Sunken Angel

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This short script depicts the struggles of Cara, (the bird demon who is guardian over the river of fire.) to keep lost and confused souls from being banished there by the demon Charon who so easily dumps them there.

Sunken Angel

By

Gene Wolf

1 OUTSKIRTS OF HELL

A great river of fire endlessly flows through an

seemingly otherwise desolate land. The valley walls are

narrow, constructed of marble. Hills can be seen from both

sides. Moving forward, the valley begins to change

dramatically. The walls widen as the river starts to flow

more slowly. The valley changes from marble into emerald,

giving the illusion of having a dirt brown tone to the edges

of the valley where the fire boils over. The hills are

beginning to flatten. Further ahead of the river; the valley

transforms into sapphire, then once more into ruby. The

outline of a four towered castle in the background can be

seen from this point of the river. As the valley quickly

narrows, the river begins to flow at a more rapid rate. The

ruby walls change into diamonds. The hills have completely

vanished as the land is flat here. A pure white crane is

poached on the right side of this diamond valley. The bird

takes a quick look around and then suddenly dips it’s heard

into the river of fire. A scream is loudly heard. The crane

pulls it’s head from the river dangling what appears to be

an human arm from its beak.

As the river continues, more crane’s appear. The voices

of so many can be heard screaming in forgiveness as the

flesh and bones are being torn from their bodies. The river

stops at a draw gate in front of the castle. There is a huge

bright green meadow that grows the most amazing

herbs. Lemon, mint, parsley, and chives are all seen here

in this meadow that sits out of place in front of the

castle. The castle itself is made entirely of diamond as it

brilliantly glistens on the meadow garden. There is nothing

that would be considered a window or lookout point on this

building. Sitting atop each tower sits a bird. There is a

falcon, an hawk, an eagle, and a vulture. The birds are

motionless, giving the impression of acting as a type of

watch bird over the castle.

2 INSIDE THE CASTLE

Looking inside; the entire walls, ceiling and floor of

the entrance room are constructed of amethyst. The screams

from outside are muted here. A young lady is seen singing to

a hummingbird. Her voice mimicking the birds song in the

most eccentric way. She is decorated wearing a three toned

cropped short sleeve jacket with hooded collar. Cadet blue,

accented by denim on the edges, shares the light tan brown

front that completes the garment. A matching brown mini

skirt with a slit on her left thigh gently exposes the black

spandex shorts worn underneath. A thigh high bracelet

composed of silver and gold fits securely across her left

leg. Two golden cuff bracelet’s, embedded with golden

diamonds freely slide around her wrist. Charcoal black arm

and leg stockings tightly cover the skin. Short tan boots

also consisting of many different jewels are loosely fitted

to her body. Ancient cultural bird symbols are placed on the

back heel of her boot as well as alongside the left edge of

her skirt. Her eye’s and hair transparent, blending with the

elements of the room to create the most pure aura of purple.

Her skin is shiny and as beautiful as the moonlight glowing

on a still lake. She stands at typical height, around five

foot six and very slender. The humming bird attaches itself

to her left bracelet while the two continue singing to one

another as if they were holding a conversation. Once the

song is completed the bird frees itself from her and flies

into a hallway that lies on the left. As she stands there

motionless a tear drop forms from her left eye that slowly

runs down her face.

(CARA)

Why are there so many?

3 LIVING ROOM

A group of five teenagers in an typical middle class home on

a ranch in Texas are having a party. The drinks are flowing

heavily as the music is cranked to top volume. It is a

Friday summers night and Claire is hosting this party while

her parents are away on vacation in Hawaii.

(CLAIRE)

Hey let’s turn the music off and

have some real fun.

The others look around at her wondering what she was up to.

Everyone there is a little buzzed but Claire was showing the

effects more than the others.

DAVE

Alright. What is it you would like

to do?

Dave turns off the music. Claire runs into the kitchen,

swaying a little, as she barely misses running into the

doorway.

CLAIRE

Does anybody need another drink?

Sarah; remembering what happened last time quickly runs into

the kitchen after Claire.

SARAH

Why don’t you let me handle the

drinks this time?

Claire turns to Sarah and gives her a big hug.

CLAIRE

Thanks. Just take the whole bottle

out there, and here start lighting

these candles.

Claire reaches into the pantry and hands Sarah about five

candles.

SARAH

Why are you handing me candles?

CLAIRE

Just take them out there big

butt. I got to grab one more thing

and then, then... I will explain.

Sarah gives Claire a unappreciated look, but decides to

ignore the comment and do as she asked her.

SARAH

Alright, well don’t be too

long. And don’t fall down this

time.

Sarah walks back out to the living room with the bottle of

Vodka and candles and places them on the coffee table.

MATT

How did you get candles?

SARAH

I don’t know it’s what she wanted

me to do, don’t ask just drink.

DAVE

She is really messed up. What is

she doing in there now?

SARAH

Getting something I guess. I don’t

know, she is your girlfriend you go

ask her.

DAVE

Maybe I will.

Sarah reaches for her cup and pours another drink.

SARAH

Yeah. That is just like you, having

to be told what to do about your

own girlfriend. And you still

wonder why things never worked out

with us.

MATT

Oh no.

DAVE

Hey! The only reason things did not

work with us was because of you,

nothing to do with what I did.

LAURA

I love candles.

The conversation ends between Dave and Sarah as they turn to

look at Laura who is laying on the floor trying her hardest

to crawl to the coffee table. Before anyone can comment

Claire comes running in holding what looks to be a board

game.

CLAIRE

I found it. I freaking found it.

Claire is running across the room poking everybody.

LAURA

Oh, ya! Duck Duck Goose Time!

CLAIRE

What! No it’s not crazy hoe. We

are going to summon spirits from

the other side.

Claire sets down the board game on the coffee table.

LAURA

What did you say I was?

SARAH

Just ignore her, here I will make

your drink.

Sarah makes the drink for Laura while Claire jumps on

Dave.

CLAIRE

Are you afraid, little willy?

DAVE

Afraid of you. Get off of me.

MATT

What are we doing here, messing

with a Ouija board? That’s not

going to work.

CLAIRE

Yes it will, I got candles.

MATT

Oh, yeah I forgot about that part.

Claire runs over to the board and pulls it out of the box.

CLAIRE

OK, everyone needs to light a

candle and sit next to the board

with it.

DAVE

Are you sure about this?

CLAIRE

Be the man dear and follow me.

SARAH

(whispering)

He never learned that.

4 THE CALLING

The group is gathered around the circle as Claire has

instructed. Each with a candle lit by their side. All of the

other lights have been turned off and the curtains shut.

There is a quietness in the room as Claire begins to speak.

CLAIRE

OK. Before we begin our

journey. Let me just make a toast

to everyone. Laura, you should have

never cut your hair and you also

need to stop sleeping with everyone

you meet. Sarah, you are a good

friend but you need to lose five

pounds. Matt your legs are way too

short and sit with poor

posture. Dave, my hubby I love you

but your eyebrows need to be waxed.

Cheers!

GROUP

Thanks Claire we love you too.

CLAIRE

OH, thanks, that was so sweet of

you to say. Now, what are we going

to ask the board of wisdom?

Laura grabs everyone by the hand.

LAURA

To do it right the first thing to

do is place your middle and index

fingers lightly on the planchette.

MATT

The what?

LAURA

The pointing thing. Sorry, me and

my sister use to play this all the

time. The proper name is

planchette.

CLAIRE

Are you drunk? You have never told

me about having a sister.

SARAH

Yeah, and I have known you way

longer than Claire has. You never

mentioned that to me either.

Laura places her hands on the pointer and the others follow.

LAURA

She passed on...I mean, she passed

away. Sorry I don’t really like

talking about it, but I guess some

things will always remind me of

her.

DAVE

(whispering to himself)

Kind of a freaky thing to trigger a

memory.

Claire knocks Dave in the shoulder with her elbow. Motioning

for him to be quiet.

CLAIRE

Well that’s so sad. I didn’t want

to bring up bad memories, do you

want to do something else?

LAURA

No, don’t be silly. Let’s just have

some fun, besides you guys had no

way of knowing.

MATT

Well seeing as how you have

previous experience with this, why

don’t you lead us in the proper

steps?

SARAH

(uneasy in her voice)

You never had anything happen when

you use to do this, I mean that is

just stuff from movies right?

LAURA

Well, there was this one time when

my sister and I contacted a demonic

spirit.

Sarah rushes her hands from the group and the rest quickly

follow. Laura laughs.

LAURA

Relax, I was only kidding. You

don’t really thing a game made by

Parker brothers could actually do

anything do you?

CLAIRE

Ha-ha. Let’s just all try to play,

and if something really happens to

freak us out we can stop.

SARAH

Were you honestly just joking?

LAURA

Yes, I was. Nothing ever happens

with these things except for

someone accidentally moving it and

we all sit around asking the

question was that you?, for the

rest of the night.

Everyone puts their fingers back next to Laura’s. Laura

gives a half smile and lets out a sigh.

CLAIRE

OK. So what do we do next?

LAURA

Everyone just clear their thoughts,

like in Ghostbusters and just

gently keep your fingers in

position while I mover the pointer

three times in a circle. This is

suppose to open up the board to

communication.

LAURA

Now, is everyone relaxed and free

of thought?

GROUP

Yes.

LAURA

Good. So I will start by asking the

first question.

Is there anyone here who would like

to speak to us?

Nothing happens.

LAURA

Is there anyone that can hear my

voice who would wish to speak?

The pointer moves a few centimeters towards the yes

response.

SARAH

Who is moving it?

GROUP

SHH!

LAURA

Is someone there trying to

communicate with us?

The board does nothing.

LAURA

Claire why don’t you ask the next

few questions?

CLAIRE

Why me?

Laura moves the pointer in a circle three more times to

clear the board.

LAURA

Well, it’s very simple. This is

your house and so maybe you have to

be the one to invite the spirits

in.

SARAH

But it was moving.

LAURA

A little movement like that with

this many people is unavoidable,

that was nothing more than a few

jerks caused by nerves. Let’s try

to really make it move.

CLAIRE

Alright, so what do I ask?

LAURA

Oh, just begin by saying your name

and that you allow spirits to come

into our circle for the purpose of

communication. The most important

thing is that you are serious and

firm in your statements.

Claire does as Laura instructed.

MATT

Is anyone else cold?

LAURA

(Taking control of the

situation)

MAKE YOUR PRESENCE KNOW SPIRIT!

A sudden wind blows out the candles covering the room in

darkness. Laura smiles to herself.

SARAH

What the heck is going on?

CLAIRE

Dave is that you breathing on

my....

Claire becomes dead silent before being able to finish her

sentence. Matt and Dave are frantically trying to re-light

the candles. Claire begins to growl wickedly. Sarah begins

to cry.

5 CALMNESS

Back inside the castle. The hummingbird sings a song while

carrying a bow from it’s claws and placing it in Clara’s

hand. The bird with haste now, flies once more into the

unseen room on the left. Cara looks up as a tiny zebra finch

comes into the room bringing her a simplistic style denim

belt. Cara blows a kiss at the bird as it also leaves the

room. She adorns the belt, which hangs very loosely across

her skirt.

The hummingbird is heard singing once more, this time the

bird is bringing a small Quiver which contains many assorted

arrow’s with the most beautiful array of bird feathers

imaginable protruding from the ends. Cara carefully places

this over her jacket. The tightness of the leather strap

forces her breast to move up almost through her jacket. The

hummingbird stops singing and stares at Cara.

CARA

What, too much you think?

The bird seems uninterested in small talk and leaves her

alone, flying back into the other room. Cara opens her mouth

and a perfectly square Topaz gem falls into her hand. She

places this on the leather strap of her Quiver. Her hair and

eyes transform in color, shifting to match that of the gem.

CARA

Come Diamonique.

The eagle that so effortlessly nested itself onto one of the

castle’s towers, lets out a thunderous yell before

gracefully flying off into the horizon.

6 POSSESSION

Meanwhile, back at the living room.

SARAH

Damn it, Can’t you light the

candles?

Claire is drooling from her mouth like a wild animal with

rabies.

MATT

The wind keeps blowing mine out.

DAVE

Yeah, mine too.

Laura says nothing while this is going on around her.

MATT

I thought you said this never

fucking happens Laura!

Before Laura can respond to Matt.

SARAH

Jesus, can’t you help us?

Claire becomes relaxed, as the room becomes calm. Matt and

Dave seize the opportunity and light the candles. As the

candles begin to illuminate the room, all eyes turn on

Claire. Claire is breathing heavily but otherwise in a

relaxing state. Dave moves in closer to her. He places his

hand on over her heart.

DAVE

OH MY GOD! HER HEART IS ABOUT TO

POUND THROUGH HER CHEST!

Claire’s face turns red, her skin forming blisters. She

grabs Dave by the throat.

CLAIRE

(In a deep chilling voice)

Your God can’t save you know.

Claire tightens the grip around his neck.

LAURA

RELEASE HIM!

Claire lets out a growl that shakes the room. Keeping her

head facing toward Dave, her bright red eyeballs slowly turn

to Laura.

LAURA

(softly)

Let him go, please.

Claire releases the hold from around Dave’s neck. The room

becomes quickly silent. Dave rubs his neck grasping for air.

Everyone is looking at Laura.

LAURA

OK. OK. So I wasn’t totally honest

about everything. It’s alright,

just remain calm.

Matt reaches for the bottle of Vodka.

LAURA

Don’t do that. Just be still for a

moment. Let me think. Um...alright

I got it. If we can wish it away

and then clear the board that

should vanish the spirit from this

house.

DAVE

How do we do that.

LAURA

Well we all have to put our

fingers, oh no,

SARAH

what do you mean oh no?

LAURA

Well technically since Claire was

the one that invited it in, she has

to be the one to ask it to leave.

MATT

What? What about exorcisms, can’t

we just cast it out of her with

faith?

LAURA

No! Don’t even try that, that would

only make it worse.

SARAH

Then what do we do?

LAURA

Well the first thing to do would be

to ask it for a name.

CLAIRE

Forget it bitch, you’re going to

burn in flames just like your

slutty sister.

LAURA

Well, I don’t think we need this

board anymore.

Claire begins to levitate in the air, once again growling

and drooling from the mouth.

LAURA

Oh Shit.

7 THE ENCOUNTER

Mountains with white peaks grow in the background. Clouds

scarcely cover the night sky, illuminated by a full summers

moon. Perched on a branch from the tree of height making all

other trees seem like small bushes, sits Cara. Diamonique,

her Eagle is resting on her right shoulder. A few moments

pass before the birds giant wings unfold seemingly

protecting her body. The Eagle takes a peck at Cara’s

sleeved jacket.

CARA

Yeah, I see him.

She reaches into her Quiver, pulling out a Opal tipped arrow

with the feathers of a peacock on its tail end. She draws

the bow, launching it into the air, driving it into the

backside of an old man’s knee.

CARA

LET HER GO!

Claire lets out a tremendous roam before falling from the

air and onto the floor, coughing up the gem from her throat

and spitting it out onto the Ouija board. She is knocked out

from the fall.

LAURA

That’s new.

The old man, pulling the arrow from his knee turns around to

face Cara. His face full of blisters, his head bald with

four horns. Dressed in rags, with his right hand he carries

a hammer.

CARA

Leave from here now Charon.

CHARON

You are foolish to follow me.

Charon hurls the hammer at Cara. It connects on her forehead

with enough force to knock her off the branch, sending her

on a free fall towards the ground.

DAVE

Is it over?

LAURA

I am not sure.

Before another word can be said, Claire if flung back into

the air. She becomes violently enraged screaming at the top

of her lungs with a very distinguished demonic tone. Sarah

faints. Matt grabs the bottle of vodka.

LAURA

No, it’s not Dave.

Cara awakens before hitting the ground. Quickly realizing

her situation, she takes the form of the Eagle and begins a

full speed charge toward Charon, whose attention is on

Claire. She clinches herself onto his skull, digging her

razor like claws deeper and deeper into him. With her beak

she begins to peek out his eyeball’s. Claire is released

from the air once more, falling onto Dave this time who is

speechless. Charon grabs Clara by the neck and pulls her

from his body, flinging her back towards the tree with

supernatural strength, he drops to his knees.

A Eagle’s feather begins a spiral decent from the ceiling of

Claire’s living room, while Cara takes the form of her

natural self, sitting back on the branch next to Diamonique.

She reaches for another arrow, this one with a Emerald tip

and delivers it right into Charon’s right hand. Before he

can react, another arrow clamps down on his left hand,

pinning him to the ground.

Cara motions to her flying friend with the nod of her head.

She is lifted from the tree by Diamonique and sat down next

to Charon. The Eagle leaves her. Cara places her hand on

Charon’s head.

CARA

I am vanishing you from this girl.

As Cara touches Charon, a pentagram forms in the middle of

the Ouija board. The candles in the room burn with a blue

tint that fills the area with happiness, birds flock to the

window’s with joyous song

LAURA

NO, NO, NO!

Dave and Matt begin starring at Laura. She catches herself.

LAURA

I mean, no, what happened is not

possible. It is not registering

with my brain.

8 THE RULES

CHARON

(laughing while lifting his

hands from the arrows)

Under whose authority do you have

to place that seal?

CARA

My own, my river, my rules. Long

gone are the days of you dumping

lost and confused souls in my

waters, just for the chance of your

profit.

CHARON

(dusting himself off)

Lucifer will hear of this.

CARA

Indeed. Tell him my birds no longer

acquire the taste of the innocent,

only those that are most deserving

shall feed my children.

Charon disappears from the land.

CARA

Come Diamonique.

9 DECIEVED

Sunlight begins to fill in the room through the cracks of

the curtains. The candles have all burned themselves out. As

Matt opens the covered windows, Claire and Sarah awaken.

CLAIRE

(confused)

So are we going to play or not?

DAVE

Oh, we played enough for tonight,

haven’t we Laura.

LAURA

(stunned)

Yeah, yeah we did.

SARAH

I had the worst dream, but now I

feel so peaceful.

MATT

Lets just go to bed, we can talk

about this tomorrow if anyone feels

the need to.

Everyone agrees with Matt. Claire and Dave begin to head

upstairs. Claire glances at the Ouija board.

CLAIRE

Hey, I don’t remember this board

having that symbol. oh well, hey

thanks Laura for bringing it over

though. Maybe next time we will get

to play it.

DAVE

Oh really, Laura bought this over?

Dave picks up the gem that is still sitting on the board.

Matt takes the feather.

MATT

Well since she is the one that owns

it, maybe she should be the one to

throw it away?

All eyes are directed at Laura, except for Claire who is

confused. Before Claire can ponder that, Dave lifts her up

by surprise carrying her into the bedroom.

MATT

Well, I think it’s time you got rid

of that

LAURA

Yeah, I will.

Laura places the board and planchette back into the box.

MATT

None of us are speaking of this

again, understood.

LAURA

Yeah, I am going to throw it out

now alright.

Matt and Sarah make their way to the guest bedrooms while

Laura takes the game outside to the trash can. Before

placing it the garbage she opens it once more. She notices

the pentagram is no longer engraved.

LAURA

Just one more time.

Cara is outside her castle tending to her herbs and singing

with the hummingbird. The sky suddenly blackens, as Charon

appears carrying a soul on his row boat. He stops a few feet

from Cara.

CHARON

This one couldn’t pay, your problem

now.

Charon dumps the soul into the river of fire before

vanishing. Cara stops singing.

CARA

Oh, Laura. You just couldn’t stay

away could you? Do you know it is

people like you that make me want

to lose faith in humanity?

LAURA

I just want to be with my sister.

CARA

Yes, and did the old man tell you

she was here?

LAURA

Well, he is the one that took her

CARA

He takes every lost soul, but I am

afraid your sister was pardoned by

Jesus many years ago, and no longer

has to be tortured here.

LAURA

I don’t understand.

CARA

Oh you will, you have the rest of

Eternity to figure this one out.

Cara begins singing, as a huge swan rips out the flesh of Laura’s body, over and over again...


Submitted: August 16, 2011

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Juliette LaBelle

Wow... A lot of typos, too many to list here, and difficult to read due to the format, but holy crow that was a good read! (No pun intended by the way. ) I love how you have the two places almost interacting in both worlds. Creepy, but I liked it.

Wed, August 17th, 2011 10:42pm

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I don't know what happened with the format on this thing, posting was total experience, booksie wouldn't accept me just copy and pasting from word, the whole thing was a disaster in that regard, can't go back and tab over the characters names, I knew it was going to be a hard thing to read, but I posted this anyway because the contest that it was entered in had the deadline and I thought I would just be able to go back and fix the errors, but I can't so yeah it is a mess, but thanks for reading, lol

Wed, August 17th, 2011 5:57pm

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