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EXT - Forest

[A couple, husband and wife, are driving, when they see a car that went over]

HUSBAND

Just stay here. I think somebody just went over!

[Husband goes to investigate, leaving his wife in the car]

WIFE

Honey, be careful!

HUSBAND

Hey! Anybody in there?

[He sees a dead body, turns to talk to his wife]

HUSBAND

Oh, God. Hey, call 911! There's a dead guy down here!

[He turns back; the body has dissapeared]

HUSBAND

What?

[Somebody attacks him]

END OF TEASER


OPENING CREDITS

ACT I

EXT - Forest, the next day

[Will and Helen are at the crime scene, investigating]

WILL

I pulled some strings with the local cops. If anyone asks, we're feds.

HELEN

Any special unit?

WILL

Narcotics.Hold on a second, guys. [He approaches a body bag, Helen follows] Though I doubt drugs has anything to do with what's in this body bag.

HELEN

Don't you mean who?

WILL

Not so much. [He opens the body bag, Helen looks inside.]

HELEN

Oh, dear God.

WILL
Yeah.That's all that's left of one Thomas Rayburn. Sliced and diced.
His wife's body was found over this way.[They walk to the other corpse, Will shows Helen the wife's wounds ]. The wound pattern's the same as her husband's.The cuts are uneven,some deep, some superficial.

HELEN

The attack was fierce, frenzied.

WILL

Yeah.Doesn't look like she had much time to put up a fight.

HELEN

Do you think we could spin this as a wild animal attack?

WILL

I don't know.There's no tracks around here,just footprints.[They arrive at the car]. Okay, so the way I figure it,husband and wife spot this wreck,husband goes to investigate,and when he doesn't come back, wife follows.

HELEN

It was her voice we heard on the 911 call. She said her husband found a dead body.

WILL

Now, judging from the blood spatter, I'm guessing major chest wound. Steering column probably punched right through the heart.

HELEN

Death would be instantaneous.

WILL

Yeah.So then where's the body?

[Cut to a parking, seen on a camera footage. Two teens are in the parking]

TEEN1

Yeah, what's up, man?

TEEN2

Hey, come on.

TEEN1

You look like you've seen a ghost, brother.[He strangles the other]

Int-Sanctuary

[Helen watches the footage.The teen puts his friend, now unconscious, in his car's trunk, then leaves]

WILL

Hey, did you get that link I emailed you of the security camera footage of that parking lot in newcity?

HELEN

Yeah, I just finished watching it. Is the killer who I think it is?

WILL

Well, Henry's facial recognition software caught a hit, and I pulled a frame from the video.[He shows Helen a picture]

HELEN

Huh....Chad Spencer,our missing car-crash victim. 24 years old and clearly very much alive.He's a trust-fund baby on his fourth Ivy league tour.

WILL

Ah...Who walks away from a crash like that? Actually, what am I saying? We know a lot of people who walk away from a crash like that.

HELEN

The question is, why hasn't he been in touch with his family or any of his friends?

WILL

He has.[Will hands Helen another picture] This is Darrin Wilson, the other guy in the footage.Reported missing two days ago. Darrin is Chad's roommate.

HELEN

From another wealthy family, and yet it's not a kidnapping scheme.There've been no ransom demands.

WILL

Okay, so what've we got? We got a dead man. Walks away from a crash, becomes homicidal.

HELEN

Run the data again. There's obviously a common denominator we're overlooking. See if anyone else has disappeared.

WILL

Yeah. [He turns to leave, but remembers something and returns] Hey, you know, this would be a lot easier with Henry's help.

HELEN

He's unavailable.

WILL

Why, again?

HELEN [hesitating]

He's on a mission of utmost importance. I was sworn to absolute secrecy.

WILL

Wait a second. San Diego comic-con? That's the mission of utmost importance?

HELEN

You did not hear it from me.

WILL

Where's the big guy? [Helen shakes her head]. He's with him?

HELEN

It's one of the few places he actually blends in.

WILL

Okay, great, so they're fan boys. I'm working with fan boys...

Ext-Alley

[A girl is waiting somebody, when she sees Darrin]

TEEN GIRL

Darrin! What the hell? I got your text. Where have you been?

DARRIN

Don't worry about it. It's all good.

TEEN GIRL

Your parents have been calling me.They're freaking out.

DARRIN

I'm sure they have. Let's go.

TEEN GIRL

What are you doing? Take it easy. Darrin, this is not...[She sees Darrin, and drops her bags out of shock] Chad? Holy crap.

CHAD[smiling]

Well, it's nice to see you, too, Laura.

LAURA

Okay, but I... I went to your memorial service.

CHAD

Yeah. It's a shame I had to miss it.I heard it was nice.

DARRIN

Oh, it was beautiful, Buddy.

LAURA

Okay, you guys are really freaking me out.

CHAD

Just relax. We're all friends here.

LAURA

What the hell's going on?

CHAD

That's what I wondered, too, at first, but then I remembered that week that we had spent at that Mexican clinic. [He reaches out to caress the girl's lips]

LAURA

And?

CHAD

And... I'm just saying...Then it all made sense. [He takes out a gun]

LAURA

Oh, my God. Oh, my God... [Chad shoots her. She dies, the guys change worried looks, then Laura comes back to life, now having black eyes]

DARRIN

[ takes out his glasses, revealing his black eyes]Hi.

CHAD

Welcome to the club.

Int-Sanctuary

KATE

Any luck so far?

WILL

Just had a report of another missing kid.


KATE

And?

WILL

That common denominator that Magnus was looking for...

KATE

You found it?

WILL

Well, out of sheer desperation, I ran the names through the North American security institute.

KATE

You don't seriously think they're terrorists?

WILL
No, but check this out.The NASI also monitors customs and immigration,and it looks like all these missing kids recently spent time in Mexico.

KATE

On vacation?

WILL[shows her his computer scren]Just the opposite.

[Helen, Will and Kate are walking in the Sanctuary]

WILL
So they checked into a drug clinic,very expensive, very exclusive.

HELEN
Headed by the noted Viennese scientist doctor Heinrich Baumschlager.Never heard of him.

WILL
Well, the place is called La Casa de la Nueva Vida.

HELEN
Ah, the house of new life, and it appears to beliving up to its name.

Int-Mexico Clinic

[Helen and Will arrive;they see a nurse]

NURSE

I'll tell Dr. Baumschlager you're here.

WILL [smiling]
Thank you.Gracias.

HELEN [she touches what seemes to be a palm leave]

Plastic.

WILL
Why do I get the feeling we're going to sit througha timeshare pitch?

HELEN
Because there's something a tad dodgy about all of this.

WILL
Yeah, well, the crash forensics came up zilch. Right now we have nothing. None of this makes any sense.

NURSE

El doctor will see you now.

HELEN[ pauses as she sees someone, then points out to...]
On the contrary,now it makes perfect sense.

[...Nikola Tesla, which suddenly appears]

NIKOLA

Hola, amigos!

[Helen bites her lip, then changes a desperate look with Will]

ACT II

[Nikola gives them a tour of the clinic]

NIKOLA
And right over here, we have our friendship lanai. It's a small, intimate space for sharing...

HELEN

Nikola, we're not here for the tour.

NIKOLA [approaching her, speaks with German accent]
I notice you do seem a bit on edge. Might I suggest one of our green-tea detox massages? It makes you feel 100 again.

HELEN[angry]

We know what's going on here.

NIKOLA[normal voice, a bit irritated]

And I don't like the tone of your voice.

WILL

And we don't like being lied to, so...

NIKOLA
Why are you people always so ready to think the worst of me?You've seen my facilities for yourself.

HELEN
You don't honestly expect us to believethat you are running a detox clinic?

WILL
Yeah, you're, uh, you're not exactly the philanthropic type.

NIKOLA
I never said I wasn't making a profit, but in return, I provide a public service.

HELEN[impatient]

I'm waiting.

NIKOLA
Wealthy parents ship their drug-addled teenagers to me.They arrive, their poor little bodies wracked by the best designer drugs trust funds can buy.
It breaks your heart, but then after one week of my treatment,I send them home to mater and pater completely cured of all addictions.

WILL[surprised]

Whoa, whoa, whoa, one week?

NIKOLA[obviously proud of himself]

Mm-hm.

WILL

That's impossible.

NIKOLA
Which part of "I'm a genius" aren't you getting?

HELEN

Less ego, more facts, please. [Will smiles]  

NIKOLA
All right.Do you remember that weapon I invented to combat the Cabal's super abnormals?

HELEN

Yes, all too well.

NIKOLA [pointing to Will]
This may go over your head.Just try to play along.Suffice it to say, I redesigned the biotechnology core,creating a blood matrix scrubber with selective protein inhibitors...

HELEN[very angry]
Enough! Whatever you've done to these young people, Nikola, they're disappearing.

NIKOLA[surprised]

As in...

WILL
Something's killing them and stealing their bodies.

NIKOLA[shocked]

You don't say.

HELEN
Come on, out with it.I want to hear you say the words.

NIKOLA
All right.I... I may have...sort of...

HELEN

Spill it, Nikola.

NIKOLA[grining]

Turned them into vampires.

INT-appartement

Chad, Darrin and Laura are paying a visit to their friends. Chad shoots them, they revive as vampires.]

GIRL

Amazing.

GUY

Solid.

INT-Mexico clinic

NIKOLA
Admittedly, I was too impatient with my previous experiments.They were... imperfect.

HELEN[exasperated]

They were homicidal.

NIKOLA
Semantics.This time it's different.

HELEN
How? You would still have had to use your own blood.

NIKOLA
Yes, but I programmed the little tykes' DNA for a time release of the vampire gene...30 years minimum for the metamorphosis to complete.

WILL[not buying it]
Time release? We're talking about ancient vampire blood here.It's not cold medication.

NIKOLA
Same principle, junior. I thought that if I slowed down the genetic mutation, I'd sidestep the antibody rejection which was plaging my former subjects.

HELEN[angry]

Well, clearly, something went wrong.

NIKOLA

Clearly.

HELEN

How many subjects did you treat here?

NIKOLA[partly thrilled, partly worried]
Oh, man...Enough to raise a little hell.

INT-Appartement

[Laura is making out with Chad]

LAURA

I can smell your blood.

CHAD

You want to taste me?

LAURA[she licks him on the neck]

Yummy...

DARRIN[ comes with some papers]

Chad! You gotta see this, man.

CHAD[unhappy that he was distured]

Yeah, um...Now is... now is not a good time.

DARRIN
Would you hear me out, please? So, listen, I hired this hacker to break through Dr. Frankenstein's firewalls, right, and most of what we found were medical journals,
records of his experiments, that kind of stuff,but then I also found this.

LAURA[angry, stops kissing Chad]

What is it?

DARRIN

It's a history of vampires, Laura,but nothing like I've ever heard before.

CHAD

What does it say?

DARRIN
"Vampires were once the best and brightest race on the planet.So many of the great minds were bloodsuckers."  

CHAD
The humans bowed down to us? We were immortals? Kings.

LAURA

King of the world.I like the sound of that.

CHAD
Yeah. So do I. I think it's time to rebuild the empire.

[All the vampires gather in a circle, their teeths grow and they roar]

INT-Mexico Clinic

NIKOLA
I don't know. I don't get it. I adhered to all the protocols.Have a look for yourself. [shows Helen his laptop]

HELEN
And yet the incubation period was drastically truncated. [The nurse comes to bring them some drinks, they stop talking, but resume as the nurse leaves]  

WILL

Instant vampires.

NIKOLA
So maybe there's some sort of environmental variable I didn't take into account.

WILL

What, like weather, or diet, lifestyle?

HELEN

Death.

NIKOLA[surprised]

Death?

HELEN

Death would be the last thing that an immortal would think of.

NIKOLA

This first kid died in a car accident.

WILL
And then showed up two days later, alive.

HELEN

Chad Spencer.

NIKOLA

Yes, I remember him. Alpha-male type.

HELEN
If a human, having undergoneyour treatment, dies...

NIKOLA
the vampire gene would kick in.It was programmed to survive at all costs.

WILL
Okay, so Chad comes back to life and starts rounding up the other patients.

HELEN
And killing them, thereby triggering their vampire genetics.

NIKOLA[furious]
The little bastard.[closes his laptop with anger] This was supposed to be my party! Nobody hijacks Nikola Tesla!

INT-Appartement

[Chad, Darrin and Laura come to see Steve, one of their friends]

STEVE

You guys must be high. Are you using again?

DARRIN

We are clean, my friend.

STEVE
What's with the eyes? They don't do that on True Blood.

CHAD
Look, this isn't a TV show, okay? This is real.

LAURA

So, what do you think? Are you in?

STEVE
I don't know.I mean, I didn't get to do spring break at the clinic like you guys did.

CHAD
Well, now's your chance. Be part of the group.That is, of course, if you're up for it.

STEVE[part thrilled, part scared]

Immortality?

CHAD

Yeah.

STEVE

You're serious?

CHAD
Oh, I'm very serious...But you better be sure about it,because there's no going back.

STEVE

What do I need to do?

LAURA[approaches him and caresses his neck] You just leave everything to me.[ Her teeth grow]  

STEVE

Whoa.

[Laura bites him and sucks his blood, Steve collapses on the floor]

LAURA[worried]
What's going on? Why isn't he coming back to life?

CHAD[realising]

Wow. Not cool.

LAURA[shocked]

Oh, my God.I... I killed him.

CHAD

Look, what the hell happened?

LAURA

No, I mean, I really killed him.

CHAD[trying to consolate her]

Look, it's not your fault, okay?

LAURA[desperate]
What do you mean it's not my fault? I bit him on the neck and now he's dead!

CHAD
Well, it's not supposed to happen like this.

DARRIN
I don't get it.I mean, everyone knows that's how you make more vampires.

CHAD

Yeah, well, clearly they're wrong.

DARRIN

Clearly, Chad.

CHAD

You know, for the superior race, we're not doing so hot.

DARRIN

Okay, so, what do you want to do now?

CHAD
Look, this is... this is ridiculous.
Why are we trying to figure this out on our own? We know exactly who did this to us.

LAURA[angry]

That doctor in Mexico.

CHAD
Yeah.That's exactly where we're going to find the answers.

DARRIN
Yeah, Chad, I'm starting to get a bad feeling about all this.

CHAD
What, are you going to bail just because of one screw-up?

DARRIN

That's what you call dead Steve?

CHAD
Look, come on, man, okay? That quack down south did this to us,but we have a chance now to take our power back.If we nail this...
There isn't anybody on earth that can push us around anymore.

DARRIN

Okay...We're good.

CHAD

What about you?You going to be okay?

LAURA[almost crying]
I've never killed anything in my life, so how can I feel so sad,and at the same time, so...[her voice changes into a hungry one] Hungry?

CHAD

We are what we are.[He hugs Laura]  

EXT-Mexico clinic]

HELEN[she is talking to Kate on the phone]

Hey there.

KATE
How are things in the land of the 65-cent Margarita?

HELEN
Well, the phrase "bloody awful" comes to mind.We're on our way back.In the meantime,I've emailed you a list of patients who spent time at the clinic.Find out all you can about them.

KATE

Okay.Am I looking for anything in particular?

HELEN

Vampires.

KATE[unable to believe her ears]

Come again?

HELEN

Yeah, it seems Nikola's been up to his usual selfish tricks.

NIKOLA

Oh. Oh, I'm selfish?

HELEN[almost yelling]

Shocking, I know.

NIKOLA

Because I tried to save my race from extinction?

HELEN
Because you used innocent children in a potentially deadly experiment.

WILL[calmly]

There was that.

NIKOLA

Professional jealousy.

HELEN
You've no idea what you've unleashed! [They stop walking as they see Chad, Laura and Darrin approaching them] Ah, let me guess.This must be your graduating class.

NIKOLA[approaching Chad to take a better look at him]

Incredible...it worked.

CHAD

You're coming with us.

NIKOLA

But you didn't even say please.[He points out his claws, his voice grows deeper and his eyes go black, then he steps aside leaving Helen and Will to fight the vampires]  

HELEN[fighting the vampires]

Nikola, what the hell are you doing?

NIKOLA[admiring the fight]

Crude, yet magnificent.

[A car hits Nikola, the vampires take him and put him in the car;s trunk, then leave. helen manages to shoot Laura and to catch her, but Nikola has already dissapeared]

HELEN

Dammit!

ACT III

EXT-Appartement balcony in the city

[The vampires are talking with Tesla]

CHAD
It's an honor to welcome the source of our greatness.

LAURA

You're like our own personal Obama.

NIKOLA[angry]

What the hell are you playing at?

CHAD[calm]

Look, this isn't a game, okay? We both know that.

NIKOLA

Don't read me the rule book, Sonny.I wrote it.

CHAD

What's your problem? This was your idea, remember?

NIKOLA[desperate]
No, no, no, no. The spontaneous generation of vampires decades ahead of schedule was not my idea.
I had a plan, an intricate, ingenious design, and, strange as it may sound,it did not involve you
blowing away your friends and taking over.Do you have any idea what you've become?

DARRIN

Well, that's why you're here, to fill in the gaps for us.

NIKOLA[circling the others]
Sanguine vampiris. The preeminent race on the planet.Born for greatness, bred to rule.
Kings and pharaohs.There was a time when we sighed,and the world trembled.

LAURA[pleased]

We know. We read your journal.

CHAD
Look, let's just cut to the chase, okay? You chose us not because of who we are,but because of who we'll become.

NIKOLA

How astute.

CHAD
Our parents have more money than God, and they hold positions of power and influenceall over this world.

NIKOLA
And in a few decades' time,you would have stepped into their shoes,creating a new ruling class,returning us to the old ways.

CHAD
So let's bring it on. Now,and if anyone stands in our way, they'll die.

NIKOLA [exasperated]
Nice.All the subtlety of brainsurgery with a chainsaw.

CHAD
But why wait?We're here right now.

NIKOLA
Oh, and you think that your 24 years' experiencehas prepped you for ruling the earth?

CHAD

What are you saying?

NIKOLA
I'm saying you'll blow it.You've turned what was supposed to be a symphony into rock and roll! [yelling] French-canadian rock and roll.

CHAD
You know, I was hoping you'd be a little bit more cooperative.

NIKOLA
Yeah, well, life's a bitch, and then you don't die. [The other vampires approach him] Oh, what, we're going to do this old-school? Is that it?
You're not facing Magnus. This is me.[points out his claws] Bring it on, kiddies.

[The teen vamps throw Nikola over the edge, he falls on a car]

NIKOLA[trying to lift himself off the car]
I hate them.I hate them...[the other vampires suddenly appear] Okay...Let's talk.[sad] You know, I almost broke a nail on.

INT-Sanctuary

[Laura is tied up to a chair]

HELEN
Should counteract the sedative we gave her during transport.

WILL
Yeah, just tell me the straps are going to hold.

HELEN

Titanium webbing, vampire-proof.

[Laura starts to wake up]

KATE

Hmm, rise and shine.

LAURA

Where am I?

HELEN

I'll be asking the questions now.

LAURA[angry]

And who the hell are you?

HELEN
Where have your friends taken Nikola? Dr. Baumschlager?

LAURA[insolent]

Wouldn't you like to know?

HELEN

I don't have time to play games.

LAURA
You know, Chad's not going to be cool with this.If he finds out where you're holding me, he's going to whip some serious vamp action on your ass.

HELEN
You have no idea what you've become.Insolence will only make things worse.

LAURA[trying to provoke Helen]

Yeah? Why don't you bite me, bitch?

WILL[calmly]
Why don't you go get an earl grey and let me take a shot?

[Helen leaves the room]

LAURA

Hey, cute boy.

INT-Appartement

[Nikola is tied up, Chad stings him to take his blood]

NIKOLA

Ow!This is unconscionable, even by my standards.

CHAD
Yeah, well, I wanted to do it the easy way,but you forced my hand.

NIKOLA
So you steal my equipment, my research, my blood? [angry] Hey, biff!

DARRIN

Darrin.

NIKOLA
Whatever.Take it easy with the centrifuge, please. It's not a toy.

DARRIN

I'm just following your notes.

NIKOLA
It's not paint by numbers. It's a highly sophisticated biochemical process.

DARRIN

Huh.

NIKOLA

Does this chump even know what he's doing?

DARRIN
Well, looking through your data,I saw that you were able to create a single strand of recombinant DNA based on your vampiric genetic pattern, then using a restriction endonuclease,you were able to cleave the DNA strands onto chromosomes number four,seven, and eight sequentially,then reintroduced this thirdstrand back to the separated double-helix matrix and spliced it in, which, of course, ultimately created a stronger, super-triple DNA helix within these chromosomes.

[Nikola can't believe Darrin is right]
CHADUm...Darrin was pre-med.

NIKOLAWas?

DARRIN

Dropped out.

NIKOLA[obviously sad]

Why?

DARRIN

I don't know, the parties were lame?

[Nikola growls at him]

INT-Sanctuary

WILL
Look, Laura, you know that we're only trying to help you, right?

LAURA
Mmm, blah, blah, blah... Who's your cute little friend in the thrift-store wardrobe?

[Kate is obviously very angry, approaches Laura as if she wants to shoot her]

WILL
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. We're cool, right?[winks at Kate] Right? I mean, look, I get it.
You were brought to that clinic under false pretences,and you were experimented on without your consent...

LAURA
I checked in a meth-head.I checked out a vampire.[grining] Bonus.

WILL
Look, if you tell us where the others have taken Tesla,we might be able to reverse the process.

LAURA

That's your pitch?

WILL

Yeah.

LAURA
Rat out up my friends, I get to go back to being an addict?I'm not telling you anything, and you can't make me.

WILL

Okay.Well, have it your way.Kill her.

KATE[excited]

About time.

LAURA[laughing]
What are you going to do, shoot me? I'll just heal again. I'm immortal.

KATE
If this gun was loaded with regular bullets, you'd be right,[ pulls out a bullet from the weapon] but these, sweetheart, are solid silver, blessed by a priest with holy water from the Vatican.

WILL

Yeah, only us sanctified monster hunters get 'em. It's...

KATE
I pump just one of these babies into your heart...[Laura gives her a fearful look] And wham! [Laura is almost crying]

[Will and Kate go to see Helen]

WILL

We found out where they're holding Tesla.

HELEN

Oh, good.So the psychological approach worked?

WILL

I had my doubts.

KATE[puts an arm on Will's shoulder]

But, hey, result.

WILL

Yeah. Uh, did you find anything interesting in Laura's blood?

HELEN

Perhaps.Her mutated DNA shows a triple helix.

KATE

Translation, please?

HELEN
Well, if I can find a way to break the peptide bond, I might be able to detach the third strand and undo Nikola's handywork.

WILL
Tesla said he used the biotech developed for the super abnormal weapon.You think we can adapt it in some way?

HELEN
Without Nikola's research, I'd be flying blind.We can't take that risk.

WILL
But you may be able to reverse the process.

HELEN[worried]
"May" being the operative word.Nikola's really done it this time.His creations are better, stronger, even deadlier than he is.Conventional means of control are no longer sufficient.

KATE
What if we can't put the genie back in the bottle?

HELEN[still worried]

These people know what they are, and now they have Nikola.

WILL[not knowing what to think]
Wait, you think they're going to start pumping out vampires?

HELEN[very worried]
I do, and unless we find a way to stop them immediately, we could be looking at a full resurrection
of the deadliest race of abnormals ever to roam the Earth.

[after a short pause] I know how Nikola thinks.He would never create something that he couldn't destroy,or at the very least, control.

ACT IV

WILL

So you're saying there's a failsafe somewhere?

KATE
Like a kill-switch that'll un-vamp the vamps?

HELEN

It makes sense.He'd never let his work get compromised.

WILL

Right, but what is it?

KATE

And where is it?

WILL
Didn't Tesla say the timeline for the vampires was, like, 30 years or something?

HELEN
So he'd have to have hidden it somewhere that he could be certain would still be around then.

WILL[guessing]
Right, someplace solid, secure, like a... a bank.

KATE

Or a vault.

HELEN[realising the truth]

A sanctuary.

[Helen, Will and Kate go to the Sanctuary's library in order to find Nikola's failsafe]

HELEN
Dammit, that was the last Borges,and I was positive. Nikola so loves Jorge's "A new refutation of time."

WILL

Hey, what about Trollope?

HELEN
No, it's not his taste. Try Whitman. He went through a free-verse phasefor a while.

KATE[throwing a book over the others]
So that's Curie,Einstein, and Hawking down.

HELEN

Nothing?

KATE
No. No hollowed-out compartments, no hidden failsafe schematics, ust a bunch of wine stains on the first editions.Looks like fang-boy's a real slob.[Helen and Will exchange a look, then run away, after throwing the books thy had held in their hands]. Hey! [She runs after them]  

INT-Sanctuary's wine cellar

[The three are searching through bottles of wine]

KATE
Not to be a Debbie Downer,but isn't this one hell of a long shot?

HELEN

And the alternative?

KATE

I don't know.

HELEN

Exactly. Keep looking.

WILL

Hey...Over here. [He shows them a bottle of wine]  

HELEN

What did you find?

WILL

It's what I didn't find. Dust.Squeaky clean.

HELEN[looking at the bottle, a little angry]
The '45 Bordeaux. Bastard. That was a gift from Winston.[Will and Kate exchange puzzled looks] Churchill.D-day.Long story.[Will gives her a "Forget it" look]  

WILL

Either that's a lot of sediment, or...

[Helen breaks the bottle and pulls out some sort of glass stick from it]

KATE

Yeah, baby.

WILL

Great.What is it?

HELEN

Must be some kind of weapon, knowing Nikola.

KATE

So how do we figure out how to use it?

HELEN

Well, that's quite simple. We ask the inventor.

INT-Appartement

CHAD
Look, I know that you're pissed that we messed up your plan, but you gotta give us some credit.
You know, thanks to what we've learned from your blood sample,it, uh...Well, it looks like we've cracked the code.

NIKOL[Ironic]

Well, forgive me if I don't applaud.

CHAD
You know, by duplicating your experiment, I could turn anyone I wantinto a vampire. Unstoppable army, anyone?

NIKOLA

God help us all.

CHAD
I don't get you. Isn't this what you wanted,the preeminent race reborn?

NIKOLA
On my terms, not yours. [angry] See, kid, you've stolen my life's work, and you've destroyed my dream,
but really, what's worse than all that, you little punk, is the arrogance to presume that you even have a clue what you're doing.

CHAD[insolent]

You still don't get it, huh, gramps?

NIKOLA

Mm-mm.

CHAD

We are your dream.

NIKOLA[angrier]

No, you're my nightmare.

CHAD
You know, I really wanted us to work together. I did. You'd be my mentor, teach us the ways of the race, but all you want to do is bitch and moan.
You know, you're just like my dad,my coaches, and my profs.There's no sense of possibility.You know, you may be immortal, but you died a long time ago.

NIKOLA
Do you have any idea who you're talking to here, huh?

CHAD
Oh, right, the uh...The king of vampires. You're nothing but a giant pain in the ass.[Nikola growls at Chad but he isn't impressed] I'll see you next century.[ Chad turns to leave the room]  

NIKOLA
What do you want? I mean, clearly, you're the man with the plan, so...

EXT-Car

KATE
You call this a plan? Whatever happened tothe good old stake through the heart?

WILL

Doesn't work.

KATE

What about all those movies like Buffy...

HELEN
Misinformation propaganda spread by the vampires themselves...confuse the enemy, preserve the race.

KATE
What about exposing themto sunlight or garlic...

WILL

All you get is tanned vampires with bad breath.

HELEN

Besides, we don't want to kill them. We want to help them.

[Will and Kate exchange worried looks]

KATE

No, I'm thinking kill them.

WILL

Yeah. Trust-fund vampires? I'm thinking she's right.

HELEN
Granted, but it wasn't their choice. They may be rich, spoiled, insolent children,
but that doesn't mean we shouldn't save them.[sad] That's a terrible sales pitch.

KATE
Yeah.So it's just us against a bunch of badass blood-sucking immortals, huh? [ironic] Well, it's a good thing we have our magic glass stick

that we don't know how to use. Otherwise, I would be worried.

WILL

All right.

[They exit the car]

ACT V

EXT-rooftop of a building

{Helen and Kate take a look at each other]

KATE

You ever done this move before?

HELEN

Are you kidding? I invented it.

[She runs to the edge, grabs it and jumps in a balcony. Kate follows. They split up. On a hallway, Will picks a lock, then enters. Helen searches, then hears Nikola's voice, enters the room in which he is and is very surprised to find him haveing a peaceful chat with the other vampires and drinking wine]


NIKOLA

Bram Stoker? Alcoholic Irish hack.Bats, indeed.[He sees Helen] Helen...

HELEN

Nikola. [Chad imobilises her]  

NIKOLA

Struggle and he'll break your arms.

VAMPIRE GIRL[Comes in the room holding Will and Kate] Look what we found.

NIKOLA
Well, well, well, the appetizers have arrived.

HELEN[very angry, as Chad looks hungrily at her]
Well, this is the last time I come to your rescue.

NIKOLA
I'm sorry to say that's true. Tie them up. And no feeding until I say.[ The vampires take the three out of the room] Good to be king again. [Takes a sip of wine]

INT-Closet

{Helen, Kate and Will are tied up]

KATE[angry]
If we ever get out of this alive, I'll kill him.

WILL

Me first.

HELEN
Both of you, back of the line.[Nikola enters the room] Well, it's about time!

NIKOLA[calmly]

Before you thank me...

HELEN[angry, unable to believe her ears]

Thank you?!

NIKOLA

You're welcome.I just saved all of your lives.

WILL

Really? You expect us to believe that?

NIKOLA
What, you didn't believe that little display out there, did you? No, that was just melodrama for the peanut gallery.

HELEN

Well, then, let's end this stupidity right now.

KATE

Yeah, untie us.

NIKOLA[leans to Kate and Will]
What is it with kids these days?[Will and Kate both try to reach him, but are unsuccesful] All right, where is it?My failsafe? The '45 Bordeaux, tell me you brought it.

HELEN

You were taking an awful chance that we'd actually find it.

NIKOLA
Yes, but, Helen, we've known each other for 100-plus years.I think I know your mind by now. [smiles]

HELEN[approves, but she is not very happy]

Left side.

NIKOLA[ leans very close to her, to take the failsafe]
I've often wondered what this moment would be like.Me...You tied up.[Whispering] It's a shame you brought the children.

HELEN[harsh]

Focus, Nikola.

NIKOLA[grabs the weapon and holds it in his hand]

Ah...

WILL

Okay, so what is that thing?

NIKOLA

I call it...The de-vamper!

KATE[ironic]
You're a genius, and that is the best name you could come up with?

NIKOLA

Watch it.

HELEN

If this is some sort of weapon, what's its power source?

NIKOLA[holds the de-vamper in his hand, which hums and sparkles as electricity generated by Nikola activates it]

You're looking at him.

HELEN

Fascinating.Now untie us.

NIKOLA
No, you're safer tied up here.

HELEN

What are you going to do?

NIKOLA
I'm going to teach those kids some manners. [leaves the room]  

HELEN
Oh, dear. I think Nikola's about to bite off more than he can chew.

[in another room, the vampire girl sees Nikola]

VAMPIRE GIRL

Hey.

NIKOLA[ approaches her as if he wanted to kiss her]
You know, you have such commandof the queen's English.[He sticks  the de-vamper through her heart. She yells, and her eyes return to their normal colour] This thing works like a charm.

VAMPIRE GIRL

What happened?

NIKOLA

You're fired.

INT-Closet

WILL[trying to untie himself]
Oh, this is driving me nuts. Okay, look, why don't you, uh,why don't you try to reach...

KATE

D... don't.

WILL

Just reach down...

KATE

No.

WILL

Can you... can you feel it?[Trying to untie himself, he falls over Kate] Oh, crap. Magnus...

HELEN

I'm trying.

KATE

Faster is better.

HELEN[pulls out a knife from her pocket and starts to cut the threads she was tied up with]

Ah...Ah, yes.[ she finishes untying herself] 


WILL

H ey, well done.

KATE

So, any time.

HELEN

Right.

[In the other room, Nikola is fighting the other vampires. Helen arrives and shoots Chad, who was just attacking Nikola]


NIKOLA

Unnecessary, but appreciated.

HELEN

You're welcome.

[They continue fighting the vampires, Nikola sticks the de-vamper through one of the vampire-s heart]

VAMPIRE GUY

What the hell did you do to me?

NIKOLA
You'll thank me in the morning.[ kicks him] Sit! Stay!

[Helen fights Darrin and throws him to Nikola, which de-vamps him]

NIKOLA

You should have stayed in med school.[ punches Darrin]  

HELEN

Nicely done.

NIKOLA[deep voice]

It's all in the wrist action.

CHAD[enters the room holding Kate]

Hey! Toss it over or I'll kill her.

NIKOLA

Oh, not that old Chestnut.

CHAD

Put it down.

NIKOLA

Trust me, son, this will all end in tears.

CHAD

Do it!

NIKOLA
Helen, I'm famished.Do you think you could light the barbecue?

HELEN[looks around, trying to figure out what he wanted to say, when she sees the lightswitch]

Doubtful. They're only tranqs.

NIKOLA

Pity. Perhaps I could help?

HELEN

How very gracious of you.[She lowers her weapon and presses the lightswitch]  

KATE

Magnus, shoot him!

CHAD

Shut up. Listen to me. I'll slice her, man.

NIKOLA[calmly]
Hey, hey, hey, Chad, my man, my bro. We can work this out.It's not too late to hit rewind.

CHAD

Don't mess with me.

NIKOLA

I'm sensing there's some anger here.

CHAD

So...We were going to rule the world together, huh?

NIKOLA

See, the thing is, I'm more of a one-man show.

CHAD

So this was all some sort of set-up, huh?

NIKOLA

Well, what can I say? Never trust anyone over 130.Helen...

HELEN

Yeah.

[Nikola jumps, pulls the lamp from the ceiling and thwrows it into the chimney. Flames burst out of it and Chad is knocked down. Nikola jumps over him, sticks the de-vamper into his heart, but Chad manages to pull Nikola into the de-vamper as well]

NIKOLA[desperate, trying to transform into a vampire]

I... I can't...I can't...

HELEN[obviously worried]

Nikola.

NIKOLA
I can't... Well, I hope you're all happy now.I'm ordinary.

INT-Sanctuary lab

[Helen is working at the computer]

WILL

Hey, there you are.I was looking for you.

HELEN

I'm sorry, Will.You must be holding dinner for me.

WILL

Yeah, except it's 10:00. You've been in here for six hours.

HELEN[sad]

Oh.

WILL

Have you gotten anywhere, at least?

HELEN
I'm afraid not. I've been trying to splice together Nikola's DNA with the abnormal strands from Laura.It's just not working.

WILL

Well, why don't you use his research to help?

HELEN
I have been. His cells are rejecting the synthetic vector he created. Quite simply, there's no way to reversethe effects of his de-vamper, speaking of which...

WILL
He's in the lab with Laura.He's trying to cobble together an energy source with enough juice to power the de-vamper,now that he can't do it himself.[the lights go off, then they turn on again]

And I'm guessing he figured it out.

HELEN
Well, I guess I better break the news to him.Could you send him to my office, please?

WILL

Yeah, sure. Hey, are you okay?

HELEN

Hmm?

WILL

This really bothers you, doesn't it,the fact that you can't get his powers back?

HELEN[denying the obvious]

It's not that.

WILL

Well, I should hope not. I mean, the guy's been a thorn in your side for what, a century?Why are you working so hard to turn him back into a vampire?

HELEN[sad]

Nostalgia, perhaps? With Watson and Griffin dying,John's departure, and now Nikola...

WILL

You're the last of the five.

INT-Helen's office

{Nikola arrives, obviously depressed]

HELEN

So?

NIKOLA

Yes, it's done.Laura is back to her snivelling,spoiled self.[throws himself on the coach]  

HELEN[showing him a bottle of wine]

This may cheer you up.

NIKOLA[a little more happy]

Oh, the premier cru? You must be feeling guilty.

HELEN[irritated]

You can't seriously blame me for this?

NIKOLA

Forgive me, Helen. It's just my soul-crushing depression talking.[poors himself a glass of wine] I'm not myself.[He loks in the glass]  

HELEN

On the contrary.You are your real self again...human, mortal.

NIKOLA[angry]

Watch your language.

HELEN[sad]

I'm sorry, Nikola, but it's true.I've tried everything I can think of.There's simply no way to re-vamp you.

NIKOLA

You see how this puts a crimp in my plans for world domination?[raises his voice] Not to say I won't keep trying.

HELEN[smiling]

I would expect nothing less.

NIKOLA

Very well.If this is to be a wake, then let's do it properly.[he raises his glass of wine] Join me in a toast. [Helen raises her glass as well]
To happier times.To those halcyon days of bloodlust now gone,plus you gotta admit,vampires are just plain cool.

HELEN[smiling]

Amen.

NIKOLA[sad, with respect in his voice]

Here's to the glorious vampire race, once mighty, now extinct.

[He puts the glass down, near a metal platter. The platter sticks to the glass. Nikola and Helen exchange puzzled looks. He holds his hand over the platter, which sticks to his hand. Helen gives him a shocked look]

NIKOLA

Mmm...[having the expression of a kid in a candy store] Well...I can work with that.[He smirks, Helen smiles too but starts to roll her eyes as Nikola is playing with his new discovered power]  

[Cut to black]

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