The Fair Maiden Calina, Part 4

EXT. ORCHARD. AFTERNOON.

 

Calina sits under the cherry tree to cry. After a moment, Prince Liam finds her.

 

PRINCE LIAM:

 

I’m so sorry if I was too

 

forward! Wait, are you

 

bleeding?

 

 

 

CALINA:

 

That was nothing. I hit

 

my head on a shelf. It

 

was stupid.

 

 

 

PRINCE LIAM:

 

We all do stupid things. For

 

instance, I snuck up on my

 

horse once, and you can

 

still see the scar from

 

where she kicked me!

 

 

 

Prince Liam lifts up his shirt to show the bruise, and his nicely sculpted stomach makes her blush.

 

CALINA:

 

So, your parents must’ve

 

yelled at you for that!

 

 

 

PRINCE LIAM:

 

No. They were just glad

 

that I didn’t die. Everyone

 

makes you a bad person.

 

 

 

CALINA:

 

Well, my stepfather always

 

says I’m going to make a

 

terrible wife because I’m

 

so stupid.

 

 

 

PRINCE LIAM:

 

You don’t seem stupid to me.

 

In fact, you seem more

 

intelligent than most girls

 

I talk to.

 

 

 

CALINA:

 

Why are you being so nice

 

to me?

 

 

 

PRINCE LIAM:

 

I’m nice to everyone in

 

King Braham’s kingdom. My

 

father is friends with him.

 

 

 

CALINA:

 

I heard the king is a very

 

mean, arrogant man.

 

 

 

PRINCE LIAM:

 

Quite the opposite! He’s

 

nicer to his subjects than

 

father is to his.

 

 

 

CALINA:

 

If your father has subjects,

 

that means you are…

 

 

 

PRINCE LIAM:

 

How rude of me not to

 

introduce myself. Prince

 

Liam, at your service!

 

 

 

He gives her a half bow. Calina is shocked. She does not know how to react.

 

PRINCE LIAM:

 

Can I have your name?

 

 

 

CALINA:

 

I’m not supposed to talk

 

to anyone!

 

 

 

PRINCE LIAM:

 

Why not? Where are you from?

 

 

 

Calina starts to leave.

 

PRINCE LIAM:

 

Perhaps you are from Heaven,

 

being such a sweet angel.

 

 

 

Calina starts to laugh.

 

PRINCE LIAM:

 

You have a beautiful smile.

 

You should show it more often.

 

 

 

Calina is silent as she leaves.

 

 

 

 

 

INT. UNDERWORLD HALL.

 

As Calina is walking, she runs into Patricia.

 

PATRICIA:

 

Look at you glow!

 

 

 

CALINA:

 

Pardon?

 

 

 

PATRICIA:

 

You have that soon-to-

 

be-bride glow.

 

 

 

CALINA:

 

Oh, right.

 

 

 

Until now, she had forgotten about that, and her face falls at the prospect.

 

PATRICIA:

 

You ungrateful little wench!

 

The wealthiest man of the

 

Underworld is going to

 

take you as his wife, and

 

you have the nerve to

 

complain! You’re lucky to

 

even be alive, you know!

 

Guthran rescued you from

 

parents that didn’t want

 

you at all!

 

 

 

CALINA:

 

I know! Look, I made a

 

mistake, but that doesn’t

 

mean I’m a bad person!

 

 

 

PATRICIA:

 

Whatever.

 

 

 

Patricia leaves. Calina is surprised she stood up for herself. She looks towards the door as if she sees the Prince there. She weakly smiles and goes on her way.

 

 

 

 

 

INT. SITTING ROOM. NIGHT.

 

King Braham (aged eighteen years from earlier) sits with KING BAUDRIC (who looks like an older and plumper version of Prince Liam). Princ Liam enters the room with a silly grin on his face. As he goes through his satchel, King Braham nudges King Baudric, who smiles and laughs in agreement. Prince Liam brings out a pen and some parchment. He notices them laughing.

 

PRINCE LIAM:

 

What?

 

 

 

KING BAUDRIC:

 

Don’t be coy! We know that

 

look!

 

 

 

PRINCE LIAM:

 

I have a look?

 

 

 

KING BRAHAM:

 

You met a woman, didn’t you?

 

 

 

Prince Liam just laughs, embarrassedly. The two kings slap hands.

 

KING BAUDRIC:

 

It’s about time, son! What’s

 

her name?

 

 

 

PRINCE LIAM:

 

I don’t know. It was

 

hard to get any information

 

from her. She didn’t even

 

want to take off her

 

white hood when I-

 

 

 

KING BRAHAM:

 

Wait, is that the Orphan of

 

the Underworld?

 

 

 

PRINCE LIAM:

 

Who?

 

 

 

KING BRAHAM:

 

I hear my men tell of a

 

woman who only surfaces

 

to run errands for Guthran,

 

who is governor of the

 

Underworld. The Underworld

 

is a society of monsters

 

and misfits who choose not

 

to live among the “normal.”

 

Apparently, she has only

 

talked to the tailor, who

 

knows Guthran is her

 

stepfather and that she

 

loves books.

 

 

 

PRINCE LIAM:

 

I know we didn’t say much,

 

but she intrigues me. She is

 

so different! And it amazes

 

me she doesn’t think she’s

 

beautiful.

 

 

 

KING BAUDRIC:

 

Well, it sounds like this could

 

be a case of parental abuse.

 

If you wish to pursue her,

 

you may stay with Braham.

 

If that’s alright?

 

 

 

KING BRAHAM:

 

I always welcome guests in

 

my home! I will warn you,

 

everyone says it is hard

 

to gain the trust of

 

abused people.

 

 

 

PRINCE LIAM:

 

I want to help her! Does

 

that make me crazy?

 

 

 

KING BAUDRIC:

 

Son, we all do crazy things

 

for women. I sailed all the

 

way to the Viking country

 

to get my wife!

 

 

 

They all laugh.

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