Temca Academy, Part 4

EXT. DOG HOUSE. LATE NIGHT.

Anielle, Toci, and Joshua run outside and find the laundry room window, which is partially underground. CUT TO George eying some potion. CUT BACK to Anielle.

ANIELLE:

Don’t touch that, you mook!

Help us with the window.

George pushes down the window while the other three pull. They open it as much as they can.

TOCI:

You know what, this is okay.

He can squeeze through this.

GEORGE:

I’ll try.

He climbs through but gets stuck halfway through.

ANIELLE:

Come on! Suck in that beer

gut!

GEORGE:

I don’t have a beer gut! I’m

an all star athlete! I got

into Temca on a broom football

scholarship.

JOSHUA:

Oh, ignore her. She’s just

cranky because they switched

her to dry food.

Anielle glares at Joshua, but they grab George’s hands and help pull it out. Eventually, they succeed, which makes everyone cheer.

TOCI:

We did it! Now let’s go inside!

It’s freezing!

ANIELLE:

It’s a little chilly, but it’s

not freezing. In New York, it

gets to-

TOCI:

Yeah, but I’m Cuban; we don’t

deal with anything cold unless

it’s a mojito!

ANIELLE:

What’s a mojito?

JOSHUA:

It’s a non-magical drink.

ANIELLE:

I should’ve guessed!

GEORGE:

I don’t feel so good!

He runs to the corner, trying to make it to the trashcan. Toci, Anielle, and Joshua run after him, expecting to see him throw up. Instead, they see him standing very still, forgetting he was sick. The other three see it too. A hooded figure in a brown cloak stands before a small, black cauldron. A bright green liquid froths as the figure mutters an enchantment. Suddenly, the cauldron explodes, and a bunch of small but frightening creatures run in all different directions. The four are too scared and confused to really react. One of the creatures runs up to Anielle and smiles wickedly. Anielle kicks it, making it fly into a tree. The hooded figure walks towards them, and they huddle together in a protective manner. The hooded figure’s face can be seen, and it is Babelsama.

BABELSAMA:

So, you saw the whole thing, huh?

Well, I don’t care! You can know

my plan since it has already

begun, and there’s nothing you

can do about it. I have released

the fear mongers!

He expects to get a reaction, but they look at him blankly.

BABELSAMA:

You know, the fear mongers!

(sighs)

You kids obviously didn’t pay

attention to your magical

zoology class! The fear

mongers slowly poison everyone

with fear. Soon, everyone

will controlled by their fears,

and while their fears consume

them, they will be easy targets

of submission. They’ll hear

that I, Babelsama, am the only

cure, and I will rule the world!

The four do not know how to react at first.

TOCI:

That’s crazy!

BABELSAMA:

You think so, huh?

TOCI:

Yes, that’s why I said that.

Those monsters look annoying,

but you think everyone is

going to be-

BABELSAMA:

Bah! These fear mongers change

form so no one will even be

aware of their presence. When

they least suspect it, the

fear mongers will manipulate

the surroundings to present

them with whatever they fear

the most.

JOSHUA:

People face their fears all

the time though! I think

people are braver than you

think.

BABELSAMA:

(laughs derisively)

That’s the beauty of it; most

people are too weak and cowardly

to face their worst fears. The

strong and brave are only a

select few.

(laughs again)

ANIELLE:

What if we killed all the fear

mongers?

Babelsama looks worried for a second but changes his mind.

BABELSAMA:

Good luck! Even if you find a

couple of them, you have twenty

total to get rid of! They could

look like anything-people, trees,

furniture. Young people! Always

convinced you can make a difference!

He laughs and starts to leave. He sees the fear monger Anielle kicked.

BABELSAMA:

Nineteen to find. Whatever.

ANIELLE:

We’re not afraid of you!

BABELSAMA:

You should be!

He tries to leave again.

TOCI:

Did you ever think you haven’t

gotten laid in a while because

you are evil? And very bald!

Babelsama walks up to their faces.

BABELSAMA:

You can insult me all you

want, but you will-

George throws up on him.

GEORGE:

Sorry! Wait, no I’m not!

BABELSAMA:

Ick! I’m gonna have to bring

this in to a clothing sorcerer!

I hate college students!

He finds a vortex and disappears.

GEORGE:

So…what now?

ANIELLE:

Look, we are the only ones

who know about the problem,

and probably the only ones

who will believe it. So, we

gotta work together and solve

this problem! For now, we will

just have to keep an eye out

for unusual behavior.

JOHSUA:

This is college. Define unusual.

ANIELLE:

You know, a-typical for our

peers.

TOCI:

So, how would we know if a

fear monger is there?

ANIELLE:

There’s pictures of the college

on the school’s website. We can

take a snapshot of everything and

compare what’s new. But we don’t

gotta worry about that right now.

Let’s just go to bed. Maybe I’ll

wake up and find this was just a

bad dream. I can’t imagine the

world depending on a hippy, a

dumb jock, and an alcoholic!

JOSHUA:

Not to mention a spoiled brat.

TOCI:

Ugh, it’s so cold! Good night!

She leaves. George follows her.

ANIELLE:

(to Joshua)

I don’t like you.

JOSHUA:

(sarcastically)

No!

Anielle leaves in a huff. Joshua rolls his eyes and follows.

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