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The Harvest

Joss' Version

Cut to inside the mausoleum. Buffy comes in slowly, looking and listening. She scans around. Satisfied that no one's there, she walks down the steps to the floor. She hears a rat behind her and twists to look toward the sound. She continues and finds the tunnel access. It's locked with a chain. She lifts the lock. Angel appears behind her.

Angel: (exhales)

Buffy: I don't suppose you've got a key on you?

Angel: They really don't like me dropping in.

Buffy: (faces him) Why not?

Angel: They really don't like me.

Buffy: How could that possibly be?

Angel: I knew you'd figure out this entryway sooner or later. Actually, I thought it was gonna be a *little* sooner.

Buffy: Sorry you had to wait. (exhales) Okay. Look, if you're gonna be popping up with this Cryptic Wise Man act on a regular basis, can you at least tell me your name?

Angel: Angel.

Buffy: Angel. It's a pretty name.

She turns to the tunnel entrance.

Angel: Don't... go down there.

Buffy: (turns back) Deal with my going.

Angel: You shouldn't be putting yourself at risk. Tonight is the Harvest. Unless you can prevent it, the Master walks.

Buffy: Well, if this Harvest thing is such a suckfest, why don't *you* stop it?

Angel: 'Cause I'm afraid.

She looks at him for a moment and then spins around quickly, kicking open the doors to the tunnel. She turns back to him.

Angel: They'll be expecting you.

Buffy: I've got a friend down there. Or at least a potential friend. Do you know what it's like to have a friend?

He lowers his eyes as a look of sadness fills them.

Buffy: That wasn't supposed to be a stumper.

They look at each other a moment longer.

Angel: When you hit the tunnels head east towards the school. That's where you're likely to find them.

Buffy: You gonna wish me luck?

Angel says nothing. They look at each other for another moment, then Buffy turns and heads into the tunnels. He watches her go.

Angel: (whispers) Good luck!

The Real Version

Cut to inside the mausoleum. Buffy comes in slowly, looking and listening. She scans around. Satisfied that no one's there, she walks down the steps to the floor. She hears a rat behind her and twists to look toward the sound. She continues and finds the tunnel access. It's locked with a chain. She lifts the lock. Angel appears behind her.

Angel: (exhales)

Buffy: I don't suppose you've got a key on you?

Angel: They really don't like me dropping in.

Buffy: (faces him) Why not?

Angel: They really don't like me.

Buffy: Gee, imagine that.

Angel: I knew you'd figure out this entryway sooner or later. Actually, I thought it was gonna be a *little* sooner.

Buffy: If I'd known you were waiting, I would've made sure to take longer. And if you're gonna be popping up with this Cryptic Wiseass act on a regular basis, can you at least tell me your name? It's nice to be able to put a name to a pest.

Angel: Angel.

Buffy: Was your mother a hippy, by any chance?

She turns to the tunnel entrance.

Angel: Don't... go down there.

Buffy: (turns back) Either give me a good reason or cut it with the orders. I have issues with guys who order me, and these situations usually end with the guy in pain.

Angel: You shouldn't be putting yourself at risk. Tonight is the Harvest. Unless you can prevent it, the Master walks.

Buffy: Does he sing and dance as well? If this Harvest thing is such a suckfest, why don't *you* stop it? Frankly, I'm just a little tired of having to do everything myself.

Angel: 'Cause I'm afraid.

Buffy: Nice to know that you're perfectly willing to send *me* into the fray.

She looks at him for a moment and then spins around quickly, kicking open the doors to the tunnel. She turns back to him.

Angel: They'll be expecting you.

Buffy: (rolls her eyes) Damn, I knew I shouldn't have phoned ahead like that. I've got a friend down there. Or at least a potential friend. Do you know what it's like to have a friend?

He lowers his eyes as a look of sadness fills them.

Buffy: That wasn't supposed to be a stumper.

They look at each other a moment longer.

Angel: When you hit the tunnels head east towards the school. That's where you're likely to find them.

Buffy: I certainly hope you have a spare compass for me to use, because I left mine at home.

Angel says nothing. They look at each other for another moment, then Buffy turns and heads into the tunnels. He watches her go.

Angel: (whispers) Bitch.

Later Scene...

Joss' Version

Cut to Buffy. She stares at Luke's ashes. The two vampires still have Xander. She lifts her gaze to meet theirs. The vampires panic and run. Cut outside. The vampires run past Angel standing behind some crates stacked against a wall. He watches them run, then looks back the other way.

Angel: She did it! I'll be damned!

He walks away.

The Real Version

Cut to Buffy. She stares at Luke's ashes. The two vampires still have Xander. She lifts her gaze to meet theirs. The vampires panic and run. Cut outside. The vampires run past Angel standing behind some crates stacked against a wall. He watches them run, then looks back the other way.

Angel: Aw, shit, she's still alive. Guess I owe Whistler $20.

He walks away.

Calgon, take me away....