TEASER

               INT. CRYPT - DAY

               BUFFY is holding several sheets of paper with scribblings on 
               them. She's reading them over.

               DOC is standing nearby. He's no longer tied to a chair or 
               gagged. He is now chained to the wall by each of his limbs, 
               with just enough room to work. There is blood splattered on 
               the wall behind him.

                                     BUFFY
                              (reading)
                         This is it?

                                     DOC
                         It's... What I have.

                                     BUFFY
                         What does that mean?

                                     DOC
                         It means, I don't have access to my 
                         documents. I don't have the tools I 
                         need. 

                                     BUFFY
                         So what you're saying is that I should 
                         let you go back to wherever you came 
                         from and get those documents? Is 
                         that what you need to make this work?

               Buffy puts the papers down and walks to Doc. She grabs him 
               by the neck and slams him against the wall.

                                     BUFFY (CONT'D)
                         You've had a month. You've been over 
                         those documents a thousand times.

                                     DOC
                              (being a smart-ass)
                         My memory isn't what it used to be.

               Buffy lets go of Doc and starts to walk away from him. Doc 
               is getting a little annoyed by now and SLINGS HIS TONGUE 
               TOWARD HER.

               Buffy turns and grabs it before Doc can realize it. She slowly 
               starts to walk back toward Doc. He RETRACTS HIS TONGUE 
               accordingly, though she is still holding the end.

                                     BUFFY
                         Your memory is fine. Frankly, I've 
                         had just about enough stalling.

               As Buffy reaches Doc, she pulls a knife with her free hand 
               and uses it to pin Doc's tongue to the wall.

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                                                                         2.


                                     BUFFY (CONT'D)
                         And I've had enough back-talk.
                              (beat)
                         I'm not going to tell you that I 
                         will let you live if you help me. 
                         I'm not going to bargain for your 
                         life. The decision you have to make 
                         is how slowly and how painfully you 
                         want to die.

               Buffy pulls the knife back out, allowing Doc to reclaim his 
               tongue.

                                     BUFFY (CONT'D)
                         Are you going to cooperate?

               Doc doesn't respond.

                                     BUFFY (CONT'D)
                         I'll take that as a yes.
                              (beat)
                         You have one day.

               Buffy turns and walks out of the crypt.

               As Doc watches her go, his anger begins to boil over once 
               again. This soon gives way to fear.

               He yanks on his chains, but no matter how he pulls at them, 
               he is stuck.

               EXT. KINGMAN'S BLUFF - NIGHT

               Kingman's Bluff is in the process of becoming the site of a 
               wedding. Not an overly large, super expensive wedding, but a 
               wedding.

               Buffy walks up to the bluff, joining WILLOW, XANDER, DAWN 
               and GILES. There is a cooler sitting nearby.

                                     BUFFY
                         I'm late. Sorry.

                                     XANDER
                         No worries. It's all good.

               As Buffy joins them, she looks around.

                                     BUFFY
                         Should they leave this stuff here 
                         overnight?

                                     XANDER
                         As long as we're not charged, I don't 
                         care where they leave it.

                                     DAWN
                         That's the spirit!

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                                                                         3.


                                     WILLOW
                         And speaking of spirits... Giles?

                                     GILES
                         Hmm?

                                     WILLOW
                         Let's get this bachelor-slash-
                         bachelorette party started.

                                     GILES
                         Oh. Right.

               Giles opens the cooler and pulls out a bottle of champagne 
               and enough glasses for each of them. He and Xander work at 
               opening the bottle and pouring champagne.

                                     BUFFY
                         You know, I saw this coming.

                                     WILLOW
                         Us getting married?

                                     BUFFY
                         Yeah. Way back when I first met you 
                         guys. Then other stuff happened and 
                         I stopped seeing it coming, but it 
                         still makes sense, y'know?
                              (beat)
                         Does that make sense?

                                     WILLOW
                         I get the gist.

               Xander hands Buffy and Willow their glasses. Giles hands one 
               to Dawn.

                                     BUFFY
                         Hey! Is she old enough to drink?

                                     DAWN
                         I'm old enough-ish.
                              (beat)
                         It's a special occassion!

                                     BUFFY
                         Fine. One sip.

                                     DAWN
                         Please. Like I'm not drinking all 
                         the time at school anyway?

               Buffy and Willow look at Dawn questioningly.

                                     DAWN (CONT'D)
                         Fine. I don't normally drink. But I 
                         could if I wanted to.

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                                                                         4.


               Giles and Xander take their glasses and set the bottle down.

                                     GILES
                         I'd like to make a toast if it's not 
                         too... sappy.

                                     BUFFY
                         Sap away.

                                     GILES
                         Okay...

               Giles reaches into his jacket and pulls out a piece of paper. 
               Buffy looks to Dawn.

                                     BUFFY
                         Oh my God, he wrote it down.

                                     DAWN
                         That's so cute!

                                     WILLOW
                         Leave him alone. I want my toast.

               Giles raises his glass.

                                     GILES
                         When I first met the two of you, you 
                         were sixteen years old. High school 
                         students. Honestly, more than a little 
                         annoying at times.

               Xander and Willow smile as Xander puts his free arm around 
               her.

                                     GILES (CONT'D)
                         You were an unexpected part of the 
                         job that I'd been sent to perform.

               Giles puts the paper away.

                                     GILES (CONT'D)
                         But as I've watched the two of you 
                         grow into the adults that you are 
                         today, you became something more to 
                         me. Willow and- much as I loathe to 
                         admit- Xander, you have become my 
                         family. So, when I watch you exchange 
                         vows tomorrow, I won't simply be 
                         watching another pair of friends 
                         getting married.  In my mind, and in 
                         my heart, you are so much more. You 
                         have been like my own children.
                              (beat)
                         So... Cheers.

                                     BUFFY
                         Cheers.

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                                                                         5.


               Everyone takes their sip of champagne. Buffy and Dawn both 
               wince and shake their heads.

                                     BUFFY/DAWN
                         Blech!

               They look at each other, and both decide to put their glasses 
               down. 

               Willow then gives Giles a big hug.

                                     XANDER
                              (to Giles)
                         I like you so much better than my 
                         real father.
                              (beat)
                         Can I call you Dad?

                                     GILES
                         No. 

                                     BUFFY
                         If they're both like your children, 
                         isn't this whole wedding thing a 
                         little weird?

                                     GILES
                         Shall we wait and see how I mock 
                         your speech tomorrow?

                                     BUFFY
                         I have to make a speech?

                                     DAWN
                         It is customary.

                                     WILLOW
                         Everyone huddle together, I want a 
                         picture.

               Willow pulls a digital camera out of her bag as the others 
               get closer together.

               Willow sets the camera on a nearby box, and sets the timer. 
               She rushes back to the group as they pose.

               The camera flashes.

                                                                  FADE OUT:

                                      END OF TEASER
 
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                                                                         6.


                                         ACT ONE

               FADE IN:

               INT. HOSPITAL ROOM - DAY

               Dawn is sitting next to Ryan's bed, staring at his food tray. 
               RYAN is still in pretty bad shape. He isn't going anywhere 
               soon.

                                     DAWN
                         Did your food tray just move?

                                     RYAN
                         I don't think so.

                                     DAWN
                         Seriously, I could have sworn I just 
                         saw that little cover thing move 
                         like an inch.

                                     RYAN
                         I didn't see it.

                                     DAWN
                         Okay. Just don't eat anything they 
                         feed you here. From now on, I'm 
                         bringing all of your meals.

                                     RYAN
                         That might be hard tonight.

                                     DAWN
                         Why?

                                     RYAN
                         Does the word "wedding" ring any 
                         bells?

                                     DAWN
                         Oh! Yeah, but I'm still coming by to 
                         check up on you.

                                     RYAN
                         You don't have to. I'm fine.

                                     DAWN
                         You're not fine. You're all broken 
                         and stuff.

                                     RYAN
                         Which is what they have nurses for. 
                         And doctors.

                                     DAWN
                         If any one of those people were good 
                         at their job, they wouldn't let you 
                         eat whatever's on that food tray.

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                                                                         7.


                                     RYAN
                         I didn't see the tray move.

                                     DAWN
                         It so moved.

                                     RYAN
                         If you say so.
                              (beat)
                         Hey, what time is it?

               Dawn looks at her watch?

                                     DAWN
                         Almost ten.

               She looks back to a clock which hangs on the wall.

                                     DAWN (CONT'D)
                         Which is also what that clock says.

                                     RYAN
                         That clock has said that it's almost 
                         ten since I got here.
                              (then)
                         Shouldn't you be getting ready for 
                         the wedding? Hair. Makeup. Other 
                         girlie stuff.

                                     DAWN
                         I have priorities. None of us have 
                         ever really been girlie girls like 
                         that.

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

               Two massage tables are set up in the living room. Buffy and 
               Willow are laying on them as TWO MEN massage them.

               Both girls have some sort of green masks on their faces, 
               which we can see through the holes in the massage tables. 
               They also have curlers in their hair.

               A THIRD MAN walks into the room from the kitchen, holding a 
               can of soda.

                                     THIRD MAN
                         I think your fridge is broken. This 
                         soda's warm.

                                     WILLOW
                         I just put some in a little while 
                         ago. Try digging in back.

               The man nods and walks off.

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                                                                         8.


                                     WILLOW (CONT'D)
                              (to Buffy)
                         This is relaxing.

                                     BUFFY
                         I'm glad you like it.

                                     WILLOW
                         It's also a little strange. Are you 
                         sure you checked these guys out before 
                         you had them come over?
                              (then, whispered)
                         They could be murderers for all we 
                         know.

                                     BUFFY
                         Okay, for starters, if I can hear 
                         you, they can hear you. Don't worry 
                         about them. Their website looked 
                         very professional.

                                     WILLOW
                         They're not hookers, are they? I 
                         don't want any funny business.

                                     BUFFY
                         They're not hookers. Relax.

                                     WILLOW
                         Okay. Sorry. I didn't mean to call 
                         you guys hookers.

                                     FIRST MAN
                         It's cool.

                                     WILLOW
                         I'm relaxing now.
                              (extended beat)
                         How did you afford this? You don't 
                         have an income.

                                     BUFFY
                         Giles lent me the money. Now, shh!

               Dawn walks into the house and sees everything going on in 
               the living room. She freezes, taking it all in.

                                     DAWN
                         What's going on in here?

                                     BUFFY
                         Wedding present for Willow.

                                     DAWN
                         Since when do we do stuff like this?

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                                                                         9.


                                     BUFFY
                         It's not like Willow's ever gotten 
                         married before.

                                     DAWN
                         You could have told me about it.

                                     BUFFY
                         Consider yourself told.

               Buffy leans up so that she can talk to her masseuse.

                                     BUFFY (CONT'D)
                              (to the masseuse)
                         Go get your friend. He can work on 
                         Dawn.

               As her masseuse walks toward the kitchen, Buffy sits up.

               Dawn smiles and sets her bag down.

                                     DAWN
                         I've never had one of these before... 
                         They're not hookers, are they?

               Buffy looks at a clock.

                                     BUFFY
                         Is it really that late? We have to 
                         go. We have hair and makeup and all 
                         that other stuff to do.

               Buffy stands up.

                                     BUFFY (CONT'D)
                         Willow, get up!

                                     DAWN
                         But, what about my massage?

                                     BUFFY
                         No time. We need to go.

               As Willow gets up, the two masseuses come in from the kitchen. 
               Dawn looks at hers and pouts.

               Buffy walks past Dawn, on her way up the stairs. Dawn watches 
               her go.

                                     DAWN
                         I want curlers.

               INT. DINER - DAY

               Xander and Giles are sitting at a table in the diner. Each 
               has a cup of coffee in front of them.

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                                                                        10.


                                     XANDER
                         So, what time do you think we should 
                         get ready?

                                     GILES
                         The wedding is at five?

               Xander nods. 

                                     GILES (CONT'D)
                         It might take a while.
                              (beat)
                         Maybe head over there around four.

                                     XANDER
                         Cool.

               They fall silent. Xander starts to look around.

                                     XANDER (CONT'D)
                         Where are my pancakes?
                              (then)
                         Oh! We should go see a movie.

                                     GILES
                         You would think there would be more 
                         to do.

                                     XANDER
                         Yeah, but there's really not. Last 
                         time I did this, I got all dressed 
                         and ready really early. Then I spent 
                         the next few hours standing around.

                                     GILES
                         Hmm.

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

               Buffy is putting on some simple sweats, getting ready to go 
               out. Her face has been washed by now.

               Dawn walks into the room.

                                     DAWN
                         You could have told me there were 
                         massages.

                                     BUFFY
                         I only called this morning. Do you 
                         know how much it cost to get them 
                         out here today?
                              (beat)
                         Well, how much it cost Giles. I'm 
                         not actually paying.

                                     DAWN
                         You still could have told me.

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                                                                        11.


                                     BUFFY
                         And you would have ditched your 
                         hospitalized boyfriend to hang around 
                         here?

                                     DAWN
                         Okay, fine. I wouldn't have.

                                     BUFFY
                         And you get first dibs on hair and 
                         makeup. I'm gonna have to meet you 
                         guys there.

                                     DAWN
                         What? Why?

                                     BUFFY
                         I have a few things to take care of. 
                         You can get Willow to the bluff, 
                         right?

                                     DAWN
                         Yeah.

                                     BUFFY
                         Don't forget the dresses. And the 
                         ring. And--

                                     DAWN
                         I'm the maid of honor Buffy. I know 
                         my job.

                                     BUFFY
                         I know. I just want to make sure 
                         this goes smoothly. Everything has 
                         to be perfect.

                                     DAWN
                         It will be.

               Dawn sits down on her bed, watching Buffy get ready. She 
               grows concerned.

                                     DAWN (CONT'D)
                         Why are you obsessing all the sudden?

                                     BUFFY
                         What?

                                     DAWN
                         The last few days, you've been acting 
                         all strange. What's going on?

               Buffy stops and looks at Dawn. After a moment, she goes to 
               the door and closes it.

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                                                                        12.


                                     BUFFY
                         I just need this to be perfect. I 
                         need us all to be together and happy 
                         for one day.

                                     DAWN
                              (worried)
                         Why?
                              (beat)
                         You can't leave. Not again.

                                     BUFFY
                         Dawnie, I have to.

                                     DAWN
                         But everyone's together. We're happy.

                                     BUFFY
                         I know. But I still have work to do.

                                     DAWN
                         We can do it together.

                                     BUFFY
                         I can't drag everyone around with 
                         me. You guys deserve a life. Willow 
                         and Xander are getting married. Giles 
                         has a life... I'm sure. You have 
                         school and Dad and...

                                     DAWN
                         Forget it. Forget all of it. I want 
                         to go with you. I can't take losing 
                         you again.

               Buffy hesitates.

                                     BUFFY
                         I have to take care of some things. 
                         Can you make sure Willow's all set?

                                     DAWN
                              (beat)
                         Yeah.

               Buffy opens the door and starts to walk out.

                                     DAWN (CONT'D)
                         Buffy...

               Buffy turns around, but Dawn doesn't say anything.

                                     BUFFY
                         I have to go. I'll see you later.

               Buffy walks out of the room, leaving Dawn alone.

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                                                                        13.


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

               The living room has been cleaned up, and Willow stands alone 
               in the room.

               Buffy comes down the stairs. Willow smiles when she sees 
               her.

                                     WILLOW
                         Hey. The guys are all gone. I couldn't 
                         remember their names, so I just kept 
                         calling them Jim, Bob, and Joe. It 
                         was probably really insulting to 
                         them, but it was kinda funny to me, 
                         and I tipped them a whole bunch 
                         anyway, so I think it's okay.

                                     BUFFY
                         I guess you had to be there.
                              (beat)
                         I have to take off for a while. I'll 
                         meet up with you guys in a bit.

                                     WILLOW
                         Where are you going? We're on a very 
                         strict schedule here.

                                     BUFFY
                         I know. Don't worry.

               Buffy heads for the door. 

                                     BUFFY (CONT'D)
                         I'll be there in time for everything.

                                     WILLOW
                         You better be.

               By now, Buffy is gone. Willow's not sure what to make of it, 
               but she has other thoughts on her mind, so she moves on.

               INT. CRYPT - DAY

               Buffy walks into the crypt and to the back wall. She still 
               has the curlers in her hair.

                                     BUFFY
                         Do you have it?

               Doc looks up at her from his chair.

                                     DOC
                         I've written everything you need.

               Buffy sees a stack of papers on the floor and picks them up. 

                                     BUFFY
                         This is it?

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                                                                        14.


                                     DOC
                         It is all that I have.

               Buffy is growing annoyed as she looks over the papers. 

                                     BUFFY
                         There's nothing on these pages. 

                                     DOC
                         Really? How odd. 

               Doc stands up and walks to Buffy. He looks her in the eyes.

                                     DOC (CONT'D)
                         Do you really think that you would 
                         have it in you? Do you think you 
                         would be able to kill your own sister?

                                     BUFFY
                         I'll do what I have to do.

                                     DOC
                         It sounds more simple than it would 
                         be. See, this won't be a matter of 
                         simply killing her. No.
                              (beat)
                         For this to work, you would have to 
                         take away her ability to think for 
                         herself. You would have to rob her 
                         of her humanity before you bleed 
                         her. Take away her thoughts. Her 
                         will. Your sister would be humiliated. 
                         She would die a blithering shell of 
                         who she once was. In order for this 
                         to work, you would have to torture 
                         her.

               Buffy stares Doc down without flinching. Doc raises his 
               chained hand.

                                     DOC (CONT'D)
                         It's a lot harder when it's someone 
                         you love. 

               Buffy takes a step closer to Doc. Doc smiles.

                                     DOC (CONT'D)
                         Do you think I care if you kill me? 
                         I've had no reason to live for nearly 
                         six years now. Do you really think 
                         that chaining me to a wall and beating 
                         me actually hurts me? The only thing 
                         that hurts me now is waking up each 
                         day in a world without hope.

               Buffy pulls a knife. 

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                                                                        15.


                                     BUFFY
                         Then you have nothing to worry about. 

                                                             FADE TO BLACK:

                                      END OF ACT ONE

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                                                                        16.


                                         ACT TWO

               FADE IN:

               INT. WILLOW'S DRESSING ROOM - DAY

               The dressing room is really more of a tent, set up at 
               Kingman's Bluff, so Willow can get ready in private. It's 
               large enough to fit several people, chairs and a table for 
               food. It also has a makeup table with a mirror, and a full 
               length mirror next to it.

               Willow is sitting at the makeup table, looking into the 
               mirror. Her hair and makeup are both done. She looks 
               beautiful.

               Dawn walks into the room, also looking beautiful and ready 
               to go. She smiles at Willow.

                                     DAWN
                         I still can't get over how beautiful 
                         you look.

                                     WILLOW
                         For the price I paid, I better. Is 
                         anyone here yet?

                                     DAWN
                         Some. The early, early birds.

                                     WILLOW
                         My parents?

                                     DAWN
                         Got here a few minutes ago. Your 
                         mother was on her way in here, but I 
                         think she stopped to have a cigarette.

                                     WILLOW
                         My mother doesn't smoke.

                                     DAWN
                         She does now. Don't worry. Me and 
                         Buffy have everything covered.
                              (beat)
                         Do you need anything? Food? Water? 
                         Some sort of pre-wedding jitter 
                         suppressor?

                                     WILLOW
                         Y'know, I'm actually not that nervous. 
                         It's weird, right?

                                     DAWN
                         It's just meant to be.
                              (beat)
                         I should go find your mother.

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                                                                        17.


                                     WILLOW
                         Yeah. And don't let Xander's parents 
                         near anything with alcohol in it.

                                     DAWN
                         We're on it. See ya in a few.

               Dawn turns to walk out.

                                     WILLOW
                         Dawn...

               Dawn stops and turns. Willow grabs her digital camera off of 
               the table.

                                     WILLOW (CONT'D)
                         Picture with my maid of honor?

               Dawn smiles and walks back to Willow. They get close together 
               and Willow holds her camera out and snaps a picture.

                                     WILLOW (CONT'D)
                         Thanks.

                                     DAWN
                         E-mail that one to me.

                                     WILLOW
                         I will.

                                     DAWN
                         Okay. I'll be back.

               Willow nods and Dawn walks out of the tent. Willow turns 
               back to the mirror and looks into it.

                                     FEMALE VOICE (O.S.)
                         You look beautiful.

               Willow smiles and turns.

                                     WILLOW
                         Thanks.

               When she finishes her turn, Willow sees TARA sitting in one 
               of the other chairs.

               INT. XANDER'S DRESSING ROOM - DAY

               Xander's room is a lot like Willow's. The major difference 
               is that instead of a makeup table, there's a TV, which Xander 
               is watching.

               Buffy is sitting behind Xander, dressed and ready to go for 
               the wedding.

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                                                                        18.


                                     BUFFY
                         Isn't this the part where you're 
                         supposed to be freaking out?

               Xander shrugs.

                                     BUFFY (CONT'D)
                         So you're not freaking out?

               Xander shakes his head.

                                     BUFFY (CONT'D)
                         So I'm not going to have to kick 
                         your ass at any point today?

               Xander shrugs.

                                     BUFFY (CONT'D)
                         Do you still know how to speak.

                                     XANDER
                         Yup.

                                     BUFFY
                         Xander, look at me.

               Xander turns. Buffy looks him in the eyes. She takes a moment 
               to read his expression. She then smiles.

                                     BUFFY (CONT'D)
                         Okay. I'm going to check on other 
                         things. Be here when I get back.

                                     XANDER
                         Will do.

               Buffy starts to walk out.

                                     XANDER (CONT'D)
                         Buff?

               She turns and looks back.

                                     XANDER (CONT'D)
                         Keep my parents away from the booze.

                                     BUFFY
                         I know, I know. Geez, you act like 
                         I've never done this before.

               Buffy walks out, leaving Xander alone.

               Once he's alone, he turns back to the TV.

                                     DIFFERENT FEMALE VOICE (O.S.)
                         Nice shoes.

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                                                                        19.


               Xander takes a moment, and then turns off the TV. He turns 
               around and finds ANYA standing behind him.

                                     ANYA
                         Are you sure your feet won't get all 
                         blistery when you run away like a 
                         scared little Frenchman?

               Xander doesn't seem at all surprised to see her.

                                     XANDER
                         I'm not running.

                                     ANYA
                         Really? Well, I guess there's a first 
                         time for everything.

                                     XANDER
                         It's good to see you too.

               INT. WILLOW'S DRESSING ROOM - DAY

               Willow looks at Tara through the mirror.

                                     WILLOW
                         I'm not really sure what to say.

                                     TARA
                         You love him?

                                     WILLOW
                         I do.

                                     TARA
                         Then there's nothing to say.

                                     WILLOW
                         But I shouldn't be happy. Not after 
                         what happened with you.

                                     TARA
                         You don't believe that.

                                     WILLOW
                         There's so much I want to say to 
                         you. So many things that I want to 
                         apologize for.

                                     TARA
                         Shh... None of that matters anymore. 
                         The only thing that matters is that 
                         you're happy. That's all I ever wanted 
                         for you.

               Tara gets up and walks to Willow. She starts to fix a spot 
               on Willow's hair that isn't quite right.

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                                                                        20.


                                     TARA (CONT'D)
                         You have so much to look forward to. 
                         You can't keep looking back.

                                     WILLOW
                         I don't know how to not look back.

                                     TARA
                         Try.

                                     WILLOW
                         But it's so hard. How do I let go of 
                         everything that's happened?

                                     TARA
                         If you don't, you'll have more regrets 
                         than you do now. You don't want that, 
                         do you?

                                     WILLOW
                         No.
                              (beat)
                         Tara?

                                     TARA
                         Hmm?

                                     WILLOW
                         I'm scared.

                                     TARA
                         I know.

                                     WILLOW
                         What if it happens again?

                                     TARA
                         It could.

                                     WILLOW
                         I can't go through that again. I 
                         can't lose someone else.

                                     TARA
                         You're strong. The strongest person 
                         I know.

                                     WILLOW
                         I'm not anymore. I lost it.

                                     TARA
                         You lost your crutch, not your 
                         strength. Who you are is what makes 
                         you strong. You haven't lost that.

                                     WILLOW
                         I miss having you here.

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                                                                        21.


                                     TARA
                         I'm always here.

               INT. XANDER'S DRESSING ROOM - DAY

                                     ANYA
                         I mean, what the hell, Harris? What 
                         makes her so much better than me? 
                         Why aren't you running?

                                     XANDER
                         It's just different. It has nothing 
                         to do with you.

                                     ANYA
                         Oh, so your running away from our 
                         wedding had nothing to do with me?

                                     XANDER
                         No. I mean, yes.
                              (beat)
                         Would you please stop bringing that 
                         up?

                                     ANYA
                         She doesn't have better hair than 
                         me. It's far too red, and completely 
                         unnatural looking.

                                     XANDER
                         Anya...

                                     ANYA
                         She isn't prettier. My breasts are 
                         far more perky.

                                     XANDER
                         Anya...

                                     ANYA
                         She isn't smarter. I could teach her 
                         a thing or two about--

                                     XANDER
                         Anya!

                                     ANYA
                         What?

                                     XANDER
                         It isn't about any of that.

               Anya starts to tear up.

                                     ANYA
                         Then why couldn't you love me?

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                                                                        22.


               Xander stands and goes to Anya. He puts his hands on her 
               shoulders.

                                     XANDER
                         I did love you. I still do.

                                     ANYA
                         Obviously not enough. And I just 
                         don't get it. I tried so hard. I 
                         cooked and I cleaned up after you 
                         and I brought in a somewhat impressive 
                         amount of money. I gave you everything 
                         that I had to give, and it wasn't 
                         enough. 

                                     XANDER
                         You were perfect. And I did love 
                         you. And you did not clean up after 
                         me.

                                     ANYA
                         Is that why?

                                     XANDER
                         What? No.
                              (beat)
                         It just wasn't right.

                                     ANYA
                         That's it? That's all the explaination 
                         you have?

                                     XANDER
                         What else can I say?

                                     ANYA
                         I don't know, but I certainly don't 
                         find that comforting. It'd be 
                         different if I had a flaw of some 
                         kind. Then I could understand why 
                         things had to be like this. Why you 
                         had to marry Willow and why I needed 
                         to be sliced in half by an evil blind 
                         monk. As it stands this just sucks 
                         for no good reason.

               Xander puts his arms around her.

                                     XANDER
                         I'm sorry.

               EXT. KINGMAN'S BLUFF - DAY

               Buffy walks up to SHEILA ROSENBERG, who is standing near one 
               of the decorator's trucks.

                                     BUFFY
                         Mrs. Rosenberg, hi.

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                                                                        23.


               Sheila looks over at Buffy and gives her polite smile.

                                     SHEILA
                         Hello, Buffy.

                                     BUFFY
                         Hey, you remembered.

                                     SHEILA
                         Hmm?

                                     BUFFY
                         Oh, it's just... my name... Nevermind. 
                         So, how is the mother of the bride 
                         holding up?

               Sheila reaches into her purse for a pack of cigarettes, but 
               can only find an empty pack.

                                     SHEILA
                         I'm fine. Just fine, thanks. Do you 
                         smoke?

                                     BUFFY
                         Sorry.

                                     SHEILA
                         Me neither, usually. I guess it's 
                         just stress.

                                     BUFFY
                         Yeah.
                              (beat)
                         Look, I don't know if this is helpful 
                         or not, but I know Willow pretty 
                         well. I've known her a long time, 
                         and I've also known Xander a long 
                         time. If I didn't think Xander was 
                         good enough for Willow, I wouldn't 
                         let them get married. Seriously. I 
                         could really really stop them if I 
                         wanted to.

               Sheila fakes another smile.

                                     SHEILA
                         Thank you. I guess you just can't 
                         know how this feels until your 
                         daughter gets married.

                                     BUFFY
                         Daughter?

                                     SHEILA
                         Didn't you... I could have sworn you 
                         had a child.

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                                                                        24.


                                     BUFFY
                         Sister. I have a little sister. No 
                         babies here.

                                     SHEILA
                         Oh...

                                     BUFFY
                         I really should go check on things.

               Buffy starts to walk away, but stops herself. She thinks for 
               a moment and then turns around.

                                     BUFFY (CONT'D)
                         Okay, normally I wouldn't say this, 
                         but I don't see it having much impact 
                         on my life, so what the hell.
                              (beat)
                         I've known Willow for ten years, and 
                         I've barely even met you. I've been 
                         her best friend for ten years and 
                         until today, you didn't even know my 
                         name. You've taken zero interest in 
                         her life up until this point, so 
                         don't stand there and mope about the 
                         fact that you think she's marrying 
                         the wrong person. Because she's not. 
                         She's marrying the one person who 
                         has always- always- been there for 
                         her. You're upset that she's marrying 
                         him because you've always seen Xander 
                         as being beneath you. Not quite up 
                         to your standards because of where 
                         he comes from or whatever. Well, get 
                         over it. Because frankly, when it 
                         comes to Willow's upbringing, I've 
                         seen better.

               Buffy now turns and walks away, leaving Sheila alone and 
               stunned.

               As Buffy walks away, Dawn joins her. They continue to walk.

                                     DAWN
                         Did I just see you yelling at Willow's 
                         mother?

                                     BUFFY
                         Am I not supposed to do that?

                                     DAWN
                         Not really.

                                     BUFFY
                         Oops.

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                                                                        25.


                                     DAWN
                         So, do you have your speech written 
                         yet?

                                     BUFFY
                         Why do I keep forgetting about that?

                                     DAWN
                         Buffy!

                                     BUFFY
                         Don't worry. I'm good with making 
                         speeches on the spot. Do you not 
                         remember my daily speeches when all 
                         of those potential Slayers were in 
                         the house?

                                     DAWN
                         Well, I'm glad you're so comfy with 
                         the improv. I, on the other hand, am 
                         freaking out. I've had it written 
                         for a week and I'm still all nervous 
                         about it. Who gives speeches anyway? 
                         It's weird, right?

               They reach the area where the wedding is to be held and Buffy 
               sits in one of the guest chairs. Dawn sits near her.

                                     BUFFY
                         You'll do fine. Look...

               Buffy unwraps a string of beads that she has around her wrist. 
               She wraps them around Dawn's wrist now.

                                     BUFFY (CONT'D)
                         These are supposed to help you control 
                         your emotions. Y'know, focus your 
                         inner energies or whatever. I got 
                         them off a friend about a year ago.

                                     DAWN
                         Because a good Slayer shouldn't be 
                         prone to violent outbursts?

                                     BUFFY
                         It was more about the friend than 
                         the beads. Just take them and use 
                         them. I think they really work.

               Dawn looks down at the beads.

                                     DAWN
                         Plus, they look cool with my fancy 
                         dress.
                              (beat)
                         Thanks.

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                                                                        26.


               INT. WILLOW'S DRESSING ROOM - DAY

               Tara is looking at Willow's digital camera.

                                     TARA
                         They've gotten smaller.

                                     WILLOW
                         A little.

               Willow stands up.

                                     WILLOW (CONT'D)
                         Hey, we should take a picture. Mark 
                         the occassion.

               Tara puts the camera down.

                                     TARA
                         It wouldn't work. I'm not really 
                         here, remember?

                                     WILLOW
                         Oh.
                              (beat)
                         So, what's it like? The other side, 
                         I mean.

                                     TARA
                         I wish I could tell you. There's a 
                         lot that I want to say about 
                         everything that's happened. Everything 
                         that's going to happen.

                                     WILLOW
                         Why can't you?

                                     TARA
                         It just doesn't work that way.

               INT. XANDER'S DRESSING ROOM - DAY

               Xander and Anya are both sitting down now.

                                     ANYA
                         And there's this big light. Only 
                         it's not a light. It's more of a 
                         cloud. And there's this voice, but 
                         it's not really a voice. And it's 
                         all calm and peaceful.
                              (beat)
                         You remember that song that Buffy 
                         sang when you summoned that musical 
                         demon that killed a bunch of people 
                         that we never mentioned again? It's 
                         a lot like what she said, only with 
                         less whining.

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                                                                        27.


                                     XANDER
                         Wow. It sounds... confusing.

                                     ANYA
                         It's not. It's just difficult to 
                         explain. You'll see it eventually.

                                     XANDER
                         Yeah.

               They fall silent for a moment.

                                     ANYA
                         It'll happen, you know?

                                     XANDER
                         What will?

                                     ANYA
                         You'll forget me. You'll marry Willow 
                         and she'll pop out a litter of little 
                         fake lesbian witches and you'll forget 
                         all about me.

                                     XANDER
                         That won't happen.

                                     ANYA
                         Yes, it will. It's the reason why I 
                         very rarely exacted vengence on the 
                         ex-boyfriend that a woman broke up 
                         with six years earlier. It's how 
                         these things work.

                                     XANDER
                         Not this thing.  I couldn't forget 
                         you, Ahn. You're too important.

                                     ANYA
                         Please. We were together for three 
                         years and you didn't remember my 
                         birthday once.

               Xander gives her a "huh?" look.

                                     XANDER
                         Anya, you were a thousand years old. 
                         You didn't even remember your 
                         birthday.

                                     ANYA
                         Oh. Blame it on me.

                                     XANDER
                         Is it just me, or have you gone insane 
                         since you died?

               Xander takes a moment, and then looks Anya in the eyes.

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                                                                        28.


                                     XANDER (CONT'D)
                         Believe me when I tell you, I will 
                         never forget you. You're the person 
                         who taught me how to love.

               Anya tears up again.

                                     ANYA
                         I am?

               Xander nods. Anya is about to say something, but stops. She 
               looks toward the door.

                                     ANYA (CONT'D)
                         I have to go.

               She looks back to Xander and stands up. He stands too.

                                     XANDER
                         You can't stay for the wedding?

                                     ANYA
                         I can't.

               He goes to her and hugs her tightly. She takes this in as 
               much as she can.

                                     XANDER
                         I'll always love you, Ahn.

                                     ANYA
                         Me too.

               Xander closes his eyes as he continues to hug her. When he 
               opens them again, Anya is gone.

               As Xander stands, deep in thought, Giles walks in. He looks 
               at Xander's expression.

                                     GILES
                         Are you alright?

                                     XANDER
                         Yeah.

               INT. WILLOW'S DRESSING ROOM - DAY

               Willow and Tara are sitting, having a nice conversation.

                                     WILLOW
                         Can I ask you something?

                                     TARA
                         Sure. I don't know if I can answer 
                         it, but I'll try.

                                     WILLOW
                         That dolls-eye crystal you gave me...

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                                                                        29.


                                     TARA
                         You don't understand. There's no 
                         reason why you should.

                                     WILLOW
                         How did you get it? How did you know?

                                     TARA
                         Someday, I'll tell you.

                                     WILLOW
                         But not today.

               Tara just smiles.

                                     WILLOW (CONT'D)
                         This whole post-death visitation 
                         thing is a little cryptic, don't you 
                         think?

                                     TARA
                         We could try talking about normal 
                         things. That might make it easier.

                                     WILLOW
                         It won't be easy. Because I know 
                         that in a few minutes you'll have to 
                         leave again, and you'll be gone 
                         forever.

                                     TARA
                         Not forever. We'll see each other 
                         again. Don't worry.

                                     WILLOW
                         Not until I'm dead, which isn't 
                         usually something a person looks 
                         forward to.

                                     TARA
                         It'll be a blink of an eye. You have 
                         so much life left to live. You have 
                         a family to start. You have lives to 
                         change.

                                     WILLOW
                         I'm not sure I know how.

                                     TARA
                         You do. I've seen the things you'll 
                         do with your life. The things that 
                         you and Xander will do together.

                                     WILLOW
                         I'm sorry.

                                     TARA
                         Don't be.

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                                                                        30.


                                     WILLOW
                         But I am. For the spells, and the 
                         way I treated you...

                                     TARA
                         None of that is important now. What 
                         is important is that you are getting 
                         married to a great man.
                              (beat)
                         What also matters is that you're not 
                         getting married to that Kennedy girl. 
                         'Cause then I might have some issues.

               Willow smiles. Tara looks back toward the door. When she 
               looks to Willow again, Willow's smile falls. She knows what's 
               coming.

                                     WILLOW
                         Don't. Please don't.

                                     TARA
                         I wish I didn't have to.

               Willow and Tara stand up. Willow goes to Tara and gives her 
               a hug.

                                     TARA (CONT'D)
                         It's okay.

               Tara starts to tear up. Willow closes her eyes tightly, trying 
               to hold onto this.

               Willow opens her eyes. Tara is no longer with her.

               Willow sits back down, taking a moment. After a moment, Sheila 
               walks through the door. She sees Willow looking down at the 
               ground.

                                     SHEILA
                         Willow?

               Willow looks up at her mother. Sheila hesitates for a moment 
               and then walks toward Willow. When she reaches her, Willow 
               doesn't say anything. She just takes Sheila's hand and holds 
               it.

               After a moment, Sheila puts her other hand over Willow's. 
               She doesn't say anything. She is just being there for her 
               daughter.

                                                                  FADE OUT:

                                      END OF ACT TWO

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                                                                        31.


                                        ACT THREE

               FADE IN:

               EXT. KINGMAN'S BLUFF - DAY

               As SOFT MUSIC plays, Willow and Xander exchange vows. We 
               can't hear what they're saying, but who hasn't seen enough 
               TV weddings to get the gist?

               As the music continues, we see other images from the ceremony:

               Buffy handing Willow's ring to Xander.

               Xander sliding the ring onto Willow's finger.

               Willow sliding Xander's ring onto his finger.

               Giles watching from his seat in the crowd like a proud pappa.

               Dawn standing near Willow with a silly grin on her face.

               Buffy watching the ceremony with a smile, and then looking 
               downward as her thoughts move on to other matters.

               The crowd clapping.

               Willow and Xander kissing.

               INT. THE BRONZE - NIGHT

               The SOFT MUSIC TURNS TO ROCK as a party rages on. Though 
               several of the older people look a little thrown by the music 
               and some of the decorating choices the new owners have made, 
               the atmosphere is still light and fun.

               The look of the Bronze is not entirely unlike the redesigned, 
               post-Olaf Bronze. Though there are far more decorations which 
               would lend themselves to a gay disco club rather than a rock-
               ish club. 

               On the dance floor, Xander and Dawn are getting their dance 
               on.

               Buffy, Willow and Giles are watching them from one of the 
               tables. Willow has her digital camera out, and she's snapping 
               pictures.

                                     BUFFY
                         So, I'm guessing you and Xander 
                         skipped the dance classes?

                                     WILLOW
                         How can you improve upon perfection?

               Buffy wants to respond, and starts to, but nothing comes 
               out. She looks to Giles.

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                                                                        32.


                                     BUFFY
                         I have no response to that. Can you 
                         help me out here?

                                     GILES
                         I think it looks quite fun.

                                     BUFFY
                         Traitor.

               Xander and Dawn make their way to the table, out of breath.

                                     BUFFY (CONT'D)
                         Are you guys tired already?

                                     XANDER
                         Old. Far, far too old for this.

                                     BUFFY
                         You're 26.

                                     XANDER
                         Your point?

               A WAITRESS comes to the table.

                                     WAITRESS
                         Can I take your orders?

                                     BUFFY
                         I want coffee. And a croissant.

                                     WILLOW
                         Ooh, flaky goodness. Two please.

                                     GILES
                         Tea.

                                     XANDER
                         Coffee. Iced preferably.

                                     DAWN
                         Same, but with mocha.

               The waitress looks at them as though they are from mars.

                                     WAITRESS
                         You realize that we have alcohol 
                         here, right?

                                     BUFFY
                         What's your point?

               The waitress walks away, still puzzled.

                                     XANDER
                         Coffee at the Bronze. What could be 
                         better?

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                                                                        33.


                                     DAWN
                         I think it's called The Electric 
                         Horseman now.

                                     BUFFY
                         Are they allowed to do that? Use the 
                         name like that... isn't that some 
                         sort of copyright infringement?
                              (beat)
                         Because of the movie.

                                     WILLOW
                         I... guess so? I don't know. As long 
                         as we're renting the place, it's the 
                         Bronze.

               Xander turns and looks around the place. He takes it all in.

                                     XANDER
                         It's just like old times, isn't it? 
                         The place even feels kinda the same, 
                         except for the kinda scary animated 
                         neon signs near the ceiling.

               Everyone looks upward at the signs, which are off-screen and 
               we cannot see.

               As they look, everyone tilts their head ever so slightly. 
               Then they all jump back at the same time. Buffy puts her 
               hand over Dawn's eyes. Everyone but Buffy quickly looks away.

                                     DAWN
                         Buffy, I'm in my 20's.

                                     BUFFY
                         Nobody should have to see that.
                              (beat)
                         And yet I can't look away.

               Buffy shakes herself out of her daze and looks away.

                                     WILLOW
                         Okay, Buffy and Dawn, move together. 
                         I want a picture of the sisters.

               Buffy and Dawn get closer, putting their arms around each 
               other and smiling for the camera.

                                     WILLOW (CONT'D)
                         Say cheese.

                                     BUFFY
                         No.

               Willow snaps the picture. She looks at it on the camera's 
               screen.

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                                                                        34.


                                     WILLOW
                         It's a good one. Y'know what would 
                         have made it better?

                                     BUFFY
                         Hmm?

                                     WILLOW
                         Sayin' cheese for the old married 
                         lady.

               Willow looks to Xander.

                                     WILLOW (CONT'D)
                         How weird does that sound?

                                     XANDER
                         Sounds good to me.

               He kisses her on the forehead. Just as he does this ANOTHER 
               SONG STARTS. Willow holds a hand out to Giles.

                                     WILLOW
                         Okay, I want a dance.

                                     GILES
                         With me?

                                     WILLOW
                         Yes, with you. C'mon.

                                     GILES
                         I really...

                                     WILLOW
                         You have to. It's a rule that people 
                         have to do whatever I say today. You 
                         can look it up in the rule book, but 
                         it'd just be wasting time. 'Cause 
                         it's there.

                                     GILES
                         Fine. But I assure you, I will neither 
                         bump, nor grind, not shake my "groove 
                         thing".

               Buffy and Willow exchange kinda grossed out looks.

                                     WILLOW
                         Let's go.

               Willow pulls Giles away from the table.

                                     WILLOW (CONT'D)
                         And please never ever use any of 
                         those terms ever again. Thanks.

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                                                                        35.


               As Willow and Giles walk off, Buffy grabs Willow's camera 
               and snaps a picture of them.

               Xander watches Willow and Giles for a moment, and then turns 
               toward the bar.

                                     XANDER
                         Oh, man. My Dad's hitting the bar 
                         again.

                                     BUFFY
                         Want me to...?

                                     XANDER
                         Nah. I got this one.

               Xander walks off, leaving Buffy and Dawn alone. Buffy looks 
               down at the digital camera, her mind wandering. Dawn notices 
               this.

                                     DAWN
                         Whatcha thinking?

                                     BUFFY
                         I'm thinking that two hundred dollars 
                         is still a lot of money for something 
                         so drop-able.

                                     DAWN
                         Is that all?

               Buffy looks at Dawn.

                                     BUFFY
                         I'm thinking how nice all of this 
                         is. Being together. Knowing that it 
                         won't last.

                                     DAWN
                         It could.

                                     BUFFY
                         I think Willow and Xander might get 
                         tired of a house full of guests.

                                     DAWN
                         So we just go our separate ways?

               Buffy looks down again.

                                     BUFFY
                         Something like that. I guess.
                              (then, smiling)
                         But this is a party. Right now, we're 
                         all here and it's all good.

                                     DAWN
                         Yeah.

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                                                                        36.


                                     BUFFY
                         Wanna dance?

                                     DAWN
                         I do.

               Buffy takes Dawn's hand and they walk toward the dance floor 
               where they join Willow and Giles. The three girls are having 
               a fun time with their goofy dancing. Giles has absolutely no 
               idea what he's doing.

               INT. THE BRONZE - LATER

               The room is quiet now, and most of the guests are seated, 
               with glasses of champagne in their hands.

               Dawn is on the stage, standing in front of the microphone, 
               looking very nervous. She smiles.

                                     DAWN
                         Umm... Hi. I'm Dawn Summers and I'm 
                         an alcoholic.

               Dead silence.

                                     DAWN (CONT'D)
                         Okay, bad joke. Sorry. Umm...
                              (beat)
                         You know, I have this written down.

               She reaches into her shoe and pulls out a folded piece of 
               paper. After unfolding it, she begins to read.

                                     DAWN (CONT'D)
                         I've known Willow and Xander for 
                         almost as long as I can remember. It 
                         seems strange, since I didn't meet 
                         them until I was ten. I should 
                         remember more before that. The thing 
                         is, I can't remember a time when 
                         they weren't in my life.
                              (beat)
                         They started out as my sister's 
                         friends when we moved here to 
                         Sunnydale. Back then, I would just 
                         buzz around them and annoy them. Or 
                         they'd babysit while my mother was 
                         at work, and Buffy was at the library. 
                         Studying. For school.

               Dawn puts the paper down and looks into the crowd.

                                     DAWN (CONT'D)
                         Anyway, after a while, they became 
                         more than just Buffy's friends. After 
                         a while, I realized that they weren't 
                         annoyed to have me around.
                                     (MORE)

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                                                                        37.


                                     DAWN (CONT'D)
                         I realized that as time passed, they 
                         became my friends too. I don't think 
                         that fully registered in my head 
                         until my mother died. At first, I 
                         couldn't stand how alone I felt. 
                         Even with Buffy there, it seemed 
                         like I didn't have any family left 
                         in the world. And then I saw how our 
                         friends came to support us. I saw 
                         how they cared about us and loved 
                         us. They took care of us, because 
                         they are our family. That is who 
                         Willow and Xander are. They are two 
                         of the most caring people I know. 
                         They would give everything they have 
                         in this world just to make one person 
                         a little bit better off. Whether 
                         they're a close friend, or a complete 
                         stranger, it doesn't even matter.
                              (beat)
                         So today when I was watching them 
                         get married, and I saw how happy 
                         they were, I couldn't imagine anything 
                         more beautiful or just. You guys 
                         deserve this. You deserve the future.

               She raises her glass. Everyone does the same.

                                     DAWN (CONT'D)
                         So may you have it. To tonight, 
                         tomorrow and all of the tomorrows 
                         that follow.

               Everyone takes a sip of their drinks.

               Dawn starts to walk off of the stage. As she leaves, she 
               passes Buffy, who is on her way up. She stops Buffy, and 
               whisperes in her ear.

                                     DAWN (CONT'D)
                         Just fake sip. You don't have to 
                         actually drink.

               Buffy nods and continues to walk to the microphone. Dawn 
               sits at the table with Willow, Xander and Giles. Willow and 
               Xander smile to her. Giles puts his hand on her shoulder.

               Buffy reaches the microphone and stands there for a moment, 
               looking out at the crowd. She smiles.

                                     BUFFY
                         Damn. That's what I was gonna say.
                              (beat)
                         Umm...
                                     (MORE)

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                                                                        38.


                                     BUFFY (CONT'D)
                              (beat)
                         Okay, so let's go back to when I 
                         first moved to Sunnydale and talk 
                         about the two kids I met at school. 
                         One of them was this way shy computer 
                         geek who kinda dressed like my 
                         grandmother. The other was this 
                         completely uncoordinated goofball 
                         who had a crush on me and, like, 
                         zero clue what was sitting right 
                         under his nose. By then, they'd 
                         already known each other for a decade. 
                         Even though we were all pretty much 
                         inseparable, Xander and Willow were 
                         like bats. Communicating in this 
                         language that none of us could hear 
                         or understand.
                              (beat)
                         Back in LA, I was part of the popular 
                         crowd. A cheerleader. I had a ton of 
                         people surrounding me at all times, 
                         hanging on my every word. Even with 
                         all of those people, I didn't really 
                         understand what it was to have friends 
                         until I met you guys. I didn't know 
                         what it was to have people that you 
                         could always count on, and who would 
                         always be there for you. You have 
                         always been there for me, and for 
                         all of your other friends. But more 
                         than that, you have always been there 
                         for each other. I can't even imagine 
                         one of you in my life without the 
                         other. You're like warm apple pie 
                         and vanilla ice cream. It sounds 
                         like a clash the first time you hear 
                         about it, but once you've given it a 
                         chance, nothing else seems as perfect 
                         together.

               Buffy looks down into the crowd, looking Willow and Xander 
               in the eyes.

                                     BUFFY (CONT'D)
                         Like Dawn said, you guys deserve the 
                         future. I promise you, I will kill 
                         each and every thing that stands 
                         between you and your 75th anniversary.

               While everyone else in the crowd thinks this last part is a 
               little strange, Willow and Xander can't help but feel the 
               warmth and love.

                                     BUFFY (CONT'D)
                              (raising her glass)
                         To you guys.

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                                                                        39.


               The MUSIC RISES as we are treated to a montage of photographs 
               from the reception...

               An image of Xander and Willow cutting their cake.

               An image of Xander smearing cake on Willow's face.

               An image of a caked up Willow holding a the cake knife to 
               Xander, threatening him.

               An image of the happy couple dancing together.

               An image of Buffy, Giles and Dawn smiling for the camera.

               An image of Buffy throwing a fake punch into Giles' hand as 
               they pretend to go about their Slayer training.

               An image of Giles in a chair, holding an ice pack in his 
               hand.

               An image of Buffy, Willow and Dawn, all gussied up.

               An image of Xander and Giles, also gussied.

               An image of Buffy, Willow and Dawn doing a Charlie's Angels 
               pose.

               An image of Buffy and Dawn with their arms around each other.

               And finally, an image of the entire Scooby Gang, posing for 
               a group shot.

               INT. THE BRONZE - LATER

               The MUSIC ENDS. Most of the guests have gone home. Buffy, 
               Willow, Xander, Dawn and Giles are sitting at a table, kicking 
               back.

                                     BUFFY
                         All in all, I'd say that today went 
                         well.

                                     XANDER
                         Mission accomplished.

                                     WILLOW
                         I think we should do this every year. 
                         Y'know, wherever we are in life, 
                         just take the one day out and party 
                         like it's 1999.

                                     XANDER
                         That would be the year of the big 
                         giant snake shindig.

                                     WILLOW
                         Okay, then we'll party like it's 
                         2007.

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                                     XANDER
                         That works.

                                     WILLOW
                         What do you guys say?

                                     GILES
                         I'll have to check my calendar, but 
                         I'm pretty sure I can make it.

                                     WILLOW
                              (to Buffy and Dawn)
                         What about you guys?

               Dawn looks to Buffy, waiting for her to respond first. She 
               doesn't.

                                     DAWN
                         We wouldn't miss it for the world.
                              (beat)
                         Well, maybe for the world. Depends 
                         on what kind of deal we can get for 
                         the world.

                                     WILLOW
                         Cool. Party at our place, one year 
                         from today. You guys bring the chips.

                                     DAWN
                         Done.

               Dawn grabs Giles' arm and turns it so she can see his watch.

                                     DAWN (CONT'D)
                         It's getting late.

                                     XANDER
                         Is that code for "let's get the hell 
                         out of here?"

                                     DAWN
                         Yup. I wanna sneak in and see Ryan 
                         if I can.

                                     GILES
                         I'll give you a ride.

                                     BUFFY
                         Yeah, I'll come.

                                     WILLOW
                         I'd offer to go, but we have packing 
                         to do.

                                     XANDER
                         Sunny beaches and fruity drinks await 
                         us. One of the perks of getting 
                         hitched.

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               Everyone starts to get up and prepare to leave. Buffy walks 
               around to Willow and gives her a big hug.

                                     BUFFY
                         I love you guys.

                                     WILLOW
                         You too.

               Buffy goes to Xander and hugs him.

                                     BUFFY
                         Love you.

                                     XANDER
                         Sorry. I'm a married man.

               Dawn hugs Willow.

                                     WILLOW
                         We probably won't see you guys until 
                         tomorrow.

                                     DAWN
                         Yeah. Hey...

                                     WILLOW
                         Hmm?

                                     DAWN
                         Congratulations.

               Dawn goes to Xander.

                                     DAWN (CONT'D)
                         Oh, if 14-year-old me saw this day 
                         in a crystal ball, she'd be having a 
                         fit right about now.

               She hugs Xander. 

                                     DAWN (CONT'D)
                         I love you guys.

                                     XANDER
                         Have fun at the hospital. You kids 
                         don't stay out too late.

               Xander puts his arm around Giles.

                                     XANDER (CONT'D)
                         We grownups have to keep such a close 
                         eye on kids these days.

                                     GILES
                         Welcome to my world.

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               Willow walks around to Giles who gives her a kiss on the 
               cheek.

                                     GILES (CONT'D)
                         You were beautiful today. I couldn't 
                         be prouder.

                                     WILLOW
                         That means more than you know.

               Giles gives Xander a hug.

                                     GILES
                         You did good.

                                     XANDER
                         Thanks.

                                     GILES
                         If you hurt her, I'll hurt you.

                                     XANDER
                         If I hurt her, you won't have to.

               As Buffy, Dawn and Giles start to head out, Willow and Xander 
               wave to them.

                                     WILLOW
                         Bye, guys.

                                     XANDER
                         See ya later.

               Once Buffy, Dawn and Giles are gone, Willow and Xander are 
               alone. Xander holds out his hand.

                                     XANDER (CONT'D)
                         One last dance?

               Willow takes his hand.

               INT. HOSPITAL ROOM - NIGHT

               Dawn walks into Ryan's hospital room, and quietly walks to 
               his bed to see if he's awake. When he sees her, he smiles.

                                     RYAN
                         Hey.

                                     DAWN
                         You're up.

                                     RYAN
                         Yeah. Every time I try to get 
                         comfortable, something either pops 
                         or cracks.

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                                     DAWN
                         Okay, ouch.

                                     RYAN
                         How are you in here? I thought 
                         visiting hours were over.

                                     DAWN
                         We've gotten into morgues, crypts, 
                         museums... you name it. A hospital 
                         room is nothing.

                                     RYAN
                         I'm glad you came.

                                     DAWN
                         Me too. Buffy and Giles are coming 
                         in a couple minutes. They were my 
                         distraction.

                                     RYAN
                         How did the wedding go?

                                     DAWN
                         Good. No Hellmouths opened, no demons 
                         spawned. It's actually kinda unusual 
                         for us.

                                     RYAN
                         So it all went off with a hitch then.

                                     DAWN
                         Without a-- Okay, I get it now. It's 
                         still not funny, but I get it.

                                     RYAN
                         Hey. Grab onto my hand, would you? 
                         I'd normally take your hand myself, 
                         but that could be painful.

               Dawn takes Ryan's hand.

                                     DAWN
                         How's that?

                                     RYAN
                         First time I haven't felt the pain 
                         all day. You look good.

                                     DAWN
                         Thanks.
                              (beat)
                         So, what did you do today?

                                     RYAN
                         Watched TV. Same channel all day 
                         since I couldn't reach the remote. I 
                         managed to call my sister though.

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                                     DAWN
                         Really? What'd she say?

                                     RYAN
                         She's flying out tomorrow.

                                     DAWN
                         That's good.

                                     RYAN
                         I told her I was attacked outside 
                         the Army recruitment center by a 
                         couple of war protesters. I don't 
                         think she appreciated the irony.

                                     DAWN
                         That's just a little bit mean.

                                     RYAN
                         Think I should have told her the 
                         truth? That a vampire threw me into 
                         a tree like a rag doll?

                                     DAWN
                         You could sugarcoat it.
                              (beat)
                         Somehow. I'm sure. Maybe blame it on 
                         a car accident.

                                     RYAN
                         My car's fine. Plus, this way she 
                         gets to feel a little guilty.

               INT. HOSPITAL - HALLWAY - NIGHT

               Buffy and Giles are walking toward Ryan's room. Before they 
               reach it, Buffy grabs onto Giles arm and stops him. She looks 
               around to make sure nobody is listening.

                                     GILES
                         Buffy?

                                     BUFFY
                         I need to ask you something.

                                     GILES
                         Is something wrong?

                                     BUFFY
                         Not really. I just need a favor.
                              (beat)
                         After we leave here, I'm going to 
                         take out a demon camp.

                                     GILES
                         You need help?

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                                     BUFFY
                         Not in the way you're thinking. This 
                         is a pretty big camp. I'm pretty 
                         sure they know about us. They might 
                         know where Willow and Xander live. 
                         They might know that Ryan's in the 
                         hospital. I'm going to take most of 
                         them out, but if a couple of them 
                         aren't home when I get there, they 
                         might come after my friends. Even I 
                         can't be everywhere at once.

                                     GILES
                         What do you want me to do?

                                     BUFFY
                         I think the camp is mostly vampire. 
                         That means the house should be safe. 
                         I want to get Dawn back there before 
                         I go. But Ryan's still stuck here 
                         and I need someone to watch him for 
                         me. Someone I trust.

                                     GILES
                         Of course.

                                     BUFFY
                         So you'll do it?

                                     GILES
                         Are you sure you don't need help?

                                     BUFFY
                         It's pretty standard stuff for me 
                         these days. I can handle it. I just 
                         need to know that everyone I care 
                         about is safe.

                                     GILES
                         I'll stay as long as you want me to.

                                     BUFFY
                         Thanks.

               Giles turns and is about to walk into the hospital room, but 
               Buffy stops him again. She turns him around and hugs him.

                                     BUFFY (CONT'D)
                         I don't know what I would do without 
                         you.

               Giles hugs her back. He knows that something is wrong, but 
               he doesn't say anything.

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                                                                        46.


               Finally, Buffy lets Giles go and he walks into the hospital 
               room. Buffy hesitates, taking a deep breath. After a moment, 
               she puts on a fake smile and follows him in.

                                                             FADE TO BLACK:

                                     END OF ACT THREE

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                                                                        47.


                                         ACT FOUR

               FADE IN:

               INT. HOSPITAL ROOM - NIGHT

               Buffy and Giles are sitting in the hospital room by now. 
               Dawn is still by Ryan's side.

                                     BUFFY
                         By the way, if anyone asks, Giles is 
                         your dad and I'm Kristy.

                                     DAWN
                         Kirsty.

                                     BUFFY
                         Whatever. The nurses don't know that.

                                     DAWN
                         Who am I?

                                     BUFFY
                         You're you.

                                     RYAN
                         Umm... Kirsty is coming tomorrow.

                                     BUFFY
                         Oh.
                              (beat)
                         See, so it's a good thing I told 
                         them my name was Kristy. We can say 
                         we're twins.

                                     DAWN
                         Funny.

               Ryan yawns.

                                     RYAN
                         Sorry... and, ouch.

                                     DAWN
                         Are you tired?

                                     RYAN
                         A little. I guess bone mending takes 
                         a lot out of you.

                                     DAWN
                         We should go.

                                     RYAN
                         You don't have to.

                                     DAWN
                         No, it's okay. You sleep.

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                                                                        48.


               Dawn leans down and kisses Ryan.

                                     RYAN
                         Thanks for coming.

                                     DAWN
                         Anytime. Call me if you need anything.

                                     RYAN
                         I will.

               Dawn starts to walk away. She looks back and waves one more 
               time. Ryan waves back.

               Buffy and Giles follow.

                                     BUFFY
                         Get well.

                                     RYAN
                         Thanks.

               INT. HOSPITAL - HALLWAY - CONTINUOUS

               Dawn walks out of the room. Buffy and Giles soon follow. 
               Once the door is closed, Buffy looks to Giles.

                                     GILES
                         I'll be in the waiting area.

               Giles walks in the direction opposite the direction Buffy 
               and Dawn are headed.

                                     DAWN
                         Why is Giles going to the waiting 
                         area?

                                     BUFFY
                         I asked him to.

                                     DAWN
                         Why?

                                     BUFFY
                         Because you and I have other plans. 
                         I'll explain when we get there.

               Buffy starts to walk down the hallway. Dawn follows.

               EXT. WOODS - NIGHT

               Buffy leads the way through the woods, now carrying her Scythe 
               in one hand and a stake in the other. Her face is 
               expressionless.

               Dawn is behind her, struggling to keep up.

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                                                                        49.


                                     DAWN
                         Y'know, I could think of about a 
                         thousand better outfits to be wearing 
                         if we're going to be hiking through 
                         the woods.

                                     BUFFY
                         We're almost there.

                                     DAWN
                         Where? You still haven't told me 
                         where we're going.

               Buffy slows down enough to let Dawn catch up to her.

                                     BUFFY
                         You said you wanted to come with me.

                                     DAWN
                         I do. I just expected to be wearing 
                         sneakers or something.

                                     BUFFY
                         That can come later. Right now, I 
                         want to show you what you'd be signing 
                         up for. What my life really is.

                                     DAWN
                         Where are we going?

                                     BUFFY
                         Down.

               Buffy starts walking faster again. Once again, Dawn struggles 
               to keep up.

                                     DAWN
                         Oh.

               INT. WILLOW AND XANDER'S HOUSE - MASTER BEDROOM - NIGHT

               Xander is packing his bag while Willow sits on the bed, 
               printing pictures from her digital camera. Both are in normal 
               clothes now.

                                     XANDER
                         Your packing technique looks a lot 
                         like your sitting technique.

                                     WILLOW
                         I'll get there. I just want to print 
                         up some picture for everyone before 
                         we take off.

                                     XANDER
                         Fine, but if you have nothing to 
                         wear on our honeymoon, don't blame 
                         me.

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                                                                        50.


               INT. DARK TUNNEL - NIGHT

               Buffy and Dawn now walk down the same tunnel that Drusilla 
               and Hewitt once took to reach the local demon camp.

                                     BUFFY
                         This is how demons do things now. 
                         Large groups, hidden away where they 
                         think I won't find them.

                                     DAWN
                         I guess it doesn't work too well.

                                     BUFFY
                         Not really.

                                     DAWN
                         So, how many demons are we expecting?

               They reach the end of the tunnel and stand in the flickering 
               glow of the fire below. Dawn looks out over all of the demons. 
               Her eyes widen.

                                     DAWN (CONT'D)
                         Holy cow, that's a lot of demons. 
                         You're going to fight them all?

                                     BUFFY
                         That's how it usually goes.

               Dawn looks at Buffy, and then back to the demons. 

                                     DAWN
                         I don't understand. Buffy, why did 
                         you bring me here?

               Buffy's eyes fill with tears. She looks down at the demons, 
               not at Dawn.

                                     BUFFY
                         I needed your focus to be on the 
                         demons.

               Buffy looks up at Dawn. Dawn is very confused right now.

                                     DAWN
                         What are you talking about?

                                     BUFFY
                         The Key. Opening a portal.  I was 
                         going to...
                              (beat)
                         But I can't. I couldn't...

                                     DAWN
                         I know. You could never do something 
                         like--

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                                                                        51.


                                     BUFFY
                         I couldn't figure out how.

                                     DAWN
                         Oh.

               Buffy turns and takes a few steps back into the tunnel, out 
               of the sight of demons. Dawn follows her.

                                     DAWN (CONT'D)
                         Buffy, wait.

               Dawn grabs Buffy's arm and forces Buffy to look at her.

                                     DAWN (CONT'D)
                         Talk to me. What were you going to 
                         do?
                              (beat)
                         Buffy?

                                     BUFFY
                         Just before I came back, I found out 
                         about this plan. They were going to 
                         use you to unleash Hell on Earth. So 
                         many demons that I couldn't even 
                         hope of killing them all. I knew I 
                         had to come back. I knew I had to 
                         stop them.
                              (beat)
                         What I found out was that it could 
                         work both ways. I could use the Key 
                         to open a portal that would pull 
                         demons out of this world instead of 
                         letting them in. And I was going to 
                         do it. I was going to kill you. I 
                         meant to kill you.

               Dawn takes a moment to let this sink in. She looks back toward 
               the glow of the demon camp.

                                     DAWN
                         The e-mail from the monks said that 
                         I had the power.
                              (beat)
                         They were talking about my will. You 
                         needed me to be okay with all of 
                         this in order to make it work.

               Buffy looks to Dawn, wondering why she's telling her this 
               despite the fact that Buffy just threatened to kill her. She 
               then thinks back.

                                     BUFFY
                         They were going to drug you.
                              (beat)
                         Why didn't I think of that? 

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                                                                        52.


               Dawn takes a deep breath, not believing everything that is 
               happening. Buffy sits down on the ground, numb. She places 
               her Scythe and stake beside her.

                                     DAWN
                         How many demons?

                                     BUFFY
                         What?

                                     DAWN
                         How many demons did you plan on taking 
                         out?

               Buffy hesitates. She's not sure she wants to answer.

                                     BUFFY
                         Every demon within a hundred miles. 
                         The Hellmouth. All of it.

               Dawn takes a moment to let this sink in. She sits next to 
               Buffy. Both stare off into space.

               INT. WILLOW AND XANDER'S HOUSE - MASTER BEDROOM - NIGHT

               Xander finishes packing and puts his bag on the floor.

                                     XANDER
                         Done. That makes one of us. Oh, what 
                         a long and restful night's sleep I 
                         shall have with no more work ahead 
                         of me.

               Willow is too busy looking through printed photos to listen 
               to him. She's smiling at them.

                                     WILLOW
                         It was a good day.

                                     XANDER
                         I liked it.

                                     WILLOW
                         Here's Dawn dancing with Giles.

               Willow shows Xander the picture.

                                     WILLOW (CONT'D)
                         I guess it would have been more fun 
                         for her if Ryan were there.

               At that thought, Willow pauses. She wants to ask a question, 
               but isn't sure that she should. Finally, she goes for it.

                                     WILLOW (CONT'D)
                         Y'know what I've been wondering?
                                     (MORE)

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                                                                        53.


                                     WILLOW (CONT'D)
                         And I don't mean to make Buffy out 
                         to be a bad guy or anything, but... 
                         You don't think she let her 
                         protectiveness for Dawn get in the 
                         way of her protecting Ryan, do you?

                                     XANDER
                         Meaning?

                                     WILLOW
                         Meaning three vampires attacking an 
                         uber-Slayer shouldn't even be a big 
                         deal, right?

               Xander hasn't thought of that before. He's suddenly getting 
               rather curious.

               INT. HOSPITAL - WAITING ROOM - NIGHT

               Giles is sitting in one of the chairs, thinking. Finally, a 
               thought occurs to him. The same thought that Willow just 
               had.

               He gets up and starts to walk out of the hospital.

               INT. DARK TUNNEL - NIGHT

                                     DAWN
                         It feels different, doesn't it?

                                     BUFFY
                         What?

                                     DAWN
                         The air. I don't know... Everything 
                         just feels different on nights like 
                         this. When big things happen. Do you 
                         feel it?

               Buffy looks up at the sky. She takes a deep breath.

                                     BUFFY
                         I do.

                                     DAWN
                         It gives me the creeps. I felt it on 
                         the Night of Morel Divineh too.
                              (beat)
                         When Willow went all baddie. It's 
                         always the big nights. 

               Buffy looks down.

                                     BUFFY
                         I noticed it the night I killed Angel.  
                         It was like the air was dead.
                                     (MORE)

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                                                                        54.


                                     BUFFY (CONT'D)
                         Everything was so surreal. Like it 
                         wasn't really happening.

                                     DAWN
                         But it was.

                                     BUFFY
                         Yeah.
                              (beat)
                         After that, I couldn't stand it. I 
                         came back to reality and I hated 
                         myself. I kept wondering if there 
                         was something else that I could have 
                         done.

                                     DAWN
                         But there wasn't. You did what you 
                         had to do.

                                     BUFFY
                         It doesn't make it any easier though.

               Dawn looks Buffy in the eyes. She takes a deep breath.

                                     DAWN
                         You're the Slayer, Buffy. Sometimes 
                         that means that you have to make the 
                         decisions that nobody else could.  
                         Sometimes you have to make the 
                         sacrifices that nobody else could.
                              (beat)
                         You have to save the world.

                                     BUFFY
                         Dawn, I--

                                     DAWN
                         Do you remember when we were kids, 
                         and Mom and Dad used to take us ice 
                         skating? I always sucked at it, so 
                         you'd have to hold my hand the entire 
                         time.

                                     BUFFY
                         I remember. 

                                     DAWN
                         You made me feel safe. 
                              (beat)
                         You once told me that the hardest 
                         thing about this world was to live 
                         in it. I say we make it a little 
                         easier.

               Dawn stands up.

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                                                                        55.


                                     DAWN (CONT'D)
                         Let's do this.

                                     BUFFY
                         What?

               Buffy stands.

                                     BUFFY (CONT'D)
                         Dawn, no. You don't have to.

                                     DAWN
                         It's okay. I think this is what I 
                         was meant to do. My whole life, I've 
                         just wanted to have a purpose. I 
                         just wanted to mean something to 
                         this world. I've wanted to be like 
                         you. I think this is my chance.
                              (beat)
                         I don't know if you're going back 
                         after this, but if you ever see the 
                         others, tell them I love them. Tell 
                         them that I'm doing this for them.
                              (beat)
                         And tell Merrill to swing away.

               Buffy can't help but laugh at this "Signs" reference, despite 
               the moment. She reaches out and takes Dawn's hand.

                                     BUFFY
                         You're better than me. You've always 
                         been better.

               Dawn doesn't respond. She can't.

               After a moment, she gives Buffy a nod. Buffy picks up the 
               Scythe and her stake. 

               After taking a deep breath, Buffy takes off running down the 
               tunnel. Dawn watches her go, swallowing hard.

               INT. THE CAVERN/DARK TUNNEL - MOMENTS LATER

               HUNDREDS OF DEMONS are in the cavern, same as before. Perhaps 
               more than before. They range from large and hairy, to small 
               and squirmy. There's even a rather LARGE TENTACLED DEMON 
               crawling up the wall in the background.

               As the demons part, we see Buffy standing amongst them. They 
               haven't yet realized that she is there.

               TWO LARGE HAIRY DEMONS see Buffy and charge toward her, one 
               raising an axe as he charges. Buffy throws the Scythe at the 
               empty-handed demon. It hits him in the chest, taking him 
               down. Buffy then turns her attention to the second demon, 
               still coming at her with the axe.

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                                                                        56.


               Buffy grabs his arm with her free hand and twists it. The 
               axe drops.

               Buffy catches the axe mid-drop, swings it, and kills the 
               demon before he knows what is happening.  He drops to the 
               ground.

               The rest of the demons in the cavern now realize that Buffy 
               is there with them. They look at her and start to move toward 
               her. She stands before them, an axe in one hand and a stake 
               in the other, waiting for them to attack.

               Finally, they all attack at once.

               In SLOW MOTION, we see Buffy face her enemies. As they move 
               super slowly, Buffy actually moves at close to normal speed 
               for us. She weaves her way between demons, chopping, stabbing, 
               jumping, flipping. She throws the axe, hitting the tentacled 
               demon and causing it to fall to the floor. She then grabs 
               her Scythe and continues the battle.

               ANGLE ON : DAWN

               Standing at the opening to the cavern, looking down at Buffy's 
               battle.

               Dawn looks at the ground and sees a piece of broken glass 
               with a sharp point to it. She picks it up and looks at it 
               for a moment. She looks at the wrist which has the beads 
               wrapped around it, and then pricks her index finger on that 
               hand with the glass, just enough to draw blood.

               She turns her back to the battle, holds out her bleeding 
               hand, dropping the glass and closing her eyes. A tear rolls 
               down her cheek.

               ANGLE ON : BUFFY

               Still fighting. Killing demons left and right.

               ANGLE ON : DAWN

               In front of Dawn, a PORTAL BEGINS TO OPEN. It isn't what you 
               would expect. It isn't a bright, swirling vortex. It is merely 
               a black void, ripping into the air in front of Dawn.

               Dawn's head shoots back.

               ANGLE ON : BUFFY

               As she fights the demons, they suddenly stop attacking her.

               Buffy stands in the middle of this swarm of demons, waiting 
               for one of them to attack, but they don't move. Something is 
               happening to them.

               Suddenly, the DEMONS TURN INTO BALLS OF LIGHT, and shoot 
               away from Buffy, toward Dawn.

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                                                                        57.


               ANGLE ON : DAWN

               She turns around and opens her eyes just in time to be hit 
               by a RUSH OF ENERGY.

               The energy shoots through her, into the void behind her.

               ANGLE ON : BUFFY

               Looking up, watching Dawn. Tears fill her eyes.

               EXT. CALIFORNIA - OPTICAL - NIGHT

               From high in the air, we can see a ring of energy surrounding 
               Sunnydale for about 100 miles.

               Suddenly, the ring closes with a BOOM.

               INT. THE CAVERN/DARK TUNNEL - NIGHT

               Energy continues to rush through Dawn, into the portal behind 
               her. Finally, it ends. Dawn looks down to Buffy and smiles 
               despite the fact that she is out of breath.

                                     DAWN
                         I can make it bigger.

                                     BUFFY
                         Dawnie...

               Dawn looks Buffy in the eyes. After a moment, Dawn's eyes 
               begin to crackle with GREEN ENERGY.

               Suddenly, a BURST OF GREEN ENERGY shoots from Dawn, like 
               flash from a camera.

               INT. BAR - NIGHT

               The bar is full of DEMONS, with only a FEW HUMANS.

               As the FLASH OF GREEN fills the bar, about A THIRD OF THE 
               DEMONS VANISH.

               EXT. BEACH - DAY

               Near a cave opening, a SMALL GROUP OF DEMONS has made their 
               camp. With the FLASH, THEY DISAPPEAR.

               INT. ABANDONED WAREHOUSE - NIGHT

               A LARGE GROUP OF DEMONS have made this warehouse their home.

               The standard GREEN FLASH, and HALF OF THE DEMONS VANISH.

               EXT. SNOWY MOUNTAINTOP - DAY

               SEVERAL SNOW DEMONS are gathered around a campfire. The GREEN 
               FLASH TAKES TWO of these demons.

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                                                                        58.


               EXT. EARTH - OPTICAL

               The green energy spreads over the entire globe like a 
               shockwave.  After covering the globe, the energy reverses 
               itself and begins to move back toward Sunnydale.

               INT. THE CAVERN/DARK TUNNEL - NIGHT

               The cavern falls silent. You could hear a pin drop.

               Buffy and Dawn lock eyes. Buffy's with tears. Dawn with a 
               smile.

               Suddenly, a MASSIVE FLOW OF GREEN ENERGY blows a hole in the 
               top of the cavern, and strikes Dawn.  It flows through her, 
               into the void behind her.  It continues for several seconds, 
               getting stronger and stronger until finally,  Dawn is hard 
               to see through the energy.

               As the energy flows, EVERYTHING SLOWS DOWN.

               Buffy watches from below as the last of the energy flows 
               through Dawn. As this last bit of energy rushes over her, 
               the VOID BEGINS TO CLOSE.

               INT. WILLOW AND XANDER'S HOUSE - FOYER - NIGHT

               Willow and Xander rush down the stairs, toward the front 
               door. 

               INT. THE CAVERN/DARK TUNNEL - NIGHT

               As the void closes, HANDS and TENTACLES REACH FROM IT, as 
               though demons are trying to claw their way back from this 
               hell dimension. Some of these tentacles wrap themselves around 
               Dawn, pulling her toward the void.

               EXT. HOSPITAL PARKING LOT - NIGHT

               Giles runs toward his car, stopping when he realizes that he 
               has noplace to drive. He falls to his knees.

               INT. THE CAVERN/DARK TUNNEL - NIGHT

               As Dawn is pulled into the void, her BODY TURNS TO ENERGY, 
               and the tentacles fall away from it.

               The last bit we see of Dawn is her hand as it enters the 
               void. THE VOID CLOSES BEHIND HER.

               Buffy stands alone in the cavern. She lets her weapons drop 
               from her hands, causing an ECHO which fills the cavern.

               She drops to her knees.

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                                                                        59.


                                     WILLOW (V.O.)
                         Eventally, the winds of time roll in 
                         and our youthful passtimes are 
                         replaced by the realities of 
                         adulthood...

               INT. WILLOW AND XANDER'S HOUSE - MASTER BEDROOM - NIGHT

               We PAN ACROSS the collection of photos that Willow had printed 
               and left on her bed. Finally, we reach the group photo from 
               the wedding reception. The picture now shows only Buffy, 
               Willow, Xander and Giles. Dawn is not in the picture. She is 
               no longer in any of the pictures.

                                     WILLOW (V.O.)
                         It happens to all of us, whether we 
                         wish it upon ourselves or attempt to 
                         hold it back.  Eventually the demons 
                         that we faced growing up are replaced 
                         by the less literal- though equally 
                         frightening- demons of time and age...

               INT. VIDEO STORE - NIGHT

               Back in Bear River, Ryan is closing up the video store for 
               the night. As he turns the sign from "Open" to "Closed", he 
               looks out on the night sky. 

                                     WILLOW (V.O.)
                              (beat)
                         As we look back on our past, we fondly 
                         remember those times and the friends 
                         that we shared them with. We know 
                         that no other relationships that we 
                         forge will ever be quite the same 
                         and whether those people have left 
                         this world completely, or have simply 
                         moved on to parts unknown we will 
                         never forget them. They will forever 
                         be a part of us.

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

               Willow, Xander and Giles are standing in the dining room, 
               drinking cups of coffee and laughing. Still coming off the 
               buzz of the wedding. 

                                     WILLOW (V.O.)
                              (beat)
                         It's been a while since I've had to 
                         whiddle a piece of wood into the 
                         form of a stake. For the first time 
                         in it's existance, the town of 
                         Sunnydale is starting to look pretty 
                         calm...

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               INT. WILLOW AND XANDER'S HOUSE - MASTER BEDROOM - NIGHT

               Still PANNING ACROSS the collection of photos. 

                                     WILLOW (V.O.)
                         As I stand on my front porch, watching 
                         the neighborhood children play as 
                         the sun sets behind them, I no longer 
                         have to worry about what lurks behind 
                         the nearby bush... 

               INT. WILLOW AND XANDER'S HOUSE - MASTER BEDROOM - DAY

               We PAN ACROSS the room, from the door, toward the bed.

                                     WILLOW (O.S.)
                         The nights are quiet here, which is 
                         how I know that she's still out there 
                         fighting the good fight...

               Finally, we see Willow in bed, reading from a stack of papers. 
               She is about eight months pregnant now.

               Xander stands near the open window, looking out as he listens 
               to Willow read.

                                     WILLOW (CONT'D)
                         I'm not sure if I'll ever see her 
                         again, but as I watch the sun set on 
                         the horizon, my thoughts are always 
                         on one person...

               ANGLE ON : THE PAPERS

               As Willow finishes reading, she puts the last page down, 
               typing side down, and flips the papers over.

                                     WILLOW (CONT'D)
                         Buffy. The vampire slayer.

               The title page is now showing on this stack of papers. It 
               reads : "BUFFY, THE VAMPIRE SLAYER... A NOVEL BY XANDER 
               HARRIS"

               Xander turns around and looks at Willow to see her reaction. 
               She looks back at him with tears in her eyes.

                                                             FADE TO BLACK:

                                         THE END