By Elsa Frohman
Spoilers: Through Never Leave Me
Summary: Now for something completely different. If you were expecting Part 2 to match Part 1, sorry about that. Oh, yes, it follows -- plot-wise -- but we've sacked the production team and the story will be completed in an entirely different style.
Part 2 Act I
Previously on Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
From Beneath You:
Spike's "I'm just a guy with his ear to the ground" speech.
From Conversations with Dead People:
The end of the Willow/Cassie scene with "Not 'it,' me," and the turning inside out.
Xander: Spike's in trouble?
Buffy: I hope not.
Spike bites the brunette.
FE/Buffy: That's my guy.
Shot of axe swinging at Giles' neck.
From Never Leave Me:
Buffy: You risked everything to be a better man, and you can -- you are. I believe in you.
Shot of fighting the Harbingers.
Shot of the empty manacles.
Buffy: They were after Spike.
Shot of Spike bleeding onto the seal and the Ubervamp rising.
INT., THE SUMMERS HOUSE, BUFFY'S BEDROOM, NIGHT
She's in bed sleeping restlessly.
(Mumbling in her sleep) From beneath...
A light begins to grow beside her bed. It elongates and gets brighter, until it's the size of a man. Buffy stirs and raises her head.
What ... What are... Who are you?
The light begins to coalesce. It's Rupert Giles. He glances around. It's clear he can't see Buffy. It's a one way link.
Giles? Giles? You're here? Where have you been? I've been trying to find you.
Buffy, I don't have much time. The Coven helped me send this message to you. I don't dare use conventional means. It's looking for me.
Where are you?
I can't hear you, and I can't answer your questions. I'm sorry. I know there's a lot you want to know. But I'm going to have to beg you to stop and just listen.
Buffy stops and waits for him to go on.
There is a great danger coming. The First Evil has returned. But it's much stronger since the last time we encountered it. You won't banish it so easily this time.
The danger now is greater than you can imagine, Buffy. You must be alert. The First will try to deceive you. You can't trust what you see. I can't be more specific.
I can only offer you one piece of advice. Don't allow yourself to be confused. Keep your mind on the mission. That's all. I'm sorry, I wish it was more.
The light begins to fade.
Giles, don't go. Wait. Where are you? Are you OK? Please, don't go! Don't leave me! I need your help. It's got Spike...
INT. SUMMERS HOUSE
Willow is sitting on the floor, across from Anya, similarly seated. Between them is a map of Sunnydale. Xander and Dawn stand over Anya and Willow. There are glowing dots on the map.
The following additional credits run over the beginning of the scene:
Guest starring: David Boreanaz
Anthony Stewart Head
James B. Leary
Mary-Kate Olsen as "Giselle"
Britney Spears as "Val"
Luke Perry as the Fourth Harbinger from the left
Pretty! But I can't find me.
You're not a demon anymore. This spell only locates demons. We're looking for Spike.
Lotta demons showing in and around the high school.
Maybe the spell went wrong, and it's showing teenagers, not demons.
Demons, teenagers... what's the difference?
(To Willow) How do we know which one of your little glowbugs is Spike?
(Reproachful) Give me a minute.
My heart and hand I give in your service.
Reveal to me the one I seek.
Close up on the map. One of the dots glows blue.
The high school.
Willow snatches up the map as it starts to catch fire, so it can't damage the carpet.
Andrew said the seal he uncovered was in the high school basement. That's got to be connected.
So, is the little twerp over his fright?
I don't think he's going to be over his fright of you anytime soon, but he's stopped weeping. Don't know what we're going to do with him in the long run.
By the number of demons showing in the high school, I hope Buffy finds us some reinforcements.
INT. WILLY'S BAR
It's midday, and there aren't many customers. Willy is polishing the bar. Buffy walks in.
Hey, Slayer. What's up?
I'm looking for anyone who might be friends with Spike.
Willy looks annoyed.
He don't hang out here too much anymore. So, if you're thinking about waitin', won't do you any good.
I'm not looking for Spike. I'm looking for people who might be his friends.
You're waiting at the wrong taxi stand, Slayer. He ain't got too many friends that come in here -- not since he started workin' with you. People who come in here don't take kindly to killin' demons.
There must be somebody. He's lived in this town for years.
If he's got friends, they don't come around here.
Willy stops polishing for a moment and thinks.
INT. THE SUMMERS KITCHEN, DAY
Willow and Xander are plating sandwiches for the gang.
Peanut butter and banana for Dawn. Turkey on rye for you. Turkey on wheat with goat cheese for Anya. Alfalfa sprouts and tofu cheese for me.
How can you eat that -- I mean, all that green fuzz!
All full of veggie goodness.
I refuse to eat anything that looks like it came into being in a Tupperware container of leftovers at the back of the refrigerator.
(Takes a bite of her sandwich) Mmmm... You don't know what you're missing! (Makes a face) Except... eww... I think these sprouts have been in the crisper too long.
See? They've reverted to their natural state.
Willow puts her sandwich in the sink.
(Serious now) Xander, I just wanted to say (pause) thanks.
For agreeing to help ... I know you aren't that fond of Spike...
It looks like there are a lot of demons under the high school. This is probably going to be pretty dangerous.
Well, I can't let my friends go do something dangerous without coming along, can I?
(Sad smile) Is that why we do it?
I guess... For the thrill of fighting evil, over and over, even though it will never go away no matter how many vampires you stake and demons you kill.
You know that's not what I meant.
Yeah. I care about you. I care about Buffy -- and Dawn. Where you guys go, I guess I'll always follow.
But it sort of pisses you off that this time we're rushing in to save Spike...
(Looking down. Doesn't want to meet Willow's eyes) If you mean, does it piss me off that last time, when it was Anya, I begged and pleaded, and she still went off determined to kill her? But now it's Spike, and he can kill just as many people, if not more, but this time it's different? Yeah, sort of...
Have you considered that maybe, just maybe, Buffy learned something last time?
Don't fool yourself, Willow. It isn't about right and wrong -- it's about Spike. It doesn't matter what he does; she'll always find an excuse not to put an end to him. She's completely blind where he's concerned, and she has been for a long time. (bitter) It's not about redemption; it's about washboard abs.
She cares about him...
(Shaking his head) Cares? How can she care about a ... (Closes his mouth and decides not to say it.)
Maybe the same way someone can care about a vengeance demon.
That was different.
If you say so...
EXT. THE SUMMERS HOUSE, DAY
Buffy is coming up the walk with Clem who is carrying a grocery sack.
You're sure there's nobody else?
There's Gah. He's a Fyarl, and he'd be pretty useful in a fight -- but he's off on a retreat.
They have retreats for Fyarl demons?
It's sort of a writers' workshop. He wants to become a poet.
Fyarl poetry? I wonder what rhymes with 'crush.'
(Earnestly -- this has come up before.) Mush, flush, rush, shush.
Buffy gives him a "look."
INT. SUMMERS LIVING ROOM, DAY
Buffy is standing near the door from the entry hall. Willow and Xander are seated on the sofa. Dawn is perched on the arm of the sofa. Clem sits in the chair at the end of the sofa. Anya is standing on the other side of the doorframe from Buffy. The big window behind the sofa is still covered with plastic. (We'll hope the audience doesn't notice that the front windows were intact in the exterior establishing shot in the previous scene.) Anya is chairing the planning meeting -- very much into being the leader.
The problem, as I see it, is that there are a lot of demons down there, and there aren't very many of us.
A significant problem...
This would be a lot easier if Spike hadn't alienated practically every demon in Sunnydale. Or, conversely, if he had more human friends.
This isn't helpful.
(Annoyed at Buffy's interjection, taking control back) We'll simply have to make the best possible use of the resources we have. That's the key to success -- efficient allocation of resources.
I brought snacks.
Clem picks up the grocery sack and takes out a bag of Cheetos, opening it to offer around. Anya frowns -- this wasn't what she had in mind.
Clem, what would you say is your best combat skill?
(Pauses to think.) I don't fight much. It's better to make friends.
Ah... Willow, what about magic?
Well, I could...
(Interrupting) I don't think combat magic is a good idea...
Not all magic is bad. There are things I could do that might help -- without using the Dark Arts.
(Brightly) That's right. Like your ball of sunshine spell! If any of the demons are vampires...
(Arms crossed, impatient) That's not going to be too good for Spike.
I could do a confusion spell, but, well, it's confusing. I mean, it wouldn't just confuse the enemy -- it would get everyone in range. So we'd be just as confused as they were.
Buffy rolls her eyes.
Well, maybe not that -- but it's the right sort of idea. When you're fighting a superior force, you want to create as much confusion as possible -- to make your forces seem greater than they are. Let me see, we want to go in as noisy and wild as possible. Dawn can shriek a lot and wave her weapon around ineffectively. Xander can shout and use a battle-axe -- he's very effective with an axe.
Xander looks embarrassed, remembering attacking Spike with the axe. (Insert brief flashback to axe hitting doorframe above Spike's head in Entropy.)
(Thinks about it.) I'm in charge of snacks. Anybody want any Orange Crush?
Holds up a 2-liter bottle from the grocery sack. He gets up.
(Resigned) In the kitchen.
Clem exits through the door past Buffy with the bottle of soda.
Camera angle changes to just Anya and Buffy on either side of the doorframe.
This isn't working out the way I'd visualized.
Oh? How so?
I thought we'd be competent.
Camera goes back to the interior of the living room.
(Uncertain about how to say this.) There's something else I need to tell you. (Beat) I saw Giles last night.
Saw? As in, he's in town? (She's suddenly hopeful.)
Buffy shakes her head.
More like a vision. But it wasn't a dream. I didn't go back to sleep after. He appeared in my bedroom.
(Worried.) Could it have been the First again? It seems to show us what we most want to see.
That's what worries me. It wasn't the way you've described your encounter, or like Dawn's. He couldn't hear me. It was sort of a projection, I think. But that doesn't mean it was really Giles, either. I think the First is smart enough to keep changing the way it appears to us. I can't be sure.
There's been one thing in common in all the visitations...
(Nods) I know. Spike told me that sometimes it appeared to him as me, but mostly it looked like Spike when it was talking to Spike. I've been dead. He is dead. You saw Cassie Newton -- who is dead. Dawn saw...
Dawn looks uncomfortable.
But that doesn't necessarily...
I've been checking everywhere I can think of. The Council says they don't know where he is. I think we've got to accept the possibility...
(Distressed) No! No, that can't be. Giles can't be...
What did he tell you? I mean, if it was something helpful, maybe that means it was really him. If he told you the truth...
He didn't tell me much. He told me the danger we were facing was the First Evil, but we already knew that. Then he told me not to get confused. That's pretty neutral -- anybody might tell me that. So, I can't really tell. What he told me wasn't that helpful, so it might have been a deception -- something to give us false confidence. Or, it might have been him, and that was just the best he could do...
We've got to be very careful about advice from people who shouldn't actually be here...
Clem returns with a tray of glasses of orange soda.
So, what I wanted to say was, we may be all alone in this. There may be nobody to fall back on. So, more than anything else, I want everybody to know that we've all got to come through this alive. Nobody gets left behind. No noble sacrifices. We can't afford to lose anybody else. We're all we've got, and every one of us is important. We go in together, and everybody watches everybody else's back. We pair off. You make sure your partner makes it -- that's the first priority. This is one battle, and when it's over there will be more. We've got to make sure we'll be strong enough to fight again.
(Trying to take back control.) OK, Xander, you and Dawn. Willow, you're with me. And Clem can back up Buffy.
When we get into it, you guys are running interference. Don't go commando on me. I'll do most of the fighting. You guys clear a path for me, keep them from getting around behind us, make lots of noise to keep them off balance. But I'm the one who fights -- got it?
(Snickering) She said 'Don't go commando.'
I get it. It's all about underwear.
EXT. AN ALLEY IN SUNNYDALE, NIGHT
A young couple turn the corner and slip into the alley, clearly with making out on their minds.
(Whispering in the girl's ear.) You make me so hot.
(Giggling) I bet you say that to...
No! Only you.
He backs her against the wall, and they start kissing. The camera backs off, and we see the First's Ubervamp creeping up on the couple. It comes close and runs a clawed finger down the boy's back. He turns, startled.
His face is contorted with horror as he sees the Ubervamp. He doesn't have time to react. It grabs him and tosses him aside like a rag doll. The boy smashes into the opposite wall and slides to the ground unconscious. The girl screams. The camera switches to her POV, and we see the Ubervamp's jagged-toothed mouth descending toward her.
BLACK OUT -- to commercial break.
Continued in Act II