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Going Under, Part 1 (airdate March 22, 2006)

Posted by masqthephlsphr on 2009.05.24 at 13:20
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Going Under

Part 1

(May 24, 2009)

Written by: Masquerade

Teaser


Dedicated to Andy Hallet

Previously on The Destroyer...


EXT. TEN-STORY APARTMENT BUILDING - LOS ANGELES - DUSK

ESTABLISHING - Bars cover the first floor windows. The sky beyond is overcast. The sidewalk glistens from a recent rain.

INT. UNDERGROUND

SLOW DOLLY SHOT through A MURKY ELECTRICAL TUNNEL lined with pipes and insulated conduits. Footsteps echo. Water drips. In the feeble light from the intermittent fixtures in the ceiling, we can see - REVERSE ANGLE - Spike walking, gaze intent. His fingertips brush the wall as he inches towards a DARK DOORWAY ahead.

SPIKE
(in a low murmur)
I can smell you, Dru.... I know you're 'ere.

The quiet is broken by the POUNDING of MULTIPLE FOOTSTEPS. Spike whirls to see two GRAY, SCALY DEMON THUGS descending on him. He backs up fast.

SPIKE
Not looking for trouble, mates.

But he has it. In an instant, he is ducking and dodging and trading blows with fists and feet. But it's two against one. The demons GRAB HIM BY THE ARMS and PIN HIM UP AGAINST THE WALL. Spike struggles. His forehead is bleeding. One of his captors sneers. Another set of FOOTSTEPS approaches.

THUG
This is what happens to traitor half-breeds
in this town.

Spike's eyes wander in the footsteps' direction. Around the corner comes a THIRD DEMON, carrying a GLOWING METAL ROD. Spike eyes it warily.

SPIKE
What's that you've got there?

TIGHT SHOT - It's a BRANDING IRON. Spike thrashes.

SPIKE
Bloody hell.

CLOSE-UP - The demon leers as it RAISES THE BRANDING IRON.

THUG THREE
The weak among us...shall perish.

Gritting his teeth, Spike KICKS THE DEMON AWAY and TWISTS IN PLACE, freeing his arms. He makes a break up the tunnel. The demons pursue. CUT BETWEEN a SERIES OF SHOTS - Spike races up tunnels and cuts corners with flailing hands, barely slowing. The demons CHARGE AFTER HIM.

CUT TO - EXT. STREET LEVEL

The young man from the ENASH CABAL, Mark, is kneeling over a manhole mumbling from a piece of paper. The young woman, MARITA, is dangling a talisman over a smoldering bowl of herbs. Mark leaps to his feet.

MARK
He's on the move, c'mon!

He races up the street. Marita scurries after him, shielding her bowl with one hand to keep the herbs alight.

INT. THE SEWERS

Spike races down another tunnel, then SPLASH! hits a puddle of water. He stumbles to a halt and turns, eyes wandering from the puddle to the roof of the tunnel to the three demons come BARRELING AROUND THE CORNER, where they see Spike stopped. He raises his hands defensively.

SPIKE
Now, listen--

They don't. They RUSH HIM. Spike holds his ground, and as they reach the puddle, he YANKS DOWN the electrical cabling from the ceiling in a SHOWER OF SPARKS and tosses the ends into the water. He turns and bolts off to the sound of their howls.

BLACK OUT.

END OF TEASER
Opening Credits
The theme song plays as we see images of


CONNOR REILLY walking to classes, swinging a SWORD in a street fight,

starring

Vincent Kartheiser

FAITH THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, taking aim with her CROSSBOW at a multi-armed, blade-swinging DEMON,

Eliza Dushku

and AIDEN WALSH, sitting at a TABLE with a BOOK opened in front of him.

and

Sean Maher

Act One

with special guest stars

J. August Richards
Stephanie Romanov
Sarah Jannett Parish
Rachel Leigh Cook
Juliette Landau
Rob LaBelle
Alan Tudyk
Amy Acker
Andy Hallet
James Marsters
and
Anthony Stewart Head



EXT. SLAYER COUNCIL BUILDING - EVENING - ESTABLISHING

INT. FAITH'S OFFICE

TIGHT SHOT - Spike winces as a pair of hands tape a bandage firmly over the cut in his forehead.

FAITH (O.S.)
This would need stitches if you were human.

She twists away and tosses the bandage wrapper in the trash. Spike is seated in one of the visitors chairs with his back to the desk.

FAITH
(turning back)
So did these guys have a branding iron?

SPIKE
(with a frown)
Yeah. How'd you know?

She leans against the desk.

FAITH
Something's out there going after human-friendly demons.
(Spike startles)
Might be the Gathering, I'm not sure.
They attacked Lorne--

He rises with a look of concern.

SPIKE
Green-jeans? Is he all right?

FAITH
He's fine, now.
(then, with discomfort -)
But I guess you had a friend...Clem?

SPIKE
(warily)
Yeah. Poker mate.

Shaking her head.

FAITH
We were too late.

Spike takes this in soberly. Then he gives Faith a scowl.

SPIKE
Y'know, a little warning about these blokes
might've been nice.

With a sigh, Faith rises and circles around her desk.
FAITH
Sorry. I've had a lot on my mind.
(she plops down)
And what were you doing wandering the sewers
in the middle of the night?

SPIKE
Looking for Dru.

FAITH
(stretching back)
I think you would have found her by now.

Spike shakes his head.

SPIKE
Sires can sense their offspring miles off.
Doesn't work so well the other way round.
I've been dropping by her old haunts.

He pulls his chair around and sits down across from her.

SPIKE
So this "Gathering."
You say Illyria's put herself in charge?

FAITH
Yeah. And now The Luna Coven's getting major
vibes off that haunted mansion of theirs.

Spike broods sadly.

SPIKE
Really thought Blue'd decided to play for the home team.

A scoff from Faith.

FAITH
She had a chance to get her glory days back,
and she took it.
That surprises you?

SPIKE
(after a grudging beat)
Shared any of this with Buffy?

FAITH
Of course.
(she tosses him a mock salute)
I report in now like a good soldier.

Spike counters it with a look.

SPIKE
Then she's got your back.
Just has a few problems of her own to settle first.

Faith leans forward over the desk.

FAITH
The only thing I need B to do is take Tammy Pitts off my hands.
Get her somewhere safe.

SPIKE
How is the Interdimensional Telephone doing, anyway?

FAITH
Being baby-sat by Connor, at the moment.


DISSOLVE TO - EXT. HOLY FAMILY CONVENT - SOUTH CENTRAL LOS ANGELES - EVENING - ESTABLISHING

INT. TAMMY'S ROOM

Tammy sits on the bed, staring out the window.

TAMMY
It's Spring out there, isn't it?

Connor is just inside the open doorway, hands in his pockets. His hair is limp and his wrinkled shirt is just a little too large and fuchsia for him.

CONNOR
Sure, Spring in L.A.

Tammy glances back.

TAMMY
I know we don't have much of a Winter,
so people think we don't have a Spring.
(she faces back out, closing her eyes)
But it just...feels different.

Connor strolls towards her.

CONNOR
You know, you can take a walk in the courtyard.
(a chuckle)
I bet the nuns won't look at you like you're
an ax murderer.

Tammy rises with a bitter scoff.

TAMMY
The nuns.
(she gestures out the window)
Did you see that "garden"?
It's like too much foliage'll make them forget
their vows of chastity and poverty.

She pauses, then gives Connor the once-over.

TAMMY
You know that other than the guy
who came to fix the toilet,
you're the first man I've seen since....
(she pauses to think, then frowns)
But he was a vampire, so I guess that doesn't count.

CONNOR
(brow knit)
Who, Angel?

TAMMY
Yeah, Angel.
(then, musing)
Kinda hot, in a dorky way.

This assessment leaves Connor dismayed.

TAMMY
What?

CONNOR
(awkwardly)
He's my father.
(off Tammy's skeptical look)
That's why I can do what I do.
I'm human, but I'm not a Slayer.

TAMMY
(puzzled)
How did that happen?
I mean...I always heard vampires can't have children.

Connor looks sorry for even bringing it up.

CONNOR
Long story.
(he takes in the room)
So when do you get out of here?

Tammy scowls and plops back down on the bed.

TAMMY
Never. I don't ever get out of here.
(sullen beat)
Okay, maybe when the Senior Partners lose interest in me.
Whenever that is.

CONNOR
(curiously)
And they want you to be their Conduit?

TAMMY
Like a human hell-a-phone.

Connor steps towards her, expression intent.

CONNOR
I thought only bad guys did that.
Like this demon thing that masqueraded as a little girl.

TAMMY
They use whoever they think they can control.
(then, angrily -)
That's why they've been trying to find my brother.
So they can "promise not to kill him" if I cooperate.

Connor sinks into her desk chair.

CONNOR
That priest in San Francisco.

TAMMY
You met him?
(she chuckles)
He's a little high-strung, but he's my brother.
(bitter beat)
If they found him, they'd have me, and they know it.

CONNOR
(sincerely)
He's safe, I promise.

Tammy nods gratefully, then scrutinizes him.

TAMMY
You have any brothers or sisters?

Connor shakes his head.

CONNOR
Not real ones.
You only get one "miracle child."

He leans forward, elbows on his thighs, and clasps his hands. The stubborn set of his lip betray his own anger.

CONNOR
There are things after me, too, because of that.
Have been, all my life.

TAMMY
So how do you deal?

Connor scoffs.

CONNOR
I don't.
(he levels his gaze at her)
One of those "things" got me when I was a baby.
Took me away from my dad.
(CUT TO Tammy, listening)
I grew up and found my way back.
(his brows rise)
By then I really couldn't deal.
(beat)
So my dad sent me away.
Had my memory wiped, and everyone else's memory of me.
(CLOSE-UP of his pensive expression)
So I'd be safe.
So I wouldn't have to deal.
(beat)
He meant well.

Tammy takes this all in with incredulity.

TAMMY
And now?

CONNOR
And now...I remember, and everyone else...sorta remembers.
And someone's trying to ruin my life
so they can get what they want from me.

TAMMY
Who?

CONNOR
(shaking his head)
Doesn't matter.

TAMMY
What are you going to do?

Connor shoots back a pointed look.

CONNOR
What are you going to do?

They stare at each other in mutual consternation. The moment is interrupted by a knock at the door.

MUFFLED VOICE THROUGH THE DOOR
It's Mary.

TAMMY
(calling out)
Come in.

The door creaks open. The Slayer Mary enters.

MARY
Hey, Connor.
(Connor rises)
Sorry I'm late, traffic's a bitch.

She sets her shoulder bag on the floor.

TIME-DISSOLVE to a moment later. Mary is now in the chair and Connor is paused at the door. He gives Tammy a wave.

CONNOR
I have another shift tomorrow afternoon.

They share a look of two people who've made a connection.

TAMMY
Okay. See you then.

Connor leaves, shutting the door.

EXT. CONVENT

Head dipped and eyes furtive, Connor exits and turns up the sidewalk. LENS-ZOOM IN on the apartment building across the street. In one window, the curtains hang open an inch. A pair of BINOCULARS aimed through them quickly disappear.


EXT. WOLFRAM AND HART HIGH-RISE - LA JOLLA - MID-MORNING

INT. JASON GUELPH'S OFFICE

The nervous suit-and-tied employee from episode 2.15 taps on the doorframe.

GUELPH
(not looking up)
What is it, Arnold?

ARNOLD
The, uh, Nyazian Scroll reappeared.

This gets Guelph's attention. The man enters the office. He cringes.

ARNOLD
And then it re-disappeared.
The bad news is, it was last located somewhere in England.

GUELPH
And the good news?

ARNOLD
Charles Gunn--incidentally, a former employee of this firm--
flew from L.A. to London, then traveled by car to Bath.
So that's probably how it got there.

Guelph takes this in thoughtfully.

GUELPH
Which means Rupert Giles is translating it as we speak.

ARNOLD
And as long as he is, he'll keep it somewhere protected.
(uncertain pause)
So...we wait?

Guelph shakes his head.

GUELPH
The scroll will remain protected.
(he sits back with a satisfied smile)
And besides, worming its contents out of someone's brain?
...is a lot easier than translating a lost demon language.

Arnold grins. Guelph eyes him.

GUELPH
Only this time?
Make sure the guy forgets the attack afterwards?

The grin fades. Arnold nods vigorously, pivots to leave, then slows and turns back.

ARNOLD
Oh, uh, everything's prepped, by the way.
The red team's ready to leave the minute
any of our locations report in.

Guelph's expression grows grim.

GUELPH
You still haven't figured out a way into that convent, have you?

Arnold gulps.


EXT. ELEGANT EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY ROW HOUSE - EVENING

SUPER LEGEND:
Bath, England


INT. STAIRCASE

Gunn and Giles mount the steps clutching greasy brown paper bags.

GILES
(conversationally)
I had rather the opposite problem.
People tend to leave you behind with the books
when you're continually getting knocked unconscious
during key confrontations.

Gunn grins. They reach the top of the stairs. Giles fishes a set of keys from his pocket and unlocks a nondescript white door.

INT. GILES' FLAT

Gunn follows him in, his expression pensive.

GUNN
Things changed after we joined Wolfram and Hart, though.
They offered me...more. And I took it.

Giles throws him a glance over his shoulder.

GILES
The, er, "brain upload."

GUNN
(nodding)
Yeah.
It was a real rush for a while--
having that knowledge at the tip of your tongue,
the respect people show you because of it.

Giles scoffs quietly as he sets his keys in a dish on the antique end table. Gunn is oblivious to it, absorbed in his own thoughts.

GUNN
Maybe I liked it too much.
Needed it too much.
(he shakes his head)
Anyway, Fred died, and I played a part in that.

Giles crosses the room heading towards a set of double doors. Gunn trails after him, face stony with determination.

GUNN
And now the "thing" I helped make possible
wants to thank us all with a nice apocalypse?
Like hell, I'm on it.

Giles opens the doors. Beyond them is a SWIRLING THRESHOLD not unlike the one guarding the L.A. Slayer Council suite library. The men pass through it.

INT. DINING ROOM - GILES' FLAT

TIGHT SHOT - An ANCIENT PARCHMENT lies open on an antique walnut table surrounded by open reference books, teacups, and notepads--Gunn and Giles have been at it for a while. Giles walks around the table and halts at a cabinet. Meanwhile, Gunn settles himself down at the table with his bag still in hand.

GUNN
Sure could use Wesley's Gashundi cross-text right about now.
(he gestures at a SHEAF OF PAPERS on the table)
I know it'd be more useful than this.

Giles retrieves two china plates and sets his dinner bag on top of them. Balancing this on one arm, he opens a drawer and pulls out flatware and napkins.

GILES
Actually, I believe I'm getting a handle on
some key Nyazian glyphs.
(he turns around)
The cursive symbol I've been pronouncing "met atma,"
for example, means "death," I'm sure of it.

Gunn glances up grimly.

GUNN
So the Syndicate translator was right.
There's going to be a battle, and Connor's going to die.

Giles' brow knits as he circles around the table. He sets a plate and flatware down in front of Gunn.

GILES
I don't have the proper context for the glyph yet.
It could refer to Connor, or it could refer to one of his foes.

He does the same for himself on the opposite side of the table.

GUNN
Or one of his allies.

GILES
(quietly)
Indeed.

Gunn pulls a basket of fish and chips from his bag and dumps it onto his plate.

GUNN
By the way, I'm going to take an earlier flight than I planned.
I have something back in the States I need to do.

Giles shuts the cabinet door before turning back around.

GILES
How much earlier?

GUNN
Just a day.


EXT. CARITAS NIGHT CLUB - NOON - ESTABLISHING

Connor throws opens the metal club door, briefly breaking its reflective glare. He heads inside.

INT. MAIN ROOM - CARITAS

TRACKING SHOT - He clomps down the stairs and strides across the empty floor, ignoring the thumping, piped-in Disco and the vampire or two huddled at the bar.

EXT. THE BACK HALLWAY

There is an unlit, open doorway at the end of the hall. Connor passes the double doors of Lorne's studio apartment and disappears into that darkness.

INT. STORAGE ROOM

A weak overhead bulb flicks on, revealing boxes of wine and liquor stacked ceiling-high. Connor shuts the door, muting the noise from the club to a faint heartbeat. He walks over to a refrigerator and opens it - INSIDE SHOT - reaching past the cases of beer to retrieve a Coke from among the sodas. He shuts the refrigerator door and crosses to a cot in the corner. There is a knock at the door just as he eases down. Connor cracks open the Coke.

CONNOR
Come in.

The indistinct wail of Disco returns. Lorne walks a telephone receiver over to Connor.

LORNE
It's Aiden.

Connor takes it without comment. Lorne waits a beat, then with a weary frown turns and leaves, shutting the door behind him.

AIDEN'S VOICE
Just calling to find out where you're at
investigating those burnings.

CONNOR
I thought you were going to do that.

He takes a sip of his Coke.

AIDEN'S VOICE
I don't think....
Look, I'm just trying to find out more about the Anunnaki.

CONNOR
Gunn can--

AIDEN'S VOICE
Gunn's in England.

Connor deflates slightly. Then, with a sigh -

CONNOR
I'll stop by there later, okay?

AIDEN'S VOICE
I'll be here.

Connor clicks off the phone and stands up. He walks over to the door and opens it. Sure enough, Lorne is there waiting.

LORNE
Done?

He takes the receiver, scrutinizing Connor with concern.

LORNE
Listen, Connor, the vamps out in the club right now
are the ones who robbed your pop's garage.

CONNOR
Did they bomb it, too?

Lorne's brows knit.

LORNE
Not according to Alix.

He waits as if expecting Connor to do something. Connor circles around and returns to the cot.

LORNE
Aren't you going after them?

CONNOR
(sitting down)
They've probably sold the stuff off by now.

Lorne continues to stare and frown. Connor doesn't move under his scrutiny. Then, without looking up -

CONNOR
Tell me something.
(Lorne waits)
When you sing, do you see your own future?

LORNE
(taken aback)
What?

Connor meets his gaze.

CONNOR
Do you see your own future, the way you do other people's?

Lorne is still wary with concern.

LORNE
You know it doesn't work like that, Connor.
I see images, impressions I have to interpret.
I get a sense of a person. Where they're headed.
(he shakes his head)
And no, I don't see anything when I sing.
(he raises a hand off Connor's parting lips)
And before you ask--
nothing's changed in what I see when you sing.

Connor slumps and looks away.

CONNOR
It's still "a war and a blonde."

Lorne nods. Connor stands abruptly.

CONNOR
I've always preferred brunettes.

And with that, he heads out of the storage room, veering around Lorne. Lorne looks after him, nonplussed.

CUT TO - INT. CLUB MAIN FLOOR

A brunette lounges at the bar, expectant and watchful, then gapes with surprise as Connor passes. She leaps after him, catching up to him at the stairs.

ALIX
Hey.

Connor turns.

ALIX
(flabbergasted)
You just walked right past me like I wasn't even there!

CONNOR
Sorry. I'm kind of busy.

Alix mounts a step, then another.

ALIX
Busy? Doing what, exactly?
You don't have a job, you're not going to school.

Connor scoffs at her bluntness.

CONNOR
Yeah. Thanks for reminding me.

He takes a step down, his lips compressing grudgingly.

CONNOR
Look, Alix...what happened between us,
(a beat; he shrugs)
what's been happening....
It doesn't mean anything. You know that.

Alix guffaws abruptly, then gives him a sour frown. With a toss of her head, she is in GAME FACE.

ALIX
Oh, no, absolutely nothing.

Connor stares. Then he turns back around and continues up into daylight.


INT. SLAYER COUNCIL LIBRARY - EARLY AFTERNOON

IN FRAME, stretched between fingers - The PIECE OF CLOTH with DEMON SYMBOLS that the Army Ops soldiers retrieved from the bombed-out Syndicate warehouse and gave to Faith in episode 2.07.

Aiden lays the cloth on the table and starts pecking with effort at a keyboard. ON a LAPTOP COMPUTER SCREEN - A web search engine. The words  A M U L E T   O F    B E L ' I Q I  slowly appear. CLOSE-UP on Aiden, wincing with discomfort as he types. He turns next to the DESKTOP MONITOR, sitting beside the laptop. His hand gingerly clasps the mouse. ON SCREEN - Various DEMONIC SYMBOLS from the cloth appear, enlarged, followed by a pop-up screen that blinks PROCESSING.

Aiden watches it for a moment, then leans over with a grunt. We hear the zzzrrrpt of a zipper. He sits up. TIGHT SHOT of his lap as he shakily unscrews the lid of a small silver FLASK. He raises it and KNOCKS BACK a swig. His face twists into a sickened grimace.


DISSOLVE TO the ANCIENT EYE PROPRIETOR pacing back and forth, blinking nervously and gesticulating with his hands as he speaks.

MANNY
The potion increases brain power--
the ability to...absorb information, to make...connections,
and to form conclusions based on that.
But it has side effects.

INT. JASON GUELPH'S OFFICE - EARLY AFTERNOON

Guelph is sitting on the front edge of his desk. Our POV of the proprietor, however, is from the seat of Guelph's chair, where, from the proprietor's repeated glances in that direction, it is obvious someone is sitting.

GUELPH
Which are?

MANNY
It must weaken the barriers to the mind
in order to work.
And it saps physical power.

He rubs an unshaven chin and turns towards Guelph.

MANNY
Aiden Walsh--he's a kid I've dealt with before--
he put in the order.
I recognized the ingredients right away.
It's an ancient Solomonic potion thought lost.

GUELPH
Where did he find it?

MANNY
(a furtive glance towards the chair)
Well, there are rumors that, uh, the Syndicate
looted the library in your Los Angeles digs,
and the Slayers claimed it when they defeated them.

GUELPH
The contents of the former L.A. office are quite secure.
(Guelph stands up)
Thank you. You can go.

The proprietor's eyes dart towards then chair, then he nods and slinks out.

LILAH (O.S.)
How much did you pay for that information?

GUELPH
Nothing. He brought it to us.
(he turns towards the desk)
He wants a contract with the firm for his shop.

LILAH (O.S.)
That can be arranged.
So what's the plan?

GUELPH
We feed Walsh information.
Everything we have from our moles inside the Gathering.
He'll think it's the potion.
Then the psychics retrieve his conclusions.

We hear the soft beep of cell phone buttons. Then -

LILAH (O.S.)
(tone softening)
I want all the intelligence we have on the Gathering
in an hour.
And call the psychics.

Lilah clicks the phone off.

LILAH
Oh, by the way?
The White Room's on stand-by.

Guelph gives her an uneasy nod.

BLACK OUT.

END OF ACT ONE

Act Two

EXT. GATHERING HEADQUARTERS - GRANADA HILLS - EARLY AFTERNOON - ESTABLISHING

INT. STONE CHAMBER

TIGHT SHOT - Illyria stands before a stone-and-mortar wall, arms at her sides, one hand clasped around a felt-tipped marker. The wall before her is covered with SCRAWLED DEMONIC SYMBOLS. There is a knock on the door. Illyria doesn't turn.

ILLYRIA
Enter.

K'shan pauses to throw a discrete glance at the walls. WIDE SHOT - The room has a high ceiling where the only window is. Light streaks down on a simple chair and a table covered in books and an ODD BLACK, STUDDED BOX. K'shan turns his attention to Illyria. His voice echoes in the chamber.

K'SHAN
Lord, the sorcerers still have not located
the Dagger of the Nyazians.

CLOSE-UP on Illyria's distracted expression.

K'SHAN (O.S.)
But finding it may not be necessary.

This wins him a brief backwards glance.

K'SHAN
It--it seems that the demon-born human
Connor Reilly has been a target of the Gathering
for some time.

ILLYRIA
They knew of the Nyazian Prophecies before this.

K'SHAN
Yes.
(he licks his lips)
And what they tell me of the prophecies would imply
that only Connor Reilly can wield the dagger.
Which means killing him is as good as
destroying the dagger,
because without him, it is only a knife.

ILLYRIA
Find out.

K'SHAN
It's already being done.

K'shan lapses into silence and waits. Finally -

ILLYRIA
What is this other matter you wished to discuss?

K'SHAN
(hesitantly)
There have been...reports...of demons found on the streets,
dead, branded with the sacred symbol of the Old Ones.
They were each of them known traitors who colluded with humans.

This draws another backwards glance.

ILLYRIA
I presume from your manner you did not order their deaths.

K'SHAN
No, but I suspect it is members of the Gathering,
acting on their own.
And I wonder if it's a good idea for them to
attract attention to themselves like this.

Illyria lifts her chin. CLOSE-UP - Her cold blue eyes look troubled.

ILLYRIA
Do they feel my plans are not enough?

From the sinking of K'shan's head and eyes, it is clear what his answer is.

K'SHAN
Some members...continue to express...doubts--
that you are an Old One,
that you can assume your original form.

ILLYRIA
I do not require their belief.

Her eyes flash with powerful anger.

ILLYRIA
They are nothing to me, and I would just as soon
gut them all where they stand!

She finally turns. K'shan steals a brief glance, then looks down again.

ILLYRIA
But if they cannot wait for the death of the enemy,
then let them hasten it.
Order all my doubters to go after anyone who would stop us.

K'shan looks briefly puzzled at this.

K'SHAN
You do realize, Lord, that if that includes humans,
the Slayers will go on the defensive,
and they'll start on the streets.

Illyria seems unfazed by this. K'shan's eyes widen with realization. He nods and turns to exit.


EXT. BUNGALOW-STYLE APARTMENT COMPLEX - EARLY AFTERNOON

IN FRAME, LONG SHOT - An AGING DUPLEX COTTAGE with a wide wooden porch nearly hidden behind scraggly bushes. A car passes by on the street. The camera PANS DOWN until it appears to SINK RIGHT THROUGH THE GROUND. Gradually, the resulting darkness resolves into a -

INT. MURKY SEWER TUNNEL

REAR LONG SHOT - Drusilla strolls its length, fingertips to her temples. She halts and gazes up at the tunnel ceiling as if she can see right through layers of concrete and earth to the day-lit world above. Then something brings her attention back to the tunnel.

TIGHT CLOSE-UP of her ethereal sneer in shadows.

DRUSILLA
You smell of cinders. Burnt flesh and death.

Her face GOES VAMP. She whirls around on WILLIS. He has both hands up as if that would keep her at bay.

WILLIS
You can't kill me.

Drusilla scrutinizes him, then demures with a petulant pout.

DRUSILLA
Wouldn't like the taste, anyway.

Willis steps towards her, hands still raised.

WILLIS
I need to speak to you, Drusilla...
about the Gathering.

Drusilla's face returns to human form. Her eyes dart away boredly.

DRUSILLA
Don't know what that is.

She circles around and starts to wander the tunnel again. Willis doesn't take his eyes of her for a beat.

WILLIS
You don't play dumb very well.

He lowers his hands and relaxes his stance.

WILLIS
Maybe your great-granddaddy didn't tell you....
In fact, I'm sure he didn't, since he was a nutter.
(intent beat)
Demons don't like vampires.
You're abominations; you stink of humanity.

Drusilla looks positively affronted by this.

DRUSILLA
Not possible.
I've bathed quite frequently in the last century.

WILLIS
(persisting)
They also want Connor Reilly dead.

This gets Drusilla's attention. She turns back.

WILLIS
And I mean dead dead,
not walking the night drinking blood dead.
(a wry smirk)
He's prophesied to be...something of a nuisance
to them in the future.

LINGERING CUT on Drusilla, dark eyes absorbing this.

WILLIS
(continuing)
The Gathering attacked Spike last night.
They'll go after Angel when they find him.
(significant beat)
And they're using you.

Drusilla doesn't look pleased.

WILLIS
You want the end of the world?
The vampire playground the Master dreamed of?
My patrons can offer that to you.
(now she's interested)
You see, they're Old Ones, too.
But they don't want humans dead; quite the contrary.
They just want the balance of power to shift...
significantly.

DRUSILLA
I wish to meet them.

Casually, he backs off.

WILLIS
You will, soon enough.

And with that, he turns. Drusilla stares after him as he recedes up the tunnel.

WILLIS
Oh, and if you want to kill Tammy Pitts,
be my guest.
Just kill her. Don't make her a vampire.


EXT. HUMANSPACE COFFEE HOUSE - LOS ANGELES - AFTERNOON

INT. COFFEE HOUSE

TWO SHOT - Mark sits across a scratched-up table from the woman with florescent red hair and sunglasses, scowling sullenly over his coffee cup.

RED-HEADED WOMAN
We're holding off for the time being.

This obviously wasn't what he wanted to hear.

MARK
Why? Because he took out three demons and survived?
All the more reason to think he's not human, Louise!

MAN (O.S.)
He's human.

They look up to see Ferrar standing there.

FERRAR
And he's been with the Slayers for two years,
fighting demons.

MARK
(challenging)
Sounds like you're defending him.

Louise rises from her chair.

LOUISE
Let's go.
I'm expected back at the penthouse at three.
I can't have them asking where I've been.

CUT TO - EXT. COFFEE HOUSE

The three of them exit and start up the sidewalk together. Mark still looks unhappy.

MARK
(insistent)
He killed those demons we sent out
in order to protect another demon!

LOUISE
Enough.
For now, he lives.

Mark scowls and slugs a sip from his cup.

LOUISE
So what's this I'm hearing about a plan
to blow up the mansion in Granada Hills?

MARK
It's been tossed around.

Ferrar stops on the sidewalk.

FERRAR
What?

The other two come to a halt. LONG CRANE SHOT looking down at them from a building across the street, over the shoulder of an INDISTINCT FIGURE.

FERRAR
(from a distance)
That's insanity!
Who's going to handle the magic, Mark?
You've cut off all ties with Reginald and Shakul
by staging these demon attacks--!

MARK
We don't need Reginald or Shakul!

STREET-LEVEL THREE-SHOT of them huddled in a circle, eyeing each other with hostility.

FERRAR
That mansion has supernatural safeguards
we can't touch without Shakul's help.
Let the Slayers go after it!

MARK
(brows raised in challenge)
Are they going after it?

FERRAR
Their plan's already in the works.

MARK
And in the meantime?

FERRAR
In the meantime, we lay low.


EXT. UP-SCALE WHITE HIGH-RISE - SANTA MONICA - A SHORT WHILE LATER

INT. UNDERGROUND PARKING LOT

The BALD, SUITED MAN exits a Mercedes, phone to his ear.

REGINALD
We'll talk about it when you get here, Louise.

LONG SHOT over the shoulder of another INDISTINCT FIGURE - Reginald crosses the parking lot headed towards the elevators.


EXT. TRACY'S APARTMENT BUILDING - AFTERNOON - ESTABLISHING

The non-descript utilitarian building we've seen before.

INT. LIVING ROOM

IN FRAME - A desk littered with fabric swatches of different colors and textures. Tracy is absorbed in examining them when a KNOCK AT THE DOOR draws her head up. She frowns and rises.

CUT TO - INT. FRONT HALLWAY

Tracy's POV - The door opens on a weary, bedraggled Connor. Tracy gasps.

TRACY
Connor, what are you doing here?

He offers her a weak smile.

CONNOR
Hey.

TRACY
(eyes widening)
Oh! Your portfolio. Come in.

She steps away and Connor enters, hands in his pockets. She stares after him with concern as she shuts and locks the door. Connor turns back, then follows her into the living room.

TRACY
(conversationally)
I went by your old dorm room
and met Dave's new roommate.
He seems nice.

INT. LIVING ROOM

She continues right into her bedroom, bringing Connor to a flummoxed halt. He turns and wanders over towards the desk. A moment later, Tracy reappears, portfolio dangling from her hand.

TRACY
(proffering it)
I haven't looked inside.
I didn't think I should unless you were here.

Connor soaks in the sight of it with a tender, pained gaze. He takes it from her.

CONNOR
(with a wry smile)
Do you want to see it?

TRACY
(grinning)
Sure, if you want to show it to me.

They share a lingering look followed by a bashful smile. Connor walks the portfolio over to the couch.

CONNOR
Someone might as well see them.

Tracy follows, brows knit.

TRACY
What do you mean by that?

Connor unzips the portfolio and opens it flat on the couch cushions.

TRACY
You're going to keep drawing, right?

Connor reaches for the pages stuffed inside, jaw set with determination.

CONNOR
Oh, yeah.

He raises the stack. OVER-THE-SHOULDER-SHOT - On top is a COMIC BOOK PANEL SKETCH shaded with colored pencils - An arid, rocky landscape set against a blood-red sky. In the foreground is a TINY FIGURE battling a HUGE, FIERCE BEAST.

Emotions clash on Connor's face - longing, pride, weariness, pain.

CONNOR
Just not this.


INT. HOBO'S BAR - AFTERNOON - ESTABLISHING

The Hollywood dive with the florescent cocktail glass in the window.

INT. HOBO'S

The homey neighborhood pub is scattered with the usual early crowd - a few older men sitting at the bar soaking up Faith's jovial flirting as she pours them drinks, and a pair of scruffy-looking teenagers huddled into the jukebox to hide the fact that they are too young to be in there. Evanescence's rhythmic, powerful "Going Under" starts up abruptly.

CUT TO the front door. It opens a foot then shuts again, then opens once more a few feet. Slowly, it gives way as Aiden lurches his wheelchair through. Once he is inside, he uses the chair joystick to approach the bar. Faith throws him a perfunctory wave as she finishes filling a tap beer. She sets the glass in front of a patron, wipes her hands, and heads around to where Aiden is waiting. He looks frazzled.

FAITH
Done for the day?

AIDEN
Actually, I just came in for a pick-me-up.

FAITH
Coming up.

Faith heads back where she came from. Aiden turns and pulls up to the end of an empty booth. A moment later, Faith slaps a coaster down in front of him and sets a steaming Irish coffee on top of it. Aiden has his book bag open on the table.

FAITH
So, watcha got?

AIDEN
(fishing around inside it)
I've been researching the Amulet of Bel'Iqi.

Faith's lips part with puzzlement.

PATRON (O.S.)
Bartender!

FAITH
(annoyed)
Hang on.

She disappears. Aiden glances after her over his shoulder, then - TIGHT SHOT - brings his flask out of his book bag and pours a bit of its contents into his mug. He screws the cap back on and loses it quickly in his bag again. He reaches for the mug with both hands and brings it up. His lips purse slightly at the first, tentative sip. He takes another and sets the mug back down, wincing.

Faith returns a few beats later. She climbs into the booth past his wheelchair wheels and plops down.

FAITH
Aiden, the Amulet of Bel-whatev--?

AIDEN
Bel'Iqi. You remember, that pendant that supposedly
brought out Connor's "shadow side"?

FAITH
Yeah, I was there.
Look, maybe it just reverted him back to when he was
a kid or something.
(she nods back towards the bar)
Got some Tequilas that'll do that.
(she leans towards him over the table)
Poind, the Gathering is cooking up some major mojo,
and I need to know what it is!

AIDEN
(with dismay)
I just wondered why someone would
send it to him.

FAITH
Buffy brought it to him.
Hello? The Gathering?

AIDEN
I know.

He digs in his bag and pulls out the TORN SCRAP OF CLOTH containing the demonic symbols.

AIDEN
Remember this?

FAITH
(calming)
Sure.

AIDEN
Well, it occurred to me there might be
other examples of these symbols around.
So I scanned this cloth into the computer,
and ran a comparison on every database I could think of.

FAITH
(looking kind of impressed)
You can do that?

AIDEN
(with a casual shrug)
It's not that hard.
(then, with a grin and a gleam in his eye -)
And I found other examples.

Faith is again with the impressed.

AIDEN
Mostly on other creepy temples and buildings
around the world.
I haven't found much scholarly analysis yet,
but I'm still running the search.

Faith nods, absorbing this, then her worried look returns.

FAITH
Good, cause--and I'm not trying to pressure you,
but I need something fast.
Especially a way to stop whatever it is they're doing.

AIDEN
(reassuringly)
If it's out there, I'll find it.


INT. KITCHEN - TRACY'S APARTMENT - AFTERNOON

IN FRAME, one after the other - PENCIL DRAWINGS of a Quortoth-like place, some in reds and oranges, others a charcoal gray. CLOSE-UPS of a GIRL hunting and fighting, and an OLDER MAN looking on and instructing. Tracy is perched on a barstool on the outer side of her kitchen counter, gazing at them. Connor looks on uncomfortably beside her.

TRACY
I've been trying to understand why you're so
stuck on being "normal"....
(she glances up at him)
But I think I'm starting to, a little.
(earnest beat)
I can't imagine what it was like.
(she returns to the drawings)
This all seems like something out of...a fantasy movie.

Connor chuckles abruptly.

CONNOR
Well, it is a fantasy.
(he gestures at the sketches)
I mean, this is.

His gaze grows long and troubled.

CONNOR
I even made the main character a girl
just to prove it wasn't me.

TRACY
(clarifying)
But it was you.
This was what your life was like.

CONNOR
Actually, it was worse.
There were some things I saw growing up
I tried to draw, but....

He shakes his head. Tracy offers him an encouraging smile and returns to the sketches. She flips over the page. Connor looks away. INSERT - Darla and Angelus, strolling through an alleyway in 1764 York, England.

TRACY
This is different.
(she picks it up)
Something else you were working on?

Connor allows his gaze to settle on it.

CONNOR
That's my parents.

Tracy gapes.

TRACY
But this looks like--

CONNOR
Two hundred years ago.

Tracy guffaws. She takes in the sketch again, then peeks beneath it. She sets it aside. INSERT - A CLOSE-UP of contemporary DARLA.

TRACY
Your mother was beautiful.

CONNOR
(quietly)
Yeah.

TRACY
(looking at him)
Is she still...alive?

Connor shakes his head. Tracy's gaze lingers on him before returning to the sketches. INSERT - Slowly turning pages. More studies of Darla.

TRACY
But you cared about her.

Connor's only reply is to compress his lips. Tracy gives him a knowing smile. She turns the last drawing over and sits up.

TRACY
These are so good.
(an earnest look)
You need to get back to this.

Connor reaches across her and stacks the drawings together.

CONNOR
I will.
(he sets them back in the portfolio)
But I'm done with demons and...hell.

He closes it.

CONNOR
I was thinking maybe a series on the Trojan War.
(expectant beat; he looks at her)
Could you imagine that as a comic?
(he grins, pleased with himself)
That'd be cool.

Tracy grins in return. Connor grabs up a newsprint booklet off the counter and slaps it atop his portfolio. INSERT - Los Angeles Academy of Art Catalog. He opens it and starts turning the pages. Tracy scrutinizes him.

TRACY
(brow knit)
Connor, these people trying to...ruin your life....

CONNOR
(insistent, and suddenly angry)
They're not people.

After a beat, he looks up at her, his expression apologetic. She waits. With an exhale, Connor slides off the stool.

INT. LIVING ROOM

He strides across the room and throws himself on the couch, then sinks into the cushions. CLOSE-UP on the exhaustion etched into his face. Tracy sits down beside him.

CONNOR
They tried to...force me into something.
Then I told someone about it when I wasn't supposed to,
and now I guess the offer's..."null and void."

TRACY
(puzzled)
What's that mean?

CONNOR
(with frustration)
I don't know.
I don't know what it means.
(his eyes return to her, almost sad)
Except that...I can't go back.
(despairing beat)
They were going to give it all back to me, Trace--
My life with the Reillys, all the memories.
(a sheepish chuckle; his eyes dip shyly)
Us.

Tracy forces a smile over her worry.

CONNOR
(wistfully)
And they were gonna take away the memories of that
place I grew up.

TRACY
In exchange for what?

Connor shakes his head.

CONNOR
Doesn't matter now.

Tracy ponders this with a skeptical expression.

TRACY
It sounds...great, but...
would it have been?
(a beat; then grudgingly)
I mean, except maybe the "us" part....

They share a shy grin.

TRACY
(continuing)
Connor, you aren't the same guy now you were back then.
(she shifts in her seat towards him)
If you'd never gotten your memory back,
would you have become an artist?
Could you have?

Connor chuckles, flummoxed. Then his frustration returns.

CONNOR
I don't know.
I hadn't decided anything yet.
(he chuckles wryly)
I was actually applying for an internship
with a public relations firm around
the time I first got my memories back.

This earns a smirk from Tracy.

TRACY
Somehow...you don't strike me as the P.R. type.

CONNOR
Could you just see me in a suit?
I'd look ridiculous.

TRACY
(considering)
I think you'd look hot.

TIGHT SHOT - She takes his hand.

They pause a moment to stare down at their clasped hands. Then Connor's gaze grows long again.

CONNOR
Whatever I do now....
They still might try to take it away from me,
just for spite.

His faces twists into a scowl.

CONNOR
Everyone thinks they can decide what I'm going to be.

Tracy looks on with helpless empathy. There are years of weariness and resentment in Connor's scowl. And then, suddenly, a single tear.

CONNOR
I'm done with it all, Trace.
No one decides my life but me.
Nothing decides.


EXT. CLUB SEKHMET - AFTERNOON - ESTABLISHING

INT. SECOND FLOOR - SEKHMET

Willis strolls through the DARK, CORRIDOR-LIKE SPACE, turns the corner, and disappears into the DEEP BLACKNESS that is the gateway to his patrons' dimension.

DISSOLVE TO - EXT. REALM OF THE ANUNNAKI

He heads through disembodied revolving door, and into -

INT. WIDE, OLD-STYLE HOTEL LOBBY

What he sees there brings him to a halt. His POV, PANNING - The hotel guest are on their feet, staring at something and talking excitedly amongst themselves. Willis gapes. THE PAN ENDS at a CRACK high in the hotel wall. BRIGHT LIGHT is seeping through it.


INT. SLAYER COUNCIL LIBRARY - LATE AFTERNOON

FOREGROUND - Aiden is studying a file on his laptop. In the out-of-focus background, someone enters the room through the swirling portal. Aiden looks up expectantly, then, with a sour frown, returns to his reading. The FOCUS SHIFTS. Nigel turns towards the bookcase.

NIGEL
Hello to you, too.

AIDEN
Sorry.
I thought you were Connor.

NIGEL
(browsing)
Expecting him?

AIDEN
(wearily)
All day.
(then, with frustration -)
It's not like you can just pick up a phone
and call him.

Nigel has no answer for this. He plucks a book from the shelf. A computer BEEPS. Aiden's attention shifts to the desktop. On the screen is a POP-UP WINDOW with the words, "Analysis complete." Aiden raises his hands to the keyboard. CLOSE-UP - They are visibly shaking. He casts a furtive glance at Nigel. Nigel closes the book in his hands and turns to go. He pauses to scrutinize Aiden.

NIGEL
You know, you're looking rather pale.
Try not to work late.

A perfunctory smile from Aiden.

AIDEN
I won't.

TIGHT SHOT - His fingers fumble on the ENTER key. ON THE DESKTOP SCREEN - One by one, window upon window appears, each one overlapping the last. On them we see images of DEMONS, HORRIFYING APOCALYPTIC VISIONS, and a veritable orgy of DEATH, DESTRUCTION, and MADNESS.

AIDEN
(balking)
Okay, that's not good.


SPEEDED-UP TRANSITIONAL SHOT - The LATE AFTERNOON SUN sinks into the western sky.


INT. TAMMY'S ROOM - CONVENT - EARLY EVENING

The blond Slayer DEB paces the room restlessly, hands on her hips. She glances at her watch.

DEB
Where is he? I have to go!

Tammy sits cross-legged on the bed. She shrugs.

TAMMY
Then go.
He's probably just running late.

DEB
(exasperated)
And of course, he doesn't have a cell.

She glances towards the door, mouth twisted, vexed.

DEB
I shouldn't.
(then, with frustration -)
Damn it.

TAMMY
(matter-of-factly)
Listen. I've been here three months.
I've never seen a single person in this convent
who didn't belong here.
I'll be fine for the ten minutes or whatever
it turns out to be.

Another hesitant look from Deb. Tammy shoos her away with a hand.

TAMMY
Go! Go on your date.
Experience this thing called "life,"
then come back and tell me what it's
like to have one!

Deb grins weakly, then inhales deep.

DEB
(in a self-reassuring tone)
Okay. All right.
He should only be a couple minutes.

Tammy gives her a pleasant smile and watches while Deb picks up her shoulder bag from the desk chair and dons it.

DEB
I have the morning shift tomorrow.

TAMMY
Great, 'cause I expect details.

Deb grins, gives her a wave, and turns to leave. At the click of the door shutting, Tammy is on her feet. She throws open the doors of her armoire.

CUT TO - EXT. CONVENT COURTYARD - A SHORT WHILE LATER

Suitcase in hand, Tammy Pitts slinks through the shadows, keeping an eye out for unexpected nuns.

BLACK OUT.


END OF ACT TWO

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Comments:


starryniteshade
starryniteshade at 2009-05-25 23:04 (UTC) (Link)
Aaaaaaaargh! You are writing faster than I can read! My problem - not yours. Good for you, getting this out.

Anyways this is kind of like the real series when I only saw the episodes on DVD and could watch as many in a row as I wanted.
Darth Masq, Sith Lord of Philosophy
masqthephlsphr at 2009-05-26 01:17 (UTC) (Link)
Never fear--two episodes left and the series will be done, freeing up everyone to read to their heart's content without worry of forgetting between episode releases.

LOLOL

Hope to get it done by Fall.
starryniteshade
starryniteshade at 2009-05-26 02:25 (UTC) (Link)
without worry of forgetting between episode

Some of us have a worry of forgetting between paragraphs, sentences and even...ah....er...um....oh, never mind.
Darth Masq, Sith Lord of Philosophy
masqthephlsphr at 2009-05-26 02:29 (UTC) (Link)
That I can't do anything about.I hear there's drugs for it, though. LOL
starryniteshade
starryniteshade at 2009-05-26 13:47 (UTC) (Link)
That I can't do anything about.I hear there's drugs for it, though.

Uh...drugs for what? :-)
Darth Masq, Sith Lord of Philosophy
masqthephlsphr at 2009-05-26 14:21 (UTC) (Link)
It's...

I almost fell for that one! I'm feeling unnervingly literal this morning after typing up my latest LJ entry.
starryniteshade
starryniteshade at 2009-05-27 00:56 (UTC) (Link)
I almost fell for that one!

LOL!

I'm feeling unnervingly literal

Yes, that would be unnerving. However, there is a bright side...it keeps everyone guessing. Heh-heh.
Darth Masq, Sith Lord of Philosophy
masqthephlsphr at 2009-05-27 01:16 (UTC) (Link)
Actually, I would have thought the opposite was true.
starryniteshade
starryniteshade at 2009-05-27 02:02 (UTC) (Link)
It keeps them guessing if you're inconsistently literal / non-literal. Sort of like lying works best if you mix in some truth.
Darth Masq, Sith Lord of Philosophy
masqthephlsphr at 2009-05-27 02:09 (UTC) (Link)
O Rly?

"Wolf!"
starryniteshade
starryniteshade at 2009-05-27 02:20 (UTC) (Link)
Changing the topic....

I happily discovered that I have three (3) episodes to read - all in a row without the need for meds. I've printed out the first to read on my flights tomorrow (Toronto and return).
Darth Masq, Sith Lord of Philosophy
masqthephlsphr at 2009-05-27 02:34 (UTC) (Link)
You're flying to Toronto? I thought you could drive that. Must be a short puddle-jumper flight.

Enjoy the eps.
(Anonymous) at 2009-06-17 18:28 (UTC) (Link)
So.... what precisely happed between Connor and Alix?
Darth Masq, Sith Lord of Philosophy
masqthephlsphr at 2009-06-17 18:43 (UTC) (Link)
They slept together at the end of the last episode, and the implication is that it may have happened more than once between this episode and the last. Sorry if that was vague.
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