By Gabriele Schulz
TITLE: Five Years
AUTHOR: Gabriele Schulz
DISTRIBUTION: Everyone who has my general permission. Others please ask first.
SPOILERS: The Body
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SUMMARY: Buffy and Giles make the first step on her five-year-anniversary in Sunnydale. B/G
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.
NOTES: This was inspired by Gileswench' wonderful fic "The Anniversary Gift". It takes place 5 years after Buffy came to Sunnydale (i.e. mid-season 6) and assumes Giles has moved in with Buffy and Dawn.
"Tell me again, why we agreed to this insanity?"
"Because ruining our house once is better than doing it for Dawn's five-year-anniversary in Sunnydale and my five-year-anniversary and then once more for Xander and Anya's engagement."
"This theory only stands if our house will too after this."
"Don't worry. That's the good thing about having Xander and some of his colleagues in the house. They can fix anything if it's broken. Although your chair might take a while..."
"I wouldn't feel quite as bad if I knew everyone here. But it seems that a lot more people want to celebrate your arrival in Sunnydale than have actually witnessed it."
"Yeah, a lot of people here whose name I can't remember. You can't have everything. I wish Cordelia, Angel and the others could have come."
"Yes, but they promised to make it up and come down within the next month or so."
"I know. I'm just feeling a bit nostalgic... wait a minute. Devon? That had better not be alcohol in that bag!"
"I'll take care of that."
"Thanks. I was just about to check on Dawn and her friends."
They were standing on the stairs and Buffy now looked up where Dawn and her friends were partying whereas the engagement and Buffy party was downstairs.
"Do that, do that. Keep an eye on that Kevin boy."
"I'm sorry about the mess. The others have said they'd help. Don't worry. Soon enough this will be our home as we remember it."
"You are right. I'm just panicking. And I had hoped... I had thought we could celebrate this with our friends. Xander and Anya, Willow and Tara and Dawn."
"Well, actually... I had kinda planned a more intimate little thing once we got rid of all the guests."
"Yeah, but not the whole Scooby gang."
He smiled gently.
"Just you, me and Dawn, that's a wonderful idea."
Buffy looked at him seriously.
"I told Dawn she could stay with Lisa tonight."
He looked at her not knowing what to say. In the last year they had become a real family in every practical and impractical matter, except for one thing. He and Buffy weren't together - at least not in a romantic sense. It seemed that otherwise they acted like a couple. He had never loved Buffy more. And he had a feeling that she might reciprocate, but he had never seriously considered taking the first step. Everything seemed perfect between them, but now that he was standing opposite Buffy and seeing her love in her eyes, he realized that it could be infinitely better.
Someone barged down the stairs and pressed Giles into Buffy on his way.
They looked at each other and all the noise, all the people around them simply disappeared as they leaned towards each other and their lips met for the first time. The faintest touch developed into an exchange of feelings that had been building for so long that neither could remember when it had started. Their mouths opened up, the kiss deepened. Their arms wrapped around each other, bringing them closer. Tongues lashing, hands wandering, it seemed that once the gates were open they couldn't stop or even slow down.
Another person brushed past them, but they couldn't have cared less.
"Maybe you should continue this elsewhere. You are kinda in the way here."
Without stopping the kiss, Giles lifted Buffy into his arms and carried her upstairs.
The boy who had prompted this just watched them disappear into a room. He went to Dawn, who had seen them, too.
"Wasn't that your sister?"
Dawn had a somewhat far away look on her face as if she was contemplating something important. Then a hint of a smile appeared on her face.
They went into her room to join the others again.