Amouraq, Part 11

XAVIER:
What the-? I didn’t do
that! What’s going on?

The only door in and out of the room is vaporized by flames in a single second. A giant nymph (who is dressed in red and black, has long red hair with matching eyes, and wearing an angry expression) enters the room. She is the NYMPH QUEEN of evil, and her appearance makes Xavier nervous.

NYMPH QUEEN:
I, the Nymph Queen of Evil,
am royally pissed!

XAVIER:
Is this about the nymphs
that you lent me?

NYMPH QUEEN:
What do you think, you moron!
You promised me that all my
nymphs would return to me
unharmed!

XAVIER:
Well, I, uh, I didn’t know
that they would destroy
themselves! I mean, who
could’ve anticipated that?
And, and I never thought
that the stupid cose over
there could possibly-

She throws a fireball at him, but he ducks and it misses him. The room becomes dark and stormy, and the Nymph Queen becomes demon-like. Stephen doesn’t know what to think, and Xavier is scared witless because the Nymph Queen is as furious as possible.

NYMPH QUEEN:
You lost me my five most
powerful nymphs! You shall
pay with your blood and bones!

The Nymph Queen conjures a ball of light and is about to throw it at Xavier, but he makes himself disappear! The Nymph Queen looks less evil but still seems angry.

NYMPH QUEEN:
Noooo! No! No! No! Now I can’t
kill him, and I have no idea
where he is! It would’ve been
perfect; it would’ve been
sweet! Oh well, at least you’re
safe.

STEPHEN:
Me? You wanted to protect
me? The one who destroyed
your nymphs? What’s going
on here?

The nymph queen cleverly smiles at him. She snaps both of her fingers, and a cloud of smoke surrounds her while a clap of thunder sounds. When the smoke clears, in the queen’s position is Emily!

STEPHEN:
(jaw dropped)
Emily?

EMILY:
(smiling broadly)
Sorry I was so late. When
I rolled to escape the
warlocks, I bumped into one
of them, and he dropped my
magic book! I grabbed the
book and wordlessly turned
myself invisible. Yes, it
is possible to do that.
When the warlocks left the
room, I quickly looked
through the magic book and
found a spell that would
change me into whoever I
wanted. I thought for a
second and got the nymph
idea. I heard your cries
and came up to help as
quickly as the Nymph Queen’s
legs could take me!

STEPHEN:
(in awe of the brilliance of it)
You have totally perfected
this rescuing thing!

Emily grins at his praise. He weakly tries to get up, so Emily swishes her hand at him, which makes him get up quicker.

STEPHEN:
Well, we didn’t get Xavier
but we can take you to King
Patrick. You can be queen
now!

EMILY:
Wow, queen. I always knew
I was an heir, but I never
thought…Well, how could I
think I would with so many
heirs in front of me?
(beat)
I don’t think I’m ready for
this!

STEPHEN:
(steps towards her)
Trust me, you’re ready for
this, and you’re going to
make a great leader!

Emily flings her arms around him in a tight hug. Stephen hugs her back. After a moment, they feel awkward and let go.

EMILY:
Thank you!

STEPHEN:
My job’s not done yet, not
until we get Xavier. Speaking
of the devil, let’s get out
of this house immediately!

EMILY:
Yeah, I’m with ya.

EXT. THE SWIFT. NIGHT.

The king’s castle (named the Swift), which is made of a light grey stone but is warm and inviting, rests on a grassy knoll. A couple of KNIGHTS (who wear armor with the symbol of Amouraq on their chest) stand guard outside the heavy oak doors. They see Emily and Stephen coming from a distance, but they can’t tell who is coming yet.

KNIGHT 1:
Look! Coming out of that
forest! Who are they?

KNIGHT 2:
The girl looks kind of
familiar. Wait, why haven’t
I noticed that forest before?

KNIGHT 1:
Maybe you should see a
doctor.

KNIGHT 2:
No, seriously, have you
seen it before?

KNIGHT 1:
Actually, no I haven’t. I
don’t know why I didn’t
notice a large forest right
next to the place I work.
Maybe I should see a doctor.

KNIGHT 2:
No, the Swift is located at
the edge of Amouraq Isle. So
why would these two people
emerge from the forest that
never existed?

KNIGHT 1:
Wait a minute! Didn’t the
story behind King Alexander
say that after Alexander’s
victory against the Ryder
family, the Ryder family
sealed the forest until
their family chose to release
it?

KNIGHT 2:
You think that could be the
forest?

EMILY:
(shouts)
It is!

KNIGHT 2:
Emily? You’re not dead!

EMILY:
Did you think I was?

KNIGHT 1:
Well, yes, the news said
that your plane went down.
So, Xavier was in there?

STEPHEN:
Yes, mystery solved. Xavier
killed the other heirs and
had a brilliant idea of
hiding in a forest that no
one could find. He didn’t
lock it up again before he
got away. Don’t worry, we’ll
catch him. Emily and I got
through this, and now she’s
ready to take her place as
queen!

KNIGHT 2:
This is great news! King
Patrick is on his deathbed
as we speak, one of your
servants will show you up.

EMILY:
Servants?

STEPHEN:
Yes, people who serve you,
the queen of Amouraq.
(to the knights)
She’s not used to being
rich and powerful yet.

The two knights chuckle as Stephen and Emily enter the castle.

KNIGHT 1:
So, because this forest has
been magically sealed from
the rest of the world for
centuries, if a tree fell in
it, would it make a sound?

The second knight rolls his eyes.

INT. KING PATRICK’S CHAMBERS. NIGHT.

Stephen and Emily were brought to the king’s chambers by SIRIUS, a middle-aged Italian chef of the castle. The chambers was a room with a canopy bed draped in scarlet with matching curtains. There was also a painting of King Alexander, the king himself, and a map of Amouraq on the wall. All of the castle servants working that night huddled around his bed. When Stephen and Emily entered the room, CHOLANDA(a portly, African-Amouraqian maid) notices them in the door.

CHOLANDA:
Oh good! Stephen and Emily
are here! The king was
hoping to speak to you
before he passed.

Cholanda takes Stephen’s hand, who takes Emily’s hand, and brings them to the king’s bedside. KING PATRICK, despite his weak state, looks to be a strong but kind person. He must have anticipated this moment, for he is wearing an old fashioned kingly garb. When he sees Emily and Stephen’s appearance, he smiles warmly.

KING PATRICK:
Oh, thank the God in Heaven that
Amouraq will be okay! Emily, our
future queen, is ready to take my
place. Oh, and you must be the
secret agent I hired to keep her
safe. Amouraq is in great debt to
you.

STEPHEN:
Thank you, your highness, it
was a pleasure and honor
serving you, but my job isn’t
done yet, and believe me, I’ll
serve Emily with the same
integrity and conviction.

KING PATRICK:
As I foresaw that you would. I
want to say a few words to you
before I die. Emily, when you
take the throne, please rule
with kindness and valor. Keep
Amouraq the sparkling and
solid country that she is.

EMILY:
(near tears)
I promise I’ll do the best
I can to uphold the morals
of our past and keep our
future secure. I love Amouraq
and I will try to be a good
queen.

KING PATRICK:
You will be a great queen.
Don’t ever lose confidence
in that great heart of yours.
Valid though your fears may
be, and though you may sometimes
be taken by ill chance, I am
confident that your courage and
love will get your through all
of your worries and woes.
(to Stephen)
Stephen Knight, I thank you
for your courage to face
what you have never known,
and I praise your fortitude
for staying to finish your
job. I’m glad you’ll be here
to watch over Emily when I’m
gone. Don’t let her fall into
Xavier’s hands.

STEPHEN:
Upon my honor, I promise
that I will protect her.

KING PATRICK:
(smiling weakly)
You’re both such brave and
passionate souls. I wish
that I could live long
enough to see the two of
yours’ wedding.

STEPHEN:
Wedding? What?

KING PATRICK:
I can tell I don’t have much
longer here on Earth, so I
just want to leave telling
how much I love Amouraq and
all of you. My your loyalty
never waiver, and may you
serve Amouraq to guide her
to a future of success and
prosperity. Hard times may
come, but remember that as
long as you remain true to
yourself and the strength of
your heart, you can overcome
any obstacle. I will watch
over you always. Good-bye!

He makes a noise like a plunger and dies right there. Most of the people in the room are crying, and the rest are very solemn. Cholanda bursts into tears, and Sirius pats her on the back while trying to fight back tears of his own. Some of the servants can’t stand to be in the room anymore and run out crying. Emily has tears dripping down her cheeks, so Stephen gives her a hug. Some clergymen come in to move his body to the church, and everyone watched them leave in tears. They take a moment to remember King Patrick. After an appropriate amount of time, Emily speaks.

EMILY:
You may stay or leave, as
your wish. I just need a
room to be made for me.

SIRIUS:
We’ll see to at once, your
highness.

EMILY:
You don’t need to call
me that, just call me
Emily.

SIRIUS:
As you wish.

He, Cholanda, and most of the other servants leave. WAYNE (an energetic young servant) stayed to clean King Patrick’s room for the last time. He sees Emily standing there not knowing what to do and speaks to her.

WAYNE:
The funeral for King
Patrick is tomorrow, and
he wanted your coronation
ceremony to follow
immediately afterwards.
We’ve had it all ready for
several weeks now because
he knew it was coming.

EMILY:
Thank you, uh…

WAYNE:
Wayne.

EMILY:
Yes, thank you.

She unintentionally gets lost in the paintings on the wall. Stephen goes up to Wayne as he cleans.

STEPHEN:
Hey, was King Patrick
actually psychic?

WAYNE:
Yeah, he was always
surprisingly accurate.

Wayne watches Stephen raise his eyebrows in thought.

WAYNE:
Why?

STEPHEN:
No reason.

Stephen goes up to Emily and gives her a hug.

 

INT. AMOURAQ CHURCH. MIDDAY.

Amouraq’s biggest cathedral is located in the capital, Beaucoeur. It is made of an old, slightly jagged slate and is decorated in beautiful stained glass windows and gorgeous flowers. The pews are made of an old wood, and there is a red carpet lining the center to the platform, where there is a sermon podium along with King Patrick’s coffin. A large audience and some cameramen watch King Patrick’s funeral. Everyone is wearing black except for Emily (who’s wearing a lavish white dress) and the clergymen, who are also wearing white. After King Patrick’s body was laid to rest, Emily’s coronation ceremony (led by the CARDINAL) begins.

CARDINAL:
Emily Rebecca Pageman, will
you please join me on this
platform?

Emily rises and solidly walks over to the platform. She stands next to the cardinal.

CARDINAL:
Emily stands where King
Alexander and all of his
descendants have stood and
have taken an oath to the
throne. Emily, are you ready
to take this oath today?

EMILY:
I am.

CARDINAL:
Please kneel.

Emily kneels before him. The cardinal takes a bejeweled sword and points it on her right shoulder.

CARDINAL:
Do you promise to rule with
courage, love, and honor as
the Lord commanded?

EMILY:
I do.

The cardinal moves the sword to her left shoulder.

CARDINAL:
And do you promise to do
your best to bring about
peace and goodwill to the
world with your position,
as the Lord commanded.

EMILY:
I do.

The cardinal moves the sword back to her right shoulder.

CARDINAL:
Finally, do you, Emily,
promise to serve the people
with justice and never sway
your loyalty as the Lord
commanded?

EMILY:
I do.

CARDINAL:
Please rise, Emily.

Emily stands up facing him. The cardinal hands Emily the sword.

CARDINAL:
Now please face the people
you are about to serve.

Emily faces the people seated in the church. She sees Amelia dripping in tears, the servants looking proud, and Stephen with a mixture of both. The cardinal brings a golden crown with red velvet and green jewels. He steps onto a small step above Emily and holds the crown over her head.

CARDINAL:
With this vow, Emily is
now ready to rule with the
values of the Lord that
will enable her to be the
strongest, wisest, and most
kind leader in her power. I
now place this crown on your
head and proclaim to the
world that you are now
officially and legally leader
of Amouraq in the eyes of God
and your humble servants who
bear witness to this today.
Congregation, please kneel
before your queen.

Everyone attending got out of their seats and kneeled down.

CARDINAL:
Long live Queen Emily!

CONGREGATION:
Long live Queen Emily!

The crowd applauded, and Emily wiped away some tears.

CARDINAL:
(can’t help but add)
And may I say happy eighteenth
birthday!

CONGREGATION:
Here, here!

Emily chuckles as her friends and family go over to greet her.

EXT. UNKNOWN DARK ROOM. MIDDAY

Xavier has been watching this scene on a television in a completely dark room where the only lights were the television and a small candle. After watching Emily hug her grandmother and Stephen, he angrily turns off the television.

XAVIER:
That should’ve been me!

He is now completely shrouded in darkness save for the single candle, giving him an eerie glow.

XAVIER:
You think you’re safe and
secure now that you’ve gone
through your coronation
ceremony? Well, I’ve got
news for you and your cose,
sweet cheeks, you have no
idea who I have working for
me, and if I were you, I’d
watch my steps from now on.
Actually, if I were you, I
would just slit my throat
right now. You’re not gonna
like what I have planned.
All I need to do is figure
out how to communicate with
my servant.

He laughs wickedly and blows out his single candle.

 

INT. SWIFT BALLROOM. AFTERNOON.

A party is going on in the Swift ballroom in honor of Emily’s coronation/birthday. Though people are still mourning King Patrick’s death, they are also celebrating life going on with their new queen. Emily had been talking with Amelia, but she sees Stephen coming over with a package for her and goes over to him to receive it.

STEPHEN:
Happy birthday! Here, I
got you a present.

EMILY:
Aw, you didn’t have to
do anything! You’ve
already done so much!

Emily opens the package to see a necklace with a silver dragon encircling a golden heart.

EMILY:
Wow, it’s beautiful! The
symbol of Amouraq…What a
perfect day to get it!
Thank you!

She gives Stephen a quick hug in thanks.

EMILY:
Why are you giving this
to me now? Are you
leaving so soon?

STEPHEN:
I’m coming back. I’ve got
a job to do. I’ve just got
to go sign some papers with
the bride of Frankenstein.

He sees Emily giving him a confused look.

STEPHEN:
My boss, Pamela.

EMILY:
Oh.
(laughs)
So you’re going to abandon
me for a few hours so you
can go to Washington and
sign some papers?
(grins as in a joke)

STEPHEN:
How am I supposed to get
to Washington? You know
my plane went down!

They both grin.

STEPHEN:
I’ve just got to go receive
a fax, fill out some papers,
and send them back. It shouldn’t
take more than an hour. Besides,
as long as Xavier lives, I’ll
be here to protect you. I would
never abandon such an important
mission.
(beat)
Oh, I’ve been meaning to ask you
something I’ve been curious about…
How did you get those bimbos and
those warlocks to just disappear
like that?

EMILY:
Oh. I sent them to the
Valley of the Shadows.
There’s a spell where the
castor can send people of
his or her choosing to a
realm where people are
tortured for eternity.

STEPHEN:
Woah! I wonder why Xavier
doesn’t do that.

EMILY:
He’d rather torture them
himself.

STEPHEN:
Right, that makes sense.
Well, I’d better get
going. Talk to you later,
your highness!

EMILY:
I told you not to call
me that! I’m still Emily
to you!

STEPHEN:
Ha, ha, right! ‘Bye Emily.

EMILY:
‘Bye, Stephen.

Emily returns to her grandmother and shows her the necklace as Stephen starts to leave the party. He watches Emily, noticing that during this whole ordeal, he had forgotten how pretty she is.

STEPHEN:
(whispers)
I won’t let anything happen
to you, I promise!

As he exits, Emily watches him and smiles.

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