Originally broadcasted 5/18/04
Outside Presidium Cavern – Continuous
“Ruuuun!” Faith screamed at the very top of her lungs.
Slayers began to run in various directions, all trying to avoid the four-story sea demon surfacing from Lake Erie, as well as the tsunami wave it had sent toward them. As the wave hit the group, the momentum took several of the slower slayers off their feet, while others raced only steps ahead of the approaching surge.
With a hideous roar, the monster reared its head back and began to shoot fire at several slayers near the park, setting any it touched aflame. Faith pulled Kennedy along and tried to keep up with Buffy and Wood, who were a few paces ahead.
“This way,” Buffy said, pointing to an alcove in the shoreline. As the group dashed over to the hiding place, they could hear the monster continuing its rampage.
Catching their breath, they all tucked themselves as far back and out of sight as possible.
Outside Presidium Caverns – Same Time
Mia led a few members of Julia’s former gang to a drainage ditch and waited as each one jumped down and began to run. When the last one took her turn, Mia stopped her before she kept running.
“Where’s Sue?” she asked.
“I haven’t seen her, Mia,” the girl answered. “Not since everyone split up.”
Mia nodded. “Okay, get going. Get everyone in that pipe down there,” she pointed.
Mia turned to go and the slayer grabbed her arm. “You’re not going back there, are you?”
Mia motioned her ahead with her head. “Go on. I’ll catch up.”
The slayer shook her head as she watched Mia run back the way they came.
Watchers Council – Library – Same Time
“How goes the search?” Dawn and Skye asked as they brought in more books.
“We need a few more helpers, I think,” Willow answered. motioning to the mountains of various texts that had appeared on the table.
“A couple of speed readers wouldn’t be out of the question, either,” Rowena added.
They all looked up as Giles re-entered the room.
“Oh! I know,” Willow said to the room and then turned to face Giles. “We need to get Andrew and Tracey up here. Are they in the kitchen?”
“No,” he told her. “I sent them with Xander to deliver some more weapons and slayers.”
“Shoot,” Willow sighed.
“Why?” he asked.
Willow wore a ridiculous look on her face and just motioned to all the books on the table.
“I see,” he answered. “Well, let’s just narrow our search down a bit more. There’re several indexes that might help us pinpoint things, but they’re in Sumerian. I can start on those.”
“I’ll help,” Dawn offered. “Junior Watcher, remember?”
“Right then,” Giles nodded as he handed her a book. “Shall we have at it?”
“We shall,” she answered with a grin as she took a seat next to him and began to open the book.
Inside Cavern – Same Time
“You okay, Slick?” Faith asked.
Kennedy turned her attention to Faith for a brief moment and then looked away again. “Just wondering where Mia and Vi are at right now. I don’t like this.”
“Well, it’s not your typical walk in the park, I gotta admit,” Faith told her. “But I’m sure they’re okay. They’re smart.”
“Rona was smart, too,” Kennedy said quietly.
Faith held her breath for a moment, but finally spoke. “Yeah, but this is different.”
“How so?” Kennedy asked finally, turning to look at Faith and hold her gaze.
“It just is,” Faith answered as she got up and tried to see what was happening outside. “We just have to concentrate on the here and now.”
“Well, here we have a huge monster to deal with,” Robin said. “And now would be a good time to come up with a plan.”
“Drowning it is out of the question,” Buffy piped in. “And obviously it doesn’t hate fire.”
“It’s way too big to stab,” Kennedy added.
“Yeah, but what if we find a way to crush it?” Faith asked.
Everyone in the group looked at each other.
“That might work,” Robin answered.
“Okay,” Faith nodded. “But we’re not gonna find anything big enough sitting in here. You guys ready?”
“Let’s do it,” Kennedy nodded.
With that, the foursome left their hiding spot.
City Park Parking Lot – Same Time
Xander brought his van to a stop in the parking lot of a lakeside city park and Tracey, who was following behind in another van, immediately did the same.
Several girls jumped out of the back of Tracey’s van, and met up with Xander and Andrew between the two vans.
As Andrew began to hand out weapons to the girls, he turned to Xander. “I don’t see any of the other teams,” he began to ramble. “It’s a pretty big park and we could be in the wrong place right now. If we can’t find them, how are we going to get them extra weapons and, while we’re at it,” he said, pausing and holding up a rocket launcher. “Was this really necessary?”
Xander took the launcher away from Andrew briskly. “Don’t touch the firepower, please. You blow up one of these vans and I’ll never hear the end of it.”
The new arrivals turned at the sound of screaming slayers and charging feet behind them.
Vi crested a nearby rise. “Over there!” she said, pointing behind her and trying to catch her breath. They all looked in the direction she pointed.
“What is it?” Xander asked.
“Something big,” she replied, gasping.
“A Vutch demon?” Andrew asked. “A pack of Vutch demons?”
Vi shook her head, still trying to breathe. “Bigger,” she muttered.
Hearing what almost sounded like a pre-historic roar, they watched the monster come to its full height, poking above the tree line.
“Oh my God,” Andrew whimpered. He looked at Xander.
The weapons master simply showed the rocket launcher to Andrew in a pompous “that’s why” manner.
End of Teaser