Temca Academy II, Part 8

INT. ANIELLE AND TOCI’S ROOM. NIGHT.

Toci is on what looks like an ordinary laptop but all of the icons float above the counsel. She is chatting with CHAD (dorky looking, blonde hair, blue eyes, dark glasses, and blue eyes). Anielle enters.

TOCI:
Let’s pretend I knock you onto
the bed.

CHAD:
Why?

TOCI:
Just to fantasize together.

CHAD:
I don’t get it. Are we writing a
story together?

TOCI:
Kind of. So, I knock you onto the
bed…

CHAD:
And I call the Peace Officers for
domestic violence?

TOCI:
Oh, never mind! I’ll see you tomorrow!

CHAD:
Good night.

Chad gets off the computer. Toci closes the laptop.

ANIELLE:
So, if you got him to cyber sex,
you think it’d lead to regular sex?

TOCI:
I realize he was probably very sheltered
to even discussing sex, so I’m thinking if
I can corrupt his mind, I can corrupt his body!

ANIELLE:
Good idea! Nothing can go wrong with this plan!

TOCI:
So, how was Madame Fate?

Before Anielle answers, Blanche walks in and sits down, staring at them like they are a television program.

ANIELLE:
Can we help you?

BLANCHE:
I was going to visit George, but he
brought a date home. I told her not
to burn her tongue on the coffee, and
George says, “We’re going to have sex!”
So, I offered to perform an STD spell to
make sure everyone is clean, you know,
down there. It’s important to be safe!
He kicked me out, so now I’m here.

ANIELLE:
Um, we’re kind of in the middle of something…

BLANCHE:
That’s okay. I can help you.

TOCI:
Actually, you can help. We were going to
make a headache potion, but we need a
Tallant herb. I don’t know where to find
any!

BLANCHE:
There’s one by the dorm! I’ll go get it!

She walks out in an almost dreamy skip. Toci uses her scepter to shut and lock the door.

TOCI:
Once again, my knowledge of plants
saves the day!

ANIELLE:
Okay, so Madame Fate said some vague ideas
about me struggling and growing to be an old
maid with a bunch of cats. Whatever. But then she
said I would defy the new chosen leader, and that
he would come into power when he got some chosen
partner pregnant. It makes sense! Babelsama tried to
take over the world starting at Temca before, broke out
of prison, and before he made new plans, he wanted to
make sure he wouldn’t fail again, so he asked Madame
Fate how to succeed. So, now he’s trying to get some
girl pregnant because he believes in the prophecy,
and he’s using Madame Fate to set the stage here.
Everyone believes there is a new leader coming, and
when Babelsama gets that girl pregnant, they’ll be
waiting for him!

TOCI:
One thing that doesn’t make sense is
why would he kidnap Joshua? Why
kill a hooker?

ANIELLE:
I don’t know, but sooner or later I’m sure
Babelsama will visit Madame Fate again, so
I’ll keep an eye out for that. And I’ve gotta
make sure, if we see Babelsama trying to score,
to stop them!

TOCI:
And you still think Meretrice in danger?

Before Anielle can answer, there is a knock on the door.

BLANCHE (OS):
I’ve got your plant!

Anielle and Toci turn off the lights and pretend to be sleeping.

BEGIN ANIELLE’S INVESTIGATION MONTAGE

INT. DRAGONHEART SHOES. AFTERNOON.

Anielle searches all over the store for a particular shoe, finally finds it, and hands it to a customer. The customer tries it on, does not like it, and asks for another pair. As Anielle reaches for some boxes, she sees BABELSAMA (tall, skinny, bald, brown robes) walk by the shop, heading away from Madame Fate’s shop. The shock makes her drop a big pile and boxes on top of her.

INT. ICE CREAM PARLOR. AFTERNOON.

George tries to speak Spanish to a Hispanic girl, who gets offended and pushes him down. Anielle catches him, but when she sees Babelsama pass by, she forgets she has George and goes after him, causing George to fall.

INT. CAMPUS BOOKSTORE. MORNING.

Toci tries to show Chad a sex position book, but he is too busy reading a business textbook. Anielle is keeping guard as Meretrice settles a deal with some boys. Toci looks at Meretrice jealously. Anielle sees Babelsama approach the attractive bookstore clerk, so Anielle points her scepter at a nearby bookshelf. A giant book hits him on the head and knocks him out.

EXT. DOG HOUSE. NIGHT.

A group of girls put up signs for the FAUK club. Babelsama goes to approach them. From her window, Anielle points her scepter at Babelsama, who gets bound with ropes. The girls look frightened and run away. Anielle tries to get him to hold still but he hops away.

EXT. TEMCA PATH. EVENING.

Anielle sits on a bench and longingly gazes at a picture of Joshua. Someone slides a picture over it. It is Alberto, who gives her a picture of himself. As he tries to flirt with her, Anielle sees Babelsama talking to a couple of girls. She points her scepter at Alberto, which sends Alberto flying backwards straight into Babelsama. Babelsama gets knocked down. Anielle leaves.

END MONTAGE.

INT. DORM LOUNGE. NIGHT.

Anielle sits in the dorm lounge (which has a table, chairs, a couple of couches, and a television projector). She is wearing her cheerleader uniform and looks exhausted. George is wearing his football uniform and is doing some “replays” of the game. Toci sits with Chad, who is wearing an accountant’s outfit and is counting Meretrice’s money. Meretrice watches with interest. The window is snowy.

CHAD:
Nine hundred and ninety nine, one
thousand, one thousand one, one
thousand two…Where did you say
you worked again?

MERETRICE:
I sell…books. What?

GEORGE:
Someone on the Bighorn’s side passes it,
but I intercept it like this…

TOCI:
I miss big horns!

CHAD:
(to Meretrice)
What’s your major, again?

MERETRICE:
(laughs naughtily)
Biology!

GEORGE:
The forward tries to tackle me, but I said
no way, essay!

Toci gets up angrily.

TOCI:
Quit trying to act Mexican! You are
just trying to embrace the stereotype,
and you’re failing! Shut up! We saw the
game, by the way, and that’s not how it
happened! So just shut up!

CHAD:
Okay, you’re in a bad mood. I guess
I’m going to turn in early. Bye everyone!

Chad leaves.

ANIELLE:
Toci, you need to find a way to release
your sexual tension. Have you tried…?

TOCI:
Of course! It’s not the same! I miss
foreplay and just holding each other.
Doing it myself isn’t a challenge, so it’s
a lot less fun. I think I need to break up
with him.

ANIELLE:
But he loves you. Surely there must be
a way…

TOCI:
I’ve tried everything I could think of to
seduce him, and it hasn’t worked. I need
sex! You just wouldn’t understand it cuz
you’re more of a romantic. You get off on
ideas. Like, we have gone the same length
of time since we last had sex, and yet you’re
okay. Meretrice, could you live without sex?

MERETRICE:
Considering I kind of depend on it to
buy food…

TOCI:
But say you were in a relationship with
a guy who wouldn’t have sex until he’s
married?

MERETRICE:
I’d marry him.

TOCI:
I never thought of that.

ANIELLE:
(jokes)
You could sleep with Babelsama. Both
of you are desperate for it!
(laughs)
I’m sorry. I’m kind of sleep deprived.
I wish there was a way to keep him
from being appealing to women. You’d
think his looks alone would do it.

MERETRICE:
Not if he has money or power. Girls will
sleep with the world’s ugliest dude if he’s
got that going on.

A paper airplane glides through the window and lands in front of Anielle.

ANIELLE:
That’s Joshua’s handwriting! Oh, this
must be a clue to where he is!

She tears open the note and frowns.

ANIELLE:
(reads)
Go to Hell.

MERETRICE:
So, this dude is kidnapped, gets one
chance for contacting the outside world,
and uses this rare opportunity to dump you?

TOCI:
No way would he dump her! He’s going to p-
(beat)
He’s giving her a clue. What could he mean
by hell?

Anielle stares fixedly out the window.

ANIELLE:
Arizona!

TOCI:
What? You’ve never been there,
how do u know it’s hell?

ANIELLE:
No, look.

INTERCUT-outside the dorm, on a tree, is a poster for the FAUK club trip to the Future Leaders of America Conference in Phoenix. CUT BACK.

MERETRICE:
Ooh, sounds like it’s the perfect place
for me to work during Christmas break!

TOCI:
No sex and I have to carry my papers
everywhere I go in Phoenix. Yeah,
merry f’ing Christmas to me!

Temca Academy II, Part 7

INT. ANIELLE AND TOCI’S ROOM. NIGHT.

Anielle enters to see Toci furiously pruning her plants.

ANIELLE:
Let me guess, your sedcution
attempt failed?

TOCI:
No one told me you had to cook
the oysters!

ANIELLE:
You poisoned him!

TOCI:
Not on purpose! I want to seduce
him! Sex is important to me. I’m
good at it, and I consider it one of
my talents. Sex is good for the soul!
It heals you physically and spiritually!
Why are you laughing so hard?

ANIELLE:
A prostitute just gave me the same
speech, except she added the
benefit of earning money with it.

TOCI:
Hey! Don’t compare me to a hooker!
Hookers will have sex with anyone;
I do have some standards. I can’t
help it if there’s a lot of hot guys on campus!

ANIELLE:
Hey, that’s an idea! We can get Meretrice
to stay here by doing business on campus!

TOCI:
You’re pimping now?

ANIELLE:
She’s in danger! She saw Babelsama pick
up Deirdre, and he’ll end up kidnapping
her too! Plus, I bet a lot of men on campus
miss female companionship since you
shut down.

TOCI:
Oh, ha ha. Did you figure out why
Babelsama would wanna kill her?

ANIELLE:
Both of them are orphans. We just
gotta figure out who their parents are
to see why Babelsama would want her
dead. Meretrice said she always felt
like she had evil eyes on her.

Anielle starts to get ready for bed. As she pulls out her scepter, Madame Fate’s card falls out. Toci picks it up.

TOCI:
Look, the evil eye is watching you!

Anielle laughs.

ANIELLE:
Yeah, the eyes of Fate were watching
her! But seriously, I do wanna pay
her a visit.

TOCI:
You know, she looks evil, but that
doesn’t mean she’s connected to
Babelsama!

ANIELLE:
Everyone keeps talking about working
for a great new leader that Madame Fate
predicts. Maybe she’s talking about Babelsama.

TOCI:
That’s ridiculous! Why would Babelsama-?

ANIELLE:
I’m going to visit her between classes.
If I’m gonna prove my point, I gotta
find out what, if anything, she knows.

TOCI:
Ask her if she knows how I can steal
Chad’s virginity!

ANIELLE:
(rolls eyes)
Good night!

INT. ANATOMY CLASS. MORNING.

PROFESSOR KOKONE concludes the class.

PROFESSOR KOKONE:
For homework, I want a four page
essay on the digestive system. Don’t
groan-people have written whole books
on the subject! Class dis…yes?

RED HAIR GIRL:
I’d like to make an announcement!
The Club for the Future Apprentices
of University Kingdom will be held
at the library at four p.m.

ANIELLE:
A club for what now?

ALBERTO:
Haven’t you been to Madame Fate?
A glorious kingdom will be built
based on the wisdom of a leader
in the university. We want to prepare
as much as we can for his coming.
So, there ya go-Future Apprentinces
of the University Kingdom.

ANIELLE:
The FAUK club?

RED HAIR GIRL:
It’s not the FAUK club! It’s-!

ALBERTO:
Do you wanna go to FAUK with me?

ANIELLE:
Go FAUK yourself!

Anielle leaves.

EXT. MADAME FATE’S SHOP. AFTERNOON.

Anielle is positively dreading going into this shop, mostly because she suspects it will be corny. She enters.

INT. MADAME FATE’S SHOP. AFTERNOON.

Anielle stands near the door inspecting her surroundings. BG-the walls are a velvety red, and the black curtains make it dark inside. Various posters of spells line the wall. In the center is a small, round table with a crystal ball on it. There is a purple curtain with a crescent moon pattern on it that leads to a back room. MADAME FATE (short, pudgy, wispy brown hair, crooked nose, black robes, and those scary eyes) emerges from the back.

MADAME FATE:
Good afternoon!

ANIELLE:
Hi.

MADAME FATE:
I sense you are skeptical about my
power.

ANIELLE:
Sense it? I’m not trying to conceal it.

MADAME FATE:
Come, let me prove it to you.

Anielle shrugs and sits. Madame Fate reaches for her hand, and Anielle feels a chill go down her spine.

MADAME FATE:
Ah, you feel the clairvoyance!

ANIELLE:
Okay.

Madame Fate searches her palm.

MADAME FATE:
I see wealth in your past but not
happiness.

Madame Fate pauses for a reaction, but Anielle says nothing.

MADAME FATE:
Your present shows obstacles. I see
a lot of stress in your life.

ANIELLE:
Of course I’m stressed, I’m in college!
You don’t need to be psychic to predict
that!

MADAME FATE:
Your future holds greater obstacles. I
see a terrible heartache.

Madame Fate pauses. Anielle says nothing.

MADAME FATE:
I see your friends deserting you.

She pauses again. Anielle does not react.

MADAME FATE:
I see you growing old and alone with a
bunch of cats.

Anielle laughs.

ANIELLE:
I suppose they will invent a cure for
cat allergies…

MADAME FATE:
They have a potion you can take for
that. Worse, I see you defying the
new leader…

ANIELLE:
New leader? I’m intrigued. Tell me more.

MADAME FATE:
He will start off at Temca, and his ideas
will be so powerful they will spread all
over the world.

ANIELLE:
Why isn’t he famous already?

MADAME FATE:
He has to get his chosen partner
pregnant first, and the creation of
this child will give birth to his greatness.

ANIELLE:
Interesting. Anything else?

MADAME FATE:
First visit is twenty five pieces.

Anielle hands her the money.

MADAME FATE:
Do be careful out there!

ANIELLE:
Yeah, I wouldn’t wanna disappoint
my future cats!

Anielle leaves.

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, Part 4

EXT. DOG HOUSE. MORNING.

Anielle and Toci walk to class together.

TOCI:
Oh, I can’t wait for my classes this
semester! There’s so much I have to
learn about business! I’m so close to
owning my own apothecary! And Chad
is helping me out cuz that business stuff
is hard! Whew, I’m tired!

ANIELLE:
(sarcastically)
Yeah, you sound tired.

TOCI:
Yeah, I spent all night clearing the plants
in our room. It didn’t help that George passed
out on my bed. Oh, and I got an idea how I’m
gonna deflower Chad! I have this herb with
a seductive sedative-.

ANIELLE:
That’s date rape.

TOCI:
I know he wants to do it, but he’s
got these morals that don’t even…
What are you staring at?

Anielle looks at a flyer on the lamp post. It reads “See your future with Madame Fate.” The address at the bottom center has a picture of Madame Fate’s eyes.

ANIELLE:
I saw her putting up flyers around midnight
last night. It’s so strange! Why would someone
do that?

TOCI:
Maybe she didn’t wanna draw attention
to herself.

ANIELLE:
Then why would she put up flyers at all?

TOCI:
Oh well, we’re going to be late for class!

ANIELLE:
There’s something wrong with her. I just
got this bad feeling about her, like somehow
she’s connected to Babelsama.

TOCI:
That’s ridiculous! Come on! If we miss role
call, we could be marked as absent! I want
to pass this class-don’t make me fail!

ANIELLE:
Alright, alright. Don’t get your scepter in
a knot! But don’t say I didn’t warn you.

TOCI:
Warn me about what?

ANIELLE:
Danger of some sort.

TOCI:
Whatever. There could be cute guys in
the class too! What? I can still look.

Anielle rolls her eyes, and they leave.

INT. HEALING HERBOLOGY CLASS. MORNING.

BG-the room looks more like a green house than a class, but there are a few rows of seats and a blackboard at the end. Toci sits comfortably in this surrounding while Anielle looks at oddly.

TOCI:
Isn’t it wonderful?

ANIELLE:
It looks like a rain forest threw up in
a classroom.

TOCI:
I had half of my classes here last year.
I love it! Professor Rohan is like my
white twin.

ANIELLE:
Oh great, there’s two of you!

TOCI:
Wow, there’s some nice talent here
today. Look at those boys!

Anielle glances over to a group of obnoxious boys. One of them, ALBERTO (a guido) winks at Anielle. Anielle looks disgusted.

TOCI:
Ooh, you should talk to him!

ANIELLE:
Even if I was single, I still wouldn’t.

Alberto gets up and walks up to her.

ALBERTO:
Name’s Alberto. You must be Anielle.
I recognize you from “Broomstick Monthly.”
Your father made my broom.

ANIELLE:
Am I supposed to be impressed?

ALBERTO:
You wanna be impressed? Come to my
room tonight.

ANIELLE:
I have a boyfriend.

ALBERTO:
A three way, alright!

ANIELLE:
Ugh, go away you pig!

ALBERTO:
Alright, but I’ll be back. It’s gonna happen.
Madame Fate said I’d sleep with a famous
woman this year.

ANIELLE:
And you believed her?

ALBERTO:
She’s not some nobody making vague
predictions. She knows things, like for real.

PROFESSOR ROHAN (a hippie looking woman) enters the room. Alberto reluctantly returns to his seat.

PROFESSOR ROHAN:
Sorry I’m late. I had a problem with a
snapping lily. Welcome to Healing Herbology!
(beat)
Toci, didn’t you already take this class?

TOCI:
Yes, as part of my required classes. I’m
taking the second level of this class too,
but I thought I’d take this as an elective.

Professor Rohan shrugs and begins her first lesson. Toci gives Anielle a thumbs up, and Anielle rolls her eyes.

INT. EMERGENCY RESPONSE CLASS. AFTERNOON.

Joshua is sitting at a desk looking at an engagement ring. BG-a classroom so neat and sterile that it almost looks like a hospital room. There is a large space in the front with a podium where PROFESSOR BETSERAI (stern looking, wearing a rescue healer-looking outfit) sifts through his papers. Anielle enters the room, and Joshua quickly stows away the ring. Anielle notices the secretive behavior.

ANIELLE:
What are you hiding from me?

JOSHUA:
Nothing. I mean, it’s just…evidence
from the case I’m working.

ANIELLE:
Then why did you bring it out in a classroom?

JOSHUA:
Because…I’m not that smart.

ANIELLE:
Can you show me later?

JOSHUA:
Absolutely, I will show you later!

Anielle raises her eyebrows but cannot say anything because Professor Betserai is ready to begin.

BETSERAI:
Good morning class. Welcome to the most
important class you’ll ever take. This is
Emergency Response. No matter what your
vocation is, chances are you’ll have to deal
with at least one emergency in the course of your
career. I will teach you the proper spells, potions,
and procedures you will need to get through an
emergency situation. These emergencies can range
from minor to severe. Chances are you’ve already
experienced an emergency. Who would like to
share an example? Yes, you.

BLONDE GIRL:
One time I was getting a spa treatment, and I
broke a nail! And I had a hot date afterwards!

BETSERAI:
Wow. I have a feeling you’ll learn a lot from
this class. Who can give me a better example?
Yes, you, in the back.

BRUNETTE GIRL:
Madame Fate told me I would be caught in
a fire before the semester was over. I don’t
know what to do in a fire!

BETSERAI:
Before the semester is over, you will know if
a fire should-

BRUNETTE GIRL:
If? There’s no if, it’s gonna happen! She told
me things about myself I haven’t told anyone.
You can’t fight your destiny!

BETSERAI:
Right.
(beat)
Anyways, why don’t I just start
with today’s lesson? Unless someone
has an actual story of life or death they’d
like to share?

Joshua and Anielle exchange looks but silently decide not to share their story.

INT. CAFETERIA. AFTERNOON.

Joshua, Anielle, Toci, and George sit at a small table by the kitchen. BG-a bunch of tables that are about half full. Students are eating while the workers prepare food.

JOSHUA:
I can’t wait to get started! The other guys
are having a blast. Like Anderson was called
over a domestic dispute. This woman kept
trying to cast her scale into a dumpster and
the husband kept summoning it back. Anderson
looks in the dumpster and, get this, finds a dead
body!

The girls gasp.

TOCI:
So, he had to turn the case over
to a crime solver?

JOSHUA:
Yes, but he’ll be a witness at the trial.
So, both me and Anderson are involved
in murder cases, only I’ll be the expert
witness in mine.

GEORGE:
But only if you live.

ANIELLE:
That’s not funny! I don’t like the idea
of him roaming around Sepia Street.

JOSHUA:
It comes with the job. When you’re a
rescue healer, you’ll have to go down
there too.

ANIELLE:
Yeah, but I’m there to heal, so they don’t
wanna hurt me. You know how they feel
about peace officers. This can’t be legal-
to hand a murder case to a junior crime solver!

Before Joshua can respond, a man at the next table jumps and panics.

MAN 1:
(screams)
A bee stung me! It stung me! Madame
Fate was right-I’m gonna die from a
bee sting!

Toci reaches into her bag and pulls out an herb. Anielle walks up to the man, puts the herb on top of the wound, and rubs gently. She lifts the plant, which now holds the stinger. The wound itself begins to heal.

MAN 1:
But…but…she said…

ANIELLE:
Some “psychic” took your money and
said you’d die, and you’re disappointed
that you’re gonna live? Even if it was in
the cards or whatever, it can’t be
guaranteed because we have free will.

MAN 1:
Well, there could be another sting that
will be fatal.

ANIELLE:
Just get an anti-venom plant and you
won’t die.

MAN 1:
You weren’t there. She knows things.
But I accept my fate.

There is a small buzz in the cafeteria about Madame Fate. Anielle is annoyed as she sits back down.

ANIELLE:
Can you believe that? I don’t even
get a thank you for saving his life!

GEORGE:
Why would he die though? He didn’t
seem allergic.

JOSHUA:
You and I have to prepare ourselves
for thankless rescues. Will I get a thank
you for solving the murder of a dead
prostitute? Probably not. But that’s
not why we do it. We do it cuz it’s
the right thing to do.

TOCI:
I do it cuz it feels good! Well, at least
I used to. Now it’s just a matter of principle.
If he expects me to me monogamous, he
has to start putting out!

ANIELLE:
For the love of Merlin, can you stop thinking
about your cooch for one minute?

TOCI:
I try, but it’s not easy!

GEORGE:
Great, now I can’t finish my tacos!

Anielle rolls her eyes and sighs.