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06 August 2013 @ 11:02 am
Fic of the Week: Teacher's Pet by Lady Ra, Rating FRAO/NC-17  
Hello, fellow B/G'ers! This week's fic is Teacher's Pet by Lady Ra, Rating FRAO/NC-17.

Summary: Buffy went to Northwestern after graduation from high school and now she's coming back home. But Giles has a new Slayer and Buffy is seeing her Watcher through new eyes.
Setting: Post Season 3 AU

Please leave your reviews, thoughts, and opinions in the comments below. I'd love to get some discussion going there for the folks who cannot make it to the weekly chat sessions. :)
darkgreenfangirl: Rupert Gilesdarkgreenotaku on August 8th, 2013 04:21 am (UTC)
*RANS TO THE COMMENT BOX* I have actually already read this fic. Which means that I can do my review thing earlier than usual. HOORAY!
Okay first off, GILES AS A FATHER. Can I have a hell yes? Giles would be a great dad and I love how the fic shows this though his relationship with his newest slayer Heather. I just love how adorable he is, and not going to lie the image of Giles holding a child just does something for me. Don't judge me! Speaking of kids, can I just that Heather was the actually best oc I have read about in a while. I like hoe the narrative never writes her as a small adult. Heather is actual written to be like a normal child. Do you know how often that happens in fiction? ALOT. Children in fiction, often, are either small adults or annoying little waste of space. Heather is a adorable little girl, forced into a world of darkness. I like that she is scared, and she likes having stories read to her. I love how she is shy, but slowly becomes more open thanks from the love and support of her new family. I love how she defends Spike, of all people, because Xander is hurting his feelings. I just love her.
I also love how Giles and Buffy's relationship is handled. I like that it isn't rushed and that the characters (specially Buffy) are given time to think on their feelings. I like that it wasn't a big horrible world ending event that brought the two together. I like that a simple flu is what brought them closer together. I like that the biggest threat in this text is how Giles lets himself get hurt for Heather's shake. Their is no villain, just Giles being his usual self sacrificing self. I like that Buffy tells him off about this, pointing out that he has friends that are willing to help him out. I love how Buffy cares for him, I love how she gets jealous of all the women that want in Giles pants. Can I just say I understand these women...single dad giles is the hottest thing and I wont hear different.
This fic also did something the actually show could not do. It made me like Spike. I actually liked him in this fic. I liked that he was friends with Giles. And I may have died from cooing so hard at the image of him carrying Heather around. I just...why couldn't the Spike from this fic be canon spike (sobs into my cereal).
Finally I love how all my babies get a happy ending. I love how Giles and Buffy are family now. I love how this group of broken people have come together and become a family. Not of blood but of choice. And I'm sorry but that really touches me. My favorite thing about Buffy was the theme of family and I am happy that the characters in this fic were allowed to keep their family.
So in conclusion, I love this fic. I love everything about it. Now if you excuse me, I am going to swoon over Giles holding babies fanart. Because of reasons.
littleotter73littleotter73 on August 9th, 2013 01:35 am (UTC)
I think the thing I have an issue in this is that the girl is eleven or twelve, not eight (though she is small for her age and could pass for eight), and she is written like she is eight developmentally as well. I have a twelve year old son and he is friends with twelve year old girls and none of them would act this young if their lives depended upon it. Granted, they aren't scared Slayers who've gone through a number of Watchers, but I have a hard time suspending disbelief with Heather and her supposed age. Other than that, I do like this fic and will add my review sometime this weekend. :)

There is fanart of Giles holding babies??? Please do share!
darkgreenfangirl: Rupert Gilesdarkgreenotaku on August 16th, 2013 01:00 am (UTC)
I haven't found any yet but it exist and I will find it *_*
littleotter73littleotter73 on August 12th, 2013 04:07 pm (UTC)
Ok. I like this fic, I did, but I have to say that I couldn't buy into Heather's age. She's supposed to be twelve. She acts like she's eight or younger. I get she had a traumatic young life. I suppose she's in regression. I get that she's small for her age, but I just couldn't get over the fact that at age 12, she's being carried around like a six year old and crawling into people's laps for comfort. It really bothers me. I actually had to create my own scenario as to why there was an eight-year-old Potential (not Slayer) living with Giles in order to make the character work for me.

What I did like about this fic was the pacing of the growing relationship between Buffy and Giles. I thought that was fantastic. I love a mature Buffy. And of course, who doesn't love daddy!Giles. He really was cute with Heather.