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ACT I
[More linking scenes here -- guess 3 for the sake of numbering 
the following scenes. The last scene will end with:]
                                  DAWN hugs BUFFY.

                        DAWN
           You're home Buffy... You're home.
BUFFY just stares.
SCENE 4
      A NEW DAY - VARIOUS LOCATIONS - CONTINUING

      "OVERTURE"

                                  The OVERTURE begins as the lights
                                  come up over the whole stage.

                                  WILLOW, TARA, XANDER, ANYA & GILES
                                  enter from different points around
                                  the stage and cheerfully go about
                                  their daily activities. DAWN
                                  stands and joins them.

                                  BUFFY rises slowly, moves US to
                                  sit at a dressing table and begins
                                  wiping dirt off her face, then
                                  brushes her hair.

                                  The feel of the scene is like busy
                                  worker bees around a very
                                  lethargic BUFFY.

                                  As the OVERTURE is coming to a
                                  finish, the LIGHTS FADE to
                                  "moonlight" and the scoobies, as
                                  though a normal part of their
                                  activities, clear any props and
                                  place headstones around the stage.

                                  BUFFY has put her hair up, and now
                                  takes off her black gown.
                                  Underneath she is wearing her
                                  patrolling gear. She puts on her
                                  BLACK LEATHER JACKET then places a
                                  couple of stakes in the inside
                                  pockets.
SCENE 5
      SUNNYDALE CEMETERY - NIGHT - CONTINUING

                                  She begins walking DS patrolling
                                  the graveyard, looking bored.


      "GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS"

                        BUFFY
      EVERY SINGLE NIGHT
      THE SAME ARRANGEMENT
      I GO OUT AND FIGHT THE FIGHT
      STILL I ALWAYS FEEL
      THIS STRANGE ESTRANGEMENT

                                  LONE VAMPIRE enters, trying to
                                  circle around BUFFY without being
                                  noticed. BUFFY spots him.

                        BUFFY (cont'd)
      NOTHING HERE IS REAL
      NOTHING HERE IS RIGHT

                                  The LONE VAMPIRE lunges at BUFFY
                                  and she beats him up as she sings.

                        BUFFY (cont'd)
      I'VE BEEN MAKING SHOWS
      OF TRADING BLOWS
      JUST HOPING NO ONE KNOWS
      THAT I'VE BEEN
      GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS

                                  BUFFY throws the LONE VAMPIRE to
                                  the ground and reaches into her
                                  jacket for a stake.

                        BUFFY (cont'd)
      WALKING THROUGH THE PART

                                  LONE VAMPIRE gets to his feet and
                                  creeps back up to BUFFY.

                        BUFFY (cont'd)
      NOTHING SEEMS TO PENETRATE MY...
                       (She stakes LONE VAMPIRE through the
                        heart.)
      ...HEART

                                  VAMPIRE WITH SWORD, carrying a
                                  sword, VAMPIRE WITH LINE and GOAT
                                  DEMON enter, with a captive
                                  HANDSOME MAN and tie him to a
                                  tree(?). BUFFY turns to them.

                        BUFFY (cont'd)
      I WAS ALWAYS BRAVE
      AND KIND OF RIGHTEOUS
      NOW I FIND I'M WAVERING

                                  VAMPIRE WITH SWORD swings the
                                  sword at BUFFY, misses her and she
                                  punches him to the ground. He
                                  drops the sword as he sprawls.

                        BUFFY (cont'd)
      CRAWL OUT OF YOUR GRAVE
      YOU'LL FIND THIS FIGHT
      JUST DOESN'T MEAN A THING

                                  BUFFY punches VAMPIRE WITH LINE in
                                  the face, spinning his head around
                                  to face the audience.

                        VAMPIRE WITH LINE
      SHE AIN'T GOT THAT SWING

                                  He punches BUFFY, knocking her to
                                  the ground.

                        BUFFY
                       (still on the ground)
      THANKS FOR NOTICING

                        VAMPIRE WITH SWORD, VAMPIRE WITH
                        LINE & GOAT DEMON
                       (dancing)
      SHE DOES PRETTY WELL
      WITH FIENDS FROM HELL
      BUT LATELY WE CAN TELL

                                  BUFFY picks up the sword and jumps
                                  to her feet.

                        VAMPIRE WITH SWORD, VAMPIRE WITH
                        LINE & GOAT DEMON (cont'd)
      THAT SHE'S JUST GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS
      FAKING IT SOMEHOW

                                  BUFFY slashes VAMPIRE WITH LINE,
                                  kicks VAMPIRE WITH SWORD to the
                                  ground, then runs the sword
                                  through the GOAT DEMON.

                        GOAT DEMON
      SHE'S NOT EVEN HALF THE GIRL SHE --
                       (delayed reaction, looks down at his wound
                        and collapses)
      OWW!

                        BUFFY
                       (walking over to HANDSOME MAN)
      WILL I STAY THIS WAY FOREVER?
      SLEEPWALK THROUGH MY LIFE'S ENDEAVOR?

                                  She cuts the rope holding him with
                                  a slash of the sword.

                        HANDSOME MAN
      HOW CAN I REPAY --

                        BUFFY
      WHATEVER

                                  BUFFY absentmindedly hands the
                                  SWORD to the HANDSOME MAN and
                                  turns away without having even
                                  looked at him.

                                  As she continues singing, he'll
                                  look down at the sword, back at
                                  her, then exit slowly, confused.

                        BUFFY (cont'd)
      I DON'T WANT TO BE
      GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS
      LOSING ALL MY DRIVE
      I CAN'T EVEN SEE
      IF THIS IS REALLY ME

                                  VAMPIRE WITH SWORD leaps up again
                                  and moves toward BUFFY

                        BUFFY (cont'd)
      AND I JUST WANNA BE...
                       (She stakes him)
      ...ALIVE!

                                                          BLACKOUT
SCENE 6
      THE MAGIC BOX - DAY

                                  DSL is THE MAGIC BOX area, with
                                  the READING TABLE and a few
                                  CHAIRS, a BOOKSHELF, a couple of
                                  TROLLIES with various items on,
                                  and a SALES COUNTER.

                                  GILES is standing at a bookshelf
                                  with a book, WILLOW and TARA are
                                  checking out some candles.

                                  XANDER and ANYA sit at the TABLE.
                                  ANYA is reading a wedding
                                  magazine, XANDER is playing with a
                                  cruller and a donut.

                        XANDER
           Respect the cruller, and tame the donut!

                        ANYA
                       (without looking up, unconvincing)
           That's still funny, sweetie.

                            [maybe more talk about the marriage/engagement party]

                                  BUFFY enters from DSL.

                        GILES
           Hello, Buffy.

                        WILLOW
           Oh Hey, did Dawn get off to school all right
           this morning?

                        BUFFY
                       (very distracted)
           What? Uh..Oh, yeah. I think so.

                                  WILLOW is concerned by BUFFY'S
                                  response.

                        BUFFY (cont'd)
                       (addressing everyone in general)
           So er, no research? Nothing going on? Monsters
           or whatnot?
                       (OTHERS shake their heads)
           Good! Good. Ah, so did anybody -- uh... Last
           night, did anybody um...
                       (finally blurts it out)
           burst into song?

                                  A moment of stunned silence.
                                  Everyone looks at each other.

                        XANDER
           Merciful Zeus!

                                  They are suddenly all telling
                                  their stories at once.

                        WILLOW
           We thought it was just us!

                        GILES
           Well, I sang but I had my guitar at the
           hotel...

                        TARA
           It was bizarre. We were talking and then it was
           like...

                        BUFFY
           Like you were in a musical!

                        GILES
           That would explain the huge backing orchestra I
           couldn't see and the synchronized dancing from
           the room service chaps.

                        WILLOW
           We did a whole duet about dish washing.

                        ANYA
           And we were arguing and then everything rhymed
           and there were harmonies and the dance with
           coconuts.

                        WILLOW
           There was an entire verse about the cous-cous.

                        XANDER
           It was very disturbing.

                        GILES
                       (to Buffy)
           What did you sing about?

                        BUFFY
                       (lying unconvincingly)
           I don't remember. But it seemed perfectly
           normal.

                        XANDER
           But disturbing, and not the natural order of
           things, and do you think it'll happen again?
           (see scriptbook)

                        GILES
           Well, we should look into it.

                        WILLOW
           With the books. (see scriptbook)

                        TARA
           Do we have any books on this?

                        XANDER
           Well, we just gotta break it down. Look at the
           factors before it happens again, because I for
           one --

      "I'VE GOT A THEORY/ BUNNIES/ IF WE'RE TOGETHER"

                        GILES
      I'VE GOT A THEORY
      THAT IT'S A DEMON
      A DANCING DEMON
      NAH, SOMETHING ISN'T RIGHT THERE

                        WILLOW
      I'VE GOT A THEORY
      SOME KID IS DREAMIN'
      AND WE'RE ALL STUCK INSIDE
      HIS WACKY BROADWAY NIGHTMARE
                       (TARA does "wacky" Jazz hands)

                        XANDER
      I'VE GOT A THEORY
      WE SHOULD WORK THIS OUT

                        XANDER, GILES, ANYA, WILLOW, TARA
      IT'S GETTING EERIE
      WHAT'S THIS CHEERY SINGING ALL ABOUT?

                        XANDER
                       (Jumping to his feet)
      IT COULD BE WITCHES
      SOME EVIL WITCHES --
                       (spots WILLOW & TARA and backpeddels)
      WHICH IS RIDICULOUS,
      'CAUSE WITCHES, THEY WERE PERSECUTED
      WICCA GOOD AND LOVE THE EARTH
      AND WOMEN POWER AND I'LL BE OVER HERE

                        ANYA
      I'VE GOT A THEORY
      IT COULD BE BUNNIES

                                  Others stare at ANYA in stunned
                                  silence.

                                  SOUND FX: Crickets chirping.

                        TARA
                       (turning back to the group)
      I'VE GOT A THEORY --

                                  ANYA'S next song has the delivery,
                                  lighting and pyrotechnics of
                                  stadium rock.

                        ANYA
      BUNNIES AREN'T JUST CUTE
      LIKE EVERYBODY SUPPOSES!
      THEY GOT THEM HOPPY LEGS
      AND TWITCHY LITTLE NOSES!
      AND WHAT'S WITH ALL THE CARROTS?
      WHAT DO THEY NEED SUCH GOOD EYESIGHT FOR ANYWAY?
      BUNNIES! BUNNIES!
      IT MUST BE BUNNIES!
                       (The others still stare in stunned
                        silence)
      OR MAYBE MIDGETS?

                        WILLOW
      I'VE GOT A THEORY
      WE SHOULD WORK THIS FAST

                        WILLOW & GILES
      BECAUSE IT CLEARLY COULD GET SERIOUS
      BEFORE IT'S PASSED

                          BUFFY
      I'VE GOT A THEORY
      IT DOESN'T MATTER
      WHAT CAN'T WE FACE IF WE'RE TOGETHER?
      WHAT'S IN THIS PLACE THAT WE CAN'T WEATHER?
      APOCALYPSE?
      WE'VE ALL BEEN THERE
      THE SAME OLD TRIPS
      WHY SHOULD WE CARE?

                        BUFFY, WILLOW, TARA, XANDER &
                        ANYA
                       (GILES seems unsure about joining in)
      WHAT CAN'T WE DO IF WE GET IN IT?
      WE'LL WORK IT THROUGH WITHIN A MINUTE

                        ALL
                       (GILES joins in)
      WE HAVE TO TRY
      WE'LL PAY THE PRICE
      IT'S DO OR DIE

                        BUFFY
      HEY, I'VE DIED TWICE

                        ALL
      WHAT CAN'T WE FACE IF WE'RE TOGETHER?
      WHAT'S IN THIS PLACE THAT WE CAN'T WEATHER?
      THERE'S NOTHING WE CAN'T FACE

                        ANYA
      EXCEPT FOR BUNNIES...

                        XANDER
           See, okay that was disturbing.

                        WILLOW
           I thought it was neat.

                        BUFFY
                       (to GILES)
           So what is it? What's causing it?

                        GILES
           I thought it didn't matter?

                        BUFFY
           Well, I'm not exactly quaking in my stylish,
           yet affordable boots, but there's definitely
           something unnatural going on here... and that
           doesn't usually lead to hugs and puppies.

                        ANYA
           Well, is it just us? Is it only happening to
           us?... because that would probably mean a
           spell.

                                  BUFFY turns and exits DSL. LIGHTS
                                  DOWN on MAGIC BOX and LIGHTS UP on
                                  CS as HAPPY CUSTOMER enters.
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