As Darkness Falls


TEASER

Nemis, the Centaur, prays at an altar.

NEMIS
Oh, glorious Hera. I must possess the beautiful
Penelope. Please, send me some sign. I will
do anything to win her. Anything.

Hera produces a club and her eyes flash.

NEMIS
Thank you, great Hera. Now you must show me,
who must I kill?

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Hercules sees Tyron, who drags behind him to sets of armour, and moves over to him.

HERCULES
Soldier! Where you headed?

TYRON
Nespa.

HERCULES
I'm going there, myself, to a wedding. Let me
give you a hand.

He moves to pick up the armour, but Tyron draws his sword.

HERCULES
I'm not trying to steal your armour.

TYRON
Don't touch it.

HERCULES
I'm just trying to help.

TYRON
I don't want your help.

HERCULES
Two sets of armour. Your comrade's.

TYRON
He died because I was a coward. I'm taking his
armour back to his family.

HERCULES
You still have a long ways to go.

TYRON
It's the least I can do.

HERCULES
I understand. Good luck, my friend.

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Craesus and Deric who are Centaurs, practice with their arrows, aiming at a piece of fruit. Craesus fires and hits the fruit in the center.

CRAESUS
Ha-ha! Beat that.

LYLA
Dead center.

Lyla takes out the arrow and puts up a new piece of fruit.

LYLA
Okay? Go!

Deric shoots and hits the fruit in the center.

CRAESUS
Huh! Why do we bother practicing? Even if we
win an event, the groom gets the money.

DERIC
I take pride in knowing I'm as good as any of them.

CRAESUS
Then why aren't you-

LYLA
Yeah!

CRAESUS
-sitting at the main table instead of quarantined
half-way to the woods?

DERIC
Still, not many people would dare invite a Centaur
to a wedding.

CRAESUS
Ten years we worked for the bride's father.
And this is the thanks we get?! A table between
the children and where they tether their beasts?!

LYLA
Aww, are you denying the beast in you?

CRAESUS
You watch your tongue.

DERIC
Craesus is right, Lyla. You'd probably be a
bridesmaid if you didn't hang around with us.

LYLA
I choose my own friends.

Nemis enters.

NEMIS
Lyla!

He throws her a wine skin.

NEMIS
Fill it with wine. And when the time is right,
add this!

He throws her a bottle.

NEMIS
Hera has given me the power to win the hand
of Penelope.

Craesus laughs.

CRAESUS
Penelope? She's the bride!

NEMIS
Now I can show her the error of her judgment.
And with this-

He holds up his club.

NEMIS
-I will avenge my brother's death! It's a club like
you've never seen.

He breaks a boulder with it.

NEMIS
This club will kill Hercules.

END OF TEASER



ACT ONE

Salmoneus joins Hercules.

SALMONEUS
Hercules?! Hey, Hercules! Wait up!

HERCULES
Not again.

SALMONEUS
Hercules! I thought it was you!

HERCULES
Salmoneus, good to see you.

SALMONEUS
Wo-o-o! You got quite a stride, there.

HERCULES
You should take better care of yourself. You're
looking a little warn down since the last time
I saw you.

SALMONEUS
Yeah-heah-heah. Hey, that's not funny, my friend.
It might be easy for a god to entertain fifty
nubile maidens - it almost killed me.

HERCULES
Almost, huh? Still selling togas?

SALMONEUS
Nah, I got out of that racket. The styles change
every year. Real estate! That's where the future
is. They're not making any more land, you know?
Which reminds me, hey, take a look at this.

He pulls out a map.

SALMONEUS
Isn't that beautiful? I got a great deal on some
swampland in Macedonia.

HERCULES
Not interested.

SALMONEUS
No, I don't mean for you to buy! You could be my
partner, huh?! With your knack for moving mountains
and diverting rivers, we could make a killing just
subdividing by twenty extra lots.

HERCULES
Not interested.

SALMONEUS
Think about it! You don't have to decide now!
Hey, Hercules, where you going?!

HERCULES
You're going to Nespa, too?

SALMONEUS
Yeah! There's a wedding going on there. I figure
that newlyweds always need to get off on the
right foot. Buy a home, a little land. See, you got
your southern exposure, three kinds of natural-

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The wedding.

MARCUS
Happy?

PENELOPE
Mmmmm.

They kiss.

PENELOPE
And you?

MARCUS
Mmm, very. But I still think it was a mistake
inviting Lyla and the Centaurs.

PENELOPE
Marcus, we've been over this. Lyla is one of my
oldest friends. And Craesus and Deric
have worked my father's farm for years.
It'd be an insult not to invite them.

MARCUS
Even at the risk of destroying the wedding ceremony?

PENELOPE
They'll be fine, at least as long as they stay
away from the wine.

MARCUS
Mmm. Who's gonna keep them away?

Marcus leaves.

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Later.

EXTRA
Hey Marcus!

EXTRA
It's too high.

SALMONEUS
Location, location, location. That's what it's all
about! See I've got some Thracian hills here
with views to die for.

HERCULES
Not interested.

SALMONEUS
No, you don't realize the potential. Whoa! Look
at all these prospects - ah, guests.

He clears his throat.

HERCULES
I can't believe your ability to turn anything
into a profit-making venture.

SALMONEUS
It's a gift.

HERCULES
Do me a favour? Keep the hustling and selling
to a minimum? They may be dressed for a
wedding, but these are not rich people.

SALMONEUS
You hurt me.

HERCULES
Don't tell me I've actually wounded your pride.

SALMONEUS
What pride?! You're cutting off my source of
revenue! I'm trying to earn a living, here!

PENELOPE
Hercules!

HERCULES
Penelope!

She leaps into his arms and he laughs as they hug.

HERCULES
Oh, Penelope, look...look at you. You're all grown up.

PENELOPE
Look, I couldn't stay twelve forever, not even for you.
I'm so happy to see you. I wasn't sure you'd come.

HERCULES
What, miss the wedding of Myceum's sister?

PENELOPE
I wish he were here to see it.

HERCULES
I know, me too. This is a friend of mine, Salmoneus.

SALMONEUS
Congratulations. I'd like to talk to you about
your future.

HERCULES
Do you listen to a word I say?

SALMONEUS
Which word is that?

Penelope laughs.

PENELOPE
Come, you must be starving after your journey.

SALMONEUS
(to other guests) Hi! Uh, I'm Salmoneus...

PENELOPE
Now, tell me all about your adventures.

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Tyron pulls the armour.

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Craesus throws a javelin, which goes further then all the others.

EXTRA
Whoa!

EXTRA
Look at that!

EXTRA
Two hundred four paces!

CRAESUS
(to Hercules) Ever seen anyone throw that far?

HERCULES
Only once.

CRAESUS
Oh, how about that far, with accuracy?

HERCULES
Pick your target.

CRAESUS
The far stump.

EXTRA
The far stump?!

EXTRA
How can he reach that far tree?!

HERCULES
You're on.

SALMONEUS
Okay! I've got Hercules for twenty dinars! Twenty
dinars! Who'll take the Centaur?! Twenty dinars!

EXTRA
Bet against Hercules? Are you crazy?

SALMONEUS
I'll give two-to-one odds. Three-to-one. Five?

EXTRA
Five? Okay.

SALMONEUS
Okay, at five-to-one, that's, let me see, ten dinars
pays fifty, less...

HERCULES
Be my guest.

Craesus throws the javelin which hits the stump.

CRAESUS
That'll be hard to beat.

HERCULES
Very hard.

Hercules holds his javelin.

HERCULES
It's a little light. Makes it harder to gauge the distance.

CRAESUS
Well, perhaps you'd rather-

Hercules throws and it splits Craesus' javelin.

SALMONEUS
Yes! Yeah!

EXTRA
It went clear through it!

EXTRA
He hit the Centaur's spear!

SALMONEUS
Okay! That's five for you! Nothing for you.

HERCULES
Lucky shot.

SALMONEUS
You can't lose with honest Salmoneus! Hey,
Hercules! You ever thought about getting
an agent?!

HERCULES
What's an agent?

SALMONEUS
You know, someone to find you work. Make sure
you get paid for all your toil and trouble?

HERCULES
It's not work to me, Salmoneus. I enjoy helping
people. And besides, payment is never part of
the deal.

SALMONEUS
See, that's why you need me! I could get you a
contract for big dinars!

HERCULES
Not interested.

SALMONEUS
I'm just thinking of your future. Suppose you
wanna get out of the hero business, you know,
open up a souvenir shop have - I know, not interested.

LYLA
I bet I know what interests you.

HERCULES
And what's that?

LYLA
Pretty things? Come, I'll show you the best view
in all of Nespa. Well, come on. I won't bite.

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Aerial shot.

EXTRA
Is everything ready?

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Lyla leads Hercules to a balcony and he looks over it.

LYLA
Did I lie?

HERCULES
No, it must be wonderful to wake up every morning
and see this.

LYLA
Hmm, I have never seen a man throw a javelin
so far.

HERCULES
Well, all it takes is a little practice.

Lyla puts her hands inside his shirt.

LYLA
What else have you practiced?

Hercules takes her hands off of his chest.

HERCULES
Can we slow this down?

LYLA
Well, don't tell me you like to fall in love with
someone before you go to bed with them. I'm
not a virgin, you know?

HERCULES
That's not the point.

She kisses his chest.

HERCULES
I just don't want to go through life leaving a string
of fatherless children behind.

LYLA
Are you always so noble?

HERCULES
I try to be.

She pours wine into two cups.

LYLA
Well, a toast, to Hercules and nobility.

HERCULES
And to Lyla and beauty.

They clink glasses and Hercules drinks. Lyla does not.

LYLA
Are you sure I can't convince you otherwise?

HERCULES
Ah, I'm sorry.

LYLA
No?

She kisses him. Hercules stops it after a moment.

HERCULES
Look, I can't do this.

LYLA
Well, you can't expect me to make it easy for you.
No offense.

HERCULES
Uh, none taken. Excuse me.

Hercules leaves and Lyla dumps her wine on a plant. She looks out at the view and the plant withers and dies.

END OF ACT ONE



ACT TWO

The wedding.

HERCULES
Tell me, Salmoneus, do I look all right to you?

SALMONEUS
Uh, sure, I think you're very attractive. I mean, I
don't find you particularly attractive, but I'm sure
women do. I mean, I don't find you unattractive.
In fact, I consider you quite handsome. I don't
want you to get the wrong idea! I'm not
interested in you that way.

HERCULES
What I meant was; do I look like there's anything
wrong with me?

SALMONEUS
Come again?

HERCULES
I just don't, feel right. It's my eyes. Does the day
seem a bit overcast to you?

SALMONEUS
Not at all. Why do you ask?

HERCULES
Just...curious.

MOTHER (voice-over)
I think it's disgusting that they should ask-

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At a table. Deric walks by.

MOTHER
-those creatures to a wedding, no less!

EXTRA
Shh! He'll hear you.

EXTRA
Quiet down. Quiet down.

MOTHER
The gods, they're awful.

Deric walks back over and takes a piece of chicken. He takes a large, rude bite in each woman's face and chews loudly before moving off. Hercules wears a smile on his face. Deric joins him.

DERIC
Funny, I thought the chicken was delicious. You
think it's the company?

HERCULES
It's possible. You see assigned seating can be
a problem.

Deric laughs.

DERIC
Yes, uh, I've noticed the Centaurs have been
exiled to the far tables.

HERCULES
Well, some would claim that they offer a better
view of the ceremonies.

Deric laughs.

DERIC
Well, in that case, perhaps you'd care to eat
with us.

HERCULES
I'd love to. It's been years since I've broken bread
with a Centaur.

DERIC
It's rumoured you were taught by one.

HERCULES
No rumour. Almost everything I know, I learned
from a Centaur named Ceridian.

DERIC
Including athletic skills?

HERCULES
Yes.

DERIC
Perhaps you oughtta test a student, see how
well he's learned.

HERCULES
Done.

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An arrow hits a target in the black dot.

EXTRA
Two fingers, left of center!

EXTRA
Great shot, Deric! Hercules won't beat that!

Hercules gets ready to shoot, but the target blurs. He lowers his bow and looks at Lyla. He raises the bow again and fires.

EXTRA
Two fingers, right of center! A tie!

EXTRA
Two winners!

EXTRA
I want my money back!

EXTRA
Well done.

EXTRA
Yeah, give us our stakes back!

EXTRA
Okay. Okay.

SALMONEUS
Why not leave it with me, huh?! I'll give great
odds! I'll double the odds!

HERCULES (voice-over)
I'm not laying back.

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Later.

HERCULES
Something is wrong with my eyes.

SALMONEUS
Yeah, right! You hit a bull's-eye two hundred
paces away, huh? You must be going blind, huh?!

He laughs.

HERCULES
Salmoneus, I'm telling you, I can't-

SALMONEUS
You know, whatever you're doing, keep it up! If
this keeps going, I get the odds down to three,
maybe even two-to-one, huh?! Ha-ha!

DERIC (voice-over)
You gave him the drink?

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Deric is with Lyla.

LYLA
Just like Nemis said.

DERIC
All of it?

LYLA
What do you think I am, stupid?!

DERIC
Anybody else would've been completely incapacitated.

LYLA
Nemis is too crazy to care.

CRAESUS
Huh! You'd be crazy too, if Hercules killed your twin.

LYLA
Nemis' twin tried to rape Hercules' wife.
He deserved to die.

CRAESUS
Too bad you wound up on the same side as
Nemis, huh? And the rest of us outcasts!

DERIC
Watch your mouth, Craesus!

LYLA
Cheris makes a beautiful maid of honour, doesn't
she? Pity she's spoken for.

HERCULES (voice-over)
Maybe I am losing-

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Hercules walks with Penelope.

HERCULES
-my touch.

PENELOPE
Oh, but you didn't have any problems yesterday.

HERCULES
Penelope?

PENELOPE
Hmm?

HERCULES
How well do you know Lyla?

PENELOPE
Oh! The lovely Lyla! We used to be best friends.
When we were younger, we were inseparable.
She had a real crush on my brother before he
died at the siege of Corinth. And then she changed.
She got...wilder, started hanging around with Centaurs.

HERCULES
Well, it's not a crime.

PENELOPE
Oh, it is to some people around here. You
might have lost a few fans when you befriended
Deric, earlier.

HERCULES
I didn't befriend him, I was just being civil.

PENELOPE
Yeah, I try to be the same way. Centaurs are
like everyone else. Some are good, some are
bad. Oh, no speaking of bad.

Nemis enters.

HERCULES
Nemis.

EXTRA
Hey watch out! Watch where you're going?!

EXTRA
Take it easy, Centaur!

PENELOPE
You know him?

EXTRA
You clumsy lout!

HERCULES
His twin brother tried to abduct someone very
dear to me. I was forced to kill him. What's he
doing here?

PENELOPE
I suppose he invited himself. He used to work
our farm. We even played together when I was
younger. Then my father threw him off when he
started getting too familiar.

MARCUS
Your father had the right idea.

PENELOPE
Marcus, don't.

MARCUS
I don't want him here. He wasn't invited.

PENELOPE
Please? Don't make a scene.

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Nemis moves over to Lyla and the Centaurs.

NEMIS
Everyone ready?

DERIC
Nemis, are you sure you wanna go through
with this?

He looks hard at Deric then turns to Craesus.

NEMIS
Have you chosen your prize?

CRAESUS
Oh, yes. I have.

Penelope holds back Marcus and Nemis watches.

PENELOPE
Stop it. No, Marcus.

MARCUS
No, listen.

PENELOPE
No, come on, it's our wedding day, please?

MARCUS
Don't ask me to leave.

PENELOPE
Don't be afraid. He'll go before long.

NEMIS
Some day, Penelope will thank me for this.

Tyron enters.

BROTHER #1
Hey, look! It's Tyron!

BROTHER #2
It's our brother's armour.

BROTHER #1
Where is he, Tyron?

TYRON
He died in battle, at my side. It was my fault.

CHERIS
Tyron! Tyron, you're back!

TYRON
Please, Cheris. I don't deserve you, not anymore.

BROTHER #2
I'll second that!

BROTHER #1
Tell us how our brother died, war-hero!

TYRON
It was in the marshes at Thebes. We were
attacked by a larger force. I fell. I was about to
be killed. Taros turned his back to help. He
died saving me.

BROTHER #2
Did you avenge his death?!

TYRON
I tried, but the command to retreat was sounded!

BROTHER #2
So you ran?!

TYRON
I withdrew! A soldier follows orders!
Taros was already dead. There was nothing I
could do.

BROTHER #2
Then I'll avenge my brother, and you
shall join him!

CHERIS
No!

The brothers beat up Tyron.

HERCULES
Hold on! Hold on.

BROTHER #1
It's not your business, Hercules!

HERCULES
Killing him won't bring your brother back.

BROTHER #2
But it'll make us feel better!

HERCULES
Why? Tyron has acted with honour. He's carried
your brother's armour from the battlefield to
your doorstep.

BROTHER #1
So, we'll return the favour! We will deliver his
armour to his family!

HERCULES
Then you'll have to go through me.

The brothers and their friends fight Hercules.

EXTRA
No!

Hercules' sight blurs.

EXTRA
Help!

Nemis leads the Centaurs in. Hercules fights.

EXTRA
Watch out!

Hercules is dragged across the food table.

HERCULES
It needs salt.

Men fight Hercules. Hercules wins and the crowd cheers. The Centaurs ride in closer.

SALMONEUS
Not a bad payday. I'm surprised that first guy
caught you with a sucker-punch.

HERCULES
You could've warned me.

SALMONEUS
I thought you saw it coming.

HERCULES
I'm not seeing much of anything lately, Salmoneus.

SALMONEUS
The guy was as big as a house. I mean, how
could you miss him?

HERCULES
That's what I'm trying to tell you. I think I'm
going blind.

Nemis breaks a table with the club.

HERCULES
Salmoneus, what's going on?

EXTRA
Ah! Let me down!

Nemis grabs Penelope.

SALMONEUS
The centaurs smashed the banquet table, and
they're beating up the guests!

Penelope screams. The centaurs fight and Penelope screams as Nemis throws her over his shoulder.

MARCUS
Penelope!

SALMONEUS
Hey! They grabbed the bride they're heading
this way!

PENELOPE
Help! Somebody, help me!

Salmoneus tries to pull Hercules out of the way, but Hercules shoves him aside and waits for Nemis.

HERCULES
All I can see is shadows.

PENELOPE
Let me go!

Nemis rides at Hercules and holds up the club.

EXTRA
Watch out!

Hercules jumps out of the way. Cheris screams as Craesus takes her.

CHERIS
No! No!

DERIC
Lyla! Come on!

Craesus kicks Hercules in the chest. Lyla runs through the crowd and jumps on Deric's back.

LYLA
Let's go!

SALMONEUS
Hercules?

END OF ACT TWO



ACT THREE

Hercules is unconscious.

SALMONEUS
He's breathing.

Water is thrown on Hercules.

SALMONEUS
Don't drown him! Oh, thank the gods he's alive!

Salmoneus and Marcus helps Hercules up.

HERCULES
What happened?

SALMONEUS
They took them; they're gone.

HERCULES
Who?

MARCUS
The Centaurs and that slut, Lyla!

HERCULES
No, who'd they take?

MARCUS
Penelope and Cheris.

HERCULES
Marcus, Tyron, you know the land. You lead the
way. Salmoneus, you're coming, too.

SALMONEUS
Hercules, you know I'm not much of a warrior.

HERCULES
Salmoneus, I need you to be my eyes.

SALMONEUS
All right, all right. I see what you mean.

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Landscape.

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The group move along..

SALMONEUS
Lower your head.

An arrow is shot. Deric rides off.

HERCULES
Did you see who it was?

TYRON
Uh, I couldn't tell.

HERCULES
Let's move deeper into the bush. We'll be all
right if we don't give 'em a clear shot.

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Mountain.

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Craesus and Nemis enter their cave with Penelope and Cheris. Deric and Lyla follow. Lyla dismounts and she and Deric kiss each other's hands. Nemis and Craesus shackle Penelope and Cheris.

NEMIS
Lyla! Some food for our guests.

PENELOPE
Don't do this, Nemis. It can only end badly for you.

NEMIS
It'll end badly, all right. But for Hercules, not me.

PENELOPE
He's done nothing to you!

NEMIS
He killed my brother! And a day doesn't pass
that I don't dream of revenge! Maybe--maybe
when he's dead by my hand, you'll see me in
a different light.

PENELOPE
You're fooling yourself. I could never care for
you, not that way.

NEMIS
You loved me once, long ago.

PENELOPE
You mistake a child's affection for something else.

NEMIS
You're the one that's mistaken and the dead
carcass of Hercules will prove it to you! Craesus.

CRAESUS
(to Cheris) We'll have our fun later.

CHERIS
Never...pig!

CRAESUS
Horse, my dear. Horse!

Craesus laughs. The Centaurs leave.

PENELOPE
Lyla, how can you be a part of this? You were
my friend.

LYLA
Right, such a good friend that I'm not even part
of the bridal party.

PENELOPE
I didn't think you cared. You haven't spoken to
me in two years.

LYLA
So? I've made new friends.

PENELOPE
And I don't begrudge you that. But old friends
still talk.

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Hercules rests. Salmoneus joins him.

SALMONEUS
Is your vision any better?

HERCULES
I can barely distinguish between dark and light.

SALMONEUS
Maybe it's just temporary.

HERCULES
What if it isn't?! I've dedicated my life to helping
people. How do I do that if I'm the one that
needs help?

SALMONEUS
Maybe it's time to hang up the old sandals, hmm?
You've done a lot of good deeds. Time to slow
down and smell the roses. You only go around
once, you know? Well, maybe if you're immortal,
you get a chance to go round and round.

HERCULES
I am not immortal, at least, I don't think so.

SALMONEUS
I guess you'll find out sooner or later.

Marcus runs up and Hercules gets to his feet.

SALMONEUS
It's Marcus.

HERCULES
What did you find?

MARCUS
They've rejoined forces, headed toward higher ground.

HERCULES
No attempt to cover their tracks.

MARCUS
None it's--it's like they want us to find them.

TYRON
Hercules! Over here!

The other three join Tyron, who points.

TYRON
The Centaurs, they're out in the open, two
hundred paces up the hill by the caves.

HERCULES
The caves. What are they up to?

The Centaurs fire arrows which land near the men's feet.

MARCUS
We seem to be just out of their range.

HERCULES
Not mine. Salmoneus! I'll need your help.

SALMONEUS
What if they get lucky?

HERCULES
Stay behind me. How far?

SALMONEUS
Two hundred and twenty paces.

MARCUS
What're you doing?!

SALMONEUS
He can't see! Now, where were we?

Hercules holds up his bow.

HERCULES
Is my direction right?

Salmoneus helps him aim.

SALMONEUS
Yeah.

Hercules shoots and the arrow lands at the Centaurs' feet.

HERCULES
How did we do?

SALMONEUS
Ah, ten paces to the left and they've moved ten
paces to the right.

Hercules fires again and just misses Nemis' leg, as the arrow hits a rock. Nemis hits the rocks holding up a boulder trying to dislodge it.

SALMONEUS
Ah-ah-ah-ah! Hercules! We better get out of here!
They're about to dislodge a boulder the size of
Mount Olympus!

The boulder is freed and starts to roll down the hill towards the men.

HERCULES
Tell me how close my last arrow was, then run
for the woods.

SALMONEUS
It's heading straight for us!

HERCULES
How close?!

SALMONEUS
Three paces left!

The other three run. Marcus is hit in the leg with an arrow. Hercules fires and hits Craesus in the chest, killing him. The boulder heads for Marcus.

TYRON
Marcus, get back!

Tyron shoves Marcus out of the way and the boulder crushes him. Hercules moves over to the boulder.

HERCULES
Who?

SALMONEUS
Tyron. He saved Marcus' life.

HERCULES
And mine.

MARCUS
Ah! My leg!

Nemis and Deric ride off.

HERCULES
Centaurs?

SALMONEUS
One's dead and the others are gone!

HERCULES
Well, at least that cuts the odds. Marcus, you
can't do any good here. Salmoneus'll have to
take you back.

MARCUS
And leave you?! You can't fight them alone!

HERCULES
It will be dark in a few hours. Then we'll be on
equal ground.

SALMONEUS
It's suicide if you stay here! Come back
with us, we'll get more recruits!

HERCULES
No, I should've realized it before...this is between
Nemis and me.

MARCUS
Hercules, you can't!

HERCULES
This is my fight! But first I must give a
brave soldier a proper burial.

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Sunset. Hercules stabs a sword into Tyron's grave.

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Hercules is at Tyron's grave site.

HERCULES
Rest easy, Tyron. You were never a coward.

Deric arrives and pulls back his bow. Hercules pulls out the sword and stands.

HERCULES
I know you're there, Nemis! What are you
waiting for?!

An arrow is ready to be fired into Hercules' chest.

END OF ACT THREE



ACT FOUR

Deric stands before Hercules.

HERCULES
Show yourself, Nemis. Or are you afraid?

DERIC
I'm not afraid, nor am I Nemis.

HERCULES
So, he sent you to do his dirty work.

DERIC
Yes, but I'm refusing.

He lowers his bow.

HERCULES
Why would you do that?

DERIC
You're not my enemy.

Lyla enters.

DERIC
Even if you were, I wouldn't take advantage of
your blindness.

HERCULES
How do you know I'm blind?

LYLA
I told him. You'll be glad to know it's a temporary
condition, providing, of course, you can make
it through the next few days.

HERCULES
You won't fight against me. Will you fight with me?

DERIC
Not against Nemis. He raised me.

HERCULES
I respect that and your refusal to take sides.
But will Nemis?

LYLA
It doesn't matter. We're leaving this land. Maybe
the Athenians will be more hospitable.

DERIC
Hide Hercules, 'til your sight returns. You're no
match for him now.

HERCULES
I'm afraid there're two women who wouldn't
appreciate the wait.

DERIC
Forget them, and worry about yourself. Hera has
given Nemis a special club.

HERCULES
Hera. I should've guessed. The sounds of the
bats, they're from the cave.

DERIC
You're very perceptive. They'll return an hour
before dawn. Hercules? I'm sorry one of you
has to die. Nemis wasn't always bad. Life, death,
wore him down.

Deric and Lyla leave.

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Hercules stands alone.

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The bats fly.

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Hercules moves to the cave. Penelope's voice can be heard.

PENELOPE
Nemis? Please?

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Inside the cave. Nemis eats his stew.

PENELOPE
Let us go. And I promise, no harm will come to you.

NEMIS
Sweet Penelope, I think I'm the only one here
in position to make promises. And I promise
you by the end of the day, Hercules will be dead.
And you? Mmm, will start learning to like my stew.

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Hercules picks up a rock and throws it.

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Nemis hears it and grabs a bow.

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Hercules waits.

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Nemis exits and draws an arrow.

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Hercules hears the sound of rocks being moved.

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Nemis walks along.

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Hercules stands.

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Hercules moves into the cave.

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Nemis walks along.

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Salmoneus pops up.

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Nemis draws back his bow.

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Salmoneus looks about.

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Nemis looks with his bow ready.

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Salmoneus moves.

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Nemis gets ready to fire.

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Salmoneus stands against a tree.

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Nemis looks.

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Salmoneus stands still.

SALMONEUS
What am I doing here?

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Nemis fires.

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The arrow hits Salmoneus in the shoulder, but only grazes him and pins his vest to the tree. He screams in silence.

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Nemis draws another arrow.

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Salmoneus touches his shoulder to find blood. He gets out of his vest, which remains pinned to the tree.

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Nemis fires again.

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Salmoneus gets out of his vest, and a second arrow hits where is heart would have been.

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Penelope is chained. Hercules feels with his hand and nearly grabs her breast.

PENELOPE
Hercules.

Hercules stops.

HERCULES
Penelope, show me where you're tied.

PENELOPE
What's wrong? Can't you see?

HERCULES
No, hurry! There's no time to waste!

PENELOPE
Uh, uh, the--the key. It's on the beam, by Cheris.
Uh, six, maybe seven paces to the right.

Hercules moves.

CHERIS
Here, above my head.

Hercules gets the keys.

PENELOPE
Hurry, please!

Nemis enters. He sees Hercules unchaining Cheris.

NEMIS
Leaving so soon?

Hercules moves to him with a sword. Nemis holds the club.

HERCULES
Let the women go, Nemis. It's me you want.

NEMIS
Wrong! I want you and Penelope.

Cheris moves to unchain Penelope.

PENELOPE
Help! Quick! Undo the chains!

NEMIS
And I'm in no hurry. I want both pleasures to be
slow and gratifying.

Penelope cries.

PENELOPE
Please!

HERCULES
What is that stench? Dog meat?

NEMIS
Why doesn't anyone like my cooking?!

Hercules and Nemis fight. The club hits a beam and cracks it. Penelope screams as Cheris tries to unchain her. Penelope screams and cries. Hercules and Nemis keep fighting.

CHERIS
Where are the keys?!

Hercules stumbles over a pot and the clanging prevents him from hearing Nemis. Nemis raises the club.

PENELOPE
Look out!

Hercules picks up the clanging lid and uses it to stop Nemis' hit.

CHERIS
I can't undo it!

Cheris gets Penelope's hands free and moves to her ankles.

PENELOPE
It's opening! Pull! Get my ankle!

Hercules and Nemis fight as Penelope continues to sob. Hercules knocks the stew over the fire and puts it out. He throws away his sword.

HERCULES
No fire, no light. Now you have the same
problem I do.

NEMIS
Except your darkness is about to become
permanent.

Penelope screams. Cheris can't get her out.

PENELOPE
Leave me! Save yourself!

CHERIS
I'm not leaving without you!

PENELOPE
Hercules!

Hercules and Nemis wrestle with the club. Hercules rams the spikes into Nemis.

PENELOPE
Please! (crying) No! No! Nemis?

Nemis falls and pulls the club out of him.

NEMIS
You killed me.

The cave is starting to collapse. Hercules holds the beam.

PENELOPE
Save me!

Nemis gets up and moves over to Hercules. He holds up the beam.

NEMIS
Go! Help Penelope! Help Penelope.

Hercules moves to Cheris and Penelope.

CHERIS
Hercules. I couldn't undo it! This one's jammed
too. Oh, Hercules, break it!

Hercules does.

HERCULES
Run! Get out!

NEMIS
Go, save yourself! Go! Penelope!

They run out and Nemis is buried.

NEMIS
Help me!

Salmoneus joins them.

SALMONEUS
I was worried you wouldn't make it.

HERCULES
Salmoneus?

He touches Salmoneus' shoulder.

SALMONEUS
Ah!

HERCULES
You were the decoy.

He shows him the hole in his toga.

SALMONEUS
I'm sending you my tailoring bill. When Marcus
wouldn't let me take him back I thought it was
the least I could do.

HERCULES
You did well. Everybody did. Even Nemis. He
really loved you, Penelope.

PENELOPE
I know. I'm just sorry love took him so far astray.

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Later.

HERCULES
When a soldier dies bravely, his sword becomes
the symbol of his courage. I know he'd want you
to have it.

Hercules gives Tyron's sword to Cheris.

CHERIS
Thank you.

MARCUS
Thank you, Hercules, for everything.

HERCULES
It turned out to be a very nice ceremony. I wish
you both the best.

PENELOPE
Please come back soon.

HERCULES
(to Salmoneus) You made out quite well, I understand.

SALMONEUS
Well, I don't wanna brag, but, uh, I got great odds
on you against the centaurs. Nobody had
faith in you like I did.

HERCULES
Hmm, may I see?

SALMONEUS
Um, okay? But, uh, don't drop anything.

Salmoneus gives him the pouch.

HERCULES
Did I ever finish explaining about the custom
in these parts?

SALMONEUS
Uh, uh, uh, wha--wha--what custom is that?

HERCULES
The bride and groom collect all gambling winnings.

He hands the pouch to Penelope.

SALMONEUS
Hercules!

HERCULES
Come on, Salmoneus.

SALMONEUS
Th--that's my money back there!

HERCULES
Yes, that was very generous of you.

SALMONEUS
Generous?! Yeah, but that--but that--but that-

HERCULES
And smart, they'll never forget you.

SALMONEUS
Really? That's nice!

END OF ACT FOUR

STARRING
Kevin Sorbo as Hercules

GUEST CAST
Lucy Lawless as Lyla
Robert Trebor as Salmoneus
Cliff Curtis as Nemis
Jacqueline Collen as Penelope
Peter Muller as Deric
Mark Ferguson as Craesus
Matthew Humphrey as Marcus
Buzz Moller as Tyron
Fiona Mogridge as Cheris
Maya Dalziel as Mother
Jonathon Bell-Booth as Brother #1
Mervyn Whitley, Jr. as Brother #2

Written by: Robert Bielak
Directed by: George Mendeluk

Disclaimer: No Centaurs were harmed during the production of this motion picture.