ACT V

INT. CASTLE ZITOMIRA - DRAGON TUNNEL - MORNING

The growl makes the groups duck for cover. They can hear the dragon SNUFFLING in the distance. The group exchanges glances. The sound fades in a moment.

The composition of the tunnel's changed now. Iron supports jut from the walls every foot or so.

They reach the corner that the dragon disappeared around. Henry and Helen peek around each side, weapons at the ready. Will has his stunner drawn as well. Nikola positions himself a few inches from Helen.

TESLA

And what predicament can I have possibly put you in?

The team slips into the hall, following claw marks that score the tunnel's walls.

HELEN

You know exactly what I mean. If we trap the Abnormal, that leaves unguarded whatever it protects.

TESLA

Ah, yes. Which naturally gives me a chance to acquire it. And God forbid I'm allowed to do that! The man who perfected AC current and radio waves certainly can't handle-

WILL

We've all seen how you "handle" this kind of thing.

HENRY

It usually ends with us preventing a disaster.

WILL

Or a vampire army.

HENRY

Yeah, that too.

Helen pauses and turns to Nikola.

HELEN

All right, Nikola. Since you brought us here, you are going to help us capture the Abnormal.

It's not a request.

TESLA

I'd be more than happy to!

He looks around, exaggerating his survey of the hall.

TESLA (CONT'D)

But as I don't see any lab in the vicinity, and I'm no longer a vampire-

HELEN

It's not a request, Nikola.

Nikola makes a face, half sulking and half annoyed. Helen stares him down.

TESLA

Fiiine.

They descend a stair.

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34. INT. CASTLE ZITOMIRA - DRAGON CHAMBER - MORNING

At the bottom, around the corner, is a large chamber. A huge black lump dominates the room's center. A channel is cut around the walls of the chamber. Circular openings ring the wall. From the white residue under each opening, it's clear that water once flowed from them and into the channel.

Helen shines her flashlight on the lump. It's scaly and green. Another dragon. An eye flashes as it lifts a bedraggled head a few inches from the ground. It GRUNTS, then sinks back to the floor.

A GROWL from behind the team makes them whirl. The other dragon, obviously smaller than the old dragon, is several yards away. It rears back, preparing to fire a lightning bolt.

TESLA

Move!

He grabs Helen by the arm and dashes down the tunnel they came by. Will and Henry are close behind as lightning CRASHES behind them.

HENRY

Now would be a good time to help out, Tesla!

A lightning bolt blasts into the ceiling ahead. The tunnel crumbles under the attack, partly blocking the escape. If they take time to crawl through the opening, the dragon will be on them.

Nikola wheels, simultaneously moving in front of Helen. The dragon is coming on fast. Nikola's pissed now. He throws up a hand. Metal SCREAMS and stone CRUMBLES as his magnetic powers tear reinforcing rods from the wall, latticing them across the hall to trap the dragon.

The action and dust distracts the Sanctuary team long enough for Nikola to put a few yards between him and them. More bars TEAR free of the walls behind the team, trapping them. The spaces between the bars are fairly large, however, and with time the team could escape.

The metal ripping from the wall makes them spin to face Nikola, who is already to the top of the rubble heap that partly blocks the hall. He grins.

TESLA

I think I prefer to have the Water of Life to myself. Achieving world domination is more fun without adult supervision.

He scrambles through the hole and into the darkness beyond.

The dragon ROARS. Sparks fly as it claws at the bars. Then it begins belching electricity. The dragon's efforts cause rocks from the ceiling to fall and bars to bend in front of it.

HELEN

Stunners!

The team raise their stunners and begin firing. The blasts either hit the bars or dissipate on the energy-wielding Abnormal.

HENRY

It's not working!

TESLA (O.S.)

Are you coming, or do you want to be fried dragon chow?

The team looks over their shoulders. The main bars blocking their way are shoved aside, and some of the rocks are cleared from the top of the rubble pile. Nikola is crouching atop said rubble. He gestures for them to hurry.

Pull in on Helen, who smiles, not surprised. Henry and Will scramble up the rubble and past Nikola. Helen pauses upon reaching Nikola, whose attention is locked on the Abnormal. Helen grabs his arm.

HELEN

Come on! This tunnel could collapse at any moment!

Nikola spares her only a momentary glance.

TESLA

Go. I'm right behind you.

She follows the boys, leaving the dragon ROARING behind.

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35. EXT. CAVE ENTRANCE - MORNING

The four burst from the cave. RUMBLING from the tunnel sounds. They pause to look up at the castle, where a wall begins to crumble.

HELEN

(murmurs)

Nikola...

The boys exchange an uncomfortable glance, then look back up at the castle.

WILL

I thought he was right behind us...

HENRY

He always did know how to make an exit.

WILL

Zitomira... What does that mean?

Helen meets his gaze.

HELEN

Live famously.

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36. INT. SANCTUARY - HUB - MORNING

The badger creature in the cage paces nervously. The megatyilacine slips from the shadows. The prey is in its sights.

The fearbreeder coalesces from the shadows on the opposite end of the room. It crawls a bit closer as the megathylacine advances on its prey.

Suddenly energy CRACKLES from the robotic arms set around the ring in the ceiling. The air blurs like a heat wave as an EM pulse slams into the Abnormals at the Hub's center. Electrified nets fly from the arms, their corners tacking to the ground when they hit the floor. Both escaped Abnormals struggle for a moment under the nets before succumbing.

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37. INT. SANCTUARY - HENRY'S LAB - AFTERNOON

The monitor. Kate and Bigfoot look on. Kate and Bigfoot share a look and smile.

KATE

Piece of cake!

BIGFOOT

(groans)

37. DIRT ROAD IN FOREST - VIEW OF CASTLE ZITOMIRA - AFTERNOON

The Sanctuary team treks up the incline, crests the hill where they parked the Rovers. All three come to a standstill at what they see. Nikola is leaning against a Rover. A wine bottle is on the vehicle's hood, and a thermos lid is in Nikola's hand.

Nikola grins upon seeing them. He raises the lid in greeting.

TESLA

Welcome, brave dragon slayers! Care to join me in a consoling drink?

Helen smiles, shakes her head as she strides up to Nikola. Will and Henry look relieved and a little annoyed.

HELEN

Behind us, were you?

Nikola smirks as he shrugs.

TESLA

Someone had to rescue the wine. Priorities, you know.

Helen comes to lean against the Rover too. Henry and Will begin loading their gear into the car. Nikola is alive, which is enough for them.

HELEN

The water was gone. That's why the older Abnormal was dying.

A wolf HOWLS in the distance. Nikola looks at the further-ruined Castle Zitomira almost wistfully. Then he smirks.

TESLA

(in a Bella Lugosi accent)

Listen to them, the children of the night. What music they make.

Helen shakes her head and smiles.

TESLA (CONT'D)

Do you know what Dracula means?

HELEN

Little Dragon, alternately Son of the Dragon.

Nikola nods, takes a sip of his wine.

TESLA

Apparently the legends weren't far from the truth.

HELEN

You know what they say: there's always a scrap of truth in every legend.

TESLA

(with a laugh)

We know that better than anyone, don't we.

HELEN

Yes, Nikola, we certainly do.

Pull back to show the ruined castle.

END ACT V

FADE TO BLACK.


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