|Looking for a specific B/G AU fic
||[Sep. 4th, 2015|11:12 am]
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Hey, looking for a specific Buffy/Giles fic. I last read it around the beginning/middle of the summer. It's an AU starting (I think) in 7x11 when Giles goes to consult Beljoxa's Eye and brings Buffy with him instead of Anya. Buffy asks Beljoxa's Eye why it's in chains and gets sent on a bizarre globetrotting quest to discover the name of this demon in a cave in Africa and its mate (this is the demon that grants wishes if you survive a trial, I think the same demon that gave Spike his soul back) so that when they go ask it for help it won't kill them both. |
They take a detour in Romania (Sintesti, I think) to meet up with a Romani wise-woman type connected to Jenny Calendar and Buffy has to tell someone (I think Angel, or possibly someone on the Watcher's Council) that they're going to Bucharest or Budapest to get them off the trail. While in Sintesti Buffy is charged with killing a vampire/nest of vampires that have been taking children from the camp. She tries and fails to retrieve two kids (brother and sister) alive and has to kill the sister (I think). She also meets a really badass college/high-school-age girl from the camp and has interesting conversations with her about internal and external politics in the camp. There's a showdown at a bus stop when she goes to retrieve Romani workers who are coming back from the city.
After Sintesti they get on a plane to the African country where the cave is (Kenya? Nairobi? I forget which) and have to go all the way out into the mountains where there's this village that traditionally guards the entrance to the cave. They stay with an old dude and this orphan kid he took in (the kid is a refugee who ran some ridiculous distance to escape the war zone. He's the fastest runner in the village). Buffy and Giles had previously agreed Buffy would go since she's more likely to survive, but Giles goes while she's asleep and she has to catch up with him at the cave, where she talks the demon down from killing Giles without using its name to bind it. Then she does end up using its name to ask it a question. As they talk it comes out that the demon's mate was captured by the Shadow Men and used to make the first Slayer. She finds out at the end of the conversation that when she did that she forfeited control over it and it could have killed her/refused to talk to her after that, but it didn't because it's fond of her. That's not all I remember but this is already a super-long post, geez.
I cannot for the life of me remember which site it was on or the title or author :( but I loved this fic because, while Buffy and Giles stayed in character and developed a romantic relationship over the course of the story, they made such genuine heartwarming connections with other people and with other demons. Buffy promising to visit Beljoxa's Eye just for company in the future brought a tear to my eye :) not to mention her empathy with the cave demon over his mate's death. This fic also does a stellar job of balancing person-to-person connection and Buffy's genuine, clumsy but well-meaning responses to world travel and culture shock in both Africa and Sintesti. Hope all this rings a bell for somebody.