The Beautiful Ones

                                        ACT THREE

               FADE IN:

               INT.SAFE HOUSE, MAIN ROOM — NIGHT

               The Safe House is an old warehouse in terrible disrepair.
               There’s a cot in the corner, on which Quince sleeps. The
               windows are half broken and wood slats are on the floor. The
               area of town it’s in seems all but abandoned and very quiet.

               Max stands by the window. She has a cell phone in her hand.
               She dials.

                                     MAX (ON PHONE)
                         Logan?

               INT.LOGAN’S APARTMENT, STUDY — NIGHT

               Logan sits at his computer, his phone headset propped on his
               head.

                                     LOGAN
                         Max, where are you?

               INTERCUT MAX AND LOGAN

                                     MAX
                         At the safe house. I hooked up with
                         Quince, in fact I’m using his phone.

                                     LOGAN
                         Is that safe?

                                     MAX
                         The closest pay phone is to far away
                         from here and I couldn’t be sure we
                         weren’t followed.

                                     LOGAN
                         Did you talk to him about your
                         condition?

                                     MAX
                         Not yet. I had to take out a couple
                         of Jolly Green Giants that were after
                         him. The guy was really shaken by
                         the whole thing, I told him to get
                         some sleep. We have to get him out
                         of Seattle.

                                     LOGAN
                         I can arrange that.

                                     MAX
                         Thanks Logan, you’re the man.

                                     LOGAN (SMILING)
                         That’s good to know.
                              (after a beat)
                         I know what his welfare means to you
                         Max, but watch your back with this
                         guy.

                                     MAX
                         I will.

               Max hangs up and turns back toward the window.

               INT.MEETING ROOM — DAY

               An angry Madam X storms across the room toward Bald Man.

                                     MADAM X
                         You lost them!

                                     BALD MAN
                         Well we weren’t expecting the X5.
                         She wasn’t there earlier. These aren’t
                         Lydecker’s men, we aren’t trained to
                         handle–

                                     MADAM X
                         Excuses.

                                     BALD MAN
                         Perhaps Lydecker could assist–

                                     MADAM X
                         Lydecker is not my superior, it’s
                         the other way around.

                                     BALD MAN
                         Yes Madam. We will find out where
                         they are.

               INT. SAFE HOUSE, MAIN ROOM — DAY

               Quince, who’s been sleeping on his briefcase, wakes up. He
               looks over at Max by the window. She walks up to him and
               tosses him his phone.

                                     QUINCE
                         Did you get any sleep?

                                     MAX
                         I don’t sleep.

                                     QUINCE
                         That’s right, you and 33–

                                     MAX
                         Jondy, her name is Jondy.

                                     QUINCE
                         I’m sorry. Only a few people knew
                         the names you used for each other.
                         They were only important enough to
                         put on file after you escaped.

                                     MAX
                         Who were those guys after you?

                                     QUINCE
                         Lydecker’s people, China, South
                         Africa, who knows?

                                     MAX
                         But Lydecker’s people wanted you
                         gone. Why would they be after you?

                                     QUINCE
                         The Organization behind Manticore
                         has the policy of “if you’re not
                         with us, you’re against us.” Anyone
                         who has past employment in Manticore
                         is a threat.

                                     MAX
                         There’s no other reason?

                                     QUINCE
                         No, none.

                                     MAX
                         What about those files you stole?

                                     QUINCE
                         You’ve done your homework.

                                     MAX
                         I have friends in high places.

                                     QUINCE
                         The files were my protection.

               Quince picks his briefcase off the floor and opens it. Max
               sees the medical records and the pictures of her siblings.
               The pictures seems to interest her the most. She picks them
               up cautiously.

                                     MAX
                         Sad, this is the closest thing we
                         have to childhood pictures and they
                         look like mug shots.

                                     QUINCE
                         Mug shots they may be, but they are
                         the most beautiful pictures I’ve
                         ever seen.

               Max smiled at the compliment.

                                     MAX
                         Well, it’s in my genes. Speaking of
                         genes, I need to talk about the flaw
                         in mine.

                                     QUINCE
                         The serotonin deficiency?

                                     MAX
                         My seizures have gotten really bad
                         lately. Lydecker said Manticore had
                         a treatment.

                                     QUINCE
                         They do?

                                     MAX
                         So you can help me?

                                     QUINCE
                              (confidently)
                         Sure, I have friends overseas that–

                                     MAX
                         Overseas?

               INT.JAM PONY X-PRESS — DAY

               Original Cindy walks into Jam Pony. She stares curiously at
               Normal, who is behind his counter combing his hair and
               applying cologne while looking in the mirror in front of
               him.

               She regards him for a moment and then walks up to Sketchy
               and Herbal who are standing on the wall near the vending
               machine.

                                     ORIGINAL CINDY
                         What’s up with him?

                                     HERBAL
                         I ‘on’t know. Come in ‘ere today
                         whistlin’.

                                     ORIGINAL CINDY
                         The last time he acted like this was
                         when he was seeing that half-a-chick.

                                     SKETCHY
                         You think he’s seeing her again?

                                     ORIGINAL CINDY
                         No, Mista Chick decided ladies were
                         more her flavor. This is something
                         else, well somebody else.

               ANGLE ON NORMAL

               He reaches behind the counter and comes out carrying 3 boxes.

               BACK TO SCENE

               Normal walks up to Sketchy, Herbal, and Original Cindy.

                                     NORMAL
                              (hands a package to
                              Herbal)
                         Hot run, beat it.
                              (hands a package to
                              Sketchy)
                         You too, let’s go.

                                     ORIGINAL CINDY
                              (pointing to the last
                              package)
                         That one for me?

                                     NORMAL
                         Have you seen or spoken to Max today?

                                     ORIGINAL CINDY
                         She had a doctor’s appointment this
                         morning. Said she might try to make
                         it in before the day is out.

               Normal regards her a moment.

                                     NORMAL
                         I need you to watch the place for
                         me.

                                     ORIGINAL CINDY
                         Keep runnin’ off like this, Original
                         Cindy’s gonna have your job.

                                     NORMAL
                         I’m not running off, I’m checking on
                         Max.

               Original Cindy glances at the package in Normal’s hands.

                                     ORIGINAL CINDY (SMILING)
                         When was Max’s name spelled K-E-N-

                                     NORMAL
                              (moving package away)
                         That’s none of your business.

                                     ORIGINAL CINDY
                         You ain’t hot on Kendra, are you?

                                     NORMAL
                         I inconvenienced the young woman
                         yesterday, this is simply an apology.

                                     ORIGINAL CINDY
                         Since when did you care about–

                                     NORMAL
                         Cut the lip and get to work.

                                     ORIGINAL CINDY
                         Whatever, you just best remember
                         Original Cindy helped you out the
                         next time you’re handing out insults.

               Original Cindy takes his headset and goes the counter. She
               watches Normal exit and then goes to the phone and dials.

               INT.MAX’S APARTMENT — DAY

               The phone RINGS. Kendra is sitting in the apartment on the
               floor with a GROUP OF KIDS. One KID is standing in the center
               of the group.

                                     KID (TO KENDRA AND OTHER KIDS)
                         A Haiku is a Japanese poem that has–

               The phone RINGS again.

                                     KENDRA
                         Hold on sweetie, let me get the phone.

               She gets up and answers the phone.

                                     KENDRA
                         Hello

                                     ORIGINAL CINDY (O.S.)
                         Hey, you got Original Cindy here.

                                     KENDRA
                         What’s up?

                                     ORIGINAL CINDY (O.S.)
                         You got an admirer.

                                     KENDRA
                         Normal again?

                                     ORIGINAL CINDY (O.S.)
                         How did you guess?

                                     KENDRA
                         He tried to hit on me yesterday. Max
                         didn’t appear last night. I’m guessing
                         she wasn’t at work this morning either

                                     ORIGINAL CINDY (O.S.)
                         Yeah, I need you to cover. Normal’s
                         on his way over.

               Kendra sighs.

                                     ORIGINAL CINDY (O.S.)
                         You still on the outs with your man
                         in uniform right?

                                     KENDRA
                         Yeah, but–

                                     ORIGINAL CINDY (O.S.)
                         Original Cindy isn’t saying she wants
                         you to marry Normal, just keep the
                         man happy.

                                     KENDRA
                         All right, for Max, bye.

               Kendra hangs up. She walks back over to her children.

               INT.SAFE HOUSE, MAIN ROOM — DAY

               Max, now upset, is pacing across the floor.

                                     MAX
                         You’re telling me there’s no way for
                         me to get treatment without leaving
                         Seattle?

                                     QUINCE
                         This isn’t a pill or a quick fix,
                         it’s an delicate procedure.

                                     MAX
                         I have people here that I lo–, care
                         about. Some are the only family I’ve
                         had since we X5s split up.

                                     QUINCE
                         What if I could promise you a piece
                         of your old family?

                                     MAX
                         The X5 you kidnapped?

                                     QUINCE
                         Kidnapped?
                              (he laughs)
                         33–I’m sorry. Kelly was glad to get
                         out of there.

                                     MAX
                              (smiling)
                         Kelly’s out? Where is he?

               ANGEL ON MYSTERIOUS MAN

               We see him enter slowly from a door behind Max. He slowly
               approaches. Max seems unaware of him.  But when he’s directly
               behind her she sharply turns around, grabs his arm, and slams
               him to the floor.

               FLASH CUT An exercise room at Manticore. A bunch of Manticore
               children engaged in hand to hand combat while standing on
               Mats in a gym area. Young Max flipping Young Kelly.

               The present Kelly laughs. Max looks at him curiously.

                                     KELLY
                         I see you still got it.

                                     MAX
                         Kelly?

                                     KELLY
                         Hey baby sister.

               Max helps Kelly up and they hug. Quince smiles and excuses
               himself silently.

               INT.HALLWAY OUTSIDE MAX’S APARTMENT — DAY

               Normal walked up to Max’s apartment door carrying the package
               from Jam Pony. When he reaches the door he takes a deep breath
               and raises his hand to knock.

               At that moment the door opens and children file out. Kendra
               comes out the door behind them. She sees Normal and smiles
               pleasantly at him. A GIRL stops just outside the door and
               turns back to Kendra.

                                     GIRL
                         Are we going to be back at Mr.
                         Walter’s next week or here?

                                     KENDRA
                         We’ll see.

                                     GIRL
                         Alright, bye.

               She turns her attention to Normal.

                                     KENDRA
                         Nor–Reagan, how nice to see you
                         again.

                                     NORMAL
                         You can call me Ray, my friends call
                         me Ray.

                                     KENDRA
                         Looking for Max?

                                     NORMAL
                         Well, she didn’t show up at work
                         today.

                                     KENDRA
                         I know. She’s  in there sleeping off
                         some medicine they put her on. Knocked
                         her right out. And after the hard
                         day she had I wouldn’t want to disturb
                         her.

                                     NORMAL
                         But you just had children–

                                     KENDRA
                              (realizing her mistake)
                         Well she’s use to them. Plus, a girl’s
                         gotta earn a paycheck.
                              (pointing to package)
                         Is that for her?

               Normal looks at the forgotten box in his hand

                                     NORMAL
                         Actually, it’s for you.

               Normal hands her the box.

                                     KENDRA
                              (surprised)
                         Thank you.

                                     NORMAL
                         And I would also like to properly
                         thank you for humoring me yesterday
                         and invite you to dine with me at
                         the fine establishment of a friend
                         of mine.

               Kendra looks at him baffled.

                                     KENDRA
                         I really like you Nor–Ray, but I’m
                         kind of involved.

                                     NORMAL
                              (disappointed)
                         Seriously involved?

                                     KENDRA
                         Well, yeah. I mean we were living
                         together, but–

                                     NORMAL
                         But?

                                     KENDRA
                              (nervously)
                         We had a small falling out over
                         something, but were not really broken
                         up or anything.

               Normal looks at her as if he’s trying read her.

                                     NORMAL
                         Well, it doesn’t have to be a date
                         per se. Just two possible friends
                         sharing a meal.

                                     KENDRA
                         As much as I like you…Ray…you
                         are Max’s boss and I’m Max’s friend
                         and I wouldn’t want to, you know,
                         compromise that situation.

               Normal looks again as if he’s trying to read her.

                                     NORMAL
                              (reaching for the
                              door knob)
                         Speaking of Max, since I’m here it
                         would only be polite of me to stop
                         in and see how–

               Kendra stops him by placing her hand on his.

                                     KENDRA
                         You know what, come to think of it.
                         I don’t see how two friends eating
                         together would be a problem.

                                     NORMAL
                         Then I’ll come by around eight?

                                     KENDRA
                              (reluctantly)
                         okay.

               Normal walks away. Kendra opens the box and looks inside.
               She pulls out a bottle of expensive perfume.

                                     KENDRA
                              (surprised)
                         Normal, how could you afford this?

               INT.SAFE HOUSE, MAIN ROOM — DAY

               Kelly sits with Max in the window sill.

                                     MAX
                         Kelly, your seizures, did you get
                         treatment for them?

                                     KELLY
                         Unfortunately, yes.

                                     MAX
                         What do you mean unfortunately?

                                     KELLY
                         The night of the escape they shot me
                         and I was actually happy they did.

               Max looks curiously at him.

                                     KELLY
                         I looked up at the sky and thought,
                         I escaped them. If not in life, in
                         death. Then I woke up
                              (he scowls)
                         and I was still there.

                                     MAX
                         I probably would have gone crazy if
                         they took me back.

                                     KELLY
                         I tried to make them kill me.

                                     MAX
                         What?

                                     KELLY
                         I attacked a Tac leader once, hoping
                         he would shoot me. He just stunned
                         me and they strapped me to a table
                         and–well–it quickly became clear
                         Manticore would rather keep me on
                         the edge of life than kill me, that
                         they’d torture me until I was nearly
                         dead or wished I was dead, but they
                         wouldn’t let me die and I blamed Dr.
                         Thomas. If he had never brought me
                         back–

                                     MAX
                         But then you realized he was an asset?

                                     KELLY
                         I realized that death wasn’t an
                         option, but Dr. Thomas was.

               Kelly and Max hear the RUMBLE of a car.

                                     KELLY
                         What’s that?

                                     MAX
                              (looking out the
                              window, smiling)
                         It’s Logan.

               Kelly looks curiously at Max. He then watches Logan drop his
               wheelchair out of the car and climb in it.

                                     KELLY
                              (surprised)
                         He’s in a wheelchair?

                                     MAX
                              (defensive)
                         He was shot trying to help somebody.

                                     KELLY
                              (sliding off the window
                              sill)
                         I’m sorry if I offended your
                         boyfriend.

                                     MAX
                              (following Kelly)
                         He’s not my boyfriend. We don’t have
                         that kind of relationship.

               INT.SAFE HOUSE, BACK OFFICE — DAY

               Quince pulls out his phone and dials.

                                     QUINCE
                         Hey. . .I’m fine and I have them
                         both. They seem to have hit it off.
                         We’re going to have to make a move.
                         Manticore’s on my tail.

               INT.SURVEILLANCE ROOM — DAY

               A SKINNY MAN sits at a desk on a telephone.

                                     SKINNY MAN
                         Where are you?

                                     QUINCE (V.O.)
                         I can’t tell you.

                                     SKINNY MAN
                         What do you mean you can’t tell me,
                         I’m your partner.

               PULL BACK from Skinny man to see Bald Man standing in the
               background.

                                     SKINNY MAN
                         All right, fine. Contact me then.

               The Skinny Man hangs up.

                                     BALD MAN
                         Is he on to you?

                                     SKINNY MAN
                         I don’t know.

               Bald Man turns to the TEC MAN beside him. The Tec Man is
               sitting in front of a computer screen.

                                     BALD MAN
                         Were you able to zero in on his
                         location?

               The Tec Man turns the computer screen around. He points to a
               location.

                                     TEC MAN
                         We got him

                                     BALD MAN
                         I’ll assemble the team.

               EXT. SAFE HOUSE, MAIN ROOM — DAY

               Logan rolls up to the door. He enters.

               INT. SAFE HOUSE, MAIN ROOM — DAY

               Quince walks up to Logan with the X5s nearby. Logan is
               surprised to see Kelly.

                                     LOGAN
                              (to Kelly)
                         And you are?

                                     MAX
                         This is my brother Kelly. The X5 Dr.
                         Thomas liberated from Manticore.

               INT. RESTAURANT — NIGHT

               Normal holds the door open for Kendra as she enters the
               restaurant. She seems confused by this act.

               A waiter comes and leads them to a table.

               Normal pulls out a chair for Kendra and she sits down. This
              act is again unfamiliar to her.

               Normal sits down.

                                     KENDRA
                         I didn’t know you were such a
                         gentleman.

                                     NORMAL
                         There’s a lot of things people don’t
                         know about me.

                                     KENDRA
                         I’d have to bang Walter over the
                         head to get him to hold open a door
                         for me.

                                     NORMAL
                         Walter, is that your. . .um. . .beau.

                                     KENDRA
                              (smiling)
                         Yeah.

               Normal notices the dreamy look in her eyes as she smiles. He
               seems a little unsettled by it.

                                     NORMAL
                         He doesn’t sound very debonair.

                                     KENDRA
                              (smiling)
                         Well he’s your basic simple needs,
                         simple wants kind of guy.
                              (frowning)
                         Actually that’s our problem. We had
                         a big fight over him treating me
                         like his maid.

                                     NORMAL
                              (reaching for her
                              hand)
                         You know, I would never do that.
                              (lifting her hand
                              into his own)
                         A beautiful woman such as yourself
                         should be primped and–

               Kendra looks at her hand in his and pulls it away.

                                     KENDRA
                         We can’t afford such conveniences in
                         the world we live in.

                                     NORMAL
                         Is that what he says.

                                     KENDRA
                              (defensive)
                         Yes he did.
                              (more calmly)
                         And he’s right.

                                     NORMAL
                         I don’t think he’s right. Just the
                         privilege of waking up with a woman
                         like you would make me prepare
                         breakfast in bed every morning.

               Kendra smiles genuinely.

               EXT. SAFE HOUSE — NIGHT

               Bald Man stands outside the safe house with a MILITARY TEAM
               of about ten and two jeeps.

                                     BALD MAN
                              (to team)
                         He’s in there with two X5s. They may
                         look like two average young people,
                         but they are very dangerous. They
                         could take out half your team without
                         even breaking a sweat, but
                              (grabbing a gun from
                              one of the men)
                         They aren’t bullet proof. You are
                         authorized to use these weapons, use
                         them well.

                                                                  FADE OUT

                                      END ACT THREE
 


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