Title: The Best Sort of Painkiller
Characters: Giles, Buffy
Setting: Season 2, Dead Man’s Party
Word Count: 100
Disclaimer: For fun, not profit.
Giles flexed his left hand, his fingers still stiff and sore despite weeks of physical therapy. Normally he wouldn’t acknowledge the lingering pain, but it was a constant reminder of his own failure. Angelus had done more damage than he could’ve possibly imagined in lieu of unleashing hell on earth, breaking both Watcher and Slayer.
She’d been missing for months and he was worried sick, tracking every lead. At the knock at the door, he set down his research and answered it. There she stood before him, surrounded by her friends, safe and whole. And suddenly the pain was gone.