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29 September 2007 @ 02:20 pm
RP: Dawn and Giles  
Dawn had to admit, she was kind of glad that Giles had offered her a place to stay while she was in London. She could have found a place on her own, definitely, but this was nicer. Besides, it would mean she got to see more of Giles, without having to bother him when he was trying to work.

He was letting her stay the whole time she was in the country, so she'd even decided to unpack. Not that she'd brought a lot with her--she was going to have to do some laundry before she left--but it felt a little more settled to be taking her clothes out of her backpack and putting them in the dresser.
bvl_gilesbvl_giles on October 4th, 2007 04:39 am (UTC)
Giles found it quite nice to have somebody else in the place. Of course, he rolled his eyes at himself for the thought. He was acting like some aging relative. He needed to get out more. He'd let rebuilding the Council consume him. That and you've probably forgotten how to be social by now Shaking his head, he put dinner in the oven and went to see if Dawn needed anything.

He found her unpacking in the guest room. "Setting in?"
Dawn Summers: smilingdawn_bvl on October 5th, 2007 04:06 pm (UTC)
Dawn closed the dresser drawer and turned around. "I think I left a pair of socks in a youth hostel in Lisbon, but otherwise, I'm all unpacked." She grinned. "Thanks for letting me stay here. It'll probably be easier for me to stay out of your way here than out of Andrew's way sleeping on his couch."
bvl_gilesbvl_giles on October 7th, 2007 08:49 pm (UTC)
Giles laughed at that, shaking his head. "If you were staying on Andrew's couch, I think he'd have more trouble staying out of your way." Giles gave Dawn a smile, then. "And you're always welcome here, Dawn."

Before he start to feel awkward, Giles changed topics. "So, what would you like to do tonight? It's rather late for sight seeing, but dinner is certainly an option."
Dawn Summersdawn_bvl on October 9th, 2007 02:05 am (UTC)
"Dinner's good," Dawn said. "And you really don't have to worry about sightseeing. I mean, I know you're busy, and I don't need a babysitter any more." She grinned. "I won't say no if you *want* to give me a tour, but don't feel like you have to."
bvl_gilesbvl_giles on October 10th, 2007 01:11 am (UTC)
Giles snorted, turning to lead the way back to the kitchen. "It's certainly not babysitting, and if I'm needed Andrew knows where to find me. Of course I'll give you a tour. What's the use of coming to London if you don't harass someone into showing you around?"

Giles smiled to make sure she knew he was teasing. "So, dinner out, or dinner in. And don't say you don't want to put me out by making me cook. Unless that's polite-teenager-code for 'I'd like to go out for dinner, please.'"
Dawn Summersdawn_bvl on October 14th, 2007 08:05 pm (UTC)
She laughed. "No, I promise. If you're sure you don't mind, I'm kind of wiped out. Staying here tonight sounds good." She followed him down to the kitchen.
bvl_gilesbvl_giles on October 23rd, 2007 07:09 pm (UTC)
"That's not a problem. How do you feel about reheated Sheppard's Pie?" Giles asked as she sorted through the his freezer.
Dawn Summersdawn_bvl on October 24th, 2007 02:35 pm (UTC)
Dawn looked up, grinning. "If it didn't start life in a box, anything's good." Not that she and Buffy *couldn't* cook. It was just that they'd had schedules that didn't always match up, and frozen stuff was just easier, and now she was defending her sister's parenting skills in her head. Maybe that weird and awkward good-bye had gotten to her more than she'd thought.

She stepped away from the freezer. "Do you want me to help, or get out of your way? I'm good at both."

bvl_gilesbvl_giles on November 9th, 2007 12:08 am (UTC)
Giles shook his head at the mention of food from a box. He didn't understand how one could live by one's self--or mostly by one's self--and not know how to put a meal together.

"I'm afraid there isn't much to help with." Giles thought for a moment, biting his lip. "Why don't you get us both a plate and some silverware." He nodded to the cupboard and drawer where such things could be found.
Dawn Summers: Dawndawn_bvl on November 22nd, 2007 01:00 am (UTC)
"Sure." Dawn got out the plates and forks. "Table-setting is one of my talents, even if cooking isn't."
bvl_gilesbvl_giles on December 5th, 2007 02:33 am (UTC)
Despite their somewhat awkward start, Giles found himself relaxing during dinner. Having Dawn as company was certainly a change, but he gave himself some credit for being able to adjust to it.

She'd grown quite a bit since Sunnydale, and Giles had to remind himself of that, several times. A thought that was made more strange by the fact that he both had and hadn't known her since she was twelve or thirteen. He remembered it, remembered knowing her, and yet . . . Giles had to shake off that thought. Dawn was Dawn, and it was much easier to accept the memories as reality.

Once dinner was through, Giles waved away her offer of help with the dishes. "Relax and make yourself at home. You've had a long trip, and there will be plenty of dishes to do tomorrow."
Dawn Summers: omgdawn_bvl on December 13th, 2007 04:55 am (UTC)
Dawn had tried to protest that she could help, but Giles was pretty definite, and it wasn't like she really wanted to wash the dishes, so she found herself out in the living room, trying to find something to keep herself occupied.

There was a newspaper on the table; she knew Giles wouldn't mind her reading it, so she picked it up. Something fluttered out of it, landing on the carpet, and Dawn picked it up; it was an envelope that must have slid in between the folded pages by accident.

She was going to put it down on the table again when the return address caught her attention. There wasn't a name, just the initials "E.R."; she wouldn't have thought anything of it if Andrew hadn't written her that letter last winter, asking her questions about Ethan Rayne.

Dawn hesitated, listening carefully to the sounds coming out of the kitchen. She knew she had absolutely no business opening the envelope, even if it wasn't sealed, but she had to know what was going on. She was tired of people keeping important stuff from her.

She could still hear the water running out there, so she slipped the letter out of the envelope, unfolded it, and started to read.

[Note: the letter Dawn finds is this one.]
bvl_gilesbvl_giles on December 14th, 2007 02:02 am (UTC)
"I have to stop by the office for a few hours in the morning, but my day tomorrow is mostly free, so now would be the time to get in the site-seeing. Have you decided which sites you'd like to see tomorrow?" Giles called from the kitchen. There was no response, but he hadn't particularly expected one. It all likelihood, Dawn had discovered the television.

Giles dried his hands and headed out in the living room, to try and distract Dawn long enough to get an answer.
Dawn Summersdawn_bvl on December 14th, 2007 04:07 am (UTC)
She should put the letter down, Dawn told herself, even as she kept reading. Not that she knew what the writer--she'd checked the signature right away, and "E.R." was definitely Ethan, and it looked like there was a chance it was the Ethan Buffy had confirmed had been bad news back in Sunnydale--was talking about, most of the time.

She realized that the water wasn't running any more, and couldn't remember when she'd last heard it. Guiltily, Dawn started to shove the letter back into the envelope.
bvl_gilesbvl_giles on December 15th, 2007 02:19 am (UTC)
Giles came out into the living room to find Dawn engrossed in reading something. His eyes flicked down the paper and it took his brain a heartbeat to realize that it was Ethan's letter she was holding.

He felt a flash of anger, but it was large subsumed by panic. He wracked his brain, trying to remember if Ethan had said anything untoward in that letter, but he couldn't remember, and that meant there was an even chance that he had.

"What do you think you're doing?" Giles found himself asking, though the words came out fairly choked.
Dawn Summers: omgdawn_bvl on December 15th, 2007 04:31 pm (UTC)
Dawn didn't even try to justify what she'd done; she knew there really wasn't any way to spin this so that she had the right to read one of Giles' personal letters. "I know I shouldn't have," she said. "But I saw the return address, and I was worried, after An--"

She broke off, clamping her mouth shut. No way was she dragging Andrew into this. If Giles hated her, well, she didn't have to be a Watcher. There were other things she could do with her life. Plus, she had four years of college, and maybe grad school, ahead of her, and so Giles would have plenty of time to forgive her for this.

If Giles hated Andrew, though, he could get fired, and Dawn wasn't going to be responsible for that. "I was worried about you," she repeated, hoping he'd miss her earlier slip. "But I shouldn't have done it."
bvl_gilesbvl_giles on December 15th, 2007 09:42 pm (UTC)
"No, you shouldn't have," Giles said, his jaw clenched tight as he reached out and slipped the letter from Dawn's fingers, folding it neatly and emphatically, and slipping it back into the envelope.

He stared at the envelope for a moment and then set it aside. Sighing Giles, looking up to meet Dawn's eyes. "I'm not going to lecture you, you clearly already knew it was an invasion of my privacy, but you felt worried enough to do it anyway. Why?"

The words were clipped, but Giles wasn't entirely sure how to feel. On the one hand, when he'd seen the letter was from Ethan . . . It had been Ethan he was worried about, not himself. And that was a strange enough reaction to at least temporarily blot out the guilt, worry, and annoyance.
Dawn Summers: not. happy.dawn_bvl on December 16th, 2007 12:04 am (UTC)
Okay, Dawn thought. She could do this without telling Giles about Andrew's involvement. "Because," she began hesitantly, "the guy who wrote you this letter. He was in Sunnydale, wasn't he?" She hadn't been sure until she read the letter; there was a good chance that Andrew had been worried for nothing. But this guy had known Giles for a long time; she'd been able to tell that from the letter. And he was talking about magic, and it all seemed to add up to Giles being in trouble. Buffy had been clear on that, at least: the Ethan who'd been in Sunnydale had been trouble.
bvl_gilesbvl_giles on December 18th, 2007 02:00 am (UTC)
Giles opened his mouth, but wasn't sure what to say to that. The guilt began to peek through everything else, and it stole the words away. Giles didn't want to tell her that, yes, it was the same Ethan, then she'd ask the one question he couldn't really answer.

Why was he still talking to a man that had done so much to them? Ethan had tattoo'd Buffy with Eyghon's mark, which could have gotten her killed. He'd turned the children of Sunnydale into demons. He'd turned Giles into a demon . . . How could he explain to Dawn when Giles wasn't even sure why himself?

"Ethan is an old . . . acquaintance." Giles finally said, sighing. He couldn't quite bring himself to look Dawn in the eye for a heartbeat. "But the point is that I'm fine, there is no reason to worry about me. Regardless, whatever was in that letter, it wasn't yours to read."

Giles picked the letter up, turning and putting it in the drawer of his desk. He thought about locking it, but the cat was already out of the bag.

"The next time you're worried, you really might try asking me," he said, finally meeting Dawn's gaze.
Dawn Summers: not. happy.dawn_bvl on December 18th, 2007 04:23 am (UTC)
Dawn still felt terrible; she really did. She shouldn't snoop; this wasn't being twelve and trying to get a look at Buffy's diary.

But as bad as she felt, she couldn't just agree with Giles. "Yeah, I could ask," she said. "And you could shrug it off and pretend you're giving me answers when you're not, too, because it's not like you've never done that before." She sighed. "I'm sorry I looked at your letter; I shouldn't have, and I wish I hadn't. But don't pretend you'd actually answer a question if I did ask."
bvl_gilesbvl_giles on December 18th, 2007 04:41 am (UTC)
"That is not true," Giles snapped, spinning around to face Dawn. "I told you that Xander was fine, because he was. You were determined to think the worst, and Andrew only exacerbated the problem. You didn't seem to believe that I would have told you had something happened to Xander."

Giles sighed, taking off his glasses and rubbing his eyes, trying to gather his thoughts and calm himself. Finally, he opened his eyes.

"I did not shrug you off when you asked about Xander. I didn't have any information to give you, and Xander wasn't reachable for me to give you more." Giles said. "I might not always answer your questions. Some things are private. Ethan is one of those things, and I would appreciate it if you'd not discuss my private life with anyone."
Dawn Summers: not. happy.dawn_bvl on December 18th, 2007 02:25 pm (UTC)
Dawn glared at him. "You lied about giving me Xander's address," she pointed out. "Why wouldn't I assume you'd lie again?"

She shrugged. "It's not like anyone would care if I did tell them--" Buffy was getting information about her friends from Dawn, for God's sake; it was like everyone had gotten out of Sunnydale and decided to pretend the others didn't even exist-- "but I'm not going to."
bvl_gilesbvl_giles on December 19th, 2007 08:56 pm (UTC)
Giles sighed, shaking his head, trying to ignore his surge of relief that she wasn't going to talk to the others about Ethan's letter. Giles just wasn't up to that discussion yet, and might well never be.

"Dawn," he said, keep his voice calm in hopes of calming her anger. "I didn't lie to you. I did make a mistake. I thought I'd hear from Xander before I sent that letter on to you. I didn't, and I realized how long it had been since I'd written to you, and I'd forgotten that I'd said I'd enclosed his address."

Giles sighed then, gesturing to the sofa and hoping they could move past snapping at one another. "I know . . . I know it seems as if we're not paying any attention to one another, but that's not the case."
Dawn Summers: not. happy.dawn_bvl on December 20th, 2007 04:15 am (UTC)
Dawn sat down on one end of the sofa, slipping off her shoes so she could draw her knees up to her chest, wrapping her arms around them. "Fine," she said. "I was wrong. It still explains why asking you didn't look like much of an option."

She shrugged. "And yeah, Giles, it kind of is the case. I'm not saying it's a bad thing, but it's how things are these days."
bvl_gilesbvl_giles on December 20th, 2007 10:05 pm (UTC)
Giles sighed, sitting on the edge of the coffee table so that he could face Dawn. She looked a bit miserable, huddled in on herself.

"No, Dawn, it just seems that way. Buffy and Xander, and Willow, are out on their own for the first time in their lives. It can be . . . disconcerting, especially when you thought you understood what you're future was going to be." Giles eyes flicked to Ethan's letter and Giles snorted softly to himself. "It takes time to sort things out, but it has nothing to do with us. Once they do sort themselves out, we'll hear from them."
Dawn Summers: not. happy.dawn_bvl on December 21st, 2007 06:31 am (UTC)
She shook her head, not looking up at him. "I'm not--it doesn't have anything to do with me. It makes sense that people don't think about talking to me. I'm not their friend; I'm their friend's little sister." She knew that wasn't entirely accurate, but it was close enough. "But they don't care about each other, either. I don't think Buffy's heard from Willow in months. She asks me for news."

"It isn't a big deal," Dawn lied. "If that's the way they want things, then it's not like I can make them stay friends. The last time I tried anything like that, it went way wrong, anyway, so I wouldn't do it if I could."
bvl_gilesbvl_giles on December 21st, 2007 10:45 pm (UTC)
"It's not that they don't want to remain friends. It's just . . . They've been friends long enough to know that, when they've sorted themselves out, they'll all still be there. I know whereof I speak," Giles said, raising his voice so Dawn could still hear him as he went into the kitchen. "I didn't speak to my best mate Henry for . . . far too long, once I left for Oxford."

Giles didn't mention that that was largely because Henry would have taken one look at Ethan and then dragged Giles away to beat some sense into him.

Instead, he cut two generous slices of cherry pie and brought them out, handing one to Dawn. "Friendships that strong don't just fall apart. They just get pushed aside, sometimes."
Dawn Summersdawn_bvl on December 22nd, 2007 03:22 am (UTC)
"Yeah, well, I bet you didn't expect your sister to do the work of keeping up with your friends for you." She shrugged. "I shouldn't complain about Buffy. I probably won't see her for four years." And she wasn't going to get upset about that, not in front of Giles. She could wait to be homesick until she was in Los Angeles.

Even if she wanted Buffy to be here, just so she could give Dawn an Oh, God, Giles has friends, that's so weird look behind Giles' back.
Lostgirllostgirlslair on December 23rd, 2007 03:39 pm (UTC)
Finishing his pie, Giles set the plate aside.

"Well, I might have, if I had a sister," Giles gave a small shrug, "and I'm sure Buffy will visit you. I can't imagine her not at least wanting to come and make certain you're still in one piece."
Dawn Summersdawn_bvl on December 26th, 2007 04:21 am (UTC)
"The sister thing was hypothetical," Dawn said. She didn't generally think of Giles having family at all. She shrugged. "And I don't know. She probably will. I'd been thinking of going back to Rome for the summers, but now..." Buffy wasn't going to be there, and until she knew where Buffy was going to be, and whether there'd be any room for Dawn there, she didn't want to make plans.
bvl_gilesbvl_giles on December 26th, 2007 09:05 pm (UTC)
Giles shrugged, giving Dawn a small smile. "Things will work out." He knew it was trite, but he also believed it was true. Buffy and Willow and Xander were just getting their feet under them again, and once they did, things would improve.

"And, until they do, you'll have plenty on your plate with school." Giles weighed his next words carefully, "And perhaps some occasional research work for the Council, if you're up for it?"
Dawn Summersdawn_bvl on December 30th, 2007 12:38 am (UTC)
Dawn didn't answer for a minute, trying not to squeal and flail her arms around like a dork. She was a college woman now and she didn't do that. "Yeah," she said. "I think I'd be up for that."

Then she gave Giles a huge grin. "You had to ask?"
bvl_gilesbvl_giles on December 30th, 2007 02:56 am (UTC)
Giles did his very best not to smile, but Dawn's expression was rather priceless, and when she grinned he gave in and grinned back.

"Yes, I did. I won't lecture on how big a responsibility it is, you already know that better than most of researchers, but if you grades begin to slip . . ." Giles tried for a stern expression, but he was fairly certain he'd failed.
Dawn Summersdawn_bvl on December 30th, 2007 04:23 am (UTC)
"...You'll have to stand in line behind Buffy to kill me, trust me. Besides, I'm definitely there to study. That's why I'm living in the dork dorm." She saw his confused look, and explained. "There's a part of one dorm that's supposed to be focused on studying. Longer quiet hours, stuff like that."

Then she decided she'd be honest with him, even if she hadn't wanted to tell Buffy. "They kind of, you know, recommended I live there. Because of my grades my first couple of years of high school." They'd been much, much better in Rome, even though school had been harder; it had been easier to focus on her studies there, once things had settled down.

"But I think it's a good idea. I mean, between regular school and the books I *know* you're going to be telling me to get..." She grinned at him again; she was honestly looking forward to it.
bvl_gilesbvl_giles on January 2nd, 2008 07:17 pm (UTC)
Giles couldn't help but grin, glad to see the enthusiasm returning to Dawn's face. "Well, your first couple of years of High School weren't exactly easily explainable. One way or another, it probably is a good idea. The, uh, 'dork dorms' I mean."

Giles weighed his next words carefully, since he didn't want to bring the conversation to halt. "Have you told Angel and his people that you're coming to LA?"
Dawn Summersdawn_bvl on January 3rd, 2008 12:22 am (UTC)
"Oh, yeah," Dawn said, "because I talk to Angel all the time." She shook her head. "He wrote me a letter once, to ask me if Buffy was okay, but I don't really have anything to do with him." Which was fine by her.
bvl_gilesbvl_giles on January 8th, 2008 04:35 am (UTC)
Giles was actually relieved to hear it, though he didn't want Dawn to know that. While he didn't object to her helping to translate, or to research, he didn't particularly like the thought of her fighting vampires in her off time.

"How is Buffy?"
Dawn Summersdawn_bvl on February 1st, 2008 12:19 am (UTC)
Dawn shrugged, trying to think of what to say. "She's okay, I guess," she said. "We don't hang out much. But she's fine."
bvl_gilesbvl_giles on February 10th, 2008 11:26 pm (UTC)
Giles nodded, and turned his head to look at Dawn. "It's getting late, and tomorrow's going to be early. I think I'll head for bed." He smiled and stood. "Make yourself at home." He resisted the urge to tell her not to read his mail, but it was a close thing.