BRIMSTONE
                                        #105
                                      "Slayer"

                                      Story by
                              ETHAN REIFF & CYRUS VORIS

                                     Teleplay by
                                  ANGEL DEAN LOPEZ

                                    Transcript by
                                     DEREK SAUL




                                       TEASER

               FADE IN:

               INT. RAWSHANK'S DINER - NIGHT

               The waitress, TERESITA, brings over another full plate of
               food to STONE, who's sitting alone in a booth, his table
               already loaded with full plates.  She sets the plate down
               carefully.

                                   TERESITA
                         Careful, hombre.  That's salsa
                         abanero.  Liquid fire.

               Stone shoves down a mouthful of the new stuff.

                                   STONE
                         I've had hotter.

                                   TERESITA
                             (seductively)
                         I'll bet you have.

               She leaves, Stone watching her go with a smirk on his face. 
               He turns his attention back to the baseball game on the TV
               over the bar.

               SKARAS, a tall black man with a shaved head and a leather
               jacket, is sitting at the bar, watching Stone.  He gets up
               and approaches Stone's booth.

                                   SKARAS
                         Excuse me.  Can I ask you a
                         question about your food?

                                   STONE
                         Huh?

                                   SKARAS
                         Your food.  What you're eating.  I
                         mean, a man like yourself can
                         sample any taste in the entire
                         world, or choose not to eat at all. 
                         Instead, you spend your time in
                         this... hellhole.

               Stone continues eating.

                                   STONE
                         Do I know you?

               Skaras takes that as an invitation and sits himself down
               across the booth from Stone.

                                   SKARAS
                         You know, I heard an incredible
                         story the other day, from a man I
                         met on the street.  A man just like
                         you and me.  Imagine that -- you
                         and me.

                                   STONE
                         You know, I'd love to sit here and
                         chat with you all day, but I'm
                         really trying to watch the game.

                                   SKARAS
                             (ignoring him)
                         He told of a tear in the fabric of
                         the underworld, a tear through
                         which over a hundred damned souls
                         made their way back to the world of
                         the living.  Now only one thing
                         stands between each of them and
                         whatever they desire.

                                   STONE
                         What's that?

                                   SKARAS
                         Another dead man, sent to roam the
                         Earth.  He was a policeman, they
                         say.  Highly decorated, with a
                         beautiful wife he left as a widow. 
                         Now his task is to track down each
                         of these escapees, one by one, and
                         send them back.

                                   STONE
                         Sounds like a real tough guy.

                                   SKARAS
                         A worthy opponent, especially for
                         one of the brothers -- a legendary
                         soldier named Hasdrubal Skaras.  A
                         slayer of men who killed hundreds
                         of enemies throughout his lifetime.

                                   STONE
                         What's his name again?  Hasdrubal
                         what?

                                   SKARAS
                             (impatient)
                         Hasdrubal Skaras.

                                   STONE
                         Hasdrubal Skaras.
                             (beat)
                         Never heard of him.

               Suddenly Skaras pulls up a weapon from under the table, a
               strange, ancient-looking blade.  He caresses the metal.

               Stone casually drinks his coffee.  If this is intimidation,
               it doesn't seem to be working.

                                   SKARAS
                         Do you notice how the blades are
                         exactly as far apart as your eyes?

                                   STONE
                             (holding out his cup)
                         Coffee?

                                   SKARAS
                         I don't waste my time with food and
                         drink.

                                   STONE
                             (exhausted)
                         Look, let me ask you something.  If
                         this Hasdrubal... whatever...
                         suppose he did catch this poor
                         idiot who's job it is to take him
                         back?  Why not just take the sap
                         out right away?  Why sit there and
                         piss him off by breathing all over
                         his dinner?

                                   SKARAS
                         If I destroy the hunter, another
                         will surely be sent to take his
                         place.

               Stone nods: "I guess."

                                   SKARAS (CONT'D)
                         On the other hand, if we were to
                         join forces -- my brains and your
                         looks -- we can take what we want
                         when we want it.  We can live life
                         without worrying about the one
                         thing all men fear:  Death. 
                         I mean, after all, who can really
                         understand us aside from one
                         another?  Who's been where we've
                         been?  Seen what we've seen?

                                   STONE
                         We have so much in common.
                             (beat)
                         What if I say no?

                                   SKARAS
                         Instead of a truce war?

                                   STONE
                         Yeah.  What about that?

                                   SKARAS
                             (sighs)
                         Well... war is a surprising animal. 
                         It preys on the fighters, but
                         often, the innocent suffer as well.

               Skaras slowly scoops up some mash potato from Stone's plate
               with his middle finger.

               Stone glares menacingly at him.

                                   SKARAS (CONT'D)
                         It bothers you... the idea of
                         innocent suffering.

               He licks the mash potato off his finger.

                                   STONE
                         Yeah, it bothers me.  But you know
                         what bothers me even more?  That
                         smirk on your face.

               Skaras is enjoying this, making no attempt to hide it.

                                   STONE (CONT'D)
                         Some punk looked at me like that
                         once when I was walking the beat. 
                         I smashed him against a brick wall.

               Skaras's eyes flash hellfire.

                                   SKARAS
                         Vae victus.

               Stone looks away, playing it as if it doesn't bother him.

               Suddenly he LUNGES across the table at Skaras, but Skaras
               vanishes into thin air, Stone's hands grabbing at nothing.

               Stone gets up from the booth, pulling his gun out from his
               coat.  He stalks the diner carefully, watching for any sign
               of Skaras.  Panicked customers run aside.

               Suddenly Skaras ATTACKS out of thin air, slashing his blade
               across Stone's right eye.

               Stone stumbles, catches a glimpse of Skaras near the pool
               table.

               Skaras raises his blade again, but Stone opens fire, pumping
               Skaras's chest with lead.

               Skaras goes flying over the pool table.

               Skaras rises, unleashes a war cry.

               Stone fires again, hitting Skaras in the torso.  Skaras falls
               back again behind the pool table.

               Slowly, Stone goes around the pool table, but Skaras has
               disappeared again.

               Weak, Stone fumbles toward the back door, slamming through it
               with his shoulder.

               EXT. ALLEY BEHIND RAWSHANK'S DINER - CONTINUOUS

               Stone stumbles out the door into the alley, crashing into a
               bunch of trash cans.

               He grips his punctured eye.  His soul is slowly beginning to
               seep out of it, and suddenly he's assailed with visions of
               Hell -- fire, torment, suffering, damned souls, the Devil's
               laugh echoing in his ear...

                                                              FADE OUT.



                                    END OF TEASER



                                       ACT ONE

               FADE IN:

               EXT. ALLEY BEHIND RAWSHANK'S DINER - NIGHT

               Stone feels his eye.  It seems to have healed.  Frantically
               he crawls toward a puddle near the sidewalk, inspects his eye
               through the reflection.

                                   DEVIL (O.S.)
                         Now that was a close call.

               Stone glances over his reflection's shoulder, spots THE DEVIL
               up top on the first story railing.

                                   DEVIL (CONT'D)
                         How does it feel to be in the eye
                         of the storm?  Nerve wracking?

               He slides down the fire escape, wearing black cat burglar
               kind of clothes, complete with black gloves.  He takes a seat
               on the sidewalk beside Stone, who's still nursing his eye.

                                   DEVIL (CONT'D)
                         Oh look on the bright side, Mr.
                         Stone.  At least that soul of yours
                         is still in one piece.  Though how
                         long it will stay that way is
                         anyone's guess.

                                   STONE
                         Thanks for your concern.

               The Devil laughs.

                                   DEVIL
                         Let me be... honest.  If Hasdrubal
                         Skaras -- right?

                                   STONE
                         Yeah, Skaras.

                                   DEVIL
                         -- is powerful enough to send you
                         flying back into my loving embrace,
                         then I have to admit... I picked
                         the wrong man for this little gig.

                                   STONE
                         Has anyone ever told you you're a
                         pain in the ass?

               The Devil laughs again, harder.

                                   DEVIL
                         Good.  Nice show of bravado.  But
                         you know what they say:  the one
                         who makes the most noise is really
                         afraid of his own shadow... hmm,
                         Detective?
                             (beat)
                         You know, if that cut had been just
                         one centimeter deeper into your
                         eye, I don't think it would have
                         healed as quickly.  And then if
                         Skaras had gotten the other eye
                         too, well... time to put your head
                         between your legs and kiss your
                         soul goodbye.

               The Devil disappears into thin air, his laugh still echoing
               through the alley.

                                                                CUT TO:

               INT. HISTORY MUSEUM - NIGHT

               Stone is sitting at a table with a geeky museum CURATOR.  He
               slides a hand drawn SKETCH of Skaras's blade across the table
               to the Curator, who studies it.

                                   STONE
                             (re: his sketch)
                         This is the best I could do.  Does
                         it look familiar?

                                   CURATOR
                         This blade is definitely pre
                         classical.  Shiite or Philistine. 
                         But Hasdrubal... that's a
                         Carthaginian name, dating from
                         later.  The period of the Punic
                         Wars.

                                   STONE
                             (lost)
                         Uhh... for someone who barely
                         survived high school history...

                                   CURATOR
                         Around 200 B.C.  You see, there were
                         actually three separate wars fought
                         between Rome and Carthage.

                                   STONE
                         What can you tell me about these
                         Carthaginians?

                                   CURATOR
                         They were Rome's arch enemy.  Blood
                         thirsty mercenaries from all over
                         North Africa and Europe.  Their
                         ranks even included Celtic
                         guerillas who could blend seamlessly
                         into the terrain.  They were famous
                         for taking no prisoners and
                         delighted in the slaughter of
                         innocent bystanders.  They even had
                         Libyan elephant archers who drove
                         their enemy's horses insane with
                         their pachyderm smell.

                                   STONE
                         More than I wanna know.
                             (beat)
                         So you say they can blend into the
                         landscape.

                                   CURATOR
                         Well, not anymore.  There are no
                         more Carthaginians.  The Romans
                         wiped their civilization off the
                         face of the Earth more than two
                         thousand years ago.

                                   STONE
                         That would explain why I've only
                         met one.

                                                                CUT TO:

               INT. HOTEL IRONDELL, STONE'S ROOM - DAY

               Stone is leaning on his counter, flipping through a history
               book, trying to brush up on his knowledge of ancient weapons.

               Suddenly he hears something -- a rustling, just outside his
               door.  He draws his gun, quietly creeps closer toward the
               door.

               He swings the door open, pointing his gun right into the
               blind, unseeing eyes of --

                                   FATHER HORN
                         Is that you, Detective Stone?

               Stone is both shocked and confused.

                                   STONE
                         Father Horn?  What the hell are YOU
                         doing here?

               Father Horn walks in, guiding himself with his walking cane. 
               Stone shuts the door behind him.

                                   FATHER HORN
                         Am I mistaken, or was that a gun
                         you were pointing at my face?

                                   STONE
                         How'd you find me?

                                   FATHER HORN
                         A young detective named Kane from
                         the 11th Precinct.  Perhaps you
                         remember him.  He remembers you.

               Stone nods.

                                   FATHER HORN (CONT'D)
                         You know, that elevator's broken. 
                         I had to take the stairs.  It's
                         quite a walk.  Mind if I sit down?

                                   STONE
                         Did you walk all the way from New
                         York?

                                   FATHER HORN
                         I considered it.  But my
                         archdiocese has a good deal with
                         Greyhound.

                                   STONE
                         Look, Father, I'm sorry I almost
                         shot you, but I'd feel a lot better
                         if you'd just get out of here.

                                   FATHER HORN
                         First you try to kill me, now
                         you're trying to protect me.

                                   STONE
                         You just gotta leave.

               They start shuffling toward the door.

                                   FATHER HORN
                         On one condition -- you'll come to
                         my new parish sometime.
                             (hands him his card)
                         Just to talk.  Shoot the breeze. 
                         You can't miss it.  It's one of the
                         only churches next to the airport.

                                   STONE
                         Alright, I'll call you.

                                                                CUT TO:

               INT. HOTEL IRONDELL, LOBBY - DAY

               Stone buys a paper at the newsstand, then walks over to the
               front desk clerk, a spunky short-haired girl called MAXINE.

                                   STONE
                         Hey.

                                   MAXINE
                         Hey.

                                   STONE
                         Where's Claudio?

                                   MAXINE
                         He went back to Samoa.

                                   STONE
                         Yeah?  When?

                                   MAXINE
                         This morning.  Yesterday was his
                         last day.

                                   STONE
                         Listen, last night I told Claudio
                         not to let anyone up to my room,
                         alright?  Anyone.

                                   MAXINE
                         Yeah, but not even a blind priest?

                                   STONE
                         Let me put it to you this way --
                         not even God.

               Intrigued, Maxine leans across the counter.

                                   MAXINE
                             (low)
                         Alright, who're you ducking?  IRS? 
                         INS?  DEA?  CIA?  FBI?  ATF?

                                   STONE
                         You wanna know the truth?

                                   MAXINE
                         Yeah.

                                   STONE
                         Actually, he's an ancient
                         Carthaginian warrior.

               Maxine smiles.

                                   TV (O.S.)
                         We interrupt our regular
                         programming to bring you this
                         special news report.

               Stone turns toward the TV, which is showing a REPORTER at the
               scene of a murder.

                                   REPORTER
                             (on TV)
                         In a terrible twist of irony, the
                         victim herself was a policeman's
                         widow.  The grisly message scrawled
                         beside her body in her own blood,
                         "vae victus", an ancient Latin
                         phrase which translates as "woe to
                         the vanquished".  The brutal,
                         apparently motiveless slaying--

               Stone watches with concern.

                                                                CUT TO:

               INT. A RESTAURANT - NIGHT

               Stone walks into the restaurant, heading toward the table
               where DETECTIVE ASH sits, alone.  She drops her napkin, and
               Stone catches a glimpse of her killer legs.

                                   DET. ASH
                         What are you staring at, Detective? 
                         Been that long?

                                   STONE
                         Longer.

                                   DET. ASH
                         I may have you beat in that
                         department.

                                   STONE
                         Mind if I join you?

                                   DET. ASH
                             (indifferent)
                         Please do.

               Stone takes the seat across the table.  Notices there's no
               food on the table.

                                   STONE
                         Don't you ever eat?

                                   DET. ASH
                         Not when I'm alone.  But let me
                         guess -- you're not here to see me,
                         right?  You have some questions
                         about a case.

                                   STONE
                             (smiles)
                         Could be.

                                   DET. ASH
                         Cop's widow, huh?

                                   STONE
                         Right.  How'd you figure that?

                                   DET. ASH
                         Oh, I see you, I start reaching for
                         the weird file.

                                   STONE
                             (chuckles)
                         So... what can you tell me about
                         it?

                                   DET. ASH
                         Why am I talking to you again?

                                   STONE
                         So you can eat again.

                                   DET. ASH
                             (chuckles)
                         Well, it was pretty grisly.  She
                         was killed with something called a
                         quarrel, it's a crossbow arrow.

                                   STONE
                         What can you tell me about HER?

                                   DET. ASH
                         Twenty-seven.  Former beauty queen. 
                         She married her high school
                         sweetheart who had four years of
                         service before he was gunned down. 
                         So what are we ordering?

                                   STONE
                             (smiles)
                         Chicken salad.  No mayo.  What else
                         can you tell me about her?

                                   DET. ASH
                         Her husband, he didn't die alone.

                                   STONE
                         What do you mean?

                                   DET. ASH
                         He was one of four officers killed
                         in a bank robbery-turned-firefight
                         in Mar Vista.  Worst one day
                         casualty count in the department's
                         recent memory.

                                   STONE
                         Rough.

                                   DET. ASH
                         They formed a group, the widows of
                         that day.  Did it on their own. 
                         Wouldn't take any union funding or
                         anything.  They call themselves
                         Blue Survivors.

               Stone smiles, then gets up from the table.

                                   STONE
                         You know, you oughta try the fries. 
                         I hear they're really good here.

               Stone leaves, leaving Ash shaking her head again.

                                                                CUT TO:

               EXT. A SUBURBAN NEIGHBORHOOD - NIGHT

               Stone walks down the street, holding a sheet of paper with
               the names and addresses of the Blue Survivor women.  He
               checks the sheet and approaches one of the houses.

               INT. SUSAN GELSON'S HOUSE - CONTINUOUS

               The front door is already ajar.  Suspicious, Stone nudges the
               door open and walks in, pulling out his gun.  There doesn't
               seem to be much signs of struggle.

                                   STONE
                         Hello?

               Stone moves further in.  As he steps through the living room,
               we catch a glimpse of SKARAS in the background, standing by
               the curtains, barely noticeable.  Stone doesn't see him.

               As Stone creeps into the dining room, he discovers the body
               of SUSAN GELSON on the floor, her throat slashed.

                                   SKARAS (O.S.)
                         The innocent suffer as well.

               Stone whips around.  Alert.  Gun at the ready.

               He doesn't see anyone.

                                   SKARAS (O.S.) (CONT'D)
                         I'm as close to you as death is to
                         the battlefield.

               Stone starts going up the stairs.

                                   SKARAS (O.S.) (CONT'D)
                         But I'm not here to kiss you,
                         Stone...

               Stone stops, heads back down the stairs again.

                                   SKARAS (O.S.) (CONT'D)
                         I'm here to ask you one last
                         time... put your hand in mine.

               Stone creeps carefully toward the kitchen.

                                   SKARAS (O.S.) (CONT'D)
                         We'll stride this Earth together...
                         how would you say?  Kicking ass and
                         taking names.
                             (beat)
                         Mrs. Gelson could be the last Blue
                         Survivor we claim as a victim.
                             (beat)
                         On the other hand, if the casualty
                         list lengthens, well... there's one
                         policeman's widow I'm sure you
                         don't want me to find.  But how
                         could you warn your wife I was
                         coming without leading me straight
                         to her doorstep?  A tactical
                         dilemma worthy of a great general's
                         attention.  Personally, I don't
                         care much for generals. 
                         I followed one across the
                         Mediterranean, up the Alps, and all
                         over the Italian Peninsula, only to
                         be deserted by him...

               Stone goes around the kitchen counter, still doesn't see
               anything.

               Suddenly SKARAS jumps him from behind, grabs Stone's gun
               wrist.

                                   SKARAS (CONT'D)
                         No more answering to Shaitan.  No
                         more being the Devil's lackey.

               Outside, we hear POLICE SIRENS.

                                   SKARAS (CONT'D)
                             (into Stone's ear)
                         One last chance.

               COP #1 suddenly steps into the kitchen, gun drawn.

                                   SKARAS (CONT'D)
                         Oh, look... more lambs for the
                         slaughter.

               From Cop #1's POV, Skaras is invisible.  All he sees is Stone
               pointing a gun at him.

                                   COP #1
                         Freeze!

               Skaras's grip on Stone's gun hand is iron clad, forcing Stone
               to pull the trigger.  Cop #1 goes down.

               Struggling, Stone manages to knock Skaras off of him, as COP
               #2 runs in.  He fires twice into Stone's chest.  Having no
               effect, Stone looks down at the bulletholes in his chest,
               then flees the scene.

               Cop #2 fires after him, but Stone leaps over the front porch
               and runs off.

                                                              FADE OUT.



                                   END OF ACT ONE



                                       ACT TWO

               FADE IN:

               INT. LAPD, ASH'S DESK - DAY

               Ash, her partner Detective Clemens, and ADA Vicky Shelby are
               watching a videotape of last night's news report, which shows
               Stone fleeing the scene.

                                   REPORTER (O.S.)
                         The suspect, over six feet tall,
                         well built, with sandy hair, was
                         identified--

               Shelby pauses the tape on a freeze frame of Stone.

                                   SHELBY
                         I don't understand.  I mean, why
                         can't you find this guy?
                             (holding a newspaper)
                         Here's a copy of last night's news
                         and there's your suspect caught on
                         home video.  He just killed Randy
                         Gelson's widow, and then injured a
                         patrolman while making his escape. 
                         What's that?

                                   DET. ASH
                         Well, his name's Stone.

                                   SHELBY
                         You know him?

                                   DET. ASH
                         Claimed he was a New York cop.

                                   SHELBY
                         You didn't check him out?

                                   DET. ASH
                         He seemed legit to me.  What can I
                         say?

                                   SHELBY
                         Really.  You didn't jump his bones,
                         did you?

                                   DET. ASH
                         Oh now, Counselor, don't take your
                         sexual frustrations out on me. 
                         Let's try and keep this
                         professional, shall we?

                                   SHELBY
                         Okay.  Let me rephrase the
                         question.  Do you have any personal
                         conflict of interest that
                         disqualifies you from this case?

                                   DET. ASH
                         No.  Not at all.

                                   SHELBY
                         All right.  Thank you.

               Shelby leaves.  Ash stares at the freeze frame of Stone on
               the TV screen.

                                   DET. ASH
                         I'm gonna nail him.

                                                                CUT TO:

               INT. AZALIA'S FLOWERS - DAY

               Stone walks into the flower shop.  The owner, GINA BRAYKER,
               is arranging a bouquet.

                                   STONE
                         Gina Brayker?

                                   GINA
                         That's me.  What can I help you
                         with?

                                   STONE
                         I need to talk to you about Susan
                         Gelson.

                                   GINA
                             (suddenly concerned)
                         What?

                                                           DISSOLVE TO:

               Minutes later, Stone has just told Gina about Susan Gelson's
               murder.  Gina is visibly distraught.

                                   GINA (CONT'D)
                         I just can't believe it.  She was
                         like a favorite aunt, or uncle. 
                         You know, after it happened she
                         spent all her time down at the
                         police station, bringing homemade
                         lunches, baking cakes, doing
                         whatever she could for those boys
                         down at Division... like SHE was
                         taking care of THEM, making sure
                         they made it through our husbands'
                         deaths okay.  It was her idea to
                         start the group.  She didn't
                         believe in shrinks.

                                   STONE
                         Neither do I.

                                   GINA
                         So now you're telling me some
                         psycho's running around town
                         killing members of the group.  Why?

                                   STONE
                         It doesn't matter why.  Do you have
                         a relative you can go stay with? 
                         Someone that lives out of town?

                                   GINA
                         Detective Stone, right?

               Stone nods.

                                   GINA (CONT'D)
                         Yeah, see, my husband never made
                         detective.  Street smart.  Partied
                         a little too much.  Cared a little
                         too much.  But he was a good man.
                             (re: the shop)
                         This whole thing was his idea.  My
                         husband is gone, Detective, but
                         having this shop makes me feel like
                         I've got a little bit of him around
                         me.
                             (strong)
                         I'm not running from anyone.

               The phone RINGS.  She picks up.


                                   GINA (CONT'D)
                         Azalia's Flowers.  How can I help
                         you?
                             (listens)
                         Uh huh.

               INT. LAPD, CLEMENS' DESK - INTERCUT

               Detective Clemens is on the phone with Gina.

                                   DET. CLEMENS
                         The suspect is ID'ing himself as
                         Detective Stone.

               INT. AZALIA'S FLOWERS - INTERCUT

                                   DET. CLEMENS (V.O.)
                         He is armed...

                                   GINA
                         Right.

                                   DET. CLEMENS (V.O.)
                         ...and extremely dangerous.

               She glances at Stone, who is shooting back a mean look.  He
               suspects something.

                                   GINA
                             (nervous laugh, trying to keep cool)
                         Yes, okay, I understand.  I
                         understand.  If anything comes up,
                         I'll be sure to give you a call--

               Stone suddenly GRABS HER from behind, covers her mouth.

                                   STONE
                             (slowly)
                         You have to trust me.

               An ARROW suddenly comes crashing through the window.  Stone
               throws Gina to the floor as the arrow sails over their heads
               and impales itself into a heart-shaped cushion.

                                   STONE (CONT'D)
                         You have to come with me if you
                         want to live.

               EXT. AZALIA'S FLOWERS, STREET - MOMENTS LATER

               Stone and Gina run out of the shop and into Gina's delivery
               truck.  Stone takes the wheel.  They peel out.

               INT. DELIVERY TRUCK - INTERCUT

               Gina is in the passenger seat, panicking.

                                   GINA
                         What is going on?  Why is this
                         happening?

                                   STONE
                         It's personal.  It's my fault. 
                         They must've followed me to your
                         store.

                                   GINA
                             (angry)
                         Look, if they're following YOU, you
                         need to drop me off at the nearest
                         police station.  I still have friends at 
				 my husband's precinct...

                                   STONE
                         He can take out an army of cops. 
                         We gotta hide you.  Some place he
                         doesn't know.  Some place safe.

                                   GINA
                         How do you know he's not following
                         us right now?

                                   STONE
                         I don't.

                                                                CUT TO:

               INT. ST ROSE'S CATHOLIC CHURCH - EVENING

               Someone's KNOCKING persistently at the door.  Father Horn
               feels his way toward the door, turning on a lamp on the way.

                                   FATHER HORN
                         Hold on, hold on.
                             (to himself)
                         The Son of God shall send his angels,
                         Father Horn shall get the door.

               He opens the door.  Stone and Gina walk in.

                                   STONE
                         Father Horn.

                                   FATHER HORN
                         Ezekiel?

                                   STONE
                         I brought a friend.  I need your
                         help.

                                                                CUT TO:

               INT. A BAR - NIGHT

               Skaras is sitting at the bar, nursing a beer, watching the
               news report on TV.  The BARTENDER is leaning against the
               counter, watching it too.

                                   REPORTER
                             (on TV)
                         Los Angeles police are asking for
                         help locating the suspect, wanted
                         for questioning in a string of
                         local slayings.  The suspect,
                         reported to be over six feet tall,
                         well built, with sandy hair, was
                         identified at the scene of the
                         second killing.

                                   BARTENDER
                         It's a freakin' war zone out there. 
                         Guy takes out two innocent people.

                                   SKARAS
                         The innocent must pay the price.

                                   BARTENDER
                         Tell me about it.  I've been to
                         'Nam.  Women.  Children. 
                         Civilians.

                                   SKARAS
                         Then you know.  When you walk into
                         a village whose men you've just
                         defeated on the battlefield, and
                         not a soul can stop you from
                         slaughtering the old, selling the
                         young for profit or taking the
                         women for pleasure.
                             (holds up his beer)
                         It's the only thing that makes life
                         worth living.
                             (beat)
                         Or death.

               Bartender shakes his head: "This guy's a freak."

               Skaras drinks his beer.

                                                                CUT TO:

               INT. ST ROSE'S - NIGHT

               Gina is kneeling before the votive candles, praying.  Stone
               enters.

                                   STONE
                         How are you doing?

                                   GINA
                         Not very good.

               Stone takes a stick, lights it with one of the candles, then
               lights another candle with it.  He makes the sign of the
               cross.

                                   GINA (CONT'D)
                         Who was that for?

                                   STONE
                         For me.

                                   GINA
                         I thought these were for the dead.

               Stone gives her a deadpan look.

                                   STONE
                         So who else is there?

                                   GINA
                         What?

                                   STONE
                         The Blue Survivors.

                                   GINA
                             (remembering)
                         Wait a minute -- Maddy.  Oh my God. 
                         Madeleine Fuller.  She's young. 
                         She's, like, nineteen or twenty. 
                         Her fiance was killed with Randall
                         at Mar Vista, just a couple of days
                         before the wedding.  Oh wait, I
                         have a picture.

               She reaches into her wallet, hands the picture over to Stone.

                                   GINA (CONT'D)
                         Susan Gelson had a cookout last
                         fourth of July and that's where I
                         met her.

                                   STONE
                             (looking at the picture)
                         The police will have her in custody
                         by now.  We're safe here.

                                   GINA
                         But you have to help her.

                                   STONE
                         I said we're safe here.

               Stone starts to walk away.

                                   GINA
                             (going after him)
                         He is doing this because of you,
                         and you said you could stop him.

               Stone stops walking.

                                   STONE
                             (grim)
                         I'm not sure I can.

                                   GINA
                             (incredulous)
                         What?!

               Stone heads for the door, where Father Horn has been standing
               the whole time, listening.  He brushes past him and walks
               out.

                                                                CUT TO:

               EXT. STREET - NIGHT

               Madeleine Fuller (MADDY) is leaving her place of work and
               starts walking down the street.  She passes SKARAS, who is
               leaning against a door, waiting to make his move.

               A squad of POLICE CARS suddenly come racing around the
               corner.  ASH and CLEMENS leap out of a car and head toward
               Maddy.

                                   DET. ASH
                         Madeleine Fuller?

                                   MADDY
                         Yeah.  What is going on?

                                   DET. CLEMENS 
                         We need you to come with us.

                                   MADDY
                         Why?

                                   DET. CLEMENS
                             (grabbing her arm)
                         Right away!

                                   DET. ASH
                         It's for your own protection.

               They lead her into their squad car and race out of there.

               Skaras stands on the street.  His eyes flash hellfire.

                                                              FADE OUT.

                                   END OF ACT TWO



                                      ACT THREE

               FADE IN:

               INT. A HOTEL ROOM - NIGHT

               Maddy is staring out the window at the bright city lights. 
               Ash and Clemens enter.

                                   DET. ASH
                         Madeleine, we need you to keep your
                         curtains closed, okay?

               Ash shuts the curtains.

                                   MADDY
                         Sorry, I forgot.

                                   DET. CLEMENS
                         You know why you're here, don't
                         you?

                                   MADDY
                             (distressed)
                         Yeah.  One of the other officers
                         turned on the television.  I saw
                         what happened to Mrs. Gelson.

                                   DET. ASH 
                         Don't be afraid.  We're here to
                         make sure nothing happens to you,
                         okay?  Are you hungry?  We'll get
                         you something.

               INT. HOTEL CORRIDOR - SAME TIME

               Stone, dressed in a bellhop uniform, wheels a tray of food
               down the corridor, approaching Maddy's room.  COOPER, a
               uniformed cop, stands guard outside the door.

                                   STONE
                         1737, huh?  Coffee and donuts?

                                   COOPER
                         Thanks.

               Stone BASHES him across the head with the tray lid.  Cooper
               falls unconscious.

                                   STONE
                         Sorry.

               INT. HOTEL ROOM

               Ash flicks on her police radio.

                                   DET. ASH
                         Cooper, check in.

               INT. HOTEL CORRIDOR

               Stone hears Ash's voice through Cooper's radio.

                                   DET. ASH (V.O.)
                         Cooper?

               Stone grabs Cooper's body, starts dragging it away.

               INT. HOTEL ROOM

               Ash and Clemens look suspiciously at each other.  She turns to
               Maddy.

                                   DET. ASH
                         Just sit tight a minute.  I'm gonna
                         check this out, okay?

               INT. HOTEL CORRIDOR

               Ash steps out of the room, notices Cooper is not at his post. 
               She goes down the corridor to check things out, passing
               Stone, who is hiding in the maintenance room.

               He checks if the coast is clear.  Approaches Maddy's room. 
               Knocks on the door.

               INT. HOTEL ROOM

               Maddy looks nervous.  Clemens draws his gun and pulls Maddy
               aside.

                                   DET. CLEMENS
                         I'm gonna have you step over here
                         please, just for a minute.

                                   MADDY
                             (worried)
                         What?

                                   DET. CLEMENS
                         Just for a minute.

               He hides her from the doorway, then slowly... cautiously...
               turns the doorknob--

               SLAM!  Stone swings the door open with vicious force,
               knocking Clemens to the ground, unconscious.

                                   STONE
                         Sorry.

               Stone enters the room and quietly shuts the door.  He steps
               over Clemens' body and stalks the room, looking for Maddy. 
               An obvious sign tips him off.

                                   STONE (CONT'D)
                         I can see your shadow.
                             (beat)
                         Come on out here.

               She comes out of hiding, shaking and frightened.  Stone
               approaches slowly.

                                   MADDY
                             (sobbing)
                         You're the guy... you came for
                         me...

                                   STONE
                         I'm here to protect you.  Gina
                         Brayker sent me.

                                   MADDY
                         What are you talking about?  The
                         cops said you kidnapped her.  Where
                         is she?

                                   STONE
                         Look, she told me about the...uh...
                             (thinking)
                         ...the fourth of July cookout,
                         right?  Where you and your fiancee
                         went to the bathroom to fool
                         around, and you got into a fight
                         about where you were gonna have
                         your honeymoon...

                                   MADDY
                             (shocked)
                         How do you know that?

                                   STONE
                             (holds out his hand)
                         Come on.  You're just gonna have to
                         trust me.  I'm here to protect you. 
                         You have to trust me.

               Slowly she reaches for his hand...

                                   STONE (CONT'D)
                         Come on... trust me...

               Finally she takes his hand, and they head for the door.

               INT. HOTEL CORRIDOR

               Ash is walking back to the room, when she spots Stone and
               Maddy slipping out.

                                   DET. ASH
                         Hey!

               She runs after them.

               Stone leads Maddy down another corridor, heading toward an
               elevator, but Ash finds a shortcut and intercepts them.  She
               levels her gun at Stone.  Stone does the same to her.

                                   DET. ASH (CONT'D)
                         Step away from her, Stone.

                                   STONE
                         You're gonna shoot me, Ash?

                                   DET. ASH
                         Where's Gina Brayker?

                                   STONE
                         She's safe.

                                   DET. ASH
                         Prove it.
                             (re: Maddy)
                         Let her go.

                                   STONE
                         You got it wrong.  I'm trying to
                         protect her.

                                   DET. ASH
                         You call this protecting her?  It
                         doesn't look so good from here.

                                   STONE
                         I don't care how it looks.  I'm not
                         the guy you're going after, Ash.

                                   DET. ASH
                         You know what the worst of it is,
                         Stone, huh?  I trusted you.  Gave
                         you information.  So, all this is
                         my fault.

               The elevator doors open.

                                   STONE
                         Join the club.

               A MAN exits the elevator, coming between Stone and Ash. 
               Stone jumps on the opening and pulls Maddy into the elevator.

                                   DET. ASH
                         Get down!  Get down!

               The elevator doors close shut.

               Ash heads for the stairwell, starts racing down the stairs.

               INT. ELEVATOR - SAME TIME

               Stone and Maddy are inside.  Stone is shaking his head.

                                   STONE
                         She just doesn't understand me.

		   INT. HOTEL LOBBY

		   Ash finishes running down the stairs.  She sprints to the 
		   elevators.  No one is there.  Stone and Maddy are gone.


                                                                CUT TO:

               INT. ST ROSE'S, RECTORY - NIGHT

               Stone and Maddy enter.  Maddy spots Gina inside and runs to
               her, relieved.

                                   MADDY
                         Oh my God, Gina!

               They hug tightly.  It's a tearful reunion.

               Stone watches, then heads out the door.

                                                                CUT TO:

               INT. ST ROSE'S, CHAPEL - LATER

               Stone is lighting several votive candles, and placing them
               along all the pews.  Father Horn enters.

                                   FATHER HORN
                         I can't see the candles, Ezekiel,
                         but I can feel the flame.  You're
                         creating a fire hazard.

                                   STONE
                         Just testing out a theory.
                             (lights another candle)
                         It's weird.  Twice he could've done
                         it.  Just sent me back to Hell. 
                         But he didn't.  Maybe he just
                         thinks, eventually, I'll come
                         around to his point of view.
                             (beat)
                         Actually, maybe he's just lonely. 
                         He'll find us though, and when he
                         does... it's gonna be ugly.

                                   FATHER HORN
                         You blame yourself for all this,
                         Ezekiel?

                                   STONE
                         Well, most people who've died the last 
			       few days were killed because I wasn't
                         able to stop him.  What if in the
                         end I can't save these two either? 
                         They'd be just as dead as if I
                         killed them myself.

                                                                CUT TO:

               INT. ST ROSE'S, RECTORY - NIGHT

               Maddy is on the phone.

                                   MADDY
                         Hi, mom.  It's me, Maddy.  Look, I
                         know you gotta be worried and I
                         don't know what the police have
                         told you but... mom, I just wanted
                         you to know that everything's
                         okay...

               INT. MADDY'S MOTHER'S HOUSE - INTERCUT

               MRS. FULLER, Maddy's mother, lies dead on the couch, blood
               dripping onto the floor.  We hear Maddy's voice on the
               answering machine.

                                   MADDY (V.O., CONT'D)
                         ...I'm in a safe place.  I'm in a
                         church, okay?  I love you, mom. 
                         Bye.

               As the message ends, we see SKARAS'S HAND come into frame,
               dipping his fingers into Mrs. Fuller's blood and marking his
               face with it, some sort of tribal insignia.  Bare chested, he
               swings his blade around in a fluid, ritualistic manner.  In 
		   the same motion, he replays part of the message on the 
		   answering machine.

						MADDY (ON TAPE)
				...I'm in a safe place.  I'm in a 
				church, okay?  I love you, mom.

		   On the tape, the ROAR OF AN AIRLANE can clearly be heard.  
		   Skaras is enthused by this clue.  

                                   SKARAS
                         Rest easy, mother.  You'll see your
                         little girl soon.

                                                              FADE OUT.

                                  END OF ACT THREE



                                      ACT FOUR

               FADE IN:

               INT. ST ROSE'S, RECTORY - NIGHT

               Father Horn dozes, while Gina and Maddy are sleeping on sofas.  
               It's calm, save for the SOUND OF PLANES flying outside.  Stone 
	       steps quietly into the room, toward Gina.  Gina stirs awake.

                                   STONE
                         Sorry.  Didn't mean to wake you up.

                                   GINA
                         It's okay.  I wasn't asleep.

               Stone sits on a table nearby.

                                   GINA (CONT'D)
                             (re: Maddy)
                         She's scared.

                                   STONE
                         She should be.

                                   GINA
                             (studying Stone's face)
                         My husband used to get that same
                         look, right before a big bust; an
                         important stakeout.  He knew
                         something bad was gonna happen. 
                         You're scared, just like him.

                                   STONE
                         You miss him?

                                   GINA
                         Every day.

                                   STONE
                         Let me ask you something.  If you
                         were to wake up one morning and
                         answer the knock on the door, and
                         it was him... what would you do?
   
                                   GINA
                         It would never happen.

                                   STONE
                         What if it did?

               She takes a deep breath, overwhelmed.

                                   GINA
                         I would love him the same as
                         always.

                                   STONE
                         No questions?

                                   GINA
                         No questions.

               Stone gets up.

                                   STONE
                         Better get some sleep.

                                                                CUT TO:

               INT. ST ROSE'S, CHAPEL - LATER

               Stone is lighting more votive candles and placing them around
               the chapel, when a sudden SCREAM from the rectory gets his
               attention.

               INT. RECTORY

               Stone charges into the room, finds Gina and Father Horn on
               the floor, shaken and bloodied.

                                   GINA
                             (hysterical)
                         He just came... came out of
                         nowhere... he took...

                                   STONE
                         Where is he?

                                   GINA
                         He took Maddy... he came out of
                         nowhere... just took...

               Stone starts heading out.

                                   GINA (CONT'D)
                         No... no... wait... don't go...
                         don't leave us...

                                   FATHER HORN
                         Ezekiel...

                                   STONE
                         Close the door behind me.

                                   GINA
                             (raving)
                         DON'T GO!  NO!  DON'T LEAVE US!

                                   FATHER HORN
                         Ezekiel... Ezekiel...

               Stone is out the door.  Gina bolts it shut, shaking
               uncontrollably.

               INT. CHAPEL

               Stone creeps through the church, dark except for the glow of
               the candles.  He sweeps the area with his gun, keeping an eye
               out for Skaras.

               He moves toward the altar, discovers Maddy lying behind it,
               unconscious.

               An ARROW suddenly comes sailing toward him.  He ducks in time
               behind the altar, leaps back up and fires off a couple of
               rounds into the air.  He turns to Maddy.

                                   STONE
                         You okay?

                                   SKARAS (O.S.)
                         A real soldier wouldn't care.

               Stone turns toward the voice, but sees nothing.

                                   SKARAS (O.S.) (CONT'D)
                         That's why I will defeat you.

               Stone moves away from the altar, into the pews.

                                   SKARAS (O.S.) (CONT'D)
                         You are weak.

               Scans the area.  Catches only quick glimpses of his shadow.

                                   SKARAS (O.S.) (CONT'D)
                         I strode this Earth before you, and
                         I'll be here after you're gone.

               We see one of the stained glass windows, with a painting of
               Christ... whose eyes suddenly blink and follow Stone...

                                   SKARAS (O.S.) (CONT'D)
                         The things I could teach you...

               Stone catches another glimpse of his shadow, fires his gun at
               it.  As we pass one of the pews, we see Skaras crouched
               behind it...

                                   SKARAS (O.S.) (CONT'D)
                         You have skills, Stone... Follow
                         me.  Learn from me.  If you still
                         want to serve the same master after
                         that, I'll hold you to that.

               Skaras suddenly materializes out of the Christ painting, and
               whips his blade across the church, spearing Stone in the
               shoulder.

               Stone doubles over in pain, then pulls the blade out from his
               shoulder.

                                   SKARAS (O.S.) (CONT'D)
                         You fight your general's war but
                         you will never see the personal
                         victory he has promised you.  He is
                         the Prince of Lies and he will
                         trick you in the end, just like
                         every other prince, and you will
                         have nothing, and he will still
                         hold your soul.
                             (forceful)
                         Break free as I have!  JOIN ME!

               Then, Stone spots Skaras's shadow over his shoulder. 
               Quickly, he spins around and hurls the blade STRAIGHT INTO
               SKARAS'S EYES.

               Skaras unleashes a cry of agony as his soul shoots out from
               his eyes and descends to Hell in a fiery display.

               Stone cringes as Skaras's tattoo is burned off his right shoulder.

                                   STONE
                         Vae victus, you son of a bitch.

               He goes to Maddy behind the altar, who is just coming to.

                                   STONE (CONT'D)
                             (soothing)
                         Hey, it's okay... you're safe...
                         it's okay...

                                                           DISSOLVE TO:

               INT. LAPD, ASH'S DESK - THE NEXT DAY

               Stone is sitting on a chair.  Ash walks into the room, sits
               on her desk.

                                   DET. ASH
                         Well, according to everybody,
                         you're a hero.

                                   STONE
                         You mean those still standing.

                                   DET. ASH
                             (bitter)
                         Right.
                             (beat)
                         We have some questions left and
                         there's the matter of a few
                         leftover charges like smashing my
                         partner in the face with a door.

                                   STONE
                         Yeah, um... tell him I'm sorry
                         about that.  Tell him I owe him a
                         Chinese dinner or something.

                                   DET. ASH
                         Why don't you tell me what REALLY
                         happened?

                                   STONE
                         You mean in the church.

                                   DET. ASH
                         Yeah, with that guy and all...

                                   STONE
                         Well... I can tell you he won't be
                         bothering you anymore.

                                   DET. ASH
                         Alright.

               She gets up from her desk.

                                   DET. ASH (CONT'D)
                         I made some calls.  There is no
                         Zeke Stone at NYPD.  I don't know who
                         you are, or what game you're
                         playing, but I'm telling you that I
                         will find out.

                                   STONE
                         You know... I never lied to you.

                                   DET. ASH
                         You're free to go.

               She hands him his badge back.  He takes it, but she doesn't
               let go, hangs on to it for a moment.  Then, finally... she
               lets go.

                                   STONE
                         Thanks.

               Stone gets up, slips it into his pocket, smiling.

                                   DET. ASH
                             (all business)
                         You have my number... or the
                         station's number, in case you need
                         to get in touch with me or
                         something.

               Stone nods, then walks out the door, leaving Ash alone again,
               wondering who he is.

                                                                CUT TO:

               EXT. POLICE STATION - DAY

               Stone steps out of the police station into the bright sun,
               where he finds THE DEVIL dressed in a motorcycle cop's
               uniform, standing around with a bunch of other cops.

                                   DEVIL
                             (in mid-story)
                         ...so the perp says, "How are you
                         gonna prove that, officer?  You
                         don't even have a witness."  That's
                         when I beat the... "confession" out 
                         of him.

               The cops laugh and start to disperse.

                                   DEVIL (CONT'D)
                         I'm just kidding, guys.  Save me a
                         donut, will ya?

               Stone is laughing as well as he looks the Devil up and down.

                                   STONE
                         Don't you know it's against the law
                         to impersonate a police officer?

                                   DEVIL
                         What do you think YOU'RE doing,
                         Ezekiel?  You're impersonating a
                         human being.

                                   STONE
                         So how long was he with you?

                                   DEVIL
                         What?

                                   STONE
                         Hasdrubal Skaras.  Legendary slayer
                         of men.  Two thousand years?  "The
                         longer you're in Hell, the more it
                         becomes a part of you."  I was
                         there, what, fifteen years?

               Stone is clearly rubbing it in.  The Devil doesn't like it.

                                   DEVIL
                         You be careful, Ezekiel.  You know
                         what they say: "Pride goeth before
                         fall."

                                   STONE
                         That's it?  I mean, no pat on the
                         back?

                                   DEVIL
                             (considering it)
                         Maybe... I can see your point.
                             (then)
                         Alright, just this once.

               The Devil positions himself proudly in front of Stone.

                                   DEVIL (CONT'D)
                         Ezekiel Stone, you have the thanks
                         of a grateful netherworld.  Keep up
                         the good work.

               He punches Stone hard in the shoulder... too hard... then
               hops on his motorcycle and burns out of there.

               Stone watches him go, rubbing his shoulder.

                                   STONE
                         You're welcome.

                                                              FADE OUT.

                                       THE END

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