and Blair left the Library, Jim asked, "so what do you think,
Blair reassured his partner, "well, I think the reason that
Willow panicked initially is because she's probably a hacker and
thought we were there to bust her or something. She does, after
all, seem like the nervous type, Jim."
Jim nodded his agreement to that. "Yeah, she does, doesn't
she? Do you think she knows what happened to Michelle?"
Blair shrugged, "it's possible." He then caught the
look in his Sentinel's eyes and guessed, "you think she does,
"I think it's possible. But if she does know, then everyone
in that room knows too, and didn't want to tell us. I was watching
our 'spectators' when Willow panicked, and they all started to
become real protective of her--like they all shared some big secret.
And they all jumped a bit when we started to ask about the other
victims, like they had an idea of what happened to them. Something's
going on here, chief, and I want to find out what it is."
"So what next, Jim?"
"I'd like to go back to the station and take a look at the
full case files on the recent victims. See if there's any connection
"Sounds good to me. Lead on, MacDuff."
Jim groaned at the obscure literary reference as he opened the
door to the truck.
Buffy caught the brief look on Giles' face as the two cops [correction,
the cop and that grad student] were questioning Willow. Whatever
he was thinking, he blew it off, but she wasn't about to let it
go that easily. The minute the two men left she questioned her
He roused himself from his thought on the prophecy he was re-reading
and focused on Buffy. "Yes?"
"What's your opinion of those two?"
"Hmmm? They're with the police department, and they're a
"Ohhh no. I saw the look that blared across your face while
they were questioning Willow. Now, spill it."
"Oh that? It's nothing?"
"Yeah right. It may be nothing, but it's more than we've
got right now. What is it?"
The Watcher took off his glasses and cleaned them, trying to gather
his thoughts. As he replaced the glasses he commented, "there's
a chance, albeit a very slim chance
Buffy urged him on, "yes?"
"Well, there's a chance that Detective Ellison may be our
'Blessed Protector', but I couldn't tell from just meeting him
this one time."
"Giles, that _isn't_ nothing! You were thinking that because
of his partner, right? '
guided by wisdom and innocence
"Well, yes, but that doesn't make him entirely 'separate
from the hunted', does it?"
Xander added, "and he doesn't seem all that particularly
gifted to me, either."
"Still," declared Buffy, "Giles, you yourself said
you couldn't tell from just meeting him this one time, and he
may already fulfill one part of the prophecy, so I say that this
warrants further investigation. And Giles, you're always telling
me to trust my hunches, so maybe now it's time for _us_ to trust
yours." She then turned to her computer-genius best friend,
who was still searching for information on the Order of Ra. "Willow?"
She looked up from her computer, "yeah, Buffy?"
"Can you pull up the files of the Sunnydale PD and find out
what kind of information we can get on these guys?"
"Sure." She opened another window and typed in the now-familiar
codes to get into the Police Department database without anyone