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2 [Aug. 26th, 2006|10:20 am]
New day
[Current Location |Westbury and London, England]
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There's no postponing this any longer. I have to drive to Westbury. The coven there is the only one powerful enough, and experienced enough to comb through my aura for any possible shenanigans. I prefer to think of hexes put on me by the all mighty Wolfram and Hart as shenanigans, rather than deep, dark, disturbing curses.


I should also make a phone call to "our man in Los Angeles". I need more on Ms. Lilah Morgan than the dry and sketchy information in her file. The LA branch of the New Watchers' Council is filled with new comers. They're all new comers apart from me, aren't they?


Not all. There are always the Wyndham-Pryces. Father and son. Father's a power hungry bastard. Son was a failure as a Watcher and than he shacked up with a vampire, so my confidence in him isn't high. But he'd be in the position to get Lilah's file. I'm sure that a Wolfram and Hart file is a lot more thorough than the sort we have.


I can't call Wesley. Maybe I shall if it turns out that she did put a hex on me – which would so conveniently explain my intense attraction to her.


I leave the car in front of the old mansion that serves as main residence for the coven. I'm a friendly figure, but I have to display myself clearly, so that they can assess my lack of hostile intentions. One of the witches will take my car into the garage, after a perfunctory inspection no doubt.


It takes them fifteen minutes to tell me there is something wrong. It takes them the better part of the weekend to find what the problem is. I'm snarling all the drive back to London. Memory alteration. A magical fucking mind wipe!!


I made several calls to my Californian family. In a few well crafted questions, I ascertain that their own memories have been altered.


The witches gave me the name of the only warlock in the whole of America powerful enough to do such a thorough job. Cyvus Vail. Bastard demon is listed in the Forbes Five Hundred! I'm seething. Someone's fucked with my mind! I'm determined to use every resource at my disposal to get to the bottom of this. Bloody Americans with their bloody cover ups!


For the next few weeks, I tap every contact I've ever had, collect on every favor I've ever been owed. Nothing! Not a damn thing surfaces.


If subtlety doesn't work, then I'll apply pressure. As careful as I was to make sure I didn't stir the waters in my frantic investigations, I'm that loud now. I make sure step on every toe. I even called up Buffy and Willow and told them that someone's messed with all our minds. I worry that I may have put them in danger, but it's nothing they're not used to.


In a matter of days since I tagged my girls, I start seeing results. The Council headquarters are breached. I find a note on my desk.




I feel a manic grin on my face. Don't? Really? How very scary.


There's one connection I didn't use. I grab my leather jacket and head for 'the pub'. I bet she's there.


[User Picture]From: notquitegood
2006-08-27 04:47 pm (UTC)
I smiled at him. "Oh I can be extremely helpful,if there's something in it for me. And there's nothing you can say or do that'll persaude me to get you the informaton you want Mr. Giles."

I can tell from his tone,that he's pissed about what little information he did manage to get. And I know exactly who did the minde wipe,after all I'm the one that finalised the deal.

Undead bastard really should've just left well enough alone. I should be the one having to deal with the fall out from his stupid decision making skills.

I looked at the very ticked off British man in front of me. "Like I said I can't help you" I glanced at Benny then walked out of the pub.
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From: giles_th_ripper
2006-08-27 05:32 pm (UTC)
So, she'd tell me if I had something she wants. I have a lot of things Wolfram and Hart wants, but I wouldn't trade any of them. I have other things I am willing to trade. We're not on the same side, but maybe on some patches of the war between good and evil, our sides can be, even if momentarily, side by side.

She smiles at me before she leaves. I watch her walking away from me while I pay for our drinks. Damn, she has a fine body under that her clothes. I love the way her dress hugs her curves. Nothing obvious, nothing too showy, but alluring enough to make me do something stupid. Again

I follow her from a short distance. She deactivates the alarm when she's two feet from the car.

I slap myself mentally. Not a repeat performance, Giles!

I hurry up, and open her car door for her.

"Allow me," I say, keeping the door open for her.

I love to see her flinch. Old Ripper still got it.
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[User Picture]From: notquitegood
2006-08-27 05:45 pm (UTC)
I left the pub and made my way to my car. I took the alarm off of it,but before I could reach to open the door it was already open. I looked at the man holding my car door open for me.

I sighed it's late I'm tired and in no mood to deal with his games. I folded my arms and looked directly at him. "What do you want?" I don't really have time for this,I have a case to prepare for.

Normally I'm all for a little danger and slightly morally ambigious men,but not tonight. Not when I have court all day tomorrow,and need to try and get some sleep. "Look if it's about the mind wipe,go find someone who cares to answer your damn questions." I snapped as I started to get into my car.
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From: giles_th_ripper
2006-08-27 06:38 pm (UTC)
"What do you want?" she says, all cool and vaguely annoyed.

Whoa! She certainly got it too. The woman's probably unbreakable. But she has a very endearing slip up.

"...if it's about the mind wipe"

Why, Ms. Morgan, what else could it possibly be about? Since the topic is too hot for me as well, I don’t mention it.

She steps toward the car, I step closer, too. I'm not touching her, but I'm too close for comfort. I lean just a little, so my mouth is right by her ear. I know my breath tickles her earlobe, and her neck. My tone is silky, my words civil. I only show her the velvet glove.

"Vail was your client in Los Angeles. I'm sure you have the dirt on him. I'd much rather make an appeal to your common sense, rather than go to see him in person. There's no need to start a new war over this."

I take a step back, waiting for her to get in the car. She has her back to me when I add three little words in a tone that hints of the iron fist under the velvet.

"Or is there?"
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[User Picture]From: notquitegood
2006-08-27 10:26 pm (UTC)
I sighed in annoyance,as I shut the car door and leaned back against the car. The man was strating to get on my nerves. What is it with Watchers and their need to know the truth about damn near everything?

Wesley was the same way,speaking of dear ol' Wes I wonder how he's doing? Probably off with his perfect little Texas sweetheart. Back to my current problem. I swear it's part of their Watcher trainning,right up there with 'how not to get your slayer killed.'

"He was a client of mine,keyword being was. Incase you failed to notice I don't work for the Los Angeles branch of Wolfram and Hart anymore. And as for starting another war over said information,it's a bit late for that don't you think? "

I let another sigh. "I swear you damn Watchers are all alike." I let out a small bitter laugh. "Never happy with what you have, you always want more or you want what you can't possibly have"

Ok that's it as of right the hell now, I'm done dealing with annoyingly handsome British men. Mainly fucking Watchers. I moved off my car and opened the door,and got in starting the engine.
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From: giles_th_ripper
2006-08-27 11:05 pm (UTC)
Good thing she left in without waiting for my reply because I must look rather stupid with my jaw dropped all the way down to the ground. Did she just tell me that whatever was behind the mind alteration had already started a war? What the hell was going on in California?!

The other bit of information she let slip was just as shocking. She talked about Watchers. She talked as if she had known at least one. Intimately. Maybe I'm jumping to conclusions, but somehow, there is only one name on my list.

Wesley Wyndham-Pryce.

That boy was a disaster in Sunnydale. He nearly destroyed two Slayers. He chose a vampire over his loyalty to the old Council.

Of course, all this could be a ploy. She was a very accomplished actress, after all. This could be a subtle and very complicated power play. To drive the Council and Angel's people against one another. To drive me against Angel. Because they know, they bloody well know I can influence the Slayers, and the Wiccas.

My head started pounding. What if there is no war, and I am on the brink of starting one if I keep looking? What if there is a war, and by not knowing I can't choose the right side?

I go through my options again. Who can help me? Who can I trust?
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