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Untold Stories

I'll hide it all behind cut tags so you don't have to watch the mess unfold. I've discovered tonight with the help of some serious logic that the words will still come if I stream them straight into something other than a blank sheet of paper -- to an audience, if you will. And since I don't want to monopolize Mint's IM window with random sentences, lj's going to have to play catch. I won't get offended if you unfriend me or whatever b/c you're bored to death.

And if you decide to peek? Don't expect continuity, plot, decent grammar, and possibly even correct spelling. But feel free to point out errors that you see. It won't offend.

He'd like to tell himself that it's duty that put him on this plane, cramped into a coach class seat and wondering whether he'd hit the balance between too much and not enough sedation when he doctored her over-sugared coffee. Wouldn't do to have too much notice drawn to them. The Rosenberg's weren't precisely overprotective parents, but one had to wonder whether they'd eventually come to the conclusion that Willow's increasingly--fringe was a good word for it--behavior was in any way related to his presence in her life.

Willow moaned softly in her seat, shifting her weight and sinking farther into the slim gap between the beige plastic of the walls and the rough orange upholstery.

No, it wasn't duty. Giles unbuttoned the top button of his shirt and pulled a leather bound novel from the seat pocket. He'd never been good at serving his obligations simply because they were his obligations, no matter the hipocrisy in forcing those sentiments on Buffy through 7? years and several lifetimes.

Duty would have meant dispatching her, a known vessel of evil, without regard for human intent or potential. Carefully tucking the bookmark into his jacket pocket, Giles opened the book to stare at the yellowing pages. The sound of her labored breathing made the words swim before sightless eyes.

Honestly now, guilt came closer to describing what drove him forward. But then didn't it always?

With a quiet murmur of thanks, Giles accepted the scotch the flight attendant brought and downed it in two gulps. Should have ordered several at once--it would take more than one to chase away the knot of emotions pushing painfully at the guilt.


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Jan. 30th, 2003 01:59 am (UTC)
"...bored to death" - Not bloody likely!
Oooh. You've started! It's lovely, very Giles. I like it. I'm very excited you're writing this and looking forward to some more soon.
Jan. 30th, 2003 10:27 am (UTC)
Re: "...bored to death" - Not bloody likely!
I'll keep at it, though I do not promise it will ever see the light of day anywhere but here. Thanks for the encouragement!
Jan. 30th, 2003 02:40 am (UTC)
Looks great, Chris. :) Hey, LJ, IM, whatever works to get it out of your head & on the page.
Jan. 30th, 2003 10:22 am (UTC)
Nods. It's been bad long enough, time to take whatever action is necessary to try to resolve the situation.

I tried at least four times to respond to your posts yesterday, but no dice... I'm still much loving the fic bits, and was sorry to hear it was a lousy day.

I find it truly frightening to realize just how many of the female writers I associate with online are on similar moon cycles. ... Here's hoping today is a better day.
Jan. 31st, 2003 09:34 pm (UTC)
Oh! Oooo.... I followed my icon here... ;-) And I'm SO glad I did! This sounds really interesting (I'm kind of hoping it might be W/G shippy, but even if not, it's very well written so far). I look forward to reading more in the future!

Jan. 31st, 2003 09:49 pm (UTC)
:-) Glad you like it. Shippy, probably so. There's a post somewhere a ways back that started the obsession and a little more of this all out of order. The title of it is "Rough". I need to get them from this point in time to that one, though. Not sure where it's heading, just noodling at the moment.
Feb. 1st, 2003 01:17 am (UTC)
Can't wait to see where you noodle it to! :-) It's great!

I'm planning to go back through some of your posts probably tomorrow and try to catch up on all the pieces and what not.

You are writing Giles very well. And I can't wait for the shippy!

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