The Faith Lehane Files 4/4

Finishing up my gallop through the life of Faith Lehane, as seen through other people's documentation. These last two pieces take Faith beyond canon, into the Rulesverse future I have imagined for her, and into a relationship with Giles. It's not a particularly simple future, but it's a lot better than her past.

Title The Faith Lehane Files 4: the years of freedom
Author Brutti ma buoni
Rating PG
Setting Post-series: in the Rulesverse



Slayer Council Aptitude Assessment

Faith Lehane
Status Senior Slayer: pre-Choosing calling. A précis of her early career held on file at FML/01/PERS/01
Key notes: never, ever joke about her initials.
Date: January 2006
Reason for evaluation: Requested return to field assignment
Evaluated by: Panel B


Faith has been core to the development of the post-Sunnydale Council. Not only was she part of the closing of the Hellmouth, she has consistently supported new initiatives in Slayer training and organisation. Specifically:

2003-05 Faith trained four intakes of junior Slayers with strong results. Some issues with the latest trainees (see Drury, Briana), now resolved. A good teacher, overall and able to bring out the best in some of our more challenging recruits.

2003-04 Faith combined her trainer duties with developing the infrastructure of the Council’s South American operations. Diplomatic engagement with demons was a challenging aspect of this, and she requested removal from demon liaison roles, with full Council agreement. Overall, however, a successful posting with good tactical and negotiating skills displayed.

Overall: Physical assessment remains very strong. Leadership qualities are growing, though she lacks self-confidence in imposing her views on others. Good trainers with strong field experience should be at the top of the list of potential squad leaders.

Counter-signed:
Unquestionably suited to the field. If she wants to return and there is a suitable vacancy, she should become a squad leader as soon as possible. She will undoubtedly be an asset to the Council in this role, and there is no sense in restricting her to central

On a personal note, I would request that in future, I do not have to sign off Ms Lehane's field assignments. It feels inappropriate.

R. Giles

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Rupert Giles, in attempting to compose his own wedding speech
November 2006


I had hoped that we could avoid the formalities. We did, after all, go behind your backs when we got married. We have been a couple for quite some time, and in the circumstances of the tragedy in Ulan Bator, we felt that a small ceremony was by far the most appropriate way forward. But Buffy has [inserted] kindly [/end insert] insisted on throwing us a party to celebrate. And inviting you all. So, a speech is required.

Firstly, I must thank Buffy and my other Council colleagues for all your generosity and good wishes. We have been very touched to have your blessing.

But I believe any groom's principal duty in his speech is to pay tribute to his bride. I have here a job which is both simple and complex. I can talk about Faith's good points for hours [pause for laughter. Briefly.] But you all know Faith. You know she's strong, and brave and beautiful. [Include if need be: And even though she has chosen not to wear something traditional,] I'm sure you will all agree that she looks exceptionally lovely tonight.

I have known Faith for many years. Since she was 18, in fact. And I was 42, as you well know, and there's really no need for me to rub that in, is there?

I struggled with writing this speech. At first, I didn’t know why. Then I assumed I was displaying an unfortunate level of Britishness. But in the end, I realised that you don’t need me to tell you about Faith. She’s more than capable of defining herself.

And that, I believe, is why I love her. If you’ll forgive me the sentimental moment.