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24 January 2014 @ 12:52 am
Fic: The Hero  

Title: The Hero
Fandom: BtVS
Summary: In Prophecy Girl Buffy punches Giles so he won't interfere when she goes after the Master. What Giles is thinking as he's coming to.
Rating: G
Characters: Giles mainly but references to Jenny and Buffy
Disclaimer: They will be mine, oh yes they will, once I've taken over the world. Bwah-ha-ha!
Note: Written for a prompt at Giles Shorts – sword

When Buffy's punch had knocked him down, Rupert's thoughts flew back to his favorite boyhood game: drawing Excalibur from the stone. All the great warriors had tried and failed. When the monsters had attacked, he'd grabbed the nearest weapon to hand, drawing the sword smoothly from the stone. “Creatures of darkness beware, for I am Arthur of the Britons and your death is at hand.”

When he winced Jenny was there, asking if he was alright. “I'm not Arthur.” That seemed to upset her. He tried to explain. “I'm not the one who wields the sword. At best, I'm Merlin.”

 
 
 
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velvetwhipvelvetwhip on January 24th, 2014 07:11 am (UTC)
Ah, the sad reality of being forced to stand by while others fight the good fight.

Lovely drabble.


Gabrielle
Dragon's Phoenix: Still Life Revivingdragonyphoenix on January 24th, 2014 02:38 pm (UTC)
Yeah, poor Giles. Thanks. I'm glad you enjoyed it.
JaniceO.comlodge on January 24th, 2014 11:08 am (UTC)
I did not realise Buffy punched Giles to prevent him going with her.

I can see him having these thoughts and having played the sword in the stone game as a youngster. Merlin the adviser, the wise and he left Arthur. Hmmm.
Dragon's Phoenix: Still Life Revivingdragonyphoenix on January 24th, 2014 02:45 pm (UTC)
I did not realise Buffy punched Giles to prevent him going with her. That's because it's a non-Spike episode. *huge grin*

It's lovely that everyone thinks this game works so well for a young Rupert. I hadn't even been thinking that Merlin had left Arthur. I'm afraid I'm not that up on the legends. Although Merlin being considered a child of the devil and Rupert becoming Ripper there for a while seems to have some resonances.
baudownbaudown on January 24th, 2014 11:12 am (UTC)
This feels so authentic to Giles as a kid.
Dragon's Phoenix: Still Life Revivingdragonyphoenix on January 24th, 2014 02:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I love that this young Rupert works so well. ;-)
Believe only half of what you see: BtVS Gilespickamix on January 24th, 2014 01:33 pm (UTC)
This fits with my head canon for Giles. I like it bunches and bunches!!!!

*hugs and love*
Dragon's Phoenix: Still Life Revivingdragonyphoenix on January 24th, 2014 02:49 pm (UTC)
*squee* I'm so glad it works so well for you. *hugs*
slaymesoftlyslaymesoftly on January 24th, 2014 04:31 pm (UTC)
Well done. I can see/hear Giles thinking that exact thing.
Dragon's Phoenix: Still Life Revivingdragonyphoenix on January 24th, 2014 05:12 pm (UTC)
*grin* Thanks. It's so nice to hear I did right by Rupert.
lucy: tara approvedclockwork_hart1 on January 25th, 2014 11:23 pm (UTC)
Oh, I love this. It's so perfect, makes so much sense (and I'm pretty sure I played this same game as s kid. Who says Arthur can't be a woman...?)

But Merlin's not such a bad thing to be, Giles. Powerful, intelligent, and always fighting - just not on the frontline, but from the shadows. (I think I've been watching too much Merlin lately)

Anywho this is awesome.
Dragon's Phoenix: Francine bliss facedragonyphoenix on January 26th, 2014 02:18 am (UTC)
I actually have never watched Merlin. So I suppose in some ways it's funny I wrote this but I have a friend who is very interested in that Celtic mythology.

No, Merlin isn't a bad person to be, but it did require a pretty hefty shift of Giles' worldview. ;-)
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