Wednesday, November 2, 2011
The Times Square Massacre
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In Chapter 13 of ZOMBIE & JULIET, Jool comes home, where her parents discover she's been bitten by the HIZ zombie virus. Meanwhile, Rommy's parents learn that HE'S also been infected, much to their horror. We then cut to a news report on TV that the government has just passed a law that anyone who is infected is to be 'shot on sight.'
INT. CARLING’S MANSION - OFFICE - DAY
A giant room. Stately. Elegant.
Walls full of books.
A roaring fireplace.
Right out of Masterpiece Theater.
Carling sits behind his desk.
Nin stands in front of him.
Still no word?
No. And I’m worried sick.
My darling niece is MISSING.
I’ve got a whole squadron
out there looking for her.
Are you SURE you have
no idea where she went?
No, I’m sorry --
FOOTSTEPS in the next room.
They both turn, look -- see --
Jool stands in the doorway.
Clothes torn and dirty.
Face scratched and bloody.
Skin a dull green.
I don’t feel so good.
PUSH IN ON Carling’s face.
My god, you’re INFECTED.
Quick, Nin -- CALL THE DOCTOR.
INT. MONT RESIDENCE - KITCHEN - DAY
Orson sits at the kitchen table
with his wife CLIO (40’s), Rommy’s mother.
Attractive, bohemian in denim.
They both look haunted. Lost.
Clio pours more coffee in their cups.
I just don’t understand why he’d --
run away like that.
I bet it had something to do
with that Kapp girl.
But didn’t you tell him
he couldn’t see her anymore?
Yes, I did. But you know young love --
I seem to have a dim memory of it --
The phone RINGS. Orson gets up.
This is Orson --
WHAT? But that’s IMPOSSIBLE --
But that’s my SON. You can’t just --
Hello? Hello? HELLO?
He BANGS down the phone.
Clio starts shaking with fear.
He HUNG UP on me --
Rommy got infected.
He’s being ejected from the republic.
Oh, NO. My BABY.
Clio SHRIEKS with horror.
Buries her face in her hands.
INT. NEWS STUDIO - DAY
Brock Landers sits at his desk
with Nobu Phillips.
But this time,
they aren’t smiling.
A late-breaking bulletin
just came in --
The president has just signed into law
the controversial Shoot On Sight bill
that has been the subject of fierce debate
amongst our republic’s lawmakers --
As of today, anyone who is infected
with the HIZ Virus will be shot on sight.
The state police are right now s
weeping Times Square and have
already killed several dozen
I don’t know how I feel about this, Brock.
Isn’t it kind of barbaric?
Gosh, Nobu, I don’t know.
But heck, we’re not
supposed to offer our opinion.
We’re just here to read the news.
I know. And that’s another thing.
I could write my own stories,
but they won’t let me.
Aw, gee whiz.
Is it that time of the month again?
(into the camera)
We’ll bring you more on this
late-breaking story as it unfolds.
We now return you to our
regularly scheduled programming.
(leans over, whispers)
Brock. This IS our
regularly scheduled programming.
Brock clears his throat.
Looks at the Teleprompter.
We now take you to our man on the street,
Paul David Brazill, live on the scene,
where chaos has erupted in midtown --
In what the media is now calling
'The Times Square Massacre.'
I told you I could write --