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Hellrose and Nightstalker

INT. POLICE STATION
RADIO ANNOUNCER
It has been confirmed. The Memory Meddler
has been kidnapped. Police are searching
but so far there are only a few leads-
Detective Lewis turns off the radio. He is a man in his
early 50’s with slightly greying hair. Lewis is still
fairly fit with only a slight paunch. He runs his hands
through his hair as he paces in front of his desk. Maddie
Lawson watches him. She is a pretty brunette in her early
thirties, her hair in a severe bun.
LAWSON
We have leads?
LEWIS
Our city’s most renowned super being is
missing. I had to say something to keep
the panic down. Do you have anything
from...
LAWSON
(nods)
I got a call from a public phone about an
hour ago. Apparently the Memory Meddler
has a new partner.
CUT TO:
INT. MEGAN’S HOUSE
Amy is dressed in a colorful superhero costume, face mask
and cap. She looks at herself in the mirror.
AMY
You have got to be kidding me. I am not
wearing this!
Megan looks up from her computer to lift an eyebrow but
doesn’t answer. She is a pale, muscular 14-year old girl
with brown cropped hair. She wears all black clothes and
boots.
AMY (CONT’D)
Megan, this is something for a super
being!
MEGAN
Which you are.
AMY
No, I’m a beta being. Normal person with
weird powers.
MEGAN
How many people do you want to know about
your powers?
Amy hesitates, then sighs.
AMY
Fine. But no cape, and no tights.
MEGAN
Grab a sweatshirt than. And don’t forget
the mask. The police have someone in
custody they want you to talk to.
Amy yanks off the face mask, revealing she is only twelve
years old, with brown hair and blue eyes. She rummages
through a box of colorful costumes. She finds a
sweatshirt and yanks it on, then her mask.
AMY
Name?
MEGAN
Erik Walsh, he’s a mercenary. Police have
been trying to get him to talk.
AMY
And I’m supposed to make him tell me
where Eva is? I deal with emotions, not
thoughts or memories.
MEGAN
You’ll think of something.
She taps a key and the printer spits out a piece of
paper. Megan hands it to Amy.
FADE TO:
INT. POLICE STATION
Amy adjusts the mask that covers the lower half of her
face. She sits, swinging her legs as she waits. Lawson
approaches and holds out her hand to shake.
2.
LAWSON
You must be Emo. I’m Maddie Lawson. M
talks a lot about you.
Amy shakes Lawson’s hand. She has thick purple gloves on.
AMY
Is that what she calls me? M. has got to
get better at giving super names.
Lewis approaches, coffee cup in hand.
LEWIS
So you’re the one who’s going to make our
suspect talk?
LAWSON
Emo, this is Detective Lewis.
Amy shakes his hand as well, Lewis glances at the gloves.
LEWIS
Are you planning to take Erik’s memory to
find where M. is?
AMY
My power doesn’t work like that.
LEWIS
What? Then why are you here?
AMY
Hey, I never said I couldn’t make him
talk. My abilities are messier than M’s
but they get the job done.
LEWIS
Let’s hope so. M could be in another
state by now.
CUT TO:
INT. INTERROGATION ROOM
Erik sits with his feet propped on the table, eyes
closed. Amy walks in, closing the door behind her. Erik
opens his eyes briefly, then closes them again. He is
very pale with dark hair. He speaks with an accent.
ERIK
So they’re sending little girls now?
3.
AMY
Not going to look at me? Scared?
ERIK
Scared and cautious two different things.
I know how the other one works. She look
at me, I start forgetting who I am.
Amy sits across from him, slowly removing one of her
gloves.
AMY
That’s fair. And I guess you are doing
the smart thing.
Amy leans forward over the table.
AMY (CONT’D)
There’s just one problem. I don’t need to
look in your eyes.
Amy grabs him by the ankle with her bare hand.
Electricity passes from her hand into his ankle and he
jerks in shock, feet landing on the floor. Amy grabs his
shirt, pulling him forward to look in his eyes. More
electricity passes from her eyes into his.
Erik’s POV images of spiders crawling over him, he
screams as the spiders get bigger.
Amy closes her eyes briefly and the electricity stops.
Erik stumbles out of his chair, pressing himself to the
wall.
ERIK
What are you?
AMY
Just someone looking for a friend.
Amy stands up and moves around the table. Erik moves
farther away along the wall.
AMY (CONT’D)
That fear you just felt? I’ve got enough
stored up to keep you screaming for days
like a little girl at a scary movie. You
tell me where M. is though, and I’ll take
it away.
Erik shakes his head and Amy moves toward him. He shields
his eyes.
4.
AMY (CONT’D)
I can do this for hours Erik! You will
either be insane or crying for Mommy by
the end, but I have no desire to do so. I
just want to know where she is.
Amy throws a chair, Erik opens his eyes as the chair
connects with his legs and their eyes meet.
ERIK
Wait! I don’t know where she is now. The
man who hired me is using the B&W Gang to
smuggle her out of the country, I handed
her off to them hours ago.
AMY
Who hired you? Tell me!
ERIK
I don’t know!
Amy curls her fist to strike him but stops as the sound
of a phone echoes around the room. She touches her hood.
AMY
Little busy right now, Megan
MEGAN (O.S.)
I just thought I’d let you know I found
the B&W gang.
Amy turns toward the frightened Erik and holds up a
finger for “one minute.”
AMY
Did you hack into the police database or
just a satellite?
MEGAN (O.S.)
Both. They had Eva for an hour than
passed her on to Marta Rique.
AMY
Well, where is she?
MEGAN (O.S.)
Hacking, hacking, hacking... Got it.
Corner of Helen and Rose street. Go to
the front of the police station, there’s
a driver waiting for you there.
AMY
I’m getting Lawson for back-up.
5.
MEGAN (O.S.)
I’m closer.
AMY
Megan, no, Megan! Don’t you dare!
Megan hangs up. Amy hits the table with her fist.
AMY (CONT’D)
Darn it.
Runs to the door and yanks it open, dashing out.
CUT TO:
INT. POLICE STATION
Amy almost collides with Lawson on her way out.
LAWSON
What happened? You had him!
AMY
Send a back-up team to Helen and Rose
street. I’ll meet you there.
LAWSON
But-
Amy doesn’t stop, just runs out the front door.
CUT TO:
EXT. OUTSIDE THE POLICE STATION
A black car is parked by the curb, motor running. Amy
runs up to the driver’s door and raps on the window. The
driver rolls down the window.
AMY
Megan sent you?
The driver grins. He is a middle-aged man with Hispanic
roots, a simple black suit and hat.
ANDRE
Si senorita!
AMY
Whatever you’re getting paid, she’ll
double it if you get me to Helen and Rose
in under 10 minutes.
6.
ANDRE
Hokay, but you pay for speeding ticket.
Amy opens the door and dives in. The car accelerates and
speeds off, tires squealing.
FADE TO:
EXT. OUTSIDE THE WAREHOUSE.
Car screeches to a stop and Amy stumbles out. A man lies
unconscious on the ground outside.
Amy taps the window and Andre rolls down the window.
AMY
Call this number. Tell Lawson this is
where they’re holding the Memory Meddler.
ANDRE
Be careful nina.
AMY
I will.
CUT TO:
INT. WAREHOUSE
Amy tiptoes in, taking cover behind boxes and crates.
Megan is creeping up on a pair of guards, who are
chatting, completely relaxed. Megan jumps on the first
guard, bringing her hands down on both his ears.
The first guard falls, stunned, while she kicks the
second one is the chest, winding him. The first guard
stumbles up and she punches him, knocking him out.
Megan freezes as a gun cocks near her head.
MARTA
Most impressive my dear. I had no idea
there was another super being in this
city.
Megan holds her hands up and turns to face Marta.
7.
MEGAN
There’s not. You just hire guards barely
qualified to hold a job at a strip mall.
MARTA
You are most interesting. How would you
like a job?
MEGAN
Will you release MM if I accept?
MARTA
Ahh...the girl. Pretty little thing.
Marta lowers the gun and snaps her fingers. A guard,
Carlos, carries Eva out from a back room. Eva’s head
lolls, she is heavily drugged. Eva giggles and smiles at
Megan, her eyes glazed. Carlos dumps her in an armchair,
not bothering to tie her.
MARTA (CONT’D)
She tried to get Carlos to release her
before we had the sense to drug her.
Unfortunately, I always fulfill my
contracts once I’ve accepted them. She
stays with me.
MEGAN
Then I must decline.
Marta raises the gun, aiming at Megan.
MARTA
Pity.
Amy focuses on Eva, electricity shooting from her eyes.
Eva sits up, suddenly clear-eyed and tackles Marta, the
gun going off and hitting a spot over Megan’s head.
Megan kicks the gun away and dodges Marta’s martial arts
attack, disappearing behinds stacks of boxes and leaving
Eva giggling on the floor, eyes glazed again.
Carlos moves toward Eva and Amy attacks him from behind,
jumping on his back and wrapping her arms around his neck
in a strangle-hold. Carlos grabs her hands and bends,
suddenly throwing her over his shoulder. She hits the
ground hard, loosing her mask in the process.
Carlos stops for a second, staring at her in amazement.
CARLOS
You’re another of those superhero kids!
8.
AMY
Beta being actually- Oh,never mind.
Amy makes eye contact.
CUT TO:
EXT. DESERT
Carlos seems to be struggling up a vast desert sand dune.
He pants, exhausted, and a lamp comes out of nowhere and
hits him across the face. He collapses.
CUT TO:
INT. WAREHOUSE
Amy puts her hands on her knees, catching her breath.
Carlos twitches, surrounded by shards of a broken lamp.
EVA
Helllllllooo Gorgeous!
Eva smiles at Amy from her place on the floor. Amy starts
to move toward her when Marta reappears, holding a gun to
Megan’s head.
MARTA
Don’t move.
Amy stops, raising her hands over her head.
MARTA (CONT’D)
Now then, girls. I think-
Andre comes up from behind Marta and hits her in the head
with a tire iron. Marta crumples to the ground.
ANDRE
(mutters)
Ninas locas.
AMY
Megan, are you alright?
MEGAN
Fine. I’m enrolling you in a Jujutsu
class.
AMY
You’ve got to be kidding me.
9.
Megan bends down to Eva, checks her pulse.
MEGAN
She needs to wake up. She has to erase us
from these people’s minds.
AMY
It’s not erasing its transferring. And
how do you know the B&W gang didn’t see
her too?
Megan turns to look at Amy.
MEGAN
Her mask is in the other room. These are
the only people who have seen her face,
not to mention the guy in the driveway.
Andre kneels next to Eva, shines a penlight in her eyes.
For the first time he speaks accented English.
ANDRE
This nina is drugged. I think it’ll be
six houras before she can do anything.
Mucho heavy anesthetic.
AMY
You’re no ordinary driver, are you?
ANDRE
Was 160th Regiment, Night Stalkers nina,
I take whatever job I can now.
MEGAN
We need to get this done before the cops
arrive.
ANDRE
Not going to happen chica.
AMY
It might...Earlier I lent Eva some focus.
I might not be able to neutralize the
drug. But it's possible that I could take
the affects it has on her mind.
MEGAN
Do it.
AMY
Whoa, bossy. Even if I do, there's no
guarantee she'll be able to use her
ability, and she'll definitely need help
getting around.
10.
Megan gestures to Andre.
MEGAN
He can carry her. Hurry up, we don’t have
much time.
AMY
(to Andre)
Don’t worry, this one is much more
reasonable.
Amy kneels and puts her hands to Eva’s head. Electricity
passes through her into Eva. Then she flops to the
ground. Eva sits up weakly and Andre picks her up,
cradling her. Eva notices Amy on the floor.
EVA
Amy...
MEGAN
She’s fine, we need to hurry.
AMY
(giggling)
Wow...so fuzzy, everyone fuzzy.
Fuzzzzzzy, that..tickles. Fuzz. Fuzz.
Fuzzzzzzzzzzzz. Lamps got a funny tassel.
Tas-sel. Tassssssssssssssssel.
Weeeeeeeeeeeeee...
Andre carries Eva over to Marta. Megan roughly lifts
Marta’s head, and Eva puts a hand on Marta’s forehead,
concentrating. Smoke whirls over Marta then subsides.
Megan roughly drops her and they move on to the man on
the rug. Megan lifts his head as well and Eva repeats the
process. They move on to the other two guards.
MEGAN
Now the guard outside.
P.O.V. of Amy, the warehouse shimmers hazily, the walls
bend around her. Andre appears over her, and sets Eva
down, Eva cradles Amy and looks into her eyes. Slowly,
everything comes back into focus.
Amy sits up as Eva flops backward, Andre catches her.
AMY
You should give this man a job.
MEGAN
What?
11.
AMY
Come on! We’re teenagers! We need a way
to get around, and he saved our lives
already!
MEGAN
This is absurd.
AMY
What’s absurd is today you decided to
take on three guys and a professional
killer all on your own. If it hadn’t been
for him, we would have died.
MEGAN
(to Andre)
Are you willing to sign a confidentiality
agreement?
ANDRE
I work for government. I know how to keep
a secret, chica.
Amy nudges him.
AMY
Just say yes.
ANDRE
Yes. I am willing to sign confidentiality
agreement.
MEGAN
Fine. Help MM in the car. I’ll arrange
your salary tomorrow.
Andre picks up Eva, Amy follows him out the door.
TRANSITION TO:
EXT. OUTSIDE WAREHOUSE.
Amy helps Andre lower Eva into the backseat of the car.
Police sirens can be heard in the distance. Megan comes
out of the house, and handcuffs the unconscious guard.
ANDRE
So where do we go now?
AMY
Crestwood Hospital. We have a friend
there who’s treated her in the past.
Let’s go Nightstalker.
12.
MEGAN
You’re calling him Nightstalker now?
AMY
Code name. You know, you should have one
too or MM will pick one for you. And you
know how she sucks at that.
ANDRE
Call chica Hellrose.
MEGAN
Say what?
Andre points to the cross street. Someone had crossed out
the ‘en’ in ‘Helen’ leaving it the cross street of
Hellrose. Megan shrugs.
MEGAN (CONT’D)
Works for me, I guess.
Now loose the cops or you’re fired.
Megan gets into the passenger seat while Amy jumps in the
back. Car doors slam and Andre accelerates, disappearing
into the night.




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