Ama screenplay – First draft – Scene 25 (continued)

Ama screenplay – First draft – Scene 25 (continued)

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25. (continued)

DERWOOD is a man in his forties. He has dry flaking calluses on his hands and many cuts and bruises on his leathery face. His hair sits atop his head as an uneven mass of black greasy waves. His oversized shirt and baggy trousers hang as a patchwork of unrelated materials, stitched together with thick brown thread. More of the same thread holds a piece of leather around each of his feet, forming makeshift shoes.

DERWOOD

Do ye know where it be, friend?

JASON is startled by DERWOOD’S sudden appearance.

JASON

Jesus! Who the… Who are you?

DERWOOD

Didn’t mean to scare ye, chum. I is a daft fool for jumping up on a fella like that, but I won’t do thee no harm. Did ye find it? Oh, tell I ye found the thing.

JASON

Found what?

DERWOOD

What I be seeking. What thee be seeking, too, I imagine. What all us dumb fools be seeking. Dead rabbits says more. Some found it, I is sure of that. God smiled on them, He vomits on me.

JASON

I was trying to help my daughter, but… I can’t stop her.

DERWOOD

Stop who? Yer daughter?

JASON

No, my wife. Need to stop her killing my daughter. But… Lilith.

DERWOOD

Me dumb club foot. Ye can’t stop Lilith. Lilith is… Well, I got no knowledge of who she be, but I does know she can’t be stopped. No reckoning with the old beast woman. She’ll put yer innards on the outside for jollies. Did it to me, so she did. Tore off me manhood too, and gobbled it down, right before me bulging eyes. She gets in yer head, sees right in there, and tells ye to do things. Sees it all, everything ye got upstairs, like a clear day in the fields. No hiding away from Lilith. Pig shit in yer head if thee raises it up to her.

JASON

I don’t want to fight her. I’m just trying to save my daughter… I was in hospital—

DERWOOD

Hospital? What ye blathering about? Feast on thee own shit this morning, or bang yer head against a rock?

JASON

Well, they called it a hospital, but it was actually a prison. More like a brick tomb for your mind… Lilith says I’m dead, but I don’t remember.

DERWOOD grabs JASON’S hand and shakes it vigorously.

DERWOOD

Derwood be me name, chum. Ye is dead and in hell, that’s a fact. At the bottom of God’s cesspit, so ye are, with His fat ass bearing down.

JASON

I don’t believe in hell. I mean, I didn’t… This makes no sense.

DERWOOD

Belief’s got nought to do with it, me daft chum. Thee in hell and there be no way yer getting out. Not unless ye finds it.

JASON

Find what? There’s a way out of this?

DERWOOD

Aye, there be a way out. Find the thing Lilith left here for us, that be how we get away. Ain’t ye been listening? Lugholes full of dead moths, or what? Says it be in the dunes by that big old mountain. But I’ve looked everywhere, dug till me hands were raw bone, but nothing. Even died a few times, too, when I got too close to the silent folk. The caretakers don’t like it when ye touches ’em, see. But even then, there be no peace. Caretaker turns ye to black ash and then back y’all come, and the game goes on, and on, and on.

JASON

The mountain?

DERWOOD

The cave at the bottom of it. Lilith says it be by the cave entrance, somewhere. She says there be one for each of us to find. Don’t like it over there though. Hear the screams and howls, so ye can. Flowers me ass. Someone must have moved it or something, maybe lost, because tis not there no more. I’ve been looking for a long, long time.

JASON

Hang on… The caretakers can kill you? But we’re already dead, aren’t we? Who are the caretakers?

DERWOOD

They be like ghosts, but they can be solid like us, too. A lot stronger though. Break ye like a twig, so they can, then they burn ye.

JASON

This is madness.

DERWOOD

What’s yer name, chum?

JASON

Jason.

DERWOOD

Jason. Good name. Strong name. I like ye, Jason. Yer not like the other daft fools around here. Yer eyes still seem straight and yer mind still seems to be turning. But thee should know, yer in hell now. Damned, just like the rest of us. What did ye do?

JASON

What do you mean?

DERWOOD

What ye did to get sent here. Caught me a thief, so I did. He were trying to steal old Gert.

JASON

Gert?

DERWOOD

Gert, me old hen. Caught him with old Gert in his hands. She were not happy. Flapping her feathers all over the place. No way I be standing by like a dumb post while someone steals old Gert. So, I cut him with me old axe. Meant to give him a scare, tis all, but the bastard bled out. Now those flowers are growing. Flowers! Me aching arse. They’re not like any flowers I’ve ever seen.

JASON

The flowers? Lilith said I’d planted a seed and flowers would now grow. What did she mean?

DERWOOD

Aye, tis right. So ye killed someone. The flowers, that’s what the beast woman calls ’em. Can’t get me head round it. Lilith told me the fella had children, but I knew him, that bastard thief, I knew him well, and I know he had none.


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