To Kill A Mockingbird (Giles as Atticus)

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by Holli

When he was nearly eighteen, my best friend Xander got his arm badly broken by a vampire. When his fears of never being able to patrol were assuaged, he was seldom self-conscious about his injury. When it healed, he fetched donuts and sometimes surprised us with his heroism. He couldn't have cared less, so long as he could hold a stake and cross.

When enough years had gone by to enable us to look back on them, we sometimes discussed the events leading to his accident. I maintain that Angelus started it, but Xander said it started long before that. He said it began the year Buffy came to us, when Buffy first gave us the idea of fighting evil.

I said if he wanted to take a broad view of the thing, it really began with Darla. If Darla hadn't made Angel what he was, he never would have met Buffy, and where would we be if he hadn't? We were far to old to settle an argument with a tickle-fight, so we consulted Giles. He said we were both right.

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