Faith 1.05 Five Gates

Previously on Faith the Vampire Hunter

Faith: “How did you find me? What do you want?”

Robin: “I want you Faith. There is a small group of girls with Slayer powers. They’re on the wrong path, Faith. Only you can stop them. There’re three of them.”

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Robin: “How did they meet?”

Rave: “I can’t quite tell. All I know is that six months ago they didn’t even know each other.”

Core: “Something brought them together.”

Robin: “Or someone…”

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Robin says, “If we could make the renegades fight some vampires…”

Rave: “…they might see their destiny.”

Danny: “Do you mean something like a slayer instinct?”

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Fight scenes

Alena: “I don’t believe in vampires.”

Vampire: “Then you better start, because we are real.”

Fight scenes

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An arrow hits the heart of the leader vampire. He has just enough time for a last stupid look on his face, then he ashes and the chalice falls to the ground.

Vi: “That chalice belongs to me.”

Credits and theme

In a vault

A hall is lid by torches. Mirrors and artefacts of gold and silver on the walls enhance the light. Heavy steps come closer. A horned demon in battle armor drags an unconscious servant down the hallway. He reaches a gate and opens it. Inside there’s an ostentatiously decorated throne room. He directs at the throne.

“You had your little lapdog call for me,” the demon says.

A voice from the throne, that is not visible because of curtains answers.

“Yes, I sent for you.”

“Do not send unworthy creatures to talk to me.”

“No more creatures.”

There’s a strange sound, then the servant’s body dissolves and turns to smoke.

Voice: “I have a job for you.”

“What job?” the demon asks.

“It’s about slayers.”

The demon gives a sardonic grin. His teeth are of a color somewhere between yellow and green.

At the HQ

Vi leaves her room.

Robin: “Vi, could you join us upstairs for a second?”

Vi: “Sure.”

Core is leaning on his desk. Robin and Vi enter the room. Rave is sitting at the table working on her laptop.

“So, what’s wrong?” Vi asks.

“My sources tell me we have a problem,” Core answers.

“With the slayers?”

“No, something else,” Robin explains with a disturbing tone in his voice.

“I was told, there is a Yihm’ Naruk demon searching for you and for Faith,” Core adds.

“What’s a Yihm’ Nanuk?”

“Yihm’ Naruk. Centuries ago they used to be the life guards of infernal high priests. They were ordered to lead the infernal army as generals into a battle at a hellmouth in China. They lost this battle against the united army of the seven kingdoms. Therefore they fell into disgrace and were exiled. They are extremely powerful and dangerous.”

“There we go,” Rave shouts. “I finally found a picture!”

She turns her computer and shows it to everybody. It is the horned demon from the vault.

“Why do they never look like puppies?” Rave asks

Vi turns to Core: “What do you think he wants from us?”

Core: “Hm, let me express it this way: a slayer played a crucial part in winning the battle.”

“Oh, I see. Where is Faith?”

Robin: “Left half an hour ago, with Danny. Vampire patrol.”

“What do you want me to do?” Vi says in an uncertain way.

Core: “We cannot afford to lose any time. Somebody might get hurt.”

Vi: “So, where do I start looking?”

“Here,” Rave points at a map on her screen, “10 minutes ago something ripped a police car apart. I think that’s the right place to start. I’ll take you there”

“Alright then, let’s go.”

At the site of the attack

Blinking blue lights light the scene. The police cordon off the area. An ambulance is standing nearby. They lift a body into their car. The police car has completely been torn into pieces. The parts are spread everywhere.

“Oh no,” Rave says.

“That’s worse than ‘oh no’,” Vi returns.

“Where did it go to?”

“I don’t know. It’s looking for me and Faith. So,… Maybe the demon went somewhere to gather information,” Vi offers.

“Like what?”

“A demon hideout, a demon friendly bar, something like that, I think.”

“Hey, I know about a demon bar about two blocks from here,” Rave tells.

At the bar

Demon scum is sitting everywhere. Vampires, ‘Ugliness Demons’, even uglier Ugliness demons and worse. Behind the bar works a fat old woman. Vi and Rave enter. Rave stays close behind Vi. The demons pretend not to pay attention to them but follow their every move.

One demon who sits with his back towards the entry suddenly looks up from his table. He sniffs.

“Slayers! I smell slayers,” he grunts. Then he looks at Vi and Rave. “First that ugly Naruk, now slayers. What is wrong with this place?”

Rave wants to tell Vi what the demon said but Vi signals her that she just acts like she didn’t hear. She walks up to a vampire that doesn’t look much like a fighter. The two guys at the seats next to him walk away fast.

“What do you know about the Yihm’ Naruk demon?”

“What’s a Yihm’ Naruk demon?” the vampire answers contemptuously.

Vi, who normally acts calm and reasonable, hits the vampires face against the counter. Rave is shocked “We don’t have time.” She hits him down again. His nose begins to bleed. “So, why don’t we just skip that part and you tell me something useful.”

“Ok, ok. He came in here minutes ago.” He wipes off the blood from his nose. “Wanted to know where he could find the slayers who came here a while ago.”

“What did you tell him?” Vi asks impatiently.

“Nothing.” His head again bangs against the bar. “Ouch! We said there was a slayer who patrolled the cemeteries since a few days. Then he took off quickly.”

Rave: “Faith! We need to warn her.”

Vi gives the vampire another hit: “Thanks.” Then they leave quickly to get to the cemetery.

On their way Rave’s cell rings. She answers it.

“Rave? This is Robin.”

“What’s wrong?”

“I need to speak to Vi,” Robin says.

She hands the phone to Vi: “Robin.”

Vi: “Yes?”

Robin: “Vi, listen! We just found out, that you cannot kill the demon?”

“What do you mean, I cannot kill the demon?”

“Stakes, blades, anything might hurt the demon, but will not be enough to kill it. We will keep looking for a way. But as long as…”

“Ok, we’ll be cautious.”

“Just come home safely, all of you,” Robin says and hangs up.

They finally reach the cemetery at the east gate. Vi looks at the gate. It throws a frightening shadow that causes and awkward feeling. It seems to say ‘Come in and you’ll never leave’. The high walls emphasize the whole mood. Inside the gate there is nothing but dark graves and crypts. Vi hesitates for a second, then she says:

“A slayer who hates cemeteries… What is wrong with me?”

Rave pushes her: “Hurry, we’ve gotta find Faith before the demon does.”

Earlier at the west gate

Danny and Faith are standing right before the gate.

Faith: “Let’s go. Let’s get rid of these nasty creatures.”

Danny looks at the gate. Its doors are wide open; a yawning mouth, ready to swallow everyone who enters. The walls are red and brown, like dried blood would be all over them. The grass looks like nobody had been in charge of mowing for weeks. Inside the gates the tomb stones shimmer in the pale moonlight. Faith enters the cemetery.

“What’s wrong?” she asks.

Danny thinks for a second, then he says: “Nothing,” and follows Faith.

“The crypts,” Faith says, “Today I wanna clean out the crypts.”

“Clean like scrub and sweep?”

“No, clever dick, clean like bloodsucker free environment.”

“Ok, well, I guess that means you’re actually doing quite the opposite of cleaning out. You’re gonna scatter vampire dust everywhere,” Danny explains.

“Huh?”

“But, hey, it’s a graveyard and their meant to be like ashes to ashes.”

Faith:” You have a weird way of thinking, you know that D.?”

Danny nods.

“But y’are kinda cute,” Faith adds.

“Thank you. Now go tell the other girls about it.”

“Are you saying girls don’t like you?”

“Oh, could we please have this conversation some other time? How does never sound to you?”

Faith watches a vampire entering a crypt.

“Jackpot,” she says, “a vampire crypt. D. stay here and avoid doing something stupid, ok?”

Danny: “Stupid? Like what?”

“Get caught,” Faith says and walks to the crypt.

Danny sits down next to a tomb stone. Out of the grave right next to him a vampire is slowly climbing out. Danny is too occupied with himself to pay attention to that.

“Now that’s a perspective. I’m Faith’s little sidekick. ‘Take me to a cemetery and hide behind a tomb stone.’ She thinks I’m not tough enough to fight on her side. OR… she wants to keep the fun all to herself. Hell, I could stake a vampire or two. But I’m supposed to stay here and do nada. ‘Don’t do something stupid, don’t get caught.’ Like I’d…”

Two hands grab him from behind. The vampire who just awoke takes him and pulls him away.

Danny: “Oh god, I’m doing something stupid. FAITH! I’m doing something stupid.”

Danny gets a punch to the face. As he wakes up seconds later he finds himself in a dark corner sitting leaned against a tomb stone with the vampire ready to drain him. They talk German.

“So… You’re a vampire, are you?” Danny says curiously.

“I don’t… Well, I guess… Is that what I look like?”

“Yeah, with the teeth and everything. I mean, if I had a mirror, you could be really glad you wouldn’t see your own reflection.”

“What? Are you death happy or something?” the vampire asks insulted.

Danny: “No, I just figured you’re gonna kill me anyway.”

Vampire: “Yes, but pain makes a difference, doesn’t it?”

He jumps towards Danny and is about to bite him.

“Can I ask you something else?”

“What now?” the vampire asks annoyed as he stops his attack.

“How does it feel?” Danny wants to know.

“How does what feel?”

“Baking cookies. Beeing a vampire, dumbass,” Danny explains impatiently.

“Dude, will you stop insulting me soon?”

“Can you tell me or not?”

“I don’t really know, I’m just getting used to it. There’s this strength… and the thirst. Thirst for blood, your blood. You’re my first victim.”

Danny: “Oh, I’m honored.”

Vampire: “Good for you. Now stop talking please, I’m trying to eat here.”

“Ok, ok. I’ll be silent as a grave.”

The vampire wants to continue but Danny starts laughing.

“Haha, do you get the irony?” Danny laughs. “Silent as a grave, cemetery, me being dead in seconds?”

“Yes,” the vampire says angrily, “now shut up!”

“I’m sorry, I’m sorry. I will focus now.” Danny tries to pull himself together.

The vampire opens his mouth and his teeth go for Danny’s neck.

“Oooooooooone more question, please,” Danny adds.

“Ahhhrrrrrr!!!” The vampire furiously jumps two steps back. “Shut up!”

“Will that bite turn me into a vampire, too?”

“I don’t know,” the vampire yells impatiently.

“’cause if it will we could be like undead buddies and hang out together,” Danny says.

“No, we won’t!” shouts the vampire.

He goes to Danny, grabs his shirt, opens his mouth, then there’s a dull sound. He gapes at Danny.

“Then we won’t,” Danny says and vampire turns to dust. He is holding a stake in his hand. “Thank you for the stake Faith.”

He stands up walks 3 steps and turns around. He takes last look at the dust.

“What a newbie…” he says shaking his head.

He walks back to the crypt where Faith went in. Faith leaves the door, she looks exhausted from fighting and wrestles for air.

Faith: “Didn’t I tell you to hide?”

“I just dusted my first vampire,” Danny says proudly.

“Wow,” Faith says bored, “I can’t find words to tell you how proud I am of you.”

Danny sniffs: “Ooh, What’s that smell? Sarcasm?”

Somewhere in the city

Lydia walks down a street. She has no time to lose. There’s not much traffic on the streets. It’s dark but the neon lights and the street lamps fade away the night. There’s silent music as she passes by some houses, a dog barks and a mumbling bum is searching the trash containers. Groups of party hungry pranksters walk on both sides of the street joking, only paying attention to themselves.

“That was the wrong cemetery. I should have asked my sister which one’s the right one. I need to find them,” she speaks to herself. Answers, I need answers, she thinks.

She reaches the south gate of the cemetery. She looks at it. The walls are high and throw a heavy shadow. Not much light is shining through the gate. The gate appears to be fairly new, shiny metal without stains, no act of vandalism yet done to it. If this was the picture to a news paper article the headline would be ‘What a waste’. Lydia tries the gate. It’s locked.

“Great, 4 gates to this cemetery and you find the one that’s locked,” she says to herself.

She pushes a little harder and the gate opens.

“New gate broken, that’s what you get for locking a cemetery …bureaucrats.” She shakes her head and moves on.

As she reaches the middle of the graveyard she watches Faith come out of a crypt. She looks exhausted and breathes heavily. Danny is standing next to her, they talk.

Faith: “Didn’t I tell you to hide?”

“I just dusted my first vampire,” Danny says proudly.

Lydia climbs on the roof of a crypt.

“Wow,” Faith says bored, “I can’t find words to tell you how proud I am of you.”

Danny sniffs: “Ooh, What’s that smell? Sarcasm?”

“Hey!” Lydia screams.

They turn to her.

“What do you want here?” Faith asks harshly.

Lydia: “I want to talk. I want answers.”

“Come down and we’ll talk.”

“No fights?”

“No fights.”

Lydia jumps down and comes closer:” Hey Danny.”

Danny: “Hey Lyd.”

Faith: “Finally we can talk.”

Lydia: “So many strange things happened, that I can’t explain; so many changes. I can’t even sleep, I need to know.”

“Where do you want me to start?”

“What, what am I?”

“You are the slayer, the chosen one by fate; you are the fighter and the barrier against the forces of evil, the one who is alone in all the world.”

“And what are you?” Lydia wants to know.

“I am a slayer, too.”

“But you said ‘one’.”

“Yes, it all got a little complicated. Originally there was one slayer in every generation, she fought, she died and then the next slayer was called,” Faith explains.

“What happened?”

“Let me explain. We had this big battle against the First Evil. We couldn’t do it alone, so we used magic to call all potentials, all those who carried on the slayer bloodline.”

“How many are there?”

“It all started with Buffy. She died and eventually I was called. But Buffy came back to life, so we were two original slayers. With the spell we now don’t know exactly how many slayers there are, but we estimate a number somewhere between 50 and 60. We found most of them and brought them together to train and to fight.”

“Is that what happened to me and the others? You turned us?”

“No, it has always been a part of you, you just didn’t know. We just awoke the power within you.”

“What am I supposed to do?”

“As I said, you are chosen to fight the forces of darkness and to protect humanity. You cannot escape. Believe me; I speak from my own experience.”

“Those guys we fought the other night, they were vampires, right?”

“Ugly, mean vampires, demon scum born to be slain,” Faith says scornfully, “They’re not the only thing out there to fight. There are things that are far worse.”

“I don’t want this. I want to go back to where it all began.”

“That is not possible. You have to accept your destiny. Make a decision, the light or the darkness, no other way.”

Danny alters his voice, breathes like Darth Vader and says: “Come to the dark side of the force, Luke.”

Faith: “Danny!”

Danny: “I’m sorry, I was bored.”

“This is important!” Faith says then she turns to Lydia again, “Come with us and you’ll learn everything you need to know; about you, about Slayers, about all that stuff.”

Lydia takes her head in her hands and shakes her head: “I, I, I need to think. I need to, I need to, I don’t know… This is all so new and I don’t really understand…”

Suddenly in the background the Yihm’ Naruk appears. He reaches behind his back and grabs a battle axe like out of nowhere.

From the distance Vi screams: “Faith!!! Watch out!!!”

The demon shouts: “Slayer!” and runs towards Faith.

He swings his axe and attacks Faith. She narrowly escapes the hit and manages to push Danny out of the scene. Rave runs to Danny. Vi arrives and now stands in line with ‘ready-to-fight’ Faith and shocked Lydia. The demon launches another attack…

Earlier at the cemetery

Faith watches a vampire entering a crypt.

“Jackpot,” she says, “a vampire crypt. D. stay here and avoid doing something stupid, ok?”

Danny: “Stupid? Like what?”

“Get caught,” Faith says and walks to the crypt.

She looks at the crypt’s gate. The door looks rotten. It is old and dirty. All sorts of plants climb up the walls of the crypt and wrap the columns. It looks like nobody has taken care of the crypt for a long while. The rusty lock of the door hardly seems to work anymore but dents witness of frequent use. ‘Why do vampires always choose crappy places?’ is the first thought that comes to Faith’s mind. Then she thinks in a different direction ‘Home sweet home’ and opens the door to enter.

Inside she walks a few steps until she hears some noise. The vampires are sitting around, talking, laughing and watching TV. From her broken knowledge of German Faith can tell they’re talking about hunting. ‘What a surprise,’ she thinks, ‘do they ever have other topics anywhere on this planet?’. She comes closer.

“Good evening,” she says.

All vampires gaze at her, they are puzzled.

“I’m from pest control. Somebody called and told me there was a problem with vermin in here,” she jokes.

The vampires get on their feet. There are seven of them. Faith doesn’t feel well anymore, she doesn’t know how to take all seven of them at once. She needs some kind of moment of surprise. One of them appears to be the leader.

“What do you want, little girl,” the leader asks with a heavy voice.

Faith hears one of the others whisper, she understands what he says: “That is the slayer who has killed all the vampires recently.”

Leader: “Is that true? You are the slayer?”

“Oh, I saw that beautiful crypt and I felt like moving in,” she answers.

Leader: “Show a little respect for the elders, will you? I was there at the crucifixion.”

Faith laughs: “Yeah, like I haven’t heard that one before…”

“Ok,” the leader says, “I’m tired of you now.” He turns to two of his minions: “You two, get her…”

Before he can finish what he’s saying one of them falls to dust. Faith threw a stake. She has a bottle of holy water that she now throws into the other one’s face. He screams and burns. Then she pulls out a cross, presses it into the hands of another vampire.

“Here, hold that,” she says and hits him with a kick that pushes him into one of the corners.

His hands burn, he screams of pain and throws away the cross. The leader can’t believe what he’s watching. He gets really angry and sends the three remaining vampires to attack Faith. They are all females. Faith is now armed with a stake.

The vampires go for her; two of them grab her arms and push her against a wall while the other one beats her in the face and the stomach. Faith can hardly take it, but then she gets one of her feet up and kicks the attacking vampire back. She steps on the foot of one of her keepers and manages to free one of her hands. With a heavy punch Faith frees her right arm with the stake. She dusts the vamp to her left.

The one from the corner is now back in the ring. A jump kick hits Faith’s chest. She is in pain but can use one of the females as a shield against some more punches and kicks. The leader still does nothing. He watches another one of his minions turning to ash. Faith does a somersault and can pick up the second stake that is still lying on the ground. She now goes with a stake in each hand for each one of the vampires. Both of them block her attacks. One vampire manages to hit one stake out of her hand. She does a spin kick that pushes him away. With a heavy blow she breaks the nose of the other vampire. The vamp screams in pain. Faith pushes her against the wall and spears her heart.

One more vampire left and the leader, who still does nothing but watch. The last vampire is not much of a threat. Faith dodges his attack and stakes him from behind. Faith is exhausted.

The leader claps his hands: “Well done. When I’m finished with you, I will make you a vampire, you will be my strongest minion and my pride.”

“Screw you!” Faith returns, “Who do you think you are?”

“I am…”

“Shut up, I don’t care for your name,” she says, “It’s gonna be dust in the wind in a few seconds anyway.”

The leader vamp gets angry. He moves towards Faith and then hits her through the air with her back against the wall with a single blow.

“Ouch,” Faith coughs.

She slowly gets on her feet.

“Is that all you got?” she coughs, “My granny could beat you.”

“Respect, I will teach you respect!” the leader returns.

He runs to attack her. He aims for her head but his fist hits the wall. Faith dodged, now she’s standing right next to him.

Faith: “Oops, you missed me.”

The vamp is now super pissed evil mad and goes for Faith with heavy blows. She keeps dodging his fists. He hits against the walls, the columns, the TV.

Now Faith tries to place a punch but the vampire stops her fist. He also stops the kick that follows. He now has her at her arm and her leg. He spins and throws Faith into the corner where the cross is still lying on the ground. The vampire laughs. He kicks a stake that lies on the ground away. It hits a wall and unluckily rolls to Faith. She sits in the corner and groans because of the pain. The vampire comes closer.

Then she sees the stake. With her last strength she grabs the stake and rams it into the vampires knee cap. He screams and sinks to the ground. Faith reaches for the cross, pushes it into the vampire’s mouth and makes sure it stays in there until the vampire burns to ash.

“Vampires suck,” Faith says, and then she gets up and limps towards the door.

Outside she meets Danny again.

Faith: “Didn’t I tell you to hide?”

“I just dusted my first vampire,” Danny says proudly.

“Wow,” Faith says bored, “I can’t find words to tell you how proud I am of you.”

At the warehouse

Tina is watching TV while Alena tells her she wants to go outside for a little walk. Alena leaves the door and turns the corner. There is so much on her mind. First she got all these wonderful powers that allowed her to take what she wanted then everything got screwed because Faith and Vi came out of nothing. Now she learned that vampires and demons are real and that fighting will characterize the rest of her life. She’s worried about what happens to her and has no idea what she is supposed to do. The only thing she knows is that whoever gets in her way will pay for that. She sits down on a box and starts thinking.

Suddenly she hears voices in her head. Voices in a language she never heard before, but oddly enough she understands every single word. ‘What is happening’, she thinks.

Voice in her head: “Oh you poor little girl. You need shelter, you need rescue. You have no idea where to go, no idea what your direction is. You need help, you need a guide. Someone who’s strong, who knows the answers and who has experience, someone you can trust and who would do anything for you, that is what you need: A fixed point in your life, someone who tells you what to do.”

Alena: “Who is this?”

Voice in her head: “I know exactly how you feel, I know what you need. You are confused, but you need to be strong. I can give you a shoulder to lean on.”

Alena: “Stop that! Show your face.”

Voice behind her: “As you wish.”

Alena stands up and turns around. She sees a handsome young man. He appears to be in his late twenties. As kind of a reflex she gets into a ready to fight position.

Man: “You don’t need to fight me. I am not here to fight.”

“Stop playing with my head,” Alena shouts and runs towards him to attack. She attacks with a heavy blow that is blocked by some force field that the man builds up the second she moves her fist. She’s puzzled and walks a few steps back.

“No fighting,” the man says calmly.

“Ok, what do you want?” Alena asks.

“I want to talk to you, I want help you.”

Alena: “Pull a number, get in line!”

Man: “The others cannot help you, but I can. I know what you need.”

Alena: “Screw you.”

She looks into his eyes. There is some strange sort of attraction pulling her towards him. She tries to fight it but has no chance. He comes closer, lays his arm around her shoulders and they start walking.

“Who are you,” Alena asks.

“My name is Theljar, son of Thamuz. I am the guard of all souls in hell, keeper of the unity, bringer of the living,” the man explains.

Alena can’t fight feeling close to him. He puts a spell on her. She has no other way but to listen closely to what he says.

Theljar: “I can give you shelter, a home, a purpose, strength. Together we can make this world ours. All you have to do is come with me.”

Alena: “Are, are you a demon?”

“Basically yes. But I chose a human body and soul to host my powers.”

“But I cannot come with you. I have a way of living. I have my own plans.”

“But that is not what you want. I can give you strength. I know you can feel it. You can feel that you belong with me.”

“I do, but, I have friends?”

“Friends?” Theljar asks, “I want to show you something about your friends, also about your enemies. Learn who they are.”

He offers her his hand: “Come!” She takes his hand. With the other hand he writes a rainbow over them and the whole set changes. Suddenly they are at the north gate of the cemetery. Theljar walks a few steps ahead.

“Come,” he says.

Alena hesitates for a second. She looks at the gate. To her it seems like the entrance to an ancient, roman arena where gladiators used to fight. The moon puts the walls into a bright light and highlights the heavy stones. You cannot say if the gate was designed to keep things out or to keep things in. The whole scene makes her shudder. The gate is narrow and to Alena it seems that the walls are moving closer to each other. Suddenly she is afraid.

Theljar waves his hand. He pulls Alena to him with his powers. She doesn’t make a single step. They enter the cemetery. After a little walk they reach a place where you can overlook the middle of the graveyard. In the distance they see Faith and Danny. Lydia comes and talks to them.

“You see, friends and enemies, can you tell them from each other,” Theljar says.

Alena: “What? What are they talking about?”

“What do you think? They talk about you, how they can bring you down.”

“I want to hear what they say.”

With a wave of his hand Theljar zooms the whole scene into a magnifying ball of air. It feels like watching TV to Alena.

Lydia: “I don’t want this. I want to go back to where it all began.”

Faith: “That is not possible. You have to accept your destiny. Make a decision, the light or the darkness, no other way.”

Danny alters his voice, breathes like Darth Vader and says: “Come to the dark side of the force Luke.”

Faith: “Danny!”

Danny: “I’m sorry, I was bored.”

“This is important!” Faith says then she turns to Lydia again, “Come with us and you’ll learn everything you need to know; about you, about Slayers, about all that stuff.”

Lydia takes her head in her hands and shakes her head: “I, I, I need to think. I need to, I need to, I don’t know… This is all so new and I don’t really understand…”

Suddenly in the background the Yihm’ Naruk appears. He reaches behind his back and grabs a battle axe like out of nowhere.

From the distance Vi screams: “Faith!!! Watch out!!!”

The demon shouts: “Slayer!” and runs towards Faith.

He swings his axe and attacks Faith. She narrowly escapes the hit and manages to push Danny out of the scene. Rave runs to Danny. Vi arrives and now stands in line with ‘ready-to-fight’ Faith and shocked Lydia. The demon launches another attack…

Theljar: “They are weak, you see? They are not as strong as you are. They are unworthy, you are not. Help me and we get rid of this scum. They are either with us or against us. Together we can crush all who stand against us.”

Faith blocks the axe while Vi attacks the demon with a kick.

Faith: “Lydia! Help us. You are a slayer! Fight!”

Lydia: “Ok, ok, ok. What do you want me to do?”

“Knock him out,” Faith says.

Alena: “I don’t, I don’t know what to do…”

Theljar: “Yes you know. You need to come with me. That is the only way that is right for you.”

Alena can sense more of his binding magic in the air. She falls for it.

Heavy fight scenes are going on in the middle of the cemetery between tombstones and crypts. Faith, Vi and Lydia go 3 on 1 on the Naruk. But he is really strong and they take hit after hit without really hurting him the way they’d wish to.

Vi: “Faith, there is something you need to know.”

Faith is just getting up from a punch that hit her to the ground.

“Tell me, quick!”

“We cannot kill the demon,” Vi answers.

“What do you mean we cannot kill him?” Faith asks.

They fight the demon, who keeps knocking them off until Vi is able to land a kick in his face that forces him to back up for a second.

Vi: “That’s what Robin told me. We can’t kill him the usual way. But we don’t know how to kill him yet.”

Lydia: “We cannot kill it?”

Alena falls into Theljar’s arms. She cannot resist any longer. He kisses her. For a second fire is burning in her eyes, they glow red during the kiss. He puts her back on her feet again.

“We are done here,” Theljar says.

He writes another rainbow and they are back at the entrance of the warehouse.

“Go and sleep,” he says, “soon this world will be ours.”

He walks 5 steps away and his figure fades in the dark. Alena is not sure what happened to her. She slowly walks inside.

Back at the cemetery

Vi fell with her back against a tomb stone. She is hurt but manages to get back on her feet. Lydia just took a punch to her face. Faith is now the only one fighting the demon.

Faith: “Any plans yet?”

Vi: “No, no clue. How about if we take his axe and ram it into his skull. Maybe that stops him for a while.”

“What do you think I’m trying to do all the time?” Faith says sarcastically.

Lydia recovers.

“That, that is too much. Too much,” she says then she runs off.

“Lydia, NO!” Rave yells after her. But she’s already gone. “She ran away.”

Faith and Vi look at each other. They are still fighting with the demon.

Vi: “Maybe…”

Faith: “…we…”

Vi: “…should…”

Faith: “…do…”

Vi: “…the…”

Faith: “…same.”

“Danny, Rave, get the hell out of here,” Vi tells them.

The demon hits Vi with a heavy blow that throws her through the air to the ground. That’s exactly the moment when Faith can grab his axe. She spins it twice and rams it into his shoulder.

“Ahhhhrrrr,” the demon screams. He knocks Faith off, then he takes the axe out of his shoulder and runs away.

“This is not over,” he says, then he vanishes.

Vi gets up and helps Faith. They both take off slowly and limping.

“What a night,” Faith says, “What a night…”

…to be continued…