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START CREDITS. We are surrounded in DARKNESS. The sky, the Moon, the Earth itself, all GONE. All we see is - - SPACE The stars GLEAM brightly in this night. There is a sound of supreme silence, almost the sound of the void itself. But the void is opened by a man's voice. It's dark, raspy. As we close in on EARTH. MAN (V.O.)(CONT'D) First, there was darkness. Then came the Shadows. They were a race with unparalleled might. They could move without being seen and wielded enough power in their veins to bring an entire world to its' knees. But, they were dying, you see. Their population suffered when their home planet suddenly met its destruction. Only a handful of them managed to escape. Using technologies far greater than anything most worlds had ever seen, they traveled, searching for a way to extend their own mortal souls. We begin to pass through clouds at a downward trajectory; the Earth's atmosphere. MAN (V.O.) They discovered a small blue world, our world. The entire planet was overwhelmed by these few beings alone. They quickly made waste to our world with their unstoppable powers. We come down upon the Earth, reaching the firm base of the ground, peering up to see the numerous incredible buildings that have been RAVAGED and DESTROYED by TIME and NEEDLESS DESTRUCTION. The world is filled with DARKNESS, it is a rare occurrence that light ever manages to pierce through the BLACK CLOUDS that float overhead, the clouds caused by the utter destruction of the Earth itself. MAN (V.O.) (CONT'D) This used to be New York City, the last remaining city. Now it is simply called Hope. I am MICHAEL, one of only a few survivors of our planet's destruction. We see Michael for the first time; he is a black man wearing a RAGGED black trench coat, concealing a strange type of black body armor that straps over the shoulders. It looks to be a material and technology never before seen by this world, conforming to his chest perfectly, showing his strength. MICHAEL (MAN)(V.O.)(CONT'D) I have spent my life trying to master their abilities, their powers. I have been successful in my attempt to be like them but I have no hope in defeating them alone. But...there is to be another. SUPERIMPOSE-THE SHADOWS CUT TO: EXT. APT. # 1313 - SETH'S APT - NIGHT We come upon the door first, eyeing the exact number that is placed on it. CUT TO: INT. APT. # 1313 - SETH'S APT - SAME We see SETH, young and powerful looking, SPRAWLED out onto his bed, face down. There is an increasing calm as we wait for him to awaken. Suddenly, images of his dream FLASH across our eyes. Images that can strike fear in the bravest of hearts. We see the original ruination of Earth, the darkness FLOWING over the clouds, buildings crumbling to the ground, fire covering the surface of the Earth, turning it into a desert. The WIPING OUT of modern Earth. And we see two FIGURES, two MEN, both ENORMOUS, the one on the forefront slightly smaller. But they are only SHADOWS, they are walking through the fires that they themselves have cast down upon the Earth. Completely oblivious to its searing pain. Then, we see Seth, in a fight for his life. Someone behind him is struck with a force we have never seen before, an INVISIBLE FORCE and BLOOD FLOWS from the wound. And the two figures once again, they close on the camera, their eyes GLOWING with FIRE. They inch up to the camera, right in our faces, and SMILE. Suddenly, Seth JUMPS up from the bed, as if being startled by something, sweat DRIPPING from his face. In a few moments he has calmed, he goes to wipe the sweat from his forehead and brushes his hand through his hair. Unwittingly he smears blood over his forehead. Not a lot, but enough to make him aware of it. He looks down at his hands and sees that they are covered in drying blood. He jumps back, aghast by what he has uncovered on his hands. He turns and runs into the bathroom hallway, but his feet lose their footing and they fly up as his head flies down. He hits the ground hard and we see what made him fall; the floor is covered in blood. He spins around, off of his back and onto his stomach and we look through his eyes and see her. SETH'S POV Under the bed, a woman, DEAD. We cannot see how she died. She is wearing the same strange black body armor that Michael was shown with earlier. BACK TO SCENE He gets up quickly, goes to the sink FRANTICALLY and washes his blood-smeared body. He THROWS off his clothes and runs for the closet. He opens it and instantly we see - - SETH'S POV There are numerous pairs of the same black body armor hanging in the closet, along with several pairs of black boots and gloves. BACK TO SCENE He grabs a pair of the boots, a body armor, and the trench coat that is hanging. He walks off- CUT TO: He has placed on all the clothes and is lacing up the boots. Then, suddenly, the phone JUMPS to life, ringing, BLARING loudly, startling Seth. He jumps up, answers it. SETH Hello? MICHAEL (V.O.) They're coming for you. SETH Who? MICHAEL (V.O.) Get out while you can. SETH What?! What's going on?! MICHAEL (V.O.) Hurry. -Click- SETH Hello?! Tell me what's going on! But it's too late, he knows he has already hung up and he puts the phone down. SETH Damn! He runs out the door, grabbing the trench coat off of the bed as he leaves. As he exits the elevator dings at the far end of the hallway, arriving to its' destination. Seth takes off down the end of the hallway, heading for the stairs. He just manages to enter through the door before the elevator doors open. Three men exit the elevator, just barely missing spotting Seth, all three wearing the same black clothes we already know too well. But one of them, the man to the rear of the other two, seems different. He is bigger, STRONGER, his clothes look more specialized, a greater technology than the ones we have already seen. He appears to be of higher authority than the other two. They make their way to room 1313, upon entering they look around, searching. BIG MAN(FLINN) Where is he? SOLDIER 1 I don't know Flinn. See the soldier who made the comment, and suddenly the man who a split-second ago was several ft. away, Flinn, is now right on top of the soldier, with his fist CLUTCHED around his THROAT. FLINN What was that? SOLDIER 1 (Coughing) Lt. Flinn, sir. He releases his vice grip around the man's throat, DEEP RED PRINTS show the extreme force that he was clutching with a moment ago. FLINN That's better. Now find him! SOLDIERS 1 & 2 Yes sir. One of the soldiers runs out immediately, the other stays, awaiting further orders. FLINN And clean her up. He points to the bed without looking. SOLDIER 2 Who sir? FLINN The woman under the bed. The soldier peers underneath the bed, as Flinn walks away. SOLDIER 2 But how did he. . . ? CUT TO: INT. STAIRWELL The stairwell is one that WINDS downward in a square pattern. Seth peers over the edge and he sees that there are 100 floors between him and the ground. Suddenly the stairwell BURSTS with light, Seth looks up. There's Flinn standing in the doorway with his back to the light, casting his incredible shadow over Seth. He takes off, giving chase. Seth bolts down the stairwell trying to exit his grasp, but he is too fast, inhumanly fast. Seth takes a daring move and leaps over the rails' edge, using his arm as a brace. His body HURTLES to the ground at an incredible speed. The camera peers under Seth, showing his extreme descent. The world spins on its axis, coinciding with the movements of Seth. His long overcoat flying through the air above his head, as if trying to escape. He comes down hard, his feet crashing into the concrete below. It EXPLODES from the force, the moment he hits he takes off once again. We look up and see Flinn SOMERSAULT over the railing. Keeping his body straight, he points his legs to the sky, falling fast headfirst. He hurtles to the ground much faster than Seth did, obviously an expert at what he's doing. Staircases WHIP by Flinn, one after the other, showing his speed. At the last possible moment he SPINS his body and throws his feet downward, his black boots hit with an INCREDIBLE FORCE. The ground EXPLODES a second time, a greater force this time, debris and large chunks of concrete FLY up over his head. He hits the ground and takes off with that incredible speed we caught a glimpse of before, his body BLURS from it. SLOW MO Seth turns in mid-run to face the quickly approaching force head on. As soon as he has shifted 180 degrees he is met with a powerful fist driven into his chest at full speed from Flinn. BACK TO SCENE Seth flies, HURTLES backwards, CRASHING through a steel-reinforced wall a few feet behind him. He SKIDS several feet once he hits the cold dirt floor after his flight. EXT. APARTMENT COMPLEX-NIGHT He rolls over onto his stomach, coughing up drops of blood. Flinn steps through the doorway he has made, dusting off his hands. Suddenly, the other two soldiers appear from almost nowhere. FLINN Take care of him. As the two figures approach, Seth catches a final glimpse of Flinn between their two bodies. His body turns completely dark, becoming a living shadow. Then his entire being, his entire makeup EXPLODES, and pieces of himself FLY out into all different directions, disappearing. One of the soldiers instantly charges once he has gone. Seth, still on the ground, his eyes - - TURN COMPLETELY WHITE He JUMPS up from his all fours position, SPINNING upwards and sideways, his body parallel to the ground in a horizontal spin, a move impossible to any man, bringing his fist along with him. But his fist - - -GLOWING WITH A STRANGE CLEAR ENERGY THAT SEEMS TO FLOW OFF OF IT- It smashes the soldier in the jaw, still in full sprint, perfect timing. His body lifts off the ground a few feet and CORKSCREWS before hitting the ground, unconscious. Seth's feet hit the ground awkwardly but he manages to hold his footing. He charges towards the other soldier, the energy in his fist disappearing. The soldier side steps Seth, who goes flying towards the concrete wall. He crashes into it with his fist, the wall CRUMBLES down. The soldier swings wildly at him, Seth ducks it and comes up spinning a kick around into the side of his face. His body FLIES forward, his head CRASHING through the nearby wall. There is a moment of calm as the dust settles, then Seth suddenly seems faint, his eyes begin to roll back. He passes out onto the ground. DISSOLVE TO: INT. SHADOW HQ-SENATE HOUSE-NIGHT This is not the type of office that you would find in any company or industry. It is not the typical corner office with a wooden desk and leather chair. No, it is DARKER, suitable for a more PRIMITIVE race. It looks as though it has been destroyed and then rebuilt with a needless care. There is a type of podium in the center and around it at 180 degrees there are stadium style seats to hold the "Senate." There is an extreme cluttering noise about the House. They are all discussing, ARGUING, over something. Each one of them is wearing the same unique clothing, in fact, all Shadows wear this clothing style, it is how we can tell them apart from the rest of the humans, although few of them are still alive. There is a Shadow standing at the makeshift podium, KEANE, the Senator, their political leader. KEANE Quiet. But the roar continues. He continues again, raising his voice. KEANE Everyone please! Be quiet! It continues, LOUDER. The Senator looks over to a Shadow sitting in a chair, completely shrouded in darkness, hiding his face, and identity. He is STEPHEN, young, yet powerful. STEPHEN (Whisper) Shh. The eruption ceases instantly. KEANE What are we to do? A lone Shadow stands up amongst the crowd. SHADOW #1 Get rid of him! KEANE We can't just rid ourselves of him. We must deal with him as the threat he is. SHADOW #2 Kill him then! SHADOW #3 They can't kill him! Stephen takes great offense to that remark. STEPHEN I can't kill him? He leans forward to reveal his face, DARK and SINISTER looking. The shadow who spoke poorly of his superior officer suddenly begins to TREMBLE as a look of pain comes across him. His body BUBBLES up and EXPLODES in a surge of darkness and shadows scattering the room. Everyone looks on in terror-There is silence among the rest of the crowd. STEPHEN I must teach him a lesson first. DISSOLVE TO: INT. STREET-NIGHT Seth slowly pats his eyes open, waking from his slumber. He lifts his head from the dirt, now smeared on his face, and tries to gather what happened. He looks around, still sitting on the ground, seeing the shadow with his head buried into a wall, one laying prone and limp on the ground. He uses his hand to brace himself as he gets up, as he does he cries out in pain. He looks at his hand, the same one used in the fight, and sees that just about every bone has been broken, it trembles in pain. As he clutches his hand several large spotlights encircle him, searching, panning the ground for him. He looks up, unable to see what is shining them down on him, blinded by the light. He takes off, running down a deserted alleyway. He comes across a huge manhole, leading to the sewers below. He bends down and with his one good arm and tries to lift it. It budges slightly but not near enough to remove it. The spotlights surround him. They're getting closer. He tries again, this time bending with his knees and REALLY trying, but it still doesn't budge. The spotlights find him, drawing him out of the darkness and into the bright light. He looks up, shielding his eyes. HELICOP 1 You down there, freeze! Seth tries at the manhole again. Nothing moves. HELICOP 2 Freeze right now or we will open fire! He tries one more time. Still nothing. HELICOP 1 That's it. Bullets begin to RAIN down on him, always just narrowly missing him. As he tries to dodge with his body he keeps his hand on the manhole cover. ANGLE- His arm BULGES with a strange kind of strength, coming from beneath his skin, coming from his veins, his arm EXPLODING with might. He lifts his arm, still attached to the manhole cover, to block his head and the manhole cover FLIES into the air as high as the eye could see at a speed no one could have imagined. Seth shoots his eyes up, trying to follow the hurtling metal disk. The gunfire stops. Suddenly, the chopper flying above EXPLODES at its center, a hole ripping into its hull just before. A few feet from Seth the cover CRASHES into the cement, ripping it to shreds. The chopper continues to blow and flame as Seth looks at the cover. He hears another explosion and looks up to see the chopper HURTLING toward the ground, right above his head. He dives feet first into the manhole, the chopper SMACKING the ground just a moment after. INT. SEWER SYSTEM Debris and flaming wreckage shoot down through the hole. Seth dives to the side, into the murky, disgusting sewer water to evade it all. After it settles for a moment, he lifts his head from the liquid and stares up to the ceiling, now cracking from the impact. The weight shifts above and the ceiling comes down a single inch, Seth sees what may soon transpire and runs down the remainder of the corridor, splashing up water as he does. He reaches the end of the tunnel and takes a turn, off screen. The camera stays perched in its spot, eyeing where Seth left. It pans to the right and we see Michael standing in the middle of the corridor, also eyeing where Seth just left, Seth oblivious to him after just being only five feet from each other. The weight from above shifts once again, ready to give completely. Michael turns to walk back down the way he came. ANGLE- Michael's hand shining brightly at his side, a strange type of energy POURING off of it as if it were gas or heat. The energies travel up the path of his arm and disappear into his body. As he walks away his eyes GLOW and FLASH with the same type of energy. The weight above shifts once again, but not the same way as it had before, now it shifts UPWARD, once again becoming the level surface it once was. The enormous cracks caused by the crash SHIMMER and repair themselves miraculously. Michael walks away. CUT TO: INT. SHADOW HQ-STEPHEN'S OFFICE-NIGHT Open on Stephen in an obvious and extreme rage after another shadow having given him some information. STEPHEN WHAT!!?? He pounds his steel desk with his fists as he storms up from his chair. It CRUMBLES. SHADOW (Terrified) They were un-unable to capture him. S-Sir. Stephen steps over the rubble and grabs him by the shirt, lifting him a full arm's length above his head. STEPHEN Find him and KILL him! Or I will find you and do just the same. He throws his arm outward and LAUNCHES the man a full thirty feet across the room, head first, his hair blazing past his face in a blurring speed, crashing through a bookcase before finally coming in contact with the ground. STEPHEN Now get the Hell out of my office before you make me angry! He scurries to regain his composure and leaves as quickly as he can. Stephen sits back down in his chair and puts his fist under his chin, thinking. CUT TO: INT. SEWER SYSTEM We come back to Seth, still searching in the sewers, who has now finally come upon a resting point. He takes the few short steps out of the water and finds an underground suburb. Completely trashed and dilapidated, where only the dying and homeless live. INT. SUBURB He wanders, searching. He's not exactly sure what it is that he is searching for, he only knows that whatever it is it's in here. SETH (To Himself) What is this place? A small boy, maybe twelve years old, replies. Ragged looking, dirty, utterly helpless to what is going on around him. BOY(O.S) This is Hell. Seth hears the boy, CHAD, and spins around to answer him. SETH What? CHAD(BOY) They call that city up there Hope. Well, if that's Hope, then this is Hell. SETH ... Optimistic... (BEAT) Who are you anyway? CHAD Name's Chad. SETH From your speech I take it you live in this place. CHAD If you could call it living. 'Round here everyone's always hungry. So hungry we actually die from it. Everyone's always scrambling for any food they can find. The little kid's always pushed to the back of the line. By the time I actually get up to the front there's nothing left. This morning I ate a rat. I was starving so bad I didn't even have time to kill it. And we're always so cold you can find fingers and toes lying around that have fallen off on any given day, some of us live on those. Some life huh? SETH And your parents? Where are they? CHAD Dead. The winter's here are so bad. They gave up every blanket they had so I could make it through. Even if it meant they wouldn't. SETH And you've survived? All alone? With no place to live and no food? CHAD What can I say, people here watch out for their own. SETH Like who? CHAD Well everyone here does. SETH Show me. CUT TO: INT. CHADS NEIGHBORHOOD-NIGHT Chad and Seth walk side by side through this incredibly destroyed part of the underground city. Hobos and the sick and poor are surrounded by cardboard boxes and tattered rags for clothing. Lots of them crowd around a single flame in a metal trash container for warmth, holding out their hands, trying to suck in the heat. SETH What the hell happened here? CHAD There's not much left up there anymore. Ever since those things came... it's all turned to shit. SETH What are they? CHAD Can't say really. I've never even actually seen one. They don't come down here much. Too good for us I guess. SETH And they did all this? Trashed this whole city? CHAD Hmppf, city? Where have you been pal? This is how the whole planet is. SETH What? The entire planet? But how could they have done this? CHAD I knew a guy that fought 'em once. When we found him his neck was broken, his insides were bleeding real bad. We could tell 'cuz his gut was swellin' up like a balloon. He says they ain't human. Told me that they move like darkness. SETH Like darkness? What did he mean? CHAD Can't tell ya. He died. Right as he was tryin' to tell me what they were. (Beat) So what's your story? SETH (Still lost in thought) What? CHAD You've been askin' me all these questions like you don't already know what's been goin' on on the entire planet and I still don't know a damn thing about you. SETH Well what do you want to know? CHAD Who are you? What are you doin' here? SETH I don't know. I don't remember anything. I'm - I don't know. They're after me. CHAD They're after YOU? The Shadows? SETH Is that what you call them? CHAD If they're after you you must'a pissed 'em off somethin' awful. What'd you do anyway? SETH I have no idea. CHAD Maybe it's 'cuz you stole their wardrobe. Chad continues walking, not noticing that Seth stopped to think about the comment. He looks down at his clothes and smirks, finally realizing that he does resemble them. But as he enjoys a moment of peace a single image PIERCES his skull, DRIVING into his mind. Pain shoots across his face, and he holds his head in agony. - The woman found dead under the bed. - Dying. Being slaughtered. SETH No... Seth falls to his knees, still holding his head. SETH ...That woman. The POUNDING in his head gets even stronger, his real memories trying to come to the surface. He collapses even further and falls on his face before Chad finally stops, realizing Seth is no longer beside him. He sees him lying prone on the floor, his face in a puddle and runs to him. CHAD Hey! Hey pal, come on, don't puss out so soon! WHITE DISSOLVE: INT. HOLDING ROOM SETH'S POV His eyes opening, the slits of them open and close as he is trying desperately to come out of his sleep. The blurred vision slowly coming back into focus. BACK TO VIEW Seth is laying down on a metal table and Chad and one other unknown person, dubbed CHAD'S FRIEND, stand around watching Seth lay down. Seth groans and starts to sit up but IS SUDDENLY RESTRAINED. He looks down and finds his body covered in several metal chains pinning him to the table. He struggles to get free, still not sure what is happening, the chains rattle. SETH Chad what are you doing?! Get me the Hell out of this thing! CHAD Stop squirming or you'll hurt yourself. SETH Why am I in this thing?! CHAD Oh come on, we couldn't let you of all people just wander around our neighborhood. SETH Why? What do you think I am? CHAD Just look at you. Your clothes. Your hand. You're one of them. A Shadow. SETH What are you talking about? Get me out of this thing! CHAD All we have to do is a little tiny operation just to make sure that you're safe for us around here. Chad's friend comes back into the picture with a very large surgical saw and drill combination. Seth, of course, freaks out. SETH No! His arm muscles TENSE. Triceps and biceps BULGING with strength and POWER. Veins peering through layers of skin show his struggle. In an instant the chains SNAP off, breaking one after the other. He stands to his feet, pulling off the last of the chains. SETH I am not what you say I am! I am not one of those THINGS out there! I have to go. I think I've put you all in danger. I have to go. Now. He heads for the door and slams it open, exiting through it as quick as he could. CUT TO: INT. TUNNEL-NIGHT Seth runs down it, water splashing under his boots as he does so. Chad and his friend follow him down. CHAD No! Seth! Not that way! It's dangerous! But Seth still continues on, without caution. He takes a turn and finds himself in an area where all of the water recedes to, a pool in the center flooding high with water and trash. He runs easily through the shallow end of it, water continually splashing. From somewhere underneath the surface of the water we can see Seth struggling to run away as the water gets deeper and deeper, now waist high. The water RIPPLES, the sound and the vibrations echoing throughout the water. Somewhere in the darkness of the murky water a GOLDEN EYE POPS open. Seth finds a huge rot-iron door and struggles to free the lock. He shakes it furiously, the vibrations stirring the creature below even more. Seth BANGS on the door with his fist, finally the monster awakens. It JUMPS to its full upright position, water EXPLODING into the air, falling onto Seth, alerting him to its presence. He turns around and faces it face to face. The creature standing at twice Seth's size. Ugly and a dark rotting color. With enormous teeth and claws and arms that stretch out to a distance larger than the normal arm/body ratio of any other creature. BEAT The creature makes the first move, SHOOTING out its arm at an incredible speed towards Seth. SLOW MO Water splashes into the air from the sudden movement. Amazingly Seth manages to take one step to the side just in the nick of time. The huge claws of the creature pass just in front of Seth's nose. BACK TO SCENE Its other huge hand WHIPS around and wraps itself around Seth's entire torso. His body is lifted entirely out of the water. The monster pulls Seth in closer to its face, it groWls at him mockingly. Its grip TIGHTENS. An echoing CRUNCHING sound is heard, even over Seth's deafening screams of AGONY. It continues to SQUEEZE even harder. Seth's screams stop and his eyes roll back into his head. He passes out quickly, unconscious. The thing lifts Seth over his head and DRIVES him into the ground, passing first through the water. An EXPLOSION of fluid as he SMACKS the waters surface. It smashes him again and again. Beneath the water we can actually see Seth colliding with the concrete below. The creature quickly loses interest in its lifeless playtoy and tosses Seth across the area into the concrete wall many feet away. His limp body CRASHES into it, SNAPPING relentlessly from the impact. After his body falls into the water and sinks to the bottom as the creature watches. BEAT Nothing moves, everyone, including the monster, thinks that Seth has already met his end. Calm. Silence. But suddenly Seth LEAPS from under the water, behind the creature, onto his back and wraps his arms around its throat. Its neck CRUNCHES as Seth squeezes tighter and tighter, but it quickly reaches back with its enormously long arms and pulls him off, hurtling him to the water once again in the area immeaditely in front of him. Following that it opens its mouth as wide as possible and follows after Seth, looking for an easy feed. After its head enters the water there is an enormous CRUNCH sound. Nothing moves for the next two instants. Then the creature seems to suddenly RISE from the water, as if levitating from its stomach. Once it completely emerges from the water we notice a fist under, rather buried into, its stomach. It continues to rise higher and higher as Seth makes his way to his feet once again. Holding the enormous monster over his head with only a single arm. Water floods off of his clothing as he extends his knees to his full upright position. His eyes BLAZING WHITE. He shifts the weight once, and then again, on his arm and the monster that was so devastating before FLIES through the same brick wall that Seth went into, like a ragdoll. Seth stands for a moment staring at the creature that just threatened his life, almost admiring his work, but not in such a cocky manner. Seth spins in a half circle to leave and immeaditely he is stopped, nose to nose, with Michael, Seth's eyes still blazing white. They stare at each other for a moment, finally coming in contact with one another. Quickly the white DISSOLVES out of Seth's eyes. His knees go limp, and he collapses into Michael's waiting arms, Seth holding his ribs moments before he passes out again. FADE TO BLACK: Suddenly, a myriad of images BURST into view, FLASHING with incredible light and an awkwardly distorted soundtrack. Images of whites and reds blasting through our eyes. Seth jumps into plain sight, his arms swinging in ANGER. Hitting, punching, for all he's worth. Not seeing the victim but seeing blood TRAIL off of his fist after the strike. He screams in anger, venting his incredible rage. A woman falls to the ground, the same woman he found under his bed earlier. He chases down after her, hitting harder and harder, incredibly enough not stopping. He leans up, his face distorted with HATE, blood DRIPPING from his hands. CUT TO: INT. RESISTANCE HIDEOUT-SETH'S QUARTERS All of a sudden we LAUNCH out of the dream, seeing Seth lying in a bed not his own. He shoots out of his dream, sitting up hurriedly, sweat dripping from his brow. He pants and faces away from the door we can see in his room. Open, Michael leaning against the frame. Seth speaks out, never once laying eyes on him but somehow knowing of his presence. SETH What am I? MICHAEL Well, that's a very difficult question, seeing as how you already know the answer. SETH Am I one of them? MICHAEL And just what are THEY, do you think? SETH Killers? MICHAEL Most of them, yes. But not you. SETH And what about you? MICHAEL Compared to them I'm nothing. Me, and another select few do what we can to stop them. But we can only do so much. That's why we need you. SETH Why me? I'm not strong. Not like them. MICHAEL Not yet. (Beat) A few years ago there was a man, imbued with an incredible force that this planet has never seen, nor will again. He was... A Shadow. He revolted because he realized their deceit and evil. He learned he was playing for the wrong team. He challenged their might and actually won. Now no one knows where he's gone. I spend my life searching for him now. He is our only hope. SETH Is that what you think I am? MICHAEL That's what I'm trying to find out. (Beat) Get your clothes on and come to the roof when you're ready. I don't want to rush you but it's urgent you meet me there, before the day is done. SETH Why? MICHAEL It's time you find out who you are. Michael leaves, shutting the rot iron door behind him. FADE TO: INT. ROOF/ CHAPEL-NIGHT On the roof sits a chapel, covering every square inch of it. The roof destroyed, hundreds of rows of chairs missing or toppled. Walls removed and crumbled to the ground. More of the sky can be seen than the walls that were supposed to protect the people inside from it. Michael stands on the edge, one foot teetering over the ledge as he kneels, looking over, his coat SWAYING in the wind. Seth walks through the door, taking in his surroundings instantly. Michael turns and faces him. Seth grabs his arms and rubs them, steam coming out of his mouth from the extreme cold at this altitude. MICHAEL Cold? SETH Extremely. MICHAEL We ARE over two hundred stories up. He peers over the edge, clouds are all that can be seen. An incredible height not yet known by this world. He looks at Seth, still freezing. SETH What are we doing up here? MICHAEL Environment training. (Beat) Take off your coat. SETH What?! MICHAEL Go on, take it off. SETH I'll freeze to death. MICHAEL If you don't take it off, then I'LL kill you. Seth looks puzzled, bewildered. MICHAEL There's no use in even trying if you don't trust me. Seth stares for a moment, and slips off his coat, now only wearing a black tanktop tee. He holds his coat in the air, showing it to Michael, somewhat mockingly. Seth begins to shake from the cold. Shivering madly. MICHAEL It's not that cold. SETH How can you say that? How can you honestly say that you aren't freezing to death right now? Michael stands firm and stares at Seth for a second. He takes off his leather floor length coat and throws it over the edge of the building. Still not done he slides his black tanktop tee off and throws it over as well. MICHAEL If we train like this now you will become much more powerful in the long run. SETH Yeah. Or I'll die first. MICHAEL If you think you're cold, then you're body thinks you're cold. SETH What are you talking about? MICHAEL This entire planet holds nothing on you. You are more powerful than it will ever be. All you have to do is overcome your insecurities and disbeliefs about it. If you are what I hope you are then that chill you feel should be nothing but a tickle to you. You just have to find your strength again. Seth takes in a deep breath and stands up straight. Uncovers his arms and tries not to think about the weather. Michael walks up to him, inching in close. MICHAEL And ditch this. He taps with his knuckles against the body armor resting on Seth's chest. The metal clangs. SETH Why? MICHAEL Just do it and you'll see. Seth presses the clip on the shoulder strap and it unbuckles. He pulls on it, sliding it off his body and holding it in one hand. MICHAEL Get rid of it. Seth tosses it aside. It flies through the air and lands on the concrete of the roof. But when it lands something happens unexpectedly. The ground beneath it CRUMBLES and CRACKS, SHATTERING from an extreme weight that was unanticipated by all. Michael smiles. Seth is shocked. SETH What the Hell? MICHAEL You didn't think that was just for protection did you? As strong and as tough as you were? As you are? SETH What is it for? MICHAEL If you train with that, day and night, eat, sleep, live with that on your shoulders just think of how much stronger you will become. You might not have felt it when you were wearing it but, trust me, you will be much stronger and faster than you ever have imagined. SETH How much was it? MICHAEL Five hundred. SETH Pounds? MICHAEL Does that trouble you? Does this news boggle you? Are you even able to comprehend how truly powerful you are? The soldier you were would have had ten times that much on without a thought. And it's because your mind was unaware that made it so simple. You were completely oblivious to its weight until I showed you what it really was. Five minutes ago you were shivering so bad I could feel the roof shaking. And now you barely seem to notice it. Your mind is your greatest weapon here. Not your body. (Beat) Now let me tell you about your powers. CUT TO: INT. SHADOW HQ-SENATE HOUSE Another meeting of the Council. SENATOR KEANE Where is Seth now? INFORMANT No one seems to know, Senator. SENATOR KEANE How is it that the greatest threat to our race can't even be found on our own planet? SHADOW He has fallen off our scanners. Perhaps he has gone under the city. SHADOW IN CROWD Why are you after him to begin with? STEPHEN He killed two of my best elite. And left their corpses to rot in a roach motel. SHADOW IN CROWD 2 What was their reason for attacking? STEPHEN Seth is unloyal to his own blood. He must be eliminated. SHADOW IN CROWD 2 What's happened to him? Why hasn't he attacked us himself? SENATOR KEANE The sudden loss of his strength and will is still under investigation at the moment. We suspect the illness fell upon him during the fight at the hotel. STEPHEN It doesn't matter how or why he has lost his powers. What is important is that they are indeed gone. The time to strike him and kill him is now! If the creature we dispatched to retrieve him is any indication his powers are slowly coming back to him. We must not let him reach his full potential again. Or risk the destruction of our race. Now what are you all waiting for? Go out there and find him at once! The crowd scatters in a mad rush, quickly emptying. When it is clear the senator approaches Stephen. SENATOR KEANE His powers are growing more hastily than we anticipated. STEPHEN Hmm, I know. I must find him and kill him soon. Before his memories start to come back. SENATOR KEANE And what if they come back completely? STEPHEN I plucked his memory core myself. There is no way that they will ever come back completely. SENATOR KEANE What if they do? STEPHEN They won't! SENATOR KEANE And the real reason for their attack? STEPHEN He threatened to reveal our plot to the public. SENATOR KEANE And what do we do in the meantime? STEPHEN Deploy Flinn for immediate retrieval, now. SENATOR KEANE And what if Flinn fails? STEPHEN Then I will go after him myself. SENATOR KEANE And if you fail? Stephen passes an eye to the Senator. STEPHEN If I fail? And where did I give you any implication that he was or ever will be as powerful as I am?! SENATOR KEANE It's just that all the warriors we have sent out so far have failed miserably. They say he has become even stronger than before. STEPHEN They are a bunch of weak, pathetic, low class, fools who do not know their mothers teat from my fist. SENATOR KEANE I see. STEPHEN I will deal with him because I am the strongest warrior this universe has ever seen. (Beat) Senator could you come closer for a moment? Of course he obeys. Stephen thrusts his palm onto the forehead of the Senator. We can hear the faint sound of electricity coursing from somewhere. A look of pain comes across the face of the Senator, who falls to his knees in front of Stephen. STEPHEN The next time that you see Seth tell him what it feels like when I scramble the electrical impulses inside of his brain. Sending a shock through every pitiful, soft, weak cell of brain tissue when they collide together like lightning. His head begins to shake violently, smoke coming subtly from his ears. STEPHEN Tell him how it feels when you can smell you're own living tissue searing from the heat, melting down inside your skull. Getting hotter and hotter and hotter until - Something pops. STEPHEN Well. I guess I'll just have to tell him myself. He lets go of his head and his limp body falls to the floor. STEPHEN I'm running this show now. CUT TO: INT. ROOF/CHAPEL-NIGHT Starting where they left off. SETH Powers? MICHAEL You've experienced them yourself before. A sudden surge of power, an incredible feat you know you did but can't remember when it was over. SETH How? MICHAEL It's all controlled by energy. And not just these special abilities of yours, ones that make you a cut above any normal human, no, energy controls everything. The sun, the moon, the entire planet is filled with energy. Every single lifeform has it and so do you. But it's all about controlling that energy. Using it to your advantage. SETH Show me. MICHAEL Now you're just getting ahead of yourself. (beat) Everything I teach you in this church will be basic. Every incredible thing you could do before I will leave up to you to teach yourself. But when the time comes you had better be prepared. SETH What gives you the implication that I am what you say I am? MICHAEL You have to be. There is no one left. No more time to search. No more time to prepare. There have been many reports that the Shadows are up to something. Something big. You are our last hope. SETH Then we better get to work. MICHAEL Right. Now I told you everything is about energy. Controlled by it. But the key, the thing that sets us apart, is harnessing that energy. SETH But how is it even possible? MICHAEL It is far too technical to explain now. I myself barely know the specifics. SETH Well, then, how do I do it? MICHAEL Clench your fist. SETH What? MICHAEL Just do it. He does. MICHAEL You feel that? SETH What? MICHAEL That feeling inside your arm. Like goosebumps in your bloodstream. Like a tickle in your skin. SETH A little. MICHAEL Up until now you've been using your abilities as a defense. Deploying them out of reflex. Your body is still in defense mode. That tickle you feel is your powers emerging as part of that defense. It just seems to build up during a battle. It's almost like adrenaline. But you can control it, it just takes practice. SETH But I have all the practice I'll ever need, right? I mean, if I'm this guy you say I am. MICHAEL Absolutely correct. You're beginning to understand. (Beat) Now we have to test it. SETH Alright alright. Hold on a sec teach. MICHAEL You're first challenge will be to beat me in a fight. SETH What? MICHAEL You better get your guard up. SETH Wait, Michael. I don't think that this is such a good id- Suddenly Michael jumps after him, rushing at him with a flurry of punches. Michael, of course, dominates the fight from the early goings. Seth constantly finds himself taking steps backward and through this section of the fight can only muster blocks of Michaels punches and no offense. But, easily enough, Michael lands a kick to Seth's thigh and he falls to his knees. MICHAEL The energy your body takes in is like the food you eat to give you life. This energy makes you faster, makes your muscles stronger, and makes your mind sharper. The more you have of it, the more powerful you are. SETH How do I get it? MICHAEL It's what enters your lungs when you take a breath. It's what courses through you when you eat a food made of nature. What your heart pumps, and what your brain thinks. It's all around you. It's everywhere. I can't tell you how to get a hold on this energy, that part, like others, will be left up to you. (Beat) Now you still have yet to beat me. Seth HOPS from on his knees directly into a standing position and for the first time begins an offensive attack on Michael. A few punches aimed for the head and kicks aimed low, but nothing connects as Michael gingerly blocks and dodges every blow. Michael throws a punch to the ribs and Seth goes down again. MICHAEL Come on, find your energy. It courses through your blood. I know you must feel it already, pumping down from inside of you like some new kind of blood coming from your heart. Now push it out and fucking hit me in the face as hard as you can. Seth rolls forward, his leg extended in the end. Michael catches it simply and throws it upwards. Seth flips end over end, landing on his feet with ease. He attacks Michael again, throwing punches and kicks, slightly faster than before. Michael having just a little trouble blocking the blows. Now Michael on the offensive, but Seth does his job and blocks his onslaught now. They stalemate and pause. MICHAEL Good. But you're still not there. I can sense your energy but you still haven't been able to release it fully. Maybe a little danger will do the trick. SETH What? Michael rushes at Seth, hard. Blasting punches and kicks, each with incredible force behind them. SLOW MO Michael swings his arm in a furious punch. Seth crosses his arms at the forearm and blocks the punch with the spot where the two meet. BACK TO SCENE Seth is rocked back slightly, his feet SLIDING on the dusty concrete. The building shakes subtly. The remaining traces of the blow can now be seen in the dust. BILLOWING backwards behind Seth, they travel still, undaunted, along the ground of the roof, as if the wind were blowing, caused by the sheer power of their blows. Michael throws a kick at Seth's side who narrowly blocks it with his arm. The same force can be seen in the dust. It travels farther and strikes a wall in the distance a few feet away. It crumbles from the mere shockwave. A few more punches and kicks, each blocked by Seth. We can spot Michael take in an extra breath, as if stalling. Then out of nowhere comes Seth in a rage. The same incredibly powerful blows coming at Michael. The same shockwave of force trailing behind him after the blow is struck. Only now somehow, even more powerful and even faster than Michael's. They get faster still. Seth lands a powerful kick to Michaels leg. It buckles at the knee throwing him off balance. He swings around with his other leg, aiming for the face. ANGLE Michaels eyes narrow. Seth's foot stops just an inch from his face. His entire leg then seems to be out of his control. Seth takes two steps back and his leg is placed down strangely by some strange unseen telekinetic force. Michael stands up, sweating. SETH I'm sorry. I guess I got carried away a little. My emotions got away from me there for a sec. MICHAEL Why are you apologizing? You did exactly what I asked you. You embraced you're emotions, thereby embracing the energy in your heart. I know now that that's where yours is stored. Most people's are stored in their bodies but not yours. Yours seems much more potent this way. SETH I don't understand. MICHAEL Well, neither do I really. (Beat) Now, come on. Let's take a break. I'll take you to meet the rest of us. SETH The rest of who? MICHAEL The resistance. CUT TO: INT. RESISTANCE HIDEOUT Michael pulling up the metal cellar-like door, leading to his hideout. The hinges ROAR with rust and it SLAMS against the wall to rest. Michael walks down the steep steps followed shortly by Seth. Inside there is one large room that branches out into several small bedrooms. The hideout is incredibly old and worn, yet, lined with remnants of incredible new technology, also very worn throughout the times. There are a few new faces hanging about, men and women alike. MICHAEL Seth, these are the few others that join in the cause to fight the Shadows that I was telling you about earlier. A band of humans that have survived time and the Shadows' destruction of it. A group we simply call The Resistance. Seth looks around and nods at them. Michael points to a dark haired man, who must pull himself away from the computer screen to greet Seth. MICHAEL That is PETE. Also commonly known around these parts as the computer whiz, for obvious reasons. Seth greets with a nod. Michael now turns his attention to a younger, more athletic, blonde man. MICHAEL Over there is WILLIAM. Not quite the geek, not quite the jock. WILL Call me Will. Michael points now to a young brunette. MICHAEL Over there's KELLIE. KELLIE Hiya. Another middle aged, dark haired, man. MICHAEL There's THOMAS. Tom as the natives call him. A beautiful blonde woman. MICHAEL And last but not least, LISA. Seth and Lisa exchange a strange glance at each other, somewhat eyeing one another. As if, somehow, they have already met. Lisa lowers her head trying not to look. MICHAEL Oh, and I believe you've already met Chad. Chad walks down the steps behind them. MICHAEL He's sort of our undercover man. Doing reconnaissance for us since the enemy knows most of us. CHAD Sorry about tryin' to labotimize you back there. SETH No harm done. MICHAEL Now that you know the crew, let me show you the ship, so to speak. CUT TO: INT. TRAINING ROOM A wide open area with an incredible arch for a doorway. The inside more closely resembles the outside world, as it was. A lush garden filling the room, lining the walls, decorating the floor. But still leaving an incredible space to fight in. MICHAEL This, Seth, is our training room. Just about anything can be done in this room. It's wired down to the core with the best technology. If you need a sparring partner, turn on the hologram. If you want to work out digitize some half ton weights over there. I hope this room is to your liking since you will be spending quite a bit of time here. Seth looks around still amazed. The scenery that is the garden TWITCHES, a glitch passing through the system. Even the garden is a spawn of the technology. SETH It even smells real. But it's not? MICHAEL Real enough. (beat) Pluck one. Seth looks bewildered, not believing that it's even possible to do so. He cautiously walks over to one of the flowers and reaches out for it with his hand. To his astonishment he actually clutches the rose in his hand. He plucks it from its roots and puts it up to his nose, smelling it. He looks back up to Michael, smiling a little bit. Suddenly, the rose jumps to life, its red petals spawning teeth and lips in an instant and biting down onto Seth's hand before he even realizes. He drops it and it wilts away into nothingness. SETH That damn thing bit me. MICHAEL A key rule to remember here is that nothing here is as it seems. Trust nothing. Not even your instincts. They can be manipulated here just like anything else. SETH And what about you? MICHAEL What about me? SETH Can you be trusted? MICHAEL Every man is entitled his own opinion. SETH What is that supposed to mean? MICHAEL Trust is in the eye of the beholder. SETH And if I don't? MICHAEL Don't what? SETH Trust you. MICHAEL Well then you'll die. Very hastily. SETH Well then I guess I trust you. MICHAEL A wise decision indeed. SETH What's next on the agenda? MICHAEL Sleep. It's been a long day. We can finish up tomorrow. Come on. I'll show you to your room. CUT TO: INT. SETH'S ROOM The door swinging open, squeaking madly as every other door here does. The same room he awoke to earlier. MICHAEL Now get some rest. Tomorrow's going to be another long day. CUT TO: INT. RESISTANCE HIDEOUT-MAIN AREA Michael sitting down next to a metal table sipping coffee with Lisa. Seth steps in through his door in the middle of their conversation, unbeknownst to them. LISA But how do you know it's him? MICHAEL I just know. LISA How can you be so sure? MICHAEL You have to trust me. You don't know the things I've seen him do. LISA That's exactly the same thing you said to me last time. MICHAEL I'm positive it's him. LISA You said that too. MICHAEL This isn't last time Lis. I just- SETH Last time? They both turn their attention to the door, somewhat embarrassed they didn't see that he was there, eavesdropping. MICHAEL Oh, Seth. I didn't hear you come in. SETH What last time? MICHAEL Oh... Come with me, Seth. There is something now we need to discuss. CUT TO: INT. ROOF/CHAPEL-NIGHT Michael and Seth sitting on one of the church benches, facing each other. MICHAEL Long ago I believed that I had found you. That I found the person that would lead our world back to freedom. SETH What happened? MICHAEL I sent him into battle, thinking he would win with ease. Instead, when he entered the fight, he was killed, killed mercilessly. SETH How could you not tell me this? MICHAEL Seth, believe me I wanted to. But this information comes at great risk. I had to be sure you were willing to be a part of this, otherwise, I feared it would frighten you away. SETH Of course it would frighten me away. You're training me to do the exact same thing as the last guy. What if I'm not him? What if you send me in there to fight and they tear me apart? What then? MICHAEL There is no way to make you believe me but you are him. SETH How do you know? MICHAEL Faith. You really are Earth's last dying hope. There is no one left to take your place. If you can't do this no one will. The world will be destroyed. SETH That's what you're placing my life in? Faith? Faith in what? MICHAEL Your life and the life of the entire planet is in fate's hands now. If I have chosen wisely then you are who I think you are. If I chose poorly then we are all doomed. SETH To hell with fate. My destiny is in my own hands. I'm the one that has to fight. I'm the one that has to win. And if you can't have faith in me, then to hell with you too. Seth quickly leaves. Michael, still alone. MICHAEL At last, one of them has understood. CUT TO: INT. RESISTANCE HIDEOUT-MAIN AREA Seth comes in from the staircase and goes to his room. INT. RESISTANCE HIDEOUT-SETH'S ROOM He goes in and bangs his open hand on the steel wall. It cracks. Seth sits on the edge of the bed with his head in his hands, taking everything in. Lisa strolls in and leans against the doorway. LISA So I take it he told you. SETH Huh? Oh, yeah. Yeah he did. Told me everything. Lisa sits next to Seth on the bed. LISA It's always difficult to know your fate before it happens. SETH He tell you the same thing? LISA Me? No. He never suspected me to be the one he sought after so relentlessly. SETH Then why are you still here? LISA I didn't like my fate being in someone else's hands either. He glares into her eyes, getting the feeling of having known her before again. SETH You know, what is it about you that makes me think of - Suddenly a screeching noise pierces Seth's skull. He clutches his head in pain. He rolls off the bed still clutching his cranium. LISA Seth! Seth, what is it? SETH ...Remembering... LISA What? What are you talking abo- Michael! Michael suddenly bolts through the door at the top of the staircase. Seth's pain leaves him as he comes running down the stairs. He releases the vice from his head just as Michael is about to enter the room. As soon as he walks past the archway to the room Seth jumps back to a full upright position, standing nose to nose with Michael. MICHAEL What is it? SETH I've remembered. CUT TO: INT. TRAINING ROOM MICHAEL Remembered what? SETH My training. MICHAEL Well, it's a wonder you had time to forget it. I just taught it to you - SETH No. Not from you. The first time. MICHAEL The first time? SETH My Shadow training. MICHAEL Ohh. What have you remembered? SETH Stage one. MICHAEL What is stage one? SETH Controlling the energy. MICHAEL This provokes a demonstration. SETH If you say so. Seth stands up firm, straight as a board, his back arching slightly. Suddenly, the wind in the room seems to pick up. Strange since there are no windows. The wind flowing in a spiral, around Seth. All of a sudden he ERUPTS in energy. It flows off of his entire being like heat, like waves. The flowers and plants around him billow backwards from the intense energy coming out of Seth. A few are uprooted and fly against the wall. Then his hands suddenly seem to glow, the only word to explain it. MICHAEL Impressive. But enough of the light show. Let's see what you can really do now that you've harnessed your power. They each say nothing more, but stand firm instead. Positioning their bodies into their fighting stances. MICHAEL Go! They each in the same instant DART forward with incredible speed. Now neither of them holding back. They each throw a punch with their right arm. They collide in the center, their arms outstretched, muscles bulging like never before. They fold their arms, coming in close to one another, staring each other down. The white returned to Seth's eyes. The intensity in Michael's. They push off, somersaulting backwards. They give each other a look as if impressed by each other. They rush at each other again, this time meeting with a fury of fists and kicks. They each, through their own unique styles, out-do one another, blocking and kicking and punching and missing, in an intense dance. Seth oversteps and flares by Michael's head with a punch, but not connecting. Michael sees it and easily lands a kick to his abdomen. Seth stunned, Michael spins around and kicks him in the back of the head. Seth's face HURLS towards the ground. He catches himself at the last possible moment using his hands to brace himself. His legs still having the momentum swing to a point above his head. He uses this and, pushing himself up with his arms, flips forward onto his feet, and spins to face Michael, waiting. They rush at each other again. Seth takes a sharp turn away from Michael, taking one step and leaping onto a wall nearby, spinning his body and trying to land a high roundhouse kick on Michael's head. But he narrowly ducks it and lands a straight kick into the gut of Seth. He is floored backwards, landing in the plants. Seth kicks his legs up and somersaulting once, landing on his feet after executing the martial arts technique with an extra flip. His hands glow bright as he charges Michael again. He punches. Michael ducks. Seth goes for the gut. Michael sidesteps. Seth kicks straight ahead of him. Michael catches it in his hands and spins it, Seth now facing away on one foot. He rolls forward out of the hold. Seth angers. Charging Michael, now showing incredible speed, even more so than before. Suddenly coming at him with a FLURRY of kicks never before seen. His leg blurring with the haste. Michael doing everything within his power to block the kicks with his hands. A look of astonishment on his face. Suddenly a boot finds its way to his face. He flies back, amidst the flowers. He sits up, blood trickling from his lips. He gets to his feet, wiping the blood from his lips. He stands calmly at first, then erupts in the same power as Seth. Now Michael charges Seth. Throwing punches and kicks with a fury greater than seen from him before. Trying to land contact with incredible speed, just narrowly blocked by Seth. ANGLE-Michael's face. The white fading into his own eyes. The fury becomes even greater. His kicks and punches starting to make contact, even though of Seth's desperate attempts to block. A punch flies across Seth's jaw, he spins a quarter turn. Mike kicks low, kicking out the legs from Seth. SLOW MO. Seth in the air, falling. An elbow comes down on his chest, speeding his descent. Before he hits the ground a kick buries into his back, throwing him back into the air, about twenty feet. Blood coming from his mouth. Mike leaps up impossibly, spinning in the air, an amazing roundhouse kick to the face of Seth. He FLIES out of view, crashing into the wall, destroying it. On the ground. Nearing unconscioussness, the energy fades away. Michael coming back down to the ground, the energy leaves him as well. MICHAEL You've learned much Seth. But it wasn't good enough. He goes over to where Seth's broken body lies. He picks him up and throws his over his shoulder. He walks out of the room. Lisa, leaning against the doorway, having watched the fight. LISA Is killing him part of his training? MICHAEL I had to show him. LISA Show him what? He continues to walk without ever answering. CUT TO: INT. SETH'S ROOM Michael throws down Seth's limp body face first onto his bed. MICHAEL He'll be fine in the morning. LISA Let's hope. CUT TO: INT. COMPUTER ROOM-NIGHT The room is circular with one large flat screen on the wall, conforming to its curves. Pete is sitting down in the beat up old chair in front of it, watching some kind of surveillance video. Lisa walks in behind him, almost unnoticed. LISA(O.S.) What is it? PETE Shadows. They're up to somethin'. I just know it. LISA That him? PETE Yup. Man in charge himself. You don't seem him too often. LISA Yeah. Not unless something bad's about to happen. PETE My thoughts exactly. LISA What are they saying? PETE Who knows. Audio's been out for a week. LISA What broke it? PETE Oh it's not broken. Whatever's wrong with it it's their doing. They're sayin' somethin' they don't want us to hear. LISA So you can't fix it then? PETE Well it's not that I can't, it's just too dangerous. LISA Too dangerous? PETE Yeah. I know that the problem with the audio is on their end. But there ain't no way anyone's going to get me down there to try and fix it. LISA Right. PETE I'm trying to bypass it through the old security cameras in the building. But who knows if those are any better. LISA They were probably taken out with the first wave. PETE Right. Lisa stays looking over his shoulder, staring at the two Shadows on the monitor talk. PETE Look, this is gonna take a while. Maybe you should go get some rest. LISA Alright, I can see when I'm not wanted. PETE Sorry, but I need to concentrate. LISA I understand. 'Night. PETE G'Night. Will jumps in to the room. WILL That went well. PETE Shut up. CUT TO: INT. RESISTANCE HIDEOUT-MESS HALL Will, Kellie, Pete, and Tom, along with Michael sit down to eat. TOM So Michael, I heard about your slug fest with the kid. MICHAEL And how did you come by this knowledge? TOM I heard it through the grapevine. MICHAEL I guess I'll be getting wine from Lisa from now on then. KELLIE What happened? MICHAEL He had learned so much so drastically from that one memory. But I still had to teach him there was more to learn. PETE You didn't have to kick his ass. WILL Yeah he did. If the kid thought he was already better than the best then there would be no more drive for him to learn. MICHAEL Exactly. And if he did that, he would die very quickly. (beat) Now if you'll all excuse me, I am very tired. CUT TO: INT. RESISTANCE HIDEOUT-MICHAELS ROOM Michael sitting on the edge of his bed, struggling to re-align his jaw. He lifts up his shirt at the side and notices for the first time an enormous and hideous bruise around the ribs. He touches it with his free hand and squints from the pain. Lisa chiming in, unnoticed. LISA They're broken aren't they? MICHAEL Five of them. LISA What happened back there? MICHAEL (sigh) I got carried away I guess. Honestly, I didn't expect that power. That first punch he landed, I don't know how I kept from being knocked out. LISA That doesn't explain why you went nuts. MICHAEL You don't know how close he came to beating me. I had to give it my all. I had to win that fight. LISA Why? Why did you have to win? Why couldn't you let him have his moment? MICHAEL I have to keep the drive in him. If he thinks he knows it all already... He has to learn much more before he has a chance against them. (beat) Now if you'll excuse me, I really am very tired. LISA Sleep well. He plops down onto his bed and a jump of pain exits his mouth as he lands on his broken ribs. He rolls over to the other side. CUT TO: INT. SETH'S ROOM Seth is still sprawled out onto the bed face down, with Lisa sitting in a chair very quietly against the wall adjacent to the door, watching him. Seth suddenly sparks life, rolling over to his back, groaning as he does. LISA I hope you're all right Seth. You have to be. Because if you're not... (Beat) Get well soon kid. She leaves and shuts the rot iron door. Seth shifts in his bed again. CUT TO: INT. RESISTANCE HIDEOUT-MORNING-STILL DARK-MESS HALL PETE So how's the kid doin'? LISA Hard to say really. WILL He's been asleep for days. KELLIE What? You mean he hasn't woken up yet? Well is he alright? Is he even alive? MICHAEL (O.S.) Yes, he's fine. TOM How is he? MICHAEL Well, he's pretty banged up. LISA Concussion. 3 broken ribs. Strained back. Bruised ego. PETE You sure seem to be spending a lot of time with him. LISA Just watching out for one of our own. You would do good to follow my example once in a while. PETE If I were doing what you were doing people would start to talk. LISA What is that supposed to mean? PETE I see how you look at him. I see how you are around him. LISA I don't think I want to talk about this anymore- PETE No, come on, spill the beans here. We wanna know. LISA I don't- PETE Come on- MICHAEL Shut up. Both of you. We do not need to be fighting with one another. Not now. TOM Well Michael, he did a pretty good number on you back there too. KELLIE How quickly do you think he'll be back? MICHAEL That's hard to say. He was pretty- SETH (O.S.) Sooner than you think. Seth walks in to their conversation, holding his ribs. DISSOLVE TO: INT. REJUVENATION ROOM Michael is leading Seth, still limping, to the as yet unexplored room. The room is dark, with all kinds of wires and cables cluttering the floor, so many they have become the floor, and a single large oval shaped pod sits in the center of the room. MICHAEL This is our rejuvenation chamber. SETH Rejuvenation? MICHAEL The injuries you sustained in our battle will never completely heal on their own accord, and especially not in the time given to us. That's what this is for. Michael motions to the pod in the center. SETH What is it? MICHAEL This is our one and only life pod. Able to rejuventate and invigorate all those who step inside from any ailment in mere hours. This is where you will be spending the next day. I'm not certain if that will completely heal you, but it is all the spare time we have. Michael presses a button on the machine and the oval shaped clear door opens, a thick strange fluid spilling out. SETH What is that? MICHAEL The chamber is filled with Shadow DNA. The heart of its healing capabilities lies in your own blood. We are merely heightening that ability. SETH Then this only works for me? MICHAEL That's correct. Now get inside, time is still of the essence here. Seth nods and walks towards the machine. He steps inside and Michael places a breathing apparatus over his mouth to help him breathe under the fluid. The chamber fills with the strange liquid as Seth watches on. SETH'S POV Looking at Michael, who can only stare back in wonderment. BACK TO SCENE DISSOLVE TO: INT. COMPUTER ROOM Pete still working on the audio for the cameras. Tom, Will, and Kellie enter. TOM How's it comin' Petey? PETE If it's coming at all. WILL Ah. KELLIE So how long you been at it? PETE Going on seven hours. WILL Youch. PETE Yeah. No kiddin'. TOM Anything working yet? PETE I got the audio working on a couple of the old surveillance cameras but not any of the important ones. I got bathroom, roof, and basement hallway. KELLIE All the best ones. PETE It doesn't matter. They're so deteriorated I can't understand anything anyway. WILL Great. PETE How's the kid doin'? TOM He's still in there. I wonder what it's like in that thing. KELLIE I sure as Hell don't. Claustrophobic. WILL When's he getting out? MICHAEL(O.S.) Right now. They all look to the back of the room and find Michael staring back at them. MICHAEL(CONT'D) Will, Tom, come on. We don't know what he's going to be like once he gets out of that thing. You may need to carry him. WILL I thought you had all the kinks worked out. TOM Yeah. In VR. WILL Alright then. Lead the way. CUT TO: INT. REJUVENATION ROOM Michael presses the release button and the door opens just as it did before. The liquid spills out of it onto the drains in the floor, and Seth falls out, exhausted. He chokes and coughs as the breathing mask comes off and he reenters the world. Being born again. Will and Tom pick him up, one holding each arm, and drag him away. DISSOLVE TO: INT. TRAINING ROOM Everyone else is asleep so they must whisper. Lisa is typing sentences hastily into a wall mounted computer screen that seems to come out of the wall. SETH What are you doing? She jumps a little bit, but does her best to play it off. LISA Jesus, kid. You scared me. You know, you really shouldn't sneak up on people like that. You could get hurt. He looks at the screen, seeing how hastily she is typing. SETH Sorry. LISA So how was it? SETH What? LISA The pod thing. No one else has ever been in it. SETH It was strange. I could feel that stuff all around me. It was like it was alive. I could feel it just picking at my wounds, healing them. And even though I was exhausted I felt more powerful somehow. Like I was born again. She stares back at him, wanting more. SETH(CONT'D) What are you working on? LISA Training room program. You two fucked it up pretty bad with your little scuffle earlier. SETH Sorry 'bout that. LISA I may have to re-design the entire program. What would you think to a beach program? SETH I hate the beach. LISA I know. SETH What? LISA Nothing. SETH I wouldn't exactly call what we did a scuffle though. Seth holds his ribs. LISA No kidding. (beat) So how are you holding up? SETH Well, my back and chest are both pretty sore, but my neck is what's really- LISA I mean with all this. With what you're going through. Learning the truth. SETH I don't know. I-It makes me miss the life I never had. LISA It's not too late. SETH For what? LISA The life you never had. The life you always wanted. SETH What is it you want? LISA I want... SETH Yeah? LISA The life I had made for myself. My family. SETH What happened to them? LISA They were ... lost. Before the war. SETH Lost? LISA I'm exhausted, I think I'll go to bed. She turns and he watches her leave. He turns his attention to the screen. Two push-screen buttons are displayed. BEACH PROGRAM and GARDEN PROGRAM. Seth reaches up and clicks the button for BEACH. The room behind him morphs and transforms into a beautiful beach, with lush roaring waves. He walks away with a hint of a smile on his face. CUT TO: INT. SETH'S ROOM Seth crashed out in his bed again. Not necessarily asleep this time, only resting. Coaxing his wounds. Michael bursts in without knocking. MICHAEL I know you're not asleep, so get up. We're going back to the roof while the training program is being repaired. You're training is yet to be completed. Michael leaves without waiting for an answer, shutting the rot iron door behind him. Seth's eyes pop open as he does so. CUT TO: INT. ROOF/CHAPEL-NIGHT Michael and Seth engaged in their training again. Not fighting, talking; teaching; learning. MICHAEL All you have to do is remember to visualize what it is you're trying to do. Find that tickle, that power in your body and push it out in a surge. Michael picks up a bottle off of the ground. MICHAEL Here. We'll use this. Now go! He throws it into the air. Seth's eyes light up again. He THROWS out his arm and an open hand and a beautiful trail of light can be seen trailing his arm and JUMPING out of his palm in an instant. The bottle EXPLODES. MICHAEL Good. You're learning quickly. An excellent trait for someone in your position. SETH Wow. MICHAEL Indeed. But use this power wisely. It not only uses energy it uses YOUR energy. So beware. Be cautious. SETH So this is only to be used in the gravest of instances? MICHAEL Correct. Now I understand you haven't exactly mastered any of this yet but we have to move on. Like I said, we have very little time. SETH What's next? MICHAEL There is a whole other aspect to your powers that can be extremely dangerous. Not to others necessarily but to yourself. SETH What is it? MICHAEL Flight. CUT TO: INT. RESISTANCE HIDEOUT-KNOCK ON THE IRON DOOR LEADING OUTSIDE Pete hears it easily, for it was loud and booming, and goes to answer it. He forgets his training and opens it without looking to see who it is. He reaches for the door handle. The door opens and there is Flinn, standing in the doorway, smile cocked halfway across his face. CUT TO: INT. ROOF/CHAPEL-NIGHT Picking up their conversation where it was left off. SETH Flight? Like in the air? MICHAEL The very same. This promotes a demonstration. Michael takes off running down the short rooftop and jumps from it. Not getting very far before falling out of sight. SETH Michael! Seth runs to the edge of the roof and peers over. Expecting the worst. But Michael suddenly floats up, arms crossed, coat flailing in the wind. SETH But how? MICHAEL To us nothing is impossible. Michael flies back down, touching the roof. MICHAEL Once again, this is all controlled by the energies around us. And the energy in you. The air you travel through provides you with a space to do it in and you do the rest. SETH The rest? MICHAEL Ok, let's give it a test run. Do exactly what you did before. Just find the energy and push it through your feet. Seth starts but is quickly interrupted. MICHAEL Wait. Before you do anything, do not blast out this energy. Between the sole of those boots and this roof you would just blow off your feet. You have to push the energy out. Use the air already surrounding you as a base. SETH I'm glad you were so quick to tell me about the whole blowing off my feet thing. MICHAEL Shut up and jump. SETH What? Wait, hang on. I can't even do this yet and you're already making me jump? MICHAEL You have to be put in a stressful situation for any of this to work. Hence the jumping. SETH Alright, but it's my funeral. Seth begins to run, quickly reaching the edge of the roof, where Michael is standing, when suddenly - CHAD Seth! Seth plants his feet as if putting on the brakes just before he was about to hit the edge of the roof. His body off balance still he teeters over the edge, struggling to gain his balance. CHAD Seth, you gotta help. Something has happened downstairs. MICHAEL You wanna handle this one or should I? Seth still teetering over the edge is quickly pulled back to balance by Michael who grabs his shirt without even so much as looking. SETH Let's both go. You could get into some trouble. MICHAEL Don't get cocky kid. You've only just begun the fight here. CUT TO: INT. STAIRS Walking down the stairs. SETH Chad. What is it? What's going on? CHAD I don't know how- I don't know how it happened! SETH What? What is it? They reach the bottom of the stairs and Michael can now see through the entrance-way door to the destruction inside. MICHAEL No. The door itself, once huge and impassable, now stands frail, falling off the hinges with a dent of a fist buried into it. Seth sees what has happened now too. SETH Oh God. INT. RESISTANCE HIDEOUT Seth walks in to see Michael kneeling over Tom's body, face up, blood coming out from fresh wounds. Michael puts two fingers to his neck, feeling for a pulse. He gets up quickly, not giving Seth any indication of if he is alive or dead. Seth walks over to his broken body, and also checks for a pulse. He quickly jerks his hand away after just touching the skin on his neck. SETH He's cold. How is he cold? I just saw him twenty minutes ago?! No one answers Seth's desperate plea. Michael walks over to Will, now leaning against a wall, head sagged, blood from his mouth. Michael touches his chest for a moment. He pulls his hand away after and closes Will's eyes, putting him to rest. He gets up, now starting to get choked up. MICHAEL Seth! Check her! Seth looks to where he pointed and sees Kellie, her body broken like the others. Seth puts his hand on her neck. After a moment he looks to Chad and shakes his head, no. Chad breaks down in tears. Michael is kneeling over Pete's body now. Tears burst from his eyes. MICHAEL Damn it! No! He puts both his hands on his chest. The incredible energy flows from his chest down into his arms and out through his fingers, into Pete's chest. A makeshift defibrulator. Pete's body rocks upwards from the impulse coursing through his body. He doesn't awaken. Michael does it again, and, again, nothing happens. He rubs his hands together, puts them back on his chest and delivers the most powerful shock yet. Pete's body lifts from the ground at the chest, back arching. He finally opens his eyes, coughing up blood. PETE (coughing) Michael?! MICHAEL What happened? PETE (coughing) It was Flinn. He surprised us. SETH Flinn... PETE (coughing) I-I'm sorry... Michael. I didn't check ... the door. MICHAEL No, no, don't be sorry. PETE (choking) I-I let you down. MICHAEL No. None of you could ever let me down. PETE (coughing) He-He took Lisa with him. He said she was... all he needed. None of us could ... stand up to him. Not...even together. MICHAEL Shh. Don't talk. Save your energy. PETE (coughing) No, it-it won't matter...anyway. MICHAEL No. No, you're gonna be fine. You're gonna make it. PETE (coughing) No, no I won't. Just do one thing...Get him Michael. Don't let him get ... the kid. MICHAEL He won't. Don't worr- But Pete can last no longer. A final breath exits his lungs and the rest of him goes limp. Michael stands still, holding him. SETH Michael...? Michael still doesn't move a muscle. SETH Michael? MICHAEL Let's go. He puts the body down gently and stands up. A look of determination on his face. SETH What? Where? MICHAEL To carry out his last wish. CUT TO: INT. STAIRS Going up the stairs. MICHAEL Just remember Seth, use every bit of energy you can find. You'll be needing it. We can always recharge you later. SETH Right. CHAD And what do I do? MICHAEL Don't get in the way. You'll be dead before we can find you. Chad stops in his tracks on the stairs. CUT TO: INT. SUBURB The entire underground city is being trashed. Fires have broken out. Women and children scream and run for their lives. The men can be seen fighting but stand no chance against these warriors. The door to the staircase swings open. A few white doves take to the sky. MICHAEL Do what I've taught you and you might live. If you get in trouble don't be a hero. Just yell, I can be there quicker than you think. In the city an entire squad of military middle class Shadows can be seen. 20 or more. Destroying the city. SHADOW COMMANDER There they are! SETH What do you want with me? SHADOW COMMANDER Your head on a silver platter. MICHAEL You can't have him. SHADOW COMMANDER Michael? Finally found another prodigy have you? MICHAEL Do what you can. I'll take care of the rest. SETH Leave him to me. MICHAEL No! He is upper class. Much too powerful for you in your state. I'll deal with him. You try and stay alive. They begin to swarm. Michael turns and walks away from Seth. SETH If you have so much faith why do you keep questioning my abilities? Seth gets the nerve and joins in the fray. The fight begins. An incredibly fast paced battle ensues. Time slowing just to be able to pick up their motions. Michael doing well, Seth still struggling but managing. The shadow strikes first, coming with a hard fist across Seth's face. He falls to one knee, holding his jaw. His eyes light up again. His fists clench, a spark of light in each of them. He fires up to his feet, leading with his fist. Catching the first victim square in the face. He flies through the air and lands through a wall yards away. At this point everything breaks down. Four or more surround Seth at any given time in the fight. Each with incredible, lightning quick speed. Suddenly a block-fest begins. The four of them attacking at once. Seth does his best to block punch after punch and kick after kick. Their blows and swings becoming blurred in their speed. Seth's eyes are focused, looking around at them all in a single instant, waiting for his moment to break the cycle of punch and block. Out of nowhere it happens. Seth lets go and punches to his front, at the same time kicking behind him. Seeing the impact crush his face, drive into his abdomen. Two bodies fly in opposite directions. The next two line up side by side. Seth drives his fist full force into the right's chest. He bends down in pain. Seth spins a half turn and DRIVES his elbow into the back of his neck. He goes to fall limp on the floor but Seth holds him. Swings him around just as the other begins a roundhouse kick, he instead ends up catching his comrade in the face, sending him down. Seth swings with his left foot and catches him in the side, he bends from the pain awkwardly. Seth swings his right fist down onto the lowered head of the warrior, driving his face down hard. His head smacking the concrete unforgivingly. Suddenly someone jumps Seth from behind. Drop kicking him square in the back. Seth staggers, holding his back. He turns and fends off a double dose of punches as two attack simultaneously. He is unable to fend off their speed and catches two fists to the face. He turns and runs for the nearest wall, a fire escape slightly above his head. He runs for the wall, the two of them closely behind. He runs up the wall, backflipping when he gets to a certain height. Slipping through a rung in the fire escape ladder with ease, ending up behind the two of them. Seth still clinging to the bottom of the raised ladder, swings down and catches them both with feet to the back of the head. One foot each. Their heads slamming into the brick wall, crushing it. Seth drops down from the ladder, turns to face another oncoming foe and gets kicked across the face. Once again in the stomach. And finally another across his back, driving him down to the floor. Seth looks up from the dirt and sees the shadows legs. He grabs a hold of them and throws them as he gets up in a hurry. He does a full circle in the air and finally comes down on his stomach. Before the body settles three incredibly fast fighters jump up to Seth. He instinctively grabs the nearest object. A trash can lid in each hand. They throw down lefts and rights at Seth at an even more incredible speed than the others. But Seth, using the lids, somehow manages to catch each one of them. Hear the clanging of the metal. For a split second they stop. Seth sees the trash can lids, completely demolished, only the handles remaining. He throws the handles as a distraction before somersaulting over and twisting in the air, directly above them. Somehow catching two of them with kicks to the back before landing on the ground and rolling forwards, away from them. The third Shadow is left standing and comes after Seth who is still facing the opposite direction. But before the shadow can attack Seth jumps and spins catching an incredible kick to the face of the soldier who spins three times before hitting the ground. Another horde of shadows run after Seth who takes off in the opposite direction. Cut to Michael who is still fighting his own battle. Michael, using his own powers at a maximum level, seems to have more soldiers on him than did Seth. One runs to him, Michael throws a fist and the shadow goes soaring. His face immeaditely crushed from the impact. Another runs up behind Michael, who fires his elbow behind him catching it square in the face. His body drops down from the impact but is carried on as a result of his own momentum. ANGLE on Michael's face, his body still engaged in battle, his face looks unfocused. He knows something is missing, still hidden from this battle. Then he suddenly remembers-the Commander. Who has suddenly leaped into the air just above him. Michael disposes of the shadows surrounding him with two quick punches, their bodies disappearing from sight just as the commander enters it. They exchange a quick glance before exploding at each other. Michael kicks, caught by the shin of the cmdr. The cmdr. punches, caught by the forearm of Michael. Michael fires a punch but he dodges and Michael is left in an uncompromising position off balance. He looks as though he's going to strike Michaels face but Michael manages to spot it and avoid the contact. Michael jumps straight up and fires a kick, aiming for his head but it is blocked as well. Dropping down he manages to land a punch in the abdomen and kicks over the back of his head into the commanders face. Michael then gets rocked by a blow to the face and another one, more powerful, to the chest. The commander tries again, lunging at Michael with his glowing fist, but Michael sidesteps it. He trips up, totally off balance. Michael comes through with a sweep to the back of his off balance knees, his body suspended in air and time for an instant. Michael spins around, his leg already high in the air and strikes his chest even before his body can hit the ground. Instead his body SLAMS the ground, cracking the concrete. Michael holds out his open hand at the commander, who lies on the ground. He reaches back but suddenly a spark of light appears in Michaels hand. It grows bigger and more powerful. The commander screams and suddenly is engulfed in horrendous energy that rips his body apart. Leaving only ashes after just moments. MICHAEL Seth?! How you doing?! SETH All done here. He drops the body of a fallen soldier from his grasp. As seemingly their conversation wants to continue over their triumph it is suddenly interrupted. Flinn unexpectedly drops out from the top of the picture. Landing between the two he SWATS at Seth who flies backwards and crashes hard through a brick wall and lays there motionless. Michael hears it and spins but Flinn is already there and grabs Michael by the throat with his enormous hand, lifting him high. MICHAEL (choking) Flinn?! FLINN Yes. It's been a while hasn't it friend? Flinn lifts Michael high into the air by the throat. MICHAEL What do you want from me now? FLINN Oh, not this time Michael. This time you're not the center of attention. Michael looks to Seth, knowing who he is talking about. FLINN(CONT'D) Yes. You're not the only one who knows what he is. MICHAEL No! You can't have him! Michael kicks hard into Flinn's groin, releasing the vice from his throat. Michael then suddenly explodes in light, energy surrounding him, he spins and swings his foot across the tall face of Flinn. The energy leaves his body, he struggles to take in breath, having put all his energy into the single blow. Flinn's head is cocked to the side, momentum from the blow placing it there. He brings it back and eyes Michael, who can't believe that the blow wasn't powerful enough. Flinn looks at Seth who is still lying in the pool of rubble and bricks. FLINN I'll worry about him later. I have a personal score to settle with you first. Michael throws the first blow into Flinn's gut. But it collides and is stopped hastily, producing no effect at all. Flinn cocks a smile. Michael holds his hand in agony. Flinn swats at Michael like he did Seth and he goes flying into a dumpster, rocking it back. He picks him up by the throat again and hurls him across the street into a huge set of steps. Michael gets to his feet as quickly as his body will let him and throws his entire body at Flinn, leading with his feet. Flinn merely dodges and launches a boot into the stomach of Michael, who goes flying back the direction he came, never once touching ground. Flinn casually walks over to Michael who is bloody and hurting from the attacks. He drives his foot into the prone Michaels chest. He cries out in extreme pain. Again he drives the boot down hard, deeper this time. But Flinn continues to drive it, deeper and deeper. Michael passes out after being squished. Suddenly a baseball of energy strikes Flinn in the back, surprising him, leaving a small trail of smoke. ANGLE on Seth who has risen and now stands like a tired pitcher does after firing a fastball. FLINN Little bug. I'll crush you next. Flinn turns his attention back to Michael, still unconscious. Seth draws both his hands back, drawing them together at the wrists, taking in a horde of energy quickly. And finally fires that at Flinn. This time Flinn defiantly feels it. He rocks forward from the impact and holding his back. FLINN Getting better. Keep trying. Seth holds both hands over his head and energy starts to fill his fists. Lightning cracking from out of nowhere. Seth's eyes fading to pure white. Flinn sees what's going on now, taking his attention away from Michael, who is now beginning to awaken. Seth finally throws the enormous energy at lightning quick speed. At the same time Flinn's eyes widen and he crosses his arms in front of his chest to try and block it. Michael, seeing what is transpiring in front of him, pours energy into his open fists and hastily fires an energy stream at Flinn just as Seth did. The two of them luckily strike Flinn together at the same moment from different angles. Flinn is thrown back far and hard, not expecting them both to fire like that. The two steams cross paths and explode, lighting up the night. Before the explosion concludes Seth has already started running towards Michael, who is now beginning to get up just as Flinn is. Seth grabs Michael in his arms and takes off running, running up the steps back to the roof. CUT TO: INT. ROOF-NIGHT He keeps running after coming to the roof. Michael sees what Seth is planning. Seth takes Michael by the shirt and HURLS him with all his might, aiming for the rooftop of the other building, some several hundred feet away. Seth watches as Michael's near limp body flies through the air but doesn't even come close to making it to the roof. Instead he crashes through the side of the building, safely, but not unhurt. Seth hears a footstep behind him. SLOW MO Suddenly a giant fist comes crashing down, aiming for Seth. Seth manages to sidestep once, without even getting a chance to look at his foe. He only sees the fist, flying down with great force just inches in front of his nose, crashing down into the concrete barrier at the end of the roof. Destroying it. BACK TO SCENE Seth kicks, almost blindly. It lands in the gut of Flinn. But it doesn't hinder its stance. Like an immovable object. He grabs Seth's foot and uses it to throw him into the brick wall nearby. It crumbles to the ground, Seth in pain. An electrical cable JUMPING with power nearby. He walks over menacingly to Seth and grabs him by the ankle. He DRAGS Seth across the roof towards the edge. He lifts him easily above his head, showing his great power, hanging him over the edge of the roof. FLINN Can you fly pigeon? Just as Flinn speaks the words Seth comes back to life, awakening his power. He spins his entire body forward, breaking the hold, and uses his other foot to plow into the face of Flinn. He staggers back as Seth lands and teeters over the edge of the roof, facing away from Flinn. Flinn gets his bearings back quickly, and lunges at Seth with both arms. Seth knows instinctively and somersaults backwards. Flinn missing his grasp on Seth by an instant. Seth rushes at Flinn, suddenly alive with incredible confidence. Seth lunges with powerful punches and body blows, all quite easily blocked by Flinn. Flinn throws his arms outward, never making contact with Seth, but the force of it, almost as if the wind were doing it, causes Seth to hurtle backwards, crashing into another wall, water spilling out of a broken pipe, flooding the roof. Now Flinn rushes at Seth, whose eyes are now filled with power. Seth uses his body and trips Flinn, who then crashes head first into the same brick wall. Seth gets up quickly and takes off, running across the roof at great speed. He passes by the live electrical cable and picks it up, still in full sprint. Flinn is up now and takes off after Seth with an even more incredible speed. SLOW MO Flinn catches up quickly, both almost to the edge. Flinn reaches out with his hands to grab at Seth, just an inch away as he reaches the edge. He tosses the cable down, into the water filled roof. Just before it touches the floor, Seth leaps from the roof, flying through the air, sparks at his feet. Flinn is caught before he can jump, electricity coursing through him. BACK TO SCENE Seth flying through the air still, heading for the same hole Michael made earlier. Flinn falls down, unconscious after the electric current leaves his body. Seth crashes through the side of the building, rolling once when he hits the ground. INT. BUILDING Seth struggles to get back his composure. MICHAEL You alright? SETH Not really. Just give me a minute. Pull myself together. He sits down on the floor. SETH Who the Hell was that back there? MICHAEL Oh him? That was Flinn. Stephen's second in command. SETH Stephen? MICHAEL The shadow knight. The leader over all shadows. The strongest of them all. SETH He was only the second in command? But his power. I mean, you couldn't even touch him. How are we gonna stop him? MICHAEL You did. SETH No. I just pissed him off. We were lucky. Besides, you blasted him too. MICHAEL I missed him. You got him. SETH No. No, you helped me. MICHAEL All this and you still can't believe. SETH I am not what you say I am. I want my life back. MICHAEL You no longer have a life. None that you can remember anyway. BEAT SETH What now? CUT TO: INT. SHADOW HQ-STEPHENS OFFICE Flinn enters the door and greets Stephen sitting at his desk. STEPHEN Ah, Flinn. I trust you have retrieved the rogue. FLINN Sir. There is some bad news. STEPHEN Flinn. Tell me you captured him. FLINN His power was greater than anticipated. He proved to be superior to your specifications. STEPHEN Superior? He doesn't even have any memories of ever having any powers! Through his memory loss he has also lost his strength. FLINN Yes sir, I understand the plan we discussed. STEPHEN I rid him myself of those so that he would be unable to stand up to you and you let this happen?! FLINN They are returning sir. STEPHEN Then we must act quickly. If he grows too powerful it will be much more difficult for us to defeat him. FLINN But still not impossible. STEPHEN And Michael? FLINN Alive. STEPHEN And how is it you were unable to kill the both of them? FLINN Seth was helping Michael. They attacked together. Even with an entire squad they were too powerful. STEPHEN Go back out there and find them! And this time make sure you finish the job. FLINN Yes sir. STEPHEN Now rid yourself from my office before I rid you from this Earth. CUT TO: INT. BUILDING MICHAEL We have to get her back. SETH How? MICHAEL I know where they're keeping her. CUT TO: INT. RESISTANCE HIDEOUT They are in the control room, standing in front of a computer screen. Michael touches a button on the screen. An image of the building that the Shadows use for their council meetings appears, in picture perfect images. MICHAEL There. It's their headquarters. Their fortress. He points to the tall building, black, that has been ravaged by age and destruction. MICHAEL That is where they would take her. I'm sure of it. SETH How do we get in? MICHAEL WE aren't going in. I am. SETH Why? If Lisa's in there we gotta go get her, right? I can help you. MICHAEL That is a building controlled, owned, operated, solely by the Shadows. We will not be running in there like a couple of blind fools. SETH Then I'll go by myself. MICHAEL You will not be going in at all! It is far too dangerous. SETH Why don't you have any faith in me?! I am the chosen one. But if you don't have any faith in me what's the point?! MICHAEL I have faith in you! But...faith can be misleading. It can cloud your judgment. SETH What? What are you talking about? Why are you so afraid of that building?! MICHAEL ...It is not the first time that I will have gone into that building. SETH What? MICHAEL They were right. All of them were right. The mistake I made before I will not make again. SETH What? What are you talking about Michael? MICHAEL (sighs) The person I thought you were originally was sent in there. By me. SETH The last Shadow you trained to be the hero? MICHAEL The very same. I trained him. Sent him in there to fight. Even in close to the same circumstances. Except he came in after me instead of Lisa. (beat) He perished quite quickly. SETH What does any of this have to do with me? I am not him! I AM the one! And I AM going to rescue her. MICHAEL Let me finish. (Beat) You see, it has quite a bit to do with you actually. I followed the bloodline perfectly. I thought that I had made no errors in judgment. But when I sent him in... SETH Who are you talking about? What bloodline? MICHAEL Yours. He was your father. SETH My...Father? MICHAEL You're own father was sent into death because of me. Because of what I believed he was when he wasn't. SETH But this changes nothing. You said it yourself: You followed the bloodline exactly. MICHAEL True. I'd believed I had. I also believed, however, that you're father was the chosen one. Who knows what else I could be mistaken about. SETH But I am not him. I CAN win. MICHAEL I can't send you in there. Not until I know for sure what you are. SETH You don't have to send anyone because I'm going in there whether you like it or not. MICHAEL NO! I won't let you. SETH Won't let me? How are you going to stop me? MICHAEL I could stop you. SETH So you're just not going to let me in there? Let Lisa die? After all this, after all the training, the preparation? MICHAEL I have to. SETH Michael, you know I'm right. If I do not go in there Lisa is going to die and you know it. They will kill her to get to me. To you. Now you can either sit here and watch on your screen. Or, you can come with me and find out for yourself what I already know. BEAT MICHAEL Fine. But we go prepared. CUT TO: INT. SHADOW HEADQUARTERS-STEPHENS QUARTERS Lisa is bound to a chair, arms behind it, tied. Stephen looming over her. STEPHEN You can stop your struggles. They're not coming you know. They will never come. LISA Yes they will. They will come for me. STEPHEN You DO remember what happened last time? Lisa, of course, does remember. The look on her face expresses it. STEPHEN He'd come through the front gates. Guns blazing like a madman possessed. But he'd die. Quite hastily I might add. Stephen pulls up a chair and sits directly in front of her. STEPHEN The man is no fool. He wouldn't risk his life for some pathetic damsel like yourself. LISA Then why are you keeping me here? STEPHEN You are an important player in this game. Whether you like it or not. LISA How? STEPHEN You're bait. LISA I thought you said he wouldn't show? STEPHEN True. But I said that he wouldn't risk his life for yours. But he would risk Michael's. And that is who I am after. LISA Why Michael? STEPHEN Why not? He's the one pulling men off the streets. Telling them this dream about becoming some kind of hero. It's pitiful. He sends them to their deaths. It's not my fault that I'm it. LISA You're a disgrace to your own race. STEPHEN My race was the best thing that ever happened to this Godforsaken planet. LISA Don't fool yourself. You were dying and took over the first thing you saw. STEPHEN That is not exactly true. You see, the real reason Earth was seized by us is that we just wanted it. It was once a beautiful, rich place. LISA Yeah, until you sucked up all of its resources. STEPHEN Why else do you think we came here? It is what the Shadows as a race do. There are hundreds of other planets around the universe just like this one. We control them and sell them like slaves. Yours we wanted for ourself. And, now that we are through with it, we are going to sell it to a race even more destructive than ours. LISA What will they do with it? STEPHEN Destroy it. Target practice. It's quite fun. I'm going to watch it myself. Well not fun for you...But anyway, enough chat. Have a nice life. All two hours of it. Stephen gets up and leaves. CUT TO: INT. RESISTANCE HIDEOUT-SHEET BEING PULLED FROM A SURFACE A sheet is drastically pulled to reveal two enormous swords, gleaming brightly in the pale lights. Slender like a ninja's. Yet long like a powerful warrior's. At least eight feet at the blade. Curved on the edge for an even more sleek look. MICHAEL The blades of the Shadow kings. Forged by the best blacksmiths in the galaxy. Stolen by your father. We use these to even the odds tonight. Strong enough to pierce through their armor and into their souls. And light enough to throw into the wind like dust. SETH Then we're going? MICHAEL Positively. SETH What's our plan of action? MICHAEL The front door will, of course, be the most heavily guarded. But if I know Stephen he will be expecting us. And expecting us to take the less obvious route: the back door. Either way they are both too heavily guarded for either of us. What do you propose? SETH I say we divide 'em. I go in the front. You take the back. Any way is risky at best. This is the wisest of the choices however. MICHAEL Then we do it your way. May our feet be swift. SETH And our blades swifter. MICHAEL Now let's get moving. They turn and walk toward our eyes. SLOW MO Their coats swaying in the wind as they walk. The two heroes have emerged, walking to their destiny. BACK TO SCENE He holds up the incredible sword. The light GLEAMS off it. Suddenly transforming into- INT. SHADOW HEADQUARTERS-STEPHENS QUARTERS The light shining high and bright in Stephen's office. STEPHEN Your friends are on their way. LISA How do you know? STEPHEN Oh, I know Michael even better than you do dear. And when he comes he'll die. Followed by you. Saving his new little bitch, Seth, for last so he can watch you die. And finally realize there is no chosen one. LISA You don't know what you're getting yourself into. STEPHEN Oh I think that I do. I will enjoy watching you die. So long, for now. I have business to attend. He leaves. CUT TO: INT. SHADOW HQ-FRONT ENTRANCE Shadows, groups of them, suddenly pour out from the staircases on either side of the room. Their pattering feet eventually stopping directly in front of the entrance door. Lined up in straight formation, side by side, almost endless, three rows long. They stand and wait. Suddenly there is a SLICING sound, like metal tearing into itself. The door suddenly shows a hint of a line in it, a small wound, that seems to begin to SHINE. The line itself diagonal, stretching across the door. Another one coming from the other direction, crossing paths with the first one. They stand and wait. And suddenly the door explodes in on itself, billowing out onto the soldiers, knocking a few of them down. The dust in the doorway clears and in it remains Seth, hand stretched forward, the energy retracting back into his arm after the energy blast he has just made. The sword stretched far outwards at his side. He quickly charges in. Time slows as he strikes two soldiers in the same instant with a slicing blow to their stomachs. Two more get sliced through with one swift piercing charge. He shrugs them off his sword. No other Shadow moves. CUT TO: INT. SHADOW HQ-REAR ENTRANCE The door again. Still standing firm. Michael merely has to rush at the door, sword leading the way, to break it down and surprise the guards. Three fly to the floor from the pieces of the door itself. Three others fall prey to his blade. An incredibly fast and furious, yet short, battle ensues. Michael swinging his blade from left to right. Up and down. Bodies flying through the air. Crashing through walls. It is over as quickly as it began. Michael rushes past the remaining guards, not caring if they get in his way or not. He merely brushes them aside using only his sword. CUT TO: INT. FRONT ENTRANCE Seth does just the same. Suddenly the screen PARTS into a split, line down the center. On the left: Seth and his battle against the warriors. On the right: Michael and his. As they run to meet each other again they are both ambushed in much the same way. The fight that follows remains as a single battle. One fluid set of movements to make one fight. Not two separate ones joined by the line in the center. The fight shows their incredible likeness. They make the same moves, the same strategies, both in the same instants, almost as if it were the same fight occurring in two different areas. Michael is attacked by a powerful Shadow. As is Seth. Michael leaps to the left, throwing him off the screen with the opponent still remaining in it. On Seth's side he leaps to the right throwing the opponent off the screen. And suddenly the two separate fights become one truly. Seth's sword trailing off the right side of the screen to become Michael's sword. The movements so exact and precise that no one can tell that it is actually two separate fights at the same time. They take off again, running to find each other. Their eyes stare each other down on their prospective sides. And suddenly the vertical line in the center disappears and the screen becomes normal again. INT. SHADOW HQ-MAIN AREA They run from either side and finally meet at the center. Now the Shadow forces surround them on either side. Their backs to each other, they stand ready to fight. The Shadows, as seemingly they always do, make the first move. He charges at Seth. With a flick of his wrist the blade of his sword flies upward, catching the Shadow along the way, his body hurls up and collides with the ceiling. Before he even begins to fall Seth is spinning and as the Shadow comes back down to the level he catches him in the chest with a spinning roundhouse kick. He falls to the floor and explodes in Shadow, scattering across the room. A Shaodw's death. Michael charges now, much more ferocious in his attacks, knowing the importance of them. Throwing Shadows around using his sword left and right. Bodies flying through the air, crashing through walls. Their bodies all exploding into darkness after the attacks. Seth joining the furious assault now. Throwing around his fists and his feet now more in the now enclosed area due to the number of opponents. One finally attacks, matching Seth's martial arts abilities. They exchange an incredible series of punches and blocks at unGodly speeds. Seth's sword is kicked from his hand, it spirals around on the floor. He is rushed again but leaps greatly into the air and spiraling once after somersaulting to come down facing the back of his opponent. He kicks at the back of his knee, which causes them to buckle. He spins with his foot and wraps his leg in a vice around his neck. He clenches even harder. There is a snap. He releases the vice and rolls for his sword, picking it up along the way, and finally landing on his feet. There is even more incredibly intense fighting. Now only a few scattered Shadow forces stand, afraid, backing up slightly as they face two foes with long swords and mighty abilities. Just as they seem ready to run dozens more Shadows come pounding down the stairs. Seth and Michael let out a sigh of annoyance. They all charge at once this time, not letting their forces be divided and singled out. Before they can make contact Seth launches his sword outward, straight with the blade leading the way towards the crowd of rushing soldiers. It plows through five bodies, each impaled upon the long blade, before it crashes into a wall. The blade digs in and stays, hooked to the wall, the bodies just dangle a moment before exploding into black. Michael shouts to Seth across the room. MICHAEL Get out of here! Now! SETH But what about you!? MICHAEL I'll be fine! Go find Lisa! SETH But-! MICHAEL Damn it, get the fuck out of here, now! Seth takes off, plowing through foot soldiers as he makes his way for the staircase. Along the way he finds his sword, impaled alone on the wall. He retrieves it and darts up the stairs. CUT TO: INT. STAIRWELL Seth charging up the stairs and suddenly halts near a door leading into the next floor. He looks up, looks down, searching for Lisa. SETH Where? Where is she? I don't... Suddenly his sentence is cut off, his attention transfixes upon the door to the floor just above him. He races up another floor of stairs, taking four sometimes five steps at a time, and crashes through the door, using his shoulder to break it down. INT. 52ND FLOOR-SHADOW HQ He barges into the place to find an incredibly enormous single room that also happens to be incredibly deserted. SETH Damn it! He turns and begins to charge out but suddenly stops, pauses, turns, and runs at top speed toward the far wall. He leaps towards it, seemingly not going to stop. He collides with the wall. SLOW MO He comes crashing through the other side of the wall, a barrier to shield the existence of the rest of the floor. Chunks of concrete and giant debris fall all around him as he lands directly in front of Lisa, still bound to her chair. BACK TO SCENE He rushes to untie her, but behind him, unknown to either of them, a deep, dark shadow begins to FLOW into a single mass, coming from every cranny behind the wall. The darkness slowly begins to take shape and RISE from the floor. The shape is enormous, big and muscular like a well built man. It suddenly fills with color. The shape becomes Flinn. Meanwhile Seth removes the piece of cloth stuffed in Lisa's mouth. She now notices Flinn behind Seth and gasps. LISA Seth! Seth hears her cry quickly and spins around, just narrowly evading a huge right hand from Flinn that crashes into the floor just beside Lisa's chair. Seth jumps back and stands ready to fight. FLINN You know, you really impressed me with what you did back there on that roof. I didn't really think you had the balls to do it. I like that about you. SETH I've got plenty of other surprises in store for you. FLINN Spunky too. I mean, just to be able to even have the will to run right after I beat the life out of all of your friends. SETH You'll be next. FLINN It's funny how you can be so ready to die. Well, since you don't like small talk let's just get down to business. Suddenly Flinn FLIES forward, lurching towards Seth. But Seth LEAPS to his right, avoiding the blow. The fist crashes into the floor, a hole forms with a view to the floor below. Lisa's chair leans from the sudden support loss. The moment he lands Seth changes direction and heads back for Flinn. A right fist flies across his massive cheek, his head shoots to one side. But his body remains firmly planted, almost completely unaffected by the blow. Seth looks up at him, terrified by his strength. Flinn swats at Seth, who goes flying through the makeshift wall that tried to hide Lisa. The concrete flies as Seth spins and finally hits the floor. Flinn follows closely after, crashing through what is left of the wall. Seth, still on the ground, kicks Flinn with each foot, using his arm as a brace to hold himself up, Flinn staggers back. Seth hastily gets to his feet, loads his legs, and leaps through the ceiling, leading with his fists. He crashes through several more ceilings before finally coming onto the rooftop. INT. ROOFTOP Seth looks down on Flinn as he looks back up at him, a slight smirk on his face. Flinn quickly leaps up to great heights just as Seth did. The roof EXPLODES where Flinn comes crashing through, Seth has to shield his eyes from oncoming debris. Flinn stands ready to fight as Seth spins the sword in his hand. They stand staring one another down, their eyes locked in the moment. A gust of wind fumbles a pebble on the ground. The sound sets them off, they bound towards each other at the same instant. Seth leads with his enormous sword. Flinn just barely manages to sidestep and dodge the fatal blow. As he does Seth spins and slices at Flinn's back. His coat is almost torn apart and it makes a huge slice in the back of his body armor. Flinn staggers forward, hurt by the cut between his shoulder blades, he grabs for it but can't reach it. FLINN Aggh! Yeah. Real fair. SETH You would have it any other way? FLINN Touche. Flinn suddenly evaporates and reappears just as quickly right in front of Seth. Before he can even blink the sword is gone from his hand and now points straight at his face, courtesy of Flinn. FLINN But you might want to consider the possibility of someone using this against you. He throws the sword into the air. It lands many feet away and sticks firmly, blade down, into the concrete. SETH Fine. We do it your way. FLINN You would have it any other way? They each throw a punch at the same exact instant, their forearms colliding in unison blocks, they stare each other down again. An incredible flurry of punches follows shortly thereafter. Flinn finally connects with a hard punch to Seth's ribs, who cringes in pain. Another punch lands on his chest, he falls to his knees. Flinn lets a kick loose, aiming for the side of his head, but Seth blocks it. Flinn counters the block with a swift kick to the stomach. Seth buckles over in pain. Flinn, seeing his agony, places his foot on the side of the head of Seth and pushes, his head rocketing for the concrete, embedding his head into it. FLINN You're pretty good at runnin'. Not so good at fightin'. Seth struggles to pick his head up from the concrete. He does, shaking off the small pieces of debris from his hair. He struggles to get to his feet as Flinn watches on. Seth bleeding from the mouth, holding his ribs, his knees shaking, stands up straight. SETH You're pretty strong. Especially for some second rate soldier. FLINN What?! He charges at Seth again but, with a wave of his hand, Flinn is stopped. His eyes widen as his body betrays him and sends him to the ground headed for the other direction. The energy building inside Seth as Flinn looks on from the ground. The small hints of light flowing through his veins Seth's muscles seem to suddenly bulge with strength, ripping into much larger and more powerful tools. Now Seth seems to be on the same strength level as Flinn. FLINN You come prepared. (closes his fists) But how much? He throws his hand outward, releasing a small ball of energy from it. SLOW MO Seth turns his head to avoid the contact, the ball passing just by his cheek. A building collapses behind him. Seth turns to face Flinn again, a spec of blood on his cheek. BACK TO SCENE A small bit of light appears in Flinn's hand. Seth takes off running and leaps, doing a cartwheel without his hands, as gymnasts would call it: an aerial. Suddenly, the light explodes from Flinn's hands heading straight for Seth, energy balls, a dozen of them. They fly by his legs and torso just barely missing him due to his acrobatic actions. The moment he lands he heads for Flinn. Dodging from left to right as the balls land at his feet, exploding on contact. One final ball comes extremely close to making contact just before Seth lands a firm right hand across Flinn's face, sending him flying across the roof. He lands and continues going, his body scraping across the roof, until he reaches the edge and has to grab on in order to not fall off. He gets back up slowly, cocky. FLINN I'll give credit where it's due. But how good are you- Suddenly, he phases out again, turning into darkness itself, becoming a shadow upon the roof. His form spreads out, widening. The figure emerges, takes shape. But now there are five of him. Each identical. FLINN -against five- Disappears into the roof again. He comes back up, now there are twice as many. FLINN -or ten- Disappears again, comes back up as twenty. FLINN -or twenty- Disappears a final time, he comes back up this time right in Seth's face, only a single form now. FLINN -Or even just one? He fires a hard right fist, flooring Seth. FLINN You know, it's time I quit playing around. He stretches out his arms, his fists open, his hands very close together. The light beginning to flow through his veins with extreme brightness. Seth knows what is coming and takes off running. SLOW MO Seth taking just a few running steps, before the power leaps from Flinn's palms towards Seth in a massive cylinder of energy. Seth runs and dives to the ground, the force just passing over his head. BACK TO SCENE FLINN Maybe a little bigger this time? So you can't run away like some damn pussy. I mean come on, you're one of us. You're our own blood. And look at you. Look at you! You don't deserve your heritage. His veins ignite with light, the energy slowly gathering in his hands. Seth's eyes widen. The energy bursts out and comes straight for him. SLOW MO Seth puts out his hands, energy just barely managing to build slightly in them just before the blast hits him. BACK TO SCENE There is a huge explosion on the roof, not of fire, or of smoke, only light. Flinn looks on with a smile on his face, breathing heavy. Seth is still falling backwards, the blast rocketing him high and far. He lands on the ground with a thud, almost motionless. He moans and slightly stirs. Flinn's eyes widen now, not able to believe he is actually still alive. FLINN I figured that would have done you in. You are more resourceful than I thought. It doesn't really matter much anymore though. He raises his hands above his head, gathering power one final time, sparks flying in different directions from the massive shape of light forming in his hands. Seth, still on the ground, opens his eyes, seeing what is transpiring. FLINN'S POV The lightning and energy crackling in front of his eyes, distorting his vision of Seth, lying prone on the floor. BACK He puts his hands out in front of him, and reels back his arms ready to throw. FLINN'S POV Seth still prone on the ground. There is a sound of air and Seth suddenly is GONE. BACK Seth reappears again, even before Flinn can notice, just as Flinn's hands are directly out in front of him. Seth grabs them and SLAMS them together, the energy colliding with itself. There is another explosion of light, Seth and Flinn both are BLOWN back. There is a moment of calm as the dust begins to settle. The roof stirs, rocks falling, sounding like it's ready to collapse on itself. Seth suddenly steps through the fog, clutching his arm, broken and bleeding, his right leg dragging limply at his side, his face bloody, near death. He limps over to Flinn's broken body, somehow even more destroyed than his own. Flinn, trying to speak, but blood filling his lungs, his death imminent, it becomes hard to talk. FLINN ...can't believe...it. ...you are...him. SETH Tell me where Stephen is. FLINN ...I hate him... I...always have... I only followed him because...because he would kill me...if I didn't... SETH Where is he? FLINN ...don't...get outta here... Run...kid. He expires with his last breath. Seth runs from the rooftop as fast as his leg will let him, and jumps back down through the hole in the roof made earlier. INT. 52ND FLOOR-SHADOW HQ Seth enters to find Lisa standing, waiting. He walks up to her. They exchange a look and appear as though they are going to speak but, suddenly, the entire building begins to shake. Seth grabs Lisa by the hand and they bolt for the door. CUT TO: INT. STAIRWELL They come into the stairwell, the entire place still shaking like crazy, looking as though it's about to cave in on itself. Dust falling from newfound cracks in the foundation, the walls vibrating. There is a huge cracking sound, breaking. Seth looks up and sees that the ceiling is beginning to falter, ready to give in. He grabs Lisa in his arms and somersaults over the railing, just like Flinn did at the beginning. Just as he leaps the roof gives way, collapsing, CHASING them. Lisa screams as they PLUMMET all those stories, flights of staircases WHIPPING by them, Seth completely focused. At the last second he TWISTS, landing firmly with his feet on the ground. The roof, now a roof no longer, right above them. INT. SHADOW HQ-MAIN AREA He takes off as soon as he lands, heading for the door. As he runs he passes by many shadow bodies and Michael's sword. But he does not unfocus from the task at hand. The rubble that's collapsing from above is ready to touch the top of his head just as they reach the front of the door. SLOW MO They BLAST through the doorway just as everything comes down around them, dust and rubble encompassing them. BACK TO SCENE BEAT EXT. SHADOW HQ RUBBLE All is calm and silent as the dust begins to settle. They are both covered in rubble, they do not move. BEAT Finally Seth stirs, a piece of rock falling off his back. A few more pieces begin to fall. Now it can be seen that Seth is stooped over Lisa, on all fours, protecting her from the building collapse. He rolls over in pain, but she remains almost unharmed. She checks his injuries. Suddenly we hear CLAPPING, slow, repetitive, coming from some unseen force. STEPHEN(O.S.) Bravo. Bra-fucking-vo. Lisa looks around, puzzled by the lack of visual. Suddenly Stephen steps through the dust, still clapping, looking fresh and clean as always. LISA Stephen! STEPHEN Well duh. Who else would bring down his own home. SETH You brought it down? Why? STEPHEN Well, to crush you of course. But, just as always, you prove to be slightly more resourceful than I thought. As he is walking along the rubble he sees Flinn's body amidst it all. He kicks the hand extended out. STEPHEN Pitiful. SETH What more could you possibly want from us? STEPHEN Exactly the same as I wanted from you before: For you to die you little shit. SETH No. I won't let you. Seth struggles to get to his feet, he finally does, pain on his face. STEPHEN Oh really? SETH Yes. STEPHEN I have no doubt you would put up one hell of a fight, especially after seeing what you did to poor old Flinn back there. If you were in good health that is. And by the looks of things you aren't in good health at all. How are you even standing? SETH I am the chosen Shadow, that's how. STEPHEN You know, I am getting real sick and fucking tired of hearing all this crap about the chosen Shadow. If anyone I'M the chosen Shadow. I'm the one with the royal bloodline and the possibility of becoming this fairytale you speak of. Me. Not you. SETH You're wrong. I know that now. STEPHEN Chosen one or not no one could beat me in your present state. LISA Seth, he's right. You can't win this. Let's get out of here! Now! Seth shoots his head to the direction Lisa screamed. His eyes widen instantly, he screams an obscenity just as he grabs Lisa again and takes off running, instantly disappearing from sight with his incredible speed, leaving only a cloud of dust behind him. And Stephen who stands still, perplexed. Stephen exhales, quite surprised by his actions. STEPHEN Kids. And with the single word he takes off after them, using an even more incredible speed than they did. ON THE MOVE THROUGH TOWN Seth has Lisa by the hand again, almost dragging her behind him from the speed without knowing. He sees that she is in distress and cups her in his arms as he continues to run at these great speeds. They are running so fast that they are the only things that are actually in focus, the buildings and the town itself WHIZZING by so incredibly fast they actually BLUR. Seth takes a glance behind him and sees Michael come into view, waving gingerly. Seth takes a move and LEAPS, leaps incredibly high, onto the rooftop of one of the smaller buildings in hopes of losing Stephen in the confusion. He takes another glance back- Stephen has followed. He continues with his plan anyway-Running now along the rooftops, jumping incredibly from one to the other in amazing feat after amazing feat. Stephen tracks them with no problem at all. Down the horizon the image has become clear, not cluttered with all the buildings and the rest of the town, only open space to roam on- Which also means no more buildings to pounce off of. LISA Seth! We're running outta road! SETH I know! LISA Ohhhh! I hope you're not planning to do what I think you are! SETH Well, we sure are gonna try! He hits the last of the buildings, finally reaching the final rooftop. He takes one great final leap off the edge, the only thing separating him from the ground being a few thousand feet. A cloud of dust erupts from the rooftop as he leaps, straightening his body in the air. He begins to plummet towards the Earth, still with his body straight. And suddenly his feet light up inside his boots, releasing the energy. His body shoots upward, gaining altitude, gaining speed as well. Lisa screams and hides her eyes but quickly relaxes as she sees that he actually IS FLYING. They both smile-but Seth suddenly remembers, ditches the smile and looks behind him. Stephen leaping off the edge already in flight as well. Seth cries out in anger. The energy suddenly BLASTS from beneath Stephen's boots and he quickly gains incredible speed. LISA SETH! Seth does all he can to pick up the slack, he focuses further and blasts out the energy from his toes. He picks up incredible speed, Stephen fades into the disappearing horizon. SETH He'll never catch up with us now. And suddenly he's there, directly in front of them, with his arms crossed as though he were waiting, just floating there patiently. STEPHEN Hi guys. Seth does all he can to put on the brakes and keep from hitting Stephen going who knows how fast. SETH Shit! He turns around instantly and takes off down the other direction, heading back for town. Stephen waits for a few more seconds again before finally giving chase. INT. ROOF/CHAPEL-NIGHT Seth lands with ease onto his old stomping grounds and motions for Lisa to go over to the corner and hide. Stephen lands shortly there-after. STEPHEN Ready now? LISA Seth. You can't beat him. SETH What do you want me to do then? Give up? LISA You certainly don't have any hope of beating him. SETH I know. But I have to try. There isn't anyone left. MICHAEL(O.S.) There is one left. Michael suddenly steps from the Shadows, and stands next to Seth, who's about ready to collapse. STEPHEN Oh, for fuck's sake. You again? I'm gettin' real tired of you showin' up like this. You didn't help last time, what makes you think you will this time? MICHAEL This isn't last time. STEPHEN No, but it sure will end like it. Michael charges, he tries a clothesline-like move with his fist, which Stephen easily ducks. Stephen spins back with an elbow to the back of the head, Michael staggers. He throws two kicks easily blocked by Stephen. He spins around underneath with his other leg to go for a trip but Stephen does a backflip before it can make contact. He lands and kicks him in the mouth, hard. Michael is hurt. He kicks again, this time in the stomach. He is reeled backwards. A kick to the knee causes them to buckle, he sits prone on his knees. Stephen side kicks him in the back of the head. He goes down with force into the dirt ground, struggling to breathe. Stephen turns and talks to Seth, rather at him. STEPHEN You followed under that piece of trash? If he's the teacher, how good could you possibly be? Michael gets his bearings back and rushes at Stephen again. Somehow he knows he is coming and raises his hand, palm out. Michael is stopped by the hand, placed right on his stomach. BEAT STEPHEN Who's gonna save YOU? A blast suddenly erupts from his hand. Extreme light in the air. Extreme pain on his face. The blast pierces all the way through his stomach, shooting out through his back. Michael's body hurtles backwards, landing at the feet of Seth and Lisa. SETH Michael! He rushes to his side and supports his head, blood still coming from wounds from his own face. MICHAEL Damn it. I screwed up. SETH No. You did fine. MICHAEL I actually thought I could hurt him. What a fool. Pain rushes through his body. SETH Quit talking. MICHAEL No. Listen, you have to fight him. SETH But I-I can't even... MICHAEL You have to win. SETH I can't. MICHAEL Shut up. He doesn't know yet what you're capable. Not like I do. SETH But you taught me. If you can't win how could I possibly...? MICHAEL I only made you remember. You knew how to fight before I found you. Finish him off for me. And for the rest of us. SETH You can help me. All you have to do is... MICHAEL No. Just...to quote a friend...get him...for me. And for the rest. Michael's final breath leaves him as he speaks the words. Lisa breaks out in tears behind him. Seth lowers his head onto his chest, sobbing as well. STEPHEN Oops. Looks like we've had a little accident. Well, it was only a matter of time really. SETH Shut up. STEPHEN Are you crying? And you call yourself a Shadow. SETH You talk too much. Shut up. Seth lifts his head. Tears in his eyes but anger on his face, his brow coming to a point at the area above the center of his nose. He gently puts down Michael's head onto the dirt, and stands up with ease. Lightning in his eyes, his fists clenched. Sparks of electricity suddenly begin to shoot off of him. The air around him growing thick and wavy, like gas. His fists filled with a light coming from within. LISA Seth? Seth's eyes narrow. His back suddenly arching from an amazing unseen force inside of him. His muscles tighten and flex, suddenly alive with new power. Energy and light rush through his body, suddenly the energy SHOOTS out of him, suddenly becoming a flowing aura around him. The ground beneath him CRACKS and BREAKS, he falls deeper into the ground, the support from Earth itself giving way. Pieces of rubble and debris start to slowly rise from the ground. Every piece floating suddenly explodes. His hair rises on its ends, as if trying to escape from his power. Stephen's eyes widen in terror, unable to believe what he's seeing. Somehow his strength has returned, and now a new anger boils inside of him. He sums up enough courage to speak. STEPHEN Come on then. Seth charges with unbelievable speed. The light encompassing him now trailing behind, trying to catch up. He lands a hard right punch to the jaw of Stephen, who flies backwards. Seth takes off as well, actually getting ahead of Stephen. When they meet Seth launches a devastating knee into the back of the oncoming Stephen. His body snaps from impact, in extreme pain. He lands on the ground clutching his ribs, blood from his mouth. STEPHEN Alright. Resourceful to the end. Which is very very soon. Darkness suddenly erupts from his own body, much the same way Seth did earlier, except his being darkness, not light. Stephen now charges Seth, a kick landing in his gut with incredible force. SLOW MO Spit flying from Seth's mouth, pain on it afterwards. BACK TO SCENE He flies backwards to the ground, landing amidst the rubble. He clutches two large pieces of debris, his fingers CLAWING into them enough for him to get a firm hold. He gets up quickly SLOW MO He punches with his right, still clutching the rock. It lands across the face of Stephen, crumbling it into dust. He punches with the right. Same results. BACK TO SCENE Stephen staggers back, blood coming from all different places on his face. Seth takes advantage of his opportunity. He rushes and releases a myriad of blows to the stomach at an awesome speed, selecting different parts of his upper body and face randomly. Finally a jumping roundhouse kick to the face sends Stephen flying into the rubble. He kicks his legs out above his head, flipping to get to his feet. He charges at seth. He punches for the head, but Seth dodges. Seth kicks, but Stephen blocks it. Another kick by Seth sending Stephen into the rubble pile. Seth comes shortly after. He stands above Stephen and begins to punch furiously into his chest again. SLOW MO Punch after punch into the stomach. The ground beneath him begins to crumble from the repeated force. Tears flow from Seth's eyes, still fighting on anger. BACK TO SCENE Stephen becomes aware again. He throws his hands outward, a small ball of power forcing its way out. It connects with Seth in the chest. His assault is immeaditely halted and he goes flying through the air. He lands hard, his shirt burned through, his chest scorched, his face in pain. STEPHEN Too easy. You're a fucking piece of cattle, you know that? Raised and ripened by the cowboy only to be sent to the slaughter just like his ancestors before him. The anger fills Seth again, he gets up quickly and charges at Stephen, who is already waiting with his arm extended, energy on the palm, facing Seth. Before Seth realizes he is face to face with Stephens palm, the energy is released. The blast going directly into his face. He flies backwards again, his face smoking. STEPHEN Childish heroics. Seth in pain on the ground. STEPHEN Get up. I'm ready to finish this. Seth, almost instinctively, gets up at his words. Stephen puts his hands together at the wrists, palms still facing towards Seth, who sees what he's planning. A spark of energy appears in both. STEPHEN You don't back down from this one. No running now. It ends here. Dodge this and it will be redirected to the very core of this planet. An incredible explosion will take place, consequently destroying the entire planet. SETH You wouldn't. STEPHEN Why not? We were going to do it anyway. Target practice. The spark shimmers and begins to grow. STEPHEN What's it gonna be? Your life? Or your planet? Choose quickly. It grows even more, colliding with itself to form one massive shape. Seth spreads his feet, plants them firmly. Places his hands together the same as Stephen, sparks growing in each. ANGLE Stephen's face. A smile cocking across his lips on one side. ANGLE Seth's face. The extreme focus on his charred face. They both cry out in the same instant. The blasts leaving their hands the same way. The blasts are now streams, no longer just a single ball. They COLLIDE at the center, equal distance apart, exploding in power. Light on one side, darkness on the other. The center shifts going closer to Seth, losing the battle. But it begins to force its way back as Seth struggles on, sweat dripping from his face, a scream from his mouth. It closes in on Stephen, who looks surprised but forces it back to the very center, pushing every ounce of energy though his own two hands. ANGLE On Stephen's face as he pushes with his entire being, moving in on Seth. Seth's stream shortens, losing the struggle again. ANGLE Seth's face in pain, his arms closer to his body, struggling even just to keep them extended. The center of blasts grows, filling with darkness and light. It closes in on Seth even more, his own stream only a few inches out from his hands. The energy begins to spill over onto Seth, ready to overtake him. STEPHEN ONLY CATTLE! IT ENDS RIGHT NOW! He pushes with his might again, this time it is too much for Seth to handle, his own light stream disappears and the darkness encompasses him. It continues POUNDING on him, his clothes RIPPING to shreds, a scream of agony as he is being RIPPED APART by this power. He pushes it out one final time, an enormous ball rushing through the interior of the stream, quickly colliding with Seth, EXPLODING instantly. Finally Stephen shuts it off. Seth still stands, completely OBLITERATED, he falls limply to the floor. Lisa rushes to his side. She tries to comfort him. LISA Not you too. You can't die. You can't. SETH Don't think...I have much...of a choice. Stephen begins to casually stroll away. He sits on a piece of rubble and watches the two, waiting for Seth to finally expire, thinking he has won. LISA No you can't. There's one more thing. SETH One more what? LISA There is still a memory you haven't found. Michael waited. He tried to make it come naturally. SETH What...is it? LISA The greatest one of all. SETH Tell...me. LISA I'm the reason you left the Shadow command. They wouldn't allow it, they hated you being with a human, they thought it made you weak. So you revolted. They revolted back, tagging you a traitor. But you fought them and you won. And your power continued to grow until no one could hurt you. I'm the reason for your true power. I love you. And you love me. Suddenly, images flash into his minds eye. He sees Lisa and him kissing. A confrontation with Stephen about their affair. Seth battling them like he never has before. In the real world, his breathing becomes steady, he clams down. LISA Seth? But he doesn't answer. LISA Seth?! His eyes suddenly pop open, complete calm on his face. She understands, he has come back. LISA Now get the fuck up. He sits up at her command, and gets to his feet. Stephen finally sees what has happened and charges at Seth, throwing blow after blow. But Seth seemingly PHASES out, becoming a true shadow, but not quite, a shadow filled with light. Stephen swings and punches as fast as he can, but every time he does he merely PASSES THROUGH Seth. He has become a complete shadow now, in every sense of the word. He throws a single punch at Stephen who HURTLES backwards an incredible distance before CRASHING into the rubble. He gets up quickly, places his palms together at the wrists again, energy building in them quickly. He fires a massive energy without warning. Seth waits. He does not move. He waits as the energy stream passes through the air coming closer to him at alarming speeds, but still he WAITS. Until it is only a foot away. He THROWS his arms back, energy already building in them, and then forward at an unGodly speed and fires his own blast. At first Stephen's looks like it has already begun to overtake him. He laughs like a madman, joyous at the sight. But Seth, almost without effort, pushes the energy farther, incredibly close to Stephen now. He has a face of pain and worry. He struggles as hard as he can to push it out again, almost overtaking Seth again. Seth cocks his head, looks at the energy in front of him, and lowers one of his arms. Stephen gasps. WIDE SHOT Seth standing up straight with his single arm holding all that energy in place. Stephen completely leaning into the blast, knees shaking, struggling to try and win. BACK TO SCENE SETH YOU'RE RIGHT. IT ENDS NOW! And with one final PUSH of the energy, the center FLIES toward Stephen faster than any time prior, and overtakes him completely. His own dark figure almost DISAPPEARING in the light. His clothes being TORN APART, his face stretching from the force. He screams in AGONY. STEPHEN'S POV Seth, still with only one arm raised, the incredible strength FLOWING in bursts from out of his palms, straight towards us, taking slow, CALM, steps, one foot in front of the other, pushing the energy on us even more. He takes one last step and gives one last push with one last scream before Stephen is completely RIPPED APART and disappears into the light. As soon as he does Seth shuts off the blast. He has won at last. The dust begins to settle and Lisa rushes towards Seth, throwing her arms around him. They embrace and he pushes her away to speak. SETH Thank you for reminding me of my greatest memory. LISA I wanted to tell you for so long. DISSOLVE TO: INT. NEW HOPE-DAY The image is several months later. Seth has a hard hat on and is directing a construction crew, which are repairing the buildings and the town. It's finally day again. In front of the one where Seth stands is a memorial with the graves and headstones of Kellie, Will, and the others. Michael's being the biggest and best, front and center. The construction crew roars just behind it, but somehow Lisa's voice can be heard over it. LISA(O.S.) (shouting) Seth! SETH (shouting over crew) Yeah? Lisa rushes to his side, looking full of life and happy. But most noticeably her stomach poking out extremely far, several months pregnant. She holds in her hand what looks to be design specs. They can no longer be heard talking but Lisa soon smiles and they kiss warmly. Seth then leans down and kisses her stomach. They hug each other again. One final look at the tombstone on Michael, reading the inscription: EARTH'S GREATEST HERO. FADE TO BLACK: THE END
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