The Great Quest

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

9. Siddhartha / Ruchi / Mara

EXT. ROAD - DAY
Siddhartha strides along, determined. Ruchi appears, matches pace with Siddhartha. A storm brews.
RUCHI
In a hurry?
Siddhartha keeps walking.
RUCHI
I'm beginning to feel that I'm wasting my time trying to help you.
SIDDHARTHA
You haven't been helping me. You're trying to get me to give up my quest and go back to the Palace.
RUCHI
Maybe the help I'm offering you isn't what you think you want.
Siddhartha stays quiet.
RUCHI
You're the one who needs help, not me.
Siddhartha halts.
SIDDHARTHA
I need help? I defeated King Barisampa's priest without your help. And you didn't even want me to.
RUCHI
I believe you're getting a bit --
SIDDHARTHA
A bit wiser.
RUCHI
I would put it a different way.
Siddhartha strides off. Ruchi stays, hand on hips. A light rain falls.
SIDDHARTHA
Because you're Mara.
RUCHI
Oh, so now who's going mad, like that dog-man? I gave you more credit for brains.
Siddhartha stops, turns back, points his finger at Ruchi.
SIDDHARTHA
Prove to me you're not Mara.
RUCHI
Siddhartha, your doubt is twisting your mind. Did you think I was helping you just to become a raging idiot!
SIDDHARTHA
Prove it!
Lightning rips across the sky with a huge thunder roll.
MARA  (O.S.)
How can he be me?
Siddhartha spins around. Nothing. A glow. Shimmering in the mist, Mara manifests, his face hard.