Graduation Day Part Two

April Fools Day, 1999 (White)

Written by: Joss Whedon

Teaser

EXT. ROOFTOP - NIGHT

Buffy is still at the ledge, the truck with Faith's body long gone. Buffy stands, wearily. She looks at the knife in her hand. Letting it drop, she buries her face in her hands. Thinks.

A moment, then she climbs down a ladder over the side of the building. As she disappears, the camera arms away toward the window she and Faith crashed through. Looks up to the window as the Mayor arrives, looks out of it, too late to see anything of Buffy.

INT. FAITH'S APARTMENT - NIGHT

The Mayor turns as a VAMP HENCHMAN enters from the kitchen.

VAMP HENCHMAN
There's nobody here, sir.

MAYOR
No. No, she'd take the fight outside.
My Faith doesn't like to be cooped up.

He crosses back to the middle of the room, brain still working furiously.

MAYOR (cont'd)
We have to find them. Put everyone
on it, do it now.

VAMP HENCHMAN
But sir, the Ascension is --

MAYOR
FIND THEM!

The vamp leaves. The Mayor looks around him, trying to maintain his composure.

MAYOR (cont'd)
Faith's a good girl. She can handle
anything they throw at her. She's
gonna be all right.

The camera moves in at him as he repeats, mantra-like:

MAYOR (cont'd)
She'll be all right. She'll be all right.

BLACK OUT.

END OF TEASER
Act One

INT. LIBRARY - NIGHT (PREVIOUSLY SCENE A)

Giles is looking through books as Xander enters with two cups of coffee from a machine.

XANDER
Any word from Buffy?

GILES
Not yet.

XANDER
Here's your coffee. Brewed from the
finest Colombian lighter fluid.

GILES
Thank you.

He gulps a portion down.

GILES (cont'd)
Horrible.

He finishes it.

XANDER
Aren't you supposed to be drinking
tea, anyway?

GILES
Tea is soothing. I wish to be tense.

XANDER
Okay, but you're destroying a perfectly
good cultural stereotype here...

GILES
Look through the Kippler volumes.
Any reference to the Demon Olvikan...
powers, weaknesses, hat size... there's
got to be something.

XANDER
You still battin' zero? But, I mean,
in cricket?

GILES
So far. But don't give up.

Cordy enters, in a hell of a huff.

XANDER
Cordy. Wassup?

CORDELIA
I demand an explanation.

XANDER
For what?

CORDELIA
Wesley!

XANDER
Uh... inbreeding?

CORDELIA
So very funny. Any minute now I'm
sure to laugh.
(to Giles)
I just got off the phone with him.
He could hardy speak, he was so upset.
He said there'd been a fight, or
something and-
(to Xander)
TAHAHA what a witty comment-
(to Giles, never
missing a beat)
-he said he was leaving the country.

GILES
Shall I assay remorse?

CORDELIA
Just tell me what's going on.

There is honest pain in her entreaty. Giles replies with somewhat more gravity:

GILES
Buffy has quit the Council. She'll not be
working with Wesley from now on.

CORDELIA
But he's her watcher!

GILES
Buffy no longer needs a watcher.

CORDELIA
Well, does he have to leave the country?
I mean, you got fired and you hang
around like a big loser, why can't he?

XANDER
Cordelia!

She stops.

XANDER (cont'd)
We're trying to stop a massacre here.
You wanna give us a hand?

Half a beat, then:

CORDELIA
Sure.

As she moves to join them, she mutters:

CORDELIA (cont'd)
That's just such a typical Buffy thing
to do. She's always thinking of herself.

INT. ANGEL'S BEDROOM - NIGHT (PREVIOUSLY SCENE B)

Willow sits with Angel. He is sweating, breathing shallow. Hardly conscious. Willow dabs his forehead with a cloth. He shudders, opens his eyes. Looks at her with sudden clarity.

WILLOW
You're awake.

ANGEL
You've been watching over me?

She nods. He weakly takes her hand, tenderly kisses the palm of it. Willow's a little confused.

WILLOW
Well, we've been taking turns...

ANGEL
I thought I'd never... see you again.
I can't leave you. I was wrong... I
need you.

WILLOW
Oh. You mean you need Buffy?

He smiles, warmly, the fever on him like a heated blanket. Suddenly it clears a bit, and he looks harder.

ANGEL
Willow.

WILLOW
Yes! Right. Good.

ANGEL
Where is she?

WILLOW
She'll be back soon...

He drifts back to sleep. A moment, and Willow exits.

INT. MANSION - CONTINUOUS - NIGHT

She finds Oz by the door to the garden, looking out at the night sky. He meets her.

OZ
Any change?

WILLOW
He's delirious. He thought I was Buffy.

OZ
You too, huh?

WILLOW
I hope she comes soon. I mean, she'd
better, if...

OZ
Yeah.

WILLOW
I feel so... I feel so guilty.

OZ
Guilty?

WILLOW
Well, things are just so terrible,
everything's coming apart, and I'm
just... in some ways it's the best night
of my life.

OZ
The best?

WILLOW
The best.

He kisses her. It becomes passionate -- and Buffy enters from the front. Oz and Willow break guiltily apart, Willow blurting out:

WILLOW (cont'd)
I just checked on him just now!
We're watching.

But Buffy is too preoccupied to have noticed their indiscretion.

OZ
Did you find Faith?

Buffy nods.

WILLOW
You didn't... she's not here?

BUFFY
(shakes her head)
How is he?

OZ
Comes in and out... I think the pain
is... less, now.

Buffy knows full well what that means. There is a moment of silence between the three of them.

BUFFY
Why don't you guys... I'd like to be
with him.

OZ
Of course.

WILLOW
We can keep looking for another cure.

BUFFY
Thanks.

They exit. Slowly, Buffy closes the door behind them.

She turns from the door with an entirely different expression. One of purpose. She crosses toward the bedroom.

INT. ANGEL'S BEDROOM - CONTINUOUS - NIGHT

Buffy enters, crosses to Angel. She sits on the bed and touches him. He awakens with a start, looks at her.

ANGEL
Buffy... It's you?

BUFFY
It's me.

He smiles, weakly.

ANGEL
I didn't want to go without... seeing you...

BUFFY
Angel, I can cure you.

ANGEL
It's okay... I'm ready...

BUFFY
Angel, listen to me. Sit up.

She hoists him to a sitting position, looks right in his eyes.

BUFFY (cont'd)
You're gonna live. You have to live.

ANGEL
What do I--

BUFFY
Drink.

He looks at her, almost comprehending. She pulls off her jacket, moves her tanktop gently aside.

BUFFY (cont'd)
Drink me.

A moment more, and he jerks away from her.

ANGEL
No.

BUFFY
It's the only --

ANGEL
Get away!

He gets up from the bed, stands swayingly before her.

BUFFY
It'll save you.

ANGEL
It'll kill you.

BUFFY
Maybe not, if you don't take all...

ANGEL
You can't ask me to do this.

BUFFY
I won't let you die. I can't. The blood
of the Slayer is the only cure.

ANGEL
Faith...

BUFFY
I tried to... I killed her.

ANGEL
Then it's over.

BUFFY
No.

She moves to him. He shoves her aside and exits.

INT. MANSION - CONTINUOUS - NIGHT

He makes it five steps before stumbling, sitting heavily on the coffee table, scattering items (including a metal water jug) to floor.

Buffy follows him out and jerks him roughly to his feet.

ANGEL
It's over!

BUFFY
It's never over. I won't let you die. Drink.

ANGEL
Please...

She hits him in the face. He takes the hit, looks back at her, weak and uncomprehending. She hits him again. He looks at her, understanding flooding into his eyes. She hits him again.

He looks back at her, in vampface.

She tears her tanktop aside. Grabs the back of his head, and slams it down on her neck.

He drinks.

Long, shuddering gulps, as his hands tighten around her, a stream of blood trickling down her back as he pulls her hard to him, overbalances her, they fall --

-- in extreme slow motion, they hit the ground, Angel on top, face still burrowed in her flesh... Buffy winces, mouth opening in a silent cry, unable to catch her breath --

-- Buffy's hand flails, finds the water jug, squeezes it, bending the thick metal --

Her leg curls up around him -- then shoots out in a sudden spasm, slamming into the table and breaking it in half.

He can't stop. Her eyes are wide and wet, panic and ecstatic pain whirling through them, as his animal feeding brings her close to the dark edge -- and she finally does scream, a hoarse, primal call that fills the room --

He hears. He wrenches himself free, throwing himself backwards onto the floor, breathing intensely hard, blood on his lips. A few racking breaths and he morphs back to human. Still lying there, he feels the fever break in him. He is strong again.

Getting his bearings, he looks over at Buffy.

ANGEL (cont'd)
Buffy?

She lies very still, blood pooled around an ugly wound on her neck. Her eyes open and unmoving. He moves to her, quiet panic filling him.

ANGEL (cont'd)
Buffy?

She does not move.

BLACK OUT.

END OF ACT ONE
Act Two

INT. HOSPITAL - NIGHT

Angel bursts into the emergency ward, Buffy in his arms.

ANGEL
I need help!

A NURSE approaches him --

ANGEL (cont'd)
She's lost a lot of blood.

NURSE
What happened?

ANGEL
She needs blood!

The nurse has led him to an operating table, he deposits Buffy onto it.

NURSE
Try to stay calm.

DR. POWELL approaches as Angel talks, looks over Buffy.

ANGEL
Something bit her. She needs a transfusion
right now.

POWELL
You found her?

ANGEL
Yes.

POWELL
Was she conscious?

ANGEL
Yes.

POWELL
Are you sure?

ANGEL
I'm sure.

POWELL
(to the nurse)
I need a type and cross match. Get her
on two lines of ringers lactate and watch
for hypovalemic shock.

He pulls Angel aside, looks at him hard. Angel is practically tripping, unable to contain the energy of Buffy's blood in him.

POWELL (cont'd)
Tell me what happened.

ANGEL
Something bit her. I don't know what.

POWELL
(to the nurse)
I'll need a rabies shot treatment.
(to Angel)
Any allergies?

ANGEL
None. Just help her!

He is holding onto a doorframe -- and he RIPS it off in his urgency. The doctor eyes him, warily.

POWELL
You two been doing drugs?

He eyes the doctor.

POWELL (cont'd)
You want her to live, you'll be straight
with me.

ANGEL
She's clean.

POWELL
All right. Wait outside. Let us work.

ANGEL
A phone.

POWELL
Right out there.

Reluctantly, Angel steps outside, back into the waiting area he came through. He moves to the phone and begins dialing. The camera moves on past him, to another room, where we find a DOCTOR GOLD talking to someone, both of them standing by another bed. After at time it becomes clear who the other person is. The Mayor.

GOLD
The bones will set, and the damage to her
kidney is repairable, but... The head trauma
is simply too severe. It's a wonder she's alive
at all, with the blood loss. I'm sorry, sir,
there's almost no chance she'll ever regain
consciousness.

And the camera finally settles on the unmoving face of Faith, lying on the bed, tubes in her nose, arms, tethering her to a frail and mindless life.

The Mayor looks at her.

GOLD (cont'd)
We did everything possible...

The Mayor ignores him, and he steps quietly away. The Mayor reaches down and moves a strand of hair from Faith's face.

MAYOR
It's your day...

ANGLE: DR. GOLD

As the nurse comes up to him.

NURSE
We have another young girl, severe blood
loss, Dr. Powell wants you to prep to assist
on an anticubital cut down.

GOLD
All right.

The Mayor hears this. Slowly he turns, heads to where they are keeping Buffy.

ANGLE: BUFFY

Unconscious, an IV hooked up to her arm.

The Mayor walks calmly up to her and clamps his hand over her mouth and nose. She starts to thrash weakly, but he doesn't move. Finally the nurse notices.

NURSE
Oh my god! Sir, no!

She tries to pull him off. He won't budge.

NURSE (cont'd)
Somebody call security!

Angel grabs the Mayor by the throat, pulls him away.

ANGEL
Don't do that.

MAYOR
I will. I'll do that and worse. Murderous
little fiend, did you see what she did to
my Faith?

ANGEL
Hadn't made plans to weep over that one.

MAYOR
Well, I'd get set for some weeping if I
were you. I'd get set for a world of hurt.
Misery loves company, young man, and
I'll be looking to share mine with you
and your whore.

Angel throws him back -- through the wall (thin drywall to the next room, not the outer wall). (And if that's not doable, then into or over something. The point is, Angel's unnaturally strong, so it's probably a ratchet gag.)

Everyone backs off, appalled. The Mayor gets up and dusts himself off. He takes a few steps back towards Angel, the old smile returning to his face.

MAYOR (cont'd)
Well. Looks like someone's been
eating his spinach.

A security guard arrives on the scene. Stops, unsure what to do.

MAYOR (cont'd)
Okay, folks. Show's not over but there
will be a short intermission.
(to Angel)
Don't wanna miss the second act.
All kinds of excitement.

ANGEL
I'll be there.

They eyeball each other a moment. The Mayor exits, Angel's eyes never leaving him.

INT. WAITING AREA - A BIT LATER - NIGHT

Angel waits near the door. Giles, Willow, Xander and Oz rush in.

GILES
How is she?

ANGEL
She's fine. She's sleeping.

OZ
You seem all right too.

ANGEL
Yeah.

XANDER
So what happened?

WILLOW
We left her, she was fine? Did Faith --

ANGEL
Faith's out of the picture. Buffy put her in a coma.

XANDER
And...

Xander doesn't like what he's starting to get. None of them does.

ANGEL
Buffy cured me... made me...

GILES
You fed off her.

He's ashamed, but he's not going to try and weasel out of it.

ANGEL
Yes.

GILES
How much?

ANGEL
She's gonna be fine.

XANDER
Well, it's just good to know that when
the chips are down and things look grim,
you'll feed off the girl who loves you to
save your own ass.

No one has any kind of reply, least of all Angel.

GILES
You'd best go, Angel. We can watch
over her.

ANGEL
I don't want to --

GILES
The sun'll be up soon.

Angel nods. Goes.

XANDER
Gosh I'm gonna miss him when he
leaves town.

GILES
Let's see how Buffy's doing.

INT. FAITH'S APARTMENT - DAY

Buffy is on her feet, in her street clothes. Entering the room to find it empty.

The window is still broken. Clothes and weapons are laid out on the couch - there are packing boxes everywhere. Moving day. A cat jumps onto the bed. Buffy looks at it.

BUFFY
Who's gonna look after him?

Faith crosses behind Buffy, replies:

FAITH
It's a she. And aren't these things supposed
to take care of themselves?

BUFFY
A higher power, guiding us?

FAITH
I'm pretty sure that's not what I meant.

She turns to the window.

BUFFY
There's something I'm supposed to
be doing.

FAITH
Oh yeah. Miles to go. Little Miss Muffet
counting down from seven three oh.

BUFFY
Oh, great. Riddles.

FAITH
Sorry. It's my head. Lotta new stuff.

She looks out the window. In the foreground, the cat on the bed dissolves to Faith herself lying unconscious then back. (these are simple split screen dissolves, not expensive CGI.)

FAITH (cont'd)
They're never gonna fix this, are they?

BUFFY
What about you?

Faith turns back, indicates her face.

FAITH
Scar tissue. It fades, it all fades.

Buffy looks down at her hand. For a moment, Faith's knife is in her palm, then gone.

Faith moves toward Buffy.

FAITH (cont'd)
You wanna know the deal? Human
weakness. It never goes away. Even his.

BUFFY
Is this your mind or mine?

They both smile at that -- Faith even laughs a little.

FAITH
Beats me.
(a beat)
Gettin' towards that time.

Buffy looks around her, at the boxes.

BUFFY
How are you gonna fit all this stuff?

FAITH
Not gonna. It's yours.

BUFFY
I can't use all this.

Faith stands before her, looks at her with quiet regard.

FAITH
Just take what you need.

Buffy nods.

FAITH (cont'd)
You ready?

She puts her hand to Buffy's cheek.

INT. HOSPITAL - MORNING (DAY)

Buffy wakes, suddenly.

She looks around her -- she is alone for the moment. She gets out of bed.

In the next section is Faith, also unattended. Buffy goes over to her bed, looks down at her.

After a moment, she leans down and kisses Faith's forehead lightly.

INT. THE WAITING AREA - MOMENTS LATER (DAY)

The gang, minus Angel, all wait -- and all start up as Buffy enters.

WILLOW
Buffy!

XANDER
Are you okay?

GILES
How do you feel?

BUFFY
Where's Angel?

OZ
He had to leave. Got kind of sunny.

BUFFY
Get him. Get everyone.

XANDER
What exactly is up?

GILES
Buffy, are you sure you're all right?

BUFFY
(nods)
I'm ready.

WILLOW
Ready for what?

She takes just the slightest beat before answering, her voice calm.

BUFFY
War.

BLACK OUT.

END OF ACT TWO
Act Three

INT. FOUNTAIN QUAD - MORNING (DAY)

The camera looks down at the lower level, at the bicycle racks, then arms over the stairs to see the quad. It's empty, the chairs and decorations awaiting the ceremony silently.

INT. LIBRARY - DAY (PREVIOUSLY SCENE D)

Buffy is addressing the gang (Xander, Giles, Willow, Angel, Cordy and Oz). She is weak, but in control. The gang is a tad non plussed, staring at the girl.

BUFFY
That's the basic plan. So. Am I crazy?

WILLOW
Well, "crazy's" a strong word --

GILES
Let's not rule it out though.

BUFFY
(to Giles)
You don't think it can be done.

GILES
I didn't say that. I might, but I haven't yet.

CORDELIA
Okay, well, I personally don't think it's
possible to come up with a crazier plan.

OZ
We attack the Mayor with hummus.

A beat.

CORDELIA
I stand corrected.

OZ
Just keeping things in perspective.

CORDELIA
Thank you. My point, however, is crazy
or not, it's pretty much the only plan.
Besides, it's Buffy's and she's slay-gal,
you know. Miss Like-to-Fight, so...

XANDER
I think there was a 'yea' vote buried
in there somewhere.

BUFFY
Well, I need you all on board. Especially
you, Xander. You're kind of the key to
this figure here.

XANDER
Key? Me? Okay, pride... humility...
and here's the mind numbing fear.
What do I have to do?

BUFFY
Do you still remember any of your
military training from when you became
soldier guy?

XANDER
Ooh! Rocket launcher?

BUFFY
Rocket launcher's not gonna get it done.
Took a volcano to kill one of these things
last time.

GILES
Buffy, all of this is dependant on your
being able to control the Mayor. How
do you plan to do that?

BUFFY
Faith told me I'd have to play on his
human weakness. That's the way I'm
gonna get to him.

WILLOW
Faith told you? Was that before or after
you put her in a coma?

BUFFY
After.

WILLOW
Oh.

GILES
The Mayor's weakness.

BUFFY
Right.

GILES
Which is what?

BUFFY
(defensively)
You know, I do all his planning, I'm in
charge even though I'm not feeling my
best, and now I'm supposed to come up
with every little detail...

GILES
Well, let us think.

OZ
Angel, you hung out with him the most.
Is he afraid of something?

ANGEL
Well, he's not crazy about germs --

CORDELIA
Of course! That's it! We attack him
with germs!

BUFFY
Great. We'll get him cornered and then
you sneeze on him.

CORDELIA
No no, we get a canister of ebola virus,
and and, or it doesn't have to be real,
we could just have a box that says "ebola"
on it, and we could chase him... with the box...

Her voice gets littler and littler as she realizes the suckiness of her plan.

XANDER
Okay, I'm starting to lean towards the
hummus offensive.

OZ
He'll never see it coming...

ANGEL
Faith.

BUFFY
Faith. You think?

ANGEL
At the hospital, he was grieving.
Seriously crazed, and not just in a
homicidal, I-wanna-be-a-demon way.
She's his weak link.

BUFFY
(wheels turning)
Okay. Good. I can work that.

WESLEY
You haven't an enormous amount of time.

He has entered unnoticed.

XANDER
Hey, it's Mister States-the-Obvious!

BUFFY
The Council isn't welcome here. I got
no time for orders. I need someone to
scream like a woman, I'll give you a call.

WESLEY
I'm not here for the Council. Just tell
me how I can help.

There is a moment, as everyone takes this in.

CORDELIA
Oh, you are SO classy. Isn't he
just so classy?

BUFFY
(pleased)
It's a start.

WESLEY
So there is something I can do? Besides
scream like a woman?

BUFFY
There's plenty. Chores for everyone.
Okay, this is how it's going to lay out...

INT. MAYOR'S OFFICE - DAY

They Mayor is in the middle of his own prep. SIX VAMPIRES are in the room, all at attention. We cut to the Mayor in mid-sentence (in classic Greenwaltian fashion)

MAYOR
This is how it's going to lay out. The
transformation should begin at exactly
three-twenty-eight. I'll just be finishing
my speech -- you know it's too bad you
fellas are gonna have to miss that.
'Cause I think it speaks to every one
of us... I mean, heck - I've been working
on it for a hundred years, it better be good.
Well. They'll try to run, of course, and that's
when I need you boys in flanking position.

VAMP
Sir, the sun.

MAYOR
Not a problem.

INT. LIBRARY - DAY (PREVIOUSLY SCENE F)

Everyone has divided into sections, talking about their plans. Wesley is reading to Buffy, Xander and Angel:

WESLEY
"Darkness will follow, the day become night..."

BUFFY
An eclipse.

WESLEY
Standard procedure during an Ascension.

ANGEL
That puts me back in the game.

BUFFY
Yes it does. I'll need you and Xander
working in sync here. Can you guys
handle that?

XANDER
I'm still Key Guy, right?

BUFFY
Right.

XANDER
Great, then Angel -- in his non-Key
Guy capacity -- can work with me.

ANGEL
What fun.

XANDER
Hey, Key Guy's talking...

BUFFY
Oh, good, let's bicker! That'll work great.
(off their shame)
You're like little old ladies.

INT. MAYOR'S OFFICE - DAY

He is pointing to a map of the school

MAYOR
You'll come up through the sewers here.
The important thing is containment. I'll
need to feed, it's crucial in the first few
minutes, to sustain the change. What
does that mean? No snacking! I see
blood on your lips and it's a visit to
the woodshed for your boys. Kill.
Don't feed.

INT. LIBRARY - DAY (PREVIOUSLY SCENE G)

Buffy approaches Oz and Willow. (Giles is discussing something with Cordy in the background. He points to the shelves of books.)

BUFFY
How are we on volcano detail?

OZ
I think we can work it.

WILLOW
Fun with chemistry.

Giles joins them, Cordy peeling off.

BUFFY
Xander should be able to locate the materials.

OZ
Who's gonna stoke it up?

Buffy turns to Giles.

BUFFY
Feel up to it?

GILES
I suppose it should be I. It's fitting, in
a grotesque fashion.

BUFFY
Okay.
(to the kids)
You guys start reaching out.
(to Giles)
Giles, weapons weapons weapons.

GILES
What about you?

BUFFY
There's something I need to get.

INT. MAYOR'S OFFICE - DAY

His men are leaving.

MAYOR
Remember, fast and brutal. Gonna be
a whole new world come nightfall,
don't wanna weaken now. And boys --

The last ones stop, look back.

MAYOR (cont'd)
Let's watch the swearing.

INT. HALLWAY/CLASSROOM - DAY (PREVIOUSLY SCENE E)

It's between classes. Harmony is in the classroom chatting with some friends. Xander enters from the hallway, pulls Harmony aside.

XANDER
Harmony. Listen, I need to talk to
you for a sec.

HARMONY
You mean, in front of other people?

Exasperated he pulls her out of the class.

INT. CAFETERIA - DAY

Willow approaches Percy , who is trying on his robe for a friend.

PERCY
I'm gonna look stupid in this.

WILLOW
Percy --

PERCY
Do I look stupid in this? Be honest.

WILLOW
You look great. You got a sec?

INT. LIBRARY - DAY (PREVIOUSLY SCENE C)

Cordelia and Wesley are taking books from the shelves and loading them into boxes. They are both silent for a while. Finally Wesley begins.

WESLEY
Cordelia...

CORDELIA
Yes?

WESLEY
You know that... when this is over...

CORDELIA
Yes?

WESLEY
Well, should we prevail, I... I'll be
returning back to England.

CORDELIA
(crest fallen)
I know.

WESLEY
With Buffy no longer working for the
Council, there's really no place for me here.

CORDELIA
I guess not.

They are inching imperceptibly closer to each other.

WESLEY
No reason to stay...

CORDELIA
No...

WESLEY
No cause to hope... That I might be needed...

CORDELIA
Needed...

WESLEY
Or wanted...

CORDELIA
Wanted...

Unable to contain themselves any longer, they come together in a passionate embrace, lips meeting...

...and lips not really getting along. It's a sad excuse for a kiss, and gives our lovers pause. They try again. Mouths incompatible much effort but no reward.

They stop, let go of each other. Puzzled and uncomfortable. A beat.

CORDELIA (cont'd)
Okay, so good luck in England.

WESLEY
Yes, thanks. I'll drop a line sometime.

CORDELIA
That'd be neat.

They resume packing books.

INT./EXT. OZ' VAN - DAY

Oz and Willow are hoisting a sack of fertilizer, handing it over to JONATHAN and LARRY. They put it in a shopping cart with a bunch of others.

OZ
Put these with the others. And don't
touch anything.

LARRY
We got it.

JONATHAN
What do we do then?

OZ
Nothing.

WILLOW
Just relax, have a good time.

JONATHAN
(nervously)
Uh, okay...

Larry looks around conspiratorially.

LARRY
It's clear. Let's move.

The two of them drive the cart off, closing the doors on Oz and Willow.

WILLOW
I guess that's it. Won't be long now.

OZ
Nervous?

WILLOW
Only in a terrified way.

He comes close to her.

OZ
We'll make it through this.

WILLOW
Are you sure?

OZ
I should pretty sure, don't I?

WILLOW
Yeah...

OZ
Then I must be sure.

WILLOW
Was that just a comforting way of not
answering the question?

He stops her, hand to her face. They kiss. It becomes passionate.

WILLOW (cont'd)
(amidst kisses)
How long till graduation?

OZ
Little while...

INT. GILES' OFFICE - DAY (PREVIOUSLY SCENE H)

Angel is there, stocking weapons, when Buffy arrives. She carries something wrapped in an old rag.

ANGEL
You get what you needed?

BUFFY
I did.

She looks over the weapons, brushing past him.

BUFFY (cont'd)
We're gonna need more than this.

ANGEL
Giles is on it.

He reaches out for her, touches her neck near the bandage.

ANGEL (cont'd)
How are you?

BUFFY
I heal fast. Like you. Have you and
Xander worked out your timing?

ANGEL
I'm not saying goodbye.

She stops, drops the businesslike demeanor.

ANGEL (cont'd)
We make it through this, I'm just
gonna go.
(beat)
Do you understand?

A moment, and she nods.

ANGEL (cont'd)
There's just too much to --

She holds up her hand. No more. He nods, turns to collect some weapons. She watches him, keeps watching as he exits the office. Finally she turns to the bundle she brought in. Unwraps it.

It's Faith's knife. Still dark with her blood.

EXT. FOUNTAIN QUAD - DAY

The ceremony is underway. The students file into their seats as the (unseen) band plays some processional.

Buffy is the last into her seat, in front near the middle. Willow's seat is next to hers, and conspicuously empty.

The music stops, and Snyder, who sits on the podium with the Mayor and a few teachers, steps up to the microphone.

SNYDER
Congratulations to the class of 1999.
You've all proved more or less adequate.
This is a time for celebration, so sit
still and be quiet.
(to one student)
Spit out that gum.
(to the class)
Please welcome our distinguished guest
speaker, Sunnydale's own Mayor, Richard Wilkins III.
(to the same student)
I saw that gesture. You see me after
graduation.

Snyder sits by the diplomas as the Mayor takes the podium.

ANGLE: BUFFY

Eyes him from her seat. Waiting.

Willow scurries into her seat next to Buffy (as Oz slips into his further back). Buffy looks at Will, whose hair is luxuriantly mussed.

WILLOW
Am I late? Did we fight?

Buffy shakes her head, looks back to the stage.

The Mayor pulls out some 3x5 cards, looks over them.

MAYOR
Well. What a day this is. Special day.
Today is our centennial, the one hundredth
anniversary of the founding of Sunnydale.
And I know what that means to all you
kids. Not a darn thing. 'Cause today
something much more important happens.
Today you all graduate from high school.
Today all the pain and the work and the
excitement is finally over, and what's
a hundred years of history compared
to that?

Something horrible dawns on Buffy.

BUFFY
My god... he's gonna do the whole speech.

WILLOW
Oh, man... just ascend, already!

BUFFY
Evil.

MAYOR
But you know what, kids? Maybe the
two things are connected. Maybe you
have a place in Sunnydale's history,
whether you like it or not. It's been a
long road getting here, for you, for
Sunnydale... there's been achievement,
joy, good times... and there's been grief.
There's been loss. Some people who
should be here today, aren't.

He's looking right at Buffy. She's looking right back.

MAYOR (cont'd)
But we are. Journey's end. And what
is a journey? Is it just distance traveled?
Time spent? No. It's what happens on
the way, it's the things that shape you.
At the end of the journey, you're not the
same. Today is about change. Graduation
doesn't just mea your circumstances change,
it means you do. You ascend to a higher
level. Nothing will ever be the same. Nothing.

And as he speaks this last, the sun disappears in an eclipse -- the Mayor, Buffy and all the students looking up as night falls suddenly upon them. This causes it to be:

EXT. FOUNTAIN QUAD - NIGHT (YET SOMEHOW CONTINUOUS)

The Mayor feels the change start. It's painful, but he struggles to continue:

MAYOR
So as we look back on...

There is a murmur along the students as he goes on...

MAYOR (cont'd)
...on the events that have brought us
to this day... we...

PUSH IN on Buffy, waiting for it...

BUFFY
Come on...

MAYOR
We must all... AHH. It has begun.
My destiny. Little sooner than I expected --
(re: 3x5's)
--I had a whole section about civic
pride, but...

He looks up, death in his eyes.

MAYOR (cont'd)
I guess we'll just get to the big finish.

And he transforms, suddenly, horribly -- his clothes ripping off him as he grows too big for them, too big by far, the camera rushing back in awe to look up at this, this new creation, this unholy big-ass snake thing.

BLACK OUT.

END OF ACT THREE
Act Four

EXT. FOUNTAIN QUAD - NIGHT

The students clamor to their feet, looking up in awe and terror.

Snyder looks up as well, reason slipping away from him.

SNYDER
This is simply unacceptable.

ANGLE: THE PARENTS

Turn tail and run.

ANGLE: THE LOWER AREA

As twenty vamps form a line, looking up the steps at the hapless class.

ANGLE: THE MAYOR

ROARS in triumph.

ANGLE: BUFFY

Looks up at the Mayor -- and then calls out:

BUFFY
NOW!

As one, the class drops their robes (hats already off). Every single class member has weapons underneath.

BUFFY (cont'd)
Flame units!

As either end of the front row are guys -- one of them being Larry -- with flame throwers. They fire up at the Mayor, causing him to recoil.

Buffy turns to Xander, nods.

Xander stands on the low wall by his chair, calls out:

XANDER
First wave!

Other students in the front row have harpoon guns, spears, crossbows -- they aim at the Mayor --

The Mayor swoops down, avoiding the flames, and grabs a kid, makes a meal of him.

XANDER (cont'd)
Fire!

Assorted projectiles fire at the Mayor, some of them striking true.

OZ
Xander!

He is watching the line of vamps, as a couple of students try to flee down the stairs and get eaten for their troubles.

XANDER
Bowmen!

ANGLE: A LIGHTER

is held to the end of an arrow, cloth wrapped round the tip.

And a row of ten arrows is raised, tips all aflame.

XANDER (cont'd)
Fire!

A volley is fired.

A couple of vamps take hits -- one in the arm, one right in the chest. Others stumble back, shield themselves in confusion.

Another row of flaming arrows is raised.

Amidst the second volley, the vamps turn tail.

Angel is behind them. Flanked by Wesley, Percy, and six other heavy looking fellows.

The vampires stop, trapped.

Angel smiles... and charges.

He hits them -- and easily engages a few, while his companions do their best with stakes.

ANGLE: LARRY

His flame thrower putters out.

LARRY
Dammit!

He drops it and picks up a fallen spear -- but the Mayor's tail lashes out and slams into him, sends him flying. His neck cracks sickeningly as he hits the ground.

BUFFY
Fall back!

ANGLE: SNYDER

Is looking up at the Mayor -- and at the kids -- becoming increasingly irritated.

SNYDER
This is not orderly. This is not disciplined.
(to the Mayor)
You're on MY campus, buddy, and
when I saw I want quiet--

The Mayor eats him.

BUFFY
(to the students)
Fall back! Get back!
(to Willow)
Go.

WILLOW
Good luck.

BUFFY
Xander! Take 'em down.

XANDER
Everyone! Hand to hand!

The class drop their bows and harpoons, pulling out stakes, axes, bats and the like.

XANDER (cont'd)
Ready!

ANGLE: THE LOWER LEVEL

Angel is just kicking ass. The vamps are torn -- finally one calls out:

VAMP
Get the kids!

And heads up the steps. The others follow -- and are met by a wave of students, the entire graduating class pouring down on them, yelling, weapons in hand, they meet on the stairs and fuggin Braveheart ensues.

Amidst the carnage, we see our kids: Willow, Oz, Cordelia, all engaging. Jonathan also managing to hold his own.

We see Harmony as a vamp pulls her aside and bites the shit out of her.

We see Wesley getting knocked on his ass (after some decent fighting on his part) and landing painfully.

Xander socks a vamp down the stairs, calling out:

XANDER
Right flank! Close on them! Close!
(to students, peeved)
Jason, Doug, you guys are the right flank!

He goes to help them.

ANGLE: THE MAYOR

Swallows the last of Snyder and hears:

BUFFY
Hey!

He (it) looks around. Buffy is standing alone, the rest of the kids still booking down into the field of play below.

BUFFY (cont'd)
Remember this?

She holds Faith's bloody knife up.

BUFFY (cont'd)
I took it from Faith and I stuck it in
her gut. Slid in like she was butter.

The Mayor reacts to this. He does remember.

BUFFY (cont'd)
You wanna take it back from me, Dick?

The Mayor lunges at her --

--and she runs, runs through the arches, down the corridor, away from the students, the camera chasing her, most snake like.

INT. LOUNGE/HALLS - NIGHT

Buffy runs in -- and a moment later the Mayor crashes through the window, shooting down the hall after her. She motors toward the library, he follow and gets stuck in the door way. Smashes his head into it and breaks it off the walls, bringing it with him as he follows her.

She runs into the library --

INT. LIBRARY - NIGHT

--and through, jumping to the second level (the camera holding her in close-up the whole time, never really seeing the room) and out the back door.

INT. STACKS - NIGHT

She runs through --

EXT. SCHOOL - NIGHT

--and BURSTS through a window, landing in a roll at Giles' feet.

INT. HALL - NIGHT

The Mayor snakes in after her, bursting through the library doors --

INT. LIBRARY - NIGHT

and into the room, stopping to see:

POV: THE ROOM

Has no books in it. It does, however, have many big metal drums, many bags of fertilizer, many sticks of dynamite strapped to the railings, and many wires leading out the back of the room.

EXT. SCHOOL - NIGHT

Giles hits the plunger.

INT. LIBRARY - NIGHT

Room go boom.

EXT. LIBRARY ROOFTOP - NIGHT

As does the skylight --

EXT. FOUNTAIN QUAD - NIGHT

As does, piece by piece, the whole school, ending with:

EXT. FRONT OF SCHOOL - NIGHT

The front doors and windows blast right the hell out, fire and debris in their wake.

EXT. SCHOOL - NIGHT

Giles and Buffy step back, light and wind playing on their faces.

EXT. LOWER LEVEL - NIGHT

Clearly the victors in the vampire fight, our gang also watch the fireworks. They look at each other, impressed.

DISSOLVE TO:

EXT. FRONT OF SCHOOL - NIGHT (LATER)

Fire trucks and ambulances have arrived, the smoking ruin of the school just hidden by them. People are helping the wounded into ambulances, milling about in postwar shock, leaving, talking, hugging, crying (probably not crying, they're extras, but we can always hope).

ANGLE: WESLEY is in a gurney, being loaded into an ambulance.

WESLEY
If I could just get something for the
pain, it's rather a lot of pain... an
aspirin.. anyone... if I could just be
knocked unconscious...

He is loaded up and roundly ignored.

We see Buffy and Xander talking.

XANDER
We got off pretty cheap, considering.

BUFFY
Seems like we did.

Her eyes are elsewhere, searching. Xander understands.

XANDER
He made it through the fight. Guess
maybe he took off after.

She nods. They part ways. Buffy running into Giles.

GILES
How are you?

BUFFY
Tired.

GILES
I'd imagine so. Quite a couple of days.

BUFFY
My brain hasn't processed everything yet.
It's not really functioning at the higher
levels; it's pretty much, "fire bad, tree
pretty". Anything more complex...

GILES
Understandable. Well, when it starts
working again, congratulate it on a
good campaign. You did very well.

BUFFY
Thanks.

GILES
(reaching into his pocket)
I uh, I ferreted this out of the wreckage
for you. You may not have any interest, but...

It's her diploma. He hands it to her.

GILES (cont'd)
I'd say you've earned it.

She takes it gratefully. He looks out at the wreckage of the school (need I say we don't see it?)

GILES (cont'd)
There is a certain dramatic irony in
the way things turned out. A synchronicity
that almost borders on predestination,
one might say.

BUFFY
Fire bad. Tree pretty.

GILES
Right. Sorry. I'd best check on Wesley,
see if he's still whimpering.

He goes. Buffy looks at her diploma, looks around her.

She feels him before she sees him. Turns.

Angel stands some twenty yards away, looking at her. People coming and going in between.

They both stop. The noise fades away. They stare at each other.

Angel turns and walks away.

Buffy stands and watches him. After a moment, she goes in the opposite direction.

EXT. SAME (FRONT OF SCHOOL) - A BIT LATER

The gang (Oz, Willow, Xander, Cordelia) is together by the curb. Buffy joins them.

CORDELIA
Well, that was the most fun you can
have without having any fun.

WILLOW
What about the part where we kicked
demon ass? I didn't hate that.

XANDER
Guys, we blew up the school! It's the
best day ever!

WILLOW
Why do demons even come here anymore?
Don't they know how bad we are?

BUFFY
I think we've done pretty much everything
we can. You guys wanna take off?

CORDELIA
I'm for it.

WILLOW
(to Buffy)
You okay?

Buffy considers the question.

BUFFY
Yeah. I'm okay. I just... I could use a
little sleep.

WILLOW
Yeah.

BUFFY
If somebody could just wake me up
when it's time to go to college, that'd
be great.

OZ
Guys. Take a moment to deal with this.
We survived.

BUFFY
It was a hell of a battle.

OZ
Not that battle. High school.

They all think about it. It IS actually kind of cool.

OZ (cont'd)
We're taking a moment.
(beat)
And we're done.

They head off. As they recede in the distance, they continue:

XANDER
You know what the best part of high
school was?

BUFFY
When we blew it up?

XANDER
Yeah! That ruled. 'Cause you know the
thing that made it so special...

BUFFY
Was that the school blew up?

XANDER
Exactly!

BUFFY
I begin to find you troubling.

XANDER
Oh, come on, you know you're all
thinking it.

BUFFY
Well...

And then, overlapping:

WILLOW
I was.

CORDELIA
Pretty much.

OZ
Uh huh.

BUFFY
Yeah.

Their chatter dies away as they grow smaller in the frame, the camera finally tilting down to find a partially burnt yearbook lying on the ground

Sunnydale, '99

The future is ours.

BLACK OUT.

END OF SEASON