The Great Quest

A dramatic feature film based on the true life of Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha

8. King Barisampa

SIDDHARTHA
I've thought of stopping my quest.
KING BARISAMPA
It was noble, you gave it a good try.
SIDDHARTHA
I will join you on one condition.
KING BARISAMPA
Name it, it's yours.
SIDDHARTHA
Guarantee you will never become old, injured or ill.
KING BARISAMPA
You're jesting?
SIDDHARTHA
Since you can't guarantee that, I will give you another condition.
KING BARISAMPA
It's got to be easier.
SIDDHARTHA
Guarantee you will never die.
King Barisampa bows.
KING BARISAMPA
Good luck, Siddhartha. Your quest is greater than ruling the world, nobler than my Priest's wishes. May the gods be with you.
His Priest and some soldiers ride up, watch. Barisampa rises, walks past the stump to his horse.
BARISAMPA'S PRIEST
Sire, you forgot your sword and dagger.
Barisampa's eyes lock on his weapons of death. He mounts his horse, turns back to Siddhartha.
KING BARISAMPA
Thank you, Siddhartha.
King Barisampa rides away. His soldiers follow him.
BARISAMPA'S PRIEST
Sire! Sire, what are you doing?
King Barisampa pays no heed. The Priest's eyes widen. He dismounts, charges at Siddhartha.
BARISAMPA'S PRIEST
Who are you - you scum wanderer?
SIDDHARTHA
I know who I am, Priest. It is you who does not know who you are.
Siddhartha walks off.
BARISAMPA'S PRIEST
Stop, you.
Siddhartha keeps walking.
BARISAMPA'S PRIEST
Stop him, stop him!
The Priest whirls around but the soldiers are gone with King Barisampa. Wide eyed, he screams at Siddhartha.
BARISAMPA'S PRIEST
You can't walk away from me!