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  • -We have convened to elect Adze's replacement on the High

  • Council by due process laid out in section three paragraph two

  • of the Covenant of the Vampiric Constitution.

  • By the power vested in me as Chief High Councilor,

  • I present Ingrid Dracula.

  • Do you, Ingrid Dracula, swear your allegiance

  • to the High Council?

  • -I do.

  • -Then I introduce your opponent.

  • -What opponent?

  • -George Lansley.

  • -Good to see you again, Ustrel.

  • -Likewise, George.

  • Do you, George Lansley, swear your allegiance

  • to the High Council?

  • -I do.

  • -We will adjourn until all members have voted.

  • -There's one loser here, and it's not me.

  • -Still pining?

  • Never mind.

  • I'm still here, Master.

  • Oh, love's a game of chess, eh?

  • Your move, Master.

  • I'll go first.

  • I think I'll go there.

  • -Father, Bertolini's file.

  • There's nothing incriminating.

  • -Bertolini must have a weakness.

  • -Have you ever thought, maybe he's

  • as perfect as McCauley thinks he is?

  • I guess not.

  • Why don't you just dust him?

  • -Because breathers have an unfathomable sentimentality

  • for the dead.

  • He will live on in Ms. McCauley's heart,

  • and I-- I'll never get a look in.

  • -Not if he dies a fool.

  • Make it so that it's some stupid accident of his own doing.

  • -Sit, sit, sit.

  • Chess always helps me think.

  • -No, no, no, no.

  • Win-- winner stays on.

  • -Oh yeah?

  • Checkmate.

  • I'll-- um-- I'll leave you to it.

  • -After you.

  • -The vote is unanimous.

  • Ingrid Dracula--

  • -Yes!

  • -We thank you for being a worthy opponent.

  • The Council elects George Lansley.

  • Now moving on to item two on our agenda.

  • -No hard feelings.

  • -Oh, kidney ball.

  • -No, these are for Master.

  • -But he hates kidney.

  • -I know.

  • -Kidney.

  • -My mistake, Master.

  • I deserve to be punished.

  • -Count.

  • -George Lansley!

  • I hear congratulations are in order.

  • Come, come, come.

  • A worthy choice on the High Council's part.

  • -And a crate of the finest, as promised, for nominating me.

  • -No, I always back a winner.

  • -Wait, that's my job.

  • -You nominated him against me?

  • -Yes.

  • Who knew politics could be such fun?

  • -This isn't over.

  • -Ignore her.

  • All flap, no flight.

  • Guests first, weasel face!

  • Vlad, meet George Lansley, newest

  • member if the High council.

  • -You are aware that the High Council is still

  • fully committed to peaceful coexistence.

  • -I hope to be envoy between biter and breather.

  • -The slayers will be glad to hear that.

  • I'll assure them that you're on site.

  • -To peace.

  • -No taste.

  • I'll try and get some proper stuff.

  • -Didn't you hear?

  • Peace still stands.

  • No hunting.

  • -Who's going to stop us?

  • The slayers?

  • -He's only using you to get at me.

  • -It's not all about you.

  • -He'll hurt you.

  • -Don't forget, I know that it was

  • you who mindwiped the slayers.

  • So if anyone's going to get hurt, it'll be you by me

  • and when you least expect it.

  • -What a color scheme the Count has.

  • Terrible taste in curtains.

  • -No, no, no, no no.

  • You're driving.

  • -We can pick up another couple of waifs and strays

  • from the arches before sun-up.

  • Lovely.

  • -Concentrate, idiot.

  • Go that way!

  • That way!

  • -It's all right.

  • We're not gonna hurt you.

  • It's all right.

  • My name's George.

  • I run a shelter for the homeless.

  • Your hands are freezing.

  • That's it.

  • Nice and steady.

  • Mind the puddles.

  • We'll get you a nice cup of tea and a warm bath.

  • -Now, are you sure it's completely unsafe?

  • -Well, it will be once I've sawn off a beam

  • and drilled a few more holes.

  • -Ah yes.

  • Bertolini really will be falling for Ms. McCauley.

  • -Comfort food?

  • What's wrong?

  • -The Count doesn't like me anymore.

  • -He never liked you.

  • -Might as well not exist.

  • -Dad takes you for granted.

  • Why don't you leave for a few days?

  • He'll soon realize how much he really values you.

  • Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

  • -I was hoping for a caravan or the beach.

  • -They were all out of those.

  • -Are you sure this is gonna work?

  • -A couple of days, and Dad will be begging to have you back.

  • -But it's scary.

  • -I'll always know where you are.

  • -But what if Io get lonely?

  • Oh, Mr. Nitty!

  • Can I have a bedtime story?

  • -Don't push it.

  • -Ms. McCauley?

  • -Oh, Bertolini.

  • -It's the [inaudible].

  • The report you wanted.

  • -What?

  • You finished it already?

  • -I thought I'd stay behind, get it down for you--

  • -I really appreciate you staying late.

  • -Two heads are better than none.

  • -I'm not interrupting, am I?

  • -Not at all.

  • Just doing reports.

  • -Well, I'm calling in exterminators.

  • The-- uh-- bats have returned.

  • -Well, you can't get rid of them.

  • -Why ever not?

  • They are flying vermin.

  • -A protected species.

  • We must get this on record!

  • -Yes, yes.

  • Oh, and they were circling the south roof!

  • After you.

  • -Any sign?

  • -Not yet.

  • -Hello, hello.

  • Can't have you lying down there in the cold.

  • Don't I know you?

  • -Well, I--

  • -Don't tell me.

  • Weasel face.

  • -Name's Renfield, actually.

  • -Kicked you out, has he?

  • -I left of my own accord.

  • He's taken me for granted for far too long.

  • -Well, it just so happens I'm looking

  • for someone with your experience.

  • -Really?

  • -Yes, decent staff are so very hard to find these days.

  • Interested, Mr. Renfield?

  • -Yes, Master.

  • -Help him out.

  • Careful.

  • There were go.

  • Take a seat.

  • Now before you go, smile now.

  • -Oh, that's nice, isn't it?

  • It's got--

  • -Lovely.

  • Quick as you can to the farm.

  • You carry weasel face.

  • I've got a bad back.

  • Now, hurry up.

  • Come on.

  • Stop making decisions for yourself.

  • If I'd wanted a decision maker, I'd have employed someone else.

  • -I've brought hot chocolate.

  • -You are one in a million.

  • -OK.

  • -Malik!

  • What's up?

  • -Nothing.

  • That's the problem.

  • Bertolini is down when he should be Up there.

  • Your imbecilic plan has served only to thrust him further

  • into the bosom of Ms. McCauley's affections.

  • -Fancy spreading your wings?

  • We'll lure him out.

  • -OK, now hurry up.

  • The High Council's expecting a delivery.

  • Ustrel needs it soon.

  • Oh, for the love of Buffy.

  • There's no time for that now.

  • We can't be late.

  • And remember, breakages come out of your wages.

  • So don't pull your overtime sheet in this month.

  • -Committed to peace?

  • I think not.

  • -There they are-- two, a male and a female.

  • Just look.

  • A courting flight is beautiful.

  • -Little brother's turning into big brother.

  • -What do you want?

  • -Keeping an eye on biters in thirsty work.

  • 1311 Chateau Mattia-- Dad won't miss it.

  • -OK, you definitely want something.

  • -Lansley's not the ambassador for peace

  • he'd like you to believe.

  • I think you should see this.

  • Come, brother.

  • -What have they done to him?

  • -It's a breather farm.

  • -Lansley's keeping them sedated, so they'll

  • keep producing blood.

  • That's sick.

  • I'm taking this to the High Council.

  • -Lansley and Ustrel go way back.

  • Lansley was elected because he was

  • supplying him with this blood.

  • It goes against every bone in my body to say this,

  • but perhaps we should tell the slayers.

  • -No.

  • -If the slayers find out about this,

  • they'll come after all of us.

  • Let them kill him--

  • -There are no slayers.

  • I mindwiped them all.

  • -I'm impressed.

  • Now biters are free to rule the world.

  • -A world not worth living in-- a world plunged into darkness.

  • -Don't be such a drama queen.

  • -We need the slayers.

  • Biters have to be kept in check.

  • This is what happens when we aren't.

  • -And that's a problem why?

  • -There will be bloodshed like we've never seen before.

  • -I'm salivating in anticipation.

  • -When the breathers have been drained,

  • we'll turn on ourselves.

  • Peaceful coexistence isn't just about protecting breathers.

  • It's about protecting us from ourselves.