Prophecy Girl

(January 22, 1997)

Written & Directed by: Joss Whedon

Teaser

FADE IN:

EXT. BRONZE - ESTABLISHING - NIGHT

Decent crowd. Soft MUSIC from within.

INT. BRONZE - CONTINUOUS

ANGLE: XANDER

He is sitting on the sofa by the stairs, staring deeply into someone's eyes.

XANDER
You know how I feel about you.
It's pretty obvious, isn't it?
There's never been anyone else for
me but you.

ANGLE: WILLOW

is the subject of his discourse. She stares back at him raptly.

XANDER
We're already good friends, and I'm
ready to take the next step. Would
you... date me?
(sarcastically)
Oh, that's good! "Date me". It's
terrible. Right?

WILLOW
(still rapt)
Huh?
(recovers)
Oh. No. Yes. "Date me" is silly.

XANDER
You know what I should do is I
should start with talking about the
dance.
(tries:)
You know, Buffy, Spring Fling isn't
just any dance. It's a time when
the students all sort of choose
a... a mate, and, and we can
observe their mating ritual and tag
them before they migrate. Just
kill me.

WILLOW
You're doing fine.

XANDER
Why is this so hard? I should just
go up to her and say "I like you,
will you go to the dance with me."

WILLOW
Direct and to the point.

XANDER
I'm ready! I wanna do it now. I
gotta do it now.

WILLOW
Buffy's not here. You could
practice on me some more...

XANDER
I can't wait till tomorrow -- I'll
be thinking about it too much. Why
didn't Buffy show up tonight?
What's she doing?

WILLOW
Oh, you know. The usual.

EXT. NEAR THE SCHOOL - NIGHT

ANGLE: A CAR

parked near some trees in the distance. We hold on it -- total silence on the soundtrack -- as BUFFY flies in from the top of the frame in EXTREME SLOW MOTION and falls towards the ground on her back --

CLOSE ON: BUFFY

as she hits the ground (in real time) with a hell of a thud.

INT. CAR - CONTINUOUS

CORDELIA jerks away from KEVIN, whom she was kissing.

CORDELIA
What was that?

KEVIN
What was what?

EXT. NEAR THE SCHOOL - CONTINUOUS

CLOSE UP: THE VAMPIRE

steps into frame, looking down at her. Smiling. Buffy glares up at him.

INT. CAR - CONTINUOUS

CORDELIA
Somebody's out there.

KEVIN
That's silly. Who would be out there?

EXT. NEAR THE SCHOOL - CONTINUOUS

As Buffy does a backwards roll and comes up on her feet.

CLOSE ON: HER HAND

as it reaches behind her back and pulls out a stake. The vampire snarls, hesitates.

INT. THE CAR - CONTINUOUS

CORDELIA
We could get in trouble, okay? I
don't want to be grounded right
before the dance. I AM the May
Queen. Which means we get the
first dance.

KEVIN
The first --
(kisses her)
the last --
(kisses her)
-- and all the ones in between.

They resume kissage.

EXT. NEAR THE SCHOOL - CONTINUOUS

We are close to the fight -- a couple of quick hard blows and Buffy SLAMS the stake home.

The vampire falls, crumbles to dust.

Tired, Buffy wipes her brow.

BUFFY
Three in one night. Giles would be
so proud.

EXT. LIBRARY ROOF - NIGHT

The camera tracks slowly along the roof, heading towards an octagonal skylight in the center of the building.

CLOSER ANGLE: THE SKYLIGHT

looks down at the library. It's GILES, walking through, below.

INT. LIBRARY - CONTINUOUS

The CAMERA MOVES -- just as stealthily -- till it finds the window to Giles' office, and Giles, who

INT. GILES' OFFICE - CONTINUOUS

pours himself a cup of tea as he pores over the book in his other hand. Never taking his eyes off the book, he crosses to his desk and sits.

A moment, and he reacts visibly to what he's reading.

GILES
(in ancient Greek)
Ho korias phanaytie toutay
tay nuktee.
(repeats in English)
The Master shall rise... Yes, this
is it.
(reads again, but in
English)
The Master shall rise, and the
Slayer...

He stops.

GILES
My God.

He reads further. Grabs another volume from his desk, rifles through it to a particular passage. Compares them.

GILES
Oh... no...

Absently, he reaches for his teacup.

CLOSE UP: THE TEA

as ripples start appearing in the liquid.

Giles looks at the ripples, his hand stopped in mid grab, his brow furrowed.

And then the RUMBLE of a good sized EARTHQUAKE as everything in the office starts to shake. Giles looks around in fear.

ANGLE: THE TEACUP

shakes off the desk and hits the floor with a crash.

INT. THE BRONZE - CONTINUOUS Everything shakes here as well. Xander and Willow take shelter:

XANDER
Under the stairs!

as someone tumbles down the stairs over them. Xander grabs Willow, covers her.

INT. THE CAR - CONTINUOUS

As Cordelia and Kevin look about them in fear.

EXT. NEAR THE SCHOOL - CONTINUOUS

As Buffy looks about her as well, more wary than afraid. Tries to keep her footing.

INT. THE LIBRARY - CONTINUOUS

As the shaking continues, Giles going to the doorway of his office for safety in time to see:

ANGLE: THE FLOOR

as a crack runs across the library all the way to the stacks.

INT. THE CHURCH

And the earthquake is really taking its toll here, dust and stones falling everywhere.

In the midst of the chaos is THE MASTER, who is EXULTANT.

THE MASTER
Yes! YES! Shake, earth! Crack
open to bring forth my unholy
issue! This is a sign: we are in
the final days!

ANGLE: COLLIN

Sitting calmly, looking up.

ANGLE: A PILLAR

crashes to the ground, dislodged.

THE MASTER
My ascension is at hand! My time
is come! Glory! Gloryl

The quake stops suddenly. The Master turns to Collin.

THE MASTER
What do you think? 5.1?

BLACK OUT.

END OF TEASER
Act One

INT. LIBRARY - MORNING

Giles emerges from his office, heads for the book cage. It's fairly obvious that he hasn't slept.

As he reaches the cage Buffy enters, coming up near the cage and seeing the crack running across the library.

BUFFY
Morning. Wow. That damage looks
fairly structural. Are we safe in
here?

He turns.

GILES
Buffy...

He looks at her, trying to conceal a rush of emotion. There is a beat, as she puzzles out his expression.

BUFFY
Do I have something on my face?

GILES
No... and yes, we're safe.

He shakes it off, turns back to his books.

BUFFY
How're you doing there, Giles? You
get much sleep?

GILES
I've been working.

BUFFY
Me too! Yes I went hunting last
night and it's awfully sweet of you
to ask.

He pulls out two volumes, crossing to the main desk, on which are piled several others.

BUFFY
It's getting hairy out there,
Giles. I killed three vampires
last night. One of them was
practically on school grounds.

GILES
(almost to himself)
Their numbers are increasing.

BUFFY
And they're getting cockier. I'm
not loving it. Last night was a
pretty close call.

GILES
(absently)
Yes...

BUFFY
Giles, CARE. I'm putting my life
on the line, battling the undead!
I broke a nail, okay? I'm wearing
a press-on. The least you could
do is exhibit some casual interest.
(idea)
You could go, "Hmmmm" .

GILES
I'm sorry. I'm glad you're all
right but I need to verify... I
just can't talk right now.

BUFFY
That's okay. I can't put it off
any longer. I have to meet my
terrible fate.

GILES
(alarmed)
What?

BUFFY
Biology.

She exits. He watches her go.

EXT. FOUNTAIN QUAD - DAY

Buffy, Xander and Willow all head out and down the steps.

BUFFY
Wow, that was... boring.

XANDER
I don't feel that boring covers it.

BUFFY
No, "boring" falls short.

WILLOW
Even I was bored. And I'm a
science nerd.

BUFFY
Don't say that.

WILLOW
I'm not ashamed. It's the computer
age; nerds are in.
(worried)
They're still in, right?

XANDER
Willow, don't you have a thing?

WILLOW
A thing?
(off his look)
The thing! That I have! Which is a
thing. I have to go to it. See
you later!

She goes off quickly, Buffy watching.

BUFFY
What on earth is her deal?

XANDER
She's Willow. So Buffy! I wanted
to -- there was a thing I wanted to
ask you. To talk to you about.

BUFFY
Okay. What's up?

XANDER
Why don't we sit down. Over here.

He steers her toward the bench by the fountain.

BUFFY
Okay, now you're making me nervous.

XANDER
There's nothing to be nervous
about, silly. Ha.

There's a kid sitting near where Xander parks Buffy. He greets the kid thus:

XANDER
(a greeting:)
Hey.
(a command:)
Leave.

The kid does, as Xander sits by Buffy.

BUFFY
Well?

XANDER
You know, Buffy, Spring Fling is a
time for students to gather and --
oh, God.
(loosens up, and:)
Buffy, I want you to go to the
dance with me. You and me. On a
date.

A moment, as this sinks in.

BUFFY
Xander, I don't know what to say...

XANDER
Well, you're not laughing, so
that's a good start. Buffy, I like
you. A lot. I mean, we're
friends, and we've shared
experiences, we've fought blood
sucking fiends together, and that's
a good time, but... I want more
than that. I wanna dance with you.

BUFFY
Xander... You're one of my best
friends. The best friends I've
ever had. You and Willow, I mean,
I love you guys so much --

XANDER
Well, Willow's not looking to date
you. Or if she is she's playing it
really close to the chest.

BUFFY
I don't want to spoil the
friendship we have.

XANDER
I don't want to spoil it either.
But that's not the point, is it?
You either feel a thing or you
don't.

He waits, knowing the answer already.

BUFFY
I don't.
(off his reaction)
I'm sorry. I just don't think of
you that way.

XANDER
Well, try. I'll wait.

BUFFY
Xander...

XANDER
No. Forget it. I'm not him. I
guess a guy's gotta be undead to
make time with you.

BUFFY
That's really harsh.

XANDER
I'm sorry. I don't handle
rejection well. Funny, considering
how much practice I've had.

BUFFY
I never meant to --

XANDER
You know what? Let's just not.

He bails, wandering off under the archway. Buffy sits by herself on the bench, bummed.

Which is when the hail of pebbles starts.

The first few get Buffy's attention, tiny hard pellets hitting the ground around her. She stands as more start coming down.

People -- including Buffy -- all run for cover as the real shower starts. Buffy stands under the archway, watching the hail come down.

ANGLE: XANDER

Walking away, not near Buffy. He hears:

STUDENT (O.S.)
Check it out! It's raining
stones!

Xander looks back over his shoulder.

XANDER
Figures.

And turns and goes.

INT. GILES' OFFICE - DAY

Giles is on the phone, waiting for it to be picked up.

GILES
Hello?... Yes, this is Rupert
Giles. -- Yes I have. It's, um --
I need to talk to you. Here. --
No, I realize that. Come after
sundown.

He hangs up. Looks up to see Ms. Calendar standing in the doorway.

MS. CALENDAR
Hey. Bad time?

GILES
Not the best.

MS. CALENDAR
You know, that outfit looks just
like the one you wore yesterday,
only wrinklier. Were you here all
night?

GILES
I'm sorry, but I'm really not up to
socializing right now.

MS. CALENDAR
Something's going on, Rupert. And
I'm guessing you already know what
it is.

GILES
What do you know?

MS. CALENDAR
I've been surfing the net, looking
for unexplained incidents. People
are always sending stuff my way;
they know the occult's my turf.
Here's the latest.
(reading from papers)
A cat last week gave birth to a
litter of snakes. Which promptly
ate her.
(another)
Family was swimming in Whisper Lake
when the lake suddenly began to
boil. Two deaths.
(another)
Mercy hospital, last night. A boy
was born with his eyes facing
inward.

GILES
Where did these take place? What
countries?

MS. CALENDAR
That's the great thing about the
net. You're connected to the whole
wide world. Except these things
all happened within three miles of
here.

She tosses the papers onto his desk.

MS. CALENDAR
I'm not stupid. This is apocalypse
stuff. You throw in last night's
earthquake and today's impromptu
rendition of "Singing in the
Gravel" and I'd say we've got a
problem. I'd say the end is pretty
seriously nigh.

He studies her for a moment.

GILES
I don't know if I can trust you.

MS. CALENDAR
I helped you cast that demon out of
the internet, I think that merits
some trust. I'm scared, okay?
Plus I got this crazy monk in
Cortona E-mailing me about some
Anointed One.

GILES
The Anointed One? But he's dead...

MS. CALENDAR
Someone's dead?

GILES
Who is this Monk?

MS. CALENDAR
Brother Luca something. Keeps
sending out global mailings about a
prophecy.

GILES
I need you to talk to him. Find
out everything he knows.

MS. CALENDAR
Rupert, you haven't told me jack,
so what's with the orders?

GILES
Just do it. And then I'll explain.

MS. CALENDAR
You better.

GILES
I will.

INT. HALL - DAY

Kevin and Cordelia walk down together.

KEVIN
I'll get everything tonight after
practice. The guys'll help me.

CORDELIA
It's all in the AV room. The sound
system, the decorations -- and Aura
needs help moving the coolers.

KEVIN
Don't sweat it.

CORDELIA
Bring it to the Bronze and I'll
meet you there in the morning to
set it up.

KEVIN
Done.

CORDELIA
You are so sweet. Why are you so
sweet?

KEVIN
I don't know. 'Cause usually I'm
mean as a snake.

They smile at each other, about kissing. Then Cordelia spies Willow exiting a class.

CORDELIA
Willow!
(to Kevin)
I'll see you in the morning.
(goes to Willow)
Willow! Hi. I like your outfit.

WILLOW
No you don't.

CORDELIA
No, I really don't. But I need a
favour.

WILLOW
What kind?

CORDELIA
The Bronze isn't letting us use
their sound system and so I need
someone who knows how to hook one up.

As she is speaking, Willow sees:

ANGLE: XANDER

Sitting by himself in an empty classroom.

CORDELIA
If you could just show up tomorrow
morning I'd be really grateful, I
mean I'd talk to you at the dance
and everything.

WILLOW
(distracted)
Sure.

CORDELIA
Great. Tomorrow at ten.

WILLOW
(leaving)
Sure.

She crosses into:

INT. CLASSROOM - CONTINUOUS

She approaches Xander, who is bouncing a ball off the wall.

WILLOW
Hey.

XANDER
Hey.

WILLOW
How'd it go?

XANDER
On a scale of one to ten, it
sucked.

WILLOW
Oh.

He stops bouncing the ball, stands.

XANDER
Well, it could be worse. I could
have gangrene on my face.

WILLOW
Well, what did she say?

XANDER
Apart from "no?" Does it really
matter? She's still jonesing over
Angel and she could care less about
me. So I made a big fool of myself.

WILLOW
At least now you know.

XANDER
You're right. The deal is done.
No more waiting, worrying -- the
polls are in and it's time for my
concession speech.

She touches his arm sypathetically. He smiles ruefully at her, puts his arm around her with casual intimacy.

XANDER
You know what we'll do? We'll go.
You and me. Be my date. We'll
have a great time. We'll dance,
we'll get wild. What do you say?

He is smiling his most charming smile at her. So it is with a touch of hesitation that she says:

WILLOW
No.

XANDER
Good! What?

WILLOW
There's no way.

He takes his arm off her.

XANDER
Willow, come on --

WILLOW
You think I'm gonna spend an
evening with you watching you wish
you were spending an evening with
her? You think that's my idea of
high jinks? You should know better.

XANDER
I'm, uh... I didn't think...

WILLOW
I'm sorry it didn't work out for
you. I'll see you Monday.

She exits. Xander embraces a new low.

XANDER
That's okay. I don't want to go to
the dance. I'll just go home, lie
down, and listen to country music,
the music of pain.

Another moment, and he hurls his ball against the wall.

EXT. THE SCHOOL - NIGHT

We see the front, empty and dark.

INT. GIRL'S LOCKER ROOM\BATHROOM - NIGHT

Buffy is finishing putting on her hunting gear. She pulls a stake out of her locker and slips it in her jacket.

Two girls in soccer uniforms pass by, laughing. Buffy watches them as she crosses to the sinks.

She turns on the faucet, looking in the mirror. After a moment she bends down to splash her face. Stops.

ANGLE: THE SINK

is filling with blood.

INT. LIBRARY - EVENING

Buffy enters the empty library, looking about for Giles.

BUFFY
Giles? You're not gonna believe --

Her gaze is drawn to the office, as she sees through the door:

ANGLE: THE OFFICE

Giles is in urgent conversation (that we can't hear) with someone. Then someone passes by the door. It's ANGEL.

BUFFY
(softly)
Angel...?

She moves toward the office, quietly excited. Almost reaches the door and stops -- when she hears them.

ANGEL
(O.S.)
It can't be. You've got to be
wrong.

GILES
(O.S.)
I've checked it against every
volume I have. It's real.

INT. GILES' OFFICE - CONTINUOUS

ANGEL
Well, there's got to be some way
around it.

GILES
Some prophecies are dodgey.
Mutable. Buffy herself has
thwarted them time and again.
(holds up volume)
But this is the Pergamum Codex.
There is nothing in it that does
not come to pass.

ANGEL
Then you're reading it wrong.

GILES
I wish to God I were. But it's
very plain. Tomorrow night, Buffy
will face the Master. And she will
die.

ANGLE: BUFFY

She is silent.

BLACK OUT.

END OF ACT ONE
Act Two

INT. LIBRARY - MOMENTS LATER

Buffy continues staring, absorbing the information she has just heard. Then, perhaps incongruously, she begins to LAUGH.

INT. GILES' OFFICE - CONTINUOUS

The men hear this and, alarmed, head for the door.

INT. LIBRARY - CONTINUOUS

She turns and walks away from them, into the middle of the library. They come out and stand a ways behind, looking a tad guilty.

She turns back to them.

BUFFY
So that's it, huh? My time is up.
I remember the drill. "One Slayer
dies, the next is called." I
wonder who the next one is.
(to Giles)
Are you gonna train her? Or will
they send someone else.

GILES
Buffy, I...

But he really can't think of what to say.

BUFFY
Does it say how he's gonna kill me?
(small voice)
Do you think it'll hurt?

She nearly cracks on that last, sinking into a chair. Angel comes up to her, touches her face. She pushes his hand away violently.

BUFFY
Don't touch me!

She is near tears now, looking up at them angrily.

BUFFY
Were you guys even gonna tell me?

GILES
I was hoping I wouldn't have to.
That there was some way around it.

BUFFY
(rising)
Oh, I've got a way around it.
I quit.

ANGEL
It's not that simple.

BUFFY
I'm making it that simple! I quit!
I resign! I'm fired! Someone else
can stop the Master from taking over.

GILES
I don't know that anyone else can.
The signs all indicate --

BUFFY
The signs?

She takes one of his books from the table and hurls it across the room -- almost at Giles himself.

BUFFY
Read me the signs!
(throws another)
Tell me my fortune! You're so
useful, sitting around with your
books. You're really a lot of help.

GILES
I don't suppose I am.

ANGEL
I know this is hard...

BUFFY
What do you know about it?
You're never gonna die.

ANGEL
You think I want anything to happen
to you? Do you think I could stand it?
We just have to figure out a way --

BUFFY
I already have. I quit, remember?
Pay attention.

GILES
Buffy, if the Master rises --

BUFFY
I don't care!
(she quiets)
I don't care. I'm sixteen years
old. And I don't want to die.

She closes her hand around the cross Angel gave her. Yanks the chain off her neck. Lets it drop.

Neither man says anything as she walks out of the room.

INT. THE CHURCH - NIGHT

The Master reaches out and touches the mystical wall.

THE MASTER
Soon...

In the same angle, Collin walks through the wall (no FX) and heads up to the surface.

THE MASTER
Soon.

INT. WILLOW'S BEDROOM - NIGHT

She is at her desk, trying to do homework. She stops to look at a picture of her and Xander. After a moment, she picks up the phone.

INT. XANDER'S BEDROOM - NIGHT

The camera is high above Xander's bed, looking straight down at him. He is a fine picture of despair: lying on top of the bed, fully dressed, staring at nothing. Patsy Cline singing "I Fall To Pieces" on his tape deck.

The phone RINGS. Xander lets it ring, then picks up the receiver and lets it drop. Picks it up and leaves it off the hook.

INT. BUFFY'S BEDROOM - NIGHT

Buffy sits on her bed, looking through old pictures and letters. JOYCE steps in.

JOYCE
Hey, honey. You all right?

BUFFY
I guess.

JOYCE
You're probably just full from that
bite of dinner you nearly had. Feel
like telling me what's on your mind?

A beat, as Buffy considers doing just that. Instead:

BUFFY
Mom, let's go away.

JOYCE
What?

BUFFY
Anywhere. Just for a while.
A weekend.

JOYCE
Honey...

BUFFY
(rising)
It'll be great. You and me. A
mother daughter thing. We'll talk
about all that embarrassing stuff
you like to bring up.

JOYCE
You know the gallery's open on
weekends.

BUFFY
Mom... please?

JOYCE
Isn't the prom tomorrow night? Or
Spring Fling, or whatever they're
calling it?

BUFFY
I guess so.

JOYCE
Nobody asked you?

BUFFY
Someone, but...

JOYCE
Not the right someone. See?
Sometimes I actually do know what
you're thinking. Well, I suppose
then this isn't the best time for
this, but...

She swings open the closet door. Hanging up inside is a genuinely stunning gown. Buffy stares at it.

JOYCE
I saw you eying it at the store.
I figured...

BUFFY
(going to it)
Mom, we can't afford this.

JOYCE
The way you've been eating?
We can afford it.

BUFFY
It's beautiful.

JOYCE
I think you should wear it.
To the dance.

BUFFY
I can't go to the dance.

JOYCE
Says who? Is it written somewhere?
You should do what you want.
Homecoming, my freshman year at
college, I didn't have a date. So
I got dressed up and I went anyway.

BUFFY
Was it awful?

JOYCE
It was awful. For about an hour.

BUFFY
Then what happened?

JOYCE
I met your father.

BUFFY
(charmed)
And he didn't have a date either?

JOYCE
He did, and that's a much funnier
story that you will not get to
hear. But it was a beautiful night.

Buffy turns back to the dress, running her hand along it.

BUFFY
You had your whole life ahead of
you.

JOYCE
(remembering)
Yeah.

BUFFY
(quietly)
That must be nice.

INT. ANGEL'S APT - NIGHT.

CLOSE ON: ANGEL:

as he wakes suddenly from a nightmare, lying in his bed. He looks around, disoriented. Then he looks down.

Collin is sitting at the foot of his bed. Cross-legged, staring quietly at him.

Angel pulls himself slowly into a sitting position, never taking his eyes off the boy.

COLLIN
He said you lived like one of them.
I don't understand it.

ANGEL
Maybe when you're older.

COLLIN
People are weak. They're stupid.
Why would you want to be one?

ANGEL
Did he send you?

The boy nods.

COLLIN
He's coming. Soon. Stay out of
his way.

ANGEL
Why should I?

COLLIN
Because he doesn't like you
anymore.

The boy slides off the bed, starts to leave. Turns back to Angel.

COLLIN
You know what he could do to
you...

ANGEL
(a trace of fear)
Yes...

COLLIN
No you don't.

He leaves. Angel doesn't move.

EXT. THE SCHOOL - DAY

No one is here on a Saturday.

INT. HALL OUTSIDE AV ROOM - DAY

Cordelia enters with Willow.

CORDELIA
Kevin said he'd bring everything to
the Bronze last night. He promised!
We'll never get everything ready
in time.

WILLOW
He probably forgot. It's not that
big a deal.

CORDELIA
You don't understand. I'm not
mad. He totally flaked on me -
on me - and I don't even mind.
God help me, I think it's cute.

They reach the door, look in the window.

CORDELIA
There they are.

ANGLE: THEIR POV THROUGH THE WINDOW

We see the AV room. The TV is on (facing us), blaring Saturday morning cartoons. Two people sit on the couch in front of it.

CORDELIA
They're watching cartoons. That's
so -
(stopping herself)
it's not cute. It's annoying. I'm
annoyed.

WILLOW
Right. I'm furious.

She tries the door but it's locked. Starts rummaging for a key as she says:

CORDELIA
Men. I don't know why we put up
with them.

WILLOWv I hear you.

CORDELIA
Well Kevin has underestimated the
power of my icy stare.

As she natters on, unlocking the door, we cut to:

INT. AV ROOM - CONTINUOUS

The tableau. The camera is by the TV. From here we can see the whole room, and Cordelia and Willow can be seen through the window at the back.

The boys on the couch are horribly dead. In the foreground lies a girl's body, just as dead. The place has been trashed. In the back, leaning awkwardly against the door, is dead Kevin.

Cordelia gets the door open.

Kevin falls back at her feet.

Cordelia screams. Willow stares, first at Kevin, then into the room. The cartoon music blares.

ANGLE: THE TV

The happy cartoon animals romp and play. There is a bloody hand print on the screen.

INT. BUFFY'S ROOM - AFTERNOON

Buffy steps in front of the mirror. She has the dress on. She looks... well, look at her.

JOYCE
(O.S.)
Buffy!

Joyce runs in.

JOYCE
There's something on the news. Willow.

INT. WILLOW'S BEDROOM - SUNSET

Willow is sitting on her bed, knees drawn up, still freaked. Buffy has thrown a jacket over the dress, is sitting on the bed as well.

WILLOW
I've seen so much, I thought I
could take anything. But Buff....
This was... this was different,
it...

BUFFY
It's okay...

WILLOW
I'm trying to think how to say it.
To explain it so you understand.

BUFFY
Willow, as long as you're okay --

WILLOW
I'm not okay. I can't imagine what
it's like to be okay. I knew those
guys. I go to that room every day.
And when I walked in there, it
was... It wasn't our world
anymore. They made it theirs. And
they had fun.

There is such bitterness in this last word. Buffy looks away, thinking.

WILLOW
What are we gonna do?

BUFFY
What we have to.

She stands, decided.

BUFFY
You'll stay in tonight, all right?

Willow nods.

WILLOW
I tried to reach Xander, but he's
not picking up. I'll go by his
house tomorrow. We'll get together
and figure out what to do.

BUFFY
Tomorrow.

Buffy goes, reaches the door:

WILLOW
Buffy.
(Buffy turns)
I like your dress.

Buffy looks down at it, looks up at Willow.

BUFFY
Take care.

She goes. Willow watches her, puzzled. The finality in Buffy's tone beginning to sink in.

INT. LIBRARY - NIGHT

Giles has been explaining to Ms. Calendar. He's also been pulling weapons out of the weapons cabinet. He crosses back to the table (on which she sits) holding the crossbow.

MS. CALENDAR
So this master guy tried to open
the Hellmouth, and he got stuck in
it. And now all the signs are
reading that he's gonna get out.
Which opens the Hellmouth, which
brings the demons, which ends the
world.

Giles loads arrows onto the crossbow.

GILES
Precisely.

MS. CALENDAR
The part that gets me is where
Buffy's the vampire Slayer. She's
so little.

GILES
Don't let that fool you. All
right. I've told you enough. Did
you get in touch with Brother Luca?

MS. CALENDAR
As far as I can tell, nobody can.
He's disappeared. He did send out
one last global, though. Short one.

GILES
What did it say?

MS. CALENDAR
"Isaiah. 11.6." Which I dutifully
looked up.

She holds up a Bible. Opens it and is about to read:

GILES
"The wolf shall live with the lamb,
the leopard shall lie down with the
kid, the calf and the lion and the
fatling together, and a little
child shall lead them."

MS. CALENDAR
You know your text.

GILES
Yes... "A little child shall lead
them..."

MS. CALENDAR
It's kind of warm and fuzzy for
a message of doom.

GILES
Depends on where he's leading them
to. Aurelius wrote of the Anointed
one, "the Slayer will not know him,
and he will lead her into Hell".

MS. CALENDAR
So Luca thinks the Anointed is a
kid?

GILES
If the vampire Buffy killed was not
in fact the Anointed, it may well be.

MS. CALENDAR
Well then we should warn her.

GILES
I don't plan to involve her at all.

MS. CALENDAR
What do you mean?

GILES
Buffy isn't going to face the
Master. I am.

BUFFY
No you're not.

Neither of them heard her enter. She crosses to them, newfound determination in her face.

BUFFY
So I'm looking for a kid, huh?
He'll take me to the Master.

GILES
Buffy, I'm not sending you out
there to die. You were right.
I've waded about in these old books
for so long I've forgotten what
the real world is like. It's time
I found out.

BUFFY
You're still not going up against
the Master.

GILES
I've made up my mind.

BUFFY
So have I.

GILES
Well, I made up mine first. And
I'm older and wiser and just do as
I say for once. All right?

BUFFY
It's not how it goes. I'm the
Slayer.

GILES
I don't care what the books say.
I defy prophecy. I'm going. Nothing you
can say will change my mind.

BUFFY
I know.

She punches his lights out. He goes down in a heap. She looks at Calendar a moment, then takes the cross Angel gave her from the table. She puts it on.

BUFFY
When he wakes up, tell him... I
don't know. Think of something
cool, tell him I said it.

She takes the crossbow.

MS. CALENDAR
You fight the Master, you'll die.

BUFFY
Maybe... But maybe I'll take him
with me.

She exits.

EXT. NEAR THE SCHOOL - NIGHT

Buffy exits the school and walks through the dark. She stops, sensing a presence. Turns.

Collin stands in the dark, looking at her.

COLLIN
Help me...

BUFFY
It's all right. I know who you are.

She walks up to him.

BUFFY
Let's go.

He reaches up and takes her hand.

They walk off together.

BLACK OUT.

END OF ACT TWO
Act Three

INT. LIBRARY - NIGHT

Xander and Willow are with Giles and Calendar, being brought up to speed.

XANDER
She WHAT?

WILLOW
I knew it. I told you something
was going on with her.

XANDER
And she knew about this prophecy of
yours? Oh, MAN! What do we do?

GILES
We stay calm, first thing.

XANDER
Calm!?

WILLOW
I think he's right.

XANDER
I'm sorry --
(indicating Giles)
Staying calm may work fine for
Locutus of the Borg here but I'm
freaked out and I plan to stay
that way.

WILLOW
Xander --

XANDER
(to Giles)
How could you let her go?

GILES
As the soon-to-be-purple area on my
jaw will indicate, I did not let
her go. Buffy does as she will.

WILLOW
Well, how can we help her?

MS. CALENDAR
I'm sorry to bring this up but
we've also got an apocalypse to
worry about.

XANDER
Do you mind?

WILLOW
(re: Calendar)
How come she's in the club?

MS. CALENDAR
Hey, once the Master gets free, the
Hellmouth opens. The demons come
to party and everybody dies. We
have to prepare. Rupert, you know
I'm right.

XANDER
I don't care. I'm sorry, I don't.
I gotta help Buffy.

GILES
But we don't even know where she's
gone.

XANDER
(thinking)
No. But I can find out.

He takes off. Willow steps forward --

WILLOW
Xander...

INT. TUNNEL - NIGHT

Collin leads Buffy slowly through the darkness (no longer holding hands). They reach a part of the tunnels that veers off from the electrical tunnels -- an older, rough hewn opening that heads even further down.

They move slowly. They are silent.

INT. ANGEL'S APT. - NIGHT

He is looking through his own volumes when someone POUNDS on the door a few times. He goes over to it, opens. We see only Angel as he reacts to the sight of the visitor.

ANGEL
Well. Look who's here.

Xander strides in, brushing past Angel and saying perfunctorily:

XANDER
Mind if I come in?

ANGEL
(shutting the door)
Everybody's visiting lately. I
really should clean the place up.

XANDER
She's gone.

ANGEL
What do you mean?

XANDER
Buffy. She's going right now to
fight the Master.

This news hits Angel pretty hard.

ANGEL
He'll kill her.

XANDER
Rumour has it. Only we're not
gonna let that happen.

ANGEL
What do you propose we do about it?

XANDER
I know you can find this Master
guy. He's underground, right?
Some old church? Take me to him.

ANGEL
You're way out of your league, kid.
The Master'll kill you before you
can breathe -- if you're lucky.

XANDER
(crossing to him)
How can I say this clearly?

He suddenly holds a cross in Angel's face -- Angel moves back, hissing.

XANDER
I don't like you. At the end of
the day I pretty much think you're
a vampire. But Buffy, man, she's
got a big ol' yen for you. I don't
get it. She thinks you're a real
person. Right now I need you to
prove her right.

Angel has sunk into his chair over this last. He looks at Xander.

ANGEL
You're in love with her.

XANDER
Aren't you?

INT. LIBRARY - NIGHT

Willow is looking at the door, worrying about Xander and Buffy. Giles and Ms. Calendar are trying to work out what to do -- needless to say, some books are open between them.

GILES
The Master is as old as any vampire
on record. There's no way to tell
how powerful he will be if he
reaches the surface.

MS. CALENDAR
Okay. Here's my question. The
Hellmouth opens.

GILES
Yes?

MS. CALENDAR
Where? If he's underground, and
it's right where he is, where's it
gonna open?

GILES
Good point. Check through the
Black Chronicles, and, uh,
Willow -- Willow.

WILLOW
Huh?

GILES
Can you look through the town
histories please? Search for any
common denominators. Location of
incidents and such.

WILLOW
Right. Okay.

She crosses to the computer, throwing a last look to the door.

MS. CALENDAR
How big is a Hellmouth, anyway?

GILES
I don't know. Hellmouth-sized.

INT. THE CHURCH - NIGHT

Collin leads Buffy down the tunnel toward the church. He stops, indicating she go alone.

She does, stepping down into the church. Looking around her.

ANGLE: THE MASTER

Stands in darkness. His eyes gleam.

THE MASTER
Welcome.

She doesn't turn, though he is behind her.

BUFFY
Thanks for having me.
(looking around)
You really ought to talk to your
contractor. I think you've got
some water damage.

THE MASTER
Ah, good. The feeble banter
portion of the fight. Darling, why
don't we just cut to the --

She spins and SHOOTS.

He catches the arrow an inch from his heart.

THE MASTER
Nice shot.

INT. TUNNELS - NIGHT

Xander and Angel make their way through. Xander looks at Angel.

ANGEL
What.

XANDER
You were looking at my neck.

ANGEL
What?

XANDER
You were checking out my neck!
I saw that.

ANGEL
No I wasn't.

XANDER
You just keep your distance, pal.

ANGEL
I wasn't looking at your neck!

XANDER
I told you to eat before we left.

INT. CHURCH - MOMENTS LATER

Buffy reloads, never taking her eyes off the Master.

THE MASTER
You're not going to kill me with
that thing.

BUFFY
Don't be so sure.

THE MASTER
You still don't understand your
part in all this, do you? You're
not the hunter. You're the lamb.

He steps back, disappearing into the shadows.

INT. LIBRARY - NIGHT

Research continues. Ms. Calendar reads, saying:

MS. CALENDAR
I've got nothing specific in here.

GILES
Nor I.
(thinks)
The Vampires have been gathering.
They know he's coming. They will
be his army.

MS. CALENDAR
You think they'll gather at the Hellmouth?

WILLOW
Well, the last time the Master
tried to rise was the Harvest. He
sent a bunch of vampires to get him
fresh blood. Maybe this is the same.

MS. CALENDAR
Where did that go down?

GILES
The Bronze.

WILLOW
The prom.

They look at each other.

MS. CALENDAR
We've got to warn them.

GILES
You two go. I'll concentrate on
Demon killing.

They head out.

MS. CALENDAR
My car's in the lot.

GILES
Stay close together. And
be careful.

WILLOW
We will.

INT. THE CHURCH - CONTINUOUS

Buffy walks slowly about, crossbow ready.

BUFFY
For somebody all-powerful, you sure
do like to hide.

His voice comes from the other side of the room. She spins, standing in front of a pool of water.

THE MASTER (O.S.)
I'm waiting for you. I want this
moment to last.

BUFFY
I don't.

He GRABS her from behind, knocking the crossbow to the ground.

THE MASTER
I understand.

EXT. SCHOOL - NIGHT

Willow and Ms. Calendar are rounding a corner, headed for her car.

WILLOW
What if they get to the Bronze
before us?

MS. CALENDAR
(looking ahead)
Don't worry about it.

WILLOW
Don't worry? Why not?

Ms. Calendar has stopped. Willow stops also, her gaze drawn ahead as well.

MS. CALENDAR
'Cause they're not going to the
Bronze.

ANGLE: THEIR POV

Headed for them, in a line, moving slowly like zombies, are the vampires. Twenty of them.

The women turn slowly, fear ripening on their faces.

ANGLE: MS CALENDAR'S CAR

Three vampires are passing it. No way to reach it.

Willow turns to look back the way they came.

ANGLE: BY THE ENTRANCE TO THE LIBRARY BUILDING

Four more.

MS. CALENDAR
What do we do now?

WILLOW
I vote panic.

INT. THE CHURCH - CONTINUOUS

He holds Buffy by her arms. She twists but cannot break free.

THE MASTER
You tried. It was noble of you.
You heard the prophecy that I was
going to break free and you came to
stop me. But prophecies are tricky
creatures. They didn't tell you
everything.

He whispers intimately in her ear.

THE MASTER
You're the one that frees me.
(he smiles)
If you hadn't come, I couldn't go.
Think about that.

He buries his fangs in her neck. She cries out -- the Master shakes with the power he is drawing from her. Her cry becomes a mewl, the expression of pain and horror freezing in her eyes.

He rears his head back.

THE MASTER
God, the power!

Her eyes shut. She sags in his grasp. He looks at her.

THE MASTER
By the way....

He lets her fall. She goes to her knees, then face-down into the pool of water.

THE MASTER
I like your dress.

He crosses to the mystical wall. Pulls his hand back and shoves it through. The wall ripples, breaks up -- as he steps through it disintegrates, the energy crackling around him.

He walks through and up into the tunnel.

INT. THE TUNNELS - CONTINUOUS

Xander and Angel stop, HEARING the mystical wall disintegrate. From the distance, a glow briefly illuminates them.

XANDER
What is that?

ANGEL
It's too late. He's gone up.

XANDER
Come on. Come on!

INT. THE CHURCH - A BIT LATER

The two men race through the tunnel, Angel with a good head start.

He sees Buffy, runs to her. Pulls her out of the pool and turns her over. Holds her, hand on her wrist, ear to her mouth.

Xander runs up to them, stops. Angel looks up at him.

ANGEL
She's dead.

BLACK OUT.

END OF ACT THREE
Act Four

INT. THE CHURCH - MOMENTS LATER

Xander rushes to Angel's side. They move Buffy away from the pool, laying her out. As they do:

XANDER
She's not dead.

ANGEL
She's not breathing...

XANDER
If she drowned there's a shot.
CPR. You have to do it.
(Xander looks at him)
I have no breath.

A small moment, then Xander leans over Buffy. Closing his fingers over her nose, he gives her mouth to mouth. Puts the heels of his hands to her chest (need I mention this will all be terribly chaste and tasteful?) and pumps the heart rhythmically.

Nothing. He breathes into her mouth again. Then the heart again.

XANDER
Come on. Come on.

EXT. SCHOOL - NIGHT

Ms. Calendar and Willow are backing slowly up, with nowhere to go.

MS. CALENDAR
Why are they coming here?

WILLOW
Not caring...

They turn -- there really is no avenue of escape.

A CAR PULLS UP next to them, startling them. Behind the wheel is Cordelia.

CORDELIA
Get in!

INT. THE CHURCH - CONTINUOUS

Xander is breathing into her mouth. Angel watches.

XANDER
Breathe!

Angel shakes his head -- it's not working.

Her eyes open.

She sucks in a huge gasp of air, coughing powerfully after.

XANDER
Buffy?

Her eyes focus, and she looks up at:

BUFFY
(a whisper)
Xander... ?

He does a pretty good job of holding back his emotions -- just smiles. She looks over at Angel.

XANDER
Welcome back.

EXT. SCHOOL - NIGHT - CONTINUOUS

As Willow gets in, Ms. Calendar taking the back seat.

CORDELIA
I was sitting where Kevin and I
used to park, and suddenly these
things were coming at me -- I tried
to get out but the gate's
locked. Who are these guys?

ANGLE: THROUGH THE WINDSHIELD

We are looking at the encroaching horde in the distance -- when a leering vampire head pops down into frame right in front of us! He's on the car -- the women SCREAM, as well they should.

CORDELIA
What do we do?

WILLOW
We've got to get to the library.

CORDELIA
Library. Right. Great.

ANGLE: CORDELIA'S FOOT

slams down on the gas pedal.

THE CAR

peels out, Willow and Ms. Calendar bracing themselves as they realize how Cordelia plans to get them there.

It races for the entrance to the building, Vampires jumping out of the way.

WILLOW
Of course, we generally walk there...

INT. HALL - CONTINUOUS

ANGLE: THE DOORS

as the car BLASTS through them, charging down the hall, the vampire still on the hood. Vampires on foot follow hard behind.

The car continues down the hall at a good clip --

-- Cordelia slams on the brakes --

-- and the car screeches to a halt right outside the library doors. The vampire flying off the hood.

Vampires are already closing in as the three women pile out of the car and into the library. Cordelia is the last one in, closing the door behind her as a vampire is inches from grabbing her.

INT. LIBRARY - CONTINUOUS

Giles rushes up to them as they barricade the door.

GILES
What's going on?

MS. CALENDAR
Guess!

A vampire arm SMASHES through the round window, clutching at them. Willow grabs the library sign and hits the arm till it withdraws.

GILES
But why are they coming here?

ANGLE: THE CRACK IN THE FLOOR OF THE STACKS EXT. LIBRARY ROOF - CONTINUOUS

The Master comes out the door, walks to the edge of the roof. Looks out in the distance.

THE MASTER
My world. My beautiful world.

ANGLE: BEHIND THE MASTER

The camera rises, showing the bucolic vista spread before him. His beautiful world.

INT. THE CHURCH - CONTINUOUS

Buffy starts to sit up.

XANDER
Easy...

Angel takes her arm, helping.

BUFFY
The Master...

ANGEL
He's gone up.

She stands.

XANDER
Buffy, you're still weak.

BUFFY
No, I'm not. I feel strong. I
feel... different.

Xander and Angel look at each other. Buffy looks at the entrance to the church.

BUFFY
Let's go.

She starts out, strength in her stride. After a moment, the boys follow.

INT. LIBRARY- CONTINUOUS

The group is barricading the door when they hear the CRASH in the back. Turning, Giles calls out:

GILES
They're coming in through the
stacks!

MS. CALENDAR
(to Willow)
Come on!

She and Willow run to the back, shut the doors.

WILLOW
The bookshelves!

They hoist one in front of the door just as Vampires reach it, begin pounding on it from outside.

ANGLE: WILLOW'S FOOT

As she holds the bookcase firm. A tendril is creeping toward her.

ANGLE: GILES

Hears another crash O.S.

GILES
My office.

He runs to it. Cordelia turns from the door -- and an arm grabs her.

CORDELIA
OWWW!! Somebody HELP!

EXT. NEAR THE SCHOOL - NIGHT

Buffy strides toward the school, the two men flanking behind her.

XANDER
How do you know where the Master's
going?

BUFFY
I know.

A vampire steps in front of them.

BUFFY
Oh, look. A bad guy.

ANGLE: THEIR FEET

We see the vampire step into Buffy's way. We hear a thunderous punch and his feet leave the ground, his whole body slamming down right in front of camera.

Buffy never breaks stride.

INT. A HALL - CONTINUOUS

Buffy reaches a door marked "Roof Access". The lock has been broken and the door is ajar. She turns to the others.

BUFFY
You wait here. Keep the rest of
the vampires off me.

XANDER
Right.

BUFFY
Angel, better put on your game
face.

He turns to her, his face now vampiric.

ANGEL
I'm ready.

BUFFY
(to them both)
One way or another, this won't take
long.

She starts up the stairs. Xander and Angel turn and stand by the door like bodyguards.

INT. GILES' OFFICE - CONTINUOUS

Giles runs in just as a Vampire is breaking the window. Giles grabs a stake and drives it home. Starts moving the bookcase in the way of the window.

INT. LIBRARY - CONTINUOUS

Cordelia beats on the hand holding her, finally biting it till it lets go.

CORDELIA
See how YOU like it.

ANGLE: WILLOW AND MS. CALENDAR

Holding the bookcase.

WILLOW
This won't keep them out for long!

ANGLE: HER LEG

As the tendril wraps itself around it.

Willow looks down and screams! Ms. Calendar grabs her, tries to pull her away. They both fall to the floor, Ms. Calendar still tugging at the snared Willow.

MS. CALENDAR
Giles! GILES

And then it rises, bursting through the wood of the floor. It's a tentacle -- or an arm -- or something: grotesque, twisted flesh dripping with slime, dull, glassy eyes and mewling, razor-toothed mouths opening incongruously along its length. There is no reason to it. It's demon.

ANGLE: GILES

runs out of his office and stops.

GILES
The Hellmouth...

EXT - ROOF

The Master looks down at the demon.

THE MASTER
Yes... come forth. My child...
Come into my world.

BUFFY
I don't think it's yours just yet.

He turns, disbelieving.

THE MASTER
You... are dead.

BUFFY
I may be dead, but I'm still
pretty. Which is more than I can
say for you.

THE MASTER
You were destined to die! It
was written.

BUFFY
What can I say? I flunked the
written.

He reaches out suddenly, clutching the air as though it were her. Locks eyes with her. Stares, mesmerizingly.

THE MASTER
Come here.

INT. LIBRARY - CONTINUOUS

Ms. Calendar still pulls at Willow.

MS. CALENDAR
Giles! Gape later!

ANGLE: GILES

is shaken out of it. He runs to the book cage, to the weapons cabinet. Emerges with a tasty battle axe.

ANGLE: WILLOW

has stopped screaming. The tentacle comes at her and she is just staring at it.

ANGLE: THE TENTACLE

A horrible mouth opens at us - and then Giles appears behind the tentacle and SINKS the axe into it. Black ichor gushes from it -- every mouth on it SCREAMS --

and a second one BURSTS through the floor.

EXT. THE ROOF - CONTINUOUS

Against her will, Buffy moves toward the Master, never taking her eyes off him. We can see the struggle in her as she moves haltingly forward, the Master coming towards her as well.

THE MASTER
Do you really think you can best me
here, when you couldn't below?

She comes right up to him. Staring. Suddenly snapping out of it, she says:

BUFFY
You've got fruit punch mouth.

THE MASTER
What?

And she DECKS him in the face, a headsnapping blow that lifts him up and sends him bodily to the ground.

BUFFY
And save the hypnosis crap for the
tourists.

He roars, leaps up at her -- and she blocks, delivers a series of blows that stagger.

He gets one in himself, and the animal ferocity of it sends her back.

INT. LIBRARY - CONTINUOUS

The tentacle swings -- Giles is knocked over the railing and SLAMS down on the table, splintering it. Half the table sits upended just below the skylight, the shards pointing at the sky.

INT. A HALL - CONTINUOUS

Xander and Angel stand ready. Two vampires appear, run at them.

Xander pulls out a stake and his cross. He tosses the cross to Angel --

ANGEL
Ooh! Ow! Hot!

-- who baubles it and tosses it back. Xander tosses him the stake instead.

XANDER
Sorry.

And the vampires are ON HIM. He backs one down with the cross, taking the moment to punch him in the face.

Angel stakes the other one.

INT. LIBRARY

The tentacle rises over Giles He crawls backwards, eyes on it.

EXT. THE ROOF - CONTINUOUS

Buffy and the Master are into it now.

They spar a bit more -- each getting in powerful blows -- before he grabs her, holds her. The skylight right behind her.

she looks down at it, sees:

ANGLE: THROUGH THE SKYLIGHT

The broken table, pointing up.

THE MASTER
Where are your jibes now? Will you
laugh when my Hell is on earth?

She grabs him back, by the throat and the arm, and her grasp -- from the look on his face -- is stronger than his.

BUFFY
You're really that amped about
Hell?

She pulls him close.

BUFFY
Go there.

And she lifts him, flips him bodily over her head, throwing him behind her so he lands on his back and crashes through the skylight.

INT. LIBRARY - CONTINUOUS

And he falls, glass littered about him, and is impaled on the upended shard.

Everything stops. There is a rending kind of SHRIEK from the Hellmouth and the demon tentacles withdraw. Our people are still, staring in shock. The Master twitches, his mouth open in a scream he'll never make.

He more explodes into dust than crumbles, leaving most of a crumbly skeleton lying where he was. He looks like excavated remains.

And then it's quiet.

DISSOLVE TO:

EXT. NEAR THE SCHOOL

Collin stands, looking toward the school. Vaguely disappointed, he turns and heads away toward the trees.

INT. LIBRARY - A COUPLE OF MINUTES LATER

Buffy enters slowly, Xander and a now-human Angel following. Everyone gathers in the middle of the room, a bit dazed.

GILES
The vampires?

CORDELIA
Gone.

ANGEL
The Master?

GILES
Dead. And the Hellmouth has
closed.
(turning to her)
Buffy?

ANGLE: BUFFY

Bursts out crying. Everyone stands around for a minute, uncomfortably. She gets it down to a couple of sniffles.

BUFFY
I'm sorry. It's been a really
weird day.

XANDER
Yeah, Buffy died and everything.

WILLOW
Wow. Harsh.

GILES
(proudly, to her)
I should have known that wouldn't
stop you.

MS. CALENDAR
Well, what do we do now?

GILES
I don't know about the rest of you,
but I'd really like to get out of
this library. I hate it here.

XANDER
I hear there's a dance over at the
Bronze. Could be fun...

CORDELIA
Yeah!

WILLOW
Buffy?

BUFFY
Sure. We saved the world. I say
we party.
(looks at her tattered
dress)
I mean, I got all pretty...

MS. CALENDAR
What about him?

She indicates the Master's remains. They all turn and look.

BUFFY
He's not going anywhere. Loser.

They head out, all talking at once:

GILES
I'm not dancing, though.

MS. CALENDAR
We'll see.

XANDER
So what's the story with the car?

CORDELIA
Oh, that was me saving the day.

BUFFY
I'm hungry. Is anybody else
hungry? I'm really hungry.

WILLOW
You can come with us, Angel. Get
something to drink. Or, no...
don't do that. Just hang out.

And as they leave,(all this dialogue overlapping), the camera cranes up in the empty library, tilting straight down to look at the ruined skeleton of the master.

Loser.

BLACK OUT.

END OF ACT FOUR

THE END