Redemption

ACT I – FRIDAY

Scene 2

Opening Ceremonies.

Students congregate and settle in.

DOWLING
Welcome, students, to another term at Avistrum Academy of Sorcery. I’m Headmaster Clark Dowling. Before we start the sorting ceremony, I want to congratulate all of you again on the wonderful work you did last year in defeating Simon Drake.
Now that he’s gone, things may be a bit more quiet around here.

As if on cue, “Exciting Rock Tune” begins to play, like you’d find at the beginning of a sporting event.

SCRIBA
What’s going on?

COACH
I know that music!

MALDRACO
So do I! It can’t be!

ANNOUNCER
Ladies and gentlemen, 11 time All-Star and 5 time NQL MVP… starting at Keeper for the Toledo Terrors… Tyler Ward!

Tyler enters and slaps hands with the students, taking a seat in the front row of the faculty area. The music ends.

DOWLING
Nice entrance. No pyro?

WARD
Seriously? This coming from you. You?

Tyler moves to the podium.

Kids, let me tell you a bit about how your Headmaster was when he played Seeker.

DOWLING
I don’t think there is a need to get into that.

WARD
Music. Banners. Fireworks.

ABERFOYLE
Don’t forget about the cheerleaders.

WARD
Right?!?

ABERFOYLE
One of them is here tonight.

WARD
What? Really?

BOUDREAUX

(pointing her out)
Miss Seraphina here was one of his cheerleaders.

WARD
That is her. What’s up, Sera?

SERAPHINA
(coldly)
Hello, Tyler.

WARD
(looks at Clark and Sera) You’re not…

DOWLING & SERAPHINA
No.
(together)

WARD
Oh right… Elizabeth.

DOWLING
Who I am now glad isn’t here.

WARD
Sorry. Brain is still a little rattle-y.

DOWLING
It’s all right. As long as you’re still up for getting back in the classroom.

WARD
No doubt. I am so excited to be teaching Care of Magical Beasts once again.

SCORPIO
Such an attention hog. Just like when we were back in school.

WARD
Scorpio – listen, thank you for coming and rescuing me. (looks at Dowling and Boudreaux)
And thank you guys, too. I’d still be in that hole if you
hadn’t found me. But Scorpio – that was years ago. Let the past go. By the end of this term, you’re gonna love me.

SCORPIO
Don’t count on it.

DOWLING
Gentlemen – to your corners. Professor Ward, there is someone else who helped in your rescue. Actually, I don’t know if we would have found you without her. She’s a fellow Enigmus, in fact the Head of House. Ophelia Aaron.

WARD
Thank you, Ophelia. How did you know where I was?

OPHELIA
I have an affinity for Divination. With the help of Kraven and
Secretary Aberfoyle, I was able to… (hesitates)
see where you were.

WARD
How? You would have to have a connection to the place.

OPHELIA
I do.
(beat)
It’s where I died.

MALDRACO

Awkward.

OPHELIA
Thank you, Maldraco.

DOWLING
Agreed. Since you’ve now all met Professor Ward, I think this would be a fine time for me to introduce the rest of the Faculty and Staff.

Staff intros.

Professor Boudreaux, would you begin the sorting ceremony for us?

Sorting Ceremony.

DOWLING
Congratulations on your new houses.

PERSEPHONE
Headmaster? I apologize for interrupting, but I have a question.

DOWLING
Absolutely. Students, for those of you who may not know, Persephone only has a few classes left to take this term and then she can graduate. We’re very proud of her progress.

Clark and the faculty applaud. Amelia unenthusiastically so.

PERSEPHONE
Thank you. I… don’t remember a lot from before, when I was… a bad person. I suppose that’s good. But one thing I don’t remember is what house I was in when I went to school. I would like to be sorted again, if I could, so I could spend my last term with a house of my own.

DOWLING
Of course, Persephone. Professor Boudreaux, will you do the honors?

BOUDREAUX
With pleasure. Come up here, dear.

Persephone takes her place on the sorting platform, which lights up.

GREAT EAGLE

Persephone takes her seat again.

DOWLING
Before we turn you loose for this evening, we have a few announcements to make. Ms. Aaron?

OPHELIA
Thanks, Headmaster.This is about the bathrooms. They appear to have become the home of a spirit. I have tried to make contact, but to no avail. However, despite being haunted, the bathrooms are still perfectly safe. Probably.

CLARK
Second, we have an announcement from one of our Enigmus
Prefects, Ms. Kristala Koles.

KRISTALA
Hello everyone! Myself and a few other students have formed a small study group to research how to restore the Founder’s Fountain. We’re thinking of naming it the “Foundation for
Fixing the Founder’s Fountain,” or “fufufufuh.”

MALDRACO
Doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, does it?

KRISTALA
Not exactly. We’re working on it. In the meantime, if you’d like to join us, please see me or one of the other prefects. Thank you!

DOWLING
Thank you, Ms. Koles. Lastly, please join us in the Roaring Mouse for a few refreshments – your class schedules will also be handed out there. Thank you, and have a great term. You are dismissed.

Scene 3

Roaring Mouse afterwards. The staff hands out schedules.

BOUDREAUX
Students, gather around — we have a few announcements to make about the schedule this year.

Announcements — dueling, Muggle Safari, and any others.

If there are any questions, please see me or any other member of the faculty.

VOERTIGERN
I have a question. What spells will be taught in dueling this year?

MALDRACO
Good question. It’s a surprise.

VOERTIGERN
I doubt that. My guess is that you don’t know and are making this up as you go.

MALDRACO
I think you’ve been hitting the “potion cabinet” a little hard. And by “potion cabinet,” I mean firewhiskey. And by firewhiskey, I mean ACTUAL whiskey.

VOERTIGERN
How dare you!

Trent slaps the drink out of Maldraco’s hand.

MALDRACO
Easy there, shooter! I was joking with you. In case you hadn’t noticed, it’s kind of what I do around here.

VOERTIGERN
I… apologize, Maldraco. My uncle recently died, and I believe
I’m still in mourning. Please, accept my apology and excuse me.

MALDRACO

Apology…

Trent walks away in the middle of Maldraco’s statement.

Accepted. I guess. Whatever.

DOWLING
While all that was odd, especially for Professor Voertigern,
what he said is true; his uncle did pass away very recently. There’s actually an Oracle article on it. We’ll need to be mindful of that and give him some space.

Faculty nods in agreement.

SIGNA
I’m going to check on him and make sure he’s okay.

Signa exits. Persephone crosses to Amelia.

PERSEPHONE
Pixie! I’m a Parador now! Isn’t that exciting?

AMELIA
What did you just call me?

Beat.

PERSEPHONE

I…
(realizes)
I called you pixie. I’m so, so sorry.

AMELIA
(beat)
You don’t get to call me that, and you don’t get to apologize. I don’t consider you a Parador. Now, or ever.

Amelia leaves.

Autograph table for Ward, Scorpio badmouths him from the bar.

The girls try to get recruits for fufufufuh.

ACT II – SATURDAY

Scene 1

Before class. Whispers play in the bathrooms – “Don’t trust him,” “the wolf is false,” “a dark king lives,” “eyes open,” and “his blood is sour”

Scene 2

After Dueling Desmond approaches Reginald. In his hand he has a Dustbuster.

DESMOND
Excuse me, Mr. Kinton? I heard you were in some need of reinforcements in your battle against dirt and dustbunnies.
REGINALD
Dustbunnies. How they anger me.

SCORPIO
How can you hate bunnies? They’re so cute and fluffy. Hopping around. I like bunnies, shut up.

WARD
Scorpio, he doesn’t mean that kind of bunny. These are clumps of particles and dust that when left uncleaned for too long, the… for lack of better term, ‘magic in the air’ makes the dust take the form of a bunny. We don’t know why. It eventually became a muggle term. They’re relatively harmless until…

REGINALD
Until they turn into dust dragons where they can burn upholstery, carpeting… I will not have this castle full of scorch marks.

DESMOND
This will aid you in the fight. I have taken what the muggles call a “dustbuster” and made some slight modifications to it. You press this button here to activate the device. It causes a dramatic intake of air, pulling the dust and dustbunny into the receptacle here. Once in the device, the enchantments will reverse the dirt’s status to become a cleaning substance.

REGINALD

Fascinating…
DESMOND
Word of precaution. I wouldn’t use it against dust dragons. I will need to upgrade the tech first.

REGINALD
My deepest thanks. I must try this now. Students, you are dismissed from class.

Once “revving the motor” hits Scorpio’s ears perk from being startled.

Scene 3

After class block 2 (before lunch).

The girls are still recruiting, and say they have found a new name: Association for the Restoration of the Fountain

– ARF. Scorpio gets offended.

During History of Magic:

RIFFKA
I’d like to share a a picture of my father. My REAL father, I
mean. I… I just found out about him.

Hold up a picture to show to the class

My mom just recently told me that I’m NOT muggle-born. THIS man is my dad (stops to look at the picture for a moment).
According to her, he waas a great wizard, but he had to leave
us just after I was born. He was apparently a very nice man, but he had to leave.
Of course, I dont know what happened to him after I was born, but I thought since we were sharing family stuff, I would share this little bit that I found.

AFTER CLASS

SHADOW
Hey. HEY!!! Where did you get that picture!?!

RIFFKA
What? My mom sent it to me.

SHADOW
That is not your father! And that picture does not belong to you! I dont know where your mom got that picture, but it was NOT hers to give!

RIFFKA
Shadow, what are you talking about?

SHADOW
That man in the picture is MY father. That man is the one who threw me out of my family. He…. He is NOT yours! I dont know who your mom thinks she is, stealing a picture of my dad and passing it off as your father!

Shadow starts moving towards Riffka, and Victoria has to physically stop her.

VICTORIA
Shadow! You need to calm down. Step away.

SHADOW
That man is a monster! Not your father!

KRISTALA
Don’t mind her, she’s crazy…

Kristala comforts Riffka.

Scene 4

After lunch, Argiletum enters the Common Room/Roaring Mouse area with Scorpio in tow. Scorpio is holding a greasy paper bag.

SCORPIO
Come on man, it’s a great deal!

ARGILETUM
Absolutely not.

SCORPIO
But I think its a designer one. Pretty sweet. (waves bag)

ARGILETUM
Scorpio, for the last time, no. Thank you, but no.

SCORPIO
Aw, man! Is this because I said you do nerd magic? Okay, I’ll knock off a few bones. Sixty bucks. You love these things!

He takes a ratty bow tie out of the bag.

REGINALD
Where did you get that… thing?

SCORPIO
From a guy. Don’t ask how. What do you say Math wizard? I’m trying to pay for tuition. I want my diploma!

REGINALD
I’ll purchase it on the grounds that you burn it immediately.

Scorpio lunges toward him with excitement

REGINALD
Wait! (beat) tell me, why is this diploma so important to you? You already got the education. This is just a piece of paper.

SCORPIO
I dunno, man, I guess I just want to feel like I really belong here, like my education was more than just learning spells and potions.

ARGILETUM
Yes, Reginald, I can see how you wouldn’t quite get it, being home-schooled as you were. But a place like Avistrum is always a second home, a place where you forge bonds that last a lifetime. I’d give anything to be able to roam the halls at Timmernak again, and feel that connection from my youth. The guys I went to school with there are like my family. Don’t get
me wrong, I love these students here, but I wish sometimes that
I was helping Kraven rebuild, instead.

SCORPIO
Yeah, man, that’s it exactly. And without that piece of paper, I feel like I’m not really part of it, you know?

REGINALD
Interesting. Alright, Scorpio, I’ll buy the tie, but you’re going to have to carry it to the fireplace.

SCORPIO
You got it, Jeeves!

They exit, Reginald staying a discreet distance behind the apparently smelly piece of neckwear.

Scene 5

During class block 3. Persephone is in class, and Amelia is walking around, observing.

PERSEPHONE
(raises hand)
I would like to know the Herbological implications of this. Professor Emberwing, would you be willing to let us know what they are?
AMELIA
(sharp)
This isn’t my class, Persephone.

PERSEPHONE

I know… I just… I’d still like to know. (beat)
Even though I know you hate me.

AMELIA
(softens a bit)
I can discuss it with you after class.

PERSEPHONE
(relieved)
I’d like that very much! Thank you!

AMELIA
(hardens again)
I have a responsibility to the students of this school, and at the moment, that includes you. This doesn’t change anything between you and me.

Scene 6

Prior to the Quidditch tournament,

ACT III – SUNDAY

Scene 1

Before class. “DON’T LICK THE SPOON!!!!” appears in the bathroom, written in red across the mirrors.  REGINALD “hits the button” during class causing an explosion from the common room.  SCORPIO runs away screaming from fright.

History of Magic focuses on Rune Magic based off of a rune found on the remains of the Lobostro Statue in the fountain.  They all make thier own talismans using this symbol for “Loyalty”

Scene 2

After class block 4 (before Closing Ceremonies).

The potions class is going along, With Trent being a bit “off”, fiddling with his mixing spoon, licking it periodically, varying his attitude from the Trent we know (or do we) to a fairly crass, or at the very least, rude Vortigern.

Aleator, perhaps concerned that the stress of Trent’s family’s recent loss and his legal quagmires, sits in on the class just to make sure Trent is ok.

VOERTIGERN
GET YOUR HANDS OFF ME, YOU UNDEAD PEASANT!

Aleator is pushed back by a violent swipe of Trent’s arm.

BOUDREAUX
Trent, it’s alright. I’m just trying to help…

VOERTIGERN
(taunting)
“Just trying to help,” is it? Did it ever occur to your feeble little mind that I have no NEED, nor DESIRE for your… “help?”

BOUDREAUX
Students, I want you to stay back. There’s something not quite right about Professor Voertigern.

Boudreaux reaches for his wand.

VOERTIGERN
Oh, is that how it will be? with one hand you reach to help, and with the other you reach for my undoing? Your kind has always tried to be the “protector.”
(mimicking a woman’s voice)
“Little Vorti can’t go out because it’s to cold. Vorti can’t play because he may get hurt. Vorti, put that down! You’ll hurt someone! Please Vorti, don’t do this, I love you!” ENOUGH! I was, I am and I will always be the best that this pathetic bloodline has ever spawned, and I need no one’s “help”…
(sees Boudreaux staring)
Spare me your threatening gaze, “cardplayer.” It didn’t faze me on that riverboat, and it certainly won’t faze me here. You wear the trappings of a teacher, but I’ve seen your dark side, “cardplayer.” Embrace it, boy; there is no finer cloth than your true self.

BOUDREAUX
You’re… you’re not Trent, are you…?

VORTIGERN
Top marks, lad! You’ve gotten smarter since we last met — but then, you could only go up.
(makes a disgusted sound, as if remembering a dentist’s appointment)
Bah! I’m tired of pretending. I’m tired of bowing and scraping and saying “yes, sir” when KINGS should be bowing to my might! You play at loyalty with your houses and banners. How little your feeble minds grasp how truly powerful one can be when they simply accept their nature.
(looks up at the Lobostro banner, hung near the class)
Fitting. Fitting that my descendent leads this house, the
lapdog that he is. The only true loyalty should be to your own power! Well, I am NO feeble professor; I am no simpering fool! I am most assuredly… NO… DOG!

In a fury, Voertigern grabs a fist full of the banner and tears it down, but the banner only partially tears away, revealing a hidden banner sewn under the first. The rune sewn onto the cloth is familiar…

VOERTIGERN

What?

KRISTALA
That’s the symbol we have been researching!

VOERTIGERN
Ah! A student who at the very least understands the layering of runes. You may prove valuable.

KRISTALA
But, that symbol should be the symbol for “family,” like we worked on in class, it’s just missing a line…

RIFFKA
WAIT! It is the same symbol! We’ve had it wrong the whole time! Family means being loyal to one another! This must be the
symbol for “loyalty,” and the added line completes the ties to
make it “family!”

VOERTIGERN
(slow clap)
Well, la-de-dah, ladies. Your education was not a complete failure. Your precious potions master may have been a part of your family, but he’s mine now. I plan on enjoying my new surroundings.

WARD
You may find that difficult to accomplish, “Vorti.” Our choices make us who we are, not our blood. The professor chose Avistrum as his family, and we chose him. We aren’t letting you have him without a fight.

BOUDREAUX
Students, raise your amulets!

WARD
Ladies, complete the rune!
(to the rest of the staff) Don’t let him near the banner!

Voertigern’s eyes suddenly widen as he realizes their plan. He rushes toward the banner, but is intercepted by the descending staff. The girls sprint to the banner and frantically sew a final patch of cloth to complete the rune Thunder rumbles through the school as the banner is finished. The students, urged by the faculty, close in on Voertigern with their amulets held up.

VOERTIGERN
Nooooo! This body is mine!
(in Trent’s voice, coming through) No it’s NOT!

Dowling takes the banner an kneels next to the cringing

Voertigern. The staff clears a space for safety.

WARD
Cover him with the banner, Clark.

DOWLING
We love you, brother. Come home…

Dowling covers Voertigern in the glowing Lobostro banner. Vorti shreiks and a peal of thunder blasts the school. Half the lights go out. In the half light, Trent stirs under the banner.

VOERTIGERN
Cl… Clark?

DOWLING
Welcome back, Trent.

As they help Trent to his feet, he begins dusting himself off, straightening his suit and looking for his bowler, when he suddenly notices the spoon.

VOERTIGERN
AAAAAAGH! Get it off, get it OFF!

Dowling helps him pull the spoon of the chain on his vest and throw it

Whew! What have I always said, students? NEVER lick the spoon!

SCORPIO
Ward – how did you know completing the rune and putting the banner on Trent would get rid of “Vorti?” What happened?
WARD
It transferred the power of family from Trent’s bloodline to us, the Avistrum family, allowing Trent to break free of the grasp Vorti had over him.

SCORPIO
But, how did you know?

WARD
I had to become an expert in rune magic after an exhibition match in Eastern Bulgaria. I was signing an autograph and accidentally completed a glamour rune that bonded me to… let’s just say an “overenthusiastic fan.” But I managed.

SCORPIO
Okay… that’s pretty awesome.

Scorpio gives Ward a high five.

WARD
Told you you’d love me by the end of term.

They both laugh

REGINALD
Headmaster look!  The fountain!

DOWLING
Students, you have returned the statue of Luna Lobostro!

The students cheer!

Faculty tells the students to come back after setting up for Closing Ceremonies.

Scene 7

Closing Ceremonies.

DOWLING
Welcome all to the end of this term. It seems that we are completely incapable of having a calm semester. Once again, you have united not only as your houses but as an entire school. As a family. You as a school showed the core of what Luna Lobostro wished to contribute to this castle. Loyalty, duty and faith in your chosen family. Due to your fierce allegiance to one another, you brought Professor Voertigern back to “the pack.”

Clark gestures to Trent and welcomes him to take the podium.

VOERTIGERN
I am not sure what to say. Standing up here I feel a mixed bag of emotions. I am humbled. I am relieved. I am embarrassed. But at the center of it all, I feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude — especially to you, the students. You showed that unwavering loyalty is not a quality reserved for my wonderful Lobostros. And to the faculty, who are not only my colleagues but my chosen brothers and sisters, I thank you. Headmaster? I believe they have heard me yammer on enough. Let’s lift the
mood here and recognize our tournament champions, and find out
who our new House Cup victors are!

Trent turns to Clark to give the podium back. The exchange a warm handshake before Trent takes his seat back.

DOWLING
A fine idea, Professor.

AWARDS

DOWLING

And now, the moment we have all been waiting for. Maldraco, Professor Ward, would you do the honors?

Maldraco and Ward remove the cloth covering the PELC Board to reveal the House Champions.

DOWLING
Congratulations, Lobostro House!

MALDRACO
I just wanted to take a minute and say that you guys have been awesome this year. This responsibility thing isn’t as bad as I thought it would be, so…

Takes a big breath, and turns to Clark with a suprisingly un-Maldraco like posture and tone.

Commander, permission to be activated, sir.

Clark is taken aback for a moment.

DOWLING
Are you sure about this Maldraco? What you are asking… It’s a one-way street.

MALDRACO
I understand, sir. Sir, I’ve been dormant long enough, and if you will excuse my tone, it looks like the ranks have gotten pretty thin.
(Turns to Reginald.)
Feeling up to running Dueling on your own, Reggie?

REGINALD
Well, if you insist. I think I can offer a few pointers that will keep them on their toes. Fear not.

DOWLING
Maldraco Davante, I hearby elevate you to active duty in the
Aurors Corp. Special Attachment: Dark Hunter.

MALDRACO
Yes Sir!

Maldraco moves to a position behind Aberfoyle. Settles into a much more rigid stance than Maldraco would normally.

DOWLING
Well! We DO have a couple matters of business left before term is over. Scorpio Douglas?

SCORPIO
Boss, I told you I have the gold to pay off my tuition. I hand it in and I finally get my sheepskin.

MALDRACO
Hahaha! Sheepskin. What? It’s funny cuz he’s a wolf.

SCORPIO
It means diploma!

DOWLING
Yes, regarding your diploma, please step up here.

Scorpio walks up to the podium.

SCORPIO
I have my golds right here.

DOWLING
It seems as though your golds will do little good here, Scorpio.

SCORPIO
What? Why?

DOWLING
An anonymous benefactor has settled your debt. This note was attached.

Clark hands over a piece of rolled parchment. Scorpio unfurls it and reads out loud.

SCORPIO
The tuition for Scorpio Douglas of Colubrae House is settled upon the following condition. A portion of the funds acquired by Mr. Douglas with the intent of paying for tuition is to be used for the purchase of a new suit. It is to be Armani.
DOWLING
Isn’t there a final piece of that you’re conveniently leaving out?

SCORPIO
The sleeves are to not be removed or ripped off. Ever.

DOWLING
Can you accept that condition?

SCORPIO
You mean dress like a stuffed shirt? Like you and Kraven? For my diploma, oh yeah.

DOWLING
Then Scorpio Douglas, I hereby present to you your diploma of graduation from Avistrum Academy of Sorcery. Congratulations.

SCORPIO cheers and imitates Ward’s entrance from friday

DOWLING
Now we have one more student to recognize and for this, I shall turn the podium over to our Deputy Headmaster, Professor Boudreaux.

BOUDREAUX
Thank you Headmaster. As the Headmaster mentioned at the beginning of term, Persephone was very close to her graduation. All she needed to complete was this term’s classes and she
would be all set. I am happy to report that she has passed all classes, and has met the requirements for graduation from Avistrum Academy of Sorcery. Persephone, please come up here and get your diploma.

Applause.

PERSEPHONE
Thank you everyone. This is a wonderful day!
SERAPHINA
I couldn’t agree more. Congratulations, Persephone. (to the Aurors)
Take her into custody, please.

The Aurors surround Persephone.

DOWLING
Lieutenant, Corporal, stop. Alright Sera, what do you think you’re doing?

SERAPHINA
Oh Clark, you never did listen to me. The Aurors are arresting
Persephone and taking her to Alcatraz.

BOUDREAUX
Over my dead body.

SERAPHINA
Choose your words wisely, Aleator, for I believe that’s already

BOUDREAUX
Clever. They teach you that one in charm school?

SERAPHINA
No need to get nasty, Deputy Headmaster, or I may have to report you to your superior.

DOWLING
Persephone is under the protection of this school.

SERAPHINA
As a student, yes, she was. Now that she’s graduated, she no longer falls under that protection clause. She’s at last able to answer for her crimes.

MALDRACO
Wait, wait, wait.
(looks at Aberfoyle)
Don’t you control the Aurors? Can’t you tell them to back off?

ABERFOYLE
Unfortunately, no. She’s outside of my control; she’s been designated as a special investigator with complete autonomy. As much as I’d like to, I can’t stop her. But take care, Ms.
Marks, that you stick to the parameters of your mandate.

DOWLING
Hold everything.
(looks at Seraphina)
This is a private ceremony. You would not have a way of knowing she was graduating unless you were being informed.

SERAPHINA
I certainly can’t fault that deductive mind. Yes, Clark. Someone has been keeping me up to date. And it is time they revealed themselves.

A few beats pass in tense silence. Cynthis Scriba stands up.

SIGNA
Cynthis….How could you?!

SCRIBA
For years, I have sat and watched. I have seen poor choices be made and the students continually be put at risk. No more will I just sit idly by.

MALDRACO
After all these years?

WARD
You would stab us all in the back?

SCRIBA
What I do now, I do for Avistrum.

Scriba walks to stand alongside Seraphina. Clark walks to Scriba.

CLARK
Get out of my school.

Scriba holds his gaze for a moment before turning on her heel, a “heel turn” if you will, and marches out.

SERAPHINA
Clark, she is merely the first of those who will see the light. Of those who will acknowledge the reality of the situation. Right now, the reality is I am taking Persephone to Alcatraz.

DOWLING
This is private property.

SERAPHINA
Then you’re harboring, aiding and abetting a murderer. Would you like to be arrested too?

DOWLING
You wouldn’t be the first to try that. Go for it.

BOUDREAUX
You’re not taking her anywhere.

MALDRACO

Nope.

OPHELIA
I think not.

Boudreaux draws his wand, along with the faculty (except for Emberwing) and the student leaders. The Aurors follow suit, leading to a standoff between the two sides. Persephone steps in the middle.

PERSEPHONE
No, please. No more fighting. (to Seraphina)
Do you have a list of the charges against me?

SERAPHINA
Oh, absolutely.

Seraphina hands a list to Persephone. Persephone reads and places a hand to her lips in shock.

PERSEPHONE
Did I do these things?

She hands Dowling the list. He looks at it and a beat passes.

DOWLING

Yes.

PERSEPHONE

I’m so sorry…

(tears well up momentarily. she gets a hold of herself)

Then I must have the courage to answer for them. It’s what a
Parador would do.
DOWLING
Yes, it is. If that’s your wish, we’ll abide by it.

PERSEPHONE

It is.

DOWLING
Everyone, stand down.

The faculty and student leaders relax/sit back down.

PERSEPHONE
Thank you.

SERAPHINA
At last, someone listens to reason. I didn’t expect it to be the murderer, but… small victories.

The Aurors move in and take Persephone into custody.

DOWLING
She’s owed a fair trial.

SERAPHINA
Of course, Clark – I can’t change the rule of law. The date is already set for April of next year.

VICTORIA
Headmaster, I would be honored to defend her.

SERAPHINA
A student? The Wizengamot will not allow it.

DOWLING
They will if I’m her secondary counsel. Don’t underestimate her. She won’t be nearly as kind as I would be.

SERAPHINA
I will enjoy this.

VICTORIA
What do you mean by that?

SERAPHINA
I’m going to be the prosecuting attorney, of course. I look forward to seeing you all there.

As they begin to exit, Amelia Emberwing stands and stops the Aurors with Persephone.

AMELIA
Persephone, I forgive you. And… you are a Parador.

Persephone is at a loss for words. The two hug.

SERAPHINA
Sentiment. How touching.

AMELIA
Seraphina, I will punch you in your throat.

Seraphina curtly gestures to the Aurors and they take Persephone away. The group exits down the corridor. Clark is seen muttering something. A slight “vhooom” sound is heard.

DOWLING
Over the past few years, we have seen truly remarkable, and at times completely implausible, things. We have seen friends lose their way. We’ve witnessed enemies become allies. Through it all, you have broken down boundaries that have been in place
for centuries. Regardless of your pride in the respective
Houses, you have unified the castle in a way it was originally intended by the Founders. You as a school have accomplished something that was thought to be impossible. The lines that separated the Houses, those boundaries don’t exist anymore. But it is worth noting that some boundaries do indeed exist. And it isn’t a bad thing. For you see, I wouldn’t worry about Persephone being taken to Alcatraz. They aren’t getting very far. Persephone’s ghost is attached to the castle.

SERAPHINA (O.S.)

CLARK!!!!!!!!!!

DOWLING
That sure takes me back. School dismissed!


													

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