The Fair Maiden Calina, Part 6

EXT. ORCHARD. AFTERNOON.

 

Prince Liam waits under the cherry tree for Calina. It is apparent that he has been waiting for a long time. He sees Calina coming out of the Underworld and bolts up. Calina practically skips over to him.

 

CALINA:

 

I love your book!

 

 

 

PRINCE LIAM:

 

Really?

 

 

 

CALINA:

 

Yes! The princess rescues

 

the prince-how different!

 

 

 

PRINCE LIAM:

 

You read the whole thing

 

already?

 

 

 

CALINA:

 

I couldn’t put it down!

 

I would title it “The

 

Princess of Valor.”

 

 

 

PRINCE LIAM:

 

I love it. Thank you for

 

helping me.

 

 

 

Calina looks a little confused.

 

PRINCE LIAM:

 

You don’t get a lot of

 

thank you’s, do you?

 

 

 

CALINA:

 

That would be a first.

 

 

 

PRINCE LIAM:

 

Well, I hope I don’t

 

embarrass you by giving

 

you another token of my

 

appreciation.

 

 

 

He hands her the necklace that the servant gave him. She looks at incredulously.

 

CALINA:

 

I’ve never gotten a

 

present before!

 

 

 

PRINCE LIAM:

 

Let me help you put it on.

 

 

 

He goes behind her and brushes the hair away from her neck. While he puts it on, Calina feels nervous but also kind of excited. Her stomach growls, and she gets embarrassed.

 

CALINA:

 

Sorry. After a couple

 

days, that will go away.

 

 

 

PRINCE LIAM:

 

He starves you often?

 

 

 

CALINA:

 

No, clearly. See how

 

overweight I am?

 

 

 

Prince Liam is surprised by that response.

 

CALINA:

 

I always figured that

 

was one reason why I

 

am considered hideous.

 

 

 

PRINCE LIAM:

 

Okay, how do I put this

 

and still be a gentleman?

 

(beat)

 

Your figure, those curves,

 

they are very appealing

 

to men in our region.

 

 

 

Prince Liam blushes a little. Calina does not know how to react.

 

PRINCE LIAM:

 

Anyways, there is a lovely

 

little bakery right there in

 

the village. I would be

 

honored if you would join

 

me for lunch.

 

 

 

CALINA:

 

You want me to into the

 

village? They will be

 

mean to me!

 

 

 

PRINCE LIAM:

 

They wouldn’t dare with

 

me around. Or without

 

really. Most people are

 

pretty friendly.

 

 

 

Calina looks skeptical.

 

PRINCE LIAM:

 

If you don’t enjoy it, I’ll

 

never ask again.

 

 

 

Calina shrugs and reluctantly agrees to go. Prince Liam smiles and escorts her away.

 

 

 

 

 

INT. BAKERY. AFTERNOON.

 

Prince Liam brings food over to a small table where Calina tries to hide her face.

 

PRINCE LIAM:

 

You can’t hide your face

 

and eat at the same time.

 

 

 

Calina takes her hands off of her face.

 

BAKER:

 

Woah, Prince Liam! Where

 

did you find this princess?

 

 

 

CALINA:

 

I am a mere servant.

 

 

 

BAKER:

 

If servants were as pretty

 

as you, I’d spend all my

 

money on one!

 

 

 

The baker’s wife glares on him.

 

BAKER:

 

What?

 

 

 

The wife rolls her eyes but smiles. Calina laughs.

 

PRINCE LIAM:

 

What is it like living

 

in the Underworld?

 

 

 

CALINA:

 

Honestly, I hate it! I

 

know it’s horrible to say.

 

I should be grateful to

 

have a home at all.

 

 

 

PRINCE LIAM:

 

Well, I don’t blame you.

 

It’s shameful the way

 

they treat you!

 

 

 

CALINA:

 

Well, I have to get used

 

to it. In two months, when

 

I come of age, I must wed

 

Guthran.

 

 

 

Prince Liam spits his drink out in surprise.

 

BAKER’S WIFE:

 

Hey! Don’t you make a mess

 

on my floor!

 

 

 

BAKER:

 

Darling, that’s the prince!

 

 

 

BAKER’S WIFE:

 

So? I’m queen here!

 

 

 

Calina laughs again.

 

PRINCE LIAM:

 

This stepfather, the one who

 

abuses you, he’s going to

 

marry you?

 

 

 

CALINA:

 

I know, but what choice

 

do I have?

 

 

 

PRINCE LIAM:

 

Run away!

 

 

 

CALINA:

 

But where would I go?

 

 

 

PRINCE LIAM:

 

Come with me. Or you can

 

go to the king. We could

 

protect you.

 

 

 

CALINA:

 

I can’t just go. I dream

 

about it, but as long as

 

he lives, he would find

 

me. And he is governor;

 

he would punish me.

 

 

 

PRINCE LIAM:

 

Well, there is still two

 

months. I want to get to

 

know you.

 

 

 

CALINA:

 

There’s not much else

 

to me.

 

 

 

PRINCE LIAM:

 

What if I taught you

 

how to use a sword?

 

 

 

CALINA:

 

Huh?

 

 

 

PRINCE LIAM:

 

In addition to giving you

 

books, I’d like to teach

 

you to fight. It helped

 

me feel confident and

 

safe because I know

 

that I can take care of

 

myself in an emergency.

 

I think it would help you too.

 

 

 

CALINA:

 

I admit when I read about

 

sword fights, I found them

 

intriguing. Okay, I’ll

 

do it!

 

 

 

BAKER:

 

My wife doesn’t need a

 

sword; her tongue is as

 

sharp as knives!

 

 

 

The baker’s wife nods in agreement. Prince Liam and Calina laugh.

 

 

 

 

 

INT. GUTHRAN’S LIVING ROOM.

 

Calina enters the home, and Guthran limps out of the room.

 

GUTHRAN:

 

What is that ugly thing

 

around your neck?

 

 

 

CALINA:

 

I found it.

 

 

 

He looks suspicious but says no more on it.

 

GUTHRAN:

 

Well, get to your chores.

 

 

 

CALINA:

 

I’ve finished them.

 

 

 

GUTHRAN:

 

Then go prepare my dinner!

 

Quit being lazy!

 

 

 

Guthran hobbles back into his room. Calina looks at her necklace and smiles.

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