TEASER

               FADE IN:

               INT. WATCHERS COUNCIL BUILDING - GILES' OFFICE - DAY

               GILES walks into his office and quickly grabs the phone as 
               he sits down at the desk. He dials a number and puts the 
               phone to his ear.

                                     GILES
                              (beat)
                         Yes, this is Rupert Giles again. I 
                         was wondering if you've heard from 
                         Mr. Hewitt.
                              (beat)
                         Right.
                              (beat)
                         Well, have you actually gone into 
                         his office?
                              (beat)
                         No? Well, why don't you do that now?
                              (beat)
                         On my authority. I'm fairly certain 
                         that I outrank you.
                              (beat)
                         Yes, I'll hold.

               Giles sits in silence, waiting for the other person to come 
               back to the phone. As he sits, MARGE walks into the room 
               with SAMPSON close behind her. She sees Giles on the phone, 
               so tries to remain quiet.

                                     GILES (CONT'D)
                         Close the door please, Sampson.

               Sampson closes the door.

                                     MARGE
                         Have you heard anything yet?

                                     GILES
                         I'm on hold now.

                                     MARGE
                         Well, I've checked all of his credit 
                         cards. No charges since yesterday 
                         afternoon.

                                     SAMPSON
                         I'm sorry, but... I just mean... Are 
                         we supposed to be checking our boss' 
                         credit cards?

                                     MARGE
                         Why do you think we closed the door?

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                                                                         2.


                                     SAMPSON
                         Right.
                              (beat)
                         Okay.
                              (to self)
                         I'm so getting fired for this.

               Giles puts up a finger so that the others will hold on a 
               moment.

                                     GILES
                              (into phone)
                         Yes?
                              (beat)
                         And nobody noticed this before?
                              (beat)
                         Okay. Get all of the security footage 
                         from last night to my office as soon 
                         as you can. I want everything from 
                         sundown until this morning.
                              (beat)
                         As far as you're concerned, I'm in 
                         charge until we find out where Mr. 
                         Hewitt is. Get me those tapes.
                              (beat)
                         Then get the bloody files!

               Giles hangs up the phone. He turns to Marge.

                                     GILES (CONT'D)
                         Hewitt's not been seen since last 
                         night. His access card was used to 
                         get into the building, but nobody 
                         knows where he is and his office 
                         looks like something might have 
                         happened.

                                     MARGE
                         Like what?

               Giles doesn't answer.

                                     MARGE (CONT'D)
                         Do you think he's dead?

                                     GILES
                         I think we have work to do.

               INT. WATCHERS COUNCIL BUILDING - GILES' OFFICE - LATER

               Giles is on the phone again, pacing across the room.

               Sampson is sitting at Giles' desk with a laptop in front of 
               him. There are several DVDs scattered around the desk and 
               Sampson is watching the security videos from the night before.

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                                                                         3.


                                     GILES
                              (into phone)
                         Keep me updated.

               Giles hangs up the phone.

                                     GILES (CONT'D)
                         Damnit.
                              (turns to Sampson)
                         Well, we have absolutely no clues. 
                         Nothing we could possibly use to 
                         find Hewitt. How 'bout the video?

                                     SAMPSON
                         Aside from the ability to watch three 
                         feeds at once, I've found nothing. 
                         I'm not even sure what we're looking 
                         for.

                                     GILES
                         Is Hewitt on the tape?

                                     SAMPSON
                         Yeah. Nothing unusual though. Probably 
                         just went out for a bite to eat and 
                         came back.

                                     GILES
                         Show me.

               Giles walks around the desk for a better view.

               ANGLE ON : THE LAPTOP SCREEN

               Sampson pulls up the video of the building's lobby and drags 
               the time indicator bar back from the end of the video to 
               somewhere in the middle, rewinding the video as he does.

               Sampson starts to speed up the video.

                                     SAMPSON
                         I think he comes in a little after 
                         this. I'll speed it up.

                                     GILES
                         Wait. Rewind that last part. Just a 
                         few moments back.

               Sampson rewinds the video. He plays it again. Giles points 
               to the screen.

                                     GILES (CONT'D)
                         There. Is it possible to- uhm - "zoom 
                         in" on that section?

                                     SAMPSON
                         Yeah. Just a sec.

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                                                                         4.


               Sampson zooms in and plays the video.

               As the video plays, DRUSILLA can be seen walking through the 
               lobby, passing a GUARD without him noticing.  She's in the 
               background of the video, so it's hard to make her out.

               Giles straightens up.

                                     GILES
                         Dear lord.

                                     SAMPSON
                         Do you know that woman?

                                     GILES
                         That's not a woman.

                                     SAMPSON
                         I'm sorry?

                                     GILES
                         It's a vampire. Drusilla.

               Sampson's eyes widen a bit as he takes a closer look at the 
               screen.

                                     SAMPSON
                         That's Drusilla?

               Giles doesn't respond. He's too busy dialing the phone.

                                     GILES
                              (beat, then into the 
                              phone)
                         Yes, it's me again. I need another 
                         locator spell.
                              (beat)
                         The vampire, Drusilla. I need to 
                         know where she is or where she might 
                         be going.

               INT. AIRPLANE CARGO HOLD - DAY

               Drusilla is sitting on a crate, looking carefully at her 
               fingernails.

                                     DRUSILLA
                         Do you like the world, my precious?

               HEWITT is in human face, and a little scruffy. He is pacing 
               in front of her.

                                     HEWITT
                         Why did you do this? Why now?

                                     DRUSILLA
                         Because it was time. I could feel 
                         the hourglass running out of sand.

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                                                                         5.


                                     HEWITT
                         We aren't ready. There was so much 
                         to do. Information that needed to be 
                         gathered.

                                     DRUSILLA
                         Oh, there's time for that. Lot's of 
                         time.
                              (leans in and whispers)
                         I turned the hourglass over when you 
                         weren't looking.

                                     HEWITT
                         You stupid, stupid girl.

               Dru begins to moan and stands up, not liking what she's 
               hearing.

                                     HEWITT (CONT'D)
                         I should have known better than to 
                         organize with the likes of you.

               Drusilla slowly walks to Hewitt and slaps him, leaving a 
               SLASH ACROSS HIS FACE. The blood drips down.

                                     DRUSILLA
                         Enough from you.

               She takes a step back.

                                     DRUSILLA (CONT'D)
                         I have walked this world longer than 
                         you. Don't you forget that. I planned 
                         and plotted and wreaked havok across 
                         the globe for a century before you 
                         were born. I shan't be spoken down 
                         to!

               She takes a moment to gather herself, and then slowly walks 
               back toward Hewitt.

                                     DRUSILLA (CONT'D)
                         All the plans are in place. All the 
                         soldiers are gathering and they'll 
                         need a mum and a daddy to teach them 
                         right from wrong. All is ready for 
                         us when we reach the Hellmouth.

                                     HEWITT
                         If they discover that I'm dead, do 
                         you really think that they'll send 
                         me the files I need?

               Drusilla wipes the blood from his cheek as she giggles. She 
               licks the blood from her hand as she sits back down.

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                                                                         6.


                                     DRUSILLA
                         Your math is wrong. You've 
                         overestimated them.

               She lies down.

                                     DRUSILLA (CONT'D)
                         Now, rest. We have a long night ahead 
                         of us.

               Dru closes her eyes and goes to sleep. Hewitt watches her 
               for a moment, still unsure.

                                                             FADE TO BLACK:

                                      END OF TEASER

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                                                                         7.


                                         ACT ONE

               FADE IN:

               INT. WILLOW AND XANDER'S HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - MORNING

               The sun is just about to rise, giving the room the glow of 
               pre-dawn (no pun intended... which you'll get in a second). 
               WILLOW is standing at the window, looking out.

               She turns back to look at XANDER, who is sitting in the chair, 
               laptop open on his lap. He types a little. He's new to it, 
               so he's still a little slow.

                                     XANDER
                         Here yet?

                                     WILLOW
                         No.
                              (beat)
                         Would have been faster if she just 
                         took the plane.

               Willow sits on the couch.

                                     WILLOW (CONT'D)
                         And she never did explain just how 
                         she could drive here. Do they allow 
                         cars in your baggage?

                                     XANDER
                              (not paying attention)
                         Mm-hmm.

                                     WILLOW
                         You're not listening to me.

                                     XANDER
                         You're right.

               Xander clicks a button and sits back.

                                     XANDER (CONT'D)
                         Because I was busy putting the 
                         finishing touches on my report for 
                         Mr. Hewitt.

                                     WILLOW
                         You finished? The whole thing?

                                     XANDER
                         Pretty much. I have some T's to dot 
                         and some I's to cross, but the basic 
                         concept is there.

                                     WILLOW
                         So you can have fun with Dawn and 
                         me?

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                                                                         8.


                                     XANDER
                         I'm all yours.

               Willow smiles she walks to him.

                                     WILLOW
                         Damn straight, you are.

               She takes the laptop and puts it on a table, then falls into 
               his lap. She kisses him, then puts her head on his shoulder.

                                     WILLOW (CONT'D)
                         I'm tired.

                                     XANDER
                         Staying up all night will do that to 
                         a person.

                                     WILLOW
                         Not a me person though. I'm supposed 
                         to be able to stay up all night, 
                         then still be productive the next 
                         day. It's what I've always done.

                                     XANDER
                         Or what you used to do. Face it, 
                         sweet, we're out of the game. We're 
                         old.

                                     WILLOW
                         Speak for yourself. I'm still hip 
                         and young.

               Xander pats her head gently.

                                     XANDER
                         Young, maybe. I don't think either 
                         one of us ever qualified as hip.

               Willow doesn't respond. She's too busy falling asleep.

               INT. RYAN'S CAR - MORNING

               DAWN and RYAN are still driving. They're in a more residential 
               neighborhood now. Dawn's mid-story.

                                     DAWN
                         So then she died and it was all 
                         dramatic and stuff. For a while I 
                         had a robot Buffy for a sister.

                                     RYAN
                         Seriously?

                                     DAWN
                         Yeah. We eventually got Buffy back 
                         though. There was a spell... I'm 
                         still not sure about specifics.

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                                                                         9.


               Ryan nods as he accepts this information. He's not sure how 
               else to react to it.

               Dawn looks over and sees that he's having trouble processing 
               it.

                                     DAWN (CONT'D)
                         Are you okay? I'm not freaking you 
                         out, am I?

                                     RYAN
                         Yeah, a little.

                                     DAWN
                         Just a little?

                                     RYAN
                         Actually, a lot. I was do the guy 
                         thing where we downplay. I mean, I 
                         knew that there were all of these 
                         demons and monsters and stuff, but 
                         this is just... A lot.

                                     DAWN
                         Yeah.
                              (beat)
                         So, is this the part where you push 
                         me out of the car and head for the 
                         hills?

               Ryan glances over when he hears the concern in Dawn's voice.

                                     RYAN
                         I'm not going anywhere. We've already 
                         tried that once, remember? Didn't 
                         work too well.

               Dawn smiles. There's a long silence before she looks out the 
               window again.

                                     DAWN
                         We're almost there. Take a right.

               INT. WILLOW AND XANDER'S HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - MORNING

               Willow and Xander are both asleep now. The SLAMMING OF A CAR 
               DOOR wakes them up.

                                     WILLOW
                         I'm up! I didn't fall asleep.

                                     XANDER
                              (rubbing eyes)
                         I believe you, dear.

               Willow stands and looks at her watch as she heads for the 
               window again. She glances out, then turns back to Xander.

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                                                                        10.


                                     WILLOW
                         She's here!

               Xander gets up. They both head for the door.

                                     WILLOW (CONT'D)
                         And she's with a guy.

                                     XANDER
                         She has a guy?

                                     WILLOW
                         I didn't see his face.

               EXT. WILLOW AND XANDER'S HOUSE - DAY

               Dawn stands on the sidewalk as Ryan grabs her bags from the 
               trunk. He closes it and looks up at the house.

                                     RYAN
                         So, this is your old house? It's 
                         nice.

                                     DAWN
                         Yeah. It really is.

               They head for the door. As they get close, it opens. Willow 
               and Xander walk out. They see Dawn first. Everyone smiles 
               and hugs.

                                     WILLOW
                         Dawnie!

                                     DAWN
                         Hey.

               After she hugs Willow, Dawn grabs her hand and looks at her 
               engagement ring.

                                     DAWN (CONT'D)
                         Wow.

                                     WILLOW
                         I know.

                                     DAWN
                         Can I have it?

                                     WILLOW
                         Not really.

               Xander sees Ryan. He's a little surprised.

                                     XANDER
                         Ryan. You're... Ryan.

                                     RYAN
                         Hi.

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                                                                        11.


               Xander shakes Ryan's hand as he turns back to Dawn.

                                     XANDER
                         How did you... Ryan?

                                     DAWN
                         We kinda bumped into each other at 
                         the airport.

                                     WILLOW
                         Just like that?

               Willow turns to Ryan.

                                     WILLOW (CONT'D)
                         Hey. Are we hugs?

                                     RYAN
                         I'm game if you are.

               Willow smiles and hugs Ryan.

                                     WILLOW
                         Not that I'm not happy to see you, 
                         but didn't you guys kinda end on bad 
                         terms?

                                     XANDER
                         Yeah. Something about "don't come 
                         back." Which I don't think you 
                         actually had the authority to say.

                                     DAWN
                         It's okay. We talked.

               They start to walk into the house.

                                     DAWN (CONT'D)
                         Actually, we talked a lot.
                              (beat)
                         About everything.

                                     WILLOW
                         Everything?

                                     DAWN
                         Yuh-huh.

               Xander turns to Ryan.

                                     XANDER
                         Freaked?

                                     RYAN
                         I've known about the vampires and 
                         stuff for a while now.
                              (beat)
                         Ball of energy part's new.

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                                                                        12.


               Xander pats him on the back as they enter the house.

                                     XANDER
                         Welcome to the club.

               Once they're in the house, they close the door behind them.

               INT. WILLOW AND XANDER'S HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - MORNING

               Willow leads the way into the living room. As the others 
               follow behind them, Dawn takes a good look around.

                                     DAWN
                         Wow. The place has changed.

                                     WILLOW
                         Is it weird being here?

                                     DAWN
                         No. Different, but not weird.

                                     XANDER
                         You guys hungry? We have some stuff, 
                         or we could go out.

                                     WILLOW
                         No fair. You have all the fun and I 
                         still have to go to work.

                                     XANDER
                         You could always ditch school.

                                     WILLOW
                         Yeah, and that's a great way to kick 
                         off the new gig.

                                     DAWN
                         Actually, I'm a little tired.

                                     WILLOW
                         Right. 'Cause of the flying and 
                         driving and stuff.

                                     XANDER
                         Let's not forget the demon killing.

                                     WILLOW
                         Right. So, yeah. You should rest. I 
                         should work. Then we can do dinner 
                         or something.

                                     DAWN
                         On me. I owe you guys a celebration 
                         meal.

               Ryan smiles. Dawn notices this.

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                                                                        13.


                                     DAWN (CONT'D)
                         What? What did I say?

                                     RYAN
                         Nothing. We're just back to the big 
                         "who's paying" debate.
                              (to Xander)
                         Didn't end so well last time.

                                     XANDER
                         If you say so.

                                     DAWN
                         So, where are we sleeping.

                                     WILLOW
                         Right this way.

               Willow takes Dawn's bag and leads the way up the stairs.

               The others follow.

                                     DAWN
                         Such service.
                              (to Ryan)
                         Remind me to tip.

               INT. WILLOW AND XANDER'S HOUSE - UPSTAIRS HALL - MORNING

               Willow walks to the door of Dawn's room and opens it.

                                     WILLOW
                         Your room is still your room.

                                     XANDER
                         Haven't touched a thing. Well, except 
                         that the bed's inflatable now, and 
                         it's kinda my office.

                                     DAWN
                         Okay.

               Dawn looks through the doorway.

                                     DAWN (CONT'D)
                         Your office still has all of my 
                         posters in it. That's a little weird.

                                     XANDER
                         I've been meaning to redecorate. 
                         Just haven't had time.

                                     DAWN
                         Well, at least I won't have that 
                         weird feeling you get when you're 
                         sleeping in someone elses' house.

               Willow puts Dawn's bag down just inside the door.

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                                                                        14.


                                     DAWN (CONT'D)
                         Where can Ryan sleep?

                                     WILLOW
                         Oh... Uhm...

                                     XANDER
                         Right this way.

               Xander grabs Ryan by the shoulder and pulls him toward Buffy's 
               room.

                                     XANDER (CONT'D)
                         He can have this very separate room. 
                         Far, far away from where Dawn's room 
                         is.

                                     DAWN
                         It's not that far, Xander.

                                     XANDER
                         And look! It locks from the outside! 
                         Imagine that.

               Ryan isn't sure what to say to any of this.

                                     DAWN
                         Xander.

                                     XANDER
                         Just sayin'.

               Xander opens the door to Buffy's room and turns on the light 
               for Ryan.

                                     XANDER (CONT'D)
                         Bed's there in theory. Just have to 
                         move some of that other stuff.

               He goes into the room. Ryan follows. When they're gone, Dawn 
               turns to Willow.

                                     DAWN
                         Who needs Buffy when I have big 
                         brother Xander to scare off all my 
                         dates?

                                     WILLOW
                         He's just being protective. You are 
                         the baby of the bunch.

                                     DAWN
                         Right. Anyway, I'm crashing. Wake me 
                         up if anything ugly attacks.

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                                                                        15.


                                     WILLOW
                         I don't think you have to worry about 
                         that. We haven't seen much action 
                         lately.

                                     DAWN
                         Still, you never know.

                                     WILLOW
                         We'll keep an eye out. G'night... 
                         er... good morning. Whatever.

                                     DAWN
                         Goodnight.

               Dawn goes into her room and closes the door. Willow walks 
               down to the linen closet and grabs some sheets. She then 
               walks toward Buffy's room.

               INT. SUNNYDALE HIGH - COMPUTER LAB - DAY

               AUDRA and MIKE are sitting in their usual chairs, looking up 
               at the clock on the wall.

                                     MIKE
                         I like Miss Rosenberg. Do you know 
                         why I like Miss Rosenberg?

                                     AUDRA
                         Because of her winning personality?

                                     MIKE
                         That and the fact that she's pretty 
                         much always late to class. Most 
                         teachers are on time and they end up 
                         bogging down our days with things 
                         like learning and reading.

                                     AUDRA
                         But not Miss Rosenberg.

                                     MIKE
                         Not Miss Rosenberg, and that's why I 
                         like her.

               Just then, Willow walks into the classroom. She's carrying a 
               stack of books and a cup of coffee, which she sets down on 
               her desk. She then looks to the class with a big smile.

                                     WILLOW
                         I'm here! Don't go ratting me out or 
                         nothing.

                                     AUDRA
                              (whispered to Mike)
                         It's probably for the best that she's 
                         not our English teacher.

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                                                                        16.


               A teenage girl walks through the door of the classroom, 
               holding a piece of paper. She stands awkwardly behind Willow 
               for a few moments before Willow turns and sees her.

               This girl is DAISY RICHTER. She's a pretty blond girl. Not 
               quite the cheerleader type, but seems a few social rungs 
               above Audra and Mike.

                                     WILLOW
                              (to Daisy)
                         Can I help you?

               Daisy's response is soft. She's very tired.

                                     DAISY
                         I'm new. I was told to come here.

               Daisy hands Willow the piece of paper.

                                     WILLOW
                         Oh. Okay.

               Willow glances down at the paper.

                                     WILLOW (CONT'D)
                         Nice to meet you, Daisy.

               Audra and Mike exchange a look and a smile upon hearing 
               Daisy's name.

                                     WILLOW (CONT'D)
                         I'm Miss Rosenberg. You can take a 
                         seat wherever you can find one.

               Daisy smiles her "thanks" and walks to a seat not too far 
               from Audra and Mike. She sits down.

                                     WILLOW (CONT'D)
                         You won't have to worry too much 
                         about catching up with the rest of 
                         the class. So far, we've been keeping 
                         it pretty simple, so you can just 
                         copy everyone else.

               INT. SUNNYDALE HIGH - HALLWAY - DAY

               The BELL RINGS and a moment later, STUDENTS pour from the 
               classrooms, flooding the hall. Daisy exits the computer lab 
               and pulls a piece of paper from her pocket. She glances at 
               it, and then starts to look at the locker numbers in an 
               attempt to find her own.

               Behind Daisy, Audra and Mike exit the classroom and walk 
               slowly as they watch Daisy.

                                     AUDRA
                         Opinions of the new girl?

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                                                                        17.


                                     MIKE
                         Kinda hot. Kinda... Zombie-ish.

                                     AUDRA
                         Kinda looks like she's about to freak 
                         out.  

               They watch as Daisy attempts to open her locker, but her 
               combination doesn't seem to be working. She bangs her head 
               on her locker.

                                     AUDRA (CONT'D)
                         Think we should help?

               Mike shrugs. He and Audra stop walking near Daisy. They wait 
               for her to look in their direction, but when she doesn't, 
               Audra speaks up.

                                     AUDRA (CONT'D)
                         Are you okay?

               Daisy finally looks at them.

                                     DAISY
                         Oh. Sorry. I'm just... Is this place 
                         Hell?

               Audra grins.

                                     AUDRA
                         There have been rumors, but I've yet 
                         to actually prove anything.

                                     DAISY
                         Well I gotta say, it's seems to be 
                         leaning in that direction. Ever since 
                         I moved to this damn town, nothing 
                         has gone right. Half of my stuff 
                         vanished in the move, my phone keeps 
                         ringing in the middle of the night 
                         with nobody on the other end, my 
                         cat's missing, I haven't slept three 
                         solid hours in a week, and now my 
                         locker won't open.

               Audra's not sure exactly how to respond to that. After a 
               beat, Mike smiles big and extends a hand.

                                     MIKE
                         I'm Mike.

               Daisy looks at him for a second before finally smiling.

                                     DAISY
                         I'm sorry. I usually introduce myself 
                         before I bitch about my life.

               She shakes Mike's hand.

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                                                                        18.


                                     DAISY (CONT'D)
                         I'm Daisy.

                                     MIKE
                         Well, Daisy, please allow me to help 
                         you with your locker situation.

                                     DAISY
                         Thanks.

               Daisy hands Mike the piece of paper with the combination on 
               it. Mike gets to work on opening the locker as Daisy stands 
               back with Audra.

                                     DAISY (CONT'D)
                              (to Audra)
                         Should I have given him my combo?

                                     AUDRA
                         Don't worry. He's lame, but he's not 
                         criminal.

               Daisy smiles.

                                     MIKE
                         Ta-dah!

               Mike swings the locker door open and turns around with a big 
               smile. Daisy smiles for a moment, but then looks into her 
               locker and her smile quicky drops.

               Audra's jaw drops as Daisy screams.

               Mike turns around and looks into the locker. REVEAL Daisy's 
               missing cat, hanging in the locker, dead.

                                                             FADE TO BLACK:

                                      END OF ACT ONE
 
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                                                                        19.


                                         ACT TWO

               FADE IN:

               INT. SUNNYDALE HIGH - COUNSELOR'S OFFICE - DAY

               The office is a little more private than the one Buffy had. 
               There's a door and everything. There are posters on the wall 
               which are meant to lift spirits and inspire young minds. 
               Among these posters are several of fluffy cats doing cute 
               things.

               Daisy is sitting alone in the room with teary eyes. She isn't 
               crying any longer. She just sits, looking up at one of the 
               posters.

               There is a GENTLE KNOCK on the door as it opens and Audra 
               walks into the room. She closes the door behind her. Daisy 
               doesn't look back.

                                     AUDRA
                         Hey. Miss Gregory said I could come 
                         in and sit for a few minutes. She's 
                         still trying to call your mom.

               Daisy smiles.

                                     DAISY
                         My mother can be hard to reach.

               Audra sits down next to Daisy.

                                     AUDRA
                         How are you holding up?

                                     DAISY
                         Holding, I guess.
                              (beat)
                         My first day of school. I was worried 
                         that I'd have last week's hair or 
                         something.

               Daisy turns to Audra.

                                     DAISY (CONT'D)
                         Who does this? Who stuffs a person's 
                         dead cat in their locker?

                                     AUDRA
                         A pretty large freak, I'm guessing.

                                     DAISY
                         It's more than that. It's like... 
                         This guy has been following me ever 
                         since I moved in. He's always there.

                                     AUDRA
                         Did you tell the police about this?

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                                                                        20.


                                     DAISY
                         They said they'd keep an eye out and 
                         put an extra car on my street. Not 
                         much they can do unless they actually 
                         catch the guy killing my cat. It's 
                         not like they're sending out the CSI 
                         team to crack the case at this point.

                                     AUDRA
                         He's stalking you. That has to count 
                         for something.

                                     DAISY
                         Yeah. It'll count against him when 
                         he's on trial for my horrible bloody 
                         murder.

                                     AUDRA
                         Maybe your parents will send you 
                         away. Get you out of here.

                                     DAISY
                         My Dad's dead and my mom's a little 
                         hard to reach. Even when she's in 
                         the same room.
                              (beat)
                         Besides, I don't really feel like 
                         running. This bastard killed Oscar. 
                         Pretty much the only friend I've had 
                         in the past two years.

                                     AUDRA
                         You're not planning on doing something 
                         crazy, are you? Because if you are, 
                         I'm going to have to help and that 
                         could lead to bonding. I'm not good 
                         at bonding with people.

                                     DAISY
                         You don't have to help, but I'm going 
                         to do whatever I have to. This guy 
                         has been following me. He's always 
                         there. He's always behind me. Watching 
                         me. I never see his face, but I'm 
                         pretty sure I've seen him. Usually I 
                         just turn and walk away. I'm done 
                         ignoring him. From now on, he's the 
                         one that is going to do the running.

                                     AUDRA
                         Or possibly catching and stabbing 
                         us.
                              (beat)
                         But I'm totally right there with 
                         you.

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                                                                        21.


               INT. WILLOW AND XANDER'S HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - DAY

               Xander is sitting on the couch, typing on a laptop. He clicks 
               a few buttons and happily closes the laptop.

                                     XANDER
                         Done. Ha-ha. 

               Dawn comes down the stairs, still a little sleepy.

                                     DAWN
                         'Morning.

                                     XANDER
                         More like afternoon, but who's 
                         counting?

                                     DAWN
                         Same thing in my world.
                              (to Xander)
                         What did you finish?

                                     XANDER
                         Report for the Council. Mr. Hewitt 
                         asked for a sample of my work, so I 
                         sent him a detailed file on Glory, 
                         which I whipped up in all of one 
                         day. Call me Mr. Free because I can 
                         now par-tay with my lady friend and 
                         our visiting peeps.

                                     DAWN
                         Not with that slang you won't.
                              (beat)
                         You wrote a detailed file on Glory 
                         in one day?

               Willow walks through the front door and drops her bag on the 
               floor. Though tired, she smiles at Dawn.

                                     WILLOW
                         You're up.

                                     DAWN
                         It was bound to happen sooner or 
                         later. How was work?

                                     WILLOW
                         Ugh.

                                     XANDER
                         Bad day?

                                     WILLOW
                         A new student of mine found her dead 
                         cat stuffed in her locker.
                                     (MORE)

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                                                                        22.


                                     WILLOW (CONT'D)
                         I'm pretty sure that something wicked 
                         this way comes, but I don't have a 
                         lot by way of clues at the moment. 
                         I'll look into it.

                                     XANDER
                         Well, I'll have time to help. I 
                         finished my report for Mr. Hewitt. 

                                     WILLOW
                         On Glory? How did you finish so fast?

                                     XANDER
                         Spelling errors and bad grammar 
                         mostly.

               Dawn finds herself uncomfortable. 

                                     DAWN
                         Why Glory of all topics?

                                     XANDER
                         Because that's the one he told me to 
                         write. I didn't ask many questions.

                                     DAWN
                         Okay.
                              (beat)
                         But why would he want information on 
                         Glory?

                                     XANDER
                         I don't know. Random pick, I guess.

                                     DAWN
                         Right. But you didn't tell him 
                         everything, right? Great detail type 
                         stuff?

                                     WILLOW
                         Are you okay?

                                     DAWN
                         Yeah. I just get nervous around the 
                         Glory stuff.

                                     XANDER
                         I didn't tell them anything new.
                              (beat)
                         I think.

               Dawn and now Willow look at Xander with concern.

                                     WILLOW
                         What did you tell them?

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                                                                        23.


                                     XANDER
                         Just the basics.  Big evil god thing 
                         from another dimension, out to open 
                         the big hell portal... Using the 
                         blood of the... But they knew this 
                         stuff, right? Giles told them?

               He doesn't get a response.

                                     XANDER (CONT'D)
                         Oh, God. Why do I do stupid things? 
                         Why?

                                     DAWN
                         No. You're right. Giles probably 
                         told them everything. It's just me.  
                         I get weird when people talk about 
                         this stuff too much.  I'm sure the 
                         Council's not planning to open any 
                         mystical portals to hell anytime 
                         soon.

                                     WILLOW
                         Right. And even if they were, it was 
                         a one-time deal.  They can't just 
                         slice you open and hop on over to 
                         the dark side. If it were that easy 
                         I would have done it when I was evil.

                                     DAWN
                         Wow. I could go my whole life without 
                         another conversation about Glory and 
                         hell portals.

               Just then, Ryan walks into the room.

                                     RYAN
                         There's a hell portal?

                                     DAWN
                         No. No portals of any kind.

                                     RYAN
                         Oh. Good. 'Cause that coulda sucked.

                                     WILLOW
                         Who wants coffee?

                                     DAWN
                         Me.

                                     RYAN
                         Yeah, sounds good.

               Willow stands.

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                                                                        24.


                                     WILLOW
                         I'll get it. Everyone else just relax 
                         and stop freaking me out.

                                     DAWN
                         I'll help.

               Dawn follows Willow into the kitchen. Xander and Ryan remain 
               silent for a moment. Finally, Ryan sits down.

                                     RYAN
                         So... Weather's nice. No clouds.
                              (beat)
                         Probably won't be raining any toads 
                         today, right?

               More silence. Finally, Xander's CELL PHONE RINGS. He pulls 
               it out of his pocket.

               INT. WILLOW AND XANDER'S HOUSE - KITCHEN - DAY

               Willow grabs some mugs from the cabinet and sets them down 
               to pour the coffee.

                                     DAWN
                         Okay, so we're forgetting the Glory 
                         stuff. We're talking about happy 
                         things. Have you guys set a date 
                         yet?

                                     WILLOW
                         We've been engaged for, like, three 
                         minutes.

                                     DAWN
                         Oh. Right.
                              (beat)
                         So, any rough ideas? Any color themes? 
                         Cake flavors?

                                     WILLOW
                         Well, we have decided on the fact 
                         that we're getting married. Other 
                         than that, not so much.
                              (beat)
                         Think I should tell my parents?

                                     DAWN
                         You haven't yet?

               Willow shakes her head.

                                     WILLOW
                         They weren't too thrilled with the 
                         idea of my dating Xander. My father 
                         kept saying that I could do better.

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                                                                        25.


                                     DAWN
                         Than Xander? Good luck.

                                     WILLOW
                         I know, right?

                                     DAWN
                         What about your mom?

                                     WILLOW
                         She just kept asking if I was really 
                         sure that I wouldn't rather be dating 
                         a woman. She tried setting me up 
                         with her secretary's daughter.

                                     DAWN
                         Geez. You'd think that people would 
                         be more open-minded these days.

               They grab the coffee cups and are just about to walk into 
               the living room when Xander enters the kitchen.

                                     XANDER
                         Who's up for a trip to the airport?

                                     DAWN
                         Huh?

                                     WILLOW
                         Why would we go to the airport?

                                     XANDER
                         Giles called. He's there.

                                     DAWN
                         Why is Giles at the airport?

                                     XANDER
                         Don't know. He told me he'd fill us 
                         in when we got there.

                                     WILLOW
                         Then I guess we should go.

               The girls put the coffee down as Xander leads the way out of 
               the kitchen. The girls follow.

                                     WILLOW (CONT'D)
                         We should probably tell Giles about 
                         the wedding too.

                                     DAWN
                         You haven't told Giles?

               INT. XANDER'S SUV - DAY

               Parked outside of the airport, Willow, Dawn and Ryan are 
               waiting in the car. They're silent for a few moments, waiting.

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                                                                        26.


               Finally, Willow looks at her watch, then back to Dawn.

                                     WILLOW
                         Y'know, this whole "keep them in the 
                         dark until we're face to face" thing 
                         is kinda annoying.

                                     DAWN
                         Plus, it always leads to the 
                         messenger's horrible death before he 
                         can spill.

               Willow gets a confused look.

                                     DAWN (CONT'D)
                         In the movies.

                                     WILLOW
                         Oh.

               Ryan sees Xander and Giles walking toward the car.

                                     RYAN
                         Here they come.

               Ryan climbs into the back of the SUV. Giles and Xander get 
               into the car. Giles only has a small bag with him. Once he 
               shuts the door, he leans over to hug Dawn.

                                     DAWN
                         Hey.

                                     GILES
                         I wasn't expecting to see you here.

                                     DAWN
                         I know. I was just visiting.

                                     GILES
                         It's a good thing.

                                     WILLOW
                         Hey, Giles.

                                     GILES
                         Willow.

                                     WILLOW
                         I expect my hug when we get the 
                         chance.

                                     GILES
                         Of course.
                              (to Dawn)
                         Quick question?

                                     DAWN
                         Shoot.

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                                                                        27.


               Giles looks back at Ryan.

                                     GILES
                         Who is that?

               Ryan extends a hand.

                                     RYAN
                         Ryan. We met back in Bear River.

               Giles shakes Ryan's hand.

                                     GILES
                         Oh. Of course.

                                     DAWN
                         He's with me. Don't worry though, 
                         he's cool.

                                     GILES
                         Cool?

                                     DAWN
                         Yeah. He knows. He's in the loop.

                                     GILES
                         Oh. Apparently more so than I.

                                     XANDER
                         Speaking of people being out of loops, 
                         how 'bout telling us why you're here?

                                     GILES
                         Oh, right. Umm... It's Mr. Hewitt.

                                     WILLOW
                         What about him?

                                     DAWN
                         Is he dead?

                                     GILES
                         No. Well, possibly. I'm not sure 
                         exactly.

                                     XANDER
                         Meaning?

                                     GILES
                         I have reason to believe that Mr. 
                         Hewitt may be working with Drusilla.

                                     WILLOW
                         He's evil?

                                     XANDER
                         Bloody hell.

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                                                                        28.


               INT. XANDER'S SUV - DAY

               The gang continues to drive, still taking in the new 
               information.

                                     XANDER
                         I didn't say a lot! I told him the 
                         basics.

                                     GILES
                         What basics exactly?

                                     XANDER
                         You know... Hell dimensions, minions, 
                         incredibly snappy dresser. That type 
                         of stuff.

                                     GILES
                         I want to see that file when we get 
                         to the house.

                                     XANDER
                         Yeah, sure.
                              (beat)
                         You should know that my spell checker 
                         is broken, and I have issues with 
                         the word "its".
                              (to Willow)
                         When do you use the apostrophe again?

                                     WILLOW
                         "It is."

                                     XANDER
                         Right.

                                     GILES
                         I don't care about your grammar 
                         skills, Xander. I just need to know 
                         what we're dealing with here.

               ANLGE ON : RYAN

               As he listens to the conversation, which he really doesn't 
               understand much of. His attention shifts to the window and 
               he begins to watch the houses as he drives by.

                                     WILLOW (O.S.)
                         I'm sure we're okay. We shouldn't 
                         worry.

               RYAN'S POV

               Out the window, we see Daisy and Audra walking down the 
               sidewalk, talking. Daisy seems very upset and emotional, 
               while Audra seems to be trying to calm her down.

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                                                                        29.


                                     DAWN (O.S.)
                         Easy for you to say.  You're not the 
                         one who is going to be sliced open 
                         and left for dead while a portal to 
                         unknown hell dimensions leaks out of 
                         your veins.

               Ryan's attention snaps back to Dawn when he hears this. 
               Concerned, he puts a hand on her shoulder. She looks back at 
               him, feeling a little better.

                                     XANDER (O.S.)
                         Dramatic much?

                                     RYAN
                         I won't let that happen to you.

               Dawn smiles a little.

                                     XANDER
                         Nobody's having hell leak out of 
                         them, okay?
                              (beat)
                         I mean it, Dawn. If you bring forth 
                         even one hell dimension, I'm telling 
                         your father.

                                     DAWN
                         Right. Like it's so my call.

               Dawn smiles back at Ryan.

                                     DAWN (CONT'D)
                         Now we're just having fun.

                                     RYAN
                         I can see that. I just don't think 
                         I'm seeing the humor in this.

                                     DAWN
                         After a while you just start laughing 
                         off the prospects of painful death 
                         and the end of the world.

                                     RYAN
                         I think that's called insanity.

               INT. WILLOW AND XANDER'S HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - DAY

               Everyone rushes into the house and Xander goes right for the 
               laptop which is sitting on the coffee table. He turns it on 
               and sits down. Giles sits next to him.

                                     GILES
                              (to Willow)
                         Is it possible to stop his e-mail? 
                         Can we recall the files?

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                                                                        30.


                                     WILLOW
                         I don't know.

                                     XANDER
                         The files will stay on your standard 
                         POP server for a while. Even if you 
                         download them onto one computer, 
                         they could be on the server for a 
                         month or two.

                                     DAWN
                         You've been hanging around Willow 
                         too long.

                                     XANDER
                         I just watch way too much "Veronica 
                         Mars"

               Willow thinks for a moment.

                                     WILLOW
                         Maybe if I could hack into the server 
                         and delete it before he gets a chance 
                         to download the message.

                                     GILES
                         Try it.  Xander and I will go over 
                         the files and try to figure out 
                         exactly what Mr. Hewitt might be 
                         planning.

                                     WILLOW
                         Okay. I just need my laptop.

                                     XANDER
                         I'll print the files I sent.

               Xander hits a few buttons and then hands the laptop over to 
               Willow.

                                     WILLOW
                         I'll be in the dining room.

               Willow walks out of the room with the laptop.

                                     XANDER
                         I'll grab the papers.

               Xander follows Willow out of the room.

                                     RYAN
                              (to Dawn)
                         What can we do?

                                     DAWN
                         I don't know. Maybe I should help 
                         Giles and Xander. My brain's full of 
                         demon stuff.

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                                                                        31.


                                     RYAN
                         Okay.
                              (beat)
                         I'll just... I'll be here. Trying to 
                         look pretty for you.

               Dawn smiles and kisses Ryan.

                                     DAWN
                              (with southern accent)
                         Just how I likes my man. Dumb but 
                         fun to look at.

               Xander comes back into the room with a handful of papers. He 
               hands them to Giles and the two of them sit on the couch. 
               Dawn walks over and reads over Giles' shoulder.

               Ryan sits quietly for a few moments, watching them work. 
               Dawn grabs a page from Giles when he's done with it. She 
               focuses her attention on that page.

               After a few moments, Ryan gets up and walks into the kitchen. 
               Nobody notices him leave.

               INT. VAN - DAY

               The van's windows are blacked out so no sunlight can make 
               its way in. Hewitt and Drusilla are sitting in the back of 
               the van. Hewitt has a laptop open in front of him. He's 
               annoyed.

                                     HEWITT
                         Well, it would seem as though your 
                         planning wasn't as thorough as you 
                         thought it was.

               Hewitt slams the laptop shut and tosses it to the back of 
               the van.

                                     HEWITT (CONT'D)
                         There's no internet connection 
                         available. The computer is useless 
                         to me.

                                     DRUSILLA
                         I warned you that stealing was a 
                         sin. You shouldn't have taken that 
                         contraption.

                                     HEWITT
                         Right. Well, dear elder, how do you 
                         plan on getting those files? Even if 
                         they were sent to me, which is highly 
                         improbable given the boy's penchant 
                         for slacking off, I can't access my 
                         e-mail.

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                                                                        32.


                                     DRUSILLA
                         The words are foating in the air all 
                         around us. You just need the proper 
                         net to catch them.

                                     HEWITT
                         As I told you, the net isn't working.

               Drusilla reaches into her purse and pulls a BlackBerry from 
               it. She hands it to Hewitt.

                                     HEWITT (CONT'D)
                         Why didn't you give this to me 
                         earlier?

                                     DRUSILLA
                         Because the stars in the sky and the 
                         moon at night weren't properly 
                         aligned.

               Hewitt has no idea what she's talking about. Drusilla laughs. 
               She was just messing with him. She leans in close and 
               whispers.

                                     DRUSILLA (CONT'D)
                         All portable communications devices 
                         must be turned off prior to departure.

               Hewitt takes a deep breath and starts hitting buttons on the 
               BlackBerry. Drusilla keeps smiling as she looks toward the 
               blacked out window.

                                     DRUSILLA (CONT'D)
                         Look at all the pretty mountains.

               EXT. RESIDENTIAL STREET - DAY

               Ryan walks down the street deep in thought. His eyes are 
               mostly kept on the ground, so he doesn't see Daisy and Audra 
               round the corner and walk toward him. None of them are paying 
               attention to where they are going.

               Ryan and Audra bump into each other as they walk. 

                                     RYAN
                         Sorry.

                                     AUDRA
                         Sorry. 

               Ryan keeps walking.

               We STAY WITH DAISY AND AUDRA as they continue to walk down 
               the street.

                                     DAISY
                         The sun's going down soon. He'll be 
                         coming.

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                                                                        33.


                                     AUDRA
                         How do you know?

                                     DAISY
                         He gets braver at night. It's dark. 
                         He can move around without me seeing 
                         him.

                                     AUDRA
                         So what do you plan to do?

                                     DAISY
                         I plan to find him before he finds 
                         me. I plan to walk up to him and 
                         kick him so hard in his special place 
                         that I'll need your help pulling my 
                         shoe back out.

                                     AUDRA
                         You realize that you're about five 
                         feet tall and as intimidating as a 
                         Tickle-Me-Elmo, right?

                                     DAISY
                         If you don't want to help me, fine.

                                     AUDRA
                         No, I'll help. I just think we might 
                         want to think this through before we 
                         go ruining perfectly good Nikes.
                              (beat)
                         Maybe we should call Mike. Get some 
                         more man power.

                                     DAISY
                         Yeah and the two of us can go home 
                         and bake some cookies while the big 
                         strong man does all of the work for 
                         us.

                                     AUDRA
                         I'm not saying that. I'm just 
                         saying... He wears Converses. They're 
                         cheaper.

               As they continue to walk out of sight, we REVEAL the shadowy 
               figure of a man, THE STALKER, standing in the distance, 
               watching the girls. After a moment, he turns and walks in 
               the direction opposite the girls. 

                                                             FADE TO BLACK:

                                      END OF ACT TWO
 
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                                                                        34.


                                        ACT THREE

               FADE IN:

               INT. WILLOW AND XANDER'S HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - DAY

               Giles, Xander and Dawn are still in the living room with the 
               papers. Ryan walks in and quietly joins the group.

                                     DAWN
                         So, you pretty much told them 
                         everything.

                                     XANDER
                         Not everything. Just basics. The 
                         general idea.

                                     DAWN
                         You told them about Doc, for cryin' 
                         out loud.

                                     XANDER
                         Well... He was integral to the story.

               Willow walks into the room.

                                     WILLOW
                         Well, I pulled the e-mail from the 
                         server.

                                     GILES
                         And we're sure that it wasn't 
                         accessed?

                                     WILLOW
                         I wouldn't go that far. It could 
                         have been accessed without deleting 
                         it from the server. I don't know.

                                     XANDER
                         But it's very unlikely. He probably 
                         hasn't had time to check his e-mail. 
                         Becoming a vampire is a very time 
                         consuming process. He's probably 
                         been too busy.

                                     DAWN
                         Relax, Xander. It's not your fault.  
                         There was no way to know this would 
                         happen.

                                     GILES
                         Most of the information was in my 
                         Watcher's Diary anyway. I'm sure he 
                         could have pieced it together.

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                                                                        35.


                                     DAWN
                         All we can do now is try to figure 
                         out where this guy is and how to 
                         stop him.

               INT. COFFEE SHOP - NIGHT

               Daisy and Audra are sitting at a table, each with a drink in 
               front of them. They sit in silence for a moment, waiting for 
               something.

                                     DAISY
                         Y'know, when I made the big speeches 
                         about leaping into action and going 
                         after my stalker, I had more in mind 
                         than sitting in a coffee shop with a 
                         double-shot latte in front of me.

                                     AUDRA
                         Don't worry. He's coming.

               Daisy sighs and sits back in her seat.

               Mike walks through the door of the coffee shop and goes to 
               the girls. He's out of breath.

                                     AUDRA (CONT'D)
                         Are you okay?

                                     MIKE
                         That's what I'm supposed to say. You 
                         sounded weird on the phone.

                                     AUDRA
                         We need your help.

                                     DAISY
                         Yes. We need a big strong man to 
                         help us.

               Mike looks at Audra, confused.

                                     MIKE
                         So you call me? Dude, I get 
                         intimidated by Girl Scouts during 
                         cookie season.

                                     DAISY
                         Can we go now?

               Daisy gets up and starts to walk toward the door. Audra starts 
               to follow, but Mike grabs her arm to stop her.

                                     MIKE
                         What's going on?

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                                                                        36.


                                     AUDRA
                         She needs our help. Some guy's 
                         stalking her.

                                     MIKE
                         The guy who killed her cat?

                                     AUDRA
                         And that's why she's planning on 
                         turning the tables.

                                     MIKE
                         So she's going after him? So we're 
                         running toward the big scary cat 
                         killing stalker man?

                                     AUDRA
                         She's running toward him. We're making 
                         sure she doesn't get killed.

                                     MIKE
                         That's what police are for.

                                     AUDRA
                         You know that's not how it works 
                         here. Nine times out of ten, the 
                         police don't do a damn thing. You've 
                         heard the stories.

                                     MIKE
                         I've heard rumors. Rumors that I 
                         don't happen to believe, by the way. 
                         Every town has its urban legends, 
                         and they're all a load of crap.

                                     AUDRA
                         Regardless of what you or I believe, 
                         this girl is going after someone who 
                         could be dangerous.

                                     MIKE
                         We don't even know her.

                                     AUDRA
                         And that makes it okay for her to 
                         get killed? She's not some random 
                         guest star of the week. She's not 
                         wearing a red shirt on "Star Trek" 
                         here. She's a real living human being 
                         and she stands a good chance of 
                         getting herself killed unless we 
                         help her.

               Mike doesn't say anything for a moment. Finally, he nods.

                                     MIKE
                         Fine. You're right. Let's go.

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                                                                        37.


               They head toward the door once again.

                                     MIKE (CONT'D)
                         But if we die tonight, I'm making 
                         sure that you go first.

                                     AUDRA
                         I love you too, sweetie.

               EXT. SUNNYDALE MAIN STREET - NIGHT

               Audra and Mike walk out of the coffee shop and find Daisy 
               standing on the sidewalk, looking down the street. They stop 
               and try to see what she's looking at.

                                     AUDRA
                         What's wrong?

                                     DAISY
                         He's out there.

                                     MIKE
                         I don't see anything.

                                     DAISY
                         He's out there.

                                     MIKE
                         Okay then. Let's go find him.

               Mike starts walking and the girls soon join him.

                                     MIKE (CONT'D)
                         You two stay behind me.

                                     DAISY
                         Don't get macho.

                                     MIKE
                         I'm not being macho, I just don't 
                         want someone jumping out of the bushes 
                         and stabbing me in the back.

                                     DAISY
                         You're right. You're not macho.

               The group walks down the street, heading toward a darker 
               area.

                                     MIKE
                         So this guy we're after... Did you 
                         actually see him, or is it just a 
                         feeling that you have?

                                     DAISY
                         Both.

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                                                                        38.


                                     MIKE
                         Right. You realize that you make no 
                         sense?

                                     DAISY
                         I saw a shadow.

                                     MIKE
                         It's dark there are shadows 
                         everywhere. The whole area is a pretty 
                         big--

               Mike stops walking. The girls also stop when they realize 
               that he is looking toward a tall newspaper truck that is 
               parked on the side of the street.

                                     MIKE (CONT'D)
                         --shadow.

                                     DAISY
                         You saw it too.

                                     MIKE
                         Yeah.

                                     AUDRA
                         Did you actually see his face this 
                         time?

                                     MIKE
                         No. I just saw him move behind that 
                         truck.

                                     AUDRA
                         And it couldn't have just been some 
                         random guy walking behind a truck?

                                     MIKE
                         This was different. I mean, Michael 
                         Myers just walks down the street 
                         too, but you can still tell that 
                         he's the bad guy.

               Daisy starts to walk toward the truck. Mike and Audra follow. 

                                     AUDRA
                         The creepy music helps.

               Daisy looks back at Audra, slightly annoyed.

                                     AUDRA (CONT'D)
                         What? I'm just saying.

                                     DAISY
                         People in this town are way too 
                         sarcastic. What's with that?

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                                                                        39.


                                     MIKE
                         I think we're a little desensitized.

                                     DAISY
                         So this happens a lot?

                                     MIKE
                         In theory. Plus, there's video games. 
                         They're very violent.

               They finally reach the truck and look behind it. There is no 
               sign of their mystery stalker.

                                     AUDRA
                         Where'd he go?

                                     DAISY
                         He's still around.

               There is a BANG on the other side of the truck, as though 
               someone hit it. Audra jumps, but Mike and Daisy are more 
               curious than scared. They rush to the other side of the truck. 
               Audra follows, not wanting to be left alone.

               When they reach the other side, they once again find nothing.

                                     MIKE
                         He's toying with us.

                                     DAISY
                         He's toying with me.

                                     MIKE
                         Why you?

                                     DAISY
                         If I ever find out, I'll let you 
                         know.

               Audra looks to the ground for a moment, gathering her 
               thoughts. When she looks back up, she is about to speak, but 
               stops herself. Instead, she looks down the street, farther 
               into the darkness.

                                     AUDRA
                         There he is.

               Mike and Daisy turn and spot the stalker, just as he moves 
               out of sight once again.

                                     DAISY
                         Let's go.

               Once again, the three of them walk off, toward the stalker. 

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                                                                        40.


               INT. WILLOW AND XANDER'S HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - DAY

               Willow, Xander, Giles, Dawn and Ryan are slumped in chairs. 
               There are papers, books and a laptop in front of them, but 
               nobody is really doing anything.

                                     XANDER
                         So... there's really not a whole lot 
                         we can do until Hewitt shows up, is 
                         there?

               The is no response.

                                     XANDER (CONT'D)
                         Great. 

                                     DAWN
                         Today sucked.

                                     WILLOW
                         Yup.

                                     DAWN
                         I mean, today really sucked.

                                     RYAN
                         Is it always like this? Granny demons, 
                         and evil English vampire guys?

                                     DAWN
                         You don't know the half of it. 

                                     XANDER
                         It's been pretty quiet for a long 
                         time, but the last few days have 
                         been crazy.

                                     GILES
                         Something's coming.

                                     XANDER
                         And when isn't that fun?

                                     WILLOW
                         Something's coming and here we are 
                         without a Slayer.

               The room falls silent for a moment. Finally, Dawn speaks up.

                                     DAWN
                         I've been trying to find her.

               The others look at her.

                                     DAWN (CONT'D)
                         I've done spells to keep track of 
                         her.

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                                     GILES
                         Do they work?

                                     DAWN
                         Sometimes.

                                     GILES
                         I've tried the locator spells, but I 
                         haven't been able to make them work.

                                     WILLOW
                         Dawn has a blood connection. It could 
                         amp the power.

                                     XANDER
                         I've been trying to keep tabs on her 
                         too. Asking the Council whenever 
                         they have information.

                                     WILLOW
                         I've been keeping an eye on the net 
                         for any information. There hasn't 
                         been a lot, but there's some.

                                     RYAN
                              (jokingly, to himself)
                         I Googled "slayer" once. Mostly just 
                         loud music stuff. 

                                     GILES
                         Perhaps it's time we stopped going 
                         about this by ourselves.  We should 
                         gather everything we know into one 
                         file.

               Giles reaches down to the floor and grabs his bag. He starts 
               to pull papers from it.

                                     XANDER
                         I have a map in the basement.

                                     WILLOW
                         You do? How come I don't know this?

                                     XANDER
                         It's a secret cork board. I'll go 
                         get it.

                                     DAWN
                         My stuff is upstairs. Be right back.

               Xander and Dawn leave the room. Willow grabs her laptop.

                                     RYAN
                         Anyone want some more coffee?

               Again, no response to him.

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                                     RYAN (CONT'D)
                         I'll just go make that then.

               Ryan heads for the kitchen.

               EXT. DARK RESIDENTIAL STREET - NIGHT

               Audra, Daisy and Mike are walking down the street. The only 
               street light in the area is out, so the area is completely 
               dark.

               Mike suddenly perks up.

                                     MIKE
                         There it is again. Did you see it?

                                     AUDRA
                         I didn't see anything.

                                     MIKE
                         I could have sworn I just saw someone 
                         walk behind that bush up there.

               Mike starts to walk toward a tall bush in the distance. Daisy 
               follows, and Audra eventually follows her.

                                     AUDRA
                         And why are we following him into a 
                         dark and creepy area? If he's after 
                         Daisy, shouldn't we try to lure him 
                         somewhere that we choose? A nice 
                         bright mall, for example.

                                     DAISY
                         You can stay back if you want.

                                     AUDRA
                         Right. Because the one who stays 
                         behind always lives through the third 
                         act.

                                     MIKE
                         Shh. We're supposed to be sneaking 
                         up.

                                     AUDRA
                         We are?

                                     DAISY
                         I'm pretty sure he knows we're here.

                                     MIKE
                         Fine. Whatever.

               As they get closer to the bush, Daisy moves to Mike's side 
               so that they will face whatever lurks behind it together.  
               Audra stays behind.

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               After a moment, she looks over her shoulder, remembering her 
               earlier comment about those who stay behind. She then hurries 
               to catch up with the others.

                                     AUDRA
                         You know what suddenly strikes me? 
                         We don't know what we're doing. I 
                         mean, we don't have weapons. This 
                         guy is a cold blooded cat killer and 
                         we're just gonna walk up to him and 
                         what? Firmly ask him to stop?

                                     MIKE
                         Shh.

                                     AUDRA
                         I'm just saying...

               Daisy stops next to the bush before walking around it. She 
               turns back to Audra, a little annoyed. Mike continues to 
               walk behind the bush, and out of our sight.

                                     DAISY
                         Look... I know you guys think this 
                         is stupid. Whatever. You don't know 
                         me. You're not responsible for me. 
                         If you want to go home, go home.

                                     AUDRA
                         That's not what I'm saying. I'm just 
                         saying that we need some sort of 
                         plan. I'm a big fan of mapping things 
                         out.

                                     DAISY
                         It's a little late for that.

               Audra is about to respond, but stops herself when she notices 
               that Mike is missing.

                                     AUDRA
                         Where's Mike?

               Daisy turns around, just now noticing that he's gone on 
               without them.

                                     DAISY
                         Damnit.

               Audra and Daisy move around opposite sides of the bush. When 
               they meet on the other side, Mike is nowhere to be found. 
               They look around the area.

                                     AUDRA
                              (calling out)
                         Mike?

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                                     DAISY
                         How far could he have gone?

                                     AUDRA
                         He wouldn't have run off without us. 
                         Something isn't right.
                              (calling again)
                         Mike!

               Audra is getting nervous. Daisy is more collected, looking 
               around. 

                                     DAISY
                         Okay. We can do this. We just need 
                         to think.

               As Daisy looks over the area, there is a NOISE from the other 
               side of the bush. Like a shoe on pavement. Both girls look 
               at each other and once again move around the bush, walking 
               in opposite directions. We STAY ON DAISY as they move.

               As Daisy rounds the bush, Mike's feet come into view on the 
               ground. As she reaches the sidewalk again, she sees the rest 
               of him. He's unconscious.

                                     DAISY (CONT'D)
                         Oh, God. I don't think he's--

               Daisy looks up at Audra, who is now standing in the opposite 
               side of Mike. As Daisy looks up, she sees Audra's wide eyes, 
               filled with fear. Not because Mike has been attacked, but 
               because the stalker is standing directly behind her with his 
               hand gently resting on her neck.

               Despite the fact that he is this close to them and we can 
               see their faces clearly, the stalker somehow manages to remain 
               in shadows so that his face is never fully visible. What we 
               can see is that he is wearing a baseball cap, gardening 
               gloves, torn jeans and a plaid shirt that reveals only a 
               small amount of his arm beneath it's long sleeves. What we 
               can see of the arm is not normal human skin.

               Daisy looks into Audra's scared, tear-filled eyes for a 
               moment, and then at the face of the stalker. Though she is 
               scared, Daisy remains calm as she and her enemy exchange 
               gazes. Finally, she speaks.

                                     DAISY (CONT'D)
                         Who are you?

               There is no answer. The stalker cocks his head ever so 
               slightly as though not fully understanding her question.

                                     DAISY (CONT'D)
                         Let her go.

               No response from the stalker.

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                                     DAISY (CONT'D)
                         You don't need her.
                              (beat)
                         You want me.

               This time, the stalker fully understands her. The hand that 
               is resting on Audra's neck slowly moves to her shoulder, and 
               he turns Audra around, so she is facing him.

               When Audra looks at his face, the fear in her eyes changes. 
               It's not just about the fact that there is an attacker here. 
               This fear is of something far more disturbing to her. Before 
               she can say anything, he shoves her out of the way harshly. 
               She falls into the street, hitting her head on the pavement 
               as she lands. Though still awake, she has a hand on her head 
               and seems quite dazed.

               Meanwhile, the stalker takes one or two small steps toward 
               Daisy. She begins to back away out of instinct, still looking 
               at the darkness where his face should be.

               After a moment, she turns to run just as he lunges at her. 
               He gets close enough to her to swat her down to the sidewalk 
               where she too slams her head. The stalker stands over her, 
               and turns her over so that she can look at him.

               As Daisy looks up at the stalker, she is very groggy. She is 
               on the verge of passing out.

               DAISY'S POV

               The stalker stands over her. A dark figure, bending down to 
               get a closer look at his prey. As he studies her, EVERYTHING 
               BECOMES BLURRED. Eventually, she loses consciousness.

                                                             FADE TO BLACK:

                                     END OF ACT THREE
 
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                                         ACT FOUR

               FADE IN:

               EXT. DARK RESIDENTIAL STREET - NIGHT

               Daisy slowly begins to wake up. She is still on the sidewalk, 
               now covered in blood. Somewhere nearby, the SOUND OF CRYING 
               can be heard.

               Daisy puts her hand on her throbbing head as she tries to 
               pull herself up. At the moment, the only thing she can manage 
               to get off of the sidewalk is her head. She raises it and 
               tries to look around, but her vision is far too blurred to 
               see anything.

               She lets out a moan.

                                     AUDRA (O.S.)
                         Daisy?

               Within a moment, Audra is kneeling beside Daisy, helping her 
               to sit up.

                                     DAISY
                         Wha--? How did--?

                                     AUDRA
                         I don't know.

               Daisy sits up enough to see herself now. She sees the blood.

                                     DAISY
                         What happened to me?

               Audra looks up, past Daisy, to the grass nearby. She is full 
               of all kinds of confusion.

                                     AUDRA
                         You're okay.

               Audra starts to tear up again.

                                     AUDRA (CONT'D)
                         We're okay. 
                              (nodding)
                         We're okay.

               Daisy can now see and think clearly enough to wonder what 
               Audra is upset about. As she continues to pull herself up, 
               she looks to the grass.

               REVEAL the stalker. He is on the nearby grass... in two 
               pieces.

               Daisy and Audra look down on him for a moment.

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                                     AUDRA (CONT'D)
                         Something did this.
                              (beat)
                         Something saved our lives.

               Daisy takes another moment to take in the sight of her 
               stalker, and then starts to move toward Mike, who is still 
               on the ground and still unconscious.

                                     DAISY
                         We need to get him to a doctor. 

               INT. WILLOW AND XANDER'S HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - NIGHT

               Xander's map of the world is now tacked to a cork board, 
               sitting on a chair in the middle of the room.  Several new 
               pins have been placed on it.  Giles is standing next to the 
               board with a notebook in one hand and a pin in the other.

                                     GILES
                              (reading)
                         On the fourth of November, Dawn 
                         mentions locating Buffy in Japan.

               Willow reaches across the dining room table and pulls out 
               one of her own papers.

                                     WILLOW
                         I had that too.  There was a blurb 
                         in a tabloid about a bunch of human-
                         animal hybrids being found dead. 
                         Those could be demons.

               Giles sticks the pin on the board. He stands back and looks 
               at it.

                                     XANDER
                         She's been all over the place. How?  
                         I mean, she can't have that many 
                         frequent flyer miles saved up, right?

                                     GILES
                         She's more powerful than we've ever 
                         known her to be. Who knows how far 
                         that power extends?

                                     WILLOW
                         Do we think she can fly now?
                              (off everyones looks)
                         Okay, probably not.

                                     DAWN
                         I wonder what she's going through. 
                         It can't be easy for her.

                                     XANDER
                         Is she even the Buffy that we knew? 
                         How could she be?

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                                     WILLOW
                         Do you think she's scared? Or lonely?

                                     GILES
                         It's impossible to say.

               Willow rests her head on Xander's shoulder.

                                     WILLOW
                         She won't be at our wedding.

                                     GILES
                         She could be anywhere in the wor-- 
                         Wedding? You're getting married?

                                     XANDER
                         We didn't tell you?

                                     WILLOW
                         Are you sure we didn't tell you?

                                     GILES
                         I think I would remember if you did.

                                     DAWN
                         And he probably wouldn't have that 
                         shocked expression on his face.

                                     WILLOW
                         Oops. Sorry.

                                     XANDER
                         So, Giles... Guess what! We're getting 
                         married!

               Willow holds out her engagment ring. Giles takes her hand 
               and looks at it. He's not really looking at the ring so much 
               as letting the news sink in. Willow stands up.

               Giles looks her in the eyes like a proud pappa.

                                     GILES
                         Congratulations. Xander, you truly 
                         couldn't have found a better woman.

               Willow tears up and hugs Giles.

                                     XANDER
                         Yeah, I like her.

                                     GILES
                         Willow... Are you sure about this?

               Willow smiles.

                                     XANDER
                         Hey!

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                                                                        49.


                                     GILES
                         I'm joking, obviously.

               Xander reaches out to shake Giles' hand, but Giles pulls him 
               up into a hug.

                                     XANDER
                         Oh man. The world really is ending 
                         this time, isn't it?

                                     DAWN
                         All of these tears are giving me a 
                         feeling deep down inside.

                                     WILLOW
                         Like the kind of warmth that only 
                         comes from the love of true family?

                                     DAWN
                         No, that's not it.

                                     RYAN
                         The empty feeling that comes from 
                         not having eaten dinner?

                                     DAWN
                         That's the one.

                                     XANDER
                         Who's up for salad?

               Moans and groans from around the room.

                                     XANDER (CONT'D)
                         Okay, so meaty burgers for everyone.

                                     WILLOW
                         There's a new place on Main Street.  
                         The Sinkhole Cafe. They have good 
                         food.

                                     XANDER
                         And walls lined with stuff that 
                         they've dug up since the reformation.

                                     WILLOW
                         I think I saw my old backpack in 
                         there.

                                     DAWN
                         As long as their food is new, I'm 
                         good for anything.

               Everyone gets up and they head for the door.

                                     RYAN
                         Don't they have delivery around here?

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                                                                        50.


                                     DAWN
                         Delivery prices are higher than gas 
                         prices in these parts.

                                     XANDER
                         Something about the delivery guys 
                         turning up dead.

                                     WILLOW
                         Or undead.

                                     XANDER
                         That too.

               INT. HOSPITAL ROOM - NIGHT

               Mike is sitting on a bed with his legs hanging off. Audra is 
               standing next to him, studying a massive bump on his head.

                                     AUDRA
                         Does it hurt?

                                     MIKE
                         Does it look like it hurts?

                                     AUDRA
                         Yeah.

                                     MIKE
                         There's a good reason for that.

                                     AUDRA
                              (wincing)
                         Sorry.

               There's a knock on the door and Daisy walks in, closing the 
               door behind her. She's not sure how much the others will 
               want to see her, so she's a little nervous.

                                     DAISY
                         I know I'm probably not the first 
                         name on the list of people you want 
                         to see right now...

                                     MIKE
                         Second... No, wait. Third.

                                     DAISY
                         So you're not pissed?

                                     MIKE
                         I'm on painkillers. At the moment, 
                         everything is very goovy.

                                     AUDRA
                         And we don't blame you. It's not 
                         your fault that guy went after you.

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                                     DAISY
                         It is my fault that we went after 
                         him though. I'm not usually all 
                         "Starbuck" like that.

                                     AUDRA
                         We went with you of our own free 
                         will. The truth is, we kinda knew 
                         what we were getting into.

                                     DAISY
                         Huh?

                                     AUDRA
                         I mean, not in great detail or 
                         anything, but we know this town. 
                         It's not like other places.

                                     DAISY
                         What do you mean?

                                     MIKE
                         For one thing, it used to be a giant 
                         hole in the ground.

                                     AUDRA
                         There are rumors. Legends. Things 
                         that nobody can really explain.

                                     DAISY
                         What do you mean? I don't get it.

               Audra and Mike exchange looks. Finally, Mike looks to Daisy.

                                     MIKE
                         We just mean, this isn't a good place 
                         to take a long walk by yourself at 
                         night. You have to be careful.

               Daisy doesn't reply. She knows something is going on, but 
               she asks no more questions.

               EXT. RESIDENTIAL STREET - NIGHT

               The group is making their way down the street. Walking slowly 
               and just taking in the night air.

                                     DAWN
                         So, the school on the Hellmouth is 
                         the place you don't want to be most 
                         of the time.

                                     RYAN
                         Because the Hellmouth is the big 
                         fancy portal thing?

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                                                                        52.


                                     DAWN
                         Something like that.  Seems like 
                         someone from our group's always 
                         keeping an eye on it though.  First, 
                         everyone but me was there.  Giles 
                         was the librarian and everyone else 
                         went to school.

                                     RYAN
                         Okay.

                                     XANDER
                         Then we blew up the school.

                                     RYAN
                         You blew up the school?

                                     WILLOW
                         Well, it had a demon in it.

                                     DAWN
                         The Mayor.

                                     RYAN
                         The Mayor was a demon?

                                     DAWN
                         Yup.

                                     RYAN
                         And you blew up the school?

                                     XANDER
                         On graduation night.

                                     RYAN
                         The Mayor was a demon, and you blew 
                         up the school on graduation night.

                                     DAWN
                         But the school was rebuilt, and I 
                         ended up going there until the whole 
                         town was swallowed by a giant cavern 
                         as we thwarted the plans of the First 
                         Evil to release a race of uber-vamps 
                         into the world and throw off the 
                         balance of good and evil.

                                     WILLOW
                         Then the town was mysteriously 
                         reformed and now the school's a hybrid 
                         of both of the old schools.

                                     RYAN
                         You people live very complicated 
                         lives.

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                                     WILLOW
                         We haven't even told you the story 
                         about Giles singing in a coffee house.

                                     RYAN
                         Nuh-uh.

                                     DAWN
                         It's true.

               Xander suddenly stops short, feeling his pockets.

                                     XANDER
                         Damn. I forgot my wallet.

                                     GILES
                         I can pay for dinner.

                                     XANDER
                         No, it's still my treat. I'll catch 
                         up to you guys.

                                     WILLOW
                         You sure?

                                     XANDER
                         Yeah. Go. I'll be right there.

               Xander turns around and heads back to the house. The others 
               keep walking.

                                     DAWN
                              (to Ryan)
                         So now we come to the part about 
                         everyones' love lives.

                                     WILLOW
                         Maybe we should wait until he's 
                         sitting down for this one.

               INT. WILLOW AND XANDER'S HOUSE - FOYER/LIVING ROOM - NIGHT

               Xander rushes into the house, closing the door behind him. 
               He quickly walks into the living room and grabs his wallet 
               off of a table. He sticks it into his pocket and walks back 
               to the door.

               When he opens the door to leave, he stops short. His face 
               goes blank.

                                     XANDER
                         Oh my God.

               ANGLE ON : THE DOORWAY

               BUFFY stands just outside the doorway, looking at Xander.

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                                                                        54.


                                     XANDER (CONT'D)
                         Buffy.

                                                             FADE TO BLACK:

                                     END OF EPISODE