Padre Pio: Stigmata Of God - Part 25

INTERIOR SCENE - SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO GATHERING ROOM, NOVEMBER 1963 - NIGHTTIME

Padre Pellegrino is having a cup of coffee with PADRE ONORATO. Suddenly they hear loud bangs, smashing thumps and muffled screams coming from 76 year-old Padre Pio's cell. They spring up and rush down the to his door.

INTERIOR SCENE - SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO FRIAR'S CELL, NOVEMBER 1963 - NIGHTTIME

76 year-old Padre Pio is being thrown across the room with great force. On his bed, the naked Feline Young Woman and another beautiful, NAKED WOMAN are masturbating each other while menstruating heavily. They cheer on the Ugly Man, his hands as hooves of horses, who is mercilessly pounding the old friar. Blood spurts from the friar's nose, mouth and ears, splashing across the walls.

UGLY MAN

You love that adulterous bastard Kennedy that much?

(he smashes the friar's nose with a hoof)

Good! Then tonight you can join him in hell!

The Ugly Man gives the friar a powerful right uppercut with a sharp hoof that slashes his forehead open. Blood spurts out in all directions. The naked women cheer and kiss each other deeply. He then jumps straight up and with his rear hooves kicks the old friar square in the chest, sending him flying across the room. Just as his virtually unconscious body is about to smash into the wall, the Woman With A Veil breaks his flight and places him gently on the floor, flying a pillow from a chair to position itself directly under the friar's bleeding head.

UGLY MAN

(in a raging fury)

F***ing whore! Go give bl***jobs in hell and leave me alooooooooooooooooonnnnnneeeeee...

The Ugly Man, the naked women and the Woman With A Veil all disappear as the door is unlocked open and Padre Pellegrino and Padre Onorato rush to the injured 76 year-old Padre Pio who is lying in a pool of blood.

PADRE PELLEGRINO

(kneeling by his side)

What happened? Who beat you?

PADRE ONORATO

(swabbing his wounds with his habit)

Pio! Pio! Who put the pillow under your head?

76 YEAR-OLD PADRE PIO

(weakly)

The Madonna...

INTERIOR SCENE - HOME TO RELIEVE SUFFERING HALLWAY, NOVEMBER 1963 - DAYTIME

DOCTOR GIUSEPPE SALA is arguing with PADRE ONORATO.

DOCTOR GIUSEPPE SALA

(brusquely)

Padre Onorato, what do you want me to tell you? He shows all the signs of a vicious beating. I had to put twenty-three stitches in his forehead. He has the internal injuries that you would find in a man who has been kicked by a horse. The lab report from his bedsheets has just returned, and it shows what we know to be Padre Pio's blood type AB+, which incidentally is the same rare type found in the Shroud of Turin and the Eucharistic Miracle of Lanciano, and large amounts of two other blood types. An O+ and an A-, these two mixed with endometrial tissue indicating menstruation. If he was having a threesome, it must have been with two giant women wrestlers wearing brass knuckles!

PADRE ONORATO

Impossible. There was no sign of entry or exit from the cell. The window is barred, and there are only two keys to the door. I have one and the other was still tied around Padre Pio's waist. No one could have left and locked the door behind them!

DOCTOR GIUSEPPE SALA

Then there is nothing left to say or do but allow him time to heal. A man of his age who for decades has lived on less than 300 calories per day by all rights should never heal from this. But knowing him, he might spring up from his bed tomorrow morning. Good day, Padre.

INTERIOR SCENE - KRAKOW GENERAL HOSPITAL OPERATING THEATRE, NOVEMBER 1963 - DAYTIME

The SURGEONS run through the last-minute equipment checks with the NURSES including NURSE GORZALKOWSKI in this large, modern and well-equipped operating theatre. They gather around the patient completely covered by green sheets with a rectangular hole cut out to show her throat with various marker lines to show the Surgeons where various features of the huge tumour are located for their primary incisions. Surgeon #1 picks up a scalpel and places it on one of the marked lines. He stops before cutting.

SURGEON #1

Nurse Gorzalkowski!

NURSE GORZALKOWSKI

(rushing from a far table to the Doctor)

Yes, Doctor.

SURGEON #1

Were you the one that prepared the patient?

NURSE GORZALKOWSKI

Yes, Doctor.

SURGEON #1

And who consulted the X-rays and marked the area?

NURSE GORZALKOWSKI

Doctor Panasewicz.

SURGEON #1

Get me those X-rays.

NURSE GORZALKOWSKI

Yes, Doctor.

Nurse Gorzalkowski rushes to bring the X-ray film. Surgeon #1 holds it up to the lights, then superimposes it on the neck of the patient, then up to the lights again. ANGLE on the X-ray film where the name Wanda Poltawska is clearly visible on the side and the neck shows a massive tumour filling the neck. He passes it to the Surgeon to his right and indicates he repeat his action. He palpitates the neck of the patient.

SURGEON #1

Nurse, at what mass did Doctor Panasewicz estimate the tumour?

NURSE GORZALKOWSKI

(rifling through some notes)

Er... 1130 grams, Doctor.

(she makes a sign with her hands as if she were holding large soup bowl.)

SURGEON #1

Check her ID bracelet.

NURSE GORZALKOWSKI

(the nurse holds up the patient's wrist and reads the band)

Wanda Poltawska from Batowice.

SURGEON #1

Someone has switched the wristband, Nurse. This cannot be Poltawska.

NURSE GORZALKOWSKI

I was with Doctor Panasewicz when he marked the area two hours ago. The neck was massively extended to the right side, consistent with a tumour of that size.

SURGEON #1

Well, I'm not operating on this woman. There is nothing wrong with her.

(turning to the Surgeons beside him)

Do you concur?

SURGEON #2

(palpitates the area)

There's no trace of tumour.

SURGEON #3

(feels the neck while examining the X-rays)

This cannot be the same patient. This woman is perfectly normal.

SURGEON #1

Nurse, call Panasewicz at home, tell him to stop stuffing his fat face and get back here now.

Continued In Part 26

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