FADE IN:

               INT. HALLWAY -- NIGHT

               BUFFY stands in the hallway, in front of a closed door. She's 
               in a high school, or a similar place. It's night, so it's 
               mostly empty. She's looking straight ahead at the door, but 
               we don't see the whole door itself just yet.

                                     BUFFY
                         I can do this.
                              (beat)
                         It'll be good to do this. I can open 
                         up and release my feelings within a 
                         group of people that have been through 
                         the same thing.

               She takes a deep breath and releases it.

                                     BUFFY (CONT'D)
                         So here I go.

               She opens the door and walks in. As she enters, the door 
               closes behind her. We see on it now, a sign that reads : 
               N.D.R.

               INT. CLASSROOM -- CONTINUOUS -- NIGHT

               Buffy is standing next to the door still. She's looking 
               around, awkwardly. The room is a classroom, but that's not 
               what it's being used for tonight. PEOPLE sit at desks. On 
               the chalk board, "N.D.R. MEETING" is written.

               Buffy continues to look around. Finally, she spots coffee 
               pots set up on a table in the back of the room. She's relieved 
               to have something to do.

                                     BUFFY
                         Coffee. Coffee's good.

               She goes to the coffee.

                                     BUFFY (CONT'D)
                         Hello, coffee. Are you regular or 
                         decaf?

               She pours herself a cup and takes a sip as she looks up. 
               She's shocked to see a man, VERGIL (30's, balding, in a dress 
               shirt and tie), standing right next to her.

                                     BUFFY (CONT'D)
                         Gah!

               She gathers herself.

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                                                                         2.


                                     BUFFY (CONT'D)
                         I'm sorry. I'm a little jumpy. My 
                         first time.

               She laughs just a little too hard at herself.

                                     BUFFY (CONT'D)
                         Be gentle.

               Then she realizes just how geeky she's acting and settles 
               down.

                                     BUFFY (CONT'D)
                         Really, I'm not usually this ditzy. 
                         And I don't usually talk to my coffee 
                         either. I'm just a little weirded 
                         out about being here.

               She looks at Vergil. He looks back. Still, he says nothing. 
               He just looks at her. She has no idea why.

                                     BUFFY (CONT'D)
                         The coffee. It's free, right? For us 
                         to drink?

               No reply. He just looks at her some more.

                                     BUFFY (CONT'D)
                         Okay, it's nice talking to you. We'll 
                         do it again. Oh look, a wall.

               Buffy crosses the room and stands next to a wall, looking at 
               the head of the classroom. Waiting.

               After a beat, she turns around, looking for a seat to sit 
               in. Vergil is standing right next to her again. Watching 
               her.

                                     BUFFY (CONT'D)
                         Gah!
                              (beat)
                         Is what I say to you once again. 
                         Y'know when I said we'd talk again, 
                         I thought maybe we'd do it later. I 
                         just really need to focus and gather 
                         myself. I'm nervous, y'know.

               Still, he watches her.

                                     BUFFY (CONT'D)
                         Are you okay? Do you need help or 
                         something?

               Still, no reply from him. Buffy looks around the room, looking 
               for an out. Finally, she sees a woman, BETTY (20's, pretty, 
               but a plain dresser) sitting in one of the desks, not talking 
               to anyone. Buffy considers her idea.

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                                                                         3.


               She looks at Vergil once again and decides to go for it.

               She waves at Betty.

                                     BUFFY (CONT'D)
                         Joan! Hi!

               Buffy walks to Betty.

                                     BUFFY (CONT'D)
                         It's been forever since I saw you.

               She leans down close to the woman and whispers.

                                     BUFFY (CONT'D)
                         Sorry, I'm just really trying to get 
                         this guy to stop watching me.

                                     BETTY
                         My name's not Joan.

                                     BUFFY
                         Oh.

               Buffy looks back and sees Vergil still watching.

                                     BUFFY (CONT'D)
                         Well, it's still good to see you. 
                         How long has it been?

                                     BETTY
                         Look, lady, I don't know you. Would 
                         you mind not pretending to know me?

                                     BUFFY
                         Right. Sorry. Thanks.

               Buffy looks back at Vergil who is still watching. She raises 
               her coffee cup and smiles. Then she turns and picks a desk 
               to sit in that's as far away from both Vergil and Betty as 
               humanly possible.

               A woman, NANCY (50's, very June Cleaver-y) walks to the front 
               of the room.

                                     NANCY
                         Okay, people. I think it's time that 
                         we settled in and took our seats.

               The rest of the people sit down and get quiet. Nancy stays 
               at the head of the classroom.

                                     NANCY (CONT'D)
                         Okay, great.
                                     (MORE)

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                                                                         4.


                                     NANCY (CONT'D)
                              (beat)
                         I'd just like to take this time to 
                         welcome everyone back to another 
                         Near Death Recovery meeting.  Life 
                         is so precious, and I'm thrilled 
                         that you all decided to share a little 
                         bit of yours with the rest of us.
                              (beat)
                         So who would like to start this week?

               A few hands go up. Buffy decides it'd be best to just observe 
               for a little while before taking part. She slouches down.

               Nancy looks around the room. She spots Buffy.

                                     NANCY (CONT'D)
                         Oh. I see we have a new soul among 
                         us tonight. Would you like to begin, 
                         dear?

               Buffy straightens up.

                                     BUFFY
                         Oh, no. I think I should just watch 
                         for a while first. Maybe. I mean...

                                     NANCY
                         Pish posh. No need to be nervous 
                         here, sweetie. We're all here to 
                         welcome you with open arms and to 
                         help you on your journey back from 
                         the light.

                                     BUFFY
                         Great. That sounds really... great. 
                         But...

                                     NANCY
                         Oh, wonderful! Everyone let's have a 
                         big hand for this young woman. C'mon 
                         up here, honey!

               Everyone starts clapping. Buffy hesitantly stands up and 
               walks to the front of the room, trying to keep a smile on 
               her face but finding it hard.

               Nancy takes a seat.

                                     BUFFY
                         Um... I don't really know what to 
                         say.

                                     NANCY
                         What's your name?

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                                                                         5.


                                     BUFFY
                         Buffy. Buffy Summers.

                                     NANCY
                         Welcome, Buffy. Now, why don't you 
                         tell us about your experience.

                                     BUFFY
                         Okay.
                              (beat)
                         Well, it was in May of last year. My 
                         sister, Dawn and I lost our mother a 
                         couple months before that, so things 
                         were hard.

               A MAN in the room yells out.

                                     MAN
                         Great, another suicide attempt. "Oh, 
                         it's so hard!"
                              (beat)
                         Let me guess. You look like a jumper 
                         to me. Did you jump?

                                     BUFFY
                         What?
                              (beat)
                         I-I guess. I mean, yeah. I did, but...

                                     MAN
                         I knew it.

                                     NANCY
                         Now, now. We're not here to judge. 
                         Please, go on, Buffy.

                                     BUFFY
                         Well, like I said, my sister and me 
                         were going through hard times and 
                         she got into some trouble with this 
                         woman, Glory. And one thing led to 
                         another and I ended up having to 
                         jump in order to save her.

                                     MAN
                         Why do they always think it'd be in 
                         their family's best interest if they 
                         just weren't there? Like your sister's 
                         life was really going to be so much 
                         better without you. You jumped because 
                         you wanted to jump. Just admit that.

                                     BUFFY
                         No. You don't understand. I didn't...

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                                                                         6.


                                     NANCY
                         You don't need to explain yourself, 
                         dear. He's just a little rough around 
                         the edges is all.

                                     BUFFY
                         Thanks, but...

                                     NANCY
                         Why don't we see if anyone else would 
                         like to talk to you. I'm sure we're 
                         all eager to get to know you better. 
                         Would anyone else like to talk with 
                         Buffy?

               A another man in back, MARTY (nervous, quiet type), speaks 
               up.

                                     MARTY
                         How... How long were you... y'know... 
                         gone?

                                     BUFFY
                         Um, it's really kinda hard to tell. 
                         It was a while.

                                     MARTY
                         Two? I was gone for two minutes.

                                     BUFFY
                         Longer than that. I was gone for a 
                         good amount of time.

                                     MARTY
                         Three?

               Buffy thinks about her answer.

                                     BUFFY
                         Yes. Three. About three. Three would 
                         be just about the right word to 
                         describe how long I was gone.

                                     NANCY
                         Wow. That's quite a length of time.

               Another woman, DINA, speaks up.

                                     DINA
                         Did you see anything while you were 
                         gone?

                                     BUFFY
                         What do you mean?

                                     DINA
                         White lights. A tunnel.

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                                                                         7.


                                     BUFFY
                         Light. There was light.
                              (beat)
                         And it was warm. It was like home, 
                         y'know? Like everything was right 
                         there.

                                     DINA
                         I know.
                              (beat)
                         When I was there, it's like my whole 
                         body was tingling.

                                     BUFFY
                         Oh, there aren't bodies there. We 
                         don't have bodies there.

                                     DINA
                         Yes we do. I remember it. I was there.

                                     BUFFY
                         No, I mean, really. I remember it 
                         pretty well. There weren't bodies. I 
                         mean, we are us, but we're not... 
                         bodies.

                                     DINA
                         I was there. I think I know what it 
                         was like.

                                     BUFFY
                         Yeah, but I was there longer. I mean, 
                         were you there for... three? Three 
                         is a long time to be there. I have a 
                         pretty good memory of the place.

                                     DINA
                         I was there for two and a half 
                         minutes.

                                     BUFFY
                         Ah! Two and a half minutes is not... 
                         three. Three is a whole lot longer 
                         than two and a half minutes. It's... 
                         three.

                                     DINA
                         Look. I'm sure that you remember 
                         what you do, but I know what I saw. 
                         I saw it with my own eyes.

                                     BUFFY
                         Are you calling me a liar?

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                                                                         8.


                                     MAN
                         I could tell you were a liar from a 
                         mile away.
                              (beat)
                         Buffy. Nobody in real life has that 
                         name. It's obviously a fake name.

                                     MARTY
                         You wouldn't come here just to make 
                         fun of us. Would you?

                                     BUFFY
                         Me? No. But you don't have bodies in 
                         Heaven. Trust me.
                              (beat)
                         Maybe she's the liar. Yeah. She's 
                         the liar. It's so easy to see. I 
                         mean, look at her... nails. They're 
                         all bitten and stuff. Only liars 
                         bite nails. Liars and thugs. She 
                         could be a thug.

                                     NANCY
                         I'm sorry, young lady, but Dina has 
                         been coming to these meetings for a 
                         very long time. We trust her very 
                         much.

                                     BUFFY
                         Well, I don't know what to tell you. 
                         She's wrong then. Maybe she wasn't 
                         in Heaven at all. Y'know, I hear 
                         that it could just be residual energy 
                         left in the brain that cause 
                         hallucinations. Maybe this whole 
                         thing is in her head.

                                     DINA
                         No. It's real!

               Dina puts her face in her hands and starts crying.

                                     NANCY
                         I think you'd better go, young lady.

                                     BUFFY
                         What?

               Nancy won't reply to her. Buffy just walks out of the room 
               like a kid who has been grounded by their parents.

                                     NANCY
                         And next time, maybe you'll think 
                         twice before you try to get your 
                         laughs by pretending to be a person 
                         who has suffered a great deal.

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                                                                         9.


               Buffy stops and turns around.

                                     BUFFY
                         But I did die! I died a lot. Twice, 
                         actually. And the last time, I was 
                         really dead. I was dead for three 
                         months. Yeah, months!

                                     MAN
                         I can't stand liars.

                                     BUFFY
                         I'm not lying!

                                     NANCY
                         Please just leave.

               INT. HALLWAY -- NIGHT

               The door opens and Buffy walks out. The door closes behind 
               her.

               She stands there for a moment, not quite getting what just 
               happened. She hears a DOOR KNOB RATTLING.

               She looks at the room directly across the hallway. There's a 
               paper taped to the door with the letters "W.A." written on 
               it.

               The door opens. VOICES CAN BE HEARD FROM INSIDE.

                                     VOICES
                         Get out of here! / It's people like 
                         you that keep stereotypes alive! / 
                         You make me sick! 

               From that room, WILLOW walks out. The door closes behind 
               her. She and Buffy both just stand there, looking at each 
               other for a moment before either one speaks.

                                     BUFFY
                         How'd your's go? 

                                     WILLOW
                         They wouldn't even believe that I 
                         was a real witch.

                                     BUFFY
                         I know!

                                     WILLOW
                         They were all saying that it's people 
                         like me and Bette Midler that give 
                         witches a bad name.
                                     (MORE)

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                                                                        10.


                                     WILLOW (CONT'D)
                              (beat)
                         And this one guy wouldn't stop looking 
                         at me. He just kept staring. He never 
                         even said anything.

                                     BUFFY
                         What a bunch of freaks.

                                     WILLOW
                         Yeah.

               They start walking down the hall, toward the exit. As they 
               get a good way down the hall, another door opens. ANYA walks 
               out.

               Buffy and Willow look at her for a moment, with questioning 
               looks. Finally, Anya speaks.

                                     ANYA
                         Knitting class. Very educational.

               They continue walking out.

                                                            FADE TO BLACK :

                                     THE END