THE RUNE-BEARER
ACT SIX

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 SIX

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

Casey scrambles backwards as Frederic stalks into the room.  She doesn't get far before Frederic catches up to her.

                        FREDERIC
            You have something I want.

Mitzi comes back in the room directly through the wall just as Frederic grabs Casey by her neck and lifts her to her feet.  He is strangling her and enjoying it.  Casey claws at his hand and arm to no effect.

                        MITZI
            Casey!  Don't let him do that to you! 
            Use the Rune!  Knock the crap out of him!

At first Casey's face shows panic, but that slowly changes to anger.  She breaks Frederic's hold and then lets loose a TK-powered punch that sends Frederic flying across the room into the table by the air conditioning unit.

Pete crawls out from under the door and gets to his feet.  He pulls his gun, but he doesn't know where Frederic is.

                        CASEY
            Pete!  Behind you!

Pete turns and sees Frederic getting to his feet in the corner.  Pete raises his weapon. 

Before Pete can fire, Frederic is on him, kicking the gun out of his hand.

The gun flies directly towards Mitzi.  She tries to catch it, but it just goes right through her.

                        MITZI
            Damn!

Pete turns back to Frederic in time for his face to meet Frederic's fist.  Pete is stunned, but still standing.  Frederic grabs Pete and rotates him so that his back is to the broken doorway.

                        FREDERIC
            Time to fly!

Frederic rears back and punches Pete in the gut with such force that Pete is thrust out the door, through the metal railing, and down three flights to the parking lot below.

                        CASEY
            Nooooo!!!

Frederic turns back to Casey.  He begins raining blows on her.  The first few make contact, one of them splitting open her forehead. 

But then Casey gets over her shock, and she begins dodging and blocking them with more and more ease.  Then she starts putting in a few of her own, some blocked by Frederic, others not.

                        MITZI
            Come on, Casey!  You can do it!  Blast
            the son of a --

Casey finally connects with a good one, her blow backing Frederic away from her.  Then she blasts him from a distance, sending him right out of the motel room window and to the parking lot below.

                        MITZI
            Yeah!

EXT. THE MOTEL 6 - BACK PARKING LOT - DAY

Casey runs down the stairs to the parking lot.  When she arrives, Frederic is getting up.  She takes an attack stance in front of him.  Mitzi arrives right behind her.

Once standing, Frederic shakes the glass and debris off his body.  He touches the side of his head and looks at the blood on his hand.

                        FREDERIC
            You think you have hurt me?  This is nothing.

Frederic maintains eye contact with Casey, but is clearly concentrating on healing himself.  A golden energy enfolds him, and his wounds miraculously disappear. 

Casey watches in frozen amazement.

Once Frederic has healed himself, he starts moving slowly towards Casey.

                        FREDERIC
            You cannot hope to defeat me.

Frederic comes at Casey hard.  They go into a flurry of punches, kicks, and blocks.

That is when Liz drives up in the car.  When she sees Casey fighting Frederic, Liz stops the car, jumps out, pulls her gun, and runs toward them.

Frederic gets a really good lick in, and Casey falls back on the pavement.  Frederic is immediately on top of her.

                        MITZI
            Casey!  No!

Frederic rips Casey's shirt open to expose the Rune, pulls out the dagger, and brings it down hard, trying to stab it directly into Casey's Rune.

Casey catches Frederic's wrist in a repeat of her exercise with Jack.  She grimaces as she struggles to hold his arm back.

Liz reaches them, points her weapon at Frederic.

                        LIZ
            Freeze!  Police!  Drop the knife, now!

Frederic ignores Liz.  Casey's arms begin to shake.  Casey looks scared.  Frederic smiles.  Then Casey's eyes narrow.

                        CASEY
                  (with increasing fury)
            Get...the hell...off me!

Casey blasts Frederic, sending him up in the air and back down onto the hood of a small car parked near the dumpster.  He lands hard, drops the dagger, and doesn't move.

Liz starts to move toward Frederic, but Casey stops her.

                        CASEY
            No!  Stay back!  Help Pete.

Liz hesitates, then moves to Pete, pulling out her cell phone, but still holding her gun.  She dials 911.

                        LIZ
            This is Detective Liz McMahon.  I have an
            officer down at the Motel 6 on Spring Ridge...

Casey gets up, moves to the car, and picks up the dagger to stab Frederic in the chest.

Frederic begins to stir on the car's hood.  He sees Casey in time and rolls to his right, taking a slice down his side and back.  He rolls off the other side of the car.  He stands, holding his bleeding side.

Casey moves around the car and goes on the offensive, slicing at Frederic with the dagger.  He dodges each slice, then gets in a kick that sends Casey flying back. 

Before Casey can get back on her feet, Frederic runs behind the dumpster and pushes it toward her with great force.  It hits her hard, knocking her to the pavement.

Frederic grabs his injured side, grimacing in pain.  Then he takes off.

Casey stirs slowly.  She sits up, groggy and sore.  Mitzi is at her side.

                        CASEY
            Where...where is he?

                        MITZI
            He's gone.

Casey tries to rise, but can't seem to get up.

                        MITZI
            Hey, you stay put.  You're in no shape
            to face him right now.

                        CASEY
            I have to...

                        MITZI
                  (forcefully)
            No!

An approaching siren can be heard.  Casey sways on her feet.  She looks at Mitzi.

                        MITZI
                  (gently pleading)
            No.

                        CASEY
                  (slumping in defeat)
            Okay.

Casey turns toward Liz and Pete.  She stumbles to join Liz at Pete's side.

Pete is conscious, but crumpled and bleeding, clearly hurt very badly.  Casey takes Pete's hand.

                        CASEY
            Pete!

Pete struggles to speak but can't.  The ambulance pulls up.  Liz gets up.

                        LIZ
                  (to ambulance)
            Over here!

The paramedics get out, open the back of the ambulance, and get out the gurney and equipment.

                        CASEY
            They're here.  You're gonna be fine.

                        PETE
            Gurk...Casey...

Pete falls unconscious.  The paramedics arrive and take over.  Casey gets up and out of the way, watching fearfully as the paramedics work on Pete.  In the background, backup police arrive, and Liz starts giving orders to the officers.

INT. THE HOSPITAL - THE E.R. - DAY

Casey is sitting on the edge of the bed.  She is dressed in a hospital gown and has a bandage on her forehead. 

The DOCTOR is standing beside her, holding her chart.  Mitzi is standing right beside him.  The Doctor shakes the chart at her, chiding.  Mitzi mimics his actions, shaking her finger at Casey.

                        DOCTOR
            You're lucky you didn't break anything. 
            Next time, let the police handle the
            suspect apprehension.  Let them be the
            punching bag.  Okay?

                        CASEY
                  (doing a thumbs-up)
            Check.  No punching bag.

                        DOCTOR
            The nurse will bring in your prescriptions,
            then you'll be free to go.

                        CASEY
            Thanks, doc.

When the Doctor leaves, Casey sticks her tongue out at Mitzi.  Then she gets off the bed and begins putting her own clothes back on.

INT. THE HOSPITAL - THE O.R. WAITING ROOM - DAY

Casey walks stiffly to where Liz is anxiously waiting.  Mitzi follows.

                        CASEY
            Hey.

                        LIZ
            Hey.  What'd the doctor say?

                        CASEY
            That I should stop moonlighting as
            Mike Tyson's punching bag.

Liz frowns at Casey with concern, but Casey waves her off.

                        CASEY
            No, really, I'm okay.  No concussion, no
            broken bones, just lots and lots of bruises. 
            Any word on Pete?

                        LIZ
                  (exasperated)
            No.

                        CASEY
            That's a good sign, though, right?  Means
            he's still hanging in there?

                        LIZ
            Yeah, I guess so.

                        MITZI
            You want me to go take a look, see what
            they're up to?

                        CASEY
            Yeah, thanks.

Mitzi materializes through the doorway to the O.R.  Liz looks at Casey curiously.

                        CASEY
            Mitzi's gonna go sneak a peak for us.

                        LIZ
            Oh.  Good.

                        CASEY
            Listen, Detective McMahon --

                        LIZ
            Liz.

                        CASEY
            Liz.  Pete's gonna be okay.  He's strong.

                        LIZ
            I know, I know.  But I can't help thinking that...any
            minute the doctor's gonna come out of there wearing
            that I'm-sorry-he-didn't-make-it face.

                        CASEY
            That's not gonna happen.

Liz nods, trying to reassure herself that what Casey said is true.  They sit silently for a moment, both fidgeting, looking at the clock on the wall, watching the door.

Casey finally gets up and starts pacing.  As she walks, she stretches, trying to get the stiffness out of her body.  Liz watches Casey.

                        LIZ
            He really likes you, you know.

                        CASEY
            What?

                        LIZ
            Pete.  He really likes you.

Casey begins to make various sounds and motions of denial, but then she softens and sits back down.

                        CASEY
            I...I like him too.

                        LIZ
            I'm glad.

                        CASEY
            Thanks.  I --

Mitzi reappears.

                        MITZI
            The doctor's coming out.

Casey immediately stands up and looks at the door.  Liz follows suit. 

The SURGEON comes out of the operating room.  He pulls his cap off his head and wipes his brow.

Casey and Liz walk towards him.

                        LIZ
            How is he?

                        SURGEON
            There was a lot of internal damage in his
            lower back.  He's got a concussion and
            some broken bones.  But, given time, he
            should heal up just fine.

                        CASEY
            Thank god.

                        LIZ
            When can we see him?

                        SURGEON
            He'll be in recovery for several hours at
            least, then we'll move him to ICU.  You
            can see him then.

                        LIZ
            Okay.  Thank you, Doctor.  Thank you so much.

The Surgeon smiles and then leaves.  Liz and Casey hug each other in relief.  Mitzi grins happily and claps her hands.

INT. THE HOSPITAL - THE SNACK BAR - DAY

Casey and Liz are sitting at an isolated table.  Mitzi is standing nearby.  Two drink cups are on the table as well as some file folders and an evidence bag containing the dagger.

                        LIZ
            I still think he's gonna bolt.  He's
            been identified, he's injured a police
            officer, and he's lost his weapon.  The
            smart thing to do would be to disappear.

                        MITZI
            No!  No way.  Tell her, Casey.

                        CASEY
            No, Mitzi's right.  He's not going anywhere. 
            He might take a day to lick his wounds, but
            he'll be back.

                        LIZ
            How can you be so sure?

Casey picks up the evidence bag containing the dagger and gazes at it thoughtfully.

                        CASEY
            Because I have something he wants.  And he
            won't stop till he gets it.

Casey looks intently at Mitzi, then at Liz.

                        CASEY
            I say we find him first.

Liz looks skeptical while Mitzi nods in happy agreement.

EXT. THE HOSPITAL - THE PARKING GARAGE - NIGHT

Casey, Liz, and Mitzi exit the elevator and walk slowly into the parking area.

                        LIZ
            So, you think this vision thing of
            yours is gonna work?

                        CASEY
            I don't know.  I haven't tried using
            it intentionally before.

                        MITZI
            It'll work, Casey.  I know you can do it.

                        CASEY
            Mitzi says it'll work.  And she oughta know.

                        MITZI
                  (pleased)
            Yeah.  I oughta know.

EXT. THE BACK OF EMPORIUM ALLEY - NIGHT

Casey, Liz, and Mitzi arrive at the stairwell.  Casey and Liz stop a few feet away while Mitzi goes and kneels at the exact spot where she died.

                        LIZ
            Why here?

                        CASEY
            Mitzi says this is where our power
            transfer took place.  The vision might
            come easier here.

                        LIZ
                  (whispering)
            Where is she?

Casey turns to where Mitzi is kneeling.

                        CASEY
                  (turning to Mitzi)
            Where do you think?

Casey leaves Liz and joins Mitzi over by the stairwell.  She kneels beside Mitzi.

                        CASEY
            Mitzi?  You okay?

Mitzi touches the pavement where she died.

                        MITZI
            Yeah.

Casey starts to touch Mitzi's shoulder but realizes she can't, so she pulls back, frowning.

Mitzi pulls back her hand and then meets Casey's eyes.

                        MITZI
            Yeah.  I'm okay.

Casey and Mitzi both stand.

                        CASEY
            What do I do?

EXT. THE BACK OF EMPORIUM ALLEY - NIGHT

Casey is seated, cross-legged, at the spot where Mitzi died.  Mitzi sits on one side of her.  Liz sits on the other.  Casey holds the dagger, minus the evidence bag, in her hands.

                        MITZI
            Just focus on the dagger, and think
            of Johan.

Casey nods, then closes her eyes.  She breathes deeply and concentrates.  Interminable seconds pass.

                        CASEY
            Mitzi, it's not working.

                        MITZI
            Just give it some time.  Sometimes
            it doesn't come right away.

                        CASEY
                  (opening her eyes)
            I'm telling you, I'm getting noth --

Casey's words are cut off as the awaited vision hits her.

SERIES OF SHOTS (CASEY'S VISION)

Interspersed between images of the vision-hit Casey are flashes of Frederic Johan:

-- Frederic stabbing Mitzi
-- Frederic healing himself on the roof
-- Frederic screaming at the morgue
-- Frederic busting down the door at the Motel 6
-- Frederic looking at his new wounds in his hotel suite
-- Frederic attempting to heal himself but failing
-- Frederic raking all items off the bath counter
-- Duck-shaped soap tumbling in slow motion till it comes
   to rest in the corner of the tiled bathroom floor

EXT. THE BACK OF EMPORIUM ALLEY - NIGHT

Casey comes out of the vision with a huge gasp, as if she's been holding her breath.

                        MITZI
            Didya git it?  Didya git it?

                        LIZ
            What did you see?

                        CASEY
            The Peabody.  He's at the Peabody.

                        LIZ
            I'm gonna call this in, get a team ready. 
            Then we'll go back to the station.  I
            want you safe till we have this guy in
            custody.

                        CASEY
            Okay.

While Casey continues to recover from the vision, Liz walks a ways up the alley and pulls out her cell phone.  With her back to Casey, she dials a number and waits for an answer.

                        LIZ
            Cap?  I got a tip on Pete's attacker. 
            He's at the Peabody.  I need a team to go
            with me for the take-down.
                  (listens)
            Okay.  I'll be there in about five minutes.

Liz punches the end-call button and puts her cell phone away.  Then she turns back to face Casey.

Casey is gone.

Liz hurries to where Casey had been sitting and looks around for her.

                        LIZ
            Damn it!

Liz pulls her cell phone out and dials as she hurries back up the alley to her car.

 

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