Prompt: Parent --- 031
Word Count: 136
Disclaimer: Joss Whedon owns the characters and the setting. No money is being made from this story.
River sighed as she pushed Kaylee into her room, where Willow was still hiding out. Simon was with them but he was just making sure the two played nicely, as would River. Willow had requested both Tam’s to stay with her as she told her story to Kaylee.
“My life is a bit more complicated than what I made it out to be previously. I’ve suffered a lot but enjoyed more than most. My home life was shocking, my parents were rarely around. When I reached high school, my librarian became my parent, my mentor and my confider. He showed an interest in me my parents never did.”
She didn’t look up as she paused. “Giles became a father figure to all of us, and yet we all treated him badly at some stage or another.”