Buffy and Giles Picspam
I chronicled the father/daughter and love-hate relationship between Buffy and Giles because I feel that this was always a personal theme for me. It sounds odd, I think, but I looked up to Giles growing up.
Anyway, here it is.
Xander: Whose nightmare is this?
Giles looks at a gravestone that reads: Buffy Summers 1981 - 1997.
Giles: It's mine.
They all gather around the grave. Giles kneels next to it.
Giles: I've failed... in my duty to protect you. I should have been
more c... cautious. Taken more time to train you. But you were so
gifted. And the evil was so great. I'm sorry...
2. Prophecy Girl
Buffy: (to herself) Giles, you are not gonna believe this.
She stops when she hears Giles talking and looks into his office.
Giles: It's clear. It's what's gonna happen. Uh, it's happening now!
Angel moves into the light to read the Codex, and Buffy sees him.
She heads toward the office.
Angel: It can't be. You've gotta be wrong.
Giles: I've checked it against all my other volumes. It's very real.
Buffy stops at the door.
Angel: Well, there's gotta be some way around it.
Giles: Listen. Some prophecies are, are a bit dodgy. They're, they're
mutable. Buffy herself has, has thwarted them time and time again, but
this is the Codex. There is nothing in it that does not come to pass.
Angel: Then you're reading it wrong.
Giles: I wish to God I were! But it's very plain! Tomorrow night Buffy
will face the Master, and she will die.
Angel: Well, have you verified the text?
Buffy begins to laugh. Angel and Giles see her and exchange a look. She
slowly starts to walk away from the office door. Angel comes out of the
office after her. She stops by the table and faces them. Giles stands in his office doorway.
Buffy: So that's it, huh? I remember the drill. One Slayer dies, next
one's called! Wonder who she is. (to Giles) Will you train her? Or will
they send someone else?
Giles: Buffy, I...
Buffy: They say how he's gonna kill me? Do you think it'll hurt?
Tears are flowing freely from her eyes. Angel tries to hug her, but she
puts up her hands and quickly steps away.
Buffy: Don't touch me! (to Giles) Were you even gonna tell me?
Giles: I was hoping that I wouldn't have to. That there was... some way
around it. I...
Buffy: I've got a way around it. I quit!
Angel: It's not that simple.
Buffy: I'm making it that simple! I quit! I resign, I-I'm fired, you
can find someone else to stop the Master from taking over!
Giles: I'm not sure that anyone else can. All the... the signs
Buffy: The signs? (throws a book at him) READ ME THE SIGNS! (throws
another one) TELL ME MY FORTUNE! YOU'RE SO USEFUL SITTING HERE WITH ALL
YOUR BOOKS! YOU'RE REALLY A LOTTA HELP!
Giles: No, I don't suppose I am.
Angel: I know this is hard.
Buffy: What do you know about this? You're never gonna die!
Angel: You think I want anything to happen to you? Do you think I could
stand it? We just gotta figure out a way...
Buffy: I already did. I quit, remember? Pay attention!
Giles: Buffy, if the Master rises...
Buffy: (yanks the cross from her neck) I don't care! (calms down) I
don't care. Giles, I'm sixteen years old. I don't wanna die...
3. Lie to Me
Buffy: Nothing's ever simple anymore. I'm constantly trying to work it
out. Who to love or hate. Who to trust. It's just, like, the more I
know, the more confused I get.
Giles: I believe that's called growing up.
Buffy: I'd like to stop then, okay?
Giles: I know the feeling.
Buffy: Does it ever get easy?
Giles: You mean life?
Buffy: Yeah. Does it get easy?
Giles: What do you want me to say?
Buffy: (looks up at him) Lie to me.
Giles: (considers a moment) Yes, it's terribly simple.
They start walking out of the cemetery.
Giles: The good guys are always stalwart and true, the bad guys are
easily distinguished by their pointy horns or black hats, and, uh, we
always defeat them and save the day. No one ever dies, and everybody
lives happily ever after.
Buffy: You must be so disappointed in me.
Giles: No. (she looks at him) No, no, I'm not.
Buffy: But this is all my fault.
Giles: No. I don't believe it is. Do you want me to wag my finger at
you and tell you that you acted rashly? You did. A-and I can. I know
that you loved him. And... he... has proven more than once that he loved
you. You couldn't have known what would happen. The coming months a-are
gonna, are gonna be hard... I, I suspect on all of us, but... if it's
guilt you're looking for, Buffy, I'm, I'm not your man. All you will get
from me is, is my support. And my respect.
Giles: Why did you come here?! This wasn't your fight!
Buffy punches him in the jaw, and he spins and falls to the pavement.
Buffy: Are you trying to get yourself killed?!
She begins to cry and crouches down to hug him. He cries and hugs her
Buffy: You can't leave me. I can't do this alone.
Buffy: (uneasily) Thanks for the bail in there.
Giles doesn't face her, and instead unbuttons his vest.
Buffy: I know this is a lot to absorb, but Angel did find the glove,
and that was a good...
Giles: (interrupts) Be quiet. (slowly turns to face her) (sternly) I
won't remind you that the fate of the world often lies with the Slayer.
What would be the point? Nor shall I remind you that you've jeopardized
the lives of all that you hold dear by harboring a known murderer. But
sadly, I must remind you that Angel tortured me... for hours... for
pleasure. You should have told me he was alive. You didn't. You have no
respect for me, or the job I perform.
Giles: (shaky) It's a test, Buffy. (takes off his glasses) It's given
to the Slayer once she... uh, well, if she reaches her eighteenth
birthday. (swallows hard) The Slayer is disabled and then entrapped with
a vampire foe whom she must defeat in order to pass the test. (paces
toward his office) The vampire you were to face... has escaped. (stops
at the door facing away) His name is Zackary Kralik. As a mortal, he
murdered and tortured more than a dozen women before he was committed to
an asylum for the criminally insane. When a vamp...
Buffy stands up and throws the syringe case at him, but misses, hitting
the wall beside him.
Buffy: (sobbing angrily) You bastard. All this time, you saw what it
was doing to me. All this time, and you didn't say a word!
Giles: (faces her) I wanted to.
Buffy: (sobs) Liar.
Giles: In matters of tradition and protocol, I must answer to the
Buffy runs her hands through her hair in disbelief of her betrayal.
Giles: My role in this... was very specific. I was to administer the
injections and to direct you to the old boardinghouse on Prescott Lane.
Buffy: (crying and shaking her head) I can't... I can't hear this.
Giles: Buffy, please.
Buffy: (looks him in the face) Who are you? (lowers her hands) How
could you do this to me?
Giles: I am deeply sorry, Buffy, (reaches out to her) and you have to
She backs away and warns him off with her hand.
Buffy: (shaking with hatred) If you touch me, I'll kill you.
Giles lowers his hand.
Giles: (imploringly) You have to listen to me. Because I've told you
this, the test is invalidated. You will be safe now, I promise you. Now,
whatever I have to do to deal with Kralik... and to win back your
Buffy: (interrupts, sobbing) You stuck a needle in me. You poisoned me!
8. A New Man
Buffy gets Giles' legs in a scissor lock and takes him down. Before he can get up, Buffy straddles his waist with the letter opener in her hand. She leans down close to him.
Buffy: *This* is for Giles!
Giles: For me?
With both hands, Buffy raises the weapon high above her head and slams it down into Giles' chest. Giles' eyes open wide. Buffy is looking into his eyes.
Buffy: (shocked) Oh, God! Giles!
Buffy pulls out the letter opener.
Buffy: (pleading) Oh, God! Giles! Giles! I'm so--I'm so sorry! Please don't die!
Giles: Actually, I feel quite well. Except for the rage.
Buffy: You okay?
Giles: (sheepishly) Oh, um, uh, embarrassed, mostly. Ethan's wardrobe's not helping any. (faces her) Uh, how did you know it was me?
Buffy: Your eyes. (off his look) You're the only person in the world that can looked *that* annoyed with me.
9. Once More With Feeling
Your path's unbeaten and it's all uphill
And you can meet it, but you never will
And I'm the reason that you're standing still
I wish I could say the right words
To lead you through this land.
Wish I could play the father
And take you by the hand [reaching out his hand, then pulls it back]
Wish I could stay here
But now I understand
I'm standing in the way.
GILES: (looks at her) Buffy, what's happened here?
BUFFY: (pacing) God. I don't even know where to start.
GILES: Well, Willow's clearly been abusing the magicks.
BUFFY: (nods) She has. She was ... and I barely even noticed. Giles, everything's just been so... (sighs) Xander left Anya at the altar, and Anya's a vengeance demon again... (Giles looking shocked) Dawn's a total klepto ... money's been so tight that I've been slinging burgers at the Doublemeat Palace ... (looks down at the floor) And I've been sleeping with Spike.
Buffy pauses, looks up at Giles, looks as if she can't believe she just said that.
Giles stares at her. She looks away again, embarrassed.
Suddenly Giles starts laughing. He covers his mouth with his hand but can't stop. Buffy stares at him, pouty.
GILES: (trying to calm down) Sorry.
11. Lies My Parents Told Me
Buffy...I - I understand your anger. Please believe me, we did what we -
(not looking at Giles) He's alive. Spike's alive. Wood failed.
Well, that doesn't change anything. What I told you is still true. You need to learn -
(looks at Giles) No, I think you've taught me everything I need to know. (shuts her door)