[identity profile] petzipellepingo.livejournal.com posting in [community profile] buffyversetop5
In no particular order :

1. She keeps the door closed.

They think she wants her privacy; she’s a teenager, after all. Mother reminisces about her past. Father mutters about weddings. Siblings just roll their eyes.

She lets them think what they will, and steals out into the night with nothing more than a stick and a crucifix, leaving behind an empty room.

They keep the door closed.

They pretend nothing changed; though fear and grief fills this house. Mother cries. Father yells. Siblings sit silently, too sad to roll their eyes.

They each touch the door when they pass it, pretending the room isn’t empty.

http://open-on-sunday.livejournal.com/2978424.html by [livejournal.com profile] garnigal.

2. Buffy remembers her mom telling her that it would be her job to help watch out for Dawn.

And she did. Holding Dawn when she skinned her knee in the playground. Hiding Dawn's eyes when the scary parts of the movie came on. Teaching Dawn how to use the curling iron for her elementary school graduation.

But none of it happened.

And if there was never a Dawn, then this Buffy never existed either.

She mourns for a life she doesn't remember even as she knows it doesn't matter. This Buffy loves her sister and will go on protecting her.

http://open-on-sunday.livejournal.com/2979504.html by [livejournal.com profile] a2zmom.

It wasn’t exactly what he’d had in mind when he found out he was to be posted to the Hellmouth. Becoming the epitome of the tweedy British stereotype. Hiding all his academic degrees that a librarian hired by the Californian public school system just wouldn’t have. He would even have to drive an old banger of a car to better fit the image.

He was leaving behind London, a job he loved at the British Museum and the promise of starting something up again with Olivia.

All for a Slayer he knew nothing about. She had better be worth it.

http://giles-shorts.livejournal.com/101358.html by [livejournal.com profile] quaggy_mire.

4. Sometimes Giles stayed overnight at the library. Long hours of research and trying to keep the world going and what have you.

“You know what they say about vampires and a public school library,” Buffy argued. “I don’t wanna find your insides scattered all over your dusty books. Get your research on at home, where it’s safe.”

So, tonight, upon a persistent demand from his slayer, he decided to treat himself to a home cooked meal and catch up on some reading.

Turning off the lights in his office, he noticed a crossbow Buffy had forgotten on the table. He put it back in its place inside the book cage. If it wasn’t for that tiny shift, Giles wouldn’t have noticed the figure huddled in the corner. With a squint, he was able to make out Xander’s sleeping face in the dark, half hidden under a thin blanket.

A long pondering stare before he headed back to his office, turned on the lights and seized a book.

Sometimes Giles stayed overnight at the library.

http://gen-storyteller.livejournal.com/237727.html by [livejournal.com profile] lusciousxander.

He should 've known this would happen. Warnings had always been present in the back of his mind; he'd refused to heed thoughts that sounded like his father. But now the darkness had taken almost everything. He only had one recourse still open to him.

He was hoisted by his own petard. Magic would always be a part of his life but never again through his own choosing. His life was about to become utterly boring; at least, he still had one. "Yes, Father. I'll come."

Three years later, Rupert wonders about boredom as he narrowly escapes another Demon's claws.

http://katleept.livejournal.com/526200.html by [livejournal.com profile] katleept.

Date: 2017-01-02 07:48 pm (UTC)
yourlibrarian: Angel and Lindsey (ScoobyXmasTop5-eyesthatslay)
From: [personal profile] yourlibrarian
Ah, I particularly like that one of Giles thinking about what he's giving up to be a watcher to the new slayer. These are all good reads though.

Psst, looks like lusciousxander and a2zmom's names have typos in them (links work fine though)

Date: 2017-01-02 08:27 pm (UTC)
yourlibrarian: Angel and Lindsey (ScoobyXmasTop5-eyesthatslay)
From: [personal profile] yourlibrarian
Yes, they were in red and some letters were missing or inverted but it all looks fine now.

And yes, I gather Open on Sunday is now closed? Such a shame, as it was so long running and, as you say, there's not much out there that focuses on drabbles.

Date: 2017-01-02 08:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sparrow2000.livejournal.com
Drabbling is such an art to capture a huge story is so few words. These are all terrific, but I have to say the first one especially makes my heart ache.

Date: 2017-01-02 09:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chasingdemons.livejournal.com
These are all just amazing! Thank you for posting this!

Date: 2017-01-02 09:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dragonyphoenix.livejournal.com
Garginal and a2zmom are always great with the drabbles. The others are awesome too though. I think my fave is lucsiousxander's with Giles staying in the library.

Date: 2017-01-03 03:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] a2zmom.livejournal.com
Thank you so much for reccing me! And the company is mighty fine as the others are all outstanding. (I also wish Open on Sunday was still around)

Date: 2017-01-03 11:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lusciousxander.livejournal.com
Thank you so much for reccing me. I'm glad to be among all these fine writers.

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