THE WILLOW AND SARA SERIES #2
SOULMATE
ACT FIVE

By DragonWriter17

 

Rating: PG-13

Disclaimer: All of the materials borrowed from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel belong to Joss Whedon and to the entities and companies associated with their creation.  I have borrowed them for creative and entertainment purposes only.  No compensation has been or ever shall be received for the writing below.  No copyright infringement is intended.

My Website: http://www.dragonwriter17.net/

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Distribution: Currently, here only.  (If you are interested in posting this on your site, please contact me first for permission.)

Spoilers: All seven seasons of BtVS, but especially Seasons 6 and 7.

Pairings: Willow/Kennedy, Willow/Other (Sara)

Author’s Notes: (1) This story is in screenplay format, not in fiction format.  It is the first of a series of screenplays intended to reunite Alyson Hannigan and Amber Benson in several spin-off TV movies that focus on the character of Willow.  However, they feature a new character for Amber Benson: Sara.  (2) Since the Willow and Sara Series is designed to be a true spin-off, it does employ only canon background material.  (3) Shattered Illusions should be read first.

Number of Chapters: 7 acts

Complete: Yes

Summary: Willow and Sara are a month into their new relationship.  All is going well--until Wai-Yi, a powerful warlock from China, comes calling.  He has come halfway around the world for one thing and one thing only: Willow.  But not the good Willow we all know and love.  No, he wants Evil Willow.  And he’s willing to do anything to get her, including raising Warren from the dead and enlisting his aid in the project.  Gifted with powers from Wai-Yi, Warren begins a campaign of terror designed to push Willow over the edge.  When Warren fails, Wai-Yi takes matters into his own hands.  He succeeds in bringing out Evil Willow, but in the process, he gets more than he expected.  Sara ends up being the only thing standing between Evil Willow and the world.

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ACT ONE       ACT TWO       ACT THREE       ACT FOUR

ACT FIVE       ACT SIX       ACT SEVEN

 


ACT FIVE

INT. WILLOW’S CAR - NIGHT

Ruby is driving, racing through town again.  Andrew is in the front seat.  Willow is in the back seat cradling Sara’s head in her lap.  Willow is crying.

                          WILLOW
             Hang on, baby, please.  Please don’t
             leave me!

EXT. THE HOSPITAL - THE E.R. ENTRANCE - NIGHT

Ruby screeches the car to a halt inches from the E.R. doorway.  Ruby gets out of the car, runs inside, then comes back out with E.R. staffers bringing a gurney: two males and the FEMALE NURSE.

Willow gets out and directs the staffers towards Sara.  As the two male staffers get Sara out and put her on the gurney, the female nurse stops Willow.

                          FEMALE NURSE
            Hey, they’ve got her.
                 (tries to gently lead Willow in)
            Let’s get you checked out.

                          WILLOW
            Forget about me!  I’m fine!  Sara’s all
            that matters!

                          FEMALE NURSE
                 (points to Willow’s bloody shirt)
            But --

                          WILLOW
            I said, I’m fine.

Willow’s eyes are blazing as she stares the nurse down.  The nurse backs down and lets Willow run past her into the Emergency Room.

INT. EMERGENCY ROOM - NIGHT

Willow runs to Sara’s gurney as she is being wheeled toward a room.  The DOCTOR is trailing alongside, evaluating as they go.

                          DOCTOR
            What happened?

                          WILLOW
            I don’t know.  We found her like this
            and rushed her here. 

The doctor and staffers get Sara into a room.  When Willow tries to follow, they prevent her.

                          DOCTOR
            You got her this far.  The rest is up
            to us. 

Willow reluctantly goes back into the waiting room.  Andrew and Ruby come for her and make her sit between them. 

                          RUBY
            Can you tell us what happened?

                          WILLOW
            I don’t know where to begin.

INT. EMERGENCY ROOM - NIGHT - LATER

Willow is near the end of her story.  Andrew and Ruby are looking at Willow in shock.

                          RUBY
            He shot you?  But I thought --

Willow pulls down her bloody shirt, revealing the red welt where her gunshot wound used to be.

                          RUBY
            But how --

                          WILLOW
            I think Sara did it.

                          ANDREW
            Did what?

                          WILLOW
            I don’t know.  Healed me, I guess.  I was
            kind of dead when it was happening!

                          RUBY (O.S.)
            Doctor?

When she hears Ruby call the doctor, Willow jerks her head up and then shoots up from her chair.  The other two follow.

                          WILLOW
            How is she? 

                          DOCTOR
            We’ve stabilized her.  For now anyway.

                          WILLOW
            What do you mean?

                          DOCTOR
            She’s very weak.  To be honest, she may
            not make it through the night.

                          WILLOW
            No...

                          RUBY
            Can we see her?

                          DOCTOR
            Yes, but quickly.  We want to move her
            to ICU right away.

                          RUBY
            Thank you, Doctor. 

The doctor nods and moves away.  Ruby and Andrew support Willow as they go to Sara’s room.

INT. EMERGENCY ROOM - SARA’S ROOM - NIGHT

Inside, Sara is still and pale.  She’s hooked up to various machines.  She’s getting oxygen, but she is not on a respirator.  Willow and Andrew go to one side, Ruby goes to the other.  Willow takes Sara’s hand.

                          WILLOW
             Hey, sweetie.  It’s me.  I just want you to
             know that I’m here.  And I’m waiting for
             you.  So you come back to me, you hear! 

Willow begins to sob.  She leans over onto Sara’s shoulder, crying.  Andrew puts his hand on Willow’s back. 

Ruby gets a confused, questioning look on her face, and she stares at Sara intently.  Andrew notices.

INT. HELLISH DIMENSION - TIME IRRELEVANT

Wai-Yi has Warren in his clutches, torturing him magically.  Warren screams in agony. 

                          WAI-YI
             You!  You took my Dark Star from me.

                          WARREN
             I’m sorry...please!

Warren screams more as Wai-Yi intensifies his torments.

                          WAI-YI
             She was the one!  The only one!  Worthy
             of me, a power equal to my own!  She --

Wai-Yi is suddenly distracted by something he senses.  He smiles.  He drops Warren and smiles even bigger.

INT. EMERGENCY ROOM - SARA’S ROOM - NIGHT

Ruby continues to stare at Sara intently.

                          ANDREW
             What is it?

                          RUBY
             I’m not sure.

Willow stands up straight, suddenly interested in what’s going on with Ruby.

                          WILLOW
             Ruby? 

Ruby puts her hand on Sara’s forehead and immediately jerks as a vision hits her.  After a moment, she pulls away.

                          WILLOW
             Ruby, what is it?  What did you See?

                          RUBY
             She’s not there.

                          ANDREW
             What do you mean, she’s not there?

                          RUBY
             Sara’s soul.  It isn’t there.

                          WILLOW
             Where is it?

                          RUBY
             I don’t know.  I just know it isn’t
             where it’s supposed to be.

E.R. staffers come in and interrupt.  They wheel Sara out and take her to ICU.  The nurse comes back to them.

                          FEMALE NURSE
             ICU’s on the third floor.  There’s a special
             waiting room there.

                          WILLOW
             Thanks. 

The nurse leaves.  Willow drags Ruby and Andrew to a quiet spot.

                          WILLOW
             Ruby, what is going on?  Where is
             Sara’s soul? 

                          RUBY
             I’m not sure.

                          WILLOW
             If it's not in her body, then where is it?
             Did Warren take her --

Willow’s questions are cut off when Ruby grabs Willow’s hand and then presses her other hand on Willow’s chest.  They both react to the surge.  After a moment, they separate.

                          WILLOW
                  (annoyed at Ruby)
             Hey!  A little warning here!

                          RUBY
                  (joyously relieved)
             Oh, thank you, Jesus!

                          WILLOW
             Ruby, what is it?

                          RUBY
             She’s in you, child.

                          WILLOW
             In me?

                          ANDREW
             Oh, I get it.  She pulled a Vulcan soul
             transference, like Spock did to McCoy in
             Star Trek II and III.  That is so cool.

                          WILLOW
             Is that true?

                          RUBY
             Perhaps.  Whatever happened, I don’t think
             she did it intentionally.  I think it
             happened by accident.  When you were dying,
             she used her own energy, her own life force
             to heal you.  She gave up so much of herself
             that her soul got sucked right out of her
             own body and into yours.

                          WILLOW
             Well, wh-what we do?  How do we fix this?

                          RUBY
            
I’m not sure, but we had better figure it
             out fast.

                          ANDREW
             What do you mean?

                          RUBY
             The longer her soul is away from her body,
             the more her body will die.  She’s already
             in bad shape from what Warren put her
             through, so we don’t have long.

                          ANDREW
             We need to research.

                          RUBY
                  (putting her hand on Willow’s chest)
             And you need to find Sara.

INT. WILLOW’S HOUSE - THE STUDY - NIGHT

Willow sets up her laptop.  Andrew and Ruby put stacks of books on the desk.

                          RUBY
             Leave the research to us.  You need to go
             within, find Sara.  The longer she is away
             from her body, the more she will become
             confused, fragmented, until...

                          WILLOW
             Until what?

                          RUBY
             Until she just dissipates and fades
             away, lost.

                          WILLOW
             Not if I can help it.  I’ll keep her here. 
             You find a way to put her back.

Ruby nods.  Willow leaves the study and goes into the living room and lies down on the couch.  She folds her arms across her chest and goes into a meditative state.

INT. THE GALLERY - TIME IRRELEVANT (WILLOW’S SOULSCAPE)

Willow is in a weird gallery.  It twists and turns.  It has huge paintings on every wall.  The paintings depict places from Willow’s past and present. 

Willow sees a painting of the old Sunnydale High School Library, the dorm room she shared with Buffy, the bedroom she shared with Tara at Buffy’s house.  When she sees this last one, she touches the painting, and her hand disappears into the painting.  She pulls it quickly back.  Then she puts her hand back in, realizing that the paintings are like doorways. 

Willow moves on.  She sees a picture of her office, her house, and her bedroom.  Then she sees a painting of the warehouse where she was shot by Warren.  When she gets close, she sees Sara inside.  Willow steps through the painting and into the warehouse.

INT. SEEDY WAREHOUSE - DAY (WILLOW’S SOULSCAPE)

Willow sees Sara walking slowly around the warehouse.  Sara appears confused, like she’s high.  She gazes about the room as if looking for something.

                          SARA
             I was here when I left.  Where did I go?

                          WILLOW
             Sara?

                          SARA
             What are you doing here?

                          WILLOW
             Looking for you.

                          SARA
             Huh.  Me too.

Sara gets groggy-looking and starts to sway on her feet.  Willow rushes to her, just in time to catch her and prevent her from falling.

                          WILLOW
             Come on.  Let me take you somewhere you
             can rest.

                          SARA
             Okay.

Willow leads the weakened and confused Sara out of the warehouse and into the gallery.

INT. THE GALLERY - TIME IRRELEVANT (WILLOW’S SOULSCAPE)

Willow steps out of the warehouse painting with Sara.  She leads Sara down to the bedroom painting.

                          WILLOW
             Then I’ll find you and get you back
             together with...you.

                          SARA
             Okay.

Willow leads Sara through the bedroom painting.

INT. WILLOW’S HOUSE - BEDROOM - DAY (WILLOW’S SOULSCAPE)

Willow steps out of the portal with Sara.  She leads Sara to the bed and lays her on it, pulling a blanket over her.  Sara snuggles comfortably into place.

                          SARA
             Mmmm.  I was here too, earlier.  This is
             a good place to wait.  I know I’ll come
             back here.  I have a key, you know. I like
             it here.

                          WILLOW
             I’m glad.  So, you just wait here, okay? 
             I’m sure you’ll be back before you know it.

                          SARA
             Okay.

Sara smiles and drifts off to sleep.  Willow smiles, then closes her eyes to concentrate.

INT. WILLOW’S HOUSE - THE LIVING ROOM - DAY

Willow comes out of her trance.  She quickly rises -- and finds Andrew and Ruby sitting there waiting on her to wake up.

                          WILLOW
             Did you find it?

                          ANDREW
             Yep!

                          RUBY
             Did you?

                          WILLOW
             Yes.  But she’s fading.  We need to hurry.

INT. THE HOSPITAL - ICU - DAY

Willow, Andrew, and Ruby enter the ICU.  BOSSY NURSE stops them.

                          BOSSY NURSE
             I’m sorry.  It’s not visiting hours yet. 
             You’ll have to go back to the waiting room.

                          WILLOW
                  (putting the mojo on the nurse)
             But we have special permission from
             the doctor.

                          BOSSY NURSE
                  (under Willow’s control)
             You have special permission from
             the doctor.

                          WILLOW
                  (continuing to work the mojo)
             We should go on in, right now.

                          BOSSY NURSE
                  (still under Willow’s control)
             You should go on in, right now.

                          WILLOW
             Thanks.  We appreciate your understanding.

Bossy Nurse smiles and goes about her business, ignoring the group.  As they head toward Sara’s room, Andrew sidles up next to Willow.

                          ANDREW
             You were like...so Obi Wan out there!

INT. THE HOSPITAL - ICU - SARA’S ROOM - DAY

Willow, Andrew, and Ruby enter the room, carrying their supplies for the ritual.  They quickly set up a sacred circle on the hospital tray: a candle, an incense holder, a silver cauldron with sand and a bundle of herbs in it, a glass chalice of water, and the doll’s eye crystal in the center. 

Andrew lights the candle then uses its flame to light some incense.  He holds the candle in his hand then waves the incense over the circle.

                          ANDREW
            Spirits of Fire and Air, we invite
            you here to this place.

Andrew puts down the candle and places the incense in its holder. 

Ruby removes the bundle of herbs from the cauldron and lights them with the candle.  She picks up the chalice and holds it in her hand.  She waves the bundle of herbs over the circle, then places it in the cauldron.

                          RUBY
             Spirits of Water and Earth, we invoke
             your presence now.

Ruby returns the chalice and places the herbs back in the cauldron.

                          WILLOW
             Watchers of the Soul, Guardians of the Veil,
             hear my cry.  Return that which was lost.  I
             am the vessel.  Carry her home!

Willow places both her hands on Sara’s chest.  White energy pours out of Willow’s hands and into Sara’s body.  The energy emerges from everywhere in Willow.  It swirls around her body, then flows down her arms and into Sara.  When the last tendril leaves Willow’s body and goes into Sara, Willow falls backward slightly, but catches herself by grabbing the side of the bed.  She shakes her head, trying to clear it.

                          SARA
             Willow?

                          WILLOW
             Sara!

Willow grabs Sara’s hand as Andrew and Ruby huddle closer to the bed.  Sara’s eyes flutter open and look around, finally settling on Willow.  Everyone smiles.

                          WILLOW
             You’re back!

                          SARA
             What’s going on?

                          WILLOW
             You took a little vacation, that’s all.

                          ANDREW
             Yeah, from yourself!

                          SARA
             What?

                          RUBY
             When you healed Willow, you sent all your
             energy into her.  In the process, you sent
             your soul as well.  We had to put it back.

                          SARA
             Oh.

                          WILLOW
             But everything’s okay now.  You’re okay.

                          SARA
             What about Warren?

                          RUBY
             We’ll worry about Warren later.  Right now,
             you need to rest, get your strength back.

Ruby pats Sara’s shoulder, and Andrew squeezes her hand.  Ruby nudges Andrew, and they exit, leaving Willow and Sara alone.

For the longest moment, Willow and Sara just hold hands and stare into each other’s eyes, still not quite believing that the other is alive and well.  Willow finally breaks the silence.

                          WILLOW
             And you, Miss Give-Up-Your-Soul!  Just what
             did you think you were doing pouring all of
             your energy into me like that?

                          SARA
             I thought I was saving your life.  Besides,
             you’re one to talk, Miss Throw-Yourself-In-
             Front-Of-A-Bullet!

                          WILLOW
             When we get home, you and I are going to
             have a long talk about the Ethics of Magic.

                          SARA
             Don’t bother.  If I had to do it over again,
             I’d...do it over again. I’d make the same
             choice. 

Willow takes Sara’s hand and puts it on her own heart.

                          WILLOW
             So would I.

Unknown to Willow and Sara, they are being watched.  Wai-Yi is standing at the doorway, apparently invisible to them.

                          WAI-YI
             No more games.  If I cannot make her choose,
             then I shall make the choice for her.

 

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