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I'm lacking big thinking about Buffy of late. There seems to be a bunch about masculinity and violence, direct parallels between Spike and Riley, and Riley and Adam of course, plus some stuff about how useless Giles and Xander feel now they're not defined by their jobs. Giles and Xander keep trying to help with the violence cause they've got none jobs and want to be useful, Xander beats up Spike and it's a sign he cares, Giles gets all sad because nobody is scared of him any more. Spike of course refers to his lack of capacity to do violence in direct comparison to neutering. Masculinity and violence. Big thing.

... big thing covered by every other show ever. Bored? Kinda. I mean, not bored of the episodes, but not coming out with meta.

All of them feeling less masculine because Buffy is more successful at violence than they ever could be, and Spike and Riley eroticising that, that's a thing BtVS does a little different. Mostly if the girl is kick arse it's to teach a guy to be better than her by the end of the movie. Here she just stays better, consistently. Yaays.

The same sex desire metaphor in the magics, the way Willow and Tara have to be, er, subtle, and the way Giles and Ethan are at the pub... a couple of old mystics, sorcerers, the night is still our time... yeah, still liking that, except for the not trivial thing where not being allowed to show stuff sucks. But the metaphors are pretty and the guys at the pub are, well, I'm coming up with plausible and I don't know if that's what I mean? Giles responding when he thinks Ethan is calling him attractive, intense eye contact, history together... you can see it happening, and you can see it in those scenes.

Ethan and the Fyarl thing: you can read it as Ethan didn't do it. Way back at the start of Buffy, episode three, it was established that one way to undo every spell in progress was to kill the caster. But when Giles the demon breaks in to grab Ethan, Ethan says "I can't undo you if you kill me!" Okay, he could be lying about everything, but if true, it means it wasn't his spell.

If it was then it's a classic be careful what you wish for. Giles wanted to be scary.
But that could also mean he got very, very drunk and did something unwise to himself. Unlikely, sure, but if you want to tell that tale...

For G/E shippers there's the teensy problem of him apparently trying to get Giles killed when he tells Buffy "It killed Ripper and now it's trying to get me!"
He could simply be mistaken about how far gone Giles is, if he can't get back from there. He could be making a complex statement about tweedy Giles and his ongoing fight with his own Ripper side. Or it could just be mischief to cover his own escape. Granted Buffy tries to kill Giles because of it, but she epic fails. And Ethan predicted that, reckoned "You're only going to make him angry." If he don't believe Giles can be hurt then it's mischief, not murder.

But then there's "I've really got to learn to just do the damage and get out of town. It's the 'stay and gloat' that gets me every time."
He's saying he did damage, and should have run before Ripper caught up.

Probably meant to be Ethan then.

But there's loopholes available if you want them. Like, what was he even doing in the place a demon was meant to rise and didn't anyway?



... Ethan Rayne can be so much more interesting if you read a little depth into a character that's pretty much just an excuse for mayhem to happen. But mayhem of the insides to outsides sort, which is always very character based fun.



Giles chasing Professor Walsh because she called him an absent male role model, always funny, but again connecting masculinity and violence. Giles feels powerless and judged, because a woman is implying a woman made herself without him. So he gets big and scary at her. Because clearly it's fun to use threats to counter words. And clearly it's more funny because it's Giles, who is usually words guy. But it's a moment that comes from him, not Ethan, even if Ethan did give him the outsides to do it.


Rupert Giles: earning his nickname since the early 70s.


I'm dissatisfied with how they used Walsh. She was evil psychology lady, and some of that was clever. Introduced doing stuff like controlling the discourse by naming herself as both good and evil versions, smart on several levels, and funny from writers cause they know what we don't. Creepy stuff that reminds me of abusers when she controls Riley just by mocking or relabelling his feelings, so he's just being college boy when he's trying to have opinions. Makes him feel small and then tells him to make her proud, so all his self worth is supposed to come from her reactions. Reworking his base code, like Adam said. Must have taken a lot of creepy manipulative work. And then making soldiers that don't ask questions... that's such a wrong view of soldiers. So all of that is perfectly good evil overlord stuff. But it's wrapped up with Riley and Adam calling her Mother on different occasions, and the weird thing with watching Riley have sex and getting rid of his girlfriend. Creepy gendered stuff. With no matching good version. I mean, if they're exploring mothers, Buffy has one of those, but no, they're just contrasting with Giles for some reason, current teacher vs ex teacher, at a point Giles is distanced from Buffy. Also there's previous evil teacher ladies but no hint of comparison. Comparing what Walsh does to what Watchers did would be perfectly reasonable, but you have to reach to other seasons to do it. Which, okay, it's season 4 and you'd expect some stuff to just be background, but I'm dissatisfied with how it turned out. There should be more women, more mothers, more teachers.

... I'm watching Buffy and thinking there need to be more women, even though Willow and Tara and Anya and Buffy are all right there.

I'm quite a lot creeped out by how Xander treats Anya. I mean I know she's an ex-demon but the comparisons with her behaviour have her turning up on list of autistic characters, so this time every time Xander corrects her on social skills is kind of grating. Like she's not meant to have her own thoughts and feelings but has to fit the mask on to be acceptable to him. It's not that she's actually learning compassion and empathy and that good stuff, she's just being told 'we talked about this' and changing how she behaves. I feel like Xander doesn't actually like Anya, he just likes how she makes him feel, and part of that is him feeling like he has the knowings and can teach from a position of moral superiority.



I'm super grumpy today and don't know if it's the TV that's always grump making or me that's always in a grump. So it goes.



The first three seasons, the basic metaphor was 'high school is hell'. Okay. They shift to college, but after the room mate episode I'm unconvinced they upgraded to 'college is hell'. More of a general 'young adulthood is hell'. Everyone trying to tell you who to be and shape you into who they want, but at the same time leaving you to sink or swim and not supporting you like you were supported a minute ago. Not knowing how to relate to adults, who are now meant to be other adults like you, but get cranky if you treat them that way and make you feel weird. Being expected to make a quantum leap in maturity and then frowned on for thinking you're mature. The whole thing with the drugged Initiative agents seems less metaphorical and more just a thing in itself, but I guess the pressure to perform physically and mentally is a college thing. Even Willow's magical lashing out is the thing where having a little power does not always go so good. So the metaphors are still there.



I'll watch more episodes later.
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Someone's meta over here says:

Abraham Lincoln once said that to get the true measure of a man's quality, you shouldn't judge him by how he handles adversity, but how he handles power. I find that's useful when writing characters, because at some point in the story, someone is going to get power over someone else, and what they do with it often sets the measure and pace of the rest of the story.

So I'm thinking Giles and Ethan. Read more... )


In Torchwood it gets interesting. Right up through recent episodes. Read more... )
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Ripper
Fools Journey
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Part: 7/7


Rating: I'm aiming for a tone much like Buffy or Angel, which are 15 to 18 rated in the UK.
Pairing(s): Giles and Ethan are in the same story, therefore it is vaguely G/E
Spoilers: Post Chosen, post Not Fade Away. Refers to earlier series canon.
Third in my Fool's Journey series, the rest in memories here or my fic tag. This one should basically make sense as a stand alone.

Summary: Rupert Giles and Ethan Rayne. Best mates, worst enemies, sometimes both at once. They've got a lot of history. So even when the Initative took Ethan away, Giles was sure he'd see him again, sooner or later...
Now the late Ethan Rayne is turning out to be twice the trouble, and Giles must be the one to deal with it.


38000 words total, 1400 words this part, complete

Disclaimer: Joss told us to "Write fan fic."
So they're still his toys, but he seems to not mind us playing with them.
No money, no harm.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] pinkdormouse for beta.

Author's notes and warnings: Read more... )

Part 1/7 here
Part 2/7 here
Part 3/7 here
Part 4/7 here
Part 5/7 here
Part 6/7 here

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All my fic here


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Part: 6/7


Rating: I'm aiming for a tone much like Buffy or Angel, which are 15 to 18 rated in the UK.
Pairing(s): Giles and Ethan are in the same story, therefore it is vaguely G/E
Spoilers: Post Chosen, post Not Fade Away. Refers to earlier series canon.
Third in my Fool's Journey series, the rest in memories here or my fic tag. This one should basically make sense as a stand alone.

Summary: Rupert Giles and Ethan Rayne. Best mates, worst enemies, sometimes both at once. They've got a lot of history. So even when the Initative took Ethan away, Giles was sure he'd see him again, sooner or later...
Now the late Ethan Rayne is turning out to be twice the trouble, and Giles must be the one to deal with it.


38000 words total, 7300 words this part

Disclaimer: Joss told us to "Write fan fic."
So they're still his toys, but he seems to not mind us playing with them.
No money, no harm.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] pinkdormouse for beta.

Author's notes and warnings: Read more... )

Part 1/7 here
Part 2/7 here
Part 3/7 here
Part 4/7 here
Part 5/7 here

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Story Continues )
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Part 7/7 here
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Ripper
Fools Journey
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Part: 5/7


Rating: I'm aiming for a tone much like Buffy or Angel, which are 15 to 18 rated in the UK.
Pairing(s): Giles and Ethan are in the same story, therefore it is vaguely G/E
Spoilers: Post Chosen, post Not Fade Away. Refers to earlier series canon.
Third in my Fool's Journey series, the rest in memories here or my fic tag. This one should basically make sense as a stand alone.

Summary: Rupert Giles and Ethan Rayne. Best mates, worst enemies, sometimes both at once. They've got a lot of history. So even when the Initative took Ethan away, Giles was sure he'd see him again, sooner or later... Now the late Ethan Rayne is turning out to be twice the trouble, and Giles must be the one to deal with it.


38000 words total, 7850 words this part

Disclaimer: Joss told us to "Write fan fic."
So they're still his toys, but he seems to not mind us playing with them.
No money, no harm.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] pinkdormouse for beta.

Author's notes and warnings: Read more... )

Part 1/7 here
Part 2/7 here
Part 3/7 here
Part 4/7 here

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Story Continues )
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Part 6/7 here
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Ripper
Fools Journey
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Part: 4/7


Rating: I'm aiming for a tone much like Buffy or Angel, which are 15 to 18 rated in the UK.
Pairing(s): Giles and Ethan are in the same story, therefore it is vaguely G/E
Spoilers: Post Chosen, post Not Fade Away. Refers to earlier series canon.
Third in my Fool's Journey series, the rest in memories here or my fic tag. This one should basically make sense as a stand alone.

Summary: Rupert Giles and Ethan Rayne. Best mates, worst enemies, sometimes both at once. They've got a lot of history. So even when the Initative took Ethan away, Giles was sure he'd see him again, sooner or later...
Now the late Ethan Rayne is turning out to be twice the trouble, and Giles must be the one to deal with it.


38000 words total, 6950 words this part

Disclaimer: Joss told us to "Write fan fic."
So they're still his toys, but he seems to not mind us playing with them.
No money, no harm.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] pinkdormouse for beta.

Author's notes and warnings: Read more... )

Part 1/7 here
Part 2/7 here
Part 3/7 here

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Story Continues )
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Part 5/7 here
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Ripper
Fools Journey
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Part: 3/7


Rating: I'm aiming for a tone much like Buffy or Angel, which are 15 to 18 rated in the UK.
Pairing(s): Giles and Ethan are in the same story, therefore it is vaguely G/E
Spoilers: Post Chosen, post Not Fade Away. Refers to earlier series canon.
Third in my Fool's Journey series, the rest in memories here or my fic tag. This one should basically make sense as a stand alone.

Summary: Rupert Giles and Ethan Rayne. Best mates, worst enemies, sometimes both at once. They've got a lot of history. So even when the Initative took Ethan away, Giles was sure he'd see him again, sooner or later...
Now the late Ethan Rayne is turning out to be twice the trouble, and Giles must be the one to deal with it.



38000 words total, 5180 words this part

Disclaimer: Joss told us to "Write fan fic."
So they're still his toys, but he seems to not mind us playing with them.
No money, no harm.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] pinkdormouse for beta.

Author's notes and warnings: Read more... )

Part 1/7 here
Part 2/7 here


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Story Continues )
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Part 4/7 here
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Ripper
Fools Journey
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Higher

Part: 2/7


Rating: I'm aiming for a tone much like Buffy or Angel, which are 15 to 18 rated in the UK.
Pairing(s): Giles and Ethan are in the same story, therefore it is vaguely G/E
Spoilers: Post Chosen, post Not Fade Away. Refers to earlier series canon.
Third in my Fool's Journey series, the rest in memories here or my fic tag. This one should basically make sense as a stand alone.

Summary: Rupert Giles and Ethan Rayne. Best mates, worst enemies, sometimes both at once. They've got a lot of history. So even when the Initative took Ethan away, Giles was sure he'd see him again, sooner or later...



38000 words total, 7250 words this part

Disclaimer: Joss told us to "Write fan fic."
So they're still his toys, but he seems to not mind us playing with them.
No money, no harm.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] pinkdormouse for beta.

Author's notes and warnings: Read more... )

Part 1/7 here

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Story Continues )
*** *** ***


Part 3/7 here
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Ripper
Fools Journey
2

Higher

Part: 1/7


Rating: I'm aiming for a tone much like Buffy or Angel, which are 15 to 18 rated in the UK.
Pairing(s): Giles and Ethan are in the same story, therefore it is vaguely G/E
Spoilers: Post Chosen, post Not Fade Away. Refers to earlier series canon.
Third in my Fool's Journey series, the rest in memories here or my fic tag. This one should basically make sense as a stand alone.

Summary: Rupert Giles and Ethan Rayne. Best mates, worst enemies, sometimes both at once. They've got a lot of history. So even when the Initative took Ethan away, Giles was sure he'd see him again, sooner or later...

38000 words total, 2200 words this part

Disclaimer: Joss told us to "Write fan fic."
So they're still his toys, but he seems to not mind us playing with them.
No money, no harm.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] pinkdormouse for beta.
Also, thanks to my f-list for all the 'shocky' discussion.

Author's notes and warnings: Read more... )


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Part 2/7 here
Part 3/7 here



PS if you like, you can pretend it says shaken instead of shocky. Like choose your own adventure! ;-)
beccaelizabeth: my Watcher tattoo in blue, plus Be in red Buffy style font (Default)
I was reading a thing about Riley, and it said
He returned to the military as he would likely return to his faith, but now taking a different position within them -- one where he became truly active in his own life.

Which struck me as wrong, but not, on reflection, wrong in canon. I'm not sure we get enough canon to figure either way.

Riley was in the military, went all secret black ops, got betrayed by them, stopped being military for a while. Went all... undone, all his previous things he called himself not working any more. Not a soldier, not a superhero, not Buffy's beloved, not a whole lot of things, from his point of view. Flirted with dying, because really, getting fed on by a vampire is way too close to getting yourself killed. And then the military threw him a lifeline. Drowning and normless, he got offered a nice ready made identity and set of rules, all clear and decided, and from a part of his life where he hadn't had to do any of that messy thinking.

Maybe he took all his contradictions back in with him.

But maybe he just tried to rewind and start over, be nice uncomplicated by the book boy again.


This is how my Ethan see Giles returning to the Watchers, as running away and letting someone else do his thinking for him. So I look at Riley, and figure, there's a lot of things in common with Giles. Differences too, but things in common. Duty. Rule books. Buffy not actually needing them. Reacting badly to Buffy not actually needing them.

... this is the kind of train of thought that usually leads to /, but I don't want to go there.



Both guys, they had a bad patch. Specific comparison, Giles mentioning his Ripper years in connection with the vamp suck jobs.

Both guys went back to a rigid structured environment they had previously been part of.

But what did that mean? Did they bring their new understandings to the old job? Or did they throw them out and pick up from where it hadn't gone wrong yet? The former would be a positive response, but the latter would be ignoring the whole thing where before it went wrong was in fact part of the path to going wrong.

Its a bit like, Giles can be read as a bit of a rebel as a Watcher. Or, he can be read as basically a by the book Watcher who got fired.

He changed his mind and went against the Council once, at a point where it was pretty much too late, when he'd already done his part of the bad things. The way he trained Buffy was nothing like how Kendra was trained, but Faith had a Watcher too and she wasn't much like Kendra either. The 70s Slayer Spike killed must have been un-Kendra-like too, or there wouldn't be offspring. And when Giles tried to be the boss, Buffy was all "and you would be stopping me how?" so I think how he ended up being was an ongoing negotiation between his preferences and hers. I mean, even Wesley was a bit less of a prat after he'd been there a while. So even shiny Council employees can be a bit flexible.

If Giles set out to do things different, that is one version of him. If he just sort of ended up with a very different Slayer, that is another.

I tend to figure always it is a bit of both, for people are complicated. Janus faces, looks like two but is one.

We didn't see much of Riley after he decided to go back to the before people. We did see a lot of Giles. Still both of them might have done it as a positive progress or a negative retreat.
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Poking around Wiki for interesting facts about Bath
found Bladud, mythical king, supposedly founded the city, dedicated it to Athena or Minerva, and practiced necromancy, divination through communication with spirits.

The Minerva thing was probably because the Romans reckoned Minerva was the same as the local goddess Sulis. Sulis was a goddess of the hot springs, which arrived so vividly fresh from the Underworld (cf. Annwn), therefore she guarded a liminal connection between this sunlit world and the Otherworld, where there was knowledge that could be effective in prophecy.

Putting Giles and ghost stories there gets more fun the more I find out.
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Every time I watch Restless I pull more detail out of it. It is a very fun episode.

I know there are a bunch of transcripts, but are there any transcripts of the commentary? Because Joss always says interesting things.
(There's a page that turns up with I google Buffy commentary transcripts, but it doesn't seem to actually have anything on.)

About Giles this time he says

Giles here, his biggest problem is that he can't decide who he wants to be, he can't decide, you know, should he be going off being a father and living a real life

This after saying the whole world is this silly vampire carnival. The vampire worls is silly and being a father is 'real life'? I thought the dream came out way more layered than that. Is fun.

Also, there's a big elephant made of plant and covered in fairy lights. I've temporarily forgotten the word for things made of plant. But I find myself amused by elephants. Mostly because of this fic I've written in rough draft but not posted because its not terribly good yet. I should make that shiny, and then everyone else can be the same amused by presence of elephant in that dream.

I like the story about the blind men and the elephant.

Of course the big plant thingy could be not-an-elephant, because of being a plant, and kind of abstract.


Dream sequences would be much easier to write if we didn't already have canon on what his dreams look like. This and Dark Age together and trying to match them. Much easier to just make stuff up.

... except this would be why writing fanfic is fun, so I'm not really sulking ...



Somewhere outside my building there's an alarm bell going off. I do not know why. It is annoying.
I shall go wander off and be random elsewhere.
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[Poll #770309]


Little clicky poll to start with.

I was wondering, do you think that we already know, from canon, everything important about Giles? We got a reveal in The Dark Age, we got bits about his background. We got to find out what kind of donuts he likes. Do we know all the major things?

If we're writing fanfic, and we make something up, have we got big stretches of blank or really obvious necessary things that need filling in? Or are we fiddling with the details?

If we add bits to the making of him, will they be like table legs, or just more twiddly carvings?


We know about his Duty. We know about a Horrible Trauma. Is there more, somewhere in those years before canon?

Is there more in the bit after canon, when he went back to England? Was what happened to him then particularly significant?

What do you think are the key moments in Giles canon anyway?
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Ripper
Fools Journey
1

Magician/Bateleur

Part: 4/4


Rating: I'm aiming for a tone much like Buffy or Angel, which are 15 to 18 rated in the UK.
Pairing(s): None. Yet.
Spoilers: Post Chosen, post Not Fade Away. Refers to earlier series canon.
Second in my Fool's Journey series, the rest in memories here

Summary: Rupert Giles, Andrew Wells, and a situation in a dark house.

23500 words total, 3500 words this part

Disclaimer: Joss told us to "Write fan fic."
So they're still his toys, but he seems to not mind us playing with them.
No money, no harm.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] pinkdormouse for beta.

Author's notes and warnings: Read more... )

Part 1/4 here
Part 2/4 here
Part 3/4 here

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Story Continues )
*** END ***
beccaelizabeth: my Watcher tattoo in blue, plus Be in red Buffy style font (Default)
Ripper
Fools Journey
1

Magician/Bateleur

Part: 3/4


Rating: I'm aiming for a tone much like Buffy or Angel, which are 15 to 18 rated in the UK.
Pairing(s): None. Yet.
Spoilers: Post Chosen, post Not Fade Away. Refers to earlier series canon.
Second in my Fool's Journey series, the rest in memories here

Summary: Rupert Giles, Andrew Wells, and a situation in a dark house.

23500 words total, 7000 words this part

Disclaimer: Joss told us to "Write fan fic."
So they're still his toys, but he seems to not mind us playing with them.
No money, no harm.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] pinkdormouse for beta.

Author's notes and warnings: Read more... )

Part 1/4 here
Part 2/4 here

*** *** ***

Story Continues )
*** *** ***


Part 4/4 here
beccaelizabeth: my Watcher tattoo in blue, plus Be in red Buffy style font (Default)
Ripper
Fools Journey
1

Magician/Bateleur

Part: 2/4


Rating: I'm aiming for a tone much like Buffy or Angel, which are 15 to 18 rated in the UK.
Pairing(s): None. Yet.
Spoilers: Post Chosen, post Not Fade Away. Refers to earlier series canon.
Second in my Fool's Journey series, the rest in memories here

Summary: Rupert Giles, Andrew Wells, and a situation in a dark house.

23500 words total, 7500 words this part

Disclaimer: Joss told us to "Write fan fic."
So they're still his toys, but he seems to not mind us playing with them.
No money, no harm.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] pinkdormouse for beta.

Author's notes and warnings: Read more... )

Part 1/4 here

*** *** ***

Story Continues )
*** *** ***


Part 3/4 here
Part 4/4 here
beccaelizabeth: my Watcher tattoo in blue, plus Be in red Buffy style font (Default)
Ripper
Fools Journey
1

Magician/Bateleur

Part: 1/4


Rating: I'm aiming for a tone much like Buffy or Angel, which are 15 to 18 rated in the UK.
Pairing(s): None. Yet.
Spoilers: Post Chosen, post Not Fade Away. Refers to earlier series canon.
Second in my Fool's Journey series, the rest in memories here

Summary: Rupert Giles, Andrew Wells, and a situation in a dark house.

23500 words total, 6000 words this part

Disclaimer: Joss told us to "Write fan fic."
So they're still his toys, but he seems to not mind us playing with them.
No money, no harm.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] pinkdormouse for beta.

Author's notes and warnings: Read more... )
*** *** ***

Story Begins )
*** *** ***


Part 2/4 here
Part 3/4 here
Part 4/4 here
beccaelizabeth: my Watcher tattoo in blue, plus Be in red Buffy style font (Default)
Some vague thoughts on why exactly Giles ran off to be Ripper.

That pressure of destiny thing, what precisely was bothering him about it? Was he scared? Of what, being expected to fight vampires all his life? Big scary monsters? Doesn't seem to fit.

Thing about Watchers is, they're taught since they're small that Into each generation a Slayer is born, one girl in all the world, a Chosen One, one born with the strength and skill to hunt the vampires. They are taught that *only* the Slayer has that strength.

I just watched 'Alien Nation', where there was much funny made of the human ideas of masculinity not meshing with the newcomers.

In the dominant western culture, men are expected to be physically strong, to prove themselves in tests of strength and courage, to get in fights a lot.

In Watcher school they are taught not to fight. They are instead taught that they must hide, teach a little girl to fight, and send her out to get killed instead.

Methinks that doesn't mesh so very well.

So Ripper is Giles trying to be hyper-masculine to prove that he doesn't need a little girl to do his fighting for him.

But then there's the demon-drug high, and the messing with magic. So there's more going on there, probably a more general rebellion against the order imposed by the Watchers Council.

But it could start with simply physical stuff. If he proves that he is in fact strong and skilled enough to kill a vampire, then he has proved that the basic foundation of the Watchers way of life is not so simply true as they make out. From there, start to question. Other things they say are too dangerous to do start looking like the next big test. Being stronger than they thought you could be.

Ends up a big mess. Starts out as not wanting to be useless.
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Back in the day, the black leather was like a new skin. Ripper’s skin, still a bit stiff, but Giles was wearing it in. Armour, against everything.

He’d had plans, back then. Get a bike. Get a gang. Except he’d spent all his savings getting the look, and the gang thing... happened, in a way. But the worst crowd that would have him turned out to be as much a bunch of fakes as him.

Which is to say, by the end, the real thing. Living the dream, dark as they wanted to be.

Sleepwalking, unarmoured. Demon under their skins.

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“Spirit and flame, to purify.” Ethan intoned.

“Always clean your works.” Ripper replied, equally solemn.

They both grinned.

Ethan picked up the pen-like contraption he’d put together for the task, dipped it in alcohol, and ran it through the candle flame. The traced outline of the Mark of Eyghon sat on his arm, waiting. Ethan whispered as he dipped the needle in the ink, then raised it to his arm.

“Last chance to back out.” Ripper offered with a half smirk. “It is permanent.”

Ethan looked at him steadily, and pressed the needle into his own skin. “Nothing is permanent.”

***

Giles had considered acid, or lasers, or even fire, but the Mark was a thing of magic, so magic would seem the best way.

“Youthful indiscretions?” the healer witch asked.

Giles just smiled tightly.

“Don’t worry. Soon fix this.”

She got paper and pen, drew symbols, then soaked it in whisky and pressed it to his arm. Chanted, until black stain spread up through it.

She pulled the paper off his arm, put it in a bowl and set fire to it.

“See? It worked. Clean.”

He rubbed his thumb over the empty place carefully. It still felt the same.
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Ripper
Fools Journey
0

Before You

Part: 6/6


Rating: I'm aiming for a tone much like Buffy or Angel, which are 15 to 18 rated in the UK.
Pairing(s): None. Yet.
Spoilers: Post Chosen, post Not Fade Away. Deals with the fallout.

Summary: Rupert Giles, Head of the Watchers Council, and ghosts.

Disclaimer: Joss told us to "Write fan fic."
So they're still his toys, but he seems to not mind us playing with them.
No money, no harm.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] pinkdormouse for beta.

Author's notes and warnings: Read more... )

Part One here
Part Two here
Part Three here
Part Four here
Part Five here

completed, 30890 words

*** *** ***

Story Continues )
beccaelizabeth: my Watcher tattoo in blue, plus Be in red Buffy style font (Default)
Ripper
Fools Journey
0

Before You

Part: 5/6


Rating: I'm aiming for a tone much like Buffy or Angel, which are 15 to 18 rated in the UK.
Pairing(s): None. Yet.
Spoilers: Post Chosen, post Not Fade Away. Deals with the fallout.

Summary: Rupert Giles, Head of the Watchers Council, and ghosts.

Disclaimer: Joss told us to "Write fan fic."
So they're still his toys, but he seems to not mind us playing with them.
No money, no harm.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] pinkdormouse for beta.

Author's notes and warnings: Read more... )

Part One here
Part Two here
Part Three here
Part Four here


*** *** ***

Story Continues )

***
Part Six here

completed, 30890 words
beccaelizabeth: my Watcher tattoo in blue, plus Be in red Buffy style font (Default)
Ripper
Fools Journey
0

Before You

Part: 4/6


Rating: I'm aiming for a tone much like Buffy or Angel, which are 15 to 18 rated in the UK.
Pairing(s): None. Yet.
Spoilers: Post Chosen, post Not Fade Away. Deals with the fallout.

Summary: Rupert Giles, Head of the Watchers Council, and ghosts.

Disclaimer: Joss told us to "Write fan fic."
So they're still his toys, but he seems to not mind us playing with them.
No money, no harm.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] pinkdormouse for beta.

Author's notes and warnings: Read more... )

Part One here
Part Two here
Part Three here


*** *** ***

Story Continues )

***
Part Five here
Part Six here

completed, 30890 words
beccaelizabeth: my Watcher tattoo in blue, plus Be in red Buffy style font (Default)
Ripper
Fools Journey
0

Before You

Part: 3/6


Rating: I'm aiming for a tone much like Buffy or Angel, which are 15 to 18 rated in the UK.
Pairing(s): None. Yet.
Spoilers: Post Chosen, post Not Fade Away. Deals with the fallout.

Summary: Rupert Giles, Head of the Watchers Council, and ghosts.

Disclaimer: Joss told us to "Write fan fic."
So they're still his toys, but he seems to not mind us playing with them.
No money, no harm.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] pinkdormouse for beta.

Author's notes and warnings: Read more... )

Part One here
Part Two here

*** *** ***

Story Continues )

***
Part Four here
Part Five here
Part Six here

completed, 30890 words
beccaelizabeth: my Watcher tattoo in blue, plus Be in red Buffy style font (Default)
Ripper
Fools Journey
0

Before You

Part: 2/6


Rating: I'm aiming for a tone much like Buffy or Angel, which are 15 to 18 rated in the UK.
Pairing(s): None. Yet.
Spoilers: Post Chosen, post Not Fade Away. Deals with the fallout.

Summary: Rupert Giles, Head of the Watchers Council, and ghosts.

Disclaimer: Joss told us to "Write fan fic."
So they're still his toys, but he seems to not mind us playing with them.
No money, no harm.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] pinkdormouse for beta.

Author's notes and warnings: Read more... )

Part One here

*** *** ***

Story Continues )

***
Part Three here
Part Four here
Part Five here
Part Six here

completed, 30890 words

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