INT. OUTSIDE THE DINING HALL - EVENING Two massive, masked guards, with halberds escort Dolph to the dining hall. One guard throws the doors open to reveal the dining hall. A multitude of Corwin's creatures indulge in pandemonium about the dining hall. An ensemble of mutant musicians plays wild music in one corner. Mad dog is swinging from a chandelier. A long dining table is stretched out at the opposite end of the room. Corwin sits in the center of twelve mutants. A server bends over to pour Corwin a drink and for one instant a bizarre replication of the last supper is recreated. Dolph starts at the halo that briefly suspends over Corwin's head. Corwin looks up as Dolph strides into the room. A two legged, four armed, four eyed man drops from the ceiling on a tendril of silk. He lands in Dolph's face with a scream. Dolph lurches and falls on his butt. Corwin jumps up and screams. CORWIN Look everybody! It's Spider Man! Oohs and aahs. Corwin sings the theme song from the Spiderman saturday morning cartoon. Some subjects join in. CORWIN Spider Man! Spider Man! Does whatever a spider can! Can he swing from a web? Take a look overhead! Hey there, there goes the Spider Man. Dolph picks himself up. Corwin snickers at him. CORWIN What's a matter? Big bad warrior fall down and go boom? Dolph is dressed in an outfit that mixes classic pirate with modern day linebacker. Corwin has provided Dolph with a jersey that sports the number zero. The room quiets as Dolph brushes himself off. SERENA You tried to dress him the fool, Corwin, but he still looks dashing. Corwin looks at her askew. CORWIN Are you trying to make me jealous, Serena? Of that big dumb, linebacker, professional wrestling, Nordic, Nazi, brain dead, ozone depletin' dipshit. Serena pats his leg. SERENA Games of that nature are for the likes of Lucinda, my love. I'm merely stating fact. CORWIN Oh, that makes me feel much better. Corwin turns to Dolph who is observing the chaos ensuing about him. CORWIN So, Dolph, how do like your outfit? DOLPH Cute. I especially like the zero. You're real subtle, Corwin. Corwin shrugs his shoulders. DOLPH But not as smart as you think. If you grab both ends of a zero and twist it the zero becomes the sign for infinity. Corwin frowns, then smiles and adopts a space head voice. CORWIN Nothing and yet everything. How Zen, Man. Like totally cosmic. Turns to Serena. CORWIN I think I underestimated this guy. DOLPH How do you know about football? CORWIN Say what? DOLPH Do they play football on this world? CORWIN (disgusted) No. The only game they play here is Scootch. ENTIRE ROOM SCOOTCH! Scootch! Scootch. CORWIN All right! All right! AFTER we take over Malvalle, then we can get another game together. The entire room sighs in disappointment. CORWIN Listen it's not my fault Hewey ate the Plecnock and Mad Dog broke both Farthings. FLIPPER Can't play without a Plecnock and Farthings. CORWIN That's right. DOLPH You're from earth. CORWIN Figured that out, did you? Didn't Adomass tell you you'd be killing a fellow American? DOLPH He said he had summoned you, but not from where. Corwin stares intently at Dolph. CORWIN I believe you. Come. Sit next to me. Corwin claps his hands. CORWIN All right! Time to eat! Everyone go to your seats. Mad Dog, come down from the chandelier. Gump, off the table. Bring on the Roast Beast! EVERYONE Roast Beast! Roast Beast! Roast Beast! Dolph sits next to Corwin in a chair that makes him a full head shorter than Corwin. Corwin gives Dolph a wise ass grin. A tall thin man dressed in a maitre d's outfit announces the princess. THIN MAN Her bitchiness, the Princess- Oooffff! Drusilla elbows the thin man in the ribs and storms past him. She is a twin to Lucinda DRUSILLA Out of my way, stick man! THIN MAN (gasping) Drusilla. SERENA We're in luck, she's in a good mood. All manner of fearful mutants scurry out of Drusilla's way. She finds a chair next to Dolph. Corwin stands. DRUSILLA Who's this buffoon? Dolph stands and her eyes go wide for a second. DRUSILLA Large buffoon. CORWIN This is the King's champion, Dru. He's here to save you. She snorts and sits. DRUSILLA Not much of champion if he's alive and sitting at your table. SERENA Isn't she charming, Dolph? DOLPH Corwin has promised to let me escort you back to Malvalle. DRUSILLA Aren't you going to kill him first? I've been treated very badly. Corwin and Dolph sit. The meal is brought out. CORWIN You are full of shit, Lady. You get treated better than I do. DRUSILLA That's because I AM better then you and your collection of freaks. SERENA Caution, Drusilla. Dolph can not protect your sharp tongue from my fists. I grow tired of your constant harangues. A fleeting look of fear crosses Drusilla's face. She grows silent. Drusilla attacks her meal like a storm trooper. SERENA Charming. A mutant orchestra plays in one corner of the room. Some of the mutants hum and sway as they eat. CORWIN Tomorrow you can return Dru to her father. Dolph picks at his food. DOLPH If you're so hot to have her returned, why haven't you done it yourself? Drusilla interrupts through a mouthful of food. DRUSILLA Because he's a coward. CORWIN BECAUSE, Malvalle is sure to have an ambush waiting and I don't want to lose anymore of my people over this bitch. SERENA The entire enterprise has been a mistake. CORWIN Come on, Sweets, I already said I screwed up. Serena smiles at her little boy. DRUSILLA You whine like a woman, Corwin. SERENA And what would you know of being a woman, Drusilla? Dolph falls back into his chair and starts roaring with laughter. Corwin and Serena smile. DRUSILLA What's so funny, Buffoon? DOLPH Are meals always so entertaining around here? CORWIN Just one big happy family. Drusilla gags. DOLPH Dysfunctional family. A creature that looks like a large beach ball with fur holds an entire leg of beast over his cavernous mouth. CORWIN Gump! Use a fork and a knife! Gump gives Corwin a sheepish look. He places the beast back on his plate. CORWIN He eats the bones and then takes a week to pass them. SERENA His moans keep the entire castle awake. THE MUTANTS Corwin! Corwin! Corwin! Corwin! CORWIN Excuse me, my adoring public calls. Drusilla grimaces. DRUSILLA You're not going to make that dreadful music again are you? Corwin frowns and flips her the bird. To Dolph's amazement, Corwin leaps several feet into the air over the dining table. He joins the orchestra and picks up a Fender Strat. CORWIN OK, Boys, time to switch gears. The musicians trade instruments for those more suited to rock and roll. The room goes wild with applause. Corwin straps on his guitar and turns to Dolph. CORWIN Do you have any idea how hard it is to conjure up a Fender Strat? He strums a chord and the room goes wild. DOLPH Where's the amp? CORWIN This is a world that runs on magic, Dolph. I don't need one. Corwin races into a blistering run down the neck of the instrument. He turns to the rest of the band. CORWIN Stormy Monday in the key of G. Animal, your count. Animal, the drummer, beats out a four count. Corwin leads off the band into the blues standard. As Corwin plays the mutants cavort, dance and go crazy. Serena and Dolph watch in amusement. Drusilla picks at her food and scowls. INT. CORRIDOR - EVENING Flipper leads Corwin, Serena, Dolph, and two bodyguards down a stone corridor. They stop outside a stout wood door. CORWIN This is your digs, Man. These dudes will guard you. DOLPH From what? CORWIN All the big nasties in my castle. DOLPH All of the big nasties I've seen seem like children to me. CORWIN Aahhh, you're starting to catch on... Sleep tight, Dolph, you have a long journey tomorrow. SERENA Dream well, Warrior. Flipper leads Corwin and Serena down the hall. Dolph enters his room. The bodyguards take position. INT. THE HALL OUTSIDE OF CORWIN'S BEDROOM - SAME Flipper leads Corwin and Serena down the hall. SERENA He doesn't seem a bad sort to me. CORWIN I'll reserve judgment. I don't like jocks. Serena pulls Corwin to one wall. Flipper waddles further down the hall and turns away. SERENA What, my love, is a Jock? CORWIN A big dumb jerk, who likes to throw his weight around and play sports all of the time. SERENA They play Scootch all the time? CORWIN Actually football, baseball, basketball, hockey and a dozen others. SERENA Your home world is very strange, Corwin. They kiss. SERENA But it tastes very sweet. CORWIN I want to tell him the truth so bad, Serena. She places here fingers on his lips. SERENA You mustn't, My Love. He must discover it on his own. Then he will be ours. Flipper screams as he is slammed to the ground from behind. Augustus and six warriors let out a blood curdling scream as they attack. INT. DOLPH'S BEDROOM - SAME Dolph hears the cries of the warrior and bolts out of bed. INT. THE CORRIDOR BEFORE DOLPH'S BEDROOM - SAME The bodyguards are gone. Dolph runs in the direction of the screams. INT. THE HALL OUTSIDE OF CORWIN'S BEDROOM - SAME Corwin and Serena break. They dodge Augustus' wild swings. Flipper rolls under a warriors feet and trips him up. The warrior goes flying. Corwin tangles the warrior's up in each other. He is obviously a martial artist. Corwin's hands blur. They end at a warriors groin. The warrior doubles over. Corwin draws the warrior's knife from his waist. He buries it in the back of the warrior's head. Flipper yells to Corwin. He has snatched up a dropped blade. He tosses it to Corwin. Corwin snatches it out of the air. Flipper is run through from behind. CORWIN No!!!! Dolph's two bodyguards enter the fray. Serena snatches up a blade and slits a warrior's throat. Augustus looks panicked. Corwin kills with relentless fury. Dolph enters the hall. All but are Augustus are dead. Augustus swings at Corwin's head. Corwin bats the blade down and knocks it out of the warrior's hand. With one hand Corwin grabs Augustus by the throat. Effortlessly he lofts Augustus up against the stone wall. Corwin turns to Dolph. CORWIN You betrayed me! I showed you hospitality and you set me up, you fuck!!!! Dolph starts to protest. Corwin turns to a gagging Augustus. CORWIN (with venom) You should have stayed at home, Augustus. How many times do I have to kick your ass before you get the message? AUGUSTUS We will have your head yet, Traitor. Corwin lays the point of his blade on Augustus' stomach. CORWIN Brave words... for a dead man. Dolph watches in horror as Corwin slowly impales Augustus. Serena turns away in disgust. Corwin drops the dead warrior like a sack of beans. Corwin drops his sword and goes to Flipper. He gently cradles the dying mutant's head. FLIPPER Flipper not faster than lightning. Corwin smiles. A tear pools up. Serena joins him. CORWIN Flipper, you're supposed to be my helper, not my bodyguard. FLIPPER Flipper save Corwin? CORWIN Yes. FLIPPER Flipper miss Corwin. Flipper exhales and dies. Tears stream down Corwin's face. CORWIN Corwin miss Flipper. Corwin wipes away the tears. He moves on Dolph like he is going to break him in two. SERENA Corwin! We need him! Corwin grabs Dolph by the collar and yanks him to his knees. CORWIN Disappointed? Your boys didn't quite get my head, did they? DOLPH I had nothing to do with this. They were ordered to leave. CORWIN You see that little guy, Dolph? That was my best friend. That LITTLE guy taught me more about being a man than anyone anywhere! DOLPH I didn't want to hurt anyone. I just came for the girl. Corwin throws Dolph like a rag doll against the far wall. CORWIN I trusted you! I was beginning to like you! And how do you reward my friendship? Corwin points at the dead men behind him. CORWIN You let this trash into my home! Corwin addresses the bodyguards. CORWIN Take him downstairs. He can sleep on a bed of stone and chains. DOLPH I didn't have anything to do with this, Corwin. CORWIN Get him out of here. The bodyguards do as they are bid. Corwin turns to Serena. SERENA You judge him too harshly, Corwin. I believe him. CORWIN Oh really! Then how did these scumbags get in the castle? Get someone to clean up this mess. Corwin storms into his room and slams the door shut. Serena contemplates the corpses. INT. DUNGEON - LATER Dolph hangs by chained hands, half asleep, up against a stone wall. A slender hand gentle caresses his cheek. Dolph starts awake to a staring Serena. SERENA Do not judge him too harshly. He loved the little one. There are things you do not understand. DOLPH He butchered Augustus like an animal. I didn't like the guy either, but that's no way to treat a human being. Serena gives him a knowing smile. SERENA Augustus was much less than a human, Dolph. DOLPH Because he serves Malvalle? Serena ponders Dolph's words. SERENA Have you wondered why I wear this mask, Warrior? Silence. SERENA Of course you have. I served Malvalle long before Corwin arrived. I was beautiful then. Lucinda and Drusilla were insanely jealous of my beauty. Serena stands. SERENA But the king was taken with me and protected me from their vile tricks. Serena draws a slim dagger. She plays with it as she speaks. SERENA Then Adomass summoned Corwin and I was taken with him. Before Corwin was sent on his quest to slay Magnus, I told Corwin the truth of our lands. DOLPH What truth is that? SERENA One you must discover on your own. DOLPH What has all this to do with your mask? SERENA In the kingdom of Malvalle the truth is against the King's law. Adomass took my face because I broke that law. Serena seductively kneels close to Dolph. SERENA But not all of it. He left me these eyes, these lips- Serena plays her lips about Dolph's face. He breathes harder. SERENA My raven hair, to remind of what I was. Would you see my face, Warrior? Or does the thought scare you. DOLPH You don't frighten me, Serena. Serena is in Dolph's face. She smiles and with a yank strips off her mask. She is a skull with lips, eyes and hair. Dolph starts. SERENA Not too pretty anymore, am I? She replaces the hood. SERENA I was stripped of my beauty and my pride... Corwin never stopped loving me. DOLPH You will do whatever he asks. SERENA To the death, Warrior. DOLPH Even if it is wrong? SERENA Hold your judgment about what is right and wrong. DOLPH Killing is always wrong. SERENA Not in defense, Warrior. DOLPH I hear Corwin is about to go on the offensive with some big magical weapon. Serena looks troubled. SERENA I have tried to talk him out of this, but Malvalle has driven him to this insanity. DOLPH Then you believe Corwin is wrong. SERENA I believe he may be going too far. She kneels down beside Dolph again. SERENA You are from his world, Dolph. I believe you can convince him to cease this madness. Dolph laughs and holds up his chained hands. DOLPH I don't think he's too crazy about me right now. SERENA This will pass. When you return to Malvalle, seek out the truth and then return to us. DOLPH Why don't you just tell me what the truth is? Serena stands and smiles. SERENA You believe most what you discover on your own. Dark times are ahead for you, Warrior. DOLPH The truth is dark, huh? SERENA Black. DOLPH And where do I find the truth? Serena smiles SERENA In the reflections of your enemies. Serena leaves a confused Dolph hanging. EXT. A ROCKY PATH BEFORE CORWIN'S CASTLE - MORNING Corwin and guitar are silhouetted by the sun. He sits on a rock, strumming a sad refrain. Serena and two of Corwin's bodyguards escort Dolph and Drusilla to Corwin's position. CORWIN Sleep well, Dolph? DOLPH Not really. I got a little hung up on my way to bed. DRUSILLA I will tell my father of my treatment here, Corwin. He will not be pleased. Corwin grabs a bag from his feet. He tosses it to the bodyguard closest to Drusilla. CORWIN A gift for your father. The body guard hands the bag to Drusilla. She reaches in, pulls out the contents and screams. She drops Augustus' head. Dolph frowns. CORWIN That's no way to treat the dead, Dru. SERENA You are vile! Despicable! CORWIN Hey! I was just trying to help you get a-head... start! Corwin chuckles. Drusilla goes silent. The guard repackages the head and stuffs it into Drusilla's saddlebags. CORWIN Tell your father I'm coming for him. Tell him I warned him to stop pushing me. And tell Adomass he's going to pay for his crimes. Corwin turns to Dolph. CORWIN You really disappointed me. DOLPH I might say the same. Corwin scowls. Corwin throws Dolph a plain gold ring. Dolph snatches it out of the air. CORWIN A little going away gift. If you're ever in trouble, read the inscription on the inside and then kiss the ring. Dolph places the ring on his finger. DRUSILLA He'll have plenty of trouble for not bringing Father your head. Corwin frowns at Drusilla. CORWIN Get the bitch out of here; she drives me crazy. Dolph grabs the reins to Drusilla's horse and they start down a rocky canyon. Corwin returns to his guitar. INT. THE KING'S HALL - EVENING The doors to the room burst open. All eyes raise as Drusilla runs into the room to her father. DRUSILLA Father! Father! Father! The king jumps from his throne and snatches up his daughter. Dolph enters the room. He carries the bag with Augustus' head. KING MALVALLE Oh my beloved Drusilla you are returned to me! DRUSILLA It was terrible Father, the tortures I endured! The food was terrible! Lucinda parts from the onlookers. She fairly attaches herself to Dolph. She steals a kiss. LUCINDA Welcome back, Fair Knight. A small reward for a successful quest. DOLPH Maybe not as successful as your father would like. The king escorts Drusilla to Dolph and Lucinda. The two sisters exchange venomous looks. DRUSILLA Lucy. Lucinda responds by thrusting out an open hand. Drusilla frowns, pulls off her earrings. She drops them into her sister's hand. LUCINDA And don't ever take them again. KING MALVALLE Where is the head, Warrior? I would have it now. Drusilla snatches the sack from Dolph and hands it to her father. Dolph starts to protest. DRUSILLA Here it is, Father. I brought it for you. The King withdraws Augustus' head. KING MALVALLE What is this! DRUSILLA It's the head, Father. KING MALVALLE It's supposed to be Corwin's head, not the king's champion! DRUSILLA Oh... This one could not obtain that head. He is a buffoon. KING MALVALLE What say you, Warrior! Why have you failed to bring me what I have ordered? Adomass joins the group. DOLPH I told you I would bring only the girl. I'm not an assassin. The King screams in rage and makes to toss the head against the wall. Adomass snatches the head from the king. KING MALVALLE What! Adomass whispers an incantation. An evil black glow suffuses Augustus' head as it becomes animate. ADOMASS Report. AUGUSTUS We did as you told us, Adomass. We followed the large one, well out of sight. When they were at dinner the Lady Drusilla let us in. Dolph starts. KING MALVALLE And why is your head before me and not Corwin's? AUGUSTUS They fought well, My King. KING MALVALLE Fought well! The King grabs Augustus' head from Adomass. He flings it through a window. He turns to Dolph. KING MALVALLE It would seem that everyone from your world is useless to me! DOLPH Not all of us are murderers. KING MALVALLE Take him to the Wizard's laboratory! Several guards move on Dolph. Dolph grabs the closest. He throws the guard into several others. A melee ensues. Dolph breaks for the main doors. Drusilla trips him up. Dolph rises to his knees. He catches a glimpse of Drusilla's reflection on the surface of a polished shield. The reflection is distorted and certainly not human. Dolph is clubbed down.
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