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Giles is sitting in the waiting room of the hospital and Lyssa McGrath runs up to him. They hug, and briefly kiss.

"How is she?" Lyssa asks.

"She's not expected to live," Giles says.

"So I'm the Slayer after all, huh?" Buffy asks Dawn as they are both sitting on the couch in their apartment.

"Yeah," Dawn says. "Funny thing, I didn't expect you to take it this well."

Dawn is speaking into the phone. "Willow, we need your help with a little break in."

"Uhm," Karyn McGrath says uncertainly. She is sitting in Buffy's office with a grim faced Robin Wood, Buffy, and Dawn. "This isn't making sense to me. Isn't Angel our friend? I mean, he did put us all up after the battle in the Hellmouth."

Buffy shakes her head.

"Angel may be our friend," Buffy says. "But his office still ultimately belongs to Wolfram and Hart, and they have just been identified as our primary enemies. We think they are behind the recent attacks on us and the Tokyo Academy."

"And Giles and I need to see the Scrolls of Aberjian as soon as possible," Dawn says. "So we're breaking into the Los Angeles office of Wolfram and Hart, and here is how we are going to do it…"

"OK, that's it," Willow says.

Willow looks at the three young women and one man in front of her. One of them, a tall brunette in a very lawyerly outfit, says in Buffy's voice, "How do we look?"

"Just like four high powered attorneys," says Willow.

A short blond says, "Ewwww." The voice is Dawn's.

The tall sandy haired man, obviously the oldest of the four, but still relatively young, says, "Dawn's right. No need to rub it in." The voice is Robin's.

The disguised foursome are walking through the halls of Wolfram and Hart. Robin appears to bump into someone who isn't there. A man in a wife beater tee-shirt, covered by tattoos, briefly becomes visible. It is, of course, Lindsey McDonald. Robin's true face also briefly appears, but before they can look at each other, Lindsey vanishes and Robin's mystical disguise resumes.

The other female of the foursome, a pretty young black woman who is obviously a disguised Karyn, is looking through a window.

"Hey, Dawn," she whispers. "Doesn't that look like…?"

The little blond, the disguised Dawn, comes up and looks through the window.

"Spike!" Dawn whispers disbelievingly. "That looks like…"

"Uhm…" Karyn whispers in a forced conversational tone, "Is he…?"

"Yeah," Dawn says. "He is, and that better not be…oh God oh God!"

Dawn shakes her wrists as if she has just touched something disgusting.

"Ewwwww! Harmony!"

A man with blood coming out of his eyes runs at the disguised Buffy.

"I'm going to kill you!" he screams.

Buffy easily knocks him out, without really thinking about being in disguise. Wesley runs up to her.

"Are you all right?" he asks.

"Uhm…" Buffy says. "I'm fine. Just fine."

Wesley's eyebrows raise speculatively.

Buffy lowers her voice and speaks again with a very fake sounding southern accent.

"Ah'm really fine, thank you kindly good sir," Buffy says.

Dawn gives her an "I don't know you" look. Wesley shakes his head as if waking up from a daydream and moves away.

"Let's get out of here before Angel shows up," Buffy says. "I don't know if Willow's spell extends to how we smell."

On cue, we hear Angel's voice bellow.

"Spike! Where the Hell are you?"

We see Angel at the door to his office. He pauses, his face suddenly looking assuming a look of concentration. He starts to sniff…


Final comments:

I tried to portray the DRC as accurately as I could, but I am sure I made some very basic errors. What is indisputable, however, is that the situation in the DRC is extremely difficult for its people due to rampant poverty, civil war, and expatriate militias, particularly from Rwanda. Also, the status of all species of African great apes (chimpanzees, gorillas, and bonobos, the latter endemic to the DRC) is critical due in large part to the bushmeat trade.

Secondly, I know this episode was heavy on phlebotenum (as the Mutant Enemy writing team called explanation about made up mythology). I tried to make it interesting, and to present it in a readable fashion.