The Summer Of Aught One

                                       "Unfocused"

                                          TEASER

               FADE IN:

               INT. CRYPT -- DAY

               In the doorway of the crypt, guarded by shade, we see only 
               the feet of a MAN wearing black leather boots and a long 
               leather coat. He's watching a burial in the distance.

               EXT. GRAVEYARD -- DAY

               The day is bright and sunny. Not a cloud in the sky. A GROUP 
               is gathered around at the burial of a departed friend. This 
               would be Buffy's burial. People are crying, but WE ONLY HEAR 
               ONE PERSON CRYING.

               THE PRIEST talks, but we don't hear him. Like I said, we 
               only hear one person crying. 

               WILLOW and being held by TARA as she cries uncontrollably. 
               Tara (who is also crying, but not as hard) strokes Willow's 
               hair gently. Neither one of them is the one we hear crying.

               XANDER is holding ANYA. Anya's left leg is in a cast, as is 
               her right arm. She is holding onto a crutch, but leaning on 
               Xander much more. Her head rests on his shoulder. Her eyes 
               filled with tears. A tear rolls down Xander's cheek. He holds 
               Anya a little tighter, holding back more tears. Still, not 
               the one we hear crying.

               GILES stands only a few feet to the side of Xander and Anya. 
               He's wearing sunglasses, probably to hide the fact that his 
               eyes are red and puffy. He wipes a tear away. Nope, not him 
               that we hear either.

               CORDELIA and WESLEY stand together behind everyone else. 
               Cordy is crying. Though she hasn't seen Buffy in a long time, 
               this is hitting her hard. Wes rests a hand on her shoulder, 
               trying to comfort her. This isn't the crier we hear either.

               Other people in the crowd include JONATHAN, and WILLY. The 
               rest of the crowd must be people who went to high school 
               with Buffy. The amount of people there is impressive.

               DAWN stands alone, in front of them all. Like she and Buffy 
               stood together at their mother's funeral, only Dawn no longer 
               has anyone to lean on for support. She's crying as hard as 
               Willow. It looks like she might fall down at any moment. She 
               is the one we hear crying.

                                                                  FADE OUT:

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                                      END OF TEASER

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                                                                         3.


                                         ACT ONE

               FADE IN:

               INT. DAWN'S DINING ROOM -- DAY

               Dawn sits alone at the dining room table. The house is big, 
               and empty. Not a sound to be heard.

               INT. WILLOW'S BEDROOM -- DAY

               Willow is back in her old bedroom in her parents' house. 
               Tara is helping her unpack and put clothes away.

                                     WILLOW
                         I told Dawn I'd give her some time 
                         alone. I'm going over there later.

                                     TARA
                         Should she? Be alone, I mean? She 
                         has to be scared.

                                     WILLOW
                         She is. Tara, I can't stop the pain 
                         I feel right now. It just keep coming 
                         and pulsing like one of those 
                         headaches where you can feel your 
                         heartbeat in your eye.

               Willow sits on her bed.

                                     TARA
                         In your eye? That's... weird.

                                     WILLOW
                         I miss Buffy so much. I keep thinking, 
                         like, "Okay, Buffy's gonna call, and 
                         we're gonna go to the Bronze tonight." 
                         and we'd dance and laugh and be all 
                         joke-y. Just like we always did. But 
                         she's not coming back.

               She starts to cry again.

                                     WILLOW (CONT'D)
                         She's never coming back, Tara. And 
                         Dawny... poor Dawny. She's alone.

               Tara goes to Willow and puts an arm around her.

                                     TARA
                         Shhh, it's okay.

                                     WILLOW
                         It's not though. It won't ever be 
                         okay again. Dawn has nobody.
                                     (MORE)

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                                     WILLOW (CONT'D)
                         She's gonna have to grow up without 
                         a sister or a mother. Her whole life 
                         is changing and there's nothing any 
                         of us can do about it.

                                     TARA
                         There is. It's not going to make 
                         things right, but we can be there 
                         for her. We can show her that we 
                         love her and she does still have a 
                         family. It's not the family she had 
                         before, but she isn't alone.

               Willow starts crying harder.

                                     WILLOW
                         Oh, God. Buffy's dead.

               INT. XANDER'S APARTMENT -- DAY

               Xander is sitting at his table, alone. Quiet. He rubs his 
               hands on his face, just to make sure he still has feeling 
               left. On the table in front of him is a picture. It's the 
               one of Buffy, Willow and him that we've seen before. All 
               smiling and happy. Those were the days. But the days are 
               over. These are new days. Xander's life is changing so fast.

               Anya walks through the door. She's trying to carry a bag of 
               food while managing the crutch and her broken arm. Xander 
               doesn't see her at first. He's too caught up in the picture 
               and memories.

                                     ANYA
                         Hello? Help. Now. Please. I think I 
                         feel my severed bone coming through 
                         the skin.

               Xander looks up and sees her now. He goes to her and grabs 
               the bag.

                                     XANDER
                         Anya. Sorry. What are you doing here?

                                     ANYA
                         You haven't eaten in days. Your body 
                         is eating itself and making odd 
                         noises.

                                     XANDER
                         So you came to make me dinner?

               She smiles. It's not a really happy smile, since she's not 
               happy either. But it's a caring smile. He goes to her and 
               kisses her.

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                                     XANDER (CONT'D)
                         I love you.

                                     ANYA
                         I know. You showed me with the pretty 
                         ring.

               Xander smiles weakly.

                                     ANYA (CONT'D)
                         Xander, I want my ring now.
                              (then)
                         The world didn't end.

               Not literally, but Xander sure looks like it did. Anyway, he 
               pulls it's box out of his pocket. He opens it. She holds out 
               her hand. He puts the ring on it. They look into each other's 
               eyes.

               INT. DAWN'S DINING ROOM -- DAY

               Dawn is still sitting alone. So very alone.

               INT. GILES' APARTMENT -- DAY

               Giles is sitting alone in a chair. The room is dark. He's 
               not drinking or listening to music like he did with Joyce. 
               He just sits. Looking into an opened weapon trunk in front 
               of him. Stakes, knives, axes. All weapons of a slayer. On 
               the table rests a book with the title, "Vampyr". The same 
               one he showed her when he first met her.

                                     GILES
                         Into every generation, as Slayer is 
                         born. One girl, in all the world, a 
                         Chosen One. One born with the strength 
                         and skill to hunt the vampires...
                              (beat)
                         Why did you have to? You were so 
                         much more than I ever could have 
                         hoped for. More than a Slayer. More 
                         than a friend, Buffy. You were 
                         everything that I could have hoped 
                         for in a child.

               He tears up.

                                     GILES (CONT'D)
                         It didn't have to come to this. There 
                         must have been another way. You were 
                         right, but I was so sure that there 
                         was only one way to close the portal. 
                         Why couldn't I have listened? You 
                         died because I refused to listen to 
                         you. I never listened.

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               INT. DAWN'S DINING ROOM/LIVING ROOM -- DAY

               Dawn sits at the table, just like before. Silence. Alone. 
               There's a KNOCK at the door. Willow and Tara walk in. Dawn 
               looks back to see who it is. When she sees them, she walks 
               to them, breaking into tears and walking into Willow's open 
               arms.

               Willow brings her into the living room and they sit down. 
               Tara sits in a nearby chair.

                                     WILLOW
                         Oh, Dawn, I know it hurts.

               Willow finds herself crying again too.

                                     WILLOW (CONT'D)
                         It hurts a lot.

                                     TARA
                         You're not alone, Dawn.

                                     DAWN
                         I am alone. I have nobody left. Mom 
                         died. Buffy died. Dad just left. He 
                         doesn't even care. I have nothing 
                         left. Why bother living?

                                     WILLOW
                         Don't say that. You have stuff to 
                         live for, Dawn.

                                     DAWN
                         I hate this. I'm created. Put in 
                         this family with memories and love 
                         for people that aren't even my real 
                         family, then it's all ripped away 
                         from me. Why did those monks do this 
                         to me?

                                     WILLOW
                         They were your real family. Buffy 
                         was your real sister. She even said 
                         so herself. She told us all that you 
                         were made from her. You are a part 
                         of Buffy. And your blood was the 
                         same. Dawn, you might not have been 
                         here for real all this time. But 
                         they really were your family. And 
                         they loved you so much. The monks 
                         gave you this love. But it was real. 
                         And it was powerful. And you'll carry 
                         that with you forever. It was your 
                         gift.

               Dawn reacts badly to the word "gift".

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                                     DAWN
                         I hate gifts.

               Willow and Tara share a look.

                                     TARA
                         Dawn, is there anything I can get 
                         for you?

               Dawn shakes her head at first, but then changes her mind. 
               She looks at Tara.

                                     DAWN
                         Spike. I want Spike.

               Willow looks at Tara. Uh-oh.

                                     WILLOW
                         You want Spike?

                                     DAWN
                         He protects me.

                                     TARA
                         Um... Sweetie, I don't know if we 
                         can.

                                     DAWN
                         Why not? Where's Spike?

                                     WILLOW
                         Spike kinda left.

                                     DAWN
                         Left?

                                     TARA
                         We haven't seen him since...

                                     DAWN
                         He's gone too?

                                     WILLOW
                         Not gone-gone. Just slightly less 
                         here.

                                     DAWN
                         Everyone leaves.

               Long uncomfortable pause.

                                     TARA
                         We won't leave you.

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               INT. THE BRONZE -- NIGHT

               Angel, Cordelia and Wes sit at a table. MELLOW MUSIC PLAYS. 
               They're all sad. Depressed.

                                     CORDELIA
                         This place has changed.

                                     ANGEL
                         Yeah.

                                     CORDELIA
                         I guess everything has.

                                     WESLEY
                         Should we perhaps, maybe, go to see 
                         the others? Find out how they're 
                         doing?

                                     CORDELIA
                         I don't think we can. I'm not sure 
                         if we fit into this world anymore. 
                         Everything is so different now. Maybe 
                         we should just go.

               Just then, Xander and Anya walk in and see the group there. 
               They walk up to them.

                                     XANDER
                         I thought you guys left town.

                                     CORDELIA
                         We were about to.

                                     XANDER
                         Oh. Sure you don't wanna stay?

                                     CORDELIA
                         I don't know. I don't think we 
                         really...

                                     XANDER
                         It'd mean a lot to me, to all of us, 
                         if you'd stay.

               He and Cordy share a meaningful look. Not a romantic look, 
               but a bond.

                                     XANDER (CONT'D)
                         You are all still part of our group. 
                         You belong here with us.

               Xander looks to Angel.

                                     XANDER (CONT'D)
                         Even you.

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               Anya smiles.

                                     ANYA
                         Cordelia. Your hair is... anyway, I 
                         like your... shoes.

                                     CORDELIA
                         Thanks?

               Anya smiles at Xander, proud that she didn't say anything 
               wrong. Xander smiles back, though it's still a hollow smile. 
               He's still in pain.

                                     ANGEL
                         How is everyone holding up?

                                     XANDER
                         Dawn's freaking. Willow's taking it 
                         hard. Giles is pretty deep in depresso 
                         land. I can barely walk. Anya and 
                         Tara are dealing, but you can tell 
                         it hurts. And Spike broke down and 
                         left town.

                                     CORDELIA
                         Spike? What, he wanted to finish the 
                         job himself?

                                     XANDER
                         It wasn't like that.

               Xander looks at Angel and cuts himself off before he says 
               anything bad.

                                     ANYA
                         Spike was in love with Buffy.

                                     CORDELIA
                         What? I thought vampires were evil.

               Xander regrets that Angel heard that. Angel slowly stands up 
               and walks out of the club. Cordy moves like she might follow, 
               but Xander puts a hand on her arm.

                                     XANDER
                         Let it sink in for a while.

               INT. DAWN'S LIVING ROOM -- NIGHT

               Willow and Tara are still sitting with Dawn. Comforting her. 
               Being there with her. But the room still seems empty somehow.

                                     WILLOW
                         Dawn, you can't stay here alone.

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                                     DAWN
                         I'm not leaving. This is the only 
                         thing I have left.

                                     WILLOW
                         Well, then someone will stay with 
                         you.

                                     TARA
                         I--I can do it.

               Willow and Dawn look at Tara.

                                     TARA (CONT'D)
                         I mean, it's either this or I go 
                         back home for the summer and that's 
                         become a lot less appealing an idea 
                         since I turned my back on my family 
                         and kicked them out of my life. So I 
                         guess, um, what I'm saying is... 
                         could I stay here?

               Dawn looks at Tara. Slowly, she begins to nod. Tara's got a 
               home. She smiles at Dawn.

                                     WILLOW
                         It'll be fun. You guys can listen to 
                         music and dance and have smores and 
                         pizza and stuff. Like one long slumber 
                         party.

               Willow's jealous.

                                     WILLOW (CONT'D)
                         I can come over sometimes, right?

                                     DAWN
                         I don't feel like partying much right 
                         now.

                                     TARA
                         I know.

               EXT. THE BRONZE/STREET -- NIGHT

               Xander, Anya, Cordy and Wes are walking out of the Bronze. 
               The party inside is loud, but they're just not into it.

                                     XANDER
                         I thought it might help to be in a 
                         happy loud place tonight, but in the 
                         end, it was just loud and annoying.

                                     ANYA
                         Maybe we should go see Dawn. She 
                         must be scared.
                                     (MORE)

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                                     ANYA (CONT'D)
                         All alone and small and fragile. 
                         She's used to having a slayer around. 
                         Now any old vampire can come along 
                         and just snap her like a twig.

                                     CORDELIA
                         How's she holding up?

                                     XANDER
                         As good as can be expected, I guess.

                                     WESLEY
                         Poor girl. I wish there was something 
                         we could do to help.

                                     XANDER
                         I guess the only thing we can do is 
                         be there for her.

               They see a FLASH OF LIGHT coming from around the corner. 
               Confused, they rush up to the street. They see that Angel 
               hasn't gotten far. He's battling a dragon. The same dragon 
               that escaped the portal just before Buffy killed herself. 
               It's mid-air and Angel is on it's back punching it, but having 
               no effect. The flash of light that they saw comes from a 
               power line that the dragon must have hit. The wires are alive 
               and flashing with jolts of electricity.

                                     CORDELIA
                         What the hell is that thing?

                                     ANYA
                         It's a dragon. Are you blind?

               The dragon turns and flies straight into the sky and out of 
               view. Seconds later, Angel comes crashing to the ground, 
               hitting it with a painful thud.

                                     CORDELIA
                         Angel!

                                                                  FADE OUT:

                                      END OF ACT ONE

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                                                                        12.


                                         ACT TWO

               FADE IN:

               INT. XANDER'S APARTMENT -- NIGHT

               Angel is laying on the couch, hardly able to move. Xander, 
               Cordy, and Wes are standing around him. Anya is on the phone 
               in the kitchen area, but we don't hear what she's saying.

                                     CORDELIA
                              (to Angel)
                         How are you feeling?

                                     ANGEL
                         Like I was just dropped from a dragon 
                         who was flying a hundred feet in the 
                         air.

                                     CORDELIA
                         But that's not all that bad for a 
                         vampire, is it? I mean, you've fallen 
                         out windows and stuff before, right?

                                     ANGEL
                         I kinda landed funny this time.

                                     WESLEY
                         Yes, I noticed that.

                                     XANDER
                         Very observant, you are, Wes. Was it 
                         his bone poking out through his pants 
                         that tipped you off?

                                     ANGEL
                         I'll be fine in a day or two.

               Anya hangs up the phone and joins them.

                                     ANYA
                         I just talked to Giles. He's on his 
                         way.

                                     XANDER
                         What about the others?

                                     ANYA
                         They're with Dawn.

                                     XANDER
                         Don't bother them then.

                                     CORDELIA
                         Okay, so am I the only one wondering 
                         what we're supposed to do about the 
                         huge dragon?

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                                     WESLEY
                         I've never seen anything like it 
                         before.

                                     ANYA
                         It was probably freed when the portal 
                         was open. Y'know, like that alien 
                         species that took over city hall.

                                     CORDELIA
                         What is it with city hall in this 
                         town? Can't it ever just be normal 
                         people in there?

                                     WESLEY
                         We should probably research the 
                         dragon. I'm not sure if we'll have 
                         any luck, since it's not of this 
                         dimension, but it's worth a try.

                                     XANDER
                         Right. You and Giles can do that at 
                         the magic shop. Cordy, you stay here 
                         with Angel and keep him all comfy. 
                         Me and Anya will get Buffy and do a 
                         search of the caves and stuff like 
                         that. I'm guessing that this thing 
                         is pretty well hidden.

               Everyone falls silent. Xander doesn't even realize what he 
               just said. Then it hits him. The pain comes back.

                                     XANDER (CONT'D)
                         Oh man.

                                     ANGEL
                         It's a good plan. Just don't try 
                         anything heroic until we can fight 
                         this thing.

                                     XANDER
                         I didn't mean to...

                                     ANGEL
                         We know.

                                     ANYA
                         We should go.

               INT. THE MAGIC BOX -- NIGHT

               Giles and Wesley walk through the doors in a hurry. Giles 
               walks to a bookcase and starts looking through his books. 
               Wes just kinda stands there.

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                                     WESLEY
                         Um... I'm afraid I don't know where 
                         to start looking.

                                     GILES
                         Try the second level. It's where I 
                         keep the more dangerous books.

                                     WESLEY
                         Right.

               Wes starts to go up the stairs, but stops. He looks at Giles.

                                     WESLEY (CONT'D)
                         I want to tell you... I think you 
                         did a wonderful job with her. She 
                         was truly the finest.

               Giles looks at him. Touched.

                                     GILES
                         Thank you.

               Wes nods and continues up to the second level.

                                     WESLEY
                              (to himself)
                         A lot better than my slayer, I'd 
                         say.

               EXT. WOODS -- NIGHT

               Xander and Anya walk slowly through the woods. Anya is holding 
               a stake. Xander is holding a battle ax.

                                     ANYA
                         How much farther?

                                     XANDER
                         I think we're almost there. It's 
                         hard to tell.

               They walk a bit more. Anya wants to say something, but isn't 
               sure how. She begins to say it, but then stops. Finally, she 
               just says it.

                                     ANYA
                         I miss her too, you know.

               Xander stops walking.

                                     XANDER
                         I know.

                                     ANYA
                         It hurts.
                                     (MORE)

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                                     ANYA (CONT'D)
                         It hurts that she's gone and we'll 
                         all die now. But it also hurts because 
                         I see the pain in your eyes and I 
                         don't like it.

               Xander doesn't know how to reply.

                                     ANYA (CONT'D)
                         You can talk about it. To me. If you 
                         need to.

                                     XANDER
                         I might take you up on that offer. I 
                         have a lot to let go of.
                              (beat)
                         But we have to hunt now.

                                     ANYA
                         Right.

               They walk more.

                                     ANYA (CONT'D)
                         But you will talk, right?

               INT. DAWN'S LIVING ROOM -- NIGHT

               Willow, and Tara are still sitting. Dawn is now resting her 
               head on Willow's lap. Willow is running her hand through 
               Dawn's hair. The tv is on, but nobody's really paying 
               attention to it. Dawn is almost falling asleep.

                                     WILLOW
                              (mouthed only, to 
                              Tara)
                         She's almost asleep.

               Tara nods. It's good that Dawn will be able to sleep. Dawn's 
               eyes close.

               Then there's a LOUD KNOCK on the door. Dawn jumps up, awake 
               as ever. Willow and Tara frown a little.

                                     WILLOW (CONT'D)
                         I'll get it.

               Willow walks to the front door and opens it. It's Cordy and 
               Angel (Cordy's holding Angel up).

                                     WILLOW (CONT'D)
                         Cordelia. Angel. What are you doing 
                         here?

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                                     CORDELIA
                         Well, I got nurse duty with vamp boy 
                         here, and got bored sitting around 
                         Xander's place. So I thought we'd 
                         drop in and see how Dawn was doing.

                                     WILLOW
                         Oh. Well, come in then.

               Cordy and Angel start to walk in, but Angel hits the invisible 
               vampire barrier. He's confused at first, but not for long.

                                     WILLOW (CONT'D)
                         I thought you could come in here.

                                     ANGEL
                         I could. Before... I mean, Buffy 
                         invited me and she...

                                     WILLOW
                              (sad)
                         Doesn't live here anymore.

               Tara joins them at the door.

                                     TARA
                         Come in.

               Angel tries again, and is a little surprised to get in.

                                     ANGEL
                         You live here?

                                     WILLOW
                         She's staying with Dawn for a while.

               They walk into the living room. Cordy puts Angel in a chair. 
               Dawn sees Cordy. Cordy walks to her. Dawn stands up and hugs 
               her.

                                     CORDELIA
                         How are you?

               Dawn replies only with a shrug. After Dawn hugs Cordy she 
               looks at Angel. Obviously never the best of friends. But she 
               goes and hugs him anyway. They share their love of Buffy.

                                     DAWN
                         Are you guys staying in town?

                                     CORDELIA
                         Only for a while. I think we're 
                         heading back day after tomorrow, or 
                         as soon as this dragon thing is taken 
                         care of.

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                                     WILLOW
                         Dragon?

                                     CORDELIA
                         It's what tossed Angel.

               Willow now notices that Cordy is looking at Tara.

                                     WILLOW
                         Oh, Cordy, Angel, this is Tara.

                                     CORDELIA
                         Is she your...?

                                     WILLOW
                         Yeah.

               Cordy goes to Tara and gives her a "Welcome ot he family" 
               hug.

                                     CORDELIA
                         It's good to meet you.

                                     TARA
                         You too.

                                     DAWN
                         Dragon. I saw one of those come out 
                         of the portal just before...

                                     WILLOW
                         Yeah, a lot of things got out that 
                         night. I guess we'll have to clean 
                         up the town.

                                     CORDELIA
                         Xander and Anya went to look for 
                         it's home. Wes and Giles are 
                         researching.

                                     WILLOW
                         I might be able to work a spell to 
                         help fight it when the time comes.
                              (looks at Tara)
                         Both of us, I mean. And maybe we can 
                         find a spell to just send all the 
                         things back to wherever they come 
                         from.

                                     DAWN
                         Can I help?

                                     TARA
                         Dawn, I don't know if you should.

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                                     DAWN
                         I want to. Please. I really need to 
                         get my mind someplace that doesn't 
                         involve crying and pain.

               Willow and Tara exchange a look. Should they?

                                     CORDELIA
                         I think she should. I mean, it might 
                         help.

               Willow and Tara still look at each other. Did they even hear 
               Cor?

                                     ANGEL
                         I agree.

               Finally, Willow decides.

                                     WILLOW
                         Okay. You can help us with this. But 
                         the second it gets dangerous, you 
                         get your butt out of there. Got it?

                                     DAWN
                         Got it.

                                     WILLOW
                         I'll call Giles and see what we can 
                         do.

                                     CORDELIA
                         Dawn, kitchen.

               Dawn and Cordy head off into the kitchen.

               INT. DAWN'S KITCHEN -- DAY

               Cordy sits on the counter. She motions for Dawn to sit next 
               to her.

                                     DAWN
                         Did you wanna say something?

                                     CORDELIA
                         I just wanted to see how you were 
                         doing.

                                     DAWN
                         I'm okay, I guess.

                                     CORDELIA
                         Dawn, remember when you and me would 
                         hang out while Buffy and the others 
                         were off slaying or whatever and 
                         your mom was out?

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               Dawn looks at the ground.

                                     DAWN
                         Yeah.

                                     CORDELIA
                         I was always honest with you. I 
                         thought you would always be honest 
                         with me too. We're friends. You don't 
                         have to put on an act. I know you 
                         hurt.

                                     DAWN
                         I don't know what you want me to 
                         say.

                                     CORDELIA
                              (beat)
                         Okay, when I moved out to LA and 
                         first met up with Angel, I knew this 
                         guy. Doyle. He was a good friend... 
                         okay, he was annoying sometimes and 
                         kinda smelled funny, but he was still 
                         a good friend.

               She takes a breath. It's still kinda touchy with her.

                                     CORDELIA (CONT'D)
                         Just when I started to see something 
                         more with him, he died. He killed 
                         himself to save Angel, me, and a 
                         bunch of other good demons. Dawn, it 
                         was one of, if not the hardest thing 
                         that ever happened to me.
                              (beat)
                         I can't pretend to know what you 
                         feel right now. But I know that it 
                         hurts. A lot. And people will tell 
                         you that it's gonna be okay. But, 
                         let's face it, that doesn't help.

               Dawn starts to tear up.

                                     CORDELIA (CONT'D)
                         You don't have to hide what you really 
                         do feel from me. I know it hurts. It 
                         hurts for me too. And it hurts for 
                         everyone else, but they're trying to 
                         be strong for you. Buffy was a good 
                         friend. I hadn't talked to her in a 
                         while, but I still felt like she was 
                         one of the few people I could always 
                         count on. And aside from that thing 
                         on her face, she was always my biggest 
                         competition for best looking.

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                                                                        20.


                                     DAWN
                         You saw the thing too? I thought I 
                         was the only one.

               INT. THE MAGIC BOX -- NIGHT

               Giles hangs up the phone and returns to the table where Wes 
               is poured over several books at once.

                                     GILES
                         Cordelia and Angel went to Buffy's 
                         house.

                                     WESLEY
                         How is Dawn?

                                     GILES
                         I'm not sure. She tries to be strong, 
                         but the look in her eyes. I don't 
                         know what I can do for her.

                                     WESLEY
                         Where will she stay?

                                     GILES
                         I'm not sure. Tara will stay with 
                         her at the house for a while, but 
                         after that, I don't know where she'll 
                         end up.

                                     WESLEY
                         Poor girl.

                                     GILES
                         Yes, well... we haven't time to think 
                         about that now. Have you found 
                         anything?

                                     WESLEY
                         There are several references to 
                         dragons in these books.

                                     GILES
                         How do we stop it?

                                     WESLEY
                         It says that the only way would be 
                         to pierce it's heart with a sword 
                         blessed by a knight.

                                     GILES
                         Great. And how shall we go about 
                         that?

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                                     WESLEY
                         One type of demon also possesses the 
                         ability to blend into it's 
                         surroundings. Do you know what type 
                         of dragon it is?

                                     GILES
                         All we know for sure is that it comes 
                         from another dimension. But there 
                         are countless dimensions, I can't 
                         tell which one. 

                                     WESLEY
                         There must be some way to get 
                         information on this creature.

               Giles thinks for a moment. He gets an idea.

                                     GILES
                         There might be one way.

               EXT. FOREST -- NIGHT

               Anya is holding onto Xander's arm as they walk.

                                     ANYA
                         We should have it outside, with 
                         flowers all around and I can have my 
                         hair up and all pretty with those 
                         annoying little white flower things 
                         in it.

                                     XANDER
                         Huh?

                                     ANYA
                         The wedding. And we can pass out 
                         parasols to all the vampire guests 
                         do they don't burst into flames and 
                         ruin everything.

                                     XANDER
                         Vampires? I can think of one who is 
                         on my "maybe" list.

                                     ANYA
                         Well we have to invite Spike, and 
                         Angel.

                                     XANDER
                         Spike? At my wedding? How about not?

                                     ANYA
                         Spike has to come. He's a friend.

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      >Pete's Dragon.

                                     DAWN
                         Oh, I like that movie.

                                     CORDELIA
                         Who is Pete?

                                     TARA
                         I need a nap.

               EXT. FOREST -- NIGHT

               ANGLE : XANDER, GILES AND ANYA

               Walking through the woods. Looking for the dragon. Xander 
               has the sword.

                                     XANDER
                         This is some fun dragon hunting.

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                                     ANYA
                         Maybe if we called it. Y'know, like 
                         you'd call a cat?
                              (beat)
                         Here dragon, dragon, dragon.

                                     GILES
                         Somehow, I don't think that will 
                         work.

                                     ANYA
                         I don't see you doing anything to 
                         help.

               ANGLE : WILLOW, ANGEL AND WESLEY

               Also walking. Also looking.

                                     WESLEY
                         Are we sure that the dragon is, in 
                         fact, back from where you sent it?

                                     WILLOW
                         Pretty sure.

                                     WESLEY
                         So where is it? Why didn't it 
                         materialize where it vanished from?

                                     WILLOW
                         It's not a science, Wes.

                                     ANGEL
                         I don't see it anywhere.

               Wes starts to limp a little.

                                     WESLEY
                         Great. There's a pebble in my shoe.

               They stop walking. Wesley leans against an unusually scaly 
               rock and takes off his shoe. He shakes the pebble out and 
               puts the shoe back on.

                                     WESLEY (CONT'D)
                         Right then. Back to the search.

                                     WILLOW
                         Wes, I don't mean to alarm you or 
                         anything, but...

               Willow points to the rock that Wes leaned on. Wes turns around 
               and realizes that it is, in fact, the dragon. It is still 
               and silent. He jumps back.

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                                     ANGEL
                         Don't make a noise. I think it's 
                         asleep.

                                     WESLEY
                              (whispered)
                         We should get the others.

                                     WILLOW
                              (whispered)
                         I'll go.

               Willow starts to gently creep off to get the others. She 
               trips on what looks like a log at first, and falls. She then 
               realizes that she tripped on the tail of the dragon. The 
               dragon wakes up. It's angry.

               ANGLE : XANDER, GILES AND ANYA

               A SCREAM is heard. They run to see what's happening.

               ANGLE : WILLOW, ANGEL AND WESLEY

               Angel is trying to fight the dragon. The dragon is waving 
               it's tail at him and trying to hit him with it's short arms. 
               It hit's Angel with it's tail and he goes flying into a tree. 
               He tries to get up, but he can't. His leg is hurt again. The 
               dragon turns it's attention to Wesley and Willow just as 
               Xander, Giles and Anya join them. The dragon knocks Wesley 
               down easily. Xander tries to hit it with the sword, but can't 
               get a good shot. He cuts it a couple times, but spends most 
               of his time avoiding the tail and arms.

               Giles, Anya and Willow try to attack at the dragon's other 
               side while Xander has it distracted. The dragon realizes 
               this, and spreads it's wings. All three of them are thrown.

               The dragon hits Xander too now. He goes down, dropping the 
               sword. The dragon puts it's head right in Xander's face and 
               ROARS LOUDLY.

                                     ANYA
                         Xander!

               Willow sees that Xander is in danger. She closes her eyes 
               for a moment. When they open, they are solid black. A drop 
               of blood drips from her nose.

               The sword begins to float. The dragon doesn't see it. Wes 
               and Angel see this.

                                     WESLEY
                              (amazed)
                         My word.

                                     ANGEL
                         Her eyes.

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                                                                        46.


               Xander tries to crawl out of the dragon's way, but the dragon 
               stays on him.

                                     XANDER
                         Help. Help would be very helpful.

                                     ANYA
                         It's okay, sweetie. Willow's doing 
                         that scary eye thing again.

               The sword shoots through the air, powered by Willow's mind. 
               The dragon opens it's mouth to rip Xander apart, but it 
               doesn't get a chance. The sword digs into it's back, almost 
               totally inside the dragon. The dragon HOWLS IN PAIN. It drops 
               to the ground, dead.

               Xander, Anya, Giles, Willow (eyes back to normal) and Wes 
               get to their feet. Wes helps Angel up. They all gather near 
               the dragon's body.

                                     WESLEY
                         Willow, that power was... 
                         extraordinary.

               Willow wipes the blood under her nose.

                                     WILLOW
                         Kinda cool, huh?

               Wesley and Giles share a look. Not really thinking it's all 
               that cool.

                                     XANDER
                         So what do we do with this thing 
                         now?

                                     GILES
                         That's a... good question.

                                     ANYA
                         I have an idea.

               EXT. THE MAGIC BOX -- DAY

               Dozens of people are gathered around the shop. Smoke gently 
               blows into view. We slowly FOLLOW THE SMOKE back to a grill. 
               Giles is cooking on it, in front of the store. A banner hangs 
               behind him it reads : "FREE BURGERS"

               Xander and Willow stand near Giles.

                                     XANDER
                         This is going pretty well.

                                     WILLOW
                         People seem to like them.

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                                                                        47.


               Tara walks up and holds a burger out to Willow.

                                     TARA
                         They're good.

                                     WILLOW
                         I think I'll pass.

               Tara shrugs and hands the burger to Xander who takes it 
               happily.

               INT. THE MAGIC BOX -- DAY

               The shop is packed. People with burgers browsing and buying. 
               Anya is behind the counter, ringing them up. Dawn and Cordelia 
               are sitting on stools behind her.

                                     ANYA
                         This is working out very well.

                                     DAWN
                         What better way to attract customers 
                         than free food?

                                     CORDELIA
                         Some people... they'll do anything 
                         for a freebie. Some people actually 
                         let perfect strangers into their 
                         homes with just the thought of 
                         something free.

                                     DAWN
                         And you'd never do that?

                                     CORDELIA
                         Me? Please. I'm way too smart for 
                         that.

                                     DAWN
                         Today's been fun.

               She suddenly snaps out of happy mode so fast, she could get 
               whiplash.

                                     DAWN (CONT'D)
                         I wish Buffy was here to see it.

               Cordelia puts a hand on Dawn's shoulder. 

               EXT. THE MAGIC BOX -- DAY

               Back with Willow, Xander, Giles and Tara. It's somber.

                                     WILLOW
                         It's not fair. She should be here.

               Xander puts his arm around Willow.

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               EXT. GRAVEYARD -- NIGHT

               Angel limps through the grave yard. He's holding flowers. He 
               finally reached Buffy's grave. He notices that a single red 
               rose has been placed on the grave, among many other flowers... 
               this is the only rose. The other flowers are wilting, but 
               the rose is fresh. Angel puts his flowers down and picks up 
               the rose. He looks around to see if anyone else is there 
               that might have placed the rose on the grave. But nobody is 
               around. He puts it back where it was. No big deal.

               He lowers onto his good knee.

                                     ANGEL
                         I... I'm not sure what I'm supposed 
                         to say here. I don't visit many 
                         graves.
                              (beat)
                         It's still strange to me that you're 
                         gone. I guess it hasn't really hit 
                         me yet, since we've been apart for 
                         so long. But...

               He looks at the name on the tombstone. He looks at it for a 
               long moment, and finally touches the name with his fingers.

                                     ANGEL (CONT'D)
                         I miss you. I have for a long time, 
                         I guess. I just always thought we'd 
                         have another chance at some point.
                              (beat)
                         Maybe if I didn't leave. Maybe you 
                         wouldn't have had to do this.

               He takes a moment to gather himself.

                                     ANGEL (CONT'D)
                         You shouldn't be in there, Buffy. 
                         It's not right. You belong here. 
                         Living. Having fun with your friends. 
                         Falling in love. Having a family. It 
                         shouldn't have to end like this. 
                         It's too soon.

               He stays there. Not knowing what happens next. 

               INT. DAWN'S LIVING ROOM -- DAY

               It's later. Dawn and Tara are relaxing in front of the tv. 
               Willow calls to them from the kitchen.

                                     WILLOW (O.S.)
                         Anyone need anything?

                                     TARA
                              (calling back to Willow)
                         Water would be good.

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                                                                        49.


                                     WILLOW (O.S.)
                         Dawn?

                                     DAWN
                              (calling back)
                         I'm okay.

                Willow comes back into the room a moment later. She's holding 
               a bag of chips, a can of soda, and Tara's water. She hands 
               Tara the water.

                                     TARA
                         Thanks.

                                     WILLOW
                         So what are we watching?

                                     DAWN
                         Breakfast Club.

                                     WILLOW
                         Ooh, I love this movie. I used to 
                         have a crush on Emilio Estevez.

               Tara smiles.

                                     DAWN
                         Why?

               Willow can't answer. She's stumped.

                                     TARA
                         When I was a kid, I wanted to be 
                         Molly Ringwald. I wanted to have 
                         short red hair, and wear lip gloss 
                         and dance.

                                     DAWN
                         When I was a kid, I wanted to be 
                         Daphne, from Scooby Doo. She was 
                         pretty and got to hang around with a 
                         talking dog.

               Tara laughs. Dawn grabs some chips from Willow's bag.

                                     TARA
                         Who did you want to be, Willow?

                                     WILLOW
                         Nobody. I was happy being me.

                                     TARA
                         C'mon, you had to have wanted to be 
                         someone.

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                                                                        50.


                                     WILLOW
                         Nobody comes to mind. Hey, look, a 
                         movie! It's the Breakfast Club. I 
                         love this movie. Used to have a crush 
                         on Emilio Estevez, you know? 

                                     DAWN
                         C'mon. Please.

               Willow gives in.

                                     WILLOW
                         Fine. When I was a kid, I wanted to 
                         be Olivia Newton John.

                                     TARA
                         Why?

                                     WILLOW
                         Because, she was pretty and danced.

               But that's so not the real reason.

                                     DAWN
                         Didn't Xander tell me once that he 
                         had a crush on Olivia Newton John?

                                     WILLOW
                         Did he? Huh... go figure.

               The DOORBELL RINGS.

                                     WILLOW (CONT'D)
                              (relieved)
                         Doorbell.                                              *

                                     TARA
                         I'll get it.

               Tara goes to the door and opens it.

                                     TARA (CONT'D)
                         Can I help you?

               ANGLE : WOMAN AT THE DOOR

               The woman is dressed in a black suit and is holding a file 
               folder filled with papers.

                                     WOMAN
                         Hello. My name is Dora Yunn. I'm 
                         with Social Services. Child and family 
                         services department. I'm looking 
                         for...

               She checks the name in her files.

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                                                                        51.


                                     WOMAN (CONT'D)
                         ...Dawn Summers.

                                     TARA
                         You're here to take Dawn.

               It's not a question that Tara is asking. It's just her 
               realizing this out loud.

               We keep on Tara's stunned and scared face as we...

                                                                  FADE OUT:

                

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