Amouraq, Part 9

EXT. THE INFERNO CIRCLE. EARLY EVENING

At this point, Stephen and Emily are sore and exhausted. They haven’t eaten all day, and they are growing restless. They keep walking, but it is difficult.

EMILY

Are we ever going to find

Xavier, or is he going to

keep hiding behind his

monsters?

STEPHEN

We’ll find him eventually,

and we’ll keep knocking out

any traps that come in our

way.

(beat)

How big is this island

anyways?

EMILY

I don’t remember, but

it wouldn’t help ‘cause

this part of the island

probably isn’t even on

the map.

STEPHEN

How come no one’s ever

found it? I mean, people

have been looking for it

for centuries.

EMILY

It’s magic. I think it

was some of Xavier’s

ancestors that sealed

this place.

STEPHEN

Why?

EMILY

It’s where Alexander made

his victory over…over…

Emily drops down to the floor but is still conscious. Stephen kneels down beside her, trying to help her back up.

STEPHEN

Emily! Are you okay?

EMILY

I’m just exhausted. I don’t

know how you can do this.

STEPHEN

It’s painfully, but I tread

on because I know there’s

something more important

than my complaints.

EMILY

I know, for the good of

the nation.

STEPHEN

Emily, you are the nation.

EMILY

I’m not going to be queen;

I’m too weak. I’m not good

enough.

STEPHEN

You are good enough! There’s

a strong heart pumping in

there. You’re tired, you’ve

been thrown down and beaten,

but you are still here, and

so am I. I’m not going to let

you give up. Well, I can’t

force you to do anything, but

if you can’t go on, I’m going

to find Xavier myself!

EMILY

No! You’ll never make it

on your own!

Stephen gets up and starts to leave, so Emily gets up and grabs his arm.

EMILY

You’re not going to die for

me!

STEPHEN

I will if I have to.

EMILY

You won’t have to. You’re

right. I can’t let Xavier

do that to you. Or Amouraq.

What was I thinking? I’m

glad King Patrick hired

you. We make a good team.

Suddenly they both become aware that Emily is still touching his arm. Before either of them can react, there is suddenly a huge updraft. The wind leads to a path behind them that turns into a trail of fire! They run as fast as they can, but the fire follows them. It gets so close that it could almost lick their shoes. They run into a circle of trees, and it almost feels like they’ve outrun it. Right then, the circle of trees turns into a circle of flames! Emily and Stephen back into the middle, and the fire creeps closer and closer to them.

STEPHEN

There’s no way out!

EMILY

You just convinced me to

never give up, so I’m

gonna keep going!

STEPHEN

How? Are you gonna sprout

wings and fly?

EMILY

No, we both are!

Emily waves her left hand over both of their heads and says her spell.

EMILY

Bird!

They each change into a sparrow just as the inferno is about to touch them. They fly straight into the air, and when they feel like they’re about to change, they land on the ground. The flame is still chasing them. They keep on running, ignoring all of their pain. They were willing to run forever, and it certainly felt like that when suddenly the flame when out. They stand still for a moment, wondering if more flame would pop out of nowhere, but nothing is happening.

EMILY

Why did it go out? I’m

but I’m very suspicious.

STEPHEN

We must be close. I think

he put out the fire ‘cause

he didn’t wanna put himself

in…

In the distance, he spies an old, wooden two story house that had the aura of abandonment and an eerie wickedness.

STEPHEN

That must be it! We found it!

Right when we thought…aw, we

don’t need to keep talking

about what just happened!

Let’s-

The light that Emily had conjured earlier goes out.

EMILY

Oh, that doesn’t matter.

We’re almost there! Let’s

go get him for Amouraq!

STEPHEN

Long live the queen!

They are feeling pumped up on adrenaline right now. They slap hands and cheer as if they were watching a football game, and they start running out of exhilaration this time. When they are right next to the house, it is so dark that they didn’t see the square hole and fell in!

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