INTERIOR

MID SHOT

KITCHEN

BRIAN, GENE

MORNING

Rain is pounding outside. Itís dark a gloomy. Itís the kind of weather that will have traffic tied up for hours. GENE and BRIAN sit at the breakfast nook. Neither want to talk, or have the energy. The radio plays in the back ground.

RADIO VOICE

One thing is for sure,

the museum will be unable to open the Sumerian exhibit

which was supposed to open tomorrow night. The thieves that did

this had one thing in mind. Only pieces from the recently excavated

ĎJuyennaí burial site have been taken.....

Brian glances at his watch.

BRIAN

Everythingís screwy today.

Well,.... I gotta go.

Enjoy your day off.

Gene sits still and nods. Brian starts to walk away.

BRIAN

Take it easy, okay?

Brian walks out into the living room. His screaming brings Gene running to his side.

INTERIOR

LONG SHOT

LIVING ROOM

BRIAN, GENE, MAVIS

DAY

Someone has drawn the blinds and the living room is quite dark. MAVIS stands in her bathrobe thumbing through the paper. BRIAN clings to GENE in a frightened manner. They look at each other.

MAVIS

Hey, whatís up?

Brian is about to say something when the phone rings. Twice, three times, four.... Gene breaks from Brian to answer the phone. Pause. Gene re-enters.

GENE

Uh.... Mavis? I think you should answer this.

Mavis folds the paper, hands it to Gene, and goes in the other room. A very uncomfortable pause while Mavis takes the call. Brian and Gene stand, wondering what the hell is going on, wondering if anyone knows.

BRIAN

I think we were premature in telling

Kay that Mavis was dead.

GENE

I think we should call a priest.

Mavis strides back into the room. She glances at the wall clock.

MAVIS

Youíre going to be late if you donít go now.

BRIAN

Who was on the phone?

Gene starts to answer, but Mavis cuts him off.

MAVIS

That was the hospital.

Iíve taken care of it.

GENE

Kayís going to be pissed as

hell when she comes home.

MAVIS
Weíll deal with that when it happens.

She points at the clock.

MAVIS

Brian! Youíre going to be late! Go!

Brian looks at his watch.

BRIAN

Uh... look. I have to go.

I, uh,.... Iíll talk to you later.

He leaves. Mavis walks into the kitchen. Gene follows.

MID SHOT

KITCHEN

MAVIS, GENE

MAVIS pours herself a cup of coffee and sits at the breakfast nook. GENE sits across from her, staring. He picks up mug. It shakes slightly in his hand. Mavis flips through the paper.

MAVIS

Ugh.... The paper has pictures.

Gene watches silently. Mavis looks up from the paper.

MAVIS

What?

GENE

Nothing.

MAVIS

Youíre staring at me.

GENE

No... no. I wasnít staring.

Mavis looks back to the paper. Gene stares some more. Mavis talks without looking at him.

MAVIS

Gene, I have an errand to run today.

Could you come with me.

GENE

I called your aunt.

Sheís making funeral arrangements.

MAVIS (ignoring him)

It wonít take very long.

GENE

I think you should rest.

Youíre in no shape to drive.

MAVIS

Gene, I am perfectly fit to travel.

GENE

Itís pretty nasty outside.

MAVIS

You wonít even have to leave the car.

Now put on your shoes and letís go!

Gene purses his lips and sets his mug down. Mavis stares back even harder. Heís just about to say something, but she cuts him off.

MAVIS

Well?

GENE

Iím putting on my shoes.

EXTERIOR

MID SHOT

MAVISí CAR

MAVIS, GENE

DAY

The storm is getting worse as MAVIS and GENE arrive at Quinnís house. The thick trees sway overhead with the threat of a tornado. Mavis gives Gene a ĎSITí look and leaps out of the car into the down-pour. Gene sits in the passenger seat and fumes.

LONG SHOT

FRONT PORCH

MAVIS

MAVIS strides up to the front door and raps strongly. No answer. She tests the door. It opens.

INTERIOR

LONG SHOT

FRONT DOOR

Inside has been kept dark. The temperature is mid-winter. Dried roses, silver-framed photos, old lace. MAVIS walks in the front door. Sheís dripping wet.

MAVIS

Stupid.

Close-up on the alarm panel next to the door. Itís flashing.

Back to Mavis moving through the house. She moves slowly...not sneaking... more like swimming.

INTERIOR

MID SHOT

BEDROOM

QUINN, SABINE, LEILA

Another bedroom where QUINN sleeps with his brood. SABINE and LEILA curl and twitch like new born kittens. DEREK is curled in a corner by himself. Twigs and leaves are in his hair. Mud is spattered on his feet. The phone rings and Quinn reaches for it in his sleep.

QUINN

Hello? Is it? No... we must have left a window open.

Iím sure we can take care of it our selves. Thank-you.

He rises from the bed, hardly touching the others.

LONG SHOT

HALLWAY

MAVIS, QUINN

MAVIS is walking down the hallway, examining door after door, looking for evidence of what she came for. She opens one door, gasps, and as she tries to close it, a hand reaches out and grabs her by the throat. QUINN enters the hallway as he lifts her off the ground. Mavis kicks and claws in vain. A flash of lightening. Quinn cocks his head--Rutger Hauer in Bladerunner--and grins. The sound of collapsing cartilage as he crushes her larynx.

QUINN

You are supposed to be dead.

He throws her into the room. She hits the wall and crumples to the floor. She does not move after that. Quinn wipes his hands and shuts the door.

HEAD SHOT

ROOM

MAVIS

MAVIS gurgles softly through her crushed larynx. Reaching for her throat, she coughs and there is a popping sound--like the seal on a Tupperware container--a hacking that undoes the damage to her concave throat. Still rubbing the damaged tissue, Mavis struggles to a seated position and looks around. Spread out on a table is the collection of ancient middle eastern artifacts: bead necklaces, perfume bottles, a golden knife, and the silver crown. Mavis manages to get to her feet and stumbles to the table. She runs her fingers over the pieces.

MAVIS

SoÖ this is it.

Looking around, she sees an aluminum briefcase. Opening it reveals cut foam packaging: just right for the collection.

MID SHOT

HALLWAY

MAVIS

Now MAVIS exits that room and continues to work her way down the hall. She is testing doors just to test them. She opens one, looks shocked, and steps inside.

LONG SHOT

BEDROOM

MAVIS, KAY

Laying on a bed, wrapped up in her own dreams, is KAY. MAVIS sets the suitcase down and shakes Kay.

MAVIS

Kay! What are you doing here? Wake up!

Kay opens her eyes a little--then all the way. Sheís fully awake. Remember, sheís looking at someone she thought was dead. Mavis starts to pick clothes off the floor and throw them at Kay. She dresses half-heartedly, but more out of modesty than anything else.

KAY

Jesus! Youíre a ghost! Iím sorry, Mavis.

You died and I came here and had the greatest time of my life....

MAVIS

Iím not dead.

KAY

What?

MAVIS

Iím not dead. Now get dressed.

Weíve got to get going.

KAY

What do you mean,

youíre not dead?

MAVIS

I think itís sort of self-explanatory.

KAY

Brian and Gene told me you were dead!

The hospital said you were dead!

MAVIS
Well..... they were misinformed.

Get dressed! We donít have much time.

KAY

Wait a minute!

Iím not going anywhere!

First of all, even if it werenít for

this whole death thing, youíre still

breaking and entering. But then, then

you show up after putting me through hell

thinking I just lost my best friend. Now youíre

here, telling me what to do--like always! Canít

anyone do anything without you?

MAVIS

Are you getting dressed or not?

KAY

I am dressed!

MAVIS

So are you coming with me?

KAY

No! Just go away!

You donít have to take care of me

like a three-year-old. Just let me live

my own life. You canít even keep your own life

in order; why do you keep messing with mine?

Mavis purses her lips and makes fists.

MAVIS

Are you coming or not?

KAY

No!

And with that, Mavis clocks Kay. Kay falls back on the bed. Mavis picks her up in a firemanís hold, grabs the suitcase, and struggles out of the room.

LONG SHOT

HALLWAY

MAVIS, KAY, QUINN

MAVIS has almost made it to the front door when QUINN steps between them and the exit. A pause as he assesses the situation. Everything happens at once.....

Mavis throws KAY one way as she jumps the other. For someone who is supposed to be dead, she moves suprisinly quickly. Quinn leaps after Kay, then drops her and turns to Mavis. Quinn grabs her by the waist and swings her into the opposite wall.

SABINE and DEREK have made it half-way down the stairs. Derek runs to Kay, picks her up, and starts up the stairs....sheís starting to wake up. Sabine closes on Mavis with Quinn. Mavis hits Sabine on the head with the suitcase, she falls back into Quinn. He throws her aside. Sabine struggles up and rubs her head as Quinn leaps at Mavisí legs. Mavis strikes with the suitcase and Quinn nabs it mid-air. He lifts it and Mavis off the ground...she knees him in the gut. He drops them both. She lands and runs after Derek and Kay. Kay turns with a suprised look as Mavis clocks her again. Kay falls like a sack of mice and Derek catches her. By now, Mavis has managed to get the suitcase open and is fumbling through it. Sabine grabs Mavis around the waist and they roll before Mavis slams the suitcase lid on Sabineís head. Stuff goes spilling and Mavis scrambles to get it back into the case. Derek is attending to Kay on the staircase. She rubs her jaw. Now Mavis has the gold knife and is brandishing it like a street thug. Sabine starts to approach her, but stops short when she sees the knife. Quinn shoves her out of the way and bulldozes towards Mavis. Mavis slashes a gash across his arm and he recoils. The arm is a nasty mess; the knife was not very sharp. Covered in Quinnís blood, Mavis stabs at Derek and grabs Kay by the arm. Mavis tears ass for the front door, dragging Kay and the suitcase behind

EXTERIOR

HEAD SHOT

MAVISí CAR

GENE

DAY

GENE is smoking like itís his last cigarette. The car is full of smoke and Gene stops every now and then to rub his eyes. He hears the noise outside and rubs the condensation off the window. MAVIS is dragging an unwilling KAY out of Quinnís house. Mavis is covered in blood and rain. Kay is struggling and yelling. Gene starts to panic.

GENE

Oh god, oh god, oh god, oh god.......

INTERIOR

MID SHOT

DOORWAY

LEILA

In the doorway of the house, quite unfazed, stands LEILA. Her motions are slow and fluid as she raises a gun and fires two shots. SABINE covers her ears at the sound of the gun.

EXTERIOR

LONG SHOT

FRONT WALK

MAVIS, KAY

MAVIS winces and stumbles to the ground. KAY falls behind her. Mavis gets to her feet and lifts Kay by the waist..... still making progress towards the car. Together, they slam into the back door of the car. GENE has crawled into the driverís seat and is starting the car. Mavis throws the suitcase in, then Kay, then leaps in just as Gene tears away from the house.

INTERIOR

POV: OUTSIDE

DOORWAY

LEILA, DEREK, SABINE, QUINN

DEREK grabs the gun from LEILA. QUINN is holding his arm, trying to staunch the bleeding.

DEREK

What do you think youíre doing?

Do you want the neighbors to hear?

LEILA

But they were getting away....

QUINN

Then let them go..... itís the middle of the day.

DEREK

If they go to a hospital, the doctors will call the police!

SABINE

What if they call the police?

QUINN

She wonít go to the hospital.

Not that one, sheís got too much to hide.

Leila turns to Derek.

LEILA

Did she stab you?

DEREK

She tried to. I think she bruised my kidneys.

SABINE picks something off the floor.

SABINE

Hereís what she got you with...

Itís the golden knife. Everyone stares at it. Everyone knows what it means. Mavis has the collection.

EXTERIOR

HEAD SHOT

MAVISí CAR

MAVIS, KAY, GENE

DAY

In the car, Gene and Mavis are trying to talk at once. Mavis is digging in the back for a blanket to cover Kay with.

GENE

What happened in there?

What the fuckís going on?

Mavis rubs an arm across her face and licks her lips.

MAVIS

It doesnít matter now, okay?

Just drive faster and try

to not get pulled over!

GENE

Just an errand?! Yeah right!

I should have known! I am never,

I mean it, never going to run errands

with you ever again! Gunshots!

Jeezus! Gunshots! Fuck!

MAVIS

Thatís not important now.

Gene is trying to calm down. Mavis tries to adjust the blanket around Kay. Gene tries to look in the back.

GENE

Is she dead...?

MAVIS

No. She canít die....

I wonít let her.

INTERIOR

LIVING ROOM

MID SHOT

QUINN, SABINE, DEREK, LEILA

DAY

LEILA and DEREK tidy while SABINE stitches up QUINNíS arm. He winces in pain and slams the table-top with his good hand. Sabine tries to move with him in stitching the arm.

QUINN

That insufferable woman refuses to stay dead!

I want to know what the hell is keeping her

on her feet! Do you understand?

DEREK

Maybe itís will-power.

SABINE

Will power makes you stop smoking or start

jogging. It does not re-animate the dead.

LEILA

Maybe she never died.

Maybe she was kinda sick.

Do you think it could be that?

That she was just sick?

QUINN

The woman was DEAD!

I made sure to that!

DEREK

Gehenna is coming this weekend.

We donít have time for this.

SABINE

We have all the time in the world.

Derek starts to say something...... but stops.

QUINN

Of course...

INTERIOR

MID SHOT

KITCHEN

BRIAN, GENE

NIGHT

BRIAN looks like heís about to bust at the seams. GENE sits nervously, afraid that maybe Brianíll lash out and pop him one. Brian sits and fumes.... or stands and paces.

BRIAN

I canít believe this. This whole thingís so stupid.

I need to think about this. Iíll be back soon.

He storms out the back door to roar away in his car. Gene can only sit nervously, staring at the ceiling, knowing what is going on upstairs. Mavis has told him what is what, but he still canít make out what is real and what is part of the horrible nightmare he canít wake up from. A knock on the door scares him out of his skin. Gene looks out the window to see DEREK , standing alone, begging admittance.

GENE

What do you want? Go away!

DEREK

Let me speak with her.

Let me speak with the Lazurian.

INTERIOR

POV: GENE

MAVISí ROOM

MAVIS

NIGHT

MAVIS is wrapped in a blanket. When GENE opens the door, only enough light to keep her face hidden is let in. Mavisí voice is curdled milk.

MAVIS
What?

Gene fumbles with the words.

GENE

Uh... Mavis... Thereís a guy here who wants to talk to you, I guess.

EXTERIOR

HEAD SHOT

FRONT DOOR

DEREK, MAVIS

NIGHT

MAVIS opens the door and gives DEREK a once-over.

MAVIS

Youíre alone?

DEREK

I am.

MAVIS

What do you want?

DEREK

I would wish to speak to you.

Mavis isnít afraid of him, just irritated. Heís shaking where he stands. She stands back and lets him in with a wide swing of her arm. Derek steps across the threshold into the world of Mavisí twisted immortality.

INTERIOR

LONG SHOT

LIVING ROOM

MAVIS, DEREK, GENE

MAVIS leads DEREK into the living room and collapses in the easy-chair. Crumpled in the seat, she resembles a sick lioness: able to tear you apart, just not as quickly as usual. Derek is terrified. Sitting before him is someone who is supposed to be dead and ISNíT. Mavis is someone who stole Kay from under his nose and took that which he came to the city for in the first place. He knows if she were in the peak of health, he wouldnít be left standing. She sits staring--waiting for him to make the first move. GENE watches this--unsure what to make of the whole deal--unsure of what to do next. He tries to be polite.

GENE

Can I get either of you something to drink?

A pause as they glower at him.

GENE

No, huh?...Okay.... Iíll...

just be in the other room then.

Mavis and Derek watch him carefully as he walks out. Mavis turns to Derek with an exhausted look,

MAVIS

Well, what do you want?

Youíre not taking anything from this house.

DEREK

How fares your friend?

MAVIS

Sheís doing all right... now.

DEREK

You must understand that....

MAVIS

I donít wish to discuss it.

Why donít we just talk about

why you came here, okay?

DEREK
You have stolen something from us.

I have come to ask for its return.

If you donít mind, Iíd like to avoid any conflict.

Itís really for the best.....

MAVIS

I donít have it.

DEREK

What?

MAVIS

I donít have it. Itís somewhere where youíll never

be able to get it. So I guess thereís no point

to this meeting, is there?

DEREK

Where is it?

MAVIS

Iíll never tell. And youíll never find it.

Derek wrings his hands and looks nervously around the room.

MAVIS

No, itís not here. Itís nowhere near here by now.

Even with all the people you obviously have working for you,

it will take several lifetimes before you can even get close to where

itís been. I canít return it to the museum because youíll just steal it

again, and thereís no lake deep enough to hide it forever,

so Iíve put it somewhere you canít get to it.

Derek reacts with shock and runs his fingers through his hair. He looks at Mavis with despair.

DEREK

My own stupidity has caused this. I guess you have no idea

how important it is I have it back. Never mind. Mistakes have

been made and consequences will fall where they will.

I apologize for wasting your time.

MAVIS

Donít worry about it. I have a

feeling I have a lot more time

on my hands then I used to.

Derek turns to go, but stops and looks at Mavis. She pulls herself out of the chair.

DEREK

May I see her? May I see Kay before I leave?

POV: KAYíS ROOM

HALLWAY

DEREK, MAVIS

Kayís labored breaths can be heard. DEREK looks shocked. MAVIS looks bored.

DEREK

What have you done to these people?

Mavis shuts the door.

MAVIS

I think you should go.

Expand this scene.

EXTERIOR

HEAD SHOT

BRIANíS CAR

BRIAN

NIGHT

BRIAN drives around aimlessly. Heís so upset he can hardly see straight. He clenches his teeth and fumes.

BRIAN

So? So, she wonít tell me whatís going on.

Fine! Fine, I can deal with that. No-oneís

going to get hurt. Any more hurt. No,

Mavis wouldnít allow it. She sees to it that

everything turns out okay... jeezus...

Sheís going to get us all killed. God...

His eyes have misted over and he sniffles.

BRIAN

Iím so sorry, Kay. I canít run out on you.

Mavis knows whatís best. She always has...

He turns the car around. Heís said the words, but now he has to get back to the house and believe them.

INTERIOR

MID SHOT

KAYíS ROOM

KAY, GENE

NIGHT

GENE carries a tray into Kayís room. He stops in the middle of the room and cocks his head.

GENE

Kay? You all right?

The sound of KAY whispering. Gene approaches the bed and sets the tray down on the bed-side table.

GENE

Kay? Itís.. itís microwaved lasagna.... the plateís a little hot

and Iíve got a coke if youíre thirsty...... Kay?

KAY

I donít want anything to eat.

Her voice is very faint. She raises her arm slightly. Gene takes her hand.

KAY

Youíre such a good friend.

GENE

Ah, uh... well, hereís the lasagna. If you...

KAY

Why do you listen to her?

GENE

What?

KAY

Why do you listen to her? Sheís so wrong.

GENE

Sheís not all wrong. If.. if we take you to a hospital,

the doctors... itís a gunshot wound. Kay, if the

police get involved... weíre all screwed.

KAY

Jeezus, I canít believe this...

GENE

Please, Kay...

KAY

She always helps where she isnít wanted.

MAVIS has been standing in the doorway. She comes in and sits on Kayís vanity.

MAVIS

Are you feeling any better?

KAY

Youíre crazy. I donít know...

I donít know whatís going on...

If... if I die..

MAVIS

Youíre not going to die.

KAY

I just......

Her voice is trailing off. Sheís very weak.

KAY

You dug a bullet out of me.

MAVIS

I know.

KAY

When are you going to stop the pain?

Mavis looks at Gene. Her eyes say sheís hurting.

MAVIS

Just donít worry about it. Iíll take care of it.

Just like I take care of everything. Trust me.

Gene gives Mavis a look that is nothing but hate. He wants to trust her, but he feels like his trust has been violated. Mavis needs him to trust her.

MAVIS

Everything will be all right.

INTERIOR

LONG SHOT

LIVING ROOM

BRIAN

NIGHT

BRIAN comes storming into the living room. He stands in the middle of the room.

BRIAN

Mavis!!!

MID SHOT

KAYíS ROOM

MAVIS, GENE, KAY

MAVIS and GENE look up at the noise.

MID SHOT

LIVING ROOM

BRIAN

BRIAN is standing in the middle of the room, shouting.

BRIAN

Mavis! Mavis, god-damnit! We need to talk!

MAVIS scurries up behind him.

MAVIS

Stop shouting.

BRIAN

You and me..... we need to talk.

MAVIS

I was kind of busy upstairs.

BRIAN

I donít care.

MAVIS

Well, I do.

BRIAN

Look, this is crazy. You donít know

what youíre doing. She should be in a hospital.

For that matter, so should you.

The phone rings in the background. GENE answers it.

MAVIS

You donít think the police will want to

know where the bullet came from?

BRIAN

Fine! Weíll tell them.

MAVIS

And go to jail for breaking and entering.

BRIAN

Youíll go to jail.

MAVIS

Youíre an accessory to the crime.

Gene holds the phone out to Mavis. He looks terrified.

GENE

Uh.... Mavis....

She grabs the phone.

MAVIS

What?

DEREKíS VOICE

Get them out, Lazurian.

Get them out now.

Mavisí eyes practically bug. The connection ends with a click. Brian is still pissed.

BRIAN

So? Whatís it going to be?

Keep her here and let her die,

or take her to a hospital?

MAVIS

Brian, go upstairs and get Kay.

Gene, go help him.

BRIAN

And what are you doing?

MAVIS

Iím going to get the car.

She walks away. Brian turns to Gene with a smug look.

BRIAN

See? She listened to reason.

GENE

I donít think it was you she was listening to.

Close-up on Brianís face. He doesnít get it.

EXTERIOR

POV INSIDE GARAGE

GARAGE

MAVIS

NIGHT

MAVIS walks out to the garage and unlocks her car. It can only whine and sputter when she tries to start it. She pops the hood and looks underneath.

MAVIS

What the hell?

INTERIOR

LONG SHOT

KAYíS ROOM

BRIAN, GENE, KAY

NIGHT

GENE is scrounging around for more blankets. BRIAN is struggling to get KAY off the bed. Gene helps as best he can. Together they manage to get Kay into a sitting position. The doorbell rings.

BRIAN

Who is that?

GENE

Itís Mavis. I bet the door

locked after her. Iíll get it.

Gene leaves. Brian wraps Kay in one of the blankets. Heís just getting her to her feet when he stops short and calls after Gene.

BRIAN

But sheís getting her car..... she has her keys.

Brian sets Kay down.

BRIAN

Gene! Sheís got her keys!

Itís not Mavis!

He starts to run out of the room, but SABINE steps between him and the door.

BRIAN

Sabine? What are you doing here?

INTERIOR

POV FROM FRONT PORCH

FRONT DOOR

GENE, QUINN

NIGHT

GENE opens the front door, looks up and sees QUINN waiting.

QUINN

Thank-you.

GENE

Uh.... hi.... uh.....

Quinn steps in through the door. Gene backs up.

GENE

Arenít you..... youíre..... Arenít.....

I mean.... the other one..... Mavis said.....

QUINN

Mavis was wrong.

LONG SHOT

LIVING ROOM

GENE, QUINN

GENE runs into the living room; QUINN follows at a slow easy pace. Gene gets into the living room, and searches frantically through the books there. He grabs a family bible--a huge, monstrously heavy thing--and holds it at armís length. Quinnís eyes widen.

GENE

Stand back! Stand back or

Iíll beat your head in!

QUINN

You would hit me with a bible?

Isnít that a sin or......

Quinn is cut short as Gene thrusts the bible with both hands into the bridge of Quinnís nose. Gene hits Quinn with the bible a few more time, drops it, and runs upstairs.

GENE

Brian! Brian, help!

EXTERIOR

MID SHOT

GARAGE

MAVIS

NIGHT

MAVIS is looking under the hood of her car. She shakes her head and slams the hood of the car, only to reveal LEILA sitting on the roof of the car.

LEILA

Hello.

MAVIS

Hello.

LEILA

We cut your phone line.

MAVIS

Did you?

Leila giggles. Mavis backs slowly into the back of the garage, her hands feeling the back wall, looking for just the right thing.

LEILA

Everyone wants to know how you came

back the first time. Did Derek do that?

MAVIS

Who?

LEILA

Derek said it was will power, that happens sometimes.

Was it will power? You must be very strong willed.

MAVIS

I had something to do. Unfinished business.

Mavis curls her fingers around the object, a turned wooden bulb planter.

LEILA

I wasnít sure when I started all this. Iím a sunny person.

I like sun. I was going to be an actress. Did you know that?

Mavis turns the bulb planter in her hand, ready to make her move.

LEILA

I guess I should forget about getting a tan now.

Mavis is getting ready to leap onto the hood of the car. Geneís yelping breaks her concentration.

GENE (off screen)

Brian! Help!

The yell catches Mavis mid leap. She drops the bulb planter. The clatter catches Leilaís attention. A brief moment as the two look at each other. Mavis leaps anyway and clocks Leila. Mavis pushes Leila off the roof of the car. Leila lands on the hood with a dull thud. Mavis pulls Leila off the hood. Thereís a dent.

MAVIS

Damn!

INTERIOR

MID SHOT

KAYíS ROOM

BRIAN, SABINE, KAY

NIGHT

SABINE shuts and locks the door. KAY moans softly. Sabine moves the blanket from Kayís face.

SABINE

You didnít take her to a hospital?

Was this your idea?

BRIAN

No.... Mavis.

SABINE

This is wrong. No-one has

the right to do this.

Brian glances behind him at the bedroom window. He gives Sabine a look and backs up to the window.

SABINE

Itís a long way down, and you

canít run on broken legs.

GENE (off screen)

Brian! Help!

SABINE

Your friend, he helped you do this?

BRIAN

Mavis is taking care of everything.

SABINE

Oh? So Mavis can turn back

the hands of time now?

BRIAN

How can you say what you do is any better?

Who shot her? One of us? No.

SABINE

I just do what Iím told.

BRIAN

Thatís not very original.

SABINE

People have been saying it for centuries.

LONG SHOT

HALLWAY

GENE

GENE is throwing himself against the door. QUINN is slowly coming up the stairs.

GENE

Brian! Kay! Help!

HEAD SHOT

KAYíS ROOM

KAY, BRIAN, SABINE

KAY stirs slightly on the bed. Sheís paler than the sheets and her lips are slightly blue.

KAY

Gene.....

BRIAN starts towards her but stops. SABINE moves closer.

SABINE

We had a job to do, we came here to do it. In our world,

you do what your told, maybe a little extra,

you get rewarded for the little bonuses.

BRIAN

And I was the bonus?

SABINE

Not yet.

LONG SHOT

KITCHEN

MAVIS

MAVIS kicks through the back door of the kitchen.

MAVIS

Brian?.... Gene!

From the kitchen she can see the mess in the living room. She starts for it as GENE comes running down the back stairs. Heís in a complete panic.

GENE

Mavis! Mavis!

He gets half-way down and trips--falling on his back. QUINN is walking slowly down the stairs. Gene lets out another yelp and panics to get up, but thereís more adrenaline going to his stomach than his limbs: his arms and legs wonít work the way he wants them to. Mavis runs from the living room, through the ding room, picking up a chair leg without even breaking stride. She smashes the chair on the door frame and lunges at Quinn with the broken chair leg. Quinn brushes her off and throws her into the wall head firs; Sheís knocked out cold. LEILA runs in from the other room.

QUINN

Where have you been?

LEILA

I... uh....

QUINN

I donít want any trouble from that one...

Quinn gestures to Gene. Leila crouches to where Gene is and pulls out a roll of duct tape out of her jacket. She starts to bind his hands behind his back.

GENE

Youíre not going to bite me again, are you?

LEILA
No.....

GENE

Well, good. I hated that.

QUINN

Shut him up.

Leila puts a piece of tape across Geneís mouth.

QUINN

You bit him?

LEILA

Yeah....

Quinn picks Mavis off the floor and shoves Gene into the living room.

QUINN

Now weíre going to get the answers

to a few questions. Leila, see whatís taking Sabine.

LONG SHOT

HALLWAY

LEILA

LEILA walks up the stairs and tests doors on the second floor. She stops at Kayís door and puts her ear to it.

LONG SHOT

LIVING ROOM

QUINN, MAVIS, GENE

QUINN has put GENE in an easy chair. Gene shifts and wiggles. MAVIS is on the couch. Quinn sits on the coffee table; he gives the broken chair leg in Mavisí side a twist.

QUINN

Tell me where it is....

MAVIS

Nuh.... no! I canít!

QUINN

Oh, I doubt thereís much you canít do.

This is easy. Where is it?

MAVIS

I ah! I donít..... ahhh.... Itís not here.....

QUINN

Itís not here. So where is it?

Mavis doubles over. She stares at Quinn from under her brows, grinning with a mouthful of her own blood

MAVIS

Never.... in your.... lifetime....

Quinn stands and lights a cigarette.

QUINN

Then perhaps in your friendís life time?

Maybe he can give us a little information.

Quinn approaches Gene with the lit cigarette. He rolls it between his finger and thumb like a cigar and holds Geneís face with the other hand.

QUINN

Maybe your friend can tell us where

it is... while he can still see...

DARK WOAMN (off screen)

Quinn!

Quinn swings around. Standing on the stairs is SABINE, BRIAN, and the DARK WOMAN, who has a small hand pistol.

DARK WOMAN

Your move.

Quinn lets go of Geneís face and takes a drag off his cigarette.

QUINN

If you donít mind, youíre interfering with my interrogation.

The dark woman leads Sabine to the couch and pulls the chair leg out of Mavisí side. Mavis groans.

QUINN

Get out, Moira! This is a personal matter.

DARK WOMAN

There are no personal matters.

You taught me that yourself.

The dark woman turns to Mavis.

DARK WOMAN

I apologize for not arriving earlier.

You can hand it to me now.

MAVIS

I donít have it.

DARK WOMAN

What?

QUINN

Youíre working with this woman?

I should have known; she reeks

of your stupidity.

DARK WOMAN

It was your half of the dealÖ

MAVIS

A rotten deal....

DARK WOMAN

I gave you the power to protect your friends...

QUINN

Moira, what are you talking about?

MAVIS

You gave me nothing but death!

QUINN

What did you give her, Moira?

MOIRA

Stay out of this!

Gene is working the tape off his mouth.

MOIRA

You were supposed to give it to me!

MAVIS

You just said to make sure he didnít have it!

BRIAN

Whois this? Mavis?

MAVIS

Shut up, Brian! Iím dealing with it!

SABINE

Quinn, what are they talking about?

QUINN

I donít know....

BRIAN

No! Youíre done dealing with things.

You dealt everything into a big god-damned mess!

QUINN

Moira? What is she talking about? What deal?

MAVIS

You donít have to worry about this!

MOIRA

This is between me and her!

BRIAN

What have you done to us?

DEREK (off screen)

An interesting question.

DEREK comes through the front door, followed by a short dark WOMAN in a huge black coat. She is of indeterminate age. She could be very old and just not show it. Quinn, Moira (the dark woman), and Derek, all treat her with great respect and fear.

MOIRA

Gehenna!

QUINN

Gehenna! I can explain!

GEHENNA

Derek, bring the last one down.

Moira takes Sabineís arm and walks her to the couch. Quinn walks to the couch, but doesn't sit. Mavis groans. Brian stands at the bottom of the stairs. Gene backs into the wall.

GEHENNA

Well now, well now, well now. This is very interesting. The best

and brightest are sent to do something, and upon arriving at the house,

no-one can be found.

QUINN

Gehenna, I...

GEHENNA

Derek makes an appearance and now we are here.

Why here? These people have nothing to do with the task at hand.

You shouldnít know any of them, so why are we here?

QUINN

I can explain....

Gehenna glares at Quinn. She paces slowly around him.

GEHENNA

Where is it?

QUINN

We had it, but...

GEHENNA

Where is it?

QUINN

She stole it and....

GEHENNA

Where is it?

QUINN

I... I donít know.

GEHENNA

Ah. And who does know?

QUINN

This! This Lazurian!

This resurrectant who....

GEHENNA

Who stole it from you? Her?

She turns her head, very slowly, like a lizard, to look at Mavis.

GEHENNA

She stole it from you? What was your excuse?

What were you doing? Sleeping?

QUINN

Moira has betrayed you. She made some sort of

deal with this woman and....

GEHENNA

Oh, a deal. Explain.

MOIRA

Gehenna, I was mearly trying to illustrate how......

GEHENNA

How none of you can be trusted.

QUINN

This is exactly the point I was trying

to make. You see.....

GEHENNA

Shut up.... stand.

Mavis stands up, against her will. She looks like shit.

GEHENNA

You removed private property fromÖ..

MAVIS

They belong to the museum.

GEHENNA

They belong to me! Where are they?

MAVIS
Gone.

GEHENNA

No-one seems to be capable of giving a

straight answer this evening. Where are they?

MAVIS
I donít know.

GEHENNA

You donít know, he doesnít know...

doesnít anybody know?

MAVIS

No.

GEHENNA

And why not?

MAVIS

Itís in the system.

MOIRA

What system?

GEHENNA

Which system?

MAVIS

The US postal system. Itís in a cardboard box with

some canned peppers and garlic powder. Thereís

an incorrect address on the top. Itíll get shuffled

around the country for years before anyone can track it.

GEHENNA
A cardboard box.... with garlic powder....

MAVIS

I think the lid on the garlic powder was a little loose.

Iím sure it came open. The canned peppers might have

burst as well. They were a little swollen when I packed them.

No-one seems to find this funny, except Gehenna.

GEHENNA
One of the greatest archaeological finds in history!

In a common cardboard box!

What precisely was the address on that box?

MAVIS

I donít remember. It was illegible.

Gehenna continues to laugh.

GEHENNA

Did you hear that? A cardboard box!

She gives Mavis a very hard stare.

GEHENNA

When was the last time you fed?

MAVIS

I.... I had a salad this morning.

Gehenna laughs and points at Gene. Moira takes his arms and pulls him to Gehenna.

GEHENNA

No, when did you feed? Have you yet?

MAVIS

No.

Gehenna gives Moira a cold glance, then turns back to Mavis. A slow smile. She rests a hand on Geneís shoulder and stands behind him.

GEHENNA

Arenít you hungry?

MAVIS

Y... yes.

GEHENNA

This one, then?

Heís ripe for the taking.....

MAVIS
No. No, I canít.

Gene is terrified, he looks like a cat thatís being held by the scruff of the neck. Gehenna brushes his hair away from the mark Leila left on his ear.

GEHENNA

You missed.

She gives the scab a lick.

GEHENNA

Ah! YesÖ.. Well-born, premium stock.

MAVIS

Please.... donít....

Gehenna takes Geneís hand and sucks his fingers. Gene shuts his eyes, preparing for almost certain death.

GEHENNA

Look, once started, he will be easier for you.

She bites one of his fingers and holds the hand in front of Mavis.

GEHENNA

The flavor is exquisiteÖ.

Will you not partakeÖ?

MAVIS

Iím sure... please, just donít....

Gehenna paints Mavisí lips with Geneís bloodied finger. Mavis cannot lick her lips, she just clenches her teeth and shuts her eyes.

MAVIS

No!

Gehenna smiles and returns the finger to her own mouth.

GEHENNA

Your sacrifice shall sate our hunger.

Mavis opens her eyes. Sheís crying. Gehenna stops mid-bite. She stands away from Gene.

GEHENNA

Ah, the forgotten element. So much time has

passed since that was part of the equation.

Our great days of glory.

Mavis covers her face. Gene passes out. Gehenna grins at her.

GEHENNA

You have so much to learn.

Derek comes downstairs with Kay in his arms.

DEREK

Gehenna....

Derek sets Kay on the stairs. He looks genuinely concerned. Mavis struggles from the couch.

MAVIS

No! Donít!

Moira pushes Mavis back onto the couch and looks at Gehenna. Sabine starts to get off the couch, but Moira gestures with the gun and Sabine sits back down

MOIRA

Gehenna, I hope...

GEHENNA

You hope?

MOIRA

I mean....

GEHENNA

Oh, yes. Do try to explain.

What you have to say should prove very entertaining.

Moira cannot talk. She just stands and swallows and stares at the floor. Gehenna stands very close to her.

GEHENNA

Your reasoning remains unfathomable.

MOIRA

I just thought....

GEHENNA

You over-stepped your boundaries. Your only responsibility

was to watch our man Quinn. And yet, you decided to do more

than that. What were you thinking?

MOIRA

I... I donít know.

GEHENNA

No, you donít.

Only Derek did as he was toldÖ.

The rest of you wallowed in self-direction! Derek!

Derek steps away from Kay and reaches into his jacket. He pulls out the gold knife and hands it to Gehenna. She holds it gingerly and presents it to all assembled.

GEHENNA

This is it. All that is left.

An instrument of destruction and sacrifice.

And now, before us, the three people

responsible for the loss of the crown of an empire.

MAVIS

Oh big loss!

Gehenna starts to pace the room.

GEHENNA

Just something... A little reminder of our days in the sun.

That was all that was wantedÖ And you people turned it into

some kind of political game. Why? Whoís right for the job?

Who isnít? Who knows? How do you think things became how they are today?

Who learned a few tricks here and there and always thought

about what they were doing before they did it? You people donít think.

You just run around and do what seems right at the time,

but you never give any thought to what the consequences are.

Quinn brings in unnecessary members, Moira acts

behind our back, and you!

She gestures to Mavis.

GEHENNA

Youíre the worst of the whole lot! You didnít have to accept her deal,

and now youíll have to live with it for the rest of your un-natural life!

She thought sheíd be clever, she thought sheíd prove something.

And what were you doing when you threw it all away?

It wasnít yours to deal with. If you felt cheated by her deal,

why did you follow through with your half?

You could have left well enough alone.

MAVIS

I just...

GEHENNA

Donít any of you have a brain in your head?

MAVIS

Weíve all suffered because of you!

GEHENNA

Pardon?

MAVIS

We all had lives before you sent your cronies here!

Theyíve done nothing but lie, and cheat, and.... and steal....

GEHENNA

You have no-one to blame but yourself.

Derek looks up from Kay.

DEREK

What about.......?

GEHENNA

Oh, yes. This poor creature. Bring her.

MAVIS

Can you do something for her?

GEHENNA

Can you?

MAVIS

N.... No.

GEHENNA

Then you shouldnít worry about itÖ.

QUINN

I guess we should go then.

GEHENNA

Yes, we shall.

And, yetÖyouÖ

You shall not join us.

QUINN

You canít leave me here with...

GEHENNA

With the consequences of your actions?

Gehenna starts her pacing again. She approaches Quinn and reaches into his breast pocket.

QUINN

Everything would have been fine,

if it hadnít been for...

GEHENNA

These people.....

QUINN

Well, these people I had to deal with.

Gehenna has pulled out a box of cigarettes. She pulls one out and puts it in Quinnís mouth.

GEHENNA

You were warned. Never deal with their kind.

They have their own ways and live in their own world.

She pulls out a box of matches.

QUINN

I remember.

GEHENNA

No, child, you remembered nothing! If you had remembered,

you would be presenting the crown right now,

and definitely not here! No, what happened is clear.

This woman affronted your pride,

and you decided to take up the challenge. Never mind the fact

you had other things you were supposed to be doing.

You were off, running around, living it up,

so to speak, while the others did your job.

She strikes the match and lights his cigarette.

GEHENNA

You forgot everything you were taught, and you were the

most promising student! You took to this life faster than any

of those before you. It came to you naturally, to feed on others.

She blows out the match and snaps it in her gloved hands. Quinn falls to the ground and writhes on the floor with a twisted, broken back. Gehenna kneels to where heís busy groaning.

GEHENNA

You were my greatest disappointment.

She takes his head now and starts a kiss, Quinn stops his writhing, but looks paler and thinner than before. He is sinking in on himself. The others watch on, horrified, until Gehenna stands up with dust running between her fingers.

GEHENNA

Well, thereís nothing more for us here.

Back to life as usual. Come.

Sabine leaps up from the couch.

SABINE

What about me?

Gehenna doesnít answer her. Her face doesnít even register sheíd heard anything.

SABINE

Grandmother! You canít just leave me here!

She starts out the front door.

BRIAN

Youíre nothing but a pack of monsters!

Every fucking one of you!

GEHENNA

What is that?

MOIRA

I donít know.

BRIAN

You do nothing but take people in and use them up!

Weíre like cigarettes to you; you just light us up,

suck us dry, and throw us away when youíre done.

GEHENNA

Is that what you think?

BRIAN

Itís kind of obvious, isnít it?

GEHENNA

Not really.

Derek is carrying Kay out the door. Moira is holding the door open. Gehenna approaches Moira.

GEHENNA
If we were really monsters,

justice would be very hard to dispense.

Gehenna slams the gold knife into Moiraís gut. Moira looks suprised, clutches her middle, and falls over.

GEHENNA
Things are not as cut and dry as youíd like them to be.

BRIAN

Blood sucking.....

Gehenna grins and looks at Mavis.

GEHENNA

You have us mistaken for someone else.

Derek carries Kay out to the car. Gehenna stops half in and half out of the door.

GEHENNA

It would be wise to leave nowÖ.

Before the police arrive.

The door shuts behind her. Brian sits on the stairs, head in hands. Sabine sits next to Brian--he gets up and leaves. Gene wakes up, startled. Mavis just stands there in shock. Roll credits.


Okay, very nice. What else can you do?