Buffy approaches a locked door and, in the very first ever display of her Slayer strength, forces it open, breaking the lock. She enters the locker room and sees the dead guy covered by a sheet. Wouldn't there be medical personnel there already? A coroner or something? Buffy peels back the sheet to reveal two very obvious fang holes on the guy's neck. "Oh great," she sighs in extreme irritation.
Buffy huffs into the library and demands that Giles tell her what's going on. "I'm sorry?" calls out Giles from among the stacks. Buffy goes up the stairs, saying, "You heard about the dead guy in the locker? He's got two little little holes in his neck and all his blood's been drained. Isn't that bizarre? Aren't you just going 'ooooh'?" Giles said that he expected it. Buffy says that she was more afraid of having "last month's hair" than of there being vampires on campus. "And I don't care," she finishes, which prompts Giles to ask why she's there. She gives some spurious excuse, that she came to tell him that she doesn't care, and she starts to take off, but Giles stops her by asking if the dead guy is going to be a vampire. Buffy says no and takes a moment to explain some of the vampire mythology of the Buffyverse. Namely, that you have to suck vampire blood to change. "It's a whole big sucking thing." She again tries to take off, but Giles tries to appeal to her sense of duty, reminding her that she is the "Chosen One," the "one born with the strength and skill to hunt the vampires." "To stop the spread of their evil blah blah blah," finishes Buffy flippantly. Giles doesn't understand her reluctance to accept her duty, which isn't surprising looking at him.
I'll bet Giles eats Duty Flakes every morning for breakfast. Giles asks her what she knows about Sunnydale, and Buffy cracks, "That it's two hours on the freeway from Neiman-Marcus?" Giles explains that he believes that Sunnydale is a convergence of all sorts of mystical occurrences that are drawn to the area. Hmm. I wish I had a simple word to explain all of that without having to type it out every time. I hope they come up with one. Giles loads Buffy up with a bunch of books and Buffy scoffs, "What, you sent away for the Time-Life series?" A chagrined Giles admits that he did and he got the calendar as a free gift. I gotta tell ya, as a child, I used to beg for those books every birthday and Christmas. Yeah, I was an odd little squirrel. ["I begged for them too. Never got them, either." -- Sars] Buffy hands them back to Giles, saying that she's taken an early retirement, and suggests that Giles slay the vampires instead. Giles protests that he's a Watcher and his duty is to . . . "Watch?" Buffy pipes up. "No," says Giles exasperatedly, and goes on to explain what a Watcher does. Guh. I'm getting a bit sick of all the exposition, which I realize was necessary when the series began but is a bit tiresome three seasons later. Buffy wants to know if a Watcher prepares her for "getting kicked out of school? For losing all of my friends? For having to spend all of my time fighting for my life and never getting to tell anyone because I might endanger them?" Thus neatly encapsulating Buffy's inner struggle for seasons one and two. Giles stares at her, dumbstruck; Buffy stalks out. "Damn," curses Giles softly to himself, running after her. After he leaves, a very confused Xander steps out from the stacks.