Empath by Steven Michael | Script Revolution

Empath

A blind, mystically empathic psychologist agrees to interrogate a comatose and powerful empathic serial killer to find the young girl he kidnapped before the girl dies; and before the killer convinces the psychologist to murder.

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Empathic psychologist, Dr. Isadora Kencil (Izzy), feels trapped by her empathic ability. When Detective Harper comes knocking, she agrees to interrogate a comatose serial killer, Hugo Wriedt, to find out the identities of all his victims. Izzy and the Detective must work fast. Hugo was shot while fleeing the police and his prognosis is fatal.

Dr. Izzy has expanded her empathic abilities to the point where just by touching a person, the person's mind is invited to "Meet" Izzy's mind. Izzy's preferred Meet location is an exact replica of her office.
Hugo's mind is an imposing and dangerous. What Izzy finds out is that Hugo has kidnapped a teenage girl and has locked her away in his "special place". Izzy must get Hugo to reveal where he hid her before the girl dies, and before Hugo dies.

Hugo pounces on Izzy's weaknesses as an empath and disorients her. Through contentious mental sparring, Izzy finally understands that Hugo is also an Empath with extraordinary powers. Hugo exposes Izzy to her suppressed anger - she burns at the intractable fact that she is an Empath who relieves other's pain but not her own.

By the start of the third act, Hugo forces Izzy to realize that the life choice Izzy made to help people, and the alternate choice Hugo made to kill people, stem from the same need - to absorb people's emotions and make them their own.

Hugo reveals where the teenage girl is hidden, but only after he shows Izzy memories of the murder victims he has slain - grizzly close-up memory flashes of his victims' deaths.
Hugo is near death from his bullet wounds, but his plan is almost consummated. Through Hugo's deliberate and morality-bending grilling, Izzy is exposed to, and finally accepts, her fate. She will no longer sacrifice her emotional well-being.

Hugo believes he has transformed Izzy into a killer. He must complete Izzy's transformation by insisting she kill him. The result is what Hugo planned all along - Izzy releases her anger and turns to murder. She shoots Hugo in their joined minds, then kills him for real in his hospital bed. She puts a pillow over Hugo's head as he lays in his hospital bed, Hugo believes his plan is completed.
Izzy meets with a recurring patient the next day. The twist bursts into the story when it appears Izzy will slice the patient's throat with a straight razor. Instead, the razor is the core of that patient's emotional malady. As the patient leaves, Izzy returns the blade to her desk. She withstood Hugo.
In the end, Izzy accepts a new patient - the kidnapped girl. Izzy has withstood the evil mind of Hugo and his nefarious, devious mind game.

Submitted: November 17, 2021
Last Updated: November 17, 2021

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The Writer: Steven Michael

An eventful and varied life as professional athlete (those days are gone but the scars remain), businessman (up and down-sheesh), university educator (why don't they teach economics in high school for the love of Mike?!). Now a storyteller. Go to bio

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