Author: Kat Lee
Character/Pairing: Giles, Buffy
Challenge: Last Minute
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.