Medium shot as VARUN SRINIVASI stands apart from HANNAH and JASON WILLIAMS, his arms crossed as he looks uncertainly on at the destruction in the arena due to Jason’s recent escape.
Varun is tall, with clean features, olive skin and longish dark hair that is neatly kept. His smooth, youthful facial features mark him as being Middle Easter in ethnicity, though he is rather pretty in how well-kept he presents himself. He is a demon hunter, and dressed in a manner that suggests a rogue-magician hybrid: flowing, loose-fitting robe-like garments with accents of leather and pouches. He has runes tattooed on his face and the back of his hands.
All three characters can be seen, but Varun is the most prominent in this panel.
1 VARUN So...
A different perspective on the same shot, with Hannah as the most prominent character in the panel. Hannah is short and thin, with a slightly tan complexion, dark brown hair and eyes, and facial features that make it difficult to figure out her ethnicity. She’s dressed in an ensemble of jeans, a t-shirt, and a loose-fitting jacket.
She’s watching her brother from a slight distance as he faces off to another side, mildly stretching and looking over his new features. She looks content, but not altogether pleased. She’s also not completely used to Jason’s new look.
Varun is off to the side, surveying the recent damage, in basically the same position as the previous panel.
Well enough, I suppose.
All things considered. Yes.
Close-up on Varun, who has turned to start speaking aggressively to Hannah.
You do realize that I may well be expelled from the brotherhood for what we did here? Killed, even?
7 HANNAH (O.P)
So? What do you want, a gold star?
Just a little gratitude. Some acknowledgment of what I did.
Close-up on Hannah, who has turned to face Varun and meet his gaze with the same level of disdain and vitriol.
Oh, you want gratitude? Acknowledgment?
10 HANNAH Thank you, Varun, for finally agreeing under duress to help me rescue Jason from the death trap you originally sent him to.
You’re such a swell guy. We can only hope to be as noble as--
12 JASON (O.P.)
Close-up on Jason, who is still looking outward from them towards the seating area of the arena.
Jason is Hannah’s older brother, and shares many of her physical traits. He’s about thirty, and has a youthful look to him. He has a thin-medium build, though his muscle tone is very wiry and hard-looking, and his skin is a purplish-magenta that is unevenly scattered all over him. The whites of his eyes have gone yellow, and small spines have grown out down the side of his neck and shoulders.
Leave him alone. He was just doing what he knew to do.
Hannah has moved towards Jason, and is pointing a finger at him. Jason is grinning at her.
Well, it nearly got you killed!
I know. But here I am, all smiles and giggles, just like before.
Medium close-up. Jason is standing between Hannah and Varun, his arms spread as he talks to them with his hands.
I may have almost been super-exorcised by the legion of mad monks here because of demon-hunter boy...
Hmmm... super-exorcised? Super-cised? Heh. Anyway...
But you both busted in here and rescued me.
Close-up on Jason, a solemn smile on his face.
So, thank you. Both of you.
6 VARUN (O.P.)
You’re very welcome, Jason Williams.
They both look expectantly at Hannah, who looks suddenly surprised.
Close-up on Hannah, with the same basic look on her face from the previous panel.
Close-up on Hannah, a stricken look of realization as she figures out what is expected of her.
Medium close-up of the three of them, Hannah in the middle. She’s put her hands in her jacket pocket and has a sour, resigned expression as she mumbles to them.
Thanks for your help.
Close-up of Varun and Hannah as he nods graciously to her. She looks none-to-thrilled by the gesture.
You’re very welcome as well, Hannah Williams.
Varun now turns to Jason, all business. Hannah looks interested in what he’s asking as well.
What about you, Jason? How do you feel?
You seem remarkably... centered... for having undergone such an ordeal. Especially as it went awry so spectacularly.
Close-up on Jason, explaining to them casually.
I actually feel kind of... centered. I mean, I feel like me. Jason Williams. That wasn’t always the case when the creature came out to play.
You sound like you. Well, the words, at least.
Close-up on Hannah, who’s looking down at the ground with a smirk on her face, like she knows a secret or has the goods on her brother.
The Lou Ferrigno growling voice is new.
I knew making you watch The Hulk on DVD would come back to bite me.
Varun is looking appraisingly at Jason, trying to assess if he’s as well off as he seems.
You do look very well, purple skin and scales aside.
It seems as if you’ve retained most of your personality traits while presumably taking on some of the physical traits of your unwelcome visitor.
You could be right.
When you busted in, we were at a point in the ritual where I started to feel him slipping away.
Close-up on Hannah, who looks surprised at this news.
Wait, are you saying it was working? That you could have actually been exorcised successfully?
12 VARUN (O.P)
I told you it was risky to interrupt...
Did we just massively screw up by rescuing you when we did?
Close-up on Jason. He’s shrugging, unable to provide an answer.
Medium close-up on all of them. Varun is gesturing as he explains what he knows.
The truth is, there’s no way to know what would have happened to your brother, had the ritual been completed. Just because he felt fine at that point in the ritual doesn’t mean he wouldn’t have been torn apart near the end by the forces the monks were conjuring to combat the demon.
But... what if he’s trapped like this?
Close-up on Hannah, who looks suddenly wide-eyed and stricken.
What if I’m responsible for it?
Jason puts an arm around Hannah’s shoulder, in a big brotherly, demon kind of way. He looks dead serious as he talks to her.
What is “it,” exactly?
I’m alive. I’ve got super-strength and probably some other demon, magic- based powers I don’t know about.
Things could be worse.
But there’s a lot we don’t know.
Medium close-up on Varun, who holds up a hand as talks to them.
She has a point, my friend.
There’s no way to know if the demon was destroyed. He could come back for you.
Your powers and physiology could cause problems for you down the road that we just don’t see right now.
Your sister is right to question this.
Close-up on Jason, who nods reasonably, but who seems undaunted by these concerns.
Then we’ll meet the challenges as they come.
So be sure to leave us your cell number, Twitter handle and Facebook and Google + information.
15 VARUN (O.P.)
Uh... sure. I can provide... some... of those things...
Splash page. Jason has Hannah under one arm as they walk away from the reader, towards the exit from the arena. Varun is keeping close to them.
In the meantime, we live life! And the first thing I want, strangely, is some McDonalds’ Super-Size Fries!
Mostly to punchline a joke I made a little while ago.
Must’ve been a terrible joke.
6 HANNAH There’s a surprise.
Hello? You’ve known me how long? All your life?
Feels longer than that.
Gotta be smart to be one...
You keep saying...
McDonalds food does sound good...
Ugh. Oxymorons can’t ever taste good!