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Fic: Quia amore langueo (B/G FRT) 12/12

TITLE: Quia amore langueo - Epilogue
AUTHOR: Pythia

Disclaimers in Part One Continued in Part Two, Part Three , Part Four, Part Five, Part Six , Part Seven, Part Eight,  Part Nine, Part Ten and Part Eleven.  Finished here.  :-)

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“… so then, I put him back to bed and tucked him in, all nice and cosy. Because – you know, flu, and cracked lips and clogged lungs and stuff … “ Buffy stirred her latte with a casual spin of her wrist, as she were simply discussing the time of day. “… but he kinda made up for that, last night  …”

Buffy,” Willow reacted, sounding more amused than scandalised. “You’re not serious!”

“Oh, utterly serious.” She sipped at her coffee, her eyes twinkling at her best friend over the rim of the cup. They’d sought sanctuary in Giles’ office while he and Miss Parkinson went over the last minute arrangements for their attendance at the festival and Buffy had discovered that there were a few more privileges to being the Prime Slayer than she’d expected. Being able to send a Council flunkey to fetch a decent coffee from the nearest Starbucks was apparently one of them.  “I mean – after another day resting in bed, a long hot shower and shave, and a little Watcher/Slayer bonding over a biryani … which you have totally got to try by the way … and then some ‘hedge around the issue’ hesitancy – because we were both kinda worried that we might have been giving or getting the wrong messages … well, let’s just say that we took our relationship to a much more intimate level. Which was good. Actually,” she added, remembering the event with a slightly dreamy look. “it was very good. And I kinda get the feeling that it’s going to get better. With practice,” she grinned. “And training. Lots and lots of training …”

“Well,”
Willow decided, leaning back into her comfy chair and savouring her mochachino.  “I’m very happy for both of you. Because – you belong together. You always have. Not … that way, exactly, but … I guess you needed that time apart to figure all that out, right?”

“Right.  That – and the dream, which kinda hit me over the head with it. Slayers need their Watchers – and I’m so not going go into the whole psych 101 stuff about the significance of the eating thing, but … I kinda liked what you told me. In the dream, I mean.”

“The light of knowledge stuff?”
Willow asked. Buffy nodded thoughtfully.

“Yeah – ‘cos it’s not just that I need him … it’s that he needs me, you know? We always were stronger together. A team. And you and Xan, too, of course, but …”

“Slayer/Watcher bonding?” 
Willow’s smile was warm. “Hey – I got Ken. I get it. Only – with us? She’s my anchor. Keeps me grounded. With you and Giles – it’s kinda the other way round.”

“Yin and Yang.” Buffy reached into her blouse to lift out the end of the silver chain she was wearing, and the charm that hung from it. It was warm from its contact with her skin. The circle of silver was bisected by a curve of scarlet enamel, and tiny, delicate jewels – a diamond and a ruby – were set on either side.   “He gave me this, this morning. I think I’d have gotten the whole lecture too, only his throat’s still kinda raspy and he has that speech to make today? Anyway – white and black? That’s light and dark, right? This is heart and soul.”

“That’s beautiful,”
Willow said, half reaching to touch the charm and then grinned, letting her hand fall away. “And so not touching that unless I want my fingers burned.”

Buffy frowned at her charm. “He magicked it?”

“Well – duh.” 
Willow rolled her eyes.  “Wouldn’t take much – a dab of oil, a drop of blood … and a whole lot of knowing what to do with power and the words to make it work, but … yeah. Nothing says ‘I love you’ more than a gift like that. If he said ‘heart and soul’ then he meant it. A little piece of himself, given into your care.”

“Wow,” Buffy said, looking at her gift through enlightened eyes. She very carefully tucked it back inside her blouse, letting it settle above her heart. “Guess I’d better take care of it then.”

“Yes, you should.” 
Willow fixed her with a sudden and determined stare. “Because … well, you don’t need the shovel speech, right?”

“Right,” she said. “It’s a given, Will. We’ve hurt each other far too much already. And I don’t suppose it’ll be all ‘happy ever aftering’ for us, either – but we’re going to make it work. I know we will. Besides,” she grinned, “I nursed him through all that gunk and snot and whiny misery – and I still want to be with him. That must be love …”
 
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FIN.  (For the moment, at least.  *g*)
 
Gileswench’s challenge: We all know what a lousy patient a healthy man can be. I want Giles to be sick with something like a 48-hour bug of nastiness or a minor injury that inconveniences him for a short time, and Buffy is taking care of him. Must include: Giles whining, Buffy trying to help Giles with something he can do by himself, and as much snark as you can load into it. May be friendship or romance at your discretion and must have a happy ending.
 



Tags: fic type: het, fic type: multi-part, giles/buffy, rating: pg/frt, z_creator: mythichistorian
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