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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7. Lesson Learned

CHET VO:

Fuck this plan! Fuck everything going on inside Ghosts head. He thinks he’s “oh so intelligent.” We’re risking our lives going to a grocery store while he goes to a fucking hardware store to fix a chain link fence. The fence doesn’t mean a damn thing! Fuck off Ghost. Maybe you don’t deserve a spot in my plan after all.

 

EXT – BIG MART

(DEREK, CHET, and FREEMAN walk up to the store, whispering)

DEREK:

Remember, if all goes south…the van is parked right over there for a quick escape.

FREEMAN:

Are there any foods we’re looking for in particular?

CHET:

What does it matter? Food is food.

DEREK:

Canned goods are always good. Just stick close and don’t get lost. The Big Mart is an easy place is lose yourself. I know, I used to be a cashier here.

CHET:

You were a cashier?

DEREK:

For a short time, yes.

FREEMAN:

Okay, let’s go.

(FREEMAN pumps his shotgun. DEREK opens up the front door and the three walk in)

CHET:

Jesus, this place is huge.

DEREK:

It’s a super mart. It has everything.

FREEMAN:

Where’s the canned goods located?

DEREK:

Follow me.

(The three tip toe through the store)

FREEMAN:

I’m not seeing a single corpse. This is odd.

CHET:

Why would that be odd?

FREEMAN:

I would have expected to of seen at least a couple of corpses inside this place.

DEREK:

Just consider it luck.

OLC:

Looks like your luck has run out, fellas.

(Our three stop moving and turn around)

DEREK:

What?

(Behind them is OLC and twenty of his men)

FREMAN:

More people.

CHET:

That’s an understatement. More like an army of people.

DEREK:

How long have all you been here?

OLC:

Not long. We were just passing through and I thought I could use a drink.

(OLC chugs a bottle)

FREEMAN:

That’s rubbing alcohol.

WES:

He knows.

OLC:

Now fellas, coming here may have seemed like a good idea at first. Hell, it seemed like a good idea to us too. That’s why we’re here! But that’s where your downfall comes. You see, you came at a bad time because you’re here at the exact same time as us.

DEREK:

Who are you people?

OLC:

We don’t have a name. But you can call me Olc.

CHET:

What kind of name is Olc?

OLC:

It’s Irish.

FREEMAN:

Are you saying you don’t want to band together and try to help each other?

OLC:

That’s not really my forte.

DEREK:

I think we should leave.

OLC:

No, no. It’s okay. My men and I were just about to leave but before we do…we see you have a few things we would like to have.

DEREK:

Excuse me?

OLC:

Hand over your weapons. Yes, even the hammer.

CHET:

Fuck off.

OLC:

Excuse me?

WES:

Don’t say that to Olc.

DEREK:

We’re not handing over our weapons.

OLC:

I see. Then you have five seconds to hand them over before we turn you in a grease stain on the ground that the lurkers outside can lap up with their disease ridden tongues.

FREEMAN:

Derek?

DEREK:

He’s bluffing.

OLC:

I don’t bluff.

DEREK:

We’re not giving up our only chance of defending ourselves.

OLC:

Then you’ll have to die. Five-

CHET:

Bite me!

OLC:

Four.

CHET:

Blow me.

OLC:

Three.

CHET:

Fuck me.

OLC:

Two.

CHET:

I’m running out of euphemisms…

OLC:

ONE!

FREEMAN:

Here, take my shotgun.

(FREEMAN hands over his shotgun)

OLC:

That’s a good man. The rest of you?

(Pause)

DEREK:

Fine. Here.

(DEREK gives OLC his gun)

OLC:

And the hammer?

CHET:

What if I don’t?

(OLC gives a light chuckle)

OLC:

You know, you have a lot of guts. I admire that about you. Go ahead and keep your weapon. You might need it. Come on men, let’s get out of here.

CHET:

That’s right. Leave motherfucker!

OLC:

Excuse me?

WES:

I told you-

CHET:

I heard you, wimpy! I’m just talking to your flaccid leader!

DEREK:

Chet, shut up.

OLC:

You have some nerve kid, trying to get a rise out of me.

CHET:

You want a rise? How’s this for a rise?

(CHET throws his hammer at OLC. OLC dives forward and tackles CHET to the ground)

OLC:

You fucker! How dare you throw your hammer at me!

DEREK:

Get off him!

WES:

Get back.

CHET:

What are you gonna do about it?

OLC:

I’m glad you asked.

(OLC gets up and throws CHET over to his men)

OLC:

Hold that guy back. What’s his name? Chet I believe? Yeah, hold him back. I have some lessons to teach! Wes, you make sure that little punk stands right there as well.

DEREK:

What did you call me?

OLC:

Shut your fucking trap! Now, now, now. You. What’s your name?

FREEMAN:

Me?

OLC:

No. The blind man next to you. Yes, you goddam it.

FREEMAN:

It’s Freeman.

OLC:

Ah, what a unique name. Well come over here Freeman. You’re about to be made an example of.

(FREEMAN is grabbed by OLC and dragged over into the center of the store)

DEREK:

Let him go! He didn’t do anything!

OLC:

I’ve always believed that the best way to teach someone a lesson is by enforcing ones lessons onto another. That way, they can learn their mistakes by watching a friend’s pain and misfortune.

CHET:

Go to hell, Olc!

OLC:

If you insist. Hey, Freeman!

(OLC punches FREEMAN)

DEREK:

Don’t!

OLC:

Wow, that was a good one. I felt my knuckles pop with that punch.

FREEMAN:

My tooth…

OLC:

Oh, I’m sorry. Did I knock a tooth out? Here, let me kick it back into place for you.

(OLC kicks FREEMAN in the face)

DEREK:

If you kill him, I swear-

OLC:

Wes, if that boy tries to come at me I give you the order to shoot him on the spot.

WES:

Yes, Sir!

OLC:

Good. Now, let’s have some fun! Tobin, come over here and hold Freeman down.

(TOBIN walks over and holds the injured FREEMAN down)

OLC:

Spread his left arm out.

(He does)

OLC:

That’s good. Now Freeman, I admire this shotgun of yours. It’s in beautiful condition. I’ve always wanted a shotgun like this but the gun stores we’ve raided never had ones like this.

FREEMAN:

Please, stop-

OLC:

I’m talking! Now don’t take this personally. This is all because of Chet. I like you Freeman but somebody has to take the whipping. Now Tobin is holding you down with your left arm extended. I’m going to pin the shotgun barrel to your arm. When I count to three, I’m going to pull the trigger and blow your arm off.

(FREEMAN gasps)

DEREK:

NO!

OLC:

Zeke, go grab a blow torch. We’ll need to cauterize the wound when I’m done with this. Or rather…you two will be.

DEREK:

You sick fuck.

OLC:

Now, now. We don’t want to make this any more worse for Freeman do we?

 (OLC presses the shotgun against FREEMANS arm)

FREEMAN:

Please, don’t.

OLC:

I’m sorry but lessons got to be taught.

FREEMAN:

I won’t be able to play catch with my son anymore.

OLC:

What a shame. I would start to cry but honestly, I’m having too much fun.

(The gunshot goes off)

FREEMAN:

AHHHH!

OLC:

Lesson learned! Let’s go boys!

(Everyone in OLC’S gang packs up and leaves)

OLC:

You have only a few minutes save his life. I’d hurry if I was you.

(OLC exits)

DEREK:

Chet, grab the fucking blow torch!

CHET:

I can’t believe that just happened!

DEREK:

It’s going to be okay, Freeman.

CHET:

Here’s the blow torch.

DEREK:

Thanks. Now go find some towels or anything to stop the bleeding.

CHET:

What aisle would that be in?

DEREK:

This is no time to be a smartass, Chet!

DEREK:

Hey, fuck you.

DEREK:

GO!

(CHET exits)

DEREK:

You’ll be okay, Freeman. We’re not going to lose you.

FREEMAN (in pain):

What kind of man would do that to someone?

DEREK:

I don’t know. Hurry up Chet!

 

INT – GHOSTS HOUSE

HUE:

The material’s all out in the garage.

GHOST:

Excellent.

BRYAN:

I’m surprised how easy that run was.

GHOST:

Now I’m just wondering where Derek and the others are.

(The sound of a car horn is heard)

BRYAN:

Must be them.

HUE:

But why would they be honking their horn? That’ll sire up a riot of lurkers.

GHOST:

I don’t know. Let me look out the window.

(He does)

GHOST:

Caesars Ghost!

BRYAN:

What is it?

GHOST:

Open the door, quick!

HUE:

I got it.

(HUE opens it and in walks the gang pulling FREEMAN)

HUE:

Holy shit!

GHOST:

What the hell happened!?

BRYAN:

Where’s his arm?

DEREK:

We ran into a group of marauders at the Big Mart.

GHOST:

Seriously?

CHET:

What do you mean by “seriously?” Look at this guy. He’s missing a fucking arm!

HUE:

Are you okay, Freeman?

FREEMAN:

I’m, I’m…it’s, it’s so…I don’t know how to feel.

DEREK:

He kept blacking in and out during the car ride back here. We stopped the bleeding and cauterized the wound but I’m no doctor.

GHOST:

This is horrible. I wasn’t expecting a problem such as that in all of my planning.

CHET:

Obviously.

DEREK:

Chet, if you hadn’t of thrown your hammer at the leader of those pack of wolves maybe Freeman would still have his arm.

CHET:

I was in the moment.

BRYAN:

He was probably scared.

HUE:

I know I would have been.

GHOST:

Come on, Freeman. Let’s get you to a bed.

 

INT – POLICE STATION

(WES opens the doors to the police station)

WES:

Let’s try this place out, Sir.

OLC:

This is the only building I’ve seen in miles. They could have gotten far.

WES:

It’s a good place to hold up when you think about it. Those weapons they had did look like standard police issued weapons. Plus they did say they were stuck in a police station.

OLC:

We’re going to find them.

WES:

Wait, look over there!

(WES and OLC walk over to a large spot on the ground. Fresh blood and medical supplies lay on the ground)

WES:

This blood is fresh and those are medical supplies.

OLC:

They were here.

MARY:

They left about an hour ago…

(WES and OLC turn around to see MARY)

OLC:

What in the world?

MARY:

I would assume you are looking for Irving and Wallace?

WES:

We’re looking for two men is all.

MARY:

Yep. They were here. They brought medical supplies to a demon spawn from hell who helped save the life of a young man. They left an hour ago.

OLC:

And they didn’t take you with them?

MARY:

It’s because they’re afraid of hearing the truth. I know that the Lord is behind this all but they don’t want to believe in that. Not even the father. That’s why they left me here chained to this wall.

OLC:

Do you know which way they went?

MARY:

They talked about heading east.

OLC:

East? Any towns in particular?

MARY:

Not really.

WES:

Do you think we should take her long with us, Sir?

MARY:

Yes! Yes, please! I can be of good service to you both. I will help you find them and together we can smite the sinners.

OLC:

How many of them are there?

MARY:

About five.

OLC:

I see.

MARY:

Please. They just left me here. I’m a good person. I can help you find them and make them pay.

(Pause)

OLC:

Is this the key to your handcuffs right here on the ground?

MARY:

Yes!

OLC:

Wes, hand me the key.

WES:

Yes, Sir!

(WES gives him the key)

OLC:

What’s your name?

MARY:

Mary Opel.

OLC:

Congratulations, Mary. Consider me your new savior. You’re getting your second chance at freedom.

MARY:

Bless you!

(OLC unlocks MARY from her spot. As we fade out “Lesson Learned” by Alice in chains starts to play)

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