Outcast


TEASER

Lyla walks through the village.

LYLA
Hello, Karros.

KARROS
Good morning, Lyla. Beautiful day, isn't it?

LYLA
So far.

A woman buys some cheese from Jakar.

CLETIS
That'll be two dinars.

Lyla walks up and picks up a piece of cheese.

LYLA
Two dinars.

CLETIS
Ten dinars.

LYLA
You just sold it to her for two.

CLETIS
Well, so, she got a deal.

LYLA
You're a greedy little bigot.

CLETIS
And you're a Centaur-loving slut.

Lyla raises her hand to hit him, but Merkus enters and grabs her hand.

MERKUS
Let's not mar a beautiful day like today with violence.

LYLA
Get your filthy hands off me!

Deric enters.

LYLA
Leave me alone! Ow!

Deric runs over and Merkus lets go.

DERIC
Is there a problem, Lyla?

MERKUS
No. No problem. Your little wench, here was-

Deric grabs him by the throat.

DERIC
She's not a wench. She's my wife and
her name is Lyla.

LYLA
Deric, don't.

DERIC
Say it!

MERKUS
Lyla.

DERIC
Thank you.

Deric and Lyla leave.

CLETIS
Filthy Centaurs. We'll have to teach him a lesson.

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Lyla and Deric's home. Lyla can be heard humming inside.

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Inside. Lyla hums. She stops and starts washing a pot, when she hears a sound. She puts down the pot and goes to the window.

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Outside. Jakar leads a group of villagers who carry torches.

EXTRA
Quiet. Here it is.

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Lyla closes the window and moves to Kefor's bed.

LYLA
Kefor. Wake up. I want you to run to a safe spot
in the woods. I'll come for you later.

KEFOR
But, Mommy-

LYLA
Do as I say.

Lyla leaves.

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Outside.

JAKAR
Humans or Centaurs, nothing instills
fear like fire.

MERKUS
It's worse for Centaurs - it's the horse in them.

They all put on masks and light each others' torches.

DEMICLES
What if someone gets hurt?

JAKAR
We're just scaring them. Come on!

They move to the house.

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Lyla opens the window and a man jumps at her, waving a torch in her face. She screams. She knocks the torch from his hands and it falls into the hay on the floor and catches fire. She knocks the man from the window. Another enters from another window. She picks up a pole and hits him in the chest.

LYLA
Get out! Get out!

The house burns. Merkus turns Lyla around and hits her, knocking her out. He holds up the pole to strike a killing blow.

JAKAR
No, don't! You'll kill her!

Merkus hits her anyway.

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The villagers run off.

EXTRA
Here! Come on! Quick! Run!

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Merkus turns and leaves.

EXTRA (voice-over)
Hurry up! Come on!

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Merkus runs.

EXTRA
Come on! Come on! Let's go!

Deric enters.

EXTRA
We've got company!

DEMICLES
Wait. I--I think there's someone still inside.

EXTRA
Forget it!

EXTRA
Let's get out of here!

The villagers run off.

DEMICLES
We can't just leave her.

EXTRA
Come on!

Cletis loses his mask and Deric sees him.

DERIC
Cletis.

Deric runs to the burning house.

DERIC
Lyla! Kefor!

He runs into the house, screaming.

END OF TEASER



ACT ONE

Woods.

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Hercules walks along and Salmoneus joins him.

SALMONEUS
Hercules! My powerful, positive friend!
Mmmmmmmmmmmm.

HERCULES
Salmoneus, are you okay?

SALMONEUS
Couldn't be better. Just finished a self-actualization
seminar with Robertus Tonicles. Man's a genius,
makes money hand over fist.

HERCULES
I'll bet. Tell me, what, exactly, is a self-actualization
seminar?

SALMONEUS
It helps you fertilize the nurturing flower
within. Mmmmmmmmmmmmm.

HERCULES
What's with the humming?

SALMONEUS
That's the internal harmonic, that leads you to
the flower. It helps you be.

HERCULES
And what is it you want to be?

SALMONEUS
I wanna be the best possible Salmoneus I can
be. And I wanna teach seminars. I wanna help
others be the best possible...thing they can be,
for a modest price.

HERCULES
I'm sure you'll do well.

SALMONEUS
Desire, focus, grab, hum.
Mmmmmmmmmmm.

HERCULES
Sounds like fun.

SALMONEUS
You have no idea. Hey, seems like we're going
the same way, mind if I tag along? Mmmmmmmm.

HERCULES
As long as you don't hum.

SALMONEUS
I can do that. So, where're you off to?

HERCULES
Athens. Some friends of mine are having problems.
Remember Lyla?

SALMONEUS
Oh, that girl who went off with the Centaur?

HERCULES
Yeah, they're finding the locals even less friendly
than they were in Nespa.

SALMONEUS
Oh-ho, dear. Lyla. Lyla. Do-does she remind
you of anyone we both know?

HERCULES
Come to think of it, she looks a little like Xena.

SALMONEUS
Yeah-hah! Different disposition, though, huh?

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Hercules and Salmoneus are brought by Karros to the smoking remains of Deric's and Lyla's home.

KARROS
This is all that's left of their house. The fire was
so hot you could see the flames all the way into
town. Even the bodies were reduced to ashes.

SALMONEUS
What an awful way to die.

HERCULES
What is this?

He picks up the trident that had been the burning torch that set the house on fire.

KARROS
I don't know.

NEIGHBOR'S SON
I know - that's the symbol of the Cretans. They're
the guardians of the-

KARROS
Darius! He's just a foolish lad, full of wild stories.

HERCULES
I'd like to hear more.

KARROS
We don't know anything. Come, Darius, we
must get home.

They leave.

HERCULES
Deric and Lyla didn't deserve to die like this.
They were good people.

SALMONEUS
I take it you don't think the fire was an accident.

HERCULES
No. I don't. Let's go find out more about these
Cretans.

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Village. Hercules sees a trident tattoo on Cletis.

HERCULES
That's an interesting tattoo. Does it signify anything?

CLETIS
Yeah, purity and strength.

HERCULES
Is that so? Hmm, I saw a mark just like it over
at the house that burned down.

CLETIS
You mean the Centaur's house. Shame about that.

MERKUS
Stranger, let me give you some advice. We don't
care for their kind around here.

HERCULES
What kind is that?

MERKUS
Huh, that should be obvious. Just look at them.
They're not like us.

SALMONEUS
That's a relief.

CLETIS
Huh, you know the difference between a Centaur
and a three-legged dog?

Hercules picks him up.

HERCULES
People died in that fire! I don't wanna hear
any Centaur jokes!

EXTRA
Put him down!

EXTRA
Leave him alone!

LEURIPHONE
Stop! Hasn't there been enough violence and
suffering already?!

Hercules drops him.

HERCULES
Who are you?

LEURIPHONE
My name is Leuriphone. I'm Lyla's sister.

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Leuriphone's house.

LEURIPHONE
So, you're Hercules.

HERCULES
Let's keep that between us for now.

LEURIPHONE
I guess that's how bad things got, that Lyla wrote
to you for help.

HERCULES
I came as soon as I could.

LEURIPHONE
It's hard enough losing them that way, but...her
son was barely three years old.

HERCULES
They had a child.

LEURIPHONE
Oh, yes, he was born while they still lived in
Nespa. One of the reasons why they left
was so they could bring him up in a more
accepting environment.

SALMONEUS
Burning down homes with people inside isn't
exactly what I call accepting.

LEURIPHONE
No one thought it would come to that. And actually,
for a while, things were fine. Deric got work as
a farm hand, Lyla took care of the house and
Kefor. They were happy.

HERCULES
What changed things?

LEURIPHONE
The Cretans. They started poisoning the minds
of the locals.

HERCULES
You know, why don't you tell me about these
Cretans?

LEURIPHONE
They're a mean-spirited bunch, claiming to protect
the Athenian purity from contamination by foreigners,
minorities, anyone who's different.

HERCULES
And Deric stood up to them.

LEURIPHONE
He was brave and fearless. They hated him for that.

SALMONEUS
And none of his neighbors came to help.

LEURIPHONE
The people around here are decent and
hard-working, but easily influenced, especially
when times turn bad. When the floods ruined
the crops, it was easy to blame Deric and Lyla
for their troubles. That poor child.

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Cletis pulls a cart along. He hears a sound and stops.

CLETIS
Jakar? Sepsus?

He keeps going. Someone watches him.

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Tavern.

MERKUS
They're nosing around. They're gonna be trouble.

DEMICLES
Well, they're really not bothering anyone.

JAKAR
Look, we don't like Centaurs in this town, and
we don't like Centaur-lovers. It's that simple.

SEPSUS
I say we give them a farewell party.

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Cletis moves along. He hears another sound. He starts to run with his cart. He runs faster and then drops his cart and keeps going. He trips over a log and then turns to see his stalker.

CLETIS
You.

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A lake. Cletis can be heard screaming.

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Hercules and Salmoneus walk along.

SALMONEUS
I really think you should join me in the
self-actualization field.

HERCULES
We've been through this before - I don't want to
be part of your schemes.

SALMONEUS
It's not a scheme! It's a way to help people. Um,
you're a hero to so many; you could help people
reach their full potential, be all they could be.

HERCULES
Hmm, like you.

SALMONEUS
Exactly.

HERCULES
Huh.

Hercules looks up ahead to see a group of the Cretans.

HERCULES
Uh-oh. I think we've got company.

SALMONEUS
Good company or bad company?

More men enter behind them.

HERCULES
I've got a feeling its bad.

JAKAR
We hope you liked your little visit to our village.

SALMONEUS
Ah-uh, we--we just got here, huh.

SEPSUS
You're not missing much, immigrant.

SALMONEUS
Ah-huh, uh, I really prefer you didn't call me that.

MERKUS
What would you like to be called?

SALMONEUS
That's, uh, "Mister Immigrant" to you.

MERKUS
Well, Mister Immigrant, I'm about to brain you.

SALMONEUS
Wait! Mmmmmmmmmmm.

MERKUS
Why're you humming?

SALMONEUS
I'm finding your internal flower. Mmmmmmmmmmm.
Huh! It's a weed!

Salmoneus pokes him in the eyes. Hercules and Salmoneus fight the Cretans.

EXTRA
Centaur lover! Let's get him!

EXTRA
Behind you! Behind you!

Hercules and Salmoneus win. A donkey takes the cart with the knocked out Cretans away.

SALMONEUS
Yes!

Salmoneus tries to give Hercules 'five.'

SALMONEUS
A-a-ah.

HERCULES
Is there some reason you're trying to slap my hand?

SALMONEUS
I saw it in an athletic contest, once! It's a way for
winners to congratulate each other.

HERCULES
So, why don't they just say, "Nice job," or
"Congratulations"?

Salmoneus laughs.

SALMONEUS
You need more fun in your life.

JAKAR
You haven't seen the last of us.

HERCULES
We can always hope.

Jakar leaves with the rest of the Cretans.

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Tavern.

EXTRA
Another round!

Hercules and Salmoneus enter.

HERCULES
A mug of mead for my friend and we'll need two
rooms for the night.

EXTRA
Outsiders.

EXTRA
What do they want?

EXTRA
He knows the Centaur.

EXTRA
I'm sorry. I can't help you.

HERCULES
Look, we just had this discussion with your
tattooed friends. The mead and the rooms.

SALMONEUS
This is not the way to attract a convention crowd.

The door opens and Cletis' body is dropped in. Deric enters.

DERIC
This is the first, but it won't be the last!

He runs off.

HERCULES
Deric!

DERIC
I will have my revenge!

END OF ACT ONE



ACT TWO

Town square.

JAKAR
Be quiet, listen! The Centaur has gone berserk.
We have to stop him before he kills again.

EXTRA
That's right.

MERKUS
He's turned into a monster. He's burned his own
house, and he's killed his own family.

HERCULES
Now, hold on, you don't know that!

JAKAR
You don't know Centaurs like we do.

HERCULES
Maybe I know them better. I was raised
and tutored by one.

JAKAR
The only way to protect ourselves is to track him
down and kill him.

The villagers cheer.

HERCULES
He deserves a fair trial!

MERKUS
Well, here's the magistrate.

SALMONEUS
You trust him? Let him decide.

JAKAR
Wise Tersius. We have a grave problem. The
Centaur, Deric, is not dead.

MERKUS
He's gone mad. He killed Cletis and then dumped
the body at the roadhouse.

EXTRA
That's right.

TERSIUS
Then he must be brought in. I'll need volunteers.

HERCULES
If the magistrate pleases, we'd like to go along.

JAKAR
We don't need outsiders helping us.

HERCULES
I only wanna make sure the fugitive is brought
back alive.

EXTRA
They'll probably let him escape!

TERSIUS
So be it. The outsider and his companion will
accompany you.

SALMONEUS
A-ah.

JAKAR
As you wish, wise Tersius. Get your weapons!

EXTRA
Filthy Centaur!

EXTRA
Murdering beast!

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The group moves along.

MERKUS
This is easy, boys. We're on his tracks!

HERCULES
Yeah, it's too easy.

SALMONEUS
Easy is good. You think--you think it's a trap?

He laughs.

SALMONEUS
Should I be worried?

MERKUS
This way!

Deric waits on the hill, sword raised.

MERKUS
There he is! Let's get him!

DERIC
Looking for me?!

HERCULES
Let me talk to him! He knows me. Deric! It's me,
Hercules! I promise, no harm will come to you
if you give yourself up!

DERIC
I'm not stopping until I avenge my wife's murder!

HERCULES
Don't make things worse! You've already killed
a man!

DERIC
It was an accident, but he deserved to die.

HERCULES
Then let a court decide that! Give up, and come
back with us!

DERIC
And what chance does a Centaur have in a
court of humans?!

HERCULES
You have my word.

Merkus comes up behind Deric with a spear.

HERCULES
No, wait!

MERKUS
You murdering beast!

Deric disarms him and Merkus draws his sword.

MERKUS
Soon you'll be joining your Centaur-loving wife.

Deric kills him.

DERIC
This is your fate too, Jakar! I'll be back for you!
And the others!

JAKAR
Kill him. Kill the monster!

They shoot arrows but Deric runs off.

EXTRA
Beast!

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Moon.

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They move through the swamp.

EXTRA
Come. This way. Watch your back.

JAKAR
What are you waiting for? Keep going!

SALMONEUS
Uh, Hercules, you don't wanna go in the swamp
at night, do you? I mean, there are bugs, and
snakes, and little things that-

HERCULES
No, we'll make camp here.

SALMONEUS
Good choice. Excellent choice. Not that I
wanna change your mind, but, uh, why don't
you wanna go into the swamp?

HERCULES
'Cause we're on the wrong trail. Centaurs don't
like swamps.

SALMONEUS
Uh-huh? Uh, shouldn't we be on the right trail?

HERCULES
We have time. I don't think he's trying to run away.
We'll pick up his track at first light.

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Hercules and Salmoneus' camp. Demicles enters.

HERCULES
You're back early. Giving up so soon?

DEMICLES
Jakar called the search off 'til morning. Two men
from the village drowned. Can't see anything
out there.

SALMONEUS
So, Deric's still running around free.

HERCULES
Thirsty?

Hercules hands him the bottle and Demicles takes it.

DEMICLES
Thanks.

He drinks.

HERCULES
You weren't with those who attacked us yesterday.
Why not?

DEMICLES
I have no quarrel with you.

HERCULES
Neither did your friends. That didn't stop them.

DEMICLES
Sometimes, they get over-zealous.

HERCULES
Is that what happened at Deric's house?

DEMICLES
I have no idea what happened at the Centaur's
house.

HERCULES
Don't you? They're your friends.

SALMONEUS
You're not really fond of Deric, are you?

DEMICLES
No, not really. Look, my mother's sick. And I can't
even get hired at the farm where the Centaur
works, 'cause he does the job of three men.

HERCULES
Is that Deric's fault? He had a family to provide
for, too. Does he get the pay of three men?

Jakar enters.

JAKAR
Demicles, stay away from the outsiders. Stick
to your own kind.

EXTRA
What's gotten into him?

They leave.

SALMONEUS
Do you think he knows more about Lyla's death
than he's letting on?

HERCULES
No question about it.

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Day.

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Hercules looks at tracks.

SALMONEUS
Deric's tracks?

HERCULES
He made a false trail leading into the swamp.
Here's the way he really went.

SALMONEUS
Uh, shouldn't we get the others?

HERCULES
I'm not sure they care about bringing Deric back
alive. He probably spent the night there.

Hercules bends down and looks at something in the dirt.

SALMONEUS
What? What is it?

HERCULES
Interesting tracks.

SALMONEUS
What interesting? Like bear tracks interesting?
Li--like lion tracks interesting? Li--like
crazed-Centaur-ready-to-attack-us interesting?
What do you mean, interesting, huh?

HERCULES
Come on.

SALMONEUS
Come on? Mmmmmmmmm.

HERCULES
You have nothing to worry about.

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Hercules and Salmoneus move up a small hill.

SALMONEUS
I mean, the guy's obviously deranged. He's
already killed two people. What's to prevent him
from sneaking up on us and attacking
us from behind?

HERCULES
Shh.

SALMONEUS
I don't-

HERCULES
Shh.

SALMONEUS
I-

HERCULES
I think if you were to keep quiet, there'd be a lot
less chance of him hearing us approach.

SALMONEUS
I could do that.

HERCULES
Thank you.

They find a small hut.

HERCULES
Stay behind me.

SALMONEUS
Good idea. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

He sees something.

SALMONEUS
Uh, Hercules. No, but really-

HERCULES
Quiet.

SALMONEUS
You gotta take a look at this.

Kefor, Deric's son, a Centaur, enters.

END OF ACT TWO



ACT THREE

Kefor stands before them.

HERCULES
Don't be afraid. We won't hurt you.

Deric enters, a bow drawn.

DERIC
Don't move! Do you come as friend or foe?

HERCULES
What do you think, Deric? You once spared my
life. I can never be your enemy.

Deric lowers his bow.

HERCULES
It seems like we've been here before.

DERIC
The last time you were blind and helpless.

HERCULES
And I'm still indebted to you for not killing me then.

DERIC
I gave you my reasons.

SALMONEUS
Can I move now?

DERIC
Yeah. Your battle with Nemis has grown into legend.

HERCULES
You heard how he died?

DERIC
Only that it was at your hands.

HERCULES
There's more to it. His cave started collapsing
on us. He held it up until I good get Penelope
and Cheris out.

DERIC
I'm glad he died a good death. He wasn't
always bad.

HERCULES
It's never too late to put hatred and vengeance
behind you.

DERIC
And you want me to do that now?

HERCULES
I don't think Lyla would've wanted you brought
back on a stake.

DERIC
Come, I'll take you to her, if your friend will look
after my son.

SALMONEUS
No problem.

Deric and Hercules leave.

SALMONEUS
Hi. My name's Salmoneus. Do you know how
to hum?

KEFOR and SALMONEUS
Mmmmmmmmmmm.

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The Cretans move along.

SEPSUS
Over here, these tracks.

DEMICLES
They go up that way. The centaur tricked us.

JAKAR
He won't get away this time.

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Lyla's grave.

DERIC
This was her favourite place.

HERCULES
I'm truly sorry.

DERIC
No more than I.

HERCULES
Ceridian, my mentor, told me how much Centaurs
fear fire. That had to be the hardest thing you ever
did, going into that burning house.

DERIC
It was never a choice. She was dead by the time
I got to her. There was nothing I could do.

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Later. Deric lays flowers on the grave.

DERIC
Rest in peace, my darling.

HERCULES
I know what you're going through. Revenge
isn't the answer.

DERIC
Oh, but it is. I've tasted it. And it's sweet.

HERCULES
At what cost?

DERIC
I'm not afraid to die.

HERCULES
And who teaches your son when you're gone?
Leuriphone? What does she know of life
as a Centaur?

DERIC
Maybe I shouldn't have stood up to 'em. We
should've just moved on.

HERCULES
You can't blame yourself for standing up for
your rights.

DERIC
Can't I? Lyla would still be alive!

HERCULES
You did the right thing. Sometimes, the price for
that is very high. The world is a less than
perfect place, but giving up on it won't help. Is
that what Lyla would have wanted? Is that why
she loved you?

DERIC
What do you want me to do?

HERCULES
Go back. Turn yourself in.

DERIC
And let her murder go unpunished? How could
I do that? I know who was there. Cletis told me
before he died.

HERCULES
Then tell the magistrate what you know,
and let justice prevail. Deric, your son doesn't
deserve the life of a fugitive.

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Salmoneus exits the hut where Kefor laughs inside. Hercules and Deric enter.

SALMONEUS
Oh, boy, am I glad to see you guys. You have
no idea how much energy a three year-old has.
I was afraid you were never coming back.

DERIC
I have to speak to Kefor for a moment.

SALMONEUS
He's very cute, by the way.

Deric enters the hut.

HERCULES
You'll have to watch him a bit longer. Deric and
I have business in town.

SALMONEUS
The kid doesn't even take a nap!

HERCULES
Oh, Salmoneus, you'll be fine. Remember,
desire, focus, grab, hum.

SALMONEUS
Hmm.

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Inside.

DERIC
I promise you, it'll be just for a short while.

KEFOR
Are you going away like Mommy?

DERIC
No. I'll be back. I swear to you, no matter what
happens to me, I'll be back for you. Give me a hug.

He does.

DERIC
I'll never leave you. I love you.

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Deric steps outside.

DERIC
I want my son to be safe.

HERCULES
Don't worry. Salmoneus will keep him safe.

SALMONEUS
He'll be safe. I'll be a wreck.

HERCULES
Let's go.

SALMONEUS
Whoa! Wait a minute. Wh--what does a three
year-old Centaur eat?

DERIC
There's food in the corner.

SALMONEUS
What if he gets a splinter?

HERCULES
You can handle it, Salmoneus. Self-actualize.
Get in touch with your feminine side.

They leave.

SALMONEUS
Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

Salmoneus steps in and then steps back out and whistles at them.

SALMONEUS
Not potty-trained, huh?! (to himself)
Ha-ha-ha-ha-haaa. Mmmmmmmm, huh, if he
can handle the Aegean stables...

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Deric walks into town with Hercules. Children are excited and follow.

EXTRA
Wow! Look at him.

EXTRA
A Centaur.

HERCULES
It doesn't look like everyone hates you.

DERIC
Nobody's born with prejudice. They'll get older.
They'll learn.

HERCULES
Or maybe someone will teach them the right things.

Hercules and Deric move over to Tersius.

HERCULES
I have someone here to see you.

TERSIUS
You came back? Of your own volition?

DERIC
Yes, but I didn't kill those men in cold blood.

TERSIUS
Men? I thought it was just Cletis.

HERCULES
Deric killed Merkus in the woods, in self-defense,
I witnessed it.

TERSIUS
And that earlier fight with Cletis? You have
witnesses to that?

DERIC
No, but I know he had a part in Lyla's death.

TERSIUS
You have proof of that.

DERIC
He confessed to me.

TERSIUS
And now he's dead.

DERIC
It was an accident. He--he tried to run away from
me, and he fell down a ravine.

TERSIUS
I'll have to hold you in custody until it can be
proven one way or the other.

DERIC
Custody. You mean in jail.

TERSIUS
I don't make the laws, the Athenians do that. I
merely uphold them.

HERCULES
Stay. It'll be all right. I'll be back.

Hercules leaves.

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Salmoneus looks for Kefor who is hiding.

SALMONEUS
Kefor? Kefor? Where could Kefor be hiding?
Where could Kefor be hid--not there. Okay. Kefor?

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Kefor hides inside behind the hay.

SALMONEUS (voice-over)
Kefor? Where could Kefor be hiding?

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Salmoneus moves to the hut.

SALMONEUS
Where could Kefor be hiding?

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Kefor laughs and ducks behind the hay.

SALMONEUS (voice-over)
Where could Kefor be-

Salmoneus enters.
SALMONEUS
-hiding?! Oh.

He steps outside and can be heard calling.

SALMONEUS
Kefor? Kefor?

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Inside. Kefor stands. Salmoneus can be heard from outside.

SALMONEUS
Where could Kefor be hiding?

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Outside.

SALMONEUS
I like hide-and-seek, too, but I didn't stay
hidden forever.

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Inside.

LYLA (voice-over)
You know, you shouldn't play tricks on that
nice man.

Kefor stands and Lyla appears.

KEFOR
Mommy, you're back!

She laughs and runs to him. They hug.

LYLA
I will always be here for you. Always.

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Outside.

SALMONEUS
Kefor, please, your Uncle Salmoneus isn't as
young as he used to be. He'd really like to-

He hears Kefor laughing.

KEFOR
Mommy.

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Salmoneus looks inside, but doesn't see Lyla standing in a corner.

LYLA
Sh-h.

Salmoneus steps inside.

SALMONEUS
Kefor, were you talking to somebody?

KEFOR
Yes, that was my Mommy.

SALMONEUS
Kefor, your Mommy is away.

KEFOR
No, she's not. She's right here.

SALMONEUS
Oh. My mistake. I'm sorry.

KEFOR
Silly man.

Lyla stands behind Salmoneus.

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The Cretans look at the hut.

JAKAR
What did you find out?

DEMICLES
Deric gave himself up. They're holding him in jail.

SEPSUS
That's a problem. He can implicate us all.

JAKAR
It is a problem, but-

He draws a dagger.

JAKAR
-I think I have the solution.

DEMICLES
This is wrong. I--I don't want any part of this.

JAKAR
You're already a part of it. You're in this as deep
as the rest of us.

DEMICLES
I didn't kill anybody. I didn't even carry
a torch.

JAKAR
That's your version. Mine could differ,
unless you do as I say. Come on.

DEMICLES
But, uh-

SEPSUS
Shut up!

JAKAR
The kid's inside.

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Hercules enters the jail.

HERCULES
Deric, what's going on? I just came from the
Magistrate. He said you confessed, that
you admitted killing Cletis in cold blood.

DERIC
I did.

HERCULES
What? We both know it's not true!

DERIC
I had no choice.

HERCULES
They'll hang you now, you know that.

DERIC
I had no choice.

Deric holds Kefor's toy.

HERCULES
What is that?

DERIC
It's my son's toy. They've kidnapped him. They
said if I didn't confess, they'd kill him.

END OF ACT THREE



ACT FOUR

Hercules unties Salmoneus in the hut.

SALMONEUS
The scum! They wouldn't've gotten away with it
if they came at me like men, instead of
sneaking up while I was playing hide-and-seek.

HERCULES
Did you recognize any of them?

SALMONEUS
Yes. They were the same ones who attacked
us outside of town and that kid who came to
our campfire.

HERCULES
Demicles? Any idea where they took Kefor?

SALMONEUS
No. They didn't seem concerned about hiding
him, though. They just wanted to make sure that
Deric got his kid's toy! Swine! Lucky
for them they outnumbered me. I would've wiped
the woods with them, huh?!

HERCULES
Yeah, I'm sure you would have.

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Village.

EXTRA
I'll give you a hand.

Leuriphone moves to Hercules and Salmoneus.

LEURIPHONE
Someone wants to talk to you.

HERCULES
Who?

LEURIPHONE
He's afraid to be seen. Come to my house.

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Demicles waits in Leuriphone's house. Hercules, Salmoneus and Leuriphone enter.

HERCULES
You have something to tell me?

DEMICLES
I was there the night Lyla died.

HERCULES
What happened?

DEMICLES
There was five of us. We were just gonna scare
them, you know? Centaurs and fire?

HERCULES
Go on.

DEMICLES
Things got out of hand. Lyla knocked the torch
out of someone's hand and the straw caught.

HERCULES
Cletis confessed before he died. He said Merkus
killed Lyla.

DEMICLES
I didn't know that.

LEURIPHONE
Liar.

DEMICLES
No! I knew she was inside when we ran to the
woods, but I didn't know she was dead.

HERCULES
Then, why didn't you go back? The place was
on fire.

DEMICLES
Someone was coming. I thought that they could
rescue...I was afraid.

SALMONEUS
Of your pals, or the fire?

DEMICLES
Both. It's the worst thing I've ever done.

HERCULES
At least you found the courage to come forward.
Where'd they take Kefor?

DEMICLES
I can show you.

HERCULES
No, just tell me. You need to talk to Deric.

DEMICLES
To Deric, why?

HERCULES
I think you know.

DEMICLES
If I tell him what I just told you, he'll kill me.

HERCULES
He's in no position to kill anyone.

DEMICLES
I don't think I can face him.

HERCULES
How can you face yourself if you don't?

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Where Kefor is being held.

EXTRA
Let's go get a drink.

Hercules knocks.

EXTRA
What do you want?!

A Guard comes out.

HERCULES
Excuse me, but, aren't you supposed to be
guarding the little Centaur?

EXTRA
Yeah?

HERCULES
Then, what's he doing outside?

The Guard moves around to look. He turns back to Hercules who punches him.

EXTRA
Not so fast, foreigner.

Another guard exits, holding a sword.

HERCULES
You're not gonna fall for a trick like that, are you?

He swings at Hercules. He gets his sword stuck.

HERCULES
Here, let me help.

Hercules knocks him out. A third guard exits with a staff.

HERCULES
Three guards for one little kid?!

Hercules knocks him out. They all get up and he knocks them out again.

HERCULES
Now, don't go anywhere. Kefor?

He enters.

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Salmoneus brings Demicles to the prison.

DEMICLES
I can't do this.

SALMONEUS
To clear your conscience, you're gonna have
to do this!

JAKAR
There'll be no justice! Unless we take it in our
own hands! We have to be the law!

SALMONEUS
Oh, I don't like the look of that crowd.

The Cretans move to the prison.

DEMICLES
Uh, we better get some help.

SALMONEUS
All right, you get the Magistrate, I'll get Hercules.

DEMICLES
There may not be enough time.

SALMONEUS
Huh?

EXTRA
Let's kill him!

EXTRA
Stoning is more painful!

EXTRA
Out of the way.

EXTRA
Filthy beast!

EXTRA
Kill the monster.

EXTRA
Come on!

Salmoneus stands before them.

SALMONEUS
What do you people think you're doing?

SEPSUS
Get out of our way, immigrant.

SALMONEUS
I'm getting really tired of hearing that word.

JAKAR
Then step aside. We've come for the Centaur,
to give him a taste of his own justice.

SALMONEUS
Let's just calm down, and talk.

SEPSUS
Move it!

Sepsus pushes him aside.

EXTRA
This way!

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They enter the prison.

JAKAR
(to Deric) Come quietly, or your son dies. (to all)
Take him!

They throw a rope around his neck and pull him out.

EXTRA
Come on!

EXTRA
Come on.

EXTRA
Come on.

EXTRA
Kill him.

DEMICLES
Wait! He didn't murder anyone! He killed only
in self-defense!

JAKAR
Don't listen to him! Death by stone!

DEMICLES
I was there! The Centaur's wife did not die by
accident.

JAKAR
Who cares how she died? We don't want their
kind here!

EXTRA
Our jobs aren't safe! Our women aren't safe!

JAKAR
The only good Centaur is a dead Centaur!

They take Deric outside.

SALMONEUS
Hold it! Hold it! Hold it!

They move past Salmoneus.

EXTRA
Kill him!

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They pull him into the street.

JAKAR
Get him out here where we can see him!

EXTRA
Death to the Centaur!

JAKAR
Stone him!

Jakar throws a stone, but Hercules catches it.

DERIC
Hercules?! My son!

HERCULES
He's safe with Leuriphone. Sorry, I didn't mean
to interrupt the fun. The Centaur's crime is that
he's different from you and me. Well, then
let him die. Only, let the man who throws the first
rock be someone who's not different.

EXTRA
You don't live here!

HERCULES
Someone who's the same as everyone else.

EXTRA
Who are you to judge us?!

HERCULES
You. No, wait, you have blue eyes. See, most
here have brown. You! No, you're taller than most.
No, this may be harder than I thought. Which of
you is normal, and which is different?

JAKAR
Don't listen to him! He's trying to trick you!

HERCULES
Maybe we should start with those who have
tattoos, and we'll stone you.

JAKAR
You're an outsider.

HERCULES
Yes, I am, but how many of you can say
you've been here for two, or three, or even four
generations?!

SEPSUS
I can.

HERCULES
You seem to be in the minority. Maybe we should
start with you.

JAKAR
Don't listen to him! What are you waiting for?!
Get him! Kill him! Stone him!

Jakar throws a stone and hits Deric in the head. Deric is cut. He looks at Jakar who runs. Deric follows.

EXTRA
Move quickly!

EXTRA
Kill the Centaur.

Cretans enter and fight Hercules.

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Deric has caught Jakar, and he punches him.

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Hercules fights the Cretans.

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Salmoneus taps a Cretan #1's shoulder.

SALMONEUS
Remember me?

CRETAN #1
Yeah, you're that little immigrant.

SALMONEUS
Immigrant?! You bigoted piece of...there's a
quail on your head.

CRETAN #1
Huh?

SALMONEUS
Purrh, purrh, ne-ee!

He head-butts him and then holds his head.

SALMONEUS
Ah! Ooh! How do people do that without getting
headaches?!

A Cretan draws a sword and Demicles fights him. Salmoneus whistles and they high five.

SALMONEUS
You're all right!

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Hercules fights the Cretans. A man lands in horse dung.

HERCULES
Well, they say you are what you eat.

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Deric punches Jakar again and then lifts him over his head.

DERIC
You'll die for what you did to Lyla!

Deric holds him over a well.

HERCULES
Deric! Is revenge the only legacy you can pass
on to Kefor? Is there no room in his life for
compassion and forgiveness?!

EXTRA
Listen to him!

Deric puts Jakar down.

DERIC
Filthy beast!

Deric joins Hercules.

HERCULES
You did the right thing.

Demicles steps forward.

DEMICLES
I didn't kill your wife, but I was a part of those
responsible. I was wrong and I'm sorry.

DERIC
Sorry won't bring Lyla back.

HERCULES
Neither will holding onto your hate.

SALMONEUS
He's not on their side anymore. He fought
against them.

DERIC
Apology accepted-

He holds out his arm.

DERIC
-friend.

Demicles clasps his arm.

DEMICLES
Friend.

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Later. Salmoneus moves over to a guy loading his cart.

SALMONEUS
Mmmmmmmmmmm. Say, friend, you're up early.

EXTRA
Hmm?

SALMONEUS
Did you wake up saying, "I'm not all I can be"?
Ever hear of self-actualization? I can teach you
the secrets of Robertus Tonicles. I can teach
you how to hum. You may think you know how
to hum - let me help you with that. Mind if I travel
with you for a second? But true humming,
fertilizing your flower, is a boon to mankind.
You can learn how to improve your memory
and your digestion.

EXTRA
I'm on my way to the market.

SALMONEUS
Only seventeen dinars. Hold on, friend!

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Deric and Kefor stand at their burnt home. Hercules enters.

HERCULES
So, you've decided to stay.

DERIC
Yeah. You were right. Kefor is too young to be
a fugitive. We can't run forever.

HERCULES
I think it's a wise choice. There are a lot of good
people here, if you give them the chance to prove it.

DERIC
Lyla loved this land. I think it's what she would've
wanted. Right, Kefor? You miss her, don't you?

KEFOR
She's right here.

DERIC
Uh, Kefor, uh, you're mother's, she...she's-

Lyla appears.

LYLA
I'm here.

She kisses Kefor and moves to Deric.

DERIC
But...but...

LYLA
I'm real.

DERIC
But, how?

LYLA
(to Hercules) Your father, Zeus.

HERCULES
Oh.

Deric hugs Lyla.

HERCULES
He can undo the evil of man - it's the malice of
the gods he has trouble with.

LYLA
He told me about your family. I'm sorry he
couldn't bring them back.

HERCULES
So am I. But know that they're always with me,
in my heart. The only thing that could be better
than that is what you have here. Cherish it,
my friends.

Deric holds out his arm and Hercules clasps it.

DERIC
Thank you. Farewell.

HERCULES
Farewell.

Hercules leaves. Deric and Lyla hug. Kefor waves good-bye to Hercules.

END OF ACT FOUR

STARRING
Kevin Sorbo as Hercules

GUEST CAST
Lucy Lawless as Lyla
Robert Trebor as Salmoneus
Peter Muller as Deric
Andrew Kovacevich as Sepsus
Jon Brazier as Jakar
Neil Holt as Merkus
Kelson Henderson as Demicles
Norman Forsey as Tersius
Irene Drake as Karros
James Croft as Kefor
Rose Dube as Leuriphone
Chris Bailey as Cletis
Damien Lay as Neighbor's Son
Campbell Rousselle as Cretan #1

Written by: Robert Bielak
Directed by: Bruce Seth Green

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