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Charmed Reloaded
5.14 Romani and Juliet

[Scene: The woods at night. A teenage girl in a white dress is in a small clearing. She nervously plays with her hair. She hears something and turns around, someone places a hand on her shoulder and she screams. She turns and it is revealed to be a teenage boy.]

Boy: Janelle, it’s me.

Janelle: (relieved) Rodrick, you scared me.

Rodrick: I’m sorry. (They kiss.) Were you followed?

Janelle: I don’t think so. I snuck out when everyone went to sleep.

Rodrick: Are you sure about this?

Janelle: (determined) Yes, I won’t let them keep us apart. I love you.

Rodrick: I love you too. (They smile.) Okay, let’s go.

(They join hands and start running. Suddenly a figure steps out from behind a tree and blocks her path.)

Janelle: (panicked) Oh no.

(They look around and see more figures getting out from behind the trees until they are surrounded.)

Janelle: (tearfully) Just leave me alone!

(One of the figures steps forward and removes her hood. It is Ava Nicolae. The Waffediyok is hanging around her neck.)

Ava: I’m sorry, Janelle. But I cannot let you do this.

Janelle: I love him. Why can’t you accept that?

Ava: He is wrong for you, Janelle. When your parents died, the tribe promised to look after you. We cannot let you make this mistake.

Rodrick: She has made her choice. We want to be together.

Ava: Be silent. You have no say in this. This is a tribe matter.

Janelle: I don’t want to be a part of this stupid tribe anymore.

Ava: You are only sixteen. You would throw your life away? Your family?

Janelle: (bitterly) You’re not my family. I’m leaving.

Ava: No, you’re not.

Rodrick: (angrily) She is coming with me!

(Rodrick steps forward and an athame appears in his hand in a glow. Ava looks up and her eyes flash green. She fires bolts of green energy from her eyes and hits Rodrick in the shoulder. He cries and falls down. Janelle screams and kneels down next to him.)

Janelle: (devastated as she looks at Ava) How can you be so cruel?!

Ava: It is for the best. Take her.

(The other gypsies grab Janelle. They drag her away kicking and screaming. Rodrick crawls back and grasps his burnt shoulder.)

Ava: She will never be yours. Leave this tribe along, you foul creature.

Rodrick: (smirking) But we love each other. You can’t keep her from me.

(Ava fires energy bolts, but the boy disappears in the blink of an eye. Ava sighs and follows the tribe members. As she walks away, Rodrick appears behind a tree and his face morphs into a monstrous form.)

[End Scene]

[Scene: The gypsy camp. Paige and Evan arrive after a date, laughing and holding hands. They stop by a campfire and kiss.]

Paige: I can’t believe you moved back here.

Evan: It’s just temporary. Now that my sister has decided to take aunt Lydia’s place as keeper, she wants to open a free clinic here. I’m just here to build it.

Paige: So you’re not back with the tribe?

Evan: This place will always be a part of me, but no. So are you staying the night?

Paige: I guess it is sort-of romantic here…

(They kiss, but stop when they hear noise. A group of gypsies comes out of the forest dragging Janelle. Ava is walking behind them. Janelle is screaming.)

Paige: (shocked) What is going on?

Evan: (frowning) I don’t know, but I’m sure Ava can handle it.

Paige: She’s not the one I’m worried about.

Evan: Her name is Janelle, she lost her parents last year. She is going through a difficult time.

(The gypsies take Janelle into one of the trailers. Ava looks at Evan and Paige with a worried look before heading inside.)

Evan: Perhaps tonight is not a good night.

Paige: What about that girl?

Evan: It’s best not to get involved, Paige. You should go home. Don’t worry, the tribe always looks after its own.

(Paige looks conflicted at the trailer.)

[End Scene]

-Opening Credits-

[Scene: Halliwell Manor at morning. Paige is sitting at the breakfast table with Phoebe and Leo. She is telling them about the previous night.]

Paige: The entire thing was so weird, creepy even. I barely slept.

Phoebe: What did Evan say?

Paige: He said not to worry. But I can’t help it.

Phoebe: Look, I’m sure Ava and Evan won’t let a young girl get hurt.

Paige: Of course not. But that girl… She clearly did not want to be there. It almost felt like a cult.

Leo: Paige, I think you need to remember that the gypsies have their own culture. We might not always understand what is going on there. You said that girl was orphaned, right?

Paige: Right.

Leo: So the tribe is the closest thing she still has to a family. I am sure that whatever is going on, it’s in her best interest.

Paige: (doubtfully) Or what the tribe thinks is her best interest.

Phoebe: Sweetie, if it makes you feel better, we can stop by today and talk to Ava. I’m sure there is a reasonable explanation.

Paige: (with a faint smile) Thanks.

(At that moment, Piper comes down the stairs while on the phone. She is arguing with someone while having a baby phone in her hand.)

Piper: No, the band can’t cancel at the last minute. We need music! (pauses) Well, I don’t care they got another gig. (pauses) What? Suddenly P3 is not good enough? (pauses) You know what, screw you!

(Piper hands up and drops the phone on the tale. She sighs.)

Leo: Everything okay?

Piper: (glaring) No, the band cancelled. How am I supposed to get a new band before tonight?

Phoebe: Why did they cancel?

Piper: They got an offer to play at another, hotter club.

Paige: What? P3 is like the hottest place in the city.

Piper: (sighs) Apparently, not anymore. We’re in a slump. (The babies start crying through the baby phone.) Not again.

Leo: (frowning) Are you okay?

Piper: I guess I never realized how difficult it would be. I feel like I’m juggling three careers here, mom, club owner and witch.

Leo: It’s natural to go through an adjustment period. You just became a mother. It is going to take some time before…

Piper: (annoyed) Don’t Whitelighter me, Leo. Just help.

Leo: I wish I could, but I am meeting a charge. Sorry.

(Before Piper can argue, Leo orbs out. Piper lets out a frustrated scream and heads upstairs.)

Paige: I’m not having kids anytime soon.

Phoebe: Good call.

[End Scene]

[Scene: The Gypsy Camp. Ava is surrounded by other, older Gypsies, talking in a foreign language. Evan arrives and frowns. Ava excuses herself and they take some distance.]

Evan: (concerned) What is going on?

Ava: The tribe is concerned. I am trying to stop them from doing anything drastic.

Evan: Is this about Janelle? So what if she has a crush?

Ava: (frowns) You think this is just about a crush? She is endangering herself and the tribe. I am doing everything I can, but my position is still weak. I haven’t earned their respect yet.

Evan: Tell me what is going on.

Ava: You don’t want to get involved.

(Ava heads back and Evan reluctantly walks away.)

[Scene: Janelle’s room. Janelle is standing by the window. There is a guard just outside. She lies down on her bed and softly cries. Rodrick suddenly appears in her mirror.]

Rodrick: Janelle.

Janelle: (Surprised as she notices him.) How are you doing this? I thought they cast a barrier spell to keep you out.

(Janelle walks to her mirror and sits down.)

Rodrick: It’s a little trick I picked up, I’m not physically here, to their spell is useless.

Janelle: We have to keep it down. I’m being watched.

Rodrick: I just needed to see you. I miss you.

Janelle: I miss you too. I hate my tribe.

Rodrick: They just don’t understand the love we share.

Janelle: (angrily) They treat me like a child. I just want to be with you.

Rodrick: They won’t let us. They fear me because of what I am, a warlock.

Janelle: Just because you were born a warlock, doesn’t mean you’re evil. And I know you’d never hurt me.

Rodrick: But they will never believe that. They will do whatever they can to keep us apart. They will keep us apart unless we do something.

Janelle: (confused) Like what?

Rodrick: I can’t turn you against your family.

Janelle: They’re not my family. You are more important to me. I’ll do whatever it takes.

(Rodrick smiles.)

[End Scene]

[Scene: The Gypsy camp. Paige and Phoebe arrive and meet Ava.]

Ava: Paige, Phoebe. Good to see you again.

Phoebe: You too, Ava. Looks like you’re settling in nicely.

Ava: Well, it has not been easy. I’ve spent so much time running from all of this.

Paige: What changed your mind?

Ava: My aunt. She raised and loved us. She dedicated her life to the tribe, so I want to honor her. It just took me some time to realize that.

Phoebe: So is the tribe accepting you?

Ava: It has been a struggle. I am trying to get us to the twenty-first century, but most of the tribe still clings to the old ways.

Paige: Like with the clinic.

Ava: (smiling) Exactly. But let’s get to the real reason you’re here. I know you saw what happened last night.

Paige: I’m sorry. I’m just worried.

Ava: You don’t need to apologize. I feel the same.

Phoebe: What is going on?

Ava: (sighs) Janelle is sixteen. After her parents died, she came into the care of the tribe. It is part of our traditions to take care of our own.

Paige: Does she not want to be here?

Ava: She used to, but she has changed. The death of her parents affected her greatly, then she met Rodrick.

Phoebe: (smiling) Oh, boy trouble. We should have known.

Ava: I wish it were that simple. Rodrick is not just a boy. He is a warlock.

Paige: Oh my god.

Ava: Exactly. Now you can understand why the tribe is concerned.

Paige: A warlock. Does that mean he was once a witch who turned evil?

Phoebe: Not always. There are many types of warlocks. Some are witches turned evil, others are just born that way.

Ava: Either way, we believe this warlock is after the powers of our tribe.

Paige: And you think he’s using Janelle to get close.

(Ava nods.)

Phoebe: What do you intend to do?

Ava: I don’t know. It’s not just Janelle, I have to deal with the tribe elders as well. How this is handled will affect the entire tribe. If they reject me as keeper, all my work will have been in vain.

Phoebe: Look, I understand this is difficult, and I’m sure I don’t understand all of it, but we’re talking about a young girl here. Shouldn’t she come first?

Ava: (after considering her words) Of course. Perhaps you will have more luck talking to her.

[End Scene]

[Scene: P3. Piper is sitting at the bar while rocking the baby carriage back and forth. She is on the phone. Employees are moving boxes in the back.]

Piper: Come on, Jason. Please tell me you have something for me. I need a band.

Voice: (on the phone) Sorry, Piper, but getting a band this late is nearly impossible.

Piper: Just give me something, they don’t even need to be good. I can’t run a club with an empty stage.

Voice: (on the phone) There is nothing I can do for you. I have to go.

Piper: (annoyed) Fine.

(Piper hangs up and lets out a frustrated cry before dropping her head on the bar. The noise causes the babies to start crying.)

Piper: (desperate) No, not again, please.

(Leo comes walking down the stairs and sees Piper obsessively trying to stop their kids from crying.)

Leo: Honey, what is going on?

Piper: (as she looks up.) I can’t do this, Leo. It’s too much. I feel like I’m going insane. It is all falling apart.

Leo: Because you can’t book a band?

Piper: (annoyed) Not just that. Because I can’t manage to keep my club successful or stop my children from crying. Maybe I’m just not cut out for motherhood.

Leo: Don’t be crazy. You’re an amazing mother and a businesswoman.

Piper: Well, try telling that to my band manager, or my customers, or Melinda and Chris!

(Piper becomes upset and Leo hugs her.)

Leo: It’s okay. I know it’s a lot to deal with. I’ll talk to the Elders, see if I can get some paternity leave or something.

Piper: No, what if your charges need you?

Leo: You need me right now, Piper. You and our kids are the most important thing to me. Besides, I’m not the only Whitelighter out there. My charges can be reassigned.

Piper: You would do that for me?

Leo: Of course. Now how about I take the kids and you go book an amazing band?

Piper: Okay.

(They kiss and Leo takes over the carriage. Piper picks up the phone.)

[End Scene]

[Scene: The Gypsy camp. Evan is there constructing Ava’s clinic. Paige walks up to him. She takes notice of his butt in jeans as he heads up a ladder and smiles.]

Paige: Looking good.

Evan: (as he looks around.) Paige, hi. You mean the clinic?

Paige: That too.

Evan: (smiling) So what brings you by?

Paige: Phoebe and I had a little chat with Ava.

Evan: You mean about Janelle?

Paige: Yeah, looks like I was wrong. I totally misread the situation.

Evan: (confused) What do you mean?

Paige: (hesitantly) Oh, nothing. I mean…

Evan: Hold on, did you think the tribe would hurt Janelle?

Paige: (reluctantly) I didn’t know what to think. You have to admit it looked pretty bad.

Evan: (disappointed) I can’t believe this, Paige. You actually think me or my sister would be involved in something like that?

Paige: I’m sorry. I just didn’t know what was going on.

Evan: So you jump to the conclusion that we’re doing something bad? I know you don’t understand many of our ways, but…

Paige: (interrupts him) Our ways? I thought you wanted nothing to do with it.

Evan: They are still my people, Paige. My sister. If you think this poorly of them, what does that say about how you think about us?

Paige: Wait, what? Why are you making this about us?

Evan: (frustrated) How can I not? God, this is exactly the reason I want nothing to do with this.

(Evan gets upset and walks away. Paige calls after him, though he ignores her.)

[End Scene]

[Scene: Janelle’s room. Janelle is sitting by the window. There is a knock on the door. She angrily throws a small box at the door.]

Janelle: (screaming) Leave me alone!

(Phoebe enters and notices the box. She picks it up. It has the Waffediyok carved in it.)

Janelle: Who are you?

Phoebe: My name is Phoebe Halliwell. I came to talk to you.

Janelle: What are you, some kind of shrink?

Phoebe: No, I’m just here as a friend. I’m a witch.

Janelle: Wait, you’re one of the Charmed Ones.

Phoebe: (smiling) You heard about us?

Janelle: Of course. Everyone knows how you helped stop the Wolfmen. Why are you here? (Suddenly she panics) No, you can’t vanquish Rodrick. I love him.

Phoebe: (holds her hands up.) Relax, Janelle. I’m just here to talk. Can I sit down?

Janelle: I guess.

Phoebe: (as she sits down) I know things must be difficult for you. Loving a boy that everyone thinks is bad for you.

Janelle: He is not evil. Everyone says he is, but he’s not.

Phoebe: Why don’t you tell me a little about him? When did you meet?

Janelle: We met a few months ago. I was walking in the forest because I was sad about my parents. He just showed up and we started talking. He understands me.

Phoebe: Where did he come from?

Janelle: He said that his parents were warlocks, but he hates them. They hurt people, so he ran away. He doesn’t want to be like them.

(Janelle gets up and walks to her nightstand. She picks up a strip of photos and hands it to Phoebe. They are pictures taken in a booth of Janelle and Rodrick.)

Phoebe: He looks really cute. I can see why you like him.

Janelle: So you don’t think I’m crazy, or stupid or silly?

Phoebe: (smiling) I think you’re in love. That makes everyone a bit silly. Your tribe is just concerned about you.

Janelle: I know he loves me too. He said so. You don’t know what it’s like.

Phoebe: But I do, Janelle. More than you realize. I was once in love as well. He too had evil inside him, and although we loved each other, we both wound up getting hurt.

Janelle: That is not going to happen to us.

Phoebe: I hope so.

(Phoebe smiles and touches Janelle’s arm. Suddenly, she is sucked into a premonition. She sees Janelle. Rodrick appears and his face morphs into a monstrous form. He holds an athame and Janelle screams. The premonition ends.)

Janelle: (scared) What happened?

[End Scene]

[Scene: P3. Piper is cleaning the bar when Paige appears in a swirl of orbs.]

Piper: Paige! You have to be more careful. I got people working here.

Paige: (as she sits down) Sorry, I needed a place to vent.

Piper: What happened?

Paige: Evan.

Piper: I thought things were going great between you.

Paige: So did I. Then we had this huge fight.

Piper: About what?

Paige: (sulking) His stupid tribe. He’s angry with me because I doubted them. But can you really blame me? I mean, they were dragging that girl against her will.

Piper: I see. Well, I get where you’re coming from, but I can also sort-of understand why he’s upset.

Paige: What?

Piper: Think about it, Paige. If you doubt his tribe, you doubt him and how he was raised. The tribe was his entire life growing up.

Paige: I never thought about it like that. Now I feel even worse. Thanks.

Piper: (smirking) You’re welcome.

Paige: (As she looks around.) So what is happening here?

Piper: Well, Leo offered to take the kids and I managed to book an amazing band last-minute.

Paige: Really?

Piper: Yeah, I sort-of had a breakdown this morning, but now things are actually looking up. I guess I just needed a little clarity.

Paige: Good thing you got Leo.

Piper: Tell me about it, he’s even taking some time off to help with the kids.

(Paige smiles as Piper pours them both a drink. At that moment, Paige’s phone rings. She checks it.)

Paige: It’s Phoebe.

[End Scene]

[Scene: The Gypsy camp. Paige and Piper arrive in a swirl of orbs and meet up with Phoebe and Ava.]

Paige: What is going on?

Phoebe: Well, the tribe was right to be worried. I just had a premonition about Rodrick attacking Janelle.

Paige: So he’s not the perfect boyfriend after all. How did she react?

Phoebe: She freaked out and kicked me out. I’m not sure she was willing to believe me. She loves him. And the fact that he might be dangerous only makes him more appealing.

Paige: All girls love bad boys.

Piper: So what now?

Ava: We have no choice. We have to vanquish the warlock before Janelle makes the biggest mistake of her life.

[End Scene]

[Scene: Janelle’s bedroom. She is crying on her bed. The image of Rodrick appears in the mirror. She gets up and wipes her tears.]

Rodrick: What happened?

Janelle: They’re all against us. They say you want to hurt me, hurt the tribe.

Rodrick: I would never do that. You know I love you.

Janelle: Why won’t they understand?

Rodrick: They are too stuck in their ways. Remember what we talked about? (Janelle nods) I think it’s time.

Janelle: Is there no other way?

Rodrick: Not if you want to be with me. You do want that, right?

Janelle: Of course.

(Rodrick smiles and disappears. Janelle picks up her wooden box and retrieves some herbs, which she crushes in her hand. She walks to the door and opens it. When the guard turns around, she blows in her palm and a cloud of spores is releases. The guard is knocked unconscious. Janelle walks past him.)

[End Scene]

[Scene: Halliwell Manor, the attic. Leo is standing by the Book of Shadows while on the phone. The babies are in their carriage.]

Leo: You’re right, Piper. Rodrick is in the book, but he is not as innocent as he claims. Apparently, he has been performing the same trick for decades, ever since killing his first girlfriend. He seduces young girls and uses them to take the powers of their families or tribes.

Piper: (through the phone) Thanks honey.

[Cut to Piper. She hangs up the phone and turns to her sisters and Ava. They are in a trailer. Ava is making a potion with the help of an old book. Piper looks at some ingredients on a shelf with a frown.]

Piper: These are some pretty dark ingredients.

Ava: Gypsy magic is not the same as yours. We don’t think in terms of good and evil, more in…

Piper: (skeptical) Vengeance?

Ava: (determined) Justice. This potion should allow us to get rid of Rodrick.

(The door opens and Evan comes in.)

Evan: Paige, can we talk?

Paige: Now is not a good time.

(At that moment, the guard from Janelle’s room comes running in.)

Guard: Ava, she’s gone.

Ava: (worried) Oh no.

Phoebe: What about the barrier?

Ava: That only keeps him out. As long as it’s still active at least. Go, find her. I’ll finish the potion.

(The sisters nod and head out. Evan follows while the guard remains.)

[End Scene]

[Scene: The Gypsy Camp, evening. Janelle walks to the edge of the camp. She pulls a small blade form her belt and puts her hand. She chants something in a foreign language. A barrier becomes visible and shatters. Rodrick appears in a blink.)

Rodrick: (smiling) I knew you could do it.

Janelle: What now?

Rodrick: I need the Waffediyok.

Janelle: (confused) What? Why?

Rodrick: As long as he tribe has power, they won’t give up. We won’t be able to be together.

Janelle: Okay.

(They join hands and start running. When they come across the Charmed Ones and Evan, Rodrick flings his arm and they are thrown off their feet. Paige hits her head.)

Phoebe: (as she gets up) Janelle, wait!

Piper: Paige!

Evan: I got her.

(Phoebe and Piper run after Janelle, while Evan kneels down next to Paige.)

Paige: I’m sorry.

Evan: Don’t worry about that now.

(He lifts her up.)

[End Scene]

[Scene: Ava’s trailer. Ava steps out with the guard. However, he is flung against the trailer and knocked out. Ava turns and sees Rodrick and Janelle.]

Ava: Janelle, what are you doing?

Rodrick: She’s with me now. You can’t keep us apart.

Ava: Janelle, listen to me. He is not what he claims to be. He is evil.

Janelle: No, he’s not. He is only doing this so we can be together. Give us the Waffediyok.

Ava: I can’t do that.

Rodrick: Fine.

(Rodrick disappears in a blink and reappears behind Ava. An athame appears in his hand, which he brings to her throat. His face morphs and Janelle screams.)

Janelle: Rodrick! What are you doing? You said nobody would get hurt!

Rodrick: (smirking) Stupid girl. You honestly thought I cared about you?

Janelle: (tearfully) What?

Rodrick: Wake up, I was only using you. You’re were easy. (Janelle starts to cry.) Now I shall take what I came for.

(Rodrick grabs the Waffediyok and prepares to cut Ava’s throat. At that moment, Piper and Phoebe come running and Piper throws up her hands. Rodrick freezes. Ava moves away from him as Phoebe comforts Janelle.)

Janelle: (crying) He lied to me!

Phoebe: I know, sweetie.

Ava: And now it is time to pay him back for that. (Ava walks up to Janelle and presses a potion bottle in her hands.) You know what to do. For the tribe and yourself.

(Janelle nods and wipes her tears. She turns to Rodrick and throws the potion at his feet. At that moment, Evan and Paige arrive. Rodrick unfreezes and becomes surrounded in smoke.)

Rodrick: What did you do?

Janelle: (bitterly) You shall never trick a girl again.

(Rodrick looks at his hands and sees them become old and frail. He screams as his face becomes that of an old man and his hair turns white and falls out. He falls to the ground. The sisters and Evan all look disturbed.)

Janelle: Now you’re weak and old, cursed for your sins.

Rodrick: (weakly) Please.

Janelle: No, this shall be your fate.

Piper: I don’t think so.

(Piper flicks her hands and Rodrick combusts in flames and ashes. Janelle turns to her angrily.)

Janelle: (shocked) What did you do?

Piper: What needed to be done.

Janelle: He deserved to suffer.

Ava: Janelle, Piper is right. It is better this way. (As she looks at the sisters) It seems that it’s not just the tribe who still needs to learn.

(Ava embraces Janelle and they walk away. Piper and Phoebe are getting ready to leave. Paige and Evan exchange a look and Paige joins her sisters. They orb away.)

[End Scene]

[Scene: P3, later that night. The sisters are sitting in their favorite booth while the band is playing. The crowd is going wild.]

Phoebe: Piper, this is amazing. How did you manage to pull it off?

Piper: I still have some connections left. And I had some help from my wonderful husband, who is home with the kids as we speak.

Phoebe: Well, you deserve a night out.

Piper: I’ll toast to that.

(The sisters smile and click their glasses. Paige notices Evan entering. She puts her glass down and gets up.)

Phoebe: Where are you going?

Paige: I got someone to talk to.

(Paige walks over to Evan at the bar. He smiles when he sees her.)

Evan: Hey. (Paige wants to say something, but he stops her.) Wait, just let me say something first. I know I was angry with you, but the tribe is… complicated to say the least. It will take time for them to adjust. I just want to know that I’m not like that.

Paige: I know that. And how I feel about the tribe has nothing to do with how I feel about you. I know you’re a good man.

Evan: I love you.

Paige: (smiling) I love you too.

(They kiss. Piper and Phoebe smile as they look on from a distance as the screen fades to black.)

[End Scene]

End Episode.