SESSION #26 - THE REAL FOLK BLUES (PART II)
The cemetery. Julia is pointing her gun at Spike.
JULIA: It was raining that day as well...
SPIKE: You didn't come because of the rain?
JULIA: I was supposed to kill you. That day if I had killed you I would have been free.
SPIKE: So why didn't you? Why did you choose to be pursued?
JULIA: Why did you love me?
Julia puts down the gun and embraces Spike.
JULIA: Let's just run away somewhere. Truly escape from this world and go where no one else is... Just the two of us... (back to Asteroid Blues)
THE REAL FOLK BLUES (PART II)
The chamber. Lin enters to see the remains of the carnage. Vicious approaches Lin.
VICIOUS: What about him?
SHIN: He got away. All our men were defeated, we ran out of weapons and lost all means to -
VICIOUS: Why did you come back? Where is Julia?
SHIN: I don't know...
VICIOUS: Shin. Don't follow in Lin's footsteps. (ie, protecting Spike from Vicious)
The rainy streets of Mars. Julia and Spike ride in her red convertible.
SPIKE: Keep going, and pass the place.
SPIKE: Someone might have gotten here already.
They pass Annie's store and stop a block away from it.
SPIKE: Wait here.
Annie's store. Spike enters.
Annie is sitting on a bench, holding a bleeding wound, dying. She struggles to speak.
ANNIE: I told them that you weren't here. That you were already dead. I told them -
SPIKE: Don't talk.
ANNIE: Vicious killed off the elders, they said. Everyone has lost sense of where they want to be... Just like kites with no strings.
ANNIE: I see... you were able to meet Julia... I'm glad...
ANNIE: It's... rather chilly... today...
Annie slips away. Julia covers her with her coat.
Spike retrieves artillery from the back shelf.
JULIA: You don't need weapons like that just to run away...
Spike is silent.
JULIA: You're going to go... I'll go with you. Until the very end, I'll be with you.
SPIKE: I'm sorry. I'm gonna make a bit of a scene.
The Bebop. Downed somewhere barren on Mars.
JET: You sure are a lucky woman.
FAYE: Really. I came back just at the right time, and got involved in just the right way. I really am lucky.
JET: The Red Tail won't be mobile for a while.
FAYE: You're doing pretty well yourself... Getting the short end of the stick and all. He's probably not coming back, you know that? He might have been offed somewhere already.
JET: Maybe so. But, so what? Do you want me to go looking for him? You've got to be kidding! He went off to do away with his past!
FAYE: You made him go.
Jet grabs Faye by the collar of her outfit.
JET: My leg was shot, my ship is busted! Hell, yeah! He was nothing but trouble! Like I care!
Jet lets go. They turn away from each other. Both are silent for a moment.
JET: So what kind of a woman was Julia?
FAYE: A normal woman... A beautiful, dangerous but normal woman that you can't leave alone...
JET: I see.
FAYE: Like a devilish angel... or maybe an angelic devil...
The street. Julia's convertible explodes.
Annie's store. Gunfire enters from the outside. Spike shoots a thug and runs up the stairs to the roof.
SPIKE: This way!
Julia follows, turns and guns down another thug.
On the roof, Spike spots a thug on the roof of the neighboring building.
SPIKE: Get down!
Julia ducks. Spike kills the thug. Julia stands up. Another thug shoots her a split-second before Spike kills him. Julia falls.
Spike runs to Julia and holds her in his arms.
Julia speaks her final words to Spike. Spike turns his head up, looking deep into the rainy sky.
Laughing Bull's tent, somewhere on Mars.
JET: Where is Spike now?
BULL: All organisms... All beings with life all have their own stars. The moment a new life is born a new star is born and becomes the guardian star. This star we stand on is someone's guardian star as well. That red star, that blue star... When a life ends, the star falls, and disappears.
JET: Please don't say that.
BULL: Running Rock.
JET: Don't call me by such a name!
BULL: His star is about to fall.
JET: This is stupid. I can't believe it.
BULL: Do not fear death. Death is always at your side. When you show fear, it will spring at you faster than light. If you do not show fear, it will only gently look over you...
Annie's store. A thug presents Julia's coat to Vicious.
THUG: Sir Vicious, I found this. The woman's passport is inside it as well. Surely she cannot escape from this planet easily.
VICIOUS: A beast that has lost a place to go... He has nowhere to return to now. He will come.
The Bebop. Jet awakes from a nap on the couch and sees Spike.
JET: Spike, you...
SPIKE: Do you have anything to eat? I'm starving. (compare to BRAIN SCRATCH w/Faye)
Jet serves up a plate of bell peppers.
SPIKE: The food you cook tastes horrible, as usual.
JET: For that, you sure are eating a lot.
SPIKE: Hunger is the best spice, they say.
Spike finishes the meal.
SPIKE: Do you know a story that goes like this? There once was a tiger- striped cat. This cat died a million deaths and was reborn a million times and was owned by various people who he didn't care for. The cat wasn't afraid to die... One day, the cat was a free cat, a stray cat. He met a white female cat, and the two cats spent their days happily together. Years passed, and the white cat died of old age. The tiger-striped cat cried a million times, and then died. It never came back to life...
JET: That's a good story...
SPIKE: I hate that story. I hate cats.
JET: That's what I thought.
The two laugh for a good while. Spike gets up and begins to walk away.
JET: Spike. Can I ask you one thing?
JET: Is it for the woman?
SPIKE: There is nothing I can do for a dead woman.
Spike continues into the hallway. Faye points a gun at his head. (compare to scene w/Julia)
FAYE: Where are you going? Why are you going? You told me once... that the past didn't matter... You're the one who's tied to their past!
Spike leans close to Faye and stares straight into her eyes.
SPIKE: Look at these eyes. One of them is a fake, because I lost it in an accident. Since then, I have been seeing the past in one eye, and the present in the other. I had believed that what I saw was not all of reality...
FAYE: Don't tell me things like that... You never told me anything about yourself! Don't tell me stuff like that now!
SPIKE: I thought I was watching a dream that I would never awaken from. Before I knew it, the dream was all over.
Spike continues to walk away.
FAYE: My... memory came back.
FAYE: But... nothing good came out of it. There was no place for me to return to... This was the only place I could go back to! But now... Where are you going?! Why do you have to go?! Are you telling me you're going to just throw your life away?!
SPIKE: I'm not going there to die. I'm going there to see if I really am alive.
Spike walks away. Faye fires all of her rounds into the air.
Mars. Red Dragon Headquarters. Spike enters and kills thugs left and right. He rides the elevator as far as he could. Facing off against one thug, he is shot in the gut. An elevator door opens and he spots Shin.
SPIKE: Shin! Where's Vicious?
SHIN: On the top floor. This way.
Shin leads him up. They turn a corner and Shin is shot by a thug.
Spike kills the thug and goes to Shin.
SHIN: Please defeat... Vicious... Actually... I wanted you to come back...
Spike runs into the main chamber. He opens the door and the room explodes, revealing the night sky. Vicious steps down from a large stairway.
VICIOUS: So you are finally awake. I told you before, Spike... that I am the only one who can kill you.
SPIKE: I'll return those words back to you, Vicious.
VICIOUS: Eitherway, we were destined to end up like this.
Spike runs up the stairway and the two clash weapons. Vicious cuts Spike twice and Spike shoots his katana out of his hand. Spike puts his hand on the katana and Vicious puts his hand on the gun.
SPIKE: Julia passed away... Let's end it all.
VICIOUS: If that's your wish.
They exchange weapons. At the same time Spike shoots Vicious in the chest and Vicious slashes Spike in the gut. Vicious falls. Blood spills from Spike's gut. He looks up into the brightening and recalls. Julia's final words.
JULIA: This is... a dream...
SPIKE: Yeah... Just a bad dream...
It is morning. Spike, clutching his bleeding gut, descends the stairway to meets a legion of confused, baffled and surprised syndicate members. Spike smiles and points his index finger at them.
YOU'RE GONNA CARRY THAT WEIGHT.
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