ipsam_custodem: (looking)
Emma Miller Anderson ([personal profile] ipsam_custodem) wrote2014-11-03 04:46 pm

coniecturalem artem

Emma doesn't have to face Phil that night. She gets home well after he's asleep, and she's far too exhausted to wake him up. And since she doesn't have to be up early- she doesn't have another shift for two more days- she sleeps well past when he leaves for work the next morning.

This leaves her plenty of time that afternoon to get herself worked up. Should she tell him? That resolves fairly quickly to 'yes'. He's her husband, he's dealt with all her parents' Watcher nonsense so far. But how to tell him, she can't not tell him, but she doesn't want him to think she's going back to being a Watcher. Slayers consult with plenty of people when they're active, right? Witches and priests and any of the other Watchers with expertise their own Watcher is lacking. She's not going to leave the girl hanging if she can help, but she's a nurse now. She has to be clear about that.

Should she tell her parents? That causes a lot more debate. Her parents don't know where the Slayer is, and it's upsetting them. And Emma does know where the Slayer is, and she has no desire to be a Watcher herself, so she really should tell them where the Slayer is, so they can arrange for someone to come and step in. But... Emma's kind of upset with her parents, right now. Watcher training is not more important than your daughter, than your daughter's expressly stated plans she made with her husband. And what if her parents insist that she has to be the Watcher, when she has no intention of doing so? She goes back and forth on that one for a while, and decides to get Phil's opinion. (He's her husband, they share, they come up with plans that work for both of them. Wouldn't it be nice if her parents could do the same?)

She briefly comes up with "should she tell the Watcher's Council separately from her parents", but dismisses that one even faster. Same problems as her parents, but her parents would also be upset she went over their heads. If she tells someone, it should be her parents, not the fussy old British men she's only met a handful of times.

And what happens if something happens to the Slayer in the meantime, that having a Watcher could have fixed? Is she responsible?

Emma is very stressed by the time Phil's home from work.
ego_custodiam: (excuse me)

[personal profile] ego_custodiam 2014-11-03 10:02 pm (UTC)(link)
Phil is familiar with his wife's faces. The one she's wearing when he gets home is the one he has dubbed Kernel Panic Face. He scoops her up in a hug. "You," he informs her, setting her down and poking her nose, "look like you've been working yourself up all day. Spill, babe."
ego_custodiam: (smiling)

[personal profile] ego_custodiam 2014-11-03 10:07 pm (UTC)(link)
"Well, if it's not basketball, it can't be that big of a deal."
ego_custodiam: (confused)

[personal profile] ego_custodiam 2014-11-03 10:09 pm (UTC)(link)
"What, like the Slayer? Are you serious?"
ego_custodiam: (upset)

[personal profile] ego_custodiam 2014-11-03 10:11 pm (UTC)(link)
"...okay. Point taken. Um. What. But then who's her Watcher? I thought you said there weren't Watchers here, that's why we picked this place-"
ego_custodiam: (thinking)

[personal profile] ego_custodiam 2014-11-03 10:21 pm (UTC)(link)
Well, first step: hair petting. Emma is always calmer when her head is being scratched, so Phil can do that. Conversations with calm!Emma are much simpler.

"Breathe, breathe," he soothes. "It'll be okay. This is not on you, this is the Slayer's job, okay? She'll get a Watcher and she'll save the world sixteen times before breakfast and you'll forget you were ever worried about it." When she's started breathing more like a normal person, he tilts her face up and out of his collarbone. "What'd she say when you asked her?"
ego_custodiam: (laughing)

[personal profile] ego_custodiam 2014-11-03 10:23 pm (UTC)(link)
"Emma. Have you been sitting here stressing about the Slayer's Watcher all day and you didn't even ask her opinion?"
ego_custodiam: (pleased)

[personal profile] ego_custodiam 2014-11-03 10:28 pm (UTC)(link)
"The health care system is doomed," Phil informs her. "Overlooking serious things in the ER, shame on you. But seriously, babe? Go talk to her. She kills demons for a living, she can handle a conversation about the Watcher's Council."
ego_custodiam: (pleased)

[personal profile] ego_custodiam 2014-11-03 10:32 pm (UTC)(link)
Phil laughs and resumes scratches, as requested. "Love you, babe," he says fondly. "Even when you're missing the obvious."
keyed_up: (k ~ inching sideways)

[personal profile] keyed_up 2014-11-03 10:41 pm (UTC)(link)
The phone rings.
keyed_up: (l ~ rude awakening)

[personal profile] keyed_up 2014-11-03 10:46 pm (UTC)(link)
"Are, um, are you that nurse, that my sister - Bella - she had that big bite on her arm -?"
keyed_up: (k ~ inching sideways)

[personal profile] keyed_up 2014-11-03 10:49 pm (UTC)(link)
"She's - there's something - I think she's poisoned. She won't wake up."

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