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June 2023



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BtVS Double Drabble - Watcher

Title: Watcher
Fandom: BtVS
Characters: Giles, Buffy.
Rating: PG
Written Using: The dw100 prompt ‘Worry’.
Setting: Late Season One.
Summary: As Buffy’s Watcher, Giles can’t help but worry about her.
Disclaimer: I don’t own BtVS, or the characters. They belong to the amazing Joss Whedon.
A/N: Double drabble.

Giles worries; he can’t help it. He’s been a member of the Watcher’s Council for years, but now he’s responsible for the Slayer and she’s so young. Of course all Slayers are young, and few survive more than a few brief years, which is another cause for worry.

Watchers are supposed to be efficient and unemotional. The Slayer is the tool of the Council, their weapon in the fight against demons, and Giles knows he should remain detached, but he suspects it was too late for that the day he first met Buffy. She’s an exasperating girl, and so American, which he supposes is only to be expected since she was born and raised there, but she has spirit, and empathy, and a big heart. He can’t help but care about her. No matter what the Watcher’s Council might preach, she’s not some kind of soulless thing to be ordered around; she’s a person, and she deserves to be treated as such.

So he worries whenever she’s out on patrol, frets over whether or not he’s trained her well enough, prays for her safety, and breathes a sigh of relief when she returns unharmed. She’s all that matters to him.

The End


I always wondered why the Watchers Council was from England, while the Slayer was from another district. Maybe I'm reading too much into this.

Lovely story.:)
Slayers can be from anywhere in the world, and they go where they're needed. The Watcher's Council is a typically British Old Boys network. I'm sure there are other people around the world who fight vampires their way, but the Watchers Council are sort of the guardians of generations of Slayer, right from the very first one in prehistoric times.

Thanks for clarifying that. It seemed like just a coincidence that Buffy ended up in Sunnydale. The pilot is suppose to be a continuation from the movie.
I've seen the movie, but I mostly ignore it.

I hear what you're saying. Once was enough for me. It was lucky that there was a TV series at all. Sarah Michelle Geller said that a title like that is a hard sell. That most people would not take it seriously.
Which I think was partly the point. The whole show played with people's expectations.

And what a pay off. Some shows can get cancelled so easily.

Edited at 2021-01-20 09:34 am (UTC)
Buffy was one that got its chance.
The network made sure to give the series enough exposure to attract viewers. That seldom happens these day. Technology has change now with streaming media.

Edited at 2021-01-22 11:07 am (UTC)
I don't stream anything, can't afford to, I only have access to the free TV channels.

I stick to general YouTube links uploaded or sometimes free to air Australia. I don't watch livestream.

Which is why I lost track/couldn't bother with the latest series of DW unfortunately.*shrugs*
I didn't see it either, but I half-watched the New Year special because Jack was in it. I can remember very little about it though.

I watched the first quarter, then gave up. I've been keeping tabs via promos and articles. To see if I want to watch it again.
Probably not worth it. JB was great as always, but the whole thing felt a bit flat.

There doesn't seem to be much chemistry between Jack and the Thirteenth Doctor aka the actors.

It's like when people bumped into each other after many years apart and one of them has changed.

Anyway, I heard John Bishop is going to become a companion.
Yeah, I think that's true. Of course in my head-canon Jack is still grieving for Ianto and blames the Doctor for not being there to help when the 456 came.

I don't even know who John Bishop is.

I would have been more awkward with Twelve though because of the resemblance to John Frobisher. I doubt they'll address if Jack resents the Doctor for the 456. Which by the way reminds me of a bus number.*shrugs*

John Bishop is an English comedian/actor. That's the least I know of him. But this may mean Yaz still won't get further character development.*theory*

I talk more about DW, than actually watching it these days.*sighs*

Edited at 2021-01-30 10:50 am (UTC)
I was worried that I wouldn't be able top watch Twelve because Peter Capaldi played Frobisher, but he was totally different and the Scottish accent helped a lot. The Doctor should have saved Ianto and Steven. I even wrote a fic where he went back in time and did so.

Ah, that explains it. I have no clue about British so-called comedians. I don't find them funny at all.

Same here.

I find Peter Capaldi acting to be understated. I forget he has been in the Whoverse as three different characters.:)

The Time War would have been horrific for the Doctor. Torchwood emphasized how traumatic a similar situation could be. So, I agree with you. That off-screen time got rewritten or the Doctor changed the events so Jack didn't lose Ianto and Steven.

I've never seen John Bishop do stand up, but I saw him on The Graham Norton Show and other live shows a few times and liked his personality. Only time will tell if his presence will help on DW.
He's a good actor.

Yes, it's not so hard to bring Ianto back, not for a time traveller.

We shall see, I guess.

Actors with his range can usually alleviate an average script.:)

Now, I could just picture Jack with a vortex manipulator. Trying to do the job himself.*ponders*

Some actors can play any kind or role.

I bet Jack would if he could.

Like a duck to water. Otherwise it takes loads of training.

Jack should, because he'd be good...at it.*fails to rhyme*

I'm going to seriously go with that concept over the tragedy that was COE.
Me too.