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The Remnants

by Nigel B. Uno about a year ago in Script
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The Remnants

The Remnants
Photo by Altınay Dinç on Unsplash

INT. BASEMENT - PRESENT

A dark dusty basement, at the bottom of a duplex.

A light shines from a doorway at the top of the stairs. Foot steps march down one by one. WE HEAR CHAINS clashing against cement.

We See hints of a man chained to the wall. As the foot steps walk closer, we see more of the man. He’s dehydrated and weak. The Cains slowly drag along the floor as he reaches out for mercy.

The silhouette of a woman pulls up a chair in front of the work bench and sits. Obscured by shadow the woman drab and somber sinks into her chair and watches this man in chains.

The Man (DAVID,30, handsome/nerdy gent) lays on the floor exhausted, stained in sweat and blood. He looks up at the woman, with barely any strength he points up at her.

The woman (PUMPKIN, 30, a hard woman the type that doesn’t flinch when getting tattooed) turns on a lamp sitting behind her, WE SEE HER FACE It’s worn, tired, sad and covered in some one less blood. She struggles to light her cigarette, her hands shake nervously. She drops the lighter on the floor, she crawls down to picks it up. Too weak and tired to reach for the lighter, she rolls on her back. Cigarette hanging from her lips she stares up at the ceiling.

As she lays on the ground DAVID wrestles with the chains, he jumps up to his knees, GROWLS and SCREAMS as he reaches toward her.

PUMPKIN unfazed, gazes at the ceiling her tired eyes in tears as DAVID VIOLENTLY PULLS AT HIS CHAINS AND WAILS. WE SEE CLOSE UP of the chains pulling at the wall.

CUT TO

INT. SPORTS BAR - EVENING - FLASHBACK

DAVID is smartly dressed in a sports bar swiping through his phone.

He nervously taps a drum beat on his lap and looks around the bar.

He taps his phone to look at the time. Full of nervous energy he pops his collar and reassures himself.

DAVID

We are cool, calm and collected. Just stay calm and give lots of compliments. We got this Buddy!

He raises his arms and breathes deep heavy rapid breaths.

PUMPKIN

Are you okay?

DAVID

(Sheepishly) I, uh...

PUMPKIN

So, who were you talking to?

DAVID

(Clears his throat)

Oh, I was just uh, visiting my- mind palace.

PUMPKIN looks at him confused.

DAVID

Oh, it’s a mind trick. You create a location, any location. Not necessarily a palace; but you envision yourself there and you visualize success.

PUMPKIN

...

DAVID

It helps me sometimes when my nerves are all over the place...

PUMPKIN

Are you nervous right now?

DAVID

Oh no! No, no way, I am cool, calm and collected.

He smiles nervously. Pumpkin TAPS A CARTON OF CIGARETTES ON THE TABLE. She pulls one out and places it between her lips.

PUMPKIN

So you visualize success? And what exactly does a ‘successful’ date with me look like?

DAVID looks away nervously.

He looks back at her and he smiles.

CUT TO:

INT. BEDROOM - NIGHT - LATER

David falls into bed sheets with a huge smile on his face.

DAVID

Woo! Wowee wow wow wow!

YOU are amazing!

PUMPKIN rolls out bed and puts her pants on.

PUMPKIN

Everything you visualized?

DAVID

And then some... Wait a minute. Where you going pumpkin?

PUMPKIN

Pumpkin? A bit early for pet names isn’t it, bubble butt?

DAVID

You’re not leaving are you? I thought that... Well, oh... I see.

David dismayed, sinks back into his sheets.

PUMPKIN

You’re not disappointed are you? I thought you understood?

DAVID

(Awkwardly) Oh right! of course.

PUMPKIN

You’re cool aren’t you?

DAVID

Well, It’s just... I was hoping I could see you again.

PUMPKIN

What? You mean like a two night thing?

DAVID

Yeah! (Excited) And then again after that, and again after that. (Sheepishly mumbles) You know like a, normal, healthy relationship thing?

PUMPKIN

Aww, you’re just a big old fashioned melt. Aren’t you?

Pumpkin JUMPS INTO BED and gives him a kiss.

CUT TO:

INT. BASEMENT - PRESENT

CLOSE UP on PUMPKIN’S Face. She’s still lying on the floor. Tears run down her cheek. She raises her hand up to her eyes, she’s holding a locket dripping in blood.

DAVID still in chains, Rages and screams while pulling at his chains. CLOSE UP on the chains linked to the walls. The chain link loosely rattles back and forth.

CUT TO

EXT. OUTSIDE - FLASHBACK

RELATIONSHIP MONTAGE:

WE SEE their relationship progress in QUICK CUTS

...Pumpkin and David holding hands in the park

...Pumpkin holding an umbrella over Davids head in the pouring rain.

...Both of them eating opposite ends of a hot dog as the laugh

...David waiting in from of a restaurant as Pumpkin runs up behind him and hands him a heart shaped locket, They kiss

...Both of them as they have a face time conversation with parents

...David screaming at Pumpkin as she throws shoes at whims he runs out the door

...Pumpkin cries into David’s arms as they stand in front of a hospital

EXT. OUTSIDE - LATER

As they walk back from the hospital, the sun sets rapidly, DARKNESS FALLS, THE MOON SETS.

CHAOS ERUPTS around them, people attack each other, people scream. Some of their faces take on a demonic form.

Pumpkin and Dave retreat as they witness a man BITE INTO ANOTHER MAN’S NECK, blood gushes around him.

WE SEE a woman vomit a stream of blood into a mans face before she bites into his neck.

As Pumpkin and David run home CAMERA PANS UP in the purple orange sky We see the moon has turned red.

INT. APARTMENT - LATER

Pumpkin and David watch news reels, channel after channel of people being attacked.

WE SEE them board up windows and doors to secure their house.

INT. BASEMENT - LATER

They practice martial arts in the basement, punching and grappling each other while watching jiu jitsu videos on YouTube from a laptop.

EXT. OUTSIDE - DUSK

BEGIN SLAYING MONTAGE

QUICK CUTS of Pumpkin and David slaying the infected over several days.

...David blast infected with a riffle

...Pumpkin kung fu kicks an infected man

...David throws an axe into an infected’s head

...Pumpkin stabs a knife into one of their skulls

...As David swings an axe chopping off a head his necklace rips and his locket falls on the ground.

...we see them kicking and punching various infected

...They kiss in slow motion over a pile of dead bodies.

END MONTAGE

EXT. OUTSIDE - LATER

They make their way back home, drenched in the blood of others. David with a rifle strapped to his chest, Pumpkin with an axe slung over her shoulder.

David notices, his locket is missing he turns around and gestures to Pumpkin that he’ll be right back. He runs up ahead as Pumpkin trails behind him.

As David runs up ahead, Pumpkin notices an infected lunging toward David.

She yells at him, as another INFECTED ATTACKS HER. She quickly DRIVES A STAKE THROUGH IT’S HEART. As she looks back at David, and infected vomits blood into David’s face as another BITES INTO HIS NECK FROM BEHIND.

PUMPKINS SCREAMS, she runs up to David: chops one of the infected’s head off and stakes the other one in the heart.

DAVID convulses on the ground grabbing onto his neck as it leaks blood. He reaches for her.

DAVID

Pumpkin... I love you.

Pumpkin grabs his hand and she cries painful tears.

PUMPKIN

David! No, please don’t go.

DAVID

Do it, please. You have to...

WE SEE PUMPKIN crying from David perspective. WE SEE her reach for something. THE SCREEN GOES BLACK, WE HEAR A LOUD THWACK SOUND.

CUT TO:

INT. BASEMENT - LATER

WE SEE PUMPKIN dragging David body through the basement.

WE HEAR Chains clanking as David groans.

INT. BASEMENT - LATER

We David moaning on the floor as he painfully coughs up blood.

Pumpkin watches in horror.

Eventually Davids coughing subsides, he lays on the floor tired and exhausted.

Pumpkin sits in her chair, praying for him.

PUMPKIN

David? Please, please be okay.

David lies motionless.

PUMPKIN

David wake up! Wake up!

She trembles while holding back tears.

PUMPKIN

Stop it! Just stop it, and get up David! Please... just, don’t leave me.

Pumpkin’s backs away as she watches him fade, as he becomes more animalistic.

WE SEE DAVID’S Hand reach toward her as he rolls over.

DAVID

(he whispers) Pumpkin.

Pumpkin staying in her chair cautiously leans toward him.

HE REACHES TOWARD HER, Pumpkin with a Half smile, cautiously reaches toward him.

As they make eye contact, DAVIDS face changes revealing something demonic. He’s clearly infected.

PUMPKIN SMILES as tears drip down her face.

PUMPKIN

David, you were so beautiful... You can’t do this to me. Please, you can’t leave me baby. Please.

Pumpkin wipes tears from her eyes.

David, growls and pulls at his chains.

DAVID

(In a raspy voice) I’m right here Pumpkin. Come to me!

David in another fit of rage violently attempts to rip his chains off.

As Pumpkin watches, disturbed by Davids change her tears turn to anger.

She grabs her axe off her work bench and marches up the stairs.

CUT TO:

EXT. OUTSIDE - LATER

Pumpkin angrily strides back to the site they were attacked.

SHE MARCHES a straight and narrow patch as INFECTED LUNGE AT HER LEFT AND RIGHT.

Pumpkin wielding her axe and a steak, violently chops them all down, as tears stream down her face she unleashes all of her anger and aggression.

CLOSE UP on the heart shaped locket lying in the dirt. PUMPKIN’S BLOODY HAND PICKS IT UP.

CUT TO:

INT. BASEMENT - PRESENT

Pumpkin covered in blood stares. Up at the ceiling, as DAVID RAGES in the background.

Pumpkin gazes up at the Bloody locket in her hand as a loose cigarette hangs from her lips.

PUMPKIN

I can’t do it Davey. I just can’t go on with out you. It, hurts too much.

Pumpkin rolls herself over on the floor and manages to look up at David.

She picks herself up and GRABS A GUN from her bench and points it a David.

PUMPKIN

Tell me you love me again.

David looks at the gun and breathes calmly.

PUMPKIN

Tell me one last time.

She kneels down in front of him. They face each other.

DAVID

Pumpkin, I...

DAVID LUNGES TOWARD HER and BITES HER in the neck.

PUMPKIN smiles with a look of acceptance.

WE HEAR A GUN SHOT. David falls over on top of her with a hole blasted through his heart.

Pumpkin lays underneath David with a smile on her face. She breathes her last breath.

BLACKOUT

Script

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