After an alien invasion where billions of humans were exterminated, a handful of survivors come upon a high-ranking former NASA scientist who operated the most powerful telescope on the planet prior to the invasion. They take him back to camp and convince him to spill his guts about what happened and what went wrong...
*copyright Ick McWang*
*(scene: camp type setting, forest clearing, NASA scientist bound and gagged. 3 survivors huddle around the fire. The survivors are ex? military, destination/origin unknown)*
Survivor 2: This fucking guy... are you telling me we are gonna save him? I don't give a fuck what he knows, he can't save us. He can't even tell us where some food is.
Survivor 1: Calm down, man, calm down. It's not every fucking day you come across a scientist. Especially one who has.. been here since the beginning. Come on scientist, fucking tell us already!?! What the fuck is going on?!??
*(scientist moans slightly, slumps over in the dirt. His injuries are taking a toll.)*
Survivor 3: Guys, this guy is hurting... he needs help...
Survivor 2: Help? Fucking help? I need help!! WE need help!! What in Gods name is a scientist worth right now, in this world? NOTHING! He ain't worth nothing! Fuck this man!
*(Survivor 2 walks off angrily a few paces, kicking the ground as he goes. He is muttering to himself, but no one can hear him)*
Survivor 3: We can't leave him... scientist or not, we pulled him out. He could help us.
Survivor 1: He also could kill us. We gotta think this through.
*(scientist is listening, while staying/pretending to be unconscious)*
Survivor 3: (whispers to Survivor 1) I wont kill this man. I wont leave him. We helped him, what are we afraid of? The truth?
Survivor 1: (whispers to Survivor 3) There is a LOT more to be afraid of than the truth!
(scene cuts to Survivor 2 walking back to the campfire. A rustle in the distance captures his attention. He tries to train his rifle sights on it, but it jumps out at him too fast. Luckily, his reaction clubs the creature in the head with his rifle butt while the other survivors fumble with their weapons. Looking indifferent, he picks up this fresh corpse of an unknown creature and walks back to the fire)
Survivor 3: What do you mean, more afraid of than the truth?
(Survivor 2 walks in, slams the unknown corpse on the ground in front of Survivors 1 + 3. Cut to scientist, listening in a quasi-dream state as the corpse is thrown down.)
Survivor 2: This here? This corpse? Tell me shit ain't fucked up. FUCKING TELL ME!!!
Survivor 3: Please, we cant jump to conclusions yet.... all creatures on Earth great and small...
Survivor 2: Shut up! No Bible bullshit!
(while they argue, the scientist has sat up and is listening, with an amused look on his face)
Survivor 2: Ive been against this shit from the beginning, and I am against it now. No more playing nice! No more fucking saving people! We save ourselves, and that's it!
Survivor 3: No! If we do that, what are we living for? What are we dying for?
You want to know what we are dying for?
Have you ever held a child in your arms? Looked down at that tiny innocent face? THAT is what we are dying for. And make no mistake, we are dying. At least, I am.
(scientist pulls out an old 3x5 picture of his family)
You either have something to live for, or something to forget. No one gets off easy.
Survivor 2: Motherfuck, We dont have time for this bullshit. Either he tells us what the fuck is going on, or I fucking blast him. We don't need a mouth to feed and wounds to heal. Fuck a scientist.
(Survivor 2 pulls his rifle out, and points it directly in the scientist's face. Breathing heavily, he aims, keeping his sight on the Scientist.)
Survivor 2: Talk, motherfucker. Or we are wasting oxygen.
(SCIENTIST slowly staggers to his feet. He pulls out his wallet from his back pocket.)
Scientist: My name is William McHafferty. And we are all going to die.
(the 3 survivors all look at each other in disbelief. Survivor 2 walks over and checks the id, while all 3 have weapons aimed at him)
Survivor 1: Why are we going to die?
SCIENTIST: Do you have any idea WHO that creature you killed was? Any idea of the ramifications of what you did? Shoot first ask questions later? Fucking morons.
(the survivors look amongst each other, not sure what to say)
SCIENTIST: Awesome, so I am tied up here with 3 imbeciles with a death wish.
(the survivors all tense up and cock their weapons, aiming at the scientist)
SCIENTIST: Go ahead, fucking shoot. Goddamn idiots....listen. What do you know about space? About stars? About.. creatures? Not a damn thing, I am sure. That's why I am the scientist, and you are the soldiers.
(Survivors lower their weapons)
SCIENTIST: Listen to me. You may not have meant wrong, you may have been protecting your own, but you just killed one of theirs.
(scientist looks towards the corpse Survivor 2 tossed)
SCIENTIST: They aren't gonna come here to talk damages. They are gonna come after you.
(Survivors all look towards one another, concerned that they are on the outside)
SCIENTIST: But... I know a place. A place where I can heal and they can't get you. We can... work as a team.
(survivors look at each other, than nod in agreement)
Survivor 2: Yeah... a team. We can spare some time to heal up, but I swear to God, scientist, I wlll break your neck with my bare hands if you are fucking us.
(scientist hears the threat, kinda pops his collar at it)
SCIENTIST: I need you. You need me... "Fucking" has nothing to do with it. Please, lets move on.
Survivor 1: So... if you are some big NASA scientist... what was in that big telescope we had focused in outer space? What planets did we find?
Survivor 2; There any living things? Im sick of looking for bacteria, I wanna look for pussy.
SCIENTIST: Don't be crude. There are lots of organisms to be on the look for.
Survivor 3: Do we need to load them up two by two? Like the Ark?
SCIENTIST: Like the ark? In the BIBLE? Young man, I applaud your gestures, but please dont take a 2,000 year old guide of life so literally. If all life relied on us getting a few pairs of wild animals on a ship to survive for all time, well...
(Survivor 3 quickly walks up into the scientist's face)
Survivor 3: HEY! Listen. I can listen to a lot of bullcrap out of your mouth, but I wont have you disrespecting the Bible on my watch. Disrespecting the Lord, disrespecting how things work. Cmon man
(SCIENTIST looks 3 in the eye, piercing.)
How things work?
You don't know shit yet, son.
I've been in and out of the Lord's blessings.
TO BE CONTINUED?
so I am supposed to kick this back to anyone. Well, come get it. Otherwise, I can flesh this thing out a bit.
"We've been divided, we've been bled,
Like a chicken without a head.
Running frantically amuck
Taking but not giving a fuck."