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Buffy doesn’t tell her Watcher about the dreams. It’s his job, but it’s her mind, and she won’t share it. When she sleeps, there is a man with shadowy eyes; he slips into the dark when she turns to catch him, the shadows seeping out of his eyes. Still, he is always there, and that is a comfort in her country-wide trajectory.

The Watcher does his job. He gives her the next direction, and she’s back to California, almost home. Her last dream lasts longer; she doesn’t catch him, but when she comes now the shadows swallow her in welcome.