Highlander: Fight For Survival


INT. AIRPORT - NIGHT

Connor and Robert walk through the terminal.  We follow them until Connor comes to an abrupt
stop at a newspaper stand.

He picks up a copy of the local paper.

CLOSE ON:

The Headline:

MICHAEL HOPKINS FOUND DEAD!
Girlfriend finds Millionaire in his gym... headless!

Connor tosses the paper back down.

     CONNOR
    This is getting serious.
 

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EXT.  MOVIE THEATER - NIGHT

Superimpose: SEVEN YEARS AGO

Daniel Martin, 25 and a young woman, about 20, walk out of the theater, hand in hand, very much in love.
All smiles, Daniel kisses the girl, Crystal, on the lips.

     CRYSTAL
    Nice night.

Daniel gazes up.  The night sky is clear and all the stars are visible.  The moon is huge on the horizon.
Even if it there were no street lights around, you could see very easily.

     DANIEL
    Yes, it is.

A rustling and Daniel and Crystal look over to an alley and see a MAN pointing a GUN at them.

     MAN
    Get over here.  Now.

     CRYSTAL
    Daniel...

     DANIEL
    Don't worry, Cris.  Let's just do what he
    says, okay?

Crystal stiffly nods her head in agreement, and they start to the alley.

EXT. ALLEY - NIGHT

The Mugger grabs a necklace from Crystal's neck.  Instinctively, Crystal resists and this pisses the
mugger off, big time.  He shoves Crystal to the ground and aims at her.  He pulls the trigger, but
Daniel is there in front of the gun, blocking his girl.

Daniel is hit square in the chest and falls down, bleeding badly.

     CRYSTAL
    NNNOOOOOO!!!!!

From a little ways off, sirens blare.  A cop not far away obviously heard the shot.

Spooked, the mugger runs off, leaving Daniel bleeding in Crystal's arms.  Crystal sobs as a COP CAR
pulls up to the alley.

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INT. HOSPITAL ROOM - MORNING

Daniel stirs and comes to.  He looks up into the concerned face of Crystal.

     DANIEL
    Crystal?

     CRYSTAL
    You're going to be all right, Danny.
    The doctors don't know how you did
    it, but you pulled through.

     DANIEL
    Are YOU okay?

     CRYSTAL
    I'm fine, except for that scare you gave
    me last night.  The shot should have
    killed you, Daniel.  It's a miracle.  A true
    miracle.

Daniel seems to still be a little dazed.

     DANIEL
    Wow.

     CRYSTAL
    I was thinking, you know.  We've got
    a rare second chance here.  And I want
    to take it for all it's worth.  I know this isn't
    the traditional way to do it, I know this is
    the guy's job, but...

Daniel looks at her, questioningly.

     CRYSTAL
    .... Marry me, Daniel Martin.  I love you and
    I want to spend the rest of our lives together.

Daniel is shocked.

     DANIEL
    I'm still a little out of it and a little shocked.
    But I can say this with a clear mind.  Yes, I
    will.

Crystal tears up and reaches down to hug him.  He returns it happily.

     DANIEL
    I love you too.

At that moment, a NURSE walks in.

     NURSE
    There's someone out here who wishes to
    see you.  Are you up for visitors?

     DANIEL
    Who is it?

     NURSE
    He's a preacher, that's all I know.

     DANIEL
    Why not?  Send him in.

The nurse leaves and a second later, Peter McGuire enters.

     PETER
    Daniel Martin?

     DANIEL
    That's me.

     PETER
    I'm Peter McGuire, and this must be your
    girlfriend.

     CRYSTAL
    Fiancee.

Peter smiles.

     PETER
    I see.  I've come to talk about your situation.

     DANIEL
    Situation?

     PETER
    Pretty much coming back from the dead.

     DANIEL
    Oh, that.  Yeah, it's pretty weird.  I guess you're
    hear to tell me it's God's work at hand?

     PETER
    I guess it is, but that's not why I'm here.  The
    same thing happened to me.

Daniel sits up, interested.

     DANIEL
    Really?

     PETER
    Over two thousand years ago.

Daniel is dumbstruck.

     DANIEL
    Come again?

     PETER
    This will be hard for you to swallow, trust
    me, I know.  But there are others out there
    like you and I.  We are called Immortals.

     DANIEL
    Immortals?

     PETER
    We cannot die.

Peter grabs a sharp object from a nearby table and without hesitation, jabs himself in the chest with
it.

     PETER
    Ooof!

Daniel and Crystal gasp in shock.    But nothing prepares them for the shock of seeing him pull it
out and recovering after only a few moments.

     DANIEL
    What just happened?  Am I doped up?

     PETER
    You're seeing clearly.  This is really too soon to go into
    all the details, but if you wish, I can talk later, when you're
    feeling better.

He fishes in his pocket and hands Daniel a card.

     PETER
    This is the number of my church.  Get in touch
    whenever.  Good-bye for now.

Peter starts to make his exit.

     CRYSTAL
    Excuse me, Pastor?

Peter turns around.

     CRYSTAL
    Can you also do weddings?

Peter smiles.

     PETER
    Give me a call.  We can talk about that as well.

He exits the room, leaving the two alone.  They merely stare at each other, too shocked to speak.
 

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EXT. STREETS - NIGHT

In the present time, Daniel walks the street lost in thought, his head down.  He nearly runs into
the man in standing in his path.   He looks up and comes face to face with CHI CHANG.

Chang is holding a sword.

     CHI
             (in greeting)
    Immortal.

Daniel draws his sword.

     DANIEL
    We don't have to fight.
 

Chang swings his sword at Daniel's head.  He's fast and Daniel barely ducks and blocks it.  He comes back
with his own strike which is easily blocked.
 
     DANIEL
    You're a member of the Order of Lo.

Chang stops fighting, suprised.

     CHI
    You know of us?

     DANIEL
    Yes.  And I know what you stand for.  I
    would like to help you out.

     CHI
    I don't need your help.

     DANIEL
    Yes, you do.  I can locate Immortals.  I
    know how to, I can sense their presence.

     CHI
    I figured you out easily enough.

     DANIEL
    That's because I drew you out.  All I had
    to do was kill a couple of Immortals and
    I knew you would track me down.

     CHI
    The Order of Lo calls for the death of ALL
    Immortals.  That would include you.

     DANIEL
    When it is through and if I am the last left,
    I will gladly let you take my head.  After the
    others are gone, I will no longer have a need
    for it.

     CHI
    I couldn't possibly trust you.

     DANIEL
    We're talking instead of fighting.  There must
    be a part of you that's interested.

     CHI
    Maybe, but I still don't understand your motive.

     DANIEL
    All I'll say is that I think Immortals are too
    dangerous to exist.  They cause the pain and
    death of too many people in the pursuit of their
    Prize and I'm sick of it.  I will stop them, but I
    could use your help.  And you could use mine.

Daniel drops his sword and holds his hands out.

     DANIEL
    I'm trusting you to trust me.

Chi looks into his eyes and seems to see the passion burning in them.  He lowers his guard.

     CHI
    Let's get something to eat, shall we.
 

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INT. DINER - DAY

Connor and Robert sit in a booth, eating in silence.

     CONNOR
    You will probably encounter more Immortals
    in the States than anywhere.  They come,
    thinking this is the time of the Gathering.

     ROBERT
    But you don't think so?

     CONNOR
    New Immortals are born every year.  And in
    these times, it's easier to have a violent death
    than any other time in recent history.  You've
    found that out yourself.

Robert laughs.
 
     ROBERT
    You do have a point there.

     CONNOR
    It will be impossible to have only
    one.  When Immortals stop being
    born, then, perhaps it would be possible.

     ROBERT
    Why are people born Immortal anyways?

     CONNOR
    Who knows?  Why are people born anyway
    they're born?  There are several medical reasons,
    but they are never truly answered.

They stop talking as the waitress comes over and takes their empty plates.  Her name badge
reads "LEAH".   She's in her mid twenties and very pretty in a girl next door kind of way.

     LEAH
    Did you guys enjoy the meal?

     CONNOR
    Yes, thank you.

     LEAH
    Can I get you anything else?

     ROBERT
    Some more Pepsi for me, please.

     LEAH
    Coming right up.

Leah walks off and Robert watches after her.

     CONNOR
    Heh heh.

     ROBERT
    What?

     CONNOR
    You're staring.

     ROBERT
    Nothing wrong with that.

     CONNOR
    I think I saw her looking at you in such
    a way.

Robert brightens.

     ROBERT
    Really?

     CONNOR
    No, I think it was the light from the fixture
    glaring in her eyes.

Robert looks after where the girl left.

     ROBERT
    How did you do it, Connor?

     CONNOR
    What's that?

     ROBERT
    Marry.  Isn't it the most painful experience
    you've ever had when you watch them
    grow old, knowing you will outlive them
    by a long shot.  Knowing you will watch
    them die.

     CONNOR
    It is very painful.  I never loved again after my
    first wife died for almost four hundred years.  That's
    when I met Brenda.  If you keep your head, you
    are going to be around for a long time, my friend.
 

RAMERIEZ'S WORD'S from the first movie pop into Connor's head.

     RAMIREZ
              (VO)
    You must leave her, brother.

Connor shakes his head, clearing it.

     CONNOR
    It's more painful being alone than it is to love some
    one, even if it is for a brief time.  If love strikes, do
    not turn away from it, fearful of your pain.  You'll
    hurt more being alone.

Connor glances at a clock.

     CONNOR
    I'm going to go meet Peter alone for a while.
    You can either wait here or wait at the hotel.

     ROBERT
    I think I'll stick around here awhile.

     CONNOR
    I figured you would.  Heh heh heh.  I'll
    see you in a bit.

     ROBERT
    Later.

Connor gets up and leaves as Leah makes her way back to the table.

     LEAH
    You're friend leave you here all by yourself?

     ROBERT
    'Fraid so.

Leah hands him the Pepsi.

     ROBERT
    I'm Robert.

He offers his hand to her.

     LEAH
    Leah.

     ROBERT
    Pleasure to meet you.

     LEAH
    Likewise.  So, you new in town?

     ROBERT
    Yeah, I'm from Australia.

     LEAH
    Really?  That explains the accent.  First
    time in San Antonio?

     ROBERT
    Indeed it is.

     LEAH
    Tell you what.  My shift's almost over.  If
    you'd like to go sight see, I'd be delighted
    to show you around.  That is if your friend's
    not coming back.

     ROBERT
    He won't be back for awhile.

     LEAH
    I'll take that as a yes.

Robert laughs.
     ROBERT
    Very perceptive.
 

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EXT. SOUP KITCHEN - DAY

Connor make his way up to a small building that feeds the homeless soup.  It's not much to
look at and a couple of homeless folks loiter around outside.   They make snide remarks
as Connor walks by.

INT. SOUP KITCHEN - DAY

Connor walks to the back where he finds Peter McGuire fixing bowls of soup.  Peter looks
up and smiles big.

     PETER
    Connor MacLeod!

He motions for someone to come relieve him.

     PETER
    I'm going on break.

     MAN
    Okay, Pete, I'll take over.

     PETER
    Thanks.

Peter walks out from behind a table and makes his way to the front of the building.  He wraps
Connor up in a hug.

     PETER
    It's been a while.

     CONNOR
    Yes, it has.  I received your message.
    No one knows that you wanted to meet
    with me.  Not even my wife.  They all think
    I came over just to let you teach my new
    protégé a few things.

     PETER
    Protégé?

     CONNOR
    I've taken a young man under my wing.  He
    has great potential, plus he's a good guy.  I
    figured you wouldn't be a bad influence on
    him.

     PETER
    I'd love to meet him.

     CONNOR
    Great.  So, what's the word on Daniel?

     PETER
    I don't know.  He won't return my calls.  But
    I know it's him hunting everyone down, Connor.
    He came to see me before it really started.

     CONNOR
    I'm sorry to hear that.  What do you want me
    to do?

     PETER
    I know he won't listen to me.  He won't even
    talk to me.  To be honest, I think it makes him
    feel guilty and that's something he doesn't
    want.  But if you're around, he'll eventually
    find you.  Try to talk some sense into him, Connor.
    I know it's a lot to ask.  But this needs to stop.

     CONNOR
    If he won't listen?

     PETER
    Then he'll probably try to kill you.  And if it
    comes to that, then you can do nothing but
    defend yourself, right?

     CONNOR
    I understand.  And I know it must pain you to
    say that.

     PETER
    As I said, it cannot be allowed to go on.  Nothing
    is sacred to them.  Daniel was attacked as he visited
    he wife's grave.  On holy ground.

     CONNOR
    I see.

     PETER
    You can stay with me.  You and the boy.  I'll be
    getting out of here around five thirty this evening.

     CONNOR
    I'll meet you here then.
 
 

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EXT. RIVERWALK - DAY

Leah and Robert walk down the RIVERWALK, a San Antonio attraction that has walkways down
either side of the river, places to sit and eat, sit and watch, ect.

     ROBERT
    This is a nice place.  Who would have ever
    thought that someplace like this could be
    so peaceful.  Even with all the folks walking
    around.

Leah looks around at the handful of folks around.

     LEAH
    This is a slow day, but you're right.  This
    is part of the appeal of this town for me.

     ROBERT
    Where are you from, originally?

     LEAH
    Georgia.  My parents are wealthy landowners
    over there.

     ROBERT
    So, what's with the waitress job.

     LEAH
    It's all about making it on my own.  My parents
    offered to help, but I wouldn't have it.  What
    they really wanted was for me to stay there and
    keep it with the family.  It just wasn't me.

     ROBERT
    I see.

     LEAH
    I wanted my independence, that sort of tough
    woman thing you see a lot of these days.
    But, I'm happy.  I don't need a lot of money
    to survive, thus the waitress job.  You've just
    got to learn to live without a few unnecessary
    things.

     ROBERT
    Oh, I know all about that.
 
     LEAH
    Really?

     ROBERT
    Yeah, my whole life's been one big walkabout.
    I drift from place to place, making a living
    as I go.  On my own, with no one to worry
    about but myself.

     LEAH
    Sounds fun.

     ROBERT
    It is, sorta, but you tend to get lonely.

     LEAH
    I know what you mean, but I was lonely
    back home, too.

     ROBERT
    Yeah.  I've been living with a couple here lately.
    The man I was with, in the cafe, he's taken me
    under his wing.

     LEAH
    That's good of him.

     ROBERT
    You have no idea.  We're in town to visit an
    old friend of his.

     LEAH
    Who's that?

     ROBERT
    A pastor named Peter McGuire.

Leah nods in recognition.

     LEAH
    Brother Pete.

     ROBERT
    You know him?

     LEAH
    When I first moved here, I was ready to help
    those less fortunate.  I grew up well off, but
    I've always felt sorry for those who weren't
    so lucky.  Sure, my family's donated money to
    homeless foundations and such, but I felt I
    had to get my hands dirty to make a difference.
    Brother Pete helps out at a lot of places that
    help the homeless around here.  I was helping
    out at the soup kitchen when I met him.

     ROBERT
    Sounds like a stand up type of guy.

     LEAH
    He really is.  Most who help out are, but there's
    something about Brother Pete.  He's got endless
    amounts of patience.  His feathers are never rankled.
    It's like nothing ever gets to him.  He's happy every
    time I see him.

     ROBERT
    He ever tell you his secret?

     LEAH
    I asked him one time what it was that made him
    have such a great outlook on life and he simply
    told me that he's seen the worse mankind could
    ever offer and came through it fine.

     ROBERT
    I'll get to meet him tonight.

As they continue to walk, Leah glances down at her watch.

     LEAH
    C'mon, if we hurry, we can see the Alamo before
    you have to be back.

EXT. ALAMO - DAY

Leah and Robert look up at the famous mission.

     ROBERT
    I've actually heard of this place before.

     LEAH
    Texas has one of the richest histories
    in the nation.  I get chills thinking about
    what went down here.

     ROBERT
              (glancing at a brochure)
    This is the place where they made their
    last stand, huh?

     LEAH
    Yep.  It was a slaughter and a sad day for
    the Texans, but it was also a turning point
    in the battle.

They walk toward the most famous part of the Alamo and enter.

INT. ALAMO - DAY

Robert looks around at all the memorabilia and nods his head appreciatively.

He looks around and notices that he and Leah are alone.

     ROBERT
    I figured this place would be packed.  It's pretty
    famous, isn't it?

     LEAH
    Yeah, but we're here on a weekday during the
    school year, so there's really no tourists around.
    Most local folks have been here so many times
    they're sick of it.

At this point, another man enters.  Robert's back is to him.

     LEAH
    Only a few folks check it out during these times.

Robert shakes his head, as if he feels something he can't quite place.  Leah's eyes widen as
she looks behind him.

     LEAH
    Robert, look out!

That's when it hits him what he was feeling.  He ducks and avoids a swipe by the stranger,
who now has a sword.  He reaches in his coat and pulls out his own sword.

     ROBERT
    Leah, go!

Leah looks on, stunned at what she's seeing.

Robert and the other guy exchange blows.

     MAN
    Fitting place to make your last stand, fellow
    Immortal.

Robert is fierce in the battle, but the other guy obviously has experience.  The other guy is more
patient and waits for the right time to aim his blows.  One barely misses Roberts head and cuts through
the stand of a TEXAS FLAG.   The flag falls down, glancing off Robert.

     ROBERT
             (muttering)
    Where's Connor when I need him.

The stranger goes on the attack, driving Robert across the room.  Robert is doing his best to block
and parry, but the man gets in too many close calls for comfort.

Robert visibly calms himself and lets the other fighter come to him.  This time, Robert is almost flawless
in his fighting.  Not too aggressive, keeping a good defense, but not letting the man get an advantage.

Robert forces across the room away from the still staring Leah.

The man swipes at Roberts head, Robert yanks back as the sword flies inches in front of his neck, he
spins around cutting through the other man's sword hand while it's still in motion.

The man SCREAMS and Robert brings his sword back up through the man's neck.

The man falls to the ground, headless.  The man's power flows into the air as Robert experiences his
first QUICKENING.

EXT. ALAMO

The doors fly open as the power surges through the building.

INT. ALAMO

Robert's arms go up as the energy flows into him.  He raises his head toward Heaven, his face a mask of
both agony and excasty.  His eyes roll in his sockets and soon the Quickening is over.  Robert falls to his
knees and breathes in deep.

Leah looks on in horror.   She runs up to Robert.

     LEAH
    You just had a sword fight in the middle
    of the Alamo.

She states it as calmly as possible, as if trying to believe it.

Robert comes to his senses.  He puts his sword back into his coat.

     ROBERT
    Let's get out of here.  Now.

     LEAH
    Explanation?

     ROBERT
    On the way.
 
     LEAH
    To where?

     ROBERT
    To see Connor and Peter.

Robert quickly exits the building.  Leah stands there, trying to figure out whether or not she trusts this guy
enough to go with him.

She comes to a decision.

     LEAH
    Hell if I'm letting it go at that.

She takes off after him.