Screenplay ~~- Sanctum

Queen Mock-Repents To Stop The Fire-Hail

3265 Characters =~3.3Min. Reading Time
HOURS PASS:

Thundering hail-fire continues to pound Sanctum.

QUEEN NEFERTIRI
I repent!

Queen Nefertiri and Prince Neko shudder... they scramble amid booms and exploding flashes of light.

PRINCE NEKO
The whole Pyramid could fall in on us!

QUEEN NEFERTIRI
(screams, hands over ears)
Yahweh!

PRINCE NEKO
We surrender!

Princess Salome's eyes flash open. They gleam with supernatural sparks.

QUEEN NEFERTIRI
(cries to Princess)
I've sinned this time.

PRINCE NEKO
Yahweh is the righteous One.

QUEEN NEFERTIRI
(to Princess)
I and my people are the wicked ones.

Princess Salome looks sadly at her mother, Queen Nefertiri.
The Princess' lips don't move. But her message cuts through the din into the hearing of the Prince and Queen:

PRINCESS SALOME
Your lies will kill us all, Mother.

QUEEN NEFERTIRI
(screams to Princess)
Enough punishment! Beg Yahweh to silence the thundering voice of Elohim, to stop the hail.

PRINCE NEKO
(screams to skylight)
I'll make father let your Hebrews go. I'll kill father if I have to.

QUEEN NEFERTIRI
(to skylight)
Your nation's 400 year stay in Egypt is over.

PRINCESS SALOME
(telepathic, Moses' voice)
So now you recognize that the earth belongs to Yahweh?

QUEEN NEFERTIRI
Yes.

PRINCESS SALOME
(her voice, telepathic)
The winter flax and the barley lie ruined...

QUEEN NEFERTIRI
We fear Yahweh!

PRINCESS SALOME
(her own voice)
...the barley was ripe, and the flax was budding.

A boom rocks Sanctum, dashing Prince Neko and Queen Nefertiri off their feet.

PRINCESS SALOME
(chorus of kid's voices)
But Egypt's pride, her spring wheat and her spelt, grow alive under ground.

Queen Nefertiri and Prince Neko prostrate themselves on the quaking ground before Princess Salome.

QUEEN NEFERTIRI
(w/ Prince Neko)
We REPENT!

Princess Salome spreads out her hands to the skylight:

PRINCESS SALOME
(shout over din)
AleluYah!!

Immediately the thunder and hail cease.

PRINCESS SALOME
(innocent child voice)
Yahweh has stopped the rain of fire from pouring on the earth.

Queen Nefertiri stands amazed, jaw gaping, staring up at the skylight, smiling, hearing peace fill the air.
The Queen's panting fills her ears...
Then Queen Nefertiri looks over at Prince Neko.

QUEEN NEFERTIRI
Thank your sister...

The Queen sees Prince Neko gape in amazement, smiling in acceptance at Princess Salome.
He runs to hug his sister.

PRINCE NEKO
Thank you, sister!

Princess Salome dodges the hideous boil-faced Prince.

Prince Neko looks hurt, rejected.

PRINCE NEKO
What?!

He feels up toward his face, fingers his boils, winces, turns to his Mother:

PRINCE NEKO
She didn't heal our boils?!

Queen Nefertiri feels her face, shocked to find boils still reducing her beauty to monstrosity:

QUEEN NEFERTIRI
SHE didn't stop the hail!

PRINCE NEKO
It was just a coincidence!

Queen Nefertiri's jaw sets in fiery jealousy.

The Queen's face hardens like flint.

PRINCESS SALOME
(pleads, cries)
Just let the Hebrews go!

QUEEN NEFERTIRI
(screams)
Never!