Chapter 13: An Old Problem, A New Solution - Pt 1
Chapter 13: An Old Problem, A New Solution - Part 1
Warning: I don’t know; maybe language and innuendo somewhere along the way. Strike that, Buffy gets pissed off so she says some bad words.
Challenge: #4472 ‘Bunny is my what?’
A/N: Thanks to my betas for their help... zigpal and CindyB.
A/N2: Sorry about this everyone, Musie just got smacked in the head with this idea and took control of my body, forcing me to write this. That means there won’t be the reveal as previously expected. But don’t worry, I’ll post the reveal very, very soon!
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Washington DC, just outside NCIS
They were making their way to a waiting cab when Buffy asked, “So, what do you want to do after we drop off the blood samples?”
“I thought your fa-- Agent Gibbs told you to come right back once we were through,” Giles replied.
She smirked. “He said once my Council business was done
. I think that we’re okay as long as we don’t push it too far.” She got a sudden idea. “Hey! I bet Oz would love to see you again. You know…the strangest thing happened between us the other night. We claimed each other.” At the startled look in his eyes, she clarified, “…As pack and Alpha.”
He felt uneasy by her announcement. “You’re sure
it was nothing more?” he inquired cautiously.
“Abso-tively. But I got the sense that it was something that we each missed on a subconscious level since he left Sunnydale. It sure felt great, that’s for sure!” Buffy remarked with a hint of excitement.
Giles cleared his throat, still worried about the claiming. He set that aside for another concern though. “Did you happen to tell him about Willow?”
She got a sad look in her eyes. “Uh-huh. And even though he was upset by it, he managed to control his wolfy side. While he was away, he realized that his problem with Tara wasn’t just because of her relationship with Willow – though that’s what set him off initially. He felt like he was being pushed out of the group by her presence.”
He looked surprised by that. But when he considered it more closely, it actually made a lot of sense. But they still had the problem of the two of them meeting up together and the trouble it could cause if the tension between them caused a lack of control. “What do you suggest we do then?”
Buffy leaned her head back as they settled into the cab. She took a deep breath before suggesting, “Well, I wouldn’t plan on a big Scooby reunion just yet, but I can possibly see them being able to work together in the future…if necessary,” she finished hesitantly.
After lunch with the guys, Buffy returned to NCIS. She left Giles and Oz to get caught up with each other. Before she took off, they had told him about Xander and he offered to help track down those responsible.
Giles thanked him but he preferred if Buffy had some supernatural back-up nearby, causing the other two to sag in their chairs in relief. Giles’ curiosity was piqued by this display and he planned to check with the other Slayers to see if they had any similar reactions with their teams.
When Buffy walked in, all conversation in Gibbs’ section immediately ceased. She smirked as she remarked, “Gee, if I were paranoid, I’d swear you were talking about me.”
They hadn’t been talking about her, but still McGee felt the need to clear the tension. “How did your morning go? You seemed kind of out of it earlier.”
She shrugged, “It went as well as could be expected. I did my part and just need to wait to hear how it turns out.”
“Where’s the guy you left with?” Tony tried to question her nonchalantly. He was still trying to figure out if he had a shot with this blonde beauty or not.
“He’s shooting the breeze with Oz. And unless I misread the gleam in his eye, the next time I see them, he’ll have tried to recruit Oz to work for the Council. He was very helpful in the past when he freelanced for us,” she explained before realizing that she was talking too much.
As much as he wanted to hear more, until he knew the results of the test, Gibbs needed to limit his exposure to Buffy/Kelly. “That’s enough chatter! Summers still needs to learn how things work around here. McGee, take her up to MTAC and show her our set-up.”
Surprised that Gibbs would stop the team from learning about the new member, McGee just sat in place. Finally Gibbs barked out, “Now
, McGee!” He hastily jumped up and escorted Buffy up the stairs to the communications room.
Ziva watched them through narrowed eyes, convinced that this was more evidence Buffy Summers was being allowed privileges that she hadn’t earned yet. Just last month, she was told that because of security concerns, they couldn’t allow her access to MTAC yet. She decided to contact the Mossad to learn more about this woman who was pushing her out.
She wasn’t the only one shocked by the blonde’s access to the most secure room in the facility. But unlike her, Tony felt no need to bite his tongue. “Uh, Boss? Why are you letting a foreign group’s liaison have clearance to MTAC?”
Gibbs glared at him for a good ten seconds before he realized his own screw-up. Thinking fast for a cover, he told them, “She has Presidential Clearance. That gives her the access she needs.” Although not for the same reason he guessed they had, he added, “I’m not any happier about it than you are, but unless we learn it’s an unlawful order, we have to abide by President Ryan’s standing orders.”
Looking back down at his desk, Gibbs knew that he had to be more careful in the future. He had sent Buffy out of the ‘pen because he didn’t trust himself not to stare at her all afternoon like yesterday. They would have to figure out a way to deal with this if she really was his daughter, Kelly.
That made him wonder…would she want to acknowledge him as her father – much less announce it to NCIS and the rest of the world? He was torn between being happy that he wouldn’t have to compete with Hank Summers for her affections and wanting to rip the man’s lungs out for abandoning her. His actions were not only hurtful to her, they would make his task of gaining her trust that much harder.
And that didn’t even take into account Rupert Giles. That man drove him crazy. As soon as he knew for sure – i.e. scientifically – Buffy was his daughter, he was going to call Fornell to see what the FBI had on him. Then he remembered the guy was an English citizen and that meant he would have to call in some other favors as well.
When he glanced up at the MTAC door, he saw Buffy walk out, talking on her cell. She briefly caught his eye and signaled that it wasn’t the lab with a slight shake of the head. Then she started pacing as she began to talk to the caller. Whoever it was clearly was getting her increasingly angry.
Soon her temper flared and she said loudly enough for half the room to hear her, “You know what? Fuck you, Riley! We are not your maids. We do not exist to clean up your messes! I warned you guys to behave. But no! You just assume that we will continue to keep bailing your asses out of the fire! Never again!” She listened to his response and her face hardened.
Her voice lowered and became cold – as opposed to the raging inferno of just seconds ago, “Now I’m doing what I should
have done once Ryan told me I had the authority a year ago. You are hereby shut down. *pause*
I don’t care. That’s your
If that’s the way you want it, fine. I’ll get you the papers. And Riley? Never
call me again!”
She slapped the phone shut, only to re-open it to place a call. Even though she was still vibrating with fury, she had calmed enough to speak at a normal volume. However, by this point, Gibbs had slipped closer to listen in. A quick glare at Ziva and Tony kept them in their seats though.
“Giles? It’s me. *pause*
No, I haven’t heard about that yet. *pause*
Me too. Riley called. *pause and chuckle*
He expects me to drop everything to help them again with a situation. *pause*
I know that’s nothing new, but this time they’re
responsible for it.” She pulled the phone away from her ear as he started ranting.
“Not exactly like last time, but it’s close enough for me. I’m going to use my authority to have them shut down. Now if they want to play god, they’ll have to do it without government approval. *pause*
Yeah, he’s being an ass about it and making me do it through ‘proper channels’,” she added disdainfully.
She leaned against the railing as she listened to him. “Well, someone needs to take care of it before it gets out of control. I know she wanted to let the lawyers take care of this, but since we need her out now
, I’m going to ask for a pardon. *pause*
He actually offered before, but she turned it down. Something about doing it the ‘right’ way instead of the easy way.”
Gibbs could hear the smile on her face as she continued, “Don’t worry, I’ll call you the second I know. *pause*
I love you too, Giles. Bye.”
He listened with a frown as she hung up and dialed yet another number. His eyes widened in shock when he heard her ask for President Ryan. Because of that, he missed hearing her move and he was suddenly face-to-face with one pissed off Slayer. Wow! Her glare put Ducky’s to shame.
“None of your business, even
if you are my father!” she hissed quietly as she pushed past him toward the elevators.
A/N1: A slightly AU introduction of Jack Ryan as President. Instead of the ending in ‘Debt of Honor’
that led to his taking the Oath, Jack was sworn in as Vice, then moved up when the President died during the Bio-Attack in ‘Executive Orders’
A/N3: Next…New solution.