This is an excerpt (first 20 pages) of a completed screenplay.

        "The Lot" - screenplay by Derek Paterson.

        OVER BLACK

        Weary FOOTSTEPS splash through rain puddles.  A running
        MAN pants for breath...

        ...Drowned out by DOZENS OF REVVING MOTORCYCLE ENGINES.

        FADE IN:

        EXT. GHETTO STREETS - NIGHT

        A bunch of whooping bikers with SKULLS painted on their
        leather jackets race their motorcycles through streets
        littered with oily puddles and debris.  They skid to a
        stop and dismount.

        The leader of the pack, LORD SAXON, studies the warren of
        shadowed alleyways that lies ahead.  His angry face bears
        a fresh crimson scar, wet and gleaming.  Behind him sits a
        GOTH GIRL with tattoos and slutty attitude.

                              LORD SAXON
                  Two women!  Two women to whoever
                  brings him to me!

        The Skulls run into the warren.  Lord Saxon touches his
        scar.  His eyes blaze with the need for revenge.


        EXT. DARK ALLEYWAY - NIGHT

        A pair of black leather biker boots splash through dirty
        puddles.  They stop.  Their owner stands still.

                              ANNA (O.S.)
                  You don't stand a chance against
                  the Skulls.

        A TRAIN thunders past overhead, lights from its windows
        casting flickering square patterns that reveal ANNA, leaning
        against a wall, smoking.

        Beneath her long red leather coat she wears a short red
        dress and thigh boots.  She's a sex fantasy come to life.
        The train disappears into the night.

                              ANNA
                  You might as well cut your own
                  throat before Lord Saxon does it
                  for you.

        We see LANCE for the first time, a cool dude in black
        motorcycle leather.  He looks back the way he just came,
        then looks thoughtfully at Anna.

        Behind Anna are two alley openings leading off in different
        directions.  Both alleys are filled with boiling mist.

                              LANCE
                  Don't suppose you have a spare
                  gun?

        She blows a cloud of smoke toward him.

                              ANNA
                  For you?  Nah.


        EXT. ALLEYWAY ENTRANCE - NIGHT

        Three Skulls skid to a halt outside the alleyway.  They
        run inside.


        EXT. ALLEYWAY - NIGHT

        Lance hears the Skulls approach.  He shifts his feet further
        apart.  The Skulls charge Lance, screaming like crazy men.

        Lance blocks the 1st Skull's knife-thrust, SNAPS his arm,
        SMASHES his elbow into his face.  The Skull collapses and
        Lance snatches his knife from his hand.

        The 2nd Skull's knife is a blur but Lance parries every
        cut and thrust.  WHAM, Lance drives his knife into the
        Skull's heart!  As the shocked Skull collapses, Lance
        snatches his knife from his hand.

        The 3rd Skull leaps and swings his knife at Lance's head.
        Lance CHOPS the Skull's knife-hand off at the wrist.  The
        Skull attacks with his other hand, a spiked knuckle-duster.
        Lance CHOPS this hand off too.  The severed hand and duster
        hits the ground beside the severed hand with the knife.

        The 3rd Skull stares in horror at his bleeding wrist stumps
        and opens his mouth to scream.  Lance snaps his neck!  The
        3rd Skull falls dead.

        Lance looks down at the bodies.  Something that could be
        interpreted as regret passes briefly over his face.

                              ANNA
                  That was impressive.

        Lance wipes his new knife on a dead Skull and slips it
        down inside his boot.

                              LANCE
                  Is that what you call it?

        Distant WHOOPS and SCREAMS reach them.  Lance searches the
        bodies and turns up a pair of guns.  He sticks them into
        his waistband.  Now he looks into both mist-filled alleys,
        wondering which way to go.

                              ANNA
                  You enter The Lot, you got two
                  choices.  Dred or Turo.

        The Skulls are getting closer.  Lance moves toward the
        right-hand alley but Anna steps in front of him.

                              LANCE
                  What if I don't like Dred or Turo?

                              ANNA
                  It's one or the other.  You either
                  live under their protection, or
                  you don't live at all.

                              LANCE
                  You're in my way.

                              ANNA
                  Dred's got more muscle.  He's
                  probably going to win.  But Turo
                  could surprise everyone.  He's not
                  dead yet.

        He tries to move past her but she blocks him again.

                              LANCE
                  What about you?

                              ANNA
                  What about me?

                              LANCE
                  Are you Dred's bitch or Turo's
                  bitch?

                              ANNA
                  I always go with the winner.

        Anna turns and walks down the left hand alley and disappears
        into the swirling mist.

        SCREAMS and WHOOPS fill the alley.  Seconds away.

        Lance hurries after Anna.  Disappears into the mist.


        EXT. NARROW MISTY ALLEYWAY - NIGHT

        Mist everywhere, thick and blinding.  Lance pauses and
        looks back.  Everything's eerily quiet, as if he just left
        the real world behind.

        He loses his sense of direction and turns around and around,
        confused.  He puts one hand against the alley wall and
        stumbles on.


        EXT. GHETTO STREETS - NIGHT

        A Skull reluctantly approaches Lord Saxon.

                              SKULL
                  There's no sign of him.  We found
                  three of our men, dead.

        Muscles in Lord Saxon's face twitch as if he's having a
        fit.  The Skull steps back, afraid.  But Goth Girl whispers
        into Lord Saxon's ear and strokes his neck, calming him.
        The crazy moment passes, Lord Saxon smiles.

                              LORD SAXON
                  Let Dred and Turo take care of
                  him.  And when I'm ready... I'll
                  take care of them.

        He lifts an air horn, thumbs the button.  The deafening
        HONK summons other Skulls.  They mount their bikes and
        drive out of there, WHOOPING and SCREAMING.


        EXT. GHETTO STREET - NIGHT

        Dark buildings on either side, mostly empty shells.  Mist
        boils from an alley opening.

        Anna emerges from the mist.  She walks down the middle of
        the street as if she owns it.

        Lance stumbles out of the same misty alley.  He takes a
        moment to steady himself.  He sees Anna further up the
        street.  He hesitates, then follows her.


        EXT. DRED'S PLACE - NIGHT

        Once upon a time this place was a theater.  Anna stops at
        the entrance, looks back at Lance, enters the building.

        Lance examines the front of the building.  Faded posters
        and peeling paint.  He looks up and down the empty street,
        then follows Anna inside.


        INT. ENTRANCE HALLWAY - DRED'S PLACE - NIGHT

        Anna waits for Lance at the other end of the hallway, hand
        on hip, a seductive pose.  Her lips part invitingly.

        Lance takes a step toward her...

        ...and freezes as razor sharp blades touch his throat.
        Two GUARDS were waiting just inside.  Lance doesn't dare
        move.  They search him and take his knife from his boot.

                              ANNA
                  Don't kill him yet.  Dred might
                  want to talk to him.

        The Guards march Lance down the hallway, knives still held
        at his throat.  Anna leads the way.


        INT. FEASTING HALL - DRED'S PLACE - NIGHT

        The theater has been converted into a communal meeting
        place.  A fire burns in the middle of the room, surrounded
        by chairs.

        A dozen MEN AND WOMEN relax together.  The color red is
        "in" here -- red leather jackets, coats, dresses, neck
        scarves, berets.  Most carry weapons, Japanese katanas,
        big serrated Army killing knives, fighting sticks.

        DRED sprawls on a chair, whittling a piece of wood as he
        stares into the flames.  He looks up as Anna enters.  She
        smiles at Dred, then steps aside.  The Guards enter with
        Lance, knives at his throat.

                              DRED
                  Who have we got here?

                              ANNA
                  Skulls chased him into The Lot.
                  He killed three of them.

                              DRED
                  Should I be impressed?

                              ANNA
                  I was.
                       (to Lance)
                  You got a name?

                              LANCE
                  Tell these joy-boys to put down
                  their knives, maybe I'll tell you
                  what it is.

        Anna smiles at Dred, cocks an eyebrow.  Well?

                              DRED
                  Kill him.

        Lance drops and sweeps Guard #1's legs out from under him.
        Guard #2 slashes at Lance who leaps and spin-kicks Guard
        #2 in the face.  Guard #1 jumps up, Lance punches him in
        the head.  Both Guards hit the floor, out cold.

        Lance freezes.  Dred holds his knife at his throat.

                              DRED
                  So what did you do to piss off
                  Lord Saxon?

                              LANCE
                  Killed his bodyguards.  Tried to
                  kill him.

                              DRED
                  That would piss him off, all right.
                  Relax.  You pass the test.

        Dred steps back and puts his knife away.  He returns to
        his seat by the fire.  Lance touches his throat, inspects
        his fingertips.

                              DRED
                  You got away.  You must be lucky.
                  I could use a lucky man.

                              LANCE
                  What if I don't like being "used"?

                              ANNA
                  You were gonna tell me your name.

                              LANCE
                  They call me Lance.

        Anna sits on Dred's knee.  He draws her close, making it
        obvious that she's his.  Lance smiles, taking the hint.

                              ANNA
                  This is Dred.  I'm Anna.

                              LANCE
                  You always go with the winner.

                              ANNA
                  That's right.

                              DRED
                  Lord Saxon likes to play games.  I
                  don't.  Screw with me, I'll kill
                  you here and now.  No "hunt," no
                  chases through dark alleyways.
                  Just an unmarked grave.

        Smiles on the faces of the watching audience.

                              LANCE
                  What are you offering?

                              DRED
                  Protection.  Comfort.
                  Companionship.

        Lance looks over his shoulder.  LISA stands there, every
        bit as beautiful as Anna.  Something in the way she stands,
        in the way she looks, says she'll belong to Lance if he
        accepts Dred's leadership.  Lance is mighty tempted.

                              LANCE
                  Turo might make me a better offer.

        Lisa doesn't react but some of Dred's people don't like
        this.  They glare at Lance, and look to Dred for a cue.

                              DRED
                  Chill, people.
                       (to Lance)
                  Turo's days are numbered.  If that
                  sounds cliché then so be it.  It's
                  also a fact.

                              LANCE
                  If you can do it, why haven't you
                  done it?

                              ANNA
                  It's not that simple.

                              LANCE
                  I thought you didn't play games?

                              ANNA
                       (to Lisa)
                  Take him upstairs.  Show him.

        Lisa offers Lance her hand.  He hesitates but Lisa smiles
        at him, "Come on."  He takes her hand, she leads him out
        through another doorway.

                              ANNA
                  So it begins.

                              DRED
                  You know I don't like wasting men.

        She kisses him on the cheek.  Then whispers in his ear.

                              ANNA
                  Sometimes... sacrifices... are
                  necessary.

        He stares at her.  She stares back, eyes cold as ice.


        INT. ROOF STAIRWAY - DRED'S PLACE - NIGHT

        Lisa leads Lance upstairs by the hand.


        EXT. ROOFTOP - DRED'S PLACE - NIGHT

        Offering a bleak view of the darkened city's rooftops.
        Lance and Lisa climb upstairs.  The wail of a POLICE SIREN
        reaches them.

                              LANCE
                  Sounds close.

                              LISA
                  It's an illusion.  Cops don't come
                  into The Lot.  They know they'd
                  never find their way out again.

                              LANCE
                  Why am I here?

        Lisa points into the distance.

        Lance looks at a lit rooftop, several blocks away.

        He moves to the edge of the roof to get a better look.

        On the distant rooftop, a dozen WARRIORS dressed in black
        stand in a circle, facing outward, as if they're guarding
        something in the center.

        That something is a MAN, suspended in the air above them,
        head bowed, arms limp by his sides, seemingly asleep.
        Just hanging there, no visible support.

                              LANCE
                  Who are these guys?

                              LISA
                  That's Turo's place.  They're Turo's
                  warriors.

                              LANCE
                  Who's the guy on the high-wire?

                              LISA
                  Morgan.  Anna's brother.

                              LANCE
                  Is he dead?

                              LISA
                  He will be soon, unless Dred does
                  something.

        Above the distant rooftop a storm takes shape, black clouds
        forming a whirlpool, crackling with electricity.

                              LANCE
                  How many men does Dred have?

                              LISA
                  We outnumber Turo's people.  But
                  it's not just a question of numbers.

                              LANCE
                  What is it a question of?

                              LISA
                  Power.  It's a question of power.

        A LIGHTNING BOLT flashes down out of the sky and strikes
        the man hanging in the air.  His body shudders and crackles
        with electricity.  The circle of Warriors don't even look
        round, they're like statues.

                              LANCE
                  Hell was that?

                              LISA
                  We were talking about power,
                  remember?  You just saw it in its
                  purest elemental form.

                              LANCE
                  Uh-huh...

                              LISA
                  Maybe you think I'm talking shit,
                  and that's okay.  But you stand
                  here for long enough, you'll come
                  to believe.

                              LANCE
                  What's to believe?  He's hanging
                  from a wire attached to a crane.
                  They've turned him into a human
                  lightning conductor.

                              LISA
                  There's no wire.  No crane.  And
                  that was no ordinary lightning.
                  But you already know that.  Don't
                  you?

        Lisa takes Lance's hand and leads him back to the stairway.
        He looks back over his shoulder at the distant rooftop.


        INT. ROOF STAIRWAY - DRED'S PLACE - NIGHT

        Lance and Lisa descend.

                              LANCE
                  What kind of hold does Dred have
                  over you?

                              LISA
                  What makes you think I'm not here
                  by choice?

                              LANCE
                  Answer the question.

                              LISA
                  The kind of hold that's not easily
                  broken.

        The same two Guards are waiting at the bottom of the stairs.
        looking bruised.  They glare at Lance as he passes.  Lisa
        leads Lance into an adjoining hallway.


        INT. HALLWAY OUTSIDE LISA'S BEDROOM - DRED'S PLACE - NIGHT

        Lisa stops at a door, pushes it open.


        INT. LISA'S BEDROOM - DRED'S PLACE - NIGHT

        Lisa enters, takes off her coat, hangs it on a peg.  She
        looks back at Lance.  He stands in the hallway as if he's
        having second thoughts.

                              LISA
                  Will you unzip my dress?

        Lance enters.  He pulls her zipper down nice and slow,
        revealing Lisa's naked back inch by inch.

                              LANCE
                  Does Dred expect to buy my loyalty
                  by ordering you to sleep with me?

        She turns around and lets her dress fall to the floor.
        Lisa doesn't believe in underwear.  Lance tenses as she
        embraces him, kisses him... then he allows it to happen.


        INT. HALLWAY OUTSIDE LISA'S BEDROOM - DRED'S PLACE - NIGHT

        Looking into Lisa's room as Lance and Lisa embrace.  The
        door swings shut by itself... moved by invisible hands.


        EXT. ROOFTOP - TURO'S PLACE - NIGHT

        TURO, EARL and WAYNE stand outside the circle of warriors
        looking up at Morgan.  Turo's the handsome heroic type, so
        is the younger Wayne.

        Earl's older and wiser, graying hair and beard.  He wears
        a cloak and carries a wooden staff topped by a milky white
        jewel as big as a fist.

        Earl closes his eyes, the white jewel glows, black storm
        clouds form a whirlpool above and a LIGHTNING BOLT crashes
        into Morgan, who spasms as electricity crackles up and
        down his body.  The electricity fades, he goes limp.

                              TURO
                  How much longer?

                              EARL
                  Soon.  I'll have the special bullet
                  ready by tonight.

        Earl pulls a big silver gun from inside his cloak and hands
        it to Turo.  It's a cannon with a handle.

                              EARL
                  "X" caliber ammunition.  One shot,
                  back of the head.  Even Morgan
                  won't walk away from that.

                              TURO
                  You sure it'll work?

                              EARL
                  It'll work.

        Turo tosses the gun Wayne who examines it with interest.

                              TURO
                  Cold-blooded execution's not my
                  style.

                              EARL
                  Kill the brother and you weaken
                  the sister.  They're linked, body
                  and soul.

        Wayne gives Earl the gun, he slips it beneath his cloak.

                              TURO
                  You frighten me sometimes.

                              EARL
                  Thank you.

                              TURO
                  Wasn't a compliment.  I might have
                  to listen to your spook shit but
                  that doesn't mean I have to--

        Earl holds up a hand, stopping Turo.  He closes his eyes.
        Turo glances at Wayne who shrugs, don't ask me.  Seconds
        pass... then Earl opens his eyes again.

                              TURO
                  Are we having fun?

                              EARL
                  Something's happening over there.

        They look across distant rooftops... at Dred's place.

                              TURO
                  Tell me it's something good.

                              EARL
                  No, it's something very bad.


        INT. ROOF STAIRWAY - TURO'S PLACE - NIGHT

        Turo, Earl and Wayne come downstairs.

                              TURO
                  It's always something bad with
                  you.  When you gonna give me some
                  good news?

                              EARL
                  Midnight tonight.  You'll kill
                  Morgan, Anna's power will falter,
                  Dred will be unprotected.  We'll
                  attack, and Dred will die.

                              TURO
                  I guess that's good news.

        Turo glances at Wayne.  They're not sure if it is.


        INT. FEASTING HALL - TURO'S PLACE - NIGHT

        The same kind of communal arrangement Dred and his people
        enjoy.  Warm fire, people chilling.  The dominant color
        here is black.

        Turo's people respectfully stand up when Turo enters.
        Turo waves them back down.

                              TURO
                  Anyone seen Vera?

        Everyone shakes their head, "No."

                              TURO
                  Y'all telling me she hasn't come
                  down yet?

        More shaking heads, a few shrugs and smiles.

                              TURO
                  Never met a woman likes her bed so
                  much.

        Everyone laughs... then tries to hide it because VERA stands
        in a doorway, a breathtaking beauty.  She raises an eyebrow.
        Turo claps his hand over his mouth, play-acting.

                              TURO
                  Me and my big mouth.

        Vera walks to Turo, puts her arms around his neck, kisses
        him.  Turo's people smile and politely look away.

                              TURO
                  Every time I see you, my stomach
                  flips over.  Why is that?

        Vera smiles and kisses him again.  He rubs his stomach and
        pretends he's in pain.

                              TURO
                  Maybe it's something I ate.

        She pretends to be insulted and turns to walk away, but
        Turo pulls her back, spins her round, takes her in his
        arms.  She loves it.

                              TURO
                  I'll be up in just a minute.  You
                  can wait a minute, can't you?

        She rolls her eyes and puts a finger to her lips, deciding.

                              TURO
                  You insist on being disrespectful.
                  Very well.  I command you to go
                  upstairs and wait for me, woman.

        Vera steps back, curtseys, turns and hurries from the room.
        Turo's people laugh, Turo smiles and shakes his head.  He
        sees Earl watching, looking serious.

                              TURO
                  Horse walks into a bar.  Barman
                  says, "Why the long face?"

                              EARL
                  My bones are getting as old as
                  your jokes.

        Earl wearily sits at the fire, stares into the flames.

                              EARL
                  Morgan has to die and you have to
                  kill him.

                              TURO
                  Heard you the first time.  I'll do
                  what needs done.  Doesn't mean
                  I'll enjoy it.

                              EARL
                  Yesterday the future was clear.
                  Tonight all I see are shadows.

                              TURO
                  We got extra men guarding the roof.
                  Morgan's going nowhere.  Let me
                  know when that special bullet of
                  yours is ready.  The sooner we
                  whack that sumbitch, the better.

        Turo exits after Vera.  Earl stares into the flames.


        EXT. FIRE ESCAPE - TURO'S PLACE - NIGHT

        One of Turo's Warriors lies sprawled on the fire escape,
        dead.  Shadowy figures creep past him and silently climb
        up the ladder.


        INT. HALLWAY OUTSIDE VERA'S BEDROOM - TURO'S PLACE - NIGHT

        Turo walks up to a door, opens it, looks inside.  The bed's
        empty, Vera isn't there.  Turo looks up and down the
        hallway, puzzled.

        A window at the end of the hallway lies open.  Turo walks
        down the hallway, normal speed at first, then more quickly.
        He reaches the window, looks out...


        EXT. WINDOW ONTO FIRE ESCAPE - TURO'S PLACE - NIGHT

        Turo looks down... and reacts with surprise when he sees--


        EXT. BACK ALLEY - TURO'S PLACE - NIGHT

        FOUR OF DRED'S WARRIORS.  They're running as fast as they
        can, dragging Vera along.  She struggles but they're too
        strong.  She looks up and sees Turo.  She thrusts her hand
        toward him, her mouth opens in a silent plea.

        Turo drops three floors from the fire escape into the
        alleyway, lands like a cat and springs after them, legs
        pumping like an Olympic sprinter.

        Two of Dred's Warriors look back and see Turo coming.
        They skid to a stop and look at each other.  They draw
        their knives and run at Turo, screaming like madmen.

        Turo draws his knife and runs between them, not stopping.
        The two Warriors stagger and collapse, clutching gushing
        wounds.  That's how fast Turo is.

        A beat-up sedan screeches to a stop at the end of the alley.
        The other two Warriors bundle Vera into the back and throw
        themselves in after her.  The sedan burns rubber before
        Turo arrives.  He doubles over and gasps for breath as he
        watches the sedan's tail lights disappear into the night.

                              TURO
                  Vera...


        EXT. DRED'S PLACE - NIGHT

        The beat-up sedan careens round a corner and screeches to
        a stop at the entrance.


        INT. LISA'S BEDROOM - DRED'S PLACE - NIGHT

        Lance and Lisa lie on the bed.  She's asleep, eyes closed.
        He runs his hand down her naked back.  She smiles.

        Distant SHOUTS and BANGING noises.  Lance leaps out of
        bed.  FOOTSTEPS clump along the hallway outside.  They
        pass by, fading.  Lance relaxes.

                              LISA
                  Forget it.  Come back to bed.  I
                  need you.

        Lance quickly gets dressed.

                              LISA
                  It's nothing to do with us.

                              LANCE
                  My mama always said I was too nosy
                  for my own good.

        He opens the door, exits.  Lisa bares her teeth, angry.


        INT. HALLWAY - DRED'S PLACE - NIGHT

        Lance creeps along the hallway.  He finds a door, opens
        it.


        INT. BALCONY - DRED'S PLACE - NIGHT

        Lance steps onto a balcony that overlooks Dred's feasting
        hall.  Below, Dred and his people form a circle around a
        lone figure who looks around, helpless and afraid.  It's
        Vera.


        INT. FEASTING HALL - DRED'S PLACE - NIGHT

        Dred gently touches Vera's chin.  She snaps her head away.

                              DRED
                  Nobody's going to harm you.  You're
                  too valuable.  And too beautiful.

                              ANNA
                  How does it feel to be a pawn in a
                  game you can't even understand?

        Vera doesn't respond.  Anna circles around her.

                              ANNA
                  If not for the fact we need you,
                  you'd be roasting over the fire.
                  It's been a while since we had
                  fresh meat.

        Dred's people chuckle and grin.

        Lance frowns.  He doesn't like the sound of that.

        Dred picks out two of his men.

                              DRED
                  See she's cared for.  Don't dare
                  harm a single hair on her head.

        They escort Vera away.

                              DRED
                  I'll send a messenger to Turo.

                              ANNA
                  He'll propose terms.  A neutral
                  place.  Morgan for his bitch.  We
                  should use the opportunity.

                              DRED
                  I'm listening.

                              ANNA
                  As soon as Morgan is safe we attack
                  Turo's people.  Reduce his ranks
                  even further.

                              DRED
                  We just lost two of our best men.

                              ANNA
                  I know where you can find someone
                  better.

        Anna looks up at the balcony.  Dred follows her look.

        Lance steps forward.  No use trying to hide.

                              DRED
                  It's your choice.  You want to
                  stay, you fight with us.  If you
                  want to leave then leave now.

        Lance glances back over his shoulder.  Lisa stands in the
        hallway, watching him.  Tempting him with just her eyes.

                              LANCE
                  What do I have to do?

        Anna smiles up at Lance.

                              ANNA
                  Honey, just be yourself.

        Lisa offers Lance her hand.  Lance takes it.  She smiles
        and leads him back to her bedroom.


        EXT. THE LOT - DAY

        Dawn invades The Lot, revealing stark buildings and empty
        streets.  In the background, shadowy skyscrapers rear up
        through thick fog.


        INT. LISA'S BEDROOM - DRED'S PLACE - DAY

        Lance wakes up with a start.  He looks around.  No sign of
        Lisa.  He gets up, naked, and goes to the door.  He opens
        it and peers outside.


        INT. HALLWAY OUTSIDE LISA'S BEDROOM - DRED'S PLACE - DAY

        Lance sticks his head out.  The hallway's empty.


        INT. LISA'S BEDROOM - DRED'S PLACE - DAY

        Lance gets dressed.  He picks Lisa's red dress up off the
        floor.  Sniffs it.  Smiles.  Throws it onto the bed.


        INT. HALLWAY - DRED'S PLACE - DAY

        Lance pads silently along the hallway.  Still no sign of
        anyone.  The stairway leading up to the rooftop is closed
        and locked.  Windows he passes are blacked out.


        INT. BALCONY - DRED'S PLACE - DAY

        Lance looks down.  The hall is empty, the fire's dead,
        just a wisp of smoke.


        INT. HALLWAY - DRED'S PLACE - DAY

        Lance opens various doors, looks into rooms, hallways...
        All empty.

        He finds a locked door.  A big key hangs on a nail.  He
        looks up and down the hallway.  Slips the key into the
        lock.  Turns it, pushes the door open.


        INT. VERA'S PRISON CELL - DRED'S PLACE - DAY

        The door opens, Lance looks into the room.

        Vera stands by a barred window, her back to Lance.  He
        looks her up and down.  Tight black dress, legs that deserve
        to be worshipped.  She turns and catches him watching her.

                              LANCE
                  I'm guessing you're Turo's woman.

        Vera stares at his lips when he talks.

                              LANCE
                  I'm kind of a guest here, too.
                  Just got in last night.  Funny, it
                  could have gone either way.  I
                  could have ended up with Turo
                  instead of Dred.

        Vera's eyes widen in surprise.  She turns away, looks out
        the window again.  She touches the iron bars that keep her
        from freedom.

                              LANCE
                  Can I... get you anything?  Water?
                  Maybe some food.  If I can figure
                  where the kitchen is...

        No response.  Lance shrugs, backs out of the room and pulls
        the door shut.


        INT. HALLWAY - DRED'S PLACE - DAY

        Lance locks the door, hangs the key back on its nail...
        and turns round fast.  Anna and two of Dred's warriors
        stand watching him.  No one moves.  A staring contest.

                              ANNA
                  Wasn't Lisa enough for you?

                              LANCE
                  I thought you'd gone shopping and
                  forgot about me.

                              ANNA
                  Not likely.  How's our guest?

                              LANCE
                  Says I'm not her type.

        Anna smiles, she knows he's lying.

                              ANNA
                  You hungry?

                              LANCE
                  Thought you'd never ask.


        INT. CELLAR STAIRWAY - DRED'S PLACE - DAY

        Anna and Lance descend the stairway.

                              ANNA
                  So tell me something about yourself.

                              LANCE
                  What do you want to know?

                              ANNA
                  You and Lord Saxon.

                              LANCE
                  He moved in on my boss's territory.
                  We put up a fight.  We lost.

                              ANNA
                  How come?

                              LANCE
                  We were betrayed.  That's how Lord
                  Saxon works.  He puts a man on the
                  inside, to weaken and destroy from
                  within.

                              ANNA
                  And here you are.  On the inside.

                              LANCE
                  That's why you've been watching me
                  from the moment I got here.

        They reach the bottom of the stairway.

                              ANNA
                  You're not as dumb as you look.


        INT. CELLAR HALLWAY - DRED'S PLACE - DAY

        They stop at a door.

                              ANNA
                  So why didn't Lord Saxon kill you
                  when he had the chance?

                              LANCE
                  He gave the survivors a choice.
                  Sign up and fight for him, or die.

                              ANNA
                  When you talk about him there's
                  hate in your voice.  You signed up
                  for revenge.

                              LANCE
                  Next time, I won't miss.  This
                  shit with your brother--

        Anna pushes the door open and enters.  Lance follows.


        INT. KITCHEN - DRED'S PLACE - DAY

        They sit at a table facing each other.  Lance eats with
        gusto, wolfing down chicken, salads, breads, loose meats.
        Anna doesn't eat, she just watches.

                              ANNA
                  There's a church, halfway between
                  here and Turo's place.  Turo's
                  agreed to meet us there.  Earl
                  will be watching.

                              LANCE
                  Who's Earl?

                              ANNA
                  He's like me, only not so cute.
                  You saw an example of his work
                  last night.  Bad weather's his
                  speciality.

        INSERT:  lightning strikes Morgan as he hangs in the air.
        High voltage crackles up and down his shuddering body.

                              LANCE
                  What's your speciality?

                              ANNA
                  I'll show you... but you have to
                  promise not to blink.

                              LANCE
                  Okay...

        Anna lays her hand flat on the table, spreads her fingers.
        She picks up a knife... inspects the point... and PLUNGES
        it into her own hand, nailing it to the table.

        Lance doesn't blink or flinch.  He stares at the impaled
        hand.  A bright pool of blood spreads across the table.

                              ANNA
                  And now you have to believe.

        Anna pulls the knife out of her bleeding hand.

                              ANNA
                  Believe like you've never believed
                  before.

        The blood stops.  Then reverses its flow, running back
        into her hand, leaving the table clean.  Lance watches,
        frowning.

        Anna holds her hand up, turns it around for Lance to
        inspect.  No sign of the wound.

                              LANCE
                  I bet you're a hit at dinner
                  parties.

                              ANNA
                  You didn't blink.

                              LANCE
                  Blinking is a reaction.  Reactions
                  can be trained.

                              ANNA
                  We're gonna put you inside the
                  church.

                              LANCE
                  What happens if they search the
                  place?

                              ANNA
                  They won't.  Turo will rely upon
                  Earl's vision.

                              LANCE
                  Which means...?

                              ANNA
                  Earl can't see you.  You haven't
                  been initiated.  You're not one of
                  us... yet.

                              LANCE
                  If you knew how crazy you sound...

                              ANNA
                  We'll discuss your initiation
                  ceremony when you get back.

                              LANCE
                  ...you'd probably stop talking
                  like that.  What ceremony?

                              ANNA
                  We like to throw a party for new
                  family members.  Music, girls.
                  It'll be fun.  You'll want to know
                  the layout of the church...


        INT. OLD CHURCH - NIGHT

        Moonbeams shine in through what's left of the stained glass
        windows.

        Morgan stands beneath the pulpit, head bowed, supported by
        two of Turo's Warriors in black.

                              ANNA (V.O.)
                  I can tell you exactly where my
                  brother will be.  Turo's men won't
                  know what hit them.

        Morgan looks up and smiles.  As if he knows we're watching
        him.  As if he's somehow connected to this conversation.


        INT. KITCHEN - DRED'S PLACE - DAY

                              LANCE
                  How many guards are we talking
                  about?

                              ANNA
                  Not nearly enough to take you down.

                              LANCE
                  Your faith is touching, but those
                  dudes on Turo's roof didn't look
                  like Boy Scouts.

        Anna palms the top off a beer bottle and slides it across
        the table, right into his hand.  Lance is impressed.  He
        drains the bottle, and belches.

                              LANCE
                  My compliments to the chef.

                              ANNA
                  Your job is to bring my brother
                  out of there in one piece.  Nothing
                  else.  You got that?

                              LANCE
                  Sure.

                              ANNA
                  Turo's bitch doesn't need your
                  protection.  She'll stick a knife
                  between your ribs and twist it
                  just so she can watch you die.

                              LANCE
                  Aren't you having something?

                              ANNA
                  I already ate.

        Anna waves her hand over the table.  Lance looks down, the
        plates are gone, the beer bottle's gone, the table is bare.

                              ANNA
                  It's like I said.  You have to
                  believe, like you've never believed
                  before.

                              LANCE
                  Huh.

                              ANNA
                  Now I want you to sleep.  You're
                  going to need all your strength
                  for tonight.

                              LANCE
                  Not tired.

        Anna's huge eyes fill Lance's vision.

                              ANNA
                  I said sleep.


        EXT. THE LOT - DAY/NIGHT

        Time runs fast.  Clouds race across the sky.  Day turns
        into night over the space of a few seconds.

                              ANNA (V.O.)
                  You can wake up now.


        INT. LISA'S BEDROOM - DRED'S PLACE - NIGHT

        With a start, Lance wakes up alone in Lisa's bed.  He looks
        around the room.  He looks under the blanket.  He's naked.
        His clothes are piled up on a chair.

        The door opens, it's Lisa.

                              LISA
                  I was going to wake you with a
                  kiss.

                              LANCE
                  Sorry I missed that.  Who put me
                  to bed?

                              LISA
                  Me and Anna.  She's even more
                  impressed with you than before.

                              LANCE
                  Does she always drug her guests'
                  food?

        Lisa doesn't answer.  Lance gets up, gets dressed.  Lisa
        leans against the door frame, watching his naked butt.

        He finds his knife and the two guns under his clothes.
        The knife goes into his boot, the guns into the back of
        his waistband.

                              LISA
                  There's something you should know.
                  Guns don't work too good in The
                  Lot.

                              LANCE
                  Guns don't work too good...

                              LISA
                  Take my word for it, you can't
                  rely on them.  You ready?

        She heads down the hallway.  Lance follows her.


        INT. FEASTING HALL - DRED'S PLACE - NIGHT

        Dred and KNIGHT, a huge warrior, stand waiting.  Dred tilts
        his head, ordering Lisa to leave.  She gives Lance a final
        look, then exits.

                              DRED
                  Enjoy your beauty sleep?

                              LANCE
                  Sure.

        Knight stares intently as if he's measuring Lance up... or
        silently challenging him.

                              DRED
                  This is Knight.  He's gonna take
                  you to the church.  He'll show you
                  where to hide.

                              LANCE
                  I'll pick my own hiding place.

                              DRED
                  If you're discovered, surrender
                  immediately.  Tell them you were
                  looking for somewhere to sleep.
                  If they let you live, maybe you'll
                  find a way to complete your mission.
                  If not...

                              LANCE
                  If not, I'm dead.

                              DRED
                  You catch on fast.  Do what Knight
                  says.  He knows these streets, you
                  don't.  Turo isn't the worst thing
                  out there.

                              LANCE
                  Meaning what?

                              KNIGHT
                  We're leaving, c'mon.

        Knight heads for the front entrance.  Lance moves to follow
        but Dred grabs his arm.

                              DRED
                  When this is over, we'll talk.
                  Maybe ditch those black leathers,
                  see how red suits you.

        Lance nods and follows Knight outside.


        EXT. GHETTO STREETS - NIGHT

        Eerily quiet, as Knight leads Lance further into The Lot.

        Lance looks up.  A shadow moves past an upstairs window,
        and vanishes.

        Another shadow appears briefly in a doorway across the
        street, and disappears.

        Another shadow watches Lance from alleyway, then retreats
        back into the darkness.

                              KNIGHT
                  They won't bother us none, long as
                  you're with me.

                              LANCE
                  Who are they?

                              KNIGHT
                  Anna calls them lost souls.

                              LANCE
                  What do you call them?

                              KNIGHT
                  Snacks.


        EXT. OLD CHURCH - NIGHT

        If good ever lived here, it packed its bags and left town
        long ago.


        INT. OLD CHURCH - NIGHT

        Knight throws the doors open and enters.  Lance follows
        him inside.  Wooden benches run either side of a wide aisle.
        At the front, a stairway leads up to the pulpit balcony.

                              KNIGHT
                  You got doors front and back.
                  Confession booth's right over there
                  if you want to make peace with
                  God.  Or you can hide up in the
                  tower.  Maybe some bats up there.
                  One more won't make no difference.

                              LANCE
                  Have I done something to offend
                  you?

                              KNIGHT
                  Your being here offends me.  We
                  don't need no outsider to fight
                  our battles for us.  This should
                  be us against Turo, not you playing
                  the hero.

                              LANCE
                  Funny, I don't feel like a hero.

                              KNIGHT
                  You don't look like one either.
                  I'd wish you good luck, but know
                  what?  I'd be just as happy if
                  Turo cut your ass.

                              LANCE
                  It's been nice talking with you.
                  Sometime soon, we'll talk again.

        Knight sneers and exits, SLAMMING the doors shut.  The
        echo BOOMS around the church.  Lance stands alone.


        EXT. OLD CHURCH - REAR - NIGHT

        Wayne and five of Turo's warriors approach the church.
        Two warriors support Morgan who's too dazed to resist.
        Wayne keeps careful watch for ambush.


        EXT. GHETTO STREET NEAR CHURCH - NIGHT

        Some distance away, Turo and Earl stand watching.

        Earl closes his eyes for a beat.  Then opens them again.

                              EARL
                  They're playing by the rules.
                  Just Knight and five warriors.
                  Vera's with them.  You'll have her
                  back soon.

        Turo nods, but he's worried.


        EXT. OLD CHURCH - NIGHT

        Knight and five of Dred's Warriors escort Vera to the
        church.  Knight grins with anticipation.  Vera stares at
        him, suspicious.


        INT. OLD CHURCH - NIGHT

        Empty... quiet... no sign of Lance.

        A back door opens.  Wayne enters, looks around.  He signals,
        his men enter, bringing Morgan with them.  Wayne points to
        a spot just below the pulpit.

        Two Warriors stand there with Morgan, the others spread
        out behind Wayne.  Morgan's so dazed he doesn't even know
        where he is.  Wayne watches the main doors.

        The main doors are thrown open.  Knight and Vera and Dred's
        five Warriors enter.  Knight faces Wayne from the other
        end of the aisle.

                              KNIGHT
                  Let's get this shit over with.

                              WAYNE
                  Whatever you say.  Meet halfway?

                              KNIGHT
                  Meet halfway.

        Wayne takes hold of Morgan.  Knight takes hold of Vera.

        Vera looks around the church, checking out the shadows,
        the ceiling.  Facing her, Wayne notices her worried look.
        He looks around too.  Nothing to see.

        Lance jumps up and over the pulpit, lands between the two
        Warriors holding Morgan.  His knife flashes, both Warriors
        are dead before they even know he's there.

        Wayne glances back and realizes it's a trap.

        Knight throws Vera down and runs at Wayne, drawing his
        knife.  Wayne lets go of Morgan, who sinks to his knees.
        Wayne and Knight meet, their knives CLASH as they exchange
        dozens of thrusts and parries.

        Turo's remaining three Warriors attack Lance but they don't
        stand a chance, Lance cuts them down in three blinks of an
        eye.  The last Warrior slides off his knife.  He stares at
        their bodies, his expression filled with doubt and regret.

        Knight stabs Wayne in the side.  Wayne staggers back,
        clutching the wound.  Dred's five Warriors surround Wayne,
        waiting for Knight's command.  Knight grabs Morgan and
        pulls him to his feet, then grins at Wayne.

                              KNIGHT
                  Sorry I don't have time to make
                  your death special.

        Knight drags Morgan up the aisle.  Wayne tries to fight
        his way past the Warriors but they easily drive him back,
        and close in for the kill.

        Knight reaches Vera.  She looks up at him.  Knight puts
        his knife against her throat.

                              KNIGHT
                  You sure are pretty.

        His grin fades.  He's going to kill her.  Vera stares into
        his eyes, unafraid.  Then her gaze flicks past him, onto
        something else.  Knight looks back over his shoulder.

        Lance is among Dred's Warriors, hacking and killing, two
        Warriors go down.  Wayne takes on one of the Warriors and
        wins despite his wound.  Lance kills the other two Warriors
        with two fast thrusts, and charges at Knight.

                              KNIGHT
                  Shee-it.

        They come together and go sailing over benches and end up
        fighting on the floor.  Knight grabs Lance's wrist, Lance
        grabs Knight's wrist.  They match strengths and Knight's
        eyes widen.  He knows he's gonna lose.

        WHAP!  Morgan hits Lance from behind with bunched fists,
        smashing him over a bench and onto his back.  Knight breaks
        away and runs for the main doors, dragging Morgan with
        him.  They exit into the night.

        Lance gets up, rubs the back of his head.  He freezes as
        Wayne's knife touches his throat.

                              WAYNE
                  Crazy murdering son of a bitch...

        Vera touches Wayne's hand.  Wayne stares at her, puzzled.
        She pleads with her eyes.  Unsure, Wayne lowers his knife.

        The back door's kicked open and Turo, Earl and more of
        Turo's Warriors run into the church.  They skid to a stop,
        looking at the collection of bodies.

                              TURO
                  Hell happened here?

        Vera runs to him, embraces him.  Turo stares at Lance, the
        odd man out.  Earl stares at Lance too, frowning...

                              TURO
                  And who the hell is this?

        Vera stares at Turo.  She doesn't speak but as he looks at
        her, Turo somehow gains understanding.  He looks at Lance
        afresh.

                              EARL
                  Take her out of here.

        Turo and Vera retreat to the back door and exit along with
        the other Warriors.  Earl looks to Wayne.

                              WAYNE
                  He would'a killed Knight, if not
                  for Morgan.

                              EARL
                       (to Lance)
                  You better go.  Dred finds you
                  here, he'll kill you for sure.

        Wayne beckons to Lance, come on!  Lance leaves with Wayne.
        Earl watches Lance suspiciously until they close the door,
        leaving Earl alone in the church with the dead.

        Earl closes his eyes.  The milky white jewel atop his staff
        glows.  Turo's five dead Warriors burst into flames and
        burn fiercely.  Earl raises his staff high.

                              EARL
                  We salute you, brave warriors.
                  Dine tonight in Valhalla.

        Earl turns and exits, cloak swirling.  Only Dred's dead
        Warriors remain in the church.


        INT. OLD CHURCH - NIGHT

        Now the cremated bodies have burned down to ash.

        Dred stares at his dead Warriors.  He is not happy.

                              DRED
                  Another five men dead.  You're
                  getting careless.

                              KNIGHT
                  Using an outsider wasn't my idea.

                              DRED
                  That's the only reason you're not
                  screaming over a slow fire.

        Dred turns and exits.  Knight bares his teeth, angry
        as hell, and runs after Dred.


        EXT. OLD CHURCH - WEST SIDE - NIGHT

        Dred is surrounded by more Warriors, alert and ready.
        Knight catches up and walks alongside Dred.

                              KNIGHT
                  I've had enough of waiting.  I say
                  we hit them tonight.

                              DRED
                  We've lost men, dammit...

                              KNIGHT
                  So have they.

                              DRED
                  They'll be expecting an attack.
                  They'll be ready and waiting.

                              KNIGHT
                  Maybe we'll give them something
                  they don't expect.

                              DRED
                  What are you proposing?

                              KNIGHT
                  We raise the dead.  I'll lead them
                  myself.

        Dred stops.  Everyone stops with him.

                              DRED
                  I don't believe I heard you right.
                  I thought you said we should raise
                  the dead and you'll lead them.

                              KNIGHT
                  That's what I said.

        Dred stares at Knight as if he's insane.  Then the idea
        begins to appeal to him.

                              DRED
                  Bring the bodies.

        Several Warriors go back inside the church.

                              DRED
                  This better work.  You know what
                  happens if it doesn't.

        Fear shows in Knight's expression, but only for a moment.

                              KNIGHT
                  It'll work.


        EXT. GHETTO STREETS - NIGHT

        Turo's group moves like a military convoy, with scouts and
        outriders watching for ambush.  Lance brings up the rear,
        a reluctant guest.  Wayne gestures to him, come on!

        Vera looks back over her shoulder.  Every time their eyes
        meet, Lance finds another reason to stay.


        EXT. TURO'S PLACE - NIGHT

        The doors swing open as Turo's group approaches.  They
        enter the building.  Turo's Warriors watch the street,
        then come inside one by one.  The doors close.


        INT. FEASTING HALL - TURO'S PLACE - NIGHT

        Turo sits Vera down and silently asks her if she's OK.
        She nods.  They don't talk, but somehow they manage to
        have a conversation with just looks and smiles.

        An attractive girl, FERN, brings a basin of water to Wayne.
        She opens his shirt, inspects his wound, cleans it.  Wayne
        sucks in a sharp breath.  Fern bites her lip, apologetic.
        Wayne smiles at her, lets her know it's okay.

        One by one, Turo's people notice Lance.  He stands alone,
        the object of everyone's attention.

        Turo addresses his people.

                              TURO
                  Can you give us some privacy,
                  please?  Thank you.

        Everyone leaves, only Turo, Earl, Wayne, Vera and Lance
        remain.

                              TURO
                       (to Lance)
                  I'm told I have you to thank for
                  saving my woman.

                              LANCE
                  De nada.

                              TURO
                  I'm also told you aced Dred's guys.
                  Almost got that bastard Knight,
                  too.

        Turo looks at Wayne, inviting him to speak.

                              WAYNE
                  He's the fastest I've ever seen.

                              TURO
                  Is that so?
                       (to Lance)
                  Of course, that was after you aced
                  five of my guys.  Damn, you're a
                  regular killing machine.

        BAM!  Turo kicks Lance in the face, fast and hard, knocking
        him down!  Lance sprawls on the floor, stunned.  Turo
        snatches Lance's knife and throws it away.

                              TURO
                  That how you get your kicks?  From
                  killing everyone you meet?

        Lance springs to his feet but BAM!  Turo kicks him down
        again, harder and faster than before.

        Turo goes nose to nose with Earl.

                              TURO
                  How come you didn't see him?

                              EARL
                  I don't know.

                              TURO
                  You losing your touch?

                              EARL
                  Do you think I am?

                              TURO
                  If you're not at the top of your
                  game, we might as well throw in
                  the towel right now, give it up to
                  Dred.

        Vera touches Turo's arm.  They stare at each other and
        suddenly Turo knows the answer.  He looks at Lance.

                              TURO
                  Anna didn't initiate you.

                              EARL
                  An outsider?!

                              TURO
                  Fresh off the bus and right into
                  Dred's lap.  Sweet.

        Turo grabs Lance by the throat and lifts him off the floor.
        Lance's feet dangle in the air as he slowly chokes to death.
        Wayne tries to pull Turo off but isn't strong enough.
        Vera watches, horrified.

                              WAYNE
                  He didn't know.  He didn't know!

        Turo contemptuously throws Lance down.  Lance clutches his
        throat, gasps for breath.

                              TURO
                  He.  Didn't.  Know.  That makes it
                  okay.  Five good men dead because
                  of this sumbitch.

                              WAYNE
                  All he knew was what Dred and Anna
                  told him.

                              EARL
                  I say we kill him.

                              WAYNE
                  Dred doesn't own him yet.  It was
                  a mistake.

                              EARL
                  Wake up, boy.  He cost us five
                  warriors... and Anna has Morgan
                  back.  She's stronger than ever.

                              WAYNE
                  Ask him why he changed sides.

                              EARL
                  I don't give a damn.

                              WAYNE
                       (to Turo)
                  Ask him!

        Turo thinks about it... nods permission.  Wayne offers
        Lance his hand.  Lance takes it, stands up.

                              TURO
                  Why'd you change your mind, Mr.
                  Cool?  What is your name anyway?

        Lance painfully clears his throat.

                              LANCE
                  They call me Lance.

                              TURO
                  Waiting for an answer.

        Lance stares at Vera.  She stares back.  Surprise crosses
        her face.  Turo sees this.

                              TURO
                  You kill five of my people.  Then
                  you decide you can't let Knight
                  waste my woman?

                              LANCE
                  Something like that.

                              TURO
                  So.  What did Dred offer you to do
                  his dirty work for him?

        Lance doesn't answer.

                              EARL
                  You really got to ask?

        Turo laughs.  Earl and Wayne smile.  Lance is confused.

                              TURO
                  Anna?  No, Dred's the possessive
                  type.  Lisa.  He gave you Lisa.
                  Am I right?

        Lance gapes, surprised.  Vera looks away, disappointed.

                              TURO
                  Dred and me, we were blood brothers.
                  Then Anna came along, broke up the
                  party.  Now we're blood enemies.
                  Most of Dred's people used to be
                  my people.

        Turo turns his back on Lance and walks away.  He faces a
        corner, does some deep thinking.  Earl and Wayne glance at
        each other.

        Vera watches Lance, who isn't sure what's going on.  He
        can't stop looking at Vera.  Earl notices the looks passing
        between them.  He'd have to be blind not to.

        Turo comes back and faces Lance.

                              TURO
                  You saved my woman.  That means
                  you walk out of here alive.  But
                  if I ever see you again...  Shit,
                  you know how it works.

                              EARL
                  You can't let him go.

                              TURO
                  Why not?

                              EARL
                  He could go back to Dred.

                              WAYNE
                  He won't.

                              EARL
                  How the hell do you know?

                              WAYNE
                  He has a good heart.

                              EARL
                  Stop talking like a kid, dammit.

                              WAYNE
                  Make a fool of me all you want,
                  you know I'm right.

                              EARL
                  I remember Lisa.  Ooh yeah.  She
                  could break your heart, then mend
                  it with just a smile.
                       (to Lance)
                  So tell me, how attached are you
                  to the lady?

                              LANCE
                  None of your damn business.

                              EARL
                       (to Turo)
                  There's your answer.  Dred can
                  pull him in any time he wants.
                  Lisa just has to shake her tight
                  little ass.

                              TURO
                  I'm tired.  Let's sleep on it.

                              EARL
                  You can bet Dred won't be sleeping.

                              TURO
                  I'm not making a decision tonight.
                  I'll give you my answer in the
                  morning.
                       (to Lance)
                  Consider yourself my guest till
                  then.  If you try to leave, or do
                  anything stupid, you'll be killed.
                  Tell me you understand what I just
                  said.

                              LANCE
                  I understand what you just said.

                              TURO
                  Then I'll have someone escort you
                  to your room.

        Turo looks at Vera.  She's surprised, but escorts Lance
        out.  He goes along with her, unsure.


        INT. STAIRWAY - TURO'S PLACE - NIGHT

        Vera leads Lance upstairs.


        INT. GUEST ROOM - TURO'S PLACE - NIGHT

        Lance inspects the bedroom and its single bed.  Vera watches
        from the doorway.

                              LANCE
                  Thank you.

        She turns to go -- stops.  Stares at him.

                              LANCE
                  This is a mistake.

        She's puzzled.  She shakes her head.  Lance turns away.

                              LANCE
                  You know why.  We both know why.

        He looks back over his shoulder.  Vera's gone.  He sighs.


        INT. FEASTING HALL - TURO'S PLACE - NIGHT

        Turo, Earl and Wayne sit around the fire.

                              EARL
                  If you don't want to dirty your
                  hands, I'll do it.

                              TURO
                  Like I said, I'll sleep on it.

                              WAYNE
                  I'll... post more guards, check
                  the perimeter is secure.

                              TURO
                  Guards aren't enough any more.
                  I'm still waiting for someone to
                  explain how Dred snatched Vera.
                  Right from under our noses.

                              EARL
                  Anna's doing.  More of that spook
                  shit you don't like.

                              TURO
                  How?

        Earl stares into the flames.

                              EARL
                  We lost a man when we grabbed
                  Morgan, remember?

        Wayne closes his eyes, pained.

                              WAYNE
                  Galahad.

                              EARL
                  Anna used him to mask Dred's
                  warriors.  Trust me, you don't
                  want to know the details.  I didn't
                  see them till it was too late.

                              TURO
                  It's always Anna.  It wasn't like
                  this before she showed up.

                              EARL
                  I'll hang special wards so it can't
                  happen again.

        Turo stands up.

                              TURO
                  It shouldn't have happened once.
                  What the Hell's wrong with you?
                  Anna's got her crazy brother back,
                  Dred's picking us off whenever he
                  feels like it.  Both of you, get
                  your shit together or pack your
                  bags, head on over to Dred's and
                  ask him for a job, 'cause you're
                  no good to me.

        Earl and Wayne look away, embarrassed.

                              TURO
                  I trust I've made my point.
                  Goodnight, gentlemen.

        Turo exits.

                              WAYNE
                  I don't think he's happy.

                              EARL
                  No shit.  "He has a good heart."
                  Are you out of your mind?

                              WAYNE
                  How much longer can we hold out
                  against Dred?  We need help.

                              EARL
                  Not from him.

                              WAYNE
                  I don't think we can afford to
                  pick and choose.

                              EARL
                  I said not from him.

                              WAYNE
                  What makes you so sure?

                              EARL
                  Tonight I sent the souls of five
                  warriors onward because of him.
                  And tomorrow?  What then?

        Earl closes his eyes for a beat.  The milky jewel atop his
        staff glows.  He opens his eyes again.

                              WAYNE
                  What?

                              EARL
                  Those extra guards you were talking
                  about.  Maybe they're not such a
                  bad idea.

        Wayne gets up and exits.  Earl stares into the fire.


        INT. PENTAGRAM ROOM - DRED'S PLACE - NIGHT

        So called because a five-sided star has been painted on
        the floor in luminous, burning white.  There's no other
        light source in the room.

        Anna and Morgan face Lisa across the pentagram, their faces
        eerily lit by the glow.  Anna is impassive, while Lisa is
        barely able to control her mounting terror.  Morgan watches
        Lisa like a frog watches an insect.

        Dred's men drag in the bodies of the Warriors killed in
        the church and place them upon the pentagram, their boots
        touching, their heads at the point of each star.

        Dred's men exit, leaving Anna, Morgan and Lisa with the
        dead bodies.  Lisa shakes uncontrollably.

                              LISA
                  Please don't, Anna.  I don't want
                  to die.  Please...

                              MORGAN
                  Oh just get on with it, will you?


        INT. HALLWAY OUTSIDE PENTAGRAM ROOM - DRED'S PLACE - NIGHT

        Knight tries to push inside the room but Dred stops him.
        They go nose to nose.

                              KNIGHT
                  Why does it have to be her?

                              DRED
                  Because you failed to bring back
                  any live prisoners.  Because it
                  won't work unless someone dies.
                  Are you volunteering?

        Knight swallows hard and backs off.


        INT. PENTAGRAM ROOM - DRED'S PLACE - NIGHT

        Anna's eyes roll so the whites show.  She utters strange
        sounds that are more like animal noises than words.  The
        language of blackest magic.

        Lisa whimpers... then screams, as flames suddenly engulf
        her and consume her.

        Anna grunts and snarls as Lisa writhes in agony and burns.
        Morgan giggles.  All he needs is popcorn.

        The flames shrink Lisa until she's no longer recognizable
        as human.  In a matter of seconds the flames die out and
        all that's left of a beautiful girl is a pile of smoking
        white ash.

        Anna comes out of her trance gasping for breath.  She sees
        what she's done to Lisa and turns away, closing her eyes.

        Morgan kneels beside the pile of ash.  He puts a straw up
        his nose and "snorts" Lisa.  He throws his head back and
        laughs with unashamed pleasure.

        He puts his mouth to the mouth of the nearest dead Warrior,
        and exhales into the Warrior.  Anna watches, fascinated.

        Morgan repeats this for each of the five Warriors in turn.
        By the time it's done he's dizzy and light-headed.  When
        he stands up Anna has to support him to stop him from
        falling over.  Morgan giggles like a little boy, high as a
        kite, stoned on essence of Lisa.

        The bodies of the five dead Warriors twitch and shake!


        INT. HALLWAY OUTSIDE PENTAGRAM ROOM - DRED'S PLACE -NIGHT

        The door creaks open.  Dred pushes Knight into the room.
        Knight goes unwillingly.


        INT. PENTAGRAM ROOM - DRED'S PLACE - NIGHT

        Knight finds himself face to face with the five Undead
        Warriors.  They stare at him with dull eyes.

                              ANNA
                  This is your master.  Follow him,
                  and do as he commands.

        Knight glances at her.  Anna tosses her head, telling him
        to leave.  Knight exits.  Morgan leans against Anna and
        giggles.


        INT. HALLWAY OUTSIDE PENTAGRAM ROOM - DRED'S PLACE -NIGHT

        The Undead Warriors follow Knight out of the room.  Knight
        glances at Dred, who shows no reaction.  Knight leads the
        Undead Warriors along the hallway.  Dred watches them go.


        INT. GUEST ROOM - TURO'S PLACE - NIGHT

        Lance lies on the bed, awake and thinking.  The lock CLICKS
        and the door opens.  Wayne looks in, his arm's in a sling.
        He gestures for Lance to come with him.


        EXT. ROOFTOP - TURO'S PLACE - NIGHT

        Wayne leads Lance upstairs onto the rooftop.  Three of
        Turo's Warriors stand guard.  Wayne and Lance walk to the
        edge and look out over The Lot, shrouded in mist.

                              WAYNE
                  Why did you come here?

                              LANCE
                  You invited me, remember?

                              WAYNE
                  I mean into The Lot.

                              LANCE
                  Guess I was running away.

                              WAYNE
                  From what?  Your past?

                              LANCE
                  A posse of Skulls.  They wanted to
                  roast my nuts over a fire.

                              WAYNE
                  Lord Saxon.

                              LANCE
                  You know him?

                              WAYNE
                  He's been testing us.  And Dred,
                  too.  As if we don't have enough
                  to deal with...

        Wayne makes sure the three Warriors are out of earshot.

                              WAYNE
                  It's no secret that we're losing
                  the war.  Dred outnumbers us now.
                  It's only a matter of time.

                              LANCE
                  Shit happens.

                              WAYNE
                  It started out the other way.  The
                  odds were in our favor.  But Anna,
                  she has a way of getting to those
                  with weak loyalties.  One by one
                  our warriors vanish.  Next day,
                  they show up again wearing Dred's
                  colors.  You're quite the street
                  philosopher.

                              LANCE
                  Sounds like Anna's the problem.

                              WAYNE
                  That's why Earl pulled out all the
                  stops to capture that crazy brother
                  of hers.  Earl can explain it
                  better... but Anna and Morgan are
                  linked.  Now she's got him back,
                  we can expect the worst.

                              LANCE
                  Uh-huh.

                              WAYNE
                  I'm here through choice.  Turo
                  asks nothing of us.  We remain
                  with him because of who he is.

                              LANCE
                  And who is he, exactly?

                              WAYNE
                  The only one who can hold back the
                  darkness.

                              LANCE
                  Dred and Anna being the darkness.

                              WAYNE
                  You're catching on.

                              LANCE
                  Thanks but no thanks.  No offense,
                  but everybody around here talks
                  crazy shit all the time.

                              WAYNE
                  You fought for Dred.  Why won't
                  you fight for Turo?  With a warrior
                  like you on our side...

                              LANCE
                  A warrior like me.  You don't know
                  a damn thing about me.

                              WAYNE
                  I know you don't like the killing,
                  but it's the thing you do best.

        Lance turns away but Wayne puts his hand on his arm,
        stopping him.

                              WAYNE
                  The Lot is a sanctuary.  It drew
                  us here... the outcast... the
                  dispossessed.  Those who had nothing
                  and nobody.  We found each other.
                  We found purpose.  We found peace.
                  And we found ourselves.  I'm not
                  willing to give that up without a
                  fight.

                              LANCE
                  And you're telling me all this
                  because...?

                              WAYNE
                  You and me have something in common.
                  I don't like the killing either.
                  But sometimes we must do things we
                  despise, for the sake of the greater
                  good.  I don't just mean Turo.
                  I'm talking about the ideal, the
                  concept, the thing.  Dred and Anna
                  are gonna turn this place into
                  Hell unless we stop them.

                              LANCE
                  I think I'd be better off taking
                  my chances with Lord Saxon.

                              WAYNE
                  That's your choice, but think what
                  you'd be throwing away.

                              LANCE
                  Yeah, all this prime real estate.

                              WAYNE
                  I asked you why you came here.
                  You said Lord Saxon chased you
                  into The Lot.  Think again, brother.
                  The Lot invited you.

                              LANCE
                  You know, they can do wonders with
                  modern medicines.

                              WAYNE
                  That's your mouth talking.  But
                  look into your heart and tell me
                  you haven't felt more at home here
                  than any other place you've ever
                  been.  Tell me you don't feel the
                  peace and tranquility The Lot has
                  to offer.  Some things are worth
                  fighting for.  Some things are
                  even worth dying for.

                              LANCE
                  Like I said, both sides talk crazy
                  shit all the time.  Show me how to
                  get out of here and I'll go.  I
                  won't fight for Dred.  I give you
                  my word.

        Wayne's gaze flickers over Lance's shoulder.  Lance looks
        behind him.  Earl stands there listening.

                              EARL
                  I wish I could believe that.  But,
                  given what's happened, I can't
                  take that risk.

        Earl gestures to Wayne, telling him to step away from Lance.

                              WAYNE
                  This isn't what Turo wants.

                              EARL
                  I'm prepared to accept his
                  displeasure.  In time he'll come
                  to understand I'm doing this for
                  his own good.  Get out the way.

        Earl raises his staff, the milky white jewel glows.  Lance
        looks up at the sky.  Storm clouds form a flashing whirlpool
        filled with lightning waiting to be unleashed.

        Lance pushes Wayne aside and runs toward the corner of the
        roof, heading for the fire escape, his only way out.

        The three Warriors run to intercept Lance.  BLAM!  A bolt
        of lightning flashes down and hits a Warrior, transforming
        him into a human torch.  The Warrior plunges over the edge
        of the rooftop.  BLAM!  A second Warrior is struck by
        lightning and burns.  The third Warrior retreats and tries
        to run but BLAM! another bolt blasts him.

        Earl's stunned by what's just happened.


        EXT. ROOFTOP - DRED'S PLACE - NIGHT

        Anna looks toward Turo's place, her eyes glow with mystic
        energy.  Morgan stands behind her, smiling, his hand on
        her shoulder.  His eyes glow with the same light.


        EXT. ROOFTOP - TURO'S PLACE - NIGHT

        Another bolt of lightning flashes down and blows Earl clean
        across the rooftop.  He slams into a wall and sinks down,
        stunned.  He drops his staff, the milky white jewel stops
        glowing.

        Lance reaches the fire escape.  He's about to climb over
        when he comes face to face with an Undead Warrior climbing
        up the ladder.

        The Undead Warrior draws his knife and leaps at Lance, who
        retreats fast.  The Undead Warrior slashes at Lance who
        ducks and dodges.

        Wayne draws his knife and throws it underarm to Lance.
        Lance snatches it out of the air and engages the Undead
        Warrior.  Wayne runs to help Earl.

        Lance gets through the Undead Warrior's defenses and stabs
        his opponent in the side.  Lance doubles over in agony!
        He staggers back clutching his side.  It's as if he just
        stabbed himself!

        The Undead Warrior shows no sign of pain or injury.
        Lightning flashes across the sky and for an dazzling instant
        Lance looks at himself in place of the Undead Warrior.

        More Undead Warriors climb up the fire escape and onto the
        rooftop.  Knight is last up the ladder.  He grins when he
        sees Lance facing Undead Warrior #1.

                              KNIGHT
                  If it isn't the hero.  Let's see
                  what you got.

        Knight points the other Undead Warriors at Wayne and Earl.

                              KNIGHT
                  Kill them.

        Wayne dives for Earl's staff, snatches it up and swings it
        wildly, keeping the Undead Warriors at bay.  Wayne draws
        them away from Earl.

        Lance stabs his Undead opponent again, and SCREAMS in agony
        as he feels pain from the wound.  The Undead Warrior grabs
        Lance's wrist, Lance grabs the Undead Warrior's wrist.
        They wrestle, neither giving way.

        Every time lightning flashes across the sky it's as if
        Lance is looking at himself in a mirror.  He's fighting
        with himself.


        EXT. ROOFTOP - DRED'S PLACE - NIGHT

        Morgan's smile broadens as he whispers into Anna's ear.

                              MORGAN
                  Too bad he has to die.  He's just
                  your type.

        Anna frowns.


        EXT. ROOFTOP - TURO'S PLACE - NIGHT

        The Undead Warrior forces Lance down onto his knees and
        pushes his knife closer.  Lance tries to stop it but it
        comes closer to his throat, inch by inch...

        Watching this, Knight grins.

        Lance kicks the Undead Warrior away, leaps across the
        rooftop and BUTTS Knight with brutal force.  Knight
        collapses holding his bloody face.

        Lance snatches Knight's knife, spins round and throws it
        at the approaching Undead Warrior.  THWUNK!  The knife
        buries itself in the Undead Warrior's forehead.

        Lance SCREAMS in pain as the Undead Warrior pitches backward
        onto the rooftop.  The Undead Warrior's mouth opens and he
        exhales the ash Morgan breathed into him.  Lance's pain
        suddenly stops.

        Lance scoops up the Undead Warrior's knife and puts it
        against Knight's throat.  Knight comes out of his daze and
        focuses on his situation.

                              LANCE
                  Call 'em off.

                              KNIGHT
                  Can't do that.

                              LANCE
                  Then you die.

                              KNIGHT
                  His life for mine.

        Lance glances at Wayne, wounded and bleeding and pressed
        into a corner by the other four Undead Warriors.

                              LANCE
                  Deal.

                              KNIGHT
                  Leave him!

        The Undead Warriors draw back from Wayne.  Lance takes the
        knife away from Knight's throat and steps back.

                              KNIGHT
                  Kill this mother instead.

        Knight scrambles up and over the fire escape before Lance
        can stop him.  The Undead Warriors close in on Lance, knives
        ready.  Their eyes and expressions are blank.

        Earl pushes himself up, stretches out his hand.  His staff
        flies toward him.  He catches it and pulls it close to his
        chest.  The milky white jewel glows, pulsing like a
        heartbeat.  A whirlpool storm forms overhead.

        A huge lightning bolt hits the roof, throwing the Undead
        Warriors down.  Earl's lips move, forming words without
        sound.  A hurricane wind hurls the staggering Undead
        Warriors over the edge of the rooftop.


        EXT. FIRE ESCAPE - TURO'S PLACE - NIGHT

        Knight holds onto the fire escape ladder for dear life,
        but the wind's too powerful.  He loses his grip too and
        falls, screaming in terror.


        EXT. ROOFTOP - TURO'S PLACE - NIGHT

        The wind slams Lance against the wall.  He slides up and
        over.  He digs his fingers into the brickwork but it's no
        good, the hurricane wind plucks at him, loosening his grip.

        Earl closes his eyes, the milky white jewel loses its glow.
        The wind dies away, the storm dissipates.  Lance collapses
        back onto the rooftop, exhausted.  Earl collapses too.


        EXT. ROOFTOP - DRED'S PLACE - NIGHT

        Anna's eyes stop glowing.  She SCREAMS in rage.  Morgan
        giggles.  Anna glares at him.


        EXT. ROOFTOP - TURO'S PLACE - NIGHT

        Turo leads a handful of Warriors upstairs.  They skid to a
        stop and look around in amazement.  Earl unconscious, Wayne
        on his knees bleeding, Lance lying face down, unmoving.

        Turo directs his men to help Earl, and goes to Wayne.
        Wayne looks up at him, weary and hurt.  Turo helps him to
        stand, and looks at Lance.

                              TURO
                  I should'a killed him when Earl
                  said.

                              WAYNE
                  It was Knight.  He brought some
                  friends along.

                              TURO
                  What friends?

                              WAYNE
                  I'm pretty sure... they were the
                  guys we killed in the church.

                              TURO
                  I don't want to hear this.

                              WAYNE
                  Just be glad you weren't here.
                  Earl blew them away.

        Wayne gestures at Lance.

                              WAYNE
                  If not for him... we'd be dead.

                              TURO
                  Where's Knight now?

                              WAYNE
                  Last seen flapping his arms like a
                  bird.


        INT. ROOFTOP - DRED'S PLACE - NIGHT

        Dred stares at Anna.  She lowers her gaze.

                              DRED
                  We'll just have to think of
                  something else, won't we?

        Morgan exits, giggling.  Dred glares after him.

                              ANNA
                  It's not his fault.

                              DRED
                  Whose fault is it?

                              ANNA
                  Mine.

                              DRED
                  What happened to Knight?

                              ANNA
                  You don't want to know.


        INT. GHETTO STREET - NIGHT

        The Undead Warriors march along the street, dragging Knight
        after them.  Knight struggles but it's no good, they're
        too strong.

        They stop at a manhole cover.  A SCREECH of metal, and the
        manhole flies open by itself, revealing a glowing red pit
        filled with smoke.  Knight is gripped by terror.  He digs
        his heels in.

                              KNIGHT
                  No!

        One by one the Undead Warriors jump down into the hole.
        Flames lick up, consuming them.  Finally only Knight and
        one Undead Warrior remain.

                              KNIGHT
                  I can still be of use to Dred.

        The Undead Warrior stares at him with glassy eyes -- then
        grabs Knight and jumps down the hole, taking Knight with
        him.  Knight SCREAMS.  Flames and smoke belch up from below.

        The manhole cover flies back to cover the hole!


        INT. GUEST ROOM - TURO'S PLACE - NIGHT

        Lance wakes up with a start and grabs Fern's wrist.  She's
        cleaning his wounds.  Fern smiles to reassure him.  He
        lets go and lies back down, exhausted.

                              LANCE
                  I'm sorry...

        The door opens, it's Vera.  She stares at Fern for a moment.
        Fern frowns, unsure... then gets up and exits, leaving
        them alone and closing the door.

        An awkward moment.

                              LANCE
                  Turo know you're here?

        Vera won't meet his gaze.  Lance shakes his head and sighs.

                              LANCE
                  Mind telling me what happened?

        Vera stares at Lance and understanding comes over him.

                              LANCE
                  How can dead men come back to life?

        Vera stares at him again.

                              LANCE
                  Anna.

        He closes his eyes, remembering.

                              LANCE
                  I saw myself when I fought them.
                  How can that be?

        Vera stares at him.

        A MONTAGE:

        1)  Lance and Lisa have sex.  Lisa enjoys every moment.

        2)  Anna faces terrified Lisa in the Pentagram Room.

        3)  Five dead Warriors are laid out on the Pentagram.

        4)  Knight and Dred look into the Pentagram Room.

        5)  Lisa SCREAMS as she's consumed by flames.

        6)  Morgan snorts Lisa's dust.

        7)  Morgan exhales into a dead Warrior's mouth.

        8)  The five risen Undead Warriors stare at Knight.

        BACK TO SCENE:

        Lance understands... and is horrified.  He turns away from
        Vera.  She touches his hand.  Holds it.  They gaze into
        each other's eyes, and fatal attraction blooms.

        Vera catches herself in time, realizes what's happening.
        She hurries to the door.

                              LANCE
                  Wait!

        Lance staggers to the door and leans against it, dizzy.

        Vera won't look at him.  She wants to be here, doesn't
        want to be here.

                              LANCE
                  If you want to leave... you only
                  have to turn the handle.

        She looks at him, a picture of want.  Then her expression
        turns to pain.  A rollercoaster of conflicting emotions.

                              LANCE
                  Tell me how it's wrong.

        Vera shakes her head.

                              LANCE
                  If you can't tell me then maybe it
                  isn't wrong.

        She touches the door, asking him to open it.

                              LANCE
                  I would never force myself on you.
                  If you truly want to leave, then
                  leave.

        He opens the door.  Vera takes a half-step forward.  Then
        she stops, stares at him.

                              LANCE
                  I owe him nothing.  Soon as I can,
                  I'm getting out of here.

        Vera's eyes widen.

                              LANCE
                  If he cared about you, he'd let
                  you go.  All this place has to
                  offer is death.

        Vera cries, and exits.  Lance leans against the door.  He
        staggers back to the bed, collapses onto his back, closes
        his eyes and falls asleep.


        EXT. THE LOT - DAY/NIGHT

        Time runs fast.  Clouds race across the sky.  Day turns
        into night.


        INT. GUEST ROOM - TURO'S PLACE - NIGHT

        A KNOCK on the door.  Lance wakes up.  The door opens,
        it's Turo.

                              TURO
                  Thought you might be hungry.

        Turo puts the tray down and pulls up a chair for himself.
        Lance sniffs, interested in the food smells.

                              TURO
                  Amazing what a good night's sleep
                  can do.  And a good day's sleep,
                  too.

                              LANCE
                  Is Wayne okay?

                              TURO
                  Yeah.  Earl's pissed.  But grateful
                  to you for what you did.  Guess we
                  all are.

                              LANCE
                  Don't be.  They tried to kill me.
                  I defended myself.

                              TURO
                  When you put it like that...

        Turo uncovers the tray.  Bread, meats, cheese.  Lance sits
        up, pulls the table over to the bed and eats like a starving
        man, stuffing food down his throat.

        Lance stops, senses Turo watching.

                              LANCE
                  You never seen a man eat before?

                              TURO
                  Around here, it's a rare event.

        Lance eats some more while looking thoughtfully at Turo.

                              LANCE
                  You're going to screw with my head.
                  Why don't you just get on with it?

                              TURO
                  I can't remember the last time I
                  ate.  Could have been a few days
                  ago.  Could have been last week.
                  I know it's been a while.

                              LANCE
                  Uh-huh.

        Turo picks a piece of cheese from the tray, chews it.

                              TURO
                  If there's food around then sure,
                  I'll eat.

                              LANCE
                  I didn't have you figured for a
                  crackhead.

                              TURO
                  You won't find any drugs here.

                              LANCE
                  You don't allow it?

                              TURO
                  There's no buzz, no spike.  You
                  can shoot up all day, won't make
                  you feel any different.

                              LANCE
                  What keeps you alive, clean living?

                              TURO
                  Something better than that.  Take
                  your time, I'm not in a hurry.

        Turo sits back and lets Lance eat.  Lance watches him while
        he empties the tray, wondering what's coming next.


        INT. HALLWAY - TURO'S PLACE - NIGHT

        Turo leads Lance toward a door guarded by two Warriors,
        who step aside.  Turo reaches down into his shirt and fishes
        a neck-chain with a key.  He unlocks the door.  Opens it.


        INT. TOP OF SPIRAL STAIRWAY - TURO'S PLACE - NIGHT

        Lit by burning torches set into the walls.  The stairway
        spirals down into darkness.

        Turo invites Lance to go first.  Lance descends, not sure
        where this is leading to.

        Turo picks up a torch and follows Lance, staring intently
        at his back.


        INT. SPIRAL STAIRWAY - TURO'S PLACE - NIGHT

        Lance pauses, and looks up and down.  There's nothing to
        see, just the section of stairway he's standing on.
        Blackness above and below.

                              LANCE
                  Where are we going?

                              TURO
                  We're almost there.

                              LANCE
                  I just love mysteries.

        Lance descends... Turo follows him...

        They're two tiny figures on stairway lit by the flickering
        torch.  Surrounded by nothing.


        INT. BOTTOM OF SPIRAL STAIRWAY - TURO'S PLACE - NIGHT

        At last the stairway ends.  Lance and Turo face twin doors
        jammed shut by a sword thrust between them.  The sword
        blade is carved with silver runes.  Its pommel is a milky
        white jewel, smaller than the one on Earl's staff.

                              LANCE
                  The hell is this place, a nuclear
                  shelter?

                              TURO
                  Kinda hard to explain.

                              LANCE
                  Looks like your interior decorator
                  had some kind of symbolism thing
                  going.

        Lance almost touches the sword, but pulls his hand away.

                              TURO
                  These doors are always locked.
                  The sword is the key.  All you
                  have to do is pull it free.

                              LANCE
                  Do I win a prize?

                              TURO
                  Humor me.

        Lance grips the Runesword and pulls.  It won't budge.

                              LANCE
                  You got me.  Welded in there.

        Turo gestures for Lance to step back.  Turo grips the
        Runesword and exerts all his strength.  Electricity plays
        over his hands, smoke rises from his fingers.  Lance can't
        see just how much effort and pain it takes Turo to pull
        the Runesword free.

        The twin doors swing open.

                              LANCE
                  If there's naked dancing girls,
                  I'll be impressed.

                              TURO
                  No dancing girls.


        INT. POOL ROOM - TURO'S PLACE - NIGHT

        A glowing milky white pool lies on the floor, the only
        light source.  A wind constantly whistles through the room
        as if it's a vast open cavern.  Maybe it is.

        Turo places the Runesword in brackets set into the wall.
        He grimaces in pain. hiding his blistered hands from Lance.

                              LANCE
                  Happens all the time.  Someone
                  walks into a broom cupboard, they
                  don't want to look stupid...

                              TURO
                  It's human nature to make a joke
                  about something that frightens
                  you.  But here there is only truth.

        Turo walks to the glowing pool.

                              LANCE
                  What makes it glow?

        Turo doesn't reply, it's as if he's hypnotized by the glow.

                              LANCE
                  You want to be alone with your
                  pool, just say so.

                              TURO
                  I can tell you it's a source of
                  power.  That it's what Anna wants
                  more than anything.

                              LANCE
                  Wayne's sales pitch was better.
                  He wanted me to fight for truth
                  and justice.  You want me to fight
                  for a puddle of toxic waste.  No
                  sale.

        Lance turns away but Turo grips his arm, stops him.

                              LANCE
                  Hell's wrong with your hand?

                              TURO
                  Close your eyes, tell me what you
                  see.

        Lance looks at him suspiciously.

                              TURO
                  If I wanted you dead, you'd already
                  be dead.

        Lance thinks about it... and closes his eyes.


        INT. LANCE'S CAR (MOVING) - CITY STREET - NIGHT

        Lance opens his eyes, finds himself at the wheel.  Blue
        light flashes in the rear window.  A siren WHOOPS.  Lance
        realizes... he's being pulled over by a cop.

        Lance pulls over and stops.  The cop car stops behind him.
        A shadow gets out and approaches.  Lance glances down at
        the glove box, it's lying open and a GUN is inside.  He
        snaps the glove box shut just as the cop draws level.

        It's a she.  Her name tag says RIVERA.  She taps the window.
        Lance rolls his window down.  She bends down to talk to
        him.  It's Vera, in police uniform.

                              RIVERA
                  Guess you didn't see the red light.

        This is a little surreal for Lance.

                              RIVERA
                  You don't talk to me, I'm gonna
                  assume you're drunk or stoned.
                  You don't smell like you've been
                  drinking.  What did you take?

                              LANCE
                  I'm not stoned.

                              RIVERA
                  But you didn't see the red light.

                              LANCE
                  I guess I didn't.  Sorry.

                              RIVERA
                  This is where you're supposed to
                  complain about police harassment.

        Lance can't believe this is happening.

                              RIVERA
                  You're a thousand miles away.
                  Want to tell me about it?

        Lance shakes his head, no.

                              RIVERA
                  That bad, huh?

        Rivera straightens, looks around.  Sees a COFFEE SHOP on a
        nearby corner.  Considers it for a moment.

                              RIVERA
                  Wait here.

        She returns to her car.  Reaches in and grabs her radio.

                              RIVERA (into radio)
                  This is Patrick Six-Two.  I got a
                  bladder alert.  Going off the air
                  for ten mikes.

        Rivera returns to Lance's car, indicates the Coffee Shop.

                              RIVERA
                  Come on, I'll buy you a coffee.

        Lance stares at the Coffee Shop.

                              RIVERA
                  You know what coffee is, don't
                  you?  Don't worry, I'll keep an
                  eye on your car.  Anyone tries to
                  jack it, I'll shoot 'em.  Promise.

        She heads for the Coffee Shop.  Lance watches her, then
        gets out and follows her.


        INT. COFFEE SHOP - NIGHT

        Lance and Rivera sit at a window table.

                              RIVERA
                  You don't say much, do you?

                              LANCE
                  I want to.  The words keep sticking.

                              RIVERA
                  You're stunned by my beauty, right?

                              LANCE
                  Maybe.

                              RIVERA
                  Nah, it's the uniform.  Man sees a
                  powerful woman in uniform, with a
                  gun and a kay stick, hormones start
                  jumping up and down.  You got a
                  name?

                              LANCE
                  Lance.

                              RIVERA
                  Gwendolyn.  Gwen.  Where are you
                  from, Lance?  Not around here.

                              LANCE
                  No...

                              RIVERA
                  I thought you were gonna grab that
                  gun in your glove box.  I was ready
                  to blow you away.

        She sips her coffee while he stares at her.

                              RIVERA
                  But you didn't.  What changed your
                  mind?

                              LANCE
                  I carry it for protection.  I don't
                  shoot people for fun.

                              RIVERA
                  Protection from who?

        Lance stares into his coffee.

                              RIVERA
                  You didn't jump a red light.  I
                  made that up.

                              LANCE
                  Say again?

                              RIVERA
                  I said I made it up.

                              LANCE
                  Mind if I ask why?

                              RIVERA
                  You drove by me.  I just caught a
                  glimpse, but...  It was a look you
                  had.  Your expression.  Something...

                              LANCE
                  You got good eyes.

                              RIVERA
                  ...Or maybe it was a feeling.
                  Like we connected, just for that
                  fleeting instant.

                              LANCE
                  That's pretty poetic.  So you, uh,
                  decided to stalk me?

                              RIVERA
                  I've never experienced a feeling
                  like that before.  It was like
                  some force of Nature.  I couldn't
                  fight it.  Even if I wanted to.

                              LANCE
                  Did your last boyfriend change his
                  name and leave town?

                              RIVERA
                  Tell me something about yourself,
                  Lance.

        Lance sighs, shakes his head.

                              LANCE
                  I appreciate the coffee.  But this
                  isn't going to work.

                              RIVERA
                  Because I'm a cop?

                              LANCE
                  Mostly.

                              RIVERA
                  And because you need to carry a
                  gun for protection.

                              LANCE
                  That, too.

                              RIVERA
                  You scared I'll arrest you if I
                  know who you are?

                              LANCE
                  I'm scared you'll try.

        She nervously plays with her coffee cup.  The cup topples,
        Lance grabs for it, their fingers touch.  They both snatch
        their hands away as if the contact shocked them.

                              RIVERA
                  These plastic tables.  They sure
                  do build up a charge.

        Lance just stares at her, too surprised to speak.

                              RIVERA
                  I guess I let my imagination skip
                  through the flowers.  I gotta get
                  off working nights.

        She grabs her hat and gets up but Lance takes her hand.
        Rivera sucks in a deep breath.

                              LANCE
                  Please, sit down.  Please.

        Rivera slowly sits back down.  Lance lets go.

                              LANCE
                  It's coming back to me.

                              RIVERA
                  What's coming back to you?

                              LANCE
                  This.  You.  We've been here before.
                  I've been here before.

                              RIVERA
                  One coffee shop pretty much looks
                  like another...

        Lance looks outside.  Car lights approach.

                              LANCE
                  Listen to me.  You have to stay
                  here with me.

                              RIVERA
                  I gotta complete my shift.

                              LANCE
                  That's not what I mean.

                              RIVERA
                  I finish at eight.  We can meet at
                  my apartment.  If you want to.

        A revving engine makes her look outside.  The car stops
        alongside Lance's and Rivera's cars.  Five GANG MEMBERS
        climb out, menacing shadows in the headlights.

                              RIVERA
                  The hell do they want?

        She stands, Lance quickly gets up, stopping her.  She stares
        at him, bewildered.

                              LANCE
                  Don't go out there.  I'm asking
                  you not to go out there.

                              RIVERA
                  Are you nuts?

        She side-steps him, he moves to block.

                              LANCE
                  This is important!  Listen to me--

                              RIVERA
                  I'm a cop, remember?

        Outside, the Gang Members smash Rivera's windows and lights.
        A SHOT rings out.  Then another.

        Rivera elbows Lance aside, draws her gun and runs outside.
        The door swings closed.  Lance wrenches the door open and
        runs after her.


        EXT. COFFEE SHOP - NIGHT

        Running, Rivera takes aim at the Gang Members.  They see
        her coming, three of them hit the deck, the other two SHOOT.
        Rivera's thrown down.  She tries to sit up, aims her gun.
        A Gang Member SHOOTS her again, slapping her down.

        Lance leaps over Rivera and charges.  He throws out his
        arm -- the Gang Member who shot Rivera goes down with a
        knife buried in his throat.

        Lance plows into the other Gang Members like a Mack truck,
        they fall like skittles, Lance finds the other gunman and
        swings him against Rivera's car, chops his throat, smashes
        his head against the roof.  The Gang Member collapses, his
        face bloody.

        Lance picks up his gun and SHOOTS HIM.  He walks up to the
        other stunned Gang Members.  THREE SHOTS, three dead Gang
        Members.

        Lance lets the gun drop.  He hurries to where Rivera lies.
        She's gasping for breath, flecks of blood on her lips, a
        bullet hole in her throat.

        He kneels beside her, cradles her in his arms.  He looks
        around, desperate for help.  No one's in sight.  She grabs
        him, pulls him close, tries to whisper into his ear.  She
        relaxes.  She's dead in his arms.

        Lance closes his eyes and bows his head.


        INT. POOL ROOM - TURO'S PLACE - NIGHT

        Lance stands with his head bowed.  He sucks in a deep
        breath, lifts his head, opens his eyes.  He finds himself
        looking at Earl, not Turo.  The milky white jewel on the
        top of Earl's staff glows as brightly as the pool.

                              EARL
                  I'm truly sorry about that, but I
                  had to know.

        Lance shakes his head, not understanding.

                              EARL
                  Rare to connect with a person in
                  such a way.  Tragic, that she was
                  taken from you.

                              LANCE
                  I'm outta here.

        Earl waves his staff, the twin doors BOOM shut.  Lance
        stares at him, aware he's alone and isolated and in danger.

        Earl walks around the edge of the glowing pool.

                              EARL
                  A billion tears.  A million
                  shattered dreams.  They dribble
                  down from the city above and gather
                  in this lonely place.

        A glowing teardrop falls from somewhere above and PLOPS
        into the pool, sending ripples across the surface.

                              LANCE
                  Guessing you were big "Ghostbusters"
                  fan.

                              EARL
                  What you see here is human pain
                  and suffering beyond imagination.
                  A source of almost limitless power.
                  The power of the human soul.

                              LANCE
                  That would be more crazy talk.

        Earl bends down, scoops up a handful of glowing liquid,
        lets it run through his fingers, back into the pool.  He
        shows Lance his hand -- the blisters are gone, healed up.

                              EARL
                  Vera never could tell us where she
                  came from.  Never could tell us
                  anything.  She can't speak.

                              LANCE
                  It can't be her.

                              EARL
                  She gave Turo strength.  But she
                  also became his weakness.  There
                  is no "can't" in The Lot.  Didn't
                  you see five dead men come back to
                  life with your own eyes?

                              LANCE
                  You are out of your mind.

                              EARL
                  Raising the dead requires a
                  sacrifice.

        Lance shakes his head.  Refuses to believe it.

                              EARL
                  Lisa.

        Lance flinches as if Earl just slapped him.

                              EARL
                  You put your seed in her.  Anna
                  would have used that to her
                  advantage.  The undead possessed
                  your strength.

                              LANCE
                  You're lying.

                              EARL
                  Poor Lisa.  She was a bad girl.
                  But she didn't deserve to die like
                  that.  No one does.

        Earl holds his staff over the glowing pool.  There's
        movement within the pool... a shape takes form and grows.
        It's a man, rising up out of the glowing liquid.

                              EARL
                  Once, when Wayne was wounded bad,
                  me and Turo brought him here.  The
                  pool healed him, made him whole
                  again.  That's just one of the
                  things it can do.  As long as you
                  believe, anything's possible.

        The man in the pool slowly raises his head.  It's Wayne.
        Lance stares in disbelief.

                              EARL
                  I commanded the pool to send forth
                  a warrior who can defeat you.  It
                  remembered Wayne.  Oh, it's not
                  the real Wayne, of course.  But
                  it'll do.  It'll do just fine.

        Wayne's eyes open.  He stares at Lance without expression.

                              LANCE
                  What if I don't make a play for
                  her?

                              EARL
                  You can't stop yourself.  Neither
                  can she.  The connection between
                  you is obvious.

                              LANCE
                  Vera wouldn't do anything to hurt
                  Turo.

                              EARL
                  Not intentionally, no.  But
                  eventually she will give in to her
                  feelings, and choose you over him.
                  I'm sorry you have die.  But you
                  understand why it has to be this
                  way, don't you?

        Lance heads for the exit, but Earl waves his staff, the
        Runesword flies off the wall and embeds itself between the
        doors.  Lance can't believe it.  He pulls on the Runesword
        but it won't budge, the doors are jammed shut.

        Lance spins round and draws his knife.

                              LANCE
                  So that's the way it's gonna be.
                  Suit yourself.  First him, then
                  you, old man.

        Earl waves his staff, Lance's knife is torn from his hand
        by invisible forces and sails into the darkness.  A distant
        metallic CLUNK echoes.

                              EARL
                  I do this out of kindness.  I have
                  no wish to prolong your agony.

        Lance draws his guns and SHOOTS at Wayne.  No effect, it's
        as if he's shooting blanks.  He swings the guns onto Earl
        and SHOOTS until they click empty.  Earl just smiles.
        Lance tosses the guns over his shoulder.

                              LANCE
                  I had to try.

                              EARL
                  I'd be disappointed if you didn't.
                  Guns don't work too good in The
                  Lot.

                              LANCE
                  Yeah, I heard that.

        Wayne's gaze follows Lance's every move.

                              EARL
                       (to Wayne)
                  This warrior is a threat to Turo.
                  He must die.

        Wayne draws his knife and advances on Lance, stepping out
        of the glowing pool.

        Lance looks around.  No way out.  No weapon.  Shit.

        Wayne leaps and spin-kicks Lance in the face.  Lance hits
        the ground hard, flips himself up onto his feet.  Wayne
        slashes, Lance staggers back, grips his shoulder.  Blood
        seeps between his fingers.

        They circle each other.  Wayne slashes, misses, kicks Lance
        in the guts, slashes again.  Lance gains another bloody
        wound, this time in the chest.

                              EARL
                  Stop fighting him.  Accept your
                  fate.

                              LANCE
                  Yeah, sounds like a plan.

        Lance punches and kicks Wayne a dozen times, solid blows
        that would cripple any ordinary man.  Wayne doesn't even
        blink.  He stabs Lance in the side, Lance staggers back
        and sprawls on the ground near the edge of the pool.

        Wayne steps closer, his knife dripping blood.  Lance, on
        the ground and hurt, edges away from him.

        Earl turns his back on them and heads for the doors.

                              EARL
                  I salute you, brave warrior.  Dine
                  tonight in Valhalla.

                              LANCE
                  Yo' mama.

        Lance moves further away from Wayne and touches the edge
        of the pool.  His arm splashes into the liquid.  He gasps
        in shock, arching his back.

        Earl stops, looks back.  His eyes narrow with suspicion.

        Wayne stands over Lance and raises his knife.  Lance tenses
        for the fatal thrust.  It doesn't come.

                              EARL
                  Kill him.  Kill him now.

        Wayne frowns.  Ripples spread across the pool.  Wayne steps
        back.  Lowers his knife.  Lance just doesn't understand.

        Earl closes his eyes and waves his staff over the pool as
        he mutters to himself.  The pool boils in the center.
        Earl's staff wavers, he strains and gasps and fights to
        keep it over the pool.

                              EARL
                  Obey me!  Do as I command!

        Wayne steps into the pool.  Lance watches bewildered as
        Wayne slowly sinks into the glowing pool, until there's
        only ripples left.  The copy Wayne is gone.

        Earl's shoulders slump, he leans heavily on his staff.

                              LANCE
                  Another of your tricks?

                              EARL
                  No, no...  Seems like you got a
                  reprieve.  As much as I hate to
                  admit it... I think the pool likes
                  you.

                              LANCE
                  Huh.

                              EARL
                  Maybe Wayne was right.  Maybe you
                  have got good in your heart.  Don't
                  matter.  I still got to kill you.

        Earl attacks Lance with his staff, raining blows upon him.
        Lance tries to fight back but Earl beats him to the floor.

        Lance scoops glowing liquid with his hand and hurls it at
        Earl's face.  Earl dodges but this gives Lance a second,
        he leaps across the pool, lands clear on the other side.
        He runs for the doors.  Earl runs to stop him.

        Lance reaches the doors and grabs the Runesword.  Earl
        hits him from behind.  Lance collapses but keeps hold of
        the Runesword.  Earl raises his staff over his head for
        the final blow.

                              EARL
                  Sorry it has to be this way.

                              LANCE
                  You already said that.

        He pulls on the Runesword.  It slides free of the doors,
        which swing open.  Earl gapes, astonished.

                              EARL
                  It can't be!

                              LANCE
                  Guess somebody up there likes me.

        Lance swings the Runesword and smashes Earl's staff out of
        his hand.  Lance holds the Runesword at Earl's throat...
        Earl expects to die... Lance is gonna do it... but Lance
        changes his mind.  WHAM, he punches Earl in the face.
        Earl collapses, out cold.

        Lance tosses the Runesword away and staggers toward the
        spiral stairway.


        INT. TOP OF SPIRAL STAIRWAY - TURO'S PLACE - NIGHT

        Lance drags himself upstairs, battered and bloody.


        INT. GUEST ROOM - TURO'S PLACE - NIGHT

        Lance strips to the waist, wincing with each movement.  He
        empties water into a basin and cleans his cuts and bruises.

        He looks in the mirror.  Vera stands in the doorway.  She
        stares at his injuries, horrified.

                              LANCE
                  The crazy old man's still alive,
                  if that's what's worrying you.

        In the mirror, Vera's eyes widen in surprise.  Lance towels
        himself dry, wincing as he touches cuts and bruises.

        He puts on his shirt, shrugs on his leather jacket.

                              LANCE
                  Best thing I can do is go.

        Vera shakes her head.

                              LANCE
                  Help me get out of here.

        She stares at the floor.  Seems to make up her mind.  She
        takes his hand and leads him out.


        EXT. ROOFTOP - TURO'S PLACE - NIGHT

        Vera leads Lance upstairs.  Two of Turo's Warriors look at
        them curiously.  Vera gestures for them to go downstairs.
        They obey.

                              LANCE
                  Thank you.  I...

        Whatever he's trying to say, he can't say it.  He gently
        brushes his fingers against her face, she closes her eyes,
        sighs.  Lance sighs too.  He heads for the fire escape.

        He's almost there when she touches his arm, stopping him.

        They stare into each other's eyes.

        Vera leads him behind a duct housing.  She pulls him close
        and smothers him in kisses.  He can't resist.


        INT. FEASTING HALL - DRED'S PLACE - NIGHT

        Dred and some of his people chill at the fire.

        Anna enters, her no-nonsense walk and expression attract
        attention.

                              ANNA
                  Change of plan.

                              DRED
                  I didn't know we had a plan any
                  more.

        She looks up.  Morgan's on the balcony above, looking down.

                              ANNA
                  Morgan says something's happened.
                  He doesn't know what.  But Earl's
                  protective wards just turned to
                  shit.

                              DRED
                  What if Morgan's wrong?

                              ANNA
                  He's not wrong and you're wasting
                  time.

                              DRED
                  You want me to attack.

                              ANNA
                  With everything you've got.

        Dred glances at his people.

                              DRED
                  Spread the word.

        They quickly exit leaving Anna and Dred alone.

                              DRED
                  The last battle.

                              ANNA
                  You're going to win.  Don't ever
                  doubt it.

                              DRED
                  What happens then?

                              ANNA
                  We make this place into whatever
                  we want it to be.

                              DRED
                  Remind me what that is.  It's been
                  so long I've forgotten.

        Anna touches Dred's cheek.

                              ANNA
                  I haven't.  Go and kill Turo for
                  me.

                              DRED
                  No mercy?

                              ANNA
                  Absolutely not.

        She presses something into his hand.  Dred holds it up.
        It's a little glass bottle attached to a silver chain.
        The bottle appears to contain blood.  Dred looks at Anna
        curiously.

                              ANNA
                  There's a little bit of me in there,
                  a little bit of Morgan.  Think of
                  it as drain cleaner.

        She loops the chain around Dred's neck.  He backs away
        from Anna, turns and exits.

        Anna looks up at Morgan.  He smiles.  Anna doesn't.


        EXT. ROOFTOP - TURO'S PLACE - NIGHT

        Lance and Vera lie naked on a makeshift blanket of their
        clothes.  He kisses her gently.  She responds in kind.

        A shadow passes over them.  Lance looks up and Turo kicks
        him in the guts, hurling him across the roof.  Lance curls
        up, gasping.

        Vera rises, grabbing her clothes.  Turo glares, she shrinks
        back, can't look him in the eye.  Turo signals to Wayne,
        who escorts Vera to the stairs.  She doesn't want to leave,
        keeps looking back over her shoulder.


        EXT. DRED'S PLACE - NIGHT

        Three beat-up sedans pull up to the entrance.  Dred and
        his posse of Warriors climb aboard and roll out of there
        in convoy.


        EXT. ROOFTOP - TURO'S PLACE - NIGHT

        Turo throws Lance his clothes.

                              TURO
                  Cover yourself.  The sight of you
                  makes me sick.

        Lance pushes himself up, pulls on his pants, puts on his
        shirt.  Turo throws him his boots.  Lance slips them on,
        then puts on his jacket.

                              TURO
                  Lisa wasn't enough for you?

                              LANCE
                  It's not what you think.

                              TURO
                  Oh?  Then what is it?

        Turo kicks Lance in the face, knocking him down.  So fast
        Lance didn't see it coming.  Lance pushes himself up, wipes
        blood with his sleeve.

                              LANCE
                  I knew her before I came here.

                              TURO
                  You knew her.

        Turo kicks him again, Lance spins round and round.  Dizzy,
        he wanders dangerously close to the roof edge.  He recovers
        himself just in time.

                              TURO
                  You knew her how?

                              LANCE
                  We met.  We talked.  She died.

                              TURO
                  You killed her?

        Lance shakes his head.

                              LANCE
                  She was a cop.  Her name was Rivera.
                  Gwen Rivera.

        Turo kicks Lance three times -- crotch, guts, face.  Lance
        staggers back and teeters on the edge, waving his arms.

                              TURO
                  Don't look down.

        Lance looks down.

        Beneath him, the alleyway, far below.  A fatal drop.

                              TURO
                  You looked.  Big mistake.

                              LANCE
                  I didn't know it was her.

                              TURO
                  What's that supposed to mean?

                              LANCE
                  I didn't recognize her.

                              TURO
                  You said you knew her.

                              LANCE
                  Earl made me remember.

                              TURO
                  Earl.

                              LANCE
                  I've been moving through fog since
                  I got here.  First Anna.  Then
                  Dred.  Then the church.  Nothing
                  made sense.  Not you, not Vera.

                              TURO
                  Why'd Earl make you remember?

                              LANCE
                  Ask him.  He's downstairs, asleep
                  beside a pool of toxic waste.

                              TURO
                  Step over here a minute.  We need
                  to discuss this.

        Lance hesitates, then steps toward Turo who spins and kicks
        him in the chest!  Lance is catapulted back over the edge
        of the roof.  He desperately hangs on by his fingernails.
        Turo leans over.

                              TURO
                  He showed you the pool?

        Lance is too busy hanging on for his life to answer.

                              TURO
                  What did you see?

        Lance's fingers slip.  Turo reaches down, grabs Lance's
        wrist, lifts him up and holds him over the alleyway as if
        he weighs nothing.

                              TURO
                  I said what did you see?

                              LANCE
                  Wayne.  I saw Wayne.

                              TURO
                  Wayne's been with me.

                              LANCE
                  He came out of the pool.

                              TURO
                  I said he's been with me.

                              LANCE
                  Earl told him to kill me.

        Turo casually looks around, gathering his thoughts.  All
        the while he holds Lance in mid-air.  Lance can only hang
        there, helpless.

                              TURO
                  He must've had his reasons.

                              LANCE
                  You're the reason.

        Turo's puzzled... then he figures it out.

                              TURO
                  He thought you'd hurt me by taking
                  Vera.  Well.  He got that right.

        Turo's expression becomes ugly.  Lance looks down.

                              TURO
                  Just close your eyes.  It'll be
                  over before you know it.

        Vera rushes onto the rooftop, with Wayne a step behind in
        pursuit.  She stops and stares in horror at Turo and Lance.
        Wayne catches up with her.

                              TURO
                  Take her downstairs, dammit!

        Wayne takes Vera's arm but she shakes him off.

                              TURO
                  All right.  Then watch.
                       (to Lance)
                  Sayonara, Mr. Cool.

                              LANCE
                  Anna told me I had to believe.

                              TURO
                  Too late for that.

        Turo lets Lance go.

        Lance drops out of sight.

        Vera covers her mouth with her hands, horrified.

        Turo turns away from the edge and walks toward Vera.  Then
        he stops.  Turns back.  Curiosity grips him.  He goes back
        and peers over the edge.

        Lance swings up and kicks Turo in the face, driving him
        back.  Lance attacks, raining kicks and punches in on Turo.
        Tyro fights back, blocks Lance's ferocious attack, stands
        his ground.

        A pause.  Both men look at each other, battered and bloody.

                              LANCE
                  It's never too late to believe.

                              TURO
                  You had to go find religion, didn't
                  you?

                              LANCE
                  Is that what I found?

        Turo glances up at the sky.

                              TURO
                  It's not what's up there.

        He puts his fist over his heart.

                              TURO
                  It's what's in here that counts.

        Wayne and Vera look away at the same instant as if they've
        heard something.  Wayne hurries to the other side of the
        rooftop and looks down.


        EXT. TURO'S PLACE - NIGHT

        Dred's mounted posse roars down the street.  They screech
        to a stop, dismount from their cars and race to attack
        Turo's Warriors guarding the entrance.

        Dred stops and looks up at the rooftop.  He grins.


        EXT. ROOFTOP - TURO'S PLACE - NIGHT

        Wayne stares back at him.

        On the other side of the rooftop Lance and Turo go at it
        like ancient gladiators, beating the crap out of each other.
        A blur of strikes and counterstrikes.  Whatever advantage
        Turo had before, Lance has now made up the difference.

        Vera can hardly bring herself to watch.  This is tearing
        her apart.

                              WAYNE
                  HEY!

        Lance and Turo slow down, stop fighting, step back from
        each other.

                              WAYNE
                  We got company.

        He hurries to the stairway.  Lance and Turo glance warily
        at each other.  Truce.  Turo follows Wayne downstairs.

        Lance joins Vera.  She bows her head, crying.  He gently
        touches her chin, brings her head up.

                              LANCE
                  I'll be back for you.

        He runs to the stairway and disappears.

        Vera stands there hugging herself, a picture of misery.


        EXT. TURO'S PLACE - NIGHT

        The fighting is bloody and desperate at the entrance as
        Turo's outnumbered defenders are driven back inside by
        Dred's superior force.

        A window above opens, one of Turo's men pours a smoking
        pot of boiling liquid onto Dred's Warriors!  The Warriors
        scream and fall back.

        Another window opens, one of Turo's Warriors throws a spear,
        it impales one of Dred's Warriors who screams and falls.

        Some of Dred's warriors peel back a car roof, revealing a
        miniature medieval catapult!  They crank the mechanism and
        launch a huge rock at the building!


        INT. WINDOW ROOM - TURO'S PLACE - NIGHT

        The rock comes crashing through the window, killing two of
        Turo's Warriors who were about to throw spears down at the
        attackers.


        INT. ROOF STAIRWAY - TURO'S PLACE - NIGHT

        Wayne throws himself downstairs.  Turo's only moments
        behind.  Lance follows them down, wounded and staggering.


        INT. ENTRANCE HALLWAY - TURO'S PLACE - NIGHT

        A battleground, as Dred's red-clad Warriors push Turo's
        black-clad Warriors inside.  Dead and wounded litter the
        floor and get tramped on.

        Dred leaps over his own men and lands among Turo's Warriors,
        his flashing knife deals death to three men.  They collapse
        in agony and Dred looks around for someone else to kill.

        Wayne attacks Dred furiously, driving him back.  Their
        knives clash and a moment Wayne looks to be winning and
        Dred looks worried.  But Dred slowly but surely gains the
        upper hand.  Wayne fights with increasing desperation.
        Dred smiles, knowing he's going to win.

        Two of Dred's Warriors break through the line of defenders
        and race to fight Turo.  Turo slashes one man to pieces
        and drives his knife into the second warrior's heart,
        pinning him to the wall.  Turo snatches the dying Warrior's
        knife from his hand and leaves him hanging there.

        Dred cuts Wayne who staggers back.  Dred closes in for the
        kill but Turo shoulders Wayne out of the way, taking his
        place.  Dred grins, the moment he's been waiting for has
        arrived.  They fight like furies, their knives blurring,
        the CLANGING of steel on steel a constant din.

        Wayne moves to stop three Dred Warriors who break through
        the defense line.  The first cuts Wayne's shoulder, the
        second slashes his arm, the third stabs him in the stomach.
        Wayne slides down clutching his bleeding guts.  He looks
        up at the three Warriors.  They grin at him.

        Lance comes up behind a Warrior and snaps his neck, grabs
        his knife, plunges it into the second Warrior's heart,
        punches the third Warrior so hard his head hits the wall.
        The third Warrior's eyes roll and he slides down leaving a
        bloody splash where his skull hit the wall.

        Lance carries the wounded Wayne to one side, sits him down.
        Wayne looks through the mass of fighting bodies and sees
        Fern lying dead, eyes open and staring, blood on her
        forehead.  Wayne closes his eyes and sighs.

        Lance turns as a Dred Warrior leaps and spin-kicks, Lance
        leaps even higher and kicks the Warrior back into the ranks.
        He kneels beside Wayne.

                              WAYNE
                  Forget about me.  You have to stop
                  Dred.

        Two Dred Warriors with knives attack Lance, he twists their
        arms together and pushes their elbows up and back so their
        knives slash each other's throats open.  They sink to their
        knees and pitch forward onto their surprised faces.

        More Dred Warriors have taken the entrance.  They advance,
        pushing the last Turo defenders back inside.

        Lance stands his ground and takes on every Dred Warrior
        who comes at him.  Their knives and swords and fighting
        sticks can't touch him, he's super-fast, super deadly.
        Bodies pile up at his feet.

        Lance advances, single-handedly pushing Dred's remaining
        Warriors into retreat.  They back away, none of them eager
        to die.  They spill outside, and Lance follows them.


        EXT. TURO'S PLACE - NIGHT

        Lance faces a half circle of Dred's Warriors.  The remainder
        of Turo's men exit and take up position behind him, forming
        a tight wedge of bodies and gleaming knives.

        Dred's Warriors outnumber the defenders two against one.
        But no one wants to fight Lance.

        A BOLT OF LIGHTNING strikes the entrance, blowing Turo's
        men and Dred's warriors down.  Lance sprawls on the ground,
        stunned.

        ANOTHER BOLT OF LIGHTNING hits the entrance, showering
        chunks of stone.  More men go down, bleeding and dying.


        EXT. ROOFTOP - DRED'S PLACE - NIGHT

        Storm winds whip the rooftop.  Anna and Morgan stand like
        statues, their eyes glowing.


        EXT. GHETTO STREET - NIGHT

        Lord Saxon and his Skulls gather to watch the lightning
        fireworks display in the misty skies above The Lot.

                              LORD SAXON
                  I think it's time we paid Dred and
                  Turo a visit.

        The Skulls look at him, surprised.

                              LORD SAXON
                  Mount up!  We're going in!

        Lord Saxon mounts his motorbike.  Goth Girl climbs on behind
        him and he burns rubber.  The Skulls mount their machines
        and roar into The Lot after Lord Saxon.


        EXT. TURO'S PLACE - NIGHT

        Lance pushes himself up.  One of Dred's Warriors swings a
        Japanese katana at Lance's neck.  Lance catches the
        Warrior's wrists, stopping the swing.  He levers the katana
        down and around so the blade slices into the Warrior's
        crotch.  Lance pushes the astonished Warrior away and takes
        his katana.  The Warrior collapses like a felled tree.

        Fighting erupts all around Lance as Dred's Warriors resume
        their battle with Turo's Warriors.

        Lance stares into the distance.  At two tiny figures on a
        distant rooftop.  Anna and Morgan, beneath a whirling storm.

        Lance runs to one of the empty cars.  A Dred Warrior with
        a sword tries to stop him, they exchange a dozen blows and
        Lance chops an X across the Warrior's chest.  The Warrior
        falls dead revealing Earl standing there with his staff.

                              LANCE
                  Bring it on, old man.

        Earl reaches into his cloak and pulls out the big silver
        gun.  Lance braces himself.  But Earl flips the gun over
        and tosses it to Lance.

                              EARL
                  Guess you'll need this too.

        He produces a glass "bullet" filled with glowing pool
        liquid.  He tosses it to Lance.

                              EARL
                  One shot.  Make it count.

        A lightning bolt explodes nearby, almost knocking Lance
        and Earl down.

        A Dred Warrior with a knife attacks Earl who spins, deflects
        the knife, smashes the end of his staff against the
        Warrior's head.  The Warrior goes down.

                              EARL
                  You still here?

        Lance gets in the car, revs the engine and screeches out
        of there in a cloud of smoke.


        INT. HALLWAY - TURO'S PLACE - NIGHT

        Dred drives Turo further and further back... thrust and
        parry, steel CLANGING on steel... toward a door... through
        the door...


        INT. TOP OF SPIRAL STAIRWAY - TURO'S PLACE - NIGHT

        ...and through onto the landing.  They fight like tigers.
        There hasn't been a battle like this since Errol Flynn
        took on Basil Rathbone in Nottingham Castle.

        Dred doesn't let up for an instant, he forces Turo
        downstairs, step by step.


        INT. ENTRANCE HALLWAY - TURO'S PLACE - NIGHT

        What's left of Dred's Warriors fight their way past what's
        left of Turo's Warriors, and rush inside.

        Wayne sees them coming, pushes himself up -- a passing
        Dred Warrior stabs him.  Wayne collapses.


        EXT. DRED'S PLACE - NIGHT

        Lance's car screeches to a spinning stop.  He climbs out,
        looks up at the rooftop.


        EXT. ROOFTOP - DRED'S PLACE - NIGHT

        Anna looks down at him, a twisted smile on her lips.

        She looks over her shoulder at Morgan.  He smiles and heads
        for the stairway.


        EXT. DRED'S PLACE - NIGHT

        Lance hurries inside carrying his sword and with the silver
        gun tucked inside his jacket.


        INT. ENTRANCE HALLWAY - DRED'S PLACE - NIGHT

        Dark, silent.  Lance creeps toward the door leading to...


        INT. FEASTING HALL - DRED'S PLACE - NIGHT

        Lance enters, looks around.  No one's there.

        He heads for another door.


        INT. BALCONY - DRED'S PLACE - NIGHT

        Morgan draws back, not wanting to be seen.


        INT. FEASTING HALL - DRED'S PLACE - NIGHT

        Lance glances up at the balcony.  No one there.


        INT. HALLWAY - DRED'S PLACE - NIGHT

        Lance stalks toward the roof stairway.

        He stops when he passes a door that lies ajar.  He steps
        back, pushes the door open.


        INT. PENTAGRAM ROOM - DRED'S PLACE - NIGHT

        Lance stands in the doorway looking at the glowing star
        painted on the floor... and a pile of dust.  He pulls the
        door shut, puzzled.


        INT. HALLWAY - DRED'S PLACE - NIGHT

        Lance pauses at the bottom of the stairs, looks up.


        EXT. ROOFTOP - DRED'S PLACE - NIGHT

        Lance cautiously climbs upstairs, his sword ready.

        The rooftop's empty except for--

        VERA, lying in the far corner, apparently unconscious, her
        wrists tied behind her back.

        Lance runs to her, kneels beside her.  He cuts the ropes.
        Vera's eyes flutter open.  She gasps when she sees Lance
        and throws her arms around his neck.

        Lance holds her, strokes her hair.

                              LANCE
                  How did you...?

        Vera shakes her head, puts a finger to his lips.

                              LANCE
                  Where's Anna?  And that brother of
                  hers?

        She shakes her head again.  Lance looks around warily.

                              LANCE
                  I have to find them.  Stop them.

        Vera stares at him, puzzled.

                              LANCE
                  Guess I decided to fight for Turo
                  after all.

        Vera smiles, pulls him close.  He strokes her hair, she
        nuzzles his neck.  She opens her mouth wide.  Fangs.  She
        bites his neck!

        Lance tries to pull her off but she clings to him like
        glue.

        Morgan leaps up the stairway.  He's armed with a huge
        broadsword.  Lance doesn't see him, he's so intent on
        fighting Vera off.  Blood soaks Lance's neck and chest.
        He staggers, weakened.  His strength is being drained.

        Morgan takes up position behind Lance and lifts the big
        sword.  He brings it down, aiming to cut diagonally across
        Lance's back.

        Lance becomes aware at the last second and he spins around,
        Vera spins with him, locked onto his neck, eyes widening
        in surprise.  The sword slashes a red line across her back.
        Vera throws her head back and gasps!

        Lance drops onto one knee, holding his bleeding neck.

        When he looks up it's Anna, not Vera, who's standing there.

        Morgan stands frozen, horrified by what he's done.

        Anna wipes blood from her lips and stares at Lance.

                              ANNA
                  Guess neither of us gets what they
                  wanted...

        Her eyes glaze, she collapses, Morgan drops the broadsword
        and catches her.  He lowers her to the rooftop, cradling
        her limp body.

        Morgan bares his teeth and glares at Lance.

                              MORGAN
                  You did this.

        Lance scrambles for his sword, Morgan scrambles for his.
        They rise together and swing, the big broadsword's weight
        drives Lance back to the edge of the rooftop.  With every
        wild swing Morgan SCREAMS like a madman.

        A mighty swipe sends Lance's katana spinning away.  Morgan
        kicks Lance in the guts, knees him in the face.  Lance
        sprawls on the rooftop, head and shoulders over the edge.
        It's a long drop to the street below.

        Morgan looms over Lance, lifts the broadsword over his
        head like an executioner's axe.  He grins like a skull.

                              MORGAN
                  I'm gonna cut out your heart and
                  eat it.  My brains, your strength.
                  Dred, Turo, Earl, I'll kill them
                  all.  Turn this place into my kind
                  of Hell.

        Lance pulls out the silver gun and aims at Morgan's heart.
        Morgan laughs.

                              MORGAN
                  Asshole, didn't nobody tell you?
                  Guns don't work too good in Th--

        BOOM!  The bullet's impact punches Morgan high into the
        air, he flips end over end, his SCREAM tailing off as he
        vanishes over the opposite side of the rooftop.

        AN EXPLOSION shakes the building, a column of black smoke
        rises.  Within the smoke is Morgan's face, eyes and mouth
        open wide in shock.  The smoke blows away, vanishes.

                              LANCE
                  More crazy talk...

        Lance slowly picks himself up.  He walks over to Anna.
        Her open eyes stare up at the sky.

        Lance sighs, and looks toward Turo's place.


        INT. BOTTOM OF SPIRAL STAIRWAY - TURO'S PLACE - NIGHT

        Dred drives Turo to the bottom of the stairway.  They both
        have dozens of minor cuts, their clothes are slashed and
        bloody.  But Turo's weaker, tired and desperate.

        Dred sees the twin doors are shut, the Runesword wedged
        between them.  He grins.

                              DRED
                  You had it too long.  Did nothing
                  with it.  Time to give it up.

                              TURO
                  Can't do that.

        Dred feints a knife attack and side-kicks Turo backward,
        into the doors.  The sword pommel jabs into Turo's back,
        he cries out in agony and drops to his knees.  Dred kicks
        Turo's knife out of his hand, and back-fists Turo across
        the floor.

                              DRED
                  Out of my way.

        Dred takes hold of the Runesword -- and gasps as electricity
        flows over his hands.  He tries to pull the Runesword free
        but it's no good.  Smoke rises from his hands, he lets go
        and staggers back, flesh sizzling.

                              DRED
                  That sumbitch Earl.

        He looks at Turo, who pushes himself up onto his hands and
        knees.

                              DRED
                  He made this thing for you, didn't
                  he?  Only you can touch it without
                  being burned.  Well...

        Dred grabs Turo by the neck.

                              DRED
                  We'll just have to see about that.


        INT. SPIRAL STAIRWAY - TURO'S PLACE - NIGHT

        Earl hurries downstairs, driven by fear and worry.


        INT. BOTTOM OF SPIRAL STAIRWAY - TURO'S PLACE - NIGHT

        Dred drags Turo to the doors, forces him to place his hand
        on the Runesword.  Turo resists, Dred knees him in the
        face, stunning him.  Again he places Turo's hand on the
        Runesword, closes Turo's fingers around the hilt, and pulls
        the Runesword free.  The doors swing open.

        Dred lets Turo go and kicks him onto his back.  Turo rolls
        over, half-conscious.  Dred examines the Runesword.

                              DRED
                  A symbol of your power.  It's only
                  fitting that I have it.  Don't you
                  agree?

        Earl comes running down the stairway skids to a stop when
        he sees Turo and Dred.  He leans heavily on his staff,
        panting and weak.

                              DRED
                  What do you know?  The gang's all
                  here.  The surrogate father.  His
                  two adopted sons.  But he always
                  favored one over the other.

                              EARL
                  That's not true.

                              DRED
                  But what the hey.  This is a day
                  of joy, a day of celebration.  A
                  day of taking out the trash.

        Dred turns to enter the pool room.  Earl lifts his staff
        like a spear and hurls it at Dred's back.  But Dred spins
        and slaps the staff aside with the Runesword.

        Earl sighs and slumps in defeat, he blew his one chance.

                              DRED
                  Not good enough, old man.


        INT. POOL ROOM - TURO'S PLACE - NIGHT

        Dred rips the silver chain from his neck and dangles the
        glass bottle Anna gave him over the glowing pool.

        Earl staggers to the doorway, hangs onto the door frame.

                              EARL
                  Don't contaminate the one thing in
                  the world that's good.

                              DRED
                  This is your idea of good?  It's
                  pathetic.  It's every failure that
                  ever happened.  Seeping down through
                  the walls, dripping from the
                  ceiling.

        He scoops up a handful of glowing liquid.

                              DRED
                  This is weakness in concentrated
                  liquid form.  But, put it in the
                  hands of someone strong, someone
                  who's man enough to rule, and it
                  becomes strength.

                              EARL
                  That someone is Turo.

        Dred glances at Turo, still on the floor, trying to get up
        but lacking the strength.

                              DRED
                  'Fraid not.  Your man didn't make
                  the cut.  So to speak.

                              EARL
                  You put what's in that bottle into
                  the pool, you'll be giving power
                  to Anna.  She'll betray you.  Her
                  and Morgan will turn The Lot into
                  a living Hell.

                              DRED
                  That would be an improvement from
                  where I'm standing.  But you know
                  what?  Maybe you have a point.

        He drops the bottle -- onto the floor, not into the pool.
        And grinds it beneath his boot.  Earl's surprised.

        Dred runs the palm of his hand up the edge of the Runesword,
        cutting himself.  Blood wells.  He grins at Earl.

                              DRED
                  Why should she have all the fun,
                  huh?

        He stretches out his arm.  Blood runs down his hand and
        down his fingers, threatens to drip--

        --And Turo hits him from behind, taking Dred down and away
        from the pool.  Dred's blood splashes on the ground.

        Turo sprawls face down on the floor, unmoving.  It took
        everything he had.

        Dred pushes himself up.  He landed on the Runesword!  It's
        half-buried in his belly.  He clutches the blade, tries to
        pull it free, but it's stuck.  He looks up at Earl.

                              DRED
                  Wasn't supposed to end this way.

        His final words.  Dred keels over, dead.

        Earl staggers to Turo, lays his hand on Turo's shoulder,
        shakes him.  Turo doesn't respond.  Earl hangs his head
        and weeps.

        Earl wipes the tears away.  He looks at the pool.  He looks
        at Turo.  He grabs hold of Turo by the armpits and drags
        him over to the pool.


        EXT. TURO'S PLACE - NIGHT

        Lance's car pulls up, he climbs out.  Bodies lie scattered
        everywhere.  The battle's over.  Nobody won.


        INT. ENTRANCE HALLWAY - TURO'S PLACE - NIGHT

        Lance enters.  More bodies.  He sees Wayne sitting against
        the wall, head bowed.  Lance kneels beside Wayne, who lifts
        his head and focuses.

                              WAYNE
                  Too late.  Save yourself.

                              LANCE
                  Where's Turo?  Wayne.  Where's
                  Turo?

        But Wayne closes his eyes and bows his head.  Lance sighs.


        INT. FEASTING ROOM - TURO'S PLACE - NIGHT

        Lance enters, looks around.  He hurries to the opposite
        door... but before he can get there a motorcycle engine
        ROARS!  A Skull zooms through the doorway, riding straight
        at him!  The Skull swings a chain with a spiked ball.

        Lance leaps and spin-kicks the Skull off his bike.  The
        Skull gets up, sees Lance and attacks.  Lance dodges the
        spiked ball, grabs the chain, loops it round the Skull's
        neck and pulls tight!  SNAP!  The Skull falls dead.

        Slow clapping from above.  Lord Saxon stands on the balcony
        along with half a dozen Skulls.

        Other Skulls emerge from hiding and surround Lance.  He
        faces a circle of knives, swords, spears, fighting sticks,
        spiked clubs, spiked knuckle-dusters.

        The Skulls on the balcony step aside and Goth Girl pushes
        through, dragging Vera with her.  Goth Girl holds a knife
        to Vera's throat.

        Vera's surprised and overjoyed to see Lance alive... Lance
        is overjoyed to see Vera alive...  But they both know they
        might not live much longer.  Goth Girl twists Vera's hair,
        enjoys her gasp of pain.

        Lord Saxon fingers the wet scar that runs down his face.

                              LORD SAXON
                  This, this is nothing to the agony
                  you got coming to you.

                              LANCE
                  You hadn't run away, I'd have
                  finished the job.

                              LORD SAXON
                  Where's Turo?

                              LANCE
                  Looking for him myself.  Got some
                  unfinished business.

                              LORD SAXON
                  Your business is with me.

        Lord Saxon leaps the balcony rail and lands inside the
        circle of Skulls.  He shrugs off his cloak and holds out
        his hands.  Two Skulls offer him Japanese swords.  He draws
        the swords from their scabbards with a flourish.  The Skulls
        step back.

                              LORD SAXON
                  I'm gonna skin you alive.  I'll
                  put your head on a spear and make
                  love to Turo's bitch while your
                  dead eyes watch us.

                              LANCE
                  Yeah?  Well, I'm gonna...  Nope, I
                  got nothing.  Guess you win the
                  evil threat contest.

                              LORD SAXON
                  Someone give this dead man a knife.

        A Skull throws Lance a knife.

                              SKULL
                  You're gonna bleed, man.

                              LANCE
                  Thanks.

        Lord Saxon spins toward Lance, his swords slashing the
        air.  Lance parries with his knife -- SNICK! the knife
        blade is cut in half by the superior Japanese steel.

        Up on the balcony, Vera gasps.  Goth Girl grins and twists
        Vera's hair, making her wince.

                              LORD SAXON
                  Just playing with you.

        The Skulls laugh and hoot.

                              LANCE
                  Yeah, funny.

        Lance tosses the broken knife at Lord Saxon and dives for
        the spiked ball and chain, swings it at Lord Saxon's legs.
        Lord Saxon jumps and slashes the chain in two.  The spiked
        ball flies into the Skull who gave Lance a knife, punching
        him over.

        Lance is left holding 12 inches of chain.

                              LORD SAXON
                  Not much of a weapon.

                              LANCE
                  You could always lend me one of
                  those fancy katanas.

                              LORD SAXON
                  And break up a matching pair?
                  Nah.  Watch out.

        Lord Saxon attacks, swinging his swords so fast they blur.
        Lance turns and runs at the circle of surprised Skulls,
        picks the biggest guy he can find and runs right up the
        surprised Skull, using him to execute a high back-flip.

        Lord Saxon looks up in surprise.  In mid-air above him,
        upside-down, Lance whips the chain across Lord Saxon's
        face, drawing blood.

        Lance lands behind him.  Enraged, Lord Saxon spins and
        charges at Lance.  He thrusts a sword at Lance's heart but
        Lance brings his hands together in prayer, his palms
        trapping the blade.  The gleaming point is an inch from
        his heart.

        Lord Saxon pushes the sword with all his strength.  Lance
        pushes back.  Both men shake with the sheer physical effort,
        sweat runs down their faces.

        Lord Saxon swings his second sword but Lance lets go, leaps
        high and kicks Lord Saxon in the face, driving him back.
        Lord Saxon staggers, regains his balance, glares at Lance.

                              LANCE
                  If you're the best this bunch of
                  pussies has to offer, maybe I should
                  be their leader.

        Lord Saxon spins, slashes.  Lance staggers back clutching
        his face.  Lord Saxon just gave him a new scar.

                              LORD SAXON
                  That's just a taste.  No more games.

        A rumbling earthquake shakes the building, dust falls from
        the ceiling, some Skulls are thrown down.  Lord Saxon lunges
        at Lance who drops to the ground and sweeps Lord Saxon's
        feet out from under him.

        As Lord Saxon flies overhead Lance twists onto his back
        and punches upward into Lord Saxon's body, a salvo of solid,
        bone-crunching strikes.

        Lord Saxon hits the floor like a sack of potatoes and coughs
        blood.  He tries to get up but his legs give way, he falls
        to his knees, stares at Lance in shock.  Lance snatches up
        one of the katanas and stands behind Lord Saxon.

                              LANCE
                  This is for those who didn't make
                  it.  Better warriors than you.

        SWISH, he cuts Lord Saxon's head off.  The headless torso
        pitches forward.

        Lance faces the Skulls.  His face is a bloody mask, the
        katana drips blood.  He invites the Skulls to attack.  The
        earthquake shakes the building again.  The Skulls break
        and run for the exit, crowding outside.

        Lance looks up at the balcony.

        Goth Girl bares her teeth and draws back her knife, ready
        to stab Vera.

        Lance throws his katana, it spins through the air, buries
        itself between Goth Girl's tattooed breasts.  Goth Girl
        looks down at the handle in surprise, then pitches over
        the rail and falls, dead.

        Lance and Vera stare at each other.  Lance runs to the
        door that leads upstairs.  Vera runs from the balcony.


        INT. HALLWAY - TURO'S PLACE - NIGHT

        Lance and Vera run to each other and embrace.

        The building shakes around them.

                              LANCE
                  Gotta get outta here.


        EXT. TURO'S PLACE - NIGHT

        Skulls mount their motorcycles and ride out of there fast.
        Cracks appear in the street, smoke rises from below.  The
        cars topple into the cracks and burn.  A screaming Skull
        and his bike disappear into a wide crack, flames lick up.

        Lance and Vera emerge from the building and squint through
        the smoke.

        They look round as Earl stumbles outside after them.  Lance
        grabs him and steadies him.

                              LANCE
                  Where's Turo?

                              EARL
                  Down there with Dred.  It's over.

        Vera closes her eyes, looks away.

                              LANCE
                  Hell's going on?  Damn place is
                  coming apart.

                              EARL
                  Doesn't matter.  It's over...

        Lance slaps him, hard.  Earl shakes his head.

                              EARL
                  You want the long explanation?

        A nearby building collapses and bursts into flame.

                              LANCE
                  We ain't got the time.

                              EARL
                  This way.  Hurry.

        Earl hurries down the street, Lance and Vera follow.


        EXT. GHETTO STREET - NIGHT

        Near the alleyway Lance came in through when he followed
        Anna here.  Mist boils out of the alleyway.

        Lance, Vera and Earl hurry along the street.

                              EARL
                  Things are gonna get worse before
                  they get better.  The balance has
                  been upset, it takes time--

                              LANCE
                  Yeah yeah, save it.  Okay, recognize
                  this place, we're here, now what?

        The ground shakes, throwing them down.  Earl scrambles to
        his feet and plunges into the misty alleyway.

                              EARL
                  Come on!

        His glowing staff becomes a receding spark of light.

        Lance helps Vera up and together they follow him.


        EXT. DARK ALLEYWAY - NIGHT

        Filled with mist so thick Lance can't see a damn thing.
        He holds onto Vera and she clings to him, afraid.  Lance
        puts his hand against a wall and feels his way.


        EXT. ALLEYWAY EXIT - CITY STREET - NIGHT

        Earl steps out into an empty city street and clear air.

        The brightly lit city looms above him framed by a background
        of brilliant stars.

        He takes a deep breath, and smiles.

        His smile fades when he looks at the broom in his hand.
        He looks down.  He wears a janitor's overall.


        EXT. DARK ALLEYWAY - NIGHT

        Vera suddenly stops.  Lance holds her hand, tries to pull
        her after him.  She won't move, refuses to go on.

                              LANCE
                  Come on!  We're nearly there!

        Vera shakes her head.  She steps back from him, their arms
        stretch until their hands come apart...

        Lance steps after her but the mist retreats as if it's
        being sucked into a vacuum cleaner, taking Vera with it.
        She retreats into darkness, becomes a shadow, disappears
        all in the space of a couple of heartbeats.


        EXT. ALLEYWAY EXIT - CITY STREET - NIGHT

        Lance staggers out, disoriented.  Earl takes his arm.

                              LANCE
                  Let go of me!

                              EARL
                  She can't come with you.

        Lance grabs him by the throat.

                              LANCE
                  Hell are you talking about?

        Earl chokes and splutters but gets the words out somehow.

                              EARL
                  She was shot.  She died, remember?
                  She died in your arms.

                              LANCE
                  All you ever do is talk crazy.

                              EARL
                  She doesn't belong here any more.
                  She can only exist there.

                              LANCE
                  Take me back or so help me I'll
                  snap your scrawny neck--

        Earl chokes, his eyes roll.  Lance lets him go.  Earl sits
        down on the sidewalk, exhausted and gasping for breath.

        Lance steps into the alleyway, but notices--

                              LANCE
                  Where's the mist?  Where's the
                  goddamn mist?

                              EARL
                  You can't go back.  Not by yourself.
                  You have to be invited.

                              LANCE
                  That's it?  That's your explanation?

                              EARL
                  Believe me, I've been trying to
                  figure it out ever since I came to
                  The Lot.  I just don't know, and
                  that's the honest truth.

        A moment's silence, then...

                              LANCE
                  Who was Turo?

                              EARL
                  He was a somebody.  The kind of
                  guy you read about in the history
                  books.  The kind of man legends
                  are made of.

        Earl stands up, leans on his broom.

                              EARL
                  Well.  Can't stay here all night.
                  I gotta go.

                              LANCE
                  Go where?

                              EARL
                  Just a place.  Think I used to
                  work there.  Maybe I still do.

        He walks away, leaving Lance standing there.

                              EARL
                  There is one thing I do know.
                  Turo will return.  When he does,
                  we shall meet again.  In The Lot.
                  Where lost souls come to find
                  themselves.

        Lance calls after Earl--

                              LANCE
                  When?  When will it happen?

        Earl doesn't answer, keeps walking.

                              LANCE
                  Will she be there?  Will she be
                  waiting for me?

        Earl stops, looks back.

                              EARL
                  I wish I knew.  I really do wish I
                  knew.

        Earl continues on his way.

        In a few moments Lance is alone.

        The sounds of the city reach him -- humming traffic, a
        distant police siren.

        He closes his eyes, tilts his head back, and sighs.

        He opens his eyes and finds himself staring at a sedan
        parked across the street.

        He walks to it, tries the door.  Locked.  He elbows the
        side window, smashing it.  The ALARM shrieks.  Lance climbs
        in, forces the cover off the ignition, twists wires.  The
        alarm stops.  He hot-wires the engine, it ROARS to life.

        He turns on the lights, looks over his shoulder, flips on
        the blinker and pulls out.  The sedan cruises down the
        street.  Its lights disappear into the night.

        FADE OUT

        The End.

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