Bethel in Caverns of Chaos (6_111)

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1. The Unicorn of Death
2. The Kidnap
3. The Rescue
4. Night of Terror
5. Skies of Death
6. Caverns of Chaos
7. The Dungeon of Death
8. Vulkar's Revenge
Unfilmed - The Games

Episode Six
Caverns of Chaos

Act 1
Act 2
Act 3
Act 4

Caverns of Chaos

Written by Don Reo


 

ACT FOUR

FADE IN:

SCENE 21
INT. CAVERNS OF CHAOS

Faraway shot of cavern interior. We see Greystone and Blackpool hanging by the chain that binds them together. The chain is snagged over an outcrop of rock. Cut to tighter shot of the princes dangling there.

GREYSTONE

Ah. Weíve got to get the weight off of it.

BLACKPOOL

Itís snapping . . .

There is a glow of red light upon the chain as it breaks apart, snapping the links.

GREYSTONE

Ahh . . .

Greystone and Blackpool hit the floor of the chamber. Greystone strikes his head and collapses, unconscious.

Blackpool shakes his head and gets up. The fall has broken the chain and they are free of each other. A bubbling noise can be heard. Blackpool looks at the steaming liquid with a plank over it Ė it bridges the side they are on to a hopeful exit. He kneels, then picks up a small stick and dips it in the liquid Ė there is a crackling noise and the stick is disintegrated. He stands again and carefully walks over the plank to the opposite side.

BLACKPOOL

Goodbye, Greystone. May flights of demons sing thee to thy rest.

Blackpool ponders what heís said, raises his eyebrows and nods to himself, impressed. He moves over to the large boulder that blocks the exit and attempts to move it by himself.

BLACKPOOL
(continuing)

Ahh!

Blackpool sighs and walks back over the plank to Greystone.

BLACKPOOL
(continuing)

Erik! You all right?

Greystone wakes up and gets to his feet.

GREYSTONE

What happened?

BLACKPOOL

Both of us were knocked unconscious. It looks as though we must cross that plank, then move that rock. Two of us should be able to do it.

GREYSTONE

All right. Letís press on. Iíve gotta get to my father!

Greystone crosses the plank after Blackpool.

GREYSTONE
(continuing)

You know, Iím surprised you didnít leave me here to die, Dirk. Whatís the matter? Couldnít move the rock alone?

Blackpool looks at Greystone with disdain.

BLACKPOOL

What kind of man do you take me for?

GREYSTONE

Push . . .

 

SCENE 23
EXT. TAVERN

Shot of Marko half buried by the wine barrels. He shakes his head, shrugs the barrels aside and crawls up, then stands. Justinís voice can be heard from inside the tavern.

JUSTIN

Ah, this is great! This is great! You guys are real friends. I gotta do somethiní special for ya. Maybe Iíll lend ya some women sometime.

Marko enters the tavern. We see the interior with people eating, drinking and serving staff milling about. Marko moves from table to table, looking for Justin.

GAMBLER ONE

Itís about time the tableís turned.

JUSTIN

Keep dealiní, keep dealin.í

GAMBLER ONE

Tough luck, Justin. But a full house beats a pair of threes.

JUSTIN

What?

GAMBLER ONE

Yeah.

JUSTIN

It does?

GAMBLER ONE

Yeah! I donít know what youíre drinkiní but Iím gonna buy the next round. I never seen ya lose before.

JUSTIN

Me neither!

Marko spots Justin and his three gambling buddies and moves over to the table.

MARKO

Whatís goiní on, Justin?

JUSTIN

Nothiní Marko. Just losiní all my money.

MARKO

Thatís it. Come with me. We have to go see Traquill.

JUSTIN

OK Ė see ya guys.

Gambler one pulls a knife and stands quickly.

GAMBLER ONE

Hold it, Marko. Heís been beatiní us for years. Heís not goiní anywhere now heís losing.

MARKO

Now . . .

Marko grabs Gambler oneís wrist and then begins to bend the knife blade back towards him with one finger.

MARKO
(continuing)

You wouldnít want to take advantage of a man who didnít know what he was doiní do you?

Gambler one watches as the blade is bent over towards his neck and replies nervously.

GAMBLER ONE

Not for a second.

MARKO

Didnít think so.

Gambler one is relieved when Marko lets go of him. He falls back into his chair and carefully lays the knife with its bent blade on the table.

MARKO
(continuing)

Say goodnight, Justin.

JUSTIN

Gínight, Justin.

Justin stands and nods at his fellow gamblers.

JUSTIN
(continuing)

Always a pleasure.

Justin lets Marko usher him to the door of the tavern. They exit.

 

SCENE 24
CASTLE GREYSTONE

Shot of the castle. It is evening. Shot dissolves to Justin sitting with a slightly stunned look on his face. He is in King Richard Greystoneís chambers. Shot pans back further and we can see King Richard lying on his bed, still unconscious. Shot pans over and back and we see Marko and Wizard Traquill as well.

MARKO

What kinda spell is it?

Marko (6_100)

TRAQUILL

A complete personality fixation. We call it a number six.

MARKO

Wow. How does it work?

TRAQUILL

Watch. Can you hear me Justin?

Justin answers in a slow, obviously enchanted voice.

JUSTIN

Loud and clear.

TRAQUILL

Are you under a spell?

JUSTIN

No. Iím fine as wine.

TRAQUILL

Heís totally gone.

MARKO

Yeah.

TRAQUILL

What are you doing to do tomorrow, Justin?

JUSTIN

Get up. Eat breakfast. Take a walk. Announce my engagement to Bethel.

MARKO

What?

JUSTIN

Get up. Eat breakfast . . .

TRAQUILL

Silence! Good spell, one of the best.

MARKO

Yeah. Can you remove it?

TRAQUILL

If the King is strong enough. You see, it requires the will of two royal personages.

MARKO

What if it doesnít work? What do we do then?

TRAQUILL

Well, thereíll be a really weird wedding. Now shut up and let me work. Justin, reach out and put your hand on your fatherís arm.

JUSTIN

Sure thing.

TRAQUILL

Now, I want you to stare at my monocle. Donít look away. Now concentrate on the light within it. Make it part of yourself.

King Richard moans slightly and Justin looks away from the monocle.

TRAQUILL
(continuing)

Look here! Concentrate! I invoke the power of The Book and the royal blood of the family Greystone. Remove this curse!

A beam of golden light bursts from the monocle and hits Justin. It creates a gold glow around him.

Justin Greystone (6_104)

Marko covers his ears at the sound the monocle is making while breaking the spell. Traquill gestures. Justin blinks as the glow around him disappears.

MARKO

Justin! You all right?

JUSTIN

Yeah, I think so.

Justin laughs with relief and Marko and Traquill laugh also.

TRAQUILL

Ah, Iím getting too old for this stuff.

JUSTIN

What happened?

MARKO

You were under a spell. A number six. Traquill and your father got ya out of it.

JUSTIN

How is my father?

TRAQUILL

Weak. It was real close there for awhile. They nearly succeeded.

MARKO

Think theyíll try anything else?

TRAQUILL

You bet your saddlebags! Iím afraid Vector isnít finished yet.

 

SCENE 25
EXT. CASTLE BLACKPOOL

Shot of the castle on its perch. Shot pans in closer. Dissolves to shot of the visual scope Ė we can see a mountain top/rock face. We can faintly see the reflection of Vector and Bethel in the scope also.

BETHEL

What is it, Vector?

VECTOR

The grounds above the Caverns of Chaos. Where we will ensure Prince Blackpoolís death.

BETHEL

How?

VECTOR

My dear, with my power and your monocle, weíll simply blow it up.

Shot cuts to headshots of Bethel and Vector as they speak.

BETHEL

No. I wonít kill him.

VECTOR

Of course not. Wizards and witches cannot kill mortals. Weíll merely increase the odds heís facing. But at the same time, possibly destroy Greystone as well.

Vector (6_109)

BETHEL

But, DirkÖ

Shot cuts back to the visual scope scene.

VECTOR

Dear Bethel, do I sense some emotional connection between you and our royal friend?

BETHEL

You know better.

Shot cuts back to headshots of Vector and Bethel.

VECTOR

I know more than youíve dreamed of, witch. What would the council think if I told them that you had conspired with a mortal to steal my monocle?

BETHEL

You canít prove that.

VECTOR

Are you sure? Are you willing to risk your existence on that assumption?

BETHEL

No.

VECTOR

Good. We can proceed. When Blackpool is dead and my monocle returns, I may even help you keep your hold on Justin Greystone.

BETHEL

I can handle him without your help, Vector.

VECTOR

Dear, sweet Bethel. I always pay my debts. You help me now and I fully intend to help you later.

 

SCENE 26
INT. CAVERNS OF CHAOS

Faraway shot of Blackpool and Greystone in the caverns. They have found a rope that spans across the chasm. It must lead to an exit.

BLACKPOOL

Well, Erik, across the rope and weíre free.

Cut to closer shot of Greystone and Blackpool. Greystone puts out a hand to keep Blackpool back.

GREYSTONE

Hold on. Iíll go first.

BLACKPOOL

And then leave me here? I donít think so.

GREYSTONE

Look, Dirk, Iím in a hurry. You want to fight it out now?

BLACKPOOL

Now, that seems a bit desperate, doesnít it?

Greystone sighs and crosses his arms over his chest.

GREYSTONE

Iím open for suggestions.

BLACKPOOL

All right. You go first, but Iíll hold the fruit. That way I know you wonít cut the rope after you. Fair enough?

GREYSTONE

All right.

Greystone unties the pouch from his belt.

GREYSTONE
(continuing)

All right. Here ya go.

Greystone hands the pouch with the fruit in it to Blackpool, who accepts it.

BLACKPOOL

Thank you. After you.

Blackpool waits until Greystone kneels to cross the rope and then kicks Greystone in the head, knocking him out.

BLACKPOOL

Your fatherís illness clouded your judgment, Erik. Now you both die.

Blackpool begins to make his way across the rope Ė he crosses his legs over it and pulls himself along the rope with his hands. The rope pulls loose from the side of the path that Greystone lies unconscious on.

Greystone regains consciousness and gets up. He watches as the rope on the other side loosens as well.

GREYSTONE

Look out!

Greystone grabs a long vine and swings across the chasm. He lands on the opposite side safely, then peers down at Blackpool. We see Blackpool hanging onto a small ledge, the pouch with the fruit still in his hands. The drop down is sheer.

BLACKPOOL

Well? Get me up.

GREYSTONE

Give me the pouch.

BLACKPOOL

First get me up.

GREYSTONE

No more deals. Give me the pouch, or die.

BLACKPOOL

All right, Iíll trust you.

Blackpool hands Greystone the pouch with the fruit in it.

BLACKPOOL
(continuing)

Now, get me up!

Greystone takes the pouch and smiles at Blackpool.

GREYSTONE

Bye.

Greystone begins to exit through another tunnel.

BLACKPOOL

Greystone! You gave me your word!

Greystone stops short.

BLACKPOOL
(continuing)

I waited for you. I suppose I was right about you. Weíre both the same, after all.

Greystone turns back to Blackpool and shakes his head.

GREYSTONE

No, Dirk. Weíre very different.

Shot dissolves to the visual scope at Castle Blackpool. We see the land above the Caverns begins to shake. There is a large explosion and chunks of rock fly off the rock face.

Shot dissolves back to Greystone helping Blackpool up onto the safety of the ledge.

GREYSTONE
(continuing)

Come on! Give me your hand! Come on! Pull!

Blackpool gets himself over the ledge and stands. The caverns begin to shake again.

Shot dissolves back to the visual scope. There are more explosions.

Shot dissolves back to Blackpool and Greystone moving through another small chamber to an exit. Rocks rain down towards them.

GREYSTONE
(continuing)

Keep moving! Keep moving!

Greystone and Blackpool stumble out of the exit into a small clear space by the rock face. They are safe. Their weapons rest on a rock by the exit of the Caverns. Greystone grabs his magic sword and belts it on.

GREYSTONE
(continuing)

Iím going to my father, Dirk. No more fighting today.

BLACKPOOL

No more.

Blackpool picks up his sword and double-bladed dagger.

BLACKPOOL
(continuing)

No more today, Erik. But tomorrowís a different story.

GREYSTONE

See ya tomorrow.

Greystone runs off and Blackpool strides off in the opposite direction.

 

SCENE 27
CASTLE BLACKPOOL

Shot dissolves to the exterior of Castle Blackpool. Shot pans in closer, then dissolves to the chambers where Vector and Bethel wait.

VECTOR

The monocle hasnít returned. Itís been hours and heís still not dead.

BETHEL

I told you Dirk Blackpool was a dangerous man to underestimate.

VECTOR

Sooner or later, Iíll kill him.

We hear Blackpoolís voice. Vector and Bethel both turn towards the entrance to the chamber. Blackpool stands there, looking at them.

BLACKPOOL

Who are you planning to kill, Vector?

VECTOR

My lord. I was speaking of Prince Greystone.

Blackpool stalks into the room, looking at them.

BLACKPOOL

Then I suggest you start practicing your abilities, Vector.

Blackpool looks at Bethel and crosses to her. He takes her hand in his and brings it to his lips briefly.

BLACKPOOL
(continuing)

What have you been up to, Bethel?

BETHEL

Worrying. About you.

BLACKPOOL

Really? How touching.

VECTOR

Yes. We were both sick with worry. How did you escape the caverns?

BLACKPOOL

Havenít you learned yet, Vector? Iím very clever.

Blackpool moves away from Bethel and Vector, crossing to a table in the corner.

BETHEL

Iíve been trying to tell him that.

VECTOR

We all have a lot to learn.

BLACKPOOL

Have you discovered how the Crimson Fever got out of control?

VECTOR

Ah, no, my lord. I must confess that Iím completely baffled.

BLACKPOOL

I expect my advisors to be completely informed. I trust you will not be confused in the future.

VECTOR

Yes, my lord. You may rely on it.

BLACKPOOL

If I have reason to suspect you again, Vector, I will separate your head from your shoulders. Do you understand me quite clearly?

VECTOR

Yes, my lord. Quite clearly.

BLACKPOOL

Good

Blackpool crosses over to Bethel again.

BLACKPOOL
(continuing)

Vector still hasnít learned that I trust no one. Has he, Bethel?

BETHEL

No, Dirk. But I have.

Bethel (6_114)

BLACKPOOL

I do not suffer fools gladlyÖ

GEOFFREY

Hi, Dirk!

We can barely see Geoffrey, but we hear his enthusiastic greeting as he enters. Blackpool tightens his lips and turns to the entrance of the chamber as his brother strides in cheerfully, pulling his gauntlets off.

GEOFFREY
(continuing)

Welcome back! Vector didnít think you were going to make it.

BETHEL

I knew he would.

BLACKPOOL

What have you been doing, Geoffrey?

GEOFFREY

Letís sit down and Iíll tell you how I almost killed Marko.

BLACKPOOL

Yes. Iíd like to hear that.

Geoffrey slides into the corner and sits at the table. Bethel joins him.

GEOFFREY

Vector? Get us a couple sandwiches.

Shot goes to a face shot of Vector who looks disgusted. Shot goes to Blackpool, who mouths ďsandwichesĒ questioningly at his wizard. Vector looks extremely put upon and exits the room. Blackpool crosses to the table and sits with Bethel and Geoffrey.

 

SCENE 28
CASTLE GREYSTONE

It is day. The castle moat sparkles. Shot dissolves to interior shot of King Richard Greystoneís chambers. We see Greystone and the Wizard Traquill in the room. King Richard is now awake and healed completely, thanks to Greystone bringing the fruit of the astrid tree. Shots pans back further and we see Justin and Marko standing at the foot of King Richardís bed.

KING RICHARD

Iím proud of all of you.

TRAQUILL

They did pretty good for a bunch of silly kids, didnít they?

KING RICHARD

Marko, without you, Justin wouldíve been lost to us. My thanks.

MARKO

My pleasure, your highness.

KING RICHARD

Justin? I understand we did well at the western perimeter.

JUSTIN

Ah, we kicked their . . . Uh, we defeated the enemy real bad.

KING RICHARD

Good.

King Richard nods at Justin.

KING RICHARD
(continuing)

And Erik? I owe you my life. Even though you did disobey me.

GREYSTONE

I only did what you would have done, sir.

KING RICHARD

Iím not at all sure I could have done what you did, son.

GREYSTONE

Iíd do it again.

KING RICHARD

I love you, Erik. I love each of you.

TRAQUILL

Oh, stop it, please. Iím going to start crying.

All of them start to chuckle a bit to break the seriousness of the mood in the chamber.

JUSTIN

Well, if everythingís OK here and youíll excuse me, Iíve got a date.

GREYSTONE

With who?

Justin speaks as if enchanted again.

JUSTIN

My fiancť, Bethel.

GREYSTONE

What?

Marko grabs Justinís arm and looks at him with concern.

MARKO
(continuing)

I thought the spell was broken.

JUSTIN

It is, but she doesnít know it yet.

They all laugh at Justin as he exits. Marko crosses over to Traquill and Erik by King Richardís bedside.

TRAQUILL

I do all the work, he gets all the fun.

The scene freezes to animation/drawing. The music comes up and over.

FADE OUT.

 

THE END

 


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