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12 October 2013 @ 10:54 am
Gored or Gourd  
TITLE: Gored or Gourd
RATING: General
CHARACTERS: Giles, Anya, Buffy, Spike
PAIRING: Giles/Anya if you squint
LENGTH: 300 words
SUMMARY: In a Season 6 perhaps just a step or two from canon.

"Did you say 'gored' or 'gourd,' Giles?"

“Did you say ‘gored’ or ‘gourd,’ Giles?”

He looked up from the grimoire, damaged in a Holy Water accident in the Magic Box cellar.
“’Gourd’ as in ‘plant,’ Anya. Appalling as it is.”

“I know. Who casts a flying spell with a pumpkin?”

They shared a look of disgust at ridiculous colonial magic before she returned to her transcription. “Okay—“

At which point the door opened on a scream, and a jack-o-lantern soared into the shop, arcing over the slug candles and dribbling blood on a nice selection of crystal balls specially priced for the season.

“Duck!” Buffy shouted, just before the jack-o-lantern spun in the air, spattering blood everywhere.

But he and Anya were already moving. “Come on,” she said, clambering over the table.

He caught her dominant hand with his. Linked, they shouted words of power.

The jack-o-lantern smashed into the floor with a final moaning squish of blood and gourd.

“Sorry. It got away from us,” Buffy said, Spike at her heels.

“Yeah. New witch in town. Nice aesthetic,” Spike said. “The pumpkin patch looks like a bloody Aurelius family reunion.”

“As does your lovely display of fortune-telling accessories, Anya,” Giles said.

“And your charms and slug-lights,” Anya said sorrowfully. They squeezed each other’s hands, still linked.

Buffy and Spike looked up from the pumpkin corpse. “Um, so you guys did the hocus-pocus together like pros,” she ventured.

“Why wouldn’t we?” Giles said.

Buffy and Spike exchanged glances. “No reason,” she said.

“’Cept, you know, stink-beetles and forgotten vengeance whatsits,” Spike added. “Since when can you two manage magic?”

“We own a magic shop,” Giles and Anya said. Giles continued, “And some of us read.”

“But…” Buffy began.

“It was ‘gored,’ Giles,” Anya said to him.

“Indeed, Anya. What was that cleaning spell again?”
Tania: maybejanus_74 on October 12th, 2013 03:52 pm (UTC)
I've missed your Giles and Anya. Thanks for sharing!
LJS: Giles Anya Bit Busy by Head Rushljs on October 12th, 2013 05:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you thank you for reading, and for missing Giles and Anya. :)
Flippancy provided by: shopkeepersil_mio_capitano on October 12th, 2013 04:27 pm (UTC)
Great scene. I love how you introduce the peril. And them both indignantly saying "We own a magic shop". Damn right.

Squinting be damned. There were two people that needed to do more spells together.
LJS: Giles Anya Bit Busy by Head Rushljs on October 12th, 2013 05:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you for a fun prompt, for reading and for this -- Squinting be damned. There were two people that needed to do more spells together.

You are awesome and appreciated. :)
littleotter73littleotter73 on October 18th, 2013 09:31 pm (UTC)
Colonial magic. LOL

Very fun! Thanks for sharing!
LJSljs on October 19th, 2013 10:43 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! Well, we know Giles has opinions about "bloody colonials".... :)
mamcumamculuna on October 26th, 2013 01:43 pm (UTC)
So much fun! And what great images! All my favorites plus a flying pumpkin.

Now here I am being either picky or ignorant or both--is that meant to be "Atreus family reunion"?
LJS: Giles anya partners by kathyhljs on October 26th, 2013 02:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Mamculuna!

And "Atreus" would work too (hee!), but I was thinking of the vampire Order of Aurelius, to which Darla officially belonged, and which sometimes it's said Angel, Drusilla, and Spike belong because of vampire lineage. :)
mamcumamculuna on October 26th, 2013 02:24 pm (UTC)
Ah! My ignorance! I thought that was a very uncharacteristic slip, if you meant the Roman Aurelius family!

But thinking about ancient Roman vampires and hideous revenge is fun, especially if pumpkins are involved. Nevertheless, your story is much better.
Lesleyparatti on October 26th, 2013 10:40 pm (UTC)
Nice one:)
LJS: Giles Anya Recharging by Head Rushljs on October 26th, 2013 11:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you, L, thanks twice! :)
Ninja Kittybeadattitude on October 27th, 2013 02:11 pm (UTC)
I love the blinking Spike ans Buffy, "Heeeeeeeey, something's different here....."
LJS: Giles anya partners by kathyhljs on October 27th, 2013 03:09 pm (UTC)
Thank you thank you, Bead. :))
mobile_alhmobile_alh on October 27th, 2013 07:10 pm (UTC)
Delightfully seasonal! And plenty canonical...

"And some of us read."
LJS: Giles anya partners by kathyhljs on October 27th, 2013 08:05 pm (UTC)
Well, the Giles/Anya if you squint isn't all THAT canonical -- alas. ;)

Cheers and thanks, ALH!
tld8of9tld8of9 on October 30th, 2013 04:00 am (UTC)
I love how Buffy and Spike were shocked that Giles and Anya worked the spell.
LJS: Giles anya partners by kathyhljs on October 30th, 2013 07:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I imagine that even a step or two off canon, those two would be slightly taken aback. :)