The Beautiful Ones


                                         ACT FOUR

               FADE IN:

               INT. SAFE HOUSE, MAIN ROOM — NIGHT

               Quince, Logan, Max, and Kelly are sitting together. Logan
               pulls out a huge envelope.

                                     LOGAN
                         That’s everything you need to get
                         out of town.
                              (he hands Quince the
                              envelope)
                         Did Max talk to you about her
                         seizures? Is there anyway you can
                         help.

                                     QUINCE
                         Yes. We decided that she would come
                         with us.

                                     KELLY
                              (surprised)
                         What?
                              (to Max)
                         When did you agree to this?

                                     LOGAN
                              (to Max)
                         You agreed to this?

                                     MAX
                         I don’t have much of a choice Logan,
                         I want to live. And Kelly I thought
                         you’d actually be happy for me.

               Kelly and Max’s heads suddenly snap around like a bullet
               just fired that only they can hear.

               They both run to the window.

               Kelly and Max see the Military Team approaching the building.

               Kelly and Max look at each other knowingly and nod.

                                     QUINCE
                              (fascinated)
                         It’s like they were made to be
                         together.

               Logan stares at him curiously.

                                     MAX
                         You two have to hide, we’ll take
                         care of our visitors.

               Logan and Quince exit into the other room. Quince is still
               gripping his briefcase.

               Max gives Kelly the proper hand signals for their sneak
               attack.

               Kelly and Max leap into the rafters above them as the team
               marches in.

               The HEAD SOLDIER looks around. He doesn’t see anyone. He
               pulls out his walkie talkie.

                                     HEAD SOILDER
                         There’s no sign of them.

               Kelly suddenly drops from above him, locks his legs around
               the Man’s neck and snaps it.

               Max drops on another man. She drop kicks him then run toward
               her brother.

               Max and Kelly lock hands and spin kick three soldiers. Then
               they leap across the room and engage the last couple soldier’s
               in battle.

               INT. SAFE HOUSE, BACK OFFICE

               Logan and Quince are trying to remain unseen during the fight.
               Logan notices the smile on Quince’s face as he sneaks a peak
               at the fight.

                                     QUINCE
                         Made to be together. My beautiful
                         children.

                                     LOGAN
                         Why do you keep saying that?

                                     QUINCE
                         Well look at them, it’s like magic.

                                     LOGAN
                         It’s a fight.

                                     QUINCE
                         But look at the way they move.
                              (he looks at Logan)
                         You aren’t involved with her, are
                         you?

                                     LOGAN
                         Would that be so unusual?

                                     QUINCE
                         You can’t possibly think you’re enough
                         for her. You’re “average”, she’s–
                         she’s special.

               Logan is visibly annoyed by this comment.

               INT. SAFE HOUSE, MAIN ROOM

               Kelly and Max have just taken down the last soldiers. They
               run into the back office.

               INT. SAFE HOUSE, BACK OFFICE

               Kelly and Max go up to Logan and Quince.

                                     MAX
                         We gotta move.

                                     KELLY
                         I found some loose boards in the
                         back to use as a exit.

               Quince and Logan follow Kelly and Max out of the office.

               EXT. SAFE HOUSE, BACK OF BUILDING — NIGHT

               A large piece of wood moves to reveal an opening in the side
               of the wall. Logan rolls out. Max, Quince, and Kelly follow.

                                     MAX
                         We better get out of here, those
                         guys are going to wake up with pretty
                         bad headaches soon.

               Kelly comes up to the front of the group.

                                     KELLY
                         You should have finished them off.

               Kelly peaks around the corner.

                                     KELLY
                         There’s a guy there. Looks like he’s
                         calling for reinforcements. I’ll
                         take of him.

               EXT. SAFE HOUSE — NIGHT

               The Bald Man is sitting outside in the Jeep with a walkie
               talkie. He picks up the walkie talkie.

                                     BALD MAN
                         Soldiers, speak to me soldiers, what’s
                         going on in there.

               Kelly reaches into the car and snaps his neck.

               Kelly pulls the dead bald man out of the Jeep. Quince climbs
               in.

                                     QUINCE
                              (to Logan)
                         You better go home. I’ll get the
                         kids out of town.

                                     LOGAN
                         I only gave you one sector pass.

                                     QUINCE
                         I have other ways.

                                     KELLY
                         You’re not taking her.

                                     QUINCE
                         What? Kelly we have too–

               Kelly pulls out a GUN and points it at Quince.

                                     KELLY
                         Take your friend and get out of here
                         Max.

                                     MAX
                         Kelly, what are you doing?!

                                     KELLY
                         Eliminating a threat. Go now Max.
                         I’m not going to let him sell you
                         over seas. I’m going to make him go
                         back, make him get tortured by
                         Manticore.

                                     MAX
                         What do you mean sell me?

                                     KELLY
                         He’s lying to you Max. He can perform
                         the procedure, but he wanted your
                         DNA and mine, to build his own army.

                                     QUINCE
                         Kelly, I was going to make it right.
                         Give the new children a chance to
                         live a good life.

                                     KELLY
                              (yelling)
                         Don’t you get it! It’s not your job
                         to engineer people, you are not God.
                         You Manticore people actually had
                         the nerve to put a damn label on our
                         neck. We’re not your beautiful
                         children, we’re not anyone’s children.
                         We’re FREAKS OF NATURE.

                                     MAX
                         Kelly, I’m not going to let you do
                         this.

                                     KELLY
                              (turning to Max)
                         Haven’t you heard anything I said?
                         He was going to use us to breed some
                         new “advanced” children. More freaks.

               Quince, seeing his opportunity, hits the gas. Kelly turns
               toward the vehicle and shoots out the tires. Quince stumbles
               out the car gripping his briefcase. He runs, Kelly chases
               after him.

                                     MAX
                              (to Logan)
                         I have to stop him.

                                     LOGAN
                         Go.

               Max runs after Kelly and Quince.

               Quince struggles to climb the ladder on the fire escape next
               door. Kelly climbs up behind him. Max leaps in the air and
               knocks Kelly off the ladder.

                                     KELLY
                         Max, what are you doing?

                                     MAX
                         Think about the others Kelly, we can
                         use him.

                                     KELLY
                         I am thinking about the others. You
                         just don’t get it, do you? They are
                         what they are, they can never help
                         us. They’re the enemy.

               Kelly grabs Max and flips her over.

               Max grabs for the gun and they struggle with it.

                                     KELLY
                         I don’t want to kill you Maxie.

                                     MAX
                         I won’t let you kill Dr. Thomas.

               Max punches him off of her and gets to her feet.

               Kelly quickly regains his footing. Max comes toward him
               leaping into the air with a spinning kick.

               He grabs her feet before she can land the kick and drops her
               on the ground.

                                     KELLY
                         Sorry Maxie.

               Kelly then goes to the fire escape ladder and climbs it with
               a swift ease.

               Max gets up and climbs the fire escape ladder just as easily,
               but Kelly has gained some distance.

               EXT. ROOF — NIGHT

               Quince has reached the top of the fire escape. However, as
               he pulls himself up on the roof, the briefcase slips to the
               ground.

               EXT. SAFE HOUSE — NIGHT

               The briefcase falls in front of Logan. He rolls over to it
               and picks it up.

               Logan looks up at Max, who’s nearly on the roof.

                                     LOGAN
                         Good Luck.

               Logan heads back into the alley to hide.

               EXT. ROOF — NIGHT

               Max finally reaches the top of the roof. Kelly has the gun
               on Quince.

                                     MAX
                         Don’t do it Kelly, you’ll regret it.

                                     KELLY
                         No, I’ll regret letting him live.

                                     MAX
                         You’re out Kelly, you’re out of
                         Manticore, let it go so we can use
                         him to save the others.

                                     KELLY
                         You’re not listening to me. You’re
                         never out of Manticore, Ever.

               Keeping his eye on Quince, he turns enough to point to his
               barcode.

                                     KELLY
                         You know what this is? It’s a mark
                         of ownership. And there’s only one
                         escape Max and he denied me that.

                                     MAX
                         You can’t do this, it’s wrong.

                                     KELLY
                         So you say.

                                     QUINCE
                         Please, Kelly, I –

               BOOM. A bullet escapes the gun.

                                     QUINCE
                              (as he falls)
                         I’m sorry, my beautiful ones.

               EXT. SAFE HOUSE — NIGHT

               Recovered Soldiers from Bald Man’s military team comes out
               of the Safe House. They see Bald Man is lying on the ground.
               A soldier goes and checks for a pulse.

                                     SOILDER 1
                         Anything?

                                     SOILDER 2
                         He’s gone. Should we contact her.

               Soldiers 1 cocks his gun.

                                     SOILDER 1
                         Let’s finish this first.

               EXT. ROOF — NIGHT

               Max walks up to Kelly.

               The gun is in front of him. He is sitting, holding his knees,
               and crying.

               A dead Quince is bleeding a few feet in front of him.

                                     MAX
                         Kel, it’s over, we gotta move.

                                     KELLY
                         It’s never over Max, it’s never over.

                                     MAX
                         I can help you Kelly.

               She touches him softly on the shoulder.

                                     KELLY
                         No you can’t.

               Kelly pushed her hand away, stands up, runs across the roof,
               and leaps onto the next one.

               Max cast a final look at Kelly and the dead man before she
               turns in the opposite direction and does a flying leap onto
               another building.

               The soldiers reach the top of the building. SOLDIER 2 pulls
               out a cell phone and speed dials a number.

                                     SOILDER 2
                         The X5s are gone. Quince is here
                         though, shot dead. Our CO is dead
                         too.

                                     SOILDER 1
                         What did she say?

                                     SOILDER 2
                         Report back to base.

               INT.HALLWAY OUTSIDE MAX’S APARTMENT — NIGHT

               Normal walks Kendra to the door. They’re sharing some private
               joke. When they reach the door, Normal leans over Kendra.

                                     NORMAL
                         So when can we do this again?

                                     KENDRA
                              (smiling)
                         Never.

                                     NORMAL
                         How can you say that after–

                                     KENDRA
                         Ray, I really, really like you and I
                         didn’t expect to. But I have
                         boyfriend, we’re living together.

                                     NORMAL
                         Maybe you should reconsider that.

               He leans in and kisses Kendra on the lips. She willingly
               returns the kiss.

                                     KENDRA
                              (in a whisper)
                         I can’t.

                                     NORMAL
                         Why?

               They continue to kiss and Normal slips the door open. They
               enter the apartment in a lip lock.

               INT. LOGAN’S APARTMENT, STUDY — DAY

               Max enters. She walks into Logan’s study and he tosses a
               folder on the desk.

                                     LOGAN
                         Sebastian says it’s useless.

                                     MAX
                         Could we get a second opinion?

                                     LOGAN
                         We could, but with something like
                         this, Sebastian is the best source
                         on the Informant Net.

               Max sighs and flops down in a chair beside him.

                                     MAX
                         Great, what am I going to do now?

                                     LOGAN
                         What the rest of us do, live and
                         hope to live another day. None of us
                         know when were going to die Max, but
                         it will happen to all of us
                         eventually.

                                     MAX
                         For Kelly it couldn’t happen soon
                         enough.

                                     LOGAN
                         Did you find Kelly?

                                     MAX
                         He doesn’t want to be found. And
                         it’s pretty hard to track an X5 the
                         doesn’t want to be tracked.

                                     LOGAN
                              (light heartedly)
                         What is it with the male X5s, first
                         Zack, then Ben, now Kelly. Do you
                         have a sane brother?

               Max smiles.

               INT. MAX’S APARTMENT, KENDRA’S ROOM — DAY

               The phone RINGS in the kitchen shocking Kendra awake. She
               looks over at the form beside her. She sees Normal asleep.
               His back is bare and the rest of him covered by the sheet.

                                     KENDRA
                              (muttering to herself)
                         Damn, what did I do?

               She gets up enters the Kitchen.

               INT. MAX’S APARTMENT, KITCHEN

               Kendra grabs the phone and picks it up.

                                     KENDRA
                              (harshly, on phone)
                         What?!
                              (more friendly)
                         I’m sorry Walter, bad night…Oh,
                         boo boo bear, I missed you
                         too…that’s so sweet…I love you
                         too…yeah I’ll come home…no, don’t
                         come by here for a little while, I
                         need to talk to Max first…yeah,
                         she still hates you, bye.

               Kendra hangs the phone up and turns around. She jumps in
               shock.

                                     NORMAL (O.S.)
                         You’re going back to him.

                                     KENDRA
                         Normal, you startled me.

               Normal steps into frame wearing his pants from the day before.

                                     NORMAL
                         I can’t believe after last night.

                                     KENDRA
                         Last night was wonderful for me, but
                         I can’t be with you.

                                     NORMAL
                         I don’t understand.

                                     KENDRA
                        I like you, I really like you, but I
                         love Walter.

               INT. MAX’S APARTMENT — DAY (LATER)

               Normal, now dressed, pulls on his jacket and walks up to a
               Kendra (who’s wearing a robe).

                                     NORMAL
                         Well, maybe I’ll see you.

               Normal starts toward the door. Then he turns back, walks up
               to Kendra and kisses her.

               INT. HALLWAY OUTSIDE MAX’S APARTMENT — DAY

               Max and Original Cindy walk up to her door.

                                     MAX
                         I can’t believe Normal was trying to
                         kick it with Kendra.

                                     ORIGINAL CINDY
                         I wanted to call sister girl last
                         night and see what happened but she
                         wasn’t answering the phone for some
                         odd reason. Then Daphne–

               Max opens the door, both women’s mouths gap open.

               INT. MAX’S APARTMENT — DAY

               Max and Original Cindy’s POV

               They see Normal and Kendra kissing. The kiss breaks.

                                     KENDRA
                              (to Normal)
                         Bye Ray.

                                     MAX & ORIGINAL CINDY
                         Ray?

               Kendra blushes when she sees her friends standing in the
               door.

               Max and Original Cindy enter. A look of visible disgust
               develops on the two women’s faces.

                                     NORMAL
                              (to Max)
                         You look healthy enough to be on
                         time tomorrow.

                                     MAX
                         Yeah, whatever.

               Normal exits the apartment.

                                     ORIGINAL CINDY
                         Ugh, I’m going to have to burn the
                         sheets.

                                     KENDRA
                         Will you two stop, Normal’s okay.

                                     ORIGINAL CINDY
                         That’s easy for you to say, you aren’t
                         the man’s slave labor.

                                     MAX
                         Do you have creep radar or something?
                         First you completely gross me out
                         with that whole Walter dealio, now
                         Normal

                                     MAX & ORIGINAL CINDY
                         Ugh.

                                     KENDRA
                         Whatever, this girl has got to pack.
                         I’m going back to Walter.
                              (smiling playfully)
                         Normal’s alright, but he’s no Mr.
                         Multiples.

                                     MAX
                         I don’t want to hear anymore.

               Kendra exits into her room.

                                     MAX
                         There is a God. I am so glad she’s
                         not moving from bad to worse.No matter
                         how much Walter grosses me out, he’s
                         not my boss. That would be too weird.

                                     ORIGINAL CINDY
                         I feel you on that boo.

               EXT. SPACE NEEDLE — NIGHT

               Max sits on top of the space needle. She’s holding the picture
               of young Kelly taken from Dr. Thomas’ files.

                                     MAX (V.O.)
                         Everything that lives dies, people,
                         dogs, mice, trees, flowers,
                         everything. Death is just a part of
                         the cycle of things. Perhaps one day
                         I will die and maybe it won’t be
                         from a seizure or some flaw in my
                         genetics. I may be able to hold my
                         breath longer than most people, but
                         I could still drown. I may be able
                         to outrun a bullet, but I could still
                         die of a gunshot wound if it ever
                         landed. There are a million ways
                         that I could die. I can’t run around
                         fearing it as much as Kelly fears
                         living. I hope Kelly gets over it,
                         that he realizes life is a brief
                         gift and death is forever. I didn’t
                         ask to be an experiment, so I’m not
                         going to let this barcode or my
                         genetic anomalies rule my life. Kelly,
                         where ever you are, breath in your
                         freedom for a moment and know you
                         can get out of Manticore.

                                                                   FADE OUT

                                     END OF ACT FOUR
 

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