July 4, 2003
Up until now when I've thought about the 4th of July it's always reminded me of fireworks and hot dogs and potato salad.
From now on, it's going to make me think of Watchers.
Earlier, everyone had decided it would be fun to celebrate with a picnic.
Xander and Willow found this great little park not too far from the motel, Buffy and I got the food and for once all Giles had to do was show up.
Willow, Kennedy, Buffy and I had just started playing frisbee when Buffy spotted three dark sedans pulling into the parking lot.
(What is it with secret organizations and dark sedans anyway? Do they get some kind of group discount rate when they show their decoder rings?)
Sure enough, it was Lord Percy and the Watcher Wannabes. And I've got to say if tweed was an endangered species, these guys would have entirely wiped it out.
(I'm not positive, but I think one guy even had a tweed handkerchief.) I half expected Buffy and Faith to break out in hives at the sight of all that wool.
On the plus side, Percy is not at all what I expected. I mean even though he's old - he has to be at least 45 - he's really well preserved.
And when Giles introduced him to Buffy, he said he was delighted to meet her and kissed her hand.
I think he was going to do the same with Faith only she crossed her arms and suggested he kiss another portion of her anatomy.
Things could have gotten a little tense at that point, but Percy just smiled and said that in light of past events he understood her having misgivings about dealing with the Council.
That's when Buffy told him her only misgiving was that he was going to be the same kind of lying, pompous ass as Travers.
Percy replied that while he might occasionally be an ass, that at least he was a truthful ass.