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Part I:
Part II:
Part III:
Part IV:
Part V:
Part VI:
Part VII:
Part VIII:

Help! I'd like clever individual titles for these chapters as well - now taking suggestions for all 8!

“Are you sure we’re going the right way, Giles? I mean, yeah, massive wards of wardiness seem to say something about ‘here be strange things’ but the scenery…” Willow looked out the window at wheat that seemed to go on forever. “There’s nothing here.”

“No shoe stores,” Buffy sulked.

“Buffy, you bought three new pairs of shoes in the last city. In between making a scene of yourself.” Giles ‘ tut-tutting had very little heat; perhaps, like the other two, he was trying desperately to draw attention away from Xander’s confusion. “And yes, Willow. The Addergoole School is quite isolated. I’m told it helps focus attention on one’s studies, which shouldn’t be a problem for you, but may prove difficult for some others.”

“Hey, I went to almost every class last week!” Buffy glared with mock indignation.

“Indeed. Well, and here we are.” Giles turned a corner in the road that seemed to exist for no reason at all, and in front of them was a barn. “Ah, this is what the instructions said, at least….” He drove up to the barn and honked twice.

“This isn’t creepy at all.” Xander looked from one window to the other. “Next, there were lill these creepy children coming out of the corn, talking all at the same time and their eyes glowing blue…”

“I think you might be mixing movies, Xander.” Willow tutted, but her heart wasn’t in it. “I think the glowing blue eyes — Ah!”

“Relax, Willow,” Buffy teased, “it’s a guy. A… rather… handsome… guy. Scowly, too.”

Giles cleared his throat. “And likely with hearing as good as yours, Buffy, if not better. Hello, sir. Might you be Luca Hunting-Hawk?”

“I am.” He was short, although taller than Buffy, with short-cropped black hair and an impressive scowl; his t-shirt was practically bulging around his biceps, and his jeans looked old, worn in, and as if they covered just as much muscle. “You’re the ones coming to visit?”

“Yes, ah, that is. I am Rupert Giles, called Ripper, and these are my students, Buffy Summers, Willow Rosenberg, and Alexander Harris.”

“Your Students? Interesting.”

“I believe you will find that interesting does not begin to cover the situation where these three are concerned.” Giles coughed. “Which is in large part why we are here now. It’s not just to tour the school, although I’m certain they are all interested. It is because these three come with certain… special circumstances which I am not certain your administration is aware of.”

“Let’s talk, then.” Luke frowned. “Their mothers did not come along?”

“Just ‘mothers’, did you notice?” Xander whispered loudly. Willow and Buffy shushed him.

“Their mothers… ahem. Well, let us just say that I am standing in loco parentis for the moment, as far as the law is concerned, and the rest we can save for our meeting.”

“Loco what?” Buffy whispered. Willow and Xander shushed her.

“Hrrm.” Luke rolled his shoulders. “You weren’t joking about ‘interesting’, were you?”

“No. Not at all. Now, I haven’t been able to find out much about this school…”

“You wouldn’t have. It’s only in its fourth year, and we prefer to fly below the radar. It’s an unusual school…”

“These three are unusual students.” Giles’ voice was dangerously mild. “I wonder if it’s the same sort of ‘unusual.’”

“Hey, now, Buffy’s Buffy and Willow’s, well, Willow, but I’m pretty usual,” Xander complained. “I think I got my invitation by mistake.”

“Ha.” Luke snorted at him. “Regine doesn’t make that sort of mistake.”

“Well, I mean, all sorts of people make mistakes about me. That’s just, you know, I’m mistake boy.”

“Come on in, son. Ladies. Ripper.” Luke turned back towards the barn.

“Ah, if you don’t mine, Rupert or Giles in front of the children…”

“We’re not exactly babies, ‘Ripper’,” Buffy complained.

“Be that as it may, I’d rather that I remain Giles to you three. Now let’s not keep the gentleman waiting any longer, shall we?”

Luke snorted once again and swung open the barn door. “Down this way. We’ll come back and get your stuff later.”

“Creepy much?” Buffy muttered.

“Ah, Buffy. It may be that things are going to seem especially ‘creepy’ here at Addergoole. Please… react with more thought than is normally needed.”

“What? It’s not like I… okay. Move slowly and don’t… punch people too often. Got it.” Buffy nodded sharply. “This is going to be fun,” she added in a quiet mutter.

Although Luke had his back to the three teens, Giles had a perfect view of the short man’s sudden smile. “Know someone who’s gonna like her,” he muttered softly. “She’s sharp.”

“You have no idea,” Giles sighed. “You have absolutely no idea.”

Date: 2016-07-28 05:00 am (UTC)
thnidu: Red pen. Text: The red penis the editor's friend; editing mark "insert space" in "penis". from lj:stormsdotter (editor's friend)
From: [personal profile] thnidu
Hmmmmm... Things are going to be real interesting.

• “I wonder if it’s the same sort of ‘unusual.’”
-> sort of ‘unusual’.”

• there were lill these creepy children
?-> all these

• Your Students?
?-> students
> Is "Students" with a capital "S" a special term at Addergoole, like "Keeper"?
Edited Date: 2016-07-28 05:08 am (UTC)

Date: 2016-07-28 02:32 pm (UTC)
thnidu: Red pen. Text: The red penis the editor's friend; editing mark "insert space" in "penis". from lj:stormsdotter (editor's friend)
From: [personal profile] thnidu

The logic of the quotation marks here is that the double-quotes apply to the whole quoted segment -- a complete sentence, which includes its period -- but the single-quotes apply only to the word unusual, which is part of the sentence and is entirely before the period. If Giles had been writing that sentence as part of a note or a letter instead of speaking it, he would've put the word in quotation marks (double, because he wouldn't be QUOTING the sentence) ending just before the period.

Date: 2016-07-28 02:58 pm (UTC)
inventrix: (Default)
From: [personal profile] inventrix
The placement of punctuation within or without the quotes is actually a regional variation and in many if not most rules of format, the punctuation goes inside.

Which to be honest I hate and ignore when I can by putting it outside the quotes unless it's part of the quote. >.> But what she did is regrettably correct.

Date: 2016-07-28 03:07 pm (UTC)
thnidu: my familiar. "Beanie Baby" -type dragon, red with white wings (Default)
From: [personal profile] thnidu

I'd probably agree if I were editing for a journal or something like that which followed the Chicago Manual of Style or one of the other standard stylebooks. But, like many others these days (especially people with some techie background, it seems, which includes me), I prefer to go with context and logic rather than inflexible prescriptive diktats. Our Hostess says she appreciates my editing, but of course the choice is entirely hers, and she can read all of these comments and decide for herself.

Date: 2016-07-28 03:10 pm (UTC)
inventrix: (Default)
From: [personal profile] inventrix
Geez, sorry. O.o I thought you'd appreciate the information since you seem to be a grammar and language enthusiast. I'll keep my facts to myself next time.

Date: 2016-07-28 03:19 pm (UTC)
thnidu: my familiar. "Beanie Baby" -type dragon, red with white wings (Default)
From: [personal profile] thnidu

Oh, no! I certainly didn't mean to offend you , and I do appreciate knowing about different standards and customs. Please, don't "keep your facts to yourself". When I wrote "inflexible prescriptive diktats", I wasn't referring to you, but to some aspects of the stylebooks that propagate these rules, including Strunk and White, which continually breaks its own rules.

Best regards,

Dr. Whom

Consulting Linguist, Grammar, Orthoëpist, and Philological Busybody


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