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BLACK SCREEN VOICE (V.O.) In the beginning God created the Heavens and the Earth. The voice is RASPY, EVIL. His name is DANTE. FADE IN: EXT. GRAVEYARD - NIGHT DANTE (V.O.) On this Earth he created a man, the first man, the greatest of all his creations. The graveyard is incredibly dark, menacing under the pale light of the moon overhead. There is a sudden onset of movement as we start to move, gliding past the innumerable gravestones DANTE (V.O.) From him God bore a woman - the human race had begun. We turn on our axis, searching for something in the vastness of the night. In the distance there is an amazing gravestone - AN ANGEL, LOOKING TOWARDS THE HEAVENS, HER WINGS STRETCHED AS FAR AS THEY CAN, REACHING FOR THE CLOUDS. WE DRAW TOWARDS IT. DANTE (V.O.) But... there is another who roamed Eden. We continue CLOSER AND CLOSER towards to incredible headstone. WE HAVE FOUND WHAT WE HAVE BEEN SEARCHING FOR. DANTE (V.O.) The truth was hidden - future generations would not understand... that Adam was not the greatest of His creations. THE DETAILS OF THE ANGEL BEGIN TO COME INTO FOCUS. DANTE (V.O.) He was God's first creation - Adam was spawned from Him. 15 FEET FROM THE GRAVE. DANTE (V.O.) He was a creature more powerful than any creature God had ever created. (beat) Or ever would. 10 FEET. DANTE (V.O.) But the story did not end there. For paradise was not in His intentions - he corrupted those who already inhabited it - all it took was a single bite from an apple tree. 5 FEET. THE ANGEL IS NOT HEAVENLY. IT'S DARKER - SINISTER. DANTE (V.O.) Realizing the only mistake He has ever made God banished the creature. Into darkness He was swept where his eyes would never again see the light of day. 2 FEET. WE STAND AT THE FOOT OF THE GRAVE SITE. DANTE (V.O.) But now... A CRACK OF LIGHTNING. DANTE (V.O.) I think it's time for my return. Before the sentence can register THE DIRT EXPLODES, HEAVING UPWARDS IN A FLURRY OF DIRT AND MUD - SOMETHING HAS BROKEN THROUGH. IT'S A HAND. CUT TO: INT. COFFIN - SAME A man, lying down with his arms crossed, HIS EYES ABRUPTLY OPEN, HE GASPS FOR BREATH AS IF IT WERE HIS FIRST. INT. BASEMENT BENEATH CHURCH - SAME The coffin is made of STONE, JAPANESE INSCRIPTIONS AND CROSSES ARE ETCHED INTO THE SIDES AND TOP. The large concrete slab slowly slides off and CRASHES TO THE FLOOR - destroyed. The man inside, KAZ, in his early thirties, at least, he looks like it, sits up and looks around, unsure of his surroundings. His hair is pulled tightly back in a Japanese ponytail, sticking straight up at the back of his head, but time has withered the design and his hair is messy, falling across his face and down his cheeks. HE LETS OUT A SIGH OF ANXIETY. He slowly climbs out of the concrete coffin, his muscles ACHE, LIKE HE HASN'T USED THEM IN YEARS. His clothes are ANCIENT, a white karate suit, covered in a layer of dust so thick the color is no longer the white it once was. Kaz pats at his clothing, causing the dust on him to billow out until he chokes on it. He looks down at his suit again and decides that the moth holes don't become him - he grabs the pull-around shirt and tugs at it, the material ripping at the seams with ease and finally falling to the floor in a cloud of dust. He takes another look at his pants, deciding it best to leave them on even though from the knee down there is nothing left but the skin on his legs. He grabs at his side; he cringes in fright when he realizes that something is missing. He rushes back to the coffin, HIS COFFIN, and looks inside. HIS FACE FLUSHES WITH RELIEF WHEN HE SEES WHAT HE WANTS. KAZ PRESSES THE HIDDEN BUTTON TO RELEASE IT AND YANKS OUT A SWORD IN ITS SCABBARD AND UNSHEATHES IT, FLICKING HIS WRISTS, SPINNING AROUND HIS BODY FASTER THAN SHOULD BE POSSIBLE. The handle is BLACK, every bit of it looking as though it came out of the world of tomorrow. The hilt looks far and above MORE ADVANCED than any sword of today - a shape and design that certainly does not match with its owner. The blade has THREE RECTANGULAR HOLES CUT OUT NEAR THE HILT for more speed, and at the bottom, near the base, the BLADE IS ETCHED WITH A JAGGED EDGE for multiple uses. The TIP CURVES TO A POINT SHARPER THAN ANYTHING THAT HAS EVER BEEN MADE. IT GLEAMS SO BRIGHT IT ALMOST HURTS OUR EYES. IT FINDS ITSELF IN ITS SHEATH ONCE AGAIN. He holds it in his hand, his tie that holds the sheath worn away. Kaz looks around, taking a long look around the circumference of the room and discovers that there isn't a single door - only a poorly bricked up wall. INT. LOWER CHURCH STAIRWELL - SAME From outside the room THE BRICKS COME CRUMBLING DOWN. Kaz goes up the long, steep stairwell and leaves through the door at the top. INT. GOTHIC CHURCH - SAME The ceilings are amazingly high, the murals are beautiful, and the stain- glass windows are the most beautiful of its kind. THE PLACE IS DESERTED. Kaz stops in the center of the church and stares up at the HUGE CRUCIFIX WALL MURAL THAT OVERLOOKS THE ENTIRE CHURCH. HE BOWS HIS HEAD SLIGHTLY. Kaz turns and walks slowly towards the door, his hand on the hilt of his magnificent sword. He closes his eyes, envisioning the world outside as it was when he left it. POV - KAZ HE SEES A BEAUTIFUL LANDSCAPE, SPANNING TO AN UNHEARD OF DISTANCE. BIRDS SING IN THE AIR. WATER TRICKLES DOWN FROM THE WATERFALL. ALL IS RIGHT. BACK TO SCENE Kaz still has his EYES CLOSED; he can almost SMELL the air outside. He puts the palm of his hand on the door and pushes - IT SQUEALS AT THE HINGES, THE OLD, DANK WOOD CREAKS. EXT. ALLEY/STREET - NIGHT - RAIN BUT THE IMAGE IS NOT AS HE REMEMBERED IT. RATS SCURRY AWAY AT THE SOUND. DUMPSTERS SPILL OUT THE MOST FOUL-SMELLING THINGS HE CAN IMAGINE. THE SKY IS DARK. IT POURS RAIN. THE END OF THE ALLEY GIVES NO SOLACE. And Kaz speaks for the first time in HUNDREDS OF YEARS, HIS VOICE IS RASPY, TIRED FROM HIS LONG YEARS. KAZ What evil is this? A spotlight BLAZES the alley from its darkness. His soaked hair clings to his face, his body glistens in the wet light. COP 1 (O.S.) Hey, that guy's got a sword! Kaz looks at the officers, the light making him squint, he puts his hand in front of his face. KAZ What place is this? COP 1 New York, pal. Welcome. You homeless? KAZ (confused) My home is no longer known to me. COP 1 Figures. Let me have the sword. KAZ I do not understand. COP 1 Drop it, or we're gonna have to do it the hard way. Now come on! The cop reaches for the sword with his hand. Kaz is in over his head but his sword is sacred to him and the instant the cops hand touches his sword he's already moving. KAZ JERKS BACK THE SWORD. BEFORE THE COP CAN BLINK KAZ'S FOOT IS IN HIS STOMACH; ANOTHER LANDS IN HIS FACE WITH THE SAME BLINDING SPEED. TWO KICKS IN LESS THAN SECOND. THE COP FLIES BACK, SLAMMING INTO THE WALL BEFORE ANY OF IT EVEN HAS TIME TO REGISTER. THE COP SLIDES DOWN THE WALL - OUT COLD. KAZ A man's sword is his own - no one else's. COP 2 (O.S.) HEY! The other cop screams from inside the squad car, sticking his head out the open door. COP 2 GET BACK HERE! Kaz is already off; bolting down the entire alley before the other cop has even gotten to his radio. COP 2 (into radio) Officer down! We have a fugitive on foot heading down the alley behind the old church! Suspect is armed and dangerous! I am in pursuit! The cop leaps out, his gun drawn. COP 2 Stop, or I'll FUCKIN' FIRE! Kaz takes no notice. The cop FIRES, the bullet ringing a dumpster just in front of Kaz, who screeches to a halt on the wet concrete. He turns and looks at the cop, bewildered by what has happened. He turns and crashes through an alley door before the cop can even blink. INT. DEPARTMENT STORE - SAME Kaz rushes in, not understanding what place this is at first. He looks around, and finally realizes this is a place for clothing, something he needs. THE PATTER OF BOOTS HITTING THE RAIN SOAKED STREET JUST BEHIND HIM. Kaz darts into the rows and rows of clothes, ducking behind a rack of leather trench coats. A half dozen officers rush in the instant he is out of sight, a flashlight whizzing over his head just as he ducks it down. The police spread out, the beams of their flashlights the only thing piercing the darkness. Kaz peeks his head out, trying to see without being seen. His eyes catches the rack of jackets. He stares at it, and silently grabs one off its hangar, slipping out of frame. On crouched legs he sneaks behind a pair of boy blues just as they turn their backs. Kaz hides behind a wooden stand where piles upon piles of black leather pants are. A beam of light zooms over and past the spot where he hides - the instant the light has passed Kaz reaches over and snags a pair of the pants, any pair, not caring, and ducks behind the counter again, entirely free from sight. A light starts towards him, running across the ground, Kaz turns out of frame. In an instant he comes running from out of frame - the trenchcoat on, the pants on - his hand snatches up a pair of black leather combat boots from a display, and before anyone can blink he is out the open alley door. EXT. ALLEY/STREET - NIGHT - RAIN Two squad cars are parked nose to nose at different angles, blocking the exit. Kaz does not hesitate or slow, his feet leave the pavement and he soars over the hoods of the cars, executing the leap with great agility, and not losing an ounce of the speed. CUT TO: EXT. ALLEY/STREET/NEAR SIDEWALK - NIGHT - RAIN Kaz squats in a corner, slipping on the heavy black boots, not bothering to tie them, not sure how. He pulls his sword from the sheath in a blaze of steel and that sharpened blade sound and cuts into the inside of the trench coat, for a length about ten inches, carefully, not going through, he makes a pocket. He sheathes the blade again and stuffs it into the new pocket, concealing it. He stands up, going out onto the sidewalk, taking his first looks at his new world. CUT TO: INT. LOCKER ROOM/GYM/CHRISTI'S POV -DUSK A small blue locker closes with a -CLANG!-, a name is etched across the nameplate in the center - CHRISTI. INT. LOCKER ROOM/GYM - DUSK A young girl, CHRISTI, pretty in an average way, in her mid-twenties, pulls on her coat. Another locker clangs shut just beside her, O.S.. CHRISTI You think this looks alright? LOCKER ROOM GIRL Where you goin'? Date? Or bedroom? Christi cocks her head in disapproval, as if to say "I would never!" She's only upset because she would. CHRISTI Barbara! Christi turns, facing a mirror, trying to get the kinks out of her outfit before anyone sees her. CHRISTI (continuing) I went out with Charles LAST night. BARBARA Charles? Again? He is such a sleaze. I cannot believe you are going out with him again. CHRISTI What? He's nice? (smiling) And, yeah, we do enjoy the bedroom. Alot. BARBARA CHRISTI! Oh, you're awful! CHRISTI Well, he doesn't have any other remotely good qualities. Might as well get something out of him. BARBARA I hope it's still funny when you're in hell. CHRISTI Oh, shut up. We're not doing anything tonight anyway. I have to babysit. BARBARA Babysit? Honey, didn't MIKE just turn twenty? CHRISTI Just because he's radically immature doesn't mean he's not my baby brother. Emphasis on baby. (fixing her hair) I haven't seen him in forever. We never get to hang out like we used to since he moved. BARBARA Well I hope you have fun NOT having sex. If it's even possible. Barbara starts to walk away; Christi calls out to her. CHRISTI (calling out) Bye Bar! BARBARA (O.S.) (under her breath) I wish MY dull sex life was by choice. It's those boobs, I swear to God I have to get me some of those... Her mumblings cause Christi to laugh as she combs out the last of her tangles. She cringes in pain when the brush gets caught. CHRISTI Owowowooww! CUT TO: EXT. SIDEWALK - NIGHT The night is cold, lonely. Christi looks around, a little frightened by the dead of the night, and pulls her coat tighter around her, steam leaving her lips. There is a noise behind her, she jumps around to see it, startled. But it's nothing. She walks faster now, her feet patting the cold ground. CHRISTI Way to go Chris. The worst part of shit-town at night. POV - CHRISTI She looks over to the sidewalk, beside a dumpster. A homeless man in a big coat, a cap covering his cowered face even more by shadows. He doesn't even move as she slowly walks by him. BACK TO SCENE She can only stare at him as she walks past. HE NEVER LOOKS UP. HIS FACE IS NEVER SEEN. Before her gaze can transfix ahead again another man, dirty, his clothes are rags, steps in front of her. Christi's breath LEAPS FROM HER MOUTH, the stranger in front of her only smiles. CHRISTI Excuse me... She takes a step to the side, trying to go around, but he matches her step, staying directly in front of her. She doesn't see the GUN pointed right in her belly. MUGGER Do yourself a favor - don't scream. Now gimme the purse. CHRISTI I like this purse! MUGGER Lady, (cocking the gun in her face) I suggest you shut the fuck up and hand over the damn purse. Now. THE MUGGER GRABS AT HER BAG, BUT SHE REFUSES TO RELINQUISH IT, STRUGGLING TO GET IT BACK AND RUN OFF. CHRISTI'S NECK IS STRUCK FROM BEHIND, SHE FALLS FORWARD AND SLAMS HER HEAD INTO THE ALLEY WALL, ROLLING OVER TO A SITTING POSITION SHE STRUGGLES TO STAY AWAKE. MUGGER Jesus! MUGGER 2 You wanna get a decent score for a change, or do you just wanna keep starvin' and beggin' for one measly fuckin' dollar? MUGGER I had it under control! MUGGER 2 Not from where I was. If guys like you and me are gonna get what we want we're just gonna have to take it. MUGGER You didn't have to pistol-whip her fuckin' head man, you shouldn'ta -- MUGGER 2 Shut up. (raising his gun) It ain't gonna matter in a sec anyway. MUGGER Hey man! What the fuck are you doin'?! We got her purse! Let's just get the fuck outta here! MUGGER 2 She saw your face. MUGGER Look at her, man! She is un-fuckin'-conscious! Ok? MUGGER 2 She still saw you. She'll go to the cops. MUGGER At least grab the purse from her first. I don't fancy spending the next week getting rich girl out of the material. MUGGER 2 Too late man. MUGGER Come on, man. You probably jangle-fucked her brain up anyhow. She won't remember shit. Let's just go! MUGGER 2 One sec. (Cocks the pistol) Almost done. A LIGHT FLASHES IN THE IN THEIR FACES, A METAL ON METAL SOUND ERUPTS. -SHHIING!- SLOW MO as THE GUN SLICES IN HALF, THE LAST THREE INCHES OF THE BARREL FALLING. His face goes from RESOLVE TO FEAR in an instant. QUICK CUTS - - NO IDENTITY TO ASSAILANT BEFORE HE CAN EVEN REACT A BOOT COLLAPSES HIS ABDOMEN. HE BUCKLES OVER ON HIS KNEES INSTANTLY. HIS FRIEND FIRES AT A BLUR WITH SHAKY HANDS, he HITS NOTHING BUT AIR. HIS LEGS FLY OUT FROM BENEATH HIM, LANDING ON THE WET SIDEWALK WITH A LIQUID THUD, LANDING HARD ON HIS NECK AND HEAD. ANOTHER KICK GETS HIM IN HIS RIBCAGE AND HE'S ON HIS HANDS AND KNEES. RIGHT BEFORE ANOTHER KICKS BLASTS HIM INTO UNCONSCIOUSNESS. HE spins through the air BEFORE HE IS ON THE GROUND AGAIN. THE SECOND MUGGER, STILL GRABBING HIS STOMACH ON HIS KNEES, LOOKS UP IN FEAR AND PAIN. A STRAIGHT SIDE-FRONT KICK SENDS HIS HEAD CRASHING INTO THE BRICK WALL, AND HE FALLS ONTO HIS FACE, OUT BEFORE HE EVEN HITS. POV -- CHRISTI Her eyes are BLURRED. All that she can make out is A DARK FIGURE, STANDING IN FRONT OF HER, A dark CAP ON HIS HEAD, LOOKING DOWN, CAREFULLY PUTTING A SWORD BACK INTO ITS SCABBARD. THE SOUND SLOWLY ECHOING OUT AS SHE QUICKLY FADES INTO DARKNESS. SLOW DISSOLVE TO: INT. DILAPIDATED BACK ALLEY APARTMENT - NIGHT The apartment is a real hole; a wonder anyone can even survive in this filth. The furniture is rotting. Everything is dirty. The only view out the single window is the brick wall of an adjacent apartment. STEVE, 45, filthy, sits at a plastic dinner table eating leftover pizza. DANTE (O.S.) So how's it goin' for ya today Stevie? STEVE Look around pal. I'm livin' it up like a fuckin' king! How the fuck do YOU think it's goin'?! DANTE (O.S.) Just thought I'd ask. It's impolite not to, no? STEVE (annoyed) What do you want, Dante? Dante finally shows his face, getting almost nose to nose with Steve. His hair is black, greasy, and long, down to his jaw. He wears only black, black shirt, pants, and a longcoat much resembling Kaz's. DANTE I want what I came for. STEVE And what is that exactly? DANTE (turning to the window) Whatever you can give me. STEVE Quit with all the mother fuckin' riddles Dant! I just wanna fuckin' get paid, I didn't let you in to play Quiz Show! DANTE Fine! (calming himself) No one has a flare for the dramatics these days. (beat) Information Steven. I came for knowledge. STEVE See now that I get. (bite of pizza) What on? DANTE You're a petty man, you know that? In the old days a man like you would have been killed the moment you stepped out of your mother. STEVE Yeah yeah yeah. Like I haven't heard THAT before. DANTE I am closer to achieving my goal than ever before. I've waited so long for these days to come, and now that they're here I HAVE NO FUCKING IDEA WHAT TO DO NEXT! STEVE (uncaring) Yeah. Pizza? Dante chuckles for a moment to himself. DANTE I suppose you're right. I do overreact from time to time. STEVE Fuck man, I was just wonderin' if you wanted some pizza. I think it's, like, rotten or somethin'. DANTE The final key is hidden from me, and I do not know where I should begin my search, and my other half is nowhere to be found. STEVE Oh that. (wipes his mouth with his forearm) The answers you seek lie amidst those who ask the questions. DANTE I thought you despised riddles? STEVE I do. That's what I been told. DANTE Who told you? Dante takes an interest and comes away from the window, again close to Steve. STEVE I'm a sleaze, not a sellout. DANTE Ah, loyal until the end. STEVE What --? WITH A SINGLE SWIFT MOTION HIS NECK IS BROKEN. HIS LIMP BODY FALLS HELPLESSLY OUT OF THE CHAIR, ONTO THE FLOOR. DANTE TURNS AWAY, IN JOYFUL ECSTASY, EXHALING HAPPILY, AND LEAVES. CUT TO: INT. KAZ'S BEDROOM/KAZ'S WAREHOUSE - MIDDAY Christi JERKS to awareness with a gasp of breath, sitting up in a strange bed, the fear still fresh in her memory. The bright orange and yellow glow blaze in through the windows. She slowly climbs out of the bed, her head aching, she grabs at the base of her neck, and heads for the door on wobbly legs. INT. KAZ'S WORKSTATION - MIDDAY Christi walks straight from the room into the main area of the warehouse, where Kaz has set up his work area - metal tables and chairs. His sword rests on the table just beside him. He is busy scrubbing something on his longcoat just as Christi comes stumbling through the doorway. KAZ You should get home before it gets dark. (stops) They like the dark. Christi doesn't even take notice of his morbid sentence - she only has one thought in her aching head. Kaz is busy scrubbing with something into his coat, never stopping to turn around. CHRISTI Where am I? KAZ My home. Well, I should say, my home away from home. This is where I work. CHRISTI Where's your real home? KAZ Japan. CHRISTI Jap -- ? What am I do - I don't even know who you are. KAZ My full name is ROME KAZUO. I think that's all you should know right now. Christi inches closer, staring at whatever it is that he's doing. CHRISTI Casual? KAZ No! Kazuo. It was my father's name. CHRISTI What are you doing? KAZ I am trying to get the shine out of this material. It gives away my location. CHRISTI Wait, that was you that I saw? You were the guy that rescued me from those assholes. He stops for a moment, starts his head to look back, but decides otherwise. KAZ Yes. CHRISTI Thank you. KAZ I saw a lady in distress. CHRISTI You're telling me! I really hope that -- KAZ (interrupting) Perhaps you should leave. CHRISTI (not understanding) You want me to go? That's it, you just ship me off? KAZ Time does not permit you to stay. I must leave. And you should return to your home. CHRISTI I get it. Yeah, ok. Thanks for savin' my life. See ya 'round. She storms out, not knowing exactly where the exit is, only heading away from Kaz. He hesitates, then goes back to work. CUT TO: INT. CHRISTI'S APARTMENT - DAY The lock starts to move and the door soon opens, revealing Christi. Home. CHRISTI (calling out) Mikey, you home little bro? (listens - nothing) Great. She comes in, being sure to lock the door and deadbolt just behind her. She turns back around and someone is standing right in front of her, MIKE MIKE Yeah? CHRISTI (gasping) Jesus! (sees Mike) Mikey! MIKE (laughing) Sorry Chris. I didn't hear you. CHRISTI I'm glad to see you're out of the whole scaring- the-shit-outta-me phase. MIKE Yup. Finally back to the wishing-you-moved-out phase. CHRISTI That might prove to be problematic, seeing as how my name is all scribbled on the dotted line thingy. MIKE Where'd you go last night? I thought we were gonna make with the movies again. CHRISTI (avoiding details) I got hung up. MIKE Richard? CHRISTI Uh, no, actually. MIKE Ooohh! Do I dare sense the admission of a new bouncy bedroom pal? CHRISTI I didn't cheat on Richard. Just... relax. It's no big deal. MIKE I'm starting to enjoy this new you. I mean, where else can infidelity be so darned fun? CHRISTI Listen, I just came by to get a couple of things. MIKE Where ya goin'? CHRISTI (Unsure) I-I don't really know. MIKE Oh, alright. I was just about to go to work anyway. CHRISTI So late? MIKE Yeah, they got some big project they want me to start researchin' on. Some big uprise in fatalities lately. CHRISTI Oh ok. See ya later then. (He turns to leave. It suddenly comes to her) Oh! (he turns back, surprised) While you're there could you look up something for me? Well, someone, really. MIKE You got it. CHRISTI The name is Rome Kazuo. MIKE (taken aback) Sounds Chinese or something. CHRISTI Japanese. MIKE (relenting) Alright. But you better do good on your project on Japan honey. I don't want to see any more notes from teacher, now y'hear? CHRISTI Sure thing. Have a blast. MIKE Hey, no prob. It's just like fun anyway, only boring. (opens the door) See ya. CHRISTI (inattentive) Bye. Mike shuts the door. CUT TO: INT. CHRISTI'S BEDROOM/CHRISTI'S APARTMENT - DAY Christi throws a workout-style bag onto the foot of her bed frantically, shoving a couple of shirts and a pair of pants in there as fast as she can. INT. HALL CLOSET/CHRISTI'S APARTMENT - DAY ANGLE - A SHOEBOX ON THE TOP SHELF as Christi, on the ends of her toes, reaches up, trying to snatch it up, just barely our of her reach. She manages to scoot it across the shelf with her fingertips, bringing it down to her level she opens it, her back turned. INT. CHRISTI'S BEDROOM/CHRISTI'S APARTMENT - DAY She retrieves her limp carrying bag, and ANGLE - SHE PUTS A GUN INTO IT, UNDER THE CLOTHES. She throws the bag over her shoulder and heads straight for the door. CUT TO: EXT. SIDEWALK/STREET-DUSK/NIGHT The sun is beginning to set behind the mountains that are the New York skyscrapers. CHRISTI Way to go, Chris. Why don't ya walk? Sure, it's not that far. Or scary. Or life threatening in any way, nooo. POV - CHRISTI She looks up at the sky, searching for the sun. It is quickly setting behind the hills, casting a beautiful orange glow over everything. BACK TO SCENE CHRISTI At least I'm close. (beat) I hope. You know what would be good right about now - a (sees one as it speeds past her) TAXI! Just as speaks the sun falls behind the horizon, turning all that was once warm and beautiful, into nothing but cold, gray darkness. The light slowly drains out of this place. Frantic, Christi looks around, looking for any place where light may remain. BUT THERE IS NONE. Her pace quickens - she knows she shouldn't be out at night in this neighborhood. CUT TO later, much farther down the same street. Christi is practically jogging, if it weren't for those high heels. Several times she looks behind her, thinking she heard something. CUT TO much later, an entirely different street, almost abandoned, SHE IS ALONE. DANTE (O.S.) Now you see, it's never a good idea for a lady like yourself to be doing her high-heeled- marathon training this late. She SPINS around to see Dante, obviously startled by his voice. CHRISTI Yeah, well, I think I can take care of myself. DANTE Aww. I sorry, did I upset the wittle wady? CHRISTI (annoyed) I'm sorry, who are you again? DANTE Oh sod my name, it's you that I'm really interested in. (stares at her) Would you like a lift? CHRISTI You... have a car? DANTE I surely do. CHRISTI (puzzled) Where is it? DANTE (smiling) I think you'll just have to trust me. CHRISTI (smiling in her own way) I think not. Especially after the fucking day I've had. She turns and starts to walk away. She manages to get about twenty feet before -- DANTE (O.S.) About that, how DID those muggers turn out. She stops dead. Turns. CHRISTI What?! DANTE I was in the neighborhood you see. CHRISTI (angry) Are you following me? Because the whole stalker thing should be reserved for celebrities or something. DANTE Not so much you, no. (beat) Tell me, who is your friend? CHRISTI (nervous) Friend? Who? DANTE The one I saw filling your mind earlier. CHRISTI (scared) W-what? Dante's eyes widen, expecting an answer. CHRISTI I-I-I don't k-know what you're talking about. DANTE Pish posh now dear. Now is not the time for lies of the little white variety. CHRISTI I'm going! (spins and leaves) DANTE (yelling) The man in the black coat! CHRISTI I know of no one who has any black clothes. (looks at him) Save for you. DANTE I saw you with him, you know. I mean, I CAN see you with him. (beat) All it takes is just a little bit of probing. You can't seem to get him off your mind. CHRISTI (defiant) Oh yeah? Tell me some more then. DANTE Has a knack for helping little yellow heads like yourself. Probably lives in some enormous hole somewhere. And that sword... now THAT is something to behold. CHRISTI (disbelieving) How, how do you know that? DANTE Just a little trick of mine. (beat) You were about to tell me his location. CHRISTI No, I wasn't. DANTE Oh, right. Now I remember - I was about to beat it from you. Christi backs away. With a primadonna wave of her hand, she spins around and starts to walk away, Dante still in the background behind her. After two steps SHE BUMPS INTO DANTE'S CHEST, GASPING FOR BREATH. He looks down at her as she looks up, a grin on his face. This time she turns and runs, AND IT HAPPENS AGAIN. ONE MOMENT HE WAS BEHIND HER; THE NEXT, IN FRONT. DANTE (mocking) Lost? Christi opens her bag and retrieves her handgun, her shaking hand gripping it tight. Mockingly he jumps back, hands in the air, a look of humorous terror on his face, pretending to be deathly afraid. DANTE Better make it count. She doesn't wait any longer, she fires the gun. Dante's body jumps with a surge of energy, a smile on his face and a laughing cry for help escape his lips. She fires again, and again, until there aren't any bullets left. With each shot he yells, each a sound of joy rather than pain. DANTE (laughing hysterically) Oh! Oh, I think ya got me. (cannot hold his laughter in) The gun falls to the ground. SHE RUNS. Instantly he stops laughing, straightens up, and watches her run off. A few seconds later Christi looks over her shoulder, looking for him. POV - CHRISTI THE STREET IS EMPTY. HE'S GONE. CUT TO: INT. KAZ'S WAREHOUSE - NIGHT Christi BURSTS in, panting for breath madly, SCREAMING for someone, anyone, to hear her. CHRISTI ROME! ROME, ARE YOU HERE?! POV - CHRISTI Her gaze FLIES around the area with blinding speed, across every inch as fast as her eyes can focus. Then up in the rafters. She looks toward his bedroom. Anywhere else she might have overlooked. BACK She's frantic, muttering parts of sentences under her tired breath that make no rational composition; she runs both her hands through her hair in anxiety. CHRISTI (panting) He's not... I can't... believe he's not... here. CUT TO: INT. KAZ'S WORKSTATION/KAZ'S WAREHOUSE - MUCH LATER - NIGHT Christi sits in a chair, spinning in it slowly, trying to waste the time away. She glances at the work area with eyes of boredom. POV - CHRISTI She sees an extremely old, extremely dusty, enormous one-volume leatherette book. Her hand comes in to her range of sight and it wipes as much dust away as it can on one stroke. In the center A LARGE SINGLE CHARACTER OF JAPANESE BACK She can't possibly know what it is. POV - CHRISTI She opens it to the center page. Amidst a myriad of Japanese lettering there is a hand drawn picture. IT'S KAZ. She looks past numerous other words she can't make anything out of, but beautifully written and in perfect format. There is another picture. A PICTURE OF THE MAN SHE JUST SAW - DANTE. ONLY HIS FACE IS CONTORTED, DARKER, MORE EVIL. SHE SLAMS THE BOOK SHUT, AFRAID OF WHAT SHE'S LOOKING AT. BACK CUT TO: INT. KAZ'S BEDROOM - NIGHT In the Japanese-style-hinted bedroom of Kaz, she looks around, searching for things about Kaz. The first thing she sees, in the corner, a praying pad, and a beautiful wall mural hanging across it, from ceiling to floor. The bed is not Japanese. Just a regular spring mattress. He has another work area just across from the bed, more like a toolbench - A FEW SMALL DAGGERS AND BLADES, A GRAPPLING HOOK, THROWING STARS, BO STAFF, AMONG OTHER JAPANESE AND CHINESE WEAPONS HANG ON THE WALL LIKE A CRAFTSMAN TOOLS. But there is something else - on the far wall away from the door, a Japanese wall/divider, made of paper and thin wood, stretches from wall to wall. Christi walks over to it, and sees that it slides by the tracks on the ground. She grabs one end and pushes it, until it finally touches the other wall. In its wake there is an enormous window, from wall to wall, with the most beautiful and elegant and peaceful view of New York City anyone can hope to have. SHE JUST STARES. ADMIRING THE BEAUTY. CUT TO: INT. KAZ'S WAREHOUSE - DAYBREAK When Kaz does come home it's morning. INT. KAZ'S BEDROOM - DAYBREAK The warm light streams in through the enormous window. Christi is fast asleep on Kaz's bed, fetal position above the sheets. Kaz, in the doorway, stops. KAZ What are you doing here? She JOLTS to a sudden awareness, completely awake in an instant. She sits, on her knees, trying to get the hair from her eyes. BEAT CUT TO: INT. KAZ'S WORKSTATION/KAZ'S WAREHOUSE - MORNING She sits in the same seat as she did earlier. He stands, his back turned to her, working on something at his station. CHRISTI Rome, what are yo-- KAZ Don't. CHRISTI What? KAZ Don't... call me that. CHRISTI I thought it was your name. KAZ It's not. (beat) My name is Kazuo. Rome was added after my... later. (beat) Since I came back... it's just Kaz now. CHRISTI Kaz? KAZ Yes. People can know too much from a name. CHRISTI I was going to ask where you came from. KAZ I told you already. CHRISTI No, you didn't. Kaz stops for a moment, thinking. KAZ I was sent here to complete my purpose. To fulfill my destiny. CHRISTI Who sent you? KAZ (beat) God. CHRISTI What? KAZ Please... do not ask me anymore about my past. CHRISTI Fine. (holds up book with picture of Dante in it) Then how 'bout some o' your present? Who's this? KAZ (turns around to see) You have been going through my personal belongings. (turns back) I wish you had done otherwise. CHRISTI (not caring) Sorry. Got bored. Who is he? Kaz picks up a rag and gingerly wipes the much from them, and tosses it back onto his station. KAZ His name is Dante. I'm here because he's come back. CHRISTI Why? (puts down book) KAZ It's of no consequence. CHRISTI Yes, it is! KAZ (wondering) Why, child? CHRISTI Because I saw him! KAZ (surprised) You? Met with him? CHRISTI I didn't meet with him. He met with me. KAZ (suddenly worried) Are you hurt? CHRISTI Then I take it you know about his whole invincible thing? KAZ Yes. He cannot be killed. CHRISTI What the hell, Kaz?! What the hell? First him with all his no-dead-from-bullet motto. And now you. Why do you have to avoid my questions that way? (annoyed) God! KAZ (stops, thinking) Child... (beat) I was born in 1331, in the age of the Kamakura Bakufu, from a pure-bred race of ninja/samurai warriors. My father's name was Kazuo. I was born from the daughter of a ninja clan's leader in Japan. (Christi stands in awe, terrified) I am 672 years old, Christi. She can't speak, her mouth is open but only a faint whimper can escape. KAZ (continuing) Dante is the reason I am back. The only reason I could POSSIBLY be back. When I was 23 years old I was chosen by divine rights to battle him. As a consequence of this, I was given special abilities. And unnatural long life. (beat) The first time we battled, I thought I had killed him. Now that I'm back, I know that can't be. (beat) Your world is... it's so different from mine. The way of my people has long since deteriorated. Now I can only hunt, hoping to find Him before he finds me. CHRISTI (shocked) Ho-How long have you been here? KAZ A month. Maybe a little more. I have trouble with your calendar. CHRISTI God, Kaz... I-I don't -- KAZ If it was Dante that you saw last night then you must tell me everything. Anyone who tries to stop him... will not succeed. CHRISTI What is he? KAZ (pauses) There is not a word for what he is - none could ever be so evil as he. (beat) In my language his name means 'to endure'. (beat) He is not human - I guess you already came to that conclusion. CHRISTI Yeah. I emptied my clip into his chest and he laughed at me. KAZ The weapons of your world are powerful, yes, I have seen them. But he is too evil, too powerful, for such things. There is only one thing that can stop him. Kaz grabs the sword hilt from the desk and YANKS out the sword with the same sound as he had before - SHARPENED STEEL. POV - CHRISTI Her gaze focuses on the sword, looking at it clearly for the first time. She sees its design, its beauty. She looks to the hilt, and she can't quite understand it. BACK CHRISTI What the hell is that thing... ? KAZ It IS different from other blades, indeed. A shaman in my homeland designed it, crafted it. It can fall upon any object, and it wouldn't hesitate in its destruction. It can never be broken. And no man other than I can wield it. (beat, looks at his sword) At first I thought it had been made by some great magic, that a great power constructed it to give to me - the only thing that can stop the Evil One. (sheathes it) But now, after seeing the technologies of your world, I understand there is nothing mystical about it at all. I do not yet understand how the shaman crafted such a thing in such a time when nothing like this could have been. But I know I have it now - it WILL kill Dante. CHRISTI You know, you let my brother spend a week with that thing and we can have every nut in New York hunting this Dante. KAZ No. CHRISTI What? Afraid to lose your glory? KAZ No... the shaman that built it was the direct descendant of the first that defeated the creature - he died in that battle. (beat) He blessed it with his life; the elders told me he now inhabits the blade. (beat) Besides, (throws the sword and scabbard onto the desk) It's an ancient technology. The ideas died with that shaman. CHRISTI It's not very... you. KAZ Some of it is very much me. (sadly) It is not from this place, yet it struggles to adapt. It has no place in this world. (beat) It never did. There is a moment of troubled silence, until Christi decides to break it. CHRISTI Tell me about how we're going to kill it. KAZ We? CHRISTI Does he have, like, special powers or something? Do YOU? KAZ You want to know of our abilities? CHRISTI That's what I said. (beat) I mean, does he have weaknesses, you know? KAZ No. None. By my hand alone can he no longer be. CHRISTI (sarcastically) Great. (looks) What about you? KAZ The same. CHRISTI (frustrated) Man... KAZ What is it? CHRISTI It just seems like, you know, you're immortal, he's immortal. Won't you just fight forever? KAZ We have fought long as it is. He needs no weapon of significance to end me... only himself. (beat) He's attuned to the evil of the world. In my time, he was horrible, but now... your world is a dark place. I mustn't underestimate him. (jerks on his coat, grabs his sword) Now, show me where you saw him. CUT TO: EXT. STREET/SEWER ENTRANCE - DAY She takes Kazuo to where she met Dante. Near where they stand a manhole leads down to the sewer. CHRISTI This is it. KAZ Right here? CHRISTI Uh huh. KAZ How did you manage to escape? CHRISTI I just ran. KAZ (lowers his head, shaking it) He let you go. He SLOWLY slides the sword out from its sheath, now hanging perpendicular to his body behind his back, so that he must reach slightly behind his back and extrude it by pulling away from his side. CHRISTI What? KAZ Oh, and what, you just outran him? CHRISTI (embarrassed) It could happen. KAZ He let you get away. He's looking for me. (shrugs it off) D'ah well. His sword comes down on the manhole cover like a bolt of lightning. IT'S SHORN DOWN THE CENTER, THE TWO HALVES CRASHING TO THE MURKY WATERS BELOW. CHRISTI You know, my taxes are gonna have to pay for that. KAZ Come on. Kaz takes one step forward and drops with grace down the deep hole. Christi is not so lucky. She sits and scoots toward the cover. INT. SEWER - DAY She practically falls into it - Kaz manages to catch her, probably saving her some aches. They start down the length of the sewer, water treading beneath their feet. CHRISTI I can't see anything. KAZ I can. Kaz's eyes gleam with a twinge of light in them, obviously he is able to see in the dark. CHRISTI Well, I can't! Kaz holds up his sword, angling the blade to catch some of the light sneaking in through the open hole above their heads. THE LIGHT IS MAGNIFIED BY THE SWORD, ILLUMINATING THE SEWER SYSTEM GREATLY. CHRISTI Neat trick. (walks) Tell me again why we're in the sewer. KAZ There's a place I know. It might help us out. CHRISTI You have places? KAZ Just one. I think it's some sort of gathering. A place where the less honest can avoid any problems. CHRISTI In the sewer? KAZ Some of them are worse than you might think. CHRISTI That sounds comforting. So where is this -- Kaz and Christi round a a hidden corner. THE CHANGE FROM THE DANK, DARK SEWER TO THE ELEGANT AND LAVISH LOBBY-ESQUE AREA IS BREATHTAKING. INT. SEWER HIDEOUT - DAY CHRISTI (shocked) -- place? KAZ But some of them... well, just take a look. CHRISTI This is really disturbing. KAZ I really agree. CHRISTI How has no one found this? KAZ The doorway is hidden. Only somebody with eyes like mine can see it. They pass through the area and come upon an expensive-looking door, leading to another room. Kaz turns to her, looks her in the eyes. KAZ Your world has many secrets. Do not be surprised by what you may see. No one like you has ever been here. She doesn't look very up to the task. Kaz opens the door. INT. SEWER BAR/CHRISTI'S POV - DAY The entrance image is not as bad as she thought at first. She scans the area. SHE SEES DOZENS OF PEOPLE SITTING AT THE BAR ON THE NEAR WALL, DRINKING, THEIR HEADS DOWN. THERE ARE OTHER TABLES IN THIS LAVISH PLACE, EACH OF THEM FULL, MOVING WITH A MASS OF PEOPLE, TALKING, LAUGHING. CHRISTI It's a bar. (looks around) What's the big deal? Her head turns towards the bar to see the back of a head belonging to a man. He senses her gaze and, with a belch, he turns around to look at her. HIS FACE IS TWISTED AND CONTORTED, SKIN IN PLACES THERE SHOULDN'T BE - ENTIRELY INHUMAN. BACK TO SCENE CHRISTI YELPS AND LEAPS BACK, SHOCKED BY THE DISTURBING SURPRISE. CHRISTI (calmed) Oh. She looks around further, and sees that most of the people here, upon inspection of their features, are not human. CHRISTI Not your typical. (sarcastic) Just what I need more of. As if my heapin'-helpin' of weirdness earlier wasn't enough. KAZ We will not be here long. CHRISTI He's not here. We should just leave now. Yes, leave I say. KAZ I'm not looking for him. We're getting information. She nods, as if she knew already. Kaz walks up to the bar, pushing past anyone who's in his way. KAZ (to bartender) Where's CHERRY? The BARTENDER looks up, his expression remains that of stern reluctance, and his head quickly motions for the back of the bar. Kaz's knuckles come down on the bar-top in acceptance, and he heads for the back. The bartender stares at him. CHRISTI You sure look like you know your way around. KAZ You'd be surprised how fast you can learn - when you have to. CHRISTI So why's this guy called Cher -- Before she can finish they come upon the table that he is sitting at. A dozen beautiful woman sit around him, groping him, demanding his touch. His head turns to face Christi and she sees HIS INCREDIBLY BRIGHT RED FACE. CHRISTI -- Whoa! CHERRY (under his breath) Oh, shit. (loud, joyful) Kazuo! How's it goi -- KAZ Spare me your trite remarks. CHERRY (his face returns to one of disdain for Kaz) What do you want? KAZ Where is he? CHERRY He who? KAZ The Beast. With the utterance of His name, a hush befalls the bar and throws it into silence as nearly every thing there turns to look at Kaz. CHERRY (scared) Da-Dante? Dante doesn't come around these parts. KAZ He was upstairs. Just a few hours ago. Several of the people in different areas of the bar rush up and head fore the door. CHERRY W-What? CHRISTI (to Kaz) Are they afraid of Him? CHERRY Her kind aren't allowed here. KAZ (to Christi) Yes. Deathly. (Cherry hesitantly agrees with a nod) (back to Cherry) And I am the one asking the questions here. CHERRY Alright. Alright. But you don't ever bring her back. And about Dante - I haven't seen him. KAZ Lies! He was not ten feet from your ugly ass face. CHRISTI (surprised, quietly) Ugly ass face... ? KAZ (ignoring her) I know you've seen him. Now tell me where. CHERRY Hey! Come on! You think I want to see Dante?! Hello? Remember? 'Bore from him all other evils.' All that jazz? Ring a bell? We don't want Dante here! And I'm not exactly too eager to meet the son-of-a-bitch! KAZ I am aware of the legends surrounding my enemy. But I still do not believe -- Someone, A BIG MAN, sneaks up behind Kaz. He grabs his shoulder with his enormous hand. BIG MAN Is there a situation here? Sir? Kaz's hand grabs his own in a flash of speed. And before anyone can move THE BIG MAN IS SOARING OVER KAZ'S HEAD, AND CRASHES THROUGH THE TABLE IN FRONT OF KAZ. LANDING WITH HIS ARM VICED BY KAZ'S, AND THE SWORD AT HIS THROAT. -- THE PATTER OF RUSHING FOOTSTEPS BEHIND -- KAZ TURNS, HIS SWORD GLEAMING WITH SPEED. A HAND FALLS TO THE FLOOR. AND THE SWORD RETURNS TO THE THROAT OF THE BIG MAN. Kaz looks at Cherry, his eyebrows raised, waiting for an answer. BAR PATRON Hey! Kaz stops mid-sentence, to turn and look at who has caught his attention. BAR PATRON You wanna know about Dante? (Downs beer) I can take you to Him. KAZ Who are you? BAR PATRON Just a good samaritan. You want in or not? Kaz looks to Christi, she shrugs in puzzlement. Kaz quickly relinquishes and starts toward the man. He gets up from the stool to meet them. KAZ Ladies first. The man heads for the door, Kaz and Christi close behind. CHRISTI (quietly, to Kaz) He's human. BAR PATRON Not exactly darlin'. He turns around and opens his eyes wide AS THEY GLOW WITH AN INTENSITY OF FIRE. BAR PATRON But all the right parts are there. If you're interested. KAZ Eyes forward. Six-inch voices. And keep your hands to yourself. BAR PATRON Alright, alright, Teach. I'm going. CUT TO: INT. ELEVATOR ENTRANCE/SEWER - DAY At the end of a VERY long sewer tunnel there is a lone light shining bright, THE ELEVATOR IS WAITING. BAR PATRON So, yeah, I know where all this guys lackies like to hang out, his chore handlers. CHRISTI Sounds like a bunch o' little bitches to me. BAR PATRON You're not far off there. Gotta be careful though, they're developed. CHRISTI Developed? KAZ They have abilities too. (re: elevator) Where's this go. BAR PATRON Express. It goes up, top floor o' their skyscraper. CHRISTI It's not exactly an underground cover up. BAR PATRON Last place someone'd look though. The bar patron goes in first, pressing the one and only button, lighting up. Kaz and Christi stand on either side of him, waiting for the ding. DING The doors close. CUT TO: DING INT. TOP FLOOR/VAMPIRE SKYSCRAPER - DAY The doors slide open to an incredible single room floor, lots of space, only a small bit of furniture near the window. EXCEPT FOR THE LOCKERS COVERING EVERY INCH OF WALL SPACE. The bar patron reaches over and presses a button. METAL GRATES SLOWLY SLIDE DOWN OVER THE MASSIVE WINDOWS, SHUTTING OUT ALL LIGHT. KAZ Better take this. Kaz pulls from his pocket a dangerous looking dagger, spinning it in his hand before he has it at the hilt. He hands it to her. CHRISTI (taking it) What's this for? KAZ (exhales,calm) It's a trap. THE GRATES CLOSE AND LOCK - DARKNESS. EVERY LOCKER SLOWLY BEGINS TO SWING OPEN. KAZ Vampires. CHRISTI (shocked, angry) Vampires?! KAZ Our beer buddy here is one too. Descendants of The Beast. Men, no, only shaped like men, their faces twisted and evil, start to climb from their standing coffins, sensing the darkness. CHRISTI How many you count? Looks at the myriad of vampires slowly surrounding them, cutting off any escape. KAZ It doesn't really matter. BAR PATRON Message from The Beast. Enjoy yourselves. THE MASS RUSHES AT THE TWO, ENCOMPASSING THEM. KAZ LEAPS INTO THE AIR - A METAL BO STAFF ONCE HIDDEN IN THE INNARDS OF HIS COAT, NOW RESTS IN HIS HAND. SPINNING AND TWISTING FASTER THAN CAN BE SEEN THE STAFF BECOMES A BLUR, UNTIL IT CRASHES DOWN ON THE SKULL OF AN UNLUCKY VAMPIRE, SNAPPING HIS NECK. THE BOTTOM END SLAMS ONE IN THE FACE, COMING FROM BELOW, SENDING HIM FLYING BACK. HE REELS BACK, THE SAME END LANDING INTO THE GUT OF ANOTHER JUST BEHIND HIM. IT GOES LOW, TRIPPING ANOTHER WITH SUCH FORCE, HE LANDS ONLY ON THE TOP OF HIS SKULL. HE BRINGS IT BACK UP, SPINNING IT INCREDIBLY FAST AROUND HIS BODY, FINALLY FINISHING THE SPIN OFF WITH A SIDE SWIPE - FIVE OF THEM ARE HIT, SPINNING UNGODLY FAST BEFORE THEY HIT THE GROUND, ALL IN UNISON. THE STAFF HITS THE FLOOR AT THE FEET OF A VAMPIRE. HE STARES AT KAZ, COCKY, JUST BEFORE KAZ THROWS THE STAFF UPWARDS, SENDING HIM THROUGH THE AIR, CRASHING INTO A HALF DOZEN OTHER VAMPS. SLAM IN THE STOMACH. SLAM IN THE FACE. A BROKEN KNEECAP. A BROKEN NECK. THE IMPACTS ARE SO SHORT AND FAST IT'S HARD TO MAKE THEM OUT. POV - KAZ HE LOOKS TO CHRISTI, HAVING LITTLE LUCK WITH THE DAGGER HE GAVE HER. HE THROWS HIS ARM FROM HIS SIDE STRAIGHT AHEAD, THE STAFF SPINS ON A HORIZONTAL AXIS - TAKING OUT A MASS THAT WAS LOOMING TOWARDS CHRISTI. SHE POPS HIM A LOOK OF EXTREME GRATITUDE, THEN RUNS OFF, BEING PURSUED. BACK TO SCENE HE RUNS AFTER HER, BLASTING THROUGH A MASS OF SOLDIERS. HIS FIST FLIES, SPINNING ONE LIKE A TOP. ONE JUMPS IN HIS WAY, BUT A STANDING FRONT KICK SENDS HIM FLYING INTO ANOTHER GROUP OF THEM, CLEARING THE WAY. HE GRABS CHRISTI, TRYING TO PROTECT HER. CHRISTI WHAT DO WE DO?! KAZ GET THE LIGHTS! HE GRABS HER BY THE BACK OF HER SHIRT, AND THROWS HER, HURLS HER OVER A LINE OF THEM THAT WERE CLOSING IN. SHE LANDS ON THE OTHER SIDE, HARD, BUT FREE FROM THEIR GRASP AND CLOSER TO THE SWITCH FOR THE GRATES. HE REACHES IN HIS COAT, BEHIND HIS BACK, AND EXTRUDES TWO DAGGERS - ALL BLADE, WITH VERY THICK AND WIDTHFUL BLADES. A CURVED DESIGN THAT MATCHES EACH OTHER. KAZ BRINGS BOTH BLADES, FROM HIS SIDES, TOWARDS HIM - A HEAD FALLS HITS THE FLOOR. IT EXPLODES IN A DAZZLE OF FIRE AND ASH, LIKE EMBERS FROM A BURNING LOG. THE BODY DOES THE SAME. ONE BLADE INTO THE CHEST, ONE THROUGH THE BACK. ONE BLADE IN THE STOMACH, THE OTHER BELOW THE JAW. BOTH IN THE CHEST. THEY START FALLING ONE AFTER THE OTHER, LIQUEFYING INTO BURNING ASH. THEY REGROUP, AND START TO GET HITS OFF. ONE BLADE IS KICKED FROM HIS HAND, THE OTHER IS STOLEN. A KICK TO HIS FACE, AND ANOTHER TO HIS STOMACH, TWO DROPKICK IN UNISON - SENDING HIM TO THE GROUND. HIS HEAD SHOOTS OVER -- -- christi in trouble with four of them surrounding her. He spins his legs, like he were a top - several fall to the floor. He's up - two ninja stars between each set of fingers on his right hand. His hand flies forward. The next thing that's visible is four vamps, each of them with two stars piercing them - one on the head, one in the back. They fall and burn. Kaz takes off, trying to gain an offensive. But christi is near the switch. She reaches out, ready to press it, when a hand grabs her own and spins her around, sending her to the floor. She looks up, sees the bar man, smiling. The action stops, Kaz is panting, on one side of the floor, the entire mass of vamps, although diminished, stand on the other, opposing him, ready to attack. KAZ Okay. So you guys wanna play it that way. He grabs the hilt of his sword and SLOWLY removes it from the scabbard, a few of them SQUINT from its BLINDING SHINE. He holds it in front of him, both hands on the hilt. Angle - the sword is directly in front of his face, between his eyes, he looks past it, at the onslaught. One rushes at Kaz - bad idea. With a fling of the sword he's in the air, his burning body cut in half. More attack, the sword flying at lightning speed - in the chest, the side, the face, the legs - all are attacked before anyone can even understand what's happening. They stop. They think otherwise. Christi looks up at the bar patron, still smiling, pulling a dagger of his own, ready to attack. A star slams into his leg. He looks to Kaz - now he's smiling. Before he can react the dagger she had in her hand is through the bottom of his jaw, into his head. He explodes into a fiery dust before he can hit the ground. She leaps up and hits the switch - the windows open, light filling the room. Almost instantly everyone of them starts to cook, burning up in only a few seconds like all of their comrades just did. But there's one, running for the door, his entire body on fire. He hits a different switch, a light just below it blinking very quickly. Kaz's eyes widen. He runs over and grabs Christi by the waist And heads for the window. Her eyes widen in terror, just as Kaz leaps through the glass window, the fifty story window. Glass shatters around them. The light stops blinking. EXT. FALLING FROM SKYSCRAPER - DAY Just as they clear the top floor it's up in flames - the button he pressed was a last resort, now the whole top floor is exploding in a huge fireball. But they're still falling. Kaz grabs Christi and struggles to put her on his shoulder. She can't believe what's happening. The sword flips in his hand, pointing down. He slams it into the side of the massive building, digging in almost to the hilt. His feet find the wall next, pushing down with all his force, as he struggles with one arm to keep Christi on his shoulder. Halfway down. They're not slowing. Still falling too fast. He presses down harder, the bottom of his boots leaving an enormous black trail on the side of the building, the rubber melting. Three quarters. Even harder. His feet start to smoke. His face shows his agony. Almost down. Still too fast. He digs the sword in deeper. The shift causes it to lose its hold on the wall. They're falling without an anchor at all to the wall. His back to the ground, Christi is now pressed against his chest. His body slams into the roof of a car, the windows exploding, the frame destroyed in the span of an instant. BEAT Christi looks up from being buried in his chest. She looks hurt, dazed. CHRISTI Kaz... ? His eyes are shut, he doesn't move. CHRISTI Kaz?! She slaps him. A groan escapes his mouth, he's in bad shape. KAZ (in pain) That was fun... but I still liked the Empire State better. She smiles, her face buried in his chest again. SLOW DISSOLVE TO: INT. CHRISTI'S APARTMENT - NIGHT The door shuts. Christi enters her apartment. MIKE Hey, Chris. CHRISTI Oh, hey, Mikey. MIKE Where've you been? CHRISTI Just... hangin' around. MIKE You know, Richie Rich has been callin' all day for you. CHRISTI Oh shit! Richard... MIKE I take it by that 'shit' you spent most of the day with your new bedroom playtime pal? CHRISTI I told you, there is no such person. MIKE Alright. It's a secret. I get it. It's cool. (beat) Oh, and, hey, I got that stuff you wanted. CHRISTI Yeah? What'd it say? MIKE I left it at work. But pretty much all it said was that he was some kind o' priest, holy man type. (stops) What'd you wanna know that fer? CHRISTI Just... wondering, I-I guess. MIKE Oh, yeah. K. Suddenly, there's a knock at the door. Christi turns and opens it to reveal Kaz. She looks stunned, she can't really speak. MIKE (seeing her reaction) Who are you? KAZ (to Christi) Time to go. MIKE Hey. Who are you? CHRISTI (beat) Maybe there's something you should know. CUT TO: INT. KAZ'S WAREHOUSE/KAZ'S WORKSHOP - NIGHT MIKE I-I-I-I don't, I don't... what? CHRISTI That's what I said. (beat) What were those things today Kaz? MIKE Wha-What things? KAZ When I fought Dante the first time he was just starting to assemble his army. CHRISTI His army? KAZ Mostly what we saw today. Some other things. Some worse things. CHRISTI An army... an army of vampires? KAZ To be honest, I only used that term to familiarize you with what we were facing. In reality, that is a very loose word. They have no specific characteristics. The personality of the individual remains. Whoever feels like drinking blood, does. It's not a general trait. CHRISTI Why did they... do what they did? Explode? KAZ They're just dead. The disease that they have holds their body together through decomposition. Underneath, they're hollow. If any air gets in, decomposition catches up to itself. MIKE That's why a stake to the heart... KAZ A stake anywhere really. Or anything bigger than a bullet, actually. MIKE Wait, I have a question - Why us? CHRISTI Yeah, I never really got that either. Why does he want me? KAZ Unfortunately, Dante must have seen us together somewhere. He wants to use you to find me. That makes you a part of this too, Michael. MIKE Great. (beat) Why did you come back? KAZ I don't understand. MIKE Why wasn't someone else chosen after you died. Why did they bring you back? KAZ I was never dead. After I thought that Dante had been killed, I slumbered, hoping I would sleep forever. CHRISTI How'd you kill him? I mean, the last time? Something rips through Kazuo's mind. Some forgotten memory. CUT TO: EXT. FIELD - NIGHT Kazuo's sword rams straight through Dante's chest - a look of utter pain on his face. Lightning cracks in the background as Dante falls back, sliding off the sword. CUT TO: INT. KAZ'S WAREHOUSE/KAZ'S WORKSHOP - NIGHT He comes back an instant later. KAZ It seems as though I didn't. CHRISTI Which is why I asked - so we won't make the same mistake again. KAZ I ran my blade through his heart. MIKE Does anyone else think that should've worked the first time? KAZ (realizing) He didn't die. He slept too. He's waiting for something... (beat) I think it would serve us best to retire. The day has made us weary. (re: weapons) Stay awake if you want, take what you wish. Exit Kazuo. INT. KAZ'S WAREHOUSE/KAZ'S WORKSHOP - LATER - NIGHT Christi and Mike sit around Kaz's workstation, talking. MIKE I guess I was pretty far off when I guessed you were going behind Richie's back? CHRISTI You're not kiddin'. MIKE I WAS right about a new man in your life. (looks at weapons) What are we gonna do Chris? We can't go back to our old lives now. Our jobs. CHRISTI Dante wants us dead. We do what we have to do. We kill him. MIKE Kaz kills him, we're just along for the ride. Don't ever forget that. We're just luggage to this guy. He says Dante wants to use you to find him, I think Kaz wants to use you to find Dante. CHRISTI As long as he keeps me alive, I'm pretty comfortable with our relationship. On the table are the multitude of Kaz's weapons. Mike picks up the long metal bo staff. MIKE Ooh, I like this. Metal. I could do things with this. Mike spins it around his body, showing only a small amount of skill with the staff, but more than most. Christi picks up one of the throwing stars. She points to a spot on the wall and hurls it, the star spiraling through the air. It flies up, completely off target, with a klank, not connecting with anything. CHRISTI Guess that's a no. (looks, sees his sword) I wonder if he would let me use it. You know, just until we find Dante. She goes over and reaches for it, her palm touching the handle. Something inside the handle shifts, and, without warning, a shock erupts from it, causing Chris to drop the sword to the floor. CHRISTI Fuck! MIKE (laughs) That thing has handprint analysis on it. When he said it would only obey him, he wasn't shittin' you. CHRISTI How did the shaman make that thing? I mean, they didn't have the materials then. The components to put it together. MIKE I'm having split theories on that. One, either the shaman was from the future and knew how to build it, which I really doubt, cuz if he was, this would be about to get a lot more complicated. Or two, the shaman was a seer and envisioned how to make it. Or maybe it is just magic, fuck if I know. CHRISTI (re: weapons) Which one? MIKE Just pick one of those other swords. It's not like he needs more than one. (walking off, re: staff) Maybe I can hook this thing up to a -- Christi stares up to Kaz's bedroom, wondering what he is doing up there. CUT TO: EXT. FIELD - NIGHT Flashes -- -- the field -- -- the air -- -- Kazuo, sweat on his face, panting -- -- Dante, angry, a smile on his face -- Kaz and Dante stands on opposite side of the field, many feet apart, but their gaze never loses the others. Kaz is in his ninja uniform, an incredible difference from that of the present, his hair is in the ponytail on the peak of his head. Dante still wears only black, but in ancient clothing. DANTE It's really pathetic, you know? After all that you've done, I'm still going to kill you. Kaz RUSHES him, his sword ready to strike, feet pounding the soft dirt. Dante stands still, not moving, arms crossed. Kaz brings the sword down, slicing straight through Dante, from his neck to his abdomen. Or would have. Before any contact can be made Dante explodes, becoming a dozen black crows, flying off in a FLASH. They circle around Kaz, swarming around him, before they finally regroup far behind him. Just as fast as he was gone Dante returns. DANTE (laughs) You know, last time I checked that really doesn't do much unless you get me. KAZ I'm about to do more than that. DANTE Then enough games. It's time we finally finish this. In the blink of an eye, disappearing from across the field again, Dante's fist is slamming across Kazuo's face, causing him to stumble backwards, using his sword as a brace. Dante smiles and nods mockingly; Rome Kazuo attacks again. A low swing of his mighty sword, Dante jumps above it calmly, as it glides underneath his feet. Kaz swings high, before Dante can even land. Dante throws his head back, arching at the spine, the sword zipping just above his nose. But he's in the air, the maneuver forces him into a back flip. He uses his own momentum to his favor, his airborne feet slamming into Kaz's jaw. Kaz, on his back, and Dante, on his feet, land at the same time. Dante, taking advantage of his prone state, rushes at Kaz, still on the ground. Kaz's feet extend out, and Dante's own momentum in his own enemy. Kaz's feet catch him in the chest, sending him flipping directly over Kaz. The object is to ground your opponent, but Dante is too good, and he adjusts, not only landing on his feet, but spiraling in the air, landing, facing Kaz's prone body. Dante bends down, but Kaz's feet are still in the air - he kicks his legs out, hopping up to his feet with the awesome agility move that all martial artists know, nailing Dante with his feet on the way up. He staggers back, as Kazuo turns - the sword flies, Dante's arm hits the floor. He just looks at the stump, frustrated, upset, not in any pain. Kaz attacks, before he can recuperate, his sword coming down. But Dante's arm is already back and he grabs the sword as it's coming down in the palm of his hand, smiling. A kick from Dante sends Kaz crashing back, losing his grip on the sword. Grabbing it by the blade and not from the hilt, Dante can handle the sword in his hand. He launches like a spear at Kaz, who is already up with another hop. The sword flies at his face, Kaz does a back- handspring just as the sword passes above his stomach. It loses momentum as Kaz gets to his feet, and it sticks with its blade into the ground. He looks down and sees that his shirt is shorn from how close the blade actually came to gutting him. Dante's hand extends, fingers stretched out. The sword begins to shake in the ground. Kaz's eyes widen, knowing what it's about to do, he leaps towards Dante, his arm out. Just as the sword leaps from its position in the soil, flying towards Dante's open hand. But Kaz is already there and he snatches the sword from its flight before it ever gets to Dante, spinning it in his hand to relieve its momentum. Dante sees his folly, and tries to side-kick Kaz before he can regroup. Still with the sword in spin, Kaz sees the leg coming for him and alters the spin of the blade and brings it up, Dante's leg disappearing in flash of steel below the kneecap. Pain flies across Dante's face, but Kaz isn't done. With another flick of his wrist the sword is under his control again, and he straightens it out Straight through dante's heart. There is a moment of peace, neither of them moves - Dante in utter anguish, Kaz with a single hand still has his heart pierced. Dante slides off the sword, and falls to the ground, exploding into ash as he hits. CUT TO: INT. KAZ'S BEDROOM - NIGHT Kaz sits alone in a chair, his arms folded on his lap, facing the window. His eyes are closed, but he's not asleep, he's meditating. CHRISTI (O.S.) Kaz? His eyes open slowly, but he refuses to turn around and face her. CHRISTI How are you? KAZ (hostile) Fine. She comes farther in, still weary to get too close. CHRISTI You don't sound fine. (beat) We were wondering what the plan is. KAZ There isn't one. When we find him, we kill him. Fairly simple. CHRISTI Is everything alright? KAZ I've been... having these dreams. Of the first time I fought Dante. I've been trying to ignore them, but, they keep resurfacing. My past won't stay dead. One way or the other. CHRISTI What did they say? KAZ I dusted him. I watched as he became one with the earth again. I still can't understand what force allowed him to survive, or me for that matter, for all these years. CHRISTI The past never stays dead. Not for any of us. It's part of life. KAZ (ignoring her) You know, when I went to sleep that night, I really wasn't planning on coming back. I was hoping to slumber until my time too was over. And now here we are - fighting the same damn thing I've been fighting for the last 650 years. Except this time, it's not just in my dreams. CHRISTI I don't understand. KAZ There's no way that you can. You didn't watch your family, your friends, you didn't watch them all die. (beat) I fought the fight, I just want it to be over. CHRISTI It's not. There is still some fight left. KAZ You know, sometimes I wish he had won, that day in the field. At least I wouldn't be here, suffering, this curse that has been brought before me filling my every waking moment. And most others. CHRISTI Curse? Any human being would give anything to be what you are, to have what you have. Strength, speed, immortality. It is no curse, it is a gift. KAZ Gift? Laughable. Alive until the very end of time, the same fucking grin looking back at you for all eternity. (beat) He will never die, not even I can kill him, I've already seen that. What is the use of trying anymore? The use of suffering, if he's only going to -- (laughs once) Endure? CHRISTI Because you have to. You're the only one. KAZ I couldn't do it. There isn't anyone. It can't be done. CHRISTI I guess we'll just have to find out. There's only one way for you to get any fucking sleep! And that's to kill this son of a bitch. She storms out. He doesn't move, only continues to stare out the window, watching the world pass him by. CUT TO: INT. SEWER BAR - NIGHT The bar is alive again, back in full spring after the earlier disturbances by Kaz and Chris. Cherry is surrounded by his usual enterage. They're living it up, laughing, groping, all the rest in between. When the door knob turns and it slowly starts to open. The crowd hushes, Cherry stops, stares, at the door. A smiling face enters, arms extended as if to welcome them with open arms. Dante. No one moves, frozen with fright. Each of them stare, open-mouthed, at Dante, still with arms open and a smile on his face. DANTE (singing) Where everybody knows my name. Dante claps his hands together, eager for something. Everyone is scared. DANTE Now, see, I heard a teeny rumor that folk 'round these parts have been blabbin' valuable information concerning yours truly. If that were true, well, this place might as well have a headstone on the front door. A man with small horns, HORNED MAN, rushes at Dante. He straightens his arm and it collides with his face. He falls to the floor, unconscious. DANTE Why does everyone keep doing that? I just hate being interrupted. CHERRY (O.S.) What do you want from us? DANTE Oh, hi there... red... thing. CHERRY It's Cherry. You'll find the name on the deed is mine. DANTE Oh, so you own it. I get it. It's clever. There is a rush of wind. Cherry looks to his right. Dante sits next to him, his arm around his shoulders. DANTE Now, you see, there are a few ways this can go. I won't bore you with the details. What, with the so many of the entrails mopping the floor, the blood from your open skulls clogging up the drain there, it might take a while. CHERRY We don't have your third. DANTE My third? Now, who mentioned anything about my keys? The fact that you know of my search is quite interesting in and of itself. CHERRY What you search for is no secret. DANTE Indeed. However, the third key is, my little bloodshot buddy. Dante leans in to Cherry's face. His arrogant demeanor fades. DANTE And I think you know where it is. INT. KAZ'S WAREHOUSE - NIGHT CHRISTI I don't think he's going to be much use to us anymore. MIKE Why? CHRISTI Mid-life crisis. MIKE Man. That's gotta suck. That's gotta be like... a hundred years. CHRISTI We might have to go after him ourselves. MIKE That sounds fun. Not impossible though. Check it out. Mike holds up the newly enhanced staff. MIKE I installed a battery in the core, ran wiring through to the ends. CHRISTI Well?... Mike lowers one end until it touches the table. Electricity explodes through the staff, charring the table and sending sparks into their faces. CHRISTI Shit. MIKE My sentiments, exactly. He switches it off by means of the button in the center, and puts it on the table. MIKE I'll see what I can do about your sword. It's a good blade, I'm afraid I might just slow it down or something. It's good enough. CHRISTI Maybe we really can take him on our own. MIKE I wouldn't get too many id -- Mike stops. He sees Kaz, with his sword, walking out the front door. Kaz doesn't look back. MIKE Where's he off to? CHRISTI He took his sword. INT. SEWER BAR - NIGHT Kaz steps through the door. His black boots crunch glass. They track blood. He stops. His head moves very slowly from side to side, scanning the entire bar. He lets out a sigh of disgust. Everyone that was in the bar is now on the ground - DEAD. Blood everywhere. Every vile thing in the city has been destroyed by their ancestor. Blood covers almost all of the white tile floor. Kaz has to step over dead hands, dead bodies, to even walk. Something coughs, a gurgled, blood-filled cough. Kaz looms over Cherry, struggling to stay alive. KAZ What happened? CHERRY Da... Dante. KAZ Where did he go? CHERRY No... listen... EXT. STREET - NIGHT Dante walks, a smile on his face. The camera in tight to his features, his location unknown. INT. SEWER BAR -NIGHT CHERRY He... he came to us... KAZ Why? CHERRY He needed... information. KAZ Information for what? CHERRY When Dante first reappeared he was still struggling to... raise his army. KAZ That's why he's back? He waited for it grow. CHERRY No... shut up. He already has. They're just waiting to be called. KAZ Then why, why has he come back? CHERRY There's... a place. I don't know where. There's a room. EXT. STREET - NIGHT Dante comes to a door. His hand reaches out for the handle. INT. SEWER BAR - NIGHT CHERRY It needs three keys... to open it. KAZ Keys? CHERRY They're things... they have a certain energy in them. He had already found two... the first time you killed him. KAZ And the third? CHERRY I knew where it was... I didn't want to... but... KAZ What does it open? CHERRY In the room... lies all of Dante's untapped power. All of the evil concentrated into something... Cherry coughs up more blood. CHERRY If he gets his hands on it... KAZ He'll be unstoppable. Cherry nods. KAZ Where is the last key? I can't let him get it. CHERRY You don't understand. The last key... someONE. He had to wait... the energy to be born. KAZ Who then? CHERRY When I saw it... I felt it. If you hadn't - - (coughs) I wouldn't have known. KAZ Who?! CHERRY That girl... that you brought. INT. KAZ'S WAREHOUSE - NIGHT Dante steps through the door. Mike and Christi jump in horror, trying to run away. Dante only smiles, with his arms out. INT. SEWER BAR - NIGHT Dante's sword comes down at the neck of Cherry, ending his suffering. He runs out the door. INT. KAZ'S WAREHOUSE - NIGHT LATER The warehouse has been ransacked. Everything has been utterly destroyed. Mike lays broken on the floor, not breathing. Kaz walks up and stands next to him. KAZ Christ. MIKE You stupid motherfucker. Kaz looks down. MIKE He didn't want her to get to you. He just wanted her. KAZ I know. MIKE Oh! Well, nice of you to run that one by us. Especially right after he fuckin' took her! KAZ She's not dead. He needs her. Mike struggles to stand up. Kaz does not help. He stares Kaz in the face. MIKE Just tell me how the hell you plan on getting her back. INT. KAZ'S BEDROOM - NIGHT Kaz sits on the floor, facing his enormous open window. Meditating with his eyes closed. INT. KAZ'S WAREHOUSE - NIGHT Mike completes the bandaging of his right arm, he tears the cloth with his teeth. He grabs two knives from the table and places them in his pants at his back. He grabs a brown leather bag as well. And heads for the door. Without looking he snatches his staff from another table near the door. He spins it, the sound of the electricity flowing through it sparks. He opens the door. INT. KAZ'S BEDROOM - NIGHT The door slams shut. Kaz's eyes slowly open. DANTE (V.O.) I finally figured it out. INT. DANTE'S HIDEOUT - NIGHT A blank, empty warehouse. DANTE What you people are. Christi sits adjacent to Dante. She refuses to speak. DANTE Come on, don't you even wanna guess? She turns her head away from him. DANTE Stories about me are pretty much the same as they have always been. Ever since that day in the Garden. One little apple and sin was born. Dante stands, Christi keeps her head turned. DANTE And suddenly I became a snake. Ooohh. Something purely evil, they said. All these different names erupted, different opinions. I didn't bust outta Heaven and start doing all these nasty things; I was never an Angel. He stands behind Chris, his hands on her shoulders. DANTE That was just how society evolved my story from His fuck up. He walks around until he stands right in front of her. DANTE People never really realized - He grabs her chin and forces her to look at him, his voice erupts. DANTE That I was first! You people came from me! I was the dominant being before you were ever thought of! He subsides, returning to his calm demeanor, still he holds her chin. DANTE And you people reigned over me for this long. It's absolutely ridiculous. He slumps back down into his couch. DANTE Which is exactly why I'm going to kill you all. Those of you who survive will only do so because you belong to me. Christi laughs. DANTE What's funny? She can't stop. DANTE What are you laughing at!? She tries to hold it in but it gets out, even louder than before. DANTE What the hell is so Goddamned funny?!?! CHRISTI You really think you're so special? DANTE What are you talking about? CHRISTI You already said it - You were God's fuck up. His one and only. His biggest. DANTE That makes no difference. CHRISTI Of course it does! Even if you are stronger than all of us, do you really think that you can outmatch God? DANTE Just you wa - - CHRISTI You're a fool. You've been destined to get your ass kicked ever since the Book came out. And you still try to beat us? When He favors us so dominantly over you? DANTE They're wrong! The Book is wrong! CHRISTI You're absolutely right. It is wrong. DANTE You agree? CHRISTI Yeah. You're not nearly as frightening or as dangerous as those pages make you sound. He slaps her. But she starts to laugh again. CHRISTI You won't win. Kaz will stop you, I've seen it in his eyes. He hates you more than he hates himself - You are the only reason he is still alive, he'll follow you until you're dead. DANTE He already tried! He tried and he failed! He couldn't kill me then, and he sure as hell won't be able to stop me when the keys are in place. CHRISTI The keys? That's your master plan? Some new power? Even if you kill Rome it won't stop there. Every time you kill a messenger another, a better one, comes in its place. You'll never be able to sleep, you'll only have time to run. New power or not. DANTE Ah, youth. This is where YOU are mistaken. The power that you so easily mock is much worse than you can ever dream of. Every evil thought, action, sentence is concentrated into it. It has only left out enough to keep the scales balanced. But once it's mine, the scales tip in my favor, and nothing is powerful enough to tip them back. You say that more and more warriors will be sent after me if - - once I kill Kazuo? There won't be any to send. Because when the power is mine, I am going to Heaven's Gate itself, and I'm taking out the boss. And there's not a damn thing He can do to stop me. He'll be nothing compared to me. MIKE (O.S.) You gotta get there first. Dante spins, before he can react a FLAMING BALL BAT flies across his face, sending him hurling back. MIKE You seem to like swords so much, I really doubt you're too fond of fire. Dante looks up, and the bat comes across his face again, leaving instant burn marks on his face. Mike swings it again, Dante's arm reaches out and grabs the bat, and yanks it from his hands. Mike seems unfazed, and retrieves a broad sword from his bag. With one swing the flaming piece of the bat is on the floor, and ignites the couch. He swings the sword again, down towards Dante's face. A single finger stops the blade cold, Dante's outstretched pointer finger. Mike looks worried. Dante's hand slams on the sword and it breaks it two. Mike starts to back up. He pulls a dagger from each pocket and launches them underhand at Dante. In an instant they are lodged into his abdomen. Dante looks at them in annoyance and shrugs them off with a swipe of his hand as though they were dust. Dante starts to advance. With a new vigor and confidence Mike grabs the staff from its crooked holster between his shoulder blades, whipping and spinning it with a surprising skill. One end is suddenly slamming against Dante's knee, sparks erupting as Dante screams. The other slams into his side the next instant, buckling Dante over in pain. It comes across his back, and just as fast into his face, coming from below, and sends Dante through the air slamming him into a wall. Dante holds his chest, as Mike leaps over the couch, using it as a springboard, the staff over his head, ready to strike. It comes down as he does, but Dante catches it in his hands, the electricity erupting again. Dante's face is powerful, but full of pain. The other end of the staff pivots, and slams his groin. A myriad of hits in just a few seconds, the staff pounding Dante all over, his body buckling over every time. Mike continues to hit, so fast the hits are no longer deliberate ones, he just keeps hitting. The staff stops, he pulls it back and slams one end straight into Dante's chest, pushing with all his strength, not releasing the contact. The electricity swarms around them both, Dante's mouth is wide open in the biggest scream he has ever dealt. Mike looks into his eyes, the same anger on his face. Dante keeps screaming. Mike coils his hips and uses the staff as a brace, hurling Dante over his head, he crashes into the couch. He doesn't move. Mike sucks in as much breath as he can, and begins to relax. Slowly Dante's smoking body begins to rise from behind the couch. Mike can't believe it. DANTE You come prepared. I admire that. Dante's hand stretches out, and the staff is suddenly full of a life of its own. It leaps from Mike's hands and comes in to Dante's. He stands up, and breaks the staff over his knee, the electricity flowing once more, but dying in a moment. DANTE But it's not good enough. In a flash of speed Dante is in front of Mike, smiling. He only has one weapon left, he pulls out a wooden cross and holds it in front of Dante's face. DANTE Sorry kid, I'm an Atheist. He crushes the cross to dust in his hand. And before he can blink Mike is flying through the air as a result of a right back-hand by Dante. Blood erupts from his nose. Dante leaps over the couch, now completely engulfed in flames, licking the walls with its flames, catching everything on fire, in a single leap. His black boot slams into Mike's stomach. He flies through the air, spiraling, until he slams through a stucco wall. Flames engulf it just after he crashes through. DANTE Nice try, kid. Dante grabs Christi under one arm and leaps out the window. Smoke fills the warehouse, as flames close in Mike. Kaz appears through the smoke, walking calmly with his sword in his hand. He steps through the fires, not even worrying if they will burn. He looks down at Mike. Then looks to the window that Dante leapt from. INT. GOTHIC CHURCH - NIGHT Kaz has returned to the place that he awakened from. He sits at a church bench, looking at the huge crucifix of Christ in the front of the church, his hands folded together, praying. Other people pass by, some praying at other benches. No one speaks. Kaz speaks to himself, looking at the cross, almost too soft for anyone to hear. KAZ Why have you done this? Why have you cursed me with this? I have a will of my own, yet my will is only to serve you. Choose another. I have done this for quite long enough. It is time for someone else to pick up where I have left off. Please, I only want to be rid of this. I have no desire to prolong it any longer. PRIEST (O.S.) I'm sorry, sir. Kaz looks to his right, and sees a PRIEST standing there. PRIEST I could not help overhearing your prayers. KAZ My prayers are my own. Please, leave me to them. PRIEST Sir, if you would be so kind. KAZ Fine. PRIEST Every person is put here to do something. It's different for everyone. I am here to spread the Word. Meanwhile, my wife says it's her spaghetti. KAZ Father, I don't have time for thi -- PRIEST We have all the time that is given to us. If you are still here, whatever your purpose is, is it unfulfilled. KAZ I already know that. PRIEST So you know your purpose then? KAZ I know it very well. PRIEST Then you have a luxury few do. All that's left is to finish it. KAZ I don't think that I can. It is impossible. PRIEST This, son, is where you are mistaken. If your purpose is a noble one then it is you only that can finish it. No one now, or ever, other than you can see it through. You want someone else to do it, but no one else can. It is for you alone. It is YOUR destiny, not theirs. The doors in the back of the church slam open, booming through the quiet church like thunder. Kaz doesn't even look up. He knows who it is. Dante enters, with open arms. KAZ There is my destiny now, father. PRIEST I don't understand. KAZ Perhaps you should run. DANTE Kaz! My boy! There you are. I've missed you. Dante walks beside the bench that Kaz sits in, and sees the priest. DANTE Beat it, pops. A gust of wind suddenly erupts through the church, blowing back the priest slightly. He looks frightened, he runs. KAZ Why have you come here? DANTE Come on, Kazuo, aren't you even gonna shake my hand? We're old friends. Kaz stands up, a fierce determination on his face, eye to eye with Dante. KAZ You do not call us that. DANTE I only mean we are linked, you and I. Together forever. If I weren't so heartless I'd call it romantic in a way. KAZ Leave me in peace! I only wish to pray. DANTE But I want so much more. He throws a punch at Kaz. He quickly tilts his head as the punch flies by, he snatches his fist from the air and holds on, not letting it retract. KAZ We do not fight here. He retracts it anyway, breaking Kaz's grip. DANTE Oh, right. You still have that thing about fighting in churches? KAZ This is consecrated ground. No harm should be done here. DANTE Why didn't you just bring them here? It would have saved her some trouble, you know. KAZ I didn't think you would find me. DANTE It matters not. This is not our time. I have set that already. KAZ I will not fight you. DANTE Kaz? My friend, have you truly checked out from this fight? KAZ I just want to be left in peace. For the rest of my days. DANTE I must say, this is indeed quite a shock to me. I was rather looking forward to killing you. I'm so disappointed, Kazuo. KAZ Then leave. DANTE If I leave you know where it will be to. KAZ Yes... DANTE And yet you still hide in fear. KAZ I do not hide. DANTE You hide. Like your God, you hide. Afraid to face things yourself. I mean, look at Him - - Points to the crucifix in the front of the church. He mocks the cross, stretches out his arms, lowers his head, with his eyes crossed and his tongue sticking out. DANTE You call that Holy? KAZ I do not hide! DANTE What do you do then, Kazuo? You've become a coward! A chicken-shit afraid of failing! Several of the patrons hurriedly exit. KAZ Lower your voice! They only come to pray. DANTE If you don't try what are you leaving them to pray for!? A battle with you is the reason I have existed for the past six hundred and seventy years! And you deprive me of that! Of all the humans you disgust me the most. KAZ Then leave here, at once. DANTE I have found your hiding place, so now all that you have left to do is beg. You know I have her, don't you? Your new chippy. I could go to her. The things I could do to her, Kazuo... You would be utterly amazed how loud a woman can scream if - - KAZ Why do you insist so powerfully?! DANTE Because of all the power I seek, of all the death and destruction I want, power and life over you are the only things I have looked forward to for the past century. I will kill her, and this world, and every other, if you do not stop me. KAZ I only want peace. DANTE If I win then you will have your peace. Everyone will have their peace. But it takes time. I can bring you peace much quicker. All you have to do is try... I'll be waiting. You know where. Dante leaves, he slams the doors shut on his way out. KAZ By your death or mine I will find my peace. INT. KAZ'S BEDROOM - NIGHT Kaz stares at his wall of weapons. He slowly reaches up and pulls down two straight daggers. Numerous chinese stars. INT. KAZ'S WAREHOUSE - LATER - NIGHT Kaz is meditating. His legs crossed, eyes closed. A candle licks smoke into the air just in front of him. INT. HOSPITAL I.C.U. - NIGHT Mike lays in a hospital bed, the white sheets pulled up tight around him. Bandages on his head and arms. He's awake, sitting up. He looks troubled, worried. A nurse comes in and checks his chart and his vitals. His gaze does not unfix. INT. KAZ'S WAREHOUSE - NIGHT Kaz slips on his leather coat slowly, the daggers and the stars pinned to the inside, clinking together as the coat is pulled on. He grabs his sword from the table. And heads for the door. INT. WAREHOUSE - NIGHT A guard, demon, paces a long, darkened hallway. A machine gun in his hands. He walks to the end of the hallway, making sure to look around every angle before turning around. There's a noise, something metal falls to the ground, near him. His eyes hurry to the sound, just beside him near a dark corner. He bends down on one knee, and reaches out to pick it up. It's a chinese star, dropped on the floor. He looks surprised, and looks up, staring at the dark corner. He stands, still staring. After a few seconds he's convinced that there is nothing there, known by the smirk across his lips, and moves to turn around. Two eyes pop open out of the complete blackness. Kaz's sword flies straight for the man's throat. INT. WAREHOUSE HALLWAY - NIGHT Kaz is dragging the body of the dead soldier down the hallway. Footsteps start at the end of the hallway, coming closer. Kaz jumps up, the body plopping to the floor with a sick, wet thud, and looks down the hallway. He sees a shadow coming down the hallway. The soldier rounds the corner, and sees the dead body of his comrade on the ground. He rushes to him, tries to awaken him, but the wound on his neck looks too severe. He reaches for his radio, when suddenly Kaz drops silently from the ceiling. The man's neck is broken only a second later. INT. DANTE'S ROOM - NIGHT Dante looks over at Christi, her hands now bound. DANTE Your boyfriend's here. INT. WAREHOUSE ROOM - NIGHT Several armed guards sit around a table, bored. Their attention fires for the door when a glowing-hot line slices through the metal frame. They stand up, with their guns raised. Another line, and another, and synchronous with the same metal cutting metal sound. The cutting stops. They open fire, all of their automatic weapons firing at the same time. Hundreds of rounds in only a few seconds. The metal rips from the door in tiny holes. After a few seconds of this the door is gone, now it's only hole on top of hole, the door no longer exists. The smoke starts to clear. Light shines through each one of the tiny holes. The thugs start to laugh, grinning and pointing at the door. They lower their weapons. The second they do the doors blast open, the hundreds of metal shards flying out at the guards all at once. They do their best to cover their eyes, but it's too much for them. Kaz flies out at the exact instant the door explodes. He leaps through the air, and catches one of them directly in the face with a flying dropkick, sending him flying across the room. Kaz is ready to punch again but sees the other four of them are still unable to see and stops. He walks right in front of one of the gunmen, his eyes bleeding from the shrapnel. He raises his gun, but it's off the mark. Kaz steps around it just as it fires, at absolutely nothing. KAZ There he is! He points over to another one of the gunmen, the first one opens fire on his friend. Kaz smiles. He places the blade of his sword on the barrel of the gun. And very slowly slices through the metal, like it was warm butter, showing the true edge of the blade. He exhales. A roundhouse spinkick takes all three of them out, lined up perfectly, with one single swift move. He smiles in pride. INT. BACK ROOM OF WAREHOUSE - NIGHT Kaz is in commencement of another fight, with a few of the superthugs from the skyscraper. His sword flies through the air, dusting even more of them, the last of them. A back door flies open, and several ninja-clad warriors, all in black, run out, running low. Kaz is surprised, and raises his sword. Each of them pulls out a small dagger from inside their sleeves, still running crouched to the ground at Kaz. Two of them break off, leaving their line. Their feet grab the wall, running up it as though it were nothing. They cross paths again on the ceiling, and come down around Kaz, trapping him. He looks impressed. They charge him. A straight front kick and one of them flips end over end. The other two jump him from behind. But Kaz backflips, over them both. His legs outstretch, kicking both of them, one foot each, in the back of the head before he lands. They stagger forward. The other one stands up, and they regroup. What follows is so incredibly fast that it's hard to pick up any of it - They surround Kaz. And suddenly blow after blow are flying at him. Six hands all in perfect form, at a faster pace than has ever been seen. But somehow Kaz is dodging them all. Ducking, pivoting, side-stepping. No blow comes into contact with Kaz. Instead, he gains the upper hand once again. The two daggers are retrieved from inside his coat. Two of them punch at him at the same time, aiming high. Kaz manages to duck. He stands up quickly, the two facing away from him just behind him. He throws his arms out to the side, the daggers piercing their spines. They claw at the blades with their hands but can't even reach with their fingertips. The third rushes him. Kaz runs up the wall a step and his other foot spins across his face. Sending the thing spinning to the floor. He gets up slowly, wiping his mouth. Kaz reaches in his coat again. The ninja rushes at Kaz, screaming, his mouth open wide. Kaz throws his arm forward, and a half dozen chinese stars fly from his fingertips. Two of them lodge into the thing's face, one on the eye, one in the jaw. But a third flies directly into his open mouth. He soars backward, his head slamming back the hardest. His mouth fills with blood on the floor. Kaz raises his sword, just above the ninja's head. The sword leaps from Kaz's hands, flying across the room. And directly into Dante's waiting hand. Kaz can't believe it. DANTE So, here we are again. He grabs the sword at he metal, the blade pointing down. He throws the sword into the concrete, it stands upright, wedged in the floor. He rushes at Dante. A bo staff catches him across the face in full sprint, lightning erupting from its ends. Kaz staggers back, he charges again. The staff continues its assault, landing across his face and chest. Kaz falls back. He struggles to get to his feet, on all fours. The staff lands on his neck, and doesn't move. The electricity erupting from it and engulfing Kazuo. DANTE Interesting toy the boy made. Very effective. The other end slams across his jaw, knocking Kaz unconscious. Dante bends down and leans in to his ear. DANTE Not yet Kazuo. You won't find your peace here. INT. GOTHIC CHURCH - NIGHT Kaz's limp body is hurled by two men and he lands with unguarded force at the feet of Dante. DANTE Ah, as you should be. He begins to come to. He rests on his knees, with his hands bound behind his back. DANTE Kneeling at my feet. Kaz's eyes refocus at the enormous crucifix behind Dante. DANTE Yup. Back again, where we started. I know you didn't know this, but there is something very special about this church. It rests on the exact spot where I was first defeated. By you. Dante points to the Jesus on the cross. DANTE Just behind that savior of yours lies a door. Well, a doorway, to be more precise. You see, this is the home of my power. The Door of the Keys. Kaz stares at Jesus, his eyes barely able to focus and stay up. DANTE The shamans tried first to protect it by encasing it in a church, hoping the ways of old would spare any violence here. The same ways that kept you from attacking me here. And now, well, it looks like your little thing about fighting in churches might not hold up for very much longer. Dante walks over to a table and picks up a piece of Kaz's tattered clothing from his rebirth. DANTE Anyway, they encased your comatose corpse beneath it, hoping against hope that your very presence would keep things looking for the Power away. And, if worse came to worse, you might awaken and dispel of the evil yourself. He tosses the cloth at Kaz, still dazed, it lands on his leg. DANTE We can see how that all turned out. (to Lackie) Set up the keys! A small blade and a large, beautifully crafted hilt are put on separate pedastels. Christi is brought in, being pushed by a descendent of the Beast, and tied to the last. KAZ Why... Christi? DANTE Why? (he laughs) You almost answered your own question. When I tried to ascend the first time the third key did not even exist. I mean, the energy of it existed, it had to, it was the final key. But it had no form, no way for me to find and get it. This is about the time where you rammed your steel through my heart. But I faked my death. I had to wait. The final key had to be made whole, and when I felt its completion I arose. Her name itself holds part of her destiny, didn't you even realize it Kazuo? Just add the 'I' to Christ. Kaz struggles to lift his head up. DANTE Yeah. CHRISTI (O.S.) Kaz! DANTE Quit screaming! You sound weak. Dante walks over to the pedastel area and takes the strange knife from its spot. CHRISTI What have you done to him?! DANTE Nothing. He did it to himself. Actually, I'm thinkin' he's perfectly fine. He's the weak one here. He hates you and the pain you've caused him. He won't help you. He stokes the blade with his finger, and strokes Christi's cheek with the same one. He looks back at Kaz. DANTE Where were we? After Jesus was born, don't you think that Mary and Joseph would have more kids? They were a married couple after all. Any child born thereafter would be a direct relative to Christ himself, they would have some of his blood flowing in their veins. It's called a zion. Christi is a zion, probably the only one left. And, after this, the last. Christ's blood itself is the final key. Fitting, I guess. Anyone who spills the blood of the Messiah is rewarded for his deed with ultimate power over his boss. It's great. (to lackie) Ready?! LACKIE Yeah. DANTE Well, I guess we should get on with it then. He rears back and stabs Christi in the stomach. She buckles over in a gaping, silent scream. Her shoulders tense forward for the wound but her arms are restricted by the bonds. Kaz's head snaps up. Dante smiles as Christi's body slides off the end of his knife. Kaz leaps to his feet, already in sprint. He rams a nearby Descendant that is holding his sword with his shoulder. He is knocked to the ground and the sword flies through the air. He pulls against his bonds as the sword still spins through the air. The rope snaps into tweed and Kaz reaches out, snatching his sword from midair. He rushes at Dante, the sword ready to strike. Just before he collides with Dante an incredibly bright light erupts from behind Dante. Kaz is blown backwards and lands hard on the concrete. He looks on at Dante, in awe at the light. It focuses, the light beginning to retract. It's coming from a door, one that appeared from nowhere, standing in the center of an open area. Dante walks around it, he looks behind it and sees that the door is paper thin, and has no form other than the hole it has made in reality. The light begins to subside, the interior of the door coming into view. Tree limbs are the first to be seen, bare, leafless. A single apple on the end of a single skinny branch. Dante reaches out and plucks it from its branch. He looks at Kaz and laughs under his breath. The brightness subsides entirely. DANTE I guess it's ironic in a way. This apple started it all. Now it wants to finish it. Just one bite, and everything evil in this world that has been gathering since the dawn of time will be imbued to me. He smiles. DANTE It's actually kind of a let down really. I thought there'd be more of a light show or something. Like BOOM! and then I'm all powerful. Oh well, it'll just have to do I guess. He takes a slow, deep bite of the apple. His body suddenly spasms, every limb stretched out as far as they can, like a surge of electricity flowing through him. Light erupts from within him, filling the room again. Kaz throws his arm over his eyes to block it. The entire church is blanketed in the light, dissolving everything else out. EXT. CITY - NIGHT The entire city is blanketed in the same incredible light. INT. GOTHIC CHURCH -NIGHT The light begins to slow its exit from within Dante. His body relaxes and slouches, exhausted. He begins to stand up straight, but suddenly his body heaves again, buckling over, as it draws itself back again. EXT. CITY - NIGHT All of the light is literally sucked from the city, flowing straight into the church. INT. GOTHIC CHURCH - NIGHT The power continues to flow into Dante. One final enormous packet of power leaps into him and his chest heaves upward in a scream. The power explodes from within him. And there is silence. BEAT The dust begins to clear. Dante stands upright, but leaning over, breathing heavily. Kazuo stands up, looking around at the structure. His eye catches the crucifix at the back, leaning now. He closes his eyes and nods his head in respect. And charges Dante. Dante is still exhausted, he doesn't notice Kazuo. Kaz's sword comes down straight at Dante. But he fades just as the blade comes down, turning almost to a smoke figure of himself. Kaz can't believe his eyes. A laugh echoes throughout the entire church, Dante's laugh. Kazuo is suddenly rushed by a horde of Descendants. Several jump on top of him, but he throws two off with a release of his arms. They hurtle backwards until the collide with the far wall. Another two are dispatched of just as quickly, Dante's sword swings just above his neck, and he turns to dust in an instant. The sword pulls back, turns, and rams through his heart. More dust. They stop, their forces regroup. They align in Kazuo's immediate eyeline. He twists the sword in his hand, spinning it, cutting through the air. He stops and throws it blade out through the air. It cuts through four Descendants, each time it passes through the heart of one it dusted it and passes on the next, in a straight line behind each other, until it finds the wall and stays perched in it. They charge at the same time, Kaz immediately overwhelmed by their numbers. They collide and surround him, not letting him breathe. Kaz punches and kicks erratically, as fast as he can, never stopping on one person long enough to hit him twice. He almost flails, swinging his arms and sometimes his legs in any way possible to get them off of him. He gives up and leaps over them, catching the catwalks of the church above. He looks down and motions with his hand for them to follow him. A few take his advice and leap up to him on the narrow ledge. Only one can stand on the beam at a time, it's too thin. That one attacks Kaz, he punches but they are easily blocked by the much faster Kazuo. He tries a kick but a leg sweep underneath it sends him falling to the ground. The next one steps up and Kaz looks ready to annihilate him as well. But another jumps on the ledge just behind Kazuo, brandishing two staffs. He tosses one of them over Kaz's head to the other Descendant. Kaz is cornered. He repositions his stance, his legs extended out to each of them, ready for an attack on either side. They attack at the same time, Kaz must use his forearms to stop the wooden staffs from hitting him. One connects hard and the impact obviously causes him serious pain, as well as opening a wound on his arm. He throws a kick at him with the staff still on his forearm, but the other one sweeps his legs out from under him. He hits the beam but manages not to fall. He kicks up to his feet and kicks one in the stomach, who reels back. They both swing at the same time, a horizontal slice with the staff. Kazuo does a backfilp, and grabs on to the beam as he's falling. He swings up back around and knocks them both clear off the beam, one with each foot, before he lands back on the beam. He runs down the length of it and leaps down, amidst the long church benches. A dozen more Descendants come after him. He steps onto a bench and side kicks one in the head. Another leaps into frame and puts all his force into one downaimed blow. Kaz does another back-handspring just as the blow comes down on the wooden bench, splitting it completely in two in an explosion of wood chips and splinters. He continues to rotate, never landing the back-handspring, he kicks the Descendant in the chest with both feet, stopping his downward momentum and sending him awkwardly flying into the distance. Kaz gets to his feet and side flips to the next seat. Two charge, he leaps and kicks both out in opposite directions, hitting them both in a very cheerleader-esque move. Another comes at him with a knife, Kaz sidesteps the blow and kicks him in the ribs. He spinkicks at Kazuo's head, who leans back and watches as the boot flies across his nose. Kaz falls on his back, a boot comes crashing down towards his face. He rolls out of the way just before it would have crushed his face, rolling right underneath one of the benches. Another downward kick aimed for his head splits this bench down the center as well, just as Kaz manages to avoid it again by tilting his head just enough. He pushes out at the bench, sending it flipping end over end and landing on another Descendant. Kaz kicks up again and sees his sword. He runs for it. He catches a boot aimed for his head and breaks the leg at the knee that the deliverer was standing on. Another charges at him amidst the chaos. A simple thrust of his hand and Kaz crushes his windpipe with the area of his hand between his thumb and forefinger. He falls to the ground, gagging and clutching his throat. The same hand throws backwards, catching a Descendant in sprint in the jaw, sending him flying backwards. Kaz never so much as looked behind him. He sees another running for him. He kicks his heel forward, taking out the foot of the man in sprint. It trips him and he heads for the ground, but Kazuo extends his knee as the man's face crashes down into it, breaking every bone. Kaz kicks two idle onlookers with a single spin kick. His palm annihilates another rushing foe, aimed right at the nose. A back hand punch launches another through the air. He still can't take his eyes off his sword. But then one is right in his face. He just manages to stop before it slices his face in half. He stops, turns, looks, and sees three Descendants with swords of their own, and his still too far away. The other Descendants seem to give them room, backing up. Kaz sucks in air. KAZ Okay. So that's how you wanna go then? The ensuing fight is insanely fast. The three of them attack with their swords all at the same time. He punches one in the face as quick as he can just as a blade comes for his arm. He retracts it and sweeps the legs out from another. He gets up and kicks one of them in the stomach straight. Another blade comes at him, and he arches his back again just as the blade passes overhead. He pulls himself up and kicks one of them in the ribs. The swords come at him now. He has to lean forward to avoid one aimed for slicing him down the middle near the back. Then a thrust at his stomach by twisting in mid-move. He gets straight again, and tilts his head just enough to avoid a blade aimed directly for his forehead. Another slices towards his back, but he does another backflip to avoid it. He spins madly in the air, blades slicing at him from every angle possible, but he manages to dodge them all. He comes down on top of one, breaking it in two, the Descendant's face is suddenly filled with fear. Kaz kicks the broken blade up to his hand and rams it through his heart. Before he is even completely dusted he throws the fragmented blade backwards, directly into the heart of the other, dusting him as well. The third does not go so quietly, he slashes Kaz at the stomach, just digging deep enough to draw blood. The sword comes down again, but Kaz grabs it with his bare hand. The Descendant can't believe it, blood runs out of the hand of Kazuo. He yanks the sword right out of his hands, readjusts it in his hands as he spins around, and slices him in half at the stomach. The others immediately rush at him again, but Kazuo reaches out and pulls his sword from the wall. They all stop dead in their tracks. KAZ Neh eh ehhh. He hurls the sword again, this time whipping it around so that it spirals in a horizontal circle. It slices through five, six, seven, eight Descendants until it clangs with the wall and bounces back. Kaz reaches up with his arm, and opens his hand calmly. The sword whips around and lands directly in his waiting hand. Kaz stays in the same position, arm up, crouched on one leg, with the other extended out, the sword gleaming in his hand. Nothing moves for a long moment. One of them takes a dragging step back. And Kaz attacks. The sword moves too fast to see. It glints in the light and suddenly another Descendant has been turned to dust. He thrusts forward, through a heart. He rears it back, crushing a face with the hilt. He leaps out from the melee again, side flipping in the air to land facing them. He slashes one across the back on his way down. He tosses the sword in the air. It slashes one of the support beams in two. It comes back down and he catches it just in time to destroy another Descendant. He runs a few more steps back and the sword is in the air again. The entire roof comes down on the Descendants, destroying them all. Kazuo stands still, sucking in air. Clapping echoes throughout the ruined church. Kaz looks around, searching for it. From nowhere Dante appears, standing atop the rubble, still clapping. DANTE Wonderful. Absolutely wonderful. He hops down with ease, the twenty foot drop, like a step. DANTE They were no match for you, regardless of their numbers. Christi, somewhere behind him, coughs. Kazuo immediately runs for her. Her stomach wound continues to bleed. She grabs at his coat with a bloody hand, but no words can be made out past the gurgling in her throat. Kaz doesn't understand. She snatches his hand, and puts her own inside it, the blood smearing across it. Hey eyes seem to widen, putting emphasis on her action. She mouths something to him, it looks like the word 'blood.' Her head plops back on the floor, eyes still open, dead. After a moment Kaz lets out a scream and turns to face Dante. DANTE (sarcastic) D'aww. KAZ You did not deserve her blood! DANTE If I'd known how upset you would be at the death of a human... I would have killed more. Kazuo charges Dante, the sword ready to strike. Dante throws his arm back, a backhand punch, just barely connecting with Kaz's face, grazing him. Kaz is thrown back the entire length of the church, and blasts through the side double-doors into the pouring rain outside. EXT. FOREST OUTSIDE CHURCH - NIGHT - RAIN Dante slowly comes through the doors as Kaz still struggles to regain his composure after the incredible punch. DANTE I, on the other hand, am quite the match for you. Kaz stands up and diagonal cuts at Dante. But the blade phases through him, like it had earlier. DANTE Just when you think you have everything figured out - - Dante is suddenly gone - - But reappears just behind Kazuo. DANTE - - I change all the rules. He punches Kaz directly in the chest, and sends him flying into a thick oak. It buckles at the point of impact, and topples over. The tree comes down, shaking the earth with its weight. Kaz gets up, holding his back, in total surprise. DANTE Ohhh, right! I forgot to tell you. I'm a god now. He suddenly appears sitting on the tree stump just behind Kazuo. DANTE See, why you were busy with my army, I was off becoming a higher being. Oh, and funny story, my new army is raising right about now. Kaz charges Dante. He flurries with his sword, swinging it as fast as he can in every direction, cutting straight through Dante each time. And each time having no effect on his new ghostly body. He yawns as Kaz still tries to slice him through. He head-butts Kazuo, who flies backwards yet again. DANTE I doubt if you'll live to see it though. Especially with this performance. Come on! He charges again, and tries to dropkick Dante, but he passes clear through and comes out on the other side. Dante turns around. DANTE See, one of the cool things about being a god is that I can do this. He thrusts his translucent hand into Kazuo's chest, near his heart. Instantly he is filled with an incredible pain, shown on his face. Dante's arm wiggles around. DANTE All I have to do is squeeze, and you finally have your the peace you so long have desired. The pain is excruciating for Kazuo. He cuts down on the hand that is in his chest. It falls to the floor and dissolves. Kazuo steps back, clutching at his chest, breathing in painfully. Dante sighs. DANTE Thanks. His arm is already regenerated. Kaz slices at the head of Dante, but it again passes clear through. DANTE When will you learn? KAZ Stop these games! Fight me, as you should! DANTE Very well. No more tricks. We fight as equals, as I have waited for all this time. No more phasing, no more disappearing. You were getting boring anyway. Dante disappears one final time, reappearing a few feet away. He spins to face Kazuo, ready for the final battle with a smile on his face. The rain continues, the only sound. Kaz is the first to move. He runs and leaps, the sword glinting in the little light that is left, the rain bouncing off of it, ready to tear into Dante. He comes down straight for Dante's head, but he takes a step left, the sword passes just beside him. Another tree falls, sliding off the stump because of the flawless cut. He slices to the left, horizontally, going for the kill again. Dante leans back, the sword goes over his face, annihilating another tree. He alters his cut, and aims for the knees of Dante. But he jumps, and side-backflips out of harms way, beating the blade. Another tree is cut down. Dante lands away from Kazuo. They both stand completely still. Three trees fall and shake the earth, one right after the other, falling all around them. They still don't move. DANTE You've gotten slow in your old age... Maybe you just need some incentive. He soars forward with unfathomable speed, and lands an enormous right across Kaz's jaw almost the same instant he leapt. Time slows, and the true force of the blow can be seen. Kazuo flies back through the air, shattering another tree, blowing straight through it, colliding with another tree, and failing until he smacks the ground. He struggles to get up, blood covering his face, his legs shaking. DANTE We seem to be repeating ourselves. Let's make it a little more interesting. Dante lifts from the ground, floating above it an inch. He suddenly soars with that same speed high amongst the trees. He crosses his arms and leans against something, even though nothing is there. Kazuo follows. He leaps high and lands on a thick branch. It bounces giving him the jump he needs to reach the next tree. He jumps from tree to tree this way, every so often using the tree itself to jump from, kicking off of it. He comes to Dante quickly and tries to dismember him with one stroke. Dante is still too fast, and dodges it, with his arms still crossed. He soars off, Kaz using the branch to leap from the instant he lands on it. He leaps from branch to branch, each time taking a swing at Dante, each time another branch falls from his blade, but each time Dante is still too fast. He never even uncrosses his arms. Kaz stops, and leaps down to the ground. All of the enormous branches filling the ground. KAZ Enough! Dante lands just in front of him, arms still crossed. KAZ You want to be equals in this fight, then do it! Quit toying with me and fight! No more speed, no more regenerating! For this fight you are your former self! Or I end it on my own! He points the tip of his blade toward his own heart. DANTE Why, do you think, would that bother me? KAZ Because you don't get your show! Your big finale! And you don't get to say you beat me! DANTE And I've given you so much leeway in this fight already. But, very well, I guess we should do this your way. He rockets Kaz back with right hook, although not nearly as much as before. He gets up and runs at Dante. He slices with his sword, downstrokes, Dante leans out of the way to avoid them, but not nearly as easily. He stops Kaz's arm with his forearm, and kicks him in the ribs. Kaz returns with a triad of kicks ascending upwards from the knee to his chest. Dante staggers back, in disbelief. He runs at Kazuo, punching for his face furiously. Now it's Kaz who is dodging the blows, swinging his body from left to right he avoids the blows. And connects with a kick to Dante's face, he is blasted backwards, and lands hard on his back. He kicks up and rushes at Kazuo. A flurry of kicks, Kaz manages to dodge the first few with his shins, but the blows are too fast, and several of the final ones connect. Dante kicks the knee of Kaz, who buckles down to one knee. He grabs his head and drives his knee directly into his face. He falls to his face. He tries to get up, on all fours, his sword a foot away. Dante kicks him in the ribs and he flies back, colliding with a tree. He coughs up blood. He regains his composure and charges again. He flips forward, his foot coming down across Dante's cheek as he lands. He lets loose his full arsenal, punches to the ribs and face as fast as he can. But Dante surprises him and drives his knee into his ribs, he buckles over, coughing up more blood. Then Dante's elbow slams into the back of his neck, Kaz falls to the ground. Completely bloody, broken. Dante picks him up by the throat, lifts high above his head. Kaz is lifeless. Dante tosses him into a pile of rubble. He casually walks over to him, and lifts him up by the arm. He puts his hand near the elbow, and torks both hands, breaking Kazuo's arm. He screams out and falls to his knees, holding his arm. Dante takes a few steps in the opposite direction, feeling he has won. DANTE You still couldn't beat me. After everything you are still weak. He comes back over to Kaz. DANTE I don't know why I ever bothered. Kaz sweeps his legs from under him, who falls forward. Kazuo kicks upwards with the other leg, meeting Dante's face as it comes down with his boot as it's rising, bloodening Dante and sending him flying back. He runs for his sword, still protecting his arm. He grabs it and immediately charges Dante. He swipes several times but Dante manages to avoid them, barely. Kazuo thrusts the sword, but Dante directs it to the ground. And stomps on the blade, breaking it in two. Kazuo's eyes widen. Dante grabs the broken piece and stabs Kaz in the stomach with it, before he throws it back on the ground again. Kaz falls to his knees, bleeding out. DANTE The unbreakable sword now lies broken, like its master. He whispers into Dante's ear. DANTE Can you hear it? Your peace is coming. The sword lies in front of Kaz, but broken in two. He looks forward, as Dante paces behind him. And he can see inside the church. He sees Christi's dead body, the blood on her hands. DANTE How does it feel to die by your own sword? Dante grabs the end of the sword, the end with the hilt, and slides it from the dirt. DANTE I guess you'll know soon enough. He stands behind Dante, he positions the sword in his hands for the kill. Kaz looks at the cross in the church, now tilted, loosened by the destruction. He sees them both, Christi and Christ, Christi at His feet. Both of them giving their blood for other's lives. He sees the blood coming from Christ's wounds on His hands. He looks down at his own hands, Christi's blood still covering it somehow. Kaz looks again at Christ and closes his eyes. He sees his homeland, the nature filled paradise he saw when he first exited the church after awakening. He's ready to go. Dante lifts the blade, ready to strike. He brings it down. Kazuo sways and the blade misses him. He rolls back and kicks Dante in the face, the blade flies up and lands near the broken piece. As Dante staggers back, holding his face, the sword pieces glow blue. They slowly pull together, phasing back to new, just as Kaz grabs it. He smears the blood on his hand on the tip of the blade. Just as Dante runs at him he thrusts it forward, the exact same position that he did in that field so long ago, straight through Dante's heart. An extreme pain comes over Dante for the first time in his existence, real pain. Lightning cracks open the sky, as Dante's final breath exits his lungs. KAZ How does it fell to have Christ's blood flowing through YOUR veins? He yanks the sword out, and spins, his blade following, cutting just above the neck. Dante's head plops onto the rain soaked dirt. It slowly turns to dust, dissolving in the downpour. Kaz relaxes, and holds his wound. KAZ There is my peace! He walks off. EXT. CHURCH - MORNING Kaz holds Christi's body in his arms, walking away from the church. KAZ (V.O.) Just like Christ did, Christi gave her blood so others could live against the evil in the world. That's what she tried to tell me. A series of shadows begin to step out from the corners, form the shadows. KAZ (V.O.) She knew that even if the sword was broken the Shaman spirit inside of it would return it, and that I could use her blood to kill Dante once and for all. A hundred thousand Descendants step out of the shadows. KAZ (V.O.) But he's not dead. Not yet. They begin to surround Kazuo, who doesn't yet understand what is happening. KAZ (V.O.) He told me he has raised his army again. But I didn't understand. They close in on Kaz. Encircling him. KAZ (V.O.) Not yet. The circle closes in, so much that there is no escape for Kaz, still holding Christi's body in his arms. KAZ (V.O.) There is still much to do before I find my peace. They all rush Kaz, drowning him out. THE END
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