AUTHOR: Nikki Harrington
CHARACTER: Rupert Giles
SUMMARY: Giles writes about Willow and how in many ways he wishes Buffy would expand the same kind of zest to her Slayer studies as Willow does to her schoolwork.
WORD COUNT: 400
AUTHOR'S NOTE 1: Written for birggitt: Z - 'Zest'
AUTHOR'S NOTE 2: Written in British English, because Giles is British and I believe he would write in British English in his private diaries.
DISCLAIMER: I don't own these characters, nor am I making any money from them. I merely borrow them from time to time.
ENTRY #04 FROM THE PRIVATE WATCHER'S DIARY OF RUPERT GILES.
Willow Rosenberg. That is the name of Buffy's closest female friend.
Willow? It is not quite so strange a name as Buffy, but even so, why cannot Americans give their children normal names?
And yet, as with Buffy, I find the name suits Willow.
Willow is one of the friends whom Buffy involved in vampire slaying.
I had been determined the incident would be a one-off and that Buffy's friends would not be involved again. However, once I spent time with Willow, once I got to talk to her, once I got to see just how intelligent, how loyal, how useful she was, I decided to allow Buffy to involve her.
If only Buffy applied half the amount of zest to her Slaying studies and duties as Willow does to her schoolwork, I would be a very contented man. It's not that Buffy doesn't apply herself, she does. It is just she somehow lacks the passion, the enthusiasm I would like to see in her.
Willow's particular gift, her area of expertise, is her computer knowledge. I myself confess to being more than a little afraid of computers, I much prefer the feel and smell of books; computers are far too new and odourless. I try to tell myself they are just a fad, something that will fade away, but alas, I know I am only lying to myself.
Willow, however, can make them do whatever she wishes them to do. Maybe I should be a little more cautious though concerning what I allow her to do. I am not altogether certain what the Watchers' Council would say should it become known quite to what extent Willow is able to 'obtain information'. In fact I am not altogether certain what the Watchers' Council would say if they knew I not only allowed non-Slayer personnel to be involved, I now encourage it.
But I do know. And that is why they can never find out. Buffy needs me. Buffy needs my kind of training. And also, as much as I am not sure I wish to confess it not even here in my private diaries, Buffy needs her friends to help her function as a Slayer.
So I shall go on encouraging Willow. But I must ensure the day never comes when her involvement, and that of Buffy's other friends, is discovered. The Scoobie gang must never become known about.
Links to the previous journal entries:
Not An Auspicious Start
She Has Friends