The Obsessive, Part 9

INT. PROFESSOR CLEIO’S OFFICE. DAY.

PROFESSOR CLEIO (fifties, curly hair, big glasses) grades some essays in her office. A KNOCK is heard.

P. CLEIO:
Come in!

Kora enters, slightly nervous.

KORA:
Hi! We just spoke on the phone.

P. CLEIO:
Ah yes, have a seat.

Kora sits in fron of P. Cleio’s desk.

P. CLEIO:
What’s your name, dear?

KORA:
Kora.

P. CLEIO:
Kora is an Ancient Greek
name. Did you know that?

KORA:
Makes sense. Four thousand
years.

P. CLEIO:
Excuse me?

KORA:
Well, I, uh, read this story…
but it only slightly referenced
this subject, and it’s been
bothering me.

P. CLEIO:
Okay, so what specifically did
the story mention?

KORA:
It’s set here in 1987. This girl
is being followed by a man. He
watches her through mirrors and
animals that he possesses. He
comes out to murder people who get
in the way of their love. Except
she doesn’t love him, yet he keeps
trying to take her.

P. CLEIO:
Sounds interesting. What makes you
think it may be a historical
reference?

KORA:
He mentioned taking her to the
Underworld. Isn’t that Ancient
Greek?

P. CLEIO:
Yes, it was. The Underworld was
where the dead went. It was also
where Hades lived along with a
few demi-gods.

KORA:
What kind of demi-gods?

P. CLEIO:
Here. I’ll give you a list
that you can look up. I could
fill a lecture or two about
them.

KORA:
Oh thank you!

P. CLEIO:
(as she writes)
It sounds like your novel is
modernizing Greek mythology.
It was common for gods to
steal mortals as their brides.

KORA:
Why would they do that?

P. CLEIO:
Many reasons, just like when
people fall in love in real life.

KORA:
(pouts)
Some love! What kind of man would
put his lover through so much
anguish?

P. CLEIO:
Can I read it?

KORA:
What?

P. CLEIO:
When you’re done with it, of
course. It sounds like good
fiction!

KORA:
Fiction, yeah. It doesn’t
sound real, does it?

P. Cleio thinks she is making a joke and laughs. P. Cleio hands her the list.

KORA:
Great. Thank you so much
for this information!

P. CLEIO:
Take care, Kora.

KORA:
I’ll sure try!

Kora leaves, and P. Cleio goes back to grading papers.

INT. COLLEGE HALLWAY. DAY.

As Kora walks down the hall, she hears P. Cleio scream.

KORA:
No!

Velos appears in the hallway with a blood-soaked knife.

VELOS:
Why did you make me do that?

KORA:
I made you kill her? Why would
you do that? She wasn’t hitting
on me! How could you!

VELOS:
What did she tell you about me?

Kora does not answer.

VELOS:
You will find out all you need
to know on our wedding night!

KORA:
No!

VELOS:
What did you say?

KORA:
You heard me, creep! You cannot
take me! Find another mortal to
steal!

Velos slaps her across the face. She falls down. He picks her up by her hair.

VELOS:
Why did you make me do that?
Do you think I like hurting you?

Kora is in pain, but she tries to reach for his body. She cannot.

VELOS:
Let’s go, Kora!

He drags her by the hair. Kora finds his arms and digs her nails into it. He cries out in pain. She starts to run, but he catches her and uses his body to pin her to the wall.

VELOS:
Why did you have to do that now?

Before Kora can say anything, Andrew enters the hallway. He sees what is happening and draws his gun.

ANDREW:
Put her down!

Velos sneers at him.

DISPATCH (O.S.):
Zalman, what’s your forty?

In the moment that Andrew looks down to answer the radio, Velos disappears.

ANDREW:
Shit! Where did he go?

KORA:
He disappeared, I don’t know.

When Andrew answers the radio, Kora runs away.

INT. BUS. DAY.

Kora sits on the bus, trying to catch her breath and relax. Just as the bus driver is about to take off, someone stops the bus. The bus driver lets the person on. Kora looks out the window, not seeing the person who got on. She winces as someoen puts their hand on her shoulder. She turns to see Andrew.

KORA:
Crap!

ANDREW:
(concerned)
Why did you run away?

KORA:
You can’t help me; please
stop trying!

ANDREW:
Protecting people is my job.
You need to tell me about
the man I saw you with.

KORA:
I can’t!

ANDREW:
You have to! I know you’re
scared, but it’s vital that
I know!

KORA:
I’m sorry, but I just can’t!

Andrew sighs.

ANDREW:
Then I’m going to have to
arrest you.

KORA:
What? Why?

ANDREW:
The other officers don’t believe
that there was a man on scene, he
left no evidence. As far as they’re
concerned, you’re the number one
suspect. And you fled the scene,
so that just adds to their evidence.

KORA:
You know I didn’t do this!

ANDREW:
Hey, if you don’t wanna tell me
things then I can’t help you! Do
you have something for me now?

Kora looks weary but says nothing. Andrew is angry.

ANDREW:
Well, then you’re going to jail.

He handcuffs her.

KORA:
Maybe it’s better this way. He can’t
hurt anyone if I’m alone in a cell
not talking to anyone.

ANDREW:
You prepared to lose your freedom
over that crap?

KORA:
You’re mad at me? This isn’t my
fault!

ANDREW:
It is your fault! You wouldn’t tell
me the truth, so now someone innocent
is going to jail while a guilty man
runs free! Come on! I hate doing this
to you, so let’s just get it over with.

Andrew escorts her off the bus.

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