Second Chance

Second Chance is a short film script based on one of the secondary characters in my novel manuscript. Please be aware that the script contains references to magic and darker elements and themes. NOT SUITABLE FOR YOUNG CHILDREN.

All magic in the script has been created for the express purpose of this script and is fictional.

SECOND CHANCE

1. EXT. SCHOOL PARKING LOT – AFTERNOON

It’s an overcast day and students are hurrying out of the high school gates into the car park, some students are standing in groups and the MURMUR of conversation is in the background.

STACY walks on her own into the parking lot wearing an ill-fitting uniform, a backpack and is carrying textbooks. She walks across the parking lot and is in the middle of the road when she freezes in place. A car’s MOTOR STARTS and the car pulls out of its parking space and heads towards STACY. The driver slows the car down to a standstill and HONKS the horn. When STACY still doesn’t move the driver winds down his window.

DRIVER

Girl, are you crazy? Get out of the way!

STACY is unable to move, transfixed by a second sight vision only she can see. The DRIVER is yelling abuse but now it’s muffled.

The DRIVER stops yelling, as BRAD, a good looking boy in a neat uniform walks over to STACY.

BRAD

Stacy, are you okay?

STACY snaps out of it and pushes her hair away from her face with her free hand.

STACY

Oh my god. I’m so sorry.

BRAD

Come on, we need to get out of the road.

BRAD puts his arm around STACY’S shoulder and leads her to safety on the other side of the road.

STACY

Please don’t tell Morgana what happened.

BRAD

If Morgana hears about this it won’t be from me. I haven’t talked to her since she broke up with me.

STACY

Thank you.

BRAD smiles and waves at STACY as he walks away. STACY watches him until he turns a corner and is out of sight.

CUT TO

2. EXT. MARKET – EVENING

The market is lit only by occasional street lamps, fairy lights, assorted lamps and candles in the stalls. EERIE PIANO MUSIC plays as STACY walks through the night market at a brisk pace dodging people that are slowing to look at the market wares. She is looking for a certain market stall.

STACY sees a blackboard sign for Tarot Readings and stops a few steps away from it. People now have to move around her. She takes a deep breath, straightens her shoulders and touches a large pendant hanging around her neck before walking slowly into the Tarot stall. PIANO MUSIC fades out.

CUT TO

3. INT. TAROT MARKET STALL – EVENING

INSTRUMENTAL SPIRITUAL music plays in the background, a wind chime TINKLES in the soft breeze from where it hangs above the doorway. STACY looks around the darkened stall which has a small supply of crystals and other items for sale and is lit with tea candles for atmosphere. STACY finds MORGANA sitting at a velvet covered table lit with tea candles playing with tarot card layouts. MORGANA smiles as she looks up at her new customer, when she recognises STACY the smile vanishes.

MORGANA

(surprised)

Stacy. Did you want your cards read?

STACY

No. I’m not interested in that.

MORGANA sets cards down on the table in a careful pile.

MORGANA

Then why are you here?

STACY’S shoulders drop slightly.

STACY

(lowers voice)

I need help.

MORGANA

(sarcastic)

Really… I’m not a psychologist, I’m a psychic. Two very different occupations.

STACY

I know exactly what you are Morgana. You’re my last option.

MORGANA waves at the seat opposite her.

MORGANA

At least make it look like you’re a paying customer, before you scare all my real customers away.

STACY sits down in the seat but doesn’t say anything. She looks at the pile of cards, anywhere but at MORGANA. Seconds pass.

MORGANA

(exasperated)

Goddess save me. Stacy, just spit it out.

MORGANA gathers all the cards together and then hands the pack to STACY. STACY starts to shuffle cards.

STACY

I want to know if there is any way to get rid of second sight.

MORGANA

Second sight is a gift, not a curse. You don’t believe in what I do, so why is second sight any different?

STACY shakes her head. Her hands are still playing idly with the cards but she has forgotten about them.

STACY

I told you I don’t like what you do Morgana. I never said I didn’t believe in it.

MORGANA

There’s more to it than that.

STACY looks away to the left before looking straight back at MORGANA.

STACY

I want what you have. I want a normal life with a nice boyfriend. Watching you throw it all away, again and again, is hard for me.

MORGANA

(angry)

I’m a powerful witch. That isn’t normal.

STACY leans forward in her seat to issue her challenge to MORGANA.

STACY

Prove it then. Help me get rid of the second sight. If you can do that; you’re more powerful than your Grandmother.

MORGANA

She said no?

STACY

She said it couldn’t be done. I didn’t believe her.

MORGANA

My Grandmother didn’t want to give you hope where there is none. To remove the second sight would tear part of your soul away. It might even kill you.

STACY

(determined)

I’m willing to take that risk. I don’t care about the consequences. I just want it gone.

MORGANA takes the pack from STACY and places it in a pile in between them on the table.

MORGANA

Stacy, I’m not sure I’m willing to take that risk. The consequences may also extend to me. I’ll do some research and see what I can find out.

STACY gets up out of her seat and MORGANA does the same. STACY pulls a pen and scrap of paper from her bag, she scribbles her number on it and hands it to MORGANA.

STACY

Thanks Morgana. Here’s my number. I really appreciate you doing this for me.

MORGANA folds the bit of paper in half and puts it into her bum bag in the corner.

MORGANA

Just remember that I’m only looking into it. I may decide not to help you.

STACY

I understand.

STACY exits stall.

CUT TO

4. EXT. MARKET – EVENING

EERIE PIANO MUSIC is playing softly. STACY walks out of the stall, once she is clear of the entrance she pauses and takes a deep breath. Her shoulders relax and she smiles in triumph before disappearing into the crowd at a relaxed, casual pace looking occasionally at the market wares.

CUT TO

5. INT. MARKET STALL – EVENING

INSTRUMENTAL SPIRITUAL music is playing in background. MORGANA sits back down at the table, she passes her fingers through the flame of the candle while she is deep in thought. The light of the candle shows her face in flickering shadows.

MORGANA

Show me the outcome of helping Stacy.

MORGANA turns over the first card in the deck; it is the Death card. A darker shadow passes over MORGANA’S face and the candle extinguishes itself.

CUT TO

6. INT. STACY’S KITCHEN – MORNING

STACY is in the cramped kitchen of her townhouse getting her breakfast when the phone rings. There are books on the occult and magic in a messy pile on the counter. She finishes grabbing a carton of cereal from the pantry and puts it on the bench next to the books before grabbing the phone. There are no other personal items to be found in the kitchen, looks like a unit used for short holiday stays; modern, clean and unlived in.

STACY

(into phone)

Hello Morgana. Sorry I didn’t mean to freak you out.

STACY plays with the large pendant she has hanging around her neck as she listens.

STACY

(into phone)

Ok. I’ll meet you at the lookout.

STACY hangs up the phone and sits staring into space for a few seconds with a triumphant smile.

CUT TO

7. EXT. STACY’S BACKYARD – EVENING

The backyard is lit by random solar lights and STACY has gone overboard with candles. Soft INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC plays from inside the house, the further her spell progresses the more the music intensifies.

STACY sets up her back garden for her ritual. It’s more private than most townhouses, she has no backyard neighbours as it’s all bush and both sides with neighbours have been screened off with large bushes. She sets the candles to South, East and West and then takes her place in the centre and places the north candle. She lights each one as she calls that direction.

STACY

North and East, South and West,

I call upon thee for protection,

May this circle of power hold,

Against that which means harm,

As above, so below, The circle is sealed.

So mote it be.

The candles flare bright before settling back down to normal flame. She removes the pendant around her neck and places it on the ground in front of her. She pricks her finger and allows blood to drip onto the pendant.

STACY

Goddess, take the energy I have raised into the universe,

Allow my petition to manifest,

Pendant that was worn against my skin for a year and a day,

I ask that it absorbs my second sight.

Allow the seer to become the wearer,

Allow the wearer to be the seer.

STACY is encased by a silver light as is the necklace, a line of silver connects the two surrounding lights. STACY screams in pain until the light fades from both.

STACY

(still in pain)

North and East, South and West,

Hail thee for your help in allowing the Goddess to hear this spell,

The circle is open,

Hail thee Goddess for hearing and answering my plea,

As I do will,

So mote it be.

MUSIC ends adbruptly with spell. In the silence STACY collapses with her arms crossed over her chest in the centre of the candles. It seems as though she is trying to hold herself together. She is crying softly.

CUT TO

8. INT. STACY’S BATHROOM – EVENING

STACY is staring into the bathroom mirror, looking into her own eyes. She touches the pendant.

STACY

You don’t need to do this. Everything can go back to the way it was.

(pause)

No…I have to go through with it. I have to try.

CUT TO

9. EXT. MOUNTAIN SUMMIT – NIGHT

MORGANA watches with her back to the lookout as STACY’S car pulls into the car park. STACY gets out of car and walks over to MORGANA. The stars and moon shine in the clear night sky.

MORGANA

How much do you see with the second sight?

STACY smiles cynically and a bit sadly.

STACY

Why? You afraid I’ll see what you’ve planned?

MORGANA

(untruthfully)

I don’t have anything planned.

MORGANA looks away form STACY. STACY doesn’t look away from her.

STACY

That isn’t true Morgana.

MORGANA glares at STACY.

MORGANA

(angry)

I can’t believe you. You come to me with your sob story, begging for help and say you are willing to take any risk, but when I find a way to help you, you won’t even hear me out.

STACY

What you have planned is a transference of power that results in my death. You didn’t bother to look for another way. I’m willing to give you my power, but not at the cost of my life.

STACY unties the pendant from her neck and holds it silently in her clasped hand for a second.

MORGANA

No matter what you think Stacy, I looked into everything that I thought might work.

STACY

(sad)

It’s a good thing for both of us that I wasn’t just relying on you. I found another way.

MORGANA

(incredulous)

There was nothing else.

STACY

There was. Just not where you were looking for it.

MORGANA raises an eyebrow.

STACY

I made up my own spell and performed the ritual by myself.

MORGANA

Did you have a trained witch to supervise you in case something went wrong?

STACY

(sarcastic)

Like you have someone watching over your rituals and spells? No.

MORGANA

So it didn’t work?

STACY plays with her necklace and pendant.

STACY

(quietly)

It worked.

MORGANA

Can I see the spell you created?

STACY Sure. I don’t have it on me, but I’ll send you a copy.

(pause)

You were willing to transfer this power into yourself for your spell. If I had a way of transferring this power to you, would you still want it?

MORGANA

I found that spell for you Stacy, not to steal your power.

STACY rolls her eyes upwards.

STACY

Cut the crap. We’re not friends and never would be. You’re helping me to gain something. Be honest. All you have to do is say yes and you can have it.

MORGANA turns away to look out over the view without answering. STACY grabs her shoulder and turns her around to face her.

STACY

I can give you the second sight. You just have to be willing to take it.

MORGANA

If you are giving it away, then yes, I want it.

STACY lips tilt upwards in a small smile as she unties the necklace around her neck. She holds it out to MORGANA who takes it from her and looks at the pendant.

STACY

All you need to do is put the crystal around your neck and say that you accept my gift and whatever destiny it brings with it.

MORGANA looks back at STACY suspiciously.

MORGANA

If it’s that easy why haven’t you done it before?

STACY

The person who takes the crystal needs to know what they are accepting. Most people think the second sight is a myth. Even when they say they believe, they really don’t. That is why I haven’t been able to find anyone else to accept it.

MORGANA puts the crystal pendant around her neck.

MORGANA

I accept your gift and whatever destiny it brings is now mine to bear.

STACY

So mote it be.

A crack of thunder is heard and a strong wind blows up causing the girls’ hair to blow in their faces. MORGANA laughs nervously.

MORGANA

That’s it? I don’t feel any different.

STACY smiles but her face is otherwise expressionless, it’s a showing of teeth.

STACY

Trust me, it worked. I can feel the difference already.

Another crack of thunder is heard and it starts to rain.

MORGANA

We better get out of here if we don’t want to get soaked.

MORGANA runs to her car and hops in closing the door. STACY walks to her car uncaring about the rain and drives off, it’s like she is on automatic pilot.

CUT TO

10. INT. MORGANA’S CAR – NIGHT

MORGANA grabs tissues from her bag and starts to blot the water off her face with them. She goes completely still with the tissues over her eyes as her first second sight vision occurs.

CUT TO

11. INT. STACY’S CAR / MORGANA’S VISION – NIGHT

EERIE PIANO MUSIC plays softly.

STACY drives down the mountain road, her face blank, she turns off the radio so that she is driving in silence. STACY looks into the rearview mirror and smiles, it’s a bearing of teeth; there is no emotion behind it. The car turns the corner and she doesn’t change her course. The car runs into the guardrail which breaks and disappears down the mountain.

CUT TO

12. INT. MORGANA’S CAR – NIGHT

MORGANA puts the wet tissues back in her bag slowly and then starts her car and drives off down the mountain after STACY.

CUT TO

13. EXT. MORGANA’S DRIVEWAY – NIGHT

ROCK SONG plays with drum beat intensifying as action progresses.

NOTE: This music continues into the next scene.

MORGANA jumps out of the car and rushes to her front door, fumbling with the keys as she tries to get inside. She lost sight of STACY’S car down the mountain and has no idea of her address.

MORGANA

(hushed)

Please, please, please…

CUT TO

14. INT. MORGANA’S HOUSE – NIGHT

ROCK SONG plays with drum beat intensifying as if it’s the beat of a heart racing.

MORGANA rushes through the front door, slams it shut in her hurry. Rushes to the kitchen where she grabs STACY’S phone number from the front of the fridge where the scrap of paper hangs from a magnet. She grabs it from the fridge carelessly sending the crystal magnet flying across the floor and then picks up the phone and dials. Her fingers are shaking so much she has to correct the number twice.

MORGANA’S kitchen has herbs growing on the window ledge, it’s painted a cheery yellow for positive energy and the canisters for coffee, sugar and tea bags have different flowers on them; it looks very lived in and comfortable.

Music fades out as MORGANA starts talking.

MORGANA

(into phone)

Stacy are you okay?

STACY

(over phone)

I’m fine. What did you see?

MORGANA

(into phone)

You went through a guardrail on the mountain.

MORGANA plays with the pendant around her neck nervously.

STACY

(over phone)

The visions don’t always come true.

MORGANA

(into phone)

Then why…

STACY

(over phone)

People can make different choices that change the vision. Goodnight.

STACY hangs up the phone and MORGANA hears the beeping which signifies that the line has been broken on the other side.

Morgana

(sarcastic)

Gee, thanks for trying to help me Morgana.

MORGANA hangs up the phone frustrated with STACY’S behaviour and turns off the light.

CUT TO

15. INT. MORGANA’S HOUSE – MORNING

EERIE PIANO MUSIC plays. It is a horrible rainy day and although it’s morning MORGANA has the lights on to read.

There is a knock at the door, MORGANA leaves the lounge room where she has been reading a magazine while sitting on the couch to answer it. There is no-one at the door, but a package has been left next to a flower pot.

MORGANA picks up the package and takes it into the kitchen to open, inside is a letter, a notebook and a book on spells from STACY.

Voiceover of STACY reading the letter.

STACY

Morgana, I am sending these things to you as I no longer need them. Don’t feel like this was your fault, it’s how the vision always showed me things would work out. It’s very important that you never take the necklace off unless you are going to give it to someone else; like I gave it to you. You’ll understand more once you read the spell.

MORGANA reads the spell. As she reads her face shows shock, then horror and dismay. The letter slides from MORGANA’S fingers to land on the floor but MORGANA makes no move to pick it up instead she examines the pendant STACY gave her. The pendant glints as the sun comes out from behind the clouds and showers the room in bright light.

MORGANA

Goddess, what have I done?

EERIE PIANO MUSIC and scene fades out.

ENDS

Kelly Hart © 2010

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4 Responses to Second Chance

  1. Enjoyed what I read so far, Kelly. Intriguing plot. Interesting characters. Good interaction between characters. Eerie feeling in certain scenes, which is good. Would love to read the story. I picked up a few typos you might want to correct. I’ve added them below:

    SCENE 2: You might want to add that piano music is playing at the beginning of the scene.

    SCENE 6: You’ve written starring – staring has one ‘r’.

    SCENE 7: Second sentence – It’s more private than most townhouses (add a comma here and remove ‘as’).

    SCENE 9: STACY appears on the same line as the dialogue, instead of above it.

    SCENE 13: Thumbling should be fumbling with the keys.

    SCENE 14: First sentence after musical…MORGANA rushes through the front door, slams it close(d) in her hurry. close needs a ‘d’.

    Hope this helps. Would really love to read the story some time.

    • Kelly Hart says:

      Hi Maggie,
      Thanks for telling me about the mistakes. I have now edited it again to remove these.
      Cheers,
      Kelly

  2. andrewgirle says:

    Interesting plot. A question – if Morgana was actually as powerful as she claimed, why did she just accept the pendant without question?

    • Kelly Hart says:

      Hi Andrew,
      Morgana isn’t as powerful as she makes out. The reason she accepted it without question is because her craving for the second sight gift overcame her common sense. Also because she sees herself as a powerful witch, she underestimates Stacy and can’t see that Stacy is willing to go to any lengths to get rid of her gift.

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