TEASER

               FADE IN:

               EXT. CEMETERY - NIGHT

               BUFFY and GILES walk through the cemetery. Buffy is carrying 
               a stake, but she is looking down as she walks. Giles is 
               scanning the area for vampires.

                                     BUFFY
                         It's peaceful here. Just walking, I 
                         mean. It's nice.

                                     GILES
                         Is it something you do often?

               Buffy isn't quite sure how to respond. 

                                     BUFFY
                         It's different.

                                     GILES
                         You never seem to talk about your 
                         time away.

                                     BUFFY
                         There's not a lot to say, really.

               Giles smiles.

                                     GILES
                         I've followed your progress, Buffy. 
                         As much as I could. The things you've 
                         done...

                                     BUFFY
                         I have fans. Neat.
                              (then)
                         I'm not signing your chest, so don't 
                         even ask.

                                     GILES
                         Buffy...

                                     BUFFY
                         I know. I just... Maybe someday I 
                         can explain or make sense of it. 
                         Right now I just want to pretend 
                         that things are back to normal. That 
                         I'm back to normal.

                                     GILES
                         But you're not. Something is different 
                         about you. The way you carry yourself. 
                         The way you patrol.

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                                                                         2.


                                     BUFFY
                         I know. I'm all grown up now.

                                     GILES
                         That's not what I meant.
                              (beat)
                         You haven't looked up all night. 
                         You're on patrol, but you've barely 
                         looked up all night.

               Buffy isn't sure how to respond.

                                     BUFFY
                         I know.
                              (beat)
                         Things are different now.

                                     GILES
                         I understand that. I'm just saying 
                         that this isn't something that you 
                         have to go through alone. We're here 
                         for you.

               Buffy looks at Giles and is about to respond when she feels 
               something strange. She looks toward the graves.

                                     GILES (CONT'D)
                         Buffy?

               Giles looks toward the graves.

               CLOSE ON: GILES

                                     GILES (CONT'D)
                         Is something out there?

               When Giles turns toward Buffy again, he finds himself standing 
               alone.

               A LOUD THUD catches Giles' attention and he turns around. 
               Rather than run toward the action, Giles stops to watch.

               GILES' POV

               The moonlight allows Giles to see only the silhouettes of 
               Buffy and THREE VAMPIRES on a hill in the distance. Buffy 
               throws one of the vampires over a nearby headstone, folding 
               him in half the wrong way.

               She then turns to a second vampire, and punches her fist 
               through his chest, pulling out his heart. That vampire TURNS 
               TO DUST.

               The third vampire attempts to run in Giles' direction. Buffy 
               doesn't run after him. Instead, she throws her stake, which 
               passes through the vampire, and embeds itself in a tree that 
               is several feet away from Giles.

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                                                                         3.


               The SECOND VAMPIRE TURNS TO DUST.

               Giles turns toward the stake in the tree. He walks to it, 
               and finds that half of the stake is hidden within the tree. 
               He attempts to pull it out, but can't.

               As he turns toward the hill again, he finds Buffy standing 
               behind him. He jumps, but quickly regains his composure.

                                     BUFFY
                         Sorry to run off mid-conversation.

                                     GILES
                         It's okay...
                              (turning toward the 
                              stake again)
                         ...really.

                                     BUFFY
                         So, what were you saying again?

                                     GILES
                         Something about your methods having 
                         changed.

                                     BUFFY
                         Oh. Yeah.

               Buffy turns and starts walking again. Giles follows.

                                     GILES
                         The way you move is incredible.

                                     BUFFY
                         It's why I have the fancy title and 
                         the corner office.
                              (beat)
                         The only office.
                              (beat)
                         Okay, no office. You get what I'm 
                         saying though, right?

                                     GILES
                         Surprisingly, yes.

                                     BUFFY
                         So, you think they're getting 
                         desperate? The demons, I mean.

                                     GILES
                         Hmm?

                                     BUFFY
                         Those vampires weren't fresh. No 
                         open graves. That means that they 
                         were looking for food.

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                                                                         4.


                                     GILES
                         In a cemetery? Hardly seems like the 
                         ideal hunting ground.

                                     BUFFY
                         You don't think they were hunting?

                                     GILES
                         I suppose they could have been cutting 
                         through the cemetery on their way to 
                         a more bountiful feeding spot. It 
                         just strikes me as odd.

                                     BUFFY
                         Oh, God. You don't think this is one 
                         of those things where they're in the 
                         graveyard looking for some old guy's 
                         crypt which has some old amulet or 
                         scroll or something in it, do you? I 
                         mean, seriously, why do people keep 
                         buring themselves with this stuff? 
                         It's not exactly safe, is it? 
                         Seriously!

                                     GILES
                         If they were, we may never know what 
                         that object was, or with whom it is 
                         buried.

                                     BUFFY
                         Right. So we're blaming me for this.

                                     GILES
                         We're not blaming anyone. The simple 
                         truth is that we've been here for a 
                         month now and we've barely even seen 
                         a demon. Whatever Daniel Hewitt and 
                         Drusilla are planning to do, we're 
                         hardly any closer to knowing now 
                         than we were on day one.

                                     BUFFY
                         If they try anything, we'll stop 
                         them.

                                     GILES
                         As comforting as it is to know that 
                         you're now capable of snapping trees 
                         in half, I think I'd still prefer to 
                         have more information.

                                     BUFFY
                         We will. Don't worry.
                              (beat)
                         Who wants ice cream?

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                                                                         5.


               Buffy picks up speed, leaving Giles a few steps behind. He 
               watches her go, not knowing quite what to make of this 
               attitude.

                                                             FADE TO BLACK:

                                      END OF TEASER
 
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                                                                         6.


                                         ACT ONE

               FADE IN: 

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

               BUFFY and WILLOW are sitting on the couch. Willow is flipping 
               through a notebook and making notes while Buffy sits back 
               and watches while playing with an iPod that she is listening 
               to.

                                     WILLOW
                         Okay, so we have a location, the 
                         food, the guests... Do we really 
                         want our guests?

                                     BUFFY
                         It is kinda traditional to have family 
                         at the wedding.

                                     WILLOW
                         I don't think the traditionalists 
                         ever met our families.

                                     BUFFY
                         They're not that bad.

                                     WILLOW
                         When we went to dinner at my parents' 
                         house last week, my mother tried to 
                         convince me that I didn't know Xander 
                         well enough to get married. 

                                     BUFFY
                         It's kinda sweet that they're so 
                         protective.
                              (off of Willow's look)
                         I mean... Evil. Your parents are 
                         evil.

                                     WILLOW
                         I'm glad you agree and I'm not just 
                         going crazy.

               DAWN and RYAN walks from the kitchen, toward the living room, 
               laughing.

                                     DAWN
                         Stop. Seriously, stop.

                                     RYAN
                         I am stopped.

               Ryan then reaches out in an attempt to playfully tickle Dawn, 
               but she squirms out of reach, still laughing.

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                                                                         7.


                                     RYAN (CONT'D)
                         See? Stopped.

               Buffy watches them as they go about their game and walk into 
               the living room.  Her face is expressionless, which causes 
               Ryan to get a little uncomfortable when he sees her.

                                     DAWN
                         What are you guys doing?

                                     WILLOW
                         The same thing we've been doing for 
                         the past month.
                              (beat)
                         Whose idea was this quickie wedding 
                         again?  There's a reason why these 
                         things usually take a good year of 
                         planning. I mean, what were we 
                         thinking? It's crazy. 

                                     BUFFY
                         It isn't that bad.

                                     WILLOW
                         No. You're right.  I'm just 
                         overreacting.  What's a silly old 
                         wedding anyway, except the single 
                         biggest day in the lives of two people 
                         who don't plan on ever getting 
                         divorced.  It's only a lifelong 
                         commitment that will change everything 
                         forever.

                                     DAWN
                         You're not even taking his last name 
                         and you already live together. How 
                         much is really going to change?

               Willow looks up at Dawn, a little crazy looking. Dawn quickly 
               grows uncomfortable.

                                     DAWN (CONT'D)
                         Please don't kill me.

               Dawn sits next to Willow and looks over her notes. Buffy 
               goes back to playing with the iPod.

                                     DAWN (CONT'D)
                         So, what's the big deal here?  You 
                         have location, food, guests... The 
                         last page of this book is full of 
                         doodles.

                                     WILLOW
                         I know! Everything is planned.
                                     (MORE)

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                                                                         8.


                                     WILLOW (CONT'D)
                         It just seems like I should be doing 
                         something. Something isn't right 
                         here. It's doomed and I should see 
                         why it's doomed, but I don't. Things 
                         are going to fall apart and I can't 
                         even figure out how or why. 

                                     DAWN
                         Things aren't going to fall apart. 
                         You're just an efficient planner. 

                                     WILLOW
                         We'll see.

                                     DAWN
                         You have it all planned, but we can 
                         run the checklist again if you want. 

                                     WILLOW
                         I want.

               Dawn reaches over to a table and grabs a piece of paper. She 
               reads off of it. 

                                     DAWN
                         Dress fitting?

                                     WILLOW
                         Last one was yesterday.

                                     DAWN
                         Hair appointments?

                                     WILLOW
                         Scheduled. 

                                     DAWN
                         Bachelorette party? We should totally 
                         go to the Bronze. 

                                     WILLOW
                         Only if you're into the gay disco 
                         these days.

                                     DAWN
                         No disco is good disco.

                                     WILLOW
                         Plus, their shrimp gave me hives. 
                         And since I'm not allergic to anything 
                         except some brands of disinfectant, 
                         I don't even want to know where they 
                         got their lemon sauce.

                                     DAWN
                         Eew. 

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                                                                         9.


                                     RYAN
                         Does anyone want anything from the 
                         kitchen?

                                     DAWN
                         We just came from the kitchen.

                                     RYAN
                         I know. I'm thirsty.

                                     WILLOW
                         Nothing for me. Thanks.

               Ryan nods and walks back to the kitchen. Willow looks to 
               Dawn, puzzled.

                                     DAWN
                         Buffy freaks him out a little.

               Willow looks to Buffy who is unable to hear what they're 
               saying, but has a distant, kinda glazed over look in her 
               eyes.

                                     WILLOW
                         I can see why.

               Buffy winces and pulls the earphones off.

                                     BUFFY
                         I know I've been gone for a while 
                         and I've missed a lot, but can someone 
                         please tell me exactly when Gwen 
                         Stefani turned evil, and why nobody 
                         has taken action against this evil?

                                     DAWN
                         She's intimidating to those who don't 
                         know her. Especially when she keeps 
                         staring them down.

                                     BUFFY
                         Right. Except, huh?

                                     WILLOW
                         She's talking about you.

                                     BUFFY
                         Oh. Good. 'Cause Gwen Stefani is so 
                         not intimidating.  You meet her in a 
                         dark alley and it's not even a little 
                         bit scary.

                                     WILLOW
                         You haven't seen her backup dancers.

                                     DAWN
                         Point! We're not even close to it.

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                                                                        10.


                                     BUFFY
                         I'm sorry. What were you saying? I'm 
                         intimidating? To who?

                                     DAWN
                         Stop scaring my boyfriend!

                                     RYAN (O.S.)
                         I'm not scared!

                                     DAWN
                         I know you're not, sweetie!
                              (then, whispered)
                         Stop scaring my boyfriend.

                                     BUFFY
                         I'm not trying to intimidate anyone.

                                     DAWN
                         You barely speak to him. When you 
                         do, it's always variation of "we'll 
                         talk."

                                     BUFFY
                         See? I'm showing interest in him.

                                     DAWN
                         You know what you're doing. I'm not 
                         a baby anymore, Buffy. I don't need 
                         you standing guard over me.

                                     BUFFY
                              (beat)
                         Fine. I'm sorry. I will try to rectify 
                         the situation.

                                     DAWN
                         What does that mean?

                                     BUFFY
                         Rectify? Oh, don't worry. It's not 
                         as gross as it sounds. I just means 
                         that--

                                     DAWN
                         I know what the word means.  I want 
                         to know what you mean when you use 
                         it.

                                     BUFFY
                         I mean, I will be polite. I will 
                         talk to him and put a stop to any 
                         intimidation. I promise.

                                     DAWN
                         Good. Thank you.

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                                                                        11.


               Willow giggles as she looks over her notes again.

                                     WILLOW
                         Rectify.

                                     BUFFY
                         Now Dawn, I have a question for you 
                         and I need you to be honest when you 
                         answer.

                                     DAWN
                         Oookay.

                                     BUFFY
                         Why do you have this crap on your 
                         iPod?

               Dawn hesitates and looks a little guilty.

                                     DAWN
                         It was for my American Idol audition.
                              (beat)
                         Which was just for fun with some 
                         friends.
                              (beat)
                         I didn't even get in to see the 
                         judges.

               Buffy and Willow exchange looks. There is a long silence in 
               the room, which makes Dawn uncomfortable.

                                     DAWN (CONT'D)
                         I'm gonna get something to eat now.

               Dawn walks out of the room. Buffy and Willow can't help but 
               smile.

                                     WILLOW
                         I missed this. This is good.

                                     BUFFY
                         What? The fact that everyone I come 
                         into contact with suddenly feels the 
                         urge to run into the kitchen?

                                     WILLOW
                         Maybe you shouldn't talk to me until 
                         after the wedding. Slayer powers or 
                         not, if you make me fat, I will bring 
                         you down.

                                     BUFFY
                         Thanks, Cordy. Can I speak to Willow 
                         now?

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                                                                        12.


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

               Dawn and Ryan are both sitting at the island, not doing much 
               of anything. Not saying much of anything. Just sitting.

               The basement door opens and Xander walks into the kitchen, 
               carrying the laptop. He walks to the island and sets it down 
               in front of Dawn.

                                     XANDER
                         You have mail.

                                     DAWN
                         Huh?

                                     XANDER
                         You left the program open before and 
                         it just made that funny ding-dong 
                         sound.

                                     DAWN
                         Ah. Thanks.

               Dawn opens the laptop and starts to look through her mail.

                                     XANDER
                         Don't worry though. I didn't read 
                         it.

                                     DAWN
                         Mm-hmm.

                                     XANDER
                         I wouldn't do that. It would be wrong. 
                         Very wrong.

               Dawn is distracted by her e-mail, but Ryan is looking at 
               Xander with no idea why Xander is dragging this out.

                                     XANDER (CONT'D)
                              (to Ryan)
                         Okay! Stop looking at me. I did it 
                         once. I read Willow's e-mail one 
                         time. Is that a crime?

               Ryan shrugs.

                                     XANDER (CONT'D)
                         Probably not though, right?

                                     DAWN
                              (re: the e-mail)
                         Huh.

               Xander and Ryan look over to Dawn. She's still reading.

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                                                                        13.


                                     RYAN
                         What's up?

                                     DAWN
                         Hold on a sec.

               Dawn finishes reading her e-mail and then looks away from 
               the screen.

                                     DAWN (CONT'D)
                         About a year ago, I was writing this 
                         paper for one of my classes and I 
                         found a reference to this group of 
                         monks whose sworn duty it was to 
                         protect "a great power". I also found 
                         out that most of these guys were 
                         killed a few years back. That led me 
                         down this path of old books and blurbs 
                         about the monks, which made me start 
                         thinking that the great power that 
                         they were sworn to protect could 
                         have been the Key. It could have 
                         been me.

                                     RYAN
                         I'm following so far... Which is 
                         kinda unusual.

                                     XANDER
                         So these were the guys who made you 
                         into you?

                                     DAWN
                         I think so. That's why I sent them a 
                         couple of e-mails a while back, asking 
                         some kinda vague questions about 
                         this power.

                                     RYAN
                         The monks have e-mail?

                                     XANDER
                         Not the point.

                                     RYAN
                         Sorry.

                                     XANDER
                              (to Dawn)
                         Did the monks respond?

                                     DAWN
                         Not until about a week ago.

               Dawn looks to Xander.

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                                                                        14.


                                     DAWN (CONT'D)
                         They had to know my name, right? If 
                         this was the same group of monks 
                         that made me, they probably knew my 
                         name.

                                     XANDER
                         Those monks died though, right?

                                     DAWN
                         The ones that did the actual forming, 
                         yeah. But they had different sects 
                         all over the world, trying to throw 
                         off anyone who was looking for the 
                         Key. All of those other monks had 
                         the same training.

                                     XANDER
                         Then, yeah, they might have known 
                         your name. So, did they give you any 
                         other information?

                                     DAWN
                         They've been into this Key stuff for 
                         a really long time, so there's a ton 
                         of information that would be kinda 
                         interesting.

                                     RYAN
                         So, what did they say?

                                     DAWN
                         I'm not sure yet. I can't read it.

                                     XANDER
                         Want me to help you sound out the 
                         big words?

               Dawn looks at Xander for a moment before shaking her head 
               and turning the computer screen so that he can see it.

                                     DAWN
                         It's written in another language. 
                         I'm not sure which language either. 
                         It doesn't look familiar.

                                     XANDER
                         Even to you?

                                     DAWN
                         I know. It's weird and just a little 
                         bit annoying. I'll figure it out 
                         though.

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                                                                        15.


               INT. TENT - DAY

               It is day, but since we're in a tent in the underground demon 
               camp, it might as well be night.

               The tent is a tall one, with enough room inside for DRUSILLA, 
               HEWITT and DOC to fit comfortably.

               Doc sits in the center of the space, with a fire buring in 
               front of him. He is using the light from the flame to read 
               an ancient scroll, which is just one of several. The other 
               scrolls are in a wooden chest nearby.

                                     HEWITT
                         Enough of this. I'm tired of sitting 
                         in this cave, day after day, waiting 
                         for you to decipher those scrolls.

                                     DOC
                         If you would prefer to do the job 
                         yourself, you're more than welcome 
                         to it.

                                     HEWITT
                         It's gibberish.

                                     DOC
                         Only a half-breed like yourself would 
                         think that. Such impatient creatures, 
                         still living by a human clock.

                                     HEWITT
                         Would you prefer to wait until the 
                         Slayer has killed us all? You know 
                         as well as I that it's only a matter 
                         of days until she finds this place. 
                         When she does, there's not a demon 
                         here that can stop her.
                              (beat)
                         Half-breed or not.

                                     DOC
                         I'm getting closer. These things 
                         take time.
                              (beat)
                         Have you ever written a spell, Mr. 
                         Hewitt?

                                     HEWITT
                         I've worked with witches.

                                     DOC
                         Witches who can combine elements of 
                         other spells, like mixing cake batter 
                         from a box. You have never seen how 
                         a spell truly comes about.

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                                                                        16.


                                     HEWITT
                         No, I haven't. What difference does 
                         that make?

                                     DOC
                         How useful do you think any known 
                         spell would be to us? Do you think 
                         that we can create a ball of light, 
                         mix it with a teleportation spell 
                         and call it the Key?

               Doc puts his scroll back into the chest and closes it.

                                     DOC (CONT'D)
                         The Key is different than anything 
                         in this world, or any other. It is a 
                         force beyond nature. I've used that 
                         power once before, on a night when 
                         every dimension was aligned and the 
                         fates were willing to give us our 
                         one chance. Do you know what that 
                         one chance got us?
                              (beat)
                         The holiest of beasts was stricken 
                         down, and the second death of the 
                         Slayer brought forth the Night of 
                         Morel Divineh. Because I failed to 
                         realize the blood bond that the Key 
                         had with the Slayer, I allowed all 
                         of this to come about. I won't let 
                         that happen again. I will see the 
                         death of this Slayer, and I will see 
                         the forces of Hell rise on this plain, 
                         devouring everything in its wake.

               Doc pulls a blanket over his shoulders and attempts to warm 
               himself next to the fire.

                                     DOC (CONT'D)
                         In a matter of days, every human 
                         being within a hundred miles of this 
                         place will be sucked into an 
                         unimaginable hell. Including the 
                         Slayer.
                              (beat)
                         And this time, she's not coming back.

                                                             FADE TO BLACK:

                                      END OF ACT ONE
 
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                                                                        17.


                                         ACT TWO

               FADE IN:

               INT. SUNNYDALE HIGH - CAFETERIA - DAY

               AUDRA and MIKE are sitting at a table, eating their lunch 
               and laughing. Mike is holding up his hamburger, and making 
               it speak.

                                     MIKE
                         "I'm going to eat you! Ha! Ha! Ha!"

               Audra stops laughing.

                                     AUDRA
                         It was funny right until you did 
                         that.

               Mike puts the burger down.

                                     MIKE
                         What? It's still funny. The 
                         hamburger's all menacing and stuff.

                                     AUDRA
                         Not really.
                              (beat)
                         A chicken sandwich could be though. 
                         That'd be funny.

                                     MIKE
                         You don't know what you're talking 
                         about.

               Daisy walks to the table and sits down. Instead of placing 
               her lunch in front of her, she sets down a stack of 
               schoolbooks. She hasn't even stopped to think that now might 
               be a good time for lunch.

                                     MIKE (CONT'D)
                         Daisy, you can be our impartial judge. 
                         Which is more menacing, a hamburger...
                              (he widens his eyes 
                              and nods to her)
                         ...or a chicken sandwich?
                              (he frowns and shakes 
                              his head)

                                     AUDRA
                         Way to keep it fair.

                                     DAISY
                         What do you guys know about Buffy 
                         Summers?

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                                                                        18.


               Mike and Audra look at each other, puzzled. Mike then looks 
               back to Daisy.

                                     MIKE
                         I know that she's probably more 
                         menacing than a chicken sandwich.

                                     DAISY
                         Seriously. C'mon.

                                     AUDRA
                         What is there to be serious about? 
                         For starters, she doesn't exist.

                                     DAISY
                         That's not what Scott March says.

                                     AUDRA
                         Scott March is an idiot.

                                     MIKE
                         He really is.

                                     DAISY
                         He says that she protects people. 
                         Like she watches over the town.

                                     AUDRA
                         It's an urban legend.

                                     DAISY
                         So tell me the urban legend.

                                     MIKE
                         Didn't Scott tell you?

                                     DAISY
                         He only told me the first part before 
                         he tried to feel me up.

                                     AUDRA
                         Idiot.

                                     MIKE
                         It's not a complicated story. People 
                         say that there was a girl named Buffy 
                         Summers who lived around here and 
                         had a knack for showing up when things 
                         got weird.

                                     AUDRA
                         You'd think she'd prevent the town 
                         from falling into a giant hole in 
                         the ground.

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                                                                        19.


                                     MIKE
                         If she existed. Which she doesn't. 
                         Which is lucky for us because houses 
                         are cheap now and my old apartment 
                         smelled like rotten fish and hard 
                         boiled eggs.

                                     DAISY
                         So she never existed?

                                     AUDRA
                         Not according to any records. I found 
                         a mention of a Buffy Summers once, 
                         but she was a cheerleader in LA. Not 
                         exactly a "save the world" type.

               Mike is about to speak, but Audra holds up a hand.

                                     AUDRA (CONT'D)
                         If you make a "Heroes" joke, I will 
                         hurt you.
                              (then, to Daisy)
                         Oh, and there were about six billion 
                         other matches that were mostly porn.

                                     DAISY
                         So you've looked into this?

                                     AUDRA
                         Not far. I typed the name into Google 
                         one time last year when I had to 
                         write a paper on Sunnydale heritage 
                         for Reformation Day.

                                     MIKE
                         That's the day when we all gather 
                         around and pray that the town doesn't 
                         fall into another hole.

                                     AUDRA
                         Why are you so high on Buffy all of 
                         the sudden?

                                     DAISY
                         You don't think it kinda makes sense? 
                         What happend that night...

               Daisy leans closer and lowers her voice.

                                     DAISY (CONT'D)
                         That guy was attacking us. He could 
                         have killed us without breaking a 
                         sweat, but he didn't. Something or 
                         someone stopped him.

                                     AUDRA
                         You really think it was Buffy Summers?

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                                                                        20.


                                     DAISY
                         I don't know what to think. I do 
                         know that I haven't been able to get 
                         it out of my mind for the past month. 
                         A guy doesn't just fall down and 
                         break in half. Someone saved our 
                         lives. Someone powerful. I want to 
                         find that person.

                                     MIKE
                         Even if we said we'd help, which 
                         obviously we're going to do, how do 
                         you track down an urban legend?

                                     DAISY
                         We live in the age of information. 
                         We should be able to find something 
                         on her if she did exist.

                                     AUDRA
                         Umm, are we forgetting that I Googled 
                         her already? How much more can we 
                         do?

                                     DAISY
                         Local newspapers, yearbooks, school 
                         records, property records that match 
                         last names. How long ago was she 
                         supposed to have lived here?

               Mike shrugs.

                                     AUDRA
                         Ten... Maybe fifteen years, I guess.

                                     DAISY
                         Could be worse, I guess.

                                     MIKE
                         What do you want me to do?

                                     DAISY
                         You can go to city hall and see if 
                         they have any property records from 
                         around that time.
                              (then, to Audra)
                         You can go to the office and ask 
                         about school records.

                                     AUDRA
                         You think they'll just hand over 
                         school records to me?

                                     DAISY
                         Be creative.

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                                                                        21.


                                     MIKE
                         What about you?

                                     DAISY
                         Library. I have ten or fifteen 
                         yearbooks to skim through.

               There's a long pause.

                                     AUDRA
                         Actually, you'd only need about half 
                         a dozen. That should cover it.

                                     MIKE
                              (to Audra)
                         Wanna swap jobs?

                                     AUDRA
                         No.

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

               Giles is pacing back and forth, holding a piece of paper 
               with a printout of Dawn's e-mail on it.

               Dawn and Ryan are sitting on the couch, looking at the 
               laptop's display of the same e-mail.

                                     GILES
                         Well, it doesn't look familiar. At 
                         first, I thought it might be some 
                         sort of lost language that you weren't 
                         familiar with.

                                     DAWN
                         I've seen enough samples to recognize 
                         most of them though.
                              (beat)
                         The thing is, it does look familiar. 
                         It's like I should be able to read 
                         what it says, but I can't. It's on 
                         the tip of my brain.

                                     GILES
                         If I were back in England, I could 
                         run it through the Council's database.

                                     DAWN
                         And then we could give them even 
                         more information that I'd rather 
                         they didn't have.
                              (beat)
                         This one has to stay in the family. 
                         We can work it out if we have enough 
                         time. We just need a place to start.

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                                                                        22.


               Ryan looks down at the computer screen and then looks to 
               Dawn and Giles. He wants to say something, but he also doesn't 
               want to sound stupid in front of people who actually know 
               what they're talking about.

               Ryan sits back on the couch, still thinking about something. 
               Dawn looks back and sees the expression on his face.

                                     DAWN (CONT'D)
                         Are you okay?

                                     RYAN
                         Yeah. I was just thinking...

                                     DAWN
                         Thinking what?

                                     RYAN
                         Well... I have absolutely no clue 
                         what I'm talking about, so it's 
                         probably stupid.

                                     DAWN
                         Consider us warned. Now tell me what 
                         you were thinking.

               Dawn turns back to her computer screen. 

                                     RYAN
                         Okay.
                              (beat)
                         It's probably encoded, right? I mean, 
                         if I were going to send some cryptic 
                         message to a person in a situation 
                         like this and I didn't want the bad 
                         guy to snatch it and figure it out 
                         themselves, I'd probably encode it. 
                         So maybe it's not some old language 
                         that a demon might be familiar with. 
                              (beat)
                         Maybe you need a key to figure it 
                         out.

               Giles and Dawn both look at Ryan at the same time, and then 
               to each other.

                                     DAWN
                         We're slow.

                                     GILES
                         I agree.

                                     RYAN
                         So I'm not stupid?

                                     DAWN
                         You're not stupid.

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                                                                        23.


               Dawn kisses Ryan on the cheek.

                                     DAWN (CONT'D)
                         You're brilliant.

                                     RYAN
                         Don't get carried away.

               Dawn stands up and walks to Giles. She looks at the paper in 
               his hands.

                                     DAWN
                         So I should be able to figure this 
                         out. How?

                                     GILES
                         The answer is inside of you somewhere. 
                         Like a memory, hidden deep inside 
                         your subconscious.

                                     DAWN
                         So I should be able to figure this 
                         out. How?

                                     GILES
                         Meditation, maybe. We could attempt 
                         to focus your thoughts.

                                     DAWN
                         Cool. Let's do it.

               INT. SUNNYDALE HIGH - HALLWAY - DAY

               Willow is walking down the hallway, carrying a few books and 
               a cup of coffee. Daisy walks up to her from behind, holding 
               a yearbook.

                                     DAISY
                         Ms. Rosenberg?

                                     WILLOW
                         Daisy, hey.

                                     DAISY
                         Hi.

               Daisy looks at the books in Willow's hands and is a little 
               puzzled by them.

                                     DAISY (CONT'D)
                         Are computer teachers supposed to 
                         have books? Isn't that against 
                         computer geek union codes or 
                         something?

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                                                                        24.


                                     WILLOW
                         You would think, but sadly, no. What 
                         can I help you with?

                                     DAISY
                         Right. Um... Well, you remember about 
                         a month ago when that guy was giving 
                         me a hard time?

                                     WILLOW
                         Yeah. He's not back, is he?

                                     DAISY
                         He's dead.

                                     WILLOW
                         Right... So he's probably not back... 
                         Right?

                                     DAISY
                         Right. The thing is, something saved 
                         me that night and for the life of 
                         me, I can't figure out what happened.

                                     WILLOW
                         What do you mean?

                                     DAISY
                         See, when we were attacked, I was 
                         knocked out. I couldn't defend myself. 
                         There was nobody else around. But 
                         when I woke up, this guy was dead.
                              (beat)
                         Really, really good and dead.

                                     WILLOW
                         Wow.

                                     DAISY
                         Yeah.

                                     WILLOW
                         What does this have to do with me?

               They reach Willow's classroom and stop in the doorway.

                                     DAISY
                         I was hoping you could help me with 
                         something.

                                     WILLOW
                         If I can, I will.

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                                                                        25.


                                     DAISY
                              (extended beat)
                         The thing is, there's this urban 
                         legend. It's about this girl who 
                         watches over Sunnydale. Protects it. 
                         Have you ever heard of it?

                                     WILLOW
                         I can honestly say that I've never 
                         heard that legend.

                                     DAISY
                         Her name is Buffy Summers.

               Willow is thrown and almost drops her coffee, but covers by 
               quickly twisting her ankle.

                                     WILLOW
                         Damn heels!

               She looks back to Daisy.

                                     WILLOW (CONT'D)
                         Sorry. What were you saying before 
                         my shoe attacked?

                                     DAISY
                         Buffy Summers. Have you ever heard 
                         of her?

                                     WILLOW
                         I don't think so.

               Daisy brings up the yearbook in her hand and starts to flip 
               through it. It's charred, bent and torn on several pages, 
               but is still a functional book. 

               Willow watches as she does, getting a little uncomfortable.

                                     DAISY
                         See, I was looking through some old 
                         yearbooks... The few that managed to 
                         survive anyway. As I was looking, I 
                         found this.

               Daisy points to a picture in the yearbook. It's Willow.

               Willow winces when she sees that.

                                     WILLOW
                         Wow. I keep forgetting how horrible 
                         that picture really was.

               Daisy flips a few more pages.

                                     DAISY
                         And then I found this...

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                                                                        26.


               Daisy points to a blank spot on the book. There's writing 
               under it which says "Buffy Summers - Not Pictured"

                                     DAISY (CONT'D)
                         She was in your graduating class. 
                         1999. Are you sure you didn't know 
                         her?

                                     WILLOW
                         I wasn't really a social butterfly 
                         back in those days. I didn't know 
                         most people. Sorry, I can't help.

                                     DAISY
                         Oh.

               Daisy closes the yearbook and lowers it to her side.

                                     DAISY (CONT'D)
                         Damn. I was this close to being 
                         Jessica Fletcher.

                                     WILLOW
                         Sorry.

               The BELL RINGS. Willow looks back into her classroom, and 
               then to Daisy.

                                     WILLOW (CONT'D)
                         We're late.

               Willow walks into the classroom. Daisy takes a moment to 
               recover from her letdown, and then follows Willow into the 
               classroom.

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

               Buffy, Willow, Xander and Ryan are watching Giles and Dawn 
               set up several candles around the room as they prepare for 
               their meditation experiment.

                                     BUFFY
                         Wait, so I'm an urban legend now?

                                     XANDER
                         Like Typhoid Mary.

                                     WILLOW
                         Bloody Mary.

                                     DAWN
                         Resurrection Mary.

                                     BUFFY
                         Either way, it's cool.
                              (beat)
                         And a little strange.

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                                                                        27.


                                     WILLOW
                         I think the point is that these kids 
                         are looking for you. What do we do 
                         if they actually find you?

                                     BUFFY
                         They probably won't find me. If they 
                         do, we'll figure something out. We 
                         could tell them that they have the 
                         wrong Buffy Summers.

                                     XANDER
                         Because there are so many of those 
                         hanging around.

                                     BUFFY
                         No, but I'm not the only one either. 
                         Have you googled my name lately? 
                         Yow.

                                     GILES
                         We really should have complete silence 
                         for this to work.

                                     XANDER
                         Which is Giles-talk for "get the 
                         hell out."

                                     WILLOW
                         I have files to grade anyway.

               Willow gets up and walks out of the room, up the stairs.

                                     WILLOW (CONT'D)
                         Call me if anything interesting 
                         happens.

               Xander stands next.

                                     XANDER
                         I have some work to do too.

                                     DAWN
                         Gonna give away more secrets?

                                     XANDER
                         Ha-ha.
                              (beat)
                         And, yes.

               Xander walks toward the kitchen. Buffy is the next to stand.

                                     BUFFY
                         There was a time when I was the one 
                         Giles loved the most.
                              (then)
                         I'll be on patrol.

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                                                                        28.


               Buffy walks to the foyer, grabbing a jacket and a stake as 
               she prepares to leave.

               Ryan is the only one still sitting in the living room. Giles 
               looks to him.

                                     RYAN
                         I'll be... Umm...

                                     BUFFY
                         With me. Let's go.

               Ryan looks up to Buffy, a little scared.

                                     RYAN
                         What? Why?

                                     BUFFY
                         It's time we had a talk. Grab your 
                         jacket.

               Buffy walks out the front door. As Ryan stands, he looks to 
               Dawn with fear in his eyes.

                                     RYAN
                         Goodbye.

                                     DAWN
                         She's not that scary. Don't let her 
                         get to you.

               Dawn walks to Ryan and kisses him.

                                     DAWN (CONT'D)
                         Remember to look her in the eyes, 
                         and don't back down. She can smell 
                         fear. Good luck.

                                     RYAN
                         It was comforting up until the kiss.

               Ryan walks out of the room, leaving Dawn and Giles alone.

                                     GILES
                         Now, we're going to need to sit across 
                         from each other...

               EXT. RESIDENTIAL STREET - NIGHT

               Buffy is already walking down the sidewalk when Ryan runs to 
               catch up to her.

                                     BUFFY
                         You came.

                                     RYAN
                         You told me to. Right?

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                                                                        29.


                                     BUFFY
                         Relax. I just want to have a talk 
                         with you.

                                     RYAN
                         Ask me anything.

                                     BUFFY
                         Do you go to school?

                                     RYAN
                         Not at the moment.

                                     BUFFY
                         Planning to?

                                     RYAN
                         Not at the moment.

                                     BUFFY
                         What do you plan at the moment?

                                     RYAN
                         I'm not really sure.
                              (beat)
                         I was going to join the Army.

                                     BUFFY
                         You? Really?
                              (then)
                         That came out more offensive than I 
                         wanted it to. Sorry. You just don't 
                         strike me as the type who rushes 
                         into battle.

                                     RYAN
                         I'm capable when I have to be.

                                     BUFFY
                         What does your family think of this?

                                     RYAN
                         I'll let you know when they speak to 
                         me again.

                                     BUFFY
                         Ah. So you're willing to defy your 
                         family.

                                     RYAN
                         When it's something I believe in, 
                         yeah.

                                     BUFFY
                         That's honorable enough. Hey, speaking 
                         of honor... What are your intentions 
                         toward my sister.

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                                                                        30.


                                     RYAN
                         My intentions?

                                     BUFFY
                         Do you need me to clarify?

                                     RYAN
                         No. My intentions are good. I have 
                         nothing but good, honorable intentions 
                         toward your sister.

                                     BUFFY
                         Good.

               Buffy takes a turn off of the sidewalk, into a park.

               INT. PARK - NIGHT

               They continue to walk as they talk.

                                     BUFFY
                         How was it that you came to meet up 
                         with Dawn in the airport?

                                     RYAN
                         Coincidence.

                                     BUFFY
                         No such thing.

                                     RYAN
                         I wasn't stalking her. I was there 
                         to drop off my sister.

                                     BUFFY
                         Who you aren't speaking to.

                                     RYAN
                         Not since that night.

                                     BUFFY
                         Interesting.

               Ryan stops walking.

                                     RYAN
                         Okay, look...

               Buffy stops walking and turns to face him.

                                     RYAN (CONT'D)
                         I've been fearing this conversation 
                         for a month now, and I'm not really 
                         sure how it's going, so I'm just 
                         going to lay all of my cards on the 
                         table.

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                                                                        31.


               Ryan pauses for a moment, taking a deep breath.

                                     RYAN (CONT'D)
                         That night at the airport was a pretty 
                         crappy night for me. I'd just lost 
                         the last family member that was 
                         speaking to me, and I'm not surrounded 
                         by a whole group of friends like you 
                         have. I had nobody. And then I saw 
                         Dawn.
                              (beat)
                         When I saw her, everything else just 
                         kinda went away. Everything that 
                         we'd been through before. Everything 
                         that I've been through since. All of 
                         it was just... unimportant. And I 
                         know what you're thinking. You're 
                         thinking that I latched onto her 
                         because I was lonely. I thought the 
                         same thing at first, but it's just 
                         not true. Honestly, when I'm with 
                         you and your friends, I feel like 
                         the stupidest person in the world. I 
                         feel like this outsider, looking in 
                         at this world that I can't really 
                         touch and I just want to leave. Then 
                         she looks at me. She gives me a smile, 
                         or a peck on the cheek and just like 
                         before, nothing else matters.

               Buffy listens without saying anything. It's obvious that 
               she's starting to see something in him. She's starting to 
               warm up to him a little bit.

                                     RYAN (CONT'D)
                         At the end of the day, do I think 
                         she's in love with me? I really 
                         couldn't tell you. What I can tell 
                         you is that I am in love with her. I 
                         can tell you that I would do anything 
                         for her. Give anything. I will stay 
                         here, and feel stupid, and talk to 
                         the scariest person in the world 
                         about my inner most feelings for as 
                         long as she will let me.

               They continue to stand, without saying anything for a moment. 
               Finally, he starts to look around, uncomfortable.

                                     RYAN (CONT'D)
                         That was it.

               Buffy turns and starts walking again.

                                     BUFFY
                         You're not stupid.

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                                                                        32.


               Ryan catches up to her again. They walk for a few seconds 
               without saying anything, and then Buffy stops. As soon as he 
               notices, Ryan stops too.

                                     RYAN
                         What?

                                     BUFFY
                         We're not alone.

               Just as she says that, THREE VAMPIRES jump out at them. Two 
               of the vampires attack Buffy, and the third goes after Ryan.

               As one of the vampires swings at her, Buffy grabs its arm 
               and twists it with a SNAP. She then throws that vampire to 
               the ground.

               Buffy spin-kicks the second vampire that is attacking her, 
               sending it flying into a tree.

               The vampire that is attacking Ryan takes his time getting to 
               it. Ryan and the vampire stare each other down for a moment 
               before the vampire charges at Ryan. Ryan grabs the vampire 
               and manages to knee it in the guy, causing it to double over.

               Buffy picks up the first vampire that attacked her, and throws 
               him against a light post, bringing the light post down with 
               the vampire and making the area that much darker. She pulls 
               her stake, and puts it through this vamp's heart. He TURNS 
               TO DUST.

               Meanwhile, the vampire that Ryan is fighting punches Ryan in 
               the face. As Ryan stumbles back, the vampire grabs his arm 
               and SNAPS it.

               Despite the pain, Ryan attempts to punch with his other hand. 
               The vampire catches this punch, but rather than break that 
               hand, he stomps down onto Ryan's leg, breaking it. He then 
               picks Ryan up, and throws him into a tree. Ryan then falls 
               to the ground.

                                     VAMPIRE
                         Where's your Slayer now?

                                     BUFFY (O.S.)
                         Right here.

               The vampire TURNS TO DUST, revealing Buffy behind him.

               After the vampire is gone, Buffy rushes to Ryan and bends 
               down next to him. Ryan is unconscious, and all kinds of 
               bloody.

                                     BUFFY (CONT'D)
                         Ryan?

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                                                                        33.


               Buffy looks around the area to see if anyone can help, but 
               there is nobody around. She turns back to Ryan.

                                     BUFFY (CONT'D)
                         You're gonna be okay.

                                                                  FADE OUT:

                                      END OF ACT TWO
 
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                                                                        34.


                                        ACT THREE

               FADE IN:

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

               The room is dark, save for the light of the burning candles. 
               Giles and Dawn are sitting on the floor, eyes closed. The 
               printed e-mail sits between them.

               In the background, we can hear the PHONE RING.

                                     WILLOW (O.S.)
                         Hello?
                              (beat)
                         Buffy? What's...
                              (beat)
                         Oh, God. We're on our way now.

               Giles and Dawn both open their eyes, knowing that something 
               is wrong.

               Willow comes into the room, from the dining room. She looks 
               down at Dawn, and Dawn knows that something had happened to 
               Ryan.

                                     DAWN
                         Is he okay?

               Willow doesn't say anything for a moment.

                                     DAWN (CONT'D)
                         Willow, is he alive?

                                     WILLOW
                         He's alive, but they're not telling 
                         Buffy anything. He wasn't awake when 
                         they got to the hospital.

               Dawn and Giles get to their feet.

                                     DAWN
                         Let's go.

               INT. TENT - NIGHT

               Doc is still working on his scrolls. Hewitt is standing behind 
               him, looking over his shoulder.

                                     DOC
                         Everything has changed. Everything 
                         is different now. All of the work I 
                         did for the Beast is useless.

               Doc begins to pace as Hewitt watches.

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                                                                        35.


                                     DOC (CONT'D)
                         The Key isn't merely energy anymore. 
                         It's got free will. It's got the 
                         ability to focus that energy. This 
                         is no longer about opportunity. The 
                         dimensions aren't aligned. The fates 
                         aren't smiling down upon us.

               Doc sits in a chair and grabs a piece of paper. He begins to 
               write.

                                     HEWITT
                         I take it we're almost ready?

                                     DOC
                         Soon, but we'll need a few things in 
                         order to make this work.

               Hewitt reads over his shoulder again.

                                     HEWITT
                         Those aren't herbs.

                                     DOC
                         They're drugs.

               EXT. WOODS - NIGHT

               Daisy and Audra are walking through the woods with 
               flashlights. Audra is looking down at her cell phone.

                                     AUDRA
                         We're headed in the right direction, 
                         I think. I'm not getting a signal 
                         out here.

                                     DAISY
                         Why didn't he just meet us and take 
                         us back here?

                                     AUDRA
                         He said he had to pick something up.

               Daisy holds up a hand.

                                     DAISY
                         Hold on a sec.

               She looks into the distance and sees a light. It's another 
               flashlight.

                                     DAISY (CONT'D)
                         I see him.

               She starts to walk toward the light. Audra stays close.

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                                                                        36.


               After a moment, they reach a clearing where Mike is waiting. 
               When he sees them, he smiles.

                                     MIKE
                         You found me. Cool.

                                     AUDRA
                         Is there a reason why we're hiking 
                         through the woods at night?

                                     MIKE
                         Because something like this shouldn't 
                         wait.

                                     DAISY
                         Something like what?

                                     MIKE
                         Well, I was talking to Cassie Donald 
                         after lunch. She's a cheerleader.

                                     AUDRA
                         And she was talking to you?

                                     MIKE
                         Ha. Funny.
                              (then, to Daisy)
                         She was telling me about this spot 
                         in the woods where she and some 
                         friends had a party. A kinda freaky 
                         little party... I'll give details 
                         later. Anyway, she said that they 
                         found this clearing with what looked 
                         like a rock in it. But when they 
                         looked a little closer, they found 
                         this...

               Mike gestures toward what looks like a rock in the middle of 
               the clearing.

                                     DAISY
                         A rock?

                                     MIKE
                         Do the looking closer part.

               Daisy moves around the rock and bends down to shine her light 
               on it. She wipes some dirt off of it, and uncovers some 
               writing. The writing says "Buffy Summers 1981 - 2001"

               The rest is buried, but it is obvious that these are the 
               broken, and half-buried remains of Buffy's headstone.

                                     DAISY
                         It's a grave. Buffy Summers... Why 
                         would she be buried out here?

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                                                                        37.


                                     MIKE
                         No clue. But it's interesting, right?

               Mike picks up a shovel.

                                     MIKE (CONT'D)
                         Wanna dig?

                                     AUDRA
                         We're not digging up a body!

                                     MIKE
                         Eew! No. I meant, do you want to see 
                         what the rest says?

                                     DAISY
                         Yeah, I want to. I want to see.

                                     MIKE
                         Then let's find out.

               Mike starts to dig. Audra stands back, watching.

                                     AUDRA
                         So... I guess we don't need property 
                         records?

               Daisy thinks that one over. 

               INT. HOSPITAL - WAITING ROOM - NIGHT

               Buffy is sitting alone in the waiting room, looking down at 
               the ground. She is deep in thought.

               Dawn hurries into the waiting room with Willow, Xander and 
               Giles not far behind. She runs to Buffy.

                                     DAWN
                         Is he okay? What happened?

               Buffy stands and tries to look Dawn in the eyes.

                                     BUFFY
                         He had a few broken bones. His legs 
                         and an arm... He has a concussion, 
                         and some bruises, but I think he'll 
                         be okay.

                                     DAWN
                         How did this happen?

                                     BUFFY
                         Vampires. We were attacked.

                                     XANDER
                         Vampires attacked you?

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                                                                        38.


                                     BUFFY
                         I can't explain it.  I was fighting 
                         off two of them and a third went 
                         after Ryan. By the time I got to 
                         him, he'd been beaten pretty badly.

                                     DAWN
                         Can I see him?

                                     BUFFY
                         Not yet.
                              (beat)
                         I'm sorry.

                                     DAWN
                         It's not your fault.

               Dawn hugs Buffy. Buffy holds her for a second, and then lets 
               go.

                                     BUFFY
                         I can't just sit here. I have work 
                         to do.

                                     GILES
                         What do you mean?

                                     BUFFY
                         I let this happen.
                              (beat)
                         I let myself get soft because it 
                         felt good to be home.  I got 
                         distracted, and look where it's gotten 
                         us. Well, I'm not sitting around 
                         anymore.  If Drusilla and this Hewitt 
                         guy are planning something big, I'm 
                         going to find them and stop them. 
                         Tonight.

                                     DAWN
                         We can't leave Ryan...

                                     BUFFY
                         We're not. I am. Alone.

                                     XANDER
                         I'm going with you.

                                     BUFFY
                         I can move faster alone.

                                     XANDER
                         Then slow down, because I'm coming.

                                     GILES
                         I'll come too.

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                                                                        39.


                                     WILLOW
                         Me too. I'll go.

                                     BUFFY
                         We can't all go. Someone has to stay 
                         with Dawn.

                                     DAWN
                         I'll be okay.

               Buffy looks to Willow, asking Willow to stay and watch over 
               Dawn. Willow finally nods, but doesn't feel happy about it.

                                     WILLOW
                         I'll stay.

                                     BUFFY
                         Thank you.
                              (then, to Xander and 
                              Giles)
                         Let's go.

               Buffy leads the way out of the hospital. Xander and Giles 
               follow.

               Once they're gone, Willow puts an arm around Dawn.

                                     WILLOW
                         They'll be back soon.

               INT. PHARMACY - NIGHT

               The pharmacy is closed. Everything is dark and silent.

               Suddenly, the door bursts open. Drusilla leads the way into 
               the pharmacy, with Hewitt, Doc and several VAMPIRE MINIONS 
               behind her.

                                     HEWITT
                         The alarm will be sounding. Get what 
                         we need and let's go.

               Doc walks behind the counter, to where the drugs are stored. 
               He starts searching for what he needs.

               Drusilla walks down the aisles, browsing the contents of the 
               shelves. She isn't looking for anything in particular. She 
               stops when she reaches the makeup and picks up a tube of 
               lipstick.

               Hewitt also browses the aisles, but more out of nervousness 
               than anything else. He looks down at his watch.

               Doc grabs a bag and begins to throw bottles of drugs into 
               it. Though he is being very careful and precise, he is very 
               graceful.

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                                                                        40.


               Drusilla opens a tube of lipstick and looks at the color.

               As Hewitt passes her, Dru holds the lipstick up for him to 
               see.

                                     DRUSILLA
                         Is it pretty?

               Hewitt doesn't answer. He checks his watch again and keeps 
               walking.

                                     HEWITT
                         We don't have all night. Let's go!

               Doc doesn't let Hewitt's nagging slow him down. He continues 
               to go about his business.

                                     DOC
                         It does us no good to rush or fumble.

               He drops one last bottle into his bag.

                                     DOC (CONT'D)
                         Ah.

               Doc turns and starts to walk toward the door.

                                     DOC (CONT'D)
                         Finished.

               Hewitt follows Doc toward the door.

               Drusilla looks at the lipstick in her hand, and debates 
               whether or not to take it for a moment. Finally, she walks 
               off with the lipstick. She drops a five dollar bill on the 
               counter as she passes it. 

               EXT. SUNNYDALE MAIN STREET - NIGHT

               It's late, so the street is all but empty.

               Buffy leads the way down the street with Xander and Giles 
               behind her. She has her Scythe, while the others have swords 
               or axes or something along those lines.

                                     XANDER
                         Are you sure you know where you're 
                         going?

                                     BUFFY
                         Trust me.

                                     XANDER
                         Okay.

                                     BUFFY
                         We're close. Get ready.

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                                                                        41.


               As Buffy approaches a corner, she stops walking. Xander and 
               Giles also stop, but aren't quite sure why.

                                     GILES
                         Buffy?

                                     BUFFY
                         Wait for it.

               After a moment, Dru, Hewitt, Doc and the minions round the 
               corner. They stop when they see Buffy.

                                     HEWITT
                         Bloody hell.

               Giles and Hewitt lock eyes.

                                     HEWITT (CONT'D)
                         Mr. Giles. So good to see you again.

                                     GILES
                         Mr. Hewitt... I finally have a good 
                         reason to kill you.

               Meanwhile, Buffy is paying more attention to Drusilla.

                                     DRUSILLA
                              (to Buffy)
                         You've grown.

               ANGLE ON : DRUSILLA

               A gust of wind blows by her, causing her to close her eyes. 
               She keeps them shut for a moment, smiling. When she opens 
               her eyes again, her smile drops.

               Buffy is now standing behind her, with a CLOUD OF DUST 
               surrounding them both... the remains of the vampire minions.

                                     BUFFY
                         You do look smaller.

               With that, Buffy plunges the stake end of the Scythe through 
               Drusilla's chest.

               Drusilla lets out a moan as she TURNS TO DUST.

               Xander stands in shock as he sees all of this. Giles hasn't 
               taken his eyes off of Hewitt.

                                     XANDER
                         Sweet... Holy... Mother of...

               Buffy turns her attention toward Doc. Doc's EYES TURN BLACK.

               In a blur of motion, Doc LEAPS THROUGH THE AIR, pushing off 
               of the pharmacy sign, up to the pharmacy's roof.

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               Buffy isn't the least bit phased by this. She turns to Xander.

                                     BUFFY
                         Help Giles.

               Before Xander can respond, Buffy rounds the corner and is 
               gone.

               Hewitt smiles at Giles.

                                     HEWITT
                         Your Slayer's gone.

                                     GILES
                         Doesn't matter.

                                     XANDER
                         Is this when the dusting happens?

                                     HEWITT
                         It doesn't have to be like this, 
                         Rupert.

                                     XANDER
                         Guess not.

               Xander sighs and sits down on a nearby bench.

                                     GILES
                         Let me guess. I can join you?

                                     HEWITT
                         You don't have to become a vampire. 
                         Listen to me.
                              (beat)
                         If the Slayer succeeds, there will 
                         be no place for us. The Council will 
                         die. Thousands of years of work will 
                         become useless.

                                     GILES
                         Which would be the point.

                                     HEWITT
                         Is it? There must be a balance in 
                         this world. Good and evil need each 
                         other.

               Xander looks at a pile of dust on the ground.

                                     XANDER
                         So, Dru... New hairstyle?

                                     HEWITT
                         You know I'm right.

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                                     GILES
                         What I know is that you're insane. 
                         I'm sure you can see the difference 
                         there.

               Buffy walks back around the corner.

                                     BUFFY
                         Seriously? We're not past the banter 
                         yet?

                                     XANDER
                         It just keeps going on and on.

                                     BUFFY
                         Kill him already!

                                     GILES
                         I'm getting there.

                                     BUFFY
                         We don't have all night.

                                     GILES
                         Oh, for crying out...

               Giles swings his stake at Hewitt, but Hewitt catches Giles' 
               arm. He twists Giles' arm, causing Giles to drop the stake.

               Giles punches Hewitt with his free hand. Hewitt stumbles 
               back, releasing Giles.

                                     BUFFY
                         Is this how the vampire fights always 
                         used to look?

                                     XANDER
                         Pretty much.

                                     BUFFY
                         Wow. That's kinda sad.

               Hewitt attempts to turn and run off, but Giles grabs him and 
               slams him into the side of the nearest building. Giles then 
               picks up the stake.

               As Hewitt turns to attack Giles once again, Giles rams the 
               stake into Hewitt's chest. Hewitt TURNS TO DUST.

                                     XANDER
                         Finally. Did that take you long 
                         enough?

               Xander gets up and joins Buffy and Giles as they start to 
               walk away.

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                                     GILES
                         You didn't help with your constant 
                         nagging.

                                     XANDER
                         Nagging? Your banter was taking like, 
                         twenty minutes. I was about to make 
                         tea and offer you guys a place to 
                         sit.

                                     GILES
                         You're just jealous because you didn't 
                         get to kill anything.

                                     XANDER
                         Well kinda. Little Miss "I hog all 
                         the demons" here.

                                     BUFFY
                         You're yelling at me for doing my 
                         job now?

                                     XANDER
                         You couldn't spare one vampire minion? 
                         I could have taken that other guy 
                         too... Doc. I've killed him before, 
                         y'know.

                                     BUFFY
                         Yeah. Good job with that.

               They walk off into the night.

                                                             FADE TO BLACK:

                                     END OF ACT THREE
 
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                                         ACT FOUR

               FADE IN:

               INT. HOSPITAL - WAITING ROOM - NIGHT

               Dawn and Willow are still sitting in the waiting room. Dawn 
               is resting her head on one hand, staring off into space.

               Willow looks at the clock and frowns a little. She's worried 
               about the others.

                                     DAWN
                         It's not as important as we thought.

                                     WILLOW
                         Hmm?

                                     DAWN
                         The e-mail. I think it's just a bunch 
                         of information that we already had 
                         on the Key. Big important energy. 
                         Opens the gateway. It's just a letter 
                         telling me a bunch of stuff I already 
                         knew, mixed with inspirational crap 
                         about how special I am and how 
                         powerful I could be. It's useless. 
                         And it's why Ryan was out with Buffy 
                         tonight.

                                     WILLOW
                         You can't blame yourself for this.

                                     DAWN
                         I don't know who I'm blaming. It's 
                         just stupid, right? He's in here 
                         because I needed to find out what I 
                         already knew.

               Willow doesn't know how to respond to that.

               Luckily, before she has to respond, Buffy, Xander and Giles 
               return.

                                     BUFFY
                         Any news?

                                     DAWN
                         They won't let me see him until 
                         morning.

                                     BUFFY
                         That's stupid. Maybe I could talk to 
                         someone.

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                                     DAWN
                         We tried. They have issues with 
                         following the rules.

               Buffy sits next to Dawn.

                                     BUFFY
                         I'm sorry. For all of this.

                                     DAWN
                         Blame the monks. It's easier that 
                         way.

               Willow gets up and walks to Xander. They walk to the other 
               side of the waiting room, so they can be alone.

                                     WILLOW
                         I was worried.

                                     XANDER
                         Don't worry. Buffy didn't even let 
                         me near any of the vampires.

                                     WILLOW
                         Really?

                                     XANDER
                         She's kinda freaky, but amazing.

                                     WILLOW
                         It's probably better that way. The 
                         less harm you're in, the better.

                                     XANDER
                         I guess.

               Willow sits down. Xander sits next to her.

                                     XANDER (CONT'D)
                         Are you okay?

               Willow rests her head on Xander's arm.

                                     WILLOW
                         Yeah.

                                     XANDER
                         But?

                                     WILLOW
                         There's no but. I'm just tired.

                                     XANDER
                         It's been a long day.

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                                     WILLOW
                         It's been a lot of long days.
                              (beat)
                         Do you ever wonder if it's worth it?

                                     XANDER
                         If what's worth it?

                                     WILLOW
                         All of it.

               Xander doesn't respond. He rests his head on hers.

               INT. HOSPITAL ROOM - MORNING

               Ryan is laying in bed, looking like he's just come out of a 
               blender. His legs and one arm are in casts, and he has more 
               than one bandage on his head. His eyes are closed.

               There's a SOFT KNOCK on the door. Dawn walks into the room. 
               When she sees him, she wants to cry.

               She notices that his eyes are closed, so she moves softly 
               into one of the nearby chairs.

               When Ryan hears her sitting down, he opens his eyes. He smiles 
               when he sees her.

                                     RYAN
                         Hey.

               Dawn stands back up and goes to him.

                                     DAWN
                         You're awake.

                                     RYAN
                         Yeah. Go figure.

                                     DAWN
                         I guess it would be stupid to ask 
                         how you're feeling.

                                     RYAN
                         I'm okay. The last few seconds haven't 
                         been too bad.

                                     DAWN
                              (beat)
                         So, you're probably about ready to 
                         run for the hills, right?

                                     RYAN
                         Umm... not quite. You've seen the 
                         casts, right?

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                                     DAWN
                         I didn't mean like that. I meant... 
                         I'm sorry. For this.

                                     RYAN
                         It isn't your fault.

                                     DAWN
                         You wouldn't even be here if it 
                         weren't for me.

                                     RYAN
                         Why do people always feel the need 
                         to blame themselves?

                                     DAWN
                         I don't know. Because it's true?

                                     RYAN
                         Not really. I seem to recall making 
                         decisions for myself.

                                     DAWN
                         But--

                                     RYAN
                         Just don't. I'm here because I chose 
                         to be. And I'd do it all again if I 
                         had to.

                                     DAWN
                         Why?

                                     RYAN
                         You're smart. Think hard and you 
                         just might figure it out.

               Dawn doesn't respond to that. She just looks down and smiles 
               ever so slightly.

               EXT. WILLOW AND XANDER'S HOUSE - DAY

               Willow and Buffy have a backpack with them as they walk out 
               of the house.

                                     BUFFY
                         Are you sure we have everything?

                                     WILLOW
                         We can always come back later.

               They walk down the front steps and start to walk across the 
               lawn, toward Willow's car. Before they reach the car, Daisy, 
               Audra and Mike walk up the sidewalk toward them.

                                     DAISY
                         Miss Rosenberg!

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               Willow stops and turns. She smiles politely when they reach 
               her.

                                     WILLOW
                         Hi, kids. What are you doing here?

                                     DAISY
                         Do you remember that legend I was 
                         telling you about the other day? 
                         Buffy Summers?

               Buffy and Willow exchange looks.

                                     WILLOW
                         Yeah. What about it?

                                     DAISY
                         Well, we found some old property 
                         records from 1997 that mention someone 
                         named Summers moving to Sunnydale.

                                     WILLOW
                         What does this have to do with me? I 
                         mean... Sorry, I'm just in a hurry.

                                     AUDRA
                         The records show them moving to this 
                         house. We didn't even know you lived 
                         here until just now.

                                     DAISY
                         Kinda weird though, right? You living 
                         in Buffy Summers' old house.
                              (beat)
                         And you didn't even know it.

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

                                     DAISY
                         We found something else. In the woods. 
                         It was a grave. Kinda weird though. 
                         I mean, it was out in the woods for 
                         starters. And the inscription...
                              (beat)
                         "Buffy Summers... She saved the world. 
                         A lot."

               Willow looks down.

                                     BUFFY
                         Who are you kids again? Are you 
                         students?

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                                                                        50.


                                     DAISY
                         We're in Miss Rosenberg's class, 
                         yeah.

                                     BUFFY
                         Ah. Well, maybe I can help you. I 
                         went to school with her. With Buffy 
                         Summers.

                                     MIKE
                         You knew her?

                                     BUFFY
                         Yeah. And she wasn't this legend 
                         that you're talking about. She wasn't 
                         some game for high school kids to 
                         play Sherlock Holmes with. She was a 
                         person. She was a girl. A cheerleader. 
                         A daughter. A sister. Flesh and blood.
                              (beat)
                         And she died. It wasn't a fun death. 
                         It wasn't a mysterious death. She 
                         just died. So as much fun as it might 
                         be for you to track her down and 
                         puzzle her out, you might want to 
                         think about that. Think about the 
                         loved ones that she left behind and 
                         how it might feel for them if you 
                         start telling stories about this 
                         great urban legend.
                              (beat)
                         Stop looking. Stop digging up the 
                         dead.

               None of the kids know how to respond to this. They just stand 
               in silence.

               Buffy puts a hand on Willow's shoulder.

                                     BUFFY (CONT'D)
                         C'mon. We have to go.

               Buffy turns and starts to walk toward the car again.

               Willow looks toward the kids.

                                     AUDRA
                         We're sorry.

                                     WILLOW
                         I'll see you in a couple of weeks, 
                         okay?

               Willow turns and follows Buffy. The kids turn and start to 
               walk away.

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               As Willow gets near the car, she turns and looks back at 
               them. As she watches the kids walk off, MUSIC BEGINS TO PLAY. 
               It is a soft, piano version of the Buffy theme song.

               INSERT

               As brief glimpse from the end of "I Robot, you Jane" with 
               Buffy, Xander and Willow next to the fountain. They're all 
               laughing.

               BACK TO

               Willow, watching Daisy, Audra and Mike walking away. She 
               looks down.

               INSERT

               The rest of the "I Robot, You Jane" scene. All three of them 
               stop laughing and everything becomes kinda awkward.

                                                                DISOLVE TO:

               A scene from "Welcome To The Hellmouth" where Buffy sits 
               next to Willow in the courtyard. Their first meeting. Xander 
               and Jesse soon join them.

               BACK TO

               Willow continuing to look down at the ground.

               INSERT

               A scene from "Passions". Buffy and Xander dancing together 
               at the Bronze.

               A scene from "Buffy vs. Dracula". Buffy, Willow, Xander, 
               Tara and Riley at the beach, having fun.

               A scene from "Prophecy Girl", Buffy tries on her pretty dress.

               A scene from "Some Assembly Required", Buffy and Willow watch 
               as Giles and Xander dig up a grave.

               A scene from "The Prom", Buffy gets her class protector award.

               A scene from "Living Conditions", Buffy chugs a bottle of 
               milk.

               A scene from "Something Blue", Buffy shows off her engagement 
               ring.

               A scene from "Noplace Like Home", Buffy brushes Dawn's hair 
               behind her ear.

               From "The Body", everyone gathers at the hospital, sharing 
               hugs.

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               From "The Power", Buffy stands with the bodies of dead Slayers 
               and demons around her. A mist of blood still lingers behind 
               her. 

               From "Hush", Willow and Tara move the soda machine across 
               the room.

               From "Family", Willow and Tara dance and float at the Bronze.

               A scene from "Over The Lips", Xander flings dirt at Willow 
               playfully in the garden.  

               A scene from "Never Kill A Boy On The First Date", Willow 
               and Xander are pretending to be on a date at the Bronze.

               A scene from "Welcome To The Hellmouth", Xander picks up the 
               stake that Buffy dropped on the floor.

               From "Homecoming", Willow and Xander are trying on their 
               fancy clothes.

               From "The Harsh Light Of Day", Xander reacts to naked Anya 
               with a squeeze of his juice box.

               A scene from "The Replacement", Xander does the Snoopy dance.

               A scene from "Dirty Girls", Caleb takes Xander's eye.

               A scene from "Scratch", Willow and Xander attempt to regrow 
               his eye. (copyright 2003, Someplace That Is Else)

               A clip from "Hostage", Willow and Xander kiss. Willow wakes 
               up to find Xander next to her in bed.

               A scene from "The Long Way Home", Dawn walks through the 
               airport in spy-guy mode.

               A scene from "Real Me", Dawn rushes into her mother's room 
               when she hears that Xander might be babysitting.

               From "Once More, With Feeling", Dawn dances with the puppet 
               minions.

               From "Same Time, Same Place", Anya plays with the pose-able 
               Dawn.

               From "Hide And Seek", Dawn and Jenna battle with their staffs.

               A scene from "Welcome To The Hellmouth", Giles puts the 
               "Vampyr" book down in front of Buffy.

               Also from "Welcome To The Hellmouth", Buffy and Giles watch 
               the crowd at the Bronze.

               A scene from "Some Assembly Required" with Giles and Jenny 
               at the football game. 

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               From "Innocence", Buffy and Giles talk in Giles' car.

               From "Helpless", Giles cleans Buffy's wounds.

               From "Innocense", the gang walks out of the elevator, prepared 
               for battle in the mall.

               From "Primeval", the gang charges into the empty Initiative 
               room, ready to go after Adam.

               From "Once More, With Feeling", the gang joins hands as they 
               sing "Where Do We Go From Here"

               From "The Power", the Scoobies burst through the front door 
               of the newly reformed Summers house.

               The MUSIC FADES OUT.

               DISOLVE TO:

               A scene from "Welcome To The Hellmouth". Buffy approaches 
               Willow.

                                     BUFFY
                         Uh, hi. Willow, right?

                                     WILLOW
                         Why?
                              (then)
                         I mean, hi. Did you want me to move?

                                     BUFFY
                         Why don't we start with "Hi, I'm 
                         Buffy" and then let's segue directly 
                         into me asking you for a favor... 

               BACK TO

               Willow watching Daisy, Audra and Mike walk for a moment. As 
               she watches, she can't help but smile at the way the teens 
               are goofing around with each other as they walk off.

                                     BUFFY (V.O.) (CONT'D)
                              (from the flashback)
                         It doesn't involve moving, but it 
                         does involve you hanging out with me 
                         for a while... 

               Finally, Willow turns and gets into the car.

               The car pulls away from the curb, down the street.

                                                             FADE TO BLACK:

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               FADE IN:

               INT. CRYPT - NIGHT

               The crypt is dark. The SOUND OF DRIPPING WATER echoes through 
               the air for some unknown reason.

               The sound of MOANING can also be heard.

               We PAN ACROSS the crypt, until we reach one dark corner. In 
               this dark corner is a man, tied to a chair.  His face is 
               hidden by shadow.

               The crypt door opens. Though we can't see who walks into the 
               crypt, we can hear their footsteps as they walk to the shadowy 
               corner.

               The man in the chair looks up, letting the light show us his 
               face.  It is Doc, once again being used for the surprise 
               ending. This time, he has a gag in his mouth.

               Doc looks up at his captor, moaning and groaning.

               Finally, his captor pulls the gag out of his mouth. Doc spits 
               and takes a deep breath.  He then looks his captor in the 
               eyes.

                                     DOC
                         Do you think I'm going to help you?

               ANGLE ON : BUFFY

               She looks down at Doc with a blank expression.

                                     BUFFY
                         I don't think you have a choice.

                                                             FADE TO BLACK:

                                       END OF SHOW