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THE LAST GLADIATOR (WORKING TITLE)
By Joe Bell

GENRE: Romance, Sci-fi
LOGLINE:

Penny Hooper is a loner high school band geek who desperately wants to escape her depressing hometown and her crazy family, until the night she rescues a mysterious stranger from drowning in Lake Springfield, and her whole world is turned upside down. 

SYNOPSIS:

Penny Hooper is a loner high school band geek who desperately wants to escape her depressing hometown and her crazy family, until the night she rescues a mysterious stranger from drowning in Lake Springfield. When he regains consciousness, no one can understand him, except the Latin prof at school. Penny's mom thinks he a literal angel. Her kid brother Tony swears he saw him come down from the sky in a space bubble and is totally convinced he's an alien. Her dad thinks he might be a spy of the new dictator rising to power in Italy. Whatever. Penny really wants to get rid of him, because he's disrupting her plans for escape. But after a few weeks of getting to know him, she begins to find him 'inescapable' in his own way, she begins to love the person she is discovering in him, despite the weaknesses he is exposing in her.

But she is torn. Is he a deceiver? Is he insane? So many things are wrong, the Latin, the history. He claims he saw Marcus Aurelius .. alive. Tony had an idea. What if he was a time traveler? But that was impossible. Everyone knows that. So despite her growing feelings for him, it was clear now he was dangerously off-balance, and she had to prove it before he hurt someone. But in her effort to prove him false, she found evidence, an old statue, that proved he was alive almost two thousand years ago. She was in shock, and yet falling for him now harder than ever.

But this idyllic lull is disrupted when the Italian dictator extends his far reaching tentacles into her quiet little town and tries to capture the stranger and his remarkable 'space bubble.' This leads to a manhunt, and the stranger must escape to parts unknown, leaving Penny to grieve over a love that might have been, until one day, walking down by the lake where they met, she realizes pearl he once gave her as a gift, was in fact the marvelous sphere in which he arrived, reduced to a miniature. She realized immediately she had to get it back to him somehow. It might be his only way back home, to the people and the world of his past.

But how? She knew he was bound for Italy, to go back to his people, and make peace with his lost past. So that is where she must go, overcoming every obstacle, and facing down every foe, until she could find him, and help him go back to where he belonged.

Also, there is a climactic sword fight and time machine mega-crisis in the Colosseum.

B A Mason

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