Lie To Me

Written by: Joss Whedon

Teaser

EXT. PLAYGROUND - EVENING

We see a little merry-go-round turning absently in the (sorry, Gareth) foggy dark. A set of swings, also empty, also pushed slightly by the night wind.

A jungle gym sits nearby, eight year old JAMES hanging sullenly on it. He sits inside it, looking out at the park.

JAMES
Come on, Mom…

He cranes around but there is no Mom in sight.

JAMES
She's always late.

As he hangs, we see a figure moving slowly toward him from behind. DRUSILLA. Her ethereal figure moves unsteadily, a faint and senseless smile on her lips.

The boy makes her weak with hunger.

DRUSILLA
Are you lost?

The boy turns, startled but not particularly scared. He climbs out of the jungle gym, which stands between them as he replies:

JAMES
No. My Mom's supposed to pick
me up is all.

DRUSILLA
Do you want me to walk you home?

JAMES
No, thank you. I'm supposed to wait.

She reaches the gym and starts coming slowly around, running her fingers along the bars. James begins to get slightly creeped, taking a step back.

JAMES
'Cause my Mom is coming.

DRUSILLA
My mummy used to sing me to sleep
at night. "Run and catch, run and catch,
the lamp is caught in the blackberry patch".
She had the sweetest voice, like cherries.
What will your mummy sing when they
find your body?

Okay, now he's creeped. She is on the same side as him now, standing still, smiling still.

JAMES
I'm not… I'm not supposed to
talk to people.

DRUSILLA
Oh, I'm not a person, so that's just--

A dark figure APPEARS right before James. He jerks back, looking up to see the dark and glowering face of ANGEL

ANGEL
Run home.

James does.

Drusilla makes a whimpering growl. Angel turns to face her-- and her face lights up.

DRUSILLA
My Angel.

ANGEL
Hello, Drusilla.

DRUSILLA
(comes slowly to him)
Do you remember the song mummy
used to sing me? Pretty. She would
sing me to sleep, and the fairies and
sprites would bit at my heels.

ANGEL
I remember.

DRUSILLA
Yes…you do…

ANGEL
Drusilla, leave here. I'm offering you
that chance. Take Spike and get out.

DRUSILLA
Or you'll hurt me?

He looks down.

DRUSILLA
No. No, you can't. Not anymore.

ANGEL
If you don't leave… it'll go badly.
For all of us.

DRUSILLA
My dear boy's gone all away,
hasn't he? To her.

ANGEL
Who?

DRUSILLA
The girl.

ANGLE: BUFFY

The girl herself, patrolling on a nearby rooftop. She spots the two of them, looks down, uncertain.

ANGLE: HER POV

Of Angel and another woman. Too close for Buffy's comfort. The woman puts her hand on Angel's chest.

DRUSILLA
The Slayer. Your heart stinks of her.
Poor little thing. She has no idea
what's in store.

She stops -- actually sensing Buffy watching. She glances at the girl, smiling to herself.

ANGEL
This can't go on, Drusilla. It's gotta end.

DRUSILLA
Oh, no, my pet…

She leans in for what looks to Buffy like a kiss, whispers in Angel's ear:

DRUSILLA
This is just the beginning.

She drifts back, away from Angel. He watches her go.

So does Buffy.

BLACK OUT.

END OF TEASER
Act One

INT. HALL - MORNING

GILES is talking to JENNY, as they walk toward the library.

JENNY
It's a secret.

GILES
What kind of secret?

JENNY
The kind that's secret. You know,
where I don't tell you what it is.

GILES
But I just think it's customary, if two
people are going out on an evening,
for the both of them to know where
they're going.

JENNY
Oh, come on! Where's your sense
of adventure?

GILES
But, I -- how will I know what to wear?

JENNY
(re: his tweedy look)
Do you own anything else?

GILES
Not as such.

JENNY
You're just gonna have to trust me, Rupert.

GILES
All right. I put myself in your hands.

JENNY
Now that sounds like fun.

An intimate moment is interrupted by:

BUFFY
Hey guys.

She approaches them -- glum, exactly, but a tad distracted.

JENNY
I gotta take off. Tomorrow, 7:30. Right?

GILES
Yes.

She takes off. Giles turns to Buffy and they start down the hall.

GILES
Did we hunt last night?

BUFFY
Did a couple of quick sweeps, you
know, downtown.

GILES
No encounters?

BUFFY
Nothing vampiry.

GILES
Well, I've been researching our new
friend Spike. The profile is fairly
unappetizing -- but I still haven't a
bead on why he's here.

BUFFY
You'll figure it out.

GILES
Are you all right? You seem a bit glum.

BUFFY
I'm okay.

GILES
Well, why don't you take the night off?

BUFFY
That's be nice.

GILES
Yes, even I realize a young person like
yourself can't spend all her time fighting
the forces of darkness. No slaying this
evening. Perhaps you can concentrate
on your homework instead.

She peers at him

BUFFY
Do they know about "fun" in England?

GILES
Yes, but's considered very poor taste
to have any. Very well. Do whatever
it is you like. You could spend some
time with Angel.

BUFFY
I don't know. He might have other plans.

INT. CLASSROOM - DAY

CLOSE ON: A PIECE OF PAPER

Unfolded to read, in Willow's script: "Do you know who she was?"

A WIDER ANGLE reveals the girls bear the back during class. XANDER is next to CORDELIA, who sits a bit in front, actually participating. Buffy scribbles a reply, as Cordelia holds forth:

CORDELIA
I just don't see why everyone is always
ragging on Marie Antoinette. I can so
relate to her. She worked really hard to
look that good. People don't appreciate
that effort.

Buffy writes out: "No. Dark hair, old dress. Pretty." She hands the note to WILLOW.

CORDELIA
And I know, the peasants were all depressed.

XANDER
I think you mean "oppressed."

CORDELIA
Whatever. They were cranky. So they're
like, "let's lose some heads now."
Oh, that's fair. And Marie Antoinette
cared about them. She was gonna let
them have cake!

TEACHER (V.O.)
Well, that's one way to look at it…

Willow scribbles, hands back. Buffy opens to see:

"Vampire?"

Over which the BELL RINGS, signaling the end of class.

The kids rise and gather their books. Buffy turns to Willow.

INT. HALL - DAY

As they exit:

BUFFY
I don't know. I don't think so -- I mean,
they seemed pretty friendly.

XANDER
Who's friendly?

BUFFY
No one.

WILLOW
Angel and a girl.

BUFFY
Will, do we have to be in total
share mode?

XANDER
Hey, it's me. If Angel's doing something
wrong I need to know. 'Cause it gives
me a happy.

BUFFY
I'm glad someone has a happy.

XANDER
Aw, you just need cheering up. And
I know just the thing.
(a few wild moves)
Crazed dance party at the Bronze!

BUFFY
I don't know.

XANDER
(restrained moves)
Very calm dance party at the Bronze.
(no moves)
Moping at the Bronze.

FORD
I'd suggest a box of Oreos dunked in
apple juice…but maybe she's over
that phase.

He's standing behind Buffy smiling. A charming and innocuous senior, Billy Fordham, known as FORD, waits for Buffy to turn. Which she does, wonder blossoming on her face.

BUFFY
Ford?

She sees him and throws her arms around him. He gives her a big friendly hug.

BUFFY
Ford!

FORD
Hey, Summers. How you been?

BUFFY
What are you doing here?

FORD
Matriculating.

BUFFY
Huh?

FORD
I'm finishing out my senior year at
Sunnydale High. Dad got transferred.

BUFFY
That's great!

FORD
I'm glad you think so. Wasn't sure
you'd remember me.

BUFFY
Remember you? Duh, we were in school
together for seven years. You were my
giant fifth grade crush. Remember.

XANDER
So, you two know each other?

BUFFY
Oh! I'm sorry. This is Ford. Uh, Billy
Fordham. This is Xander and Willow.

XANDER
Hi.

FORD
Hey.

WILLOW
Nice to meet you.

BUFFY
Ford and I went to Hemery together, in L.A.
(to Ford)
And you're here? For real?

FORD
Dad got the transfer, boom -- just
dragged me out of Hemery and put
me down here.

BUFFY
This is great! I mean, It's hard, sudden
move, all your friends, delicate time
very emotional but let's talk about me
this is great!

WILLOW
So you guys were sweeties in fifth grade?

BUFFY
Not even. Ford wouldn't give me
the time of day.

FORD
Well, I was a manly sixth grader,
couldn't be bothered with someone
that young.

BUFFY
It was terrible. I moped over you for
months. Sitting in my room listening
to that Divinyls song, "I touch myself".
(suddenly sheepish)
Of course, I had no idea what it was about.

WILLOW
It's fun to meet someone who knew
Buffy from before she was the --
(off Buffy's glare)
-- the here-being girl.

XANDER
(less enthused)
Yeah, it's fun.

BUFFY
Hey! Are you busy tonight?

FORD
I'm hoping you'll tell me that I am.

BUFFY
We're going to the Bronze. It's the
local club and you gotta come.

FORD
I'd love to, but if you guys had plans -
would I be imposing?

XANDER
Only in the literal sense.

BUFFY
You're coming. I have spoken.

FORD
Okay, then. I gotta find the admissions
office, get my papers in order.

BUFFY
I'll walk you. See you guys in French.

FORD
Good meeting you.

They take off, Xander watching them go as Willow works something out in her head.

XANDER
"This is Ford, my bestest friend of all
my friends". Jeez. Didn't she know
any fat guys?

WILLOW
(gets it)
Oh! That's what that song's about?

INT. BRONZE - NIGHT

The usual suspects mill about, dance, talk. Cordelia is on the dance floor, rockin' out.

Buffy enters, cranes about for her peoples. She spots them on a couch. Ford is with them already, talking, making Willow laugh and Xander smile politely. Buffy crosses to them.

BUFFY
Hey, you got here.

FORD
Wasn't that hard to find.

WILLOW
Buffy, Ford was just telling us about
the ninth grade beauty contest. And the,
uh, swimsuit competition?

BUFFY
Oh, God. Ford! Stop that! The more
people you tell about it, the more
people I have to kill.

FORD
You can't touch me, Summers. I know
all your darkest secrets.

XANDER
Care to make a small wager on that?

BUFFY
I'm gonna grab a soda. Ford, try not to talk.

She crosses to the bar. As she arrives the man in front turns to go, drink in hand. It's Angel.

BUFFY
Oh!

ANGEL
Hey. I was hoping you'd show.

BUFFY
You drink? Drinks? I mean, non-blood things.

ANGEL
Yeah. I eat, too. Not for nutritional
value -- it just kind of passes the time.

BUFFY
Oh. Who knew?

ANGEL
There's a lot about me you don't know.

BUFFY
I believe that.

ANGLE: WILLOW, XANDER AND FORD

Look over at the two of them.

WILLOW
That's Angel.

XANDER
He's Buffy's beau. Her special friend.

FORD
He's not in school, right? He looks
older than her.

XANDER
You're not wrong

ANGLE: BUFFY AND ANGEL

BUFFY
So, what'd you do last night?

ANGEL
Nothing.

BUFFY
Nothing at all? You ceased to exist?

ANGEL
No, I mean I stayed in. Read.

BUFFY
Oh.

Her face hardens at the lie. She turns and joins her friends.

FORD
Didn't want that soda after all?

BUFFY
Not that thirsty.

Angel has come up behind her.

WILLOW
Hey, Angel.

FORD
Hi.

BUFFY
This is Ford. We went to school
together in L.A.

They shake hands.

ANGEL
Nice to meet you.

FORD
Whoah. Cold hands.

XANDER
You're not wrong.

ANGEL
So, you're visiting Buffy?

FORD
No, I'm actually here to stay. Just
moved down.

XANDER
Well, Sunnydale is a fun town to live
in. If you're a small patch of moss.

WILLOW
Angel, do you want to sit?

BUFFY
It's so crowded in here. I'm hot.
(to Ford)
Do you want to go for a walk?

FORD
Uh, sure. That'd be nice.

The rise. Angel steps back for them to pass.

BUFFY
I'll see you all tomorrow.

ANGEL
Good night.

FORD
Take care.

Awkward silence follows this awkward scene.

XANDER
Okay, once more, with tension.

Cordelia joins the group, eyes on the departing figures.

CORDELIA
Who's the tasty treat?

XANDER
Buffy's oldest and dearest.

ANGEL
He just moved here?

XANDER
Yeah. And boy, does he move fast.

Not what Angel wanted to hear.

WILLOW
Well, Angel, you can still hang
out with us --

But he's gone.

WILLOW
(to Xander)
See? You made him do that thing
where he's gone.

EXT. ALLEY - NIGHT

As Buffy and Ford walk, not talking just now. After a bit:

FORD
So, that was your boyfriend?

BUFFY
No. Well, yeah. Well, maybe. Let's
lay off the tough questions for a while.

FORD
Sorry. So, what else do you do for
fun around here?

As he is saying this, Buffy hears a SCUFFLE around the corner. She grabs Ford.

BUFFY
Um, Uh, my purse! I left it at the Bronze.
Would you get it for me? Thanks.

FORD
Uh, okay.

BUFFY
Good. Run. Thanks.

Confused, he starts off. Buffy runs around the corner.

ANGLE: FORD

Stops, turns back. What's going on here? He starts moving slowly toward the alley.

The SOUNDS of fighting emerge. Then a woman emerges, running away in terror. Ford keeps inching closer - as a trash can emerges on the fly. Just misses him.

He runs the corner to see:

ANGLE: BUFFY

As she stakes a vampire. He turns to dust right in front of Ford's eyes. Buffy turns, is startled.

BUFFY
Oh! You're back.

FORD
What's going on?

BUFFY
There was a cat. A cat here and then
there was, another cat. And they fought,
the cats, and then they left.

FORD
Oh. I thought you were just slaying
a vampire.

BUFFY
What? Whatting a what?

FORD
I know, Buffy. You don't have to lie.
I've been trying to figure out the right
time to tell you. I know you're the Slayer.

Off Buffy's look:

INT. WILLOW'S BEDROOM - NIGHT

She is on the phone.

WILLOW
Just like that? He told you?

INTERCUT WITH:

INT. BUFFY'S KITCHEN - CONTINUOUS -NIGHT

Buffy is on the cordless, sitting on the counter.

BUFFY
Just like that. Said he found out right
before I got booted from Hemery.

WILLOW
Wow. It's neat. Is it neat?

BUFFY
It…yeah, I guess it is . it's nice to have
someone else that I can open up to.
No more hiding.

EXT. URBAN DISTRICT - NIGHT

(Okay, it's our damn alley.) Ford walks cheerfully along. Comes to a door in what appears to be a pretty rundown building. Over the large metal door is a painted sign: no words, just a picture of a setting sun.

Ford pounds on the door. A little window in the center slides open. A GUY of about 25 -- strong, tattooed and suspicious, peers out.

The little window slides closed -- and the door opens. Ford enters:

INT. HALL - CONTINUOUS - NIGHT

A small hall, painted black and leading to another, even heavier metal door.

INT. THE SUNSET CLUB - CONTINUOUS - NIGHT

And he's in another world. The Sunset Club is dark, fairly Goth and very lively. It's like a giant underground bunker done up for permanent Halloween. The door opens onto a balcony that rings the top of the large space. There is a bridge of metal grill work that spans the space up here as well, and steps leading down into the main floor, which divides into various lung spaces, dance areas, and small private rooms.

There's maybe thirty people here, all corsets and velvet and black lipstick.

The MUSIC is loud and pulsing. Lights flicker and swirl across Ford's face as he looks about him.

ANGLE: WELDER GUY.

He's got black hair, black lips, and dark goggles on as he works on the metal door hinge, crouching in a shower of sparks.

Ford nods at him (we cannot tell exactly what the man is doing), then starts down the stairs. As he reaches the bottom he is accosted by DIEGO, a true vampire wannabe. His ruffled shirt and velvet cape only accentuate his nerdliness. If this group has a leader, Diego is it.

DIEGO
Ford. Ford!

FORD
Hey.

As always, Ford is fairly dismissive of Diego.

DIEGO
Well? How did it go?

FORD
Went good.

DIEGO
Good? That's it ? Well, when --

FORD
Soon.

DIEGO
You know, you could give me a little
more information here. I'm trusting you,
I'm out on a limb here -- not to mention
the lease is almost up on this place and
who's gonna cover that, my dad's not
sending me another dime --

FORD
Marvin --

DIEGO
Diego. Come on, it's Diego now.

FORD
Diego. Ritalin. Everything's gonna be fine.

A slinky goth girl, CHANTARELLE (formerly Joan), glides up to the boys with a couple of goblets. Ford takes one. He pops open a prescription bottle and washes down a pill, then continues:

FORD (cont'd)
Just make sure you're ready when I say.
True believers only.

CHANTARELLE
I can't wait.

Ford's attention is caught by the movie playing against a nearby wall. It's on a big monitor -- and on another behind Ford. Ford seems mesmerized as he sips from the goblet.

DIEGO
Well, I still think I should be in on the plan.

FORD
(eyes on the movie)
Diego, you gotta trust me. A couple more
days and we'll get to do the two things
every American teen should have the
chance to do. Die young…

He turns to Diego and Chantarelle, smiling.

FORD
…and stay pretty.

He turns back to the movie. Watches, mouthing every line as it's spoken. We see him and the second vid screen behind him, as both he and Jack Palance intone:

FORD\JACK PALANCE
So, you play your wits against mine.
Me, who commanded armies hundreds
of years before you were born. Fools!
There is no way in this life to stop me…

BLACK OUT.

END OF ACT ONE
Act Two

INT. WILLOW'S BEDROOM - NIGHT

Willow comes out of the bathroom, brushing her hair out. She passes the French doors -- and starts, as she sees Angel standing behind them.

WILLOW
Oh! Angel.

She looks over at her door, slightly open -- no parent noises -- then opens the French doors.

WILLOW
What are you doing here?

ANGEL
I wanted to talk to you.

WILLOW
Well, oh.

She pulls the door all the way open, waits for him to step in.

WILLOW
Well?

ANGEL
I can't… unless you invite me.
I can't come in.

WILLOW
Oh! Okay. Uh, I invite you. To come in.

He does. Willow goes over to her bed. She spots her bra lying on it. In a panic, she stuffs it under her pillow. Turns to him.

ANGEL
If this is a bad time…

WILLOW
No, I just… I'm not supposed to have
boys in my room.

And she clearly hasn't, by her nervous demeanor.

ANGEL
Well, I promise to behave myself.

WILLOW
Okay, good.

ANGEL
I guess I need help. And you're the
first person I thought of.

WILLOW
Help? You mean like on homework?
No, 'cause you're old and you already
know stuff.

ANGEL
I want you to track someone down.
On the net.

WILLOW
Oh! Great. I'm so the net girl.

She crosses to her desk, boots up.

ANGEL
I just want to find everything I can.
Records, affiliates -- I'm not even
sure what I'm looking for yet.

WILLOW
What's the name?

ANGEL
Billy Fordham.

She stops. Then, typing, says:

WILLOW
Um, Angel, if I say something you
don't really wanna hear, do you
promise not to bite me?

ANGEL
Are you gonna tell me that I'm jealous?

WILLOW
Well, you do sometimes get that way.

ANGEL
You know, I never used to.

He sits on the bed behind her.

ANGEL
Things used to be pretty simple. A
hundred years just hanging out, feeling
guilty. I really honed my brooding skills.
Then she comes along… Yeah, I get
jealous. But I know people and my
gut tells me this is a wrong guy.

WILLOW
Okay, well, you've got a smart gut I
guess. But if there isn't anything weird -
hey, that's weird.

He rises, comes behind her.

ANGEL
What?

WILLOW
I just checked the school records. He's
not in them. Usually they transfer your
grades and stuff, but… he's not even
registered.

She starts typing fast.

ANGEL
He said he was in school with you
guys, right?

WILLOW
Okay, there's no Fordham listed in
Sunnydale. Curiouser and Curiouser.
Let me see if I can --

WILLOW'S MOM (O.S.)
Willow? Are you still up?

WILLOW
Ack! Go!

He glides to the French doors, Willow up to close them.

WILLOW
(calls out:)
I'm just going to bed now, Mom.
I'm very sleepy.
(to Angel)
Come by at sunset tomorrow. I'll
keep looking.

ANGEL
Don't tell Buffy what we're doing, all right?

WILLOW
You want me to lie to her? It's Buffy.
Besides, I don't lie good. I lie bad.

ANGEL
Just don't bring it up 'til we know
what's what.

WILLOW
Okay. It's probably nothing.

ANGEL
That'd be nice.

EXT. SCHOOL - FOUNTAIN QUAD - DAY

Buffy and Ford are sitting and talking.

BUFFY
And then everything was Vampires. I
slacked utterly in school -- and my social
life pretty much dried up and blew away.

FORD
You made quite a hit at the prom.

BUFFY
Oh, God, the prom. What a disaster.

FORD
Wasn't dull, though. Watching the gym
go up in flames… it was like a movie.
Life isn't nearly enough like a movie,
don't you think?

BUFFY
I think that was the worst night of my life.

FORD
You saved a lot of people's lives. I
know it - I bet there's others who do too.

BUFFY
It's good to hear. And it's good to be
able to talk to someone who knows.
Who knew me before, and… well. During.

FORD
You know, one minute you're a kid,
living in your safe kid world, and then -
truth hits you in the face. Vampires.
I'll never forget that night

BELL RINGS. They get up and head inside.

OMITTED

BUFFY
Most everybody else did.

FORD
What's with that? Nobody would say a word.

BUFFY
People ignore truths they don't like.

Cordelia comes up to them, all smiles.

CORDELIA
Buffy, you haven't introduced me to
your new friend.

BUFFY
Yeah, isn't that weird?

She blows by her, Ford in tow.

FORD
Who was that?

BUFFY
A truth I like to ignore.

INT. SCHOOL LOUNGE - DAY

Buffy and Ford enter, pass Willow.

BUFFY
Will! What's up?

WILLOW
Nothing.

She's a little jumpy, afraid of being found out.

BUFFY
You wanna hang? We were cafeteria bound.

WILLOW
I'm going to work in the computer lab.
On school work that I have. So I could
not hang just now. Hi Ford.

FORD
Morning.

BUFFY
Okay, Will. Fess up.

WILLOW
(scared)
What?

BUFFY
Were you drinking coffee again?
'Cause we've talked about this.

WILLOW
Ha ha ha ha!
(to Ford)
It makes me jumpy.
(to both)
I have to go. Away.

She does.

FORD
Nice girl.

BUFFY
There aren't two of those in the world.

Giles approaches.

GILES
Buffy. Ms. Calendar and I are going…
somewhere … tonight. She's given me
her beeper number in case you need me
for any…
(glances at Ford)
…study help. Suddenly.

BUFFY
He knows, Giles.

GILES
What?

BUFFY
Ford. He knows I'm the Slayer.

FORD
I know.

GILES
Oh. Very good then.
(pulls Buffy aside)
Buffy, you aren't by any chance giving
away your secret identity just to impress
cute boys, are you?

She smiles.

BUFFY
I didn't tell him. He knew.

GILES
All right. Well, remember, if you need me --

BUFFY
Go. Experience this thing called fun.
I'll try not to have a crisis.

EXT. FRONT OF SCHOOL - NIGHT

Buffy and Ford have been walking together for a while.

BUFFY
And on your right, once again -- the
beautiful campus. You've seen pretty
much everything there is to see in Sunnydale.

FORD
Well, it's really…

BUFFY
Feel free to say 'dull'.

FORD
Okay. Dull works.

Buffy spots something out of the corner of her eye:

ANGLE: TWO VAMPS

are sneaking towards the administration building.

Ford follows Buffy's gaze and sees them.

FORD
Or maybe not so dull… Is that more vampires?

BUFFY
Must be the weather.

She pulls a stake and a cross out of her pocket, hands Ford the cross. He produces a rather hastily carved stake of his own from his pocket.

BUFFY
Stick close to me.

She sneaks toward the building, up the stairs, toward the corner. Looks around. There are no vampires to be seen.

FORD
Maybe they were just passing through.

BUFFY
I don't think so.

The smaller vampire, JULIA, JUMPS Buffy from the bushes. Buffy easily throws her, but the second much bigger vampire, LEAPS OUT and takes Buffy over the balcony.

ANGLE: JULIA

Lays on the ground catching her breath, when Ford JUMPS on her. He holds the stake to her chest, the cross to her face.

FORD
You've got one chance to live. Tell
me what I want to know, and I let you go.

ANGLE: BUFFY

As she takes out the bigger vamp. Having done so, she crests the stairs to find Ford, all alone. He is breathing hard, winded.

BUFFY
Where's the other one?

FORD
I killed her.
(he coughs)
I killed her and she just turned to dust.
It was amazing.

Off his gleeful smile we cut to:

EXT. URBAN DISTRICT - NIGHT

Willow, Angel and Xander head for the sunset Club.

WILLOW
The only thing I could track down
were some E-mails to a guy called Diego.
And this address. The sunset Club.
I still didn't find anything incriminating.

ANGEL
He leaves no paper trail, no record.
That's incriminating enough.

XANDER
I'm gonna have to go with Dead Boy
on this one.

ANGEL
Could you not call me that?

Angel knocks on the door. The little window slides open.

ANGEL
We're friends of Ford's. He said we
should come by.

A beat, then the window slides shut. The door opens.

INT. THE HALL - CONTINUED - NIGHT

The three file in, head for the big iron door. Door Guy watches them suspiciously.

They enter:

INT. SUNSET CLUB - NIGHT

same crowd, same beat. Xander, Willow and Angel stand at the entrance, taking it in.

WILLOW
Boy, we blend right in.

XANDER
In no way do we stick out like a
sore thumb.

ANGEL
Let's look around. You guys check
out downstairs.

XANDER
Sure thing, Bossy the cow.

He and Willow start down the stairs as Angel makes his way around the balcony.

WILLOW
Okay, but do they really stick out?

XANDER
What?

WILLOW
Sore thumbs. Do they stick out? I mean,
have you ever seen a thumb and gone
"wow, that baby is sore".

XANDER
You have too many thoughts.

ANGLE: ANGEL

makes his way around upstairs, looking about with increasing suspicion.

ANGLE: XANDER AND WILLOW

Cruise about the downstairs.

XANDER
Okay, are we noticing a theme here?

WILLOW
Like, as in, "Vampires Yay"?

XANDER
That's the one.

Chanterelle approaches them.

CHANTARELLE
You guys are newbies, I can tell.

WILLOW
Oh, no. we come here all the time.

XANDER
My corset's just at the cleaners.

CHANTARELLE
Don't be ashamed. It's cool that you're
open to it. We welcome anyone who's
interested in the Lonely Ones.

WILLOW
The Lonely Ones?

ANGEL
Vampires.

He's come up to them, not looking particularly amused.

XANDER
Oh. We usually call them the nasty
pointy bitey ones.

CHANTARELLE
So many people have that misconception.
But they who walk with the night are not
interested in harming anyone. They're
separate from humanity, and must carry
the burden of immortality. They are
creatures above us. Exalted.

ANGEL
You're a fool.

Even his companions are thrown by the harshness of his tone.

CHANTARELLE
You don't have to be so confrontational
about it. Other viewpoints than yours
may be valid, you know.

Chantarelle wanders off, hurt.

WILLOW
Nice meeting you…

XANDER
(to Angel)
Boy, you're really a people person.

WILLOW
Nobody's gonna talk to us now.

ANGEL
I've seen enough. And I've seen this type
before. They're children, making up bedtime
stories about friendly vampires to comfort
themselves in the dark.

WILLOW
Is that so bad? I mean the dark can get
pretty dark, sometimes you need a story.

ANGEL
These people don't know anything about
vampires. What they are, how they live,
how they dress…

The same moment he says that a club member walks by in THE EXACT SAME OUTFIT that Angel is wearing. Angel looks sheepish for a moment as Xander and Willow eye him sardonically.

XANDER
You know, I love a good diatribe, but
I'm still curious why Ford, the bestest
friend of the Slayer, is hanging with a
bunch of vampire wannabe's.

WILLOW
Something's up with him.
(to Angel)
You were right about that.

INT. LIBRARY - NIGHT

Giles and Jenny enter with Buffy.

BUFFY
Sorry to beep you guys in the middle
of stuff, but this did seem a bit weird.

GILES
No, you did the right thing.

JENNY
(to Giles)
You hated it that much?

GILES
No! But -- vampires on campus -- there
could be implications… very grave…

JENNY
Why didn't you say something?

GILES
No, honestly, I've always been interested
in… monster trucks. I swear.

BUFFY
You took him to monster trucks?

JENNY
I thought it would be a change.

GILES
It was a change.

JENNY
We could have just left.

GILES
And miss the nitro burning funny cars?
Couldn't have that. Best part.

BUFFY
Okay, can we get back on the vampire
tip? These guys were here with a purpose.

GILES
And we have to figure out what that
purpose is.

JENNY
Where's your friend?

BUFFY
I sent him home.

GILES
Good. The less he's mixed up in this,
the safer he'll be.

BUFFY
Well, he did bag a vamp his first time
out. You gotta give him credit for… that…

Something on the table catches her eye.

JENNY
Something wrong?

BUFFY
Who is this?

She picks up an old DAUGUERREOTYPE portrait which has been stuck between the pages of a book.

GILES
She's called Drusilla. A sometime
paramour of Spike's.

BUFFY
Not sometime. Nowtime.

GILES
She was reported killed by an angry
mob in Prague.

BUFFY
Well, they don't make angry mobs
like they used to cuz this girl's alive.
I saw her with Angel.

GILES
With Angel?

JENNY
Isn't he supposed to be a good guy?

BUFFY
(quietly, as the implication sinks in)
Yes. He is.

JENNY
I think maybe we need to read up
on this nice lady.

Giles crosses to his office.

GILES
Some of my newer volumes might be
helpful. My own research has --

Vampire Julia JUMPS at him as he nears the door. She has an old book in her hands. She grabs him and hurls him into Buffy, knocking her down. She races to the back, leaping first on the table and then to the balcony, disappearing into the stacks. Buffy stares after her as Giles gets up.

JENNY
You guys okay?

GILES
A book. It took one of my books.

JENNY
Well at least someone in this school
is reading…

BUFFY
He said he killed it.
(turns to them)
That's the vampire Ford said he killed.

GILES
He lied?

A beat, as it sinks in.

BUFFY
Why?

INT. THE FACTORY - NIGHT

Drusilla is talking softly to something. We pull back to reveal a birdcage…

DRUSILLA
You sing the sweetest little song.
Won't you sing for me? Don't you love
me anymore?

…and an entirely dead bird lying on the bottom.

SPIKE comes up behind her.

SPIKE
Darling, I heard a funny thing just now.
Lucius told me you went out for a hunt
the other night.

DRUSILLA
(focussed on the bird)
My tummy was growly. And you were out.
(to the bird)
Come on. I will put if you don't sing…

SPIKE
You, uh, run into anyone? Anyone
interesting?
(she doesn't answer)
Like Angel?

DRUSILLA
Angel.

SPIKE
Yeah. What might you guys have to
talk about then? Old times? Childhood
pranks? It's a little off, you two so friendly,
him being the enemy and all that.

DRUSILLA
(to the bird)
I'll give you a seed if you sing…

SPIKE
(losing patience)
The bird's dead, Dru. You left it in the
cage and you didn't feed it and now it's
all dead. Just like the last one.

She makes that noise she makes when she's unhappy and may cry. He softens instantly, wrapping his arms around her.

SPIKE
I'm sorry, baby. I'm a bad, rude man, I
just don't like you going out. You are
weak. Would you like a new bird?
One that's not dead?

FORD
This is so cool!

Spike spins, murder on his (NOW VAMPIRE) face. Other vampires gather, menacing.

FORD
I would totally live here.
(points to the rolly ramp)
Do you ever slide down that thing?
I bet you do.

SPIKE
Do I have anyone on watch here? It's
called security, people. Are you all asleep?

He crosses to Ford, a smile working across his lips.

SPIKE
Or did we finally find a restaurant
that delivers.

Ford, for all his bravado, is clearly nervous -- and clearly high on that adrenaline.

FORD
I know who you are.

SPIKE
Yeah, I know who I am, too. So what?

FORD
I came looking for you. Spike. You are
Spike, right? William the Bloody?

SPIKE
You've got a real death wish. It's
almost interesting.

Vampire Julia enters with the book. Spike sees, signals for her to come over. He takes the book, leafs through it.

SPIKE
This is great. This will be very useful.
(not looking up)
So, how'd you find me?

Julia looks at Ford in fear. She's dead if he gives it away.

FORD
That doesn't matter. I've got something
to offer you.

Spike looks up, lays the book on a table.

FORD
I'm pretty sure this is the part where
you take out a watch and say I've got
thirty seconds to convince you not to
kill me . it's traditional.

SPIKE
Well, I don't much go for tradition.

He grabs Ford and moves to bite -- Ford's eyes widen with fear -- but a hand on Spike's shoulder stops him. It's Dru.

DRUSILLA
Wait, sweetie.

He stops, stares at Ford. Lets go.

SPIKE
Well?

FORD
Come one. Say it. It's no fun if you
don't say it.

SPIKE
What? Oh.
(rolls his eyes, then very flatly)
You've got thirty seconds to convince
me not to kill you.

FORD
Yes! This is the best. I wanna be like
you. A vampire.

SPIKE
I've known you for two minutes and I
can't stand you. I don't really feature
you living forever.
(to Dru)
Can I eat him now, love?

FORD
Well, feature this. I'm offering a trade.
You make me a vampire. And I give
you the Slayer.

He has their attention.

BLACK OUT.

END OF ACT TWO.
Act Three

INT BUFFY'S KITCHEN - NIGHT

Buffy is making a mug of cocoa in the kitchen when Angel appears at the door.

ANGEL
Buffy. May I come in?

BUFFY
Sure. I thought once you'd been invited
you could always just walk in.

ANGEL
I can. I was being polite.

BUFFY
Oh.

ANGEL
We need to talk.

BUFFY
Do we?

ANGEL
It's about your friend Ford. He's not
what he seems.

BUFFY
Well, who is these days?

ANGEL
Willow ran him down on the computer.

BUFFY
Willow?

She turns and crosses into:

INT. DINING ROOM - CONTINUOUS - NIGHT

Where her homework is laid out. She puts the cocoa down as Angel follows her in.

ANGEL
We found this address. We checked it
out with Xander and it turned out to --

BUFFY
And Xander? Wow, everybody's in.
It's a great big exciting conspiracy.

ANGEL
What are you talking about?

BUFFY
I'm talking about the people I trust.
Who's Drusilla?

Angel's face falls.

BUFFY
And don't lie to me. I'm tired of it.

ANGEL
Some lies are necessary.

BUFFY
For what?

ANGEL
Sometimes the truth is worse. You live
long enough, you find that out.

BUFFY
I can take it. I can take the truth.

ANGEL
Do you love me?

BUFFY
What?

ANGEL
Do you?

BUFFY
I love you. I don't know if I trust you.

ANGEL
Maybe you shouldn't do either.

BUFFY
Maybe I'm the one should decide.

He waits a beat. Then:

ANGEL
I did a lot of unconscionable things when
I became a Vampire. Drusilla was the
worst. She was… an obsession of mine.
She was pure, and sweet and chaste.

BUFFY
You made her a vampire.

ANGEL
First I made her insane. Killed everyone
she loved, visited every mental torture
on her I could devise. She eventually
fled to a convent and the day she took
her holy orders I turned her into a demon.

For a moment Buffy can't say a thing. Can't even look at him.

BUFFY
Well, I asked for the truth…

ANGEL
Ford's part of some society that reveres
vampires. Practically worships them.
I don't know what he wants from you.
But you can't trust him.

Off her stare we cut to:

EXT. SCHOOL - FOUNTAIN QUAD - DAY

Buffy walks along, alone with her thoughts, till she sees Ford coming. She steels herself.

FORD
Buffy!

BUFFY
Ford.

She tries to smile. His own smile seems suddenly predatory, cold. The CAMERA circles them as they talk.

FORD
I had a great time last night. Well,
an interesting time.

BUFFY
I'm glad.

FORD
I'm probably presumptuous here but
do you want to go out again tonight?

BUFFY
I'm not busy.

FORD
I sort of had an idea. It's a secret -
I kind of want to surprise you.

BUFFY
I like surprises.

FORD
Cool. You know that place you were
telling me about, the burger joint that
got condemned? Can you meet me there?

BUFFY
Sure.

FORD
At nine?

BUFFY
At nine.

FORD
It's gonna be fun.

He takes off. Buffy watches him.

INT. SCHOOL LOUNGE - DAY

Cordelia sits with Xander and Willow, pressing them.

CORDELIA
Come on, can't you tell me anything
about him?

WILLOW
Why are you so interested in Ford?

CORDELIA
In case you haven't noticed there is a
devastating cute guy shortage right now.
The government is calling for rationing
so why does Buffy get to hoard them all?
She has Angel. So come on, what's Ford
interested in?

XANDER
Vampires.

CORDELIA
(deflated)
oh great. That's Buffy's best subject.
You sure he doesn't like clothes?

Buffy enters. Her friends accost her.

WILLOW
Hey Buffy. Did, uh, Angel -

BUFFY
He told me. Everything.

Her voice is pretty cold. Willow looks done.

WILLOW
I'm sorry we kept stuff from you.

BUFFY
(almost means it)
It's okay.

WILLOW
When Angel came to my room he was
just really concerned for you. And we
didn't want to say anything in case
we were wrong.

Buffy softens - puts her hand on Willow's arm.

XANDER
Did you find out what Ford is up to?

BUFFY
I will.

She takes off. They watch her go. After a beat:

XANDER
Angel was in your bedroom?

WILLOW
(nods)
Ours is a forbidden love.

INT. THE SUNSET CLUB - AFTERNOON

There are only twelve or so people here now -- the True Believers. Ford enters, goes down to Chantarelle.

FORD
Chantarelle. Is everything ready?

DIEGO
(approaching)
Of course it's ready, I took care of it.
I always take care of it.

CHANTARELLE
Is it time? Tonight?

FORD
Are you nervous?

CHANTARELLE
Yes. No. I'm ready for the change.
Do you really think they'll bless us?

FORD
I know they will. Everything's falling
into place.

DIEGO
What about your friends? Are they
coming? I don't think it's fair -- they're
not true believers.

FORD
What are you talking about?

DIEGO
Your friends. They came last night.
Two guys and a girl.

CHANTARELLE
One was mean.

DIEGO
That's not the point. They weren't even
dressed right. Plus they didn't know the
password so officially they really shouldn't
have been here.

FORD
Oh, Christ. Why didn't you tell me about this?

DIEGO
I have to do everything, okay Mister
flawless plan guy? So maybe it slipped
my mind.

CHANTARELLE
(worried)
It's gonna be all right, isn't it? They're
not gonna let us down?

FORD
It's gonna be fine.

CHANTARELLE
I need them to bless me.

FORD
It's gonna be fine.

BUFFY
It's really not.

They turn to see her coming down the steps. Door guy is a few steps above her, nursing a broken nose. Ford's face hardens upon seeing her. He glances at Diego.

FORD
It's kind of drafty in here.

Diego sidles off as Buffy approaches.

BUFFY
I'm sorry Ford, I just couldn't wait till
tonight. I'm rash and impulsive -- it's a flaw.

FORD
We all have flaws.

BUFFY
So I'm constantly learning. I'm still fuzzy
on exactly what yours is. I think it has
to do with being a lying scumbag.

FORD
Everybody lies.

BUFFY
But not everybody is a lying scumbag.
There's a difference.

FORD
Yeah, I guess there is.

BUFFY
What do you want, Ford? What's
this all about?

FORD
I really don't think you'd understand.

BUFFY
I don't need to understand. I just need
to know.

FORD
I'm gonna be one of them.

BUFFY
One of them. You want to become
a vampire.

FORD
I'm going to.

BUFFY
Vampires are kind of picky about
who they change.
(realizes)
So you were gonna offer them a trade.

FORD
I don't think I want to talk anymore

She slams him up against the wall, hand to his throat.

BUFFY
Well, I still feel kind of chatty. You were
gonna give them me. Tonight.

FORD
Yes.

BUFFY
What, lure me into the old building,
leave me there for them?

FORD
Something like that.

BUFFY
You had to know I'd figure it out, Ford.

FORD
(smiles)
Actually, I was counting on it.

She steps back, wary. Her mind working.

BUFFY
What's supposed to happen tonight?

FORD
This is so cool! This is just like it played
in my head. The part where you ask me
what's supposed to happen. It's already
happening.

She looks around. Dark spaces, weird people looking at her. Sussing the nature of the trap, she steps back. She looks up:

ANGLE: THE DOOR

Diego swings it shut. We hear large locks THUD into place. The handle on his side has been removed. A thick panel welded shut over it.

Buffy races up the stairs. Pulls at the door. Nothing. She turns back to Ford. He's halfway up, others grouped behind.

FORD
Rigged it up special. Once it's closed,
it can only be opened from the outside.
As soon as the sun sets, they'll be coming.

BUFFY
Ford, if these people are still around
when they get here --

DIEGO
We'll be changed. All of us.

CHANTARELLE
We're going to ascend to a new level
of consciousness. Become like them,
like the Lonely Ones.

FORD
This is the end, Buffy.

He smiles at her, amidst his flock.

FORD
No one gets out of here alive.

BLACK OUT.

END OF ACT THREE
Act Four

INT. THE SUNSET CLUB - SECONDS LATER- AFTERNOON

Buffy races down the stairs, looks around for an alternate exit. Ford is on her heels.

BUFFY
There's gotta be a way out of here.

FORD
This is a bomb shelter, Buffy. I knew
I wasn't gonna be able to overpower you.
But this is three feet of solid concrete.
Trust me when I say we're here for
the long haul.

BUFFY
At least let these people out of here.

DIEGO
No way! No fair! We're a part of this,
you promised.

FORD
It doesn't matter. There's no key, there's
no exit… let's all just sit back and relax.

Buffy slaps him in the face.

FORD
You have an interesting way of relaxing.

BUFFY
Do you have any idea what you've done?

FORD
I do what I have to.

BUFFY
What you have to?

CHANTARELLE
Why are you fighting it? It's what
we want.

DIEGO
It's our chance for immortality.

CHANTARELLE
This is a beautiful day! Can't you
see that?

BUFFY
What I can see is that right after the sun
goes down Spike and his friends are
gonna be pigging out at the all-you-can-eat
moron bar!

DIEGO
That's it. I think we should gag her.

BUFFY
(gives him the look)
I think you should try.

DIEGO
She's an unbeliever. She taints us.

BUFFY
I'm trying to save you! You're playing
in some serious traffic here, do you
understand that? You're gonna DIE.
The only hope you have of surviving
is to get out of this pit right now and
my God could you HAVE a dorkier outfit?

FORD
Gotta back her up, D. You look like
a big ninny.

A little ALARM goes off. Ford digs into his pocket, pulls out a pager. Smiles.

FORD
6:27. Sunset.

INT. THE FACTORY - 6:27 (NIGHT)

Spike sits at the head of the table, feet up. He holds an antiques pocket watch, the face dangling in front of his. Reads it. Closes it.

SPIKE
So. Who's hungry?

INT. SAME - SECONDS LATER - NIGHT

Its' a sudden flurry of activity, as Vampires come downstairs and out from the shadows, ready for the hunt. (There are three besides Spike, Dru and Julia). They all head to the door at which Drusilla waits.

SPIKE
When we get there, everybody spread out.
Two men on the door. First priority is the
Slayer, everything else is fair game but
let's remember to share, people.

He comes abreast of Dru.

SPIKE
Sure you're up for this?

DRUSILLA
I want a treat. I need a treat.

SPIKE
And a special one you'll have. Lucius!

Spike holds up a set of keys, tosses them to a vampire.

SPIKE
Bring the car 'round.

INT. THE SUNSET CLUB - NIGHT

Buffy is still intent on finding a way out. She ascends to the metal bridge, eyes on the bricked-up windows. Ford follows.

FORD
Man, you never give up, do you?

BUFFY
No, I don't.

FORD
That's a good quality in a person. Too
many people, they just lay back and
take it. But us --

BUFFY
Us? We have something in common now?

FORD
More than you think.

BUFFY
Let me explain this to you. You're what
we call the bad guy.

FORD
I guess I am. Cool.

BUFFY
These people aren't gonna get changed,
are they? You, maybe, in exchange for
me, but the rest of them -- they're just fodder.

FORD
Technically, yes. But I'm in. I will
become immortal.

BUFFY
I got a newsflash, braintrust. That's not
how it works. You die. And a demon
sets up shop in your old house. It walks
and talks and remembers your life but
it's not you.

FORD
It's better than nothing.

BUFFY
Your life is nothing?

He laughs a bit, bitterly.

BUFFY
Ford, these people don't deserve to die.

FORD
Neither do I! But apparently nobody
took that into consideration, 'cause I'm
still dying.

This stops her.

FORD
I look good, don't I? Let me tell you
something. I got maybe six months left
and by then what they bury won't even
look like me. It'll be bald and shriveled
and it'll smell bad. Not human. I'm not
going out that way.

Off her reaction.

FORD
I'm sorry, Summers, did I screw up your
righteous anger riff? Does the nest of tumors
liquefying my brain kind of spoil the fun?

BUFFY
I'm sorry. I had no idea… But this is
still very wrong.

FORD
Okay, well, you try vomiting for twenty
four hours straight because the pain your
head is so intense and then we'll discuss
the concept of right and wrong.
(indicating the others)
These people are sheep. They want to
be vampires 'cause they're lonely, or
miserable, or bored. I don't have a choice.

BUFFY
You have a choice. You don't have a
good choice: what's behind door number
three is pretty much a dead fish but you
have a choice. You're opting for mass
murder here and nothing you say to
me is gonna make that okay.

FORD
You think I need to justify myself to you?

BUFFY
I think this is part of your little fantasy
drama. Isn't this just how you imagined it?
You tell me how you've suffered and
I feel sorry for you. Well I do feel
sorry for you and if those vampires
come in here and start feeding I'll kill
you myself.

For a moment, Ford betrays an entirely genuine affection. He almost smiles, and quietly says:

FORD
You know what, Summers? I really
did miss you.

There is a NOISE behind the iron door. Of people approaching.

BUFFY
Ford, please. Help me stop this.

He just stares at her.

She heads around the balcony and down the stairs. A few have gathered on them, the others clustered behind.

BUFFY
Listen to me. This is not the mothership,
okay? This is ugly death come to play.
If we can barricade the door maybe we
can hold them off and try to find another --

WHAM! Ford slams her in the back of the head with a crowbar. Whatever emotion he was battling has left the building. His face is cold.

Buffy drops to her knees as people scatter. She rises, turns -- Ford hits her again and she goes over a couch.

ANGLE: CHANTARELLE

Looks at Ford in fear and confusion. She starts up the stairs for the door.

ANGLE: THE DOOR -

Swings open. Spike and his cronies step in. He comes face to face with Chantarelle.

He's not quite what she expected.

He grabs her, snarls, bares his fangs. She goes white with terror.

SPIKE
(to his men)
Take them all. Save the Slayer for me!

His men charge down the steps and wade into the now panicking throng. Spike buries his fangs in Chantarelle's neck.

As Ford comes around the couch for a third hit. She grabs the bar, wrenches it free and slams Ford head first into a pillar. He drops like a sack of unconscious person.

Buffy looks at the scene: Vamps chase or wrestle with various True Believers. Buffy looks up to see:

ANGLE: DRUSILLA

Who has wandered in last, and stands on the balcony a ways away from the busily feeding Spike.

Without hesitation Buffy runs - jumps onto the banister, thence to the balcony with impossible (and wire-gag-free) strength. She lands by Drusilla and grabs her, whips out a stake and palaces it at Dru's heart.

BUFFY
Spike!

He stops. Fear blossoms on his face and he lets go of Chantarelle, who can barely stand.

SPIKE
Everybody STOP!

Everybody does.

BUFFY
Good idea. Now they all walk out or
your girlfriend fits in an ashtray.

DRUSILLA
Spike…

SPIKE
It's gonna be all right, baby.
(To his men)
Let them go.

The True Believers waste no time in going, Diego pushing his way to the front. The last of them stops to help Chantarelle out.

Buffy starts pushing Dru toward the door.

BUFFY
(to Spike)
Down the stairs. Do it now.

He doesn't.

BUFFY
You think I'm joking? You think I'm
feeling jolly right now?

He does.

Buffy reaches the door. A moment. Then she hurls Drusilla down at Spike. Spike catches Dru as a couple of vampires rush Buffy. She grabs the door and steps out, slamming it shut behind her.

Spike races up to the door with his men, looks at it. Pauses.

SPIKE
Uh, where's the doorknob?

EXT. STREET - CONTINUOUS - NIGHT

Buffy steps out to find Xander, Angel and Willow there. Angel is heading inside as Xander and Willow tend the wounded. Angel stops upon seeing Buffy.

BUFFY
You guys got here just in time… to be late.

ANGEL
Why didn't you tell us you were
coming here?

She just looks at him.

WILLOW
Are there vampires --

BUFFY
They're contained. They'll get out eventually,
though. We should clear out. We can
come back when they're gone.

XANDER
Come back for what?

Buffy turns to look inside.

BUFFY
For the body.

INT. THE SUNSET CLUB - NIGHT

As Ford stands groggily up, looks around him.

FORD
What happened?

Spike turns, looking bloody-minded.

SPIKE
We're stuck in the basement.

FORD
Buffy?

SPIKE
She's not stuck in the basement.

FORD
Hey, well, I delivered. I handed her
to you.

SPIKE
Yes, I suppose you did.

FORD
So what about my reward?

Spike stares at him.

INT. THE SUNSET CLUB - AFTERNOON

We can actually see light streaming in through the door -- which is ripped mostly off its hinges. Buffy enters, walks slowly down the stairs.

The body is on the floor. She stands over it.

EXT. GRAVEYARD - SUNSET

The last rays of the sun are glancing off the trees as Buffy stands at Ford's grave, Giles beside her.

BUFFY
I don't know what I'm supposed to say.

GILES
You don't need to say anything.

BUFFY
It'd be simpler if I could just hate him.
I think he wanted me to. I think it made
it easier for him. Be the bad guy. The
villain of the piece. But really, he
was scared.

GILES
I suppose he was.

BUFFY
You known it's just, like, nothing's simple.
I'm always trying to work it out. Who to
hate, or love … who to trust… it's like
the more I know, the more confused I get.

GILES
I believe that's called growing up.

BUFFY
(little voice)
I'd like to stop, then. Okay?

GILES
I know the feeling.

BUFFY
Well, does it ever get easy?

Ford BURSTS from the grave, a snarling VAMPIRE, and lunges at Buffy -- who plants a stake firmly in his chest. She doesn't even look as he explodes into dust.

GILES
You mean life?

BUFFY
Yeah. Does it get easy?

GILES
What do you want me to say.

She thinks about it a moment.

BUFFY
Lie to me.

GILES
Yes. It's terribly simple.

As they start out of the graveyard:

GILES
The good-guys are stalwart and true.
The bad-guys are easily distinguished
by their pointy horns or black hats and
we always defeat them and save the day.
Nobody ever dies…and everybody lives
happily ever after.

BLACK OUT.

BUFFY (O.S.)
(with weary affection)
Liar.

END OF SHOW