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The Madwoman Upstairs
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BtVS; B/G "Introductions" 1/2 Rated T/PG-13 
13th-Jan-2006 12:59 am
House 1
Title: Introductions
Author: Madwoman
Pairing: B/G
Rating: T (PG-13)
Disclaimer: Joss ownz.
Warnings: Run on sentences, fragments, and lots and lots of Giles worship ahead.
Summary: So we all know that Ripper became Giles to “atone” for his crimes, but what if he didn’t? Buffy’s first meeting with her new Watcher. Yet another reworking of the “Ripper as Watcher” plot cliché.
A/N: This AU drabble is for Catherine, who helped me find that darn fic I was looking for earlier, Rari, the author of the aforementioned fic (although she has no idea who I am), and all other B/G writers who’ve experimented with this idea before. I just couldn’t resist. :)
Word Count: 830


Is there anything more hellish than being the new girl? Buffy thought with a mental wince while forcing herself to smile cheerfully as Cordelia turned to walk down the hall, leaving her in front of the library.

Cordelia wanted to know “everything about her” huh? “Great,” Buffy muttered under her breath, “that sounds like fun.” The one thing she didn’t want happening here at Sunnydale High was anyone finding out anything about her at all. Well, at least nothing beyond her being just another regular, normal, run-of-the-mill high school student. Nope, nothing special or interesting or even vaguely vampiric in Buffy Summers’ past, not at all!

Hitching her bag up a bit, she pushed open one of the library doors and walked inside hesitantly. Libraries really weren’t her thing; in fact, she probably couldn’t tell someone where the library even was in her old school.

“Hello? Is… anybody here?” Her words echoed slightly in the dim room as she looked around. Seeing no one, she moved closer to the circulation desk, her eyes idly drawn to the newspaper on top of it with the circled article. Buffy was pretty sure that someone had to be here since the doors weren’t locked, but maybe—

A hand tapped her on the shoulder and Buffy spun around, startled. “Oh!” she exclaimed, blinking up at the man who’d come up behind her. “Anybody’s here…” Buffy was vaguely aware that her voice had trailed off and her eyes were bugging out in a totally uncool way but that really couldn’t be helped considering that she just got a good look at the guy.

The guy… who was really tall and was wearing a white t-shirt and a dark blazer with blue jeans and he had an earring and Buffy had never really understood the appeal of “the older man” but now she totally got it, oh my god.

Buffy quickly tried to say something—anything—but found that her brain cells were still pretty much fried by the sheer amount of sex appeal this guy was projecting by just standing there barely two feet away and looking at her like she was retarded.

Then, apparently unimpressed by Buffy’s imitation of a goldfish, he opened his mouth and said, “Can I help you?”

In an English accent.

“Guh,” Buffy whimpered. Giving herself a mental shake, she managed to choke out, “I was, uh, looking for some, well, books. I’m new.” She smiled weakly, her brain finally coming online and realizing that she’d just made a complete idiot of herself.

Sexy English Guy quirked an eyebrow, slightly squinting at Buffy in a way that made her want to squirm. “Buffy Summers?” he asked. And wow, she had no idea her name could actually sound sexy, but obviously all it needed was an English accent that was just a little rough around the edges.

“Uh, good call! I guess I’m the only new kid, huh?” Oh, so amazingly smooth, Buffy. Way to go. She winced.

“I’m Giles,” Sexy English Guy said, “the librarian. They told me you were coming.” He walked around the circulation desk. Buffy’s eyes drifted down to check out Sexy, uh, Giles’ butt (was it even legal for a high school librarian to have a great butt and be this sexy?) and snapped back up to a less incriminating height when he was behind the counter. He bent down and Buffy heard the scuffing of book covers against book covers.

“Great! Um, of course they would—‘cuz I’m new and you’re the librarian so of course they’d tell you that I’d need, um, books.” Buffy cringed and mentally told herself to stop babbling like an idiot, for God’s sake! She took a breath. “So, uh, I’m gonna need ‘Perspectives on 20th Century—‘” she was abruptly cut off when Giles stood up and casually pulled out a large, old book with the word VAMPYR embossed in dull gold on the leather cover. He placed it on the counter top and Buffy was aware, beyond the loud and heavy thudding of her heart, that he was looking at her intently.

Slowly, all thoughts of sexy older Englishmen thoroughly out of her mind now, Buffy raised her eyes from the book to stare, horrified, at the man she knew was going to be responsible for ruining her new start on life. “This isn’t what I’m looking for,” she said quietly.

Something flickered in his dark eyes. “Are you sure?”

Buffy nodded. “I’m way sure,” she said, emphasizing every word. She lowered her eyes from his face and stared at his throat where the white V of his shirt began. She could feel his eyes on her and she forced herself not to cringe.

After what seemed like eternity, he slid the book off the counter top and out of sight. “My mistake,” he murmured.

Buffy jerked her head away from him and hurried out of the library without another word. It wasn’t until she was halfway through English class that her muscles finally relaxed.
Comments 
13th-Jan-2006 07:02 pm (UTC)
Aww...Thank you, I'm glad that I managed to help you.

Great Introductions, like it :)

Hugs,
Catherine

13th-Jan-2006 07:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :D Both for your help earlier and now for commenting! I find myself becoming more and more in love with the B/G community. It's pretty clear that you're all of the good.
13th-Jan-2006 07:30 pm (UTC)
I find myself becoming more and more in love with the B/G community
Great news ^_^ and Welcome *g*

13th-Jan-2006 07:39 pm (UTC)
Ooo. *loves* More, please!
13th-Jan-2006 08:53 pm (UTC)
Hee, glad you liked it. As for more... well, um, we'll see!
13th-Jan-2006 09:29 pm (UTC)
that was an awesome retelling (rewriting) of their first moments together! totally great. thanks for posting it! I particularly loved the way you have Buffy-mental-speak totally down. This line, especially:
The guy… who was really tall and was wearing a white t-shirt and a dark blazer with blue jeans and he had an earring and Buffy had never really understood the appeal of “the older man” but now she totally got it, oh my god.
is in such *perfect* Buffy voice!

I'd like to add my plea for more in this 'verse? Because I'd love to see what a slightly more rippery-Giles would do... especially the way you've written him! But if the muse doesn't strike, this is still a lovely fic!
13th-Jan-2006 09:57 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you liked the Buffy-mental-speak; it was a lot of fun writing it, believe me. ;)

I might just re-tell the first episode, actually. And maybe some select eps with especially delicious Giles moments.
14th-Jan-2006 12:57 am (UTC)
This is very good. Are you going to contiue or was it just a kind of snapshot story.

Either way, welcome to the group, and I hope to read many more of your stories. You have the 'voice' down really well.
14th-Jan-2006 01:46 am (UTC)
Well, I'd intended this to be just a oneshot, but I'm now thinking otherwise. :)
16th-Jan-2006 02:02 pm (UTC)
ZOMG this is AWESOME. Ripper would change EVERYTHING. He TOTALLY would stake Angel the first time that asshole showed up and he'd NEVER mess around with Jenny b/c she'd be beneath his notice and OMGOMGOMGOMGOMGYOUMUSTWRITEMOREOFTHISOMGLOVE!!!!!!```!!!1111oneone!!!111one!!2!!1111eleventykajillion!!
16th-Jan-2006 04:44 pm (UTC)
*stands shell shocked*

Uh, I'm so glad you liked my fic?

Lol, seriously, thanks. I'm really happy you enjoy this. Although I'm more than a little surprised that the 'rewriting Giles as Ripper for the entire series' plot line hasn't been done before. Like, many many times before. It seemed like a total cliche to me. :) Probably has something to do with the fact that I'm really very new to the Buffy fandom...
16th-Jan-2006 04:45 pm (UTC)
Although I'm more than a little surprised that the 'rewriting Giles as Ripper for the entire series' plot line hasn't been done before. Like, many many times before. It seemed like a total cliche to me. :)

Well if it HAS then I haven't seen it. I love it. I totally think you should write the whole series over again i dunno, a bunch of maybe pivotal moments, esp. in the first season. Mmmm Ripper. ♥
16th-Jan-2006 04:51 pm (UTC)
Um, this is probably the time to mention that I haven't watched anything beyond season 1 except for part of Band Candy, where my love for Ripper was born. I am totally with you with the Mmmm Ripper. ♥

So not so much on the rewriting the entire series thing, though I think it is a great idea. Besides, I think the longer Ripper stays, the more different the storyline will be... and I won't be able to be lazy and copy dialogue from the eps. Heh.

16th-Jan-2006 05:10 pm (UTC)
Wow, you really ARE new to the fandom. Welcome!!! ^_^ It must be your fresh perspective. Those of us who are jaded over the later seasons of crapness tend to focus on fixing things there and forget about earlier seasons.

*thinks about stealing your idea and running with it*
16th-Jan-2006 05:18 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I've heard about the later seasons... so I'm probably only going to watch until season 3. *eyefucks Netflix*

*thinks about stealing your idea and running with it*

Lol, go ahead. I think it woud be wild for this to become a cliche... though I think we'd need more than two stories for that.

I'm really more than likely to continue on with this, I think, because it is such a blast to write. :)
16th-Jan-2006 05:30 pm (UTC)
You should watch 4 and 5 too, imho. They had their problems but they were still pretty good. 6 and 7 though were entirely craptastic.

*shifty eyes*

I should probably finish my CYOA before I start any new ideas...
16th-Jan-2006 05:40 pm (UTC)
Well, since I haven't even borrowed the first disc for season 2 yet... seasons 4 and 5 and looking a little small in the distance.

Oh, and writing two possibly epic length fics at the same time is the new black, haven't you heard? Everyone's doing it. ;)
29th-Jan-2006 01:54 pm (UTC) - So yesterday...
...I was sleeping *g*
(Now, I remember lol)

Hugs,
Catherine

PS : May I friend you?
30th-Jan-2006 02:25 am (UTC) - Re: So yesterday...
Oh, of course! :D

Yay!
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