Dead on the Horizon Volume 2: Home

Now that our survivors have found each other, they need a place to hide. With the psychotic Olc hot on their trail, they decide to follow Yolanda to her boyfriends lab. However along the way, they discover a large private school which could become their new home. Will this building house them safely from the dead on the horizon?

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3. This is War

CHET VO:

I’m going to fucking die. This is it. I can feel it. My time has finally come. Who would have guessed that it would at the hands of a living, breathing person and not some moaning corpse? Shit, I’m so screwed. Maybe I can persuade him to let me go. Give him a peace offering of sorts. Jesus I’m so fucked.

 

INT – OLC’S OFFICE

(WES enters with CHET and throws him before OLC)

CHET:

Hey watch it!

OLC:

Thank you Wes. That’ll be all for now.

WES:

Yes, Sir.

(WES exits)

OLC:

Funny world we live in, isn’t it? The dead rise from the grave, we end up running into each other again, it just makes me chuckle.

CHET:

Look, Mister Olc, I mean you no harm-

OLC:

Oh really? You mean the man who threw a hammer at me means no harm? That’s a real knee slapper. Allow me to give a quick belly laugh over that. HA! Okay, now that that’s resided, let’s talk about something else.

CHET:

To be honest, the way you handle yourself and your men and raid these cities…it’s quite inspiring to a guy like me. I don’t want to brag but I’ve raided my fair share of houses too.

OLC:

Is that so?

CHET:

Yep. Wanna know how many people I’ve killed?

OLC:

Not really. Body counts are like orgies. The more the merrier but we prefer not to talk about them.

CHET:

Ah.

OLC:

What’s your deal, Chet? You look like a man who’s shitting his pants right now.

CHET:

Maybe it’s because you scare me.

OLC:

Scare you? First off: Good. Second: Don’t be scared.

CHET:

Umm…okay. But listen Mister Olc, can I just say that I admire your work? What happened back in Yield was a total fluke and I didn’t mean to cause you any harm.

OLC:

So you didn’t mean to throw a hammer at my head?

CHET:

No…not really.

OLC:

That’s funny, Chet. You’re full of jokes today.

CHET:

I’m not trying to be funny. I’m being serious.

OLC:

Of course you are. I can see it in your pupils. Although you’re stupidity cost a man his arm.

CHET:

I could care less about that guy. Those fuckers back there deserve punishment.

OLC:

You think you know people who deserve punishment? Get in line.

CHET:

What? Are you looking for people?

OLC:

It’s my personal business.

CHET:

Maybe I can help you.

OLC:

I have enough help, thank you.

(WES enters)

WES:

Sir, Tobin’s returned from his route.

OLC:

Did they find what I sent them out for?

WES:

Yes, Sir. They found the mini gun.

OLC:

Beautiful! Pack everything up. We’re hitting the road and not coming back until we find those goddamn fuckers.

WES:

But what about Chet?

CHET:

Yeah! What about me?

OLC:

Ah yes. Hmm. Wes, execute the man. I’ll be in my convoy.

CHET:

What!? But Olc-

OLC:

This is what happens when you fuck with the best. Cheers.

(OLC exits as WES takes out a gun)

 

INT – CAFETERIA

WALLACE:

So the plan is to go in there hand to hand?

IRVING:

The plan is to win back the auditorium and clear out that entire space by whatever means necessary. Guns, knives, whatever tools you can use.

LUKE:

I think I’ll have to sit this one out, guys. Me going up against a whole room of dead heads? Not with this injury.

IRVING:

Okay. Free, you and Luke stay behind while the rest of us-

FREEMAN:

Excuse me but why do I have to stay behind?

IRVING:

Um, no offence Freeman but…well…

YOLANDA:

He’s trying to reference your one arm.

FREEMAN:

I fight well with one arm, thank you very much.

DEREK:

It’s true. He does.

GHOST:

He was just thinking logically.

JOEL:

What kind of weapon you using there, Freeman?

FREEMAN:

A standard pistol. Why?

JOEL:

Hm. Luke, hand me your machete if you aren’t fighting with us.

LUKE:

Okay?

(He does)

FREEMAN:

What are you going to do with that?

JOEL:

I can make a latch to connect this here machete to your stump. Trust me, I’m a janitor.

DESIREE:

Can you really do that?

WORMER:

He was always a good handy man.

JOEL:

Ho, ho, ho.

IRVING:

Alright. Luke, are you okay with sitting here by yourself?

LUKE:

In the cafeteria with all this food? Sure.

HUE:

What’s the plan when we clear out the auditorium?

JOEL:

Secure the back exit. We need to make a better shield from the outside world.

KENNETH:

Does this mean I finally get to use a gun?

YOLANDA:

As do I?

IRVING:

Wallace?

(Pause)

WALLACE:

Sure.

IRVING:

Here’s the bag of guns. Take your pick. But let me warn you: You do anything stupid or cost somebody their life…I will dessert you.

KENNERTH:

I hear you loud and clear.

YOLANDA:

Same here.

JOEL:

I’m gonna go fix this latch for Freeman. It shouldn’t take me any longer than ten minutes.

IRVING:

Then we’ll meet you up by the auditorium entrance in ten minutes, Joel.

 

INT – HALLWAY

JOEL:

Here we go folks. Where’s Freeman?

FREEMAN:

Right here.

JOEL:

Let’s try this puppy on.

(JOEL slips the machete latch over FREEMANS stump)

FREEMAN:

Like a glove.

DESIREE:

You look so much more….intimidating.

FREEMAN:

I feel empowered.

DEREK:

Just don’t give anyone a high five.

IRVING:

Enough of the small talk. Are we ready for this?

WALLACE:

I am.

JOEL:

Let me just pull out the duel pistols you let me barrow.

DESIREE:

Derek, let’s get the chain around the doors.

DEREK:

Right.

(JOEL takes out the key)

JOEL

When I unlock that padlock, get as far back away from those doors as possible.

DESIREE:

I hear you.

DEREK:

Same here.

IRVING:

Everyone loaded up?

(Everyone nods)

IRVING:

Joel…unleash the horde.

(JOEL goes to the door and unlocks the padlock)

IRVING:

On my count, open the doors. One….two….three.

(JOEL rips the doors open. Everyone runs back as zombies start to stumble out)

IRVING:

FIRE!

(Gunshots goes off. Zombies fall. Dramatic music plays underneath as we hear a large cascade of zombie mutilation going on)

HUE:

There’s too many of them!

IRVING:

Stand in formation. Keep fighting for the love of Christ!

(More gunshots)

YOLANDA:

Freeman! Behind you!

(FREEMAN turns around. We hear FREEMAN slash a zombie in the head with his machete arm)

FREEMAN:

I got it.

IRVING:

Start moving into the auditorium!

WORMER:

Is that a wise idea?

IRVING:

Do you want this school secured!?

(More moaning from the zombies)

WORMER:

You heard the Father! Move into the auditorium!

(The group makes their way into the auditorium)

JOEL:

Wallace, follow me! Let’s try to fix the exit and stop those things from coming in!

WALLACE:

After you, Santa!

(The two head down the aisles)

KENNETH:

We’re gonna run out of ammunition!

DESIREE:

Then use your knives!

DEREK:

Stomp on their heads! Do anything you can to kill these sons of bitches!

FREEMAN:

Go back to hell you spawns of Satan!

(The group keep firing as JOEL and WALLACE make it to the exit)

WALLACE:

Is this the exit?

JOEL:

Yeah! Now help me blockade it with these chairs.

WALLACE:

Will these chairs hold?

JOEL:

They’ll have to do for now!

(The two start moving the chairs in front of the exit)

HUE:

Shit! The roamers are heading straight for Wallace and Joel! I gotta go help them.

(HUE runs off)

YOLANDA:

Hue get back here!

(HUE blasts zombies down as he heads for the exit)

HUE:

GUYS! Look out!

(Suddenly, a zombie falls onto HUE)

IRVING:

Shit!

DEREK:

Hue!

FREEMAN:

I got him!

(FREEMAN heads for HUE)

HUE:

Get off me you bloody roamer!

(The roamer bites HUE’s fingers off)

HUE:

Ahhh!

DEREK:

Oh fuck.

DESIREE:

What happened?

DEREK:

That roamer just bit off Hue’s fingers.

(FREEMAN runs over and grabs the roamer)

FREEMAN:

I got you, Hue!

 (He drags the roamer off of HUE and slices it in the head)

FREEMAN:

Stay down you fucking corpse. Hue, are you okay?

HUE:

No. My hand…it bit my fucking hand.

FREEMAN:

Oh fuck.

IRVING:

Are you two alright?

(He notices HUE’s wound)

IRVING:

Oh shit. Free, hold my gun.

FREEMAN:

What are you doing?

IRVING:

Taking my jacket off. We’re going to have to amputate that hand.

HUE:

What? NO!

IRVING:

You’re infected. We can’t risk losing you, Hue. Do you want to become one of them?

(JOEL and WALLACE run over)

JOEL:

The exit is secured.

WALLACE:

Hue…your hand!

IRVING:

Help me wind this around his arm Wallace.

HUE:

I can’t lose my hand.

FREEMAN:

It’s either the hand or you.

(Pause)

HUE:

Fine. Take it off.

IRVING:

Okay. I have a good tie around his arm. Freeman…do your job.

(FREEMAN raises his arm)

HUE:

Be gentle.

FREEMAN:

I’m sorry.

(FREEMAN cuts off HUE’s hand)

HUE:

Ahhhh!

IRVING:

Get Kenneth over here!

KENNETH:

What’s wrong?

IRVING:

We need to stop the bleeding.

KENNETH:

Why? What happened?

JOEL:

Long story.

KENNETH:

Why’d you cut off his hand!?

HUE:

Just tell them how to stop the fucking bleeding!!!

KENNETH:

Okay um…stop the bleeding. We’ll need fire. Fire, fire. Wait. Where’s the chemistry lab in this place?

WORMER:

Two hallways over. Why?

 

INT – CHEMISTRY LAB

(The group kicks open the door and drags HUE inside)

KENNETH:

Place him on the table over the Bunsen burner.

(HUE’s bloody arm is placed over the burner)

KENNETH:

Okay. Is everybody ready?

HUE:

I fucking hate you all.

IRVING:

This is for the best.

KENNETH:

And here we go!

(KENETH starts the burner and sears the wound shut)

 

INT – CAFETERIA

(Half of the group reenters the room)

LUKE:

Well, how did it go?

DESIREE:

We managed to clear the room.

LUKE:

That’s good, right?

YOLANDA:

It would be if it wasn’t for one minor loss.

LUKE:

What happened?

DEREK:

Hue got bit. We managed to save him though. He had to lose one of his hands.

LUKE:

Jesus.

GHOST:

Kenneth is taking care of him as we speak. Freeman volunteered to help him get around without the loss of his hand.

YOLANDA:

That’s our Freeman. Always looking out for others.

LUKE:

How’s the exit?

DEREK:

Secured for now. We’ll have to build a more sturdy restraint system for it this week.

GHOST:

Until then, Irving told us to clear the bodies out of the auditorium and take them into the courtyard to burn them.

LUKE:

That’ll take forever.

DESIREE:

It needs to be done. But look at the bright side, the war is over.

LUKE:

Are we finally safe?

YOLANDA:

For now.

 

INT – NURSES OFFICE

IRVING:

Now just relax, Hue. We’ll be outside if you need us.

HUE:

Thank you.

(IRVING exits)

WALLACE:

How’s he doing?

IRVING:

He’s doing better. If Freeman has survived for this long without an arm, I’m sure he’ll do well without a hand.

WORMER:

Joel, do you think you can make a latch for Hue so he can have a special knife attached to his stump?

JOEL:

I’ll get right on it.

IRVING:

Gentlemen, I just want to say today was a major victory for us. We had a casualty but all together we still won. With that being said…I still need to tell you something.

WORMER:

Yes?

IRVING:

We don’t know how long we’re going to be here. Our group member Yolanda knows someone who has a lab which could hold a secret to this entire disease.

JOEL:

Are you serious?

WALLACE:

Serious as we’ll ever be.

IRVING:

We plan on continuing our journey but until then, we wish to stay here. You may join us if you like.

WORMER:

We’ll have to think about that offer. But as for now, this school will always be our home.

WALLACE:

Alright, let’s cut the Hallmark shit. We got some bodies to burn.

(The men head out as we fade into “This is War” by Thirty Seconds to Mars)

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