THE RUNE-BEARER
ACT FIVE

By DragonWriter17
 

Rating: PG-13

Disclaimer/Spoilers/Pairings: Not applicable.  This is an all-original piece.

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Authorís Notes: This story is in screenplay format, not in fiction format.  NOTE: This screenplay is protected by registration with the Writers Guild of America, East: R14442-00.

Number of Chapters: 7

Complete: Yes

Summary: The Rune-Bearer is a two-hour Movie-of-the-Week that can also serve as the pilot for a one-hour weekly fantasy/drama series.  It features a female private detective who is suddenly bestowed with supernatural powers after a chance encounter with the dying victim of a serial killer.  She uses her skills and her new powers to fight evil and to solve mysteries in Memphis, Tennessee.  It's like Witchblade, only lighter and funnier.

 


ACT ONE      ACT TWO       ACT THREE       ACT FOUR

ACT FIVE       ACT SIX        ACT SEVEN       SERIES PROPOSAL

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ACT FIVE

INT. POLICE STATION - HOMICIDE DIVISION - DAY

Pete and Liz are both on their phones.  Pete is fidgeting nervously, listening.  Then he slams the phone down and groans in frustration, running his hand through his hair.

                        PETE
            Anything?

                        LIZ
            Nope.

Liz pulls off her glasses and starts cleaning them.  Pete stands up and starts pacing.

INT. CASEY'S HOUSE - DAY

Frederic looks to each side of himself again, then kicks the front door open.

He cautiously enters the house.

Frederic creeps slowly through each room, looking for Casey.  But he doesn't find her. 

He growls and stomps out the front door.

EXT. STREETS TO POLICE STATION - DAY

Casey and Mitzi are walking down the sidewalk, headed away from Casey's parked SUV and toward the police station.  Casey is on the outside next to the curb; Mitzi is on the inside next to the buildings.  They are clearly arguing.

                        MITZI
            The police?!  Are you outta your
            freakin' mind?

                        CASEY
            According to you, I'm not.

                        MITZI
            I changed my mind.  You are crazy! 
            You can't trust 'em.  They ain't gonna
            believe a word of this.

                        CASEY
            Pete will.

                        MITZI
            Oh, Pete will.  So what if he does? 
            Whatdaya think he's gonna do?  Arrest
            Johan, put him in jail?  You really think
            that's gonna stop this guy?  I'm tellin'
            ya: The only thing that's gonna stop him
            is a knife through his chest -- his knife.

Casey makes a worried face and looks straight ahead, thinking hard.

A young couple walks toward Casey and Mitzi on the sidewalk.  The BOY is on the outside; the GIRL is on the inside.

                        CASEY
            Look, I'm not sure what the police can do,
            but Pete needs to know what he's up against. 
            I can't let him go into this thinking Johan's
            just a normal guy.

                        MITZI
            I know, but --

The young couple reaches Casey and Mitzi.  As they cross paths, the boy passes right through Mitzi like she's not even there.  Mitzi and Casey both stop in place.

                        MITZI
                  (shuddering in disgust)
            Ooook, I hate it when that happens!

                        CASEY
            You mean...

                        MITZI
            That's right.  No one can see you but me.

                        CASEY
            Huh?

                        MITZI
            Sorry.  No one can see me but you.

                        CASEY
            Oh.

EXT. POLICE STATION - DAY

Pete walks out of the police station in a hurry, with Liz right on his heels.  They start down the sidewalk toward their car.

                        PETE
            We have to find Casey.

                        LIZ
            I know, but where are we going?

                        PETE
            I don't know.  Her office maybe. 
            She might be on a case. If we can
            find out who she's working for,
            maybe we can --

Pete looks up and sees Casey walking down the sidewalk toward the station.  She appears momentarily to be talking to the empty space beside her, but Pete doesn't notice.

                        PETE
                  (yelling)
            Casey!

Pete pushes past Liz to run down the sidewalk.  Casey looks up at her name being called.  She smiles when she sees Pete.

                        CASEY
            Hey, Pete -- Ooooofff!

Casey is surprised when Pete scoops her up in a tight hug.

                        PETE
            Oh thank god you're all right.

                        CASEY
            Gee, you're taking this whole
            "police officers are your friends"
            campaign very seriously, aren't you?

Liz folds her arms across her chest and scowls slightly.

                        LIZ
            Really.

Pete releases Casey from his hug.  He fidgets, straightens his tie, clears his throat.  Unseen, Mitzi grins in amusement.

                        PETE
            No...I'm just...concerned about the
            safety of a key witness in a murder
            investigation.  As any good homicide
            detective would be.

                        MITZI
            This is Pete, huh?  I think he's sweet
            on you.

                        CASEY
                  (to Mitzi)
            Shut up.

                        PETE
            What?

                        CASEY
            Nothing.  Ummm...why are you so
            concerned all of a sudden?  Has
            something happened?

INT. POLICE STATION - INTERROGATION ROOM - DAY

Pete and Liz are sitting on one side of the table.  Casey is on the other, with Mitzi behind her.  The box of tissue is still there.

                        LIZ
            Ms. Callahan --

                        CASEY
            "Casey," please.

                        LIZ
            Casey...I'm afraid we've got some bad news.

                        CASEY
            What is it?

                        PETE
            We think...we're pretty sure that Johan
            knows who you are and how to find you.

                        CASEY
            Oh my god.

                        MITZI
            I knew this was gonna happen!

                        CASEY
            How did he find out?

                        MITZI
            Freakin' cops, can't trust 'em.

                        LIZ
            He hacked into the central computer.

                        MITZI
            Freakin' computers, can't trust 'em.

                        CASEY
                  (to Mitzi)
            Will you shut up?

Pete and Liz watch Casey yell at empty space.

                        CASEY
                  (to empty space)
            I am trying to find out what the
            hell is going on.

Pete and Liz look at each other in disbelief.

                        CASEY
                  (to Mitzi)
            And I can't do that with you ranting
            in my ear!

                        MITZI
            Oh-kay already! I won't say another word.

                        CASEY
            Good.

Casey turns around to find Pete and Liz looking at her like she's crazy for talking to an empty space in the room.  Casey is embarrassed, and she chuckles lightly.

                        CASEY
            You're probably wondering who I was
            talking to, huh?

Pete and Liz simply nod silently.

                        CASEY
            Ah-yeah.  It's Mitzi.

Pete and Liz look at each other uncertainly and then back at Casey.

                        CASEY
            See, ha, it's kinda funny how it happened,
            her ghost came to me last night, well actually,
            I saw her before that, but last night was the
            first time we really talked and -- god, I
            sound like a total lunatic.

Mitzi starts to say something, but Casey cuts her off.

                        CASEY
                  (to Mitzi)
            Not a word.

Casey turns back to Pete and Liz.

                        CASEY
            Look, let's just back up a minute and
            pretend that you don't think I'm crazy,
            okay?
                  (to Pete)
            Did you tell her about the mark?

                        PETE
            No, not yet.

                        CASEY
                  (to Liz)
            You know that mark the ME found on the
            victim's body, the Rune?

                        LIZ
            Yes, what about it?

Casey pulls her shirt down and shows Liz the mark.

                        LIZ
            What the hell?  How --  That wasn't
            there before.

                        CASEY
                  (to Pete)
            See, I told you she could verify it.
                  (to Liz)
            No, you're right, it wasn't there before. 
            Not yet anyway.  Remember the spot that
            was itching me so bad?  It was starting
            to form then.
                  (pointing at Mitzi)
            Mitzi did this to me, before she died. 
            She somehow transferred her mark to me.

                        LIZ
            But...how?

                        CASEY
            Magic.

                        LIZ
            Magic?

                        PETE
            Liz, I know it sounds crazy, but...

                        LIZ
                  (to Pete)
            What?  Are you buying into this? 
            Pete, she is clearly delusional, and
            you've got such moon eyes for her,
            you can't even see it.

                        PETE
            Moon eyes?  I do not have moon eyes!

                        MITZI/LIZ
                  (to Pete)
            Do too.

                        MITZI
                  (to Liz)
            Jinx!

                        PETE
            Then how do you explain the Rune?

Liz yanks off her glasses.

                        LIZ
            She did it to herself, after she was
            released.

                        PETE
            How did she know what it looked like? 
            The ME couldn't even see it clearly
            without special lighting.

Liz looks for something to wipe her glasses with, but she doesn't have anything with her.  She starts awkwardly using the corner of her suit's jacket.

                        LIZ
            She saw it on the woman's body; it must
            have been visible then.  Or maybe she's
            the one who hacked into the computer.

                        PETE
            That's ridiculous!

                        LIZ
            More ridiculous than "magic"?

Casey uses her TK to float the box of tissue over to Liz.

                        CASEY
            Tissue?

Liz takes a tissue from the floating box without thinking and starts using it on her glasses.

                        LIZ
            Thanks.

Then both Liz and Pete jump with fright as they realize that the box of tissue is floating.  Casey and Mitzi just smile smugly.

INT. POLICE STATION - INTERROGATION ROOM - DAY

Liz is now seated, facing Casey, leaning on the table top, with a very weary look on her face.  Mitzi is standing in the corner by the door.  Pete is standing at the table between Liz and Casey.

                        LIZ
            So let me get this straight.  The Rune
            used to belong to Mitzi Howard, but she
            gave it to you before she died?

                        CASEY
            Correct.

                        LIZ
            Because she didn't want Johan to steal
            it from her with his magic dagger?

                        CASEY
            Right.

                        LIZ
            And Mitzi is still around as a ghost,
            and she talks to you, but only you can
            see her and hear her?

                        CASEY
            Uhh-huh.

                        LIZ
            And now you have powers, like you can
            sense things before they happen and you
            can move objects with your mind.

                        CASEY
            Yes.

                        LIZ
            Are you sure you're not related to Sister
            Ruby over on Summer Avenue?

                        CASEY
            Arrgghh!

Casey throws her head back in disgust and gets up; she thought she was getting through to Liz.

                        PETE
            Look this is getting us nowhere.  It
            doesn't matter what we each believe
            about Casey's...situation.  There is
            one fact we can't dispute: Johan is
            coming after Casey.  We have got to
            get her into protective custody and --

                        CASEY
            Protective custody?  What are you talking
            about?

                        MITZI
            No, no!  Don't trust them!  They can't
            protect you!

                        PETE
            Casey, we'll take you to a safe house --

Casey stands abruptly.

                        CASEY
            No! You are not taking me anywhere.

                        PETE
            What?

                        CASEY
            I'm not going to hide away somewhere
            and wait for this bastard to come find
            me and kill me.

                        PETE
            Casey, it's the only way.  First, we
            get you safe, then we find Johan.

Casey starts to object, but doesn't.  She crosses her arms angrily.

                        CASEY
            Fine.

INT. POLICE STATION - TRAINING ROOM - DAY

Casey has removed her outer shirt and is working out in just her jeans and tank top.  She's at the heavy punching bag, giving it a good pummeling.  She's covered in sweat, having been at it for some time. 

Other cops are lifting weights in the background.

Pete comes in, watches Casey for a while, clearing enjoying what he sees.  When Casey stops for a breather, Pete joins her by the punching bag.

                        PETE
            Hey.

                        CASEY
            Did you get it worked out?

                        PETE
                  (nods)
            Safe house assignment made.  We're ready
            to go when you are.

Casey turns back to the punching bag and sets herself.  She cocks her fist back, lets out a small roar, then punches the bag with all her might, putting a big TK whack behind it. 

The punching bag is knocked completely off its chain and lands halfway across the room, startling the weight lifters.

Casey then turns back to Pete, who's looking on in total shock.

                        CASEY
                  (grimly)
            I'm ready.

As Pete stares back and forth between Casey, the chain, and the punching bag, Casey picks up her shirt and begins walking toward the door.

EXT. THE MOTEL 6 - BACK PARKING LOT - DAY

Pete pulls the car into a parking space.  Pete, Liz, Casey, and Mitzi get out and walk to the stairwell.  Pete and Liz go up first, followed by Casey and Mitzi.

                        CASEY
                  (to Mitzi)
            The Motel 6?

                        MITZI
                  (to Casey)
            What's wrong with the Motel 6?  It's
            better'n the Red Lantern, I can tell
            you that.

Once upstairs, Pete and Liz stop before two doorways.  Liz opens one door, and Pete opens the other.

INT. THE MOTEL 6 - LIZ AND CASEY'S ROOM - DAY

Liz and Casey enter the room that they will share, trailed by Mitzi.

                        MITZI
            Hey, look.  They really do leave the
            light on for ya.

Liz immediately goes to the adjoining door and opens it.  Shortly, Pete opens the adjoining door on his side and enters the room.  Casey plops on the side of the double bed.

                        CASEY
            So...what now?

                        LIZ
            Well, I think the first order of business
            is to eat.  I don't know about the two
            of you, but I'm starving.

Mitzi is in the background trying unsuccessfully to punch the power button on the front of the television.

                        PETE
            I could eat.  Casey, what about you?

                        CASEY
            Yeah, sure.

                        LIZ
            What's your pleasure?  Pizza, burgers, Chinese?

                        MITZI
            Oooo!  Pizza!

                        CASEY
                  (to Mitzi)
            Mitzi, you don't eat.

                        MITZI
            Oh, yeah.  Bummer.

Mitzi abandons the TV and walks behind Pete to stand between him and Liz.

                        CASEY
                  (to Liz)
            Pizza's cool.  Just don't get any veggies
            on it.

                        PETE
            What?  No onions or peppers?

                        CASEY
            No.  And no mushrooms either.

                        PETE
            You're leaving off all the good stuff!

                        CASEY
            You'll live.

                        MITZI
            Good answer.  No onions and peppers
            means better kissing.

Mitzi makes a seductive kissing face at Pete.  Casey makes a you-better-shut-up face at Mitzi, who merely grins.  Liz catches Casey's facial expression.

                        LIZ
                  (smirking)
            Anything else?

                        CASEY
                  (quickly)
            Sodas.  Gotta have sodas.

                        LIZ
            All right.  I'll be back in a bit. 
            Don't go anywhere.

Liz leaves.  Pete sits down on the side of the other and faces Casey.  They don't speak.  The silence becomes awkward.  Mitzi sighs and rolls her eyes.

                        MITZI
            Hey, Cas.  Tell your boyfriend here
            to turn on the TV in his room, and
            I'll leave you two alone.  I'm missing
            Jerry anyway.

                        CASEY
                  (to Mitzi)
            He's not my...
                  (to Pete)
            Ummm...Mitzi wants you to turn on
            the TV in your room so that she can
            watch Jerry Springer.

                        PETE
            Oh.  Sure.  I can do that.

Pete gets up and goes into his room.  The TV can be heard coming on, and the channels being changed.  Pete returns.

                        PETE
            All set.

Mitzi leaves and goes into Pete's room.  Pete turns back to Casey.  He wrings his hands nervously.  Pete sits back down, this time beside Casey.

                        PETE
            How're you holding up?

                        CASEY
            I'm okay.  I just hate all this waiting!

Pete puts his hand on Casey's back.  Casey enjoys the caress for a moment, then stands abruptly and stomps toward the door.

Pete walks around to stand in front of her.  He puts his hands on Casey's shoulders and squeezes.

                        PETE
            We'll find this guy, Casey.  And we'll
            put him where he belongs.

                        CASEY
            Promise?

                        PETE
            Promise.

They hug.  When they pull back from the hug, they look into each other's eyes.  They lean in to kiss.  They slowly move closer, and their lips meet.  They kiss passionately until...

...the motel room door is blown completely off its hinges, hitting Pete in the back and knocking them to the floor. 

Pete takes the brunt of the blow and goes down on his stomach under the broken door.  Casey lands on her back, with her legs caught under Pete.

When Casey looks up, she sees Frederic standing in the doorway.  A look of utter terror crosses Casey's face.

 

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