RED SAINTS: JOSIE CHRONICLES PART 1

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Josie is a member of a secret society of vampire hunters knows as the Red Saints. With the help of her assistant scientist Otto, Josie enhances her blood and uses her body as bait to attract and destroy her vampire foes!

INT. CLUB ETERNAL (MAIN FLOOR) — NIGHT

The main floor is covered with people. Lights pulse and pan across the dance floor in several beams, but leave plenty of dark corners and hidden booths.

Several shots of people sitting at round booths off the main dance floor having a good time.

The main dance floor is loaded with freaks and goths dancing to the techno-industrial music.

The main bar and its surrounding seats are full with people but waitresses get the right of way as they shuttle drinks.

AMANDA (early twenties) and two of her friends sit in a booth near the main dance floor.

GIRL 1

So I ran into the owner of this place a little while ago and he wanted us to head up to his private suite later.

GIRL 2

Ooh, sounds fun.

AMANDA

Um, I don't know about that one.

GIRL 1

Oh come on Amanda. It'll be fun.

CUT TO:

EXT. STREET — NIGHT (RAINING)

JOSIE (early twenties) walks down the street and stops to wait for the bus. A bus approaches and stops to let her on.

INT. BUS — NIGHT

JOSIE gets on the finds a relatively empty load. She makes no scene but tries to shed some of the water off her clothes and her hair, which got wet under her hood. She can't help but feel that she is being watched and looks over to see who is enjoying the show. VINCENT, (mid thirties, attractive, Wall Street type). JOSIE continues her behavior and attempts to ignore VINCENT but he is good-looking and seems to like her too. JOSIE gives him a few more glances and VINCENT speaks.

VINCENT

Nice night.

JOSIE brushes the rest of her wet hair from her face and smiles at his statement.

JOSIE

I guess so.

VINCENT

In limited doses I mean.

JOSIE gives him and inviting smile.

CUT BACK TO:

INT. CLUB ETERNAL (AMANDA'S BOOTH)

The girls continue their conversation.

GIRL 2

Come on Amanda. I don't really feel like going either so it'll be a quick visit.

CUT BACK TO:

INT. BUS

JOSIE and VINCENT sit a moment as the bus continues to the next stop. VINCENT pulls the string to signal the driver.

VINCENT

This is my stop.

JOSIE looks outside and notices her surroundings.

JOSIE

Oh mine too.

VINCENT offers his hand and holds an umbrella in the other.

VINCENT

Umbrella?

JOSIE

CUT BACK TO:

INT. CLUB ETERNAL (GIRL'S BOOTH)

The girls continue to persuade AMANDA.

GIRL 1

See, come on. We won't be up there long I promise.

AMANDA looks around the club a moment, contemplating her options.

Two girls play with their drinks.

CU. GOTH GIRL

The GOTH GIRL drips her drink down her friend's wrist and licks it off her skin.

AMANDA looks to see what they do next.

The GOTH GIRL's friend gently tips her drink onto the girl's shoulder, letting the sticky red booze drip down her cleavage before licking it up.

AMANDA likes the Goth scene but she's seen enough for tonight.

AMANDA

Fine, okay, let's go and get this over with.

CUT TO:

EXT. STREET (BUS STOP) — NIGHT

JOSIE and VINCENT exit the bus. He opens the umbrella above them.

The umbrella expands rapidly and covers them completely.

JOSIE doesn't seem alarmed by this but there is something interesting about its size and shape. It seems to capture them.

EXT. JOSIE'S APARTMENT — NIGHT

JOSIE and VINCENT reach her building.

JOSIE

Would you like to come up for some coffee or something?

VINCENT

Normally I wouldn't but given the circumstances and your hospitality, coffee sounds nice.

INT. APARTMENT BUILDING (LOBBY)

JOSIE and VINCENT enter the apartment building and get on the elevator.

SPLIT SCREEN

The screen splits with the pace of the elevator door opening, revealing the girls at the club getting on the elevator to NERO's suite.

JOSIE and VINCENT smile at each other, pretending the elevator music isn't adding anything to the current situation.

The girls are excited on their way up to NERO'S suite, but this portion of the screen is silent and we only see their actions.

The split screen ends with a chime from the elevator.

The screen opens at the pace of the elevator door opening for the girls at the club.

We leave JOSIE and VINCENT continuing their ride in the elevator.

INT. NERO'S SUITE — NIGHT

The door opens for the girls and they enter the suite. A fire is burning hot and bright in the fireplace and a small bar is stocked with expensive champagne, wine, and fine liquor.

NERO stands as they enter and walks toward the girls.

NERO

Good evening. Welcome.

CUT TO:

INT. JOSIE'S APARTMENT (LIVING ROOM) — NIGHT

JOSIE and VINCENT enter her apartment. JOSIE takes off her jacket and as much of her wet clothing as possible without coming off too forward.

JOSIE

Can I take your coat?

VINCENT

Yes, thank you.

JOSIE takes VINCENT's coat and umbrella. They go to the kitchen and JOSIE turns on the light. [Interesting lighting in the kitchen.]

INT. JOSIE'S APARTMENT (KITCHEN)

JOSIE looks in the cupboard for the coffee.

JOSIE

Looks like we need to open up a new bag.

CU. THE KNIFE DRAWER

The drawer opens revealing several knives and cookware.

JOSIE grabs a knife from the cabinet and slices open the fresh bag of coffee.

CU. THE OVERFLOWING BAG OF COFFEE

Some of the beans hit the floor and countertop.

CU. THE COFFEE GRINDER

JOSIE pours the whole beans into the grinder and turns it on.

As the grinder is going JOSIE turns to VINCENT, who casually watches her and she watches him back.

JOSIE (CONT'D)

So what is your name anyway?

VINCENT

Vincent. And yours?

JOSIE

They shake hands.

VINCENT

Well Josie, you have a wonderful kitchen.

JOSIE

(Laughs)

The beans stop and she tends to them. JOSIE takes a filter from the stack and preps the pot. She turns it on. She then turns back to VINCENT. They watch each other a bit more.

JOSIE (CONT'D)

I hate to be a bad host, but I haven't peed yet since I got home so I need to go take care of that.

VINCENT

(Smiles at her honesty)

I don't mean to keep you.

JOSIE

Thank you.

CUT TO:

INT. JOSIE'S APARTMENT(BATHROOM)

HIGH ANGLE SHOT OF THE BATHROOM

JOSIE walks into the bathroom and turns on the light.

CUT BACK TO:

INT. NERO'S SUITE

CU. champagne pouring into flutes.

The girls touching glasses in a toast with NERO, laughing, enchanted by the luxury that surrounds them.

CU. GIRL 1 licks the side of her glass catching the drop of champagne that escaped her lips.

CUT BACK TO:

INT. JOSIE'S APARTMENT (BATHROOM)

MEDIUM SHOT - JOSIE SITTING ON THE TOILET

JOSIE pees, panning the corners of the room to avoid looking directly at the camera. After a moment, she softly opens a drawer under the sink, trying to be quiet.

SPLIT SCREEN (HORIZONTAL)

The screen splits at the pace of the drawer opening.

The top screen shows the girls sipping champagne and having a wonderful time.

NERO is very aggressive and already engaging in the post cocktail touching that leads to foreplay.

Their actions are seen but not heard. We are focusing on JOSIE's attempt to be quiet, that is, act normal.

CU. BOTTOM SCREEN: THE CONTENTS OF JOSIE'S TOP DRAWER

The drawer contains typical top shelf female necessities possessed in the disorderly single female fashion. The hairbrush has hair in it, bobby pins are scattered throughout the half used toothpaste and eyeliner tubes, a tampon or two towards the front, and mixed in rather well is strip of rubber, and a syringe.

JOSIE pulls a small rubber strap out and ties it around her bicep.

JOSIE flushes the toilet.

The top screen shows the girls and NERO who shadows himself in the firelight.

CUT TO: (BOTTOM SCREEN):

JOSIE standing in front of her bathroom mirror.

JOSIE stands with her back to the camera and opens up the mirror cabinet. She takes out a small bottle and removes the cap.

The split screens simultaneously show the syringe pierce the rubber top on the bottle as GIRL 1 and GIRL 2 softly kiss each other on the lips.

CUT TO: (BOTTOM SCREEN):

JOSIE injecting herself with the liquid while the water runs in the faucet.

The top screen shows NERO bite GIRL 2 from behind.

CU. (bottom screen): the syringe working the liquid into Josie's blood.

CU. (top screen): GIRL 2's eyes softly rolling back into her head from the loss of blood.

JOSIE removes the syringe as NERO releases the girl.

GIRL 2 faints in NERO's arms. The GIRL 1 laughs at GIRL 2's inability to hold her alcohol.

As JOSIE closes the drawer, we leave the split screen with AMANDA smiling, trying to hide her uncomfortable suspicion.

INT. JOSIE'S APARTMENT (BATHROOM)

JOSIE closes up everything and checks herself in the mirror before turning to the door.

INT. JOSIE'S APARTMENT (KITCHEN)

JOSIE casually enters the kitchen and leans up against the same part of the counter as before, by the coffee maker.

JOSIE

How's it going in here?

VINCENT

Good. Everything is as you left it.

JOSIE looks over her shoulder at the coffee pot. It's almost full. JOSIE looks at VINCENT and smiles.

JOSIE

Almost coffee time.

They look at each other some more.

JOSIE walks toward VINCENT.

They study each other up close and begin to caress each other while the coffee is brewing. They kiss and VINCENT moves JOSIE back against the counter, knocking some of the utensils to the floor.

The coffee pot begins to sputter and spout steam.

CU. THE BITE

VINCENT lifts her head back and exposes his fangs. He feeds on her.

As JOSIE's body tenses up from the bite, her arms are restricted from shoving VINCENT off.

CUT BACK TO:

INT. NERO'S SUITE

NERO stands behind GIRL 1 on the right and bites her neck from behind.

AMANDA sees what is happening and is now alarmed as she puts her hands to her mouth in shock.

As AMANDA's hands reach her lips, NERO grabs her throat, freezing her in place.

GIRL 1 falls to ground, out of the frame, simultaneous with NERO pulling AMANDA in to feed on her.

CUT BACK TO:

INT. JOSIE'S APARTMENT (KITCHEN)

VINCENT feeds on JOSIE. After a moment VINCENT pulls back with a strange look on his face.

JOSIE is released and is surprisingly calm and aware of her surroundings.

JOSIE puts her hand over her neck to apply pressure to the wound.

JOSIE checks her hand for blood and grabs the dish towel on the sink to cover the wound, not concerned about VINCENT who is now fighting the paralysis in his body.

VINCENT grabs at his throat and chest and falls to his knees.

VINCENT's view from the floor

JOSIE grabs the phone, keeping her head cocked with the towel on the wound while she dials and waits for an answer.

VINCENT's (camera's) focus goes blurry

JOSIE

Otto. It's Josie. I got another one.

FADE TO BLACK

 

© 2015 Craig Mrock

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