BROKEN BARRICADES
by Phil Gee
BRIMSTONE VS
Episode #312


TEASER

FADE UP:

INT. A DARK ROOM - NIGHT

We are in an unknown location in New York City. The room is dark, somber, 
almost overpowering with the feeling of dread. CANDLES are flickering at 
various places, casting EERIE SHADOWS across the floor.

One of the EERIE SHADOWS is MOVING towards us. Itís the outline of LILLIAN 
ďLULUĒ CASTILLO. She walking in slow, methodical paces, CHANTING something 
in a low, mumbling tone. She holds an OBJECT in her hands, caressing it 
delicately. The object appears to be a RELIGIOUS TOTEM.

Standing to the rear of the room is LIZZY DARKE. Sheís there at the 
insistence of Lulu. Not much of a chance sheíd be there willingly under the 
circumstances. Lizzy looks a little freaked, but tries not to show it.

Lulu walks over to a BED. There are candles encircling it. The walls next to 
the bed are covered with RITUALISTIC MARKINGS, symbolic of Luluís SANTERIA 
religion.

Lulu rubs the totem in her hands, increases the tempo of her chanting. She 
looks down at the...

FIGURE IN BED

We canít make out whoís laying there. The body is covered with a dark 
blanket. Whoever it is, is WRITHING back and forth. We HEAR MOANS coming 
from them, WORDS that donít sound familiar to us. As if they were speaking 
in a dead language.

Lulu takes a hand and puts it out over the head of the Figure In Bed. Chants 
louder. This makes them MOAN more intently.

From the rear, Lizzyís eyes get wider.

				FIGURE IN BED
		NO! IT CANíT HAPPEN THIS WAY! HE
		HAS TO COME BACK TO ME NOW!

Lulu motions for Lizzy to join her at the bedside. Lizzy hesitates, then 
finally saunters over.

				LULU
		Sheís very close to the point we
		require.

				LIZZY
		What do you mean?

				LULU
		Soon we will be able to break free
		of her hold over us.

We MOVE IN now on the Figure In Bed. We see itís...

ASH

She looks maniacal, almost frantic. Sheís tossing back and forth in the bed, 
clawing at the sheets, eyes darting back and forth rapidly.

				LIZZY
		Is she going to make it?

				LULU
		She would most likely survive with-
		out my assistance, but her mind is
		not focused enough to realize that.
		Ash believes I am keeping her alive
		at this point. Which is all the
		better for us.

Lizzy looks at Lulu. This is a very conniving woman, indeed. Luluís mystical 
powers are not something Lizzy wants to test.

				ASH
		Zeke! Ezekiel, where are you?

Lulu puts the totem down on the floor, kneels beside Ash. Tries to display a 
touch of sincerity.

				LULU
		Heís not here, Ash.

				ASH
		Why did you abandon me?! Abandon
		our child?! WHY?!

Lulu glances up at Lizzy. Here it comes -- time to put their cards on the 
table.

				LULU
		He left you for his wife, Ash. He
		still loves her. He wants her back,
		more then anything.

This statement drives Ash into a frenzy.

				ASH
		THAT MORTAL BITCH! What could he
		POSSIBLY want that weak woman for?

				LULU
		Who knows a manís thoughts when
		love is concerned?

				ASH
		He loves ME!

				LULU
		It might be as you say, Ash. But
		as long as his wife is around,
		she will always be a distraction.

Lizzy sees where Lulu is headed. She shifts her feet, blinks her eyes fast.

				LULU
		Being your faithful servant for so
		long, I hate to see you suffer
		this way.

				ASH
		Yes... you have been at my side longer
		then any other...

				LULU
		And I have asked for nothing in
		all that time. Only to serve you.

				ASH
		Yes...

				LULU
		But now -- now it is time to make
		a request of you.

Lulu closes her eyes, concentrates.

Ash suddenly MOANS IN AGONY.

Lizzy realizes that Lulu is manipulating Ashís pain level. Turning it up a 
notch to drive it home.

				LULU
		I can make him come back to youÖ
		if you still want him.

There it is, dangling right out in front of Ash.

				ASH
		HOW?!

				LULU
		First -- my request must be granted.

Ash slides to her elbows. Her face wild, hair standing up.

				ASH
		Will you make him love me? Come
		back and be a father to our child?

				LULU
		You know I have that power.

Ash smiles at the thought of Stone being solely hers.

				ASH
		Zeke -- my dear Ezekiel. We will
		soon be together again.

				LULU
		IF you agree to my request.

				ASH
		What do you want?

				LULU
		You must set us free from the bond
		between us.

Lizzy bites her lip. She doesnít know what to expect next from Ash -- OR 
Lulu.

Ash hesitates. Even in her current mental state, she understands the 
seriousness of this request.

				LULU
			(turning the screw)
		Think of it; your true love at
		your side. At last. For our two
		meager souls. Thatís not much to
		ask in return now, is it?

Ash considers this for a moment. Itís a tempting offer.

				ASH
			(thinking)
		But what of that -- woman? As long
		as she is alive... he still might have
		the desire to go back to her.
			(beat)
		You will make him love me?

Lulu nods YES. A broad smile slowing creeping across her face.

				ASH
		Deliver this child safely... make Zeke
		love me for eternity -- and KILL his
		wife...

Lizzyís mouth drops!

				ASH (CONT)
		Do these for me, and I will release
		you.

				LULU
			(countering)
		Release us FIRST, and we will do
		what you ask.

Ash and Lulu LOCK EYES for a beat. Luluís eyes NARROW as she tries to sway 
Ash once and for all into agreeing with her. Ashís eyes seem to WEAKEN for a 
beat -- but then become slightly clearer. Her instincts kick in. Even though 
sheís under Luluís mystical influence, Ash realizes this is not a good idea 
to free them just yet.

Lulu can sense Ash is wavering, tenses up. Did she go too far?

				ASH
		No. Once my child is born -- and that
		inferior Mortal woman is dead -- THEN
		I will free you both. Not a moment
		before.

Lulu leans away from the bed, looks over her shoulder at Lizzy. It wasnít 
exactly what they hoped for, but they can still achieve their goal of 
freedom if they do as Ash says.

				LULU
		Very well, Ash. It will be as you
		say. Weíll kill his wife -- in
		exchange for our freedom.

				ASH
		So it is done.

Ash gathers her strength, sits up fully. She swings her legs over the side 
of the bed, feet resting on the floor, extends both her hands out.

				ASH
		Both of you, kneel before me.

They do as she says.

Placing a hand on each of their heads, Ash closes her eyes, starts to speak 
in the same dead language as before.

Lizzy looks to Lulu, who cautions her to remain still.

When Ash is finally done speaking, she immediately slumps back into her bed. 
She doesnít move an inch.

Lulu stands up, quickly followed by Lizzy. They head towards the exit.

				LIZZY
		What was that all about?

				LULU
		She swore an oath that she would do
		as she said. We will be free once
		we have completed our tasks.
			(beat)
		Weíve done it! Soon we will be free!


FADE

END TEASER


ACT ONE

INT. KING HOUSE -  KITCHEN - DAY

Dan is on the phone, looking a little anxious. He talks rapidly, constantly 
checking his watch.

				DAN
		Hello, Dr. Faganís office? This
		is Dan Copper -- Mrs. Copperís
		husband. Her water just broke. Weíre
		on our way to the hospital now.

SLAM! He hangs up in a hurry, runs into the...

LIVING ROOM

Keeping an eye on his watch, he walks to ROSALYN, who is sitting on the 
couch, looking pretty uncomfortable.

				DAN
		I just called Dr. Fagan, Rosalyn!
		They know weíre on our way.

Rosalyn doesnít budge.

				DAN
			(impatient)
		Címon, honey! You donít want to
		have the baby here, do you?

				ROSALYN
		Whoís having this kid, anyway? You
		or me?

Letting a brief GRUNT out, Rosalyn wangles her way up from the couch.

Dan searches the floor frantically.

				DAN
		Whereís your bag?

He paces back and forth, in a futile effort to locate her lost luggage.

With a wry grin, Rosalyn points to the SMALL BAG on the couch.

				ROSAYLN
		This what youíre looking for?

Dan stops, a frustrated look on his face. Rosalyn bends over to pick it up.

				DAN
		Iím supposed to carry that!

				ROSAYLN
		Okay, okay! Here, itís yours!

She hands him the bag. Delicately, Dan guides her steps.

				DAN
		One foot in front of the otherÖ

				ROSALYN
		Iíve been walking since I was a year
		old, Dan. Itís not something you
		easily forget...

Finally, they reach the...

HALLWAY

				DAN
		Okay...
			(checks his watch)
		Weíre out the door, on our way to
		the hospital.

				ROSALYN
		I never would have guessed.

Despite the seemingly important events that are taking place, Rosalyn looks 
a little bored.

Dan guides Rosalyn to the front door, still eyeing his watch. He opens the 
door, takes one step outside. To his surprise, Rosalyn doesnít follow.

				DAN
		Come on, we --

				ROSAYLN
			(cutting him off)
		We did the test run fine, Dan. In
		another minute weíre in the car and
		on our way.

				DAN
			(still intent)
		We have to see how long itíll take
		to get to the hospitalÖ

				ROSALYN
		You know itís thirty minutes at the
		very least.
			(tired)
		Iím beat, honey. After that drive
		back from Ice Lake Iím not getting
		into another car until this little
		girl is ready to pop out. YOU try
		sitting in one place that long with
		a kid doing summersaults the whole
		time. It ainít easy...

Dan relaxes, realizes heís been a bit pushy.

				DAN
		Youíre right.

He steps back into the house, closes the door.

				DAN (CONT)
		Guess Iím just a little nervous.

				ROSALYN
			(sarcastic)
		No! You act like youíve never done
		this before.

Dan lowers his head, a bit sad.

				DAN
		...I havenĎt... at least not this part.

She searches his eyes; it looks like something is buried deep inside.

				ROSALYN
			(gentle)
		What happened?
                
				DAN
		My folks -- they never really liked
		Alexis. Thought she was all wrong for
		me. That we never should have gotten
		married in the first place. Just
		before Stephen was due, my Mom called
		me -- she said my Dad had a stroke,
		that he wasnít expected to make it.
		Even though Alexis was about to
		have the baby, I flew home. When I
		got to my folkís house, I found out
		sheíd lied to me about the whole
		thing. He was fine. My Mom was so
		intent on splitting us up, she
		thought Alexis would leave me if I
		wasnít there when the baby was born.
		I called Alexis to tell her I was on
		the first plane back... but sheíd already
		gone into labor. By the time I got
		to L.A., sheíd already had Stephen.
		I never spoke to my parents again.
		        (beat)
		Two days before Maya was born, I got
		another call. My folks had died;
		their houseíd caught on fire. Both of
		them burned to death in their sleep.
		I was their only child, so I had to
		go out and take care of all the
		family business. I never saw either
		of my kids being born.
		        (beat)
		I know -- in their own way -- they
		loved me. They thought they were
		doing the right thing. But Iíve
		never really forgiven them for what
		they put me through.

Rosalyn is in tears. What a terrible burden to carry for so long.

				ROSALYN
		Iím so sorry, Dan. Why didnít you
		tell me this before?

				DAN
			(shrugs)
		I dunno. I was hoping to finally get
		through this the right way.

She gives Dan a tight hug.

				ROSALYN
		This time everything will be fine.
		I promise.

INT. LULUíS PLACE - DAY

We are in perhaps an abandoned LOFT somewhere in Manhattan. The place is 
decked out in similar fashion to her former hotel room in Miami; ritualistic 
PAINTINGS, an ALTAR filled with candles, an INCENSE URN or two smoking away 
silently.

Seated on the floor, surrounded by a circle of candles, Lulu chants softly. 
Looks like she is in a trance of some kind.

A DOOR creeps open at the rear of the loft. Lizzy steps in timidly. Sheís 
learned NOT to interrupt Lulu when these kinds of things are going on. 
Cautiously, Lizzy walks over to a chair, takes a seat.

Lulu continues her meditation, her face twitching, mouth moving in rhythm.

At last, Lulu stirs. The trance is over.

Taking a moment to collect herself, Lulu rises from the floor, heads over to 
the...

ALTAR

Re-arranging the TOTEMS decorating it, Lulu seems very focused on something.

Sensing this is the only chance sheíll have to start a conversation, Lizzy 
approaches Lulu.

				LIZZY
		Are you through with -- the what-
		ever-it-is...?

Lulu nods YES.

				LULU
		My mind is clear on the task ahead.

				LIZZY
		About this taskÖ

Lulu turns to face her, very intimidating. It causes Lizzy to pause for a 
beat.

				LIZZY
		Why did you agree to kill Stoneís
		wife?

				LULU
		Ash is still the most powerful among
		us. To refuse her so openly could
		have proved dangerous.
			(beat)
		I have been manipulating Ash over
		the past weeks. Slowly, carefully,
		not to arouse her suspicions. She
		really is not as bad as she now
		appears -- I have introduced what
		you would call a drug into her body.
		Small doses, increasing over time to
		bring her to the point where she is now.
		Weak, easily influenced by suggestion.
		It is a delicate line to walk. She
		had to think the ideaís were hers,
		and hers alone.

				LIZZY
		You mean you put the thought of kill-
		ing Stoneís wife in her head? That
		if sheís dead, heíll come back to
		her?

				LULU
		It was not difficult to make her
		believe so. It is close to the
		truth, in actuality. He still loves
		his wife, even though he is staying
		away from her... and her new husband.

When Lulu says the words ďnew husbandĒ, a devious smile sprouts from her 
lips.

				LULU (CONT)
		And if Ash believes I can make him
		love her, it strengthens our position
		that much more.

Lizzyís face betrays her resentment of Luluís eagerness to involve her with 
the killing.

				LIZZY
		I just canít believe we need to go
		through with all of this. I mean, she
		gave us her word, or whatever it was
		she did back there. Isnít that enough
		to make sure it happens no matter what?

				LULU
		I told you, she is the most powerful
		Damned Soul walking the earth. As she
		bound her word to us, so must we honor
		our portion of the agreement. She might
		find out we did not fulfill our end of
		the agreement, cause us to be sent back
		to Hell in some fashion. Either way, what
		does it matter? This woman means nothing
		to us.

Lizzy fights hard to keep her feelings in check. Maybe this partnership 
with Lulu isnít turning out to be such a good deal after all.

				LIZZY
		Why me? I mean, you keep saying ďusĒ
		all the time. What do you still need
		me for?

Lulu stops fiddling with the totems, takes a step in Lizzyís direction.

				LULU
		As I was to Ash, so shall you be to
		me. You should feel honored. This
		is not a title I bestow lightly,
		or without much thought. You have
		proven your worth to me in the time
		we have been together. And as my
		tribal chief once instructed -- keep
		your enemies close, and your allies
		even closer.

Lulu gives her one last hard look, then goes back to her altar.

Lizzy contemplates what she just heard. Obviously, asking to just walk out 
the door and never come back is out of the question now.

				LIZZY
		So... how do we... do it?

				LULU
		By the power Chango has given me.

Lizzy doesnít understand.

				LULU
		We will make someone close to her
		do the deed.

Lulu picks up a CRYSTAL GLOBE from the altar, rubs her hand over it almost 
erotically.

				LIZZY
		Stone?

She shakes her head NO.

				LULU
		A MORTAL that is close to her...

C.U. ON GLOBE

A SWIRLING IMAGE starts to take shape. Looks like a FACE is forming. As the 
image gets clearer, we SEE itís DAN!

				LULU
		Her new husbandÖ
		        (beat)
		...So says Chango... My god has spoken.

FADE

END ACT ONE


ACT TWO

INT. OUTSIDE STONEíS APARTMENT - DAY

Slinking through the hallway is ALEX. Sheís holding a SMALL BOX thatís gift 
wrapped. Taking a set of PASS KEYS from her pocket, she selects the right 
one and quietly OPENS THE DOOR.

INT. STONEíS APARTMENT - DAY

The door hinges squeak loudly; Alex HUSHES them, pleading for quiet. She 
closes the door softly, locking it behind her.

She gets a good look at Stoneís place for the first time without being 
otherwise occupied. Itís sort of a dump, when you get right down to it.

Remembering why she snuck in, Alex goes about finding the proper place to 
lay her gift. Of course, next to the TV is perfect. After all, itís a boxed 
set of Jimmy Cagney movies.

After securing it in a location Stone canít help but notice, Alex starts to 
head out the door. Just as sheís about to leave, her curiosity gets the 
better of her. She knows this is betraying a trust, but Stoneís just so damn 
peculiar. There have been too many unexplained events surrounding him during 
the time heís been there.

What harm could a little recon do?

BATHROOM

CLICK. The dim overhead light comes on. Alex slowly walks in, opens the 
medicine cabinet. Toothpaste, mouthwash; thatís about it. No aspirin, no 
bandages, no deodorant.

She checks the vanity top. A toothbrush in a cup and a wash cloth. Both dry. 
So is the almost new bar of soap.

Under the sink: a bottle of drain cleaner. Some scouring powder. And lots of 
unused space.

Almost out the door, she turns back. This is odd; thereís no toilet paper on 
the roller. No facial tissue, either.

BEDROOM

Alex tiptoes in, a little more pumped up to discover something juicy about 
Stone.

She checks his dresser drawers. Lined with old newspapers, probably from the 
last occupant. But no real clothing items to speak of.

His bed isnít made, but what guy DOES tidy up the sheets unless heís 
expecting female company?

She opens the closet door. Maybe ten to twelve empty hangers stare back at 
her. She runs her hand on the top shelf. Dust, and more dust. Thatís it. It 
gets up her nose. She sneezes.

Alex stands in the middle of the room, perplexed. This just doesnít add up. 
There has to be more to Stone then what sheís seen -- or HASNíT seen -- so 
far.

We HEAR a KEY ENTERING THE LOCK O.S. Sounds like Stone is on his way in! 
There are also VOICES coming from behind the door; Stone and a woman, from 
what Alex can tell.

Realizing sheís done something pretty rotten, Alex tries to figure out if 
she should walk into the living room and accept her punishment, or hide out 
and see if theyíre coming and going fast.

The closet is too inviting. Should be a safe hiding place; after all, he 
never uses it. Stepping in, she pulls the door closed just enough to hear 
what goes on in the...

LIVING ROOM

STONE walks in, followed by Lizzy. He takes his jacket off, absently draping 
it over the TV -- covering Alexís present.

Lizzy is pretty animated. She canít seem to calm down.

Stone tries his best to settle her.

				STONE
		Take it easy...

				LIZZY
		Stone, do you get what Iím saying
		to you?!

				STONE
		To tell you the truth, youíre not
		really making much sense.

He goes to the kitchen, opens the fridge, searches for a cold drink.

				STONE (CONT)
		Take it from the top again.

				LIZZY
		Okay, like I said, Ash sent me to
		Pandora in order to find Lulu and
		bring her back here. Lulu was -- to
		put it mildly -- a little ticked
		off over the fact that youíre the
		father-to-be of Ashís baby.

CLOSET

Alex reacts visibly to this piece of news.

LIVING ROOM

Stone makes his way to the couch, sits down.

				STONE
		I got that so far.

				LIZZY
		So, Lulu was some kind Santeria
		priestess back in the 1600ís, or
		whenever she was alive. Sheís got
		some INCREDIBLE powers, Stone, Iím
		not kidding.

CLOSET

Again, Alex reacts to what sheís just heard.

LIVING ROOM

				LIZZY (CONT)
		Sheís been feeding Ash some kind
		of drug ever since we got back to
		New York, slowly making her crazy...

				STONE
		Crazy?

				LIZZY
		I donít know what else to call it.
		Ash was having trouble with the baby
		somehow. She wanted Lulu to be her
		mid-wife. Help out with the delivery.
		But Lulu saw it as a chance to break
		free from the chain all of the Damned
		Souls are bound to. She put it in
		Ashís head that ifÖ

She pauses.

				STONE
		...That if...?

				LIZZY
		If your wife were dead, youíd come
		back to Ash. Fall in love with her.
		Be together forever.

CLOSET

Stone married? Heís gotten another woman pregnant that wants his wife dead? 
Drugs? Damned Souls?

LIVING ROOM

Stone gets up, crosses to Lizzy, puts his hands on her shoulders.

				STONE
		So what finally happened? Did Ash
		agree to let her go?

Lizzy nods YES.

				LIZZY
		And me, too. I have to do it with her,
		or the deal wonít work.

Stone is incredulous.

				STONE
		WHAT?!

				LIZZY
		Thatís what Iíve been trying to tell
		you, Stone. Luluís going to make sure
		I follow through with it. Iím right
		in the middle of this thing.

				STONE
		Then get out of it!

				LIZZY
		Why do you think I came to you for
		help?! Weíve got to stop them bothÖ

				STONE
		Damn straight!

Stone takes his hands from Lizzyís shoulders, starts to pace the floor, 
thinking.

				STONE
		Okay... sheís one of the Damned Souls,
		right? We set her up. Iíll hide out
		someplace, you bring her by. I shoot
		her eyes out, send her back to Hell.

CLOSET

Alex shudders -- send her back to Hell?!

LIVING ROOM

				LIZZY
		No way. With her powers, I bet you
		couldnít get within a mile of her.
			(beat)
		She KNOWS who and what you are. She
		despises you, Stone. Iím telling you.
		Itís freaking me out just coming here
		to tell you this. She might have some
		kind of supernatural spy camera on me
		right now, watching everything weíve
		been doing.

CLOSET

Alexís nose twitches. The dust is getting to her. A sneeze is coming on 
strong! She does her best to hold it back, butÖ

				ALEX
		AH-CHOO!

LIVING ROOM

Stone instantly draws his gun! Motions for Lizzy to find some place to hide. 
She ducks down in front of the couch.

BEDROOM

Stone pads lightly, weapon cocked and ready in front of him.

Another AH-CHOO! -- it came from the...

CLOSET

Alex canít control it. Here comes one moreÖ

				ALEX
		AH-CHOO!

WHAM! The door flies open! Staring down at Alex is Stone, his gun just 
INCHES from her runny nose!

He tenses up, ready to fire. Then he sees who it is.

				STONE
		ALEX! What the hell are you doing
		in there?

She steps out of the closet, looking like the cat that swallowed the canary.

				ALEX
		Iím sorry, itís not what you thinkÖ

				LIZZY (O.S.)
		You okay, Stone?

				STONE
		Yeah... I caught a mouse.

LIVING ROOM

Lizzy stands up, takes a look at Alex.

				LIZZY
		The mouse?

Stone nods YES. Puts his gun away.

				LIZZY (CONT)
		You know her?

				STONE
		Sad but true -- sheís the front desk
		clerk here at the ďIs Nothing Sacred?Ē
		hotel. Alex, what were you doing, hid-
		ing in my closet like that?

Alex goes to Stoneís TV, removes his jacket to reveal the present 
underneath. She takes it, hands it childishly to Stone.

				ALEX
		I wanted to surprise you. Iím sorry,
		but I couldnít help looking around.
		I swear I just got her right before
		you came in...
		     (beat)
		Thereís so many freaky things that
		involve you, Stone. Ever since I met
		you, youíve been one big question
		mark. I only wanted to find out what
		was going on -- if you were in trouble
		or something. Thought thatís what
		friends did.

Stone takes the box, doesnít know what to say.

				STONE
		Thanks, I guess.

He tosses it to a chair.

				ALEX
		Arenít you going to open it?

				STONE
		Alex! Gimme a break! You just broke
		into my apartment!

				ALEX
		No, I used my key...

She stops short, realizing thatís just as bad.

				ALEX (CONT)
		Iím sorry, Stone. Iíll never do it
		again.

Lizzy -- already frazzled by the current situation with Ash and Lulu -- gets 
even MORE uptight by Alexís presence.

				LIZZY
		What are we gonna do about her?!

Alexís eyes explode. All of the talk about killing and Hell has spooked her 
big time.

				ALEX
		I promise, Stone, I wonít say a word
		to anyone! Please, please donít kill
		me! Iím begging you...

Stone sees she has it all wrong.

				STONE
		Iím not some nut case serial killer,
		Alex.
	
				ALEX
		But I heard you talking about...

				STONE
		...Something you donít understand.

Frustrated, Stone plops down on the couch. He pats the cushions, inviting 
Alex to join him.

She hesitates.

				STONE
		Itís okay, Alex.
		     (beat)
		Really.

Still a little scared, Alex sits down. As far away from Stone as the couch 
will allow.

Stone and Lizzy exchange glances. Should they tell her? Lizzy throws up her 
hands, as if to say ďWhat difference does it make now?Ē.

				STONE
		Do you believe in Heaven and Hell?

Alexís eyebrows raise. Off this reaction we...

					DISSOLVE TO:

STONEíS APARTMENT - LATER

Stone has laid it all out; nothing held back. All in all, Alex looks like 
sheís taken it pretty good.

				ALEX
			(gulps)
		I think Iím gonna throw up.

Then again, maybe not.

				STONE
		You want a drink?

She nods YES. Stone motions for Lizzy to bring her something.

				ALEX
		You know, I alway thought there was 
		something different about you.  You 
		just gave off this weird vibe.  
                        (beat)
		I guess this explains a lot of things.
		Like why you donít have any toilet
		paper.

Lizzy hands her a glass. Alex gulps it down quick.

				STONE
		Well, certain bodily functions donít
		really matter once you -- you know--
		come back.

Alex puts the glass down, holds up her hand to stop him from going any 
further.

				ALEX
		Thatís okay, Iíve heard enough for
		one lifetime.

				STONE
		Iím sorry you had to find out.

They sit in heavy silence for a beat. Alex looks from Stone to Lizzy and 
back, taking it all in.

				ALEX
		So everythingís true -- Heaven and
		Hell and all that shi-

She catches herself just in time.

				ALEX
			(eyes Heavenward)
		Sorry -- I meant crap. We really get
		judged for what we do while weíre
		serving time on planet Earth?

Stone and Lizzy nod slowly.

				ALEX
		What did you two go to Hell for?
		        (quickly)
		No! I donít wanna know.

				LIZZY
		Right now that isnít important.

				STONE
		Agreed. Weíre here... and thatís that.

				ALEX
		But what about this -- Ash person?

Stone and Lizzy exchange glances.

				LIZZY
		Yeah, Stone, what about her?

Stone thinks a second.

				STONE
		Do you know where Ash is now?

Lizzy cringes at this question.

				LIZZY
		Stone, I...

				STONE
		This is IT, Lizzy! Whatever Ash has
		been planning is about to come crash-
		ing down on top of us!

Lizzy realizes sheís cornered from all sides. Either direction she takes is 
going to be dangerous.

				STONE
		COME ON! WHERE IS SHE?!

				LIZZY
			(quietly)
		She keeps moving around, never stays
		in the same spot for very long. I
		can take you to the last place I saw
		her, but thereís no guarantee sheíll
		still be there.

				STONE
		Good enough.

He gets up, grabs his jacket.

				STONE (CONT)
		Letís go...

Lizzy slowly rises, starts to follow Stone out the door.

				ALEX
		Zeke... what should I do... now that...?

Stone goes back to Alex, cups her chin with his hands, looks compassionately 
in her eyes.

				STONE
		Stay here -- go about your life as if
		none of this even happened.

				ALEX
		But -- it HAS happenedÖ

				STONE
		Then pray, I guess. Now you know it
		really works...

Stone and Lizzy exit.

Alex looks to the Heavens again.

A beat. Then, she kneels down in front of the couch.

					DISSOLVE TO:

INT. LULUíS PLACE - DAY

Lulu is kneeling in front of her altar, weaving an INCANTATION over a totem 
that represents Dan. She mumbles several mysterious words, then takes a 
handful of POWDER from a small container on the altar, sprinkles it over the 
totem.

More mysterious words. Then, several GESTURES with her hands over the totem 
of Dan.

WOOSH! A gust of wind blows through her loft! The candles FLICKER. The wind 
elevates Luluís actions. She places the totem on the floor, stands up, 
begins to pace around in some kind of ritual dance.

MORE WIND! Yet, the candles remain lit.

Luluís dance increases in tempo, as well as her incantation.

Suddenly, she STOPS! HOLDS HER ARMS OUT WIDE TO EITHER SIDE, THEN DROPS TO 
THE FLOOR IN A HEAP! THE CANDLES EXTINGUISH EXACTLY WHEN SHE MAKES CONTACT 
WITH THE GROUND!

A beat.

Luluís drained. Weakened by the amount of energy required to cast the spell 
over Dan. She can hardly move. But her face betrays an evil grin -- she 
knows it was successful.

EXT. A CITY STREET - DAY

Dan is walking along, his arms full of shopping bags. Suddenly, his CELL 
PHONE RINGS. It takes some re-arranging of the shopping bags, but he finally 
gets the phone answered.

				DAN
		Hello?

				ROSALYN (on phone)
		Hey, honey.

				DAN
		I got the pickles and peanut butter,
		but they were all out of sardines.
		You pregnant women and your cravings.

				ROSALYN (on phone)
		Iím sorry. What can I say? Pretty soon
		you wonít have to go out like this.

				DAN
		Yeah... Iíll be up all night, trying to
		get the baby to sleep after those
		two A.M. feedings.

Dan suddenly STOPS IN HIS TRACKS. A strange look comes over him. Any show of 
emotion suddenly vanishes. He almost looks like a zombie.

				ROSALYN (on phone)
		How much longer will you be?

He doesnít answer right away.

				ROSALYN (on phone)
		Dan? You there?

				DAN
		It wonít be long now.

				ROSALYN (on phone)
		Iíll see you soon, then.

				DAN
		Right.

				ROSALYN (on phone)
		Bye, Dan. I love you.

Dan clicks off without responding. He puts his cell phone away, continues 
his walk down the street. As he comes closer to us, we SEE he wears the same 
evil grin that Lulu had.

END ACT TWO


ACT THREE

INT. A DARK ROOM - DAY

We are back in the same room from our teaser. Even in the daylight, the 
place looks creepy.

The door opens. A beat. Then, Stone enters, weapon drawn. He pokes his head 
in and out rapidly. Nothing happening. He steps in cautiously, finger still 
embracing the trigger.

Lizzy walks in a couple of steps behind. Sheís pretty sure Ash has vacated 
the place, but sheís still worried that something bad could happen.

Stone makes a sweep of the joint. Outside of the bed in the middle of the 
room, the place looks deserted.

Lizzy walks over to the bed, bends down, touches the spot she knelt in front 
of Ash. Looks like a shiver runs through her spine -- if that were possible.

Stone comes up behind her, holsters his gun.

				STONE
		I guess it was too much to hope for.

She keeps her back to Stone as she speaks to him.

				LIZZY
		Thereís something I didnít tell you
		yet, Stone. The real reason I came
		after you.

				STONE
		What is it?

				LIZZY
		Your wife got married again, right?

				STONE
		Yeah.

				LIZZY
		Lulu was gonna have her new husband
		be the one who kills her.

				STONE
		WHAT?!

				LIZZY
		Sheís planning on casting a spell on
		him. It may already be done by now.
		I know we donít always see eye to eye,
		but both of them are innocent of all
		this. Whatever I did in my lifetimeÖI
		couldnít stand in the background on
		this one.

Stone thinks madly for a beat.

				STONE
		What about Pandora?! If we could find
		her, maybe she...

				LIZZY
		Sheís gone way low... totally off the
		radar ever since I brought Lulu to
		town. Pandoraís not gonna be found
		unless she WANTS to be found. And
		believe me, she wants nothing to do
		with Ash right now.

				STONE
		How do you know?

				LIZZY
		Ash has been trying to contact her
		for weeks. Pandora isnít responding
		at all. From what Iíve heard, Pandora
		kept her powers guarded when she was
		a slave. Her Master beat her when he
		discovered she had supernatural powers.
		I donít think she ever got over the
		fear of what trouble her abilities
		could bring her.

				FEMALE VOICE (O.S.)
		Youíre right.

Stone and Lizzy swirl around to see...

PANDORA

standing in the doorway. She looks tired; an air of defeat envelopes her 
body. Clutched tightly under her right arm is a BATTERED MAHOGONY BOX.

Inside the box are small bone fragments; one for each of the remaining 
Damned Souls that is still on the run. Pandora knows instantly where each of 
the Damned are, simply by touching the bone fragment that represents their 
Souls. She has acted as a ďmental computerĒ in Ashís army, keeping track of 
every Damned Soul throughout their time among the Mortals.

Stone cautiously approaches her. Given what Lizzy just said, heís got to 
wonder what sheís up to.

Pandora walks into the room, meets Stone halfway.

				PANDORA
		Iím tired of hiding. Tired of the
		burden Ash has laid upon my shoulders.
		I didnít ask to be born with these
		powers. I never wanted them.
			(to Stone)
		Do you KNOW what it is to be feared
		simply because you are who you are?

She turns to Lizzy.

				PANDORA (CONT)
		To be stolen from your home and sold
		into slavery? Beaten by a man who
		calls himself your MASTER? What would
		YOU do -- what COULD you do?
			(beat)
		Youíd realize the only chance you had
		was to kill him. In the midst of chaos
		clarity often comes. Or so I thought.
		The slaves on my plantation revolted
		one night. It was easy to throw my lot
		in with theirs. Even though I was a
		healer to my people, I found I had it
		within me to TAKE a life. That may not
		cause either of you concern, but to me
		it was as if I betrayed my beliefs. I
		DID betray them. Fully and freely.
			(beat)
		I was killed that same night. And just
		was my damnation. I deserved the punish-
		ment I received. I never would have been
		able to live with myself after committing
		so cruel an act.

Pandora puts her hand to her head, the memory weighing heavy.

				PANDORA
		But, from this there IS no hiding. Not
		any longer. Ash must be stopped.

Stone regards her.

				STONE
		Will you help us?

Pandora scoffs.

				PANDORA
		Yes, everyone WANTS something from
		Pandora. But no one is willing to
		OFFER something in return.

				STONE
		I donít have much to give...

				PANDORA
		You have more then you realize.

A beat. He understands exactly what she means.

				STONE
		Is that what you want?

				PANDORA
		Do you think you or I really have a
		choice in this? Youíre as much chained
		to the Dark One as I am to Ash. Iíll
		wager neither of us wants to be shackled
		any longer. At least YOU have a chance
		at mortality again.
			(beat)
		I want out. For this to be over -- at
		least for me.

Stone nods. Sheís right all the way. Pandora is one of the 113. He HAS to 
return her if he ever wants to live a Mortal life. And they both know that 
fact.

				STONE
		Do you know where Ash is?

				PANDORA
		She alone is the one Damned Soul I
		have no insight to. It was at her
		insistence.

				STONE
		What about Lulu?

She sifts her weight from one foot to the other.

				STONE (CONT)
		Please. My wife -- Rosalyn has nothing
		to do with this.
			(beat)
		Help me at least TRY to save her.

Pandora hesitates, then places the mahogany box on the floor. Opening it, 
she rummages around until she finds the bone fragment sheís looking for. She 
holds it up for them to see. Itís a bit larger then most of the other 
smaller, domino sized pieces. This one is close to a pencil in length.

She goes to Lizzy, places the bone in her hand, closes Lizzyís fingers 
tightly. Then, Pandora grips both of her hands around Lizzyís clenched fist.

				PANDORA
		She is alone, in the place she
		worships her god. Do you know where
		this is?

				LIZZY
		Yes.

				PANDORA
		She is weak -- due to the incantation
		she cast. It takes a considerable
		amount of energy for her to invoke this
		spell, since it involves making a Mortal
		commit an act he would not otherwise do.
		The only chance you have of overpower-
		ing her is to confront her while she
		is maintaining it. Otherwise, she will
		defeat you. She may STILL defeat you.
		Even under these circumstances, she is
		a threat.

				LIZZY
		Why give this to me?

				PANDORA
		I donít want it any longer.

Stone looks at the box.

				STONE
		What about that?

Pandora lets go of Lizzyís hand, walks over to the box, kneels down to 
collect it.

				PANDORA
		It will be of no use to anyone. I
		alone empower itís contents. Keep
		it. Burn it. I donít care. As long
		as I am rid of itís burden.

				STONE
		Fair enough.

A beat.

				PANDORA
		Are you ready?

				STONE
		...Yeah, Iím ready.

Lizzy looks pretty uncomfortable.

				LIZZY
		Iím gonna wait for you outside.

				STONE
		Go ahead.

Lizzy takes one last look at Pandora, then exits.

				STONE
		Thank you...

Pandora closes her eyes, nods her head.

				PANDORA
		Youíre welcome, Ezekiel.

She opens her eyes, stares straight ahead at Stone.

Stone raises his gun, takes aim.

				STONE
		Youíre a good woman, Pandora. Maybe
		your -- Master -- deserved what he got.

				PANDORA
		He would have received a just punishment
		for his action on the other side. It is
		not for us to take life from the living.
		I think you know that now. And probably
		your companion, too.

Stone can only nod in agreement.

A beat. Then...

BLAM! BLAM! Stone fires his gun -- two rounds strike there targets 
perfectly.

In a fury of blue electricity, Pandoraís essence is returned to Hell.

EXT. CITY STREET - DAY

Lizzy walks out onto the fairly deserted sidewalk. Ash isnít one for the 
high rent district; the surroundings are pretty grimy.

She looks down at the bone fragment in her hand. Thinks a moment. She 
wonders if she should have asked Pandora to give her the one that represents 
HER Soul. Sheís still a little distrustful of all these mystical goings-on.

Before she has a chance to act on that impulse, Stone appears at the 
building entrance. His face grim. Looks like the deed was done.

They exchange a meaningful look.

				LIZZY
		What do we do now?

				STONE
		I have to find Rosalyn, get her out
		of the way somehow. Then, find Dan
		and keep him occupied while you take
		out Lulu.

Lizzy swallows hard. Stone sees her reluctance.

				STONE
		You HAVE to do it, Lizzy. If itís
		like you said, thereís no way I
		can get close enough to her. Youíre
		the only one who can stop her.

She nods YES.

				LIZZY
		Okay, then. Letís do it.

INT. A DARK ROOM - DAY

IN the middle of the floor is a BURN MARK left behind from Pandoraís return 
to Hell. In the center of the burn mark, her battered mahogany box is just 
beginning to engulf itself in flames.

INT. KING HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - DAY

Rosalyn has just placed a call. She stands with the phone in one hand, the 
other holding her very big stomach. Her face is a little pale; looks like 
she's anxious.

Her MOTHER (SUSAN) comes into the Living Room, also looking anxious. The two 
women exchange EYE CONTACT.

Rosalyn is growing impatient; no oneís answered her call yet.

Finally, somebody picks up on the other end.

				ROSALYN
		Dan?

INT. DANíS CAR - DAY

Dan is at the wheel, driving calmly. Heís got his cell phone pressed to one 
ear. His face blank.

				DAN
		Yes, dear.

His voice is nearly void of emotion.

INTERCUT

		 		ROSALYN
		Dan... itís time.

				DAN
		Okay, sweetheart, Iím on my way. Sit
		tight. Iíll be home in a minute.

Rosalyn holds the phone away from her ear, looks quizzically at it for a 
second. As wound up as Dan was earlier in the day, he almost sounds 
irritated now. This is the second time today heís acted strange.

She places the phone back to her ear.

				ROSALYN
		Iíll be ready to go when you get
		here.

				DAN
		Iím sure youíll be fine, dear.

				ROSALYN
		I love you, Dan.

A beat.

				DAN
			(almost forced)
		I love you, too.

CLICK. Danís already cut the connection.

Rosalyn hangs up the phone slowly.

				SUSAN
		Is something wrong?

				ROSALYN
		No... no, heís on his way.

Despite her words, Rosalyn isnít so sure if thatís really the case.

Still holding her stomach, Rosalyn walks over to the WINDOW, stares out into 
the growing evening shadows.

She knows in the next few hours her life is about to change forever.

END ACT THREE


ACT FOUR

EXT. CITY STREET - AT A PAYPHONE - NIGHT

Standing under a dim street light is Stone, leaning against the payphone, 
receiver pressed tightly to his ear.

				STONE
		Kane?

EXT. OUTSIDE A GAS STATION - NIGHT

KANE is squatting down behind a POLICE CAR. Heís got his cell phone held 
slightly away from his ear, halfway paying attention to the call.

				KANE
		Yeah -- Kane here.

INTERCUT

				STONE
		Itís Stone. Listen, I --

				KANE
		Stone -- this isnít a good time for
		me right now...

We PULL BACK from Kane, and SEE heís smack dab in the middle of a DOZEN 
POLICE CARS, lights flashing on all of them. About TWENTY UNIFORMED COPS are 
scattered here and there, WEAPONS drawn, all pointed at the gas station.

FROM THE GAS STATION

we SEE a CRAZY GUNMAN holding a FRANTIC WOMAN at gunpoint. They are inside 
the small office, which has several BULLET HOLES in the front window. 
Thereís BLOOD visible on the  walls.

				STONE
		I need a favor...

				KANE
		Didnít you hear me? Iím right in the--

				STONE
			(cutting him off)
		This is important!

				KANE
		Hey, I have a job to do, too, remember?!

Stone rubs his eyes.

				STONE
		Iím sorry, Will, but if you donít
		do this for me...

				KANE
		Zeke, thereís NO WAY I can pull out
		of here. I got a loony thatís already
		whacked a gas station attendant, and
		primed to do a customer any second.

A beat.

				STONE
		What about Sophia?

				KANE
		No good, either. Sheís on a stake
		out in the Bronx. I havenít even
		seen her myself for two days.

Stoneís up against the wall now.

				STONE
		Rosalynís in trouble, Will. I need
		you to go and get her, take her some-
		place for a while.

Heíd like to help Stone out, but thereís no way he can leave.

				KANE
			(sincere)
		Iím sorry, Stone, but I canít.
			(beat)
		Youíll have to do it yourself.

Stone freezes.

				STONE
		No, I --

				KANE
		You canít WHAT? Put yourself to the
		side to save the woman who loved you
		more then her own life?

His words cut Stone deep.

				KANE (CONT)
		This whole thing of you barricading
		yourself away from her wonít mean
		diddly squat if she gets killed, will
		it?

				STONE
		I donít know...

				KANE
		Well, I DO know! Itís you or nobody
		this time, Zeke. Time to decide whatís
		more important; your secret or her
		life.

It doesnít take Stone long to make up his mind.

				STONE
		Do you know where sheís at?

				KANE
		Her motherís house. At least thatís the
		last place I knew she was staying.

				STONE
		Damn. IĎm nowhere close to there.

				KANE
		Tell you what -- Iíll send a squad car
		for you, have Ďem take you there. Where
		you at now?

					SMASH CUT:

INT. KING HOUSE - NIGHT

Rosalyn is worried. Dan should have been here by now. Her Mother pats her on 
the shoulder, comforting.

				SUSAN
		Donít worry, dear. When you were born,
		it took your father twenty minutes to
		get the car started.

The words donít have much effect on Rosalyn.

				ROSALYN
		Dan wouldnít be late unless some-
		thing happened to him.

Rosalyn picks up the phone, begins to dial.

INT. DANíS CAR - NIGHT

In no hurry, Dan guides the vehicle lazily down a residential street. Heís 
about ten minutes from the King house. That evil grin still plastered on his 
mug.

BRING! The cell phone, laying on the passenger seat, goes off. He looks at 
it, lets it continue to ring.

INT. KING HOUSE - NIGHT

Rosalyn slowly hangs up the phone, turns to her Mother.

				SUSAN
		If heís not here in five more minutes
		weíll call a taxi.

				ROSALYN
		I am NOT going to be driven to the
		hospital in a taxi to deliver my baby,
		Mother! We wait for Dan!

INT. LULUíS PLACE - NIGHT

Resting on her bed is Lulu. Sheís still drained, but has regained her focus 
somewhat.

Silently, the DOOR opens. Lizzy peers out from behind the door, her mind 
full of fear. Does Lulu know sheís there? Will she be able to sneak up on 
her and do the deed?

INT. SQUAD CAR - NIGHT

Stone is seated in the front seat next to a UNIFORMED PATROLMAN. Neither one 
saying a word. We HEAR the siren blazing away.

EXT. CITY STREET - NIGHT

The squad car ZOOMS into the night, lights flashing.

EXT. KING HOUSE - NIGHT

At last, Dan pulls into the driveway.

INT. KING HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - NIGHT

Rosalyn SEES the carís headlights through the window, breathes a sigh of 
relief. Finally.

She starts to get her bags, but then stops suddenly. The headlights go OFF. 
The engine is then TURNED OFF. Very strange.

Rosalyn and her Mother exchange a glance.

EXT. KING HOUSE - DRIEVWAY - NIGHT

Dan slides out of the car, leaving the door open. He takes his time walking 
to the front door.

INT. LULUíS PLACE - NIGHT

Luluís still in bed, eyes closed.

Lizzy TIPTOES across the floor. Her gaze darts back and forth, looking for 
some kind of weapon she can use to take out Luluís eyes. There isnít much to 
pick from, really.

Then, she remembers the bone fragment Pandora gave her. She quickly removes 
it from her pocket, grips it tightly in one hand.

INT. KING HOUSE - NIGHT

Dan enters the household, face very plain. No hint of any kind of 
ďfather-to-beď panic evident.

Rosalyn takes a good look at him. He doesnít seem to be all there.

				ROSALYN
		Dan -- whatís wrong? What took you so
		long? Why didnít you answer my call?

He ignores her, walks into the living room, plops down on the couch.

				SUSAN
		Did you hear her?

Dan says nothing, continues to flash that silly grin.

Susan walks right up to Dan, gets almost nose to nose with him.

				SUSAN
		Are you drunk?! I bet heís stinking
		drunk!

INT. PATROL CAR - NIGHT

The siren has stopped now.

Stone hunches up to the front of the seat.

				STONE
		Let me off at that corner. Kill the
		lights. I donít want to panic anybody
		inside.

EXT. STREET CORNER - NIGHT

The patrol carís lights go off. It slows down, comes to a halt. In a flash, 
Stone is out the door.

				PATROLMAN
		You gonna be okay? Should I stick
		around?

				STONE
		No. You donít want any part of this.

The Patrolman shakes his head, then drives off.

Stone makes his way towards theÖ

INT. KING HOUSE - DAY.

WHACK! Dan has BACKSLAPPED Susan!

ZOOM! She goes FLYING across the room.

SMASH! She lands against a FLOOR LAMP, crashing violently to
the ground.

INT. LULUíS PLACE - NIGHT

C.U. ON LULU

The sudden actions by Dan causes a SURGE in her control over the 
incantation. While Dan was relatively calm, Lulu was able to more or less 
relax. Now that heís engaged in physical activity, it means sheís going to 
have to exert more energy to maintain control of the spell.

Lulu opens her eyes to SEE...

LIZZY

standing right above her, a hand extended directly over her eyes, holding 
the bone fragment.

Lizzy hesitates a moment, then PLUNGES THE FRAGMENT STRAIGHT DOWN!

AT THE LAST SECOND, LULU REACHES UP AND STOPS LIZZY! THE FRAGMENT HOVERING 
JUST INCHES ABOVE HER LEFT EYE!

EXT. KING HOUSE - NIGHT

Stone is at the door. He grips the handle, hesitates. Then he HEARS a CRASH 
from inside!

INT. KING HOUSE - NIGHT

SLAM! Stone swoops in. He sizes things up in a flash;

SUSAN

out cold amid the remains of the broken floor lamp.

DAN

grinning as if heís auditioning for THE JOKER in the next BATMAN movie.

AND ROSALYN

rooted to the floor in fear. Is that really ZEKE standing in her living 
room?

Stone heads towards Rosalyn. She backs up quickly.

				ROSALYN
		Stay away! Donít come near me!

				DAN
			(in Lulu's voice)
		Yes, Ezekiel, stay away from her!

Rosalynís eyes go wide! It sounds like Danís possessed!

INT. LULUíS PLACE - NIGHT

Lulu has gotten up from the bed. The two of them continue to struggle 
roughly; Lizzy trying to plunge the bone fragment into Luluís eyes, while 
Lulu seeks to remove the means of her demise from Lizzyís grip.

Luluís battle with Lizzy causes her incantation to weaken. Having to devote 
energy to fight makes her power over Dan lessen slightly.

INT. KING HOUSE - NIGHT

Dan -- now feeling less of a pull from Luluís spell, starts to clear his 
head. He looks around, realizes somethingís not quite right. But heís still 
under Luluís influence, no matter how small the amount.

INT. LULUíS PLACE - NIGHT

WHAM! Lulu lands a KNEE TO LIZZYíS MIDSECTION! Lizzy falls in a heap, but 
still keeps a hold on the fragment.

Lulu steps back, places both hands to her temples, concentrates.

INT. KING HOUSE - NIGHT

Dan SNAPS BACK UNDER THE SPELL. He walks methodically towards Rosalyn, hands 
outstretched in her direction.

				DAN
			(Lulu's voice)
		You must die to free the others...

				ROSALYN
		DAN! WHATíS WRONG WITH YOU?!

He keeps coming.

				STONE
		Keep away from him! Heís under some
		kind of mind control!

Roslyn back away from Dan. Stone positions himself between them.

INT. LULUíS PLACE - NIGHT

Luluís got the incantation back under control. She now walks over to Lizzy, 
who is flat on her back, moaning softly; the bone fragment still in hand.

				LULU
		You really thought you could take
		my eyes? How pitiful.

Lulu STEPS ON LIZZYíS WRIST -- HARD. We HEAR the brittle sound of BONES 
SNAPPING!

				LIZZY
		AARRGGHH!!

Even though itís torture, Lizzy doesnít release her grip on the fragment.

INT. KING HOUSE - NIGHT

Stone staves Dan off with a straight arm. He keeps coming forward, like a 
steam roller headed downhill.

				STONE
		I donít want to hurt you...

But it doesnít look like he has a choice. Dan has no intention of stopping.

Regret on his face, Stone balls up a fist -- lets it FLY!

WHAM! He clocks Dan square on the chin! It doesnít faze him in the least.

				DAN
			(Lulu's voice)
		Thanks for the love tap.

Stone was holding back, still conscious that heís really fighting a Mortal 
-- and a Mortal that means the world to Rosalyn, too.

Realizing itís going to take all of his might, Stone cocks his arm back -- 
SOCKO! STONE DECKS DAN. PLOP! DAN HITS THE GROUND!

				ROSALYN
		DAN!

She tries to go past Stone to get at Dan. Stone holds her back.

				STONE
		Donít touch him!

INT. LULUíS PLACE - NIGHT

Stoneís K.O. of Dan impacts Lulu. She reels, as if hit by Stoneís 
punch.

INT. KING HOUSE - NIGHT

Rosalyn fights against Stoneís restraint.

				ROSALYN
		What did you do to him?!

				STONE
		Keep back! Heís still not free of
		the spell yet!

INT. LULUíS PLACE - NIGHT

Lizzy SEES Lulu doubled over, realizes this is IT. She takes the bone 
fragment in her good hand, steadily makes her way towards Lulu.

INT. KING HOUSE - NIGHT

Dan lays on the floor, breathing shallow, face pale. But his barely open 
eyes confirm heís still in a trance.

Stone pushes Rosalyn back gently, then goes over to check Danís condition. 
He can tell Danís alive, but a Mortal taking a blow meant to bring down a 
Damned Soul canít be in good shape.

The shock of seeing Stone and the following events have finally caught up to 
her. Rosalyn doubles over, holding her stomach, moaning loudly. Slowly, she 
drops to the ground.

INT. LULUíS PLACE - NIGHT

Lulu sits up, tries to regain full control over her incantation. Once more 
she places her hands to her temples.

INT. KINGíS PLACE - NIGHT

Stone, distracted by Rosalynís condition, turns away from Dan.

WOOSH! DAN SITS STRAIGHT UP, GRABS STONE BY THE NECK, STARTS TO CHOKE HIM 
WITH ALL THE STRENGTH OF A DAMNED SOUL!

WHAM! WHAM! STONE STRIKES DAN OUT OF REFLEX! A LEFT TO THE JAW, A RIGHT 
DIRECTLY TO THE HEART! WE HEAR DANíS RIBíS SHATTERING AS HE GOES FLYING 
ACROSS THE ROOM!

INT. LULUíS PLACE - NIGHT

WOOSH! LIZZY PLUNGES THE BONE FRAGMENT INTO LULUíS RIGHT EYE! SHE PULLS IT 
OUT LIKE LIGHNTING, DRIVES IT INTO THE LEFT EYE A SPLIT SECOND LATER!

				LULU
		AARRGGHH!!!!!!!

LULU SCREAMS IN AGONY! TWO BOLTS OF BLUE ELECTRICITY ERUTP FROM HER EYES AS 
SHE IS SUCKED BACK TO HELL!

Lizzy collapses on the floor, totally spent.

INT. KING HOUSE - NIGHT

Stone grips his chest in pain! The tattoo of Lulu is burning off!

Grimacing, Stone crawls across the floor to Rosalyn. Looks like sheís going 
to drop the baby any moment. Tears flow down her cheeks -- half from the 
pain of impending motherhood, and half because of Stoneís dramatic return to 
her life.

				STONE
		Hang on, Rosalyn, Iíll get an you
		an ambulance.

Sheís in such turmoil she canít respond. She just lays there, clutching her 
stomach and writing in pain.

Stone searches for the phone, quickly finds it and dials 911. In a second, 
his call is answered.

				STONE
		I need an ambulance -- make that two
		ambulances at 4813 Wildcrest right away!
		A womanís about to give birth. And
		someone else is badly hurt.

Not waiting for a reply, Stone tosses the phone to the floor, goes to check 
on Dan.

Danís almost gone. Stoneís body blow fractured his ribcage, probably 
rupturing his heart.

Stone holds Danís head up by the neck. He can tell Danís free of Luluís 
incantation. Although life is slowly ebbing from his eyes, theyíre clear.

				STONE
		Iím sorry... so sorry for all this.

				DAN
		Is she okay?

				STONE
		Yeah, sheís gonna be alright. Weíre
		on our way to the hospital now.

				DAN
		Youíre her first husband...?

Stone nods YES.

				DAN (CONT)
		Why did you leave her? It broke her
		heart.

				STONE
		It broke mine, too.
			beat)
		I made a mistake, so I tried to stay
		away, to keep out of her life.

				DAN
		You were never out of her life. Never...

Dan closes his eyes.

				STONE
		Címon, hang in there for me... for Rosalyn.

				DAN
		Do you still love her?

				STONE
		Of course...

				DAN (CONT)
		Then take care of her... promise me...
		you will...

				STONE
		I promise...

				DAN
		Tell her... I loved her... more then sheíll
		ever know.

And Dan is gone.

Stone gently lets Dan rest on the floor. Crossing to Rosalyn, Stone 
discovers she has passed out. He sits beside her, cradling her in his arms.

					DISSOLVE TO:

INT. INSIDE AMBULANCE - NIGHT

Rosalyn laying on stretcher, an I.V. stuck in her arm. Sheís also got an 
oxygen mask over her mouth.

Stone is to her left, trying to calm her as the E.M.Ts frantically do their 
job.

				ROSALYN
			(weak)
		Dan... what happened to Dan...?

				STONE
		Shush -- lay still -- weíre almost to
		the hospital.

One of the E.M.T.s touches Stoneís shoulder, just enough to let him know he 
needs to move out of the way.

His back to the ambulance wall, Stone reaches out and TAKES ROSALYNíS HAND 
IN HIS. Her touch -- after so many years apart -- causes Stone to tremble.

EXT. E.R. ENTRANCE - NIGHT

The ambulance pulls up to the Emergency Room doors. The vehicle has barely 
stopped, when WHAM! The back flies open! The two E.M.T.s JUMP DOWN, quickly 
roll Rosalynís stretcher out.

An E.R. NURSE runs to meet them, taking all the vital information as fast as 
it can be relayed to her.

Stone, feeling a little out of place, climbs out of the ambulance, stands 
around wondering what the hell he should do next.

WHIRR! ANOTHER AMBULANCE pulls up to the E.R. When its doors part, Stone 
SEES that itís Susan being lifted out on the stretcher. Sheís got her head 
bandaged, as well as her right arm and shoulder. Looks like she took a hefty 
whack, but will be alright. She doesnít notice Stone as sheís wheeled past 
him.

Stone watches them take her in.

SWISH. The automatic doors close swiftly, leaving Stone all alone.

He walks down the ramp, headed nowhere. His face wrenched with unparalleled 
emotion. Finally, he looks to the Heavens.

				STONE
		Please, let her be okay.

We FOLLOW STONEíS GAZE to the stars, the screen FILLING with the beautiful 
NIGHT SKY.

					DISSOLVE TO:

EXT. A SUNNY SKY - MORNING

The frantic evening has given way to a clean new day.

INT. ROSALYNíS HOSPITAL ROOM - DAY

Laying in bed is Rosalyn. Sheís delivered her baby girl, and is now fast 
asleep. As far as deliveries go, it was more or less by the book -- even 
though she was in bad shape when she was brought in. The doctors were able 
to stabilize her. Once she was prepped, it went like clockwork.

The door is pushed back. In steps Stone. Heís worn out beyond description. 
But the look on his face when he sees sheís alive and well makes everything 
worthwhile.

Slowly, he pulls up a chair, walks to the bed. He sits there, just grateful 
to simply be this close to her. If this were all there were left for him, 
heíd still be satisfied.

Delicately, he brings his hand up, lets it hover over hers. Heís afraid to 
grab hold of it. But he canít resist. He takes her hand in his, lifts it 
gently to his face, rubs his cheek with it. Again, heís trembling.

				STONE
		Forgive me.

Thereís nothing more he can do. He lets her hand drop to the bed, then puts 
his head just at the ends of her fingertips.

He stays in this position for what seems like an eternity.

Suddenly, he feels a TINGLING on his scalp. Cracking an eye, he tries to 
discover whatís causing the sensation. He looks up at...

ROSALYN

Sheís perfectly still. Did she move, or was it his imagination?

Suddenly, her eyelids FLUTTER. Not quite all the way open, but sheís 
definitely awake. Her fingers twitch, then her whole hand flexes.

Stone draws away from the bed, sits up straight. Heís speechless.

Rosalyn fully opens her eyes, takes in her surroundings. At last, she turns 
to see...

STONE

Heís gone nose to nose with The Devil on many occasions. But heís no match 
for Rosalynís searching gaze.

				ROSALYN
		Zeke...

				STONE
		Yes, Rosalyn. Itís really me.

She sits in silence, playing back in her mind the events of the previous 
night as best she can.

				ROSALYN
		My baby...?

				STONE
		Sheís in the newborn nursery.

				ROSALYN
		Okay?

				STONE
		Ten fingers, ten toes. I saw her a
		couple of hours ago. Cute as a button.

				ROSALYN
		My mother?

				STONE
		Fractured arm and shoulder, a little
		bruised, but sheís gonna be fine.

She inhales deeply.

				ROSALYN
		Dan...?

He shakes his head NO.

				STONE
		Iím sorry.

A tear flows down her cheek.

				ROSALYN
		What happened to him? Why did he
		try to kill me?

He canít respond.

				ROSALYN (CONT)
		I heard his voice. That wasnít Dan.
		I refuse to believe it was him.

				STONE
		Itís hard to explain.
		        (beat)
		Dan was -- possessed -- by a... Damned
		Soul.

				ROSALYN
		A Damned WHAT?!

				STONE
		A Damned Soul. One that died and was
		sent to Hell for their sins. And then
		returned to the Mortal world.

He can see sheís not buying it.

				STONE
		Thereís a lot to tell you, Rosalyn.

She looks directly into his eyes.

				ROSALYN
		Where have you been hiding for the past
		seventeen years, Zeke? Thinking this
		crazy scheme up? You REALLY expect me
		swallow such a load of...

She stops, furious beyond words.

He leans closer to her.

				STONE
		Believe me, itís not crazy. Itís
		very, very real.

				ROSALYN
			(she has him now)
		Then prove it.

Stone thinks for a second. Then he takes Rosalynís hand in his, pulls it to 
his chest.

Sheís a little scared, but lets him continue.

He opens his shirt, places her palm directly over his heart.

Rosalyn doesnít respond at first. Sheís not sure what heís trying to do. 
Then, she gets it perfectly. HE HAS NO HEART BEAT! HIS SKIN IS COLD, LIKE 
THAT OF A CORPSE!

She pulls her hand away, clutches it tightly with her other hand.

				STONE
		Iím... a Damned Soul, too...

				ROSALYN
		How is this possible? Why...?

				STONE
		I WAS killed. When I died, I was sent
		to Hell for my sin.

				ROSALYN
		What sin?

He closes his eyes, the painful memory building up inside.

				STONE
		I killed someone. Not in the line of
		duty. I willfully and knowingly took
		a manís life. Set it up to look like
		an accident.

				ROSALYN
		Who was it?

He canít speak. His mouth is clenched shut.

				ROSALYN
		Zeke...	tell me.

				STONE
			(quiet)
		Gilbert Jax.

Rosalyn puts her hand over her heart.

				STONE
		I killed him, Rosalyn. He walked out
		of that courtroom a free man. He was
		GUILTY. But they set him free anyway.
		Since no one saw fit to punish him for
		his crime, it was up to me. He ruined
		our lives! And he was going to ruin
		someone elseís if he wasnít stopped!
		So, I killed him. I did it for you. I
		did it for US.
			(beat)
		Then, when I was shot, I was damned
		to Hell. And thatís where Iíve been.
		Until two years ago.

				ROSALYN
		What happened? Why are you here now?

				STONE
		There was an escape. 113 of the most
		vile creatures broke out of Hell. I was
		sent to return them.

				ROSALYN
		Why you?

				STONE
		Sometimes I ask myself the same thing.
		I guess I was the right one for the
		job.

				ROSALYN
			(sarcastic)
		Lucky you.

				STONE
		Luckier then you might think.

				ROSALYN
		What do you mean?

				STONE
		The Devil offered me a deal...

				ROSALYN
			(incredulous)
		The Devil?! You mean -- THE Devil?

				STONE
		Yeah. Prince of Darkness. Master
		of Lies. The one and only Devil.

She shrinks down into the mattress a bit.

				STONE (CONT)
		If I return all 113 Damned Souls, I --

He stops. Here it is at last. His chance to tell her what heíll receive if 
he succeeds.

				STONE
		Iíll be a Mortal again. Living, breath-
		ing, bad breath, the works. Iíll be
		given another chance at LIFE.

He searches Rosalynís face for any sign of hope.

Rosalyn seems to be on a different train of thought.

				ROSALYN
		If you were here for two years, why
		didnít you contact me?

				STONE
		I tried to a couple of times.

				ROSALYN
			(remembering)
		The bank...

				STONE
		Yeah. I was there.

				ROSALYN
		And Valentineís Day...?

He nods YES.

				STONE
		Thatís the night I decided I had to
		stay away from you.

				ROSALYN
		Why?

				STONE
		Because of me, your life was in danger.
		It was safer for you if I stayed away.
		Remember what happened with Barry?

She nods YES.

				STONE (CONT)
		Heís the ring leader of the escape.
		Or rather, SHEíS the ring leader. Her
		name is Ash. She knew how I felt about
		you, and used you to get to me. Once
		I realized I was putting your life in
		jeopardy, I knew there was no hope of
		us ever...
			(beat)
		Sheís still out to get you, Rosalyn.
		Ash had one of her followers put that
		spell on Dan, try to kill you to get
		me to... well, she wants me on her side.

Suddenly, what Stone said a moment ago clicks in Rosalynís mind.

				ROSALYN
		Wait a minute... you said if you send them
		all back to Hell, youíd be given another
		chance at life?

				STONE
		Yeah... if you can believe The Devilíll
		keep his word...

				ROSALYN
		That means we...

Stone inches forward in his chair. Is she really considering a reunion?

Before she can finish, the door OPENS. A FLOOR NURSE is wheeling in a small 
cart with a CLEAR BABY CRADLE on top. The Nurse stops once she enters the 
room, making sure sheís not intruding.

				NURSE
		Mrs. Copper?

Stone reacts to Rosalyn being addressed by that name.

				ROSALYN
		Yes...

				NURSE
		A little girl told me she wanted to see
		her Mommy.

Rosalyn smiles wide as Nurse lifts the new born from her cradle, brings her 
over to the bed.

Gently, Nurse lays the baby in Rosalynís arms.

				NURSE
		Congratulations.
			(to Stone)
		Sheís a sweet little thing. You must
		be very proud.

Stone mumbles a response.

				NURSE
		Did you both decide on a name yet?

Rosalyn canít take her eyes away from her baby.

				ROSALYN
		...What...?

				NURSE
		A name. We have to put it on the birth
		certificate.

Nurse looks at Stone for some help.
	
				STONE
		I...well, we...

				ROSALYN
		Danielle. Danielle Copper. After her
		father.

Nurse pats Stone on the shoulder.

				NURSE
		How lovely!

Nurse starts to exit.

				NURSE
		Iíll let you all get to know your
		new daughter. Congratulations again,
		Mr. and Mrs. Copper.

Nurse leaves, closing the door on her way out.

Stone leans over Rosalyn, takes a good look at baby Danielle. Sheís the 
cutest thing on Earth.

				STONE
		Sheís amazing, Rosalyn.

				ROSALYN
		Perfect. Absolutely perfect.

Stone is conscious of how close the two of them are. He backs away a bit, 
still uncomfortable.

				STONE
		Dan would have been proud. He loved
		you with all his heart. His last words
		were about you.

Another tear drops from her eye.

				ROSALYN
		I canít do this alone, Zeke.

He looks at her intently. She returns the gaze.

				ROSALYN (CONT)
		I didnít know what to believe when I
		saw you out in L.A. I thought youíd
		stopped loving me after... that youíd
		faked your death because you didnít
		want anything to do with me.

				STONE
		No... how could I ever stop loving you?

				ROSALYN
		It wouldnít be the first time a man
		left a woman over something like
		this. Iíve missed you so much, Zeke.
		Youíll never know how many nights
		I felt your body next to mine. Your
		voice softly whispering my name while
		I dreamt of you. I love you Zeke. I
		always loved you...

Stone reaches out with both hands, places them on either side of her face, 
and kisses his wife passionately.

For the first time in seventeen years, Ezekiel Stone feels the warmth of his 
wifeís sensual lips. It almost brings him to his knees.

Finally, they separate.

				STONE
		I love you, Rosalyn.

They look at one another, as if discovering their love for the first time.

				ROSALYN
		How many are there left?

				STONE
		Enough. Iíve got more then half,
		but thereís a way to take them all
		out at once. Trouble is, I have to
		kill Ash in order to do it.

				ROSALYN
		What makes her so powerful?

				STONE
		Sheís the one who organized the escape.
		She made all of the Damned Souls bind
		themselves to her, swearing allegiance
		to her in order to protect herself from
		an uprising once they got free. If I
		take her out, they all go with her. But
		sheís dangerous. Now more then ever.

				ROSALYN
		Why?

				STONE
			(evasive)
		Better right now that you donít know.

Stone hates keeping the fact that Ash is pregnant -- and by him -- but heís 
not about to spoil the first moment of pure bliss heís felt since before he 
was damned to Hell.

				STONE (CONT)
		Sheís out there right now, and Iíve
		gotta go to work.

				ROSALYN
		Then do what youíve got to do, Zeke.
		And come back to me as fast as you
		can.

He smiles, leans down and kisses her again.

				STONE
		Like Baretta used to say -- ďYou can
		take it to the bank.Ē

Stone rubs Danielleís face softly, then stands up. Itís time to bring Ash 
down for good.

				STONE
		Iíll be in touch. I love you,
		Rosalyn.
	
				ROSALYN
		I love you, Zeke.

He canít tear himself from her, but knows heís got to go. Face full of 
emotion, Stone departs.

Rosalyn COOS baby Danielle, glowing with pride and love reborn.

EXT. HOSPITAL - DAY

Stone bounds out the main entrance, the love of a good woman elevating him 
to new heights.

Suddenly, a CAR pulls to the curb. The DRIVER gets out. Itís Kane. He heads 
right for Stone.

				KANE
		HEY! Stone!

Stone hears his name, turns around.

				STONE
		Kane!

Kane reaches Stone, out of breath.

				KANE
		I got your message just now. Sorry
		I couldnít get here earlier. Howís
		everything? Rosalyn okay?

Stone nods YES.

				KANE
		She have the baby?

				STONE
		A girl. Danielle.

				KANE
		Holy cow, a dame. I mean, a girl.

Stone canít stop smiling.

				KANE
		So, it looks like things went well.
		The reunion and all.

				STONE
		Yeah... it went great. She still loves
		me, Will. After all this time, she
		still loves me.

				KANE
		Youíre one lucky S.O.B. to have a
		woman like that.

				STONE
		I know.
			(beat)
		Listen, I hate to do this to you now,
		but I --

				KANE
		-- Need a favor. Shoot.

				STONE
		Her husband, Dan -- he was under a spell.
		One of Ashís followers tried to get him
		to kill her. I had to...

He canít say it.

				STONE (CONT)
		I put his body in the basement before
		the ambulance got to her motherís
		house. I know itís damned irregular,
		but since you know all of this, can
		you...?

Kane understands what Stone wants.

				KANE
		Sure.

				STONE
		Rosalyn and her family donít need to
		be bothered with an investigation,
		especially one that wonít turn up any
		answers.

				KANE
		Consider it done.

				STONE
		Thanks.

				KANE
		Whatís next?

Stoneís smile vanishes.

				STONE
		Ash...

FADE



THE END



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