THE SOUND OF DRUMS, from a great distance, growing louder.FADE IN:WE ARE FLYING through mist, a dimly glimpsed forest below.VOICE (V.O.)
When I was lying there in the VA hospital, with a big hole blown throughthe middle of my life, I started having these dreams of flying.
We are very low over the forest now, gliding fast, the drumsBUILDING to a PEAK --VOICE (V.O.)
Sooner or later though, you always haveto wake up...
CUT TO:EXT. CITY - NIGHTA SCREECH OF BRAKES as a vehicle WIPES FRAME, revealing --
, a scarred and scruffy combat vet, sitting in abeat up carbon-fiber wheelchair. At 22, his eyes arehardened by the wisdom and wariness of one who has enduredpain beyond his years.Jake stares upward at the levels of the city. MAGLEV TRAINSWHOOSH overhead on elevated tracks, against a sky of garishadvertizing.JAKE (V.O.)
They can fix a spinal, if you’ve got themoney. But not on vet benefits, not inthis economy.
The traffic light changes and Jake pushes forward with thecrowd, pumping the wheels of his chair. Most of the people wear FILTER MASKS to protect them from the toxic air. In aLONG LENS STACK it is a marching torrent of anonymous,isolated souls.INT. JAKE’S APARTMENT - NIGHTThe room is a tiny CUBICLE, prison cell meets 747 bathroom.Narrow cot, wall-screen droning away in the B.G. --PERKY NEWSCASTERThe Bengal tiger, extinct for over acentury, is making a comeback. Thesecloned tiger cubs at the Beijing Zooare...