Chapter 3

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Melaka and Erin quickly stand up.

MELAKA
What the hell are you doing here?

CYPHER
Your brother sent me to get you. He wanted me to tell you he has the magic power you need.

MELAKA
Since when did Harth learn magic?

CYPHER
He's had a lot of time on his hands.

ERIN
Melaka isn't going anywhere.

Cypher glances at Erin and returns his view to Melaka.

CYPHER
This your cop sister? She's cute.

ERIN
And out of your league.

CYPHER
Whatever you say copper. Are you just gonna let me stand out here? It's kinda cold.

MELAKA
You don't get cold.

CYPHER
But If I was alive I would be.

MELAKA
Good thing for the both of us you aren't. Now why would Harth be willing to use his so called magic power to help me?

CYPHER
Don't know. All I know is I'm supposed to bring you to him with the Urn and whatever else you got.

ERIN
It's a setup.

CYPHER
No shit.

MELAKA
What do you think he has planned?

CYPHER
Not sure, hopefully he tries to kill you.

ERIN
What!?

MELAKA
Your supposed to be HELPING ME remember?

CYPHER
Can't a vamp hope you both kill each other so I can be done with all this nonsense?

MELAKA
Are you supposed to take me by force?

CYPHER
No. You're supposed to come with me willingly.

MELAKA
Now why the hell would I do that?

CYPHER
He says If you come willingly he will revive someone dear to you.

MELAKA
What? Who?

CYPHER
I don't know, some kid you use to look after or something.

MELAKA
Loo...

ERIN
Who's that?

MELAKA
She was a kid I used to look after, she was killed by Urkonn, that demon bodyguard I used to have. But who is Harth trying to revive with all my stuff anyway?

CYPHER
He thinks whatever you're using for essence will help him revive some legendary vampire.

MELAKA
Wait, WHAT!?

CYPHER
What?

MELAKA
All this is for a VAMPIRE!?

CYPHER
I thought you knew.

MELAKA
If I knew I wouldn't have bothered to go to that opera house. Wait a second, If that leather duster belongs to a vampire why would that Watcher set this all up for me to revive it? He told me whoever it brought back would help me.

CYPHER
Maybe he will.

MELAKA
What did you say?

CYPHER
What? I said maybe he will.

MELAKA
I said revive it, you said he.

Cypher stays silent.

MELAKA (CONT'D)
What do you know?

CYPHER
Enough.

MELAKA
Enough? Like what?

CYPHER
Enough to know that I need to bring your ass to Harth otherwise it's my ass and that wouldn't sit well with that Watcher either.

MELAKA
Why's that anyway? You still never told me why you're helping me. You're a killer, don't think I've forgotten.

CYPHER
The Watcher thinks of me as a pet. Why the hell am I telling you this anyway? You know what? I'm glad you haven't forgotten that I would kill you right on the spot If I had a choice, I wouldn't have it any other way.

MELAKA
You're in a hell of a position you know that.

CYPHER
No shit? Score a point for the obvious remark.

MELAKA
I bet if you don't get me to Harth, he and every other vamp will start questioning your skills then you'll start becoming a joke, and then...

CYPHER
Shut the fuck up. Don't you try to turn this shit around slayer. You're coming with me regardless.

MELAKA
And why's that?

CYPHER
Are you really going to give up a chance to revive some dumb kid?

Melaka stays silent.

CYPHER (CONT'D)
Thought so.

MELAKA
So what's the plan? You just take me to wherever Harth is hiding?

CYPHER
Pretty much. But I need you to do something for me when we get there.

MELAKA
Nothing physical asshole, unless you want me to get physical with a stake.

CYPHER
Actually, when we get there I need to you thrash me.

MELAKA
Uhhh, what?

CYPHER
Thrash? Trash? Fight? Fuck me up? You understand english?

MELAKA
Why the hell would you want me to do that?

CYPHER
I have things to do.

MELAKA
So I'm supposed to just go in there without any backup?

CYPHER
Get big sis over here to give you back up. I wont be gone for long anyway.

Melaka looks towards Erin

MELAKA
What do you think?

ERIN
I don't trust him.

Cypher smirks.

MELAKA
Neither do I, but still.

ERIN
I'll put a call through to the station, you'll have your back up.

CYPHER
Then it's settled. Let's do it ladies.

Melaka and Erin stare at Cypher

CYPHER (CONT'D)
What? No three-some?

CUT TO:

EXT. HADDYN STREETS - NIGHT

Melaka and Cypher walk quietly side by side through the streets on their way to Harth's lair.

MELAKA
So who is this Watcher anyway? When did you meet em?

CYPHER
Yesterday actually.

MELAKA
Yesterday?

CYPHER
Yeah, the whole line about me not being in that much peril since yesterday during our fight earlier.

MELAKA
That was with the Watcher.

CYPHER
Yeah.

MELAKA
You get a good look at him? I didn't, he was in darkness.

CYPHER
He?

MELAKA
Yeah...

Cypher laughs.

CYPHER
That's good. That's real good.

MELAKA
What do you mean?

CYPHER
When I met the Watcher, HE was a SHE.

Melaka stops in her tracks.

MELAKA
Huh!?

Cypher laughs again.

CYPHER
The Watcher has a bit of a shape shifting thing going.

They regain their pace to Harth's lair.

MELAKA
What did he or uhhh she look to you?

CYPHER
Blue actually. Blue hair, eyes cold as ice and a weird looking suit.

MELAKA
Did you get a name?

CYPHER
Did you?

Cypher stops Melaka.

MELAKA
What?

CYPHER
Down we go.

Cypher opens up a manhole.

MELAKA
Great. I've had enough sewers for one day.

CYPHER
Now you know how I feel when I'm stuck down here in the lowers all day.

MELAKA
Shut up.

Melaka and Cypher climb down the ladder in the manhole.

CUT TO:

EXT. HARTH'S UNDERGROUND LAIR ENTRANCE

MELAKA
This place has seen better days.

CYPHER
What did you say?

MELAKA
I said, this place has seen better...

Cypher hits Melaka right in the jaw, dropping her to one knee.

CYPHER
Watch your mouth.

MELAKA
I was so hoping you would fuck up so I could stake you.

Cypher throws a jab but Melaka sidesteps it and swings her Scythe, cutting Cypher's ribs.

CYPHER
You fucked up now bitch.

Melaka swings her scythe at Cypher again but this time Cypher catches it mid-swing and follows that up with a front kick to Melaka's stomach and follows that with a right cross, dropping Melaka all the while ripping the Scythe from her hands. Cypher then raises the Scythe, ready for the killing blow.

HARTH
I wouldn't do that.

Cypher glares at Harth, which is just the opening Melaka needed. Melaka leg sweeps Cypher and climbs on top of him and rips the Scythe away from his hands and follows that up with several left hooks leaving Cypher's face a bloody mess.

HARTH (CONT'D)
No need to kill him sis. Did you bring your things?

Melaka motions at her bag which is on the floor.

HARTH (CONT'D)
Good. Grab it.

Melaka gets up off Cypher and moves to grab her bag while Harth walks up to Cypher and looks down upon him.

HARTH (CONT'D)
Get yourself together Child. Once your done humiliating yourself for the night, comeback here at once.

Melaka and Harth then walk into his lair.

CLOSE UP - CYPHER

CYPHER
Count on it.

CUT TO:

INT. CYPHER'S LUXURY APARTMENT IN THE UPPERS - NIGHT

Cypher walks into his apartment, a bloody mess. He immediately notices The Watcher standing by his window.

THE WATCHER
I trust everything went well.

CYPHER
Yeah.

THE WATCHER
Good. Everything is progessing at it should be.

CYPHER
What's up with you shape shifting into a man though?

Cypher laughs.

THE WATCHER
Silence pet. It is simply an extension of my power to decieve. The slayer need not know who I am just yet.

CYPHER
Sorry. But a man?

Cypher laughs again. The Watcher walks away from the window and begins to shape shift to its true form. The form of the God King...

CYPHER (CONT'D)
Master Illyria.

Cypher bows his head.

ILLYRIA
It's time to proceed further my pet.