Finalizing plans (in the present)
Finalizing plans (in the present)Disclaimer: None of the characters are mine, but belong to their proper owners.
“Well, that was different,” Dawn commented some time later, leaving the water horse in the company of the brownies who clearly had a lot of grievances, aimed towards the bigger crea-ture’s behaviour. “And by different I meant ‘different from Sunnydale’, mostly. Giles, I don’t think water horses live in California, do they?”
“No,” Giles shook his head. “The American water dwellers are rather bigger and nastier than even kelpies. California, though, is just too dry for their tastes.”
“Fascinating,” Connor spoke for the first time since he saw the kelpie in question, “and the other... animal, the dog-owl-monkey one?”
“A phooka, I’d say,” Giles said nonchalantly, “one of the inspirations for Shakespeare’s Puck, too.”
“Where’d they come from?”
“An alternate universe, through a series of time anomalies,” Helen replied before Giles could.
“Oh. Makes sense,” Connor said after a pause. “So, uh now what?”
“Well,” Buffy said, speaking to Willow and the others, rather than to Connor properly, “we probably should start rebuilding the Watchers’ Council here as well as building one in America, considering the possible re-appearance of giant futuristic robots and what-not.”
“You want to stay,” Dawn said flatly.
“Well, why not? Willow did imply that Faith was taking care of business in Cleveland well enough-“
“I didn’t say that!” Willow said passionately, and then simmered down somewhat. “I might’ve implied it, though...”
“Willow...” Giles sighed. “Semantics aside, though, you do have a point, Buffy. I guess we do need to rebuild the Watchers’ Council here all the same. Guess that means that you – and I are staying here, in England for a while at least.”
“Yay!” Connor said in an enthusiastic manner. And blushed vividly.