Characters: Willow, Xander, Buffy, Giles.
Written For: Challenge 2: Belong at sunnydalescribe.
Spoilers/Setting: From before Welcome to the Hellmouth to the end of Season One.
Summary: Willow has long been used to not fitting in.
Disclaimer: I don’t own BtVS, or the characters. They belong to the wonderful Joss Whedon.
A/N: Triple Drabble.
Willow had never really fitted in at school, looked down on by the cool kids, only sought out when someone needed help with their homework. She wasn’t completely without friends, she had Xander, who’d been her bestest bud for as long as she could remember, and she got along with Xander’s friend Jesse, but aside from them, she’d grown used to being mostly shunned by her peers.
She wasn’t like them; she was too nerdy, too interested in computers and science and actually learning stuff. She liked school, and reading, and doing homework, and those kids who didn’t make fun of her for her unfashionable clothes called her Teacher’s Pet. They pushed her around, pulled her hair, stole her books, but she endured the taunting and everything else with a kind of fatalism; she had no choice but to put up with it if she wanted to get a good education, but it was demoralising.
Then Buffy came along. Pretty, fashionable, Buffy, the sort of girl who was bound to be immediately accepted into the ranks of the popular girls, but instead she chose to hang out with Willow and Xander, unintentionally pulling them both into a world neither of them had ever imagined existed. It was terrifying, and it was dangerous, but it was also exciting and challenging. More than that, Willow discovered a sense of purpose. She could make a difference, use her knowledge of computers and her research abilities to help battle demons and save lives. It made her stand a little taller, hold her head a little higher.
She was needed, part of something important, even if few people would ever be aware of the battle against evil she and her friends were involved in. With Buffy, Giles, and Xander, she’d found the place she belonged