Inertia By Rafael Gomez 773-969-6172 firstname.lastname@example.org EXT. STREETS OF BABYLON - DAY The city of Babylon is bustling with citizens as they bring home food from the crops. A partially-completed Tower of Babel is visible just outside of the city. Two 7-year-old boys, LAZARUS and Arnon, are chasing each other through the streets. They circle the city, weaving through the crowds, shouting playfully in Sumerian. As they pass the Hanging Gardens, they bump into three men in black tunics. They continue running and enter the back opening of a home... INT. BABYLONIAN HOME - DAY - CONTINUOUS and scurry around the living area. SAMOS the blacksmith is working with copper weaponry. Samos shouts as the children pass him. SAMOS (in Sumerian) Lazarus! Do not run near my work! You and Arnon go play outside! The boys don’t acknowledge the command but scurry out of the front entryway. A moment passes and figures appear in the entryway. SAMOS (in Sumerian) I mean it, Lazarus. My work is dangerous... Samos looks up to see three men in black tunics... EXT. BABYLON - DAY The children make one more circle around the town before returning through the back entry again... INT. BABYLONIAN HOME - DAY - CONTINUOUS The children see Samos’ back as they overhear a conversation in Sumerian. Samos is speaking to ELIAS, one of the men in black. ELIAS notices the boys. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 2. SAMOS Have you no regard for how I feed my family? Samos turns to see what has attracted Elias’ attention. SAMOS Lazarus, go! Run! ELIAS Don’t run boys. Come here. (draws dagger) If you leave, he dies. Lazarus and Arnon approach the men. When they are at arms’ length, the thieves grab the children. ELIAS You owe me daggers, blacksmith. SAMOS You owe me payment, thief. ELIAS Perhaps I pay you in the blood of your children. Or perhaps I pleasure your wife in front of you. SAMOS My wife is dead, you deviant. Please, do not harm them. Arnon is merely the son of a friend...he just came over to play. ELIAS Play? I like to play too. Let’s play "Who is the son of Samos?" Elias holds the dagger to Arnon’s neck. Samos grimaces. Elias switches to Lazarus. Samos shouts. SAMOS Please, they are children! ELIAS We have a winner. Elias nods to his comrade, who slits Arnon’s throat. Lazarus sobs. SAMOS He was just a child! Marduk, help me! Marduk! Help my son! (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 3. ELIAS Marduk does not hear you, blacksmith. Nor will he hear the blood spilling from your son. My weapons? Samos walks to a table and grabs his last four daggers. He stretches his arm out for Elias to take them. Just before Elias can touch a blade, Lazarus grabs a dagger and shoves it into Elias. Samos stabs the second thief. Samos turns to kill the third, but is instead stabbed by the remaining thief. Samos falls to the ground and dies. Lazarus attempts to stab the third thief, but is overpowered. The thief stabs Lazarus repeatedly. Lazarus falls to the ground. The third thief collects the daggers and scavenges money from the corpses. He leaves the house in a scramble. Lazarus bleeds onto the ground, lifeless. Lazarus suddenly sits up, taking a gasping breath. He touches his bloodied tunic, but there are no wounds, just openings in his garb. He stands up in bewilderment. FLASH-FORWARD TO: EXT. THE LOUVRE - DAY (2016) Lazarus, 40s-50s, shoulder length hair, is sitting on a bench outside the Louvre. He stares at nothing. Crowds pass him, but his eyes never notice. An OLD MAN sits beside him. OLD MAN (in French) Sir, could you please tell me the time...oh, I thought you had a watch. Sorry. Lazarus says nothing. He doesn’t acknowledge him. He might as well be sitting alone. OLD MAN This weather is heavenly, isn’t it? One of those days you’re just glad you were alive to see it. Lazarus says nothing. OLD MAN My grand kids from the ’States are visiting us for the summer. They asked me and their grandma to "take (MORE) (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 4. OLD MAN (cont’d) them to the Mona Lisa." (laughs) You know how that goes. I’m just so sick of that woman’s face. Made it halfway through the tour, needed to take a break in my old age. But you young people have no idea what that’s like. Lazarus finally turns to the old man, disgusted. LAZARUS (in French) Tell me, old man. At what moment did humanity begin? OLD MAN Excuse me? LAZARUS I asked you, at what precise instant did humanity start? OLD MAN (hesitant) Well, at least you’re talking, and that’s an easy one. It started the moment God gave life to Adam. LAZARUS Wrong. OLD MAN Wrong? LAZARUS Yes. OLD MAN I’m sorry, I must have misunderstood the question. LAZARUS That is no reason to be sorry. It’s even less of a reason to say that you are. OLD MAN What answer were you looking for? LAZARUS One significantly less incorrect. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 5. OLD MAN I gave you my opinion. Lazarus turns and faces the crowds. LAZARUS Humanity began when the first man ever born murdered the second. OLD MAN What do you mean? LAZARUS Take it as literally as possible. OLD MAN You mean...Cain and Abel? LAZARUS The first birth caused the first death. The first man born was a murderer. Should have known then what humans were capable of. A bit of foreshadowing. An omen. Not the start to a species one would hope for. OLD MAN No, that’s a pretty bad way to start. I never really thought about it that way. LAZARUS Of course you haven’t. OLD MAN If I’ve angered you in some way, I’m sorry. LAZARUS Again. No...you aren’t. Not yet. Lazarus stands up to leave. LAZARUS It’s 9:37. OLD MAN But...how do you know without a watch? (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 6. LAZARUS I don’t need one anymore. BOOM! A large explosion in the Louvre propels debris everywhere. The crowds scream and scurry. The Old Man runs towards the museum, shouting for his family. He turns to see Lazarus nonchalantly walking away. INT. RYAN’S BEDROOM - CHICAGO - DAY Alarm buzzing, the clock reads 11:45. RYAN CARVER, 30s, natural athletic build, unkempt hair, a week unshaven, opens his eyes and reaches for the OFF button. He knocks over a bottle of Wild Turkey onto the floor. The bottle doesn’t break, but the remaining whiskey spills. RYAN Shit... He sits up shirtless, notices a glass on the nightstand with a swallow left. He lifts it to take a drink, and underneath it is a "Child Search Alert" with a picture of man holding a baby. He looks closer. Alex Carver - kidnapped from home on the evening of August 10th, 1999. The suspected kidnapper is a 6’6" African American male. Child has distinct birthmark on right shoulder. Call only for sightings. Ryan wipes the water ring from the flyer, swallows down the remaining whiskey, and opens the nightstand drawer. We see a glimpse of a red Desert Eagle inside. Ryan places the flyer on top of the gun and closes the drawer. He walks to the closet. The room is trashed. A gray shirt with a faded star logo is noticeable on the floor. There’s a loud knocking at the front door. Ryan puts on a pair of jeans from the floor and walks into the living area. INT. RYAN’S LIVING ROOM - DAY - CONTINUOUS Small paper bags cover the floor. The apartment is practically a studio. Ryan opens the front door and walks away without greeting GARRET ADLER, 65, who enters and closes the door behind him. GARRET Good morning to you too. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 7. RYAN Haven’t decided if it’s a good morning yet. GARRET When will you know? RYAN I’ll get back to you. I woke up, so it’s not looking good. GARRET You ready? RYAN You’re old, Garret, but your vision ain’t that bad yet. GARRET I’m getting you a louder alarm clock for your birthday this year. RYAN I told you to forget my birthday. GARRET And yet I haven’t. My memory isn’t so bad either. Ryan walks back into his bedroom. RYAN (O.S.) Not everyone jumps out of bed to get a good seat at Denny’s. GARRET (noticing the floor) I don’t even go to Denny’s. That’s just a stereotype. RYAN (O.S.) C’mon Garret. We both know you ordered a Grand Slam. I can smell it on your breath. GARRET Yeah? I smell something on your breath too. How did the first glass taste today? Ryan walks out of the room wearing a t-shirt and Converse All-Stars. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 8. RYAN I don’t drink Wild Turkey for the taste. GARRET Look, Ryan, we don’t have to go. It’s just a silly traditio- RYAN It’s fine. GARRET Really. We can skip it this year. RYAN Danny coming? GARRET He’s running late. Said he’d meet us there. RYAN Did you give him a punctuality lecture too? GARRET I will. RYAN Good. GARRET Now you ready? RYAN I need to stop by SANJAY’S first. Garret sighs. EXT. PARKING LOT - DAY Garret and Ryan walk to Garret’s white Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera. Ryan lights a Marlboro Red, gets in the passenger seat. Garret gives him a disapproving look. Ryan rolls the window down. They pull out onto the road. 9. INT. SANJAY’S FOOD AND LIQUOR - DAY News radio is heard off screen as Ryan scans the cold beer, holding four single roses. REPORTER(V.O.) Many citizens are annoyed by the arrival of the Olympic games. Public transportation has been overcrowded and traffic is slower than ever. But the struggling Chicago economy has soared in the months approaching this historic event. The Opening Ceremony is only a few days away and we will be covering... The radio trails off as Ryan grabs a 40 oz Olde English 800 and walks to the counter. He places the roses and malt liquor in front of SANJAY. SANJAY Mr. Carver! How are you today? RYAN Swell. Sanjay notices the roses, glances at a calendar. SANJAY It’s free today, special sale. RYAN I don’t need your sympathy, Sanj. SANJAY Perhaps not. But you are in desperate need of a break, my friend. RYAN (nods) Thanks. SANJAY You’re welcome. See you tomorrow. 10. INT. GARRET ADLER’S VEHICLE Ryan sips on his malt liquor as Garret drives. Garret makes small glances at Ryan. GARRET I have to bring it up again. Have you tried talking to God, Ryan? I really do think He can help with the pain. RYAN I got something for the pain. Tell him I said "thanks anyway." GARRET Your pain-killer makes you a dangerous man in your line of work. RYAN I’m a cab driver, Garret. I wouldn’t be doing my job if I wasn’t dangerous. GARRET But you’re going to hurt yourself. And if not, you’re going to hurt someone else. Look, I have no idea what it feels like inside of you, ’cause God knows I don’t envy you, not for a moment. But you’re killing yourself. And I’m not going to watch it happen. I won’t be around to see that. I promise you that. RYAN Yeah. Ryan takes one more swallow and puts the drink in the glove compartment. EXT. GRACELAND CEMETERY - DAY Ryan and Garret pull into the cemetery. DANNY BUTLER, 57, is waiting for them at a row of tombstones. Ryan and Garret exit the vehicle and approach Danny. They all shake hands. DANNY Hey. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 11. GARRET Been waiting long? DANNY No, no. Just got here. Ryan, it’s good to see you. RYAN Glad you could make it, Danny. DANNY You know I hate to see you under these circumstances. RYAN Yeah, but if it weren’t for these circumstances, we wouldn’t be friends. DANNY Yeah well, sometimes, I wish we weren’t friends. They all turn to see the tombstones: Hayden Carver 1951-1984 Ana Carver 1953-1979 Allison Turner 1979-1999 Alexander Carver 1999-2006 Ryan puts a rose and note on each grave. Ryan studies the epitaphs. He cleans off the leaves. Danny leans in closer to Garret. DANNY How’s he doing, Garret? GARRET This is as bad as I’ve seen him. I’m worried. Just seems like...he doesn’t care anymore. About anything. I don’t know. DANNY Can’t believe it’s been 32 years since Hayden died. My God. GARRET Anything new with the investigation? (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 12. DANNY Not that I’ve heard. But there’s only so much I can do in my civvies. My guys give me what they can when they get it. GARRET No news since they found Alex? DANNY Nothing’s changed. I mean, it’s Chicago. The homicide pile gets bigger every fucking day. GARRET Sounds like you’re liking retirement. DANNY You kiddin’ me? I’m bored outta my damn mind. You still subbing? GARRET When I can. Ryan wipes a tear from his eye. Danny notices. DANNY (to Ryan) It hasn’t done any good, for over thirty years, I’m sure it hasn’t made a thing easier. But I’m sorry, Ryan. I’m sorry for everything that has happened to you. RYAN You’re right. It hasn’t made anything easier. So don’t be. GARRET Don’t be what? RYAN Sorry. GARRET Of course we’re sorry. Your parents were my friends, too. And you know I loved Allison like a daughter. And Alex...it kills us too, Ryan. Ryan sticks his hand out to Garret. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 13. RYAN Give me the keys. GARRET You’re ready to go already? RYAN Yeah. And I need something from your glove compartment. Garret hesitates, hands him the keys. Ryan walks away. Garret reads the notes, yells from a distance. GARRET When are you going to stop blaming yourself? RYAN (to himself) When I find someone else to blame. Garret looks back. The notes on the graves read, "I’m sorry." INT. GARRET ADLER’S VEHICLE - DAY Garret and Ryan are driving from the cemetery. Ryan finishes his drink, tosses the bottle out of the window. GARRET What would they think, Ryan? Seeing you like this? RYAN Their opinions aren’t really valid anymore. GARRET Your family would want you to take care of yourself and live a happy life. RYAN Did you give the same lecture to my pops? GARRET Yes. RYAN How’d that go? (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 14. GARRET We’re putting roses on his grave. Is that what you want me and Danny to do? Come here every year to visit one more tombstone? I have more dead friends than living. What does that tell you? RYAN You’re not too good at picking friends. GARRET Can you answer one question without some snappy joke? What happened to the little boy I used to watch over? The boy I took to Shotokan tournaments? Why are you killing that little boy? They both pause. GARRET I couldn’t help Allison or Alex. And I tried my damnedest to save your father. But with you, I swore to myself that I would not let you do the same thing. Not under my watch. You were going to turn out fine. RYAN I once swore something too. Remember that? GARRET Yes. RYAN Swearing doesn’t mean a god damn thing. GARRET So you just don’t care anymore? RYAN Would you? GARRET I...I...don’t know. To be honest. But I do know that I would try to take my pain and do something positive with it. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 15. RYAN I ain’t the Peace Corps type, Garret. GARRET Just something! Instead of sleeping all day and waking up just to drink some more. I swear, I think you only work to buy booze. RYAN Wouldn’t have to work if they just made it free. GARRET Why do you even wake up anymore? RYAN Gotta buy these too. Ryan lights another cigarette. GARRET What about Alex? What would he say if he saw his father like this? Ryan ignores the question and turns on the radio. REPORTER (V.O.) The estimate is 53 dead, 117 injured in the horrible attack here at the Louvre in Paris. The explosion took place around 3:30 AM Eastern. This is just one more devastating strike in a string of attacks spanning the last few months. The tally of artwork destroyed hasn’t been made available yet, but we do know at least that the Mona Lisa and a Titian piece have been burned beyond recognition. Authorities believe the attacks are all connected, and carried out by the same unknown organization. GARRET My God. RYAN Yeah. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 16. GARRET 53 people...and the history, just gone. The legacies of those artists, destroyed. All that culture... RYAN It’s just paint. Garret looks at Ryan with a slight smirk. They arrive at Ryan’s taxi garage. GARRET You need a ride home? RYAN No, I’ll take the El. GARRET You know I only give you a hard time because I love you, right? Ryan nods. RYAN Garret, listen, you take it easy, alright? Garret gives him a suspicious look. GARRET Yeah. You too. Ryan exits the car. Garret notices a construction site a few blocks ahead. He remembers. FLASHBACK TO: EXT. CONSTRUCTION SITE - DAY (1979) Three construction workers are taking down the scaffolding on a recently completed project. We see HAYDEN CARVER, 27, handsome, above average build. WORKER 1 It’s god damn mediocrity. That’s exactly what it is. This whole city knows that. WORKER 2 Get off his ass, Hank. You think you’d do better? I mean, it’s the (MORE) (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 17. WORKER 2 (cont’d) guy’s first head coaching job, for Christ’s sake. HAYDEN I haven’t done shit for Christ, and I ain’t gonna start today. WORKER 2 Armstrong did a good job with the Vikes. Just watch, John, the Bears will win two titles in ten years time. You watch what I tell ya. HAYDEN Why don’t you girls just keep chattin’? I’ll finish. WORKER 1 It ain’t like you got something to do tonight, Hayden. What’s the rush? HAYDEN Of course your wife wouldn’t mention our date to you this morning. WORKER 1 Yeah right. We haven’t seen you with a chick since we were working the Sears Tower. HAYDEN That’s ’cause, when I’m with them, it ain’t in a place anyone should be lookin’. WORKER 2 He’s probably just hanging with his white-collar teacher friend. Eat escargot and shit like that. Am I right? HAYDEN Something like that. 18. INT. HIGH SCHOOL - DAY Hayden walks down a hallway towards a classroom. He arrives at Garret’s classroom door and listens to the final part of the lecture. INT. CLASSROOM - DAY A younger Garret Adler is speaking to a freshman class. GARRET And now a show of hands for those who disagree with Truman’s decision. Half of the students raise their arms. GARRET Interesting. OK, Marcel, explain why you agreed? MARCEL ’Cause, they bombed us first. We were mindin’ our own business, and they came over here to start a fight. I mean, it was payback. GARRET I see. You’re saying, this was not merely a method to “shorten the agony of war,” but rather a punishment for their aggression. Interesting. And Molly, why do you oppose it? MOLLY Killing more people to save some others, doesn’t make sense to me. GARRET The ends do not justify the means, is that what you’re saying, Molly? MOLLY I guess so, Mr. Adler. The school bell rings. GARRET Good discussion, everyone. Enjoy your homework-free weekend. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 19. The classroom empties. Hayden waits for the room to clear before walking in. GARRET Aren’t you off a little early? HAYDEN Finished a little early today. Wanted to learn something. GARRET Well, you could’ve been standing in front of a chalk board yourself, if only that pesky letter would’ve never sent you abroad... HAYDEN Luckily a bullet sent me right back. GARRET And you’ve been whining about it since. HAYDEN Did you decide what movie you wanted to see? Garret makes a nervous face. HAYDEN You gotta be kidding me. GARRET Now don’t be mad. HAYDEN Goddammit, Garret. It’s the lady friend, ain’t it? She’s got a good grip on your man parts. GARRET I won’t deny it. But our plans involve you. Have you ever visited the Art Institute? HAYDEN You’re pulling a....hold on, who’s that guy in history that betrayed some people...or something... (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 20. GARRET Benedict Arnold. HAYDEN Yeah, you’re pulling a Benedict Arnold, just to take JENNIFER... GARRET ...and you... HAYDEN To stand there and look at some overrated paint? GARRET She means a lot to me, Hayden. As do you. Please, let me enjoy the evening with my girl and my best friend. HAYDEN Fine. But I ain’t wearin’ nothin’ fancy. And you’re paying my way in. GARRET Thank you. My debt to you grows with each favor. I just know I’ll be stuck babysitting your kids one day. And I haven’t the grounds to say no. HAYDEN I ain’t having kids. You’ll have to find another way to pay me back. GARRET You, sir, portray yourself as this alpha male, but I’m the only person who can call you out on what you really are. A gentleman. HAYDEN Maybe, but I bet you won’t say that in a public place. GARRET No, I wouldn’t. At least not tonight. By agreeing to go to the museum, you’ve postponed my exposé. We’re going to arrive around seven, does that work for you? (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 21. HAYDEN Yeah. But if we don’t drink tonight, we’re no longer friends. INT. ART INSTITUTE - NIGHT JENNIFER, 25, average-looking, and Garret are waiting in the museum. Hayden approaches. He passes a copper dagger in a glass case. It’s one of Samos’s. HAYDEN Sorry I’m late. I found the one cab driver in Chicago that actually stops for pedestrians. GARRET It’s okay. Jennifer, this is Hayden. Hayden, meet Jennifer. HAYDEN (extending hand) Nice to meet you. JENNIFER (shaking hand) I’m happy to finally meet the infamous Hayden Carver. Learned a lot about you in the last few weeks. HAYDEN Not sure what he could’ve told you. This guy barely knows me at all. GARRET You’re right. What can you possibly learn about someone in twenty years? JENNIFER I’ve heard all about you boys in the 2nd grade, you taking on the bully that was picking on Garret. I know all about your work on the Sears Tower, the war... HAYDEN Well damn. The way he yaks on, you’d think we were best friends or something. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 22. GARRET Don’t flatter yourself. I only hang out with you so no one else has to. HAYDEN So, Jennifer, what do you do? JENNIFER I’m an architect. Got a job offer here, and there isn’t a better city in the world to practice my craft. HAYDEN Yeah, this is the right town. I don’t know art for shit, but I can appreciate a good skyline. Did Garret warn you about my lack of culture? JENNIFER He did. He told me not to feel bad if you grimace all evening. Do we need to make a cultured man out of you, Mr. Carver? HAYDEN Not sure it’s possible. Garret can’t even get me to eat my vegetables. I just don’t see the big deal, you know? What makes one painting better than the next? I guess it’s impressive to see some guy use a brush to make an apple look like an apple. JENNIFER A fan of realism? Not sure this is the museum for that, but perhaps we can find an impressionist that catches your eye. HAYDEN Well, the real reason I’m here is ’cause Garret told me there would be a gathering of young, intelligent women. GARRET I did not. But he expects that everywhere we go. Always chasing skirts. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 23. JENNIFER Well, it’s not a gathering, but we certainly noticed her when we arrived. Hayden turns to see ANA, an ageless, stunning goddess, admiring Hercules at the Crossroads. Hayden is speechless, and almost immediately walks towards ANA. Garret and Jennifer look at each other confused. Hayden stands next to ANA, opens his mouth, then hesitates. He waits a few moments, opens his mouth to speak, but is cut-off... ANA I love Carracci. HAYDEN ..uh..yeah... (clears throat) He’s uh, great. I mean, it’s nice...it’s...a really nice piece of art. The colors, of paint...and the...frame..., probably one of the best. Ana glances at Hayden with a smirk. Hayden doesn’t notice. ANA He was always shy about his work. After he would finish a piece, he wouldn’t let anyone see it for months, if at all. His brother would sometimes invite people to the painter’s studio, just to show it off. Ana laughs reminiscently. Hayden reads the plaque next to the painting. It reads 1500’s. ANA Why did you not speak to me initially? Why did you hesitate? Isn’t that why you walked across the room? HAYDEN That’s exactly why I came here. If you could see what I see right now....honestly, I’ve never seen anything so stunning in my life. I knew the words I chose were my only (MORE) (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 24. HAYDEN (cont’d) chance to earn a moment of time with the most beautiful person I’ve ever seen. I wanted to choose them carefully. I needed to do this right. ANA And now that you have that moment? HAYDEN I hope to keep earning more. Ana smiles. HAYDEN Listen, my friends are over there, and I’ll regret it forever if I don’t ask you join us for the rest of the night. So will you? ANA I would like that. Hayden extends his hand. HAYDEN I’m Hayden. ANA Ana. INT. HOSPITAL - DAY Garret and Hayden are walking with Ana as the DOCTOR wheels her to the delivery room. HAYDEN Just breathe honey, it’s going to be fine. ANA I know. Before I go in there, I just wanted to say that I love you very, very much. HAYDEN I love you too. DOCTOR (to Hayden) Are you the husband? (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 25. HAYDEN Yes. ANA I waited...a long time....to find you, Hayden. A very long time. HAYDEN Is everything okay? ANA Yes...everything is fine. Everything...is how it should be. Hayden and Ana continue to the delivery room. Garret stays outside and watches them pass through the doors. INT. HOSPITAL HALLWAY - DAY - CONTINUOUS They continue to the delivery room. ANA I know what I want to name him now. HAYDEN What? ANA Ryan. Hayden nods his head and smiles. INT. DELIVERY ROOM - DAY No sound is heard. Ana is giving birth. The doctors give her instructions. Ana gives one big push, and a baby arrives. When Ryan is born, Ana looks at him, smiles, and dies. Hayden is entranced with the birth of his son. The doctors pass Ryan to Hayden, and Hayden does not notice the commotion immediately. Hayden holds Ryan smiling. He looks up at Ana and the smile disappears. Hayden yells at the doctors to revive her. The room is frantic. INT. HOSPITAL - DAY Hayden passes back through the doors and gives Garret a look that says everything. BACK TO: 26. INT. GARRET ADLER’S VEHICLE - DAY (2016) Garret looks back at Ryan as he enters the garage. Drives off. EXT. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES - NIGHT SIRUS, 30’s, colossal, incredibly muscular, African-American, and VICENTE, 20s, handsome, Spanish, and AARON, 17, athletic, wait outside of the DHHS building. Lazarus is with them, and when he speaks English, it’s with a British accent. SIRUS That shit was mad weak today. We didn’t kill nobody. 53 people? Shit, I could do that right now. By my damn self. VICENTE (in Spanish) What did he say? LAZARUS (in Spanish) He said we didn’t do enough this morning. SIRUS Tell Vicente to learn some English already. He been here long enough. AARON I’d tell you to learn Spanish, but you’d have to learn to read first. SIRUS Aaron, you need to shut the fuck up. Wasn’t nobody talkin’ to you. LAZARUS When has a high body count ever been our objective? It is not an accurate measurement of our success. They must feel more than death. And to be frank, I’m not interested in discussing this with you again. SIRUS What speaks louder than dead bodies? (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 27. LAZARUS I’ll speak for us. SIRUS You speak for us, huh? Then why don’t you shake this muthafucka’ down, Lazarus? LAZARUS Limit the use of my name, Sirus. Sirus says nothing. LAZARUS Sirus, are we clear? SIRUS Aiight. Shit. I gotcha. ALAN exits the DHHS building. Sirus walks to him and wraps his large hands around Alan’s arms, slams him into the wall. ALAN What the fuck? HELP! SIRUS Shut that shit up ’fore I yank your god damn jaw off. LAZARUS Hello, Alan. How are you this evening? ALAN How do you know my name? I don’t have any money...I only carry credit cards. LAZARUS This is not a robbery. However, you owe me a favor. ALAN I’ve never seen you, any of you man, I swear. I got kids, OK? A four year old and a... LAZARUS It is not my cohort’s intention to harm you. You must know that he will, if it is required. However, I assure you, our conversation can be mutually beneficial. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 28. ALAN Okay. I’m listening. LAZARUS How did you get this coveted position at the Department of Health and Human Services? ALAN My boss, Jeff, he died. So they promoted me. LAZARUS Tragic. How did he pass? ALAN They said he was...umm..or they think...he was hit by a truck. They weren’t sure. LAZARUS Creative. You see, Jeffery used to provide me with a special list made available to him through your position. For reasons beyond my concern, he abruptly stopped. That was the day Jefferey died. I’m telling you this because it was no truck that killed your former manager. It was the man pinning you against this wall. SIRUS You might have an accident on the way home. Feel me? ALAN What list? I swear I will get it for you. Lazarus hands a piece of paper to Alan. He reads it. ALAN This...will be a very small list. Maybe, a couple names a year. There’s less than a 1% chance of this occurring. LAZARUS I did not ask for your analysis. Every month, on this day, you will meet me here. In exchange for the list, I will give you $10,000. (MORE) (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 29. LAZARUS (cont’d) Names or no names. Just provide it with consistency and we will be on good accord. ALAN You’re going to pay me? LAZARUS Yes, Alan. You will give me the list because you fear for your life. You won’t go to the police because I’ll make your salary insignificant. Take care of your kids, go on a second honeymoon with the wife. See you in a month. Sirus lets him go. The four walk away. Alan looks at the note again. It reads, Maternal Deaths in United States. Provide name of mother, address, and gender of the child. INT. RYAN’S CAB - NIGHT Ryan is driving his cab recklessly, smoking a cigarette. RYAN Goddamn tourists. Fuckin’ Olympics had to come here. A man waves him down. Ryan pulls over and the CUSTOMER enters through the rear door. Ryan drives. CUSTOMER 444 North Michigan. Right across from the Tribune Buil.. RYAN You don’t think I know where that is? CUSTOMER Yeah, just, wanted to, whatever. Would you mind putting that cigarette out? RYAN I would mind. I’d mind a whole lot. CUSTOMER Just what the city needs. Another shitty cab driver. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 30. RYAN No, I’m a good cab driver. I’m just a shitty person. What do you do for a living, Mr. Judgmental? CUSTOMER I’m in marketing. RYAN Yeah, and they ain’t exactly writing folk songs about that. CUSTOMER At least my job isn’t threatening the lives of others. RYAN I only smoke in the car. CUSTOMER You know I fear for my life every time a cab drives near me? Ryan reaches in his glove compartment for a bottle of Wild Turkey. CUSTOMER And now you’re drinking. Just gonna jot this number down back here. No big deal. RYAN Do it. Call it in. It’s my last night anyway. CUSTOMER Oh? Decided to go to community college? RYAN Actually, me and your wife are running off together. She favors Key West, I want a small house in Tennessee, but you know, what can you do? CUSTOMER You wanna get your ass kicked tonight? RYAN There is one thing I know, and it’s that I will never get my ass kicked by someone in marketing. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 31. CUSTOMER You know what, asshole? Let me out here. RYAN Stop being a little girl. You want a drink? CUSTOMER No. RYAN Oh, quit being a bitch. Here, it’ll make ya feel better. Ryan pours the customer a glass. Passes it back. CUSTOMER You keep more than one glass in here? RYAN Drinking by yourself makes you an alcoholic. CUSTOMER I think you qualify. RYAN Why are you going to the office so late? CUSTOMER Just got some work to do. Plus, I need to get away from home sometimes. RYAN 9 hours a day ain’t enough? CUSTOMER A man could go crazy at home. Gotta get away from the wife and kids sometimes, you know what I mean? RYAN No. CUSTOMER Well, the girlfriend then. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 32. RYAN No. CUSTOMER Then who are they in those pictures? A picture of Allison and a separate picture of Ryan holding Alex as an infant is in the dashboard. RYAN They aren’t here anymore. Customer looks down at his glass. CUSTOMER I’m sorry. RYAN Don’t. Seriously. CUSTOMER Then at least for being an ass to you. RYAN It ain’t fun being an ass by yourself. CUSTOMER What happened? RYAN Bad cards. CUSTOMER That’s it? You attribute your losses to a bad hand? RYAN And a shitty dealer. CUSTOMER I don’t know what else to say, besides I’m sorry. RYAN People never know what to say. There really ain’t shit to say, so they apologize, like they could’ve done something about it. Or like it helps. But talking about it is fun. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 33. CUSTOMER Well, on another note, did you hear about that attack at the Louvre? It’s crazy, man. They just strike so randomly. It’s like they’re mad at the Europeans, the Muslims, fucking everybody. We haven’t been hit yet. But I mean, there’s no pattern. No form. No reason. Just things blowing up and people dying. A water supply poisoned, hospital burned to the ground. And no one to blame, either. Scary shit. RYAN I don’t bother thinking about it too much. CUSTOMER We got the Olympics opening up here in a few days. If I was one of these guys, I’d be right here in this city. And that doesn’t scare you? RYAN They ain’t bothering me. CUSTOMER Not yet. But shit man. We caught Bin Laden. Things in the Middle East are relatively peaceful. But these guys, you tell me what the fuck they’re killing people for? The cab pulls over on Michigan Avenue. The customer reaches forward to pay. Ryan waves him off. RYAN I told you, it’s my last night. CUSTOMER For an asshole, you have your moments. Maybe one day you’ll give a shit about something. RYAN I don’t think you realize how unlikely that is. CUSTOMER Thanks. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 34. RYAN You want to give me something? Go spend time with your family. Get out of that office every chance you get. The customer nods and walks away. Ryan looks at the pictures in his dashboard: FLASHBACK TO: INT. CLASSROOM - DAY (1998) A younger Ryan is sitting in an art history classroom. He sits a few rows behind ALLISON TURNER, 20, not hot, rather beautiful. The professor is giving a lecture. Ryan doesn’t remove his sight from Allison. PROFESSOR As we see, in this painting by Giovannia Battista Tiepolo, mythology played a prominent role in the arts. The Rage of Achilles is the title of this piece. Quickly, one bonus point on the next exam to whoever can tell me how Achilles nearly gained invulnerability. STUDENT (Yells out) His mother dipped him in the river Styx, but was holding his ankle. PROFESSOR Correct, to the gentleman with no manners. A hand next time, please... STUDENT Eric. PROFESSOR Of course, Eric. That was an easy one, so I’m giving two bonus points on the next exam, one for the name of each of Achilles’ lesser-known parents. ALLISON raises her hand. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 35. PROFESSOR Yes, Allison. ALLISON Thetis was his mother, and I think it’s Pa-y-lee-us? PROFESSOR Don’t sound so unsure, dear, both are correct. Achilles, enraged by the death of Patroclus, his controversial love. Love of a brother, or love of a lover, either way, Achilles was pissed, and would stop at nothing to avenge his death. Someone would pay. Even it it meant his own demise. The professor continues as Ryan sneaks glances at Allison. A neighboring student leans towards Ryan. STUDENT 2 When are you gonna talk to her? RYAN It ain’t right yet. STUDENT 2 You can’t just wait around for shit to be right, man. Go make it happen. RYAN Talking to girls ain’t as easy as talking to guys. STUDENT 2 Real clever. I’m gay. I get it. Still, you’re the little bitch. INT. UIC HALLWAY - DAY Allison walks out of the classroom carrying textbooks and loose paper. Ryan is close behind her. A paper slips from her arms and lands at Ryan’s feet. It is a print-out of Hercules at the Crossroads. Ryan picks it up and calls to her. RYAN Allison, hey. Allison turns around. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 36. ALLISON Ryan, right? RYAN Yeah, how did you know my name? ALLISON Uhh, Professor Kelly, said it, when he called on you one day. RYAN I don’t think he has calle... Allison looks nervous. Quickly cuts him off. ALLISON Hey, did I drop that? Ryan looks down at it to remember what it was. RYAN Yeah, yes. You dropped this...which is why...I wanted to return it to you. ALLISON Hercules at the Crossroads. RYAN I’m sorry? ALLISON The name of the piece. I’m sure it will come up in class, so I thought you should know the name. RYAN Oh, right. Now I’ll get at least one answer right on the test. You seem to know this stuff. ALLISON I’m an art history major. I have to. What are you studying? RYAN I’ll get back to you on that. I’m only taking this class for a humanities credit. ALLISON My parents wouldn’t let me start college without knowing my major. (MORE) (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 37. ALLISON (cont’d) My father’s a big "choose your path" kind of guy. RYAN I don’t have that problem... ALLISON Must be nice. RYAN Yeah, both of my parents are dead. ALLISON Oh, oh my God. Oh my God, I’m so sorry. RYAN Ahh, it’s OK. How would you know? ALLISON I feel terrible. I’m sorry. I hate that I brought up parents. RYAN Don’t. Seriously. It’s cool. ALLISON I have to make it up to you. RYAN No you don’t. But, I’m starving, and you should split a deep-dish with me. ALLISON Yeah? RYAN Yeah. INT. PIZZERIA UNO - DAY Allison and Ryan sit in a booth eating pizza. RYAN I just thought of something. ALLISON What? (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 38. RYAN Professor Kelly doesn’t know anyone’s name. ALLISON He knows mine. RYAN True, but that’s from putting "A’s" on all your assignments. Which makes me wonder, how did you say you knew my name? ALLISON OK, you caught me. I asked the guy that sits next to you. RYAN I figured as much. Why did you want to know? ALLISON You have a look, Ryan. Your eyes say something. I don’t know what they’re saying, but they’re loud about it. It intrigued me. RYAN Garret says that a lot. ALLISON Garret? Is he in our class? RYAN No, no. He’s my...50-year-old best friend. ALLISON Oh, interesting. Do you guys wait outside of the mall before it opens and stuff? RYAN (laughs) No. He was a friend of my dad’s. Right after I was born, we moved in with my grandma. But I feel like he took care of me more than anyone else. More than family. He’s always looking out for me. I guess he feels bad. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 39. ALLISON Do you hang around with anyone at UIC? RYAN Not really. Garret and Danny are pretty much my boys. ALLISON Danny? RYAN Yeah, he’s an old guy too. We met the day my dad died. ALLISON Oh, dammit. I’m sorry. It keeps going back there. You don’t need to be reminded of it anymore. RYAN There ain’t much you can do about that. ALLISON You carry yourself well, for all the tragedy. RYAN Gotta choose your own path, right? ALLISON You’ve had a lot of detours. Must be enraging. RYAN How mad can I really be? I’m sitting here, looking at you. Allison smiles. RYAN I don’t hurt right now. Been a while since I felt like that. INT. ALLISON’S DORMITORY - NIGHT Ryan and Allison are making out in the hallway, simultaneously making their way to her room. They stumble into her dorm room numbered 12. They close the door behind them. 40. INT. HOSPITAL - NIGHT Allison is being wheeled to the delivery room. Garret, Ryan, and a doctor are with her. DOCTOR Are you the husband? RYAN No, but I’m the father. DOCTOR I’m going to need you to wait outside. RYAN Bullshit. GARRET Ryan, stay here. ALLISON It’ll be OK, babe. I’ll see you soon. RYAN OK. OK. You take care of her, Doc. You take care of my son. ALLISON I love you. RYAN Love you too. Allison and the doctor proceed towards the delivery room. Garret has a bit of Déjà Vu. Ryan and Garret sit down in nearby chairs. RYAN Thanks for giving us a ride. GARRET Of course. How are you doing? RYAN Good. I’m excited. Nervous, but excited. I’m just really happy, you know? GARRET I know you are. Twenty one years, I cannot recall a larger smile on that face. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 41. RYAN I wish we could’ve been married by now, but I’m just glad we’re here. Been planning the wedding, and as soon as I finish my last semester and get a couple of paychecks, I’m gonna get something decent for her finger. Ryan looks around. RYAN Heh. GARRET What? RYAN Last time I was here... GARRET Don’t go there. I don’t want to hear it. RYAN I know. It’s just, weird. This is the closest I’ve ever been to my mom. You were here the night she died, right? GARRET Yeah. I was. But it’s not just the day your mother died, Ryan. It’s also the day you were born. An important day to me. And why are we talking about this? RYAN Because this time, I’m not going to let you change the subject. GARRET Look, your father took it hard. Like anyone who’s ever watched their love die inches from them. RYAN So I should forgive him? GARRET No. I’m not telling you what to do, Ryan. I’ve never done so. But understanding is greatly different than forgiveness. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 42. RYAN I don’t want to be like him. GARRET Ryan... RYAN I won’t. I won’t be that man. GARRET I know. You experienced tragedy with your first breath. And here you are today, moments from fatherhood, with the loveliest of women. I truly look forward to watching the rest of your life. The doctor comes out of the doors. Garret recognizes the look on his face. Ryan and Garret stand up. DOCTOR You have a son. Ryan hugs Garret. Garret keeps his focus on the doctor. DOCTOR I must say, beforehand, I am baffled. There were no warning signs. I’m sorry, Ryan, but Allison passed away during the birth. Ryan lets go of Garret. He turns to the doctor. RYAN Is this a joke? DOCTOR I wish it was. We did everything we...I’m sorry. I really am. Ryan is devastated. He falls to the ground. Garret puts his arm around Ryan. Ryan is hysterical. RYAN IT’S NOT FAIR!! GARRET I know Ryan, it isn’t. RYAN WHAT THE FUCK DID I DO? WHAT DID SHE DO? 43. INT. NURSERY HALLWAY - DAY Ryan and Garret look through the glass at ALEX. The baby is in a diaper, a unique birthmark is visible on his right shoulder. A nurse dresses the baby in a red onesie. RYAN You see his shoulder? GARRET Yeah. RYAN Pretty cool lookin’. GARRET Yeah. RYAN We decided on Alex. GARRET That’s a good name. RYAN Alex Carver. It works. They continue to admire the child. RYAN It’s crazy. I’m looking at him, this tiny being, and he has no idea what’s going on. He doesn’t know what the light in the room is. The sensations he’s experiencing, they are all new to him. He has no clue what life is. Let alone what death is. GARRET Yes, I would imagine so. RYAN He’s as innocent as it comes. GARRET It’s pretty amazing, isn’t it? RYAN Do you remember what I was saying? (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 44. GARRET Yes, I do. RYAN This isn’t the day Allison...passed. It’s the day my son was born. I won’t be like my father, Garret. This child has done nothing to me, or to her. He’s the only thing that could make me smile today. I swear, I swear...that I will take care of him. I will love him. And I will never let him feel like I once did. Garret looks at Ryan. GARRET You’re gonna be a great father. RYAN I will. GARRET You’re never gonna be alone. You have me and Jennifer. Danny. We’re with you buddy. RYAN I know. INT. RYAN’S APARTMENT - NIGHT Ryan is holding Alex in his arms. Garret takes a picture, the same picture from the flyer and the dashboard. INT. ALEX’S ROOM - NIGHT Ryan places Alex in his crib. Alex is wearing the red onesie. A mobile of stars hangs above the crib and plays a lullaby. INT. RYAN’S BEDROOM - NIGHT Ryan gets into bed and closes his eyes. CRASH. Two loud THUDS are heard outside the room. Ryan’s eyes open. Ryan jumps out of bed and opens the door... 45. INT. RYAN’S APARTMENT - NIGHT - CONTINUOUS ...only to see Sirus smash the front door down and head right for him. Sirus grabs Ryan and throws him across the room. Ryan hits the wall. Sirus peeks into Ryan’s room, but immediately heads towards Alex’s. Ryan shakes off the pain and sprints towards Sirus. RYAN STOP!! DON’T TOUCH THAT DOOR! Sirus enters... INT. ALEX’S CRIB ROOM - NIGHT - CONTINUOUS and walks towards the crib. Ryan runs in after and punches Sirus in the back of the head. Again in the face. Ryan goes for a third, but an organic exoskeleton forms around Sirus. Ryan’s hand cracks on impact. Sirus turns around unfazed. RYAN What the fu... Sirus sends Ryan flying out of the room. INT. RYAN’S APARTMENT - NIGHT - CONTINUOUS Sirus walks out, Alex in one hand. Ryan lies on the ground and shakes off the pain again. Ryan charges Sirus. Sirus grabs Ryan’s head and slams it through a wall. Ryan falls to the ground again, barely conscious. Sirus walks out of the broken doorway. RYAN No....No...You can’t....I promised...I’m sorry... Ryan loses consciousness. INT. RYAN’S APARTMENT - NIGHT The police are taking pictures around the apartment. Ryan sits on the couch catatonic. A bottle of whiskey and an empty glass sit in front of him. Danny and Garret are speaking to Detective WILLIAM TATE, 30, well dressed, charming. Tate shakes Danny’s hand and heads towards Ryan on the couch. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 46. TATE Ryan, I’m detective William Tate, and I’m going to get your son back. Ryan says nothing. TATE Can you tell me, in detail, exactly what happened? Ryan says nothing. TATE Ryan, I need you to... RYAN Read the goddamn report. I ain’t explaining it again. Danny walks over. DANNY Ryan, it’s just procedure. We need you to tell Detective Tate what happened. RYAN Well hey, Danny. Another crime at the Carver house, huh? DANNY I’m here as your friend. This isn’t my case. TATE Ryan, please, tell me what happened here. Ryan pours another glass. Ryan holds up the bottle. RYAN Anyone? No one takes him up on the offer. RYAN More for me. TATE Ryan... (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 47. RYAN I put Alex to bed, and when I went to sleep, this large fucker... TATE Describe him. RYAN Big black guy. Really fucking big. That’s all I can tell ya. I didn’t care what he looked like. I just started swinging. TATE Did he say anything to you? RYAN No. TATE Was anything stolen? RYAN Other than my child? TATE Yes. RYAN Other than my son? TATE Yes... RYAN You really think I took an inventory? I don’t give a fuck if he snatched anything else. TATE I’m trying to figure out his motives. If he didn’t take anything else, he had every intention of simply taking your child. Did you know the kidnapper? Had you seen him prior to this evening? RYAN I’d remember meeting a guy like that. Never seen ’im before. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 48. TATE Why would a man break into a man’s home and violently takes his child? RYAN Who gives a shit? TATE Excuse me? RYAN Who gives a shit "why?" I don’t give a fuck why he did it. That motherfucker has my boy. TATE We just need to know... RYAN Until you stop wasting time in my living room and start sending the dogs after this son of a bitch, fuck you. DANNY Ryan, we need all the information we can get. RYAN What more do you need? Someone knocked down my door, slammed my head through that wall, and took my kid. I don’t want you to console me. I want this guy’s head. TATE (pointing) He slammed your head through that wall? RYAN I told you, he was a big dude. TATE He found a stud. RYAN What? TATE The spot you went through, there was a stud there. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 49. RYAN So? TATE Nothing. Just, impressive. GARRET So what now, Detective? TATE We search the area. Though it’s likely he is far from here. We’ll put out an Amber Alert. I promise, Mr. Carver, we will do all we can. I will use all the resources available to me. DANNY Please keep us informed. And let me know if there’s anything I can do. TATE This isn’t your assignment, Butler, but I will keep you up to date. I’ll be in touch, gentlemen. The police leave Ryan’s apartment. FLASH-FORWARD TO: INT. CORONER’S OFFICE - DAY (2006) Ryan enters a room with Tate. The coroner is already inside. A white blanket covers a corpse on the table. Ryan already has tears in his eyes. The coroner gives him a moment, pulls the cover back. The corpse of a 6-year-old boy is revealed. An exit wound is prominent on the boy’s face. A birthmark is visible on his right shoulder. Ryan breaks down. EXT. GRACELAND CEMETERY - DAY Ryan, Garret, Jennifer, Danny, and Tate are the only attendees at a funeral. A child’s coffin is being lowered into a grave. Ryan’s face is catatonic. 50. INT. GARRET ADLER’S VEHICLE - DAY Garret and Jennifer ride in the front seats. Ryan sits in the back with Danny. They are silent for a while. RYAN A closed...casket. The casket was closed. Now, I killed everyone... GARRET That’s not true in any way, Ryan. Did you want to stop by Sanjay’s? RYAN They executed him. Shot him in the back of the head. What did he do to anyone? He was born. That was it. That pissed someone off enough that they put a bullet through him. GARRET Ryan... RYAN Sometimes...I wish I believed in God. Just so I’d have someone to blame. DANNY I got my guy inside giving me updates. That fucker is still out there, and I’m gonna do anything I can to put him away. Retirement ain’t gonna stop me. RYAN 7 years, and not one arrest. I think my hopes will go in the grave with my son. DANNY Of course. But we’ve said "I’m sorry" so many times, I don’t know how else to tell you that we care. RYAN Well I don’t care. The last day I did was when I got that phone call. I was hoping they got it wrong. I was hoping that the test was just, fucked up. But, his birthmark...that damn birthmark. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 51. DANNY Y chromosomal DNA tests are accurate. I was hoping it came back false, but it was the only way they could tell it was Alex without a sample from Allison. RYAN The second time I ever saw my son, he was 7 years older, and under a sheet. Guess I’m just glad I saw him again. The car arrives at Sanjay’s. GARRET I’m buying. What do you want? RYAN The cheapest shit they got. BACK TO: EXT. NORTHWESTERN HOSPITAL - NIGHT (2016) Ryan is sitting on the street, holding the bottle of whiskey, leaning against his cab. He stares at the hospital where Allison and Ana died. He struggles to rise. He throws the bottle onto the ground, flicks the building off as he enters his cab. He swipes a parked car as he drives off. EXT. CTA TERMINAL - NIGHT Ryan walks through the gates of the Chicago Transit Authority terminal leading to the elevated train. EXT. CTA PLATFORM - NIGHT Ryan lights a cigarette. He looks in both directions and notices the entire platform is empty. He stares at the tracks. He remembers. FLASHBACK TO: 52. INT. HAYDEN’S APARTMENT - DAY (1984) Hayden greets Garret and Ryan at the front door. Ryan is five-years-old and in a Shotokan gi. Brown paper bags are scattered all over the floor. GARRET You should see his moves, Hayden. I wouldn’t want to run into your boy in an alley. I’ll tell you that much. Ryan smiles, walks to the couch. HAYDEN Thanks, for taking him. You know..I just...couldn’t drive...you know. So. Good. GARRET Hey, Hayden. Maybe you should take it easy on the drinking around him. It’s hard for him too. HAYDEN I need you to mind your own business. He’s my son. Whether I like it or not. GARRET See, he doesn’t need to hear that kind of stuff, Hayden. That’s a good kid you have there. HAYDEN Look, I love you, man. For real. You’ve always been my guy. So, just take care of yourself, OK? GARRET Yeah. You too. ’Bye, Ryan. I’ll see you guys this weekend. RYAN Bye, Mr. Adler. GARRET Bye, Hayden. HAYDEN Goodbye. Hayden closes the door. He turns to look at Ryan. Ryan starts to walk towards his room. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 53. HAYDEN (sternly) Sit down. Ryan does. Hayden walks into his bedroom. We hear the rustling of drawers O.S. Ryan sits still. Hayden sits down in a chair facing Ryan. Hayden is holding a 9 mm pistol. HAYDEN Well, Ryan. Do you like yourself? Ryan says nothing. HAYDEN Answer me! RYAN (sobbing) I don’t know. HAYDEN You don’t cry enough, boy. Not for what you did. Not enough tears. Five years’ worth. Your mother deserves that much. Hayden pushes the gun towards Ryan on the table. HAYDEN Take it. RYAN Dad? HAYDEN Take the gun, and point it at me. RYAN I don’t want to, Dad. HAYDEN Ryan, take the damn gun! RYAN No. HAYDEN You killed your mother. And now, you have to kill me. RYAN Daddy, please. Stop. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 54. HAYDEN Do it. Ryan cries into his hands. Hayden grabs the gun from the table. HAYDEN Look at me. Ryan, I need you to look at me. Ryan removes his hands from his face and looks up at Hayden. Hayden holds the gun to his head. HAYDEN You did this. Ryan watches as Hayden pulls the trigger. The sound of Hayden’s body hitting the ground is audible. Ryan sits still, no longer sobbing. He gets off the couch and walks over to the phone. He picks it up, dials three numbers. INT. HAYDEN’S APARTMENT- DAY Police surround the crime scene. Ryan sits on the couch sobbing. A younger Danny walks in the room. He talks to an officer, looks towards the couch. DANNY Jesus! You left the kid in here!? Danny walks over to Ryan. DANNY Hey, Ryan. Let’s walk outside, OK? I’m going to sit with you while we wait for your grandma. Do you like candy bars? Danny and Ryan walk outside the apartment building. EXT. PARKING LOT - DAY Danny and Ryan wait outside. Ryan is eating a chocolate bar. DANNY You’re a brave young man, Ryan. You did the right thing calling 911. Ryan takes glances back at the house. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 55. RYAN Why did he do that? Why did my daddy do that? DANNY I don’t know, Ryan. But your grandmother is gonna take good care of you. Which side of the family is she from? RYAN My dad’s. I don’t know anyone from my mom’s family. DANNY Do they live pretty far from here? RYAN I don’t know. My dad said she didn’t really have nobody. Danny looks at Ryan’s gi. DANNY So you like Karate, huh? RYAN Yeah. DANNY What do you study? RYAN Shotokan. DANNY Shotokan. I bet you’re pretty good at it. RYAN Yeah. DANNY When’s your next tournament? RYAN March. DANNY Tell you what. I want to come watch you next time. Is that OK with you? (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 56. RYAN Yeah. I won the last time. DANNY Wow! Good for you. A moment passes. DANNY Listen. What happened today, was not your fault. Your father made a choice, and it had nothing to do with you. It was the wrong choice. But you know what you’re going to do? Ryan shakes his head. DANNY You’re going to become a good man. You’re gonna grow up, have a family, and a minivan, and one day, I promise you, one day, you’ll be happy again. This pain will go. I promise. RYAN Yeah. Ryan’s grandmother pulls up to the apartment building. Danny walks Ryan to the car holding Ryan’s duffel bag. Grandma Carver hugs Ryan. Danny watches them drive off. BACK TO: EXT. CTA PLATFORM - NIGHT (2016) Ryan stares onto the tracks as a train approaches. He flicks the cigarette onto the tracks. Ryan waits, and jumps on to the tracks a second before the train hits him. CRASH. The train collides with Ryan, but he is an immovable object. The metal folds around him. The moment passes, and Ryan opens his eyes. RYAN What the fuck!? A noticeable aura illuminates from his body. He assesses the situation, attempts to move. Stuck. His arm is penetrating the train. He puts more effort into freeing his arm, and forcefully yanks it out. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 57. The force of pulling causes him to stumble on the tracks. He braces for his fall, his hand touches the electric rail. Electricity surges through his body. Power goes out in the surrounding area. He is slightly illuminated. Panic. Ryan is short of breath. He looks around to see if there are witnesses. He notices that the conductor is unconscious. Ryan climbs the platform and runs away. INT. WAREHOUSE - NIGHT Sirus, Vicente, and Aaron enter a warehouse. A large group of men are inside. JASON, 30s, former Navy Seal, steps forward. JASON Sirus. SIRUS Jason. JASON Who are your friends? SIRUS (Pointing to Aaron) Boss man’s son. Don’t worry about the other guy. He ain’t nobody. Don’t even speak English. JASON Why are they here? SIRUS In case shit goes down. We ain’t retarded. JASON (lauging) And they’re going to protect you? SIRUS Something like that. Jason extends his arm, pointing to an extravagant conference table. Sirus and Jason sit down. Vicente and Aaron stand behind Sirus. The Minyans stand behind Jason. JASON Who’s the client? (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 58. SIRUS His name is Lazarus. VICENTE (in Spanish) He told you not to say his name. JASON He really shouldn’t talk. And I thought you said he doesn’t understand English. SIRUS He doesn’t. I don’t know what the fuck he said. MINYAN1 He told you not to say his name. SIRUS Thanks, dickhead. JASON Lazarus? Sounds familiar. How do I know your man can pay? SIRUS He can. JASON How can he afford our rate? SIRUS He’s into ancient antiques, artwork, shit like that. Valuable shit. JASON (laughs) Antiques? What, is this guy on that TV show or something? That traveling bullshit? SIRUS Muthafucka, you think I’m jokin’? JASON This meeting is a joke. Antique collectors can’t afford the Minyans. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 59. SIRUS Minyans? (laughing) That who we make the checks out to? JASON It requires some historical knowledge, but first the ability to read. Your lack of intelligence doesn’t surprise me. Tell me, how does one make a fortune in the antique industry? SIRUS He’s got a lot of rare items. Sold them to private buyers, some museums anonymously. Oh, trust me. Boss man’s loaded. Only reason I work for him is ’cause he pays right. JASON Fine. I’ll require an upfront fee. SIRUS Fuck that. JASON I don’t trust you, Sirus. I doubt your ability to pay. SIRUS Do you doubt my ability to paralyze you? A red dot instantly appears on Sirus’ face. A Minyan smiles, gun pointed. Vicente ties his shoes. Jason notices Vicente. JASON Your friend... SIRUS Vicente. JASON Is that how Vicente plans to help you? By keeping his sneakers on? AARON I’d tell that guy to lower his weapon, or do you offer a discount for a smaller crew? (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 60. JASON You talk a lot of shit for a bitch. SIRUS I’d put money on Aaron against your whole squad. A noise is heard off screen. Jason looks. Vicente is no longer behind Sirus. Jason turns to face Sirus again. JASON Where’d he go? Sirus smirks at Jason. The crew looks around. A thud is heard off screen. Jason turns to see Vicente standing over the Minyan with his own gun pointing at him. The Minyans aim their guns at Vicente. Aaron cracks his knuckles. SIRUS Gracias, Amigo. Vicente nods. JASON And why do you need our crew? SIRUS I asked the same question. If it was up to me, I wouldn’t be here right now. But we need guns and better demolition work. Personally, I think you guys ain’t shit. JASON Tell him to put the gun away. SIRUS I don’t remember you telling your man the same thing. JASON Can we finish? Sirus nods at Vicente. Drops the gun. SIRUS No up front payment. JASON When is our first job? (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 61. SIRUS As soon as I get word, you’ll know. How fast can your crew move? JASON 24 hours. SIRUS Good. Sirus and crew start to walk out. JASON Now I remember. Lazarus, that’s the guy in that Bible story. Why do they call him that? SIRUS ’Cause that’s his name. INT. GARRET ADLER’S HOUSE - EARLY MORNING Loud knocking is heard behind Garret’s door. Garret walks to the door in a robe. He peeks through the peep hole and opens the door. GARRET Ryan, Jesus. What’s wrong? Ryan walks past him frantically. He paces the living room. RYAN Fuck. Oh fuck. No one saw me. No one else was there. GARRET What happened, Ryan? RYAN Shit, Garret. There’s a crashed CTA train downtown. GARRET That’s terrible. But it’s not worthy of a visit this early, Ryan. As much as I like to see you... RYAN You don’t understand. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 62. GARRET I don’t. RYAN I did that. I crashed the train. GARRET Finding something else to blame yourself for? RYAN Listen. That train. Hit me. It hit me. Not another train, it wasn’t derailed. I was the only thing on the tracks, and it fucking hit me! GARRET Well what the hell were you doing on the tracks? RYAN What? Well, that...that’s the first thing that pops into your head? Not, how I survived a train collision? GARRET Did you fall onto the tracks? RYAN Why does it matter, Garret? GARRET Because it fucking matters. RYAN I jumped. OK? But that isn’t the point. GARRET That isn’t the point!? RYAN Can we have this conversation later? GARRET That isn’t the point!? Then tell me what the fuck is? You made many promises to me, Ryan! Many, and I can’t count how many you’ve broken. I have forgiven you over, and over again. But you despised him...and (MORE) (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 63. GARRET (cont’d) you promised something. Not to me, you promised yourself! You said you’d NEVER be like him! I can’t tell the goddamn difference anymore! I don’t know who the fuck you are! RYAN Garret... GARRET Fuck you, Ryan! Yes, I feel sorry for you. I’ve felt sorry for you since the moment you were born. The drinking, the depression, I understand that! I get it! But after all you’ve been through, you decide to go out the same way he did? You wanted to hurt Danny? Hurt me? You wanted to give me one more goddamn funeral to attend? Fuck you. Get the hell out of my house. Jennifer walks out of the bedroom. JENNIFER What’s going on? GARRET Nothing. Ryan is leaving. RYAN I’m sorry Garret. I...fucked up. I did. But I’m here. I’m standing in your living room, asking for your help. Something happened tonight. I’m not dead, and I should’ve been. I’m not dead, Garret. Please... GARRET (pause) Sweetie, go back to bed. It’s OK. RYAN Sorry to wake you, Jennifer. Jennifer walks back into the bedroom. GARRET OK, what happened tonight? Ryan hugs him. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 64. RYAN It’s good to see you, Garret. INT. GARRET’S DINING ROOM - LATER Garret and Ryan sit at the dining table drinking coffee. GARRET You pulled your arm out of the metal? RYAN Yeah. GARRET Why was your arm IN the metal? RYAN When the train hit, my arm went through. GARRET Any pain? RYAN Yeah. Lots. Hurt like hell. Felt like a train hit me. GARRET And the electricity? RYAN It was...in me. Like, it was mine. GARRET Any pain? Ryan gives him an off look. GARRET Look, right now, I don’t think any questions are stupid. I’m not sure what I believe anymore. RYAN Yeah. GARRET How did you pull your arm out? (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 65. RYAN I pulled. It felt like it was coming out of a sleeve. GARRET You would think that would require a great deal of strength, to first insert an arm through the metal, and then to remove it. RYAN I felt strong. Real strong. It was like I could’ve shoved the train right back to where it came from. GARRET You know, on the night Alex was taken...the stud...you went through a stud in the wall. I always wondered how you were walking around minutes later. I told myself it must’ve been adrenaline. But now, I don’t know. RYAN What do you think happened to me? GARRET A miracle. But a miracle that keeps happening is something else. RYAN (Nods) OK. Ryan stands up. RYAN Hit me. GARRET No. RYAN I just derailed a train. I think I can take a punch from an old man. Garret hesitates. He rises to his feet. GARRET You really tried to kill yourself? (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 66. RYAN Yeah...I jumped off - Garret’s punch cuts him off. Ryan’s face doesn’t move. Garret holds his hand in pain. GARRET Mother Fu-! I gave that all I had! How do you feel? RYAN Like...the punch hasn’t stopped. GARRET What do you mean? RYAN I don’t know. Just, it’s like, the punch is still hitting me. GARRET Should we try more than one? RYAN Now you’re just being mean. GARRET This is...incredible Ryan. Something is happening to you. I’ve never heard of anything like this. RYAN Catch your breath, then wail on me. Garret hits Ryan a number of times. The punches land, but Ryan’s body doesn’t move. A small aura is visible around Ryan. GARRET (out of breath) That...was my best. RYAN You all right? GARRET It’s strange, to punch a man, only to be asked about my well-being. Garret notices the aura. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 67. GARRET Look...look at your hands. Ryan holds his hands out in front of him. RYAN What the fuck? GARRET I have an idea. Garret runs to the kitchen, returns with a rolling pin. RYAN Whoa! Hang on. GARRET Just let me do it. RYAN What if this is a fluke or something? What if you knock me out with that thing? GARRET A stud in the wall. A speeding train. An electric jolt. And who knows, maybe that’s why you won so many Shotokan tournaments. RYAN I didn’t get hit enough, so that ain’t it. GARRET Maybe, but how will we know? This could be...something bigger than us. Do you realize what can be done with this ability? Ryan pauses, nods his head. RYAN We’re going to need more than cooking supplies. INT. GARRET’S GARAGE - NIGHT Garret is holding a wrench. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 68. GARRET Ready? Ryan exhales. RYAN Go. Garret swings the wrench multiple times at Ryan. The aura around him glows. Garret stops. Ryan rubs his jaw. GARRET Well? RYAN Ouch. GARRET How do you feel? RYAN Good, considering I just got clocked with a wrench. GARRET Let me go grab something bigger. While Garret searches in the corner of his garage, Ryan leans on an old radio. The radio turns on playing something like Bonnie Tyler’s Holding Out for a Hero. Ryan pulls his hand away. RYAN Oops. Garret walks back with a baseball bat. GARRET You got that old thing working again? RYAN No. I just touched it. Ryan notices the cord is not plugged in. The song plays for a few seconds, shuts off. Ryan’s aura dies down. He tries to turn the radio on again. It won’t. He plugs it in, it still won’t go. GARRET Odd. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 69. RYAN Yeah. I haven’t heard that song in a long time. GARRET Not that...let me try something. Ryan braces again. Garret hits him with the bat. The aura appears. GARRET Touch the radio. Ryan does, and the radio plays again. RYAN Not a coincidence? GARRET That radio’s been broken since before you were born. RYAN Maybe you should throw things out once in a while. The radio plays a little longer than the last time. GARRET No...is that what’s happening? RYAN What? GARRET Newton. It’s just Newton. RYAN I think it’s Bonnie Tyler. GARRET Not on the radio. I think I know what’s happening to you. RYAN What? GARRET It’s physics. Simple physics. RYAN Said the history teacher. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 70. GARRET I’m no Hawking, but it seems to be the basic principle of conservation of energy. Watch, I’m going to swing this bat as hard as I can. Right after, I want you to slam your fist onto the hood of the car. RYAN The Olds? GARRET Yes. We both know it’s crap. Ready? Ryan nods. Garret strikes Ryan. Ryan hits the car leaving a significant dent, like that of a bat. RYAN Son of a bitch. GARRET Exactly. RYAN Well what the fuck just happened? GARRET It seems, that you’re storing energy and then re-using it. Every time I hit you, your body does not react to the momentum. The kinetic energy one would think, is lost. However, it seems, you can convert the energy into whatever you want to. You turned kinetic energy into electrical energy with the radio. You transferred the strike from the bat, into the car... RYAN I think I follow. GARRET The law says that energy cannot be created or destroyed, only transferred. That’s why, a train hits you, you can bend the metal to get your arm out. It seems, the energy you absorb is proportionate to what you release. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 71. RYAN This is fucking nuts. GARRET I know! RYAN Proportionate? GARRET Seems so. RYAN Give me a ride. EXT. OPEN FIELD - MORNING Ryan holds out the red Desert Eagle to Garret. GARRET No. RYAN Do it, Garret. GARRET What if it stops working? RYAN You weren’t worried about that when you were pretending to be Hank Aaron. GARRET That was different. Where did you get this? RYAN I bought it after Alex. In case I ever found the guy. GARRET Red? RYAN Don’t worry about it. GARRET It’s a big gun. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 72. RYAN He’s a big guy. Shoot me. GARRET You know these are illegal in Chicago? RYAN Shoot me. GARRET What about the pain? RYAN Nothing new. GARRET Why do you need to know if you can survive a gunshot? RYAN Pull the trigger. GARRET Why? RYAN Shut up. Aim for the leg. Garret sighs, aims the desert eagle at Ryan’s leg. He struggles to pull the trigger. Garret fires, the recoil sends him tumbling backwards, missing completely. Ryan helps him up. RYAN Yeah. It’s got some kick. GARRET Like a horse. RYAN Try it again. Garret aims again for Ryan’s leg. He fires, and the bullet crushes on impact. Ryan grunts. The bullet falls to the ground. Ryan’s Aura is significantly noticeable. GARRET Ryan, I can see it. RYAN I can feel it. Oh yeah...there’s something...inside... (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 73. GARRET Can you do anything? Ryan turns and closes his eyes. He stretches his arms outward and releases energy in front of him. A sonic boom is heard. The energy hits the ground, and a significant amount of grass and dirt shoot up. A "bullet" trail is visible on the ground. Ryan’s Aura fades. GARRET Oh my God. Oh my God. RYAN It’s gone. GARRET I don’t know what to say. RYAN I do. Shoot me again. GARRET What? RYAN You have 5 bullets left in that clip. Use them. GARRET You are out of your mind. RYAN I have my reasons for that. GARRET Your leg still stings from that first one, and now you want 5 more? RYAN Yes. Let’s do the the other leg though. GARRET Why!? What are you trying to prove? We get it. RYAN I need to know. GARRET You need to know what?? (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 74. RYAN Someone killed my son, Garret! Someone took my son and murdered him. And for all I know, that man is alive. Not one arrest! And no one cares anymore! Even I stopped caring! That’s why there’s a wrecked train in downtown Chicago. I survived! I lived so that I could end his life! GARRET That’s why you think you survived? For revenge? You don’t realize what else you could do with this? RYAN I’m not going to save the world. You wouldn’t want someone like me to try. Last night, I tried to die. And the last 8 hours are the longest I’ve gone without a drink. Only a dumb ass would trust me out there trying to save other lives when I barely give a shit about mine. GARRET You’re missing an opportunity here to do good, Ryan. You could help people. RYAN They don’t need help from someone like me. All the people I give a shit about are buried. Besides you and Danny, of course. GARRET You think revenge will make you care again? RYAN Vengeance, and yes. It’s the first thing I’ve cared about in a long time. GARRET Confucius would tell you to dig two graves. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 75. RYAN Shoot me again. We’ll see about needing that extra grave. GARRET I don’t think I can. 5 shots with this thing is too much. My hands still hurt from the first 2. RYAN Can’t take the kick? GARRET No...but... RYAN What? Garret hands Ryan the gun. GARRET Maybe you can. Ryan ponders for a second. He aims the gun in the distance, and fires once. The gun has no recoil, but the energy transfers into Ryan. He smiles and releases four more consecutive shots with no kick. RYAN I can hit the same spot each time. GARRET And the recoil is yours. Ryan reloads the gun. Hands it back to Garret. RYAN Now, even if you have to do it slowly, I want you to hit me with that entire clip. Garret hesitates, exhales, and fires one, two, three, each time showing Ryan getting stronger. EXT. EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE - MORNING A security guard sits in a booth at the front gate waving vehicles in. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 76. In the distance, he notices something getting larger. In seconds, he sees a man running at an unusually high speed. Before the guard can react, Vicente pummels through the gate, and in a lightning quick set of moves, disarms the guard, knocks him out. His radio falls with him. A truck plows through the gate with Jason, Sirus and a number of Minyans. The truck smashes the radio on the ground and continues down the road. A second truck of Minyans follows shortly after. Vicente catches his breath, starts running, accelerating to a high speed. He gains on the truck, pulls himself on the back. The trucks head to the flight line, a guard waves at them to slow down. A Minyan fires a silenced M4, kills the guard. The truck speeds onto the flight line. A soldier sounds an alarm. INT. ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - DAY Lazarus and a group of Minyans enter a school hallway wearing latex gloves and carrying sharps containers. They disperse into different classrooms. INT. CLASSROOM - DAY Lazarus and an armed Minyan enter, close the door. LAZARUS Good morning. EXT. FLIGHT LINE - DAY MPs rush to meet the trucks. Minyans open fire on military vehicles approaching. A military truck gets close to Sirus’ truck. Sirus hardens his exterior, and leaps onto the hood of the pursuing truck, crushing the engine and instantly halting the vehicle. He hops down, grabs the bottom of the truck, and flips it upside down. Another convoy approaches. Vicente jumps out of the back of his truck and gains speed, running directly towards the military truck. A soldier fires at him. Vicente weaves too fast to be hit. Vicente jumps onto the hood with one leap, and jump kicks the shooting soldier square in the face with the next, sending him flying off the truck. Vicente lands in the bed of the truck. He disarms and knocks the remaining soldiers unconscious in seconds. Vicente picks up a gun and shoots the driver. 77. INT. VARIOUS CLASSROOMS - DAY Minyans walk through different classrooms, pricking the individual students with needles. Students sob. Lazarus and company exit the classrooms, dropping the containers of needles onto the hallway floors as they exit the school. EXT. AIRPLANE HANGAR - DAY Sirus’ truck pulls into an airplane hangar. The crew jumps out of the truck to guard the hangar entrance. Jason and Sirus walk towards a service woman. JASON You need to show me where your bomb containment device is. SERVICE WOMAN OK. Please don’t hurt me. JASON Then move your ass. The woman walks to the far side of the hangar. She opens a storage unit, and inside is a black box, about the size of an adult coffin. SERVICE WOMAN That’s our BCD. Jason nods, pulls out his sidearm, and shoots the woman in the head. JASON Load it. Sirus lifts the BCD and loads it onto the truck. The Minyans guarding the hangar entrance begin firing outside. MINYAN1 Another truck! Sirus runs toward the oncoming truck, a hail of bullets barely altering his approach. Sirus rams the truck and it rolls on its side. The Minyans and the trucks flee the hangar. 78. EXT. OPEN FIELD - MORNING Danny is parked on the side of the road. He closes the driver door, looks both ways, and crosses the street. He is holding a box of ammunition. DANNY Why am I holding 50 caliber ammo this early in the morning? Ryan loads the gun. Hands it to Danny. RYAN I need you to shoot me. INT. DENNY’S - DAY Garret, Ryan, and Danny sit at a table eating breakfast. Garret is skimming through a folder. DANNY All we know about him is what you told police. They got nothin’ else to go off of. RYAN What else does that say? GARRET Keep it down. Danny’s risking his ass with this thing. DANNY Nothing. I mean, this case didn’t go far at all. There were no leads. Alex’s death was the only thing added. Photos from the crime scene and autopsy. I hate looking at these things. RYAN Nothing on that guy? No suspects, fucking nothing? DANNY It’s hard, Ryan. I’m not saying that that we’re perfect, but finding someone without any evidence is damn near impossible. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 79. RYAN They ain’t trying to find him. DANNY This is Chicago, Ryan. 3 people were probably murdered since we’ve been here. It’s been a long time, the police really tried. RYAN Detective Tate needs a foot in his ass. DANNY The man did what he could, Ryan. RYAN Why are you defending this guy? He doesn’t get credit for fucking trying. My son’s dead, and the killer hasn’t seen handcuffs, let alone the barrel of my gun. DANNY So that’s the plan? Chicago’s finest can’t find this guy, but you’re Wyatt Earp, right? You just gonna shoot people ’til you find him? RYAN I don’t know yet. DANNY I can’t protect you, Ryan. You find this man, and kill him, the law is still waiting for you when you’re done. RYAN Well, Dan, you’ve seen what I can do. You really think I’m going to jail? DANNY That’s a slippery slope. And if you go down it, I don’t know things will be the same with us. RYAN That’s fine. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 80. GARRET You’re willing to throw a friendship away? Over some revenge quest? RYAN Everyone’s so quick to tell me I’m doing something wrong. I’m pretty sick and tired of being judged. DANNY (sighs) Look, I get it. I’ll keep you updated on anything inside the department. Just, be smart about this. You’re too powerful for me to sleep well at night. RYAN Can one of you give me a ride to work? GARRET You’re still gonna drive a cab? RYAN Can’t plan vengeance with an empty fridge. EXT. RUNNING TRACK - DAY Lazarus sits on the bleachers eating an ice-cream cone. Vicente runs the track at a moderate speed- by his standards. Sirus walks into Lazarus’s view. Lazarus nervously whistles. Vicente slows down to human levels. When Lazarus realizes it’s Sirus, he whistles again. Vicente accelerates. Sirus sits. SIRUS It’s ready to move. LAZARUS Good. SIRUS You should know, I talked to Aaron. LAZARUS Is he still training? (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 81. SIRUS Yeah. He’s ready. He’s scared, but he knows why he’s doing it. But that ain’t what we talked about. He thinks he saw her, Laz. Lazarus looks at Sirus with his complete attention. LAZARUS You need to tell me why he thinks this. SIRUS He noticed her, just how you said she looks. He said she stared at him...said it was like she knew. LAZARUS That’s her. LAZARUS (whistles) We need to leave now. Before she moves again. Vicente is sitting next to Lazarus seconds after the whistle, wiping himself down with a towel. SIRUS Having trouble breathing there, Vince? LAZARUS You’d be winded as well if you ran for 5 hours straight. Lazarus and Vicente head to the bottom of the bleachers. SIRUS Why the fuck would I ever need to run? EXT. RYAN’S CAB - NIGHT Ryan drives his cab. News Radio is heard. NEWS ANCHOR ...the group of men entered a Seattle elementary school, armed with automatic weapons and a large collection of needles. The students and faculty were then pricked (MORE) (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 82. NEWS ANCHOR (cont’d) individually, with an unclear motive. Later testing of the needles left at the scene revealed that the victims have likely contracted HIV as a result of this heinous act. Police are attempting to find out more about the people responsible. And if you can believe it, another incident coming out of Niceville, Florida, where officials remain tight about an incident that took place on Eglin Air Force base. More to come as we... A person on the corner hails the cab down. RYAN Son of a bitch... The same marketer from Ryan’s "last night" enters the cab through the rear doors. CUSTOMER Clark and Arlington, please. RYAN What are the odds? Customer leans forward, knows the driver. CUSTOMER 3 million in this city...I thought that was your last night? RYAN I was wrong. Guess I gave you a free ride for nothing. CUSTOMER Guess so. What, no drink this time? I might talk to your manager. RYAN Can’t drink two days in a row. That would make me an alcoholic. CUSTOMER Fair point. Hey, I took your advice. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 83. RYAN I don’t know what I told you, but you shouldn’t ever take advice from me. CUSTOMER No, no. This was good advice. I went home to the Mrs. Worked things out. So, thanks. Really. RYAN Good. I’m glad to hear it. EXT. SIDEWALK - NIGHT Sirus and Vicente are walking up a busy sidewalk in Lincoln Park. Pedestrians can’t help but notice Sirus’ size. EXT. CLARK STREET - NIGHT Cab stops at a red light. Sirus and Vicente walk directly in front of the cab on the crosswalk. CUSTOMER But marketing isn’t for me. I’m going to start a new career. I really started thinking.. RYAN (noticing Sirus) No. Fucking. Way. You’ve got to be kidding me. CUSTOMER No, really. I’m thinking about writing professionally. RYAN I need you to get out. CUSTOMER Why, man? We only got a couple more blocks. RYAN For your own safety, I need you to get out the cab. Consider this a second favor. Ryan pulls out his Desert Eagle. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 84. CUSTOMER Jesus. Fuck. OK. Fuck. Customer leaps out of the car. Ryan slams on the gas and heads towards the sidewalk. An instant before impact, Sirus hardens. The car slams into Sirus and keeps him pinned to the side of a building. SIRUS Muthafucka! What the hell is your problem!? Vicente stands there looking at Sirus. SIRUS Go, head to the house. Find her. Vicente runs. Sirus struggles to release himself. Ryan gets out of the car with an aura, gun pointed at Sirus. RYAN You killed my son. This is the last moment of your life. Sirus smiles. Ryan fires at Sirus’ head. The bullet crushes on impact, but chips away at Sirus’ exterior. Civilians flee. Ryan in shock, fires a couple more times. Sirus pushes the car away from him and starts walking towards Ryan. RYAN What the fuck? SIRUS Wrong. Sirus winds his fist back for a punch, Ryan stands cocky. Sirus unloads and Ryan is sent flying back through a jewelery store. Ryan spits blood onto the floor. His aura is noticeably larger. RYAN Shit... Ryan stands up, Sirus looks confused. Ryan walks towards Sirus shooting the remaining rounds. Sirus charges at Ryan, but Ryan sends him flying backwards with a punch. Sirus rips through the cab and back into the wall. Ryan’s aura is gone. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 85. Ryan puts the gun to Sirus’ head. Vicente speeds around the corner and rams Ryan a good distance down the street. Vicente attempts to slow down, the friction from his feet breaks up the street as he slides, comes back for a second pass. RYAN Two!? ’The fuck is going on? Ryan aims. Vicente quickly disarms him and punches him in the face. Ryan’s nose is bleeding, aura larger with every impact. Vicente again attempts a combo flurry, but Ryan is able to match his speed, blocks Vicente’s attack, and knocks him to the ground. Ryan mounts, pounds on him. Ryan looks up to check on Sirus just in time to see a vehicle flying in his direction. The vehicle hits Ryan and crushes around him. Ryan runs full speed at Sirus and punches him through a building and out onto Lakeshore drive. EXT. LAKESHORE DRIVE - DAY Sirus leaves a crater on Lakeshore Drive. Ryan walks perpendicular to the oncoming traffic. He stares at Sirus down the road. An oncoming vehicle approaches in the left lane. Ryan kneels down in front of it, absorbing the energy. A bus is speeding in the right lane as Ryan continues to walk. The bus hits Ryan and lifts its rear into the air, only to come crashing back down. Absorbing both impacts, Ryan walks towards Sirus. Sirus and Ryan exchange blows. Ryan hits him and Sirus skids half a mile down the road. Sirens are heard, Sirus stands, stares Ryan down, and takes off running. Ryan sprints after him. RYAN LET’S FINISH THIS! COME BACK YOU PIECE OF SHIT! Vicente speeds towards Ryan and rams him into Lake Michigan. Vicente flees the sirens and Ryan swims to the shore. People on the beach look at him baffled. He runs off. 86. INT. STUDIO APARTMENT - NIGHT A television displays the news. A helicopter surveys the damage of the fight scene. REPORTER The damage to the road is significant, but luckily no deaths to report. What happened is another story, as different accounts of the incident are being sorted out. WITNESS1 The bus just flipped up in the air, and crashed down. We got out of the car and called 911. WITNESS2 I’m telling you, it was people. Two people fighting. I don’t know if they had grenades or something, but it’s the craziest thing I ever seen. Just crazy. REPORTER The city is still in preparation for the Olympic ceremonies, which remain scheduled for tomorrow. The city released a statement saying, "The true success of terrorism is the destruction of unity. The Olympic games will not be hindered by these malicious attempts to destroy the foundations that bring the world together." The security levels are certainly unprecedented. The television turns off. A woman’s face is visible in the reflection. She’s sitting on the bed. She gets up, and the door is heard opened and closed off screen. EXT. PARK - DAY Lazarus sits on a bench watching people go by. Sirus and Vicente approach him. Lazarus notices the battle scars.. LAZARUS Explain. SIRUS There’s another. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 87. LAZARUS And he attacked you? SIRUS Yeah. Can’t say it’s surprising though... LAZARUS Was he defending her? SIRUS No. LAZARUS (in Spanish) What happened? VICENTE (in Spanish) Came out of nowhere. He’s strong. SIRUS Listen, I recognized him. He was the guy at Allison Turner’s house. Lazarus turns intently to Sirus. LAZARUS This man was in the home that night? SIRUS Yeah. I fucked ’im up. LAZARUS You’re sure he was in the home that night? SIRUS I don’t forget this type of shit. Lazarus’ eyes search for the answer. VICENTE Lazarus? LAZARUS Things have changed. 88. EXT. TAXI GARAGE - NIGHT Ryan jogs towards the Oldsmobile attempting to avoid the rainfall. INT. GARRET ADLER’S VEHICLE - NIGHT Ryan enters Garret’s rear door. Garret and Danny are in the front seat. RYAN He didn’t need a two-week’s notice. A man is inaudibly yelling at Garret’s car as they drive off. The smashed taxi is visible as they leave. GARRET You couldn’t absorb their attacks? RYAN No, I could. But, bats, guns...those things never made me bleed. This was different. It hurt more than that. DANNY It can’t be coincidence. RYAN What? DANNY That the man who kidnapped and killed your child has abilities like yours. That’s not a coincidence. There’s something bigger. RYAN You read too many comic books. GARRET But think Ryan. You’ve wondered for years, "Why?" Why someone would do this to you. Why would someone take your child in the middle of the night? RYAN No, Garret. I stopped asking "why" a long time ago. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 89. DANNY You made the news. Again. You know the bus driver is in the hospital? RYAN Yeah, I heard that. Terrible. GARRET You could’ve killed that guy. RYAN I ain’t a hero. You guys keep forgetting that. GARRET You’re not that guy, Ryan. You had every reason to turn into a monster, and you didn’t. Don’t start now. RYAN I’ve never been a saint either. GARRET We’re helping you, Ryan. But if you continue this recklessness, you’ll be alone on this. RYAN Then I’ll just get out here. Ryan exits the car and slams the door shut. The rain is coming down hard. EXT. ALLEY - NIGHT Ryan enters an alley. Two guys with bats are mugging a couple. Ryan debates walking away. Garret tries catching up to Ryan. GARRET Ryan... The thugs notice their new company. RYAN Get back in the car. GARRET No. Garret grabs the lid to a trash can. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 90. THUG1 Why don’t you two just get the fuck outta here. Go suck on a latte or something. RYAN Why don’t you come over here and suck on something else? THUG2 Your mouth just earned you a concussion. RYAN I’d worry less about my mouth, and more about these two. Ryan closes his fists. The thugs approach Ryan. RYAN Get out of here. Now. The couple run. The first thief swings, Ryan dodges and punches him down. The second man swings and hits Ryan in the back. The bat breaks on impact. Ryan lifts his hand towards the thief and releases the energy. The thief is sent backwards. The thieves take off down the alley. EDONIA (O.S) I did not believe it. Not until now. Garret and Ryan turn around. RYAN Look, I just work out a lot. It was nothing special. EDONIA No you don’t. I know why those men could not hurt you. GARRET Ma’am, I assure you..the bats were weak...and..Ryan..he... EDONIA You look like her, you know? RYAN Who? (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 91. EDONIA Ana. RYAN What...what did you just say? EDONIA I was saying that you look like your mother. I would’ve known even without the bats and the news coverage. RYAN Who are you? EDONIA I knew Ana. I knew Ana well before you were born. My name is Edonia, and I’m her sister. GARRET You’re lying. Look, I don’t know how you got this information, lady, but I knew Ana. And she didn’t have any family. EDONIA She did. Eleven sisters. GARRET Ana wouldn’t have lied about something like this. EDONIA Yes. She would have. GARRET Why would she lie?? EDONIA It’s complicated. RYAN Not if you answer the question. EDONIA I’m just glad I was able to find you. I never thought a day like this would come. RYAN You had 37 years to see me. I’m not gonna get all teary eyed every time some nut job claims to be my aunt. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 92. EDONIA You still do not believe me? RYAN Fuck no. EDONIA Ana died when you were born? Correct? RYAN Yes. EDONIA Your son was murdered, was he not? RYAN Yes. EDONIA How many people know these things? RYAN Anyone who can read the obituaries. EDONIA Why would I pretend to be the sister of your mother? I do not gain anything from this conversation. I am here, because it is only fair that you know the truth. I’m here to explain to you, as best I can, why this is happening to you, why your life has been so tragic. You deserve that much. RYAN OK. Go. EDONIA Ana could not have told you about the 12 of us. We all agreed to never speak to each other. And we haven’t, for over a thousand years. GARRET That, that almost...didn’t sound like an exaggeration. EDONIA It wasn’t. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 93. RYAN I gave you a chance, and you start talking this bullshit. Let’s go, Garret. EDONIA Is it any more absurd than your ability to absorb energy? Any more ridiculous than a man who can throw vehicles? Is a thousand years of silence more unbelievable than that? What you have is a gift. And giving it to you was the last thing your mother did. She wanted to pass, Ryan. It was her purpose. Our purpose. It is our joy, to pass our gift to our offspring. RYAN That is the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard. EDONIA There is nothing more we’d rather do. We live for that moment. Your mother waited a thousand lifetimes. She chose Hayden out of all the men she met in centuries. She knew what would happen to her when she gave birth, and she smiled as you were born, I’m sure of it. RYAN Did my dad get that memo? EDONIA No. We cannot tell our mates, otherwise, it could compromise the birth. GARRET You said there are 12 of you. EDONIA There were 12. GARRET Where did you come from? EDONIA You are asking the wrong question. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 94. GARRET No, that’s the answer I want. EDONIA It’s not where. There is no answer to that question. It isn’t a location you’d find on any map. GARRET A planet? EDONIA Don’t be ridiculous. RYAN Then where? EDONIA We’re not from a place, or a time. I could not begin to describe it to you accurately. I can try to explain it in a way you are capable of understanding. Our father sent us here, for safety. There was war, a terrible war, a threat to our being. It wasn’t safe for us anymore. So we broke the rules, all the rules that have ever been written, and we came here. Upon the moment of our arrival, the Earth was covered by the oceans. GARRET The Deluge...The great deluge...27th century BCE? RYAN What? GARRET That’s when the Epic of Gilgamesh records what you might know as the Great Flood. RYAN How many of you are still around? EDONIA I wish I knew. A few thousand years ago, my sister, Iris, gave birth to the first. He...discovered the origin of our kind, and became obsessed with finding us. He’s (MORE) (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 95. EDONIA (cont’d) spent centuries searching for me and my sisters. If he found us, a great deal of suffering would be inflicted onto your world. We decided it would be best to separate and to seldom speak to each other. But seldom soon became never. RYAN Iris’ son, he’s got a gift too? EDONIA He was named Lazarus, and he cannot die. RYAN Well, that’s good news. How many of your sisters gave birth to us gifted folk? EDONIA 7, that I know of. And they all passed during birth. RYAN So there’s 7 of us... EDONIA 8, actually. Lazarus was able to conceive a child with a human. Lazarus’ son is the first of the third generation. A very special child. Aaron is what he calls him. RYAN What makes the kid so special? EDONIA He’s the first not born of my sisters. I do not know what his gift is. Lazarus keeps him close. RYAN And whose ass was I kicking earlier today? EDONIA The monstrosity is Sirus. Vicente is the agile Spaniard. Both born of my sisters. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 96. RYAN So, including Laz and his boy, that’s 5. Who else? EDONIA They aren’t alive anymore. But their names were Ghengis Kahn, Samson, and Vlad Tepes. Those are all I know. GARRET No way. There’s no way. EDONIA Yes. They were the sons of my sisters. GARRET This is all too much... RYAN So 5 of your sisters might still be alive. And you guys never had any chicks? EDONIA We have never given birth to a female. We are not sure why this is. RYAN You know Sirus killed my boy, right? EDONIA Yes, and believe me, if I knew where he was, I would tell you. However, I think I know why he came to your home. If the mother of your child died during birth, Lazarus must have assumed that she was one of the 12. He likely discovered that he was wrong, and discarded your son. This is just one of the reasons Lazarus must be stopped, Ryan. You must stop him. RYAN Stop him? First of all, I’m not sure I even believe what you’re telling me. I’m going after Sirus. Anyone else in the way is just extra credit. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 97. EDONIA You do not understand. The number of atrocities he’s committed...it’s disturbing, the things he’s done. The recent attacks, every single one has been orchestrated by him. The Black Death was devastating because he wanted it to be. He murdered your child! How many reasons do you need to end him? RYAN It’s not my job to save the world. EDONIA It’s no one’s job to save the world. But do you know why he does these horrible things? Do you know why he hurts others? RYAN Don’t really care, to be honest. EDONIA Listen to me Ryan, I will leave you with this. No one has stopped Lazarus during my lifetime. He is the smartest man to walk the Earth, he can speak any language, living or dead. You are the first person with the ability to stop the suffering. He’s in Chicago for a reason, and that should scare you. If I found you, so will he. Promise me that if you see him, you will try everything you can to stop him. RYAN No. Ryan and Garret walk back to the vehicle. Ryan stops, turns around. RYAN You said Lazarus discovered the truth, about you 12. Edonia looks away. RYAN You found him, and told him, didn’t you? (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 98. EDONIA Try being alone for thousands of years. He was the only person capable of understanding. Ryan and Garret enter the car, pull off. Edonia watches. EXT. STREET IN FRONT OF BANK - DAY Police vehicles speed onto the scene. Officers open their doors and immediately take cover with guns aimed. The Minyans are taking cover behind their own barricades, blocking the entrance to the bank. OFFICER (through megaphone) Let’s end this peacefully. Let the hostages go, and we can meet your demands. A security guard’s body flies out of the bank, and slams into the wall across the street. Sirus flicks the officers off. SIRUS Get us our plane. INT. GARRET ADLER’S HOUSE - DAY Danny is on his cell phone. Garret walks out of the kitchen with a cup of coffee. Ryan is sitting in a chair drinking from a milk carton. DANNY (through phone) Thanks, Whitney. I’ll check it out. Danny hangs up the phone. Changes the television channel. RYAN I was watching that. DANNY Bruce Willis is dead the whole time. RYAN Fuck. The television is airing something older, like "Chips." (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 99. GARRET You really had to see this? DANNY Got a call from my girl inside. Give it a second. Garret turns to Ryan. GARRET You better have a glass. RYAN It tastes better this way. DANNY It really doesn’t. The television show is interrupted with breaking news. Coverage of the bank robbery is shown. Ryan notices Sirus in the coverage. RYAN That’s him. That’s Sirus. DANNY That’s the guy that killed Alex? GARRET Yes. DANNY I’m gonna get Tate on the scene. Ryan, do you have Tate’s... Danny turns to Ryan, but Ryan’s gone. EXT. ROOFTOPS - DAY Ryan is running at full speed on a roof top. He jumps to a lower rooftop on the neighboring building. His aura grows. He again jumps to a lower roof. His aura grows with each impact. He jumps from the roof of a 9 story building onto the ground. Runs. EXT. STREET IN FRONT OF BANK - DAY A crowd has formed, watching the situation from a distance. Lazarus’ face is still, while the rest of the crowd moves in the commotion. Edonia is in the crowd. 100. Ryan speeds passed the police line before most can notice. They shout at him as he passes. He heads right for the bank. INT. BANK - DAY No hostages are inside, but the BCD is the middle of the lobby. Ryan charges Sirus and immediately sends him flying into the vault with a fierce punch. A fight ensues between Ryan, Sirus, and Vicente. They exchange devastating blow after blow. Ryan punches his hand through an electrical outlet, and the lights go out for a city block. Ryan is illuminated in the darkness. Glimpses of punches and faces strobe with each release of energy. The electricity depletes from Ryan. Ryan draws his gun. Before Ryan can fire, Sirus grabs him and throws him outside, right in front of the cops. The police tell him to put the gun down. Lazarus nods. The Minyans open fire on Ryan and the police. The crowd screams and disperses. Lazarus walks up to Edonia. She is horrified at the sight of him. Ryan shoots some of the Minyans. The cops are returning fire. Bullets hit Ryan from both sides. Ryan’s aura is as large as we’ve seen it. He grimaces in pain and falls to one knee. He looks at both sides, stands and screams. A large radial energy blast is expelled from him. The police and Minyans are sent flying backwards. Ryan is on one knee, breathing heavily. Sirus puts Ryan in a sleeper hold. SIRUS If I wanted you dead, muthafucka, you would be. Ryan struggles, but falls unconscious. Sirus carries Ryan into the bank and puts Ryan into the bomb containment device. Sirus shuts the door. Darkness. INT. BATHROOM - DAY Lazarus carries Edonia into a bathroom and locks the door. He sits her down on the floor. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 101. LAZARUS It’s been a while. EDONIA I liked it that way. LAZARUS You’re lying. You knew we were here. You had every opportunity to leave. We both know why you didn’t. EDONIA And why is that? LAZARUS Because you crave proximity to us, Edonia. You’re lonely, and yet, you’re the most reluctant to choose your mate and pass your gift. EDONIA I’m picky. LAZARUS It’s enraging, knowing that you’re one orgasm away from giving us another. EDONIA So he could be one more recruit for your chaos? LAZARUS I wouldn’t need you, or the remaining sisters, if we could conceive them on our own. And it’s not for lack of trying. Several times a year, I would impregnate... (grimaces)...one of them. When the boys turned 7, I would attempt to kill them, to see if my gift was passed. I killed a lot of gift-less children. But one day, Aaron was born. And his gift is very special. EDONIA And the girls? LAZARUS They were killed immediately. A waste of everyone’s time. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 102. EDONIA When did this happen to you? When did you become so obsessed? You were not always this way. LAZARUS It’s madness, really. How you’ve managed to retain a trace of sanity is baffling. Edonia, you’ve lived here much longer than I have. How can you observe their kind, and not want to cause them unrelenting suffering? How could you not dedicate every conscious moment to devising one more way to hurt them? Have you not seen what they’ve done to themselves? To their home? To us? EDONIA And is it your duty to determine their sentence? Who is deserving of punishment, Lazarus? You don’t get to make that call. LAZARUS Whose call is it, then? You tell me who punishes the living. No God, no ruler, no one judges this world! I’m simply taking initiative. Who is more qualified than me? I’ve kept the best records. And you are months away from contributing to their pain. EDONIA You believe me to be that naive, Lazarus? I know why you brought me here. Be done with it. Lazarus grabs Edonia by the throat and slams her against the tiled wall. Lazarus begins to violently undress Edonia. Edonia screams. INT. BCD - NIGHT Ryan gains consciousness in the dark BCD. A red light from Ryan’s chest is the only faint illumination. We hear commotion outside. The door opens and we see Lazarus. 103. INT. ABANDONED LOFT - NIGHT LAZARUS Hi. Ryan tries to move, but is strapped in. A bomb strapped to his chest. RYAN Let me go. LAZARUS No. Lazarus steps away, sits in a chair 7 feet in front of Ryan. LAZARUS Ask me. I know it’s coming. RYAN Who are you? LAZARUS My name is Lazarus. And yes, the one from a certain piece of literature. RYAN Jesus... LAZARUS Yes, him. But it didn’t go quite the way they said, now did it? A little bit of religious fiction. But then again, isn’t it all? RYAN I’d work on the accent, buddy. Makes you a lot less threatening. LAZARUS I was there when English became a language. Don’t tell me I have the funny accent. RYAN Where’s Sirus? LAZARUS Ahh yes, Sirus. I assure you, Ryan, your quest for retribution is understandable. In fact, because of what has happened to you, I will (MORE) (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 104. LAZARUS (cont’d) withhold any attempt to convince you to join us. Vicente, Sirus, they are here because they believe in what I’m doing. I recruited them when they were very young. You, I missed somehow. I looked through my archives, because I’m typically thorough. It seems you and your father had already moved by the time I paid a visit to you. Just missed you, boy. RYAN Where’s Sirus!? LAZARUS He’s busy. RYAN I’m going to kill him. You know that right? LAZARUS About your son, well, that was a misunderstanding. Allison was not one of the 12 and your son was not gifted. I put the gun to his head. I sent the bullet through his skull. You want to kill someone? Forget Sirus. Try me. But know this: many stronger than you have tried. RYAN Come unstrap me then, you piece of shit. LAZARUS You haven’t asked me why, yet. You have a bomb strapped to your chest, do you not care why you’re here? RYAN To kill me before I get a chance to snap your neck. LAZARUS You’re clueless. You think my only goal is to kill? You think that’s what I do? It’s feeble, to think on such a modest scale. Can’t say that I’m surprised. Murder is not the (MORE) (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 105. LAZARUS (cont’d) worst act one can do to another. No, no. I’ve witnessed man’s sickest acts. Tell me, have you ever seen a tool called "the breast ripper"? No? You see during the Inquisition, men would take this claw, and place it around a woman’s breast, and then literally (motions) tear the breast open. The tool was aptly named, but do you know why this was done? Sometimes, it was because the woman had a miscarriage. Both men and women could be burned at the stake. Yes, death would eventually come to the victim, but if done right, a burning would take 2 hours. If those methods bored you, you could take your victim to a rack devised to stretch the body to paralysis. If you find me demented, well, I learned from the best. RYAN This ain’t the Inquisition. Things have changed. LAZARUS Things have changed? Read a book, Ryan Carver. The Rwandan Genocide, hundreds of thousands of people were slaughtered. Well, the men were lucky enough to simply die, but the women, they were raped first. Darfur, the Holocaust, the list grows by the decade. It’s nature, Ryan, it’s what humans do. Things haven’t changed, there are just more people watching. RYAN Keep trying to convince yourself that you’re noble. You kill innocent people. LAZARUS No one is innocent. Living this long has shown me that. RYAN So you’re going to kill us all. How diabolical of you. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 106. LAZARUS You are not listening. Ryan, I cannot die. What would I do on Earth alone? Death? Death is peace. Punishment can only be felt by the living. And I punish this planet. I punish its inhabitants. It is why I am here. If all is dead, I am left to a maddening eternity alone. Though, I do kill, if it punishes a significant quantity of people. Tonight, many will be at peace. I know your gift well, Ryan. I know it very well. A distant roar is slightly audible. RYAN The Olympics? LAZARUS You’re going to show the world its own nature. You’re going to help them get a rare glimpse into their own souls. You might survive to see it, but my wager is on the contrary. RYAN You’re pretty ambitious if you think this bomb can reach the stadium. Lazarus takes a remote out of his pocket and points it at the bomb on Ryan’s chest. The clock reads 10 minutes, begins counting down. Lazarus walks to the BCD. LAZARUS Goodbye Ryan. If you do survive, I will not underestimate you when you come for us. Lazarus closes the door. Darkness. EXT. OUTSIDE ABANDONED LOFT - NIGHT The Minyan mercenaries are surrounding the warehouse, armed. The Olympic Stadium is visible in the distance. Lazarus walks 50 yards away, looks at the stadium, looks back at the warehouse. He draws a line on the concrete with chalk. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 107. LAZARUS If he gets out, do not let him pass this line. Use every round if you must. MINYAN1 Where’s Jason? LAZARUS He’ll meet you at the rendezvous. Lazarus, Aaron, Sirus, and Vicente drive off. INT. BCD - NIGHT Only a red light is illuminating the inside of the BCD. The bomb is ticking down. Ryan tries to release himself from the restraints. The bomb ticks down to zero. A glimpse of the explosion inside... INT. ABANDONED LOFT - NIGHT - CONTINUOUS but there is barely a sound outside. The BCD shuffles. Two armed Minyans observe the box. Seconds later, the door automatically opens. Ryan falls out, his aura larger than we’ve seen it. Both mercenaries look at him in astonishment. They remember their job, and open fire on him. Ryan screams in pain, looks to the window, and leaps out of it... EXT. OUTSIDE OF WAREHOUSE - NIGHT - CONTINUOUS And lands, his aura is even larger. The Minyans waiting for him open fire. A flurry of bullets, grenades, explosions. INT. STADIUM - NIGHT The roar of the crowd from the stadium drowns out the sound of gunfire in the distance. The French athletes walk their flag around the track. 108. EXT. STADIUM - NIGHT A security detail notices an explosion in the distance. He immediately grabs his radio. GUARD Gunfire coming from the northwest. Get the President out of here. Now! INT. STADIUM - NIGHT The Secret Service grab the President and frantically attempt to exit the stadium. Other heads of state notice the scramble and take a cue. They start to leave with their security as well. EXT. OUTSIDE OF WAREHOUSE - NIGHT Ryan’s aura is massive. He attempts to escape the gunfire, heading unknowingly towards the chalk line. Inches from the line, Ryan collapses. He sees the line drawn on the sidewalk. RYAN No.... Ryan’s energy is released in a massive radial blast. The explosion destroys everything in its path. The stadium and everyone in it crumble. Everything within a mile radius is destroyed or dead. Ryan yells. He stands up, naked, and staggers away. Ambulances and firetrucks storm the area. INT. GARRET ADLER’S HOUSE - DAY Garret and Danny are standing up, watching the television. The news coverage of the attack is on. A broken drinking glass is on the floor. Jennifer takes trash out of the back door. On screen: REPORTER This unprecedented act has sent a ripple of chaos to all nations. Riots have flooded the streets. The world is without their leaders today. 0ver 100 heads of state were killed, including the United States, France, England, Italy, Israel, China, Russia, and Japan. (MORE) (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 109. REPORTER (cont’d) The list goes on. The total count of the dead is approximately 90,000. This is what many are calling our darkest day. The President, formerly Vice President Carson, has declared a state of martial law. Most major cities have a curfew of 10pm as the government tries to maintain order and find the people responsible. GARRET My...God.... The sound of a window breaking is heard outside of the house. A small mob runs by with bats and Molotov cocktails. The sound of destruction is heard as angry cheers grow louder. Danny grabs a Sox bat out of the closet and walks over to the door to lock it. Just as he reaches it, the door knob turns, and Danny gets ready to swing. But he stops when he sees Ryan coming in. He is wearing the gray "star" t-shirt from the floor in his room. DANNY We were just about to call you. Did you hear what happened? How’d the bank thing go? Ryan with a blank stare, walks right passed them, slams his back into a wall, and slides down. GARRET It’s terrible. I know. RYAN It was me...Garret. I...did that. I killed, all those people. GARRET What do you mean? RYAN Lazarus took me from the bank. They didn’t do it for the money. There weren’t any hostages. They fucking knew I would show up. He told me that he knew exactly what I was capable of. They overloaded me...I (MORE) (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 110. RYAN (cont’d) couldn’t hold the energy anymore...my body just let go. Let it all out. GARRET Ryan, please listen to me this time. This wasn’t your fault. RYAN I...know...this time I know. GARRET Do you? Do you really know? Because you can sit here on this floor and do nothing, or you can get your ass up and find these bastards! We can’t change what happened. But I swear to you, we can change anything between this moment and the moment we die. A brick flies through the window as Garret finishes the sentence. A woman’s scream is heard outside. DANNY Garret, Jennifer is outside. Garret scrambles for the back door. He attempts to shout through the walls. GARRET Jennifer! Jennifer are you OK? Garret opens the backdoor and two men are stripping her down. One pulls a gun and shoots at the door, Garret closes it for protection. EXT. GARRET’S HOUSE - DAY Ryan walks out and handles business. Disarms the men and sends them fleeing. Ambulances roar by, headed to the city. Ryan looks at Garret, and they nod in agreement. EXT. DOWNTOWN CHICAGO - DAY Chaos. Ryan exits Garret’s vehicle. There are rioters battling with police and tanks in the streets. Ryan does what he can to stop some of the violence. He fights off armed rioters that are attempting to harm others. 111. A soldier is knocked to the ground. A man attempts to swing a pipe at the soldiers head, Ryan puts his arm in and absorbs the impact. He sends the man falling backwards. Ryan helps the soldier up. INT. GARRET ADLER’S VEHICLE - DAY Danny and Garrett are leaving the city. DANNY What he’s capable of... GARRET What? DANNY That’s what Lazarus said to Ryan... GARRET Yeah. DANNY And Sirus...he...holy shit. Garret, take me to the house. I need to see something. INT. PRISON - DAY Lazarus and company are stepping over unconscious guards. Aaron takes a pole and walks down the row of cells, clanking it along the bars. LAZARUS Gentleman, your president is dead. It’s a new beginning for the citizens of the world. I’m here to release you. Have a fresh start, or pick up right where you left off. I don’t care. Sirus pries the bars open cell by cell. As the prisoners exit, some grab nightsticks on their way out. EXT. DOWNTOWN CHICAGO - DAY The military and police are firing rubber pellets at anyone. Ryan sees children laying on the ground in agony. He steps in front, pleading them to stop. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 112. RYAN Stop. You’re hitting kids. A soldier shoots Ryan the stomach. Ryan absorbs it. POLICEMAN Get off the street or get a fucking pellet in your eye. RYAN I don’t want to hurt you. POLICEMAN Move, asshole! The officer shoots Ryan again. The pellet bounces off his chest, but Ryan catches it before it falls to the ground. He pulls it up to his eye to inspect it. He tosses it at the officer and hits him in the stomach. The officer falls to the ground. They open fire on Ryan. He absorbs, and then releases a controlled amount of energy, knocking them down. When they look up, he’s gone. The citizens in all the commotion have cleared the streets. Ryan runs to the next block and sees a number of convicts hitting people with night sticks. Ryan starts cleaning house. One of the prisoners grabs Ryan by the throat and lifts him in the air. Ryan struggles to breathe. The soldier that Ryan helped earlier shoots the convict in the back. The convict falls dead. Ryan runs over to the soldier lying on the ground, a wound near his stomach. SOLDIER 1 I think, I hope...the bullet went straight through. RYAN Do you have a radio or anything? SOLDIER 1 It’s over there. The officer points to it on the ground. Ryan retrieves it and hands it to the soldier. RYAN Do they know...who did all this? (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 113. SOLDIER 1 No, but the city has been sealed off. No one is leaving...all the roads are blocked, and unless they can swim across lake Michigan, they’re here..in the city. RYAN Get help. I gotta do something. SOLDIER 1 Thanks. INT. DANNY’S HOUSE - DAY Danny is rummaging through some files on his desk. He sees the tab that says "Carver homicide" and opens it. He’s going through the police report. He scans a few pictures. GARRET What are you looking for? Danny reads aloud in mumbles. He slows down, and his eyes widen. DANNY Son of a bitch. Danny pulls out his cell phone. Speed dials a number. DANNY Whitney. It’s Danny. Listen, I need one last favor. INT. WAREHOUSE - DAY The warehouse door slides open, and it’s Jason. He stares at Lazarus. JASON You told me to meet my team at the rendezvous, after the job was done. You told them to kill Ryan. LAZARUS Correct. I theorized that the blast would kill him. JASON So you knew there was going to be a blast? (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 114. LAZARUS Yes. JASON THEN WHY DID YOU WILLINGLY KILL MY MEN? LAZARUS Because they were paid to die. Nothing more. Jason pulls out a handgun. JASON Maybe I kill your men. Maybe I kill them. Huh? We’d be even then. Aaron steps forward. SIRUS Try it, muthafucka. LAZARUS Jason. Pulling that trigger would have consequences... Jason fires a bullet into Lazarus’ head. Lazarus falls to the ground. Jason aims at Vicente. Aaron steps in front and absorbs the bullet. JASON What...the fuck are you people? Lazarus stands back up. LAZARUS It’s always about keeping score with humans. What is even, Jason? Since the dawn of man, who is in debt? Who is owed? What is the tally? Humans always think so short-term. You cannot fathom a moment after your death. Make us even? I’m the only one keeping score. Jason puts the gun down. He turns around and leaves. VICENTE (in Spanish) Want me to go after him? Lazarus hesitates. Shakes his head. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 115. LAZARUS Feeling powerless hurts them more than dying. INT. BAR - DAY Danny and Garret walk into a nearly empty pub. Detective William Tate is sitting alone at the bar. Danny and Garret take seats on both sides of TATE, he looks up at both of them. He is not sober. TATE Hey...I know you guys. DANNY That’s right. You do, Tate. TATE Fucking shit, man. Hey, give these guys one of whatever they want. World’s gone to shit. We might as well too. Right? DANNY (to bartender) 312, please. And my friend will have the same. (To Tate) It’s funny that you’re here, Tate. Just the guy I wanted to see. TATE Well, you looked in the right place, Butler. Of all the gin joints..(laughs) DANNY The Carver homicide, Tate, how well do you remember that? Tate clears his throat. Seems a little more attentive. TATE Yeah...of course I remember. I was at the funeral. Terrible case. DANNY I know. When I was in the force, I could remember every face. Their last look. Eyes closed, eyes opened. I remember each one. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 116. TATE Stays with you. DANNY So when you found Alex Carver’s body, what’d he look like? TATE Well...uh...let me see. He had...the gunshot, so..it’s hard to tell. DANNY Yeah. The crime scene must have been hard to bear. TATE Yeah, I was hoping it wasn’t the Carver kid. Hard to tell with missing infants. Damn Y-Chromosomal match. Just how it goes sometimes. Danny takes a swig of the beer. DANNY Let’s play a game. TATE I’m not in the mood. Let’s just drink. DANNY It’ll be fun. Danny takes out two pictures. DANNY You see these pictures? What’s the difference between them? Tate looks. TATE I...I don’t see anything different...one’s a crime scene, the other is with the Medical Examiner. Danny grabs Tate and slams him into the wall. DANNY The crime scene photo, there isn’t a birthmark. But somehow, when Ryan (MORE) (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 117. DANNY (cont’d) identified the body, there’s a magical birthmark on the kid’s arm. TATE You better let go of me, Butler. Garret takes the beer bottle and breaks it on a table. GARRET I will spill you all over this floor. TATE OK. OK. I was paid to cover it up. After the scene...I was told to...make it the Carver kid...so we put a tattoo on the shoulder. DANNY Who paid you?! Who paid you, Tate?! TATE I don’t know. I don’t know. A big guy paid me. GARRET Who is buried in Alex Carver’s grave??? TATE Another kid. I’m sorry. I’m sorry. Garret puts the bottle up to the Tate’s throat. GARRET Is Alex Carver still alive? EXT. DOWNTOWN CHICAGO - DAY Jason is at a pay phone. He looks around before he speaks. JASON I have some information you might find interesting. 118. EXT. LAKESHORE DRIVE - DAY Ryan is on Lakeshore drive, scoping out the scene. The major road is empty. He notices the blockade. He looks back at the cityscape, lights a cigarette, walks back towards the city. INT. WAREHOUSE - DAY Vicente is out of breath. LAZARUS (in Spanish) We know the outlets are blocked. We expected this. What is the real issue? VICENTE (in Spanish) They know we’re here. They are coming. Lazarus thinks for a second. LAZARUS Jason...fine, how long until they arrive? EXT. WAREHOUSE - DAY A group of special ops are making a move towards the warehouse. Aaron is in a sweatshirt with the hood up, standing in the open by himself. SPEC OP1 Hands where I can see them! Aaron lifts his arms, but only to flick them off. The soldiers open fire. Aaron absorbs, and releases a devastating blast. One soldier survives, radios in. SPEC OP1 We need backup! EXT. BASE OF THE SEARS TOWER - DAY Ryan approaches the base of the Sears tower. Two soldiers are standing guard. The soldier’s radio is audible. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 119. RADIO VOICE (Frantically speaking over gun fire) We need all available units! We need all...Jesus! GET DOWN!...we need help NOW! Taking heavy fire! I repeat, heavy- His sentence is cut-off by static. The soldiers look at each other, unsure of how to react. They turn to notice Ryan headed towards them. They aim their weapons. SOLDIER 1 Stop! Not another step! I mean it. We will put you down. Ryan continues his approach. SOLDIER 2 We said stop, asshole. I swear to God I will end your life. Ryan doesn’t stop. SOLDIER 1 You come any closer and it’s fucking over. I’m not playing around! STOP WALKING! INT. SEARS TOWER LOBBY - DAY Off screen, the sound of gunshots are audible. A moment passes. Both soldiers go flying through the exterior wall, landing in the lobby unconscious. Ryan enters through the debris and steps over their bodies. As he heads towards the elevators, he drops a handful of smashed bullets from his hand onto the ground. When he reaches the elevator, the "up" button does not illuminate when pressed. He heads towards the stairwell. Before he starts his ascent, he lights another cigarette. EXT. ROOF OF SEARS TOWER - DAY Ryan climbs out of the latch on the roof. As he approaches the southward edge, helicopters are audible. Seconds later, two helicopters fly by the tower towards the direction of the radio distress. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 120. The view southward shows the remnants of a large radial explosion in the distance. Ryan searches the horizon for something. His cell phone rings. When he looks down at the caller ID, it reads, "Garret Adler." He opens the phone and says nothing. GARRET ADLER (through phone) Ryan? Jesus Ryan, are you there? Listen to me. I need you to listen to me. Please, stay where you are. Don’t do anything, there is something we really need to... A large explosion in the distance cuts Garret off, and Ryan takes notice. He hangs up on Garret, tosses his cigarette aside. Ryan takes a few paces backwards. He glares at the edge of the building, and sprints towards it. In one motion he jumps over the edge and plummets downwards. EXT. BASE OF THE SEARS TOWER - DAY He lands on his feet. Ryan’s impact with the ground shakes the cars and buildings around him. He yells as he contacts the ground. His aura surrounds him. He speeds towards the explosion. He passes tanks on their way to the fight. EXT. WAREHOUSE - DAY Three tanks are burning as Aaron paces around, surrounded by soldiers unsure how to approach him. A truck thrown by Sirus hits another truck. Vicente stretches. A rushing sound is heard as a blur of Ryan approaches. Sirus sees him coming and heads directly at him. Ryan punches Sirus so hard, his shell is cracked and Sirus slides through the ground. Ryan continuously pounds on Sirus until his body is mangled in a crater on the ground. Ryan climbs out. His aura is smaller, but significant. Vicente is racing around Ryan, but Ryan can now keep up. Ryan anticipates his movements, and pounds the pavement, sending a ripple in the ground. Vicente trips and falls. Ryan runs over to him and pounds on him. Vicente is dead. Ryan’s aura is gone. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 121. Ryan walks over to a soldier, takes his gun. Shoots at Aaron. Aaron absorbs, sends the energy back. Ryan absorbs. They charge each other. Ryan and Aaron go at it. No auras, just two men wailing on each other. Both are bleeding and their clothes are torn. Ryan and Aaron keep fighting on strength alone. Ryan gets the upper hand, knocking Aaron to the ground. Ryan pounds on Aaron, and strangles him until he dies. GARRET (O.S) NO! Ryan...God no! Garret and Danny stand in horror. RYAN What the fuck are you doing? Get out of here. GARRET Ryan...that was...Alex. Ryan looks down at his lifeless son. LAZARUS (O.S) Oops. RYAN That...was my son??? LAZARUS Yes. And you killed him. Way to go. Ryan runs over to check the birthmark. It’s there. RYAN Jesus, Danny. I don’t know CPR. Please help! Please! Danny runs over. He tries to give CPR. Ryan stands up, an enraged look on his face as he faces Lazarus. Ryan walks over to him, fists clenched. LAZARUS Fine. Let’s waste our time. Ryan cocks his fist back and launches it into Lazarus, knocking him to the ground. He punches him several times. Lazarus is laughing. Lazarus stops Ryan’s punches and knocks him off. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 122. LAZARUS I haven’t laughed in a long time. Thank you. RYAN Why?? Ryan falls down to his knees. Lazarus stands up. LAZARUS I mistook your child for one of us, born of the 12. Naturally, I raised him as my own. But your existence revealed just how special Alex...was. The first of the 3rd generation. Brave kid, he was willing to sacrifice himself during the Olympic ceremonies. I was certain that much energy would kill him. Your survival proved my theory false. Ryan turns to his son. Danny is still trying. LAZARUS You held a beautiful ceremony for one of my failed offspring. But now, you can bury your son right next to him. It’ll be a family reunion. RYAN Not again...please...not again. LAZARUS We are at a stalemate, Ryan. It is over. You just have to pretend Alex was dead all along. RYAN I’ve lost everything, again. LAZARUS And? In 30 years, you will be dead. Your lifetime is nothing. It is an insignificant moment. The past is always forgotten. In 100 years, no one will even know that you existed. Ryan turns to Alex, turns back to Lazarus. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 123. RYAN You’re right. Ryan stands up. RYAN My past, what has happened, doesn’t matter. But the future always means something. We can change anything between this moment, and the moment we die. Ryan walks over Alex and places both hands on his chest. He looks at Garret and Danny. RYAN Thank you, for never giving up on me. Ryan looks down at Alex. He closes his eyes, and a quick aura flows through Ryan into Alex. Ryan falls stiff, Alex inhales deeply. Garret and Danny run over to Ryan. They check his pulse. ALEX What happened? GARRET Ryan...wake up...c’mon. Get up. Ryan’s body is lifeless. GARRET Danny...can you try... Danny tries CPR again. Tears come down Garret and Danny’s faces. LAZARUS Aaron. We’re done here. GARRET That’s not your kid, you son of a bitch. ALEX Watch your mouth old man. GARRET Do you remember dying? Do you remember dying a few minutes ago? (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 124. ALEX I told you to stop talking. Alex punches Garret. Garret falls to the ground. GARRET How do you think you’re alive right now? And why do you think he’s dead? You had the same gift, kid. You saw that, right? That’s not a coincidence. Think about it, I beg you. (standing up) Ryan Carver was your father. I was there the day you were born! You have a birthmark on your shoulder. Your name isn’t Aaron. Ryan and your mother named you Alex. And the last thing your father did, was sacrifice his life for yours. Alex looks down at Ryan. Garret reaches for his wallet. Lazarus starts to make his way towards Garret and Danny. Danny gives up on CPR. Lazarus comes over to Garret, throws a punch, but Alex blocks it. ALEX Wait... Garret shows Alex a picture of Ryan holding Alex on the day Ryan brought him home from the hospital. GARRET That is this man, holding you as a child. You were kidnapped days after your birth. Danny, do you have the clipping? Danny pulls a newspaper clipping from his pocket. GARRET That is you. Alex, think about it. Please. Alex turns to Lazarus. LAZARUS Isn’t it obvious? My real son would’ve beaten a 37-year-old drunkard. ALEX You kept me for 17 years. You taught me all your bullshit... (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 125. LAZARUS Listen to me closely. I am uninterested in doing this with you. I know not to feed you energy. And my skill set is much more seasoned than yours. I know that suffocation will end your life, and yet you cannot kill me. Do not consider this retreat, consider it mercy. Lazarus turns to walk away. ALEX I can kill you. Alex is staring Lazarus down, his fists clenched. Slowly, and noticeably, an aura is building around him. It gradually gets larger. All on its own. Lazarus stops walking, he turns to see Alex growing stronger with no one touching him. LAZARUS That’s new... Alex yells. He points his hands forward at Lazarus, and at once, all the energy hits him, and visibly shreds him apart. Alex, falls to his knees, exhausted. All that is left of Lazarus is dust, and the wind blows it away. GARRET Are you OK? How...did you do that? ALEX I don’t know. I’ve never done that before. It just...I felt it. Alex looks at his father. Kneels down by his body. Sobs. ALEX Dad... GARRET Alex, I’m Garret Adler, I was a friend of your father’s. Ryan was a great man, with a rough life. But when he thought you were killed, that’s when he stopped caring. He loved you very much. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 126. ALEX I don’t know what to think right now. GARRET I don’t know where to start. What I do know is that when you’re ready, Danny and I will be here. We’ll explain everything, and we’ll look after you, if you’d like. ALEX I need some time. I need to be alone for awhile. Danny hands Alex a business card. DANNY You can reach us here when you’re ready. We’ll be waiting. GARRET Hope to see you soon, Alex. ALEX Yeah. Alex turns and walks away. Garret and Danny watch him leave. They look at Ryan, teary eyed. GARRET We’ll miss you, buddy. Garret and Danny lift Ryan’s body, and walk towards the Oldsmobile. INT. STUDIO APARTMENT - DAY The television is tuned into the news. A reporter on screen: REPORTER The recovery effort is still underway in the city of Chicago, where the worst attack in history took place... 127. INT. AIRPORT - DAY The voice over on the news continues. A disguised Jason is walking through an airport terminal. Police suddenly rush up to him, guns out. Jason raises his arms in surrender. REPORTER (V.O.) ...The Department of Homeland Security has classified any accounts of the battle that took place on the south side of the city, in which the group that was responsible for the attack was killed by the Armed Forces. EXT. GRACELAND CEMETERY - DAY The voice over continues. Garret, Danny and Alex visit Ryan at the cemetery. Tears come down all their faces. Alex puts a note on Ryan’s grave. REPORTER (V.O.) 9 months after the incident, the intentions of the attack remain foggy, but the results are clear. The nations of this world have only solidified their peaceful relations, as they face a common enemy, and grieve in mutual tragedy. The note reads, "Thank you." INT. STUDIO APARTMENT - DAY The news report wraps up. A woman moans in pain. We hear a glass drop. The television shuts off. The silhouette of a very pregnant Edonia walks past the television. We hear the door close.
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