That's supposed to scare me. If
you want to kill me, go ahead.
know what to make of this one. He drops her unceremoniously on the ground and
watches as she brushes herself off.
Why are you following me? Are you
a fan? No...
(reading her mind)
Ah, you're Talamasca. Are they
still at it?
You know about the Talamasca...?
Of course. I used to tease them
back in the last century; make the
odd appearance. You don't look
like Talamasca -- much too young
and much too pretty.
her hair back self-consciously. Did Lestat really just say she was pretty?
Lestat smiles, knows that he has her wrapped around his finger.
What have you got there?
Lestat is beside her. Reaches into her backpack and takes out his old journal as
if Jesse were a coat rack.
Look at this, I had completely
forgotten about this old thing.
Flips through the pages.
You are a busy little thing,
Oh, and you can talk...
realising she might have gone too far. This is one of those rare moments when
Lestat is speechless. He smiles, examines Jesse for the first time.
I mean, you... you've, you know,
done so much.
back to the book.
I have a reasonable style, don't
you think? Perhaps a bit
I think you write beautifully.
You write from the heart. There's
no artifice. It's the same thing
in your songs. There's... truth
in them. That's what makes your
music so timeless.
Timeless -- that's good... Time...
less. Good title for the new
album? What do you think?
I haven't heard the songs.
Yes, it's a pity I have to kill
you. I'd love you to hear them.
jumps. She keeps her cool as Lestat circles her like a shark.
You won't kill me.
You're so confident. Are you
brave or stupid?
I think both. You already saved
Doesn't mean a thing. I could
save your life one minute, snuff
it out the next.
You enjoy this, don't you?
moves closer, trying to intimidate. Jesse holds her ground.
You're a curious one. Why have
you come here?
I don't know...
Are you sure about that? You've
gone to a lot of trouble.
Now they are
very close, Jesse is a deer caught in the headlights of his eyes.
I... I can't explain, but I had to
meet you. I had to see you and...
... make sure I was real?
Well, what do you think? Am I the
It's weird. I feel like I know
You read my journal.
No... I know you.
Because you're special? Because
only you know the real me?
You think perhaps we're 'soul
almost defiant against his cynical tone.
And if you no longer have a soul?
He can't help
himself -- he takes her face in his hands.
Jesse's eyes are wide in surprise, but she closes them and waits... Lestat smells her hair, brushes her neck with his mouth...
The PULSE of Jesse's HEART is LOUD in his ears. Jesse's soft white skin glows, and he can see the blood coursing through just under the surface.
BACK TO SCENE
Lestat can't help himself -- draws out his fangs. Jesse's eyes are shut tightly, expecting his teeth, grimacing but hoping for it at the same time...
CLOSE ON LESTAT
... as he catches himself. His head flails as he tries to stop his natural impulse.
Jesse slowly opens her eyes. Lestat is gone.
INT. LESTAT'S MANSION - LIVING ROOM - DAY
Roger comes through the entrance hall, whistling and humming a "Vampire Lestat" tune. He goes into the kitchen and comes out with a bag of rice crackers on his way downstairs to the studio, when he stops.
Jesse lies curled up on the rug. Mouth full, Roger gives Jesse a nudge with his foot.
Hey, sleeping beauty. How'd you
get in here?
Jesse sits up groggy, interrupted in her sleep.
Where am I?
You're in the Vampire Lestat's
living room is where you are. And
if he finds you here, you'll be
leaving nine pints lighter if you
know what I mean.
He already found me.
He... saw you in here?
You were here with... with Lestat?
over, tries to get a not-too-discreet gander at her neck.
Lestat told me to stay.
He told you?
He said I should wait for him
You're sure 'bout that?
S'what he said.
All right, you'd better come with
INT. LESTAT'S MANSION - STUDIO - SOON AFTER
The band sit around jamming half-heartedly. Roger enters, followed by Jesse who stays in the control booth, while Roger comes in all business handing out envelopes.
I don't hear any practicing.
C'mon, get to it... Here's your
advances. Much more generous than
you deserve but that's not up to
Roger, grow a dick.
Don't have to, Maudy. You got
enough for both of us.
remembers Jesse who is standing looking out of place. Roger gestures for Jesse
to come in.
Oh, and this is...
Right, Jesse is Lestat's... she's
a house guest.
He pulls a
face on his way out.
Keep an eye on her will ya...
Roger is gone.
What an asshole...
I heard that!
silences as they stare at her, trying to figure it out.
You're... with Lestat?
Maudy approaches, examines her, tries to get a look at her neck -- she looks normal.
Maudy, James, Alex and Louisa exchange looks.
So... you know? You all know?
They catch her
I'm pretty sure I knew.
They all look
The weird thing is... it doesn't
bother us. It's like having a
bunch of Hell's Angels for
friends. As long as they're on
your side, you're cool.
He needs us to play.
(thinks about it)
EXT. LOS ANGELES - TIME LAPSE
The sun spins across the sky... the L.A. freeways flow with light.
INT. LESTAT'S MANSION CRYPT - NIGHT
INT. LESTAT'S MANSION - LIVING ROOM
Lestat emerges from the stairwell.
He stops in surprise as he sees Jesse standing waiting for him.
You're still here.
I'm surprised about that myself.
Strange, last night...
I haven't felt that comfortable in
As tempting as it is, you must
But you just said...
We have no future.
You're kidding me... what are you
Jesse, you think you know what you
want. You're so passionate that I
could almost believe you know what
I'm the only one who understands
how alone you are.
Ah, now I'm lonely...
You can sneer all you want. But
that's what this concert's about
isn't it? You hoped being famous
would fill the emptiness inside
fades -- he doesn't like his inner life being probed.
You know it won't work -- to feel
whole, you need someone to love.
Someone who will love you for who
you really are.
What could you know about
loneliness. You're a child. I
have lived since before your
And look at where that's got you.
Don't push your luck.
Maybe I haven't lived three-
hundred years. But I know about
loneliness. The kind that's
inside you, even when you're
surrounded by people.
And you're here to save me from
this terrible fate.
We can save each other.
is taken by her frankness.
Jesse it's not what you think.
But now Jesse smiles, knowing that he has given in...
Not at all. It's like possessing
great talent, like a genius for
music or art -- and yet you can
never really share it with anyone.
Show me. Show me what it's like
to be you.
admiring her courage, admiring the way she looks into his eyes. He wraps his
arms around her.
All right. This may be a little
painful for a mortal -- you're
still attached to your skin.
I don't care.
Do you trust me?
Close your eyes. Don't breathe.
eyes closed, Jesse holds one deep, hesitant breath and...
Flash -- with preternatural speed Lestat and Jesse whisk thorough the night, flashing past trees and houses -- down roads...
Opening her eyes for a moment Jesse watches the world whiz past her at incredible speed and suddenly --
They stop on a dime.
Jesse gasps, catching her breath to find herself at Hollywood's highest peak overlooking the city laying out before her like a glimmering blanket.
EXT. GRIFFITH OBSERVATORY - NIGHT
Looking out over the observatory's ledge, Jesse can't believe what's just happened. She laughs intoxicated by the experience.
Do that again.
impressed by her bravado. He comes up behind her -- leaning close to her neck.
Don't move. Don't turn.
into her neck and then slides down it, past her back and waist. Jesse shudders
with a rush of desire, when suddenly...
She rises off the ground.
Looking down she sees...
Lestat lifting her up by her foot with...
What are you doing now?
Helping you see the view better.
Jesse even farther up and...
Over the precipice as she literally stands in mid-air...
Balanced on Lestat's finger.
Do you still trust me?
herself as she looks at the death-drop below.
How's the view?
I can't see you.
nerves she turns her foot around on Lestat's finger to face him.
Lestat gets slightly unnerved at her daring and keeps her balanced with all his skill until finally...
Jesse faces him full-on, still balancing on his finger.
There. That's much better.
her back down.
They both look at each other deeply.
Lestat wants to kiss her.
Jesse knows he does, moves closer...
Lestat hesitates, a little perturbed by her willingness...
Closing his eyes, his lips hover close to her skin...
I know you want me. I can feel
There is still trouble for me... I can't protect you.
I can look after myself.
I want you.
You want the dark gift.
If that's what it takes. I don't
care. For the first time in my
life I know where I belong.
You still have no idea...
flash in anger.
She move into his arms. Lestat doesn't move. Allows himself to be embraced.
You're a killer, but it's in your
nature. You need blood to
No, it's not the blood, although
the taste is so rich and sweet...
It's the taking of the life that
feels so good. You feel the heart
strain and weaken. It struggles
even though there is no hope.
her eyes, lost in the gentle rhythm of his voice.
You feel the life slipping away,
the flicker of those brief years.
The taste of mortality you can no
longer experience. There is such
courage and innocence in that
moment, it always touches me...
him on the lips.
Please, give it to me. Let me be
her, begins to melt.
I can smell your blood.
Uh huh... Do you like it?
out a desperate cry and throws her backwards sprawling on the ground. He looms
over her, angry.
You want to be with me? All right
EXT. GRIFFITH PARK - NIGHT
Lestat and Jesse quietly move among the trees. Lestat stops on a dime -- senses tuned. Jesse gasps.
He looks into
Jesse is about to speak when Lestat raises his finger to her lips and points at...
A couple of lovers moving across the meadow. They sit on a park bench. The woman giggles drunkenly.
Jesse watches and gasps as she realises... the male lover is a vampire.
Lestat moves forward. Jesse gingerly follows.
Taking his lover in his arms the vampire begins to bite her neck...
Lestat looks over at Jesse who watches, fascinated and disturbed.
The vampire senses another's presence -- stops and turns to reveal his vampire eyes shining in the dark.
Lestat steps into the halo of a street lamp and hisses.
Sensing Lestat's power, the vampire hisses and instantly... the vampire is gone.
Jesse turns to Lestat but he has disappeared, too. Spinning around again she sees...
Lestat hovering over the mortal woman who is still in a swoon. Checking to see that the vampire is gones, Jesse moves closer to the bench.
Is she alright?
up to her face revealing his blood-stained lips.
Come here, Jesse... I'll show you
how it's done.
reflexively looks away.
A beat as he marks her reaction.
What are you waiting for?
Jesse tries to
be brave, but she can't help herself.
This is what you want, isn't it?
This is what you begged me for.
expression turns cold as ice -- he arches his back like a great cat and goes in
for the kill. The woman's body convulses...
Jesse watches in horror as...
... the woman's hands clutch at Lestat, her back stiffens... finally her legs relax in an obscene parady of orgasm.
Jesse gasps, backs away. Lestat finishes and, wiping his mouth, approaches Jesse.
Do you still want the dark gift?
apart, wanting to move closer but stuck.
his head, nods his acceptance. There's a great sadness between these two lovers
-- stranded from each other by this insurmountable divide.