Characters: Willow, Buffy, Xander, Giles.
Written For: Challenge 6: Nerve at tripledrabbles.
Spoilers/Setting: I Robot, You Jane. Late in Season One.
Summary: Willow is learning that she’s a lot braver than she ever imagined.
Disclaimer: I don’t own BtVS, or the characters. They belong to the wonderful Joss Whedon.
A/N: Triple drabble.
Willow’s never thought of herself as brave. Not that she’s ever considered herself a coward either, but she prefers to stay in the background, not have everybody’s attention focused on her. Speaking in front of the class makes her nervy; her hands go clammy, her voice gets squeaky, and she stammers. The very thought of being on stage in front of an audience is enough to make her want to hide under her bed and never come out, which is why she never signed up for drama club.
But now here she is helping her two best friends in the world battle demons and vampires.
She’s not just research girl either, doing Internet searches, or poring through Giles’ vast collection of old, dusty books on every paranormal subject you can imagine. That’s part of her role of course; helping Giles is always fun and informative, and sometimes Willow reads the books just out of curiosity, because she’s always been interested in learning and there’s so much she doesn’t know.
Sometimes though, she’s out there with Buffy and Xander, patrolling, helping to keep the streets of Sunnydale safe for all the people who don’t know that vampires and demons are real. She’s even staked a vampire or two, and there was that whole thing with her online boyfriend Malcolm who turned out to be the demon Moloch.
That was kind of her bad. She’d accidentally released him from the book that had been his prison for centuries by scanning it into the school computers, but how was she to know that would happen? It had almost put her off dating boys for good though; demonic robots don’t make good boyfriends.
Life is even more scary and dangerous now she knows what’s out there, but that’s okay. She’s not facing it alone.