Rolling his eyes in mild exasperation, Rupert Giles interjected, “Faith, please. Er, Buffy?”
The older Summers sister now dazedly bearing the unfocused expression of someone who’d just taken a pro fastball to the cranium turned her head at the former Watcher calling her name.
Sympathetically regarding the Slayer he’d known for nearly a decade, Giles spoke to her in his most soothing tone, “I’d have far rather broken it to you more gently, Buffy. However, some of our recent decisions, as discussed with an entirely new and fresh viewpoint by the newcomers to our little group, do appear to be a trifle…unwise. For example, as unanimously mentioned by those of the young ladies who just left, exactly why did they have to fight at all?”
Perking up at finally hearing something to which she had a good answer for, Buffy unhesitantly declared, “Because they’re Potentials, that’s why! Like me and Faith, they’re born to be Slayers and battle against the forces of evil!”
There was a short silence throughout the room. Aside from who’d just spoken, all there were contemplating the fact they’d heard someone clearly overdosing on the hair coloring substance known as peroxide actually use the phrase ‘forces of evil.’
That brief period of total speechlessness was ended by Giles carefully pointing out, “Buffy, the exact definition of ‘potential’ is having a latent possibility or likelihood of occurring, or of doing or becoming something. Whatever training our recently departed guests possessed concerning the supernatural which they might have received from their Watchers -- and in some cases, there wasn’t any
at all -- these people were, to be blunt, normal girls and not Slayers. They didn’t have the superhuman strength, speed, healing prowess, and the rest of Sineya’s gifts any more than you did when you started high school a year before you were called. No amount of extra training they acquired here could possibly change this.”
For the first time, Dawn joined in the conversation. A very wry smile on her lips, she pointed out, “Some Potential wrote in the letter that it was just as stupid to stick around as it’d be to have the Laker Girls or the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders show up here and get ready to rumble.”