British people have deeply, deeply ingrained training about the correct preparation of tea. The pot must
be warm, the water must
be actually boiling (and never reheated after it has gone off the boil), the milk, if you take it (and most of us do) must
be in the cup first. (Unless you're a Scot, I'm told.) Tea-bags in a mug are accepted, but leaves in a pot are better.
So, last week, dragonyphoenix
wrote a delightful little ficlet about Giles making tea. And a whole bunch of Brits piled on to whinge about inaccuracy. She reacted very graciously, even adjusting a few details. And challenged me to write about an English character forced to watch Americans make tea in their own way.
The following ensued.Title:
Tea Parties Suck
Season 4, after Something Blue. 1,316 words.Characters:
Giles, Buffy, Willow, Spike.Rated:
PG13, mostly for language.Summary:
Spike is all tied up, but it's still fun watching two Yankee bints messing up a precious ritual for Giles.
Tea Parties Suck
Sitting bound hand and foot to an unevenly-padded chair is not the most stylish way to spend your days. The only thing that can be said for it is that it beats being chained up in a bathtub with a dripping tap. And no sodding TV show unless you throw a full-scale drama queen tantrum, get threatened with a stake, drink blood from a novelty mug and if you’re extra-lucky get slayer-taste in your mouth.
There were days unlife sucked beyond the telling. Then there were worse days, like today.
Giles had a hangover. Spike’s heart would bleed for him, if it could beat. Or bleed. No, scrap that. Giving a shit was not on the agenda. Wh...