Inca Mummy Girl

August 7, 1997 (Blue Full Script)

Written by: Matt Kiene & Joe Reinkemeyer

Teaser

FADE IN:

EXT. NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM - DAY

A museum-looking building with a sign: 'SUNNYDALE NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM.' Under it is a banner: CULTURAL EXCHANGE SPECIAL EXHIBIT: TREASURES OF SOUTH AMERICA. BUFFY, WILLOW, XANDER and other STUDENTS walk up the steps.

BUFFY
It's so unfair.

WILLOW
I don't think it's that bad.

BUFFY
It's the uber-suck! Mom could have
at least warned me!

XANDER
Well, a lot of the parents are doing
it this year. It's part of this whole
cultural exchange magilla. The
exhibit, the dance…

WILLOW
I have the best costume for the dance.

BUFFY
A complete stranger in my house
for two weeks! I'm gonna be insane!
A danger to myself and others within
three days, I swear.

XANDER
I think the exchange student program
is cool.
(off their looks)
I do. It's the beautiful melding of
two cultures.

BUFFY
Have you ever done an exchange
program?

XANDER
My dad tried to sell me to some
Armenians once, does that count?

CORDELIA is near the door, looking at a facebook with some friends.

CORDELIA
(pointing)
There's mine. Sven. Isn't he lunchable?
Mine's definitely the best.

REVEAL they are flipping through a yearbook-type album, pointing at photos of cute boys. Our three approach.

BUFFY
Whatcha looking at?

CORDELIA
Pictures of our exchange students.
(shows a picture)
Look. One hundred percent Swedish.
One hundred percent gorgeous. One
hundred percent staying in my house.

They all head into the museum.

CUT TO:

INT. NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM - ENTRANCE LOBBY - DAY

They line up behind other students at the exhibit entrance. A banner above it states: 'INCA PRINCESS EXHIBIT.'

CORDELIA
Buffy, how's yours? Visually, I mean.

BUFFY
I don't know. Guy-like.

XANDER
By 'guy-like,' you mean a big,
beefy, guy-like girl, right?

BUFFY
I was just told 'guy.'

CORDELIA
You didn't even look at him first?
He could be dogly! You live on
the edge.

XANDER
Hold on a sec. This person living in
your house for two weeks is a man,
with man parts? This is a terrible idea!

WILLOW
What about the beautiful melding of
two cultures?

XANDER
There's no melding. Okay? He can
keep his parts to himself.

BUFFY
(looking off)
What's he doing?

They see RODNEY MUNSON, 16, walking trouble. He stands alone, facing a wall, doing something we can't see.

XANDER
Rodney Munson. God's gift to the
bell curve.

A STUDENT tries to see what Rodney's doing. He looks up and sneers at the kid, revealing braces. The student backs away.

XANDER (cont'd)
What he lacks in smarts, he makes
up in lack of smarts.

WILLOW
You just don't like him 'cause of
that time he beat you up every
day for five years.

XANDER
Yeah, I'm irrational that way.

BUFFY
Maybe I should stop him before he
gets in -

WILLOW
I got it. The non-violent approach
is probably better here.

She goes off, Buffy looks slightly offended.

BUFFY
I wasn't gonna use violence. I
don't always use violence. Do I?

XANDER
The important thing is, you believe
that.

BUFFY
I might have used reason. Or my
feminine wiles.

ANGLE: RODNEY

He uses a pen knife to scrape gold dust off an Incan Death mask and into a baggy.

WILLOW (O.C.)
Hi Rodney.

RODNEY
(snarling)
Wha'd you…
(then, seeing her)
Oh, Willow. Hi.

WILLOW
(re: knife)
That's probably not something you're
supposed to be doing. You could get
in trouble.

RODNEY
(mock horror)
Oh, no. And they might kick me out
of school?

WILLOW
We still on for our Chem tutorial
tomorrow?

RODNEY
Yeah. I think I got almost all 14
natural elements memorized.

WILLOW
There are 103.

RODNEY
Oh. So I still got to learn…
(calculating)
Uh…

WILLOW
We'll do a touch-up on math, too.

RODNEY
Thanks.

She smiles as Rodney puts his pen-knife away.

ANGLE: THE ENTRANCE TO THE BURIAL CHAMBER

A Museum GUIDE speaks into a microphone.

GUIDE
Welcome students. We shall now
Proceed into the Incan Burial Chamber.
(ominously)
The human sacrifice is about to begin.

CUT TO:

INT. NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM - BURIAL CHAMBER - DAY

The room is dark, except for spotlights illuminating Incan artifacts on the walls. They enter.

XANDER
Typical museum trick. Promise human
sacrifice, deliver old pots and pans.

GUIDE
500 years ago, the Incan people chose
a beautiful teenage girl to become their
princess…

In the room is a STONE ZIGGURAT PYRAMID. Block steps lead up to a flat top we can't see from the floor. They climb the steps. Willow seems creeped.

WILLOW
I hope this story ends with 'And she
lived happily ever after.'

Students walk past a sunken hole. Our kids PEER and see:

THE LEATHERED FACE OF A MUMMY. Macabre. Freeze-dried. Black holes for eyes. Shriveled lips. Ugly.

XANDER
No. I think the story ends with, 'And
she became a scary, discolored,
shriveled mummy.'

GUIDE
The Incan people sacrificed their
princess to the mountain, god,
Sebancaya. An offering, buried
alive, for eternity in this dark tomb.

WILLOW
They could have at least wrapped
it in nice white bandages, like the
ones in the movies.

GUIDE
The Princess remained there,
protected only by a cursed seal,
placed there as a warning to any
who would wake her.

The guide indicates a pictogram-covered PLATE, nestled in the mummy's gnarled hands.

A GIGGLE. Xander turns. Sees the Cordettes down on the museum floor, mooning, 'ooohing' and 'ahhhing' over the pictures of their exchange students.

XANDER
So, Buffy, when's exchange-o boy
making his appearance?

WEIRD POV: from inside the sarcophagus. Looking at Buffy.

BUFFY
His name is Ampata. He's showing up
at the bus station tomorrow night.

XANDER
Ooh, Sunnydale bus depot. Classy.
What better way to say "Welcome
to Our Country" than with the
stench of urine.

The guide motions for the students to follow him.

GUIDE
If you'll follow me this way…

DISSOLVE TO:

INT. NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM - BURIAL CHAMBER - DAY

Empty. Silent. Then Rodney CREEPS out from the shadows. He looks at the Mummy, at the plate.

RODNEY
Cool…

He slowly pulls the ceramic plate from the mummy's hands. There's some resistance, and Rodney accidentally drops the plate. It shatters.

RODNEY (cont'd)
Damn.

THE MUMMY'S HAND suddenly GRABS Rodney's throat. Rodney struggles. Eyes and mouth go wide.

THE MUMMY'S EYES crack open. The leathery face animates, as it draws a terrified Rodney closer.

BLACK OUT.

END OF TEASER
Act One

EXT. SCHOOL COURTYARD - THE NEXT DAY

Banners everywhere proclaim 'WORLD CULTURE DANCE - FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE BRONZE.'

CUT TO:

INT. LIBRARY - DAY

CLOSE ON: BUFFY

BUFFY
So, can I go?

GILES (O.C.)
I should think not.

Buffy throws a mean right hook at CAMERA. WHOMP!

REVEAL GILES as he catches her fist with his huge FIGHTING PAD. Xander watches them from a safe distance.

BUFFY
How come?

GILES
Because you are the Chosen One.

BUFFY
Just this once, can't I be the
Overlooked One?

Giles puts down his arms, looking at her.

GILES
I'm afraid that's simply not an
option. You have responsibilities
that other girls do not, and -

BUFFY
(sarcastic)
Oh, I can finish this one for you.
'Slaying entails certain sacrifices
blah blah blah-bity blah I'm so
stuffy give me a scone.'

GILES
(witheringly)
It's like you know me.

He puts his hands back up. WHOMP, WHOMP.

GILES (cont'd)
Your secret identity is already going
to be difficult enough to maintain
while that exchange student lives
with you.

XANDER
Not with her. In the same house as
her. Am I the only one who's
objective enough to make that
distinction.?

BUFFY
(to Giles)
So then, going to the dance, like a
normal person, is the best way to
keep that secret.

GILES
(trapped)
You're twisting my words.

BUFFY
No, I'm just using them for good.

Giles looks at her. A beat.

BUFFY (cont'd)
Come on, Giles. Budge. No one likes
a non-budger.

GILES
Fine. Go.

BUFFY
(smiling)
Yay! I win!

GILES
I think I'll go introduce my shoulder
to an ice pack.

He limps away.

XANDER
So, we're dance-bound. I think I can
get mom's car, so I'm the wheel man.

BUFFY
I thought you were taking Willow.

XANDER
Well, I'm gonna take Willow, but I'm
not gonna take Willow. In the sense
of "take me." See with you, we're
three and everybody's safe. Without
you, we're two.

BUFFY
And we enter dateville. Romance.
Flowers.

XANDER
Lips.

BUFFY
C'mon. All the years you've known
Willow, you've never thought about
her lips?

Willow enters. Unseen.

XANDER
Buffy, I love Willow.

Willow smiles.

XANDER (cont'd)
She's my best friend. Which makes
her not the kind of girl who you
think about her lips that much. She's
the kind of girl I'm best friends with.

Willow steps forward not exactly smiling.

XANDER
Willow. Hi. We were just talking
about happy things. Like all three
of us going to the dance together.
See? Happy.
(then, worried)
Not happy?

WILLOW
No. Yes.
(recovering)
Rodney's missing.

Giles returns from his office, an ice pack on his shoulder.

GILES
Trouble with Mr. Munson again?

WILLOW
His parents said he never came home
last night. The police are still looking
for him.

XANDER
'Police are looking for Rodney Munson.'
That's a phrase we'll get used to.

BUFFY
I don't remember him on the bus back
from the field trip.

WILLOW
I don't either. I hope he didn't get into
trouble at the museum.

XANDER
(picking up on it)
Maybe he awakened the mummy-

WILLOW
Right, and it rose from its tomb…

BUFFY
And attacked him…

They all chuckle a bit, then stop. They look at each other.

CUT TO:

INT. NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM - BURIAL CHAMBER - DAY

Buffy, Willow, Xander and Giles walk cautiously through the shadows, toward the Ziggurat. Willow's creeped again.

WILLOW
(hopeful)
On the other hand, maybe Rodney
just went out for a smoke.

XANDER
For twenty-one hours?

WILLOW
It's addictive, you know.

GILES
We'll consider that idea, the moment
we've ruled out evil curses.

BUFFY
Some day I'm going to live in a town
where evil curses are just generally
ruled out without even saying.

GILES
Where was this seal?

Buffy's already on the flat top of the pyramid. A SEAL FRAGMENT teeters on the edge of the sarcophagus hole.

BUFFY
Here. And it's broken.

WILLOW
Does that mean the mummy's loose?

They peer into the hole. The mummy lies there as before.

BUFFY
Nope. Still there. Comfy as every.

GILES
(studies the fragment)
Look at this. A series of
pictograms…

ANGLE: A MAN (PERU MAN)

murder in his eyes, rushes from the shadows, shrieking. Long, curved KNIFE raised. (Some people call it a huge, machete-like carving blade. We call it a long, curved knife.)

Xander ducks as the knife whizzes past. Buffy lunges for Peru Man, who swings his knife at her head.

Buffy rolls out of the way. Suddenly, Peru Man sees something and stops cold.

Xander leaps onto Peru Man. But, instead of fighting, Peru Man races out of the exhibit room. Silence.

XANDER
Okay. I just saved us, right?

BUFFY
Something did.

GILES
Let's not fret the details. Let's just
go. Xander, bring the fragment.

They move to leave the pyramid. Turn back to see Willow, frozen stiff, staring at the mummy.

BUFFY
Willow? What is it?

WILLOW
Giles. Were the Incans… very
advanced?

GILES
Yes. Yes, they were.

WILLOW
(small voice)
Did they have orthodontists?

They follow her gaze to see THE MUMMY'S OPEN MOUTH, filled with BRACES.

CUT TO:

INT. LIBRARY - NIGHT

Buffy and Xander pace around the table. Willow sits.

WILLOW
Rodney looked like he had been dead
for five hundred years. How could
that be?

XANDER
Maybe we should ask that crazy man
with the big ol' knife.

BUFFY
He didn't seem overly chatty.

WILLOW
The way he bolted when he saw Rodney,
I'd say he was as freaked as we were.

Giles appears from the stacks, holding the seal.

GILES
I'm afraid my volumes are useless.
This particular mummy was from the
Sebancaya region of eastern Peru.
Very remote. If there's an answer,
it's locked-

BUFFY
In the seal.

GILES
It could take me weeks to translate
these pictograms. Well, we'll start
tonight with -

BUFFY
(suddenly)
Ampata!

GILES
I was going to suggest hunting.

BUFFY
(starting out)
I'm late. I told my mom I'd pick
him up.

XANDER
Buffy, where are your priorities? In
tracking down a mummifying murderer,
or making time with some Latin lover,
whose stock in trade is the breakage of
hearts?

BUFFY
Ampata is there alone and I don't know
how good his English is. He's-
(realizing)
--from South America! Maybe he could
translate the seal.

XANDER
Oh, sure. Fall for the old 'Let-me-
translate-that-ancient-seal-for-you'
come one. You know how many times
I've used that?

CUT TO:

EXT. BUS STATION - BUS ARRIVAL AREA - NIGHT

Hydraulic brakes HISS. A bus pulls away, revealing AMPATA, a short squat Peruvian BOY, 16. He stands next to two beat-up trunks, smiling nervously. He watches as the station empties of PASSENGERS. Then, a female VOICE whispers:

VOICE (O.C.)
Ampata!

Ampata looks around, excited, then confused. Sees no one.

VOICE (cont'd; O.C.)
Ampata!

Ampata pulls his trunks toward the VOICE and into a DARK ALLEY. He stops. Searches the darkness. Suddenly his expression changes to horror.

AMPATA'S POV: A HIDEOUS MONSTER

Not quite mummy, not quite human. It GRABS Ampata by the throat. Pulls him towards its face.

CLOSE ON: THE MUMMY'S MOUTH as it puckers into a hideous KISS.

Ampata is frozen in terror as the mummy plants its lips on his. Ampata's face begins to shrivel and decompose.

DISSOLVE TO:

EXT. BUS STATION - BUS ARRIVAL AREA - LATER - NIGHT

Buffy, Willow and Xander arrive at the deserted station.

BUFFY
Forty minutes late. Welcome to
America.

WILLOW
What if he left already.

BUFFY
(calling)
Ampata? Ampata Duarte?

They walk slowly toward the alley, where Ampata disappeared.

XANDER
Do we have to speak Spanish when we
see him? 'Cause I don't know how to
say anything much besides "Doritos"
and "Chihuahua".

BUFFY
Ampata?

AMPATA (O.C.)
Here.

A GIRL appears from the dark alley. She's 16. Stunningly beautiful, but hesitant. Vulnerable.

AMPATA
I am Ampata.

Xander just stares.

XANDER
(quietly)
Hay carumba. I also know how
to say that.

BLACK OUT.

END OF ACT ONE
Act Two

INT. BUFFY'S KITCHEN - NIGHT

Buffy, Willow and Xander lead Ampata on a tour. Ampata's very tentative, but also awe-struck at a modern home.

BUFFY
And this is the kitchen…

AMPATA
It is very good.

BUFFY
Oh yeah. Got your stove, your
fridge… fully functional. We're
very into it.

XANDER
Do you want something to drink?

BUFFY
(looking into fridge)
We've got milk and … older milk…
Oh. Juice?

AMPATA
Please.

Buffy goes for glasses as Ampata sits, Xander sitting beside her.

WILLOW
So, Ampata… You're a girl.

AMPATA
(smiling bemusedly)
Yes. For many years now.

WILLOW
And not a boy. 'Cause we thought
that a boy was coming, and here
you are in a girl way.

XANDER
It's just one of those crazy mix ups, Will.

BUFFY
Have you been to America before.

AMPATA
I have… toured.

XANDER
(as to a child)
Where did… you go?

AMPATA
I have been taken to Boston.
Atlanta. New York.

WILLOW
New York. That's exciting. What
was that like?

AMPATA
I did not see so much.

XANDER
Your English is very bueno.
Muy good.

AMPATA
I listen much.

XANDER
Well, that works out great, 'cause
I talk much!

They laugh together.

JOYCE comes in, carrying sheets and blankets.

JOYCE
Buffy, do you want to show Ampata
up to your room?

BUFFY
Excuse me?

CUT TO:

INT. BUFFY'S ROOM - MOMENTS LATER - NIGHT

Buffy and Joyce make up an extra bed.

BUFFY
You said she was staying in the study.

JOYCE
That was when we thought Ampata
was a boy. But since he's a girl, I
thought you could double up.

BUFFY
Mom, you think too much.

JOYCE
You two in a room together? Give
you both a chance to share secrets.

BUFFY
I'm not a big secret sharer. I like
my secrets. They're secret.

JOYCE
Oh, it'll be fun.

BUFFY
Fun. Yeah.
(smiling)
You know, next year I ought to sign
up for one of those 'exchange mom'
programs.

Joyce smiles as they finish making the bed.

DISSOLVE TO:

INT. BUFFY'S BEDROOM - NIGHT

Buffy comes in from the hallway. They're both dressed for bed.

BUFFY
Sorry about the teenyness of the room.

AMPATA
My old one was much smaller.

BUFFY
What's it like, back home?

AMPATA
Cramped. And very dead.

BUFFY
You'll feel right at home in
Sunnydale.

AMPATA
Oh, no. You have so much here.

Ampata picks up a picture of Buffy with Willow and Xander.

BUFFY
How about friends?

AMPATA
They are…
(sadly)
I am just me.

BUFFY
I've been there.
(brightening)
But, hey. You'll meet lots of
people tomorrow.

Ampata climbs into bed, smiling for the first time.

AMPATA
Thank you. You must teach me
everything about your life!

Buffy smiles uneasily.

AMPATA (cont'd)
I want to fit in, Buffy. Just like
you. A normal life.

BUFFY
One normal life, coming up.

Buffy clicks off the light.

EXT. BUSHES NEAR THE HOUSE - CONTINUOUS - NIGHT

We see the light go off on the face of Peru Man, who is standing in the shadows, LOOKING UP from the hedges below. His long, curved knife glints ominously.

DISSOLVE TO:

EXT SCHOOL COURTYARD - THE NEXT DAY

Banners proclaim the World Culture Dance.

CLOSE ON: A DRUM

Bearing the logo: DINGOES ATE MY BABY

Two students, SAM and OZ - by their looks, obviously members of the band - load music and sound equipment into a van, which has their logo emblazoned on the side. Cordelia talks with DEVON, the band's good-looking lead singer.

CORDELIA
Devon, I told you I'd be at the dance
tonight, but I'm not one of your little
groupies. I won't be all doe-eyed,
looking up at you, standing at the
edge of the stage.

DEVON
Got it.

CORDELIA
So, I'll see you afterwards?

DEVON
Sure. Where do you want to meet?

CORDELIA
I'll be standing at the edge of the stage.

DEVON
With that guy?

REVEAL SVEN, Cordelia's exchange student, stands nearby. Hulking, blond, expressionless - like a Swedish Lurch.

CORDELIA
Sven, momento. Needa.
(to Devon)
This exchange student thing has been
a horrible nightmare. They don't even
speak American!

Cordelia kisses Devon on the cheek.

CORDELIA (cont'd)
I'll see you tonight.
(turns, stops)
Sven. Come.

Sven follows. Devon turns to Oz.

DEVON
Oz, man, what do you think?

OZ
Of what?

DEVON
Of Cordelia, man.

OZ
She's a wonderland tour.

There's a quiet restraint and total lack of bitterness to his sarcasm; where Devon is your typical excitable rock and roller, Oz is completely unflappable. His is the kind of cool that is completely unaware of itself.

DEVON
You gotta admit, she's hot.

OZ
Oh, yeah. Hot girl.

DEVON
Let me guess. Not your type. What
does girl have to do to impress you?

OZ
Well, it involves a feather boa and
the theme from A Summer Place. I
can't discuss it here.

DEVON
You're too picky, man. You know how
many girls you could have? You're
lead guitar, Oz, that's currency!

OZ
I'm not picky. You're just impressed
by any pretty girl that can walk and talk.

DEVON
(innocently)
She doesn't have to talk…

Oz throws him a look.

CUT TO:

EXT. ANOTHER PART OF THE COURTYARD - SAME TIME - DAY

Willow and Xander walk together, past one of the banners advertising the World Culture Dance.

WILLOW
I worked really hard on my costume.
It's pretty cool.

XANDER
Okay, but what about me? I gotta
think.

WILLOW
It's a celebration of cultures. There's
a lot of dress-up alternatives.

XANDER
And a corresponding equal number of
mocking alternatives, all aimed at me.

WILLOW
Bavarians are cool.

XANDER
No hats with feathers, no ruffled
Shirts and definitely no lederhosen.
They make my calves look fat.

WILLOW
Why are you suddenly so worried
about looking like an idiot?
(a beat)
That came out wrong.

But Xander isn't even listening. He's looking off, past Willow, and smiling. Willow follows his gaze to see Ampata arriving with Buffy.

BUFFY
Your first day of school. Nervous?

AMPATA
It is just more people than I have
seen in a long time.

BUFFY
Don't worry. You're not going to have
any problem making friends. As a
matter of fact, I know someone who's
dying to meet you.

CUT TO:

INT. LIBRARY - DAY

GILES
How do you do? I was wondering if
you could translate this for me.

WIDEN to reveal the gang is there. Giles holds up the seal.

BUFFY
That was in no way awkward.

Ampata looks at the seal. An instant of dread crosses her face. She quickly recovers.

BUFFY (cont'd)
Is something wrong?

AMPATA
No, it is… why are you asking me?

GILES
It's an artifact. From your region.
It's from the tomb of an Incan mummy.
We're trying to translate it. A project
for our…

WILLOW
Archaeology Club.

XANDER
'Ar-chae-ol-o-gy.' Study of old
stuff.

AMPATA
It is broken. Where are the other
pieces?

BUFFY
This is the only one we found.

AMPATA
It is very old. And valuable.
(thinks for a beat)
You should hide it.

GILES
Is there anything you recognize here?
(pointing)
This figure with the knife, for instance.

Ampata looks at them for a beat. She turns the fragment around, feigning ignorance.

AMPATA
Well, I do not know exactly. But I
think this represents… I believe
the word is… the bodyguard?

GILES
(nodding)
Bodyguard. Interesting.

AMPATA
Legend has it that he guards the
mummy against those who would
disturb her.

BUFFY
By slicing them up?

AMPATA
I would not know that.

GILES
Yes, well. That should be a good
starting point for our… club.

Ampata just stands there. Giles glances awkwardly at her.

BUFFY
Oh, right. And as Club President, I
have to do lots of stuff. Very
dull stuff.
(re: Ampata)
Willow, maybe you could-

Xander interjects.

XANDER
--stay with Ampata for the day?
I'd love to.

Ampata smiles, pleased.

AMPATA
(to Xander)
Yes, that will be fun.

Xander leads Ampata out the doors.

GILES
Okay, then. I'll continue with the
translating. Buffy, you research
this 'Bodyguard.' And… Willow?

Willow looks wistfully at the doors.

WILLOW
Boy. They really like each other.

DISSOLVE TO:

EXT. FOOTBALL BLEACHERS - LATER - DAY

Xander and Ampata are there. Xander reaches into a bag.

XANDER
And this-
(pulls something out)
--is called snack food.

AMPATA
Snack food.

XANDER
(unwrapping)
It's a delicious, golden, spongy
cake, filled with a delightful, white
creamy substance of goodness. And
here's how you eat it.

He shoves the whole thing in his mouth. Ampata laughs.

AMPATA
Oh, but now I can not try it.

Xander reaches into the bag and pulls out another.

XANDER
(with mouth full)
That's why you bring two.

He unwraps it and hands it to her.

AMPATA
(tentatively)
Here goes.

She crams it in, then laughs, almost spitting out.

XANDER
Good, huh? And the exciting part is,
they have no ingredients that a human
can pronounce. So they don't leave you
with that heavy, food feeling in your
stomach.

AMPATA
(smiling)
You are strange…

XANDER
Girls always tell me that. Right before
they run away.

AMPATA
I like it.

XANDER
I like you like it.
(thinks about that)
Please don't learn from my English.

CUT TO:

INT. LIBRARY - DAY

Buffy and willow are looking through books, comparing pictograms with the plate. Buffy is somewhat more actively involved than Willow.

BUFFY
Hah! Or possibly Hah… do you
think this matches?

Willow doesn't react for a moment.

WILLOW
Oh! Yes! I'm caring about mummies.

BUFFY
(sympathetically)
Ampata's only staying for two weeks.

WILLOW
And then Xander will find someone
else who's not me to obsess about.
At least with you I knew he didn't
have a shot.

BUFFY
I'm sorry.

As they talk, Giles enters, looks at Buffy's book, not listening.

WILLOW
(brave face)
Well, you know, I have a choice. I
can spend my life waiting for Xander
to go with every other girl in the world
before he notices me, or I can just get
on with my life.

BUFFY
Good for you.

WILLOW
Well, I didn't choose yet…

GILES
Aha. Yes. Good work?

BUFFY
My work?

GILES
Yes. This makes it clear: Rodney's
killer is the mummy.

WILLOW
Where's it say that?

Giles points to more pictograms.

GILES
Here. It explains that mummies kill
by feeding off the life force of a
person. Effectively freeze-drying
them, you might say.

BUFFY
So then, we just have to stop the
mummy. Which leaves the question:
How do we a: find and b: stop the
mummy?

GILES
(re: Seal fragment)
That answer is still locked somewhere
in here. Or in the rest of the seal.

CUT TO:

EXT. FOOTBALL BLEACHERS - SAME TIME - DAY

CLOSE UP: A CURVED KNIFE BLADE

PERU MAN (O.C.)
Give me the seal!

The blade SWIPES DOWN between Xander and Ampata. The knife blade lodges into the bench. Peru Man screams at Xander.

PERU MAN
You stole the seal. Where is it?

Xander struggles with Peru Man as Ampata shrieks. Peru Man glances at her. A startled beat of recognition.

PERU MAN (cont'd)
It is you…

XANDER kicks Peru Man. He falls through the bleachers. Xander grabs Ampata's hand.

XANDER
Come on!

Xander and Ampata escape.

CUT TO:

INT. LIBRARY - MOMENTS LATER - DAY

Xander comforts a distraught Ampata at the table.

XANDER
Are you okay?

AMPATA
You protect me. Make me safe.

BUFFY
So, our bodyguard strikes again. Why
is he so into us? What's he want?

XANDER
He said "give me the seal."

GILES
Apparently, this seal fragment is
even more popular than we realized.
I'm just not sure what we should do
with it.

AMPATA (O.C.)
Destroy it.

They turn to look at her.

AMPATA
If you do not, someone could die.

GILES
I'm afraid someone already has.

AMPATA
You mean the man with the knife
killed someone?

BUFFY
No, not-I mean, he…

AMPATA
You are not telling me everything.

Xander takes her hands.

XANDER
You're right, Ampata. And it's time
we do. We're not in Archaeology
Club. We're in-

The others look at him, horrified.

XANDER (cont'd)
--Crime Club. It's like Chess Club.
Only… with crime. And no chess.

AMPATA
Please, understand me. That seal
nearly got us killed. It must be
destroyed!

She runs off.

XANDER
Ampata!

Xander goes after her.

CUT TO:

INT. HALL - SECONDS LATER - DAY

Xander runs up to a shaken Ampata.

XANDER
Ampata, listen to me. Nobody's going
to hurt you. I won't let them.

AMPATA
Your investigation is dangerous. I
don't want that. Just normal life.

Xander watches as Ampata goes to a drinking fountain and splashes water on her face. Willow appears behind Xander.

WILLOW
Is she okay?

XANDER
Wigged. I wanna convince her that
our lives aren't just danger and peril
here.

WILLOW
You should take her to the dance.

XANDER
Yeah, that'll be fun. We can all…

WILLOW
I mean just you.

XANDER
But you were all psyched… your
costume.

WILLOW
I'll see you there.

A moment, as he smiles.

XANDER
Thanks. You know what, Willow?
You're my best friend.

Willow watches Xander return to Ampata.

WILLOW
(to herself)
I know.

CUT TO:

INT. LIBRARY - SAME TIME - DAY

Giles and Buffy look at the seal fragment.

BUFFY
Why would the Bodyguard have such
a jones for a broken piece of rock?

GILES
He probably needs this to put with
the other pieces-

BUFFY
At the museum.

GILES
Precisely. We'll go to the museum and
use this fragment as bait to lure
in the Bodyguard.

BUFFY
And he'll lead us to mummy dearest.
(smiling)
Hey, look at us. We came up with a
plan. A good plan.

GILES
We can meet there tonight after the
museum is closed.

BUFFY
No! Bad plan! I have other plans.
Dance plans.
(off his look; solemnly)
Cancel plans.

CUT TO:

INT. HALL - A SHORT TIME LATER - DAY

The halls are nearly empty as Xander and Ampata walk along.

XANDER
Okay. I have something to tell you.
It's kind of a secret. And a little
bit scary.

She looks at him, suddenly anxious.

XANDER (cont'd)
I like you. A lot. And I want you
to go with me to the dance.

She giggles, relieved.

AMPATA
Why was that so scary?

XANDER
Well, because you never know if the
girl is going to say yes, or if she's
going to laugh in your face, pull out
your still-beating heart, and crush
it into the ground with her heel.

AMPATA
Then you are very courageous.
(then)
Can I tell you a secret?

Xander listens carefully.

AMPATA (cont'd)
I like you, too.

XANDER
Really?

AMPATA
Really.

XANDER
That's great! Really?

AMPATA
Really.

XANDER
That's great!
(then)
You're not a praying mantis, are you?
(off her)
Sorry. Someone else.

Ampata looks at him. She coyly smiles and starts away.

AMPATA
I will return to you.

XANDER
Where are you going?

AMPATA
Where you can not follow.

XANDER
Hey, I'll follow you anywhere you go -
(sees WOMEN'S RESTROOM sign)
-except for not in there. I'll wait outside.

She heads inside. The door closes.

CUT TO:

INT. WOMEN'S RESTROOM - CONTINUOUS - DAY

Ampata looks in the mirror. Combing her hair. The happy look of a girl in love. She flips her hair and sees:

Peru Man in the mirror. He walks forward, knife at his side.

AMPATA
I beg you… do not kill me.

PERU MAN
You are already dead. For 500 years.

AMPATA
It was unfair. I was innocent.

PERU MAN
The people that you kill now so that
you may live - they are innocent.

AMPATA
Please. I am in love.

He backs her against a wall.

PERU MAN
You are the Chosen One. You must
die. You have no choice.

Peru Man's arm WHIZZES by her, but Ampata coolly catches it. Twists it, grabs the knife and twists his arm painfully. We hear it start to CRACK. His eyes go wide.

AMPATA
Yes I do.

She grabs him by the jaw. KISSES him. His face shrivels.

CUT TO:

INT. HALL - LATER - DAY

Xander glances at his watch, anxious. The door opens. Ampata steps out. She looks gorgeous. Refreshed.

AMPATA
I have thought.

Xander looks at her expectantly.

AMPATA (cont'd)
The dance. I will go with you. Gladly.

Xander smiles. Takes her hand. And they walk off.

BLACK OUT.

END OF ACT TWO

Act Three

INT. BUFFY'S BEDROOM - NIGHT

Buffy brings a trunk in, places it by a second one by her bed.

AMPATA (O.S.)
Buffy, I cannot find lipstick.

BUFFY
Should be on the dresser.

Ampata enters from the bathroom. She's dressed as the Incan princess. She's beautiful. Radiates confidence. Until she sees the trunk.

AMPATA
What is that?

BUFFY
They sent your stuff from the station.

AMPATA
Of course! I forgot all about it.
I will unpack it later.

BUFFY
I can do it.

AMPATA
But you must get ready for the dance.

BUFFY
I'm not going.

AMPATA
Why not?

BUFFY
I've got work to do. There are some
bad things happening out there. That
guy with the knife is only one of them.

XANDER
I am not worried. Thanks to Xander.

BUFFY
He seems very happy around you.

AMPATA
I am happy, too. He has a way of…
making the milk come out of my nose.

BUFFY
And that's good?

AMPATA
From making me laugh.

Buffy smiles. Ampata searches Buffy's dresser top.

AMPATA (cont'd)
It is not here.

BUFFY
I'll help you look.

Buffy walks to the TWO TRUNKS from the bus station. Ampata's still turned away, searching the dresser.

AMPATA
Thank you. You are always thinking
of others before yourself. You remind
me of someone from very long ago.
The Inca princess.

BUFFY
A princess? Cool.

Buffy opens one of the trunks. She pulls out a pair of BOY'S PANTS. Looks at them, curiously. Ampata opens Buffy's drawer, then turns to Buffy.

AMPATA
They told her she was the only one,
that only she could defend her people
from the netherworld.

Buffy looks up as Ampata's words register.

AMPATA (cont'd)
Out of all the girls in her generation,
she was-

BUFFY
--chosen.

Buffy sees the open dresser drawer, filled with Crucifix, stakes, Slayer things. Buffy quickly crosses over.

AMPATA
You know the story?

BUFFY
It's fairly familiar.

Buffy surreptitiously closes the drawer and spies the lipstick on the dresser. She hands it to Ampata.

AMPATA
She was sixteen. Like us. She was
offered as a sacrifice and went to
her death. Who knows what she
gave up to fulfill her duty to others.
What chance of love?

Ampata picks up a picture of Xander. Smiles at it.

BUFFY
Who knows?

This thought lingers for a beat.

BUFFY (cont'd)
Let me unpack the rest of your stuff.

Buffy opens the OTHER TRUNK LID, revealing

CLOSE UP: THE BODY OF THE EXCHANGE STUDENT - MUMMIFIED

But just as she is about to peer in, THE DOORBELL RINGS. Buffy looks up at Ampata, now standing above her.

BUFFY
Xander and Willow. I'll get it.

Buffy walks out. Ampata puts her hands on the trunk lid.

CLOSE UP:

as the lid shuts over the mummified student.

She locks the trunk.

CUT TO:

INT. BUFFY'S HOUSE - A MOMENT LATER - NIGHT

Buffy, in sweats, opens the door. Xander stands there, wearing a poncho and squinting with a little cigar clenched between his teeth. He looks more than a little bit like Clint Eastwood.

XANDER
I have come for the dance.

BUFFY
What culture are you?

XANDER
I am from the country of Leone. It's
in Italy, pretending to be Montana.
(then, re: her sweats)
And what are you? From the country
of white trash?

BUFFY
New line-up. You and Willow are
taking Ampata, Giles and I are
hunting mummies.
(then)
Where's you and Willow?

XANDER
She's not coming. With us.

BUFFY
Oh. On a date. Romance. Lips.

Ampata enters. Stunning. Xander can't take his eyes off her.

AMPATA
Hello, Xander.

Xander manages a few sporadic noises.

XANDER
Uh, ngh…bff…

BUFFY
I can translate America Salivating
Boy-talk. He said you're beautiful.

XANDER
(to Buffy)
Cch… krl…

BUFFY
You're welcome.

Joyce comes in.

JOYCE
Ampata, don't you look wonderful. I
wish you could talk my daughter into
going with you.

AMPATA
I tried. She's very stubborn.

JOYCE
I'm glad someone else sees that.

AMPATA moves to the door. She and Xander turn to Buffy.

AMPATA
Well, good-bye, then.

XANDER
Be careful.

BUFFY
I will.
(then)
And Xander? You look good.

He smiles. Joyce and Buffy watch as they head out.

JOYCE
Look at that. Only two days in
America and Ampata already
seems like she belongs here.
She's really fitting in.

Buffy watches after them, wistfully.

BUFFY
Yeah. How about that?

CUT TO:

EXT. BRONZE - NIGHT

Establishing. Music plays.

CUT TO:

INT. BRONZE - NIGHT

THE BAND plays wildly on stage. Devon plays the bass and sings, thrashing about the stage. Oz plays ripping guitar with the quiet concentration of someone knitting.

The place is full of KIDS dressed in the style of various cultures. A parade of BEAUTIFUL GIRLS enter, each costume more provocative than the previous one. Last to come in is Cordelia, who wears a Hawaiian grass skirt with a coconut shell top. She approaches Willow, who is dressed as an Eskimo. Puffy, furry, hooded parka. A harpoon at her side.

CORDELIA
Ooh, what a near faux-pas. I almost
wore the same thing.

Cordelia walks away. Constrained by her outfit, Willow has to turn her entire body to watch her go. Cordelia approaches some Cordettes, including GWEN.

GWEN
Where's Sven?

CORDELIA
I keep trying to ditch him, but he's
like one of those dogs you leave at
the Grand Canyon on vacation, it
follows you back across four states.

Sven enters, dressed like a Viking. He finds Cordelia and stands silently next to her.

CORDELIA (cont'd)
See? My own speechless, human
Boomerang.

GWEN
He's kind of cute. Maybe it's nice,
skipping the small talk.

CORDELIA
Small talk? Try simple instructions.
(gestures to Sven)
Get punch-y? You? Fruit drinky?

Sven remains motionless. Gwen pulls his hand.

GWEN
He can follow me.

ANGLE: XANDER AND AMPATA

as they enter. They're gorgeous together.

Willow watches as they move through the crowd. She bends down to look down at her own costume.

WILLOW
I guess I should have worn something sexy.

Ampata takes in the scene, like Cinderella at the Ball - it's too good to be true. They approach Willow, who peers out of her hood.

WILLOW (cont'd)
Wow. You guys look great.

AMPATA
I love your costume. It's very authentic.

WILLOW
Thanks.

XANDER
Yeah. You look… snug.

WILLOW
That's what I was going for.
(tries to look around)
Where's Buffy?

CUT TO:

INT. BUFFY'S HOUSE - A MOMENT LATER - NIGHT

Buffy opens the door. Giles is there.

BUFFY
Yep. Not at the dance. Not with my
friends. Not with a life.
(then)
What are you doing here? I thought
we were going to meet at the museum
to find the bodyguard?

GILES
I'm afraid he's already been found.
In a school restroom. Mummified.

BUFFY
I don't get it. Why would the mummy
kill his own bodyguard?

GILES
Because he wasn't the mummy's
bodyguard.

Giles holds up a book.

GILES (cont'd)
I discovered a translation code which
enabled me to read the pictograms.
They show that the bodyguard's job
was to make sure the mummy didn't
awaken and escape.

BUFFY
Not a bodyguard, then.

GILES
More like a prison guard.

BUFFY
So Ampata translated wrong?

GILES
Maybe we should get her to take
another look.

BUFFY
Well, wait… She was wiggy about
the seal from minute one.

GILES
Yes, I guess she was.

BUFFY
(thinking)
Her trunks.

GILES
What about them?

CUT TO:

INT. BUFFY'S BEDROOM - NIGHT

As Buffy pulls at the lock of one, Giles goes through the clothes in the other.

GILES
These are definitely boys clothes.
Why would a girl pack these?

Buffy breaks the lock, opens the other trunk. After reacting.

BUFFY
How about this one? What kind of girl
travels with a mummified corpse…

ANGLE: IN THE TRUNK

we see the corpse of the real Ampata.

BUFFY (cont'd)
… and doesn't even pack lipstick.

CUT TO:

INT. BRONZE - NIGHT

The band starts playing a slow-danceable song. Xander and Ampata are standing near the dance floor.

XANDER
Do you want to, uh… would you like
to, you know…

AMPATA
I would love to dance.

Xander takes Ampata's hand and leads her to the dance floor. The crowd magically parts as the two make their way to the center. All eyes are on the couple.

Willow stands alone off to one side.

Ampata dances slowly with Xander, full of quiet joy. It's a true Cinderella moment.

ANGLE: THE BAND

as they continue to play an instrumental portion of a song. Oz is looking into the crowd, uncharacteristically riveted. He moves to Devon.

OZ
Who is that?

DEVON
She's an exchange student. From
South America.

OZ
No. The Eskimo.

We FOLLOW HIS GAZE to Willow, who is swaying (or, more accurately, weeble-ing) to the music.

CUT TO:

INT. GILES' CAR - NIGHT

Buffy studies the seal as Giles drives.

GILES
Unless she gets a continual supply of
victims, Ampata will return forever to
her frozen mummy state.

BUFFY
She did say she wanted to meet lots
of people.

GILES
And she's going to need to meet
another one soon.

BUFFY
So much for her normal life of fun
and dating and-
(it hits her)
--Xander.

Giles floors the pedal.

CUT TO:

INT. BRONZE - NIGHT

Xander and Ampata are slow dancing. Staring deeply. She clasps her hands behind his head. He leans in for a kiss.

ANGLE: AMPATA'S FINGERTIPS

suddenly wither and freeze-dry. Horrified, she pulls away. Hides her hands behind her back. Smiles, scared. Xander, hesitant, smiles back.

She runs into the crowd. Xander's bewildered.

XANDER
Okay. At least I can rule out,
'Something I said.'

Ampata struggles through the crowd, past Willow, searching desperately for her next victim. She looks at her fingers. They wither to the knuckle.

A LONE MALE STUDENT, JONATHAN, looks around. Nods his head to the music. Ampata heads toward him.

CUT TO:

INT. GILES' CAR - NIGHT

The car speeds along.

BUFFY
I should've guessed. Remember?
Ampata wanted us to hide the seal.

GILES
And then she wanted us to destroy it,
because---
(realizing)
Wait.

A long beat as Giles thinks something through.

BUFFY
Waiting.

GILES
We already know that the seal was
used to contain the mummy.

BUFFY
What? You mean that, if breaking
the seal freed her-

GILES
--reassembling it will trap her.

The car SCREECHES to a stop. Giles takes the seal.

GILES (cont'd)
I'll go to the museum. Piece
together the fragments there.

BUFFY
I'll stop Ampata. Before she gives
Xander the kiss of death.

She opens the car door and starts to get out.

GILES
Be careful.

BUFFY
I will. Besides, I've got the element
of surprise. Ampata still doesn't
know my secret identity.

Buffy slams the door as Giles shifts his car into gear.

CUT TO:

INT. BRONZE - NIGHT

Xander runs to Willow.

XANDER
You seen Ampata?

Willow tries lifting her arms to shrug. Bulky costume.

XANDER (cont'd)
What was that?

WILLOW
I shrugged.

XANDER
Next time you should probably
say, 'shrug.'

He runs off. Willow stands there.

WILLOW
Sigh.

ANGLE: GWEN

listening, enraptured, to Sven, as he now chats away.

SVEN
I thought this exchange student thing
would be a great deal. But look what
I got stuck with. 'Momento'? 'Punchy
fruity drinky?' Is Cordelia even from
this country?

CUT TO:

INT. BACKSTAGE - NIGHT

Ampata strokes Jonathon's hair. He's nervous.

JONATHAN
Your hands feel kind of… rough.

Ampata's gnarled hands grab the hair on the back of his head.

JONATHAN (cont'd)
Aren't you with Xander?

AMPATA
Do I look like I am with Xander?

She closes in for the kiss.

XANDER (O.S.)
Ampata! Ampata!

JONATHAN
Whoa! That's my cue to leave.

He bails. Ampata breathes heavily in frustration. Xander rounds a corner.

XANDER
There you are.
(going to her)
Why did you run away?

AMPATA
Because I… I do not deserve you.

Xander gasps, can barely contain his disbelief.

XANDER
Ha! Wh-You think you don't…
(pointing back and forth)
…that I would think…
(then, laughing)
Man, I love you!

Xander stops, mortified at what he said. Ampata pulls away.

XANDER (cont'd)
Uh, I mean… well, I guess…
(then)
Yeah.

Ampata looks up at him. She's crying.

XANDER (cont'd)
Are those tears of joy? Pain? Revulsion?

AMPATA
I am very happy. And very sad.

Xander pulls back a bit, confused.

XANDER
Then talk to me. Tell me what's wrong.

AMPATA
I can't!

Ampata buries her sobbing face on his shoulder.

Ampata hugs Xander tightly.

XANDER
I know why you can't tell me. It's
a secret, right?

Ampata looks up sadly from his shoulder. Nods yes. Xander smiles. Tries to ease the tension.

XANDER (cont'd)
And if you told me, you'd have
to kill me?

She starts crying again.

XANDER (CONT'D)
Okay. Bad joke. Deliver was off,
too. I'm sorry, I-

They look at each other. Xander's lips move closer.

CLOSE: THEIR LIPS MILLIMETERS APART

Ampata swept away in the moment. Their lips touch. And they KISS. Lightly. Then, more passionately. Until Ampata grabs Xander's head, holding him.

CLOSE UP: XANDER'S EYES OPEN WIDE WITH SHOCK.

BLACK OUT.

END OF ACT THREE
Act Four

INT. BACKSTAGE - NIGHT

Ampata is still kissing Xander as he fights for air. Ampata opens her yes. Breaks away from the kiss, sobbing.

Xander drops to his knees. Face drawn. Reeling, like half his life's been sucked out.

CUT TO:

INT. NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM - BURIAL CHAMBER - NIGHT

Giles kneels on top of the step pyramid. Arranges the many seal fragments. Reads from the text books.

GILES
'Inca cosmology unites the bird-head
with its paler twin.'
(studying the seal)
Ah, yes… the paler twin.

He starts to fit together the seal fragments.

CUT TO:

INT. BACKSTAGE - SAME TIME

Ampata is kneeling next to Xander, holding him in her arms.

AMAPTA
Xander, I am sorry.

Suddenly, she's jolted. She looks at her arms. The freeze-drying crackles up to her elbows. She lets go of Xander.

AMPATA (cont'd)
(in pain)
The seal!

She gets up and runs out the back door.

XANDER
(dazed)
Ampata…

CUT TO:

INT. BRONZE - NIGHT

Buffy enters, goes to Willow.

BUFFY
Where's Xander?

WILLOW
He was looking for Ampata.

BUFFY
We've to find them. Ampata is
the mummy.

WILLOW
Oh.
(smiles)
Good.
(stops smiling)
Xander!

BUFFY
Where'd they go?

WILLOW
Backstage, I think.

They race backwards, REVEALING OZ, who was just about to tap Willow on the shoulder. He watches his little Eskimo disappear.

OZ
Who is that girl?

CUT TO:

INT. BACKSTAGE - NIGHT

The door from the dance floor bursts open. Buffy and Willow race toward Xander. Sit him up.

BUFFY
Are you all right?

Xander shakes his head, focusing. Takes deep breaths.

XANDER
I think so.
(touching his jaw)
That was some kiss.

BUFFY
Where's Ampata?

XANDER
She said something about the seal.

BUFFY
The seal. At the museum. Where
Giles is. She's gone to stop him.
Come on!

XANDER
What's going on?

Willow looks at him.

WILLOW
He doesn't know.

BUFFY
We'll tell him on the way.

Buffy and Willow pull Xander with them out the back door.

CUT TO:

INT. NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM - NIGHT

Giles sweats over the seal. Hears a noise. Looks up. The room is empty. Shadows flicker. Giles returns to his text.

GILES
'The Condor soars… But the prey
is in his talons.' That's it!

Giles glues two pieces together. Smiles triumphantly.

ANGLE: AMPATA

in the shadows, grimaces painfully. The skin on her arms is now mummified up to her bare shoulders. She fights the urge to scream. She moves into the light. Face still beautiful.

CUT TO:

EXT. NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM - NIGHT

Buffy, Xander and Willow run into view. Willow has ditched the outfit (parka and mittens) except for the pants. Xander has most of his strength back.

XANDER
No. Giles must've… researched wrong.

WILLOW
(softly)
Xander, he didn't.

XANDER
But I know Ampata. This can't be.
She told me… she said…

His voice trails off. Buffy looks at him sadly.

BUFFY
I know.

Buffy points up at an open, third-story window.

BUFFY (cont'd)
Listen, you two get to the fire
escape. I'll take a short cut.

Buffy starts climbing toward the window.

CUT TO:

INT. NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM - NIGHT

GILES
'The spondylus shell evokes Mamacocha,
mother of all the water.'

Giles glues in the penultimate fragment. Excited.

GILES (cont'd)
Just one more piece.

CLOSE: HIS FINGERS INSERT THE LAST PIECE

when suddenly Ampata's gnarled hand rips away the seal and hurls it down, SHATTERING it beyond repair. She grabs Giles by the throat, squeezes him unconscious. Pulls his face in for the kiss.

BUFFY (O.C.)
I'll say one thing for you Incan mummies-

Ampata turns to see Buffy on the museum floor.

BUFFY
--You don't kiss and tell.

Buffy does a forward HANDSPRING up the step pyramid, landing in front of a startled Ampata.

AMPATA
Looks like you've been keeping
some secrets from me.

Ampata drops Giles' unconscious body into the sarcophagus hole, as she and Buffy square off against each other.

AMPATA (cont'd)
You're not a normal girl.

She LUNGES for Buffy's throat with her two mummified arms. Buffy looks at them, repulsed.

BUFFY
Oh, and you are?

They struggle, rolling toward the open sarcophagus. Ampata's face gets closer for the kiss. Buffy headbutts Ampata. Ampata stagger backwards.

Buffy charges. Ampata uses Buffy's momentum to hurl Buffy into the sarcophagus.

AMPATA
I shared your life-

BUFFY'S POV: THE SARCOPHAGUS LID

Slides shut overhead. Blackness.

AMPATA
--Now you'll share my death.

Ampata desperately grabs her neck, as the mummification advances. She races down the steps, running smack into:

Willow. Petrified. Ampata clasps her hand around Willow's throat.

POV: AMPATA'S FACE

AMPATA
This won't hurt.

XANDER (O.S.)
Let her go.

Ampata looks around. Xander is there.

XANDER
If you're going to kiss anybody, it
should be me.

Ampata looks at Xander for a beat, then back at Willow.

CUT TO:

Pitch black. We hear a stone slab being moved. A SHAFT OF LIGHT comes in through a crack, and we see Buffy in the sarcophagus, straining to move the stone lid aside.

CUT TO:

INT. NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM - BURIAL CHAMBER - CONTINUOUS

Xander approaches Ampata. Tears well up in her eyes.

AMPATA
Xander, we can be together. Just
let me have this one.

Xander looks at her still-beautiful face.

XANDER
That's never gonna happen.

AMPATA
I must do this, now, or it is the
end. For me and for us.

She moves in for Willow.

XANDER
No!

Xander steps between them, pushing Willow back to safety.

XANDER (cont'd)
You want life, you're gonna have
to take mine. Can you do that?

There is fear and confusion in her face - and then it is gone. Replaced by something colder.

AMPATA
Yes.

She lunges at him.

ANGLE: THE SARCOPHAGUS LID

as it is tossed aside. Buffy pops out, then hurls herself from the top of the pyramid.

Xander struggles to hold Mummy Ampata away as Buffy appears.

Buffy KICKS Mummy Ampata. She FLIES though the air and SLAMS onto the stone pyramid steps.

The mummy SHATTERS on impact. Nothing but dust.

Silence.

Willow goes to Xander. He looks up at her; tries to smile. She smiles back, starts to help him to his feet. Buffy helps Giles out of the sarcophagus. The two of them head over to join the others.

PULL BACK AND AWAY as the four of them walk out together.

CUT TO:

EXT. SCHOOL COURTYARD - THE NEXT DAY

Buffy and Xander walk together, Buffy sipping a soda. They are quiet for a while. She offers him a sip, he shakes his head.

XANDER
I'm really the fun talking guy today,
huh? Sorry.

BUFFY
We don't have to talk.

XANDER
I just… Present company excluded,
I have the worst taste in women. Of
anyone. In the world. Ever.

BUFFY
Ampata wasn't evil. At least not to
start with. And I do think she cared
for you.

XANDER
Yeah, but I think the whole sucking-
the-life-out-of-people thing would
have been a strain on the relationship.

BUFFY
She was gypped. She was just a girl
and she had her life taken from her.
I remember when I heard the prophesy
that I was going to die. I wasn't exactly
obsessed with doing the right thing.

XANDER
But you did. You gave up your life.

BUFFY
I had you to bring me back.

They smile at each other, then settle back into a comfortable silence.

BLACK OUT.

THE END