Disclaimer: As you know these characters and concepts don't belong to me, I'm just borrowing them for a while and I make no profit from these stories (though they do help me get through sleepless nights).
Author: Alec Star
And now to the story.
by Alec Star
I react before I can even think about it. I know Giles said this guy's a friend of his but knowing Ethan that's not all that reassuring, not to mention that all the fidgeting Giles has been doing this past few days whenever he mentions this 'Blair' character is enough for me to know that he is not exactly the friend Giles claims him to be. The truth is that I don't know what's going on here but I do know that up until he took off last week Giles had never even mentioned him before and now it seems like he's all he talks about, so when the guy says something about a green glow surrounding Dawn I just lose it. There is too much at stake and I am determined to do whatever it takes to get myself some answers.
I am aware that the big guy is moving, approaching, but I have no trouble keeping track of him and I refuse to let go. Blair's friend is big and strong... for a human... and if I were to be intimidated by humans I wouldn't have lasted a week on the hellmouth. Besides I know all he sees is a tiny slip of a girl. I have been underestimated so many times it's not even funny.
This is not how I expected this encounter to unfold, but I should have. I know Dawn is they Key and I know Blair is a shaman and I should have known that the shaman would see past the illusion and into the essence of the Key. Of course the fact that Buffy just doesn't take kindly to anything she perceives as a threat to Dawn, especially now, is not exactly helping matters. I'm trying to think of a way to defuse the situation without anyone actually getting killed in the process but it's not going to be easy. I have Buffy ready to kill Blair because she sees him as a threat to Dawn and Jim ready to kill Buffy because he sees her as a threat to Blair. In other words I have two champions fighting over a shaman's life and to make matters worse said shaman just happens to be my son. I try to find some comfort on the certainty that there's no way Jim can actually hurt Buffy and on the knowledge that Buffy doesn't kill humans but the situation is troubling to say the least.
Out of habit I focus my attention on my slayer, I don't know either Jim or Blair well enough to gauge their moods but I do know Buffy. She is obviously upset and she has basically reverted to her primal slayer mode. She's questioning Blair but she's not giving him a chance to answer. At least Blair seems to be as calm as can be expected under the circumstances... in fact he seems to be taking the whole thing almost too well. I know I have to do something and there's really just one course of action I can follow so I blurt out the one thing I'm sure will get Buffy to release her hold on Blair. I tell her that he is my son and it works. She drops him immediately and before I know it she's glaring at me.
As I said, this is not how I expected this encounter to unfold.
Did Giles just say that this guy's his son? Since when?... OK, I guess that's a dumb question but I *KNOW* Giles doesn't have a son. He would have said something before now, of course I'm not one to talk. If I could wake up one morning with an annoying fourteen year old brat of a sister after a lifetime as an only child, I guess it would be possible for Giles to wake up one morning and find out he has a... OK, you know you've been living on top of a hellmouth for too long when the sudden appearance of non-existing people in your life becomes routine. I turn to my watcher and demand an explanation. I mean, I'm the slayer and as such I should be entitled to at least some answers.
I am relieved to hear that Giles came into his son the natural way, he just didn't know about it until a couple of weeks ago. I guess that explains the sudden trip last week and why he has been so obsessed with this guy ever since he came back. I get that, but there are still some things I'd like to know, like how come Blair knows Dawn's the Key. He may be Giles's son but there's no way he would have told him about that when they've just met, besides he said he could see a green glow surrounding her and if he can see it someone else might be able to do it too... and I don't mean just crazy people.
I'm trying to figure out what just happened here. First of all, while Sandburg's not particularly tall it shouldn't have been possible for a girl who's five feet three on a tall day to lift him like a rag doll and pin him against a wall like that, second she moved too fast --way too fast-- and finally, how could she possibly have heard what Blair said to me in the first place? I remember that Blair once told me that he had hundreds of documented cases of people with one or two hyperactive senses, and I guess the theory that Buffy could possibly have a heightened sense of hearing could explain how she heard what Blair said to me. The problem is that such a theory does nothing to explain how she managed to do what she did, it does nothing to explain her sister's green glow and it does nothing to explain why she panicked when it was mentioned... nor does it explain why, when she repeated Blair's words, everyone else mirrored her reaction. All the people in the room reacted in a similar fashion, even Giles, I could hear it in their heartbeats. Whatever's going on here they are all part of it.
I'm still trying to make sense out of what's happening when the door opens and another person comes in... I'm guessing he would be the one known as Spike, seeing how everyone else is here. He does look a little older than the children, but not much, however I can tell that there's something strange about him, something that seems to be off somehow, something that makes me nervous beyond his clichéd attempts at a bad-boy image. I try to pinpoint what it is and then it's my turn to panic. I struggle to keep from zoning as I realize that, while I can see him moving and I can hear his voice, I can't hear his heartbeat.