THE AVENGING ANGEL
By: Jason Huskins
EXT. MEDIEVAL COUNTRYSIDE – NIGHT
Dark smoke engulfs a small medieval village in an unknown countryside.
Bright burning embers flicker through the air as SCREAMS of various people fill the air.
JEAN PAUL VALLEY comes to in a panic, confused with what he is seeing. He fidgets with his glasses as he watches people scurry about in terror.
JEAN PAUL VALLEY
What the h………where am I?!?!
PAN RIGHT TO:
A LADY IN A DRESS that is dirty from the soot running from an unknown obstacle. She pays no attention to Jean Paul, but feverishly tries to run while falling.
Tears run freely from her eyes as she struggles to stand, but she trips over a body of a dead man and again falls. She starts to SCREAM loudly as she notices the body for the first time.
Jean Paul quickly scurries to her as he fights through the smoke and embers. His COUGHING from the smoke is just one of many noises. Other people are COUGHING, SCREAMING, YELLING ORDERS and CRYING.
He wraps his arm around her and picks her up gingerly. He winced with the effort but manages to carry her to safety behind a large bail of hay. The cover of the bale of hay allowed Jean Paul to quickly scan the area.
The lady in a dress SOBBED softly as Jean Paul tried to survey the area for what has caused this destruction. With each SCREAM that filled the air, the lady in a dress shook with fear.
JEAN PAUL VALLEY
What is your name? Where are we? What happened here?
A large building that is totally engulfed in flames CREAKS loudly under the weight of the structure as the fire has weakened the support beams. As Jean Paul and the Lady in a dress watch on, the building collapses into a section of smaller buildings causing a large geyser of flames erupts into the sky.
Jean Paul shields the Lady in a dress with his body from the falling flaming debris and burning embers. She lets out a STARTLED SCREAM as he throws himself on top of her.
LADY IN A DRESS
(scared and crying)
He is here! He has brought his judgment! He will find us!
CLOSE UP ON LADY IN A DRESS’ FACE:
The terrified look on the woman’s face was like nothing that Jean Paul had ever seen before. Her answers did not make sense to him. He removed his glasses and wiped his sweaty forehead with his sleeve of his garment.
The Lady in a dress sat up and peered from behind the bale of hay as the SCREAMS of people in pain echoed throughout the night. She closed her eyes as her body shook in fear.
LADY IN A DRESS CONT.
(in ragged breathes)
Do you not see? Do you not understand? We are doomed!! Our fate is sealed. We can not escape our punishment. All we can do is make peace with it and accept his wrath.
SLOWLY FADE IN THE SOUND OF A HORSE NEIGHING AND THE GALLOPING OF HOOVES:
The outline of a PERSON ON A HORSE making their way through the dark smoke is just noticeable as Jean Paul peers out from behind the hay. This shadow figure draws a sword as the metallic sound of metal SCRAPING against a leather sheath is clearly heard.
The Lady in a dress covers her ears with her hands and closes her eyes tightly as the Person on a horse starts to swing the sword and cut down the people of the village one at a time. SCREAMS fill the air as Jean Paul watches on in horror.
The sound of screaming has stopped and all that can be heard are the SOBS of the Lady in a dress, the CRACKLING of the fire burning, the soft WHINNY of the horse and the soft RUBMLE of thunder as dark storm clouds gather off in the distance.
HEAVY FOOTSTEPS in the soil signal that the Person on the horse is looking for survivors and to find the source of the SOBBING. Jean Paul notices a nearby pitchfork and quietly reaches out for it. As his fingers brush the handle of the pitchfork, a sword CLANGS down soundly on the handle of the pitchfork causing it to be knocked away from the Jean Paul.
PAN UP FROM JEAN PAUL’S VIEW:
A LARGE MAN in a suit of grey armor stands before him. As the wind picks up quickly, the blood red hood and cape of the man billows out from behind him. The Lady in a dress takes this opportunity to run and as Jean Paul tries to follow he is knocked back down to the ground by the man in the armor.
With a loud GRUNT, Jean Paul rolls over on his back as the large man in the armor stands over him. The long, bloody blade of the sword pointed directly at Jean Paul’s throat.
JEAN PAUL VALLEY
W-w-w-who are you? Wha-what do you want?
The man in the armor does not say a word to answer Jean Paul but instead runs the blade slowly up the throat of Jean Paul until the tip of the blade is pointed directly at the forehead of the young man.
Jean Paul trembles in fear and his breathing becomes ragged as the sight of an unknown man holding a sword to his forehead scared him beyond belief. The man in the armor kneels down to one knee, as he held the blade to the forehead of Jean Paul the entire time.
MAN IN ARMOR
(with deep voice)
Jean Paul Valley……you have been chosen today as well….but not to pay for your sins…no…you have a higher calling ….you are not offered a chance to be punished but to a chance for redemption….the fiery sword of AZRAEL will not strike you down this day…
Jean Paul lay there confused as the man in the armor kept the blade aimed at his forehead but would not let him leave. His fear was slowly fading away as he knows if the man was going to kill him, he would have by now.
JEAN PAUL VALLEY
What do you mean…..what redemption? I do not understand. Who are you?
Azrael slowly pulled back the blade and raised himself to his full height. He allowed Jean Paul to stand but Jean Paul did not run away as he wanted answers. With one swift motion he yanked the hood and helmet off of Azrael’s head….
EXT. BLUDHAVEN – DAY
Jean Paul sitting up in bed in a cold sweat. The alarm clock on the nightstand states 4:59 AM. Breathing RAGGEDLY, Jean Paul swings his legs over the side of the bed and reaches for a glass of water he kept on the nightstand beside the alarm clock. After drinking the water, he tosses the glass against the wall with a loud CRASH it shatters into many pieces.
Fire appears on each side of the screen and burns away the picture into the title screen for the film.
PAN FROM THE LEFT:
A scenic shot of a large, industrial city like so many in the world. People are going about their business in the city as the sounds of city life slowly fade into the shot.
Out of the mass of people walking long the sidewalks, Jean Paul valley is noticible by his long, blonde lockes and glasses.
INT. SCARDOLF’S COFFEE HUT – DAY
ZOOM IN SLOWLY:
On Jean Paul as he stops at a coffee shop chain with his laptop computer. He makes inaudible small talk with the cashier as he purchases his coffee and muffin. Smiling at a pretty girl at a nearby table, he chooses a seat close to the girl and powers up his laptop.
As a campy MUZAK plays over the speakers, he takes a sip of his coffee and pulls up a search engine. He types in the name Azrael and waits for the results when the laptop is closed suddenly. Looking up quickly, Jean Paul shakes his head in disbelief as his friend TIM DRAKE wins and pulls up a chair.
So are you getting lots of work done there J.P.?
Jean Paul CHUCKLED softly to himself and brushed his long hair out of his face as he opened up the laptop once again. Tim tried to sneak a peek and whatever he had been working on but Jean Paul was very evasive in trying to hide it.
It is nothing Tim. Really, it is just….well….last night…
Oh man don’t tell me you had a dream about your “Avenging Angel” again? Geez Jean Paul….I swear you are as loony as the guy in Gotham who wears the cape and cowl.
Jean Paul SIGHS and turns off the laptop, while Tim stops talking and scratched his head sheepishly at upsetting his friend.
A MASKED MAN enters the store and pulls out a gun. People SCREAM out as the gun is fired into the ceiling multiple times. Tim and Jean Paul watch as the scene unfolds, both unsure what to do.
I want everyone to stay on the damn ground! I want the money, every damn cent. If you move, I will shoot. If you sip your damn coffee, I will shoot. If you so much as sneeze, I will shoot! Youse guys got that or do I need to demonstrate? Please tell me I need to demonstrate….
The Masked Man tosses a large duffel bag to the cashier and then points the gun at them. Without saying a word, the masked man motions with the gun for her to empty the register into the bag.
The woman that Jean Paul noticed when he first entered the building knocks over the cup of coffee that she had been drinking and it CLATTERS on the table she is sitting at. The masked man spins around and notices the coffee dripping off of the table and on to the floor.
I……I…..oh god….I am so sorry…..
(enjoying the moment)
Oh yeah???…..Well sweetheart….you will be….he he he….
The masked man slowly approaches the woman and grabs her by the wrist. She struggles to break his grip but he flashes the gun at her which causes her to stop. CHUCKLING as he looks at her reaction, he begins to lick her fingers.
The masked man leaned in close to her and licked her earlobe. His CHUCKLING stopped as he took a deep inhale of her perfume as he MOANED in approval of the scent. He then reached out to touch her thigh.
A loud CRACK can be heard as the masked man is sent flying backwards into a display stand with a loud CRASH! Standing beside the woman was Jean Paul Valley, his fist clenched and his eyes watching the man.
As the man stood up he fired a shot that just missed Jean Paul. Moving to the left, Jean Paul kicked the gun out of the man’s hand . The gun RATTLED as it hit the floor and Jean Paul struck again, landing an uppercut punch to the jaw that knocked the man out on his feet with a sickening THUD!
Tim made his way to Jean Paul as people were streaming out of the coffee house. The woman, still in shock, grabbed her purse and looked at Jean Paul who was standing there emotionless, as if he was unaware of his surroundings.
Noticing how strange this is, she leaves as quickly as possible. Jean Paul then collapses on the floor.