"The Deceptive Heart"
INT. THE HACIENDA - THE SALON - DAY - FRANCISCA
appears, out of her traveling clothes and looking even more radiant.
Stop kicking me, Diego! You expect me to follow a lady into
You had the opportunity to ask her earlier!
She was tired from the journey!
Quite beyond my expectations, Don Alejandro.
(as Diego nudges him again)
(a trace of guilt)
Yes. The cameo.
Yes, yes, yes, of course. The cameo.
You are certainly not that lady.
So true, dear lady.
But our letters could not tell me what you expected in me. . .I am many
And so very beautiful!
I wanted you to desire me for what we shared in our letters, not forDON ALEJANDRO
You were testing my sincerity.FRANCISCA
(overwhelmed)He takes her hand and leads her to the table.
DON ALEJANDRO (CONT)
A toast, Diego. . .to a noble lady.EXT. THE PLAZA - FULL - DAY - FOUR VAQUEROS
ride in at full gallop, yahooing and generally raising cane.
ANGLE - VAQUERO #1
leaps his horse over a careta of produce, scaring the proprietor.
ANGLE - VAQUERO #2
on the gallop snags a goat-bladder of wine hanging behind a display and drinks.
ANGLE - VAQUERO #3
takes his horse through livestock, scattering chickens and ducks.
ANGLE TO JAIL - MENDOZA
and several of his Soldiers appear. The Soldiers huddle behind
Ayy. . .Gomez and his vaqueros. Nothing but trouble. WhyGOMEZ
Hola, Gomez. . .Your men are disturbing the peace. In the name ofGOMEZ
You order them, Mendoza. My men have been driving cattle threeMENDOZA
(mumbling)Nothing happens. He turns to find that the Soldiers have slunk off.
Gomez laughs and rides away, scattering dirt on Mendoza's uniform.
How I wish the Alcalde were here! Ah, yes, he would have a courseRelieved to have found a solution, he reenters the Jail.
EXT. HACIENDA GARDEN - DAY - DIEGO & FRANCISCA
stroll together after lunch.
Your concern is all over your face, Don Diego -- but only natural. DonDON DIEGO
As a good son, you fear for his happiness.DON DIEGO
Letters are one thing, Seņora, marriage quite another.FRANCISCA
And you do not want him hurt.DON DIEGO
I have seen it.FRANCISCA
Is there a better foundation for marriage than friendship? BeyondDon Diego looks deeply into her eyes for a beat, then nods.
Thank you for your candor and your understanding, Seņora.Felipe enters hurriedly, bowing to Francisca, then turns to Don Diego with
urgent signs. Don Diego reacts, turning to Francisca.
Please excuse me, Seņora. Felipe tells me our prize bull is looseFRANCISCA
Of course.Don Diego bows and exits, followed by Felipe.
INT. TORONADO'S CAVE - DAY - TORONADO
What, Felipe? You come from the Pueblo, and Gomez and his
Felipe grins and nods enthusiastically, as Don Diego reaches for
INT. TAVERN - WIDE - DAY
A Guitarist is playing a rapid flamencan dance. Gomez and
AT A TABLE - MENDOZA
prepares for a large supper. But he knows trouble is afoot.
What does Gomez have against food? . . First lunch. . .now supper!AS BEFORE
The Guitarist finishes. Elena strides angrily toward Gomez.
Gomez. . .Get your pigs out of my Tavern, and as much as it painsGOMEZ
I can think of better refreshment, Seņora. . .Your lips.He takes her hand and is preparing to kiss her, when:
One moment!THE BALCONY ABOVE - ZORRO
Forgotten your manners, Gomez? On your knees before a lady!
Zorro's whip snakes downward, curls around Gomez's ankles and
WIDE - VAQUERO #1
charges the staircase, where Zorro meets him midway, ducks a blow,
Vaquero #2 starts toward Zorro with a chair.
Sometimes Zorro can be a blessing. Now maybe I can eat in peace!ZORRO & VAQUERO #2
who swipes at Zorro with the chair. Zorro's sword slices the leg,
and the Vaquero disgustedly throws the stump away.
The plate hits him on the head then ricochets across to
who is about to take a bite out of a burrito. The plate knocks the burrito out
Ah, but hasn't the Alcalde often said that a good soldier is aMENDOZA
Then your duty is to your supper, Mendoza.MENDOZA
But when I'm finished, you'll be gone.He looks around. Zorro is already gone, into the kitchen.
INT. KITCHEN - ZORRO & ELENA
Anger brings a very pretty blush to your cheeks, Seņora Elena.ELENA
(fervent)NOISE o.s. signals the approach of the Soldiers.
The Alcalde's men! I must be off before MendozaHe clambers up the chimney and escapes to the roof.
EXT REAR OF TAVERN - DAY - ZORRO
ON THE BALCONY - ZORRO
ZORRO'S POV - THE GUEST ROOM
The Boy's back is turned. He is facing the man we shall know as
END OF ACT ONE
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