SHADOWS ANGELUS II
FADE IN ON
1 INTERIOR: NARROW CORRIDOR AND STAIRWELL.
The corridor is OLD and DINGY, with scattered spots of RUST, WATER STAINS, and the like.
The LIGHTS are dim resulting in dark SHADOWS. THE CAMERA pans over three XSWAT
OFFICERS standing near one wall. They are (in order):
OFFICER MIYAKO BENEDICT TROOPER
OFFICER STEFFENS IOTA EMPATH
OFFICER FERRER TROOPER/SNIPER
BENEDICT is on point, carrying a COMBAT SHOTGUN. The FLASHLIGHT under the barrel is on
and she is panning it around constantly, checking all corners. STEFFENS is next. He is
a rookie, scarcely a few months into his stint with XSWAT. He also looks to be either
SICK on in PAIN. FERRER is last. He’s well-muscled, but not overly so, armed
with a RIFLE that’s almost as long as he is tall. A CABLE runs from the
rifle’s SCOPE to his GOGGLES, which GLOW GREEN.
It smells like blood in here. A lot of it.
(nods at Ferrer’s comment then looks to Steffens)
How’re you doing, Steffens?
STEFFENS (eyes closed, teeth clenched)
Not so good. My stomach’s roiling... like I’m going to throw up.
He looks PALE and SWEATY. He’s not ill, however, but instead is responding to something
he can feel. Something bad has happened here.
No... not yet.
Benedict turns to look at her partner. She’s of mixed Eurasian descent, attractive,
fit, with rich black hair. She keeps the SHOTGUN pointed up, away from everyone, as she
looks Steffens over with concern. Steffens is fairly lean of build, young, sandy haired,
with handsome features. His EYES are watery and slightly bloodshot.
Stop looking at me like that Benedict, I’m okay.
I told you, stop calling me ‘Benedict.’ Makes me sound like I’m a monk
or something. Call me Miyako.
(manages a weak smile)
(shakes her head)
Who told you that one? Christ, you save one guys life....
2 INTERIOR: STAIRWELL LEADING DOWN
The stairs lead down from the previous corridor. There is a railing to the right of each
officer, overlooking a DARK DROP. The stairs descend, turn right at a landing, descend,
then turn right at a second landing. Benedict (now “Miyako”) pauses midway down
the STAIRS and points her shotgun over the railing.
3 INTERIOR: BUILDING BASEMENT
WIDE ANGLE PAN as THE CAMERA looks over Miyako’s shoulder to show the floor of the
basement below. The FLOOR is strewn with unidentified TRASH. CANDLES are set in a PENTAGON
pattern in the center. FIVE BODIES lay on their BACKS, ARMS BOUND at the WRIST, bordering
each side of the pentagon. More CANDLES are clustered in the center of the pentagon.
We gotta get Warri-Warri down here now.
Miyako’s breath can be seen, faintly.
4 INTERIOR: BUILDING BASEMENT
The three XSWAT officers are now at the base of the stairs, Miyako’s shotgun mounted
FLASHLIGHT playing over the scene. STEAM rises faintly from the five bodies, which are
covered in BLOOD and CUTS that seem to form specific PATTERNS or RUNES. Behind Miyako,
Steffens has his MASER out and holds a TREMBLING FLASHLIGHT in his other hand. He moves
his light in a opposing pattern to Miyako’s, allowing Ferrer to “see”
more of the room.
Nobody touch nuthin’. Miyako, Warri-Warri’s good, but we’re gonna
need the Director for this shit.
Call Sergeant Griffin, tell them to stop their sweep and get down here.
MIYAKO (looks back over her shoulder)
Talk to me Steffens. How’re you doing?
(eyes closed, ‘looking’ up at the ceiling)
I feel... pain. Fear. Terror. There’s evil here Miyako. It’s waiting for us.
FERRER and MIYAKO (exchange concerned glances)
5 INTERIOR: BUILDING BASEMENT
Miyako is on one knee, her FLASHLIGHT POINTING at the CANDLES in the center of the crude
pentagon. Behind her stand Steffens, hands on his knees, breathing in deep gasps of air.
Ferrer is half-way up the last FLIGHT OF STAIRS, his RIFLE held out so he can scan the room
with the integrated MULTI-OPTIC SIGHT. The CANDLES are BURNING, the flames FLICKERING
slightly. the STEAM from the bodies is far more obvious. In addition, each of Steffen’s
exhalations produces a large cloud of MIST. Miyako does as well, but it’s far less obvious.
Sergeant Griffin we need you in the basement. Repeat, Sergeant
Griffin we need you in the basement. Over?
No good. I had him for a few moments, then static. It can’t be the
building, there’s not enough steel. You think it’s...
(gestures with his rifle at the array of bodies)
6 INTERIOR: BUILDING BASEMENT
Steffens suddenly stands up straight, dropping his MASER and FLASHLIGHT. The flash rolls
across the floor, illuminating the BODIES, CANDLES and TRASH in brief glimpses. He puts his
hands to his face, arches his back, and screams.
It’s here! It’s coming for us! It wants us next!
What!? What wants us!?
7 INTERIOR: BUILDING BASEMENT
THE CAMERA sits low to the ground, showing Miyako turned to face Steffens, her shotgun
pointed up, illuminating both of them from below. Steffen’s flashlight is lying on
the floor, pointed so it shines across the five bodies. Almost as one the bodies SPASM
and TWIST. Their mouths open and a low wail emerges. As they WRITHE, their skin BUBBLES
and begins to BLEED.
8 INTERIOR: STAIRWELL LEADING DOWN
Ferrer is looking across the basement frantically, his rifle not settling on any one
target for long. The CANDLES seem to have increased in BRIGHTNESS, and with his multi-optic
sight he can see far more than he really wants to. He turns to look back up the stairs when
something catches his attention. Freezing, his eyes and face virtually invisible behind his
googles and comms headset, Ferrer reaches out with one hand to touch the wall next to him.
He brings his GLOVED fingers back from the wall, the tips are BRIGHT RED. Ferrer looks closer
at the wall next to him. It’s BLEEDING.
Miyako, get Steffens out of there now! We’re getting the fuck out here!
9 INTERIOR: BUILDING BASEMENT
THE CAMERA view is the same as 7. The BUBBLES start to BURST, spattering the area of with
blood. From each OPEN SORE emerges a roughly humanoid shape, that gains SIZE and MASS
quickly. Initially there are only a few, but soon the shapes totally obscure the figures
of Miyako and Steffens.
Come on, Steffens! Come on, we’re leaving!
(shrieks in pure terror)
10 INTERIOR: STAIRWELL LEADING DOWN
Ferrer turns at the sound of Steffen’s SCREAM. He throws himself against the RAILING,
points his rifle and OPENS FIRE. CRACK! CRACK! CRACK! The rifle’s electrical firing
system sounds strangely out of synch for such as weapon.
Sergeant! Warri-Warri! Anyone! We’ve got intrusion in the basement!
11 INTERIOR: BUILDING BASEMENT
Miyako has her arm around around Steffens, who looks almost COMATOSE. He’s BLEEDING
from the nose. She braces her shotgun against her hip and WHAM! fires into one of the shapes,
which looks to blow apart from the concentrated blast.
12 INTERIOR: BUILDING BASEMENT
Miyako has turned around, still holding Steffens up, braced against one hip, and is backing
up towards the stairs. She has the shotgun tucked in tight against her other hip and the
bobbing BARREL-MOUNTED FLASH illuminates a number of horrific humanoid shapes. Ferrer’s rifle
fire punches holes in the summoned creatures, causing some to fold up and drop, while others
seem to ignore their horrific WOUNDS.
Miyako... Promise... promise me you’ll get us out of here.
Miyako fires again, causing another shape to explode. She glances down for a moment to
Steffens’s blood-streaked face.
I promise. I’ll see you get out of this no matter what.
13 INTERIOR: STAIRWELL LEADING DOWN
Ferrer is firing as fast as he can find a target. The CRACK of his rifle is an almost constant
sound. He pauses for a second then stiffens.
14 INTERIOR: BASEMENT FROM FERRER’s POINT OF VIEW
The basement has a slightly greenish tint to it as we are seeing everything through Ferrer’s
multi-optic sight. At the corners of our field of vision are RANGE NUMBERS and an AMMO COUNT.
The CANDLES are VERY BRIGHT, while the humanoid shapes are very DARK, they almost ABSORB LIGHT.
The floor around the SACRIFICED BODIES is thick with BLACK SLUDGE from the “slain” humanoids.
The sludge is ROILING and MOVING, reforming into NEW HUMANOID SHAPES. One such shape is rising
up behind Miyako.
Miyako! Behind you!
15 INTERIOR: BUILDING BASEMENT
Miyako spins, still trying to support Steffens, and gets a close look at one of the shapes.
It has a rough HUMAN SHAPE, it’s “skin” a deep, non-reflective BLACK. It has no eyes,
just a large gaping MAW lined with glittering TEETH. It raises its arms, the fingers ending
in long TALONS. Whatever it is, where it was summoned from, it is frighteningly obvious it
isn’t anything remotely human.
Miyako’s eyes go wide. She’s an XSWAT veteran, but nothing she’s seen before has
prepared her for this. She pulls the trigger on her shotgun. CRACK! CRACK! CRACK!
The weapon’s MUZZLE-FLASH lights up the room, giving us a quick glimpse of Miyako’s
sweat-stained face, Steffens’s blood-streaked one, and the clouds of mist that forms with
The shape vanishes in a spray of black DROPLETS, falling to the fllor to REFORM with the layer
of MUCK already there.
16 INTERIOR: BUILDING BASEMENT
Miyako now has her back to the SACRIFICE on the floor and is concentrating only on the STAIRS.
She starts to move that way, virtually dragging Steffens by his UNIFORM JACKET. She’s
BREATHING HEAVILY, each exhalation coming out as a large cloud of WHITE MIST.
17 INTERIOR: STAIRWELL LEADING DOWN
Ferrer is tracking the two with his rifle, covering their retreat, he fires, once, twice, and
then raises the rifle. The MAGAZINE is empty, and he pulls it out and drops it to the FLOOR. He
slides a fresh one in and then quickly snaps the bolt back before looking back over the rail.
18 INTERIOR: BUILDING BASEMENT
Miyako’s attempt to drag Steffens to safety comes to halt as Steffens starts screaming
in pain and fear. She turns to see the things have swarmed over the esper and are apparently
FEEDING on him. We almost can’t see his BODY for all of the NIGHT-BLACK shapes. She
points her shotgun, but is frozen with the fear of hitting her teammate. Black GOO flows
over Steffens’s JACKET and onto her GLOVED HAND. Reflexively she lets go, causing
Steffens to slump to the floor, and fires.
19 INTERIOR: STAIRWELL LEADING DOWN
Ferrer starts to run down the stairs, almost slipping on the blood that still seeps from the
I’m coming Miyako! Just hold on! I’m coming!
20 INTERIOR: BUILDING BASEMENT
Shapes vanish in the BRIGHT FLASHBULB bursts of WEAPONS FIRE. The air is fogged with BLACK
DROPLETS and WHITE MIST. Steffens is WRITHING in the gasp of multiple summoned THINGS. One
arm reaches for Miyako, CLENCHING desperately. Miyako grabs for it, leans back as she pulls,
pulls the trigger and... NOTHING HAPPENS. Miyako looks from Steffens to her shotgun and then
turns the weapon on its side. CLOSE IN on the LED READOUT, i shows “00”.
Miyako drops the shotgun and scrabbles for her MASER as she tries to pull Steffens free.
She glances down to make sure she’s getting her service maser out when she suddenly
19 INTERIOR: STAIRWELL/BUILDING BASEMENT
Ferrer has reached the basement, nearly falling down the last flight, as it is covered with
a mixture of frozen and liquid blood. He comes up on one knee and RAPID FIRES his weapon
into the room, hitting clusters of shapes. He looks around frantically for his two fellow
NO! NO! NO!
21 INTERIOR: BUILDING BASEMENT
CLOSE UP of Miyako’s face. She holds one arm up, still holding on to Steffens’s hand.
His ARM ENDS at the SHOULDER, which is RAW AND BLOODY. She looks beyond the gristly trophy
to the mass beyond, which shows only a RIPPLING BLACK MASS.
She throws herself up on one knee, firing her maser. ZRACK! ZRACK! ZRACK! The maser seems far
more effective, as the shapes seem to BOIL away instead of simply explode into drops. Shapes
pull away from Steffens’s BODY, and flow towards her. In the mist and smoke we see a
shape BEHIND her.
22 INTERIOR: BUILDING BASEMENT
Ferrer reaches forward and grabs the collar of Miyako’s jacket. He yanks her forward, sending
one of her shots wide and up into the air.
No! No! I promised! Let me go! I promised!
He’s gone! We’ve gotta go!
Miyako twists in Ferrer’s grip, firing back at the shapes devouring the slain esper.
The maser BEAMS light up the basement in BRIEF FLASHES. Ferrer, desperate to escape, drops
his rifle, and starts to gather up the struggling Miyako. Irrational, hysterical, she tries
to lunge to Steffens’s body, invisible under a black blanket of BLACK GOO.
Let me go! I’ve gotta get him out!
In a moment we won’t get out! We...
23 INTERIOR: BUILDING BASEMENT
A WALL of inky blackness has risen between the two XSWAT officers and the stairs. All we can
really see are the TEETH. Then it falls.
24 INTERIOR: BUILDING BASEMENT
THE CAMERA is near the floor, looking across the basement towards the stairsfrom somewhere
beyond the circle of five bodies. The CANDLES are out, most having burned down to PUDDLES OF
WAX. The SACRIFICES are now masses of BUBBLED FLESH, virtually UNRECOGNIZABLE as anything that
was ever HUMAN. At the FOOT OF THE STAIRS is Ferrer’s RIFLE, while MIYAKO’S SHOTGUN
lays on the floor, the UNDERBARREL FLASH still on, BACKLIGHTING the scene.
TWO MEN stand on the STAIRS, using FLASHLIGHTS to examine the scene. One of the men is SERGEANT
GRIFFIN, who has his XSWAT MASER in his other hand. He’s MID-WAY up the stairs. Near the
BOTTOM is OFFICER WARRI-WARRI, an Australian Aborigine Shaman carrying a hardwood NULLA NULLA
CLUB. They both PAN their flashlights over the scene, revealing the two dropped weapons and a
great deal of BLOOD, but no other sign of three missing officers.
25 INTERIOR: XSWAT PRECINCT LOBBY—DAY
TIGHT ON COMPUTER KEYBOARD as we see two obviously CYBERNETIC HANDS enter data. PULL BACK
slowly, showing the organized clutter of an XSWAT DESK SERGEANT’S POST. As we pull
back, the CAMERA EYE reveals the bright blue of an XSWAT SKINSUIT, the DARK BLUE and GOLD
TRIM of an XSWAT PATROL JACKET, and then the Desk Sergeant herself, who has short blonde
hair. She’s intent on her monitor screen, the sound of keys being hit a steady
(pauses, looks up from the monitor)
Miyako? But... you’re....
26 INTERIOR: XSWAT PRECINCT OFFICES—DAY
This entire sequence is seen in FIRST-PERSON PERSPECTIVE from Miyako’s P.O.V. We
don’t see her at all, but instead DOLLY down the hallway as she makes her way to
her desk. We pass other XSWAT OFFICERS, many of who look startled at her appearance, some
jumping back, dropping carried items, or exclaiming out loud.
Sequence stops when Miyako reaches her DESK. There is a terminal, keyboard, IN/OUT basket,
cup of pens, and so on. All the typical items. On the cube wall is a SIGN reading “God
created whiskey to keep the Irish from taking over the world” and under that is a
Japanese FLAG. A commendation for valor is next to these items.
Miyako reaches for her MONITOR, tilts it slightly. Her GLOVES are a clean, pristine WHITE,
as is her SKINSUIT, and JACKET.
27 INTERIOR: XSWAT HQ, DIRECTOR’S OFFICE—DAY
THE CAMERA PANS across XSWAT DIRECTOR JAMADIGNI RENUKA’S office showing the various
awards, mementos, and other objects one can accumulate in ten years of civil service. JAMA
is behind her desk, with CORPORAL CADBURY curled up on the far end, watching the proceedings.
Several holographic monitor screens are up, displaying shots of MIYAKO, FERRER, STEFFENS, and
the text of a report. SERGEANT GRIFFIN sits across from her, his uniform clean and crisp for
his meeting, his long hair tied back. The concerned look on his face spoils the effect, however.
She’s a ghost?
I mean, we never found the bodies, so I know she must be dead,
but... a ghost? Why? How?
(clasps her hands before her and speaks with care)
A ghost is formed from strong psychic impressions. Murder, suicide, a
vital task left undone... all of these situations can result in the
appearance of a ghost. Officer Benedict...
...Miyako was a dedicated officer. She had a reputation for looking
after new recruits and as you told me, Officer Steffens had been with
you for only a few months.
(a second pause, she looks at Griffin, who nods)
And the AAR report she wrote states she was trying to pull Steffens
free from the summoned spirits before all of them were overwhelmed.
Meaning she thinks she failed. She wasn’t able to rescue Steffens,
even after promising him she’d get him out of there alive. So Miyako
has a task undone, and she can’t rest until she’s made amends.
Which is why she came into the precinct as if nothing had happened
and started writing an AAR.
(glances at the screen of text)
Although, I must admit, reading her AAR wasn’t easy.
Yeah, no kidding. I’d rather not ever see another that ends with ‘and
so I died’ ever again.
(he looks up)
Okay, she’s a ghost, why is she so white? I mean, her uniform is pure
white, all of it.
I’m not sure. I think it’s because she’s a thought projection. A...
memory so to speak, of what she was. She knows she’s supposed to
wear the uniform, carry a maser, and have her equipment belt, but
many other details seem to have been lost in the process. Also, she’s
Japanese on one side and Irish on the other; both cultures usually
depict ghosts as figures dressed all in white.
A... thought projection? So that’s why none of her issued equipment
seems to be... ah... real?
Yes. She recalls having it, but there’s only so much she can do with the
form she currently has. Everything she strongly identifies with being
an XSWAT officer is still part of her, but isn’t ‘real’. Does that make
Yeah, I guess so.
(pauses and thinks for a moment)
So what now?
Honestly? That’s up to you. She won’t rest until she’s had a chance to
make up for her perceived failing. So we have a few options: recover
her body and force her to acknowledge her death; perform an
Put her back on the streets.
What? But she’s dead!
So? If you recall Sergeant Griffin, I used to work with... and, in fact,
still work with a dead man. Besides, this is XSWAT, I dare-say a ghost
of a slain officer isn’t all that unusual when compared to some others
who are under my command.
(ponders that statement for a moment)
I really don’t want to know, do I?
It’s just... well... ma’m, it’s just that she’s, well, dead.
She sits so still, doesn’t breathe, eat... hell, she doesn't make any noise
when she walks. What kind of officer is she supposed to be?
Miyako Benedict died in the line of duty leaving an important task
undone: saving a fellow officer—a rookie—from being devoured
alive by something summoned through the worst sort of blood magic. I
imagine she’ll be the most dedicated officer in all of XSWAT.
28 EXTERIOR: ANGELUS—TWILIGHT
Miyako Benedict stands next to the sleek shape of an XSWAT SQUAD SPINNER. Her HAIR is worn
loose and blows in the BREEZE, looking somewhat disheveled. Strands hang into her face, somewhat
obscuring the RED points of her EYES. As mentioned, her UNIFORM IS STARK WHITE, all of it, from
BOOTS, to SKINSUIT, to JACKET, to GLOVES. Slung over one shoulder is the gunmetal and black
shape of her new SHOTGUN. She stands PERFECTLY STILL, not BREATHING or BLINKING, even as the
wind blows around her.
Miyako turns towards the spinner, seeming to DRIFT across our field of vision.
FADE TO BLACK