[My hometown is a village in Wales. It was a small village named Taliesin near a riverbank. When I was born, I was loved by everyone in the village. In a village that was not blessed by a childbirth for a long time, a long awaited child was born.
Zlato - a "treasure".
That was the name given to me.
But I couldn't fulfill the expectations given by such a name.
Between life and death. At any time, all that is left to me is to survive.
A girl that attracts death and ghosts.
This is me, Koudelka Iasant.]
Koudelka. Night one: Between Life and Death.
Where are you?
Koudelka. There you are, Koudelka.
[Sounds of a scuffle are heard]
*Sobbing* M-Mama, why!?
Cursed child! You!
No! I-...Mama, stop!
It was nice that you were born. It'd be nicer still if you died!
[Koudelka awakes with a start. It was a dream. The wheels of a moving cart are heard.]
Hey, miss! What happened? Did you have a nightmare?
No...It was nothing.
You sure? Seemed like you were having a real bad dream.
Honestly, it was nothing.
[The cart abruptly halts.]
Sorry, I can only go this far. If we keep going this way, the only thing we'll reach before nightfall is a ruined village.
Ruins? That's perfect.
You don't care? Don't you know? "They" appear there.
No, far more distrubing. Ghosts.
That's what people say. That's why, don't get me wrong, you'd better avoid that too. All right?
Thanks for the ride.
[Koudelka hops off the cart.]
Hey! Hey, wait! ...Well, it's not any of my concern from now on.
[That night I stayed in a shed in the village I arrived at. The darkness of the night is the world where I live.
A world colored by the shadows of death is the most familiar to me. But it's the world I hate the most.]
Go away! Go away!
[I see her. She first appeared before me a few months back. A ghost of the woman that tries to tell me something. All I know about her
is that her name is Elaine, that's all.]
What? What do you want from me?
Help you? I'm sorry, but there's no one here who could help you.
What do you want? Do you think I can do something? You. Are. Dead. So go to heaven or hell, already!
I can't...Save me...Only you...me...Patri...
Stop it! I can't do anything! I'm not the one ghosts like you should be talking to.
Don't come near me!
Go away! Why!? Why me? Even though I can't do anything.
[Elaine fades away. But Koudelka hears the sound of movement.]
Who is it? I know you're there. Who are you?
Don't be mad" I'm going away already.
A girl? Why are you in a place like this? Don't be scared. I won't hurt you.
...Who are you, lady?*
My name is Koudelka.
Unusual name. Are you foreign?
Not really. I am traveling though. From far away.
Really? I'm Alicia.
Say, what are you doing out here? Where's your home?
My house is nearby. Here is my secret playground.
Here? But this place is a...
Actually, my mom and dad know about it. You know, I made my dad angry and hid here, and then mom came out and said: "He's not mad anymore, you can come back". Where are your mom and dad?
You don't have them?
I do, but they're very, very far away.
Hmmmm ... So, what kind of people they are?
My mom and dad, they were very kind. I loved them dearly, but...
[Koudelka has a flashback.]
If only you hadn't been born...you...
What is it?
It's nothing. That's right. Where are your parents? Being out so late in a place like this... Aren't they worried?
No. Mom and dad said to "Wait here".
Yeah, dad decided to go to a place far away from here, to a place that people from this village don't know.
The villagers all hate me. They're all mean to me, even though I didn't do anything. They're mean to mom and dad too. Always making Mom cry. That's why we're gonna leave and go to a new place. That's why I've been waiting all this time. Because they promised they'll surely come for me. But... But they still haven't come. And then here... I was in flames...
It was hot - so hot... I heard mom and dad outside. They were both crying. I wanted to go to them. But...I couldn't move. And then flames were gone. And I waited. But... Mom and dad didn't come. And a long time since then, many people not from this village came here. But when they saw me, they went away.
Koudelka, Don't go away. Don't go away. Don't go away!
[A ghost. This child is a real ghost. But, when I noticed, it was already too late. The growing flames, as if they were alive, burning the shed around me.]
Gotta get outside! No, the flames! I'll die if I stay here. Die... That's right, I can die here. And go to the place where Mom and Dad are.
[Koudelka has a flashback. Villagers talk over one another.]
It can't be true. She foretold her father's death. This girl...
It was not a prophecy. This girl, this girl attracts death!
This is horrifying! The child is cursed!
We need to kill her! Right now!
I-I don't understand. A devil? Why? Why me!?
Mama! I... why me!?
It is the decision of the elders. We have to expel Koudelka from the tribe.
Expel her! Go away!
Never show yourself before us again!
W-why can't we all be together? I don't need these powers. I don't want these powers. Why? Why? Don't cast me out!
[9 years have passed since then. It's been so long. I've lived all that time. And that's not been a good thing at all. I'm so tired.]
This voice... Whose is it?
This girl doesn't know anything!
-doesn't know anything!
The memories of that girl?
Please! Someone! My child!
The child is cursed! We cannot let her get out!
She had powers others don't have. The villagers were scared and persecuted her. That's why they were going to run away. But, they couldn't. The villagers burned the shed where Alicia hid herself.
No! I can't do anything! I can only watch. I can't do anything. *Cries*
Don't leave me alone!
Don't leave me alone!
Please everyone, don't cast me away!
[The voice of child Koudelka briefly merges with Alicia]
Don't leave me alone!
It's me. This girl is me!
[I didn't think. I embraced that girl without thinking. I didn't even care that my body was burning.]
That's right. You wanted to live, right? With everyone? You didn't want all these powers, right?
Don't go away! I don't want to be alone!
You're not alone! You are not alone!
I'll always be with you! Dear God! Please, save this girl! I pray to you for the first time. God!
[Mystical sounds are heard before fading. The sound of flames also fades, leaving silence.]
Elaine!? Am I still alive? B-but I was in flames - And my body isn't burning anymore! Alicia?
She's no longer here. You saved her.
...saved her...With your power...
I did? I've saved Alicia? Did you know I could? Is that why you've appeared before me?
No-one else, but you...
And you are suffering like that too? No one else, but me?
No-one else, but you...
[The sunrise came. Elaine's shade disappeared in the morning light. And, around me, the shed was burnt down. As if it was so for ages. Tarnished by the years.]
[The sound of approaching cartwheels is heard]
Hey, Miss! So you are safe.
Why're you here?
I was worried, is all.
Thank you. But I'm all right. I did see a cute ghost though.
C-cute? So ghosts really are here?
I wonder...could you do me a favor? There's a place I want to go to.
Wait, yesterday you said to just go as far as I was.
I've just remembered something. Had a change of plans.
Hm, well whatever. Get on.
Where are we going?
[Wales. To the Nemeton monastery. The place where Elaine awaits. My goal. I don't know exactly what is waiting for me there, but I have no doubts anymore. Mama, I'm sorry, I won't join you justyet. There's a person waiting for me. Because now I know that my powers can save people.
[At that time, the door to death appeared before me. In some monastery in an unknown land, I was attacked by a monster. What a mess. I took the words of some criminal seriously and found myself in a place like this. For a man like me, it may be an orderly death. Although, in that moment, before my eyes appeared-]
An angel? I don't expect you to take me to heaven, but can you at pray for me at least?
Too bad. What? Pray for you?
[Having said this, the woman healed my wounds with a strange power. To judge her by her face, she's like an angel. But inside, far, far from that. A bitch that isn't likely to be friendly, I thought.
The people I met at the monastery, is the bitch that saved me, and the other is the obnoxious priest. We acted together only because we had the same goal. And there was another that we couldn't allow to join us.
His name is Alias, he said-]
Please, Father James! It wasn't me. Help!
As if we can trust you! A criminal!
I believe this guy. Thieves can be exceedingly honest, you know? Just gotta be careful.
We can't rely on that. Edward, you are one of these criminals-
Yeah. Criminals understand other criminals feelings.
D-do you forgive me? Thank you!
Just gotta be careful.
[Edward shoot Alias]
Why did y-!?
If our lives cease being threatened, then it’s a victory for God and all his glory, right? But if we go on letting him attack us, then the filthy godless pagans win. Which you would like to bet on?
Would you go to hell?
Good idea. That's my plan. Having no money an' all.
What a terrifying man...
Say whatever you like, it's pointless.
“Do all men kill the things they do not love.”
“Hate any man the things he would not kill.”
Shakespeare? You're smarter than you look...
You can say what you like.
[Many things have happened since then, and so we gradually uncovered the mystery of this monastery. And one woman, the one that guided Koudelka... The turning point was when we met her ghost.
It was the time the goals of the three people became one. And as for James-]
*Despairing* Elaine! Elaine! Why? Why!?
[Elaine was the wife of the owner of this monastery, Patrick Heyworth. She was killed by thieves, and is not in the world of the living any longer. I don't know what she was to him. But I understand only this: when she died, everything he cherished was gone.]
Please...Leave me alone for a while.
Koudelka, let's go.
[The pair wait outside while James grieves.]
What's he doing in there?
He's praying for Elaine...and for Patrick.
It's not like it's his grave.
It doesn't matter. They're here. The dead. Everyone.
Oh really? But I don't understand: why pray for him? You heard it: to resurrect Elaine, Patrick sacrificed dozens of people. People who had nothing to do with all this.
Patrick understood that he won't be forgiven. But he couldn't stop. He believed it was all for Elaine. Elaine wanted to save him. Maybe that's why she called me?
You're too kind! I think-
Yes. I thought you were a barbarian when you killed without hesitation. But then you cited Shakespeare and Byron. I thought you wanted treasure. But you don't look at these things. Who are you? What are you doing here?
I'm searching. What for is a secret. But, more importantly, I like it here. It's close to the world I desire.
The world you desire?
As a kid, I had dreams. To explore the wild west, unknown jungles. Glorious adventures! That's why I left home and wandered this land. But I got to know only one thing: the land of adventures is not anywhere in this country anymore. However, somehow, only here is different.
There's adventure here! Thrills! What makes a man! In the world I lived in before, I couldn't have a taste of that. Comparing to that boring place, its' pretty good here.
What's so funny?
*Stops laughing* The world you desired? Here? But it suits you. For you, who thinks nothing of a human life. You want some advice on how to stay here forever? Die!
[Koudelka continues to mock and admonish Edward in the background.]
[This voice that mocks me, I feel such sadness in it. It made me think she knows everything about this world, looks at it everyday and has come to know its many griefs and sorrows.]
-do yourself a favour; just die!
Come closer. Something's here.
What is it?
You feel it too?
[Monster growls are heard. Alias' voice periodically switches between normal and monsterous]
You! It can't be!
I-I don't understand! Am I alive!? My body hurts! It doesn't move! M-my body... Why? AAAAArgh! My hand! ......I remember! You...me?
His body's falling apart!
Yes! It was you!
I thought you gave up, but you became a monster!
[Koudelka begins to experience a psychic vision Edward shoots at Alias]
Argh! Shit! Shit!
I thought you gave up, but you're just a monster!
*Speaking with Alias' human voice* It's dark. Where am I? Cold...Someone-
[Edward tries to drag Koudelka away.]
Leave me and run!
At that time I understood. The glorious adventure that I imagined in my heart, a shining romance. When it becomes a reality, a bigger thing emerged to grasp my heart. It wasn't a dream or a hope. Fear. Yes, fear.
Just what it looks like; an execution chamber. No place for a sleeping beauty to wake up.
An execution chamber? The monster!? Where is it?
Don't shout! It'll find us. It's still here. And just what is it? My gun's no use. It's unlike any monster we've met before.
You know the history of this place, right? Before it became a monastery?
It was a prison, right?
Yeah. Where many people were executed. Not just them, but also the people Patrick killed. They've become spirits and are wandering here.
What do you mean?
You still don't get it? That monster is gathering the spirits. Within the voice of the monster, I could hear their cries of sorrow. I couldn't bear it.
So it's a bundle of grief and rage, right?
...I wonder how James is doing?
He's under God's protection. But now's not the time to worry about others. We're just waiting to be killed if we stay here. We need to do something.
It'll end the same way, anyway, if we stay in this monastery, soon or later...
So what? That's no joke. If we stay here, we'll die for sure! Aren't you afraid?
Afraid? What scares me most is this world. And regular people.
What do you mean? You live as you like. You have powers people don't have. I don't understand - I'm envious of such a life.
If you want this power, I'll give it to you any time! Because of this "power" this world is hell for me! Everyone, who came to know about this power, started to hate me. Even my own mom and dad. Many times I thought about just ending it to go where mom and dad are. ...But I knew. Even if I committed suicide, I'll still end up just wandering this world. There is no salvation for me! *Starts to cry*
Koudelka... [At that time, I understood finally why she is sorrowful. She has not only just seen the world of the dead. She couldn't stop seeing it. Even if the soul is in this world, it has no place to stay. For her, the power was only a burden.] Koudelka...
Don't touch me!
[Koudelka begins to experience another psychic vision Alias can be heard coming towards them.]
What? It can't be!
Leave without me!
Let's run. Together!
There you are!
You're late, monster.
Go! Leave me!
I'm not the sorta guy who leaves a girl behind!
Idiot! It's no time to play cool. You'll die for real!
[Edward shoots monster Alias until he runs out of bullet. Alias slams Edward into the wall and begins choking him.] can be heard coming towards them.]
*Choking* R-run, quick!
[Mystical sounds are heard.]
What's-? A light? Where...from?
[The underground room, where even the dimmest light didn't exist, was filled with a blinding light. When I was losing consciousness I saw a monster, out of power, and her form, giving a thoughtful prayer.]
I'm sorry. This is all I can do.
My body...is falling apart. But, this light...so soft...
[Alias vanishes, and the mystical sounds fade.]
...Do monsters go to heaven when they're purified?
...Am I on the other side? Because I'm looking at an angel.
Why didn't you run?
I wanted to show you my good side. Anyhow, did you do that?
I don't know. I just prayed without thinking.
Huh? A real angel. That's a handy thing to have. Too early to die yet.
[If the world is a gamble, my life before was full of losses. But now its different. This gamble is real; ahuge gamble. I'll make sure I win. I finally found what I really want to protect.]
Fifth Night: "Opposing the Lord, for a Moment..."Edit
The Émigré document: a forbidden document on the methods for immortality and resurrection.
Someone stole it from Vatican, and my goal was to return it.
But when I learnt who took it, one more goal appeared for me.
To meet once again with the past that I have abandoned. That I had to abandon.
The owner of the monastery, Patrick, my best friend. And his wife, Elaine, the woman I loved.
Please, James. Do not grieve my death. What that man has done to return me, was a mistake. Death is the will of the God. Please don't be sad. Please, somehow, destroy my body.
[I promised to grant her wish. If that is what her wish is. But...]
[The sound of bullets ricocheting on thick metal is heard. Koudelka shrieks.]
That's dangerous! What if you hit me?
What else can I do? Ah, it'sNo use! Even using the gun, it won't budge.
What else can we do? If we can't pass here, we can't do anything.
Don't think my punches would do much either.
Have we got something that can blow it open?
Well, we don't have explosives handy. Looks like there's nothing we can do.
To have came so far, with the temple just on the other side!
There are explosives. There were chemicals in the laboratory. If I use those, I can synthesize something.
You can make explosives?
I know how.
I get it. I get it. We can do nothing but trust you now.
[James begins to walk away.]
Wait here. I'll make it right away.
Okay, I'll help. I don't want you to do this alone-
No! I can do it alone!
[James slams a door shut.]
Whatever. We'll just wait here then.
[The sound of someone flipping pages through a book is heard.]
Hm...Oh-ho-ho-ho-ho! For lunch? Dried? Really, the curiosity of humans have no limits! They keep inventing interesting things. But they still have a way to go. Compared to things I made, this is just child's play. Ho-ho-ho-ho-ho-ho!
[James opens a door.]
Who is it? Who is so tactless to interfere with my studies?
You? What is it, forgot something?
I want to ask you something, Roger Bacon.
Mmmm? Ask? A Bishop like you? What could you possibly ask a senile old fool, who was forsaken by the Lord so long ago?
What if, just what if... Just maybe a secret method exists...is it possible to return the soul to the resurrected body?
A soul... soul? Ho-ho-ho-ho-ho! So, that means you-
I want to resurrect Elaine once more.
Some pretty horrifying things you're saying. I wouldn't expect that from a priest.
I am asking you! Please answer!
Hmm... I have not tried that. I have only tried the technique for immortality. I've never thought to go that far. However, I remember; to pursue that path is to refuse the heavens, and turn your back to your Lord.
Turn my back to the Lord?
He-he-he, and interesting experiment, isn't it? Having traveled the world for few centuries, I saw many things. However, there are some things I do not understand. The soul! Neither chemistry, not occultism can return the soul to the body. ... The Émigré document is here. Would you open the door to the God?
I... I......Everything I believed in God for...If I turn my back to the Lord-
[Koudelka bursts into the room.]
Oooooh! A distraction!
What are you trying to achieve with this? You can't be serious...
Do you understand what you're trying to do? Your friend was going to do the same thing. You heard Elaine's will, right?
Her will, you say? If we destroy her body, we won't be able to bring her back. How can I allow that?
She died! A long time ago.
So what? To accept this? If you were me, could you accept this? Killed? By criminals? But she had committed no sins. Kinder than anyone, and full of compassion. She loved God and people. Why did she have to die? I will oppose my Lord! By opposing him, I will-
Are you serious? Your friend is making Elaine suffer, and you want to do the same thing!?
Who can blame him? He loved Elaine, almost as much as I do, maybe more. That is why he tried to resurrect her, by giving up all he had.
And he killed a lot of people!
They were of no consequence; they were prostitutes and lowlifes! Of the sort who killed Elaine - worthless lot. When they die, no one grieves!
As usual, human emotions cloud their brains. This hasn't changed across the centuries.
To you, I'm like them too. For you, I'm a worthless human being. But Elaine spoke to me! Listen to her!
[James angrily sweeps books and papers off a table]
Someone like you...to be addressed by Elaine? A lie! You're lying!
No. It's true. I-
Shut up! Shut up! Why you...*sobs*
...I understand, there is no Elaine anymore. More then 20 years ago I wanted to talk to Patrick and Elaine. But with of a lowly heritage and no wealth, I had no confidence I could make her happy. Why do you think I followed the path of God? For her! To forget her. ...But I couldn't forget her. I prayed for her happiness, and even then-
That...has nothing to do with this. You are blaming God for your own sake!
You! Just what do you know!
James, what are you-
Elaine, wait for me. This time, I'll-
Stop! James! Stop!
[The sound of loud church bells is heard.]
[Koudelka and I touched the document at the same time. In that instant, the surroundings warped and another world became real. Is it her power or my thoughts causing this? I don't know.]
What happened? Where are we?
Do you know it?
Yes, I do. [This is the place of my dearest memories. Where I spent with Patrick and Elaine.]
There's no way I could forget it. This is the university I studied at. The university where I was with Patrick and Elaine.
Hahaha, this brings back so many memories. Everything is just as it was then.
Someone's here. They're-
Patrick! Elaine! And me, from that time!?
From that time...
It was an enjoyable time. For me, that time was the most...Elaine!
No reason. It is what I want, Patrick
That's wrong! I had no choice. I wanted to turn back and embrace her right away!
Elaine did too.
She loved you. Even more than me.
I always knew it. Your resolve. That's why it was hard. I hid my hatred for you... But I loved her, that is why I felt I didn't want to lose to you! But I ignored her feelings...
When she was killed, I searched for a way to resurrect her. I'm sorry. I wanted to make Elaine happy after you abandoned her. And, at last, I found it.
The Émigré document.
Yes. But as a result, I just made her suffer more. All I did was make her suffer. Due to my error, even the peace of the death was stolen from her. I'm just a coward like you. When she became a monster due to my actions, and stood before me, I was so despairing I didn't even tried to save myself.
Stop it! What should I do? What should I do?!
Please, carry out her wish.
There has to be another way!
It is the only way to save her! Return to her the peace I stole.
[Patrick fades away, and mystic sounds are heard.]
What's happening now?
You? Is this a dream?
A dream. A reality. A memory, that remained in him.
A psychic impression? So I'm in-
In his memories.
...Why did you choose me? Was it because of my powers?
Because you are a kind person.
I've been watching you for a while. I saw when you saved that girl in the village. Since you can't live with humans, you value and appreciate them more.
Father O'Flaherty. James.
I'm sorry! I was about to make you suffer more...
You understand now. James, I-
[Strange sounds are heard.]
The space is vanishing.
This is just a shard of memory. It doesn't last long. But it's all right. However happy the moment is, it will surely pass and be no more. Farewell. James, Koudelka.
Elaine, can't you-
No, we can't.
We are a memory. Nothing more.
No, no! We'll go together... Wait! I have so much to tell!
[Koudelka grabs James.]
What are you doing? Let me go!
Do you wish to die? If you're lured in by spirit, you can't return.
I don't care, I can't stay in a world without Elaine. Elaine!
Please, destroy my body!
[The dream world vanishes. Koudelka and James are standning back in Roger's study.]
So, have you finished talking?
Roger? We're back in the study.
So what will you do? Will you use the Émigré document?
Roger! James has already-
The only one to decide will be the priest over here. So, what it is to be?
...Ashes to ashes, dust to dust. That is Elaine's wish.
What? Oh! All right then. Although, just a moment, I had been expecting you to say otherwise. This too is due to human curiosity. Hohohoho!
The Elaine that appeared before you...What was she like?
She seemed sad. But had a very kind face.
So that's how it is.
Where are you going?
The explosive. Wait here. I will do it quickly.
Should I help?
I am fine, alone. This time.
[Later. There is the sound of a gunshot, and an explosion, leaving a distant crackle of flames.]
Ready? There is no guarantee we come back.
100 percent. What about you, Edward?
I told you. I won't stop until I win the gamble.
[Church bells chime the hour.]
Bells! So appropriate.
"I go, and it is done; the bell invites me."
"Hear it not, Duncan, for it is a knell that summons thee to heaven or to hell."
Macbeth. So which do you think it is?*
I don't care. Elaine waits over there. Is it an end, or a beginning? I don't know. But I do not hesitate anymore. I love you, Elaine.