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30 May 2014 @ 11:58 pm
Nothing Left (Giles, Buffy; PG/K+; Last Minute)  
Working Title: Nothing Left
Author: Kat Lee
Character/Pairing: Giles, Buffy
Rating: PG/K+
Challenge: Last Minute
Warning(s): None
Word Count: 222
Disclaimer: All characters within belong to Mutant Enemy and Joss Whedon, not the author.

He stands alone at her grave, lost in thoughts and memories of better times and times that he wished had happened but never had. He remembers one time in particular when he had been apart from the rest of the group and had been jumped on his way home. That particular gang of Vampires had wanted to make an example out of the longest living Slayer's Watcher and had quite nearly done so.

By the time Buffy had reached him, Giles' clothes had been torn to tatters and his aging body riddled with bruises, cuts, and bites. He feels so much older and in so much more pain now than he had been then. The lead Vampiress had had her fangs in his flesh when Buffy had staked her. He forgets now what he said then, but he remembers her words well.

"Don't look so surprised, Giles," she'd said with much more bravado than either of them had felt. "I may be last minute, but I'll always save you on time."

Where are you now, Buffy? he thinks forlornly, silent tears tracking down his old face. She was on time to save the world, but in doing so, she had taken the thing they all most treasured from them. She had taken herself and left them with the world and with nothing.

The End
tld8of9tld8of9 on May 31st, 2014 08:07 am (UTC)
Poor Giles, he really does miss his Buffy... um Slayer doesn't he. Well done.
Kat Leekatleept on June 10th, 2014 02:58 pm (UTC)
Flippancy provided byil_mio_capitano on June 1st, 2014 09:02 am (UTC)
"I may be last minute, but I'll always save you on time."

Now THAT is a choker of a line of dialogue. Excellent work.
Kat Leekatleept on June 10th, 2014 02:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you!