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5:00 am
Sat March 1, 2014

Jade City Pharaoh - Love Don't Live Here Anymore (Season 2, Ep. 5)

Jade City Pharaoh
Credit Luis Franco / http://francoproject.com/

Things aren't going well between Malik Frasier and the woman he loves. Belinda Goodall has been stood up once too often. But she doesn't know that our humble bookstore clerk broke those dates on a hero's mission, playing his part as the Jade City Pharaoh. Malik's only hope is to reveal his secret identity, but will he do it, and can it save a failing romance?

Jade City Pharaoh, Season 2, Episode 5: Love Don’t Live Here Anymore

Jade City Pharaoh stars Mike Wiley.  The series is written by Howard Craft, with music by the Apple Juice Kid. WUNC's Frank Stasio is the producer/director. Follow our hero on Twitter: @JadeCityWarrior and on Facebook.

Cast:

  • Mike Wiley as Herald MF Jones
  • Chaunesti Webb as Belinda Goodall

Episode Script:

Scene 1:  Greenberg building

Sound effect: Woman walking in, entering elevator.  Elevator moves up, then stops, we hear the ding, doors open then city sounds.

BELINDA
(yelling)
Malik!

JONES
Over here.

Sound effect: Belinda's footsteps walking over.

BELINDA
This is crazy.  Why do we have to talk on top of the Jade City Towers?  It's cold as I don't know what out here.  It's not gonna change anything I told you before, I'm done.

JONES
You know I love you.

BELINDA
Love is action Malik; it's respect. Love doesn't hide or have secrets.  What are you hiding?

JONES
What I had too.  But not anymore, today I want you to know everything.

BELINDA
Too late Malik.

JONES
How can you say that without giving me a chance?

BELINDA
All I've given you are chances. And you hurt me every time.  Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results is insanity Malik and I'm not insane.  There comes a point when you have to get off the roller coaster.

JONES
That's what our relationship has been, hunh? A roller coaster?.

BELINDA
I don't have time for games or sugar coating anymore, so yeah, that's exactly what it's been.

JONES
You know--  you can see the entire city from this rooftop, isn't she beautiful?  I was born here on the floor of a small apartment in Concrete Falls.  This city taught me to dream, this city made me tough, taught me to care.  She is so very perfect in her imperfections.  When she calls I have to go, I have to answer.  That doesn't mean I don't love you.  I do.  I think you know that.  But-

BELINDA
Stop!  Just stop! What the hell?  You bring me up here and start talking like a crazy man and I'm suppose to feel sorry for you and take you back.  That was the plan?  Seriously…  I can't believe you, man.   

JONES
Just let me-

BELINDA
Let you what Malik? I really thought we had something and then you just, you just flaked, always some excuse…  How many times have you stood me up?

JONES
I…

BELINDA
What?

JONES
I don't know.

BELINDA
Exactly.  (walks away) Hey!  What are you doing!  Get away from the ledge, don't play like that Malik!  Malik!  (screams) Oh God!!!!  He jumped!!!

Sound Effect:  Jones falling then flying, then theme music, then landing back on the roof.

JONES
This is what I've been hiding.  

BELINDA
You're…  You're…  You're Herald Jones!

JONES
Do you understand now why I had to-   Belinda, say something.

BELINDA
This is too much, way too much.  You should have told me.  You should've...

JONES
I couldn't… I mean I didn't think you could handle it.

BELINDA
You kept this lie going for more than a year.  

JONES
To protect you.  

BELINDA
From what, the truth? I don't want this, I didn't ask for it and I don't want it.

Sound effect:  Belinda begins to walk away, then trots, then runs.

JONES
Belinda!  Come back! I want you! I need you!

Theme Music

End episode