See prologue for disclaimer and authors notes.
Rating: R for now but may go to NC-17 later
Summary: After Buffy's death, Rupert Giles ran from Sunnydale as he could. When he learns of his slayer's resurrection he comes back with a blind sense of hope and completely unsure of what he will find. Upon seeing The broken shell of the women he loves, Giles vows to help her find her way back to the person she used to be. Stages of Understanding is about love, life, death, forgiveness and moving forward.
A/N: okay, I have more chapters written but they are in the beta faze. I will update to my fanfiction account (just look for the title) and on my LJ.