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{INT. MALES HOSTEL, UNIVERSITY OF LAGOS – NIGHT}

Tamuno, Onyeabor and Odugha are reading books on their student beds. Leela knocks the window, which is closer to Tamuno.

ODUGHA
What’s your problem, Tamuno?

ONYEABOR
It sounds from the outside. Maybe it’s Tamuno’s girlfriend.

TAMUNO
Dude! It’s winds. You know I don’t even have a girlfriend.

ODUGHA
Confession time.

Leela knocks the window again.

ONYEABOR
London breeze.

ODUGHA
A breeze girlfriend.

TAMUNO
(towards the window)
Who is there?

LEELA
Tamuno, it’s me.

TAMUNO
(shockingly stands together with Onyeabor and Odugha at the sound of Leela’s voice)
Who is me?

LEELA
Come on, guys, it’s me, Leela.

ODUGHA
Who wants to play with us out there?

ONYEABOR
You better run if you love your life.

LEELA
Odugha, Onyeabor!

TAMUNO
Really sounds like him.

ODUGHA
Damn!
(rushes, opens the glass window, sees Leela and yells)
Ghost! Run for your life!!
(runs outside terrifyingly with Onyeabor and Tamuno)

LEELA
Whoa! I’m now a ghost to my colleagues.
(hears a beeping sound and flies into the sky at the speed of light)

{EXT. OBAFEMI AWOLOWO WAY – NIGHT}

A petrol-tanker attached with explosives runs at high speeds towards Lagos Airport Hotel premises, where cars are parked.

Suddenly, Leela runs at the speed of light, breaks the driver’s door, removes the DRIVER from the vehicle and throw him unto a sandy area, enter under the tanker and lifts it into the sky. The tanker explodes while Leela flies away at the speed of light.

LATER

{LAGOS AIRPORT HOTEL PREMISES}

Burnt particles of the exploded tanker are on the ground near the Hotel. Police vehicles are parked near the Hotel, while numerous PEOPLE surround the place.

Captain Obong arrives in a Pickup-car.

CAPTAIN OBONG
(steps out of the car and walks towards a police officer)
Hey! Who’s in charge here?

FEMALE BROADCASTER
(standing before a camera)
Eyewitnesses said that a mysterious hero pulled the driver out of the tanker and jacked the tanker into the air before the explosion occurred. People are confused in identifying the hero, some say it must have been an angel of God while others say it’s God himself. However, the driver of this tanker is now in the custody of the military.

{EXT. ICE CAVE, ANTARCTICA – DAY}

Leela is holding the golden box he saw earlier.

LEELA
(exhales)
No one believed in you, little box. I guess there is more to know about what I’ve become.
(takes the golden pen and the golden paper inside the box)
Oops!
(looks carefully on the paper and reads the inscription on it)
This is your guide, speak to it with the pen and find answers to your questions.
(smiles)
Wow!
(touches the golden pen and its ballpoint pops out)
Hehehe! Wow!
(writes)

CONVERSATIONS IN WRITING USING THE GOLDEN PEN

LEELA
Who are you?

GOLDEN PAPER
I am the all-powerful Archangel Michael.

LEELA
What did you do to me?

GOLDEN PAPER
You’re the chosen one from my order; born in the flesh of men.

LEELA
What do you mean?

GOLDEN PAPER
Some humans are incarnated angels and demons from different orders. You come from my order. Now, you’ve been cursed with part of my powers.

LEELA
Please, I want my life back. How can I lift this curse?

GOLDEN PAPER
Send the red dragon and his demons to the abyss and your curse will be lifted.

LEELA
If you are the all-powerful as you call yourself, why didn’t you send the red dragon to the abyss yourself?

GOLDEN PAPER
I was stopped by the Authorities to continue helping humans to fight the red dragon. So, I made a fruit and instil powers into it. Only the incarnated ones from my order can be able to see the box or possess my powers. The red dragon has been tracking the box for years and now that you’ve found it, his demons will be coming for you because your presence will terminate his plan to destroy the universe where humans are. You have the power of angels now, please save humanity and do not fail me!

LEELA
What if I chose not to do it?

GOLDEN PAPER
Incarnated angels from my order are rare on earth. Sometimes, one can be born for a thousand years. However, if you wish to abandon your quest, look for another incarnated angel from my order and give him or her the fruit.

LEELA
I ate the fruit already.

GOLDEN PAPER
When the time comes, the fruit will be remade from your body and be transferred to another. Until then, you are the chosen one to save the universe.

LEELA
But, will I live for a thousand years?

GOLDEN PAPER
Yes! However, you will age and die like every other human except that you will loss human weaknesses. Because if you live forever, you will be breaking the ultimate law of the Authorities. Nevertheless, no one can destroy you as long as you exist and as long as the fruit is within your body. Before you die, give up the fruit and hide the box.

LEELA
Can I give up the fruit?

GOLDEN PAPER
Yes! But only when you’ve reached the age limit for humans or completed your mission.

LEELA
So, if I complete my mission right now, I’ll be back?

GOLDEN PAPER
Yes! Please, go now and commence your duty. By your words, it shall be done. Only contact me when you need to.

LEELA
I have wings in me. Why?

GOLDEN PAPER
That is one part of the power in you. However, the full power in you will be loaded when you face any demon.

LEELA
Full power?

GOLDEN PAPER
Yes! Body shield, a sword, a horse and wings. That’s your weapons! Go now!

LEELA
Please, teach me how to use my powers. If I will have to challenge the red dragon, at least, not as a newbie.

GOLDEN PAPER
My powers? I said, go now and only contact me when you need to! But I must warn, whatever happens, do not be afraid or have doubts!

END OF CONVERSATIONS IN WRITING

The ball-point of the pen disappears.

LEELA
My powers! Dude, it’s in me so it’s mine now and I’m not afraid of you!
(folds the golden paper and keeps it inside the box together with the golden pen)
Anyway, you’re lucky. I wanted to write; fuck you. Maybe that would have made you teach me or lift the curse!

CONTINUE…