May 2nd, 2003


Try your hand at it?

I was skimming around the friends' friends page tonight, and ran into an interesting post by gwyn_r about Giles and Buffy's relationship in S7. No, I don't mean shippy. Anyhow, she asks some questions:

So why, suddenly, is her belief in someone he doesn't like a sign of her inability as a leader? Why go behind her back and try to destroy something she depends upon? This seems uncharacteristic at best, dangerous at worst. Why would Giles, who knows she needs support and backup, suddenly lose his ability to see the things inside her she resists, understand the things about herself she doesn't always want to understand?

I'm not usually very good with analysis writing off the cuff, so I decided to try to write my ideas into a fic. I'm a working on it. I think back to my relationship with a father who abandoned me, who did very non-fatherly things but loved me beyond almost anything else in the world, and I can see a few things that might be going on.

But really, more than writing my own thoughts into a fic, I wanna read yours. It's a real live challenge: Write a fic in which *you* explain where/when/why the Buffy/Giles relationship has gone and where it ends up...a moment in time or a full length story -- I care not. Not especially interested in ship between them myself, but if you're so inclined, so be it. Post a link to it here -- if there are more than one or two responses, I'll hang 'em up on a web page.

Oh, and hi, Gwyn. Nice to meet you :-)

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Fathers and daughters

Giles watches as she walks away. In turns, he fights the anger and the disillusion and the sense of helplessness he's fought since she chose to die rather than follow his advice. He told himself last year that he was leaving so that she would find her feet and stand on them. He knew that he left more because she wasn't his any longer, because he had to find his own place in the world again.

Giving orders, being a general -- those come with the territory. Chosen. Forced to serve duty and lost to any sense of normality or a real place in this world.

She thinks she's learned her last lesson from him, but he has this one yet to teach. She has to understand, no, to remember, where her power lies.

She knows how to save the world, he even thinks she's learning how to love again. And above all, she knows how to answer the driving need to help. It's what moves her from one moment to next in a world she lives in, but isn't of.