Burn – Part 14

INT. THE COTTAGE – KITCHEN – NIGHT
Mickey is dragging the unconscious Tennent into the cottage.

LILITH
Don’t be bringing him into my house.

Mickey is across the threshold – the tall man still outside. Mickey looks at the Tall Man then back at Lilith.

MICKEY
Where then? The tool shed?
LILITH
No! Away from here.

Kimmi is scared stiff standing over the Tall Man still holding the spade defensively.

LILITH (CONT’D)
Give me the Shovel Honey. Come on. It’ll be alright.

Reluctantly Kimmi gives up the shovel.

Lilith disappears out of the cottage and returns moments later with an arm full of rope and gaffer tape. Mickey by now has the prone body all the way into the kitchen

LILITH (CONT’D)
I just told you – not in the house!

She grabs an old witches style broom and sweeps the floor of debris out the front door. Gets some more salt and sprinkles it across the threshold.

MICKEY
I don’t know who this is. He isn’t a Petrov regular.

Mickey rips open the mans shirt. No tattoos no scars. Fingers of an office type. Lilith burns some incense.

MICKEY (CONT’D)
I’ll take him round the back and ask him a few questions.
LILITH
No you wont. Just go.
MICKEY
You coming too?
LILITH
Like hell! This is my home. You take him somewhere and you do what you do, but you do it away from here. Both of you go and never come back.

BEAT.

LILITH (CONT’D)
I just got the garden looking nice. Damn you. Why’d you bring this shit to my door.? You know someone’s coming for him. Someone sent him. Fuck!
MICKEY
Lilith!
LILITH
Don’t mistake my kindness for complicity. Just ’till you get cleaned up you said.

Lilith looks at Kimmi.

LILITH (CONT’D)
It’s not your fault honey and I am sorry for what happened to you, I really am.

She’s looking intently at Tennent.

LILITH (CONT’D)
…but it’s time to leave.
MICKEY
He ain’t crew. That’s for sure. Car looks poorly dressed enough to be filth.
(To Kimmi)
Do you know him?

Kimmi is still petrified, shaking in the corner just looks at the man.

MICKEY (CONT’D)
No he’s a copper. Look at his shoes. Only a cop would buy shoes like that.
LILITH
Fuck sake Mickey! You see this always happens. Trouble always following you around like a bad smell.
LILITH (CONT’D)
(To Kimmi)
Do you know this man? Have you seen him before?

Still no answer.

MICKEY
Alright. Help me with this guy. He may be skinny but he’s fucking dense. Definitely a copper.

Kimmi slowly walks over the prone man and for a moment just stares at him.

LILITH
Kimmi?

Something snaps in Kimi and she attacks the Tall Man. She screams at him the best she can – Muted and muffled.
Mickey and Lilith stands back a moment – Kimmi Kicking him wildly, fists when her legs give out.
Mickey goes in to restrain the girl, Lilith tries to stop Mickey but he’s already pulling Kimmi away from the Tall Man.

MICKEY
That’s enough. That’s enough.

Tears stream down the face of both the women and Mickey barely holds it together. Trying to calm the girl down as if she’s his own frightened child.
She looks at Mickey and Kimmi. Mickey lifts Tennent’s dead weight onto a chair and tapes him up.
For a moment everyone wonders what to do next.
Lilith looks at Kimmi who seems to know something.

LILITH
Who is this man?

Kimi shakes her head. She doesn’t want to answer.

LILITH (CONT’D)
Do you know this man?

Again she shakes her head.

LILITH (CONT’D)
KImi, why did you attack this man? You seem to know him.

Kimmi shakes her head then heads to the fridge and writes something on the to do list and hands it to Lilith.
Mickey snatches it from Lilith.

MICKEY
Doesn’t make any sense. I don’t understand.
LILITH
I do.

She grabs the salt from the side and pours a circle around Tennent.

TENNENT
I suggest you release me, before you get yourself into any other trouble.

Lilith keeps pouring till she’s done. Mickey’s seen this before.

TENNENT (CONT’D)
I’ve been to the club. I’ve seen what happened. Petrov was a sick arsehole. Why don’t you talk to me and tell me whats really going on?
MICKEY
Funny that’s my question…

Lilith stares deep into Tennent.

LILITH
(to Kimmi) You sure?
MICKEY
Someone want to tell me what the hell is going on?
LILITH
Inspector Tennent isn’t what he appears.
MICKEY
He’s working for Petrov?
LILITH
No. I think not. Not deep down. Someone else.
TENNENT
I don’t work for Petrov. I am a police officer.
LILITH
Perhaps. Once.
TENNENT
What?
LILITH
Poor fuck. He doesn’t even know.
MICKEY
Ok I am really started to loose my patience
LILITH
I told you not to bring him in here, into my house. But you did. Always think you know best. Think that I’m someone to protect.
MICKEY
Lil…
LILITH
Don’t lil me buddy. Just stand over there and let me do what I do.
MICKEY
Ok you’re freaking me out now.
LILITH
Good.

She pulls a mirror off the wall as Tennent continues to espouses how much trouble they are in.
Looking at Tennent she drops the mirror into the sink and WE HEAR it crack.
Tennent and Mickey freak out but for different reasons.

Mickey grabs her arm and holds her back.

LILITH (CONT’D)
I’m not going to cut him. Not yet.

Then she pulls out the mirror and tapes up the cracks. The mirror is now a patchwork of shards reflecting the world each in a slightly different way.

TENNENT
Listen, you really don’t want to do this. I am an officer of the law.
LILITH
Just look into the mirror.

Tennent resists. WE SEE Tennents refecltion in each shard of mirror. Each a tiny different angle of the policeman, like the compound eyes of a fly.

LILITH (CONT’D)
What’s the matter don’t like what you see?
TENNENT
You people are fucking crazy.
LILITH
I’ve been called worse. Look into the mirror.

Tennent refuses to play their game. Lilith looks at the mirror and then back at Tennent.

TENNENT
Fuck off! I’m not playing your sick game.

Lilith motions to Mickey who forces his head to face the mirror.

Tennent responds by closing his eyes.

As Mickey adjust his grip and moves into a head lock Lilith bends down and whispers into the cops ear.

He relaxes and opens his eyes first looking at his captors and then into the mirror.

He sees himself. A multitude of him reflected in the broken shards.

Mickey releases his grip and lets go as Tennent continues to stare.

LILITH
Maybe my Romanian is rusty.

A single tear runs down Tennents cheek as WE SEE one of the reflections is not like the others. It smiles the smile of something truly evil.

TENNENT
(in Romanian) Congratulations Witch.

Tennent looks shocked at the words coming out of his mouth. The reflections start to increase in number as Tennent turns.

TENNENT (CONT’D)
(In English)
I have so enjoyed this flesh. As I will enjoy yours.

Tennent and Mickey start to freak out as slowly the evil Tennent takes over the good.

LILITH
You like to hide.
TENNENT
When it serves. She has seen through my eyes bitch. Do what you want with this flesh but she will have the girl and I will have you…unless you trade.

Tennent, the real Tennent, looks shocked as he slowly realises this is not a battle he is going to win.

LILITH
Who is she?
TENNENT
Do not play coy with me. Witch.

Both the good and evil Tennent tries to break his bonds.

MICKEY
Easy fella.
TENNENT
(In Romanian)
She’ll be here soon. No point in threatening me.
MICKEY
In English!
TENNENT
The girl doesn’t belong to you. Give her up. You know how greatful we can be.

Tennent turns to Mickey and locks eyes with him.

LILITH
Who is She?

TENNENT
What are these creatures to you, witch?

Tennent doesn’t break his gaze.

The flesh of Tennent occasionally breaking the possession the good in the man fights back.

LILITH
Skin stealer.

That’s enough!

The evil side of Tennent shakes off the remains of the good Tennent and the man who was once a man of the law and justice dies.

The creature that is now Tennent composes himself and faces Lilith.

TENNENT
(in Romanian)
Ah the old names. I know your name. Harlot. Baby killer.
LILITH
Such a sweet talker but you know you ain’t getting out of that chair. The flesh you chose is weak. Tell me who you’re working for.
TENNENT
Fuck you.

Mickey slaps him hard.

LILITH
Mickey, back off.
TENNENT
Did she ever tell you of her life before you? Of who she really is?

Mickey looks to Lilith and he sees?

TENNENT
Did she tell you about the garden?  Tell you it was her that tempted the old ones. That she is responsible for all that is wrong in your world.

Lilith is now pissed .

TENNENT
Micheal. You know she murdered you child?

Mickey is now pissed and shoots a look at Lilith who ignores him and continues to stare down Tennent.

MICKEY
Lilith?

She doesn’t answer.

MICKEY
Lil…

Tennent snaps his bonds and gets up out of the chair.

MICKEY
Take another step and I’ll shoot you in the face.
TENNENT
(to Lilith in Romanian)
There’s still time. You need not be involved. These two are damned.
Mickey steps closer his foot breaking the salt circle and pushes the gun against the Tall Man head. No-one in the room sees this except Tennent.

TENNENT (CONT’D)
(to Lilith In English)
Give up the girl. Wash your hands of this. What are you to these animals? To you… Mother of demons.

Mickey steps forward and hits Tennent around the head knocking him down a little. He gets back up and takes another step.

Mickey whacks him again. This time it’s a makes him laugh a little.

TENNENT (CONT’D)
(To Lilith)
You know what’s coming.

Kimmi runs. Mickey motions to Lilith to chase her but she hesitates for a moment.

LILITH
(In Romanian)
Show me.

Tennent starts to shake violently he rips at his flesh the muscles and tendon leaches and earthworms. Eyeballs melt. The face rearranges.

In amongst this the Flesh that was Tennent aware that he was just the imagining of flesh the echo of the man that was Tennent now just a mask for what pushes through beneath.

Mickey Shoots into the evolving mess. A transforming tentacle shoots out wrapping around the gun and sends it flying across the room. Tennent turns himself inside out long dagger like teeth rip out through what remains of the creature head and gasps for breathe.

Lilith stands her ground as the room around her is filled with the multiplying flesh fungus thing.

The teeth reach out for her head.

But she is gone.

The creature turns to Mickey Engulfing him in morphing dripping flesh.

TENNENT/CREATURE
No more hiding little man.
LILITH
(O.S)
You want the girl?

EXT. THE COTTAGE GARDEN – CONTINUOUS
Lilith stands outside with Kimmi held at knife point.
The Tennent/Creature steps out of the cottage door and into the night.

LILITH (CONT’D)
(in Romanian)
Give me the man and I’ll give you the girl.
TENNENT/CREATURE
I will take the girl.

Half in, half out Mickey pokes out from under the flesh of the creature dragged behind in it’s tail of flesh and serpents.

Kimmi struggle to get free, but Lilith’s grip is unsheakable. The Tennent/creature closes the gap.

LILITH
Maybe I’ll just kill the girl myself.
TENNENT/CREATURE
(In Romanian)
Liar!
LILITH
(In Romanian)
Try me.

The Tennent/creature lunges and Lilith puts the knife across the throat of Kimmi sending a stream of blood arcing into the night.

MICKEY
No!!!!

The Tennent/Creature goes mad and tries to attack Lilith but it can’t seemingly blocked by an invisible shield that with every attack knocks the transform creature back into human form.

Kimmi is now on the floor bleeding out, twitching, a large pool of crimson spreads out encircling her.

Lilith stands aside as Mickey pull himself out of the flesh and the now transformed Tennent/Creature as he steps into the pool of blood that spreads out from Kimmi’s  corpse. He reaches down to touch the girl and gets a painful burning touch that spreads up his arm.

The Tennent/Creature holding his burning hand as flames ignight themselves and licks up across his arm. Below him Kimmi’s corpse is gone and all that lies is a dead chicken. Off in the distance Kimmi runs away.

LILITH
(in Romanian)
You were told not to touch. That she wasn’t for you.

Lilith circles the Tennent/Creature is slowly consumed by fire – all spreading from that first touch. She pours salt around and in front of the creature as it tries to attack Lilith but is blocked by an invisible barrier created by the salt.

She smiles and squirts lighter fluid at the creature accelerating the flames.

The flame engulfed Tennent/Creature tries to step out of the chicken blood but it has become a sticky treacly trap for the Creature. He tries to transform but the flames have all but done their work.

TENNENT/CREATURE
You will burn for this Witch! She will come for you and you will burn.
LILITH
They all say that.

Mickey is disorientated and confused but gets it together to chase after Kimmi.

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