July 8th, 2007

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FIC: The Dance of Water and Stone, part 1

Rating: FRT
Pairing: Gen
Word Count: parts 1 and 2 - 10,500K
Illustration: Khaoschilde
Disclaimer: The BtVS characters belong to M.E., Joss, et al. No infringement intended.
Author's Notes: This story continues the recasting of S4 that I began in "Blood Oranges," which describes the evolving relationship between Giles and Buffy and the rising threat of the Initiative. As before, a story from Rudyard Kipling's "The Jungle Book" is central to the structure. If you would like to read "Kaa's Hunting", it can be found at http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~rgs/jngl-Hunting.html and on the Gutenberg Project pages. I would like to thank Antennapedia for her rapid, accurate beta, help with the Japanese, and formating my huge document. I would be lost without her help. I would like to mention that Khaoschilde's story "Watcher's Keeper" first gave me the idea that Giles could become involved in the political relations among the non-human/demon sentient nations. Perhaps what happens in her story might have gotten its start from the events in this one. I found the scrumptious image by Khaoschilde only two days ago, but it fit so well with this story that I have borrowed it and can only hope my story does it justice. Finally, I apologize for not being able to post the entire thing on my day, but I had an unexpected invasion of family house guests which delayed the completion of the tale. I will get the rest up as quickly as possible. It would also help if I didn't let my characters run amok and force me to take detailed notes, i.e. the story completely got away from me, and grew much bigger than I initially intended.
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Graphics: Giles Photo Manips, PG

Apologies for my lateness. I thought my day was on Monday and just happened to check the calender and... surprise... had to toss these up in a hurry. These should be work safe, I think. Not dial-up friendly 'cause some are quite large. As is my usual policy, want, take, have. Use and abuse as you wish, no permission or credit necessary. Just enjoy.

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