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by Mey
Rated: 13+ · Script/Play · Fantasy · #1545884
an urban fantsy about a war of the courts
int. subway

a train pulls into the station. HARLEM is standing against a pillar waiting for someone on the train, he's standing completely still his arms crossed over his chest staring straight ahead. he is the only person on the platform, trash is littered about, as the doors to the train open a newspaper is blown up and sticks to Harlem still he dose not move. a crowd of people get off the train and walk past Harlem to the exit, one of them a woman. Harlem turns his head to the side. he sniffs once. the woman is dressed well, a business suit that is obviously very expensive. as the woman begins to ascend the steps Harlem steps away from his pillar and starts to follow. a couple next to Harlem laugh. everyone ascends to street level.

ext. street overcast day

the woman steps out of the subway before anyone else. the crowd follows after and disperses down the street. Harlem stands shadowed in the entrance to the subway watching the woman who hails a cab and gets inside but leaves the door open. Harlem stands still for a moment then steps confidently from the shadows, walks up to the cab and gets inside pulling the door shut behind him.

int. cab

Harlem is sitting stiffly, he is clearly unhappy where he is. his hands are in tight fists on his lap. the woman is sitting comfortably smiling faintly.

Leona

Harlem, it's been so long since we've ridden together.

Harlem

(stiffly)

times have changed.

LEONA

yes, yes they have.

Harlem shuffles about uncomfortably.

LEONA

do you like what I've done with myself?

Leona waves her hands about indicating her person. Harlem says nothing. the cab driver starts to hum out of tune. Leona laughs lightly.

HARLEM

what is it that you want?

LEONA

i seek a bodyguard for my little daughter.

HARLEM

(unhappily)

i will look into it.

LEONA

(smugly)

why, Harlem what a generous offer.

HARLEM

our debt is payed.

Leona smiles. the car slows to a stop in front of a very high class building. Leona climbs from the taxi gracefully.

Taxi driver

35.16

Leona leans into the back of the cab.

Leona

enjoy your stay Harlem, and good luck in all your endeavors.

Harlem glares at Leona who smirks, winks, looks at the cab driver, and shuts the door.

taxi DRIVER

35.16

Harlem frowns. he then glares at the cab river who goes pale. Harlem opens the door and gets out of the cab. the cab driver shakes his head, pulls his collar tighter, and drives off.

ext. slums overcast day

Sonia is walking confidently down the back ally like she owns it. she's dressed in a short black leather jacket and is wearing scuffed doc martins. eventually she comes to what she's looking for, a manhole covered by trash, but held propped open by a heavy old book. she pulls out the book looks at it for a moment then tosses it aside and climbs down the manhole closing it behind her.

int. sewers

Sonia descends almost to the floor then hops of the last few rungs of the ladder. she stands utterly still facing the wall. the area behind her is well lit by clean electric light. Sonia turns carefully away from the wall. there are a few couches and comfy chairs strewn about and Randy and Dolph are lounging about on the couches, Cher is sitting in chair in the corner. three of the walls are made of clean brick but the last wall looks like it was hastily concreted up.

Dolph

what's up?

Sonia walks forward and plops down on an empty couch.

Sonia

nothing really, me mums going nuts.

the people laugh.

Randy

like you said that ain't news.

Cher walks forward and hands Sonia a beer.

SONIA

thanks.

Cher walks off to a corner and sits down.

RANDY

have you heard of that new bar that's opened up?

DOLPH

the new one up on Dilancy street? off of kings cross?

RANDY

yeah that's the one.

SONIA

no i can't say that i have.

Randy sits up and Sonia takes a swig of her beer.

RANDY

it's called Watchers. super exclusive, like only the people they like can get in.

DOLPH

i heard that they turned away Mr. Irons.

SONIA

i know him.

she takes another swig of beer and everyone looks at her oddly.

SONIA

i mean i know of him.

DOLPH

doesn't everyone?

RANDY

yeah i mean he owns like half of New York.

Cher

(disdainfully)

hardly.

SONIA

no one owns more than eleven percent.

RANDY

and they turned him away?

DOLPH

yeah, but i see teenagers getting in all the time, it's like they chose randomly who gets in.

SONIA

and you wanna go?

Randy shrugs.

RANDY

why not?

CHER

personally i think it's a stupid idea.

there is a pause a Sonia stops to consider.

SONIA

watchers eh?

int. Leona's mansion master bedroom twilight

Leona is standing staring lazily out of a full length balcony window, she has changed into a long black dress. in one had she holds a cigarette holder that has no cigarette in it. in her other hand she holds a small classy clutch. she opens the clutch and pulls out and elaborate cigarette case removes a cigarette, sticks it in her cigarette holder and puts the cigarette case back into her purse, behind her a female figure, Trix, stands holding a short sword and a pistol. Leona reaches into her purse pulls out a lighter and lights her cigarette. Charon, steps out of the shadows, he is also holding a pistol but in his other hand he is instead holding a dagger. Leona takes a drag from her cigarette. pauses a moment exhales. and speaks without looking back over her shoulder.

LEONA

two?

Leona spins around slowly. her dress flares around her.

LEONA

i expected better.

Leona flicks the cherry from her cigarette, as it falls both Trix and Charon rush forward. the still burning ball of ash and fire hits the floor and there is an explosion of light. after the flash Leona is gone, and Charon and Trix stand looking around the room. suddenly Charon fires off a round behind him without looking then whirls to stab with his dagger but barely misses Leona. they fight elegantly Leona always one step ahead of Trix and Charon, over the course of the fight Charon gets a small cut on his left side and Leona rips the barrel of Trix's gun off with her bare hands, and ends up in with Charon's gun. the fight ends when Leona knocks Charon to the ground and put her foot on Charon's throat hard enough that he's choking while aiming his gun at Trix.

LEONA

enough.

Trix

not quite.

Trix rushes Leona with her sword Leona pulls the trigger but noting happens. Leona ducks under the blade and punches Trix in the stomach. Trix drops the blade, but Charon catches it and slashes at Leona's leg. Leona dances away from the blade and Trix helps Charon up.

LEONA

very good.

Charon whirls the blade preparing to attack.

HARLEM

(agitatedly)

enough.

Harlem steps out of the shadows.

HARLEM

will they do?

LEONA

they will.

Charon and Trix relax.

LEONA

take them away and ready them for there new assignment.

Harlem bows his head. and retreats into the shadows where he disappears. Trix and Charon follow him into the shadows where they to disappear. Leona smiles.

ext. ally night

Sonia, Dolph, Randy, and Cher are walking down the street, Sonia in front flanked by Dolph and Randy, with Cher following behind. Sonia is walking confidently.

SONIA

why are we even bothering? there's no way we're getting in.

Randy steps up and puts his arm around Sonia. everyone stops walking.

RANDY

(dramatically)

but what if we could? what if we could walk over to the door and they just take one look and let us in.

DOLPH

champagne would fall from the sky velvet ropes will part.

CHER

and Dolph and Randy will actually get laid for once.

Cher and Sonia laugh.

CHER

come on.

everyone starts walking again.

ext. Watchers night

Sonia and Cher turn out from the ally arm in arm. Ralph and Dolph turn out slightly after. in front of the club a bouncer stands guard, with two doormen flanking him. despite the crowd surrounding him he stands relaxed but still ready. he lets a couple in and another couple try to sneak in after them, he stops them without even turning his head to look at them. Sonia looks at Cher.

SONIA

what have we got to lose?

Sonia and her friends walk up to the door man with no confidence. the door man catches one look of Sonia and immediately points her out to the two doormen.

Bouncer

V.I.P.

the doormen push their way over to Sonia and gently take hold of her elbows.

SONIA

excuse me.

doorman

you are officially a VIP of the Watchers club.

the doormen lead her over to the door.

SONIA

sweet!

DOORMAN

please step right this way.

Sonia walks over to the door and her friends follow. the bouncer stops them at the door.

BOUNCER

only you.

SONIA

they are with me.

the doormen look at the bouncer who reluctantly puts his hand down and let's Sonia and her friends pass.

BOUNCER

(begrudgingly)

standard treatment.

DOLPH

awesome.

RANDY

sweet.

INT. WATCHERS OUTER ROOM

Sonia and her friends walk into watchers. the club is lit entirely in blue and black lights. soft music is thumping from hidden speakers. Everyone stops to look around them. there is a bar at one end of the club opposite from the door, to the right is a hookah lounge with a variety of styles and designs of hookahs and a bar filled with exotic liquors. people lounge about carelessly, all of them delicate and beautiful, though they are dressed in a large variety of styles. to the left is a door and a dance floor where people are dancing gracefully. the doorman gestures for Sonia to follow him through a door to across from the entrance.

DOORMAN

this way my lady.

Sonia looks at him for a moment and doesn't move. she blinks a few times.

SONIA

(suspiciously)

what's through there?

the doorman blinks a few times.

DOORMAN

(dumbfounded)

the VIP room my lady.

Sonia puts her hands on her hips.

SONIA

and may my friends enter?

the doorman looks puzzled and considers the issue for a moment.

DOORMAN

(apologetically)

I'm sorry they may not, they aren't VIPs.

Cher touches Sonia on her shoulder.

CHER

it's cool, I've always wanted to smoke a hookah, so I'll be over there.

Cher points to the hookah lounge, giggles and walks off.

DOLPH

yeah i second that.

Dolph waves and walks off to join Cher.

RANDY

you go and enjoy the VIPisums I'm gonna go get a drink.

Randy walks off towards the bar but stops midway and turns around.

RANDY

(in an old lady voice)

go on have a good time! just make sure you don't get any grass stains on your knees when you come home.

Randy resumes his walk to the bar finds an empty seat and settles down.

Sonia

fine. fine.

Sonia shakes her head and waves her hand that the doorman should lead her on. the doorman dips his head and walks to the door places his hand upon the knob then looks Sonia straight in the eyes.

DOORMAN

It is my distinct pleasure to admit you to the VIP room of the club watchers for the first time.

the doorman opens the door an a blinding white light comes streaming out.

INT. WATCHERS VIP ROOM

Sonia raises her right arm to cover her eyes for a moment when she puts her arm down and looks around the room without stepping in. the door man is holding the door open for her but standing so that no one behind her can see what the VIP room looks like. the VIP room's floor is read and white checker board, immediately in front of Sonia are five or six white wrought iron tables. a few of them are occupied. the people sitting at the table are all sipping golden liquid from champagne glasses. everyone in the room is stunningly beautiful. to Sonia's left is a pool of cool clear blue water were people a swimming naked, or lounging about idly. to Sonia's right is a vast dance floor where people are dancing with unnatural grace. beyond the dance floor is a bar hidden in the shadows, many of the liquor bottles are glowing as though lit by a black light. the lord of light and shadows is sitting propped up against the bar in the last seat on the far right, watching the door. He is sipping a glowing purple liquid from a martini glass, Sonia doesn't notice him and steps into the room.

SONIA

wow.

DOORMAN

please feel free to indulge your self in what ever you would like, the res of the VIP rooms are beyond that door

the doorman points to a door in the wall almost directly in front of Sonia but a little to the left.

SONIA

there's more?

DOORMAN

yes. if you need anything just call. Please remember that for our VIP members everything is complimentary.

SONIA

(in disbelief)

complimentary?

the doorman smiles and closes the door. Sonia looks around.

SONIA

wow.

Sonia takes a tentative step forward. looks around and sees several of the people surrounding her glaring at her. she looks at them reproachfully and starts walking towards the door that the doorman indicated across the room. she reaches the door and pauses in front of it. she slowly raises her right hand grabs hold of the doorknob and turns it. Sonia opens the door a crack, moans and screams can be heard from behind the door. Sonia begins to open the door more but suddenly a hand pushes the door closed.

LORD OF LIGHT AND SHADOWS

you don't want to go through there.

Sonia turns around and stares at him.

LORD OF LIGHT AND SHADOWS

those rooms can be quite intense for new members.

Sonia crosses her arms over her chest.

SONIA

how do you know I'm a new member?

the lord of light and shadows laughs.

LORD OF LIGHT AND SHADOWS

i own this club.

the lord of light and shadows waves his hand and creates a business card out of smoke, he hands the card to Sonia and it leaves a trail of smoke behind it. Sonia takes the card and put it in her pocket without looking at it.

SONIA

how do you do that?

the lord of light and shadows ignores the question, puts one hand around Sonia's waist and gestures with the other to one of the wrought iron tables.

LORD OF LIGHT AND SHADOWS

sit with me.

Sonia looks at him and he smiles, she hesitates a moment then walks over to one of the chairs, the lord of light and shadows walks after her, and pulls out the chair for her and helps her into it before walking around the table and taking his own seat. he sits comfortably with his legs crossed.

LORD OF LIGHT AND SHADOWS

what will you have to drink?

a waiter walks up he is wearing a red velvet vest over a plain white shirt and black pants. he bows once to the lord of light and shadows and then once again to Sonia.

SONIA

what?

LORD OF LIGHT AND SHADOWS

to drink. what is it that you wish?

SONIA

I want for nothing.

Sonia looks puzzled and the lord of lights and shadows smiles and his eyes twinkle.

LORD OF LIGHT AND SHADOWS

two glasses of humming bird nectar.

the waiter bows and the lord of light and shadows flicks his wrist and dismisses the waiter.

SONIA

(incredulous)

humming bird nectar?

LORD OF LIGHT AND SHADOWS

it's just a name my dear.

SONIA

(angrily)

don't call me my dear.

the lord of light and shadows spreads his hands innocently.

LORD OF LIGHT AND SHADOWS

i meant no offense.

Sonia humphs and crosses her arms over her chest. the waiter arrives carrying a silver tray with one hand, upon which are perched two tall, thin, and intricately cut glasses filled with a glowing carbonated yellow beverage. the waiter places one glass in font of the lord of light and shadows and one in front of Sonia, bows once, and walks off. the lord of light and shadows smiles and indicates the glass in front of Sonia with a wave of his hand.

LORD OF LIGHT AND SHADOWS

try this it will make you feel better.

the lord of light and shadows begins to reach for his own glass but Sonia snatches his glass before he can reach it, he looks puzzled for a moment but reaches across the table, takes Sonia's glass, lifts it in a silent toast, and takes a drink from it. Sonia gives him a hard look for a moment and but takes a small sip from her own glass.

LORD OF LIGHT AND SHADOWS

that was a peculiar thing to do. may i enquirer as to the mental origins of that action, that is to say why you chose to drink from my glass as opposed to your own?

the lord of light and shadows takes another small sip from his glass.

SONIA

trust.

Sonia pauses and the lord of light and shadows stares at her patiently waiting for her to continue.

SONIA

i don't trust you and i expect that if you were going to drug me that you would naturally put the drugs in the only glass you'd expect me to drink from.

Sonia shrugs.

SONIA

it's a matter of self preservation.

LORD OF LIGHT AND SHADOWS

only a great fool would expect a woman to reach for what she is given, and i am not a great fool so you can clearly not chose the wine in front of me.

Sonia in the middle of taking a sip of the wine, starts laughing and ends up splashing some onto her shirt. she lowers the glass still laughing. the lord of light and shadows smiles a brilliant smile. Sonia gets done giggling and looks at the lord of light and shadows seriously.

SONIA

is it drugged?

the lord of shadows shakes his head sadly.

LORD OF LIGHT AND SHADOWS

no it's just a very nice wine.

Sonia make an ah noise.

SONIA

alright, then that makes everything alright.

the lord of light and shadows smiles again and takes a sip from his glass, which is by now almost empty.

SONIA

(somberly)

what did you say when you meant.

Sonia pauses and looks confused.

SONIA

what did you mean by when you said you own this club?

Sonia goes to drink more but the lord of light and shadows reaches over the table and puts his hand over her glass, before she can drink.

LORD OF LIGHT AND SHADOWS

i believe you've hit your limit.

SONIA

(drunkenly)

I'll hit you if you don't move your hand.

the lord of light and shadows frowns but doesn't move his hand. Sonia looks at him a frown, then yanks the glass out from under his hand and downs the half full glass. the lord of light and shadows becomes angry, he expels himself from his seat.

LORD OF LIGHT AND SHADOWS

(angrily)

Fool! idiot!

the lord of light and shadows storms around the table and grabs Sonia's wrist, and used it to pull her around the table.

LORD OF LIGHT AND SHADOWS

do you have any idea what you've done! you have drank a glass of wine from the high court of fairy!

the lord of light and shadows looks away from Sonia and covers his eyes with his hand, ashamed. Sonia looks at the lord of light and shadows drunkenly but devoid of worry.

SONIA

so?

the lord of light and shadows walks solemnly to his seat, still covering his eyes with his hand. he sits down heavily, and dose not look up at Sonia. he begins to laugh a slow deep humorless sound. he holds sup his right hand and makes a twisting motion with it. the waiter comes immediately. the lord of light and shadows gestures for the waiter to lean close. he removes his hand from the front of his eyes in order to cup his mouth with his hand so that Sonia cannot hear what he says. Sonia looks up drunkenly, and she catches a glimpse of the lord of light and shadows eyes are glowing green. Sonia jumps back, knocking over her chair, and falling to the floor.

SONIA

(hysterically)

what the fuck are you? what the fuck did you put in my goddamn drink!

the lord of light and shadows nods to the waiter and waves him off. the waiter bows and hurries away. the lord of light and shadows glances at Sonia who is on the floor in hysterics.

LORD OF LIGHT AND SHADOWS

(gently)

calm yourself.

the lord of light and shadows rises from his seat, and walks over to kneel by Sonia he places his hand on her arm and she looks deep into his eyes which glow brighter for just a moment and Sonia calms. the waiter returns bearing a silver tray with a shot glass filled with a glowing red liquid. the lord of light and shadows takes the shot glass and the waiter leaves. the lord of light and shadows pushes the shot glass to Sonia's lips.

LORD OF LIGHT AND SHADOWS

here. drink this.

SONIA

(frightened)

what is it, what will it do?

LORD OF LIGHT AND SHADOWS

drink.

Sonia takes a sip and passes out the lord of light and shadows catches her as she falls and lays her gently upon the floor.

INT. LEONA'S MANSION Sonia's bedroom Day

Sonia wakes up slowly, she opens her eyes slowly, looks around the room then sighs thinking the previous nights activities were a dream. she's lying in a bed, wearing a wife beater and boxers. the bed is fancy and expensive, the sheets are silk but thin. there is a stream of sunlight coming in from the balcony window that is slightly open, a slight breeze stirs the curtains. outside of the window are beautifully taken care of lawns with several large trees and a tall hedge that obscures anything beyond. Sonia opens her eyes slowly. the door to the bedroom opens and Leona walks in.

LEONA

we need to talk.

Sonia looks at her then drops her head back to the pillow. Leona walks around to the foot of Sonia's bed, she gently trails her fingertips along the baseboard.

LEONA

I've brought you something.

Sonia looks up without raising her head. Leona gestures to the door.

LEONA

they'll be your new bodyguards.

a woman walks in she's wearing tight black jeans with knee high black combat boots and a black tank top. she has short cut blond hair. she looks at Sonia and nods, Sonia nods back.

LEONA

this is Trix, and this

Charon walks in slowly, he is extremely pale almost white, he is wearing black jeans that are extremely faded, short combat boots and a tight fitting black t-shirt. he's well muscled, like a dancer more than a body builder. he has white eyes. he looks at Sonia and nods. Sonia nods back at him slowly.

LEONA

is Charon. things may be happening quite quickly from now on, but just know you can trust these two with your life.

Sonia gives Leona a skeptical look.

SONIA

why do i need body guards?

LEONA

lets just say some people have treated us and leave it at that.

Leona turns to walk out of the room Sonia hops out of bed, and stands in between her and the door.

SONIA

let's not.

Leona looks taken aback for a moment then becomes angry.

LEONA

(with venom)

get out of my way.

Trix slips in between the two women, she puts her hand behind her back and pulls Sonia out of Leona's path. Leona snorts and walks out of the room. once Leona is gone, Sonia begins searching for cloths. Trix whirls on Sonia.

TRIX

do you have any idea what's going on?

Sonia is looking under her bed.

SONIA

nope none at all.

Trix looks exasperated. she looks over at Charon.

TRIX

did you know this?

Charon shrugs.

Charon

what's it matter?

Trix rolls her eyes. Sonia pulls out a dark gray tank top triumphantly, after a bit more rooting she emerges with a pare of well worn black pants. she stands up and beings to make shooing motion to Trix and Charon.

SONIA

out.

Trix looks at Sonia reproachfully, Charon puts his hand on her arm and gestures to the hall. Trix looks unhappy but heads into the hall Charon follows and closes the door with a flourish.

int. Leona's Mansion hall outside of Sonia's bedroom

Trix and Charon have taken up positions on either side of the door and are standing one hand holding the other wrist proper bodyguard style.

TRIX

she has no idea what's going on, if anyone attacks her it's gonna be one hell of an awakening.

CHARON

she needs our help, and it's not going to be as bad as you think.

TRIX

(skeptically)

oh?

Charon looks at Trix and smiles.

CHARON

it's gonna be a lot worse.

Sonia walks into the hall dressed in the outfit that she pulled from under the bed and a black leather jacket.

SONIA

come.

Sonia starts off down the hall.

ext. slum day

Sonia is walking in a back ally looking for the manhole cover to the sewers. Trix and Charon are also looking in a dejected manner.

SONIA

it's a big brown manhole generally propped open by various pieces of famous literature.

TRIX

do you really think it's such a good idea to let us in on all your secrets.

SONIA

you aren't my first bodyguards, my mother already knows what i do.

Sonia triumphantly discovers the manhole cover, shifts the lid, knocking the book down the hole. Sonia climbs down the hole. Trix descends after her with Charon following last.

INT. SEWERS

Sonia descends the last rung of the ladder.

HARLEM

good day.

Sonia turns around slowly to look at Harlem, the room is very dark only a small area is lit from the light filtering in from the manhole, and a service light. Harlem is sitting in a chair, the service light is on the floor in front of him so that it's light is almost exclusively shining on him. Sonia takes a couple of steps to the left of the manhole to make room for Trix and Charon. Trix jumps off the last few rungs, and turns around slowly as she gets up. Harlem nods at her, and she glares at him.

HARLEM

I'm not here to harm your charge, only to explain what is going on.

CHARON

good.

Charon descends into the sewers. he turns to face Harlem, slowly.

HARLEM

lets handle the first things first, your friends are alright i have put them under a simple freeze spell.

Harlem kicks the light so that it rolls illuminating Cher and Randy, both of whom are sitting in chairs in various positions of merriment. Sonia begins to rush towards them she stops and sits down in a chair heavily.

HARLEM

they're alright. just frozen.

Sonia looks to Trix who nods.

HARLEM

the second order of business is Watchers.

SONIA

so that really happened?

HARLEM

oh yes, it did.

Sonia bites at the nails on her left hand.

SONIA

(distractedly)

i thought it was a dream.

CHARON

no dream.

Sonia looks up sharply.

SONIA

what happened? how did i get home?

HARLEM

i am unfamiliar with the specifics of that night. but dear Charon here may know.

Harlem smiles. Sonia turns to look at Charon.

CHARON

(reluctantly)

you had too much wine and passed out, i carried you home.

Trix looks at Charon. Charon tosses up his hands.

CHARON

(exasperatedly)

fine! that's essentially the truth. it was a fairy club you went to. you got drunk on the wine of higher fairy. and were given an elixir that stopped you from becoming infatuated with the courts, essentially saving your life.

Sonia looks from one person to another skeptically.

CHARON

(desperately)

it's true.

SONIA

who gave me the elixir?

Charon and Trix look at one another.

HARLEM

i did.

SONIA

hardly. i remember someone. he was tall and handsome.

Charon and Trix look at Harlem who shrugs.

HARLEM

and this man, did he leave anything with you?

Sonia reaches into her inner jacket and pulls out the card of smoke, it continues to leaves trails of smoke behind it. Sonia holds it out with two finger to anyone who wants to take it, without looking at it herself. Charon takes it and then whistles, he hands it to Trix, who looks at it then passes it to Harlem. as soon as the card touched Harlem's fingers in is engulfed in flames, both Harlem and Trix drop the card and is goes out, and flutters to the floor perfectly fine. Harlem leans over the arm of his chair and looks at the card.

HARLEM

(in awe)

that's some high class magic.

TRIX

illusions aren't really all that tricky.

HARLEM

but true fire is.

Trix looks at the pads of her fingers they are slightly scorched.

HARLEM

and i wasn't referring to that spell anyways. i was referring to the glamor on the card.

Trix walks forward and looks at the card.

TRIX

it's impossible to glamor an enchanted card.

HARLEM

what name do you see on the card?

TRIX

Emmanuel Davids

HARLEM

(to Charon)

and you?

CHARON

Jareth.

HARLEM

only Sonia can properly read this card.

Charon picks up the card carefully and hands it to Sonia, who takes it and looks at it for a moment.

SONIA

what the hell kind of card is this?

HARLEM

(agitatedly)

a magic one, what dose it say!?

SONIA

(confused)

i don't know i can't read it. it's like I've had too much to drink, i can't keep it in focus.

Charon snatches the card out of Sonia's hand, and looks at it very intently.

CHARON

fucking magic card.

TRIX

(to Harlem)

can't you do something about this?

Harlem snorts.

HARLEM

hardly, i can't even touch the card without it bursting into flames. someone has gone through a lot of trouble to make sure i can't do anything about this card.

Sonia stands up from her seat.

SONIA

what the hell are you people going on about.

Sonia snatches the card from Charon.

HARLEM

best to tell her i think.

Charon looks at Trix.

TRIX

fine. I'll tell her. Sonia this is Charon.

Sonia looks to Charon, who bows.

TRIX

master assassin, cut throat, killer, and generally a bad man.

Trix indicates Harlem.

TRIX

He's Harlem, master of himself, and the one truly freeman in all the courts.

Harlem bows.

SONIA

the only free man?

HARLEM

i owe no man anything, but i try to make sure that nothing gets unduly upset in my world.

TRIX

quite simply Harlem is the most powerful man to owe nothing to anyone in a long long time.

HARLEM

and this my lady Sonia is the noble Trix. she is the best at what she dose, and is always cloaked in mystery. she is for sale to the highest bidder as long as you know what your getting into.


SONIA

and the man who gave me the card?

CHARON

i don't know.

Sonia looks exasperated. Harlem stands up.

HARLEM

(Mischievous)

that question may bear looking into.

Harlem walks to the ladder and starts to climb.

SONIA

wait.

Harlem stops climbing.

SONIA

what about my friends?

Harlem looks over his shoulder smiles and climbs up the ladder exiting the sewer.

SONIA

son of a bitch.

Sonia looks at Trix who shrugs. Trix looks at Charon who shrugs. suddenly Cher and Randy begin to move. Randy sees Sonia and jumps.

RANDY

son of a bitch! you scared the shit out of me!

SONIA

you can say that again, Randy Cher this is Trix and Charon.

Sonia sits down.

INT. stone room

the lord of light and shadows is standing staring into his mirror, the surface of witch is fogged over. the lord of light and shadows raises his hand to wipe a spot clear on the mirror then decides against it and lowers his hand. instead he walks over to a large heavy dark wood wardrobe and opens its doors. inside hang several outfits all classy, tasteful, and expensive. the lord of light and shadows picks one off the rack and puts it on slowly. he looks into a full length mirror that is hanging next to the wardrobe. he smiles a slow smile.

ext. watchers day

Sonia, Trix, and Charon, are standing in front of the club out of sight of the club goers and the bouncer. Sonia begins to walk towards the club.

TRIX

Sonia, you can't go in there.

SONIA

why not?

TRIX

we can't protect you in there. it's-

Trix pauses searching for the right words.

CHARON

enemy turf.

SONIA

you got me out before.

CHARON

that was a special situation.

SONIA

so wait for a special situation.

Sonia winks and dashes into the club, the bouncer moves out of her way, and Sonia looks back and waves, then disappears into the club.

INT. WATCHERS VIP ROOM

Sonia heaves open the door to the VIP room and looks around, the only people in the room are the same mix of extremely beautiful people that were there the last time Sonia visited. the lord of light and shadows is nowhere to be seen. Sonia strides to the door that leads deeper into the VIP area of the club and stops before the door. she pauses closes her eyes, takes a deep breath, then open her eyes and flings open the door. the sounds of screaming and moaning can be heard for only a moment as the doors open. Sonia stands framed in the door looking into a room that is almost exactly the same as the room she is standing in only in the room that she is looking into the people are different. many of the diners are covered in vines, leaves or thorns, one of the diners is horns sprouting from his head, another is dinning naked, at the opposite end of the hall a figure all in white with wings is standing silhouetted in a door that leads still deeper in the club. the lord of light and shadows is dining at a table close to the door, he is eating a rare steak. Sonia stalks over to him angrily, and the door closes behind her. the winged figure disappears further into the club and the doors close behind her.

SONIA

who the fuck are you and what the hell is going on here!

Sonia indicates the room with a wave of her arm, the lord of light and shadows looks up at Sonia.

LORD OF LIGHT AND SHADOWS

(indicating the chair across from him)

sit down my dear.

the lord of light and shadows eats a small bite of steak.

SONIA

fuck you!

the lord of light swallows the steak, and dabs at his lips with a blue embroidered napkin.

LORD OF LIGHT AND SHADOWS

(pleasantly)

have it your way.

SONIA

(growling)

what is going on.

the lord of light and shadows puts down his silverware. immediately the waiter comes and removes his food, but not his glass of red wine.

LORD OF LIGHT AND SHADOWS

there is a war going on.

SONIA

there are always wars going on.

LORD OF LIGHT AND SHADOWS

(seriously)

not like this one. war has broken between the courts.

SONIA

what courts.

LORD OF LIGHT AND SHADOWS

the court of light and shadows and the court of creation and illusion.

Sonia looks at him skeptically. the lord of light and shadows places his hand over his heart. Sonia looks at the chair that had previously been offered.

LORD OF LIGHT AND SHADOWS

please by all means sit down.

Sonia looks at him unhappily but takes the offered seat.

SONIA

what do i care about hidden wars?

LORD OF LIGHT AND SHADOWS

your right in the middle of it.

Sonia gives the lord of light and shadows a pointed look.

LORD OF LIGHT AND SHADOWS

the woman you know as mother is the lady of the court of creation and illusion and you are dining with the lord of light and shadows.

the lord of light and shadows smiles at Sonia who looks at him like he's crazy. the lord of light and shadows raises his glass in a salute before he drinks heavily from it. Sonia looks at him then reaches into her pocket and pulls out the card of smoke.

SONIA

this is yours.

the lord of light and shadows smiles.

LORD OF LIGHT AND SHADOWS

yes it is.

SONIA

why can't i read it?

LORD OF LIGHT AND SHADOWS

to know somethings name is to have power over it.

SONIA

(cockily)

then what's the point of having a card if it can't be read.

LORD OF LIGHT AND SHADOWS

you'll be able to read it when the time is right, would you care for something to drink? perhaps something to eat?

SONIA

no, i remember what happened last time.

the lord of light and shadows smiles a sly smile.

LORD OF LIGHT AND SHADOWS

do you now?

SONIA

if i am the daughter of your enemy why do you treat me so kindly?

LORD OF LIGHT AND SHADOWS

you are an innocent and i do not harm innocents.

SONIA

and my mother dose.

the lord of light and shadows smiles and takes a sip of his wine. Sonia lets out an exasperated sigh.

SONIA

so this war what's it about.

the lord of light and shadows gets a haunted look in his eyes.

LORD OF LIGHT AND SHADOWS

a breakdown in diplomacy.

suddenly and explosion goes off in the main area of Watchers, screams and gun shots can also be heard. the lord of light and shadows whirls out of his chair so that he stands facing the door but still protects Sonia with his body. the doors burst inward, breaking off their hinges as the body of an unidentified body dressed in black leather comes flying into the VIP room. on the other side of the room the doors leading further into the club are also broken inward by a body in an exact copy of what is occurring in front of Sonia. the diners duck under tables or vanish into thin air.

SONIA

what the hell is this!

LORD OF LIGHT AND SHADOWS

(with a cold anger)

a breakdown in diplomacy.

the lord of light and shadows eyes begin to glow. the now open doors revile three men in blue uniforms with black swords fighting off several attackers dressed in black leather, also armed with swords. the men in blue are clearly the better fighters but are being pushed back by shear numbers. the lord of light and shadows growls and all around him small balls of light begin to glow, the balls of light gain in intensity and right as they become blinding they fire off like lazers at the men in black, each lazer hits one man perfectly in the head killing every single one of the attackers.

SONIA

what the fuck!

LORD OF LIGHT AND SHADOWS

(coldly)

lazers.

the lord of light and shadows storms out of the VIP room.
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