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Title: Genuine Old British Guy Tea
Fandom: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Characters: Giles, Buffy
Word Count: ~320 words
Rating: G
Spoilers: Buffy S4 around "Something Blue," when Spike's still chained in Giles' bathtub

Disclaimer: None of these characters are belong to me. They are belong to Whedon, Greenwalt, ME, and co.

A/N: This is a wee ficlet about Giles when he is under the weather, written for [livejournal.com profile] dragonpaws when she was also under the weather.

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The lie down hadn't helped at all. When Giles woke his head was still pounding, albeit at a somewhat slower tempo. His throat still ached. And, as he should have known, sleeping on the couch had put an entirely new stiffness in his neck.

"Giles?"

And startling halfway upright did his vertigo no good whatsoever. "Buffy." She hovered next to him with an expression of pert concern that made him close his eyes again. "Buffy, I haven't any instructions for you. I'm sure you'll do fine on patrol."

"And you're miserable, and I should therefore leave you alone."

"If you please." It was a good age at which to die, he thought. He'd be spared all the wretched elderly infirmities.

"Well, I'll just have to give this tea to someone else."

He opened his eyes again. "Tea?"

Yes, there was one of the ridiculous novelty mugs from Jenny in her hands, and yes, vapor did seem to be rising from it. "It's not that blasted bedtime tea your mother makes, is it?" The kind that came in small papery bags -- bloody Americans.

She gave him the mug. "Genuine old British guy tea." It was just a trifle too warm, but the heat soothed his hands. He pushed himself up just far enough to peer into the mug. It looked roughly the color yielded by his specially ordered Darjeeling blend. A few specks of what appeared to be tea leaves floated at the top. Tentatively he lifted it to his lips and sipped. It burned a bit going down, and it was just the right balance of bitter and sharp.

It tasted wonderful.

"However did you learn to make this?"

Buffy started to grin. "I told Spike he'd been away from England too long and didn't know how, and he told me exactly what to do."

He took another sip. Bliss. His throat, at least, felt just some tiny bit better. Then he frowned, which increased the throbbing. "And why is Spike so blessedly quiet?"

The grin widened. "I turned on the TV and then gagged him."

Real tea and a silent vampire. Perhaps he might mend after all.


~Finis

Date: 2009-04-23 01:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] angearia.livejournal.com
"I turned on the TV and then gagged him."

Hee!

Oh this was nice. Good on Buffy for making Giles tea.

Date: 2009-04-23 02:12 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] deird1
Go Buffy! She really is good at handling both Giles and Spike, isn't she?

Date: 2009-04-23 02:39 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] rahirah
Hee!

Date: 2009-04-23 09:24 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] elisi.livejournal.com
Oh, *lovely*! (And funny too.)

Date: 2009-04-23 11:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] slaymesoftly.livejournal.com
Awwww - lovely little might-have-been. Thanks!

Date: 2009-04-23 12:54 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] moscow-watcher.livejournal.com
Hee! Nice and fluffy!

Date: 2009-04-23 03:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] brunettepet.livejournal.com
Buffy mocking the irritating vampire into doing something useful is just wonderful. This in voice mental surrender made me laugh: It was a good age at which to die, he thought. He'd be spared all the wretched elderly infirmities.

Date: 2009-04-23 05:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bruttimabuoni.livejournal.com
Ah, the healing power of tea. You are wise, grasshopper!

Date: 2009-04-23 10:46 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] next_to_normal
LOL! Cute.

Date: 2009-04-24 04:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] seapealsh.livejournal.com
Well done, Buffy! Smart girl. Cute story.

Date: 2009-04-25 08:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] phoenixofborg.livejournal.com
Buffy started to grin. "I told Spike he'd been away from England too long and didn't know how, and he told me exactly what to do."

Well played, Buffy. Well played. ^.^

Following the remix trail back to the source...

Date: 2009-07-19 09:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] antennapedia.livejournal.com
Aha, yes, tea, just the thing when an Englishman is sick. And I love the season 4 interplay here: Spike and Buffy getting along at one level while they bicker endlessly at another. And I'm a sucker for Buffy being nice to Giles in small ways, like this one, which is so her.

Date: 2009-07-19 10:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kivrin.livejournal.com
aww! Oh, this is delightful! Just surfed over from the remix. :D

Date: 2009-07-21 12:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cindergal.livejournal.com
Hee! I found this because of remix - love it. Off to read the remix, now.

Date: 2009-10-25 08:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] riccadonna.livejournal.com
I find this very pleasing because of the two different Buffy flavours: attentive and caring with Giles, to which end she's conned Spike into collaborating and then ruthlessly gagged him--but no, she hasn't been that bad either, because she did turn the TV on!
Mischievous Buffy is lovely.

Date: 2010-05-13 03:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dampersnspoons.livejournal.com
HAHAHA! Oh, this was brilliant! You captured Giles' voice so well, and I especially loved the line that it was a good age to die.

Plus, Buffy's absolute joy that she not only tricked Spike into the secrets of proper tea, but gagged him as well. Hilarious!

Date: 2010-10-17 07:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] artemis-ephesus.livejournal.com
That's such a cute ficlet! Especially the last line, it just sums up Giles in season 4 so perfectly. Well, what could have been.

Date: 2010-10-17 08:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thisficklemob.livejournal.com
Hee!

This line: She hovered next to him with an expression of pert concern that made him close his eyes again. made me smile. I can imagine Buffy being very tiring to a sick Giles.

Date: 2010-10-17 07:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thisficklemob.livejournal.com
So what's this remix thing I see in the other comments?

Date: 2010-10-17 12:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] slaymesoftly.livejournal.com
Ah, loved this. Buffy's full of surprises, isn't she? And novel ways to achieve her aims. Just so you know, I skipped it at first (on your journal) because you had it as Giles/Buffy which I took to mean as pairing. When I saw Giles, Buffy here, I clicked immediately. :)

Date: 2010-10-17 12:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] spygrrl76.livejournal.com
Fantastic! I love Buffy's cleverness at getting Spike to inadvertantly teach her how to make the perfect cuppa. I also like this small moment of Buffy doing something nice for Giles. A great filling in of the gap. :)

Date: 2010-10-17 04:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] louise39.livejournal.com
Giggle! Buffy is a clever and caring girl!

Date: 2010-10-18 12:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gillo.livejournal.com
Delightful - and so very like Spike to give the information because his pride's been hurt!

And tea is soothing. Really it is.

Date: 2010-10-18 03:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rebcake.livejournal.com
Wonderful! I'm not sure how I missed this, even with a remix! Every bit is just right. The self-pity, annoying cheeriness, the devious ferreting of classified information, and and the genuine appreciation for a moment of peace. Nifty! Have a cuppa!

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