Cross posted to open_on_sunday and my regular journal.
BtVS – Season 1-3 – Giles - 3 drabbles
Not What I Expected
He’s nervous, to be sure. He’s trained his whole life for this very moment. A Slayer! The one girl in all the world… one born with the strength and skill to hunt the vampires. Giles sees an unfamiliar face and wonders.
“Miss Summers?” He’s excited past listening to what the girl is saying as he places the huge Vampyre text on the desk in front of her. He’s taken aback when the girl refuses the volume, and he thinks, perhaps, he may be mistaken.
He watches as the poor girl leaves. He never expected the Council’s information could be wrong.
It’s totally unprecedented. Two slayers alive at the same time. Side by side they invite comparison: light and dark, isolated and gregarious, disciplined and unruly. Amazing. Oh, the beauty of a well-honed team. Rupert Giles and Kendra, the Vampire Slayer. They’d be talked about for years; her exploits legion…
His thoughts are interrupted by Buffy’s insulted squawking about the Slayer Handbook. Ah well, it’s an interesting fantasy – the Council’s perfect vampire hunter. Best to just focus on the unexpected pleasure of having two slayers hunting for the Slayer of Slayers: Spike.
William the Bloody will never know what hit him.
“I've recommended to the Council, and they've agreed, that you be relieved of your duties as Watcher immediately. You're fired.”
Quentin Travers’ words are totally unexpected. Giles has apparently done the unforgivable – interfered in Council procedure dating back millennia, but his Slayer is alive to fight another day. That should be the ultimate measure of success for a Watcher.
Whether or not Buffy ever forgives him is another story altogether. If she’ll allow him to try and rebuild the trust he’s destroyed.
He does know that the disillusionment in his girl’s eyes hurts more than the loss of his vocation.