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BENEDICTION

Fred: "Still no answer on his cell phone."
Cordy: "That could mean something if he actually knew how to use it."
Gunn: "Maybe we should head back out, start where we last saw him, see if we can pick up the trail."

Groo: "A wise plan. I will assist with tracking."

Cordy: "No."
Fred: "But if something *did* come out of the portal, and if it *is* looking for Connor, and if Angel did find him..."
Cordy: "He did."
Groo: "Angel."
Cordy: "Oh my god."
Gunn: "Bro, you"re hurt."
Angel: "I"m okay."
Cordy: "You found him."
Angel: "Yeah."
Cordy: "And?"
Angel: "And - we talked."
Cordy: "Looks to me like he likes to talk with his hands."
Angel: "Oh, he didn"t do this to me. Not most of it, any way."
Gunn: "So, is it for sure then? That kid really was Connor?"
Angel: "Steven. His name is Steven now. - He"s still my son."
Fred: "So - where is he?"
Angel: "Not sure. But he knows where I am. He"ll be fine."
Fred: "Actually - he might not be."
Angel: "What do you mean?"
Cordy: "Something may have escaped from Quor-toth before we had time to close the portal."
Gunn: "Lorne"s dimensional magic expert was picking up some seriously bad vibes."

Angel: "So nobody actually saw anything else come out."
Fred: "Well, not exactly."
Angel: "And if my son was the last thing that came through..."
Gunn: "Right."
Fred: "But what if it was some vengeance-y else thing that"s after Connor?"

Angel: "He survived Quor-toth this long. He can take care of himself."
Fred: "Okay. So he survived an unspeakable hell dimension. Who hasn"t? You-you can"t just leave him alone in the streets of Los Angeles!"


Angel: "He"s got to come back on his own. And he will. Just as soon as he realizes what he needs."
Gunn: "And what"s that?"
Cordy: "A father."
Connor: "A room."
"I need a room for me and my father."

Intro

Connor: "I found food in a big metal box outside. - Dad?"
Holtz: "Oh, good boy. You got it."
"Now. Let"s have a look at the date."
"Days. We"ve been gone only days."
Connor: "I don"t like this place. So many people. It"s not like home."
Holtz: "Quor-toth was never our home, son. It was our prison. I should have known that one day *you"d* find a way out."

Connor: "The cracks were there already. I just made the sluks show me. That"s all."
Holtz: "Frightened rats, forced to flee to daylight. My boy"s smart."

Connor: "You shouldn"t have followed me here."
Holtz: "How could I not?"
Connor: "I would have come back to you, after I killed him. I"m sorry I couldn"t."
Holtz: "Of course you couldn"t. It"s not in you, son."
Connor: "I"ve killed lots!"
Holtz: "Only when you had to, only to survive. And that"s not the real reason why you worked so hard to get here. You wanted to see him."

Connor: "No."
Holtz: "It"s alright son. There is no shame in it. I knew this day would come. That"s why I never lied to you. I"ve always told you the truth about what you"re parents were how you and I came to be together."

Connor: "God gave me to you."
Holtz: "Yes. God delivered me to you, that I"d keep you safe and lavish upon you all the love that I could never give my first children."

Connor: "Because he took them from you."
Holtz: "That"s right."
Connor: "I wish I *had* killed him."
Holtz: "If you had, then you wouldn"t be the boy I raised, or the man I know you"ll be one day. There"s more for you to learn, Steven, much more."


Connor: "And I want to."
Holtz: "Good. Then you must go to him."

Connor: "What?"
Holtz: "Walk in his world, learn all you can. Discover what of him is in you that you might fight against it. But be on your guard. Remember what I"ve taught you. The devil will show you bright things, many colors."

Lorne: "I would have been here sooner, but I had to stop and get it enchanted. Cedrian Crystals don"t actually come that way."

Gunn: "Will it work?"
Fred: "It should. Cedrian crystals are said to contain millennia of stored mystical energy and it"s about the size of a "D" battery."

Cordy: "That"s gorgeous."
Fred: "And priceless."
Lorne: "Though in this instance priceless meaning "without price" as in free. A six-horned Lach-Nie owed me a favor. Don"t ask."

Cordy: "I meant that."
Fred: "Oh. Standard issue army surplus Geiger counter."
Gunn: "We picked it up at a yard sale."

Cordy: "Shiny."
Groo: "What it is purpose?"
Gunn: "We"re gonna use it to see if scary monsters came through the portal."

Fred: "Anything that came out of Quor-toth should have left behind a kind of para-plasmic radioactivity. Of course, I"m working of the principal that everything in nature seeks a relaxed and stable state."

Lorne: "I know I do."
Cordy: "Hey. So, how is he?"
Gunn: "Well, still being all mature."

Cordy: "Really. Where?"
Gunn: "Upstairs."
Cordy: "I"m gonna go talk to him."
"Hey. - I guess Fred is working on a way to determine if anything else came out of the portal."
Angel: "That"s good."
Cordy: "So, maybe if we"re very, very lucky, later today we"ll be able to kill something. You"d like that, wouldn"t you?"

Angel: "Sure."
Cordy: "Okay. Well, I just wanted to check in and let you know that I was on the clock and tell you that you"re doing the right thing."

Angel: "What if he doesn"t come back?"
Lorne: "Hey. Something troubling you, bubby?"
Groo: "Indeed. I am confused."
Lorne: "About what?"
Groo: "Angel. His inaction puzzles me. When Connor was taken from him he moved heaven and Tarkna to try and win him back."

Lorne: "Yeah, he sure did. Hence our weekly scrubbing of the lobby floor."

Groo: "But now that his son is here, he does nothing."
Lorne: "Well, sometime nothing is the best something. If a thing is meant to be somethimes it is best to just let it happen rather than try to force it."

Groo: "But if a thing is meant to be then how can it be forced?"
Lorne: "Well, I guess it can"t."
Groo: "And if a thing is not meant to be?"
Lorne: "Well, then it really can"t. Just because someone hops a dimension or two is no guarantee that things will work out.
Well, aren"t you just sneaky with the subtext?"


Groo: "It is a beautiful day. If my princess asks, tell her I"ve gone for a walk. - If she asks."
Angel: "He feels further away from me now than when he was first taken. All that time I don"t think I ever really believed that I"d lost him - not really. Then he shows up again and I knew I had."

Cordy: "It"s only temporary."
Angel: "Yeah. Everything"s temporary. There"s just so much I thought we"d be able to do together before he, you know..."

Cordy: "Grew up?"
Angel: "Hated me."
Cordy: "Angel, he doesn"t hate you. He doesn"t even know you. - But he will. He"s gonna come back, Angel."
Angel: "How do you know?"
Cordy: "Because - he has to. Because he"s family."
A letter: '782 W. Palm Terrace. 8:30 p.m.
Come alone.'
Fred: "Getting a good, strong reading here."

Lorne: "Should we be wearing lead? "cause I actually have something."
Fred: "Okay. This is approximately where the portal was, so it makes sense that I"d be getting a reading here. Uh, mark that."
"Okay, looks like something might have come in here. Or - here. Wait a minute. Wow. Something here is pretty hot. - Angel"s son! Hi. I didn"t mean to click at you."

Angel: "Hey."
Connor: "Hey. - I - ah, I thought I"d come by like you said."
Angel: "I"m glad you did. Everyone, ah, this is ah, this is Steven. Steven this is Fred, Gunn, Cordelia and that"s Lorne."
Lorne: "Hello, young man."
Angel: "So, are we about done here?"
Fred: "Oh! Yeah. I - I think we"ve covered everything."
Gunn: "Maybe we could take this outside."

Fred: "Yes. We should do a perimeter search then recalibrate for some wider areas."

Angel: "That would be a good idea."
Fred: "It was very nice to meet you, Steven."

Lorne: "Uhm, yeah, I - I have a thing."
Cordy: "Yes, so, uhm, I just be short to hold all your calls. You just - you guys take your time."


Angel: "Thanks."
"So... - You hungry?"
Connor: "What do you have?"
Angel: "We can go out."
Cordy: "What!? Where?!"
Angel: "Cordy."
Cordy: "Angel! It"s a bar! Vampires. A gang of them!"
Angel: "Cordy..."
Cordy: "Angel, can you hear me!?"
"I can see her. A woman. Angel! She"s all alone. She doesn"t see them. Angel, you have to hurry!"
Angel: "Slow down."
Cordy: "There is a woman at a bar there is a gang of vampires that are after her. You have to help her."
Angel: "So much for holding my call, huh?"

Cordy: Yeah. Sorry."
Angel: "Listen, uhm, - I - I, ah, have to go out for a while."
Connor: "It"s okay."
Angel: "It"s kind of my job."
Connor: "Yeah. Whatever."
Angel: "It could be kind of dangerous. There"s a lot of killing and violence. You wanna come?"
Lilah: "I see you got my invitation."

Wes: "Lilah. Obviously."
Lilah: "I thought the "come alone" was a particularly ironic touch. I mean, how else would you come?"
"Don"t rush off. Just look over there."
"I went to a lot of trouble to arrange this little show for you."

Wes: "Good bye."
Lilah: "Okay, but leave now and you"ll miss her big death scene. Don"t tell me you wouldn"t like to see the bitch that slit your throat and left you to die get a little of her own back."


Wes: "What"s going on here, Lilah?"
Lilah: "Some source - can"t imagine who - tipped her off that tonight this place would be filthy with vampires. Which, as it turns out, is true."

Wes: "Right. Because that same source tipped off the vampires that *she* would be here."

Lilah: "Seems she has been pissing off a lot of undead Americans lately."

Wes: "And you thought I"d enjoy a box seat for her slaughter."
Lilah: "Well - yeah."
Wes: "You really don"t know the first thing about me, do you?"
Lilah: "Probably not."
"Like, will he go straight to his car, or will he stop to warn her first?"

"He has to think about it. That"s good. That"s all I really needed to know. You can go."

Wes: "A *test* Lilah?"
Lilah: "Oh, don"t look so grim. I just needed to know whether or not I was wasting my time.

And to prove we"re still friends, I"ll have her pulled out of there before anything *really* lethal happens. That way you don"t have to torture yourself as to whether or not you did the right thing."

Wes: "I don"t think that will be necessary."

Angel: "Well, you wanted to kill a vampire. This might be your chance. Here take this. Just make sure that when you use that thing go straight for..."
Connor: "...the heart. I know. My father taught me."
Angel: "Yeah, I"m sure he did. Look, there are a lot of innocent people in here. Just don"t go nailing anybody until they show their game face, okay?"
Connor: "Will it look like yours did?"
Angel: "Yeah."
Connor: "So why do you do it?"
Angel: "Do what?"
Connor: "Why kill them if they"re like you?"

Angel: "They"re not like me, Connor."
Connor: "I"m not Connor."
Bartender: "Ready for another?"
Angel: "Just stay right there."
Justine: "No, I"m done."
Bartender: "You"re not wrong."
Vamp: "She thinks she"s a Slayer."

Bartender: "She"s about to learn different."
Angel: "Nice... Ah, take the one on the..."
"Well, yeah. That-that makes more sense."
Lilah: "Who"s the boy wonder? He moves just like..."
Wes: "...his father."
Angel: "Go. Get out of here. Go!"
Lilah: "Now tell me you"re not interested."

Angel: "They don"t need to breathe or make any sound. You gotta be careful. - You know you were - you were good in there. I mean, normally I"d take you to a ballgame, or a museum, or - something. But it"s - it"s good to know that you can handle yourself in a fight."

"It"s good to know you can do that, too."
"Woah."
Connor: "Father. - He was everything that you said. He tried to trick me. Thought that he could deceive me by saving people. It didn"t work. I"ve seen his true face."

Holtz: "And I"ve seen yours."
Angel: "The kid was born for it. The way he anticipated, I"m telling you, it"s in his blood."

Cordy: "You don"t say."
Angel: "There we were and it was like we had never been apart. He felt it, too. I know he did. You should have seen us together."

Cordy: "I did."
Angel: "What do you mean, you did?"
Cordy: "Ah - after you left, I went back into my vision."
Angel: "You went back in?"
Cordy: "Don"t ask me how. I don"t know if it is part of my new semi-demoness, or - or if they just let me go back in. But I was there. I saw the whole thing, you and your son together. It was beautiful."
Connor: "Stop saying that!"
Holtz: "It is true, son."
Connor: "You"re wrong!"
Holtz: "I"m not wrong. Anyone who saw you together would realize - that"s where you"re meant to be - at his side."
Connor: "No!"
Holtz: "It was your need for him that drove you across the dimension."
Connor: "I don"t need him!"
Holtz: "Go back to him, Steven."
Connor: "Why are you doing this? Why? God gave me to you."
Holtz: "Yes. It was god"s plan for us to be together. Nothing will ever persuade me otherwise. But now it"s time for me to give you back."
Connor: "He"s a demon."
Holtz: "And you"re the bastard son of two demons."
Connor: "Then I"m a demon."
Holtz: "You"re not. God help me, I don"t know what you are, but I"m not the one to give you answers, and there *are* answers. Go and find them out."
Fred: "Okay. Except for the hotel the strongest emissions are coming from somewhere in this vicinity."
Gunn: "Now what? We go door to door and ask if anyone"s seen any inter-dimensional boogies?"
Fred: "I"m not sure. I don"t even know if we should be looking above ground or not."

Connor: "You told me not to be deceived. But you"ve let yourself be deceived."
Holtz: "If I could stop this, I would, son. But we were brought here by forces beyond our control."

Connor: "You"re wrong."
Gunn: "Hey. Check it out."
Fred: "Looks like we"ve been following Angel"s son"s emissions the whole time."
Gunn: "Now there is a sentence I don"t ever need to hear again."
Fred: "But it"s good, right? It means there was no big scary that came out of the portal."

Gunn: "How about a short scary?"
Lorne: "Oh, hey, kiddo. I didn"t see you there. You looking for your dad? Come on. He"s upstairs. I"ll show you the room. - This way."
Connor: "I"m not going anywhere with you, demon."
Lorne: "I"ll tell you what, since you were raised in a hell dimension by a psychopath, and since that happens to be a topic that I know a little something about, we"ll just let that slide. Now I"ll fetch your pop for you."

Connor: "Filthy demon."
Lorne: "Actually, that"s *uncle* filthy demon to you. It wasn"t that long ago - like a week - I was changing your diapers, you little..."

Cordy: "Hey!"
"What"s the problem?"
"Steven?"
"Steven."
"I know you haven"t been in this world very long, and I imagine that things are pretty wild west-y where you"re from, but Lorne"s a good guy. Honestly."

Connor: "It"s a demon."
Cordy: "Right. True. *He* is. But "demon" doesn"t always mean "evil" in this dimension. I mean, look at me. Well, I"m part demon. Yeah. By choice. I did it so that I could help people. And so that the back of my head wouldn"t..."

Lorne: "Cordy!"
Cordy: "Let it go, honey. - Just let it go. You don"t need that. You don"t need any of that."

"That"s right. Just let it go, baby."
"Shh."
"It"s okay, sweetie. That"s right. It"s okay."

"I know. Shh. - It"s okay. - It"s okay."
Angel: "How do you feel?"
Cordy: "Okay. Drained. But okay."
Lorne: "Well, you got some serious mojo going on, girl. Whatever deal you struck with the Powers, it looks to me like they gave you the full package - all the extras. That kid was toxic when he came here tonight. Heavy on the "ick"."

Angel: "What actually happened out there?"
Lorne: "In my professional opinion? Well, Miss demon-y britches here gave that child some kind of "soul colonic". Flushed him out but good."
Angel: "Flushed what out?"
Cordy: "It was that place, Quor-toth. It crept into every part of him. He was sick with it."

Angel: "When Fred was taking her readings..."

Lorne: "He nearly broke the needle. My guess? She wouldn"t even get so much as a click off him now."
Angel: "Thank you. Thank you for doing this for him."
Cordy: "I know what it was like for him there, the darkness and the confusion. He thought it was where he belonged."
Angel: "Hey, pal. How "re you doing?"
Connor: "I might have tried to kill your friend."

Angel: "Yeah, well - she"s used to it."
Connor: "I think I should go."
Angel: "Look - why don"t you just - stay here? - I know it doesn"t feel like it yet - but this could be home for you."

Connor: "I don"t have a home."
Angel: "That"s not true. You just don"t remember, that"s all. - Your home is here. This is where you"re supposed to be, son."
Connor: "You speak as though you"re my father."
Angel: "Well..."
Connor: "He said the same thing. He said, we came back for a reason."
Angel: "Did he?"
Justine: "Daniel."
Angel: "I told him you two were going to take him out, spend some time with him."

Gunn: "And he"s good with that?"
Angel: "Yeah, he seems to be."
Fred: "Where do you want us to take him?"
Angel: "Some place were this world isn"t as ugly as he thinks it is."
Gunn: "How long you need?"
Angel: "A couple of hours should do it."
Gunn: "Hey, uhm, what if he asks where you"re at?"
Angel: "Don"t tell him."
Cordy: "Wait. Angel, before you go we have to do that thing."
Angel: "What thing?"
Cordy: "That thing we do. You know that thing where I say "are you sure you know what you"re doing, Angel, please think about this" and then you ignore me and rush head long into trouble?"

Angel: "Right. That thing. - Okay, are we done?"
Cordy: "Angel, please think about this. In fact, don"t go there at all."
Angel: "I have to."
Cordy: "I know. But don"t."
Angel: "I"m not gonna kill him even though he deserves it."
Cordy: "Oh, I don"t care if you kill him. He stole Connor"s childhood, so kill him. But don"t lie to your son. He"s been here like a day. Way to build the trust."

Angel: "I"m not lying to him."
Cordy: "No, you"re just sending him off to be distracted while you go confront the man he thinks of as his father."

Angel: "I"m his father."
Justine: "Before you there was nothing. I was dead. They"d taken my sister. They"d taken a part of me. You gave me a reason again - even if it was all lies."
Holtz: "Not all."
Justine: "I still think I"d do anything for you. I"d have followed you into hell if you would have let me."
Holtz: "Thank god you didn"t."
Justine: "I can"t believe you survived it. - How did you?"
Holtz: "My hate kept us alive."

Justine: "Hate gets a bad rap. It can keep you going sometimes when nothing else will."

Holtz: "Yes. I found I had to stay alive that I might pass on my legacy of hate.

But something happened in that place, Justine, something changed. Amidst the most unspeakable ugliness the hate turned into love. Love for a son. Hate is not enough. I found that love is far more powerful. Now there is just one thing I need you to do for me and then I can finally be done with vengeance."


Connor: "What is it?"
Gunn: "The ocean. Pacific."
Connor: "Ocean. My father taught me about oceans. He never said it was so..."

Fred: "Big?"
Connor: "Empty."
Fred: "It"s not. It"s just all under the surface. A whole "nother world actually."

Connor: "Everything"s so different here."
Fred: "I know how you feel. I got lost once like you. - When I came back nothing seemed real. Like I was seeing everything from the bottom of the ocean."

Connor: "I don"t remember being lost."
Gunn: "Ah, Steven? Yo!"
Fred: "Maybe we should just give him a minute."
"I wish Angel was here."
Gunn: "Yeah. His kid seeing the ocean for the first time, too bad he had to miss it."

Fred: "That"s not what I meant. I just - feel sort of creepy, keeping him busy and distracted while Angel..."
Gunn: "Confronts the kidnapper?"
Fred: "Well, if you"re gonna put it like that. - What do you think he"ll do?"
Gunn: "I don"t know. I know what I"d do. But Angel will deal with Holtz in his own way."
Fred: "Uh-oh."
Gunn: "No way. He couldn"t have heard us."
Fred: "He did."
Cordy: "Angel. Oh my god, do you know how happy this makes me? I ask you not to go and you didn"t go? I"m so glad to see..."
"...you. - Hi."
Holtz: "I can"t recall - would you require an invitation for a place like this?"
Angel: "Public accommodation? No."
Holtz: "No. You"d think I"d remember something like that. It would have seemed important once. Details begin to escape me."

Angel: "You stole my son."
Holtz: "I kept your son alive. You murdered mine."
Angel: "I was different then."
Holtz: "Yes. So was I. - You feel remorse. You feel remorse yet you can"t express it."

Angel: "You want me to say I"m sorry? How can I? It wouldn"t mean a thing."

Holtz: "It would mean a little. Not much, but it would be something."
Angel: "Then I"m sorry. For whatever little it might mean. It"s all I"ve got."
Holtz: "Not all. - You had a son. - So - there it is. I thought by depriving you of that son it would allow me some measure of justice. I was wrong."
Angel: "Taking Connor from me was never justice. It was vengeance."
Holtz: "Or maybe vengeance is what I do now. Give back what I took."

Angel: "What?"
Holtz: "I"m an old man now. I have nothing to offer the boy. You can give him what I can"t - his purpose. But every time you look upon his face - every time he calls you "father" - you will be reminded of that which you took and can never give back.

And if that is vengeance, I find I have no taste for it."
"All I ask is that you give him this. It"s not sealed. I expect you"ll examine it. You should."

Angel: "Why are you doing this."
Holtz: "I thought I"d made that plain. I love my son. And this is the only way I know to ensure that he will go on loving me."


"He won"t accept this at first. He"ll try to find me. He never will."
"Dearest Steven, this is a most difficult letter for me to write. You mean more to me than anything in this world or any other. But your best interests must come first, which is why by the time you receive this, I will be gone.


I hope one day you will be able to forgive an old man"s weakness, which compels him to say these things in a letter. But to attempt a good-bye in your presence would be impossible for me. I fear I would never let you go. And I must let you go. I know that if I didn"t you would only end up hating me. And that I could not bear."


Justine: "Don"t make me do it. I can"t."

Holtz: "We already know you can. You promised. You said you"d do anything for me. Come on, Justine. I"m not asking you to follow me into hell. Just help send me there. Do it!"


"Your destiny lies with Angel. I know that now. You will have a better life with him."
"Again. Again!"
"I"m comforted by that certainty and the knowledge that with him you will discover your true purpose and come to know who it is you are meant to be."
"Steven."
Angel: "Connor."
Connor: "Dad!"
"Dad?"
Holtz: "My only prayer is that I have prepared you well enough for whatever lies ahead."
I trust that I have. Be brave. Lovingly, your father."

Connor: "Angelus."

The end
 
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