"So you just want to march right up to the front door?" Oz asked, looking down at the map spread out on the small table.

"Essentially." Wesley said. "We know there is an underground tunnel here." He pointed to a small red dot on the map. "This is where Buffy and the hunters were to enter." He saw the look on Angels' face. "But she has specifically made it clear that she will not go in without you. But we can't send all of you..."

"I'll stay out of there." Larry volunteered.

"Me,too." Oz said. "I would rather be part of the diversion force."

"Well, that is our main attack squad." Wesley said "The forces on the battle field, that is." Oz nodded.

"Well, you'll need some good laders out there." He punched Larrys' shoulder. "And that would be us."

"I go in with Buffy." xander cut in.

"Me,too." Angel said. wesley nodded.

"I figured as much. You all will enter under the cover of night, but wait until daylight to attack." Wesley instructed.

"Spike and I go with them,too." Willow said. Spike nodded. Wesley nodded back.

"Of course." he said. "I will be on the battle field...." He looked up to see if there were any objections. Not seeing any, he continued "Are we all understood on this plan?" He asked.

"It isn't that difficult, you fop." Spike growled. Wesley shot him a nervous glance, and then nodded. He turned and walked out of the room.


Xander tossed a stake down into his bag. he heard a knock at the door. "yes?" He called. The door swung open and Oz stepped in. "hey,man." Xander greeted.

"I'm going to cut to the chase, Xander." Oz said sternly.

"Yeah?" Xander asked, not looking at him.

"You shouldn't be going."

"Why not?"

"You're too hung up on vengence. I don't think you see things clearly." Oz said, sitting down.

"Dully noted." Xander said, glancing over at the monk. Oz got to his feet and grabbed his forearm.

"Xander, I'm concerned. You haven't truly expressed any real emotion over Cordelia except for blind rage." He said in a low voice.

"Listen, Oz, I know you're concerned but I can handle this. I've been doing this for a while now..." Xander said.

"Xander, are you alright?"

"Yes." Xander said "I'm fine." The two looked into each others eyes. Xander looked away and sat down. "God I miss her." Oz sat down next to him.

"It is okay to feel emotion. Just don't let it conquer you." Oz said.

"Oz...I can't believe you became a monk." Xander laughed, shaking his head.

"Stranger things have happened." Oz said.

"That's the hellmouth for you..." They both laughed. Xander got to his feet and shouldered his bag. "It's too bad you're not coming."

"My place isn't in there. It never has been. This is something you have to do with Willow and Buffy and Angel....the way things were before I got there." Oz said. Xander stared at him.

"I'm gonna miss you, man." He said. Oz looked up at him. Neither of them planned to make it back. Oz nodded, biting his lower lip.

"I'll miss you,too. May the gods go with you." Oz stood up and hugged him. They embraced for a moment, and then xander backed away a step. They gave each other one last look, and then Xander was gone.