Dead on the Horizon Volume 1: Survival

The dead have started to rise from their graves. All across the globe, it's up to a small group of survivors to come together and find each other in order to protect themselves from the flesh eaters. Will they survive or will there only be the dead on the horizon?

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5. Addict with a Pen

FREEMAN VO:

Safety. We found refuge with others. Jeremy would be proud.

 

INT – GHOSTS LIVING ROOM

GHOST:

Here, drink some water.

DEREK:

Thanks.

HUE:

So you actually heard Ghost over the radio?

DEREK:

Loud and clear. I don’t know if it reached anybody else’s frequency but it reached mine.

(CHET motions towards FREEMAN)

CHET:

And what about you?

FREEMAN:

I’m his neighbor.

DEREK:

He saved my life. I got into a wreck out there and he came to my aid.

BRYAN:

Was that the explosion we saw?

FREEMAN:

No. That was something else.

DEREK:

Call that a distraction to give us some leeway between the corpses.

GHOST:

Well you’re safe now, Derek.

DEREK:

Thanks, Arthur.

GHOST:

Please, call me Ghost. Everyone does.

(HUE enters)

HUE:

I bolted all the doors to the house down. Nothing is getting in or out.

CHET:

Good.

GHOST:

What if anyone else heard my message on the radio?

BRYAN:

Then we’ll let them in when they get here. They’ll just have to be patient while we unbolt the doors.

FREEMAN:

Don’t you think that’s a little risky? I mean you barely got to us in time.

CHET:

Hey, I’m just thinking about the group here. If protecting the future of mankind is too much then sorry.

DEREK:

Calm down fellas.

GHOST:

Derek, may I speak to you in my room privately?

DEREK:

Sure.

(GHOST and DEREK get up to exit)

 

INT – GHOSTS BEDROOM

GHOST:

You’re a brave man, risking your life to come all the way over here.

DEREK:

I just needed to get out of that house. It was going to become a tomb if I didn’t escape.

GHOST:

Now that you are here, you can help me with my master plan.

DEREK:

What is that?

GHOST:

We band together to survive. With the addition of you and Freeman, I’ve mapped out a few ideas in my head that I can draw out for us to-

DEREK:

Wait a minute. What are all these books in here?

GHOST:

These are my sketch pads.

DEREK:

Sketch pads? They all belong to you?

GHOST:

Yep. Each and every one of them are filled with an idea on how to survive this epidemic.

DEREK:

There has to be at least twenty here.

GHOST:

And they only keep growing. Every night I sketch an idea down in a book while trying to communicate with someone over the radio.

DEREK:

You’ve really gone into great detail with this.

GHOST:

We need to stick together or else we’re going to die. I’ve tried to give these ideas to Chet but he won’t listen.

DEREK:

Really?

GHOST:

Yeah. I tell him that we’ll need to go out on a food run soon but he never listens.

DEREK:

How much food do you have left?

GHOST:

According to sketch book number five, I have enough food to last another six days.

DEREK:

But now with Freeman and I added-

GHOST:

Subtract a day.

DEREK:

You’re really good at statistics, aren’t you?

GHOST:

I’m good at anything numerical really. I was known as the addict with the pen back in my olden days of junior high.

DEREK:

Time to put that brain to good use.

 

INT – GHOSTS BACK PATIO

HUE:

Gentlemen, we have a problem.

CHET:

What is it?

HUE:

The back fence is starting to give and dead heads are going to pour in any minute.

BRYAN:

Shit. What should we do?

FREEMAN:

This patio room is all glass. How strong is it?

CHET:

Ghost said it’s reinforced but I still don’t want a hundred dead heads pressing their weight up against it.

HUE:

Do you think we should fix the fence?

BRYAN:

How can we fix the fence? There’s at least fifteen of those things trying to get through.

CHET:

Then I propose we get rid of them.

FREEMAN:

How?

CHET:

Bryan, you hold off the dead heads with the pitchfork outside. Hue, you go grab the weed whacker.

FREEMAN:

Weed whacker!? You’re not possibly suggesting…

CHET:

Hell yes I am. We’re mowing down some fucking lame brains!

 

INT – GHOSTS BEDROOM

DEREK:

This is the radio you use?

GHOST:

Yes.

DEREK:

It’s pretty warped.

GHOST:

It’s not the prettiest but apparently it gets the job done.

DEREK:

Do you think there’s a chance anyone else heard you?

GHOST:

I’m hoping.

 

EXT – GHOSTS BACKYARD

(We hear zombies moaning)

BRYAN:

Hue better have that whacker ready.

CHET:

He will! Don’t worry.

BRYAN:

Easy for you to say. You’re safe inside the glass room.

(The fence breaks)

CHET:

Here they come!

BRYAN:

Back! Get back!

(We hear moaning and slashing as BRYAN slashes at the zombies with his pitchfork)

BRYAN:

Back you sick sons of bitches!

(The ripping of a weed whacker fills the air. In walks HUE)

HUE:

Stand back, Bryan!

BRYAN:

It’s about damn time!

(HUE starts sheering through the zombies heads. GHOST and DEREK enter the patio)

GHOST:

What is going on out there?

CHET:

We’re just cleaning up the backyard.

DEREK:

What the hell are they doing?

FREEMAN:

The fence broke and corpses started parading into your backyard Ghost. So Chet sent Bryan and Hue out to kill them.

GHOST:

Why didn’t anyone consult me about this beforehand?

CHET:

Did you see how sturdy that chain link fence of yours was, Ghost? If I was to have consulted you, that would have been precious time wasted! The fence was giving way to an army of death!

DEREK:

But you sent out two of our group members to fend them off?

CHET:

They’re doing fine.

DEREK:

Freeman? You stood for this?

FREEMAN:

I thought there was no other choice.

GHOST:

I told you this room was reinforced. It can protect us.

CHET:

It’s glass! Glass shatters eventually.

(The doors open up and in walk HUE and BRYAN)

GHOST:

Hue! Bryan! You’re okay.

BRYAN:

Damn straight.

HUE:

Phew. Let me tell you something. Next time there’s a herd coming through, I’m using this baby on them.

GHOST:

There’s not going to be a next time because we’re all going to be smart about next time.

BRYAN:

What’s wrong with him?

CHET:

He’s got his Star Wars underoos in a bunch.

GHOST:

Must you mock me in a time like this?

FREEMAN:

This is not the place to be making insults!

CHET:

Maybe it was a bad idea coming here in the first place.

HUE:

What are you getting at?

GHOST:

Wait, Chet. We need to stick together-

CHET:

I don’t know. If we keep arguing, I don’t see how we can possibly stick together as a group.

DEREK:

Listen guys, Ghost here has some great ideas. He has the plans that we need in order to survive. We just need to put our differences aside and learn to respect each other.

FREEMAN:

I always believed that there was good in everyone. Can’t we all share that goodness?

CHET:

Okay, okay let’s not get all preachy here. I understand where you’re coming from. I guess I do get a little too hot under the collar sometimes.

BRYAN:

The dead heads were all taken care of. Every single one of them.

HUE:

The gate is busted though. We’ll have to take care of it in the morning.

GHOST:

We can make a few different runs. First we’ll have to make a run to the grocery store to get some food and then to the hardware store in order to fix the fence.

CHET:

We don’t have anything in the basement or the shed out back?

GHOST:

Nothing in the shed out back but my old bicycle.

BRYAN:

Plus we’ve been in the basement, Chet. There’s nothing down there but wine.

GHOST:

You’ve been drinking my wine?

BRYAN:

We never said we were drinking it.

HUE:

We’ve just been hanging out down there. You do have a pool table and all. Great way to calm ones nerves.

DEREK:

I say we now listen to Ghost.

FREEMAN:

I second that motion.

(Pause)

CHET:

Alright then.

HUE:

We listen to Ghosts plan.

GHOST:

Thanks everyone. Let’s just take a quick breather from this heated debacle and meet up again in about fifteen minutes? Okay?

DEREK:

Fine by me.

(The group disperses)

 

INT – CHETS ROOM

(CHET enters with BRYAN)

CHET:

God fucking damn it!

BRYAN:

Quiet, Chet. They might hear you!

CHET:

Good! I want them to hear me! Let the whole world hear me for all I care! The ears that are listening are dead in the first fucking place.

BRYAN:

Don’t let your anger get the best of you, man.

CHET:

Shut the fuck up, Bryan.

BRYAN:

Yes, Chet.

CHET:

Ghost is lucky we don’t slit his throat in the middle of the night. Who does he think he is, letting two unknown strangers order us around?

BRYAN:

Do you think we should just go straight into raiding this place for all it’s worth?

CHET:

That’s the thing. This place has no worth. However, Ghost wants to pump more worth into it by making us go out on some missions to find food.

BRYAN:

So what do you think we should do?

CHET:

I say we just stay here, do what we’ve been doing. If things get worse, you and I do what we usually do.

BRYAN:

Butcher the survivors and take what we need?

CHET:

Exactly. Except in this case, let’s see if we can still convince Hue to join us. He really makes an interesting prospect.

BRYAN:

The guy has worth ethic. I’ll give him that.

CHET:

He’s a follower. That’s exactly what we need.

BRYAN:

What about Derek and Freeman?

CHET:

I don’t like them. Derek rubs me the wrong way and Freeman just seems off. The way he was talking about his kid creeped me out.

BRYAN:

Yeah. What was up with that?

CHET:

I don’t know and I don’t give a fuck.

BRYAN:

Bunch of weirdos out there and it looks like one just landed in our hands.

CHET:

You got that right.

 

INT – FREEMANS ROOM

(FREEMAN sits on his bed)

FREEMAN;

Jeremy, we have found sanctity. Please stop crying, Jeremy. Please.

DEREK:

Freeman?

FREEMAN:

Oh, Derek. I didn’t see you passing by.

DEREK:

I’m sorry to intrude but I thought I heard you speaking to someone.

FREEMAN:

I was just saying my prayers.

DEREK:

Um, Freeman. I specifically heard you utter your son’s name.

FREEMAN:

What?

DEREK:

I heard you talking to Jeremy.

FREEMAN:

Derek that’s crazy talk.

DEREK:

Freeman.

FREEMAN:

Jeremy’s gone. We’ve discussed this. You helped me through that overpass in my life. He’s dead, Derek.

DEREK:

I heard you talking to him.

(Pause. FREEMAN starts to cry)

FREEMAN:

I can still see him, Derek. I can still hear him too.

DEREK:

It’s okay.

FREEMAN:

No, it’s not. Am I going mad? I know he’s gone but I can’t let him go. I talk to him for the love of God. My son is dead and I still talk to him like he’s right here.

DEREK:

You’re not mad, Freeman. You want to know a secret?

FREEMAN:

What?

DEREK:

I still see my girlfriend too.

FREEMAN:

Your girlfriend?

DEREK:

Mhm. I lost my girlfriend too but I can still see her. She even talks to me and I can hear her voice in my head.

FREEMAN:

Are we insane, Derek?

DEREK:

I don’t think so.

FREEMAN:

We have to be.

DEREK:

We’re just coping.

FREEMAN:

I don’t want to cope anymore. I want him to be at peace.

DEREK:

So do I.

 

INT – GHOSTS ROOM

(GHOST sits by the window on the radio)

GHOST:

Can anybody out there hear me? I’m on frequency level one. Can anybody out there hear me? If you’re still alive, there’s still hope.

(DEREK enters)

DEREK:

Hey Ghost. We’re all ready to listen to your plans.

GHOST:

Has it already been fifteen minutes? Okay.

(GHOST write something down in the sketch pad)

DEREK:

What are writing now?

GHOST:

A note about radio frequency one.

DEREK:

What about it?

GHOST:

It’s a dead end.

DEREK:

Ah. Come on.

(GHOST and DEREK exit. Pause. Suddenly…the radio crackles)

VOICE ON RADIO (IRVING):

“And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves, and raise you from your graves, O my people.” – Ezekiel 37:13.

 

INT – LIVING ROOM

GHOST:

So does everyone understand the plan? Derek: You, Chet and Freeman go to the grocery store to pick up the food. Use my minivan if need be. Hue: You, Bryan, and I will go to the hardware store. Since it’s only two blocks away, we’ll go by foot.

HUE:

And we’ll be bringing back all the needed materials on foot as well?

GHOST:

We’ll use a shopping cart if need be.

FREEMAN:

I suggest we find a mode of transportation.

BRYAN:

There are cars strewn across the street throughout the town.

DEREK:

I’m sure we’ll find something that works.

FREEMAN:

While running here, I saw a pinto that looked like it was still in good condition.

CHET:

A pinto in good condition? That’s a laugh.

GHOST:

Just point us in the direction of said pinto and we’ll give it a try.

HUE:

Fingers crossed that the keys are in the ignition.

DEREK:

Okay, before we go…does everyone have their weapon of choice?

CHET:

Yes. I have my trusty ballpoint hammer.

HUE:

I’m sticking with the weed whacker.

GHOST:

Hue gave me my dad’s rifle.

FREEMAN:

Looks like everything is in order.

DEREK:

Okay, then. Let’s go.

GHOST:

Wait a minute! I’m gonna go grab the radio, just in case.

CHET:

For Christ sake.

GHOST:

I’ll be right back.

 

INT – GHOSTS ROOM

VOICE ON RADIO (IRVING):

Just look for the smoke signals in the sky.

(The radio crackles out. GHOST enters and grabs it)

GHOST:

Got it! Now we can leave.

(GHOST exits the room. Fade out to music “Addict with a Pen” by Twenty One Pilots)

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