Notes: Character Bible is over here, but since this in script format each character/actor will be announced as they appear.
Many, many thanks to Isa (multicolour on LJ,) for looking this over for me! ♥
I feel bad posting this already when this month has been insane and I haven't had a chance to personally read the other entries yet. But I plan to do so soon and look forward to them all. :)
THE INSTITUTE PILOT
EXT. BACK ALLEY – NIGHT
A dimly-lit Alley. The sounds of voices mingled together fades out as we pan in to a WOMAN, blonde and properly dressed, walking down the alley.
The sound of footsteps echo behind her. She turns her head. A MAN walks down and approaches her. He is well-dressed and clean cut.
Excuse me, miss. Are you lost?
Oh, yes, I do appear to be. I
know it's silly, but I've just
never become accustomed to the
streets of London.
(Checks to see if anyone else is around.)
Well, I'm sure I can help
you...be on your way...
Man moves closer and closer to her, menacingly. She seems unaware of the threat.
You would? Oh, my, that
would be so kind of you.
Man smiles, flashing his teeth and revealing that he is a VAMPIRE. He backs up Woman until she is pressed against a wall of the alley.
It's so pleasant when a
tasty morsel like you shows up.
Out of nowhere SAMUEL EDWARDS (Nathan Fillion) dressed similarly to the Man/Vampire appears. He speaks as if he's having any regular conversation.
You may want to check what
tasty morsels you've decided to threaten
before you take that first bite.
The MAN/VAMPIRE's attention is turned back to the woman he has cornered, who now looks a lot less innocent. She is CLARA BAKER (Katee Sackoff.)
He's right, you know. Nowadays
you never what you're going to find.
Baker headbutts the vampire, who is sent reeling backwards into the alley. Before he can recover Edwards tosses a handful of water – holy water – onto him. The vampire lets out a scream and disintegrates into nothing.
They're getting too easy.
Just as Edwards speak the line, shadowy figures begin to line the alley in front of them. Baker notices them first.
You just had to say it, didn't you?
They begin to back away from the crowd of at least fifteen VAMPIRES approaching them.
From behind them JAMES FOSTER (Joe Flanigan) and WILLIAM FOSTER (Ben Browder) appear. Both men wear tuxes with heavy leather vests under their coats. William carries a sword; James a dagger. Both men are American, and their accents reflect this.
You woke a nest?
(Motions to Edwards.)
He said they were getting easy.
We will have to get you a gag,
one of these days.
A fight between the VAMPIRES and James, William, Baker and Edwards commences. They fight in groups of two, back-to-back with Edwards and Baker paired together and William and James paired together. Their conversation continues while they're fighting, belayed only by the occasional punching and staking of the vampires around them.
She's the one who chose a nest!
I was unaware of it. And if you hadn't
If I hadn't SAID anything? What
kind of logic is that?
With you it is absolute logic. I
have personally seen the effect opening
your mouth has on the amount of bad
luck we encounter.
Really? Well, in that case, it's
too bad all these vampires are so
strong! We do not stand a chance!
A VAMPIRE growls and lunges forward, its nails dig into Edward's skin and he just barely manages to pull away. James turns closer to him and stakes the vampire, causing it to fall to the ground.
I don't think it works that way.
The VAMPIRES are now circling the group in a very small space. Things are looking bleak.
That may have actually made it worse.
This is not my fault.
Of course not. It is your mouth's fault.
They huddle even closer together. Suddenly an UNKNOWN FIGURE(Torri Higginson) dressed in full, tight body-protecting leather, lands in the alley on her feet and crouched, it is as if she has fallen from the sky. She holds a BOTTLE OF HOLY WATER in one hand and tosses it forward and into the air – it explodes before hitting the ground and sprays water over the back row of VAMPIRES. They SCREECH and disintegrate to ashes. The vampires turn to the Unknown Figure, and Baker is first to take the distraction.
Baker quickly swings a wooden stake into the VAMPIRE nearest her, and repeats the action with another VAMPIRE. William swings his sword quickly – decapitating three nearby VAMPIRES in a fell swoop. Edwards and James also stake vampires, with James using his knife as a weapon to catch them off guard.
In the background the Unknown Figure is also taking out vampires, until soon only William, Edwards, Baker and James are standing in the alley – surrounded by decapitated VAMPIRES, ashes, and the whole bodies of VAMPIRES who have been staked.
The group turns back to face the Unknown Figure, only to find her gone. There is a pause of surprise.
You see? It works in the reverse
So you admit it is your fault!
I did not-
You did. We heard you.
All in favor that this was
all Mr. Edwards' fault?
All in the group except for Edwards raise their hands. He is clearly not amused.
Now the real question is,
who was that woman?
Another hunter, I'd wager. One
who seems to cover our territory.
Feeling a little jealous?
Of new hunters? Never. I just wonder
when we'll be reading about this one's
death. They're not trained well enough.
You sound like Mr. Ward.
The real disgrace is that she left
before clean up.
Edwards flicks a small LIGHTER CONTRAPTION and begins to catch the individual VAMPIRES on fire. Once the fire hits their clothing they burn quickly. The fire covers the body, melts it to ash, and then burns out.
Honestly, that's just rude.
She didn't leave any bodies.
Yes, but it's the principle of
The principle being that we leave
Or the principle being that she
saved us from your mouth?
Edwards has successfully caught the last body of a VAMPIRE on fire, leaving nothing in the alley but ashes.
Edwards can't be blamed for this.
He clearly doesn't know the power
of his own mouth. Or of irony.
(He is unamused.)
Fantastic. You fight for the betterment
of mankind and this is the thanks to be found.
May we return home now, or would you all
like to continue trading witty barbs?
I think we've had our fill for the night.
Or, morning, as it's close to being.
The group turns, walking back down the alley way. William suddenly stops and bends down, picking up a piece of paper that has been scrawled on. He looks grave.
It's a note...probably from the new hunter
Be forewarned, the four covens of
England have formed an alliance.
The group now all look as grave as William as the news sink in. This simple sentence holds a lot of weight.
If the covens have allied...
We don't stand a chance of
INT. THE INSTITUTE – LIVING ROOM – DAY
ABIGAIL WARD (Kate Mulgrew) is talking animatedly with a room filled with PROPER WOMEN (30s). They all have TEA, the fireplace in the room is lit and running and it is clear that this is a proper event.
It is true that Mrs. Charles
was not seen at the dance, but
that does not mean she's fallen
from society's graces. No matter
what Mrs. Grace says.
In the entrance to the room we see CHARLES WARD (Anthony Head) stick his head into view. He waves his hands in a shooing motion, and Abigail catches on immediately.
But that's enough about
the scandals going on. I've
held you here long enough, the
day is wearing on.
The Proper Women slowly begin to get up and move. Charles rolls his eyes and moves out of sight as Abigail begins to clear out the room.
INT. THE INSTITUTE - HALLWAY – DAY
Charles is walking down the hallway when DOROTHY RUSSELL (Teryl Rothery) walks out of a room and appears by his side. She carries the coat that Edwards wore in the fight and that is now tattered beyond repair. They talk as they walk down the hallway.
Have you seen this?
It appears to have once been
an overcoat, Mrs. Russell.
Once being the key word there,
You cannot sew it?
Sewing involves repair, Mr. Ward.
This coat needs an entire
Whose coat was that?
Mr. Edwards. It was a very
nice coat too.
I will tell him to be
more careful. And that you
mourn the loss of his coat.
I will never understand why
you all insist on dressing up
to hunt those vile creatures.
They may be vile, but that's
no reason to dress poorly.
I've seen women dress less fancy
for balls than you lot do to go
In that case, you should
see us when we hunt vampires
at balls. Double the elegance.
Russell shakes her head EXITS as Charles continues to walk down the hallway.
Charles turns the corner and nearly collides with William, who is carrying several volumes of books.
Sorry, Mr. Ward.
Knowledge is as good a
reason to collide with another
person as any. What are you reading?
The lore we have on the covens.
This isn't the first time they've
No, it isn't. But it has
been a while. Do you know what
happened to Edwards coat?
He said the hunting was
getting too easy.
Ah, enough said then. Meeting
as soon as Abigail manages to
clear out the ladies of society.
Charles EXITS into a room in the hallway. William continues to walk down while poorly balancing the books he's carrying. As he rounds the corner ELLIE GARDNER (Jewel Staite) skips up beside him.
Most people read their books
in the actual library, Mr. Foster.
Then most people are missing out
on all the fun of trying not to
stumble in open hallways, Ms. Gardner.
William stumbles, nearly dropping a book which Gardner quickly catches for him. Without missing a beat she returns it to his stack of books.
(she walks silently with him for a
Is it true, Mr. Foster? About the
vampires all becoming allies?
It could very well be. So far
we don't know much beyond one
Gardner takes in the news, although not overly obvious in her emotions the possibility scares her.
Not to worry, though. This
only means we'll be killing
more vampires. And annoying Mrs.
Russell even further.
Yes, I saw her today. You know
it really will be impossible
to mend that overcoat.
So purchase a new one.
Oh, Mrs. Ward won't be
pleased to hear that. She's
been working very tightly
to keep us on budget.
Why aren't you with Mrs.
Ward? Shouldn't you be among
the ladies of society?
I fear they will turn on
me like wild animals, when
they hear I still live here
and am unwed. It is not a
situation I feel like throwing
myself into today.
Can't say I blame you.
Sometimes those women are
thoroughly more frightening
than any vampire.
Gardner smiles at him. Coming down the hall in the opposite direction are James and Baker. They stop in front of Gardner and William
You know there is a library-
Yes, I was informed.
He's always one to force
his own unique manner forward.
Have you seen Edwards?
Yes, we stumbled upon him.
It seems Mrs. Russell got to
God protect his soul.
Further down the hall Russell approaches with Edwards in tow.
The good lord has nothing
to do with this matter. Just
a few hunters who don't know
better than to wear their best
clothing out while they choose
to play rough.
We aren't playing Mrs. Russell
we're preserving the world's-
I do not care if you are saving
the world! You do it in the proper
Yes, well, on that note, Mr. Ward
said it's time for the meeting now.
Ellie, dear, I'll need help
trying to salvage this overcoat.
I expect it in one piece, too!
Russell stares at him incredulously.
Or, you know, (clears throat)
whatever you can manage, Mrs.
Abigail appears at the end of the hallway.
Are you all ready for the meeting?
(scuffles towards her, exclaiming loudly:)
INT. THE INSITUTE – MEETING ROOM – DAY
Abigail, Charles, William, James, Baker and Edwards sit spaced out around a large table. Charles sits at the head of it, with Abigail by his side.
Now, as you all know, the note
was received last night during
a vampire hunt.
What's to say the note is even
The signs have been showing
long before we got the note.
That's true. The vampires we
have hunted lately have increased
in number, even to the point of
finding a nest where there should
have only been one vampire.
Why would they turn others? Are
vampires not usually very picky
about who they do or do not turn?
Usually, yes. But if the covens
have allied, it will mean that
they've decided to take an offensive
front against humans. Vampires see
us as nothing but food, but lately
we've been showing them that we can
defend ourselves. The number of hunters
is increasing daily. People are more aware
that vampires are not an urban myth than ever.
We have threatened them, and they are finally
listening to that threat.
So we've made them very angry. But if
the covens have truly allied...
We won't stand a chance in a fair
Then we shall not fight fair.
Precisely. It will be risky, but
we must devise a plan.
A plan to do what, exactly?
We must force this alliance
In order to break the alliance...
We will have to infiltrate the
strongest coven and break the
alliance from within.
But Charles, the strongest
coven right now would be...
EXT. ROOFTOP – NIGHT
Unknown Figure from before stands looking down at the street below her. She is KATHERINE BISHOP (Torri Higginson). JOSHUA BUTLER (Michael Shanks) walks up to her side, and looks down to the street with her.
You left the note?
Yes. If I have tracked them
properly they should be arriving in
this alley to hunt soon.
You're sure I shouldn't be speaking
They have a female hunter. I believe
they will listen to me.
And when they learn everything?
Well, there's only one way to find out,
You are sure you don't need back up?
Bishop turns to Butler. She rests a hand on his shoulder, asserting both kindness and leadership in the move.
I will be fine. Besides, there
is no reason for us all to toss out
our limbs. You can get the next
And you're sure this is the group
you're going to risk your limbs with?
Yes, The Institute has a very good
Four figures (Baker, Edwards, James and William,) walk down and into the alley.
That's my cue.
Always. I will meet you and
the others tonight.
EXT. ALLEY – NIGHT
We haven't even seen a nest-
She's interrupted when Bishop lands in front of them, once again as if she has fallen from the sky. She stands and brushes herself off, taking in the group before her.
Well, she certainly makes
We should do that too.
I get the feeling that the
lady has more to do tonight
than listen to your critiques
on her landing.
My name is Katherine Bishop. We
met last night.
We're not quick to forget a hunter
who lends a hand, let alone one who
leaves us a note saying that the covens
Yes, now that you know,
you must know that taking action
If you don't mind me asking,
why exactly are you telling us
I have watched you, all of you,
I believe The Institute of Vampire
Dispersal & Elimination stands the
best chance of properly handling this.
Oh, well, that's nice. We've
You flatter us. But how do we know
that what you say is the truth?
You don't. But I doubt very much
that you will sit around while the
risk of losing all of England lies
heavy in the air.
Suddenly a VAMPIRE falls down, landing with a crash into the space in the alley behind Bishop. She turns to face the VAMPIRE who gets to its feet and HISSES.
That landing wasn't nearly
as elegant, I must say.
The Vampire lunges forward to attack Bishop. She swiftly reveals a STAKE and stakes it before it gets a chance to even attack.
A loud HISSING alerts the team to a large group of VAMPIRES behind them.
You were going to say
easy, weren't you?
Bishop pushes forward to the front of the group with her stake in hand.
Do you believe me now?
This many in one place
is wholly unnatural.
The first VAMPIRE lunges forward, Bishop slams a fist into the side of its head and stakes it, letting the body fall to the side. Then all the VAMPIRES are lunging forward, creating an all-out fight. As before James and William and Baker and Edwards create back-to-back fighting units, leaving Bishop swinging in constant circles as she fights on her own. They speak while still fighting.
I recognize these. They are
Baker GLANCES at Edwards.
She's sending them out in
Really? I hadn't noticed.
But why would Gideon send out so
many? Where are the members of the
Alliance or no, vampires are not
likely to fight together when they
have been feuding among themselves
for so long. Now, what do you
plan on doing about it?
You want us to divulge our
plan to you – in front of the
They'll be dead soon – and if they
aren't we will be.
Suddenly an arrow flies forward from the group of VAMPIRES. It catches William in his shoulder, sending him down immediately. James CRIES OUT.
The Vampires swarm the group, making them indistinguishable and lost. James loses sight of William.
There's a sudden spark of FIRE from the crowd and Baker is revealed holding a small torch, enough to make all the vampires around her back off. The sound of loud SCREECHES comes from nearby her and Edwards is revealed with Vampires who have turned to ash – in his hands he carries a bottle of holy water and at his feet is a shattered bottle.
A moment later James emerges from the group wielding his dagger, he moves in closer to Baker as Edwards does the same and they reclaim the area, fighting until the Vampires are all defeated.
William. Where's William?
The others look around, but William is nowhere in sight.
Further down the alley Bishop is on one knee. She looks worse for the wear but bears no physical marks of it. William lies unconscious on the ground; there are Vampire bodies surrounding them.
The others rush forward, with James leading them. James immediately checks on William's vital signs, etc.
He's fine. He just hit his
head when they were tugging
No, no. I managed to get to them
before he was bitten. He'll be
James pulls up William's unconscious form, getting him up with help from Edwards.
Are you coming back with
us, Ms. Bishop?
I would like that very
much, but I cannot do so
right now. I have other engagements.
However, I would like to offer to
We are to infiltrate
That's going to be risky.
You'll break apart the alliance
That's the plan.
And how are you actually
going to infiltrate it and
break up the alliance?
Ah, well, that's the
more complicated part.
Yes. We're still working
out the details – and trying
not to get ambushed to death
in the meantime.
How is that going for you?
INT. THE INSTITUTE – MEETING ROOM – DAY
Baker and Edwards sit opposite of each other at the table, they are alone.
Are you doing well?
(shrugging her off,)
I did not get mauled by
vampires last night.
No, but it must be hard
for you, going up against
Gideon, against the vampire
Your concern is unnecessary.
I still have it. If you need
to talk, you know I am here.
William, now with a BANDAGE on his arm, and James enter the room.
How are you feeling?
Like I'm not a vampire,
which is enough for now.
Well, we all know that
Edwards is to blame.
Oh, come on. You cannot
blame me for this.
And yet, I still do,
funny that, huh?
Abigail and Charles enter. James and William sit quickly as the room quiets and Abigail and Charles takes their seats.
I have asked around.
I can find nothing about
a 'Katherine Bishop.'
So she's lying.
Or she's good at
what she does.
Either way we can't
simply sit around. We
must take her word and
go into action.
How will we do that?
Well, I have an idea about
that. We must move the Vita Tribuo.
Impossible! That is a
myth, Mr. Ward.
It is not. I've seen it
with my own eyes, years ago. My
current intelligence says that it
now rests in Gideon's care. If we
were to move it to another coven
the suspicion that would be raised
should be enough to tear apart the alliance,
at least for now.
To walk into a one coven and
steal something, let alone the fact
that we'd have to plant it in yet
another coven – that is suicide.
If we do not act, we'll be dead
And if the vampires figure out
that we moved their mystical
They will not, Mr. Foster. Vampires
are ignorant creatures, they still
think our slaying habits are merely
a way in which we like to pass the time,
not a threat to their kind. Even with this new
front against humanity, they would
never assume humans would be able to
complete such a task.
Indeed. They will attack each other,
Infiltrating a vampire coven it is.
But what will we eat for dinner?
You worry about dinner?
If we aren't dead I would like
a good, celebratory dinner.
And if we are?
Well then I don't care
what we're eating.
If our dinner engagements are quite
planned now, may we move on?
Abigail hands Charles a ROLLED UP MAP, which he unrolls on the table.
We'll arrive at night and
move in the day. This is where
we will enter...
INT. THE INSTITUTE – LIBRARY – DAY
William is standing in front of a table secluded by book shelves, looking over various books and maps strewn out over the table. His arm is still bandaged and he is deep in thought when Gardner approaches him.
What- oh, Ms. Gardner. I did
not hear your approach.
No, no. It is my fault.
Or perhaps you should be the
one slaying vampires with
(looking at his bandage)
I'm afraid I'm not built
for such things. How are
As if I'm not a vampire, so
Gardner continues to stare at his bandage, more outwardly fazed by the wound.
I am fine.
Yes, of course. I just wish
you all would stop almost getting
In that case, I brought you this.
Gardner reveals a small bottle.
Mrs. Russell made you a balm for
the pain, assuming you're going to
insist on joining in on this mission.
What is the Vita Tribuo?
It is a mystical object, said
to bring the dead back to life.
Truly? Surely such a thing could
not be possible...
Charles enters from behind Gardner.
I'm afraid it is so, Ms. Gardner.
I saw the relic years ago.
Ellie leans over the books, picking up one where there is a sketch of the VITA TRIBUO.
This is it? But that is merely
a wooden triangle with the top folded
One end represents life, the other death.
The middle point is the in-between, the place
that the artifact is said to bring a person
You would not use it on a loved one?
If they were to perish?
Certainly not. The dead once dead
should not be retrieved. Vampires are
proof enough of that.
That's a noble outlook. I'm afraid
there are others who are more apt
to want to control life and death.
What I can't figure out is if
it has ever actually been used.
That's hard to say. Truthfully
it is held as an object of power more
than anything else.
Edwards enters the room.
Are you lot ready? Because Baker
is and she's getting quite impatient.
Yes, shall we?
Edwards, William, and Charles leave.
EXT. ALLEY WAY – EARLY NIGHT
Bishop stands beside a run-down warehouse. Around her are Butler, TULI YOUNG(Zoe Saldana) and LUTHER WRIGHT (Harry Lennix).
They should be here soon.
Katherine, are you sure this is wise?
Allying ourselves with them without
even knowing their character...
Yes. I have studied them
intensively. I believe that they
are our best choice...besides, it
isn't as if we have many options.
And if you continue with this
plan of yours, we shall have none.
I agree. You might as well be
throwing yourself away.
And I disagree. We cannot continue
on the path we are on – alone we are
nothing more than bait waiting to be
caught. We need strong allies who will
watch our weak spots while we watch theirs.
In theory, that's fine. But in reality-
In reality it is foolishly
idealistic. You cannot truly
expect anything good to come from
Your concerns have been noted.
Now, if you don't mind, we
have a vampire hunter to kidnap.
You're sure you want this one?
EXT. ALLEYWAY – NIGHT.
James, William, Baker, Edwards and Charles all walk together, with Charles in the lead and Baker and James at the back of the group.
How long has it been since
Mr. Ward was out on a hunt?
I did not expect him to join us.
Neither did I, but he is
the expert on what we seek.
Still, he is...old.
I can hear you, you know. For
an old man I have quite good
Oh, yes, very good sir! Just
Of course, that's plausible-
Suddenly VAMPIRES appear in front of the group and leap forward to attack them.
Fall into formation!
A fight breaks out, leaving the whole scene chaotic. Suddenly from the back of the group Young and Wright appear, and while James is distracted they grab him and drag him back and away from the group.
Charles, Baker, Edwards, and William finish the fight with the vampires.
That was close, well fought -
where is Mr. Foster?
There is silence as they stand in the empty alleyway, with just vampire bodies around them.
INT. RUN DOWN BUILDING – SHABBY ROOM - NIGHT
James is shoved forward into a room, turning back with his dagger in hand. Bishop walks in after him, calmly.
Ms. Bishop. This seems quite the
odd greeting for someone who
claims to be an ally.
I lead a small group, Mr. Foster.
Similar in purpose to The Institute.
We call ourselves The Derelict.
Right. And your idea of a friendly
hello is a kidnapping?
I needed to speak with you. Alone.
Once again...kidnapping? You'll excuse
me if that doesn't win over my trust.
There is a pause. Bishop's tone turns suddenly serious.
There is something I must
tell you that will surely break
your trust anyway. I am not
what you think I am.
I don't actually know much
about you, so...
I'm a vampire, Mr. Foster.
James is immediately tense. He raises his weapon; clearly on the defensive.
That isn't funny, Ms. Bishop
No, it's not.
Suddenly Bishop HISSES, revealing FANGS. James immediately aims the dagger towards her.
I do not intend to hurt
you, Mr. Foster. If that
had been my goal I would
have accomplished it by
now, you know that's true.
Perhaps you were just interested
in speaking one of those evil
monologues your type seem to
like so much.
I am not your enemy.
No, you're just a vampire
holding me hostage while
wearing body leather.
Well, I can't have you
putting a stake through my
heart before I've even been
allowed to speak, now
What do you want?
Exactly what I wanted before.
To ruin the alliance, and
to preserve mankind in the
So you can feast on them
What do you think vampires
Vampires are soulless creatures
who prey on the unfortunate.
Oh, I suppose you're a good vampire?
Good? Hardly, but some of us don't
give into our instincts so easily.
You'll excuse me if I'm a little
cynical. Why are you telling me
this if you're not going to
I've been watching you. Out
of all those in your group
I think you have the least
amount of bias. You seem
the most likely to actually
listen to me.
Well, it looks like you've
misjudged me. Are you going
to kill me now?
No. Sorry to disappoint you.
No matter what you think I am
not going to suck your blood -
or anyone else's. But there is
something I have kept from you
that I must divulge.
You mean besides the minor
fact that you're a vampire?
I lead The Derelict.
We were all originally members of
Arabella Gideon's coven. She is not
pleased that we've left and are now
hunting our own kind. That is why
Gideon sends out mobs of vampires
after me so frequently.
The alliance. That was all a
Absolutely not. That is true. Gideon
just has her own vendetta out
against me and my people.
If that's true, why hasn't
she taken you out?
Believe me, she's tried.
Unfortunately for her the
more times she attempts it
the weaker she looks. And if
she were to send out too many men-
well, that would look equally
bad to her position of power.
If you're not to kill me
then why are you telling me
Because I cannot be part
of any raid near Gideon's
territory. She will smell me
and my people instantly. But we
may help you in other ways, ways
that your people cannot even begin
There is a long pause as Bishop and James stare each other down. Bishop steps closer to James, and he doesn't back away. For a moment he seems to be considering her words as his dagger lowers slightly. She takes this as a cue.
James lifts the dagger back into a defensive position, looking angry. Bishop says nothing, but nods as she steps back, leaving a path to the door free.
You are free to leave. You
are not my prisoner.
Suddenly James LUNGES forward, knife raised to Bishop. She reacts with lighting-quick reflexes, turning him to the nearest wall. A single hand pushes his chest and raises and pins him to the wall so that his feet are dangling while the other hand wraps around his neck. Her FANGS show.
I am not the enemy you seek,
Mr. Foster. But make no mistake,
I will not sit by as you threaten
They stare at each other, Bishop with her FANGS out and James still angry. Then Bishop releases James, causing him to drop to his knees, gasping. Bishop steps back, leaving the path to the door open again.
Goodbye, Mr. Foster.
James EXITS. Bishop turns, looking out the window as the door closes.
EXT. ALLEY WAY - NIGHT
Baker, Charles, William and Edwards are all at different places and have clearly been searching for James. They come back together.
No sign of him.
It's like he vanished.
Let's keep looking, then.
I'll check the roof tops.
Edwards runs off. Just then James enters, his dagger still in hand when he rejoins the group.
My god, James. Where have
James' hand moves to William's shoulder in a clear show of comfort.
Here and there. You would
not believe me if I told
Dropping out on our vampire
Shall we proceed now? Does anyone
know if Ms. Bishop will be joining
in this hunt?
No, no. She will not. I believe
we have seen the last of Ms. Bishop.
I expect more information on that later.
James nods, but says nothing. He is still preoccupied with the information he's just been given.
Edwards runs backs in, out of breath.
I did not find him.
Yes, well he found us.
What? Oh, hello Foster.
I see you're still alive.
Speaking of which, shall we
Yes, day is approaching and we need
to infiltrate a highly dangerous coven.
EXT. GIDEON'S COVEN – ALMOST DAY
Edwards, James, Charles, William and Baker are all camped a good distance outside the coven, waiting for day to fully break before they make their entrance.
James and William sit together.
Vampires...what makes them
Being vampires, for one.
No, of course, but...
do they lose their souls
upon conversion? What in
particular removes the moral
James, are you feeling okay?
Yes, yes. Sorry. I've just
been thinking too much lately.
Baker enters, sitting beside James.
You've been thinking? That's
certainly odd. Perhaps the world
really is on the verge of ending.
Charles and Edwards join the group.
Oh good, are we mocking
someone who isn't me?
Yes, very good, but that will
have to wait. Now, those vampires
inside the coven should be asleep,
but will wake up as our smell sinks
into the place. We must get in,
get the Vita Tribuo and get out as
soon as possible.
Right. In and out or we all die.
No pressure then.
Did we ever decide on our
William slaps Edwards in the back of the head.
INT. GIDEON'S COVEN – ENTRANCE
A high-roofed room with a single VAMPIRE GUARD walks around the apparently empty area.
Baker suddenly appears behind the vampire, tapping it on the shoulder and making it turn in surprise.
Hello. It seems you're going to
have to up your guard count.
Suddenly William appears behind the vampire, stabbing it from the back and through the heart and causing it to collapse.
Edwards enters; sets the vampire on fire to make it become ash.
James and Charles enter. Charles moves forward to the floor, tugging at rocks on the floor that turn out to be a fake panel that opens up to reveal a ladder going down into a dark area.
Indeed. Shall we?
INT. GIDEON'S COVEN – DAY
Enter a torch-lit room, a stone hallway that leads into a larger room with at least fifty VAMPIRES all sleeping piled together on the floor.
Quietly Charles motions to a door on the left side of the room, and James, William, Baker and Edwards all follow him to it – stepping between and over the vampires.
Charles, James and William all exit through the door. Baker is half-way through the door when suddenly a sleeping vampire's hand lands on Edwards ankle. He freezes.
Ms. Baker (she doesn't hear him)
Baker is startled by the use of her first name. The moment passes when she sees Edwards is stuck.
You would get stuck.
Baker leans down slowly and moves the VAMPIRE's hand, freeing Edwards to step forward. They both exit.
INT. GIDEON'S COVEN – HALLWAY - DAY
James, William, Baker, Edwards and Charles stand in a long hallway with many doors.
Why do I feel like a rat
in a maze?
Covens are designed this way.
Intricate to misguide those who would
dare to trespass.
Yet you have a map of the area.
Connections formed after years bring
about such things, yes. This way.
Charles steps forward with William. Suddenly a STONE WALL descends, separating the hallway in half. Charles and William are cut off from James, Baker and Edwards.
INT. - GIDEON'S COVEN – HALLWAY UPPER HALF – DAY
Charles and William stand staring at the wall.
That's not good.
I'd say not.
Charles considers the wall before speaking.
You and I must continue forward.
What? Impossible. The others-
Will no doubt return once they realize they
cannot penetrate a stone wall.
They could be in danger.
Likely they are. But we cannot
penetrate stone either. We must
continue on our mission.
I will not leave-
I do not like it either.
But we cannot fail in this goal,
you know that.
There is a pause. William clearly doesn't want to leave, but he nods, following Charles as they continue on.
INT. GIDEON'S COVEN – HALLWAY LOWER HALF – DAY
Well, that's bad.
I don't remember a stone-wall
trap being on the map.
And yet there it is.
From the adjoining room full of VAMPIRES suddenly a low growl emits itself – it grows louder and louder, indicating that the vampires are waking up. James, Baker and Edwards all move closer in guarded stances as they face the door in front of them.
All in favor of opening a
random door instead of being
mauled by vampires?
Now, which door shall
we be risking our lives
The door leading back to the room with the vampires begins to shake. Baker and James both grab onto Edwards.
(referring to the shaking door)
Any door but that one.
James and Baker both shove Edwards into the closest door and follow him in.
INT. GIDEON'S COVEN – HALLWAY/STAIRCASE/HALLWAY - DAY
William and Charles move down a spiral stair case leading deep into the coven and wind up finally at another hallway.
It's this way.
Yes, I know. I memorized the
It's unfortunate you got trapped
with me, then.
I'm sure the others will be fine.
James has a good sense of direction.
They enter a room, the second to last door in the hallway.
INT. GIDEON'S COVEN – ARTIFACTS ROOM – DAY
The room is lined with cases with various artifacts. On its own pedestal is the VITA TRIBUO, which Charles reaches forward for. The door behind them opens with a loud CLANK and William and Charles – with VT in hand – both whirl around to face ISABELLE ADAMS (Summer Glau) who is clearly a vampire.
I thought they were all asleep.
It is very rare for a vampire
to be able to stay awake in the
Oh. Well. I believe we've
found a rare vampire.
Adams HISSES, revealing her fangs as she spreads her arms, ready to attack.
William and Charles both ready weapons as Adams steps closer. She leaps forward, and with quick, precise moves knocks William backwards, knocking him unconscious. With a vicious snarl she approaches Charles, who takes steps back, the VT in one hand and his weapon in the other.
INT. GIDEON'S COVEN – EMPTY ROOM – DAY
I thought you said your
sense of direction was good.
Usually it is.
Five empty rooms beg to differ.
Honestly, why are there even this
many empty rooms?
To throw our sense of direction.
Well that's working.
James open another door, and suddenly finds himself back in the first room – now with fifty angry vampires.
I found the way we came.
Baker, James, and Edwards move back to the empty room to stand in a fighting formation as vampires begin to flood in – leaving no space for exit and leaving them entirely outnumbered.
Gentlemen, it's been lovely
The vampires all LEAP FORWARD, covering the group. Things look grim.
TO BE CONTINUED