"The Deceptive Heart"
FADE IN. - DAY - DON DIEGO & FELIPE
Don Diego is giving Felipe a fencing lesson, driving him back,
Thrust! . . Parry! . . That's it. Now, riposte! . .Ugh, what a dilemma.DON ALEJANDRO
(o. s.)Don Diego suddenly acts as if he's never held a sword in his
life, "tripping" over an ottoman and sprawling on the floor.
Don Alejandro ENTERS, shaking his head in disappointment.
DON ALEJANDRO (CONT)
Give it up, Diego. Try as you will, you'll never be the swordsmanDON DIEGO
Yes. . .I - that is - I did, but the exertion has driven it right out ofDon Alejandro can only shake his head dubiously.
INT. THE TAVERN - DAY - FULL - AS ELENA
(to the bar Girl)AT THE TABLE - RAMIREZ
lays out four aces to Gomez's full house. He rakes in the pot.
I've had a run of luck.GOMEZ
But bigger sleeves. . .Ramirez's grin fades. A derringer snaps from his cuff.
Gomez pales. A beat, then in a whisper:
I can kill you here and now. If you swear to cooperate withGOMEZ
By being available to me. One never knows when one mightWithout a choice, Gomez nods fearfully. Ramirez gestures
with his pistol, and Gomez rises, shambles off. PAN TO
a bemused Elena.
EXT. HACIENDA GARtEN - DAY - FRANCISCA
An Easter wedding? Isn't that being a trifle hasty, Father?DON ALEJANDRO
How ironic! The young are always so impetuous, and theyTWO-SHOT - DON DIEGO AND DON ALEJANDRO
--and (exasperated)DON ALEJANDRO
Your tone troubles me, Diego. Do you know something IDON DIEGO
(summoning courage)Francisca abruptly ENTERS SHOT, interrupting.
Alejandro, dearest. . .I've been looking for you.DON ALEJANDRO
Ah, Seņora. . .Diego and I were just discussing the wedding.FRANCISCA
We have so much to prepare.DON ALEJANIDRO
Precisely. You'll both have to excuse me. I haveHe kisses Francisca's hand and exits. She and Don Diego
are silent for a moment, drawing battle-lines.
You don't trust me, do you, Don Diego?DON DIEGO
(vehemently)The words hit her like a blow. Her eyes fill, but she shows
her class in the way she holds it together.
I see. Little wonder you mistrust me. . .and how can I convinceDON DIEGO
Ramirez. . .your lover?FRANCISCA
Once. I was younger, without parents and easily seduced. LaterDON DIEGO
My friend did not see a master and slave embracing at the Tavern!FRANCISCA
(despite herself, she cries)DON DIEGO
When and how was this conspiracy conceived? The truth!FRANCISCA
Two months ago we were on the boat out of San Carlos. Ramirez'sDON DIEGO
Seņora de la Pena.FRANCISCA
Her last letters, with the suggestion of marriage, were written byDON DIEGO
You would marry my father, and this scoundrel gain control of hisFRANCISCA
Ramirez drowned her off the boat. She was presumed to haveDON DIEGO
I beg you, free me from this monster! He'll be at cards in theDON DIEGO
(a long beat)FRANCISCA
Anything. . .I swear!DON DIEGO
Then assuredly I shall be at the Tavern. And assuredly RamirezHe exits. Francisca looks after him, then moves off quickly.
INT. FRANCISCAS ROOM - ANGLE TO WINDOW - DAY - FRANCISCA
EXT. THE HACIENDA - DAY - DON DIEGO
Saddle the roan mare, Felipe. I must go to the PuebloFelipe is about to move off, when Don Diego is diverted by
the FLAP OF WINGS from above.
SHOT - THE HOMING PIGEON
winging from the house to the Pueblo.
Wait!EXT. THE PLAZA - DUSK - ANGLE TO RAMIREZ
with both pistols, a sword at his side. The Plaza is empty of
POV - LONG SHOT - AN APPROACHING CARRIAGE
The Driver looks like Don Diego, dressed as we last saw him.
BACK TO RAMIREZ
who signals up to nearby rooftops, CAMERA TILTING, where
nears Ramirez. We see it is indeed Don Diego.
Don Diego. . .I have a message from your future stepmother,He fires both pistols, and a simultaneous VOLLEY comes
from Gomez and the Vaqueros.
CLOSE ON CARRIAGE DRIVER
It is a dummy, its face the wax bust of himself that Don Diego
aghast. He hears HOOFBEATS and turns to see:
on Toronado, rearing to a stop nearby.
Thank you for wasting your shots on a dummy, gentlemen.GOMEZ & VAQUEROS
know when it's time to leave. They retreat off the roof.
leaps off Toronado and draws his sword. They salute and
start to duel. The fight takes them up and over the various
produce displays. Ramirez is an expert swordsman.
Hmph. . .if Zorro loses, I miss the pleasure of putting him in irons.THE FIGHT
is acrobatic, but finally Zorro attacks relentlessly, flicking Ramirez's blade
from his grip. The hurtling sword buries itself inches from
Mendoza's head. Ramirez trips and falls, and Zorro's tip is
immediately at his throat.
I think I'll save you for the hangman, Ramirez.Zorro turns away. The derringer snaps from Ramirez's cuff.
Zorro -- look out!Zorro turns, his whip already in motion, curling around the derringer
and pulling it from Ramirez's hand!
(to Elena, bowing)MENDOZA
Alright men. . .Zorro is ours! Arrest him!The Soldiers move forward, but ZORRO vaults a hitching post into
Sorry to disappoint you, Mendoza.And he's off.
'Til we meet again?. . .buenos dias, Elena. . .adios, Elena. If weWIDE
Mendoza and his Soldiers take Ramirez into custody.
END ACT TWO
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