July 25th, 2007


Fic: Graveside

Title: Graveside
Author: hobgoblin
Rating: FRC, genfic

Written for summer_of_giles

DISCLAIMER: The characters are the property of Joss Whedon, Mutant Enemy, Sandollar Productions, Kuzui Enterprises, 20th Century Fox Television, the WB Television Network, and whoever else may have a hold on them. I do not mean to infringe upon any copyrights.

Here is my offering for today. And yes, Potterdammmerung did suck out my brain, leaving me only with this fragment from months ago. Least it's short.

An alternate universe, an alternate perspective. Post Chosen. Anyone who'd like to take this idea and run with it, just ask.

She watches him, sometimes. He's greyer now, older, infinitely weary. They've been friends, lovers, enemies, colleagues, comrades at arms, strangers over the years. Sometimes all of them at once. She got right with him, then wrong, then right again, more times than she cares to count. For the better part of a decade now, she's watched. Watched as the burdens ground him down to this man she barely recognizes.

She crosses the distance between them now as the crowd disperses, leaving him to stand alone at the grave, gazing off into nowhere. He starts as she lays a hand on his arm. He's shaking so hard, trying to hold it in, to be strong in front of his charges, but she knows better. Without a word, he opens his arms and wraps them around her, but it is she who holds him up.

She’s been with the coven for a long while, ever since she came to help Willow with her magic, and her grief. She’s always felt responsible for that-- that she wasn’t there while her friends’ lives came unhinged; that she didn’t even know Giles wasn’t there, either, until it was far too late. When Buffy called, her voice like ice.

But Rupert feels responsible for much more. He stands now at the grave of another Slayer, one not much older than the child they might have had. Another casualty in the never ending war. He always does this afterward-- gives himself fully to his grief this one time, then takes up his mantle again and carries on. She hates the stiff upper lip bullshit, but she sees why he does it, now. That grim determination has gotten them through more bad nights than she can number.

But she can’t help missing his smile.
b/g - in the library

Feedback ...Day!

Hi guys!  Ok, just so you know, it's all jet lag's fault!  Really!  That's why you're getting this set of feedback links on .. Wednesday.

That being said, it does not diminish one bit the fantastic contributions made by some incredibly talented people in the last 7 (or 8) days since our last feedback list was posted.  And I feel I should also tell you (and trust me, I'm mentally wailing NO!! at this) that we only have 7 days left of our summer schedule here at SOG.

What's that mean?  That means that if you didn't get the chance to read all of the fabulous contributions of the last couple of days, or look at the wonderful graphics, you should take a look now!  And remember, every time you feedback, a small child stops kicking the back of someone's seat on an intercontinental flight and they can get some rest!  (ok, not really, but wouldn't it be great if that were true?  What is true is that your feedback encourages our authors to write and our graphic artists to art... so the more you give them the more they work hard at what they do so well).

Now, the links:

I'd Also LIke to Test That Theory (G/Wes, PG13/R) by xandrew157  (links to all 4 parts)
Precious Burdens (G/Buffy, FRC) by xdawnfirex
Five Groupies (G/many, FRC) by xdawnfirex
Before Today I've Never Ridden On The MCA (Core 4 friendship, FRC) by xdawnfirex
Five Parts of a Story (G/Buffy, M) by xdawnfirex
Five Times Buffy Said Yes (G/Buffy, FRC) by xdawnfirex
Phone Encounters (G/Buffy, FRAO) by xdawnfirex
Candle Wax (G/Buffy, FRAO) by xdawnfirex
Not the End of the World (G/Xander, Mature) by reremouse  & savoytruffle
Happily Never After (G/Xander, FRT) by mireille719
Memory Will Hallow All (G/Wesley, R) by lostgirlslair
Memoirs of Loss (Giles gen, PG) by angryteabag
5 Times Giles & Buffy Reflected on Events in their Relationship (G/Buffy, PG13) by rumidha
Interlude (G/Wesley, FRAO) by larakailyn
Watcher in La-La Land (Giles gen, G) by zandra_x
Tabloid Troubles (G/Buffy, PG) by carlaland
Killing Time (G/Xander, FRAO) by mireille719
Giles' Sword (G/Buffy friendship, FRT) by gileswench

3 Willow/Giles Banners & 14 various icons by angryteabag
Giles/Fred, Giles/Lilah, Giles/Wes banners & icons by larakailyn
Icon bases (Giles only & Giles/Buffy) by scratchingpost1

Bulletin Board - Manip

It's midnight here so I'm going to make my first post for this year. *s* ((Well, heck, in spite of what the timestamp says it was after midnight when I hit post. *L*)) This one is just for fun. It's my idea of what Giles's bulletin board would look like when he went back to the University... AFTER the raising of Eyghon. With Ripper trying to fit back into a more normal life.... Well, normal for someone training to be a Watcher.

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More either in the morning... or when I get home from work.