Chapter Two: Pirates
Chapter Two: Pirates
Sunnydale High School
“How was your date last night?” Willow
asked Buffy as she lent her elbows on the table.
“Misfire. I was late due to unscheduled
slayage. Showed up looking trashed.” Buffy answered sadly.
“Was he mad?” Willow asked.
“Actually he was pretty unmad. Which
probably had something to do with the fact that Cordelia was drooling in his
cappuccino.” Buffy answered in annoyance.
“Oh, Buffy. Angel would never fall for
her act.” Willow said supportively.
“You mean that 'actually showing up,
wearing a stunning outfit, embracing personal hygiene' act?” Buffy asked
“You know what I mean. Uh, she's not his
type.” Willow said.
Buffy raised an eyebrow at Willow and
said. “Are you sure? I mean, I don't know what his type is. I've known him less
than a year, and if you haven't noticed, he's not exactly one to over share.”
“True. It's too bad we can't sneak a
look at the Watcher diaries and read up on Angel. I'm sure it's full of fun
facts to know and tell.” Willow said Sympathetically.
“Yeah. It's too bad. That stuff is
private.” Buffy said.
“Also Giles keeps them in his office. In
his personal files.” Willow said.
“Most importantly, it would be wrong.”
Buffy said, looking at Willow.
After a silent pause, they both shared a
High School Library
Willow and Buffy peered in through the
round door window and scanned the library. When they failed to spot anyone they
shared a look and Buffy, being as quiet as possible, opened the door and
entered. Looking back over her shoulder at Willow, who gave her an expression
of encouragement, Buffy entered further into the library. Reaching the counter,
Buffy looked around again. Satisfied that the library was empty, she headed
towards Giles office.
“Buffy!” A voice exclaimed from behind
her. Spinning around Buffy saw Giles in the cage getting some old books.
“Excellent! “ He added as he left the cage and walked towards her.
“Nothing! Hi!” Buffy said with a start.
Giles looked at Buffy with a baffled
expression before saying. “Yes, I-I just wanted to talk to you about tomorrow
night. As it should be, uh, calm, you might work on some new battle
“You're beginning to scare me, Giles.
You need to have some fun.” Buffy said as she waved to Willow to come in as he
looked down at his books. Willow shook her head and mouthed 'no'. As Giles
looked up, Buffy pulled her hand back and pretended she was scratching her
As Giles returned his gaze back to his
books, Buffy made a face at Willow and said “You know, there's this place you
can go, right, and you sit in the dark, and there are these moving pictures,
right, and the pictures tell a story.”
“Yes, yes, ha, ha, very droll.” Giles
said sarcastically as Willow slowly crept into the room.
“I'll have you know that I have very,
uh, many relaxing hobbies.” Giles said in a slightly indignant tone.
“Such as?” Buffy asked.
“Well, um...” Giles said as Buffy
mouthed something to Willow in an effort to goad her on.
“I enjoy cross-referencing.” Giles
With a small grin Buffy leant back
slightly and said “Do you stuff your own shirts, or do you send them out?”
As Giles opened his mouth to make an
indignant reply, Buffy attempted to grab a book from the stack he was about to
take to his office and inadvertently knocked it to the floor in her haste.
As Giles bent over to pick up the book
from the floor he spotted Willow out the corner of one eye and turned to her as
he rose. “Hello Willow.” He said. “I didn't hear you come in.” he added.
Buffy’s quickly changed her annoyed
expression to a smile of welcome for Willow as Giles turned back to her.
“Can I help you with anything?” He
Willow had a panicked expression on her
face as she tried to find a reason for being there. “I-I need a book on
historical fashions in the late 17 hundreds.” She said finally.
Giles looked up at the ceiling briefly
as he thought, before moving to a shelf and pulling a large book from it. “This
should help you.” He said, placing the book on the table.
Willow pulled the book towards her as
she seated herself at the table. Quickly flipping through the pages as Buffy
sat besides her, Willow stopped and looked at full colour plate, before
grinning at Buffy. As Buffy looked at her with a baffled expression, Willow
looked at the drawing of a noble woman with a tiny waist wearing a billowy gown
and began to speak to Buffy in a loud voice. “Look at that Buffy, She's got a
funny... uh, waist. Look how tiny that is. I wonder if she sort of glided in
Buffy looked at the picture and snorted.
“You got to be kidding! One sneeze and she’d break off at the waist.” She said.
“And that gliding stuff is just in the movies. No way could you move like that
in real life.”
Glancing at Giles, out of the corner of
one eye, Willow put on a fake expression of disappointment and said. “We’ll
never really know. If only there were some eyewitnesses we could ask.”
A sudden look of realization flashed
across Buffy’s face as she looked up from the drawing. Buffy grinned slightly
before making a thoughtful face and said. “Well there is one eyewitness we
could ask. Angel.”
Giles, who had been listening to them
absentmindedly as he checked the condition of the book that Buffy had knocked
to the floor, looked up at the mention of Angel and moved besides Willow.
Looking down at the drawing he snorted. “I hardly think Angel would be a
reliable witness for that.”
“Why not Giles?” Willow asked.
“Only a noble woman would dress like
that. Angel would be unlikely to see someone dressed like that.” He explained.
Pointing to the date 1775 written at the top of the page, he continued. “Angel
would be 18 at the time and still mortal.”
As Buffy’s face fell in disappointment,
Willow quickly asked. “What sort of dress would Angel see women dress in then?”
Giles lent over the book and flicked on
a few pages before stopping at a new page. “That’s what he would be more likely
to see.” He said, pointing to a woman dressed in white blouse and a thick
woollen skirt. Pointing to man dressed in dark blue frock coat and cotton breaches,
he added as an after thought. “He probably saw one woman dressed like that
quite often at the time as well.”
As Buffy looked at the drawing of the
man with thoughtfully, Willow looked at Giles and exclaimed. “I don't think
that’s funny Giles. No woman would dare to wear men’s cloths back then.”
Muttering under her breath, Willow added. “Those male chauvinist pigs would
burn her at the stake”
With a smug look on his face, Giles
began speak in his lecturing voice. “Normally you would be right Willow. However
there are always exceptions to the rule, and. Angel was acquainted
with one of those exception. Quite well in fact.” Pausing in his lecture, Giles
looked at Willow and Buffy. Noting their avid expressions, he continued. “The
name of the woman in question was Captain Colleen McCaffrey. She was a
notorious pirate at the time. In fact she was almost as famous, but not quite,
as Anne Bonny and Mary Read.”
“Wow!” Buffy exclaimed. “A pirate! Did
she capture Spanish galleons and make the crew walk the plank?” She asked.
Giles blinked at Buffy’s bloodthirsty
question and answered. “Possibly. The records of her battles are quite
fragmentary. Though there are rumours that she preferred to attack French
“Why French ships?” Willow asked in
Taking off his glasses and polishing
them, Giles answered Willows question. “There are reports that Captain
McCaffrey...rescued...a French woman named Aimee LeFaye from a ship early on in
her career.” Replacing his glasses, Giles said. “Apparently, Aimee had been
the...um... personal slave...of the French ships captain.”
As Willow blushed with realization at
what Giles meant by personal slave, he hurriedly continued. “After her rescue,
Aimee and Captain McCaffrey became...best friends “
Buffy glanced at Willow and noted that
she had obviously missed the pause Giles made before saying ‘best friend’. “Is
that why she went after French ships? Because they had been nasty to her new
friend?” She asked Giles.
Giles nodded and said. “Yes. The captain
of the French ship had very high connections in the French government and could
do practically anything he wanted on his own ship.”
As Buffy and Willow made a sour face and
nodded at Giles answer, he concluded. “Aimee and Captain McCaffrey stayed
together for the next 15 years until they disappeared in the Caribbean on their
After a few moment silence, Willow
looked up suddenly and said. “That’s a great story Giles, but what’s it got to
do with Angel?”
“Oh, did I forget that part?” Giles said
with a slight grin on his face.
Buffy glared at Giles and said annoyed
tone of voice. “Yes, you did!”
“Yes, well...Captain Colleen McCaffrey
was his aunt on his mother’s side of the family. He‘s recorded as saying that
she was his favourite relative.” Giles explained as to them. “He liked her so
much that after he was turned he never attacked them...even though he had
plenty of chances to do so.” He added as both girls gasped.
“Now if you will excuse me, I have to
finish sorting these books.” Giles said as he picked up the small pile of books
from the table.
“Goodbye Giles.“ Willow said as Buffy
waved to Giles.
Buffy paused as Willow went through the
library doors and turned around. “Aimee and Colleen were...Best friends?” She
Giles blushed a bright red and stammered.
Buffy smirked at Giles. “Give! Were they
or weren't they?” She asked.
Blushing even more, Giles finally
answered Buffy’s question before he hurried into his office. “They
Laughing at Giles’s embarrassment, Buffy
hurried after Willow.