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Chasing Whispers in the Wind (working title)

By
Aaron McDonald

Original Screenplay

INT. SHACK - DAY


A young REDHEADED woman, TABITHA, 23, is sitting at a SMALL
wooden table.
SUNLIGHT streams through a broken window and GLEAMS on an
antique western SIX-SHOOTER holstered on her hip.
There is a small, ragged leather BIBLE on the table in front
of her.
Beside the bible is an old CUP.
Two MILITIA-MEN bring in a FRIGHTENED man.
They force him into the chair across the table from Tabitha.
Her face is blank until she sees him, and then she looks
away ANGRILY.
He glances at the Bible, the SHAME obvious in his eyes.
He looks into her eyes.
When she looks back, she openly shows her DISAPPOINTMENT.
He puts on a shaky MASK of COURAGE but a few more seconds of
her DISAPPOINTED, SHAMED look makes him look down in GUILT.
Tabitha FLINGS the Bible across the table at the man.
The man REACTS, ALARMED at the sudden action but also
SURPRISED and APPALLED at her apparent disrespect to the
book.
Their eyes meet again to share a STILL, APOLOGETIC look.
In one SWIFT motion she draws her six-shooter, PULLS the
hammer back with her thumb, and SQUEEZES the trigger.
The mans head SNAPS back and he collapses forward BLOODY
onto the BOOK.
She places the SMOKING gun on the table and picks up the cup
and takes a SIP, her face blank and COLD and DETACHED.
EXT. FIELD - DAY
ELI, 30, is lying FACE-DOWN in a MUCKY field by a wood line.
He has LONG, messy dark brown hair and a BEARD.
He GASPS awake, ROLLS onto his side and stares at the SKY.
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

2.

Eli QUICKLY looks around, CONFOUNDED, and almost in shock.


Two MILITIA-MEN come out of the woods with RIFLES.
Eli puts his HANDS up, AFRAID, and tries to talk, but cant.
Elis hands go to his THROAT, and then his MOUTH, as FEAR
and PANIC begin to take over and he looks to the men for
answers, but theyre looking at him, CONFUSED.
Eli notices one of them GLANCE at the other in PITY.
PANTING, Eli stops panicking, slowly starting to understand.
He tries to speak again, but when "You cant speak either?"
doesnt come out, he makes sure they can read his LIPS, as
he also GESTURES with his hands.
The soldiers shake their heads no; the soldier to the left
continues to look on Eli with SYMPATHY, albeit confused and
nervous.
The other soldier is a little more WARY of Eli, as he
SUSPICIOUSLY moves toward Eli with his rifle READY.
TWO more armed soldiers exit the woods.
One of them has the COMMAND presence and nicer uniform of an
officer, which Eli NOTICES.
The sympathetic man gives the officer a look of RELIEF and
PITY on behalf of Eli; the officer HOLSTERS his gun.
While the other newcomer moves to case the field, the
SUSPICIOUS first soldier turns to the officer as if he is
going to STRONGLY disagree with his comrades assessment.
Meanwhile, Eli is watching this, INTRIGUED, almost smiling.
Staring at Eli, the officer holds up a DISMISSING hand,
INSTANTLY ending the suspicious soldiers "complaint".
The officer smiles WARMLY and extends a HAND to Eli.
There is a brief, ALMOST imperceptible hesitation before Eli
accepts the officers HAND of assistance off the ground.
CUT TO

3.
EXT. MILITIA CAMP - DAY
The five are walking through the woods back to the militia
units campsite, with Eli in the MIDDLE.
Eli tries to PLEAD with the officer to tell him whats going
on, but the officer just shakes his head and holds up a
finger to wait till they get back to camp.
Once there, Eli sees a simple but happy life, complete with
CHILDREN playing silently, even when they laugh.
He notices almost everyone is ARMED with blade or gun.
He counts about two dozen people altogether.
The officer to Elis side gets his attention with a GLANCE.
The officer POINTS to a SMALL RUNDOWN SHACK with a guard
stationed outside the DOOR.
Eli nods thanks to the officer and heads for the door.
The guard steps aside and nods with MILITARY COURTESY.
Eli turns back, CONFUSED, to look at the officer, who gives
the same RESPECTFUL nod.
CUT TO
INT. COMMAND SHACK - DAY
Eli enters the shack to find a RED-HAIRED woman, TABITHA,
26, inside, WRITING something at a DESK.
When she HEARS the door CREAK open, she looks up, both
ANNOYED to be bothered, but also as if she KNOWS him.
Though he doesnt recognize her, her STRIKING red hair makes
Eli feel DRAWN to her.
Eli smiles THINLY and looks around NERVOUSLY.
He looks back to her as she STANDS slowly and SHAKILY walks
toward him, looking as though she may cry.
Eli FURROWS his brow in confusion as to why she has this
reaction to his entrance.
Halfway to Eli, her EXPRESSION becomes TAUT and GUARDED.
Eli slightly COCKS his head and NARROWS his eyes as he tries
to figure out why she seems FAMILIAR to him.
(CONTINUED)

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4.

He tries to say "Im sorry, I dont know whats going on,"


as he AVERTS his eyes from her.
Eli FEELS her JOY a split second before she RUSHES him and
hugs him.
Eli is taken aback and CAUTIOUSLY wraps his arms around her.
His face is all kinds of CONFUSED, but as they embrace, he
can FEEL her SOBBING and his eyes begin to WATER as well.
Eli PATS her back and CLOSES his eyes FIRMLY.
When she finally pulls away, the redhead gives him an
APOLOGETIC look through her tears.
She rubs her eyes and Eli gives her a SYMPATHETIC look and
mouths "Its okay."
She smiles with JOY and EXCITEDLY ushers him outside.
CUT TO
EXT. MILITIA CAMP - DAY
Eli follows her to another building, this one a bit more
DECORATIVE and UP-KEPT than hers.
She knocks on the door, which has a sign: "The Talker."
They wait for an answer and Eli looks around CURIOUSLY.
Eli sees kids playing silently again and smiles to himself.
He turns back to the door EXPECTANTLY right before it opens.
A SCANTLY-clad female soldier answers the door and steps
aside to let Eli and Tabitha in.
CUT TO
INT. TALKERS HOME - DAY
The redhead GESTURES to the Talker, 30, a male with short,
messy BLACK hair and a slightly trimmed GOATEE. He is
wearing a black leather rugged JACKET and reclining, almost
asleep, in an old leather RECLINER.
Tabitha stands a few feet from him, PATIENTLY and with
FEIGNED respect awaiting his attention; Eli stands to her
right, a little behind her.
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

5.

The guard CLOSES the door, her hand on her sheathed SWORD.
A few seconds after they enter, the Talker SLOWLY turns to
face the guests, showing Eli his facial scar, and opens his
eyes, which are GREEN.
TALKER (FATIGUED)
Ugh.
Eli SMILES, almost relieved to hear a voice, sorta.
The Talker tries to go back to SLEEP.
IRRITATED, Tabitha lightly KICKS the Talkers BOOT.
Again, he moans, ANNOYED, and WAVES them away.
Eli looks from the Talker to Tabitha, who is now PISSED, and
going for her knife.
FRUSTRATED, the Talker leaps up and PINS her to the WALL.
TALKER
I said, piss off, Im tryin to
sleep.
His accent is unmistakably IRISH.
Tabitha GLARES into the Talkers eyes with CONTEMPT.
After a moment, the Talker releases her with a SCOFF.
As she sheathes her knife, the Talker turns to Eli, who is
standing there, EYES WIDE with disbelief and fear.
TALKER
She dont like me very much, this
one. Course, doesnt help she just
had to execute a traitor this
mornin...
Tabitha looks away and crosses her arms, ANGRY and ASHAMED.
TALKER
You wanna know whats goin on,
yeah?
Eli just NODS.
TALKER
I can tell by your clothes and your
general disheveled appearance, not
to mention your old-world demeanor,
(MORE)
(CONTINUED)

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6.

TALKER (contd)
that you mustve just woken up with
no memory of, well, anything.
As he says this, the Talker SAUNTERS back to his chair.
Eli STEPS up to ASK something, but the Talker answers.
TALKER
Save your breath, mate. I usually
know what people are gonna say
before they say it.
Eli SMIRKS, raises a BROW, and mouths "telepathy?"
TALKER
No, mate, not "telepathy." Empathy.
Intuition. Long story short - the
years 2033. In 2020, almost
everyone in the world stopped
talking on the same day. Over the
last thirteen bloody years, weve
gone from wastefully attempting to
force words out of our gobs in
frustration to spending a fortnight
writing to looking ridiculous doing
sign language to now (beat)
intuitively reading emotions and
facial expressions. We stopped with
the sign language and writing
cause it was just too strenuous
and annoying - not to mention, its
harder to deceive someone when
everyone can sense every emotion or
read every subconscious
micro-expression.
Elis eyes WIDEN and he NODS slightly, IMPRESSED.
TALKER
I know right? Thirteen short years
and average people are doing what
you and Ive been doing all our
lives, am I right?
The Talker SMIRKS arrogantly to Eli, who nods and chuckles
SILENTLY.
When the Talker glances over at the guard, he notices her
look away and roll her eyes at his arrogance.
The Talker looks back to Eli.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

7.

TALKER
Anywho, naturally the most
intelligent and emotionally
sensitive people reigned supreme;
they were able to broker deals and
communicate intent much quicker and
easier than normal idiots, who
still preferred writing on big bits
of cardboard. Most actual idiots
died off - well, were killed off while those who were willing to
learn the science of reading body
language and facial expressions
thrived. Most, um, camps like ours
have at least one person who can
talk for the group. For some reason
they call us Talkers, put us on the
level of old world priests. Every
so often we find someone who seems
(beat) out of touch, like you. They
cant remember the last thirteen
years, or how to communicate, but
you (beat) well, youre a bloody
natural, like me - like her.
Tabitha is looking at Eli with a SLIGHT smirk when both he
and the Talker look over.
The Talker nods SEDUCTIVELY to her.
UNCOMFORTABLE by this, Eli glances over to see her DISGUST.
The Talker takes all this in and GRINS at Eli.
TALKER
She knows you. Somehow. Apparently
you two used to be mates or
somethin. Maybe lovers, who knows?
The Talker smirks at Tabitha being uncomfortable.
TALKER
Shame and regret from her. One of
you loved the other just a bit too
much I suppose. Oh, and her names
Tabitha RoseBlade. Though names
dont much matter anymore. Except
to Talkers, o course.
Eli opens his mouth but the Talker cuts him off.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

8.

TALKER
There are a few questions you want
to ask. I aint like those
arseholes in those TV shows who
wont tell someone somethin to
keep some secret identity or
whatnot. But those questions (beat)
cannot or -should- not be asked or
answered here, right? Im guessin
you dont remember your name.
Tabitha mouths something that the Talker sees, but Eli looks
over just in time to miss it.
The Talker nods as Eli looks back to him.
TALKER
Eli, huh? Dont worry. Your memory
will come back to you. But people
never remember the last thirteen
years or how they got here. Some
think they travel in time, others
think they were pulled out of some
chryo-stasis. Crazy people like to
go with aliens. Not sure why.
Eli raises his BROWS ironically, which the Talker notices.
TALKER
Oh, you think Im mad, eh? Well,
you might go mad yourself with all
the silence round here, yeah? Some
blokes do.
He takes a brief moment to SCRUTINIZE Elis DOUBTFUL face.
TALKER
Yeah, maybe not. You like the
quiet, ya introverted git. Now get
outta here. I gotta get some kip.
Tabitha, who is still ANNOYED at the Talker, leads Eli out.
When the guard closes the door behind them, Eli indicates
the IRONY of the sign on the door behind them with a THUMB.
Understanding, Tabitha NODS and SNICKERS silently.
FADE TO

9.
INT. ELIS QUARTERS - NIGHT
Elis asleep in a NICE room listening to "One is the
Loneliest Number" by Filter, ironically, without lyrics on
earbuds.
He has dreams of the past, and begins to remember things,
especially Tabitha, a girl he enjoyed long walks on the
beach and picnics in the park with. Its clear that he LOVED
her more than she did him.
FADE TO
INT. TABITHAS QUARTERS - NIGHT
Tabitha is lying on her side in bed, eyes MOIST and reddened
as she stares at a wall, listening to the same song as Eli.
She imagines Eli kneeling in front of her, and she CLENCHES
her eyes closed in emotional PAIN.
FADE TO
INT. ELIS QUARTERS - NIGHT
Eli wakes up and rubs his eyes; he SQUINTS and slowly looks
around the room.
Eli imagines Tabitha kneeling by the bed and lying over him.
He closes his eyes and everything FADES AWAY.
EXT. BEACH - NIGHT
Eli and Tabitha are sitting together on a SAND DUNE.
He looks around, smiling, and when she looks at him with a
smile, his smile widens as he stares into her GREEN eyes.
They LAUGH and Eli is SURPRISED he can hear his own voice.
ELI
Wow. What happened? Am I dreaming?
Tabitha puts her arm around Eli.
TABITHA
More than that, dude.
Eli looks at her, AMAZED and ELATED. Then he calms and
touches her face.
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

10.

ELI
I feel you. Is this how empaths
communicate these days? In their
sleep?
Tabitha smiles and nods with a chuckle.
TABITHA
Yeah, something like that.
CUT TO
INT. ELIS QUARTERS - NIGHT
Eli is staring up at the ceiling smiling HAPPILY, but then
slowly becomes SAD.
He sits up and rubs his face again and GAZES tiredly at a
table and notices a bible.
He reaches over and picks up the bible and smirks slightly.
He opens it up and reads from a random page, Psalms 30:12,
"To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not
be SILENT. Oh lord my God, I will give thanks unto thee
forever."
Eli closes the book and CONTEMPLATES.
EXT. MILITIA CAMP - DAY
MONTAGE of Eli learning and helping in camp for WEEKS.
It is clear Eli is most EMPATHIC person there, as he walks
all the way across the camp to confront someone for theft.
The Talker, Tabitha, and the Officer who brought Eli in are
all watching, IMPRESSED.
FADE TO
INT. ELIS QUARTERS - NIGHT
Eli is sitting at the table in his room reading.
He sets the book down and looks as though hes heard
something; he SQUINTS and turns his head to the side and
raises his HAND slowly to feel the air.
He LEAPS up and DARTS out of his room.

11.

CUT TO
EXT. MILITIA CAMP - NIGHT
Eli runs across the camp to another hut.
An old man answers the door and lets him in as if he knows
why he is there.
CUT TO
INT. OLD MANS HUT - NIGHT
Eli enters and sees a young girl is SICK.
Eli goes and sits by her, looking down on her with
COMPASSION.
Eli looks over at the old man, who is standing there,
EXPECTANT.
Eli shrugs, unsure of what he is expected to do.
The old mans eyes PLEAD with Eli.
Eli INHALES deeply and he looks UNCERTAIN and NERVOUS as he
turns to the child and places his hand on her forehead.
A few seconds later, Eli gets a sinking, foreboding
sensation; he looks HOPELESS and AFRAID and he gets up and
walks out, gesturing for them to remain inside.
CUT TO
EXT. MILITIA CAMP - DAWN
As the SUN RISES, Eli crosses the camp again and Tabitha
joins him as if she knew hed be there, their STRIDE matched
perfectly.
They share a brief but HEARTFELT "hello" of a glance.
Eli IMPATIENTLY knocks on the Talkers door.
The Talker himself opens the door, albeit HALF NAKED.
His chest and arms are full of old battle SCARS.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

12.

TALKER
An attack is imminent? Aye, the
feelins mutual. Lets rally the
troops then. And remember, we only
kill if we have to, and when we do,
we make it quick and clean and
painless if possible.
Eli and Tabitha turn around and catch two rifles TOSSED to
them by the officer.
Tabitha GESTURES for Eli to go the REAR of the camp and take
charge of the soldiers there, while the officer goes to the
WEST of the camp, and she goes to the FRONT.
The Talker exits his house with TWO female guards; the one
seen earlier DRAWS her sword; the other one already has hers
out.
The Talker STEALTHILY moves to the EAST of the camp, drawing
a white-handled, chrome Colt .45 1911 HANDGUN.
Hes listening to INSTRUMENTAL Irish rock over earbuds.
CUT TO
EXT. MILITIA CAMP, ELI - DAWN
Eli sees a couple of enemy para-military soldiers in the
woods sneaking toward them, and he ANXIOUSLY takes aim.
Eli glances over to his four soldiers, who are also pointing
rifles in the enemies direction; they give him QUICK NODS.
Suddenly the utter silence is interrupted by GUNSHOTS from
other parts of the camp.
Elis unit begins firing at the enemy, DEAFENING Eli.
Eli CROSSES behind one of his men and HIDES behind a tree.
As the ringing in his ears becomes worse, Elis face clearly
betrays his FEAR and APPREHENSION.
(begin "Soul of a Man" by Steven Stern)
One of the soldiers GLANCES over to Eli, and Eli looks back
to see the mans CONTEMPT, right before (begin SLO-MO) a
bullet RIPS through the soldiers head.
Eli CRINGES and pulls away, even more AFRAID, SHOCKED, and
DISGUSTED.
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

13.

As two soldiers provide suppressive fire, another GRABS


their fallen comrade and PULLS him out of the conflict.
Eli watches, and then looks down at his SHAKING hands.
He closes his EYES briefly, and when he opens them, he sees
TABITHA on the other side of the camp.
PAN TO
EXT. MILITIA CAMP, TABITHA - DAWN
With the SUNRISE as her beautiful backdrop, Tabitha
FEARLESSLY fires her weapon into the woods, KILLING enemies.
Their deaths affect her, though she MASKS her feelings
expertly with DETERMINED fortitude and CONTEMPT.
PAN TO
EXT. MILITIA CAMP, TALKER - DAWN
The Talkers female guards are CUTTING down enemy soldiers
who are charging him, trying to take him alive, as the
Talker himself is SHOOTING other soldiers further away in
the WOODS.
The Talker is listening to "Soul of a Man" by Steven Stern.
One of the HIDING enemy soldiers makes eye contact with the
Talkers MAIN guard.
She is clearly APPREHENSIVE about this contact, not the
fighting, and she KNOWS the enemy soldier. (end SLO-MO)
NODDING slightly, she turns to stab her comrade in the BACK.
...but the Talker already knows this is going to happen, so
he spins around and PARRIES her BLADE with his Colt .45 and
KICKS her backward.
Hearing the scuffle, the other female guard CUTS down
another soldier and turns to the Talker; She is SURPRISED.
The Talker, without looking, hands off his gun; the woman
understands and EXCHANGES her sword for his gun.
While the guard turns and SHOOTS enemies, the Talker SLOWLY
steps toward the traitor, whose eyes are PLEADING for mercy.
The COLDNESS in the mans eyes tells her it wont happen.
(CONTINUED)

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14.

The Talker and the woman CIRCLE each other (OVERHEAD shot)
for a few seconds.
The Talker lowers his sword a bit, his expression SOFTENING
to a look of DISAPPOINTMENT.
This expression nearly breaks the guard; TEARS well up in
her eyes and she almost drops her sword as she goes WEAK in
the knees.
The Talker motions with his HAND for her to come attack him.
The traitor slowly and weakly RAISES her sword as she takes
a few steps toward him.
The Talker QUICKLY deflects her blade and GRABS her by the
NECK and turns her back to him; he cuts her throat QUICKLY.
(begin SLO-MO, ECU) The traitorous guards TEARFULLY
EMOTIONAL eyes gradually FADE to LIFELESS and she COLLAPSES
to her knees slowly, showing behind her the Talkers
countenance is full of REGRET and SORROW and DISAPPOINTMENT
and COMPASSION.
(end SLO-MO, PULL UP to OVERHEAD)The Talker picks up the
dead womans sword and turns to kill the FEARFUL man in the
woods who caught her attention, with DUAL swords.
PAN TO
EXT. MILITIA CAMP, ELI - DAWN
Having seen both Tabithas and the Talkers situations, and
FEELING their pain and sorrow, Eli MUSTERS his fortitude.
Eli fires his rifle at the enemy ANGRILY, killing one.
He moves back behind the tree and EXHALES before firing
again.
After a brief firefight, Eli WINCES for no apparent reason.
He looks across the camp to see Tabithas officer (slo-mo)
RUNNING across the camp to her because shes been SHOT.
Of course Eli tries to yell Tabithas name but nothing comes
out.
After killing the last of the enemies on their side, Elis
soldiers go to help Tabithas unit.
Eli himself KNEELS by Tabitha as her officer is keeping his
hand over the GUSHING gunshot wound in her STOMACH.
(CONTINUED)

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15.

Elis hand goes for his own stomach and he cringes, feeling
the pain he sees in her EYES.
Eli GRABS the officers shoulder and when the officer looks
up, Elis eyes are BEGGING him to save her.
The officer gives him a look of HELPLESS DESPERATION.
A medic RUSHES over and pushes them aside.
Eli watches in FEAR as she tries to help.
Eli looks down into Tabithas eyes; shes in SHOCK and
AGONY.
Elis hand clenches his own GUT as he CRINGES again.
(begin SLO-MO) Then he realizes something and he leans over
her.
When the medic tries to push him off, the officer pulls the
medic away.
Eli places his HAND on Tabithas FACE and leans down,
staring deep into her EYES.
Tabitha smiles through the pain at Eli.
Eli forces himself to be at PEACE and transfers his serenity
to Tabitha.
(sudden end of "Soul of a Man") She smiles with RELIEF and
mouths "Thank you."
Eli PINCHES his mouth closed and GULPS.
He leans down and kisses her cheek before standing up and
walking away, slowly, leaving his rifle behind.
Elis eyes express AGONY, Tabithas agony, but he doesnt
show it to anyone.
The battle is over; as he is walking toward where the Talker
was, everyone else is walking the opposite direction toward
Tabitha.
Eli finds the Talkers guards - both of them - dead, and
the Talker nowhere in sight.
He looks around, and sees both swords on the ground.
Knowing hes been captured, Eli turns and heads for Tabitha;
she is being taken into a medical TENT.

16.
CUT TO
INT. MEDIC TENT - DAY
With everyone gathered around Tabitha, she reaches up from
her COT and takes her officers hand as he is communicating
with the medic.
The officer turns back to her. He shakes his head, seeing
shes ready to die.
Tabitha senses Eli come into the tent and looks over as he
comes to stand by her bedside.
She smiles.
Eli tries to smile, but almost cries.
Tabitha turns back to the officer and gives him a look
saying to trust her, and Eli.
The officer nods RELUCTANTLY and looks up to Eli, and then
SALUTES him, indicating Eli has taken Tabithas place as
leader.
Eli RELUCTANTLY and LAZILY returns the salute QUICKLY before
dropping his hand.
Tabitha NODS and smiles as she takes Elis hand LOOSELY
before she dies.
Elis countenance DROPS as he becomes HEARTBROKEN.
He falls to his knees and SCREAMS, releasing his physical
pain and his emotional anguish all at once.
Many people sob, but their screams are SILENT.
Everyones eyes turn to Eli.
He doesnt care that he might be able to talk; Eli EMBRACES
Tabitha as he continues to sob.
The officer and medic get everyone out of the tent, leaving
Eli alone with her.
After a moment of UNCONTROLLABLE sobbing, Eli gathers
himself and notices Tabitha is wearing dog-tags.
Eli looks at them; theyre HIS dog-tags from when he was in
the U.S. Army.
He notices with the dog-tags a CROSS.
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

17.

He GENTLY removes the dog-tags and THROWS them violently at


the tent wall.
Then he goes back to EMBRACING Tabitha.
FADE TO
INT. MEDIC TENT - DAY
The officer and the medic enter the tent to find Eli nearly
asleep on Tabithas chest.
The officer places a COMFORTING hand on the GRIEVING mans
shoulder, but Eli shakes it off.
The officer pulls his hand back and sighs.
When he is about to leave, Eli turns and clears his throat,
getting the officers attention.
Eli looks up at the officer, his eyes full of RAGE.
The officer nods slowly, understanding.
The officer pulls out a map and points to the location of
the enemy clan.
Eli nods and turns back to Tabitha.
The officer awaits Elis decision but when Eli does nothing,
the officer turns to leave with the medic.
FADE TO
INT. ELIS QUARTERS - DAY
Eli enters his hut and collapses into a chair, EXHAUSTED.
For a few seconds, Eli just stares at a blank wall.
Eli then
a random
my rock;
I become

reaches over and picks up the bible and opens it to


page again, Psalms 28, "Unto thee I will cry O Lord
be not SILENT to me - lest if thou be silent to me,
like those who go down into the pit."

Eli actually whispers the second verse.


ELI
Hear the voice of my supplications,
when I cry unto thee...

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

18.

Then he drops the book and begins crying again as he falls


off the chair and onto the floor.
ELI
Please God help me! Why me? Why
her? Please bring her back! What do
you want from me? Ill do anything,
just bring her back...
FADE TO BLACK.
EXT. MILITIA CAMP - DAY
Eli exits his quarters SADLY and TIREDLY and heads over to
the officer (LT), who is talking with a guard on duty.
ELI
Lieutenant.
The LT looks to Eli, and then quickly DISMISSES the guard,
who goes back on watch. He then gives his full attention to
his boss.
Eli gestures for him to walk with him.
ELI
I know people who cant speak dont
really have any use for names, and
the Talker was pretty isolated...
The LT gives a CONCEDING SHRUG, and casts gestures to Eli
minutely.
ELI
Yeah, I know. Im the Talker now.
But anyway, as both leader and
Talker, Im gonna start calling you
"Lieutenant", because thats what
you are - my LT. I want you to get
the names of everyone on a sheet of
paper and bring it to me in half an
hour.
The LT nods and pulls his dog-tags out of a pocket to show
Eli his name is Theophilus McGrammer.
Eli nods.
ELI
My memory about my past has mostly
come back, but I still dont
remember how I got here. That was
(MORE)
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

19.

ELI (contd)
expected I guess. My memory of
Tabis a little hazy too. I
remember the emotions, but thats
pretty much it. Guess it doesnt
matter anymore though. Nothing from
the old world matters anymore.
The LT smiles REASSUREDLY and pats Eli on the back.
ELI
Yeah, well, Im not sure I want to
remember it all anyway. Might feel
like losing her all over again.
FADE TO
INT. ELIS QUARTERS - DAY
Elis sitting in his quarters, WRITING at a desk.
He stops writing abruptly and THINKS for a moment before
casting a RESENTFUL glance at the bible on the corner of the
desk.
Eli EXHALES and returns to writing.
The LT enters with a piece of paper.
Eli looks up and accepts the paper.
ELI
Thanks, LT.
The LT nods and is about to leave, but Eli stops him after
briefly glancing at the list.
ELI
Were down to eighteen people? We
lost that many to the other camps
assault?
Eli looks up and the LT nods RUEFULLY and holds up EIGHT
fingers.
Eli looks back down at the paper.
ELI
Alright, LT. Thats all for now.
The LT nods and leaves the shack.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

20.

Eli looks at the list of names for a few seconds and then
sets it down and MOANS, rubbing his FACE.
ELI
This sucks.
Eli chuckles.
ELI
Ah, Im the only one here who can
talk and Im alone talkin to
myself while everyone else...
CUT TO
EXT. MILITIA CAMP - DAY
Outside, everyone is communicated with body language and
facial expressions; making trades, flirting, reminiscing,
kids playing, etc.
Eli exits his shack and goes to the LT.
ELI
Gather everyone.
The LT nods and goes to get everyone, even the guards.
Eli ushers the kids and elderly over.
A few seconds later, everyone has arrived in front of his
house.
ELI
Hey everyone.
His voice is sad, but when he sees the COMPASSIONATE faces
of his camp, he smiles.
ELI
Thanks. Um (beat) were leaving
this place soon. We cant stay
here. I have a feeling the other
camp will attack again. So (beat)
pack a bag and lets get ready to
move out. We leave in a couple
hours.
As Eli turns and heads inside, the camp is CONFUSED and
NERVOUS.
The LT looks DISAPPOINTED.
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

21.

He goes and knocks on Elis door.


CUT TO
INT. ELIS QUARTERS - DAY
Eli is about to sit down at his desk again.
ELI
Come in LT.
The LT enters slowly and gives Eli a sympathetic but
disapproving look.
ELI
We dont have the manpower to
rescue the Talker.
The LT takes a step toward Eli and mouths "Daren."
ELI
Fine, Dren, whatever. We dont
have the manpower or the ammo,
okay? And lets be honest - he was
kind of an asshole. I can speak for
everyone now. We dont need him.
The LTs look of disapproval and sympathy becomes borderline
HOSTILE.
ELI
What is it about Dren that you
want him back so bad? He your best
friend?
The LT shakes his head.
Eli sighs.
ELI
Hes your brother.
The LT nods, and then he leans forward on the desk and PEERS
intently into Elis eyes.
Eli tilts his head to the side as he SCRUTINIZES the LT.
ELI
More than just that though, right?
Hes important...
Eli gets fed up and shoves a piece of paper forward.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

22.

ELI
Just write it down, for Gods sake!
The LT scribbles something on the paper and slides it
across.
Eli picks it up and GULPS when he reads it.
ELI
Oh.
Eli is DISTRESSED as he puts the paper down and looks back
to the LT.
ELI
Alright, well talk about this
tomorrow. But today, we get
everyone out of the area and find a
new place to set up camp.
The LT nods CURTLY and turns to leave, SATISFIED with the
answer.
ELI
LT.
The LT stops and looks over his shoulder, CURIOUS.
ELI
Our number one concern is the
well-being of those people out
there.
The LT nods more RESPECTFULLY and turns to leave again.
FADE TO
EXT. FIELD - DAY
Seventeen people move across the field where Eli was found,
away from their old camp.
The LT looks back to find Eli but doesnt see him in the
group.
The LT sighs and turns back to lead the people, DISGRUNTLED
and ANGRY at himself for letting Eli out of his sight.
FADE T0

23.

EXT. ENEMY CAMP - DUSK


Eli sneaks up to the enemy camp all stealthy.
He sees a lot more guards and soldiers than his group had,
and most of them are on patrol or guard duty.
Eli cringes at the amount of soldiers and shakes his head,
sighing slightly.
He puts headphones on and "Silent Voice" by Shamans Harvest
plays.
He draws the two SWORDS that had belonged to Drens female
bodyguards and saunters into the camp.
Eli tosses a rock to get the attention of two guards.
When they look over yonder, he hurries over and silently
dispatches them before moving into the camp.
Eli kills another guard by an ammo shed; it begins to RAIN.
As he kills a fourth soldier, another one sounds an alarm
and raises his rifle.
Eli DIVES behind another building and drops the swords in
favor of a fallen assault rifle.
He imagines Tabitha RoseBlade beside him, and for a moment
he gets emotional, but he pulls himself together and shoots
and kills the guard who saw him.
(begin SLO-MO) As he emerges from behind the building, he
remembers something...
ELI (VO)
You have the spirit of the phoenix
in you, Tabi.
He fires and kills two more soldiers, spins around and
shoots another soldier coming up behind him.
TABITHA (VO)
What does that mean?
Eli is eventually surrounded by the enemy, and runs out of
ammo so he picks up another fallen soldiers weapon.
ELI (VO)
Not sure. Youre strong. You make
me stronger. You give me hope.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

24.

After shooting a couple more soldiers, one gets the jump on


him and TACKLES him to the ground.
About five more soldiers jump him and beat him. (end SLO-MO)
FADE TO
EXT. ENEMY CAMP - NIGHT
Eli is taken to a far corner of the camp by THREE soldiers.
Eli notices one of them is wearing Drens COLT.
ELI
Whered you get that?
The soldier GRINS and SHOVES Eli.
Eli STUMBLES forward as he comes to his prison, a tiny
RUNDOWN old shack.
The guards force him inside and LOCK the door.
Unable to escape, Eli sits down on a stool and SIGHS,
shaking slightly.
He rubs his face, EXHAUSTED and NERVOUS.
He yawns.
FADE TO
INT. ELIS PRISON - MORNING
Eli is awakened by someone kicking open the door.
He BLEARILY sees someone drop a plate of food and then
leave, locking the door again.
Eli eats.
Afterward, he just sits there STARING BLANKLY at the ground.
His eyes soften and droop as his expression becomes SAD.
Then he looks up and sees a tiny hole in the wood.
He goes over to it and PEEKS out.
Eli sees everyone going about their routine.
On the other side of the camp is another shack like his.
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

25.

He notices a guard open the door and put a plate of food in.
The plate is kicked at the guard and the guard flees,
closing the door.
Eli SMIRKS.
ELI
Dren.
Eli goes over to the back of the old shack and kicks at the
rotting wood, but its slow work, and hes WORRIED about
making noise.
The door opens behind him.
Eli turns back to see the soldier with Drens Colt giving
him a THREATENING GLOWER.
Eli runs at the man; they exchange blows, most of which Eli
predicts.
Eli knocks the man out, takes the Colt, and runs outside.
CUT TO
EXT. ENEMY CAMP - DAY
He shoots a few guards, including the one by Drens door,
and then he takes a little girl hostage.
The other soldiers dont shoot and theres a stand-off.
Eli opens Drens door.
CUT TO
INT. DRENS PRISON - DAY
Dren, BATTERED and TORTURED, looks up from his position on
his side on the floor and SQUINTS at the daylight shining
in.
ELI (OS)
Dren! That you in there, man? Its
Eli. Cmon out, you Irish bastard.
I could use some help.
Drens SUSPICIOUS and CONFUSED expression becomes SURPRISE
and RELIEF when he hears Elis name outside.
CUT TO

26.

EXT. ENEMY CAMP - DAY


Dren walks outside CAUTIOUSLY.
Eli glances over his shoulder at him and sees hes been
tortured.
ELI
You look terrible, man. Can you
fight?
Dren looks around at all the enemy soldiers giving them
WARNING glares and looks of ANGER.
Dren looks to Eli and shrugs.
ELI
You (beat) you cant talk anymore?
Dren shakes his head, more ANNOYED than sad.
He gestures with CONFUSED DISAPPOINTMENT to the little girl
that Eli is holding.
ELI
Had to do something. Here.
Eli hands Dren the gun and they move toward another
building, where FOUR women are washing clothes.
CUT TO
INT. WASHER ROOM - DAY
Eli and Dren go into the washing room with the little girl,
and the women inside scream SILENTLY.
ELI
Dont worry, well be outta your
hair soon.
Dren is guarding the door with his Colt, but casts Eli a
"what now?" look.
ELI
I - I dunno. Didnt think this far
ahead.
Dren rolls his eyes and shakes his head.
Eli glances around the room ANXIOUSLY.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

27.
ELI
Uh, okay we need an escape plan.

Dren gives Eli a "duh, no shit" look and then gestures that
theyre being SURROUNDED.
ELI
Shit.
Eli then notices the fresh WOUND on Drens side.
ELI
Dude, youre hurt.
Dren gives Eli a CYNICAL look and mouths "Ill be fine."
One of the women, ALISON, 20, clears her throat, getting
Elis attention.
She has short black hair and tattoos. She gestures to a
trapdoor under a dirty rug.
Her eyes PLEAD for him to take her with him.
Eli turns to Dren, who is shaking his head VEHEMENTLY.
ELI
Cmon, man. If she doesnt wanna be
here, we gotta help her get out.
Dren sighs and turns back to the door.
When he sees two soldiers move toward the door slowly, Dren
motions for Eli to hurry up.
Eli quickly turns and NODS to the black-haired woman, who
swiftly gets down to open the trapdoor.
After the black-haired woman and Eli go UNDERGROUND, Dren
begins to lower the trapdoor from above.
Eli looks up, SURPRISED. He instantly notices Drens
expression of both DESPERATION and PEACE.
ELI
What the hell, man. What are you
doing?
Dren drops in a piece of paper and Eli catches it.
Dren shuts the trapdoor, locks it, and puts the rug over
it.
The door BURSTS open and the two soldiers rush in.
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

28.

Dren opens fire with his Colt, taking them both down, but
one of them gets a shot off.
CUT TO
EXT. WOODS - DAY
Eli and the black-haired woman climb out from underground.
Eli makes sure no one is following them and then closes it
back up.
He then looks at the paper.
DREN (VO)
Here are some of the answers youre
looking for mate: Why has Tabitha
not aged since you last saw her?
Im not sure, but it seems those
who wake up in this "future" do not
age. More importantly, there are a
group of wannabe government agents
called Exterminators who hunt
people like you and I - natural
intuitives and empaths. You will
know them when you see them.
Theyll be harder to read. Back in
my humble abode when I told you
that I couldnt answer some of your
questions - well, I had a feeling
one of my guards was a traitor. And
if I mentioned this to you in front
of her, things couldve been worse.
That was the real reason people
stopped using the written word to
communicate: the Exterminators
viewed writing, and writers, as
their biggest threat. Some of the
people in this camp - the enemy
camp - are pro-Exterminators, while
others are against them. That is
why all this is happening. Anyway,
Godspeed, mate. I gotta go die all
heroic now.
Eli throws the paper and SHOUTS.
ELI
Shit!!!
The woman puts her finger to her lips.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

29.

ELI
When the hell did he even write
that?
Eli looks at her and sighs before picking up the paper and
putting it in his pocket.
ELI
Lets go.
They walk away side by side.
ELI
You got a name, hun?
The woman mouths "Alison."
Eli nods.
ELI
I might call you Alice for short.
Alison smiles briefly and shakes her head, and they walk off
together into the distance.
FADE TO
EXT. WOODS - DUSK
Eli and Alison are still strolling through the woods,
unarmed except with two STICKS.
ELI
So have you heard of these
Exterminators?
Alison nods, both SAD and FEARFUL.
ELI
I see. You lost someone to them.
Alison nods again, this time with a mix of a SCOFF and deep
SORROW.
ELI
A lot of someones?
She mouths, "My family."
Eli gives her a look of compassion and puts his hand on her
shoulder.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

30.
ELI
Im sorry.

She barely smiles, barely mouths, "Thanks."


ELI
So whyd you leave the camp back
there? I mean, you mustve been
there awhile. You made an escape
route.
Eli can tell by the look on her EXASPERATED face that its a
long story.
She shrugs lightly and shakes her head sadly.
ELI
Long story eh? I understand. The
guys there seem like pricks.
Probably didnt feel safe, right?
She shrugs again, but nods too.
ELI
Thats part of it? Well, were
almost to my camp. At least, its
where I told my lieutenant to set
up camp. We should see it soon.
Alison begins sniffing, and she SMILES.
Eli smiles at her smile, which is the first REAL smile hes
seen from her.
ELI
Yeah, I smell it too. Shouldnt be
that far.
CUT TO
EXT. NEW PEACEMAKERS CAMP - NIGHT
Crackling fire can be heard and seen through the woods as
Eli and Alison move toward the campsite.
Eli notices one of the three remaining soldiers patrolling.
ELI
Psst! Hey.
The guard squints in the dark and sees them through the
trees but isnt sure who they are, so he CAUTIOUSLY raises
his weapon.
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

31.

Eli raises his hands and walks into the light.


ELI
Its me, Eli. I brought a friend.
The soldier lowers his weapon and gives Eli a look of
DISBELIEF and IRRITATION.
ELI
Wheres the LT?
The soldier indicates the command tent and Eli nods thanks
and heads over with Alison.
Alison smiles at the three children playing by the fire with
their mothers.
CUT TO
INT. COMMAND TENT - NIGHT
The LT, medic, one elderly man, and a woman are standing
around communicating non-verbally.
When they see Eli enter, they stand at attention, but the LT
CROSSES his arms and becomes clearly ANGRY at Eli for
leaving.
ELI
I know, I know. But I couldnt risk
losing anymore soldiers. Had to go
alone. Sorry.
When the LT sees Alison, he perks a BROW and sucks at his
teeth.
ELI
Yeah, this is Alison. I - uh liberated her from the enemy camp.
Dren stayed behind to keep them at
bay while we made it out. Yeah, I
know. The whole point of me going
there was to get Dren, but (beat)
he was too weak to travel. He was
tortured and looked half-starved,
not to mention hed reopened a
wound theyd given him. Besides...
Eli turns to Alison, who is STARING at the LT with FEAR and
NERVOUSNESS.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

32.

ELI
Im pretty sure shes empathic.
Hearing this, Alison turns to Eli and blinks, surprised and
confused.
She mouths, "wait, what?"
Eli looks to Alison.
ELI
Well talk about it in a minute.
He turns back to the LT and hands him Drens note.
ELI
LT (beat) what can you tell me
about these Exterminators?
The LTs demeanor instantly goes from AGGRAVATED to
TERRIFIED.
Eli gulps.
ELI
That bad, huh?
The LT glances to the others in the room and makes a SUBTLY
CASUAL gesture for them to leave; they leave immediately.
The LT then reaches for a pencil and draws on the back of
Drens note.
He then hands it back to Eli.
Eli looks at it and nods with APPROVAL.
He shows Alison, who nods with CONFIRMATION.
Eli looks down at the drawing with DREAD.
ELI
Youre a pretty good artist, LT. I
guess we have ourselves another
fight ahead of us.
FADE TO BLACK.

33.

EXT. ENEMY CAMP - NIGHT


LOW-ANGLE SHOT: SIX Exterminators march through the rival
clans camp; only their LEGS and JACKBOOTS are visible.
Their outfits seem to vary, with the exception of the color:
ALL BLACK.
A man wearing a long black CLOAK walks over to Dren, who
appears dead on the ground.
Drens

dual SWORDS are lying BLOOD-STAINED beside him.

The Exterminator leader is wearing a HOODED cloak, so his


face is not visible, as he kicks Dren in the face as hard
as he can.
Dren doesnt react so he assumes he is dead.
the man bends down and after taking Drens swords, he STEPS
over him.
PULL: Show the six Exterminators checking to make sure
everyone is dead.
One man reaches up, but an Exterminator shoots him
MERCILESSLY with a silenced pistol.
CUT TO
INT. ELIS TENT - DAWN
Eli is ASLEEP in a SLEEPING BAG; Alison is a few feet away,
asleep as well.
FADE TO
INT. CHURCH - MORNING
In Elis dream, he is sitting in a PEW staring up at the
podium and the CROSS behind it.
ALISON (OS)
I can talk here.
Eli QUICKLY looks over his shoulder to see Alison walking
down the aisle toward him.
He smiles and then nods.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

34.

ELI
It appears so.
Alison sits next to him.
ALISON
Im afraid to admit this is a
dream.
Eli nods again.
ELI
Yeah, I usually wake up when I
realize its a dream too.
Eli and Alison looks at each other, SURPRISED.
ELI
Wait, are you (beat) here? I mean,
is the real Alison dreaming this
while I (beat) have the same dream?
Alison laughs and SHRUGS.
ALISON
I dont know. Feels real to me. For
all I know, you could be as fake as
him.
She nods to a painting of CHRIST.
Eli shakes his head and puts his arm around Alisons
shoulders.
ELI
When I wake up, Im going to tell
you I had the strangest dream.
Eli looks into her eyes.
ELI
If I feel like you remember me
saying that here, Ill continue.
Well know if we had the same dream
or not.
Alison smiles and looks down, slightly EMBARRASSED and
NERVOUS.
ALISON
I wish I could help, do more than
just give you doe-eyed expressions
of fear.
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

35.

Eli chuckles and rubs her back. When he feels the SCARS on
her back, he FROWNS and lifts her shirt to see angel wings
tattooed on her back, and a lot of scars.
Alison pushes her shirt back down.
ELI
I wont let anything happen to you,
Alice.
ALISON
Sure.
CUT TO
INT. ELIS TENT - DAWN
Eli wakes up and looks over at Alison as she is still
asleep.
Eli smiles slightly and pulls himself out of the sleeping
bag, which wakes Alison up.
Out of the sleeping bag, Eli looks over at her as he is
putting on his BOOTS, and he smiles again.
She looks at him EXPECTANTLY.
Eli looks down as he FINISHES tying his boots.
ELI
I had a really weird dream...
He doesnt get any further before he hears her INHALE
DEEPLY.
He looks over to see her smiling with tears in her eyes, and
then she begins CRYING.
Eli goes to Alison as she buries her FACE in the sleeping
bag, embarrassed.
He pats her shoulder.
ELI
Alice, whats wrong?
Alison shakes her head and LIGHTLY pushes his hand off her
shoulder, remembering hed felt her scars.
Eli SIGHS lightly and stands SLOWLY.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

36.

ELI
I guess it was real.
Alison PEERS up into his eyes. She nods slowly.
Eli helps her out of the sleeping bag.
ELI
Get ready to go outside. Im gonna
talk to everyone.
CUT TO
EXT. NEW PEACEMAKERS CAMP - MORNING
As Eli is waiting for the others with Alison, the LT walks
over and hands Eli a piece of paper with writing on it.
ELI
Peacemakers huh?
The LT gives him a SHEEPISH look with a mingling of PRIDE.
Eli nods with APPROVAL.
ELI
Sure. Gather around, fellow
Peacemakers!
The LTs pride grows as he stands to Elis right.
Once everyones gathered, Eli begins his speech.
ELI
Ive been told the Exterminators
always come in sixes.
The LT nods, as he is the one who "told" Eli this.
The group looks around ANXIOUSLY.
ELI
Ive also been told that Dren used
to be one of them before he joined
the militia. And that we cannot
predict or read the Exterminators.
So we will hide. And when the time
is right, we will fight. But first,
we must stay alive, so that we can
survive. Because these
anti-intuitive, anti-empathic,
anti-everything good assholes will
(MORE)
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

37.

ELI (contd)
stop at nothing at destroying us.
My people - the intuitives and
empaths - were the smallest of
minorities in the old world, and
now, were even more rare, more
hated. And so I thank you, those of
you who were not born like me,
Dren, Tabitha, and Alison - I
thank you for protecting us,
following us, and helping us (beat)
so that we can do the same for you.
Eli looks around at the proud, grateful group before
continuing.
ELI
Everyone who can fight
weapon will do so, but
have to fight or kill,
should only do harm as
resort.

and hold a
if you dont
dont. We
a last

He looks over pointedly to Alison, who looks down in SHAME.


Eli turns back to the crowd.
ELI
The LT will now assign you weapons
and a training partner.
FADE TO
EXT. NEW PEACEMAKERS CAMP - DAY
While many Peacemakers are training with the LT, the
children and elderly are packing up the camp.
Eli and Alison are SPARRING, as Eli trains her how to fight.
Emotional training montage follows.
FADE TO
EXT. TOWN - DUSK
As the sun goes down, Eli, the LT, and Alison lead the
Peacemakers through the woods and into a small town.
Eli turns and addresses the group.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

38.

ELI
Well set up camp here. Use the
buildings for cover against the
elements and potential enemies.
Ill take first watch.
While the LT helps everyone set up camp again, this time in
some buildings, Alison stays with Eli to be lookouts.
Eli is holding an M4 carbine and Alison has a small PISTOL
holstered on her hip.
He puts in his earbuds and plays "Reelin" by Iration.
Alison touches his arm in ASKANCE.
He takes an earbud out to reply.
ELI
Im half deaf in one ear anyway.
Besides, Im going to sense the
enemy long before I hear them.
Alison looks away, trying to figure out how to ask...
While Eli is looking at her, he hears her voice in his head.
ALISON (VO)
But I thought the LT told you that
you cant read the Exterminators
because they keep their faces
hidden.
Eli is SLIGHTLY surprised by this, but answers normally.
ELI
I do not need to see their faces to
feel their emotions or predict
their movements.
Alison STARES at him with wide-eyed FEAR and SHOCK.
Eli puts his hand on her back and she FLINCHES away.
Eli lowers his hand slowly.
ELI
Sorry.
He sighs and elaborates.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

39.
ELI
Anyway, theyre evil. I dont need
to see their faces to feel their
dark presence. Trust me.
CUT TO

EXT. FIELD - DAY


Eli looks around as he thinks about the field he was found
in.
ALISON (OS)
So this is where they found you?
Eli smiles and turns to Alison, whose ARMS are crossed over
her petite chest.
ELI
Uh yeah. What about you?
Alison shrugs.
ALISON
I dunno. I mean, I feel like I was
with the Iverson Clan for my whole
life but (beat) I wasnt.
Eli nods slowly, his eyes narrowed as he scrutinizes her.
ELI
Iverson was the bosss name?
She nods.
ELI
Well, I doubt youll have to worry
about him anymore.
She shrugs.
ALISON
Why? You didnt see him die. He
could still be out there.
ELI
Even if Dren didnt kill him, Im
sure the Exterminators did.
ALISON
Unless he was working with them.
Eli nods slowly.
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

40.
ELI
Thats entirely possible.

A GUNSHOT thunders close by.


CUT TO
EXT. TOWN - DAY
Eli and Alison are TORN from their shared daydream to see
TWO Exterminators climbing through the brush toward them,
holding rifles.
FEAR grips Eli as he sees that theyre wearing GAS MASKS and
leather TRENCH COATS.
He turns to Alison, grabbing her arm.
ELI
Run!
Alison runs a couple feet before falling and screaming,
BLOOD pooling from her gut.
Eli PANICS and picks Alison up and carries her to the
building the others are at.
ELI (VO)
Shit! I cant feel them! I
shouldve known!
ELI/ALISON (VO)
Sociopaths!
Eli hides behind a barrier with Alison as the LT opens fire.
ELI
Why cant they just be psychopaths?
Chaos ensues as the six Exterminators surround them, killing
them off one by one.
Eli yanks the earbuds out and tries to keep pressure on
Alisons wound.
ELI
God! Come on, not again!
The medic hurries over to help; she gestures for him to
fight.
Eli stands and points his rifle at an Exterminator, but the
enemy moves for cover.
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

41.

He turns the rifle on another one but that Exterminator


fires first, causing Eli to get behind cover.
ELI
I cant - I cant read them. Shit,
they were right.
He watches as nearly everyone dies, and the children are
crying.
Eli gets ANGRY.
ELI
Why cant I read you!?
Eli leaps up (begin SLO-MO) and starts shooting wildly with
his rifle.
The Exterminators mostly AVOID the gunfire, and fire back.
Eli ignores their gunfire and notices one of them is wearing
a SKULL mask and a HOODED CLOAK, and he is walking around
the perimeter his five other Exterminators have created.
(end SLO-MO)
ELI
The leader.
Even though the shot is near impossible, and there are five
Exterminators closer, he raises his rifle and takes aim at
the leader.
When the leader sees this, he ROARS, which signals his men
to target only Eli.
Eli takes several bullets to the torso and limbs and
collapses, but the LT, medic, and a couple others take out
three of the six enemies.
FADE TO
INT. ABANDONED BUILDING, TOWN - DAY
Eli wakes up in a rundown abandoned building and is in
EXCRUCIATING AGONY.
As he screams, Alison screams beside him. Both are lying
side by side on cots.
Alison looks over to see Eli.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

42.

ALISON (OS)
Eli.
Eli looks over and tries to speak, but cannot.
Alison looks like she might cry but holds it in, so she can
explain.
ALISON
Stop, youre going to pull your
stitches. When I woke up an hour
ago, you were there. I, uh,
discovered I can talk now. I dont
know how or why. The lieutenant
said when Dren was taken, you were
able to talk, so I guess it happens
when the Speaker is incapacitated.
Eli nods SADLY as it all begins to make sense to him, sorta.
He turns back onto his back and STARES BLANKLY up at the
ceiling.
Alison just lies there on her side WATCHING him for a few
seconds.
ALISON
We killed - well, the lieutenant
and the others killed three of
them. We lost almost everyone. Im
sorry, Eli.
Again, Eli tries to speak, but remembers he cant again, and
FUMES angrily before forcing himself into a sitting
position.
ALISON
Careful.
Eli smiles and looks at her WARMLY before mouthing, "Your
voice is beautiful."
Alison smiles BASHFULLY.
ALISON
Thanks. Your voice wasnt too bad
either.
Eli nods and gets to his feet, along with Alison.
The medic walks in and shakes her head, pointing to the
cots.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

43.

Eli sighs and tries to say he feels fine, but when he moves
his injured arm, he CRINGES in pain, which causes Alison to
CRINGE and hold her shoulder too.
The medic looks between the two.
Alison explains to both of them.
ALISON
Were empathically connected. What
hurts one of us hurts the other. We
can talk to each other in dreams
too.
The LT walks in and tosses a GAS MASK across the room.
Eli sees it and looks at the LT with wide, expectant eyes.
The LT turns to the medic and indicates that Eli and Alison
need to come out and see something.
The medic RELENTS and crosses her arms INDIGNANTLY.
CUT TO
EXT. PARKING LOT - DAY
Eli and Alison exit the makeshift clinic to find cloaks and
coats and blankets covering the dead. Only ten Peacemakers
remain, not including Alison and Eli.
The three children are cowering with two women near a corner
of the building.
The LT takes Eli and Alison to one of the downed
Exterminators and points.
Eli looks down to see that he looks exactly like Dren.
The LT indicates another Exterminator, and the third, to
show that all three of them look like Dren.
As Eli mouths it, Alison says it.
ALISON (OS)
Clones.
Eli and Alison exchange looks. Eli nods.
Eli turns to ask LT something and Alison does it for him.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

44.

ALISON (OS)
That would explain why we cant
feel them; clones dont have souls.
But what about Dren? How the hell
did he get out? He has the makings
of a sociopath, but we can - could
- feel him. What the hell is going
on?
The LT shrugs, still sort of SURPRISED at Eli and Alisons
symbiosis.
He indicates that Dren was the original human.
ALISON
That makes sense, I guess.
The sound of weapons LOCKING and LOADING causes everyone to
be on guard.
DREN CLONE (OS)
Oi! That how you welcome your
Talker back?
Elis eyes go WIDE as he points a handgun at the man in
front of him.
Again, Eli mouths it while Alison says it aloud.
ALISON
We dont know youre really Dren.
The medic, who is the closest to the newcomer, indicates the
swords on his hip.
Eli nods slowly.
ALISON (OS)
Wheres your sidearm?
DREN CLONE
Lost it. Fighting the Iverson Clan.
ALISON
Howd you get your voice back?
That stumps the Dren clone.
DREN CLONE
He lost it? Interesting.
Eli doesnt waste a second to put a bullet in his forehead.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

45.

Everyone moves in around him; the medic ensures his death,


Alison and another woman removes his swords; Eli and the LT
exchange looks.
ALISON (OS)
So the Exterminators can talk?
The LT shakes his head, CONFUSED.
Alison pulls out a SKULL mask from the Dren clones pocket.
The LTs mouth falls open for a second before he recalls
something.
Eli and Alison both look at him as he nods.
ALISON
The leaders of six can talk?
The LT gives a so-so gesture.
ALISON
For brief moments?
The LT nods, and then puts his hands up to his TEMPLES.
Eli looks at him and squints, trying to understand.
ALISON (OS)
Telepathy?
Again, the LTs so-so gesture.
ALISON (OS)
Some kinda computer chip?
The LT snaps, smiles, and nods emphatically.
Eli smirks and looks over at Alison.
ALISON
Shes good.
Alison looks down, shy and nervous.
ALISON
Thanks.
Eli nods and turns back to the LT.
ALISON (OS)
We need to get inside. Once the
other Exterminators find out their
(MORE)
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

46.

ALISON (OS) (contd)


bosss chip is offline, theyre
gonna probably want to kill us to
death.
As Eli and the LT move to gather everyone, Alison walks up
behind Eli and gives him a SKEPTICAL smirk.
ALISON
Really? "Kill us to death?"
FADE TO
INT. ABANDONED BUILDING, TOWN - DUSK
Everyone stands guard except the children and the last
living elderly man, who is guarding the kids with a pistol.
Eli, the LT, Alison, the female medic, the female militia
soldier, the last male soldier, and the two civilian women
are standing by windows, though remaining unseen as they
keep watch.
A couple dramatic minutes pass as everyone exchanges
dramatic and heartfelt glances.
Then Eli sees the Exterminators coming, and there are dozens
of them.
Alison walks over to his window and STARES, mouth AGAPE with
FEAR.
ALISON
I guess they arent playin around.
She looks to Eli, who looks HOPELESS.
With a look of SYMPATHY, she places her hand on his arm.
ALISON
If we die, at least its for
something.
Eli looks at her and mouths, "is it?"
CUT TO

47.

EXT. PARKING LOT - NIGHT


The obvious leader of the group, the one with no mask on and
a long black SILK hooded cloak, walks up to about a couple
dozen feet of the front door.
His accent is not Irish.
EXTERMINATOR BOSS
We want Elijah McDonnell and Alison
Kaiser. Everyone else can walk.
Youre outnumbered and outgunned by
(beat) a lot. Come out now, Eli.
CUT TO
INT. ABANDONED BUILDING, TOWN - NIGHT
Eli and Alison exchange looks before looking around to the
others with HOPE that there may be a way out.
The LT shakes his head, doesnt trust it.
Elis facial expression and body language indicates what
Alison says.
ALISON
Thirty Exterminators against half a
dozen hobos, kids, and old people?
We cannot fight them.
The LT sighs, relenting, and nods. The medic nods too.
Alison is about to shout to the Exterminator boss...
EXTERMINATOR BOSS (OS)
Aaaaaaaah!!!
Hes clearly been wounded, and when they look outside, Eli
and Alison see THREE ARROWS ON FIRE sticking out of his
face, neck, and heart.
Half a dozen Exterminators wearing NIGHT-VISION GOGGLES open
fire at the roof of the abandoned building.
Eli and Alison look at each other, afraid, surprised, and
hopeful again.
Alison then looks confused.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

48.

ALISON
"Im back, bitches"?
Eli smiles and peers out the window to see someone drop down
from the roof in front of them.
CUT TO
EXT. PARKING LOT - NIGHT
Dren and THREE women land on the ground and open fire with
BOWS, MACHINE GUNS, and PISTOLS.
Eli, Alison, the LT and the others rush out of the building
and begin shooting too.
Dren easily predicts the Exterminators movements, dodging
attacks and empathically indicating to Alison and the others
who they will target and when.
The battle lasts only a few minutes until Dren kills the
last Exterminator with his Colt .45 1911.
ALISON (OS)
Yeah, how ya like me now, ya poncy
git?
Eli NODS and SMIRKS knowingly.
ALISON (OS)
Yeah, thats the real Dren.
FLASH TO
INT. WASHER ROOM - DAY
From Drens perspective, Eli is going down the trapdoor.
ELI
What the hell, man. What are you
doing?
Dren drops in a piece of paper and Eli catches it.
Dren shuts the trapdoor, locks it, and puts the rug over
it.
The door BURSTS open and the two soldiers rush in.
Dren opens fire with his Colt, taking them both down, but
one of them gets a shot off.
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

49.

The bullet kills the LITTLE GIRL in the corner.


He turns ANGRILY and kills two more oncoming soldiers.
Then he turns to the THREE women, who are afraid.
He calms himself and then picks up a stick and hands it to
one of the women.
He mouths, "Fight back."
She nods.
The other women also gather weapons.
Then they rush out and kill a bunch of people, but through
FADES we know it takes some time, probably hours.
They also train.
FADE TO
EXT. ENEMY CAMP - DUSK
Afterward, Dren knows someone is coming so he makes the
girls hide in the trapdoor but come back up in a few
minutes.
He pretends to be dead, leaving his swords by him, but
keeping his gun under his chest.
CUT TO
EXT. ENEMY CAMP - NIGHT
LOW-ANGLE SHOT: SIX Exterminators march through the rival
clans camp; only their LEGS and JACKBOOTS are visible.
Their outfits seem to vary, with the exception of the color:
ALL BLACK.
A man wearing a long black CLOAK walks over to Dren, who
appears dead on the ground.
Drens

dual SWORDS are lying BLOOD-STAINED beside him.

The Exterminator leader is wearing a HOODED cloak, so his


face is not visible, as he kicks Dren in the face as hard
as he can.
Dren doesnt react so he assumes he is dead.
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

50.

The man bends down and after taking Drens swords, he STEPS
over him.
PULL: Show the six Exterminators checking to make sure
everyone is dead.
One man reaches up, but an Exterminator shoots him
MERCILESSLY with a silenced pistol.
After the Exterminators are gone, Dren gets up and nearly
starts crying from the pain of being kicked in the face and
blood splattered over himself.
He goes back into the washer room and washes his face.
Then he opens the trapdoor to find the three women.
CUT TO BLACK.
INT. PEACEMAKERS WAREHOUSE - DAY
SUPER: "1 Week Later..."
The old man survivor and the three kids are tossing a ball
back and forth in one corner of the warehouse.
The LT and his two remaining soldiers, male and female, are
cleaning M16s.
The medic and the two Peacemaker women are teaching medical
things to the five women Dren liberated from the Iverson
Clan.
When Alison speaks for Dren, its with a slight Irish
accent, which Eli finds ENDEARING.
ALISON
Drens the original. Thirteen
years ago, right before everyone
stopped talking, the government
used his DNA to make clones to be
spies, assassins, and crisis
actors.
FLASH TO

51.

INT. GOVERNMENT BASE - DAY


Dren is STRAPPED down on a medical bed, asleep.
A couple of scientists or doctors do medical things to him.
ALISON (VO)
But when everyone lost their
voices, the government, mainly
Homeland Security, decided to stop
using the clones for terror and
start using them for death.
One of the doctors loses his voice in mid-operation.
ALISON (VO)
Since everyone lost their voice in
one day, the government had to move
quickly, but they werent quick
enough.
Dren RIPS through his binds and kills both scientists.
When a guard rushes in with an assault rifle, Dren kills
him too.
He then takes the assault rifle.
ALISON (VO)
A lot of government agents and
officials, even politicians, turned
against the feds insane policy.
When a guard sees Dren escape, he HOPELESSLY lowers his
weapons and NODS for him to hurry.
The guard SHOOTS himself in the head with a Colt .45.
Dren takes the guards gun.
Dren goes to the room where his CLONES are held in STASIS.
He drops a grenade and blows them up while heading for the
quartermaster room.
ALISON (VO)
Dren knew his copies were just
mindless drones, programmed killing
machines, so he had no problem
taking them out.
Dren comes out of the quartermaster room wearing the black
outfit and MASK of an Exterminator.
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

52.

He heads out into the main CORRIDOR and sees government


officials running to and fro.
One of them grabs him.
OFFICIAL
Exterminator! I order you to find
and eliminate the original! He was
never meant to survive past
yesterday!
Dren nods obediently and runs off to do that, but then
takes another turn and exits the facility.
FLASH TO
INT. PEACEMAKERS WAREHOUSE - DAY
ALISON (VO)
They had always planned to kill
Dren after the first batch of
clones were made, but the
scientists claimed that they could
only make more clones from his DNA.
Making copies out of copies was
apparently impossible.
Eli looks back and forth between Alison and Dren, IMPRESSED
and INTRIGUED by the story.
Dren glares at Alison and mouths, "Its DAREN."
SUPER: "Its DAREN."
The LT walks over and mouths, "I told them."
SUPER: "I told them."
Eli mouths, "Sorry."
The LT shows them why he really walked over, a letter.
He hands it to Alison, who reads it allowed with the emotion
of the letters author.
ALISON
To Captain RoseBlade and
Lieutenant McGrammers of the
Leland-based militia. The
Greenville militia has lost a
skirmish to the Exterminators. Our
Talker was killed and our captain
(MORE)
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

53.

ALISON (contd)
was captured. We have reason to
believe that we were betrayed by a
member of our camp. I will attempt
to weed out the traitor, but if you
could help us out, I will
relinquish command of the
Greenville militia to you, Tabitha.
We have over thirty soldiers ready
to fight the Exterminators and
their overlords, but no captain to
lead them. Thanks guys. PS, I will
only meet with the commanding
officers, Tabitha RoseBlade and
Theo McGrammers. Sorry, but we
cant be too careful. Your friend,
Lieutenant Ramsey Auckland.
Everyone looks around at each other TENSELY.
While Eli makes the appropriate APPREHENSIVE expressions,
Alison interprets.
ALISON (OS)
Tabithas dead. Do you think its a
good idea going to meet this guy
alone? How well do you know him?
The LT looks OFFENDED.
ALISON (OS)
Hes a friend from before. From the
old world. I trust him.
Eli, Dren, and Alison exchange NERVOUS, SKEPTICAL looks.
Dren silently makes a valid point.
ALISON (OS)
If you havent seen him since
before, he could be a completely
different person now. The
apocalypse can do that.
The LT waves DISMISSIVELY at his brother, getting a bit
nervous.
ALISON (OS)
Ive seen him since.
Eli nods and narrows his eyes at the LT.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

54.

ALISON (OS)
When and how often?
The LT sighs.
ALISON (OS)
Once, ten years ago.
Alison clears her throat weakly, TIRED.
ALISON
Sorry guys, I need a break.
CUT TO
INT. GREENVILLE CAMP COMMAND TENT - DAY
PAN: A FRIGHTENED, ANGRY woman is BOUND in a chair, hands
behind her back.
Across the TABLE from her is Lieutenant RAMSEY Auckland, 42,
a tall man with salt and pepper hair.
Ramsey looks ANNOYED and DISAPPOINTED, and as he places his
PISTOL on the table, an expression of REGRET crosses his
face BRIEFLY.
The woman sees the gun and her fear increases for a second
but the anger overtakes it and she tries to LUNGE at him.
A guard shoves her down into the chair.
Ramsey pulls WORN, thirteen-year-old, old world PHOTO out of
his pocket and slowly, RESPECTFULLY pushes it across the
table to her.
The woman looks down at her family in the photo for a few
dramatic, heartfelt moments.
OFF-SCREEN, a GUNSHOT echoes and her head snaps back as she
is executed by Ramsey.
Ramsey swallows and averts his eyes GUILTILY from both the
dead woman and the guard as he holsters his pistol and
stands up.
He motions for the guard to clean up and takes the photo and
leaves.
CUT TO

55.

EXT. EMPTY HIGHWAY - DUSK


Eli, Alison, and LT are walking the highway SIDE-BY-SIDE.
ALISON
I wish Dren had come. Id feel
much better meeting a stranger with
him around.
Eli gives Alison a PLAYFUL smirk of MOCK OFFENSE.
ALISON
Sorry, but you know what I mean. He
and those girls (beat) I dont know
how he does it.
Eli gives Alison a sideways, THOUGHTFUL, almost cynical
look.
ALISON
Just sayin - theyre pretty
badass.
The LT glances over and SNICKERS, nodding.
ALISON
Your brothers always been badass?
The LT nods, shrugs, and mouths, "IRA."
ALISON
Really? IRA? Huh.
Alison is about to say something else, but Eli stops and
grabs her arm.
They both raise their weapons - his rifle and her pistol as they know someone is stalking them in the TREES along the
road.
They all move into a triangle formation, watching the tree
lines.
Eli mouths, "I feel..."
ALISON (OS)
Rage. Hate.
Eli, Alison, and the LT wait and watch for a few silent,
TENSE moments.
Three women - two of them clones of the other - emerge from
the trees on both sides of the highway.
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

56.

This is Abigail, 27. She is wearing all black leather and


has dirty blond hair in a BUN.
Her clones are both wearing Marine camo. One of the clones
has a phoenix tattoo on her face and short spikey black
hair. The other clone has dirty blond hair like Abi, but its
down. Both clones are COLD and EXPRESSIONLESS, like the
Exterminators.
Elis mouth falls AGAPE when he sees them, and when he is
emotionally drawn to Abi, he realizes she is the original,
and looks at her with a mixture of CONFUSION and SORROW.
He mouths, "Abi."
ALISON
Whos Abi?
Abi GRINS and curtsies.
ABIGAIL
Abigail Ballinger, AKA the Phoenix,
in the flesh. The Exterminators
found your camp after you left and
- well - did their job. They
werent too happy they didnt find
you or Daren McGrammers there.
SKEPTICALLY, Eli takes a couple CAUTIOUS steps toward Abi as
he mouths, "Wh - what are you doing?"
ABIGAIL
Distracting you.
Clone 1, the black-haired one, fires her M16 assault rifle
and a single round kills the LT.
Alison screams and looks to Eli for orders.
Eli looks in TERROR at the LTs corpse and then to Abi.
He tries to scream, "Why are you doing this?"
ABIGAIL
Why do you think, Eli? Im an
Exterminator. However, since you
and I have history, in the old
world, Ill let you go and say you
escaped. But I gotta take the other
emp.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

57.
ALISON
Go to hell, bitch!
ABIGAIL
Hey!

Abis anger becomes TANGIBLE as she marches across the road,


tightly gripping her 9mm Beretta and JABBING a forefinger at
Alison and Eli as she speaks.
ABIGAIL
Stop it! Stop being stupid and get
with the program, god dammit! We
couldve sniped you from three
hundred yards away -easy-! But I
didnt! I came out here to face
you, so make the right move here,
Elijah! Give me the emp and get
outta here! This is not a
negotiation! Go!
As she yells "go," Abi points her pistol at Eli, though her
face betrays the slightest amount of REGRET.
Eli notices this and turns to Alison, lowering his rifle.
Alison shakes her head, moaning and sobbing.
ALISON
No, no, no, Eli please dont go.
Dont leave me with them.
Eli slings his rifle and takes Alisons face in his hands as
he STARES into her big wide, FEARFUL eyes.
Elis expression calms her as he conveys both COMPASSION and
firm faith.
With a slight TILT of his head, he asks her to TRUST him.
Alison CLENCHES her eyes shut as tears well out and she
NODS.
Abigail arrogantly SWAGGERS over and extends her HAND to
Alison.
Eli slowly removes the pistol from Alison and hands it to
Abi; then he takes Alisons knife and hands it to her as
well.
Abi nods and smirks.
She heads over to Clone 2 and hands both weapons to her.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

58.

ABIGAIL
Good choice, Eli. We both know
youre good at abandoning people.
First Baghdad, then Leland. Now
her.
Eli casts her a look of PAIN and GUILT.
Abi keeps her hateful expression but blinks APOLOGETICALLY.
ABIGAIL
Get outta here, man.
Alison hugs Eli and he hugs her back, and then kisses her
CHEEK.
Abi audibly GROANS and rolls her eyes.
Eli walks away as the clones move in to take custody of
Alison.
Then he goes back and takes the LTs dog-tags, as well as
something else, which makes a grotesque sound.
Then he walks away again.
The clones tug Alison BACKWARDS down the road the direction
shed come as she sadly watches Eli walk away.
Abigail hasnt started walking yet.
ABIGAIL
McPhoster. When you get to wherever
youre going, if its safe, stay
there. Everywhere else is hell.
Eli glances over his shoulder at Abi and waves DISMISSIVELY.
ELI
Id rather be free than safe, you
know that. Goodbye Abigail.
When no one is watching, Abis face softens considerably and
her hate fades to SYMPATHY as she turns around to follow her
clones and Alison, holstering her pistol.
FADE TO

59.
EXT. EMPTY PARK - DAY
Eli walks into a PARK and sits on a BENCH and closes his
eyes to nap.
The BARREL of a gun is put against the back of Elis head.
Eli sighs and opens his eyes TIREDLY.
Ramsey and one guard move into Elis field of vision.
Ramsey is PISSED and WORRIED, with a hint of GUILT that Eli
misses because hes EXHAUSTED.
ELI
Dude, Ive had, like, the worst
frickin night. Ever. Of all time.
Ramsey doesnt care; he jabs the gun at Eli and motions
around, displaying hes confused as to why his best friend
isnt with Eli.
ELI
Theos dead, man. Im sorry. So is
Tabi.
Ramsey mouths, "What happened?"
ELI
Tabi was killed in a firefight with
a rival camp. Exterminators
ambushed Theo and I on the way
here. They took my Talker, so now
Im the Talker.
Ramsey shakes his head with rueful disbelief.
SUPER: "I dont believe or trust you."
He nods to his soldier.
SUPER: "Kill him."
Ramsey turns to walk away as his soldier points his rifle at
Eli.
Eli throws up his hands.
ELI
Hey! Whoa! Whoa! Whoa! What the
hell, man? I just walked all night
from Brunswick county to
Greenville. I didnt kill him! Some
Exterminator bitch did!
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

60.

Ramsey turns back, still ANGRY and SKEPTICAL.


He hesitates for a second, mouth clenched shut.
Then he nods and sighs.
The guard looks over at Ramsey, confused and doubtful.
Ramsey relents and motions for Eli to stand up.
Eli lowers his hands.
ELI
Lieutenant, you have got to tell me
what the hell is going on. Or
(beat) you know, write it down.
Something. Your letter said you had
a traitor in your camp?
The soldier turns and goes to examine the area nearby.
Ramsey nods ruefully and sadly.
He shrugs and gestures to himself.
Eli stands up.
ELI
Right, youre not an empath or
naturally intuitive.
Ramsey holds up a finger and mouths, "I found one."
ELI
You got one? One what? Empath?
Traitor? Good, well question him.
Find out if he has any friends.
Ramsey shakes his head.
Eli sighs.
ELI
You executed him, didnt you?
Ramsey mouths, "I had to."
Eli waves his hands dismissively and rubs his eyes.
ELI
Okay, okay, whatever, man. Its all
good. But I need some sleep before
we do anything. If you dont wanna
(MORE)
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

61.
ELI (contd)
trust me, fine. Keep me under
guard, but I can tell you for sure
who in your camp is a traitor
tomorrow morning, alright?

Ramsey shrugs slightly and nods.


Together they walk down a path, the guard behind him.
FADE TO
INT. GREENVILLE BARRACKS - DAY
In a military-style barracks, Eli is asleep on a bottom BUNK
bed.
There are about half a dozen other militia soldiers asleep
in the large building as well.
There is a guard standing just inside the door, eying Eli
with SUSPICION and RESENTMENT.
CUT TO
INT. PRISON CELL
Eli is sitting with his back against the wall, wearing a
grey prisoners uniform, blankly staring ahead.
PULL: Alison is sitting on one side, Abigail is on the
other. Abi is wearing a class A Marine dress uniform.
Tabitha crouches in front of him, wearing a beautiful dress.
ELI
Im dreaming.
TABITHA
Dont wake up just yet.
ELI
Dont plan on it. I miss you.
TABITHA
Youre dreaming of the way we were
(beat) in the old world.
Eli looks over at Alison, missing her.
She looks back, and though her eyes convey pain, she smiles.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

62.

ELI
I feel like (beat) youre here.
ALISON
I am. Abi took me to Greenville.
She might be planning to come after
you.
Eli blinks, confused and upset, and turns to Abi, who is
staring blankly ahead.
ELI
No. Its something else. I can feel
it. Shes angry but (beat) she
doesnt want me exterminated.
Abis cold eyes become warm and slowly she turns to look at
Eli.
ABIGAIL
Im here too, Eli.
ELI
You cant be here, Abi. Youre not
an empath, youre a psychopath.
Abis eyes become pleading.
ABIGAIL
Eli, listen CUT TO
INT. GREENVILLE BARRACKS - NIGHT
Eli is JARRED AWAKE by a man wearing glasses and a pull-over
sweater kicking his cot.
GLENDALE (OS)
Wake up, its time to eat.
Eli looks up at the man, CONFUSED.
When the man looks back silently, gesturing for Eli to get
up and come eat, Eli sits up and assumes he imagined the
mans voice.
CUT TO

63.

INT. DINING FACILITY - NIGHT


Eli and Glendale walk into the dining facility, a building
only slightly larger than the barracks. Its packed.
Eli notices place-settings with names of the officers and
VIPs of the camp.
Glendale takes his place to the left of Lieutenant Ramsey
Auckland.
To Ramseys right is the soldier who went with Ramsey to the
park to meet Eli; the soldiers name according to the
place-setting is Pincer.
Eli takes a hesitant seat adjacent from Ramsey as everyone
silently eats.
Ramsey looks up and gestures to Eli and gives him a
quizzical expression.
ELI
Um, the plan? Well, tomorrow
morning I plan on interviewing you
and your officers.
This clearly OFFENDS Ramsey, Glendale, and Pincer.
Pincer drops his fork on his plate with a CLINK as Glendale
looks over to Ramsey.
ELI
Sorry, but I have to.
Eli gives Ramsey and apologetic look, which Ramsey accepts
with a polite smile.
After taking a couple bites of food in silence, Eli PEERS
intently directly across the table at Glendale.
ELI
That your last name?
He gestures to the name card in front of the man, who nods
in response.
ELI
Whats your job here?
Glendale gives Eli a look of NERVOUS INDIGNATION.
Eli shakes his head.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

64.

ELI
No, no. Im not interrogating you.
Just making small talk.
Eli fakes a pretty convincing innocent smile.
By their reactions, Eli can tell they bought it.
Glendale mouths, "Teacher."
SUPER: Teacher.
Eli nods.
ELI
I see. What do you teach?
Glendale gestures to his face.
ELI
Ah. You teach the kids how to
communicate. Interesting. According
to my camp, their kids learned it
intuitively. Guess theyre, uh,
fortunate.
Glendale nods with EMBARRASSMENT.
Eli notices out the corner of his eye Pincer is GLOWERING at
him but Ramsey is trying to look UNASSUMING.
Eli smiles and looks around at the thirty or so mostly
innocent people in the dining facility.
Then he looks over to Ramsey with a COY smile.
ELI
Watch this.
As soon as he says that, Ramsey and Glendale inhale FEAR,
but their move to stop him from saying anything is too slow.
Eli stands, holding a drink.
ELI
Hey everyone, do you want to see
what a natural empath can do?
The people, especially the younger ones, silently but
excitedly answer in the positive.
Ramsey glances to Pincer, who slowly draws his sidearm.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

65.

ELI
Once upon a time there was a man, a
really decent man...
He looks pointedly to Ramsey.
ELI
This man became a monster after the
world changed. It was a slow change
at first, but once the
Exterminators realized they could
manipulate him, it was only a
matter of time before they
persuaded him to join them.
Ramseys shoulders slink down into the chair slightly with
SHAME and ANGER.
ELI
They promised him protection for
his select few in exchange for the
Talker and commanding officer in
his militia unit, and he accepted.
By now, everyone was quite interested in Ramseys facial
expressions, as he was forcing himself not to make any.
ELI
But he had to act loyal to the camp
so he pretended like he was looking
for the traitors. In reality, the
people he executed...
Eli becomes emotional as he looks sadly at his cup and drops
it on the table.
Pincer leaps up and points his gun at Eli, but a dozen other
soldiers raise their guns as well, uncertain who to train
their weapons on.
ELI
They were decent people, loyal
faithful freedom fighters.
Everyone begins looking at Ramsey with HORROR and ANGER.
Glendale stands up and mouths something while gesturing.
ELI
Please, Glen. Dont interrupt.
Glendales nervous demeanor becomes FLABBERGASTED.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

66.
ELI
And then (beat) after he called for
our help, after he called the
Peacemakers, he sent an assassin to
kill his...

Eli clenches his fists and places them on the table as he


becomes ANGRY and SORROWFUL, staring at the table.
ELI
...to kill his best friend. So that
he would have the upper hand when
he met me, so that he would be able
to (beat) play the victim and not
have to trust me.
Ramsey stands up slowly.
Eli looks up at him and smiles.
ELI
Ramsey. You were never good enough
to read or manipulate anyone.
Ramsey tries to explain but Eli shakes his head.
ELI
The Exterminators will not do
anything except kill you and all
your treasonous murderers, you
poisonous viper.
Glendale sighs.
GLENDALE
Well, I guess it doesnt matter
that you know Im their new Talker.
The camp looks at him with shock and anger.
ELI
I figured. We need to leave this
place before the Exterminators get
here.
Glendale notices Ramsey shaking his head, slowly going for
his sidearm.
GLENDALE
Just one thing first - how did you
know all this?
Eli smiles and also notices Ramseys movement.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

67.

ELI
Alison and I read the letter, felt
the deception in it, and I had
Dren go ahead of us and keep watch
over your camp.
Glendale is impressed, but Pincer wants to kill Eli and
Ramsey actually tries.
Several militia soldiers pin the two to the table and disarm
them.
Eli walks around the table and looks down at Ramsey with
vindictive spite.
ELI
You offered me command of your
unit. I humbly accept.
He turns to the soldier holding Ramsey.
ELI
Throw em in the stockade.
A soldier standing behind Glendale grabs the teacher by his
arm and looks expectantly to Eli.
GLENDALE
He wants to know what to do about
me.
Eli looks back to Glendale THOUGHTFULLY.
ELI
Tie his hands. I have plans for
him.
CUT TO BLACK.
EXT. OLD GREENVILLE CAMP - DAY
The Exterminators enter the Greenville camp to find it
ABANDONED.
In the bushes, Drens three female soldiers are watching
the Exterminators.
One of the Exterminators, the "leader", WINKS at the women
and he removes his MASK.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

68.

DREN
Guess were too late. Onto the next
location, Exterminators!
He gives the girls a meaningful, POINTED but SUBTLE gaze.
The women rush off to warn the next camp.
Dren and the five Exterminators search the camp a little
more.
One of the Exterminators tries to get into Drens head; he
puts his fingers to his TEMPLE and SQUINTS intently at
Dren, but when nothing happens, he looks SUSPICIOUS even
through his mask.
Dren continues looking around with one of the real
Exterminators, not knowing they are closing around him.
Only when his partner moves to surround him as well, gun
raised, does Dren REALIZE with fear and nervous humour that
they SUSPECT he is not a clone.
Dren looks at them with a nervous smirk.
DREN
Is there, uh, something the matter,
lads?
CUT TO
EXT. ABANDONED STRIPMALL, NEW GREENVILLE CAMP - DAY
Two RUMBLING V8s can be heard from inside the mall.
Eli exits and smiles, clapping as two muscle cars come to a
halt in the PARKING LOT.
The remaining Peacemakers exit the vehicles and the kids run
up to HAPPILY hug their father-figure, as theyve missed
him.
ELI
Come on in. Weve got a lot to do.
Eli rubs the hair of one of the children playfully as they
go inside.
CUT TO

69.
INT. STRIPMALL, NEW GREENVILLE CAMP - DAY
Glendale has been put in a makeshift prison, an old cooler
that no longer works. A soldier is guarding him.
Eli walks up and the guard opens the door.
Eli enters and the guard closes the door behind him.
Glendale turns and gives Eli a SNARKY smile.
GLENDALE
Ive been thinking ELI
Yeah, I know: why are we both able
to talk, right? So far whenever two
Talkers meet, one of them loses
their voice. So what the hell is
going on?
Glendale shrugs and takes a seat on a milk crate.
GLENDALE
Not sure, but I dont think its a
coincidence.
ELI
Me neither. I dont believe in
coincidence.
Eli sits down across from Glendale, keeping his distance.
Glendale smirks again, this time its DISDAINFUL.
GLENDALE
Oh. I see.
ELI
What?
GLENDALE
Youre one of those.
Knowing where this is going, Eli sighs.
ELI
One of what, Glen?
GLENDALE
Somebody who doesnt believe in
chance. Somebody who believes
everything must happen for a
reason.
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

70.

Eli gives him an OMINOUS glower before SMILING.


Glendale gulps, realizing he needs to backpeddle because of
the situation he is in.
GLENDALE
I just mean (beat) if its a virus
ELI
Its not a virus.
GLENDALE
How do you know?
ELI
Well, if it is a virus, its
manmade. Theres no way we could
have this many coincidences Glendale leans forward, about to ask why not.
ELI
Because I have a problem believing
in the astronomical amount of
coincidences it would take to
evolve and sustain life in our
solar system. So this? This is not
a natural virus, trust me. Besides,
it hasnt killed anyone or made us
sick.
Glendale nods, conceding the point.
ELI
Now. I used to know a girl with the
last name of Glendale. You related?
Glendale CHUCKLES at Elis statement.
GLENDALE
Another coincidence? Whats her
name?
ELI
Got any sisters? A wife?
GLENDALE
No wife. Two sisters. Both (beat)
lost.
Glendale is truly HURT and MISSING them.
Eli nods, noticing this.
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

71.

ELI
What are their names?
GLENDALE
Kimberly and Lydia.
Eli thinks for a moment.
ELI
Lydia sounds familiar. Do they go
by any other names? Middle names
maybe?
GLENDALE
Lavender and Violet. I was called
Plumb.
Eli didnt notice the last statement because he was staring
wide-eyed at the ground, nearly in SHOCK.
ELI (WHISPERS)
I knew Violet.
Glendale rolls his eyes.
GLENDALE
Of course you did.
Eli looks up at Glendale and SQUINTS.
ELI
Coincidence my ass. Where are they?
GLENDALE
You cant get to them. No one can.
Eli becomes FURIOUS as he leaps up and knocks over a shelf.
ELI
I said where the hell are they!?
Glendale is SHOCKED by this, and a little AFRAID, but
doesnt lose his ARROGANT edge in his reply.
GLENDALE
The New Bern Slaughter City,
Elijah. The Slaughter City.
This makes Eli both confused and afraid.
ELI
That doesnt sound good. We - we
went right past...
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

72.

Eli looks down, sad and regretful.


GLENDALE
The Exterminators dont even go
there, man. Its where, once you
enter, you dont leave. You either
die terribly in the bloody machine
that is that city, or you become as
mentally deranged as everyone
already there! So what are you
gonna do, Elijah? Ive tried to
rescue them! It cannot be done!
Eli looks at Glendale with CONTEMPT.
ELI
Theyre your own sisters. I barely
know one of them. You (beat) are a
maggot of a man. When all this is
said and done, if your sisters want
you dead for abandoning them there,
I will gladly comply.
Eli leaves ANGRILY.
CUT TO
EXT. OLD GREENVILLE CAMP - DAY
Dren is lying BEATEN BLOODY near dead in the middle of the
camp.
All five other Exterminators are dead, save for one which is
struggling to CRAWL with two broken legs, over to a WEAPON.
A womans steel-toed combat boot CRUSHES the Exterminators
skull.
PAN UP: Badass Abi and her two clones are standing there.
Alison crouches by Dren and checks his pulse; as she does,
he chokes awake and points his gun at her.
Abi knocks the gun away LAZILY.
ABIGAIL
Bro, dont be an idiot, mate. Ali,
do your thing.
Dren lies there and lets Alison place her hands on him.
Alison takes half of his PAIN, physical and emotional.
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

73.

She CRINGES and GROANS and STUMBLES away, caught by Clone 1


before she falls.
Abi herself helps Dren.
He tries to speak but cannot, and then kicks a nearby
Exterminator in RAGE.
ABIGAIL
Keep calm and (beat) just keep
calm. Your girls found us. Actually
when Ali saw them and told me you
must be nearby, I just had to come.
Coudnt pass up an opportunity to
meet The Infamous.
Abi smirks.
Dren sees his three female soldiers behind the clones and
he GRINS, nodding.
ABIGAIL
But heres the bad news. Not long
after I took Alison into custody,
she lost her voice. So we need to
find Eli, cause Im a psychopath,
not an empath - (mutters) as Eli
eloquently put. By now Ramsey
should either be dead or (beat) as
good as.
Dren gives her an expression of SKEPTICAL DISTRUST.
ABIGAIL
Yeah, yeah, I know. Youre a badass
former IRA rebel once known as The
Infamous who was forced by the
government to kill people, and Im
a former Marine-turn-security
contractor-turn-political activist
who was forced by the government to
kill people. How ever will we trust
each other?
Abi hands Dren her fully-loaded M9 pistol.
ABIGAIL
Im handing Alison over to you and
placing myself and my clones in
your custody. If you dont want to
work with me, fine. I understand.
But things will work out better for
everyone if we do.
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

74.

Dren continues to stare at Abi with both DISTRUST and


CONTEMPT.
Dren glances to his FRIGHTENED, NERVOUS, and UNSURE female
soldiers and then SCRATCHES his jowl UNCERTAINLY with a
sigh.
He shrugs and takes her handgun, then NODS.
Abi is about to turn aside, but Dren grabs her arm.
Turning back, she looks down at his hand on her arm with a
THREATENING, slightly surprised and slightly AMUSED look.
Dren lets go and when she looks him in the eye, he tilts
his head and waves his hands in front of him.
SUPER: After, we go our separate ways.
ABIGAIL
Uh, sure.
She turns and walks away again, her clones follow.
CUT TO
EXT. JUNKYARD, NEW GREENVILLE CAMP - DUSK
Several hundred meters behind the shopping mall is a junk
yard where Eli is sitting on the hood of a junked car.
In front of him is Pincer, on his knees, hands bound.
There is only one guard with them.
Eli pulls out a walkie and SQUELCHES it twice.
One man brings a very old doberman pincher out there.
The dog WHIMPERS from aching joints.
Pincer sees this and lowers his head in SHAME.
ELI
I understand you never really had a
family. Tough break, man. But
youve had this dog since you were
twelve. You consider the dog like
family. The dogs pretty old so...
Eli nods to the man holding the dogs leash.
The man points a shotgun at the dogs head.
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

75.

Pincer shakes his head FRANTICALLY; hes angry, sad, and


afraid.
ELI
The dogs in pain, man. Hes old.
But (beat) I tell you what.
Eli looks over to the man with the shotgun.
ELI
Let the dog go.
The dog instantly runs to Pincer, and they NUZZLE each
other.
Eli smiles.
ELI
If the dog had run elsewhere, I
wouldve killed you both. Take your
dog, take some food, get the hell
outta Greenville. In fact, leave
the state. And if you find yourself
down south, head for Mexico. If by
some miracle youre still alive,
and you see a boat heading for
another continent, you should take
it. Because if I ever see you or
your stupid dog again, Im gonna
blow both your heads off with that
shotgun. But something tells me
youll both be dead not soon after
you leave Greenville.
Pincer nods with HUMILITY and GRATITUDE and takes his dog
and runs, but the dog doesnt want to run anymore because of
the aching.
Pincer kneels down to coddle the dog.
Eli goes to the man with the shotgun.
ELI
If theyre not out of the area in
ten minutes, kill them.
He turns to the guard.
ELI
Get Ramsey.
The guard nods and leaves.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

76.

Eli goes to lay back on the hood of the car, watching Pincer
and the dog fast-walk out of the junk yard with the
shotgunner slowly stalking them.
CUT TO
EXT. SUBURBS, GREENVILLE - DUSK
Dren, Alison, Abi, Clone 1, Clone 2, and Drens female
fighters STEALTHILY move down both sides of the street.
They see a light on in one of the houses.
Dren nods to Abi, who motions for Clone 2 across the street
to move ahead.
Dren nods to one of his fighers, also across the street,
who goes with Clone 2.
They wait while the women investigate the home.
After few seconds of uncomfortable silence, Abi taps Dren
on the shoulder.
ALARMED and ANNOYED, Dren turns and mouths, "What?!"
ABIGAIL
Jeez, you dont have to be an
asshole.
She turns to Alison.
ABIGAIL
Has he always been like this?
Alison nods before she even finishes the question, making
Abigail laugh QUIETLY.
She turns back to Dren.
ABIGAIL
Ali told me pretty much everything
about what happened to yous guys
since you met. But one thing
bothers me: how the hell did you
get these badass chicks to follow
you anywhere and do whatever you
say - or, uh, imply?
Dren rolls his eyes and DISMISSIVELY turns back to the
mission at hand.
Abigail shrugs.
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

77.
ABIGAIL
I was just wonder -

Suddenly automatic GUNFIRE interrupts her.


CUT TO
EXT. JUNKYARD, NEW GREENVILLE CAMP - DUSK
Ramsey is brought to Eli in the junkyard.
Eli slides off the car and draws his pistol.
Eli hands Ramsey his best friends dog-tags and the bullet
that killed him that Eli pulled from Theos skull.
Ramsey stares at the objects in TERROR, DISGUST, SORROW,
GUILT, SHOCK Eli doesnt really give Ramsey a chance to register; he
points RoseBlades six-shooter at his forehead a foot away
and pulls the trigger.
CUT TO
EXT. SUBURBS, GREENVILLE - DUSK
Dren, Abi, Alison and the others all SPRINT down the road
to the house Clone 2 went to.
They discover six Exterminators down the road firing at
Clone 2 and the female fighter, who are behind cover in
front of the house.
Crouching next to Dren behind a SHORT brick wall, Abi sums
up the situation.
ABIGAIL
They mustve come investigating the
light too.
Dren turns and mouths, "Gee ya think?"
While everyone is busy shooting, Alison notices someone
peeking out of one of the SECOND story bedrooms.
Alison feels her FEAR, and she has to force it down.
She makes sure two of Drens women know shes going, and
one of them goes with her.
CUT TO

78.
INT. TWO-STORY HOUSE - NIGHT
Alison and the woman move up the steps CAUTIOUSLY, pistols
drawn.
When they get halfway up, to the first landing, Alison
nearly collapses, feeling both intense PAIN and crippling
FEAR.
Her companion grabs her arm to stabalize her.
They continue moving up the stairs.
CUT TO
INT. BEDROOM, TWO-STORY HOUSE - NIGHT
Chrysalis CYPHER Hall, 25, is a woman with LONG dark hair
SHAKILY pointing a snub-nose REVOLVER at the AJAR bedroom
door as she leans against the corner under a WINDOW.
Beside her is her boyfriend bleeding to death.
Cypher tries to control her PANIC and SOBBING as the door
slowly opens and suddenly she is much more CALM when she
sees Alison and the woman behind her.
Alisons gun is in her waistband behind her, out of sight.
She extends her hand slowly and confidently and
compassionately to Cypher.
Cyphers lip QUIVERS as she looks down at her dying
boyfriend and drops her pistol.
Alison walks in and helps Cypher to her feet, giving her a
look of compassion and SHAKES her head.
Crying silently, Cypher nods RELUCTANTLY and walks away from
her boyfriend, who is too much in SHOCK to notice.
CUT TO
EXT. SUBURBS, GREENVILLE - NIGHT
Dren and Abi outflank the Exterminators while the others
provide a distraction.
With only three Exterminators left, Abi and Dren dispatch
two of them individually and co-op the last.
They exchange brief smirks.
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

79.

When they head back to the house, Alison is standing there


with Cypher.
Abi glances over at Dren and shakes her head, rolling her
eyes.
ABIGAIL
Was there, like, -no- dudes in
there at all?
Cypher begins crying again.
Alison gives Abi a disappointed look.
Abi sighs.
ABIGAIL
Hey, I didnt know. Cmon, lets
go.
CUT TO
INT. MUSCLE CAR, HIGHWAY - NIGHT
Eli is driving a muscle car down the highway at night.
In the passenger seat is Glendale.
Theyre both silent for a long time.
Finally Glendale speaks, HESITANTLY.
GLENDALE
I - I still think, um, this is a
mista ELI
Shut up.
GLENDALE
Alright.
CUT TO
EXT. ABANDONED STRIPMALL, NEW GREENVILLE CAMP - DAWN
Dren, Abi, Alison, and Cypher are riding in one classic
muscle car.
Behind them is the clones and Drens three female fighters
in one other, UGLY, OLD and barely running SUV.
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

80.

Dren is driving the muscle car; hes thinking, so he looks


THOUGHTFUL and slightly PERPLEXED.
He looks to Abi to his right and clears his throat, getting
her attention.
ABIGAIL
What?
Looking CONCERNED, he mouths, "my brother?"
SUPER: My brother?
ABIGAIL
I dont know who that is.
Alison blinks, AFRAID, not wanting Dren to find out his
brother is dead, was killed by Abi and her clones.
Dren glances in his rearview and Alison tries to pretend
shes asleep, but fails.
Dren hits his brakes and the car behind them hit their
rear.
ABIGAIL
What the hell, dude?
Dren points his Colt at Abi ANGRILY.
ABIGAIL
Look, Dren, Im a psychopath. Im
not too good at reading emotion,
mainly because I dont care Dren hits her.
ABIGAIL
Bloody hell! Okay, your brother?
Who is he?
Dren mouths "Theo McGrammers."
Abis eyes widen with FEAR.
ABIGAIL
Shit. Um (beat)I think (beat) I - I
just captured Alison, okay? I let
Eli and (beat) the other guy go, to
Ramsey, okay? I was just hired to to get Alison. Thats all.
Dren CALMS slightly, turning back to the road ahead.
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

81.

Alison is TERRIFIED.
Dren feels it, looking back slightly, but doesnt let on.
He nods slowly.
In the cars behind them, everyone is pointing guns at each
other, WAITING to see what the lead car will do.
When the lead car moves forward, they lower their weapons.
CUT TO
EXT. NEW BERN SLAUGHTER CITY - MORNING
Elis classic muscle car rolls to a halt just outside the
city at a broken gate.
PLEADING, Glendale turns to Eli.
GLENDALE
Im telling you, the two of us
wont make it. Ive sent platoons
of soldiers in there, Ive sent
individuals - frickin ninjas, man.
Nothing works.
Eli slowly turns and GLARES resentfully at Glendale.
ELI
Have you ever considered maybe two
people who actually give a damn
about your sisters might actually
succeed?
Glendale stares at Eli GUILTILY.
Eli SCOWLS at him.
ELI
Of course you did. Coward. Stay in
the car if you want to. See you in
a couple hours.
Eli gets out of the car and SLAMS the door.
Glendale sits there for a few seconds before MOANING with
annoyance and reluctance before getting out as well.
GLENDALE
Fine. Fine. God help us, whats the
plan?
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

82.

Eli turns and looks at Glendale.


ELI
Get captured. Kill everyone. Walk
out with the girls.
Glendale gives Eli a long, STUPIFIED look before attempting
to SARCASTICALLY tell him its a great plan, but he cant
talk anymore.
Eli laughs at him.
ELI
I guess I was right. Everything
happens for a reason.
Eli turns and goes through the gate.
ELI
And right now I dont need to hear
your voice.
CUT TO BLACK.
EXT. ABANDONED STRIPMALL, NEW GREENVILLE CAMP - MORNING
Two old cars roll into the parking lot of a strip mall that
looks vacant.
Dren looks over his shoulder to Alison, who NODS.
Dren, Abi, Alison, and Cypher exit the lead car and look
around, weapons ready.
Abi sighs, shaking her head.
ABIGAIL
Ali, you say theyre here but I see
nothing and no one.
Alison points to one of the stores and they point their guns
at it.
They can barely make out the muzzle of a rifle.
ABIGAIL
Were the Phoenix and Dren and
Alison! Eli shouldve already
killed Ramsey and taken over.
The rifle disappears into the store, and a couple seconds
later, a few soldiers come out to FRISK the road warriors.
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

83.

Abi slowly makes her way to her clones, and then she gets
into the drivers seat of the SUV.
Her clones get in the back seats.
One soldier SYMPATHETICALLY hands Dren his brothers
dog-tags.
Alison and Cypher watch Dren FEARFULLY.
Dren GLARES at Abi and then calms down and walks over to
the SUV.
Dren leans in through the open drivers window and TAPS his
pistol on the door, SURPRISING Abi.
Dren gives Abi a DISTRUSTFUL look.
ABIGAIL
You said after we get to the camp,
we go our separate ways, right?
Well, thats what Im doing.
Besides, maybe when I leave, youll
get your voice back.
Dren seems to buy this and leans back slowly, crossing his
arms over his chest with his PISTOL very visible.
He looks over and sees Cypher and a couple women going ga-ga
over the fact Cypher can talk now.
Alison is still watching Dren, SAD and DISAPPOINTED.
He angrily BANGS on the roof of Abis car with the butt of
his gun.
Cypher looks over, SHOCKED and AFRAID.
ABIGAIL
Well, if Alis right, and she
probably is, Cypher there is
another emp, almost as powerful as
Ali. Youll be alright.
Dren turns and GLARES at Abi, he shows the dog-tags.
Abi inhales FEARFULLY, unable to speak.
He makes the "I see you" motion with two fingers.
He leans into the SUV, pulling out his BUTTERFLY KNIFE.
The clones are about to react, but Abi holds up a hand.
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

84.

Dren leans in, RAGE emanating from him, and begins to carve
on Abis chest a word.
Abi doesnt move, AFRAID. She only stares ahead WHIMERING.
When he walks away, she looks down, and UPSIDE-DOWN is
written in blood, "murderer."
CUT TO
EXT. NEW BERN SLAUGHTER CITY - DAY
Eli and Glendale are walking down a main street in the
Slaughter City.
Psycho killers and cannibalistic scavengers stop to turn and
stare with WONDER and somewhat GLEE; fresh meat. Awesome
fresh meat.
Eli draws Tabithas revolver, which hes had since her
death, and begins shooting the scavs.
Glendale shoots a few with his own handgun.
Dozens of crazed cannibals and psychotic hags charge them
from nearly every direction.
They run out of ammo, drop their weapons, and begin fighting
hand-to-hand.
Eventually theyre taken down.
CUT TO
INT. STRIPMALL, NEW GREENVILLE CAMP - DAY
Dren is sitting at a desk in a very nice chair in what used
to be a DVD and video game store.
On the desk is his Colt .45 and Abis M9 Beretta.
Standing across from him in front of the desk is Abi,
SCOWLING with DETERMINATION and RESENTMENT.
PULL: Dren smirks; we see standing to his left and right
behind the desk are Abis clones, each with a Marine saber,
each packing a sidearm, and each with an assault rifle or
shotgun slung on their back.
Cypher and Alison walk into the store MEEKLY.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

85.
CYPHER
We need to talk.

Cypher looks down, realizing how ridiculous that sounded


since Dren doesnt have his voice.
Dren blinks SLOWLY and turns his head to give Cypher a look
that says "stay out of it."
SUPER: Stay out of it.
He then gives CYPHER a SOFT, KIND look and gestures for her
to come over.
SUPER: Actually, come speak for me.
Cypher RELUCTANTLY goes to stand beside the desk.
Alison continues to be WORRIED and ASHAMED of Dren.
CYPHER
I guess - I guess Im speaking for
Dren.
Dren SLAMS his hand on the desk.
Cypher jumps, ALARMED.
CYPHER
I will speak for Daren.
Dren lowers his gaze into a DEADLY GLOWER at Abi, which
FRIGHTENS her.
CYPHER (OS)
No. I am (beat) The Infamous.
Abi tries to take a step forward but Dren raises a hand and
she halts.
ABIGAIL
Dren, Daren. The Infamous.
Whatever. I gave complete control
of my clones to you because I
thought you were gonna spare me.
Dren nods once CONCEDINGLY and smirks slightly.
CYPHER(OS)
You are spared, your life that is.
Cypher looks at Dren, CONFUSED and AFRAID.
Abigail inhales FEARFULLY with a hint of ANGER.
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

86.

CYPHER
But your soul will be mine.
Abigails fear and anger grow.
CYPHER(OS)
You will do my bidding and I will
emotionally and mentally torment
you until I am tired of it.
Dren leans forward and CHUCKLES silently.
CYPHER(OS)
And that is my number one favorite
thing to do, so it may take awhile
before Im tired of it.
Cypher looks from Dren to Alison, APPALLED.
Alison STORMS out of the store.
Dren briefly looks slightly ANNOYED, but shrugs it off.
Cypher looks down, DISGUSTED and ANGRY at both herself and
Dren.
Dren feels this and looks over at Cypher with COMPASSION.
Cypher turns slowly to GAPE at him in TERROR.
CYPHER
I - I have to go...
CUT TO
INT. NEW BERN HOSPITAL - DAY
The hospital is RUNDOWN and in RUINS like most everything
else in the city.
Blood stains and filth mar the walls and the lights FLICKER.
Eli and Glendale are taken to the chief of medicines
office, which is occupied by the MAYOR of the city.
DOLLFACE, 19, is a peroxide-blond SHORT girl with piercings
sitting behind the desk.
She giggles when Eli and Glendale is brought into her
office.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

87.

DOLLFACE
Yay, new contestants!
They are ROUGHLY shoved to their knees.
ELI
Youre New Berns Talker?
DOLLFACE
I am. And who the hell are you? Not
that I care. Gotta be polite.
Therapists orders.
Glendale gives Eli a "were screwed" look.
SUPER: Shes wacko, were screwed.
DOLLFACE
Kinda, yeah.
ELI
Im Elijah McDonnell, leader of the
Greenville Peacekeepers. This is
Glendale, douchebag from Detroit.
Were here to rescue his sisters.
Dollface is IMPRESSED, AMUSED, and SURPRISED.
DOLLFACE
Wow. Gotta say, I love the blunt
honesty. Who are they?
Glendale nudges Eli with frustration, shaking his head.
ELI
Lydia Violet and Kimberly Lavender.
DOLLFACE
Ah. The Dancer and the Singer.
Yeah, they work the cages in the
arena.
Eli and Glendale exchange NERVOUS looks.
ELI
Okay, Im not gonna lie. That
sounds terrifying.
Mayor Dollface leans forward and interlaces her hands slowly
on the desk as she SMIRKS.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

88.

DOLLFACE
Not tellin ya anything else,
buddy. Youre goin to the arena.
She nods to the two scary-looking guards, who haul the men
to their feet.
ELI
Listen, if you dont let go of us,
our friends are gonna show up and
theyre a lot scarier than these
guys.
Dollface leans back and throws her feet on her desk, hands
behind her head; she laughs ARROGANTLY.
DOLLFACE
Oooh, Im sooo scared. Militia and
av-scavs dont come around the
Bern. Not even Exterms come close.
Theyre smart, unlike you.
ELI
Not average scavengers or
Peacemakers, or even those bastard
Exterminators. Just a couple of
badasses with swords and scars and,
oh yeah, one has an Irish accent.
This perks Dollfaces interest; her eyes DART from side to
side as her smile instantly becomes a FROWN.
Dollface lowers her feet from the desk and slowly stands.
DOLLFACE
Is one of them (beat) The Infamous?
Eli smirks and glances at Glendale.
SUPER: Ha, coincidence right?
Glendale rolls his eyes.
DOLLFACE
Cause I cant wait to see him
again!
Eli double-takes and GAPES wide-eyed at her.
ELI
What? You know Dren?

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

89.

DOLLFACE
Yeah, ya know, he actually
preferred Daren; his younger
brother couldnt pronounce As or
something. Had a speech impediment
ELI
How? How did you know him?
DOLLFACE
Duh, he was my mentor. Taught me
everything I know about blowing
shit up and torturing and killing
people. He kidnapped me first, but
(shrugs) he made me love him.
Elis shoulders SLACK with hopelessness.
Glendales head is lowered as he shakes it and laughs
silently.
ELI
So Im guessing he would probably
never come and kill you for us?
DOLLFACE
No, hed probably try to seduce me
and make me join his army of sexy
girls. But it wouldnt work and Id
shoot him in his stupid gorgeous
scarred face.
Dollface BEAMS happily.
ELI
Okay, you can take us to the arena
now.
As they are being hauled away by the guards down the hall,
Dollface steps out of her office and shouts at them.
DOLLFACE
Who do you think gave him that
scar? (beat) It was me!
CUT TO

90.

EXT. ARENA - DAY


There are about half a dozen cages suspended from a crane
over a large crater that is the arena, which used to be an
abandoned construction site.
Only two of the cages are occupied; one contains LAVENDER,
30, who looks like she actually ENJOYS dancing hundreds of
feet in the air.
The other cage contains her sister VIOLET, 21, who is
singing SADLY.
Lavender is wearing a black gothic dress with lace trim and
a CORSET; her hair is long, straight and BLOND; her skin is
pale and her eyes are lavender colored; she has a few tats.
Violet is wearing a black leather skirt and a low-cut violet
top showing off a spider tattoo on her chest; she has
natural blond hair with PURPLE stripes, and several tattoos
and piercings.
Violets empathic, sad singing breaks momentarily when she
senses Eli.
Violet GRASPS one of the bars of the cage to steady herself.
VIOLET (VO)
Whos here? Someone I know is in
this city. Who are you?
CUT TO
INT. HOSPITAL BASEMENT/PRISON - DAY
In the sub-level of the hospital, Eli and Glendale are
sitting with a few other prisoners.
Eli is holding up and slowly moving his hand, feeling and
sensing for Violet.
ELI
Come on, Violet, where are you?
When he feels her, he stops moving his hand and smiles.
ELI (VO)
V, are you okay?
VIOLET (VO)
Uh, no, Im in a cage hundreds of
feet over an arena where people
(MORE)
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

91.

VIOLET (VO) (contd)


kill each other bloody. Where the
hell are you?
Eli stops smiling and frowns.
ELI (VO)
Hospital basement.
Suddenly Violet is there but only Eli can see her; he lowers
his hand.
VIOLET
Shit. That sucks, man. You
shouldnt have come here. Where you
been anyway? Aint seen you in
forever.
Eli smiles and raises his hand to touch her face but when he
tries, her form fades like smoke.
ELI
Tell me how to get to you.
Her form returns.
VIOLET
Once you get outta the hospital,
head east down the main street.
Youll see what used to be an old
construction site. Its filling up
with people to watch the next
battle, which begins in like an
hour.
ELI
Alright, well how do I get outta
the hospital?
VIOLET
Thats the hard part. No ones ever
done it before so (beat) good luck.
Eli rolls his eyes slightly and shakes his head.
ELI
You know Ill get outta here and
get you and your sister, and luck
aint gonna have shit to do with
it, V.
Violet playfully scoffs.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

92.
VIOLET
Yeah, cause youre such a badass.
Wait, how do you know about my
sister? Or me for that matter?
Howd you know we were here? Shit,
is my brother with you? The
coward...
ELI
Yeah, but dont worry. Hes playing
by my rules.
VIOLET
Watch your back, Eli. Hes a
schemer and a manipulator. Almost
as good as you.

Eli looks over at Glendale, who he knows is pretending to be


asleep.
ELI
Yeah, I know.
CUT TO
EXT. ABANDONED STRIPMALL, NEW GREENVILLE CAMP - DAY
Dren walks out of his store office with his two clone
bodyguards.
Everyone has gathered in the parking lot.
Abi steps out of the crowd and beside Dren.
ABIGAIL
Dren has taken over the Greenville
militia. He has renamed us TIA, The
Infamous Army. Our mission is no
longer to just survive, but to
thrive, and to do that, The
Infamous believes we have seek out
and destroy the Exterminators and
anyone else who means us harm. If
you do not wish to be a part of
TIA, stand over there.
Abi gestures to a spot to their right.
Half the men and women and all of the children walk over,
including the original Peacemakers.
Dren draws his Colt .45 and goes over and shoots the old
man caretaker of the three PM children.
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

93.

A bunch of people scream in FEAR.


ABIGAIL
Three men and one woman will take
the children back to the original
Greenville camp and remain! If you
leave the original Greenville camp
and we find you, no mercy will be
given! You will fend for
yourselves! The rest of the men and
women will serve The Infamous!
Alison and Cypher stand together at the back of the crowd,
eyes wide with TERROR.
CUT TO
INT. HOSPITAL BASEMENT/PRISON - DAY
Eli goes over to Glendale and shakes him awake.
ELI
You ready to get outta here, man?
Glendale sighs and gives Eli a skeptical look.
SUPER: Whats the plan?
ELI
Well, I talked to some of the other
prisoners and I dont think the
mayor puts people here very often.
Maybe one person for every couple
of days. Since we cant really
afford to wait two days for that
door to open, we need to get it
open.
Glendale tilts his head at Eli and purses his mouth.
SUPER: And how do we do that, genius?
CUT TO
INT. HOSPITAL CORRIDOR - DAY
Just outside the basement there are two scary-looking guards
holding makeshift melee weapons.
When they hear the METAL door CREAKING and the prisoners
BANGING on it, they ignore it and SMIRK.
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

94.

When the rusted hinge moves from the doorframe, they get
worried.
One of them motions for the other one to go get help as he
stands there holding his spiked bat.
The door falls off the hinges and he attacks, but is quickly
swarmed by the scavenger prisoners and taken down.
Eli and Glendale escape past them.
CUT TO
INT. HOSPITAL CORRIDOR 2 - DAY
Eli and Glendale turn a corner and fast-walk down the hall.
ELI
We need to find our weapons.
They see about half a dozen ARMED guards ahead, march down
the hall without noticing them.
ELI
I bet theyre coming from the
armory. Cmon.
They both run down the hall and take a right and run until
they find the armory guarded by one man.
They both tackle him, take him down, and take his melee
weapon before opening the armory door.
They enter and grab their guns, plus more guns, plus a lot
of ammo, plus more melee weapons.
Eli looks down at all the weapons hes wearing and carrying,
nodding with SATISFACTION.
ELI
Okay, I think were good.
CUT TO
EXT. MAIN STREET - DAY
Eli and Glendale escape the hospital and run down the road
to the arena.
CUT TO

95.

EXT. ARENA - DAY


They sneak into the construction site and see the cages, as
well as Dollface watching the fight in the crater below.
They see Lavender and Violet dancing and singing in their
respective cages high above.
ELI
Okay, theyre on a crane. We need
to get to that crane but as soon as
we start lowering the cages,
theyre gonna swarm us.
Glendale gives Eli a SAD look and gestures to the grenade
launcher hes holding.
GLENDALE
Ill create a diversion.
ELI
Damn it. So you -can- talk.
GLENDALE
Yeah, I just (beat) got scared.
Figured it would be easier if I
didnt say anything. Im a decent
actor.
Eli looks down, clenching his fists in frustration. He
shakes his head, knowing its the only way.
ELI
Whatever. No, look, theyre your
sisters, Glen. Ill do the
distraction, you do the extraction.
Makes no sense for me to rescue
them.
Glendale nods SOLEMNLY and extends a hand, which Eli takes.
Eli gives Glendale a SUSPICIOUS look.
Eli shakes it off.
ELI
Hey, when you get them, you just
go. Dont wait for me, alright?
Glendale nods again, layering on the SOLEMNNESS.
Eli rolls his eyes slightly and runs off with the grenade
launcher.

96.
CUT TO
EXT. CRATER ARENA - DAY
Two men are fighting for Dollfaces amusement in the blood
and gore-soaked crater.
The crowd is cheering silently and BANGING on things to make
noise.
Someone is playing an electric guitar.
Suddenly there is an explosion, killing a bunch of guards by
a gate.
Dollface motions for two men to go investigate, while two
more men continue to guard her.
On the other side of the crater, Glendale climbs up the
crane and begins messing with the controls.
CUT TO
INT. VIOLETS CAGE - DAY
When their cages begin to lower, everyone in the six cages
are afraid, except for Violet, who is HAPPY but NERVOUS.
She goes to one side of the cage to yell to her sister.
VIOLET
Lav! Our brother has come for us!
Lavender stops dancing and smiling at the audience and turns
to her sister, not believing her.
Lavender scowls and shakes her head.
SUPER: He left us here to die.
VIOLET
He came back for us! Hes with Eli!
Lavender shrugs and turns away, SKEPTICAL.
SUPER: Whatever, well see.
Violet shakes her head and sighs with exasperation at her
sister and turns to see her brother lowering them in the
crane.
The cages are about a dozen feet from the crater.
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

97.

CUT TO
EXT. CRATER ARENA - DAY
Dollface grabs one of her guards ANGRILY.
DOLLFACE
Whoevers in the crane, kill em!
And release the destroyer from its
cage in the arena!
The guard nods and runs off, leaving her with one guard.
Eli comes up behind him and knocks him out with a rifle.
Dollface turns around and points a pistol at him.
Eli kicks it from her hand and she SNARLS and GROWLS and
attacks him.
CUT TO
EXT. CRANE - DAY
Glendale is lowering the crane slowly, smiling at his
sisters.
Lavender sees him now too, and is SHOCKED.
A guard runs up the crane and scuffles with Glendale.
They both fall from the crane.
CUT TO
EXT. CRATER ARENA - DAY
Violet and Lav hop from the cage and fall to the
blood-soaked dirt, in the center of the arena.
A cage at the far side of the arena opens and an
Exterminator emerges, but he has robotic and cybernetic
implants.
Violet turns to her sister, AFRAID.
VIOLET
We have to run!
CUT TO

98.

EXT. PARKING LOT - DAY


Eli has Dollface GAGGED and her hands bound behind her as he
hauls her to a car and throws her into the open trunk.
ELI
Dont worry, hun. Ive thought of
everything.
Her screams and protests are MUFFLED and Eli SLAMS the trunk
lid shut and places three cinder blocks on it.
Then he runs off to help his friends.
CUT TO
EXT. CRATER ARENA - DAY
Violet and Lavender escape the arena by climbing up out of
the crater, but the cyborg is in hot pursuit.
Violet is experiencing ABDOMIN pains.
When they get to the crane, they find their brother dying
with a knife in his gut.
He tries to speak but cant.
Violet falls to her knees and cradles her brother and cries
uncontrollably.
As the cyborg comes up BEHIND them, Lavender, who is doing a
little better than her sister, SPINS around and does a few
cool and beautiful dance manuevers that double as combat
moves.
A few hits connect, but the Exterminator catches one of her
kicks and throws her away.
Eli catches Lavender, kind of throws her down out of his
way, and shoots the Exterminator in the face.
Eli then goes to Violet as she tries to heal him, but all
she can do is take his pain from him.
Glendale tries to speak but cant; blood spews from his
mouth.
ELI
Shit.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

99.

VIOLET (SOBBING)
I know, Ross. I know. Its okay. We
forgive you.
Lavender walks up behind Violet and looks down SADLY.
When Glendale dies, Eli and Lavender help Violet up and
carry her to the car.
CUT TO
EXT. PARKING LOT - DAY
Violet and Lavender get in and Eli ties down the trunk with
bungie cord he finds in another truck.
Then he gets into the passenger seat and Lavender drives
off.
CUT TO
EXT. HIGHWAY - DAY
Lavender is driving the car with Eli in the passenger seat
and Violet in the back.
ANXIOUS and WORRIED, Lavender looks in the rear-view at
Violet.
Eli notices her visage and turns to see to Violet.
ELI
V, you alright?
VIOLET
Yeah.
Lavender casts a brief glance of ANNOYANCE to Eli.
VIOLET
Big sis still doesnt like you
callin me V. She calls me Vi.
Eli smirks and turns back to face the front.
ELI
Ill keep that in mind.
Suddenly another bigger vehicle wrecks their car.
Six Exterminators get out of the bigger vehicle.
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

100.

Eli is the only one conscious so he tries to shoot them, but


they disarm him.
Then the Exterminators remove the three from the car and
throw them in their truck.
They drive away, not knowing Dollface was in the trunk.
CUT TO
INT. CAR TRUNK
Dollface is STUNNED and DAZED from the collision and nearly
unconscious, but alive.
CUT TO
EXT. FIELD - DUSK
(begin SLO-MO with "Sex and Candy" by Maroon 5 playing.)
Alison and Cypher are standing in the field staring at the
people that are buried.
Dren slowly walks up behind them with Abi and her clones.
Dren orders Alison away and she walks away, but looks back.
Dren wraps his arm around Cypher, who SHUDDERS and TEARS
begin to fall down her cheeks.
Dren kisses her neck.
The "seduction" goes on for a couple minutes; the intense
empathic connection shared by Dren, Cypher, and Alison
ENHANCE their emotions.
DREN (VO)
You belong to me.
CYPHER (VO)
I am so scared.
ALISON (VO)
I hate myself.
ABIGAIL (VO)
This is kinda hot.
Cypher struggles and almost escapes.
Abi moves in to help Dren.
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

101.

Alison runs over to help Cypher and pulls her away from
them.
Dren glances to Abi and mouths, "Take care of her."
Abi nods to Clone 2.
Clone 2 points her gun at Alison.
Alison stops and stares at the MUZZLE of the gun.
And then it all ends: their empathy, psychopathy, and
intuition is gone, leaving them all confused.
Clone 2 shoots Alison in the head.
Dren is PISSED.
ABIGAIL
What? You said to take care of her.
Dren mouths ANGRILY, "Not like that!"
Abi gulps.
ABIGAIL
Oh.
Abi turns and executes Clone 2 for Dren.
Cypher falls, SOBBING, and turns to Dren.
Dren gives her a look of frustration and confusion.
CYPHER
I cant feel you. Any of you. And
none of you can feel me. Were
(beat) alone.
LONELINESS sets in all of them except the clones.
CUT TO
INT. SUPERMAX PRISON - NIGHT
ELIS POV: Eli wakes up, his vision BLURRY.
Eli looks around, GROGGY, and finds himself in a small 8x8
prison cell with Lavender and Violet.
He rubs his eyes and struggles to sit up.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

102.

He looks around to see there are no windows, doors, or


openings of any kind, which he expresses as impossible.
He moves to feel the edge of the floor and wall when he
hears Violet wake up.
Uncertain if he can still talk, since hes in the presence
of another Talker, Eli inhales deeply and opens his mouth to
speak.
ELI
Hey.
He sighs with REIEF.
VIOLET
Hey.
She smiles, and looks at her sister with CONCERN.
VIOLET
Where are we?
ELI (SHRUGGING)
Exterminator jail? They mustve
known I went into the Slaughter
City and been waiting for us - or
me.
Violet nods.
VIOLET
Ive never been around another
Talker. Then again, I never really
talked. They call me the Singer.
Eli smiles.
ELI
You had a nice voice. Still do.
Violet smiles SHYLY.
VIOLET
Thanks.
She glances around.
VIOLET
No doors, windows, or vents. How
are we gonna get out? How are we
even breathing?

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

103.
ELI
I dunno, none of this makes any
sense. Why do I keep running into
people I knew in the old world, and
why do they all still look the same
age as when I left them? Ive come
to the conclusion that one of three
entities are behind all this government, AI, or something
otherworldly.

Violet gives Eli a SKEPTICAL look.


VIOLET
Elijah McDonnell, the conspiracy
theorist.
Eli chuckles, shaking his head.
ELI
I mean look around.
She does, and nods, relenting to his point.
ELI
But that (beat) that life, the life
I had before (beat) its gone. I
barely think about it anymore. Ive
only been awake in this new world
for less than a month and it feels
like Ive been in it for (beat) my
whole life.
Violet nods SOLEMNLY.
VIOLET
I woke up a year ago, give or take;
my sister a few days later. My
brother - our brother, Ross, was
already here. In this world. We
tried to figure out how we got to
this (beat) crazy future but after
awhile we figured (beat) it doesnt
matter. And even if it did, theres
no point in chasing whispers in the
wind. Like feathers (beat) they
always just (beat) drift away.
Eli nods THOUGHTFULLY.
After a moments thought, Violet smirks and lets out a small
chuckle.
Eli smiles at her smile.
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

104.
ELI
What?
VIOLET
I think this is the longest
conversation Ive had in a year.

Suddenly one of the walls GLOWS and becomes WOBBLY.


Violet FEARFULLY rushes over to Eli, who HOLDS her and
stares at the wall ANXIOUSLY.
A CYBORG PHASES into the room but unlike the one from the
arena, it looks less human and the implants and robotics are
more fine-tuned and advanced.
ELI
AI it is.
Eli stares at the cyborg in FEAR and REVELATION.
FADE TO BLACK.
SUPER: To be continued...
FADE IN
EXT. FIELD - NIGHT
Dren, Abi, Cypher and Clone 1 are heading back toward the
base when they see it explode.
Dren is about to run, but Abi and her clone grab him.
ABIGAIL
Dren! Theres nothin to be done,
mate!
Dren reluctantly stops trying to run ahead and, FUMING,
shoves the women off him.
He turns around, not wanting to face the fires, and rubs his
head in FRUSTRATION.
Abigail sees someone running toward them and taps Drens
arm.
He turns around to see his Asian female soldier running at
him in DESPERATION and FEAR.
She collapses to her knees in the field.
Dren hurries over to her and checks to see she isnt hurt.
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

105.

Abi goes to her, slightly CONCERNED.


ABIGAIL
What happened?
The woman shakes her head, wipes her nose, and mouths, "Dark
Dealers."
Abi shakes her head, confused.
ABIGAIL
What are Dark Dealers?
Drens head spins around as he looks at Abi, SURPRISED,
SKEPTICAL, and AFRAID.
Abi sees this and PERKS a brow.
ABIGAIL
That bad, huh. Look, I (beat) I
dont feel (beat) psychotic. I feel
calm and scared, and Cypher isnt
empathic anymore so Abi turns to gesture to Cypher, but Cypher is fleeing across
the field.
Abi moves to order her clone to pursue, but Dren waves for
them not to worry about it.
Abi nods to her clone to guard Dren.
The clone moves to do that.
Dren helps the female fighter to her feet and hands her
Abis M9 that he keeps on him; he draws his Colt.
When they move to leave, they hear a shotgun blast and HALT.
They FRANTICALLY look around to see about a dozen men and
women with flashlights surrounding them.
The four stand back to back, facing each cardinal direction,
weapons ready.
Abi only has a combat knife.
One of the female Dark Dealers, IVY, 45, steps forward,
holding a Desert Eagle.
Her male bodyguard holds a pump-action shotgun.
Ivy is tall, thin, and has long BLACK hair with touches of
gray; when she speaks, her voice is RASPY, but attractive.
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

106.
IVY
Separate them.

Abi laughs and scoffs.


ABIGAIL
Yeah, sure, thats gonna Someone shoots her with a tazer and she collapses
unconscious.
Before Dren and the others can shoot, they are tazed as
well.
FADE TO
INT. SUPERMAX PRISON
Eli and Violet stare in fear at the cyborg.
The cyborg reaches down and grabs Lavender.
VIOLET
No! Leave my sister alone!
Eli keeps her from interfering as the cyborg removes
Lavender from the room the same way it entered.
ELI
V, calm down! Theyre not gonna
hurt her! Not yet. We need to
figure out whats going on and how
to get outta here before they come
back.
Two more cyborgs phase into the prison cell.
Eli charges them, trying to push them back through the wall.
This fails and their backs hit the wall, and one of the
cyborgs grabs Eli.
The other cyborg moves toward Violet and she screams.
ELI
V, its gonna be okay!
The cyborg grabs V and hauls her out of the cell.
The cyborg holding Eli throws Eli at the far wall.
Eli glares at the Cyborg ANGRILY.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

107.

ELI
Youre all gonna die!
The cyborg turns and phases out of the room.
CUT TO
EXT. ALLEY, GREENVILLE - NIGHT
Cypher is running by herself and collapses, EXHAUSTED and
WEAK from crying.
Kneeling, she calms herself and closes her eyes.
CYPHER (VO)
I need help.
She waits for an answer but gets none, so after a few
seconds, she gets to her feet STOICALLY and continues down
the alley.
FADE TO
INT. PASSENGER TRUCK - MORNING
Dren wakes up with a start and tries to talk but cant.
He looks around and realizes hes in the back of a big truck
with several others.
He kicks Abi awake and she tries to speak but cannot.
This is the first time in a long time she hasnt been able
to speak, so she slowly becomes INFURIATED with the Dealers.
She tries to rage-scream and break out of the ROPE around
her ankles and wrists but cant.
Most of the people in the truck are from the Greenville
Camp, but a few are strangers to Dren and Abi; some of the
others awaken too.
When Abi notices two men sitting there guarding them with
pistols, she SNARLS and gets up, but Dren holds her down.
The men smirk and glance at each other.
One of the men SQUELCHES his walkie-talkie.
Ivys voice comes over the radio.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

108.

IVY (OS)
Good morning, sleepy-heads. Thank
you for the emotion. Once weve
drained and used you as much as we
can, youll be released. If you
behave.
Abi tries to yell at Ivy.
Dren places a SYMPATHETIC, bound hand on her, but she
FLINCHES and moves away ANGRILY.
When Abi realizes her clone is gone, she turns to Dren and
mouths, "My clone."
SUPER: My clone.
Dren just shrugs, not really caring.
SUPER: Good riddance.
Abi curls her lip in CONTEMPT and leans her head back on the
side of the truck and closes her eyes.
The truck comes to a slow halt and her eyes SNAP open.
The back opens and two guards with rifles motion for
everyone to get out.
The prisoners get out, followed by the two guards in the
back.
CUT TO
EXT. JACKSONVILLE POLICE STATION - DAY
The four guards lead a dozen or so people into the station.
CUT TO
INT. JACKSONVILLE POLICE STATION - DAY
Inside, everyone is searched and ticked off on a clipboard.
The females are taken to one cell room, while the males are
taken to another.
CUT TO

109.

INT. FEMALE CELL ROOM - DAY


Once in the block, Abi is put in a cell alone.
Drens Asian fighter is placed in another further cell.
CUT TO
INT. MALE CELL ROOM - DAY
Dren is put in a cell and its locked.
NONCHOLLANTLY, Dren goes and LAZILY falls onto a cot.
CUT TO
INT. SUPERMAX PRISON CELL
("Human" by Civil Twilight")
Eli is staring at the floor, sitting down, when someone
PHASES through the wall.
He looks up in TERROR.
Its Lavender, with cybernetic implants; she looks like
shes barely containing her PAIN and HOPELESSNESS.
Eli stands up slowly, COMPASSION and PAIN on his face.
ELI
I (beat) am so, so sorry.
Eli takes a couple TENTATIVE steps toward her.
The Lav-bot raises its arm and moves forward.
Eli flinches as Lav-bot grabs him by the shoulder.
CUT TO
INT. DRENS CELL
Dren is just lying in bed staring blankly at the ceiling.
For several long, AGONIZING seconds, he stares at the blank,
gray ceiling.
Then he gets up, ROARING silently, and tears up the bed in
RAGE.
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

110.

Dren smashes and tears up everything in the cell, making as


much noise as he can.
A guard walks over and smiles, eyes closed, soaking up the
emotion.
Dren snarls and mouths, "What are you doing?"
The guard laughs silently as if Dren should know, and then
walks away.
Dren looks down, CONFUSED and FRUSTRATED he cant feel what
others are feeling.
DREN (VO)
Is this how normal people live? How
wretched.
CUT TO
INT. ABIS PRISON CELL
Abi sits on the cot staring at the floor, THINKING.
A tear rolls down her cheek.
FLASH TO
EXT. PARK - DAY
Abi and her sister Catherine are joking and playing with two
small children while their parents watch and laugh; this is
obviously before the talking stopped 13 years ago.
FLASH TO
EXT. IRAQ DESERT ROAD - DAY
A military convoy of two humvees, a truck with a small
container on the back, and a troop transport truck speed
down the desert road.
The first vehicle in the convoy is Abis humvee.
On the windshield is "BALL-BUSTER."
CUT TO

111.

INT. ABIS HUMVEE - DAY


Clad in U.S. Marine camo and armor with a "Ballinger"
nametag on her chest, Abi drives the first humvee.
A Marine officer, MELLEROS, 38, is sitting in the passenger
seat.
Another soldier, FOGARTY, 18, is in the back with a big
machine gun.
Melleros looks over at Abi and smirks.
MELLEROS
Go on, its been an hour since you
last said anything to him,
Ball-buster.
Abi smiles GENUINELY and GIGGLES like a school girl as she
glances over and replies in a nearly-alien Staten Island
accent.
ABIGAIL
Oh hush (beat) sir.
Melleros chuckles and looks out the window.
Abi POUTS playfully and reaches over and picks up the radio
handset.
Melleros GRINS as he stares out the window.
The soldier in the back smiles and looks out his window too.
ABIGAIL
Ball-buster to Light Knight. Hows
it goin back there? Keepin up?
Melleros laughs.
CUT TO
EXT. OFFICE TRUCK - DAY
Eli is driving the truck with the small container, second in
the convoy; on the windshield are the words "Light Knight."
CUT TO

112.

INT. OFFICE TRUCK - DAY


Eli is wearing a U.S. Army uniform and armor, with a nametag
that says "McPhoster."
His passenger is a black male chief warrant officer three
named "Lewis."
When Abis voice comes over the radio, Eli rolls his eyes
and picks up the radio.
Lewis tries not to smirk.
ELI
This is Light Knight, Ball-buster.
Im all good back here. You aint
gotta worry about me. Im a better
combat driver than you.
Lewis laughs, not believing it.
Eli glances over at his boss and laughs.
ELI
What? I am, man.
LEWIS
Okay.
ABI (OS)
Light Knight, your sense of humor
is making everyone in my truck
crack up. Thanks, we can use the
laughs.
ELI
Haha, screw you.
CUT TO
INT. ABIS HUMVEE - DAY
Abi gets a GLINT in her eye as she has dirty thoughts.
ABI
Nah, its too sandy out here.
When Abi sees a SUSPICIOUS camel in the middle of the road,
she slows.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

113.

MELLEROS
Call it in.
ABI
Weve got a possible ambush up
here.
The rear humvee passengers voice comes over the radio.
REAR SOLDIER (OS)
Rear guard to convoy commander,
weve got multiple bogies at nine
and six oclock!
CUT TO
EXT. IRAQ DESERT ROAD - DAY
Two old pickup trucks speed up behind the convoy opening
fire with heavy machine guns.
One old sedan drives at the convoy from the left.
CUT TO
INT. OFFICE TRUCK - DAY
Lewis gets on the radio.
LEWIS
This is convoy commander! Everyone
speed up!
REAR SOLDIER (OS)
No time, sir! Hold on to something!
The office truck JARS to the right slightly.
CUT TO
EXT. OFFICE TRUCK - DAY
The sedan lodges itself into the office trucks left side,
attempting to stop it.
CUT TO

114.

INT. OFFICE TRUCK - DAY


Eli attempts to push the car off the truck, driving through
the SPLATTERED camel that Abi had just plowed through.
ELI
I dont think the cars rigged to
blow!
LEWIS
They want the office in tact.
Lewis calmly gets on the radio.
LEWIS
Humvee drivers, I need you to take
them out before they stop the
office truck.
CUT TO
INT. ABIS HUMVEE - DAY
Melleros gets on the radio.
MELLEROS
Yes, sir.
He looks to Abi.
MELLEROS
You heard him, Marine! Lets get
back there and kick some ass!
ABI
Would love to, sir!
Abi taps the breaks and moves over to the left.
CUT TO
EXT. IRAQ DESERT ROAD - DAY
As the truck passes them, the humvees rear smashes into the
sedan lodged into the office truck.
Meanwhile, the rear humvee is shooting at the two trucks in
the back.
CUT TO

115.

INT. OFFICE TRUCK - DAY


Eli succeeds in driving the truck around the humvee and
dislodging the sedan, despite his nervousness.
Eli gets SUSPICIOUS and glances to CW3 Lewis.
ELI
Chief, I dont think we should be
up front. They could easily get us
from the front.
LEWIS
Dont worry, McPhoster.
Abis humvee pulls forward again, but not before Eli notices
an RPG rocket coming at them from the front.
LEWIS
Ah shit.
CUT TO
EXT. IRAQ DESERT ROAD - DAY
Eli PIT manuevers the humvee and causes it to spin out on
the right side of the road.
The office truck drives left and off the road.
The rocket flies past them and blows up the troop transport,
killing dozens of people.
CUT TO
INT. OFFICE TRUCK - DAY
Lewis looks at Eli in ANGER and PANIC.
LEWIS
McPhoster! What did you do that
for?
Eli drives the truck back onto the road, AFRAID and ANXIOUS.
ELI
I - Im sorry, Chief. Instict - I I didnt even -

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

116.

LEWIS
Stop the vehicle!
Eli stops the truck on the left side of the road facing the
way they came.
CUT TO
INT. ABIS HUMVEE - DAY
Abi is DAZED but alive.
She looks over at her officer to see Melleros PANICKING and
struggling to get out of the truck.
Abi looks back to see the two pickup trucks circling the
rear humvee, which is stopped, and shooting everyone inside.
Abi looks across the road at Elis office truck.
She turns to the officer, who is scrambling across the
desert, and then to the soldier behind her.
ABI
Fogarty, you good?
FOGARTY
Im good, Ball!
ABI
We need to get to the office truck!
FOGARTY
On your six!
ABI
Move!
Abi flings the door open and leaps out, M4 carbine in hand.
Fogarty gets out of the back seat holding his M249 SAW
machine gun.
They get two steps when a bullet catches Abis ankle and
shot collapses foward.
Fogarty fires at the enemy, but is taken down by a lot of
AK-47 fire.
Abi screams in agony.
CUT TO

117.

INT. OFFICE TRUCK - DAY


Lewis looks over at Eli, COLD, remaining calm.
LEWIS
Elijah, I am ordering you to leave.
We need to save the sensitive mater
ELI
I know! I know, sir! Shit.
Eli puts the truck in reverse.
CUT TO
EXT. IRAQ DESERT ROAD - DAY
Eli reverses down the road, running down several enemies
coming up behind them and shooting at them, and then does a
reverse three-point turn.
Without looking back, Eli drives away, abandoning Abi.
He begins crying as he drives.
CUT TO
EXT. IRAQ DESERT ROAD - DAY
Abi lays there against the humvee, dual-wielding her M4 and
M9 Beretta.
She screams in RAGE at Eli as he drives away.
ABI
Aaah!!! Burn in hell, you punk-ass
bitch!
She turns and opens fire with both weapons at half a dozen
enemies heading her way; a bag makes her view go DARK.
FLASH TO
INT. ABIS PRISON CELL
Abi looks up SADLY and notices her female guard standing
there, soaking up her emotions.
Abi tries to speak but cant, so she just snarls.
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

118.

She points her hands at the guard like two guns and "fires."
CUT TO BLACK.
INT. GENETIC ALTERATION CHAMBER
The scientists are placing machine parts on Violet, who is
bound and unconscious.
A man in a suit enters with a syringe and the other
scientists look at him, SURPRISED and NERVOUS.
He injects Violet with the syringe and leaves, locking the
door.
One of the scientists goes to the door and tries to escape.
The man in the suit watches the experiment, INTRIGUED and
CURIOUS.
Violets eyes SNAP open and she immediately stares down the
suited man on the other side of the mirrored observation
window.
The man NARROWS his eyes and bits his lip as he nervously
rubs his fingers together.
The scientists move away from Violet, glancing at each other
ANXIOUSLY.
Violet opens her mouth to speak but is having trouble. Her
voice comes out in STUTTERS and SQUEAKS and GRUNTS.
She screams at the man she can sense behind the glass, but
her scream is a whisper.
The man purses his lips and scratches his chin before CALMLY
turning to leave.
CUT TO
INT. UNDERGROUND CORRIDOR
Lav-bot and another cyborg haul the STRUGGLING Eli down the
LONG, GRAY corridor.
ELI
Lav! Lavender! Kimberly, let me go
damn it!
Lav-bot doesnt react at all, and Eli notices.
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

119.

Eli groans as he struggles until he is taken to a room and


the second cyborg opens the HEAVY door.
They haul Eli into the room toward a GLOWING sarcophagus.
Then they release him.
Eli stares at the sarcophagus and he goes SLACK with DREAD
and HOPELESSNESS.
ELI
Oh (beat) shit.
CUT TO
INT. IVYS WARDEN OFFICE - DAY
Dren is brought to Ivys office by three male guards.
He crosses his arms over his chest DEFIANTLY when he sees
Ivy sitting behind the desk, feet propped up.
IVY
Let me lay it out for you, Mister
Daren McGrammers.
Drens lip quivers as he SNARLS and then mouths, "Its
Dren."
SUPER: "Its Dren."
Ivy takes her feet of the desk and shifts some paperwork
around as if he means nothing to her.
IVY
Yeah its whatever I say it is,
-mate.Dren takes a step toward her and a guard hits him with a
shock-stick, putting him to his knees.
Dren stands, SCOWLING with twitching PAIN and ANGER.
IVY
Right, where were we? Alright, so
heres the thing: you know who and what - we are, but the other
one doesnt. We have taken your
empathic and intuitive gifts and we
have sucked you dry of any useful
emotions. You yourself were a dark
empath and emotional vampire for
(MORE)
(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

120.

IVY (contd)
awhile. Youve been in your cell
for days now. Why not come back to
the dark side? Join the Dark
Dealers, Dren.
Dren just stares at Ivy for a moment, IMAGINING skewing her
face with one of the pencils on the desk.
Ivy sighs.
IVY
Thats disappointing, Dren. How
can you call yourself The Infamous
when you cant even intimidate a
child. You used to be the most
feared terrorist in the world. Now
look at you.
Dren averts his eyes, ASHAMED of both his dark past and his
lack of scariness.
Ivy waits a few seconds for him to reply, a tiny smirk
playing at her mouth.
When Dren looks back to Ivy, he smirks DEVIOUSLY.
Her smirk fails.
IVY
Hes gonna -!
Dren takes out two of the guards before the third one gets
a punch in, and two more guards enter and help restrain him.
Ivy stands up, shaking nervously.
IVY
Take him back to his cell and bring
me the other one. But make sure she
sees her Chinese friend so she
knows what shes in for if she
defies me!
Dren laughs HYSTERICALLY and SILENTLY as he is carted off.
CUT TO

121.

INT. STASIS ROOM


(begin slo-mo)Eli struggles VEHEMENTLY and SCREAMS bloody
murder as the two cyborgs place him in the STASIS
sarcophagus.
Lav-bot turns it on and it puts him to sleep.
They leave the room.
FADE TO
INT. GENETIC ALTERATION CHAMBER
(cont. slo-mo and begin music with no lyrics for slow
version of "Crazy" by Gnarls Barkley.)
Violet sings the song while the scientists stand there
staring in AMAZEMENT.
The suited man returns with his boss, a short-haired woman
with red and yellow REPTILIAN eyes. This is IZABELLE.

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