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FADE IN An endless dark like the deepest sleep. EXT. SEA. DAY The murk of ages is pierced by sparkling light. Rays of sunlight shear through the green waters of the ocean, and algae and floating debris cast shadows within it. Beneath, deep in the water below, a SHAPE is rising up through the water. It is the body of a MAN. Ripples appear above. A wooden oar hits the water, splashing. A golden DRAGON'S HEAD emerges, arcing into the sunlight. Its lapis eyes glisten like a living thing. A LONGBOAT moves silently across the surface. A row of bedraggled VIKINGS clad in animal skins sit within its wooden sides, rowing hard. The sky above them is dark, full of smoke and fumes. The Vikings grunt and pull in unison, as a tall CAPTAIN at the stern barks orders. Two other Vikings sit in the middle, facing each other. The first Viking, AERGWULF, is serious, weathered, wears a dented iron helmet and a deep frown beneath his bushy ginger eyebrows. A keen iron axe sits across his lap. The second younger Viking, the KING, watches his companion closely. He also wears a helmet similar to his friend, but around it is stretched a thin band of shining gold, and above that a BRONZE SUN. Suddenly the RISING BODY breaks the surface. The Viking sailors immediately see it. AERGWULF leaps up instantly, and throws himself into the water. The KING watches nervously from the side. There is a pause. Only the sound of a howling wind can be heard, the sound of ripples against the boats hull. Then a hand comes up, and the KING grabs it. The KING pulls, and AERGWULF is pulled aboard with the man he has rescued. The old Viking is soaked. He looks down at the YOUNG MAN he has just saved. He is very young, no older than twenty. He lies shivering on the bottom of the boat. The KING bends down and covers the young man in a coarse blanket. KING He lives. EXT. SEA. DAY The Longboat nears an immense CLIFF. Atop the cliffs are dark, protruding shapes, like ruined walls and pillars. The KING and AERGWULF eye them nervously. The Captain at the stern stands up and grunts to his men to work harder. AERGWULF grips his axe. The Longboat rounds a stone outcrop that reveals a BEACH. In the shallows, some of the Vikings jump out and start to drag the wooden boat up onto the golden sands. The coast is pockmarked with what look like pagan grave mounds, and across it is a ruined wall covered in dead ivy and lichen. It looks scorched, as though by fire. Near the beach is a broken archway that has partially collapsed, and the beginnings of a broken cobbled road. AERGWULF jumps out, his leather boots lined with fur digging deep imprints in the wet sand. He starts to check his equipment, his helmet, his axe, his leather satchel like a fussy schoolboy. The KING smiles at him. Through the ruined archway the Vikings are approached by THREE HOODED MEN dressed in long black robes laced with gold. The robes have long hoods that obscure their faces. Each robe has a golden Faravahar, a winged Sun disc, emblazoned on its chest. These three strangers are the MAGI. The KING and AERGWULF await their approach then bow low before them. The first and tallest, the MAGI LEADER, pulls back his hood. His name is KARSUDAN and he is old, in his seventies perhaps, with pocked brown skin and a worn, weathered face. His thinning grey beard and hair cling to his skeletal face. However, his eyes are very clear and sparkling bright. He looks imploringly at AERGWULF. KARSUDAN You have found him? AERGWULF nods. INT. HUT. DAY AERGWULF helps carry the man he rescued into the hut. The three MAGI wait. The YOUNG MAN is lain down on animal furs in front of them. His face is covered in sweat. He is unconscious, and he does not look well, pale and sickly. KARSUDAN drapes him in a blue cape with another winged disc on it. He holds his hand to the YOUNG MAN'S chest, whispering to himself. KARSUDAN (to himself) The everlasting spirit. He motions to another MAGI. KARSUDAN Old face? The second Magi pulls his hood back. OLD FACE is also very old, though younger than his leader, with pale skin dotted with liver spots. He regards the sickly YOUNG MAN anxiously and bends down to listen to his breathing. OLD FACE He needs our aid. KARSUDAN nods, and beckons the third Magi towards him. He pulls back his hood to reveal a much younger Arabian man, with dark smooth skin and a handsome face. He has the same bright eyes as his leader. KARSUDAN Rae'yeva. Help us. RAE'YEVA bends down next to the YOUNG MAN, alongside his leader and OLD FACE. All three MAGI hold their RIGHT HANDS out, horizontal to the chest of the YOUNG MAN. Then they open their fingers with the two middle fingers pressed together, and the others spread out at an angle, making an 'M'. They place their hands firmly on the YOUNG MAN'S body. A dull thumping SOUND fills the air. The blood is beating in AERGWULF'S ears. He notices something and turns. In the night sky above, the stars seem to burn more brightly than usual. The thumping sound suddenly stops, and all three MAGI stand up together. OLD FACE turns to AERGWULF. OLD FACE He will live. KARSUDAN looks down at the YOUNG MAN, smiling. KARSUDAN Welcome back, Utu. The young man, UTU, looks up at him with shining, thankful eyes. KARSUDAN offers him his hand and he takes it. EXT. DESERT CAMP. DAY KARSUDAN strides out of his tent and looks out over the red desert. He is worried. SMOKE is rising over the land in a vertical plume that seems to scrape the skin of the sky. He covers himself in his great black cloak and walks to another large tent. The sky behind is burning up as the sun sets behind distant mountains. UTU is covered in a rough blanket, shivering. The other two MAGI sit close to him, offering him food and drink. KARSUDAN We must go, they will come soon. OLD FACE I am not sure he will last the journey. KARSUDAN There is little hope if he cannot. He looks back knowingly at RAE'YEVA. KARSUDAN turns to AERGWULF. KARSUDAN Thank you, my friend. AERGWULF bows and starts to leave. KARSUDAN goes to hold his arm. KARSUDAN Aergwulf? The great Viking turns and looks down at him. You have surpassed our hopes. Will you not join us? AERGWULF shakes his head, lowering his gaze. KARSUDAN glances sadly at him, then he holds out a glittering bronze SUN MEDALLION. He places it carefully around AERGWULF neck. KARSUDAN Take this then, as our token. The Viking bows again, grunts and glances at UTU, before he walks out. EXT. DESERT. DAY Outside the remaining VIKING'S are gathering. They hold a canvas stretcher, shielding them from the wind. A DUST STORM is gathering. KARSUDAN The sun is fading. We must go. The MAGI emerge from the tent with UTU, who still looks weak. They gesture, and he is laid out on the stretcher and a thin net is draped over a rope above him. KARSUDAN glances up at the huge plume of smoke. AERGWULF emerges from one of the tents, and grabs his axe. He turns to walk the other way. RAE'YEVA goes to follow him, but is held back by KARSUDAN. KARSUDAN No, he has his own path. He turns to address the rest of the travelers. KARSUDAN We make for Bad-tabira. Follow! The BAND OF TRAVELERS turns and, with some pulling on of backpacks and supplies they start to stride into the desert. AERGWULF watches them leave, fiddling with his medallion. EXT. DESERT. CANYON. DAY The travelers make their way through a jagged CANYON, carefully picking their way through the rocks. Inside his veil UTU is still suffering with a fever. He can hear distant VOICES echoing in his head. They speak to him in a horrible, echoing whisper. OLD FACE watches over him, concerned. Around them the storm rages. SHADOWS loom from cracks in the stone. Suddenly, a HISSING sound fills the air, rising shrill above the wind. KARSUDAN Halt! Be on your guard! The VIKINGS instantly gather in a circle, their axes and swords at the ready. KARSUDAN takes out a SUN AMULET like the one he gave AERGWULF. So do the other MAGI. UTU is disturbed and starts shrieking, holding his ears. The hissing fills the air around them, rising again above the howling wind. A huge dark FIGURE appears from out of the dust. It is unnaturally tall, with pitted, silver scaly skin like a fish, and eyes like a shark. It opens its mouth and hisses like snake at the Viking warriors. Then an unearthly SCREAM rips through the canyon. The terrified Vikings let go of the stretcher and UTU rolls against the net, getting caught up in it. Above him he sees a dark SHAPE, and a knife cuts through the net. OLD FACE holds out his hand. OLD FACE Utu, come with me. They run out of the canyon, up a small path towards its edge. The sounds and screams of BATTLE are not far off. The horrible hissing and screaming VOICE still fills the air. It whispers to UTU in a horrible coarse language. OLD FACE manages to haul UTU up onto the verge, but does not see what is behind him. A BLOW knocks him to his knees, and glances off UTU's face. The silhouette of a CREATURE ON HORSEBACK emerges from the dust and wind. The creature has spiked dark armour, and wields a huge black WARHAMMER in its massive hands. It has a glowing yellow ichthys EYE tattooed on its forehead. The HAMMER-MAN'S cruel face leers down at UTU. It is barely human, scarred, and covered in what looks like dark blue war-paint. Its cold shark-like eyes glint with hate. UTU is terrified and holds his hands above his bloody face. The HAMMER swings again. On the down-stroke there is a loud CLANG, and the HAMMER-MAN looks up, astonished. AERGWULF stands there, his axe outstretched. The HAMMER-MAN turns to face AERGWULF, who gestures to the wounded youngster to flee. The Viking holds his axe firmly in readiness to confront his foe. UTU catches one last glimpse of AERGWULF, before he is lost in the dust. EXT. DESERT. DAY UTU staggers and struggles through the sands, blood caked on his face. The sun beats down on him, and he has no shelter. The sand dunes stretch from horizon to horizon. A huge plume of black smoke still reaches to the heavens and leaves a river of dark cloud behind it. UTU continues to stagger towards it, knee deep through the hot sand. Then his foot hits something solid. TARMAC, under the soles of his scorched feet. Around him are BUILDINGS and PEOPLE, going about their business. They seem to inhabit an alien world which he can only dimly perceive. Standing on the hard surface, he looks down and sees his REFLECTION in the road, as though it were a mirror of still water. There is the reflection there of an immense ZIGGURAT TEMPLE, hundreds of feet high. It rises up above the ghostly buildings, dominating the landscape. As though drawn by a power he cannot resist UTU steps forward. As he does so the HAMMER-MAN steps up behind him, raises his hammer high, and strikes. The stricken UTU COLLAPSES into the water of the road, and is sucked down under the reflection, down into the deeps below. The leering face of the HAMMER-MAN is all he sees. TITLE CARD YOUTH OF BABYLON DISSOLVE TO: INT. MUSEUM. DAY A YOUNG BOY of nine years stares at the illustration of the Ziggurat Temple, under a sign saying Ancient Mesopotamia. He stares at it intently, almost as if hypnotized. He wears a blue, battered cycling helmet, as well as his uniform. A hand on his shoulder breaks the spell and he looks up. A SCHOOLTEACHER, in her thirties with long brown hair and glasses is smiling down at him. SCHOOLTEACHER Stanislev? She kneels down next to him, and smiles. It's good to see someone's taking an interest. He doesn't answer. She gestures to the helmet. Shouldn't you take that off in here? STANISLEV shakes his head, no. The woman looks concerned at the long white scar across the little boy's left temple. SCHOOLTEACHER Where did you get this? The little boy pushes past her. He turns and walks away. She watches him go, worried. Then she stands up and walks back to a group of CHILDREN who are being shown around the Museum. STANISLEV walks behind them. A LITTLE GIRL pulls faces at him, and he pulls one back. SCHOOLTEACHER Now children, we'll visit Ancient Egypt. A low groan greets this and they all file through the door. TITLE CARD TWENTY YEARS LATER INT. HIGH RISE. HALL. DAY There is a loud electric BUZZ, then an angry metallic CLANG. STANISLEV CODETZ, 29, steps into a dingy LIFT. He wears an old, canvas covered American G.I. HELMET, scrawled with biro graffiti. Underneath, his eyes are covered with round, wire sunglasses. A soggy, unlit cigarette hangs from his full lips. His clothes are a green T-shirt, with 'Fuck the kids' written on it in whiteout, a ragged camouflage jacket covered in badges, khaki combats and worn black Doctor Martin boots. CODETZ glances up at the lifts only light, at the flies and dust that have congealed on the inside of its plastic. An OLD WOMAN in a wooly hat is staring up at him disapprovingly. CODETZ tries to squeeze into the corner, trying not to catch her eye. As the lift reaches the fourth floor he grins at her. The doors open with another angry clang, and CODETZ saunters out quickly. The OLD WOMAN stares at his back without flinching as the doors close again. INT. FLAT. DAY At the other end of the hall, through an open doorway, a little GOLDEN HEAD pops out. A LITTLE GIRL watches the door open then she darts back out of view. CODETZ emerges from the other door, checking to see if anyone is around first. The little girl strides out, stops in front of him and points accusingly. TANNA You're naughty! CODETZ just stands there. Having made her point TANNA toddles off again and disappears into another room. INT. KITCHEN. DAY CODETZ is at the fridge. His friend and flat-mate, BOZ, also 29, is doing dishes. BOZ is tall, pale and too thin. He wears black eyeliner at all times, which offsets his high cheekbones. TANNA, BOZ'S imperious five year old daughter, sits at the kitchen table. She glares at CODETZ from under her blonde bobbed hair. She holds a stuffed Lion. There is a TV on in the corner which no-one is watching. CODETZ sits at the table and put his feet up on it. TANNA frowns at him, much like the old woman in the lift. CODETZ Will you please tell your daughter to stop staring at me. BOZ Ask her yourself. CODETZ I'm starving. BOZ You can't live on chocolate biscuits and coffee. CODETZ I can try. TANNA Daddy? BOZ Yes, sweetheart? TANNA Daddy, the man on telly said I used to be a monkey. BOZ He didn't mean just you, sweetheart. He meant everybody. TANNA Everybody used to be a monkey? BOZ That's right. TANNA Why? BOZ I don't know why. TANNA Why don't you know? BOZ I don't know why I don't know. TANNA You don't know anything. BOZ (to himself) Yeah, I know. TANNA is not impressed. BOZ stares down at the dirty dish water and sighs. The front door bell goes. He leaves the kitchen, pushing CODETZ'S feet off the table. TANNA turns her attention to CODETZ, who puts his feet back up on the table, and tries to ignore her. TANNA Why you so naughty? CODETZ You're a wee madam. TANNA I know. (pause) Do you like God? CODETZ has obviously not been asked this before. CODETZ Which one? TANNA is not impressed by this answer either. She decides to change the subject. TANNA Did you used to be a monkey? INT. HALLWAY. DAY BOZ answers the door. A pretty YOUNG WOMAN in her late twenties walks in, wearing a green German army parka. Her rich brown hair is pulled back in a ponytail. CARLY (to Boz) Hello, you big poof. TANNA appears at the door, still interrogating CODETZ. TANNA What do you want to be when you grow up? CODETZ A Viking. TANNA That's silly. When TANNA sees CARLY she rushes towards her. TANNA Mummy! CARLY Hello, my wee angel. CARLY scoops her daughter up into her arms. CARLY You been keeping the boys entertained? TANNA points accusingly at CODETZ. TANNA He's naughty, mummy. INT. LIVING ROOM. FLAT. DAY BOZ looks down from a window at CARLY and TANNA. They both wave up at him. He can faintly hear TANNA shouting ‘Bye-bye Daddy'. He smiles and waves back. Slumped on the sofa, CODETZ lounges like a boneless fish. He sulks, channel hopping the TV. CODETZ How am I naughty? BOZ What? CODETZ How-am-I-naughtee? BOZ shrugs his shoulders. BOZ Ask Tanna. CODETZ I did. BOZ What did she say? CODETZ She said ‘Cos'. BOZ Well, there's your answer. CODETZ is agitated, switching channels rapidly. BOZ watches CARLY and his daughter get safely in a car. CODETZ stops. An advertisement is on for a glitzy American ‘reality' TV show, called ‘YOUTH OF BABYLON". BOZ waits till the car drives away, and then gets up. BOZ C'mon. I'll see you up there. CODETZ Captain Scarlet's on. A bunch of papers lands on his lap. BOZ (OFF) You're going to the fucking Jobcentre! CODETZ Yes, boss. On the TV a SLICK REPORTER appears holding a microphone. REPORTER (ON T.V.) 'Hi, I'm Ben Samaya of W.I.A. America, and this is Glasgow, Scotland. Or is it? Let's find out!' Ben Hur-like epic letters appear onscreen. They read: ‘YOUTH OF BABYLON.' EXT. BUILDING SITE. DAY CODETZ stands in front of a large stone WALL covered in cracked plaster. Hip-hop MUSIC plays from a portable stereo next to him. A row of spray paint CANISTERS are spread in a line on the brick wall behind him. CODETZ is swilling from a black bottle. He is more than a bit tipsy. A keen-eyed young Asian GRAFFITI ARTIST, wearing a black military beret and a black face mask, appears as if from nowhere. He holds one of the spray-paint canisters. He glances up at the unseen wall above CODETZ, then darts back out of sight. CODETZ is unimpressed. CODETZ Reiva, man, you've spelt ‘Anarchy' with two E's. A canister flies at him, bouncing off his helmet. EXT. STREET. DAY JUSTINE HARVETTE, a tall, striking brunette of 29, glides out the door of her work, hair-stylist 'THE DEEPEST CUT'. She strides purposefully along the busy street in her standard blue jeans and denim jacket, and climbs into a smart yellow MINI, slamming the door behind her. It has been a tough day. INT. MINI. DAY JUSTINE sits down and instantly pulls out a tape cassette from her jacket pocket, marked ‘Justine's Funk'. She slams the cassette into the tape deck, puts on a pair of shades and starts up. She pulls sharply out onto the road, causing another car to beep her. She gives the driver the finger and moves off. EXT. STREET. DAY CODETZ ambles down the road with his friend, REIVA, the young Asian graffiti artist we met before. He is also 29, shorter than CODETZ and stocky. He still has on his black industrial face mask, which he never takes off. In fact, REIVA is dressed completely in black. Black combats, black untied boots and a black beret with a red star badge imprinted on it. Only his sharp, intelligent eyes can be seen. He regards his mad friend with disdain. For CODETZ it is almost impossible to stand still. He is constantly doing Kung-Fu moves and leaping about as he walks along. REIVA just ignores him, music blaring out of his small hand-held cassette player. A CAR screeches to a halt next to the pavement, just missing CODETZ, who was pretty much in the middle of the road anyway. Incensed, CODETZ steps up onto the car bonnet. He looks through the windscreen at the DRIVER, then steps over the roof, and down over the boot with hesitating. The DRIVER gets out, angry. CODETZ instantly turns on him. CODETZ You starting? The poor DRIVER back ups quickly and gets back in the car. CODETZ shouts at him through the window. CODETZ That's right! Drive away, pussy! The car screeches away. CODETZ turns triumphantly and bounces down the road to where REIVA, who is used to such behavior, is patiently waiting. CODETZ starts hopping on the rows of parked cars, setting off a couple of alarms. He does not care about the noise. At the top of the hill he spies JUSTINE'S mini heading back down the road, approaching a junction. He nods to REIVA. CODETZ starts to hop down the hill towards the car. JUSTINE catches a glimpse of him coming in her rear view mirror. The light is still red. JUSTINE Oh Shit. Come on! CODETZ glides out onto the road Groucho Marx style, and up to her window. CODETZ Hello, Symphony. JUSTINE What! CODETZ That's no way to say hello. Where you off to? JUSTINE None of your damned business. CODETZ Can we come? JUSTINE No. CODETZ gestures at the mini. CODETZ Hey. This is half mine. JUSTINE Are you pished? CODETZ Course not! The lights change, and the cars behind start BEEPING. JUSTINE Well, you can get in your half. Just don't talk to me. CODETZ (to Reiva) Menshevik! Allez, allez! Grinning, CODETZ jumps in the back with REIVA. JUSTINE Hi, Reiva. REIVA salutes her with a clenched fist. JUSTINE just rolls her eyes, and puts her shades back on. CODETZ reaches over to REIVA'S mask and KNOCKS on it twice. REIVA knocks on CODETZ'S helmet twice in answer. CODETZ (to Justine) Did you miss me? JUSTINE Yeah, like I miss PMT. CODETZ See. I just can't relate to you when you're not horizontal. JUSTINE stretches out her middle finger to him without looking back. CODETZ (to Reiva) See what I mean. (pause) Does your Granddaddy still think the speaking clock's Jesus? Eh? (no answer) Reiva here thinks that Tupac Shakur was the second coming. Then they shot the poor bastard! Nothing changes, eh? (to Reiva) Anyway, what you on about, ye Godless commie bastard? REIVA just shrugs. JUSTINE He's allowed an opinion. CODETZ No he's not. He's a bloody Trotskyite! He's fucking rebel scum, aren't you? REIVA nods. How come you can hold down an entire brigade, when you can't even hold a conversation? REIVA shrugs again. You can tell he is smiling. CODETZ Fair enough. Keep it Zen, Mero. CODETZ nods over at JUSTINE. (to Reiva, quietly) I know she seems nice, but between you and me, I'd rather have a wank. CUT TO: EXT. ROAD. DAY The Mini comes to a screeching HALT. JUSTINE(OFF.) Out the fucking car! CODETZ(OFF.) What did I say? JUSTINE(OFF.) OUT! CODETZ and REIVA quickly exit. The Mini speeds off, stranding them on the busy roadside. REIVA waves goodbye. CODETZ thumps him. CODETZ What'd I say? (pause) God, I love that woman. EXT. BUS SHELTER. DAY CODETZ and REIVA both sit in the bus shelter in the shade, waiting for the next bus. It looks like they have been waiting a while. CODETZ Christ! Waiting for a bus in this town is like waiting for a bird to get to the point! REIVA starts meditating, crossing his legs like a Zen monk. CODETZ starts his own imaginary conversation. CODETZ What? What is it you want me to know? What is it about your mate's new handbag? My life is draining out my ears here! What is it? 'Does my arse look big in this?' Aye! CODETZ SLAPS they air twice with his outstretched hand, blasting air through his teeth. CODETZ Wrong! Ok, do you want truth or lies? 'Lies, please.' Right, it's fucking microscopic. It could blot out the Sun at twenty paces, but cosmically speaking that is teeny. Ok? 'Thank you.' Aye, nae bother. CODETZ looks over at REIVA, who is politely ignoring him, used to his friend's eccentric rants. CODETZ (to Reiva) I love chatting wi' you. REIVA shrugs. There is a long pause, then CODETZ suddenly thrusts his arm out into the air. CODETZ Fly, my Hawkmen! The BUS finally pulls up. INT. BUS. DAY CODETZ slumps down in the chair as though he had the whole world on his wide shoulders. A WOMAN pays for her ticket then turns to the other passengers. WOMAN Jesus loves you. She walks up to the stairs. CODETZ How do you know? Some OLD BIDDY'S stare at him disapprovingly. CODETZ throws his Cheshire cat grin at the old woman and they turn away sharply. The two friends start to nod off as the bus moves off into the CITY. All the streets, and people, and cars and shops seem to congeal into one huge blur through the windows. As CODETZ falls asleep, out of the passing streets an endless desert emerges. Golden sand-dunes stretch for miles upon miles into eternity, at the edge of which is the impenetrable glow of the Sun. EXT. DESERT. DAY Against the desert, scorched black ruins can be seen, cutting the sand like rotten teeth. A MAGI PROCESSION walks amongst the ruins. They all are wearing their black hooded robes. They hold lit torches, and four carry a BODY which lies prostrate on a wooden platform. Another four carry golden winged discs. They come to what looks like a large slab of sandstone, and they start to pull it back to reveal a dark TOMB. They lower the dead body down it, as they chant some ancient incantation. KARSUDAN watches as the body descends. As the body reaches the dusty floor of the tomb, its face is revealed. It is UTU, or is it CODETZ? His white scar can be seen plainly on his forehead. His face is ashen, deathly pale. KARSUDAN turns and nods to the others. The black robed Magi push the stone slab over the entrance, blocking out the sun, and UTU's pale, lifeless features are consumed by the darkness. FADE TO BLACK INT. SUPERMARKET. DAY There is a dull thumping noise, as if from far away. A needle if light cuts into the darkness. A SOUP CAN is picked out of a row, and light floods through. BOZ stands at the end of an aisle where the shelves are filled with row upon row of soup cans. He wears white overalls and a white hat. He looks confused. He places a can carefully at the end of a row, and looks back on them proudly, all stacked up. OLD FACE, the Magi, wanders slowly up to him, looking around at the cans. He spots something at the very top of the shelf, and smiles. OLD FACE Excuse me, son? BOZ Yes? OLD FACE Could you get that for me? BOZ Did you hear that? OLD FACE What, son? BOZ Never mind. BOZ look at all the other cans. He points at them. What's wrong with these? OLD FACE I want that one. BOZ sighs and fetches a small stool. He stands up on it, and reaches up to the top. OLD FACE Thank you, son. Oh, and could you do us a favour? BOZ Yes? OLD FACE Could you tell us the difference between Biological and Non-Biological. BOZ Well, biological means-actually no, I don't have a clue. Look, all you need to know is they're both shite. Suddenly he spots SOMETHING come through the store's entrance. This something wears a green G.I. helmet. BOZ Oh, shit. OLD FACE What, son? BOZ gets down, and walks back down the aisle. Strong sunlight pours through the spaces between the cans and food. Round the corner, he confronts a surprised CODETZ. BOZ What the fuck are you doing here? CODETZ Shopping. BOZ You're supposed to be at the dole. CODETZ I'm en-route. BOZ En-route? Fucking en-route? Are you pished? CODETZ Why does everyone keep asking that? CODETZ looks him up and down. That outfit's not very DeutscheBank, is it? BOZ Will you stop with the German shit! CODETZ Aye, that'll happen when you end your Gary Numan phase, i.e. never. BOZ Your job was to get yourself a job, before I throw you the fuck out! CODETZ I just minced in for the fags, baby. What's your excuse? BOZ I work here! CODETZ So? An OLD LADY appears, with a trolley. OLD LADY Excuse me, young man? BOZ (to Codetz) I don't want to see your khaki arse in here again! CODETZ Yes, boss. OLD LADY Young man? BOZ What? CODETZ walks quickly back round while BOZ is distracted and dodges down one of the aisles. BOZ notices he is gone and after giving the old lady directions goes back to his work. CODETZ walks up to the back of the huge store, and wanders up to a door marked ‘STAFF ONLY'. He opens it. Inside there is a staircase leading upwards. He GRINS broadly at REIVA, who has been looking over the spices. CODETZ Welcome to Fantasy Island. BOZ is back at his cans, placing them carefully next to each other on the shelves. His MANAGER wanders by, and looks over his shoulder. BOZ does not like him. MANAGER Good work, Bosman. Keep it up. BOZ Yes, sir. At that moment the shop-floor LOUDPSEAKER SQUEAKS, and comes to life with a LOUD HUM. It gets everyone's attention. An ethereal VOICE speaks. VOICE (OFF.) 'This is the voice of the Mysterons. We know you can hear us, Earthmen!' Everyone in the store stares up at this echoing voice coming from nowhere. BOZ frowns, holding his head. BOZ Oh, no. The VOICE continues in its ‘MYSTERON' monotone. VOICE (OFF.) 'Lemons are two for the price of one in the fruit section…' The OLD LADY stops her cart and stares up in amazement. '…please make your way there now-w-w!' BOZ notices her look of alarm. BOZ It's not really them. VOICE (OFF.) 'We have a great deal on plastic fridge magnets…' OLD LADY How do you know? The VOICE tries to continue, but there is the sound of bumping, then a struggle. CODETZ'S normal voice can be heard, complaining loudly. CODETZ (OFF) Hey, get off me! Fascists! The loudspeaker lets off a loud buzzing SCREAM. All the CUSTOMERS put their hands over their ears. EXT. SUPERMARKET. CAR PARK. DAY BOZ is pushed roughly out into the CAR PARK. He looks round at CODETZ who is also standing there, looking innocent. BOZ is fuming and protests. BOZ Hey, just because I live with him doesn't mean I know him! Two SECURITY GUARDS go back inside without a word. BOZ throws his hat to the ground in frustration. BOZ Son of a-! BOZ stands there with his arms on his hips and stares at CODETZ, who shrugs. REIVA walks into view, looking up. CODETZ What? BOZ picks up his white hat and chucks it at him. EXT. WASTELAND. DAY BOZ, CODETZ and REIVA are all walking through an area of wasteland across a neglected and cracked road, which once serviced an old industrial estate. They are in no particular hurry. CODETZ Youth Of Babylon's on live in Glasgow this week? BOZ So? CODETZ So, we might get on TV. BOZ Fat chance. INT. JOBCENTRE. DAY CODETZ and BOZ sit at the very end of a long QUEUE of half-awake JOBSEEKERS. Sunlight streams through the Venetian blinds, bathing the whole room in a warm orange glow. BOZ is glaring at CODETZ, who is suddenly feeling very self-conscious. CODETZ Can I have a little less of the Widmarks, please? It was a piece-of -shit job anyway! BOZ That job was paying your rent. CODETZ (camply) Hey. Frankie says 'Relax'. BOZ Fuck off! (sighs) Anyway, all I could think of in there was those cans were worth more than me. CODETZ Exactly. We're all just cannon fodder. The JOBSEEKER'S ADVISOR calls out. ADVISOR(OFF.) Next! CODETZ takes out his fag packet and thumps it against his helmet a couple of time, then takes one out. He pulls the old cigarette from his mouth. CODETZ This one's soggy. ADVISOR(OFF.) NEXT! BOZ I think that's you. CODETZ collapses on the chair in front of the ADVISOR. He slouches, staring at his feet. His female ADVISOR regards him with contempt. CODETZ cannot sit still. CODETZ Where's ma Zloty's? ADVISOR It's 'No Smoking', Mr. Codetz. CODETZ S'OK. I've quit. CODETZ takes his fag out and sticks it behind his ear. ADVISOR Have you had much luck with your job search then, Mr. Codetz. CODETZ Aye. Look at me. (points to helmet) I'm ‘Born To Win.' The ADVISOR sighs heavily. ADVISOR Well, I'm afraid we don't have very much evidence of that, Mr. Codetz. You don't seem to have been doing much of anything at all. (pause) Do you have any explanation for that? CODETZ lies back in his chair. He looks outside. ADVISOR Well, I'm afraid, Mr. Codetz, we'll have to stop your allowance. CODETZ is not listening. He glances back at BOZ, who is falling asleep. Suddenly there is a faint HISSING sound, like a snake in a huge hall. CODETZ turns back. The ADVISOR glares at him fiercely. Her eyes turn black, like a shark and the skin of her face pulls back to reveal a horrible monstrous visage. The MONSTER'S teeth are blood red, dripping with yellow pus bared from its swollen gums. Horrified, CODETZ leaps to his feet, turns on a penny and gets the hell out of there, screaming. He leaves the poor bemused ADVISOR still sitting upright in her chair, as everyone else in the office stares at her. EXT. STREET. DAY CODETZ bursts out of the Jobcentre and legs it, followed by a sleepy BOZ. BOZ (after Codetz) What's the rush? CODETZ rushes out into the street without looking back. Mad bloody Polack! Again, REIVA appears as if from nowhere. (to Reiva) Why are people with nothing to do always in such a fucking hurry? INT. SUBWAY. DAY CODETZ stomps along looking frazzled. He replaces another one of his soggy cigarettes, banging the packet off his helmet in agitation. BOZ catches up. BOZ Hey! CODETZ keeps walking. Hey! What was all that about? CODETZ What? BOZ You look like you've seen a ghost. CODETZ Man, you are so fucking eighties Bowie! You're dragging me down, ok? I don't need the agitation! BOZ You're really starting to piss me off! CODETZ And you're really starting to grate on my tits, ya Hun! BOZ looks like he might hit him, but decides against it. BOZ Fine! I won't chase after you anymore! CODETZ Fine! BOZ is about to head back. CODETZ suddenly stops in his tracks. At the end of the tunnel three SKINHEADS are standing. All three have shaved heads and they all have a tattoo of an eye-shaped hieroglyph on their foreheads. The three THIRD EYES instantly notice CODETZ and turn to face him. BOZ Oh, shite. CODETZ says nothing. He just stares back, without moving. Let's go round. CODETZ'S hand bunches into a fist slowly, but his face shows nothing. The Third Eyes watch him intently. BOZ turns and walks back up the tunnel. BOZ Let's go. CODETZ just stands there with his fist clenched, staring at the tiles of the floor. BOZ Codetz?! The three Third Eyes spread across the tunnel menacingly, waiting for them to do something. CODETZ seems to recognize one of the Third Eyes, a particularly large one, with a smooth bald head, bright dark eyes and a frightening grimace of a smile. His name is MELINE. MELINE gives CODETZ a 'come on' gesture. Suddenly CODETZ SCREAMS and launches himself down the corridor towards MELINE. All three Third Eyes turn on their heels and flee back up the subway tunnel. BOZ Oh, for Christ's sake! CODETZ scampers down the tunnel after them, screaming and yelling as he goes. The three men he is chasing run away as fast as they can. INT. SUBWAY PLATFORM CODETZ bursts through the platform entrance, but comes to a skidding halt when he sees the whole platform is full of white-suited THIRD EYE SKINHEADS, all with the same tattoo. CODETZ Oh, shite! CODETZ scrambles back to his feet and runs back up the tunnel, as the horde of SKINHEADS give chase. Back up the tunnel BOZ sits by himself with his head in his hands. He looks back down the subway tunnel only to see CODETZ rushing back. BOZ About bloody time! CODETZ Run! BOZ stands up. He sees the huge crowd of white shirts and shaven heads running after CODETZ. BOZ Great. INT SUBWAY TURNSTILES. DAY CODETZ and BOZ rush up, and jump over the turnstiles without paying. A SECURITY GUARD is just about to protest, when the horde of THIRD EYE'S comes over like a tidal wave. SECURITY GUARD Hey? EXT. CITY STREET. DAY BOZ and CODETZ exit into the sunlight and waste no time getting down the street as their pursuers close in. They are already out of breath but they keep on running. CODETZ seems to be enjoying himself. He does not have time to hear the SCREECHING of BRAKES. CODETZ smashes into the CAR WINDSCREEN, shattering it. He falls out of view over the bonnet. BOZ freezes in shock. An unexpected SPLASH! The tarmac is suddenly like WATER as CODETZ hits it. It SUCKS him down. CODETZ struggles desperately but it is no use. He sinks down into a DEEP ABYSS. BOZ Codetz! The DRIVER of the car gets out. It is the same DRIVER who CODETZ chased away earlier. DRIVER Did I hit something? CUT TO: CODETZ falls through space, into nothingness, vanishing from sight. FADE TO BLACK CUT TO: A CANDLE is lit in the darkness. Its soft glow illuminates a WOMANS'S DARK EYES. It is JUSTINE. INT. CHURCH. NIGHT JUSTINE turns from the candle and makes the sign of the cross and bows before the crucifix on the pulpit. She kneels down, and starts praying, but hears a creaking sound behind her. She looks round. CODETZ'S helmet is resting on one of the pews. JUSTINE Stanislev? She gets up. As she does so CODETZ, or what looks like him, leaps up and runs away. JUSTINE Stan? Somebody in the pews tells her to ‘shh'. INT. THIRD EYE STUDIO. BEDROOM. DAY MELINE, 35, the hulking Third Eye CODETZ chased in the subway, walks into a huge Spartan BEDROOM where everything is white. A SMALL MAN in a white suit does not turn to greet him, but gestures him to speak. ANTON Well? MELINE We saw him in the tube. He was with Bosman. We chased them down the street, just for some fun. See how long they would last. (CONTINUED) He was hit, he ran out into the road and the car hit him. He bounced off the windshield, and then, nothing. Nothing hit the ground. ANTON ZELNICK, 35, the small, clean shaven man with a sharp cynical expression, speaks without looking at his henchman. He has a distinct German accent. ANTON You saw this? MELINE Plain as day. ANTON Who else? MELINE Bosman. ANTON Bring Mark to me. MELINE That won't be easy. ANTON You will find a way. INT. ROAD. DAY CODETZ sinks, reaching for the nothingness that surrounds him. The shapes of ancient stone ARCHWAYS and RUINED BUILDINGS can be seen dimly in the murk. He stretches his hand vainly towards the dim rays of light above him. EXT. STREET. DAY Bright sunshine. A normal street and yet there are no people, no cars, no sounds, except a distant breeze. A HAND reaches out and grabs the KERB. CODETZ pulls himself up, gasping for breath. He hauls himself up onto the pavement and lies there trying to breathe. He vomits water onto the paving stones. Exhausted, he hardly moves. The sound of CRYING drifts on the wind towards him. He tilts his head up and looks down the street. The road stretches off into a distant MIST. The sky and the city are a blur, the buildings a hazy featureless mass, the sky above him a steady stream of white streaks against light blue. The crying seems to grow louder. CODETZ sits up and drags himself to his feet. He looks around him. What looks like an endless park or lawn stretches out before him, as far as the eye can see, is edges lost in a dense fog. In the far distance he can almost make out what might be a glittering merry-go-round, and the faint sound of harpsichord music. The crying is growing louder however, and CODETZ steps cautiously along the pavement, following the sound. Walking along the roadside CODETZ sees a MAN kneeling by the pavement. He hears a faint hiss on the wind. The man sits there with his head in his hands, sobbing quietly. The crying man wears a blue-grey RAF uniform. On the arm is a badge with blue stars, red stripes and the number '303' written on it. CODETZ kneels beside him, utterly amazed. The RAF MAN sits up releasing his head from his hands. His tear-soaked face turns to CODETZ. His brown hair is pulled back and tightly combed, but is a little messed up from his sobbing. The man seems equally amazed to see CODETZ. He points at his helmet. RAF MAN Amerykanski? CODETZ shakes his head, and tries to smile, but the man is clearly distraught. CODETZ does not know what to do. The RAF MAN sees ‘POLSKI' written on his helmet. His face lights up a little. RAF MAN Polski? CODETZ smiles too. The man tries to smile again but his face collapses, and he pulls it back into his hands. He gestures to the huge field of white crosses that stretches to the horizon in front of them. RAF MAN (in Polish) They're all dead. CODETZ turns his head. Set in rows are endless crucifix TOMBSTONES stretching away to the vanishing point. Above each of them floats a dark charred BODY, suspended in the mist. Their eyes are yellow, staring. The RAF MAN starts to talk quickly to the horror-stricken CODETZ. He sounds increasingly distraught and terrified. He grabs hold of CODETZ by the arms. Suddenly, the sound of MARCHING BOOTS can be heard, hard against the road. A line of marching SOLDIERS in long grey coats and black helmets appear. They all carry rifles. One of them turns to the RAF MAN and hisses. He shrieks in terror. He tries to grip CODETZ again and starts pleading to him in Polish. Two Soldiers stride up to the RAF MAN, grab him by the shoulders and frog-march him away. CODETZ gets up and runs after them. CODETZ Hey! CODETZ grabs hold of one of the Soldiers. It is MELINE. MELINE grins at him. CODETZ You? MELINE immediately swings the butt of his rifle, hitting CODETZ squarely in the face, drawing blood. CODETZ falls to the ground stunned. The RAF MAN screams, as the two soldiers push him up against a wall. More of them in their long coats and black helmets appear, all brandishing their rifles. The Soldiers level their rifles at the RAF MAN, who stares at CODETZ helplessly. CODETZ looks up, the blood still streaming from his nose. His eyes widen. He stretches out a hand towards the FIRING SQUAD. CODETZ No! MELINE gives a swish of his cane and the line of rifles FIRE. The noise echoes in CODETZ'S ears. CODETZ stretches his arm out towards the dead body of the RAF MAN. MELINE grins again at CODETZ as he fades way into the mist. CODETZ almost chokes from the blood and the tears. He can still see the face of the dead man on the ground. Lifeless eyes stare back. EXT. CITY STREET. DAY CODETZ looks up. He is lying, dazed and bruised in a side street, bin bags all about. He is still surrounded by a thick mist. Out of the mist comes a dark figure, the outline of a TALL MAN in a helmet, sitting on a horse. The outline of the horse becomes a silhouette of a rider. It is a MOUNTED POLICEMAN. MOUNTED POLICEMAN You okay, son? CODETZ just stares up at him blinking. The POLICEMAN pauses. CODETZ is barely conscious and his head is streaming blood. POLICEMAN I think you'd better come with me. INT. POLICE STATION. DAY BOZ is sitting on his own in small dimly lit room, an unlit fag drooping from his mouth. He looks exhausted. He sits opposite two POLICEMEN in uniform sitting behind a desk. One, THE CHIEF, 55, is holding his head in his hands. CHIEF Look, I just want to understand what happened. BOZ Me too! 2nd POLICEMAN No smoking in here. BOZ I'm not smoking! 2nd POLICEMAN There's no need to get hostile. BOZ I haven't begun to get fuckin' hostile! CHIEF Mark, relax. Just, go through it again, from the top. Please. BOZ sighs, long and hard. BOZ We were running. CHIEF In the tube? BOZ Yes. CHIEF From the Third Eyes? BOZ Yes. 2nd POLICEMAN Do you have any idea how dangerous that is? BOZ Do you pay him? CHIEF Your not helping, Davey. (to Boz) Why were they chasing you? BOZ 'Cos Codetz pissed them off, like he always does. CHIEF runs his hands through his thinning hair. CHIEF What then? BOZ suddenly stops, as he tries to remember clearly. BOZ He ran out, without looking, straight in the car's path… CHIEF Then what? BOZ Then he turned into a Datsun! How the fuck should I know? I've already been through this twice. You should be out there looking! CHIEF Where do you suggest we start, Mark? No answer. Suddenly, another PC sticks his head in. PC Chief? We just got a call. CUT TO: BUSY CITY STREET The MOUNTED POLICEMAN rides his horse at a fair rate along the city street. CODETZ sits behind him, clutching his waist, only semi- conscious of the people who look up at him inquiringly. MOUNTED POLICEMAN Hold on, son. A CREATURE with dark eyes appears in the crowd and hisses at CODETZ. This wakes him up and he hangs on for dear life. The POLICEMAN speaks into his radio. EXT. POLICE STATION. DAY The CHIEF stands waiting outside the station. The MOUNTED POLICEMAN canters up, still with CODETZ slumped behind him. The horse comes to a stop just in front of the CHIEF. MOUNTED POLICEMAN Is this what you've been looking for? CODETZ slumps off the horse and hits the pavement with a crunching THUD. CHIEF just stares at him, astounded. MOUNTED POLICEMAN You might at least have caught him. INT. FLAT. DAY. JUSTINE stands in the kitchen doorway, with her arms folded looking extremely cross. Behind her, in the front room an OLD MAN sits, holding a phone handset to his ear. JUSTINE is talking to her Irish MUM. JUSTINE I need the phone, mum. MUM Don't you have your own? JUSTINE The battery's gone. MUM Well you can't, Justine, it's his turn. JUSTINE turns to the old man. JUSTINE Do you know how much that costs? MUM It makes him happy. Infuriated, JUSTINE walks back into the front room. JUSTINE I need the phone, Grandpa! GRANDPA Go away. I'm talking to the savior. JUSTINE Why would Jesus be telling you the time! GRANDPA ‘Cos he loves me! JUSTINE screams in frustration. She grabs the phone off of her GRANDPA. He starts screaming. MUM Oh, stop causing such a fuss, you two! JUSTINE slams down the phone. It rings instantly. JUSTINE picks it up with her GRANDPA still screaming. JUSTINE Yes!? BOZ is on the end of the line. BOZ(OFF.) They've found him. INT. POLICE STATION. DAY Two CONSTABLES carry CODETZ into a cell, and lay him down on some bedding on a bench. A DOCTOR, a thin, aging man with a soft face attends to him. Chief looks on, worried. At last the DOCTOR stands up, and shakes his head. He walks back to the door. CHIEF Well? DOCTOR He was certainly hit by something. But I don't think it was a car. There's no bruising, no broken bones. Nothing. CHIEF What then? DOCTOR A blunt instrument of some sort. His head-gear took the brunt of it. CHIEF I have witnesses that say he was knocked over. DOCTOR I can't account for it. There was something strange. CHIEF waits for an answer. DOCTOR His clothes smelt like brine. Like the sea. CHIEF just looks even more confused. CHIEF What do you think? DOCTOR I'd like to take him into hospital. CHIEF You said he wasn't badly hurt. DOCTOR No, but he has a slight concussion. I'd like him under observation. CHIEF So would I. The DOCTOR looks back at CODETZ, thinking. DOCTOR Well, maybe it would be better if he stayed put for now. Keep me informed? CHIEF Of course. INT. OFFICE. POLICE STATION. DAY The CHIEF is sniffing CODETZ'S camouflage jacket when one of his OFFICER's walks in. CHIEF What? OFFICER Next of kin, sir. INT.POLICE STATION. RECEPTION. NIGHT UNCLE, 65, sits on a chair in the reception of the Police Station. He is a worn out man with sad eyes. All his hair is now white including his trimmed beard. BOZ sits next to him, looking more agitated than usual. CHIEF walks into the reception, holding his head. He looks exhausted. CODETZ can still be heard, screaming in the background. CHIEF sticks out his hand to welcome UNCLE. BOZ comes rushing up when he sees the Chief. BOZ I want to see him! CHIEF Just hold on. He turns to UNCLE. Mr. Codetz. UNCLE nods and gets up. CODETZ(OFF.) What have you done to us! BOZ What are you doing to him? UNCLE intervenes. UNCLE Mark. BOZ I just want to know what's going on! UNCLE I know, Mark. Just go home. Please. I'll call you if I need you. BOZ scowls at the CHIEF, then turns reluctantly and walks back out the door. EXT. POLICE STATION. NIGHT BOZ walks out to the street on his own. It is cold and he pulls his overcoat tighter. Pulling out a cigarette he is about to light up when he notices something is watching him from across the road. SOMEONE is standing there in a long dark cloak, tall and broad, with keen bright eyes that can be seen glowing in the street lamps. There is just a glimpse of ginger hair from beneath his hood and he is gone. BOZ stands and stares at the empty space, alone in the dark. INT. CELL. DAY CODETZ sits slumped on the bench, his head bowed, helmet almost slipping off his head. A dull thumping sound penetrates the silence. CODETZ'S eyes open. He stands up, and walks over to the cell wall. He puts his ear up to the wall, as if listening for the dull sound that is filling the space. He puts his hand out. Underneath his fingers letters appear carved in the stone. CODETZ What is this? KARSUDAN(OFF.) It is your name, Utu. INT. TOMB. NIGHT UTU is touching a large stone BAS-RELIEF which is covered in cuneiform writings and carvings of men with wings and curled beards holding staffs. Dust covers everything. KARSUDAN stands at the entrance to the Tomb. Behind him stands RAE'YEVA, holding a fiery torch. UTU What is this place? KARSUDAN It is the house of dust. It is a tomb. UTU Whose? KARSUDAN Yours. UTU Who are you? KARSUDAN steps forwards into the light. KARSUDAN I am Karsudan, of the Chaldean Magi. This is my son, Rae'yeva. CONTINUED We are the only descendants of Enmenduranna, the last King before the Great Flood. You're King, Utu. The one you served for so long. UTU looks shocked. He falls to his knees. Both KARSUDAN and RAE'YEVA move towards him. KARSUDAN No, no, you must not defer to us. KARSUDAN grasps his hand firmly. You are a child of the Sun and the Sea. You are the bringer of knowledge, the keeper of secrets, witness to the abyss. You had lived many lives, and died many deaths. UTU Died? How can I have died? KARSUDAN Here we buried the last of the Apkallu, the great sages, fated to walk the worlds until the heavens themselves fade. We thought you might rest here in peace for eternity, though you are a restless soul, and now we must find another way to free you. UTU But I'm not from here. KARSUDAN We are all from the same place, Utu. INT. POLICE STATION. NIGHT UNCLE stares into space. CODETZ is still screaming, and kicking the door. UNCLE What's wrong with our bairns? CHIEF shakes his head. Just then the screaming STOPS. There is a still silence for a second. The sound of running footsteps comes up the hallway. A CONSTABLE comes in the door. CONSTABLE Sir! You need to see this. INT. HALLWAY. POLICE STATION. NIGHT The PC, CHIEF and UNCLE all bustle into the hallway. There is no screaming. A CONSTABLE slides the porthole in the door. He leaves it for CHIEF to look in. He looks utterly amazed. He grabs for the keys and unlocks the door. INT. CELL. POLICE STATION. NIGHT CHIEF opens the door. All three look in. UNCLE'S eyes widen. UNCLE What the-? INT. HALLWAY. POLICE STATION. NIGHT Another CONSTABLE is at the door. He shows a WOMAN in, tall, dark, smartly dressed, in her early forties. She is the Schoolteacher from the museum, only older. Her name is Professor TINA CATHETER. CONSTABLE She's here, Chief. CHIEF appears at the doorway to the cell, he walks up and shakes her hand warmly. CHIEF Glad you could make it. TINA What's this all about? CHIEF I'll show you. They all walk in. UNCLE is sitting next to the sleeping CODETZ. UNCLE Hello Tina. She is too amazed to speak. She looks around at the cell walls, astonished. They are covered with shallow marks, some kind of WRITING, inscribed in the brittle concrete. Some of the marks are big, some small, but they cover all four walls in an endless stream of letters. TINA He did all this in one night? UNCLE Apparently. INT. CELL. POLICE STATION. NIGHT UNCLE is standing next to TINA. She has stacked her books in a corner and is peering at the cell walls through a magnifying glass. TINA Fascinating, isn't it? TINA looks back at UNCLE. You have a question? UNCLE What does it mean? TINA What? UNCLE gestures to the wall in exasperation. TINA The writing? UNCLE Yes, the writing. TINA Well, I knew Stanislev was clever, but this…? UNCLE He never did a lot with it. TINA gestures to the walls. TINA You wouldn't call this a lot, no? She lights an electric torch, and kneels down near the corner of the cell, beckoning him to follow. TINA These indents are Cuneiform, an ancient form of writing. I found this part interesting. She hands UNCLE the magnifying glass. UNCLE stares through it at the strange letters. UNCLE What is it? TINA I think it says ‘…and the last of the Seven Sages shall confront the Gate of God'. UNCLE In Glasgow? TINA Yes. Why not? It's as good a place as any. There were many tales of the seven sages, in Ancient Greece, India, the Middle East. UNCLE What do they have to do with my nephew? TINA I've no idea. But it's clear someone does. Look, right there, the word for ‘Gates of God' is ‘Babelini'. Babylon. CUT TO: CODETZ sits hunched in a chair, his head bent and his helmet casting a shadow across his eyes. TINA stares at him intently through her glasses. CHIEF stands at the door. CHIEF You'll be okay? TINA I'll be fine. CHIEF closes the door, and just the two of them are left in the room. TINA Stanislev? She moves up close to him and holds his head up in the light. CODETZ does not look at her. His eyes glitter strangely under his helmet. Tears streak his cheeks. His eyes are desperate. TINA looks distraught at his state. She leans forward and hugs him. FADE TO BLACK TINA(OFF.) Stanislev? Where did you go? FADE IN CODETZ'S eyes turn to look at her. His voice seems distant. CODETZ I went to the temple. TINA What temple? CODETZ The temple beneath the Sea. TINA What did you see there? CODETZ is silent. TINA It's alright. You can tell me. CODETZ I saw the world burn, and thousands fall through the abyss, through nothing, and the sky blazed like the Sun. The cell seems to get darker. A shadow passes across CODETZ. He can almost hear a faint screaming, and the sounds of fire. His eyes gleam. TINA Why? Suddenly he LUNGES violently towards her. CODETZ (screaming) Because you fucked us before we were born! CUT TO BLACK INT. HALLWAY. POLICE STATION. NIGHT CODETZ can be heard screaming in the cell again. UNCLE and the CHIEF are trying to ignore it. TINA is standing in the corner with her arms crossed, distressed. TINA Is he always like this? UNCLE Yes. TINA He needs help, Gordon. CHIEF No kidding. UNCLE moves closer to her. UNCLE We tried. TINA Tried what? UNCLE Counseling. TINA What happened? UNCLE The Doctor refused to see him after the first session. TINA Did he say why? UNCLE No, but something scared him. His hands were shaking. TINA This isn't the Omen, Gordon. Someone needs to find out what's wrong. UNCLE What do you suggest? INT. HALLWAY. NIGHT TINA has found a secluded spot on her own, an empty stairwell at the end of a hallway. She has an open file on her lap, within which are a CHILD'S DRAWINGS. Her mobile phone is ringing. A MAN answers with a gruff, mature voice. MAN(OFF.) Hello? TINA Hello. Is that Doctor McGuinn? DOCTOR MCGUINN(OFF.) Yes. TINA You don't know me. My name is Tina Catheter- DOCTOR MCGUINN(OFF.) I'm rather busy, Ms. Catheter. Can I ask what this is about? TINA Well, it's actually about an ex-patient of yours. DOCTOR MCGUINN(OFF.) You understand I can't discuss details of specific cases… She interrupts. TINA Yes, I understand that. It's just that we have him here at the Police Station, and we're worried he might have suffered a relapse. DOCTOR MCGUINN(OFF.) What was the name? TINA Codetz. Stanislev Codetz. There is a pregnant pause. DOCTOR MCGUINN'S voice changes subtly, almost a slight tremble. TINA Doctor? DOCTOR MCGUINN(OFF.) Yes, I'm here. TINA I know you can't give me many details but… It's his turn to interrupt. DOCTOR MCGUINN(OFF.) He's been back again, hasn't he? TINA I'm not sure what- DOCTOR MCGUINN(OFF.) (interrupting) He crossed over. For how long? TINA Three days. Another long pause. DOCTOR MCGUINN(OFF.) Have you noticed anything strange? TINA Such as? DOCTOR MCGUINN(OFF.) Silt under his fingernails? TINA No. DOCTOR MCGUINN(OFF.) Did his clothes have an odour? TINA Yes. DOCTOR MCGUINN(OFF.) Like brine? This time her voice trembles. TINA Yes. DOCTOR MCGUINN There isn't much I can tell you, Ms. Catheter. All I can say is keep a close eye on him. TINA What did you mean by 'crossed over'? DOCTOR MCGUINN(OFF.) I think you understand me. There's only so much a man in my position can do. TINA I don't understand. DOCTOR MCGUINN(OFF.) I think you do. Like I said, keep him close. You may learn a great deal. Goodnight, Ms Catheter, and good luck. He hangs up before she can say another word. She sighs in frustration, tapping the file on her lap. Some of the childish stick drawings fall on the floor. DISSOLVE TO: INT. CLASSROOM. DAY. TINA sits at the end of her desk. Her shoulders are hunched and she looks depressed, running her hands through her hair. She looks through a number of children's DRAWINGS. They are all in charcoal and show a huge black mountain, the Ziggurat. The drawings are etched crudely from different angles, with plumes of smoke rising from them. TINA He draws these? Opposite her sit two PEOPLE. One is UNCLE, looking a little younger, with less grey. Next to him is a smaller, very anxious looking MOUSY WOMAN. MOUSY WOMAN Yes. TINA Since his father died? The MOUSY WOMAN nods. TINA He's a rather disturbed little boy, isn't he, Mrs. Codetz? She sifts through the drawings. TINA Does he have any imaginary friends? TINA points to one of the drawings. It is of a black figure wielding what looks like a sledgehammer. TINA The man with the hammer, perhaps? UNCLE We don't know. MRS CODETZ He talks to himself, sometimes. TINA shakes her head and sighs slightly. TINA Anything else? MRS CODETZ He doesn't like sleeping. TINA In what way? MRS CODETZ He doesn't like it when the sun goes down. It scares him. TINA Yes? MRS CODETZ It's because, the night sky, when the stars are out… She hesitates. He says the stars burn him. TINA stares down at the pictures again. TINA Where did he get his scar? TINA touches her forehead. MRS. CODETZ shifts uncomfortably in her chair, and her eyes sink. MRS CODETZ He was born with it. EXT. SCHOOL PLAYGROUND. DAY UNCLE and MRS. CODETZ emerge from the school. UNCLE She was no help. MRS CODETZ She thinks it's me. I don't blame her. They walk along the playground. A distracted LITTLE BOY stands at the school gate on his own, carrying a little sandwich case. He still wears the blue cycling helmet. MRS. CODETZ (to the boy) Come on, Stanislev. INT. CLASSROOM. DAY Through the glass of the classroom window TINA watches them go. STANISLEV turns and for a moment, the two lock eyes. He is ushered into a car, and the door is shut. INT. POLICE STATION. NIGHT TINA is suddenly aware someone is watching her. She turns around to see UNCLE there, smiling. He holds a mug. UNCLE I brought you some tea. She smiles, relieved. INT. RECEPTION. POLICE STATION. NIGHT UNCLE, CHIEF, and TINA are all in the hallway. TINA is gathering her things, a little frantically as she is clearly upset. Both men watch her, worried. TINA He's been through a great deal. He needs constant supervision. UNCLE I'll do what I can. TINA I'll be going now. I'll be in touch. CHIEF nods. She turns back to UNCLE. I have one question. It's about Stanislev's grandfather? The Pole. Who was he? UNCLE He was a pilot in the war. TINA He was shot down, yes? UNCLE Yes. How did you know? TINA What happened to him? UNCLE We never found out. Why? TINA Somebody did. She turns away, visibly upset. TINA shakes CHIEF'S hand briskly and walks out. CHIEF is even more confused, and he exchanges looks with UNCLE. INT. POLICE STATION. CELL. NIGHT UNCLE BURSTS into CODETZ'S cell. UNCLE reaches down to take off his helmet. CODETZ stops him and stares up with wild eyes. UNCLE Where did you go, son? Nothing. UNCLE What did you see? No answer. What did you see?! Silence. CODETZ sighs softly. CODETZ Nothing. UUNCLE hangs his head then starts to get up. CODETZ grabs his wrist and pulls him back, close. His eyes shine. CODETZ (whispering) Have you ever seen nothing, Uncle? Nothing at all. For a moment, something like fear passes across UNCLE'S wrinkled face. INT. CAR. DAY CODETZ sits in the back on his own. BOZ sits next to UNCLE, who is driving. UNCLE is trying to reassert himself. UNCLE (to Codetz) You've got a gift, son. It's time you did something with it. Instead of wasting away sitting on your arse all day. (pause) Are you listening? CODETZ just stares out the window. He sees a very tall MAN standing on the road, wearing a green hooded cloak. UNCLE You have opportunities I never had. Your trouble is you don't know your born. Have you nothing to say? CODETZ Can I borrow a fiver. UNCLE (to Boz) I'll drop you off. INT. BATHROOM. NIGHT At the back end of the bathroom is an old style white chrome bath with lion's feet. The bath is full, but the water is dark. At one end a GI army helmet is just above the surface, next to a floating rubber duck. Somebody starts banging on the closed door. BOZ(OFF.) Get out of the bath! The helmet starts to rise. A face appears wearing a heavy-duty gas mask. CODETZ rips off the gas mask and turns to the door. A squashed cigarette still hangs from his lips. CODETZ Piss off! I'm having a wank! BOZ(OFF.) No, your no'. You're trying to breathe underwater again. CODETZ That's how I get my kicks, baby! CUT TO: CODETZ in the bath. CODETZ grumbles to himself and starts to disappear back underwater, bubbling below the surface. As his nose vanishes he stops, his eyes fix on something. They stare. His head starts to rise up again, slowly, his eyes not moving. His head stops with his chin just above the water. AERGWULF is sitting on the toilet. The huge Viking just sits there as though it were perfectly normal, his iron headed axe over his lap. He regards CODETZ with cold contempt. CODETZ can only stare back. INT. HALLWAY. NIGHT BOZ, standing in his bathrobe, is just about bang on the door when CODETZ opens it suddenly. He stands there in his helmet and a towel round his waste. He just stands there, his mouth a little open, in shock. BOZ What? CODETZ says nothing. He just walks back to his room at the end of the corridor, next to a large poster of David Bowie in 'The Man Who Fell to Earth'. Punk music starts blaring from CODETZ'S room. BOZ follows him. BOZ What's wrong? Your freaking me out! CODETZ Nothing. Keep it Zen. BOZ What-is-it? CODETZ It's all Bowie, man. BOZ looks confused and goes back to his room. The music gets louder. TANNA'S little head pops out and she wanders across the hall, clutching her stuffed Lion. She pops her head in the toilet door. INT. BATHROOM. NIGHT She stands transfixed. AERGWULF is still there, sitting on the bowl. He looks down at the little girl, and maybe smiles just a little. TANNA looks alarmed. She runs out again. INT. HALLWAY. NIGHT She runs back along the hall and into BOZ'S room. TANNA Daddy! Daddy! BOZ(OFF.) Yes? TANNA Big hairy man! Big hairy man on the loo! BOZ(OFF.) Don't be silly, Tanna! TANNA(OFF.) I'm not being silly! CODETZ pokes his head out. TANNA saw him too. EXT. STREET. NIGHT BOZ waves goodbye to his daughter as she gets in the car with CARLY. As he turns to walk back into the high-rise building, he hears a distant hissing sound coming from the darkness. BOZ Hello? BOZ walks to the end of the street. It is empty, shrouded by a sudden mist. The only light is the yellow glow of street-lamps. He hears another echoing hiss. At the end of the dark street, three points of yellow light, like eyes, are staring at him. Suddenly afraid, BOZ turns back. Something LASHES out at him, knocking him to the ground. Touching his head he realises he is bleeding. He looks down at his bloody hand. The hissing dies away. INT. SHOPPING CENTRE. DAY CARLY is out shopping with TANNA and JUSTINE. TANNA walks hand in hand with her mother. JUSTINE walks in front, carrying a number of shopping bags. TANNA hugs her Lion. She is aware that something is looking at her. She looks scared. She tugs at her mother's sleeve. TANNA Mummy? CARLY Not now sweetheart. (to Justine) So what now? JUSTINE I don't know. It's like talking to a brick wall. Everything's a joke to him. CARLY Well, there was always more to Codetz than met the eye. JUSTINE You can say that again. CARLY goes up to an ice cream van and looks through her bag to get money. Somebody bumps into TANNA and she drops her stuffed Lion. She goes to pick it up, but someone else does that for her. It is MELINE. He stares malevolently at the little girl, and holds out her Lion. TANNA glares at him. TANNA You're naughty! She reaches for her stuffed toy. CARLY and JUSTINE are still at the van. CARLY (to Justine) Anyway, after all this has finished you might find you have more in common. JUSTINE Yeah, right. Like you and Boz. CARLY Well, there's ancient history, then there's me and Mark. At least we got something special out of it- When CARLY looks round her smile dies. TANNA is nowhere to be seen. They search the crowded street frantically, helplessly. CARLY Tanna! Tanna! She is gone. INT. BROWN FORD. DAY TANNA sits in the back of the car, squashed between two Third Eye foot- soldiers. She stares up at one of them. TANNA Am I going on holiday? No answer. Is my mummy not coming? EXT. STREET CORNER. DAY The brown car rolls on down the street. A very large figure in a hood watches it go bye. A knotted beard protrudes from its side. AERGWULF'S dark eyes watch as the car turns the corner. He looks down. A LITTLE BOY with an ice cream is gazing at him, open mouthed. AERGWULF smiles, tousles the little boy's hair and vanishes from the street. INT. WAREHOUSE. NIGHT The two burly Third Eye's who were in the car carry TANNA into the warehouse. Inside stands MELINE with his arms crossed. THIRD EYE #1 Here she is. MELINE Put her down in the corner. THIRD EYE #1 Here? MELINE Yeah, here. It's safe. THIRD EYE #1 But it's draughty. MELINE ignores him. THIRD EYE #2 What are we supposed to do all night? MELINE Have a sing-song. THIRD EYE #1 And what if the Polis show up? MELINE Be polite. I'll see you in the morning, chums. MELINE looks over at TANNA who is sitting primly on her own, with her Lion. She glares defiantly back at him. TANNA You're all very naughty! MELINE Watch her. Close. THIRD EYE #1 She's just a wee girl. MELINE grins widely at him and walks out. TANNA I need the loo. INT. FLAT. DAY. NIGHT BOZ, his head bandaged, walks into his flat. He sees CARLY sitting on the end of a bed. She is hysterical and crying uncontrollably. JUSTINE is trying to comfort her. BOZ What is it? CARLY'S MOTHER comes out with a drink for her. JUSTINE stands up when she sees BOZ. She looks like she is about to break into tears. BOZ What's wrong? JUSTINE Mark… CARLY'S MOTHER breaks in. CARLY'S MOTHER You! This is your fault! If you had been a father this wouldn't have happened! You and your mad mates! CARLY Mum, please. CARLY'S MOTHER You find my grand-daughter! You find her! You hear me? BOZ cannot believe what he is hearing. EXT. STREET. DAY BOZ staggers out into the street, alone. He wanders for a few paces then collapses against a waste bin. He just sits there, not moving, dumbstruck. CODETZ appears on the street, walking with his usual casualness, until he sees his friend sprawled on the pavement. He notices the bandage on BOZ'S head. CODETZ What happened to you? CODETZ can see the tears in his friend eyes. BOZ I've lost my wee girl. CODETZ looks up. Justine is watching them from the window. INT. LIVING ROOM. NIGHT UNCLE is sitting on his own watching TV, a can of lager at his elbow. The reality TV show 'YOUTH OF BABYLON' is on. As he watches he catches sight of CODETZ in the background. He sits forward in his chair. BEN SAMAYA is speaking. BEN SAMAYA ..and here we have an unusual phenomenon. A ghost, dressed in an unusual manner, with an outfit reminiscent of a G.I. in the Korean War. Not a kilt to be seen… The ghostly apparition of CODETZ passes across the middle ground of the TV shot, and then fades from view as it reaches the road. UNCLE stares. The TELEPHONE goes off, making him jump. He reaches over and grabs it. UNCLE Hello? TINA(OFF.) Hi Gordon, it's me. UNCLE Yes? TINA(OFF.) I'm still at the cell, going through the inscriptions. It's something odd we've uncovered. UNCLE What? TINA It's a whole life, or specifically many lives. All told in stories on the wall. UNCLE And? TINA(OFF.) Does the name 'Utu' mean anything to you? UNCLE takes his time. UNCLE Yes. TINA(OFF.) It's all over the walls. It's certainly the most common word. UNCLE So what? TINA(OFF.) Utu is the ancient Sumerian word for 'Sun', or Sun God. UNCLE does not answer. He grips the receiver hard to his ear. TINA(OFF.) Gordon? UNCLE Yes? TINA(OFF.) Can I ask how you knew? UNCLE McGuinn told me. INT. SUBWAY TRAIN CAR. NIGHT The SUBWAY CAR pulls up to the platform and the CROWD'S pile out. BOZ is left sitting by himself. His face is deathly pale and his black eyeliner is smeared across his face leaving his eyes black and blue, beneath his bandage. He just sits there staring into space, blank, empty, hopeless. At the other end of the car a TRAMP watches him. His old clothes are matted, stained and wet. He pulls back his hood. It is OLD FACE of the Magi. CUT TO: EXT. CITY STREETS. DAY BOZ walks through the rain soaked neon-streets alone. He just walks and walks, past shop windows and other night-time stragglers, lost in a world of his own. He turns back to look down the street, as though he thought someone was following. He stares at the darkness for a long moment, then he disappears round the street corner. CUT TO: A NIGHTCLUB POSTER is pasted on a red brick wall, illuminated by pink neon lights. On the poster it says: KANDINSKY CLUB EXT. KANDINSKY NIGHTCLUB. NIGHT There is a long queue at the nightclub. BOZ and CODETZ walk directly up to the front. Two heavy looking BOUNCER'S bar the way. BOZ (to Codetz) I need in there. CODETZ Why? That's the shittiest club on the planet. Only poofs like you go. BOZ Trust me. CODETZ Why? BOZ Just do it! BOZ gestures at one of the Bouncers. CODETZ I'm not going anywhere near him. He looks like Steve Reeves. BOZ thumps him. Right! Nae bother, Germanski. I'm on it! BOZ Just keep it Zen. CODETZ Don't patronize me, fucker! I'm Zen! I'm fucking Alain Delon fucking Zen! Fucking Kraut! BOZ Just get on wi' it! CODETZ mumbles obscenities to himself as he approaches the two BOUNCERS. BOUNCER #1 (to Codetz) What the fuck are you supposed to be? CODETZ I'm Sissy Spacek. BOUNCER #1 Well, Sissy, its guests only. CODETZ (pointing at Boz) 'Are Friends Electric' here's a VIP. BOUNCER #2 Is he fuck! He's banned fae Kandinsky. CODETZ Same difference. BOUNCER #1 Well, your not getting in with that thing? CODETZ (looking at Boz) What thing? BOUNCER #1 That helmet. You put the heid on someone wi' that, their no getting up. CODETZ Is that so? BOUNCER #1 Aye, that's so, so fuck off back to the nuthouse ye came from! CODETZ is not amused. CODETZ I'm no' nuts. I just look it! BOZ walks up to the entrance. The BOUNCER stops him, putting his hand on his chest. BOUNCER #2 Whoa, there, Boy George. BOZ Take the hand off. BOUNCER 2 Or what? BOZ Or I'll take it off at the arm. BOUNCER 2 You know what, pretty boy, I'd like to see you try. CODETZ suddenly turns on BOUNCER #2, and RUGBY TACKLES him head first through the nightclub door. The hapless BOUNCER is knocked unconscious. The other backs off when he sees the look on BOZ'S face. CODETZ (to Bouncer #2) What do you know? It worked. (to the queue) This must be the VIP entrance after all. (to Boz) What you waiting for? INT. KANDINSKY NIGHTCLUB. NIGHT BOZ strides into the darkened NIGHTCLUB. It has obviously seen better days. In fact, it is hard to see anything at all, except glimpses of faces looking out from the shadows. Staring eyes are everywhere. Shards of light seem to erupt from the black walls, blinding him. There are shop-window MANNEQUINS standing everywhere in various states of undress, and it is hard to tell the dummies from the DANCERS. BOZ stays focused. At the back end of the main room a tall raven haired young GOTH WOMAN notices him come in. She glances back at him with contempt. BOZ darts after her through the plastic crowds. As he walks over, she grabs her coat and leaves out the fire exit. BOZ follows her. He runs up and catches her by the arm. She struggles to get free, speaking with a strong German accent. EVA Leave me alone, Bosman. BOZ Tanna's gone, Eva. EVA glances guiltily at him. EVA Your hurting me. BOZ I'm serious! EVA I can't help you find your daughter, Mark. BOZ Then help me find him. INT. WAREHOUSE. NIGHT TANNA is sleeping peacefully in a corner. The Third Eye THUGS guarding her are playing cards. There is a dull thumping sound, far off. The THUGS do not hear it, but it wakes TANNA. Her eyes flutter and she sits upright. The Third Eyes sigh when they see her. THIRD EYE #1 What is it now? TANNA I need a bedtime story. THIRD EYE #2 What? TANNA I can't sleep. It's too noisy. THIRD EYE #1 It's not noisy. In answer there is a distant thump, then another, much closer. TANNA jumps when there is another, just outside the door. The two THUGS stand up, confused. There is a pause. Then the warehouse door FLIES off its hinges as AERGWULF erupts through it, swinging his axe. The Third Eyes have no time to react. The first is thrown aside like a rag doll, the second turns on his heels and frantically scrambles away. AERGWULF grunts at him, but lets him go. He stands in front of TANNA. The little girl is not in the least scared. TANNA Hello. AERGWULF bows down before the little girl, then he scoops TANNA into his huge arms. The dazed THUGS can only watch as they leave through the splintered doorway. TANNA (to Aergwulf) Did you used to be a monkey? EXT. STREET. NIGHT Outside the street is deserted. AERGWULF walks away quickly with TANNA wrapped in his great arms. As he does, HISSING fills the air. AERGWULF turns to look. Something is moving in the murk behind the streetlights. He moves quickly, but something is following them. As he turns a corner a huge monolithic shape looms above the skyline. It is the ZIGGURAT TEMPLE that UTU witnessed at the beginning. The hissing grows louder behind them. They have nowhere else to go. TANNA Uh-oh. AERGWULF starts to climb the stairs to the temple. EXT. STREET. NIGHT REIVA is out walking on his own, carrying his little cassette deck but he is not playing any music. He seems to be following something. It is the sound of a little girl SCREAMING, though its sounds as if it came from some other world. REIVA turns with it. Then another sound meets his ears. There is a low hissing sound like a snake. REIVA stops, and as he does so something knocks against his shoe and falls onto the road. It is a large bronze MEDALLION shaped like a celestial Sun. REIVA puts it in his pocket and walks off. INT. CELL. POLICE STATION. NIGHT TINA is back working away in the police cell. Outside the cell window the sky is darkening, something is obscuring the light from the streetlamps. A dull distant GROAN can be heard, as though coming from behind the very walls of the cell. It sounds like stones grinding. A dull light glows between the blocks on the wall and behind the writing that covers it. The CHANTING of the Magi can be heard again. A shaft of bright light burns through the cuneiform letters. As the sound dies TINA can hear a tiny tapping from behind the walls. She steps closer and presses his ear to the stone. DISSOLVE TO: INT. TEMPLE. NIGHT Behind the stone and through the cell wall is a long pillared hallway, shrouded in night. This seemingly endless hallway stretches into the distance. Great stone bas-relief's cover the walls, of lions impaled by arrows and men with long beards riding chariots. The hallway is guarded by two immense stone WINGED BULLS. A pattering of little feet echoes through the hallways. A little shadow appears in a huge square archway, and the tiny figure of TANNA appears. She pads along, apprehensive, but not too scared. She clutches her stuffed Lion. A low hiss drifts up the adjoining pillared hallways. TANNA stops in her tracks. She stands still and the hissing gets louder. Something is coming. A large red shape suddenly darts out from the shadows, but before TANNA even has time to react, a glint catches her eye as the blade of an axe swings down in front of her, and buries itself in the dusty ground at her feet. Something bounces off the wall, and falls in a bloody heap before TANNA'S surprised little face. The head of a THREE-EYED BEAST lies at her feet, its skull cloven in two. TANNA turns to see the looming form of AERGWULF. He is casually wiping the beast's dark blood off his axe. TANNA Thank you. The Viking holds out his massive hand to her. TANNA grabs his middle- finger and they both walk on together through the Temple Hall. TANNA It's very big, isn't it? EXT. CITY STREET. NIGHT It is raining hard on the street. Everything that is not street lights, rain and car headlamps passes by unseen. Except for someone in an army helmet, staggering along the pavement, struggling to stay on his feet. CODETZ (to himself) Fuck off! Fuck off back to where you came from! I don't need you! CODETZ grasps for breath, the rain dripping off his helmet. He holds a black bottle in his hand. He clutches his stomach, and collapses on the pavement, vomiting onto the road. Looking down he sees his vomit mix with the rain draining down the sides of the road. It should flow away but it stays, like milk floating in coffee. It drifts, as though in a still pool. CODETZ looks on, fascinated. There is a FACE in the pool where the road should be. It is staring at him. It is the image of UTU. CODETZ I don't need you. A WHITE ARM suddenly BURSTS out of the pool, clutching at CODETZ. He cries out in alarm and falls back from the roadside, hitting his head off the brick wall. He is stunned and collapses in a heap on the pavement. The rain drains off his helmet, drips hitting his cheek. Cars pass by on the road, ignoring the still body on the pavement. Someone drops change on the pavement in front of him. DISSOLVE TO: A wrinkled FACE appears in the rain. The rain means nothing to OLD FACE. He raises a hand and slaps CODETZ across the cheek. CODETZ still lies in the street, surrounded by three TRAMPS. None of them seem to mind the rain. One of the others, a younger man, BAIRN, with a shaved head and worried expression steps up. OLD FACE calms him. BAIRN Is he alive? OLD FACE Barely. (to Codetz) Son? Talk to me. OLD FACE goes to slap CODETZ again. CODETZ grabs his arm, and his eyes open wide, shining with cold light. All three TRAMPS stand back. CODETZ …mother of harlots and abominations of the Earth. The third tramp, JOE, crosses himself. CODETZ'S eyes close again and his body goes limp. OLD FACE raises the helmet to reveal CODETZ'S white scar. OLD FACE It's him. (to Joe) Let's get out the rain. All three of the tramps carry CODETZ along the street. He starts groaning, faintly aware that he is above the ground. OLD FACE is nervous, looking from side to side. SHADOWS are moving all around them. Both BAIRN and JOE look scared too. BAIRN They're following. OLD FACE We were just in time. They quicken their step. The rain starts to beat down hard. The round a corner where a number of other MEN stand on the street huddled round a fire in a steel drum. The all look up, the flames lighting their faces. OLD FACE Put him down. They lay CODETZ down under a canopy of old bits of wood and cardboard. The rain still drips from his helmet and his eyes are closed. OLD FACE reaches out. OLD FACE Whisky. Someone hands him a small canister. OLD FACE puts it to the young man's lips. CODETZ coughs and splutters. OLD FACE lays him down with his head resting on the wall. BAIRN Is he the beast? OLD FACE Course he's not! He's just as scared as we are. There is a sudden SIGH on the air, like wind passing through a thicket. All the tramps suddenly turn. SHAPES are emerging from the shadows of the streets around them. Five or six MEN, all with shaved heads, walk out into the dim light. Some of the tramps back off, but OLD FACE stands firm. He holds a thick stick in his hands and eyes the skinheads with disdain. MELINE'S steely eyes watch from behind his foot soldiers. OLD FACE You'll not get him this time. OLD FACE takes out a small golden Faravahar on a necklace round his neck. He rubs it with his grubby forefinger. BAIRN stands behind him, scared but unmoved. At that JOE and some of the other tramps come back. They all form a circle around CODETZ. A loud angry hissing fills the air then dissipates to an echo. MELINE'S face fades back into the dark. CODETZ eyes flicker, focusing on a sheet of plastic that flaps in the wind. DISSOLVE TO: EXT. DESERT. DAY A CURTAIN flutters in the wind. It has an image of a glorious Sun upon its fabric. Behind it is the desert. Little dust-devils whip across the dusty rocks. CODETZ'S eyes open. He stares out the billowing doorway of a tent. Outside is an endless desert with a clear blue sky. He stares at it, unable to move. A silhouette of a MAN appears and pulls back the curtain. MAN Utu? Are you awake? INT. TENT. DAY UTU sits in the corner of a hard bed, hunched up with his arms round his legs. He looks dazed. One of the MAGI steps into the room holding a basket of fruit. It is OLD FACE. OLD FACE I've brought you food. He bows to UTU again and lays the bowl at his side. UTU I know you. OLD FACE smiles a him. OLD FACE You should. KARSUDAN enters. KARSUDAN You did well. OLD FACE It amazes me how much he can endure. CHANTING can be heard outside. UTU What is that? EXT. DESERT. TWILIGHT UTU and KARSUDAN both step out into the night air. Slivers of dying sunlight move and ripple. They walk out into the desert. Looking over the edge of the dunes, a huge black shape towers high above them outlined by the browns and blues of far mountains. The MAGI are chanting, kneeling towards it. Its tall black spires stretch into the sky as though they were holding it up. Above them the night seems to swirl and deepen in its reflection. It blots out all the stars. KARSUDAN Here, take this. You will see. KARSUDAN hands him a gold TELESCOPE. It is small but beautifully made. It is clear he means it as a gift. UTU looks through it at the building. He stares at it through the glass as though stricken by some forgotten memory. The dark temple stretches out, dominating the desert, yet it seems like a dream. KARSUDAN regards UTU thoughtfully. KARSUDAN You have seen this before? UTU Yes. KARSUDAN It is the temple of the platform between Heaven and Earth. It is the place that haunts your dreams. It is there the Apkallu survived the flood. He turns to UTU. The first was of water. The second will be of flame, and there will be no return. You have done all you can. It is time for you to go. UTU Go where? KARSUDAN Home. UTU Home? What home? KARSUDAN In five thousand years nothing has changed. You have many enemies. Foes that wish to know what you know. UTU I know nothing. KARSUDAN You know how to gain power. They will kill for that. Because of this they will not let you to reach the temple. Yet we must try, if you are to be free. EXT. RUINS. DAY KARSUDAN and UTU both reach the outer reaches of the Ziggurat on the backs of camels. KARSUDAN is eyeing his charge with some amusement. UTU is struggling with his. KARSUDAN You never forget how to ride a Camel. KARSUDAN laughs. The caravan rides on as the sun sets. INT. TENT. NIGHT OLD FACE enters with a vial of liquid carried in his hands. He looks concerned. KARSUDAN is kneeling next to UTU. OLD FACE kneels too and places the vial close to UTU, who is breathing hard. His face is covered in sweat, and his eyes are closed. KARSUDAN sighs heavily. KARSUDAN Every time he returns his strength is diminished. It may be that all that will be left is a shell. That will not be worth returning. There is only so much even a spirit such as his can endure. All the pain of five thousand years. OLD FACE The Gallu are many and we are few. If they come we will not be able to protect him. KARSUDAN We will pray that they do not. I could not stand to bury him again. Suddenly a huge roaring sound erupts from above them, like a huge blaring horn releasing a sonic boom. KARSUDAN looks up at the Ziggurat. A shaft of lightning hits one of the black pillars above the platform. KARSUDAN It has begun. We must go! EXT. ZIGGURAT TEMPLE. NIGHT The Magi caravan reaches the lower foundations of the great temple. They are ruins, black and cracked as if scorched by some great fire. The Magi are clearly frightened as are their animals. UTU is only barely conscious. Voices are whispering to him, horrible harsh hissing voices. He reaches up and screams. At that moment one of the Magi rushes up to KARSUDAN. MAGI My Lord! The Gallu are coming! Both KARSUDAN and OLD FACE bring UTU down of his camel and quickly move him through the broken arch of the entrance to the lower Temple. Above them the endless stairway of the Ziggurat reaches up to the clouds. Lightning dances amongst its many black pillars. KARSUDAN calls to OLD FACE. They can hear screaming behind them. The demons are attacking. KARSUDAN Quickly. They lead the stricken UTU over to the bottom of the great stone stairway. UTU is barely conscious. He glances up at the Ziggurat through hazy eyes. OLD FACE Utu! Wake up. UTU looks behind him and sees many black shapes approaching. KARSUDAN turns to him. KARSUDAN Utu! You must go! What are our lives worth if yours fade. His urgent tone gets through to UTU, who nods and comes to some sort of life. He shakes off OLD FACE and stands on his own beneath the stairway. He looks up, suddenly determined. The two Magi glances nervously back at the oncoming demon GALLU with their jagged black armour and war-hammers. KARSUDAN Go! All starts to fade in a hazy blur, and the noise dissipates till only a dull throb remains in UTU'S ears. UTU pauses, and looks up at the rim of the Temple. The sky churns like black mud above it. It starts to fold in on itself like a black hole. Another lightening strike splits open the darkening sky. KARSUDAN looks up as the wind starts to become a gale. EXT. ZIGGURAT STAIRWAY. NIGHT UTU stands alone below the huge stone staircase into the sky. It seems to never end. He holds his breath and takes the first step. EXT. STONE STAIRCASE. ZIGGURAT. NIGHT He starts to climb the cracked stone stairs, but the BOOT that hits the first step is not his. As UTU'S foot hits the stone he is back in his khaki uniform, his battered G.I. helmet and sunglasses. He is CODETZ once again. CODETZ quickly loses his breath. He stops to look down. Already the world below seems small and distant. KARSUDAN is lost in the sandstorm. He continues to climb. EXT. DESERT CAMP. DAY As KARSUDAN turns back he is approached by his servant. He looks terrified. MAGI SERVANT Ishkur is here! KARSUDAN turns to OLD FACE. They nod and turn to face their enemy. EXT. PLATFORM. ZIGGURAT. NIGHT The world is silent up here. A shallow mist hovers just above the platform. CODETZ can almost touch it. The sun is falling behind the Ziggurat, a glowing orange surrounds its huge sable pillars that stretch into the storm clouds. CODETZ stands on its edge looking towards the great temple at the other side. It almost seems like another world away. CODETZ walks alone over the platform. Someone is watching him. It is AERGWULF. The Viking follows CODETZ closely from behind one of the huge black pillars. CODETZ enters the temple WHICH only just illuminated by the distant twinkling of the stars and moon. AERGWULF follows CODETZ inside. INT. TEMPLE. DAY CODETZ'S footsteps echo. He stands in the centre of a large square doorway. Inside is an antechamber, in the centre of which sits the STATUE of a young woman, perhaps a GODDESS, on a marble throne. The statue seems familiar to him. CODETZ approaches the statue. Below the altar he notices TANNA'S stuffed Lion. He picks it up and looks up at the statue. A tear seems to glint on its cheek. CODETZ turns and walks back out, holding the Lion. He strides back onto the platform, clenching his teeth. The platform starts to tremble, and a roaring sound fills the air. A single shaft of lighting passes across the great columns. The whole Temple starts to shake as though from an earthquake. EXT. GLASGOW. CITY STREET. DAY Back to the real world. Or is it? Down in the city the PEOPLE can hear a loud roaring, like the sea in a storm, filling the air. They put their hands over their ears. EXT. ZIGGURAT PLATFORM. DAY CODETZ stands at the edge of the Temple entrance. Outside GALLU are lining up, facing each other. They are DEMONS of the likeness of the HAMMER-MAN who attacked UTU in the desert. They each have a yellow eye-shaped tattoo on their foreheads. They all carry spears. They hiss, and smirk viciously when they see CODETZ coming. CODETZ grimaces. He holds TANNA'S stuffed Lion in his fist. As he steps into the space between the two lines of hooded GALLU, two of them stand forward and viciously stab him in the sides with their spears. CODETZ screams. His scream is so loud it is heard below the Ziggurat, by KARSUDAN and OLD FACE. They look up in alarm. EXT. CITY STREETS. DAY CODETZ'S scream is also heard in the Glasgow streets, reverberating as if coming from all directions at once. JUSTINE, BOZ, and ANTON all hear, and shudder. INT. POLICE STATION. DAY CHIEF and his OFFICERS also hear it. CHIEF What the hell is that? EXT. TENEMENT CLOSE. DAY UNCLE emerges when he hears the sound and looks up at the sky. The scream reaches a crescendo. He puts his hands over his ears in pain. INT. TEMPLE. DAY TANNA and AERGWULF hear his scream. For the first time TANNA looks terrified. TANNA Naughty! She runs out of the safety of the Temple. AERGWULF rushes after her. EXT. PLATFORM. DAY CODETZ collapses to his feet, his face creased with pain. His hands still clutch TANNA'S toy Lion for dear life. He gasps and gets to his feet again, and staggers a few steps forward. The GALLU look triumphant. Two more GALLU stand forward and plunge their spears in his sides. CODETZ screams again. The sudden sound is followed by an eerie silence. EXT. CITY STREET. GLASGOW. DAY CROWDS of PEOPLE are gathering, staring up into the sky. All the people of Glasgow look up at the huge DARK ZIGGURAT that towers above their city. It has appeared there almost as soon as CODETZ'S screaming stopped. As if out of nothing it looms amongst the low cloud, its great black pillars penetrating the sky. Everyone is speechless except for BOZ. BOZ (shocked) So that's where all the council tax went. His unlit cigarette drops from his lips. EXT. TEMPLE PLATFORM. DAY Before AERGWULF can stop her TANNA totters out onto the platform on her own, just as the last row of GALLU try to finish CODETZ with their spears. CODETZ looks up at the last of his enemies, just in time to see a familiar grinning face beneath the hood. It is MELINE. TANNA Naughty! TANNA runs towards him, ignoring the GALLU. AERGWULF runs out swinging his axe, and knocks one demon to the floor with his arm. But there is no need. The GALLU cower and shrink back in the presence of the little girl. They hiss at her like beaten cats. TANNA You're all very naughty! CODETZ crawls along the platform to escape MELINE and his hammer, but he is staring at TANNA. Still in great pain he clutches for the Lion. He lunges after it, and starts to slide over the edge. The platform seems to revolve, the side of the Ziggurat becoming his new horizon. He is terrified. The Viking tries to reach him. TANNA screams at him. TANNA Naughty?! CODETZ is shocked at the sight of TANNA and he slips and falls, back into nothingness. AERGWULF can only grasp hopelessly at thin air. TANNA Naughty! CODETZ falls out of sight. EXT. STONE WALL-DAY Clouds and thick swirls of mist entangle with cracked and jutting masonry that is rotten and falling away. CODETZ collides with one of the jutting outcrops of stone and smashes into it. Shattered bricks fall down the empty shaft that seems to go on forever. Somehow CODETZ manages to hang on, his hands clawing at the sharp bricks. He dangles there above the abyss, trying desperately to keep a hold. He looks down at the falling masonry. Something is coming up the wall. A MONSTER with yellow eyes and deathly pale skin is climbing towards him. It hisses up at him, and more come to join it. Before long a whole HORDE of these creatures is scaling the wall, making directly for him. CODETZ starts to scream. CODETZ Help me! Help me! CODETZ stretches out a hand to try to pull himself up. The sound of the hissing is closing in. Suddenly, an HAND comes down out of nowhere and grabs CODETZ firmly by the wrist. It is REIVA. REIVA hauls him onto the pavement. CODETZ clutches hold of his friend for dear life, terrified. REIVA reaches out with his hand just as the DEMONS reach out for CODETZ. He places his hand down on the road, which is again just a road. A DISTANT HOWL dies on the wind. INT. THIRD EYE CULT. DAY BOZ steps through the grating of an old fashioned lift. Outside is a completely black, shiny hallway. Beyond it is a white room, with a glass door that is part frosted. He walks in to the WHITE HALL. It is completely white, giving an almost blinding effect. The only decoration in this Spartan hall is two Bauhaus-style silver chairs, and red murals that have an old Soviet feel to them. At the far end of the hall adjacent to the doorway, a line of Third Eyes sit in chairs parallel to the white wall. All of them are wearing white, white t-shirts, trousers and no shoes. Each of them has a shaved head, and a black almond shape tattooed on their foreheads. Their eyes are closed. They all stay completely still. Footsteps echo. Another MAN is approaching. ANTON approaches BOZ with a cold half-smile, which is part charm, part sneer. ANTON I knew you would be back. INT. INNER SANCTUM. THIRD EYE CULT. NIGHT Yellow light from streetlamps outside is flooding through the wide windows. BOZ lies in a great white bed, under a thin white sheet. He is gazing at the dark shape of the Ziggurat. ANTON lies next to him, but gets up, putting a white dressing gown on. He pours himself a drink. He gestures at the ghostly building that now dominates the horizon. ANTON Beautiful, isn't it? BOZ It's frightening. ANTON It is a sign of things to come. BOZ What does that mean? ANTON smirks at him. ANTON Where do you think he went? BOZ Who? ANTON Stanislev. BOZ I don't know. He just vanished. ANTON People don't just vanish. BOZ Codetz does. ANTON Why? BOZ gets partly out of bed. He reaches for a cigarette. BOZ He sees things. This sparks ANTON'S interest. ANTON Like what? BOZ nods at the Ziggurat. BOZ Like that. He tried to tell me, but I never listened. ANTON Maybe it's time you did. Let me show you something. INT. STUDY. NIGHT They both emerge in a small, atmospherically lit study. There are many rows of thick books on the shelves. ANTON points over towards something in the corner. A large carved BLOCK of very old sandstone has been propped up on its side by two blocks of wood. On the stone is carved the figure of a human-like monster with large feathered wings, like a Griffin. Around it are strange indentations that might be writing. ANTON Magnificent, isn't it? BOZ It's a big rock. ANTON I know you're no philistine, Mark. BOZ What is it then? ANTON My associates uncovered it, hidden in the sand in the desert near the Dead Sea. ANTON turns a light on the block. ANTON It is the carved tombstone for a messenger from the heavens, a missionary from the stars. The Babylonians called them Apkallu, great sages from before the flood. BOZ Is this a bedtime story, Anton? ANTON There is a tale surrounding this stone. It was said that during the first crusade the Danish King sent an expedition of his own to the sands near the Sea of Galilee. This expedition had a special purpose. To find a High Priest of Zoroaster, a descendant of the Magi of ancient Persia, and the astronomers of Babylon. CONTINUED A man who could tell them where to find the last of the Apkallu, the one the Zoroastrians called the everlasting spirit. The Magi were gathering in Palestine to await him. The Crusaders believed this story, and they believed that the wisdom of this creature might help them in their struggles against the Muslim infidel. But they were betrayed and the Magi stole the Utu, with the help of the Norsemen whom they had enchanted. They tried to take him back to their temple at ancient Bad- Tibira. They failed. Their caravan was waylaid by Gallu, demons, followers of Nergal, Lord of the Underworld. The Utu-Abzu was slain by Nergal's Lieutenant, Ishkur, beneath the stairs of the Temple. Then the Priests buried Utu in a tomb called the House of Dust. But his everlasting spirit cannot die before the stars themselves fade, so ever since the Magi have awaited his return. BOZ thinks this over for a moment. BOZ So? ANTON is irked at this and raises his voice. ANTON Mark, it was told that when he was buried this 'Utu' had a deep wound. Near the left temple of his forehead. Here! It left a scar from scalp to eyebrow. He points to his forehead. BOZ'S eyes widen. BOZ That's impossible. ANTON gestures towards the Ziggurat outside his window. ANTON Look outside the window and tell me what is impossible! BOZ looks out the window at the looming monolithic building that now dominates the sky. BOZ What do you care? ANTON The Third Eye has its own crusade, Think what he could teach us? The men who followed the Apkallu became Kings. A look of realization dawns on BOZ'S face. BOZ So you went through me? Through Tanna? ANTON The ends justified the means. BOZ lashes out and catches his fist on ANTON'S chin. ANTON hits the floor, blood gushes from his nose. BOZ Fuck you! You expect me to believe this bullshit?! ANTON Believe your eyes. BOZ goes to leave, when MELINE walks through the door with a face of stone. Anton turns to him, angrily wiping blood off his sleeve. ANTON What? INT. THIRD EYE HALL. NIGHT ANTON stands before two Third Eyes. The two who guarded TANNA stand to attention, their faces are scratched and the second has a large cut on his cheek. They stand like they are awaiting a military inspection. MELINE stands nearby with his hammer, with a face like thunder. ANTON is also incensed. Behind a wall in the corner BOZ sits with his head in his hands. ANTON Who were they? The Third Eyes look away from him. They mumble something. MELINE Speak up! THUG #1 There was just one. ANTON Who? THUG #2 We don't know. He was huge. ANTON Who? THUG #1 Some big hairy bastard. Instant glances flash between MELINE and ANTON. He hit us before we could move. He glances at MELINE. The girl knew he was coming. ANTON A Menshevik? Both Third Eye thugs shake their heads. THUG #1 No. He had a ginger beard, not a mask. ANTON and MELINE nod at each other. ANTON Then there is someone else we must deal with. INT. TEMPLE. NIGHT The interior of the Temple is dark, except for a few points of light that illuminate the bas-reliefs on the walls, and the broken plaster, dust and cobwebs. TANNA walks into this room and looks around her. She does not seem scared. In fact she seems to know where she is going, as though she has been there before. INT. BEDROOM. DAY JUSTINE is sitting at CARLY'S side holding her friends hand. CARLY is fast asleep. She notices a tear on her friend's cheek. She tracks it with her lazy eyes, as it falls... CUT TO: INT. TEMPLE. NIGHT …and HITS the hard cold surface of a polished tile on the floor of the Temple. TANNA turns instantly, and sees a STATUE, a carving of a woman sitting in a marble throne. She looks like a GODDESS, with a thin CROWN of gold with a Sun crest emblazoned in bronze on its front. TANNA approaches the statuette timidly. As she gets closer she sees another tear on its cheek, and she drops her Lion in order to catch it. The STATUE suddenly OPENS ITS EYES and stares at TANNA. TANNA jumps a little, but stays still and steady. TANNA Don't cry, Mummy. The statue is indeed the image of her mother CARLY. CARLY stands up, fully robed in a gold specked white dress. She seems taller, serene and proud in these new surroundings. She smiles warmly at her daughter. CARLY Hello, my angel. She holds out her hand and TANNA takes it. CARLY kisses her daughter on the forehead. CARLY Have you been safe here? TANNA nods. TANNA Big hairy man helped. With that AERGWULF emerges sheepishly from the shadows. He stands there not knowing quite how to react. CARLY stands up to greet him. CARLY Thank you. The huge Viking bows down low in front of her. TANNA tugs on her mothers dress. TANNA Mummy, naughty was here. INT. CARLY'S BEDROOM. DAY JUSTINE looks round her at her friend's room. It is covered in photographs. Glancing round she looks them over with a melancholy smile. She goes up to CARLY'S DRESSER MIRROR. It is mostly covered in photos, of TANNA, herself and BOZ. They all seem happy and smiling. A small space is left for the mirror. CUT TO: JUSTINE stares into the mirror, though she seems younger and has more makeup on. She is putting mascara onto her eyelashes. CARLY pokes her head through the door. She is also wearing a lot of makeup and looks almost ten years younger. Both girls are wearing blue mini-dresses that are cut a little above the knee. CARLY looks excited. They are both on the way to a big night out. CARLY C'mon you. Hurry up! JUSTINE Almost finished. CARLY We'll be late. JUSTINE I'm almost done. CARLY He'll be there. JUSTINE Will he? CARLY Uhuh. And he might have a friend with him. JUSTINE tries not to look bothered. JUSTINE Is that so? CARLY smiles at her friend suggestively. JUSTINE rolls her eyes. CARLY squeals with glee and runs outside. CARLY(OFF.) I can't wait! C'mon, the night's disappearing! JUSTINE Mad cow. INT. KANDINSKY NIGHTCLUB. NIGHT What follows is a PHOTO-MONTAGE of JUSTINE and CARLY'S night out, set to appropriate music. The two girls travel through the neon-lit city streets in a haze of excitement and alcohol. They dance and drink most of the night away. However, there are also two YOUNG MEN at the KANDINSKY NIGHTCLUB. BOZ and CODETZ enter dressed in very sharp dark-blue suits. CODETZ is wearing no headgear, but has a shiny blue plaster placed on his forehead scar. BOZ still has his black eyeliner on, but his hair is dyed yellow. The boys eye up CARLY and JUSTINE from a distance and their glances are met eagerly. REIVA is also there behind the two turntables wearing a white face mask and a white shower cap. Before long all four friends are dancing and drinking together, smiling, having the time of their lives with all the future to look forward to, held in each others eyes. The moment is one of great joy as all four step out onto the dance- floor together, laughing. FREEZE FRAME INT. CARLY'S BEDROOM. DAY Pulling back, all that is left of the moment is a dog-eared photo on CARLY'S white dresser. JUSTINE sits at CARLY'S side, with her head on the bed. CARLY is fast asleep. The music fades away, replaced by a still silence. The light fades outside the bedroom window. FADE TO BLACK An immense WALL of FLAME is raging, pulsating, churning inferno like rapids in a red river. An uncontrollable endless fire, it consumes everything. Waves of flame erupt like gathering storm-clouds across a charcoal sky. Moving closer, a tiny black speck emerges from the endless flame. A MAN sits cross-legged on a high PLINTH. It is CODETZ. He is sitting in the lotus position with his head bowed. He opens his eyes very slightly and looks down. Deathly pale THREE-EYED MONSTERS are crawling up the marble column towards him. They are far below, but hiss coldly as they clamber up. CODETZ places the flat of his right hand on the palm of his left, and his eyes close again. A dull thumping, like blood pumping, thuds hard in his ears. The firestorm dies, and all is silent. JUSTINE(OFF.) Stanislev? EXT. MULTI-STOREY CAR PARK.ROOF. DAY The Sun is starting to fade behind a curtain of cloud. On the flat gravel of the roof her footsteps ECHO, as though she were stepping into a Cathedral. On the edge of the roof sits CODETZ'S cross-legged silhouette against the red sky, overlooking the sight of the Ziggurat. CODETZ How did you find me? JUSTINE Reiva. CODETZ He never listens. JUSTINE It's just as well. How long have you been up here? CODETZ does not move or look at her. He keeps his eyes outward. He takes his time to answer. CODETZ I'm not sure. JUSTINE We were worried. (long pause) Why won't you talk to us? CODETZ About what? JUSTINE About what's happening? CODETZ What is happening? CODETZ shuts his eyes again. Justine is getting impatient. JUSTINE Boz has gone back to the Third Eyes. CODETZ I know. JUSTINE He thinks they can help him find Tanna. CODETZ Maybe they can. JUSTINE I don't trust them. You have to talk to him. CODETZ I don't have to do anything. JUSTINE He needs his friends, with Tanna gone- CODETZ She's not gone. JUSTINE It's been days. CODETZ She's not gone. Trust me. JUSTINE You have to face reality. CODETZ suddenly screams at her. CODETZ Fuck reality! Fuck it! I make my own! JUSTINE (shocked) Please yourself. JUSTINE gets up and walks back to the door. She looks like she is going to cry. She stops and turns, upset. JUSTINE How do you know? There is no answer. She walks away from him back to the exit. CODETZ speaks to her in a strange, calm voice which she is unused to. CODETZ(OFF.) Justine. She turns to look at him. Let me show you. JUSTINE turns to him. CODETZ is standing with an outstretched hand. She hesitates then takes it. He pulls her carefully onto the edge of the roof. CODETZ Don't be scared. CODETZ grips her hand firmly. JUSTINE looks down. A great WALL OF WATER is rushing up towards them. Before she even has time to scream they are both engulfed in the torrent. EXT. UNDERSEA TEMPLE. DAY JUSTINE slips silently into the water, and is completely submerged. She floats with her eyes closed. When she opens them all she can see around her is a murky endless nothing. She is sinking. She now wears a long DRESS of pale white and gold, the train of which seems to go on forever. Her long dark hair streams past her face. When she looks up she sees the shape of a huge broken ARCH, made of luminescent blue tiled bricks. This structure seems to reach continuously upwards, marked by many pillars, a great WALL under the ocean. There is a MAN floating towards her from beneath the dark arch. It is CODETZ, but not the CODETZ she knows. He is UTU again. His eyes are glistening blue in the cold water. UTU wears a long, white robe, similar to JUSTINE'S dress. The robe is specked with glittering silver and stretches out below him like a long fluttering tail. The white scar on UTU'S forehead is clear to see. JUSTINE seems frightened at this change. UTU holds out his hand to her again and she takes it. He gestures up towards the surface. Great ivory pillars reach up above them, connected to great paved platforms that glitter in the dim light. The two of them are like tiny white dots on this huge structure. Blades of sunlight penetrate the water's surface and JUSTINE awestruck gaze follows them. Then she sees what UTU was pointing at. THOUSANDS OF BODIES are falling through the water, perhaps millions. All humanity through time is falling through the abyss. The bodies drift slowly through the darkness like dead birds falling through a dark blue sky. Above the water, the surface is BURNING brightly as though the Sun itself was consuming it. INT. BEDROOM. DAY When JUSTINE opens her eyes she is still sitting at CARLY'S bedside, holding her sleeping friend's hand tightly. CARLY'S MOTHER looks down at her, concerned. CARLY'S MOTHER Are you alright, dear? Tears are streaming down JUSTINE'S cheeks. INT. THIRD EYE CULT. MAIN HALL. DAY CODETZ strides into the main hall. His shabby khaki fatigues and dirty helmet contrasting sharply with the brilliant clean white of the Third Eye HQ. He looks up. CODETZ What the fuck-? Many shaven-headed Third Eyes in white suits sit in a row, next to the perfect white wall. CODETZ stomps past and salutes them. They do not move one inch. CODETZ At ease, Gents. One Third Eye briefly squints at CODETZ. A VOICE cries out in German over a loudspeaker. VOICE ACHTUNG! The THIRD EYE instantly closes his eyes. CODETZ looks down at the end of the hall. MELINE is standing there with his huge black sledgehammer. He grins widely at CODETZ. CODETZ eyes him dispassionately. CODETZ Meline. I see Anton's still feeding the animals. MELINE We're all animals, Stanislev. CODETZ Aye, and some of us are more equal than others. Remember that, Sinead. CODETZ saunters past him. Where are you, you great Teutonic streak of pish! ANTON(OFF.) He doesn't want to see you. CODETZ I'll be the judge of that! ANTON steps out the doorway behind him. ANTON We have outgrown you, Utu. Yes, I know what you are. You are a walking myth, a ghost. CODETZ turns and violently grabs ANTON by the throat. CODETZ Does this feel like a ghost, fraulein? MELINE grips his hammer. Call Gort here off. Call him off! ANTON nods at MELINE, as CODETZ tightens his grip. CODETZ You ever step on the tips of my toes again, zdrajca, I'll show you just how little you know. ANTON is choking. CODETZ'S grip lifts him off his heels. Now where's the little China girl? ANTON He left. CODETZ Where? ANTON I don't know. CODETZ lets go. ANTON tries to regain his composure, but nods to MELINE to back off. MELINE does so reluctantly. CODETZ turns and heads for the exit, watching MELINE warily. ANTON eyes CODETZ viciously, trying to hold in his anger. The grin has gone from MELINE'S face. As CODETZ leaves he salutes the row of seated Third Eyes again. ANTON shouts at him. ANTON This is not over, Codetz! It has not even begun! CODETZ blows him a kiss, then slams the door shut. EXT. STREET. DAY CODETZ stomps up the street, furious. He sits down on the pavement and tries to catch his breath, taking a new cigarette out. As he looks around he sees a young BOY of maybe six. He has a shiny new HAMMER in his hands and is smashing up the pavement with it, laughing. CODETZ gazes at him, horrified. Then he sees BOZ, who has collapsed next to the road. CODETZ walks up and slaps him hard across the back of the head. CODETZ Where have you been you mad Hun! This is no time to sit on your arse! Your wee girls still out there, and your stuck there in Stalin's Factory shagging fraulein Baader- Meinhof! BOZ You can talk. Where the fuck have you been? CODETZ That's not the issue here! BOZ Show me your forehead! CODETZ What? BOZ Show me your forehead! CODETZ reluctantly lifts up his helmet, revealing the cold scar that reaches from his scalp to his eyebrow. He looks suddenly very self- conscious. CODETZ Satisfied? BOZ looks frightened. He sits on the roadside. BOZ We're fucked, aren't we? CODETZ We always were. BOZ sits there, thinking. Then he stretches out and starts crawling across the road. He stops and lies down in the middle of the road lengthways. A car passes by him, but he does not flinch. CODETZ What are you doing? CODETZ is hesitant to stand on the road. He moves to the edge. BOZ Leave me be! CODETZ Get up! We don't have time for this shite! BOZ Where did she go? CODETZ What? BOZ Where did she go? CODETZ Get off the fucking road! CODETZ finally plucks up the courage to make it to the middle of the road. CODETZ grabs BOZ by the shirt lapels and starts to drag him back across the road. BOZ struggles and screams. CODETZ Get a grip! BOZ stretches out on the pavement, sobbing gently. CODETZ slumps down next to him. Just then the POLICE arrive. Someone calls out to them on a megaphone. A blinding SEARCHLIGHT is turned on. POLICE Drop the gun! CODETZ What gun? Nobody's got a bloody gun! BOZ turns to look at the blinding lights. CHIEF and JUSTINE arrive in his police car. The CHIEF runs out towards the cars but is blinded by the lights too. CHIEF What's going on here? Turn off those bloody lights! POLICE (to Codetz) Drop the gun! CODETZ Are you mental! I don't have a fucking gun! All I've got is… He takes out the gold TELESCOPE that KARSUDAN gave UTU at the Ziggurat. The Police lights GLINT on its lens. The reflection hits MELINE'S dark eyes. CODETZ notices him instantly. A SHOT rings out. CODETZ'S limbs turn to jelly. He starts to fall to the ground, his knees buckling. BOZ, shocked, tries to reach him. JUSTINE SCREAMS and runs towards him. The whole world seems to slow to CODETZ'S HEARTBEAT. CODETZ hits the tarmac of the road. It slams against his helmet then tips over as though the horizon itself was collapsing. CODETZ reaches out and desperately grabs the air. Down below him is a huge abyss, a dark ocean beneath the road. He clings on for dear life, utterly terrified. He looks down. JUSTINE is holding onto him frantically. She manages to get a hand under him, and holds him off the surface of the road. JUSTINE No! (to Chief) Please help! He's bleeding. Blood is leaking from CODETZ'S mouth. He whispers to her. He holds out a bloodied hand to her cheek. CODETZ Let me go, Symphony. JUSTINE Help me! BOZ looks paralyzed with fear. JUSTINE shakes her head, tears on her cheeks. The effort of holding him is too much. Over the road, the CHIEF looks horrified. CHIEF Who fired! Who fired! MELINE, still grinning manically, turns away. He walks back into the shadows again, throwing his weapon into a skip. JUSTINE still clings to CODETZ as if both their lives depended on it. CODETZ is bleeding badly. Even so, he speaks quietly and calmly to her. The fear has gone from his eyes. JUSTINE I can't hold you. CODETZ Let me go. Please. JUSTINE Boz, help me. BOZ crawls over and holds his arms under CODETZ, cradling him. CODETZ is still a heavy burden for them both. CODETZ I'm so tired. She looks into his eyes. JUSTINE You're not coming back? CODETZ Goodbye, Symphony. JUSTINE realizes what she must do. She nods to BOZ, who looks terrified, though he nods back his understanding. JUSTINE closes her eyes tightly, and she and BOZ let go. CODETZ slips as he would into still water, without a ripple, and sinks out of sight. JUSTINE just sits there on the road. She stares down at the blood on her palms. BOZ and the CHIEF look on, helpless. CHIEF It's happened again. A TEAR trickles down JUSTINE'S cheek, and falls down into the road. It lands in WATER, setting of little ripples. DISSOLVE TO: EXT. LAKE. DAY A huge LAKE, or maybe an Ocean. The Sun is setting across the waves of the sea as the tide goes out. Great blades of sunlight penetrate the water's surface and out of them come pillars of glowing ivory. They stretch up past swirling seabirds, framed against a naked blue sky. The huge ivory pillars disappear into great white clouds, which are suffused with rays of a radiant divine light. Behind the light stands the great platform of the Ziggurat. Above its dark Temple is a shimmering Sun, a globe of light that consumes everything. At the edge of the platform is CODETZ, lying on his back, dazed and only just awake. EXT. ZIGGURAT PLATFORM. DAY CODETZ gets up, slowly and painfully. The wind whistles past his ear. There is a distant sound of a CROW squawking. CODETZ looks up, and crow is still circling. It circles, descending, and lands on the outstretched forearm of the HAMMER-MAN. He fixes CODETZ with his black eyes. The YELLOW EYE on his forehead seems to pulsate. CODETZ tries to back away, and the HAMMER-MAN raises his hammer. AERGWULF is watching from behind one of the pillars at the back of the temple. He takes out his axe, and looks in the reflection on the blade to see what is happening. Then he turns and runs up the side of the platform. CODETZ backs away as fast as he can. The wind whistles in around him, and the HAMMER-MAN seems almost a blur as his hammer swirls and connects with CODETZ'S helmet. CODETZ is THROWN to the ground and groans, blood rushing down his face from inside his helmet. He starts to choke, but the HAMMER-MAN is not done. He raises his hammer once again. On the down stroke there is a loud CLANG. AERGWULF is there, holding out his axe, blocking the blow. The HAMMER-MAN is furious and turns on him. CODETZ tries his best to scrabble away as the two warriors turn to fight each other. As CODETZ reaches one of the pillars he notices TANNA standing behind the opposite one, looking nervously at the battle. He crawls over to her, holding his wounded face. TANNA Hello naughty. AERGWULF is trying to hold his own, but the HAMMER-MAN is powerful even by his standards and he begins to lose ground. The HAMMER-MAN manages to get past his guard with a feint then he lunges and SMASHES his hammer into AERGWULF'S stomach. The big Viking falls to his knees. TANNA gasps at this, but CODETZ tries to hold her back. The HAMMER-MAN grins and strikes AERGWULF once again across the face. The Viking collapses in a broken heap. His axe falls and clatters on the platform. TANNA No! TANNA runs out before CODETZ can stop her. The HAMMER-MAN turns and sees her. CODETZ tries to get up, but he cannot stand. TANNA confronts the HAMMER-MAN, deeply upset. The HAMMER-MAN just grins, and the crow squawks at her. Little TANNA'S eyes blaze with fury. The HAMMER-MAN lifts his arm. This time he smiles with MELINE'S grin. A powerful GUST OF WIND rises in the pillars of the temple, it whips around them carrying dust and debris into the air, and then it passes through the entrance and hits the HAMMER-MAN straight on. TANNA You're very naughty! The HAMMER-MAN'S weapon is blown out of his hand and off the side of the platform. He looks round in astonishment as- -AERGWULF'S AXE is lifted by the wind and whirls through the air. Its shining blade buries itself deep in the HAMMER-MAN'S chest. The HAMMER-MAN looks dazed and then collapses to his knees. Black blood starts to seep from his mouth. TANNA runs towards AERGWULF. He smiles at her, before the Viking collapses against one of the pillars, clutching his chest. He is bleeding badly. AERGWULF'S breathing is very labored. TANNA sits down next to him. The Viking smiles at her and ruffles her hair one last time. TANNA throws her arms round the Viking's neck. CODETZ watches them from a distance. AERGWULF'S breathing stops. His hand falls away from TANNA. TANNA hugs him tightly, tears in her little eyes. CODETZ steps up and grimly pulls AERGWULF'S battleaxe from the HAMMER- MAN'S chest. CODETZ grips the axe handle. The HAMMER-MAN is kneeling at the edge of the platform, bleeding heavily. He is still alive. The face of MELINE stares back at CODETZ with black eyes, grimacing through the blood. CODETZ raises the axe and takes it back to swing. MELINE'S voice is harsh, mocking him. MELINE It never ends. In a split second CODETZ sees the BLOODIED FACE of his DEAD GRANDFATHER and the gunshots that killed him. With a ROAR, he swings the blade, and the HAMMER-MAN'S head is cloven from his body. It flies into the air over the edge of the temple, and the decapitated body slumps in a limp heap. TANNA watches. The sky above suddenly grows dark. Then out of the gloom, six globes appear, six PLANETS of the Solar System all conjoined. The planets circle CODETZ and TANNA. TANNA Naughty, brothers and sisters say time to go home. A great WAVE OF FLAME shoots up from behind the platform, and the immense orange glow of the SUN rises before them, filling the air with its heat and dazzling light. TANNA and CODETZ watch it rise above them, unaffected by its heat and light. CODETZ stands below the star, looking up in awe. He reaches out a hand, and touches the surface. FLAMES start to lick his fingers. They quickly cover his entire body, though he feels no pain. The flames soon cover CODETZ'S entire body, but he remains calm, gazing down at TANNA with bitter-sweet sadness. CODETZ'S burning body is released from the flame and bows down before TANNA. What is left is the glorious form of UTU sketched out in shining flames. UTU is clothed in flowing golden robes of fire. Then, without warning great WINGS OF FLAME erupt from UTU'S back. It is a glorious sight. TANNA Goodbye, naughty. UTU regards TANNA silently and sadly. Then he dissipates and fades back into the Sun and is gone forever. All that is left of CODETZ is now ash. His burnt form is still recognisable as the shell of a man. What that remains is his G.I. helmet, which seems untouched by the flames. TANNA looks sad for an instant then a smile glimmers on her little face. She holds her hand out and blows. CODETZ'S body of ash collapses, and drifts away on the air, off into the sky. CODETZ'S helmet falls to the ground and rolls, vanishing over the edge of the platform. Satisfied, TANNA turns to see KARSUDAN and OLD FACE standing at the top of the stairs. She toddles up to them, holding her stuffed Lion. When the two Magi see her they bow down very low, avoiding the little girl's clear gaze. TANNA Hello. KARSUDAN We thought we had failed. KARSUDAN keeps his eyes to the ground, only glancing at her. He seems awe-struck. TANNA touches his forehead, and shakes her head. TANNA No. Naughty's gone home now. Don't need to worry. KARSUDAN Thank you. TANNA That's OK. KARSUDAN mumbles something, but TANNA is impatient. I'm going home now too. Bye-bye. TANNA turns on her heels, and toddles back towards the great stone entrance to the Ziggurat Temple. Before she leaves she turns back one last time. TANNA Don't be naughty! She disappears in the darkness of the gate. KARSUDAN seems almost moved to tears. INT. THIRD EYE INNER SANCTUM. DAY ANTON sits on a wicker chair sipping tea. He stares out at the Ziggurat on the horizon, before glancing at his PET SNAKES in their plastic tank. MELINE walks in, frowning. ANTON Is it done? MELINE nods but looks doubtful. Well, is it or not? MELINE I'm not sure. ANTON How so? MELINE His woman was there. ANTON What does that matter? MELINE There was no body. ANTON is furious for a second then calms himself. ANTON What did this woman look like? MELINE Tallish, brunette… ANTON No, I mean, how did she look? MELINE She was crying. ANTON Then we needn't worry. ANTON takes another sip of his tea. With the passing of Codetz, the Mensheviks may move against us. They must be. . .decapitated. ANTON says this last word carefully. MELINE nods and leaves. ANTON'S gaze turns back towards the Ziggurat. EXT. STREET. DAY REIVA is out on his own bombing walls with large red 'M's. He is just finishing one off when he hears something behind him which puts him instantly on guard. He looks round to see CODETZ'S old G.I. Army Helmet lying on the pavement. It rolls around in the wind. REIVA walks up to it cautiously. Picking it up, he knows it is his friend's helmet, sweat stains, biro graffiti and all. From behind him there is a sudden HISSING noise. On guard, REIVA adjusts his face mask and kneels low to the ground. Something is moving close to him, something that scrapes the ground. He notices a tiny pinprick of yellow, then three. Three thin eyes are watching him. REIVA'S eyes widen as the shape comes towards him at speed. He has no time to escape. CODETZ'S helmet falls to the ground again and rolls away. CUT TO: INT. HOSPITAL WARD. DAY REIVA is lying in a hospital bed. His eyes are closed, and his head is bandaged. His black beret is placed on the bedside table. A plastic respirator covers his face. A heart monitor beeps. BOZ(OFF.) What attacked him? JUSTINE(OFF.) They don't know. Some large animal, a dog maybe. JUSTINE and BOZ stand just a little down at the end of the ward, near reception. JUSTINE looks worried. BOZ He'll be ok, though? JUSTINE I don't know. BOZ sits down in one of the chairs. He paws at his own bandage. BOZ Do you know where Codetz got his scar? JUSTINE He said he was born with it. Why? BOZ No reason. It's just strange we all have head wounds. (pause) How do you feel? JUSTINE I don't know. It's like there's nothing to hold onto anymore, like there's nothing left to look forward to. BOZ I know the feeling. Anton seems to think Codetz is a sort of God. JUSTINE turns to him. She tries to smile. JUSTINE God help us if he is. BOZ smiles thinly at this but it does not last. BOZ He said he saw Tanna. Do you think that's possible? JUSTINE Anything's possible. FADE TO BLACK. Hard footsteps echo. Boots slam onto a polished floor. INT. HOSPITAL WARD. NIGHT CODETZ strides through the ward, looking very out of place in his fatigues and helmet once again. No-one seems to notice him. As he comes to the end of the ward, he sees REIVA propped up in his bed. CODETZ sits down next to him. We cannot see his face in the dark. He holds his friends hand tightly in his own, and places his free hand in a shape like an M on REIVA'S chest A dull distant THUDDING SOUND fills the air. The whole world seems to BEAT to a single heartbeat. Then REIVA'S eyes open. INT. BEDROOM. DAY JUSTINE still sits patiently at CARLY'S bedside. She notices a tear glistening in the light on CARLY'S cheek. CARLY smiles strangely and holds her hand up to it. CARLY'S MOTHER is standing by the television. CARLY'S MOTHER Justine. Look. BEN SAMAYA, the American TV Reporter of the 'Youth of Babylon' show is talking from a helicopter above the Ziggurat. BEN SAMAYA(V.O.) We've been flying now for an hour towards this thing, and we can't get any nearer to it! It just stays at the same distance from us, no matter what. It's a very creepy feeling. (shots of Ziggurat) However we have been able to get camera shots from the platform. We have them coming through now. It looks like our G.I. ghost out there… JUSTINE kneels down in front of the screen, her hand covering her face. It is CODETZ, hand in hand with TANNA. INT. UNIVERSITY. STUDY. DAY At the University, TINA is watching TV too. She is utterly astonished at what she sees. She sits down, her eyes glued to the screen. INT. LIVING ROOM. UNCLES HOUSE. DAY UNCLE is watching too. He cannot believe what he is seeing. UNCLE My God. INT. KITCHEN. DAY BOZ is staring at the blurry images of his daughter and CODETZ on the portable television in his kitchen. He sits on his own in near darkness at the table. Tears are streaming down his pale face. INT. THE THIRD EYE LOFT. DAY On the temple platform stands CODETZ, hand in hand with the little form of TANNA, blown up on a wide screen in the third eye hall. ANTON emerges behind MELINE, looking almost ecstatic. MELINE is transfixed. ANTON It is the sign. INT. BEDROOM. DAY Tears are welling in JUSTINE'S eyes as she watches the dark shape of CODETZ standing on the Ziggurat. She reaches out to the screen, trying to touch him. CODETZ, in silhouette, stands with a CLENCHED FIST in the air. EXT. STREET. DAY An angry CROWD has gathered in the street. The POLICE have arrived, and are shoring up a number of people. One man rushes up and screams at them, he holds a banner saying ‘How Many More.' Another behind him holds one, partly obscured, which says ‘Police Brutality!' CHIEF arrives in his car and grabs a megaphone from one of the PC's. A shout of ‘murderer' goes out from the crowd. CHIEF You will all disperse! The incident is being looked into! (to PC) I want support here now. PC Yes, sir. CHIEF And move your arse! INT. THIRD EYE HALL. DAY The white-clad THIRD EYES stand in row upon row, maybe fifty of them all gathered before the altar. The Third Eye banners are unfurled on either side as ANTON takes the stage. He regards his personal army in silence. At the back MELINE looks on, in his white shirt, red kilt and huge black sledgehammer. At last, ANTON addresses his men in German. ANTON Our moment has come, my comrades. We have seen the sign. The entire world has seen it and there can be no denial. CONTINUED Now has come the time for the third eye to see the way to a new dawn. Our generation demands that future, and we will build it for them. We will rebuild mankind from the dust of its decadence, we see the way to the brightest of all possible worlds, we are the tools of destruction and the spark of rebirth. We will wash the Earth clean of its afflictions. We will be the new flood! The Third Eyes STAMP their approval with their black boots. MELINE grins from ear to ear and grips his hammer. INT. FLAT. NIGHT REIVA stands on his own next to his small tape player. He pulls on his beret and replaces his black facemask. His eyes seem to twinkle with a sparkling blue light. EXT. STREET. NIGHT REIVA steps out his close door into the street. A CAR pulls up next to him, a car with tinted windows. The car stops, and one of the windows winds down, but no face appears. A VOICE speaks in French. VOICE (in French) What's the plan? REIVA nods up, then over to his right side. His eyes gleam from behind his black mask. The car pulls away at speed. EXT. STREET. DAY A STREET CLEANER is out working when he sees the black car pass by. It has a clear red 'M' in one of its windows. The STREETCLEANER glances at it, then takes out a black face mask, puts it on. INT. LAUNDRETTE. DAY The STREETCLEANER appears outside the window of the launderette. Inside a YOUNG MAN in overalls spots him as he puts his clothes in the machine. The STREETCLEANER holds his hand on the window in the 'M' shape, and the YOUNG MAN takes a facemask out of his pocket and puts it on. The two walk out into the street together, and are joined by other all wearing black face masks. EXT. STREET. NIGHT REIVA stands at the head of his MENSHEVIK ARMY. He is no longer the humble little man from before. The Mensheviks march through the city framed against the sky. Down below them, BOZ is on his mobile phone. JUSTINE can just be heard talking frantically. JUSTINE(OFF.) He's not in his bed! We can't find him anywhere! BOZ What? Calm down! JUSTINE(OFF.) There's no sign of him! BOZ That's impossible! You said he was in a coma. Just then the Mensheviks emerge, striding down the slope of the streets past BOZ. BOZ looks on astonished as REIVA marches past him at the head of his army. JUSTINE is still screaming down the phone at him, but BOZ is staring at REIVA. REIVA salutes him with his fist as he walks by. BOZ (to Justine) It's all Bowie. EXT. CITY STREET. DAY TANNA jumps off the last step of the huge stone staircase of the Ziggurat Temple. She stands and looks around her. She walks out into the street and starts toddling along the pavement past all the people, walking merrily along as though nothing has happened. She walks past amazed BYSTANDERS, who still seem shocked by what they have seen. The great dark Ziggurat towers behind the little girl, but she does not look back again. Out of the crowd appears the shell-shocked face of CARLY, and her mother. JUSTINE is close to her, helping her stand. CARLY looks very pale, her eyes are dark, tear-stained. They are about to help her into a car seat when CARLY'S face turns from almost catatonic, to amazement, to utter joy as she sees her little girl walking towards her. JUSTINE and her mother both look equally amazed. CARLY runs to her daughter, and wraps her arms tightly round her, tears welling in her eyes. She is followed without a sound by her mum, who runs up and wraps his arms round both of them, trying her best not to cry. TANNA smiles warmly. All three walk hand in hand towards JUSTINE, who is also looking shocked, grimy and teary. TANNA holds out her hand to JUSTINE, and clears one of the tears from her cheek. JUSTINE takes it and kisses it. TANNA Naughty's gone home now. Don't need to worry. JUSTINE I didn't know. TANNA Nobody knows. TANNA turns to her mother. Where's daddy? EXT. STREET. DAY It seems a perfectly normal day. People are going about their business. They ignore the isolated pocket of angry protesters being contained by the Police. Then, even over the loud traffic, a new sound can be heard. It is the sound of stamping boots on tarmac. CHIEF What the…? Over the tip of the hill a number of SHAVEN-HEADED MEN in white shirts, jeans and black boots are goose-stepping their way up to them. Behind them is MELINE, wearing a red kilt, with his unlaced leather boots and black sledgehammer across his shoulder. CHIEF looks on at this, alarmed. CHIEF Davey, get your armour. EXT. STREET. DAY The Third Eyes line up in a uniform row, standing to attention with their feet spread. The all hold sledgehammers at their feet. RIOT POLICE lead by the CHIEF watch anxiously. One of MELINE'S men hands a megaphone to him. MELINE walks forwards from the lines of Third Eyes. He addresses the Police through the loudspeaker. MELINE Listen to me! This generation demands a future! The Third Eye is here to deliver it to them! MELINE then steps up and starts to SWING HIS HAMMER. Round and round his head he swings it, like an Olympic hammer thrower. Round and round his head he swings then he releases. The hammer FLIES towards the formation of Riot Police with an almost unnatural speed. CHIEF Watch out! The hammer SLAMS into the front line and somebody screams; the sledgehammer spins out and clatters off onto the tarmac of the road, bouncing around alarmingly. Two PC'S lie writhing on the floor. DAVEY I think they mean business, sir! CHIEF Oh, you think?! Get these men up! (to the rest) Form a line! The remaining RIOT POLICE link their plastic shields into one massive defensive line and start BANGING them loudly with their truncheons. At the other side of the street, one of MELINE'S cohorts gives him a new hammer, and MELINE grins down at the line of Police. CHIEF decides to reply. CHIEF (through loudspeaker) Disperse now and we will take no action! The THIRD EYES start to hit the road with the wooden handles of their hammers. Louder and louder they SMASH them down. MELINE suddenly lets loose a blood-churning SCREAM, loud enough to be heard over everything. The other Third Eyes follow and scream and holler themselves. Then as this horrible sound reaches a crescendo, they CHARGE the Police line with their hammers raised in the air. The CHIEF watches them come and grimly stands his ground. CUT TO BLACK The sky seems to burn over the city. All the buildings are a dark silhouette. Then a SHAPE appears, small at first, but grows. A beret, upon which is a red star, and a black face mask. It is REIVA, and he marches at the head of the Menshevik brigade, many people of all shapes, sizes and colours, all wearing the same black face masks. They all march behind their diminutive leader, whose single-minded gaze never falters. BOZ follows at the rear, and as he walks he sees an amazing sight. CARLY is hand in hand with TANNA, and JUSTINE walks beside them, smiling. BOZ stops in his tracks. CARLY picks up TANNA and offers her to him. BOZ just stands there dumbstruck. TANNA Hello, daddy. BOZ looks close to tears and puts his arms round his daughter. JUSTINE and CARLY just smile at him, trying not to cry again. BOZ holds his daughter in his arms and kisses her on the cheek. TANNA You've been very naughty, daddy. BOZ I know. I'm sorry. TANNA That's OK. TANNA looks over at REIVA who stand and turns, waiting. Let me down, daddy. BOZ does so, and TANNA toddles over to REIVA. She talks quietly to him. TANNA (to Reiva) Thankyou. REIVA bows to her reverently. EXT. WASTELAND. DAY The slopes of the industrial wasteland seem like a mountain range, and from behind it emerges a giant. MELINE stands there, still brandishing his hammer, bloodstained and STILL grinning like the maniac he is. He holds a bashed POLICE HELMET in one hand, and throws it away contemptuously. From behind him the other Third Eye thugs emerge, all wielding hammers, with their white shirts bloodied and stained. They stand in triumph for a moment, looking around as though there are none left to challenge them. MELINE looks over the city as though he fancied himself a new God. A lone SHAPE appears beneath them. It is of a tall, thin MAN, the only one who seems to dare stand before these Third Eye Titans. It is BOZ. BOZ Meline! MELINE'S horrible grimace deepens when he sees him. MELINE Bosman. Come and join us! BOZ Meline! Get off that midden! MELINE laughs at him. MELINE Or what! BOZ Or I'll throw you off myself! The Third Eyes all laugh at him. MELINE You and whose army? MELINE'S grin dies on his bloodied face as, over the hill, comes the little dark form of REIVA, followed closely by his Mensheviks, CARLY, TANNA and JUSTINE. This new army seems to stretch across the whole horizon. REIVA glares at MELINE. BOZ His. FADE TO BLACK Handcuffs click into place, as MELINE is led away towards a Police Car. He seems a much diminished figure. EXT. CITY WASTELAND. DAY CHIEF watches over the arrest, his left arm in a sling, cuts and bruises on his ruddy face. The Menshevik Brigade is still there, watching from a distance. REIVA stands at their head. BOZ, JUSTINE, and CARLY, still carrying TANNA, all stand next to their small friend. CHIEF eyes them all nervously. INT. POLICE CAR MELINE is pushed in, and CHIEF gets in the front seat. CHIEF turns on the radio. On it an announcer says: RADIO ANNOUNCER 'Anton Olmert, the leader of a group known as the Third Eye Cult hanged himself in his own rooms, after a clash with Police in the city streets. It also thought that the Trotskyite Menshevik Brigade may have had a hand in his demise. Police are proceeding with their enquiries' CHIEF Your wee escapade is at an end. MELINE looks up. CARLY has raised her arm in a clenched fist. Silently, she is followed by REIVA, JUSTINE, BOZ, and the others. The whole horde on the hill holds a FIST IN THE AIR. MELINE grins once more. MELINE It never ends. FADE TO BLACK FADE IN EXT. HILLTOP. DESERT. DAY BOZ, CARLY and JUSTINE are walking up the side of a deserted hillside. The ground is rocky, covered in sand and weeds. BOZ leads TANNA over the rocks. Behind them is REIVA, wearing CODETZ'S helmet. They walk hand in hand towards JUSTINE, who turns and smiles. TANNA grabs her hand. JUSTINE lifts her up over the rocks. At the top of the hill REIVA turns towards the Sun, which is setting behind the great Ziggurat that still dominates the horizon. He takes off his black mask and taps on the helmet two times. He smiles. When TANNA looks up she sees KARSUDAN and OLD FACE standing next to her. They both smile too. TANNA holds out her hand and KARSUDAN clasps it gently. All the friends stand there, watching the sunlight disappear behind the pillars of the great Temple, as the Sun starts its long path down to sleep beneath the world. THE END
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