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FOR THE LOVE OF GRAYSKULL FADE IN: EXT. CASTLE GRAYSKULL - DAY We sweep towards it gracefully, as carried by the wings of a bird; we hear the cry of a falcon. The castle, which was once surrounded by barren wasteland, is now surrounded by beautiful lush greenery and the beginnings of trees. Our view swoops in to the top one of the castle's towers. When ZOAR the Falcon transforms into The SORCERESS of Castle Grayskull, we realize we were seeing from her point of view. She steps up and looks around, surveying the beautiful plant life around Grayskull for a moment with a contented smile, then she turns and waves her hand toward the floor. A chair appears behind a desk with a book open on it; a pen rests at the top. The Sorceress goes over and sits in the chair. The page the book is open to is blank. She picks up the pen, gathers her thoughts, then starts to write. SORCERESS (V.O.) The Amulet of Grayskull is like a skeleton key; with it, you can unlock the Power of Grayskull from anywhere in the Universe. When he found it, Skeletor expected to change the course of Eternian history. He succeeded... but not in the way he'd hoped... DISSOLVE TO: EXT. SNAKE MOUNTAIN - NIGHT Lightning arcs over the massive snake head; thunder rolls and cracks ominously. Skeletor's ship swoops into view, arcing gracefully amid the flashes towards the snake's "mouth." INT. SNAKE MOUNTAIN - LANDING BAY EVIL-LYN looks out, watching Skeletor's ship approach; watching with her are BEAST MAN, TRAP JAW, TRI-KLOPS and MER MAN. Skeletor's ship lands gracefully and the hatch opens. SKELETOR steps out, clutching something in his hand. He walks up, then just stands there, looking about as pleased with himself as someone without flesh on his face can. Evil-Lyn speaks first: EVIL-LYN Well? Did you get it? Skeletor chuckles. SKELETOR Behold our future! He holds his hand up high, loosening his grip enough to allow the Amulet to drop into view. It is a grossly unremarkable object, little more than a rope with a rough, ordinary looking gray stone hanging from it. Tri-Klops blinks; Beast Man sneers. TRI-KLOPS Is this some kind of joke? BEAST MAN It's nothing but a worthless hunk of rock. SKELETOR You think so? Look again! With that, he thrusts the Amulet towards Tri-Klops and Beast Man; before they can react a bolt of energy lances from it. FLASH - THE SORCERESS grabbing her head, wincing in pain. BACK TO SCENE The bolt hurls both Beast Man and Tri-Klops with stunning force. They fly all the way across the room to slam brutally into the stone wall beyond. They both drop, unconscious. Skeletor laughs heartily. INT. CASTLE GRAYSKULL - SORCERESS' STUDY She's in her sleepwear (as seen in The Secret of the Sword). She holds her head in pain. SUPERIMPOSE: ZOAR THE FALCON flying. SORCERESS Zoar... oh no... he knows... Skeletor knows... END SUPERIMPOSE: BACK TO SCENE She lets go of her head and woozily tries to get to her feet; dizzy, she loses her footing and stumbles over her chair, crashing to the floor in a heap. She lays there for a moment, stunned, shakes her head. Carefully, she tries again to rise, this time succeeding, but it takes her a moment to catch her balance. She takes a deep breath, closes her eyes, presses her fingers to her temples. SORCERESS Prince Adam! SMASH TO: INT. ADAM'S BEDROOM - PRINCE ADAM sitting bolt upright in bed. ADAM Sorceress?! The image of The Sorceress floats before him. SORCERESS' IMAGE Prince Adam! He-Man is needed Grayskull at once! Come quickly! The Sorceress' image fades. Adam has awoken CRINGER, who sleepily raises his head, raising a paw as if to check the time. CRINGER I wish they made watches for tigers. What time is it? ADAM Time to go to Grayskull, old cat; the Sorceress needs us. CRINGER At this hour? ADAM It must be important; I've never heard her so upset. Cringer drops his head to the floor. CRINGER Adam, I'm exhausted. I can't make the trip all the way to Grayskull. Adam grabs his sword from the scabbard on the wall. ADAM You'll feel better in a moment. CRINGER That's a matter of opinion... Adam raises his sword over his head. ADAM By the Power of Grayskull! His sword flashes with energy. SMASH TO: EXT. CASTLE GRAYSKULL Adam stands on the threshold in front of the jawbridge. Energy snakes down from his sword, envelops him and, in a blinding flash, Adam is transformed into HE-MAN. He takes his sword, holding it at both ends, declaring: HE-MAN I have the power! He points the sword at Cringer; a bolt of energy lances out and... ...strikes Cringer; he drops his head and transforms into BATTLE CAT. He roars mightily his fatigue forgotten. EXT. CASTLE GRAYSKULL HE-MAN'S VOICE The Amulet of Grayskull? I thought it was a myth. INT. CASTLE GRAYSKULL - THRONE ROOM The Sorceress is now dressed in her full outfit. He-Man and Battle Cat stand before her. SORCERESS The Amulet is real, but nothing about it has ever been written in any Sorceress' journal. HE-MAN I thought every Sorceress was required to record all of her experiences in her journal. SORCERESS Yes, but the first Sorceress, Veena Grayskull, did not keep one. Her successor, Nemah Jiro, realized that Veena's mistakes might be repeated if future Sorceresses did not learn from history. Nemah was the first to keep a journal; every Sorceress since has upheld the tradition. HE-MAN I take it Veena was the one who created the Amulet. SORCERESS Yes. She made it from a small piece of stone taken from the bottom of the Pool of Power. Wearing it, she could use the full power of Grayskull without having to stay within its walls. HE-MAN Like the Crystal of Allenar? SORCERESS No. The Crystal of Allenar must be "charged" in the Pool of Power, like a battery, so its power is limited; the Amulet, like your sword and She-Ra's, links directly to the Power of Grayskull itself, but unlike your swords, it allows the use of Grayskull's power for any purpose, good... or evil. HE-MAN Why would she create such a thing? SORCERESS She simply wished to have the freedom to come and go as she pleased, but she did not stop to consider the full consequences of creating such unrestricted access to Grayskull's power. HE-MAN And now Skeletor has it. We've got to get that Amulet back. Battle Cat growls. BATTLE CAT What are we waiting for? Let's go! He-Man jumps into the saddle. SORCERESS No! If we fight him directly, he'll use the power. The Amulet is a link not only to Grayskull's power but to its collective memory as well; every time he uses it, there is a risk he will learn more of Grayskull's secrets. HE-MAN "More of?" SORCERESS Yes. He has already learned of one: Zoar the Falcon. He-Man's jaw drops. HE-MAN Does he know my secret identity? SORCERESS Not yet. But he will if we don't stop him now. HE-MAN So we have to get it away from him without tempting him to use it. SORCERESS Yes. HE-MAN How? SORCERESS I have an idea. We may be able to turn his awareness of Zoar the Falcon to our advantage. He-Man raises an eyebrow. DISSOLVE TO: EXT. CASTLE GRAYSKULL Zoar swoops out of a tower window and sweeps across the wasteland. She disappears off into the distance. DISSOLVE TO: EXT. SNAKE MOUNTAIN Zoar swoops towards the mountain. Skeletor, at the bottom, is accompanied by Evil-Lyn, Trap Jaw, Mer-Man and a slightly woozy Beast Man and Tri-Klops. The others stand to one side, giving Skeletor a wide berth, while he directs energy from his fingertips against the base of Snake Mountain itself. With a massive rumble, the entire mountain slowly begins to lift off the ground. Around Skeletor's neck, glowing with power, is the Amulet of Grayskull. Skeletor doesn't seem to be expending any effort at all; his magic lifts the entire mountain as if it were a pebble. Skeletor violently throws his hands upward. Snake Mountain rockets into the sky. Skeletor laughs with delight, then throws his hands down. Snake Mountain hurtles back down. The others cringe, holding up their arms and hands, expecting to get crushed by the hundreds of thousands of tons of rock. Skeletor enjoys their discomfort for a moment, then calmly raises his hands. Snake Mountain stops as if caught by a pair of invisible hands. Skeletor slowly lowers his hands, gently setting Snake Mountain back in its original place. Once the mountain is down, the Amulet stops glowing. Skeletor laughs again, rocking his head back. SKELETOR I have never felt such power! And this is only the beginning! Nothing can stop me now! EVIL-LYN Your overconfidence is your weakness. SKELETOR Your lack of faith is yours. Just then, Zoar swoops in directly at Skeletor and before anyone can react she grasps the Amulet in her talons, tears it off Skeletor's neck, and swoops away. Skeletor reacts instantly, pointing: SKELETOR The Sorceress! Stop her! EVIL-LYN The Sorceress...? SKELETOR The falcon, you fool! Stop that falcon! Evil-Lyn raises her hand, firing a bolt of energy. It strikes Zoar directly in the chest. Instantly, while still high in the air, Zoar transforms back into the Sorceress; she plummets. Evil-Lyn's mouth drops open. Everyone else can only watch as... ...the Sorceress hits the ground almost head first with a sickening thud and crunch. She collapses face down like a puppet whose strings were suddenly cut and lays still, the Amulet landing next to her. Evil-Lyn dashes forward. She reaches the Sorceress first; the others gather around. She squats down and turns the Sorceress over. The Sorceress' eyes are half open, lifeless. A thin trickle of blood drips from the corner of her mouth. Evil-Lyn gasps softly, then tentatively reaches for... ...the Sorceress' neck; she feels for a pulse. It takes Evil-Lyn a moment to find her voice. Then finally, almost a whisper: EVIL-LYN She's dead. Skeletor looks down at the dead Sorceress. SKELETOR Regrettable. It would have been more satisfying to force her to submit to my will. Skeletor turns away without a second thought. SKELETOR No matter. With the Sorceress dead, Grayskull is vulnerable. We must go now before this window of opportunity closes. Evil-Lyn, pulling her fingers back from the Sorceress' neck, loses her strength and drops to her knees. She never takes her gaze off the Sorceress' lifeless eyes. Skeletor turns back to her impatiently. SKELETOR Evil-Lyn! Bring the Amulet! She doesn't react. Skeletor starts slowly back towards her. SKELETOR Evil-Lyn...? Then, on Evil-Lyn's face, we see it: a tear rolling down her cheek. EVIL-LYN What have I done...? She slowly reaches out and... ...gently closes the Sorceress' eyes. Skeletor stops short, his jaw dropping. Evil-Lyn looks over at... ...the Amulet on the ground near the Sorceress' hand. Evil-Lyn reaches, picks up the Amulet, then gently lifts the Sorceress' head and puts it around her neck. Furious, Skeletor marches forward. SKELETOR What do you think you're doing?! He bends down and reaches for the Amulet. Instantly, Evil Lyn's hand grabs his arm, her head whipping around to glare at him; her eyes glow ice white. Skeletor winces at the unexpected strength of her grip. Evil-Lyn speaks slowly in a dangerous, guttural growl: EVIL-LYN Don't touch her. With strength that takes Skeletor totally unaware, she hurls him violently through the air to land skidding up to the feet of the others, who are no less surprised than he. Evil-Lyn, the glow in her tear-filled eyes gone, turns back to the Sorceress, laying atop her, covering them both with her cape. Then, in a flash, they both vanish. Skeletor rises, brushing himself off and checking himself for injuries while the others react. TRAP JAW Who put worms in her helmet? BEAST MAN Was she... crying...? Skeletor stares in fury at the spot where Evil-Lyn and the Sorceress vanished. SKELETOR If not, she will be when I get ahold of her. TRI-KLOPS Where did she go? He turns back to the others. SKELETOR I'll deal with her later. We must get to Grayskull. MER-MAN But Evil-Lyn has the Amulet. SKELETOR We won't need it. The Sorceress is dead; Castle Grayskull will never be more vulnerable than it is right now. We must seize this opportunity while we can. EXT. CASTLE GRAYSKULL The castle appears deserted, silent. Evil-Lyn and the Sorceress materialize directly across the abyss from the jawbridge. Slowly, Evil-Lyn lifts herself up, kneeling before the Sorceress. Gently, she rolls her on her back, straightens out her legs, takes her hands and folds them across her chest. Then, removing her helmet and bowing her head, Evil Lyn whispers softly to herself, hands folded before her. PULL BACK TO: INT. CASTLE GRAYSKULL - THRONE ROOM Evil-Lyn on the Mystic Mirror. Standing before the Mirror watching are He-Man, MAN-AT-ARMS, TEELA and ORKO; dozens of PALACE GUARDS stand along the walls. Teela steps toward the Mirror for a closer look. TEELA What is she doing? Evil-Lyn makes a crossing motion across her chest. He-Man reacts to this: HE-MAN That's the Sign of the Cross. ORKO What's that? HE-MAN It's a tradition of an Earth religion. Prince Adam told me about it; Queen Marlena still does it from time to time. MAN-AT-ARMS Why would Evil-Lyn be practicing an Earth tradition? TEELA I think the bigger question is: why did she bring the body back here? SORCERESS (O.S.) She is in extraordinary pain. Reveal the Sorceress, alive and well on her throne; no one seems surprised at this. The Sorceress takes a deep breath. SORCERESS Evil-Lyn normally keeps her emotions shielded from my mind... but now her guard is down... because her soul is wounded beyond her ability to bear. The Sorceress rises and slowly steps down from her throne to move closer to the Mirror, her eyes locked on Evil-Lyn who continues to kneel before the body, eyes closed, whispering. Evil-Lyn's face crumbles, tears streaming down her cheeks. She covers her face with her hands and lowers her head. She sobs deeply. No one can credit what they're seeing. MAN-AT-ARMS It's almost like she's grieving for your death. SORCERESS I believe she is. TEELA You'd think she'd be delighted. The Sorceress raises her hand towards the Mirror, concentrating on Evil-Lyn. SORCERESS The last time I felt pain like this in a person's mind... (to He-Man) ...was when Skeletor tricked you into thinking you'd killed a man. He-Man looks up at Evil-Lyn with compassion. The Sorceress lowers her hand, her features determined. SORCERESS Bring her inside. Teela blinks, staring wide-eyed at the Sorceress. TEELA With all due respect... have you completely lost your mind? SORCERESS As Sorceress of Grayskull, one of my primary duties is to comfort those in need; right now, Evil-Lyn is in need... I intend to help her. HE-MAN Are you sure this is wise? SORCERESS Perhaps not. But it is necessary. She needs help; I cannot turn my back. TEELA It's a trick. SORCERESS No. It is not. HE-MAN You're certain? SORCERESS Absolutely certain. HE-MAN Very well. TEELA He-Man...? HE-MAN I trust the Sorceress' judgment, Teela. I'll go out and meet her. (to the Sorceress) But, as a precaution, for the moment I'm not going to reveal that you're alive; I want to hear what she has to say first. SORCERESS Very well. EXT. CASTLE GRAYSKULL Evil-Lyn still covers her face, head down, sobbing. Then, we hear the sound of clinking chains. She uncovers her face, blinking her tear-filled eyes to clear them. She sees: The jawbridge lowering before her. Sitting on Battle Cat is He-Man looking out at her. He slowly rides out to meet her. He-Man looks down at the body, then up at Evil-Lyn. HE-MAN What have you done, witch? Evil-Lyn doesn't respond. Instead, she weakly reaches out and removes the Amulet from the Sorceress' neck. INT. CASTLE GRAYSKULL Everyone sees this on the Mirror. SORCERESS The Amulet... TEELA I told you it's a trick! She runs for the jawbridge. SORCERESS Teela, no! The Sorceress raises her hand. She grabs Teela in a magical force beam. Teela turns, shocked. TEELA What are you doing?! SORCERESS Look! The Sorceress points to the Mirror; Teela looks. Evil-Lyn, on her feet now, places the Amulet in her hand and holds it out to He-Man. Cautiously, he reaches for it; she places it gently in his hand. Teela's jaw goes slack. EXT. CASTLE GRAYSKULL He-Man regards the Amulet, then looks up to Evil-Lyn. The moment he makes eye contact, Evil-Lyn's eyes fill up again and she lowers her head, unable to look at him. He-Man's gaze softens. He steps off Battle Cat and slowly approaches Evil-Lyn, stopping to stand directly before her. He glances down at the body, then back at Evil-Lyn. HE-MAN What happened? Evil-Lyn draws a deep, shuddering breath. EVIL-LYN I... She closes her eyes, forcing fresh tears down her cheeks, then she forces herself to meet He-Man's gaze. EVIL-LYN She grabbed the Amulet from Skeletor while in falcon form. I only wanted to stun her... but she transformed into Human form while still in mid-air. Before I could do anything she'd fallen... and... Her throat catches. She looks down. HE-MAN You had the Amulet. You could've easily defeated Skeletor himself and taken all the power. Why didn't you? Why give it to us? It takes Evil-Lyn a moment to collect herself. EVIL-LYN I've never killed anyone. Never. I never wanted to hurt anyone... I only wanted the control... the power... Evil-Lyn looks down at her helmet, picks it up, examining it through her bleary eyes. EVIL-LYN And now that I have it... after what I did today... I no longer want it. Evil-Lyn scowls at her helmet, then flings it. It tumbles through the air, down the bottomless gorge (she won't be wearing it again unless otherwise indicated). He-Man takes a step closer to her. HE-MAN It was an accident. Evil-Lyn looks up at him in disbelief. EVIL-LYN What difference does that make? I killed the Sorceress of Grayskull! You should kill me where I stand. Evil-Lyn drops to one knee and lowers her head. She waits. He-Man shakes his head. HE-MAN I'm not going to kill you. Evil-Lyn seems to sag a little. EVIL-LYN What are you going to do with me? He-Man looks to the castle, then looks down at the still kneeling Evil-Lyn. HE-MAN Follow me. Evil-Lyn looks up, watching as He-Man and Battle Cat cross the jawbridge. Halfway across, they stop; He-Man looks back, waiting for Evil-Lyn to follow. Evil-Lyn takes a deep breath, wipes her eyes. Then she reaches under the body and carefully picks it up. Slowly, she follows He-Man. He turns and continues into the Castle, Evil-Lyn following slowly behind. The jawbridge starts to close. INT. CASTLE GRAYSKULL - FOYER He-Man continues to lead Evil-Lyn, still carrying the body, deeper inside, the jawbridge closing behind them. Though Evil-Lyn's eyes are still filled with tears, she holds herself up, carrying the body into the castle with as much dignity as she can. As they enter... INT. THE THRONE ROOM ...Evil-Lyn looks up and literally stops in mid-step. She sees the Sorceress on her throne, looking down at her. The Sorceress rises, slowly coming towards her. Everyone watches as the Sorceress steps up to Evil-Lyn who's frozen in place, staring unbelievingly. The Sorceress waves her hand. The body vanishes from Evil-Lyn's arms. Evil-Lyn looks down at her now empty hands, then back to the Sorceress. EVIL-LYN What...? SORCERESS You did not harm me, Evil-Lyn. That was only an illusion. Evil-Lyn is now thoroughly confused. EVIL-LYN Why? SORCERESS In using the Amulet, Skeletor learned that I was Zoar the Falcon; the more he used it, the more of our secrets he learned. I sent that illusion of myself and allowed it to be "killed" so Skeletor would believe I was dead; then, when he came to claim Grayskull, he would not be expecting me. We were hoping to use that element of surprise to take the Amulet from him before he could use it again. The Sorceress steps up to stand directly before Evil-Lyn, holding her gaze sadly. SORCERESS I am sorry I hurt you. Evil-Lyn begins to tremble. She chuckles weakly. EVIL-LYN I've... gone insane. I'm imagining all this... you're dead... you can't be alive. The Sorceress takes Evil-Lyn's hand in both of hers. SORCERESS Feel the warmth of my flesh, Evil Lyn. I am alive. Evil-Lyn closes her eyes, lowers her head. She starts to sag. Fearing she'll fall, the Sorceress steps forward and takes her in her arms. Reflexively, Evil-Lyn returns the embrace, sobbing. The Sorceress holds her, rocking slowly back and forth comfortingly. Other than the Sorceress, everyone else is quite nonplussed by Evil-Lyn's behavior. Teela in particular glares at her suspiciously, though she says nothing. Just then there's a jolt. A shudder goes through the room; small chunks of stone and dust fall from the ceiling. Everyone looks to the Mirror. Skeletor standing next to his attack vehicle surrounded by an army of battle bots; Beast Man, Tri-Klops, Trap Jaw and Merman are with him. He holds his Havoc Staff, firing a beam of energy at the jawbridge; he moves the staff almost as a fisherman reeling in a fish. Each time he pulls, the jawbridge quivers. A rumbling tremor goes through the room. Teela takes out a tiny transmitter. TEELA Attack sleds. Hold your positions; wait for my orders. We hear their acknowledgements over the radio in the background as Evil-Lyn swallows, then speaks: EVIL-LYN I think... I know a way we can get the drop on him. Everyone turns to her. All but the Sorceress seem surprised. The room trembles again. Teela looks to the Sorceress. TEELA Don't trust her. The Sorceress meets Teela's gaze evenly. SORCERESS We have the Amulet; she can't harm us. She turns to look directly into Evil-Lyn's eyes. SORCERESS And I don't believe she intends to. Another tremble. The Sorceress turns to Teela. SORCERESS We will hear her out. Teela purses her lips tightly together, scowling. EXT. CASTLE GRAYSKULL Skeletor still pulling on the beam of energy from his Havoc Staff. Tri-Klops brings his scope vision around. Blinks. TRI-KLOPS SEES a close-up of the edge of the jawbridge. TRI-KLOPS It's weakening. SKELETOR Of course it is. With no one to reinforce it, it's only a matter of time before... Just then, Skeletor tries to pull back on the beam again and nearly falls backwards; there's no resistance. The beam recoils back into the staff like a fishing line. SKELETOR What in blazes...? TRI-KLOPS Look! The jawbridge simply lowers before them. Standing on the threshold is Evil-Lyn with her helmet and wearing the Amulet. SKELETOR Ah. The traitor. EVIL-LYN The power of Grayskull is mine, Skeletor. Leave while you can. SKELETOR You may have the Amulet, witch, but you don't know how to use it. Give it to me, and all is forgiven; oppose me... and suffer the consequences. EVIL-LYN You are the one who will suffer the consequences if you set one foot on the jawbridge. SKELETOR We shall see! With that, he fires a bolt of energy at Evil-Lyn. She jumps back, stumbles, falls, scrambles back to her feet just in time to avoid another bolt which takes a sizeable chunk out of the floor. She runs. SKELETOR That's right, witch! Run! Delay the inevitable! Skeletor laughs and runs after her. Evil-Lyn runs into the throne room. Skeletor runs in right behind her, then stops short. The Sorceress looks down at him from her throne. SKELETOR What...? Before he can think, a hand reaches from behind him, grabbing his Havoc Staff. EVIL-LYN (O.C.) I'll take that. Skeletor whips around to see Evil-Lyn, without helmet and Amulet, holding his Havoc Staff aimed at him. He whips back to look at the Evil-Lyn he was chasing. She vanishes, just as the Sorceress' double did. The Sorceress clasps her hands over her head; a beam of energy projects down from them. It envelops Skeletor, driving him to the floor. He strains to look over at Evil-Lyn. SKELETOR You... you will pay for betraying me. EVIL-LYN Perhaps. But not today. She fires a beam from the Havoc Staff. Skeletor vanishes. Evil-Lyn whips the Havoc Staff back towards the entrance, firing a beam. EXT. CASTLE GRAYSKULL The beam shoots out from the entrance, enveloping Beast Man, Tri-Klops, Mer-Man, Trap Jaw, Skeletor's attack vehicle and the battle bot army; they vanish just as Skeletor did. INT. CASTLE GRAYSKULL Evil-Lyn lowers the Havoc Staff, holding it horizontally before her almost ceremoniously. She carries it to the Sorceress on her throne, hands it to her reverentially. EVIL-LYN This will not rid you of Skeletor; he has his own powers, but without this he is not nearly as strong. The Sorceress examines the Havoc Staff, then she holds it up. SORCERESS He-Man. Take this, and the Amulet, to the vault. She opens her hand and it floats across the room where He-Man catches it, nods and exits with it. SORCERESS Teela. Man-At-Arms. You and the guards may return to the palace. TEELA Respectfully, Sorceress... I don't feel comfortable leaving you alone with... her... SORCERESS I appreciate your concern, but I wish to speak with Evil-Lyn alone. I'll be fine. Trust me. TEELA I trust you; it's her I don't trust. MAN-AT-ARMS Teela, it's her decision; the Sorceress is well able to take care of herself. Teela opens her mouth as if to object, then closes it, nods stiffly, whips out her radio. TEELA Attack sleds. Stand down battle alert; return to the palace. GUARD (ON RADIO) Acknowledged. Teela looks up at the Sorceress with concern. TEELA Call us if you need anything. SORCERESS I will. She holds the Sorceress' gaze for a moment, then finally turns reluctantly to leave, Man-At-Arms and the others following. Orko flies up next to Teela as she walks, speaks softly into her ear. ORKO Teela. I know how you feel. I felt the same way about Sibyline, remember? She was evil but she saw the error of her ways and changed. TEELA We're not talking about Sibyline; we're talking about Evil-Lyn. ORKO What about the time you and Evil Lyn were trapped in the desert? She saved your life, didn't she? TEELA Only because she was depending on me for her survival. She only helps people if there's something in it for her. ORKO What could she want from the Sorceress? TEELA Exactly. Teela walks on. Orko looks back towards the throne room, then joins Man-At-Arms as he passes. DISSOLVE TO: INT. CASTLE GRAYSKULL - THE SORCERESS' PARLOR It's beautifully decorated with high quality antique furniture. Pictures on the walls are all of landscapes and animals, particularly of birds though there are a few others. Evil-Lyn sits alone on a couch near the main chair in the room. The Sorceress enters with a glass of amber liquid. SORCERESS Here. She hands it to Evil-Lyn. She takes a sip, and her eyes open wider in surprise. EVIL-LYN This is my favorite... how did you...? You can't get this on Eternia. SORCERESS Actually, that's my hospitality potion. It becomes the drink the holder wishes it to be. Evil-Lyn can't help but smile a little. EVIL-LYN I was still a young woman when I last tasted this. Thank you. Evil-Lyn takes another sip, trying to relax, but not entirely succeeding; she sits somewhat stiffly, self-conscious. The Sorceress takes a moment to collect her thoughts, then: SORCERESS Evil-Lyn. When I came up with my plan, I wasn't expecting anyone on Snake Mountain to react to my death the way you did. Evil-Lyn stares into her drink. EVIL-LYN That makes two of us. SORCERESS What do you mean? EVIL-LYN I mean... I would have regretted killing anyone... but when I thought I'd killed you... She can't go on; she looks down, shakes her head. The Sorceress gently squeezes her knee. SORCERESS It's all right. Evil-Lyn looks up at the Sorceress sharply. EVIL-LYN No! It's not! The Sorceress blinks, taken aback. Evil-Lyn sets down her drink somewhat forcefully and gets to her feet; she walks to a window, staring out across the wasteland around Grayskull. The Sorceress observes her from where she is. EVIL-LYN Why are you being so kind to me? SORCERESS Comforting those in need is one of my duties as Sorceress of Grayskull. EVIL-LYN Even those who have harmed you? SORCERESS You didn't harm me. EVIL-LYN No, but I've tried... many times... Evil-Lyn falls silent. The Sorceress gazes at her compassionately. SORCERESS That troubles you. Evil-Lyn's head drops; she closes her eyes. SORCERESS Has that ever troubled you before? EVIL-LYN (beat) Not at the time... but afterwards, back home, alone with my thoughts... Evil-Lyn lifts her head and opens her eyes, gazing out across the wasteland sadly. EVIL-LYN I'd find myself wishing that I could... work with you rather than fight against you. The Sorceress rises, slowly inching closer. SORCERESS Is that what you want? Evil-Lyn shakes her head slowly. EVIL-LYN I don't know. SORCERESS Yes, you do. The Sorceress stops right behind her. SORCERESS Let me help you. Evil-Lyn scoffs, looking up at the ceiling. EVIL-LYN Help me. SORCERESS Yes. EVIL-LYN How? SORCERESS By being your friend. Evil-Lyn drops her gaze to the floor. EVIL-LYN I don't have friends. SORCERESS You have one now. Evil-Lyn's eyes fill up. She shakes her head. EVIL-LYN No... She turns and marches quickly for the door. SORCERESS Evil-Lyn! The surprising authority in the Sorceress' voice causes Evil Lyn to stop instantly, though she does not turn back. SORCERESS Where are you going? EVIL-LYN Home! SORCERESS Where is that? Suddenly, Evil-Lyn looks confused. The Sorceress slowly approaches her again. SORCERESS Snake Mountain? Evil-Lyn shakes her head. EVIL-LYN I can't go there. Even if Skeletor forgave me for what I did today, which I doubt, I can no longer serve him... because serving him means fighting you... and I won't risk harming you again. SORCERESS If you can't go home... the best thing to do is to stay with a friend. EVIL-LYN I told you, I don't have friends. SORCERESS You have me. Evil-Lyn reacts, and slowly looks over her shoulder at the Sorceress. EVIL-LYN Are you suggesting I stay here? At Grayskull? SORCERESS Yes. Overwhelmed, Evil-Lyn turns away. The Sorceress takes a cautious step closer. EVIL-LYN I don't deserve your kindness. The Sorceress gently places a hand on Evil-Lyn's shoulder. SORCERESS Whether you feel you deserve it or not, you have it. I will not allow you, or anyone, to wander Eternia without a home. Please. Let me help you. Evil-Lyn closes her eyes, sighs deeply, then finally nods. The Sorceress squeezes her shoulder. SORCERESS I'll prepare a room for you. The Sorceress slides past Evil-Lyn. She watches her go wistfully, then lowers her gaze in shame. DISSOLVE TO: EXT. SNAKE MOUNTAIN SKELETOR'S VOICE I don't understand what's gotten into that woman... BEAST MAN'S VOICE She's a woman; that's explanation enough. INT. SNAKE MOUNTAIN - SKELETOR'S THRONE ROOM Skeletor sits brooding on his throne. Beast Man sits across from him digging into a large plate of meat. SKELETOR Normally I'd agree with you, but Evil-Lyn? She's always been the most intelligent of my allies. That comment is not lost on Beast Man. SKELETOR (CONT'D) What could have made her take such leave of her senses so suddenly? BEAST MAN Don't ask me. I've never been able to figure out females. Of any species. But Human females are particularly... erratic. SKELETOR Losing Evil-Lyn to He-Man and the Sorceress is almost as big a setback to my plans as when that meddling minx She-Ra arrived. Hm. Come to think of it, women have caused me nothing but trouble. Maybe I'd be better off if I stayed away from them altogether. BEAST MAN (to himself) Just as well; women prefer their men to have faces... SKELETOR What was that? BEAST MAN Nothing. SKELETOR So. I need a new ally. Male. BEAST MAN Have anyone in mind? SKELETOR Yes. Serepar. Beast Man chokes on a mouthful. BEAST MAN Is there any brain in that skull of yours, or is it all bone? SKELETOR He would be a powerful ally. BEAST MAN But an untrustworthy one. Remember what happened last time? SKELETOR I remember very well. But I was a less experienced sorcerer then. Now I believe he'd find it more useful to cooperate with me. BEAST MAN I hope you're right. SKELETOR I usually am. BEAST MAN Then how come He-Man keeps beating you? Off Skeletor's glare at Beast-Man. DISSOLVE TO: EXT. CASTLE GRAYSKULL - NIGHT Grayskull is an eerie, forboding presence in moonlight. DISSOLVE TO: INT. CASTLE GRAYSKULL - THRONE ROOM Evil-Lyn, wearing her helmet, runs into the throne room. EVIL-LYN Sorceress! Sorceress! Where are you? SKELETOR (O.S.) You know very well where she is. Evil-Lyn looks up. Skeletor sits on Grayskull's throne. He gestures below. SKELETOR She's right where you put her. Evil-Lyn turns. A fresh grave, gravestone bearing the Sorceress' face. EVIL-LYN No! Skeletor laughs; Evil-Lyn throws herself to her knees before the grave. EVIL-LYN No! Sorceress! I didn't mean to kill you! Please forgive me! Sorceress! Sorceress!!! In an explosion of soil the Sorceress, skin grey and decomposing, clothing in tatters, lunges out of the ground. Evil-Lyn screams, recoiling as the Sorceress leaps upon her. SMASH TO: INT. EVIL-LYN'S CHAMBER Waking suddenly, she sits bolt upright, reflexively knocking the Sorceress' hands from off her shoulders. The Sorceress, kneeling on her bed next to her, backs away a little, holding up her hands. For a moment Evil-Lyn, wearing one of the Sorceress' pink nighties, just sits there, catching her breath, looks over into the Sorceress' concerned eyes. SORCERESS Are you all right? EVIL-LYN No, I am not all right! Evil-Lyn presses the heels of her hands to her forehead. SORCERESS It was just a dream, Evil-Lyn. The Sorceress touches Evil-Lyn's arm; she yanks it away. EVIL-LYN Don't touch me! The Sorceress smiles softly. SORCERESS You are repelled by my touch... yet you long for it as well. Evil-Lyn blushes slightly. EVIL-LYN What are you talking about? SORCERESS No one within the walls of Grayskull can hide their feelings from my mind for long. Particularly good feelings. Evil-Lyn turns away. EVIL-LYN Just... leave me alone. The Sorceress looks disappointed, but she nods. SORCERESS Very well. The Sorceress raises her hand and in it appears a tiny crystal. She hands it to Evil-Lyn. SORCERESS Take this. EVIL-LYN What is it? SORCERESS If you put it under your pillow, it will allow you to share my dreams tonight; I will protect you from your nightmares. Genuinely touched, Evil-Lyn clasps the crystal in her hand. The Sorceress rises, gently waves her hand over Evil-Lyn; sparkling energy wafts gently down from her fingertips to settle over Evil-Lyn's head and shoulders. The Sorceress' voice is soft, comforting: SORCERESS Sleep. Sleep. Evil-Lyn's eyes drop closed and she slowly sinks back down to her pillow. The Sorceress gently opens her hand, takes the crystal and places it under her pillow. She tucks her in gently, strokes her hair, then turns and goes quietly to the door; she glances back once, then leaves. Evil-Lyn sleeps, her face peaceful for the first time. DISSOLVE TO: EXT. SNAKE MOUNTAIN - NIGHT A strange glow emanates from the snake's head. INT. SNAKE MOUNTAIN - THRONE ROOM Skeletor is there alone, his hands raised high above him. The entire room glows with an eerie energy. SKELETOR Serepar the Sorcerer! The mighty Skeletor summons you! A portal opens. SEREPAR the Sorcerer steps out. He is humanoid, completely devoid of hair and easily as muscular as either He-Man or Skeletor. He wears a flowing white robe decorated with gold and fine jewels. The portal closes behind him and he looks at Skeletor with surprised boredom. SEREPAR You. Haven't seen your face, or lack of one, in decades. What was your name? Boneface or something? SKELETOR Skeletor. SEREPAR Ah. I knew it had something to do with bones. Serepar starts to wander around, casually looking the place over throughout the conversation. SEREPAR (CONT'D) Well. You've apparently improved as a sorcerer; you managed to summon me. When we last met you couldn't summon water if you were on a beach. SKELETOR Are you going to stand there and insult me, or do you want to know why I've brought you here? SEREPAR I suppose I'm curious. SKELETOR Of all the people I've ever worked with, you brought me closest to defeating the Sorceress of Grayskull. Now she has taken one of my allies: Evil-Lyn. SEREPAR Ah yes. The lovely lady with the bag of parlor tricks. Well, at least she made one intelligent decision, breaking ties with you. SKELETOR My point is, she's at Grayskull now. If I don't find a way to get her back soon, the Sorceress may corrupt her into turning her back on me permanently. SEREPAR You're worried that their combined power will be too much for you. SKELETOR Something like that. Serepar smirks. He pulls a vicious looking knife out of a hidden pocket under his robe, gazing at it, feeling the tip. SEREPAR All right, Skeleton. SKELETOR Skeletor. SEREPAR Whatever. Just give me one thing: the Sorceress of Grayskull. Not her power. Her. Help me capture her, powerless, and I will help you take Grayskull and Evil-Lyn. SKELETOR What use would the Sorceress be to you without her powers? SEREPAR That is not your concern. That's my offer; take it or leave it. SKELETOR Very well; I accept. SEREPAR Excellent. Now. First thing I'll need is that staff of yours. SKELETOR Um... the Sorceress has it. SEREPAR Why am I not surprised? Ah well. That could be turned to our advantage if I can access its power from here, but that will take time. I may be here a while. SKELETOR You're welcome to stay; I happen to have an extra room handy. Just let me clear some junk out of it. EXT. CASTLE GRAYSKULL There is a small flash, leaving behind a pile of personal belongings, mostly electronic devices. Articles of clothing strewn in with them are clearly Evil-Lyn's. MATCH DISSOLVE: EXT. CASTLE GRAYSKULL - MORNING The personal belongings still there. Orko comes floating up; he stops short when he sees the mess. ORKO What's all this? He floats to the pile and picks up an article of clothing. ORKO This looks like Evil-Lyn's stuff. But what's it doing here? INT. CASTLE GRAYSKULL - KITCHEN The table is in the foreground, the door in background. The Sorceress' hands enter frame, putting down a steaming plate. Orko comes to the door still carrying Evil-Lyn's clothes. ORKO Sorceress, there's a big mess... He stops short at what he sees: The Sorceress is putting down a second plate in front of Evil Lyn, both now dressed for the day. The Sorceress looks to Orko with a soft smile. SORCERESS Good morning, Orko. Would you like some eggs? Orko's a little confused. ORKO Um... sure... thanks... He takes a place at the table as the Sorceress cracks a couple more eggs into the pan on the stove. Orko glances uncomfortably at Evil-Lyn eating her breakfast. Both are silent for a moment, then Evil-Lyn gestures with her fork to the clothes Orko still holds. EVIL-LYN Aren't those my clothes? ORKO Huh? Orko looks at the clothes in his hands. ORKO Oh, yeah. Sorceress? There's a big mess out front. SORCERESS Mess? EVIL-LYN My personal belongings, no doubt. Special delivery from Skeletor. ORKO Why would he send your stuff here? EVIL-LYN It seems I've been officially evicted. ORKO You mean he kicked you out? Well that's a pretty rotten thing to do! EVIL-LYN Can you blame him? ORKO Well yeah! Just because you're mad at someone doesn't mean you should kick them out of their home! Evil-Lyn is touched by Orko's concern. EVIL-LYN It's all right, little one. He did me a favor. I wasn't planning on going back there, anyway. ORKO But if you don't go back to Snake Mountain, where will you go? SORCERESS I've invited her to stay with me for the time being. Orko means the comment for himself but speaks it too loudly: ORKO Uh oh. Teela's gonna hit the roof. SORCERESS Teela? Orko covers his mouth. ORKO Oops. SORCERESS What about Teela, Orko? ORKO Well... she's not happy about you helping Evil-Lyn. She doesn't trust her. EVIL-LYN After all I've done, I can't say I blame her. ORKO Well you know what I think? I think everybody deserves a chance to change, and if the Sorceress trusts you enough to let you stay here then I trust you, too. Evil-Lyn, feeling a bit ashamed, looks away from Orko and down to her eggs, poking them with her fork. The Sorceress sets out a plate of eggs and cutlery for Orko then takes her seat and begins eating her breakfast. Orko takes his first bite, swallows, turns to Evil-Lyn. ORKO When we're finished eating, I'll help you bring your stuff in. Evil-Lyn, still a little emotional, picks up her next forkful of egg with little enthusiasm. EVIL-LYN Thank you. Evil-Lyn takes her bite, trying to enjoy her meal. DISSOLVE TO: EXT. CASTLE GRAYSKULL - DAY The pile of Evil-Lyn's belongings is gone. INT. CASTLE GRAYSKULL - EVIL-LYN'S CHAMBER All of the electronic equipment we saw before is now stacked neatly together and set up. The equipment is surprisingly recognizable; though everything looks hand built, we can clearly distinguish a computer and stereo system based on the shape of things. Evil-Lyn sits on the bed. Orko floats before her. EVIL-LYN Thank you for your help, Orko. ORKO Any time. I'd better run; I'm supposed to meet Prince Adam and Teela for lunch. So long! Evil-Lyn watches him go, sadness in her eyes. The Sorceress enters as Orko is floating through the door. ORKO Bye, Sorceress! SORCERESS Goodbye, Orko. The Sorceress turns her attention to the melancholy Evil-Lyn. SORCERESS I was just going to work on a spell. Would you like to join me? Evil-Lyn is shocked at the suggestion. EVIL-LYN You would trust me to help you with a spell? The Sorceress gives Evil-Lyn one of her soft smiles. SORCERESS Of course. I know I can trust you. As I said last night, here within the walls of Grayskull I can sense your feelings. Evil-Lyn almost seems offended. EVIL-LYN With respect, Sorceress, I would prefer you stay out of my mind. SORCERESS I have. I have not attempted to reach your thoughts, but I cannot help sensing your feelings. They are strong. Particularly your feelings for me. Again, Evil-Lyn blushes, looks down. The Sorceress slowly comes over and kneels before her. She reaches out to take Evil-Lyn's hand; she pulls away. SORCERESS Evil-Lyn. Look at me. She doesn't. The Sorceress reaches out and gently lifts Evil Lyn's chin. SORCERESS Look at me. Reluctantly, Evil-Lyn brings her gaze up to meet the Sorceress'. SORCERESS You have nothing to be ashamed of. Finally, Evil-Lyn can bear no more; her eyes fill with tears and she turns away. EVIL-LYN Go. Please. The Sorceress gently places her hand on Evil-Lyn's knee; she starts to pull back. SORCERESS (tenderly) Evil-Lyn... Evil-Lyn freezes. After a moment, she begins to tremble all over, her eyes finally overflowing, still unable to look up at the Sorceress. The Sorceress speaks with profound tenderness: SORCERESS I know... how you feel. EVIL-LYN Do you? Evil-Lyn finally locks gazes with the Sorceress, desperation in her eyes. EVIL-LYN Then tell me. Because I don't know what this is. I've never felt anything like it before. The Sorceress' answer is so simple in its truth: SORCERESS It's love. Evil-Lyn is totally lost in an ocean of confusion. EVIL-LYN It can't be. SORCERESS Why not? EVIL-LYN I don't even know what love is. SORCERESS Now you do. It is the feeling you have for me that I sense in you. EVIL-LYN How do you know it's love? SORCERESS Because love is the fundamental foundation of the power of Grayskull. It is the one feeling that cannot be faked, cannot be mistaken for something else... and it is the one feeling that Grayskull can never turn away. Evil-Lyn looks away. SORCERESS I have not felt a love so strong for me... since my husband. Evil-Lyn looks up at her, surprised. EVIL-LYN Husband? I never knew you were married. SORCERESS It was before you came to Eternia. EVIL-LYN Where is he now? SORCERESS He died. Long ago. EVIL-LYN I'm sorry. SORCERESS Don't be. He died in the Battle of Eternos. A hero. I have been very lonely, out here by myself all these years, but I consider that a small price to pay for the freedom now enjoyed by all Eternians... which his sacrifice made possible. The Sorceress again takes Evil-Lyn's hand; this time, she does not pull away. SORCERESS I could not turn his love away when I felt it. So too I cannot turn away yours. Evil-Lyn again looks down and away, then rises, turning away completely, looking out the window. The Sorceress rises and walks up to stand behind Evil-Lyn but she does not touch her; she simply observes, waiting for her to speak. Finally: EVIL-LYN I've always been... jealous of your power. Since the first day I met you. I've spent years trying to find weaknesses in you, only to find none. The more I learned about you, the more I came to respect you as an adversary. Eventually, I even came to admire you, though I would never have admitted it, even to myself. But it wasn't until I thought... that I had killed you... that I first realized this... feeling was in me. SORCERESS Sometimes, we don't realize how much someone means to us... until we nearly lose them. EVIL-LYN I think... I fought you so hard because... I wanted you to respect me... love me... and I was angry... because I knew you never would. With that, the Sorceress slowly turns Evil-Lyn around and, before she realizes it, she finds herself in the most tender of kisses, passionate but almost unbearably gentle. The Sorceress runs her fingers through Evil-Lyn's hair; Evil-Lyn gently caresses the feathers of the Sorceress' headdress. When she finally breaks the kiss, the Sorceress locks gazes with Evil-Lyn, softly declaring: SORCERESS Never say never. Evil-Lyn is spellbound by the Sorceress' soul-piercing gaze. The Sorceress gently wipes Evil-Lyn's tears with her thumb. SORCERESS I'll be in my bedroom if you wish to join me. The implications of the word "bedroom" are not lost on Evil Lyn. The Sorceress kisses her cheek tenderly and leaves. Evil-Lyn can only stand there, staring at the door through which the Sorceress just left. She touches her lips, closing her eyes, remembering the Sorceress' lips on hers. PULL BACK TO: INT. GRAYSKULL VAULT - SKELETOR'S HAVOC STAFF An image of Evil-Lyn on the staff's crystal. MATCH DISSOLVE: INT. SNAKE MOUNTAIN - SKELETOR'S THRONE ROOM The same image on Skeletor's "bubble screen." Skeletor just stares agape at what he's just witnessed; Serepar observes with a smirk. SEREPAR It would seem Evil-Lyn and the Sorceress have a somewhat... closer relationship than you anticipated. SKELETOR This is not good... SEREPAR On the contrary; this is perfect. SKELETOR Are you crazy? Do you have any idea what the Sorceress can do with powerful emotions like that? SEREPAR Do you have any idea how distracting such emotions can be? Serepar observes Evil-Lyn. SEREPAR Look at her. Breathless. Trembling. She can't even move. SKELETOR But the Sorceress... SEREPAR ...has been living in that castle for decades alone. When her physical desires overtake her, and they will, the Sorceress will be just as vulnerable. Skeletor looks as skeptical as his lack of face allows. DISSOLVE TO: INT. CASTLE GRAYSKULL - THE SORCERESS' BEDROOM - NIGHT The Sorceress sits in her small bedroom throne, fingers to her temples, concentrating. Before her is a golden ball of light; it looks like a mini sun, though not as bright. After a moment, frustration flashes across her peaceful features and she lets her hands down; the ball of light vanishes. She shakes her head, closes her eyes and tilts her head back, exhausted. Then, she hears something faintly echoing through the corridors of the castle. It's clearly music, but with all the echo it's indistinct, hard to identify. She looks up, her brow knitting in puzzlement. INT. A CORRIDOR The Sorceress enters, following the music. It's louder here, more distinctly an energetic piece of rock music. The Sorceress is intrigued. She follows it. INT. CORRIDOR OUTSIDE EVIL-LYN'S CHAMBER Here, the music is much louder. At this point, she can hear the lyrics sung in a husky female voice (think Bonnie Tyler but a little deeper): SINGER They got a file on me and it's a mile long and they say that they got all of the proof, That I'm just another case of arrested development and just another wasted youth. They say that I'm in need of some radical discipline, they say I gotta face the truth, That I'm just another case of arrested development and just another wasted youth. Discreetly, the Sorceress peeks through Evil-Lyn's door: INT. EVIL-LYN'S CHAMBER She observes Evil-Lyn, her stereo blasting, holding a wireless microphone and singing her heart out: EVIL-LYN (singing) They say I'm wild and I'm reckless. I should be acting my age. I'm an impressionable child in a tumultuous world, And they say I'm at a difficult stage. The Sorceress' mouth drops open, astonished by Evil-Lyn's apparent dancing skills and her surprisingly good singing voice. For the first time, we see unrestrained exuberance and joy on Evil-Lyn's face as she loses herself in the music: EVIL-LYN (singing) But it seems to me to the contrary, of all the crap they're going to put on the page, That a wasted youth is better by far than a wise and productive old age! The Sorceress smiles, listening as she repeats: EVIL-LYN (singing) A wasted youth is better by far than a wise and productive old age! The Sorceress steps into the doorway. Evil-Lyn doesn't notice her right away, so intent is she on singing with the rising chorus of voices accompanying her on her stereo: EVIL-LYN (singing) A wasted youth is better by far than a wise and productive old age! A wasted youth is better by far than a wise and productive old age! Whirling around, she finally sees the Sorceress. She freezes, wide-eyed, then scrambles for the stereo, cutting off the music. We hear the remnants of it echoing off through the castle, then silence. The Sorceress just looks at Evil-Lyn calmly. EVIL-LYN Sorry... SORCERESS It's all right. I needed a break. EVIL-LYN You... don't mind? SORCERESS Not at all. That was rather enjoyable, actually. I never knew you could sing so well. Evil-Lyn blushes. EVIL-LYN It's... how I let off steam. Of course, I could never do this when Skeletor was home. (a Skeletor impression) "Turn off that infernal racket!" The Sorceress laughs. SORCERESS I can understand why he'd object. Whatever that was, it generates a very strong, positive energy. What was it? Evil-Lyn reaches for a case on the console; she hands it to the Sorceress. She looks at it strangely. SORCERESS This... is a compact disc. That's an Earth technology. EVIL-LYN How do you...? SORCERESS Queen Marlena is from Earth; she has a few of these. She wanted to play them, so I helped Man-At-Arms reverse engineer how these worked so we could build her a player. The Sorceress smirks. SORCERESS So. You're from Earth. I take it "Evil-Lyn" is not your real name. EVIL-LYN Well... it's a derivative of it. My name is actually Evelyn Powers. SORCERESS Ah. Marlena's copilot. She said you'd vanished from her shuttle just before she found herself in the Eternian asteroid belt. Evil-Lyn nods. EVIL-LYN Somehow, I wound up on Infinita. SORCERESS Skeletor's home world. That's where you learned sorcery? EVIL-LYN Yes. SORCERESS Learning sorcery is a strange choice for a scientist to make. Evil-Lyn hesitates, not sure she's ready to talk about this. She slowly walks over, sits on the bed. Finally, she takes a deep breath and launches into it: EVIL-LYN On Earth, I always felt weak and insignificant. I was hurt so many times by so many people in so many different ways that I was sometimes terrified to even go out the door. So, sometimes I didn't. I'd bury myself in my books. Fantasy stories were my favorites. I liked to imagine what it would be like to have magical powers, so I could protect myself from those who would hurt me. SORCERESS So when you realized you were in a world where magic was real... EVIL-LYN I couldn't resist. I thought no one would ever hurt me again; magic would make me invincible. On Earth it would have since no one there practices magic but here, where magic is common... there was always someone who was more powerful than I. So I found myself just as fearful here as I was on Earth. I was constantly looking for ways to make myself more powerful. To protect myself. But no matter how much power I acquired... SORCERESS It was never enough. You still never felt safe. Evil-Lyn nods. EVIL-LYN During the time Teela and I were trapped in the desert together, I complained I needed water. She raised her sword. I thought she meant to kill me. But, of course, she didn't; she cut open a plant that had water inside. She said to me, "You don't trust anyone, do you?" She was right. I don't. Because every time I ever have... it's blown up in my face. SORCERESS So you live in fear of everyone. Evil-Lyn looks down, nodding. The Sorceress walks over to her slowly and cautiously sits on the bed next to her. She reaches out, gently taking Evil Lyn's hand. SORCERESS You have nothing to fear here. Evil-Lyn nods, but doesn't seem to feel much better. The Sorceress flips over the CD case in her hand, reading the back. SORCERESS Perhaps this music of yours will make you feel better. The Sorceress smirks, shaking her head. SORCERESS This artist certainly has a penchant for long titles. EVIL-LYN What would you like to hear? SORCERESS I'd like to hear something... happy. Energetic. EVIL-LYN I know just the one. She jumps up and grabs her microphone, setting it up on a stand in front of what we now see is a piano keyboard. She makes a selection on the stereo, then on the computer which flashes "MUTE PIANO." Evil-Lyn presses the play key. The intro from Meat Loaf's "Out of the Frying Pan" begins to play. Evil-Lyn gets herself comfortable, poised over the keyboard until finally she jumps in, playing the piano part eagerly. Again, that joyful expression on her face as she starts to lose herself in the music. The Sorceress smiles, observing Evil-Lyn's obvious bliss. As the music builds in intensity, the Sorceress starts unconsciously tapping her foot, getting swept up herself. By the time Evil-Lyn begins singing the opening lines, the Sorceress is actually swaying a little to the beat: EVIL-LYN (singing) It's only two o'clock and the temperature's beginning to soar, And all around the city you see the walking wounded and the living dead. It's never been this hot and I've never been so bored, And breathing is just no fun anymore... Evil-Lyn locks eyes with the Sorceress as she sings: EVIL-LYN (singing) And then I saw you like a summer dream and you're the answer to every prayer that I ever said. The Sorceress breaks the gaze shyly for only an instant, then she locks gazes with Evil-Lyn again in delight. EVIL-LYN (singing) I saw you like a summer dream and you're the answer to every prayer that I ever said. Evil-Lyn smiles back warmly. Then, as the intensity of the music rises a notch, she throws herself into it again: EVIL-LYN (singing) You can feel the pulse of the pavement racing like a runaway horse. The Sorceress jumps to her feet, gracefully but with more alacrity than her usually sedate movements. Evil-Lyn looks up but continues to play and sing: EVIL-LYN (singing) The subways are steaming and the skin of the streets is gleaming with sweat. The Sorceress spreads her arms and starts to spin in time with the music. Evil-Lyn is thrilled, watching her intently as she plays. EVIL-LYN (singing) I've seen you sitting on the steps outside, And you were looking so restless and reckless and lost. I think it's time for you to come inside; I'll be waiting here with something that you'll never forget. Hearing those words, it's the Sorceress' turn to lock eyes with Evil-Lyn: EVIL-LYN (singing) I think it's time for you to come inside; I'll be waiting here with something that you'll never forget. Evil-Lyn smiles, then finally loses all restraint, pouring her soul into her performance. For her part, the Sorceress begins displaying heretofore unknown dancing skill, twirling about the room with exceptional grace, the perfect counterpoint to the music's intensity. EVIL-LYN (singing) Come on, come on, and there'll be no turning back. You were only killing time and it'll kill you right back. Come on, come on! It's time to burn up the fuse! You got nothing to do and even less to lose! You got nothing to do and even less to lose! Evil-Lyn jabs a control on the stereo console; "UNMUTE PIANO" flashes on the screen. As the piano part begins playing on its own, Evil-Lyn grabs her microphone, gets up and joins the Sorceress, twirling with her in perfect sync, locking eyes, now singing directly to her: EVIL-LYN (singing) So wander down the ancient hallway, taking the stairs only one at a time. Evil-Lyn takes one of the Sorceress' hands with her free hand, pulling her towards the bed: EVIL-LYN (singing) Follow the sound of my heartbeat now, I'm in the room at the top, you're at the end of the line. She gently lays the Sorceress back on the bed: EVIL-LYN (singing) Open the door and lay down on the bed. She moves close to the Sorceress, singing this line sensually into her ear: EVIL-LYN (singing) The sun is just a ball of desire. The Sorceress closes her eyes, tilting her head back. Her chest rises and falls with deep breaths. Evil-Lyn dances gracefully, seductively around the bed, running her hands over the Sorceress' body, arms, legs, her gaze locked on the Sorceress's face. The Sorceress spreads her arms wide, exposing herself to Evil-Lyn's touch, giving herself over to the moment: EVIL-LYN (singing) And I wanna take you out of the frying pan, Out of the frying pan, Out of the frying pan, and into the fire. The Sorceress' eyes open, and she watches Evil-Lyn dance around her with growing intensity: EVIL-LYN (singing) Ooh I want to take you out of the frying pan, Oh out of the frying pan, Oh out of the frying pan, and into the fire. And into the fire, fire, fire! As the intensity reaches that crescendo, the Sorceress jumps to her feet and joins Evil-Lyn in her dance. Evil-Lyn abandons her microphone; the original Meat Loaf vocals take over: MEAT LOAF (ON STEREO) (singing) And into the fire, fire, fire! The two of them are so well in tune with each other in this moment that they seem to dance as one body, touching, caressing, gliding over each other as if this was what they were born to do. MEAT LOAF (ON STEREO) (singing) And into the fire, fire, fire! And into the fire! Just then, both ladies' attention is drawn to a golden glow somewhere o.s.; they look to see... ...the golden ball of light we saw the Sorceress working on. They speak loudly to be heard over the music, still playing: EVIL-LYN What's that? SORCERESS It's the spell I was working on. As they observe, the ball of light drifts into the room, pulsing to the beat. The Sorceress looks at it in wonder. SORCERESS It's responding to the music... The Sorceress raises her hand and beckons to it. It immediately responds, moving towards her, pulsing brighter than ever. The Sorceress exchanges a look with Evil-Lyn, then raises both hands, making a swirling motion; the ball of light mimics her movements, starting to spin. MEAT LOAF (ON STEREO) (singing) It's only two o'clock and the temperature's beginning to soar, And all around the city you see the walking wounded and the living dead. Evil-Lyn slowly moves around to the other side of the ball of light and raises her hands to it, coordinating her movements with the Sorceress until both of them have the ball spinning, growing larger and larger as the intensity of the music begins building again: MEAT LOAF (ON STEREO) (singing) It's never been this hot and I've never been so bored, And breathing is just no fun anymore, And then I saw you like a summer dream and you're the answer to every prayer that I ever said. I saw you like a summer dream and you're the answer to every prayer that I ever said. Evil-Lyn slowly circles around until she stands behind the Sorceress, then she gently reaches under the Sorceress' upraised arms and runs her hands sensually down the sides her body. The Sorceress sighs softly, briefly closing her eyes and tilting her head back, enjoying the touch. MEAT LOAF (ON STEREO) (singing) Come on, come on, and there'll be no turning back. You were only killing time and it'll kill you right back. Come on, come on! It's time to burn up the fuse! You've got nothing to do and even less to lose! You've got nothing to do and even less to lose! Now, Evil-Lyn brings her lips close to the Sorceress' ear, singing along with Meat Loaf: EVIL-LYN (singing) So wander down the ancient hallway, taking the stairs only one at a time. Follow the sound of my heartbeat now, I'm in the room at the top, you're at the end of the line. Open the door and lay down on the bed. The sun is just a ball of desire. On the word "desire," Evil-Lyn's arms encircle the Sorceress' body... she runs her hands up towards her chest... the Sorceress closes her eyes again, biting her lower lip, trembling now. The golden light bathes them as Evil-Lyn sings softly, seductively into the Sorceress' ear: EVIL-LYN (singing) And I wanna take you out of the frying pan, Out of the frying pan, Ooh out of the frying pan, and into the fire. Evil-Lyn's hands reach the Sorceress' breasts, then begin to slide back down towards her hips. Now, as Evil-Lyn becomes lost in her own passion, she stops singing, now intent only on the Sorceress' body. Meanwhile the ball of light, now as tall as the two ladies themselves, is pulsing ice-white... MEAT LOAF (ON STEREO) (singing) Ooh I want to take you out of the frying pan, Oh, Out of the frying pan, Out of the frying pan, and into the fire. And into the... and into the... and into the... and into the... As the words repeat, rising in fervor, the ball of light builds in brightness. The Sorceress raises her hands higher... higher... higher... until... MEAT LOAF (ON STEREO) (singing) Fire, fire, fire! On those words, the Sorceress powerfully spreads her hands apart. The ball explodes in a blinding flash of light, then is gone. In its place is a room filling glow, bathing the
Sorceress, Evil-Lyn and everything in the room with a pure golden light that seems to come from everywhere, and nowhere. MEAT LOAF (ON STEREO) (singing) And into the fire, fire, fire! The Sorceress is more elated than we've ever seen her. Gone is her usual reserve as she opens herself up to the full passion of this moment, gazing up in wonder at the pure light filling the room. MEAT LOAF (ON STEREO) (singing) And into the fire, fire, fire! In Evil-Lyn's eyes... an intensity... passion... hunger... MEAT LOAF (ON STEREO) (singing) And into the fire! Still caught up in the moment, the Sorceress begins gesturing about the room in time with the music. The golden glow acts almost as if it were made of liquid under her command, swirling, splashing and rushing around the room with the Sorceress' movements. As she spins around, her eyes lock with Evil-Lyn's... she sees the hunger there... she stares, transfixed, as if Evil Lyn were the only thing in her Universe in that moment... Then, all at once, the two women take each other in their arms and kiss passionately. Their hands explore each other in rapture, yet there's a warmth, gentleness, tenderness in their touch as well. In the fervency of their passion, the fall to the bed, the Sorceress on top. The Sorceress brings herself upright, casting off her feathered cloak and headdress revealing her natural red hair with highlights of gray wild about her head. She looks down at Evil-Lyn in heat... MEAT LOAF (ON STEREO) (singing) And into the fire, fire, fire! Evil-Lyn gazes up at her imploringly, breathless... MEAT LOAF (ON STEREO) (singing) And into the fire, fire, fire! The Sorceress leans down to her and they lock in a kiss, holding each other as closely as two Human beings can... MEAT LOAF (ON STEREO) (singing) And into the fire! We move up and away from the lovers on the bed to the glorious glow of the room. MEAT LOAF (ON STEREO) (singing) Fire! DISSOLVE TO: INT. SNAKE MOUNTAIN - THRONE ROOM Serepar stares in frustration at Skeletor's blank bubble screen. Skeletor sits on his throne, arms folded, smug. SKELETOR Something wrong? SEREPAR I can't get the picture back. SKELETOR Oh? Looked to me like the fireworks were about to start between those two; the Sorceress should be plenty vulnerable now. SEREPAR There's some kind of power surge; I've lost contact with the staff. Skeletor's expression darkens. He moves up behind Serepar, speaking in ominous tones: SKELETOR I've lived with Evil-Lyn for years; I've fought the Sorceress of Grayskull for decades. SEREPAR Your point? SKELETOR I know these people far better than you. To the Sorceress this is not just pleasure of the flesh... this is an expression of love, and love is the source of her greatest power. SEREPAR If you know them so well then what do you need me for? Skeletor gestures to the blank screen. SKELETOR This is why. The closer those two get, the more powerful they become. If I'm going to put a stop to this before it's too late I need to overwhelm and devastate them; I need all the power I can get. Skeletor comes around to meet Serepar's eyes. SKELETOR All I'm saying is... let me tell you what their vulnerabilities are. Then, when the time is right, we strike together. SEREPAR All right, then. What are their vulnerabilities? SKELETOR They are most vulnerable when in fear. Fear leads to anger; anger leads to hate. Once they start to feel hate... that's when the door opens to us. Skeletor waves his hand over the bubble screen. Up comes an image of Adam, Teela and Orko having a picnic lunch. Serepar, nonplussed, looks at Skeletor. SEREPAR What is this? SKELETOR A little something I... overheard yesterday. Watch... and learn... Serepar turns his attention to the screen. TEELA (ON SCREEN) She's staying at Grayskull?! ORKO (ON SCREEN) Teela, trust me, this is not the Evil-Lyn we knew. She was sweet and gentle the whole time. MATCH DISSOLVE: EXT. PALACE COURTYARD Adam, Teela and Orko as they were on the screen. TEELA And it never occurred to you that it might be a trick? ADAM Teela, I doubt she could pull the wool over the Sorceress' eyes, not to that extent. TEELA I'm not so sure. ORKO Teela, if the Sorceress needs our help she'll call us. TEELA If she can. By the time she realizes she's in trouble Evil-Lyn may have her helpless. Or worse. ADAM You saw the way she reacted when she thought she'd harmed the Sorceress. I hardly think... TEELA Yes, Adam, that's your problem. You hardly think. Adam reacts to the unusually harsh rebuke. Teela shakes her head, hastily grabbing a napkin, wiping her mouth; she angrily throws down the napkin and rises. ORKO Where are you going? TEELA For a walk. ORKO Teela...! ADAM Let her go, Orko. Adam holds Orko by the arm as they watch Teela walk off. PULL BACK TO: INT. SNAKE MOUNTAIN Teela, on the bubble screen, walking away. SKELETOR You see Teela's mistrust of Evil Lyn. She fears her. She's angry that the Sorceress is helping her. It would take only the smallest nudge... to turn her anger to hate. SEREPAR What good will that do us? SKELETOR Sooner or later, she will go to Grayskull to confront the Sorceress. When she does... we can use her hate to pry open the door. Skeletor laughs darkly. DISSOLVE TO: EXT. CASTLE GRAYSKULL - NIGHT Beautiful crystal clear sky, full moonlight. INT. CASTLE GRAYSKULL - EVIL-LYN'S CHAMBER All is quiet now. The moonlight streams into the window, illuminating the room in a comforting blue glow. The Sorceress and Evil-Lyn are wrapped in each other's arms in their afterglow, Evil-Lyn's head resting comfortingly on the Sorceress' chest. The Sorceress closes her eyes, buries her nose in Evil-Lyn's hair, kissing, inhaling her scent. In Evil-Lyn's eyes, a profound sadness. Tears fall from her eyes. When one hits the Sorceress' skin, she looks down. She strokes Evil-Lyn's hair comfortingly. SORCERESS What's wrong? Evil-Lyn swallows. EVIL-LYN This was a mistake. SORCERESS Expressing your love for someone is never a mistake. Suddenly, Evil-Lyn jumps out of the bed, looking about the room; her clothing is strewn all about. She locates her panties, hurriedly putting them on. SORCERESS Where are you going? EVIL-LYN I don't know. But I can't stay here. She locates her bra, snatches it up. The Sorceress sits up, swinging her feet to the floor. SORCERESS Evelyn. Evil-Lyn stops short at the use of her proper name. The Sorceress rises, approaching Evil-Lyn slowly, the way you'd approach a spooked horse. She slowly reaches out and gently takes the bra out of Evil-Lyn's hand, putting it aside on the bed. Then, slowly, she takes Evil-Lyn's shoulders, gently turning her to face her; she squeezes her shoulders comfortingly. Evil-Lyn doesn't look up. SORCERESS If you need time to be alone, I understand. But first I want you to know... this is your home now. When you're ready to return... my door will be open for you. Evil-Lyn's eyes fill. EVIL-LYN I don't want to go. SORCERESS Then don't. EVIL-LYN I must. SOCRERESS Why? Evil-Lyn forces herself to meet the Sorceress' eyes. EVIL-LYN You deserve better than me. SORCERESS Oh, Evelyn... EVIL-LYN Stop calling me that! SORCERESS No. Evil-Lyn blinks at the Sorceress' blunt refusal. SORCERESS I refuse to use a name that calls you "evil." EVIL-LYN But I am. SORCERESS No. You are not. Evil-Lyn's self pity dissolves into anger. EVIL-LYN I almost killed you! If that hadn't been an illusion... SORCERESS But it was. You didn't harm me. EVIL-LYN But I thought it was you! And I attacked it! I killed it! SORCERESS And how did that make you feel? Evil-Lyn freezes, gaze locked on the Sorceress, breathing heavily. Then, she turns away, looking out her window. Her eyes fill. She scowls and looks up to the sky pleadingly. Then, finally, she must let it go, crying openly. She drops her head sorrowfully, sobbing, eyes shut tight. The Sorceress moves close, speaks softly into her ear: SORCERESS You regret what you did. Evil-Lyn nods. SORCERESS Only a good person regrets doing harm... the evil never regret. Evil-Lyn raises her head; her bleary eyes open, thoughtful, startled by the Sorceress' insight. The Sorceress gently turns Evil-Lyn to face her. SORCERESS I brought you into my home because I sensed the good person behind your shell of bitterness and fear... but I never saw that good person in your eyes... until tonight. Your music reveals the true you... it frees Evelyn... from Evil-Lyn. The Sorceress takes Evil-Lyn's face in her hands tenderly. SORCERESS There is much love in you, but you don't know how to express it. You don't know how to trust... and love cannot be expressed without trust. EVIL-LYN I've never trusted anyone. SORCERESS You will. In time. Evil-Lyn nods dubiously, then impulsively takes the Sorceress in her arms, holding her close. SORCERESS I love you. Evil-Lyn tries to respond but cannot form the words. Instead, she turns and presses her lips to the Sorceress' tenderly. They open their mouths; the kiss deepens. Silhouetted in the moonlight, they pull each other closer still until they almost seem to be one body. DISSOLVE TO: EXT. THE PALACE - MORNING Calm, but the sky is gray and overcast. INT. HANGAR Teela is sitting on a sky sled getting it ready for flight. MAN-AT-ARMS (O.S.) Good morning, Teela. Teela glances back at him with a flash of dread in her eyes. She busies herself with her pre-flight check. TEELA Father. MAN-AT-ARMS Aren't you going to have breakfast? TEELA I'm... not hungry. I'll grab a bite when I get back. MAN-AT-ARMS Where are you going? TEELA I won't be long. MAN-AT-ARMS That's not what I asked. TEELA I just need to go for a little flight, that's all. MAN-AT-ARMS You're going to Grayskull. Teela purses her lips, sighs heavily. MAN-AT-ARMS Adam told me what you said at the picnic yesterday. I knew you wouldn't let this go. Man-At-Arms walks around in front of the sky sled. MAN-AT-ARMS Teela... I know the Sorceress' decision regarding Evil-Lyn is a bit unusual... TEELA "Unusual?" The Sorceress has invited her to live at Grayskull! That's not unusual; that's bizarre! MAN-AT-ARMS To us, yes. But the Sorceress is the wisest being on all Eternia. She knows what she's doing. TEELA Are you saying she's infallible? MAN-AT-ARMS No... TEELA Then how do you know she's not making a mistake? MAN-AT-ARMS How do you know she is? TEELA I find it hard to believe Evil-Lyn would turn Skeletor over to us like that. Not unless there was something in it for her. MAN-AT-ARMS Even if you're right, what do you expect to do? Teela engages the sky sled; it lifts off the ground. TEELA I expect to get some answers. And with that, she's off. Man-At-Arms watches her go. Adam comes up behind him. ADAM Couldn't talk her out of it? MAN-AT-ARMS You ever try to talk her out of something? Adam's only response to that is a wry grin. ADAM Maybe I'd better follow her. MAN-AT-ARMS Might be better if He-Man followed her. In case she's right. ON TEELA flying the sky sled. PULL BACK TO: INT. SNAKE MOUNTAIN - THRONE ROOM Skeletor and Serepar watch her on the bubble screen. SKELETOR She's on her way. Stand ready; our opportunity will be soon! A creepy, intense anticipation comes to Serepar's eyes. EXT. CASTLE GRAYSKULL Teela hasn't arrived yet. INT. CASTLE GRAYSKULL - GYMNASIUM It's a fully equipped gymnasium for one person, complete with a treadmill, stationary bicycle (with a large screen in front of it), weights, rowing machine etc. The Sorceress' clothes, with headdress and feathered cloak, are draped over a bar near a door at the back; her boots are on the floor below. The Sorceress, her hair in a short ponytail and wearing only her undergarments, is on the shoulder press. From the comfort and grace of her movements and her practiced breathing this is clearly something she does regularly. Evil-Lyn enters wearing her full outfit. She looks at the Sorceress and the room in surprise. She surveys the Sorceress' body appreciatively. The Sorceress glances over, smiles a little but doesn't break the rhythm of her exercise. Evil-Lyn gazes at her with genuine admiration. EVIL-LYN I generally use my magic to keep my body in shape. The Sorceress finishes her lifts. She breathes heavily but is by no means winded. She grabs a nearby towel, dabs the sweat on her face. SORCERESS I never use my power for anything unnecessary; the power I save I can use to cast more powerful spells. Anyway, I enjoy physical exertion. EVIL-LYN You do this every morning? SORCERESS Yes. Then I shower, put on a fresh outfit and I'm ready for the day. The Sorceress steps off the shoulder press and walks over to her stationary bike. She hits a few controls on the console and starts to pedal. On the screen appears a road which she appears to ride along. Evil-Lyn looks at this with interest for a moment, then returns her attention to the Sorceress: EVIL-LYN I was thinking. I imagine "Sorceress of Grayskull" wasn't the name your parents gave you. The Sorceress chuckles. SORCERESS No. EVIL-LYN I told you my real name... I think it only fair you tell me yours. The Sorceress stops pedaling, looks Evil-Lyn in the eye. SORCERESS There is a reason I keep my name a secret. I will tell you... but you must promise never to tell anyone. EVIL-LYN You have my word. SORCERESS My name... is Teela Na. Evil-Lyn reacts, realizing: EVIL-LYN Teela Na? Are you related to...? SORCERESS Teela is my daughter. Evil-Lyn is stunned. EVIL-LYN If Skeletor... or any of your enemies knew... SORCERESS She would be a target. EVIL-LYN Does anyone else know? SORCERESS Only He-Man. And Man-At-Arms, to whom I entrusted her upbringing. EVIL-LYN How does Teela feel about this? Having to hide the fact that you're her mother? SORCERESS She doesn't know. Evil-Lyn reacts surprisingly strongly to that. EVIL-LYN Why not? The Sorceress doesn't like talking about this. She returns to pedaling. SORCERESS Some day, she will take my place as Sorceress of Grayskull. Until then, it is best if she remains unencumbered by the knowledge, so it not interfere with her life in the present. EVIL-LYN Oh bull! The Sorceress stops pedaling to glare at her. SORCERESS I beg your pardon? EVIL-LYN I can understand why you don't want to broadcast the fact all over Eternia, but what purpose does it serve not to tell her? She has a right to know who her mother is. An edge is creeping into the Sorceress' voice. SORCERESS Do not presume to tell me what is best for my daughter. EVIL-LYN Depriving her of her mother? That is best for her? The Sorceress takes her eyes off Evil-Lyn, looking at the screen on her stationary bike. SORCERESS You are crossing a line here, Evelyn Powers. A line I advise you not to cross. EVIL-LYN If I don't, who will? Apparently not your so-called friends. The Sorceress' eyes snap to Evil-Lyn's with restrained fury. Evil-Lyn blanches but holds the Sorceress' eyes. SORCERESS Do not... question the loyalty of my friends. EVIL-LYN I'm not. I question their courage. The Sorceress slowly steps off the bike to face Evil-Lyn. SORCERESS How dare you... EVIL-LYN I dare because I care about you. SORCERESS Are you suggesting they do not? EVIL-LYN No. I'm suggesting they're afraid to force you to look at the truth. SORCERESS What truth? EVIL-LYN It's wrong to deprive Teela of the knowledge that she has a mother. The Sorceress is furious. She does not shout, but her voice is raised and darker in tone than we've ever heard from her. SORCERESS You... would lecture me about right and wrong? You, who have spent most of her life doing wrong? The soul-rending hurt that flashes through Evil-Lyn's eyes makes the Sorceress immediately regret the remark, but the damage is done. Evil-Lyn turns away. EVIL-LYN So. This is the weakness in the great Sorceress of Grayskull. Evil-Lyn turns back, looks the Sorceress directly in the eye: EVIL-LYN It's ironic... that I had to stop "doing wrong..." to find it... The Sorceress' eyes are filled with regret. SORCERESS Evelyn... Evil-Lyn whirls away, marches to the door, stops, turns back. The Sorceress opens her mouth to speak, but no words come. Evil-Lyn scowls. EVIL-LYN My father... murdered my mother. The Sorceress sucks in a breath, appalled. EVIL-LYN So forgive me... if I fail to understand why you rob Teela of hers. With that, Evil-Lyn leaves. The Sorceress sinks onto a nearby bench, more confused and heartbroken than we've ever seen her. Then, her eyes glaze for a moment... she stares off into the middle-distance... then she leaps back to the stationary bicycle, mounts it and flips on the screen. It shows the exterior of Castle Grayskull just in front of the abyss in front of the jawbridge. When the Sorceress pedals, the view changes as if she were riding an actual bicycle outside. She sees the sky sled land and Teela step off. The Sorceress stops, staring. SORCERESS Teela... EXT. CASTLE GRAYSKULL Teela approaches the chasm before the jawbridge. HE-MAN, with Battle Cat, observes from just behind a ridge, out of sight. Teela looks up at the castle. TEELA Sorceress! Sorceress! An apparition of the Sorceress' face, with feathered headdress, appears before her. SORCERESS' IMAGE Enter. The jawbridge lowers. Teela marches in with purpose. PULL BACK TO: INT. SNAKE MOUNTAIN - THRONE ROOM As Teela, on the bubble screen, enters Castle Grayskull, the picture breaks up. Serepar looks to Skeletor. SKELETOR Now, we wait for Teela's hate to come to the surface; when it does, the picture will clear. You must be ready to open your portal at that exact moment. Serepar nods, watching the screen intently. INT. CASTLE GRAYSKULL - THRONE ROOM The Sorceress is just entering, fully clothed but still making the final adjustments on her headdress. She gets it smoothed out just as Teela marches in. TEELA Sorceress, I need to talk to you... Teela stops short, seeing... ...the tears in the Sorceress' eyes. Teela steps closer in concern. TEELA What's wrong? (anger rising) What did Evil-Lyn do? SORCERESS Nothing. It is I who did wrong. TEELA You? What did you do? The Sorceress goes to the steps leading up to her throne and sits at the bottom dejectedly. Now Teela is really worried. She sits down next to her, squeezes her shoulder. TEELA What happened? The Sorceress is silent for a long moment, gathering herself. SORCERESS Teela... I have something to tell you. Teela looks at her curiously. SORCERESS You remember when Skeletor accidentally sent me to another world? TEELA How could I forget that? The Spirit of Grayskull asked me to substitute for you. To this day I still have no idea why. The Sorceress turns to look at Teela. SORCERESS Including myself, there have been eleven Sorceresses of Grayskull. I am, however, the first Sorceress to ever have a child. TEELA A child? SORCERESS Yes. I have a daughter. Myself and the other ten Sorceresses were each chosen by their predecessors. I have decided that my daughter will be my successor when the time comes. TEELA Then why was I...? The Sorceress holds Teela's gaze as the realization dawns: TEELA Mother...? The Sorceress nods. SORCERESS Yes. Teela is so overwhelmed by the news that it's a long moment before she reacts at all. Eventually, she turns and rises shakily, takes a few steps away, trying to process this. The Sorceress watches her with trepidation. Teela finally finds her voice. She does not turn; she keeps her back to the Sorceress: TEELA Why didn't you ever tell me? SORCERESS I felt the burden would be too great for you. Teela takes a moment to absorb this. TEELA Does anyone else know? SORCERESS Man-At-Arms, of course. He-Man. And Evelyn. Teela turns to her. TEELA Who's "Evelyn?" The Sorceress drops her gaze, but before she can formulate her response, Teela realizes: TEELA You don't mean Evil-Lyn? The Sorceress closes her eyes. Teela was already angry; that puts her over the top. TEELA You told Evil-Lyn? Evil-Lyn? Teela turns, pacing, furious now. TEELA I would've understood maybe if you'd told Adam, or Cringer, or Orko... but Evil-Lyn? SORCERESS Teela... there are things you do not understand... Teela glares at the Sorceress between outrage and disbelief. TEELA You do realize you just made me a target, don't you? When Skeletor finds out that I'm you're daughter... EVIL-LYN (O.S.) Your secret is safe with me. The Sorceress and Teela both turn to see... ...Evil-Lyn entering. Teela, furious, turns to confront her. TEELA You! (re: the Sorceress) What kind of spell have you put her under? EVIL-LYN I haven't placed a spell on anyone. TEELA I don't believe you. EVIL-LYN It's the truth. TEELA Why should I trust you? SORCERESS Because I trust her. Teela turns a hard gaze on the Sorceress. TEELA Right now... I'm not sure I trust you, either. That's like a knife to the heart for the Sorceress. EVIL-LYN Teela... I understand how you feel. If I was in your place... Teela, her face a mask of unbridled loathing, draws her sword. TEELA You don't understand anything about me! The Sorceress rises, steps between them. SORCERESS Put down the sword, Teela. SMASH TO: INT. SNAKE MOUNTAIN - BUBBLE SCREEN The image clears: the Sorceress between Teela and Evil-Lyn. SKELETOR Now! Serepar throws up his hands; energy bolts crackle over them. INT. CASTLE GRAYSKULL - THRONE ROOM An o.s. flash draws everyone's attention. A portal opens dead center of the throne room. Everyone exchanges looks. "What is this?" Suddenly, the Sorceress is yanked forward. She falls prone, being dragged towards the portal. EVIL-LYN Sorceress! She raises her hands, sending a tendril of energy from her fingertips to... ...the Sorceress. It coils around her body. Evil-Lyn grabs the tendril like a rope. She tries to hold her back but she's just being pulled along. She looks to Teela, desperate. EVIL-LYN Teela! Help me! With no time to think, Teela drops her sword and dashes forward, grabbing Evil-Lyn's tendril like a second team member in tug-of-war; it doesn't make any difference. He-Man and Battle Cat gallop in, going around the portal to where Evil-Lyn and Teela are still desperately trying to pull the Sorceress back. He jumps off Battle Cat and grabs the tendril, joining the effort. This stops the Sorceress' momentum, but her feet are literally inches from the portal. HE-MAN Teela! My sword! Strike the portal! Strike the portal! Teela reaches behind He-Man, draws his sword and rushes the portal. She slashes it; He-Man's sword is just hurled away in a flash of energy, blowing Teela back. The sword goes flying. Teela crumbles, momentarily stunned. The Sorceress manages to roll on her side and reach back, projecting a sparkling energy beam at the portal. A shock wave rushes back along the Sorceress' beam. It rushes up her arm and crackles over her body, stunning her; she falls limp. Evil-Lyn screams: EVIL-LYN Sorceress! Then, there's another flash from the portal. It whiplashes Evil-Lyn's energy tendril like the crack of a whip; it literally throws both He-Man and Evil-Lyn through the air. They land painfully on the stone steps leading to the throne. When the Sorceress' feet touch the portal, her entire body, but not her clothing, sparkles. Then, in a flash, she vanishes, her clothing left behind on the floor. Evil-Lyn cries out in anguish: EVIL-LYN No! She gets up and dashes for the portal, intent on entering it, when Skeletor steps out; the portal snaps closed behind him. She stops, glaring into his eye sockets with loathing. EVIL-LYN Where is she? Skeletor laughs with delight. SKELETOR I honestly don't know. And I don't care, so long as she's not here. Grayskull is mine at last! He-Man and Battle Cat step up next to Evil-Lyn. HE-MAN You'll have to get through me. BATTLE CAT And me! EVIL-LYN How did you manage to open a portal here? Inside Grayskull? SKELETOR As you well know, Evil-Lyn, hate can be a powerful ally. It's one of the most potent of emotions. He gestures to Teela, getting woozily to her feet. SKELETOR Her hatred of you allowed me to pry open the door. Teela's jaw drops as that sinks in. Evil-Lyn's eyes darken. EVIL-LYN You... used me... Skeletor laughs. SKELETOR Yes. You played your part well. That draws all eyes to Evil-Lyn. She looks at everyone. EVIL-LYN No... I didn't... I didn't have anything to do with this... TEELA Sure you didn't. HE-MAN Where is the Sorceress? SKELETOR Tell them, Evil-Lyn. She's right where you put her. Evil-Lyn's eyes widen. SMASH TO: A RUSH OF IMAGES from Evil-Lyn's nightmare: - Skeletor on the throne, gesturing. - The Sorceress' grave. - The Sorceress' decomposing body lunging out of the ground. SMASH TO: EVIL-LYN'S EYES Enraged. BACK TO SCENE Evil-Lyn rushes Skeletor, howling. She thrusts a hand towards him, hurling a bolt of energy. Skeletor deflects it easily, grabs Evil-Lyn by the throat, lifting her off the floor, holding her up high, his hand tight around her throat; she gags, unable to breathe. Evil-Lyn yanks desperately at his hand; it doesn't budge at all. She's already starting to turn blue. He-Man steps forward. HE-MAN Skeletor! You're killing her! Let her go! Skeletor! Skeletor ignores him. Battle Cat leaps into action, charging Skeletor. He jumps on him, knocking him on his back, forcing him to drop Evil-Lyn. She crumples to the floor, holding her neck, desperately gasping, coughing. Skeletor throws Battle Cat off him but before he can regain his bearings He-Man is upon him, wrestling. Evil-Lyn recovers enough to lift her head. She sees He-Man's sword on the floor. She stumbles to her feet, heading for it. Teela sees. TEELA Oh no you don't... She breaks into a run. Skeletor hurls He-Man off him, rolls smoothly to his feet and fires a bolt of energy; He-Man dodges. Evil-Lyn reaches He-Man's sword, picks it up. Teela draws her sword, pointing it at Evil-Lyn. TEELA Put it down, Evil-Lyn. Evil-Lyn pulls the sword back to throw. EVIL-LYN He-Man! He-Man looks. Evil-Lyn throws his sword to him. He catches it. EVIL-LYN Keep him busy! With that, Evil-Lyn runs out of the room. Teela watches her go, agape. Skeletor hurls more bolts of energy at He-Man; he deflects some of them with his sword, dodges others. Teela runs after Evil-Lyn. INT. CORRIDOR Evil-Lyn runs; Teela follows close behind. TEELA Evil-Lyn! Stop! Evil-Lyn reaches the end of the corridor; there is a massive double door with two foreboding skull faces on it Teela's sword is instantly at her throat. TEELA Don't move. Evil-Lyn freezes; her back remains to Teela during: TEELA What are you doing? EVIL-LYN Do you know how to open this vault? TEELA Yes. EVIL-LYN Open it. TEELA What for? EVIL-LYN I need the Amulet. TEELA The Amulet...?! EVIL-LYN It's our only hope to stop Skeletor. TEELA If I give you the Amulet, what's to stop you from using it to take Grayskull yourself? EVIL-LYN You have to trust me. TEELA Trust you? Evil-Lyn raises her hands and carefully turns to face her, an imploring look in her eyes. EVIL-LYN Teela. What you said in the desert. You were right; I don't trust anyone. But I took a leap of faith and trusted your mother. Even after all the wrong I've done, she was there for me when I needed someone. Now she needs my help. Teela hesitates. The sounds of the fighting drift down the corridor; we hear a grunt of pain from He-Man. EVIL-LYN Please, Teela. Let me help her. Take a leap of faith... and trust me. Teela locks eyes with Evil-Lyn... then makes her choice: she slowly lowers her sword. Evil-Lyn closes her eyes, relieved. Teela walks over to the door, presses a bump in the stone wall. A small panel slides aside revealing a handprint sensor. Teela applies her hand. The doors open. EVIL-LYN Thank you. Evil-Lyn dashes into INT. THE VAULT Teela watches from the door with trepidation as Evil-Lyn desperately scans the room. Then she sees it: The Amulet on a shelf. She grabs it, takes a deep breath, and puts it on. The moment she ties it behind her neck, it begins to glow, the glow quickly spreading over Evil-Lyn's entire body. She throws out her arms, tilting her head back, gasps... As Teela watches there's a blinding flash; Teela protects her eyes with her forearm. When the glow fades, she lowers her arm and looks. It looks like the Sorceress standing with her back to her, but as she slowly turns around it's revealed to be Evil-Lyn in the outfit, still wearing the Amulet. Teela's jaw drops, eyes widening. Evil-Lyn looks down at herself. Teela's not sure how to react to this. Evil-Lyn raises her head, her features determined. She extends her arms straight out to her sides and transforms into a falcon; she flaps her wings and swoops out. The falcon flies over Teela; she runs after it. INT. THRONE ROOM Skeletor thrusts his open palm at He-Man, firing a massive bolt of energy. It knocks He-Man back, skidding along the floor to where Battle Cat lays, already unconscious. Skeletor moves in for the kill. He looks down at the helpless He-Man at his feet. SKELETOR Only now, at the end, do you understand. He reaches down powerfully and grabs He-Man by the throat, hauling him to his feet. As Skeletor starts to squeeze He Man's neck, we hear the cry of the falcon. He-Man and Skeletor both look. The falcon flies into the throne room, hovers before them, flapping wings extended out to its sides, then it transforms back into Evil-Lyn in the Sorceress' outfit. He-Man can't believe his eyes. For his part, Skeletor just sneers, dropping He-Man to his knees. SKELETOR Am I supposed to be impressed that you know where the Sorceress' closet is? Evil-Lyn seems remarkably calm when she speaks: EVIL-LYN Where is the Sorceress? SKELETOR How should I know? Evil-Lyn clasps her hands over her head, as we saw the Sorceress do earlier. The beam of energy projects from them, hammering Skeletor to the floor. He looks up at her in astonishment. Teela dashes in, observes Evil-Lyn pinning Skeletor. EVIL-LYN Where is she, Skeletor? SKELETOR I don't know. EVIL-LYN You opened the portal; you must know where it goes. Evil-Lyn spreads her hands apart. Skeletor finds himself encased in a spherical force field which lifts him off the floor and up towards the ceiling. Skeletor tries to zap the "bubble" but his magic has no effect whatsoever. He's starting to get worried now. SKELETOR Let me out of here, witch! EVIL-LYN Not until you tell me what's become of the Sorceress. SKELETOR I don't know! EVIL-LYN Then how did you open that portal? SKELETOR I didn't. Serepar did. Evil-Lyn's eyes widen. EVIL-LYN Serepar? He-Man notices Evil-Lyn's reaction. HE-MAN Who is Serepar? EVIL-LYN A powerful sorcerer Skeletor worked with a long time ago. He turned on him. Skeletor barely escaped with his life. Evil-Lyn closes her hands into fists over her head. The bubble shrinks a bit. Skeletor is beginning to find it a little crowded. EVIL-LYN What has he done with her? SKELETOR I don't know! All he wanted was to capture the Sorceress powerless; he didn't say why. HE-MAN Powerless? EVIL-LYN Why would he want the Sorceress without her powers? SKELETOR How should I know? I didn't care what he wanted her for so long as he got her out of my way! Evil-Lyn scowls. She slowly lowers her fists. The bubble starts to shrink. In genuine fear now, Skeletor tries desperately to hold it back but it defies his strength. By the time it stops shrinking Skeletor's limbs are twisted into some very uncomfortable positions. Evil-Lyn now holds her fists straight out in front of her. She glares at Skeletor ominously: EVIL-LYN If any harm comes to her... you will suffer just as greatly as she. For now, it would be in your best interest... if you got out of my sight... Evil-Lyn raises her hand and pushes toward the exit; the bubble carries Skeletor out. EXT. CASTLE GRAYSKULL The jawbridge opens and Skeletor emerges, still in the bubble. Then the bubble quickly accelerates, hurtling out of sight over the horizon in seconds. INT. CASTLE GRAYSKULL - THRONE ROOM Evil-Lyn lowers her hand, then closes her eyes, sags, then drops to her knees. Again, her body glows and there's a flash... and Evil-Lyn returns to her normal clothing. He-Man and Teela go to her, squat down next to her. HE-MAN Are you all right? EVIL-LYN I think so... just a little weak... He-Man looks up. HE-MAN Battle Cat... He goes to him. Teela turns to Evil-Lyn, confused. TEELA How did you...? EVIL-LYN I don't know... it just... happened when I put the Amulet on... Just then, a face appears above, looking down upon them: the SPIRIT OF GRAYSKULL. SPIRIT OF GRAYSKULL I granted you the power of the Sorceress of Grayskull long enough to drive Skeletor from my walls. Teela helps Evil-Lyn to her feet. Evil-Lyn takes a deep breath, then faces the Spirit. EVIL-LYN Spirit of Grayskull. You must grant me those powers again. I can use them to find the Sorceress. SPIRIT OF GRAYSKULL I cannot. You felt how much the power drained you. You can only withstand it for a short time. Only the current Sorceress of Grayskull herself can immerse you in the Pool of Power, and that is the only way the power can be granted permanently. I can, however, permit you to use the power of the Amulet to amplify your own abilities. EVIL-LYN What do I do? SPIRIT OF GRAYSKULL Follow your heart. Only your love can find her. EVIL-LYN I... don't understand... SPIRIT OF GRAYSKULL That is all I know. The Spirit of Grayskull turns to Teela. SPIRIT OF GRAYSKULL Teela. There is no guarantee, even with Evelyn's help, that your mother will ever be found. He-Man's eyes snap to the Spirit at the word "mother." SPIRIT OF GRAYSKULL (CONT'D) If she is not... are you ready to take her place? Teela takes a deep breath, then nods gravely. TEELA Yes. HE-MAN Wait. You know that...? TEELA The Sorceress is my mother? Yes. She told me. HE-MAN Why? TEELA I'm not sure. EVIL-LYN It was my idea. He-Man and Teela both look at her, taken aback. EVIL-LYN I didn't think it was fair to keep the knowledge from you. We... argued about it. The last words we exchanged... were in anger. The hurt in Evil-Lyn's eyes is profound. EVIL-LYN I must find her. He-Man is deeply bewildered. The Spirit of Grayskull notices his consternation. SPIRIT OF GRAYSKULL He-Man. I know you must have many questions, but there are things to be done and time is of the essence. He-Man nods. HE-MAN I understand. The Spirit of Grayskull indicates Evil-Lyn with a nod. SPIRIT OF GRAYSKULL You will grant her any request to assist in her search for the Sorceress. HE-MAN Of course. SPIRIT OF GRAYSKULL One last thing. Teela is not experienced in magic, and without the Sorceress I cannot immerse her in the Pool of Power; if the Sorceress is not found and Teela must take her place, I will need to train her to use her power; that will take time. Until her training is complete, everyone in this room will need to play a part in defending Grayskull. He-Man. Having been granted the Sorceress' power, Evelyn already knows your secret. Now, you must reveal it to Teela. She must know who you are so you can be found quickly if needed. He-Man is shocked at the command... but nods. HE-MAN As you wish. The Spirit of Grayskull vanishes. Teela looks at He-Man. TEELA "Who you are?" He-Man can't help but smirk a little. HE-MAN This is going to be a bit of a shock to you... He draws his sword, holding it over his head. HE-MAN Let the power... return! The sword flashes with energy. Then, He-Man fades, revealing Prince Adam. Then, he points the sword at Battle Cat; a flash of energy jumps from Battle Cat to the sword, and he transforms back into Cringer. Flabbergasted, Teela slowly walks up to Adam... angry. TEELA The Sorceress is my mother. He-Man is Prince Adam. How many more things in my life are a lie? ADAM Teela... She holds up a hand, shakes her head, scoffing, and marches out of the room. Adam moves to follow. CRINGER Adam... I think she needs to be alone. Reluctantly, Adam nods. ADAM Go keep an eye on her, old cat. Cringer nods and follows Teela. Adam turns to Evil-Lyn. Just then, something catches her eye. The Sorceress' clothing, still lying on the floor. Evil-Lyn slowly approaches it, then bends down and picks up her headdress. She gently lifts it and briefly holds it to her face. She closes her eyes, inhaling the Sorceress' scent. Then, she holds it tenderly in her hands, looking at it with profound determination. EVIL-LYN I will find you, Teela Na. I promise. Adam steps up behind her, compassion in his eyes. Quietly: ADAM Anything I can do to help? Evil-Lyn collects her composure, then turns to face him. EVIL-LYN You can help me find information. Come with me. Evil-Lyn picks up the rest of the Sorceress' clothes and starts walking with purpose; Adam follows. ADAM We should ask Zodac; he should know where she was taken. EVIL-LYN He can't know. ADAM But he observes everything that happens in the Universe. EVIL-LYN She's no longer in our Universe. ADAM What do you mean? She indicates the Sorceress' clothes. EVIL-LYN The Sorceress vanished right out of her clothes. Only a quantum portal does that. ADAM "Quantum portal?" EVIL-LYN It would take too long to explain. In short, there are virtually an infinite number of Universes, each representing a different possible chain of events; she could be in any one of them. ADAM Then how do we find her? Evil-Lyn sighs, troubled. EVIL-LYN I'm hoping the answer lies somewhere in Grayskull's Library of History. If I can find information on Serepar's last visit to Eternia, I might be able to determine how he got here the first time. ADAM And lead us to his Universe. EVIL-LYN And Teela Na. ADAM But there's no guarantee the information you need will be there. EVIL-LYN Then I'll search every book of history, every book of spells until I discover a way to find her. Adam is impressed with Evil-Lyn's determination. INT. CASTLE GRAYSKULL - THE SORCERESS' PARLOR Teela stands at the window, gazing out across the wasteland, still fuming. Then, she hears a faint rustling behind her. Instinctively, she draws her sword, whips around... Cringer at the door. He pulls back a step. CRINGER It's just me! Teela glares at him, sheathing her sword. TEELA What do you want? CRINGER Adam wanted me to make sure you were OK. Teela scoffs. CRINGER You want to talk? TEELA Not with you. She says it with such contempt that Cringer flinches. CRINGER Why are you mad at me? Teela laughs mirthlessly. TEELA Why? I feel like everybody got together and said, "Let's not tell Teela anything about her life." And you are just as big a liar as the rest of them... Battle Cat. CRINGER Believe me, I don't like it any more than you do. Being Battle Cat, I mean. TEELA So why didn't you ever tell me? Why didn't Father? The Sorceress? Why did everyone keep all this from me? What did everyone think I would do? Broadcast it all over the planet? Does nobody trust me? CRINGER We trust you. TEELA Doesn't seem like it. CRINGER The more people know a secret, even good people, the greater the chance that secret will get out. TEELA Ha! So now I'm getting a lecture on secrets from the Cringer. There's a flash of anger in Cringer's eyes. He steps forward, confronting Teela directly. CRINGER You were the one who gave me that name. I don't like it. Teela is a little taken aback by Cringer's chutzpah. TEELA Well... it just kind of came out... you were always cringing at everything... CRINGER You think I like being afraid? You ever stop and think what it feels like to live in fear all the time? You'd be a "cringer" too if a sabrecat ten times your size tried to eat you! Teela's anger dissolves somewhat in guilt. Cringer looks at her compassionately, then walks up to her and rubs his face against her legs, the way any affectionate cat does. He looks up at her. CRINGER Teela... we do trust you... but we have to be careful... if we told you, and Skeletor or any of his minions happened to overhear... Cringer's customary fear returns. CRINGER I don't even want to think about it. Facing him as Battle Cat is hard enough without him coming after me as... Cringer... Teela's eyes fill up a little. She crouches down to him, scratches him behind the ears; he scrunches up his face in pleasure. TEELA When we needed you, you've always been there for us... even when you were afraid. That's real courage. Cringer looks up at her. TEELA Being brave isn't about not being afraid... it's about doing what you must... even when you are. Teela shakes her head sadly. TEELA I'm so sorry, old cat. For giving you that name. Cringer nods. CRINGER It's OK. I'm used to it. Besides, it kind of came in handy. TEELA How? CRINGER Well... who'd ever believe that "the cringer..." is Battle Cat? Teela and Cringer share a chuckle at that, then Teela pulls Cringer into a big hug. Cringer smiles, purrs, feeling a little better about himself. Teela releases Cringer, sits down wearily in a nearby chair. TEELA I shouldn't be mad at you; I should be mad at myself. Teela puts her head down on her arm. TEELA It's my fault all this happened. CRINGER Your fault? TEELA Skeletor said he used my hatred of Evil-Lyn to open that portal here. I... shouldn't have come... CRINGER You couldn't have known. TEELA It doesn't matter. I was the catalyst. The Sorceress wouldn't have been captured if not for me. Teela sits up, sitting back in the chair dejectedly. TEELA And now, the only person who has any hope of finding her... is Evil Lyn. Cringer puts his head comfortingly on Teela's lap. CRINGER She saved He-Man's life. And mine. I think she deserves the benefit of the doubt. Teela nods uncertainly. She bends over and puts her head on top of Cringer's, petting him softly. DISSOLVE TO: MONTAGE - SERIES OF DISSOLVES EVIL-LYN IN THE LIBRARY, books open all over a table. She reads one intently, holding her temples. Behind her, Adam is pulling books off the shelves, looking at them, putting them back. He finds one, brings it over to her; she looks up long enough to take it, nodding thanks, then goes back to reading. TEELA IN THE THRONE ROOM, sitting on the throne. The Spirit of Grayskull floats beside her as she puts her fingers to her temples, concentrating on the crystal floating before her (just as we saw her do in "Teela's Triumph"). EVIL-LYN BACK IN THE LIBRARY. This time there are scrolls and computer cartridges interspersed with the books and there's a computer on the table. She's in front of the computer, picking up a cartridge and inserting it, then picking up a scroll, consulting it. TEELA IN THE SORCERESS' STUDY with the Spirit of Grayskull. She holds up her hand; a computer cartridge on the desk flies into her hand. The Spirit of Grayskull nods approvingly. Adam arrives at the door. Teela sees him, gives him a hostile look. He lowers his gaze uncomfortably and leaves. EVIL-LYN WITH A SPELL BOOK, standing before the Mystic Mirror. Images of different worlds appear in the Mirror; each time Evil-Lyn waves her hand at it the image changes. EVIL-LYN IN THE THRONE ROOM. She directs energy from her fingertips to the spot where the portal was. Adam and Cringer watch. A portal opens briefly, then fizzles out. Evil-Lyn closes her eyes, lowers her head. Reveal Teela watching off to the side, unseen by Evil-Lyn. EVIL-LYN CONSULTING WITH ZODAC AND ZANTHOR, He-Man, Battle Cat and Orko looking on. Both Zodac and Zanthor shake their heads. Evil-Lyn drops her eyes in discouragement. EVIL-LYN WITH MAN-AT-ARMS in the throne room, this time using a combination of one of Man-At-Arms' inventions and her magic to attempt to open the portal. The same thing happens as before; it starts to open, then fizzles out. EVIL-LYN IN THE SORCERESS' STUDY, going through the row of books on the back shelf. She opens one, looking hopeful, then her expression sags. She closes the book and slams it down on the table in frustration. She sinks into a nearby chair, buries her face in her hands. DISSOLVE TO: INT. EVIL-LYN'S CHAMBER - NIGHT Evil-Lyn sits on the bed with a very old looking spell book in her hands. She looks exhausted; her hair is a tangled mess and there are circles under her eyes. Her eyes start to drift closed. She forces them open, shakes her head to clear it, presses the heels of her hands into her eyes. When she looks up, her eyes land on... ...her stereo, microphone and electric piano keyboard. She sits up a little straighter as an idea hits her. She tosses the book on the bed, gets up. INT. THRONE ROOM - SHORT TIME LATER Evil-Lyn is on her knees, just plugging the last cable into her keyboard, stereo and computer setup which she now has in the middle of the throne room aimed at the throne. Exhausted, she drags herself to her feet, comes around and sits in the chair before the keyboard. She reaches over and powers up the computer and stereo, presses a few keys; the music echoes through the great room. She softly taps the microphone on the stand in front of her; it's working. Evil-Lyn grips the sides of the keyboard, bows her head, barely able to keep herself upright. She takes a deep breath and forces herself to sit up straight. She looks up at... ...the empty throne. Sadness crosses her eyes. She closes them, gathering herself. She takes a deep breath, then leans to the microphone, speaking strengthlessly: EVIL-LYN Teela Na. Can you hear me? Are you still here? Somewhere...? Evil-Lyn looks up hopefully, but there is no response. Unseen behind her, Teela steps from a small corridor having been drawn by the sound. Her brow furrows in puzzlement seeing Evil-Lyn sitting there in front of the stereo. Teela stops, watching from her hidden vantage point. Evil-Lyn lowers her eyes, discouraged. She lowers her head, then takes another deep breath and lifts herself up, speaking into the microphone again: EVIL-LYN Teela Na. I... I've tried everything I know. I've gone through hundreds of books, scrolls, computer files... I consulted with Zodac and Zanthor... I tried using technology... I even read the journals of the previous Sorceresses. I... don't know what else to do... Evil-Lyn looks over her equipment. EVIL-LYN The Spirit of Grayskull said... only my love can find you. And you told me... that my music... brings out the true me. If that's true... then this is the only way I can think of... that might reach you... Evil-Lyn puts her fingers on the keyboard, closes her eyes. EVIL-LYN I didn't write this song... but I made a few changes to the lyrics. Call it my way of telling you things about me... I never got to tell you... if you can hear me... wherever you are... She opens her eyes... and begins to play (Meat Loaf, "Objects in the Rearview Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Are"). The music echoes and flows through the labyrinthine corridors of the castle... Teela looks on, intrigued. Then, softly: EVIL-LYN (singing) The skies were pure and the fields were green, The sun was brighter than it's ever been. When I grew up with my best friend Sheryl, We were close as any sisters that you ever knew. She begins to gather strength as she sings: EVIL-LYN (singing) It was always summer and the future called. We were ready for adventures and we wanted them all. There was so much left to dream and so much time to make it real. She closes her eyes, passion building: EVIL-LYN (singing) But I can still recall the sting of all the tears when she was gone. They said she crashed and burned; I know I'll never learn why any girl should die so young! Teela looks on, compassion in her eyes. For a moment, Evil-Lyn sings loud and strong: EVIL-LYN (singing) We were racing, we were soldiers of fortune; We got in trouble but we sure got around! There are times I think I see her peeling out of the dark; I think she's right behind me now and she's gaining ground... Evil-Lyn opens her eyes, filled with the sadness of days gone by... and now, softly: EVIL-LYN (singing) But it was long ago and it was far away, oh God it seems so very far, And if life is just a highway, then the soul is just a car... And objects in the rear view mirror may appear closer than they are, And objects in the rear view mirror may appear closer than they are... Teela takes a step forward, now fully in the room. EVIL-LYN (singing) And objects in the rear view mirror may appear closer than they are; Objects in the rear view mirror may appear closer than they are... Teela is now much closer. Evil-Lyn doesn't notice, now totally immersed in the music. EVIL-LYN (singing) They are... Teela stops; she can see Evil-Lyn's face clearly now. Evil-Lyn's expression changes. Angry. There's an edge in her voice: EVIL-LYN (singing) And when the sun descended and the night arose, I heard my father cursing everyone he knows. He was dangerous and drunk and defeated, And corroded by failure and envy and hate. Teela freezes, rapt. EVIL-LYN (singing) There were endless winters and the dreams would freeze, Nowhere to hide and no leaves on the trees, And my father's eyes were blank as he hit me again and again and again... Teela gasps softly at those haunting words. Evil-Lyn's anger starts to build: EVIL-LYN (singing) I know I still believe he'd never let me leave; I had to run away alone. So many threats and fears, so many wasted years before my life became my own! Now, she pounds the keys, almost shouting her words with the fury born of a lifelong pain: EVIL-LYN (singing) And though the nightmares should be over, Some of the terrors are still intact; I'll hear that ugly coarse and violent voice, And then he grabs me from behind and then he pulls me back... Teela's eyes fill. She takes a careful step forward. Evil-Lyn still doesn't notice her, her eyes now too full of tears to see as she struggles to continue in a voice once again drained of strength: EVIL-LYN (singing) But it was long ago and it was far away, oh God it seems so very far, And if life is just a highway, then the soul is just a car, And objects in the rear view mirror may appear closer than they are, And objects in the rear view mirror may appear closer than they are... Teela takes a step around her, not quite in front of her but close enough that if she looks up she may see her... EVIL-LYN (singing) And objects in the rear view mirror may appear closer than they are, And objects in the rear view mirror may appear closer than they are... Now the music picks up in intensity. Evil-Lyn, her frustration and pain boiling over, crying openly now, bludgeons the keys again, pouring all her feeling into the music echoing throughout the halls of the castle. Teela steps closer still. Everything in her body language says she wants to reach out to Evil-Lyn but she hesitates. Suddenly, Evil-Lyn's eyes snap up to meet hers. Teela locks into her gaze. Evil-Lyn's face is unreadable; we don't know how she feels about Teela's presence. However she feels about it, it doesn't stop her from playing. After a moment, she returns her attention fully to her keyboard, pounding out the melody with abandon. Teela, feeling like she's intruded, begins to back away. Evil-Lyn looks to her again. Teela stops. Then, Evil-Lyn looks up at... ...the empty throne. Teela stands watching, uncertain... The music reaches a crescendo, then again drops in intensity. Evil-Lyn, her eyes locked on the throne, sings softly: EVIL-LYN (singing) You were a beauty living on the edge of town; You were there to lift me up when I I was falling down, And you taught me everything I'll ever know, About the mystery and the muscle of love. Evil-Lyn turns to Teela again, locking eyes with her, singing these words directly to her: EVIL-LYN (singing) Under the glimmering stars and the full moon light, I'm in the back seat with my Teela and we held on tight, And the signs along the highway all said, "Caution! Kids At Play!" Teela seems confused. "What's she trying to tell me?" Evil-Lyn breaks eye contact, closing her eyes, seeming to relive the memories in her mind's eye as she sings with rising passion: EVIL-LYN (singing) Those were the rights of spring and we did everything, There was salvation on that night, We got our dreams reborn and our upholstery torn, But everything we tried was right! Evil-Lyn is starting to sweat now with the intensity of her emotion, belting it out with everything she has: EVIL-LYN (singing) You used your body just like a bandage, you used my body just like a wound! I'll probably never know where you disappeared, But I can see you rising up Out of the back seat now Just like an angel rising up from a tomb! There is no longer any hatred or mistrust left in Teela's eyes. She's finally starting to understand: she's seen Evelyn behind the shell of Evil-Lyn. Again, the strength goes out of Evil-Lyn. Softly: EVIL-LYN (singing) It seems so long ago and so far away, oh God it seems so very far, And if life is just a highway, then the soul is just a car, And objects in the rear view mirror may appear closer than they are, Objects in the rear view mirror may appear closer than they are, Teela slowly walks up to Evil-Lyn... EVIL-LYN (singing) Objects in the rear view mirror may appear closer than they are; Objects in the rear view mirror may appear closer than they are... Evil-Lyn opens her eyes, looks up at Teela wearily... EVIL-LYN (singing) She used her body just like a bandage, she used my body just like a wound... She looks back to her keyboard, tears rolling down... EVIL-LYN (singing) I'll never know where she disappeared... She closes her eyes, slowly tilts her head back as she sings the final lines: EVIL-LYN (singing) But I can see her rising up Out of the back seat now... Finally, as the echo of the music decays throughout the castle's halls, Evil-Lyn loses her strength, switching off her keyboard and sagging forward slowly until her forehead rests on her arms. She sobs. Teela comes over, carefully squatting down next to her. Evil Lyn is pale and frail-looking, totally spent. Gingerly, Teela reaches out and puts her hand on Evil-Lyn's shoulder. Evil-Lyn doesn't react at all. Finally, softly: TEELA I didn't know. Evil-Lyn opens her eyes. EVIL-LYN Neither did I. She did. She knew. She was the one... who told me... what it was I was feeling. Evil-Lyn looks up to Teela, despondent. EVIL-LYN I never even got to say... "I love you." Teela strokes her hair comfortingly. TEELA She knew. EVIL-LYN That's not the point. I just want... to be able to say the words to her... and now... I'll never see her again... TEELA You don't know that. EVIL-LYN I don't know how to find her... I don't even know where to begin... Teela stands, gently pulling Evil-Lyn's shoulder. TEELA Come on. You need rest. EVIL-LYN No... I can't... I have to keep looking... I have to... TEELA Evelyn. Again, the use of her proper name bores into her. TEELA (CONT'D) You're not going to do her any good in this condition. You need sleep. You can try again after you rest. Evil-Lyn closes her eyes, ready to fall asleep right here with her head down on her keyboard. Teela gently pulls her to a sitting position, reaches under her and picks her up. Evil-Lyn is so tired that she's reduced to speaking almost like a child. EVIL-LYN I do love her, you know. TEELA (softly) I know. Teela carries her out of the throne room. DISSOLVE TO: INT. CORRIDOR Teela is carrying Evil-Lyn past a door. When she sees it, she says weakly: EVIL-LYN In there. Teela stops, looks at the door. TEELA The Sorceress' bedroom? Evil-Lyn is almost too sleepy to form coherent thoughts: EVIL-LYN I smell... her scent in there... I want... to remember... I... Compassionately, Teela nods and carries her into INT. THE SORCERESS' BEDROOM She carries her over to the Sorceress' bed, lays her down on it. Exhausted, only half aware of what's going on, she sniffs the pillow, then lays her head down and starts to cry. Teela watches her, heartbroken, wanting to help but not sure what to do. Then her eyes land on... ...the clothes the Sorceress was in when she was taken, lying across the bedroom throne. She slowly walks over, picks up the Sorceress' headdress, then brings it over to Evil-Lyn. TEELA Here. Evil-Lyn turns, sees what Teela has, takes it gently. TEELA This is the one she was wearing... when... Evil-Lyn lays it reverently on the pillow next to her, lays her cheek on it, stroking it. EVIL-LYN Teela Na... A tear drops from her eyes onto the headdress. She doesn't notice at first when it begins to glow. But Teela notices. She steps closer. The glow is growing. By the time Evil-Lyn notices it, the whole headdress is glowing softly. Evil-Lyn sits up abruptly, suddenly very much wide awake. She just has time to exchange a look with Teela when... FLASH! Like a flashbulb that momentarily fills the room, then the headdress glows blinding white; it's hard to look at. Evil-Lyn and Teela blink to clear their vision as the energy on the headdress suddenly leaps off of it into the center of the room. The turn to see: It's formed a portal in the center of the room. Teela and Evil-Lyn are still a little shocked; they just stare at it. We go THROUGH THE PORTAL to: INT. ROOM Stone, no window or door, desk and bed in opposite corners. At the desk, turning to look at the portal, is Serepar. Naked on the bed, hair wild and unkempt, the Sorceress, body (not her face) covered in bruises. She sits bolt upright. Confused for a split second, Serepar and the Sorceress exchange a look. Then in the Sorceress' eyes an almost demented determination as she leaps to her feet. Serepar jumps up, dashing forward, bellowing: SEREPAR No! But the Sorceress reaches the portal first. She leaps into it and her body sparkles and vanishes. The portal closes just as Serepar reaches it; he runs into the stone wall, enraged, pounding it with both fists. INT. THE SORCERESS' BEDROOM We hear his cry echo off through the halls of Grayskull as the portal slams shut. Evil-Lyn and Teela turn their attention to the Sorceress. She lays on the floor, looking up at them in disbelief. They approach her slowly. She looks from one to the other, a desperate, haunted look in her eyes. SORCERESS Help me... They step up to her, reaching out to her. The moment they touch her, she surges forward, embracing both in a desperate grip, like a drowning woman thrown a life preserver. She weeps openly like a child, holding on to Teela and Evil-Lyn for dear life. She pleads: SORCERESS Please don't let him hurt me... no more... please... he'll find me... don't let him find me... Teela and Evil-Lyn are both overcome by the obvious intensity of the Sorceress distress. EVIL-LYN Oh Teela Na... what did he do to you...? SORCERESS Please... help me... TEELA You're safe, mother... you're at Grayskull... you're safe... we've got you... you're safe now... Just then, He-Man arrives, sword drawn. HE-MAN I thought I heard... He stops short, seeing the Sorceress. She looks up, seeing him. FLASH Serepar with a scepter in his hand, same position as He-Man. BACK TO SCENE The Sorceress hurls Teela and Evil-Lyn away; she scurries like a terrified animal into the corner farthest from the door, yelling: SORCERESS Help me! Somebody! Please...! Teela and Evil-Lyn go to her, trying to both comfort and restrain her. This time when they touch her, she struggles against them, delirious: SORCERESS No! Let me go! Get me out of here! Please! EVIL-LYN Teela Na! It's us! Teela and Evelyn! She looks from one to the other, wild-eyed. TEELA You're back at Grayskull, mother! Finally, the Sorceress is starting to realize: SORCERESS Grayskull... EVIL-LYN Yes! You're home! The Sorceress looks into Evil-Lyn's eyes... then Teela's... then her knees start to buckle. They catch her as she dissolves into body-wracking sobs, throwing her arms around them both in a grip of desperation. Evil-Lyn and Teela surround her with their bodies protectively... she holds them tightly, clinging... DISSOLVE TO: INT. SORCERESS' BEDROOM - SHORT TIME LATER The Sorceress is now dressed in a pink bath robe (it matches the style of her nighties) sitting on the edge of her bed. Teela and Evil-Lyn sit on either side of her, arms around her. Her face is tear streaked and her eyes red and puffy. He-Man enters with a glass of water, hands it to her. SORCERESS Thank you. She takes it gratefully and takes a sip. HE-MAN Sorceress... why did you...? SORCERESS Run from you? He-Man nods. SORCERESS It wasn't you. I flashed on a very... vivid memory. The Sorceress closes her eyes, takes a deep breath, takes a moment to compose herself, then turns to Teela. SORCERESS Teela. Go to my lab. Bring a DNA kit. You know how to use one? TEELA Well, yes... but... why? SORCERESS I need you to collect a DNA sample. TEELA From where? The Sorceress glances down. SORCERESS Inside me. TEELA We already have your DNA on file. SORCERESS Not mine. TEELA Inside you...? Suddenly, everyone realizes the horrifying implications of the Sorceress' request. TEELA No... The Sorceress closes her eyes. The anguish in Evil-Lyn's eyes for her is the kind of anguish born of a woman who's had the experience. EVIL-LYN Oh, Teela Na... He-Man is stunned. HE-MAN He went to a lot of trouble... to get you. Why? The Sorceress opens her eyes but doesn't look up. SORCERESS He said... it excited him to think of dominating the most powerful woman in the Universe... Evil-Lyn is stricken to the point of looking physically ill. SORCERESS And now... I carry his child. Everyone's eyes snap to her in shock. Teela shakes her head. TEELA How could you know that? It's only been days... The Sorceress meets Teela's gaze. SORCERESS Now that I'm within the walls of Grayskull... I know what is in my womb. That is why he took me... to produce a child for him. I bear him a daughter. Finally, something in Evil-Lyn seems to snap. She looks up with a fiercely depraved look in her eyes. The Amulet, still around her neck, begins to glow... the Sorceress sees, is about to speak, when: Evil-Lyn leaps to her feet, howling in rage. She's again enveloped in a glow, red this time. There's a FLASH and Evil-Lyn is once more transformed, wearing an outfit like the Sorceress' with one very dramatic exception: this one is black, like a raven. The Sorceress is horrified. Softly, to herself: SORCERESS No... Evil-Lyn spreads out her arms and transforms into a raven. EXT. CASTLE GRAYSKULL She swoops out of the Sorceress' bedroom window and flaps hard, quickly gaining speed. Soon, she is lost in the blackness of the night, the only trace of her the haunting call of the raven... INT. CASTLE GRAYSKULL - THE SORCERESS' BEDROOM The Sorceress puts down her water and immediately leaps up, casting off her bath robe and dashing for her clothes on the bedroom throne. TEELA Where are you going? The Sorceress gets dressed swiftly as she speaks: SORCERESS We have to stop her! TEELA Why? What... SORCERESS She plans to kill Skeletor. Shocked reactions from He-Man and Teela. HE-MAN Are you sure? SORCERESS Yes. I could see the image in her mind. If we don't stop her, she's going to use the power of the Amulet of Grayskull to commit a murder! We cannot let that happen! He-Man nods. HE-MAN Transform into Zoar; I'll follow you on Battle Cat. SORCERESS There's no time. Besides, I cannot transform; it would destroy the physical evidence that is... on me. I must retain my Human form; I'll need the Crystal of Allenar. TEELA You're going personally? SORCERESS I must; I'm the only one she might listen to. TEELA Then I'm going, too. The Sorceress, now fully dressed, grabs her headdress off the bed, putting it on and straightening it out as she speaks: SORCERESS No. You must continue training. If anything happens to us, you'll be Grayskull's only guardian. TEELA Mother... SORCERESS Please, Teela! I need you here! Teela hesitates, nods, reaches out, holds her mother close. TEELA Mother... I'm sorry... for all the terrible things I said... SORCERESS It's all right. Mothers and daughters have been fighting since long before Castle Grayskull stood. But through it all... they still love each other. Teela kisses her mother's neck. TEELA Be careful. DISSOLVE TO: EXT. SNAKE MOUNTAIN - SHORT TIME LATER A portal opens at the base; the Sorceress, He-Man and Battle Cat step out. Battle Cat looks up. BATTLE CAT I thought this portal opened at the top. SORCERESS Only when Skeletor is not here; when he is, his defenses against portals are formidable. Then, they hear the cry of a raven; they look up. It's Evil-Lyn in her raven form making a beeline for the Snake's head. SORCERESS Oh no. I've got to get up there now. HE-MAN Cat, carry her to the top as fast as you can; I'll follow. BATTLE CAT Right. The Sorceress jumps on Battle Cat's back and he leaps onto the side of Snake Mountain. He surges upward with his natural climbing skill, the Sorceress holding on to his saddle tightly. At the bottom, He-Man starts climbing as fast as he can. INT. SNAKE MOUNTAIN - THRONE ROOM - SKELETOR slammed into a wall by a bolt of energy. REVEAL he's in a fight with Serepar. Enraged, Skeletor lunges off the wall, hurls a bolt back, slamming Serepar in the chest, sending him skidding across the floor. He jumps right back to his feet, hands up, ready to throw more bolts. Skeletor has his hands up, ready to defend himself. Serepar virtually snarls at him. SEREPAR How did they find me? SKELETOR How am I supposed to know? SEREPAR I think you betrayed me to them! SKELETOR What?! SEREPAR You'd betray your own mother, if you even have one, to serve your own ends. SKELETOR True. But I have nothing to gain by betraying you. All I wanted was Grayskull. SEREPAR And you couldn't even manage to hold it for a measly five minutes! SKELETOR It wasn't my fault! How was I to know Evil-Lyn would be able to use the Sorceress' powers? Just then, the cry of the raven. They both turn. The raven enters, hovers, wings spread, then it transforms back into Evil-Lyn in the black sorceress outfit. SKELETOR Speak of the devil. Evil-Lyn says nothing, but her eyes flash with recognition seeing Serepar. She walks slowly, ominously, closer. SKELETOR What's the matter, my dear? Battle Cat got your tongue? Evil-Lyn continues her silent approach, her eyes locked on Serepar, ignoring Skeletor completely. Which Skeletor doesn't like. At all. SKELETOR You dare ignore the mighty Skeletor...? The Amulet glows. Without looking, Evil-Lyn thrusts a hand out, hurling a red bolt of energy at Skeletor which slams him to the floor. Only then does she slowly turn her attention to him. She bends down, grabs the now badly winded Skeletor by his harness and holds him nasal cavity-to-nose with her: EVIL-LYN Shut... the fuck... up... With that, she hurls Skeletor across the throne room to slam against the wall; he drops to the floor, stunned. Serepar smiles wryly at Evil-Lyn. SEREPAR Long time no see, my sweet. The Amulet glows again and Evil-Lyn dashes forward with inhuman speed; she has her hand on Serepar's throat before he even realizes that she moved. She lifts him by his throat effortlessly, sneering up at him. EVIL-LYN Call me that again... and I'll cut your ears off at make you eat them. With that, she throws him as well. He lands hard on Skeletor's "bone throne," shattering it. Enraged, Serepar leaps to his feet and hurls a bolt at Evil-Lyn. Amulet glowing, she grabs the bolt right out of the air, twirls it around her hand and launches it right back. It doesn't seem to do anything to him, except the look on his face turns to abject horror. SEREPAR No... Evil-Lyn's eyes gleam with vicious anticipation. EVIL-LYN You tried to take my powers. Nice try. Now I... have yours. What's it like Serepar? To be rendered powerless? To know that I can do any harm to you I wish... and you can do nothing to stop it? Serepar cowers back from her as she steps closer. SEREPAR No... please... don't... please... have mercy... Evil-Lyn grabs his throat, snarling with fury beyond words: EVIL-LYN Mercy? What mercy did you show the Sorceress of Grayskull? She throws Serepar with her bare hand. He tumbles along the floor like a rag doll all the way to the wall, slamming into it. Evil-Lyn marches up to him, grabs him and hurls him again. He tumbles across the floor again to slam into the table. He tries to scramble to his feet but he's woozy; he stumbles... Evil-Lyn grabs him again, this time hauling him to his feet before her, then she backhands him viciously across the face. The force of the blow spins him around, stunned, blood gushing from his mouth and nose as he drops to the floor. Evil-Lyn leaps on top of him, pinning him to the ground face up. He looks up at her in genuine terror now. She cocks her fist and starts to bring it down to his face when... ...a ray of energy grabs her elbow, stopping her. SORCERESS (O.S.) Evelyn! Stop! Evil-Lyn turns. The Sorceress, on Battle Cat's back, is holding her arm with a beam projected from her fingertips. SORCERESS I cannot let you do this! Evil-Lyn looks at her in disbelief. EVIL-LYN You would defend him? SORCERESS Killing neither him nor Skeletor will change what has happened. EVIL-LYN No. But justice will be served. SORCERESS This is not justice. It is vengeance. EVIL-LYN Same thing. SORCERESS No. It is not. And I think you know that. The Sorceress releases her beam and steps off Battle Cat, approaching Evil-Lyn carefully... Evil-Lyn looks up to her. EVIL-LYN I appreciate everything you tried to do for me. But it's time I accepted myself for who I am. I am Evil-Lyn. SORCERESS Yes. But you are Evelyn as well. EVIL-LYN No! I am evil! SORCERESS How do you know that? EVIL-LYN Because I've spent my whole life doing wrong! You said so yourself! The Sorceress eyes cloud with guilt. EVIL-LYN Well you were right! I do wrong because I am evil! Evil-Lyn looks down at the bloody, terrified Serepar. EVIL-LYN The things I want to do to this man... are things no good person would ever think of doing. SORCERESS We all think of doing violent things sometimes, Evelyn. EVIL-LYN You don't! SORCERESS Don't I? The Sorceress stops before her, looking down at Serepar helpless at her feet. There's a look in the Sorceress' eyes we've never seen before. Dark. Sinister. SORCERESS I can still feel his filth... smell his stench on me... even as I stand here... after what he did to me... Evil-Lyn stares at her, transfixed. A woozy Skeletor, still on the floor, is fascinated. The Sorceress glares down at Serepar. SORCERESS I know a spell. I could take his heart right out of his chest right now, hold it in front of his face where he can watch... as I crush it with my bare hand. Hearing her words, Battle Cat's jaw drops in disbelief. Serepar holds his hand up feebly in terror. The Sorceress pulls her darkness back into herself. SORCERESS But I will not. Now, the Sorceress' gaze returns to the comforting, loving gaze we know and love as she locks into Evil-Lyn's eyes. SORCERESS We all have our darker impulses, Evelyn. Even me. You cannot control what you feel... you can only control what you do. Evil-Lyn's gaze falters for the first time. The Sorceress squats down to her, takes her face in her hands tenderly, looking her square in the eye. SORCERESS "Evil-Lyn" will always be a part of you. But she does not have to control your destiny. You can choose... to be Evelyn. Evil-Lyn looks down at Serepar. He's so terrified now he's actually blubbering. He-Man runs in, then stops when he sees the situation. He warily approaches the Sorceress, Evil-Lyn and Serepar. Skeletor gets shakily to one knee, watching intently. The Sorceress holds out her hand. Evil-Lyn looks down at it, then gently reaches behind her neck and unfastens the Amulet. In a soft flash, Evil-Lyn's raven outfit vanishes, replaced by her normal clothing. She places the Amulet in the Sorceress' hand, then the Sorceress takes Evil-Lyn's hand in both of hers, squeezing, locking gazes with her. Suddenly, Evil-Lyn flinches, grunting painfully, eyes wide. He-Man leaps forward, grabbing... ...Serepar's hand, yanking it away from the hilt of a knife driven into Evil-Lyn's chest. The wound bleeds profusely, the red stain rapidly spreading... He-Man hauls Serepar roughly to his feet. Evil-Lyn looks down at the hilt of the knife in her chest, blood seeping through her clothes, then up to the Sorceress... her eyes droop and she sags to the floor, the Sorceress gripping her hand and the Amulet in anguish. SORCERESS No... He-Man tosses Serepar to Battle Cat who grabs his robe with his teeth to hold him. He-Man kneels and desperately presses around Evil-Lyn's wound, trying to staunch the flow of blood. Evil-Lyn feebly squeezes the Sorceress' hands and the Amulet. With her last ounce of strength: EVIL-LYN I love you... The light of life leaves her eyes. Her breath leaves her body. She is still. The Sorceress' face distorts in anguish. She tries to scream it out but doesn't have the strength... it comes out only in a mournful whimper: SORCERESS No...! She falls forward, her head touching Evil-Lyn's lifeless hand, still held by the Sorceress with the Amulet. The Amulet glows for an instant, then: FLASH! The screen washes out completely to pure white. FADE TO BLACK. FADE IN: THE SORCERESS' EYES Closed. Then, they open. Reveal: EXT. THE WASTELAND The Sorceress and Evil-Lyn are still in the exact same positions, only now they look very different. Evil-Lyn is now a young woman. Her hairstyle is pretty much the same but now it's raven black. She wears a Meat Loaf T shirt, tidy jeans and sneakers. All traces of her wound are gone. The Sorceress is also young again; her red hair, in a ponytail, no longer has any traces of grey. She wears a purple miniskirt with a thin black belt and golden arm bands and bracelets (as in "Origin of the Sorceress" as Teela Na). Both are disoriented. Evil-Lyn sits up, slapping a hand on her chest where her wound was a moment ago. The Sorceress takes her by the shoulders, looking her over. SORCERESS Are you alright? EVIL-LYN I think so... The Sorceress pulls her into a relieved hug, then turns her attention to their surroundings. EVIL-LYN Where are we...? They look around, trying to get their bearings. Something o.s. catches the Sorceress' eye; she points. SORCERESS Castle Grayskull. Evil-Lyn looks. They are in front of a beautiful white marble castle. It's of the same proportions as Grayskull but it doesn't have the fearsome skull-like appearance or bottomless pit; it is surrounded by an ordinary moat. Evil-Lyn is confused. The Sorceress stands, helping her up. EVIL-LYN Grayskull...? SORCERESS As it appeared when it was first built. Over a thousand years ago. Evil-lyn gazes up at Grayskull in awe. EVIL-LYN I never knew it was so beautiful... SORCERESS Yes. It was. Just then, a booming female voice: VOICE Enter. They jump a little, startled. The drawbridge lowers before them. They exchange a look, then cautiously step forth. INT. CASTLE GRAYSKULL - THRONE ROOM Everything is exactly where it should be except the walls here, like the walls outside, are beautiful white marble. Evil-Lyn and the Sorceress look up to the throne. Sitting there is a barbarically beautiful woman. She has the tight body of a warrior and her jade-green eyes have the piercing gaze of a formidable soul. She wears leather battle armor, her midriff is bare and she wears a leather headdress in the form of a bird's head. This is VEENA GRAYSKULL. She smiles sadly, looking down. VEENA Teela Na. Evelyn Powers. Welcome. I am Veena Grayskull. The Sorceress' jaw drops. SORCERESS Veena Grayskull... but you can't possibly be... VEENA Alive? Who says I am? The Sorceress and Evil-Lyn exchange a look. Veena's eyes cloud in regret. She stands and comes slowly down the throne steps as she speaks: VEENA You have my Amulet. SORCERESS Yes. VEENA I regret the pain it has caused you, Teela Na. It has caused everyone who has ever held it pain. Including myself. SORCERESS It's not your fault. Veena shakes her head as she steps up to her. VEENA Yes it is. Creating it was my mistake; I am responsible. SORCERESS But its powers can still be used for good. She reaches and takes Evil-Lyn's hand. SORCERESS It saved Evelyn's life. Veena is heartbroken when she realizes: VEENA No. You don't understand. You're not really here. Neither of you. You're still on the floor at Snake Mountain. The Sorceress' face falls. SORCERESS Evelyn... VEENA If I returned you now... she would die. I cannot prevent it. The Sorceress turns to Evil-Lyn, both looking into each other's eyes in fear and anguish, squeezing their hands tight. Then the Sorceress' eyes flash with anger; her gaze darts back to Veena. SORCERESS Then why bring us here? VEENA There is only one thing I can do to help you. Something I should have done a long time ago. Remove the Amulet from history. EVIL-LYN Remove it from history? VEENA I have no power in the world of mortals... except over myself. I will remove myself from existence completely. Change history... so that I am never born at all. Another woman will become King Grayskull's wife... another woman will become Grayskull's first Sorceress... and the Amulet of Grayskull will never be created. (to Evil-Lyn) For you, Evelyn Powers, and everyone else on Eternia... none of these events will ever have happened. (to the Sorceress) You will be the only person on Eternia who will remember. SORCERESS But you said you will be changing history itself. How can I remember events that never happened? VEENA Because no Sorceress of Grayskull can ever forget any experience she has within the walls of Grayskull. Abject horror in Evil-Lyn's eyes. EVIL-LYN Wait... you mean... I'm going to forget... everything...? VEENA It is the only way I can save you. It takes Evil-Lyn a moment to absorb this. Then, she looks Veena squarely in the eye: EVIL-LYN No. I won't go back to being the woman I was. VEENA If you don't, you die. EVIL-LYN Then I die. The Sorceress looks to her in shock. SORCERESS Evelyn! No! Evil-Lyn turns to face the Sorceress. EVIL-LYN I will not sacrifice the memories of what I have with you. SORCERESS So you would have me bear the sacrifice? You would force me to watch you die? Evil-Lyn takes The Sorceress by the arms. EVIL-LYN Oh, Teela Na, don't you see? You're going to lose me either way. We can't be together if I die, but neither can we be together if I go back to being Evil-Lyn. The pain in the Sorceress' eyes goes down to the very core of her soul as she realizes: she's right. EVIL-LYN Please. Don't make me go back to living as the shell of a woman I was. I'd rather go out now... with my last days full of memories of you. The Sorceress grips Evelyn's arms, one last desperate plea: SORCERESS Evelyn... EVIL-LYN Teela Na... Evil-Lyn takes the Sorceress face tenderly in her hands. Then, softly pleading, voice breaking: EVIL-LYN Let me go. For a moment, the Sorceress can only stare into Evil-Lyn's eyes. Then... she throws her arms around her, holding her close; Evil-Lyn's arms go around her in turn. The Sorceress takes a long sniff of Evil-Lyn's hair... then finally breaks down into soft, body wracking sobs. Evil-Lyn closes her eyes tightly, tears streaming down her cheeks. She buries her face in the Sorceress' neck. Veena Grayskull watches wretchedly. Her eyes fill up; she angrily swipes the tears away, pulls her feelings back in. Then, a flash of resolution in the Sorceress' eyes. Softly: SORCERESS No. The Sorceress pushes back from Evil-Lyn, taking both her hands in hers. SORCERESS I will not accept this. VEENA You have no choice. When you became Sorceress of Grayskull, Teela Na, you were warned that you would see great sadness. The Sorceress whirls on Veena, furious. SORCERESS Yes! And great joy! VEENA But you cannot choose when joy or sorrow comes. SORCERESS Can't I? I am the most powerful woman in the Universe. VEENA Yes. But you cannot use your power for your own personal gain. SORCERESS My gain? A woman is dying! She locks gazes with Evil-Lyn as she addresses Veena: SORCERESS Saving a life is always worthwhile. VEENA I offered to save her life; she chose death. The Sorceress glares at Veena, stepping up to her. SORCERESS You offered to save her body. Not her life. The Sorceress points angrily at Evil-Lyn. SORCERESS Evil-Lyn will kill Evelyn. VEENA They are the same person. SORCERESS (shouts) They are not! Never has The Sorceress of Grayskull been so angry. It is a sobering sight to behold, rendering both Veena and Evil-Lyn speechless. The Sorceress turns to Evil-Lyn. SORCERESS You said you didn't want to go back to being "the shell of a woman." The Sorceress turns back to Veena. SORCERESS That is exactly what Evil-Lyn is. She is the shell Evelyn Powers had to grow to protect herself from the hurt she grew up with. The Sorceress turns and goes back to Evil-Lyn, takes her hand, looking into her eyes while addressing Veena: SORCERESS The warmth of my love reached her through her shell, just as the mother bird's warmth reaches her babies through the shells of their eggs. And like the baby birds, when she was ready, she broke free... and flew with me. The Sorceress turns, gazes resolutely into Veena's eyes. SORCERESS You cannot ask the bird to return to its egg. Even if it could... it is cruel to ask a creature who once knew the freedom of the skies... to return to such a prison. Evil-Lyn smiles softly, profound gratefulness in her eyes. The Sorceress glances at her, squeezes her hand, then lets go and turns her attention fully to Veena. She slowly walks up to her, gaze locked with hers: SORCERESS You tend to leap before you think, don't you? VEENA Excuse me? SORCERESS When you created the Amulet, you did not consider the consequences it might have for the future. Have you stopped to think what effect removing yourself from history will have? You say I will remember these events because no Sorceress can forget what happens in the castle. But I may not even be Sorceress of Grayskull after today. The Sorceress now stands directly before Veena. SORCERESS You chose your successor, and her successor chose the next Sorceress and so on, on down to me. Who's to say whoever replaces you will choose the same successor you did? If she chooses someone different, then every Sorceress in Eternia's history will be someone different. Including me. Clearly, Veena hadn't thought of that. SORCERESS I sought the Power of Grayskull to save my village from Morgoth and The Horde. If I do not become the Sorceress... my village will be destroyed and The Horde will take over all Eternia! What effect will that have on Eternian history? Veena's more than a little flustered now. EVIL-LYN No wonder your successor was so worried your mistakes would be repeated. Veena's is overcome with guilt. She lashes out in anger: VEENA I wasn't prepared for this role! My husband told me nothing of the power this castle represented! He didn't even leave so much as a will to explain things to me! I had to figure things out on my own! The Sorceress looks at Veena compassionately. SORCERESS It must have been difficult for you. VEENA You have no idea. SORCERESS Perhaps not. But I know the Power of Grayskull better than you. VEENA Do you? The Sorceress nods. SORCERESS I have an advantage you did not. The journals. I have the knowledge of the successes, and failures, of all of my predecessors. I know how far Grayskull's power goes. VEENA Then I suppose you have a better idea? SORCERESS I do. You say we are still on Snake Mountain. Simply return us to our bodies; I will do the rest. VEENA What do you plan to do? The Sorceress turns to Evil-Lyn. SORCERESS Immerse her in the Pool of Power. Shocked reactions from both Evil-Lyn and Veena. VEENA If you do that... The Sorceress turns back to Veena, interrupting: SORCERESS ...she will be granted the Power of Grayskull. VEENA You're proposing giving up your position as Sorceress to her? SORCERESS If necessary, yes. But I think I can arrange it so we can share the power. VEENA Create a second Sorceress of Grayskull? SORCERESS Precisely. Veena shakes her head emphatically. VEENA That cannot be done. SORCERESS How do you know? It has never been attempted. VEENA Yes it was. Once. Nemah Jiro became my partner after my husband died. I tried to share my power with her. It... killed her. SORCERESS Killed her? But she was the second Sorceress. VEENA No. I... assumed her identity. The Sorceress is shocked. SORCERESS Why? VEENA I... thought I would seem weak in the eyes of my enemies if they knew I had made such a mistake. Disgust is starting to show in the Sorceress' eyes. SORCERESS What kind of Sorceress were you? Is the entire First Journal a lie? VEENA No! The experiences I recorded there were real. I didn't want my successors repeating my mistakes. SORCERESS Then you should have owned up to them. All of them. Including this one. Veena glares at her. VEENA Who are you to judge me? You keep your own secrets! Adam and He-Man! Zoar the Falcon! You even kept your identity secret from your own daughter! That strikes a nerve. The Sorceress tenses up, looks like she might strike Veena, but she does not. SORCERESS I keep secrets because I must. But I did not steal someone else's identity to cover up my mistakes! VEENA I did not steal her identity! I... EVIL-LYN Then how would you describe what you did? Veena breaks eye contact with both of them. There's a long silence. Then, finally: SORCERESS Return us to our bodies. Veena's eyes snap to hers, full of guilt and desperation. VEENA No. My decision is final. Evil-Lyn steps forward. EVIL-LYN Like hell it is! I will not let you decide my fate! VEENA You have no choice. A knowing smile is slowly forming on the Sorceress' face. She folds her arms, leveling her gaze at Veena. SORCERESS Very well then. Do it. Evil-Lyn looks to the Sorceress in alarm. EVIL-LYN Teela Na...! The Sorceress turns to her mildly. SORCERESS What can we do to stop her? (to Veena) Go on. We are waiting. Veena hesitates. The Sorceress raises an eyebrow. SORCERESS Well? Evil-Lyn looks Veena in the eye, suddenly realizing: EVIL-LYN You can't, can you? The Sorceress looks to Evil-Lyn, nodding. SORCERESS She is no longer the Sorceress of Grayskull. I am. The Sorceress turns a hard gaze on Veena. SORCERESS That is why you contacted us. Because you cannot execute your plan without me. You were hoping to convince me to help you. Desperation in Veena's eyes. VEENA Teela Na. You're right. I was a horrible Sorceress. But I wasn't trying to be. I want to make up for the mistakes I've made. The Sorceress softens a little. SORCERESS Ending your life will not make up for your mistakes. Veena drops her gaze. SORCERESS That is what you are proposing here, is it not? Suicide? Veena closes her eyes. SORCERESS That is a very final solution. If it doesn't work... you will not be here to try again. Veena's eyes open, increasingly desperate; clearly she didn't think of that, either. The Sorceress reaches out and squeezes her shoulder; Veena looks up to her. SORCERESS I sense that you are sincere in your desire to make up for your past. If you are... return us to our bodies. VEENA How will that help? SORCERESS When I saw Evelyn die, I was so distraught I could not think. By taking me out of that moment I have had time to collect myself. If you return us now, I will know exactly what I have to do. I may be able to save her before it's too late. Veena thinks about that for a moment. VEENA Your plan is dangerous. She is mortally wounded. If you try to join your power with her... you may both die. Evil-Lyn looks to the Sorceress, appalled. EVIL-LYN Teela Na... don't... The Sorceress turns an adamant eye on her. SORCERESS I will not let you die. Not if I can save you. EVIL-LYN And if you die? SORCERESS We will be together, whether it be in this life... or the next. Evil-Lyn is deeply moved. EVIL-LYN No one has ever... Her voice catches. She shakes her head. EVIL-LYN What about your responsibilities as Sorceress? SORCERESS Teela will take my place. I know she will be as good a guardian to Grayskull as I have been. EVIL-LYN I can't let you risk your life for me. SORCERESS Evelyn. If our positions were reversed... what would you do? Evil-Lyn hesitates to say it: EVIL-LYN I would do the same. SORCERESS And if I asked you not to? EVIL-LYN I'd... probably do it anyway. The Sorceress smiles. SORCERESS Precisely my intention. Evil-Lyn shakes her head, looks at the Sorceress affectionately, then kisses her tenderly. Veena can't help but gaze at them wistfully. She looks to the Sorceress with genuine admiration, and concern, in her eyes. After a moment, she nods. VEENA Good luck. The Sorceress nods gratefully to her, takes both of Evil Lyn's hands in hers. Evil-Lyn and the Sorceress lock gazes, anxious, trembling. Veena spreads her hands apart. FLASH! Once again, the screen washes out to pure white, then: FADE TO BLACK. SMASH TO: THE SORCERESS' EYES Closed, full of tears. They snap open. INT. SNAKE MOUNTAIN - THRONE ROOM Exactly as we left it at the moment Evil-Lyn died. Abruptly, the Sorceress sits up, drops Evil-Lyn's hand, wipes her eyes quickly and leaps to her feet, putting on the Amulet. He-Man blinks. From his perspective, this is a rather abrupt change in mood. The Sorceress gestures with her hand; the Amulet glows. A portal opens. The Sorceress bends down and scoops up Evil-Lyn's body, immediately marching for the portal. SORCERESS He-Man. Bring Serepar. Follow me. He-Man blinks again and, with no time to think, he just follows his orders. He grabs Serepar from Battle Cat and restrains him, propelling him toward the portal. INT. CASTLE GRAYSKULL - THRONE ROOM Teela on the throne. She hears a sound o.s., looks: A portal opens; the Sorceress steps out with Evil-Lyn. Teela jumps up and runs down towards them. TEELA What happened? INT. SNAKE MOUNTAIN - THRONE ROOM He-Man is about to walk through the portal followed by Battle Cat when he hears running feet; he turns... Skeletor is making a break for the portal. He-Man intercepts him but loses his footing; he, Skeletor and Serepar all tumble through the portal together. Battle Cat leaps after them; the portal shuts before he can get through. INT. CASTLE GRAYSKULL - THRONE ROOM He-Man, Skeletor and Serepar all tumble out of the portal. The Sorceress and Teela whirl to see them. He-Man sees the portal snap shut. HE-MAN Battle Cat! Skeletor sees the Sorceress, raises a hand, fires a bolt. The Sorceress, her hands still full, turns and raises her arm; her magic shield (from "Origin of the Sorceress") appears just in time to intercept Skeletor's attack. SORCERESS He-Man! Cover me! No time to ponder Battle Cat's fate, He-Man leaps to his feet, stepping between Skeletor and the Sorceress just in time to intercept a second attack with his sword. The Sorceress dashes into a corner of the room (the same location where we saw her immersed into the Pool of Power in "Origin of the Sorceress"). Serepar runs for an exit. Teela intercepts him. TEELA Where do you think you're going? SEREPAR Out of my way, woman! He tries to run past her. She intercepts him easily, her sword snapping to his throat. TEELA Stop! Serepar's arm shoots up under hers and knocks the sword out of her hand. Before she knows what's happening, he's driven his fist into her face. His punch has precious little effect, and her counterpunch is so lightning fast he has no time to block or duck. He roars in indignant pain as his nose starts to bleed. He swings at her again. Prepared this time, Teela deflects his punch, exposing his ribcage to a vicious jab. He brings back his arm to elbow her in the midsection but she intercepts it with both hands and brings up a savage knee to his kidneys. He turns and grabs her leg, trying to flip her. They struggle. EXT. SNAKE MOUNTAIN Battle Cat is dashing down the side. Beast Man leans out of an opening, swirling a whip over his head; he lashes it out. It catches Battle Cat on a foot. He loses his footing, tumbling down the side of the mountain. Beast Man leaps out and runs down after him. Battle Cat lands at the bottom, winded and battered. He gets up, shakes his head to clear it and before he can get his bearings Beast Man's whip tears into his side, drawing blood. He roars in pain, snaps around to face Beast Man. They circle each other, Battle Cat's fangs bared and claws unsheathed, Beast Man with his whip at the ready... INT. CASTLE GRAYSKULL - THRONE ROOM Serepar manages to throw Teela on her back but she spins around, her legs sweeping his feet out from under him; he lands painfully on his back. Teela scrambles up and jumps on him, trying to restrain him. Evil-Lyn lays on her back on the floor. The Sorceress pulls out the knife, puts it aside, then steps back, raising her hands. Evil-Lyn is lifted into a standing position. The small platform leading to the Pool of Power rises; the Sorceress positions Evil-Lyn over it. Skeletor sees, tries to hurl a bolt at her. He-Man intercepts it. Skeletor lunges... ...tackling He-Man. He-Man's sword skitters across the floor. With the Sorceress holding Evil-Lyn's limp form upright, the platform begins lowering her into the floor... Skeletor stops struggling, watching. SKELETOR What is she doing...? He-Man looks, and even he is given pause. HE-MAN I don't know... Evil-Lyn disappears into the floor entirely. Steam rises from below. The Sorceress closes her eyes for a moment, concentrating... EXT. SNAKE MOUNTAIN Battle Cat and Beast Man circling. Beast Man lashes out his whip. It catches Battle Cat in the face. His chin bleeds. Ignoring the pain, he lunges. He lands atop Beast Man, both of them tumbling to the ground. Beast Man jumps to his knees and manages to get Battle Cat in a headlock. They roll over and over, struggling... INT. CASTLE GRAYSKULL - THRONE ROOM The Sorceress, her head tilted back, concentrating, eyes closed... suddenly, she gasps loudly... crumples to her knees... She holds her chest as a stain of blood rapidly begins to spread... HE-MAN Sorceress! He-Man's cry of distress draws Teela's attention. She sees the Sorceress bleeding. It's enough of a distraction for Serepar to land a solid punch clean to her jaw. She staggers as he lands two more vicious blows. On the next, Teela blocks, desperately head butting him, knocking him out cold. She turns, stumbles, runs towards the Sorceress. He-Man tries to go to the Sorceress. Skeletor grabs him, pulls him back; He-Man struggles to break out of his grip. Teela runs up to the Sorceress, reaches out. The Sorceress sees her, locks a desperate gaze on her: SORCERESS No! Teela stops short. The Sorceress struggles to pull in the breath to speak; it causes blood to trickle from her mouth. SCORCERESS Do not... touch me... you must not... break my concentration... The Sorceress lowers her head, closing her eyes, spitting blood out of her mouth, holding her blood-soaked chest. She collapses to the floor, laying on her side, struggling to breathe... TEELA (softly, to herself) Mother... She rushes over to her. The Sorceress rolls onto her back. Her eyes open... then start to close again... she's fading... TEELA No... Teela looks around in desperation. Beyond the wrestling Skeletor and He-Man, she sees it: He-Man's sword. Without thinking, she raises her hand. Like the computer cartridge in the Sorceress' study, the sword comes flying through the air right into her hand. Teela looks down. The Sorceress's eyes are glazed, unfocussed... life fading... Skeletor hurls a bolt. Teela smoothly deflects it with the sword without looking. He-Man and Skeletor both register surprise. The Sorceress begins to expel her last breath. Instinctively, Teela drops to one knee, grabs her mother's hand and raises He-Man's Sword of Power over her head: TEELA For the love... of Grayskull! Instantly, the sword flashes with power. He-Man and Skeletor both look on in awe. The sword glows. The energy comes down, swirling around Teela's body, then down her arm and around the Sorceress. The Sorceress gasps, her eyes opening wide... The energy intensifies until there is only glowing white hot energy in the vague form of Teela and the Sorceress. He-Man and Skeletor shield their faces from the light... Then, an explosion, sending a blinding shockwave of ice-white energy hurtling through the room. The energy blast is so intense it washes out everything, completely enveloping everything and everyone in the room. The sound shakes the very foundation of Grayskull itself. EXT. CASTLE GRAYSKULL The castle's "eyes" and all of its windows glow, then the shockwave hurtles out from every opening in the castle, dissipating into the wasteland with an earth shaking rumble. EXT. SNAKE MOUNTAIN For an instant, Battle Cat glows. Then a blast of energy from him drives Beast Man off of him, stunning him. BATTLE CAT What in Eternia...? Battle Cat checks his side, licks his chin; his wounds are gone. Then, Battle Cat hears the far off rumble. He looks. A glow on the horizon. It slowly fades. BATTLE CAT Grayskull... Battle Cat dashes towards Grayskull, so fast all we see is a green blur hurtling away, well out of sight almost instantly. He is running at such blinding speed that everything around him is a blur. He looks around in naked wonder, dancing around obstacles like he was doing this all his life. Throwing back his head, Battle Cat roars joyously, awestruck by his newfound ability. Battle Cat is little more than a green streak darting across the forest, nimbly dancing around trees. INT. CASTLE GRAYSKULL - THRONE ROOM He-Man and Skeletor, kneeling side by side on the floor, raise their heads; they see: Teela helps the exhausted but unharmed Sorceress to her feet; the blood stain is gone. She looks at Teela in confused awe. SORCERESS How did you...? TEELA I'm not sure. Somehow I just... knew what I had to do. The Sorceress checks herself for her injury. She notices: SORCERESS The Amulet...! Teela looks. All that remains around the Sorceress' neck is the Amulet's rope; the stone is gone. Teela and the Sorceress look on the floor. The stone is on the floor, split in two. The Sorceress exchanges a look of dread with Teela. Before she can ponder the significance, there's is a white flash from the Pool of Power. Teela and the Sorceress turn... A falcon, same colors as Zoar but with a subtle difference in the feathers, emerges from below; she swoops upward, calling. Teela and the Sorceress look on in wonder. He-Man and Skeletor watch in awe. The falcon swoops back to Teela and the Sorceress, hovers before them, then transforms into Evelyn (by which name she will be known from now on). Unlike the first time, where her outfit was identical to the Sorceress' own, this one has a few variations in feather pattern, particularly in the headdress. Like the falcon, the colors are the same; the subtle changes simply suggest a different individual of the same species. The Sorceress releases Teela, cautiously stepping forward... Evelyn reaches out her hands. The Sorceress timidly reaches until their fingertips touch... then Evelyn takes her hands in hers. Hopefulness, and uncertainty, in the Sorceress' eyes... softly: SORCERESS Evelyn...? Evelyn brings the Sorceress hands together until all four of their hands are intertwined. Softly: EVELYN Feel the warmth of my flesh, Teela Na. I am alive. A flash of recognition in the Sorceress' eyes. Overwhelmed with relief, her uncertainty melts and she steps gratefully into Evelyn's embrace. Evelyn's arms enfold her in return. Evelyn buries her face in the Sorceress' neck. The Sorceress weeps tears of profound relief. Teela is wiping away a tear of her own. He-Man doesn't cry but he is similarly moved. Skeletor, by contrast, seems more impatient than anything. SKELETOR Well. I hate to break up this touching scene but I have a castle to conquer. Skeletor throws his hands towards the Sorceress... nothing happens. He looks at his hands. Tries again. Nothing. The Sorceress releases Evelyn to face Skeletor, a delighted twinkle in her eye. SORCERESS You will find, Skeletor, that your powers no longer work here. Skeletor hurls his hands at her with growing desperation. Nothing. He roars in frustration, tries again. Nothing. SORCERESS Love is the foundation of the Power of Grayskull. The Sorceress takes Evelyn's hand and holds it up high. SORCERESS With the joining of Evelyn's love and mine, no evil power will be able to exist in these walls so long as we both shall live. SEREPAR (O.S.) Then one of you must die! Everyone whips to see... ...Serepar on his feet, throwing a knife... Teela raises a hand... The knife, heading for Evelyn, curves in mid-air to land in Teela's hand. Teela gazes at Serepar mildly. TEELA You're getting to be a nuisance. The Sorceress looks from Serepar to the knife in Teela's hand. Evelyn nods to Teela approvingly. EVELYN You're getting very good at that. TEELA Thank you. SORCERESS How did you...? TEELA The Spirit of Grayskull has been teaching me a few things. The Sorceress nods with a smile of pride at her daughter. Then she gestures towards Serepar. He suddenly finds himself with his arms handcuffed behind him. He tries to move but his feet seem rooted to the spot. The Sorceress opens a portal in the Mystic Mirror, then turns to address Skeletor. SORCERESS Skeletor. You're free to go; your powers will return when you leave. But be warned: from now on, you will have no power here. Your days of attempting to conquer Grayskull... are over. Skeletor turns a sinister gaze on the Sorceress and Evelyn. SKELETOR We shall see. With those ominous words, Skeletor turns and steps through the portal and is gone. The portal vanishes. Just then, Battle Cat arrives, moving so fast he almost seems to appear in the Throne Room out of thin air. Everyone turns, startled, He-Man most of all. HE-MAN Battle Cat?! How...? BATTLE CAT I ran. HE-MAN But... even a sky sled couldn't have gotten here from Snake Mountain that quickly... The Sorceress smiles. SORCERESS The joining between Evelyn and myself has at least doubled the power of Grayskull. Perhaps more. I suspect you and Battle Cat both will discover many new abilities over time. The Sorceress returns her attention to Serepar; she makes a beckoning gesture with her hand. He is lifted into the air and carried across the room to stand before the Sorceress and Evelyn. The Sorceress looks upon him with revulsion. EVELYN So what do we do with him? Teela holds up the knife. TEELA There should be enough of his DNA on this to get a profile on him. (to the Sorceress) If we can match it to samples from... you, and the knife he used to stab Evelyn, an Eternian Court of Law can do the rest. SEREPAR I am not an Eternian citizen; your laws do not apply to me. TEELA They do as long as you're on Eternian soil. SEREPAR I was in a quantum state between Universes; when I... conceived my child... I was on no world at all. TEELA By our law, an Eternian's body is considered Eternian soil; when you touch an Eternian, in that moment, legally... you're on Eternia. Serepar blanches. Teela steps up to him. TEELA Serepar. Under Article 821 of the Eternos Criminal Act, I am placing you under arrest. You are charged with sexual assault, and attempted murder. Teela takes his arm. Formally, to the Sorceress and Evelyn: TEELA Request permission to secure him in your dungeon until the Royal Guard can take formal custody. The Sorceress and Evelyn exchange a look, nodding agreement. SORCERESS Permission granted. Teela nods to He-Man. TEELA Take him. HE-MAN With pleasure. He-Man takes Serepar by the arm. SORCERESS Serepar. He-Man pauses as Serepar turns to her. The Sorceress looks down, places a hand on her abdomen, then looks up to face Serepar's gaze squarely. SORCERESS I will make it my life's mission... to see to it that this child never... lays eyes on you. Serepar glowers at her. He-Man pulls him toward the exit. Teela takes a deep breath, turns to the Sorceress. Gently: TEELA Sorceress. I need to get those... DNA samples from you... Repugnance in the Sorceress' eyes. She nods. Evelyn and Teela slowly lead her away. DISSOLVE TO: INT. THE SORCERESS' BEDROOM - SHORT TIME LATER The Sorceress sits on the side of her bed, now wearing her bath robe again. Evelyn kneels beside her. The Sorceress clothes sit on the bed next to her. There's a kit full of small devices, about the size of a first aid kit, open on the bed. Teela indicates the Sorceress' clothes. TEELA You've worn those since the attack. I'm... going to need to take them. There might be... evidence... The Sorceress nods numbly. Teela, struggling hard to keep her emotions in check, starts putting the Sorceress' clothes in a transparent bag. She takes a small device from the kit and uses it to seal the bag and remove the air from inside; the bag clings to its contents. The Sorceress watches with disgust as her clothing is sealed away. Evelyn tries to hold the Sorceress' hand but she pulls away, shaking her head and putting up her hand. Evelyn backs up a little, giving her space. Teela puts away the sealer and takes a small cone shaped device out of her kit. She takes a deep breath, looking at the Sorceress compassionately. TEELA Ready? The Sorceress hesitates, then finally nods. TEELA Lay back on the bed. The Sorceress complies. Teela gently opens the Sorceress' bath robe and spreads her legs. Teela swallows, trying to be professional but at the same time deeply affected by what she's about to do. TEELA This only takes a few seconds. Try to relax. Bracing herself emotionally, Teela focusses her attention on collecting her sample from the Sorceress... The Sorceress closes her eyes... scowling... DISSOLVE TO: EXT. CASTLE GRAYSKULL - NIGHT A mournful wind whistles across the wasteland. DISSOLVE TO: INT. CASTLE GRAYSKULL - THRONE ROOM The Sorceress, fully clothed, sits upon her throne, eyes closed. She breathes slowly, deeply, trying to relax. Suddenly, there is a scream somewhere deep inside the Castle. Her eyes snap open: SORCERESS Evelyn! She jumps off her throne, dashes down the stairs. We hear Evelyn scream again. The Sorceress exits on the run to: INT. CASTLE GRAYSKULL - CORRIDOR Evelyn screams again, the scream cut off by a gurgle, then silence. Desperate now, the Sorceress runs for a huge set of double doors at the end of the corridor; the faster she runs, the further away the doors seem to get. SORCERESS Evelyn! Finally, after what seems like an eternity, the Sorceress reaches the doors. She throws them open and enters into INT. SNAKE MOUNTAIN - THRONE ROOM She stops dead, looking around, confused, terrified. She whips around; the door and corridor are gone. She turns again, searching the room with her eyes frantically. SORCERESS Evelyn! Evelyn! She turns and finds Skeletor's face inches from her nose. She screams, recoiling, falling flat on her back. Skeletor steps towards her, looking down at her. She scrambles back frantically, trying to get away, panic now in her eyes. Skeletor laughs ominously. There's a liquid squishing sound as the Sorceress' hands land in something. She lifts up her hand to look at it, horrified to discover it's covered in blood. She rolls over, looking behind her. Evelyn (in the Evil-Lyn outfit without helmet), eyes wide open, lifeless, lying in a pool of blood, the knife in her chest. The Sorceress lunges to her, pulling her into her lap, screaming in anguish: SORCERESS Evelyn! No! Skeletor laughs. Even for him it's a dark, creepy, sinister laugh, deeper and more menacing than his usual voice. Devastated, the Sorceress looks up at him. He lifts his hand. The Sorceress is yanked away from Evelyn, lifted from the floor and hurled across the room to land in Skeletor's throne. The Sorceress tries to get up but something is holding her arms. She looks down. Two bones in the armrests have turned into human hands that grip her wrists. The Sorceress pulls hysterically at them but she cannot break free. Then, more hands start to emerge all over the chair, each one extending into a full arm, until the entire chair is made of arms. The arms envelop her, groping her body. She shuts her eyes tight, scowls, nauseated, squirming... SORCERESS No... don't... please don't... One of the hands presses down into her crotch, pawing her. She grimaces with revulsion. Despairing, she opens her eyes and looks to Evelyn. In seconds, Evelyn's body decomposes before our eyes until there is nothing left but dust and tattered rags. SORCERESS (a strengthless whimper) No... One of the arms reaches up and finds the hidden zipper in the v-neck of the Sorceress' outfit. It pulls it down. The Sorceress throws back her head, wailing in torment. We see the hands pulling her clothes off her shoulders... EVELYN'S VOICE Teela Na! SMASH TO: INT. SORCERESS' BEDROOM She sits bolt upright, calling out, trembling, tears on her cheeks. She knocks the hands on her shoulders away violently, like batting away a disgusting bug. She looks up. Evelyn, wearing her headdress and a simple purple slip about knee length, kneels on the bed next to her. The Sorceress stares at her, agape for a moment... SORCERESS Evelyn... She lunges at her, pulling her to her. Evelyn throws her arms around her, holding her tight. Finally, the Sorceress dissolves into true hysterics, wailing and crying like a child, inconsolable. Evelyn rocks her back and forth comfortingly, stroking the feathers on her headdress. EVELYN It's all right... it was just a dream... you're safe... Abruptly, the Sorceress throws Evelyn's arms off her furiously, shouting: SORCERESS I am not safe! Agitated, the Sorceress leaps to her feet, ripping the headdress from her head, glaring at it. SORCERESS This is supposed to protect me from nightmares! She glares at Evelyn. SORCERESS Safe?! I'm not even safe in my own dreams! With that, she hurls the headdress. It strikes the wall and lands in a crumple. The Sorceress paces around the room frantically, ranting: SORCERESS I have at my command the power of Grayskull, the greatest power in all the Universe! All the power I have and still... I am taken from my own home and violated! Forced to carry a child conceived by this monster! Evelyn still kneels on the Sorceress' bed, observing, worried. SORCERESS How could he take me from here? Castle Grayskull itself? The Sorceress' strength is starting to flag. Wearily, she stumbles over to the bedroom throne and sags into it, elbows on knees, looking at the floor morosely. SORCERESS If I am not safe here... I am not safe anywhere. Evelyn slowly rises off the Sorceress bed and approaches her cautiously. She drops to one knee next to her. EVELYN I know how you feel. SORCERESS You cannot. EVELYN Oh, trust me. I do. The Sorceress glares at her. SORCERESS You are a Sorceress of Grayskull. I am well aware that you can sense my feelings. But sensing them is not feeling them. You cannot know what I feel like inside... not unless you went through what I did. EVELYN Like I said. I know what you're feeling. The Sorceress finally realizes: SORCERESS You've been...? EVELYN Many times. My father's friends... treated me as if I were their... personal plaything... The Sorceress is horrified. SORCERESS Oh... Evelyn... She's so revolted it looks like she may vomit. SORCERESS How did you manage to get through that... with your sanity intact...? EVELYN (simply) I became Evil-Lyn. In the Sorceress eyes, a depth of understanding beyond words. Overcome by emotion, she looks down. Evelyn reaches out and gently takes the Sorceress' hand. She pulls away, puts up her hand, shaking her head. EVELYN You are repelled by my touch... yet you long for it as well. The Sorceress' looks up to her; Evelyn's understanding of her pain may be just as profound. She closes her eyes. SORCERESS I... want to... Evelyn speaks softly, profoundly tender: EVELYN I know. You ache to be held... yet fear being touched. The Sorceress opens her eyes, moved by the depth of Evelyn's understanding. Her eyes are pleading, desperate: SORCERESS Help me... Evelyn slowly holds out her hand, palm up. The Sorceress looks at it, reaches for it, then pulls back a little. Evelyn holds her ground, neither encouraging her nor withdrawing, letting her come to her at her own pace. The Sorceress inches her hand toward Evelyn's, little by little. Finally, her fingertips touch the tips of Evelyn's fingers. Evelyn lightly returns the touch, gently caressing the tips of the Sorceress' fingers. A shiver runs through the Sorceress' body. Gradually, the Sorceress' fingers explore further, reaching, caressing now the full length of Evelyn's fingers. Evelyn smiles warmly, comfortingly, as the Sorceress moves beyond her fingers, caressing the palm of her hand. Evelyn softly strokes the Sorceress' fingers with her thumb. Finally, the Sorceress begins carefully interlacing her fingers with Evelyn's. Evelyn doesn't try to hold them; their fingers dance together in loving, feather gentle caresses. Then, all at once, the Sorceress reaches out and wraps her fingers around Evelyn's hand, squeezing... She freezes there, eyes locked with Evelyn's. Heartfelt warmth and solace in Evelyn's eyes. Evelyn starts to lean towards the Sorceress' face, slowly, cautiously. The Sorceress, breath quickening, pulls back a little. Evelyn stops, now taking the Sorceress' hand in both of hers, lifting it to her lips, kissing the tips of each of her fingers one by one tenderly, eyes locked with hers... Trembling, the Sorceress timidly leans forward and kisses Evelyn's hand, bringing her other hand up until all four of their hands are intertwined between them, their faces almost touching. Evelyn leans forward, more slowly this time, cautious. Her lips part... the Sorceress' lips part... Their eyes close... their lips gradually move closer... closer... closer... until they brush ever so lightly... the tips of their tongues dart forward, touching for only an instant, then they separate but with their faces still inches apart, lips just shy of touching... breathing deeply... The Sorceress opens her eyes languidly, fear, mingled with tenderness and passion, behind them. Evelyn opens her eyes, meeting her gaze with matching passion, and reassurance. She leans towards her again... they close their eyes... Their lips touch tenderly, opening... now their tongues join and the kiss deepens, growing in eagerness... turning now in her chair, the Sorceress pulls Evelyn closer and presses their lips together more firmly, her hand going to the side of Evelyn's head, stroking, then removing, her headdress. The Sorceress breaks the kiss, rises smoothly to her feet, pulling Evelyn up with her, dropping the headdress to the floor. Their arms go around each other and the Sorceress kisses her again, her hands traveling fervently, sensually over Evelyn's body. Evelyn returns her loving touch in kind. Now kissing with true heat, hunger, the Sorceress pushes Evelyn back towards her bed. She breaks her kiss long enough to lift Evelyn's slip over her head, tossing it aside. Panting, Evelyn removes the Sorceress' nightgown. They renew their passionate kissing, their hands exploring their skin... The Sorceress' explores Evelyn's back for her bra clasp and, in one fluid motion, she unclasps it, tossing it aside. She gropes rabidly for Evelyn's panties as Evelyn's arms go around her, unclasping her bra. In a flurry of arms and legs, the bra and panties fly to the floor. The Sorceress quickly, smoothly lays Evelyn back on her bed, kisses her deeply on the lips, then kisses her cheek, her hair, her neck... Evelyn tilts her head back, exposing her neck to the Sorceress' lips, groping for and pulling down the Sorceress' panties. They turn over. Now Evelyn is atop her. Their eyes lock: the Sorceress' eyes are full of tears; she looks as terrified as she does passionate. Concerned, Evelyn stops, takes the Sorceress' face in her hands. EVELYN Teela Na... The Sorceress grips her arms, desperate, ravenous... SORCERESS No... please don't stop... She kisses her with savage fervor, wrapping herself, arms and legs, around Evelyn, her panties still hanging from her foot, her hips rising and falling in rhythm with Evelyn's body. SORCERESS Don't stop... don't stop... Trembling, Evelyn returns her kisses with matching intensity, moving down to kiss her neck, her chest, then her breasts, taking one of her nipples softly in her mouth. The Sorceress gasps at the touch of Evelyn's tongue, writhing, then puts her hands on Evelyn's shoulders and guides her lower... On the Sorceress face as she throws her head back, weeping deeply, losing herself in cathartic rapture... DISSOLVE TO: INT. THE SORCERESS' BEDROOM - LATER Profoundly exhausted, breathing deeply, soaked with sweat, the Sorceress and Evelyn hold each other close, the Sorceress' head resting comfortingly on Evelyn's chest. Evelyn buries her face in the Sorceress' hair, kissing the top of her head tenderly. The Sorceress kisses Evelyn's chest. She looks more relaxed than she was but there is still lingering turmoil in her eyes. She snuggles closer, like a frightened child. Evelyn looks down. EVELYN You all right? The Sorceress takes a deep breath. SORCERESS I don't know. Evelyn gently lifts the Sorceress' chin, bends down and tenderly presses her lips to hers. When the kiss breaks, the Sorceress sighs, resting her head again on Evelyn's chest. SORCERESS I used to feel safe here. Now... Evelyn strokes her hair soothingly. EVELYN I never even knew what it was like to feel safe... until the first time you held me in your arms. The Sorceress looks up at her. EVELYN Earth is not the paradise Eternia is. In some places... there are people who do things even Skeletor himself would consider inhuman. I grew up in one of those places. As a child I saw things... experienced things... that no child... that no adult should ever experience. Evelyn strokes the Sorceress' face affectionately. EVELYN If I can learn to feel safe after all that's been done to me... so can you. Grateful for the support, the Sorceress tilts her head up and kisses Evelyn softly. Then she snuggles into Evelyn's chest again, this time more affectionately than fearfully. Then she chuckles. Evelyn looks down. EVELYN What's so funny? SORCERESS Three days ago, if someone had told me I'd be sharing my bed with "Evil Lyn..." Evelyn can't help but chuckle. EVELYN Life does have a way of going in unexpected directions. She kisses the top of the Sorceress head. SORCERESS Many things are going to change in our lives now. EVELYN Yes. For one thing, you have a lot of catching up to do. SORCERESS "Catching up?" EVELYN With Teela. For the first time, the Sorceress realizes: SORCERESS I can have a real relationship with my daughter. EVELYN As soon as you feel up to it, you should go and visit her. Or invite her here. The Sorceress looks up at her gratefully. SORCERESS Thank you. EVELYN For? SORCERESS For giving me the... kick in the rear I needed. You were right. I should have told her long ago. It wasn't fair to her... or to me... not to tell her. The Sorceress looks down at herself. SORCERESS I'm not making the same mistake with this one. Evelyn looks down, reaching to the Sorceress' belly under the covers. SORCERESS I intend to raise this child myself. With you. Evelyn pulls her close. EVELYN Then maybe some good came out of this after all: an opportunity to raise a child of our own. The Sorceress' eyes fill with joy at the thought. Sensing her change in mood, Evelyn smiles suggestively, fondling her below the covers. The Sorceress's eyes close; she smiles, tilts her head back, sighs sensuously. She turns over, putting herself atop Evelyn, gazing amorously into her eyes. The Sorceress kisses Evelyn tenderly... then kisses her chin, her neck, her chest and further. We stay on Evelyn's face, eyes closed, smiling contentedly. Then, her smile widens; she gasps softly and tilts her head back, reaching under the covers, writhing with pleasure... DISSOLVE TO: INT. CASTLE GRAYSKULL - THE SORCERESS' BEDROOM - MORNING The Sorceress, Evelyn spooned up behind her, sleeping together peacefully, contented. Then, we hear Orko's voice outside, frantic: ORKO (O.S.) Sorceress! Sorceress! The Sorceress opens her eyes. She lifts her head, still a little groggy. ORKO (O.S.) Sorceress! Now hearing the tone in Orko's voice, she sits up quickly, waking Evelyn. She looks up at her, still a little groggy: EVELYN What...? What's wrong...? ORKO (O.S.) Sorceress! You gotta see this! The Sorceress exchanges a look with Evelyn, then they toss the covers aside and rise quickly. They dash over to the window. ORKO (O.S.) Sorceress! EXT. CASTLE GRAYSKULL - ON THE SORCERESS' BEDROOM WINDOW The Sorceress and Evelyn arrive, look out. Both of their jaws drop at what they see: The wasteland around Grayskull is a wasteland no more. Luscious green plant life abounds as far as the eye can see. No trees yet but a plentiful scattering of small saplings suggests there will be a full forest soon enough. The air is rich with the sounds of birds chirping. Evelyn and the Sorceress exchange an awestruck look. EXT. CASTLE GRAYSKULL - AT THE JAWBRIDGE The jawbridge lowers. The Sorceress and Evelyn, now fully clothed and freshened up for the day, step out. They look around in wonder... Where there used to be barren rock before the jawbridge there is now thick, healthy green grass. The two stone arches leading up to the jawbridge are intertwined with vines bearing beautiful white flowers. Only Grayskull itself, separated from the land by the abyss, appears unchanged. Evelyn smiles. EVELYN Looks like we might have to invest in some gardening equipment. She looks down at her feet sinking into the deep grass. EVELYN A lawn mower might be useful... Orko floats up, waggling his fingers. ORKO One lawn mower coming up! SORCERESS (playfully) Don't you dare! This is gorgeous! Orko nods, looking around. ORKO Sure is pretty all right. But I don't understand. Nothing like this has ever grown out here. The Sorceress nods. SORCERESS It's us. Evelyn and I. EVELYN Us? SORCERESS Joining the power of our love has made many new things possible. This beautiful growth. He-Man and Battle Cat have new abilities; we probably do as well. Suddenly, the Sorceress is thoughtful. SORCERESS New abilities... I wonder... She looks up to... ...the second arch. She strides forward with purpose. EVELYN Teela Na...? Evelyn follows. She catches up to her standing just behind the second arch, looking beyond it with anticipation. EVELYN What is it? The Sorceress looks up at the arch. SORCERESS Without the Crystal of Allenar, I have never been able to exist in Human form beyond this arch. The moment I leave the castle grounds, I transform into Zoar the Falcon. The Sorceress looks beyond the arch. The grass and saplings almost seem to form a path that winds through the enchanting, rich foliage, as if inviting further exploration. The Sorceress takes a deep breath... and steps forward... She passes under the arch... then beyond it... and nothing happens. She retains her Human form. She looks back at the arch, now a few feet behind her, then turns her attention back to the land beyond. She breaks into a run; Evelyn and Orko follow. The Sorceress runs joyously, laughing out loud, enjoying the freedom she has not had for a very long time. Then, she spreads her arms out transforms herself into Zoar. She swoops up into the sky. Evelyn and Orko stop, looking up, watching with awe. Zoar swoops way off into the distance. Zoar swoops to hover, Evelyn, Orko and the Castle way behind. Zoar transforms back into the Sorceress, who looks around in utter astonishment, looking back to the Castle and Evelyn so far away that walking it would probably take a good two minutes to return. Evelyn spreads her arms and transforms into a falcon, swooping to join the Sorceress. Orko stays behind, watching in amazement. The falcon flies up to the Sorceress who turns to face her as she transforms back into Evelyn. The Sorceress spreads her arms out and throws her head back, taking in a great sniff of the air. SORCERESS I am free! I am free! Unable to contain her joy, she begins to break into tears, looking about, breathing deeply. All at once, she turns to Evelyn and grabs her into a warm, heartfelt hug. Evelyn's arms encircle her in return. They hold each other close. EVELYN You said... that my music frees me. But it wasn't just my music. If it was, it would've freed me long ago. It was you. Then she pulls back, looks into her eyes. EVELYN Until our first night together... I had always listened to my music alone. I've never shared it with anyone... until you. That night, for the first time in my life... I felt free. The Sorceress caresses Evelyn's cheek with her thumb. SORCERESS Then we freed each other. They dissolve into a tender kiss which lasts for a long, long moment. Then, their hands start traveling over each other's bodies, getting carried away. They literally fall to the soft grass, kissing, rolling over and over, pawing each other, giggling, playful... Orko comes flying up in a panic. ORKO Hey! You two OK? They break their kiss and look up at Orko. We don't see Orko blushing but it's safe to assume he is. ORKO Oh... sorry... I saw you fall... Evelyn smiles; the Sorceress laughs. SORCERESS It's all right, Orko. ORKO Don't, uh, let me interrupt; I'll just go 'round the back and see if I can find some... interesting flowers for my magic act. Yeah, that's it... And off he goes. The Sorceress looks down at Evelyn. SORCERESS Now where were we...? The Sorceress starts to lean down to her but she takes her face in her hands. EVELYN Wait. Now that we can go beyond Grayskull... there's something I have to do. The Sorceress looks at her, curious. EXT. THE ROYAL PALACE - DAY Evelyn, as the falcon, swoops overhead. INT. THE ROYAL PALACE - THRONE ROOM Two PALACE GUARDS open the doors. Teela steps through, escorting Evelyn in. King Randor and Queen Marlena look down at her as she approaches, showing some surprise at her Sorceress of Grayskull clothing. Evelyn drops to one knee, bowing respectfully. EVELYN Your Majesties. Randor and Marlena exchange a confused look. Then Randor addresses Evelyn. RANDOR You may rise. And she does, standing respectfully. Randor eyes her warily. RANDOR Evil-Lyn. We have agreed to this audience with you at the personal request of the Sorceress of Grayskull. You should be aware we would probably not have granted you an audience otherwise. EVELYN I understand. RANDOR What can we do for you? Evelyn turns her attention to Queen Marlena. EVELYN I am actually here to speak to you. MARLENA Me? Evelyn slowly steps before her. EVELYN It's been a long time. Marlena is nonplussed. EVELYN You don't recognize me, do you? MARLENA You don't look that different in that outfit, Evil-Lyn. She slowly removes her headdress, revealing her short white hair to Marlena; now, she recognizes her: MARLENA Evelyn Powers...? Randor starts, turns to her. RANDOR Your copilot on the Rainbow Warrior? Marlena nods, astonished. Evelyn drops back to her knee, bows her head. EVELYN I came to apologize. For a great number of things. She looks up to her, genuine regret in her eyes. EVELYN You probably wouldn't have ended up here if not for me. It was my navigational mistake that stranded us here. And I probably wouldn't have made that mistake if I hadn't been so preoccupied with jealousy over the fact that you were chosen as the pilot... and not me. Evelyn looks down, her eyes filling. EVELYN You were never anything but kind to me. I repaid you by lashing out at you. Even here, becoming Evil-Lyn I became a threat to you and your kingdom. She solemnly lowers her head. EVELYN I came here to pay for my crimes. Whatever you wish to do with me, I will renounce my powers and accept your just punishment. Marlena looks to Randor. He nods. RANDOR I leave this decision to you. Marlena nods. MARLENA I'd like to speak to her alone. RANDOR Very well. (to Teela and the guards) Wait outside. Randor rises and follows Teela and the guards out. When the doors shut, Marlena rises and steps up before Evelyn. MARLENA Evelyn. Evelyn, still kneeling, looks up. MARLENA Rise. Face me. Evelyn stands to face Marlena, holding her gaze respectfully. MARLENA When she made her request... the Sorceress spoke very highly of you. Evelyn blushes a little, glances down. MARLENA She... loves you very much. It's obvious from the glow in her eyes. Indeed, in all the time I've known her, I've never seen her so happy. Marlena takes Evelyn by the shoulders. MARLENA It seems you have a penchant for making people happy without intending to. EVELYN I... don't understand... MARLENA If your mistake stranded me here... then I have you to thank for all I have today. I found the love of my life, and a wonderful family. I'm happier here than I ever was on Earth. As for the other things you've done... we all make mistakes. If the Sorceress of Grayskull herself thinks so highly of you that she can love you so very much... then I think you deserve a second chance. Evelyn shakes her head emotionally. EVELYN I want to do something. To make up for the things I've done. MARLENA There is something you can do. EVELYN Name it. MARLENA Give me my friend back. EVELYN Your friend? MARLENA Evelyn Powers. Evelyn is stunned. EVELYN I thought... you hated me... Marlena is honestly shocked. MARLENA Why would you ever think that? EVELYN I made your life a living hell. I went out of my way to make things difficult, resist every order... MARLENA You weren't the easiest person to get along with, I'll admit, but I knew there was a good person somewhere under all that jealousy and rage... who needed a friend. EVELYN How? MARLENA I don't know... I just did. Evelyn is overcome. Everything in her body language says she wants to hug Marlena. Picking up on that, Marlena spreads her arms invitingly. Evelyn hesitates, then finally steps forward and allows Marlena to envelop her; she returns her embrace in kind. After a moment, Evelyn shakes her head, sighing. Marlena pushes back to look at her. MARLENA What is it? EVELYN Ever since the Sorceress took me in it's like everyone insists on being kind to me. I'm not used to it... and I'm still not altogether convinced I deserve it. MARLENA I've never believed that kindness is something one deserves, or does not deserve. I believe kindness is something good people give... to those who need it. Marlena smiles, squeezes Evelyn's arms. MARLENA You need it. And you keep getting it because you're surrounded by good people now. Evelyn is thoughtful for a long moment... then finally nods. EVELYN Well. If that's true... then maybe I can start making up for the things I've done by... spreading some kindness of my own. But I'm not sure where to begin... Marlena gestures to Evelyn's clothes. MARLENA Well... you're apparently a Sorceress of Grayskull now, and you evidently can use your powers anywhere on Eternia. You have the power to help many people. Marlena says this with an odd twinkle in her eye: MARLENA Just as my son does. EVELYN Prince Adam? I thought he had a bit of a reputation for being... lazy... MARLENA A mother knows what her son is capable of. Just then, Evelyn senses something from Marlena. She breaks into a sly grin. EVELYN You know. Don't you? MARLENA (coy) Know what? Evelyn raises an eyebrow. Marlena simply shrugs. MARLENA Like I said. A mother knows her son. Evelyn nods, leaving it at that. EVELYN Thank you. For your kindness. And your advice. MARLENA Thank you... for giving me my friend back. Evelyn smiles softly. INT. THE PALACE - ENTRY HALL Teela personally escorting Evelyn (with headdress back on) to the doors. Teela looks to her uneasily. Evelyn senses her mood but is tactful, doesn't draw attention to it. Finally: TEELA Evelyn... Teela steps before her. Evelyn stops, waits for Teela to continue... TEELA I want to apologize. EVELYN For what? TEELA I should've trusted you. EVELYN I can't blame you for feeling the way you did. TEELA But Skeletor used my negative feelings about you to pry his way into Grayskull. If not for me, Serepar would never have... taken my mother... Teela's voice breaks on the last words. EVELYN What happened was not your fault. TEELA But I... EVELYN (firmly) What happened was not your fault. Teela blinks at Evelyn's bluntness. Evelyn looks at Teela with understanding. EVELYN A great woman once said: "You cannot control what you feel... you can only control what you do." TEELA Who said that? EVELYN Your mother. First, surprise in Teela's eyes. Then a sad smile. TEELA Couldn't ask for advice from a wiser person. EVELYN Amen to that. Just then, Adam rounds the corner. As soon as his gaze lands on Teela, he tries to turn around and go the other way as casually as he can... Not casual enough: EVELYN Whoa! Hold it! Adam freezes, turns. ADAM You talking to me? Teela turns away; Evelyn puts a firm hand on her shoulder. EVELYN And you. TEELA Me? Evelyn pulls everyone closer so she can speak in tones low enough not to be overheard: EVELYN You two have been avoiding each other ever since the whole He-Man thing came out. TEELA Who? ADAM Us? EVELYN Yes, you. This childishness ends right here... She grabs them both by the wrist, pulling them down the hall, earnest but playful. EVELYN As my first official act of kindness, I'm going to save a good friendship. Evelyn glances up at a sign over a door: "MAINTENANCE SUPPLIES" EVELYN Perfect. INT. MAINTENANCE SUPPLY CLOSET The door opens and Evelyn propels Adam and Teela inside. EVELYN You two aren't leaving here until you work this out. Evelyn gestures to two enormous empty buckets. Her fingers sparkle; the buckets flip over. She points to them. EVELYN Sit! With that, she slams the door. Teela and Adam look at each other uncomfortably. Teela folds her arms, turns away. Adam, crestfallen, sits on one of the overturned buckets. There's a long, awkward silence. Finally, Teela half turns to Adam, looking at him sidewise. TEELA You're the Prince of Eternia. You could order her to open the door. ADAM You're the Captain of the Royal Guard; you could, too. (beat) But I think we both know... she's right. We need to talk. She turns away. TEELA What for? So you can lie to me again? ADAM Teela... She whirls on him. TEELA We've been friends since we were kids, Adam! How could you keep something like this from me, of all people? ADAM I had no choice. TEELA Of course you had a choice! You could've trusted me! ADAM I do! TEELA Sure doesn't seem like it! Adam opens his mouth to retort, then pulls back... thinks... tries another tack: ADAM I've told you some of my deepest, darkest secrets... TEELA Except the most important one... ADAM Have you ever told any of my secrets to Man-At-Arms? TEELA Of course not! ADAM He's your father; you're closer to him than anyone. Wouldn't he be disappointed that you're keeping secrets from him? TEELA That's different. Those are your secrets; they're not mine to tell. ADAM And the secret of He-Man was not mine to tell. TEELA The fact that you are He-Man is not your secret? ADAM It's a secret... of Grayskull. That brings Teela up short. ADAM It wasn't about me trusting you... it was about Grayskull trusting me... with its secrets. Adam chuckles mirthlessly. ADAM You think I didn't want to tell you? You know how hard it is to have you think I'm some kind of coward because I take off every time there's danger? Well... now you know why. Teela looks down, nods thoughtfully. TEELA To become He-Man. She meets his gaze again. TEELA But this doesn't explain why you're so lazy about your training, and always goofing off... ADAM Actually, it does. Take a good look at me. Really look. Now think of He-Man. Teela, looking into his eyes... it suddenly dawns on her: TEELA You do look a lot like him... ADAM Exactly. So... the more... lazy and irresponsible I appear to be as Adam... TEELA The less likely people will make the connection. Teela shakes her head, then slowly gets up and steps to a corner, arms folded, looking up at the ceiling. TEELA I feel like I don't know anything about my own life. Adam slowly gets up and goes to Teela, putting his hands on her shoulders. At first, Teela is comforted a little, but then she gets oddly tense, shrugs him off. TEELA And that's another thing... ADAM What...? Teela closes her eyes, takes a deep breath, then turns to face him. TEELA You and I grew up together. Like brother and sister. So I think of you like a brother. There's a vague disappointment in Adam's eyes. TEELA I know that look. ADAM What look? TEELA It bothers you when I say you're like a brother; it always has. I'm not blind. I know how you feel about me. Adam blushes, looks away. TEELA Now here's the problem. I may not think of you in that way... but I do think of He-Man in that way. Adam looks up, blinks, starting to understand. ADAM Oh wow... TEELA Oh wow... Teela paces to the opposite wall. TEELA It feels like I just found out the man I'm in love with... is my brother... ADAM Well... I'm not your brother... TEELA I know... but... I just never thought of you that way. Teela quickly turns back to him. TEELA Nothing against you. You're... a fine looking guy... I mean you resemble the man I... I mean you are... Lost now, Teela presses the heel of her hand to her forehead. TEELA I don't know what I mean... Suddenly, Teela laughs. ADAM What? TEELA Oh... nothing, just... remembering all the times I've gushed to you about He-Man. That... had to be hard for you. ADAM You have no idea... And now Teela blushes deeply. TEELA And I just realized that means He Man heard every word I said... Adam smirks. ADAM Well... look at it this way: at least you don't have to figure out how to tell him... Teela looks to him, not sure whether to be annoyed or amused. Adam walks up to her slowly. ADAM Teela... you're right. About my feelings for you. But that also means... that He-Man has feelings for you, too. Teela's becoming overwhelmed; she closes her eyes. TEELA I'm so confused... Adam gently takes her hands in his. She opens her eyes. ADAM Teela... you know how I feel. How He-Man feels. Whatever you decide to do... I'll always be your friend. Teela nods, grateful for that. Then she shakes her head. TEELA I've dreamed of He-Man for so long... but now that I know he's you... I... I don't know whether... ADAM ...you'll ever feel the same about him again. Teela's tears are threatening to erupt. But before they can get started: ADAM There's one simple way to find out. All at once, Adam's arms are around her and his lips are on hers. At first, she holds her hands up stiffly, eyes open in shock. Then, as she starts to register the sensations, her eyes slowly close and her hands drift to his back. After a long, lingering moment, Adam finally breaks the kiss. Teela is trembling; it takes her a moment to recover her composure. She takes a deep breath, slowly opens her eyes, blinks. There is clearly still much confusion in her eyes... but a hunger as well... ADAM I hope I didn't overstep my... He never finishes the sentence, Teela now pressing her lips to his. This time, the kiss is much deeper and more passionate, Teela giving it her full attention. It's not an aggressive, lustful kiss; it's the gentle, tender kiss of two people who love each other who have longed for this moment... Finally, Teela breaks the kiss, an impish grin on her face: TEELA It's not polite to talk with your mouth full... And she kisses him again, pressing herself to him... DISSOLVE TO: EXT. THE PALACE - NIGHT A peaceful night. INT. THE PALACE - THRONE ROOM Serepar, bound in handcuffs and leg irons, is held on either side by guards before King Randor and Queen Marlena. Present are the Sorceress and Evelyn surrounded by their friends He Man, Teela, Man-At-Arms and Orko, off to one side. King Randor gazes at Serepar with disgust. RANDOR Serepar. You have been found guilty of one count of attempted murder, and multiple counts of aggravated sexual assault. Do you have anything to say before sentence is determined? Trembling, Serepar remains silent. Randor considers him for a long moment. RANDOR Mercifully, it is rare that I conduct trials for crimes as serious as yours. However, this is the first time I've had to conduct a trial for such heinous crimes committed... against people whom I consider to be friends. Randor leans forward glowers at Serepar. RANDOR Under our law... I could have you put to death. The color completely drains from Serepar's face. RANDOR The only reason I will not... is because I do not wish to go down in history as the first King of Eternia in 500 years to order the death penalty. Randor leans back. Serepar looks like he may faint. RANDOR That, of course, leaves open the question of your punishment. Randor turns an even gaze on the Sorceress and Evelyn. RANDOR Until today, I've never given much thought to the legal status of Castle Grayskull under Eternian law. These events, however, have forced me to consider this question. This is my conclusion: Grayskull was, at one time, an independent kingdom. Although King Grayskull himself is long dead, Veena Grayskull, his Queen, served as the first Sorceress of Grayskull. The duty of Sorceress has since been passed from generation to generation by each preceding Sorceress. It seems to me, then, that each new Sorceress could be considered, legally, to be the Queen of the Kingdom of Grayskull. I therefore decree that the Kingdom of Eternia recognizes the Kingdom of Grayskull as a sovereign government. To that end, Serepar, you are to be extradited to Grayskull and placed in the custody of the Sorceress of Grayskull and her partner Evelyn Morgan Powers. They will determine your final punishment. He nods to He-Man. He-Man steps over and takes Serepar's arm; the royal guards step away. He-Man takes Serepar to face the Sorceress and Evelyn. They both regard him. Everyone else in the room waits and watches. Finally, the Sorceress speaks: SORCERESS Serepar. As Queens of the Kingdom of Grayskull, I and Evelyn Morgan Powers hereby banish you to the Phantom Dimension where you will be doomed forever to exist as an invisible phantom. The Sorceress steps up to him, locking into his gaze: SORCERESS You will be able to watch us raise your daughter... but she will never see or hear you. Evelyn and the Sorceress raise their hands, projecting beams of energy onto him. Serepar balls his hands into fists: SEREPAR NO...! He fades away into nothingness. His restraints fall with a clatter to the floor. His last furious, desperate scream echoes away in the hall... then silence. Satisfaction in the Sorceress' eyes and in Evelyn's: justice is finally served. DISSOLVE TO: EXT. CASTLE GRAYSKULL - DAY The Sorceress at the top of the tower writing in her journal (just as we saw in the opening scene): SORCERESS (V.O.) No Sorceress of Grayskull before me has ever endured an attack so intimate, so personal, as the one to which Serepar subjected me. It has shaken the very foundation of my sense of security; I may never recover completely. Yet, if given the chance, I would not change one thing that has happened over these past few days. Everything I have gone through, as terrible as it has been, has also played a pivotal role in building the bond Evelyn and I now share. If my torment over those days is the price I must pay for what I have with her now... it was worth it. Above her, she hears the call of a falcon. She looks up. Evelyn, in her falcon form, circling above. The Sorceress smiles. She returns her pen to the paper: SORCERESS (V.O.) We have chosen a name for Evelyn's falcon form. Mine, Zoar, is an ancient Eternian word meaning, "The Guardian." Evelyn's falcon form will be known as Mari: "The Reborn." The Sorceress puts down her pen. Looks up: MARI swoops down towards her. She hovers next to the Sorceress and transforms back into Evelyn, who looks down at her affectionately. She gently closes the book, rises and gestures; desk and book vanish. The Sorceress and Evelyn step up to observe the awesome view of the new foliage around Grayskull. Even in the space of a single day it's noticeably more lush; there has been visible growth in the saplings. Evelyn gestures to it. EVELYN I flew all the way to the edge of this. It goes all the way to the Evergreen Forest. SORCERESS The entire wasteland...? Evelyn nods. She steps behind the Sorceress, putting her arms around her. She buries her face in her headdress, rocking her back and forth. She whispers in her ear: EVELYN I have something for you. The Sorceress turns. Evelyn takes her left hand, holding her "ring finger" in between her thumb and forefinger. EVELYN On Earth it's traditional, when you're in a partnership with somebody, to wear a ring on this finger. I want you to have this. With that, Evelyn holds up the fingers of her other hand. In them appears a ring with a small crystal set into it. She slides it gently onto the Sorceress' finger. The Sorceress looks at it with odd recognition. SORCERESS Evelyn... this is the crystal I gave you... EVELYN ...to protect me from my nightmares. Yes. SORCERESS I can't take this. Without it... EVELYN ...I'll have the nightmares again. I know. I want to have them. SORCERESS Why? EVELYN They're a reminder... of what my foolishness almost cost me. The Sorceress opens her mouth to retort; Evelyn gently places her fingers on the Sorceress' lips. EVELYN Whenever I have one, it'll remind me how important you are to me... so I'll never take you for granted. The Sorceress is deeply moved. Slowly, her arms go around Evelyn and pull her close. Evelyn's arms envelop her in return. SORCERESS I love you. Evelyn kisses the Sorceress' neck. EVELYN I love you, too. Faintly, Meat Loaf's "Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through" begins to drift in... After holding each other for a long moment, the Sorceress gently pushes back from Evelyn, looking into her eyes with a depth of joy beyond description. Softly: SORCERESS Come fly with me. With that, she spreads her arms and transforms into Zoar. Evelyn smiles, spreads her arms and transforms into Mari. Flapping their wings, they both turn, swooping gracefully out over the gorgeous, lush greenery now surrounding Grayskull, circling the castle together in a graceful arc... Zoar and Mari fly, playfully, dancing together delicately in the air, circling, swooping, brushing up against each other, open, joyful... Free. CREDITS SUPERIMPOSED over Zoar and Mari's dance in the sky: MEAT LOAF (singing) You can't run away forever, But there's nothing wrong with getting a good head start. You want to shut out the night; You want to shut down the sun; You want to shut away the pieces of a broken heart. Think of how we'd lay down together; We'd be listening to the radio so loud and so strong, Every golden nugget coming like a gift of the gods; Someone must have blessed us when he gave us those songs. I treasure your love; I never want to lose it. You've been through the fires of hell, And I know you've got the ashes to prove it. I treasure your love; I want to show you how to use it. You've been through a lot of pain in the dirt; And I know you've got the scars to prove it. Remember everything that I told you? Well I'm telling you again that it's true. When you're alone and afraid And you're completely amazed To find there's nothing anybody can do, Keep on believing, And you'll discover baby... There's always something magic; There's always something new, And when you really, really need it the most, That's when rock and roll dreams come through. The beat is yours forever; The beat is always true, And when you really, really need it the most, That's when rock and roll dreams come through... for you... SLOW FADE TO BLACK. Song continues over final CREDIT SCROLL OVER BLACK: MEAT LOAF (singing) Once upon a time was a backbeat; Once upon a time all the chords came to life, And the angels had guitars even before they had wings. If you hold on to a chorus you get through the night. I treasure your love; I never want to lose it. You've been through the fires of hell, And I know you've got the ashes to prove it. I treasure your love; I want to show you how to use it. You've been through a lot of pain in the dirt, And I know you've got the scars to prove it. Remember everything that I told you? Well I'm telling you again that it's true! You're never alone cause you can put on the 'phones And let the drummer tell your heart what to do! Keep on believing, And you'll discover baby... There's always something magic; There's always something new, And when you really, really need it the most, That's when rock and roll dreams come through! The beat is yours forever; The beat is always true, And when you really, really need it the most, That's when rock and roll dreams come through... ohh, for you! Yeah! BACKING SINGERS (singing) The beat is yours forever; that's when rock and roll dreams come through! The beat is yours forever; that's when rock and roll dreams come through! The beat is yours forever; that's when rock and roll dreams come through! The beat is yours forever; that's when rock and roll dreams come through! The beat is yours forever; that's when rock and roll dreams come through! The beat is yours forever; that's when rock and roll dreams come through! MUSIC FADES. THE END