TITLE: Days Gone By

DISCLAIMER: Joss Whedon owns Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Davis/Panzer owns Highlander. David Franzoni and Ridley Scott own the movie Gladiator. History owns Cyrus, Daniel, and Marcus Aurelius.



SPOILERS: Buffy is set during the Season 3 episode "The Wish". Highlander is set after "Methuselah's Gift." Also, this is a tie in for my series "In a Not So Broken World".

Summary: Rupert Giles received a disturbing call from a friend and thinks about the old days.


... Unexpected Phone Call ...

December 1998, Sunnydale California

The lock was turned in the door, and Rupert Giles entered his little shotgun house. He moved passed his living room into the kitchen/dining area, through to the back part of the house which held the bedroom and the bathroom. He washed his face and hands in the sink then moved back into the bedroom.

He slumped onto the bed with a frown and a sign. It had been a trying night and he hoped to get some rest before he had to meet the children later on that evening.

He closed his eyes as he tried to settle this difficult quickening.

He startled as he heard the piercing ring of the telephone.

"Hello?" the cultured English voice answered as the wring of the phone disturbed the quiet of the house.

"Marcus," the accented voice called down the line.

"Cyrus?" Rupert said surprised. He had not heard from the Persian in nearly fifty years. "Its Rupert Giles now, Cyrus."

"Yes... modern times," Cyrus smirked. "At the moment, I'm known as Omar Javeed."

"Yes, I can see why," the Watcher said with his own smirk. "How may I help you, my old friend?"

"Have you heard from Daniel recently, Rupert?" his voice was laced with concern.

"The last time I spoke with him was in January of '84. He said he was trying to keep the Methuselah's Stone from being reassembled."

"Yes," Cyrus agreed, "I heard from him in February that same year. He's been off the radar too long. I'm concerned about him."

"Do you think he was beheaded?" Giles questioned, "Or if the Watchers have discovered his infiltration?"

"You know Daniel can blend in with any culture anywhere. It's not likely that his presence would be discovered that easily," Cyrus' counsel continued, "And, the infidel has learned to mask his Quickening so he should not have a problem in that department."

"Well, if you hear from him, let me know," Giles said with a frown.

"Actually, I was wondering if you would come help me look for him," Cyrus said with a frown.

Giles sighed and ran a hand over his face. "I will have to put a call out to Methos to come back quickly from Paris."

"Methos is there with you?" Cyrus questioned surprised.

"Yes," Rupert smiled, "You would be proud of him. He's been very helpful to my children and I since he found out that we fight the darkness."

"I will meet you in Cleveland, my friend," Cyrus said.

"Yes," Rupert said, "I will meet you in Cleveland. Hopefully we will find Daniel quickly. See you soon."

He hung up the phone, but the phone call sparked some long dead memories.