Into the Key

Episode 1: Tea Club Party (Act 2)
Into the Key – Hel’s Angels Season 1 – Episode 01: Tea Party Club

Act 2

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Julie: My brother doesn’t have a reason to harm me.

Julie looks worried to Noburu and Vivienne

Noburu: Sometimes families can hide deep dark secrets. Do not overlook the possibility.
Vivienne: I was just saying, he got you the tattoo, he’s the most obvious suspect.
Julie: I’ve never kept any secrets from him.
Vivienne: And even if he didn’t intend to harm you he may know something.
Julie: I am not feeling well… Is there any way to remove the tattoo and get me free of this?
Vivienne: laser surgery?
Eva: Well I have the lasers necessary in the science labs to remove the tattoo. We would just need someone qualified to operate them in the removal process.
Vivienne: well if you don’t mind blowing up sure

Vivienne rolls her eyes

Julie: Lasers, I though we had just laser pointers.
Eva: W-what? Why would she blow up?
Noburu: That is what I have to look into. I am not sure if there is more to the tattoo than just a symbol. And I want to make sure there are no repercussions.
Vivienne: Well if you’re not operating them she should be all right. Unless you’ve “upgraded” them.

Julie looks tense, but reasonable for the situation

Eva: W-what? H-hey!

Noburu raises an eyebrow

Vivienne turns back to Noburu

Eva: J-j-j-just what i-is that s-s-supposed to mean?
Julie: It is Henna, I guess.
Vivienne: So you know where we can find information on this?
Julie: I think it can be removed by something chemical…
Eva: D-don’t henna tattoos j-just wash off?
Noburu: I may have more in information in my library.
Julie: I think we could go there and see what that means, but I never thought of you as a person with a library. I mean you always have the best mp3s and organized the av clubs streaming links.
Noburu: There is more to me than meets the eye, miss Julie.

Vivienne rolls her eyes

Julie: I hope for better. And it is Julie, not miss. I am not old enough for that.
Vivienne: Just because someone is current doesn’t mean they can’t be cultured Julie.

Eva giggles slightly at Julies comment.

Noburu shakes his head and grabs his backpack

Noburu: Follow me.
Vivienne: Yes sir.

Vivienne says sarcastically, grabbing her bag and following

Benedict: You can go ahead. I have this mess to clean up… And you stay here.

Benedict points to Hel

Julie follows Vivienne

Eva shrugs and follows Noburu

Noburu takes them to his Apartment in an alley in Japan town

Eva: Um, N-N-Noburu. W-w-where are y-y-you taking us ex-exactly?
Vivienne: Yes Noboru, where are you running off to with 3 girls?

Eva looks at Vivienne in complete horror,
this thought apparently not having
crossed her mind yet

Noburu: Well, I figured after I save Julie I would sell you all into black market slavery.
Vivienne: Hmm, you’d make more if you ransomed me.

Eva snaps her head back towards Noburu

Noburu gives them a sarcastic look and opens his door

Eva: W-w-what?
Vivienne: Really Eva? Just come on, or go home.
Noburu: I was kidding. We are going to my apartment. If you all want, you can grab a knife from my wall if you don’t feel safe.
Vivienne: You have knives on your wall? And that’s supposed to make us feel safe?

Eva whimpers slightly to herself before following everyone again.

Noburu: I have more than just knives. I just thought I would attempt to make you feel safer.

Noburu takes them up the stairs and unlocks the door to his apartment.
He turns on the lights, gesturing to the others, inviting them to enter.
Vivienne walks in and looks around

The place feels like traveling into the past. There is Samurai armor from a privilegedregion, a daisho close to the armor, several kinds of swords and knives on the all as well as a large copy of a Mount Fuji painting and the indirect illumination gives a sensation of older days. All of the modern tech is hidden but visible.

Eva: Th-th-this is wh-wh-where you live?!?
Vivienne: Samurai freak much?
Noburu: Yes this is my place. And Vivienne, you have no idea.

Vivienne asks turning back to Noburu with a raised eyebrow

Julie: Wow, I loved your decoration. It is so close to your roots
Noburu: Yes. Very much.

Julie is a little fascinated

Eva shakes her head.

Eva: I sooo need to get out of this school…

Noburu Walks over to the library and looks at some very old books and pulls a few out.
Vivienne follows him over and starts scanning the titles

Julie: When I went to Macao with dad we went to the region where we came, but nothing from the old days was kept, excluding the old temple, which is a tourist trap
Noburu: There is a laptop on the table. Try looking up Storm daughter on it Eva. Quit your complaining. You’re in this now.

Julie sits close to Eva

Julie: I can help her. I know Mandarin and a little of Japanese

Eva remains stunned for a moment before retreating inward a little
and moving over to the laptop and turning it on.

Noburu: Viv, if I may cal you that. Here are a few books that may make reference to what we are looking for. I gave the ones in English the best. I will tackle the Japanese and Latin ones.
Vivienne: I suppose so

Vivienne accepts the books handed to her

Eva is a little bit preoccupied with checking out the laptops
stats rather than actually looking up the info she was supposed
to be looking up apparently.

Director (GM): Viv do her research, ad she found some copies of several old Japanese scrolls translated by Jesuit Portuguese fathers to Latin. And some of them talk about the daughters of storm, or daughters of tempest, The chosen ones to bring the changes after the typhoon
Eva find several other references to the storm daughters, they aren’t a Japanese exclusivity, but they were common in Korea and some regions of China. They were virgin damsels who were chosen to bring the bad omens after the storms
Noburu at other hand found more and more data. He read the original scrolls transcribed by the Jesuits. They speak about a whole branch of temple maidens, daughters of the Storm princess, the Daughter of Tokugawa Shogun who was touched by the fury of thousand katanas and fought during the night
killing the already dead soldiers who refused to die and sealing the evil kami Ema-daioh, at the hell
it means, the princess was a slayer and the storm daughters potential slayers

Eva: Ok. I think I may have found a somewhat unconventional solution…
Noburu: OK. And that is?

Eva leans across and whispers into Julie’s ear

Eva: Are you a virgin by any chance?

Julie whisper back

Julie: Yes

Eva whispers back to Julie

Eva: You may need to change that, as that appears to be a key factor thus far.

Julie: But I am not dating anyone!
Vivienne: What?

Julie facepalms

Noburu: Wow…..So the storm daughters were slayers and potentials it may appear.
Vivienne: Ok, Hel mentioned Slayers. What are they?

Eva whispers back to Julie:

Eva: And?
Noburu: They are special women that have been given power to slay vampires and other uglies that go bump in the night
Julie: I am not going to fall at any creep guy hands. There must be a solution
Vivienne: Vampires exist? Seriously?
Eva: Wait. There are vampires now too?!?
Julie: What?

Eva whispers to Julie

Eva: Well Noburu seems to be a fairly nice guy… And convenient.
Noburu: Ok…you guys just saw a demon, and your surprised about vampires. OH wow.
Julie: But vampires are harder to believe
Eva: I am still not entirely sure as to what I just saw thank you very much!
Vivienne: So what we’re supposed to assume leprechauns exist too?
Julie: I mean who hadn’t watch the exorcist?

Eva gets way too excited.

Eva: OH! I’ve seen that one!
Julie: Not at your cereal box, right?
Vivienne: Just because apparently magic and demons exist doesn’t mean I’m going to automatically assume every form of mythological creature humanity has managed to dream up are real too. That would be retarded.

Noburu facepalms

Eva: W-wow. F-for once w-we seem to be in a-a-a-agreement.
Julie: Agreed
Vivienne: Wonders will never cease
Eva: Indeed.

Eva returns to playing with Noburu’s laptop.

Vivienne: So vampires. Do they sparkle?
Noburu: Ok. So, Miss Julie may be a Slayer it appears.

Vivienne she asks sarcastically.

Noburu: Only when you apply magnesium to them.
Julie: I am not that. I mean, I had strange nightmares, but they got over…
Noburu: Do tell about the nightmares please.
Julie: I was other girls, they were dieing
Vivienne: morbid much
Julie: surrounded by monsters. But they ceased when my brother took to the tattoo parlor in Akibahara in Tokyo
Noburu: Says the lady dressed in gothic black
Julie: I asked for my name meaning in kanji
Vivienne: And?
Eva: Storm Daughter. Duh!
Julie: No, Julie means other thing
Noburu: Eva, can you see if you can find anything on tattoo parlors in Akibaraha
Eva: Sure.
Julie: Julie means young or cute

Eva starts tapping away on the keyboard.

Director (GM): There are several parlors in Tokyo, but in Akibahabara neighborhood has a handful of them

Noburu: I have to look into removing the tattoo and if it works and any side effects known. But first, I am going to make some tea, anyone want one?

Noburu gets up and starts making tea

Director (GM): two of them call your attention. One is the Imperial Quality Parlor, a tattoo parlor which both tattoo artists are old men

Eva: Ok, according to google there are several tattoo parlors in that area. Are any of these names looking familiar to you Julie?

Noburu grabs saki and starts warming it up as well.

Director (GM): and the other one is the VIVA! it is more youthful and super pop. And the circuit like tattoos are impressive. They are so cyberpunk which you could even consider make a tattoo there

Julie: The Imperial one…

Noburu takes off school coat and places it in a closet,
then heads into the bedroom and shuts the door.
Vivienne looks at the closed door
Eva clicks the link for the Imperial Quality Parlor.

Vivienne: maybe we should have taken his advise about the knives…

Noburu comes out of the bedroom in jeans, a short sleeve silk
shirt and barefoot. Tattoo’s can be seen on his forearms of dragons.

Vivienne: Yep, definitely should have gone for the knives.

Noburu raises eyebrow

Eva: W-what? Why?

Vivienne shakes her head and goes back to reading

Vivienne: Never mind, Eva

Eva looks more concerned.
Noburu grabs a knife from the wall and sets it in front of
Viv as he walks to the kitchen.

Director (GM): the translator suit given by google translate fairly well, with almost no room for doubt

Eva: Ok, now I’m confused again.

Director (GM): but the some words still are in Japanese

Vivienne laughs

Eva: Twice in a single day. Quite an accomplishment really.
Noburu: So, about tea?

Noburu takes the teakettle off of the burner.

Eva: Julie, you read Japanese right?
Julie: Oolong or Green if you have any of them
Noburu: Your luck, its what I brewed.
Julie: A little… I mean I still have problem in read the mangas
Eva: Ok, so what does this bit say?

Eva pointing to the untranslated text
Julie reads the page
Noburu pours a cup of tea. Removes the saki as well.
Walks over and places the tea in front of Julie

Vivienne: Only if it has something in it
Julie: I am getting a little from Mandarin, but there are some thing… let me see

Vivienne replies from behind her book
Julie get her Motorola smart-phone and she draws the kanji at the screen

Noburu: Viv did you want lemon?
Julie: so it comes the romanji version for the kanji
Vivienne: not what I meant and you know it
Noburu: I don’t cater to minors.
Julie: it means they do some wicked or hellish tattoos

Noburu places a tea cup in front of Viv.

Vivienne: Oh really? So you’re over 21 then?
Noburu: Possibly.
Eva: Wait, what?

Noburu Walks over to the girls working at the computer.
Eva looks at Noburu.

Eva: Either you are or you aren’t.
Julie: Do you think my brother took to a magical tattoo shop?
Vivienne: Well that would make this situation even pervier than I thought
Julie take a sip of tea
Eva: And Julie, when you say “wicked” are you talking in the traditional sense or the modern colloquial?
Julie: old meaning
Eva: Damn.
Noburu: Its possible he did. What does your brother do for a living Julie.
Eva: I was really hoping for the other answer there.
Vivienne: You’re not going to tell us you’re a vampire are you? Because I’ve seen you in sunlight, you neither burnt nor sparkled

Noburu drinks some saki.

Julie: Japanese don’t have may words for wicked as we know it
Noburu: I assure you that I am not a vampire.
Eva: Oh well that clearly settles that then.
Vivienne: That’s what they all say

Eva looks at Noburu as if he were an idiot.

Noburu: Do you want to poke fun of me, or do you want to help poor Julie here.
Eva: Yes.
Vivienne: Can’t we do both?
Julie: Please Vivienne. You two helped me to stay alive
Vivienne: What? I’m helping
Eva: Oh yes. Immensely.

Noburu sits back and looks for what happens when the Kanji is removed
Eva starts checking the laptops web history quickly discovering that there
is no web history
Eva looks at Noburu considering

Eva: Noburu, would you like to take over on the data side of things? Something tells me that you would be far more proficient at it than I.

Julie tattoo glows a little as her phone starts to ring

Vivienne: Julie? Your tattoo is glowing.
Julie: Huh? How come?

Eva looks at the tattoo.

Vivienne: How would I know?
Julie: Are there any mirror I can see it?
Eva: So, two mirrors then.

Vivienne pulls a compact mirror out of her bag
Julie phone stops ringing and start ring again this time it isn’t a generic ring
but the mandarin version of Run Devil run from Girl’s generation

Vivienne: Here, if Noburu has a hanging mirror somewhere that should work. And you may want to answer your phone.

Julie get her phone and answer

Julie: Hello David. I am at the house of a friend, why are you asking that?

Noburu Takes over lap top and types amazing fast with hacker expertise
Vivienne suppresses a snort

Julie: I am fine. No, I am really fine. Why are you asking that?

Vivienne watches the tattoo as Julie talks to see if anything changes

Julie: Ok, I am heading to home. Just tell mom I am going to be at home 9pmish. See you David
Noburu: Viv, You’re welcome to look at any of the books in my library if you wish after this
Vivienne: Thank you. Some of them looked interesting

Director (GM): Julie tattoo glow ceases after she hangs the phone

Vivienne: Well that’s interesting. I take it that was your brother?
Julie: Yes… He was worried with me and the fact I am not at home
Vivienne: Well since your tattoo glowed when he called and stopped when you hung up, I’d say he’s our number one suspect. And our only one, but that’s besides the point.

Eva facepalms

Vivienne: We’re going to need to get some answers out of him. Any ideas?
Eva: Several. Pretty sure that none of them are legal though.
Noburu: Good old fashion asking I think.
Vivienne: Probably not. Noburu?
Eva: And a couple are actually forbidden by the Geneva convention.

Noburu Gets up and grabs an ornate katana from its stand.

Noburu: As I said, good old fashion asking.
Vivienne: Well yes asking him is part of the plan, I was more referring to what we do if he doesn’t like our questions. Because that should also be part of the plan
Julie: He is nice. I never saw him loss his head on anything
Noburu: Force works for me
Eva: Oh dear…
Vivienne: Doesn’t mean he isn’t secretly a psychopath
Noburu: The first time one loses their head can be the last sometimes.
Eva: Or sociopath for that matter. Which is actually far more likely if it is being kept secret.
Vivienne: Well if Noburu takes his katana and a few of those knives with him it should be intimidating enough to get some answers
Julie: I think you could get the answers without any need for violence

Noburu Grabs shuriken, knives and a kusigrama
Noburu places a black leather trench coat on

Vivienne: Again, this is the back up plan, you asking nicely is plan A
Eva: unless of course the whole afore-mentioned psycho-sociopath theory proves to be true in which case it may just serve as a provocation.
Noburu: Who said I was asking nicely? I figure you ladies could do that.
Julie: You told you are older than 21, but do you have worms inside you which keep you alive?
Vivienne: She asks nicely, if he doesn’t react well you step in. Simple
Eva: Worms?
Vivienne: Worms? Really?
Julie: Yes, like Blade of Immortal
Eva: How would worms keep someone alive? What?
Noburu: Worms?
Vivienne: Is that a soulcaliber thing?
Eva: What is soul caliber?

Noburu laughs

Noburu: I live an breath like everyone else as far as I know of
Julie: No… a manga. I read them from my brother’s collection
Eva: Oh, so Soul Caliber is one of those comic things then?

Vivienne sighs

Vivienne: No Eva, it’s a video game
Eva: Oh…
Julie: I need to introduce you to Soul Caliber Eva. I am pretty good playing with Sophitia
Vivienne: So how old are you Noburu?

Noburu grabs some herbs from the kitchen.
Noburu smiles

Noburu: Old enough. I need to get some herbs from the dojo real quick. I think I can get rid of the tattoo
Eva: Not a quantifiable number.
Noburu: Caught that Eva, huh?
Vivienne: Really? And so you’re hanging out in a high school pretending to be a student for fun?
Julie: Well, I know a lot of guys who don’t speak about their ages
Vivienne: Because I’m pretty sure that’s illegal
Noburu: I don’t hang out in high school cause its fun. My god, your a high schooler, you should know better. More of a necessity.
Vivienne: So it’s to have access to teenage girls? Or boys?
Noburu: I assure you, I’m not hunting for teenagers.
Noburu goes to the front door.
Vivienne: So it’s something kinkier?
Eva: … Why do you say ‘hunting’? That really isn’t reassuring.

Julie follows him

Noburu: Drop it. I’m not after any high schoolers for anything. You’re welcome to take a weapon from that wall if you want by the way.

Noburu Points to wall as he walks out to the dojo
Eva looks at the wall of weapons and then back to where Noburu has
just disappeared to.

Vivienne: You really want to give Eva a blade? We’ll be lucky if she doesn’t kill herself before we get there.

Eva glares at Vivienne.

Eva: Just how much experience have you had with a blade then Vivienne?
Julie: I don’t know how to handle that… and I don’t want to get hurt as well
Vivienne: Not much, then again neither am I jumping up to get one, or incapable of walking down a corridor without tripping over my own feet.

Eva looks downwards to hide her embarrassment.

Eva: I don’t trip over that often…

Noburu opens dojo and goes to the garden
Vivienne picks up her bag and stands up.

Vivienne: Whatever. Are we going?

Noburu goes to select herbal plants and takes what he needs.
Vivienne looking around at everyone

Julie: Why are you removing the plants from the garden?
Vivienne: Is there anything else we need?
Noburu: Hot water. I forgot the hot water.
Vivienne: Because you’re making more tea?
Noburu: because I am making something to remove Julie’s tattoo

Eva picks up a random book from the shelf and starts flicking through it.

Vivienne: Ok then.
Eva: Salt water.
Noburu: Salt water?
Eva: To remove a Henna tattoo you soak it in salt water for around fifteen minutes.
Noburu: This is more than just a regular henna tattoo may I remind you
Eva: Any activity that causes one to sweat will also speed up the removal process.

Eva shrugs.

Vivienne: So we need to get Julie sweaty?
Eva: Whatever. I am only giving you the science.

Vivienne asks with a wicked grin
Noburu Runs to the dojo’s bathroom and runs the hot water in the sink.
Julie looks helpless, but silent

Eva: Don’t ask me. I’m just the science expert. Your question would probably be better directed at Noburu the “Make it all up as I go along” expert.
Noburu: I heard that. I didn’t make it up. I found it in one of the books. Its just you never asked.

Noburu shouted from the bathroom.

Eva: Oh yes, because if it’s in a book it must be true… These books aren’t even comprehensible…
Julie: What are you going to do with me?

Noburu places the herb mixture in the sink full of hot water
Eva puts the book she was flipping through back on the self and picks up another one
Vivienne laughs evilly

Vivienne: Oh what a question
Noburu: Julie if you will take this mixture and wash the tattoo off your neck, I will be around the corner of the bathroom. Should be that simple.

Eva shakes her head without looking up from the tome she is currently flipping through.
Julie goes to where Noburu points and she holds her hair

Julie: Do what must be done

Vivienne can’t help but laugh at that and hides herself in a book
Noburu sighs. Goes in and washes the tattoo off with the mixture of hot water and herbs.
Eva looks up, replays the last part of the conversation back inside her head
and then starts snickering.

Eva: Ok, even I know that was more than a bit suspect.
Julie: You girls are not helping
Vivienne: Yes we are. Look at us. We’re researching.

Noburu ignores the snickering
Vivienne lifts book in emphasis.

Director (GM): When Noburu start to remove the tattoo you listen a thunder like sound

Vivienne: Um I don’t think the storm spirit’s happy

Eva hurriedly puts the book down and covers her ears again.
the girls brace themselves and the wind explosion don’t affect them, maybe a little of Viv’s hairdo, but Noburu is the one who almost is throw to the wall direction

Vivienne: the fuck?
Eva: O… K..? Was that supposed to happen?

Director (GM): once the wind is over the girls and Noburu just notices a tiger like creature, but without the strips and a strong electric scent and sparks

Vivienne: um where did the cat come from?
Eva: KITTY!

Eva sniffs the air and detects the hint of ozone.

Eva: Oh. Um, anyone who doesn’t want to end up with a headache should probably start taking shallow breaths.

Director (GM): the creature just seems to be a storm rider, an opportunist storm spirit. Used to lure larger spirits

Noburu grabs for the katana at his hip, and places his hand on the handle

Eva: Um, if you are considering what I think you are considering, Noburu, may I suggest that hitting something made out of electricity with a metal object may not be the best of ideas?
Vivienne: Um hello? Can you speak?

She asks the spirit not getting any closer to it

Director (GM): ROWARL!!!

Vivienne asks the spirit not getting any closer to it
Vivienne jumps back putting furniture between it and her

Vivienne: Not what I meant

Director (GM): And fade out for another commercial break

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Episode 1: Tea Club Party (Act 1)
Tea Club Party - Act 1

Into the Key – Hel’s Angels

Season 1 – Episode 01: Tea Party Club

In this episode Vivienne gets a pep talk from her teacher, a smoke from another teacher, Julie shows her nice new tattoo and the students start a therapy consisting mostly in banishing demons to another world.

Another normal day at the Academy!

Act 1

The school corridors are crowded with students. They seem to be in a rush to get to their lockers, change their books and get a slice of freedom between classes.
Conversational voices fill the air. Some of you can hear some talk about the student who killed him or herself (there are versions of that story being told that include both genders) at Doggie head.

The other subjects were the usual “How Aspen was” or “I can’t believe I’m going to take another flight to China just because mom wants to spend the Chinese New Year week with her folks” and the usual “Who is playing this Friday and where is the next party?”

Eva attempts to navigate the hallways without getting jostled about too much, failing dismally as always.

Hel makes her way to Eva, and helps her up.

Eva: “Oh, thank you Hel.”
Hel: “No big.”
Hel heads back to her locker.

Mrs Gorki navigates her way through the students heading towards Vivienne’s locker.
Vivienne is half listening to her “friends” prattling on when she notices Mrs Gorki heading towards her and curses under her breath.

Mrs Gorki: “Miss Kensington, can we have a word?”
Vivienne: “Of course.”
Vivienne gives her a falsely bright smile and moves out of earshot of her friends.
Mrs Gorki: “Good Morning Vivienne. Do you mind come with me to my office?”
Vivienne: “Of course not.”

Mrs Gorki starts to walk to her office which is located in the corridor that connects the Mensa, Ars and Spiritus Wings (respectively the labs and science related classrooms, the Art, AV Club studio, theater, study halls and libraries and finally the wing where the most common classes are taken). She opens the door and it reveals a small office with some motivational posters on the wall and some piles of University pamphlets from both in and outside of the USA

Mrs Gorki: “Take a seat” – she says sitting at her chair

Vivienne sits down and stares at the teacher expectantly

Mrs Gorki: “Well Vivienne I suspect that you don’t know why you’re here, right?”
Vivienne: “Because you’re the fashion police?”

Mrs Gorki smiles

Mrs Gorki: “Only 80’s fashion, and that is not the case. I called you here because I am worried about you”

Vivienne raises her eyebrows disbelievingly.

Mrs Gorki: “Last year you were one of the best candidates to enroll for any university in the world. You had good grades, you were president of the Spanish Club, president of the Prom committee, Vice President of the Young Republicans and a part of the Purity League. Then suddenly your grades went from a B average to a C-, you dropped every club and started to associate with people who are more known for their bad behavior
So Vivienne, what happened?”

Vivienne pretends to consider for a moment

Vivienne: “I got tired of lying?”
Mrs Gorki: “Interesting point. Well, I checked your actual activities sheet and I noticed that you aren’t a part of any extra-curricular activity or club. So I took it to Ms Parker. And you know how she is…”
Vivienne: “Being part of a club isn’t actually a requirement.”
Mrs Gorki: “No, but you have a small number of arts related credits to fill. And Miss Parker proposed to include you in a special program. That would show to our sponsors and your family, despite your changes you are the same person you were, but not lying to yourself or anyone else.”

Vivienne blinks at her

Vivienne: “And exactly what kind of “special program” would that be?”
Mrs Gorki: “You and a small group of students, all of them full of potential like you, but misunderstood in several aspects”
Vivienne: “The point of which being?”
Mrs Gorki: “Good minds needing a place to outshine all the others. People we are sure are going to be the best in whatever they want to achieve.”
Vivienne: “Look, I may not be the brightest person here but I don’t need Special Ed.”
Mrs Gorki: “It is not Special Ed, it is just a place for you to express yourself. And Mr Russell is the one who will focus your creative energies to somewhere more productive.
Give it a chance Vivienne, if you don’t like it after the first month you can give up.”
Vivienne: “Actually I’m pretty sure he’s gay so that would be a wasted focus.”

Mrs Gorki looks surprised.

Mrs Gorki: “You were the last person I thought which would judge anyone… But I understand you can’t change a leopard’s spots.”
Vivienne: “No judgment, I’m just saying that I don’t think hitting on him is going to get me anywhere. I don’t think I’m his type. Plus the whole teacher/student thing is generally frowned upon. And really as the school councilor, it is very irresponsible for you to recommend it.”
Mrs Gorki: “Anyway, Miss Kensington, I suggest you give this activity a chance. Depending how successful it is I can guarantee some degree of flexibility about some things. And no, I am not suggesting anything like that. Mister Russell is quite popular and avant-garde, something several students here appreciate.”
Vivienne: “Flexibility in what things exactly?”
Mrs Gorki: “Class presence, for example… Some aspects of the schools dress code.”

Mrs Gorki draws a school tie, then a red x over it.

Vivienne rolls her eyes

Vivienne: “Fine. What does this "program” involve exactly?”
Mrs Gorki: “Art production, Mr. Russell will work on your artistic expressions and guide you to create that which is caged inside your mind. It doesn’t matter what it is or how it is going to be made.”
Vivienne: “Really? You do realize that I have no artistic talent, right?”
Mrs Gorki: “Have you seen your face and how you customized your uniform?”
Vivienne: “That’s style, not art.”
Mrs Gorki: “Let me say something that Andy Warhol said “Dressing up and being you sometimes is more artistic than a Picasso painting.””
Vivienne: “Yes but it’s much harder to hand it in to be marked.”
Mrs Gorki: “Just give it a chance. The first meeting is today. I think it is going to be brief.”
Vivienne: “Fine. What time?”
Mrs Gorki: “Just after class.”

The bell rings.

Vivienne: “After school?”

Mrs Gorki nods.

Mrs Gorki: “Yes. This way we can give you access to all of the school’s resources.”
Vivienne: “Great. Creative detention. I’m sure it will fix everything. Thank you for your wonderful advice.”

Vivienne says sarcastically, picking up her bag and heading for the door.

The classes before lunch were slow and boring as hell. And the physics lab class before lunchtime was really boring. But for Hel it is the first time she has realized how that crap works… More likely because she noticed a few times she felt heavier at the moment she falls onto a car when she misses a jump between two buildings (because jumping over fences is for noobs).

Hel rubs the bruise on her arm, and thinks about how gravity sometimes really sucks and then feels an odd sensation, like something really bad was about to happen.

Noburu and Eva on the other hand know exactly what is about to happen. One from life experience, the other through scientific experimentation. Suddenly both Noburu and Hel feel something strange. Hel feels like there is s build-up of static electricity, but Noburu notices something different, like there was a storm spirit trying to permeate something or someone.

Noburu looks around the room for something out of the ordinary.

Julie feels uneasy and suddenly drops her head to the table.

Hel runs over to Julie and checks on her.

Julie is cold and her skin feels like a hard rain had hit her.
Hel: “Yo, Someone get the nurse!”

Noburu is too close and he is temporarily deafened by the loud thunder like sound that fills the air. Both Hel and Eva are used to loud sounds, so it doesn’t bother them.

Eva jumps, startled by the sudden loud sound.

Noburu grabs his ears and looks for some rubber or something to ground.

Julie starts to raise her head and suddenly her face is altered, like she was another person, completely different.

Hel pulls her hands away from Julie.

Noburu: Tawagoto!
Julie, in Japanese: Behold Mortals! The Sun is about to die and a new shall rise!
Ending the domain of the earth and bringing the domain of the heavens!
Making the lands be taken by the clouds and oceans become a mirror from the skies
And the night never will come again!

The teacher is speechless, stuck in a corner of the classroom. Several students are recording the possession with their cell phones and tablets.

Eva shakes her head and continues with her experiment clearly not having time for this obvious attention seeking.

Hel: “I so don’t understand a word you are saying but if you were going for creepy, you succeeded.”

Noburu grimaces in pain.

Julie, in Japanese: You were warned mortals, the new sun will bring the skies and the forever spring upon the world.
Noburu, in Japanese: Release the child and be gone!

Hel gives Noburo a questioning look.
Julie faints and her skin get warmer again
Noburu rushes to Julie to check on her, his ears still ringing
Julie’s body temperature is cold but getting warmer and her expression returns to normal.
Hel stays back away and lets Noburu help Julie. She furrows her brow at Noburu.

Julie: I..I…am okay. I just skipped breakfast
Noburu: You should probably go see the nurse.
Teacher: Noburu, Helena, would you mind taking Miss Li to the nurse?

Noburu helps Julie up while looking concerned

Julie: I…Iam okay. I am fine…
Noburu: My pleasure. I may need to see the nurse for my ears anyways.

Hel offers Julie her shoulder to lean on.

Hel and Noburu take Julie to the Nurse’s office, a very nice, clean room.

Nurse: Good morning, let me guess, an experiment from the physics lab got out of control again I suppose?

The nurse is a mid age woman about 50 kilos (100 pounds) overweight

Noburu strains himself to hear the nurse.

Noburu: I think so. Faulty equipment or something.

Noburu sits down after he helps Julie to her seat. Looking at Hel with the OMG look.

Nurse: I see, all of that high tech equipment has a tendency to get out of control.

The nurse checks Noburu ears with care.

Nurse: It is nothing. You just got too close to the equipment, but there doesn’t appear to be any permanent damage.

Hel leans against the wall, but doesn’t say anything. The nurse turns to Julie.

Nurse: And you Julie, you skipped your breakfast?

Julie nods

Julie: Yes, I just skipped it. My cell phone clock is still in synch with Macao’s time zone.

Nurse: I see… I hope today you change it back to Pacific time again Julie… I am going to recommend you visit the school counselor because this is the first time that this has happened after the winter break, but this happened several times before then.

Hel raises her eyebrows. She didn’t know this about Julie.

Hel notices outside the nurse’s office another person. Miss Gorki and she is holding a tablet close to her.

Noburu Commits all he saw to memory.

Mrs Gorki: Good morning Mrs. Sargent. Helena and Noburu, are you free for a moment?

Hel looks at Noburu, before heading over to Mrs Gorki.

Noburu quickly looks at Julie looking for any odd markings, writing or images on her and then heads to Mrs. Gorki. He notices a very old kanji henna tattoo on the back of her neck is written, “Storm daughter”. He memorizes the old Kanji for research with his books later and bows slightly, as old habits die hard.

Hel smirks when he bows.

Mrs Gorki: “Noburu, Helena, shall we?”
Noburu: “Whats up?”
Mrs Gorki: “I want to talk with you two about an art-oriented program that the school is starting. It is a way for you to earn some extra activities credits for your future life at a prestigious university. And in your case Helena, a way to improve your grade average and nott give your parents any chance to become too… picky about your life in your band.”
Hel: “When and where?”
Mrs Gorki: “After school today, at the schools main atelier. You will have a chance to have a full artistic experience with him, ranging from the primitive arts to video art and computer animation. Whichever is the best way for you to express yourself.”
Hel: “Aha, do I gotta do any assignments? Or is it just a show-up kinda deal?”
Mrs Gorki: “That is between you and him.”
Hel: “Me and who?”
Mrs Gorki: “Mister Bertrand Russell the Arts teacher. British, tall, very distinctive.”

Noburu curses in Japanese under his breath.

Hel sighs then nods.

Noburu: “Well, at least I get to hang out with you Hel.”
Mrs Gorki: “Please, give him a chance. I am only asking you to attend four meetings.”

Hel gives Noburu a weird look.

Noburu smiles.

Hel turns back to Gorki.

Hel: “So can I go? Are we done?”
Mrs Gorki: “Sure, but I would suggest you go straight to the lunchroom, the bell will ring in 20 minutes anyway.”

Hel leaves.

Noburu turns and heads toward the lunch room.

The rest of the classes were as normal as possible and the last class bell rings.

Eva sighs and starts looking for the art classrooms.

Benedict goes outside his building, smoking a couple of fags while he has a break.

Vivienne goes outside the school to have a smoke before heading in.

Benedict: “Shouldn’t smoke love. Probably bad for you.”

Benedict gives her a light.

Vivienne: “Aren’t most fun things?”

Benedict shrugs.

Benedict: “Probably.”

Vivienne accepts the light with a smile

Julie is around too. She is holding her backpack and a novel in her hand.

Benedict looks at the Asiatic girl.

Julie is checking the skies with a worried face

Benedict: “Loads of them in this highschool?”

Benedict asks, pointing at the girl.

Vivienne: What party girls?

Benedict shrugs.

Benedict: “Yeah whatever you call them.”

Eva finally capitulates and pulls the school map out of her bag and checks where the art rooms are.

Benedict finishes his cigarette and crushes the butt on the ground.

Vivienne rolls her eyes

Julie: “Excuse me, Mr. Russell, Mrs. Gorki asked me come.”

Benedict raises a brow.

Benedict: “What is it, love?”

Noburu walks past Julie, keeping an eye on her, and enters the room.

Eva arrives at the designated classroom and notices the lack of a teacher, so she sits down and pulls out one of her notebooks and continues working.

Hel begrudgingly makes her way to the atelier while trying to come up with ways to plot an early escape.

Julie stares at Benedict once again before she heads into the classroom, figuring that what she would say doesn’t matter.

Vivienne: “Feeling confident sir?”

Vivienne says with a smile following him

Benedict shrugs, looking at the girl. He then heads back towards the art building.

Benedict: “Does it matter?”

Vivienne starts laughing.

Benedict walks inside the building and sits on his desk. He then looks at all the students gathered here.

Noburu takes a seat at the back of the room

Hel takes a seat on her own away from everyone else.

Julie sits close to Hel

Benedict: “Hello guys. Guess you’re probably wondering what you’re doing here. Well so am I.”

Vivienne takes a seat at the front but away from Eva.

Benedict doesn’t smile much, no way to know if it’s a joke.

Vivienne: “None of us had a choice?”

Hel smirks

Julie: “I was bribed into coming.”

Eva looks entirely confused.

Benedict: “Well I did. And that’s because I think what we can do something good together.”

Vivienne looks around the room and pulls a face of obvious distaste.

Benedict: “You may think that this is a punishment, an ordeal you have to endure.”
*
Vivienne:* “Together?”

Noburu sighs and pulls an old book from his bag.

Julie: “You know some of us here don’t talk to each other, like the queen of darkness.”
Benedict: “Well let’s face it guys, if you don’t have a choice, why make those following sessions a living hell. At least we can try to enjoy ourselves. We all are different.”

Benedict looks at each of them.

Hel: “This better not turn into a scene from ‘the breakfast club’.”
Benedict: “Wouldn’t know, bird. Didn’t watch it.”
Julie: “It is more like a tea party from hell.”

Eva gives up, folds her arms on her desk in front of her and lays her head down on them.

Benedict: “Well here’s the deal. You’re here because somehow, somebody thought that you were doing something wrong, or at least not good for yourselves. I don’t really care what it is. At all. What we’re here for is what some people call therapy. Let’s face it, it’s not some magical thing that will make you better perople.”
Julie: “No, not therapy! It sucks and it doesn’t work!”

Julie looks nervous

Benedict: “If you’re thinking it will make you better, then yes it probably wouldn’t ‘work’.”
Vivienne: “Wait. Art therapy? SERIOUSLY???”
Benedict: “Seriously.”

Benedict smiles.

Eva starts and sits bolt upright at Vivienne’s outburst and then tries to relax herself a bit again.

Hel gives Julie a weird look and thinks ‘Dude she is mental’.

Benedict: “But I don’t like that word.”

Noburu keeps glancing at Julie and then returning to his book.

Benedict: "I will not try to make you “better”. I’m not even sure that’s possible."

Benedict gives a look to all the students.

Vivienne snorts.

Noburu chuckles quietly at the concept of someone trying to make him better.

Benedict: “What we’re doing here is trying to make you realize what you want, what you ‘are’ in a way. It all starts by knowing what’s under the surface. I’m not talking about some psychological bullshit here though.”

Hel thinks ‘I so don’t have time for this! I kinda have a world to save. Fuck, I know who I am!"

Eva raises her hand.

Vivienne: “I thought we were supposed to try to avoid bloodshed.”

Benedict looks at Eva.

Benedict: “What?”
Eva: “Um, s-so why am I h-here?”
Benedict: “Because you fail at the most basic things a person should be able to do. All of you.”
Eva: “Wh-what?”

Hel laughs aloud!

Eva starts getting a little hotter under the collar.

Hel: “Fuck you, man! You don’t know me!”
Eva: “Like what?”
Benedict: “And that’s creating links. Alone we’re nothing. We wouldn’t have any of this and probably would have died together, if we weren’t a group.”

Benedict looks at Hel, and basically ignores her.

Julie put her hand to her forehead again and everyone notices the temperature lowering and the humidity rising.

Hel gets a somber look on her face. She thinks about Jimmy.

Benedict raises his head.

Noburu: “Tawagoto!”

Eva covers her ears.

Suddenly the air fills with static electricity.

Hel stares at Julie

Noburu Covers his ears

Vivienne: “I already know about creating contacts and political maneuvers.”

Hel jumps from her seat

Julie: “Not again, not again, please don’t do that…”
Vivienne: “The hell…”

Hel shoots a look at Noburu.

The storm spirit takes Julie again her thin and frail body rising in the air as she opens her arms.

Hel: “What the hell is happening!?!”

Benedict frowns.

Hel looks at Noburu

Noburu holds the ‘one moment’ finger up.

Eva is yet again confused.

Eva: “Yep. I really need this in my life. This is precisely what my life has been missing. Can I go home now please? I’m all better, promise.”
Julie: “Behold Mortals, your age is to die. Bow before me and I shall let you live in the new age that shall come with the birth of the new sun!”
Eva: “Ok, seriously, can I please leave now?”

Benedict tries to understand what he is facing.

Hel: “I liked it better when you were doing the creepy foreign thing.”
Vivienne: “Yeah? If you’re so mighty why don’t you talk for yourself?”
Benedict: “Everybody calm down please.”

Benedict moves closer to Julie.

Hel looks at Benedict

Hel: “I wouldn’t get any closer. Maybe you should get the students out of here.”
Noburu: “Storm Spirits are nothing to mess with.”
Eva: “I like that thinking. I’ll start.”
Vivienne: “That thing is a storm spirit?”

Eva gets up and starts moving towards the door.

Hel: “Storm spirit?”
Noburu: “I believe so.”
Hel: “Is that like a demon? Wait, Viv, how do you know what a storm spirit is?”
Vivienne: “No idea but it’s ugly enough to be one. I don’t.”

Eva pauses mid-stride.

Benedict: “Okay, you go outside guys.”
Hel: “You too teach.”

Benedict tries to see if he can do something about that thing.

Hel takes up defensive posture, in front of Julie

Benedict: “I’m not kidding, that could get messy.”
Eva: “What are you people talking about? Spirits? Demons?!? Did you just arrive from the dark ages or something?!?”
Julie: “BOW NOW!”

Vivienne pulls a magic book out of her bag and starts flicking through it trying to find a spell to banish the spirit.

Noburu: “NO! Demon Begon!”
Hel: “That’s it everyone get OUT! I got this!”

Vivienne looks up to glare at Eva.

Eva looks confused, gives up and heads out the door.

Hel: “This is nothing. Probably bad sushi.”
Vivienne: “There’s a blue guy with a nose like a sweet potato standing in the room and you have a problem with what label we call it?”

Eva ignores Vivienne.

Hel notices the book that Vivienne has.

Hel: “What are you doing?”

Vivienne goes back to searching for a spell

Benedict starts to drag some of the students out of the room.

Vivienne: “Seeing if there’s a way to banish it?”

Julie gets a piece of paper stuck to her forehead, a ward quickly drawn by Noburu.

Noburu begins uttering in Japanese and making hand gestures.

Julie quickly starts to spin and her body is projected against the white board.

Benedict looks at Noburu with a surprised look.

Benedict: “Ah bleeding hell….”

Noburu, in Japanese: “Once again, Demon Begone!”

Benedict takes a piece of chalk from the black board and draws a sign on it. He then turns and draws quickly a big pentacle for protection around the students.

Hel: “Noburu, what do we do here!?”
Benedict: “Don’t step outside that circle, and everything should be fine.”

Eva starts to head back towards the science labs where things should theoretically be closer to sane.

Benedict grabs Eva before she moves outside the circle.

Benedict: “Stay here, inside the circle, please.”

Hel looks around at everyone in the circle, while not turning her back on Julie or dropping her defensive stance.

Noburu: “One moment.”

Noburu walks up to Julie examining her.

Julie is recovering, but the Vivienne can see the demon is stuck, frozen by the ward made by Noburu.

Eva looks at the circle, then at Benedict as if he were stark raving mad, then to the door and back to Benedict again as if calculating her odds of making it to the door and away from the crazy people.

Vivienne: “Is banishing a spirit the same as banishing a demon?”

Vivienne asks the world in general as she flicks through

Benedict draws on the energies in the room and gives them to Noburu in the hope the kid knows what he is doing.

Noburu checks the back of Julie’s neck for the old Kanji.

Hel drops her arms and walks over to Noburu and Julie.

The old kanji is there. The Storm Daughter kanji, but it is part of a sentence

Noburu: “Storm Daughter. Hmmm”
Julie: “Guys…”
Noburu: “I believe the Kanji Might be an anchor for the Storm Spirit.”
Julie: “Eerr…Guys..?”

Noburu says pointing to the old Kanji on Julie’s neck.

Eva shakes her head.

Vivienne: “What Julie?”
Eva: “I hate this school so very, very much…”
Julie: “Oh, did I faint again?”
Noburu: “Julie, did this start happening after you got that tattoo?”
Hel: “So just remove it, yeah?”
Vivienne: “No, you’re just being possessed by a blue guy in severe need of a makeover. He’s frozen at the moment.”
Hel: “What the hell are you on Vivienne?? What blue guy?”
Vivienne: “What?”
Benedict: “Can you see it, Vivienne?”
Vivienne: “That blue guy.”

Vivienne points.

Benedict: “Where is it?”
Vivienne: “You can’t see it?”
Benedict: “Okay stand back, please.”

Hel looks where she points

Benedict starts drawing pentagrams and other diagrams on the floor, taking a couple of ingredients from a cupboard in the room.

Hel: “Well maybe some of us do need therapy!”

Eva sits down where she is and starts crying to herself.

Julie: “Somewhat. Before the tattoo I did when I was skiing in Japan I had strange dreams with a lot of girls, but I wasn’t there.”
Vivienne: “Hey I may have issues, but blue guys in kimonos with creepy drums is not one of them.”
Julie: “He was in my dreams… Stalking.”

Hel turns back to Julie, and listens.

Julie looks at Eva.

Vivienne: “Probably part of the possession.”
Julie: “Hmm, is she okay?”

Julie points to Eva.

Hel shrugs.

Vivienne glances at Eva and rolls her eyes.

Vivienne: “She’ll be fine. Mr. Russell do you have any idea what you’re doing?”

Hel grabs her bag, and pulls out Catherine’s (her first watchers) diary/note book. She flips through to find info on possession.

Benedict raises his head.
*
Benedict:* “Yeah, thanks for asking, lass. Would you give me a hand in drawing that here?”

Benedict asks handing her some chalk.

Vivienne takes the chalk

Noburu Looks at Benedict and adds his two cents.

Vivienne: “Draw what exactly?”

Noburu grabs the chalk and begins drawing.

Noburu: “Julie why are you pointing at her?”

Diary Entry: December 23rd, Cold day. I hate the days before any sacred day. All the immaterial spirits and demons try to feed with the easier targets. I had to perform an exorcism. It was a Cacodementia demon, a demon related to insanity. I cast the old ward of four seasons and I performed the Sancta Angelica prayers. (Prayer written for convenience). I managed it, but I almost lost the slayer candidate I was training. Before it went away it said I would rot before I die.

Vivienne starts drawing what he tells her to.

Hel: “Okay anyone know anything about wards of four seasons?”

Hel she keeps her thumb in the page, and tries to find pictures in the book.

Benedict drops on the floor, in the middle of all the drawings he made on the ground with the help of the students.

Benedict, Noburu and Vivienne prepare the exorcism and for a while the demon appears. The tall and grotesque demon vanishes away leaving a strong scent of ozone and short-circuited fuses.

Vivienne stares at the empty space for a few seconds.

Benedict starts burning some incense and talking slowly in another language. His eyes go black. Completely black. It looks strange and inhuman.

Noburu: “Its the ward I drew”
Vivienne: “So does exorcism work for all spirits?”

Hel widens her eyes at Benedict.

Noburu: “Well, I have a feeling he is exorcised for the time being.”

Benedict concentrates the powers from the two students helping him, and canalizes it. He then aims it at the demon, who goes back to his dimension. Benedict breathes slowly.

Noburu: “But I fear he may have some sort of tie with Julie. And Julie why are you taking such an interest in her.”

Noburu Points at Eva.

Benedict: “Wy ez rafy”

Benedict speaks in a weird language and his eyes go back to normal.

Benedict: “Are you alright guys?”

Benedict looks at the students.

Julie waits for the whole rite end and she goes and sits close to Eva.

Hel closes the book, and slowly looks around the room at everyone, slightly confused.

Eva is too shell-shocked to even notice the scent of ozone and carbonized steel.

Vivienne stands up trying to wipe the chalk off of her hands without getting it on her clothes.

Benedict walks to Eva and put his hand on her shoulder.

Noburu: “Good casting lad. Errr…Benedict.”
Benedict: “Are you alright, love?”
Eva: “No.”
Benedict: “Figured so.”
Vivienne: “Is she ever?”

Hel walks over to Vivienne and in a lower voice asks:
Hel: “Are you a slayer, too?”
Eva: “No I am most definitely not “alright”.”
Benedict: “Good casting? You wouldn’t imagine the energy banishing such a demon requires. But that was a great ward you drew there.”

Vivienne looks at Hel in confusion.

Julie: “I’m not either, at least you weren’t the one possessed.”
Benedict: “Can I see that book?”
Vivienne: “Slayer? Is that a metal thing?”

Julie tries to make a joke.

Benedict is asking about the Watcher’s book.

Hel replies, again:
Hel: “Never mind”

Hel turns back around.

Eva: “I don’t understand what is going on here and I really don’t understand how this is supposed to be what is best for me. Can I please just go to either my lab or home now please? At least things make sense to me there.”

Hel puts the book back in her bag, ignoring Benedict’s question entirely.

Noburu: “Ummm? I don’t think this was part of the class.”
Eva: “Honestly, if this is what interpersonal interaction is all about then I really do believe that I am far better off without it.”

Vivienne goes back to her spell book and carefully puts it back in her bag.

Benedict: "This wasn’t supposed to happen. You shouldn’t have seen that.”
Noburu: “Did you know about this?”

Noburu balls up his fist and eyes up Benedict.

Vivienne: “And why could nobody else see the blue guy?”

Hel sits on her desk and just watches every one.

Benedict looks at Noburu before turning to Vivienne.

Eva wipes her eyes with the base of her palm to try and clear some of the tears away but otherwise doesn’t move.

Benedict: “That’s because it wasn’t here. I don’t know what you are, but you could see the pure energy of it.”
Vivienne: “Yes it was.”
Benedict: “I don’t even know how that is possible. But that’s a good thing you did.”
Vivienne: “What do you mean “what” I am?”

Benedict comes closer and looks her in the eyes.

Vivienne: “What about you Mr. Mysterious shiny light guy?”
Benedict: “Well, people are not supposed to see that.”
Noburu: “It’s the sight.”
Benedict: “Me? I’m not completely normal either.”
Noburu: “She has the sight.”
Hel: “The sight?”
Vivienne: “Yes well I do a lot of things “I’m not supposed to”.”

Benedict turns to Noburu, and thinks hard.

Julie talks in a lower voice tone to Eva:
Julie: “These things aren’t making any sense, right?”
Benedict: “The sight? I think I remember reading about it at some point. I should have a text about it somewhere maybe…”
Noburu: “It allows her to see things of a mystical nature.”
Vivienne: “Really? Can I read it?”
Noburu: “Things that are not visible to the naked eye.”
Eva: “No. Not even a little. And I am usually quite good with that. Is this how you people feel all the time?”
Benedict: “If I find it, sure bird.”
Eva: “There’s a bird now?”

Noburu Heads to the back of the room and grabs his bag.

Benedict chuckles at Eva’s words.

Julie: “Close to you, yes… That is how I feel, but I’m feeling lost too.”
Hel: “Wait. Forget for a moment that you all apparently know what is going on. Is this ‘storm spirit’ gone now? Or can it come back?”
Vivienne: “Good point. Sir?”
Benedict: "It should be gone. I sent it away. Where exactly I don’t know. Hopefully to a far, far away place."
Noburu: “It can come back.”
Hel: “So little miss possessed over here is fine now?”
Noburu: “I need to consult some things. Someone should stay with her.”
Vivienne: “I found a demon binding spell before. Would that work?”
Benedict: “A spell? Where did you find that, girl?”
Hel: “Shouldn’t we just, like, get rid of the tat?”
Noburu: “Like I said, I believe the demon is anchored some how to this world.”
Vivienne: “In a book”
Benedict: “And yes, Hel she should be fine. But there probably was a reason she was possessed in the first place”
Noburu: “It might not be the tattoo.”
Julie: “What?”
Hel: “Oh man I am so confused right now. This so is not worth the extra credit.”
Noburu: “I need to look into the storm daughter.”
Hel: “Storm daughter?”
Noburu: “That’s what the Kanji says.”
Julie: “Am I a demon bait? I mean, isn’t being a cute Asian teenager a strong enough creepy magnet?”
Vivienne: “So we have a storm spirit possessing a storm daughter.”
Noburu: “Julie where did you get the idea for the tattoo from?”
Vivienne: “Be thankful it doesn’t have tentacles.”
Julie: “I got it in Tokyo. It was a birthday gift from my older brother.”
Noburu: “So grossly inappropriate Vivienne.”

Vivienne shrugs.

Noburu: “What does your older brother do? And where did he get it from?”
Vivienne: “Does he hate you?”
Julie: “No, he is great…”

Hel turns her back to everyone and pulls the book back out, trying to read more about possession. Particularly anything about ‘anchors’.

Julie: “Sometimes too perfect…”
Noburu: “Treats you extra nice and all?”

Cut to commercial break.

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Pilot - Part 5: "From bad to worse."

The morning classes linger like usual. For Eva almost everything in the school system is boring. About the 4th class, English, which is a real torture to her, Eva vaguely wonders how much trouble she would be in if the school suddenly decided that it was all too much and committed suicide by blowing itself up.

She is saved by the bell- more exactly right before it- when the school counsellor comes and intercepts her before she enter at the classrooms.
Ms Gorki:Can we have a word Eva?
Eva, stuttering in surprise: “_A-a word? Y-yes, I s-suppose I-i c-could spare t-t-the t-time for a w-word. _”
Ms Gorki:Good. Please come with me to my office. I guess you won’t mind skipping this class.

Eva visibly brightens.
Eva:Why yes! Yes, I-I would! Anything to g-get out of the d-dead p-poets society!

Ms Gorki takes Eva to her office, a small room with several physical students copies and many college leaflets, from in and out of the USA.
Eva sits down, ignoring the leaflets.
Ms Gorki:Well Eva, you are one of our best students here, and the most probable candidate to the Silicon Valley.

Eva waits patiently for the point part of the conversation to arrive.
Ms Gorki:But the teachers noticed you have some trouble with socialization. It means building an interpersonal relationship with your fellow students.
Eva:Define ‘Fellow’ students.
Ms Gorki:Your classmates.
Eva:Ah. I was rather hoping that you would say anything other than that…

Eva sighs.
Eva:Can we find some better ones out there somewhere? I’ve even been working on literally building some better friends…
Ms Gorki:Trust me, they are not that much different. Sometimes they are even worse.

Eva stares flatly at the teacher.
Eva:O-ok… S-so what yo-you’re saying th-then, is th-that people s-suck. I hadn’t n-noticed.
Ms Gorki:Well, you can’t build better friends if you don’t know all the traits of a person. And you just know those traits when you get to know those persons. And that means acknowledging them.
Eva:Or? Please t-tell me that th-th-there is an ‘or’ coming.
Ms Gorki:Well, I talked with Ms Parker and she said something about a special art program for a small group of students. Maybe you can make friends amongst them.
Eva:Because the st-students c-come from another sch-school?
Ms Gorki:No, they are from this school. But I am pretty sure they are not the blandest persons on the school, far from it.

Eva narrows her eyes, appraising the teacher sitting in front of her.
Eva:What?
Ms Gorki:I recommend you give it a try. If everything fails it will at least confirm that you’re a desperate case of misanthropy. I think though, that if you really give it a try, you will enjoy the experience.
Eva:Huh. So, you’re one of those… Interesting.

Eva sighs.
Eva:Very well then. So when is this colossal waste of my precious time supposed to occur?
Ms Gorki:: “The first meeting is after school time. And it will count as a required extra credit in the Arts department.

Eva becomes almost apoplectic momentarily.
Ms Gorki:Any problem?

Eva attempts to calm herself back down, by biting back down on the torrent wanting to be unleashed upon an unsuspecting world.
Eva:Probably, but there doesn’t really seem to be all that much I can do about it now, is there?
Ms Gorki:Unfortunately, no. We are doing this for your own good.

Eva shakes her head in bewilderment.
Eva:Yep. This is how the world ends… This school decided that sending me into deep psychosis was what was ‘best’ for me… So you’re saying, that you know what’s best for me better than I do myself, because of what? All the time we haven’t spent together talking?

Director (GM) takes a deep breath
Eva sits, patiently awaiting an answer.
Ms Gorki:Eva, one day you will understand that we are doing our best for you.

Eva looks somewhat offended by this.
Eva:Um, not one of the regular drones, remember? Actually intelligent.
Ms Gorki:Yes, because you’re the only one, darling.

Eva sighs and lets her head drop rather heavily onto the desk, hoping quite vainly that it may just knock her out.

And fade out.

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Pilot - Part 4: "There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so."

There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.

The Winter sun still bathes San Francisco, but the clouds start to gather with the clear intent to mess with this nice Monday morning. Neither the cold 9° nor the clouds amassing over his head can ruin the already bitter humour of Benedict. The previous evening was long and tense: his contacts informed him that there was a good possibility that the Damsel from the Night could be in the Bay area, and quite probably the Maid of the Sun as well. This was a sign of bad times to come for Mankind.
And as to confirm the fact, Benedict saw the signs of an increased vampiric activity at the Tenderloin, his new home now, and the Russian Hill sector.

Something had to be done about it. Looking at the Black Bear’s massive door while dropping his fag, Benedict thinks about what he could do about the situation. The Watchers ignored his presence here, but he could not act if he didn’t get help. Vampires were nothing to fret about, and he had to start gathering tolls to fight them. He probably could go to the small magic shop he saw yesterday to get the ingredients to a protection spell. But it would not hold forever. There had to be a more permanent way to hold them off and reduce the danger they represented.

Before he enters at the Art wing, the school principal intercepts him.

Parker:Benedict, can I have a word?

Benedict stops the train of his thoughts upon hearing Ms Parker and halts.

Benedict:Of course, Ms. Parker. How can I help you?
Parker:I need advice.

Benedict lifts an eyebrow.

Benedict:Of course. What might I advise you on, then?
Parker:I don’t know if you noticed but several students are demonstrating an increased level of anger and temperament control. Some of them have trouble with socialization as well.

Benedict seems to take her words seriously, frowning slightly.

Benedict:Well, that is strange. Could it be related to what happened with the other student at Doggie Sign… well that small restaurant. It could have had an impact on those poor sods. Do you want me to look into the problem?
Parker:That was a terrible thing, but the problem started before the winter break.
Benedict:Oh, my bad.
Parker:I am talking about some students who went through difficult experiences. Their mood swings were more steep than usual, and the protegee of our investors seems to have a problem with her focus. Do you recommend some art therapy to help them find their ground again?

Benedict thinks for a minute.

Benedict:I actually happen to know how much creation can soothe the mind. I’d love to help those poor chaps if need be. We have plenty of rooms for the kids to express themselves, and sometimes music, or something else, can be a good way to liberate those repressed feelings. I could create a small class of sorts and get it running a couple of hours a week.

Parker:I knew I could count on you. I am going to tell them to meet you at your office after lunch time. I hope you will show some progress with them soon.

Benedict doffs his hat, though he wears none.

Benedict:Loved to chin-wag, Ms. Parker. See you soon, then.

Parker smiles.

Parker:Goodbye Mr. Russell. You trully are part of this school now, I can see that.

Parker heads straight to her office as Benedict walks inside the Art department, not before he tries to light a fag and remembers that he cannot inside the School.

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Pilot - Part 3: "The Queen of Darkness"

Meanwhile in Pacific Heights at the Bordeaux manor, built during the roaring 1920’s for the rich banker Richard Bordeaux, one of the many Europeans who came to America to make his fortune.

The place is now the residence of Senator Kensington and his family: his prized daughter and his dedicated second wife. It usually is a silent place and both women live like there was a wall of concrete between them. It is like this since the day Vivienne chose to stop being the perfect daughter and the perfect example of how a good young republican girl should be. But Mrs Kensington doesn’t suspect what happens inside Vivienne’s room.

The sun slowly tries to illuminate the “Queen of Darkness” room, but it can’t reach far enough to get to her bed. The cellphone behind her pillow keeps beeping louder and louder. Vivienne knows she must raise from her bed if she doesn’t want her mother to complain about skipping classes, again.

Vivienne sighs and turns her phone off, staring at the ceiling for a few minutes. She rolls out of bed and heads into her “en suite” to shower to start her morning skin and hair care routine. Vivienne ensures that her hair has the right amount of flick and her eye liner is just so, before heading to the kitchen for breakfast.

The early morning is cold, as any winter morning should be. She realises she’s all alone at home, when she notices a note stacked at the cork board. The note reads: “Went to Monterey to take care of your grandfather. Please don’t wreck the home.”

“Fine, I’ll wait until you get back then.” Vivienne said with a snort, scrunching up the note and throwing it towards the bin. It misses it by a mile and with a glare she telekinetically picks it up and drops it in. With a nod she goes about feeding herself.

When she dunks the paper in the trash Vivienne barely notices Consuela, the family maid since the days Mr. Kensington became State Senator.

Consuela, with her best Baja California accent:Buenos dias, what do you want for breakfast?
Vivienne:Buenos días, Consuela. Some Muesli will do.

Consuela goes to a cabinet and get the Musli package and pour it at a bowl
Consuela:Your mother gave me a long list of obligations for you during her absence. But yo estoy sure you are not going to fulfil them. Also, I want to make a deal with you…
Vivienne: “Oh?

Vivienne raises her eyebrow and looks at her with guarded curiosity.
Consuela: “No brujeria, no boys and no police.

Vivienne laughs.
Vivienne:Really Consuela, I know you’re superstitious but you can’t really believe in witchcraft.
Consuela:I do. When I lived in Santiago de California I saw a chica get sick and lose her baby because they made an evil brujaria magic to kill her.

Vivienne rolls her eyes.
Vivienne:I’m sure that’s what happened.
Consuela:That is how it happened. So I beg you in name of virgin Mary, please, don’t do brujaria, it just make people miserable.
Vivienne: "_Fine whatever. No “brujaria”, no police not a problem. No boys…how long is she gone for?"
Consuela: "_If I know Señor Russel, she will argue with him for a week until she gets tired of his stubbornness.
"

Vivienne considers this for a moment.
Vivienne proposes with a hopeful grin:No boys til the weekend?

Consuela:No boys, or girls, sleeping on your room.

Vivienne laughs.
Vivienne:Fine Consuela, just for you. It’s a deal.
Consuela:Thank you.

Consuela prepares herself a cup of coffee and sips it while watching you eat your Muesli.

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Pilot - Part 2: "Do you believe in reincarnation?"

Meanwhile at the Perfect Harmony Dojo. The camera travels around the place. The small and hidden Dojo is illuminated by the early morning sun-rays. The silent is broken by the sounds of a single swordsman practising against a straw dummy.

It isn’t the best way to start the morning, but it is the only way Noburu can retain his sanity. Through practice, he empties his mind and takes his thoughts away from the memories which haunts him.
Suddenly he hears someone else walk the Dojo floor. Noburu turns to the door and readies stance, eyeing the door carefully.

Sensei Yashida enters the room, walking slowly.
Sensei Yashida, in Japanese:Good morning.
Noburu, lowering his guard:Good morning Sensei. How are you?
Sensei Yashida:I am well. I am sorry if I came earlier than usual. You can resume your warm-up kata. I will be ready to help with your practice soon.

Sensei Yashida takes a wooden sword and start a brief warming up sequence.
Sensei Yashida:Tell me Noburu-san, do you believe in reincarnation?
Noburu:I believe many things are possible. Although I haven’t seen it, I keep an open mind Sensei.

Noburu smiles

Sensei Yashida:This is a good mentality. I was recently with my daughter at the Bishamon shrine in Japan-town and one of the maids read my daughter’s fortune. She said she would reunite with the love of a previous cycle.

Sensei Yashida keeps practising his katas, warming-up while he speaks.
Sensei Yashida: “I think it’s an interesting fortune…
Noburu:I agree. I don’t suppose you have any clue what it means?
Sensei Yashida:No, I don’t mess with the shape of things to come. There are many ways one who interferes with the Wheel of Fate can be punished. I do not want such punishments upon myself.

Noburu frowns.
Sensei Yashida:Remember the legend of the Sun-Blessed Maiden and the Moon-Loving Child. They broke the fate and now are cursed to return in the cycle of Karma. Their souls will never ascend to Nirvana.
Noburu : “Love can be a horrible burden. And even heaven and peace can not always be achieved.
Sensei Yashida:Wise words from a troubled soul. I hope someday you find your peace.

Sensei Yashida ends the warming-up sequence.
Sensei Yashida:Get the other sword, we are going to spar with the Nitei style (two swords).
Noburu:Be sure to watch your footwork at the end of the Kata.

Noburu Grabs the other sword and sets his stance.

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Pilot - Part 1: "Rise and Shine, Helena!"

Rise and Shine, Helena!

The Sun rises slowly over the San Francisco Hills and Hel’s room. Hel lives in a comfortable house at Alamo Square, one of the most exclusive neighbourhoods and maybe the most breathtaking view on the city.
And she is rudely awaken by someone knocking at her door.

Fuck”, she says, as she rolls out of bed and opens the door, dressed in an oversized shirt.

Hel’s Mother:Rise and shine Helena! It is already 5 am, time to you get ready for a brand new day!

Helena’s mother is already dressed in her tailleur and on full make up.

Hel: "You started early on the Prozac, mother.

Apparently not in the mood, she climbs back into bed and digs her head under the pillow.

Hel’s Mother:You know I dropped the Xanax several years ago. That’s just mean. I came here to take a last breakfast with my daughter and future heiress of the Cross Purposing corporation. And we need to have a brief talk about your future before I take the plane to meet with your father in Beijing.

Hel, from under the sheets:My future involves getting back to my dream.

Hel’s Mother:That attitude is poisoning your future Lena. You really need to think seriously about it. And that includes taking your classes seriously. Your father and I didn’t help restructuring the school’s finances for no reason.

Hel:If I promise I’ll try harder, will you quit with the mother/daughter bonding crap and let me get some sleep?

Hel’s Mother:No, because I am tired to see you slacking. I want see more hard work and focus. You are lucky I am not like your grandmother. She still regrets what you have done to your hair.

Hel comes to the realisation that her mom isn’t leaving. She sits up and looks her in the eyes.

Hel, in the hope of seeing her mother leave the room: “Mom I promise I will try harder.

Hel’s Mother: “Go take a bath and join me in the kitchen. I fixed something for us to eat. Maybe you would like to check the University programs your father chose for you.

Hel sighs and mutters “Fine”, before crawling out of bed and heading into the bathroom.

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Pilot
The Pilot of the First Season.

This is the Pilot of the First Season of our show!
We get a little introduction to each of the Cast members!

In this episode Hel has a little talk with her mom, Noburu trains with his Sensei, Vivienne gets a deal from Consuela, Benedict is asked to create a support group with art therapy, and Eva is asked to join it by Ms. Gorki.

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