the pearl

The Naming Process

"We are not naming her Joyce," she says, looking at him with narrowed, angry eyes.

He looks down at her, smiling lightly. "If you say so, Buffy."

"Not Joyce, not Tara, not Anya, not Jenny, and no one else that we know that isn't around anymore. I've been surrounded by death for too damn long and I'm not naming her after someone already dead."

"Of course, Buffy."

"And we're not naming her after anyone we know. No Cordelia or Willow or Dawn or Faith or...or...goddamnit!"

Rupert Giles holds his wife's hand, wincing as she squeezes through the contraction. "Now, breathe..."

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