"Meet the Family" 3 of ?
Author: Elaine. Rating: PG
Crossover with "Stargate SG-1."
Pairing: Rupert Giles / Janet Fraiser.
All characters belong to other people; I only own the (already out of date) computer this was written on. This work is for entertainment purposes only, no copyright infringement intended, yadda yadda yadda.
(Parts 1 & 2 originally written as responses to 200-word "Odd Couple" challenge).
Colorado Springs, Colorado
“Thanks for helping me set up, guys,” Janet said as she brought out more food for the barbeque.
Jack O’Neill, setting up a portable table, said “Hey, no problem, Janet. You know I’d do anything for your home cooking!”
“It is our pleasure,” Teal’c answered in his deep voice as he lit the second of two grills.
Dr. Daniel Jackson added, “Well, all I can say is that this guy must be really special – you never get this fancy for a cookout when it’s just us. We get burgers and hot dogs, this Rupert guy gets filet mignon—hey, is that lobster? Can you even grill lobster?”
Janet smiled. "It's already cooked, Daniel."
Just then, Cassie, Janet’s adopted daughter, came out, carrying a bowl of potato salad. “Yeah, well, last time I checked, Mom wasn’t sleeping with anyone from the SGC.” Samantha Carter, behind Cassie, almost dropped her bowl of macaroni salad. Jack, Daniel, and Teal’c tried to look as if they weren’t listening. The sound of a car engine shutting off barely distracted them.
“Cassie, was that really necessary?” Janet retorted, blushing furiously.
No one heard three car doors opening and closing or the footsteps of three people.
“Well, if you didn’t want me to know you were having sex with Giles, maybe you shouldn’t do it on the kitchen table!” Cassie’s words were harsh, but she was smiling. As weird as it was to see Mom ‘do that,’ it was good to see her happy, and Giles –he had insisted that Cassie drop the ‘Mister’—made Mom happy. Hell, she’s been ecstatic since she got engaged last week.
The footsteps stopped.
Sam almost dropped her bowl again. “You mean, the table where I made the salad?” she looked slightly pale.
Janet, exasperated, said, “You were supposed to be at a sleepover! Honestly, who comes home from a sleepover at seven in the morning?”
“Who has sex at seven in the morning?” Cassie fired back.
“Only the lucky ones,” Jack muttered under his breath, only to have Daniel glare at him. Teal’c silently nodded in agreement.
“You think that’s bad? Giles had sex with my mom on top of a police car. Hi, I’m Buffy Summers. You must be Janet and Cassie Fraiser,” the petite blond said and offered her hand to Janet.
Janet, regaining her composure, shook her hand and said, “It’s lovely to finally meet you, Buffy. Rupert has told me so much about you and Dawn. Are Xander and Willow here as well?”
Buffy smiled. She had her suspicions at first, but seeing Janet almost-arguing with her daughter convinced Buffy that the new woman in Giles’ life was definitely human, and not evil. Her Slayer sense didn’t even quiver when they shook hands. “Unfortunately, no. We all work at the same school, and someone had to say behind and teach the students!”
The other woman, taller yet younger looking, had her fingers in her ears, softly saying “La, la, la, I can’t hear you. ‘Giles’ and ‘sex’ do not belong in the same sentence. And,” her eyes opened wide, “omigod, ‘police car’? I so did not want to know that!” Dawn Summers said to Giles, who was predictably wiping his glasses with a handkerchief.
“Police car,” Jack mouthed to Daniel and Teal’c, while Janet and Giles introduced Cassie, Buffy and Dawn to each other.
Jack walked over to the three newcomers, and put on his best over-protective brother demeanor. “Hi, I’m Col. Jack O’Neill, Janet’s co-worker and friend. Police car, huh?” he said. Well, that was the verbal communication. The death glare he aimed at Giles clearly said, ‘hurt Janet and I’ll hurt you ten times worse.’ Jack grudgingly offered his hand to the guy who apparently had sex everywhere but in a bed.
“Rupert Giles. It’s an honor to finally meet Janet’s closest friends.” The Englishman looked at the other three. “I understand you were all at another base, on a training mission?”
“Yeah, way out of town,” Jack answered for the rest of SG-1. So far out of town it was on another planet—literally.
“Hi, I’m Major Samantha Carter. You can call me Sam. I’d like to introduce Dr. Daniel Jackson, and our friend Murry.”
Buffy exhaled, relief clearly on her face. She was glad Maj. Carter diffused the ‘testosterone showdown’ before it got started. She couldn’t really blame this Colonel guy for his attitude—this was not the best first impression Giles has ever made—but the last thing anyone needed now was for Ripper to make an appearance.
More handshaking. First up: Jack. Yup, all in all, this was shaping up to be a good day. She shook Daniel’s hand. Janet?—not evil. Buffy shook Sam’s hand. Colorado?—beautiful state. Now, it’s Daniel’s turn. Demon activity?—none, as far as she could tell. Last handshake to go before what looks to be a great barbeque: Murray. Buffy’s smile never faltered, even though her slayer sense went into high alert. ‘Damn, I knew this was too good to be true,” Buffy, the Vampire Slayer thought to herself.