Forgotten Society, Part 16

INT. DRAGON REALM.

Miguel, Curtis, William, and the others creep in quietly. The GRAND DRAGON (who is extremely large, green, and scaly) is sleeping. Miguel silently instructs everyone to spread out. The dragon’s eyes suddenly open wide. He raises himself up to a menacing level. He lunges for them. People attack him from all sides, but the dragon has the ability to fight them all. Curtis sees the dragon about to crush one person, and he goes to help. Before he gets there, the dragon gets struck in the eye. Curtis sees the wound was dealt by William.

WILLIAM:
He can’t hurt us if he can’t see us!

CURTIS:
Somehow I doubt that.

The dragon regains himself, and the battle continues.

EXT. DANIEL’S ESTATE. DAY BREAK.

Renee moves among the battlers, searching.

RENEE:
Why don’t you come and fight,
you stupid, cowardly, son of a-!

She gets struck in chest. She falls down on her back.

BENJAMIN & TIFFANY:
No!

DANIEL:
You pathetic outlaws are no match for
me! Even if you do manage to win this
battle, you won’t have enough people
to fight the Grand Dragon!
(beat)
Wait, where is that Curtis guy?
And others are missing!

TIFFANY:
They died.

Daniel laughs. Everyone watches as he stands over Renee.

DANIEL:
You sinners just don’t get it! We
have already won! You need to be
controlled for your own good! Why
would you object? Don’t you want
to be free of crime? No, you probably
don’t. That’s the nature of animals. You’re
too late! You will learn to bow to me as I
become mayor then president then king!
Anyone who stands in my way will be taught
a hard lesson. You wanna rape my land? How
would you like it if I did that to you? You
wanna find out? Blonde girl, come here!

Benjamin and Kenneth hold Tiffany protectively.

DANIEL:
Submit to me, you bitch!

Right after he says this, a sword pierces right through his crotch. Renee stands up with a sword in her hand.

RENEE:
Who’s the bitch now?

Daniel fights Renee. Tiffany, Benjamin, Trina, John, and the remaining police barricade the rest of Daniel’s guards from getting to Renee. Renee pierces his knee, which makes him fall to his knees. Looking him in his hate-filled eyes, she cuts off his head. Her people cheer. It takes her a moment to register what just happened. She smiles and breathes easier.

JOHN:
Now what?

Renee turns to answer them.

INT. DRAGON REALM.

Miguel and his people are losing. Curtis has to hold open the dragon’s mouth so it does not eat him.

CURTIS:
Why won’t you die?

GRAND DRAGON:
Accept your doom!

Suddenly he sees a swarm of police officers storm in. The dragon focuses on them. Renee comes up to Curtis.

RENEE AND CURTIS:
You’re alive?

CURTIS:
You killed Daniel?

RENEE:
Yes, nice and gruesome! Not in a heroic
Disney-esque way either. How would
your Disney friends slay the-?

Before she can finish her sentence, the dragon grabs her with his claws. Curtis looks at his sword.

CURTIS:
Disney did have a dragon. Renee,
you’re a genius!

While the Grand Dragon taunts the others with his captive, Curtis climbs the cave walls.

CURTIS:
Hey! Hey! Dragon! Look at me,
mother fucker!

The dragon finally sees him. He stands on his hind legs to get him. Renee is still in his clutches. The dragon starts to lunge for Curtis, but Curtis throws his sword into the dragon’s heart. The dragon roars out in pain. The cave begins to shake, and rocks fall down. Everyone evacuates. The grand dragon forgets about Renee, who tumbles to the ground. Curtis grabs her hand, and they run out of the cave.

EXT. DRAGON LAIR ENTRANCE. DAWN.

When everyone is far enough away, they watch as the tiny dots that are the grand dragon’s eyes move about the cave. The light in his eyes go out, and rocks cover the cave’s entrance. Everything is still for a minute.

WILLIAM:
Is it over?

MIGUEL:
For a thousand years.

The thought now sinks, and everyone celebrates. Kenneth finds his children and hugs them tight. Trina finds John, who is holding his hand over a wound on his leg. He straightens up for her, and Trina smothers him with kisses. Curtis picks up Renee and spins her around.

RENEE:
Mother fucker? I love your new
dark side!

CURTIS:
I’ve always loved your dark side!
And your wit. And those sexy curves…

RENEE:
Prove it!

He kisses her, and she flings her arms around him and kisses back. William, Miguel, and Tiffany see them and smile.

INT. PRESIDENTIAL SUITE. EVENING.

Curtis, dressed in a tuxedo, sits on the couch and watches the news. It shows John in the delivery room holding his son. Trina lies on the bed, exhausted but exhilarated.

TIFFANY (OS):
And in other news, newly instated chief
of police, John Ryo, and his wife, Trina,
welcomed a new son into their life. I
think I speak for all of the DC area
when I say welcome home, little man.

The camera pans back to Tiffany, who is sitting at the news desk.

TIFFANY:
I’m Tiffany Cartwright.

The camera zooms out to William, who is sitting next to her.

WILLIAM:
And I’m William Washington. Good night!

The television goes to commercial. Curtis’s attention turns to the bathroom, where emerges Renee, who is wearing a beautiful white dress and light make up. Curtis stands up and goes to her.

CURTIS:
Wow!

Renee turns around and models for him.

RENEE:
I haven’t worn anything non-black
in so long! Do I look ridiculous?

CURTIS:
You look amazing!

He grabs her waist.

CURTIS:
But if you felt like taking it off,
I won’t stop you!

RENEE:
We’d be late for Mayor Miguel Trebla’s
inaugural ball!

CURTIS:
So? He’d understand!

Renee laughs and playfully hits him. They kiss. Curtis shuts off the television. They leave together, arm in arm. Their swords gleam over the doorway. Renee turns off the lights, and the room goes dark.

CUT TO CREDITS.

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Forgotten Society, Part 15

EXT. CROSSGROVE HOLLOW. EVENING.

Everyone convenes when they reach safe quarters.

MIGUEL:
First of all, I want to thank
Benjamin and his team for
rescuing us! And thank you
for bringing Tiffany to the hospital.

BENJAMIN:
Obliged we could help!

MIGUEL:
They’re expecting us to run down there,
and we won’t be able to pull off another
amazing escape. What we need is a red
herring, something to distract whatever
guards they may have in place long enough
for us to enter the dragon realm. Besides,
Thornprick Path, where else would they
need a lot of protection.

CURTIS:
Daniel’s home.

MIGUEL:
Yes! So, I want us to split up. One group
will storm Daniel’s home while the rest
fight the grand dragon. If one group
survives, go to the other location to
find the others. I’m going to the grand
dragon. Who wants to go to Daniel?

RENEE:
I do!

BENJAMIN:
I’ll go too.

Most of Benjamin’s group volunteers too.

MIGUEL:
The rest of you come with me.

CURTIS:
I-

MIGUEL:
They have their volunteers. We
need you in the lair.

The groups depart. Curtis looks back longingly at Renee. Renee too looks back for a moment but determinedly sets on her mission.

EXT. DANIEL’S ESTATE. NIGHT.

Renee leads the others to his new estate, which is small but swanky. Before they make a move, Tiffany arrives with a cast and TRINA (a pregnant Asian woman).

TIFFANY:
What are you doing here?

RENEE:
We’re going to kill Daniel.

BENJAMIN:
Tiffany! You’re okay!

He gives her a big hug.

BENJAMIN:
What are you doing out of the hospital
so soon?

TRINA:
She saved me from some guy who could
breathe out fire! Thank goodness I haven’t
gone into labor! Daniel is my neighbor.
What’s going on?

RENEE:
Dragon men are trying to build up power
here, but we’re cutting them off at the source.

DANIEL:
Is that so?

Daniel stands on his lawn with twice as many guards as Renee’s group. Everyone gets ready to fight.

EXT. DRAGON REALM ENTRANCE. NIGHT.

Miguel and his group climb up. Miguel notices Curtis looking a little glum, so he pulls him aside.

MIGUEL:
I need you to buck up.

CURTIS:
I know, but I just can’t help it.
What if I never see Renee again?

Miguel laughs softly.

MIGUEL:
You got her optimism now, huh? What
would you tell her if she had said that
to you?

CURTIS:
Quit thinking so negative! Even if one
of us doesn’t survive, I’ll always be
with you!

He braces himself on a rock, trying to hold back some tears. Miguel pats him on the back and keeps moving.

CURTIS:
(quietly)
Please don’t die!

He steels himself up. He joins the others. They take a deep breath and enter the cave-like tunnel.

EXT. DANIEL’S ESTATE. NIGHT.

A battle rages on. Renee’s team puts up a skillful fight against the dragon men. At one point, JOHN (Trina’s husband) sees his wife involved in this battle. He grabs a gun out of his car and joins in.

JOHN:
Trina, baby, are you alright?

TRINA:
Don’t worry about me! I’m a survivor,
you know that! Just don’t you die on
me! I’m not raising this baby alone!

John laughs. He gives Trina his gun.

JOHN:
I’m calling my men for back up, and
I’ll be back in a sec.

They kiss, and he goes to the radio in his car. As they battle, Renee watches Trina and John longingly.

TIFFANY:
You’ll get your chance to say
good-bye to him!

RENEE:
To who?

TIFFANY:
Curtis. Isn’t it obvious, he’s crazy
about you!

Before she can respond, they get separated by fire.

Forgotten Society, Part 14

INT. PRESIDENTIAL SUITE. DAY.

A bunch of people from all over the world are inside the presidential suite watching the news. Renee, Curtis, Miguel, William, and Tiffany are also there. A news anchor appears to cover the story.

ANCHOR MAN:
Investigators have discovered a mass group
of sinners and criminals at the Morning Star
apartments. Therefore, there will be no
further investigation into the attack.

People react with anger and shock.

ANCHOR MAN:
Daniel is calling for police to find the
whereabouts of the survivors to bring
them to justice.

People react with fury.

AMERICANS:
That’s bullshit!

ENGLISHMEN:
That’s rubbish!

HAITIANS:
Beaucoup de mairde!

IRISH MAN:
(to the main five)
These people are heroes! Look at
them, lining up their photos like
they’re terrorist leaders!

FIREMAN 1:
That man saved our lives.

DAD:
She saved my daughter!

MIGUEL:
They are calling all of you our partners
in crime. This chaos and control is going
to escalate if we don’t act quickly. Daniel
and his men aren’t human. They are
dragons using human skin. There’s only
one way to stop them. We need to round
up as many people as we can to slay
the grand dragon. We must do this as
quickly as possible.

The people in the room, already teeming with adrenaline, readily agree. The five also prepare to leave.

EXT. CROSSGROVE HOLLOW. EVENING.

Everyone walks through the forest with trepidation.

RENEE:
(whispers)
I have a bad feeling about this.

CURTIS:
(whispers)
I know, but hope for the best.
(beat)
If something does happen, I just
wanna tell you that-

He is cut off when a SWAT team ambushes them. Some surround the rebels while others arrest them.

INT. TERRORIST CELL ONE. EVENING.

The room is an empty, stone-walled cell with a chained chair in the center. A couple of officers toss Miguel into the room.

INT. TERRORIST CELL TWO. EVENING.

A couple of officers throw William in.

INT. TERRORIST CELL THREE. EVENING.

A couple officers throw Tiffany in.

INT. TERRORIST CELL FOUR. EVENING.

A couple officers throw Renee in.

INT. TERRORIST CELL FIVE. EVENING.

A couple of officers throw Curtis in. They chain him to the chair.

OFFICERS:
Are you Curtis?

CURTIS:
I am Stevens!

INT. TERRORIST CELL TWO. EVENING.

OFFICER 2:
What were you doing in Crossgrove Hollow?

WILLIAM:
Go to hell!

The officer slaps him, but William barely reacts.

INT. TERRORIST CELL THREE. EVENING.

OFFICER 3:
We know you’re guilty. There’s no
use in continuing to lie.

TIFFANY:
If you know the story, then why do
you need me?

INT. TERRORIST CELL ONE. EVENING.

OFFICER 4:
We want to know where you’re
hiding the other survivors.

MIGUEL:
Go figure it out yourself! I’ll die
before I tell.

The officer gets in his face.

OFFICER 4:
That can be arranged!

INT. TERRORIST CELL FOUR. EVENING.

Renee sits defiantly. An officer points a gun at her head.

OFFICER 5:
Any last words you want on
public record?

RENEE:
You’re full of shit, and you smell
like piss!

The officer cocks his gun. Before he can shoot it, BENJAMIN (Tiffany’s older brother) bursts in with a bunch of other vigilantes. They kill the officer and free Renee.

BENJAMIN:
My father said you were in trouble.
Tiffany has a police radio or something,
so he heard…

RENEE:
We don’t have a lot of time! Let’s move!
They run out.

INT. TERRORIST CELL TWO. EVENING.

Renee, Benjamin, and the others burst in. The officer drops his weapon and surrenders. A couple of people keep their weapons on him. They free William and run out.

INT. TERRORIST CELL THREE. EVENING.

They go in to see that Tiffany has been cut and passed out. They kill the officer. William wraps a tourniquet for her. He and a couple of others carry her out. The rest go back for the others.

INT. TERRORIST CELL ONE. EVENING.

They burst in and see Miguel arguing vehemently with the officer. They kill the officer and free Miguel. They leave.

INT. TERRORIST CELL FIVE. EVENING.

When everyone bursts in, the officer holds a knife to Curtis’s throat.

OFFICER 1:
Leave, or he dies!

Everyone stands still, unsure what to do, except Renee, who walks up to him silkily.

RENEE:
Relax. We don’t want any trouble.
Surely, there must be something we
can do to work this out.

Renee caresses his arm.

OFFICER 1:
You’re hot, but I got strict orders to-

Renee grabs the knife and stabs the officers eye. As they free Curtis, the officer pulls the knife out. His eye comes with it. He screams. They all run out.