Starfest 2013

Saturday

Persephone’s Class

End of Persephone’s Dissertation.

Persephone

Are there any more questions?

ALEATOR

Alright, well let us have a round of applause for Persephone.

(applause)

I think she did a great job…

SARAFINA

Actually, I do have a question. Can you please tell me how this school could possibly allow an individual such as this… thing… A ghost, AND convicted murderer, to stand amongst these students, let alone, teach them?

ALEATOR

Ma’am, if you’d like to discuss this we’d be happy to do so…

SARAFINA

(deflecting his offer to move the conversation like only a “mean girl” can)

Right now, and thank you so much for the opportunity. I am Sarafina and I represent Parents Against Lawless Magic. We will not simply stand by while… this

(gestures at Persephone)

is happening at what should be a safe place for learning.

Clark enters.

CLARK

What is going on in here?

SARAFINA

Ah. Headmaster Dowling.

(smirk)

I would ask how this castle could harbor an infamous fugitive… but it is you. Now, we at P.A.L.M. will not rest until this terrorist is removed from Avistrum Academy. I encourage you to think of the children and make the right choice. Do so and you will have no further trouble with our organization.

CLARK

Let me remind you, this is a private school and private property. Your group has no authority here. Persephone is under the protection of this school. You are welcome to stay and observe, albeit quietly, as we have nothing to hide.

Sarafina goes to interject

However, given your… outburst… I think it’s best if you leave.

Staff member enters to escort her out.

SARAFINA

Oh Clark , I did always like it when you played tough. P.A.L.M. may not have power within these walls, directly. But we are here Clark, and we have influence everywhere. These children have been put into harm’s way for the last time. You will be hearing from our organization.

CLARK

I’ll be waiting.

SARAFINA

Oh I bet you will. See you around, Clark.

Sarafina exits.

ALEATOR

Always something. Where do I know her from?

CLARK

I don’t know.

ALEATOR

She’s familiar. She certainly knows you…. wait. Wait… Sarafina… as in Sara? Prefect from Colubrae House? You two dated!

CLARK

Ummm.

Elizabeth crosses over

ELIZABETH

Is that so? Clark?

Clark pauses for a beat, dead silence.

CLARK

Class dismissed! Student promotions at quarter past the hour.

 

SUNDAY

Clark’s Class

REGINALD

Well Headmaster, it seems as though you have managed to weaponize the Patronus Charm.

CLARK

Yup.

(sits down)

Scorpio enters

ABERFOYLE

Scorpio, this is unexpected. You’re on assignment.

SCORPIO

Yeah, yeah. Secret, undercover. I am not going to blow it. I can cover my tracks. This is important.

ALEATOR

What happened?

SCORPIO

It’s about Tyler Ward.

ALEATOR

No, I meant your hair… what happened?

ABERFOYLE

Aleator, now is not the time…

SCORPIO

Oh! That. Had to. Birdbrain didn’t think it fit the office.

ABERFOYLE

Scorpio…

ALEATOR

I thought it made you stand out.

ABERFOYLE

Aleator…

REGINALD

I personally like this much better. Much cleaner.

ABERFOYLE

(agitated)

Gentlemen…

SCORPIO

I don’t know, Reggie – I had the dreads ever since…

ABERFOYLE

GUYS!

Both Aleator and Scorpio snap back to the Secretary.

ABERFOYLE

Focus! Tyler Ward. Did he come out of hiding? Did you find him?

SCORPIO

He’s not in hiding. He never was.

ABERFOYLE

He was released from protective custody and went into hiding. What are you…

SCORPIO

It was a coverup.

ABERFOYLE

What?

SCORPIO

The whole thing was a giant coverup. Ward in protective custody. Being released and going into hiding. Everything.

Elizabeth

How did you find this out?

Scorpio

My mission has me walking into some pretty bad situations. But you hear things. The bad situations are where you find out what’s really going on.

ABERFOYLE

Is this from a reliable source?

SCORPIO

(nods)

Ward’s held somewhere that is so underground, the thugs holding him don’t even know Drake is dead. Clark – they’ve got him.

Clark stands up from his chair. He walks over to a jar and grabs a handful of a Floo Powder, he throws it into a bowl/magical container thing. Perhaps some flash paper.

Clark

Kraven?

Kraven (V.O.)

What is it Clark? I’m busy.

Clark

They have Tyler.

Kraven (V.o.)

What!? Who?

CLARK

Some resistance cell of Drake’s flunkies.

Kraven (V.O.)

I’ll see you shortly.

ELIZABETH

We’ll take care of things here. Go. I’ll catch up.

REGINALD

Everything is well in-hand, Headmaster.

Clark

(nods)

Students. It is essential that this stays out of the media for as long as possible. If you are approached by a reporter, please keep this to yourself. Will you do that? Thank you. And thank you for coming to Spring Term and for all your help. You were all incredibly helpful. School is dismissed. We’ll see you in the Fall.

Clark, Aleator and Scorpio exit.

Reginald

Alright students, let us gather our things. We will look forward to seeing you in the Fall. If you haven’t registered for Fall Term you may still do so before you leave. Don’t forget that the Third Task of the Triwizard Tournament is at 4:00 in the Aspen Room.