ISEKAI OVERLOAD: The End, Part 3

SCENE 3

EXT. – FOREST – DAY

AUGUSTINE, BROADHEAD, and WANDA are exhausted from running. The forest is heavy and lush. Dappled light flashes through the overgrowth.

WANDA
(panting)
"This… this should be far enough. Should we start
heading back?"

BROADHEAD
(turning back)
"We have incoming!"

The three HEROES dive for cover as CHARLOTTE crashes into a nearby bush. They spy on her from behind a large shrub as she rights herself.

CHARLOTTE
(brushes self)
"Well, that went – OW!"

CHARLOTTE grasps her ribs. Her hands start to glow, pulsing slowly at first, then increasing until the glow is continuously bright.

CHARLOTTE
(stretching)
"Okay, where the hell am I?"

CHARLOTTE stumbles off into the underbrush.

The three HEROES look at one another in amazement and confusion.

WANDA
"How? I mean, just how?"

AUGUSTINE
"I guess NAFU didn't touch her."

BROADHEAD
(starts climbing the nearby tree)
"I got a bad feeling about this."

BROADHEAD quickly climbs out of frame.

WANDA
(looking up at BROADHEAD)
"What do you see?"

BROADHEAD
(offscreen)
"Gimme mo. Too many trees."

AUGUSTINE
"What? What?"

WANDA
"BROADHEAD?"

AUGUSTINE
(grabs WANDA)
"WANDA! Will you please tell me—"

BROADHEAD lands besides them.

BROADHEAD
"He's headed this way."

AUGUSTINE
(takes a step, trips)
"Scatt—oof! WANDA, what the—"

WANDA taps her staff on the ground and turns to purple smoke. A WANDA-shaped smoke-free shape walks out of the cloud.

AUGUSTINE struggles to break free of the vines ensnaring his foot.

BROADHEAD and WANDA
(simultaneously)
"Thank you for your service!"

CUT to OVER THE SHOULDER shot of NAFU. He towers over the forest. The trees barely go past his shins. He's stooped and grasping, sweeping his hands through the trees effortlessly. The trees pass through his translucent golden body and hands, but birds and winged fantasy creatures take flight.

CUT back to FULL SHOT of AUGUSTINE hacking away the last branch. Behind him we see NAFU's gigantic foot descending.

AUGUSTINE
(curls into fetal position, whispers)
"Please don't find me. Please don't find me."

Field of view is distorted like it's underwater as NAFU's other foot lands over it, coloring the frame gold.

TILT shot up, up, up, to the sky, then continue down, down, down a full 180° to see NAFU's footfalls leading away from AUGUSTINE with the frame upside-down.

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SCENE 4

INT. – ADVENTURERS' GUILD – DAY

It's late evening. OVER THE SHOULDER shot as CHARLOTTE approaches the GUILD CLERK. He is a thin, nondescript man with brown hair and brown eyes, dressed in plain garb. He is standing behind a counter wide enough for three clerks, but he is the only one on duty.

The Guild Hall has a dozen or so people scattered about. It's not crowded, but the other people take one glance at CHARLOTTE and nervously make way.

We only see CHARLOTTE from behind. Her white top is dirty and thick with brambles. The hems of her trousers are dirty and tattered. Her hair is no longer in a ponytail. It cascades wildly down her back. Some leaves poke out of it.

GUILD CLERK
(nervous, professional smile)
"Hail to thee, Lady Adventurer. How mayst this
one serveth thee?"

CHARLOTTE reaches into her top and pulls out a necklace. It is a simple steel chain with a metal plate the size and shape of one's palm.

CHARLOTTE
(hands necklace to GUILD CLERK)
"Quest completion."

CLERK receives the necklace reverently and places it on a palm-shaped outline inscribed into a cobalt tablet. The tablet has squared lower corners and a rounded top edge. Along the bottom is chiseled the words, "Property of Church of Truck-Kun."

CHARLOTTE's guild ID glows and the letter "C" is projected above the device. Other words suspended in the air next to her rank in small font quickly scroll past.

CLERK
(slightly tense)
"Great praise to thee for completing thy quest, Lady
Charlotte. Whither are thy companions?"

CHARLOTTE
(nods once)
"Yeah, about that. I need to talk to the GUILD MASTER
about them."

CLERK
(gulps)
"Is thine matter something this one can aideth thee?"

CHARLOTTE
"No. I just want to cash out and talk to the GUILD
MASTER."

CLERK
(very nervous)
"This one is unable to do that until thy companions are
all here. Unless… thou hath their guild tags?"

CHARLOTTE
"No, they're not dead. Yet."

CLERK
(terrified)
"Ah! Well, I, uh, I mean, this one shalt calleth the
GUILD MASTER right away!"

GUILD CLERK flees.

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SCENE 5

INT. – GUILD MASTER'S OFFICE – DAY

WIDE SHOT of GUILD MASTER working at her desk.

The GUILD MASTER is a gruff, middle-aged woman dressed in the uniform of a 18th-century naval captain. The office is large, her desk is ornate. Piles of paper sit in three stacks atop it. The wall behind her has a large banner with the Adventurers' Guild heraldic design.

GUILD MASTER
(writing on paper, head down)
"Look, I believe you. I believe you. But, they're
A-ranked Adventurers. Unless you're willing to
duel them or you have a bunch of witnesses, Guild
Law says their version of the story is the truth."

CHARLOTTE is standing in front of the desk. Behind her are two couches facing one another, visible over her shoulders. Beyond that are displays of armor and weapons, all pitted and worn.

CHARLOTTE
"That's Trucked up! You believe me, yet you're
going to let them walk?"

GUILD MASTER
"It's not the first time."

CHARLOTTE

(leans forward and places hands on a pile of paper)
"What the Trucking shift? They've done this before?"

GUILD MASTER
(looks at CHARLOTTE)
"You're one of the lucky ones, you know that? NAFU
didn't take your Overpower, so you're still an Adventurer.
All the other Adventurers He caught lost their Overpowers,
so they have to grind the rest of their lives just like NPCs."

CHARLOTTE
"That was NAFU? I did—"

GUILD MASTER
"How'd you pass the written test? Yes, that was NAFU.
You see any other gods walking around like that?"

CHARLOTTE
"You were the one who waived me, remember? Special
ability exemption."

GUILD MASTER
"That didn't mean you could skip all the reading.
Remind me, what was your special again?"

CHARLOTTE
"Healing! I'm a natural healer. C'mon, Gee-Em.
I joined just two weeks ago."

GUILD MASTER
(stands)
"And in those two weeks I've had fifty other
bull-shift pissing matches to worry about."

(pauses)
"Wait, you're a natural? Okay, that's why
NAFU didn't do anything to you."

CHARLOTTE
"Huh?"

GUILD MASTER
(sighs)
"Read your Guild Guide, will you? You
haven't had your Coming Out yet, right?"

CHARLOTTE
"Not for another two years."

GUILD MASTER
"No Coming Out, no Overpower. No Overpower,
one very pissed off-"

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SCENE 6

INT. – ADVENTURER'S GUILD – DAY

CUT to CLOSE UP of WANDA's fist punching the GUILD CLERK's counter.

PULL BACK to DOUBLE SHOT of WANDA pulling GUILD CLERK by the collar so they're face-to-face.

WANDA
(screaming)
"I need that money! That's all I got to live on for the rest
of my life! I got nothing left. No party, no Oh-Pea, nothing!"

(Shakes GUILD CLERK with every syllable)
"Give! Me! My! Mon! Knee!"