Summary: Xander's carelessness with magical artifacts might have landed him in more trouble than he can reasonably escape, even with Giles's help.
part 1 / part 2
I blame Con*strict. Or rather, the Con*strict panel on tropes that included the long discussion of wingfic. As far as I know, no one has ever written Giles/Xander wingfic, at least not and taken it seriously. I decided I'd write a serious take on wingfic. As serious as any story with Xander in it can be, that is.
I also blame drsquidlove for complaining that there hadn't been enough GX written for this year's fest.
So that means I started making notes for this story last Saturday at the con. I didn't commit in my head to posting this story for the fest until Tuesday, but I've been sprinting to get it done since. I have written 11K words in a single week before, for Nanowrimo, but I have never tried to write and then edit that much prose in that amount of time. But the idea had me by the throat and I had to do it. I fear it's obvious which bits I wrote last, because the transitions and the connective tissue just aren't there. Yet. I'll secretly revise this one over the next couple of days. Check my permanent archive for the definitive version in about a week.
And now it has been done! GX wingfic exists! I dare you to write your own, oh flist, and do me one better!
I have another idea for wingfic, this time with Giles as the one with all the feathers. That will be BG and much more of a discovery story than a transformation story, because hey, Giles has been Buffy's guardian angel all along, don't you know.