Daydreamer (Chapter IV)

INT. ELLIOT’S HOUSE ON THE SURFACE OF THE ARPEX – NIGHT
Nightmare.

Elliot opens his eyes and finds himself in the middle of the room, however, the place is completely dark and Hilda is no longer beside him. Worse, Elliot cannot move his body, he is paralyzed.

ELLIOT
( V.O.) Is this my house? I think so, but I can’t move. Wait… where’s Hilda?

Elliot looks down the hallway, from the deep darkness a low growl is heard.

ELLIOT
(V.O.) Shit, if it’s a dream… no… a nightmare!

In the center of the deep darkness two blood-red eyes appear. A new growl shakes the walls of the house.

ELLIOT
(V.O.) I have to do something fast!

Elliot struggles to move his body but fails to do so, the dark hands with sharp nails lean against the wall, the head of the nightmare looms menacingly and fixes its crimson eyes on Elliot.

ELLIOT
(V.O.) Damn it!

The nightmare rests both hands on the walls, burying its claws in the concrete to propel itself ferociously forward, an intense roar preceding the opening of its gigantic jaws, aimed directly at Elliot, paralyzed on the couch.

However!

The accurate, heavy blow of a greatsword impacts in the center of the nightmare’s head. The blow knocks the creature down and forces it backwards and into the wall before it, destroying it in its passage to the other side. A new anthropomorphic creature, bathed in darkness and holding the great sword, appears from behind the couch where Elliot is sitting.

ELLIOT
(V.O.) I think this is the end of me.

The second creature bathed in darkness reaches out its hand and takes Elliot’s hand, when they both make contact, the darkness bathing the creature’s body fades and reveals the person inside, it is Pen! Who helps Elliot to get up from the couch.

ELLIOT
Pen! It’s really you.

PENELOPE
Elliot!

Pen hugs Elliot effusively, tears welling up in both of their eyes.

ELLIOT
I thought I would never see you again.

PENELOPE
I never stopped looking for you. But you didn’t come back.

ELLIOT
Come back?

An intense bluish light shines from the place where the creature has fallen.

PENELOPE
A wish? Someone is feeding the nightmare.

ELLIOT
Someone? You mean…

A new roar shakes all the foundations of the house, pieces of the house’s sky fall on the living room, the bluish light intensifies.

PENELOPE
We have to get out of here, maybe we’ll have better luck in an open place.

ELLIOT
Agreed.

Elliot follows Pen out of the house, they both go out the window, which Pen destroys with a swing of his sword.

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EXT. BACKYARD OF ELLIOT’S HOUSE – EVENING

Pen takes Elliot by the hand and leads him forward, straight into the wall.

ELLIOT
Wait, Pen!

Pen takes a mighty leap without letting go of Elliot’s hand….

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EXT. STREET OUTSIDE ELLIOT’S HOUSE – NIGHT

… leads them both to the street, nimbly jumping over the wall of the house, although Elliot lands awkwardly, loses his balance and falls to the ground.

PENELOPE
You are out of shape.

ELLIOT
What do you expect, I haven’t done this in years.

Suddenly!

The creature takes a huge leap from inside the house, destroying the roof and completely collapsing it. The creature soars swiftly into the air.

ELLIOT
My home!

PENELOPE
Don’t worry, remember that we are in a dream.

ELLIOT
(embarrassed) Right.

PENELOPE
(Looking at the nightmare) It’s going to change shape.

ELLIOT
Change shape?

PENELOPE
It will show us its true identity.

The nightmare descends at great speed, losing the cloak of darkness that envelops its body. When it reaches the ground it reveals its true form, which remains floating without touching the ground. It is an anthropomorphic being up to half of his body (head, torso and arms) the lower part is composed of a large pointed crystal that is buried in the flesh of its abdomen.

Information:
“Masochistic nightmare” the creature seems to suffer because of the crystal that is buried in its body.

PENELOPE
It’s not possible… A masochistic nightmare.

ELLIOT
Is it strong?

PENELOPE
Yes… it has gathered the energy of the self-imposed suffering of many people. It will not be easy to stop it.

ELLIOT
How can I help?

PENELOPE
Listen Elliot, I’m going to draw the nightmare’s attention, you have to take the opportunity to hide.

ELLIOT
But I can help you.

The nightmare roars violently and lunges, aiming the pointed glass at Pen and Elliot, both of whom are forced to jump to the side to evade the attack. From the powerful impact, the creature is buried in the concrete of the street.

PENELOPE
Do you remember when we first met?

Elliot looks at Pen.

PENELOPE
Trust me.

Elliot nods his head. Pen smiles at Elliot and then turns his gaze back to the nightmare, raises the greatsword forcefully and lunges forward. Pen repeatedly strikes the nightmare with the sword, forcing it to cover itself with its arms, receiving deep cuts.

ELLIOT
A place to hide…

Elliot focuses his mind.

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INT. ROOM ELLIOT’S HOUSE (FLASHBACK) – NIGHT
The fleeting past.

Elliot (6) hides inside a large wooden closet. He opens the doors carefully to look out when he hears Sophia’s (36) voice.

SOPHIA
Elliot, I’ll find you boy.

Elliot lets out a slight chuckle, Sophia enters the room crawling, when she hears Elliot she stops and looks around before stopping in front of the closet.

Then, the phone rings and Sophia gets up from the floor to answer it. Elliot stares at her from the space between the closet doors. Sophia drops the phone and it falls to the floor, breaking.

SOPHIA
(sobbing) No…

Sophia collapses to the floor with tears in her eyes.

ELLIOT
Mom…

Sophia covers her face with both hands. Elliot continues to watch from inside the closet.

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EXT. STREET OUTSIDE OF ELLIOT’S HOUSE – NIGHT
The Battle II

The closet appears in front of Elliot. Pen notices this as he continues to strike at the nightmare, which grows with each blow and each roar, gathering an accumulation of negative energy in its mouth, energy that it releases aggressively, in the form of a bolt of energy. Pen uses the sword to defend herself from the attack and manages to reflect the energy to the side but is ejected backwards on impact, somersaulting through the air and landing on the ground with grace and balance. The nightmare takes the opportunity to free itself, pushing upward with its hands and releasing the crystal from the floor. Once free, the nightmare lunges at Elliot.

PENELOPE
Elliot, hide, now!

ELLIOT
Yes.

Elliot rushes inside the closet, gets inside and closes the door, just before receiving the onslaught of the nightmare, as he does so, the closet disappears. Pen brings the sword in front of her and runs the palm of his right hand across the edge of it.

PENELOPE
Sword of light, awaken in this world of shadows and help us find the way.

The passing of Pen’s hand over the edge of the sword manages to ignite light from within the weapon that now glows with the intensity of the sun’s rays. The power builds up on the edge of the sword and raises the dust around Pen, whose eyes also light up with the sun’s glow.

PENELOPE
It’s my turn to protect you this time, Elliot. Just like you did that time.

The nightmare still circles around Elliot’s closet, although it fails to see or touch it and reacts by hitting the floor aggressively. the light that Pen emits catches the creature’s attention, which turns towards it and lets out a new roar. At the same time, Pen raises her sword above her head, illuminating the space around her with the intense light. The nightmare leaps again and lunges violently, aiming the crystal at Pen, who presses the handle of the sword hard.

PENELOPE
Take this… Cutting Day Light!

Pen launches a powerful sword strike that swiftly descends and releases a huge beam of light that pierces through the entire space and hits the nightmare, easily splitting it in two. The intense glow from Pen’s attack quickly fades, the street returns to normal. The sword falls heavy to the ground, Pen rests leaning on it. Elliot watches from inside the closet.

ELLIOT
She did it!

The sound of moving stones catches the attention of an exhausted Pen. A glance ahead reveals that the two severed parts of the nightmare are crawling to meet again.

ELLIOT
Pen!

PENELOPE
Don’t go out, Elliot! You can’t help me.

PENELOPE
(V.O.) This is not normal, the nightmare did not disappear. There is no doubt, something or someone is helping her.

Elliot hits the side of the closet with his fist.

ELLIOT
I have to do something.

The two parts of the nightmare manage to come together completely and the creature comes back to life, stands up hitting the ground with its arms and with each blow buries itself deeper and deeper into the glass, expelling pieces of flesh and skin, scattering them on the ground.

PENELOPE
It will change again!

The torso, arms and head of the nightmare go completely into the crystal and it changes color, from intense blue to completely black. The crystal explodes violently, throwing shards everywhere, Pen dodges them by throwing herself to the side and leaving the sword behind. When the dust dissipates, the new nightmare figure is revealed, an anthropomorphic being covered by a thick layer of glass.

ELLIOT
Pen, watch out!

Pen spins on the ground after dodging the shards of glass and gets back up. Elliot looks again towards the nightmare, but the nightmare is no longer there, causing Elliot’s expression of terror.

ELLIOT
Pen!

The nightmare moves quickly until it reaches Pen and smiles very close to her. Pen jumps backwards to escape, but receives the impact of the nightmare’s fist blow before landing, although she manages to evade the impact with a defensive movement of her arms, a movement that allows her to dodge the attack and connect a kick to the nightmare’s body, managing to create a space between them and jumping backwards.

However, as she steps on the ground, Pen feels pain in her ankle. The nightmare recoils from the kick, but immediately lunges forward to resume the attack. Pen endures the pain in the right foot while evading the creature’s attacks. However, as the creature launches endless blows it charges more and more negative energy into its mouth, it is ready to launch a new attack.

The nightmare opens its crystal shell, exposing its mouth and launches a powerful energy beam towards Pen, who moves nimbly to evade the attack, spinning in the air manages to kick the nightmare directly in the back of the neck with all her strength, forcing it to close its mouth, to receive the impact of its own beam and throwing it against the wall of one of the nearby houses. Pen falls to the ground with both legs, but the pain in her ankle forces her to her knees.

PENELOPE (tired)
It was close.

A new bolt of lightning comes rushing from the hole in the wall where the nightmare crashed, Pen tries to move but the pain in her leg prevents her from moving fast enough, the beam manages to hit her in the left shoulder and throws her to the floor.

ELLIOT
Pen!

The nightmare peeks out from the hole in the wall and lets out a new victorious roar.

ELLIOT
Pen, get up!

Pen stands up, resting the weight of her body on her left leg, covers the wounded shoulder with her right hand to stop the bleeding and looks at the nightmare in the hole in the wall. She then looks towards the street, where the sword has been left. The nightmare notices Pen’s intentions and launches into attack again. Pen uses all her remaining strength to run towards the sword, enduring the pain in her ankle. The space between her and the sword, between her and the nightmare, diminishes rapidly.

A leap of faith at the last moment allows Pen to grab the sword’s handle in mid-air, then expose the blade against the nightmare, fumbling the creature’s lunge and turning to stop on the ground with the sword in her hand. The nightmare gets angry and returns to the attack, throwing new fist blows. Pen does her best to hold back the relentless attacks against her, using the sword to cover herself from the blows. The nightmare attacks mercilessly, now using long crystal claws, pushing Pen backwards, trying to knock her down.

ELLIOT
If it succeeds in knocking her down, it will be the end of her.

ELLIOT
(V.O.) That time I couldn’t do anything but hide either….

Elliot, frozen by the closet doors.

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INT. ROOM ELLIOT’S HOUSE (FLASHBACK) – NIGHT
The fleeting past part II

Elliot watches his mother crying by the phone from inside the closet.

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EXT. STREET OUTSIDE OF ELLIOT’S HOUSE – NIGHT
The Battle Part III.

Elliot bites his lips until blood gushes from the wound.

ELLIOT
Now I remember after that moment I decided never to hide again, but look at me now, I’m right here!

The nightmare continues to strike Pen, as seen from the space between the closet doors.

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EXT. DREAM DIMENSION – NIGHT
The not so fleeting past. (Montage flashback scene I)

Elliot confronts the nightmare that haunts Pen.

ELLIOT
(V.O.) I…

Elliot smiles at Pen, she peeks out from under the bed.

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EXT. STREET OUTSIDE OF ELLIOT’S HOUSE – NIGHT
The Battle Part IV.

Elliot keeps his eyes on Pen, from inside the closet, she takes another blow and falls to the floor with her knee, the sword flying through the air after the last attack of the nightmare. Elliot clenches his fists angrily, presses his teeth hard, frowns and concentrates. Suddenly, the closet begins to vibrate intensely, the doors swing back and forth, banging against the frame that holds them.

ELLIOT
I’m not going to hide!

An intense light awakens in Elliot’s eyes and intensifies to cover his entire body. The closet explodes in the middle of the street and a column of light rises into the night sky, illuminating the firmament. The intensity of the light diminishes until it returns to the inside of Elliot’s eyes, in the form of silver flames. Standing in front of Pen and facing the nightmare, the guitar covered in silver flames hitting the floor hard and the long red scarf fluttering against the wind, Elliot smiles.

PENELOPE
(incredulously) Elliot…

The nightmare roars violently, however, before it can even move, it is stopped by a direct blow to the face from the guitar. The impact creates shock waves that propel the nightmare’s body straight into the wall of another house. But this time, the creature scrambles to its feet and takes a great leap skyward, charging energy again between its ferocious teeth. Elliot arrives at Pen’s side.

PENELOPE
Listen Elliot, if you manage to stop the attack of the nightmare, maybe I can put an end to it.

ELLIOT
Tell me what you’re planning.

PENELOPE
Okay. To launch a negative energy beam it has to open its armor before firing, it’s a small chance.

ELLIOT
It’s okay, Pen. I trust you.

Pen nods, Elliot smiles and grips the guitar tightly, pulls it back, in the “sheathe the sword” position. The energy in the maw of the nightmare reaches critical mass.

PENELOPE
Here she comes!

ELLIOT
(Charging energy) Aaaaaaaaah!

The flames enveloping the guitar increase in brightness and intensity. Gusts of wind escape from the ground and kick up the dust, pushing everything back, away from Elliot’s position.

ELLIOT
I’m ready, Pen!

Pen concentrates and again passes her hand across the blade of the sword, thereby releasing the intense sunlight from within.

Just then…

The nightmare releases a huge beam of negative energy at high speed, which pierces the sky setting even the clouds on fire on its way to the ground, a huge shock wave spreads across the entire firmament.

ELLIOT
This will be interesting.

Elliot grips the guitar bridge tightly in his hands and takes a big leap forward….

ELLIOT
Hunter’s requiem!

… hitting the air with force and releasing all the energy accumulated in the guitar’s body, the silver flames advance fiercely in the form of a gigantic shockwave. Elliot’s attack collides with the beam of negative energy in mid-air. The nightmare adds more force to its attack, though it is unable to push back Elliot’s energy.

Then!

Pen takes a great leap and rises into the sky, until she reaches in front of the nightmare. With an accurate movement of the sword, she manages to cut the nightmare in two before it can close its armor. The beam of negative energy ceases and the Hunter’s requiem rushes towards the sky, where it explodes and disintegrates into millions of small incandescent sparks. Pen spins in the air a couple of times before landing softly in the middle of the street, next to the sparks. Elliot puts the guitar on his back and runs towards Pen, but after taking a couple of steps his legs shake and he struggles to keep his balance. He stops and breathes heavily….

ELLIOT
I had forgotten how tiring all this is.

… but continues to move forward and arrives without air to Pen, who is in a similar situation.

ELLIOT
(smiling) We did it.

Pen smiles leaning on the sword, she too is trying to catch her breath.

But then…

A huge dark body falls from the sky, impacting the street violently, throwing Pen and Elliot to the ground. The nearby space is completely covered with a layer of dust, Elliot gets up with difficulty, coughs and clears the air with his hands.

PENELOPE
(O.S.) Let me go!

ELLIOT
Pen!

A powerful hurricane wind stirs up the suspended dust, revealing the gigantic dark dragon in front of Elliot, trapped between the dragon’s hands is Pen.

HILDA
Well done Elliot, you really surprised me.

PENELOPE
Hilda!

Hilda walks smiling from behind the dragon’s long wings, stops in front of Elliot.

ELLIOT
Hilda… what are you doing?

PENELOPE
Don’t listen to her, Elliot.

HILDA
And you, Penelope. You didn’t hesitate to come to the rescue of your great friend. Just as I hoped you would.

PENELOPE
What do you plan to do?

HILDA
Come on, what do you think of me. Aren’t you going to thank me for meeting your dear friend? Even if it’s one last time?

Elliot makes a great effort to stand up.

ELLIOT
Listen Hilda… today I was able to see Pen after a long time… that made me very happy….

PENELOPE
Elliot…

Elliot clenches his fists tightly, a spark of silver flame returning to his eyes.

ELLIOT
Don’t think I’m going to let you take her!

Elliot lunges at Hilda and brings his left hand toward the guitar to wield it.

However…

Hilda moves with increased speed and gently positions her palm on Elliot’s chest, completely immobilizing him.

HILDA
Sleep paralysis.

Hilda’s attack stops all of Elliot’s movements.

HILDA
Patience Elliot, you’ll see how I’ll give this world the sleep it so badly needs. You’ll thank me too, I assure you.

Hilda snaps the fingers of her hand, the dragon lets out a furious roar and takes flight with a mighty flap of its long wings, taking Pen with it.

PENELOPE
(Desperate) Ellioooooot!

Still paralyzed, Elliot manages to frown even more. His muscles tighten even more and he manages to move slightly.

HILDA
Wow, I’ve never seen anyone move after my Sleep Paralysis. But don’t stress, this will end now. So long, Elliot.

Hilda puts her hand on Elliot’s head.

HILDA
End of dream…

Elliot slowly falls backwards, however, as he does so he can see his body remaining forward, standing in front of Hilda, as he himself falls into the deep darkness that envelops him completely.

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INT. HALL OF ELLIOT’S HOUSE – NIGHT
Awakening.

Elliot opens his eyes and jumps up from the couch and finds himself back in his living room.

ELLIOT
Pen!

Just then, the door opens and Sophia enters the house.

SOPHIA
Pen? Again?

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