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24 January 2014 @ 12:50 am
The Hero  

Title: The Hero
Fandom: BtVS
Summary: In Prophecy Girl Buffy punches Giles so he won't interfere when she goes after the Master. What Giles is thinking as he's coming to.
Rating: G
Characters: Giles mainly but references to Jenny and Buffy
Disclaimer: They will be mine, oh yes they will, once I've taken over the world. Bwah-ha-ha!
Note: Written for a prompt at Giles Shorts – sword

When Buffy's punch had knocked him down, Rupert's thoughts flew back to his favorite boyhood game: drawing Excalibur from the stone. All the great warriors had tried and failed. When the monsters had attacked, he'd grabbed the nearest weapon to hand, drawing the sword smoothly from the stone. “Creatures of darkness beware, for I am Arthur of the Britons and your death is at hand.”

When he winced Jenny was there, asking if he was alright. “I'm not Arthur.” That seemed to upset her. He tried to explain. “I'm not the one who wields the sword. At best, I'm Merlin.”

0_Ruthless_00_ruthless_0 on January 24th, 2014 08:02 am (UTC)
*Sniggering* Love it. Very true to form. :)
Dragon's Phoenix: Still Life Revivingdragonyphoenix on January 24th, 2014 02:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you. It's nice to hear that I got it right. ;-)
gilescandy: UtherHaGlaregilescandy on January 24th, 2014 09:25 am (UTC)
Very nice. I love the vision of little boy Giles playing at being king Arthur. It's adorable.

Of course, at the back of my mind I'm yelling... No you're not. You're King Uther!
Dragon's Phoenix: Still Life Revivingdragonyphoenix on January 24th, 2014 02:52 pm (UTC)
I know, young Rupert is so cute!

I didn't even think of the tv series until this morning and this story has been in the back of my head all week. *shakes head*
Kat Leekatleept on January 24th, 2014 12:12 pm (UTC)
I really like the thought of Giles being Merlin and Buffy Arthur. :-) Great job!
Dragon's Phoenix: Still Life Revivingdragonyphoenix on January 24th, 2014 02:54 pm (UTC)
It does seem to work, doesn't it. Thanks.
Flippancy provided by: pencilil_mio_capitano on January 24th, 2014 08:56 pm (UTC)
Poor Giles. Mystic sidekick who outlives the hero. I love this. It's very cute.
Dragon's Phoenix: Still Life Revivingdragonyphoenix on January 24th, 2014 09:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I was pretty pleased when I came up with the idea. Sword(s) was a great prompt. ;-)
littleotter73littleotter73 on January 24th, 2014 09:51 pm (UTC)
LOL, I love the little exchange with Jenny, because she, of course, would just think "oh, another concussion," but Giles of course has figured it out.

Very nice. And I love kid!Rupert. Stories with him just turn to a puddle of goo, so WIN!
Dragon's Phoenix: Francine bliss facedragonyphoenix on January 25th, 2014 01:29 am (UTC)
Oh, excellent! I was hoping it was clear Jenny thought he had a concussion! I really wasn't sure that came through.

And, yeah, kid!Rupert is adorable. *huge grin*
lynnylou: B/G S2lynnylou on January 26th, 2014 12:32 am (UTC)
I loved how the idea of seeing Giles as a kid and playing sword in the stone, and how as an adult sidekick now the hero of the story. Of course Jenny would think he had another concussion with the comment “I'm not Arthur.” when he came too.
Dragon's Phoenix: Francine angeldragonyphoenix on January 26th, 2014 02:11 am (UTC)
I'm glad the bit where Jenny thought he had a concussion made sense. I would have spent a bit more time explaining that but I was going for 100 words and it was less important than Giles' epiphany.

Thanks, I'm glad you like the story.