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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2. Watch the World

YOLANDA VO:

Six hours out on the road. We’ve stopped at a few mini marts and picked up some snacks but even that can’t fill up the hunger that’s ripping through my stomach. But it’s not the hunger that’s worrying me. It’s the fact that we haven’t seen a gas station in miles. There’s absolutely nothing. We just hit Rockville and we’re smack dab right in the middle of the red zone. If this trucks gas tank runs bone dry, then we’re fucked. That’s all there is to it.

 

EXT – ROCKVILLE

IRVING:

Shit.

DESIREE:

What is it?

IRVING:

We’re running on fumes.

DEREK:

Anyone see a gas station?

KENNETH:

Haven’t seen one since we entered the city.

GHOST:

That’s not a good sign.

WALLACE:

We’ll need a place to hold up.

LUKE:

Where are we going to hold up?

WALLACE:

Just look around! Anyplace is better than being trapped in this metal death cube.

FREEMAN:

How about there?

IRVING:

Damn, we’re out.

DEREK:

Irving, look!

(Everyone looks out the window)

HUE:

Whoa.

GHOST:

Holy shitake mushrooms that’s a big building.

DESIREE:

What kind of building is that?

DEREK:

Rockville Private School.

KENNETH:

It looks safe.

WALLACE:

It looks more than safe. It looks fucking secure. Look at that iron fence.

YOLANDA:

Are we just going to stare at it or make a run for cover?

IRVING:

Alright, everyone take their belongings with them. We’re heading for the school. Try not to get separated.

DEREK:

Let’s go.

(Everyone gets out of the vehicle and makes a run for the school)

IRVING:

Luke, close the gate behind you and lock it!

LUKE:

Yes, Irving!

(LUKE does. We hear a large clash as LUKE closes the gate behind him and locks it)

IRVING:

Stay in formation. We don’t know what’s in here. For all we know, it could be filled with roamers.

WALLACE:

Be prepared to fight to the teeth!

IRVING:

Flashlights out, knives up, and guns on standby. Let’s go.

(IRVING kicks the doors open and the group runs inside)

 

INT – ROCKVILLE PRIVATE SCHOOL

GHOST:

This school is gigantic.

DESIREE:

We’ll have to split up in order to search the whole place from top to bottom.

IRVING:

I’m not risking anyone’s safety.

FREEMAN:

Has anyone noticed that this building has power?

WALLACE:

Possibly a backup generator.

KENNETH:

Yeah but who’s keeping it running?

DEREK:

That’s a good question.

(A creaking is hear)

IRVING:

Hold it. Wallace, the door over there is opening.

WALLACE:

I got it.

(WALLACE walks over to the door and rips it open, revealing a burly man holding a crowbar)

IRVING:

Stand down! He’s alive!

JOEL:

Damn right I’m alive.

WALLACE:

Drop the crowbar, now.

JOEL:

Or what?

WALLACE:

Dez?

DESIREE:

Or we put a bullet in between your legs.

JOEL:

Fine.

(JOEL puts the crowbar down)

WALLACE:

What’s that in your back pocket?

JOEL:

A walkie-talkie.

IRVING:

Why do you have a walkie-talkie?

JOEL:

For communication. What else?

DEREK:

There’s more of you in here?

JOEL:

Just one more.

IRVING

Get him down here.

JOEL:

Alright.

(JOEL reaches into his pocket and pulls out the walkie-talkie)

JOEL:

Hey Noah, it’s Joel. You might want to get down to the main entrance. We have a situation.

WALLACE:

Now drop the walkie, bub.

(JOEL does)

LUKE:

Hey, aren’t you Joel Moffat?

JOEL:

Who’s asking?

LUKE:

You used to be malls yearly Santa Clause.

WALLACE:

Well I’ll be damned. It appears you have a fan.

YOLANDA:

You’re a store Santa?

JOEL:

I was, at least during the holiday season. Elsewhere I was Rockville’s local janitor.

(Another person enters the hallway)

WORMER:

What is it, Joel? Oh my God…

WALLACE:

Freeze. Don’t move.

WORMER:

It’s cool, it’s cool. We’re both alive. Nobodies hurt.

DEREK:

The man said don’t movie.

WORMER:

Got it. Don’t movie. Not moving.  

IRVING:

Search the man, Derek.

(DEREK goes over to WORMER)

WORMER:

Noah Van Wormer. I used to be the principal of this fine establishment.

DEREK:

Pleasure.

WORMER:

I don’t know if you all met Joel but he’s our local janitor and-

FREEMAN:

We’ve been introduced.

JOEL:

Can it, Noah. These people mean business.

WORMER:

Ah.

DEREK:

He’s clean.

IRVING:

Let me ask you two something: Is this building clear of roamers?

JOEL:

You mean jelly brains? Yes. Noah and I personally cleaned this school out.

DESIREE:

Just the two of you?

WORMER:

There were more of us at the time. We’re the only ones left.

JOEL:

Luckily we know how to run the generator and the cafeteria is stocked full of food.

YOLANDA:

What about weapons?

JOEL:

We’ve run pretty low on weapons. Ammo ran sparse and is long gone, you know?

WORMER:

We just use whatever we can find.

DESIREE:

Does anyone try to come and take refuge here?

JOEL:

Honestly, no. We rarely see anyone come through this city.

WORMER:

Rockville just seemed like a bad place to be stuck in. So we sit, watching the world go by.

JOEL (cheerlessly):

Ho, ho, ho.

IRVING:

Listen, we need a place to lay low for a while. Our vehicle just ran out of gas and there’s no way we’re searching for a gas station with night fall right around the corner.

WORMER:

You all want to stay here?

DEREK:

Why not? It’s big enough.

JOEL:

I don’t know. Can we trust you?

WALLACE:

Can you trust us? Fellas, we’re the ones with the guns here. You should be the ones trusting us.

(Pause)

WORMER:

Welcome to Rockville Private School! Allow for us to give you the general tour.

IRVING:

Thank you.

WORMER:

Joel, show these people to the cafeteria and give them something to eat. They look famished.

JOEL:

I hope you all like jell-o.

 

   INT – WORMERS OFFICE

IRVING:

So this was your office, eh?

WORMER:

Still pretty cozy. I tried to keep it looking professional.

IRVING:

You really do love this school, don’t you?

WORMER:

It was my life. These hallways hold nothing but memories for me.

IRVING:

I understand that.

WORMER:

Did you give up anything special when this…thing…happened?

IRVING:

Kind of.

WORMER:

Come on now. You can tell me. We’re both men here.

IRVING:

It’s not really my preferred topic of conversation.

WORMER:

I can tell it bothers you. Talking about it might make you feel better.

(Pause)

IRVING:

I was a man of God before the incident occurred.

WORMER:

Oh.

IRVING:

Yeah. I guess you can say I gave it all up when things really started to fall apart.

WORMER:

Why? Isn’t that a cowardly thing to do?

IRVING:

You know…maybe we shouldn’t be talking about this.

WORMER:

Fine, fine.

(Silence)

IRVING:

Are you a believer?

WORMER:

Actually I’m an atheist.

IRVING:

Of course you are.

 

INT – CAFETERIA

HUE:

So you were one of Santa’s helpers?

JOEL:

Damn right and proud to be one.

HUE:

That’s awesome.

DEREK:

I’ll tell you what’s awesome: These jell-o molds!

DESIREE:

Yeah, they are really good.

JOEL:

Told yah you’d like them. It’ll put a wiggle in your tummy and before you know it, you’ll be just like me.

HUE:

I’m impressed that you and Mr. Wormer have survived for so long in this building all on your own.

JOEL:

Anything is possible when you have instinct. We’re just lucky we have that fence surrounding the school.

LUKE:

I’m glad I locked it.

JOEL:

Excuse me?

LUKE:

The gate. It wasn’t locked when we found this place. That’s how we got it.

JOEL:

Damn. If you all got it, then that means jelly heads could have gotten it. I’ll have to do a sweep of the school.

DESIREE:

We’ll help you.

JOEL:

No, no, no. This is a man’s job, little lady.

DESIREE:

I’m a good helper, Joel. Trust me.

WALLACE:

It’s true. She’s damn good.

JOEL:

Fine. I’ll go get the blueprints to the school and show you the layout. Then we’ll map out a course.  

DEREK:

Sounds like a plan.

WALLACE:

Hey Joel, I think I’ll take the roof if that’s alright.

JOEL:

The roof?

WALLACE:

Yeah. I’ve always been a good lookout. Plus I can alert you when something bad is on the horizon.

JOEL:

Okay. Here’s a walkie-talkie. Be careful up there.

WALLACE:

I always am.

 

INT – MATH CLASS

FREEMAN:

Six hours on the road and you really want to do this now?

YOLANDA:

Yeah.

FREEMAN:

In a math class?

YOLANDA:

Oh yeah!

FREEMAN:

Alright.

(The two lean in when the door opens up)

YOLANDA:

Shit, hide.

(The two hide behind the desk. In walks KENNETH)

KENNETH:

Finally some alone time. The means I can finally have a little swig of you.

(KENNETH pulls a bottle of wine out of his bag)

YOLANDA (whispering):

Where did he get that bottle of wine?

FREEMAN (whispering):

That looks like one of the bottles from Ghosts basement.

(KENNETH takes a drink)

KENNETH:

Oh that’s good. How I missed that taste.

YOLANDA:

Kenneth, put the bottle down.

KENNETH:

Yolanda! Freeman? What are you two doing in here?

FREEMAN:

Drop it, Kenneth. The bigger question is why are you drinking that booze?

KENNETH:

I’m drinking it because I’m thirsty. Duh.

YOLANDA:

Real funny. Freeman, go find Irving.

KENNETH:

Wait, don’t rat me out. Please. I’ll get rid of this stuff. Promise! I just needed a tiny sip was all.

YOLANDA:

Then hand it over.

KENNETH:

Fine. Here Freeman.

YOLANDA:

Hand it over to the person with two arms.

KENNETH (Beat):

Here Yolanda.

YOLANDA:

Good boy. Now if you excuse me.

(YOLANDA smashes the bottle)

FREEMAN:

Let’s go find the rest of the group.

YOLANDA:

I’ll be keeping an eye on you, Kenneth.

KENNETH:

Right. An eye on me.

(The three exit the room)

 

EXT – HALLWAY

JOEL:

Eyes open everyone.

DEREK:

Which room are we checking first?

JOEL:

I say we check the auditorium. That’s the largest room in this entire school next to the gymnasium. Plus, that room has an exit.

DESIREE:

Is the exit blocked off?

JOEL:

It should be. Noah and I blocked it off last week before we locked the door to the auditorium.

HUE:

Better safe than sorry, right?

DEREK:

I’m guessing.

JOEL:

The auditorium is right over here. I got the keys to the padlock. Derek, you and Desiree hold the chains while I unlock the door.

(Everyone does their job. The padlock comes undone)

JOEL:

Alright. Let’s head on in.

(The doors open up and inside is about fifty zombies. The back door to the auditorium was busted open)

DESIREE:

Oh shit.

JOEL:

Ho, ho, no! Close the doors, quick!

(Zombies come charging at the fresh meat)

HUE:

There’s too many of those things in there.

DEREK:

Shoot em’!

(HUE shoots at the zombies)

JOEL:

Shut the doors!

(The doors are shut. The chain is wrapped around the door handles and JOEL locks the padlock)

JOEL:

Holy fuck!

DEREK:

There was a herd in there, Joel! I thought you said the room was cleared!

JOEL:

I thought it was cleared. I guess the jelly brains broke through the exit and came into the auditorium.

(The zombies bang on the locked door)

HUE:

How long do you think that chain will hold?

JOEL:

I don’t know.

(IRVING and WORMER enter)

IRVING:

We heard gunshots. What the hell is going on?

WORMER:

Joel, what’s going on in the auditorium?

JOEL:

It looks as though our manmade shield was defective.

WORMER:

In what sense?

DEREK:

In the sense that fucking corpses are storming the auditorium.

WORMER:

Well that’s just great!

DESIREE:

Well we just can’t let them build up against those doors. They’ll break into the school eventually.

WORMER:

We’ll have to leave.

IRVING:

No. We’ve come too far in this thing to just run now. This is our new home. We’re going to clear out that auditorium and claim what’s ours.

HUE:

But there has to be about fifty of those things in there!

IRVING:

Then we prepare fifty body bags.

WORMER:

Are you willing to put all of our lives up to that risk?

IRVING:

This is your school. Ask yourself how much you’re willing to redeem it.

WORMER:

I took a sacred oath as a trustee to protect this building with my life.

(Pause)

 As your God as my witness we’ll clear out that auditorium, Father.

IRVING:

Don’t call me Father.

 DEREK:

We better inform everyone else about this.

IRVING:

Good idea.

(The group heads down the hallway)

 

EXT – ROOF

(WALLACE watches the world around him)

WALLACE:

The world is so silent now. But I’ll be damned, it sure does feel good to have a home.

(We fade out to “Watch the World” by Box Car Racer)

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