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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9. Hopeless Wanderer

KENNETH VO:
This world will swallow you up. I’m lucky I was given a second chance. A Godsend if you will. It took some hard convincing but here I am. I’m now a full fledge member of this group. I helped saved an innocent kids life. I’m a real somebody. My parents would be proud. I wonder if my parents are even still alive? Would they even care if they knew I was still alive…or would they want me back in that cell

INT – AMBULANCE
IRVING:
How you holding up, Luke?
LUKE:
I’m fine. 
IRVING:
Good. Let’s just keep heading this way. There should be a nice little village up north. 
WALLACE:
How much gas we got?
IRVING:
Half a tank. We’ll make it there in time. 
DESIREE:
I just wanted to say thank you, Irving. It was the smart decision leaving Mary behind. 
KENNETH:
Yeah. I agree. That woman was just off her rocker. 
IRVING:
I did it for the better of the group. 
WALLACE:
Keep telling yourself that. 
(WALLACE takes out a cigarette)
IRVING:
Hey, can I have one of those?
WALLACE:
What? A smoke? Preacher man wants to smoke?
IRVING:
Yeah. 
LUKE:
I thought you gave that up long ago. 
IRVING:
I also gave up God, Luke. Hand me one, Wallace. 
(WALLACE does)
DESIREE:
Map says we should be close to the village. 
KENNETH:
When we get there, can we see if they’re any bars in the vicinity? 
LUKE:
Why?
KENNETH:
I had nothing but booze to help me get through my darkest of days when the attack went down. I-
IRVING:
We’re not letting you turn into an alcoholic on us, Kenneth. 
WALLACE:
I’ll help wean him off the stuff. Remember, he’s my priority. 
DESIREE:
There! I think I see the village!
LUKE:
And there’s a slow poke outside the city limit. Great. 
KENNETH:
Pretty fast for a corpse. 
IRVING:
I don’t think that’s a roamer. 
WALLACE:
It’s waving at us. 
IRVING:
Shit, he’s alive. 
DESIREE:
Slow down, Irving! 
(IRVING slows the ambulance down)
MURPHY:
Help me! Please, help me. 
IRVING:
Get in the back. 
(The wanderer gets in the back of the ambulance)
MURPHY:
Thank you. Thank you so much! 
WALLACE:
Who the hell are you? What the hell are you doing walking around in the middle of nowhere? 
LUKE:
Let him catch his breath, Wallace!
MURPHY:
My, my name’s Murphy. I’m just a hiker is all.
KENNETH:
We guessed that part. 
MURPHY:
I was out on a run when those things started chasing me and I’ve been running ever since. I could never flag anyone down to help me until you all came along. 
IRVING:
So you’ve just been-
MURPHY:
Hopelessly wandering. I was heading to this little town when I saw your vehicle. I knew that those things didn’t drive and I was like “People!”
DESIREE:
Have you ever come into contact with any of those things before?
MURPHY:
A couple of times but-
IRVING:
Were you bit or scratched?
MURPHY:
No! Never. I know the routine and I make sure to protect myself. See? I got this. 
(MURPHY takes out a gun)
MURPHY:
Granted I only have six shots left. 
WALLACE:
Irving? You have control over this guy. I had my say on Kenneth. 
(Pause)
IRVING:
Murphy, if you give us your gun, you can join us. 
MURPHY:
My gun? But I’ll need a weapon!
IRVING:
We’ll give you a knife. 
KENNETH:
It’s okay, man. I have a knife too.
MURPHY:
But-But-
DESIREE:
You want to be in the group? Then we need to trust you. 
(Pause)
MURPHY:
Fine. 
(MURPHY hands the gun over to LUKE)
IRVING:
Thank you. When we enter the town, we’ll give you a knife to keep on your person. 

EXT – GREEN RIDGE
IRVING:
Okay everyone. Let’s all split up and scavenge this village. Be careful where you step and keep an eye out for lurkers. Remember to use the buddy system. We’ll meet back here in half an hour. Got it? 
WALLACE:
Got it. 
IRVING:
Good. Let’s go. 
(The team breaks up)

INT – BAR
(KENNETH enters the bar)
KENNETH:
Finally, a bar. Now to find some quality booze. 
(KENNETH sneaks into the back when WALLACE enters)
WALLACE:
I thought I’d find you in here. 
KENNETH:
I figured I would get some alcohol for medical purposes. 
WALLACE:
Nice try. 
KENNETH:
Come on Wallace. You gotta understand where I’m coming from. You’ve been in tough spots before. 
WALLACE:
Tough spots? Kid, I was in a war. 
KENNETH:
You know what I mean. 
WALLACE: 
Come on. Let’s get out of here. If Irving found out you were in here, he’d kill you. 
KENNETH:
Fine. 
(A bottle is heard falling over)
KENNETH:
What was that?
WALLACE:
Shh. 
(WALLACE takes out Betsy)
WALLACE:
Something is behind the bar. I got it though. 
(Suddenly, a young biker looking girl stands up with both arms raised)
YOLANDA:
Hold it! 
(Pause)
WALLACE:
I’ll be damned. 

INT – HOUSE
DESIREE:
So you were a fitness trainer?
MURPHY:
Yeah. Not really the greatest job in the entire world. 
DESIREE:
You look the type. 
MURPHY:
Thanks. So what exactly what we looking for in here?
DESIREE:
Supplies. Anything that we can use. 
(A zombie walks by)
DESIREE:
Get down. 
(MURPHY ducks and DESIREE shoots the zombie down)
DESIREE:
You gotta be careful!
MURPHY:
Sorry!
DESIREE:
You’ll be the one who’s sorry when you’re getting gnawed on. Come on, let’s go check the kitchen.

EXT – GREEN RIDGE
LUKE:
Sorry we had to cut the scavenging short. 
IRVING:
It’s okay. You’re injured. We need you to regain you’re energy. 
WALLACE:
Irving!
(WALLACE and KENNETH run up with YOLANDA)
IRVING:
Wallace, be quiet! You might attract…who is this?
KENNETH;
Go ahead. Tell him everything you just told us. 
YOLANDA:
My names Yolanda Thompson and I’m a former Hells Angel. 
IRVING:
….So?
WALLACE:
Tell him the important stuff!
YOLANDA:
Fine. Don’t be pushy. I used to date a guy who I met after he got into a bar fight. He was a lab technician. 
IRVING:
Seriously?
YOLANDA:
Yes. Ronald Bixby is his name. I was going to visit him this week but apparently the dead had other plans and then shit hit the fan. 
WALLACE:
To make a long story short, she told us her boyfriend has a lab stationed a few states over from here. 
IRVING:
He does?
KENNETH:
She told us if we let her into our group, she’ll take us to his lab and perhaps we could find some answers as to what is happening. 
YOLANDA:
Go ahead and tell him my whole life story why don’t yah?
KENNETH:
Gladly. 
IRVING:
Yolanda, I have some questions to ask you before I even consider letting you into this group.

EXT – HOUSE
DESIREE:
Well that house was a dud. 
MURPHY:
Absolutely nothing.  
DESIREE:
I expected at least five to ten good items within the last few house but-
(We hear an oncoming truck)
MURPHY:
You see that?
DESIREE:
I do. I think it’s-
MURPHY:
It’s a convoy. 
(The truck comes closer and comes to a halt. The driver gets out)
PETER:
Holy shit. Survivors. 
MURPHY:
I can’t believe it. Another one! And look at his truck, its huge!
PETER:
Are you two by yourselves? I can help you. I have a camp a few miles out that direction. 
DESIREE:
No, we’re-
MURPHY:
There’s a whole gang of us! We came into this village scavenging like mice and now we found you. I can’t believe it! How big is your camp?
PETER:
Pretty big. Has about fifty people in it. 
DESIREE:
Fifty? That’s quite the crowd. 
PETER:
And we’re all safe. That’s the important thing. Now come on. Why don’t you take me to the rest of your group so we can-
DESIREE:
How about you stay here Mister-
PETER:
I’m Peter. 
DESIREE:
Peter. Just stay here and we’ll bring them back and we’ll all go to your camp. 
(DESIREE and MURPHY walk off)
MURPHY:
Isn’t this great!?
DESIREE:
How is this great?
MURPHY:
Um, hello! We’re going to a camp.
DESIREE:
I don’t know. I don’t trust that guy. 
MURPHY:
How can you not trust that guy? He seemed nice enough. 
DESIREE:
Let’s just go find Irving and the others. 

EXT – GREEN RIDGE
IRVING:
Yolanda, you’re with us. 
YOLANDA:
Awesome sauce. 
WALLACE:
Take this knife. 
LUKE:
Hey guys, Desiree and Murphy are coming. 
IRVING:
About time. 
DESIREE:
Irving, we need to speak to you.
IRVING:
Why does everyone always need to speak to me?
DESIREE:
I’m sorry but…excuse me but who are you?
YOLANDA:
I’m Yolanda. 
WALLACE:
She’s new to the group. 
DESIREE:
Another one?
MURPHY:
That’s great! First me, then Peter, now Yolanda. 
IRVING:
Wait, who’s Peter?
MURPHY:
The guy in the convoy down the road. He says there’s a camp he can take us too and-
(Gunshots goes off and MURPHY’s head explodes)
LUKE:
Hit the deck!
(Everyone does)
IRVING:
Dammit, what the hell happened!?
WALLACE:
Looks like Murphy took one to the cranium. He’s long fucking gone. 
KENNETH:
Hey guys, I think we should move. 
DESIREE:
Why!?
KENNETH:
Because there’s a truck coming straight towards us! 
IRVING:
Shit, move!
(Everyone gets up and runs. PETER drives after the gang and shoots at them. KENNETH dives back inside the bar)
KENNETH:
Awe, fuck that hurt. Where the hell am I?
YOLANDA:
We’re back inside the bar. 
KENNETH:
Death and temptation all around me. 
YOLANDA:
I’m sorry but what kind of fucked up mess did you bring on me? I was just minding my own business trying to survive the apocalypse and here you guys come along bringing a psycho in a truck and a machine gun! 
(IRVING rushes in)
IRVING:
It’s a long story!
PETER:
Come on out you motherfuckers! You have some hell to pay in the name of Olc!
KENNETH:
Who’s Olc?
YOLANDA:
I don’t know but whoever he is, he’s pissed at you. 
KENNETH:
I didn’t do anything. 
IRVING:
Would you shut up! I need to think. 
YOLANDA:
Go ahead. Think. 
IRVING:
I got it!
(IRVING heads to the bar)
KENNETH:
This is no time to be drinking, father!
IRVING:
Kenneth, which booze burns the brightest?
KENNETH:
Why?
YOLANDA:
Just use this!
(YOLANDA tosses a bottle to IRVING)
KENNETH:
No dammit, that’s a good year. 
IRVING:
You’re not getting drunk on us for Christ sakes. Now rip me off a piece of your shirt. 
YOLANDA:
Here. 
(YOLANDA rips off part of her tank top)
YOLANDA:
That should do. 
KENNETH:
You might wanna cover up. It’s kinda cold out there-
YOLANDA:
Shut the fuck up. 
IRVING:
Everyone down!
(IRVING lights the newly made cocktail and throws it out the door)

EXT – GREEN RIDGE
(LUKE falls down as DESIREE tries to help him up)
DESIREE:
Come on, Luke. We gotta keep running. 
LUKE:
I can’t. My side is killing me. 
(Machine gun bullets fill the air. The two dive to the ground)
PETER:
Come out, come where you are. 
DESIREE:
Move!
LUKE:
No. I’m too slow. Just leave. 
DESIREE:
I’m not watching another friend of mine get killed. 
PETER:
Aha. Found you. 
(The two look up to see PETER standing over them) 
PETER:
I was instructed to take you back to Olc but I think I’ll enjoy this little moment and kill you both myself. 
(All of a sudden, a large explosion happens. PETER turns around and notices his truck is on fire)
PETER:
My truck! It’s in flames! 
DESIREE:
Run Luke!
LUKE:
Desiree, don’t!
(DESIREE quickly tackles PETER. PETER gets the upper hand and holds her down)
PETER:
Did you actually think you can pin me down you stupid bitch! Prepare to die. 
DESIREE:
No. Prepare to meet Betsy. Wallace!
PETER:
Huh?
(Gunshot. PETER’s head then explodes)
LUKE:
Dez! You okay?
DESIREE:
Fine! 
(DESIREE pushes the corpse off of her. She looks up to see WALLACE on a ledge with his sniper)
DESIREE:
Nice shooting, Wallace!
WALLACE:
Told yah I’d never give this gun up. She’s always came in handy. 
LUKE:
We were just lucky you were up there on that ledge. 
(IRVING and the others come out of the bar)
IRVING:
Looks like my cocktail took out his truck. 
KENNETH:
Holy shit, Desiree! Are you okay? 
DESIREE:
Yeah, I’m fine. It’s his blood. Wallace took him out. 
YOLANDA:
Okay. What was that shit?
WALLACE:
Looks like our little friend from the hospital is trying to track us down. 
YOLANDA:
What? Who?
IRVING:
We’ll explain later. You can still get us to your boyfriend’s lab right?
  YOLANDA:
As long as I’m clued in on all of this shit, yeah-
IRVING:
Good. Let’s get back into the ambulance and check out. 
KENNETH:
Which way are we heading?
YOLANDA:
West. We have to drive through a few towns to get out of here first. The quickest route I know is through the town of Yield. 
IRVING:
Yield?
YOLANDA:
I know the way.
LUKE:
Let’s go, let’s go. I think I hear some lurkers making their way out here. 
(The gang make their way to the ambulance)

INT – AMBULANCE
YOLANDA:
Does any of the radios still work?
WALLACE:
None. 
IRVING:
CD player still does. 
DESIREE:
Play something then. 
IRVING:
Any requests?
LUKE:
Real funny. 
IRVING:
I guess we’ll just listen to whatever the drivers were listening to before this happened…
(IRVING hits the “PLAY” button. We fade out to “Hopeless Wanderer” by Mumford and Sons)

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