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Buffy fanfiction: "An Icy Reception"

I'm vanishing for four or five days, spending some time with Emily and then taking her back down to Missouri for the next semester of college. Since I haven't had time to write much fanfic lately, I thought I'd leave you with a little tale that I'd like to dedicate to my friends in Great Britain -- especially jaded_jamie. See you soon!

Title: An Icy Reception
Author: Ozma914

Summary: Post-Chosen: Giles catches members of the new Watcher's Council in the act of something truly horrible. Well, to him.

Rating: G
Warnings: general silliness
Length: 275 words
Disclaimer: I own nothing, but will gladly take anything given to me.

Characters: Giles, Xander, Robin, Andrew



Giles froze at the door to the conference room. “What the devil --?” A teacup slipped from his numb fingers, spilling its contents across the carpeted floor.

Three men huddled around the paper-strewn table, eyes wide in the classic deer in the headlights look. “We thought you went to Cleveland!” Andrew squeaked.

“My flight was snowed in.” Eyes narrowed, Giles advanced into the room. “What is this? I leave you alone for two days, and I come back to this?”

“What?” Robin asked, glancing back and forth between Andrew and Xander. “We’re just going through activity reports.”

But Xander and Andrew had both frozen, their arms extended out, caught in the middle of trying to hide something.

“This –“ Giles’ face reddened. He whipped off his glasses, forgetting to clean them in his agitation, but unwilling to see any more. “This is an abomination! This is evil, in its purest, most vile form!”

“It’s not that bad –“ Andrew tried to protest, but Xander reached out to grab the other watcher’s arm.

“Time for shutting up,” Xander murmured, and when Andrew looked into Giles’ eyes again he did exactly that.

“I want it out of here.” Giles jerked a thumb backward, in the general direction of out. “I knew it was a mistake to relocate in the States. You have no decorum, no sense of decency or taste. I want it all out! Never again sully our hallways with that – that – shite!”

After a short, tense silence, Robin shook his head. “I don’t understand. It’s only iced tea.”

But Giles was already halfway out the door, storming his way toward the kitchen. “Bloody Colonials!”



Oh, and I've received two more nominations over at the Running With Scissors Award site! "Today a Hero" was nominated for Best Short, and "To Start the Day" was nominated for -- get this -- Best Twinkie. That's, um, stories between 500-1,000 words. Honest. :-> The website, and a whole bunch of great stories, are here:
http://community.livejournal.com/rwsawards/

Comments

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ozma914
Jan. 15th, 2009 11:32 am (UTC)
I was thinking of you the whole time I was writing it! ;-)

Well, it took us awhile to see the last of Torchwood, what with the problem we had with the disk, but we were able to catch it a segment at a time on the internet. Frankly, I thought it *sucked* -- I came to love those characters, and I didn't want to see them go. Especially Tosh -- at least she wasn't dead already. But as far as the quality of the show itself, it just got better and better.

I vote for Martha and Captain John as new team members.
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keith5by5
Jan. 15th, 2009 12:16 pm (UTC)
Congrats with the noms! Much deserved!
ozma914
Jan. 16th, 2009 02:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
married_n_mich
Jan. 15th, 2009 12:19 pm (UTC)
Poor, poor Giles. It'll never get easier for him, will it?

Congrats and Hee! Twinkie.
ozma914
Jan. 16th, 2009 02:12 pm (UTC)
Giles will always be just a bit too Gilesish for the USA, I think. :-)

I'm not sure I want to know how they settled on the term Twinkie!
mabus101
Jan. 15th, 2009 01:29 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on your nominations, Mark!

I have to admit I agree with Giles. Except that I don't like hot tea any better. I just kinda don't like tea. Any drink made from dead leaves is going to taste like dead leaves, y'know?
ozma914
Jan. 16th, 2009 02:13 pm (UTC)
I feel the same way about coffee and beer -- just can't stand the taste of either of them. Tea I like, but only with lots of sugar; I can take it either hot or cold, though.

Thanks!
elizalavelle
Jan. 15th, 2009 01:44 pm (UTC)
LMAO I wasn't sure what they'd have, brilliantly done :)
ozma914
Jan. 16th, 2009 02:13 pm (UTC)
Glad you liked it!
curiouswombat
Jan. 15th, 2009 02:13 pm (UTC)
Giles is so right!
ozma914
Jan. 16th, 2009 02:13 pm (UTC)
You're not the only one who thinks that!
cbtreks
Jan. 15th, 2009 08:20 pm (UTC)
I totally agree with Giles - and I am a bloody Colonial! *g*
ozma914
Jan. 16th, 2009 02:14 pm (UTC)
That seems to be the general opinion! Me, I can go either way, but with the thermometer hitting -16 this morning I'm thinking it's hot tea weather.
spankulert
Jan. 16th, 2009 02:34 am (UTC)
lol iced tea, good one! Congrats on the noms too :D
ozma914
Jan. 16th, 2009 02:15 pm (UTC)
thanks, and glad you liked it!
deird1
Jan. 16th, 2009 05:56 am (UTC)
Hee! Fabulous!

I definitely agree with Giles.
ozma914
Jan. 16th, 2009 02:16 pm (UTC)
A lot of people do! Today it's hot tea for me -- it was minus 16 when I went out to (unsuccessfully) start my car.
ex_shitsu_to509
Jan. 17th, 2009 02:17 am (UTC)
Can't remember if I left a review when I saw this on ff.net. Oh well you can never have enough good feedback, right?

This is a great ficlet. I liked the silliness and that Giles still hasn't adjusted to the ways of 'bloody colonials'.
ozma914
Jan. 17th, 2009 10:17 pm (UTC)
There've been a few reviews posted on ff.net, but I haven't had time to check them yet -- not to mention I sometimes don't know when the people over there are the same as the ones over here! But you're right, there's no such thing as too much feedback.

Glad you liked it! Silliness was, of course, exactly what I was going for.
ubiquirk
Jan. 17th, 2009 03:52 pm (UTC)
Sporfle! God, I hate iced tea.

Congrats on the noms!
ozma914
Jan. 17th, 2009 10:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks!

I drink a lot of iced tea, but I'll defend to the death the right of others not to. :-)
desdemonaspace
Jan. 19th, 2009 07:14 pm (UTC)
WTF!?! I thought he'd caught them in flagrante, but ... iced tea? I love iced tea. Take a chill pill, dood.

Very funny, Mark. LOL
ozma914
Jan. 20th, 2009 06:01 am (UTC)
You thought what I was hoping you'd think, then! ;-) I love iced tea too, but despite his wild youth Giles can be very .... British. Glad you liked it!
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