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FADE IN:

EXT. NEW YORK CITY - SNOWING WINTERY NIGHT

The well lit sky line from over the Hudson is accompanied by
dark holiday techno music.

We catch a snow flake. Following its decent, the snow flake
morphs into a snake and strikes camera.

WIND POV: instantly passing through people.

EXT. GRAVEYARD - NIGHT

A figure in black encircled in candles is chanting, spinning
raising his arms into the air.

MALE V.O.
(chanting)
Lion goat snake chimera lion goat snake
chimera lion goat snake chimera...

Roll opening credits.

FEMALE V.O.
Live your fantasy, reality is within.
You've walked through the valley of
darkness. Now it's time to fashion a
path for your steps that allows you to
walk confidently between these two
interrelated worlds.

Aerial shot spiraling away.

CUT TO:

EXT. NEW YORK CITY - SAME MOMENT

SNOW FLAKE POV: spinning, falling, approaching Times Square.
Flash: multi-colored billboards. Screams echo in the night.
A beautiful busted woman catches us, melting on her bosom. A
droplet of water against her tight skin.

Faint child whispers, "...Chimera...Chimera...", a black
snake hisses by, wolves howl in the distance against the
desert-smoky moon hovering the city.

Dry notes haunt our minds.

Camera kicks around exposing a mixed couple making out in the
snow, the black male wears all white, the white female
drenched in black.

Shoppers, slipping, sliding on the icy trails. Drunken
Santas fill the streets, a bit more than usual, ringing their
bells.

The Holiday spirit fills the air. Rockefeller Center is lit.
Families sip their hot chocolates, watching the ice skaters.

FAST MOVING WIND POV: busy streets, nighttime New York City.
Entering thoughts echoed from below. Snakes hiss by
disappearing into the center suction of the moon, spinning,
the moon turns into the sun.

EXT. INDIANA - NEXT DAY

Country music can be heard over flash images of corn fields,
rolling hills.

LAMELLA GOLD V.O.
Lisa, listen, I already made my decision.
I know you're my sister and you're just
trying to look out for me, but I can take
care of myself.

Indianapolis. We approach the exterior of an apartment
building.

INT. INDIANAPOLIS APARTMENT - DAY

LAMELLA GOLD, stubborn-beautiful lawyer, with long firery red
hair which frames her deep passionate green eyes is on the
phone packing boxes.

LAMELLA GOLD
I'm the one who went through law school
when you were out partying, remember?
You know what they say if you can make it
there you can make it anywhere. My boss
already told me if I lose this case,
he'll write me a recommendation before
it's too late. I found a cute apartment
in the city, close to Times Square. You
should visit. I'll be going to school.
To study the culinary arts. You know
I've loved cooking my whole life and now
I will become a master cook. I know it
takes years but look what I've
accomplished so far. A lawyer right out
of grad school. I'm just sick of all the
politics. I became what society
expected, now I want to do what I want to
do.
(laughing)
Yes I know there's no goats running
around the city, maybe at Bronx Zoo.
I'll visit on the holidays, don't worry.
Trust me Mom and Dad are not giving up
their ranch. Alright I love you sweety.
Bye.

She hangs up the phone and looks at a framed image of her and
her sister. She smiles, then drops it in the box.

EXT. NEW YORK UNIVERSITY - SAME MOMENT

Art students, business thugs, hang out on campus.

COPPERHEAD, dressed in black leather trench coat, long black
dreds and copper streaks, a joint hangs from his lips.
Peaking out from his coat is the head of a huge albino
python. Students gasp in disbelief, pointing. Copperhead
releases a sinister grin, continues to enter the building
entitled, "Philosophy".

"...Chimera..." whispers intensify.

INT. NEW YORK UNIVERSITY - SAME MOMENT

Gliding through halls, students below, we bust through double
doors leading to a full house auditorium.

INT. DARK AUDITORIUM - SAME MOMENT

DR. METRIARK of mythology, confronts the class of five
hundred. Behind him, a larger than life image of the beast
described.

DR. METRIARK
Now that we know the Manticore had the
torso of a lion, hindquarters of a
scorpion, head of a human, and was blamed
for the disappearance of any missing
person, due to its hunger...of human
flesh...

Copperhead stands in the back.

STUDENT V.O.
(shouts)
Looks like my ex.

Class laughs. Dr. Metriark changes the image, a beast with
the head of a lion, body of a goat, and tail of a snake.

COPPERHEAD
(calls out)
Chimera.

DR. METRIARK
I see some of you have done your
homework. Chimera was one of the
children of Typhon and Echidna. This
fire breathing beast terrorized the
region of Lycia, leaving behind the bones
of its victims.

COPPERHEAD
(Interrupts)
Bellepheron destroyed the three headed
creature by riding Pegasus, driving a
spear into Chimera's heart. Its only
weakness.

DR. METRIARK
What's your name, young man?

COPPERHEAD
Copperhead.

The clock strikes nine, students get up, walk out.

DR. METRIARK
On Tuesday, we'll continue studying Zeus'
pets. Until then please read the origin
of Cyclops and Griffin. Mr. Copperhead,
may I see you for a moment?

Like the parting of the red sea, the students let Copperhead
through, noting the white serpent.

DR. METRIARK (CONT'D)
You were late to my class.

COPPERHEAD
I'm sorry Doc., but (stroking its head)
Ozzy had to eat.

DR. METRIARK
Ozzy?

COPPERHEAD
(pulling Ozzy from his coat)
Usually I don't manhandle him after
eating, but, my roommates are a having a
party and I don't trust'em. They killed
one before.

DR. METRIARK
Are you a philosophy major, Mr.
Copperhead?

COPPERHEAD
Double major, art, philosophy.

DR. METRIARK
What do you plan to do with this double
major?

Copperhead levels his eyes upon Dr. Metriark, long silence,
tension builds.

Low angle-close up of both eyes, staring into each other.

COPPERHEAD
Help you Dr. Metriark. To bring back
Chimera.

Title, "CHIMERA", released with a Lion's ROAR stretches
across the beast.

The serpent as the tail of Chimera, comes to life, smoke
from Copper head's joint fills the screen.

Weird exotic jungle jazz blazes through. The eyes of the
beast burn into the next image.

BURN TO:

INT. COPPERHEAD'S ROOM - DAY

In the midst of trees and trees of marijuana, Copperhead
smokes a joint, communicating to his many friendly exotic
serpents.

INT. INDIANAPOLIS COURT HOUSE - SAME MOMENT

The typical court house setting. A small jury sits off to
the right.

Lamella Gold approaches the defendant.

OFFICER SEAMAN, sandy brown hair, keen posture, gestures.

LAMELLA GOLD
According to the James Edmond and Joell
Palmer case, against Mayor Stephen
Goldsmith of the City of Indianapolis in
1999, the plantiff's motion for a
preliminary injunction was denied, on the
ground that the City's practice is
lawful, however, the legality of drug
roadblocks has divided the other courts
that have been asked to decide the issue.
One thousand, one hundred, and sixty one
cars were stopped at these roadblocks.
Fifty five of these arrests were drug
related. Resulting in only five percent
of successful drug hits. My client,
Joseph Barnes, fell under the forty nine
arrests for conduct unrelated to drugs,
such as driving with an expired driver's
license, by one day. Officer Seaman, is
it not true that when you pulled over my
client, Joseph Barnes, this was your
first day in the field?

OFFICER SEAMAN
Yes, it was my first day in the field.

LAMELLA GOLD
(allowing her next question to
pass, then she proceeds)
My client told you he was on his way to
the Department of Motor Vehicle to renew
his license. You arrested him, resulting
in, a year behind Indiana State bars.

She turns to the jury.

LAMELLA GOLD (CONT'D)
Granted, Joseph Barnes was one day late,
however, haven't we all been one day late
to at least something? I believe a more
experienced cop would have produced
positive results for both parties.

EXT. INDIANAPOLIS COURT HOUSE - MOMENTS LATER

The MEDIA barges Lamella, walking down the steps.

MEDIA
How does it feel to lose your third case
in a row? Is your firm, Weatherhands and
Associates, really going to keep you?

She keeps her head dropped. She gets into limo. Driver,
ROBERT, closes the door, drives away.

INT. LIMO - CONTINUOUS

Lamella drops the window separating her from Robert.

LAMELLA GOLD
Robert, take me to the airport.

ROBERT
Why is that Ma'am? You never told me
about a flight?

LAMELLA GOLD
I'm moving to New York.

ROBERT
New York Ma'am?

LAMELLA GOLD
Please stop calling me Ma'am, Robert, or
do you like Bob, you know I never asked
you after all this time. Mel, most
people call me Mel.

ROBERT
Well Mel, are you moving to a new firm?

LAMELLA GOLD
(gazing out the window)
Yes, that's what I'm doing, the finest
firm of the culinary arts.

He giggles.

LAMELLA GOLD (CONT'D)
What's so funny Robert?

ROBERT
Sorry, it's just...I never imagined you
cooking.

LAMELLA GOLD
Really?

ROBERT
Lawyers usually order out or dine at fine
restaurants.

LAMELLA GOLD
Well Robert, it looks like all the fine
dining paid off. Turn it up.

ROBERT
Excuse me.

LAMELLA GOLD
The music.

Robert embarrassingly raises the volume of classical notes.

EXT. INDIANA STREETS - SAME MOMENT

The limo is seen in the distance going up and down over the
hills.

ROBERT V.O.
What about your stuff?

LAMELLA GOLD V.O.
Movers are taking care of it.

ROBERT V.O.
And your Mercedes?

LAMELLA GOLD V.O.
Shipped.

INT. LIMO - SAME MOMENT

Robert watches Lamella change into sweats and a t-shirt,
through his rear view mirror.

ROBERT
Hope it's still there when you get there.

LAMELLA GOLD
New York is the land of opportunity. I
will invite you to my fine restaurant or
better yet, maybe I'll have my own
cooking show. I always loved watching
them.

ROBERT
I can see it now. Lamella's Court House
Cooking.

LAMELLA GOLD
Shut up.

She playfully hits him on the shoulder. The airport can be
seen in the distance through the windows.

EXT. NEW YORK CITY APARTMENT - NEXT DAY

Street people pass by a stand, holding a slew of watches. A
hand written sign reads, ""$10 & Up".

Street Vendor, a raggedy old black man, white and black
dreds, wears a beat up brown leather hat, MAHARAJAH KHAN.
Behind him, his beat up old car which he lives out of.
Paintings of different lions lean against his car.

MAHARAJAH KHAN
(low raspy tone)
Know the time, know the rhyme, ten
dollars an up, ten dollars an up...

Lamella Gold walks out of her apartment, dressed upper class
casual.

MAHARAJAH KHAN (CONT'D)
(to Lamella)
Hey Lady...

She does not respond.

MAHARAJAH KHAN (CONT'D)
I said lady, you wit the fire red hair.
I saw you last night, movin in.

She approaches.

LAMELLA GOLD
Excuse me?

MAHARAJAH KHAN
I know you, Corporate America. You all
think about one thing, money. I only
think about one thing, God. Jesus Christ
is coming back. Time is at hand. You're
gonna meet Him Sister.

She quickly walks away, down the busy street.

INT. COPPERHEAD'S ROOM - LATER

Copperhead's torso is completely covered in tattoos. Erotic
jazz mixed with metal plays through his 16 inch speaker
system.

His arms are raised above his head as his fingers are
controlling the energy leading to Ozzy, the ten foot albino
python, floating mid-air. Copperhead chants in tongues.

Someone busts in. Ozzy falls to the floor, strikes at
Copperhead's foot.

COPPERHEAD
OOOWWWE, Damn you.

Ozzy curls his head back into its neck, ready to strike
again.

COPPERHEAD (CONT'D)
(to intruder)
Dude, never fuckin bust into my room like
that. KNOCK! Ever hear of it!

A stoner chick, RAINBOX, barely 18 in a "Grateful Dead" t
shirt, drops her head.

RAINBOX
Sorry Copperhead. Man if the cops ever
walked in here, you'd be so busted.

COPPERHEAD
Uh, no Rainbox, I wouldn't. I'm part of
an experimental program for the school.
They supply me.

RAINBOX
You know you deal.

COPPERHEAD
I have to document ever crumb. But I do
smoke people out. Is that what you want?

RAINBOX
Yes.

COPPERHEAD
Then just ask.

RAINBOX
Will you smoke me out?

COPPERHEAD
(innuendo)
Will you smoke me out?

RAINBOX
What?

COPPERHEAD
You heard me.

RAINBOX
Are you serious?

Ozzy approaches her.

RAINBOX (CONT'D)
Get it away.

He picks it up, walks over to her, dropping Ozzy's head down
her torso.

COPPERHEAD
I'm very fuckin serious.

RAINBOX
Fine, smoke me out first.

He grabs his hooka and packs a large bowl, hands it to her.

INT. RAINBOX'S MOUTH - INSTANT

Down her esophagus and into her lungs, black as sin, coats
the walls.

INT. COPPERHEAD'S ROOM - CONTINUOS

We see her release a huge hit.

RAINBOX
That's what I'm talkin about. You really
think they'll legalize it?

COPPERHEAD
I was told these experiments exist on
every major University. Besides the
short term memory loss which you get
back, getting the munchies and making you
tired, marijuana is a gift from God and
His Will be done.

RAINBOX
I didn't know you were so spiritual.

COPPERHEAD
I just elevated a snake with my mind,
that's pretty spiritual.

RAINBOX
Maybe one day you can teach me how to
read the mind of serpents.

COPPERHEAD
Taste one first.

He shoves her head on his throbbing vein. Ozzy slithers
between her legs as she kneels. When she's done, she wipes
her mouth and stands up.

RAINBOX
Can I have one more hit before I go to
class?

COPPERHEAD
What class do you have?

RAINBOX
I'm taking Metriark's night class.

COPPERHEAD
Cool, I'll walk you.

He zips up his pants. She takes another hit from his hooka.
They leave.

EXT. NEW YORK CITY - EVENING

Beautiful sunset across the skyline. Penetrating the air we
descend suddenly upon Khan, packing up. Lamella approaches
with bags in her hand.

MAHARAJAH KHAN
Do you know who I am?

Lamella looks through her purse for spare change.

LAMELLA GOLD
Here...
(holding out the change)
Sorry I didn't give you some before.

MAHARAJAH KHAN
Auu...you remembered me. I don't want
your money woman. I want to wish you a
beautiful day in the presence of God.

LAMELLA GOLD
Is that right? A beautiful day in the
presence of God. Are you proclaiming to
be God.

MAHARAJAH KHAN
No my child, a messenger.

LAMELLA GOLD
A messenger of God? What's God have to
say to me?

Khan leans into her, brings his hands close together in
shapes of claws.

MAHARAJAH KHAN
Time is at hand Child. I have the spirit
of a lion, waiting to devour whomever God
puts in my path.

Lamella contains her composure, looks around sees people
present, then interjects.

LAMELLA GOLD
I am a lawyer and can have you put behind
bars for threatening me.

MAHARAJAH KHAN
It is not I you must fear but God within
each of us. The kingdom of heaven is
within. Build it, Sister.

Khan laughs showing his gold teeth, throws his final bag of
merchandise into his trunk and drives away. Lamella is left
standing with conflicted thoughts.

With thunder roaring music, wind travels down the street and
sweeps past her. Instantly we arrive.

EXT. NEW YORK UNIVERSITY - NIGHT

Copperhead is standing outside the Philosophy building behind
a bush. He eyes students walking out, then sees Dr. Metriark
exit. He follows him across campus and watches Dr. Metriark
look around, then walks down the steps leading to a basement.

COPPERHEAD
(to himself)
I'll bet that's where he keeps it.

INT. BASEMENT - LATER THAT NIGHT

This cold decrepit box has plastic lining the walls. Dr.
Metriark, dressed in a hospital gown and gloves is sowing
together the flesh of goats. Strange electronic music plays
in the background.

DR. METRIARK'S POV: The head of one of the dead goats looks
up at him and groans.

He shakes off the hallucination. The sound of the basement
door opens. Dr. Metriark quickly grabs his AR 15 riffle and
aims it at the door. Copperhead peaks his head through
behind Ozzy's head.

COPPERHEAD
Wow, it's okay Dr. Metriark. I followed
you here.

No answer.

COPPERHEAD (CONT'D)
I a...just wanted to be involved. I have
been secretly studying your work. I
believe the same things you believe. I
communicate with serpents. My spirit is
a serpent. You need me to resurrect
Chimera.

DR. METRIARK
You know son, I almost blew your head
off. Nobody and I mean nobody knows
about this place. This means one of two
things. I kill you right now or I take
you up on it.

Dr. Metriark reengages the safety, drops his gun, sets it
down next to him in the corner.

COPPERHEAD
Good choice. Ozzy go thank him.

Ozzy serpentines his way across the opened insides of one of
the goats, rests his head on Dr. Metriark's hand.

COPPERHEAD (CONT'D)
Good boy.

Dr. Metriark gently grabs him in awe.

DR. METRIARK
He's beautiful. Did you breed him?

COPPERHEAD
Right out of the egg.

DR. METRIARK
Are your mental telepathic skills a
talent or did you stumble upon the key to
unlock the doors.

COPPERHEAD
Both, however, the real gift lies in the
environment where I raise them.

DR. METRIARK
I need to see your green house. Dr.
Phalgellim, the Biology department head,
has made some interesting comments.

COPPERHEAD
He's a real cool guy. He's the one who
got everything passed for me.

Dr. Metriark nods his head with a grin.

COPPERHEAD (CONT'D)
You seem to know more about my situation
then you lead on.

DR. METRIARK
Very perceptive. I know who you are
Jonathan Clark. I know how you got the
name Copperhead. The first snake to ever
bite you. From that moment you refused
to ever be bit again. Resulting in the
obvious, controlling the minds of
serpents. Did you ever think, there
would be the mind of one serpent to
control your mind?

Dr. Metriark goes back to sowing up the goat skins. The
skeleton of the beast, chimera, is assembled; the head of a
lion, body of a goat and a skeletal snake as the tail.

DR. METRIARK (CONT'D)
If word gets out, I know where to go. So
how much do you know?

He locks eyes with Copperhead.

CUT TO:

INT. LAMELLA GOLD'S APARTMENT - SAME MOMENT

Her apartment: filled with empty boxes, John Cougar blares
through the speakers, simple decor yet comforting. She is in
the middle of unpacking the last box. She has the best
appliances and furniture. Above her couch is a huge painting
of her farm land in Indiana. Many goats fill the pastures.

Following her around doing last minute chores, we see goats
everywhere: pictures, figurines, bathroom towels, kitchen
area rug. Her phone rings.

LAMELLA GOLD
Hello, yes this is she. Who is this? No
I'm not interested, bye. Telemarketers.
There should be a law against this kind
of harrassment.

She plops down on the couch, exhausted, looks at her
completed application for the French Institute for Culinary
Arts.

LAMELLA GOLD (CONT'D)
Tomorrow, I have to sign up at the
University, go to the bank, wait for my
car to come then go to the DMV. Grocery
shopping. Maybe I should do that tonight
and just get it over with. No...I'm too
tired.

She lays back on the couch.

INT. BASEMENT. - MOMENTS LATER

Dr. Metriark has a knife to Copperhead's throat. Ozzy is
wrapped around their arms.

DR. METRIARK
I have worked too long and too hard to
have some punk fuck everything up. I
swear to God, Jonathan Copperhead Clark,
if you fuck up once, I will skin you
alive. The same way I skin the rest of
these sacrifices.

The skeleton lion head stares at them.

COPPERHEAD
Let me go. I already told you, you don't
have to worry. I know you will change
science forever. Bringing to life a
mythological creature has never been
done.

He releases him.

COPPERHEAD (CONT'D)
I believe you will be the one to do it.
And I will be there next to you when it
happens. You need me, remember. The
resurrection cannot occur without a human
soul with the animal spirit. I am your
snake, the tail of the beast. You will
find your goat and lion. I will help
you. Can I leave now?

Dr. Metriark nods his head feeling a little relieved.

EXT. NEW YORK CITY STREETS - THAT NIGHT

Lamella, dressed in her sweats and winter coat, enters the
corner grocery store, "NYC GROCERY".

INT. NYC GROCERY - CONTINUOUS

Lamella grabs a small shopping cart and walks to the produce
section. Looking through the apples is Copperhead. Lamella
grabs a plastic bag and heads over to the apples. Ozzy peaks
his white head up from where she grabs the apple.

LAMELLA GOLD
AAUUGHHH...Jesus Christ. You almost gave
me a heart attack. What the hell is
wrong with you?

The nerdy STORE MANAGER runs over.

STORE MANAGER
What's the problem Ma'am?

LAMELLA GOLD
What's the problem? How about you
letting freaks with big snakes into your
store.

Copperhead backs off completely apologetic.

COPPERHEAD
I'm sorry, I didn't mean to scare the
lady. You know me man, I come in here
all the time.

STORE MANAGER
Look, I'm sorry Ma'am. I didn't realize
he had Ozzy with him.

LAMELLA GOLD
Ozzy huh? That's what you call your pet
snake?

COPPERHEAD
Yeah, you know I'm a huge Ozzy Osbourne
fan, just wanted to show my gratitude.

LAMELLA GOLD
Your gratitude?

COPPERHEAD
Look, I'll make it up to you. I'll take
you out for dinner.

LAMELLA GOLD
I don't think so.

COPPERHEAD
I'm sorry, I thought it would be funny.

LAMELLA GOLD
Funny? Real funny scaring the life out
of me.

COPPERHEAD
(to the Store Manager)
I'll pay for her groceries.

LAMELLA GOLD
I don't need you to pay for my groceries.
Thanks anyway, you've already done
enough.

Copperhead walks away. Lamella continues her shopping.
Copperhead pays for his stuff and leaves. Lamella approaches
check out. The store manager packs her groceries.

STORE MANAGER
Thank you, come again.

LAMELLA GOLD
How much do I owe you?

STORE MANAGER
Don't worry about it. He paid for it.

LAMELLA GOLD
Who paid for it?

STORE MANAGER
Copperhead.

LAMELLA GOLD
The freak with the snake, great. He's
probably outside waiting to rape me.

She exits.

DISSOLVE TO:

EXT. NEW YORK CITY - NEXT MORNING

Sun rises over the city as we hear it awaken. Pulling up to
the street corner is Khan. He gets out of his car and opens
his trunk. Not much merchandise. He sets it up on the curb
against his car. People shuffle by. Blues plays on his
little radio next to him.

MAHARAJAH KHAN
Hello pretty lady. How about a watch, or
a t-shirt to cover up them titties.
(laughs)

Some Dominican Republic female turns around and shrugs her
shoulder.

MAHARAJAH KHAN (CONT'D)
Ha...You ask yourself what makes an old
man like me think I can say what ever I
want to whom I want. I used to be an
officer in the Marines. That's right
until Viet Cong.

A small boy and his mother walk by. Lamella exits with the
application in an envelope. Khan catches her interest.

MAHARAJAH KHAN (CONT'D)
(to boy)
You know about Viet Cong, young man?

The boy shakes his head no as the mother pulls him along.

MAHARAJAH KHAN (CONT'D)
Well, you're probably too young to
understand. I killed a whole village,
that's right. Wiped them out, women and
children. Judge me. Go ahead. The Lord
knows I am right with Him. The U.S.
Military knew about the child suicide
bombers, and still turned their back on
us when we came home.

Lamella approaches him.

LAMELLA GOLD
What gives you the right to scare an
innocent boy?

Khan taken back by her.

MAHARAJAH KHAN
Au, the lawyer speaks. And says to me,
"What gives you the right to scare an
innocent boy?" My child, have you ever
seen the look of death in the eye of an
innocent boy? (pause) I have. I've met
an innocent child being used as the
devil's tool. The child shows up like
normal one day and kills half my
battalion. (beat) Ignorance captured the
spirit of humans.

LAMELLA GOLD
I'm on my way to the French Culinary
Institute. My lawyer days are over.

MAHARAJAH KHAN
So your threat over me is no longer.

LAMELLA GOLD
My threat?

MAHARAJAH KHAN
Yesterday.

LAMELLA GOLD
(holding out her hand)
Truths?

Khan accepts.

MAHARAJAH KHAN
Truths.

Two kids go whizzing by on their bikes.

EXT. NEW YORK CITY - DAY

Haunting music accompanies Copperhead walking out of the post
office. Lamella sees him in the distance. He notices her
from the night before.

LAMELLA GOLD
(handing him the money)
This is so strange that I'm seeing you
right now. I swear to God I just thought
about you and wondered if I was ever
going to see you again, so I could pay
you back. And here you are.

Copperhead refuses the money.

COPPERHEAD
Buy me a drink.

LAMELLA GOLD
What?

COPPERHEAD
Buy me a drink to repay me. I refuse to
take your money. I wasn't raised that
way.

LAMELLA GOLD
Well, um...okay. I have a bunch of
things I have to get done today but how
about tonight?

COPPERHEAD
Perfect, oh shit, I'm suppose to meet
with one of my professors tonight, screw
it. I'll call him.

LAMELLA GOLD
Where's your snake?

COPPERHEAD
We haven't even had our first date yet
and you're already asking me about where
I keep my snake.

Embarrassed, she gives a nervous laugh.

LAMELLA GOLD
Are you always so direct?

COPPERHEAD
When I want something.

LAMELLA GOLD
Oh, and what is it that you want?

Copperhead dials on his cell.

INT. NEW YORK UNIVERSITY AUDITORIUM - DAY

Dr. Metriark finishes his lesson on the greek gods.

DR. METRIARK
Next class will be a test that covers all
of Zeus' pets. Make sure you study.

The auditorium empties out. Dr. Metriark's cell rings.

DR. METRIARK (CONT'D)
Dr. Metriark. Hey. A date? I see.
That's fine. See you tomorrow.

He hangs up, grabs his coat, hat and puts on his scarf.

DR. METRIARK (CONT'D)
A date? Who in their right mind would
date a person named Copperhead?

He looks at his watch, exits the building.

EXT. NEW YORK UNIVERSITY CAMPUS - MOMENTS LATER

A STUDENT approaches Dr. Metriark.

STUDENT
Dr. Metriark, I hate to bother you
outside of class, but I am really
confused about what's going to be on the
test.

DR. METRIARK
Did you take notes in my class?

STUDENT
Yes, I even dated them.

DR. METRIARK
Great, go back 30 days and study
everything from that point to now.

STUDENT
That's a lot.

DR. METRIARK
You're no longer in high school. Mommy
and Daddy can't bail you out of this one.

The student feels defeated and walks away. Dr. Metriark
continues walking and heads towards the basement.

INT. BASEMENT - CONTINUOUS

The dark mustiness is awakened by the sound of Dr. Metriark
entering. The goat skins hang from the plastic walls.

An aquarium with an inland taipan, the most deadliest snake
alive from central eastern Australia, slithers around.

Metriark pulls back his sleeve exposing snake bites with
scars between the bites along the inside of his forearm. He
rubs his arm into the goat skins. He smiles as he walks over
to the taipan. He sticks his arm into the cage.

The snake senses the smell of the goat and strikes his arm.
He quickly grabs the snake behind the head and forces his
mouth open. He removes his arm, takes in the poison as his
eyes start to roll in back of his head.

He grabs the blade resting on top of the cage, slices an x
between the fang marks and sucks the poison out. He spits it
into a cup half full of his saliva and poison.

EXT. CLUB - NIGHT

A bouncer guards the door in the middle of a dark alley.
Goth types are waiting in line. Techno metal plays in the
background. Lamella and Copperhead walk passed the line.

LAMELLA GOLD
Where are you taking me?

COPPERHEAD
Don't worry, you'll love it. I come here
all the time.

Copperhead strides over to the guard, BUST NUT.

COPPERHEAD (CONT'D)
What's up Bust Nut?

They greet each other with a hand shake and hug.

BUST NUT
Yo Copperhead that was great shit you got
me.

COPPERHEAD
Anytime brother.

Lamella over hears.

LAMELLA GOLD
Great shit?

COPPERHEAD
Bust Nut meet...
(realizing he never got her
name-odd pause)

LAMELLA GOLD
Lamella. Nice to meet you Bust Nut.

BUST NUT
Yo brother, word of advice. When you
introduce a chick, know her name.

COPPERHEAD
It's a long story.

BUST NUT
Have a good night.

They walk in.

INT. GOTHIC CLUB - NIGHT

Exotic dancers on platforms. Crazy dizzy multi-colored
lights reflect from the spinning mirrors. People, zombies,
trance-seduced into this reality.

Lamella grabs his arm when she absorbs the atmosphere.

LAMELLA GOLD
I guess I don't get out much.
(squeezing tighter)
I have never been to a club like this. I
couldn't think it up in my wildest
imagination.

The Vampyre, SYGH, behind the bar.

SYGH
May I get my two appetizers a treat?

COPPERHEAD
Johnny Walker Black, straight up. And
you, Lamella?

LAMELLA GOLD
Merlot please.

SYGH
Nice choices.

Copperhead, turns to watch the floor.

FLASH: Sygh is there and back with the drinks made.

LAMELLA GOLD
Holy shit, did you see that?

COPPERHEAD
What?

LAMELLA GOLD
(to Sygh)
How'd you do that?

SYGH
There are many mysteries to my existence.

LAMELLA GOLD
Okay.

They grab their drinks and Lamella pays for them.

They walk around the club. People grooving to the music,
sweat pours from some of their naked bodies.

The band: dressed in black leather, bleached out faces, blue
hair frames, blue blood dripping down their faces.

LAMELLA GOLD (CONT'D)
What kind of club is this?

The club spirals up three stories. Below is the mirrored
dance floor. Chains hang down from the ceiling. The walls
black.

The lead singer, KRYPT, creeps onto stage with a decapitated
goat wrapped around his torso. He is wearing the goat's
head.

KRYPT
(sings)
Twisted is the moon
Transcendental state of mind
Cryptic thoughts Cryptic time
Erase the memories from my kind

He throws the goats head into the audience. They go insane.

KRYPT (CONT'D)
(chanting)
Raise the beast
Raise the Beast
Raise the beast
CENTAUR
Raise the beast
Raise the Beast
Raise the beast
CENTAUR

Below us, people surf the crowd.

We shoot up through the chains and see Lamella and Copperhead
at the highest point in the bar.

COPPERHEAD
Did you ever notice when an idea is hot,
it sticks out from the pool of thought,
floating above our heads. Everyone who
is in tune will be in tune to that same
thought, but just channeled through their
own energy?

LAMELLA GOLD
Who are you Copperhead? What's your real
name?

COPPERHEAD
That is my real name, Lamella. Where'd
you make that one up?

LAMELLA GOLD
For your information that is my real name
and I don't appreciate your sarcasm.

COPPERHEAD
Sorry, didn't mean to offend you.

She pulls out her pony tail and sticks it in her purse.

LAMELLA GOLD
Much better.

COPPERHEAD
I agree. What do you do for a living
Lamella.

LAMELLA GOLD
You still haven't told me your real name.

COPPERHEAD
Jonathan Clark.

LAMELLA GOLD
Well Jonathan Clark, I am a lawyer from
Indiana.

COPPERHEAD
So what are you doing here?

LAMELLA GOLD
I'm tired of living up to what other
people expect from me. My whole life I
wanted to be a cook.
So now I'm attending one of the best
culinary art schools.

COPPERHEAD
Wow, from people to food, then back to
people again. Interesting my dear
Lamella. What's your last name?

LAMELLA GOLD
Gold.

COPPERHEAD
Beautiful, Lamella Gold.

A WAITRESS, dressed in sexy S&M attire, approaches.

WAITRESS
Can I get another round for my desert?

LAMELLA GOLD
What is it with everyone in here thinking
of us as food?

WAITRESS
Don't you know where you are sweety?

LAMELLA GOLD
No.

The waitress rubs her finger down Copperhead's face.

WAITRESS
Bad boy. I'll be back.

She walks away.

LAMELLA GOLD
What was that about?

COPPERHEAD
I didn't tell you the name before because
I didn't think you would come. This is
the only place I'll go for a drink.

LAMELLA GOLD
I see. So are you gonna tell me or do I
have to guess?

COPPERHEAD
Vampire's Warts.

LAMELLA GOLD
What the fuck does that mean?

COPPERHEAD
Vampires own this club. Us humans are
looked upon as warts. A fungus. The
blood from fungus is more alive, sweeter,
sweety. Appetizer, desert. But never
the main meal.

LAMELLA GOLD
Why's that?

COPPERHEAD
They would go out of business.

Lamella, not sure whether to believe him, gets up.

LAMELLA GOLD
I'll be right back.

She walks towards the bathroom.

INT. BASEMENT - SAME MOMENT

Spotlighted in darkness, Dr. Metriark is on his cell phone as
he pets the skinless goat. Exposing him naked in goat skins.

DR. METRIARK
Dr. Phalgellim, has my order come in. I
need my leonine carnivore. I understand.
Can you put a rush on it? I will throw
in another bill. Thank you.

He hangs up the cell, opens the floor door in the corner. He
descends into the earth, holding a candle.

INT. DUNGEON - CONTINUOUS

He walks around, lighting the different candles. Hanging
from the walls, in between the flames: skinless goats,
skinless lions and skinless snakes.

Dr. Metriark takes in a deep breathe, grins. Inscribed into
the walls, an intricate drawing of a lion, goat and snake
being born into the world. The images progress their lives
through their judgement day. The executioner sows the
animals together, resurrecting the beast over flames with
three human sacrifices.

Dr. Metriark follows the story-line, ending with revelation
in his eyes.

INT. GOTHIC CLUB - SAME MOMENT

Lamella walks back from the bathroom horrified.

COPPERHEAD
What's wrong?

LAMELLA GOLD
What's wrong? I just heard two girls in
the bathroom say that the goat head on
the lead singer is real.

COPPERHEAD
So what, Slipknot does the same thing.

LAMELLA GOLD
You don't understand.

She starts to hyperventilate.

COPPERHEAD
Are you okay?

LAMELLA GOLD
I need to get out of here.

He gets up and walks Lamella out of the club. Goths scream
in their faces as they leave.

EXT. GOTHIC CLUB - MOMENTS LATER

They come out the door. Lamella runs over and gets sicks in
the bushes.

COPPERHEAD
Oh my God, I knew it was a bit much but
come on.

She looks up, locks eyes.

LAMELLA GOLD
I have a very personal relationships with
goats. I grew up on a farm in Indiana.
I had a pet goat Missy. I told her my
deepest darkest secrets. (tears) Then
she was slaughtered.

FLASH: Sepia tone, Indiana farm, goat being slaughtered.
Blood splatters across the little girl's face.

LAMELLA GOLD (CONT'D)
I envisioned Missy on his head. I know
it sounds stupid but I'm very sensitive
to that animal. I don't know what it is.
I think because goats were used as
sacrifices for so many years.

COPPERHEAD
Lambs, dogs, cats, you name it, if it was
an animal, I'm sure it's been sacrificed.
Well, you know my secret animal, so I
guess I understand. Sorry I took you
there tonight. I guess I should've
warned you. I just really wanted to have
a drink with you and I thought if I
showed you my world, you would show me
yours.

LAMELLA GOLD
Very poetic, Copperhead. Did Ozzy teach
you that?

COPPERHEAD
My snake or Ozzy Ozzy?

LAMELLA GOLD
You're snake.

They both laugh.

LAMELLA GOLD (CONT'D)
Sorry I puked on our first date. Guess
it doesn't look too good.

COPPERHEAD
You know in a weird way, I like it.

LAMELLA GOLD
Yeah.

COPPERHEAD
Yeah.

He goes in for the kiss. She pushes away.

LAMELLA GOLD
God you're gross. What are you doing
tomorrow night? Shoot, actually I can't
see you again.

COPPERHEAD
What? Why not?

LAMELLA GOLD
Copper, can I just call you John?

He smiles.

LAMELLA GOLD (CONT'D)
John, I (searching for words) I don't
usually fall for men like you.

COPPERHEAD
Thank God, I'm one of a kind.

Club goers walk by.

LAMELLA GOLD
My last boyfriend, who was my fiance,
didn't work out because I realized I
didn't want predictability in my life.

COPPERHEAD
I'm the furthest thing from predictable.

LAMELLA GOLD
That's my point. Ever hear the cliche be
careful what you wish for?

COPPERHEAD
I'll handle this. Don't worry.

LAMELLA GOLD
It's my problem, John. Sorry.

COPPERHEAD
I'll never bring you here again. I'm
sorry I really wanted to check out the
band and see my competition. From now
on, it's...

LAMELLA GOLD
Time to go home.

COPPERHEAD
Very funny. How about coffee?

LAMELLA GOLD
I can't. I have a lot to do. I just
moved here, barely settled in. You play
in a band?

COPPERHEAD
Cryptic Ghosts, lead singer. Well, I'm
sure I'll see you around Lamella. We
shop at the same store.

LAMELLA GOLD
Good night.

She walks off. Copperhead pulls out an American Spirit
cigarette and lights up.

EXT. NEW YORK CITY - THAT NIGHT

The George Washington bridge in the distance lit up in front
of Manhattan. Khan's car, parked underneath the bridge.

INT. MAHARAJAH KHAN'S CAR - SAME MOMENT

Khan is smoking a rolled cigarette, downing a bottle of Jack.
Above him, the George Washington Bridge. He's in tears.

MAHARAJAH KHAN
(to God)
Just take me already. What's my purpose?
It's not fair. Why did you choose me to
live this life?

FLASHBACK: Vietnam camp. Young Khan, dressed in his
military fatigues. A haziness surrounds this haunted night.
Khan sits in his tent reading the Bible. A flash of light
and sound of a bomb exploding behind him, puts him outside.
Lost, confused, he stumbles to the remains of the explosion.
Soldiers, on the ground missing appendages, others dead.

MAHARAJAH KHAN (CONT'D)
(to one of the Soldiers)
What happened?

A SOLDIER missing a leg, locks eyes with his Officer.

SOLDIER
Emmanuel blew himself up amongst us.

MAHARAJAH KHAN
The boy.

Khan walks over to see the other wounded and dead soldiers.
Finally coming to a stop, the head of the young boy Emmanuel,
stares up at him. Khan looks up towards the Heavens.

MAHARAJAH KHAN (CONT'D)
(screams)
The day of wrath has come upon this
village. I will devour what is left.

INT. KHAN'S CAR - SAME MOMENT

Khan is standing outside his car with the half full bottle of
Jack. He throws it as far as he can into the Hudson. He
falls to his knees, breaks down.

MAHARAJAH KHAN
Everyday I live with these fuckin images.
Every fuckin day. Lord help me.

EXT. LAMELLA GOLD'S APARTMENT - SAME MOMENT

A tow truck pulls up in front of the building. Attached is
Lamella's gold Mercedes. The DRIVER gets out, removes the
car from his truck. Lamella stands at the curb.

DRIVER
Please sign here. (handing her a
clipboard) Sorry it's late. I got a
speeding ticket that nearly sent me bank
rupt, so now I drive just below the speed
limit. Hope you have in door parking. I
wouldn't trust this beauty on these
streets.

LAMELLA GOLD
I'll move it tomorrow. Here is fine for
now. (beat) They won't have an opening
in the garage until next week.

DRIVER
Good luck.

He gets in his truck and leaves. She enters the building.

INT. LAMELLA GOLD'S APARTMENT - MOMENTS LATER

She enters the apartment as her phone rings. She runs over
to pick it up.

LAMELLA GOLD
Hello, Hey Lisa. Good. I'm all set up
and my car just got here.

She looks out her window and sees it parked below.

LAMELLA GOLD (CONT'D)
Cool, when are you coming? Tomorrow. No
that's fine. I'll pick you up at JFK. I
love you too. Can't wait to see you.
Bye.

She hangs up the phone, takes off her clothes, throws them on
the couch, walks over to the kitchen, grabs a wine glass and
pours herself some Merlot. She watches TV, flipping through
the channels. She stops on a porn channel for a couple of
seconds. Smiling to herself.

LAMELLA GOLD (CONT'D)
Gotta pay for this in Indiana. My God
look at her position. How in God's name
does she do that?

She turns off TV, locks the front door and enters her
bedroom. We pan across the room to the window where we see,
two guys. One is taking off her tires and the other is
inside stealing everything. They put everything into a black
van and pull away.

INT. REHEARSAL STUDIO - NIGHT

A typical rehearsal setting. Mirrors, line the walls.
Colored spot lights shine down upon, Copperhead and his band
jamming out their tunes. "Kryptic Ghosts" banner with
skeleton ghosts and wings, hovers above the drummer.

COPPERHEAD
(sings)
The sign of the devil, leaves us no
pleasure, so wrap your arms in smoke,
feel the eyes of the devil, serpents in
disguise, manifest the illusion in your
eyes......

The band jams the end of the song.

COPPERHEAD (CONT'D)
(over the PA)
Let's take a break.

The band members put down their instruments. Copperhead
turns to the guitarist, SKULL.

COPPERHEAD (CONT'D)
What the fuck are you doin man? Jesus
Christ you fucked up the intro and
tripled the chorus. We have a gig comin
up in a couple of days. Are you gonna
fuck up then too?

SKULL
Chill man. I had a bad night.

COPPERHEAD
We all have bad nights but not in this
band. You understand. I'll play the
guitar myself if I have to. Nobody's
fuckin this up, nobody. I worked too
hard for you to be hung over messin up
the songs we've been playin for three
months.

SKULL
Alright man, I won't do it again.

COPPERHEAD
We gotta come up with something
different. I saw Krypt last night at
VW's. The fucker sings inside goat
skins. I should come out as Chimera.

SKULL
What the fuck's chimera?

COPPERHEAD
A mythological creature. It's got the
head of a lion, body of a goat and tail
of a snake.

SKULL
How are you gonna get that in a couple of
days? Cause a costume's gonna look like
shit.

Copperhead grins and walks out of the room.

SKULL (CONT'D)
God he can be such an asshole.

DISSOLVE TO:

EXT. JFK AIRPORT - NEXT MORNING

Lamella gets out of the cab, storms into the airport.

INT. JFK AIRPORT - MOMENTS LATER

People shuffle into the baggage claim area. Lamella, hands
over her face, crying. LISA, a gorgeous brunette, dressed in
hippie clothes, stumbles in. She sees Lamella in the
distance. She scurries past the people and hugs her.

LISA
Why are you crying Mel? If it was a bad
time to come, you could have said so.

Lamella releases her embrace.

LAMELLA GOLD
I'm sorry. It's...my car was...

LISA
Stolen.

LAMELLA GOLD
Worse, stripped to the frame.

LISA
Oh my God, I'm so sorry. How'd you get
here?

LAMELLA GOLD
A cab.

LISA
Welcome to New York.

LAMELLA GOLD
I thought Juliano cleaned this place up.

LISA
He's no longer the mayor.

LAMELLA GOLD
Do you have any bags?

LISA
One suitcase.

LAMELLA GOLD
Alright.

LISA
Did you hear about school yet?

LAMELLA GOLD
I don't start for a few weeks.

LISA
Great that will give us some time to
bond. I'll help you do whatever you
need.

LAMELLA GOLD
Thanks, Sis. I love you.

They hug again and kiss.

EXT. JFK AIRPORT - MOMENTS LATER

Lamella and Lisa flag down a taxi, get in and drive away.

INT. TAXI - MOMENTS LATER

The suitcase sits between them.

LAMELLA GOLD
So what have you been up to lately?

LISA
Mom's driving me insane. I need to get
out and experience the world, like you.
I was thinking if I really liked it here,
maybe I could stay.

LAMELLA GOLD
What would you do for work?

LISA
I would get a job.

LAMELLA GOLD
Doing what?

LISA
I could dance.

LAMELLA GOLD
Dance?

LISA
Yeah New York has the best strip clubs in
the world. Big money.

LAMELLA GOLD
Where does that fit on your resume?

LISA
Chill Mel. Not everyone can be as
successful as you. I have come to terms
with that fact many years ago. I'm tired
of trying to compete.

LAMELLA GOLD
Compete?

LISA
Yes, all my life, I've wanted to dress
like you. Get good grades like you.
Date the jocks and nerds, whoever.

LAMELLA GOLD
Who was a nerd?

LISA
(laughs)
Charlie Brummer. Sophomore year of high
school.

LAMELLA GOLD
Oh my God, how did you remember him?

LISA
I'll never forget, catching him on the
step latter outside our house looking in
on you take a shower. He was your
boyfriend for Christ's sake. Didn't you
have sex?

LAMELLA GOLD
No. I lost my virginity to Alex my
senior prom.

LISA
Boring. I lost my virginity to Zaro, in
his barn while his horses were mating.

LAMELLA GOLD
That is gross.

LISA
He had "Killem All" from Metallica
playing. Zaro devirginized just about
every freshman girl in my class.

LAMELLA GOLD
All in his barn?

LISA
I heard he took Janey skinny dipping in
his pond and fucked her there. But his
mother caught them and got pissed cause
they were having a swimming party the
next day.

The taxi approaches Time Square. Lisa sticks her head out
the window in amazement. He pulls over to the curb. Lamella
gives him the money. They leave.

EXT. LAMELLA GOLD'S APARTMENT - NIGHT

They walk up the steps, she sticks her key in the door as
people walk by.

LISA
Where's your car?

LAMELLA GOLD
I had it towed. They are giving me an
estimate tomorrow. (fondling the key in
the door) Damn, why won't this work.

LISA
Let me see.

LAMELLA GOLD
No I got it.

She opens the door. Walking down the street is Copperhead.

COPPERHEAD
Hey Mel, who's the babe?

LISA
You know this guy?

LAMELLA GOLD
I just met him. This babe is my sister.

He walks up to her and holds out his hand.

COPPERHEAD
Hello sister, do you have a name?

She looks at Lamella to see if she should take it. She nods.

LISA
Lisa. (shakes his hand)
And what's your name crazy man?

COPPERHEAD
Crazy man, I sought of like that. My
friends call me Copperhead. Your sister
calls me John.

LISA
Copperhead, so...you're into snakes.

LAMELLA GOLD
John would you like to come inside?
How'd you know where I lived?

COPPERHEAD
I was walking home from band practice. I
didn't know where you lived 'til now.
And yes I would love to be a guest
amongst two beautiful sisters.

LISA
He's a winner, huh? Come on in John and
you can tell me more about Copperhead.

They enter the building.

EXT. NEW YORK CITY - THAT NIGHT

Khan is sitting on the hood of his car, painting on a canvas,
leaning against the windshield. Blues jazz plays through his
small radio.

MAHARAJAH KHAN
(sings)
My heart's in a tortured state of mind,
my thoughts are my only alibi, Lord I do
you right every time, expel the demons
from my kind...yeah

He finishes the painting, holds it up into the light. The
chimera beast, a lion, goat snake with wings flies over the
George Washington Bridge, from his perspective below.

MAHARAJAH KHAN (CONT'D)
I'll call you, mirror cha cha.

We close in on his eyes. FLASHBACK: Viet Cong, that same
night. Khan palms the boy's head, lifts it into the air. He
shoves his riffle into the neck. It remains stuck on the
riffle as his men, torch the whole village. Those that run
and scream are shot instantly. Explosives hidden in the
homes go off, one right after the other.

Flames reflect in the boy's eyes and in Khan's eyes as he
holds the head next to his face.

INT. MAHARAJAH KHAN'S CAR - THAT MOMENT

Khan, screams, slams his fist into the windshield. His
bleeding knuckles leave with shards of glass.

EXT. MAHARAJAH KHAN'S CAR - CONTINUOUS

Khan pulls the broken pieces from his hand.

MAHARAJAH KHAN
(calling out to God)
What do you want from me? I spread your
word, but where is my fulfillment. I am
starved.

VISION: EMMANUEL, the little boy, stands in the distance,
hovering the water. Khan sees him and is transfixed into the
spiritual realm.

MAHARAJAH KHAN (CONT'D)
(echoed)
Emmanuel? What are you doing here?

EMMANUEL
I have come to ask forgiveness.

MAHARAJAH KHAN
Forgiveness. You fucked up my life. I
would have never wiped out your village
if it wasn't for what you had done.

EMMANUEL
I cannot rest until I am forgiven for the
act destined to me by humanity. They
were going to kill me anyway.

MAHARAJAH KHAN
Then why did you have to take everyone
with you?

EMMANUEL
I prayed for it to be a dud. I would
have surrendered to you, but it was not.
And it took me all these years to figure
out what must be done. You cannot change
what is written. You can only have faith
that others will not make the same
mistakes. Forgive me Maharajah Khan for
causing you to make irrational decisions.
My family forgives you, but you have not
forgiven yourself.

Khan keeps his eyes locked on the little boy. He vanishes.
Khan shakes from the vision, contemplating his new awareness.

INT. LAMELLA GOLD'S APARTMENT - LATER

The three of them are having drinks enjoying themselves.
John Cougar's, "Jack and Diane" plays in the background.

COPPERHEAD
A little ditty about Lamella and Lisa,
two American kids grown up in the heart
land...And they say..

All three sing.

LISA/COPPERHEAD/LAMELLA
Oh yeah life goes on

COPPERHEAD
Two American kids grown up the best they
can.

The song ends.

COPPERHEAD (CONT'D)
I like Mellencamp. He's got cool riffs.
And his music attracts beautiful women
from Indiana.

Copperhead walks around the apartment looking at all of her
goats.

COPPERHEAD (CONT'D)
Lamella, it's obvious you really like
goats, but do you believe people can
possess the spirit of an animal?

LISA
Okay Copperhead, looks like the drinks
went straight to your delirium.

LAMELLA GOLD
(holding in laughter)
I believe that.

COPPERHEAD
I think that's why you got sick. You
felt the loss of that goat's life. I get
the same way when a serpent passes. I
feel like it is somehow my fault. Does
this make any sense?

LISA
No psycho.

LAMELLA GOLD
Actually, I know exactly what you're
talking about. I used to be able to
communicate with Missy.

LISA
Yeah hi Missy, bye Missy. Time for
dinner Missy.

LAMELLA GOLD
Shut up, I'm talking about something
deeper. I never told anyone this. I
used to imagine what it would be like if
I was Missy and she was me. To the point
that one day I swear to God, the only way
I can express it...I felt like our
spirit's touched. I felt compassion and
understanding. It was a shared emotion.
If that makes any sense.

LISA
Yeah, I just found out you're more
screwed up then I am.

They both laugh. Copperhead looks out the window.

COPPERHEAD
(to himself)
Metriark, meet Mella the goat.

LISA
What?

COPPERHEAD
Nothing, I was just imagining her name,
Mella the goat.

LISA
Mella the goat. I like that. Let's
drink to Mella the goat.

They hold their drinks in the air and cheer.

COPPERHEAD
Look I know you just got into town so I
don't want to take up too much of your
time. Thank you very much for your
hospitality Lamella. I hope we can do it
again.

He hugs both of them good bye.

LAMELLA GOLD
You have to go so soon.

Copperhead sticks his hand into his pocket.

COPPERHEAD
Does anyone smoke?

LISA
Smoke what?

COPPERHEAD
(pulling out the bag)
This.

LISA
Yeah, roll it baby.

LAMELLA GOLD
Um, I don't think that's a good idea. I
don't want illegal drugs in my house.

COPPERHEAD
It's not illegal. I have my paper work
right here.

He digs into his other pocket.

COPPERHEAD (CONT'D)
Shit, I forgot it. Don't worry. I'm on
a special program at school. They let me
grow my own marijuana.

LISA
That's the biggest line of bullshit.
Mel, chill out. Let him roll a joint,
trust me you'll love it. It will mellow
you out. You won't feel so stressed.

LAMELLA GOLD
Fine.

Copperhead smiles and rolls a fat joint within seconds. He
sparks it up and passes it.

LISA
Thanks.

She takes a hit and passes it to Lamella.

LAMELLA GOLD
I don't know you that well.

LISA
Mel, shut up and smoke it.

Lamella takes a hit and coughs it up.

LAMELLA GOLD
Wow, that was crazy.

LISA
(laughing)
Smoke till you choke.

The joint passes a few more times. Camera weaving in and out
of them watching them get higher and higher.

COPPERHEAD
Well, you guys finish the rest. I'm
outta here.

LISA
It was very nice meeting you. Thanks for
the smoke.

COPPERHEAD
No problem. Hey, in a couple of days. I
have a big show coming up. I drop by a
flyer. Bye.

He exits.

LISA
What made you invite him up here if you
didn't know him that well? I thought you
guys were friends.

LAMELLA GOLD
I don't know. It seemed like the right
thing to do.

LISA
Well, I think he's cute.

LAMELLA GOLD
He usually carries around a ten foot
albino python.

LISA
That's pretty fuckin sexy.

LAMELLA GOLD
Sexy? He scared the shit out of me in
the grocery store down the street. He
calls it Ozzy.

LISA
(laughing)
Like Ozzy Osbourne.

LAMELLA GOLD
Exactly like Ozzy Osbourne. He said he's
a huge fan and wanted to show his
gratitude.

LISA
What a loyal guy.

LAMELLA GOLD
Figures you would look at it like that.
Want more wine?

LISA
Of course, fill me up. That weed was
really good.

Lamella fills her sister's glass.

EXT. NEW YORK CITY - THAT NIGHT

Copperhead is stumbling down the street. NYPD spots him.
OFFICER #1, the driver creeps closer. The lights flash
without the siren. They pull behind him, coming to a stop.
Copperhead freezes as Officer #1 approaches.

OFFICER #1
Excuse me Sir, where are you going?

Copperhead POV: four cars spin around him. He gains control.

COPPERHEAD
I'm on my way home Officer.

OFFICER #1
Where you coming from?

COPPERHEAD
A friend's.

Officer #1 gets on the mike.

OFFICER #1
Yeah, he's on his way home from a
friend's.

Officer #2 sitting in the front seat leans over and grips his
gun tighter.

OFFICER #1 (CONT'D)
You look a bit wobbly. How much did you
drink tonight?

COPPERHEAD
What's the problem, Officer. I'm not
driving, I'm walking home. Why are you
busting my balls.

OFFICER #1
A smartass huh.

Officer #2 slowly gets out of the car.

Copperhead spots him in the corner of his eye. He looks back
at Officer #1.

COPPERHEAD
What do you want from me?

OFFICER #1
Identification.

He reaches into his wallet and pulls out his driver's
licence.

OFFICER #1 (CONT'D)
Jonathan Clark. 30 years old and still
in college.

COPPERHEAD
How do you know that?

OFFICER #1
Your student ID is directly under your
driver's licence. Why are you still in
school at 30 years old. Going for your
Doctorate?

COPPERHEAD
Listen, if you're not taking me in,
thanks for the conversation.

OFFICER #1
Mr. Clark do you realize the penalty for
public intoxication?

COPPERHEAD
Public intoxication? What about the
thousands of people that walk around
here, drunk and stoned. Why are you
picking on me, man?

Officer #2 gives Copperhead a breathalizer test.

OFFICER #1
Breathe harder. I'm sure you've done
this before.

Copperhead breathes harder into the plastic tube.

OFFICER #1 (CONT'D)
I want you to walk a straight line. One
foot in front of the other.

COPPERHEAD
This is fuckin bullshit.

OFFICER #1
You got anything on you, that you
shouldn't.

COPPERHEAD
No.

Copperhead tries walking the straight line and stumbles.
Officer #2 searches him and fins a bag of weed in his pocket.

OFFICER #1
Thought you said you didn't have anything
on you that you shouldn't. Let's take
him in.

COPPERHEAD
That's my medication, I'm in a program
for school.

OFFICER #1
Well, looks like this won't be the only
program you'll be involved in.

He puts handcuffs on Copperhead and puts him into the car.
They drive away.

EXT. NEW YORK CITY - SAME MOMENT

Khan is releasing himself into the Hudson River while still
swigging his Jack. Headlights shine on him as he turns
around exposed. The car doors fly open, two officers charge.

MAHARAJAH KHAN
What's going on?

They wrestle him to the ground, throw cuffs on him and drag
him to their car. Khan spins around while dropping to the
ground, kicks the cop's legs out from under him and takes off
running. The other officer jumps on top of him and beats him
to the ground.

CLOSE ON: Khan's bloody face slams against the pavement.

MAHARAJAH KHAN (CONT'D)
My car. My stuff.

COP O.S.
You won't need them where you're headed.

FADE TO BLACK.

Over the black screen, voices fade in. Clanging on metal
bars accompany the voices.

FADE IN:

INT. NEW YORK CITY JAIL CELL - EARLY MORNING

This holding cell, houses the incarcerated from the night
before. Copperhead and Maharajah Khan are amongst them.
Khan slowly wakes up, sees his situation.

COPPERHEAD
(to Khan)
They messed you up pretty bad. You
fought the whole way in.

MAHARAJAH KHAN
The last thing I remember was pissing in
the Hudson.

Khan rubs his fingers over the dried blood on his face.

MAHARAJAH KHAN (CONT'D)
I'm still dizzy.

Across from them, a biker, DUD, is seducing an eighteen year
old, FRANCESCO.

DUD
I'm gonna rip those pants right off of
you.

He grabs his crotch and massages his balls.

FRANCESCO
He's fucking malesting me.

He grabs his arm and Dud squeezes harder.

FRANCESCO (CONT'D)
Jesus Christ, what do you want man?

DUD
I told you. Take'em off.

The rest of the cell mates back off and let the situation
evolve. Some egg it on.

MAHARAJAH KHAN
Excuse me. Remove your hand from the
kid's balls, before I kill you.

DUD
What the fuck did you just say to me.

Letting go of Francesco, he gets in Khan's face.

MAHARAJAH KHAN
Please back up.

Dud gets in his face.

Khan's POV: Dud's tongue slowly exiting and entering his
mouth. He leaps for the tongue and bites it off. Blood
covers the lens.

Khan spits the tongue on Dud, throws him to the floor,
pinning his arms with his knees. His hands rise clawed,
roaring like a lion.

MAHARAJAH KHAN (CONT'D)
(from his core)
RROOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRR

Clawing at the air just above Dud's face. Dud starts to
choke on his own blood. Khan lifts him up, locks eyes.

MAHARAJAH KHAN (CONT'D)
You're lucky I didn't take your nose.

Copperhead realizes how Khan fits the puzzle. The cops
charge the bars, Officer #1 sees Dud covered in blood.

OFFICER #1
What happened?

DUD
Nothing I bit my tongue.

OFFICER #1
Off, you bit your tongue off.

He hand cuffs Dud and grabs the tip of his tongue with a
paper towel. He rushes him out. Everyone in the cell
cheers. Francesco walks over and shakes his hand.

FRANCESCO
Thank you.

Someone screams out, "Khan's the man."

FRANCESCO (CONT'D)
Khan. I don't know what I would've done
if he raped me in front of all of you.

MAHARAJAH KHAN
You would be a different person now. I
didn't want to meet that person.

He laughs escaping the horror. Copperhead approaches.

COPPERHEAD
(to khan)
That was amazing. You're a lion.

MAHARAJAH KHAN
The lion is my spirit guide. I posses
its spirit.

COPPERHEAD
I can see that. I can manipulate the
minds of serpents.

MAHARAJAH KHAN
Serpents are wise. I would like to see
that.

COPPERHEAD
I have a ten foot albino boa, named Ozzy.
What are you in here for?

MAHARAJAH KHAN
Doesn't this boy know you never ask a
cell mate what their in for? Like I told
you I was pissing in the Hudson. What is
it with you boy?

COPPERHEAD
I haven't had my medication and I get
irritable without it. It makes me forget
things.

Officer #2 approaches.

OFFICER #2
Clark.

Copperhead looks up.

COPPERHEAD
That's me, Jonathan Clark.

OFFICER #2
Come with me.

He opens the cell and lets Copperhead out. He grabs the
bars.

COPPERHEAD
(to Khan)
I'll see you around.

MAHARAJAH KHAN
I'm on all the street corners, come to my
store, Khan's car. You can buy one of my
paintings.

COPPERHEAD
Oh yeah, poor man by the river.

MAHARAJAH KHAN
He who is poor is rich in spirit.

COPPERHEAD
Bye for now.

He exits.

INT. POLICE STATION = MOMENTS LATER

Copperhead is escorted to Dr. Metriark standing there signing
the release papers.

COPPERHEAD
Thanks Doc. Just the man I want to see.

DR. METRIARK
You will pay me back.

COPPERHEAD
I know. I need to talk to you.

They exit the station.

EXT. POLICE STATION - MOMENTS LATER

Copperhead stops him.

COPPERHEAD
Listen, I know you think I'm irrational,
but I'm telling you. I found our goat
and right in there is our lion.

DR. METRIARK
Oh yeah, how so?

COPPERHEAD
While I was incarcerated, this huge biker
dude, started feeling up this young kid,
threatening to rape him in front of
everyone.

DR. METRIARK
Kid?

COPPERHEAD
Eighteen. He was just about to do it
when this guy Khan gets in his face and
bites off his tongue. Then the biker
tells the cop he bit his own tongue off.
Khan throws him to the ground, well
before the cops got there, and roared and
clawed like a lion.

DR. METRIARK
You really believe this is him?

COPPERHEAD
I don't know, but I think it would be
worth the bail. He's only in for pissin
in the Hudson.

DR. METRIARK
If I go in there a bail out a stranger
who has nothing to do with what we talked
about, I swear to God I will kill you.
Don't fuck with me Copperhead.

COPPERHEAD
Metriark, I'm serious. And also I met
this woman who I believe has the spirit
of the goat. You were right. When the
timing is right for an event to take
place, everything will work out. It has
to, it's Divine intervention. It's like
fulfilling prophesy. We will make
history. It's our fate.

Dr. Metriark nods his head and they both walk back into the
station.

COPPERHEAD V.O.
How'd you know where I was?

DR. METRIARK V.O.
When you didn't answer all night at home,
I figured you were out partying and got
busted with a bag of weed without the
paper work. So sure enough when I called
the police, they said you were here.

He throws him the bag of weed.

COPPERHEAD V.O.
They gave it back to you.

DR. METRIARK V.O.
With these.

He hands him the paper work. They enter the station.

EXT. NEW YORK CITY - DAY

A busy day in the city. Lamella and Lisa are sight seeing.
Going to the hot spots.

MONTAGE SEQUENCE: Rock music creates the atmosphere. They
walk down Broadway, the theatre district. They walk by David
Letterman's, NBC, Rockefeller Center, Central Park, Columbus
Circle; they tilt their heads up seeing the massive Trump
Tower. They take a cruise around the island.

INT. BOAT - SAME MOMENT

People are dancing and drinking on the deck. Lisa is out of
control, dancing on the table tops. Lamella downs her Pina
Colada and goes to the bar to order another one. Guys have
their hands all over Lisa's legs, throwing money at her,
screaming for her to take off her shirt.

Lamella comes back with their drinks as Lisa flashes the
boat. A hot LATINO guy, behind her grabs her breasts.
Lamella throws her drink on him.

LATINO
What the hell bitch?

LAMELLA GOLD
That's my sister. Lisa, get down.

LISA
It's fine Mel, it's not everyday I get to
have some sexy stranger feel me up.

Lamella drops her shirt and gets down.

LAMELLA GOLD
(to Latino)
Stay away from my sister.

The boat approaches the Marina and docks. Lamella and Lisa
stare out at the city finishing their drinks.

LISA
I had alot of fun today.

LAMELLA GOLD
Me too, I'm exhausted. I guess you were
serious about dancing.

LISA
I heard to dance at Scores you have to
pay two hundred dollars just to walk in.

LAMELLA GOLD
If their asking for that much, God only
knows how much the girls are walking out
of there with.

LISA
Exactly. I have an audition tomorrow.

LAMELLA GOLD
Why didn't you tell me.

LISA
Don't tell Mom or Dad please.

They finish their drinks.

LAMELLA GOLD
I won't but I don't think it's right.

LISA
Get over it, Mel. I grew up in the same
household you did. I still have my
morals. I'm just living life.

DISSOLVE TO:

EXT. NEW YORK CITY - LATER THAT DAY

Dr. Metriark, driving a black hummer, follows Khan's car back
to his favorite spot outside Lamella's Apartment. Both cars
pull up to the curb.

Copperhead gets out of the Hummer's passenger side.

COPPERHEAD
This thing's a monster. (to Dr.
Metriark) And Mella the goat lives in
this building.

Khan gets out of his car and sets up his sidewalk vending.
Dr. Metriark and Copperhead help him. Metriark looks at
"Mirror Cha Cha".

DR. METRIARK
Chimera. Khan what made you paint this?

Holding up the painting.

MAHARAJAH KHAN
Be careful. That was a vision of mine.

DR. METRIARK
Really? Are you familiar with this
beast?

MAHARAJAH KHAN
Never seen it before the vision.

DR. METRIARK
I am a philosophy professor at NYU. This
beast you had a vision of is called
Chimera. He's in my mind the most
powerful, respected creature of the
universe. It has the spirit of a king,
body of sacrifice and wisdom of a
serpent. I am very close to this beast.
It is not a coincidence I met you. It
was fate. You were right Copperhead,
sorry to have doubted you.

Copperhead finishes setting up the table in front of his car.
People shuffle by; others stop and look.

MAHARAJAH KHAN
What does that mean?

DR. METRIARK
Copperhead told me who you are why do you
think I bailed you out?

MAHARAJAH KHAN
God has always watched my back. I have
my disagreements with Him, but when a
miracle comes along, I accept it with
faith and humility. I don't ask
questions.

DR. METRIARK
You're a smart man Maharajah Khan. I
have something I know you will be
interested in. How about tomorrow night,
you come with me and Copperhead.

MAHARAJAH KHAN
Where's that?

DR. METRIARK
Not far.

COPPERHEAD
I got a show tomorrow night. It's gonna
have to be the next day.

DR. METRIARK
Then we'll go to your show. You will
invite your lady friend Lamella.

COPPERHEAD
I'm gonna need some things from you
before the show tomorrow night.

Dr. Metriark shakes Khan's hand.

DR. METRIARK
It was a pleasure meeting you Khan. I
will see you tomorrow. Stay sober.

Copperhead and Dr. Metriark get in his hummer and drive away.

INT. HUMMER - MOMENTS LATER

Dr. Metriark makes a turn.

DR. METRIARK
So what is it you need from me?

COPPERHEAD
There's a local band gaining major
success right now. The lead singer is
Krypt and he sings in goat skins and
wears the head of a goat.

DR. METRIARK
Where do you think he got the skins?

COPPERHEAD
From you, really? Well, I was thinking.

DR. METRIARK
I know what you were thinking and yes I
will give you the skins to create
Chimera.

They pull up to the curb where Khan normally parks his car.
Copperhead and Metriark watch from the distance as Khan sets
everything up.

EXT. LAMELLA GOLD'S APARTMENT - SAME MOMENT

Lamella and Lisa walk up the street approaching. Lamella
stops and looks at Khan's merchandise. Lisa walks over to
the chimera painting.

LISA
This is amazing. How much do you want
for this?

MAHARAJAH KHAN
That's my favorite. It used to be called
Mirror Cha Cha, but I just found out this
is a real creature.

LAMELLA GOLD
Well, glad it doesn't live in New York.

She and her sister laugh.

LISA
What do you want for it?

MAHARAJAH KHAN
Two hundred.

LISA
Can I pay you back? We can hang it in
your apartment until I find a place of my
own.

LAMELLA GOLD
You're serious about this?

LISA
The painting?

CUT TO:

INT. HUMMER - SAME MOMENT

Copperhead and Metriark watch Lamella and Lisa approach.

DR. METRIARK
How did you meet her?

COPPERHEAD
Ozzy scared the shit out of her. It was
pretty funny. So I figured I should
stumble along and invite them to the show
tomorrow night.

DR. METRIARK
Tell them your professor is going as well
and maybe we should all go together. By
the time the night is through, they will
be begging for the night of their lives.

Copperhead gets out of the hummer and inconspicuously walks
towards them. Dr. Metriark watches the encounter.

DR. METRIARK (CONT'D)
That a boy.

Copperhead hands them the flyers, hugs both goodbye, walks
away.

CUT BACK TO:

EXT. LAMELLA GOLD'S APARTMENT - SAME MOMENT

LAMELLA GOLD
Getting back to what we were talking
about. Living here with me.

LISA
Does he just show up all the time?

Lamella smiles.

LISA (CONT'D)
If you don't mind, yeah. I love it here
Mel. I'll pay half the rent.

LAMELLA GOLD
(laughing)
Half the rent. I paid cash for it. They
gave me a better deal. But if you want
to pay rent, I'll consider it.

LISA
What about the painting?

LAMELLA GOLD
I'll buy it for you as a celebration for
your independence.

LISA
Thank you Sis. I love you.

Lisa gives her sister a peck on the cheek. Lamella pays Khan
two hundred for the painting. Lisa grabs it and brings it up
the steps to their apartment.

Copperhead and Dr. Metriark approach Khan.

DR. METRIARK
(to Khan)
Nice work. (handing him money) Let's go.

MAHARAJAH KHAN
I thought you said tomorrow.

DR. METRIARK
Yeah I was thinking tonight would be
better.

Khan looks at the hundreds rolled in his hand, nods. They
help him pack up the car. All three walk back to the Hummer.

INT. DUNGEON - LATER

Dim light shines into this forsaken place.

DR. METRIARK
Just keep walking.

Khan is taking baby steps. Copperhead follows and Dr.
Metriark behind them.

MAHARAJAH KHAN
Is there any light down here?

Copperhead lights his lighter. Metriark lights the torch,
slams the door shut and lights the candles.

MAHARAJAH KHAN (CONT'D)
What the hell.

After the last candle is lit, Metriark slams the torch down
upon the back of his neck, knocking him to the ground.

COPPERHEAD
Jesus Christ! What are you doing?

DR. METRIARK
You need to help me.

He takes the body and drags it over to the wall with hanging
cuffs.

DR. METRIARK (CONT'D)
Strip him.

COPPERHEAD
What?

DR. METRIARK
Are you deaf, strip him.

Copperhead obeys. Battle scars cover his body from head to
toe.

DR. METRIARK (CONT'D)
Help me lift him.

They each grab a hand and cuff it into the chains, arms out
spread, holding him from falling. His feet are cuffed to
iron rings.

COPPERHEAD
How long is he gonna be out for?

Dr. Metriark grabs a needle and sucks up the venom from the
snake.

DR. METRIARK
After an injection of this, he'll be
feeling...just right. You need to help
me tonight.

COPPERHEAD
What do you want me to do?

DR. METRIARK
We are meeting Phalgellim at midnight.

COPPERHEAD
Where?

DR. METRIARK
At a small landing field about an hour
from here. It's here, Copperhead. My
leonine canine. It will happen tomorrow
night after your concert.

COPPERHEAD
How am I gonna get Lamella here tomorrow
night? Plus her sister's here from out
of town.

DR. METRIARK
Good we can use her as our witness.
Imagine the movie she'll be able to make
witnessing her sister sacrificed to
resurrect a mythological creature. It
will be brilliant.

COPPERHEAD
Pretty sick. What did you give to Khan?

DR. METRIARK
Come here.

He walks him over to the Taipon and whispers to him in
another language.

COPPERHEAD
Ah the tail of your beast.

Copperhead gets a headache, hearing the sinister voice of the
serpent.

SERPENT V.O.
(echoed)
Ancient words, ancient rhymes forgotten
times.

DR. METRIARK
What's wrong can't stop reading the
thoughts of my friend?

COPPERHEAD
Something is...wrong. This has never
happened to me before.

He falls to the ground in pain. Metriark laughs, stops the
spell. Copperhead rises to his feet.

COPPERHEAD (CONT'D)
My headache's gone. It felt like a
needle penetrating my brain.

Dr. Metriark gives him the glass of venom.

DR. METRIARK
Drink up. You tell me.

Copperhead smells the glass, not much odor.

COPPERHEAD
Looks like venom.

DR. METRIARK
Very good now drink it.

Copperhead drinks the poison, but not enough to kill him.

Copperhead POV: Colors intensify around him. Everything
starts to get wavy as if he is tripping on acid.

DR. METRIARK (CONT'D)
This is what you'll perform on tomorrow.
You should keep on taking it through the
night.

He hands him a jar of the snake's venom.

EXT. NEW YORK CITY - SAME MOMENT

The moon is bright, the day before a full moon. Sitting at
an outdoor cafe, Lamella and Lisa enjoy their lattes.

EXT. CAFE - SAME MOMENT

Lisa puts her drink down and takes a bite of her pastry.

LISA
This is delicious. You definitely don't
get pastries like this in Indiana.

LAMELLA GOLD
They say its the water coming in from the
mountains.

LISA
So what's going on with you and
Copperhead?

LAMELLA GOLD
Nothing. Why do you say it like that?

LISA
I think he's got the hots for you.

LAMELLA GOLD
He's your type not mine.

LISA
I'll go for him if you really don't care.
He seems cool as hell. I can't wait to
see him perform. I'll bet he's an
animal. I could only imagine what he's
like in bed.

LAMELLA GOLD
Shut up.

LISA
What, like you wouldn't do him if he
ripped off your clothes.

Lamella laughs as she thinks about it.

Lamella's Vision: She is tied up to a wall, legs spread.
Ozzy is slithering up her leg. Copperhead in one gesture
rips off her clothes. She gasps as he enters.

LISA (CONT'D)
(waving her hand in front of
her face)
Hello.

Lamella snaps out of it.

LAMELLA GOLD
Sorry.

LISA
You were thinking about it. You do like
him.

LAMELLA GOLD
It's not that.

LISA
What is it then?

Lamella sips her latte and bites into her pastry.

LAMELLA GOLD
He makes me feel human. His eyes are so
powerful, like he knows what you are
going to say before you even say it. So
much has happened so fast Lisa. I almost
feel like I don't have a handle on my
life.

A piece of pastry hangs from Lamella's lips.

LISA
Please, you'll do just fine. Wipe your
mouth. (Lamella does) Once school
starts, everything will be back to
normal. It's always during these states
of transition that make people fall into
depression and confusion.

LAMELLA GOLD
I can't believe I smoked pot. What does
that mean?

LISA
It means you're loosening up a bit, and
you're starting to enjoy life. There is
nothing wrong with that, even for you.
What are you going to wear tomorrow
night?

LAMELLA GOLD
I don't know, I don't really own anything
black.

They look at each other and smile.

LISA AND LAMELLA
Let's go shopping.

They finish their drinks and pastries, get up and leave.

EXT. LANDING FIELD - THAT NIGHT

A small airplane approaches the field. Copperhead and Dr.
Metriark are waiting by the parked hummer. The plane lands.
The door opens and DR. PHALGELLIM, dressed in jeans and a
button down shirt, approaches. He shakes hands with Metriark
and Copperhead.

DR. PHALGELLIM
I told you I would get it here in time.

DR. METRIARK
Let's see'em.

Dr. Phalgellim opens the back door. A black cage on wheels
houses the king of all beasts. The lion roars as it makes
eye contact with Metriark through the bar window.

DR. METRIARK (CONT'D)
Beautiful. Just what the doctor ordered.

Dr. Metriark takes out a money order and hands it to Dr.
Phalgellim.

DR. PHALGELLIM
Hundred thousand, perfect. This never
happened. I better not read about a lion
breaking loose and running the streets.

Copperhead laughs.

DR. PHALGELLIM (CONT'D)
Something funny boy.

COPPERHEAD
No sir.

DR. PHALGELLIM
(to Copperhead)
I won't ask how you got involved, I don't
want to know. You better be in class
tomorrow. Give me a hit of your weed.

Copperhead pulls out a joint and smokes everyone out. They
wheel the lion off the plane and connect it to the hummer.
Copperhead and Dr. Metriark get into the hummer and drive
off. Dr. Phalgellim gets in his plane and takes off.

EXT. LAMELLA GOLD'S APARTMENT

Lamella and Lisa are walking home with bags in their hands.
They approach the apartment and notice Khan's vacant car.
The merchandise stolen from it.

LAMELLA GOLD
That's weird. Should we call the police?

LISA
Maybe, I don't know. Call tomorrow if
the car is still there and the guy's
still missing.

LAMELLA GOLD
Alright.

LISA
Glad we got that painting from him.

They enter the building.

INT. LAMELLA GOLD'S APARTMENT - MOMENTS LATER

They walk into the apartment. Lisa collapses on the couch.
Lamella checks her messages. Over the speaker, we hear.

MALE V.O.
Hi this message is for Lamella Gold.
This is Burt from the Mercedes
dealership. Your car has been estimated
and I think we need to talk. Call me
back I'll be in the office for another
hour or so. 555-8973. Bye.

LAMELLA GOLD
Great, wonder what that means.

LISA
He'll probably try and get you to buy
another one.

LAMELLA GOLD
Screw it. I don't need a car living
here. If I feel I have to get one then I
will later. But right now, I can get to
all the places I need to go by train or
cab.

The next message can be heard as well.

MOTHER V.O.
Hello my babies. How are my girls in the
big apple. Just wanted to make sure
everything is going well. You know me,
worry, worry, worry. I love you both
very much. Bye Mel, bye Lisa. Lisa when
are you coming home?

Presses the button to hang it up.

LAMELLA GOLD
You didn't tell her, did you?

LISA
About my audition tomorrow, no.

LAMELLA GOLD
About how you really want to stay.

LISA
Well, we'll see how tomorrow goes. I'm
exhausted, I'm going to bed. Love you
Sis.

LAMELLA GOLD
Me too.

Lamella walks into her bedroom.

DISSOLVE TO:

EXT. BASEMENT - THAT NIGHT

Dr. Metriark and Copperhead are detaching the cage from the
hummer.

COPPERHEAD
How are we going to do this?

DR. METRIARK
We'll put him in the dungeon and chain
him to the wall.

COPPERHEAD
Did you forget, you have a man in your
dungeon. If this lion gets loose,
goodbye chimera.

DR. METRIARK
He won't get loose, let's go open it up.

Copperhead opens the cage door. Hanging from the lion's neck
is a chain connected to the metal collar. Metriark slowly
tugs on the chain to get the lion up. It refuses to move.

COPPERHEAD
What's the problem?

DR. METRIARK
It won't move. He still looks out of it.

COPPERHEAD
This poor animal was pulled from its own
habitat, flew across the globe, was
sedated and all you can say is, "He looks
out of it."

DR. METRIARK
You got a better suggestion.

COPPERHEAD
Let me try.

Copperhead approaches the lion.

COPPERHEAD (CONT'D)
Here kitty kitty kitty.

The lion turns its head. Copperhead ROARS at him as loud as
he can. The lion stands up and lunges for Copperhead.
Copperhead flies back. The lion is about to land its front
paws on Copperhead when the chain stops him. Copperhead
scurries out. Dr. Metriark cracks up laughing.

COPPERHEAD (CONT'D)
Yeah real funny. Let's go.

They walk the beast down the steps into the basement and down
into the dungeon.

INT. DUNGEON - MOMENTS LATER

Khan awakes when the lion enters. Copperhead lights the
torch next to Khan.

MAHARAJAH KHAN
What's going on? You can't do this to
me.

DR. METRIARK
Mr. Khan, the lion king. (smirks) Don't
worry our little friend here will not eat
you. He'll just watch you throughout the
night.

MAHARAJAH KHAN
Why are you doing this to me?

DR. METRIARK
You're the chosen one. You should feel
proud. You will make history forever.

MAHARAJAH KHAN
I'm already part of history. I don't
need to be known for anything else.

Dr. Metriark laughs as he chains the lion to the wall.
Copperhead takes out the venom and takes a swig. Metriark
walks over and puts more venom into the needle. He grabs his
AR15 shotgun and points it at him.

DR. METRIARK
(to Copperhead)
Stick'em. (handing him the needle) See
these animals around you. I shot each
and everyone of them for the moment I
have been waiting for my whole life. It
is truly an honor to have met you and
Copperhead. Without you, my life long
plan would have been useless. You
believe in fate, Khan?

Copperhead injects the venom into Khan.

MAHARAJAH KHAN
I don't believe forcing punishment onto
another human being is fate. It's cruel
and not of God. You will pay for what
you have done and what you will do.

DR. METRIARK
Funny you should mention God. I am doing
all of this for Him. So his creature who
once lived years ago can return. And yes
my payment will be instant success.

MAHARAJAH KHAN
What the hell are you talking about?

DR. METRIARK
(to Copperhead)
Ready to leave so our two friends can get
acquainted. They are going to spend a
lot of time together.

Copperhead blows out the torch. They both laugh as they
leave him in the dark dungeon with the lion.

INT. BASEMENT - CONTINUOS

Dr. Metriark gives the goat skins, and old lion head to
Copperhead in a big canvas bag.

DR. METRIARK
I believe you were going to use Ozzy as
the tail.

COPPERHEAD
I'll figure out how to attach him. Why
did you hunt all these animals?

DR. METRIARK
It is believed one animal of each kind is
not enough. I have been sacrificing
these particular animals since I was 15.
I have tried many times to resurrect this
beast. I know for sure it will work this
time.

COPPERHEAD
Can you bring this bag with you tomorrow
when you pick me up?

DR. METRIARK
No problem.

COPPERHEAD
Thanks.

Copperhead leaves the bag.

DISSOLVE TO:

INT. COPPERHEAD'S ROOM - NEXT MORNING

The sun's rays pour through the window. Ozzy is slithering
up Copperhead's leg.

COPPERHEAD
Good morning. Ready for tonight.

There is a knock at the door.

COPPERHEAD (CONT'D)
Yeah.

RAINBOX V.O.
Copperhead, it's me Rainbox. I knocked
this time.

COPPERHEAD
Come in.

Rainbox walks in with bed head.

RAINBOX
I was wondering...

COPPERHEAD
Yeah, I know what you were wondering.
You want to wake and bake.

RAINBOX
I'll do whatever you want.

COPPERHEAD
Does your boyfriend know what goes on in
here?

RAINBOX
It's hard when you're going to school and
don't have a job. You do what you do to
get by. And if giving you oral sex is
what I have to do to get high for free,
then that's what I'll do.

COPPERHEAD
You know the only reason I'm like this
towards you is because your boyfriend
slept with my ex.

She sits on the small couch.

RAINBOX
Yeah he told me that's why you guys don't
talk anymore. After this year we're
gonna move in together, so it looks like
you'll have to look for a new roommate.

COPPERHEAD
I'm sure I won't have a problem.
Besides, I'll get my double major next
year and then I can move on. Are you
going to my show tonight?

RAINBOX
Where is it?

COPPERHEAD
VW's.

RAINBOX
I love that club. I saw Krypt sing there
the other night.

COPPERHEAD
I was there.

RAINBOX
That was insane how he came out dressed
like a goat.

COPPERHEAD
You haven't seen anything yet, baby.

He hands her the bong and fills it up.

COPPERHEAD (CONT'D)
Here.

RAINBOX
Don't you want me...

COPPERHEAD
No don't worry about it. I'll never ask
you again to do that.

RAINBOX
Thanks.

She takes a huge hit.

INT. LAMELLA GOLD'S APARTMENT - SAME MOMENT

Lisa is in the shower as Lamella cooks eggs in the kitchen.

LAMELLA GOLD
Breakfast is almost done.

LISA V.O.
I'll be out in a minute.

Lamella sets the table and brings out the food. She pours
two glasses of tomato juice. Lisa walks out in a towel. She
puts her sexiest outfit on.

LAMELLA GOLD
Are you nervous about your audition?

LISA
What do you think?

LAMELLA GOLD
I think you're making a mistake if you
go.

She gives her a look of don't go there.

LAMELLA GOLD (CONT'D)
Fine, but bring your cell, and call me
immediately after.

LISA
I will.

They sit down and enjoy their breakfast. Lamella notices
Khan's car still parked outside.

LAMELLA GOLD
You know that guy never came for his car
last night. Do you think we should call
the police?

LISA
I don't care, Mel. I don't know him and
either do you. So what's the big deal?

LAMELLA GOLD
I guess your right.

LISA
These eggs are delicious. You're going
to be the best cook in the world.

Lamella smiles.

LISA (CONT'D)
(finishing her last bite)
Thanks for breakfast. I'll see you
later.

LAMELLA GOLD
Don't forget to call.

LISA
I won't.

She grabs her purse and walks out.

EXT. SCORES STRIP CLUB - MORNING

Lisa looks at the address.

LISA
Well, here goes nothing.

She enters the building.

INT. SCORES STRIP CLUB - CONTINUOUS

The empty club is filled with stages and dancing poles.
There is one main stage with a table in front of it.

SALLY HANDSON, late 50's stylized club owner walks out.

SALLY HANDSON
Lisa Gold.

LISA
Yes.

SALLY HANDSON
Right on time. I like that. Have you
ever been here before?

LISA
No.

SALLY HANDSON
No problem. Have a seat.

They sit at the table in front of the main stage.

SALLY HANDSON (CONT'D)
So have you ever danced before?

LISA
I've taken dance lessons my whole life.

SALLY HANDSON
Then why aren't you on Broadway, Honey?

LISA
I just moved here and need to bring in
money.

SALLY HANDSON
Alright, what do you want to dance to?

LISA
Do you have any Marilyn Manson?

SALLY HANDSON
Sure. (screaming up to the DJ) Johnny
put in Manson for the girl.

Marilyn Manson plays over the speakers.

SALLY HANDSON (CONT'D)
Don't just sit here, do what you do.

Lisa gets up and seductively dances around the pole. She
raps her legs around it and hangs back. She slowly takes off
her shirt exposing her laced black bra. She gets down from
the pole and bends over in front of it. She takes off her
skirt and starts humping the ground. Finally her bra is
thrown to the wind and she pushes her breasts around the
pole. She takes off her laced black panties and throws them
at Sally. She strikes an end pose as the song finishes.

Sally gets up and starts to walk away.

LISA
That's it. How fuckin humiliating.

SALLY HANDSON
You start tonight. Be here at seven with
two hundred dollars. I promise you'll
make it back on your first dance.

Lisa gets her clothes on, very excited.

LISA
Thank you so much. I won't disappoint
you.

Sally leaves. Lisa grabs her purse and exits.

EXT. NEW YORK CITY STREETS - MOMENTS LATER

Lisa dials on her cell.

LISA
I got it. Tonight at seven. I'm sorry
Mel. Can't you go with Copperhead and
his professor. I know that's not the
point. Please, don't be mad. I'm gonna
go shopping for an outfit. I'll be home
later. Let me know what happens with
your car. I love you too. Bye.

She hangs up the phone and continues walking.

INT. MERCEDES DEALERSHIP - AFTERNOON

Lamella walks in and looks around. The latest Mercedes
models are shining beautifully. Lamella walks up to the
service desk.

LAMELLA GOLD
Hi, I'm looking for Burt. I'm Lamella
Gold. I have an appointment.

BURT WILLOWS, educated looking man in his 30's, strolls up.

BURT
Lamella Gold (holding out his hand) Burt
Willows.

She shakes his hand.

BURT (CONT'D)
Please follow me to my office.

They enter his office.

INT. BURT WILLOW'S OFFICE - MOMENTS LATER

He gestures for her to have a seat.

BURT
Please. Alright, here's the deal. My
men looked at your car and it is going to
cost a fortune to replace everything
stolen.

LAMELLA GOLD
What's considered a fortune?

BURT
Before, I release that information, I
found the exact model, same color. The
only difference is this car has a sun
roof. For ten down I can get your
payments to $450 a month.

LAMELLA GOLD
Wow, slow down Burt. I came here for my
car, not a new one.

BURT
I know but you're looking at thirty
thousand for damages.

LAMELLA GOLD
Thirty grand. I only paid fifty for the
damn thing. You know what, keep the car.
I don't need it. I'll collect from the
insurance company and take my loss.

BURT
Ok, it's your call.

LAMELLA GOLD
God damn it. I'm not even in New York a
week and this shit happens to me.

BURT
Welcome to New York.

LAMELLA GOLD
Fuck you.

She gets up and walks out.

INT. SUBWAY - LATER THAT DAY

Lamella is on the subway when her phone rings.

LAMELLA GOLD
Hello, hey John. Yeah, what time do you
and your professor, oh Dr. Metriark want
to pick me up? No seven's perfect. Yeah
my sister just got a job and she has to
work tonight. I know it was fast. She's
working at Scores. Figures you would say
that. I gotta go. I'm loosing reception
down here. I'll see you tonight. Bye.

The subway stops. Lamella gets out just as someone grabs her
purse and jumps in. The sub pulls away.

LAMELLA GOLD (CONT'D)
GOD DAMN IT, FUCK, FUCK, FUCK.

An officer approaches.

OFFICER
Is everything ok Ma'am?

LAMELLA GOLD
No everything is not ok. Some fuckin
asshole just stole my purse.

OFFICER
Calm down, did you get a look at him?

LAMELLA GOLD
No. I can't believe this is happening to
me.

OFFICER
Come with me. I'll write up a report and
call the next station. Maybe he left it
in the train.

She follows him to his office, a couple feet away.

INT. DUNGEON - SAME MOMENT

Dr. Metriark creeps into the dungeon with a wicked sinister
grin. At the end of the ray of light shooting into the
dungeon, the lion sits in front of Metriark protecting him.

Dr. Metriark looks and sees the chain broken from the wall,
attached to the lion's neck.

DR. METRIARK
What the fuck?!

MAHARAJAH KHAN
What's wrong? Cat got your tongue.
Sick'em.

The lion leaps forward. Dr. Metriark quickly glances the
room, and lunges for the AR15. It's not loaded. The lion,
on its hind legs, roars. Metriark slams the butt of the gun
into its head, knocking the lion to the ground. He pulls the
riffle around his head and swings as hard as he can, knocking
the lion back down the stairs into the dungeon. He leaps
down the stairs in fury, grabs another chain hanging from the
wall. He loops the chain around the lion's neck and drags
him to the wall, locks it in. He walks over to Khan with the
riffle in his hand. He slams Khan upside the head with the
butt.

DR. METRIARK
How the fuck did he get loose. (silence)
TELL ME!

MAHARAJAH KHAN
(slowly looks up, locks eyes)
Don't fuck with the king. You will loose.

Blood drips to the floor from his mouth. Metriark hits him
again across the face. Blood flies against the wall. Khan's
skinny frame hangs from his wrists, head dropped. Pissed,
Dr. Metriark walks over to the hose, turns it on and aims it
at Khan.

Khan's POV: The water rushes at us, waking him up.

Khan starts drinking as the water pressure increases.

DR. METRIARK
Consider yourself fed.

Dr. Metriark walks over to the lion and shoves a tranquilizer
into him. He then walks up the stairs into the basement.

INT. AUDITORIUM - EARLY AFTERNOON

The full class of five hundred is being led by Dr.
Phalgellim. On the screen behind him is an image of outter
space, haley's comet is flying through.

DR. PHALGELLIM
This is Haley's comet. It comes around
every seventy six years. Does anyone
know the last time this comet was seen on
earth.

A student shouts out, "1984".

DR. PHALGELLIM (CONT'D)
That's right. It takes 76 years to make
a complete circle around the universe.
The comet is being pulled by a force and
the only way it will stop is if something
is in its path. Hopefully it will never
be earth.

The clock strikes eleven, and the students shuffle out of the
auditorium. Rainbox and Copperhead are walking out together.

RAINBOX
So what made you become a decent human
being now?

COPPERHEAD
Decent? Who said I was decent?

RAINBOX
Well, I noticed growth.

He smiles at her.

COPPERHEAD
I guess the reason I changed is because
I've been sort of seeing someone.

RAINBOX
Really?

COPPERHEAD
Well, not really seeing, more like a new
friendship is forming, but it will be
over very soon. I'm sort of conflicted.
Do you know what I mean?

RAINBOX
Yeah, it's sort of like you doom whatever
good comes into your life because you
have been so used to bad things
happening, and it's better to end it
before you get too attached and she ends
it first. Or is it a he?

COPPERHEAD
Tell your boyfriend to take you tonight.
I think you guys would enjoy the show.

RAINBOX
You can't even say his name can you?

He shakes his head no as they continue to walk.

INT. VICTORIA'S SECRET - SAME MOMENT

Upbeat music creates the mood.

Lisa is shopping for her outfit. She tries on many, posing
in front of the mirror. Flash image after image of her in
different wardrobe. The final look is real time again. She
wears red high heels, black fish net stockings, white flowing
mini skirt, mid-drift white elegant lace top and red lace
down her arms. Her cleavage could turn on a dead guy.

The beautiful blonde sales CLERK behind her brings her arm
around Lisa's body placing her finger tips on her stomach.

CLERK
Sexy.

Lisa smiles.

LISA
I'm working at Scores tonight. I just
got into the city the other day.

CLERK
Where are you from?

LISA
Farmland Indiana.

Clerk removes her arm.

CLERK
I never heard of farmland Indiana.

LISA
No I grew up on a farm in Indiana.

CLERK
I see. You into girls.

Lisa looks at her.

LISA
If I were, we wouldn't be here right now.

They both smile.

INT. POLICE OFFICE - SAME MOMENT

Lamella is sitting in this tiny space in the train station.
A desk with a computer sits in the corner. The officer walks
in holding a black leather purse.

OFFICER
Is this yours Ma'am? There was no wallet
inside but it seems like nothing else was
touched.

Lamella grabs the purse from his hands.

LAMELLA GOLD
Yes this is mine.

She looks through it.

LAMELLA GOLD (CONT'D)
You were right. Nothing else was
touched. Thank you. It's just a pain in
the ass having to cancel all my credit
cards. Where'd you find it?

OFFICER
It was found on the train two stops from
here. There are no witnesses.

LAMELLA GOLD
That's fine. I'm just glad I got it
back. Thank you.

She gets up and walks out. Her cell phone rings.

INT. TRAIN STATION - MOMENTS LATER

Lamella walks talking on her cell.

LAMELLA GOLD
Hey Lisa. Cool. What's it look like?
Really, wow. Well, I've had a shitty
day. I officially have no car and my
purse was stolen.
Yeah, I can't believe it either. Seven.
I understand. I'm happy for you Lisa.
Where are you? Alright I'll meet you
there for lunch. Bye.

INT. CAFE - LATER

Lamella and Lisa are sitting at a table eating sandwiches.

LISA
So do you think you'll make your move
tonight on Copperhead, I mean John?

LAMELLA GOLD
I don't know. What do you think?

LISA
You know what I think. You should have
already been in his pants.

Lamella blushes.

LAMELLA GOLD
He's just so different.

LISA
So are you mu love so are you. I had a
strange dream last night.

LAMELLA GOLD
What?

LISA
It was weird. It was one of those dreams
that are so real you believe it's
happening.

Lisa takes a sip of her lemonaide.

LAMELLA GOLD
What happened?

LISA
You were being sacrificed on this alter.
There were snakes and goats everywhere.
Missy was there.

LAMELLA GOLD
Wonder what that means.

LISA
I don't know. I felt weird when I woke
up.

LAMELLA GOLD
Why didn't you tell me this morning.

LISA
I don't know I was too shaken up about
it.

Lamella's cell rings.

LAMELLA GOLD
Hold on. Hello. Hey John. Sure What
time Five will be great. See you then.
Bye.

LISA
He asked you for dinner before the show?

LAMELLA GOLD
(smiles)
Yeah. Maybe things are looking up.

Lisa notices a cute guy walk into the cafe.

EXT. NEW YORK CITY - EVENING

Chimera can be heard whispered in the music as we travel
through the streets of New York. We rise up a building,
closing in on Copperhead and Lamella having dinner on the top
floor which spins slowly, changing their view every minute.

INT. RESTAURANT - SAME MOMENT

A waiter approaches their table, places the wine down.

COPPERHEAD
Thank you.

LAMELLA GOLD
This is very vice John. Thank you for
taking me here.

COPPERHEAD
Well, I thought I better make it up to
you.

LAMELLA GOLD
Is that right? You are also bringing me
back to that forsaken place tonight.

COPPERHEAD
Just for a couple of hours. What time
does your sister work until?

LAMELLA GOLD
I don't know, I'm sure pretty late.

COPPERHEAD
Would you be into hanging out after the
show?

LAMELLA GOLD
Sure why not?

He smiles, thinking that was easier than he thought.

COPPERHEAD
Look Lamella, I want to be honest with
you.

LAMELLA GOLD
You don't want to see me anymore.

COPPERHEAD
No just the opposite. Ever since we've
been hanging out, I've changed.

LAMELLA GOLD
Oh great, thanks.

COPPERHEAD
No for the better.

LAMELLA GOLD
How's that?

COPPERHEAD
I just do things differently now. And I
think it's because...

LAMELLA GOLD
Yeah...

COPPERHEAD
I don't know, forget it, it's stupid.

The waiter brings out two plates of grilled Salmon and
vegetables. She locks eyes with John allowing the moment to
pass. Copperhead is about to take a bite.

LAMELLA GOLD
Do you mind if I say grace?

COPPERHEAD
(putting down the fork)
Sorry, of course.

LAMELLA GOLD
Dear Lord, thank you for bringing us
together over this meal. I ask that you
bless our food and let Copperhead give
the best performance of his life. Amen.

COPPERHEAD
Thank you.

He picks up the fork and takes a bite of his fish. We circle
around the windows, taking in the view of the city. Many
different couples are enjoying their meals.

EXT. NEW YORK CITY - MOMENTS LATER

Night creeps on. The moon is bright. Workers leave the
streets as the freaks start to come out.

EXT. VAMPIRE'S WARTS - MOMENTS LATER

A line of goths circle around the building. Bust Nut is
guarding the front door. People have small radios with them
blaring "Kryptic Ghosts". FAN #1, dressed like he's going to
a Marilyn Manson concert, is making out with his GOTH GIRL
friend, long. long jet black hair, crystal clear blue eyes.
eyes blacked out on both of them.

FAN #1
(unlocking lips)
I'm so excited. You're going to love
these guys. The last show they played,
Copperhead had some chick from the
audience come on stage and fucked her in
front of everyone.

GOTH GIRL
What if I'm the one he picks tonight?
What will you think then. That he's so
fuckin cool.

FAN #1
Baby I would be happy to share you with
Copperhead.

She grabs the back of his head and kisses him again.

A black hummer shows up out front. Valet approaches. Dr.
Metriark walks out of the driver's seat as Copperhead and
Lamella get out of the back. The fans go crazy as they rush
him in.

BUST NUT
Good luck tonight.

COPPERHEAD
I don't need luck. I just need this.

He throws Bust Nut a bag of weed and enters the building
holding the black canvas bag. He takes out the bottle of
venom and finishes it off. he throws the bottle to the
ground.

Ground POV: Glass shatters.

INT. VAMPIRE'S WARTS - LATER

The smoky stage is intermixed with red, blue and green
lights. Their banner hangs above them. Strange tribal
sounds liven the audience. The guitarist strikes his chord.
The bass follows. Sparks fly up from the drummer's cymbals.
A deep dark voice grabs us.

COPPERHEAD O.S.
(sings)
Sacrifice tonight
Angel scent in fright
Will it be me Will it be me
Look at me now Chimera
Looking at you Chimera
Ghosts from our past
(Screams)
Break free at LAST

Copperhead stomps out on stage wearing the head of a lion,
body of a goat and Ozzy, his white albino as his tail.

COPPERHEAD
(sings)
Chimera A beast from our past
Chimera Free at last
Chimera Dancing in my head
Chimera raised from the dead
RAUUUGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHH

He lifts Ozzy up to his lion mouth and puts the head of the
snake into it. He rips the lion head off as blood from the
animal drips down his head. He breaks out of the goat skins
and wraps Ozzy around his neck. He continues to perform,
dancing psychotically around the stage.

The audience is going nuts. Security is trying to control
this madhouse. The band breaks into a rhythmic groove.

COPPERHEAD (CONT'D)
Never feel alone
Call me on the phone
Execute the masses
Cause you got fucked on your taxes

Dr. Metriark is dining Lamella, treating her as gold as they
stand hypnotized by Copperhead's performance.

LAMELLA GOLD
Please tell me those are fake animals.

DR. METRIARK
They are fake animals my dear.

He puffs away at his cigar, sipping his whiskey.

INT. SCORES STRIP CLUB - SAME MOMENT

The place is filled with people. A beautiful blonde dancing
to Motley Crue's, "Girls, Girls, Girls" is playing as she
seduces the crowd. She steps off and Marilyn Manson creeps
on the air waves. Out comes Lisa, hotter than hell,
strutting to the pole in her new outfit. She puts on the
performance of a life time. Putting her heart and soul into
it. Guys and gals walk up and put money in her panties,
others throw it on stage.

She approaches a rowdy college type. His POV: Lisa shakes
her bare breasts into camera.

DISSOLVE TO:

INT. VAMPIRE'S WARTS - MOMENTS LATER

Dr. Metriark slips a drug into Lamella's drink when she is
not looking. She turns around from watching Copperhead and
takes a swig of her drink. She takes another sip, then
another.

She finishes her drink.

LAMELLA GOLD
I'll be right back.

DR. METRIARK
Where are you going?

LAMELLA GOLD
To the bath room.

She walks towards the back of the club, fighting through
everyone. People start to cartoonize.

LAMELLA GOLD (CONT'D)
What the hell is going on.

She falls into the wall. Someone pushes her along, "Watch it
Lady".

She finally reaches the bathroom, looks into the mirror.

LAMELLA GOLD (CONT'D)
That was one strong drink.

She unbuttons her blouse. A black bra underneath. She
glances over and sees two chicks making out, wearing nothing
but their g-strings.

She composes herself and walks out. Copperhead finishes the
song.

COPPERHEAD
We got one last one for all you kryptic
ghosts. It's called...Dungeon Sin.

The crowd goes wild, chanting "Kryptic Ghosts" over and over.
The eerie keyboards and guitar kick in. Copperhead screams
into the mike.

CUT TO:

INT. SCORES STRIP CLUB - SAME MOMENT

Lisa is finishing her song. She is naked with red thigh high
boots and a whip. She rubs herself against the pole, faster
and faster. The crowd is going nuts. The look in Lisa's eye
is reaching orgasmic pleasure. She spins her head around and
screams as she climaxes all over the pole.

INT. VAMPIRE'S WARTS - MOMENTS LATER

Copperhead is giving his final farewell scream as sparks fly
up over the crowd. Lamella is up on stage grinding him as he
screams. She looks into his eyes, he drops the microphone to
her lips as she closes her eyes and says.

LAMELLA GOLD
Oh my God I'm coming, I'm coming, I'm
coming.

The crowd goes insane even more. Copperhead holds her head
back by her hair and kisses her passionately in front of
everyone. She realizes what's she's done and stands there
fighting back the humiliation she knows she'll feel later.

INT. HUMMER - MOMENTS LATER

Dr. Metriark drives away with Copperhead and Lamella in the
back seat. Lamella still feeling her buzz.

LAMELLA GOLD
You were awesome tonight.

COPPERHEAD
Me? How about you. That was brilliant
what you did. I never saw anything like
it.

He looks at her with deep passionate sorrow.

LAMELLA GOLD
Are you ok?

COPPERHEAD
Yeah, fine. Metriark can you stop off at
a gas station or something. I need a
drink.

He throws him a bottle of water.

DR. METRIARK
Drink that.

COPPERHEAD
Thanks.

He opens the bottle and takes a swig.

LAMELLA GOLD
So where are we going?

DR. METRIARK
Don't worry about it sweetheart, we'll
get you home safely.

She smiles, looks at her watch.

LAMELLA GOLD
I should call Lisa. Maybe she can meet
us if she gets out early enough.

She dials her number.

INT. SCORES STRIP CLUB - SAME MOMENT

The dressing room is filled with strippers getting ready for
their next set. Lisa's phone rings.

LISA
Hey. How's it going? Great. I just
finished my first dance. It was so much
fun.

Someone walks by, "Nice job Girlfriend".

Lisa smiles.

LISA (CONT'D)
I can't. I'm working til close. I'll
see you tomorrow morning. I will. You
be safe too. I love you Mel. Thanks
again. Bye.

She hangs up the phone. The stage MANAGER walks back.

MANAGER
Lisa Lovely, your up next.

LISA
I just went.

MANAGER
You're filling in for Stardust, let's go.

She quickly dresses into another outfit, prances back on
stage.

INT. HUMMER - MOMENTS LATER

Lamella is all over Copperhead, animalistic.

COPPERHEAD
(mouthing to Dr. Metriark in
rear view mirror)
What did you give her?

Metriark grins. They pull up to the basement.

EXT. BASEMENT - CONTINUOUS

They get out of the car. Copperhead holds Lisa around the
waist and hand wrapped around his neck, holding her up. Ozzy
slithers his way in.

LAMELLA GOLD
I don't know what's wrong with me? I
never get this drunk. I feel like I'm in
a cartoon.

DR. METRIARK
You are my dear, you are. Copperhead,
take her to the Dungeon.

COPPERHEAD
Yes Master.

They enter the basement and walk down into the dungeon. Dr.
Metriark waits for them to leave.

LAMELLA GOLD V.O.
Spooky, are you gonna get naughty with me
down here.

Copperhead laughs.

COPPERHEAD V.O.
No, I would never betray your trust.

LAMELLA GOLD V.O.
Good, cause I don't wanna have to kick
your ass.

They enter the dungeon.

INT. DUNGEON - MOMENTS LATER

They walk down the steps and Copperhead closes the door
behind him and locks it. He looks over to his right hearing
the mind of the taipon.

TAIPON V.O.
(hissing whisper)
Copperhead tonight your dead.

COPPERHEAD V.O.
Remain there until you're needed.

She looks back but doesn't say anything. Nature effects
haunt the scenery. The sound of Dr. Metriark hunting for the
lion can be heard.

DR. METRIARK V.O.
Here kitty kitty. Nice kitty.

Sound of a gun shot is heard, then the sound of the lion
hitting the ground after releasing a horrific roar.

DR. METRIARK V.O. (CONT'D)
December 25th, 1978. My third attempt at
trying raise Chimera. What's the missing
element? What's the missing element?

The tape continues as he hunts each animal.

LAMELLA GOLD
This is really strange. These animals
can't be real, right?

In between the foot long candles, each chimera beast
assembled from the past years circled around them, staring.

LAMELLA GOLD (CONT'D)
I don't feel good.

She runs over to the side and pukes.

LAMELLA GOLD (CONT'D)
I'm dizzy. I don't feel well. Get me
out of here John, now.

Copperhead stares at her with compassionate eyes. A shovel
to the back of her head knocks her out. Dr. Metriark stands
behind her as she falls to the ground.

EXT. FARM - LAMELLA'S DREAM

Lamella watches herself as a little girl sharing that moment
with Missy where their spirits touched. She watches the
spirit of the goat and her spirit come out of their bodies
and embrace.

LAMELLA GOLD V.O.
(echoed)
Missy. Missy Missy. I I Love love you
you you.

Tears drop from Lamella's eyes as she sees reflected in the
goat's eyes a look of deep compassion and understanding.

LAMELLA GOLD V.O. (CONT'D)
She tried to tell me then.

She looks around and the field fills with hundreds, possibly
thousands of goats.

INT. DUNGEON - THAT MOMENT

In the north west corner of the Dungeon, the lion sits erect.
Opposite his corner is a white goat. And next to the goat is
the taipon wrapped around a battle axe protruding from the
wall. In the center of the chimera beasts is a cement altar
with burning candles. A red velvet covers part of it.
Incense, hundreds of sticks are burning to hide the stench.

A stone fire place burning wood releases a sinister glow to
the dungeon.

Dr. Metriark, naked under a man made cloak of goat skins,
lion skins and snake skins sown together. He is walking out
Khan on a collar and leash, naked with rope tied around his
hands, buttocks and crotch. A gag sticks out of his mouth.

Lamella is tied up naked on her side to the altar.
Copperhead is naked wearing only his python. Dr. Metriark
pushes Khan's head into her crotch.

DR. METRIARK
Taste her sweet nectar.

Copperhead starts to feel how wrong this truly is.

COPPERHEAD V.O.
(whisper echo to Taipon)
Slither slither through the air land your
fangs in Metriark's hair

Dr. Metriark laughs, reaches into his coat and instantly
throws a needle filled with venom and drugs into his chest.
Copperhead gets weazy then drops. The taipon unravels itself
from the axe and floats through the air. It lands its fangs
into Metriark's head. He grabs the snake, trying to pull it
from his skull. Metriark starts to get dizzy. He finally
breaks the snake from his head and slams his teeth into a
wooden pole holding up the roof. The snake dangles by its
fangs.

DR. METRIARK
I was counting the minutes before you
turned on me. I'm in control and my
will, will be done.

Lamella is enjoying her ride as she feels Khan's climatic
tongue. Dr. Metriark conjures his strength and lifts him off
of her.

DR. METRIARK (CONT'D)
Lie in front of her and enter. You will
remain this way until you die. The three
of you will be one.

He lifts up Copperhead, Ozzy strikes at Metriark.

DR. METRIARK (CONT'D)
Whoa Ozzy come down. Daddy and I are
just gonna have some fun.

Ozzy back's off. Khan gets on the altar, lays in front of
Lamella and enters her.

DR. METRIARK (CONT'D)
Good, very good.

Metriark lifts Copperhead onto the altar, forces him inside
her from behind.

DR. METRIARK (CONT'D)
Now the three of you are one.

He takes the extra rope and ties it around all three of them
interlocked. The three are now one.

He takes the Taipon from the wooden pillar and forces its
fangs into each person.

The white goat starts making noises. He walks it over to the
guillotine, sticks its tail in and chops it off. The tail
squirms for a second then remains motionless.

He shoves the back end of the taipon in between the spine and
skin of the goat. He shoves it in far enough to where it
can't escape. The snake turns its head striking at every
movement.

The goat howling in pain is placed head first in the
guillotine. The blade comes down removing the head of the
goat. He puts the goat body with snake tail on a stand
raised above the three human sacrifices. Blood rips down on
them as Metriark takes the head and wipes the blood over all
three bodies.

He moves the tranquilized lion to the guillotine. The lion's
head is placed on a stand to keep it elevated. The look of
death, in the lion's eyes. The blade comes down. The lion's
body falls as he carries the head of Chimera over to its new
body. He takes the burning hot poker from the fire and
shoves the hot end into the goat's headless body. The metal
bar sticking out from the goat's neck is quickly covered by
the lion's head. The bloody beast stands erect over
Copperhead, Lamella and Khan.

Dr. Metriark takes the blood from the beast and covers
himself with it as he chants in tongues.

DR. METRIARK (CONT'D)
Hoy danga ba didda inga ba tame
Tome con se hakarouch del mande

Copperhead and Khan fully erect inside of Lamella have no
choice but to feel the rhythm released by Dr. Metriark. They
start to move to the beat of his voice, driving Lamella into
pure bliss, as she forgets her situation and goes with it.
Before too long the three of them are in full unison with
each other. The energy is elevated even more with Metriark
enhancing his tone to drive the vocals from the three.

The three of them moaning in pure ecstasy. The music is
heightened.

Dr. Metriark grabs the battle axe and raises it above his
head. He releases a horrific scream.

DR. METRIARK (CONT'D)
AAAAAAAAUUUUUUUGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH!

Copperhead wakes from his ecstasy and sees Dr. Metriark about
to kill them. His eyes role to the back of his head as he
chants an ancient language. The Taipon rips himself from the
goat and lunges at Metriark, landing his fangs into his neck.
Ozzy wraps himself around his crotch and quickly squeezes.

His screams mixed awaken the chimera beasts. One beast after
the other come to life. The main beast hovering the three of
them still remains as animal body parts.

The beasts attack Dr. Metriark. Taring him to pieces.
Hungry for blood, the beasts turn on them. Lamella and Khan
wake up and quickly realize their situation. Copperhead
calls for the snakes attached to the chimera beasts to bite
it's own goat body. A mental power struggle takes place as
the sound of these beasts come to life. Eventually the
snakes obey Copperhead's will and release their poison into
its own body, killing the beast. One chimera after the other
hit the ground.

Lamella and Khan remain the way they are until all the beasts
are dead. Finally, Copperhead has Ozzy release Metriark and
tug on the ropes to loosen them. They finally break free and
Khan and Copperhead remove themselves from Lamella. Lamella
breaks down and cries realizing what just took place.

COPPERHEAD
At least we're still alive.

Khan has a smile on his face as if he never went through any
kind of abuse.

They look at Dr, Metriark's body torn up all over the
dungeon.

LAMELLA GOLD
Serves him right that fuckin bastard.

She turns towards Copperhead.

LAMELLA GOLD (CONT'D)
You were in on this weren't you?

COPPERHEAD
What are you talking about?

LAMELLA GOLD
You dressed up as this creature tonight.
Who the fuck are you.

She hits him in the chest and runs out of the basement.

EXT. BASEMENT - MOMENTS LATER

She looks around, realizes she is naked and runs back in.
Copperhead is at the door holding her clothes, Ozzy around
his neck. Khan is getting dressed.

MAHARAJAH KHAN
Is someone gonna call the police?

COPPERHEAD
You know what? Um...the guy's dead. I
don't care to relive everything again.
Pretty humiliating.

Lamella locks eyes with him, then Khan.

LAMELLA GOLD
Do you feel the police really need to
know, or if we just walk away...

COPPERHEAD
Eventually, it will get back to us, our
body fluids are everywhere.

LAMELLA GOLD
That's true. I don't know what to do.

MAHARAJAH KHAN
Anonymous call.

They all look at each other and nod their heads. Copperhead
grabs Lamella's cell.

COPPERHEAD
I'll call.

He dials 911.

COPPERHEAD (CONT'D)
Yeah, there's been an emergency at 101
Foresthill Lane, that's right on the
campus. Well um...there's been an
accident, possible suicide. My mother
never gave me a name.

He hangs up.

COPPERHEAD (CONT'D)
Let's get out of here.

Lamella looks at Khan.

LAMELLA GOLD
Don't I know you? Oh my God, you're the
guy who sold my sister and me the
painting of Chimera. How could you have
known?

MAHARAJAH KHAN
I told you I received it in a vision. In
a strange way I don't feel that weight
anymore. Once I envisioned my death,
nothing else mattered. It's like we all
got brand new starts. I'm going to get
my art work into the museums. Trust me
Maharajah Khan is a new man. My car is
parked outside your apartment.

Police sirens can be heard in the distance.

LAMELLA GOLD
We better get outta here.

They leave the scene.

EXT. NEW YORK CITY - LATER

As they walk down Lamella's street, Copperhead stops at the
local magazine shop, grabs the New York Times. His image as
Chimera from the night before is on the front page. It
reads, "Chimera Resurrected".

LAMELLA GOLD
Congratulations, you're famous.

COPPERHEAD
I'll be questioned now for sure.

LAMELLA GOLD
I'm not worried. He kid-napped us,
drugged us, tried to kill us after making
us well you know. The college will never
go for this as front page material.
John, we're gonna have ourselves a little
talk with the president of NYU. Let him
deal with it. He hired the bastard.
This would ruin their reputation. He'll
do what he needs to make sure this will
not get out. Trust me, I'm a lawyer.

COPPERHEAD
I thought you were a cook.

LAMELLA GOLD
I'll have my own cooking show, don't you
worry.

COPPERHEAD
Looks like your car's still here buddy.

MAHARAJAH KHAN
Yes, I will drive to all the museums in
New York if I have to. Funny how things
work. You got Chimera in the papers.
I'll get Chimera in the museums.

Lamella's cell rings.

LAMELLA GOLD
Hey, I'm right out side. You sound hung
over. Did you have a good night? Five
hundred, not bad. Really? So you made
seven hundred, unbelievable. I love you
too.

She hangs up and waves to her sister hanging out the window.
Khan gets in his car.

MAHARAJAH KHAN
Well, folks, bye. What else is there to
say?

He pulls away.

LAMELLA GOLD
Do you want to come in?

COPPERHEAD
Are you sure, I thought you would never
want to see me again.

LAMELLA GOLD
That thought did cross my mind. But then
when it came down to it, you were the
person I wanted you to be. You saved all
of us. I can't deny that. And so I
don't feel like a cheap date, I am
inviting you up for coffee. Plus, my
sister will never believe me.

Copperhead hugs her, caresses her face, then passionately
kisses her. Lisa hanging over the edge, cheers.

LISA
You go girl.

Ozzy slithers around both of them. Everyone laughs.

FADE OUT.

ROLL CREDITS.

Clips from their lives play out.

Lamella is on set of her own cooking show.

Maharajah Khan stands before his mural painted on a city
wall.

Copperhead is signing a record deal with a major label.

The End.