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PREVIOUSLY ON HEROES: - We see our band of heroes coming out from the portal in the alley. SPIKE “It’s quiet. Where are all the sounds of the cars, sirens and people in general? There’s nothing…” - We see the stunned expression on Angel’s face. ANGEL “You’re right…” - A shot of SPIKE picking up a newspaper. SPIKE “It’s dated five months after the battle!” (v.o) “The city is in ruins.” - A WIDE SHOT of Aerin, Giles, BUFFY, WILLOW, DAWN and ANDREW together in a room. - ANGLE on Angel picking up a phone. ANGEL “Buffy.” - We see ILLYRIA at SPIKE‘S side and ANGEL standing next to them. ILLYRIA “What’s wrong with him?” ANGEL “I think he’s dying. He needs blood. But he won’t swallow it.” ILLYRIA “I know what he needs.”
- FOCUS ON Illyria as she makes a cut on her wrist and then presses it against Spike’s mouth. - We see BUFFY with her lips pressed against Spike’s as he struggles in her embrace. - A WIDE SHOT as Spike finally manages to break free. SPIKE ”Buffy… I can’t. I love her. Aerin…” BUFFY ”I…” SPIKE "It's over Buffy. Whatever there was between us, it's gone.” - A SHOT of SPIKE and AERIN together in bed. AERIN “So you’re saying…?” SPIKE “You gave me my soul back.” - ZOOMING IN on SPIKE’S eyes as they shift in colour to neon blue. ILLYRIA (v.o) “He’s ascending. Into a god.” - A WIDE SHOT of ANGEL and KIRSTEN.
KIRSTEN (v.o) “Let us just say that the First is back in business.” - A CLOSE UP on Buffy and the weary look on her face. BUFFY "We never destroyed it. It can't be destroyed. All we did was beat it back for a while. We had to expect it would be back."
- GILES and the others are assembled in the HYPERION LOBBY. GILES “Illyria is saying that Spike is becoming human…? So that the god successfully can use his shell.” BUFFY “Spike’s becoming human? So that he can die.” - A TIGHT SHOT of WILLOW. WILLOW “It seems that the First has allied himself with some hell god named Abigor. He commands over sixty legions of damned warriors.” - A TIGHT SHOT of a grimacing DAWN. DAWN “Just a headache, sis. Nothing to worry about.” - We see XANDER and BUFFY kneeling beside DAWN. XANDER ”Can you tell us what happened?” DAWN ”I think… I think I had a vision.” - A CLOSE UP on Spike. SPIKE “I have a feeling.” AERIN (questioning) “A feeling?” SPIKE “I’m going to die today.” - A SHOT of THE FIRST.
THE FIRST ”I want them exterminated.” SHAPESHIFTER ”Which ones?” THE FIRST ”The humans. All of them. The entire population.” - A TIGHT SHOT of a dying AERIN lying in SPIKE’S arms. AERIN “Promise me, Spike, whatever sacrifice you make for them, you make sure it's worth it.” - ZOOMING IN on the pile of dead bodies. It’s the dead slayers. There’s a gagging sound and the CAMERA FOCUS on Dawn as she bends over and vomit. WILLOW (o.c) “By the Goddess…” - A WIDE SHOT of a room. There’s BUFFY, GILES, JOHN, WILLOW and FAITH. DEAD SLAYER “It will swallow us all.” BUFFY “What will?” DEAD SLAYER (horrible laughter) “It.” (transfixing them with her eyes) “From the heat beneath…” BUFFY (shaking her head) “It devours.” DEAD SLAYER “It consumes.”
- FOCUS on Spike as he stumbles away, a lone tear trickling out of his eye. SPIKE “What do you want from me?” THE FIRST “I want you to join me.” SPIKE (distressed) “What?!” THE FIRST “You could be my general.” (wistfully) “Think of all the death and mayhem we could cause together.” (beat) “I could even assume this shape all time. If you want me to.” SPIKE (shaking his head) “No!!” THE FIRST “You think about it.” (vanishing) “’til next time…” - WIDE SHOT of the HYPERION LOBBY. THERE’S A KNOCK ON THE DOOR. BUFFY (resigned) “What now?” - CLOSE UP on CONNOR. CONNOR “Hi, dad.”
IN. THE HYPERION LOBBY – L.A – DAY A CLOSE UP on the grim look in ANGEL’S face. Then the CAMERA PANS OUT. First into view is CONNOR, standing at the door with a duffle bag at his feet. Then, as the CAMERA ZOOMS OUT into a WIDE SHOT we can see the perplexed faces of all the others. ANGEL “I told you to stay away.” CONNOR “’m not one to listen.” FOCUS on the young man’s face. It appears as if he’s been through a lot. (A.N: Connor wears blue jeans and a white shirt.) CONNOR “Besides… I had to see if you were alive.” ANGEL “I do appreciate it, Connor.” (beat) “It’s just…” CONNOR “That you’re in the middle of an apocalypse.” (tired smile) “I get it.” BUFFY (elbowing Angel) “Where’s your manners?” (reaching out a hand towards Connor) “Hi. I’m Buffy Summers.” CONNOR “The Buffy?”
BUFFY “I guess…?” CONNOR “Wow.” (shaking her hand) “’ve heard tons of stuff about you.” BUFFY (suspiciously) “You have, huh?” ANGEL (cutting in) “Why exactly are you here, Connor?” CONNOR (turning to Angel) “Truth is I have no other place to go.” (pause) “My parents died in the earthquake last year.” ANGEL (closing his eyes) “God. I’m so sorry, my son.” CLOSE UP on the sad expression in the young man’s face. It quickly melts away as his gaze suddenly fixates on DAWN standing to the left of the group. CONNOR (breathlessly) “Whoa…” ANGEL “What?” ILLYRIA (tilting her head) “The boys body is warming.” (looking intrigued) “I think he wants to mate with the ‘Key’.”
BUFFY (peeved) “What?” DAWN (looking flustered) “What?” ANGEL (distressed) “What?” CONNOR (perplexed) “Who’s a key?”
CR ED IT S
DAVID BOREANAZ as ANGEL SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR as BUFFY SUMMERS JAMES MARSTERS as SPIKE AMY ACKER as ILLYRIA SHARON DEN ADEL as AERIN BROWDER ALYSON HANNIGAN as WILLOW ROSENBERG MICHELLE TRACHTENBERG as DAWN SUMMERS NICHOLAS BRENDAN as XANDER HARRIS
SPECIAL GUEST APPEARANCES BY:
ANTHONY STEWART HEAD as RUPERT GILES ELIZA DOZKHU as FAITH LEHANE TOM LENK as ANDREW WELLS VINCENT KARTHEISER as CONNOR
INT. UNKNOWN BAR – DOWNTOWN L.A – TIME UNKNOWN A CLOSE UP on FAITH as she lets out a burp. SPIKE (o.c) “That was impolite.” ZOOMING OUT so that we can see Faith, SPIKE and XANDER sitting by the bar. Each holding a glass of liquor in their hands and looking slightly worse for wear. FAITH (snorting) “When have you ever been polite?” SPIKE “Sod off, Miss Dark Avenger.” XANDER (slobbering) “Now, now, children…” FOCUS on Xander when his eyes widen as if he tries to focus on the two of them. XANDER (Cont’d) “What big heads you have…” FAITH “I think Spike was right. Too many drinks for you.” XANDER (shaking his head) “Nuh-uh! I can handle my alcohol.” SPIKE “Not very well.” XANDER
“Shut up, Bleachy.” FAITH (looking around) “Why are we even here? “ SPIKE (bumps his head against the bar disk) “‘Cause life sucks, remember?” XANDER (looks as if he reached an epiphany) “Right.” (burping) “No… What?” FAITH “By the way…” (squinting) “What happened to Illyria?” SPIKE "Probably found an ant hill," (smiling) "The bloody things fascinate her. I think she wants to win their allegiance." FAITH (rubbing her ass) “This bar stool is seriously giving my ass a fight.” SPIKE “Strange. I should think that with that ass it would be rather comfy.” FAITH "Comfy? What do you mean 'comfy'?" (vicious glare) "Are you saying I'm fat?" SPIKE "Well… Personally I like to see a nice bit of arse on a bird, but some people..."
FOCUS on Faith as she glides off the bar stool and angrily stares at the vampire. Xander rolls his eye and takes a sip of his booze. FAITH "You're saying my butt's big?" (gritting her teeth) "It is not big!" SPIKE "No, pet." (grinning slowly) "'Course not. It's very nice." FAITH "You..." (clenching her fists) ”I am so gonna kick your ass.” ANGLE on Spike as he leaves his chair to face the irritated slayer. XANDER (sighing) “Guys…” SPIKE "Fight me!" (blinking confusedly) "All three of you!" A CLOSE UP on the blonde vampire as he takes a step forward, only to stumble on his own feet and land in an unconscious heap on the dusty floor. FAITH (turning to Xander) “’m not carrying him home.” XANDER “Damn!!” FADE OUT-
CUT TOINT. ANGEL’S OFFICE – THE HYPERION – L.A – DAY SPOTLIGHT on ANGEL sitting behind his desk and CONNOR sitting in a chair on the other side. The two of them stares at the other with a matching frown. CONNOR “So… They’re all dead?” (beat) “Wesley, Cordelia, Gunn and Fred…?” (shaking his head) “Or is Fred…?” ANGEL (grimly) “Illyria isn’t Fred.” (averting his gaze) ”Fred’s gone, Connor.” CONNOR “Damn.” (rubbing his nose) “I really liked her.” ANGEL “She was the sweetest girl I’ve ever known.” CONNOR (meeting Angel’s gaze) “And Spike…?” ANGEL (depressively) “He’s lost too.” CONNOR “Because he’s turning into some kind of a god?” (frown) “Like Fred did?”
ANGEL “Yes.” A MOMENT OF SILENCE. CONNOR “And Buffy?” ANGEL “What about her?” CONNOR “Where does she fit into all of this?” ANGEL (shaking his head) “She doesn’t.” CONNOR (brow knit) “I thought you and her…?” ANGEL “She loves Spike.” CONNOR “No shit.” FOCUS on the door as it suddenly opens and ILLYRIA walks in as if she owns the place. ILLYRIA (pronouncing) "I am numb with the emotion you label as boredom.” ANGEL (sighing) “This is my life now a day.” A CLOSE UP on the bemused expression on Connor’s face. FADE OUT-
CUT TOINT. DAWN’S BEDROOM – THE HYPERION – L.A – DAY SPOTLIGHT on DAWN sitting in front of the mirror, combing her hair and with a dreamy look on her face. (A/N: Dawn’s wearing a red blouse and black jeans. Around her neck is a Celtic cross.) BUFFY (o.c) “Trying to impress someone?” The CAMERA ZOOMS OUT to reveal BUFFY sitting cross-legged on the bed. She’s very cute in a jeans skirt and a white blouse. Her hair hangs lose and frames her face as she stares at her younger sister. DAWN “Shut up.” BUFFY (smugly) “Somebody’s in looove.” DAWN (sneering) “Like I am the only one.” BUFFY (frown) “What do you mean?” DAWN (eye roll) “Please. Like you’re not all moody ‘cause Spike doesn’t return you love.” BUFFY (pout) “Shut up.” FOCUS on Dawn as she smiles triumphantly into the mirror. FADE OUT-
CUT TOINT. TRAINING ROOM – THE HYPERION – L.A – DAY A WIDE SHOT of the training room to show us ILLYRIA going at it against the punch bag. The entity seems disturbed for some reason. The door opens and GILES comes walking in, quickly followed by ANDREW and JOHN. ANDREW (squeak) “You’re so cool!” Illyria immediately stops to punch the bag and turn around to face the exited Andrew with a disgusted sneer. ILLYRIA “Your voice level is inadequate.” ANDREW (chirping) “Sorry!!” ILLYRIA (turning to the elder watchers) “Is there a purpose to your intrusion?” GILES (nodding) “We have the books.” ILLYRIA (unaccustomed smile) “Indeed?” JOHN “They were not easy to come by. But Willow managed to locate them.” FOCUS on Giles as he hands out a thick tome towards Illyria, who carefully takes it in her hands and examine it with great pleasure. ANGLE on John and Andrew as they leave the room. Giles appears to stay behind for some reason.
GILES (pensively) “What do you think you’ll find in there that can be of any help to us?” ILLYRIA (meeting his gaze) “There’s a spell…” (caressing the cover) “It’s dangerous but it could work.” GILES (intrigued) “What spell?” ILLYRIA (scrutinizing him) “Do you know of the Aerhkozian prophecy?” A TIGHT SHOT of the stunned expression on the watcher’s face. GILES (startled) “And you would risk it?” ILLYRIA (tilting her head) “Would you not?” SILENCE. GILES “You do realize that there will be objections.” (whispering) “Buffy won’t like this.” ILLYRIA “A great leader does what she or he has to do to insure everyone’s survival.” FOCUS on Giles as he turns around and leaves the room. Left behind is Illyria with a strange look on her face. FADE OUT-
CUT TOEXT. UNKNOWN ALLEY – DOWNTOWN L.A – DAY A LONG SHOT of an alley. At the far end of it we can see a bunch of people approaching. As the CAMERA BEGINS TO ZOOM IN on them we first see BUFFY, followed by WILLOW and XANDER. Behind them trails a group of young girls. BUFFY (coming to a halt) “This is a good spot.” XANDER (looking around) “For what?” (frown) “And shouldn’t we patrol?” WILLOW (staring at the young slayers) ”Who are these girls?” BUFFY ”These are the last nine slayers that don't realize I still love Spike.” (whispering) “So here's what gonna happen: I’m going to insult Spike to such a degree that he puts on that whipped puppy look. Then I’m going to continue on that line ’til he starts fuming and developing a wish to rip my throat out. Then you guys come in and say something about a nasty needing to be taken care of and I'll say ’Crap, I've gotta go.’ And then I run off before Spike proves me wrong. And then there will be nine girls who think I don’t love Spike and word will spread.” (beat) ”Presto!!” XANDER (marvelling) ”When do you find time to patrol?” BUFFY ”Between these thoughts.” FADE OUT-
ACT I I
INT. ANGEL’S OFFICE – THE HYPERION – L.A – NIGHTFALL SPOTLIGHT on ANGEL and CONNOR still sitting in their previous places. It appears as if they haven’t left the room at all. ANGEL “This situation…” CONNOR “With the First.” ANGEL (nodding) “I don’t want you to get hurt.” CONNOR (sheepishly) “And I don’t want to lose you again.” (beat) “Dad.” ANGEL (warm smile) “I…” ILLYRIA (walking in) “We need to communicate.” ANGEL (chagrined) “You again?!” ILLYRIA “We need to communicate about the First.” ANGEL ”Am I sensing concern? Last I checked, that was considered an emotion.”
FOCUS on the cold look the entity sends his way. A WIDE SHOT of the scene as ILLYRIA approaches the desk and slams down the thick book. ILLYRIA “There’s a way to stop the First for good.” (pause) “But there has to be a sacrifice.” ANGEL (deep sigh) “Isn’t there always?” FADE OUTCUT TOINT. THE HYPERION LOBBY – L.A – NIGHT ZOOMING IN on BUFFY and DAWN sitting on the couch. (A/N: the blonde slayer wears and all black ensemble while her sister is clothed in jeans and a grey top.) BUFFY “Do you have strange sensation that you’ve been left out of the loop?” DAWN (rolling her eyes) “Always.” BUFFY (scrunching up her nose) “’s just that I think Giles and John are planning something. Something big.” (pause) “And I think Illyria is involved in it all.” DAWN (brow knit) “Illyria?” (shaking her head) “She isn’t really a team player, Buffy.” BUFFY “I know that.”
Suddenly the theme from ‘WIND BENEATH MY WINGS’ starts to play. Buffy quickly reaches for her back pocket to retrieve her cell. BUFFY “Hello?” (smiling) “Oh. Hi, Xander!” (pause) “Really?” FOCUS on the thoughtful expression on the slayers face as she gets up from the couch and start pacing the room. After a few moments she turns back to Dawn and puts away the cell. DAWN (curiously) “So, what did Xander want?” BUFFY ”He just wants some dating advice.” DAWN ”From whom?” BUFFY (thumbs up) ”Yours truly.” SILENCE. DAWN ”Buffy, when was the last time you went on a date?” BUFFY “That was uncalled for!!” DAWN ”The blind leading the blind.” FOCUS on the two sisters as Buffy picks up a pillow and throws it at Dawn. Soon they’re both busy wrestling on the couch. FADE OUT-
CUT TOINT. UNKNOWN BEDROOM – THE HYPERION – L.A – NIGHT FOCUS on CONNOR standing in front of a open window, gazing out over the dark city. The young man is clothed in grey cargos and a black shirt. CONNOR (looking over his shoulder) “I’m fine. Really.” ZOOMING OUT to reveal ANGEL, FAITH and WILLOW standing in the middle of the room. All with their eyes on Connor. (A/N: Angel wears and all black outfit. So does Faith. But Willow is cute in baby blue jeans and a green top. Her long hair is pulled back into a tight ponytail. WILLOW “Are you sure?” (furtive glance at Angel) “No hard feelings or so?” CONNOR (smiling) “Nah.” (shrugging) "And by the way; I remember everything." (a semi-wounded expression) "Androgynous?" WILLOW (goofy expression) "I’m sorry, but you are. You have girl-mouth. And long hair." (quickly) “But you’re very pretty.” ANGEL (nodding) “Very masculine.” FAITH “I’d do you.”
UNCOMFORTABLE SILENCE. CONNOR (slowly) “Gee, thanks.” ANGEL (grimly) “Faith…” FAITH (snickering) “Just kidding.” (evil glee) “How old are you again, Connor?” ANGEL “Faith!!” FAITH “Yeah, yeah. It’s five by five.” WILLOW (wrinkled nose) “What’s that smell?” ANGEL (blankly) “Illyria.” WILLOW (incredulous stare) “Illyria doesn’t smell.” ILLYRIA (o.c) “I found the ingredients for the spell.” FOCUS on ILLYRIA as she appears in the doorway, carrying a bag filled with herbs and other, indefinable things.
WILLOW (perking up) “Spell?” ANGEL (evasive gesture) “It’s an experimental stage yet.” (shrugging) “Nothing to think about.” WILLOW “Then you wouldn’t mind telling me about it.” SILENCE. ILLYRIA (impatiently) “I grow weary of your silence, half-breed.” WILLOW (suspiciously) “Are you keeping something from me, Angel?” ANGEL (deep sigh) “It’s an ancient and quite dangerous spell.” WILLOW “And I’m the experienced witch.” ANGEL (nodding) “I know. And I was going to tell you. In time.” WILLOW “You sound… strange.” ANGEL “It’s because it kind’a involves the ultimate sacrifice.” COLLECTIVE SIGHS. FADE OUT-
ACT I II
INT. THE TRAINING ROOM – THE HYPERION – L.A – TIME UNKNOWN CAMERA FOCUSING on a wall as SPIKE suddenly cashes into it. The vampire feels his side as if to check for broken ribs. This merits a grimace of pain – so let’s just assume he took a good hit. Then he returns to a fighting stance as the CAMERA PANS OUT to a wide shot of the training room. We can now see that his opponent is ILLYRIA. The CAMERA CIRCLES AROUND the two fighters as Spike charges at the god king, actually getting a few hits in – before she stops him with a hand to his face. Then she kind’a swats him away like a bug and he hits another wall. ANGLE on Illyria as she approaches the slumping form. She comes to a halt and tilts her head curiously. ILLYRIA “You are not using your enhanced powers.” (beat) “Why?” SPIKE (mumbling against the floor) “I can’t.” ILLYRIA “What does that mean?” SPIKE “It means that I can’t.” FOCUS on Spike as he slowly makes his way to his feet, wiping a string of blood from his mouth. There’s another grimace of pain. SPIKE (distressed look) “I can’t fight like I used to.” (shifting into game face) “I barely can control the demon.” ZOOMING IN as Illyria reached out a hand and delicately traces a finger along the bridge.
ILLYRIA “It’s the demon that’s dying.” SPIKE (back to human visage) “Dying?” ILLYRIA (nodding) “You’re ascension must be increasing in speed.” (beat) “You’re almost completely human.” SPIKE (gasp) “Human…” A WIDE SHOT as Illyria steps away and turns her back against the blond vampire. ILLYRIA “The universe is shifting, as if it were making way for something.” SPIKE (staring at her back) “What do you mean?” ILLYRIA “There are changes all around.” (turning to him) “In you.” Illyria appears very restless as she starts pacing the room, sometimes casting glances in Spike’s direction. ILLYRIA “The eternity lies in the balance.” (beat) “And you’re the key to maintain that balance.” A CLOSE UP on the shocked expression in Spike’s face. FADE OUT-
CUT TOINT. CONNOR’S ROOM – THE HYPERION – L.A – NIGHT A TIGHT SHOT of CONNOR, ZOOMING SLOWLY OUT to show us the hotel room. Connor stands by the window again. There’s also a shadowed figure standing in a corner of the room. CONNOR (ragged voice) “You’re the First, right?” FOCUS on the silent shadow as it steps into the light from the table lamp. It’s DARLA!! THE FIRST “My dear boy…” CONNOR (angrily) “You have no right to mock me like this!” THE FIRST (snickering) “What’s the matter, my sweet? Doesn’t it just warm your heart to see your mother?” CONNOR “You’re not her.” (sneer) “You’re nothing.” ANGLE on the First as it trips over to stand by Connor’s side. (A/N: the First Darla wears a white and green summer dress and has the hair loose.) THE FIRST (sweetly) “Is that so?” CONNOR (nodding) “Yes.”
THE FIRST “Why did you come here?” CONNOR “I came to help dad.” THE FIRST “Dad.” (gagging sound) “How… sweet.” PAUSE. THE FIRST “You do realize that he cares more about Spike than he ever will about you. His own son.” CONNOR (shaking his head) “That’s a lie.” THE FIRST “Is it?” FOCUS on the First as it morphs into ANGEL. THE FIRST "Nothing in the world is the way it ought to be. It's harsh, and cruel. But that's why there's us. Champions. It doesn't matter where we come from, what we've done or suffered, or even if we make a difference. We live as though the world was what it should be, to show it what it can be. You're not a part of that yet.” (beat) “You’ll never be.” CONNOR “Stop it.” THE FIRST “Trust me, I will.” A CLOSE UP on the First as it implodes. FADE OUT-
CUT TOINT. SPIKE’S HOTEL ROOM – THE HYPERION – L.A – NIGHT ALL LIGHT on SPIKE. The vampire stands in the middle of the room, seemingly occupied by an unidentified object in his hand. DAWN “Hey, what’ya doing?” ZOOMING OUT as Spike’s head snaps up and he turns to look in the direction of the door – where DAWN stands with a hesitant smile. SPIKE (solemnly) “Hi, Dawn.” DAWN (inching closer) “So… What do you got there?” SPIKE (closing his hand) “Nothing.” As if picking up the vampire’s unease, the young woman comes to a stop only a few inches away from him. DAWN POV as her gaze flacks from one place to the next; first FOCUSING on a jar standing on the nightstand, moving on to a dagger lying on the wind shell and finally settling on a dusty looking book on the bed. A WIDE SHOT as Dawn begins to walk towards the bed – only to be stopped by Spike, who quickly places himself in front of her. DAWN (wrinkled forehead) “Is that…” SPIKE (bluntly) “’s nothing.”
DAWN (unconvinced) “Really?” (beat) “It looked like…” SPIKE “Dawn.” (shaking his head) “’m sorry, but I really need to be alone.” DAWN “But…” SPIKE (sharply) “I mean it!!” A CLOSE UP on the hurt look in Dawn’s face. DAWN “Okay.” (walking towards the door) “Jerk.” ANGLE ON Spike as the door closes behind her. The vampire’s face wears a painful expression as he opens his closed palm and looks down at the item in it. It’s a picture of AERIN. SPIKE (whispering) “Soon, baby.” (ragged breath) “Soon we’ll be together again.” FOCUS ON Spike’s eye as a tears forms in its corner. The CAMERA STAYS with the tear as it trickles down his cheek, lingers a while on his chi before falling down at the picture. ZOOMING IN on Aerin’s smiling face looking back at us.
CUT TOINT. UNKNOWN ROOM – THE HYPERION – L.A – TIME UNKNOWN A WIDE SHOT of the room reveals BUFFY, XANDER and WILLOW sitting around a table. Each of them holding a book and seemingly occupied by reading. Even Buffy. They all look up when DAWN comes rushing into the room, looking all flustered. DAWN (between breaths) “I think Spike’s up to something.” WILLOW (getting up) “Why’s that?” DAWN “Well… He’s been very secretive lately and I’ve seen him reading from that book, you know? The one I should keep away from.” A TIGHT SHOT of Willow’s shocked face. WILLOW “What else have you seen?” (gripping Dawn’s arms) “Please, Dawn, it’s important.” DAWN “I’ve seen him collect different items; a jewel of some sort, a holy jar, a dagger, some ancient scroll…” WILLOW “O, my god… H’s gonna try to summon the dead. Or rather someone dead.” A CLOSE UP on Dawn’s terrified expression. DAWN “No… You think? He wouldn’t… He couldn’t…!” WILLOW “He’s gonna try to bring Aerin back from the dead…”
BEAT. BUFFY (grimly) ”If I ever get my hands on Spike, I'll make him wish he'd never been born... reborn... unborn! You get the picture!” XANDER “We got to find him, guys.” DAWN (nodding) “Yes. But where?” WILLOW (eagerly) “I could do a locater’s spell.” BUFFY (sternly) “Do it, Will.” A TIGHT SHOT of the unreadable expression in the slayers face.
FADE OUTCUT TOEXT. UNKNOWN GRAVEYARD – SOMEWHERE IN L.A - NIGHT We follow DAWN with a STEAD CAM as she zigzags between the gravestones. She hesitates for a second under a oak tree, before continuing silently. The CAMERA ZOOMS OUT as SPIKE comes into our view. The blond vampire sits on his knees in front of a gravestone. AERIN’S gravestone. SPIKE (silently) ”I couldn’t do it.” DAWN “Spike…”
FOCUS on the vampire as he looks up, with tears in his eyes, at Dawn who has come to a halt beside him. SPIKE “I mean, she’s happy now, right?” (beat) “She must be. Happy and at peace.” DAWN (nodding) “I believe so.” SPIKE “So it would be cruel to take her from that. To rip her out of heaven.” DAWN (ragged voice) “I’m sorry, Spike. I am so sorry.” SPIKE “I don’t know what got into me. I guess that I thought…” (shaking his head) “I don’t know what I thought.” DAWN “You just wanted her back. I get that. I remember how happy I was when Buffy came back.” SPIKE “Yeah…” (sand running thru his fingers) “I miss her so much, niblet.” (sobbing) “Oh god, how I miss her!!” ZOOMING IN as Dawn puts her arms around the grieving vampire and he rests his head against her shoulder as he cries out his pain and sorrow. BUFFY (grim voice) “I see that you found him.”
FLASH. We follow SPIKE and BUFFY with a STEAD CAM. The vampire is quite obviously trying to get away from the slayer. This would however be rather difficult as she’s hanging on to him as if her very life depends on it. SPIKE (irritated) “I said ‘let go’!!” BUFFY (digging her heels into the ground) “And I said that we need to talk!!” Spike sighs and continues to drag himself forward, inch by inch. Buffy’s arms tighten a little bit more around his waist. SPIKE “Buffy.” BUFFY “What?” SPIKE “Stop that.” BUFFY (innocently) “Stop what?” SPIKE “Human anchor.” BUFFY (shaking her head) “U’huh.” ZOOMING OUT as he continues on his path, dragging her with him. A few meters away stand DAWN with a incredulous look in her face. FLASH.
A WIDE SHOT of the scene as SPIKE suddenly comes to a stop. BUFFY in turn finally let him go. BUFFY “So you’re ready to talk?” FOCUS on Spike as he starts running away from her. The poor vampire doesn’t get very fast tough. Out of nowhere, a tiny slayer comes flying and tackles him to the ground. BUFFY (gritting her teeth) “Annoying vampire.” The vampire in question responds with a long, drawn-out growl that rumbles deep in his chest. ZOOMING OUT as Spike suddenly bucks beneath Buffy, sending her sliding sideways as he twists around to break her hold. SPIKE ”Leave me alone!!” ANGLE on Buffy as she jumps him again and they tumble to the ground. SPIKE ”Get off.” BEAT. SPIKE (muttering) ”I said. Get. Off.” THERE’S A SNICKERING LAUGHTER OFF CAMERA. ZOOMING OUT to show us another SPIKE FIGURE stepping into view. This would off course be THE FIRST. THE FIRST "Quite the melodrama you two have going on,” (chuckling) “I was enjoying the show.”
FOCUS on the First as its eyes narrowed when they flicked from Spike to Buffy and back again; its head tilting as its expression turned colder. THE FIRST “Oh, you think I haven't followed this little soap opera all along?” SPIKE ”Have you now?” ANGLE on Spike as he rolls out from under a paralysed Buffy and gingerly gets back to his feet, eyes never leaving the First. SPIKE “Be so kind and tell us what you want this time?” THE FIRST (clicking his tongue) ”Still so reckless.” (shaking its head) ”Gotta do something about that, now don’t I?” ALL LIGHT on Spike as he suddenly gasps for air and shakes his head in despair. BUFFY ”Spike!!” ZOOMING OUT as Buffy tries to reach for the vampire. But suddenly there’s another SPIKE FIGURE (it would be the SHAPESHIFTER) coming from nowhere and hits her in the face. The blow throws her back and she lands heavily on the grass, hitting the ground with an ‘oof!’ FOCUS on Spike as he tumbles to his knees as his legs crumples beneath him. He bends forwards, clutching his head. THE FIRST ”You can kill a man but you can't kill what he stands for. Not unless you first break his spirit. That's a beautiful thing to see.” A CLOSE UP on the agonized expression in Spike’s face. As the PICTURE FADES: AN EVIL LAUGHTER. BUFFY’S SCREAMS.
ACT I V
INT. ANGEL’S OFFICE – THE HYPERION – L.A – TIME UNKNOWN SPOTLIGHT on ANGEL sitting in his chair behind the desk. Looking all broody. (A/N: the vampire is clothed in a blue shirt and black leather pants.) CONNOR (o.c) “Dad.” PANNING OUT to a WIDE SHOT to show us CONNOR standing just inside the door. (A/N: the young man wears blue jeans and a white turtleneck.) ANGEL (looking up) “Connor.” CONNOR (approaching) “I kind’a had a visit from the First.” ANGEL (clenching his fists) “Don’t believe anything it says to you. Do you understand?” CONNOR (nodding) “Yes.” (beat) “It’s important, right?” ANGEL “What?” CONNOR “That it stops.” (sitting down) “That’s why you’re willing to sacrifice one you’re close.”
FOCUS on Angel as he looks away, fingering on a piece of paper. (What’s really going on? What’s with the mysterious spell and the sacrifice?!!) ANGEL (silently) “Yes.” CONNOR “I’m sorry.” A CLOSE UP on the agonized expression in Angel’s face. (What’s going on?!!) FADE OUTCUT TOINT. THE LOBBY – THE HYPERION – L.A – DAYBREAK A SWEEP AROUND THE ROOM. There’s XANDER, WILLOW, GILES and ANDREW. They all sit in various places, seemingly busy with research. Suddenly the front door slams open and BUFFY comes in – supporting a dizzy looking SPIKE. Close behind them is DAWN with a worried look in her face. WILLOW (quickly rising) “By the Goddess, what happened to him?” BUFFY “The First.” FOCUS on Xander as he makes his way to Buffy’s side and helps her support Spike. Together they make their way to the couch, where they gently place the cooperative vampire. ANDREW “What’s wrong with him?” BUFFY (distressed) “I don’t know.” (deep breath) “He’s been like this since the attack.”
XANDER “There was an attack?” BUFFY (nodding) “The First did some…mind mojo on Spike. It made him act all crazy.” XANDER (backing away) “Like with that trigger?” BUFFY (shaking her head) “No.” (beat) “I tried to help him but I was stopped.” GILES “But you obviously managed to get away.” BUFFY (averting her gaze) “They let us.” ANGLE on the couch as Willow drops to her knees to check the vampire over. WILLOW “We need to help him.” ANDREW “But how?” There’s movement form the stairs and the CAMERA FOCUS on ILLYRIA as she quickly approaches the couch and brush Willow and Buffy away. ILLYRIA “He’s in great pain.” BUFFY (unease stare) “How did you know…?”
GILES (mumbling) “Blood calls to blood.” ILLYRIA (leaning over Spike) “Only my blood can help him now.” BUFFY “Hold on a sec!!” (beat) “Won’t that speed up his ascension?” (frenetically looking around) “I thought that we would do anything in our power to not let that happen?” GILES “It seems to be our only option, Buffy.” ANGEL “Do it.” (appearing into view) “It’s okay.” A shared look of understanding between ANGEL and Giles. BUFFY “What?” (terrified look) “No!!” GILES (calmly) “It’d the only way, Buffy.” ALL EYES on the blond slayer as she stares down at the unresponsive vampire. We can actually see the dreadful expression turn to that of cold determination. BUFFY “Do it,” FADE OUT-
CUT TOINT. THE LOBBY – THE HYPERION – L.A – DAY FOCUS on DAWN sitting on the couch with her head in her hands. CONNOR “Doesn’t anyone get some sleep in this place?” ZOOMING OUT to reveal CONNOR approaching the couch. DAWN (tiredly) “Couldn’t sleep.” CONNOR “Too much going on?” DAWN “Headache.” CONNOR “Do you want some aspirins? I could get that for you.” DAWN (smiling) “No, thanks.” PAUSE. CONNOR “So… You’re some sort of ancient…key?” DAWN “And you’re the son of two vampires.” ANOTHER PAUSE. CONNOR “David Letterman would have a fieldtrip.” FADE OUT-
INT. SPIKE’S HOTEL ROOM – THE HYPERION – L.A – DAY SPOTLIGHT on SPIKE lying completely still on his bed. BUFFY sits by his side, holding one of his limp hands in hers and a brooding expression on her face. There’s a sound from the door and the CAMERA PANS OUT to a WIDE SHOT as WILLOW slowly enters the room. WILLOW (silently) “How is he?” BUFFY (looking up) “I think he’s better.” WILLOW “So Illyria’s blood helped?” BUFFY (sighing) “I guess.” SILENCE. WILLOW (hesitantly) “If you want me to, I could do a spell and see how far the progress has gone.” BUFFY (nibbling at her lip) “Could you really do that?” (beat) “How stupid of me; of course you can.” WILLOW “Buffy?” BUFFY (nodding) “Do it.”
FOCUS on the witch as she leans over Spike and place a hand on his chest – which is exposed to her, as he seems to be naked under the sheets. Willow closes her eyes and hums silently. TICK TACK. TICK TACK. BUFFY (impatiently) “Willow?” WILLOW (opening her eyes) “Is that what you call this shell?” FOCUS on the shocked expression in Buffy’s face as she stares at the witch – whose eyes have turned neon blue. BUFFY (stuttering) “Wha… What?” WILLOW (blinking) “What did just happen?” BUFFY (shaking her head) “I have absolutely no idea. But Willow…” (meeting the witch’s gaze) “You weren’t you.” SILENCE. WILLOW (unease) “He doesn’t have much time left, Buffy.” The both of them turn to look down at the sleeping (?) vampire.
CUT TOINT. ANGEL’S OFFICE – THE HYPERION – L.A – DAY A WIDE SHOT of the office; ANGEL sits behind his desk, staring at the form of DARLA sitting opposite from him. ANGEL (wrinkled brow) “What now?” THE FIRST (innocently) “What? Can’t a girl visit the father of her child?” ANGEL (grimly) “Let’s quite with the games, okay?” THE FIRST (sighing) “Where’s the fun in that?” ANGEL “What did you do to Spike?” THE FIRST (tilting its head) “Me?” (snickering) “I just gave evolution a little push.” ANGEL (quirk) “Evolution?” THE FIRST “Yeah.” (pouting) “Isn’t that what it’s called when things evolve?”
FOCUS on Angel as the vampire suddenly gets up from his chair and walk around the table to stand over the First with his arms crossed. ANGEL “I thought you rather feared the ascension?” THE FIRST “I fear nothing.” (beat) “But it could prove to be tricky if Spike got that kind of power.” ANGEL (speculating) “Cause you know it could destroy you.” THE FIRST “I can’t be destroyed. I am for all eternity.” ANGEL (snort) “Keep telling yourself that.” There’s a sound from the door and ILLYRIA shows up with a calculating expression in her face. ILLYRIA “Pride will be your undoing.” (sneer) “Worm.” FOCUS on the First as it gives the god king an annoyed glance before disappearing into thin air. Illyria and Angel change a quick look. ANGEL “Is it working?” ILLYRIA (nodding) “It will be done.” FADE OUT-
CUT TOINT. THE LOBBY – THE HYPERION – L.A – DAY ALL LIGHT on DAWN and CONNOR sleeping on the couch. The young woman rests her head against the young man’s shoulder. They both seem to be snoring. (Aww…) Suddenly Dawn wakes with a start and looks around confusedly. Her gaze flies to Connor where it stays as she slowly frowns. As if feeling Dawn’s distress, Connor mumbles little and wakes up. CONNOR (sleepily) “What is it?” DAWN (hastily) “Nothing!!” CONNOR (frown) “Okay…” DAWN (getting up) “I need to go and… get some sleep.” CONNOR “Didn’t we just do that?” FOCUS on Dawn as she quickly makes her way up the stairs – a very strange expression in her face. DAWN (mumbling) “Oh God…” (beat) “He and I are so going to have sex…” BLACK OUT-
END OF EP IS OD E
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