SUPERHEROES IN TRAINING 3
Regan 86 Williams Lane
Hatboro, PA 19040
EXTERIOR OF BANK - CODE RED TRANSPORT VEHICLE NURSE JEANETTE is waiting by the side of the vehicle smoking a cigarette. The van itself looks like a normal oversized transport van. When she sees TECTONIS covered in orange "magma", she flicks her cigarette out to the ground and opens up the side of the vehicle. A chair extends out the side of the van.
What did you do to yourself now?
TECTONIS I fell down a well.
NURSE What, you forgot how to look down?
TECTONIS And I stubbed my toe.
NURSE helps TECTONIS into the chair as the others load into the van.
NURSE Does anyone else need me?
The team responds with silence. The doors shut and van drives away.
INTERIOR - CODE RED VAN NURSE is dabbing at the magma as TECTONIS is sipping from a straw out of a big cup. MISS APPEAR is dabbing at her own wounds and NURSE notices.
Here, hon, let me look at that. Why didn't you say something?
MISS APPEAR Oh, you have your hands full.
NURSE sits next to MISS APPEAR and pulls some equipment out of her medical kit.
NURSE He's fine.
NURSE sprays something on MISS APPEAR's wound.
NURSE Anyone else afraid to speak up?
Silence as the van continues along the road. MANIFEST, driving, notices the gas gauge.
MANIFEST We need gas.
I can't help you there.
MANIFEST Where is the gas card? Who filled up the van last?
INTERIOR - CAPE SHOP TRAINING ROOM
DAN is sitting in a rig of reinforced steel framework - a Kirby-esque machine that has pneumatic pistons, wires, and blinking light panels jutting out in spidery angles. Cables are snapped into the receptor ports in DAN's grey suit. ORB floats over as a big circuit-embedded block lowers overtop DAN.
ORB Please recline on the couch and push the pressure block as far as you can toward the ceiling. The longer you push, the harder it will become.
DAN lays back and puts his hands around two bars embedded in the block. He pushes up, and a readout near his head shows a growing PSI rating. DAN begins to strain. His arms shake. The PSI gets higher and higher.
FEMALE VOICE My daughter is trapped under the bus! You have to help lift it off of her! Please.
The PSI reading jumps up dramatically. Closer shots of DAN straining and the PSI readout elevating.
MALE VOICE There are seven men trapped down there! If you don't lift this end of the parking garage, they'll be crushed!
DAN strains. PSI scale jumps up even higher.
MALE VOICE You almost have it!
DAN's arms shake. He strains. PSI is in the red. There is a chime and the block releases, and retracts into the ceiling. DAN watches it retract as ORB returns. He breathes heavily and rubs his arms.
ORB Thank you. Your strength rating is 45.
DAN 45 out of what?
ORB The average male human rates at a 10. You effectively have the strength of four and a half men.
DAN Huh. Was that... after I lifted the... bus?
ORB ... and your "altruistic duress" rating is 203. This is your capability while in rescue situations. That is equal to approximately twenty men in strength.
Shall we proceed?
Montage follows of DAN jumping, punching, dodging projectiles, sweating, ORB directing... DAN smiling until he gets hit by something from behind. DAN rubbing his head. DAN throwing medicine balls at a target, jumping out of the way of trap doors opening beneath him, obstacle course with monkey bars... DAN wiping sweat off of his face... DAN climbing up a wall that starts chunky with good footholds and becomes smooth toward the top... DAN exhausted lying on the floor.
ORB The final part of the test requires nothing more than standing in one spot.
ORB The invulnerability test.
DAN raises up his head and looks up as a device unfolds from the ceiling with blades,
what look like large caliber gun barrels, thick cables and scary looking electr ical prods. DAN sees this and drops his head back onto the floor.
DAN ... gre-a-a-at.
EXTERIOR - CODE RED BUILDING
MANIFEST We're not done here!
INTERIOR - CODE RED BUILDING - HALLWAY
MANIFEST is calling after ICHOR and TECTONIS who are walking away. NURSE is behind them. MAIDEN CHINA and MISS APPEAR are standing behind MANIFEST.
MANIFEST We still have to debrief.
ICHOR Look, they got away. It happens.
I'm going for a soak. I can debrief myself, thanks.
MANIFEST We need to analyze what went wrong.
ICHOR No. Wrong. We got the stuff they tried to steal. They got away in the process. Oh well.
MANIFEST No, NOT 'Oh, well'. It's not the luck of the draw, it's about skill! We need to discuss what went wrong.
ICHOR walks back and gets into MANIFEST's face.
ICHOR I'm going to get changed... and go... out. If any bad guys show up... beep me.
ICHOR exits at the end of the hallway. TECTONIS is gone. MANIFEST is staring at the end of the hallway. MISS APPEAR and MAIDEN CHINA look over at him. He turns and approaches them.
MISS APPEAR Maybe later. Let them go blow off some steam first.
MANIFEST stares at the floor. Pondering the weight of the universe...
MANIFEST We need to review policy again.
MISS APPEAR Why don't you go do the same. May and I are going to go hit the spa.
MAIDEN CHINA We are?
MISS APPEAR Come on.
MISS APPEAR leads MAIDEN CHINA away by one of her arms and MANIFEST is left standing in the middle of the hallway, staring out at the city.
INTERIOR - CAPE SHOP TRAINING ROOM
DAN is standing before the device that has been lowered to the floor. He stands with his arms uncomfortably forced down to his sides. Dust and debris have fallen to either side of him. ORB ... a single brick hurled by an angry citizen...
DAN cringes as a brick is launched out of the device and strikes DAN on his head. It bounces off and lands with a thud. DAN reaches up and massages his head.
ORB ... an air pistol from a child...
DAN squints and holds up his arms to shield his eyes. The pellet bounces off of his chest. DAN is surprised by how much it didn't hurt
DAN That wasn't too bad...
... a .22 caliber rifle from a marksman on a rooftop...
DAN Woah! Wait a minute. Stop the test..
ORB This test is designed to determine the range of your tolerances based on a sliding scale that has been developed by over eighty years of data. The weapon currently selected is well within your tolerances.
These tests are orchestrated based on readings from your suit. Since their integration into the testing arena of the CAPE SHOP worldwide, there have been no fatalities ever during this stage of testing. We can guarantee that aside from some bruising, there will be no lasting damage to you.
Shall we proceed?
DAN So... you're saying that I am bulletproof?
ORB You are indeed .22 caliber bullet proof. Based on the results of this test, we can determine whether you are .44 caliber bullet proof. These data will be invaluable to you later in the field.
Shall we proceed?
DAN Um... Okay... yes...
DAN cringes and puffs out his chest. The bullet fires and DAN flinches back. He rubs his shoulder.
DAN Okay, now THAT hurt!
Huh... no blood.
ORB Data suggests that you have a 60% chance of incurring some damage if we now test for 9mm machine pistol at a one second burst.
Would you like to proceed with that test now, or move on to the chemical weapons?
DAN - a face of amused disbelief
INTERIOR - CODE RED BUILDING - SPA
MISS APPEAR and MAIDEN CHINA are lying on the massage tables. Two muscular young men are working on them.
MAIDEN CHINA So, he's not always like that?
MISS APPEAR No. He has this vendetta against Octal. Old rivals. He doesn't talk about it, but he always gets like this when it comes to Octal's groups.
MAIDEN CHINA Groups?
MISS APPEAR Yeah, one thing he and Octal have is that they both have a way of pissing off their teammates. Every time we fight him, Octal's got new people.
MAIDEN CHINA ... How long have you been here?
MISS APPEAR Five years. I started right after college.
MAIDEN CHINA Where'd you go?
MISS APPEAR Delacorte. It's a private school near Pittsburgh.
My dad was into computers during the early AI
so he could afford to send us both to cape school.
MAIDEN CHINA Both?
MISS APPEAR Oh, yeah. That reject from a Tim Burton movie back there at the bank? She's my little sister.
MAIDEN CHINA Really??
MISS APPEAR Yeah. DIS-appear... except she spells it with two 'Y's. Lame.
MAIDEN CHINA What happened to her?
MISS APPEAR Oh, I don't know...
She went through the Wrack, and her powers
came on really hard. She couldn't handle it.
She was afraid that she was going to disappear... so... she started on this whole goth thing, then she just... disappeared
Left home I mean.
MAIDEN CHINA So, you two have the same powers?
MISS APPEAR Not really. I noticed early on that while I can do slow slide out of phase, she has to do a quick switch. That would freak anyone out.
Looks like she's learned something since then...
How did you do?
MAIDEN CHINA What?
MISS APPEAR With the Wrack?
MAIDEN CHINA Well, I was born like this, so I didn't get it.
MISS APPEAR Really?
MAIDEN CHINA Yeah, I spent the first four years of my life in rooms with white enamel walls, with scientists trying to figure out what made me different.
MISS APPEAR Fun.
MAIDEN CHINA A whole lot of not. No, actually, it wasn't that bad. My parents visited regularly, an eventually, the press got ahold of my story, and pressures built around my case, so I was
let back home.
My parents were pretty progressive, so they insisted that I go to regular school so that I had normal kids to play with.
MISS APPEAR That must have been a difficult adjustment.
MAIDEN CHINA Huh... well, yeah. That's when I started to learn to defend myself.
MISS APPEAR Kids are cruel.
MAIDEN CHINA Yeah, but... if my folks hadn't pushed me to stay social, I would've become more of a freak.
MISS APPEAR ... there are no freaks here, May...
BOTH (SIMULTANEOUSLY) ... only survivors...
The two women laugh.
CAPE SHOP - OFFICES - DESIGN STUDIO PHIL is sitting at his art table, sketching out costume ideas for an acrobatic female. PHIL has tattoos and a goatee, but is dressed business casual. He is listening to an iPod. TERRANCE, another employee is slightly older dressed more businesslike with a more corporate look approaches carrying paperwork. He speaks while looking at the papers, not noticing that PHIL cannot hear him over his music.
TERRANCE Phil, here's a new client... I want you to...
TERRANCE notices that PHIL has earphones on and taps him on the shoulder. PHIL takes out his ear buds and spins to face TERRANCE.
PHIL Sorry, what's up?
TERRANCE New client. I want you to interview him in room 3.
PHIL Come on, Terry, I have to finish this for pole-vault girl by tomorrow!
TERRANCE You're not seriously going with that name, are you?
PHIL Well, if you keep giving me these capetards, Terry, do you want me to waste my best material on them?
TERRANCE He just finished pre-registration testing. Be there in fifteen minutes.
PHIL Aw, Terry, come on!
TERRANCE Your resume said "Works well under pressure". You want
to rewrite that line for your next job?
PHIL rolls his eyes. TERRANCE drops the papers on PHIL's desk and walks away.
TERRANCE Room 3.
PHIL sighs and picks up the papers, expecting to see another loser. He raises his eyebrows after seeing the stats. PHIL looks up after TERRANCE and smiles. He quickly leaves his desk. A beat, and PHIL returns to get his sketchpad and case of colored pencils.
INTERIOR - CAPE SHOP INTERVIEW ROOM NUMBER THREE DAN is sitting on a comfortable chair in a small room about 8 feet square. He has changed back into his street clothes and is rubbing his arm where he was shot with the .22. There is a table top in front of him, with a keyboard built into it. A stylus rests in a holder and the outlines of a touch-tablet is next to the stylus. On the wall attached to the desk is a huge screen on which DAN is watching a presentation about the CAPE SHOP capabilities.
PRESENTATION ...Today, the CAPE SHOP is involved in all aspects of promoting and finding sponsors for rising heroes.
If you have chosen our excelsior package, this is included along with your next step, costume design.
Our exceptional team of image consultants and designers can help you develop not only your costume, but your cape name and logo if you haven't yet already decided what that may be...
In a few moments, you will be asked a series of questions that will help our team isolate...
The screen wipes to the default screen of menu options with a title headline that reads "image designer". A real-time motion-capture avatar appears on screen with PHIL's attitude, but looks nothing like him.
PHIL ... that's enough of that crap. Hi. I'm Sven. I will be your image designer.
And NO, Sven is not my real name. And NO, I
don't really look like this. In keeping with our anonymity policies, I will not be asking for you real name any personal information at any time. If you do happen to mention anything personal, there is an information firewall AI operating between us in real time.
For instance, if I try to tell you that my favorite color is green, you'll hear it. But, if I try to tell you that I went to *school name edited* you'll hear an overdub statement. I get the same on my end from you.
DAN Yeah... okay.
PHIL Okay, great. Now... do you have a cape name that you have been using?
DAN Yes. Scamp.
PHIL Scamp? Okay... now, is that "the scamp" or just "scamp"?
DAN Just "scamp".
PHIL Okay, good, because the other makes you sound like Charlie Chaplin or something. Now, do you have an established personality on the street that you need to continue to use this particular cape name?
DAN No. Not really.
PHIL Oka-a-y. Check that... Great. That opens up our
options. How about gimmicks? You know, do you have a shtick? Like... are there pogo sticks involved? Do you use magic sneakers to get your powers?
DAN Heh. No.
PHIL So we have plenty of room to play. Great.
Now... before we get started... do you want something to drink or something? We can send you a sandwich. Stay away from the chicken salad, though.
DAN Uhh... do you have Ultus water?
INTERIOR - CODE RED BUILDING - WHIRLPOOL ROOM
TECTONIS is soaking in a mineral bath, sipping ULTUS water through a straw. NURSE J comes in and picks up his clothes which lead in a trail from the door to the bath. She wheels over a cart with a fishing box of instruments and three jars of plastic with what looks like oatmeal.
NURSE How are we doing?
TECTONIS WE... are fine.
TECTONIS ... I guess.
NURSE J sits down and lowers the tray of oatmeal stuff to the floor. She holds up the spoon and points to the individual containers.
NURSE You want the beige mush, the orange mush, or the grey mush?
TECTONIS ... let's live dangerously and mix the grey and the orange.
NURSE Ooh, you cheeky devil.
NURSE J unscrews the containers and empties them into a bowl. As she stirs them together, she looks over his crusty skin.
NURSE You look like you have some loose on your shoulder.
TECTONIS Stop hovering, will you? They'll drop off on their own.
NURSE Okay... Suit yourself. Anyplace itching?
TECTONIS ... Yeah...
...you gonna tell me, or do I have to start sticking you in random places until I find out?
TECTONIS ... my ankles.
NURSE Get 'em up.
TECTONIS raises his right leg out of the water and rests it on the edge of the tub. NURSE J pulls out a small scraper from the box and starts scraping between the cracks in his crust. Flakes of skin fall into the water.
NURSE What happened?
TECTONIS We just weren't together on this one. No big deal.
NURSE ... you're just so quiet.
TECTONIS I just feel like being quiet.
NURSE Fair enough.
She scrapes for a bit longer, and without words, he lowers his right leg and raises the left one out of the water.
TECTONIS How's Diana?
NURSE She just started walking. Barb called me last night all excited. It like her daughter's the second coming of Christ...
TECTONIS I guess it's a parent thing.
NURSE J continues scraping in silence. TECTONIS You miss being out there?
NURSE J stops scraping and looks at him. She takes a breath, starts to speak, stops, then begins again. During the following rant, NURSE J begins to alternate between scraping with a tool, to gesturing wildly with it.
NURSE You mean, out there... as in, outside of these walls?
You mean out there where friends set you up on dates with people they think would be a good match for you but they turn out to be complete loser assholes or flaky geeks who live with their parents, and then when you realize what these supposed friends of yours actually
think of you based on their idea of compatible partners for you.
Do I miss the inevitable awkwardness after they ask how the date went, and you tell them. Do I miss those moments when my good friends think, yeah, now is the time to ask if maybe she'd prefer going out with women. And after they do ask, and you believe you and your friendship with these people ultimately degrade to sparse phonecalls comprised of superficial topics with lots of nervous laughter and long pauses of silence... know that no matter how you respond, they'd never
... you mean that? Do I miss that?
Pssh. What makes you ask? Huh?
NURSE J pauses. Looks at TECTONIS. Momentarily, she is embarrassed, and then returns to scraping. TECTONIS pauses a moment then begins to laugh. Soon,
NURSE J is also laughing.
INTERIOR - CAPE SHOP STUDIOS - ROOM 3 Close up on a costume on screen. Short sleeves to below forearm, legs are covered in tights. Short boots and a skullcap/mask.
PHIL Okay, short sleeves hint at your strength, Ultrapro midcalf footgear in black, and full cap mask in black with grey accents. Grey skinmesh unifit suit with black ribbed sides. Cool so far?
DAN Yeah. It's a hell of a lot better than the black sweatsuit I was wearing.
PHIL Now, this is just the base. We can add a logo and other design elements after we finish playing with your cape name.
DAN Right. I've been going around saying, 'Scamp, unregistered', but nobody reacted either way. I guess it just sounds like a wannabee name, huh?
PHIL Not necessarily. Its amazing what some good press can do for a name. Night Raptor? How comic book does that sound? Good PR. That's all.
So, I can tell that you aren't interested in going for something intimidating. So, SCAMP will work if you want to go for a disarming, friendly approach. You could still use it that way.
PHIL Here, we have a little game we can play...
The screen in the room changes up to list three words: POWERFUL, MYSTERIOUS, HELPFUL. There are five fields at the bottom of the screen that are blank.
PHIL This is not a test of any kind, it is just a word association exercise that opens up options for other words. You work on the computer at all?
PHIL Okay, this will be easy. The interface is really simple.
PHIL runs a demonstration. Each word he clicks on opens up vaguely similar words that open up to more and more closely similar words that get more specific in meaning the deeper one goes. The root of each word shrinks and fades to a light grey above each list of similar words. Each word has an empty check box next to it.
PHIL These three words are where we like to start. Select one, and you can drill down into more specific meanings until you find a word that really resonates with you.
Just check the box next to a word that works for you and it moves down to the bottom in your list.
If you fill up the five but find one that works better for you, just check off the word, and then click on one of the words at the bottom of the screen that is the weakest... and it replaces it.
Did you follow that?
PHIL Okay, I'm going to let you work on this, and I'll be back in fifteen minutes. No rush or anything,
so if you need more time, just let me know when I get back, okay?
PHIL exits room 3 and walks down a hallway to a large room full of office cubicles. There are posters on the walls of heroes both contemporary and from mythology sporting pithy sayings. PHIL puts change in the soda machine but it doesn't dispense. PHIL knocks on the frame of DAMON's cubicle. DAMON is sitting in front of his computer, not touching any part of it, just staring at it. PHIL Damon, the machine ate my change again.
DAMON ...yeah, okay. Hold on...
DAMON continues to stare at his computer. Windows pop up and text is written on screen at an insane speed. Windows close, open, write, and close again. PHIL watches casually. DAMON kicks back from his desk and wheels his chair to the opening of his cube and looks over at the soda machine. The machine clunks out a soda.
PHIL Thanks, man.
PHIL heads back toward the conference room and passes the marketing department. He pops his head into the war room where a woman is writing in a notepad. There are signs that there had been a meeting there with napkins and half-eaten sandwiches on the table. PHIL reaches for an untouched sandwich half from the tray.
PHIL Marie, who is assigned to case 88403... 1172?
MARIE 1172? Ask Dwayne.
PHIL eats the sandwich as he walks through the maze of offices.
DWAYNE is in his office, typing on his computer. PHIL appears in his doorway, eating.
PHIL 1172? Is that you?
DWAYNE Yeah... he's mine, why?
PHIL He's doing the word cluster now.
PHIL passes by a lounge area and continues to eat. He sips the soda as he looks through a pile of magazines. In the lounge, there are other workers there who are demonstrating some odd characteristics that PHIL accepts all too casually. PHIL grabs a People magazine with ULTUS on the cover and tucks it under his arm. He heads into the men's bathroom.
INTERIOR - CODE RED BUILDING - SPA - MASSAGE ROOM MISS APPEAR and MAIDEN CHINA relax on the table.
What's the story with TECTONIS and NURSE J? Are they?...
MISS APPEAR I... really don't want to know...
MAIDEN CHINA They act like an old married couple sometimes
MISS APPEAR Well, she's been taking care of him for... longer than I've been here. Six or seven years?
MAIDEN CHINA She lives here, too?
MISS APPEAR Yeah...
MAIDEN CHINA She's kind of ... harsh.
MISS APPEAR Look at what her job is. I mean, how can she be happy? The company pays her well... REALLY well from what I hear... She has a doctorate in skin deformation or something. I'm waiting for her to come out with a book about him.
MAIDEN CHINA He seems like a nice enough guy... a little reclusive, but...
MISS APPEAR Oh, he is the sweetest guy. Just look at his eyes. He's like a beaten puppy though... always on guard...
MAIDEN CHINA Yeah.
MAIDEN CHINA Does he have family?
MISS APPEAR I've never seen them, and he never talks about them. Family... friends... no comment. It's just him, his books, and Nurse J.
Oh, and he does a lot of volunteer work... for the GRUNDLES... sorry... I mean, the BONACONS. You know, the kids who come out from the Wrack all messed up?
MAIDEN CHINA Yeah... (She looks away - slightly perterbed)
The women take a long relaxed pause as they continue to get massaged.
Whatever you are doing, keep doing it. That feels great.
SETH Sure, thanks.
MAIDEN CHINA I've had some masseurs run screaming when they took a look at me. How do you know what to do? I mean, did you study how to do this on some alien planet of four-armed beings?
SETH Heh. No. I'm mildly empathic. I can sense your nerve paths.
MAIDEN CHINA Ohh... marry me.
SETH My wife might have something to say about that.
MISS APPEAR Seth is one of the last perfect ones. Noble to a fault.
MAIDEN CHINA As long as I can have this, I'm happy.
SETH Every day, Ma'am, I'm here 8am until 9pm.
MAIDEN CHINA Psssht. 'Ma'am'... Call me May.
SETH Carl is single.
CARL Yeah, but I snore and pick my teeth with my feet.
MAIDEN CHINA But, do you give good back?
CARL Yes, Ma'am, I do.
MAIDEN CHINA Now, YOU can call me Ma'am. I like the way you said that. You empathic, too?
CARL No, but I am a physical therapist and I've specialized in... unique architecture. I studied your musculature when you were brought on board. I may not be an intuitive like Seth, but maybe tomorrow I can show you what I know.
MAIDEN CHINA O-kay... it's a date.
Have either of you worked on TECTONIS?
CARL But, I've seen his scans.
Do you have a question about his... architecture?
MISS APPEAR Architecture? Oh... yeah.
CARL Those plates are everywhere on his epidermis. Yes. But the pattern of his plate density and thickness are relative to skin flexibility ratios. So, his eyelids, genitalia and ears are the most normal on him. All of him is covered in thickened skin.
If you are wondering about... proportions...
MISS APPEAR Yeah?...
CARL 'Dangerous' would not be an exaggeration.
MAIDEN CHINA Eek.
CARL He is undergoing some experimental gene therapy that softens the growth of his plates, which would be most effective on his extremities, but for now, wide flexing causes his skin to tear under the plates.
The 'magma' that he is so famous for is actually his blood.
MAIDEN CHINA Oh, the poor guy!
MISS APPEAR You'll never hear him complain about it, though.
MAIDEN CHINA Who is he anyway? What's his real name?
MISS APPEAR Dane. Dane McMannis. He was known as the Krocodile Kid when he was a teenager with The Frontline in the early '80's.
MAIDEN CHINA That was him? I used to read him in the comics when I was a kid!
MISS APPEAR Yeah, so did I. He hates that name now, by the way.
You know... Ichor was in that group, too.
MAIDEN CHINA Ichor? I don't remember... (suspiciously) Wait! Which one was he?
MISS APPEAR Get ready... he was 'Codename: Decker'
MAIDEN CHINA Shut up! No way!
MISS APPEAR No lie! You had a Decker poster in your bedroom didn't you?
MAIDEN CHINA You'll never get a confession on that one!
INTERIOR - PUSSY GALORE GENTLEMEN'S CLUB RANDALL DECKER (ICHOR) is dangling twenty dollar bills for the strippers who are focusing a lot of attention on him. The other patrons of the club are obviously angry that their ones and fives aren't getting any attention.
INTERIOR - CODE RED BUILDING - SPA MISS APPEAR and MAIDEN CHINA are both continuing their massages.
MISS APPEAR Don't feel bad. I had a scrapbook of him.
MAIDEN CHINA Does he know that?
MISS APPEAR NO! And he NEVER WILL!
Isn't that right?
CARL No, Ma'am.
MAIDEN CHINA Carl, any secrets there?
CARL Mmnh... hypertension. A lot of scars...
An old bite mark on his thigh.
EXTERIOR - PUSSY GALORE GENTLEMEN'S CLUB - SIDE ALLEY ICHOR exits through the side door with one of the dancers. There are four guys from the bar waiting for him in the alley with makeshift masks on. One has a gun. One has a knife. ICHOR is unimpressed with their aggression. He pushes the girl away from danger. The gun goes off and grazes ICHOR in the ribs. He kicks the gun out of his hand and simultaneously grabs and breaks the knife guy's arm with a twist. ICHOR's kicking leg comes down on gun-guy's knee and breaks it sideways. ICHOR spins back and elbows the third guy in the nose, and spins back to punch number four in the chest. The dust settles on the scene, and the girl moves back to ICHOR's side.
GIRL They shot you!
ICHOR ... Yeah... you have some duct tape at your place don't you?
INTERIOR - CAPE SHOP OFFICES - ROOM 3 DAN is bored, spinning around on the chair, looking around the sterile room. He looks extremely bored.
PHIL I see you finished. Sorry it took so long. I had to go file something.
DAN No problem.
PHIL I was thinking, that if you wanted to extend your martial arts training and focus on it, that could open up your options for a name.
DAN Well, I was thinking about the whole disarming angle, and I think I just want to stick with 'Scamp'.
PHIL Okay. Fine. I'll just run it through the list of registered cape names in the state, and...
...looks like you're good. SCAMP is open. You want to take it, or do you want to sit on it for a bit?
DAN I've been using it for almost a year now, and... I think it suits me. Do it.
PHIL You got it. Scamp.
There. Now, you are officially... a registered cape...
Anything you want to change on your suit?
No. I've been looking at it, and it works. I like
it as it is.
Well, that's great!
Now, I just need you to sign your cape name at the bottom of the screen, and you'll be done for the day. Customer service will assign you a beeper so that they can inform you when your costume is done.
And please take a minute to fill out the customer service survey form.
DAN takes the stylus and signs his name. It appears on the screen. DAN sits back and smiles.
INTERIOR - CODE RED BUILDING - GYM MANIFEST is doing exercises with his staff in the middle of the floor. There are windows on three sides of the room and a track runs along the outside on a raised platform.
INTERIOR - CODE RED BUILDING - SPA The two women are in a hot tub with towels over their eyes.
MISS APPEAR Ohhh... I don't want to think about him right now.
MAIDEN CHINA Come on, he's the last one! They only gave me last year's PR package on you guys before I came, and it doesn't have any of this inside info! What's the story on MANIFEST?
MISS APPEAR ... uptight... control freak... not much to tell
MAIDEN CHINA He can fight, but what's his history?
MISS APPEAR sits up and takes the towel off of her face.
MISS APPEAR Nobody really knows.
MAIDEN CHINA (looks disbelieving)
MISS APPEAR I know! But we think he's something like seven hundred years old.
MAIDEN CHINA What??
MISS APPEAR Yeah... well, it depends on who you talk to, but he had something to do with alchemy back in the fourteen hundreds.
This dialog continues over the following scene: MANIFEST is shown in meditative stance. Slowly, objects begin to levitate around him. He opens his eyes and bends the shape of the weight bar with his thoughts.
MAIDEN CHINA You mean like, Nostradamus?
MISS APPEAR I guess... He never talks about his past, but every once in a while, he lets a detail slip, something that you can't find in any database. There are nothing but rumors about him.
MAIDEN CHINA Huh...
You'd think a guy who has been around that long would...
MISS APPEAR ...would learn how to unwind a little, yeah. Actually one of TEC's projects is trying to find out about him.
He thinks that MANIFEST knows too much about how the world works, and that makes him all twitchy.
MAIDEN CHINA You mean like he's been at war for too long?
MISS APPEAR Something like that.
An alarm sounds. The women see the CODE RED sign light up, and they grab towels and run to the women's locker room. TECTONIS is being helped into his costume by NURSE J. MANIFEST is leaving the gym with the normalized weight bar in the foreground. ICHOR is exiting a small bedroom in the foreground - his watch is blinking an alarm. Behind him on the bed is the girl from the strip club.
GIRL What kind of a fireman are you, anyway?
EXTERIOR - CAPE SHOP BUILDING DAN leaves the building through one of the exits and walks happily down the street. He almost gets hit by an oversized van as it races down the street.