fierce, whistling through the gaps and ginnels that branched out from the bustling high street. 

“Come on, Emily,” said Mrs Ripley, the grip on her hat tightening. “Don’t dawdle so.” 

But the girl, Emily, was not listening. She had just turned sixteen. Her hair was black, her eyes blue, and there was a significant power to her, despite her small stature. One that had not been there the previous year, when she had been fifteen and her dreams did not repeat themselves. In her hand was a business card, small and off-white.

It read:   

Dr. Rupert Giles.

Occult Investigations and Supernatural Solutions.

Reasonable Rates.

125B, Nelson Street, Bath. BA1

Enquire Within.
 

“Show me,” said her Grandmother, peering over her shoulder, aged eyes squinting as she read. “Nonsense. Utter nonsense.”

“But…” replied Emily, staring down at the words.

She could feel the draw of the card, the way it pulled and tugged, willing her to turn left down the alleyway that began with an ‘N’. It almost felt like destiny.

“No ‘buts’, Emily,” said Mrs Ripley as she grabbed her granddaughter’s hand, her gaze stern. “We’re late. Now come along.”

The wind picked up, as if on cue, battering the pair as they made their winding way towards the Church with the tolling bells, trying to change their path. But it did no good. And, as they reached the wrought iron gates of St. John’s, it gave one last gust, succeeding only in plucking the business card from the young girl’s fingers. 

“Silly girl,” her Grandmother muttered.  

Emily watched as the card blew away, coasting through the streets on the fierce spring wind.

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[personal profile] feliciacraft
*Waves* Hi everyone! I've missed all of you so much! :)

Author:
feliciacraft
Characters: Xander & Giles
Rated: PG
Length: ~900 words
Beta: The fantastic All4Spike — thank you!
Summary: Rewrite of the scene from BtVS episode 4x17 "Superstar". With a simple incantation, Xander sets Giles's book on fire. Here, the rest of the scene goes a little differently. May contain gratuitous Star Wars references.
Disclaimer: Characters not mine, etc.
Feedback: Always welcome! Pretty please? :)

Too late, Xander slammed the book shut, extinguishing the flames that’d burst into existence upon his incantation. Judging by the acrid smell rising from the book before him, however, the damage had been done. Uh-oh.
 
“Good Lord!” Giles rushed forward and rescued the ancient text from his hands, tossing his glasses on the coffee table to bury his nose in the damaged spread for a very close inspection....

Continue reading...
 
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[personal profile] littleotter73
Title: Waiting

Author: littleotter73

Characters: Giles, Buffy

Rating: FRT

Setting: Three weeks post Chosen

Word Count: 1001 

Prompt: Getting On

Disclaimer: Just playing in Joss’ sandbox.

 

 

 

A Watcher without a Slayer was a very pathetic thing indeed... )
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[personal profile] quaggy
Title: Getting On With It
Author: Quaggy
Category: Post-Series
Rating: PG
Notes: I've had this plot bunny for a while, but this week's theme of "Getting On" proved to be a rich soil to let it grow.


Willow's on a mission... )
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[personal profile] dhw
Title: Unfinished Business
Fandom: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Characters/Pairing: (Gen) Rupert Giles, Buffy Summers
Rating: PG
Word Count: 100
Challenge: Marathon
Summary: Some things are better left in the dark.
A/N: The lovely [personal profile] quaggy  was kind enough to point me here after we got talking about drabbling communities that were moving from LJ. Hope you don't mind me coming to play! =)


Unfinished Business )
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[personal profile] quaggy
Title: Fool That I Am
Author: Quaggy
Category: Post-Series
Rating: G
Pairings: A whole lot of unrequited feelings going on with a mention or two of past relationships
Notes: Written for the [community profile] giles_shorts prompt "Fool". Dawn and Buffy talk about unrequited love. The focus is mainly on the sisters, but Giles does make and appearance at the end.


Fool that I am for falling in love with you... )

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[personal profile] quaggy
Last drabbles for the last day of a fun month. These two are linked.

Title: Go Where You’re Needed
Author: Quaggy
Word Count: 100
Pairing: Buffy/Giles
Last line prompt: "She turned and looked at him so sadly."


She turned and looked at him so sadly when he said that he was returning to England, but she didn’t seem surprised.

“I figured. You need to set up operations in London, right?”

“Yes, but I can stay here, if I’m needed.” But his words seemed to only make her more forlorn.

“Not as much as you are there. No one else can do what you do.” And suddenly, Giles realized that in a world full of Slayers, Buffy might reasonably assume that no one needed her.

Except he did. Down to his very soul.

“Buffy, please? Come with me?”



Title: Stay Where You Belong
Author: Quaggy
Word Count: 100
Pairing: Buffy/Giles
Last line prompt: "It didn’t matter how much she begged."


It didn’t matter how much she begged, Giles would eventually leave again. Buffy knew that without needing to be told. She just wasn’t enough to keep him by her side.

But she never expected that he’d ask her to go with him.

“You mean that?”

“With all my heart.” His voice shook with emotion and she knew he wasn’t lying.

“If I come with you, you’ll never be able to get rid of me,” she warned, blinking back tears.

“Promise?”

It was hard to say who reached for who first, but neither one had any intention of ever letting go.



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[personal profile] quaggy
Title: Tattoo Removal Too
Author: Quaggy
Word Count: 100
Last line prompt: "Giles smiled but said nothing."
Notes: Set after right after Season 4. I wasn't expecting to write a sequel to Tattoo Removal, but sometimes the muse has other plans for you.


Giles smiled but said nothing as Buffy examined his arm.

“It’s gone!”

“Yes.”

“But how?!”

“The enjoining spell, I assume. My arm had started to itch afterwards, but I didn’t think much about it.”

“Places to go. Apocalypses to stop.”

“Exactly. It was only after our shared dream that I noticed it was gone completely.”

“Well, we have our proof now. Slayer healing really doesn’t like tattoos.”

“Evil tattoos.”

“Huh?”

“I had more than one. The others are fine.”

“Others?! As in plural? Like two or more?”

“That shocks you?”

“Giles, at this point, nothing about you shocks me anymore.”


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[personal profile] quaggy
Title: Tattoo Removal
Author: Quaggy
Word Count: 100
Last line prompt: "She watched him leave with a wicked smile on her face."
Notes: Set after right after The Dark Age.


With a wicked smile on her face, Buffy spun around and lifted up her hair.

“It’s gone!” exclaimed Giles, his fingers brushed the nape of her neck where the tattoo had been.

“Yup! The back of my neck has been crazy itchy all day. By the time I looked, Ethan’s stupid souvenir had faded to practically nothing. I guess my Slayer healing doesn’t like evil tattoos. Or possibly just tattoos in general.”

“Amazing!”

“It sure beats a vial of acid!”

“Well, Ethan always did go for dramatic rather than effective.”

“So, his plan wouldn’t have worked?”

“Not on any level.”


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[personal profile] quaggy
Title: A Moment During The Scooby Reunion
Author: Quaggy
Word Count: 100
Last line prompt: "She wanted to keep him all to herself."
Pairing: B/G


She wanted to keep him all to herself, but she was going to have to give him back to his parents eventually.

“He’s quite taken with you,” Giles laughed.

“It’s mutual,” Buffy replied, smiling down at the infant.

“Has that inspired any thoughts?” he asked, his eyes hopeful.

“No, Giles, my biological clock isn’t ticking,” she replied and did her best not to laugh at his crestfallen expression. “Because we’ll have one of these of our very own by the spring.”

“Wait… Do you mean?”

“Here,” Buffy said, passing the baby to her awestruck husband. “You better get some practice.”

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[personal profile] angelus2hot
Title: A Slayer's Destiny
Fandom: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Characters/Pairing: Rupert Giles, Buffy Summers
Rating: PG
Word Count: 100
Summary: Buffy has to face her destiny.
A/N: written for giles_shorts for the last line She turned and looked at him so sadly.



She turned and looked at him so sadly. “I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to say that...” The tears in her eyes began to cascade slowly down her cheeks.

“Buffy, I...”

Buffy held up her hand to stop him. “I’m the Slayer and I don’t have a choice.” Her voice was small as she whispered, “I wish I did.”

“I wish that I could...” Giles’ voice trailed off into nothingness. No matter how much he might wish otherwise his Slayer was going to die tonight and there was nothing he could do to stop it.

After all, it was her destiny.
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[personal profile] littleotter73

Title: The Conflict Within

Author: littleotter73

Characters: Giles, with mentions of Willow and Buffy

Rating: FRC

Word Count: 100

Setting: Season 6, Flooded



He hated it when she was right. Despite his reservations, his fears, his loathing at the very idea of having Buffy brought back to them through dangerous, primal magicks, Giles couldn’t help the indescribable joy of having his Slayer back. But, he was angry. Angry at Willow for having done so. He hated her smug look, her threats, her self-entitlement, her demand for his gratitude.

But something was off with Buffy. He hoped it had nothing to do with the spell, because if it did, he couldn’t bear the consequences of his actions.


Yet...


He couldn’t help but feel grateful.
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[personal profile] quaggy
Title: London Fog
Author: Quaggy
Word Count: 100
Last line prompt: "Dubiously, Giles asked, 'What exactly is in this potion?'"
Notes: This is probably post-series because it's unlikely that Buffy would have had a London Fog before 2003. But it's fine by me if you'd rather think of this exchange as happening during their Sunnydale days.


Dubiously, Giles asked, "What exactly is in this potion?"

“Mostly Earl Grey and milk,” Buffy replied. “Trust me, you’ll like it.” She rolled her eyes as Giles gave it a suspicious sniff. “You sure make it difficult for someone to fuss over you.”

“I’m not an invalid, Buffy.”

“No, you’ve just been running yourself into the ground. Now drink your tea and rest up. We need you in fighting form.”

It was no use arguing with her when she was like this. Giles took a cautious sip of the strange brew and grumbled. He hated it when she was right.

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[personal profile] quaggy
Title: Balcony View
Author: Quaggy
Word Count: 900
Prompt: "Exit, pursued by a bear"
Summary: High up on a nightclub balcony. Buffy has a lot to say about the newbie Slayers hunting below. Giles has other things on his mind.
Notes: So this wound up being too long to be considered a "Short", but, since it was inspired by one of the Shakespeare prompts this month, I thought I'd leave the links here.

You can find the work either on my LJ or on AO3.


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[personal profile] quaggy
Title: The Third Time isn’t the Charm
Author: Quaggy
Word Count: 200
Prompt: "You take my life when you take the means whereby I live."



He wasn’t there the first time, though he had tried to be. Tried to take her place. The less he thought about the second time, the better. And now here he was, desperately casting a counter-curse to prevent the third. The dark miasma surrounding her disappeared. His spell was successful, but that didn’t mean he succeeded. She was so still.

“Please. Oh please! Oh please,” he begged, dropping to his knees beside her. “Can’t go on without her. Won’t go on. Please!”

“Love you too,” Buffy croaked, eyes still closed, and Giles sobbed in relief. He didn’t even realize he was kissing her until he felt her lips move under his and her hand thread through his hair. He quickly pulled away.

“So, that’s what a girl has to do to get kissed around here. Good to know,” Buffy grinned, sounding both smug and exhausted. Giles found himself smiling back.

“Well, if you would be so kind as to refrain from getting yourself killed yet again, I promise I will kiss you as often as you like,” he said.

“You’ve got yourself a deal,” Buffy declared and tapped her finger to her lips. Giles was quick to answer her command.


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[personal profile] quaggy
Title: The Eyes Have It
Author: Quaggy
Word Count: 100
Prompt: "Beware the green-eyed monster."
Notes: I think you can guess what episode this is from.



Grief is a funny thing. It makes you deadly. It makes you dumb. Not a great combination.

And as she stared down at monster that killed Giles, she realized just how stupid she’d been, because she’d know those green eyes anywhere. And who else would start reassuring her that he was alright seconds after receiving a supposed death blow by her own hands? Because even if she couldn’t speak “monster,” she knew that’s what he was telling her.

But it seemed that the more she fussed over him, the calmer he became. Her green-eyed monster was going to be okay.


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[personal profile] quaggy
Title: Father's Son
Author: Quaggy
Word Count: 200
Prompt: "It is a wise father than knows his own child."


The boy was the rough looking sort. All leather and shredded denim, splattered with something that looked like blood. But rather than scurry past, the man –who looked like he should be in Mayfair, not in this particularly rough and grimy part of London— sat down beside him on the bank of the Thames, heedless of his pristine suit.

“How did you find me?” the boy asked, gruffly.

“An educated guess.”

“So you know, then?”

“Yes. Between the books you left behind and what we could gather from your… companions, I think we have a clear picture of what happened. You were reckless to play with such things, but, even so, what occurred couldn’t have been predicted,” the man replied. Leaning forward, the man caught the boy’s eye. “The fact that it wasn’t worse is due to your quick thinking. You handled yourself beautifully. I’m proud of you.”

And that was it. The boy broke down sobbing. Though the man offered no words of comfort or physical demonstrations of affection, his compassion enveloped the boy like a blanket. When the boy had finally calmed himself, the man asked quietly, “Shall we go home then, Rupert?”

“Yes, Da. I’d like that.”


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[personal profile] littleotter73
Title: This Above All
Author: littleotter73
Characters: Giles, Buffy, Riley
Setting: Early S5
Word Count: 100

In that deep, dark place he held in check within him, Giles hated the young Initiative soldier. Riley was a distraction at best - sulking when he didn't beat the Slayer in training, or match her kill ratio in battle, or hold her full attention. His fragile masculinity unwilling to accept her as she is.

Worse yet, Buffy tried compromising her nature to appease him.

Unable to watch the drama unfold any longer, Giles took her aside. "You are not a trophy for some insecure soldier from Iowa. You are the Slayer, Buffy, remember that. To thine own self be true."
quaggy: Forbidden Forrest scene from the 1st Harry Potter movie (Night)
[personal profile] quaggy
While these two drabbles can be read seperately, I prefer to think of them as set in the same post-series future.

Title: Keep It To Yourself
Author: Quaggy
Word Count: 100
Pairing: Buffy/Giles
Prompt: Mask
Keep It To Yourself )


Title: Underneath It All
Author: Quaggy
Word Count: 100
Pairing: Buffy/Giles
Prompt: Mask
Underneath It All )

     
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[personal profile] quaggy
Title: Masquerade
Author: Quaggy
Word Count: 100
Pairing: Buffy/Giles
Prompt: Mask


Her mask obscured her features and her British accent was fairly good, but he would always know his Slayer. What he didn’t know was why she was flirting with him. Was it a joke? Or did she not recognize him? To find out, he leaned in close, turned on the charm, and whispered: “And what would you do if I suggested we move this to somewhere more private?”

“I’d say ‘let’s go before anyone realizes that the Head Slayer just ran off with their Head Watcher’,” she replied seriously, in her own voice.

It was hours before they were missed.

 

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