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.

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