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STAR
by Ms. Karen Brantley--AYASTA (kbhawker@mail.dps.k12.va.us)

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STAR is Christmas fantasy that creates the magic of angels, time, history, and more. An epic story for the entire family. Updated 8/27/13~Read~Enjoy~Must BUY to USE~contact by phone or email for option to BUY from Author. kbhawker@mail.dps.k12.va.us or call: 434-203-4395--432 Mac Road, Blairs, VA 24527


(c)2007 Karen Brantley-Hawker/AYASTA #C102079 Writer's Copyright Association (http://www.wcauk.com)



STAR

FADE IN:

EXT. THE STARS - NIGHT
                                                            
Stars sparkle like diamonds with the earth and moon in the
background.
                                                            
STANNA is standing in the stars holding an unlit candle.
                                                            
Stanna is a guardian angel that travels along with the
characters of this story. She's ghostly in appearance and
visible to those she is following. She IS visable to the
angels when she stands at the throne of God. She appears as
our story teller and guide. Her long hair flows with air
that always seems to dance around her. Her long light blue
cartanian sparkles as if it were made of stars. She wears a
crown of three stars.
                                                            
                       
      (STANNA)
I'm Stanna of the stars.
(pauses)
Christmas near and far holds a
story of angels on high. And this
is why I tell it to you this day.
                                                            
The hand of God appears from space and lights the candle.
The candle becomes a STAR.
                                                            
                       
      (STANNA)
Walking into heaven is like
walking through the stars. Each
shining space, glittering in its
place, creates a staircase to the
gate of heaven.
                                                            
BEGIN MUSIC-MAIN TITLES ROLL
                                                            
From above, we glide through the stars into the planet of
angels, revealing through clouds, amazing architecture of
Manion homes (angel homes). Angels are busy flying and
walking to their destinations.
                                                            
Stanna flies down from the clouds.
                                                            
                       
      (STANNA)
Many an angel has walked those
stairs, good and bad.

            (MORE)

2.

                        (cont'd)
But there was never a day so sad,
as the day, Stalentad broke into
heaven and demanded he be given
his way.
                                                            
                                         DISSOLVE TO:
                                                            
 
INT. THE CRYSTAL CASTLE - DAY
                                                            
The high sprawling castle sparkles with a magic, fairy tale
quality. The castle's LARGE THRONE ROOM DOOR OPEN to reveal
many angels gathered around a huge throne. Four Cherubim
angels stand in front of the throne. The giant doors of the
castle swing open when an angel approaches.

The angels that are assembled are dressed in long, white
loin clothes, with a wide leather belt and a sword. Their
chests are bare.

The Cherubim who stand in front of the throne are twelve
feet tall, having six wings that cover their bodies. They
have a head with four faces.One face is an eagle, the next
is a bear, next is a lion, and the next is a man.
                                                            
STALENTAD is a dark angel with spiky hair.
His wings are no longer white, but are now looking old,
tattered and black. His face is scarred and distorted.
He wears black leather armor, with a sword on his heavy
belt. He had been sent with a company of armed warriors,
called DAGGUARDS.

The Dagguards are from their own hot planet, which supports
a variety of creatures from a very hot planet. Creatures
include: dark angels, half-human/dark angel, dragglets, and
combinations of each.
                                                            
Stanna lands in front of the ornate doors of the castle and
walks in.
                                                            
Stalentad bursts into the throne room. He takes front and
center before the crowd.
                                                            
                       
      (STALENTAD)
These angels will never find my
words to be a note of pleasure
this day!
I am here to do you a service!
Allow me to speak!
                                                            
Stanna takes her place, standing to the right of the throne.
                                                            

3.

AVILA steps out of the crowd and up to Stalentad. Avila
pulls out his sword and points it at Stalentad with a fierce
stare.
                                                            
                       
      (AVILA)
Speak!
                                                            
Avila is a newly promoted archangel is proudly wearing a
wide belt of gold that holds a wide sheath and sword, along
with large gold wrist bands. He has long hair. His winning
smile is broad and he has a sharp wit. He is bold,
courageous. He stands tall, tanned bronze, and very
muscular.
                                                            
Church bells ring.
                                                            
The crowd whispers Stalentad's name.
                                                            
Stalentad pushes Avila's sword away with a finger. He steps
around Avila with a smile. He claps his hands to address
the audience, then lifts his chin, breaking the moment with
a resounding voice.
                                                            
Avila sheaths his sword.
                                                            
                       
      (STALENTAD)
Now let's get down to business.
My question is this: Why do you
care that humans die?
Why don't you mind your own
business?
They are worthless to you all.
Let us be rid of their plagues and
stupidity.
I'm sure you all can agree.
You can receive no profit from
even one of their skins.
Let's make a bargain and you'll
save your own skins.
                                                            
                       
      (AVILA)
No, no. You miss the point.
What use is any skin?
This just goes way back and well,
it still means something enough to
us to say we are of the same seed
of God.
We will never forget that.
Our continued protection is
forsworn by God.
You know this.
            (MORE)

4.

                        (cont'd)
This vow can not be broken, not by
you nor I.
This is a ridiculous counter by
you Stalentad.
Go home before you tempt God and
be sent to hell.
                                                            
                       
      (STALENTAD)
Nahh! It will be warmer there.
How do you stand it in this cold,
impotent place.
                                                            
                       
      (AVILA)
Mmmm...it's not so bad.
You haven't seen much.
I'd offer you a tour, but you
don't seem much in a good mood.
                                                            
                       
      (STALENTAD
       (growling))
Don't change the subject.
I'm not stupid.
A gentle reminder to you sheep.
We will not allow anyone to help
Earth or humans.
We will rule them.
They are cows.
                                                            
                       
      (AVILA)
I'll forgive you for that.
                                                            
Avila extends his hand to Stalentad for a handshake.
                                                            
Stalentad returns the gesture by sticking up his FIST, and
wiggles a pinky finger at Avila.
                                                            
                       
      (AVILA)
You are still my brother,
Stalentad.
                                                            
                       
      (STALENTAD)
You're a sap.
                                                            
Stalentad slaps Avila on the back.
                                                            

5.

                       
      (STALENTAD)
I am not your brother, sister, or
friend! God made me dead to you.
Look at me. I am better than you!
                                                            
                       
      (AVILA)
May I remind you our mothers are
sisters. We played together as
children. God didn't change
you--you did. But, did I not even
help you anytime you asked?
                                                            
                       
      (STALENTAD)
Children...you are certainly in
diapers still.
                                                            
Stalentad fluffs Avila's wing feathers, while circling him.
                                                            
                       
      (STALENTAD)
Avila, you are no fool.
Although I must admit, you look a
bit of a fop in all that white.
Ah now, you can agree with me.
Let us have our way.
Do not interfere again.
                                                            
Avila straightens his spine, military style.
                                                            
                       
      (AVILA)
Ok, enough.
You will retreat immediately and
pull your ship out of our
airspace.
Your pledge of war will not be
tolerated here.
                                                            
                       
      (STALENTAD)
Ah...well put and I will not!
You all claim to be ONE with your
God of love. He does not love!
He does not love me!
Love me and let me have my way or
you DIE!
                                                            
Stalentad draws his sword.
                                                            
Avila puts his hands on his hips, unruffled.
                                                            

6.

                       
      (AVILA)
Stand back Stalentad.
We will not allow you to have your
way. With this sword, I'll send
you to hell!
                                                            
Avila places his hand on the sword hilt.
                                                            
                       
      (STALENTAD
       (smiling broadly)
I look forward to meeting you
there.
                                                            
Stalentad points his sword at Avila's chest.
                                                            
                       
      (STALENTAD)
Draw, pigeon or loose your head
without a knick.
                                                            
Avila draws his sword. He then uses TELEKINESIS to pop the
sword in the air and cause it to spin min-air.

The sword flashes with mirrored Majesty.

Avila telekinecaly calls the sword back. It returns to his
hand.
                                                            
                       
      (STALENTAD)
You cheat!
                                                            
Stalentad tosses his sword to the floor.
                                                            
                       
      (AVILA)
Not! This should end the problem
though.
                                                            
Avila sheaths his sword.

Stalentad uses the moment to call his sword back to his hand
with telekinetic power. He swings heavily at Avila's head.

Avila avoids the strike.

Battle begins between them.
                                                            
Avila is the victor with a strike to Stalentad's throat.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
 

7.

EXT. AVILA'S MANION - NIGHT
                                                            
Bells are ringing throughout the planet of angels.
A light lacy snow is falling.
                                                            
Panoramic shots of the exterior of the castle at night.

Avila, along with his wife, SYLVAN, and his daughter, AMANDA
fly up and away from the castle, toward the direction of
their home.
                                                            
                       
      (AVILA)
We must take great care flying
home dove, follow me.
                                                            
Sylvan takes Amanda's hand mid-air, flying faster after
Avila.
                                                            
As the Avila family flies to their home we see:

Inside angel homes candles are being lit.

Children play with toys before a fireplace

Christmas decorations are going up for the first time of
holy and berries.

Women (angels) are at work with spinning wheels and fabric.

Men are reading scrolls.

Men are training for war complete with sword practice.
                                                            
The Avila family flies down and LANDS in front door of
their home and go in.
                                                            
AMANDA walks into her bedroom alone, carrying a doll. A lit
candle is on a small table. The window has is glassless.
                                                            
Amanda is daughter to Avila and Sylvan. She a very innocent
thirteen year old. She's petite with huge sparkling eyes.
Her hair is very long and usually loosely woven together
with ribbons and pearls.

Amanda goes to bed pillow and places doll on the bed and
pillow.
                                                            
SYLVAN, her mother, walks in to Amanda, kisses her on the
forehead, tucks her in and sits on the bedside
                                                            

8.

                       
      (SYLVAN)
Amanda, I have amazing news for
you. Your father and I have been
chosen for a mission. We will be
traveling far away, but I want you
to know that we will always remain
as close to you as a prayer.
Mavis, your favorite guardian
angel will be staying with you.
                                                            
                       
      (AMANDA)
But, please mama, let me come too.
I'll be quiet as a mouse, no one
will notice.
                                                            
                       
      (SYLVAN)
No baby, you are not old enough.
Now close your eyes, say your
prayers, and dream sweet dreams.
Your father and I will be back in
two shakes of a lambs tale. I
love you, my Amanda, now go to
sleep.
                                                            
Sylvan leaves the bedroom, blowing out the candle, and
closing the door.
                                                            
Stanna APPEARS at the window, spies someone peeking in from
the outside of the window.
                                                            
                                         AFX: SUDDEN SUSPENSE
                                                            
                       
      (STANNA)
Other creatures in the heavens
were decidedly busy that night
too.

Each one had interned various
works of good deeds and evil
schemes.

Seeing in and being in,those of
another world far away were
planning intervention as their
work.

One had done just that as he
peered through the open glassless
window of the manion of Avila.
                                                            

9.

EXPAND SCENE: Outside Amanda's window.
                                                            
PRANZIC, a dragglet, is hiding below the windowsill, trying
to peek in.
                                                            
Pranzic is a four-foot creature with the face of a
fairy-type creature complete with pointed ears. His body
resembles that of a small dragon. He has small bat-like
wings and is able to fly. Some of his scales lift with his
breathing. An ooze coming out from under some of the scales,
due to the air that he is breathing on the angel planet.
                                                            
                                         WIPE TO:
                                                            
It's morning. The sun is beaming through Amanda's bedroom
window.
                                                            
Amanda is waking up in the bed, sleepily turning toward the
window.

A tinkling sound comes from outside the window.

Amanda goes to the window to investigate.
                                                            
NIMBI appears at the window.
                                                            
Nimbi is a miniature unicorn with flower petals laced into
her mane and tail.
                                                            
Nimbi puts her hooves on the low window sill.

Amanda steps back, amazed.
                                                            
                       
      (NIMBI (V.O.)
Hello Amanda, My name is Nimbi.
                                                            
Amanda's eyes widen with surprise and delight.
                                                            
                       
      (AMANDA)
Oh my goodness.
I can't believe you're real.
Are you a wish?
                                                            
                       
      (NIMBI)
Here, God might grant a wish. But
you must understand the wisdom of
God. With wisdom, you will realize
that not all wishes come true at
the time you think it should and
it may not be just as you thought
it might happen. Your wish for a
            (MORE)

10.

                        (cont'd)
best friend has been happily
granted. For you see, I think we
shall be friends forever. May I
come in?
                                                            
                       
      (AMANDA)
Oh yes, do come in Nimbi.
I have another pillow for you.
Would you like it?
                                                            
Nimbi hops through the window. She goes over to the pillow
and sits on it.
                                                            
Amanda places a pillow down next to Nimbi and sits down.
                                                            
                       
      (NIMBI)
Did you know we could be
transported by a thought?
                                                            
                       
      (AMANDA)
No. Tras...ported? Like on a Star?
                                                            
                       
      (NIMBI)
When I was your age, I went to the
Vally of the Unicorn, which is
very blue and very wide.
It lay between lavender mountains.

It was my Grandstah who brought me
to the Stones of Knowledge.
Would you like to go there and see
what my Grandstah showed me
Amanda?
                                                            
                       
      (AMANDA)
Where are the Stones of Knowledge?
                                                            
                       
      (NIMBI)
It is where the trees are always
singing a distant tune with the
living wind.

The wind is a gentle blowing sound
that sways and tinkles with the
sparkle of the Crystal River.

All you need to do is pick a
            (MORE)

11.

                        (cont'd)
flower from my mane and close your
eyes.

Then we will be standing on the
snowy white banks of the Crystal
River.
                                                            
Amanda picks a flower from Nimbi's mane.

A breeze fills the room and they both vanish.
                                                            
                                         WIPE TO:
                                                            
 
EXT. THE VALLEY OF THE UNICORN - DAY
                                                            
A stone staircase leads up to a waterfall nestled in the
valley of the unicorn-lavender mountains surround them. The
winds blows a soft tune.

Amanda is holding a flower in her fingers.
                                                            
Nimbi and Amanda step ont the white sands of the Valley of
the Unicorn. The walk up to the first stone together.
                                                            
                       
      (AMANDA)
I can hear the trees.
                                                            
                       
      (NIMBI)
It is understood by everyone here,
Amanda why we are here.
There are the Stones of Knowledge.
You must travel them by yourself.
I will wait for you to return to
me. The stones will guide you.
                                                            
Nimbi points to the top of the stairs with her horn.

Amanda follows with her eyes, pauses a moment, then steps
onto the first step.
                                                            
Each step plays a musical tone with each step, as Amanda
reaches the top.
                                                            
At the top stone, a sparkling ORB hovers here.
                                                            
Amanda steps onto the first stone.

The Orb sparkles, the voice is female and gentle.
                                                            

12.

                       
      (ORB (V.O.)
The light of the world is about to
be born and there will be a light
the world will always see.
                                                            
                       
      (AMANDA)
Can you grant a wish--I..I mean I
need something. Can you help?
                                                            
                       
      (ORB)
What do you need?
                                                            
                       
      (AMANDA)
I need to be old enough to go with
mama and papa. What can I do?
                                                            
                       
      (ORB)
Time is time, Amanda.

That which we can not change, we
must endure.

I will grant you this:

You will rise to each occasion in
life with courage.

Remember each lesson in life as
more than a cherished past, but as
a light that will carry you
forward.

I will also give you a present
that will not be in a box or have
a bow.
                                                            
                       
      (AMANDA)
A present?
                                                            
                       
      (ORB)
Your present is in the
timelessness of the stars.
                                                            
                       
      (AMANDA)
The stars? I don't understand.
                                                            

13.

                       
      (ORB)
I must show you something.
                                                            
The Orb opens up, revealing a moving scene of the stars, the
moon, then, the tree of life.
                                                            
                       
      (ORB)
I leave you with this, my present.
You have received the stepping
stone of knowledge and
understanding.
Now, you are ready to go through
the stars.
                                                            
The Orb Vanishes.

Amanda drops the flower.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
 
EXT. THE TREE OF LIFE - NIGHT
                                                            
The twisted tree of life is covered with thorns. It stands
on desert land, seemingly abandoned. A large female owl
sits on a nest resting on a tree limb. It's a starry night
with a full moon.
                                                            
Stanna is standing close to the tree, looking up at it.
                                                            
                       
      (STANNA)
The Tree of Life stands in the
midst of an undisturbed tract of
land to be a fair world away.
                                                            
Stanna approaches the tree, ready to touch it, with her
hands outstretched.
                                                            
                       
      (STANNA)
The world of men had long
forgotten the Tree and the tract
of land that was to be prepared
for the Son of God.

The Tree stands barren, among
thorns,and rushes where the dark
angels were determined to see it
remain.
                                                            

14.

The tree sways without a wind.
                                                            
                       
      (STANNA)
A battleground ranges from the
Tree of Life to the land of Judea.


From there, angels lifted up and
sent their writings to men whom
would listen and remember it.

Angel and demon, each one claimed
the land to be theirs and that of
their respective GOD.
                                                            
Zoom in on Owl.
                                                            
                       
      (STANNA)
Now, an enormous owl has braved
the thorns and has created for
herself a nest in that deadly
place. She dwells there with other
meat eaters and dragons. These
were the only living beings that
remain to live there.
                                                            
Camera spots Dagguards moving across the horizon, a
silhouette in the darkening sky.
                                                            
                       
      (STANNA)
Once noble, the tree remembered
the past and waits for the day
when God comes to revive it in the
sight of man and angel.

Now, even so, it has fallen prey
to the very evil it would have
diminished into vapor.
                                                            
Panoramic view of the tree and outlying area, nestled in a
blanket of stars.
                                                            
                       
      (STANNA)
As the days come and go, the owl
and the argument grow old. Both of
them however, have remained for
all generations with an eternal
life that has robbed mankind.
                                                            

15.

The sun is setting behind the tree of life.
                                                            
FEETZIL walks into view, with a jiggle.
                                                            
Feetzil is a Dagguard with old, worn red boots and tattered
uniform. He's walking a strewn way of thorns and brush to
meet his fellow Dagguards, who are camping next to the Tree
of Life. He has a large bulbous nose that detects food fast.
                                                            
                       
      (FEETZIL (V.O.)
Arguably it's COLD.
                                                            
Feetzil fluffs his beard up at the sky and punches up in the
air.
                                                            
                       
      (FEETZIL)
This is the most unequal way to
design a planet's warmth!
                                                            
Feetzil punches up at the air again.
                                                            
                       
      (FEETZIL)
And I can't understand this stupid
argument over this dung dead tree!
Why argue? There's nothing to it
anymore. Nothing.
                                                            
Feetzil kicks a stone, lifts his nose and sniffs. His large
eyes dart around, looking for food.
                                                            
                       
      (FEETZIL)
Ah, foo...
                                                            
Feetzil kicks up to a jog, toward the Dagguard camp fire.
                                                            
EXPAND SCENE: Campfire with spit and meat cooking over a
roaring fire. A small troop of Dagguards getting comfortable
around it.
                                                            
Feetzil bolts across to the fire and food with a crooked
smile.
                                                            
CRITZ stands up with quiet command.
                                                            
Critz is half human. He has short cropped black hair with a
widow's peak at the forehead. He dressed as a Roman
centurion. He has no wings, but he is extremely agile and
can leap up to 6 feet into the air.
                                                            

16.

Critz walks over and stared down at Feetzil.
                                                            
Feetzil returns the stare. His smile fades.
                                                            
                       
      (CRITZ)
Stretch my work to be too long
Feetzil!
                                                            
                       
      (FEETZIL)
Aye, Critz. Hail to thee oh,
Commander.
                                                            
Critz unsheathes his sword and points it at Feetzil's
throat.
                                                            
                       
      (CRITZ)
Give me now the word from
Stalentad!
I have work to be done. This is
the last day of the days, before
HEROD. I must know where virgin
mother is.
                                                            
Feetzil blinks and swallows hard--eyes wide with fear.
                                                            
                       
      (FEETZIL)
Stalentad is dung de..head.
But I have word from my own g-gut.
Mmmm..I have it that she is in
Bethlehem soon.
These very next days she is
expected, Lord.
                                                            
Critz halts his pierce.
                                                            
                       
      (CRITZ)
You've got gut?
                                                            
Feetzil grabs his belly and jiggles it with both hands.
                                                            
                       
      (FEETZIL)
Aye, Lord.
Plenty.
                                                            
                       
      (CRITZ)
And that speaks?
                                                            

17.

                       
      (FEETZIL)
Ah, yes Lord. Listen.
                                                            
Feetzil points to his belly, then, to his ear.
                                                            
                       
      (CRITZ)
Aye, you idiot!
                                                            
                       
      (FEETZIL)
But, seriously Lord.
That owl over there told me.
She did!
                                                            
Feetzil flaps his arms like wings.
                                                            
                       
      (FEETZIL)
She flapped and hooted and said
she has Stalentad's spirit.
                                                            
                       
      (CRITZ)
Ah you! Now, I can not kill it
for food! You had better be right
or you'll be my dine tonight.
                                                            
Feetzil walks over to the tree.
                                                            
                       
      (FEETZIL)
Hey, hey, she's trying to tell me
something.
Oh!
                                                            
Feetzil cuffs his hand to his ear.
                                                            
                       
      (FEETZIL)
She says Stalentad has word for
you, Lord Critz.
                                                            
                       
      (CRITZ)
She has word?
                                                            
                       
      (FEETZIL)
Yes, Lord.
Come and commune together.
Look Lord! That owl up there is
said to be able to tell you ALL
            (MORE)

18.

                        (cont'd)
you want to know.
                                                            
Critz sits back down.
                                                            
Feetzil cocks his heard, cups his ear, as if to listen to
the owl.
                                                            
                       
      (FEETZIL)
Mmmm...what's that?
                                                            
Feetzil points to the meat on the spit.
                                                            
                       
      (FEETZIL)
She says that's his toe. It's your
turn to donate next.
                                                            
                       
      (CRITZ)
Make no mistake Feetzil, she's
says it's YOUR turn.
                                                            
                       
      (FEETZIL)
Ah nuts, Lord, I'm on a diet! I'm
off toes...uh...bad for the heart
ya know.
                                                            
                       
      (CRITZ)
Good then, Feetzil. There's
plenty toe for us tonight since
you're on a diet. Tomorrow,
Feetzil, you will hop along and
bring me to the woman.
                                                            
Critz stands up and pulls off some of the meat for himself.
He leaves, walking toward the tent--the only tent--his.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
 
EXT. AVILA MANION - DAY
                                                            
In the family's garden yard. A meeting and a commission.
Friends, family, and Amanda's babysitter are present.
                                                            
Avila, Sylvan, Amanda, and small congregation of angel are
gathered in the family garden yard. An informal
congratulatory meeting is commencing.


19.


Avila Shakes hands with his friend and, Military Commander,
SIMON.


Sylvan joins her husband at his elbow with a smile.

Amanda remains with her babysitter (guardian angel) MAVIS.
                                                            
                       
      (SIMON)
Congratulations, Commander Avila
on this mission. Our prayers and
hopes go with you and Sylvan to
Israel.
                                                            
                       
      (AVILA)
I accept this mission for myself
and family with great honor. I
want to thank everyone for their
prayers and support and a special
thank you goes to Mavis, who will
be caring for our daughter,
Amanda.
                                                            
Sylvan returns to Amanda and Mavis.
                                                            
Amanda takes her mother's hand and speak quietly into her
ear.
                                                            
                       
      (AMANDA)
Mama, what does this mean?
                                                            
                       
      (SYLVAN)
Amanda, please don't worry. Your
father and I have been chosen for
an important mission. It's
something to be most proud of.
                                                            
Many congratulations, kisses on cheeks, and hugs move within
the congregation.

Tears well up in Amanda's eyes.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
 

20.

INT. THE RIEATURN - NIGHT
                                                            
The helm of the "Rieaturn," starship. All the angels are
seated in chairs around a "beryl stone charger," which
controls the helm and contains important navigation
information. The helm and stone are round.
                                                            
Avila stands up at the helm, front and center.
                                                            
                       
      (AVILA)
It's important we all keep to the
binding of our wings even though
it's uncomfortable. Please review
what I've shown you. Remember,
don't leave anyone behind and
don't leave the group.
                                                            
Avila looks over to Sylvan.
                                                            
                       
      (AVILA)
I'm please to bring forward, my
wife, Sylvan. She will brief
everyone on her role in the
mission.
                                                            
Sylvan stands up.
                                                            
EXPAND SCENE: To the exterior of the ship.

The ship turns to leave the planet. It moves passed the
moon and closes in on Earth.
                                                            
IN THE STARS, Stanna is holding a LIT candle. She turns to
follow the starship as it passes by.
                                                            
                       
      (STANNA)
As the Rieaturn slides through the
stars, so do a holy host of angels
into history.

The star enters the Earth with a
light brighter than any human eye
has ever seen in the heavens.
                                                            
The ship LANDS quietly behind a mountain. The exit is open.
Disguised angels with camels laden with supplies are
trailing down a ramp. The sun is setting.
                                                            
Avila, Sylvan along with two camels EXIT the ship, with a
company of disguised angels.
                                                            

21.

                       
      (AVILA)
Mmmm....smell this air.
                                                            
Sylvan sneezes.
                                                            
                       
      (SYLVAN)
I think I'm allergic.
                                                            
                       
      (AVILA)
No...no.
You'll get used to it.
Come over here and let's get you
on a camel.
                                                            
                       
      (SYLVAN)
Camel?
Are there no horses?
                                                            
                       
      (AVILA)
Horses? Sylvan did you not pay
attention to lessons? There are no
horses here.
                                                            
                       
      (SYLVAN)
But, I don't ride camels--honey.
                                                            
                       
      (AVILA)
Now, you do--dumpling.
                                                            
Avila offers a hand up to the camel for Sylvan.
                                                            
Sylvan looks at the camel with dismay.
                                                            
                       
      (AVILA)
Your ride awaits, my lady.
                                                            
Sylvan sneezes again.
                                                            
Avila laughs and pushes Sylvan up to the camel's back.
                                                            
                       
      (SYLVAN)
Luncheon soon--husband?
                                                            

22.

                       
      (AVILA)
Sure, my love!
Next life!
                                                            
Avila claps his hands.

The camel steps forward.
                                                            
                       
      (ANGEL 1)
Luncheon?
Did she say luncheon?
                                                            
                       
      (ANGEL 2)
Who said women should come?
                                                            
                       
      (ALL MALE ANGELS)
GOD!!
                                                            
The caravan moves down the ship's ramp.

The caravan pauses for a moments after clearing the ramp far
enough, everyone looks back

The ship lifts off the ground.

The caravan moves forward again.
                                                            
                       
      (AVILA)
Hearing a thought that it's not
that far to fly and catch it!
                                                            
                       
      (SYLVAN)
Catch a rising star and make a
wish?
                                                            
                       
      (AVILA)
I wish this camel would stop
eyeing me like I were her husband!
                                                            
A camel nudges Avila forward.
                                                            
Everyone within the caravan laughs and moves faster in the
darkening distance.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
 

23.

INT. AN INN - NIGHT
                                                            
A room in a modest Inn on the way to Bethlehem.
                                                            
MARY walks in through the Inn door. She is advanced in
pregnancy. She immediately goes over to the glassless
window to take in the view.
                                                            
Joseph walks in behind her with two satchels.
                                                            
                       
      (JOSEPH)
It seems like the entire world has
covered Jerusalem. I think they
may be headed for Bethlehem for
the census too. I feel we are
indeed fortunate to have this
comfort before we are left again
to face the last leg of our
journey to Bethlehem.
                                                            
Joseph joins Mary at the window, placing an arm around her
shoulders. He also takes in the view.
                                                            
                       
      (JOSEPH)
There is business outside that I
must attend to my dove. I won't be
long. Are you well enough?
                                                            
                       
      (MARY)
I am well, my husband. I have all
I need. Give my salutations to the
angels this eve for me will you?
                                                            
                       
      (JOSEPH)
How did you know where I was
going?
                                                            
                       
      (MARY)
I know lots of things.
                                                            
                       
      (JOSEPH)
I should tell you less then.
                                                            
Mary smiles and puts her hand on Joseph's arm.
                                                            

24.

                       
      (MARY)
Oh, be good to me. Tell me more of
what the angels are like.
                                                            
                       
      (JOSEPH)
I'm always good to you.
                                                            
                       
      (MARY)
Please, come tell me more.
I want to know more about them.
                                                            
                       
      (JOSEPH)
Oh, ok, all knowing one.
What do you want to know?
                                                            
                       
      (MARY)
Who are they?
What do they look like?
Do they really have wings?
Are they tall or short?
Have they magical powers?
Where do they live?
                                                            
                       
      (JOSEPH)
Whoa! whoa! One question at a time
ok? I can only do one thing at a
time Mary. One thing.
                                                            
Joseph lifts a finger in example.
                                                            
                       
      (JOSEPH)
There is one called Avila. He has
wings that are bright white and a
sight to see. He told me he keeps
them covered and bound. But, he
showed me a feather.
                                                            
                       
      (MARY)
Just a feather?
                                                            
                       
      (JOSEPH)
I know, I know, I thought that
too.But, just that evening, two of
them uncloaked and flew away in
the darkness. Those wings glowed
            (MORE)

25.

                        (cont'd)
like a beacon in the night, so
bright and magical, I thought I'd
seen the very gates of heaven
itself.
                                                            
                       
      (MARY)
Oh my! Did you say his name is
Avila?
I've heard of no Avila.
                                                            
                       
      (JOSEPH)
Shhh...never speak that name to
anyone. It must remain our secret.
                                                            
                       
      (MARY)
Ah, a secret. That must be why
he's not heard of. Of course, I
promise, Joseph. What is he like?
                                                            
                       
      (JOSEPH)
He has a broad smile and an
amazing wit. He carries himself
like a king. He never boasts
though. His wife has come with
him. She's magical to behold. Her
long hair shines even on a dull
day.
                                                            
                       
      (MARY)
When can I see them too?
I can't wait. Why must I always
remain behind. It's just not fair.
                                                            
                       
      (JOSEPH)
You will see them, my love.
But, not for now. It is important
you are not seen about the skirts
of the city. A guard watches.
You must stay here were I know you
are safe.
                                                            
                       
      (MARY)
Oh...
                                                            
Mary's smile fades to disappointment.
                                                            

26.

                       
      (JOSEPH)
Oh, don't feel that way.
I promise you will see them. I
promise.
                                                            
Joseph lifts Mary's chin with a gentle finger.
                                                            
                       
      (JOSEPH)
Kiss me now and I will go.
                                                            
They kiss.

Joseph quietly leaves Mary at the window to watch the the
sun set and a growing campfire in the distance.

EXPAND SCENE: Camera ZOOMS outside Mary's window and closes
in on the campfire.
                                                            
The large camp is filled with tents, several cook fires, and
camels resting nearby.
                                                            
Avila stands up from his seat by the fire when Joseph
approaches.
                                                            
Joseph walks into the camp. He goes to Avila. They embrace
in the traditional way.
                                                            
                       
      (JOSEPH)
God be the blessing on you this
eve!
I see the stars are with you!
                                                            
Avila's eyes flare a blue light when he looks out to Mary's
window.
                                                            
                       
      (AVILA)
I see her standing at the window.
                                                            
                       
      (JOSEPH)
How can you see that far? It's
impossible.
                                                            
                       
      (AVILA)
That's why God sent me I guess. I
have good eyes.
                                                            
Avila smiles in Mary's direction.
                                                            

27.

                       
      (AVILA)
She is an amazing woman, your
Mary.
                                                            
                       
      (JOSEPH)
Yes, I know. We are truly blessed.
                                                            
                       
      (AVILA)
Have you eaten? Have some of this.
It's very good.
                                                            
Avila offers food from the cook fire.
                                                            
                       
      (JOSEPH)
L'chaim. To life!
                                                            
                       
      (AVILA)
L'chaim!
                                                            
Avila and Joseph begin to eat.

Avila motions a hand toward the moving caravan.

The STAR is obviously leading the way in the direction the
caravan follows.
                                                            
                       
      (AVILA)
The men are breaking camp. They
are already moving off as you can
see. We will be ahead of you to
Bethlehem. It is clear that it
will be dangerous there for you
and Mary. We will not be able to
meet as we have been, at camp.
Joseph, you must listen carefully
to what I say now.

Do not allow Mary to say she is
with child. I merit no lie. But,
you must disguise her pregnancy as
much as possible. Tell Mary to
layer her clothing and pretend to
be bread and butter fat.
Make jokes about it, to waver eyes
away from the babe inside.

Do not claim the babe at the
census. Stow your belongings,
            (MORE)

28.

                        (cont'd)
hidden well, outside the city.
You can return for them later.
And lastly, do not appear to
anyone as if you have money. Dress
in your poorest of clothing. Cast
your eyes down and pass as best
you can remaining unseen.

When next we meet, Mary's labor
will have begun.
                                                            
                       
      (JOSEPH)
We are worried that there will be
no family or midwife to help. What
should I do?
                                                            
                       
      (AVILA)
Sylvan, my wife, will deliver the
babe Joseph. Don't worry, she is
highly trained to midwife to be
Mary. She is a healer through our
Holy God on high.
                                                            
                       
      (JOSEPH)
How will I tell you where we are
lodging in Bethlehem?
                                                            
                       
      (AVILA)
No worry. I will find you.
God is with us.
                                                            
Avila picks up a satchel and a jug of wine.

Avila hands the jug of wine to Joseph.
                                                            
                       
      (AVILA)
I must leave you now.
Take this meat with you to Mary.
There is a bag for it here, for
you.

Leave the fire lit. The guard will
not check it unless we douse it as
if to worry and flee. They will
expect us to return.

Three today came to nose about.
We fed them and joked. None worry
            (MORE)

29.

                        (cont'd)
right now.

Go slowly home. Here is a dram of
wine. Drink it and breathe heavy
of the drink when you are asked
any question.

They believe we are drunken
traders and like it that way.

Don't worry about our meetings--no
one notices. I must admit that it
is a disturbing thing that men
trust drunken evil men rather than
honest ones. So we pose as great
drunken traders and all goes in
good peace. God has more work to
do than anyone imagined.
                                                            
Avila turns to walk away.
                                                            
Joseph picks up the bag for the meat.
                                                            
                       
      (AVILA)
Shalom. Peace be with you Joseph.
                                                            
                       
      (JOSEPH)
Shalom.
                                                            
                                         DISSOLVE TO:
                                                            
 
INT. THE MANION OF AVILA - DAY
                                                            
We go into Avila's manion sanctuary and garden yard.
                                                            
MAVIS is peeking from behind a large angelic sculpture,
looking for Amanda.
                                                            
Mavis is a petite, plump, cheerful guardian angel. Pink
ribbons and pearls trail down her long, loosely braided
hair.
                                                            
Mavis's wings flutter with frustration.
                                                            
                       
      (MAVIS)
Amanda! Where are you child?
You must come where I can see you.
Seek and find is not a game I wish
            (MORE)

30.

                        (cont'd)
to play today.
                                                            
Mavis leaves the sculpture and walks through the door to the
garden yard.
                                                            
                       
      (MAVIS)
Amanda.
Where are you child? Please come
to eat. I've made your favorite
cookies.
                                                            
Seeing no movement and hearing no sound, Mavis turns from
the garden yard back into the sanctuary.
                                                            
ZOOM back into the garden filled with flowers, sculptures of
angels, a fountain, and lots of fruit trees.
                                                            
Coming around a tree farthest in the garden, we find Amanda
hiding and weeping silently.
                                                            
PRANZIC APPEARS behind Amanda with a large canvas bag in his
hands.
                                                            
Pranzic is a four-foot tall dragon/fairy creature. His wings
resemble that of a bat. He has extremely large blue eyes
and pointed ears. He stands on two feet-erect. He has what
seems like arms and hands with an apposing thumb. The hands
have pads, like a dogs paw with small claw-like nails.

Pranzic is standing wide-eyes and child-like, however, he
switches his tale like a nervous cat.
                                                            
                       
      (PRANZIC (V.O.)
Mandy, Mandy, be my candy.
                                                            
Pranzic swoops the bag over Amanda and flies off.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
 
INT. THE CRYSTAL CASTLE - DAY
                                                            
The Throne room is filled with armored, war-ready angels.
                                                            
Simon brings in a bound Pranzic, front and center of the
throne.
                                                            
                       
      (SIMON)
This is a red-handed catch. We
caught this creature flying down
            (MORE)

31.

                        (cont'd)
from the clouds. We are sure he
has taken the child,Amanda. We
heard his thought trails. He
stopped thinking, as soon as he
realized we had heard it.
                                                            
                       
      (PRANZIC)
I have not ever been a creature of
darkness. I am a creature of your
heavens! Let me make my house
where I need too.
                                                            
                       
      (SIMON)
This is only one of at least three
others that we did not yet catch.
We learned this much more, before
he changed his story.
                                                            
                       
      (PRANZIC)
Awe....not!
                                                            
                       
      (SIMON)
This creature has certainly found
heaven to be a place that it
thought it could use as a
venerable playground!
                                                            
                       
      (PRANZIC)
What can I say? I just play.
                                                            
                       
      (SIMON)
What did you do with the child
Amanda
                                                            
                       
      (PRANZIC)
I do nothing with Amanda. We are
just play friends. We were playing
seek and find and well she hid.
                                                            
Pranzic wiggles his fingers under the rope.
                                                            

32.

                       
      (PRANZIC)
Please let me go.
I do no harm.
I-I will help you find her.
                                                            
                       
      (SIMON)
There are no dragglets in the
kingdom of heaven
                                                            
                       
      (PRANZIC)
I'm here.
                                                            
                       
      (SIMON)
Yes, that's the problem.
                                                            
Nimbi breaks through the crowd, stumbling forward with a
bloody spot on her coat.
                                                            
                       
      (PRANZIC)
A child for a child!!
                                                            
                                         DISSOLVE TO:
                                                            
 
INT. HEROD'S COURT - DAY
                                                            
We go into King HEROD'S courtroom. Many guests are present.
                                                            
King Herod enters his courtroom with a flourish and sits
royaly on his throne.
                                                            
A COURT JESTER comes forward from the crowd, dancing and
humming.
                                                            
Herod is a short fat man is with black curly hair and a
sharply chiseled beard. He has a bulbous nose and large
jet-black eyes.
                                                            
The Court Jester is a creature from Galethema in disguise.
He is extremely, short--the size of a small dwarf. He has
extremely large black eyes, sharp teeth, and oversize head.
His cap is belled on the two ends which conceal pointed
ears.
                                                            
Stanna appears next to Herod's throne.
                                                            

33.

                       
      (STANNA)
It was the days of Herod and the
word had covered the land that the
King had heard a savior was
prophesied to come.

It angered Herod, as he felt he
was their savior.

He was so angry that he decided
that in order to stop them from
saying this, he sent out an army
with orders to kill every
boy-child of Israel that they
could find.
                                                            
Herod juts out his hand and points to the Court Jester.
                                                            
                       
      (HEROD)
Break this for me!
                                                            
Herod points to the cake being presented by a servant.
                                                            
The Court Jester brightly swings his legs around and pick's
up a piece of cake.
                                                            
                       
      (COURT JESTER)
My King, thou art the art of gods.
I must carry this to the worms of
my belly.
                                                            
The Court Jester stuffs the cake into his mouth.
                                                            
                       
      (HEROD)
Trying me again! I must not forget
to have the worms in that belly
counted when I have it split for
the next Jester's fun!
                                                            
Herod snorts and laughs.
                                                            
                       
      (HEROD)
Where is the virgin mother?
Tell me now! You have the seeing
eye. Use it and live a day longer.
                                                            

34.

                       
      (COURT JESTER)
Where is this woman?
                                                            
The Court Jester closes his eyes and goes into a trance.
                                                            
                       
      (COURT JESTER)
The woman is left in the house of
Nathan in Bethlehem, my Lord.
My mind is singing a song for you,
my King.
I will sing it for you if you give
me more cake.
                                                            
Herod motions for more cake.
                                                            
                       
      (HEROD)
Sing! Or I'll have my lions eat
you instead.
                                                            
The Court Jester stuffs more cake into his mouth, closes his
eyes and goes back into trance.
                                                            
                       
      (COURT JESTER)
Grave to grave
Tree to see
Held there to be a trade
A child for a child
Mary will be...
                                                            
                       
      (HEROD)
Be?
                                                            
                       
      (COURT JESTER)
Be it known a child is to be at
the tree. Give her to me
and two children will die. One
without wings.
One with wings.
Trade one to Herod.
And no Jesus will there be!
                                                            
                       
      (HEROD)
Hold! What?
                                                            
Critz suddenly bursts through the crowd in full Roman
uniform. He bows before Herod.
                                                            

35.

                       
      (CRITZ)
I have what you seek, my King.
She is held and watched by my men.
Mighty Lord, you must recall that
such a thing must be dealt with by
your own royal hand.
I await your disposal to bring you
to her.
Upon your command we move.
                                                            
                       
      (HEROD)
The woman is held?
                                                            
                       
      (CRITZ)
By my men sire.
                                                            
                       
      (HEROD)
And where? NO! Don't answer that.
We will go. You will return to
your post. I will send secret
missive to you as to my departure
to join you there.
                                                            
Herod stands up from his throne and descends to join Critz.
                                                            
                       
      (HEROD)
For this my fine warlord, you will
receive that robe worthy of Caesar
himself.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
 
EXT. THE CENSUS TAKER'S TENT - DAY
                                                            
Under a Roman tent, there are three people clustered at the
edge of the front of the tent in the rain. It's a dark and
very rainy day.
                                                            
Stanna APPEARS standing next to the Census Taker. She walks
to the edge of the tent and puts her hand out under the
rain, as if to catch some.
                                                            
                       
      (STANNA)
The rain taps out a pattern for
fingers to follow, as moments
pass.

            (MORE)

36.

                        (cont'd)
The census has begun in Bethlehem
with lines formed by the tent of
the census-takers in zigzag
patterns, massed and loud.
                                                            
THE ROMAN CENSUS TAKER walks into the tent and takes a seat
at the rough table.
                                                            
The Census Taker is tall, loud, fat, greasy looking,
unbathed, unshaven, and very rude.
                                                            
                       
      (ROMAN CENSUS
       TAKER)
How many in the house?!
                                                            
DAVID, VENTA, AND LADIES MAID step up to the Census Taker's
table.
                                                            
David a young and unsure person. He is dressed modestly, but
not poor.

Venta is obviously very young and pregnant. She is dressed
very nicely in fairly new robes.
                                                            
                       
      (DAVID)
Four.
                                                            
                       
      (ROMAN CENSUS
       TAKER)
Four?! Show yourselves in counted
numbers! Got that you buzzards?
                                                            
                       
      (DAVID)
My wife, Venta is with child.
                                                            
                       
      (ROMAN CENSUS
       TAKER)
Which one is that?
                                                            
David and the Lades Maid point at Venta.
                                                            
                       
      (ROMAN CENSUS
       TAKER)
She's got one day to prove it by a
Roman physician. See the man down
to the next table for that.
                                                            

37.

The Census Taker belches loudly.
                                                            
                       
      (ROMAN CENSUS
       TAKER)
I've got to stop eating that goat
cheese!
                                                            
Critz walks in under the tent and bends down to the ear of
the Census Taker.
                                                            
                       
      (CRITZ)
How many women with child are in
the great city of Bethlehem today?
                                                            
                       
      (ROMAN CENSUS
       TAKER)
Hmmm...why?
                                                            
                       
      (CRITZ)
Need it for the census-man over
there.
Gotta have names and whereabout of
'em too.
                                                            
                       
      (ROMAN CENSUS
       TAKER)
Nuts!
I don't have time for that crud!
Do you not see the time of day and
this line!
                                                            
                       
      (CRITZ)
Not my groan.
Just get that for the man now.
                                                            
                       
      (ROMAN CENSUS
       TAKER)
Here's the work that your man
should have done.
Take the woman with you to next
tent.
She's one of those with child in
the great city of Bethlehem today
                                                            
Critz goes over to Venta and takes her by the arm.
                                                            

38.

Venta turns to her husband with fear in her eyes.
                                                            
                       
      (VENTA)
Oh David, no...
                                                            
                                         DISSOLVE TO:
                                                            
 
EXT. THE TREE OF LIFE - NIGHT
                                                            
The Dagguard camp is strewn and used. David, Venta and
ladies maid are bound and in the background. Amanda is
sitting on the ground near the campfire.
                                                            
Feetzil walks over to Amanda from the campfire, wagging his
finger at her like a nanny.
                                                            
                       
      (FEETZIL)
Do you know what?
I could cut out your heart and
feed it to that worthless owl over
there just like that!
                                                            
Feetzil smacks his frog-like lips together with a snap of
his finger and his last word.
                                                            
                       
      (AMANDA)
No you won't.
You're not as bad as that.
I know you're just bored like me.
                                                            
Amanda stands up and kisses Feetzil on the cheek and steps
away, toward the tree.
                                                            
Critz walks up behind Feetzil.

Amanda steps a little closer tothe tree and begins to FLOAT
UP.
                                                            
                       
      (FEETZIL)
Forgot you're not gonna sleep,
little fleet wet-wart!
Sit back down!
Believe me I will feed you to that
owl.
Look! Be a good little angel like
you're supposed ta and make GOD
proud and you'll get to leave this
not so nice place!
                                                            

39.

                       
      (CRITZ)
Feetzil get her down now!
We must break camp now and move to
Bethlehem and wait there!
                                                            
Feetzil turn toward Amanda, wagging his finger
again--becoming red faced and frustrated.
                                                            
                        (15)
      (FEETZIL & CRITZ)
Get down now!!!
                                                            
Amanda floats higher and closer to the tree.
                                                            
The tree's limbs move without a wind.
                                                            
A bright star appears in the sky.
                                                            
Stanna appears at the tree.
                                                            
                       
      (STANNA)
Make a wish.
                                                            
Amanda turns in mid-flight and places her hands on the tree.
                                                            
                       
      (AMANDA)
Oh Holy Father,
I wish upon the star here,
That I will be
as mighty as a tree
and always be close to thee.
                                                            
                       
      (FEETZIL)
Creature of light, believe me I am
of night and I will kill you if
you don't come down!
                                                            
                       
      (CRITZ)
Feetzil!
Playing with the child is the last
thing you will ever do here.
I have to do everything for you,
you witless blob!
This is the final time!
Move!
I want her down and now!
                                                            

40.

Critz lunges toward Amanda with a jump, pinning them both to
the tree.
                                                            
The tree opens up, emitting a brilliant light, sucking both
Amanda and Critz into the tree and light.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
 
EXT. THE GRAVEYARD - DAY
                                                            
The graveyard sits close to a park complete with baseball
field. A very large weeping willow tree sweeps the edge of
the graveyard. The sun is setting. There is a gate near
the tree in the graveyard wall.
                                                            
Stanna walks toward the Willow Tree.
                                                            
                       
      (STANNA)
Trees usually give with the
seasons.
The winds blow with the fall of
the leaves, as they bring in a
shining array of colors.
Such is life.
The Willow is one tree that sings
a sad song all year long.
Its leaves seem silver.
A sign of old age?
It was more.
And the days are not always the
way we want them to be.
                                                            
BRENDON CONNOR walks into the graveyard, dressed in a
baseball uniform, carrying a bat and glove.
                                                            
Brendon Connor is the same age as Amanda. He's modern
American. His innocent and young spirit is apparent.
                                                            
                       
      (STANNA)
Brave new ideas come from minds
that are linked to one another.

What can happen when a tree is
linked to another to feed the land
and really give more to the world
than it seems too.
                                                            
Brendon walks toward the tree.
                                                            

41.

                       
      (STANNA)
Graveyards are silent aren't they?
We want them to be.
The park was built right next to
the graveyard.
Neither the park nor the graveyard
are silent.
They borrowed from one another and
give in an ironic way to life to
both the seen and the unseen.
                                                            
Brendon stops just short of the edges of the treee and looks
up at the graying sky.
                                                            
                       
      (BRENDON CONNOR)
13 zip! Thanks God, for helping us
to win. By the way, I wish it
would snow tonight. I guess we
need a miracle. By the way, it's
almost Christmas.
                                                            
Amanda is laying under the tree. She moves ust slightly,
catching Brendon's eyes.
                                                            
Brendon rubs his face up and down with his hands, blinks,
and looks again.
                                                            
                       
      (BRENDON CONNOR)
UH...OH...
                                                            
Brendon looks up at the sky, then back at Amanda.
                                                            
                       
      (BRENDON CONNOR)
Now what?
                                                            
Brendon lifts the branches of the willow tree and approaches
Amanda.
                                                            
                       
      (BRENDON CONNOR)
I'm not a coward.
I'm not a coward.
I'm not....
                                                            
Brendon reaches out and touches Amanda.
                                                            
                       
      (BRENDON CONNOR)
Awe, geez.
                                                            

42.

Amanda sits up. Her eyes widen when she sees Brendon.
                                                            
                        (30)
      (AMANDA/BRENDON)
Who are you?
                                                            
                       
      (BRENDON CONNOR)
More like, what are you?
                                                            
                       
      (AMANDA)
What are you? What happened to
your wings? Did you loose them?
                                                            
                       
      (BRENDON CONNOR)
What wings?
I don't have wings.
                                                            
                       
      (AMANDA)
Why?
                                                            
                       
      (BRENDON CONNOR)
Ok.
Let's reassess this.
You're an angel and I'm not.
                                                            
                       
      (AMANDA)
But, why?
                                                            
                       
      (BRENDON CONNOR)
Ok.
I think the question is, how did
you get here?
                                                            
Amanda looks up at the tree.
                                                            
                       
      (AMANDA)
I don't know.
How did you get here?
                                                            
                       
      (BRENDON CONNOR)
Ah boy.
I walked here.
You flew.
Now all you need to do is think
back.
            (MORE)

43.

                        (cont'd)
My mom says, when ever you loose
something, just think back.
                                                            
                       
      (AMANDA)
The tree.
                                                            
                       
      (BRENDON CONNOR)
The tree?
                                                            
                       
      (BRENDON CONNOR)
Uh, don't angels come from heaven?
                                                            
                       
      (AMANDA)
Yes. That's my home. Where is
this?
                                                            
                       
      (BRENDON CONNOR)
Earth.
                                                            
                       
      (AMANDA)
Earth?
But, how did I get here?
                                                            
                       
      (BRENDON CONNOR)
My question exactly.
                                                            
                       
      (BRENDON CONNOR)
You know something?
We're in a bit of a quandary here.

We just keep going around the
mulberry bush or is it a tree?
                                                            
                       
      (AMANDA)
The tree...
                                                            
                       
      (BRENDON CONNOR)
Uh, yeh.
We went over that already.
                                                            

44.

                       
      (BRENDON CONNOR)
Ok.
Let's start again.
Uh, my name is Brendon.
What's yours?
                                                            
                       
      (AMANDA)
Amanda.
                                                            
                       
      (BRENDON CONNOR)
Amanda?
Geez, I was expecting
something...well...a little more
extra-terrestrial or something.
Well, I guess God knows what he's
doing.
                                                            
                       
      (AMANDA)
Of course, He does.
                                                            
                       
      (BRENDON CONNOR)
So, why did he send you?
                                                            
                       
      (AMANDA)
He didn't.
                                                            
                       
      (BRENDON CONNOR)
It's Christmas.
He musta sent ya.
                                                            
                       
      (AMANDA)
No...Feetzil took me to the tree.
                                                            
                       
      (BRENDON CONNOR)
Ok.
We're getting somewhere.
Where's this guy Feetzil?
                                                            
Brendon and Amanda stand up together.
                                                            

45.

                       
      (AMANDA)
I don't know. But, we don't want
him to find us.
Feetzil's funny, but he's evil.
                                                            
                       
      (BRENDON CONNOR)
Ok.
Now, you've lost me.
Evil guys don't come from heaven.
                                                            
                       
      (AMANDA)
Feetzil didn't come from heaven.
He came from Galgethema and he
took me.
                                                            
                       
      (BRENDON CONNOR)
Galeth-e-wha?
No..on second thought, don't
answer that.
                                                            
Brendon looks deeply into Amanda's eyes.
                                                            
                       
      (BRENDON CONNOR)
Gee, you're pretty and your eyes
sparkle, like glitter is in'm or
somethin'.
I guess this means you have to
meet my mom.
                                                            
Brendon picks up Amanda's hand, stepping back and toward the
graveyard gate.
                                                            
                       
      (BRENDON CONNOR)
Ok.
Follow me.
                                                            
Brendon and Amanda walk through the gate, disappearing into
the darkness.
                                                            
Stanna follow the children through the gate and closes it.
                                                            
Moments later, Critz appears under the tree, motionless.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
 

46.

EXT. THE MANION OF AVILA - DAY
                                                            
In the garden yard, it is lightly snowing, but there are
berries still on a vine.
                                                            
Mavis walks into the garden yard to a bench and sits down.
                                                            
Stanna appears and walks over to Mavis and places an arm
around Mavis's shoulders.
                                                            
                       
      (STANNA)
The angels really have done all
they could do to pray for Amanda's
return.
Called up by prayers, the only one
that could help, is a dove,
"MYAM."
                                                            
                       
      (MAVIS)
Myam.
                                                            
Mavis looks up at the sky.
                                                            
                       
      (MAVIS)
Oh how I wish...I were a dove.
                                                            
Mavis reaches over and plucks a cluster of berries.
                                                            
Mavis closes her eyes.
                                                            
                       
      (MAVIS)
Listen and love, please come dear
dove.
                                                            
MYAM a dove, drifts down with a small white flower in her
beak.

Myam is a heavenly-white dove that has under-feathers that
shimmer in rainbow colors. She can communicate
telepathically and sometimes speaks words. She is the size
of a normal dove.

Myam lands on Mavis's lap.
                                                            
                       
      (MAVIS)
Crying in the hearts of children,
do you hear it in your mind
beloved dove?
                                                            

47.

                       
      (MYAM (V.O.)
I do.
                                                            
                       
      (MAVIS)
I can not ask you to take your
life away from this world.

I have not asked anyone anything I
could do myself.

I place this in your keeping, to
decide if you will.

I lifted this up to God and He has
told me that only a dove can go
where Amanda is lost in a world
very different from ours and very
far away.
                                                            
                       
      (MYAM)
I have heard of Amanda.
All who hear God's voice have
prayed for her,searching day and
night for her.
Little have I to give the Lord our
God.
Have you a way to find the child?
                                                            
                       
      (MAVIS)
I do. I have a thread from her
Cartanian.

I will also lift her name up to
the heavens to help you find her.

Here I have a cluster of berries
to give you nourishment and
strength in your search.

They are magic.

The power shields you from death.
Please the God of heaven and find
the child.

I am placing my heart with yours
if I may.
                                                            

48.

Mavis ties the berries around Myam's chest with a bright
yellow string.
                                                            
                       
      (MYAM)
I go now with God.
                                                            
Myam flies away.
                                                            
Mavis's eyes fill with tears.
                                                            
                                         DISSOLVE TO:
                                                            
 
EXT. THE DIMENSIONAL DOOR - NIGHT
                                                            
A crystalline light creates a gleaming path to the
dimensional door. The dimensional door is a starry hole in
space.
                                                            
Myam is cradled in the giant hands of God.
                                                            
                       
      (VOICE OF GOD)
Enter into the Earth, my child,
without my line of birth to aid
you. I have heard Amanda. Listen
in my mind and you will hear her
voice too. Enter and live! I
will call you to safely back, this
I vow. Now go!
                                                            
Myam lifts off and flies into the dimensional door.
                                                            
Stanna appears walking on the on the path toward the door.
She stops just short and does not go in. There is a wind
that blows out of the door lifting Stanna's hair and wings.
                                                            
                       
      (STANNA)
For three days, God did not move
from where Myam had gone in.

The light and wind tore at his
beard and robe.

Only the small breaths from his
lifting chest provided that He
still lived.

He strayed where no one dared, as
He stared straight into the door
that led into future and more.
                                                            

49.

                                         DISSOLVE TO:
                                                            
 
EXT. THE CITY - DAY
                                                            
An American city at a Main Street crossing. A sign across
the city marks the city park. Amanda's wings are concealed
by a large coat.
                                                            
BETTY, Brendon, and Amanda stop at the curb of the crosswalk
the leads to the entrance to the park. They wail for the
"walk" sign to change.
                                                            
Betty is Brendon's mom, a very American single mom.
                                                            
Stanna appears next to the "park" sign.
                                                            
                       
      (STANNA)
Winter holds a cold in most cities
that is bitter.

Critz, however had assimilated to
his surrounding with very little
trouble.
                                                            
Camera zooms in on Critz, loitering next to a min-market
door, close to the crosswalk.
                                                            
                       
      (CRITZ)
I relish this new work in this
time.

Immortality, isn't that what its
all about?
                                                            
Critz sees the children and moves up behind them quickly.
                                                            
                       
      (CRITZ)
The tree is the key.

It's an inter-time inter-loping
that we must succeed at to strike
the Christ-child dead.

I feel like God.

Why, I'm more intelligent than the
source they have sought to imitate
all these eons.
                                                            

50.

Critz makes a powerful, fast move by running up to both
children, picks them up and runs quickly out of sight. Betty
has no time to react fast enough to keep up.
                                                            
Betty turns around and screams.
                                                            
                       
      (BETTY)
Oh God, NO! My children! Stop!
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
 
INT. BETTY'S APARTMENT - NIGHT
                                                            
BETTY'S living room in a moderate scale apartment building.

Betty goes over to the family Christmas tree and places an
ornament on it.

JOSHUA goes to a comfy chair, sits down and places a lap top
computer on a small table in front of him.

WHO GOES TO COMFY CHAIR, SITS DOWN AND PLACES LAP TOP
COMPUTER ON A SMALL TABLE.

JOSHUA is the oldest of two sons, taller than his mother,
lean, attractive, polite, and smart.

Stanna appears near the Christmas tree.
                                                            
                       
      (STANNA)
The winter sky just didn't betray
the season.

As the clouds drift across the
purple-blue sky the city began to
think about Santa.
                                                            
Betty grabs a tissue and blows her nose. She picks up an
angel ornament tree topper and sits down on the arm of the
sofa.
                                                            
                       
      (BETTY)
I just can't believe that God
hasn't hear my prayers. We need a
miracle,NOW.
The police haven't even called.
I just don't know what else to do.
                                                            

51.

                       
      (JOSHUA)
Mom, the police are on it. The
APB is out. I'm emailing right
now. We'll have that miracle.
                                                            
Joshua continues to tap on his computer.
                                                            
                       
      (BETTY)
The police don't even know who
they're really looking for.
I just couldn't bring myself to
tell them she has wings.
I figured IF they find her, they
would figure it out themselves
when the saw her.
                                                            
                       
      (JOSHUA)
Hey mom, I've got something.
                                                            
Joshua points to the computer screen. Betty goess over to
look at it.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
 
INT. THE CHURCH OF THE SAINTS - NIGHT
                                                            
A large church santuary, complete with decorated huge
Christmas tree.

Brendon and Amanda are sitting on the top step leading to
the podium, next to a large, lit Christmas tree.

REVEREND RANDALL is at the podium, rigid with fear.
Critz is pulling on Rev. Randall's robe, pushing a gun to
his head.

Reverend Randall is a devoted Catholic priest. He is
slightly balding, has a nearly perpetual smile with a
twinkle in his large eyes. He wears the traditional robes
of a Catholic priest.
                                                            
Stanna appears, standing next to the children.
                                                            
                       
      (STANNA)
Christmas Mass had ended and
everyone had left for the night.

Father Randall had looked forward
so much to the fine dinner waiting
            (MORE)

52.

                        (cont'd)
for him and restful music from the
choir tapes he had ordered just
for this year's Christmas Cantata.


Truth be known he had seen this
before and couldn't see what else
he could do, but pray that he
could get to the gun.

He felt it was necessary to keep a
gun after the last robbery.

The gun of course, was not within
reaching distance and being buried
by his own gun entered his mind
too.
                                                            
Critz grips Rev. Randall tighter when the Reverend's hand
moves.
                                                            
                       
      (CRITZ)
Forget what you thought.
I can hear you.
I have only to get this girl back
to the great tree and then we will
have this Christmas brought to a
halt.
There will never be a Christmas
again. They will call it the Day
of the Dead, as I have been here
to see it said!
                                                            
The lights on the Christmas tree blinks.
                                                            
                       
      (STANNA)
Brendon just sat and watched the
Christmas tree lights blink on and
off.

He couldn't really think or move.
Then he saw it.

Crtiz and God were fighting over
the entire world and Christmas.

He couldn't believe the next words
that came out of his mouth next.
                                                            

53.

                       
      (BRENDON CONNOR)
Amanda!
Get back to the tree!
                                                            
Brendon flings himself into Crit'z mid-belly, head first.

Critz let's go of Rev. Randall.

Reverend Randall reaches for his own gun,hidden inside the
podium.

Critz grabs Rev. Randall again. They struggle.

Brendon joins the struggle trying to stop Critz by hitting
on him.

A gun goes off.

Amanda, runs and then flies, vanishing out through the
church doors.
                                                            
                       
      (STANNA)
The church held it's breath for
the Christmas Eve that still
waited for Jesus to be laid in a
manger.

It watched, as Critz lifted off
Brendon and lunged down the aisle
and out through the church doors
after Amanda.
                                                            
                                         DISSOLVE TO:
                                                            
 
EXT. ANOTHER WILLOW TREE - NIGHT
                                                            
Another willow tree, in another city, in another park, a
couple hundred miles away from the Church. It's a dark
snowy night.

Amanda is laying still under the tree.

A silhouette of of a man walks under the tree and picks
Amanda up. He walks toward a path that leads out to a
Christmas lighted city.
                                                            
                                         DISSOLVE TO:
                                                            
 

54.

INT. JOHN'S APARTMENT - DAY
                                                            
The man that picked Amanda up is JOHN. He's taken her to
his apartment and straight to his bedroom. It's an
expensive flat with the air of a successful business man.
There is a snow-globe from his childhood sitting on the lamp
stand.

JOHN is sitting on the bedside, placing a wet folded
washcloth on her forehead.

John is a thirty-something, very successful business man.
He's fairly athletic and surprisingly cut under his shirts.
He's single, quiet, strong, and self-sufficient.

Stanna appears in the room, standing at the window.
                                                            
                       
      (STANNA)
John could see his work was cut
out for him the moment he saw her
wings. He decided not to call 911.
                                                            
Amanda's eyes open.
                                                            
                       
      (AMANDA)
Papa...
                                                            
John lifts the cloth, and kisses her on the forehead.
                                                            
                       
      (JOHN)
No, baby.
I'm John.
                                                            
Myam suddenly appears at the window outside. She perches on
the windowsill, then taps on the glass with her beak.
                                                            
                       
      (JOHN)
(loud whisper)
Oh my God, what's this?
                                                            
John goes over to the sliding window and opens it. There is
no screen.

Myam flies in and lands on Amanda's lap.

Myam drops a berry and the bright yellow string in Amanda's
hand.
                                                            

55.

                       
      (AMANDA)
This is a string from my cartanian
and the berry is from mama and
papa's garden.
                                                            
                                         WIPE TO:
                                                            
LATER: In John's living room which has a large decorated
Christmas tree with a sparkling star on the top.
                                                            
John and Amanda walk through the bedroom door and enters the
living room. Amanda is carefully holding Myam.
                                                            
                       
      (JOHN)
What are you thinking about?
                                                            
                       
      (AMANDA)
Mama.
                                                            
                       
      (JOHN)
Where is mama?
                                                            
                       
      (AMANDA)
I don't know, but I heard her
telling me to go to back to
Brendon.
                                                            
                       
      (JOHN)
Brendon? Brendon who?
                                                            
                       
      (AMANDA)
Brendon Connor. His mother is
Betty.
                                                            
                       
      (JOHN)
Concentrate. Can you remember
anything else?
                                                            
Amanda closes her eyes and concentrates.
                                                            
                       
      (AMANDA)
I can see Revend Randall in the
Church of the Saints.
                                                            

56.

                       
      (JOHN)
OK wow, Amanda, I know Reverend
Randall. I visit when I'm in his
neck of the woods. How about if I
give him a call?
                                                            
John picks up the phone.
                                                            
                       
      (JOHN)
Maybe all the little somethings
will work together to find an
answer.

Can you call your mama back and
tell her she will have a very
skinny little angel if you don't
eat some-ting ok?
                                                            
                       
      (AMANDA)
No. (giggling)
                                                            
                                         DISSOLVE TO:
                                                            
 
INT. A COMMERCIAL AIRLINER - DAY
                                                            
A small commercial air liner--first class seats. Myam is in
a small cage placed on a flight tray. John and Amanda are
seated.
                                                            
MIA, a flight attendant, pushing a refreshment cart, stops
at John and Amanda.
                                                            
                       
      (JOHN)
This is the first time Amanda has
ever flown on a plane.
                                                            
                       
      (MIA)
Hi Amanda, my name is MIA; I am
your flight attendant today.
If you need anything just let me
know.
And who is this?
                                                            
Mia points to Myam.
                                                            

57.

                        (10)
      (JOHN AND AMANDA)
Myam.
                                                            
                       
      (MIA)
What a beautiful name for a bird.
                                                            
                       
      (JOHN)
Sure is.
                                                            
John fastens his and Amanda's seat belt.
                                                            
                       
      (JOHN)
Say, Amanda, we should take a good
look at what the land looks like,
as we take off.

Then we will know what our little
Myam sees.
                                                            
                       
      (AMANDA)
I already know.
                                                            
                        (35)
      (JOHN/MIA)
Oh?!
                                                            
                       
      (MIA)
How do you know?
                                                            
                       
      (AMANDA)
Myam told me.
                                                            
                       
      (MIA)
Oh, I see. So, you're a little
bird whisperer?
                                                            
                       
      (AMANDA)
No. I'm telepathic.
                                                            
                       
      (MIA)
Can you read my thoughts?
                                                            

58.

                       
      (AMANDA)
Uh...huh.
                                                            
                       
      (MIA)
Oh?
                                                            
                       
      (AMANDA)
Yes. You are thinking that John
is really cute.
                                                            
                       
      (MIA)
Oh my, well, John, it's great to
see you back on board. I hope you
all enjoy this short trip.
                                                            
MOVE TO: Exterior of plane, taking off the runway on a
snowy day.
                                                            
                                         DISSOLVE TO:
                                                            
 
EXT. THE BEACH - DAY
                                                            
The beach is quiet and breezy. There is a small beach house
behind John and Amanda, lit up for Christmas.
                                                            
John and Amanda walk onto the beach with hoodies on. John
has a cell phone in one hand and binoculars in the other.
                                                            
                       
      (JOHN)
Ok, Amanda, lets see what we can
see while we wait for our phone
call.
                                                            
Myam lifts off and flies up from Amanda's shoulder.
                                                            
John snaps the binoculars up.
                                                            
                       
      (JOHN)
I hope she doesn't fly to far.
                                                            
Amanda picks up a stick and begins to draw a large symbol
into the sand.
                                                            
John's cell phone rings. He opens it.
                                                            

59.

                       
      (JOHN)
Hello. Oh my God really? Thank
you Reverend.
                                                            
John closes the phone.
                                                            
                       
      (JOHN)
Amanda, call Myam back. We have
to go right away to see Reverend
Randall.
                                                            
Amanda finishes the drawing, drops the stick and look up at
the sky.
                                                            
                       
      (JOHN)
What are you doing baby?
                                                            
John points to the drawing in the sand.
                                                            
                       
      (AMANDA)
The sign will call Myam back.
See...I have it on this chain. God
gave it to me. We call it, "The
line that finds." Myam will come
back soon now.
                                                            
Amanda pulls out the necklace and medallion from under her
coat, showing it to John.
                                                            
(AUTHOR'S NOTE: A diagram of the ssymbol is found in the the
published version of STAR by AYASTA, page 92.)
                                                            
                       
      (JOHN)
Wow...that sign says a lot,
Amanda.
                                                            
Myam flies in and lands softly on Amanda's shoulder.

As the sun set, John and Amanda walk hand in hand up toward
the beach house.
                                                            
                                         DISSOLVE TO:
                                                            
 
INT. THE CHURCH OF THE SAINTS - NIGHT
                                                            
Inside the sanctuary of the church. The Christmas tree is
lit. No signs of previous violence is present.
                                                            

60.

Amanda and John walk into the church and down the isle
toward the Christmas tree.
                                                            
Reverend Randall walks in from a sanctuary door to meet
them at the Christmas tree.
                                                            
                       
      (REVEREND RANDALL)
Come child.
                                                            
Amanda runs forward up to the Reverend Randall, giving him a
big hug.

Reverend Randall's cell phone rings. He answers it.
                                                            
                       
      (REVEREND RANDALL)
God bless you for calling right
back Ms. Connor. They are here
now. I'll send them straight to
you and don't worry, the person I
will tell about this is God. Merry
Christmas.
                                                            
Reverend Randall hangs up the phone.
                                                            
                       
      (REVEREND RANDALL)
This is the phone number to
Brendon and his mother Betty.

It's best you go quickly. The
police are still searching for
Amanda and the monster Critz is
still at large, so please be
careful.
Amanda, I hope you can come back
soon. You are the miracle we all
search for.
                                                            
                       
      (JOHN)
We will be careful Reverend and we
will be on guard for Critz. Amanda
has told me all about him.
I want you to know that I think I
have the greatest blessing of all
to hear even God say in my prayers
that I'm her father here on earth.
I won't let God or Amanda down.
                                                            

61.

                       
      (FATHER RANDALL)
Wonderful John. Please keep in
touch with me--will you?
                                                            
                       
      (JOHN)
Of course I will Father.
                                                            
Amanda unfolds a small piece of paper with the symbol, "The
Line That Finds," on it. She gives it to Reverend Randall.
                                                            
                       
      (AMANDA)
That's the sign to the angels from
God. It's for you too, Father.
                                                            
                       
      (REVEREND RANDALL)
I see all the symbolism Amanda.
Can you explain it to me?
                                                            
Amanda points, as she explains the meaning of the symbol.
                                                            
                       
      (AMANDA)
The star is the Christmas star
which stands for God's promise to
us. The cross is the promise
full-filled, through the heart of
Jesus, God's son, which gives us
eternal life through Him by the
Father, the Son, and the Holy
Spirit. See?
                                                            
                       
      (REVEREND RANDALL)
I can see that now. I will
cherish this forever. Thank you
Amanda, my beloved child. God has
graced us with your presence and
now we have His sign that
declares his promise forever. It
is truly a sign for the times.
Thank you.
                                                            
Amanda and Reverend Randall hug.
                                                            
                       
      (REVEREND RANDALL)
You must go quickly now. It's
getting late. I love you, Amanda.
                                                            

62.

John, Amanda, and Reverend Randall walk back down the isle
toward the door.
                                                            
John and Amanda exit our of the doors of the church.
                                                            
                       
      (REVEREND RANDALL)
Merry Christmas!
                                                            
                        (34)
      (JOHN AND AMANDA)
Merry Christmas Father!
                                                            
                                         DISSOLVE TO:
                                                            
 
INT. BETTY'S APARTMENT - NIGHT
                                                            
Betty's apartment is lit up for Christmas Eve. A light snow
is falling beyond the windows.

John and Amanda arrive at Betty's apartment door. John
knocks, Betty opens the door. They walk in when the door
opens.
                                                            
                       
      (BETTY)
We just can't believe your here!
We have a thousand questions, but
we won't bother you with that now.

Please come in, sit down. Have
some cookies!
                                                            
John and Amanda sit down on the couch, putting down gift
bags at the base of the Christmas tree as they pass.
                                                            
                       
      (BRENDON CONNOR)
Mom, can I give Amanda her present
now?
                                                            
                       
      (BETTY)
Brendon had total faith that he
would see Amanda again, so he got
her a present. Go get it sweetie.
                                                            
Brendon goes to the tree quickly, picks up a present and
walks over to Amanda, handing it to her.

Amanda opens the present. It's a silver willow tree with
picture ornaments hanging from the limbs. Three of the

63.

pictures are of Brendon, Betty, and Joshua. One is empty,
waiting for Amanda's picture.
                                                            
                       
      (AMANDA)
Oh my goodness, a willow tree and
all of you...wow.
                                                            
Amanda stands up, goes over to Brendon, unlatching her
necklace from her neck. She lifts it to Brendon's neck and
latches on him.
                                                            
                       
      (AMANDA)
I want you to have it Brendon. It
will help keep you safe.
                                                            
                       
      (BRENDON CONNOR)
Oh, my God, Amanda. I don't know
what to say...thank you.
                                                            
                       
      (JOHN)
It's the sign to the angels.
                                                            
                       
      (AMANDA)
And to you all too. We call it,
"The line that finds," because God
will always keep us from being
lost, for we are found in Him.
It's His promise that was
full-filled through His love,
which is eternal life.
                                                            
                       
      (BRENDON CONNOR)
Boy, isn't that the truth Amanda.
You said a mouth full. Wow, thank
you!
                                                            
                       
      (JOHN)
Amanda, here's my little present
to you.
                                                            
John picks up the present and gives it to Amanda.

Amanda opens it carefully. It's an angel doll complete with
feathered wings.
                                                            

64.

                       
      (AMANDA)
Oh, John, thank you! I love you.
                                                            
                       
      (JOHN)
I love you too, my Manda.
                                                            
John and Amanda embrace with hug and kiss.

John reaches out to touch Betty's arm, who is standing
nearby.
                                                            
                       
      (JOHN)
Would you mind much if we take a
little walk to the park? Amanda
wants to go see the willow tree.
                                                            
                       
      (BETTY)
I guess that would be ok. Brendon
has been wanting to go there, but
I was a little afraid of it. I
think it would be alright.
Brendon do you still want to go?
                                                            
                       
      (BRENDON CONNOR)
Sure mom, as long as Amanda wants
to go.

Amanda do you want to?
                                                            
                       
      (AMANDA)
Yes, I want to see it again.
                                                            
                       
      (JOHN)
Brave girl. I'm proud of you,
baby.
                                                            
                       
      (BETTY)
Well, that settles it. Let's get
everybody bundled up. It's cold
out there tonight.
                                                            
Amanda places her presents into an empty gift bag with
handles.

John helps Amanda back on with her coat and gift bag.

65.


Everyone gets on coats and hats.

All exit out of the apartment door.
                                                            
                                         DISSOLVE TO:
                                                            
 
EXT. THE PARK - NIGHT
                                                            
The Main Street crosswalk leads to the park. The park,
across from them is brightly lit with Christmas lights. A
beautiful large manger scene is in the park. A path leads
to the graveyard.
                                                            
Amanda and Brendon, hand in hand are waiting for the "walk"
light at the crosswalk.

Myam is Amanda's shoulder.

John, Betty, and Joshua are walking just behind Amanda and
Brendon.
                                                            
                       
      (BRENDON CONNOR)
Hey Amanda! Look there's a manger
scene right up there!
                                                            
The crosswalk light changes, everyone crosses over to the
park and enters, following the path.
                                                            
                       
      (AMANDA)
That is what I wanted to see. I
wanted to go with Mama and Papa,
but there were no children to go.
                                                            
                       
      (JOHN)
It was a real stable actually. It
didn't look exactly like the one
you see here Amanda, but it was
sorta like that.
                                                            
                       
      (AMANDA)
It's so beautiful.
                                                            
Everyone walks by the manger scene with "oo's" and "awe's."
                                                            
Myam leaves Amanda's should and flies in the direction of
the willow tree.
                                                            

66.

                       
      (BRENDON CONNOR)
woops! There goes Myam!
                                                            
                       
      (JOHN)
Ok, Manda, don't you fly off too.
                                                            
Amanda takes John's hand with a smile. They continue
walking toward the willow tree.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
 
EXT. THE WILLOW TREE - NIGHT
                                                            
The willow tree shimmers in the Christmas snow and
moonlight. The graveyard and park are quiet, but there are
people nearby.
                                                            
Myam is fluttering around the tree.

Amanda and Brendon, walking faster now. Amanda slips the
hand clasp, when she comes just feet away from the tree.
John, Betty, and Joshua are close behind.

Stanna appears next to the tree.
                                                            
                       
      (STANNA)
Where a tree stands that God had
touched before, the tree gives a
light that nobody ever
understands.

The willow sang a song of sadness
and could not leave its tears for
the world to hear.
                                                            
The wind picks up.

Amanda goes under the tree alone.

Brendon pauses a moment.
                                                            
The air is suddenly filled with voices.
                                                            
                       
      (JOHN)
No..no..no..NO!
                                                            
Critz suddenly bolts from behind the group. He grabs Amanda
and jumps toward the trunk of the tree.

67.


The tree opens up with a bolt of bright light, sucking Critz
and Amanda in.

Screams fill the air.

The light fades, revealing a gaping hole in the tree trunk.
the tree is open to reveal more when anyone looks in.

Brendon approaches the tree first and looks in.

John, right behind Brendon, looks in too.
                                                            
Brendon and John, fighting against a winds that blows out
from the gigantic hold in the tree, step through and into
the hole.

Myam flies in behind them.
                                                            
Police officers gather around the tree with Betty and
Joshua.

The snow picks up.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
 
EXT. THE TREE OF LIFE - NIGHT
                                                            
The tree of life mirrors the willow tree. The land is filled
with warriors, angels and dagguards--some on horseback. The
sky is bleak. The tree had remains an open door to the scene
on BOTH sides.
                                                            
Critz, holding Amanda, on a horse is galloping away.

John and Brendon are squatting at the bse of the tree of
life.

Myam is flying over the battle scene.

Avila is on horseback, in pursuit of Critz and Amanda.
                                                            
The war takes on a panoramic view.

John catches a horse from a dead rider, picks up a sword
from the ground,puts Brendon on the back of the horse and
rides in Amanda's direction.

Avila catches up with Critz's horse. He swings his blade at
Critz, then pulls Amanda off the horse to the ground.
Swinging again, The horses pull forward.


68.

Amanda falls back and moves quickly from the horses. She
takes off her coat and flies up, still carrying her
Christmas gift bag in her hand.

Avila and Critz battle.

John and Brendon on horseback close in on Avila and Critz.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
 
EXT. THE WILLOW TREE - NIGHT
                                                            
Panic on the side of the willow tree, while people push and
shove to see inside the tree.

The police are trying to bring the crowd to the outside the
perimeter of the tree.

Betty and Joshua remain close to the tree.

An exited police offer, just outside the tree's perimeter
fires a shot from his gun into the air.

The crowd screams and ducks.

The tree emits a terrible sound that vibrates the ground
with an eardrum crushing pulse.

People fall to the ground.



THE TREE CLOSES.
                                                            
                                         WIPE TO:
                                                            
 
EXT. THE TREE OF LIFE - NIGHT
                                                            
A war zone. The sun is setting.

The dimensional door in the tree is closed.

The ground shakes as people fall to the ground.

Avila swings his horse toward John's horse and sweeps
Brendon onto the back of the horse, then gallops away toward
Amanda.

Amanda sees Avila and Brendon. She flies toward them and
lands close to them.


69.

Reaching Amanda, Avila dismounts, places Amanda on the horse
with Brendon.
                                                            
                       
      (AVILA)
RUN!
                                                            
The horse gallops off.

Avila turns back and flies back toward Critz and John.

Critz and John have begun sword fight.

Critz looks up to see Avila flying toward them.

John takes that moment and plunges his sword into Critz.

Critz falls to the ground.
                                                            
The night suddenly becomes silent, as silvery leaves,
snowflakes, and feathers drift through the air.
                                                            
                                         DISSOLVE TO:
                                                            
 
EXT. THE MANGER - DAY
                                                            
A clear starry sky. STAR hangs low in the sky. The stable
is traditional to the Nativity story.
                                                            
Avila walks over to Joseph and places an arm around is
shoulders.

Sylvan walks over to Mary, leans over looking at the baby,
smiling.

Stanna appears, standing next to Mary.
                                                            
                       
      (STANNA)
Mary lay stretched in her long
gown hewn with wool and saw the
stars of heaven unfold above her.

The night had come to the day with
the cold air that only a winter
could bring.

Mary was no ordinary child, she
heard the voice of God and of
angels.
                                                            

70.

                       
      (STANNA)
Centuries have told the story of
the son she brought forth.

The sign was the Star and it held
a light that no one had ever seen
before.

It entered into the Earth and
shone its light for all to know
that the Christ child was born.
                                                            
The entire angel caravan of angels and camels cluster around
the manger and cave.

Brendon, Amanda, and John, now disguised in traditional
Hebrew clothing, walk up and gather close to Avia and
Sylvan.

Some of the angels de-cloak and fly up above the manger.
                                                            
                       
      (AVILA)
May I hold the child?
                                                            
                       
      (MARY)
Yes.
                                                            
Avila carefully lifts the baby up from the manger.
                                                            
                       
      (AVILA)
El Shaddai!
                                                            
Avila raises the baby up to the stars.
                                                            
                       
      (STANNA)
And with a shout, a cry of a baby,
and another shining tear, the tree
was born, but the forest was not
yet grown.
                                                            
Zoom into the STAR flaring light brightly above them.
                                                            


FADE OUT.


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