Title: The Walls Came Tumbling Down
Pairing: Giles/ Buffy of course
Disclaimer: I do not own the rights to these characters. I am making no profit from this story and no copyright infringement is intended. My story is strictly for the entertainment of those of us who believe this couple should be together.
Beadtific reposted the original, so I'm re-posting this. Enjoy.
Acknowledgements: In November of last year Beadtific wrote this really great story called 'Crumbling Walls'. It was short and sweet and to the point. As it sometimes happens with a story, the original author feels it’s complete, but as a reader I wanted a sequel. For the last couple of months, the characters have insisted in telling the story and to finally shut them up I had to write it down. I wrote to Beadtific and asked her permission to share this story with you. She was gracious enough to allow me. So I recommend that before you read this, if you haven’t already done so, go read hers first. This will make more sense. Again, Beadtific, Thank You, you doll.
Synopsis: It’s the morning after
Xander walked in the back door, "Morning, Will." He stopped upon seeing Willow’s upset face. "What’s happened?"
"Giles has left already."
"But he’s only been here four days. Did he get a line on more Potentials?"
"I don’t know, he was gone when I got up."
"Then how do you know he’s gone? Did he leave a message?"
"No, but the blankets are still folded on the sofa, so he didn’t sleep here, and you know he didn’t have anywhere else to stay." Willow sighed. "I don’t really blame him for leaving. You saw how they were acting at supper last night. It’s been like that since he brought those last two girls. They can’t be in a room together for more than five minutes without arguing."
"I didn’t realize it was that bad."
Willow nodded. "Worse. I had hopes last night when Buffy asked him to patrol with her, but they must have had a real blow up after they left the house. He probably waited for everyone to go to bed, then got his things and left."
Kennedy, who had come into the kitchen during the exchange said, "His things are still here."
Willow and Xander asked, "What?"
"His things are still here. I was helping some of the others put the sleeping bags away and I saw his suitcase in the closet."
"Maybe, he went jogging?" Willow asked weakly.
"If it’s been as bad as you say, and they really did have a big fight, maybe he just left. After all, he can pick his things up when he brings the next batch." Xander said, reaching for a possibility.
Kennedy left the room and came back with the bag. She threw it up on the counter and opened the zipper. "His passport is still here, along with his travelers checks. He wouldn’t have left those behind." The trio stared in silence at the objects.
Dawn rushed into the room. "When did Buffy leave?" The others just looked at her. "I stayed up to talk to her last night, but I fell asleep before she got home. I just checked in her room and she’s not there, so, where did she go so early?"
A strange expression passed over Willow’s face and she involuntarily glanced at the basement door.
"No." Xander said. "No way. She said that was over."
"Only one way to find out." Dawn stomped over to the door, slamming it open. "Buffy! Are you down there?"
Dawn slammed the door shut. "She’s not there." She glared at Xander.
Willow and Kennedy avoided her gaze, but both were thinking the same thing. ‘She might have been too busy to answer.’ Dawn caught a little of the vibe. "What?"
Before they had a chance to answer, the basement door opened and Spike stood at the top of the stairs, staying in the shadow of the doorway. "What the bloody hell are you doing yelling and waking me up? And what was that about Buffy?"
"Have you seen Buffy this morning?"
"No, I haven’t seen her since she left with the Watcher last night. What’s the problem?"
Willow abruptly sat down. "Oh, Goddess, something must have happened to them."
"Them?" Dawn asked shrilly. "What do you mean them?"
"Nobody’s seen Giles since last night either."
"Does anybody know where they were going?" Spike and Kennedy asked at the same time.
Willow shook her head. "Buffy just asked Giles to patrol with her. I don’t remember anyplace special."
Dawn was frowning in concentration. "I heard her say something about Willy reporting demon activity on the headlands. You know, near where you started to resurrect the temple?"
"The land there has been pretty unstable since then," Spike said. "Maybe they had some kind of accident."
"Maybe Giles got knocked out and Buffy took him to the ER." Xander threw in.
Willow shook her head. "Buffy would have called if anything happened."
Dawn ducked her head. "I’ve got her cell phone." She pulled it out of her pocket and held it up. "I took it out of her weapons bag to use when Rona wouldn’t get off the house phone. They left before I finished my call."
"Dawn! We got that phone for Buffy so she could call for help if she needed it."
"She had help, Giles was with her."
"But with the Bringers and all the strange demons that the First has summoned to Sunnydale, maybe just the two of them wasn’t enough. They could be hurt somewhere, unable to call for help."
"It’s not my fault! Rona wouldn’t get off the phone. I had to make an important call."
Willow drew in a deep breath to let her have it again, when Spike intervened. "It doesn’t matter who did or didn’t do what. We need to go looking for them." He stepped forward, then had to step back as the early morning sunlight hit him. "Harris, can you get a van somewhere?"
"We can look for them on our own, we don’t need your help." He turned his back to Spike and addressed Kennedy. "Go round up the girls. We need to split up and do a grid search of the town. Dawn," he turned to the girl, "up in the attic is a box of walkie talkies that we used on patrol the summer Buffy was gone. We can use them to coordinate team movement." As the others just stood in astonishment, he snapped, "Let’s move, people. Daylight’s burning."
In the silence before movement began, they heard laughter coming from the back porch. The door opened to Buffy saying, "Giles, you are so bad." She stopped short in the doorway and Giles bumped into her. She leaned back against him and gave everyone a wide smile. "Morning guys, what’s the sitch?"
Everyone just looked back.
Giles was beaming as well. "Indeed. This is rather early for most of you to be up. What’s the occasion." Giles gave Buffy a gentle push into the room, entered, and closed the door behind them.
The sound of a snarl had all heads turning towards Spike. He was in game face glaring at Giles. "I don't believe you, you old git."
Giles’ eyes turned dangerous, but before he could say anything Buffy straightened up to her full height and gave Spike her best Slayer's glare. "It's none of your business, Spike." She fingered the stake that suddenly appeared in her hand.
"Bloody hell." He growled and stormed down the steps.
"Not that I'm objecting to anything that upsets Spike," Xander said, "but what the hell just happened?"
Buffy started to speak, but stopped when Giles placed his hand on her shoulder. She turned to head to look at him, then said "Nothing that we need to go into right now. Why's everyone up so early? Is there a problem?"
"Why is everyone up so early?" Willow exploded. "Why is everyone up so early? Where have the two of you been all night? We were worried when we got up and neither of you were here."
Again they exchanged looks, then Giles answered. "The demons that Willy mentioned turned out to be Haskari. Their blood is very corrosive, and when we killed them the blood gathered into a pool, eating through to an underground cavern. The walls of the cave were very steep and unstable causing Buffy to fall and injure her ankle when she tried to get us out. We had to wait for it to heal before she was able to climb up."
"Yeah," Buffy added, "it was a long, hard, night." She leaned against Giles again and wriggled slightly. He ducked his head, raking his hand through his hair.
"So that's how you got all scratched and bruised, falling down into the cave?" Dawn asked.
Buffy's "Yes" was drowned by Anya's "That plus the fact that they had sex." She was standing in the doorway to the living room. "I'm hungry, is anyone fixing breakfast?" In the resulting silence she walked across the kitchen, opening the refrigerator.
Xander looked at Willow, then at Buffy and Giles whose faces were red. "Anya, Buffy and Giles were in a cave-in, not having sex."
"Oh, please, I could smell them all the way in the living room. Besides, you've never had trouble spotting hickeys on people before."
All eyes turned back to Buffy and Giles. He had a large purplish bruise on his neck. For the first time the others noticed that Buffy wasn't wearing a shirt under her sweater, and that there was a faint purple mark in her cleavage.
Buffy cleared her throat. "Well, some of us were up all night and need our sleep. See you later. Come on, Watcher-mine."
"After you, Slayer-mine." He placed his hand in the center of her back and ushered her out of the room.
In silence the others, excepting Anya, followed. They watched Buffy and Giles climb the stairs, holding hands. From above came the sounds of footsteps moving down the upper hall, then closing of a door. Faint laughter floated down the stairwell.
The group looked at each other in disbelief. Willow said, faintly, "Up all night?"
Xander muttered, "Long, hard, night?" Together they said, "Ewww."
Dawn grinned, "It's about time." She and Kennedy gave each other a high five. "You owe me five. I told you they would come to their senses before he left again."
Kennedy grinned back and dug the money out of her pocket. "Let's go tell the others." The two rushed out the front door to where the other girls were sitting on the porch.
Willow and Xander had watched the pair in shock. They looked at each other again. "Ewww."
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