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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8. SAIL

OLC VO:

I remember the day my wife died. I was having sex with a prostitute and I got the call from the hospital that her body was found mangled in an alley. She appeared to have been mugged and repeatedly stabbed to death. Painful way to die, right? I climbed off of my date and went straight to the hospital. I looked at the body, cried a few crocodile tears, and told myself it was going to be okay. I’m so goddamn good at acting. Killing her was the easy part. Adapting to life after she went away was the hard part. Maybe that’s because it never included fucking corpses rising from their tombs.

 

EXT – WAREHOUSE

(The sound of a few trucks pulling up to the warehouse are heard. OLC, WES, and MARY exit the lead convoy)

OLC:

Ah, home sweet home.

MARY:

Is this your hideout?

OLC:

Hideout? Didn’t you just hear me call it home? Open up your ears you goddamn broad.

WES:

I’ll go siphon out the moat.

OLC:

Good idea.

(WES exits)

MARY:

Moat?

OLC:

Yeah. You see, we have a moat dug all around the warehouse. Inside the moat, my men have filled it all with roamers.

MARY:

You better pray that it’s a deep moat.

OLC:

Care to see for yourself?

MARY:

No, thank you.

OLC:

I think you should. It’ll put some hair on your chest.

MARY:

I’m fine.

OLC:

Mary, we found you chained to the wall. You’re not fine.

MARY:

Um, why don’t you show me the inside of your home?

OLC:

Okay. Why not? Ladies first.

 

INT – GHOSTS ROOM

DEREK:

Is he going to be okay?

GHOST:

I don’t know. He’s in shock at the moment.

DEREK:

Fuck.

GHOST:

Looking at the wound, you took care of it pretty well. But the damage is pretty severe.

DEREK:

Well no duh, Ghost. He’s missing his arm.

GHOST:

I say from now on, we all stick together and fight our own battles.

DEREK:

I should really speak to Chet.

GHOST:

Why?

DEREK:

Because if it wasn’t for him, Freeman might still have an arm.

GHOST:

Go on…

 

INT – CHETS ROOM

CHET:

I think we should leave by tomorrow.

BRYAN:

Tomorrow?

CHET:

Yep. Set sail before the sun sets and get rid of all of these fuckers who are only getting in our way.

BRYAN:

Okay. So we kill Ghost, Derek, Hue-

CHET:

Whoa, whoa, whoa. I never said we kill Hue.

BRYAN:

We’re keeping Hue alive?

CHET:

Haven’t you seen how easily brainwashed that guy is? He flip flops more than a girl at spring break.

BRYAN:

So what do we do?

CHET:

We convince him to join us in getting rid of the others.

BRYAN:

How?

CHET:

Easy. We tell him something he wants to hear. Just follow my lead.

 

INT – OLCS OFFICE

MARY:

So this is your office?

OLC:

I wouldn’t exactly call it an office. That makes me sound like some sort of official. I’m no official. I’m more of a leader.

MARY:

I’ve seen. Do you have a name for your group?

OLC:

I don’t believe in names. My men have their God given names but even those are silly to begin with. For all I care, they’re just my minions. They follow me and do what I tell them.

MARY:

I’m sorry Olc but if I may ask: Who put you in charge?

OLC:

I did.

MARY:

And how did that come to be?

OLC:

The angels chose me. You believe in that shit don’t yah?

(OLC takes out a bag of white powder)

MARY:

What’s that in the little baggie?

OLC:

What, this? Take a wild guess.

MARY:

It looks like…oh it can’t be.

OLC:

You bet it is.

(We hear OLC taking a big snort)

MARY:

Where in the world did you find cocaine?

OLC:

That’s my little secret. Now why don’t you tell me a little secret about yourself?

MARY:

How about I just help you find out where the others are going and we can go punish them?

OLC:

I have a different form of teaching lessons, Mary.

(OLC stands up)

OLC:

Come over here.

MARY:

Why?

OLC:

Just come over here. Please.

MARY:

No.

OLC:

Don’t make me beg.

MARY:

I think I want to leave. This is the exit right?

(MARY opens the door)

OLC:

Wrong door, Mary.

(Out walks a zombie)

MARY:

Ah!

(MARY runs back and falls onto the ground)

OLC:

Edgar, stay!

(The zombies stops in his tracks. OLC walks over and pats its head)

OLC:

That’s a good boy.

MARY:

You’re just gonna pet it like he’s a dog!?

OLC:

Mary, allow me to introduce you to Edgar. Edgar is my favorite roamer.

(EDGAR mumbles)

MARY:

He understands you?

OLC:

He does. He listens and communicates to me. I’ve been trying to teach him how to become a real human again but thus far it’s proven futile. I’ll never have the heart to put him down.

MARY:

Olc, this is seriously twisted!

OLC:

Twisted? You haven’t seen twisted my dear. Edgar, back in your closet. Papa needs some alone time with his girlfriend.

(EDGAR walks back into the closet and OLC closes the door)

OLC:

Now Mary. What should we do?

(We hear MARY picking up OLCS gun from the table)

MARY:

Let me go you psycho!

OLC:

Why Mary, that’s my gun you have there.

MARY:

Please, let me go.

OLC:

Go ahead. Pull the trigger and see what happens.

MARY:

Just let me go.

OLC:

Shoot me.

MARY:

Olc-

OLC:

SHOOT ME!

MARY:

Jesus forgive me.

(MARY fires but the gun is empty. OLC laughs and walks over)

MARY:

Oh dammit.

(OLC punches MARY who falls down)

OLC:

Now the real fun begins.

(OLC takes out a syringe)

OLC:

You see this? This syringe is filled with a drug which numbs the entire body and causes it to go into a paralyzed state. You’ll be able to hear everything and feel everything.

(OLC drugs MARY)

OLC:

Now, now. That little pinch didn’t hurt at all, did it?

MARY:

Olc...

OLC:

That’s good. The last thing I wanted to hear was you saying my name so it can be imprinted in my mind while I do this.

(We hear the sound of a belt being unbuckled)

 

INT – GHOSTS BASEMENT

HUE:

Okay, okay. What is it that you two wanted to talk to me privately about?

BRYAN:

Hue, we like you man. You’re a good guy and strong force of nature.

CHET:

Plus you’re a good listener which is more than I can say about anyone else in this house.

BRYAN:

Chet and I are leaving tomorrow.

HUE:

Why!?

CHET:

Frankly we find Ghost and his survival tactics to be too risky. His plan totally backfired on us and it nearly cost us our lives.

HUE:

But what about Derek and Freeman?

BRYAN:

They’re just as bad. They only want to listen to Ghost and follow his orders. They’re the puppets and Ghost just so happens to be pulling the strings.

HUE:

Wow. So you guys are really leaving.

CHET:

Packing up tonight.

HUE:

I gotta come with you.

CHET:

We’ll be happy to bring you along.

HUE:

But where will we go?

BRYAN:

The islands, surrounded by water. A place where those dead things can’t get to us.

HUE:

We’re going to the islands…

(Fade over to hear DEREK listening in on the group)

DEREK:

Holy shit!

 

INT – GHOSTS ROOM

(DEREK bursts in)

DEREK:

Ghost, we need to talk!

GHOST:

What is it, Derek? Can’t you see I’m tending to Freeman?

DEREK:

Chet, Bryan, and Hue are planning on abandoning us tomorrow.

GHOST:

What!?

DEREK:

Yep. I overheard them talking in the basement.

GHOST:

But why would they want to leave? That’s preposterous!

 DEREK:

I don’t know. They gave some bullshit reason. Hue went along with the whole thing like a fish attracted to bait on a hook.

GHOST:

We’ll need to talk to them.

DEREK:

I think I’ll talk to Chet personally. You stay here and continue on with what you’re doing.

GHOST:

Whatever you do, don’t cause a big disturbance!

DEREK:

I’m going to try not to.

 

INT – OLCS OFFICE

(WES enters)

WES:

Are you decent, Sir?

OLC:

Come on in, Wes.

WES:

Team C just got back from Hempster with supplies. They found some maps-

OLC:

Fuck the maps. I need some news on those two who killed my men.

WES:

What about that Opel woman we brought back with us? I thought she might have been some value.

OLC:

She was of some value alight. Follow me, Wes.

(OLC opens up the side doors to the office and they enter a whole new room)

WES:

Sir, what section of your office is this?

OLC:

This is my dungeon, Wes. I bring all my victims here.

WES:

I see.

OLC:

I’m going to need your help for a second. Hand me that whip.

WES:

Yes, Sir.

(He does)

OLC:

Thank you.

(They walk over to MARY who is tied up to the wall)

MARY:

Lord in Heaven save me. Lord in Heaven save me-

OLC:

Now Mary, your friends have done something very naughty. They killed a few of my men and that is a big no, no in my book. So this is my punishment unto them until I get my hands on them. So can you tell me where they are?

MARY:

I told you all that I know.

OLC:

I see. Stand back, Wes.

WES:

Yes, Sir.

(OLC cracks the whip against MARY)

OLC:

Are you sure you don’t know where they are?

MARY:

In the beginning, God created the Heavens and the Earth.

(OLC whips Mary again)

OLC:

Where are they, Mary?

MARY:

He saw that it was good.

OLC:

Tell me!!

MARY:

You can go to hell, Olc!

(OLC whips Mary again. MARY cries as OLC drops the whip)

WES:

I don’t think she knows anything, Sir.

OLC:

Wes, hand me my gun.

WES:

Yes, Sir.

(WES gives OLC his gun. OLC presses it against the back of MARY’s head)

MARY:

God is good…

OLC:

God doesn’t like wild caricatures such as yourself.

(OLC shoots MARY in the head)

OLC:

Fuck. Clean this shit up. Make it sparkle.

WES:

Yes, Sir.

 

INT – GHOSTS BASEMENT

(CHET is packing up when DEREK enters)

DEREK:

I can’t let you leave Chet.

CHET:

So add eavesdropper to the never ending list of reasons why I don’t like you.

DEREK:

You just can’t pick up and leave. We have a good thing going for us here.

CHET:

No, you have a good thing for yourself here.

DEREK:

Listen, Ghosts plan is full proof-

CHET:

How would you know!? You only just got here!

DEREK:

I think it’s time you stopped being an asshole.

CHET:

Asshole? Did you just call me an asshole?

DEREK:

I’m sorry, did you need me to talk slower?

 

EXT – GHOSTS HOUSE

(HUE and BRYAN are fixing the fence)

HUE:

I think the fence is fixed now.

BRYAN:

Yep. Looks pretty grounded.

HUE:

Good. Let’s head inside because it’s starting to get cold.

BRYAN:

Wait…look over there.

HUE:

Where?

BRYAN

There.

(The two look into the distance and see a gigantic herd of zombies heading up the street)

HUE:

Holy fuck.

BRYAN:

That’s the biggest herd I’ve ever seen.

HUE:

And it’s coming straight this way.

BRYAN:

If they realize we’re inside the house, they’ll tear right inside.

HUE:

Come on, we gotta tell Chet.

(BRYAN and HUE make a run for it)

 

INT – GHOSTS BASEMENT

CHET:

Fuck you! Fuck you and your one armed apprentice. I never liked you two in the first place.

DEREK:

What’s wrong with you?

CHET:

What’s wrong with me? Nothing! I’m completely fine. I’m as fine as a fiddle. So you know what…why don’t you go join your girlfriend?

DEREK:

You son of a-

(CHET suddenly decks DEREK)

DEREK:

Owe, my face!

CHET:

Take that you bastard!

(DEREK grabs a wine bottle)

DEREK:

How about you take this!

(DEREK chucks the bottle at CHET who dives out of the way)

CHET:

I’m going to fucking murder you.

DEREK:

I’d like to see you try.

 

INT – GHOSTS ROOM

GHOST:

What is going on down there?

(BRYAN runs in with the rifle drawn)

BRYAN:

Stand down cock sucker!

GHOST:

Bryan, put the rifle down!

BRYAN:

Keep still or I’m going to put a hole in your chest. That’s a promise.

 

INT – WAREHOUSE

OLC:

Are my men ready for the rally?

WES:

Yes, Sir.

OLC:

Are the amplifiers warmed up?

WES:

Just made sure this morning.

OLC:

Good. Hand me the mic.

(WES hands him an old style mic)

OLC:

Show time.

(OLC walks through a curtain out onto an old style balcony. Down below are about a hundred or so men; followers of his. They cheer for him)

OLC:

Thank you, thank you. Please, that’s enough. We don’t want to attract the fried brains. But what a way to go out, eh? Now listen everyone, this is a time of grave seriousness. Earlier today, a couple of our own were killed in cold blood by a two maniacs driving an ambulance. I’ve made it my goal to hunt down those maniacs and make them pay for their crimes. Nobody kills my men. Together we will bring justice to this world of lawlessness. Thank you.

(OLC leaves the balcony as his men cheer)

WES:

Well said, Sir.

OLC:

I try my best. One day that could be you out there on that balcony.

WES:

I highly doubt that, Sir. But before I forget, Michael had a very special gift for you.

OLC:

He did?

WES:

Yes. Said he found something a couple of things you’d love to have as trophies. He collected them while out in Hempster.

(WES exits the room and comes back in with two gagged women on leashes)

OLC:

My, my, my. Look at these girls!

WES:

I know. They refused to tell us their names so we had them gagged.

OLC:

And I love the addition of the leashes.

WES:

Michael’s idea.

OLC:

Tell Michael he just got a promotion.

WES:

To what?

OLC:

I don’t know yet. That was just your cue to get the hell out of my room.

WES:

Yes, Sir.

(WES quickly leaves)

OLC:

So ladies, you two aren’t much of talkers eh?

(Silence)

OLC:

Okay then. Would you like to know what is inside this syringe?

 

INT – GHOSTS BASEMENT

(A punch is heard)

DEREK:

Oof!

(DEREK goes to his knees)

CHET:

Hey buddy, look at me.

(DEREK looks up and sees a fist coming right at him. BAM! DEREK falls down)

CHET:

And stay down, fucker.

(CHET grabs his bag and heads up the stairs)

HUE:

Chet!

CHET:

Hue, where’s Bryan? We need to get the fuck out of Yield now.

HUE:

There might be a problem with that plan.

CHET:

What do you mean?

(We hear the zombie herd outside the house)

CHET:

Oh fuck me sideways.

 

INT – OLC’S DUNGEON

(OLC sits down against the wall. We hear him snort something, probably some more coke)

OLC:

They’re always so much harder to stick up against the wall…

(What does he mean? The bodies of the girl are up on the wall. Fade out to “SAIL” by Awolnation)

 

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