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Guardian Angel - Act I - Scenes 1 & 2

ACT I
INT. FIRST PRESBYTERIAN OF JERSEY CITY
An intimate sanctuary, like fifty-people intimate, is filled with a random selection of people who’s appearances all share only one thing in common – they’re dressed in their shabby Sunday best.
The pulpit sits on more of a platform, than a stage, and a PASTOR wearing a faded robe-that’s-too-small-for-him holds a Bible in the air as he delivers his sermon.
PASTOR And Thomas didn’t believe what Jesus told them.In John chapter fourteen, he says to Jesus, “Lord, we know not whither thou goest; how can we know the way?”
We move past pew after pew of a devout congregation, all rapt with attention.Some people are even mouthing the bible verses along with the Pastor.
We settle on the very last pew, where an eighteen year old girl is casually swiping at her phone.She’s pretty, all-American, the type of person you’d judge to be a sheltered innocent and be totally right.Except for the sheltered part.This is BETHEL.
ON BETHEL’S PHONE:
“HAVING FAITH DOESN’T MEA…
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Guardian Angel - Teaser

EXT. DESERT – DAY
We move slowly across a stark, red desert.In the distance, there are the clay walls of a city.Outside the main gate, a mix of men and women: some in woolen tunics and cinctures, others in rich Roman robes: come and go about their business.
This is not the modern world.
We keep moving, slowly, finally settling on a small, solitary hill. Through the shimmering desert heat, the hill looks like the back of a skull cap, with two crosses sticking out the top of it like swords.
And in the distance, we hear the faint CLINK.

EXT. DESERT HILL – CONTINUOUS
A twitching hand fills the frame.Fingers are bent at unnatural angles, but where they split, we can see the signs of something dull, grey, and blurry.
There is a loud CLINK, and as the blurry grey thing is pushed down, a blurry crimson shoots up.
CRUCIFIED MAN (O.S.) AH!
We look down on a pair of sunburnt feet, caked in dried mud and blood.A pair of strong, tanned hands forces one foot on top of the other.A grey spike is set on top of …