Characters: Buffy, Giles.
Written For: Challenge 8: Dissemination at tripledrabbles.
Spoilers/Setting: Early in Season One.
Summary: Giles and Buffy have a difference of opinion on who should do what.
Disclaimer: I don’t own BtVS, or the characters. They belong to the wonderful Joss Whedon.
A/N: Triple drabble.
“This is important, Buffy!” Giles insisted in his best stuffy librarian tones. “It’s a Slayer’s duty to study all the salient lore on the creatures she might be expected to face. Forewarned is forearmed…”
“It has four arms?”
“No! Well, possibly. Some species of demons do have more than the standard number of limbs, but that’s not what I meant. If you know everything about whatever fell creature you’ll be facing, you’ll be better prepared. Fewer nasty surprises.”
”That’s obvious, but why do I need to read all these books? I have enough to read for school, if I’m ever gonna get a passing grade in my exams. There aren’t enough hours in the day for me to read all of yours as well.” Buffy gestured at the books piled on the table. “It would take me the rest of my no doubt short Slayer’s life, time I could put to better use fighting the demons instead of reading about them. You’re my Watcher; can’t you just look up whatever I need to know and tell me on a case-by-case basis? That way I won’t have a load of useless facts floating around in my head, getting in the way and confusing me.”
“What if I’m not available when you need to know something important about how to kill an unexpected threat? I do have other duties beyond the dissemination of information.”
“Always with the big words! You’re a librarian, Giles; disseminating information is what you do.”
“Yes, well, suppose I’m in a staff meeting or something of the kind?” Giles said, flustered. “Or unconscious.”
“You do get knocked out a lot. Fine, give me a book and maybe I’ll look at it if I have the time.”
Giles sighed. Were all Slayers this difficult or was it just his?