"The Beautiful People: Part II"

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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