Amouraq, Part 8

EXT. NYMPH GATHERING. DUSK.

Stephen and Emily are starting to get tired. Stephen notices that the sun is setting.

STEPHEN

It’s almost sunset. We

might have to deal with

creatures in the dark.

EMILY

Not the complete dark.

(points to the sky)

Luminious minimus!

A faint light like that of a nightlight glows around them.

EMILY

I don’t think this will

get us noticed.

STEPHEN

Look, the sun’s about to

go down.

As the sun disappears, they stand and watch it. Once it is dark, they can see a faint red glow in the distance.

STEPHEN

Someone else is here. You

think it might be Xavier?

EMILY

Let’s find out.

They cautiously creep closer and closer to the glow. When they get close enough to see the scene but not be heard, they see that the glow is a magical fire. Five fairy-looking women(NYMPHS)wearing sexy Roman clothing with varying colors are sitting around the fire. They all look haughty and impatient, as if they have been waiting there for a long time.

EMILY

(whispers)

Nymphs. They are the

spirit of things that

exist in nature

STEPHEN

(also whispers)

Are there evil nymphs?

ALL NYMPHS

Yes!

The nymphs fly without wings over to where they are and encircle them. They are all about ten feet tall. They simply point at Emily and Stephen, and the pair gets tied to a couple of tall trees. The nymphs all introduce themselves not as a friendly gesture but more of a measure of intimidation.

NYMPH OF HATE

I am the Nymph of Hate!

NYMPH OF ABUSE

I am the Nymph of Abuse.

NYMPH OF DESTRUCTION

I am the Nymph of Destruction.

NYMPH OF TORTURE

I am the Nymph of Torture!

NYMPH OF MURDER

I am the Nymph of Murder!

NYMPH OF TORTURE

Too bad Emily’s knowledge

and Stephen’s dumb luck

won’t save them now! The

only ones who can kill

nymphs are other nymphs.

(The nymphs all laugh.)

NYMPH OF MURDER

Any last words?

Stephen racks his brain and quickly thinks of a plan.

STEPHEN

You’re right; you’ve got

us beat. A victory like this

should only be performed by the

most powerful one. Tell me,

which one of you is that?

NYMPH OF DESTRUCTION

That’s easy! I am!

NYMPH OF MURDER

You wish! Murder is the most

evil thing that exists, easily!

NYMPH OF HATE

And what is the inspiration

of murder? Hate. I am the

most powerful.

NYMPH OF ABUSE

No, the most powerful one

is responsible for the

cruelest deaths, and that

would be me.

NYMPH OF TORTURE

Actually, torture is much

crueler than abuse, so I’m

the most-

NYMPH OF DESTRUCTION

What are you talking about?

Torture and abuse are practically

the same thing.

NYMPH OF ABUSE

You’re just jealous because

you’re the least powerful.

Ooh, you knock down buildings!

So what!

NYMPH OF MURDER

Nothing is worse than death!

NYMPH OF TORTURE

That’s not true!

NYMPH OF MURDER NYMPH OF TORTURE

I think the whole Everyone knows there

point of evil is are things much more

to bring good to its powerful than death!

end, and I do that! Death can be a release.

NYMPH OF DESTRUCTION NYMPH OF ABUSE

I don’t care what you Don’t you talk to me

say, you’re nothing but like that! No one even

talk! start!

NYMPH OF HATE

You’re all a bunch of dumb

bitches! The Queen of Evil

put me in charge!

NYMPH OF ABUSE NYMPH OF MURDER

What did you call me? She put me in charge!

They all become so outraged at each other that they conjure up a giant ball of light and throw it at each other. All of the nymphs are instantly destroyed! Stephen and Emily fall down to the ground, though not as hard as before.

EMILY

How did you know that

would work?

STEPHEN

The minds of the corrupt are

easily manipulated. Besides,

you never really know if

something’s gonna work, so

you’ve got to trust your

instincts. Plus, you’ve got

to remember that evil shows

no loyalty and is driven by

greed.

(beat)

Does that mean I destroyed

these evil things from the

world?

EMILY

No, they are born again

in the heart of evil

doers.

STEPHEN

So, technically they can

never die and can come

back to life?

EMILY

Hmm, perhaps one day

evil will be erased

from the earth, but yes,

they can come back, but

not while we’re here.

Let’s keep going.

STEPHEN

Yeah, I don’t think we have

much time left.

Amouraq, Part 7

EXT. BLOODY RIVER. LATE AFTERNOON.

Stephen and Emily have become a little more relaxed about the situation. They come to the river and immediately halt, sensing that this river might have a trap in it.

STEPHEN

Know any helpful spells?

EMILY

Well, I could turn us

into temporary fish, but

I don’t think we should

go into the water at all.

I could make a bridge, but

I don’t remember how to do

that. I know there’s a way

to magically transport our

bodies from one side to

another. I’m trying to-

Before she can finish speaking, a giant hand formed by the water reaches out to get them! They try to run, but the giant hand snatches them. They try to escape, but the force of the water is too strong. The fist rises in the air and starts to fall.

EMILY

(shouting over the noise)

What do we do?

STEPHEN

Change us into a temporary

cloud!

EMILY

What? Why?

STEPHEN

Trust me!

Emily swishes her right hand above both of them.

EMILY

Cloud.

They changed into fluffy cloud versions of themselves. Since clouds are just water vapor, the hand couldn’t grip them anymore. The hand lowered itself down as a small breeze carried them across the river.

EMILY

(as a cloud)

Brilliant, Stephen! I

think we’re actually

gaining strength from

the vapor it’s emitting!

STEPHEN

(as a cloud)

Actually, that might be

our downfall when we change

back into ourselves and fall.

EMILY

(as a cloud)

I forgot about that!

They change back into their human selves and land on the ground on their bottoms with a thud.

STEPHEN

See, I’m not perfect either.

EMILY

I was too worried about

falling to conjure some

cushions.

STEPHEN

If we were true clouds,

how come we could still

talk?

EMILY

That’s just it, we weren’t

true clouds. Magic isn’t

always perfect.

They try to get up but their bottoms are too sore.

STEPHEN

Boy, Xavier is a real

pain in the ass!

EMILY

(laughs)

Oh okay, James Bond.

STEPHEN

(laughs)

I’ve never been compared

to him before.

EMILY

Really? Never?

STEPHEN

As often as you got compared

to Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

They continue on their conversation as they leave the scene.

EXT. DRAGON’S LAIR. LATE AFTERNOON

They had time for a small conversation and are at the point where they were actually starting to have a little fun when they came to a giant, rocky cave whose contents are hidden by darkness. The two of them suddenly come back to reality and remember the dangers they are facing.

STEPHEN

I know all too well from

fairy tales that a dragon

must live in there.

They see smoke billowing from the cave, and before they can decide whether or not to run away, the creature emerges. Not only is it a dragon, but it is a three headed dragon! Stephen shoots the dragon, but the bullet ricochets off of its scaly hide. It turns all three heads to him and ambles to him. Stephen picks up a long tree branch and wields it like a sword at its head. The branch doesn’t hurt the dragon but annoys and distracts it. Emily picks up a rock and throws it the dragon. The dragon turns its attention to her. Emily runs clockwise around it, and Stephen does the same in the opposite direction. The three heads don’t know what to focus on and become dizzy. Emily stops and points her clawed hand at it and says a spell.

EMILY

Camio oss!

The dragon shrank into the size of a baseball. Stephen smiles as he steps on it to kill it.

STEPHEN

I never thought I’d ever

kill a dragon! You’re

getting so much better at

this rescuing thing!

He looks at the bottom of his shoe and gets disgusted. Emily titters as he wipes it off on the grass.

Amouraq, Part Six

EXT. GARGOYLE’S LAIR. LATE AFTERNOON.

Stephen keeps his gun pointed out ahead of him and stays a step ahead of Emily for her protection as they continue. Both remain vigilant and ready to act if needed. The silence is unsettling. All of a sudden, the sound of flapping wings breaks the silence. Before they can figure out where the noise had come from, a creature that looks like a demented bat pounces on Stephen! He is pinned to the ground by the beast.

EMILY

A gargoyle!

STEPHEN

Help me! The claws are

digging into me like knives!

The gargoyle shifts on his back and roars like a dinosaur. It stares Emily, daring her to try something. Emily slashes her right hand at him and says a spell.

EMILY

Slakirim!

The spell hits the gargoyle and has no effect. The gargoyle rises into the air with Stephen in its claws. It heads towards the darkness in the distance, but long before it gets there, Emily does a spell while waving her hands once over her head.

EMILY

Luminious maximumus!

The gargoyle turns into stone. It falls to the ground landing on Stephen! Emily runs about ten feet to where he is.

EMILY

(kneels next to him)

Oh please be okay!

STEPHEN

I appreciate your efforts,

but now it’s crushing me.

EMILY

Oh, um, right.

(points at the gargoyle)

Rupe!

The gargoyle breaks into hundreds of tiny pieces. Emily rushes over to brush the pieces off and help Stephen up.

EMILY

Oh, I’m so sorry! I panicked.

I remembered that gargoyles

hate direct sunlight. I didn’t

even think about the weight of

the statue and you. Oh man, I

really need to perfect this

rescuing thing, don’t I?

STEPHEN

Don’t say that. You saved

my life. Even if what you

said is true, the important

thing is you got the job

done. Well done!

EMILY

Thanks!

Emily notices that Stephen is still hunched over trying to catch his breath.

EMILY

Need a minute?

STEPHEN

Not unless you have a spell

to fix me.

Emily shakes her head, so Stephen gestures wordlessly that he needs a minute. Emily chuckles slightly.

EXT. COPIBOMB CORNER. LATE AFTERNOON.

They continue on their way cautiously. They hardly say a word to each other just incase. At the moment, they are wondering why they hadn’t run into anything yet when a nearby bush rustles near them! Stephen instinctively points his gun at the bush. A SECOND EMILY jumps out from that spot! Before anyone can react, there is a flash. The two Emily’s are standing next each other with a digital clock between them.

SECOND EMILY

This is a copibomb. You only

have thirty seconds to pick the

right one.

The clock begins counting down from thirty. Stephen panics for a minute but is suddenly struck with an idea.

STEPHEN

Can you conjure me some

chocolate?

SECOND EMILY

You can have all the chocolate

you want as soon as you choose!

Hurry or we’ll all blow up!

STEPHEN

No problem!

Stephen shoots the second Emily. The clock disappears, and the real Emily is able to move again. Stephen now has the time to comprehend the bizarreness of the situation, and it is slightly disturbing to him to see Emily with a bullet in her chest from his own gun. Emily understands what he’s thinking and gives him a moment before she speaks.

EMILY

Good job! Copibombs can

mimic bodies but not

knowledge, which I’m so

surprised that you figured

out on your own in that

short amount of time!

STEPHEN

Sometimes you just have to

act on a whim. I guess it

would’ve been easier if it

had copied me, wouldn’t it?

EMILY

Yeah, we would just do

a simple identification

spell, so this weapon is

mainly used against coses.

I suppose Xavier planted

that there specifically

for you, but he didn’t know

that you have one of the

most important powers that

anyone could have.

STEPHEN

I have a power? What is it?

EMILY

Your intuition.

STEPHEN

(laughs)

Oh darn. I was hoping for

an actual power.

Emily laughs too. Stephen sees the body of the fake Emily on the ground and frowns.

STEPHEN

Why couldn’t they make

that disappear too?

EMILY

Well, that body didn’t

disappear, but we can.

Let’s go.

Emily starts to walk away, but Stephen stands still for a second.

EMILY

And by disappear, I mean

leave this spot.

STEPHEN

Oh.

(laughs)

Can you make us literally

disappear?

EMILY

Not without my book.

They continue their conversation as they leave this part of the forest.