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30 March 2013 @ 02:32 pm
YellowBrickRoad (5/6)  
Title: YellowBrickRoad
Author: the_huffster
Pairing: General, hints at Buffy/Giles
Rating: R for strong language and violence, and a brief scene of sex
Setting: Season 5 AU
Disclaimer: I own nothing.
Summary: On a camping trip, the Scoobies stumble upon a hidden hiking trail, named YellowBrickRoad, with a weird backstory to it. Once they trek down the trail, nothing is as it seems.

Author's Note: Holy shit, look at me! I'm finally updating. I apologize so much for those of you who were enjoying this fic during SoG and left hanging. I swear, I didn't mean to let this go un-updated for so long. Real life and writer's block got in the way. I promise to not let this happen again. And to prove it, this fic will be finished by tomorrow night. Again, I am so sorry for keeping you hanging.


They had been walking along the trail for hours, and not once had they had come across the landmarks they had made on their journey. Nor had they heard or seen any sign of Willow and Xander. They reached a small field and sat down on the grass. The sun was setting, which meant they had to stop for the night. Buffy wouldn’t have had any issues going ahead and trying to find their friends, but Giles had gotten that panic stricken look on his face that concerned her when she told him she was thinking of walking a little bit to find Willow and Xander.

So instead, she set up a tent for them and got a small fire started once the night sky came out. The only sound was that of the fire crackling and Giles’ rapid breathing. Buffy watched as her Watcher frantically looked around them, almost as if he expected someone to jump out and slaughter them. And even if that were to happen, she didn’t know how to tell him that she couldn’t protect them. Her Slayer senses weren’t working and she had been feeling weaker since the day before- it was the exact same feeling she had when Giles had been drugging her for her 18th birthday.

She had been so lost in thought that she didn’t realize Giles was staring at her until he said her name, the pure terror in his voice bringing her out of her thoughts.

“What’s wrong?” she asked softly when she noticed his body trembling.

“You’re going to leave me.” He whispered, his arms wrapping around himself. “You’re going to leave me and he’s going to hurt you.”

She narrowed her eyes when he kept repeating that she was going to leave him. It didn’t seem to matter that she was assuring him she wouldn’t leave him, and it was starting to scare her that she couldn’t get through to him. She sighed and moved to sit next to him, grabbing his hand and looking at him.

“Giles, I am not leaving you. Okay?” she said when he was finally staring at her, the unchecked fear in his pale green eyes scaring her more than the trembling. “You need to stop this, okay? I can’t…you’re the strong one, remember? I need you to be strong so we can find Willow and Xander, and get the hell out of here.”

There was a pause and she allowed herself to hope that she had finally gotten through to him. Her hope quickly died when he leaned forward and desperately kissed her. She pulled back and looked at him.

“Giles…what’s going?”

“Buffy, please. I…you can’t leave me.” Even his voice was trembling as he looked at her. “I just…please.”

She opened her mouth to say something, but was cut off when he attached his lips to hers once again in a desperate kiss.  Giles’ arms wrapped around her in a tight hold, preventing her from pulling back or pushing him away. Buffy was faintly aware of her Watcher begging her to stay with him in between kisses.

“I’m not going anywhere.” She promised just before she started returning his kisses, a small part of her hoping that she could get through to him if she returned his affections.

It seemed to work. The trembling in his body lessened, even though his hold didn’t let up and his kisses didn’t stop being anymore desperate then they already were. She closed her eyes as he moved to nuzzle her neck, placing kisses along the skin he found there. Buffy sighed and held him close as he continued to repeat the action, glad that she had found a way to give him
some small form of comfort.


She wasn’t sure how or when it happened, but all she was aware of now was the fact that her Watcher was guiding her hips as she moved above him. She briefly aware that she wasn’t as freaked out about what they were doing as she should have been, but that thought passed when she found herself on her back and Giles moving frantically inside her. She clutched his back as her legs wrapped around his hips, a soft moan leaving her lips when she felt his teeth on her skin.

When his movements became more frenzied, Buffy found herself gasping as she went over the edge with him. She held him to her, absentmindedly playing with the hair at the nape of his neck. She felt Giles mumble something against her neck but was too busy wrapping her mind around what happened to have heard what he said. Giles moved to her side and pulled his jeans back up before wrapping his arms back around her, the fear induced trembling back one again.

“Don’t make me leave.” His voice was hoarse and shaky as he stared at her, dread written all over his face.

“I won’t. You’ll stay with me until we get out of here.” She promised as she held him back, softly kissing him in an effort to calm him down.

They stayed like until they both fell asleep, the fire slowly dying next to them When Buffy woke in the morning, she felt panic grip when she found no sign of her Watcher anywhere.

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He wasn’t sure what had compelled him to wake up in the middle of the night and leave Buffy’s side, but now he was wishing he never had. He wanted to turn around and go back, hoping that Buffy was still where he had left her. He didn’t…no, couldn’t continue down the trail by himself. He had no idea where he was or where he was going, and he couldn’t seem to shake off the feeling that he was being followed.

Every now and then, Giles would run and hide under a cluster of bushes when he heard a branch snap or a voice calling out in the distance. And that’s where he was now- hiding in the bushes as someone approached. He held his breath as the figure came closer, stopping just in front of where the Watcher was hiding. Giles peered through the small gaps in the leaves at the figure, covering his mouth to keep him from making a noise when he saw a frantic looking Xander. He watched the younger man wipe at something above his eye, his hand dropping to his side with blood now on it.

Giles swallowed as he never took his eyes off of Xander, afraid that if he stopped looking at him then his friend would find him. He wasn’t sure how long he watched Xander, but he was aware of Willow’s voice ringing out from somewhere around them. Xander’s head snapped in the direction he had just come from. His hands balled into fists as his body tensed up, and Giles wasn’t sure if he was imagining the faint sound of the swing band music or if it was actually playing.

“No.” he said barely above a whisper as he watched Xander stalk off towards Willow’s voice.

He wanted nothing more than to stop hiding and run after Xander to prevent him from hurting Willow. But no matter how much he willed his body to do so, it wouldn’t move. So instead of coming to the young Wicca’s rescue like he so desperately wanted to, Giles stayed hidden in the bushes and listened to the screams that echoed from where Xander had stalked off to. He closed his eyes when the screaming stopped, his stomach churning at the thought of what had happened.

The complete silence nagged at the older man to move before Xander came back and found him. And that’s what he did. With the agility he didn’t even know he had, Giles tore his way out of his hiding place and set off at a run. He didn’t know where he was going and he didn’t care, he just needed to get away from his deranged friend. Even the sound of Buffy’s voice yelling Xander’s name didn’t stop his running.

And when the sounds of a struggle sounded louder than it should have for the amount of distance that was between him and the others, Giles couldn’t help but hate himself as he left Buffy to deal whatever it was that Xander was doing.

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He didn’t know how long he had ran, but he finally stopped when he felt pavement under his feet instead of the leave-covered dirt of the last few days. Giles closed his eyes and doubled over, finally letting out the bile that had been rising in his throat since he heard Willow’s screams. The music he had begun hearing minutes after he started running had finally stopped, only to be replaced with the echoes of the screaming from his friends. He kneeled down once he had completely emptied his stomach and then some, ignoring the feeling of blood coming from his ear again.

The Watcher wanted to go back into the woods and find his friends, even hunt down Xander for what he had done. But Giles couldn’t bring himself to go back and find that trail. He needed to be as far away as possible, and even though he was out and on a road, he was still too close. He moved his hands to his temple, his fingers gripping his hair as he tried to block out the mental images the echoing screams where giving him.

So caught up in trying to erase the mental images that he didn’t notice the car coming towards him until the loud, harsh horn sounded. Giles managed to jump out of the way before the car hit him. He groaned as his head hit the road when he landed in the other lane, his reflects too slow for him to catch himself. He rolled on to his back as he heard running footsteps coming towards him. He knew that he needed to get up and run before Xander caught him, but he was too exhausted to care.

Instead of running away again, Giles closed his eyes and let the footsteps come closer. There was no point in getting help anymore. All his friends were gone.
 
 
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Flippancy provided byil_mio_capitano on March 31st, 2013 10:09 am (UTC)
Blimey! The intensity is back. Bravo. Can't wait to see how this is going to end - now I know you are going to finish it for me ;)
the_huffsterthe_huffster on March 31st, 2013 05:11 pm (UTC)
I'm going to start the last chapter in a few hours, and have it posted in the next few days if I don't get to it today.

With that said, yay! I'm glad I've gotten the intensity the same after not working on this since the summer. Thanks for the review and hopefully I don't let you down with the last chapter.
littleotter73littleotter73 on April 4th, 2013 07:27 pm (UTC)
Oh man! That place just messes with people's minds... and clearly with Buffy's physical strength. And yeah, talk about intense! Man, I was on edge!

Hopefully there is some play with reality here and the Scoobies, aside from being messed up a bit in the head are actually okay and will get through this.

Can't wait for the conclusion! :)
the_huffsterthe_huffster on April 4th, 2013 07:33 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you enjoyed the chapter and it kept you on edge. Hopefully the last chapter will come together nicely and turn out well.

And hopefully everyone will get the connections I'm going to make in the last chapter- which I plan to have posted by tomorrow night or Saturday.
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