One More Day
By The Lil Minx

Title:  One More Day
Author: The Lil Minx
E-mail:  DarkAngelGabs@aol.com
Rating: R
Spoilers: The Gift, Bargaining 1 & 2.
Distribution:  Wherever you want to put it, just ask.
Disclaimer:  All characters belong to Joss Whedon, 20th Century Fox, WB and Mutant Enemy. The Song "One More Day" is by Diamond Rio and not used for profit, just fun. It's a beautiful song.
Summary: Giles is leaving, but not before he does one last thing…
Notes: <> indicate thoughts.
Feedback: Sure, just be nice, any flames will be fed to my cat.


He stood over her grave, a guitar in one hand a bouquet of wildflowers in the other. Placing the bouquet at the head of the grave, beneath the marbled headstone he tried to smile. The lone man stood there in black slacks, a soft gray sweater and a beat up leather jacket, the wind blew his hair softly, as he pulled off his glasses trying to gain some composure. "B-Buffy, I never got to tell you how proud I was of you. Of everything you had accomplished. You've survived demons, deterred the apocalypse numerous times, vampires, graduated from high school, the ascension of the Mayor. Managed to turn the senior class into an army with no time. You were a warrior, my warrior. Now, you're gone."

"I carried y-your body from the scene, not wanting anyone else to. I-I loved you, Buffy. I don't know why I couldn't tell you that before you left my life. You had given so much for me, your friend, sacrificed so much your life, your heart, your soul." His green eyes, were murky, as he stared at the headstone, running his fingers over her name one last time. "I-I'm leaving today, back to England. I h-had to see you one last time and sing this to you. I-I discovered it the day before you died, I was g-going to sing it at your funeral, but changed my mind."

He pulled the guitar out and sat cross-legged on the ground by the foot of the grave. Strumming it idly to get the correct chord. His voice carried through the empty graveyard, husky and low. He stared at her gravestone as if she would come out and be there one last time. "Last night I had a crazy dream. A wish was granted just for me, it could be for anything. I didn't ask for money, or a mansion in Malibu. I simply wished for one more day with you. One more day, one more time. One more sunset, maybe I'd be satisfied. But then again, I know what it would do. Leave me wishing still for one more day with you. One more day…"

The birds in the tree that she was buried beneath, never took flight, but stayed where they were to listen to him sing. "First thing I'd do is pray for time to crawl. I'd unplug the telephone and keep the TV off. I'd hold you ever second, say a million 'I love you's' That's what I'd do with one more day with you. One more day, one more time, one more sunset, maybe I'd be satisfied. But then again, I know what it would do. Leave me wishing still for one more day with you."

Giles' voice choked up as he sang for her, this was his greatest wish, to have her back in his life. So that he could take her in his arms, hold her; be there for her, as he always was before. He had never felt so alone as he did in this moment in time; it was like a part of his soul was lying in that grave. If he could have taken her place he would have, for now he couldn't face life without his Slayer. His beloved Buffy, the woman who, had unknowingly captured his very heart. "One more day. One more time. One more sunset, maybe I'd be satisfied. But then again, I know what it would do. Leave me wishing still for one more day… Leave me wishing still for one more day… Leave me wishing still for one more day… with you."

When he finished, he put the guitar down and reached into his jacket pocket, where he pulled out Mr. Pointy her stake. The one Kendra had given to her all that time ago, placing it next to the flowers he turned, wiping tears from his eyes. "G-Goodbye Buffy." He whispered to no one in particular, climbing into the cab that was waiting for him. Then, like a dusted vampire, he was gone.