already unstable, but teetering on what appears to be a meltdown--
SOUND BRIDGE TO:BACK TO PRESENT. INT. APARTMENT - KITCHEN - DAYCLOSE ONA tiny TV on the counter. IMAGES of devastation, waterplowing through city streets, cars swept away like toys,people running for their lives.A NUCLEAR POWER PLANT belches flames--REPORTER (O.S.)
--Following the quake and thetsunami came the blast at theRawatbhata Nuclear Power Station.Reports that the roof of one of thereactors caved in offered aworrying sign--
WIDERCALLIOPE GIRARD -- 25, slight and pretty, with long dark hairand wide brown eyes -- stands at the counter, knife in hand.Tears STREAM from her eyes.A half-chopped onion sits on the board in front of her.Something SIZZLES, forgotten, in a pan nearby. Calliopestares at the TV as she chops.REPORTER (O.S.) (CONT’D)--
that the containment building may have been breached--
--A door SLAMS. Calliope jerks. She HISSES in pain, looksdown to see BLOOD beading in the webbing betwee her thumb andforefinger.ROY -- early 30s, African American, tall and solid-looking --enters the kitchen from the living room.ROY (O.S.)Holy
, that smells
He sees the burning pan, the blood, the knife--2.