“The Great Escape” is amazing. In short, it’s a Buffy at its Buffy-est.
So, Buffy, Willow and Faith are surprised by Jordan and her cohort. I got this, B, says F. She throws a smoke bomb and lurches at the slayers while Buffy and Willow make a run for it. Unfortunately, they’re stopped by two slayers that remained at their post. Buffy throws herself at them, making it possible for Willow to reach the drainer room, shut the door and get her power back. She immediately restores Buffy’s slayerness and proceeds to turbo-bewitch the living shit out of the gestapo, smashing the building’s walls with a group of slayers. Only Jordan’s lucky enough to get knocked out unconscious by Buffy. It’s awesome, I kid you not, this is one of the best action sequences in all of the comic seasons. After the sslayers are dealt with Willow gathers some intelligence from a nearby computer and the trio has an interesting little conversation about power. Buffy admits that, with her powers she feels whole again and that she didn’t feel right as just Buffy Summers, normal person. Buffy Summers isn’t a normal person. Nothing wrong with owning it, counters Faith. S-stop being so wise, F! Next, Willow cloaks the team to move past all the soldiers. They reach the building with a generator powering the force field. Willow casts one last spell, the hammer of Govannon ( Welsh smith deity, yo ) and pretty much destroys the entire structure. The force field shuts down, the demons are free! It is so fucking awesome! By the way, I love how Willow uses magic in this issue. She casts actual spells with utility, cool names and incantations, not just magical lasers! Anyway, at this point Willow is magiced-out, Buffy has to keep her from collapsing and soldiers show up to capture them…only to be swarmed by a stampeding horde of demons and vampires steamrolling their way through the gates, certain peroxide addict included. Yes, the lovers reunite, there’s big face sucking, Willow’s being a shameless shipper etcetera, it’s sweet, I admit. Mayhem ensues what with all the soldiers and demons and Scoobies decide to not stick around.
The group meets with Xander and Dawn in a motel in Santa Fe. There’s some bad news. The vampires and demons that escaped from the zone descended upon a small town in Arizona and slaughtered everybody, Saint Vigeous crusade style. As a result, POTUS authorized the use of lethal force against all vampires. What’s interesting, the security footage from the town shows, who else, Vicki the vampire. Wait, Vicki was in the zone? And we didn’t even get a cameo? So, before anything else, Buffy the Vampire Slayer decides to take out Vicki the vampire. Scoobies find her in Austin, hiding under the Congress Bridge, home of the world’s largest urban bat colony. Huh. Smart move, Vicki. Vicki reveals that her group were set up. Everyone was already dead when the vampires arrived in town and the whole place reeked of concentrated magic, explains Vicki. The group gathers the full picture. The government or some faction within it killed all those people, presumably with magic, to have an excuse to put in motion their final solution to the occult problem. Scale the magic draining technology from the camp, make it work remotely, put it on satellites so nowhere is safe, make Papa Adolf proud. Buffy and Vicki reach a truce. Vicki will head east with her vampires, revealing the gang to security cameras once a day, Buffy and Scoobies will get to the source of all this and shut it down. Vicki is not given any details but we are - the target is actually where it all started, in San Francisco, something called The Pandora Project. This is where, with a beautiful panel depicting bats and bat-pires leaving the bridge, the issue ends.
Yeah, this issue’s great! It’s fun, funny, action-packed, plot-rich and it looks fantastic. Those combat scenes, those detailed backgrounds, that Bu-thick! Go check it out, OK?
You were a slayer and your job was to fight was to fight vampires and that’s what you were doing, or at least trying to do. This particular vampire wasn’t fighting back, he just kept dodging all of your attacks and you had to admit you were a little confused.
“Why, aren’t, you, fighting, back!” You asked through heavy breaths. Eventually you just quit and lowered your weapon.
“Because I don’t want to” he answered simply. You looked up at him and gave him the weirdest look.
“What do you mean you don’t want to fight?! That doesn’t make any sense”.
“I just don’t want to hurt you. Consider it a blessing and give the whole slaying me thing a rest”.
What the fuck was wrong with him?!
OMG WATCH ANDI MACK! I just started marathoning it cause I was bored and it is EVERYTHING I WANT AND MISSED FROM DISNEY!!!!! The main character is mixed race! Her best friend is black with natural hair and named after BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER! It is ACTUALLY funny!!!! Accurate depiction of middle school! WATCH IT!
Characters: Xander, Giles Setting: Post-Becoming Part 2 Summary:: Xander takes care of Giles after the events of Becoming Part 2.
Super thanks to zombiegurl for being my awesome beta.
Frantic knocks pound on the door. Xander lowers his hand to grab the heavy groceries he holds in the other before the bag slips to the floor.
The door swings open and a disheveled Giles peers at him from the doorway with blurry eyes. “It’s you.”
Ouch! Xander swallows the hurt down and instead flashes a wide grin. “June’s Santa is here, and he brought breakfast with his very limited allowance.”
“Who bloody has time for breakfast?” Giles flings a hand in the air, and his untied robe flaps open. To Xander’s relief, he’s wearing briefs.
Xander bites back a snide remark and limps into the apartment. Last night, he’d taken a nice blow to the knee while he and Oz went out to the cemetery. Playing the role of the Slayer without the assistance of her nifty superpowers was no picnic.
He places the groceries on the kitchen counter and notices yesterday’s lunch plates unwashed in the sink. His arm begins to itch, causing an irritated hiss to escape his gritted teeth. He scowls down at the cast. Only four weeks to go.
Giles picks up the phone on the desk and punches the numbers in as if they have personally offended him.
Xander’s gaze lands on an empty whiskey bottle next to Giles’s phone with noticeable liquid stains on a few papers that appear important. Same whiskey bottle he’d seen yesterday, only it was half-full then. He staggers toward Oscar the Grouch, wishing he could jam a knife inside his cast and scratch away. “Did you take your medicine today?”
No answer. Giles rubs his forehead and listens to the dial tone.
“Skipping on medication? Not very watcher-y,” Xander persists with a growing desire to strangle the guy.
When did he become the responsible adult around here?
The night Xander had rescued Giles from the mansion, he’d rushed him to the nearest hospital. The doctor advised Giles to stay for observation, but Mr. Irrational wouldn’t hear of it and demanded to be released.
Suggesting a sleepover, Xander had settled the inevitable World War III. That night, Xander couldn’t have a decent shuteye with Giles’s deafening cries over vicious nightmares and the trips to the bathroom where Xander’s assistance was needed. He was all for the helping, but bathroom assists seemed above and beyond the call of duty. And did he mention the ick factor?
After all his hardships, the first thing Giles said in the next morning wasn’t the predictable Thank you, Xanderbut a very adamant Where’s Buffy? That question drove a sleep deprived Xander to fling himself on the same bed next to Giles and snore the day away.
He didn’t get much of beauty sleep since an hour later, Giles had shaken him awake to be his personal driver. They’d driven over to the mansion, but Buffy wasn’t there, and neither was Angel or his minions. From that day on, Giles’s sole purpose for living had become finding Buffy at any cost.
Xander’s sole purpose for living was to be Giles’s Carol Hathaway, minus the hot factor. He’d been cooking for him, washing his dishes, nagging him about his meds, and judging by Giles’s unflattering hygiene, he will soon be bathing him, too.
Giles curses and dials the same phone number again.
“Who the hell are you calling?”
No response. Giles is completely in an ‘Ignore-Xander’ mode.
He grabs the damn phone and slams it shut. “Would you listen to me?”
The usual fierce glare he receives from Giles is twice as intimidating without his glasses on, but this time Xander isn’t shrinking in his place. Giles needs some sense knocked into him.
“Buffy is gone!” Xander snaps, resenting Buffy for leaving them like that and Giles for neglecting himself to search for her. “There are more important things that need your freakin’ attention.”
“You, for example.”
Giles’s condescending tone and know-it-all expression send a jolt of anger burning through him. He closes his good hand in a solid fist and fights the irresistible impulse to knock Giles down with it for assuming that any of this is about Xander.
“I meant you, you asshole!”
Giles stares back at him with sunken eyes, lips parting slightly.
A half-assed apology is the last thing Xander wants to hear, so he stalks to the kitchen and empties the plastic bag’s contents on the counter. He grabs a plate and places two slices of bread on it.
“What are you doing?” Giles rubs his bare chest for a second, then abruptly covers himself up.
“Fixing you something to eat.” Xander squeezes the mayo onto the bread with a vengeance and some of it splashes on the floor. “You shouldn’t drink a whole bottle of whiskey without eating something. My uncle died that way.” Using one hand, he awkwardly cuts a tomato into uneven slices.
“I’m fairly certain I didn’t drink a whole bottle of whiskey.”
Xander jerks his chin at the empty bottle on the desk.
“In one night,” Giles adds defensively.
Slapping cheese, tomato, lettuce and pork between the bread, and voila, breakfast is ready. He pushes the plate toward Giles. “Eat up. I’m making coffee. Best hangover cure known to mankind.”
Stuffy Englishman seizes the sandwich and grimaces as the mayo leaks to his fingers.
Xander dumps the coffee beans into the grinder and then fills a kettle with water, since Giles is too much of a stuck-up to own a damn coffee maker. He cusses under his breath, feeling the itch again, and scrapes on the cast.
“What’s the matter?”
Xander squires his shoulders. “Nothing.”
He places the kettle on the stove, tensing when he feels Giles’s eyes on him. The water begins to simmer, stirring the restless silence. He hates the quiet, and it’s usually why he fills it with jokes, but he’s so angry with Giles right now that the curtains are closed on comedy hour.
Giles falters toward him, and Xander swallows a lump. He looks at the man from the corner of his eye, catching him fetching a wooden spoon from the drawer. Giles reaches for his injured arm and gently starts tapping the spoon on the cast. The vibration gives a slight sense of relief.
Xander glances at Giles, back at the cast, and then at him again. “Thanks,” he finally manages to whisper.
Giles smiles at him. “All better?”
It still itches, but not to the point where Xander wants to kill himself. He gives a timid, yet grateful smile.
Giles rests the spoon on the counter and heaves out a sigh. “I have been rather engaged of late. I have a lead. A friend in Burbank claims to seeing a girl similar to Buffy’s description. The person I was calling.” He fiddles with the sandwich Xander made him. “I trust you and Oz are fending off the vampire population?”
“Only in the opposite sense,” Xander mutters. His bruised knee seems to throb in response. “The vampire we were fighting last night made with the big exit.”
“I’m aware it’s a watcher’s duty to take over when his slayer isn’t present.”
Xander is about to object, but Giles holds up a hand.
“It’s what I’ve done last summer. This time however, I have no knowledge of Buffy’s whereabouts.” Giles seems to catch himself getting misty and lifts a shaky hand to rub the back of his head. “The Hellmouth should be guarded by a slayer. My priority is to find her and bring her back for people’s safety.”
“You miss her.” Xander calls out his bluff. “You’re worried about her. I get that. We all are, but…” He holds Giles’s gaze with his own. “If you don’t take care of yourself first, you won’t be any use for her.”
Giles’s jaw clenches, and he stares at the empty whiskey bottle.
With a friendly pat on the shoulder, Xander shuffles to the grinder to fetch the coffee powder. “I’ll work on the coffee. You work on getting that cat litter smell off.”