I Knew I Loved You
By RenZach

TITLE- I Knew I Loved You
EMAIL ADDRESS- renzach@hotmail.com
SPOILER WARNING- Up to season 5
DISCLAIMER- I don't own anything of the characters, thats Joss' terrain and the song isn't mine either, that's courtesy of a great Aussie band known as Savage Garden.
SUMMARY- Buffy catches Giles' performance in a club
FEEDBACK- Do I really need beg, cuz I will if I have to!

Willow and Tara had been gushing non stop for days now at the sound of Giles' singing voice. He had a sexy speaking voice so it made sense he would sound decent in song but c'mon surely it didn't warrant the groupie effect it'd had on those two. Buffy was still very very curious to hear what he sounded like, she was honestly a little miffed that they had heard him sing before her, he was HER watcher afterall. That afforded her some rights, like hearing him sing before anyone else in the gang. Ok she had to admit that she wanted to go to the club tonight not just out of jealousy but also because it would give her a chance to spend time with him. She had come to love their moments together now, especially of the non slaying variety, when she was just a woman and he was a man. She sighed as she imagined spending romantic evenings with him, holding his hand, snuggling into his warm embrace. She had even resorted to stealing one of his workout shirts so she could hold it at night and pretend it was him, sad much? she thought.

She decided to get super dressed up for tonights occassion hoping to knock him out with her feminine wiles or at least get a stutter or two. She spent hours trying on every sexy dress she owned until she found the perfect one, it was red, of course and had a low cut v-neck. The back was cut just low enough to be apealing but not arrest worthy. She took the time to carefully do her hair and makeup wanting to make sure she looked good enough to eat. It took Dawn's shouting that it was already 7 o'clock to break her away from where that thought had lead.

She rushed down the stairs and out of the door before she remembered to tell Dawn to be careful. When her head appeared inside the doorframe Dawn was ready for her. " I know I know be careful, don't let Willow and Tara teach me any new spells and be in bed by 10 cuz it's a school night, now go, make Giles crazy with lust."

"Dawn, what would make you say that, I... I... Oh alright I can't even convince myself, yes I'm in love with Giles, you sure you're ok with that?"

"Duh yes, after all the sucky boyfriends you've had its about time you realised who your true love is, now go, skidaddle and don't do anything I wouldn't do, course that doesn't leave you with much. Have fun."

When she arrived at the club he had already started his set, the place was packed so she searched until she found a seat near the back. He was just finishing a song when she sat down so she waited impatiently for him to start another. "This next song is dedicated to the lady I love, she doesn't know it, which is a good thing because she wouldn't respond in kind." "I'll be your lady love" a girl in the front row shouted causing Giles to blush and Buffy to fume. She was ready to stalk down there and do some non demon butt kicking when Giles' words sank in. He's in love with someone? Oh God, how could this happen, when did this happen. Of course he's in love with someone else, did you expect him to wait all this time till you figured things out, stupid, stupid Buffy. She tried to hold back the tears and just be happy for him but they still escaped and made their way down her cheek.

"Thank you for the offer kind madam but I'm afraid my heart belongs to Buffy and that will never change." What? What'd he just say? No he couldn't have said what I thought he just said, he's in love with me too? Notes from his guitar began to drift into her consciousness and she settled down to hear the song he had dedicated to her.

"Maybe it's intuition
Some things you just don't question
Like in your eyes I see my future in an instant
And there it goes, I think I've found my best friend
I know that it might sound more than a little crazy but I believe

I knew I loved you before I met you
I think I dreamed you into life
I knew I loved you before I met you
I have been waiting all my life"

Her tears started to fall uncontrollably now as she listened to his understatedly sexy voice sing such things to her. That he felt this way at all and about her, was more than she had ever dare hope for.

"Theres just no rhyme or reason
Only a sense of completion
And in your eyes I see the missing pieces
I'm searching for I think I found my way home
I know that it might sound more than a little crazy but I believe

I knew I loved you before I met you
I think I dreamed you into life
I knew I loved you before I met you
I have been waiting all my life

Oooooohhhhhhh oooooohhhhhhhhh

I knew I loved you before I met you
I think I dreamed you into life
I knew I loved you before I met you
I have been waiting all my life"

She cried as she listenend to him finish up the song and watched as he placed the guitar by his stool. Not wanting to let this moment slip away she made her way to the stage. When his eyes came to rest on her his first thought was, Oh God how long has she been here? His heart was racing and he thought it might explode out of his chest if he didn't calm down. Next he noticed her atire and was stuck staring at her for several moments thinking how beautiful she truely was, a vision. It was then that he took in the fact that tears were coursing down her cheeks, he lept from the stage and moved towards her in fear that something was wrong.

"Buffy what's happened? Is everything alright?" He moved awkwardly to hold her in an attempt to get her to calm down enough to tell him what had happened. "I heard everything Giles." He moved to step back, horrified that he was the cause of her tears, how badly must she have felt about his love in order for her to react in this way? Her hand on his arm stopped his retreat and he looked into her eyes, wondering why she wouldn't be happier if he just left right now and never looked back.

"Giles, I'm crying because I have been in love with you for a very long time but never dared hope you would feel the same way. I'm crying because tonight all of my hopes and dreams have come true, the most wonderful man in the world loves me and I want to scream it from the rooftops. I'm crying because your voice touched places in my heart that I thought were long dead, broken and stripped away by my past. But it's a miracle Giles, you've cured me, my heart is better than ever because of you."

Giles felt his eyes moisten at Buffy's beautiful words, she felt the same? The tears were happy ones and caused by him? He laughed and swept her up into his arms spinning her around and around. He knew he had never felt happier than he did at this moment, the world was suddenly a very different place. Once dark, lonely and oppresive, now there was no room for those things, only joy and love. He placed her feet back on the floor and bent down to capture her lips with his. Their mouths slowly grazed each other, not wanting to rush this, afterall they had waited so long. She snaked her arms behind his neck and pulled his head closer to her to kiss him more firmly. They pulled apart after a few minutes realising that the entire audience was applauding them. They smiled at each other and bowed then decided to take their newfound knowledge to a quieter more private setting.

"Will and Tara were right you know?" "Hmmm and what were they right about my love?" She smiled at being called that, lost in his eyes. He chuckled as he noticed her expression and kissed her to bring her back to the here and now. "Luv you were about to tell me what Willow and Tara said that was correct" "Oh" She blushed at getting caught staring. "They have been going on for days about how incredibly sexy your singing voice is." "They have? Really?" He couldn't help the look of pride that came across his features. She playfully slapped him on the arm " Hey Mr your mine now, no going gushy about other people, you are mine right?" "Buffy my dearest, I am yours for as long as you'll have me which I hope most strongly is all eternity." "Nah it'll be way longer than that." She smiled and pulled him down for another kiss, she could get used to this.