As The World Falls Down
By Sara Jung

TITLE: As The World Falls Down
AUTHOR: Sara Jung
EMAIL: josephine_doe@thepretender.com
RATING: PG
DISTRIBUTION: Everyone who has my general permission. Others please ask first.
SPOILERS: set before ‘Welcome to the Hellmouth’
FEEDBACK: Love it. Especially if you like the story ;-)
SUMMARY: Giles is on his was to Sunnydale High School and listens to a song on his radio what makes him think of the Slayer he will meet.

DISCLAIMER: The characters are the property of Joss Whedon, Mutant Enemy, Sandollar Productions, Kuzui Enterprises, 20th Century Fox Television, the WB Television Network, and whoever else may have a hold on them. I do not mean to infringe upon any copyrights.
DATE: 20/04/2001

DEDICATION: Arndt. Though I think I’m over you. J

NOTE: Okay, okay, so it’s another song fic. Bite me. I just like them and find so many songs fitting the two.


Rupert Giles sat in his old Citroen and listened to the radio. Or better, the radio was playing and he let it play. With his mind, he was far away. In England…

*********

"Rupert, we know you waited for this a long time and we could think of nobody who would be better for this job. We want you to take over the active Slayer."

He didn’t know what to say. After so long…

"Where?"

"Sunnydale, California. She already had a Watcher. Merrick."

"Oh. I heard about it."

"You have to know the responsibles think a great deal of you. Good luck."

He smiled at the older man who was one of his dearest friends. "Thank you." He was about to leave when the other called him back.

"And Rupert. She is special. We already know that. Be careful."

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The Citroen made a few stuttering sounds as he liked to do. That brought Giles back into reality. He directed his eyes at the street. There was the school.

‘School librarian. Really good camouflage.’ He smirked.

The song on the radio changed into one he knew.

There's such a sad love
Deep in your eyes, a kind of pale jewel
Open and closed within your eyes
I'll place the sky within your eyes

Oh yes, English artists. He smiled. He felt like a stranger in this country right from the start. But this song moved something in him. He knew the text and strangely, it reminded him of somebody he didn’t even know yet. The Slayer.

There's such a fooled heart
Beating so fast in search of new dreams
A love that will last within your heart
I'll place the moon within your heart

He stayed in the car to listen to the whole song. Was this a sign? Could hardly be.

As the pain sweeps through
Makes no sense for you
Every thrill has gone
Wasn't too much fun at all
But I'll be there for you-oo-oo
As the world falls down
Falling
(As the world) Falling down
Falling in love

I'll paint you mornings of gold
I'll spin you Valentine evenings
Though we're strangers till now
We're choosing the path between the stars
I'll leave my love between the stars

‘Though we’re strangers till now.’

"OK, now you’ve gone crazy, old man." he whispered to himself.

Falling
(As the world) Falling down
Falling
As the world falls down
Falling
Falling
Falling
Falling in love
As the world falls down
(down) Falling
Falling
Falling
Falling in love
As the world falls down
Falling
Falling
Falling
Makes no sense at all
Makes no sense to fall
Falling
As the world falls down
Falling
Falling
Falling in love
As the world falls down
(down) Falling
Falling
Falling in love
Falling in love (love)
Falling in love
Falling in love
Falling in love

The song ended and Giles got out of the car. The crowd of students surrounding him made him feel old. He sighed heavily. Then he went into the school.

**********

The first period had just ended when he heard the door open. A female voice called.

"Hello? Hello?"

He watched the girl. She was small, but he could see the strength. He hair surrounded her face, like gold. He smiled to himself.

"Buffy Summers?"

 
The BEGINNING…