Selfless

August 25, 2002 (WHITE)

Written by: Drew Goddard

Directed by: David Solomon

Teaser

FADE IN:

INT. SUMMERS' HOME - WILLOW'S ROOM - NIGHT

WILLOW and DAWN sort through clothes on the bed. Willow's room has been changed around a bit since last we saw it -- she's finally settling in.

DAWN
My advice to you is do exactly what
everyone else does, all the time.

WILLOW
(humoring her)
Got it.

DAWN
Do what everyone else does, wear what
everyone else wears, say what
everyone else says.

WILLOW
Okay.

DAWN
People may say something you don't
understand. Don't be afraid to keep
your month shut and pretend like you
know what they're talking about.

WILLOW
You know, I've been to college
before, Dawn.

DAWN
They may say something like, "My
protein window closes in an hour."
Just smile and nod.
(pause)
Turns out it has something to do with
fitness.

BUFFY and XANDER walk in, carrying a dresser between them. They're wrapped up in their own conversation.

BUFFY
So have you talked to her?

XANDER
Not since that night with the Gnarl
demon. And that wasn't exactly the
"how have you been?" kind of talking.
More the "pierce its eyes with
something sharp" kind of talking.
(pause)
I'm thinking I should call her.

BUFFY
I just don't want you to get your
hopes up, that's all.

XANDER
Hopes? Oh no no -- there are no
hopes. Anya and I are done, I love
being single. I'm a strong
successful male who's giddy at the
thought of all the women I will no
doubt be dating in the near future --

BUFFY
Strong successful males say "giddy?"

XANDER
I just worry about her, that's all.

WILLOW
Anya?

Xander looks over, nods.

XANDER
She seems so sad.

DAWN
She should try acting like everyone
else more.

WILLOW
That's what the kids are doing now a
days.

BUFFY
I'm not sure I get the sad vibe, but
there's definitely a vengeance vibe
worth worrying about.

XANDER
Oh that -- no. I don't worry about
that. She was hurt and she just
turned to what she knew when I... you
know... but that's not her anymore.

BUFFY
I hope you're right.

XANDER
She turned that worm guy back before
any real harm was done right? It
just takes a little time. Her
heart's not in it...

Xander thinks about it, convinces himself.

XANDER (cont'd)
I really think she's coming around.

INT. FRATERNITY - REC ROOM - NIGHT

Blood. Everywhere.

We're in the sparsely decorated Rec Room of a fraternity house. We see the aftermath of a slaughter -- the blood- soaked bodies of twelve FRATERNITY BOYS lay scattered about the room. We TRACK slowly over them all, revealing the carnage little by little.

As we get a closer look at the bodies, we realize their hearts have been ripped out of their chests.

At the end we FIND ANYA, similarly blood-soaked, crouched in the corner. She's dazed, shocked. She's softly talking to herself. We barely make it out:

ANYA
(whispered)
What have I done?

END OF TEASER
Act One

INT. VIKING HOUSE - DAY

CLOSE ON a cute little bunny rabbit. As a body sweeps past, scooping it up, we pull back and reveal that we're in a Viking cottage, circa late 9th century.

SUBTITLE: Sjornjost, 880

Anya (who, at this point in her life, is called. "Aud") breezes through the room happily. She's dressed in full Viking regalia; leather, fur, braids.

The cottage itself is very quaint: wood walls, dining table, chairs, kitchen-type area, large bed covered in furs.

Twelve bunnies bound around on the floor. Anya nuzzles the one she's holding and sets it down with the others. She goes about her business, cheerfully preparing the table.

Through the front door bursts OLAF (the human version.) He carries a large battle axe which, like the furs he wears, is stained with a black, blood-like substance.

[NOTE: for the duration of this scene, the actors will be speaking Swedish. Their dialogue will be dubbed over (badly) by the actors in English.]

OLAF
(Swedish)
Aud! Rara, vackra Aud!
Jag är så hungrig så jag
skulle kunna ata upp ett
litet barn!
OLAF
(English)
Aud! Sweet, beautiful Aud!
I am so hungry I could eat
a small child!

Anya runs to him, helps him set down his axe.

ANYA
(Swedish)
Olaf! Är du skadad? Du
luktar blod och musk.
ANYA
(English)
Olaf! Are you injured?
You smell of blood and musk.

He laughs heartily.

OLAF
(Swedish)
Frukta inte! Det krävz mer
än en skara mindre troll
för att få ner stora Olaf!

OLAF
(English)
Fear not! It takes more
than a band of minor trolls
to bring down the mighty Olaf!

ANYA
(Swedish)
Troll!

ANYA
(English)
Trolls!

OLAF
(Swedish)
Åh! De är verkligen
vrickade kreatur. Blotta
tanken får mej att gå på
knäna.

OLAF
(English)
Oh! They are wretched
creatures indeed. The mere
thought of them makes me
bend at the knee and flex.

ANYA
(Swedish)
Sitt ner kära du. Låt mej
passa upp dej lite.
ANYA
(English)
Sweetheart, please, sit
down. Allow me to tend to
you.

He waves her off, but sits anyway.

OLAF
(Swedish)
Jag år ok. Verkligen.
Fast jag tar gårna lite
mjöd.

OLAF
(English)
I am fine. Really. I
could go for some mead,
though.

ANYA
(Swedish)
Ska bli.
ANYA
(English)
Certainly.

She hurries to the kitchen and pours mead from a jug into an oversized mug. Olaf looks around at the rabbits on the floor.

OLAF
(Swedish)
Fantiserar jag, eller är
det riktigt att vi har
otroligt många fler kaniner
här inne idag?

OLAF
(English)
Is it my imagination, or do
we have substantially more
rabbits in the house today?

ANYA
(Swedish)
Åh, de förökar sig så
snabbt att det är --
ANYA
(English)
Oh, they breed so quickly
that it's --

Olaf leaps to his feet.

OLAF
(Swedish)
Allt detta snack om
förökning får mej att vilja
själv!
OLAF
(English)
All this talk of breeding
makes me want to breed!

Anya hurries to him, hands him his mug.

ANYA
(Swedish)
Älskling, självklart. Men
här -- drick din mjod först.

ANYA
(English)
Honey, of course. But
here -- drink your mead
first.

OLAF
(Swedish)
Åh, ja. Mjod.
OLAF
(English)
Ah, yes. Mead.

He sits back down. She checks him over.

ANYA
(Swedish)



ANYA
(English)
Did the trolls hurt you?
Their mossy skin does not
reflect their churlish
heart.

OLAF
(Swedish; laughing)
Jag mår toppen -- Snälla,
sluta gräma dej över mej.
Beråtta om din dag.

OLAF
(English; laughing)
I am fine -- Please, stop
fretting over me. Tell me
of your day.

ANYA
(Swedish; bright)
Å! Jag tvättade alla dina
tunikor från slaget vid
Asgoth, Jag smidde två
hammare och ett litet svärd
till dej och så lärde jag
mej ett nytt recept på ox-
goblin som jag tror du
kommer att gilla.
ANYA
(English; bright)
Okay! Well, I was able to
get all your tunics from
the battle of Asgoth
cleaned, I smelted you two
hammers and a small sword
and I learned a new recipe
for ox-goblin that I think
you'll enjoy.

At this point, the live-Olaf happily says several words, but on the dubtrack we hear only:

OLAF
(Swedish)
Mmmmmm...

OLAF
(English)
Mmmmmm...

ANYA
(Swedish)
Och den snabba tillväxten
av dina kaniner --
ålskling, sitt ner -- har
gett mej en idé. Jag
skulle kunna ge Överskottet
till folket I stan, inte I
utbyte mot gods eller
service, men för gott rykte
och känslan av utförande
som kommer från
osjälviskheten att ge till
andra.
ANYA
(English)
And the rapid reproductive
rate of our rabbits --
honey, sit down -- has
given me an idea. I can
give the excess out to the
townspeople, exchanging
them not for goods or
services but for goodwill
and the sense of
accomplishment that stems
from selflessly giving of
yourself to others.

Live-Olaf laughs heartily. The laughing on the dubtrack stops long. before he is through.

OLAF
(Swedish)
Kära Aud! Din logik år
vansinnig och impulsiv, som
ett trolls. Inte så
konstigt att barägarna
pratar om dej.
OLAF
(English)
Sweet Aud! Your logic is
insane and happenstance,
like that of a troll. It
is no wonder the bar
matrons talk of you.

Anya's face falls.

ANYA
(Swedish)
Du har varit på krogen...

ANYA
(English)
You've been to the bar...

OLAF
(Swedish)

OLAF
(English)
Oh, Aud. Forget it and
please me now.

ANYA
(Swedish)
Jag tycker inte om att du
går dit.

ANYA
(English)
I do not like you going
there.

OLAF
(Swedish)
Det är inte mitt fel att de
inte år vänliga mot dej.
Du har alltid varit
aggressiv för att du inte
går ihop med folk. Du
säger vad du tycker och är
mest besvärande.
(he smiles)
Det är en av egenskaperna
jag älskar mest hos dej.

OLAF
(English)
It is not my fault they
don't take kindly to you.
You've always been most
aggressive in your not-
fitting-in with people.
You speak your mind, and
are annoying.
(he smiles)
It's one of the things I
love most about you.

ANYA
(Swedish)
Var Rannveig there?

ANYA
(English)
Was Rennveig there?

OLAF
(Swedish)
Ahh! Jag har sagt
tusentals gånger att jag
inte har något intresse av
denna Rannveig. Hennes
höfter är stora och
kraftiga, som en Baltisk
kvinna.
OLAF
(English)
Bah! I've told you a
thousand times: I have no
interest in this Rannveig.
Her hips are large and load-
bearing, like a Baltic
woman.

He pulls her over to him happily.

OLAF
(Swedish)
Du är mycket mer min smak.
Dina höfter är små, som en
Baltisk kvinna från en
något mer ofruktbar region.
OLAF
(English)
You are much more to my
liking. Your hips are
small, like a Baltic woman
from a slightly more arid
region.

He sits her on his lap and strokes her face.

OLAF
(Swedish)
Du är min perfekthet Aud.
Jag skulle aldrig kunna ha
lustar för någon annan.
OLAF
(English)
You are my perfect Aud. I
could never want for
another.

She warms to him again, nestles in as he holds her.

ANYA
(Swedish)
Förlåt. Det är bara att
jag älskar dej så mycket...
Ibland känna det som om jag
skulle kunna brista. Jag
skulle inte kunna leva utan
dej.
ANYA
(English)
I am sorry. I simply love
you so much... I feel as
though I could burst at
times. I could not live
without you.

Olaf laughs heartily.

OLAF
(Swedish)
Frukta inte, kära Aud, du
kommer alltid att vara min
vackra flicka.
OLAF
(English)
Fear not, sweet Aud, you'll
always be my beautiful girl.

HARD CUT TO:

INT. FRATERNITY - BATHROOM - DAWN

Anya, bloodstained, at the sink. The bathroom is cold and sterile, starkly contrasting the warmth of the previous scene.

Anya scrubs blood off her hands, arms. Her face is blank. Her scrubbing becomes more and more frantic. She tries very hard not to look at herself in the mirror, but occasionally she catches glimpses of her bloodstained face.

Her expression remains blank

SPIKE (PRELAP)
I don't trust what I see anymore.

INT. HIGH SCHOOL BASEMENT - DAY

Spike is crouched in the corner, talking to Buffy. She kneels very close to him. He seems lucid, normal (for Spike, at least.)

SPIKE
Dunno how to explain it, exactly.
It's like I been seeing things...

BUFFY
What sort of things?

SPIKE
(shrugs)
Things. People, I guess.

He looks around, thinking.

SPIKE (cont'd)
Dru used to see things, you know.
She'd always be staring off into the
sky, watching cherubs burn or heavens
bleed or some nonsense.
(pause)
I used to stare at her and think
she'd gone completely sack of hammers.

He thinks back, smiling.

SPIKE (cont'd)
But she'd see the sky when we were
inside and it'd make her so happy.
She'd see showers. She'd see stars.
(his face falls)
Now I see her.

BUFFY
Spike --

SPIKE
I'm in trouble, Buffy.

Buffy
I can help you.

SPIKE
I could never ask. Not after...

BUFFY
It's different, You're different.

SPIKE
I could never ask...

BUFFY
Spike, it's me. It's you and it it's
me. And we'll get through this.

Spike looks at her. Tears well up in his eyes.

SPIKE
Never...

BUFFY
We'll get through this.

She reaches out to him. Touches his face with compassion. He begins to cry in earnest.

As this happens, we slowly PAN away from them. We find the doorway to the basement. And the REAL BUFFY walks in.

She sees Spike across the room, holding himself. Crying. Alone. She stays across the room when she speaks to him. We feel the distance between them.

BUFFY (cont'd)
Spike, this basement is killing you.

He looks up, tears in his eyes. Scared. He doesn't know what's real.

BUFFY (cont'd)
This is the Hellmouth. There's
something bad down here. Possibly
everything bad.

He begins to laugh. His laugh is painful, empty.

SPIKE
Can't hear you... Can't hear you...

BUFFY
You have a soul? Fine. Show me,

SPIKE
Scream "Montresor" all you like, pet.

BUFFY
Get up and get out of this basement.

He looks around, becoming more lucid. Fresh tears begin to flow.

SPIKE
(softly)
I don't have anywhere else to go.

BUFFY
You have everywhere else to go.
Because there's no place worse than
where you are right now.

Off Spike, we cut to:

EXT. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SUNNYDALE - CAMPUS - DAY

Willow walks across campus with PROFESSOR HAWKINS (late 40s, academic-type.) She's very eager, speaking quickly.

WILLOW
... and it's not like I've been gone
that long. I've already done all the
reading I've missed and I can come to
office hours and I can sign up --

He interrupts her, laughing.

PROFESSOR HAWKINS
Willow, Willow -- it's okay. We'll
get you caught up in no time.

WILLOW
Really?

PROFESSOR HAWKINS
What am I gonna say -- "No, I don't
want my best student back in my
class?"

She beams; she's in her element.

PROFESSOR HAWKINS (cont'd)
Of course I noticed that drop-off in
your grades at midterms last year,
and I was concerned --

WILLOW
That was --

PROFESSOR HAWKINS
-- but then, voila!, you turned
around and aced all your finals.
Like magic.

Her face falls. She laughs uncomfortably.

WILLOW
Yeah... similar to... but only...

PROPESSOR HAWKINS
Look, cone see me during office hours
tomorrow --

As they walk they pass the outside of the fraternity house. Willow spots Anya (wearing a full-length coat to cover the bloodstains on her clothes) walking out the front door.

PROFESSOR HAWKINS (cont'd)
-- and we'll talk about what we need
to do to get you caught up.

WILLOW
(distracted)
Oh -- okay. Thanks professor.

She turns in Anya's direction.

EXT. U. C. SUNNYDALE - CAMPUS - MOMENTS LATER

Willow hurries after Anya, who's walking away rapidly.

WILLOW
Anya! Anya!

Anya spins around. She's nervous, out of it.

ANYA
Willow.
(looking around)
What are you doing here?

WILLOW
Oh! I'm starting back up at school.

Anya nods curtly. She's trying to get out of here as quickly as possible.

WILLOW (cont'd)
Yeah, I can't believe how great
everyone's been.
I was a little worried, but I already
have books and homework and they even
said they'd give me periodic surprise
quizzes to make up for the ones I
missed and...

Anya's looking around, not paying attention.

WILLOW (cont'd)
What -- what are you doing here...
walking out of a fraternity house...
in the middle of the day...

ANYA
(searching)
Oh. I, uh, have a new boyfriend now.
He lives there.

WILLOW
That's great!

ANYA
Yes. We just had lots and lots of
sex.

WILLOW
Okay.
(pause)
This is so great. I'm so happy to
hear that you've --

As Willow talks, Anya nervously reaches up and smooths back her own hair. As she does so, she reveals that the back of her hand is glistening wet with BLOOD.

Willow's eyes go wide.

WILLOW (cont'd)
-- moved on.

Anya's unaware what Willow has seen.

ANYA
Yes, we're tremendously happy
together. Now, if you'll excuse me,
I'm late for something... very
important.

WILLOW
(quietly)
Uh, okay, yeah. See you later.

Anya hurries off. Willow looks back at the frat house, fear in her eyes.

INT. FRATERNITY - MAIN ROOM - DAY

Willow walks into the house.

WILLOW
Hello? Is anyb --

She cuts off abruptly as she steps in and gets a good look at the MAIN ROOM, the large open area of the house where people would congregate for social gatherings. There's basic furniture: sofas, chairs, footstools, but for the most part the room is very open.

There's blood all over the place (tastefully and appropriately shown, of course.) Stains splatter the walls, floor. They seem to localize around the Rec Room door, as though something slaughtered people in the main room and dragged them into the Rec Room.

Willow slowly walks through the room, terror visible on her face. She notices the stains, looks at the Rec Room door. She steels her nerve.

INT. FRATERNITY - REC ROOM - DAY

The bloodstained door swings open toward us, revealing Willow in the door frame. She gasps as she sees the carnage we saw in the teaser. We stay on Willow -- we don't see the slaughter. She's frozen in horror, shock. Before she can fully process what she's seeing, we HEAR a soft, terrified VOICE emanating from elsewhere in the house:

VOICE
... I take it back I take it back I
take it back...

Willow looks over her shoulder.

INT. FRATERNITY - MAIN ROOM - DAY

Willow crosses the Main Room, heading toward the sound of the voice, which seems to be coming from a closet.

VOICE
...I take it back I take back I...

Willow opens the closet door and finds a young woman (early 20s, call her RACHEL.) Rachel is crouched in the closet, clutching her knees, hiding. She's bloodstained. She's out- of-her-mind with fear. She doesn't initially acknowledge Willow.

RACHEL
...take it back I take it back...

Willow crouches down next to her.

WILLOW
It's okay. It's okay...

Rachel seems to notice Willow, but doesn't look directly at her.

RACHEL
...I take it .....

WILLOW
What do you take back? What happened?

Rachel laughs and her laugh is hollow, soft. When she speaks it's as though she's addressing someone far, far away.

RACHEL
It's gonna be a mixer, a party...
Everyone's gonna be there, everyone's
bringing a date... I'll have a great
time...

She trails off, looking around.

RACHEL (cont'd)
But... it was just me... and them...
he broke up with me in front of
them... It was a game...
(laughs)
It was all a game...

WILLOW
It's okay. You're okay now.

RACHEL
They laughed and they laughed... and
I cried... they laughed... And I
yelled...

There's a pause as she looks far away.

RACHEL (cont'd)
"Just once, I wish you could all feel
what it's like to have your hearts
ripped out... Just once... I wish..."
(laughs silently)
And then it came...

Willow goes into action mode. She stands up and tries, unsuccessfully, to get Rachel on her feet.

WILLOW
Okay, c'mon... what came? What did
this?

RACHEL
A spider...

Willow looks around, side to side.

WILLOW
Where did it go?

Rachel laughs and looks directly up at Willow, focusing on her for the first time all scene.

RACHEL
What do you mean?

We reverse to look up at Willow from Rachel's POV. And just as Willow says

WILLOW
The spider. Where is it now?

A horrible SPIDER DEMON (CGI) slowly crawls into frame on the ceiling above her.

OMITTED

BLACK OUT.

END OF ACT ONE
Act Two

EXT. VIKING VILLAGE - DAY

VIKING CHAOS. An ANGRY MOB of people runs all over the place, screaming, in and out of frame. We're back in the 9th century, only now we're on the streets of the village itself. A fev thatchwork Viking houses line the streets.

We're able to make out some of the screams (though the villagers are speaking Swedish and their screams are dubbed):

VILLAGER #1
(Swedish)
Ett troooooooolllll!

VILLAGER #1
(English)
Troooooooolllll!

VILLAGER #2
(Swedish)
Det är det största troll
jag någonsin sett!

VILLAGER #2
(English)
It's the largest troll I've
ever seen!

VILLAGER #3
(Swedish)
Spring! Göm era barn och
era pärlarbeten!
VILLAGER #3
(English)
Run! Hide your babies and
your beadwork!

Into the frame bursts Olaf. He's been transformed into the troll we met in "Triangle." He carries his giant HAMMER (also from "Triangle") He's crazed, confused and angry. He's also badly dubbed.

OLAF
(Swedish)
ARRRRGGGH! ARRRRRRR!
STANNA! DET ÄR OLAF! JAR
ÄR OLAF!
OLAF
(English)
ARRRRGGGH! ARRRRRRR!
STOP! IT IS OLAF! I AM
OLAF!

We single out TWO VIKINGS from the mob:

VIKING #1
(Swedish)
Trollet gör en Olaf
personifiering!

VIKING #1
(English)
The troll is doing an Olaf
impersonation!

VIKING #2
(Swedish)
Slå honom med frukt och
variationer av kött!
VIKING #2
(English)
Hit him with fruits and
various meats!

A few BRAVE VILLAGERS rush forward and pelt Olaf with fruits and various meats.

OLAF
(Swedish)
AHHHHHRRRRHHHH!
OLAF
(English)
AHHHHHRRRRHHHH!

As this occurs, we begin to pull away from Olaf and the mob.

We find Anya. She's removed from all the chaos. She watches it all with a sense of forlorn satisfaction.

In the background, Olaf swings his hammer wildly and chases the screaming villagers out of frame.

As Anya watches, a voice from behind her says:

VOICE
Impressive.

Anya turns and finds D'HOFFRYN.

[Note: while everyone else in this scene remains dubbed, Anya and D'Hoffryn speak perfectly understandable English to one another.]

ANYA
(shrugging)
Thank you.

D'HOFFRYN
What is that, a Woodlow Transmogrific
Spell?

ANYA
Thornton's Hope.

D'HOFFRYN
Thornton's Hope...
(pause)
But how did you get the troll element?

ANYA
Eelsbane.

D'HOFFRYN
Eelsbane.
(looks at sky)
Brilliant.
(beat)
What'd he do?

ANYA
Bar matron.
(pause)
A load-bearing bar matron.

D'HOFFRYN
Is there any other kind?
(pause)
I'm sorry -- how rude of me. Allow
me to introduce myself. My name is
D'Hoffryn.

ANYA
I am Aud.

D'HOFFRYN
Are you? Hm. I'm afraid you don't
see your true self.
(pause)
You are Anyanka.

She looks at him -- what the hell are you talking about? In the background, Olaf chases the mob in and out of frame, swinging his hammer wildly (as this plays out, Olaf and the mob will cross in and out of frame several times, each time getting farther away from us.)

OLAF
(Swedish)
ARRRRRRRRRRRGGGGHHHH!
OLAF
(English)
ARRRRRRRRRRRGGGGHHHH!

D'HOFFRYN
I'm the patron of a... family of
sorts. We're Vengeance Demons. I'm
sure you've heard of us.

ANYA
No. I'm sorry.

D'HOFFRYN
Oh, well, that's quite --

ANYA
Don't feel bad. I don't talk to
people much. I mean, I talk to them,
but they don't talk to me. Except to
say, "Your questions are irksome" and
"Perhaps you should take your furs
and your literal interpretations to
the other side of the river."
(beat)
I'm sure your group is quite well
known.

In the backqround, Olaf chases the crowd through frame.

OLAF
(Swedish)
KOM HÄR, LILLE MAN! DU ÄR
DELIKAT OCH SER UT SOM EN
LEKSAK!
OLAF
(English)
COME HERE, TINY MAN! YOU
ARE DELICATE AND TOYLIKE!

D'HOFFRYN
Allow me to explain. We travel the
world, balancing the scales of
justice. We... help people who can't
help themselves.

Several VIKING WOMEN run SCREAMING in between them, interrupting. D'Hoffryn regards them with amusement,

D'HOFFRYN (cont'd)
(laughing)
I get the sense that your talents are
not fully appreciated here, Anyanka.
We'd like to help you realize your
full self. We'd like you to join us.

ANYA
Why do you keep calling me that? My
name is "Aud."

D'HOYFRYN
Perhaps. But Anyanka is who you are.

ANYA
(thinks)
What would I have to do?

In the background, Olaf runs frantically through frame, angry mob hot on his heels.

OLAF
(Swedish)

OLAF
(English)
THE OXEN ARE SO SMALL THEY
RESEMBLE DOGS!

D'HOFFRYN
What you do best. Help wronged
women. Punish evil men.

In the background, we hear Olaf scream and a LARGE TREE falls into frame and SMASHES one of the houses.

ANYA
(hesitant)
Vengeance...

D'HOFFRYN
But only to those that deserve it.

ANYA
(bitterly)
They all deserve it.

D'HOFFRYN
That's where I was going with that,
yeah.

INT. FRATERNITY - MAIN ROOM - DAY

Willow. Right where we left off. The Spider Demon on the ceiling rears its front legs up. Willow reads fear in Rachel's face. She whips around, looking up, just as the Spider Demon LAUNCHES itself at her.

WILLOW
(Latin)
Protege!
WILLOW
(English)
Shield!

A magic FORCE SHIELD appears in front of her. The Spider Demon crashes into it, deflects into the wall.

The Spider Demon shrieks and rears back again, and we get a better look at it:

Think black-widow-from-hell. It's about the size of a large rottweiler and it's covered in horns and spikes. When it rears up we get a glimpse of a nasty SNAPPING MOUTH, which rocket-fire shoots in and out of its midsection.

Willow's face is a mask of hard concentration as she struggles to maintain the Shield.

Whip-fast the Demon launches itself at Willow.

The Demon smashes into the Shield, deflecting off with force, and goes crashing through a nearby window to the outside world.

Still tense, Willow maintains the Shield, her eyes beginning to blacken (CGI) as she barks:

WILLOW
(cold, evil)
For God's sake, shut your whimpering
mouth.

Willow lets her arms drop, eyes normal. The Shield disappears. She turns to look at Rachel, who's crying, whimpering.

WILLOW (cont'd)
I'm sorry...

She breathes. Breathes.

INT. BUFFY'S OFFICE - DAY

Buffy sits in her office at school, bored. She is leaning back in her chair, balancing a cup of pencils on her forehead, and spinning ever-so slowly.

The phone RINGS and it all comes crashing down. She grabs clumsily for the phone, eager for the distraction.

BUFFY
Hello? Willow! Is everythi --
(pause)
Wait. Okay. Wait. Spider Demon?
Are you all right?
(pause)
Like how -- Uh-huh...

She reaches for a pen and paper.

BUFFY
No no no no no -- don't even worry
about it. I'll get Xander. No. You
just --

She writes as she talks.

BUFFY (cont'd)
Yes. Of course. Of course.
(pause)
Ripped out their hearts, my
god...
(on a dime)
Hey, did you get that Physics class
you wanted?

INT. ANYA'S APARTMENT - DAY

Anya and HALLIE are sitting on the couch. Anya has changed out of her bloodstained clothes.

HALLIE
It's truly wonderful, Anyanka.

Anya nods.

HALLLIE (cont'd)
There's already talk of having some
sort of ceremony.

Anya tries to smile

HALLIE (cont'd)
Everyone's so proud. I can't tell
you how many times today I've heard
Anyanka's back to her old self again.

Anya looks away.

HALLIE (cont'd)
Honey -- what is it? What's wrong?

ANYA
Oh, it's nothing. I don't...
(pause)
There was just so much screaming. So
much blood.

Hallie doesn't see the problem. She nods happily. Uh-huh.

ANYA (cont'd)
I had forgotten how much damage a
Grimslaw Demon could do.

HALLIE
Oh, tell me about it. They can be
feisty little guys. And impossible
to housetrain. Once they start
nesting, forg --

She cuts herself off, realizing this was not the direction Anya was going.

HALLIE (cont'd)
Are you okay? Did something happen?

Anya looks at her, feeling the ridiculousness of the question. She shakes her head, nods.

ANYA
I guess I'm just a little rusty. I
didn't think it would hit me like
this.

HALLIE
Ohhh, sweetie. This is perfectly
normal. We all go through this from
time to time. I remember, years ago,
I covered this little chimney sweep's
parents in tuberculosis bacteria...
(she shudders)
I couldn't sleep for two weeks.

ANYA
(hopeful)
Really?

HALLIE
Oh, I threw up for an hour and a half
straight.
(laughs)
It's normal. It's a reflex. You'll
get over it in no time. Trust me.

Anya relaxes a little.

ANYA
Oh Hallie, I can't tell you how good
it is... thank goodness you're here.

Hallie reaches over and rubs her arm lovingly.

HALLIE
Sweetie. Of course.

ANYA
It's just, lately, with everything
that's been going on, I've been
having trouble even rememb --

She's interrupted by the sound of a door being yanked open. They both look up.

And there stands Willow. Cold, focused. She throws an icy glare at Hallie.

WILLOW
Get out.

Hallie laughs.

HALLIE
Lemon drop, if you think I'm --

WILLOW
Get. Out.

Hallie's taken aback, scared. Anya looks at her. She doesn't want to involve her friend in this.

ANYA
It's okay.

HALLIE
Anyanka.

Anya stands up, looks at Willow.

ANYA
It's fine.

HALLIE
Okay... but if you need me, you
holler.

Hallie stands up, smiles at Willow, and TELEPORTS away.

There's a beat as Anya and Willow size each other up. Then:

ANYA
(sarcastic)
Hi Willow.

WILLOW
Anya, you have to stop this.

ANYA
I don't have any idea what you're --

Willow holds up a hand. Don't even bother. Anya readjusts.

ANYA (cont'd)
Do you know what they did to her? Do
you? It was a game. They were
humiliating her.

WILLOW
Anya listen to me. You're in
trouble. You know it. I'm here to
help you.

ANYA
You're here to --
(laughs)
That's great, Willow. Flayed anybody
lately, have you? How quickly they
forget.

WILLOW
(softly)
I haven't forgotten a second of it.

Pause. Anya sighs, exhausted.

ANYA
What do you want?

WILLOW
I want to help y --

ANYA
They got what they deserved!

Willow's taken aback.

WILLOW
No. They...

ANYA
I'm a Vengeance Demon. Do you
understand that?

WILLOW
No...

ANYA
Try.
(completely uncertain)
They got what they deserved.

EXT. WOODS - DAY

Buffy and Xander walk through the woods, upbeat, on a mission. Buffy carries an axe and Xander carries a small sword.

BUFFY
Thanks for the sidekicking. I didn't
want to trouble Willow. Figure she's
got enough to do, first day back and
all.

XANDER
Are you kidding me? We're doing vent
work at the site. Anything's better
than breathing freon for eight hours.
(looking around)
She say what this thing is?

BUFFY
(shrugs)
Some sort of spider demony thing.
She got off the phone pretty quick.
Had to sign up for classes or
something.

XANDER
Ah yes, there is little that can
distract the Willow when she is on
the hunt for the mighty Syllabi.

They walk into a dark area where the trees are particularly dense.

BUFFY
I think she's been a little more
nervous than she lets --

She stops abruptly as they walk through some bushes and discover a SLAUGHTERED BODY.

XANDER
Yuuhhhllll ...

They both have to look away for a second.

XANDER (cont'd)
How big she say this thing was?

Buffy looks back at the body.

BUFFY
She didn't say. But I can't imagine
she'd send us off like this if it
was --
(pause)
Ripped out his heart. This is our
guy.

XANDER
Or a copycat Spider Demon.

Xander looks, makes a face, looks again.

XANDER (cont'd)
What's that black stuff?

BUFFY
I don't know.
(looks around)
It's on the trees.

There are, in fact, a few black, oily, rope-y strands wrapped around the tree trunks. Xander reaches out, touches one of the strands. It sticks to his hand, roping out like snot, slime.

XANDER
Ugghh... it's sticky.

BUFFY
Willow said it was a spider -- maybe
it's his webbing.

Xander tries to get the slime off his hands.

XANDER
This isn't springy, high-flying fun...

Buffy looks up.

BUFFY
Xander...

He looks up. We see a quick POV shot: Treetops. There seems to be a black shadow up there, but it's hard to make out anything for certain.

XANDER
Is that it?

BUFFY
I can't tell. There seems to be
something moving...

Xander looks around, looks back up.

XANDER
Maybe there's some way we can lure
it --

SPPLECCHH -- a black, slimy rope wad hits Xander right in the face.

BUFFY
Xander!

She knocks him out of the way just as the Spider Demon comes crashing down on her. It pins her to the ground -- we see its mouth SNAPPING inches away from her chest. As she tries to get it off her, its sharp legs slice into her, drawing blood. She cries out in pain.

She rolls, tossing it behind her. She stands up, turns. It's gone. There are only trees. One of them rustles, as though the Demon escaped up it.

Buffy keeps her eyes focused up, on the trees. Her lighthearted attitude from earlier in the scene is completely gone -- she's pissed. And a little scared. She reaches down, picks up her axe. Never looks away from the treetops.

BUFFY (cont'd)
You okay?

Xander tries to wipe the rope-residue off his face.

XANDER
Ughh -- It smells like cabbage.

He wipes his eyes. Looks at her. Her clothes are torn up -- She's bleeding freely. We see fear on Xander's face.

XANDER (cont'd)
Buffy --

She shakes her head. Not now. She keeps looking up. Xander looks up as well.

XANDER (cont'd)
Where'd it go?

She doesn't say anything. He looks at her.

XANDER (cont'd)
I think we need more swords.

BUFFY
(still looking up)
Uh-huh...

XANDER
We could go home, get more swords,
perhaps some sort of... Spider Demon
protection amulet... then come back
and --

WHOOSH. Whip-fast Buffy wings her axe straight up in the air.

We hear a THOCK, wait a beat, and then the entire Spider Demon comes crashing down right between them in a big gross mess, axe embedded in its thorax.

XANDER (cont'd)
Or...

INT. SUMMERS' HOME - ENTRYWAY/LIVING ROOM - DAY

Buffy and Xander walk through the front door. They're weary, battle-scarred. Somber. We see bloodstains. Black gook.

BUFFY
I'm more concerned where that thing
came from. If there are more of
these spider demons running around,
we need to know about it. We should
hit the research, find out if --

As they step into the living room, reveal Willow sitting in cold silence on the couch.

WILLOW
I know where it came from.

INT. SUMMERS' HOME - LIVING ROOM - LATER

Buffy and Xander sit, listening to Willow.

BUFFY
How many?

WILLOW
Ten, twelve.

Willow nods. Buffy thinks about this. Xander looks at Buffy, disbelief on his face. He looks at Willow.

XANDER
When were you planning on telling us
this?

WILLOW
(softly)
I'm telling you now.

XANDER
Great. Thank you.
(then)
Willow... This is Anya. How could
you let us -- How could you not have
told us?

Buffy looks at him. She's calm.

BUFFY
Xander...

XANDER
How could you not have told me?

Willow can't meet his gaze

BUFFY
Xander, it's okay.
(beat)
She didn't tell us for a reason.

She levels her gaze at Willow.

BUFFY (cont'd)
She didn't tell me because she knows
what I have to do.

There's a beat. We feel the weight. Then:

BUFFY (cont'd)
I have to kill Anya.

END OF ACT TWO

Act Three

INT. IMPERIAL BANQUET HALL - NIGHT

CLOSE ON A DEAD BODY. Surrounded by food. We're looking down on an elaborate banquet table, covered with all the fixings of an elaborate feast. And a dead, bloody body.

Tilt up and find Anya and Hallie sitting at the end of the table. Both are wearing period-dress befitting Russian princesses. We're in an Imperial Banquet hall. Littered throughout the rooms (and across the table) are bodies.

SUBTITLE: St. Petersburg, 1905

A large window behind Anya and Hallie gives us a sense of the chaos unfolding outside as workers battle Cossacks and Russia burns. Screams. Fire. Gunshots. Chaos.

Anya and Hallie laugh casually.

HALLIE
I swear, I'm in awe of you.

ANYA
Oh stop.

HALLIE
Oh I will not.

ANYA
(shrugs)
I grant wishes. It's all inside the
girl. I just bring it out.

HALLIE
(looking around)
Yes, I'm sure this is what she had in
mind.

ANYA
(laughs)
Well, I don't know about her mind...

Anya looks around, thinks. We hear HORRIBLE SCREAMS coming from elsewhere in the mansion.

ANYA (cont'd)
...but it was in her heart.
(waves it off)
Russia was ready to explode. We just
gave it a little push.

HALLIE
What should we do with the rest of
our evening? I hear they're going to
raze the Winter Mansion...

ANYA
I thought we'd go down to Madame
Dubasov's. Hard to find a better
spot for vengeance than a brothel.

HALLIE
Oh, it's always work, work, work with
you.

A FLAMING MAN runs by in the background. Anya and Hallie pay him no notice.

ANYA
Of course. What else is there?

HALLIE
What else is there? Well, the world,
for one. I mean, sweetie, look
around you. There's so much to see --

The SCREAMS and GUNSHOTS seem to get louder.

HALLIE (cont'd)
There's a revolution going on
outside. That you're somewhat
responsible for. Aren't you even the
teeniest bit interested?

ANYA
What's there to be interested in?
(pause)
The worker will overthrow absolutism
and lead the proletariat to a
victorious communist revolution,
resulting in socio-economic paradise
on Earth.
(shrugs)
It's common sense, really. I have
better things to worry about.

HALLIE
But Anyanka, there's a whole world
out there...

ANYA
Yes, filled with wronged women who
need my help.

HALLIE
You're talking about work --

ANYA
I'm talking about life. Vengeance is
what I do, Halfrek. I don't need
anything else.

She looks around, happy. FLAME BURSTS go off behind the window. We hears screams, explosions, pain.

ANYA (cont'd)
(happy)
Vengeance is what I am.

INT. SUMMERS' HOME - LIVING ROOM - DAY

Right where we left off at the end of Act Two. Buffy talks to Xander. She's calm, quiet.

BUFFY
She's not the Anya you knew, Xander.
She's a demon.

XANDER
That doesn't mean you have to kill her.

BUFFY
Don't act like this is easy for me.
You know it's not.

XANDER
(disbelief)
There are other options.

BUFFY
I've considered them.

XANDER
When? Just now? Took you all of ten
seconds to decide to kill one of your
best friends.

BUFFY
The thought that it might come to
this has occurred to me before.
(pause)
It's occurred to you too.

Xander's thrown for a beat. Then:

XANDER
We can change what she did. Fix it.
(to Willow)
These are mystical deaths, right?
There has to be something --

WILLOW
I don't have anywhere near that kind
of power. I didn't even have that
kind of power when...

She trails off.

WILLOW (cont'd)
...and I don't think I trust the
power I do have.

BUFFY
It's okay.
(to Xander)
I know this is hard for you to hear,
but it's what I have to do.

XANDER
Hard for me to hear? Buffy, you want
to kill Anya.

BUFFY
I don't want to --

XANDER
Then don't. This isn't new ground
for us. When our friends go all
crazy and start killing people, we
help them.

WILLOW
Sitting right here...

XANDER
(to Willow)
I'm sorry...
(to Buffy)
But it's true.

BUFFY
It's different.

XANDER
Only because you don't care about her
the way I do. Only because you don't...

He trails off, thinks to himself. Realizes something.

XANDER (cont'd)
I love her.
(softly)
Buffy, I still love her.

BUFFY
I know. And that's why you can't see
this for what it is. Willow was
different. She's human. Anya's a
demon.

XANDER
And you're the slayer. I see now how
it's all very simple.

BUFFY
It's never simple, Xander.

XANDER
No, of course not, you know, if
there's a mass-murdering demon that
you're, oh, say, boning, then it's
all a grey area...

BUFFY
Spike was harmless. He was HELPING.

XANDER
He had no choice!

BUFFY
And Anya did! She chose to become a
demon. TWICE!

XANDER
You don't understand what she's going
through.

BUFFY
I don't care what she's going through.

XANDER
Of course not. You think we haven't
all seen this before? The part where
you just cut us all out, just step
away from everything human and act
like you're the Law. If you felt
what --

BUFFY
I KILLED ANGEL. Do you even remember
that? I would have given up
everything to be with...
(fights emotion)
I loved him more than anything I will
ever love in this life and I put a
sword through his heart because I had
to
.

WILLOW
(meekly helpful)
And that all worked out okay...

BUFFY
(ignoring her)
You remember cheering me on? Both of
you? You remember giving me Willow's
message: "Kick his ass?"

Willow looks at Xander, confused. He pointedly does not look back.

WILLOW
I never said --

XANDER
This is different.

BUFFY
It's always different. It's always
complicated and at some point someone
has to draw a line and that is always
going to be me. You get down on me
for cutting myself off, but in the
end the Slayer's always cut off.
There's no mystical guidebook, no all-
knowing council -- human rules don't
apply and Father doesn't know best.
There's only me. I am the Law.

There is a beat. Xander takes it in, but isn't backing down.

XANDER
There has to be another way.

BUFFY
(genuinely)
Then please find it.

Xander turns and hurries out the front door.

Buffy and Willow stay. Uncomfortable beat. Buffy stands up, walks over to the weapons trunk. She takes out a LARGE BROADSWORD. Willow stays seated, numb.

Armed, Buffy heads toward the door. She stops in front of Willow, gives her a look. You coming?

WILLOW
I can't, I'm sorry.

Buffy nods. She understands. But it doesn't change anything. She turns, walks out the front door.

Hold a few beats on Willow. She slowly stands up, thinking. She hurries upstairs.

INT. SUMMERS' HOME - WILLOW'S ROOM - DAY

Willow goes through her drawers, looking for something... Found it.

INT. SUMMERS' HOME - BATHROOM - DAY

Sand hits the floor as Willow makes a quick Enchanting Circle. She holds up the TALISMAN from "Something Blue."

WILLOW
(Latin)
Beatum sit in nomine
D'Hoffrynis. Fiat hoc
spatium porta ad nundum
Arashmaharris.
WILLOW
(English)
Blessed be in the name of
D'Hoffryn. Let this space
be now a gateway to the
world of Arashmaharr.

The room grows dark. Whoosh. A FIERY FLASH... and when it clears, D'Hoffryn is standing in the bathroom (which is still dark.)

D'HOFFRYN
BEHOLD D'HOFFRYN! LORD OF
ARASHMAHARR, HE THAT TURNS THE AIR TO
BLOOD AND RAINS DEATH UPON --
(looking around)
Ms. Rosenberg! How lovely to see you
again. Have you done something with
your hair?

The bathroom lightens up a bit.

WILLOW
Hello, D'Hoffryn.

D'HOFFRYN
I figured I'd be hearing from you
soon. The flaying of Warren Meers...
Truly inspired. That was water
cooler vengeance.
(points over his
shoulder)
Lloyd has a sketch of it on his wall.

WILLOW
That's not me anymore.

D'HOFFRYN
Is that right? So I didn't feel your
presence earlier today? I didn't
feel... a bit of the old you?

WILLOW
We need to talk about Anya.

D'Hoffryn deflates a little. He studies her, thinks about it.

D'HOFFRYN
Hmm. Very well.
(pause)
Let's talk about Anyanka.

INT. FRATERNITY - MAIN ROOM - DUSK

CLOSE ON bloodstains, A hand reaches out, traces them. Widen to reveal Anya, standing alone in the main room, staring at the bloody walls.

XANDER (O.S.)
Thought I might find you here...

She turns. He's walking through the front door.

XANDER
Have you forced yourself to look at
the bodies yet?

ANYA
What do you want?

XANDER
I want to help you.

ANYA
Everyone is so considerate today. I
should have slaughtered people weeks ago.

XANDER
I'm sorry. I'm sorry for everything
I did to you, everything I put you
through.

ANYA
Thank you. All better. Thank
goodness you got here in time.

XANDER
You don't understand. This isn't an
intervention. Buffy's coming to kill
you.

ANYA
She's coming to try.

XANDER
Did everybody eat their "crazy
flakes" today? You guys are
friends -- how can you talk like this?

ANYA
I have a job to do, Buffy has hers.
You've always seen what you wanted
to, Xander...
(looks over his
shoulder)
But she knew sooner or later it would
come to this.

Xander looks over his shoulder. Buffy stands there in the doorway, broadsword in hand. She walks slowly toward them. She's hardened, focused.

XANDER
Buffy, get out of here.

She shakes her head, walks forward. Xander stands firmly in front of Anya

BUFFY
Get out of my way, Xander.

XANDER
No.

ANYA
Get out of her way, Xander.

Xander looks behind him and sees Anya in FULL DEMON FACE. Before he can respond, she rushes forward to meet Buffy.

She knocks Xander across the room. He hits the wall, goes down in a heap.

Anya meets Buffy head-on, undaunted by the sword. Buffy swings. Anya dodges effortlessly and cracks Buffy across the face, sending her back.

ANYA (cont'd)
This is getting to be a pattern with
you, Buffy. Are there any friends
left you haven't tried to kill?

Buffy rubs her jaw, comes at Anya again. Anya dodges again and CRACK uppercuts Buffy. Buffy flies back, lands hard on the ground. Anya laughs. Buffy stands up. Gets serious.

ANYA (cont'd)
C'mon, Buffy. Don't you have a
clever retort for me?

Buffy stays silent. She spins the sword into attack position. Beat.

The two rush each other. Full speed. Clash of the titans.

Buffy's sword is a blur, but Anya stays just ahead of her. She dodges Buffy's flurries and counters with punches, kicks -- we go back and forth.

We end up near a wall. Anya hammers Buffy with a series of shots that rock her, sending her back, stunned. Buffy struggles to get to her feet. She looks up at Anya with sad, cold eyes.

BUFFY
Anya, I'm sorry.

ANYA
You're apologizing to me? What fight
are you watching?

Like a predator, Anya pounces in for the kill.

ANYA (cont'd)
Or is this like one of your little
pop culture references that I don't
get 'cause I'm a Vengeance --

As Anya rushes her, Buffy wheels, parries...

And brutally STABS ANYA THROUGH THE HEART, impaling her deep into the wall.

END OF ACT THREE
Act Four

INT. XANDER'S APARTMENT - NIGHT

Xander sleeps in the big orange recliner. He's dressed in full construction worker outfit, down to the tool belt. He even has his hard hat and lunchbox on his lap. He mumbles to himself.

XANDER
(barely audible)
...just want... happy... ending...

SUBTITLE: SUNNYDALE, 2001

Anya walks over, tries to wake him.

ANYA
Honey... honey...

XANDER
Wha -- I'm awake... I'm okay...

ANYA
Honey, was that weird? The thing
earlier with the singing... and the
coconuts?

XANDER
(still half asleep)
What? No... It's fine...

Loud operatic SINGING fades up, emanating from outside. Anya frowns, walks over to the open back door.

MAN
OH NO
MUSTARD ON MY
SHIRT

MY
FAVORITE
SHIRT
HOW COULD YOU SERVE
MUSTARD

WOMAN
OH NO

MUSTARD
WE'LL NEVER
GET IT
OUT-
DRY CLEAN IT

MUSTARD

She shuts the door.

ANYA
Are you still hungry? Because I'd be
happy to --

She turns around and sees he's fallen fast asleep again. His mouth is wide open. He looks particularly goofy.

Anya laughs. Gazes at him lovingly. She walks toward him... and begins to SING. As she does so, she picks up his lunchbox and hard hat, sets it on the table, makes him more comfortable.

ANYA (cont'd)
MISTER XANDER HARRIS
THAT'S WHAT HE IS
TO THE WORLD OUTSIDE
THAT'S THE NAME HE CARRIES WITH PRIDE
I'M JUST LATELY ANYA
NOT VERY MUCH TO THE WORLD I KNOW
ALL THESE YEARS WITH NOTHING TO SHOW

She takes his boots off, helps him stretch out. She walks across the room and puts his boots away by the front door.

ANYA (cont'd)
I'VE BONED A TROLL
I'VE WREAKED SOME WRATH
BUT ON THE WHOLE I'VE HAD NO PATH
I LIKE TO BOWL
I'M GOOD WITH MATH
BUT WHO AM I
NOW I REPLY

She spins around the living room, lovingly gazing at her engagement ring.

ANYA (cont'd)
THAT I'M THE MRS
I WILL BE HIS MRS
MRS ANYA CHRISTINA EMMANUELLA
JENKENS HARRIS

As she begins the next verse, she sweeps across the living room, straightening bar chairs, and dances into the bedroom.

INT. XANDER'S APARTMENT - BEDROOM - CONTINUOUS

She turns the bed down, smooths out the comforter.

ANYA
WHAT'S THE POINT OF LOVING
I MEAN EXCEPT FOR THE SWEATY PART
WHAT'S THE POINT OF LOSING YOUR HEART

She opens drawers, pulls out a brightly-colored blanket.

ANYA (cont'd)
MAYBE IF YOU'RE LUCKY
BEING A PAIR MAKES YOU TWICE AS TALL
MAYBE YOU'RE NOT LOSING AT ALL

INT. XANDER'S APARTMENT - LIVING ROOM - CONTINUOUS

Whap! She unfurls the blanket, covering up Xander (we're back in the living room) She tucks him in.

ANYA
NO NEED TO COVER UP MY HEART
PLUS SEE ABOVE RE: SWEATY PART
SO MAYBE LOVE IS PRETTY SMART

She pushes the chair and it rolls magically out to the center of the room.

ANYA (Cont'd)
THEN SO AM I
I FOUND MY GUY

Anya SPINS the recliner. It continues spinning on its own. She hops on Xander's lap and sings to the sky. We see it from above, Busby Berkeley-style.

ANYA (cont'd)
AND I'LL BE MRS
I WILL BE HIS MRS
MRS ANYA LAME-ASS MADE-UP MAIDEN NAME
HARRIS

Anya hops off. We're back to floor-level. She dances to the kitchen.

INT. XANDER'S APARTMENT - KITCHEN - CONTINUOUS

In the background the recliner (with Xander) rolls back to its original position.

ANYA
WE'LL NEVER PART NOT IF WE CAN
AND IF WE START THEN HERE'S MY PLAN
I'LL SHOW HIM WHAT BLISS IS
WELCOME HIM WITH KISSES
'CAUSE THIS IS A MRS
WHO MISSES HER MAN

Her dancing carries her to the living room.

INT. XANDER'S APARTMENT - LIVING ROOM - CONTINUOUS

ANYA
HE'S MY XANDER AND HE'S AWFULLY SWELL
IT MAKES FINANCIAL SENSE AS WELL
ALTHOUGH HE CAN B -- I'LL NEVER TELL
JUST STAND ASIDE
HERE COMES THE BRIDE

She dances to the balcony doors -- THROWS them open.

EXT. XANDER'S APARTMENT - BALCONY - NIGHT

With beautiful moonlight streaming down and a slight breeze blowing in the air, Anya comes running out the balcony doors in her WEDDING DRESS.

ANYA
I'LL BE MRS
I WILL BE HIS MRS

She gazes up into the sky, her face lit up with moonlight and happiness.

ANYA (cont'd)
I WILL BE -

HARD CUT TO:

INT. FRATERNITY - MAIN ROOM - NIGHT

Anya. Impaled to the wall. No longer in Demon Face. Silence. She looks near dead. Out of it.

Xander, dazed, struggles to get to his feet.

XANDER
Anya...

Buffy approaches Anya with caution. Anya's head rolls, her eyes start to regain focus. She smiles, laughing through hoarse coughs.

ANYA
I'd forgotten how much swords through
the chest hurt.

Anya reaches out, grabs the sword by the hilt and with a slight DEMONIC CRY yanks it out.

ANYA (cont'd)
You know better than that, Buffy.
Takes a lot more to kill a Vengeance
Demon.

BUFFY
(cold)
I'm just getting started.

Anya nods. She spins the sword into ready position. Round TWO. Anya attacks. Buffy dodges. Anya wields the sword one- handed. She swings fast. Buffy barely stays ahead of her.

Anya swings, Buffy dodges. Anya backhands her, sending her flying across the room. Buffy crashes into the area with the sofa and the footstool. She stands up. Anya rushes her.

In one fluid motion, Buffy kicks the footstool out in front of her ground level and leaps off the sofa. As the footstool crashes into Anya's legs, Buffy whips around and spin-kicks her square in the jaw.

Anya flies back. Loses the sword. Buffy picks it up. Anya hits the ground, dazed. Buffy stands over her, spinning the sword up killstrike-style. A moment passes. Buffy cold, resolved. Anya dazed, wounded.

Buffy tenses, about to bring the sword down...

Xander tackles her.

The two go sprawling, Anya stands up. Furious.

ANYA
Stop trying to save me, Xander!

The words are barely out of her mouth when a bright magical BLAST blows all three of them across the room.

When the smoke clears, there stands D'Hoffryn. He regards them all with some amusement.

D'HOFFRYN
Please, don't mind me. Continue with
whatever it was you were doing.

He walks over and peers into the doorway of the Rec Room (we don't see the slaughter.) He puts his hand to his chest like a proud father.

D'HOFFRYN (cont'd)
Breathtaking.
(looks at gang)
It's like somebody slaughtered an
Abercrombie and Fitch catalogue.

We walks back to the center of the room. Buffy gets to her feet. She picks up her sword.

D'HOFFRYN (cont'd)
Easy now. I'd be gone before you
could swing.
(looks at Anya)
Isn't that just like a Slayer?
Solving all her problems by sticking
things with sharp objects.

He walks over to Anya, helps her to her feet.

D'HOFFRYN (cont'd)
(to Buffy)
I've been talking to your friend Ms.
Rosenberg. She's a firebrand. I
have high hopes for her.

Xander slowly gets to his feet.

XANDER
Stay away from Willow.

D'HOFFRYN
(to Anya)
Oh, he's gallant, isn't he? I
understand what you saw in him.

D'Hoffryn begins to pace.

D'HOFFRYN (cont'd)
Ms. Rosenberg seems to think Anyanka
would be better suited outside the
Vengeance fold. I think we already
know what Lady Hacks-away wants. And
the young man... He sees with the
eyeballs of love. But I'm not sure
if anyone's bothered to find out what
Anyanka herself really wants.

XANDER
Her name is Anya.

D'HOFFRYN
Actually, funny historical sidebar,
her orig --

ANYA
(softly)
I want to take it back.

D'HOFFRYN
I'm sorry. What was that?

She looks at him up at him. She's near tears.

ANYA
I want to take it back. I want to
undo what I did.

For a split-second, this registers on D'Hoffryn's face. And it's as though she has just broken his heart. But he quickly regains his composure.

D'HOFFRYN
Hm.
(pause)
You want to take it back. Must be
twelve bodies in there. Such a
thing -- not easily done...
(cold)
But not impossible.

Anya looks up at him.

D'HOFFRYN (cont'd)
You're a big girl, Anyanka. You
understand how this works. The
proverbial scales must balance. In
order to restore the lives of the
victims, the fates require a
sacrifice.

He levels his gaze at her.

D'HOFFRYN (cont'd)
The life, and soul, of a Vengeance
Demon.

ANYA
Do it.

Xander's eyes go wide.

XANDER
Wait --

ANYA
Stay out of this, Xander.

XANDER
Okay. Yes. That seems smart.
(beat)
He just said you have to die!
(to D'Hoffryn)
Perhaps there's some sort of
alternate price. Something that
involves grueling, hard labor. At
fair market value taking into account
your project's special needs.

ANYA
Xander -- You can't help me. I'm not
even sure... there's a "me" for you
to help.

She turns back to D'Hoffryn.

ANYA (cont'd)
I understand the price. Do it.

D'HOFFRYN
You're sure. This is your wish?

ANYA
(nodding)
This is my wish. Undo what I did.

D'HOFFRYN
Very well.

He claps his hands together. Anya braces herself. Xander tries to rush to her.

XANDER
No --

There's a bright FLASH and...

Hallie appears.

Confusion. Hallie looks around. Disoriented. But upbeat. She sees her friend and lights up.

HALLIE
Anya!

Anya suddenly realizes what's happening. Her eyes go wide.

ANYA
Hallie --

CRACK! Mystical energy EXPLODES around Hallie. She SCREAMS. Blood spurts out her mouth. Anya rushes forward, trying to get to her. Hallie IMMOLATES violently. Ash explodes over Anya, knocking her back, She cries out.

D'Hoffryn, for the first time all episode, becomes the full demon he is. He stands above Anya.

D'HOFFRYN
(hard, angry)
Who did you think you were dealing
with?! Did you think it would be
that easy to get away?!

She's in shock.

ANYA
Why...

D'HOFFRYN
(laughing)
Why? Because you wished it.

ANYA
But she was yours...

D'HOFFRYN
The way you were mine? Haven't I
taught you anything, Anya? Never go
for the kill when you can go for the
pain.

Xander tries to rush in between D'Hoffryn and Anya.

D'HOFFRYN (cont'd)
Hold him back, Slayer. Wouldn't want
anyone to get hurt.

Buffy holds Xander. D'Hoffryn turns back to Anya.

D'HOFFRYN (cont'd)
I've got plenty of girls. There will
always be Vengeance Demons. But now
you, Anya, you're out.
Congratulations. Your wish is
granted.

ANYA
You should have killed me...

D'HOFFRYN
(laughs)
Oh, I wouldn't worry about that,
"From beneath you it devours." Be
patient... all good things in time.

And with that, he TELEPORTS away. Leaving us with the aftermath. Anya, numb, gets to her feet. She tries to look around the room. She can't meet anyone's gaze. Dazed, she walks out of the room through the front door. From the other room, we hear groans of, "What happened?" from the waking boys.

Buffy and Xander share a look.

BUFFY
Go.
(points to Rec Room)
I'll go check on the... boys.

Buffy heads toward the Rec Room. Xander goes after Anya.

EXT. FRATERNITY - NIGHT

Anya hurries down the front path of the house. She's battle- scarred, bloodstained, shellshocked.

Xander follows.

XANDER
Anya -- wait.

She slows, turns, exhausted.

ANYA
Xander, please. Just go away.

XANDER
Whatever's between us, it doesn't
matter. You shouldn't be alone in
this.

Anya looks at him grateful, but resolved.

ANYA
Yes I should.

He doesn't get it.

ANYA (cont'd)
My whole life, I've just clung to...
whatever came along.

XANDER
Well, speaking as a cling-ee, kinda
didn't mind.

ANYA
Thanks. For everything.

He nods, knowing this is good-bye. They both start off in opposite directions. He is stopped by:

ANYA (cont'd)
Xander?

He turns. She's about ten paces away, looking small in the dark. Her voice is even smaller, tears welling in it:

ANYA (cont'd)
What if I'm really nobody?

He smiles at her, kindly.

XANDER
Don't be a dope.

ANYA
I'm a dope?

XANDER
Sometimes...

ANYA
Well, that's a start.

He heads off. She watches him go, then turns to go herself.

ANGLE: HER POV

The dark of campus lawns. Emphasis on 'dark,' see also 'empty.'

She looks at it a moment, her resolve wavering. Starts heading out. We steadicam before her, holding on her face as she walks further and further out into the night alone.

BLACK OUT.

END OF SHOW