Braden and Bella
Written by Johnny Patel
(Sir Lucas, Bella, Courtney, Amy and Maureen lodge in a hotel)
Amy: (sobs) I said it. I had a feeling this journey will be perilous and I was right. So far we’ve lost Irene, Rayna and Claire. Who knows what’s going to happen next?
(Sir Lucas enters their room)
Sir Lucas: I know you’re all devastated about the death of your friends but remember that life has to to go on. Anyways, The reason I’m here is to let you know that you’re are gonna have to work one more time.
Sir Lucas: You heard me!
Maureen: What about the $7,000 that we made? I thought you said that’ll keep us going?
Sir Lucas: Yea but I had to give it to Trevor so that he can pay for the boat that’ll take us across the Mississippi.
Courtney: Fine. But this time EVERYBODY must work! Maureen, Amy and I won’t be working while some other idiot will be enjoying the forbidden fruit.
(Bella glances at her in anger)
Sir Lucas: There’s a brothel just few kilometers away. Just get ready, I’ll arrange some men right away.
(He leaves the room)
Courtney: (To Bella) You better start dressing up with the rest of us because there’s no way you’ll stay here while the rest of us will be suffering!
Amy: Courtney leave the girl. If Sir Lucas wants her to work, She’ll work.
Courtney: That’s a different case. He doesn’t want her to work! (To Bella) I’ve already said all I need to say. And if you love your damn self, You better do exactly as I told you!
(Few minutes later, Sir Lucas returns to the room)
Sir Lucas: I’m really sorry Bella but the men requested for one more girl. (sighs) You’re going to have to do this.
Bella: (looks at him with tear-filled eyes)
Courtney: (laughs at her mockingly)
Bella: (teary) But you promised…
Sir Lucas: (shildy) I’m really sorry.
Courtney: (To Bella) Bitch, At the end of the day, Aren’t you still going to work? Or do you think the rest of us will be trading our bodies while you’ll be relaxing and enjoying the money we’re making forever? (giggles scornfully) I’m so glad Sir Lucas is coming back to his senses. This is just the beginning!
Courtney: (hisses) Get out!
(Courtney violently shoves Bella aside as she goes to fetch her gown)
Bella: (crying) I can’t do this….
Courtney: (turns to face her) You can’t do what? (laughs hysterically) You must be joking!
Maureen: It’s alright Bella, All these will come to an end one day. We’ll soon get to Mexico City – A city of riches and wonders. We’ll work in Madame Laho’s beauty company and make enough money, We’ll become rich. Okay?
Bella: (nods her head as she cleans her tears)
Courtney: Maureen why’re you sympathizing with her? Isn’t this what we’ve been going through while she’s been sleeping with Sir Lucas? (To Bella) It’s high time girlfriend…(snaps her fingers) Get to work!
(King Anderson’s palace)
(Princess Madeline and Jax return from their date)
Maid 1 & Cook: Welcome back my princess.
Princess Madeline: Thank you.
Maid 1: (giggles) How was your date?
Princess Madeline: It was lovely and…
Jax: (interrupts her) What’s you business you silly maid?! You better mind you business and concentrate on the reason why you were fuckin’ employed!
Princess Madeline: Calm down Jax. She asked because she cares. (To Katrina) Isn’t it?
Maid 1: Yes. And I meant no harm.
Jax: Whatever. (To Gladys) Gladys, My babe and I are hungry. Make us deep dish pizza then bring it to our room along with soda.
(Princess Madeline and Jax leaves)
Maid 1: Look at them, Stupid people. The princess is rotten and even her so called boyfriend too is rotten. Imagine the way he was speaking to us!
Cook: Whatever. Let’s just do what they asked. I don’t want to get into trouble with the princess or the king.
Maid 1: I even thought they’ve broken up.
Cook: Well, It seems like they’ve gotten back together.
Maid 1: I still wonder what that spoilt brat sees in that thug she calls a boyfriend! One day, He’ll strangle her inside that room.
(In the garage)
Servant: I feel for you bro.
Servant: I even thought after the princess breaks up with Jax, She’ll start dating someone better, Like you. Unfortunately she got back together with that deliquent!
Braden: (chuckles) Come on. The princess can’t possibly fall for someone like me.
Servant: You’re just downgrading yourself, Besides anything is possible…
(Sir Lucas takes Bella, Courtney, Maureen and Amy to a brothel)
Courtney: (impatient) Let’s get this over with!
(Four men walks up to them)
Man: Woah, Are these the girls?
Sir Lucas: Yes.
Man: (amazed) Good Lord, These girls are all gorgeous (looks at Bella) This one is by far the prettiest. (He touches Bella’s chin but she removes his hand away from her face)
Sir Lucas: Since you’ve already paid me, You can take them. (To the girls) Give them optimum satisfaction.
(The girls hisses at him)
Sir Lucas: (to the men) Sirs, Please go upstairs. The rooms downstairs are already occupied.
Man: No worries.
(The men takes Bella, Courtney, Maureen and Amy upstairs)
Sir Lucas: (takes out a large wad of cash out of his pocket) Hmm, Cool cash.
(Just then, The police raids the brothel)
Policeman 1: (points a gun at them) Everybody get down!
Sir Lucas: Oh no….
(Sir Lucas manages to sneak upstairs to meet the girls)
Sir Lucas: Girls! We need to get out of here, The police are downstairs raiding the brothel and arresting people!
Courtney: (panicks) What do we do?
Sir Lucas: We have to escape through the window!
(Sir Lucas, Bella, Maureen, Courtney and Amy jumps out of the window then runs out of the brothel in haste)
Sir Lucas: Quickly!
(They all run off)
Sir Lucas: Run faster!
(Sir Lucas stops and turns left)
Sir Lucas: (to the girls) This way!
Courtney: Oh God, It’s so dark. I can’t even see anything.
Amy: Me too.
Sir Lucas: Stop complaining and follow me!
Courtney: (frustrated) What does it look like we’re doing?
(They all keep on running, At a point, Maureen stops running and sits on a rock)
Bella: (worried) Why’re you stopping?
Maureen: (pants heavily) I can’t run any longer. I’m tired.
Bella: Maureen please we have to keep going before the police catches us….
(Just then, Maureen shrieks in pain and stands up from the rock while clutching onto her leg)
Maureen: (shrieks) Ah!
Bella: What’s wrong?
(Maureen sees something slithering away)
Maureen: A snake just bit me!
Bella: (stares at her in worry) Oh no…
Braden and Bella
Written by Johnny Patel
(At the sea side)
(Courtney and Amy try to warm themselves with their hands, Bella holds Maureen while Sir Lucas makes a phone call)
Sir Lucas: Trevor where are you? You need to hurry up over here, The girls are freezing.
Trevor: (over the phone) I’m almost there.
Sir Lucas: Okay… (He hangs up) Girls, Trevor is on his way with the boat that’ll take us across the Mississippi directly to Mexico City.
Bella: But where would we treat Maureen? She got bitten by a snake.
Sir Lucas: The only thing we can do now is pray. Just think you’re a step away from Mexico City, which you are, And I think that’ll keep you alive.
Courtney: (infuriated) Atleast give us some warm clothes to wear so that we can change out of this skimpy gowns. It’s very cold out here!
Sir Lucas: (sighs) Follow me.
Courtney: (frustratedly) Until someone dies out here that’s when you’ll remember to give us clothes. (hisses)
(Sir Lucas walks into the woods and Courtney and Amy follows him, Bella holds Maureen as she limps into the woods)
Bella: It’s alright.
Maureen: (crying) I will not die, I will get to Mexico city, I will not die, I will get to Mexico city, I will not die, I will get to Mexico city……
(King Anderson’s palace)
(Princess Madeline and Jax relax at the balcony)
Princess Madeline: I just love the evenings. How the breeze blows and everything, Its just so cool and comfortable.
Jax: (chuckles) Me too.
(Princess Madeline rests her head on Jax’s chest)
Jax: So I was thinking babe, Where do you want us to go for a vacation? The Bahamas? Hawaii? Dubai? Paris?
Princess Madeline: I don’t want us to go anywhere. It’s more relaxing at home.
Jax: You’re a home girl…
Princess Madeline: It’s better than being a nosy poker.
Jax: (chuckles) Yeah…
(He pulls her into a kiss)
(In the woods)
(Sir Lucas gathers some wood and makes a small fire to keep the girls warm)
Sir Lucas: I think this should keep your girls warm.
Amy: Yea thank you. (She warms her hand near the fire)
Sir Lucas: You all should just wait here, I’ll go look for a cure for Maureen.
Bella: But where will you find a cure?
Sir Lucas: Don’t worry yourself about that. Just try to keep her alive till I get back.
(Sir Lucas pecks Bella on the cheek)
Sir Lucas: I’ll be back love…
(Sir Lucas leaves)
Amy: If you guys knew that this is what we would face? Would you have still come on this perilous journey?
Courtney: I definitely wouldn’t. (sighs) My parents are dead, I was living with my aunt when the opportunity to go to Mexico City came. My aunt told me to go and never to return. And if I don’t get to Mexico City, I should remain wherever I am.
Amy: Well, My parent are still alive. They told me to go to Mexico city in search of greener pastures. They said I’m the hope of my family and I must not let them down.
Maureen: (weakly) Should I shock you all?
(Courtney and Amy turn to look at her)
Maureen: (weakly) I have a child.
Maureen: Yes. I had a child out of wedlock, The father of my son ran away after he impregnated me and my parents refused to take the child. Luckily, The opportunity to go to Mexico city came and they decided to take in my child. They said that I should make sure I remember him when I get to Mexico city or else, They’ll abandon him.
Amy: (sighs) That’s too sad
Courtney: Hmm, Story that touches. This is the plight of most young girls, You make a single mistake and the whole world drops down hard on you….
Maureen: (crying) I don’t to die, I want to get to Mexico city (looks up to the sky) Lord please I don’t want to die, I want to bring my son to stay with me in Mexico City….
Bella: (consoles her) It’s alright. You’ll surely get there. We’ll all get there.
Amy: Bella, What’s your back story?
Courtney: Amy what kind of silly question are you asking her? Obviously she doesn’t have any. She’s like an angel that fell from the sky. (To Bella) DO YOU HAVE?!!!
Bella: (softly) Yes I do. And my story isn’t too different from all yours…
Courtney: (sarcastic) Hmm…Really?
Bella: Yes. My father was a heavy smoker and because of that, He and my mom got divorced, I decided to stay with him so I can take care of him and that’s when the opportunity to go to Mexico city came, To cut the story short, I decided to come on this journey so I can start making enough money to help both my mother and my father….
Courtney: (interrupts her) Well it’s your mother’s fault. I blame her for copulating with your father to give birth to a nonentity like you!
Bella: (warningly) Mind your tongue.
Courtney: Or else what?! All you know how to do is to sleep with Sir Lucas, Shameless thing!
Bella: (getting angry) MIND YOUR TONGUE!
Maureen: (shrieks) Ah! The pain…
Bella: (holds her) Sorry, sorry….Don’t worry, Sir Lucas is coming back with a cure.
Maureen: (crying) I can’t bear all these, The pain is too much… (looks at her swollen leg)
Bella: You’ll be fine.
(She rests Maureen’s head on her shoulder)
Amy: But where on earth is Sir Lucas? He’s supposed to have returned by now, I think he has abandoned us here.
Bella: (reassuringly) No he hasn’t. He’ll come back soon.
Amy: (doubtedly) What makes you so sure?
Courtney: (cuts in rudely) Amy, What kind of silly question are you asking her? Have you forgotten that Sir Lucas is her boyfriend? That’s why she knows! So she’s so sure!
Bella: (enraged) Courtney or whatever you call yourself, Look, I’ve had about enough of your taunts, You better take your time!
Courtney: Eh, What will you do? Do you think Sir Lucas is here to fight for you? Trust me, I’m going to tear you to shreds!
Bella: Oh you think I need someone to fight for me? (she retorts)
Amy: Alright that’s enough guys. Let’s not fight.
(Courtney hisses at Bella)
Bella: (visibly angered) This stupid girl has been frustrating me ever since and I’ve just been keeping quiet!
Courtney: (infuriated) Keeping quiet, What will you do?!!!
(Courtney stands up and walks to Bella but Amy holds her still)
Courtney: (To Bella) WHAT THE FUCK WILL YOU DO?!!!
Amy: Courtney stop!
(Courtney breaks free and walks to Bella then knocks her hard on the head, Infuriated, Bella stands up and attacks her. Courtney and Bella arm wrestles for a moment before Bella headbutts her in the face, The impact of the hit sends Courtney to the ground, Bella then sits on her and starts hitting and slapping her everywhere she can as they roll in the mud)
Amy: (tries futilely to separate them) Bella stop this! Courtney get up!
Bella: (angry) Because I’ve been keeping quiet, You think I’m a fool? Huh?
(Bella straddles Courtney and keeps on hitting and kicking her, Courtney tries to fight back but Bella holds her two hands firmly, Then swings her own arm at her, striking her across the face. Bella ferociously puts Courtney in a chokehold and presses her face to the ground, In her defense, She scratches Bella’s lap, Agitated, Bella slaps her harder this time and continues pummeling her)
Courtney: (screams) Ahhh! Leave me alone! Leave me alone!
Bella: (enraged) I’m fed with you!
(Bella bites Courtney in the shoulder and kicks her in the side one more time then twists her arm)
Courtney: (crying) My arm!!! My arm!!!! (screams) Aaaaaaaahhhhh!!!!!
(In the midst of their fight, Maureen gives up the ghost)
To be CONTINUED