: Elemental - EarthAuthor
: Jedi ButtercupRating
: The words are mine; the worlds are not. I claim nothing but the plot.Summary
: B:tVS/JPIII. The first time she met Dr. Alan Grant, Buffy was immediately struck by how favorably he reminded her of Giles
. Double drabble.Notes
: Spoilers for B:tVS post-"Chosen"; "Jurassic Park III" (2001). For tthdrabbles "elements", and TTH100 #14, Earth.
The first time she met Dr. Alan Grant, Buffy was immediately struck by how favorably he reminded her of Giles. They were in the same age bracket, with brown hair edging toward gray, a strong, interesting face, and the solid body of a man who did more than just sit behind a desk every day. They had the same gravity of spirit when expounding on a topic close to heart, and a shadow behind the eyes that spoke of hard-won experience.
It was none of these things, however, which truly endeared Alan to her.
She'd come to his dig to examine the maybe-demonic skeleton Giles had seen pictured in his reports; she stayed to watch him kneel reverently in the dirt, a schoolboy grin on his face as he brushed a few grains from an exposed bone.
"Look at this!" he exclaimed, his voice breathless and reverent as he showed off his latest discovery.
When was the last time I faced my work with such joy? she asked herself. When was the last time I was faced
with such joy?
Alan looked up, the glow of wonder lending weight to his gaze, and her heart turned over in her chest.