No comment, life sucks. So here's me getting away from it! And it's a long story, but changed my pen-name and all that. I figure followers wouldn't find a struggle in it so anyway! here's ep 4. I have the whole season basically plotted out i just need time to write it, bare with me! Or not...choice is always yours.

Don't own, nope. I'm not cool enough :P


Episode-4—Sin and Out

GRAVEYARD—NIGHT

Buffy and Faith walk together through the tombstones. Faith is fumbling with a stake looking like something is troubling her while Buffy is on her cell phone.

BUFFY (on phone)

Yeah Giles everything is fine…no, we're not sure if we're gonna be back in Cleveland any time soon. Cordy said that we need to be here…no they didn't say why…(she rolls her eyes and Faith chuckles) Because when a higher power tells us to do something, its kinda smart to listen…Just have Vi and Rona split them…(she holds the phone away from her ear and sighs)

FAITH

G-man still peeved we zapped out?

BUFFY

'Peeved' is the nice word for it. He's giving me a guilt trip because we basically have the top three Slayers together in a non-hellmouth and non-training academy way.

FAITH

Well ain't Watchers supposed to train Slayers?

BUFFY

That's what I said! He keeps saying it's not the same since they have to hold back. (she puts the phone back to her ear) Yeah, I know it's a valid reason. It's been done that way for thousands of years Giles, it's how I was taught…I didn't have Faith until I was a Slayer for four years…(she sighs and rolls her eyes again) Yes, I admit it was nice to not hold back on something other then a demon or a punching bag but still. They can spar with each other, honestly I'd be afraid to hurt one of them if I went all out…Giles some of those girls aren't even teenagers yet, they have time to (she mocks his accent) 'Get to my and Faith's level of power and skill'…yes I was mocking you, kinda thought I made it obvious. (she smiles as Faith laughs. After a few more steps two vampires jump in front of them with their game faces ready)

VAMPIRE #1

Won't be laughing too much longer little girl.

FAITH

(she stops with a shocked expression) Little girl—what! I'm 23 years old damn it, do I look like a little girl to you?

VAMPIRE #2

(he quirks his head as if to study Faith) No not really…honestly you look like a model. (Faith raises an eyebrow) Well…you know, sexy. With the tight jeans and the long sleeved blouse that honestly hugs you in all the right ways. (he looks at her shoes and crinkles his nose) Combat boots is a no-go with that outfit, girlfriend.

BUFFY

(She looks at Faith's shocked expression and starts cracking up while trying desperately to keep it together) No, I'm not not laughing at you Giles…no, Faith just got complimented then dissed by a vamp with a fashion sense.

VAMPIRE #2

(he looks to Buffy and his face lights up) Now you…definitely see some planning went into that outfit. I love that sweater! And the jacket, matches your shoes perfect.

BUFFY

(she smiles genuinely) Thank you! On sale for a steal, let me tell you.

VAMPIRE #1

Really? It's pretty hard to find good deals for us since most places close up by the time we get the chance to get there. Plus, the whole face and fangs thing is tough to accessorize.

BUFFY

Yeah, I'd have to say go really big to avoid all eyes on that. Personally I think I'd avoid the cliché all black look too. More conspicuous anyway. (she returns to the phone) No Giles, I wasn't talking to you.

VAMPIRE #1

That's actually really good advice. Thanks!

FAITH

Yeah but ya really cant go wrong with leather. I just wouldn't get like all studded crap. You're vampires not Ghost Rider, ya know?

VAMPIRE #2

Oh definitely, I hate those stereotypes.

BUFFY

Well no one said you have to follow them, that's the beauty of it. (she rolls her eyes at the phone again) Yes Giles, we're talking with the vamps. I'll call you tomorrow, me and Faith are on our way to dinner anyway. Just have the girls train together, they don't really need classes…yeah, bye. (she hangs up the phone) Sorry.

VAMPIRE #2

Oh no problem, not like we're getting any older right? (he smiles)

FAITH

True that.

VAMPIRE #1

So, you guys are on your way to dinner?

BUFFY (smiling)

Yep.

FAITH

Takin' her to that little Italian bistro on the strip.

VAMPIRE #2

Oh! They have the best red wine! Tastes great if you spike it with a little blood.

VAMPIRE #1

Oh definitely! Sweet and quenches that pesky blood lust.

FAITH

(she realizes) We're really makin' conversation with vampires…

VAMPIRE #2

Hey it could be worse…wait a sec. (he looks at their clothes and how close they are standing together) You guys are all dressed up together and going to a romantic Italian restaurant? Are you guys like…

BUFFY

Together? Yep.

FAITH

Six month anniversary. (she smiles as Buffy takes her hand and laces their fingers together)

VAMPIRE #1

Awe! That's adorable! You two are a cute couple.

FAITH

She definitely shakes my world up.

BUFFY

In like every way possible.

VAMPIRE #1

(he smiles) You know what…you two gals are alright. Since it's a special night, we're gonna let ya get on to your dinner.

BUFFY

Awe, really?

VAMPIRE #2

Sure! Least we can do for the happy couple. But I'd recommend staying out of grave yards at night, this town is pretty freaky.

BUFFY

That's sweet of you guys, but we can't exactly take you up on your offer.

FAITH

(they look confused. She holds up her stake and twirls it in her fingers with a teasing smile) Slayers.

BUFFY

Chosen Two actually.

VAMPIRE #1

(his eyes go wide) Well that explains the lack of fear…

VAMPIRE #2

Uh…we're dust.

VAMPIRE #1

Yep. (Buffy and Faith both lunge forward and dust them in one quick motion. In place of one of the vampires there is a small glowing orange orb that flies into the bushes. They brush off their outfits)

FAITH

Hey did you see that?

BUFFY

Yeah…think we should follow it?

FAITH

Nah, its long gone now. We can just tell Red about it later.

BUFFY

Yeah. (she brushes a patch of dust off her jacket) Dang it! Now I'm all vamp dust-y.

FAITH

Nah, ya still look great. (she smiles warmly at Buffy and the two share a sweet, lingering kiss. When it ends Buffy smiles before opening her eyes and looking into Faith's. They stay frozen locked in eachother's gaze) Buffy…

BUFFY

Yeah?

FAITH

(she opens her mouth then stops looking at a loss. She bites her bottom lip while in contemplative thought) I…(Buffy waits patiently) I…uh…I think we should get goin' before they give away our table.

BUFFY

(she gives a small, almost disappointed smile before kissing Faith quickly) Yeah, your right. Come on.

Buffy walks ahead while Faith stops with an expression that shows she's annoyed with herself. She groans and smacks her forehead before taking a deep breath and catching up with Buffy. In the bushes, a man in a tight black shirt with spiked wrist bands and dark eyeliner holds onto the small orange glowing orb while watching Buffy and Faith walk away. He has a curious glint in his eye before disappearing in a puff of smoke.

LEX AND IGOR'S LAIR—NIGHT

A man in a long leather duster, with dark eyeliner and messy spiked black hair stands looking at a large hole in the center of the room spiraling with images. He waves his hand and several flashes of people appear in the pit. The man from the graveyard appears in a puff of smoke holding a small orange glowing orb.

LEX

If you're here to tell me that the Gluttony did not stick I suggest jumping into this pit to avoid what I'm about to do to you, Igor.

IGOR

(he tosses up the small ball and catches it frustated) Hey it's not my fault! You sent me after a vampire, its hard for demons to react to it as it is.

LEX

(he takes Igor by the collar and pushes him into the wall) Yes…but if I sent you specifically after him then the Sin Curse should have worked. (he holds up the small orb) Wanna tell me why I have this then?

IGOR

He got dusted.

LEX

Aaarrrgaaahh! (in the middle of his roar he throws the orb into the pit and it glows orange with a flash showing different people flashing in the depths of the swirling pit of magic) Now we have to start all over!

IGOR

Calm down Lex, its no big deal.

LEX

No big deal? I need the essence of seven beings that were taken over by the Curse of Pure Sin, it's either that or one completely pure essence devoid of taint. And lemme tell you, those are harder to come by.

IGOR

Well maybe next time you shouldn't set your eyes on such a big prize! Were just a couple of warlocks Lex, we don't have any business messin' with the fragile magic around these parts. Who the hell knows what you could release.

LEX

That's the point…something is gonna be released sooner then this world thinks. Those essences are what will keep it from getting us too.

IGOR

Fine, what if I told you I think I know a few prime suckers?

LEX

Then I'd think twice about sending you to a hell dimension, whatcha got?

IGOR

Rumor around says theres a big group 'a heroes makin' hell for the evil of Moonview.

LEX

(his eyes light up and he smirks darkly) And heroes give in to the curse the fastest.

IGOR

Exactly. (he smirks and waves his hand over the pit. Images of the Scoobies appear) And theres seven of 'em.

LEX

Almost too good to be true. (he starts chuckling darkly)

BILLIE AND XANDER'S ROOM—MORNING

Billie and Xander lay cuddled together in bed covered only by a sheet with serene expressions on their faces. Xander tickles Billie's sides causing her to giggle and squirm.

BILLIE

Hey! Knock it off mister, you know I'm ticklish.

XANDER

(he smiles and refuses to give up tickling her) Yes, that would be the idea.

BILLIE

(she continues chuckling) Well ya know I hate being tickled.

XANDER

But I love that cute little giggle. Puts a smile on my face in the wee mornin' hours.

BILLIE

There's other ways to put a smile on your face ya know…like a fresh breakfast where Slayers don't eat all the bacon.

XANDER

(he thinks then looks at her with a smile) That might be true…not too sure I wanna get up though.

BILLIE

Sounds like someone enjoys bein' alone with his future wife away from the Scooby Chaos.

XANDER

I thought you liked the chaos that was our friends…(He looks confused with a fake pout)

BILLIE

Hey. (she kisses him) No pouting in this room mister, against the house rules. (he smiles as she kisses him again) An' I do love 'em…but be serious Xander. Even being surrounded by all those women all the time would drive me insane.

XANDER

Well sure, or you could say I was just living the dream of being surrounded by hot lesbian couples. (he smiles as she smacks his chest playfully) Hey! Abusive demon girl.

BILLIE

Sorry, musta been evil me slippin' out for a second when ya were talkin' about lesbian lovin' fantasies starin' our best friends.

XANDER

Well it's not like I'm gonna think of them like that. Trust me…I'm used to being surrounded by beautiful women all the time.

BILLIE

Not really makin' me feel much better here, sweetie.

XANDER

Alright…lets take a tally. (he lifts up a hand and holds out his five fingers) I used to live with five other women, correct?

BILLIE

Right.

XANDER

First, we have Dawnie…and lemme just say that's purely wrong considering she's like my little sister.

BILLIE

Point taken. (she puts down his thumb leaving his four other fingers)

XANDER

Then there's Kennedy and Willow, one of the previously mentioned couples. Willow…has been my best friend for longer then I can remember and I'll be completely honest. I've played doctor with her. (Billie's eyes go wide and her jaw drops) When we were seven and all it meant was her chasing me around with a fake shot. (Billie shakes her head and chuckles putting down another finger) Now Kennedy…she's been a self proclaimed lover of the finer gender since she was in Kindergarden I've been told. No interest in guys whatsoever, therefore pointless for me to try and have an interest in her.

BILLIE

Alright, (she puts down another of his fingers leaving two) This should be good.

XANDER

Buffy Summers, the Chosen One. The preventer of the apocalypse. The girl I crushed on terribly in Sophmore year. (Billie raises an eyebrow and Xander smiles) Keyword there was 'sophmore' year…as in eight years ago? Trust me when I say that ship has sailed and is now frozen in a glacier somewhere.

BILLIE

(she nods and leaves only one finger up on his hand) Alright…that leaves one, now this explaination is gonna deserve an award.

XANDER

What? Faith? Pshaw!

BILLIE

(she chuckles) Yeah, Faith…my best friend. Also the girl ya just so happened to lose your virginity to. I believe they make soap operas out 'a this kind of stuff.

XANDER

I did mention she kicked me out of her room about thirty seconds later and said 'Hey, thanks! I'm gonna grab a shower.' Didn't I?

BILLIE

(she chuckles) How charming.

FAITH

I'll say, didn't think ya cared Xand. (Xander and Billie both gasp and jump as Faith stands in the doorway to their bedroom)

XANDER

Well you did apologize, sall good now Faith.

FAITH

(she smirks) Gee, thanks.

BILLIE

Faith! The hell are you doin' in our bedroom?

FAITH

Wake up call, (she looks at Billie seriously) Gotta talk to you.

BILLIE

There's this awesome invention. You know…a phone! Wonderful device to let someone know you need to talk. Or even tell them you're coming over.

FAITH

(she holds up a key ring) You gave me a key Blondie…figured that meant I could come over whenever. Plus I'm your Maid of Horror…doesn't that mean I get special one on one talking time when I need it?

XANDER

All true actually…

BILLIE

Well preferably not at the crack 'a dawn when we're both fricken naked in bed together!

FAITH

Awe relax Rockstar, ain't nothin' I haven't seen already.

XANDER

Sadly also true…you sure you dropped outta high school?

BILLIE

Well not me! For cripes sake get outta here! (she throws her pillow at Faith who catches it)

FAITH

(she looks at Billie seriously again) Not till we talk. Seriously…need some help here Billie.

XANDER

Real name usage. Wow.

BILLIE

(she looks curious at Faith's serious expression and mouths 'Buffy?' Faith nods) Alright, wait out in the living room. (Faith nods and heads out of the room)

XANDER

(Billie sighs and lays down) Girl stuff?

BILLIE

Girl stuff.

XANDER

In that case, I'll give you free reign of the place. I'll head to work a little early, get some breakfast on the way.

BILLIE

Thanks. (she kisses him)

SCOOBY KITCHEN—MORNING

Dawn sits at the island eating a bowl of cereal next to Willow sipping her cup of tea. Kennedy walks in with the newspaper.

KENNEDY

Alright, lets see if there's anything out of the usual ordinary going on around here.

DAWN

Usual ordinary?

WILLOW

Yeah, people getting lost in the woods, strange bar-b-que fork injuries, that sorta thing.

KENNEDY

Well that stuff would be interesting to know too. Plus, what did Buffy say when they got home?

WILLOW

Her and Faith dusted a couple vamps on their way to dinner. One of them left this wacky little orange ball, thing. It flew off into the bushes or something.

DAWN

Definitely out of the usual ordinary.

WILLOW

Yeah but I have no idea what it might be. I've never really heard of something like that before. Usually means a-a Hex o-or a spell was on the vamp before it was dust.

KENNEDY

But why would someone put a spell on a vamp? They're already dead.

WILLOW

Exactly, kinda fishy.

DAWN

Well if they're just targeting Vampires I don't think we really gotta worry.

WILLOW

Yeah, guess you're right. (Buffy storms into the kitchen) Mornin' Buff!

BUFFY

(Buffy walks over to Willow quickly) Best friend talk. Now.

KENNEDY

(Willow looks confused) What's goin' on Buffy? Faith do something stupid?

BUFFY

No…maybe…I don't think so?

DAWN (worried)

You alright Buffy? You're kinda freaking out.

BUFFY

(she turns to Willow) I'm alright, just…best friend chat? Please? (Willow gets the idea and nods, just barely having time to set down her tea before Buffy drags her out the back door)

KENNEDY

(she's left very lost and confused) What the…

DAWN

It's Buffy. You've lived with her for a year and a half and you're just now having that reaction? (Kennedy thinks then shrugs it off)

SCOOBY BACKYARD—MORNING

Willow shuts the door as Buffy walks across the back patio with her face in her hands like she is in serious deep thought. Willow walks over to her concerned.

WILLOW

What's goin' on Buffy?

BUFFY

I think I'm gonna go insane Will. This is almost as bad as the first time I figured out I wanted to kiss Faith and not punch her.

WILLOW

Alright…now I'm just lost. I thought you guys were going great.

BUFFY

We were! Are…still, it's just. (she groans and shakes her head clear before leaning against the patio railing) Alright…lemme start over.

BILLIE AND XANDER'S APARTMENT—MORNING

Faith sits at the table with her head down on it. Billie sits with her setting down two steaming mugs. Faith lifts her head giving it a frustrated glance before looking back up to Billie.

FAITH

That shit better be strong, Rockstar.

BILLIE

(she takes a sip of hers and smiles) It's Irish coffee.

FAITH

Just cause you made it doesn't mean its any special coffee Blondie. (she takes a long chug and her eyes widen)

BILLIE

I know…but when it's spiked with the good whiskey I keep it's definitely Irish coffee. Now start with the simple stuff…what happened last night?

FAITH

Well, on our way to dinner we took a shortcut through a boneyard. Not quite the cute mushy scene but we're Slayers…graveyards at night are kinda homey.

BILLIE

Alright, somethin' tells me that's not what has ya freakin' out.

FAITH

No, trust me it isn't.

SCOOBY BACKYARD—MORNING

Willow stands next to Buffy trying to peace everything together.

WILLOW

You walked through a graveyard? (Buffy nods) Well isnt that romantic…

BUFFY

It was fine Will, honestly it probably helped when things got all tense. Anyway, after we dusted those two vamps—

WILLOW

The ones with the purple thing?

BUFFY

Yeah. Anyways I had dust all over my new jacket and I was frustrated

WILLOW

Understandable.

BILLIE AND XANDER'S APARTMENT—MORNING

FAITH

So I told her she still looked awesome, I mean come on…a little vamp dust?

BILLIE

Well it's not exactly an aphrodesiac.

FAITH

No, but we're Slayers. I swear it's the same thing as having sand in your shorts at the beach.

BILLIE

Back to the point?

FAITH

Right, right. Anyways so I kissed her, figured it would reassure her or whatever, but it was different. The kiss I mean and it kinda lead to something.

BILLIE

Oh god! Did you guys do it in the graveyard!?

FAITH

No! It wasn't like that…it was—

SCOOBY BACKYARD—MORNING

BUFFY

It was just this really tender, sweet moment.

WILLOW

Well those are bound to happen Buffy. You know…when you actually seriously care about her and she's above room temperature and all that.

BUFFY

I guess that's why it's so different with Faith. She's always so firey and passionate but at the same time I can feel she really cares. But this kiss wasn't firey…it was just soft.

WILLOW (smiling)

I could quote Katy Perry but I wont. (Buffy chuckles lightly) Not that I know how Faith is…but the girly loving tends to be—well softer I guess is a good word.

BUFFY

It made my heart jump, Will. I haven't had that since we were in high school.

WILLOW (realizing)

With Angel—Oh my goddess do you think Faith felt it too!?

BUFFY

I know she did, and I think she's starting to figure out what it means too.

WILLOW

Are you sure? Knowing Faith she probably just thinks she has a heart condition or something.

BILLIE AND XANDER'S APARTMENT—MORNING

FAITH

(she sits up and rubs her chest with a wince) I thought I was havin' a heart attack or somethin'. It started doin' all this freaky jumpin' around like I was on a rollercoaster for an hour.

BILLIE

Seriously…you're callin' that a heart condition?

FAITH

Well yeah, the hell else is it supposed to be? (Billie punches her on the shoulder) Ow! Geeze Rockstar, easy with the demon strength.

BILLIE

Well apparantly I'm gonna have to scream it for it to get through your thick skull. The heart jumpies? Think of it as Buffy actually touching your heart.

FAITH

(she still looks confused) Well it made me kinda wacko and out of it. That's never happened to me before Billie…I almost slipped.

BILLIE (confused)

Slipped?

SCOOBY BACKYARD—MORNING

BUFFY

I swear she almost said it!

WILLOW

How do you know? No offense, cause she would permanently bruise my face and all, but Faith isn't exactly the one with the touchy-feely…um…feelings.

BUFFY

I was kind of basking after the kiss, but when I finally looked into her eyes I could tell. She had this look like she was in serious thought…oh! Like the look on your face when you were telling me you loved Kennedy last year! (Willow's eyebrows raise) Yeah.

WILLOW

Holy crap! Buffy do you know what this means! She loves you back! Like full on crazy monkey love that gives you heart murmurs, which in reality is probably really bad for your health but lets face it, its definitely good for your soul and—

BUFFY

That's the problem Will…

BILLIE AND XANDER'S APARTMENT—MORNING

FAITH

(Billie punches her shoulder again) Ow! Ya gonna stop that any time soon!?

BILLIE

Not until you grow a set already! Why didn't you just say you love her!

FAITH

Gimme a break…I never said that to anyone important except for my dad. And we see how well that turned out didn't we?

BILLIE

That was the fricken moment Faith! Those don't happen often, I mean sure it was in a graveyard but you guys spend like a third of your time in one so its kinda cute actually.

FAITH

It's just gonna screw what we have up, that's all that word ever does.

BILLIE

Not for me and Xander. (Faith looks confused) I first told him I loved him on Valentine's day after I sang him that song I wrote him. I made my own little moment I guess.

FAITH

Well I already blew it so I guess I don't gotta worry about it.

BILLIE

Faith…you cant keep this to yourself, its not healthy. Plus Buffy deserves to know how you feel about her.

SCOOBY BACKYARD—MORNING

WILLOW

Buffy, I don't think Faith's ever had real feelings for someone before. This is probably really scary for her.

BUFFY

Well its scary for me too! I'm feeling things I haven't since my stupid forbidden romance with a vampire…maybe more.

WILLOW

Wow. (she smiles sweetly) You really love her don't you?

BUFFY

Yeah…the kind of stuff that's scary considering every other time it was a tragedy.

WILLOW

But this is different Buffy, you two are connected right down to your souls. You've seen how happy you can be together in your past lives. And she's strong enough to protect you…I know you're a Slayer Buffy but everyone deserves someone like that.

BUFFY

I know, I know, I know! I just…I'm kind of freaking out here and have no idea what I'm supposed to do. If she loves me why didn't she say it when she had the chance?

WILLOW

She's probably never said it before to anyone that meant something to her. She's probably afraid of what will happen.

BUFFY

Besides the amazing amounts of time locked away alone together once everything is out in the open? What the hell does she think is gonna happen!

WILLOW

That you're not ready to love her back, that it'll freak you out…maybe freak herself out?

BUFFY

So…I'm gonna have to say it…

WILLOW

I think so Buff.

BUFFY

(she groans loudly) I can't Will! If anything I need to wait until she's ready so I don't freak her out! Just cause I thought I saw it in her eyes doesn't mean she's ready to say it.

BILLIE AND XANDER'S APARTMENT—MORNING

FAITH

I mean…what if she doesn't love me?

BILLIE

Love isn't like that Faith.

FAITH

What is it then! Cause it's gonna drive me psyco!

BILLIE (smiling)

It's hard to explain, its different for everyone and everything. But that feeling…when you know for sure you care for each other no matter what the hell might happen, that's love. When you wouldn't be the person you are today without them? Then that's true love. When you don't know if you are gonna be able to go on without them in your life? Now that's crazy, epic, world shattering love that lasts more then a lifetime. I'm pretty positive I only know three people in the entire world who have become deserving of something like that more then once.

FAITH

Sounds kinda corny, but I'll bite. Who?

BILLIE

Well…from what I've heard Willow. She had Tara and now she has Ken. Not to brag, but Xander after he lost Anya—he found me. (Faith looks into her mug starting to realize) And Buffy. (Faith closes her eyes and takes a deep breath) The stories I've heard…that poor girl needs another hot chick with superpowers to deal with her baggage.

FAITH

(she chugs down the last of her coffee) Alright…I'm gonna do it. (she stands up confident) I'm gonna walk up to her, kiss the hell outta her just like last night until my heart jumps again, and I'm gonna tell Buffy Summers I love her.

BILLIE

That's it! (she stands up with Faith and waits for Faith to move but she stays in place) Uh, Faith?

FAITH

Yeah?

BILLIE

Ya ain't movin'.

FAITH

(she pauses then sits down and drops her head to the table) God I'm such chicken shit.

BILLIE

(she thinks for a moment but picks up her mug instead) Nah, too easy.

LEX AND IGOR'S LAIR—MORNING

The men both stand on opposite ends of the swirling pit of magic that still holds images of the Scoobies. Their arms are out as they look down focusing on the magic. It starts swirling wildly and seven different colored orbs float up in the air—the Sin Curses. The men smirk as the orb fly off towards their new victims.

IGOR

This is gonna rock.

LEX

You said it. (he turns to a shelf with seven empty glass jars, each labeled with the name of a sin under it) As soon as each is destroyed by their sin, their essence should appear right in the jars.

IGOR

And we'll have the essences of seven Champions…that's alotta power Lex.

LEX

We're gonna be a force noone is gonna wanna mess with.

MYSTIC'S GROTTO—DAY

Willow is writing in one of the books at the front counter while Dawn is working on her homework at the table. Kennedy is swinging around an enchanted looking Katana blade with a tassle hanging from the handle while Buffy is flipping through a large text. Xander walks in with a big smile on his face.

XANDER

Ah, there's my loving best friend-ly type family! How is everyone on this fine afternoon?

WILLOW

Xander Harris, I'd have to say you're ridiculiously chipper.

KENNEDY (teasing)

Somebody got some last night.

XANDER

I'm not dignifying that with any response other then…I love my gorgeous fiance with demon stamina.

WILLOW

Heh, if it's anything like Slayer stamina then I don't blame you for the chipperness.

BUFFY (teasing)

Looks kind of like that chipper smile you have too Will.

WILLOW (quickly)

(she blushes) Say Dawnie! How's that math homework coming?

DAWN

Terrible…how often do I need to know the angles of a triangle anyway? But…I could probably just skip it and all of the adult figures around me are so chipper from getting some regularly that I'd get away with it.

BUFFY

Until you fail…then no amount of chipperness is gonna save you.

XANDER

(he sits down next to Dawn and puts his arm around her shoulder) Nice try Dawnster, tell ya what…try that logic next time you want an expensive present or a later curfew.

BUFFY

(focusing on the book) Don't encourage her Xander…

XANDER

Only subtle hinting. So have you found anything on our latest Supernatural scare?

BUFFY

No, I barely know what I'm looking for.

WILLOW

It sounds like a spell of some kind, but theres a lot of things that are like what you described. If it appeared still active after the vamp was dust though…it's probably a-a hex, or maybe a curse?

KENNEDY

Like something that didn't finish him off itself, so it's still flying around.

BUFFY

So Faith and I should have followed it?

WILLOW

No! Definitely not, it could have infected one of you. You did the right thing, Buff.

XANDER

It's kinda weird though…why would anyone want to hex a vampire?

Five of the Sin Curse orbs fly through the door and each make their way for one of the Scoobies. They crash into each of their target's chests and knock the wind out of them like a firm punch. With a gasp they each suddenly glow their respective colors—Buffy a glowing purple, Xander a deep blue, Willow a flashy orange, Kennedy a harsh green, and Dawn a bright yellow. As soon as they all catch their bearings they look around freaked out.

BUFFY

Uh oh..

DAWN

Uh oh…Uh oh!? We just got hexed and uh oh is what you come up with?

XANDER

(he pats his arms and chest ending with his head) I didn't grow a horn did I?

KENNEDY

Nah you're okay…(she turns to Willow) What the hell was that Will?

WILLOW

(she thinks) Uhh…I'm not sure. It had to be different for all of us though since we all flashed different colors.

BUFFY

Well we need to buckle down and figure out what the hell happened, Xander grab some books.

XANDER

(he yawns) Just hand me one, I don't feel like getting up.

BUFFY

Xander just get up! (she pulls him to his feet) come on, we gotta buckle down. We're all probably under some terrible spell.

XANDER

Alright, alright, I'm goin'. (he slugs over to the bookshelf)

DAWN

Hey Buffy, can I have twenty dollars?

BUFFY

(she pulls twenty dollars out of her pocket and hands it to her) What for?

DAWN

(she takes it with a bright smile) I wanted twenty dollars.

WILLOW

Oh! Dawnie you could spend it on some of that gourmet chocolate at that little shop down the strip next to that wine bar. (her eyes light up) Oh! Wine! (she takes money out of the cash register and heads for the door) Be right back, some Margaux Bordeaux '79 sounds amazing right now.

BUFFY (confused)

Some who now? (she shakes her head and turns to Kennedy) Ken? Mind putting down the pretty sword and helping here?

KENNEDY

(she rolls her eyes) Of course General Buffy, who wouldn't wanna drop everything and follow your every order. (she puts the sword back on a stand and mumbles under her breath) I'm just as much of a Slayer as her…don't see me bossing people around…

BUFFY

Oh grow up Kennedy! I'm gonna call Faith and Billie…she's a fourty year old demon, she might know what's going on.

MOONVIEW STRIP—DAY

Faith and Billie walk down the road together towards the magic shop.

BILLIE

Alright, calm down Faith.

FAITH (quickly)

I am calm! (Billie gives her a look) Alright…so I'm not calm…

BILLIE

You don't have to tell her right now. It's not like you just burst through the door and yell "Buffy, I love you!" Something tells me she's gonna want something a little more romantic or intimate.

FAITH

Alright…I'll figure it out. How hard can it be right?

BILLIE

That's the spirit! Just try not to act weird around her, she might think something is wrong with you.

The final two Sin Curse orbs sail through the air and ram into their chests causing them both to glow—Faith a deep pink and Billie a firey red. They recover their footing and look around confused.

BILLIE

That was weird…

FAITH

You were glowin'—oh shit! That thing we saw after we dusted those vamps!

BILLIE

(she gives Faith a frustrated glare) What the hell is that supposed to mean? Seriously Faith start making sense or somethin', no wonder you can't figure out that you freakin' care about Buffy. (Faith looks shocked as Billie's eyes go wide)

FAITH (shocked)

Well damn Blondie…

BILLIE

(she thinks for a second and shakes her head clear before putting her hand to her head with a wince) I have no idea where that came from…sorry Faith.

FAITH

Nah don't be…it was kinda hot actually. (she gives Billie a smirk)

BILLIE (freaked)

What the…(she waves her hand in front of Faith) Hey…wrong blonde Lehane. Don't give me that grin.

FAITH

What? (she steps closer to Billie with a lust filled leer) Ya never were curious 'bout how Ahab got his kicks way back when?

BILLIE

Uhh….hell to the no!

FAITH

(she pulls Billie into the nearby ally and pins her against the wall) You sure about that? I see that crazy look in your eyes when you go all demon. Come on, I bet Banshee Billie'd have me screamin' by now.

BILLIE

Yeah as in beat your ass for tryin' to get lucky with me…geeze what's with you Faith! (she pushes Faith away)

FAITH

Ooo kinky stuff huh? (Billie starts walking away but Faith catches her. She takes Billie by the hips and pulls her close from behind still keeping her leer) Hey don't knock it till ya try it Blondie. (Faith's hands start to travel up Billie's sides making her eyes go wide and shove them away)

BILLIE

Alright, seriously! Are you in heat or somethin'!? What the hell did that—(she starts to realize) the orb…that's what's happening to you! Alright listen Faith, you're cursed.

FAITH

(she smirks) Yeah, cursed with sexy friends maybe. Ever notice how everyone's drop dead hot? Especially Xand now that ya turned him into a sexy, buff stud.

BILLIE

Ugh! You're hopeless! (her phone rings a loud rock tone. She checks it and answers as Faith exchanges sexy glances with a guy walking past. Billie grabs her arm and drags her along) Hello?

BUFFY (on the phone)

Billie! Where are you? We have a problem.

BILLIE

(Faith's hand moves up Billie's arm suggestively before she smacks it away) You're tellin' me. Me and Faith got hit with a curse, I'm kinda okay but Faith…well…

FAITH

Is that B? Lemme talk to her! We haven't gotten the chance to have phone sex yet. (she reaches for the phone as Billie tries to slap her away)

BUFFY (on the phone)

What!?

BILLIE

Nothing, it's just Faith. We're almost to the shop. (Faith keeps reaching for the phone while being in full close contact with Billie) Will you stop rubbin' you chest all over me Faith!

BUFFY (on the phone)

WHAT?!

FAITH

Oh nice one Rockstar…you're supposed to be helpin' me tell B that I lo—vmh er (Billie covers her mouth with her hand)

BILLIE

Don't worry Buffy, long story. We're walkin' in the shop now. (she taps the screen and ends the call. She pulls her hand away sharply) Ow! Did you just bite me?

FAITH (smirking)

Bite more then your hand next time. (Billie scoffs disgusted as Faith growls and makes a suggestive biting gesture as Willow runs up to them)

WILLOW

Billie! Faith! (she smiles widely holding several bags in her arms) There you guys are! Here to help with the spell research? Oh! You werent there…we all got hit with that orby thing that Buff and Faith saw last night.

BILLIE

Yeah, we did too.

WILLOW

Really? Non of us can think what it is—oh! I got us some Scooby munchies though. (she holds up a bag from the candy store) The best gourmet truffles and chocolate covered cherries they had. Oh! And this amazing slice of fudge, completely fresh. Then I stopped in the little boutique and got Ken this adorable jacket I just know she'll look great in.

FAITH

Bet she'd look better with it off though, right Red? (she wiggles her eyebrows) Bet Suarez is a psycho in the sack, she's been a girly lover all her life.

WILLOW

(she blushes and starts rambling) Well…I'd be lying if I said it was anything less then—

BILLIE (harsh)

Alright! Stop! Will you two just get inside the damn store already! God it's like I'm babysitting you people sometimes. (she winces and holds her head again)

WILLOW

Well geeze Ms. Grumpy-Pants…

FAITH

Nah, ignore her. She gets a little testy every now an' then. (she saunters over to Willow with a mischevious twinkle in her eye) Ya know…they say red-heads are the pretty wild. That true?

WILLOW

(she blushes again) Uhh…

BILLIE

(still holding her head she grabs Faith's arm and pushes her into the Mystic's Grotto) Don't answer her.

MYSTIC'S GROTTO—DAY

All of the other Scoobies are around the table with Buffy standing reading a book. She looks up when Faith enters with Billie and Willow close behind.

BUFFY

There you all are! Where the hell have you been? We still don't know what hit us.

XANDER

(he yawns and looks over to Willow) Hey Will, can ya bring over those munchies?

WILLOW

Sure! (she sets the bags on the table and pulls out a box of donuts) All jellies so no one steals the last one from ya.

XANDER

Awesome. (he opens the box and digs in to one)

KENNEDY

Hey! Where's my box of goodness!

WILLOW

Don't worry sweetie, (she digs around another bag and pulls out a jacket) I bought you this new jacket! Like it?

KENNEDY

Ooo mine! (she puts it on and admires it)

BUFFY

(Dawn starts riffeling through the bags until Buffy smacks her hand away) Research, we need to figure this out.

DAWN

Oh fine. (Buffy sits down on one of the chairs)

BUFFY

Alright, here's what we know—(she's cut off by Faith)

FAITH

(she walks up to Buffy with a savage, lusty expression) Buffy…Summers…

BUFFY

(she raises an eyebrow) You alright there Faith?

FAITH

Oh I'm fine…(she runs her hands suggestively over her hips) Don't ya think?

BUFFY

Uhhh yeah…that would be why we're together.

FAITH

(she stradles Buffy's lap in the chair) I might be fine, but you're drop dead gorgeous. (she kisses Buffy deeply with a groan)

KENNEDY

(she rolls her eyes) Come on…get a room Lehane.

FAITH

(she stops and looks up at Kennedy with a smirk) Jealous?

KENNEDY

Of the horny Slayer? Not so much.

BILLIE

(she grabs Faith by the shoulders and pulls her off Buffy) Alright, Buffy doesn't have the will power to stop you so I will.

BUFFY

(she stands up defensively) I could have stopped her!…I just didn't want to.

FAITH

Yeah? (she smirks) Wanna head in the back room for a while?

BILLIE (darkly)

(her eyes flash bright Caribbean Sea blue and her tattoos glow a firey gold) Enough!

KENNEDY

She gets all the cool power perks…

BILLIE

(she shakes her head and holds it with another wince of pain as her eyes return to normal and her tattoos turn black again) Alright, just listen please…we're all cursed, that's why we're acting different.

XANDER

We're acting different? (he leans on his arm for support)

BILLIE

Yeah, we are. But the curse is blinding you to it.

BUFFY (annoyed)

Then why do you know what's going on?

BILLIE

(she winces again) Because I've had this curse before. We've all been infected with the purest properties of a different one of the seven deadly sins.

KENNEDY

We're heroes Billie…we try not to sin, kinda with the job.

WILLOW

Yeah! (she eats a truffle happily) Besides, none of us are really acting different.

BILLIE

Yeah we are…whoever did this must have cursed us with whatever we are the most prone to.

BUFFY

Alright, hold it right there! I am not a sinner.

XANDER

(he rests his head in his crossed arms on the table and shuts his eye) Somebody's got Pride issues…

BUFFY

Says the lazy bum! (she realizes) Sloth…

BILLIE

(she takes the box of chocolate from Willow) Watch the Gluttony there Will.

DAWN

Well what do Ken and me have? Faith's is kinda obvious…(Faith gives a teasing grin)

KENNEDY

Since you skeeved money from your sister I'm going with Greed…don't get why I didn't get that one, I'm the one with the stupid rich family. (she sits down with a pout next to Willow)

WILLOW

Awe, (she takes Kennedy's hand with a sweet smile) My girl's green with Envy.

FAITH

(she stands behind Buffy and starts kissing her neck) Sure ya don't wanna head in the back for a while, babe? They wont miss us…

BILLIE (harsh)

(her eyes swirl blue and her tattoos glow firey again as her expression turns harsh. She grabs Buffy and Faith and forces them apart, shoving Buffy into a wall and Faith sliding across the floor) Will you control your libido for just ten damn seconds Faith! (Faith looks at her annoyed as Billie turns to Buffy still in her outrage) And you! How about ya keep that hero complex Pride together, this crap is goin' to get out of hand fast and destroy us. (the room remains silent in shock at Billie's outburst. She sits down with a loud groan of pain and holds her head. She takes deep breaths and her tattoos return to normal but her eyes remain blue) Damn… I had to get this one didn't I?

BUFFY

(she adjusts her shirt) Geeze Billie…

WILLOW

She's cursed with Wrath, it's probably the most dangerous and consuming sin.

DAWN

You better be careful or you're gonna let out the demon.

BUFFY

Alright, we cant let that happen. (she looks at Billie nervous) Billie? How do we beat it?

BILLIE

(she takes a deep breath to focus herself before answering struggling to keep her anger under control) Sorry, um. We need to either overcome the Sins with an act of pure selflessness while faced with the Curse. That, or find whoever cursed us and force them to undo it—probably our best bet.

KENNEDY

Why? We should be able to beat these things, we're Champions!

BILLIE

(she winces again) Damn! (she turns back to Kennedy) That's what makes it harder, since we don't give in to them as often the curse will overtake us faster. Willow, think you can trace the magic?

WILLOW

Sure, I could give it a shot.

BILLIE

Just…don't overdo it…

BUFFY

I'll keep an eye on her. (the two walk to the shelves as Billie continues to force her self to stay calm)

BILLIE (to herself)

Come on…keep it together.

MYSTIC'S GROTTO—LATER

Willow sits in the center of the floor surrounded by candles in a meditative state while focusing. Buffy paces restlessly next to her as Faith sits leaning against the counter leering at her.

BUFFY

Anything Will?

WILLOW

(she focuses then sighs) you gotta stop bugging me Buff, makes it hard to concentrate.

BUFFY

Well you need to figure out where I need to go to Slay this thing!

KENNEDY

Why do you get to Slay it?! How is that fair!

XANDER

Just let her slay it Ken, no big deal you can just get the next one. There's always a next one. (he yawns and puts his head down)

BUFFY

Why don't you go check on Billie, Xander, she looked a little…

FAITH

Sexy as hell?

BUFFY

(she turns to Faith sharply) No! I was gonna say crazy…or out of it.

DAWN

Well she's about to completely lose her mind and a demon will be running around full of angry thoughts…I don't blame her for wanting to be alone.

XANDER

Yeah, she'll be fine. She always is.

FAITH

Maybe I should go…'check' on her. (she wiggles her eyebrows and stands up. Buffy grabs her arm)

BUFFY

Don't even think about it…

FAITH

(she pulls Buffy into her with a smirk) Well then…better keep me occupied, Gorgeous.

WILLOW

Woah! (she sits up straighter as her hair swirls white and sparkles surround her. Kennedy's tattoo starts glowing brightly. Willow gasps and her eyes go wide showing them blacked out. Everyone takes a step back shocked as she gasps with a strained expression) Damn it…it's messing with my magic! Like…like it's tainted. (her hair starts to drop down the grayscale turning black)

KENNEDY

Willow! (she quickly runs to Willow concerned. As she runs, a green orb dissipates from her body and floats gently in the air glowing brightly as she crouches down to Willow's side holding her steady) Will, listen to me. You gotta stop the spell. No more magic until we figure out this curse thing!

WILLOW

(she shakes her head frightened) I—I can't stop…It's, t-taking me…over.

KENNEDY

No! Don't say that! You're not doing this to yourself again Will, just hang on. (Willow stops and takes a deep breath keeping her eyes closed tightly) Look at me Will…

WILLOW

No…I d-don't want you to—see m-me like…this.

KENNEDY

(she smiles softly as she holds Willow's face in her hands) I'm your warrior Willow, nothing you do is going to scare me. And anything that scares you? I'm gonna make it go away. Now look at me, baby…(Willow shakes her head as her expression starts to soften) Trust me Will. (Willow opens her eyes showing them as two deep black pools of darkness burning in the center. The frightening appearance does nothing to phase Kennedy as she just takes Willow's hand and focuses on her) You can do it Will, you feel the curse…now beat it. Whoever put this spell on us doesn't have half the power you do. So use it.

WILLOW

I…I can't.

KENNEDY

You can.

WILLOW

The magic—

KENNEDY

Is yours to control. It was given to you for a reason, now you need to prove you can control it if something goes wrong. Beat the curse Will…beat the evil. (Willow looks into Kennedy's eyes as her breathing evens out. Her hair starts to fade back to white as a flashy orange glow sparkles out of Willow and fades into an orb floating in the air near the harsh green one. Willow gasps as her eyes and hair return to their normal colors. Kennedy pulls her into a comforting embrace as Willow collects herself. Kennedy smiles happily) See? You are strong.

WILLOW (into Kennedy's shoulder)

Thank you…

DAWN

(she walks over to the floating orbs and looks at them with a gaze of awe and greed) These are sooo mine!

BUFFY

Dawn no! (she pulls Dawn back by the arm away from the floating Sins) Those are the essence of pure Sin…why the hell would you want them?

DAWN

Well look at them! They're so sparkley…

WILLOW

And deadly…(Kennedy helps her up and sets her in a chair) Ken, get that jar I enchanted yesterday.

KENNEDY

You got it. (she heads behind the counter)

XANDER

(he sits up quickly as though waking himself up) I'm up! (he looks around) What I miss?

BUFFY (shocked)

Kennedy and Willow beat their curses…

KENNEDY (proud)

You sound all amazed.

BUFFY

Well…you just made it seem so easy…

WILLOW

It was the selfless act…when I started to get corrupted Kennedy came to help me. She jumped right next to me as I was turning all…grr.

KENNEDY

(she comes back and hands Willow a simple thick glass jar with a smile) What kind of eternal bound warrior would I be if I didn't help my Goddess?

FAITH

Yeah yeah…(she stands behind Buffy and snakes her arms around the blondes waist while kissing her neck) Can we get to the good stuff yet?

BUFFY

Not now Faith! (she shuffles out of her embrace) Do something selfless. I'm not gonna be with you if it's just from some Lust frenzy.

FAITH

Then you can get your rocks off first, that's pretty selfless.

WILLOW

(she walks over to the two floating Sin orbs and captures them in the jar) I don't think so Faith. It has to be truly selfless. You can't really plan that. (she studies the orbs in the jar) These are pure sin? Huh…(they swirl around and glow in the jar as she raises her eyebrows curiously) Thought they'd look…I dunno…evil-er.

DAWN

Well if they're not evil, can I have them? (everyone glares at her) What?

KENNEDY

We need to figure out how to get you guys un-cursed. Will?

WILLOW

Yeah, sure I should be able to do it. It might hurt a little.

BUFFY

I'll go first then. I don't want it to hurt Dawn or Faith.

XANDER

(he sits up drowsily) Hey, how come she didn't break the curse if she's being all selfless?

WILLOW

It's Pride Xander, you can't beat pride since everything we do no matter what fuels our pride.

KENNEDY

(she glances to the back room) You should actually probably do Billie first…we don't know what she's doing back there…

MYSTIC'S GROTTO – TRAINING AREA—SAME TIME

Billie sits against a brick wall on the ground holding her head with her knees pulled to her chest. She's trembling and there is the small shine of sweat on her strained body. She runs her fingers through her hair and takes a deep breath and looks up to be startled by an apparation of herself with a dark, maniacal expression in front of her.

BILLIE (shocked)

What the hell—

APPARATION BILLIE

Am I? (she smirks) Dumb question…an' since I'm you that makes me dumb. (she thinks) That means ya just insulted me actually…

BILLIE

You arent me.

APPARATION BILLIE

Well not physically…yet…

BILLIE

(she trembles) What do you mean yet?

APPARATION BILLIE

Well as it turns out, you don't work that fancy spell 'a yours very well. Especially when theres other magics screwin' with it.

BILLIE

No…no—this is the curse. You're not here. (another pain shoots through her and she groans loudly)

APPARATION BILLIE

(she winces) Damn…I'm glad I'm demon enough to avoid somethin' like that. Pretty damn painful I'd wager. (she squats in front of Billie) come on…it took that sorcerer to infect you with all seven sins last time before it phased you. Even then, ya just tortured him till he took it back.

BILLIE (harsh)

I'm not like that anymore! (she winces louder) Aagghh!

APPARATION BILLIE

You know its all gonna go away when you just let it go…so they gave ya a little Wrath. If ya ask me it's gonna do ya some good. Did me some good—I mean since I'm free to haunt ya an' all. (she smirks darkly again)

BILLIE (confused)

Free?

APPARATION BILLIE

Well in a relative sense—oh! It's like those shows with the angel and devil on your shoulders. Only there's no angel now, Billie. Which means there's no hope for you.

BILLIE

(she stands up sharply) There's always hope!

APPARATION BILLIE

Is there? (she stands up in front of her) You're a demon Billie. The beast in you is from a pure bloodline of deep seeded evil. Your ancestors terrorized Ireland for centuries—an' now what? You fell in love? You're gettin' married? Ya found a family that accepts you no matter what? (Billie looks away) But you don't deserve them do you?

BILLIE (angry)

Shut up! (she reaches for the apparation but it dissappears in wisps of smoke and reappears behind her. She turns swiftly to face it) what are you?

APPARATION BILLIE

I already told you, Billie…(she smirks) I'm you. (she disappears in wisps of smoke again)

BILLIE

No! (as soon as the smoke dissipates Billie doubles over in pain holding her head while howling in agony. Her eyes glow brightly and her tattoos glow a deep sparkling gold) Aaarrrhhhaaahhh!

MYSTIC'S GROTTO – STORE – SAME TIME

Buffy and Dawn each drink a small potion from a vial. They grimace at the taste.

BUFFY

Blech! It tastes like—

WILLOW (teasing)

Eye of Newt and dove tears?

DAWN

Yeah…(she hiccups) Was that supposed to happen?

WILLOW

Not sure…

BUFFY

Not sure! (she starts coughing) What do you mean not sure?! (her coughing becomes harsher as Dawn joins in as well)

KENNEDY (concerned)

You guys okay? (They both give a final cough and the two Sin orb curses fly out of their mouths and float in the air. Kennedy raises her eyebrows as Buffy and Dawn catch their breaths) Guess so…

WILLOW (happily)

(she adds the two to the jar) Hey, it worked!

DAWN

What did you think it would do!

WILLOW

Well…you might have coughed up your kydney actually…

BUFFY

What!

WILLOW

I mean—Faith! Commere and take the potion! (they hear Billie howling in pain from the back training area) Uh oh…

KENNEDY

That cant be good…(she heads to the back room)

WILLOW

(she hands Faith and Xander each vials of the potion) you guys better take that quick, we're gonna need all the stops to calm Billie down.

KENNEDY

HOLY CRAP! (She is sent flying out of the back training area and slides across the floor on her back. She sits up freaked out) Billie's lost it!

BUFFY

(she walks towards the room as Billie emerges surrounded in a dark mist with menacing bright blue eyes, shining tattoos, and a dark expression) Billie…

BILLIE (harsh)

I need to make it stop. (she grabs Buffy by the neck) It's the only way.

XANDER

Billie! Stop! (he gets up quickly and runs to her as his Sin curse dissipates from his body and floats in the air in a little glowing orb. As he gets closer she throws Buffy at him sending them both to the ground. Buffy hits the table hard)

FAITH

Buffy! (she runs to Buffy's side leaving her curse behind. She helps her up slowly as Buffy winces) You okay?

BUFFY

Yeah…I think we have a problem though.

KENNEDY

Bit of an understatement. (the three Slayers stand and face Billie looking aprehensive)

BILLIE (harsh)

(she starts chuckling maniacally) Really? That's what you're gonna try? A standoff with the demon who knows every one 'a your weaknesses?

FAITH

We know yours right back Rockstar.

BILLIE (harsh)

No…you don't. You know the house trained Billie's weaknesses…not mine.

Faith takes a few quick steps forward and swings a right hook at Billie who ducks it and kicks her swiftly in the stomach knocking the wind out of her. She grabs Faith by the back of the shirt and tosses her into Kennedy moving toward her. Kennedy stands and blocks Billie's incoming kick before landing a punch across her face. Billie recovers and sweeps Kennedy's feet out from under her. She pins her to the ground and takes hold of her throat as she starts to strangle her.

BILLIE (harsh)

Guess you make it to that other plane a while before your Goddess, huh Kenny?

BUFFY

(she dives and knocks Billie off Kennedy and pins her to the ground after some struggle) That's enough Billie.

BILLIE (harsh)

(she smirks knowingly) You cant do it…can you? (Buffy winces slightly) I told you if I ever lost it to kill me…but you can't do it.

BUFFY

I don't kill the people I care about.

BILLIE (harsh)

Well you're killin' Lehane for sure…(she smirks as Buffy looks confused) Oh come on…the chick is—

FAITH

Cayne! (she kicks Billie in the side of the head knocking her out. Billie's tattoos return to black. Everyone looks at her confused) She'll thank me later.

KENNEDY

Come on, lets get her up on the table. (Her and Faith lift Billie up and lay her on the table as Willow approaches with a larger vial)

WILLOW

I'm not entirely sure if this is gonna work on her…but more should probably do it.

XANDER

(he takes Billie's hand in his while looking worried) How did she lose it like that Will? Shouldn't the spell have worked?

WILLOW

(she sets the jar of the six sins next to Billie as she pours the potion down her throat) Well I guess the curse was countering it…but the only way its supposed to let go is if Billie wills it.

FAITH

Well what the hell kind of loophole is that, Red!?

WILLOW

Magic isn't absolute Faith, there always has to be a backdoor or weak spot. It's a balance so the world doesn't lose itself.

BUFFY

Well even if she was under the curse…why would she let herself go?

KENNEDY

It was probably just screwing with her.

WILLOW

Let's hope so. (Billie starts coughing and gasping painfully)

XANDER (freaked)

What's happening!

WILLOW

It's farther gone in her then it was in Buffy and Dawn. (Billie's coughing continues) I think it's working though.

FAITH

I dunno…looks more like she's coughing up that kydney. (one final cough and the curse flies out of Billie's mouth leaving her gasping for air. Willow traps it quickly in the jar as Billie's eyes start to flutter)

KENNEDY

I think she's waking up.

XANDER

(he holds her hand tighter and looks at her worried) Billie? Come on, sweetie wake up.

BILLIE

(she groans) Ungghh…the hell happened?

BUFFY

Faith almost knocked your head off your shoulders.

BILLIE (confused)

What?…Why?

XANDER

You…you don't remember?

BILLIE

(she holds her head and winces) Well she's wearin' combat boots…

WILLOW

What's the last thing you remember?

BILLIE

(she sits up slowly holding her head) Uhh…me an' Faith were walkin' here and…(her eyes go wide) Oh shit…

DAWN

We all got infected with Sin curses.

XANDER

Your's really got to you…

BILLIE (freaked)

(she looks at everyone freaked out) Oh my god…

KENNEDY

It's alright Billie, no one got hurt. It was just the curse, it messed with your spell.

BILLIE

(she looks at Faith and winces) I'm sorry.

FAITH

Don't be, it coulda been a lot worse. (She smiles to Billie slightly) Sorry I had to knock ya out.

BILLIE

Oh hell don't worry about that! Thanks actually…almost said stuff I woulda regretted.

DAWN

I hate to just jump in on this…but I'm really tired now.

BUFFY

(she smiles and puts her arm around Dawn) Come on, lets go home and sleep off the Curse hangover.

MOONVIEW STREET—NIGHT

Billie and Xander head one way while the rest of the gang heads another. Faith stops deep in thought.

FAITH

You guys go ahead…I'm gonna hit some cemeteries or something. I'm kinda jumpy. (Buffy nods)

BILLIE

(she looks at Xander and he nods as she walks up to Faith) You don't have to do it yet Faith…she'll wait.

FAITH

Yeah, but she deserves something. Just cause I'm too chicken to actually say it doesn't mean I cant show her how much I care, right?

BILLIE

(she smiles) What did ya have in mind?

SCOOBY BACKYARD—MORNING

Buffy sits on the back patio on a wooden lawn chair in the sun catching a few rays. Faith walks out through the sliding door catching Buffy's attention.

FAITH

(she smiles) Hey, sorry. Didn't mean to interrupt the soaking up of future cancer cells.

BUFFY (teasing)

Ha, ha. I'll have you know living in California all my life makes me immune to anything but sun kissed beauty from being outside.

FAITH

Yeah, well bein' from Boston? It's like a shock to my system.

BUFFY

Well you sure don't show it. (she smiles and sits up crossing her legs so Faith can sit at the foot of the long lawn chair facing her) I didn't hear you come home last night.

FAITH

Yeah it was pretty late. I didn't wanna wake ya so I just slept downstairs.

BUFFY

You can wake me up to be with me Faith, I was worried when you werent there this morning. Or yesterday morning.

FAITH

Yeah…I went to see Rockstar. Needed to figure a few things out. Turns out Irish coffee can clear your head.

BUFFY (nervous)

Was it about—

FAITH

Yeah. It was. (after a pause Faith takes a deep breath) Buffy…you know I've never had a real relationship. So I'm just sorta playin' ours by ear.

BUFFY

(nodding) I know, I'm trying to help you but I'm not much better in that department.

FAITH

Maybe, but I should at least be able to tell you how I feel…but I've never had feelings like I've been having before. At least not this way. (Buffy looks confused) My dad…back when I was little, he was my whole world. He turned himself in for protectin' me from my mom…it didn't end well.

BUFFY

I'm sorry…

FAITH

(she nods and looks down) He was a noble man…he said it was the right thing to do. But since him…whenever I started to feel like—(she stops looking up at Buffy and changes her train of thought) Like I really cared about someone, or that they really cared about me…somethin' always happened, ya know? My watcher was killed, guys left, friends ditched, my family wanted nothing with me. It just seemed easier to forget everyone and have it just be me in here. (she points to her chest)

BUFFY

(she takes Faith's hands and looks at her sweetly) I know it's gonna be hard Faith, but you don't have to think like that anymore. We're your family now, and none of us are going to abandon you. (she lifts Faith's chin so that she meets her comforting gaze) I'm not going to leave you that easily, not now.

FAITH

(she smiles and puts her hand over Buffy's on her cheek with a sweet smile) Thanks, B. I'm sorry I've been actin' weird lately…you know…besides that Lust thing. (Buffy smiles) That kiss the other night…it just—

BUFFY

It what?

FAITH

I've never had a kiss like that before. I've had nervous ones, sloppy drunk ones, really hot ones, really bad ones, ones that were so firey it made my lips burn, and ones that made my head spin. But…(Buffy looks nervous) I've never had a kiss that was so sweet and…soft and full of feeling that my heart actually skipped a beat. (Buffy smiles and kisses Faith softly with as much feeling as she can muster. She leans back and looks at Faith who still has her eyes closed as she puts her hand to her chest and rubs over her heart) I think I'm developing a heart condition…

BUFFY

(she smiles) I know, I feel it too.

FAITH

Billie told me what feeling somethin' like that meant…and I'm a little freaked. As in head for the hills freaked.

BUFFY (nervous)

But?

FAITH

I'm not sure if she's right or not…but I think she might be. (Buffy smiles at her and bites her lip nervously) I—(she sighs) I cant put it to words B…I don't know if its because I'm afraid, or if I'm not ready…or—hell if its because I'm just physically not able to say them.

BUFFY

It's alright…I'm nervous too. Feelings like this never exactly are stable thoughts in my wacky Buffy brain.

FAITH

I like your wacky Buffy brain. (Buffy smiles) And…I like your cute Buffy smile.

BUFFY

Guess ya just like all kinds of Buffy type things.

FAITH

Yeah…yeah I do. (she smiles)

BUFFY

Good…cause I like a lot of Faith type things too. (she takes Faith's hands again with a smile) Like the way you laugh, and how sweet you are. (Faith blushes) And the way I can make you blush by just saying how amazing of a person you are.

FAITH

I'm not that amazin', B.

BUFFY

I like to think that the kind of person who will do anything to save the people they care about is amazing. Now add the fact that you will do anything to save people you don't know or probably will never even meet? (Faith looks at her nervous) That makes you extraordinary.

FAITH

(a tear escapes and runs down her cheek before she can wipe it away quickly) How do you do that?

BUFFY

Do what?

FAITH

Turn my insides in knots and make my heart jump like I got hit with those shock paddle things?

BUFFY

We do that when we're around people we care about…whether we can say it or not.

FAITH

(she smiles and reaches in her pocket and pulls out something small in her closed fist) I know I already told you I cant say it…and I know you said it's alright but it's still not fair to you.

BUFFY

Faith—

FAITH

Its not B. So I hope this makes it a little better. (she holds up a silver banded ring that comes to a looped knot on both sides around a white stone inlaid into the band that shines a light blue sheen in the light. On the inside of the band beneath the stone, 'B + F' is engraved into the band. Buffy looks at it shocked) Its kinda why I didn't come home last night…

BUFFY (in awe)

Faith…

FAITH

I'm not proposing to you or nothin', definitely not ready for anything like that…I just...I wanted to get ya somethin' you could wear all the time and know how much I care about you. You're my girl B…and I don't want it any other way. (she slips it slowly onto Buffy's ring finger with a smile as it fits perfectly) It's a moonstone, since we spend so much time under a moon. And everything important about us has happened at night. Our first kiss, when we actually got together, when we first 'got together' (she wiggles her eyebrows and Buffy laughs shortly before Faith smiles and returns to her serious and sweet tone) So I figure the moon must be a good thing for us, right? It's engraved…but if you don't like it I could always get it grinded off or something…(Buffy answers her with another soft, lingering kiss. She ends it softly but stays close to Faith

BUFFY

No…I love it, Faith. (she looks up with a bright smile) Thank you, it's perfect.

FAITH

Just like you.