The Obsessive, Part 10

INT. JAIL CELL. NIGHT.

Kora sits by herself staring out the barred window, looking at the stars. She hears the warden come in and turns around.

WARDEN:
Miss Nicodemus, you have a
visitor.

Kora gets up and Julian enters.

JULIAN:
It doesn’t look good, Kora.

KORA:
No, this is perfect. I’ll spend
the rest of my life in jail where
there is always someone with me.
He can’t get me here!

JULIAN:
So, you’re going to live the life
of a murderer and you think that’s
freedom?

KORA:
What else am I supposed to do?
He can feel things, but I’m pretty
sure he can’t actually die.

JULIAN:
There has to be a solution!
There’s always a way out!

KORA:
Yeah, I could die and hope that
in the next lifetime, I find a
solution!

JULIAN:
Don’t you dare contemplate
suicide! Look, the more evidence
you have at a trial, the better
chance you have of proving your
case. The more you find out about
this guy, the better chance you
have of finding out the weakness
to take him down.

KORA:
I got a list of Greek demigods
that live in the Underworld.
Skipper, he has to be on that
list! The police have the list.

JULIAN:
You’re lucky I’m your lawyer.

He opens his briefcase and shows her the list.

JULIAN:
Luckily I get a chance to review
the evidence against you. I’ll do
as much research as I can, but I
gotta start preparing for your
defense.

KORA:
Don’t do your research alone! He
killed that lady ’cause she gave
me a clue. He let you go once, but
if he finds out that you-

JULIAN:
We’re both going to live through
this! We’ll find a way to defeat
this guy, and I’ll be at your
fiftieth wedding anniversary in
the Bahamas!

Kora starts crying because she does not believe in it.

JULIAN:
I mean it! That’s what I picture
in your future! Not this! Don’t
lose faith in me! And especially
don’t give up on your future! That’s
what makes life worth fighting for!

Kora wipes her tears.

JULIAN:
I gotta go. I’ll see you soon,
okay Kora?

KORA:
Okay!

Julian squeezes her hand through the bars. The warden escorts Julian out. The warden is not gone long when he returns.

WARDEN:
Miss Nicodemus, you have more
visitors.

The warden lets in Harold and Merna.

HAROLD:
You owe us an explanation, young
lady.

Kora hesitates, trying to decide how much to tell them.

KORA:
I’m not a murderer, you know that!

MERNA:
Well, of course not! In my gut, I
know my baby isn’t a murderer! But
why would they think you were?

KORA:
Stuff is happening that is out of
my control! I’m trying to find
answers, but I don’t know what to do!

HAROLD:
Tell them the truth! You have nothing
to hide, right?

KORA:
Look, I don’t know how much Julian
would want me to tell you…

MERNA:
Of course, of course. But we just
need to have some justification for
bailing you out.

KORA:
What? Why would you do that?

HAROLD:
What? You wanna await trial in this
dank cell all by yourself? No, you’re
coming home.

MERNA:
But you’ll have to wait ’til tomorrow
’cause the bank isn’t open ’til nine.

HAROLD:
Now, we have to put the house up, so
you better not do anything to get
yourself in more trouble!

KORA:
You’re risking the house?

MERNA:
Do you know another way for us
to get a hundred thousand dollars?
Anyways, we just wanted to let
you know the plan. We’ll see you
in the morning!

KORA:
No! Don’t put up the house for
my bail!

HAROLD:
We’re doing it, end of discussion!
Goodnight, Kora!

Merna and Harold leave. Kora looks worried.

INT. JAIL CELL. NIGHT.

Kora is asleep on a bench. She hears the cell door open. She wakes up and looks confused.

KORA:
What’s going on?

ANDREW:
You’re being released.

KORA:
What? Why?

ANDREW:
There’s been another murder. You’re
connected, but you were in here all
night, so you’re obviously not guilty.

KORA:
He did this on purpose! He doesn’t
want me in the safety of this place!

ANDREW:
You’d be safe if you just told me
who is doing this.

KORA:
Who died?

ANDREW:
Some guy named Randy. He had some
wine-soaked blouse that turned out
to be yours.

KORA:
Oh god! I forgot about that blouse!

ANDREW:
If you won’t tell me, I’ll find a way
to get the information one way or
another.

KORA:
Can I go?

Andrew lets out a frustrated howl but steps aside to let her go. She sheepishly walks out.

EXT. DARK STREET. NIGHT.

Kora gets off the bus and walks down the street. It is cold enough for her to see her breath as she exhales. She hunches over from the cold weather. Once the bus takes off, the street is eerily silent. Kora walks quickly. She darts her eyes erratically and expectantly. She kicks a soda can on accident, pauses, and closes her eyes in dread. Nothing happens, so she goes on. She quickens her pace. Suddenly, Velos appears before her. Kora almost falls trying to stop and avoid crashing into him.

VELOS:
Now there is nothing keeping us
from leaving together.

KORA:
There is one thing-me! If you
don’t leave now, I’ll scream
and wake up everyone in the
neighborhood!

Velos appears behind her, covering her mouth. Kora tries to break free, but his grip is strong. Before he can magic them away, she bites his hand. He loosens his grip involuntarily, and she tries to dive out of his arms. He grabs her waist, so she turns over and knees him in the groin. The pain makes him let go, and Kora falls onto the cement pretty hard. She ignores her pain as Velos reaches for her again. She almost springs up, but Velos grabs her ankle. She kicks him in the face, and when his grip loosens, she runs away. Velos is angry.

VELOS:
I’m everywhere, you know! My
men and I have infiltrated
the minds of powerful people!
You can’t avoid me forever!

Kora disappears from his view.

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