Subject: GASP!: Bad Fic Challenge: Xander and Giles: A Love Story By: Sharon Jacobs Xander sighed heavily as he watched Giles reach up to place a book on the top shelf. Giles turned around and noticed him for the first time. "Xander, what are you doing here? I thought you would be with Willow and Buffy," Xander leaned against a wall and said, "Nah, I don't really feel like it today. I thought I'd come and help you do. .. . watcher stuff." Giles regarded him oddly, "Oh, well, you could help me go through these old watcher journals and look for any references about Slayers falling in love with vampires." he paused. "I'm sorry Xander. I know that's a sensitive subject for you." Xander eagerly grabbed a stack of journals. "That's okay. I've given up on Buffy. I can except that she will never love me. Heck, I can except that no girl will ever love me." He sat down and began nervously turning pages. At last, he said,"Maybe it's a sign. Maybe girls don't like me for a reason." Giles sat across from him and asked, "Whatever do you mean?" Xander summoned up all of his courage and blurted, "Maybe girls don't like me because they can tell that I'm not really interested in them." "You mean. .. .?" "Yeah," Xander answered, shamefaced. Giles reached out and took Xander's hand. "There's nothing to be ashamed about. It's perfectly natural for you to have these feelings. Many people do, you know." Xander looked at him hopefully. "They do?" "Oh yes, people that you know." They gazed into each other's eyes. Giles' grip on Xander's hand tightened. "Giles," Xander breathed. "Xander," he answered. I leave the rest to your twisted imaginations. the end
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