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Heroine
by Christopher Collins (trnkillapp@yahoo.com)

Rated: R   Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy   User Review:
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In life, only two things are certain; death and taxes. But what about love? How accurate is Cupid's arrow when he takes aim? How does one decide when to love, who to love, and where to find it? For mercenary - for - hire Noberto, the answer to those questions and more are about to be answered. But at what cost?


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FADE IN:

INT. FOREST - DAY
                                                            
A PHONE RING FROM THE INSIDE A SOMEONE'S POCKET. Someone
reaches in to grab it. NOBERTO, a man in his mid-to-late
20's, places the receiver to his ear. He rests the SHOVEL
that he's holding on a nearby tree.
                                                            
                       NOBERTO (V.O.)
Hello?
                                                            
 
INT. CAR - DAY
                                                            
SARAH, a self-proclaimed "curvy girl", is on the other line.
                                                            
INTERCUT BETWEEN FOREST AND SARAH'S CAR
                                                            
                       SARAH
Hey.
                                                            
                       NOBERTO
What's up?
                                                            
                       SARAH
Well, I was just about to go on
break and..
      (bites lower lip)
..I was wondering if you wanted to
meet up for lunch?
                                                            
                       NOBERTO
Yeah, sure. What time do you wanna
meet?
                                                            
                       SARAH
Around noon. We'll meet up over at
Everybody's Mom.
                                                            
                       NOBERTO
Looking forward to it.
                                                            
                       SARAH
Great! I'll see you then.
                                                            
                       NOBERTO
Okay, bye.
                                                            
                       SARAH
Bye.
                                                            
 

2.

EXT. FOREST - DAY
                                                            
Noberto puts the phone back in his pocket. He picks up the
shovel and continues to dig. As he continues to dig, lying
on the forest floor, wrapped up in a very large rug, is
Sarah's DEAD, LIFELESS BODY.
                                                            
 
EXT. ROAD - DAY
                                                            
Noberto opens the trunk of his car. He reaches inside and
pulls out a LARGE, ROLLED-UP RUG. He drapes it over his
shoulder and closes the trunk. Noberto makes his way into
the forest.
                                                            
 
EXT. FOREST - DAY
                                                            
Noberto is digging through the dirt with his shovel. From
the looks of things he has been at this for some time now.

Noberto stabs the shovel into the ground so that he can take
a break. He wipes the sweat from his brow before reaching
into his shirt pocket. He pulls out A CIGARETTE FROM A
HALF-EMPTY CARTON and places it in his mouth.

Noberto fumbles around for a LIGHTER, but he can't seem to
find it. He glances over at Sarah.
                                                            
Noberto makes his way over to Sarah and crouches down beside
her. He takes out the cigarette from his mouth and sticks it
into Sarah's.
                                                            
                       NOBERTO
Hang on to that for me, will ya,
sweetheart?
                                                            
Noberto stands up and continues his search for the lighter.
He eventually finds it in his BACK LEFT POCKET. He pulls it
out and kneels back down beside Sarah. He places the lighter
next to the cigarette and ignites it. As the cigarette
catches the flame, he takes the stick out of her mouth, and
with the same motion, caresses her cheek. He places the
cigarette in his mouth.
                                                            
                       NOBERTO
      (muffled by the
       cigarette)
Thanks.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            

3.

WIHTOUT WARNING, A GOLDEN ARROW HITS NOBERTO SQUARE IN THE
BACK. The force of the impact knocks him DOWN. He lands on
the ground with a THUD, the wind literally knocked out of
him. He struggles to regain his composure, but this
ultimately proves futile. As he loses consciousness, the
lifeless gaze of his victim meets his cold, emotionless
stare. NOBERTO PASSES OUT.
                                                            
BEGIN DREAM SEQUENCE:
                                                            
 
INT. SARAH'S HOME - DAY
                                                            
BRIEF FLASHES OF SARAH'S MURDER; SIGNS OF A STRUGGLE,
SCREAMING, AND SO ON.
                                                            
END DREAM SEQUENCE.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
 
INT. NOBERTO'S CAR - MORNING
                                                            
Noberto wakes with a start. He wipes his face with his
hands. He grabs his phone from the passenger car seat and
checks the time; 11:55am. Noberto sees something out of the
corner of his eye. He turns to face the passenger side
window.
                                                            
We spot Sarah, smiling and waving at Noberto. She's coming
out of the Everybody's Mom restaurant holding TWO LARGE
STYROFOAM CUPS, one in each hand. She makes her way to the
car. Sarah knocks on the window. She motions with her hand
for Noberto to unlock the door. He unlocks it. Sarah gets
into the car.
                                                            
                       SARAH
Hey.
      (motions to the
       Styrofoam cups)
I got you one of those milkshakes
with alcohol in it. Thought you
might like it.
                                                            
                       NOBERTO
It's almost noon.
                                                            
                       CUPID
I know. They're for me.
                                                            
Noberto lets out a sarcastic chuckle. He takes one of the
Styrofoam cups from Sarah and checks out the contents.
                                                            

4.

                       SARAH
Cool, huh? It's got little bacon
bits in it and everything.
                                                            
Noberto turns the car on. Sarah puts on her earbuds.
                                                            
                       NOBERTO
You ready?
                                                            
                       SARAH
      (disracted)
Hmm?
      (smiling)
Oh, yeah, yeah. Let's go.
                                                            
Noberto and Sarah drive away.
                                                            
Noberto glances over at her, whose clothes are highlighting
each and every curve of her body.
                                                            
                       NOBERTO
So what are you listening to?
                                                            
                       SARAH
Oh, this? I'm just checking my
messages.
                                                            
                       NOBERTO
Oh. Okay.
                                                            
                       SARAH
So who were you talking to?
                                                            
                       NOBERTO
Huh?
                                                            
                       SARAH
On the phone. Who were you talking
to?
                                                            
                       NOBERTO
Oh, that. That was one of the guys
from my job. Someone fucked up and
didn't come in for work today.
      (brushes it off)
I'll deal with it later.
                                                            
                       NOBERTO
"Fucked up". That the industry
term?
                                                            
                       NOBERTO
It is in my line of work.
                                                            

5.

                       SARAH
And that would be...?
                                                            
Noberto looks at Sarah.
                                                            
                       NOBERTO
Not fucking up.
                                                            
Sarah and Noberto continue to make their way to Sarah's
home.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
 
EXT. SARAH'S HOME - MORNING
                                                            
Noberto parks the car in Sarah's driveway. The both get out
and make their way to the door.
                                                            
A TALL YOUNG MAN known as CUPID is standing across the
street from Sarah's home. He is a thin, 6 foot tall young
man with tattoos all over his body. He is naked, except for
a pair of RED BOXER BRIEFS. Of particular note are the TWO
ANGEL WINGS TATTOOS on his back. He reaches for a GOLDEN
ARROW from his quiver, but a nearby dog starts to bark,
distracting him.
                                                            
He looks back over at Sarah and Noberto, who are making
their way inside. He accidently grabs A SILVER ARROW from
his quiver. He takes aim and pulls back on the bowstring,
but when he sees that the arrow is the steel one, he
inadvertently lets go of the bowstring. The arrow flies over
to Noberto and hits the back of his right knee.
                                                            
Noberto and Sarah enter her home. Noberto closes the door
behind him.
                                                            
 
INT. SARAH'S HOME - MORNING
                                                            
Sarah and Noberto are in the kitchen laughing and enjoying
one another's company. It's clear that they've been
conversing for quite a while.
                                                            
                       NOBERTO
..so I was reading this story
online about this guy in the UK;
some rugby player who had a really
bad fall. He was out for quite a
while, and when he woke up, he
dumped his fiancée and started
dating men.
                                                            

6.

                       SARAH
You're shitting me.
                                                            
                       NOBERTO
No, really. I've seen the
before-and-after pics. We're
talking about a really big,
muscular sumbitch here. I'm mean
this dude went from zero to
hairdresser in like, three weeks.
Restarted his whole life.
                                                            
                       SARAH
Jesus. Do you think he was always
felt that way? Y'know, BEFORE the
fall?
                                                            
                       NOBERTO
Hard to say, really. I mean think
about it; your entire personality,
maybe even you whole life, altered
by a simple conk on the noggin.
Who knows? I could fall down a
flight of stairs and become the
next Neil deGrasse Tyson.
                                                            
                       SARAH
Yeah, 'cause that's what every
white guy dream of becoming; a
really smart black man.
                                                            
                       NOBERTO
Well, it worked for C. Thomas
Howell in that one movie.
                                                            
                       SARAH
      (chuckles)
Point taken.
                                                            
                       NOBERTO
More coffee?
                                                            
                       SARAH
Yes, please.
                                                            
Noberto takes the pot and pours Sarah another cup of coffee.
                                                            
                       SARAH
My hero. Or should I say my
      (funny accent)
"Noberto"?
                                                            

7.

                       NOBERTO
Careful, now.
                                                            
                       SARAH
Well...you may be onto something.
I mean you would not believe the
sob stories I get from guys all
the time; about how their grandma
died, or how they lost their dog
when they were eight, or some
shit. Whatever they gotta do to
get laid.
                                                            
                       NOBERTO
Really?
                                                            
                       SARAH
Yeah. I met this one guy; seemed
harmless enough. He was crying
because he couldn't beat some
dumbass video game. This guy was
sitting at the bar crying his eyes
out. And I'm mean legit tears
coming down this man's face. So I
give him a hug. "It's OK, it's
just a game", I tell him. Next
thing you know, I'm feeling his
face rub against my chest. At
first, I don't think anything of
it. But then I started to feel his
face press down further. Really
getting it in there, y'know? And
I'm thinking, "Goddammit, this
fucker's trying to motorboat me."
So I push the sneaky little fucker
off and I slapped him.
                                                            
                       NOBERTO
Jesus. That's actually...pretty
awesome. I gotta try that
sometime.
                                                            
                       SARAH
Yeah, I'll bet you would.
                                                            
Sarah takes a sip of her coffee. Noberto takes his cell
phone and points the camera at her.
                                                            
                       SARAH
Hey. What'cha doin'?
                                                            

8.

                       NOBERTO
I wanna remember that smile.
Y'know, in case you get conked on
the head.
                                                            
                       SARAH
      (somewhat
       sarcastically)
Well, why didn't you say so?
                                                            
Sarah does a "cheers" salute with her coffee mug. Noberto
takes the photo. They smile at each other.
                                                            
                       SARAH
Did we just become best friends?
                                                            
                       NOBERTO
"Or something".
      (smiling)
Yeah, I'd like to think so.
                                                            
                       SARAH
Well, as long as we're taking
pictures of each other, I think
it's only fair that we level the
playing field, don't you?
                                                            
                       SARAH
My phone's in the living room.
I'll go and get it.
                                                            
Sarah gets up from the table. Noberto also stands up.
                                                            
                       SARAH
      (pointing at him)
Don't go anywhere.
                                                            
                       NOBERTO
I wasn't planning on it.
                                                            
Sarah smiles. She walks over to the living room to get her
purse.
                                                            
As Sarah looks through her purse, Noberto pulls the gun from
his shoulder holster. He casually limps into the living
room, wincing from the pain. Now positioned right behind
her, Noberto takes a GUN out of his pocket. He attaches the
silencer to the barrel.
                                                            
Sarah finds the phone, and turns to face Noberto, who now
has THE GUN POINTED AT HER FACE. BEAT. Noberto takes a deep
breath. The time has come. Sarah smiles at him, even as

9.

tears begin to run down her cheek. Noberto notices this, and
he begins to cry as well.
                                                            
HE TAKES THE SILENCED WEAPON....
                                                            
....AND MOVES IT AWAY FROM SARAH'S FACE...
                                                            
...THEN HE PLACES THE GUN ON HIS TEMPLE...
                                                            
...NOBERTO PULLS THE TRIGGER, AND...
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
 
EXT. FOREST - AFTERNOON
                                                            
Noberto sits up. He surveys the area to make sure that no
one's around. The last thing he needs is more surprises. He
stands up and reaches for the GUN TUCKED INSIDE HIS SHOULDER
HOLSTER. He looks down at his chest; there's no wound. No
blood, bruises, or scars. His shirt's not even torn.
                                                            
He puts his hand over his temple and winces when he feels
something. He looks at his fingers and notices that they're
COVERED IN BLOOD.
                                                            
                       NOBERTO
      (mouthing words)
The fuck..?
                                                            
                       VOICE (O.S.)
      (low whisper)
Hey.
                                                            
Noberto draws his gun. Where did that noise come from?
                                                            
                       VOICE (O.S.)
      (low whisper)
Hey. Over here.
                                                            
Noberto freezes. That voice; no, it can't be. It can't be.

He turns to face the source;

SARAH.

The dead woman, still wrapped up in her rug coffin, is now
alive in front of him. We see that her eyes are full of
life, and that the color has returned to her face.
                                                            
In the distance, we see Cupid leering from behind a tree, as
he watches the events nearby unfold.
                                                            

10.

                       SARAH
      (soft whisper)
Can I ask you something?
                                                            
Noberto doesn't answer. He can barely move, much less talk.
                                                            
                       SARAH
What kinda name is "Noberto Butz",
anyway?
I mean, who names their kid
"Noberto?"
                                                            
                       NOBERTO
Well...my mom told me that it's
Nordic. It means 'hero'.
                                                            
                       SARAH
Fair enough. So 'butts', that a
family name, or...
                                                            
Noberto chuckles, but quickly catches himself.
                                                            
                       NOBERTO
No, I'm pretty sure butts means
the same thing in any language.
And it's spelled 'B-U-T-Z', by the
way.
                                                            
                       NOBERTO
Oh. Well I think it's cute. Just
be glad your parents didn't name
you 'Seymour'.
                                                            
Noberto laughs, but this time he doesn't stop himself. He
walks over to Sarah and rolls her toward the hole in the
ground. Sarah's rug-covered body lands with a thud.
                                                            
                       NOBERTO
Sorry.
                                                            
Noberto slaps himself across the side of the head. What the
hell is he apologizing for?
                                                            
                       SARAH
It's all right.
                                                            
Noberto half-smiles sarcastically and reaches for the
shovel. Time to end this...dream? Nightmare? Acid trip? He
leans the shovel against a tree.
                                                            
                       SARAH
Hey.
                                                            

11.

Noberto stops and looks at her.
                                                            
                       SARAH
You got any cigarettes? I left
mine at the house.
                                                            
Noberto reaches into his pocket. He looks over at Sarah and
is taken aback by what he sees. He makes his way over to
her. We see that color has gone from her face, the life in
her eyes is now gone, and her bubbly voice has now been
replaced by deafening silence. She's now gone back to being
A DEAD BODY.
                                                            
Noberto goes for a cigarette, but the phone rings before he
can get to it. He takes the phone out of his pocket and
answers it.
                                                            
                       CUPID
      (mimicking Sarah's
       voice)
Hey.
                                                            
Noberto is in shock. It can't be...
                                                            
                       NOBERTO
      (confused)
What's up?
                                                            
                       CUPID
      (mimicking Sarah's
       voice)
Well, I was just about to go on
break and...I was wondering if you
wanted to meet up for lunch?
                                                            
BEAT.
                                                            
                       NOBERTO
      (voice breaking)
Yeah, sure.
      (wiping tears from
       his eyes)
What time do you wanna meet?
                                                            
                       CUPID
      (mimicking Sarah's
       voice)
Around noon. We'll meet up over at
Everybody's Mom.
                                                            
                       NOBERTO
      (sniffling)
Looking forward to it.
                                                            

12.

                       CUPID
      (in Sarah's Voice)
Great! I'll see you then.
                                                            
                       NOBERTO
      (hesitant)
OK. Bye.
                                                            
                       CUPID
      (mimicking Sarah's
       voice; hesitant)
Bye.
                                                            
Noberto kneels down next to her. He brushes some hair away
from her face. He takes the cigarette that was originally
meant for her, puts it in his mouth, and lights it. He takes
the cigarette out of his mouth an puts it in her mouth. He
subtly caresses her cheek and chin. He smiles. He begins to
chuckle, but quickly finds himself unable to contain his
emotions, and begins to cry.
                                                            
We see Cupid emerge from behind the tree. He makes his way
over to Noberto, who has now rested his head on the chest of
Sarah's body. He kneels down next to Noberto and Sarah. He
lets out a heavy sigh. He looks over at Noberto and begins
to caress his head. Noberto does not react to Cupid's touch.
                                                            
 
EXT. EVERYBODY'S MOM RESTURANT - AFTERNOON
                                                            
We see Noberto sitting at a table, looking at nothing in
particular. He's wearing A BLUETOOTH EARPIECE in his ear.
Cupid is sitting across from Noberto.
                                                            
                       NOBERTO
So, what do I call you?
                                                            
                       CUPID
      (mimicking Sarah's
       voice)
Sarah.
                                                            
Noberto gives a pensive, wry smile. He takes the hint.
                                                            
                       NOBERTO
So is this your idea of helping
me, 'Sarah', or what?
                                                            
                       CUPID
      (mimicking Sarah's
       voice)
I don't know. Is it working?
                                                            

13.

                       NOBERTO
No.
                                                            
                       CUPID
      (mimicking Sarah's
       voice)
Well' you can't blame a girl for
tryin'.
                                                            
                       NOBERTO
But I can blame you.
                                                            
Noberto takes out his earpiece. He starts to breathe heavy,
as if he's preparing to hold something back. Cupid is
worried by this. Tears begin to fall from Noberto's eyes.
Eventually, he's able to calm himself down. He looks in
Cupid's direction, and for a moment, it seems like the two
of them are LOCKING EYES. Cupid notices this. He can't tell
if Noberto can see him or not. Noberto puts the earpiece
back in his ear.
                                                            
                       CUPID
      (as Sarah's)
Listen, Noberto; I didn't want
this. Any of it. I tried to help
you.
                                                            
                       NOBERTO
      (sarcastic)
Yeah, some help you were.
      (seething)
Do you have any idea what you've
done? Do you realize that I can't
be with...
      (whispering)
...with you...?
                                                            
                       CUPID
      (as Sarah)
I do.
                                                            
                       NOBERTO
I Love You, Sarah.
                                                            
                       CUPID
      (as Sarah)
I Love You, too.
                                                            
                       NOBERTO
Can I ask you something?
                                                            

14.

                       CUPID
      (mimicking Sarah's
       voice)
Anything.
                                                            
Noberto looks up at the sky.
                                                            
                       NOBERTO
Why did you ask me to kill you?
                                                            
                       NOBERTO
Do you forgive me?
                                                            
                       CUPID
      (mimicking Sarah's
       voice)
I don't know, Noberto. I'll be
sure to ask her.
                                                            
Noberto takes the gun out of his shoulder holster and looks
at it.
                                                            
                       NOBERTO
Thank You.
                                                            
Noberto continues to stare at his gun. He places it down on
the table right in front of him. Cupid lets out a very sigh.
                                                            
                       CUPID
      (mimicking Sarah's
       voice)
Noberto...
      (calm)
...you don't have to do this.
                                                            
                       NOBERTO
I'll take that into consideration,
but... I don't want to.
                                                            
                       CUPID
      (mimicking Sarah's
       voice)
There's an old saying; 'If I can
make it here, I can make it
anywhere". Are you familiar with
it?
                                                            
Noberto laughs.
                                                            
                       NOBERTO
      (slight chuckle)
Yeah. I'm familiar with it.
                                                            

15.

The line disconnects. He looks at his phone and begins to
sift through the photo gallery. After a brief period, he
finds the one he's looking for. He stares at it longingly.
Cupid stands up and takes a STEEL ARROW from his quiver. He
takes aim.
                                                            
Noberto leans over and kisses the phone screen. He looks at
one last time and smiles. Cupid let's the steel arrow fly
from the bow. Noberto sets the phone down on the table,
right next to the gun. Noberto grabs the gun and picks it
up. Noberto places the gun to his temple. As the arrow is
flying towards him, the photo that Noberto was infatuated
with comes into focus; SARAH SITTING AT THE KITCHEN TABLE,
COFFEE MUG IN TOW.
                                                            


FADE OUT.


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