INT. AMADEUS CAMP - REYGO HOUSE - EARLY MORNING
SUPERIMPOSE: "19 YEARS EARLIER"
Over a valley of mountain tops, the sun rises.
I already know how to defend myself, Yan.
This will be different than our daily sparing. If
you can survive this, then you will be able to survive
any skill your enemy possess. Understood.
Artemis and Kronticous sit across from each other at a wooden table. Both only half dressed, with their swords leaning on the table beside them.
The first thing you must do to survive is keep
your strength up.
A shapely LEA REYGO, 28, stands around the corner adding berries to two plates of cooked meat and sliced bananas on the long wooden counter.
The morning meal is the most important one
Lea picks up both plates and waddles around the corner with them. She sets them in front of the boys. Lea and Kronticous kiss as she sits on his lap, throwing her dark purple hair over her shoulder. Kronticous' hand slowly caresses her stomach.
It's almost time.
Lea giggles, nuzzling his forehead.
When will I get to met her?
Artemis nods, picking up the slab of meat. Kronticous and Lea are both curious.
How can you be so sure it is a girl? What
if you have a brother? The Reygo men
have born sons for generations. It has have
No, but I saw her in my dreams.
Lea and Kronticous exchange glances and a smile.
Oh really? And what did she look like?
Kronticous begins devouring the food on his plate. Lea picks off one of his slices of banana to eat.
She was as small as a jaguar cub and
she was bathed in a dress. We sat in
my bed with Alta Xeno. There was singing...
And she had hair like you, Pan. Uncle
Amadeus and the Xenos stood over her
with their packs behind them.
Artemis pauses. He stares at his hands.
She was as light as a feather and
as soft as a duckling. Her eyes had
a shine in them, like the stars.
Lea and Artemis talk and laugh. Kronticous furrows his brow. His skin goes pale. A breeze of anxiety sweeps across his face.
Eat quickly my son.
Their laughter stop. Both stare at a serious Kronticous.
Lea runs her hand across Kronticous' chest.
It is a man's duty to protect his lifeblood.
When this young one comes into this world,
they will need you. The people of this
world will need you someday. Eat. Fill your
body with strength so we may train.
Lea stares at Kronticous. She rubs her stomach gently. Her eyes never leave her husband.
INT. ARCADIA - BUTTERFLY BUILDING - HEAD- COUNCIL ROOM
SUPERIMPOSE "PRESENT DAY"
Chairman Richard signs the last paper and adds it to the pile under a dim lamp. He leans back in his chair and looks around the oval room. A giant self portrait with his legs crossed, hangs across from him. Next to it, a picture of former Viceroy Hector Hayter with his family followed by the previous Chairmen and their respective Viceroys. Richard stares at the empty chair next to him. Closing his eyes, he FLASHES BACK to
SUPERIMPOSE "29 YEARS EARLIER"
An exuberant, yet exhausted, MARY HAYTER, 26, smiles at the other council members at the table. Her hair flows like the waves of a gentle stream.
Her eyes enchant Richard. His longing gaze never leaves her.
Councilman ALEXANDER STEWART's, 24, eyes are wide as he looks Mary up and down. His eyes trail off in every direction. He rubs his arms as he questions Mary.
You about ready to pop any day now, aren't you?
Yes. Any day now. Oh!
Mary looks down at her stomach, bulging in her yellow sundress.
Does that make you uncomfortable, Professor?
(takes a breath)
Just don't do it here, okay.
Mary laughs. Alexander lets out a small chuckle.
Can I touch?
Of course. He's over here today.
SUNNY MAYS, 31, kneels beside her. Mary moves Sunny's hand toward the side of her stomach.
How old is your son now? Seven?
Almost. Two more months. He's
so excited. Yesterday he complained
about not having anyone to play with
after three straight hours of tag between
me, his dad, and Uncle Ryan. I told him
he'll have someone to run ragged real soon.
I'd love to see that.
Alexander laughs at the both of them.
What's so funny over there?
Chase having a little brother. One
of him is enough to wear out 20 men...
in less than an hour... on a good day. Can
you imagen the kind of hell that would
be unleashed with two of them running,
jumping, wrestling, puking, eating, hair
pulling, puking, wrestling, questioning,
and not to mention running and puking
everywhere on anyone all day? You and
Greg can barely get a break on your off days.
Well parenting is a full time job.
More like a life changing workout with
the way they run you to the ground.
You know, he's only that hyper when he's
I doubt it.
It's true. When Hector and I watch him, he's
a quiet as can be. He just sits and plays with
his toys. He's a lot more talkative and active
with you. He really-
Richard clears his throat.
Have you decided who will take your place
while you rest, Mary?
Richard's words are almost a whisper. He gently reaches for her fingers on the table, but quickly pulls away at the sound of the double doors swinging open. Hector takes his seat across from Richard. He tries to straighten the grin on his face.
Yes. Leanne Groves and Daniel James. They
Ugh. I hate him.
Sunny and Mary giggle as she moves around the table to her seat.
Why ever so Mrs. Mays?
Sunny glares at her.
How's it going Hector?
Alexander and Hector bump fists. Hector adjusts the golden dragon shaped Viceroy pin on his blue sweater.
Just finished baby proofing the
kitchen. Linus wont be getting
Preparing for Doomsday early?
Hector and Alexander strike up conversation.
Richard lowers his head. He picks at his nails. He places his hands under the table. The Councilmen voices drown out. He takes a deep breath.
Well, lets begin shall we?
The council members sit upright in their chairs. Richard adjusts his tie.
Richard is brought back from his memories by commotion outside the double doors. He looks toward the empty chair once more.
Two male security guards stand outside the doors in the long white hallway. They push back the frail Doctor BLANK THORTON, 51, who stumbles to the floor. The doors open behind the soldiers. Richard, confused by what he sees, rushes to help Blank up.
What is the meaning of this? Step aside.
SECURITY GUARD #1
Sir please, go back inside and finish your
paper work. Everything is under control here.
Security guard #1 grabs Richard's arm, but he pulls away.
Unhand me! I asked a you question. Now
answer me. What is the meaning of this?
Richard approaches Security Guard #1. Blank brushes himself off behind Richard.
I came here for answers, but these muscle
headed idiots refuse to let me in!
Why is my research team being denied
access to the land outside the walls? I thought we agreed-
SECURITY GUARD #2
Security guard #2 steps between Richard and Blank while Security guard #1 places a hand on his shoulder. Security guard #2 uses a tone with more command than respect.
SECURITY GUARD #2
Go back inside and finish your paper work.
Richard looks from one man to the other, then directs his attention back to Blank. He quickly turns from confused to defensive as he tightens his fists. Blank takes a step back.
Step aside or the both of you will be severely
disciplined for your disobedience.
Neither guard say a word.
I am your Chairman. Now, I order you both to
Richard tries to walk around Security guard #2, but he steps in front of him. Richard looks the guard up and down.
I said stand down.
SECURITY GUARD #1
I'm sorry Sir, but we just can't do that.
Allow me to help you then.
Security guard #1 tries to pull Richard back into the council room by the arm. Richard pulls away.
Security guard #2 quickly removes his HANDCUFFS from his waist and takes hold of Richards wrist, slapping only one on.
Security guard #1 reaches for Richard again, but the old man punches him in the face. BLOOD oozes from his nose as he falls back and hits the ground.
Richard turns around to the other guard and headbutts him twice, knocking him out cold.
As security guard #1 gets to his feet, Richard straightens his blazer behind him. Blood falls between his eyes. The guard turns around to Richard's hand taking him by the neck and lifting him up against the wall.
I pray, for your sake, you're not the fool I take
you for. Now speak, boy. Who put you up to this idiocy?
Blank watches in awe with his mouth wide open, at Richard's strength.
INT. ELIZA'S CAMP - NIGHT
Burly lays on the ground. He looks up at the sky, staring at the stars with RINGING EARS. He looks over at the bullet hole in the ground next to his head. Taking a deep breath, he rolls over on his side. The decapitated bodies spread out before him. He looks almost like he might cry.
You don't know what you're messing with kid.
He rises to get to his feet.
She's no normal woman.
Burly stands with his hand over his ringing left ear. He heads back inside Command Post Two's tent.
INT. ELIZA'S CAMP - COMMAND POST ONE - NIGHT
Two soldiers stand guard at the door while several others try to make sense of the CHATTER over the radios muffled by STATIC and GUN SHOTS. In the middle of the tent two soldiers, DONNA RAIDER and Donovan Train, sit at the main radio on the table next to a map of the land. The Raider adjusts the radio for a clear signal while the Train looks over the map.
MAN #1 (O.S.)
Attention at General Fields.
Eliza storms through the door of the tent in rage. Every man and woman in the room stands at attention.
We have orders from Mother Bird?
The Raider stands to salute Eliza.
Patch me through.
The Raider sits down and hands Eliza a headset. Eliza snatches it from her and makes her way around the table.
INT. ARCADIA - BUTTERFLY BUILDING - HEAD - SECURITY ROOM
Linus slowly paces the floor behind Chase with his hands behind his back. He keeps his head down in thought. Commander Chase stands at the command post, impatiently tapping his fingers on the podium. The entire room is silent, anxious. STATIC COMES IN OVER THE RADIO. A woman quickly adjusts to the signal and nods to chase.
General Fields, come in.
A beat. Everyone waits for a response. Linus stops and makes his way towards the podium.
General Fields do you read?
Go ahead for General Fields.
Linus releases a breath of relief and begins pacing again.
General Fields, update on Eradication AX6.
INTERCUT BETWEEN ELIZA/LINUS/ AND CHASE
Eliza inhales. She tries to calm herself, tilting her head from side to side.
We are in position for take over.
COMMANDER CHASE (o.s.)
We are set up to receive on this end.
Chase looks back at Linus. Crossing his arms, Linus nods and starts gnawing on his thumb nail.
You are cleared to begin take over.
Eliza shakes her head and slams her hands on the table.
It may take a little longer than expected.
Surprised Chase looks to the already concerned Linus.
COMMANDER CHASE (O.S.)
Wh-? Repeat, General.
Eliza paces around the tent.
We are being delayed, but I can assure
you it is being taken care of as we speak.
Linus pulls Chase back by the shoulder and takes command.
Dammit Eliza, what's going on? Have
they spotted you?
Are you under attack?
Then what the hell is the hold up?
Eliza stops in the center of the tent. She leans on the table.
One of the rats found his way into
camp, but he's surrounded. Major
Green is taking care of him now. We
will be back on task soon Viceroy.
Linus walks away. He covers his mouth with his hand. His face burns with furry. He paces around for a moment, then heads back to the podium. Linus leans into the radio.
Eliza I did not pull you from the slums
to watch you screw me over. We had a
deal you wily wretch! You make one
mistake on this and I promise you will
never get the taste of freedom or even
breath fresh air again. I will throw you
back into the pit I found you in faster
than the troops you train turn tail and
Then bring them to me now! I don't
care if you call yourself making an
example out of one or ten of them.
Burn a child alive if you have to! Just
make sure you bring me every last
warrior they have!
Linus storms away. Chase motions for the transmission to be ended.
Eliza waves a hand to Raider to cut the transmission on her end. She throws the headset down and pulling her gun, shoots it three times. She flips the table and throws a chair as she screams. All of the soldiers remain quiet. The a female soldier shakes in her chair.
I wont stand for this! I will not be
made a fool of by some jungle feral!
Eliza takes a knife from her back and throws it at a random soldier standing near the wall. It impales him in the head. He drops to the floor, dying instantly.
Call for my Lieutenants.
Eliza rips the blade free, slowly licking the blood on one side. She turns around and looks at everyone one in the tent. Everyone frightened, avoiding eye contact. Her voice is the calm before the storm.
It's time for war.
Eliza walks out.
INT. ELIZA'S CAMP
Black boots pound the dirt.
You must keep your mind as healthy as
your body in the midst of battle.
Artemis runs between the tents, dodging soldiers lfet and right.
Stay focused. Use your surroundings.
Artemis breaks left from two soldiers in front of him. He dives into a tent as they open fire, forcing them to shot two of their own.
Knowing your environment will give you an edge.
In the tent four guards immediately stop what they are doing and reach for their guns in a panic. It is close quarters. Artemis has the upper hand.
He throws his knife at the first guard straight across. A direct hit to the heart.
Guard two is spun around and kicked outside the tent door, blocking the other soldiers coming in.
Grabbing the chair close to him, Artemis throws it at guard three as he shoots. Forcing him to stumble back into guard four's line of fire.
Guard four pushes the man aside. Artemis uses the distraction to cut an X through the back of the tent with his swords and jumps through.
Porter and Grey appear on the other side with their weapons drawn. Grey is aimed to kill. Porter is nervous, sweating and Artemis sees it.
Lay your weapons down on the
ground and I promise we won't kill you.
A soldier jumps through the X, giving Artemis a way out. He quickly takes the soldier by the neck using his blades and slowly makes inches around Porter and Grey.
Let him go!
Artemis keeps walking until he is behind them. Grey takes a step forward.
I said let him go! Now!
Grey aims at the soldiers chest and slowly starts to squeeze the trigger.
Porter inches closer beside him.
You'll kill him!
He'll kill him!
He's one of us!
Then consider it a mercy killing.
Behind Grey and Porter Aaron and Alicia stand on both sides of the tent. Neither hesitate or show any sign of regret as they raise their guns. Artemis pushes the soldier away and dashes behind the nearby tent as they pull the trigger, killing the man. A bullet grazes his left shoulder.
Aaron shoots straight through the tent as Artemis runs behind it, barely dodging each shot. In the tent we can see blood line the walls as bodies drop.
Aaron empties his clip. He quickly reloads and shoots one of the soldiers behind Porter in the head.
Either kill him or I kill you!
The soldiers take off after Artemis. Aaron approaches Grey and Porter.
If you can't do this, I don't need you.
He stands face to face with Porter. Porter avoids the eyes staring him down under a furrowed brow.
They are our enemies. They don't get mercy and second chances. Not when they have kept our people living in fear and hiding for over 400 years. They walk this land like they own it! But not for much longer. I will not allow one man to stop our cause. Will you?
Aaron stands nose to nose with him.
I can't hear you soldier!
Sir! No, Sir!
Then follow me!
The three fall in line beside Aaron as he walks on toward the SHOTS and SHOUTING.
Two soldiers met up in front of a tent.
Any sign of him?
The soldiers take off between two tents, stepping over five bodies piled together. As the soldiers run ahead, Artemis slowly emerges from underneath the bodies. He crouches down against the tent.
Blood drips from his left shoulder and his right leg. Grunting, Artemis opens the small pouch around his waste. He takes out white flower pedals and plugs both wounds. The bleeding stops temporarily. He tries to catch his breath.
Two more soldiers creep past the tent.
Artemis follows behind, grabbing the soldier bringing up the rear. Artemis puts him in a head lock and quickly stabs him in the neck with his dagger. The soldier ahead crouches at the tent before them and waves her partner ahead. A swift and steady hand snatches her up by the hair and slits her throat.
Artemis stumbles to his feet.
A man must be ready to protect his people
at any cost.
Artemis looks to the NORTH STAR behind him.
A group of soldiers appear before him, raising their guns. Artemis breaks through the tents.
Aaron and the Lieutenants appear from the row of tents as the soldiers chase after Artemis.
Aaron kneels beside the dying woman. She covers her throat with her hands, but it doesn't help. Porter kneels beside them.
Porter freezes, watching Aaron loot her body for bullets.
Everyone came here, knowing they might die.
I can save her!
She's already dead.
I can at least--!
Aaron grabs Porter's wrist as he reaches out to the woman.
We have medics in the camp. They
can deal with this. We go after him.
Aaron stands. He distribute the clips between the Lieutenants. Porter looks at the woman. Dead. He covers her face with the handkerchief tucked in his side pocket.
He wont get away. The snipers are
perched up in the trees through there.
Have them immobilize the boy.
Now we're not killing him?
No (a beat), you're not.
Aaron continues to lead the soldiers after Artemis.
Major Green come in.
Aaron holds the button down on the radio over his shoulder.
Porter gets to his feet.
FEMALE SOLDIER (O.S.)
Command to begin operation Eradication
AX6 has been received. All Lieutenants are
to report to their primaries.
What about him?
Like I said, I'll take care of him. Go. Gather
If they're still alive.
Grey kicks the woman's body.
Porter pulls Grey away.
(to dead soldier)
So sorry to offend you, Ma'am.
He shrugs at Porter
Knock it off.
Aaron watches the Lieutenants head off the way they came. He looks to the sky as he walks on. As he pauses, staring at the North Star. Aaron looks back at the Lieutenants and again at the direction Artemis ran.
This is Lieutenant Grey, commanding
all assault unit members to return to
their posts. I repeat...
Aaron's eyes widen.
You clever little wretch.
Aaron sprints off through the tents.
All units stand down.
The Lieutenants stop in their tracks, looking to each other.
EXT. FOREST - NEAR RIVER'S BANK - ELIZA'S CAMP
Eliza stands at the edge of the camp loading her guns. As she picks up her umbrella she hears Aaron's voice.
All units stand down. I repeat, stand down.
Aaron-- What the hell are doing?
General tell your men chasing the intruder,
to stand down.
I want his head, Major Green!
It's a diversion. He's luring all of our men
away from the front line. They're wasting what
little ammo we have! He's running into a snipers
nest. They'll get him. Tell the rest to stand down.
Aaron stops and looks at the stars.
Eliza's breathing is heavy, squeezing her umbrella. Her hand begins twitching as she closes her eyes, gritting her teeth.
Aaron speaks low. His words ride with the nightly breeze in her ears.
Liz... I got you.
Eliza relaxes. She looks back at the stars over the camp.
All units stand down. Return to your
positions. I repeat all units stand
down and return to your positions.
INT. ELIZA'S CAMP
Artemis sees an opening into the forest just ahead.
As he gets there a group of soldiers cut him off. He looks to his left, but there are soldiers there. More appear to his right. Artemis turns to go back, but those chasing have caught up. Artemis is tired, surrounded, and bleeding out.
The soldiers raise their few guns. Artemis pulls both swords from his back.
All units stand down. Return to your positions.
The soldiers look from one another. They question each other: SHOULD WE KILL? WE HAVE HIM SURROUNDED. WHAT DO WE DO? WE GOT HIM!
The soldiers make a hole for Aaron to walk through.
We have him surrounded!
Return to your positions.
But we can...!
Before the man across from Aaron can finish his sentence, his throat is pierced by bullet. Aaron hands the gun back to the soldier beside him.
Artemis doesn't move, but his eyes follow Aaron as he walks around the gathering. Aaron smiles at him as he addresses the small crowd.
This boy? He's nothing, but a distraction
to break our camp and throw us off course.
Aaron paces around the soldiers, never once looking back at Artemis.
Now, if I'm not mistaken, our General
gave an order. And, well, as the Major
of this army, I feel that it is my duty to
enforce it. So, that being said my over
zealous brothers and sisters
Aaron stops before a female soldier and places his hands on her shoulders. He squeezes tightly.
I suggest you all get back to work. We
all know how cruel and unforgiving she
can be. If not I'll have to punish each and
everyone of you myself.
Aaron flicks a man's nose and continues walking around.
And I just don't wanna have to do that.
Aaron pauses before another female soldier and pulls his gun on her. There is no hesitation as he pulls the trigger. The man next to her looks on in disbelief as her blood splatters across his face. Aaron glances at the rest of the soldiers. They all quickly disband.
Aaron slowly approaches Artemis.
What's your name boy?
Artemis says nothing. His legs shaking. His vision slowly starts to blur.
I said what's your name? You. Name?
Hell, maybe you don't understand me.
Aaron stands in front of Artemis, blocking his way into the forest. Artemis tightens the grip on his blades
Right. I'm a fighter myself.
Aaron tosses his gun away and rolls up his sleeves.
Show me how you boys get down
in jungle town.
EXT. FOREST - NEAR RIVER'S BANK - ELIZA'S CAMP
The Second Lieutenants stand side by side at the camps edge before the small army.
From right to left, arms length apart
The young and petite Alica grips her life sized MODIFIED M82 BARRETT SPECIAL APPLICATIONS RIFLE with both hands. Her lean calves glow in the moonlight. The pink highlights give color to her black ponytail through the back of her hat. Her short bangs fall to the right of her emerald eyes on her lightly freckled face. She looks ahead into the forest with determination.
Burly mutters words of encouragement to himself with his eyes closed, bouncing in place on his heels. He flexes his fingers as he slips on the navy fingerless gloves with metal covering the knuckles and backs of his hands. Briefly lifting his hat, Burly brushes his hand across his brown buzz cut. His hazel eyes reflect the stars. His rosy checks impossible to distinguish from his flushed face.
Calm yourself Lieutenant Allen.
These wolves can smell fear.
Grey's silver stare is locked straight ahead on Eliza who paces back and forth before her army. The veins on his bald head show as much as the ones on the mountains he calls arms. With two loaded colt .95's in each hand, Grey stands with no fear. He is excited, grinning. His short sleeves show the 32 cuts up his right arm and the 16 on the left.
Porter says not a word. He glances back at the wounded. He holds a pistol in his left hand, but grips the small medicine bag on the back of his belt with his right. His short brown hair is almost blond in the moonlight. Grey turns his nose up at him.
They're fine. Focus.
Porter reluctantly turns his attention back toward Eliza who is twirling her black umbrella in her hand. His lip quivers into a snarl.
With outstretched arms she leans her head back. Eliza bathes in the moonlight.
Oh, my sweet brothers and sisters.
As we stand here under this beautiful
starlit sky, I keep asking myself this one
question; How badly do you want your
freedom? How much of yourself are you
Willing to give in order to gain control this
self sustaining new land? How much have
you already given to obtain it? And then I
Every soldier stands before her hungry for human flesh. Those armed stand in back. Those without guns clench knives, nightsticks, tazers, and riot shields.
The Viceroy wants them captured alive, but
I say 'What would he say we should do we
do to murders and mad men? Surely he wouldn't
want them behind our walls. Surely he wouldn't
want them near our families and friends would
he?' Of course not. No one would be mad enough
to want such dangerous creatures in their own
home. Especially not when we are dealing with
the most violent life forms on the face of the
planet. This is not some 'taming of the crowds'.
This is not a break up 'violent protesters'. This is
war and we are the heroes of tomorrow. Tonight
we drink the blood of mighty men and devour the
flesh of the innocent!
The soldiers, including Grey, cheer General Fields on. Porter is disgusted by his barbaric gestures. Alica is unaffected by her words or the men around her. Burly takes steady breaths with his eyes closed.
Cheering goes on as Eliza speaks.
No more sneaking around like snakes in the
grass. We do not cower like possums. We are
the Predators! And those wild dogs stomping
around in our backyards need to be put down.
We've lost too many men tonight to just let them
walk away without feeling our pain! We are not
savages. We avenge our dead! March for your wives.
March for your sons and daughters. March for
your freedom. March for Arcadia.
Eliza turns toward the forest, glaring into the darkness.
Feed the earth with their blood!
Eliza walks with the Lieutenants by her sides, while the eager soldiers run into the forest like mad men.
INT. ARCADIA - BUTTERFLY BUILDING - HEAD - SECURITY ROOM
The oval room is silent as they wait to hear from Eliza's army. Linus anxiously paces around the entire room questioning any strange frequencies over the radios or outside surveillance monitoring units.
Chase leans back on the rail at the Command Post, staring at the podium in front of him. He taps his fingers on his crossed arms.
What is that?
Linus points to a blinking red dot on one of the radars, leaning in over a man's shoulder.
That! There! What is that? Is it one of them?
No, Sir. That's coming from the southern desert.
Linus stares at the radar as if looking directly at whatever is moving.
What's the weather report?
Chase doesn't move at all, nor does he really seem to care. Linus walks briskly toward the four at the end of the third row in the center of the room.
The activity in the area is picking up greatly.
A powerful storm rolled in from the seas in
the Southwest and is pushing its way through
The people close to that area may be suffering
from its affects.
It's about that time of year for them to migrate
Chase looks to the Security Commander, who nods. Chase then turns to Linus and watches, as he makes his way toward every monitor and communication station.
What's taking her so long?
The light above the automatic door glows red as an alarm sounds in the room. A loud BEEPING disrupts everyone.
What is that?
Linus rushes up the ramp toward the command post panicked.
What the hell is that?
Someone's trying to get in, Sir.
One of the guards at the door pulls up the cover over the screen to the outside camera.
INT. HEAD - HALLWAY
Blank stands back from Richard, while he looms over the shoulder of the crying female guard. Blood from her nose drops on her shaking hands. She slides her card into the scanner. It FLASHES RED.
Richard speaks low, but his commands are clear.
I said, open this door.
I can't. It-it's locked from the inside.
I-I don't have the override cle--
Blank cuts her off. His arms are crossed. He curiously stares at the body of another guard on his stomach with his head bashed in. One of the arms is barely attached by loose hanging skin over broken bones. BLOOD covers the body and the floor. The same BLOOD that covers Richard's shoes, blazer, and hands.
That is not an intuitive retort on your part
INT. HEAD - SECURITY ROOM
The guard pulls away from the screen as Linus approaches.
It's the Chairman.
Linus stops in his tracks. Under his breath.
ON THE SCREEN Richard is tired of the empty attempts of the female guard trying to open the door. He grabs her by the back of her head and starts smashing her skull into the door repeatedly. He lets her drop as he pulls his own GOLD SECURITY CARD from his breast pocket and swipes it.
No. No, no, no, no.
Find out where she is!
Linus and Chase slowly inch away from the door.
Not a good idea.
Chase hurries over to the radio at the podium. As he goes to push the button, the light above the door flashes GREEN as it slides open. The entire room is mute. Blood drains from Linus' face. His eyes widen. Chase stumbles back from the podium.
Blank enters first, stepping aside. His eyes never leave Linus. He has no words, but the knowing smirk on his face speaks volumes. Richard enters behind him. There is no tell of emotion on his face. Richard searches the entire room before bringing his attention to Linus.
Linus swallows hard.
I would ask what you are up to, but I have a
strong feeling you are going to lie to me.
Richard takes a step forward and Linus takes a step back.
What do you expect?
Richard's neck involuntarily jerks to the side. He squints at Linus.
What did you say to me, boy?
All these years you forced us to sit by
Richard glances around the room again. Chase hangs his head as most others turn towards their equipment. Richard takes another step forward. Linus, again, steps back.
And just how many of my people do you
have playing this little game of Cowboys
and Indians, exactly?
None. The volunteers I sent out
Volunteers? Don't lie to me, son.
Richard approaches Linus. Linus inches back. Richard turns slowly turns toward Chase.
What's wrong Mays?
Chase keeps his head down and away.
I hope there is no shame in your actions now,
Commander. Especially not after you've been
tasked with keeping your disobedient little
brother in line. Be a man. Speak up. I welcome
As Richard talks, he continues approaching Linus until he is in arms reach. Linus backs into the podium. Richard takes Linus by the neck with his bloody hands.
Without a second thought, Chase immediately grabs one of Richard's arm and elbows him in the face. It doesn't affect him in the least bit. Chase goes to punch him.
Richard, still holding Linus with one arm, hits Chase's fist away with the other. He strikes Chase in the chest and nose before taking hold of him by the collar.
Chase is stunned by a swift headbutt and drops to the floor.
Richard turns his attention back to Linus.
Call my people back.
Linus holds Richard's stare as his face turns red.
Why must you always be this way with me?
I love you. You can understand that, can't you?
Chase rolls over on his stomach, holding his bleeding forehead.
CHAIRMAN RICHARD (V.O.)
Do you really believe that I don't know the pain
you all feel? Having to sit behind these walls
day in and day out watching the free-runners
of the world live wildly while we have to stay
behind the walls. We are safe here. We have
everything we could ever need and more. Starting
a war with foreigners in their own turf will
not give you the freedom and excitement you're
The agony of losing Mary was great for many of us.
Chase pounds the ground with a single fist. As he slowly gets to his feet, he removes a knife hidden in his jacket.
Richard looks around the room at the frightened faces.
Starting a war with a people who can barely
stay alive is a waste of our resources and lives.
All of the untrained 'volunteers' you sent are most
likely already dead. Those people are someone's
children, husbands, wives...
Chase comes at Richard again, swinging. The first punch is a miss as Richard tilts his head back to dodge it. He looks disappointed at Chase.
Truly not your best effort, son.
Chase swings again with his knife in hand. Richard tilts his head back again to dodge. The blade kisses his cheek. Richard frowns. He gently wipes away the blood.
Richard pulls and twists Chase wrist around, forcing him to his knees. Chase holds in any screams of pain a weaker man would possess as his wrist CRACKS. He GROANS from the pain.
Call my people back.
Linus remains silent, his eyes focused on Chase.
Richard turns to face Chase, still holding them both. He looks to Linus one more time to give him a chance to cooperate.
Linus silently glares at Richard
Richard gives Linus a slight nod before giving Chase's shoulder a hard STOMP. The pain is felt through Chase's scream.
Richard smiles and stomps Chase's shoulder again. It CRACKS.
Richard rests his foot on Chase's neck and looks to Linus once more.
A single tear roles down Linus' cheek.
Call my people back.
Richard slowly begins pulling Chase close by his arm, choking him.
Richard's attention stays with Chase.
I gave you an order.
Richard releases Chase, letting him collapse to the ground. Richard slams Linus' head on the podium and presses the button near the mic for Linus to speak. Richard loosens his grip on his neck.
Call them. Now.
Chase coughs and gasps for air, holding onto his shoulder. He curls up into a ball. He watches Linus and Ricard through watery eyes under a furrowed brow.