Temca Academy II, Part 14

INT. MADAME FATE’S ROOM.

The room looks like a dark, dank studio apartment. It has all the comforts of a home except for windows. There is a cage at the end of it where Joshua is. Babelsama is already there and smiles.

BABELSAMA:
Welcome to eternity!

They here a whoosh outside.

BABELSAMA:
I’m a resident here, and I welcomed
you, so your spirit guide went away.

TOCI:
But you’re not dead yet!

BABELSAMA:
Yet? I will be immortal!

Anielle, George, and Toci pull out their scepters. Babelsama leers.

BABELSAMA:
Don’t you think Dudley Dooright here
tried that already? Scepters don’t work
here! Only these!

Babelsama points a pitchfork at them, which sends them flying into the cage.

JOSHUA:
Hi babe!

ANIELLE:
I missed you!

BABELSAMA:
No! No happy reunion scenes! You’re
going to wait here for my girlfriend.

TOCI:
Can’t you just kill us now and get it
over with?

BABELSAMA:
No. I can’t interfere with Fate. We’re
just going to keep here so you don’t
interfere with the take over. Then you’ll
live out your lives of misery.

GEORGE:
Not that I wanna die, but wouldn’t it be
easier if you just killed us?

BABELSAMA:
No. On Earth, you can be miserable. But
if you die, you goody-goodies will go to
Heaven, and I’d rather see you suffer!

There is a knock on the door. Babelsama opens it to see Peace Officers.

BABELSAMA:
Ugh! Why do you guys always call
the PO’s?

Meretrice appears.

MERETRICE:
They didn’t. I did. And I can let them
in since I’m half goddess.

BABELSAMA:
Yes, well too bad none of you are
any use against this!

Babelsama points the pitchfork at them, and they all get crammed into the cage. There is not a lot of room left.

BABELSAMA:
Now, as we wait for Fate, would you guys
like something to eat?

He shows them a tray of appetizers.

BABELSAMA:
What? I’m not going to kill you. I’m an
excellent cook. Ask him!
(points to Joshua)

JOSHUA:
It’s true, he is.

A couple of people sample his platter. Madame Fate enters.

MADAME FATE:
You all are fools! Even if you kill
my earthly body, I will be reborn
again as an entirely different person
but with the same spirit.

MERETRICE:
Hey! I’m your daughter-why did I
get trapped?

MADAME FATE:
Babelsama’s mistaken murder of your
friend doesn’t matter anymore! You’re
in the cage, and I’m in control! Now
tonight I-

Babelsama burps. There is some spit, which he wipes off.

MADAME FATE:
Gross. Anyways, tonight, it is foretold
that we will conceive a child again! And
this one will live! So, nice try, heroes,
but game over, we win! Come, Babelsama,
let us fornicate so we may take our rightful
place on Earth!

They head into the bedroom. Everyone except Anielle turns away in disgust, trying not to listen. Meretrice looks to Anielle.

MERETRICE:
You don’t think that burp was…?

ANIELLE:
Wait for it, wait for it…

Beat. Madame Fate screams in disgust. Babelsama comes out of the room with his clothes disheveled.

MADAME FATE:
Where did you get that STD?

BABELSAMA:
Oh no! That party! I got all hazy and
I thought I dreamt of sleeping with a
younger version of you!

MADAME FATE:
Younger version of me?

She looks over to Meretrice, who smiles and waves.

MERETRICE:
I used to wonder why I was abandoned
as a baby and why I always felt like I had
eyes watching me. Now it all makes sense.
I’m glad I didn’t grow up here! But, one
question remains-who’s my father?

MADAME FATE:
Oh, some other idiot that tried to take
over the world. I can’t control Fate, I
only interpret it. The Big Man upstairs
gives you options, and it’s up to you what
to do about it, how far you can reach.
(to Anielle)
You were gonna end up a crazy cat lady
only if I succeeded. I guess I can’t avoid
Fate any more than the rest of you. I’m
gonna scrap this rusty old body and be
reborn again in a hundred years when this
really hot guy wants to take over the world!

Madame Fate takes her pitchfork and releases everyone.

MERETRICE:
I’m gonna need a death certificate
from you.

MADAME FATE:
Of course.

BABELSAMA:
What about me?

MADAME FATE:
You’re not gonna be popular
on campus anymore. Go ahead,
officers, arrest him.

The Peace Officers arrest him.

BABELSAMA:
(to the main four)
Don’t get too comfortable;
I will be back!

ANIELLE:
Back in Hell, certainly.
(to the officers)
Oh, he can turn into a bat;
that’s how he escaped last time.

Babelsama growls. The Peace Officers leave. Anielle, Toci, George, and Joshua follow happily.

EXT. FAUK CLUB. NIGHT.

Everyone is waiting for the ceremony to start. Joshua gets on stage.

JOSHUA:
Hello! I’m still alive, but I’d like to
inform you that Babelsama was
responsible for not only my kidnapping
but the murder of an innocent woman.
So sorry, your cult is gonna have to
disband.

BRUNETTE GIRL:
We’re not a cult! We are an organization
that moves to follow a glorious leader…
(beat)
Oh damn, we are a cult!

Everyone walks away disappointed.

ALBERTO:
Does that mean I’m not gonna
sleep with someone famous?

ANIELLE:
Famous, no. But have you met
my friend Circe?

Circe hears her name and comes over to her.

ANIELLE:
Circe, meet Alberto.

CIRCE:
Hi!

ALBERTO:
Hello!

EXT. BROOM FOOTBALL FIELD. NIGHT.

Toci, George, Anielle and Joshua walk across the field, not seeing the Peace Officers on the other end.

JOSHUA:
I thought I was gonna be a year
behind on my classes, but they said
since I helped improve their policies
that they’ll omit some of my classes!
At least after all this they’re gonna
start treating every murder equally.

Cassius walks up to them.

CASSIUS:
I’m really sorry I put your life
in danger, Frederick. If it makes
you feel any better, I was demoted
to Crime Solver Assistant.

JOSHUA:
It helps a little.

CASSIUS:
Anyways, can you identify this body?

They walk over to see Blanche’s body.

TOCI:
We just know her name is Blanche. How
did she die?

CRIME SOLVER:
It appears she fell off her broom
after crashing into that goal post.

GEORGE:
Awwww!
(whispers to Toci)
Is it bad if I’m not sorry she’s gone?
I mean, we just saw how happy
she is now!

JOSHUA:
(to Anielle)
Psst! Let me steal you for a minute!

ANIELLE:
Okay!

Anielle and Joshua leave. Chad enters, frantically looking for Toci. Toci finds him and runs up to him.

TOCI:
Chad!

She throws her arms around him and kisses him.

CHAD:
I heard about your rescue mission,
and I was certain I was going to lose
you! Tell me, when you were in Hell,
did you notice if premarital sex was
still a sin or not?

TOCI:
As long as it’s consensual and we’re
not related.

She hugs him gleefully.

EXT. BOTANICAL GARDEN. NIGHT.

Joshua leads her to a bridge over a small botanical garden. Strings of lights are hung along the trees, making a romantic glow. Joshua faces Anielle.

JOSHUA:
Anielle, there was something I wanted
to tell you before our little adventure.
I love you so much! You save me from
eternal torment, both literally and
figuratively. No one else had made me
feel this happy, this hopeful, this loved.
Before anything else crazy, happens I
want to give you something so you know
that no matter what happens, I will always
feel this way!

Joshua reaches into his pocket and gets down on one knee. Anielle gasps in anticipation. Joshua fights back joyful tears.

JOSHUA:
Will you marry me?

ANIELLE:
(crying)
Yes, of course!

He puts the ring on her, and they share a passionate embrace. There is a flash of light, and they look over to see George taking a picture.

GEORGE:
That was hot! Can you kiss her like
that again so I can get it from a
different angle?

ANIELLE:
Shut up, you perv!

GEORGE:
Congratulations dude!

He hugs Joshua then Anielle.

GEORGE:
I’m going to throw you a fiesta,
amigos!

INT. DOG HOUSE. NIGHT.

A party unfolds to celebrate the engagement. Toci comes up to Anielle with a big grin on her face.

ANIELLE:
Oh no, why are you so happy?

TOCI:
I did it!

GEORGE:
O-day-lays!

TOCI:
Ugh! You have to ruin everything!
Look, you don’t have to “act” Mexican
-you are Mexican! Just act like yourself
and stop trying to be a stereotype!

George sits down sadly as the girls go off to gossip. MARNIE (slim, Asian, good looking, casually dressed) sits next to him.

MARNIE:
What’s wrong?

GEORGE:
Apparently I’m not being a good
Mexican!

MARNIE:
Oh, I hear that! My parents always
expect me to be a brainiac, like they
expect all Asians to grow up to be a
healer or accountant. But all I wanna do
is play Air Softball and drink beer! I’m
supposed to dress like a geisha, be all
proper and virginal. Sometimes all I
want is a good lay!

George looks at her with interest.

GEORGE:
My name is George.

MARNIE:
I’m Marnie.

They shake hands and smile at each other.

EXT. DOG HOUSE. MORNING.

Anielle, George, Joshua, and Toci wake up on the lawn. George is in his boxers, Toci has a clump of plants in her hands and pockets, and Anielle and Joshua have switched clothes.

TOCI:
What happened?

GEORGE:
Ooh, I got Marnie’s phone number!

TOCI:
Who’s Marnie?

GEORGE:
I have no idea! She better be hot!

JOSHUA:
What’s this? A business card for Meretrice’s
House of Love. Oh, must’ve taken over Madame
Fate’s old shop and became a madame. I love
how it has bookstore in quotes.

ANIELLE:
Well, let’s go pack and go home. Hopefully
the skies are clear and Babelsama doesn’t
ambush us on the way home! I hope his
next lair is some place nice, like a tropical
beach!

JOSHUA:
As long as he doesn’t interrupt our wedding,
I’m good!

TOCI:
Do you really thing he’ll be back again?

ALL:
Yes!

They laugh, get up, and walk inside. There is a glimmer in the sky. Scotty walks by and hisses at it. The glimmer fades away.

CUT TO CREDITS.

Temca Academy II, Part 5

INT. ANIELLE AND TOCI’S ROOM. NIGHT.

Toci is tending to one of her plants in a very skimpy outfit. Anielle puts on her sneakers to complete her cheerleader ensemble (which is red and black with a black cat logo). Toci hums.

ANIELLE:
Are you in a good mood because
you think your slutty outfit is
going to work?

TOCI:
I’m happy because the weekend is
here. Aren’t you?

ANIELLE:
I don’t get a weekend. I have cheer practice
tonight and work Saturday and Sunday. It’s
a pain, but I gotta work because my dad won’t
give me spending money anymore. Then again,
I wonder what the point of having spending money
if I don’t have time to spend it!

Joshua enters wearing a junior crime solver outfit. Toci is about to leave when she sees him.

TOCI:
Going to work, huh?

JOSHUA:
Yeah. I can give you a ride to
Sepia Street since it looks like
we’re both about to work there.

Toci does not seem offended but still glares at him.

TOCI:
Wish me luck!

ANIELLE:
No. It’s just too ridiculous.
But have fun!

TOCI:
Oh, I will. Believe me, I will have fun!

Toci leaves.

ANIELLE:
You’re going to work on Sepia Street on
a Friday night? Isn’t it one of their busiest
nights?

JOSHUA:
Yes, which is why I’m going tonight-more
potential witnesses. Plus, I wanna have my
Saturday night free to whisk you away to
a nice dinner.

ANIELLE:
What’s the occasion?

JOSHUA:
Your glamorous new job! Do I need
a reason to spoil you?

ANIELLE:
Just be careful, okay?

JOSHUA:
What’s the fun in that?
(beat)
Now, I better go before I rip
that sexy outfit off you.

GEORGE (OS):
Olé!

ANIELLE:
Okay, bye you!

JOSHUA:
See you soon, babe!

They kiss and Joshua leaves. George (wearing his broom football uniform) comes in.

GEORGE:
Ready to go?

ANIELLE:
No. I mean, I will, but I kind of feel
rooted to the spot. It’s like that kiss
was the last one I’d have with him.

GEORGE:
Oh, I see. Now you think you’re
Madame Fate?

ANIELLE:
Ugh! If I hear about that hag one
more time today…I’ll …
(beat)
I don’t know!

GEORGE:
Okay…let’s va-man-ohs!

ANIELLE:
Vamenos. Even I know that, and I’m
Irish-Italian!

They leave.

INT. DRAGON HEART SHOES. LATE AFTERNOON.

BG-a small store with shoe boxes lining the walls and a few display shelves. Anielle is sitting behind the register looking really bored while Circe has her head against the wall.

CIRCE:
That’s the third time today! Madame
Fate said this guy was going to work
for a glorious new leader that will
surface at Temca!
(squeals)
Oh, it’s so exciting to work next
door to a real psychic!

Anielle snorts in disbelief.

CIRCE:
Everyone on campus is talking about
getting a reading done. I have her
booked in two weeks! When are you
getting yours?

ANIELLE:
When I sprout wings and fly into a rainbow!

CIRCE:
I’ve always wanted to do that!

Anielle rolls her eyes. The door opens with a jingle and SCOTTERINA (a very large woman wearing designer clothes and carrying designer shopping bags) walks in. Circe doesn’t move so Anielle goes to tend to her.

ANIELLE:
Welcome to Dragon Heart Shoes. How
may I help you?

SCOTTERINA:
Yes, do you have the purple heels with
the dirt protection spell?

ANIELLE:
Yes, it’s right in front of you.

SCOTTERINA:
Oh, so it is! Can you hand it to me?

ANIELLE:
Okay…

Anielle walks over and hands her the shoe that is right in front of her.

SCOTTERINA:
Do you have it in a size eight?

ANIELLE:
That is a size eight. You can try them on.

Scotterina sits down in a chair that barely holds her weight. Anielle grabs the shoe and stoops down. She raises her eyebrows as she sees her feet are obviously bigger than a size eight. She takes off her shoe and tries to hide her disgust at the smell. She barely squeezes the shoe on.

SCOTTERINA:
Oh, that’s perfect! I’ll take them!

ANIELLE:
Great! That will be fifty pieces.

SCOTTERINA:
Fifty pieces! No, thank you! If you
have any sales, go down to Scotterina’s
Furniture and ask for the owner. Then I’ll
buy them!

She puts her old shoe back on and leaves.

ANIELLE:
That is the sales price! She won’t like
it when they go back to eighty!

She picks up the shoes she tried on and sprays some cleanser potion on it.

CIRCE:
(sings)
Working hard is fun to do with a friend!

ANIELLE:
I hate this job!

INT. ANIELLE AND TOCI’S ROOM. NIGHT.

Anielle is waiting on her bed in nice clothes. Toci enters carrying two small boxes, one of which smells badly.

TOCI:
You’re probably wondering what’s
in the boxes.

ANIELLE:
With you, I try not to ask.

TOCI:
I found some non-magical food that
will turn him on without it being date
rape! Dark chocolate and oysters!

ANIELLE:
Don’t serve them at the same time!

TOCI:
Duh. Hey, look at you all dressed up!
Where are you off to?

ANIELLE:
Probably nowhere. I haven’t seen or
heard from Joshua since last night.
He hasn’t come back to the Dog House
in almost twenty-four hours, and he
won’t respond to my messages.

TOCI:
Maybe he pulled an all nighter at work.

ANIELLE:
Sergeant Cassius hasn’t heard from him
either. If he doesn’t respond in an hour,
he says he’ll be considered a missing person
and his case will be turned over to a crime
solver to find him!

TOCI:
Oh, Anielle!

Toci tries to give Anielle a hug, but Anielle recoils.

ANIELLE:
I appreciate the thought, but you wreak!

TOCI:
What are you going to do?

ANIELLE:
I’m going to look for him. I don’t trust his
peace officer department. First, they hand
off a murder case to a junior crime solver and
then they let him work Sepia Street without any
back up or messages to check on him until a day
later. It’s like they’re trying to punish him for
caring about a crime they deemed unimportant!
Plus, I can’t say why yet, but I think Madame
Fate is connected to it.

TOCI:
She’s just a psychic!

ANIELLE:
She’s meddling with Temca! She puts up
posters in the middle of the night, becomes
popular on campus rapidly, and then starts
telling people they’ll work for a glorious new
leader. That’s the exact kind of thing Babelsama
would do!

TOCI:
Wait, so you think Madame Fate and
Babelsama kidnapped your boyfriend to
stop him from investigating the death of
that prostitute? That’s a little-

ANIELLE:
Don’t call me crazy! You’re the one
trying to seduce your boyfriend with
dead fish!

TOCI:
Fair enough. So, when do we start looking
for him?

ANIELLE:
We?

TOCI:
You know George and I will help you.
We’re his friends too. Besides, even if
you do something nutty, we’ll be doing
it with you cuz we’re friends, and we
stick by each other no matter what!

ANIELLE:
Thanks! Where’s George?

TOCI:
He said something about a blind date…

Temca Academy II: Child of Destiny, Part 1

EXT. MADAME FATE’S SHOP. MIDNIGHT.

A bat soars through the night sky and down towards the streets. BG-a row of shops whose signs are unreadable because of the darkness. The buildings are old but well maintained and the streets are empty except for the bat. The bat tries to fly inside an open window, misses, and hits the wall. He lays down in the street in a daze. The door opens, and a hand swoops it in. The light turns on in the shop, and all that is seen is two silhouettes. One is a stout, pudgy woman, and the other is a tall, thin man.

BABELSAMA:
I did it! It has been done.

MADAME FATE:
Wow, that was really fast!

BABELSAMA:
Ugh, I am so tired of you saying that!

MADAME FATE:
This time it’s a good thing! Now that is done,
we can begin phase two of the plan. Let’s go
to my place. I’ve finished cleaning, so I just
need my…supplies…

The lights turn off. A cat walks by, and a crash from within the shop sends the cat scurrying off.

MADAME FATE (OS):
You idiot!

BABELSAMA (OS):
You didn’t “see” that coming?
(beat)
Ouch!

Silence indicates their departure.

EXT. LEILA’S PORCH. AFTERNOON.

JOSHUA (brunette, slightly curled hair, gray eyes, medium toned skin, and in shape physique) comes up to a front porch. BG-a fairly large home with white paneled walls, blue shutters, and a door with a red brick archway. The pathway leading to the house is made of the same brick. The lawn is well kept and shrubs line the house. The white wooden fence has two balloons tied to it. Joshua knocks on the door. After a moment, the door opens and the sound of a dozen rambunctious kids greets him along with RAMONE (good looking, Hispanic, short curly hair, dark eyes, and a decent build). Ramone looks exhausted.

RAMONE:
Oh, thank God! Another adult! My wife thought
it was a good idea to play Fly Tag in the house!
(imitates wife)
Oh, they could fly over the fence and get lost
or hurt!
(back to normal)
Yeah, great, now their brooms are knocking
down all our furniture! I think your friends
are avoiding the chaos. I don’t know where
they’re hiding, but every time I try to look,
one of those imps breaks something!

JOSHUA:
When I find them, I ‘ll have them come help.

RAMONE:
Bless you! Come on in. Welcome to my
nightmare!

The sound of glass breaking is heard. Ramone runs over to the sound, cursing in Spanish. Joshua enters.

INT. GUEST BEDROOM. AFTERNOON.

BG-a fairly plain room with a bed, bureau, and a window. There is a couple of suitcases there and various items spread out. ANIELLE (good looking, fair skinned, golden brown eyes, and a curvy physique) sits on a bed with TOCI (sexy, Cuban, bohemian dresed).

TOCI:
I mean, can you believe that?

ANIELLE:
Um, yeah. Why not?

TOCI:
I don’t get it.

Joshua enters.

JOSHUA:
What’s going on?

TOCI:
Okay, you’re a guy, you tell me if this sounds
abnormal. I went on a date with Chad. You
remember Chad? He was in Anielle’s class before
she changed majors. Anyways, he took me to the
state fair, which I thought would be cool cuz I know
like ten places to sneak a little nookie in. But he just
stuck to the rides and games! He bought me a giant
pretzel and won me this mini dragon, and that’s it!
I thought maybe he just doesn’t like to do it in
public, but when he dropped me off, he kissed my
cheek and said good night!

JOSHUA:
(sarcastically)
Oh my God! What a jerk!

TOCI:
No! There’s something wrong with him!
He didn’t try to seduce me! I even bent
down and showed off my ass-nothing!

JOSHUA:
Well, that’s pretty normal. As a general rule,
if a guy respects a girl, he waits to have sex
with her.

TOCI:
That doesn’t make any sense!

JOSHUA:
We can’t focus on two things at once.
If we wanna get to know your mind,
we can’t think about your body. When
we get a sexy thought, we become pretty
useless.

ANIELLE:
Plus, he believes in waiting til marriage.

JOSHUA:
Well, there you go. What did you expect?

TOCI:
I’m making it my person mission to take
his virginity! It’s not fair! You two had sex
before you officially went on a date!

ANIELLE:
If you two almost die in a battle against a
notorious villain, then maybe he’ll consider
it. Hey, maybe Babelsama will even break
out of jail and try to murder you during a date!

JOSHUA:
Oh, don’t say that! I’m starting as Junior Crime
Solver this semester and I don’t wanna worry
about fighting his demons while I’m arresting
idiots. I know it’s a lot of tedious work solving
petty crimes, but at least I don’t gotta scrub
toilets to earn my tuition money anymore.

LEILA (OS):
Hey, wherever you three are, you better
get down here!

Toci leaves right away. Anielle starts to leave, but Joshua grabs her hand.

JOSHUA:
I didn’t get a chance to say hi.

ANIELLE:
(smiles)
You’re cute.

They kiss, and they leave the room.

INT. LEILA’S KITCHEN. AFTERNOON.

Toci, Anielle, and Joshua enter the kitchen, which has pretty typical furniture except for the table floating on the ceiling. LEILA (looks like Anielle but has darker hair, shorter height, and slightly more pudgy body) greets them looking very frazzled.

LEILA:
Thank you! It wasn’t easy organzing a
musical chair game by myself.

ANIELLE:
Where’s Ramone?

LEILA:
He went off in a huff after seeing
your friend, George.

JOSHUA:
Why? He’s met George before, and they
get along great.

LEILA:
Oh, I guess you haven’t seen him yet.
Toci, if you wanna leave, you can…

TOCI:
Why would I wanna-?

GEORGE (tall, athletic, dark hair, olive toned skin, and dark eyes) greets them while wearing an over-sized, gaudy sombrero and a mismatched poncho.

GEORGE:
Hole-la aim-ee-gos!

TOCI:
What the f-!

GEORGE:
Guess what I found out?

JOSHUA:
You like to do some psychotic drug?

GEORGE:
No! I’m part Mexican!

ANIELLE:
Just because you got lost in Vegas and
thought you were in Mexico…

GEORGE:
Actually, my grandfather hit a dog in Arizona,
right in front of a peace officer. When he asked
for ID, my grandfather spit in his face. They
did a background check, and it turned out he
has been living here illegally, so they deported him.

TOCI:
That’s awful!

GEORGE:
No, it’s awesome! My grandfather was a
mean old bas-!

LEILA:
Shh! The kids!

ANIELLE:
And you had no idea he was Mexican?

GEORGE:
He said he was Native American. I don’t
know why he’d hide it. I’m proud to be
Mexican! Too bad Ramone isn’t. I kept
calling him my fellow Mexican, and he
kept saying, “I’m not Mexican!” Then he
said he’s from El Salvador. I mean, you
can’t have it both ways!

TOCI:
El Salvador is a country. It’s in
Central America.

VICTORIA (Leila and Ramone’s two year old child) runs up to Leila.

LEILA:
Mommy! You said we were going to play!

LEILA:
Okay, everyone sit on a chair. You four too!

George and Toci sit down, George a little too enthusiastic about it.

JOSHUA:
Why do we have to play?

ANIELLE:
Because my niece wants us to play.

JOSHUA:
She’s two-she won’t even remember this!

ANIELLE:
Do you want this to be her first memory?

Joshua begrudgingly agrees to play, and Leila starts the music.

Temca Academy, Part 19

EXT. CAFETERIA COURTYARD. EVENING.

The four sit at a table by themselves.

TOCI:
So, now we have to kill that
child? A little girl? That’s
horrible!

JOSHUA:
Well, they’re not as skilled
as adults, so it should be
easier to do, right?

GEORGE:
No way! Don’t you watch horror
movies?

ANIELLE:
Someone on campus must’ve adopted
a new kid, so we’ll keep an eye
out for that. In the mean time,
Valentine’s Day is coming up. I
think we should something for all
the single people on campus.

TOCI:
We could host a speed dating
party!

JOSHUA:
That’s a great idea! We can all
coordinate it. Oh wait, are you
and Peter doing something?

ANIELLE:
No. Peter thinks Valentine’s Day
is a marketing ploy. It makes me
sad sometimes. Last year, they
had this really pretty Joseph
DaVinci bracelet. He wouldn’t buy
it for Valentine’s Day and would
wait for my birthday. It sold out
a couple days before Valentine’s Day.
So, it’ll be fun to do something
festive that day, for once.

No one says anything. A moment later, AMBER (a little girl with pale skin, dark, curly hair, and cold eyes) comes by with LOUIS (a man who looks a lot like her).

AMBER:
(sings)
I found my dad, and I am glad!
I will help him clean each room,
and watch all of the terror loom!

She grins mischievously at them as she skips by. Louis looks really depressed.

LOUIS:
Oh, hi Joshua. I just found
out via a DNA spell that I
have a daughter.
(sighs)
See you at work.

Louis walks away very sadly.

JOSHUA:
Oh great! I gotta kill my boss’s
daughter!

 

INT. COMMON ROOM. EVENING.

The four have turned the common room into a speed dating lounge with about twenty tables and forty chairs. The four sit in the front of the room, where they have a registration table. Anielle puts up a photo of Peter.

JOSHUA:
Why would you put the Valentine
hater up?

ANIELLE:
I know he’d want people to know
that I’m a host and not a participant.

JOSHUA:
But he’s never there for you!

ANIELLE:
I gotta give it more time!

JOSHUA:
Why? You’re only going out with
him to make Daddy happy. That’s
also why you are a business major!

ANIELLE:
Well, you’re right about the major…

JOSHUA:
Ha! I win!

ANIELLE:
You don’t win!

George and Toci clear their throats. All of the participants are there and staring at them.

GEORGE:
Welcome to the party! I’m George,
and this is Joshua, Anielle, and Toci…

Most of the men enthusiastically say hi to Toci. Toci smiles at them but shrugs at the other three.

 

INT. COMMON ROOM. EVENING.

The last round of the speed dating is on. Amber enters, but the four stop her.

AMBER:
I want to clean this room!

GEORGE:
Not now. You’re a kid, go play!

Amber doesn’t move. Joshua takes out his scepter and magically shoves her out. Everyone stops to stare.

TOCI:
She’s fine! Okay, time’s up!
Everyone turn in your cards.

Everyone turns in their cards and files out. Anielle looks at Joshua with a curious expression.

JOSHUA:
What?

ANIELLE:
Professor Persephone thought I
should change majors too. Maybe
you’re right.

JOSHUA:
Glad I could help.

Anielle smiles graciously at him, and he smiles back.

TOCI:
Wow! A lot of guys wrote me
in! It’s nice to know you’re
wanted, huh?

Amber tries to walk in again.

GEORGE:
No, you’re still not wanted.

He magically shoves her out of the room again.