The Beautiful Ones


                                         ACT TWO

               FADE IN:

               EXT.LOGAN’S BUILDING — DAY

               The Mysterious Man is standing outside of Logan’s building
               looking up at the penthouse apartment. Normal passes him as
               he enters the building.

               INT.LOGAN’S APARTMENT — DAY

               The doorbell RINGS. Logan wheels to the door and opens it.
               He sees Normal standing there and looks surprised.

                                     NORMAL
                         Okay buddy, where is she?

                                     LOGAN
                         I don’t know what you’re talking
                         about? Where is who?

                                     NORMAL
                         Max?

                                     LOGAN
                         I haven’t seen Max since last night.

                                     NORMAL
                         I believe you have me confused with
                         the imbeciles I manage day in day
                         out. I noticed Max started
                         disappearing a lot more once she met
                         you. And I’m sure it boost
                         your ego to play sugar daddy to a
                         beautiful young girl, especially in
                         your a present
                              (glances at wheelchair)
                         “state”–

                                     LOGAN (ANGRY)
                         You’re out of line.

                                     NORMAL
                         No, you’re out of line. I have a
                         business to run and your romantic
                         rendezvous are interfering with her
                         job.

                                     LOGAN
                         First of all, Max and I don’t have
                         that kind of relationship. Second,
                         if she’s missing from work, I’m sure
                         it’s for a good reason.

                                     NORMAL
                         Rich guys, pre-pulse, post-pulse,
                         always the same, trampling on the
                         working class.

               Logan closes his door in Normal’s face.

               INT.HALLWAY OUTSIDE LOGAN’S APARTMENT — DAY

               Normal grumbles and leaves.

               INT.LOGAN’S APARTMENT — DAY

               Max comes out of the study. She goes up to Logan’s side.

                                     MAX
                         Sorry about that, Normal’s an idiot.

                                     LOGAN
                         I’ve noticed.

               Logan and Max smile, then walk back into the study.

               INT.STUDY — DAY

               Logan wheels around to his computer while Max stands nearby.

                                     MAX
                         So, back to our Doctor Quince.

                                     LOGAN
                         What I was about to say before we
                         were rudely interrupted was that
                         Quince was actually kicked off the
                         Manticore project.

                                     MAX
                         What?

                                     LOGAN
                         Yeah, it seems his psychological
                         test didn’t go so well.

                                     MAX
                         Lydecker probably doctored it up so–

                                     LOGAN
                         I don’t think so. He’s anti-social,
                         unmarried, no kids–

                                     MAX
                         So what?

                                     LOGAN
                         And he KIDNAPPED one of your siblings.

                                     MAX
                         What do you mean “kidnapped”?

                                     LOGAN
                         I mean when he was forced out of
                         Manticore he took someone with him.

                                     MAX
                         So the X5 could have left voluntarily.

                                     LOGAN
                         What I’m saying is this man, this
                         doctor you recall so fondly, this
                         Doctor Quince Thomas. He was a
                         brilliant man, which is why Manticore
                         wanted him, but he wasn’t mentally
                         sound. He’s obsessed with you kids.
                         He didn’t just take a Manticore
                         prototype, he stole some of the
                         Manticore files.

                                     MAX
                         Whatever you think of him, Logan,
                         have you forgotten why I need him?

                                     LOGAN
                         Of course not. But until we find out
                         why he’s in Seattle, what he took
                         the files for, and why he took an
                         X5, I don’t think you should approach
                         him. And not only that, you’re
                         exposing yourself to someone
                         Lydecker’s after. If Lydecker catches
                         up with him, he catches up with you,
                         too.

                                     MAX
                         Logan, I NEED him. How many times do
                         I have to say that?

                                     LOGAN
                         You’ve survived fine without Manticore
                         all these years.

                                     MAX
                         Well, I found out I fear something
                         more than Manticore, Death.

               INT.MEETING ROOM — DAY

               The Bald Man who visited Jam Pony earlier stands in front of
               a long table. A woman sits at the end of the table, her back
               is to the man. She’s known only as MADAM X.

                                     BALD MAN
                         We’re pretty sure Quince has the
                         package. How long before we move on
                         him?

                                     MADAM X
                         I don’t like pretty sure.  I like
                         sure. Remember, our goal is to capture
                         or kill the X5s, whichever proves
                         more efficient.

                                     BALD MAN
                         Madam, why don’t we call in Lydecker?

                                     MADAM X
                         Lydecker spends more time losing
                         these expensive human weapons than
                         retrieving them. You know how much
                         it cost to create and train one X5?
                         To keep up the Manticore base?

                                     BALD MAN
                         No Madam.

                                     MADAM X
                         More than you have in your paycheck
                         each week and you’re paid pretty
                         well. And that’s not including feeding
                         them and the medical research that
                         goes into correcting their “flaws.“
                         Quince is a fool if he thinks he can
                         ever get the funding to create his
                         own stock of Manticore children. He
                         needs more cash than he could ever
                         get on the black market. However,
                         what he does have to his advantage
                         is a male thoroughbred, one we didn’t
                         “fix.” And we have to get it back or
                         destroy it before he finds a female
                         to breed it with. And sources say he
                         may have found one. That annoying
                         one that Lydecker can’t seem to
                         capture.

                                     BALD MAN
                         What do you want me to do?

                                     MADAM X
                         Continue to pretend to be a foreign
                         interest. We’ll flushed out what X5s
                         we can and capture them.

               INT.HALLWAY OUTSIDE MAX’S APARTMENT — DAY

               Normal walks down the hall of Max’s building. It is an
               unfinished high rise whose construction was abandoned when
               the pulse hit.  Normal is obviously displeased with his
               surroundings.

                                     NORMAL
                         How can civilized people live this
                         way? Oh, I forgot, this is where Max
                         lives.

               Normal knocks on Max’s door.

                                     KENDRA (O.S.)
                         I’m coming.

               The door opens. Kendra is standing there drying her hair and
               wearing nothing but a towel.  Normal’s expression is one of
               complete shock. He is unable to speak for a moment.

                                     KENDRA
                         Yes?

                                     NORMAL
                              (clearing his throat)
                         Raegan Ronald, Max’s boss.

                                     KENDRA
                         Normal?

                                     NORMAL
                         Yeah

                                     KENDRA
                         Oh, hello. Max and Original Cindy
                         talk about you all the time.

                                     NORMAL
                         Yes, well um, don’t believe what
                         they say. It’s not true. Is Max here?
                         We had a problem with a delivery and
                         I need to check something out with
                         her.

                                     KENDRA
                         Well, she’s not here.

               Kendra opens the door wide enough for him to come in. Normal
               steps into the apartment.

               INT.MAX’S APARTMENT — DAY

               Normal looks around the apartment. He sees Max’s messenger
               bike sitting in a corner.

                                     NORMAL (TO HIMSELF)
                         Funny, when I’m sick, I usually come
                         home.

               A look of understanding flushes Kendra’s face.

                                     KENDRA
                         You know what, Normal, I mean Raegan.
                              (smiles)
                         Max called and said she was seeing a
                         doctor about something.

                                     NORMAL
                              (with a raised eyebrow)
                         Oh really.

                                     KENDRA
                         You know, you walked all the way
                         here, the least I could do is give
                         you some coffee. Why don’t you have
                         a seat and I’ll get dressed and be
                         right back.

               Kendra slips into her room, which is only cut off from the
               rest of the apartment by a bed sheet. Normal looks at her
               silhouette through the sheet. He sees her shadow drop her
               towel and his eyes remain glued to the image.

               INT.QUINCE’S APARTMENT — DAY

               Quince is on the phone again. He’s talking to his source at
               Manticore.

                                     QUINCE
                         I got the photos today. . .they’re
                         all so beautiful. . .you know I held
                         each one when they were first born.
                              (long pause)
                         You’ll never guess what I found, a
                         Manticore female. I believe she’s
                         fully functional. . . .I’m so close
                         I can feel it–

               Quince crosses past his open briefcase on a table. The Medical
               files and Manticore children’s headshots are inside. A
               duplicate set is in a box beside it. A brochure for Japan,
               which is called “The Golden World” on the advertisement,
               sits beside both of them.

                                     QUINCE
                         And no one is going to stop me.

               Quince hangs up the phone.

                                     QUINCE
                         Not even you, trader.

               Quince picks up the brochure then reaches down into the box
               with the duplicate files. A picture is ripped part of the
               way and we see the picture is really some type of high tech
               bugging device. He puts the picture back down in the box and
               closes it, wraps it up, and throws a label on it. He then
               picks up a brochure. He looks at the picture of Japan.

                                     QUINCE
                         Golden world? That’s just the place
                         my kids belong.

               Quince grabs the box and exits the apartment.

               EXT.MARION APARTMENTS — DAY

               Quince exits the building He is carrying the box. As he passes
               the parking lot, we see Bald Man step out of the shadows
               holding a cell phone.

               Quince disappears around a corner. Bald Man opens the phone
               and dials.

                                     BALD MAN (ON PHONE)
                         Follow him, I think he might be onto
                         us.

               INT.QUICKTIME COURIER — DAY

               Quince steps into QuickTime carrying the box. He goes to the
               MAN AT THE DESK and hands the man the box.

                                     QUINCE
                         It’s urgent, get this to its
                         destination as soon as possible. Do
                         you have a back door by the way?

                                     MAN AT THE DESK
                         Sure, right there.

               He points to a back entrance and Quince heads that way.

               EXT.ALLEY — DAY

               The skies are just starting to dim as Quince exits into the
               alley behind QuickTime. He looks around and then slips through
               a nearby broken fence.

               INT.MAX’S APARTMENT, KITCHEN AREA — DAY

               Kendra is now dressed. She’s obviously been sitting with
               Normal awhile because she has an empty used cup in front of
               her. Kendra’s smiles politely at Normal as he sips on his
               coffee and complains.

                                     NORMAL (RANTING)
                         I try, you don’t know how hard I
                         try, but they defy me at every turn,
                         they don’t know how hard it is to be
                         in charge. When Sketchy decided to
                         battle with the packages and they
                         got mixed up, who got a gun put to
                         their head and a threats of
                         defenestration, not Sketchy, Raegan
                         Ronald, that’s who. How was I supposed
                         to know the packages were mixed up?

                                     KENDRA
                         But sometimes, aren’t you just a
                         little too rough on them? I mean,
                         they did put themselves on the line
                         to save you that time.

                                     NORMAL
                         That was,
                              (short pause)
                         A moment of unexpected maturity.

                                     KENDRA
                         Why don’t you ease up on Max? If
                         she’s missing, I’m sure it’s for a
                         good reason. Max is basically a good
                         person.

                                     NORMAL
                         Tell that to the client whose package
                         she wasn’t to deliver.

                                     KENDRA
                         How do you know it wasn’t delivered?

               Normal doesn’t answer, he takes another sip of coffee.

                                     NORMAL
                              (Changing the subject)
                         What did I do to become so disliked,
                         so “Normal?”

                                     KENDRA
                         Maybe if you were just a bit kinder
                         to your people, they’d be nicer to
                         you.

                                     NORMAL
                         Well, it would be easier if they
                         were good listeners like yourself.

               Kendra is thrown off by this compliment, evident in her
               confused expression.  Then Normal smiles at her and his
               message becomes clear.

                                     KENDRA
                         You know what Normal, I have to meet
                         someone in an hour and a girl needs
                         to fix herself up.

                                     NORMAL (STANDING)
                         Oh, no problem, you’ve been more
                         than kind. Thanks for listening.
                         Not many people would bother,
                         especially for me.

                                     KENDRA
                              (as she walks him to
                              the door)
                         It was no problem, come see me again.

                                     NORMAL
                              (as he exits)
                         I will

               Kendra closes the door and breaths a sigh of relief.

                                     KENDRA
                              (to herself)
                         Come see me again? What were you
                         thinking?

               EXT.SEATTLE STREETS — NIGHT

               Max rides down the street on her motorcycle. In the distance,
               we see the motorcycle of the Mysterious Man following her.

               As Max approaches Quince’s apartment, she sees Quince running
               from something. Seconds later she sees TWO MEN, huge body-
               builder-sized guys, chasing him down.

               Max revs up her bike and speeds ahead of the pursuers. She
               sharply cuts off the chase and leaps off the vehicle.

               The men pull out their guns and point them at Max.

                                     MAX
                         Boys, I should warn you. Guns make
                         me nervous.

               The Mysterious Man pauses to watch the fight.

               MYSTERIOUS MAN POV

               Max quickly snatches the guns out of the men’s hands and
               takes them apart. The men look at each other confused and
               then attack Max.

               Max kicks the first guy into a wall with so much force, he’s
               immediately knocked out.

               Max grabs the second guy and throws him into his buddy.

               BACK TO SCENE

               She mounts her bike and turns toward Quince.

                                     QUINCE (TO MAX)
                         I knew you would come back to me.

                                     MAX
                         No time to talk, let’s go.

               Max speeds off into the night.

               ANGLE ON MYSTERIOUS MAN

               He mounts his vehicle as he watches Max flee. As he turns
               his bike to follow Max we see the barcode on his neck.

                                                               DISSOLVE TO:

               EXT.WOODS OUTSIDE MANTICORE — FLASHBACK

               We see the barcode of the boy the man used to be. His name
               is KELLY. Kelly kneels in the snow with a group of CHILDREN,
               wearing only a nightgown, yet unaffected by the extremely
               cold temperatures.

               PULL BACK to see YOUNG ZACK splitting up the escaping kids.
               Young Kelly nods as Zack tells him, with hand signals, which
               direction to run in.

               He gets up and runs off with his partner, a SMALLER BOY.

               The two boys are seen running in the woods. GUN SHOTS ringing
               out. The smaller boy falls.

               Kelly runs back to pick him up.  Kelly attemps to run carrying
               the boy and is shot down himself. He smiles as he looks at
               the sky.

                                                               DISSOLVE TO:

               INT.MANTICORE — DAY

               Kelly sees blurry images as he awakes. Ghost like figures.
               As the figures clear, we can see the faces of Doctors. A
               doctor leans over Kelly. It’s Quince Thomas.

                                     QUINCE
                         You won’t die, not today.

               ANGLE ON KELLY

               A tear falls down his face.

                                                                  FADE OUT

                                      END OF ACT TWO
 


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