Movie Lyrics: “Valerex: The Same King” (02)

From my script “Valerex: The Same King”; another scene from what I’ve been up to lately… just glad I’m done with it now, finally moving on to another one.

EXT – SEWID FOREST – NIGHT

Jasmine is now riding on the horse with Maxwell sitting behind her. The uncomfortable Jasmine keeps looking to the sky in search of the moon, she doesn’t want to get eaten. Taking her head down from one of her moon-search, she sees a small house not too far ahead.

MAXWELL
The horse is getting tired.

JASMINE
Better the horse than you, your grace. There is a house up ahead.

MAXWELL
A house? We should knock, I need food at least.

JASMINE
We are in Sewid, your grace.

MAXWELL
So?

JASMINE
Majority of Sewidians are witches, certainly the minority are the male folks who then are wizards.

MAXWELL
I am still king here. They won’t dare to attack me.

JASMINE
Not attacking you. You want food, they could poison you.

MAXWELL
We’ll see about that. Hunger will kill me nonetheless.

JASMINE
Poison will kill you faster.

An oddly dressed witch (HDMI) suddenly speaks up beside Maxwell’s horse; Maxwell and Jasmine are startled.

HDMI
You are in my land.

JASMINE
(Pulls a sword at Hdmi)
This whole land belongs to the King…

HDMI
And the last time I slept, the king was a man, not a lady.

Hdmi again speaks up from the front of her house, away from Jasmine and Maxwell.

HDMI
Do you always threaten strangers with your sword?

The surprised Jasmine is dazed and she shakes her head vigorously. She realises Hdmi is now standing in front of the house lined by 20 oddly dressed malnourished servants.

MAXWELL
We are the strangers here and your behaviour is threatening us.

HDMI
It is not my behaviour, it is my nature.

Hdmi’s servants become extremely uncomfortable.

JASMINE
(Whispers to Maxwell)
A witch…

HDMI
…yes, the witch Hdmi of Sewid.

MAXWELL
What is wrong with your people?

One of Hdmi’s servants screams and runs off; another stabs herself and her body vanishes.
Maxwell relaxes and Hdmi tries to understand her servants’ behavior.

MAXWELL
(To Jasmine)
Vampires.

HDMI
(Still thinking)
There is only one creature they fear this way. Certainly it is you… you are of the house of Vera-Stova.

All of Hdmi’s servants run away, bumping into one another. Maxwell ignores them.

MAXWELL
Yes, I am of the house of Vera-Stova. Do you have food?
(Jumps down of the horse and staggers)

HDMI
Certainly I do…

Jasmine joins Maxwell on the ground

MAXWELL
Are you a friend or foe?

HDMI
(Scoffs)
I am a witch of Sewid, not of Azim. I am surely a friend… I could be your aunt if the genealogy was written properly.

Maxwell staggers again and Jasmine holds him.

HDMI
Bring him inside.

Hdmi leads them into her house and they keep Maxwell on the bed. Hdmi takes a deep breath and goes quickly to Maxwell’s side.

HDMI
You are the King of Valerex…

JASMINE
(Snaps in)
Yes, we told you that outside.

HDMI
No, we only ascertained that he is of the house of Vera-Stova.

JASMINE
What difference does it make?

HDMI
It means the king could be his cousin, or brother, or father
(Looks closely at Maxwell)
or uncle… you are Maxwell the nephew of the late King Rexuel.

JASMINE
Yes he is. Your witchcraft is good.

HDMI
No, I am not only a witch, I am a historian. The air around you holds a lot of memories,
(now concentrating on Jasmine)
it is easy to see how life has treated all of us, who we are, who we wish to be; a queen of Valerex, mother of the crown Prince,
(Jasmine is embarrassed)
blood of the wolf and yet daughter of the king slayer.
(Jasmine feels insulted).

MAXWELL
That is enough.

HDMI
(Bows before Maxwell and closes her eyes in meditation)
Live forever O King. Your voice causes the earth to quake; you alone can dim the sun and brighten the stars. You have banished the moon from Tygrix, providing a home for your kind, and your word can dry the ocean.

MAXWELL
I
(Groans in pain)
am not the king that did all that.

HDMI
You are all the same, the very same king of old. You are the same yesterday, today and you alone will reign forever and for another ever.

MAXWELL
But I am not even reigning now…

HDMI
(Opens her eyes)
Yes, I said you will reign. I did not say you are reigning.

Jasmine giggles.

MAXWELL
I need to eat to achieve anything further.

HDMI
Ah yes, food.
(Goes quickly to the door and whistles out for her terrified servants)

MAXWELL
(Whispers to Jasmine)
Do watch her closely. If I die here, make sure no one hears of this tale.

JASMINE
You will not die here

HDMI (V.O)
(To her servants)
Come on, it’s ok. He doesn’t bite. I need help to make supper.

MAXWELL
(To Jasmine)
Just do as I said.

___________***ONE PAGE LATER***_____

EXT – HDMI’S KITCHEN – SAME

Jasmine finds the cooking spot. The pot is still on fire as Hdmi dishes out Maxwell’s food. Hdmi realises Jasmine is approaching.

HDMI
I told him I am his friend, what’s the fear about?

JASMINE
Not fear; I was only wondering why the food is not served yet.

HDMI
I was referring to the king; no one around here cares what you wonder about.

JASMINE
And you know the king is afraid?

HDMI
It is not always common, but yes he is.
(Gives Maxwell’s food to her servants. They reluctantly grab it)

JASMINE
You will help me… I mean, you will help him.

Hdmi urges her servants to go on with delivering the food. They move along slowly.

HDMI
What is your name?

JASMINE
Yet you know I’m the daughter of a king slayer. Ironic.

HDMI
If you were somebody, I would have seen your name.

JASMINE
“If I was a wolf” you mean.

HDMI
Do you need help or not?

INT – HDMI’S HOME – SAME

The two servants enter with caution and drop Maxwell food and water quickly before him and run out. Maxwell sits up and grabs a piece of meat and takes a bite.

MAXWELL
(Calls out)
Jasmine?!

JASMINE (V.O)
I am coming your grace.

MAXWELL
(To himself)
Just to be sure I’m not eating you.

EXT – HDMI’S HOME – SAME

Jasmine is still standing with Hdmi.

HDMI
If you want him to lead Tygrix in a war against his men in Valerex, he will have to become the King of Tygrix.

JASMINE
He will be reluctant. He is losing courage.

HDMI
Then make him king.

JASMINE
That is the help I ask for.

HDMI
You have to kill Crown Prince Iris of Tygrix, death is already upon King Cheryusaxis his father, he is very sick.

JASMINE
I know this. How will I kill him without turning the people against King Maxwell.

HDMI
Oh… that is why you need me then.

Jasmine nods

HDMI (CONT’D)
I will give you the Tanady.

JASMINE
What is that?

HDMI
A portion, just a drop of it will get the job done.

JASMINE
It won’t be easy to poison Prince Iris and go free.

HDMI
All portions are not poisons. The Tanady gives you good options…

________***A LONG LIST OF INSTRUCTIONS***______

JASMINE
Crown Prince Iris should be a man of courage.

HDMI
Yes, from the clan of the wolf too. I’m sure you learnt wolf-hunting from your father.

JASMINE
A little.

MAXWELL (V.O)
Jasmine?!!

JASMINE
Your grace!
(Smiles to Hdmi)
Thank you Hdmi.

HDMI
You know my name is “Hdmi”

JASMINE
Yes, Hdmi.

HDMI
No, “Hdmi”. You pronounce it as if someone hit you on the stomach… Hhhedmeee..

JASMINE
Oh… that’s a very violent name.

Hdmi laughs

HDMI
My mother was hit on the stomach and then I popped out…

JASMINE
(Confused)
Witchcraft?

MAXWELL (V.O)
Miss Rela!

JASMINE
Your grace!
(Hurries into the house)

INT – HDMI’S HOME – SAME

JASMINE
I’m very sorry your grace.

MAXWELL
(Clears his throat)
Have you eaten?

Jasmine shakes her head, “No.”

MAXWELL
Here
(Points at the remaining food)
eat.

Jasmine sits to eat and Hdmi enters

HDMI
Your grace, I should have fed you. I am sorry.

MAXWELL
(Scoffs)
I am not a baby.

HDMI
No, but in your splendour and glory, all things should be done for you.

MAXWELL
I have no splendour and no glory.

HDMI
I understand you are trying not to be proud.

MAXWELL
Is that a bad thing? To be proud?

HDMI
some say it is. But you have every reason to be proud. You will get back your throne. Nothing is impossible.

MAXWELL
Is it possible to prove that one is not proud without being proud? I have to tell you the things I ought to be proud of and yet claim I take no pride in them. Telling you the things I ought to be proud of is an act of pride; you see, I have just told you something that is impossible.

Hdmi is almost dumbfounded.

HDMI
Have you heard of the unknown God? Praises are sang to him, almost similar to how we treat our king.

MAXWELL
There’s a book of him in the palace treasury. Wealthy homes across Valerex should own a copy at least. A lot of words originate from there. Why, do you know this unknown God?

HDMI
Some funny looking foreigners came ranting about him…

MAXWELL
…of recent? Where are they?

HDMI
Buried in my farm.

Jasmine and Maxwell raise their eyebrows.

HDMI (CONT’D)
They said some words to stop me from being a witch.

MAXWELL
Can it be possible to stop you from being a witch?

HDMI
Well, they did say with their God all things are possible, but no, not that day. At least I am still here. You two should sleep, long journey ahead tomorrow.

🙂 Let me stop here…

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