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of Lucas Moreno.
why are you leaving so early?
Well, good luck at your meeting.
And I love you too. Good-bye, Lucas.
leaves, grimacing. Sydney watches in horror as he pulls out a revolver. She screams
and ducks toward the ground. Lucas runs up the stairs and stabs her with a knife.
Marcus will be nearby, and Sydney will scream, “MARCUS!” Sydney wakes up in her
bed, in cold sweat. Her clock, (yes, this is creepy), displays the digits 5:39,
and, fiddling with it, she realizes the signs (under the clock a subtitle will appear,
stating simply, “Friday”. Her heart is pounding wildly. She is breathing fast, and
quickly realizes that Lucas is not there.)
looks in Marcus’ room, seeing he is sound asleep. Sydney dashes downstairs and
fiddles with her purse, looking for her cell phone. This time, instead of dialing
a number, she says to the phone, “Master.” She waits for the dial tone and,
conceding, she hurls the phone down. As if realizing something, she states the
following line aloud)
viewing up on the lips) My God, where are you?
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apartment, Alan is finishing conversation with Michael..
I think I’m gonna take a day off today.
don’t feel a hundred percent.
I’ve gotta go.
hangs up the telephone, picks it up again and dials a number.)
Yes, can you just tell my boss I won’t be here today? I think I am coming down
with something. (Pause) Yes. Yes, of course. Yes. Thank
you. (hangs up)
will then retreat downstairs. He will pick up a newspaper and begin to read it.
Coffee will be brewing, and Alan will not hesitate to get up and get it. He
will sip the coffee on his couch as he leisurely reads the newspaper. Indeed, Alan
is not sick. Alan will continually glance toward the clock, nervously checking
the time. 7:30. 8:30. 9:30. 11:00. At this point, Alan will flip on the television.
This will be a bogus “newscast” that we will create, and Alan will get up to make
a T.V. dinner. As he waits and eats, the clock is shown more and more. At
11:55, this is the climactic point. The anchorperson will come on, live.)
now to Sandra, in China, where she will be studying the actions and habitat of
panda bears. (smiles, waits for what may seem like forever) Uhh,
seem to be having a few…technical
difficulties. (an attendant
will rush over and whisper something in his/her ear) I am getting
reports now that all communication has been cut off from China…yes…Breaking news!
The Planet Earth is now undergoing rapid changes. Satellites closely examining
China have discovered a faint, green gas covering the city of Shanghai and the
Oh, my God!
(runs to the telephone and
dials a number) Michael! Get to our house now! There is an emergency!
Bring anyone you can, your mother, my mother, anyone!
woa, Alan, what’s going on now?
I can explain
later. Just get here, dammit!
I’ll be right over.
of Lucas Moreno. Sydney Watkinson will dial a number on her cell phone, looking
Oh, thank God! I had a horrendous night sleeping…yes, what is it?…WHAT? I—how
could I—what time is it? Marcus is in school! We have a mere half hour!
dashes over to the normal phone and dials yet another number.)
falsely emotional) Is—is this the secretary?
into fake sobs) A—a tragedy has occurred.
a hard, uncaring voice) Oh, I am very sorry.
I need to pick Marcus up.
of course, Mrs. Watkinson, however, there is an emergency right now, and our
children are not allowed to leave the school.
(slams down the phone)
will run down into his basement, literally tearing it apart with his cold hands.
He eventually finds several gas masks in which he places on the table. As he
runs upstairs, he greets Michael at the door with an unfriendly expression.)
what the hell is going on here?
fast) That prank phone call I got—wasn’t prank.
It really was
someone attempting to take over the world!
this is what the hell you took me out of work now, huh? THIS IS WHAT YOU GIVE ME—
me, it’s true!
is the stupidest sick joke I have ever gotten—and I’ve seen a lot!
come over here, look!
green gas appears to be moving at a rapid pace throughout Asia. We are currently
unable to contact anyone from the infected area. Is this the end of the world as
we know it? Our only suggestions are to go into a safe area—a basement, a hole
in the ground, or anything else you can think of. In other news, President
Bush, fortunate enough to be in Florida visiting his brother, Jeb, is being deported
on an emergency flight to Cape Canaveral, where he will be rocketed into space after
a quick announcement to his country. He has also requested that each of his immediate
family members and Condoleeza Rice join him on the remaining emergency rockets.
That’s eight rockets, total, folks. You can listen to his farewell speech on
590 AM radio. This is (name), reporting, and farewell, friends. And one last
thing—(begins to cry) Mother, Father, sweet Janet, Little
Mikey and Tommy, if you’re listening, I love you all!
will view up on Alan and Michael, both stunned. All we hear is the anchorman’s
first I have something that just might be able to save us!
My great-great-grandfather wore one of these in World War I. The other one belongs
to his friend who died in the war.
He may have information.
America has entered a time of crisis. Not a crisis of oil, not a crisis of the stock
market, not a crisis of them internets, but a crisis of weapons of mass
destruction. (Alan and Michael will exchange glances) We
have fought a war of terror in finding these weapons of mass destruction and,
huh, we didn’t find them, but we still captured Sadaam Hussein and his
terrorists. Today we are still in that war. We are helping the Iraqi people. We
are doing good for the Iraqis. We are leading the Iraqis to the correct paths.
But that’s not what I am going to talk to you about today. I am going to talk
to you today about other weapons of mass destruction. The weapons of mass
destruction that are about to kill our earth. The weapons of mass destruction
that Sadaam Hussein himself has planted in China, or Japan, or whatever.
Actually, it was probably that Kim Jong Lee guy in North Korea, since that’s
kinduh closer to where the thing started. But that’s not the point. This is the
point. I don’t know what kinduh gas them guys are using, but its some dangerous
stuff that they can get into the air everywhere in the world. This guy is bad.
We need to catch him. And we will. Don’t worry Americans. We will.
HELL! This is the stupidest speech I have ever heard…it sounds like someone quite
thick just gave it.
that was our president.
know. But what do we do?
I’ve calculated we have a little under a half hour, so we need to get moving.
Turn on the news.
turns on the news.)
have more breaking news. There are less than 25 minutes now until this gas hits
Chicago, but we do have some idea of what this gas is. Element 118, yet to be
discovered by man, and potassium have combined to form a strange compound that
is likely to attack each man’s brain, possibly killing him. We have performed tests
of this compound on rats, which seems to be unsuccessful. In other news, Bush’s
farewell speech is currently drawing to a close. Researchers have so far found at
least twelve grammatical errors in his speech. Many Republicans are angry that
Bush is giving a dissapointing last impression. Bush’s final words, “And we
will succeed,” seemed very overreaching to many. All we can suggest is that one
remains in an enclosed area, closer to the center of the earth, such as a basement.
Many Chicagoans are taking refuge in the Sears Tower Observatory, which is now
charging seven hundred dollars for entry.
he have to—
more piece of advice—whatever you do, stay off golf courses and trees, which are
in open areas. That’s the news at noon, we’ll see you—in Heaven.
going out—I’ll see if I can find any news. (Opens door, chaos is eminent).
be back here in twenty minutes. Got that?
to get going. Find out anything you can.
clock, sees it is already 12:10. Alan sits down, pondering, looking distraught.
After a minute or so, something revolutionary occurs to him. He checks the caller
I.D. on his phone, and calls the number under “Unknown Caller.” Alan listens as
a recorded voice gives him instructions.)
the antidote by mixing three cups of distilled water with two tablespoons of
hydrochloric acid. Heat until boiling, then add three fig leaves to the substance.
(Alan is quickly taking down notes). Add
one teaspoon of
sodium nitrite, then spit into the substance. Place in a blender and blend.
Concentrate the solution, and add…
audience will know that the voice is continuing, but we will stop it for time reasons.
Alan will then go into his basement, and, since his father was a scientist, he
has almost all of the materials. He does not, however, have three fig leaves,
which he begins to panic about. Alan runs out the door, and on his doorstep,
strangely, are three fig leaves laid neatly on the doorstep. Alan picks them up
and quickly adds them to his collection of materials. He picks up the phone and
makes a decisive call.)
Do you have any idea what’s going on? pause You
an idea? Okay, turn on the TV, channel nine. Okay, whatever, WGN! It’s in Kansas
City… pause Yes, I know, but anyway, I can’t explain everything
now. The world is ultimately coming to an end! This isn’t just a joke anymore.
You are in Kansas City? pause Okay, call this number, ready?
(708) 207-1856. Got that? Great. Listen for instructions. You only have about ten
minutes. Hurry, Beth! Pause Okay. Don’t panic. I love you. (He
hangs up the phone, then works on the potion for ten minutes, looks at the
clock, which reads “12:30,” labels the potion, drinks it, and passes out.)
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of Lucas Moreno. Lucas is standing next to Sydney, panicking.)
What’re we going to do? What’re we going to do!
is Marcus? I thought he was with you!
her eyes) He was. I told him to go to you for his allowance.
is he, then?
what is going on? Why do you seem to flip out your cell phone every minute? Today,
you seemed to be so uptight about everything. Sydney, I need to know, did
you know anything about this gas attack?
I need to tell you something before I do this. I have waited for this moment all
my life. I am incredibly sick of you and I have been longing for divorce ever
since I married you. I did not marry you, Lucas, because I loved you. I married
you because I had to. There are very complicated reasons for this, which would
take days to explain, and I only have five minutes.
Did you have anything to do with this—this attack?
not at liberty to disclose that information. Now Lucas, please stand still.
I am sorry I have to do this. Please forgive me.
takes a tranquilizer and injects it into Lucas’s skin. He falls to the ground.)
her cell phone) Everything is in place. When will he awaken?
will be out for the next six hours, at least. Is the antidote ready?
speak to you later.
opens the refrigerator door and takes out a flask or canteen. She drinks a liberal
amount, and falls to the ground.)
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house of Alan. Michael walks in.)
where are you? (Walks around house, sees Alan passed out on kitchen floor.
Michael wants to scream, but cannot.) Alan! What’s happened to
you? (Shakes Alan’s body, sees
that he is out cold. Michael then looks at the
counter and sees a glass, half-full with a blue liquid, labeled “antidote.”
Thinking this is an antidote for some poisonous substance, he forces it down Alan’s
body. He then examines the glass, hesitates, and looks outside to the panicking
crowds. In the distance is a green gas, quickly bowling toward him. Michael
drinks the remainder of the glass and passes out. The electricity in the house