The Fair Maiden Calina, Part Two

 

 

INT. UNDERWORLD CLASSROOM.

 

The room looks like an ordinary classroom, but it is small and has no windows. The walls are made of dirt. MS. CORCS (a woman with skin features like that of an octopus) teaches a group of five mutant children. YOUNG CALINA (who has long curly, dark brown hair, golden brown eyes, and pale skin) stands in the back with a broom, sweeping. She wipes some dust off her white dress.

 

MS. CORCS:

 

Calina! Did I say you can

 

stop cleaning?

 

 

 

YOUNG CALINA:

 

No, Ms. Corcs, I wanted to

 

get the dust off my clothes!

 

 

 

MS. CORCS:

 

It’s just going to keep

 

getting dirty, so keep going

 

or I will tell your step-

 

father you can’t clean here

 

anymore!

 

 

 

YOUNG CALINA:

 

Yes, Ms. Corcs!

 

 

 

MS. CORCS:

 

Now, I need to step out for a

 

minute. I want you to take your

 

books and a piece of parchment.

 

Write down any instance you see a

 

character use a metaphor or simile.

 

 

 

She leaves. The class begrudgingly gets their books out.

 

YOUNG CALINA:

 

I’ll do it!

 

 

 

STUDENT 1:

 

Do what?

 

 

 

YOUNG CALINA:

 

Your assignment.

 

 

 

STUDENT 2:

 

You can read?

 

 

 

Calina nods.

 

STUDENT 3:

 

Here, go for it, you

 

freak!

 

 

 

The other students laugh. Young Calina looks hurt but opens up the book excitedly and starts working happily.

 

 

 

 

 

INT. GUTHRAN’S LIVING ROOM.

 

Young Calina enters the residence, tired. Guthran comes out of his room to see her lying on the couch.

 

GUTHRAN:

 

You lazy orphan!

 

 

 

YOUNG CALINA:

 

I’m sorry, sir! I had to

 

stay extra because Ms.

 

Corcs said I didn’t

 

clean very well.

 

 

 

GUTHRAN:

 

You didn’t clean very well?

 

What kind of wife will you

 

be to me if you can’t even

 

clean properly?

 

 

 

Young Calina starts to cry. Guthran loses his temper and throws a shoe at her.

 

GUTHRAN:

 

Stop acting like a baby!

 

Now, I have a special, big

 

girl job for you. I want you

 

to you to go the tailor and

 

pick up my cloak. Just go

 

past the orchard and once

 

you get to the road, turn

 

right. It’s got a big plant

 

by the window. What are you

 

waiting for? Go now! Oh,

 

wear your hooded cloak. I

 

don’t want anyone to see

 

your ugly face.

 

 

 

Young Calina puts on her hood and despondently heads out.

 

 

 

 

 

INT. UNDERWORLD HALL.

 

Young Calina walks down the hall while various underworld mutants stare at her and call her names. She says nothing.

 

 

 

 

 

EXT. UNDERWORLD ENTRANCE. AFTERNOON.

 

Young Calina steps out into the sun, and her eyes need to adjust. When gets used to it, she is amazed at all of the colors and the nice smell. She knows she has a task to od, so she does not linger.

 

 

 

 

 

EXT. VILLAGE ROAD. AFTERNOON.

 

Young Calina avoids eye contact with all of the passerbys.

 

VILLAGER:

 

Good morning, Miss!

 

 

 

Young Calina flinches and keeps moving. The villager shrugs and walks in the other direction.

 

 

 

 

 

EXT. TAILOR SHOP. AFTERNOON.

 

Young Calina sees the plant. She looks at the sign above the door, which reads “Stephano’s Tailor Shop.” She enters.

 

 

 

 

 

INT. TAILOR SHOP. AFTERNOON.

 

Young Calina walks in and nervously walks past the chairs set up for a make shift lobby and goes up to the counter. STEPHANO (a middle-aged man with kind eyes and a crooked smile) comes out from a back room.

 

STEPHANO:

 

May I help you, Miss?

 

 

 

YOUNG CALINA:

 

(shyly)

 

I’m here for Guthran’s cloak.

 

 

 

STEPHANO:

 

Can you speak up?

 

 

 

YOUNG CALINA:

 

I’m here for Guthran’s cloak.

 

 

 

Young Calina blushes furiously.

 

 

 

STEPHANO:

 

One moment.

 

 

 

Stephano goes back to his back room. On the floor, Young Calina notices a book and picks it up. She does not notice Stephano when he comes back.

 

STEPHANO:

 

Oh, that’s where she put it!

 

 

 

Young Calina jumps, startled.

 

YOUNG CALINA:

 

I’m sorry! I didn’t mean to-

 

 

 

STEPHANO:

 

It’s okay! My daughter loses

 

her books on purpose. You

 

can borrow it if you want.

 

 

 

YOUNG CALINA:

 

Okay.

 

 

 

Stephano hands her the cloak.

 

STEPHANO:

 

What’s your name?

 

 

 

Young Calina leaves without a word. Stephano’s expression is both confused and pitiful.

 

 

 

 

 

EXT. ORCHARD. AFTERNOON.

 

Young Calina sits under a cherry tree and takes her hood off. She sees that she has a book of fairy tales. She reads through a story and then buries her head to cry.

 

 

 

 

 

EXT. ORCHARD AFTERNOON.

 

The adult CALINA (wearing a very similar outfit to young Calina) has her head burried to cry. She raises her head, revealing her face. Her features have not changed much except she is about ten years older than Young Calina and she has a woman’s body. She hides her book in her cloak and gloomily walks towards the Underworld.

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