Temca Academy II, Part 5

INT. ANIELLE AND TOCI’S ROOM. NIGHT.

Toci is tending to one of her plants in a very skimpy outfit. Anielle puts on her sneakers to complete her cheerleader ensemble (which is red and black with a black cat logo). Toci hums.

ANIELLE:

Are you in a good mood because

you think your slutty outfit is

going to work?

TOCI:

I’m happy because the weekend is

here. Aren’t you?

ANIELLE:

I don’t get a weekend. I have cheer practice

tonight and work Saturday and Sunday. It’s

a pain, but I gotta work because my dad won’t

give me spending money anymore. Then again,

I wonder what the point of having spending money

if I don’t have time to spend it!

Joshua enters wearing a junior crime solver outfit. Toci is about to leave when she sees him.

TOCI:

Going to work, huh?

JOSHUA:

Yeah. I can give you a ride to

Sepia Street since it looks like

we’re both about to work there.

Toci does not seem offended but still glares at him.

TOCI:

Wish me luck!

ANIELLE:

No. It’s just too ridiculous.

But have fun!

TOCI:

Oh, I will. Believe me, I will have fun!

 Toci leaves.

ANIELLE:

You’re going to work on Sepia Street on

a Friday night? Isn’t it one of their busiest

nights?

JOSHUA:

Yes, which is why I’m going tonight-more

potential witnesses. Plus, I wanna have my

Saturday night free to whisk you away to

a nice dinner.

ANIELLE:

What’s the occasion?

JOSHUA:

Your glamorous new job! Do I need

a reason to spoil you?

ANIELLE:

Just be careful, okay?

JOSHUA:

What’s the fun in that?

(beat)

Now, I better go before I rip

that sexy outfit off you.

GEORGE (OS):

Olé!

ANIELLE:

Okay, bye you!

JOSHUA:

See you soon, babe!

They kiss and Joshua leaves. George (wearing his broom football uniform) comes in.

GEORGE:

Ready to go?

ANIELLE:

No. I mean, I will, but I kind of feel

rooted to the spot. It’s like that kiss

was the last one I’d have with him.

GEORGE:

Oh, I see. Now you think you’re

Madame Fate?

ANIELLE:

Ugh! If I hear about that hag one

more time today…I’ll …

(beat)

I don’t know!

GEORGE:

Okay…let’s va-man-ohs!

ANIELLE:

Vamenos. Even I know that, and I’m

Irish-Italian!

They leave.

INT. DRAGON HEART SHOES. LATE AFTERNOON.

BG-a small store with shoe boxes lining the walls and a few display shelves. Anielle is sitting behind the register looking really bored while Circe has her head against the wall.

CIRCE:

That’s the third time today! Madame

Fate said this guy was going to work

for a glorious new leader that will

surface at Temca!

(squeals)

Oh, it’s so exciting to work next

door to a real psychic!

Anielle snorts in disbelief.

CIRCE:

Everyone on campus is talking about

getting a reading done. I have her

booked in two weeks! When are you

getting yours?

ANIELLE:

When I sprout wings and fly into a rainbow!

CIRCE:

I’ve always wanted to do that!

Anielle rolls her eyes. The door opens with a jingle and SCOTTERINA (a very large woman wearing designer clothes and carrying designer shopping bags) walks in. Circe doesn’t move so Anielle goes to tend to her.

ANIELLE:

Welcome to Dragon Heart Shoes. How

may I help you?

SCOTTERINA:

Yes, do you have the purple heels with

the dirt protection spell?

ANIELLE:

Yes, it’s right in front of you.

SCOTTERINA:

Oh, so it is! Can you hand it to me?

ANIELLE:

Okay…

Anielle walks over and hands her the shoe that is right in front of her.

SCOTTERINA:

Do you have it in a size eight?

ANIELLE:

That is a size eight. You can try them on.

Scotterina sits down in a chair that barely holds her weight. Anielle grabs the shoe and stoops down. She raises her eyebrows as she sees her feet are obviously bigger than a size eight. She takes off her shoe and tries to hide her disgust at the smell. She barely squeezes the shoe on.

SCOTTERINA:

Oh, that’s perfect! I’ll take them!

ANIELLE:

Great! That will be fifty pieces.

SCOTTERINA:

Fifty pieces! No, thank you! If you

have any sales, go down to Scotterina’s

Furniture and ask for the owner. Then I’ll

buy them!

She puts her old shoe back on and leaves.

ANIELLE:

That is the sales price! She won’t like

it when they go back to eighty!

She picks up the shoes she tried on and sprays some cleanser potion on it.

CIRCE:

(sings)

Working hard is fun to do with a friend!

ANIELLE:

I hate this job!

INT. ANIELLE AND TOCI’S ROOM. NIGHT.

Anielle is waiting on her bed in nice clothes. Toci enters carrying two small boxes, one of which smells badly.

TOCI:

You’re probably wondering what’s

in the boxes.

ANIELLE:

With you, I try not to ask.

TOCI:

I found some non-magical food that

will turn him on without it being date

rape! Dark chocolate and oysters!

ANIELLE:

Don’t serve them at the same time!

TOCI:

Duh. Hey, look at you all dressed up!

Where are you off to?

ANIELLE:

Probably no where. I haven’t seen or

heard from Joshua since last night.

He hasn’t come back to the Dog House

in almost twenty-four hours, and he

won’t respond to my messages.

TOCI:

Maybe he pulled an all nighter at work.

ANIELLE:

Sergeant Cassius hasn’t heard from him

either. If he doesn’t respond in an hour,

he says he’ll be considered a missing person

and his case will be turned over to a crime

solver to find him!

TOCI:

Oh, Anielle!

Toci tries to give Anielle a hug, but Anielle recoils.

ANIELLE:

I appreciate the thought, but you wreak!

TOCI:

What are you going to do?

ANIELLE:

I’m going to look for him. I don’t trust his

peace officer department. First, they hand

off a murder case to a junior crime solver and

then they let him work Sepia Street without any

back up or messages to check on him until a day

later. It’s like they’re trying to punish him for

caring about a crime they deemed unimportant!

Plus, I can’t say why yet, but I think Madame

Fate is connected to it.

TOCI:

She’s just a psychic!

ANIELLE:

She’s meddling with Temca! She puts up

posters in the middle of the night, becomes

popular on campus rapidly, and then starts

telling people they’ll work for a glorious new

leader. That’s the exact kind of thing Babelsama

would do!

TOCI:

Wait, so you think Madame Fate and

Babelsama kidnapped your boyfriend to

stop him from investigating the death of

that prostitute? That’s a little-

ANIELLE:

Don’t call me crazy! You’re the one

trying to seduce your boyfriend with

dead fish!

TOCI:

Fair enough. So, when do we start looking

for him?

ANIELLE:

We?

TOCI:

You know George and I will help you.

We’re his friends too. Besides, even if

you do something nutty, we’ll be doing

it with you cuz we’re friends, and we

stick by each other no matter what!

ANIELLE:

Thanks! Where’s George?

TOCI:

He said something about a blind date…

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2 thoughts on “Temca Academy II, Part 5

  1. I love the concept for this story, it’s like Harry Potter meets a police show or crime drama. Again, I think your really good at introducing new characters. I have one question: what does the (Beat) mean? I see it often throughout the stories.

  2. Beat is a term often used in film scripts. It means a pause, kind of like a beat in music. If you like this one, you should see the original Temca Academy script, which I think I posted in December 2010. One of the things I like to play around with is if magic existed what people would do with their lives, besides epic adventures. Like, what would magical people do for jobs and what would their government be like? That’s not to say they never go on adventures. I like making magic more real, in a way. Anyways, thanks for reading!

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