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Title: Cold Comfort
Author: il-mio-capitano
Rating: FRT
Characters: Giles, Faith
Length: 100
Continues the story from Seeing the Way Clear (Giles, Faith)
Last line: She was going to need it.

She was going to need it. Giles ordered burgers and sodas from the waitress and looked across the booth at Faith’s sad, pale figure.

“It’s over now. You did a good job.”

She made no answer and the sodas arrived. Giles blanched and ordered himself tea.

“What you saw,” he began. “The vision. It doesn’t mean it has to come to true.”

She looked at him.

“Faith, we defy prophecies daily. You are stronger than you realise. You are not going to blow your brains out in a cheap motel.”

“But it wasn’t me that I saw. It was you.”

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Title: Dressed to Kill
Author: il-mio-capitano
Length: 100
Characters: Giles and Buffy
Rating: FRC

But when Buffy came down the stairs in that little black dress, stilettos, and the bright red lipstick that accentuated her pout, he knew his plans were doomed.

"Where do you think you're going?" Giles cautiously asked.

"I'm your 'plus one'."

"The invitation doesn't include a 'plus one'."

"The invitation doesn't include the bit about it being a big fat trap for gullible watchers." She smiled sweetly. "Maybe the card was too small?"

Giles turned and tugged at his bow tie in the mirror.

"I can look after myself, you know," he griped. "You can't possibly be carrying any weapons."


Mar. 13th, 2017 03:28 pm
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Title: Showdown
Author: il-mio-capitano
Length: 100
Characters: Jenny and Giles
Following on from It Doesn't All Suck Last line: Destiny had dealt her a solid.

Destiny had dealt her a solid pair of aces and Jenny wasn't going to pass up the opportunity. She stared provocatively across the card table at Rupert and tried to fluster him, but he drank his beer and stared back impassively - damn the man!

"Maybe we should make this hand interesting, English?"

"We have an equal amount of chips left," he said neutrally.

She slipped off her jacket to reveal more of her silk blouse.

"I'm prepared to go all in." She lent forward as she spoke and caught him looking. "And you'll have to call me to find out."

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Title: Compensations
Author: il-mio-capitano
Length: 100
Characters: Buffy and Giles
Following on from: A Slayer's Destiny last line: After all, it was her destiny.

After all, it was her destiny to fight the dark forces of evil alone. Nevertheless, as Buffy surveyed what seemed to be the most law abiding cemetery in the history of Undead Sunnydale, such a destiny kinda sucked on the slow nights.

Footsteps on the gravel path piqued her interest but it was only Giles. She ignored him pointedly, and he, saying nothing in return, sat down and proceeded to pour a thermos of tea, the smell of which had her wrinkling her nose in disapproval. However, things improved when he produced cake.

"You'd better have brought enough to share."

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Title: Seeing the Way Clear
Author: il-mio-capitano
Length: 100
Characters: Giles, Faith

Following on from More Than Money - What the hell was wrong with her?

What the hell was wrong with her?

"Faith!" Giles shouted again but still she remained motionless at the top of the chasm, mesmerised by the demon's swirling golden void. "Oh, bloody hell."

He scrambled up and grabbed her arm. "Come away. I don't care what you think you can see in there."

She flicked him away effortlessly, her gaze still on the mystical eddies below and Giles grew genuinely frightened. "Please."

"But I can see what happens, Giles. A cheap motel, a bottle of scotch, a handgun..."

"You're stronger than that, Faith."

She turned and looked at him so sadly.

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Title: Turning Point
Author: il_mio_capitano
Length: 100
Characters: Ethan, Giles
Following on from Forever in the last line first line challenge

"Forever?" Giles stammered.

The yellow eyes flashed in amusement. The sharp teeth, which couldn't obscure the essential mischievousness that had once been Ethan, glistened.

"I'm not leaving you behind to rot as a human, Ripper. It will be like old times." He took a predatory step nearer. "Except we will have eternity together."

Giles' retreat hit the wall behind him, causing him to yelp.

"Could we not just start with coffee?" he bleated.

Ethan was close now, his hand slowly caressing Rupert's cheek.

"I think we've gone beyond that, don't you?"

Giles gripped the stake in his pocket.

"I guess."
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Title: Extracurricular Pursuits

Author: il-mio-capitano
Length: 100 words
Characters: Jenny

Following on from Love Potion in the last line first line challenge...

She watched him leave with a wicked smile on her face. Uncle Enyos had been disturbed at her report that the hated vampire had been making friends within the school and had adamantly insisted she pursue these friends.

“These children must be found and watched, Janna.”

He had been angry and righteous until Jenny had meekly agreed to obey him at which he had blessed her head and called her his child again.

As the door closed she smiled at her neglect in mentioning the role of the Librarian in Angel’s life. She wanted to keep him all to herself.

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Title: Parting Habits
Author: il-mio-capitano
Rating: frt.
Characters: Giles, Ethan
Last line: The one thought he did not allow in his mind was that it was all too much for him, that he was running away. (24 words!)

The one thought he did not allow in his mind was that it was all too much for him, that he was running away. No. His was a completely rational decision, and so what if he was dressing softly in the middle of the night so as not to wake the figure on the mattress? Staying with Ethan would be running away, plunging further into hedonistic magicks in an attempt to destroy what was left of Rupert Giles would be running away. Those would be cowardly actions, not this.

Nevertheless, he picked up his boots and crept out in shame.
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Title: Clean Conscience
Last line: He needed to fix this, but how?

He needed to fix this but how? Giles looked in panic at the pile of dust on the carpet that had formally been Spike. He shouldn't have done it, but the vampire had been giving him such aggravation all day, that he'd practically asked for it. Surely Buffy would understand?

No, she would not. Oh hell!

Wasn't there a spell that was said to reconstruct a body? And perhaps another to reconnect Spike's soul? That could work and she'd never have to know what had happened.

On the other hand... Giles reached a decision and switched on the vacuum cleaner.
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Title: Something Stronger Required
Rating: FRC
Last line: Perhaps a cup of tea would help.

"Perhaps a cup of tea would help?"

Spike mustered all his soul into an expression of contempt.

"Don't be a plonker, Rupert. This requires the good stuff. Break out the single malt. My heart is literally in pieces on your floor here, mate."

"Well not 'literally' literally," Giles muttered to himself. Some men were cursed with many burdens, his was having to listen to every Buffy break-up story.

"You've got to speak to speak to her, Rupes. I've written something down for you."

Giles narrowed his eyes at the paper.

"Are these rhyming couplets?"

"Would that be a problem?"
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Title: Don't Look Now
Author: il-mio-capitano
Last Line: He'd lost his resolve
Rating: frc

He'd lost his resolve before but never with such humiliating consequences.

"Giles, you promised me you'd try this. You said, quite clearly, in front of witnesses that you would agree to anything I asked for my birthday."

He looked horror-stricken at Buffy.

"But you can't hold me to that promise. I thought you just wanted to go to the mall. This requires intimacy and equipment."

"You're already wearing the harness. Nothing will go wrong."

"But it's pinching."

The safety guy on the bridge gestured them forward.

"Ok, next couple. Your turn to jump."

"Dear Lord." Giles closed his eyes.
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Title: Rules
Author: il-mio-Capitano
Last line: He wasn't the man she wanted.

He wasn't the man she wanted him to be. The party had been wild and reckless, but now he was alone with the prettiest girl, Ripper saw past the mixture of lust, drink and drugs in her young waxy eyes and realised she was probably no more than fifteen. God, it was a terrible thing to be a responsible adult at twenty-one, and though she flung all manner of curses at him as he grabbed his jacket and fled the room, it was still the right thing to do.

He lit a cigarette and walked home. Some rules mattered.
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Title: Over Committed
Last line challenge: Goodbye.
Author's note: yes, I'm cheating a bit.

"Good buy, Giles!" Anya exclaimed, reading the inbound shipping manifest. "Because our inventory really needed the shot in the arm of 200 crystal skull paperweights."

He snatched the paperwork from her. "What? I only ordered twenty."

"But why buy any at all? There are only so many suckers out there who buy this kind of crap. Call the wholesaler at once and cancel."

"It, um, wasn't the regular wholesaler. It was more a sort of, um, special supplier."

"Special blonde or special brunette?"

A second delivery truck pulled up outside, and then an eighteen-wheeler.

"Giles, what have you done?"
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Kicking off March goes the first Drabble. The last line is all yours to spin from.

Title: Parental Pressure

Giles looked at the sporty red motorcycle for sale, and the possibilities thrilled his middle-aged heart. His dad had forbidden him one twenty-five years earlier, but then his dad had pretty much forbidden everything back then, and there was absolutely no reason to feel bound by his strict rules and censure now.

He'd only managed six blocks on the test ride when he suddenly had to pull over and cut the engine. It hadn't been his father who'd stopped him, it had been his mum, and she hadn't even said a word. Her eyes just said it all.
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I've actually written something!

As an experiment, I've created a giles_shorts collection over on AO3 and posted the ficlet over there.

Click to read Venus Flytrap...

I've thrown open the challenge to anyone who might want to write a conclusion to this. In turn, I'm happy to be challenged to rescue Giles from any other situation.

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Title: The Hustle
Author: il-mio-capitano
Length: 1250ish
Rating: FRT
Characters: Giles, Buffy (not shippy)
Setting: It's early BtVS, somewhere in seasons 1-3 as you see fit.
Written for non-specific Sporting!Giles prompt

Read more... )

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We still have a few days left in March so here's another one.

Title: Distractions
Author: il-mio-capitano
Length: 100
Rating: FRT
Characters: Giles, Xander

"Because you're mine now," the walls whispered.

Xander looked around the ancient library in alarm. At each reading desk he could see corpses of scholars bent over books. Different generations, different motives to their own perhaps, but all had rotted to husk and bone.


"Mmmm. Just a minute, Xander." The watcher was already seated, scrolls of slayer prophecy at his elbows. A notebook and pencil in eager hands. "There's something about Buffy in here."

To his side, a desk invitingly held the complete early X-Men comics but Xander pulled Giles roughly to his feet.

"We have to go."

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I'm feeling good this morning so there are two drabbles. I'm possibly being a bit too competitive.

Title: Sacrifice
Author: il-mio-capitano
Length: 100
Rating: FRT
Characters: Giles, Xander

"If we'd been having sex, none of this would have happened."

Though his hands were tied uncomfortably behind him, Giles twisted to look incredulously at his similarly bound friend."Well not together, obviously," Xander continued. "I just mean if either of us had any kind of social life, we wouldn't be in this mess."

Giles looked to where the high priest was preparing his sacrificial alter and conceded the point.

"I suppose there are better ways to spend a Saturday night. Did Buffy give you any kind of timeframe for when she'd be joining us?"

"I thought you called her?"

Title: New life
Author: il-mio-capitano
Length: 100
Rating: FRT
Characters: Giles, Travers, A bit of Faith

He booked the next flight out to Sunnydale but Travers intercepted him.

"A monstrous resurrection. It is your duty, Rupert, to take whatever is out there and put it back in the bloody ground!"

"Not if it is really Buffy."

Travers oozed, "Then I'm sure Faith will eagerly take the opportunity to set matters right."

Giles could only smile. He'd anticipated that move already and phoned the jail. 'Yeah, Mr Stuffy Butt rang, but we're five by five here, G.'

"Faith isn't terribly interested in Council offers." He savoured his advantage. "What's the matter, Quentin? I thought you called her?"

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Title: White Out
Author: il_mio_capitano
Prompt: snow
Length: 940
Characters: Giles, Xander. FRT

White Out... )


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