Highlander: Fight For Survival

Dusty Fincher

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Author's Notes: Hello, folks.  Here is my attempt at a Highlander story.  I guess what you need to know about it is that it ignores every Highlander movie and tv show except for the first movie.  This is a direct sequel to it.  Most folks who've seen the first one know that it wasn't exactly designed to have a sequel, so I had to take some liberties with this story to explain how there could be another story after the first one.  Hopefully, it's not too bad.  And I guess this would be a short cast list.

Connor MacLeod: Christopher Lambert
Robert Logan: Heath Ledger
Chi Chung: Jet Li
Daniel Martin: Matt Damon
Peter McGuire: Pierce Brosnan

Thanks for reading...

EXT. BREMEN CEMETERY - DAY

We open up on a smallish TOMBSTONE.  On it is...

CRYSTAL MARTIN
LOVING DAUGHTER AND WIFE
1974-1999

We pan around the graveyard and find ourselves in a fall atmosphere.  A young man, mid 20s
comes walking up to the tombstone.  He's carrying a bouquet of roses.

He kneels in front of the gravestone and places the flowers in front of it.  A sadness is evident
in his eyes.  He bows his head.

     MONTY
    I think I saved you a lot of pain,
    Martin.

The young man's head jerks up at the voice.  DANIEL MARTIN stands up and slowly spins
around to find himself face to face with another man, a tad bit older than himself.

     DANIEL
    You caused me a great deal of pain.

     MONTY
    You would have outlived her, Martin.  She
    would have died while you were still in
    essence a young man.  You would have had
    to live with that for the rest of your immortal
    life.

     DANIEL
    I still have to live with it for the rest of my
    immortal life, though I sense you've come to
    cut it short.  Like you did that day those two
    months ago and didn't find me home.

     MONTY
    Your wife put up a fine struggle.

     DANIEL
    Is this what it is to be immortal?   To kill one
    another?  What a wasted lifestyle.  And
    when someone who is not one of us gets
    hurt or killed in the whole bloody game, we
    just shrug it off.

     MONTY
    Worries you won't have to live with much
    longer.

Monty pulls out a sword and makes a swift strike at Martin's head.  In a flash, Martin has his sword
out of his trench coat and blocks the blow.

They exchange a few more blows, then Monty kicks out, knocking Martin off his feet.  Martin's
sword flies to the side as he lands on his back.  Monty brings his sword down, but Martin
rolls out of the way, barely avoiding a beheading.

On his knees, Martin grabs his sword and swings it, intent on cutting the other off at his feet.

Monty leaps into the air, avoiding the swipe.  Martin is now on his feet.   Monty brings his
sword around, intent on decapitating Martin.  Martin ducks and Monty's sword buries itself
in a tombstone.  Monty grunts as he tries to pull it out.  It's stuck.

Martin throws a kick to Monty's head, knocking him down.

     DANIEL
    This is stupid.  Killing each other, in search
    of what?  In search of a prize?  The other
    guy, the Highlander.  He thought he won
    the prize, but he was wrong.  Don't you
    people understand.  There is no prize.  It's
    a myth.  I didn't ask to be immortal.

     MONTY
    None of us did.  But, it is our lot in life.  Kill
    or be killed.

     DANIEL
    So be it.

In a move borne of desperation, Monty tries to get up and leap for his sword, but he is
tripped up by Martin.  Martin brings down his sword for the final blow.

Monty's head comes off.

Martin stands there, looking at the body, waiting for it to happen.  Then, it does.
Energy FLOWS from the dead body, and makes its way to Martin, who raises his
arms and allows it to flow into him.

Gravestones explode and lightening strikes as Martin receives the power of Monty.

     DANIEL
    There can be only one.  Whatever.

He shakes his head in disgust and walks off.
 

EXT. LOCH SHIEL - DAY

A small house rests on the shore of the Loch.  The door opens and out steps CONNOR
MACLEOD, not looking too much older than the last time we saw him.  The only way
we can tell that time has made it's mark on him is his eyes.

Connor walks out to the shoreline and looks out over the water.  He closes his eyes.

He senses a presence and opens his eyes as he turns around to see

BRENDA WYATT

his wife of fifteen years.  She, on the other hand, has aged.  She puts her arm around
Connor's neck and they embrace.

     CONNOR
    Good morning.

She doesn't answer.  She cuddled up to him, nesting her head in his chest.

     BRENDA
    Do you wish sometimes you didn't
    do it, Connor?  Do you sometimes
    wish we were never married?

     CONNOR
    No.

     BRENDA
    If I knew you were going to die and I would
    live forever, I don't know if I could handle it.

     CONNOR
              (wryly)
    I wouldn't trade these years with you for all
    the time in the world.

     BRENDA
    Besides.  Time heals all wounds, huh?

Connor laughs.

     CONNOR
    If that were true, I would have plenty of
    time to be healed of just about everything
    by now.

Brenda smiles and they hold each other, looking over the water.
 

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EXT. MOUNTAIN RANGE - DAY

We pan over a mountain range. capped by snow, at an undisclosed place.   We come down on the
mountains, swooping over several peaks, before we come down on one in particular.

On top of this peak, we find an ASIAN MAN, brandishing a sword.  He executes some moves,
incorporating some martial arts into it.  We watch him for a few minutes, then he suddenly
stops.  He spins around, swinging his sword.

It stops short of cutting down another man.  This is HIRUSHA LI.

(The following is translated from Chinese)

     HIRUSHA
    Your skills are unparalleled, Chi.

CHI CHANG bows his head.

     CHI
    What news do you bring?

     HIRUSHA
    His imminence wishes to see you.

     CHI
    At once.

They start walking off.

CUT TO:

EXT. TEMPLE OF LO

Establishing shot of a TEMPLE, built into the side of one of the mountains.

INT. TEMPLE OF LO - MAIN ROOM

Chi Chang is kneeling on the floor, bowing to a figure sitting on a raised chair.  This is
THE MASTER OF THE ORDER OF LO.  Chi looks up.

     CHI
    You wish to see me, imminence?

     MASTER
    Your training has not been for nothing.
    The Immortals are starting to grow in
    number again.

     CHI
    What do you wish me to do?

     MASTER
    You must hunt down as many of these
    Immortals as you can, and kill them.
    They are a menace to the way of life.
    They are abominations.  Others will
    be sent out as well, but you are the
    best.  I expect great results from you.

     CHI
    I will not fail, master.
 

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EXT. HILTON BAPTIST CHURCH - EVENING

A couple of cars are parked in the parking lot of the smallish church.  Another car pulls into
the lot.

INT. CHURCH

REVEREND PAUL DAVIDS walks into the SANCTUARY part of the church and finds a man
kneeling at the alter.

The man looks up, an older, strong looking man.  PETER MCGUIRE speaks with a slight
Irish accent.

     PETER
    Yes, Reverend?

     REVEREND DAVIDS
    Brother McGuire, there is a young man here
    who wishes to speak with you.  But he doesn't
    want to come in here.

     PETER
    Did he say who he was?

     REVEREND DAVIDS
    He said to tell you that he was someone you
    mentored when he was younger.

Peter gets a wry smile on his face.

     PETER
              (to himself)
    Daniel...

EXT. CHURCH - EVENING

Peter comes out of the door, and walks up to where Daniel Martin leans against his car.

     PETER
    Daniel.  It's been a great long while.

     DANIEL
    Five years.  That has to be like a blink
    of an eye to you.

     PETER
    I forget that for an Immortal, you are still
    quite young.

     DANIEL
    If you mean born in this century, yeah
    I guess so.  Tell me again, Peter, how is it they
    missed you those years ago?  Remember
    all the talk you told me about.  There can
    be only one.  Was it a crock?

     PETER
    Maybe.  Maybe not.  I refused to participate
    in the Gathering.  Somehow, that brute, the
    Kurgan missed me while he was systematically
    wiping out all of the other Immortals.

     DANIEL
    And since the Kurgan went down, there
    really hasn't been any activity.

     PETER
    The Highlander went back home, thinking
    he won the Prize.  What he did was best
    an Immortal that killed more Immortals than
    one could count.  He got that power.  In my
    opinion, the Gathering and the Prize is just
    another myth, retold through many, many
    generations.

     DANIEL
    And now the Immortals are starting to become
    numerous again.

     PETER
    Yes.  I guess the Kurgan failed to realize that
    there are Immortals that still hadn't found out
    about their immortality when he went on his
    rampage.  Some who were merely children.

     DANIEL
    Yet, the newer ones are thinking about this
    Prize already.  They go and kill each other
    as if it were a game.

     PETER
    I was sorry to hear about your wife, Daniel.
    I know that must have been hard for you.

     DANIEL
    The bastard was looking for me.  He found
    Crystal and decided to kill her, to entice me,
    to enrage me even more, so he could have
    more of a challenge.

     PETER
    What has become of this one.

Daniel casts his eyes down.

     DANIEL
    I took flowers to Crystal's grave, and he was
    there.  His power is now mine.

     PETER
    I see.

     DANIEL
    This is getting out of hand.  Innocent people
    are getting killed.  Is there anyway to stop
    this?

     PETER
    I wish that there were.  But the Immortals
    will kill each other until there is one left.
    Even the ones like you and I, who wish
    peace, will probably have to do battle, just
    to defend our lives.  It may not get bad for
    some time.

     DANIEL
    Basically, if I see an Immortal near me, it
    can't possibly be good.

     PETER
    There is an Immortal near you now.  Is that
    good?

     DANIEL
    You're different, Peter.  You do not wish
    for the so-called Prize.

     PETER
    Don't go out for vengeance, Daniel.  That, for
    sure, will not be good.  There are others, like us,
    who wish for peace.

     DANIEL
    Is that so?

     PETER
    Indeed it is.

     DANIEL
    It's done me good to see you well, Peter.

     PETER
    And I you.  Take care, Daniel.  And remember
    my words.

Daniel nods and walks around to the driver's side of his car.  He gets in, starts the car and
drives off.  Peter looks after him, watching long after the car has gone, worriedly.

CUT TO:

EXT. MACLEOD RESIDENCE - DAY

Connor kisses Brenda as he walks towards the shore of Loch Shiel and a boat.  He
gets in the boat and shoves off.

EXT. LOCH SHIEL - DAY

Connor is kicked back in his boat with a fishing rod dangling a line over the side.  The mood
is entirely lazy.  Suddenly, Connor's eyes glint as he senses another presence close.

He slowly gets up to a sitting position and looks around.

CONNOR'S POV

Another boat, quickly approaching his.  A young man rows the boat.  It comes up along side
Connor's.

Connor cautiously reaches for the hilt of his ever ready sword.  The young man catches his
eye.

     YOUNG MAN
    Connor?  Connor MacLeod?

     CONNOR
    Who are you?  What do you want?

     YOUNG MAN
    My name is Robert Logan, and I
    need your help.

     CONNOR
    What are you talking about?

     ROBERT
    A few years back, I got into a knife fight.
    The lad I was fighting got me in a good
    blow and left me for dead.  Problem is, I
    shoulda been dead.  I was good as new
    next morning.

     CONNOR
    So?

     ROBERT
    I got to researching several different cases
    such as mine.  I met some people and I've
    heard some stories.  I've traveled around a
    bit.  The trail led to you, Connor MacLeod,
    over five hundred years old.  A man who
    can't die, just like myself.

     CONNOR
    I have no idea what you're talking about.
    You sound crazy to me.  Can't die, huh?
    Heh heh heh.  Suppose you just had a
    medical miracle.  They happen, you know.

     ROBERT
    Several other times, I've been wounded in
    ways that should have killed me, most of
    it self inflicted.  I heal just like that.  I've tried
    all kinds of ways to kill myself, researching.
    I've survived.  The only thing I haven't
    tried is cutting off me own head, and I'm sure
    you know why.

     CONNOR
    It's common sense not to cut off your own
    head.  Now, what makes you think I'm this
    Connor person and how did you find me
    out here.

     ROBERT
    I met your wife, on the house on the shore.
    She told me, and if you don't mind me saying,
    isn't she a bit old for you.

     CONNOR
    My wife, huh?

He lifts his head and laughs.

     CONNOR
    Yes, she does indeed appear older than me.  Just
    one of the many disadvantages of being an
    Immortal.

     ROBERT
    So you are Connor MacLeod?  An Immortal.

     CONNOR
    And so, it seems, are you.  Now, what do you
    want with me.

     ROBERT
    I've heard the stories.  Most of the so called
    "Immortals" have mentors.  And now that I've
    without a doubt verified that I am an Immortal,
    I would like you to mentor me.

     CONNOR
    Me?  Mentor you?  I don't think so.

With that, Connor reels in his fishing line and sets off for shore, without another word.

Robert looks after him, speechless, then heads after him.

CUT TO:

EXT.  HIGHLANDS - FOREST

We find Connor MacLeod, now with long hair, a younger look in his eyes.  He eyes a young man,
another Immortal.  It is 1563.

Connor draws his sword and attacks the younger man, who quickly gets his sword up and
blocks the blow.  They go at it a few minutes, deftly attacking and blocking each other.

Finally, Connor feints one way and then brings his sword up to the others neck before
he can counteract the move.

     CONNOR
    Looks as though you've lost your head,
    Benjamin.

     BENJAMIN
    How do you do it?

Connor lowers his sword.

     CONNOR
    You must tap into the life force around you,
    feel it in you.  The Quickening.  Anticipate
    your opponent's moves and be there with your
    sword before they are.  But always remember,
    they can do the same thing.  What makes you
    better than your opponent is your heart.

He taps Benjamin in the chest area were his heart is with the flat part of the sword.

     CONNOR
    Your determination and your will to survive.

Connor quickly brings the sword up for a strike.  Benjamin blocks it and counterattacks.

     CONNOR
    Good.  You are learning.

Benjamin smiles, proud of himself.  Connor brings the sword up to his neck once again,
before he can do anything about it.

     CONNOR
    And never be too proud of yourself.

Connor smiles.

     CONNOR
    Now, let's go.  I believe Heather has cooked up
    something nice for us.

Sheathing their swords, the two men turn and walk away.

CUT TO:

INT.  MACLEOD RESIDENCE

Connor enters the kitchen to find a note on the refrigerator door.  He looks at it.

CONNOR,

Went to town to pick up a few things from the store.
Maybe it will give you time to talk privately to the young
man who's no doubt found you by now.  Be back later.

XXX OOO

BRENDA

Connor sighs in exasperation and turns around to see Robert standing in the doorway.

     CONNOR
    Did I not make myself clear enough?

     ROBERT
    You have to mentor me.

     CONNOR
    Really?  I think I can make my own decisions.
    Find someone else.

     ROBERT
    There is no one else.

     CONNOR
    Sure there is.  I could give you some names.

     ROBERT
    There is no one else that is as good as you.

Connor doesn't have an immediate retort to that one.

     ROBERT
    It's a fight for our lives out there, Connor.
    You are the best.  If I am trained by the best,
    my chances of survival are better than anyone's.
    All these guys out there now, they are young
    and dangerous.  One had his head decapitated
    just the other week in a graveyard.

     CONNOR
    If I am the best, as you say, it was because I
    was a good learner and I had a good teacher.
    It doesn't make me a good teacher.

     ROBERT
    Then where is the one who taught you?

     CONNOR
    He's been dead over five hundred years.

     ROBERT
    Then you are the one.

     CONNOR
    No, I am not.  I'm through with this silly
    game.

     ROBERT
    They'll come after you, too.  They'll come
    here for your head.

A dangerous glint shimmers in Connor's eyes.

     CONNOR
    For their sake, I would hope not.

     ROBERT
    But they will.  Whether you like it or not,
    you will be back in the game.  Maybe not
    soon, but eventually, they will come.

     CONNOR
    I don't see how that would convince me
    to train you.

     ROBERT
    You've been out of it for what, fifteen years
    now?  It would be like refreshing yourself on
    all the stuff you may have gotten soft on.

     CONNOR
    You forget, I am Immortal.  Fifteen years is
    nothing to me.

     ROBERT
    Well, do it out of the goodness of your heart,
    then.

Connor has no response.

     ROBERT
    Well?

     CONNOR
    I'll tell you what I'll do out of the goodness of
    my heart.  I'll let you eat dinner with my wife
    and I and I will let you stay the night here.
    You'll have to be on your way tomorrow.

     ROBERT
    At least that will give me time to convince you.

     CONNOR
    I doubt very seriously you can convince me.

CUT TO:
 


EXT. PARK - DUSK

Two lover sit on a park bench, kissing and laughing.  The man is a 30 year old artist type named
BOBBY BROOKS.  The girl looks a little younger, cute with blond hair just touching her shoulders.
This is TRINI RILEY.

In mid kiss they hear a sound and sit straight up.  They are surrounded by 3 members of the
Order of Lo.

     BOBBY
    Can we help you?

No answer.  As one, they each draw out a sword.

Bobby and Trini get up.  Bobby starts to step in front of Trini as if to protect her.
Trini pushes him away.

     TRINI
    It's me they want.  Go, Bobby.  Get
    out of here.

     BOBBY
    What are you talking about?

     TRINI
    If you wish to live to see the sun rise
    tomorrow, the LEAVE.

Her voice leaves no room for argument.  She reaches under the bench and pulls out a sword
that was attached to the bottom of the bench.

     BOBBY
    How'd that get there?!

     TRINI
    I put it there when you went to the
    bathroom to piss.  Right before we started
    making out.  Now go.  I'll see you tomorrow.

Bobby takes a look at her serious expression and her sword and hauls tail outta there.

One of the Members of Lo speaks in greeting.

     MEMBER
    Immortal.

She doesn't answer.  She takes a swipe at the member, and he blocks easily.  Another member
attacks her from behind and she swings around to block it just in time.

The third gets into the fray and Trini has her hands full.  She's on the defensive now, blocking
blows from all three ways.  They back her into the face of a bathroom building.

One charges and she FLIPS over him, then upon landing, thrusts her sword backwards into
the Member's back, through his heart.

The member falls down, dead.  Trini is shocked.

     TRINI
    You are not Immortals?

She is answered with a sword thrust to her neck.  She ducks and kicks out, sweeping the other
Member to his back.  She's on him and shoves the tip of her sword through his chest.

She then pulls it out, spins around and blocks another blow from the remaining Member.
The Member is like lightening, raining blow upon blow, blocked with difficulty by Trini.

The Member swings a blow, which she blocks, then spins around, bringing her sword
around, cutting the Member almost in half.

She looks around, astonished at the three dead bodies.  The mortals who knew who
she was.   She tenses as she feels another presence.

CHI CHANG

steps from the shadows, smiling.

     CHI
    Most impressive.  You have defeated
    three members of the Order.  Can you
    defeat four?

He pulls a sword.  Trini attacks, but is blocked with ease.  The swords clang as they
go after each other, neither one seeming at an advantage.

Chi suddenly stops and flips to where he lands behind Trini.  She is able to block his
blow before he can take her head.

Chi gets in a heavy blow, knocking Trini off balance for a second, but that's all he needs.
He leaps into the air and back spin kicks the sword out of Trini's hand.  It flies
and lands on the ground yards away.

As soon as Chi lands he swings his sword, cutting through Trini's neck.  Her head
flies from her body and lands next to her sword.

Chi smiles again and walks off back into the shadows.

CUT TO:

INT. MACLEOD'S HOUSE - NIGHT

Connor and Brenda watch as Robert sleeps on the couch.  Brenda looks over
at Connor curiously.

     BRENDA
    Why won't you train him?

     CONNOR
    Because I want nothing more right now
    than to live my life in peace with you.

     BRENDA
    What's the real reason?

     CONNOR
    I just can't.

He eyes get a far off look in them and we...

CUT TO:

EXT. MACLEOD'S HOUSE - DAY

This is a different house.  This is one hundreds of years earlier.

Connor and Benjamin walk up to the house, having just finished their training session.
Connor puts his hand up to Benjamin and stops him short.

     CONNOR
    Stay here.  Out of sight.

With that, Connor walks quickly to his place.

INT. MACLEOD'S HOUSE

The door opens and Connor walks in.  He finds his wife, HEATHER MACLEOD sitting
down on a chair, fear etched in her features.

     CONNOR
    What's wrong?

A menacing voice comes from the side.

     VOICE
    MacLeod!

Connor spins and finds himself looking at a MUSCULAR SEVEN FOOT TALL black African.

     CONNOR
    Matumba.  Why do you honor us with
    your visit.

     MATUMBA
    You know why, MacLeod.  There can
    be only one.

Matumba circles until his back is to the door that Connor came in.  Connor CHARGES,
knocking the big man through the door and out of the house.

EXT. MACLEOD'S HOUSE - DAY

The giant falls out and lands on his back.  Connor dukes him in the face, but the man doesn't
even flinch.  He HURLS Connor off of him like a paper weight.

He runs to Connor and picks him up.

     MATUMBA
    I've been looking forward to this, MacLeod!

Connor brings his two fists up and SLAMS them on either side of the African's head.  This
has an effect.

Connor is dropped and the big man holds his head.  Connor unsheathes his sword and swings
at the big man's neck.  Matumba ducks quickly and brings his sword out.    The battle back and
forth, Connor leading him to the edge of the woods.

At the edge of the woods, Connor yells and goes on the attack.  He drives Matumba back a few
steps, but Matumba manages to hold his own.  Connor can't seem to get the upper hand on
the man.

As if he was holding in most of his power, Matumba suddenly surges forward, driving Connor
back with fury.  He strikes hard and fast and soon Connor's sword flies from his hand.

     MATUMBA
    There can be only one, Highlander, and
    it won't be you.

He raises his sword for the final strike, but gets shoved from the side as Benjamin charges
out of nowhere and knocks the big guy sideways.

Connor quickly rolls to where his sword is, and is up in an instant, a little shaken that his
head was that close to being taken from him.

Benjamin has his sword out as well.

     MATUMBA
    Two against one?  That hardly seems fair
    to you.

A SCREAM pierces from MacLeod's house.

     CONNOR
    Heather!

     BENJAMIN
    Go to her, Connor, I will hold off this brute.

He swings his sword at the African and Matumba blocks with ease.

Connor looks on, conflicted.  Another scream from Heather makes up his mind.  He
races toward his home.

Meanwhile Benjamin and Matumba still go at it.

     MATUMBA
    You are not yet fully trained, boy.  You have
    no hope of defeating me.

Benjamin strikes, Matumba parries.

     BENJAMIN
    I was trained by the best.

Matumba laughs in amusement as he swings his sword at the young man.

Benjamin dodges out of the way.

     MATUMBA
    The best?  I highly doubt that, young
    fool.

They continue to fight.

INT. MACLEOD'S HOUSE

Connor bursts in to find another African trying to rape Heather.

     CONNOR
    NO!

The African looks up and sees Connor.

     AFRICAN
    No!  You couldn't have defeated my
    master!

In rage, he pulls out a sword and attacks Connor.  Connor easily blocks this guy.  He
may be with Matumba, but he's no Immortal.  The fight goes outside.

EXT. MACLEOD'S HOUSE - DAY

Connor and the African fight, and Connor fends him off.  He glances over to where
Benjamin is fighting Matumba.  He won't last much longer.

Connor intensifies his fighting.

By the woods, Matumba and Benjamin continue to go at it.  Matumba at this point seems
to be toying with the younger Immortal.

     MATUMBA
    I only came for the head of the Highlander.
    I'll gladly take two.

With that, he kicks out and knocks Benjamin down.

Connor looks over and sees this change of events.  He quickly fends off a few more blows
from the African and takes the fight back to him.  A few thrusts and finally Connor connects.

The man is run through.

Connor pulls out his sword and before the African can hit the dirt, dead, Connor is trucking
it to the other fight.

Benjamin quickly gets up.  His sword lies just yards away.  He runs, grabs it and
turns around.  Matumba's sword is already in motion.

It connects.

Connor witnesses Benjamin's head fly off as he is only barely too late to save him.

Matumba raises his hands and the energy from Benjamin makes it's way to him.

Lightening streaks the air, wind blows.  The waters start cresting in huge waves.

Connor's teeth clench in rage, and with a yell, he charges the big African even as
he still has his hands raised to the air, drawing power.

Connor's strike is true and brutal.  The African's head leaves him even before he
has completely taken the young man's power.

An all out STORM BREAKS LOOSE over the Loch as the combined powers of the
two find their way into Connor, whose eyes burn with a blaze never seen in him
before.

CUT TO:

INT. MACLEOD'S HOUSE - PRESENT DAY

Connor continues to look at the young sleeping Immortal.

     CONNOR
    I promised I would never take another
    under me.

     BRENDA
    You also promised you would never love
    again, after the death of your first wife.

Connor looks over at Brenda.

     BRENDA
    I'm tired.  I think I'm going to go to bed.

     CONNOR
    Goodnight, love.

     BRENDA
    Night, MacLeod.

She heads to another room.  Connor continues to look at the young man, thinking.

EXT. MACLEOD'S HOUSE - NIGHT

We pan over the house onto the loch.

CUT TO:

EXT. MACLEOD'S HOUSE - DAY

The sun shines down on a new day.

The door opens and Robert exits.

     CONNOR
    Kid, you wanna give me a hand?

Robert looks over and sees Connor at his boat.  He runs over there.

     ROBERT
    So, I convinced you?

     CONNOR
    It wasn't you.  But I will do what I can to
    help you.  I can't promise I will make you
    the greatest fighter, or even heighten your
    chances for survival.

     ROBERT
    That's good enough for me.

     CONNOR
    Where are you from, anyway?

     ROBERT
    Australia.

     CONNOR
    Australia.  G'daye, mate.  Heh heh.

Robert laughs and we...

CUT TO:

EXT. AIRPORT - NIGHT

Planes come and go at a busy INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.

INT. AIRPORT

Daniel Martin gets off his plane, carrying a long briefcase and an overnight bag.

EXT. SIDEWALK - NIGHT

Daniel walks down a deserted New York sidewalk, dressed in a trench coat.  The air is smoggy
and cold.  Daniel stops for a moment.  A second later, a second pair of footsteps stop.

Too late.  Daniel heard.  He looks around as if nothing happened and continues on his way.

He ducks in an alley a little ways down the street and as soon as a shadow passes, he reaches
out and grabs them.  He throws the MAN against the wall.

The man grunts angrily.

     MAN
    You're the one who wanted to meet me,
    Martin!

     DANIEL
    Easy, Will.  I'd just like to ask you a few
    questions.

     WILL
    Couldn't we do this over a cup of coffee
    at a cafe?

     DANIEL
    Nah.  Let's do it here.

     WILL
    What do you want?

     DANIEL
    You're the premier expert on Immortals, right?

     WILL
    You know that.

     DANIEL
    I want to know, how many are there out there.

     WILL
    That's hard to say.  There are numerous young
    ones like yourself, plus who knows how many
    of the older ones.

     DANIEL
    Do they all continue to play this "game"?

     WILL
    Most do.  I've been looking into decapitations
    across the nation and the world, and they are
    on the rise.  A few of the victims I know for sure
    were Immortals.  Now here's something weird,
    a few days a go, a woman Immortal was attacked
    in a park by three asian warriors.  The girl's
    boyfriend witnessed the events.  The men attacked
    the girl, and she killed them, but not by beheading.
    She killed them normally.  Out of nowhere, this other
    Asian comes and they get into a fight.  In the
    end, the Asian cuts the girl's head off.

     DANIEL
    What are you saying?  That's there's more than just
    Immortals involved now?

     WILL
    That's what it looks like.  Why are you curious in
    this anyways?  I thought you didn't care much
    for this stuff.

     DANIEL
    I don't.  But the Immortals are getting too dangerous.
    I intend to do something about them.

     WILL
    You going on a crusade, here?  You gonna kill
    them all?

     DANIEL
    It may have to come to that.

     WILL
    But what about the good ones?  The ones who
    love peace?

     DANIEL
    Sooner or later, they will become involved.  They
    always do.  If the world is to be truly safe, then
    there can be no Immortals.  Sorry, Will.

Daniel rips out his sword and in one swift stroke, takes Will's head off.

Will's body crumples to the ground and the Energy starts flowing through it.  It flows out and into
Daniel, who accepts it into his own being.  Windows blow out of the buildings as Daniel takes
on Will's power.

After it is through, Daniel notices a HOMELESS MAN cowering in the corner of the alley.  He
smiles at him.

     DANIEL
    Don't worry.  Nothing will happen to you, or
    your kind.  Not anymore.  I'm going to make
    sure of it.

He walks off and the homeless man watches him go, looking confused.

CUT TO:
 


EXT. LOCH SHEIL - DAY

We pan down from the sky to find Connor and Robert standing in the middle of the boat.  Both
hold long sticks like swords.  Connor strikes at Robert, who parries.  A few more hits and Connor
knocks Robert's stick into the water.

     CONNOR
    You try to hard.

     ROBERT
    Isn't that the point?

     CONNOR
    No.

He puts his stick up to Robert's neck.

     CONNOR
    The point is here, going through your
    neck.  You're trying to hard to fight.  You
    are not defending.  Your offense is great,
    but your defense is hardly flawless.

     ROBERT
    So you're saying I shouldn't worry about
    attacking and concentrate on defense?

Connor smiles as he makes a head cutting gesture with his stick.

     CONNOR
    Hardly.  I'm suggesting that you don't
    concentrate so hard on your attack that
    you are totally neglect your defense.
    Get your staff and let's try again.

Robert, already wet, looks annoyed to have to be jumping in the water yet again.  Connor, on
the other hand, seems to be enjoying himself.

MONTAGE

We see scenes of Connor and Robert, fighting on the boat.  Connor gets in a blow that knocks
Robert over board.

They fight on the shore.  Connor still has the upper hand.

They fight in the forest, now with real swords.  Robert pushes and pushes and pushes.  He
has Connor on the defense, when suddenly Connor gets offensive.  This time, Robert is
able to hold him off and get back on the offense.  Connor smiles in praise.

On the boat, Connor and Robert fight with swords.  Robert gets in a blow, and knocks
Connor's sword into the lake.  Smirking, Robert goes in for the kill, but Connor deftly sidesteps,
puts his foot out, grabs the young Immortal by his shoulder and trips him out of the boat.

SPLASH

Connor laughs.

     ROBERT
              (angrily)
    Hilarious!

     CONNOR
    Stay in there.  Let yourself sink.  It's time
    for a different kind of lesson.

     ROBERT
    Sink?  Won't I drown?

     CONNOR
    I thought you tried to kill yourself in all kinds
    of ways?

     ROBERT
    Never drowning.

     CONNOR
    Ever fear growing up and sounding like your
    parents.  This is worse.
              (mocking Ramirez)
    You can't drown, you fool, you're immortal.

Connor leaps into the water and sinks.

Under the water, Robert stands on the lake floor, looking confused.  Connor smiles at him and
walks away for a moment.  He returns with his sword.

Robert picks his up, which lays by his feet.  He tries to fight, but he's clumsy underwater.  Connor
on the other hand is fluid.   Robert swings his sword forward, but it is slowed by the water.  Connor
flashes his sword to the side, then brings it back around to block the blow in plenty of time.

Robert looks at the end of Connor's sword in amazement.  There is a fish pinned to the end of it.

Bubbles escape from Connor's mouth as he laughs again.  He's clearly enjoying himself.

They go at it again for a few moments, but Robert clearly can't get the hang of it.  Connor at last
calls for a halt, and points up.  He then starts swimming back to the surface.  Robert follows.

Connor breaks surface, followed a few moments later by Robert.

     ROBERT
    How do you fight so fluidly under the water?!

     CONNOR
    It's not that hard.  You have to remember that
    it's a different environment, so you have to adapt
    to it to be able to fight effectively.

     ROBERT
    What's the point of fighting underwater?

     CONNOR
    You never know where you might find
    yourself in a fight for life.  As an Immortal,
    always be prepared to fight in the most
    unusual of places.  For other Immortals, it
    may not be so unusual.

Robert digests this lesson and nods.

     ROBERT
    How long did it take you to learn to fight
    underwater?

     CONNOR
    I struggled quite a while with it.  But one day
    I went under and felt the life of the lake around
    me.  I felt what they felt and moved how they
    moved.  Never be afraid of allowing the Quickening
    to take you over.  Let's do that again.

Connor allows himself to sink once more.  Robert follows.

CUT TO:

INT. LIBRARY - DAY

Daniel Martin sits at a table in a secluded part of an ancient library.  His table is full of books old
enough to crumble if handled the wrong way.   As he continues to pour over them, HUGH KING,
the LIBRARIAN walks over.

     HUGH
    Need any help, Daniel?

Daniel points to a passage in a book.

     DANIEL
    The Order of Lo.  Have you ever heard of
    this?

Hugh thinks for a minute, going through the extensive library in his head, before his eyes light
up in recognition of the name.

     HUGH
    Sure.  The order had been around for thousands
    of years.  The "Lo" means the "Life force" in their religion.
    They were firm believers that everyone should be created
    equal.  And anyone that didn't fit that description was
    killed, swiftly and professionally.   Apparently they
    executed quite a lot of women who were reputed to
    be witches and legend has it that they waged a long
    war with a group of sorcerers they deemed to powerful
    to be natural.  They were also to have said to hold the
    mythical Immortals as enemies.

     DANIEL
    The Immortals.  That so?

     HUGH
    That's what I've heard, but the legend is so old, that
    it's hard to separate fact from fiction.

     DANIEL
    And this Order of Lo, where they asian?

     HUGH
    They were a group of Chinese, yes.

     DANIEL
    Can I ask you a serious question, Hugh?  I
    promise I won't laugh at your answer.

     HUGH
    Shoot.

     DANIEL
    Do you believe in the Immortals?

Hugh thinks about it a moment, not sure if he wants to confide in his friend.

     HUGH
    Yes.  In fact, I'm positive they exist.

     DANIEL
    Really?  What makes you say that?

     HUGH
    Every once in a while, there will be a decapitation
    in the news, and I'll follow up on it.  A lot of the
    times, there seems to be no motive of killing the
    person, so that makes sense to me that it might
    have been an Immortal.  I've traced some of the
    victims back a long ways, man.  You have no
    idea how old some of these guys may have been.
    But what really convinced me, was something
    that happened in New York about fifteen years
    ago.  A group of decapitations, each involving
    some sort of sword.  All of the sudden, they
    stopped.  I looked into it and found out about
    a suspect named Russell Nash.  After the last
    beheading, he disappeared with a woman that
    worked with the police.  I tried to find out what
    I could about this guy, and boy was it something!
    To make a long story short, I found out that it
    wasn't his real name.  He'd been using numerous
    fake names throughout the years.  Hundreds of
    years in fact.  I traced him up to a man named
    Connor MacLeod from the Highlands in Scotland.
    I'm thoroughly convinced Russell Nash was an
    Immortal.

Daniel mulls this over in his brain.

     DANIEL
    You could be more right than you know.  Tell me,
    does this Order of Lo still exist?

     HUGH
    Nothing has been heard from them in quite some
    time.  Perhaps a hundred years.  It's likely that
    they disbanded, but I guess it's possible that they
    still exist somewhere.  What's the sudden interest
    in all this, Dan?

Daniel rummages though his stuff in the desk and pulls out a recent news paper.

     DANIEL
    This.

He hands it to Hugh, who looks over the article.

     DANIEL
    You'll see what I mean, what with the sword
    play, chinese men, and beheadings in that
    story.  It's like out of an old Saturday matinee
    movie.

Hugh reads the article, his interest clearly shown in his eyes.

     HUGH
    More proof to my theory.  I suppose it *is*
    possible that these were ordinary civilians
    getting mugged, but I seriously doubt it.
    This is amazing!

     DANIEL
    My thoughts exactly.

CUT TO:

INT. MACLEOD'S HOUSE - DAY

The MacLeod's and Robert sit around the dinner table, enjoying a meal.

     ROBERT
    You know, all the time I hang around you
    and all the time training, I almost forget
    that this is the year two thousand.  It's like
    here, time stands still and it's stood still
    since the fifteen hundreds.

     CONNOR
    Just like I like it.  Though I would venture to
    guess that Brenda here sometimes misses
    the hustle and bustle of New York life.

     BRENDA
    What, have the wino of the day puke down
    my pants, the average citizen communicating
    to me with a choice finger and all the threats
    of rape I had to endure every time I walked into
    a police station.  It was paradise.

     CONNOR
    See?  She misses it.

Robert laughs.

     BRENDA
    So, what is your story, Robert?  How did you
    come to be here?

     ROBERT
    Well, I was born an orphan.  This was in the
    seventies.  When I was fifteen, I decided I
    was going to make it on my own.  So I did.
    I traveled Australia.  Spent a good time in the
    Outback, living with the tribes there.  Sometimes
    I made my way to the city and one day I got
    into a card game with some real mean guys.
    They accused me of cheating.  Of course I
    wasn't, the bloody wankers just wanted my
    money.  I calmly told them where they
    could stick their wee wees and left.  A day
    or two later, I ran into one of them as I
    was walking around that night.  We exchanged
    some choice words and soon we were fist
    fighting.  I was getting the upper hand on
    the weasel, when he pulls out a knife and shoves
    it deep in my chest.  He stabbed me several
    times over and left me to die.  I lay there in
    pain for what seemed like forever.  The next
    day, I got up and walked away.  It was a miracle.
    Like I told Connor, I spent a while researching like
    cases and after a year or two, I came across mention
    of the Immortals.  They were myth, legend, but they
    intrigued me.  I tried to confirm their existence and
    this is what has led me to Connor.

     BRENDA
    Wow, that's some kind of life.

     ROBERT
    Yeah, I guess.

Connor finally speaks up.

     CONNOR
    I think it is time for Robert and I to make a trip
    back to the States.

     BRENDA
    What on earth for?

     CONNOR
    I don't know.  I can't explain, I just feel there
    is something there that can help me with
    Robert's training.  I have a good friend that
    lives in Georgia that I need to speak to.

     BRENDA
    If you feel you must, Connor, you know I
    won't get in your way.

     CONNOR
    Will you be all right staying here?

     BRENDA
    Yes.  You just watch yourself over there.  Who
    knows, even after all these years, Russell Nash
    may still be a wanted man.

     CONNOR
    Policemen are the least of my worries.

CUT TO:

INT. MANSION - NIGHT

A PRETTY YOUNG WOMAN of about 21 walks down a hallway when she hears a noise.  She
spins around.

     WOMAN
    Michael?

No answer.  She shrugs it off.  Noises in a huge mansion aren't exactly new.

She passes a door and an arm shoots out and grabs her.  Before she can scream, a
hand is pressed over her mouth.

     DANIEL
    Shhh.  Sorry about this, but it'll be
    easier on you.

With his other hand, he pulls a chloroform soaked rag from his pocket and
places it over her nose and mouth.  The girl's screams are stifled by the cloth.

The girl tries to struggle, throwing her hands up to try and pull it off, but Daniel's hold is firm.

     DANIEL
    Just breathe.

The girl's struggles lighten as her eyes take on a far off look.   A few more breaths and
she's having a hard time keeping them open.  A few more moments and her hands fall
limply by her side and her eyes flutter close.  Daniel's now holding her up instead of
holding her

     DANIEL
    That's it.

He keeps the cloth over her face as he pulls her back in the darkened room from which
he popped out.

INT. BEDROOM - NIGHT

A drink sits on a nigh table by a huge KING SIZED BED.  We pan around the room,
finding antiques and other such valuables decorating the huge room.

In the bed itself lays MICHAEL HOPKINS, a well built young man about Daniel's age,
obviously waiting for somebody, more than likely the young girl we just met.

The door starts to open.

     MICHAEL
    Ahhh, Suzie, it's about time.  I'm
    about out of the mood.

The door opens fully, revealing Daniel, smiling.

     DANIEL
    Hey, Michael.

Michael is amazed.

     MICHAEL
    Daniel?  Daniel Martin?  What are
    you doing here?  Where's Suzie?

     DANIEL
    The blonde with the body?

     MICHAEL
    That's the one.

     DANIEL
    She decided to catch up on her sleep.

Daniel looks around the room appreciatively.

     DANIEL
    Keeping kind of a high profile for an Immortal.

     MICHAEL
    I like to have fun.

     DANIEL
    Oh, yeah, you where always rebellious.  Ever
    occurred to you that you make yourself an
    easy target for another Immortal?

Michael smiles and reaches under his bed.

     MICHAEL
    I'm always prepared.

He pulls out a sword with a nicely decorated handle.

     DANIEL
    You keep that thing shimmering.

     MICHAEL
    I like to look good.

     DANIEL
    Care for a little spar?

Michael smiles.

     MICHAEL
    Let me get dressed.

INT. HOUSE GYM

A huge section of the gym is set off for fencing.  Daniel and Michael stand in the center,
ready to duel.

     MICHAEL
    So, Daniel, what's the real reason
    for your visit?  Not just to spar, I
    hope.

     DANIEL
    The Prize.

Michael looks amused.

     MICHAEL
    You wish to take my head?  I hope
    you don't think you'll take it easily.

     DANIEL
    I wouldn't want it any other way.

They start dueling.

     MICHAEL
    I thought you didn't believe in the
    Prize.

Daniel defends a blow.

     DANIEL
    I don't.  But you do, correct?

The trade blows for a few moments before Michael responds.

     MICHAEL
    Oh, yeah.  But that doesn't explain
    why you come here wanting to kill
    me if you don't believe in the Prize.

He ducks as Daniel's sword flies over his head.

     DANIEL
    Very perceptive.  It's simple...

He brings his sword up, knocking away a blow aimed for his neck.

     DANIEL
    ...with the Immortals going around
    trying to kill each other for something
    that doesn't even exist, they've became
    way to dangerous.  Too dangerous to
    continue on.

He cuts at Michael's feet, who leaps into the air and executes a flip.

     DANIEL
    Very nice.

     MICHAEL
    Thanks.  So, you intend on taking on all
    the Immortals alone.

Daniel laughs at this.

     DANIEL
    Hardly.  I know of a few who might be willing
    to help.

They spar some more, seemingly playing with each other.

     MICHAEL
    I'm sorry I must end your quest here tonight.

He lunges and Daniel sidesteps easily.

     DANIEL
    You know your biggest problem?

     MICHAEL
    What's that?

     DANIEL
    You've always thought you were great.

With a flashy move, he knocks Michael's sword away.

     DANIEL
    But you didn't have the advantage of
    knowing I was way better.

He slices the sword though Michael's neck.

Across the gym, equipment flies through the air.  Weights fly off their bars and Michael's energy
flows into Daniel's being.    He lets the power flow through him and when it is through, he walks
away.

CUT TO:

INT. AIRPLANE - NIGHT

Connor and Robert share a seat in coach.  Robert has the window seat and he looks out
at the land far below him.

     ROBERT
    It's amazing to think that if this plane
    crashes, we can just get up and walk
    away.  I used to be afraid to fly in
    planes, once upon a time, because I've
    seen so many crashes on TV.  Now
    it doesn't bother me at all.

     CONNOR
    I wouldn't be too secure in your reasoning
    there.  You assume that when the plane
    crashes, our heads wouldn't be severed in
    some way.

Robert turns pale at once.

     ROBERT
    Thanks for bringing it up.  I'm appreciative.

Connor laughs lightly.

     ROBERT
    So this guy we're going to see, he's an
    old friend of yours?

     CONNOR
    Kind of.  We've only crossed paths a
    couple of times.  After I killed the Kurgan,
    he sent me a letter congratulating me.
    That's when I first realized I didn't win
    the Prize.  He's a very religious man,
    actually.  He works at a church.  Very
    Christian man, that's why he doesn't
    face other Immortals.

     ROBERT
    Really.  What made him convert?

     CONNOR
    He met Jesus.

     ROBERT
    I know that.  All Christians have met
    Jesus...

     CONNOR
    You don't understand.  He *met* Jesus.
    Personally.

It hits Robert what Connor is saying.

     ROBERT
    No kidding?!

     CONNOR
    No.

     ROBERT
    Wow.

     CONNOR
    Yes.

Connor slouches back in his seat and closes his eyes as we...
 

CUT TO:

INT. CHURCH - DAY

The church is majestic, stain glass windows, high ceilings, the whole nine yards.
The doors swing open and in steps Connor MacLeod, dressed in 1700's garb.

He's injured and he makes his way to a pew with great difficulty.

He sits down heavily, as a priest walks up to him.

     PRIEST
    Are you all right, my brother.

Connor looks up and sees PETER MCGUIRE, wearing the priest clothing of that
period.

     CONNOR
    I will be fine.  I just need to be in
    the house of the Lord, on Holy
    Ground.

     PETER
    You fight the eternal fight.

     CONNOR
    Excuse me.

     PETER
    Your wounds would have killed an
    ordinary man, and you've come to
    Holy Ground.  You seek refuge from
    another Immortal who wishes to take
    your head from your body.

Connor is surprised that the priest knows this.

     CONNOR
    How...
 
     PETER
    Because, Highlander, I am one of you.
    Yes, I know who you are.  Connor
    MacLeod, the Highlander.  My name is
    Peter Mcguire.

     CONNOR
    Pleased to meet you Peter Mcguire.  Is
    this why you are a priest?  To avoid
    confrontation with other Immortals.

     PETER
    It is because I serve the one true Immortal,
    God Almighty Himself.

     CONNOR
    I see.

     PETER
    I choose not to participate in the Game, as
    it where.  There is no honor in it.  There is
    nothing to be gained.
 
     CONNOR
    But the Prize.

Peter smiles.

     PETER
    If that is what you believe, Connor
    MacLeod, then so be it.  The taking
    of life is a sin.  Nothing more, nothing
    less.

     CONNOR
    Would it make it better if I said I only
    took lives in defense of my own.

     PETER
    I suppose I could see that as a worthy
    reason to take another's life.  But not
    all Immortals are like you.

     CONNOR
    This I know.

Peter's eyes burn into Connor's.

     PETER
    You are an honorable man, Highlander.
    Never let yourself fall into the trap that
    other Immortals do.  Never let yourself
    become bloodthirsty and greedy.  Take
    life only when in defense of your own or
    someone else's.  You will be in my prayers.

     CONNOR
    I thank you for your prayers, Father.

     PETER
    Now I must go and attend to someone
    who needs my help.

     CONNOR
    You company has been enlightening, Father.

     PETER
    I bid you farewell, Connor MacLeod.  I am sure
    our paths will cross again.

Connor smiles.

     CONNOR
    When you live forever, they usually do.
 

CUT TO
 


EXT. STREETWALK - DAY

Leah and Robert are walking, slowly now.  Leah has a sober look on her face.

     LEAH
    You're telling me you guys never die.

     ROBERT
    Unless we lose our heads.

     LEAH
    So, that guy you fought.  He's dead?

     ROBERT
    Yes.

     LEAH
    And what was with the light show?

     ROBERT
    You draw the other Immortal's essence, his
    power into your own body.  That was the
    first time I've ever experienced it.

     LEAH
    This is a lot to absorb.

     ROBERT
    I know it is.  I imagine, after this, you'll be
    wanting me to walk you home, never to see
    you again.

     LEAH
    Are you kidding?  This is the most exciting
    thing that's ever happened to me before.  It's
    like some kind of fantasy.  How long have you
    been alive?

     ROBERT
    Not that long.  I've only been Immortal a short
    time.  Connor's been around over four hundred
    years.  He's from the highlands of Scotland. When
    he was mortal, it was like Braveheart over there.
    Peter McGuire's been around a long time, at least
    a little over two thousand years.

     LEAH
    That would explain his patience.  How does it
    happen?

     ROBERT
    Becoming Immortal?  You have to die a violent
    death.  I was stabbed.
 
Leah is taking this all in stride.

     LEAH
    Wow.  And if you don't die a violent death?

     ROBERT
    You die of old age.  Most Immortal's probably
    wish this.

     LEAH
    I'd bet.  I don't see how anyone could live forever,
    only to outlive all those they love...

     ROBERT
    Sometimes more than once or twice.  I've not been
    "lucky" enough to experience that pain yet.

     LEAH
    I'm glad for you.

     ROBERT
    Thanks.

They walk up to a Hotel.

     ROBERT
    Want to come in?  Connor and Peter's probably
    here by now.

     LEAH
    Wouldn't miss it.

INT. HOTEL ROOM - DAY

We find Connor and Peter sitting on chairs around a small table, laughing as they talk about
what they've been up to.

The door opens and Robert and Leah walk in.

     CONNOR
    Ah, the waitress.  Nice to see you again.

     LEAH
    Likewise.

     PETER
    Leah!  It's been a while.

Leah smiles at the preacher.

     LEAH
    You've been well, I trust, Brother Pete.

     PETER
    Always.

     CONNOR
    We were hoping to talk with you in private,
    Robert.

     ROBERT
    She knows.

Connor's face turns serious.

     CONNOR
    You told her.  About us?

     ROBERT
    She got to witness it first hand.  We were
    attacked.

     CONNOR
    Did you escape.

     ROBERT
    More than that.  I took his head.

Connor nods his head, impressed.

     CONNOR
    Your first Quickening.

Robert nods his head in acknowledgment.
 

     CONNOR
    Good job.  You kept your head in battle.

     ROBERT
    It was... words can't explain the sensation.

     CONNOR
    Orgasmic?

Robert blushes as he looks over at the preacher, who laughs.

     ROBERT
    You could say that.

     CONNOR
    Well, since that's out of the way, Robert Logan,
    Peter McGuire.

Peter gets up and shakes the young man's hand.

     ROBERT
    I've heard a lot about you.

     PETER
    And I you.  You've grown up rough.

Robert takes a seat, beside Leah.

     ROBERT
    Yeah, I was a drifter.  Didn't really have
    a family.

     PETER
    That's not an ideal way to grow up, but it
    may make the rest of your life easier.  You'll
    find that you'll drift along as time goes by.
    Sure you may settle somewhere for fifty, sixty
    years, but in an Immortal's life, that's nothing.
    You have to accept this.

     ROBERT
    I have.

     PETER
    Truly?

     ROBERT
    Like you said, I've had practice.

     PETER
    Good, then you probably have some patience.

Robert smiles.

     ROBERT
    I waited out Connor's desire not to train me.

That gets a laugh from both men.

     PETER
    I see.  Connor is good at training you to deal with
    the physical aspects of being an Immortal.  Whether
    you want to or not, you will be forced to fight for
    your life.  As you found out earlier today.  That's
    Connor's job.  He wants me to help you with the
    mental and emotional aspect of it.  In exchange,
    he's agreed that you two will do something to
    help me out.

     ROBERT
    Okay.
 
     PETER
    I've not struggled with anything personally for
    a long time.  I've always been at peace with myself.
    Well, maybe not ALWAYS, but for the last couple
    thousand years I have.  So it troubles me when a
    pupil of mine takes it on himself to wipe out our kind.
 
     ROBERT
    I take it he's behind all the recent Immortal deaths.

     PETER
    I would be willing to guess that he's behind some
    of them.  You've already been tracked down once,
    he will find you eventually.  You must try and talk
    him out of it.

     CONNOR
    Or stop him if need be.

     PETER
    By now, he is powerful.  More powerful than when
    I saw him a short time ago.   Deep down, he's a
    good person, but tragedy and grief have driven him
    almost mad, as it has done many times throughout the
    ages.

     ROBERT
    I guess this will be the first test I will face as an
    Immortal.

     CONNOR
    Wrong.  You've already passed your first test and only
    test earlier today.  The time for tests are over.  This is
    a fight for survival.
 

CUT TO:

EXT.  ROADHOUSE BAR - NIGHT

Daniel enters the seedy bar that is packed to capacity this night.  People are rowdy and the place
is in chaos.  A fight breaks out in the corner and a band on a small stage is playing country music
and generally being ignored except for the occasional beer bottle tossed their way.

Nonplused, Daniel walks up to the bartender.

     DANIEL
    Hey, you know Baxter Paxton?

The tender jerks his thumb in the direction at the end of the bar where a man sits alone, sipping at
a beer.

     DANIEL
    Thanks.

The man grunts.

Daniel starts that way when a big BIKER steps in his path.  Obviously drunk.

     DANIEL
    Can I help you?

The Biker sneers, looking for a fight.

     BIKER
    Don't be a smart ass, pretty boy.  You'll
    make it worse on yourself.

     DANIEL
    Really?

     BIKER
    Watch it, bubba.

Daniel snaps his fist right in the big guy's nose.  The man goes down for the count.  Folks around the
bar laugh at the big lug.

     DANIEL
    No prob.

Daniel continues down the bar and up to the man.

     DANIEL
    Baxter?

     BAXTER
    Martin?  That you?

     DANIEL
    You're drunk.

     BAXTER
    Yes, I am.  What of it?

     DANIEL
    I was wandering if you had any info.

     BAXTER
    Of the ever living kind, I assume?

     DANIEL
    I need to know if there's been any Immortal
    activity recently.

     BAXTER
    Even pasted, I can answer that....

He trails off.

     DANIEL
              (expectantly)
    Well?

Baxter comes back to reality.

     BAXTER
    Headless stiff found in the Alamo of
    all places just this afternoon.  Watch
    the bloody news sometimes, man.
 
     DANIEL
    Thanks, Baxter.

Daniel motions to the barkeep.

     DANIEL
    Another round for this guy.  On me.

He slaps some money on the bar.  The bartender nods.

Daniel makes his way out of the bar.

EXT. ROADHOUSE BAR - NIGHT

Chi waits, standing by a car as Daniel walks up.  A BURLY MAN lays on the ground beside him, not
moving.

     DANIEL
    He want your wheels?

     CHI
    I had to decline his offer.  So?

     DANIEL
    Looks like we're making a trip to
    San Antonio, Texas.

     CHI
    Can you find them once we get there?

     DANIEL
    Usually it would be easy.  But I know
    someone who can help and that makes
    it even easier.

     CHI
    Let's go.
 
 

CUT TO:

INT. HOTEL ROOM - MORNING

Robert walks out of the bathroom with the sound of a toilet flushing behind him.  Connor
is there, flipping through the channels.

     ROBERT
    Let me guess.  When you were my age, you
    were lucky to hear a tale around the campfire
    and us young kids today have it easy, what
    with the television and other modern thingiwitches.

     CONNOR
    Actually, I wish we had one of these back in
    the day.

Robert chuckles as he puts on a shirt.

     ROBERT
    So, what's the plan today?

     CONNOR
    Peter's going to be doing his usual thing, and
    I'm going fishing.

     ROBERT
    You have a thing for fishing, don't you?

     CONNOR
    It relaxes me.

     ROBERT
    You don't need me to come with you, do you?

     CONNOR
    I was assuming you would be spending time
    with Leah today.

     ROBERT
    You assumed right.

     CONNOR
    She's taking this Immortal thing rather well,
    don't you think?

     ROBERT
    Yeah.  Maybe I'll get around to asking her
    about that one day.

Connor laughs.

     CONNOR
    Don't have too much fun.  I know for a fact
    that there's one thing that's a bigger rush
    than a Quickening...

Robert blushes.

     ROBERT
    Enough of that.  See ya later, Connor.

     CONNOR
    Heh heh.  Later.
 

CUT TO:

EXT. POND - MORNING

Robert lays down on a small dock as Leah sits up dangling her feet in the water.

     ROBERT
    I just thought a bigger deal would be made
    out of it, that's all.  Seems like an important
    milestone in someone's life, you know.  The
    first Quickening.  Maybe I'll celebrate it every
    year, like a birthday or something.

     LEAH
    Maybe they didn't make such a big deal about it
    because they thought they'd give you a bigger
    head than you already have.

Robert smiles.

     ROBERT
    That's below the belt.

     LEAH
    Bummer, I was aiming for right below the chin.
    You know, the fatal blow.

     ROBERT
    Yeah, well, I'm still stoked about it.  Nothing's
    gonna damper that.  I feel I can take on the
    world.

     LEAH
    I'd make sure I could take on America first,
    if I were you.  How about a little game?

     ROBERT
    Game?

     LEAH
    Truth or truth.

     ROBERT
    How would you play that?

     LEAH
    It's like truth or dare, but without the dare. I
    ask a question, you answer truthfully.  You
    ask one, I answer truthfully.

     ROBERT
    Okay, I guess we can do that.  Shoot.

     LEAH
    Are you really happy, being what you are?
 
     ROBERT
    What, an orphan or an Immortal?

Leah gives him a "what do you think" look.

     ROBERT
    Honestly, I'm very happy with it now.  For
    so long, I went from here to there to wherever
    with no destination.  Now, it's like, I have a
    purpose.  There's a reason for me being here.
 
     LEAH
    What, to go around killing one another?

     ROBERT
    Not really.  Like this guy that Connor and
    Peter were talking about.  He's killing a lot
    of people on a vengeance streak and he's
    got to be stopped.  If Connor and I stop him,
    I'll consider that purposeful.  Of course, that's
    how I feel now.  Ask me again in a couple
    hundred years and I might feel differently.

This illicits a smile from Leah.

     LEAH
    Okay, I'll accept that.  Your turn.

     ROBERT
    Okay.

He doesn't take long to think.

     ROBERT
    Why do you hang around me?  You know it's
    dangerous and you know I'm different from other
    people.

     LEAH
    Because you are unique.  Not many people are
    lucky to have people like you touch their lives,
    and I'm one of those lucky few.  Not only that,
    you are one of the most gentlemanly people I've
    ever met.  Most guys just wanna jump my pants,
    but you haven't, and I like that about you.  When
    it comes down to it, I can't really put my finger
    on why and explain it, but there's something about
    you that attracts me.

Robert's expression shows that that's not the answer he was expecting.  He sits up and scoots
closer to Leah, letting his feet dangle by hers.

     ROBERT
    Uh huh.  You're turn again.

     LEAH
    This is the one that's I've been burning
    to know since last night.

     ROBERT
    Yeah?  And what's that?

Her eyes pierce his.

     LEAH
    When are you gonna stop being such a gentleman
    and kiss me?

That's all he needs.  The fire in him finally breaks the surface and in the next second they are locked and ready to go as they embrace in one of the most passionate kisses you can imagine.

As they continue to lip lock, we...

CUT TO:

INT. CHURCH - DAY

We swoop through the huge double doors and follow down the middle isle.  On each side of the isle
are rows of intrically carved pews.  The windows are fine stain glass and statues of Jesus, Mary,
and Angels are all over the place.

We follow down the aisle until we reach the ALTER.  Here we find Peter McGuire kneeling
in prayer for his friends to be successful.

The camera focuses on Peter's face as he raises his head and his eyes open.  He stands up, taking
in the full frame.

     PETER
    Hello, Daniel.

The camera pulls back and to include Daniel Martin and Chi Chang in frame, standing not five feet behind
him.

     DANIEL
    Peter.  I've come to ask you a question.

Peter turns around and meets Daniel's gaze.

     PETER
    Have you?

     DANIEL
    We've heard that there are Immortals in town.

     PETER
    There's always Immortals in town.

     DANIEL
    Not just you, my friend.  You have to understand,
    Peter, they are...

     PETER
    What, a danger?  No, Daniel.  It saddens me to say
    this, but you are a danger.  A danger to everyone that
    comes in contact with you.  What did I spend those
    years teaching you, Daniel?  Every life is precious.

Daniel casts his eyes down.

     DANIEL
    Some...

     PETER
              (angrily)
    EVERY life is precious!  Who gave you the RIGHT to
    go around and decide who lives and who dies.  We
    are all the children of God!  He created us, gave us
    each gifts and it is not up to YOU to decide that the
    gifts are evil or not.  It is up to Him.

He points heaven wards for emphasis.

     PETER
    Please, Daniel.  You have to stop this.  You are
    not helping a thing.  Soon, you'll meet up with one
    who is more powerful than you and you will lose
    your head.  Many more Immortals will be left.
    What then?  Your crusade will have been for naught.

Daniel can't bring himself to answer.  He actually seems ashamed in the presence of his teacher.

Chi doesn't have that hindrance.

     CHI
    He will be of no help.  And we can't leave him alive.

Peter's eyes burn into Daniel's.

     PETER
    Am I to be next in your hunt for vengeance?
    Are you going attack me on Holy Ground?

Daniel backs up, as if to make a move to leave.

     DANIEL
    Come on, Chi.  He won't help us.  We'll have
    to do this ourselves.

Chi reaches behind his back and brings his sword out.

     CHI
    I do not have such restrictions placed upon me.
    Immortals on Holy Ground, Immortals on any
    ground.  I will take them.

He moves to strike at Peter, who rolls out of the way.

     DANIEL
    Chi!

     CHI
    ALL Immortals, Daniel.  Including yourself when
    this is over.  That was the deal, remember?

Daniel, resigned, leaves the building, refusing to watch the fight.

Peter reaches behind the pulpit and brings out a sword.  He stands and lets Chi make a move
before he does anything.  Chi slashes down and Peter blocks him.

EXT. CHURCH - DAY

Daniel opens the doors and steps outside.  He sits on the steps and gazes into the distance.
He hears the sounds of battle come from the building behind him.  He closes his eyes shut
as hard as he can.  Tears start pouring down his face as he hears Peter give out a yell.

INT. CHURCH - DAY

Chi, standing in front of a pew, leaps in the air as Peter takes a swipe at his feet.  He jumps backward
onto the pew and, not hesitating, flips over Peter's back.  Peter gives a fierce kick behind him, but his
leg is grabbed by Chi and he is thrown forward, landing on his face.

Without wasting a moment, Chi charges and strikes down at Peter, who quickly moves out of the
way.

Peter gets up and lets a high kick go at Chi's face.  It catches him full force and knocks him backwards
onto his butt.  Peter stabs his sword at Chi's chest, but Chi brings his sword up, blocks it out of the
way and stabs Peter in the chest.

Peter's face shows pain as Chi removes his sword.  Chi leaps to his feet, spins and brings his
sword cleanly through Peter's neck.

Peter's head falls to the ground next to his feet.  His hand drops the sword and his body crumples
to the ground.

EXT. CHURCH

Daniel, back in control of his emotions, still sits on the steps.  He looks behind as he hears a
door open.  Chi exits the church and looks down at Daniel.

     CHI
    It's done.  Let's go.

He walks off towards the car.

Daniel moves slowly to his feet.  He sighs and casts his head to the sky.

     DANIEL
    Sorry, old friend.  I hope you're peaceful
    up there.

He walks off in the same direction as Chi.

CUT TO:
 

EXT. LEAH'S HOUSE - AFTERNOON

A small, unassuming little house without much of a front yard.  It sits in a neighborhood
full of such houses.

Leah and Robert walk hand in hand down the sidewalk leading to the house.

     LEAH
    Well, here we are.

     ROBERT
    It's nice.

     LEAH
    You're a horrible liar.

     ROBERT
    No, I mean it.  It's a place to live and
    just having that is nice.

     LEAH
    Okay, I'll take that.

INT. HOUSE - AFTERNOON

The key turns the lock on the door and the door swings open.

     LEAH
    It's not a lot, but I like it like that.

They walk in and immediately Robert tenses up.

     LEAH
    What is it?

     ROBERT
    Stay right here.

Robert draws his sword and steps deeper into the darkened house.  Leah yelps and Robert spins
around to find Chi, holding a sword to Leah's neck

Daniel steps out of the shadows next to him.

     DANIEL
    Where's your friend?

     ROBERT
    Who are you?

     DANIEL
    It's very simple.  You take us to your buddy
    and I can keep Chi here from killing the girl.

Robert relents.

     ROBERT
    I don't know exactly, but he said he was going
    fishing.

     DANIEL
    Fishing, huh?  I guess we'll start having to make
    the lakes.

INT. CAR - DAY

Daniel's driving the car, while Robert sits in the passenger seat.  Chi is in the back with Leah.

     DANIEL
    It wasn't that hard finding you.  We knew
    there were Immortals in town.  That stunt
    you pulled at the Alamo wouldn't go unnoticed.
    We tried help, but unfortunately that didn't
    work out.

He says the last in a sorrowful voice.

     ROBERT
    Peter.

     DANIEL
    You knew him?  I'm not suprised.

     ROBERT
    He wanted my friend and I to try to
    talk to you.

     DANIEL
    It won't work.  He tried talking to me himself
    earlier today and it didn't work coming from him.

     ROBERT
              (coldly)
    You killed him.

     DANIEL
    Not me.

He nods back to Chi, who sits expressionless.

     ROBERT
    The very thing you are trying to fight.  You've
    become you're enemy.

He says the next words with venom, hoping for a response.

     ROBERT
    You hypocrite.

Daniel doesn't answer, just stares straight at the road.  He continues talking about how he found
them as if he didn't stop, trying to put Peter's death away from his mind.

     DANIEL
    Anyways, we started asking around.  We found
    the little cafe missy here works in and her co-workers
    told me of the strangers she's befriended.  Of course
    it was possible you weren't Immortals, but we were
    taking every chance to find you.  We hid out in the
    house and if you weren't Immortals, we would leave
    and you would never have known we were there.  But
    I knew the second the door opened you were an Immortal,
    I could feel it.  You could feel it too when you walked
    in.  The sword was the giveaway for Chi here.

     ROBERT
    Are you finished being Johnny Explain-it-all?

Daniel flashes him a mean look.

     ROBERT
    I don't care how you found us, but you're putting
    this girl in danger and I don't see how that lives
    up to what you're all about.  Aren't you on this
    little crusade because you're wife was killed in the
    Game?  What about Bruce Lee over there?

     DANIEL
    We won't hurt the girl.  When we've dealt with you
    and your friend, she'll be let go, untouched.

Chi nods his agreement.

     ROBERT
    And if you won't kill her, what makes you think
    I'll be good?

     DANIEL
    Because if you don't, Chi has no compunctions
    about killing an innocent to get to the "real evil"
    as he calls it.

Robert casts a glance back at the warrior and catches his eyes.  He believes it.

     ROBERT
    I see.

CUT TO:

EXT. LAKESIDE - DAY

The sun is slowly descending and night is almost upon us, but it's still a bit away.  The quartet
look out over the lake and see no boats of any kind or any activity at all.

     DANIEL
    We've been all around this lake and more
    like it and we've found nothing.

     ROBERT
    Maybe he didn't go to a lake.  Maybe he's
    down a river or something.

     DANIEL
    We're getting Impatient.

He tosses Robert his sword.  Robert deftly catches it.

     ROBERT
    That's it, huh?  We just go at it now?

     DANIEL
    Don't worry, we'll make it a challenge
    for you.

Chi steps up and draws his sword.  They both face Robert down.

     ROBERT
    Two on one?  Isn't this against the rules?

     DANIEL
    No one here gives two shits about the
    rules.

He strikes and Robert blocks.  Both try to overpower him, but Robert fends them off.  He kicks up
and strikes Daniel in the face, knocking him down, then ducks a blow by Chi.  He brings his sword
up, trying to skewer Chi through his stomach.  Chi spins out of the way.

As Robert duels with Chi, he has a hard time keeping up.   Block, strike, block, block, block,
strike.

Daniel runs up once again and Robert spins around swinging his sword to take Daniel's head.
Daniel blocks and Robert's kicked from behind by Chi.

Chi motions Daniel to step back.

     CHI
    Give me the satisfaction of taking this
    one on my own.

Daniel steps back and walks over to Leah.

Chi and Robert glare at each other.  Robert yells in rage and charges Chi.  He swings at his neck.
Chi LEAPS into the air over the sword and kicks Robert in the head.

Robert cries out in pain and falls to the ground, dropping his sword.  Chi steps up to him and
swings down.  Robert dodges and jumps to his feet.  Chi is blocking his way to his sword.

Chi swings to Robert's midsection.  Robert DIVES headfirst over the sword, lands and rolls,
coming up with his sword.  He swings behind him, but Chi blocks the blow.  Chi lets out
another kick, once again knocking Robert's sword away.

Chi puts his own sword down and starts pummeling Robert with karate punches, some of which
Robert block, most of which he doesn't.

Robert's feeling punch drunk by now, so Chi leaps into the air, kick's Robert in the side of the face again,
lands with that foot and brings his other one around in a back spin kick that knocks Robert senseless
to the ground.

He kicks Robert in the side when he's down and Robert groans in pain.  Chi smiles as he kicks
him again and again.  Robert lays there, moaning.

Finally, Chi is finished kicking the crap out of him, and he goes to pick up his sword.  He walks
up to the beaten Robert and raises the sword.

Leah screams and tries to charge, but Daniel holds her.

BOOM BOOM BOOM!!!!!

A gunshot is heard.

CLOSE ON CHI'S FACE

His eyes get a far off look in them and blood comes out of his mouth.

He falls down to the ground, very much dead.

We pan around to reveal CONNOR MACLEOD, standing by a tree holding a shotgun.  He smiles
at the group.

     CONNOR
    Hey.

He makes his way over to where Daniel and Leah are standing.

Daniel is shocked.

     DANIEL
    Who the hell are you?

     CONNOR
    I am Connor Macleod of the Clan MacLeod,
    and Peter McGuire was a friend of mine, as is
    that young man over there.

     DANIEL
    Shit, you're the Highlander.

     CONNOR
    That's me.

     DANIEL
    How did you know Chi wasn't Immortal?

He indicates Connor's gun.

     CONNOR
    I've been around 400 years and I've encountered
    the Order of Lo before.  I would recognize one of
    their swords anywhere.

     DANIEL
    And I suppose you're here to talk me out of
    my quest?

     CONNOR
    No, I'm here to stop you.

Connor draws his sword.

     CONNOR
    And I know only one way to do that,
    murderer.

Daniel pulls out his sword and they start dueling.  Leah runs off to Robert's side.

Connor easily has the experience over Daniel, but Daniel's fighting with a passion we haven't
seen from him.  In rage, he charges the Highlander and Connor fights him off with some effort.

Connor slashes out and puts a bloody mark on Daniel's arm.  He cries out in pain, but it doesn't
slow him down, only infuriates him.    He fights more strongly and drives Connor back.  Connor
is finally breaking a sweat.

Taking the kid seriously, Connor starts going for the fight ending strikes, but each time, Daniel's
sword is there to block him.

Connor sets his jaw and lets out a flurry of strikes that the eye can barely follow.  He ends it with
a ferocious jab to Daniel's stomach, who barely sidesteps it.  Connor stumbles forward a bit and
Daniel goes for the killing blow.  Connor falls to the ground and it goes over his head.

He kicks out at Daniel's feet, knocking him over.  Connor is up again and leaps at the downed
Daniel.  Connor's sword strikes dirt as Daniel rolls out of the way.  Daniel gets to his
feet and starts fighting even harder.    Connor blocks numerous blows to his own neck and
barely has time to make a strike of his own.

Daniel, tiring a bit, lets up on the offense.  The mistake has disastrous results as Connor takes
the initiative and knocks Daniel's sword well away from him.  Daniel tenses up, ready to take
the killing blow, but Connor lowers his sword and looks at Daniel.

     CONNOR
    I'm sorry it had to come to this,
    but there was no other way.

Connor stands there still and Daniel spins around just in time to see Robert coming up behind him,
swinging for his neck.

Daniel's head flies away to land next to his sword.

Connor looks up at Robert.

     CONNOR
    Never forget, Robert.  There *can* be
    more than one.

In the next minute, Robert is swallowed by the Quickening.  He raises his arms to receive the power
and Connor watches on, without expression.

Waves start cresting on the shore and lightening splits the sky.   Leah's hair starts blowing in the
wind, as does Connor's.

Connor looks over at Leah and smiles as the wind dies down.  As the Quickening ends, Leah
runs up to Robert and clutches him in an embrace.

CUT TO:

INT. CAFE - NIGHT

Connor sits at a table with Leah and Robert.  All they have is coffee.

     CONNOR
    I have to book a flight back to
    Scotland in the morning.  You're
    training is over, Robert, but you're
    still welcome to be a guest at our
    place.

Leah grasps Robert's hand.

     LEAH
    You're welcome to stay at my place,
    also.

Robert doesn't even have to think about it.

     ROBERT
    Tell Brenda I said bye.  I'll stop by to
    visit someday.

     CONNOR
    I will, and I'll hold you to your promise.  I
    just want to leave you with one last thing.
    This fight may be over, but the struggle never
    is.  Most likely, you'll be fighting here and there
    for the rest of your life.  Whether we like it or
    not, it is a fight for survival out there for us
    Immortals.  Always remember that, Robert.

     ROBERT
    I will, Connor.

He pauses.

     ROBERT
    Thanks, Connor.  For everything.

     CONNOR
    Thank you, Robert.

Connor rises and bids the couple adieu.

     CONNOR
    I trust I will see you two again.

     ROBERT
    Count on it.  See ya later.

     CONNOR
    Farewell, friend.  Good-bye, Leah.

     LEAH
    Bye, Connor.

Connor takes exit of the cafe, leaving the two by themselves.  Leah looks at her watch.

     LEAH
    It's getting late and I'm not tired.  Do
    we have time to go do something?

     ROBERT
    I don't know about you, but I've got time
    to spare.

We start pulling back as the two start conversing.  We pull back out of the cafe and down the
street.  We pull back down the sidewalk and find Connor walking to his hotel.  We keep pulling
back until the city is nothing but lights and we continue to pull back until we're in the atmosphere
and continue on into space until we have a moon's eye view of the Earth.

"PRINCES OF THE UNIVERSE" By Queen starts playing as the credits start rolling.

THE END