Tokimu

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Submitted: March 18, 2016

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FADE IN:

INT. house -- EVENING

China, present days. Earth.

LISA, a girl of 6 years old came into the room, crying and running, followed by her brother, JUN, a 8 years old boy, with black hair and blue eyes. Into a chair, RONG, an old man, with white hair, and blue eyes is reading.

lisa

Grandpa...

rong

Lisa, what happened, my dear, why are you crying?

jun

Tell her, grandpa, just tell her to stop acting like a princess!

RONG

Jun! What have you done to your sister?

Rong takes the girl on his knees. He has a gentle face and a kind smile.

RONG

Oh, my dear... but you are a princess.

jun

Grandpa!

RONG

Jun, did I ever told you the story of what happened when I was young?

Jun

The same age as us?

RONG

Well, not exactly, a little older. How could I forget to tell you this story...

LISA

Tell us, grandpa, please...

RONG

It has been a long time ago... and I don't know if I can remember it.

LISA

Please, try to remember! Please!

RONG

Well, if you insist... let's see, it was a long time ago, I wasn't born in this world... my story begins home, in the Middle Earth, a world when humans leave in peace with demons.

jun

Demons?

RONG

Yes, but not that type of demons that are used to scare people. In my world, demons are people with a spiritual power, magic, colored hair and eyes. People that can leave hundred of years...

JUN

Grandpa, you have been a demon?

RONG

Me... my dear, I... I was their king.

When the kind hear what the old man told them, they smile, with open mouth, almost shocked.

DISSOLVE TO:

INT. Imperial palace. -- MORNING

Middle Earth, year 40600.

After the Armageddon.

RONG (V.O.)

But everything had an end... so as my world. It was year 40600 when our sun died, it was a big explosion that killed almost everything. Everything was destroyed. The humans were the first one who died, during the explosion. After that, demons died, some of them at the begin, and the others in time. When I wake up, all around my was destroyed, the palace was just... trash. Bodies everywhere, all those I know died, my mother, everyone.

Rong, now young, beautiful, a boy of 17 years old, with long black hair and silver eyes wake up. He is very injured, a wound at his arm is bleeding. He stand up and look around.

RONG (V.O.)

After that I was my sister, princess Mingzhu, on the floor, dying, bleeding to death.

Rong run to his sister, she is very injured, but she still can talk.

RONG

Mingzhu, look at me! Please!

mingzhu

Your Highness! You are alive!

RONG

Please, don't talk, you need your power, let me heal your wounds!

MINGZHU

No! No, you can't do this!

RONG

You are dying, I have to help you!

MINGZHU

No, don't you understand, the power is all that can hold us alive, you are the emperor, you must live!

RONG

What?

MINGZHU

Please, get out of here, this place will fall soon. Everything is destroyed, this is the end, Your Highness.

RONG

Don't say that, we will be just fine, we will survive, I promise you!

An echo is heard, with the name of the emperor. He waits and after few minutes, LIU, a man of 25 years old, also with black hair and silver eyes come next to them, running.

Rong

General, is that you?

liu

Your Highness! I finally found you! Princess...

MINGZHU

Liu, get the emperor out of here! Take him to a safe place.

LIU

There is not such a place, princess.

RONG

Tell me, Liu, have you been outside, have you seen what is happening?

LIU

Your Highness... our world is dead.

RONG

What happened to your eyes?

liu

My eyes? We are all the same, your eyes are like that too... and black hair!

RONG

What?

Rong looks carefully at his hair and sees that it's black.

RONG

How can this be possible? Tell me, Liu! What is happening to us?

LIU

I was outside when the explosion happened. Our sun died, and it takes all humans with him. I saw them dying, I couldn't do anything to help them... after that, it was like a dream, like an illusion, we all fall asleep, and we wake up, we all look the same. All demons which survive have silver eyes and black hair.. also is this mark on the neck, our spiritual energy is the only thing that keeps us alive when it end...

rong

We die...

LIU

Yes. Is nothing that we can do, our people are gone, and we don't have much time.

RONG

Liu, how many hours have been since the explosion?

LIU

Three days, My Lord.

RONG

Three days!

LIU

The glacier era is coming, is very cold, is snowing, and the light is very slow, the sky is beautiful, full of stars, but his beauty is killing us.

RONG

Is the end, is no hope. Why I live to see my people dead? Why I can't die with them?

MINGZHU

No. You have to leave, no matter what, you have to leave.

RONG

For what? With what purpose?

MINGZHU

Few days ago, my teacher told me that the end will come, we all knew that... he also told me, that you are the most precious thing to us. Our last hope.

RONG

Me? I'm just a demon...

MINGZHU

No. You are the emperor, and only you have the power to save our people. Rong, you must open a portal, is the only solution that we have.

RONG

A portal? You mean, a portal to...

MINGZHU

Tokimu! Yes, a portal to Earth. To the human world. Only you have the power to do this.

RONG

It's impossible!

LIU

It will be a chance to save the one who still are alive...

RONG

Liu, Tokimu is just a legend, we will never succeed to open that portal.

LIU

And if we succeed, that our people will be safe.

Your Highness, there is no hope for our world, demons time has gone...

Rong closes his eyes, he is crying.

MINGZHU

Don't cry, Rong! Nothing is eternal, all things are born, they live, and in the end, they die.

From her pocket, the princess gets a map.

RONG

What is this?

MINGZHU

The map to Assar.

RONG

The kingdom of 200 winds?

MINGZHU

Yes, there is the place when you can open the portal. At the lake of Assar.

RONG

It's too far, we can't go there.

MINGZHU

No, it's not. You can do this, Rong. This is your duty!

LIU

This is only your decision, Your Highness, but I agree with the princess, we can stay here and wait to die, or we can die to try to go to Assar.

MINGZHU

Go, Rong! Make our dead people proud! This is...

The princess can't breathe anymore. She looks at her brother, and after that, she dies.

LIU

My Lady?

RONG

Mingzhu? No, no... please...

The mark on her neck disappears now. The emperor touches her hair gently, crying.

LIU

I'm very sorry, Your Highness!

RONG

My sister is just one of those millions of souls how died. I must save the rest of them... I will open the portal, is the only thing that I can do for them.

LIU

Don't cry, you have to be strong!

rong

Rest in peace, my sister!

Rong put the map in his pocket, kiss his sister on the forehead, after that he leave. The general look at the princess one more time, after that he follows the emperor.

DISSOLVE TO:

EXT. IMPERIAL PALACE. -- CONTINUOUS

Dead bodies are everywhere, snow, blood, ruins, a cold world. The light is slow, you can't say if is night or day, because now it's the same. The wind is cold, so cold, and it's still snowing. Everything is destroyed.

RONG

My God!

Rong looks around him, crying, for him it's impossible to believe that this is real. He makes few steps to a wall where a child is frozen is her mother's arms.

RONG

Everything is frozen, dead!

Crying, the emperor touches the child. His empty eyes are the same as the snow. Cold, silver.

RONG

I try, but I know that I will not arrive at Assar. But I will try, to give a hope to those who survive. Child, rest in peace with your mother and forgive me that I couldn't save you. For all how died, if you all can... forgive me!

The emperor speakeasy, quiet, as this was a secret.

LIU

Your Highness? Get out of there! Now! Now!

Rong scream when a dog jumps on him. Put him to the ground, on the snow, and try to kill him.

LIU

Your Highness!

Rong scream when the blood covers his hands. A spiritual arrow kills the dog. Both, The emperor and the general look back and saw YANG, a tall man, young, with black hair and silver eyes.

LIU

You!

YANG

I think thank you is enough!

LIU

This is the emperor, don't stay like that! Bow your head immediately!

YANG

The emperor of what?

Yang laugh but Liu make a spiritual ball in his hand.

RONG

Liu, don't! He's right. Thank you, you save my life.

YANG

Really? It was just a dog, at what power you have you could kill him in a second.

RONG

It was just hungry...

YANG

We all are, but it doesn't mean that we should eat each other. We are not cannibals, and also, I will not be food for a fucking jerk.

LIU

Don't you have a little of respect? With how do you think you speak?

YANG

Oh... General Liu, I already told you, the time when I was the thief and you the low has gone, we are now the same. We are all in the same boat. And we have to paddle together if we want to live.

LIU

How can you...

YANG

Look around you, the world that you knew has gone, it's dead. Everything has been destroyed in less than half and hour... Bum!

RONG

He's right, too many people died, we, the survive, we must help each other. I can't leave, we must find the survivors, maybe someone in this moment need help, maybe a lot of people are injured and the only thing that they can do is to wait for somebody.

YANG

I'm afraid that it's not true. I was looking for my demons, all those three days I was just looking for survivors....

RONG

And?

YANG

And they are all dead. We are the only survivors in this town. Trust me, I'm not lying to you.

RONG

I believe you. And also, that means we have to leave...

 

LIU

Your Highness, you're not saying that we will take that... THIEF, with us, aren't you?

RONG

Liu, I have to open that portal for my people, I don't care that they are thieves, beggars, nobles or just soldiers... they are my people.

LIU

Yes, Your Majesty. I will protect every person alive with the piece of my life.

YANG

Thank you, general. You are very kind.

RONG

What's your name?

YANG

Me? I'm Yang, and I'm surprised that you don't hear about me.

RONG

Yang... it means "the sun", right?

YANG

Yes. The sun... it has been just three days and I miss it.

RONG

You will see the sun again, I promise you. Even it will be the last thing I do.

YANG

Then, what are we waiting for? The Humans World wait for us.

RONG

We have to go to Assar, do you know a short way to arrive there?

YANG

Of course, I know. This way!

With his hand is his pockets, Yang walk. Step on the snow, passing through the demolished.

LIU

Your Highness, do you really trust him?

RONG

Remember why we go to Assar!

Rong smile and continue to walk.

CUT TO:

EXT. forest  -- DAY

Everything around is burnt and destroyed. The trees are broken, fall in the snow. Into a cage, SHEN, a man with long black hair, who seems to have around 22 years old, easy open his green eyes. He look at the sky and see the stars, but then he feel the pain. His leg caught on a tree and the ground.

shen

What the...

He look around and see the only destruction. Cold and snow.

SHEN

Fuck this shit!

He tries to rise up, but he screams of pain. Then, he sees three men coming closer.

SHEN

Hei! Here! I need help!

Rong, Liu, and Yang run and arrive next to the cage.

SHEN

Oh... finally!

RONG

What happened?

SHEN

What happened? Are you blind, can't you see that this tree almost broke my leg?

LIU

What is wrong with you people today? Can't you see this is the emperor? How dare you to speak like that?

SHEN

The emperor of what? Look around you, general Liu, this world is a big trash. A big and empty, cold death.

YANG

I told you....

LIU

How do you know who I'm?

SHEN

Don't you think that is not such a good moment to speak? Can you be kind to get me out of here?

LIU

You, help him!

YANG

What? How do you think I'm?

SHEN

Just get me the fuck out of here, this is breaking my leg!

Liu knees and pushes the tree, but it can't be move. He looks ironical to Yang.

LIU

Don't stay like that, help me!

YANG

Fine. I will do this.

Yang knees too and helps the general to push the tree, but Shen scream.

SHEN

Stop! Stop!

YANG

What is now?

SHEN

Please... Rise it up, don't push it.

Yang and Liu try to rise up the tree but it is too hard. Around Yang, a wind of dark magic appears, and they manage to push the tree away. Shen's leg was deep injured and bleeding, the bones are a break.

LIU

You shouldn't use your magic... remember that is the only thing that keeps you alive.

YANG

Don't you worries for my magic...

SHEN

Can't you just help me?

LIU

I'm sorry!

Liu catches Shen from his arm and gets him out from the cage. He was in pain, his wounds are bleeding.

SHEN

Thank you!

Sitting on the ground, on the snow, he break the pants around the wound and see the breaking leg. He bites his lips, not to scream, and after that, with the hands on the bleeding wound, his magic heal it.

SHEN

What? Why are you looking like that at me? Haven't you seen a demon healing his wounds before?

RONG

Your eyes... are still green.

SHEN

And?

RONG

And we all have silver eyes.. and this mark on the neck. All of us... excepting you.

SHEN

I don't understand!

YANG

Maybe he is immune to the radiation.

LIU

Impossible, this affects all demons. Who are you?

SHEN

As you said, I'm just a demon, and I don't have any idea why I'm not affected.

LIU

Where have you been in the last three days after the explosion?

SHEN

I can't believe you are really asking me this...

yang

Answer him!

SHEN

Where do you think I was?

YANG

In the cage!

SHEN

Of course, why do you think I have my bone break and all body injured? I was in the cage when the explosion happened. And I've stayed there since now.

rong

So you haven't seen how the world become?

SHEN

How bad can it be?

RONG

All humans are dead, only a few demons survive and their life depend on their magic. When it and the mark from the neck will disappear, we will die.

SHEN

Are you sure?

RONG

Yes. This world is gone... is no hope, so, we're going to open a portal to Earth, if you want, you are welcome to come with us.

SHEN

A portal? Assar?

LIU

What do you know about that?

SHEN

A lot... my grandpa told me stories about Assae when I was young. It's a legend that only the son of the dragons can open it, the emperor... and it will make a connection between our world and the humans. But is just a story, you can't risk your life...

RONG

And what else we can do? Look around you, the ice age begins, we are strong, but is no way to survive into a glacier world. We will die soon, frozen.

SHEN

Indeed... I think everything have an end... but tell me one thing, are you really want to go to the Assar, by foot? Have you any idea how far is it?

RONG

Have you been there before?

SHEN

You can say so...

YANG

Of course he was, he was born there. You are a Mongol, right?

SHEN

Yes... I'm a Mongol.

RONG

What is your name?

SHEN

Why? You will forget it anyway...

YANG

Shen! He's Shen, the prince of Nok'sa-Rim Guardians.

SHEN

You know too much for a thief.

LIU

How do you know he's a thief? And, it's true that you are who he said?

SHEN

It's on his face, the freedom from his eyes... I now a lot of this.. so, I can recognize one, and also, look at his kimono! And yes... my name is Shen!

Shen rises up and look closely to Yang.

SHEN

We should go now, soon will be dark, and very cold.

RONG

We have a map...

SHEN

I don't need a map, for me Assar means home!

Shen smiles arrogant and starts to walk. Yang was frustrated, but he follow the emperor. Liu looks at the cage, and raise an eyebrow curiously, after that he follow the others.

 

Day by day the become colder, the snow never stop, you can't say that is day or night, because the sky look always the same, full of stars, and the light is slow. A haze covered the forest. Is hard to walk through the snow, and it became bigger with every hour.

liu

We can't continue, we must rest. Your Highness, please!

RONG

Here? In the middle of nowhere?

YANG

We must find a shelter, we will die in the snow. And if the night is coming, it will become worse.

SHEN

I remember that a village is close... somewhere here... at least, it was.

YANG

It's fine, we will stay there by night. General, we can't stop right now.

LIU

Fine, let's find this village!

They walk hours, and the cold became insufferable. From the haze, they can see what remains of the village. The wind passes between the houses. As in the town, everything is destroyed. Dead bodies everywhere, frozen.

YANG

My God! It's worse than in town.

Rong looks to a child, dead, frozen, in the snow. The general see him and notice that the emperor has tears in his eyes looking at his people.

LIU

Your Majesty? Let's go...

RONG

Why happened this to us? From all worlds, why our sun have to die?

liu

There is no immortal thing, soon or later, everything dies. It's nobody's fault, and you couldn't do anything to protect them! Nothing, you hear me?

SHEN

Have you heard this?

They all listen and hear that a dog is barking. The sound came from the demolished of a house.

RONG

It came from here.

LIU

Your Highness, wait!

But Rong run at that house and try to reach the dog.

RONG

I can see him, but is catch between the walls.

YANG

Is just a dog, it will die anyway, just let him there.

LIU

He's an innocent soul! Idiot!

Liu goes next the emperor and helps him to get the pieces of walls away. The dog’s body is burnt, and his legs from behind are broken.

RONG

My God...

With black eyes, the animal looks at the emperor.

LIU

Is nothing you can do for him, is too late, Your Highness.

RONG

I can try to heal his wounds.

LIU

No! You know that if you try to heal him...

RONG

He will die. I know. But, I can't just let him here.

LIU

Your Majesty, sometimes, the only thing that can be done... the only one how can stop the pain.. is death!

Rong looks at the dog and gently touch his ears.

LIU

Your Majesty?

RONG

Fine... do what you think is better.

Without looking behind, Rong leave.

LIU

Forgive me!

Liu touch gently the forehead of the dog, and when he closed his eyes, the animal breath one more time, then die.

YANG

General, we should find some place to stay inside. It seems that a storm will begin.

LIU

Up there! What do you think?

YANG

No, is too dangerous, the walls may fall over us. We should move on...

LIU

Let's go, Your Majesty!

RONG

Ok.

The emperor follow the others, but he looks around at the world, at his people. The wind became more powerful, but soon they see a place, a part of the house, that remains intact.

LIU

Here, we stay here.

YANG

Yes, is no time to find something else.

LIU

You first!

YANG

Freak!

Yang smile and enter the house.

YANG

General, I think you should come here! Now!

They all enter and see a young girl, with skin burned on her chest, she stay near the wall, scared, looking at them with her silver eyes. XIAOHUI, a young lady, and excepting her poor and dirty clothes, she is a beauty.

YANG

General!

LIU

I'm here...

Liu and the others look at the girl and see how scared she is.

LIU

It's all right, young lady, let's us help you! Please, don't be scared, nobody will harm you.

Liu goes closer to her. She breathes deep, scared.

liu

Please, trust me, I'm general Liu, from His Majesty's special army. Here, it's our emperor. Please... lets me help you!

Liu knees, and raise his hand to the girl.

LIU

Look at me! You will be safe, nobody will hurt you. I will heal your wounds. Ok?

Looking at him, she gently raises her hand and touch Liu. She's crying, but she smile when the general heal her wounds.

LIU

You see.. you can trust me!

Shen sits on the floor, and just look at the general, but Yang starts to break everything that is made of wood and put it in the middle of the room.

RONG

What are you doing?

YANG

A fire, if not, we won't survive until morning. Is too cold and will become worse.

When he finish, he just looks at the woods and a fire start. Both, him and the young emperor sits next to it.

RONG

It's good...

YANG

I'm hungry! In this moment a wish to have a soup... or a hot tea.

RONG

Are you cold?

YANG

Are you not?

RONG

I'm fine... I can bare it...

YANG

Why are you like this?

RONG

How?

YANG

Don't know... to gentle, I saw you crying for a dog. You have a kind soul, Your Majesty, and it's rare to find a person like you... in this world... especially now.

Liu hears what Yang said and he smile.

LIU

Tell me, what's your name?

Xiaohui

I'm Xiaohui.

LIU

It's a beautiful name. Do you know if is someone alive in the village?

XIAOHUI

I'm the only one who survive, when the explosion happened we were out, all together, I saw them dying, after that I remember that I wake up and everything was destroyed, and my hair become black, and silver eyes.

yang

That happened to all of us, my lady. You are not the only one who pass through this. Hei, Shen! What is with you?

Shen stays alone, next to the wall, but now he raise his head and look at Yang.

SHEN

What do you want?

YANG

It has been hours since you haven't said a word.

SHEN

So what? This is not a crime...

YANG

You have only us, so you shouldn't be so cold. Look at me, I was the worst enemy of the general, and now we're best friends!

liu

Let's not overdo it!

RONG

What border you, Shen? Can we help you?

SHEN

You think that you know everything, that you can help everyone... but the reality is that you are just an arrogant kid who doesn't know nothing!

Shen leaves the house, very nervous. Liu rises up and immediately get out. He sees Shen staying in front of the house. The general goes to him and punch him in the face so powerful than it falls in the snow.

shen

What the fuck are you doing?

LIU

Listen, it's hard for everyone, we are a surrender by a world of death, I'm feeling that I will lose my minds, we are all nervous and angry, but I swear to heaven that if you speak like that with the emperor again, I will kill you.

Shen rises up and laugh.

LIU

Don't laugh like an idiot! Maybe he's young, maybe is just a kid, but he is the emperor! He's the son of the dragon!

SHEN

He's powerful, so what? Look at me, general, I don't give anything on this journey, I told you, by foot will be impossible to get to Assar, look, this storm is just the beginning. As you said, the ice age start and the truth is, that we will end frozen or will die to starve!

liu

Then, you are my guest, remain here and die. I just feel sorry that hasn't remained any bird to eat your dead body.

Liu wants to leave, but Shen catches him by the arm.

SHEN

General Liu!

LIU

Take your hand off from me!

SHEN

Tell me, why you are not asking how I get in that cage?

LIU

Is not my business, I think that is no time for justice... royal, powerful, weak, injured, thief... now we are all the same.

SHEN

Oh, leave me with this! You don't ask because you know the truth. You know what happened to my people, with the guardians? At least, by your order, I was in there...

liu

I never gave such an order.

SHEN

Then why you speak so slow? How will time pass until your dear emperor will find what have you done?

LIU

I've done nothing!

Nothing wrong, it wasn't my decision, the Prime-Minister gave that order. Not me!

SHEN

General, you know about the explosion, we knew that the sun is dying, and that will kill us all... and what have you done?

LIU

It was just a theory from an old and senile man, I don't know that it will really happen.

SHEN

Oh... then what was with the letter send by you to my king? To take all Guardians, to take them from the mountains...

LIU

I thought that is the only solution. It's not my fault for what happened...

SHEN

I will never forgive you, general... do you hear me? Never!

Shen goes inside, and Liu remains alone. He is very angry and hit with the hand on the wall.

Snow... it seems that will never stop, and as Shen said, the storm became only worse. The ice age hasn't started... it's already there. The snow is too big, is very hard to walk, the wind is very cold. They continue to walk, in front with the Shen, how is always alone, very quiet, as a stone. The girl falls in the snow, but Rong catches her hand and helps her to rise up.

RONG

Is all right, I catch you!

xiaohui

Thank you, Your Majesty!

YANG

Hei, Shen, how is it until the next village?

SHEN

Almost tow days... with or without few hours.

YANG

Tow days? We can't walk two days, and if we rest... we will freeze. We can't just stay in the snow.

SHEN

Then you should close your mouth and keep going.

Yang looks arrogant to Shen, but Liu smile.

XIAOHUI

So tell me, Your Majesty, before this, how it was at the palace?

RONG

Suffocated! I couldn't do anything, I was always with a lots of guardian with me, there was always someone who watch me... and I had to be perfect, to be carefully at everything I do...

XIAOHUI

But you are the emperor, nobody can tell you what to do.

RONG

You think so?

XIAOHUI

Yes... or not?

RONG

Well, they don't tell me what to do, but if I do something wrong, immediately they was next to me, screaming, yelling.. I'm I right, general?

liu

All I have done was to protect Your Majesty, and you know that.

RONG

Many times I wish to be... just a demon, to be free.

XIAOHUI

I will never understand how could you wish something like this.

RONG

Is hard to imagine that if you are not me...

XIAOHUI

How is to be the son of the dragon?

RONG

I don't know... is just. me...

Both of them smile and keep going, the girl catches the emperor hand when it slap on the ice. Yang walk behind them, looking at both, but especially at general Liu.

SHEN

General, look! Traces!

Liu immediately goes next to Shen and watch to the traces on the snow.

LIU

There are two demons, they are injured or in pain, look... they walk slow, very slow...

SHEN

They can't be far because the traces aren't covered with snow.

liu

Yes, we have to hurry if we want to find them alive.

SHEN

And also, soon the snow will cover the tracks. We have to run!

YANG

Are you crazy? It's impossible to run in this weather.

SHEN

Who said something about you?

LIU

I agree with Shen, you will remain with His Majesty and we will go to find those people.

YANG

It's not good to do this. We must stay together.

LIU

And then will be too late for them.

YANG

How could you ever know that they are still alive?

RONG

General, are you sure that you and Shen will be safe?

LIU

Yes, Your Majesty.

RONG

Then go, save them.

YANG

But..

RONG

This is an order!

LIU

Yes, Your Majesty. Let's go, Shen!

Shen just approve, and then he and general Liu start to run.

YANG

Those two demons are crazy.

XIAOHUI

I tink that hey are brave.

YANG

Is nothing brave to run on this snow, we only can walk.. the snow is killing us? and the ice...

RONG

I know general Liu since I can know myself, he will find those demons.

YANG

Yes, but how can you trust Shen? Haven't nobody asked why he was in that cage?

RONG

This is not important.

YANG

He can be a criminal... an assassin.

RONG

He's a price!

YANG

He was a prince, and I don't trust him. He hides many things from us.

RONG

You also are a thief, and look at you... now you are free to talk how you want with the emperor.

YANG

This is something else. Indeed, I was a thief, but I'm a man with honor.

RONG

Honor doesn't mean anything now, it's all about survive. So, shut up and keep going.

YANG

I go, Your Majesty...

but I swear that I hate this snow, it will kill me.

RONG

You will be fine, the only thing that can kill you is your arrogance.

Yang laughed.

YANG

Your Majesty doesn't know me in my best days...

Now even the emperor laughed.

DISSOLVE TO:

General Liu and Shen run as fast as they can through the snow, and at some moment, near a tree, they saw two demons, an old couple. With silver eyes and dark hair, YONGRUI sits next to his wife, LING. She is injured, and the wound in her leg is bleeding.

yongrui

Here, please, help us! Here!

Liu and Shen run faster and arrive at them. When general see that wound of the old lady, he knees near her.

LIU

Your wound is bleeding!

ling

Please, help me, general!

LIU

You know who I am?

LING

I saw you some years ago, you came to the village to bring us food after an epidemy of plague.

LIU

I remember that... but it was 20 years ago.

LING

Yes, I never forget how you saved my nephew. And also, you look the same, general.

LIU

I'm glad that someone remember good things about me...

He smiles arrogant looking at Shen while he is healing the wound of the old lady.

YONGRUI

I thought that we are the only survivors, it has been almost a week, you two are the first demon that we see.

SHEN

Don't lose your hope. Even is hard to believe, it still remain.

YONGRUI

Yes, now I see. I thought that I will lose my lady, thank you generally, thank you.

LIU

You can tell me, Liu, I'm not anymore a general... I don't have who to lead anymore...

YONGRUI

Yes, but you have a lot to protect. You will always be a general. Look!

Liu looks back and sees the emperor running, followed by Yang and the lady Xiaohui.

YONGRUI

This kid is our hope, we are old, and I'm not sorry if I will die, I lived my life... but he... he represent life.

SHEN

I'm afraid that he represent more that life.

Rong and the others arrived next to Shen. Yang is breathing hard, he's so tired.

YANG

Oh my, I thought that I will die.

SHEN

Is nice to see you here, Your Majesty.

YONGRUI

Majesty? You mean that...

Liu smile and raise his eyes to the old man.

LIU

He's more than life, then hope... he's the emperor.

YONGRUI

Your Majesty... forgive me!

The old man knees in front of the emperor, and the lady wants to move, but Liu stops her.

RONG

Please, don't do this.

YONGRUI

Is a blessing to see you here.

RONG

No... It's a curse, that I survive to see my all people dying.

YONGRUI

No, Your Majesty. Is more than this... you must live with a purpose. You have a great destiny.

RONG

We want to open a portal to Humans World, it's the last thing that I can do for my people.

YONGRUI

You are the son of the dragon! You can do more than you can imagine.

RONG

Look at me, I look exactly like you all, I'm not so strong that people imagine. It seems that Shen is more powerful.

SHEN

Technical speaking, Your Majesty, I'm not just a demon, I'm a guardian of Nok'Sa-Rim, it make me just... let's say more powerful in front of the death. That's all.

LIU

You are heal... for a time... that is all that I can do.

LING

Thank you, general, I don't have anything to give you... but please... accept this.

The old lady put a gold medallion in the general's palm. It represents an eagle.

LIU

No, I can't accept it. Please, you don't have to thank me. I've just do my duty.

LING

Please, it's all that I have, but it represent you. An eagle, your soul must be free like an eagle if you want to conquer the sky. Please, accept it.

LIU

Thank you!

The old lady put the medallion to the general, after that he help her to stand up.

SHEN

Do you hear this?

Liu looks around worried, and after that, between the trees a pack of wolves appears. Their flesh is burnt, they are disfigured. Hungry that make them a beast.

LIU

Wolves! Protect the emperor! Now!

Liu pushes the emperor in the back, near the old couple, and the lady goes near him. They are scared. But the general and Shen make few steps. Around them is a black magic, like a haze.

Shen hit the wolves in the head, as powerful as he can, trying to protect the emperor, the young Mongol fight, using his powers. General Liu fight in the middle of the pack, an attack after the other, but one wolf pass between them and jump over the emperor. Scared, Rong scream.

LIU

Your Majesty! Yang, do something!

The wolf bites the hand of the emperor, and this one scream and yell, scared, hearing the words of the general, Yang use his powers to release Rong, one spiritual arrow break the forehead of the wolf.

YANG

Your Majesty! Are you hurt?

RONG

He bites my hand, but I will be fine, thank you, Yang!

Another wolf jump over them, but the arrow of Shen kill it.

SHEN

Why can't you pay attention? Idiot...

Yang look arrogant to Shen, but this had right, now he see Shen and Liu killing the wolves, in the middle of danger, using the magic, only to protect the emperor.

RONG

Liu! Behind you, take care!

Liu turns up, and see a black wolf who jump over him, push him to the ground and try to bite his body, to break his neck, but Shen kills it. Liu looks at the Mongol and accepts the help. He catch Shen's hand and stand up.

SHEN

It should kill you!

LIU

I know, thank you!

SHEN

You know what I mean, general, you are too weak, you can't fight anymore!

LIU

Shen, we have to leave, I'm sure that it was only a part of the pack, if they are here somewhere, and they feel the smell of blood they will attack again.

SHEN

You need to rest! Look at you, I saw dead bodies looking better.

LIU

I'm fine! We have to heal the wound of the emperor!

Liu wants to leave, but Shen catches his hand and speak slowly.

SHEN

General! Listen to me, you won't make it, in that way you can't arrive at Assar. Stop helping everyone and think a little at you.

LIU

Shen, the emperor is more important than every one of us. I would give me life for him.

SHEN

If you die, it won't help him. Look at him, general, he's just a kid, all that he's doing is to scream, now he should be here, fighting with us.

LIU

As long as I leave, His Majesty life will not be in danger!

Liu release his hand and make few steps to the emperor, but he fall in the snow. Both, Shen and Rong run to him.

RONG

Liu!

SHEN

General Liu!

LIU

I'm fine, don't worries about me! Your Majesty's wound is bleeding... lets me heal you!

SHEN

No! If you do this you will die! Look at you, general, I just told you, but you don't want to listen.

LIU

I am fine, Shen! Just help me to stand up. Don't worries for me, Your Majesty.

RONG

Liu! Shen is right, you can't use your powers anymore, look at you! You are so pale, so weak, I don't want to lose you General! You helped all of us, now lets us do the same thing for you.

LIU

Your Majesty!

RONG

You need to rest and you need food!

LIU

Your wound is still bleeding, Shen, please, heal the wounds of His Majesty!

RONG

Stop to worries for me! In that way you will die, general!

LIU

I'm fine!

With the help of Rong, general Liu stands up and look at Yang.

LIU

You boy, how could you just watch us fighting? Why don't you bother to help us? You are younger than me and Shen, and it seems that your powers are bigger...

RONG

Give him peace, general! Yang saved my life! If is someone here how should bow his head, this one is me. I'm sorry, I'm more powerful than all of you, and I don't do anything...

SHEN

Let's worries for later, I'm afraid that general has right, soon the wolves will return. We have to leave.

RONG

No, Liu have to rest. He can't walk!

LIU

I'm fine, Your Majesty! I'm just a little tired, but I'm still strong. Let's go! My lady, do you think that you can walk?

LING

Yes, general. But... we are old, all that we will do is to slow you down. You all should leave, don't wait for us.

RONG

No. I will never accept this! I won't let anyone behind even if that means that I will carry you in my arms.

LING

You have such a kind soul, Your Majesty!

SHEN

Let's go, now... Now!

The old couple stands up and starts to walk. Xiaohui comes near the general and takes him my the hand. Scared, and surprised, Liu looks at her.

LIU

My lady!

XIAOHUI

You heal my wounds when I thought that all is lost, that I will die, you came and heal me. I was burning in fire, but you helped me... now, is my turn to help you.

LIU

Thank you, but I'm fine. You don't have to do this.

XIAOHUI

You are a beautiful man, general Liu, and you was a very powerful demon... you be! So now, just shut up and lets me the honor walk in your arm!

Liu just smile and catch the hand of the girl. Yang goes near the emperor and told him slowly, as it was a secret.

yang

Don't you think that she is too young for him?

RONG

If general Liu will find love in this dead world, this, my friend means that is still hope.

YANG

And still... I never thought that a man like him... so cold will be able to love a woman.

RONG

Let's not hurry up, she just walk near him, it doesn't mean that she love him.

YANG

You can say whatever you want, but I saw her... the way that she look at the general... trust me, Your Majesty, this girl fall in love with the general.

RONG

We will see! My lady!

The old woman falls in the snow, but the emperor catches her arm and helps her immediately to rise up.

ling

Forgive me, Your Majesty! I've fallen on the ice.

RONG

Are you hurt?

LING

No. I'm fine, thank you.

SHEN

I think we have around an hour to the next town, so we should hurry up. There we can rest, and maybe will find some food.

YANG

Food? Oh, that would be so nice, I'm starving, here.

SHEN

Don't scream like a little girl and keep going.

YANG

I don't scream...

SHEN

Boy! I really don't know who made you the leader of thieves, but I can be sure that... they really don't have too much mind.

YANG

What?

SHEN

See? You are just a child! I'm I right, general?

LIU

Shen, give peace to the boy.

YANG

I'm not a boy!

SHEN

Of course not! General, what's that?

Not so far away, in the snow there are a group of demons, all of them dead, frozen, and some ravens how to eat their flesh.

LIU

They are all dead!

Shen runs to them and gets the birds away. When the others come near him, Xiaohui falls on her knees, screaming.

XIAOHUI

No! No, mama! No!

One of the women eaten by ravens is her mother. The girl scream and cry. The emperor looks down, sad, and general gently touches her by the shoulder.

LIU

Xiaohui!

XIAOHUI

Mom, my mother is dead.

LIU

I'm sorry, I'm so sorry!

Xiaohui still cry.

RONG

Is nothing we can help her, anymore, but is something that we can do.

Rong knees and close his eyes. The wind beat slow and move the snow around on the death bodies, covering them.

LIU

This is not a good place to remain, we can't stay here, young lady, the wolves can attack at any moment, and no one of us can fight back anymore.

SHEN

The general is right, we all feel very sorry for your lost, but we have to go. The wind becomes stronger, I think the storm will begin... we have to find a place to rest.

LIU

Please, Xiaohui, is nothing you can do for your mother. We have to go. There is no time to cry for our lost, we have to protect the living ones.

The general help her to stand up, but she doesn't say a word. Xiaohui starts to walk, keep crying, and without looking back.

As Shen said, soon the storm start, the wind beats fast, powerful, and is very cold. They almost breathe. They look pale, frozen, and all the way, nobody hasn't spoken a word.

The sky look always the same, and the light is pale but is has been hours since they walk without rest, and now, through the haze, they can see what has been left from the old town.

SHEN

General Liu, look! We found the town. Is up there!

LIU

We should find a shelter for tonight, we all need some rest.

YANG

And maybe food!

SHEN

Don't be such a child, be grateful if we will have a fire to get a little warm.

RONG

Do you think that there are any survivors?

SHEN

Is someone is alive, we will find them. But for now, let's just worries for us.

When they enter the town, between the snow and broken walls, there are only death bodies.

RONG

There is the same as the others places. Only death!

SHEN

Up there!

With the finger, Shen looks at a house. They go there and the Mongol try to get inside.

LIU

Be careful, Shen! It can collapse at any moment.

SHEN

It looks strong, I don't think it will fall.

When Shen tries to open the door, it falls. Yang laughed, but when Liu looks at him, he stops. Shen enters the house.

SHEN

My God! General! Come here! Now!

When they hear that Shen almost yell, they all get inside the house and see the Mongol trying to move pieces of wall and wood from the body of a young girl, MEILI.

SHEN

Yang, don't look like an idiot, help me!

Weak as he is, immediately the general catch a piece of wall and tries to remove it. Yang and the emperor help Shen to move everything and to free the young girl.

SHEN

Here! I catch you!

Shen catches Meili in his arms. She is badly injured, with bloody open wounds. And she is cold, pale, almost frozen.

SHEN

How do you feel? Can you talk?

meili

Yes.

SHEN

Since where are you trap in here?

MEILI

I don't know, since that explosion.

SHEN

My God, it's a miracle that you are still alive.

MEILI

I'm so cold.

LIU

Is this your house?

MEILI

My grandmother's house. She died during the explosion.

LIU

Do you remember anything?

MEILI

Yes, I was outside, playing with the others, and at a moment, the sun just explode. It was like an earthquake, everything around starts to fall.

LIU

It is everywhere the same. Here, is a lot of wood, we should make a fire.

YANG

I don't understand, how this house didn't fall.

MEILI

It's protected, by my grandma. Before she died, she told me to get inside. She said that here I will be safe.

LIU

She put her powers here, is a veil that surrenders all this place.

SHEN

Yes, I notice that. You are a lucky girl. What is your name?

MEILI

I'm Meili.

YANG

I'm Yang, tell me, young lady, do you have something to eat?

MEILI

Try to find in the other room, grandma always had something sweet to eat.

YANG

Thank you!

Yang run in the other room, trying to find something to eat. Xiaohui sits near the wall, embracing her knees. Ling, the old lady starts to coughs heavily.

YONGRUI

Dear, are you well? You need to sit down.

RONG

I will find a blanket for you, my lady.

Her husband helps Ling to sit down, and she try to breathe hard, to stop coughs. In the other corner of the room, Shen lets the girl dow from his arms. She feels like fallen, but the Mongol catch her arm.

SHEN

You have to sit down! I will heal your wounds.

LIU

Shen! Is dangerous.

SHEN

I know what I'm doing, general. I can't let her like this. Is just a child. She had suffered enough.

Liu makes a fire in the middle of the room, and they all come closer, trying to warm. The emperor came with three blankets.

RONG

This all that I can find, we have to share it. This is for you, my lady.

LING

Thank you, Your Majesty! You are too kind with me.

RONG

I'm sorry that this is all that I can do.

LING

Don't say that, you have done more than you can imagine.

RONG

This is for you, general Liu.

LIU

Thank you, Your Majesty!

Liu takes the blanket from the emperor and goes near Xiaohui.

LIU

Is very cold, but we will be fine. We will survive. Right?

Xiaohui looks at the general, but she doesn't answer, she just cry.

LIU

Cry, if that will make you feel better. If that will set you free.

Liu gently touches her hand, but she does nothing than cry.

RONG

Does it hurt?

The emperor goes near Shen and the little girl. The Mongol almost heal her wounds.

MEILI

A little.

RONG

You will be safe with us, Meili.

MEILI

Are you really the emperor?

RONG

Yes, I guess it was a time when I was the emperor.

MEILI

You look younger than I imagine.

RONG

I'm glad to see your smile, after all, that happened. It means hope. Can I tell you a secret?

MEILI

Of course.

RONG

We're going to the Human World.

MEILI

Can I come too? My grandma died... and I'm alone.

RONG

Of course, you will be my special guest on this adventure.

SHEN

Yang, are you still alive in there?

YANG

Don't scream like that, I'm here!

Yang enters the room with two pieces of bread.

YANG

This bread is everything that I can find. Everything else has been frozen or destroyed.

SHEN

Is better than nothing! Be kind and share it with us, we are all hungry.

YANG

Yes, I know.

Yang breaks the bread in equal parts and shares it with everyone in the room, then he sits down, near the fire. The old lady caught again. Powerful, and she breathes hard.

LIU

Your Majesty, come here and sits on the blanket with Xiaohui.

RONG

Don't worries for me, general, I'm fine. Stay there, you are too weak!

LIU

How could i...

RONG

Please, you need it more than me.

Liu doesn't say anything, he catch Xiaohui in his arms and try to fall asleep. The old couple already sleep, and the girl, covered with the third blanket sits near Yang.

SHEN

Tomorrow, early in the morning we will have to go. We have to hurry.

RONG

Shen, is something that you are not telling us? What is with this hurry?

SHEN

Our lives depend on our power, and on that mark on your neck... when it will be gone... we will die.

YANG

You are not affected of this, so...

SHEN

Don't be an idiot. Is just a matter of time, because I'm a Guardian of Nok'Sa-Rim... but I feel how my power became weak... I'm tired, I don't know how much time I have since I will become like you all.

YANG

Is not such bad.

SHEN

Yang, please, you better shut up!

RONG

Shen, how much it is until we will arrive at Assar?

SHEN

I don't know exactly, a week, maybe two. But if the storm became worse day by day, it can take a month.

RONG

A month? We will not survive that much!

SHEN

I know. That's why I hurry up, and it is another problem... but trust me, you don't want to know it!

RONG

Is it that worse?

SHEN

Yes. It is.

Near the fire, soon the emperor fall asleep, but Shen, he just look at them, and then at the fire. He stand up and go to the door, looking at the storm, at the beautiful sky.

 

-in the morning

 

General Liu wakes up and look at everyone, and see that the fire is faded. When he move, Xiaohui, wake up too.

LIU

Good morning!

So sad, she smile but doesn't say a word. Liu stands up and looks closely at the old lady.

LIU

My lady?

The general knees near her and when he cheek her vital points, he remains shocked.

LIU

My God! No!

He closed his eyes, and when he see that Yongrui wakes up, he stands up.

LIU

I'm very sorry!

YONGRUI

No! No! Please, no! Ling!

Ling is dead, and her husband starts to scream, that wakes up everyone, screening them.

SHEN

What the...

But he realizes what is happening, so he doesn't say nothing. They all came around Yongrui, looking at him, how he embrace his wife, crying.

YONGRUI

General Liu, please kill me, so, I can be with my wife.

LIU

Please, don't say something like that!

YONGRUI

I'm old, and I don't have anything left in this world. Why... why she had to die first? Why?

No one answered him, they all look-down, sad.

CUT TO:

EXT. FOREST -- MOMENTS LATER

They start to walk again. Through the city and after that the forest. On the snow, and through the storm, with the cold wind at the back.

YANG

It's colder than yesterday.

SHEN

And it will become worse, day by day.

YANG

You know that this don't help us.

SHEN

I'm saying the truth.

MEILI

Shen, did you have an eagle?

SHEN

What?

MEILI

You said that you are a Guardian, did you have an eagle?

SHEN

Yes, I did. But it was a long time ago.

MEILI

What happened to him?

SHEN

My eagle was killed.

MEILI

How can do such a thing?

SHEN

Meili, I prefer not to talk about this. Please. This is not something that I want to remember.

MEILI

I'm sorry.

SHEN

General! Look here! Traces! Someone has just passed through here.

LIU

Are you sure?

SHEN

Yes. It hasn't been too long ago, maybe an hour or two...

LIU

I think that person is hurt, a deep wound in the left leg.

SHEN

Yes. We can find her, not so far is a river, will not succeed to cross it alone.

YANG

A river?

How do you suppose that we can cross a river? The water is cold, we will die immediately.

SHEN

We will not swim, you idiot. I'm sure that the water is frozen, if not...

YANG

If not, what?

SHEN

If not, I will freeze it!

LIU

We don't have time for this things, that person can be in pain, we have to find it.

They keep walking, through the storm. The wind becomes cold and is hard to walk on the big snow. Meili fall but Shen help her to stand up.

SHEN

Are you fine?

MEILI

Yes. I'm just cold.

SHEN

We all are.

Yang goes closer to the emperor and speaks with him whisper, so no one except them can hear.

YANG

Have you noticed how kind is him with that girl?

RONG

Who? Shen?

YANG

Yes. With us, he is so cold, but with her, he seems another person.

RONG

She is just a girl who suffered enough. She deserves it.

YANG

I know, but... it's strange...

RONG

Maybe she just remembers him for someone... as she did for me.

YANG

I see...

RONG

How about you?

YANG

How about me, what?

RONG

I saw you last night taking so care of her, carefully for her, not to feel the cold.

YANG

Did I?

RONG

Yes.

YANG

Well... it was a girl, back home, in the old times, her mother died when she was born, so she remained an orphan. The thieves took care of her... I remember that she smile every time when she saw me, I buy her some chocolate, and she was happy. In the winter, we stand around the fire, in the snow, hearing the tales of the old father, Aiji. She always falls asleep in my arms.

RONG

And Meili remembers of that girl.

YANG

Yes. After the explosion, I find her dead, with all my mans.

RONG

We all had lost people dear to us. I know how it feels. My sister died in my arms.

A powerful scream is heard, and they all look-back. So scared. Xiaohui fall with the right foot in a hole in snow and scream as loud as she can.

RONG

What happened?

They all came around her, and when general Liu wants to push her up, she screams, yelling.

XIAOHUI

No! No! Something catches my leg. It's breaking my bones!

LIU

We have to push the snow away.

SHEN

But we don't know how deep it is!

LIU

Trust me, I'm going to find out.

General Liu knees and with his hand on the snow, push it, and when a light appears around him, the snow melts. Liu feels weak like he's falling, but he breath hard. Xiaohui's leg is caught in an iron trap for animals. As she said, the bones are a break.

SHEN

Are you stupid? Do this again, and you will be dead!

LIU

I'm fine.

RONG

General, Shen's right, you can't use your power anymore, it will kill you.

LIU

I'm not the one here how you should worry about! Her bones are a break, Yang, help me!

Yang and Liu knees and look at the iron trap. Girl's leg is bleeding fast.

LIU

She loses a lot of blood, we have to remove it fast!

XIAOHUI

Hurry up, please, it hurt so bad! Please.

LIU

Catch that part!

General Liu catches a part of the trap, and Yang the other. The pulled it out, but the girl scream.

LIU

Will be fine! Everything will be fine!

Liu helps her to sit down, on the snow and look carefully at her leg. He take his scarf and put it on her's wound.

LIU

It is broken!

RONG

Don't! Don't do this, general!

LIU

Your Majesty knows that she can't walk like that. It's impossible!

YANG

I will do it! I will try to heal her leg, to show you that I'm not so selfish.

LIU

Thank you, Yang!

Yang knees and put his hand on the Xiaohui's leg. Around him is a black veil and after that a light around his hand. Xiaohui closes her eyes, crying.

RONG

Yang! Enough! You can't continue!

Yang's nose starts to bleed, but he continue to heal her wound.

RONG

Yang! Please, stop it!

The black veil disappears, so the light and Yang stands up, removing his blood from the nose with the hand.

YANG

It's done. But I don't know if I can do this again.

SHEN

No one of us can do this again. We can't use our power if we want to stay alive.

YANG

Your eyes are still green, so, I wouldn't worries too much.

SHEN

Listen to me, Yang! And all of us, maybe it looks selfish, but I'm not. I didn't use my power because I'm the only one here how can fight. Ad trust me, we will need it.

RONG

To fight? Fight with what?

SHEN

Polar bears. You know what Assar really is?

RONG

A portal?

SHEN

No. The portal is in the Assar... in the old religion, it was used to take the power from dragons and but it in a ball. That ball is protected by the bears, and only if you kill them... you can have that. Is the only way to open the portal. So... as we all can see, I'm the one how will fight with them.

For a moment, nobody has spoken.

RONG

It's all about the dragons... is not?

SHEN

Yes. We have to go, the river is close...

Shen starts to walk, without looking behind.

YONGRUI

He's telling the truth, my father used to tell me that story... but until now, I though that is just a legend... the spirit of the dragons...

The old man smiles and follows Shen, as they all did. Through the snow, they keep walking. The storm becomes even worse, as the cold wind. It's still snowing. Soon they arrived at the river.

LIU

Shen! Look!

Shen runs to the riverbank and sees in the water a dead body.

SHEN

It's dead.

They all come close and see how the water is carrying the body.

SHEN

I think he wants to swim, and it kills him. Immediately.

liu

Hypothermia. This water is too cold.

SHEN

The only way is to make a frozen bridge.

RONG

Are you sure that this is the only way?

SHEN

Yes, we can detour the river, but it would take weeks... and we don't have that time.

YONGRUI

I will do it!

SHEN

Excuse me?

YONGRUI

I will do the ice bridge.

SHEN

With all respect, you don't have the power to do this, we can kill us all, and sure.. you will die. It's too dangerous.

YONGRUI

No. Please, let's me do this. I'm old, I've already lived my life, and I don't have any regrets. I'm begging you, let's me do this. Let's me help you.

RONG

But you won't survive.

YONGRUI

Oh, don't worry about me, Your Majesty. I'm ready to meet my ancestors. It was such an honor to meet you. I will pray for you all to be safe, and to succeed.

RONG

I can do the bridge. You don't have to die.

YONGRUI

No. Your Majesty needs all the power you have for the portal. Now, be ready to run. I don't know how much I can keep the ice.

LIU

It was an honor to meet you, sir!

YONGRUI

You are a special person, general Liu, take care of them!

Yongrui knees and when he touch with his hands the water, around them is a powerful light, and the water starts to freeze. A bridge takes form.

SHEN

Now! Run fast as you can! Run!

Shen takes Meili by the hand and runs fast on the bridge.

LIU

Go, Yang! Go! You too, Your Majesty!

Yang run, as did the emperor, after that Xiaohui follows them, with general Liu.

When they are at the middle, they can hear how the ice starts to break.

SHEN

Run! Now! FASTER!

Without looking behind, they all run, and behind them, the ice bridge is breaking. They arrive on the other side of the river, out of the bridge, on the snow. With his light around, Yongrui scream, his mark on the neck disappears and yelling, he falls on the snow, dying.

RONG

No!

Rong makes a step closer to the river, but Liu catches him by the arm.

LIU

Your Majesty! He knew that this will happen and he agreed.

RONG

He has sacrificed himself for us.

LIU

Yes, he was a man of honor, so he need our last thanksgiving.

In the same time with the general and the emperor, they all bows in front of the river, for the old man.

They walk away day by day, without rest, without food. Crossing forests, villages, lands. The wind is cold, and the haze is still there. The snow never stops. They are almost frozen. They clothes are covered with snow, their hair has icicles, and is hard even to breathe.

crossing a forest, the young girl falls in the snow, they all stops.

SHEN

Meili!

LIU

Shen, we have to take a break. We need to rest.

SHEN

Can you walk?

MEILI

Yes...

The Mongol help her to stand up.

LIU

Can't you see that she's sick?

SHEN

We all are sick, cold and hungry. But we are close. Look, at the end of this forest is the Wolf Passing, and after that The Land of 200 Winds. We have around two days until Assar. We can't stop now.

LIU

Two days? Look at them, like that they would not survive even few hours.

SHEN

This is not my fault.

LIU

It has been one week since we haven't eaten anything, and we walk without resting...

RONG

We will rest, five minutes, no more!

SHEN

Don't you understand? To rest in this storm is suicide.

YANG

On the snow or not, I will sit down because I can't feel my legs anymore.

They all sit-down, on the snow, near trees. Yang gets his boots out and see that his feet are bleeding.

MEILI

You are hurt!

YANG

I will be fine, it happens when you walk too much.

SHEN

Put your boots, Yang, is too cold.

YANG

Ah... is so good!

With empty feet, he touches the cold snow. The emperor looks at him and after that at Meili how's smiling. Xiaohui sits closer to the general and puts her head on the general's shoulder.

LIU

Are you too cold?

XIAOHUI

I can bare it. But I feel so weak.

LIU

Me too. I used to be a strong man, a powerful demon, I never thought that I will ever look like that. So humble. It's so horrible.

XIAOHUI

You should be proud that you are still alive.

LIU

Now, I'm thinking honestly... there are no one alive... excepting us, no one will pass through that portal.

XIAOHUI

You don't have how to know that. How do you think the situation is in the others empires?

LIU

The same as here. Death everywhere, suffering, snow and cold... and the emperor trying to do his best.

XIAOHUI

I admire so much our emperor. He's such a great person...

LIU

Yes. His Majesty has born in front of my eyes, I know him since he was a child. I'm proud to bow my head in front of him.

XIAOHUI

General, if I die... will you remember me?

LIU

Don't speak like that, no one will die anymore. I won't allow it!

SHEN

Come on! Is time to go!

YANG

How can you be so cruel?

SHEN

Don't make me come to make you stand up!

Yang puts his boots again and stands up, so as the others did.

LIU

Tell me, Shen, where exactly we will meet the bears?

SHEN

I don't know exactly... but in the mountains, anyway.

YANG

So here we are safe?

SHEN

There is no such a place. Take care where you step, it can be anything under the snow.

YANG

Anything? What do you mean by anything?

SHEN

Maybe you will find out.

Yang looks arrogantly at Shen, but he smiles when he see Meili laugh.

RONG

General, did you hear this?

LIU

Hear what, Your Majesty?

SHEN

Shh! I hear it too...

Scared, they all stops and come closer to Shen. Looking around, a sound made by an animal is heard.

LIU

Protect the emperor and the girls!

SHEN

Remember that you can't fight, general, don't do something foolish.

LIU

Don't worry, I don't want to die.

A powerful grow is heard and a white tiger appears. So violent, so angry. Attacking them, but with a ball of fire, Shen make him step back. The little girl scream scared, but now she breath hard, with Xiaohui beside her.

XIAOHUI

Shh! will be fine!

The tiger attack again, but Shen fight back.

LIU

Yang, help him! Don't stay like that.

RONG

No! He can't! Last time he was bleeding, he can't use his powers anymore.

LIU

Shen needs help!

When the trigger is hurt, it becomes angrier, more violent and attack Shen, fast, he try to fight back, but the animal scratches his clothes and put him to the ground. Xiaohui scream scared and put her hand in the mouth.

LIU

Shen!

Shen tries to catch the animal by the head, to protect himself, but a spiritual arrow kills the tiger. Scared, he look back, and see that Rong is the one how to shoot.

For a moment, they all look at Rong, but after that, the emperor go and help Shen to stand up.

RONG

Are you hurt?

He just shake his head as NO and stand up looking at Liu. The arrow of the emperor not just killed the trigger, it makes him ash.

LIU

Your Majesty!

SHEN

Thank you... but please don't do this again. You need your power to open the portal. This will not be easy at all. Trust me.

RONG

I trust you, that's why I couldn't let the trigger kill you.

SHEN

I'm fine... now, let's go. We lose time.

Nobody says nothing. In a deep silence, they just keep walking.

When they get out of the forest, in front of them, is the mountain.

YANG

The Land of 200 Winds...

SHEN

Yes, but this is just the beginning.

YANG

Just... just the beginning? Can't you be an optimist even once in your life?

SHEN

I'm afraid no.

RONG

Shen, had you been here before?

SHEN

Yes, only once, and there was the time when I saw the polar bears.

YANG

You have saw... the bears... how?

SHEN

Don't you think that you are too curious?

LIU

Look around you, Shen, there has been nothing left, no one that we can tell secrets... I'm starting to think that we are the only survivors, so... please share with us this amazing story.

SHEN

This is not just a story. Is one of my worse nightmares.

LIU

Come on, Shen, tell us, it will make them not to think at this cold anymore... we all need it.

SHEN

It was may years ago, I was 14 years old at that time, and here I had my first mission, the challenge to became a Guardian. The regiment had 10 young demons, we had to find a fireball made my our king. But we were young, foolish, we read the map wrong and when we find the dragon ball...

YANG

You thought that is the fire.

SHEN

Yes. Happy, we want to take it, and then appears the polar bears, one of the boys died of fear when the animals start to howling... it was horrible... the bears killed everyone, rip then in pieces... the king himself get me out of there. More dead than alive...

YANG

So you know exactly where the Dragon Fire is!

SHEN

Yes. I know. I used to be a light demon, but in that night, the darkness gets me, my power has changed, and I become a dark one. Day by day, working, fighting with myself... I was a prince... and I had to act like one.

YANG

The kind that gets you out of there... he was your father, am I right?

SHEN

Yes...

Shen sighs and continue to walk. Two hours, through the snow, in the storm, without a moment of rest, they walk, and at least, arrive at the mountain.

YANG

I don't feel my legs anymore!

SHEN

You said that four hours ago....

YANG

Now is real, I can't walk... I'm too tired.

SHEN

No one stops you to remain here.

YANG

Have you the heart to let me behind?

SHEN

Why not? In this way will have a bit of silence.

YANG

Oh, shut up.

They walk on the mountain narrow path, carefully, one step wrong, and they can fall on the rocks.

LIU

Be careful where you step, Your Majesty, it slips.

RONG

Yes, is ice under this snow.

They walk in silence on that path, until a gap. The path was broken in two. They all stops and general Liu came closer to Shen and look down.

YANG

No, shit!

liu

We have to go back, is no way to cross it.

SHEN

There is no time for such a thing! We must jump.

LIU

Shen, under the snow, is ice, there is too dangerous.

SHEN

I will jump first and I will help you all. Step back everyone!

LIU

No! Listen to me!

SHEN

You listen to me, general. The distance is not so big, we can do it! Trust me!

LIU

I do not agree with this.

SHEN

Step back, general!

They all step back, Shen run and jump over the gap and manage to arrive on the other side.

LIU

Are you ok?

SHEN

Yes. As I said, this is not impossible! Come on, how's next?

LIU

Xiaohui, please! Try to run to have speed!

XIAOHUI

I don't think that I can do it.

LIU

You can trust me. Shen will catch you, nothing bad will happen.

Looking in the general's eyes, Xiaohui smile, but it can see that she's scared. The girl run and jump. On the other side, Shen catches her by the hand and help her.

xiaohui

Oh my, God, I've done it!

SHEN

Don't be so scared! General, send me the girl!

LIU

It's your turn, Meili!

Meili makes one step then run, but at the edge of the gap, she stops. General Liu came closer to her.

LIU

Meili!

MEILI

I'm too scared! I can't do this!

LIU

Xiaohui said the same thing and now look at her, she's on the other side, safe!

SHEN

Don't worries, kid, I won't let you fall. I promise.

LIU

Come on, Meili, we don't have time for this things. Please, don't look down, and jump!

Meili looks at the gap and breath hard.

LIU

Don't look down! Here, raise your head, look at Shen. You see... came!

Liu makes few steps back with the girl.

LIU

Run, Meili! Don't look down! Go!

The girl run fast as she can, and jump over the gap. On the other side, Shen catches her in his arms.

SHEN

You are a brave girl!

Meili looks back at the gap and smile. She still breath hard. Shen let her down.

LIU

Your Majesty's next!

Rong just approved by shaking his head, then he run and jump over the gap.

LIU

Are you safe, Your Majesty?

RONG

Yes, general, I'm fine. Thank you, Shen!

Gently, Shen bows his head.

LIU

Go, Yang! It's your turn.

YANG

I'm too beautiful to die!

Yang smile looking at the general, then he run and jump over the gap, but on the other side, Shen catches his arms and pulls him aside, the edge of the rock is breaking and fall.

LIU

Shen!

They all make few steps back and look how the snow is falling. Now the gap is bigger.

RONG

General Liu!

LIU

Stay back, Your Majesty! This is not safe!

SHEN

You have to jump, general!

LIU

I know.

SHEN

The gap is bigger now, you have to run fast as you can... I will be here to catch you.

YANG

He can't jump that much!

SHEN

Shut up, Yang! Trust me, general!

Liu steps back and then he run, fast as he can, and jump. Everyone, so scared look at him, without breathing. But the general fall. In that moment, the emperor feels like he's having a heart attack. The girl put her hand in the mouth.

SHEN

General!

But Shen, how's standing on his knees, succeeded to catch the general by the arm. Liu is looking down, after that up, at the Mongol.

LIU

Shen! I glide!

SHEN

I won't let you fall! Yang, help me! Now!

But they are all to scared to move.

SHEN

Yang!

When Shen is yelling at him, Yang came immediately to help him. He catch the general by the other arm and with Shen, they pull this one on the rocks. They are breathing hard, and sitting on the snow, they rest. General Liu has pains at the left arm.

LIU

Thank you!

SHEN

There is no time to die, general. We arrive until here... we have to go further.

LIU

Yes, I know.

RONG

Liu, are you hurt?

LIU

I'm fine, Your Majesty. I will survive. This place is not safe, we have to go.

Shen and Liu stand up, and Yang does the same thing after he's breathing hard again.

YANG

This journey will kill me.

SHEN

Kid, are you ever satisfied?

YANG

I'm not a kid.

Shen smile and starts to walk, as always in front of them, as he's leading all pack.

DISSOLVE TO:

INT. mountain.  -- LATER

They walk into the cave, looking carefully around them. There is not too dark but is not light also.

YANG

This place scares me.

SHEN

Shut up, Yang!

YANG

Shen, did you ever think that polar bears can be dead? Maybe the explosion killed them.

SHEN

You really are not so intelligent, aren't you?

YANG

Excepting few wolves and a white tiger have you see any animal alive? Why should polar bears be an exception?

SHEN

You idiot, polar bears are spiritual creatures, they are protected by magic. And also, this is a glacial era, and they are POLAR bears. That means that they live in cold places... with snow... a lot of snow.

YANG

I hate when you are right!

SHEN

I'm always right!

Meili slips on the ice and fall, but the emperor helps her to stand up.

RONG

Meili! Are you hurt?

MEILI

No. I just slip on the ice.

LIU

Be careful, Your Majesty, this place is not safe. Nothing is safe anymore.

RONG

Here, let me hold you by the hand.

Meili smile and catch the emperor's arm. They all walk few hours like that, and the cold became more insufferable.

YANG

Did anyone else notice how cold it became?

SHEN

That means that we are close.

LIU

Shen, what you actually want to do when we will meet the bears?

SHEN

The thing that I should do many years ago... kill them.

YANG

You are the one how said that they are magical creatures, and as I know, this make them very powerful.

SHEN

The power that I don't have, thank you, Yang, but don't have to remember me. I know that... but as still I'm breathing, I am a Guardian of Nok'Sa-Rim.

RONG

Actually, you are the king.

SHEN

What?

RONG

Your father is dead, so that makes you the king of Nok'Sa-Rim's Guardians.

They all stops. Shen looks very worried, almost scared. He doesn't say anything for some moments, he just thinks.

RONG

What? This is the truth... I've said something wrong?

Shen starts to get his choices off. The fox fur, all blankets and shirts, and kimono.

LIU

What are you doing? Here is too cold, you will make hypothermia!

Shen has only the pants on him. His powerful chest, with a lot of scars, are now naked. He looks at his right hand.

SHEN

"Akus'hans-sa!"

When he said the spell, his eyes turn yellow for a second, and on his arm appears two black marks.

LIU

Shen?

SHEN

This is true... I'm the king.

LIU

With all respect, I don't know if it really matters now.

SHEN

You have no idea, general! It means more than everything. That's why I still have green eyes, that's why I'm not affected by the radiations.

LIU

A Guardian is a keeper of the sky, a protector of the dragons, Ryuunosuke himself was born as a guardian of Nok'Sa-Rim.

SHEN

Indeed.

YANG

Is everyone so kind to explain to me what is happening?

SHEN

We don't have time for explanations. Let's go.

Shen take his kimono, he dress up and starts to run, general Liu and the others follow him, but Yang still looks confused.

They run on the cave, inside the mountain, through a horrible cold. They all look tired, pale and with cold, empty eyes. Shen run as death himself is in his ways, and the others have no other way than to follow him. The cold became worse, with every step they make. At a moment, they enter in a huge cave, round, with a lake in the middle, and in the middle of the lake is a big rock with a spiritual ball.

rong

Assar!

A powerful grow is heard, and from the other side of the cave, three polar bears appear.

LIU

Shen?

SHEN

General, make sure that everyone can pass through the portal, is time for me to take my revenge.

LIU

Shen, wait!

But Shen already makes few steps, and around him appears a black veil, the sign of his spiritual energy. The polar bears, grow violent and run to came closer.

RONG

General, what should I do?

LIU

Get in the water. Everyone!

Yang, the emperor, the little girl, Xiaohui enters in the lake. The water is so cold, they breathe hard, approaching to the rock. General Liu looks at Shen, but then he saw one of the bears that enter in the water.

LIU

This is no good! Your Majesty, open the portal, now!

RONG

But how?

LIU

I don't know... use your power, remember that you are a dragon.

RONG

This is not helping me at all!

LIU

Just do it!

The bear came closer with every step. The emperor approved near the rock where the dragon spirit is. He touch with the hand the rock and close his eyes. Around him, a wind pass and a light appear.

YANG

It will kill us. General, do something!

They all hear a scream and when to look back, Shen was hit by the floor, scratch on the chest by a bear.

LIU

Shen!

YANG

General!

Immediately, by the instinct, Liu raise his hand and a wall of water rising in front of him, stopping the bear to kill them. General's nose is bleeding.

XIAOHUI

Stop using magic, you will die!

YANG

We will die anywhere if that animal came here.

When the bear grows, the wall of the waterfall, and the animal attack. He wants to break general's body with the claws, but this one manages to defend himself.

MEILI

Shen...

The girl cry and is scared. Yang and also Xiaohui, look now at the Mongol Guardian and see him fighting with two polar bears.

He is injured, but still, he's powerful as a trigger, he is fast as a jaguar. His magic hit the animals, but they fight back, without rest, attacking with ferocity, trying to kill him.

XIAOHUI

Liu!

Xiaohui screams loud as she can when Liu is hit in the water and the bear jump over him, powerful hitting him with the claws, breaking his chest, and trying to kill him. The general is almost dead, and the animal is ready to kill him, to disfigure him, and then, an arrow pierces the forehead of the bear, this one falling over the

general. In that moment, Xiaohui scream. Near her, Yang make a slow cry, a slowly sound, he is the one who shoot the arrow, and now, he fall on the water.

MEILI

No!

Meili knees and catch the thief in her little arm, She's crying, and the boy is unconscious. Xiaohui looks both at the general and at Yang. At lest she run near Liu and help him to push the animal away.

XIAOHUI

Liu!

Crying, Xiaohui kisses the general.

XIAOHUI

I thought that it will kill you.

LIU

Yang is dead! He died because of me.

MEILI

No! He's breathing! He's alive!

LIU

What?

Bleeding hurt as he is, immediately, Liu stand up and run near Yang. He check the vital points of the thieves and realize that this one is alive.

LIU

He's alive, but not for a long time. Your Majesty! Open the portal!

The emperor opens his eyes, and he falls to his knees.

RONG

It's useless. I can't open it!

LIU

Try! Please, you have to try!

RONG

I've done all that I could!

They hear a powerful sound, and when they look at Shen, see him killing one of the bears. With two black arrows of magic, he breaks the animal's body. Shen sees that they are watching him.

SHEN

What are you looking at? Open that portal!

LIU

How? His Majesty can't open it!

The last polar bear attack Shen, but this one fight back. Trying to defend himself, he can't answer to the general's question.

XIAOHUI

I never thought that he is so powerful!

LIU

He is a Guardian of Nok'Sa-Rim.

Shen is hit by the floor. The bear attack him, run over him, but the Mongol is a surrender by a black magic. He forms a spiritual bow and one arrow pierces the animal's heart. With one grow, the polar bear die.

LIU

Shen!

Shen breath hard, beeing tired, He knees, and after that stand-up. When he look at the others, they saw that his eyes turned silver, empty.

LIU

Your eyes... Shen! Your eyes are silver!

Shen makes few steps and then he fall on his knees.

SHEN

Shoot the dragon ball with an arrow. This will open...

But he can't speak anymore, he just falls unconscious.

LIU

No!

The general want to get out of the water, running.

RONG

General!

LIU

Do what he said! Shoot an arrow in the dragon ball! Now!

The emperor makes one step back, then he form the spiritual bow and shoot an arrow in the middle of the spiritual dragon ball. In that moment, all place start falling, everything is like an earthquake. Scared, they look around, but the water seems to became deeper, and they fall into the abyss. Screaming, scared, the emperor, Meili with Yang and Xiaohui fall on the water, more and more to the abyss.

In the cave, general Liu arrives near Shen.

LIU

Shen! wake up! Look at me!

But the Mongol is still unconscious. General Liu breath hard and see that he's nose is bleeding again, he doesn't have much time. Liu catches Shen by the hands and pulls him more close to the water.

LIU

Why have you to bee so have?

Near the lake, the general pushes Shen into the water, then he jumps too. Both of them are falling fast into the abyss. It became more cold and more darkness. The light almost can't be seen, and they just fall into darkness.

DISSOLVE TO:

EXT. lake. -- MOMENTS LATER

China, present days. Earth.

Through the water, a light can be seen. Easy, the general open his eyes and he see a hand that catch him and get him out of the lake. On the ground, he breathe hard coughs and look scared. He sees at the sky, blue, and the sun, then he look around and he sees the emperor, now having blue eyes and blond hair. Xiaohui, how also is blonde with blue eyes jump over him, and hug him so tight.

RONG

Welcome to the Human World, general Liu. Welcome to Earth.

Liu hears someone coughs, and when he look back he see Shen, knees, near Yang, powerful caught.

LIU

Shen! You're alive!

Shen looks at him, this one has again green eyes and that black long hair. The thief, Yang, have also green eyes and black hair.

SHEN

Is nice to be alive, General! Thank you! For everything!

Meili, that little child, with dark eyes and red hair smile and then, she hugs Rong.

MEILI

Your Majesty! We are alive!

RONG

Well, Meili... you can call me, Rong, now... I'm not the emperor anymore. I think here, I'm just a 17 years old boy.

LIU

For us, Your Majesty will always be the emperor. You will always be the son of the dragon.

Liu, Xiaohui, Yang, Meili stand up and bow in front of the emperor. Shen smile, and also stand up.

SHEN

Maybe after all... you are more than a kid.

Shen bows his head in front of Rong.

CUT TO:

BACK TO SCENE 1

INT. HOUSE --  EVENING

The grandpa finishes his story, now crying, but he remove his tears and smile to his nephews.

LISA

Grandpa, why are you crying?

RONG

Don't worry my dear, I'm not crying.

JUN

General Liu, is he uncle Liu that we know? And Xiaohui, is our aunt?

RONG

Yes.

JUN

And Yang, the thief is also uncle Yang that tells us stories?

RONG

Yes, he is.

JUN

But Shen? The Guardian?

RONG

After two weeks since we arrived here, Shen left from the country.

JUN

But why?

RONG

I don't know... maybe it was better for him.

JUN

That means that... Meili, is our grandmother?

RONG

Yes. When we came here, she was just a child... but she grow up, and she was always in love with me.

JUN

Did someone else pass through the portal?

RONG

I don't know. Since then I was not a demon anymore, I can't feel it... but I left it open so my people can pass.

LISA

Grandpa, do you miss your home?

RONG

My dear here is my home. But yes, I always think of Middle Earth, at my people... I don't know if the glacier era has ever stopped, if anyone has survived...

chow

Oh, father, you fill the children's head with nonsense.

Rong looks at the door and he sees his daughter, CHAW, a beautiful lady with blue eyes.

RONG

My dear!

CHOW

Come one, kids, is time to sleep. Go to bed! Is too late.

JUN

Good night, grandpa!

Both Jun and Lisa are running to their rooms.

CHOW

You are telling them the same story that you have told me when I was young?

RONG

This is not just a story.

CHOW

Dad, you were always such a good storyteller. You should write a book.

Chow kiss her father on the forehead.

CHOW

Good night, dad.

RONG

Good night, my dear.

The girl leave and Rong stand up.

RONG

You all can say whatever you want... but I know... this is not just a story... every year, in every winter... I can still feel the cold, the glacier wind.

Rong speaks for himself, so sad. But then, he hears a knocking on the door.

RONG

How is it so late? Oh, my back...

The old man goes in the other room than in the hall.

RONG

Yes, yes, I'm here.

He go and open the front door, and he sees an old man, with such  green eyes. This one is wearing a hat, but now, he smile and take his hat off.

RONG

Shen?

SHEN

Hello, Your Majesty.

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