THE PARACHUTIST

In this short sci-fi screenplay set in the barbarous Post-Collapse Era, a mysterious and extremely capable operative known only as "The Parachutist" lands in the desert of what was once New Mexico on a strictly defined mission.But when he saves a little boy from a Road Warrior-esque biker gang, he finds himself thrown into the middle of a deadly conflict.

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7. Luisa

 

EXT. PORCH - NIGHT

 

The PARACHUTIST

 

listening to crickets. He sits with his eyes shut lit by an oil lamp just inside the door.

 

Then the light moves and the lamp gets picked up and LUISA comes out holding it. She sets it down, sits by PARACHUTIST drawing up her bare legs and hugging her knees like a child.

 

PARACHUTIST remains sitting still in the same posture, cross legged, but his eyes open. He stares into the darkness. Sound of crickets

 

LUISA

The boy's gone to sleep. I put him in the back room. I covered him up with two blankets. He'll be safe. He seems warm.

 

PARACHUTIST

In your debt.

 

LUISA

You saved his young life.

 

PARACHUTIST

By killing some men on the road this morning. Yes.

 

LUISA

Bad men.

 

PARACHUTIST

Rapists. Bandits. Predatory men, remorseless killers. Yes.

 

LUISA

Did you enjoy it?

 

PARACHUTIST

(pause)

No. And yes.

 

LUISA

(smiling)

The thrill of violence.

 

PARACHUTIST

That's it.

 

LUISA

(not smiling)

The remorse. The after-sickness.

 

PARACHUTIST

Clearly you get it.

 

LUISA

Some men tried to take me from Jonathan. I did to them just what you did to those men this morning. I killed. I enjoyed it, that part of it, the excitement. Then I was disgusted, wanted to vomit. Did vomit. Then I felt pretty much nothing.

 

PARACHUTIST

As you say. It's just like that for me, too.  We're alike in this.

 

LUISA

You have to do it, they make you have to do it. The good people have to kill the bad people. But that doesn't make us bad. It just makes us a little less good.

 

PARACHUTIST

Yes.

 

LUISA

Which makes you hate them for making you have to do it. Which makes you want to kill them all over again.

 

PARACHUTIST

(laughs)

Yes.

 

LUISA

You've asked Jonathan to let you take me from here back to where you come from. So they can get the information that's in my e-brain disk so they can try to make others like me. "Human cybernetic interfaces with enhanced physical and mental abilities. "

 

PARACHUTIST

No.  I only asked Jonathan his permission to ask you myself.

 

LUISA

So?

 

PARACHUTIST

What?

 

LUISA

So ask me.

 

PARACHUTIST

Will you accompany me back to where I come from?

 

LUISA

Yes.

 

PARACHUTIST

Why? Why will you?

 

LUISA

(pause a beat)

I will do it for all the good people still living in the world. To help them kill the bad ones.

 

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