[pm] Ah, of course not. America is constantly trying to strip people of their reproductive rights or rescind their right to marry, why should they mind about vigilantes and demons and slayers?
I don’t know what I’m going to do yet, Anya. Perhaps I should help escort those who want to leave to safety, help them find new lives elsewhere. They haven’t seen my face, as of yet. That may prove to be an advantage. But I’d look perfectly fine in uniform, bloody cheek.
[pm] Show me someone who hasn’t heard and I’ll show you someone a damn sight more relaxed than I am.
[pm] As my…I don’t know…Watcher fatherly figure who’s been there for me more than my own dad has over the years? Yeah, I know.
I love you too, Giles.
[pm] I suppose those are the right words, yes. And I love you. Be safe.
[pm] If I run now, it’s only going to look bad for the rest of the Slayers. They need to know
I’mwe’re willing to cooperate…at least some of us.
[pm] Buffy, I… I’m terribly sorry, but I don’t know what to say. You— are one of the most remarkable people I have ever met. You are a hero. As your… well, whatever it is we use to refer to one another, I want nothing more than to protect you, to shelter you from this, but the logical part of me knows that would be wrong.
[pm] Such strategies and paths are already in place. I know better than to trust public transport with our lives in a climate like this. I will contact her immediately.
[pm] And what’s your strategy, personally speaking?
[pm] Where else would I even go? The whole damn world knows who I am. I think I’m stuck as a registered candidate here if it passes. Who knows, maybe I’ll win a prize for being the first to step up. Like a T-shirt or a button.
[pm] There are glamors, magic that can be used to temporarily change your appearance, but you— Buffy, are you quite serious? You needn’t do this, whether they know you or not. We can get you out.
[pm] They already know who you are. You either learn to hide very quickly, or… sign onto their bloody registry. Neither option sounds very appealing.
[pm] There’s always guessing involved. We never know if what we’re doing is the right thing. We guess and we go for it and that’s all we can do.
For example, I’ve been trying to decide what we should do with Spike for forever now. Do I take my chances and hope people are going to understand? Or wait it out? It’s a guessing game. A really sucky one.
I think I might be telling him its safer if he stays away from ATHENA for a while.
[pm] That’s not what I meant, Buffy. There’s no guesswork involved as to whether you’re a good person or not. We don’t need to be able to see what’s going to happen ten steps down the line in order to determine that.
Let Spike decide what he wants for himself.
[pm] Yeah, I guess so.
[pm] There’s no guessing involved.
[pm] I am now.
Giles, this is what I was trying to avoid. This was the whole point of me coming out. And Jayan went and outed herself willingly and Freya got outed unwillingly and it’s like all of this was pointless. I put all of you in danger and it doesn’t even matter anymore.
[pm] Oh, Buffy, this was never your fault. Even if you were to stop trying, it wouldn’t be your fault. You will always try to protect people. It just isn’t always possible. All we can do is our best.