Braden and Bella
Written by Johnny Patel
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(Bella goes to Sir Lucas house)
Sir Lucas: Come in.
(She enters the house)
Bella: Good morning sir. You’re Sir Lucas?
Sir Lucas: Yes. How may I help you?
Bella: I heard you were recruiting girls to go with you to Mexico City.
Sir Lucas: Yes. Talented girls to work in my sister’s beauty company.
Bella: Sir, I want to go with you…
Sir Lucas: And are you talented? You know, In the beauty section?
Bella: Yes sir. I’m a very talented manicurist and pedicurist.
Sir Lucas: Hmm…Ok, You’ll clean my feet and if you’re good. I’ll take you.
Bella: (sighs happily) Well its a good thing I brought my tools…. (She drops her bag and begins to take out her materials)
Sir Lucas: You’re gifted, young lady.
Bella: Thank you…
Sir Lucas: Alright, I’d like you to come with me.
Bella: (squeals in excitement) Wow thank you very much sir.
Sir Lucas: You’re welcome. (Brings a book) You’ll just register and sign here….
Bella: No problem.
(Later that day)
(Bella calls Mrs Marshall)
Bella: Hey Mom. I called to tell you the good news….I’m going to Mexico City!!!
Mrs Marshall: (confused) What? How? When? Why?
Bella: Calm down Mom. Look, A man named Sir Lucas is recruiting girls to go with him to Mexico city to work in his sister’s beauty company, And since I’m a good manicurist and pedicurist, I thought it was wise to follow him.
Mrs Marshall: Did he show you a picture of this beauty company?
Bella: Yea he did. Infact I’ll send you a picture of it via WhatsApp.
Mrs Marshall: Just be very careful and vigilant and always keep your mobile phone on incase I need to call you.
Bella: (chuckles) Yes Mom.
Mrs Marshall: Won’t you come and see me before going?
Bella: I would’ve but I have to leave tomorrow, I’m sorry.
Mrs Marshall: Its alright my dear. I understand. Safe Journey!
Bella: Thanks, Bye!
Mrs Marshall: Bye…
(Braden returns home)
Mrs Marshall: Welcome home son.
Braden: Thanks Mom.
Mrs Marshall: So…Did you get the job?
Braden: Yeah I did….
Mrs Marshall: This is great news. Congratulations!!!
Braden: Thanks Mom, But I’ll need to be staying the palace frequently incase the King needs my services.
Mrs Marshall: That’s even better.
Braden: But who’ll be keeping you company?
Mrs Marshall: Don’t worry. Solange is always here.
Braden: Ok then.
Mrs Marshall: How much is the pay?
Braden: $3,000 monthly.
Mrs Marshall: That’s good money. By the way, Bella called. She told me she’s going to Mexico city.
Braden: (suprised) To do what?
Mrs Marshall: She’s being recruited to work over there as a manicurist.
Braden: By who?
Mrs Marshall: She said the man taking her is a man named Sir Lucas.
Braden: Hmm, I have a really bad feeling about this….
(At a hotel)
Sir Lucas: We’re here!
Bella: (looks around the room) Wow.
Sir Lucas: Just keep your luggages over there. (points)
Sir Lucas: So girls, Our journey to Mexico City starts tomorrow. I want you all to use this period to rest, Alright?
Girls: Yes sir.
Maureen: (curious) Sir, Are we traveling by air?
Sir Lucas: You’ll find out soon.
(Sir Lucas leaves the room)
Bella: (looks at the girls in the room) Hi everyone.
Bella: (she looks at the girl on her right) Hey, I’m Bella. (She extends her hand to shake her)
Courtney: (scornfully) What’s that for?
Bella: (puzzled) A handshake.
(Courtney angrily hisses at Bella then walks out of the room)
Bella: (to the other girls) What’s wrong with her?
Maureen: Just forget her. Anyways, My name is Maureen.
Bella: (smiles) I’m Bella.
Amy: My name is Amy.
Claire: I’m Claire.
Irene: I’m Irene.
Rayna: Hi. I’m Rayna.
Bella: What about the girl that left the room?
Maureen: Oh, That’s Courtney.
Bella: Ok then. How many are we altogether?
Maureen: We’re just seven. I’m a hair stylist and i’m going over to Mexico City so I can work in Madame Laho’s beauty company.
Amy: Me too.
Claire: And me.
Rayna: Yeah, All of us.
Maureen: And I think we’re traveling by air.
Amy: Until then…
Bella: This is fantastic. It’s nice meeting you all.
Maureen: Same here. (points) Just keep your bags over there and feel at home.
Bella: I will.
Amy: And they’re soon going to serve us mashed potatoes with apple juice for dinner.
Bella: (excitedly) Sounds yummy.
Bella: (thinks) This is so unbelievable. I’ll soon be going to Mexico City, A city of riches and wonders. (smiles excitedly)
(Just then, Courtney enters the room)
Courtney: Hey you! That’s my space, Get up!
Bella: (confused) But no one was here when I came.
Courtney: (sternly) I said that’s my space so get up now!
Bella: I thought it’s a “First to come, First to serve” basis?
Courtney: (furiously) What stupid “First to come, First to serve” basis? (hisses) Get up!
(Courtney pushes Bella away from the bed)
Maureen: (wakes up from sleep) Courtney, What’s your stress?
Courtney: (ignores her)
Maureen: Bella please don’t mind her. Come and sleep with me.
Bella: Thank you.
(Bella goes to Maureen’s bed to sleep)
(King Anderson’s palace)
Servant: Hey Braden, What’s up?
Braden: I’m good.
Levi: (to Matthew) He’s the new driver?
Levi: Nice to meet you.
Braden: Same here.
(Levi shakes hands with Braden)
Levi: You know, You’ll need to be coming earlier than this incase the King needs you.
Braden: I know. I just had to do a few things before coming to the palace.
(Princess Madeline enters the verandah)
Princess Madeline: Matthew! Call the castle’s artist, Tell him I need him to have my portrait ready by tomorrow!
Servant: (bows) Yes my princess.
Princess Madeline: Hi. (looks at him for a moment) We met yesterday right?
Braden: Yeah we did…(smiles) You’re just like an angel.
Princess Madeline: Thank you.
(Just then, Jax calls her from the hallway)
Princess Madeline: That’s my boyfriend calling. I need to go now.
Braden: Before you leave…
(Braden takes Princess Madeline)
Princess Madeline: Uh what are you doing?
Braden: It was nice meeting you.
(Just as Braden kisses the back of Princess Madeline’s hand, Jax enters the verandah)
Braden and Bella
Written by Johnny Patel
(King Anderson’s palace)
Jax: (To Braden) What the fuck were you doin’?
Braden: We were just exchanging pleasantries.
Jax: Didn’t I tell you not to talk to ma girl?! (To Princess Madeline) Why were you talkin’ to the help?!
Princess Madeline: Calm down Jax, It’s nothing serious…
Braden: (To Jax) So because she’s your girlfriend, She doesn’t have any right to talk to other men?
Jax: (angry) Who the hell do you think you talkin’ to like that?!
(Jax walks to Braden but Princess Madeline holds him still)
Princess Madeline: (calmly) Jax please don’t cause a scene….
Servant & Levi: (watches everything with keen interest)
Braden: (To Jax) Get this straight. She’s just your girlfriend and not your wife!
(Jax angrily backhands Braden)
Braden: (holds his cheek angrily) What the heck…
(He attempts to retaliate but Princess prevents him from doing so)
Princess Madeline: Braden stop. (To Jax) What’s wrong with you?!
Jax: What’s wrong with me?
Princess Madeline: Yes! You blow up over every little thing, You’re so impatient and hot headed and angry!
Jax: Unlike you. You’re just a bombast!
Princess Madeline: (sighs) It’s over Jax. We’re done.
(Jax hisses at her and leaves the verandah)
Princess Madeline: (To Braden) I’m sorry for what happened.
Braden: Its fine.
(She leaves the verandah)
Servant: That was fun to watch. I wish you hit Jax, He deserves it.
Braden: (looks at him) I feel for Princess Madeline. I’m the reason she broke up with Jax.
Servant: Like she won’t find another boyfriend soon. Just don’t worry yourself about that.
(At Solange’s house)
Solange: Hey Veronica?
Mrs Marshall: Hey sis.
Solange: I wanna ask, Has Bella called you since she left Meteor Falls?
Mrs Marshall: Yeah she did.
Solange: Okay good. I just want you to be checking up on her to make sure she’s safe.
(At the hotel)
Sir Lucas: Girls, Start packing! We need to start moving right away.
Girls: Okay sir.
Bella: This is exciting. I can’t wait to get to the airport.
Maureen: (squeals happily) Me too.
(They all go out)
Sir Lucas: Girls, I want you all to meet my associate, Trevor. He’ll be following us to Mexico City.
Trevor: Hello girls.
Maureen: (excitedly) Sir Lucas, We’ll be traveling by air right?
Sir Lucas: (sternly) And did you provide money for us to travel by air?
Maureen: (looks away sadly) Ohhh…
Sir Lucas: Ok girls, Our journey to Mexico City begins….
(They all take off in a small car)
(In the car)
Maureen: (quietly) This is annoying. I wonder how many days it’ll take for us to get to Mexico City since we’re traveling by road.
Amy: In other words, Our passports and visas are useless. Is it too late to turn back?
Courtney: Why don’t you ask Sir Lucas.
Amy: (sighs) I have a feeling this journey will be perilous.
Bella: (reassuringly) It’s alright guys. Everything will be ok.
Courtney: (hisses at her)
(At King Anderson’s palace)
(Braden goes to Princess Madeline’s room)
Princess Madeline: Who’s there? Come in!
(He enters the room)
Princess Madeline: Oh it’s you.
Braden: Hey, I came to apologize…
Princess Madeline: (bewildered) For what?
Braden: It was my fault you broke up with Jax.
Princess Madeline: (giggles) You didn’t have to.
Braden: Why do you date Jax even with the way he’s behaving? You deserve someone better.
Princess Madeline: I guess most girls just love bad boys…
Braden: (laughs) Wow, Really?
Princess Madeline: Hmm-mm
Braden: Well, You said “girls” and not “women” because most mature women will go for mature, responsible and loyal men and not a bad boy wannabe. Look, I’ll advise you to marry someone your children will be proud to emulate. Eventually, His bad boy facade will have to fade away if he knows he wants to father children who’ll see him as a role model.
Princess Madeline: I see your point.
Braden: I brought you something. (Takes out a small jewelry box and gives it to her)
Princess Madeline: What’s this for?
Braden: Just to show you how much I care.
Princess Madeline: (opens it) Wow! They’re pretty. Thanks.
Braden: My pleasure…
(At the dinner table)
Mrs Marshall: (bothered) Oh God, Why isn’t Bella picking up?
(Solange enters the dining room)
Solange: Sis, I made you a burrito.
Mrs Marshall: Thanks but I’m not hungry. Food isn’t on my mind right now.
Solange: What’s the matter?
Mrs Marshall: I’ve been trying to call Bella but it keeps saying “not reachable”, I just hope she’s alright (prays) Oh God, Please protect my daughter….
(Just then, Her phone beeps)
Solange: Is she the one?
Mrs Marshall: Yes. She just sent me a text saying that she’s fine but I won’t be able to reach her often because cell reception is really poor where she is.
Solange: Atleast we know she’s safe….
(They reach the woods)
Sir Lucas: Come down everyone.
Courtney: Why’re we stopping?
Sir Lucas: We’ll have to continue traveling by foot.
(The girls looks at each other in worry)
Courtney: (impatient) Why?!
Sir Lucas: The reason is because there are many cops at the main road and they won’t allow us to pass through. (looks to the woods) This is the only way we can get through.
Bella: But there are dangerous animals in there.
Sir Lucas: Don’t worry, If we stick together, We’ll make it through….Let’s go!
(They all set off into the woods)
Amy: (frightened) It’s so creepy. (taps Bella) Aren’t you scared?
Bella: I am but I just have to endure.
(Few minutes later, Sir Lucas and Trevor stops and turns around)
Sir Lucas: Alright girls. We have to stop here for the night. We’re just gonna have to camp here. Right now, We’ll need all the rest we can get because tomorrow’s journey will be more stressful.
Courtney: But we can’t camp in this strange eerie forest. We don’t even know what’s out there.
Sir Lucas: Don’t worry. Trevor and I will keep watch over everyone, Okay?
Girls: (frightened) Okay.
(Just then, Bella turns around and sees a creature looking at her with bright golden eyes)
Bella: Uhhh, Guys….
Sir Lucas: (looks at her) What it it?
Bella: (points) Look!
(They all turn to look as a large black furred wolf emerges from the thick forest)
To be CONTINUED
Braden and Bella episode 5 & 6
Braden and Bella