By Gibberish

Title:  Heartbeat
Author: Gibberish
Disclaimer: They belong to Joss, Mutant Enemy and the WB.
Rating:  PG      B/G  
Spoilers:  Really don't think so.
Summary:  It's another of those dark moods. What can happen in a heartbeat? Anything.
Distribution: Solo, Jessica, Sai, Cassandra and Sal. Anyone else, please ask.
Feedback: Be kind
Notes: My first point of view story, be kind.

       You know that expression - 'In a heartbeat'? Well, I never believed it. Until then. We were fighting. I don't even know what the hell kind of demons they were, but Giles and I were holding our own. It changed, in a heartbeat.

 I saw the crossbow bolt head straight for him, his heart. I acted on instinct, I caught it. Just an inch from his chest. We had one perfect moment. It lasted for a heartbeat.

 The demon, that I had turned away from to save Giles, reminded me that he was there. He put a sword through me. I'll never forget the look of horror on Giles' face. The demon had been behind me and the sword point went in through my back and back out through my chest. I lost my focus, for a heartbeat.

 After that, the demons had run. They'd done what they set out to do. They killed the Slayer. In a heartbeat.

   I looked down at her and I knew there was no way that I could save her. Still, I tried. I looked into her eyes and I knew that she knew  the truth. I couldn't let her die. I stemmed the flow of blood as best as I could. I touched her chest, I felt her heartbeat.

 I told myself that I was prepared for this moment. That I had known it would happen from the day I met her. I wasn't prepared. Not for this. She would be gone. In a heartbeat.

 I rushed her to the hospital. They took her away and they fought for her life. Finally, they told me it' was useless. Would I like to see her one last time?  I was in her cubicle in a heartbeat.

 I took her small hand in mine. So fragile. She looked so small in that hospital bed. Then, her eyes opened.

   "Giles." I said to him, my voice barely a whisper. "Hurts."

 "I know Luv." I said, barely restraining my tears. "It will stop soon." I closed my eyes. I could never stand to see her in pain.

 "Giles." I said. "Not your fault." It hurt to speak, but I made myself. "Knew what ... I was ... Doing. Had to ... Save Giles."

 I cried then. I admit it. I broke down like a baby. I sat next to her and gently took her in my arms. "Why, Buffy?"

 "Love you." I said simply. My eyes closed, they felt so heavy. I didn't have the strength to keep them open.

   I felt it. Her body went limp in my arms and my hold on her tightened. The only peace I had was that, at least she wasn't alone. But I was. In a heartbeat.