Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Becoming, Part I

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Becoming, Part I

At the graveyard, Buffy and Angel scuffle some more. Buffy pulls out Mr. Pointy and says, "Come on. Let's finish this. You and me." Angelus chuckles, saying, "You never learn do you? This wasn't about you! This was never about you." Buffy stands stock still, a slow horror dawning on her face as she realizes that she isn't the be-all and end-all of everyone's existence. Or maybe she realizes that it was all a trap. Either way, she takes off running.

In the library, Kendra and Xander are still resisting the vampires when the doors swing open and Drusilla enters. She claps her hands sharply and calls, "Enough." Dru gives Kendra a come-hither finger wave, only she makes it a thousand times more theatrical than necessary. Kendra faces off and prepares to fight, but Drusilla calmly circles Kendra. Kendra lashes out, but Dru easily evades the blows and sends her spinning to the ground with the weakest punch I've ever seen from a vampire. Kendra kicks Dru in the gut, causing her to double over in pain, and Kendra lunges. But Dru was feigning her injury and instead grasps Kendra by the throat and forces her against the check-out desk. "Look at me, dearie," says Dru while waving two of her fingers before Kendra's gaze. Dru starts to hypnotize her: "Be in my eyes. Be in me." She releases Kendra, who is now in Dru's thrall, swaying back and forth.

Buffy runs some more. She jumps a park bench. Go, Buffy, go!

Drusilla, eyes on Kendra, flexes her fingers and then slices viciously across Kendra's jugular. Kendra falls, bleeding heavily and grabbing at her neck. Drusilla directs the remaining hench vamps to "get what we came for," and they drag Giles out.

Buffy is running across campus now. She throws open the door and barrels down the hall. As she's rounding the corner in her blue three-quarter-length coat, the slo-mo monster catches up with her. Whistler narrates, "Bottom line is, even if you see 'em coming, you're not ready for the big moments." Buffy dashes into the library but is stopped cold by the scene awaiting her. Whistler continues, "No one asks for their life to change, not really. But it does." Buffy surveys the demolished library, and her eyes rest on Kendra lying prone on the floor. Buffy rushes towards her, still hampered by the slo-mo monster, and skids to a stop on her knees. She checks Kendra's pulse as Whistler continues, "So what are we? Helpless? Puppets? No. The big moments are gonna come. You can't help that. It's what you do afterwards that counts. That's when you find out who you are." Buffy strokes Kendra's face with her other hand as a gun is raised behind her. "Freeze!" shouts the police officer behind her. Buffy turns her doe eyes towards him, surprised, and we fade to black. But that Chatty Cathy Whistler has to have the last word: "You'll see what I mean."

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