Knight of the Stone King - Stone and Trust

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Episode 2 of 6 - TV Series set in Mediaeval Chipping Norton.

Submitted: June 19, 2018

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KNIGHT OF THE STONE KING
Episode 2
“STONE AND TRUST”
TEASER
FADE IN:
EXT. SMALL SHACK IN THE WOODS -29TH AUGUST 1485 -14.07
SADDIQ SUAAD is working in the shack, he hears a noise outside so he goes outside to see what is going on. As he opens the door he sees a gang of people. As soon as he sees them...

SADDIQ SUAAD

What do you want?
The crowd rush towards SADDIQ SUAAD.

SADDIQ SUAAD

What do you want?
The crowd surround and grab SADDIQ SUAAD.

SADDIQ SUAAD

What is it?
The crowd drag him off, as they do...

SADDIQ SUAAD

What are you doing? What is it?
As we see the crowd carrying off SADDIQ SUAAD we see one of the crowd carrying a noose.
FADE OUT:
 
ACT ONE
EXT. DOWN IN A FIELD DITCH – 29TH AUGUST 1485 - 15.13
WILLIAM FITZHERBERT and EDWYN MILLER are clearing the ditch.

EDWYN MILLER

I always thought I would end up in a ditch, but I never thought you would.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

I can think of worse places to be.

EDWYN MILLER

I thought you would hate it after being in your position.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

Do you hate it?

EDWYN MILLER

Well it isn't my favourite place but I was born to this, you were a knight of the realm.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

Yes I was, I fought and killed. That was my job and I was good at it. This is no less a noble job and to be perfectly honest it has a better prospect at the end.

EDWYN MILLER

You never told me that when I became your squire.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

I didn't want to put you off. You were already too old, so there was no time to wait.

EDWYN MILLER

(STOPS FOR A MOMENT) Did I ever thank you for that?

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

For what?

EDWYN MILLER

For taking me on as your squire.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

It was nothing.

EDWYN MILLER

Come on, no one else would have given me the chance you did.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

You used to hang around and you did all the exercises. Each day you would come back more able than all the other students. I know when a young man is about to make a good knight no matter his background.

EDWYN MILLER

Still, I don't think anyone else would have given me the same chance that you did. If I didn't thank you, I just wanted to say so now.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

No need to, you did thank me, every day. Just watching how you developed was a reward for me.

EDWYN MILLER

And now here is our reward, digging a ditch.
They stop and look at each other and then one of them cracks and they start laughing. 

EDWYN MILLER

It allows you one similarity though.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

And what pray tell is that?

EDWYN MILLER

It gives you a chance to make speeches.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

Well I'm sorry about that but I've always had to do that to motivate my men, it's become rather a habit.
They are still in a cheerful mood as they knuckle down to clearing the ditch again. Whilst they are working...

PETER SABELLA (OC)

Hello, William are you there?
EXT. EDGE OF A FIELD -28th AUGUST 1485 - 10.16
WILLIAM FITZHERBERT sticks his head up from the ditch.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

Peter? Good to see you, how are you?

PETER SABELLA

Not good my Friend, I need your help.
WILLIAM FITZHERBERT hauls himself up out of the ditch.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

You will have it, what's the trouble.

PETER SABELLA

It's Saddiq, he's been taken.
EDWYN MILLER pulls himself up out of the ditch.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

Peter, this is Edwyn, Edwyn, Peter.

EDWYN MILLER

Good to meet you Peter, I wish it were in better circumstances. I have heard much about you.

PETER SABELLA

And I you.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

So where has he been taken?

PETER SABELLA

A gang came and got him, they were intent on hanging him but the Justice stopped them. The Justice has taken Saddiq into the cell, so he's safe for the time being, but I think it will be only temporary.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

Saddiq is one of the gentlest people I've ever met, what could he have done?

PETER SABELLA

I wish they all had the same opinion as you do. In fact they did until the church got desecrated. They say it can't have been a christian so they blamed Saddiq.

EDWYN MILLER

What religion is he?

PETER SABELLA

He's muslim.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

So they just latched onto the fact that he was a different religion and blamed him for it?

PETER SABELLA

Yes, and I wondered if you could look into it for us?

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

I don't know that there is much we can do about it.

PETER SABELLA

We'll pay you well.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

It isn't the money. It's just that we haven't really done any investigating before.

EDWYN MILLER

We haven't dug many ditches before either.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

Edwyn, you're not helping.

EDWYN MILLER

Yes I am. It seems that the town has decided that Saddiq is guilty. We might not be the greatest investigators but right now we are all he's got.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

Very well, we'll go and see the Justice and talk to Saddiq to see whether we can learn anything there. Then we'll head down to the church and see whether there are any clues as to who has done this.

EDWYN MILLER

Right, I'll start packing the tools away.
EDWYN MILLER moves away and starts packing up. PETER SABELLA and WILLIAM FITZHERBERT watch him go.

PETER SABELLA

It's annoying when they're right isn't it.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

Not this time. He's right Saddiq needs us.

PETER SABELLA

Is there anything I can do?

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

Yes, stay out of town, you'll probably be a bit unpopular due to association at the moment.

PETER SABELLA

All right but you must come back to the hut tonight for dinner.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

We'd love to, we've worked up quite an appetite already.
PETER SABELLA heads off in separate direction, EDWYN MILLER and WILLIAM FITZHERBERT watch him go.
CUT TO:
INT. JUSTICE'S OFFICE - 28TH AUGUST 1485 – 15.37
SIMON ARUNDEL is unlocking the door to the cell to let WILLIAM FITZHERBERT and EDWYN MILLER in.

SIMON ARUNDEL

I'm surprised you two want to be in here again so soon.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

Believe me, this isn't our first choice.
SIMON ARUNDEL opens the door, Edwyn and WILLIAM FITZHERBERT enter, then SIMON ARUNDEL closes the door after them.
CUT TO:
INT. JUSTICE'S CELL - 28TH AUGUST 1485 – 15.37
SADDIQ SUAAD is sitting on the bed feeling sorry for himself.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

Hello Saddiq.

SADDIQ SUAAD

What are you doing here?

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

Peter told me you were here.

SADDIQ SUAAD

So you thought you would come and see the Moor in prison, where he ought to be.

EDWYN MILLER

We thought we could help.

SADDIQ SUAAD

Oh you did, did you? What makes you think you can help me? I've been accused of desecrating the church. A crime I have been judged guilty of already, and because of that I am locked in this cell. I am beyond help.
EDWYN MILLER looks as though he is about to say something. WILLIAM FITZHERBERT puts his hand on his chest to stop him, then he turns to SADDIQ SUAAD.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

Now listen, we have spent a couple of days  on the road together and I consider you a friend. But Edwyn has been a friend for longer. It was him who first said to come and help you. As for already being found guilty, the Justice has put you in here to save you from the mob out there. Now, we are here to help, so you can either work with us or not, but do not insult us.
There is a silence and then...

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

Very well, it's a pity Peter had a wasted journey.

SADDIQ SUAAD

Is Peter all right?

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

No, he wants you out of here, he came out to the fields to ask us to help you.

SADDIQ SUAAD

He doesn't like going out by himself. That must have taken quite a bit of doing for him.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

Then you had better make it worth his while.

EDWYN MILLER

What happened, why did they come and pick you up?

SADDIQ SUAAD

I don't know, I really don't. I was at home, clearing up a bit having been in town trading. Then a crowd appeared and I was accused of desecrating the church. It was in my good fortune, such that it is, to be here and not hanging from a tree.

EDWYN MILLER

Could Peter not vouch for you?

SADDIQ SUAAD

No, he was with the Justice, translating for a Spanish trader. So I have no alibi.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

I would have thought you would have much less translating to do these days.

SADDIQ SUAAD

We do, ever since the law was changed so that people are tried in English and not French. This wasn't a legal case, but it was because of our work on the legal cases that the Justice thought of us.

EDWYN MILLER

What was the damage to the Church?

SADDIQ SUAAD

I have no idea. I know I look a little different and I worship in a different way, but that is a house of God, the same God I worship. I do not destroy our father's house over a disagreement in architectural style. Peter knows that.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

So do I.
WILLIAM FITZHERBERT knocks on the door.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

Arundel, we're finished in here.
As we hear the door being unlocked..

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

We'll let you know how we get on.
The door is opened, WILLIAM FITZHERBERT and EDWYN MILLER leave. SADDIQ SUAAD watches them go, watches the door close again and then settles back down.
CUT TO:
EXT. JUSTICE'S OFFICE - 28TH AUGUST 1485 – 15.42
We see WILLIAM FITZHERBERT and EDWYN MILLER walking up the road away from the door.

EDWYN MILLER

Why was he so moody, you were trying to help him?

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

I'd be moody too if I were being accused simply because I looked different.

EDWYN MILLER

We don't know that he didn't do it.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

No we don't. There are lots of people that we don't know did it. Why then has he been chosen?
EDWYN MILLER looks thoughtful, but has no answer.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

That's why he's annoyed.

EDWYN MILLER

I understand.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

Good, now I suggest you go and have a look around at the church, see if you can find anything that will tell us who did it.

EDWYN MILLER

And what will you do?

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

I'm going to take a look around town. Maybe somebody has heard something. I'll meet you back at the camp.
EDWYN MILLER and WILLIAM FITZHERBERT head off in different directions down the street.
CUT TO:
EXT. CHURCH - 28TH AUGUST 1485 – 15.50
We see the church and pan round to EDWYN MILLER walking up to it.
EDWYN MILLER wanders around the church but can see no sign of damage. He goes to the front, as he gets there, the door opens and Father Anthony comes out. In the background we see a middle aged vagrant(BOARSKIN), while FATHER ANTHONY and EDWYN MILLER are talking we see him in the background.

FATHER ANTHONY

Hello my son, you are early for service but the Lord's house is always open to those who want to pray.

EDWYN MILLER

I have not come to pray at the moment. I am trying to find out who damaged the church. I can't see any damage out here.

FATHER ANTHONY

You won't. The damage was to the altar, that's why it was so damning, it was the very heart of the church.

EDWYN MILLER

Did you see who did it?

FATHER ANTHONY

I confess I did not.

EDWYN MILLER

You know that they have imprisoned a man they believe has done it?

FATHER ANTHONY

I do, though I take no satisfaction in it.

EDWYN MILLER

Then you believe he's innocent?

FATHER ANTHONY

No, I believe he might well have done it. But even if he did, Jesus said he of us who is without sin should cast the first stone.

EDWYN MILLER

That's all very well, but what about if he didn't do it?

FATHER ANTHONY

Then a great injustice will have been done; and God's house will not be safe from further attacks.

EDWYN MILLER

So you would help me if you knew who had done it.

FATHER ANTHONY

Indeed I would, the Bishop has been informed and he will be looking to see how this is dealt with.

EDWYN MILLER

In that case, I'd better get on with it, would you show me what the damage was?

FATHER ANTHONY

Are you acting on behalf of the Justice of the Peace?

EDWYN MILLER

No, I'm not. I am acting on behalf of justice though. I want to make sure the culprit is caught and not just that the first person to be thought of is blamed.

FATHER ANTHONY

Very well.
FATHER ANTHONY leads the way into the church followed by EDWYN MILLER. As they go in we see BOARSKIN watching them go in.
CUT TO:
EXT. MARKET - 28TH AUGUST 1485 – 15.47
We see WILLIAM FITZHERBERT walking around the market, behind him three young men are following him. William turns around and he sees them. The ring leader steps forward...

RALPH LACKENBY

Why are you helping the Moor?

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

Why do you condemn him?

RALPH LACKENBY

He desecrated our church.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

If you have proof of that, please supply it.

RALPH LACKENBY

He is not a Christian.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

He believes Jesus is a prophet, as you do. He just thinks another prophet is better.

RALPH LACKENBY

So he is a blasphemer.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

Both prophets speak for the same God.

RALPH LACKENBY

He does not like Jesus.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

Not as much as Mohammed, nevertheless he has a Palestinian business partner.

RALPH LACKENBY

There's no telling what religion he will be.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

He's christian, just as Jesus was.
RALPH LACKENBY looks a bit dumbfounded.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

Palestine is in the holy land, you know, where Jesus comes from. (beat) I can see that I'm wasting my time, go home.
WILLIAM FITZHERBERT turns and begins to walk away.

RALPH LACKENBY

Perhaps the time is right for a new crusade.
WILLIAM FITZHERBERT turns back towards RALPH LACKENBY. RALPH LACKENBY lunges for WILLIAM FITZHERBERT while the other two men wait to see what happens. WILLIAM FITZHERBERT easily grabs and holds the young man.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

A crusade! You would fight in that would you?

RALPH LACKENBY

Yes I would.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

And what weapons are you trained in?

RALPH LACKENBY

What does it matter? Let me go.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

It matters because either you want to throw your life away, or you want someone else to fight for you. How many battles have you been in?

RALPH LACKENBY

I haven't been in any, now let me go.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

Of course you haven't, if you had you might not be so quick to get into another one. I am tired of battles.
WILLIAM FITZHERBERT lets the ringleader go, pushing him over to his two friends.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

Take him home, before he hurts himself.

RALPH LACKENBY

(Rubbing his arm where he had been held) So you have fought many battles, no wonder you beat me.
WILLIAM FITZHERBERT steps forward.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

I'm not interested in beating you, I just want you to understand. (to the two friends) Take him away until he has cooled off.
WILLIAM FITZHERBERT turns and walks off. As he goes we see over his shoulder the three men walking off, with the RALPH LACKENBY trying to maintain as much dignity as possible.
CUT TO:
EXT. WOODLAND CAMP - 28TH AUGUST 1485 – 16.07
WILLIAM FITZHERBERT and EDWYN MILLER are sitting, drinking and silently pondering. They hear a noise and leap to their feet. We see MORYS WENLOCK appear.

MORYS WENLOCK

I heard you were looking for me?

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

Indeed, though I didn’t expect you to take the trouble to find us.

MORYS WENLOCK

Given the circumstances I thought it best that we meet out here, away from town. I’ve heard you two have been doing a bit of digging around looking for clues about this business with the church.

EDWYN MILLER

We are, is there a problem with that?

MORYS WENLOCK

None at all, at least not for the moment.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

What do you mean by that.

MORYS WENLOCK

Well I’ve been to see the Sheriff due to the seriousness of the crime. He has told me to pursue this case with the utmost vigour.

EDWYN MILLER

Presumably because the accused is from another religion.

MORYS WENLOCK

You presume wrong, the Sheriff does not yet know anything about the person accused of this crime.

EDWYN MILLER

Then why is he so concerned about the amount of vigour that you pursue this case?

MORYS WENLOCK

Apart from it being a house of God, which would be reason enough.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

I’ll bet it’s more than that. A new King is on the throne and these are turbulent times. The Bishop will be wanting this to be sorted out as quickly as possible to quell any feelings of rebellion.

MORYS WENLOCK

And more than that, I think people want to be in God’s good favour anyway. With all these battles over the years, and the last one less than a month ago, there isn’t a person in this town who has not lost someone close to them.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

So Saddiq could be found guilty just because there is a need to find someone guilty and he happens to be in the right area so he is to suffer?

MORYS WENLOCK

I’m afraid it looks that way.

EDWARD

Do you call that justice?

MORYS WENLOCK

Of course I don’t. It has nothing to do with justice, it’s politics.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

How soon will the political situation force your hand?

MORYS WENLOCK

I think it already is forcing my hand, but I can resist a little while longer. I can give you another day, but no more.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

Very well we will need to get on then.

MORYS WENLOCK

As will I. I want your word on one thing though. If you should find anything that affects this case you must share the information with me.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

You have it, mine at least. We are both after the same thing so it would to profit me to not tell you.

EDWYN MILLER

You have mine also. I am not sure though, why you are being so helpful.

MORYS WENLOCK

The Sheriff has sent word to the Bishop. That means the case has become very important, and well.... let’s just say a man should get the best of trials if he stands to lose his life.
FADE OUT:
ACT TWO
EXT. PATH TO TOWN - 28TH AUGUST 1485 – 16.58
WILLIAM FITZHERBERT and EDWYN MILLER are walking down a path towards the town, they are on their own.

EDWYN MILLER

There is one thing that bothers me about all this.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

Just one thing?

EDWYN MILLER

Yes. Surely by doing this we are helping the Tudor.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

We are trying to help serve justice, that's what King Richard was interested in.

EDWYN MILLER

I suppose.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

You've changed your tune, it was your idea to look into this.

EDWYN MILLER

That was just to get out of the ditch.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

Nonsense, I've never seen you shy from any work.

EDWYN MILLER

I do think we should help Saddiq, I just wish we didn't help the new king as well.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

Do you think this is helping him personally or are you just helping the people?

EDWYN MILLER

Isn't it the same thing?

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

I used to think so, but with all the deaths I've seen over which king runs the country, I'm not sure any more.

EDWYN MILLER

Well let's sort this out then and hopefully it will all become a bit clearer.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

I wish this mystery was a bit clearer. Was anything stolen?

EDWYN MILLER

No, just damaged. It looked as though someone had just swung an axe or a billhook, or something like that.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

Then what did they do it for?

EDWYN MILLER

Unfortunately there is a good reason staring us in the face.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

Another religion, yes I know. The only thing  is that Saddiq has been in England for several years, according to Peter. If he was going to desecrate a church why hasn't he done it before?

EDWYN MILLER

Perhaps he's not the only person of a different religion around here.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

That's our best lead so far. But where to start. I didn't see any sign of anyone earlier in the town, you saw no sign of anyone at the Church.

EDWYN MILLER

The Justice didn't mention anyone or have them in the cells so my guess is they haven't been in town, or at least not very much.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

Perhaps they haven't been staying around town, same as we haven't.

EDWYN MILLER

They must be somewhere.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

All right we'd better look around the outskirts, perhaps someone has seen something. (pause) It does concern me a bit though.

EDWYN MILLER

Why's that.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

We are trying to help Saddiq, and our only thought as to who has carried out the crime, is the same reasoning that has put Saddiq where he is.

EDWYN MILLER

The way it is, I don't think that is going to be our problem.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

Unfortunately you may well be right but there is one house in town that we could try before we go round to all the surrounding farms.

EDWYN MILLER

Which one is that?

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

The one that has the has the woman who frequently visits the wood.

EDWYN MILLER

(smiles) Right.
WILLIAM FITZHERBERT and EDWYN MILLER continue walking towards the town. We watch them go and then....
CUT TO:
INT. ELEANOUR READE'S HOUSE - 28TH AUGUST 1485 – 17.18
ELEANOUR READE is pouring a potion into a bottle. She hears a knock on the door.

ELEANOUR READE

Come in.
WILLIAM FITZHERBERT and EDWYN MILLER walk in.

ELEANOUR READE

Hello, this is an unexpected pleasure.
ELEANOUR READE puts the potions down and plants a kiss on the cheeks of the two visitors.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

Are you well?

ELEANOUR READE

I am, how about you two? I've heard you are still camping out.

EDWYN MILLER

That's right, we've found a few odd jobs though so were keeping busy. I see you're keeping busy as well, are you selling many potions?

ELEANOUR READE

A few, some things I am just making up while the ingredients are around.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

Have you had any new customers recently?

ELEANOUR READE

What sort of new customers?

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

Ones that don't want to come into town.

ELEANOUR READE

No, just the usual people.

EDWYN MILLER

Have you seen anyone unusual while you have been out?

ELEANOUR READE

Yes there are plenty of unusual people around here, but only the unusual people who are normally around here.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

You've seen nobody that isn't normally around here then?

ELEANOUR READE

No, I'm afraid not. This is about that Moor being accused of the desecration of the church isn't it?

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

Is it that obvious?

ELEANOUR READE

It's the thing everyone is talking about, besides the Justice was around here asking about it earlier.

EDWYN MILLER

He's looking into it as well? That's good.

ELEANOUR READE

Yes he is, mind you he comes around here quite often, looking into one crime or another.

EDWYN MILLER

I'll bet he's not just looking into the crimes. I've seen the way he looks at you.

ELEANOUR READE

I hope you're right.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

I don't see why not, he seems to be a man of impeccable taste.
ELEANOUR READE blushes.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

So it seems that we can work out some things, but we are no closer to finding who actually carried out the crime.

EDWYN MILLER

You haven't got a potion there that can solve crimes have you?

ELEANOUR READE

I'm afraid not. All I can do is offer to keep an eye open in the bath house. Are you sure it is someone that isn't usually around here?

EDWYN MILLER

Why would someone from around here damage their own church?

ELEANOUR READE

Why would somebody damage a church in a place they had just arrived, knowing they would be the first suspect?

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

So we could have been looking for the wrong person?

ELEANOUR READE

At least it's a possibility.

EDWYN MILLER

I still don't see why they would do it.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

People have many different reasons for doing a lot of things.

EDWYN MILLER

So all we have to do is work why someone would want to damage the church, then find out who it is that has that reason?

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

Yes that's all. We'd better get started as well.

ELEANOUR READE

Where will you start?

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

We'll try the tavern, perhaps we will pick up some clues there. Thanks Eleanor, we've got something to go on at least.
WILLIAM FITZHERBERT and EDWYN MILLER leave, ELEANOUR READE waves to them as she shuts the door.
CUT TO:
INT. TAVERN - 28TH AUGUST 1485 – 17.28
The Barman (HARRY WENTWORTH) is serving a customer, sitting at one of the tables. HARRY WENTWORTH goes out to get the drink for his customer (ARNOLD NELL).
WILLIAM FITZHERBERT and EDWYN MILLER enter and ARNOLD NELL turns his back on them.
WILLIAM FITZHERBERT and EDWYN MILLER find an empty table and sit down at it.
HARRY WENTWORTH enters. He puts the drink down on the table with ARNOLD NELL, he sees WILLIAM FITZHERBERT and reluctantly comes over.

HARRY WENTWORTH

What can I get you two?

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

Two ales please.

HARRY WENTWORTH

All right.
HARRY WENTWORTH leaves to get the ales.

EDWYN MILLER

I don't think we're very popular.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

I don't suppose we are.

EDWYN MILLER

I don't mind having an ale, but I'm not sure what good this will do if no-one will speak to us.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

I'm not sure either, but we can keep our eyes and ears open while we are here. If we think of somewhere else to go, fine, but until then we might as well see what we can find out here.
EDWYN MILLER looks over at the other customer that has his back to them. EDWYN MILLER turns back to WILLIAM FITZHERBERT and raises his eyebrows.
HARRY WENTWORTH comes back into the bar with the two ales. He sets them down in front of EDWYN MILLER and WILLIAM FITZHERBERT.

HARRY WENTWORTH

Enjoy your drinks.

EDWYN MILLER

Thank you, we will.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

Can we have a moment of your time?

HARRY WENTWORTH

I'm a bit busy.
EDWYN MILLER looks around at the almost empty bar.

EDWYN MILLER

You don't look very busy.

HARRY WENTWORTH

It's not just in here, I have things to do around the back.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

Look, I'm not saying you aren't busy, but I would really appreciate it if you could just spare a minute or two.

HARRY WENTWORTH

And what will you do if I can't? Will you insist on it by using that sword of yours?

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

Is that what you think I would do?

HARRY WENTWORTH

Well you have it there, and you have have shown your ability to use it. Now your friend has one as well.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

They are just for our protection.

HARRY WENTWORTH

Ox Dung, that's a good quality sword and you know how to use it. You expect me to believe that you are just around here to do odd jobs?

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

I can't influence what you believe, that's a matter for your conscience. All I can say is that the truth is, it is a good quality  weapon and I know how to make best use of it. Another truth is that I have no intention to use it on you just to get you to talk to me. I asked for a moment of your time and you have refused. I can see that us being here is making you uncomfortable so I will leave.
WILLIAM FITZHERBERT gets up to leave, he lays the money on the table.

EDWYN MILLER

I too will leave you in peace.
EDWYN MILLER gets up to leave. As the two of them are leaving. HARRY WENTWORTH looks at the two of them, then at ARNOLD NELL and back at them.

HARRY WENTWORTH

Just a moment, you haven't finished your drinks. You'd better stay and finish them otherwise it will be bad for my reputation.
EDWYN MILLER and WILLIAM FITZHERBERT turn back and sit down. HARRY WENTWORTH sits with them.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

I don't think I need to tell you that we are looking into the destruction of the church?

HARRY WENTWORTH

No you don't, and I don't need to tell you that it has not made you very popular.

EDWYN MILLER

Oh you noticed that as well did you?

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

Well, doing the right thing isn't always popular. Still we must try.

HARRY WENTWORTH

So, how can I help?

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

We need to find out why a person would want to damage the church.

HARRY WENTWORTH

Well don't look at me.

EDWYN MILLER

We thought you might have seen or heard something.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

You must hear a lot of talk in this tavern?

HARRY WENTWORTH

It's true, I do but this is where it is going to stay. I don't tell everyone all that is said here.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

All right, were not asking you to tell us everything, just whether there was anyone who had a grudge against the church.

HARRY WENTWORTH

A grudge against the church, that would be foolish indeed, unless you worshipped a different church. Which is why the moor is the one that has been accused.

EDWYN MILLER

We know why he has been singled out, what we are trying to find out is whether there is anyone else who might have wanted to do it.

HARRY WENTWORTH

Are you sure you're not just trying to overlook an obvious answer because you don't want to admit it?

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

What would you have us do?

HARRY WENTWORTH

Leave it; let justice run its course.

EDWYN MILLER

What if the wrong person is punished, in this case probably executed?

HARRY WENTWORTH

It is not your problem.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

Oh it's not. When a man who is about to be executed is brought before us and we have the ability to help him, you suggest we simply wash our hands. Perhaps we have not learned enough from the teachings that the church brings us.

HARRY WENTWORTH

All right, I can tell you are set on this course and I cannot change your minds, but I have not seen or heard anything that leads me to believe it was anyone other than the Moor.

EDWYN MILLER

Will you let us know if you do hear or see anything that would tell us who did it?

HARRY WENTWORTH

Yes, yes I would. I have nothing against the Moor and I want to be sure who it was that has done this but as yet there is no-one else who even seems likely to have done it. Now if you will excuse me.
HARRY WENTWORTH gets up and goes out the back of the bar. WILLIAM FITZHERBERT and EDWYN MILLER carry on drinking. ARNOLD NELL turns around to them.

ARNOLD NELL

I heard what you said. I don't think on the Moor one way or the other but there is one other person who might have damaged the church.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

And who would that be?

ARNOLD NELL

Boarskin. At least that's what everyone calls him. He is a hairy homeless man who lives down by the church, Father Anthony feeds him and when it is very cold Father Anthony lets him sleep in the church.
 

EDWYN MILLER

In that case it seems very unlikely that he would be the one to have done it. What possible reason could he have to defile a place that he would consider to be home?

ARNOLD NELL

Boarskin doesn't need a reason, he's a bit mad.
WILLIAM FITZHERBERT shakes his head and then gets up and walks out. The others watch him go.

ARNOLD NELL

What's the matter with him, I was just trying to help?

EDWYN MILLER

He's having a bad day, thanks for the information.
EDWYN MILLER gets up, takes a swig of his drink and then leaves.
HARRY WENTWORTH comes back out and looks across the tavern room.
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EXT. TAVERN - 28TH AUGUST 1485 – 17.35
WILLIAM FITZHERBERT is walking up the road. EDWYN MILLER comes out from the tavern and looks up to where WILLIAM FITZHERBERT is.
EDWYN MILLER runs to catch up.

EDWYN MILLER

You left in a hurry.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

I didn't much like the stench in there.

EDWYN MILLER

He was only trying to help.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

By pointing the finger at someone else, without there being any evidence for it. First it's Saddiq, now a poor homeless man.

EDWYN MILLER

We don't know anything about him, he might have done it?

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

So might everyone else in the town, but not everyone is a suspect. The only way we can save Saddiq is by shifting suspicion on to another person unfortunate enough to be a bit different.

EDWYN MILLER

Hey I don't want to do that, I'm different as well.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

The problem is that there just is no evidence.

EDWYN MILLER

Unless there is evidence and we just haven't found it. Perhaps we need to go back and have another look at the Church?

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

You already did that.

EDWYN MILLER

I know but it wouldn't hurt for us both to have a look, you might spot something I missed.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

And while we are there we can have a look for Boarskin I suppose?

EDWYN MILLER

I'm not looking to blame him, but it won't hurt to see him and maybe speak to him.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

All right why not? Nothing else has done any good.
WILLIAM FITZHERBERT and EDWYN MILLER walk along in silence for a while, then..

EDWYN MILLER

Something is really bothering you isn't it?

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

You know it is.

EDWYN MILLER

I also know that it's more than you have said already.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

Let's get on to the church perhaps we can find the answers we need when we get there.

EDWYN MILLER

You know, if you talked to me about what is bothering you I might be able to help.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

A squire should be quiet and not be a constant bother to his knight.

EDWYN MILLER

A squire should be younger than I am, but you broke the rules when you made me your squire, so now I break the rules and ask you to share your burden with me. Besides we aren't exactly on a battlefield here.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

I know, that's the trouble.

EDWYN MILLER

So that's it, you'd rather be back on the battlefield.
WILLIAM FITZHERBERT takes a seat on a fallen tree by the side of the road.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

No, I don't want to be back on the battlefield. It was never a happy place to be, but it was a place I was used to.

EDWYN MILLER

So you're upset because you don't know what you are doing?

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

I'm frustrated that I don't know how to deal with this situation. If the flank was being turned and the enemy pressing down on us I would know how to counter it. But here I am trying to solve a puzzle and I have no idea where to begin.

EDWYN MILLER

We have to try though.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

The problem is that there is no need for anyone to find evidence. They have picked Saddiq and decided he is guilty without there being any evidence. Now we have another person that has been suggested to us, but there is no evidence against him either.

EDWYN MILLER

But surely if we went to the Justice it might be enough of a doubt for him to let Saddiq go.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

Perhaps, but then the mob would be after two of them. Boarskin would only be hounded because we pointed him out to the Justice.

EDWYN MILLER

But if we don't do something Saddiq will surely be executed.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

And so here we are, on the one hand we can do nothing and watch Saddiq be executed, on the other hand...

EDWYN MILLER

On the other hand we can tell the Justice about Boarskin and watch him be executed.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

Perhaps, or perhaps they will still execute Saddiq. Either way whichever one is left alive will be hounded out of the town or worse.
EDWYN MILLER sits down on the fallen tree as well.

EDWYN MILLER

I was supposed to be making you feel better but now I see the dilemna.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

I appreciate the attempt.

EDWYN MILLER

This isn't the only scrape we've been in and come through.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

This is different, in battles there are deaths all around, but here it all so personal. If we fail here we are going to have to look Peter in the eye and tell him that we couldn't save Saddiq, all the time knowing that we might have been able to, if only we had shifted the suspicion to another.
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INT. PETER SABELLA'S HOUSE - 28TH AUGUST 1485 – 17.40
PETER SABELLA is looking out of the window, staring into the distance.
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INT. JUSTICE'S CELL - 28TH AUGUST 1485 – 17.40
SADDIQ SUAAD is looking out of the window, staring into the distance.
FADE OUT:
 
ACT 3
EXT. ROAD TO THE CHURCH - 28TH AUGUST 1485 – 18.38

EDWYN MILLER

What do you think we should look for at the Church?

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

Anything we can, were in a pretty hopeless situation.

EDWYN MILLER

Stop!
They both stop. WILLIAM FITZHERBERT turns to EDWYN MILLER, surprised.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

What is it?

EDWYN MILLER

You, I've never heard you so defeatist. Aren't you the same man that fought with Richard of Gloucester at Barnet?

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

How did you hear about that?

EDWYN MILLER

Everyone heard about it. (pause) The left flank was smashed, the sound could be heard in the battle. In the confusion and the fog Richard's wing, with you in it, came upon the Lancastrian army. Even though your wing was in constant danger of being pushed off the ridge, you helped Richard hold on to it. Even when offered reinforcements Richard refused, and held out without being reinforced.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

An interesting story but I don't see what it has to do with what we are doing?

EDWYN MILLER

King Edward was able to use those reinforcements to push through and win the battle.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

Are you hoping that the King is going to come to our rescue now?

EDWYN MILLER

That's hardly likely under the circumstances.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

No I suppose not, what are you getting at then?

EDWYN MILLER

I'm just trying to remind you not to give up the fight just because it seems hopeless.
WILLIAM FITZHERBERT seems to perk up a bit and gains new resolve.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

Edwyn..

EDWYN MILLER

I know, I'm not helping.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

Yes you are, I'm just feeling out of my depth, but you're right that's no reason to quit.
WILLIAM FITZHERBERT and EDWYN MILLER walk off into the distance, as they walk….

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

Did I ever tell you just how magnificent Richard was that day?

EDWYN MILLER

No.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

Well, he had the full trust of King Edward but many people thought he was too young and inexperienced, they were wrong.
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EXT. CHURCH - 28TH AUGUST 1485 – 18.45
MORYS WENLOCK and FATHER ANTHONY are coming out of the church.

MORYS WENLOCK

Thank you Father. Can I ask you why Boarskin is in there repairing the damage?

FATHER ANTHONY

He came and asked whether he could. I cannot turn down someone who wants to help build God's house.

MORYS WENLOCK

You're lucky he's good at building.

FATHER ANTHONY

We can all build God's house, it is not only stone.

MORYS WENLOCK

It seems we can all destroy it.

FATHER ANTHONY

It is not destroyed, only the physical vestiges have been harmed. What worries me is that if hate grows from this it will damage the church far more.

MORYS WENLOCK

So you let Boarskin repair it even though he might have been the one to cause the damage.

FATHER ANTHONY

Jesus taught us ever to strive to forgive.

MORYS WENLOCK

Have you any idea why he might have done it?

FATHER ANTHONY

No, and I'm not at all sure he did. I only said he might have done, just as you could have or I could have. Why anyone would want to damage the church I do not know.

MORYS WENLOCK

Very well, good day to you Father.
MORYS WENLOCK starts to walk away and then stops. He turns back to FATHER ANTHONY.

MORYS WENLOCK

Just one more thing Father.
FATHER ANTHONY stops and turns back.

MORYS WENLOCK

Have you considered that the person who did this might not have been angry with the Church? It might be you they are intent on damaging.

FATHER ANTHONY

If that is the case then I would want them to seek me out. I have committed my share of sins, for which I must atone. Harming the church will neither bring the sin to my attention, nor will it bring justice. I shall pray that God will yet send this person to me.

MORYS WENLOCK

Very well Father but I cannot wait here for you to find them.

FATHER ANTHONY

Of course, God go with you my son.

MORYS WENLOCK

And with you Father.
As MORYS WENLOCK walks away from the Church, ANTHONY goes back inside. MORYS WENLOCK walks a little way and then WILLIAM FITZHERBERT and EDWYN MILLER walk up the path to the church.

MORYS WENLOCK

Well what have we here, two more suspects?

EDWYN MILLER

Don't joke about it, I'm sure there are people who say that.

MORYS WENLOCK

There are indeed, but don't worry they are saying that about everyone. Truth is they're right.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

So you haven't found anything?

MORYS WENLOCK

Nothing at all. But right now that is not my main concern.

EDWYN MILLER

What is then?

MORYS WENLOCK

When I told you that I could only give you one more day, it appears I failed to see just what the strength of feeling was in the town. Someone has been whipping up bad feeling.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

I bet I know who. I don't know his name but I ran into him and some friends this morning.

MORYS WENLOCK

What concerns me is that they might try and get Saddiq from the cell tonight and I don't know whether Arundel and I will be able to stop them.

EDWYN MILLER

Can we help?

MORYS WENLOCK

If you could be there as well it would certainly be a bigger deterrent, and they would be less likely to try anything.

EDWYN MILLER

What if we are not a big enough deterrent?

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

We had better just pray that we are.

MORYS WENLOCK

Indeed, I'm not expecting anyone to try anything before dusk but if you could come along a bit before that I'd be very grateful.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

Very well, but I'd like to take another look around here if that's all right. I mean no offense but I might spot something.

MORYS WENLOCK

Not at all, you go right ahead, I'd be happy if you did spot something. I have to confess this has so far got me mystified.
MORYS WENLOCK walks off down the road back toward the Town. WILLIAM FITZHERBERT and EDWYN MILLER looks around the church.

EDWYN MILLER

Well that should cheer you up a bit?

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

What do you mean?

EDWYN MILLER

A chance to weild your sword rather than trying to solve this crime.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

At least I'll know what I am doing.

EDWYN MILLER

I know what I'm doing, I'm looking for clues. I'm just not finding anything.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

Let's try a systematic search of the graveyard and then we'll go and take a look inside.
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EXT. CHURCH - 28TH AUGUST 1485 – 19.00
WILLIAM FITZHERBERT looks in a bush, it's thorny and he catches his clothes.
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EXT. CHURCH - 28TH AUGUST 1485 – 19.10
EDWYN MILLER looks behind one of the graves, he motions WILLIAM FITZHERBERT over, they both look at something behind the stone. EDWYN MILLER reaches down but WILLIAM FITZHERBERT shakes his head.
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EXT. CHURCH - 28TH AUGUST 1485 – 19.20
WILLIAM FITZHERBERT is looking across the open grass.
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EXT. CHURCH - 28TH AUGUST 1485 – 19.30
EDWYN MILLER is surveying the area from up a small tree.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

See anything?

EDWYN MILLER

Nothing.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

That's us and the Justice that have been over this area and found nothing.
EDWYN MILLER climbs down from the tree.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

Come on let's see whether we have more luck inside.
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INT. CHURCH - 28TH AUGUST 1485 – 19.32
BOARSKIN is repairing the damaged altar. EDWYN MILLER and WILLIAM FITZHERBERT enter.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

Oh excuse me, I didn't mean to stop you working, I was hoping to find Father Anthony.

BOARSKIN

That's all right, I could do with a bit of a rest. Father Anthony has gone for a walk. I think he can't pray properly with me in here making a noise.

EDWYN MILLER

I see you've made quite a bit of progress, but why are you doing it?

BOARSKIN

Somebody will have to, and I think of it as a small bit of repayment for Father Anthony's kindness. I saw you around here earlier I thought you might have come to repair it.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

I'm afraid not, we're trying to find out who did it.

BOARSKIN

And I suppose you thought it might be me?

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

The thought crossed my mind. Did you?

BOARSKIN

No I didn't, I probably ought to resent you asking me, but I'm too grateful for your honesty. I know what people say about me, mad old man that lives by the church.

EDWYN MILLER

Have you seen anything?

BOARSKIN

No, not while I was doing this, or while I was around here. Whoever it was must have got in and out while I was away from the church, which isn't often the case.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

All right, well thanks again. If you do think of anything do let us know.
EDWYN MILLER and WILLIAM FITZHERBERT turn and leave the church.
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EXT. CHURCH - 28TH AUGUST 1485 – 19.34
As EDWYN MILLER and WILLIAM FITZHERBERT walk away from the church..

EDWYN MILLER

So another dead end, even if he did do it.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

It does not seem likely that a man who feels it important that he repair the altar should lie to us in a church.

EDWYN MILLER

Unless he has no faith in the church.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

Either way, we had better get to the Justice's office, it will be dusk soon.
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EXT. WOODS - 28TH AUGUST 1485 – 19.46
FATHER ANTHONY is walking into the woods. He stops, kneels and sets a cross in front of him.

FATHER ANTHONY

Oh Lord we are all but humble servants alone with our faith. I shall pray here and if it be your wish, send a message that I might understand your plan in this matter.
FATHER ANTHONY begins praying. We pan up to the sky and watch the dusk come in then..
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EXT. SHERIFF'S OFFICE - 28TH AUGUST 1485 – 20.00
A crowd have gathered outside the JUSTICE'S office. RALPH LACKENBY is at the front. They are just standing there.
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EXT. WOODS - 28TH AUGUST 1485 – 20.00
FATHER ANTHONY is praying. He hears the noise of someone coming up behind him.

FATHER ANTHONY

I've been expecting you.
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INT. SHERIFF'S OFFICE - 28TH AUGUST 1485 – 20.00
SIMON ARUNDEL, EDWYN MILLER, MORYS WENLOCK and WILLIAM FITZHERBERT are in the office. MORYS WENLOCK is looking out of the window. He turns back to the others.

MORYS WENLOCK

They're out there.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

What will you do?

MORYS WENLOCK

I'll go and talk to them, hope they listen to reason.

EDWYN MILLER

If they don't?

MORYS WENLOCK

Then we hope our swords will be a deterrent.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

And hope they don't realise we're bluffing.

SIMON ARUNDEL

Are we?

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

Speaking only for myself I'm not happy to fight a battle against the townspeople.

EDWYN MILLER

I thought that's what we were here for?

MORYS WENLOCK

When the enemy is those you have sworn to protect, it's different.
WILLIAM FITZHERBERT and EDWYN MILLER give each other a knowing look. Then MORYS WENLOCK goes outside, through the door.
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EXT. SHERIFF'S OFFICE - 28TH AUGUST 1485 – 20.00

MORYS WENLOCK

Hello everyone, nice night to be out for a walk.

RALPH LACKENBY

Why don't you join us?

MORYS WENLOCK

Where are you going?

RALPH LACKENBY

Down to the big tree, down the road there, it's sturdy and it will hold a good weight.

MORYS WENLOCK

No, I'm sorry I don't care for that idea.

RALPH LACKENBY

In that case you might want to step aside, we will need the Moor to join us.

MORYS WENLOCK

I don't think he wants to. In any case I can't allow it.

RALPH LACKENBY

Then you had better draw your sword.
The door opens and WILLIAM FITZHERBERT steps out and draws his sword, as does EDWYN MILLER. SIMON ARUNDEL comes out with a bill. They line up and prepare for the attack. It's a very tense moment.

RALPH LACKENBY

So you have some hired swordsmen, how well do you think they will do against the whole town?
As they face off, neither side wanting to make the first move a line of women appear and stand in line between the two groups. Among them are ELEANOUR READE. At the forefront is LADY FITZALAN and her daughter MATILDA FITZALAN.

MORYS WENLOCK

Lady FitzAlan, you should not be here in harms way.

LADY FITZALAN

I will stand where I please. As will these other members of the town.

ELEANOUR READE

We were surprised to hear that the Justice and his men would have to fight the whole town.

RALPH LACKENBY

What is this madness? Get out of the way, we intend to see justice is done.

MATILDA FITZALAN

That won't be justice, it will just be murder. Are all you men going to be party to that, a mortal sin?
One of the men moves across to join the women. Others join him, some leave. RALPH LACKENBY still has enough people to consider trying to force his way in.

RALPH LACKENBY

You have hired steel, you have women and some tame menfolk, but we can still push our way in and get the Moor. Will you risk the use of your swords in such a situation?

MORYS WENLOCK

Will you risk a loss of honour and the scorn of the King?

RALPH LACKENBY

If we let the man who desecrated the church go free we will risk the scorn of God.
RALPH LACKENBY groups his men together and they prepare to make a push for the door. Just as they are about to move..

FATHER ANTHONY (OC)

Excuse me for interrupting this fine congregation.
They all look to see FATHER ANTHONY walking up the road toward the Justice's office.

FATHER ANTHONY

(to the ringleader) Interesting that you mention the scorn of God. Were it not for the fact that these people had stopped you, it would now be you facing the scorn of God. You would have killed an innocent man.

MORYS WENLOCK

Do you have the guilty person?

FATHER ANTHONY

I do not.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

You must know who it is though.

FATHER ANTHONY

I do, but the information came to me by way of a confession and I cannot divulge it.

RALPH LACKENBY

How can we believe you know who it is, if you will not say?
FATHER ANTHONY moves intently closer to RALPH LACKENBY and his now evaporating group.

FATHER ANTHONY

I am a man of God's church, I swear before God that the Moor did not commit this crime. (pause) One thing more, A church is more than a building, it is a congregation and a community. You have attempted to destroy that as much as the destruction of an altar. If I were you I would go home before the Justice decides to dispense the sentence you propose, on you.
RALPH LACKENBY looks sheepish and walks off. Then FATHER ANTHONY walks off.
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INT. PETER SABELLA & SADDIQ SUAAD'S SHACK - 28TH AUGUST 1485 – 22.17
WILLIAM FITZHERBERT, EDWYN MILLER and SADDIQ SUAAD are sat at a table. PETER SABELLA sets some food down on the table.

SADDIQ SUAAD

Edwyn, I fear I owe you an apology, I was not pleasant to you on our first meeting. Yet you still helped me and I thank you both for that.

EDWYN MILLER

I shouldn't thank us too much. We were not very much help, we didn't find anything that helped.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

That's absolutely true, in fact you owe more of a debt to the women of the town than you do to us.

EDWYN MILLER

We would have been more use if we had stayed in the ditch and finished clearing it.

PETER SABELLA

I certainly felt a lot better knowing you were trying to find the culprit.

SADDIQ SUAAD

I too, got some comfort from knowing there was at least two voices for me in the town. It seems as though those voices multiplied.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

I suppose you will be wanting to be moving on soon?

SADDIQ SUAAD

Well, Peter and I were intending to settle here now that there is not much call for translating.

PETER SABELLA

The wool trade is very vibrant around here and we are particularly good at trading so we have purchased a shop here.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

You are prepared to stay, after this?

SADDIQ SUAAD

I'm a Moor, where would there not be a risk of this? Although it did not start well it ended well, and I believe God had a purpose to it, so I shall stay.

PETER SABELLA

Well I will have to stay as well, I couldn't let him do the accounts.

SADDIQ SUAAD

All right, I'm not that bad.

PETER SABELLA

He's a great trader, but it's hard to believe that his people brought us the concept of zero, and he has to rely on a christian to do his accounts for him.

EDWYN MILLER

It seems to have been a very successful partnership.

SADDIQ SUAAD

Indeed it has. How about you two, are you staying?

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

We don't have anywhere else. We'll see whether we can get enough work to get somewhere to live by winter.

EDWYN MILLER

We certainly won't get any more crimes to solve, not after this.

PETER SABELLA

It was your first. Anyway, there is one way we can help. We bought this shack when we moved here and we will soon be moving down to the town.

SADDIQ SUAAD

You are welcome to stay here for as long as you like.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

That's very kind of you both, I don't know what to say.

PETER SABELLA

It takes as much honour to receive as it does to give. As a man of honour you are duty bound to accept.

WILLIAM FITZHERBERT

In that case we have no choice than to accept it. You are very persuasive.

SADDIQ SUAAD

If only he could sell as well as he gives away.
They all laugh and we pull away out through the window and then..
FADE OUT:
EXT. CHURCH - 29TH AUGUST 1485 – 08.12
ANNE WOOD (A woman in her forties) walks up to the church door. She knocks on it. The door opens and FATHER ANTHONY is standing there.

ANNE WOOD

Good morning Father.

FATHER ANTHONY

Good morning my child, you have no need to knock, the church is open to all.

ANNE WOOD

Not to me, not after what I have done.

FATHER ANTHONY

God knows that the death of a son can cause much grief.

ANNE WOOD

I just wanted to thank you for not saying it was me.

FATHER ANTHONY

My child, if there is no trust in the confession, the Church loses the trust of its congregation. Stone can be replaced easier than trust.

ANNE WOOD

Can you forgive me for what I've done?

FATHER ANTHONY

No I cannot. You have damaged God's house and it is God that will need to forgive you. He knows that we are all sinners and he is forgiving to those who ask him to do so. Come let us ask him together.
With that they both go into the church.
FADE OUT:
END SHOW


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