Forgotten Society, Part 13

EXT. MORNING STAR APARTMENTS. MORNING.

The five arrive to a place of huge disarray. People are evacuating the building, and firemen are trying to put out the fire. Some of them go inside to rescue people. The police are there trying to get everyone to safety. Some of the civilians volunteer to help with the evacuation. The five spread out and do the same. Things seem chaotic enough when suddenly people look to the sky in horror as a second dragon appears and flies straight into the apartments. As it crashes, it blows fire and explodes on impact. The building is in really bad shape.

FIRE CHIEF:
All units, cease rescue efforts. Everyone,
immediately! Building looks ready to collapse!
(beat)
Why aren’t they responding?

CURTIS:
I’ll go get them!

FIRE CHIEF:
Here’s a gas mask. Don’t delay!

Curtis runs into the building. William is helping police against people who are reluctant to leave. Miguel is carrying people to places where they can get aid. Tiffany finds a camera and is taping both the scene and people’s reactions. Renee is showing people to safety. She sees Curtis enter the building and this bothers her. She sees a little Haitian girl crying.

GIRL:
Mama! Papa! Où-est vous?

Renee sees a piece of debris about to fall on her, so she runs to her, scoops her into her arms, and runs away just in time. More pieces of debris fall down. The rescuers make an urgent effort to get people out of the way.

EXT. REMONT HOTEL. MORNING.

The Remont Hotel, a fancy lodging, is a safe distance form the apartment. Renee sees a frantic man who looks like he could be the girl’s father. She gives the child to him, and he looks so relieved.

FATHER:
Vous la savez! Merci!

He kisses her cheeks and runs inside. Renee is taken aback from his gratitude.

EXT. MORNING STAR APARTMENTS.

Tiffany is still video taping everything. William and Miguel are evacuating everyone.

INT. STAIRWAY. MORNING.

Curtis finds the firemen.

CURTIS:
Your radios aren’t working! The chief
said to evacuate. The building is about to-

He hears some loud creaking, and the ground begins to shake.

EXT. MORNING STAR APARTMENTS. MORNING.

People are horrified as the building starts to fall. People run as fast as they can to escape the smoke and billowing ashes.

EXT. REMONT HOTEL. MORNING.

Everyone watches in horror as the apartments collapse. Renee lets a blood-curling scream. After it is finished collapsing, Renee searches the crowd. She finds an ash-covered William and Miguel. They find Tiffany too, who is still filming.

RENEE:
Did Curtis make it out of the building?

William and Miguel gesture that they do not think so. Renee, Miguel, William, and a bunch of others rush to go help any possible survivors.

EXT. APARTMENT REMAINS. MORNING.

People begin to dig through the rubble. They bring any body they can find out of the ruins. A lot of people are calling out for their missing loved ones.

RENEE:
Curtis! Curtis!

She gets no response. Suddenly, she hears some beeping. She starts digging.

INT. STAIRCASE RUBBLE. MORNING.

It is pitch black. Curtis and the firefighters hold each other’s hands so they know where they are.

CURTIS:
We’re still alive?

FIREMAN 1:
Yes, but we have about thirty floors above
us. Who knows how long it’ll take for them
to find us!

FIREMAN 2:
Do you hear that beeping? That’s activated
when a fireman’s body is still for too long.
At the very least, they’ll find our bodies.

After a long moment, Curtis notices some light.

CURTIS:
Look! There’s light!

FIREMAN 3:
Wait, that’s sunlight! We’re at the top now!
(shouts)
Hello?

RENEE (OS):
Hello?

CURTIS:
Renee?

RENEE (OS):
Curtis? Thank God!

CURTIS:
We’re gonna climb out! Keep digging!

EXT. REMONT HOTEL. NOON.

KENNETH (Tiffany’s father) stands outside directing people.

KENNETH:
Welcome to my hotel slash hospital slash
rescue shelter! Please, come in and find a
spot!
(beat)
Tiffany?

Tiffany runs to her father and they hug.

KENNETH:
My God, where have you been?

TIFFANY:
I got the attack on video!

KENNETH:
Of course you did! Well, tell me about
your adventure later. Help me organize
all this!

Curtis and Renee (covered in dust) come in sight.

TIFFANY:
You guys made it!

She gives them both hugs.

KENNETH:
You saved my daughter’s life, didn’t
you? Something didn’t seem right
about what they said in the news.
Tell me about it later. Get inside and
get some rest!

Curtis, Renee, and Tiffany go inside. A moment later, Daniel tries to enter with a couple of his guards. Kenneth blocks them.

KENNETH:
This is private property! You can’t
enter without a warrant!

Daniel looks surprised at his defiance.

DANIEL:
We believe you are harboring a fugitive.

KENNETH:
Come back with a warrant.

DANIEL:
Fine. Just a warning, you may want to
take caution with those you associate
with. It could determine your future
with me.

KENNETH:
I’ll that in mind if you get elected. Now, leave!

Daniel raises an eyebrow but leaves.

Forgotten Society, Part 7

INT./EXT. SCHOOL PARKING LOT. MORNING.

In front of a private school, a Cadillac is parked under some trees by the entrance. TIFFANY (a senior in high school with pulled up blonde hair, blue eyes, a skinny physique, and a prep school uniform) sits in the Cadillac talking on her car phone.

TIFFANY:
Yeah, this is Tiffany Cartwright. Yes,
that article I gave you is legitimate.
My housekeeper’s husband is in the
military, and she said he is busy
protecting the president from-

In mid sentence, Tiffany gets hit in the back of the head, which knocks her unconscious.

INT. CADILLAC CAR. MORNING.

Tiffany wakes up and finds herself in the backseat of her own car. She sees Daniel driving. Daniel sees her and points a gun at her.

DANIEL:
Don’t you dare try to escape!

TIFFANY:
If you need money, my father-!

DANIEL:
Shut up!

Tiffany stifles a sob. Daniel continues to drive. Tiffany pulls a pin off of her uniform and holds her hands behind her back. She pricks her finger until it bleeds. She then leans against the window. She uses her head to block what she is writing from Daniel’s view.

INT/EXT. RENEE’S MUSTANG. MORNING.

Renee is driving with Curtis and William. Curtis, who is in the backseat, leans over to ask Renee a question.

CURTIS:
Can I ask you a personal question?

RENEE:
(angry sigh)
Every guy wants to know if my
boobs are real, and yes they are.

CURTIS:
Oh. I was going to ask you how much
you made at the coffeehouse.

RENEE:
Really? That’s all? Five an hour.

CURTIS:
So, you’re a natural D cup?

Renee hits him playfully but still hard enough to send him into the window. William laughs. Curtis’s smile fades immediately as he sees something out the window.

CURTIS:
Hey guys, look over there.

They all look to the car next to them, which is Tiffany’s Cadillac. The backseat window has the words “help me” written in blood. They are at a red light. As soon as traffic moves again, Renee slams on the gas, and she slams her car into the trunk of the Cadillac. The Cadillac is wedged between Renee’s Mustang and the car in front of the Cadillac. Daniel gets out of the car as does Renee, Curtis, and William. Daniel points his gun at them and fires. They all duck out of the way. Curtis and William move to the girl while Renee pulls out her gun and fights Daniel. Curtis and William pull Tiffany out of the car and sit her in the Mustang. Renee runs out of bullets and reluctantly runs into the Mustang. They speed away just as police arrive.

EXT. CROSSGROVE HOLLOW. LATE MORNING.

Miguel and Abdul are outside when they see William, Renee, and Curtis rush over with Tiffany.

MIGUEL:
What happened?

TIFFANY:
I don’t know! One minute I’m talking to
the editor of the school paper on my
car phone, next thing I know I’m in
the backseat of my Cadillac with a
gun in my face!

MIGUEL:
Who was it?

RENEE:
Daniel. The prick got away again!

TIFFANY:
He had these weird, red, glossy eyes.
I don’t think he was human! Oh God-
he must’ve been a dragon! They
must’ve found out about my article!

WILLIAM:
Your article?

TIFFANY:
My housekeeper’s husband is in the
military, and her husband said his
role is to protect President Clinton
from dragons. I know it sounds crazy,
but people need to know the truth!

She starts to cry. Miguel puts his arm around her.

MIGUEL:
We know about the dragons. I’ll
explain everything you should
know about them inside. Warner,
I still would like you to take Stevens
to get weapons. Get some for her too.

Miguel takes Tiffany inside. Abdul and William follow them. Renee leaves and Curtis quickly follows her.

Forgotten Society, Part 2

EXT. MORNING STAR APARTMENTS. NOON.

Curtis looks at the piece of paper Miguel gave him and looks back at the apartments. It is a very tall building with a bland white paint job. The window trims are navy blue as well as the door. Curtis enters the the building.

INT. RENEE’S APARTMENT. AFTERNOON.

Curtis knocks on the door, and it opens on its own. He steps inside and is surprised to see the place is vibrantly decorated with modern-looking knick-knacks and glass sculptures. There is a big television on a black-wooden shelf, a glass coffee table, and two black leather couches. Curtis spots a glass butterfly that bleakly reflects the light coming from a rectangular window. He sees a figure sitting by the window wearing a black hood, which covers the face, sleek black pants, and black boots.

CURTIS:
Excuse me, Warner? Trebla said that
you could help me.

He sees the figure take a drag from a cigarette.

CURTIS:
He told me you were the best. I
want to fight against the dragons.

The figure dryly laughs.

CURTIS:
I’m doing this with or without your
help. I may not have your training,
but I’m willing to go the distance.

Curtis turns to leave.

RENEE:
Wait!

Curtis is surprised to hear a female’s voice. He turns back to see RENEE (who has a high, brunette ponytail, golden brown eyes, pale skin, and dark make up). Without her hood, her curvy figure is revealed. She takes another drag off of her cigarette.

RENEE:
You’re surprised I’m a woman,
aren’t you?

CURTIS:
Well, yes. When Trebla said you were
a weapons expert, I assumed you
were a tough, old man, kind of a
Harrison Ford type. But this is
much better!

Renee is surprised by that remark.

RENEE:
What?

CURTIS:
Never mind. I want to know whether
or not you’ll join me now in the
Rebellion.

RENEE:
Look, bud, I don’t do that anymore.

CURTIS:
Why not?

RENEE:
I’m tired of saving the world and getting
no recognition or even respect for what
I do. This is a dirty, thankless job! People
use you. After the job is done, I’m back
to being forgotten. It might even be
worth it if all my efforts made a
difference. They keep coming, no
matter how many of them I kill
off. So, forget it. I’m done being
a worthless superhero!

CURTIS:
So, you just gave up?

RENEE:
Yeah, I did.
(beat)
Look, I’m not about to be
convinced to go back only
to be let down again.

CURTIS:
What, you’re going to let them
take over?

RENEE:
What difference does it make who’s
in charge? It’s not like my life is
going to change. Even if we kill
every last one, I’ll still be
stuck here with my shitty apartment
and my crappy, go nowhere job.
I’ll probably die early, and my cat
will eat my remains before anyone
even notices that I’m gone.

CURTIS:
That’s the life you want?

RENEE:
I don’t have a choice.

CURTIS:
You do have a choice! You can
ditch your old lifestyle and rebel.
If you really think you’ll die
early, at least die like a hero!

RENEE:
I find it less tortuous to live a
mundane life, which promises nothing
than to be promised a better life only
to have it snatched away. Don’t
you dare get my hopes again!

CURTIS:
Fine, have it your way.

He turns to leave but stops.

CURTIS:
At least with us, you wouldn’t
be alone!

He starts to leave.

RENEE:
Fine!

Curtis turns to look at her.

CURTIS:
Fine what?

RENEE:
I guess I’ll give it one more try.

CURTIS:
Thank you! Oh, you won’t
regret this!

RENEE:
Wanna bet?

CURTIS:
Yes, I do.

Renee raises her eyebrows as she takes a drag.

CURTIS:
I bet by the end of this, you’ll lose
all your reasons for being bitter.
Watch, you will come out of this
wearing brighter colors! You’ll
get a happy ending with a castle,
a handsome prince, and you’ll
live happily ever after.

Renee smiles in a way that clearly says, “Yeah right!”

CURTIS:
I was partly kidding, but I got you
to smile, didn’t I? It’s already a
little better, isn’t it?

RENEE:
What are you, a Disney character?

CURTIS:
Sort of. I sold Lion King stuff at
the mall.

RENEE:
Yeah. Well I guess when you’re around
kids, it’s hard not to share their hope
and enthusiasm. At the end, you’ll
see what I’m talking about.
(beat)
What’s your name, anyways?

CURTIS:
Curtis Stevens.

RENEE:
Renee Warner. I’m going to pack
a couple of things. I’ll need you to
hold my luggage while I go take
care of something…

Temca Academy, Part 22

INT. JOSHUA’S ROOM. NIGHT.

Anielle arrives at this door and pounds on it. She listens and does not hear a sound. Toci and George watch as she uses her scepter to melt the hinges. She kicks the door open and sees Joshua passed out on the floor, surrounded by empty alcohol bottles. Toci gasps. Anielle checks his pulse.

ANIELLE:
There’s still a faint pulse.
George, call a rescue healer.
Toci, there’s not a lot of
time. You know which plants I
need.

 

INT. EMERGENCY HEALING ROOM. DAWN.

Just at the brink of dawn, Joshua wakes up to see himself in a healer’s bed. He looks to his right to see Anielle, who has sallow skin, heavy bags under her eyes, and a big smile. He is a little confused.

JOSHUA:
What happened?

HEALER:
You got a second chance! You
drank a lethal amount of alcohol.
Thank your lucky stars this
young lady brewed a toxin
banishment potion! If it weren’t
for her swift actions, we wouldn’t
have been able to save you.

JOSHUA:
Wow. Anielle, somehow thank you
doesn’t seem to be enough!

ANIELLE:
It’s not enough. I want you to
promise me you’ll never drink
that much again!

JOSHUA:
You have my word.

The healer smiles and leaves the room. George enters, and Toci flies onto Joshua’s bed to hug him. Joshua groans.

ANIELLE:
Careful, his stomach is really
sensitive!

GEORGE:
Dude, you scared us!

TOCI:
Next time you’re really upset…

JOSHUA:
I’m done using alcohol as an
escape.

ANIELLE:
Two things you should know.
Peter and I broke up. And
after rescuing you, I realized
what I wanted to do. I’m
switching my major to rescue
healing!

JOSHUA:
That’s really great!

TOCI:
The bad news is you have to
heal real fast ‘cause Babelsama
is sending henchmen to kill us.

JOSHUA:
Ah, so my life was saved only
to die more painfully!

GEORGE:
Look, we better get going. Toci
was already talking about seducing
the whole trauma ward!

TOCI:
What? It’s a form of healing!

George and Toci leave. Anielle smiles and waves to Joshua, who smiles and waves back.

 

BEGIN HENCHMEN MONTAGE:

INT. BOOKSTORE. AFTERNOON.

Toci and Anielle are buying things at the bookstore. Toci pulls out money from her bra and hands it to the cashier. Right as they are about to leave, a couple of henchmen burst into the shop. Other shoppers scream and run away. Toci and Anielle motion to a peace officer. The henchmen get scared and runaway.

EXT. MAGIC LACROSSE FIELD. AFTERNOON.

Joshua and George are playing magical lacrosse when a couple of henchmen appear. They start to fight, but a cat walks by the field. One of the henchmen is seriously allergic, so the henchmen run away.

INT. LOCKER ROOM. EVENING.

Anielle is talking with a couple of cheerleaders while George unsuccessfully flirts with a couple more. A few henchmen burst into the room. George and Anielle, along with all of the cheerleaders, yell and raise their scepters. The henchmen freak out and run away.

EXT. LETTER ROOM. MORNING.

Joshua and Toci are in a letter room, which is a huge roost for bats. A henchmen bursts in, thinking he has them cornered. Toci simply commands the bats to swarm the henchmen. The henchmen is forced to run away.

INT. ANIELLE AND TOCI’S ROOM .NIGHT.

Toci is nursing a big, red slap mark on George’s cheek when a couple of henchmen come in. Before George and Toci can react, Circe and Agatha walk by and eye the henchmen flirtatiously. The henchmen put away their scepters and follow the girls.

EXT. PARKING LOT. EVENING.

Anielle and Joshua are talking while they unhitch their brooms. In the sky, a couple of henchmen appear before them. They make some threats, but as Joshua and Anielle draw their scepters, a barrage of students on broomsticks run into them. The henchmen can no longer be found. Anielle and Joshua shrug and return to their prior task.

END HENCHMEN MONTAGE.

 

INT. JOSHUA’S ROOM. MORNING.

Anielle enters the room expecting to see Joshua but instead sees George.

GEORGE:
You don’t look happy to see
me! I know I’m not as exciting
as your secret crush!

ANIELLE:
Shut up! We’re just friends!

Toci enters.

TOCI:
I’m not gonna rush you, but
you gotta do what feels right.
I have never found a guy that
I wanna see again in the morning.
I’ve never had an opportunity
like you have with Joshua. You
gotta act before it’s too late.

Joshua enters.

JOSHUA:
Why are you all in my room?

GEORGE:
We wanted to discuss where
Babelsama’s lair must be. I’d
say it’s gotta be close to
campus.

ANIELLE:
Wait a minute! I think I know
where it is! On the fly over
here, my dad and I saw this
old office building. My dad
said there was a man dancing
on the front porch. I was used
to him making fun of the poor,
so I didn’t think much of it.
But that must’ve been him!

JOSHUA:
You had this clue all along and
never said anything?

TOCI:
Look, it doesn’t matter right
now. Let’s go get him!

Everyone stands up.

ALL:
Yeah!

TOCI:
Wait, we have finals today!

ALL:
We’ll get him later!

They all disperse to study.