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Blood.

(story o.fa. 301dier)

Nritten By Geoffrey Thomas

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EXT., TUNDRA. - DAY

V'ast whiten.ess, t he distant sound of a, cold" whipping wind. can be heard over the soundtrack.

A tiny, bla,ck: speck appears. Th,e speck 'grows larg·er and t.akes the: form of a man, The man sit s cross-legged.,

This is GAeL!!:.

Cabl~ is in his mid~twenties, clean-shaven face, dressed in mili t.ary regalia circa mil!:, and has hf.s eyes cl.oaad to the sun. •.

Cable ei, t.s on a, snow bank, the open expa,;n,se of the' tundra surrounding him.

TAP' ~ TAP! TAP 1 Something drips. TAP l TAP! TAP l It " s cutting through the air and being absorbed~

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Cable opens hisey,es and searches for the source Q,f the scund.

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Cable's right index finger is cut" it I s ble,eding onto the snow~

Cable examines the cut, squee'zing the: end of his f' nger until more blood dribbles out.

CABLE

Why is my fing,er bl'e'liEldinq'?

Th,e open slit widens wben a rush of blood squirts out ~ Cable stuffs the hand Lnt.o the snow, closes hi.B eyes, and lets out a small sigb.

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Beginning from w.t"lJ;,E'n:e Cable t cShand Ls placed in the snow,. CI. pUd.dle '0£ blood. begins to form... 'The puddle qu.ickly t urns into ,a pool 0.[ blood .,.

The. blood burns through the snow a.nd sizzles. CB.ble opens his eyes to not-i.ce the pool of :b100d .surrounding :tdm ...

Cable ta.kes his hand out frOID beneath. the: snow and eJxamines the cu·t ~ The cut is leaking" and Lt is exitIng f2tster.

Cable at anda OV€l.r th.e: pool of blood. Ca"ble· picks: up hi.s pact and leaves.

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Cable maxches through the desert.,ed landsca.pe. A. look of pe.r:plexi t.y maaks Cabl,e' s face as he t rudg,es: t.hrough the snow. Whe.rever Cable ventures; I the t rail of blood follows bah :ina. h i~m .

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CAB:L,E

:Ferglveme f,er not wrl t.ing to you yest.erday.. We wen ton an 20-.milebike last night I and I was so damned tired, Lilli •. I wal.ked so much tha.t .my big toe was bJeedin;.

It' llwalk~ honey, uat.L 1 I dropdeaci. I had my exaMination :for Oiversea.s dJl.ty th.e oth.er da.y~ The kind of exam you. can' tfail ~ You could. be d.ead and they' (1 say you we .. re. okay ..

I .read your letter tha:t .sa.id th.e woman from. the Red CrOt3 is ·wa.s ov€!.r to. :see you a.ga.in..r.rhey hav'€m' t done anyt.hing about my discha.rge yet: ••.• when. I get back from Dry Valley Illl do everything I can to get the hell out of bere.

,Signed: Pri.vate Arthur Ca.ble A.S.N. 136980416

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EX~T'. TUNDAA- DAY

Cable, aim.le,s sly wal kg towards a bur:rdr!JA~' tree in the dist:ance. As eabl,emov,es closer to tbe burni.ng image: j a forest, lush.wi.th gre,en birch trees appe,ars; ,oppos.i. te the flami.ng tree. Cabl,e net ices the for,estand stops ,i.n .h,is t.racks,

Th,s path to~'!/ards the burning treE! has ,been paved by the foot.steps of marching soldiers ~ T,he path leading to the fO}:"I28t f.s 001:1:1:0d09n,,, The Emldiers marching towa.rds the burning tree are disappearing ~ Cable marches towa.rds 'the f'cn:est: ~

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EXT. FOREST - DAY

Cable 'walks in between the ta.l1 birch trees until be! comes to an openin.g - an open, field reve,alin.g' the oval, pa.'ttern of th,€! f'OlI:::est.

There lies, a, ga~rga,ntuan. creature in the midldll's OfUt9 fie,ld. "['he cr-e,atu.ri9s1,eeps, its breath meltstbA3: snow beneath lts nost.e ils .. Cabh9 cant 1011.51y walks up vt;o the creature.

The CJL'S.atllJL1E'! lays 'On its side, Lt.s clawed hooves underneath .13, scaly head, at the topo.f which jtwo horns I chipped. at the t.ip" pr('ptrllde sev€!n-to~eight .feet in the a.i.r, T.he CI"eatu:tle Ls covered in :fur I and h.idesi t s t.s.i.L U.nderneat.h it.snlnd legs.

Cable pla.ces his ha.nd QIF.l the creature' sbig toe ..

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EXT.. TUNDRA - DAY

Cable rest les sly wal ks th.rough the mount ec noue ice hi.11::> an.d .snoW' banks , The frigid ai.r bea.t is across Cable's weath.e.red face. De.spite' Ca~ble" is protect i ViE!:meaSUJC,9S i.n ,reI19:vin.g t.he cut, hi IS f.i.nger bleeds through tbe gauze ane spills onto the ground.

D~3ty turns to n.ight" night neve:I:' quit,eends.. leaving ,6, '9 r'el' ba.ze tha.t covers the 1 ight of t;h.e sun.

Cable eat s the Last of hi.s .K rat,lons; beef stew .,At night th'E! wind. has dlHu:ll di.Qwnandl,cable has bu.i.l t 2:1. firE!, .olVer whichtbe can of b~,ef sb:1;~W bol Is .'

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EM,],., TUNDAA- DAY

Cable ma.rches t o an. unkn~:)wn.t undisclosed place '.' A bLro fllea t,hrolJgh thE! air" across t.he sky t circl.ing' azound Cable ~ Th.e bird is aflame., a. tra.il of sm.oke behind its t.aLl., Cable watches the bird. The bird hovers in the air, circles round Cable twice mo,rs, unti 1, th.e .firebi.r:d Lands on. a. bu.sh. not too fa .. r from.wbere Cable strands ,.

T'ne bush thee bird rest s upon immeaiate:l y set s on. fi.r:e. Cablesnea.ks up behind tn,€! flamin,g busb and the firebird. The fire-bird is too pr~occupied pecking at its feathers to not; Lee Cable hurling a, ball of snow in he.r di.r:ect ion.

The snow ball extin.guishes a. section of the bird's. body .. Cable zuenee t.he bird" t.ackli.ng tbe c.J::',eat.ur:s: onto the ground and i.nst.an.tly killing it - putt.lngout its flr,e.

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CLOS.8 UP:. Cabl,s: wrltes i.n penci.l on lined paper.,

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CABLB

I' 11 never come bee k to, Texas as long, as T ltV's.. I hate this place more and m.o,re as each day paa.S€!s. I had th.ree shots in my arm. and t.hat; sO'.re tooth pulled today ~ I have t.o go to the hosp.i, tal. tm:dght: ,. Doe 0,[ the. fella.s .is a i.ck, and he want s me to bring him ,som.e stuff.

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EXT.. TUNDRA -NIGHT

Cable sits next; to a fire,. he consumes t.he Laat; oft:h·e dead bird and spits out the bones.

Tille bones fo,rm a, pi Le which instant ly I'egr.cmp to construct into another bird. Cables pats his belly. The resurrected bird. ,flaps its, w'ings, Cable takes net Lee and grabs the bird before it, can escape ..

Cab.Ie ext.Lnqu.Lshas the bird, eats the meatl and saves the bonea ,

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EXT,~ ABANDONED BUILDING - DAY

Cable stands out side of a bui Idingr tna,t has been buried in anow, ThewindoW'.9 nave been boarded shut. A, ,rusty car lies deep in the snow.

Cable kicks down the front. door of the building and walks in.

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INT. ABANDONED BUILDING - 1 ~tFLOOR - DAY

Th'El lobby Ls dar.k, t.he walls ·are decaying I wind ,blows in through the cracks and moves the dust ..

Cable f S feet bust through the rot t.ing wood of the stairs ~

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INT 6 ABAN'DONED BUILDING - .3J:d. FLOOR - DAY

Cable enters the lon.g hal.hfi'ay and ca.l Ls out;

CABLE

Hello? Is anyone there? Anybody in. ne:.re?

Cable examines each. room ..

A loud crash is heard.

CABLE:

Ow-shit :!

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EXT ~ ,ABANDONED BUILDING - DAY'

Cable exits the building~

,Distra,u.ght from an injury" Cable examd.nes his right nand,

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CLOSE UP: Cable,' s .right index finger is cut and. bleed.ing far worse than before - t.he opening is wid.er, the edqes of t.ne cut nave t.urned to darker colors, the blo·od sp,ills in tandem wi.th Cable~ s breathing patterns '.

Cable puts a handful of snow' on the injury and wraps it up 'wlt:h g,auze.

Cable scans the hor Lzon, Off in. the, distance, a silhouetted f.igure:wal ks towards cabl e, Cable looks, at the sletting sun and mcves East.,

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EXT. TUNDRA - NIGHT

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CABLE

I finis.hed fiLing my rifle and I 'had. ,a pretty ,good sco re , But.I hate guns.,

Some of the otrie r ,fel1as got b.Lac k

eyes, some got the ir 1 ips cut ,.

Cable marches through the heavy snow. The s.i.Ihcuet ted fi!gure f'ollows Gable fr,om a far distance.

Cilcble rea.ches a. pea k and surveys the: land .be!fore him. More of thesam.e : ice , snow" and not ,9. soul in sight. Cable turns around and notices t.ne fi-gur,en silhouette. The figure st.ops, crouches, a.ims a rifle in Cable~s direction~ and ,fires '.

The light f.rom.the firing precedes. th,s: sound of 'th,€! bul1,et ,exi ti.ng 'the chamber. Cable ducks down ~

Cabl,e Locke up, the .figu.re is .ru.nn.:i.ng t.owa .. rde Cable. Cable slides down the other s.id.e 0'.[ the hill.,. escapin.g the oncomf.nq fit:e that grows ra.pid in succe sa ion. •

Cable runs a!;:r033 it he valley of ice 61.'[1.0 8.[10\\\1'.

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EXT. TUNDRA - DAY

Cable lays sleepinQi'1 his pack p.roviciin.g enough.shade~ from the sun ., .

. A soft rumbl.in.g Ln the dt at.ance begins to grow Loudez-,

In the background, at v'E!h.icle in silhouetteplowsthrougn. the snow,

ThE! noise of ·the vehicle gets .l oude.r the closer it approach.€ls Cable.,. Cablewa.kesf';rQM his sleep, stands up l and wa.tches the vehicle drive towa.rds rrim,

Th.evehicle Ls abomard,ier~built .specifically fm: tra.velin.g through sn.ow ancLce. T'h.e front of the vehic1@ is equ.ipped with two large skis on. each .sid.e~ to plow t.hrou.gh the snow" Wheels with t.racks allow the bombardier to easily crush ice' and avoid any accidents.

The 01 ue bomba.rdier atops in fro:nt of Cable .

.A. tall ~ zobuat; man wa.l.ts out of the dri ve.;r:1 s side.

In Ru.ssian. with. E:n.glish. subt.itles.

VIK1'OR

What are you doi'O.g out he.re?

Cable zaaponde in English..

CA8LE I was just resting.

VIKTOR sozat.cnee h.is .scruffybea.rd. "littor is ta.l1, wears a thick, black beard on his face, and is ou~fitted in hea.vy-duty win.te.I' wea .. I:.

VIKTOR

Have you. been out h.ere long? What reg.iment. are' you with?

CABLE

Fo.r' some tim.e.. ..• I can't rec.3.11 for how long exact.ly ..

VIKTOR Hmm. .•.• my name is Vi .ktor •

CABLE

Viktor stretches his hand out to Cable~ CabLe returns the gesture, the t\i';TQ sha.ke~hands.

VIKTOR

Come on, we" 11 get you out of heze,

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INT. VI.I(TOR' S BOMBARDI.E:R (MOVING). - DAY

The roaring of the mot.cz ove.r "th.'e craek.l iog of t.he i.ce .be:low alleviaU::t5 t.ne 5:i lence bet.ween Cable ,a.nd Viktor. Viktor is the first to break the silence, continuing to speak in .Russian.

VIKTOR

She went upstairs to make a bed, and not one w'ord to h.er mot.ner :!$a:i.ci.. •.. ,.

'VI kt.or pauaes ~ ,em.pha.sizing' tJla t. Cabl,s; snourd take over t.he next vers,e of thee SO[lJ.'g. Vikt.or inst.antly r,eal iz,es that Cabl,e does not under'st.a.ndtl'l,e s,ong j 8"0 I he continues; singing.

VIKTOR

~ ~.. He r .JllO the r sh ,9illsn t ups ta 1. 1:'S, coo, says., \~Daug'hte:r, dear daughter, wh.at trQIJ'bl.es you '!.r.r

~'Oh mother"... oh m.otlh~r ,·l cannot; tell.1' thd t .rail.road' .boy .1 1 (.lv,ed' sorur,el.l ...

. lle's cQurtad me my 1.ife, alway.s" and now at n.ollH3' .1:H;:! will. not stay ~ n

Cabh:'! stares out at the passing la.ndscape.

Noticing t.nat; :t.h.e singing nas stopped., Cable: turns to Viktor.,

CABLE

That j s nice ..

VIKTOR

Um, thank you. It wi 11 be a wlli l~~ before we get there, I got lost out he.re. .. I can fi.nd my way back it will just take some t ime . You know?

CABLE

Okay.

Throughout.tbei.r journey ac ros.s tbe tundra the sun is always just ovez theh,ori zen j Il,.overlng I never setting.

A. full I!lHJOn is out i.nthe sky, t.he s tarsg Ii t terandfade . Th'e lights; from the h!eadlamps shQwa dEu::'·elict building Ln the comi.ng dj.stance.

I Ii v~therB ..

CABLE

All by yourself?'

VIKTOR.

No, I Li, ve with fOiur other people Ln the attic~

The 'building Looks br.U:tlet old, the windows have been boarded shut ... A po.t:it. Lon of the bu L ldin.g is burd.ed .bene~cltth. ice and sno'w. Vikt::or stops and turns off theeng.ine, t.he light.s j and Vi kto.I" and Ca.ole. wa 1 k, throu.gh the f.:ron.t door of the bo.ildLng '.

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TNT ~ Bun:'DING STA.IRWEl.l. - NIGHT

Viktor leads the way with a flashlight guiding up the sta,.b::s .•

VIKTOR

Doutt touch t.he ralliru} j it t 11 fall apazz,

Gable":3 footsteps are ni.mb.Le,

Vi ktor and Cable .reach, th,Q top of the stai.rs" a d.oor at th1e EHld of the: h.a.llway emanat.ee an o ranqe glow.

Viktor stops and turns to Cable.

VIKTOR

Tbere are my friend in here, Cable ,. They're good people- I think you. will like t hem,

CABLE

Oka,y.

Vi kt oz opens the door and wa l ks in" C,ablr9 follows,.

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INT. BUILrDING .ATTIC - NIGHT

A spacious attic is lit by onl y eand Le s, The' windOW's are boe.rded shut ,. ANNA" OKSANA" VACYA" &; MISH_A are' sea.ted on. the coucnes and chaars, The four ace all wrapped. in. th,ei,r own indi v Ldua l, bla,n,ket s •

UE:NCEFO'R'!',H WHENEVER VIKTOR, OKSANA" VACY.A, ANNA. &. MISKA SPEAK IT IS IN RUSSIAN' LANGUAGE WITHENGLI SH SUB,TITLES.,

VIKTOR

I have come back from the cold!

The group' B at; tent ion turns to ViktQr.

Anna .• Mis,ha" Oksa . na praise, Viktor with words of w~lcome.

Mlsha raises his glass to Viktor.

MISHA

Viktor you are back, come haves. drink. with us!

VIf<T10R

You d.id not walt for me to start d.rinkin'9' I Lnccns Lde rat e bastards ,_ Soon enough .I will drink.,

AN.NA Who is that behind you?

VIKTOR

But be:fore I d.r Lnk, Iw,ould ll.k'9 to Lrrt.roduea you to ,a, friend of mine I met on my trav,els,t n: s name is Cab.l.a ,

CabI,s; t:h,es,e are .my friends: .Anna I Mis:hat Vacya, and Oksana+

COYJ'

CABL:E:

Hello .

. Annal' Misha, and Oksana showez Cable witb words, of weI co. me.

VIKTQR

All,welcome", w'elcome, yes-I need a drink Cab}e I l'et me take your' coat I grab a bl,anket and sit down while I get something t.o drin.k ,.

Okay,

Cable hands Viktor his jacket, Vi.ktor exit.s into another room.

MISHA,

Take a load off, friend, sit dmln-'we \!I'on" ,t bite ,.

ANNA

You. are Ln the company of friends· now,

Upon sitting onto a bevy of down pilloW's, goose feathers bu est; out. f.rom beneath Cable. "Th.e group" laughs; at; this spectacle: •

ANNA

Looks as if those cusbf.ons haven't been used in same time.

MISHA

See, Cable, f1otm.orethan one. \lio,rd spoken and you ~ ve a,Lready ma,de an acquafnt ance you shoul.d get he.!: phone number-.f,irst. aI.S k: how old she .i8", you do not wa,nt j ai 1 ba .. i t., my friend, bad luck women t.hey .3.re '.

Shut. up" Misha..

CABL.E:

I snou ldsew thi.s U~h'f lIm. .s.or.ry ..

.MISHA

Look at how many pi 110ws we have tI.<!3I:'e,~ do not: make the effo.rt to wor,ry over Lt,

CABLE

All r.i.ght, if you sa,), so... theria ,are qu.i.te ,a, few pi 1loW5 around ber,e.

MISHA

Cable looks O"ll'srto Okeana - pals ski.n t blue ,ey'95 f golden blond hair t she si.t s alan's on a sofa ch,s,i.r. okeana nct i.ces Gabl'El;' 5 st.arle, S.hAEl; r:dusbes" thenav'€!rts her ery,es: and leads: tn:em: to V,acya- tne man at the oth,erend of the room lays 51,eeping ona st.y of pillows and blank:ets.

CABLE

Mar,e than one needs ~ I glH9SS.,

.ANNA.

1m, Vacya-that' s V.acya.... Vacya! He never listens ~a.lway·s sleeping. You cannot ,find him,amywhere else but burled .in pi.llows and blankets, preoccupied in his dreams .,. Yellin.g: nevez wo,r.k.s I the only remedy for his ai.c kness is the st.i.f.f smell 0':[' vodka. - glve him. a dr.inkand .he comes alivE!.

81 ight chuckles and elnickers can behe:ard.

ANNJ!I.

I am .An.na f Cable... um, I don't know wha.tto say t someone descr:ibe me.

MISHA

What Is. t.beI"9 to say about .Anna:' S,h,e~ s a g,o.ad ftl ck ~

,ANNA,

Stop it I .Misha t don' t say that!

MISIIA

No" no, It m kidding,. AAua Ls, ,. ,. always at t ached to her aacned bla.nket - you will neve'lr see her de,tachea from this bla.ntet '. What lie's undern.eath t.hose sheets is a ,mystery, no one has seen her without it, .shewalks around 'with it eV!9;.rywh,€u:e. I have always

wonder,e,d ••• what.' s unde:r th,erlS;?

Mi sna I lit.s up Anna" s blanket and. play-fully wriest las undernea,ththe sheets.

ANNA

Step it Misha~ (Wheezing, laughing) Misha.yon' re· ,going to make me cry., •• this is Mish.a ~

Misha. 1 i lEts ru.s h.sad up .:from underneath th.e bla.nkets whi 113 continuing tOI kiss and fa.wn Anna as she speaks ..

MISRA.

He 110 I Cable, welcom.El to our home .. I know-what .it Ls .like tone on, a journey .for so long and notfina you.r-place:.

We havil a.ll n.aa these: t .. rips, .but,. you are heren.ow" you can call this horne i .. f you like •.. welcome: to your new home.

ANNA.

Next to Mis,ha, that'· s Oksana ,

OKSANA

Hello, Cable.

ANNA

Oksana is beautiful, sh,ewill mend your cuts t and ease your brui ses ,- she will euce your s1 ckn .. ees .~ she is the only one wboknows what is going on her'€!.,

OKSANA

Stop it, .Annaf what are yO'll talking about?'

ANNA.

What" itT s t rue, Youl're t.he only one thaJ.1t went to. the u.n..ive.rs.ity, you are the smart.est; one here. Right::, Mlsha?

MISHA

H:mm-oh yes Ok.sa.:na is the: smart-ea t he'r!El: defini tElly. I have no Un.i vE!:rsity degr€l.e.

Yes" e.:x:act.ly .• ,

CA8LE

Befon3 Okeana can r'sply to Cable I Vl.k,tor en tel'S the Doom ..

Drinks! l:iquld" this, it soul.

VIK'TOR

I come bearing our .favorit.E! Drink and be warm-Cable I drink will melt the ice Ln yOU,I:"

Vi ktor p.Laces the t.r:a.y 0[1 a table and hands a sma 11" clay cup to Cable .

. Along with everyone t Cable sips ca . .I'e,fully the hot. dz Lnk,

VIK'I'O.R

Ths:re we go" this wi 11 keep 11S war.m and ,9J'"1Z1.ke. Wha.twere W'El: t:.alking aeout.t

Cable has been introduced to all of us.

MISRA

Yes, we were just talking about Oksana .befm:e you j oine'd us.

Vi tto.r' ,$ fa,ce 1 i vens at the ment ion of Okaana ,

VIKTOH

And how unfoz-runa t,e I was not he.:t'9 t.e properly describe to C.ble the spells wh.ich she '8IIllploys OnhA~I" victims: that l'8:,BlV9S 0[]}r3 flo,at,ing on ,a.ir',. in -an everLasting state of euphoria~

S'O beautiful.,

MISm!..

Yes" I (io.n'it know where comes 1.lpwith that ,9111 t.,

,Anna h..its Misha", .Misha recoil,s 'with a play.ful,\\Ow.~'

Cable 1 ift.s his cup and dr inks ,the bandages on, h.i s right hand begin to peel off. Cable sets down. [!.is cup on top of the bandage, lifts his hand, and spills the cup and its ccnt.ent.a ,

CABLE

Oops..

Cable .st.ops, t.he spill ing and turns the cup right. s>i.de up t he:searches fOl:' ,9. .,ragto sop up t.h.'E!: spilling.

CABLE

I'm sor:ry:-I spill,ed.. and, itt'iS. 8p~eading. Is there 2 •••

VIKTOR

Ther-eare some rags in the other room .. I'll go get them.

CABLE

1'm so sorry ...

VIKTOR

It" IS no pzob l.em, do not wast'etbB effort worrying.

Vi kt.or exit s 'to the other room.

Cab liE: €xami .. nes hi.swounded finger .~ t.he blood has coagulat,ed.

OKSANA

What ha.s happened to your f'.i nger?

1 cut; it.

ANNA

You cut it how d.i.d.you cut it?

OK8ANA Is:the wound bleeding?

ClI,J3LE

It sitoppedbleedin.g '. '.... but J[ don't think it's healed.

Viktor en.ters with. a 'wet .rag in .hishand.

OK,sAN'A Let m.e ha.ve a look at it. ,.

VIK.To.R.

What's this?

Cable shows Viktor his injury.

VI.KTOR

Nasty cut. Did tha.t. happen QuttIl}sr,e? Does it hurt?

CABLE

VIKTOR

Well, we s:houldg,et. that fix,ed. Oksa:na should have the right antidote t.o hea.L you!' wound,

OKSANA Yes, come with me.

O'ksana le:ads Ca,ble into anot.he.r room.

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IN"!., ATTIC - KITCHEN - NIGHT'

oksane reac"hes Lnt.o a wooden cabf.net; and takes out a metal medical box. Oksana empt ies the contents: alcohol" qauze j needle and thread.

o KSANA, How di.d this: happen?

I don't know~

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CLOSE UP: Cable's wound.

OKSANA,

How long have you had this cut?

GABLE

I don" t knew,

Okeana begins to cl.ean the 'wOlundwi tho the cloth dOIllSE!,Q in a l.coho'L,

OK'SANA 'Well, it should stop now.

okaana delicately punctures t he skin wi.th. the need.le and proceeds to st.L t cn tog,ether the cut.

Cab.Ie brea th,es h'e,avily in t.o Okeana" s eaz I and down hier neck,

W:hen the cut has been stitched close, Okaane dips the cloth t.n the kettle of boiling wa,te.r and 'wipes clean. Cable'.s

hand ",Afte.r the, ha.nd. h,;3"S been. cleaned and dried", the' stitch-ma .. r ks have: dd sappeaz'ed, as if the.re' ha_d no wound in.

the first place.

oksana wr.apsqau ze a.round Cable I s right index, ,finger,.

OKS1iNA Fa,r sa.fety preceut rons .

TtI,d,n k you.

CDT Tn:

INT., ATT rc - NIGHT

Cable and Okaana walk back into the room and take, their respeeced seats ,0

To Cable;

VIKTOR

All bet bar?

CABLE

Yes .. thank you.

VIKTOR

Gooa" now we drink toforgs,t the pain ..

Vi ktor pours some' vodka in.to Gable:' s cup. C,a,ble' drinks.

,MISHA

Cab Le , you r unannouTilCedpr'9sence ,1 s a qods,end"and, whillfB you were ~letti,ng your wounds el'e,aned it got us all t.o wonder. ~.' which side wer'e you on? I hope it's obviouBwhich Side we're associated with based on our character and conduct ,

CABLIt:

You" vel brought me' in f rom the cold, given me blanketsa.nd spirits with which to keep w,arm, m,edical aid, pl,eas,a:nt company, I can't S9'9 how WIS' H3 not; alIi-as ~

VIKTOR

CABLE

No,. papacs said it would. be over by Se'pteIl'iber, that was ...

VIKTOR

All sense of time is lost out here.

ANNA Wh,er,e wer,e 'You from, Cabl,e'?

CABLE

I was born in Michigan. WhYt where are you guys from.?

VIKTOR

~i',e met in Slav,ogorad~ i.t f S in Siberia ~ At a. bapt.Lsm on the ten .... mile lake. Okssna ••• and her child were being baptized. Z·hanna-'th,atw.3s her name" zhanna, it means '~grace'l-was fourteen raont.hs old. .W,as: s:ixt,e'en months when this shit start'edt not even two years old wh.en she d.ied '.

CABLE

1'tIl so sczzy, How did. she d.i.le?

VIKTOR

In f.ire.

Viktor raises his glass in the air.

VIKTOR

To Zhanna.,

Everyone toasts the i r glasses and says, '\'\'TQ ,Zhanna'" I b~fo,re drinking,.

vrKTOR

What was Mlchig,an l1k,e before the w,ar?'

CABLE

It was wazm, ' .. wben I wasn.' t in jail.

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CLOSE UP: Cable ~rites ~n blank ink en lined paper.

{VO}

CABLE

.Darling, tbe.r'9 i.8.n' t:.much I ca.ntell you about Pari.s. The house I'm in 1-s all 'torn up , T.h,e wine i.5 a LL gone.. No beez , Tbe o"nly thi ng to drl.l1.k is

clder .. I don" t li.ke cider a ta.ll. It tast.es li.k,e you know what .•

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INT. ATTIC - N.IGHT

scrat chy muef.c plays from. a phonograph player. Mis.h.EJ.. a.nd Anna dance. Vi.ktor and okeana dance ~ Cable 31 t.8 on a chair and watches the scene.

V.acya, wh.o has been asleep until f.LOW~ walk.sover, a.nd sf.t s .n.!2.x.tto I CalHe ...

VAC"i.A

My eyes may nave been closed, bu.t I wa.s not asleep.. Goodm.enva.ry" Cable.

Some are Ii ks ccconaut a, fu.l1 of sweet m.il.k; oth.ers I Ii ke th.e j.uj ube, externally pleasing~

VACYA

Start your fire, Cable - enlighten the mind and you .. I' grief 'iii! ill be cast away. fear not;; for fea.!' is the: slave of paf.n, and. .re:bell Lon he.!:' capt i VEl •

Unable to hear ove.I: th.e loud. volume of th.e mus ic 1 Cable as ks fo.:!:: V,a.cyato .repe.a.t his words. vacya picks up h.i s pi 110W$ and .bl,anket s , leaving the room, down a dark: hallway.

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Anna~ Misha.". oksana, Vi ttOlr.r and Cable 1 i.e breathI,e;ss, .

.MISKA I s theme anymore vodka?

Vi.ktor sea.rchea t.hrough a pi.l,es of bott.l·es-all ,empty.

VIKTQR

No, I will h.ave to go down.stairs to get some mo're~

MISHA

Forget it, I'm too tired to drink anymore.

ANNA

P TIl t.ired, t.oo ,

Anna y,aw:ns~, Mish.a. yawns .•

VIK1l'OR

It 100k.s Li.ke the night has finally d .. Led,

ANNA

Good n..ight I Oksana~ good night j Vi ktor, good night!" Cable-Cable, welcome to your new boma, sleep :beautiful.. Good n.ight M:i,sha ...•..

lID.na creeps off of th.e couch.

MISHA

W.here are yougoi.ng with that blanket, w,e share that; blanket.-

Mls.ha ho lds the blanket ti'ght... ,Anna slides aut f rom beneath the covers, running naked in to the dark hallway ~

MISKA

Tha.t' a what she keeps unde rriaat.h there .. ~.. n.othing! I must: investigate fu.rthe·,r ..

M.i stra runs after Anna, disappea.r.ing .i.nth€! ,sn.aciows of the dark hallway ..

TO Cable;

VI KTO R.

Do you want anymore vodka.?

CABL.E I canrt drink anymore.

VIK'TOR

Well ~ if you can' t dr'i nk .anymoJt'E!,P 11 say tIle: aame , Sh.aJ"ll w·e end "the night.?

OKSANA

Yes, I am sleepy.

VIKTOR

To your room I shall take you", Cable ..

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INT ~ .ETTle - BEDRcOOM - NIGHT

Vi kltor and Cable stand s i Lhouet; ted in the dooI"wa.y .•

VI:KTO:R.

Bed - it's a little squeaky - it might be ali t.t le dusty np:w t.ba.t I think of Lt, no one has used thi is bed in quite some t i:m.e. Then;!· are enouqh blanket s to ke:ep youwa .. rm during' t.he night •... goose pillows. Urn... .therel s a. candle on the :table .nex.tto the l:uad.~ some mat.ches should be Cl0S,9; by... if you a.on' thaNe .any light of your own. The bat l1.roo:m 1.s. t.he t.l1.i rd door 0.1:1 your rigbt- no shower ,.we oa"the in t.he 1.a1:'9.

Anything I can get YQU befo]['19 ::I: t.urn

... ?

.l.B •.

ckaana passes by the doorw,ay, behind Vi kt.orand Cable.

CABLE I don't think so, no.

VIKTOR Okay.. :1 hope you find your

aceommcda t.Lona just r.igh t .. Good night I Cable.. See you in the morn.ing ..

GABLE Good ni~ht, Viktor.

Viktm:: '9:.dt::s down the dark ha.l1wa:y. Cable WGI.lks into, th.e bedroom", clo3.ing the door behind him ...

Cab,le stnmb les acroas the room, .fee Ling nf.s way to the table @ Cable opens a box. of matches and. tears a. .flame .. 'Cable 1 ig.hts the wick of the ca.ndle and slid.es into 'the bad, Cable reaches into his pa.nt.s andta.kes out; a

cigareE te 1 lights the end .f.r-oro. the candleflam.e,puf.f$ and stares at 'the ceiling.

Mu .. ffledth.umping~ moaning,ta.lking sounds from. anothe:.!C roo,m.. Ca.blebegins to undress.

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Cable awaken,s, a. na.tedwoman sits on top and straddles him. She unbuckl.ae Ca.ble's beL 1:. and removes his pancs . She gr.ifl.ds w.i.th li tt Le inh.i·bi t. Lon, She moans soft.l y, Ca.ble is qui€l!t .. She grabs Cable's chest and thru,st.sfo.rwC! .. zd., The bed squeaks, .sh.€l moves gently, Ca.ble t oucnes her thigbs, her waist, her breasts, her ribs. She kisses Cable on the lip.s.. She grinds wi til moze force, harder ,

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The morning sunlight is spl inte·red a.cross Cable's f'ace, Cable awakes and wipes 'the sweat flrom. his face. Cable

1 ift..s up tbe she,ets,ne .is fullll ares sed in his mil i t.ary un.ifontl ...

footstep.:!!; sound off in tbe distance. Ca"ble gets out of bed. and wa.lks to the door.

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Cable wal.k.s into t he ma.in room, his mout.h opens agape, his eyes expand ..

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Vacya~ Ann.a, Mi sna, Okaana ~ and. Vi Jetor la~y in thei r respected seat,s, a.ll of them dead. Vacya" s skull has been crusbed# pieces of brain spattered across the floor.

An.na/s face is white, as a she:et,. heL torn and tat.b~.red. hands cl i.:n9' to the blood-:soak:>ed. blanket . Misha' S race is bruised and battered, a bole in his gut drips blood - an ant cra.wls into tluS! opening .Vi.ktor~ 8, face ist.eemi.ng with flies,. a pool of blood. lies undrexneatn .1:I.i8: bod.Yt hi.s dists ar'e clenched. t i9ht ._ grasping for hds chest and stiomacb , Okaana" 5 hands, dangH't fromtbtei.r jO:ints,he.r head rests on. her eheat.,

Cabl,e" s 'eyes. well up with te,ars. Cable t.ouchea Vacya t s back, C.able t.ouches Viktor' s right.. f'oct.. Cabl e hur.ries ove r to Oksana, he kneels down and totlchesh.er left hand - at.t'empts to force it bac k in to Lt.s socket ..

Cable lifts Oksa:n,ail's head, her eyes are cl.osed, Oksa.na.'.9 neck is b~uet the veins are visible above the deep-cut lacerat Lons,

Ca.ble weeps profusely, .K.isses Oksana on 'the lips, €li.n:d crad.les he r head Ln his azms ..

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Cable is GI"El;S sed in full uni for.m, bi 5 packs 1 tJ.ng OV€l.I' his stloulde.r.. Ca.ole st ands in. the doorwa~y and Looks back on the scene of quiet caznaqe, and Leaves ..

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Ca.ole· opens the hood of the bombard.ier. Th.,s: cables inside the eng ins have been cut apart.

Ca:bl,ew,al ks, through. t he l(lng t dar.k shadow of this bui.lding and. into t.he bli.ndi.ng s:unli'gh t • Cable marches t.hrmlghthe snow.

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.EXT. TUNDAA- DAY

Ca.ble walkS towar.dis, an indefinable ob] ect, in the distance. As Cable: walks closer to t.be s.tat.io[!,aI'Y object Lt s sh,ape takes form. into ,a, wo,cde.n desk draWler.,

Ca.bles places his bl,e'eding' hand onto the knob and opena the draw,er. Ca.ble takes out the on Ly .object. in the d,r-aw,erj at sk>el,eton K'ey ,and place the object into his pants pccket; ~ Cabll8 en t,ers t.be drawlera.nd d.i.sappe,IELrS i.n to the darkness.

Cabl~wal ks up a 11 i,9' 1:1. t of stairs" towards a large, meta.1 door.

INT., HOSP IT.At - DAY

The r'emnan t s of what used. to be an opera t.i.ng hosrpi tal lies scat te.f!ed Ln chaos , Cable wal ks thrQiu.gh the disar.ray of' destroy,ed medical Lnatrument.s I and furn.i t ure,

Gable wa.lks past; an open dOlor, h.e retraces hi s :steps and peers into. the ro(;)m.. A. lifeless body sits atop an opera'l:ing table. Cable 'wal ks .into the r'oom,

INT ,. HOSr2'ITAL- OPEMTING ROOM - DA:'i

Cable caut; Lous ly wa 1 ks towa.rds the ,body ~ Cable examine,s the body, Lt s chest begins pulsa.ting, m,Qv.in.g' up and down. Cable .La obI ivio1J.s to tbLs movement as he Ls ax.a.m.ining the dead man's .fac.e - a. hole has been .bu .. crowed Lnto the man' s head,.

Cable notices them.oV'ements ,)f theto.r:so, Cable :slowly backs away from the body ..

'The lifele.ss body in.expl ic:a.bly a.ppe.a .. zs standin.g before Cable ~ T'hema.n. wal k:s towa.rds Cable. C3Lble. trips and fal1s bacJtwa.rcQs, t.rying to .re.ga.ln. h.is bal.ance he .slip.s once again, on a puddle of b~ood.

Cable's .right f.inge.lr is streaming with bloodr 1 i lee a raging~ open faucet ..

Cable crawls to his .feet and runs out of the zoom. '['he creeper slips on the puddle of blood, fall s r cracks i t.s heaa.cnl! the floor 1 openin.g t he hole in th.e skull w i.de enough £o.r three r:atsto cra.wl out.

Cable~ zuns dow.n the ha.l.1way and upa f li.ght of stairs.

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EXT. TUNDRA ._ DAY

The rooft.op doors:bo the hospital bust open, Cable runs out from berJ .. eaththe s.nowthat buri.es the enti.re hospita.l, and intotbe cast ,empti.nes:s of the tundra.

Cable looks back, a silhouet ted .fi.gure is chas ing a.:ft·er h fm, Cable runs faster t brea.t.hi.ngheavi Ly,

T.h~ sun above Cable has ta.kento anthropomorphize the fa.ce of a. human man .,. The sun giddily laugh.sa.t Cable. W.heuever Cable looks a t the son I the .face disappears I but the laughter continues.

Cable runs OIut .of breath, his pa.ce weakens, he drops nds pa.ck~ Cable sl.ows to a. st.op, .his eyes roll up Lnt;o the bac k of his 'head... Cable falls to the g.round, in.sta.nt.ly unccnacf.oua ..

In the distance 'the sill:1Cl'1.J.et:ted figure runs towB.rds Cable.

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BLACK

SUPER-IMPOSITION ON BLACK:

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INT. CABLEI S ROOM

T.he wa.lls a .. rebrick, tbe f Loor' is ha.rdwood. The wi:ndows; on the West wa.ll have been nailed shut. Cable.s1 ts in the

middle of the, room" on a. sofa couch, next t.o a stack .of :mold.y maga,zines r and in front afa charred f'ireplace.

Cabll9 has grown a tnd.ck, sandy blond beard, onh,isface '. Cabl'el' 3 finger drips blood ont o xhe f'Looz ,

The sound Q,f a man coughing, t.hen a chair .scooting across the floor is heard '. Cable turns in his seat to looks at wh,at j s behznd hi:m - a. wa.l1 of darkne~ss. Cable: di.ismi.s.::loively shakee his head ,

Cable notice's hi s bleeding hand.

CABLE

st.op it.

De,ep baritone voice;

(VO) NARRATOR

You can t t ,stop wha.t' is coming t Cable.

CABLE 1\11. give' it a rest.

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CLOS[8 UP: Cable's wristwatch reads: 5: 35 ,"

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INT' '. ST'OAAGE ROOM

'Wooden. bO:X6'S labe'led with its, cout.ent e are stacked on. top of one anot hez up to the cei 1 Lnq . Cable opens the door to the storag-e room.

Cable opens a box I,abel,ad, "'BEEF STEW" ~ and remOY'9S one tin caD. Cable closes the lid be the bex.

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Gable pours the ccm.tents of the can Lnt o a, pot, which. sits above a small burning fire ..

Cabl,e stirs the stew with a wooden stick"

St,8tam. rises- from the pot I the stew bubbles, and boils.

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Cabl,e sits: on a ba.le ()f hay ina. small .room.,. Ca.ble eats the St'9W, hlsattention. is on the phota'graph of a young woma.n dr'9ss'ed ina bathing sud t, which hangs on the adjae,erlL"t wall.

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(VO}

GABLE

It: seems j darliD.'g, t.ha t ev'er Since my bi rth .I' ve had bad luck. I epan t [our' y,ears lnjai.l # got out; WDA2.n Iwaa 22, gotmarrh:~dw]:l,en :I was 22 j Ii v'F3c:l. eight.een months wi.t.h my beauti.fulwi.:fe and was 50 happy with her, and 'then tbeycmeak that happines.s,threw me in the ·army,. they t r,e t:ryl.ng to kill us bo·th t honey.

They' VB k'ept. me locked 'Up in this xocm fort.wCl mont.hs now, 1 don "t. know wben th,ey" De ,e:v'En:goinq to. let me DUt.O! .t'H;ll:ie. 1 can' t st.anctt.he paa,n I .fe€ll i.n my heart. from being .away from Y(;lUj

Li 1Ii . Th,er'9~' :s.awindow aut of which I can see t.b,eedgle ,of the f,orest I and the sky_ S.ometimes when, I s.ee the full moon shi.ni.ng I pr;ayto think~lour looking at it this same time lam, E!'v,sn if you Br!E!: a million mil·E'!S away. Why canrt; tn.'s:y Leave usal()ne.. We didn't do anyth.i.ngto anyone j d.i.d we?

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CL!OSE UP: Cable places the l€l"t.ter through ,a mail slot. in the wall.

Cable sits in the sofa chair, be t,a'k;,ss a mag"13.z,ine from the t.rop of the pile and opeills to t he corrt.ent s pa.g,e.

Na i 1 s being hamme.red, Lnt.o wood, handsaws clltt.i.ng apart. wood - the pieces of wood falling to the grou.nd; th,ese sounds, echo in the dista.nt darknes s,

Ca.ble turns backwa.rds towards the darknesa , A light shines onto the f.Loor , Cable' follows the beam. of 1 ightto one o·f the boarded windows on the, wall.

Cable wa,l ks over to ttl,ewindow and peers in bet.w,9:€mt.h€'; planks of 'Wood.

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T'h.r:ee men in highly decorated army un'i fozms sit at a table, each 03.["9 reading the pape.r:s to a ii le" smoking ciga .. r:et.t'E3:s" and drinking coffee ,. .An. older fellow with white hair and. in. dcct oz" sunifor.m, et.ands next to the,table~ defining technical terms when as ked. Tn.€! dialogue audf o Of t.he men's voices aremuffle,d" as if whoever is listen,i,[lg' is, wearing earplugs.

Cable's eyes squint.

The olfficer:.s look up from thei.l' papers at Cable, Cable' 5 e'yes widen. Cable bl inks and tbe .fou.r men ha.'viS disappea.redl now replaced by tn.e ernpt Lnes s of the t undxa,

Cable t.uzns around" th.ree.figures wearin.g docto.r's smocks and masked in clown '.s .face paf nt; ,r gra.1::> Cable by t1.is aI:'mSfDrc~ng him to the floor.

Cable stru.ggles with all h.is .stren.grth to escape the, g.rasp 0,[ the itbree doctors. once two of t.he doct.ore have Cable in a notd, the third doct.or ahoves hi.s knee .i.rrt e Cable'.~ back, rem~')ves a. m.edical syringe needle from his breast coat poe ket:, and sta.bst.he needle Lnt o a large ve.in on Cable,' s r.i gh t arm '.

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CLOSE UP: 'syring;e, t.akes Ln blood, t.hen rorces b l.cod back in.to blood vein.

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Gable slowly fac.es .f.rom. coneci.ousnesa, h.is e.yelid.s g'rowing heavy' soan close I his voi.ca .fade. .from a murmur to a. dull

t remoc, until finally disappearing completely~

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EXT. FOREST - DUSK

'Th.e dead bodt e s of GSrJinan., lunerican.l and Canadian soldiers lay in. t.he ditches, benaat.h decapitated t.anks I and charred in piles of' mat.a'l and rubbe.t" ...

Cable s.its in the back seat of a moving jeep '" Sea.ted next to Cablr9 is CHANSKY ( 2:5), ,a pr'iv,,e t'e in the army j ust; the same as Cablrs, and w·earing the same h.an·g-do·g.g·ed .facet looking at the· passing wreckag,e" Th.,e sounds of gunfix,e, e:ili:plosions, and. the vo.i,ces of scr€'aming men - the sounds of war - becomes loud.e.r the c'Loae.r the jeep drives towards the bonlbar,dm.8nt of flashing lights.

Cha.nsky leans over to to.e rd.r:i ver.;

CHANSKY

Wha t company do w,e r,eport to:1

IONIA.

G Compa:ny... you're heading for t he 28·t-h •.

Chansky asks CableJ

CHANSKY You got smoke, Cable?'

Cabl,e hands. one cigaret'te to Charraky, then plugs: lone in h i.a own mouth.

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INT ~ MILI'TARY COURTROOM - NIGHT

Pr.iva.te. Chana ty at.ands at ease:, in front ofa coune i.I ·of Gene.r'al.s a.nd judges.

C.RANSKY

We detrucked at. tne ,edgi;;: of tIM9 city, .and made our way i.nto t.awnas it \1aS ·gett.ing dark. to Look for our outfit .. W,e :manag,ed to d.odgeonco:ming fir·s ~ .81 t Jeast; four times. Aroun.d midnigh.t we came tothi.s open fi€!ldt out noncom told ue to dig Ln., I ,dug aclee.p ho·le., 80 did Cable. Shells started" fal1in.g eve rh sad t ii3: nd. Iwa s really scared, I prayed t.o Gocl.r and Lt; 1 if ted those shells ..

Th.s moon shone full tha.t night, and I looked at tn:€! hea.ven.sfrom. i.ns ide my hole-

Cha.l1s ky Ls inte.rrupted .by a dom.inee:ring" voi.es: r one of the eounc l 1 member.s.

GI!:N. MIROW

The court asks th.at you re·frain front using poetics to describe the events of t he ni.ght. of August nirU!3:t;.eenth j at Lck to the facts .Private Chans.ky- it is the only i.nt.erest. of t he court.

CHANS.KY

Yes f 5.1.lC. Unders toed, s:i.r.. Ttl·s stayed in our h01·e6 oV1srnigh t. • In th·s morning CanadIan tanks, ro l.Led Ln , I .never he.ard the order to move by my C.O., neither did Cable, so we joined up with

·the 13tbl?rovost Corps. .

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:I NT.. CAStEl S ROOM

Cable 51 t s unconecdous i.n the sofa cha . Lr ~E.igh t needles have punctured Cab Le f oS arms I from these needles a.re at.taehed tubes which suck the blood out of Cable's arms and in to 'eight I clear I glass ju.gs th.a.t lEloa.t in m.id-a.ir ..

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CLOSE UP: Ml.1it.ary-issu .. edi. boot.8tr,ample through thegra.ss and.rnud. ThA9 boots step avera wr Ln k.l ed enveIope , The sold.ie.r rlet raoes h Ls steps. j pi.c·ks up the paper I and opens the ,env,e 1 ope to read a l,etter.

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CLOSE UP: Sold.ier reads the letter a.loud.

{VO)

NARRATOR

r ~ Priva.te Art.hur Cable, n.umbe.r 36990116 confess to the desertion of the Un.ited States Arm.y. At the tim.€: of t.ne desertion we were inA ••• Albuf.f,. , .• lit bluff? In F.ra.nce. I Game to F'.rance as a. repla.cement. The enemy was

she Ll Lnq the city,. and w~we.re told to d i.q in. T.hefollowing mor:ning the·y we.I:'e shell Lng... I was t.rembling I was so scared, and wh,en we· we.re told to move out t.he next move out I couldn't move • I st.,ayedin my foxhole. When i.t was quiet I left.

I moved into town... ncne of tJletroops wiere ther:e~· sol stayed in the h.ospi.tal. Th,s next marnin'9 .I turned mysel:f" in to the Canadian Pr'ovost Corps. Eigh twe,eks •.•.• ' American M. P •. f turned me Lose , 1 t.old my story to the commanding (),fficer. I said to him th.a.t if I .hadto on to the .:fran t lines again I would run away... He said there was nothing he could do .for me, so I ran away a.ga.in. .AND I ILL RUNA,ilIAY .AGAIN If

I HAVE TO ,GO .BACK OUT THERE.. Signe,d."

I?r.i vaite .At.hur Cable .

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'The. sounds a,f people:' .sfootstep.s crack and c.reak the wood ceil.i:n.g above. Cable wa.l ks close.r to the openfl.':lllway ..

Blood trickles in .from the shadows. The fireplace bursts in 1:0 f Lamaa, The blood on th,e floor forms in.to a. puddl1e. Blood drips from Cable:" s finger.

From behind Cable.- a man in white walks out; of the shadows. The man taps Cable on the ahou.l de.r ,. Ca.ble turns around, 'The man's face is bleeding.

PALE MAN

I don-t think you're going to make it, Cable. Do El'veryone a favor and cut i.t off.

The pale man. grabs Ca.bIe's right hand and holds it in front of Cable,r 51 face.

CUT IT O'F'F!

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Tbe fiJ:'leplace expIodee in a fireball of red" o,range, yellow"

When the fi re dies, a tiny figure emerg,es. within the emb,ers~' A black, muscular figure I horns ,a top its head, wades in a newly formed pool of .icy-cold. water; the asnea turn int.o tiny human figure.s" wh.ich the, creature qu.ickly gra.bs and devou.rs , tea.ring the bodies in to bloody chunks. Nomatt,er how many of the 1i t.tle, ashy figures t:r.iA3S, to 'esc,ape, the horned cr'e,aturet s reach Ls too. \ ... ide, and. d.t s grasp too, tight, its t.eethtoo aha.rp, for a,nyth.ing to su.rviV'e~

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CLOSE, UP;: Cable's wristwa.tch ,reads:: 6:: 05,.

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Cable; runs down a long hallway., Cable opens the door ma,rkeo., '~\STORAGE"', and walks La,

INT'.. ST'ORAGE ROOM

Th'9 roam is ,empty except for two boxes I w'hich rest in the divide O'.f light and darkness"

Gaoll€!: lifts t.he first wooden box and drops it on the floor" the box breaks open, spilling its contents onto the floor: chooo La te bars",

Cable kicks t.rrrouqh the top of the' second box to re,veal its, contents: cigarette.s.

Cable holds a chocolate bar in his left band, and a pack of cigarettes in his r~ght.

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Cable sits IOn a bale O'L hay in a. sma'l.l, room, while. eating his bar of chocolate Cable stares at the ph,otograph of the bathed beauty' across the way",

C~ble lights his cigarette and puffs~ Testing his hand on the bale, of hay" the~ stra:w catches on fire. Cable jumps, up"an.d quickly ext Lnqud shas the fi.re' wi ttl ,his foot.

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CLOSE, UP: Gable I s let t.erb,ecomes more indist inguish,abla as the bl ood from. his injure,d hand soaks the paper and t he in.k~

(Va)

CABLE

Gee r honey, I cou 1 d. .re:a 11 Y U se you 1:' home cookanq right about now. I JCleDi.'em.ber wlu:'!:n 'w'e USA3dJ. to 9,0 to see show-s,at tbeMusic8ox, 'then get something "to aat; after at King" 3 Cafe ~ 1'd have not cat fish with stu.ffed eggs, and you'd get the baked fresh ham and bu ttere,d okre , tile t d sh.are ice .and caramel cream pie .. ' But t.he re food never com-pared to your roast beef and h.ot apple pie '. They told me that a man not willing to fight and die for his country has no right to 1 i fa: . I' va had enough t.rouble'.

E've!.rythi:ng happens to me, no luck at all. The only luck was being married to ylou, '! w,as; on,1:y happy when I was wi.th, you. 1 krH~'w' they w,ouldn' t let, me be happy.

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Cable pins the photograph of th.e beautiful woman on the East walL Music.is heard from, another room, beyon.d the waf.L, Cable presses his ear against, the wall, and, list,ens.

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EXT. TUNDRA - NIGHT

The faCie in the yel10wrr full moon yawns.

Gable T as tall as t.he jnoon Ln the sky 1 'walks up to the moon ., Cabl,e .Deacbes tow:ards the moon, catches the tears

t ha troll :from Lt s eyes I then pokes t:hemoon I s eye wi tn h.is finger.,

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Cable stares out of the open window at the faceless", red, fu.ll, moon ,0 Cable falls ba,ck down onto the bale of hay, takes out a cigarette f,rom hi s left breast shi,rt pocket, lights, and puffs.

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'I'hemoon explodes # Ln al.I dtrect.Lons, leaving the s:ky in a md.Lky mess Ln the wlake.

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INT., CABLE'S ROOM

Cable wal ks into the ma .. in room., Cabl e at.ops, notices something. A man dressed. civilian clothes.; but \rjTi'th his face painted like t.ha.t of a. clown, Laans a9'a.inst the wall, he smoke a. cigarette, frowns at Cable I ashes the, but; t of the ciga.rette on the hell of his shoe, then throws t.he butt into at 'trash cen, I'he man disappears in.to the wall of darkn.ess.

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CLOSE UP: Blood ;flows 'throug'h t.he tubes infH&;rt,ed in Cable" s O.rTIlS.

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One SURGEON,., and two f'emale nURSES stand over Cable ..

SURGE.ON·

Scalpel, nurse ..

The nurse hands th.e surgeona. sca.l:pel... The sur.geon penetr.ates the surface olf Cable',9 right: hand, cutting until the aki.n is brok.en S!.nt(j blood. seeps out ...

SURGEON How much time do WE! n . .3.v6:1

Nurse loots at her watch.

NURSE

'rein minutes. Is that. enough time?

SURG.EON

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An ,eyeball is w'sdged inbetweert the surrounding bricks Ln this wall. Cable plucks: the eyeball on t of the wall.. Blood pours aut of the opening. Cab I e rem.ove.s (me bric 1\, behind tbe brick isa wall of .rippling t ext.u re j soft ,and pin k ~ Cable feels the pink wallj a brick falls out of its place lnthewall.. Cable takes out another brick, and. tears through. the .fleshy wall lIke a man devour.ing a. giant cake .. Cable rips t.he. .bricks apart; ,gouges t.h.roug:h t.h.e pd.nk wall with his .fist.s, un.t.i! s. 1.igh.t shines th.rollgh ..

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Th.rough th€n.ol€ in the wall.r a. man sits u:nderne.atna ta.ll ~)aktree.r next; to a . .sm.all rive,r.,;: the sun :is shining bright and the gras sis green.

Cable· sit s underneath the oak 't.ne:e r he ins·erts his hand into the dirt.

'CMLE

You k'now I'm blInd wltbo'Utyou. 'tou wer·etb,s ll.qht. of my life.. You were this on that put me back on my fe·etand :rmade a man out of me. W'i thou tyou I'd Bti 11 beanex~c·on I still be Ln jail. You know how hard Lt was to get you, Li.l1 i? It was damn neara.s hazd as faci nga, .[·iring squad,and. winni.ng"

I rememtHar the .first da.y I mat; you .

you were wearing whit.e - god. ·damned you looked Li.ke an a.n91e1... My .angel.. You know 11m.'€! you.

LILLI

I know ...

CABLE

You know Iwa.s baptized Ln tha.t .river?

l.ILLI

Ca.bls1 you' '11'9 got to st.a .. rt fi9hting~ back.

CABLE

Wh.a.t you say?

LILLI

I love you, darling, and P v·emi.ss,·ed. you, I spent. days cry iog wi th.'outyou wi·th me, but, I'm .afraid your r·e not

going tom.ate it back alive if you don't start fighting •.• right now~

CABLE

Right now...? I'm. sitting her'e enjoying you, there's noth~ng to figbt.

LILLI

You" ve g'ot to wa..ke up oryout 11 be shot dead. Reach higherj be bo.Ider, You must: downatever :i.ttak.es to survave thi.s.

CABLE

Shot dead?

LIl.LI .Iwan.t your blood in me.

CABLE

I can t t go back out thEH'e, m.y ne.rV'9S areehot ..

Lilli·s face has turned to that of a circus clown.

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INT. CABL.E".s ROOM:

Cable ,a.wakens.. startles t.he surgeon ,&_ nurses above him~ net.Lees the needles in hi s arms I and. rips 'them out".

The surgeon and two nu.rses step away .from, Cable jvan.ishing into. thin a . Lr ,

C.LOSE UP:: Ca.ble'.s wrist.wa,tch .rea.d.s: 2: 45.

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INT. STORAGE .ROOM

Cable enters stora.ge room.

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CLOSE UP: one half'-,eat'€m chocol.at.e bar lays :melting Ln the wo,ade(l. box, One pack .of cigaret tea .has been. crushed"upon further'examination .. the contents elf the cigarette box bolds one bent cigaretbe.

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INT., .KITCHEN

Cable squeezas his right. inde.xfinger, the blood Laaka into a glass jar, w,hlc,h Ls alrlBady half-full of' Cable' B blood.

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Cabl,e' s index f'inger is torn apart. ,the skdn Jias be,en .ripped ,off ,of the bone", The b'Iood tri.c kl.aa quicker in to the gl,as.s, j,ar.

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.A. thi;rdi jar of blood .is being f i Ilea a t an expcnen 1;1811 rat,€!:. Gabl,e's .rirght hand has be,en s.tripped ,of Lt.s fl,esh .. the "torn :muscles pulsat,eand break as Cabl,e crencnes his band into a fist.

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INT. CABL,E' SBOOM

The threej az s of blood si.t on top of t;hefir,eplace mant.Ls , aach 1.a.bel,ed with tap,a" ,e,achm~:u::ked. with, ,3, name: Fib~r.1 I<:nuckle,,. Golddwarf.

Catble, steps up to tbe fi.rst ja,r.

CA8LE:

Hellor Gola, Dwarf.

GOI.DDWAR.F'

Ca.ble-

Ca.ble gulps down. the j a~of blood. Cable g'ags on the

bl.ood ,. Cable drops tbej a.r onto the floor t the j ar emasnes into piece s ..

Cable sh .. i.fts to the nez:tj a.r ~ '\K'nuckle .: ~

CABLE

Cabh~~ 9"I,<abs t.hej ar of blood and. putsth.e eQ:.geon toh.is lips.

KNUCKLE, Wait, Cable~ wait!,

CABLE

'What?

KNUCKL:E

'What m.Gl.kes me so special you want to d.rink m,e? .I'll no good, Cable.

CABLE

rim hung.ry,. Tha.t'~· 5 m.yreason.

KNUCKLE

Oh but. Gabl,s-d!on't you have ,any compassion-

Cable drinkS tbe g1as.8:j a r of bl,oJC'Pd. Tbe jar smaehes as it hit s:tbe f loOl:".

FIBER

Cable ... ' my buddy, ye 01 chum. YQu know I hea.rd Golddwar.:f ca.ll you Yehudi. behind yOU.r back, smart move drinking him- no good, and tha.1t Knuckle~ gee.z, tal kabou.t. B. me8i.t. head", What use WSi"S he going to be to us? Nadal zilch, nothing ..

Cable pick,s up the la.st of the' gla.,ss j or,s 1aoe190,'\ Fiber. #

CABLE:

Wn.a"t ma.kes you think I '.m not going to drink you just 1 i.l<:e the .rest. of them'? What good a.re you? You're red liquid

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just Li.ke the rest of them - what makes you so special?

FIBER

Well, Cable-c;om,e on, do I really have to expla.in. .mysel f?How far do we 'g'O back?

Ca.ble dOU5€H3, t.he bloodi.u to bismouth and down tdsthroat ..

Ca"bll9 t.eara 'the ciga.ret.te in half, If.ght,s i.t wlthamatch, and puffs.

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General Bert:es ai.t s in. front o.t: the flag o.f 'the Unit.ed

st.a t,es: 01 ,Mler.ica., Genera.l BertelS rea:ds a s't.8l..tem.€lntof th.e ccurt ,

G:EN ,0 :8ERT':E:S

The confession of the accused, Pr:i vate, Arthur Cabl.. was written spontaneously. His desire to confess~ in. fact t to be tried r was obvious.

E'Ve,n, if the.re were any doubt of t:ru3: v:olun.tary .nature, of the accused's: cenress Lon on October t.he second, the effect. of Lt.s meaning w,as; made cl,e.ar t'o him! on Octoher t.l::H3' f1 fth ~wbe'Il he si.gn!ed. an indo:r8ement re~,affirmi.ng Lt.s volun.t,ar:.y character.

(CLear±ng his throat) Private Cable's state-ment bo,ldly expresses b . Ls desired Lnt ent : '~I ran away, and if I am ever ,fo.rced to, go bae k out the.re aga in, I will run awa.y,again,. U

'T.here is no doubt t.nat; be de1.ibera.te,ly Bought the safety of the guardhouse~

.I.f he achieves h is end, con.f.in.ement .i s lIeith~t' aJ. d.eter,ren.t n.o.rpuni anment, He has direct 1 y cha,llenged the supr-eme a.uthority of the goV'e.rnment..

If the: death penalty is to be enforced fo.I' the crim.e of desert ion, i.t should

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be enforced for this case. Not for correctional measure, naras requital, but to maint.ain that discipline which an army can au rv L ve again,st t.he enemy,_

There Ls no recommendatio:n for ch~;mency in this case" none is n,eeded.

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INT., CABLE'S ROOM

Cable falls tathe. .flo,a.r" rea.ching for his stomach. Cable vomi, t s b l ood, t in,y bla.ct figures spew out of hi s mouth and wriggle as they hit this floor.

CABLE

I df.dn ' t think they w,ould snoot me ~

,A man dressed as a circus clown at ands above Cable" looks down at Cable.,

ALI

The secret of SUCC'9SS in 1if'e, Cable, .is, for a :m.an.to tHE!: r'9,ady for his opport.unitywhen it ccmes ,

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A sign. pla.ste.red on the outside wall of a. building promot es the upcomf.nq show for the Cole Bros. Ci reus" August: 16t:11 t Carson City r NEfl!tada, • The' s ig'n is torn apart" hoz i zon.tall y~, .rippin.g the eyes of the clown in the painting'. Two human eyes repla.ce the painted ey.es,.

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EXT., COURTYARD - 'DAY

The ground. is cove red in thick anow, An e ight- foot ta.l1 wooden post at ands in fron.t of a twe 1 ve~ foot t.alL hrick wall t.nat; encases the cour+yaxd, Forty~two army sold.iers an.,d ge n.e,r a 1 sst and by.

A soldier is Led towards t,h,e' cent-er of the court yard, is tied to the wooden poat., and has a b.Lack bag placed cver

his head. A pzeache.r Jeans into the soldier's ear and .says sam,ething.

TW\(9tlv€! ri f l'emen load th€l.i r guns '.' An aut hor-i, tat i ve voice, yells;

GENERAL Ready,. Aim,. !Fire ,.

Twelve guns fi.re at the soldier. Twelve bullets enter tbe body of the soldier. Blood. sprays onto th'e snow f 'Onto the .brick wall. The executed, :soldi,er drops slightly, dead.

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Cable peers through a 5,11 t in the WQod at the si.gt'1 t ,of the executi.on.

Gable t.u rna around t.e Ltie interior o.f the room.

Across t,he room, a tall j skinny man. dressed Ln mi 1 L t.ary uni:f,C)rm,~and bearing a blond mu.stache above his uppe,r 1.ip, stands next to a swan '. Th.e must.achad man sm,i Lea 1 then" laughs at Cable.

A thick, black, horned, faceless figure swings an axe at Cable - Cable puts his hands up in. defen.se - this slices of.f Cable's fingers; and hal f of hi s left hand.

Cable :falls to th.e ground.. Blood spews out of his ctecapitabed nands, Cabl,s crawls. from th.e ,ax'e-wilelding giant.

The giant chops. 'off Gab Le I' s left a rm, fr·om above the elbow' .' Blood s,prays out of t.he 'Open wOU.nd.

Cab le turns around, he pleads for his life by cry.ing. The blood cgur.gling from h.ismout.h makes his words incomprehensible ,.

The giant swings the axe aczcaa Cable I s t hroat; ,. Blood spits out o.f the wound., Cable continues to crawl away from the giant.

The giant lifts his enormous foot abovil' Cable's head. The giant slams its foot into Cable"s head, crushing his skull,

destroying hia [n:'ain" and some of the wc)od.-pa.neled. floor beneath.,

The giant grabs Cable's right leg and effortlessly drags the dead body .into the wa.ll .of darkness.

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END CREDITS

©Geoff.rey Thomas I 2007

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