Down a Dark Path 16

DOWN A DARK PATH 

©Zig Bingham

A Work in Progress.  First Draft Released as Written Every Wednesday.

Part Sixteen

(Read from the Beginning)

May reaches out her hand to Gillan as Honor tugs at her sleeve.
Something major is happening inside the warehouse yard. A massive commotion.

MAY (CONT’D)
We gotta go now.

The brain washed party goers inside the compound turn to see what the commotion is. Several security guards rush into the melee of bodies deep within.

Gillan struggles to get up.

MAY (CONT’D)
Move it.

HONOR
Hurry.

Gillan responds and once up the three run off down the path, down the canal.
Honor leads and May helps Gillan who is slowly trying to get his shit together. Part way he stops and looks to his feet.

GILLAN
Where are my… Oh shit.

MAY
Deja vu?

GILLAN
Yeah!??!

MAY
It’ll pass. Your shoes are on your feet.

GILLAN
What the fuck is going on?

MAY
Someone spiked us all and we’re a part of some bullshit experiment.

Gillan stops and just stares at May.

MAY (CONT’D)
Gillan.

GILLAN
Ok.

May’s looks at Honor then back at Gillan.

MAY
It’s aliens Gillan.

GILLAN
OK.

MAY
From another dimension. Feeding on our brains

GILLAN
Ok.

HONOR
We got to go.

May continues to stare at Gillan for the first time she sees his eyes are almost completely opaque. Honor’s too.

MAY
Where are we going Honor?

HONOR
Home.

MAY
Where’s home?

HONOR
I don’t understand.

MAY
Where’s home?

Honor seems lost.

MAY (CONT’D)
Gillan lets go to your mum’s.

GILLAN
Ok.

But he doesn’t move.

Honor continues to stare.

Both motionless.

May looks around and somehow she’s further down the road than she thought.

She grabs Honor’s face and sees her eyes are also opaque.

How did she not see this?

Her two friends stand motionless before her, automaton-like shells or their former spikey selfs.

May backs up and find herself backing down into the dark alley.

She turns and sees a shape standing waiting for her.

Too dark to see.

But it is slight.

Young.

Familiar.

MAY
Tommy?

The shadow doesn’t respond. It just waits for her.

She tries to shake the image from her head but it remains.

It waits.

She decides to walk down the alley.

Slowly.

Defiantly.

Purposefully she strides towards the man waiting for her.

She takes one looks back at her friends still motionless at the mouth of the alley and turns back to the shadow.

The shadow reaches out a hand

A hand of friendship?

May reciprocates

And the two meet.

 

INT. THE DARK PLACE – CONTINUOUS

May now stands in a dark empty place. Well lit, safe.

The shadow is still a shadow the face unlit and as May steps forward the light seems to move with her and obscures the face of the shadow.

MAY
Who are you?

The Shadow doesn’t answer.

Or can’t

It simply holds her hand, bringing a second over the first. Reassuring May.

May starts to loose it.

Tears escape despite her best efforts.

Her lips quiver.

The Shadow tries to comfort her but it has no voice just it’s actions, it’s body language. A friend. Maybe something more.

May reaches out and hugs the Shadow and it hugs back.

For a moment they are together.

The Shadow steps back and caresses her face as we hear the very distant, muffled noise of a commotion.

Something invading this space.

May tries to hold onto the Shadow but it is pulled away or the distance grows larger and fainter and more distance and less substantial.

May turns as grey hands reach out and pull her back into the darkness back into…

CUT TO:

EXT. THE DARK ALLEY – CONTINUOUS

Ahead the Stag stand watching Gillan being dragged about by the Suit.

The Suit holds out a large knife.

May edges forward and her toes knocks into a half broken brick.

THE SUIT
Is she close? What that her? With you before?

Gillan tries not to give anything away. The Suit pushes the knife into Gillan’s belly a little.

THE SUIT
I can do anything. Anything I want. I can kill you and no one would care. I could butcher your family and rape your baby sister and nothing will happen. No-one will give a shit.

The Suit pushes the knife in a little more.

THE SUIT (CONT’D)
Where is she?

The Suit looks around expecting someone to come out of the shadows and rescue Gillan.

But no-one comes.

The Suit pulls the knife out and blood pours out of Gillan’s stomach and onto the floor beneath him.

The Suit stares at Gillan

THE SUIT (CONT’D)
You won’t last long without medical attention. You’re dying kid. Now I can stop the bleeding… stop the pain… but I need to know where the girl is.

GILLAN
I don’t know.

THE SUIT
Are you lying to me?

GILLAN
Jesus man. I don’t know where she is.
The Suit looks Gillan over properly.

SUIT
But you’re her boyfriend.

Gillan half laughs

GILLAN
Shows what you know asshole.

The Suit looks around him like he feels someone watching.

THE SUIT
I can feel you little girl. I know you’re watching.

The Suit circles the end of the alley.

THE SUIT (CONT’D)
Come out come out where ever you are.

The Suit stares into a dark corner.

Does he see something there.

Do we?

WHAM!

From behind May comes out swinging she smashes the big man around the head with the rock.

He goes down and May continues to kick the man again and again until he is a bloody heap on the ground. A gurgling mess that seems to pass out before her.

MAY
And don’t get back up.

She says holding the rock above her head.

Gillan’s groans distracts her a moment and the Suit lashes out at May slicing her belly. Blood pours out and she drops back and drops the rock.

The Suit still a mess just laughs even though it obviously hurts him. Something amuses him.

May is bleeding out like Gillan and the two look at each other trying to find strength

She struggles over the dropped rock.

The Suit checks his head and struggles to get up. All three on the brink of death.

The Suit drags himself over to May and pushes himself on top her.

May reaches for the rock but it is just out of reach.

SUIT
You want to party?

He grabs the rock and puts it into her hand. Closing her fingers around it.

Still on top of her bleeding out over her he offers his head to her rock and she tries to lift it but the energy is sapping from her.

He helps her but he too has no more energy. All he can do it lift the rock a little then drop it.

He falls over next to her.

May struggles away as much as she can. Disgusted and petrified at the same time but unable to move far such is the pain.l

Gillan reaches out and the two just about manage to hold each other’s hands.

The Suit smiles at them.

Behind him the Stag looks down, the Bullheaded creature still naked still erect makes an appearance but both hang back now passive observers.

Gillan pulls himself closer to May as she tries to do the same.

The Suit is dead. The life gone and he still has that horrible smile on his face and we see that the Two kids surrounded by the Mask people themselves surrounded by people from the party watching them die.

From the Suits mouth a squid slowly emerges, it’s tentacles tasting the air.

One of the crowd people picks up the creature and puts it into a mason jar.

May sees the crowd and remembers the bottles. The little vials.

She pulls them out.

One of the crowd look at her questioning.

She takes a sip of the liquid then downs the lot.

For a moment nothing happens.

Then slowly, piece by piece the world falls away like wax falling from a burning candle.

And May sees the truth and we see the world revealed, a sterile courtyard a laboratory maze built for it’s human subjects.

Some of the crowd also melt away, their face changing in and out of reality flickering between their imagined self and their real self. Some test subjects, some scientists in lab coats.

She looks down to herself and sees that she is still bleeding The remains of the Alley laid out around her sparse like an amateur drama production the set is so obviously fake.

One of the scientist breaks ranks as she starts to convulse and tremor.

SCIENTIST
Get a gurney here!

May starts to puke a gelatinous mess of writhing tentacles and she pukes up a squid that fights to stay within her.

SCIENTIST (CONT’D)
That’s it give it up. Push it out.

May complies and the squid plops onto the floor.

And May now starts to freak as the scientist pulls out a strange looking syringe gun.
She struggle to get up and tries to find a way out but she is surrounded by these scientists and their security guards now closing in on her.

May holds up the rock and threatens the scientists.

As the experiment controller closes in May screams.

SCIENTIST (CONT’D)
We got another one.

One of the guards grabs her from behind forcing the rock out of her hand and allowing the Scientist to insert the gun into her arm. With one last violent reaction she lashes out and scratches the face of the scientist who starts to bleed purple blood.

The scientist reloads the gun and shoots her again.

As she fades out we hear…

SCIENTIST (CONT’D)
Damn these creatures.

FADE TO BLACK.

FADE IN:

INT. THE DARK APARTMENT – TIME UNKNOWN.

We fade into feet. Toes wriggling on the carpet.

POV, we look up and we are back in the apartment.

Next to us is a boy. Tommy. He is a asleep. We look away and to the crack in the curtains.

We get up and go to the bathroom and run the taps.

Hot water steam up the bathroom and steam up the mirror.

For a long while we stare at our hands soaking in the sink.

Waiting for the sink to fill.

Once it does we throw our face into the bowl and submerge ourselves in the hot water and hold under the water for as long as we can.

We then come out and look to the mirror wiping the steam away and we see our reflection. May looks back staring deep into us. Her eyes asking us to save her or maybe it’s May resolving herself to continue fighting.

And we stare back for a long uncomfortable stare.

For far too long.

CUT TO BLACK:

TITLES: DOWN A DARK PATH

The End.

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