Summary: Giles realizes his folly and tries to make things right with Buffy. Timeline: Season 4 The Freshman.
Parings: G/O and G/B
Writen for: summer_of_giles
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Rupert Giles couldn't sleep. Every time he closed his eyes he saw the look of betrayal on his Slayer's face. Giles sighed and got out of bed. Quietly he got dressed in the dark, but just before he left the room Olivia woke up.
"Ru, where are you going? It's late." Olivia said with a frown.
"I-I have to check on Buffy, Liv." Giles told her. Again, Olivia frowned.
"Honestly Rupert, Buffy's a big girl she should be able to handle these things by now, shouldn't she?"
Giles stared at her gobsmacked. "Olivia, I thought you understood. I am a Watcher, responsible for the Slayer. I must put her needs above all else."
"Even at the cost of your own needs?" Olivia asked.
Giles sighed and pinched the bridge of his nose. "I expect you to be gone by this afternoon." He told her.
Olivia sat up and stared at Giles as if he had grown a second head. "You would chose that girl and those children over us?"
Giles sighed again. "Olivia with the lifestyle you lead I truly feel that there is no 'us' at least not the way you want."
"So it's over then?" Olivia asked Giles. He nodded.
Slowly Olivia got out of bed and gave Giles a kiss on the cheek. "In that case, I wish you good luck Rupert. I just hope that Buffy is worthy of your devotion."
Giles smiled. "I know she is," he said as he walked out the door.
Buffy couldn't sleep so she decided to do a quick patrol when she spotted a man walking on the sidewalk.
Buffy squinted as she reconized the man coming towards her. "Giles?
"Buffy?" Giles called out. "What are you doing here?"
"I couldn't sleep." Buffy replied. "So I thought I'd patrol. You?
"I too, couldn't sleep and thought I'd go see how you were doing," said Giles. "Thing is I didn't realize just how early it is."
Buffy chuckled. "Great minds, huh?"
All right, old man, stop stalling and tell Buffy how you feel. Giles thought to himself. He took a deep breath and said: "Buffy wait!"
"What is it, Giles?" She asked.
"You should know that I ended things with Olivia this morning." When the slayer started to apologize Giles held up his hand. "It's all right Buffy. It's my fault really. I-I forgot who I am,a Watcher who is to guide and protect the Slayer- protect you from the dangers of our work."
"Giles--" Buffy began, but Giles put a finger to her lips. "Please luv, let me finish."
Buffy shuddered at her Watcher's touch. But she nodded.
"What I'm trying to say is that I'm sorry for the way I treated you, when you needed me most. I promise to never put you last again."
Giles held out his hand. "Agreed?"
Buffy took his hand and pulled Giles toward her and kissed him. "Agreed."