"One example of...ahem, 'modern' sculpture."
"One full copy of a Microsoft Windows 95 OS."
"One six pack of bottled cappucino."
*SLURP* "Sorry, Brain, but I think we'll need to buy some
Brain sighed, but there was still more than enough time
left to replace everything if need be. "No matter," he
told his assistants. "We have plenty of time. The
ceremony must performed at midnight, and it is not even
"But why cappucino?" Amy asked. "I don't ever recall it
being called a hellish item."
"It's not," Brain replied, "but taking over the world is
"So, Brain," Pinky piped up, "have we got everything? Amy
was going to, narf, show me the sights of Sunnydale if
y'know what I mean."
Brain sighed again. Those two were so juvenile. Best to
let it run its course, though. "Actually, there is just
one more item that we need to aquire," Brain replied.
"Twenty cc's of vampire blood."
"You also need more thing, you annoying little creature,"
CARR sneered before Pinky or Amy could respond.
"Oh, and what is that?" Brain asked annoyed. Since they
had started running their errands, Carr had been totally
silent, obediantly taking them wherever they wanted to
"Gas," Carr replied as the U-Haul that was his current
body ground to a stop in the middle of downtown traffic.
"No, really, you don't have to come," Max told his two
tag-alongs as they strolled down the Paris street.
"Right," Bea snorted. "I want to make sure that you
"And I want to make sure you don't do anything to Bea,
here," Adam added. "The combination of you stalking her
and wanting to borrow one of my swords leaves me with no
great confidence in your sanity."
"Oh, fer crying out loud!" Max exclaimed. He glanced at
the note Virgil had sent him and turned down an alley. "I
was NOT stalking Bea. And speaking of sanity, who the
hell collects swords and then just stuffs them into their
But Adam wasn't listening. He seemed distracted by
something, turning his head this way and that looking for
"Adam?" Bea asked, noticing his distraction. "What's
"Uh, nothing love," Adam replied. "Just the...WHAT IN THE
GODS' NAME IS THAT?" He pointed to the whirling yellow
disc that had suddenly appeared in front of Max. Only
incidently did he notice that Max's cap was glowing as
"Oh, that?" Max said nonchalantly, enjoying the other
man's surprise. "It's just a portal to...somewhere. Hey,
Bea, why don't you fill your boyfriend in on it?" Without
waiting for a reply, Max jumped into the portal and vanished.
At that moment, another man came around the corner,
waving a really big sword like it was a feather light.
"I am Kro...WHAT THE HELL?!"
Making a split second descision, Adam grabbed Bea and
jumped the both of them into the rapidly closing portal.
"We better start searching for that dragon now," the
blond vamp mused.
"But it's still daylight out!" the unkempt vampire
"Reah! Rayright!" echoed the four-legged whatsit.
"And I'm hungry, too!"
"Can an'one unnershtand whash tha' t'ing ish shayin'?"
Zoot...er, Zeus asked, pausing in his drinking. The Death
Mage had managed to find a supply of an ale-like drink in
a shop across the street. Enough to keep the god happy
for a while.
"But we just ate!" put in the red head vamp.
The shopkeeper was a plus.
"Hey, you can find someone to eat while we look for this
dragon," the glasses vamp told the unkempt vampire. She
turned to the blond and asked, "So, what's the plan as if
I couldn't guess?"
"Okay, we split up. You come with me," the blond said,
wrapping an arm possessively around the red head and
grinned toothily. "We'll search the UC Sunnydale campus.
You," he pointed to glasses, "take those two," he
indicated unkempt and four legger, "and look around the
There was a slight pause.
"That's it?" the Death Mage finally asked. "That's your
"Uh, is there something wrong with it, boss?" the blond
"Like what are you going to do when you run into the
dragon?" the Death Mage pointed out.
"Oh, we run away and build a trap for it," the red head
"You run away?" the Death Mage asked, baffled. From the
information provided by Willy the bartender, he had
gathered this wasn't standard vampire behavior.
"And build a trap," the blond replied. "We even have
something that'll be perfect to use on the dragon. Him."
He pointed to Zeus.
The god was snoring away, having passed out.
"So what have we got so far?" Willow asked.
The whole Scooby gang had gathered at the downtown
expresso shop to compare notes. Which currently amounted
"Absolutely zilch," Xander replied. "We spent all day
looking and there isn't the least sign of a dragon
"Not exactly," Giles said, sipping a cup of tea. "We know
that a supernatural entity of unknown type hired a gang
of vampires, presumably to battle a dragon. The entity in
question matches the description given to us by Angel on
the survivor of a band that had attacked him and the
dragon the other night. I believe he called it a Death
"Vampires against a fire breathing dragon?" Buffy mused
aloud. "This 'Death Mage' must not be very smart."
"What about the haunted U-Haul?" Oz asked.
"I'm afraid that without knowing its current location,
that it must take a lower priority," Giles said.
"I know where it is," Oz said.
"Really? Where?" Willow asked surprised.
Oz pointed outside at the rapidly growing traffic jam. At
its center was the U-Haul in question.
"Hmm, no cops in sight," Buffy said, studying the
situation. She sighed and got up. "C'mon guys, let's
check it out."