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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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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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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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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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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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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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Title: One Day Later
Author: Quaggy
Word Count: 100
Last line prompt: "After all, it was her destiny."
Notes: Post-ep for "Welcome to the Hellmouth"/"The Harvest"


It was her destiny, but that didn’t mean she had to like it.

Being the Slayer destroyed the life she had, but she had a chance to all start over again in Sunnydale. Except her new town had a vampire problem too.

But she had made a few friends already. Willow was all kinds of awesome and Xander wasn’t too bad either, once you got past the teenage boy posturing. And she liked her new Watcher far more than she wanted to admit. It sort of felt like she’d known him forever.

Maybe things would work out okay after all.



Title: Twenty Years Later
Author: Quaggy
Word Count: 100
Last line prompt: "After all, it was her destiny."
Notes: Post-ep for "Welcome to the Hellmouth"/"The Harvest", technically speaking


It was her destiny, but it sure had turned out different from what she had expected.

She was still alive for one thing. Heck, it was well over fifteen years since the last time she died. And life had gotten pretty peaceful in the last decade.

Even though they all lived in different parts of the world, she was able to see Willow and Xander on a fairly regular basis. And Giles, once her Watcher and now so much more than that, was still by her side, stalwart and true.

Maybe it wasn’t so bad being a Slayer after all.


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Title: Inherited Skill
Author: Quaggy
Word Count: 100
Last line prompt: "Her eyes just said it all"
Notes: Fluff. Pure fluff.


Her eyes just said it all. So did the chocolate around her mouth.

“Zoey, do not lie to me. Where you sneaking cookies before diner?”

“I’m sorry, Daddy.”

Giles did his best to remain stern, but it was a near thing. She looked entirely too much like her mother.

Buffy laughed when he told her about it later. “You think after all these years of being around me, you’d be more immune to a good pout!”

“Quite the opposite, in fact. You’ve always made me far too happy that I gave in. After all this time, it’s a conditioned response.”
 
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Title: Only Sleeping
Author: Quaggy
Word Count: 100
Last line prompt: "He didn't like it"


He didn't like it. Buffy kept falling asleep on him.

Well, he did like her warm weight on his shoulder. That she still trusted him enough to let her guard down. But she did it so often he’d begun to suspect that it was the only time she was getting uninterrupted sleep.

A whole world full of Slayers and yet somehow it still always came down to his. (Yes, his. Always his.)

He’d figure out how to solve this. In the meantime, he’d just hold her close and glare at anyone that dared approach them. It was effective, at least.
  
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So I honestly did try to get these down to 100 words, but it pretty hard to write an AU successfully with such a limited word count. So these are double drabbles, both clocking in at 200 words exactly. They are linked, so you'll have to read the first to understand the second. All you really know is that I dislike Season 6 intensely and yet somehow responded by writing a scenario that was arguably just as dark and depressing.


Title: Oh, To Be Wrong!
Author: Quaggy
Word Count: 200
Last line prompt: Giles closed his eyes
Notes: This veers off canon shortly after Tabula Rasa
Giles closed his eyes... )


Title: Just To See You Once Again
Author: Quaggy
Word Count: 200
Last line prompt: "Giles, what have you done"
Notes: The title is from the song "Everything I Own" by Bread, which fits Giles's mental state a bit too well.

Giles, what have you done... )

Okay, now please excuse me while I go write something fluffy.
  
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Title: New Job Frustrations
Author: Quaggy
Word Count: 100
Last line prompt: "It wasn’t exactly what he’d had in mind "


It wasn’t exactly what he’d had in mind when he found out he was to be posted to the Hellmouth. Becoming the epitome of the tweedy British stereotype. Hiding all his academic degrees that a librarian hired by the Californian public school system just wouldn’t have. He would even have to drive an old banger of a car to better fit the image.

He was leaving behind London, a job he loved at the British Museum and the promise of starting something up again with Olivia.

All for a Slayer he knew nothing about. She had better be worth it.

  
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Title: Can’t Always Get What You Want
Author: Quaggy
Word Count: 100
Pairing: Buffy/Giles
Last line prompt: "He wasn't the man she wanted"
Notes: I'm really sorry. I wanted the last line to be "Not like that." I thought it would be a good prompt. But the drabble had other ideas about what would be a good ending. But if you want to use "Not like that" as the prompt instead, I for one won't object!


He wasn't the man she wanted as a girl. She’d been too blinded by the dark and mysterious. But like the song said, you get what you need. She needed someone strong and calm when her world went insane. Someone to call her out when she was being stupid and yet never lose faith in her, in who she was. Someone who’d trust her with even the ugly parts of himself. Who wouldn’t see her strength as his weakness.

But she never would have believed that Giles could ever need her. Not like that. Not until he practically screamed it.

 
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Title: Goes Around, Comes Around
Author: Quaggy
Word Count: 100
Last line prompt: "A Slayer deserves a night off now and then."



A Slayer deserves a night off now and then. Every good Watcher knew that. But it seemed like every night was an excuse to go clubbing. This new Slayer was reckless, irresponsible, and completely aggravating. Not that this Watcher would say any of that out loud. She was not a hypocrite. It didn’t matter, of course. Giles always knew what she was thinking.

“You are enjoying this FAR too much,” Buffy grumbled, as they watched her young charge. Her first as a newly minted Watcher.

“I am actually.”

“Stupid role reversal.”

“I recommend Scotch. Shall I?”

“Yes! A double, please.”


  

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