Temca Academy, Part 4

EXT. DOG HOUSE. LATE NIGHT.

Anielle, Toci, and Joshua run outside and find the laundry room window, which is partially underground. CUT TO George eying some potion. CUT BACK to Anielle.

ANIELLE:
Don’t touch that, you mook!
Help us with the window.

George pushes down the window while the other three pull. They open it as much as they can.

TOCI:
You know what, this is okay.
He can squeeze through this.

GEORGE:
I’ll try.

He climbs through but gets stuck halfway through.

ANIELLE:
Come on! Suck in that beer
gut!

GEORGE:
I don’t have a beer gut! I’m
an all star athlete! I got
into Temca on a broom football
scholarship.

JOSHUA:
Oh, ignore her. She’s just
cranky because they switched
her to dry food.

Anielle glares at Joshua, but they grab George’s hands and help pull it out. Eventually, they succeed, which makes everyone cheer.

TOCI:
We did it! Now let’s go inside!
It’s freezing!

ANIELLE:
It’s a little chilly, but it’s
not freezing. In New York, it
gets to-

TOCI:
Yeah, but I’m Cuban; we don’t
deal with anything cold unless
it’s a mojito!

ANIELLE:
What’s a mojito?

JOSHUA:
It’s a non-magical drink.

ANIELLE:
I should’ve guessed!

GEORGE:
I don’t feel so good!

He runs to the corner, trying to make it to the trashcan. Toci, Anielle, and Joshua run after him, expecting to see him throw up. Instead, they see him standing very still, forgetting he was sick. The other three see it too. A hooded figure in a brown cloak stands before a small, black cauldron. A bright green liquid froths as the figure mutters an enchantment. Suddenly, the cauldron explodes, and a bunch of small but frightening creatures run in all different directions. The four are too scared and confused to really react. One of the creatures runs up to Anielle and smiles wickedly. Anielle kicks it, making it fly into a tree. The hooded figure walks towards them, and they huddle together in a protective manner. The hooded figure’s face can be seen, and it is Babelsama.

BABELSAMA:
So, you saw the whole thing, huh?
Well, I don’t care! You can know
my plan since it has already
begun, and there’s nothing you
can do about it. I have released
the fear mongers!

He expects to get a reaction, but they look at him blankly.

BABELSAMA:
You know, the fear mongers!
(sighs)
You kids obviously didn’t pay
attention to your magical
zoology class! The fear
mongers slowly poison everyone
with fear. Soon, everyone
will controlled by their fears,
and while their fears consume
them, they will be easy targets
of submission. They’ll hear
that I, Babelsama, am the only
cure, and I will rule the world!

The four do not know how to react at first.

TOCI:
That’s crazy!

BABELSAMA:
You think so, huh?

TOCI:
Yes, that’s why I said that.
Those monsters look annoying,
but you think everyone is
going to be-

BABELSAMA:
Bah! These fear mongers change
form so no one will even be
aware of their presence. When
they least suspect it, the
fear mongers will manipulate
the surroundings to present
them with whatever they fear
the most.

JOSHUA:
People face their fears all
the time though! I think
people are braver than you
think.

BABELSAMA:
(laughs derisively)
That’s the beauty of it; most
people are too weak and cowardly
to face their worst fears. The
strong and brave are only a
select few.
(laughs again)

ANIELLE:
What if we killed all the fear
mongers?

Babelsama looks worried for a second but changes his mind.

BABELSAMA:
Good luck! Even if you find a
couple of them, you have twenty
total to get rid of! They could
look like anything-people, trees,
furniture. Young people! Always
convinced you can make a difference!

He laughs and starts to leave. He sees the fear monger Anielle kicked.

BABELSAMA:
Nineteen to find. Whatever.

ANIELLE:
We’re not afraid of you!

BABELSAMA:
You should be!

He tries to leave again.

TOCI:
Did you ever think you haven’t
gotten laid in a while because
you are evil? And very bald!

Babelsama walks up to their faces.

BABELSAMA:
You can insult me all you
want, but you will-

George throws up on him.

GEORGE:
Sorry! Wait, no I’m not!

BABELSAMA:
Ick! I’m gonna have to bring
this in to a clothing sorcerer!
I hate college students!

He finds a vortex and disappears.

GEORGE:
So…what now?

ANIELLE:
Look, we are the only ones
who know about the problem,
and probably the only ones
who will believe it. So, we
gotta work together and solve
this problem! For now, we will
just have to keep an eye out
for unusual behavior.

JOHSUA:
This is college. Define unusual.

ANIELLE:
You know, a-typical for our
peers.

TOCI:
So, how would we know if a
fear monger is there?

ANIELLE:
There’s pictures of the college
on the school’s website. We can
take a snapshot of everything and
compare what’s new. But we don’t
gotta worry about that right now.
Let’s just go to bed. Maybe I’ll
wake up and find this was just a
bad dream. I can’t imagine the
world depending on a hippy, a
dumb jock, and an alcoholic!

JOSHUA:
Not to mention a spoiled brat.

TOCI:
Ugh, it’s so cold! Good night!
She leaves. George follows her.

ANIELLE:
(to Joshua)
I don’t like you.

JOSHUA:
(sarcastically)
No!

Anielle leaves in a huff. Joshua rolls his eyes and follows.

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