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Season One, Episode Eleven, InstinctEdit

TeaserEdit

EXT – WAREHOUSE DISTRICT


[This entire episode appears to be shot with a handheld camera held by Zack.]
[A car door opens, a pair of feet in high heels step out.]


AMY
Freddy, get going. But stay in the area. We’ll call you when we need you.


FREDDY
Yeah, you got it.


AMY
Zack, tell me we’re good for battery and drive space.


ZACK
Yeah, yeah, we’re good. I’m just cleaning the coffee off the-


AMY
Oh, today!


ZACK
Okay, yeah! Yeah, no, we’re good. We’re good.


AMY
Okay, let’s go! Let’s go!


ZACK
All right.


[Both begin running toward a warehouse]


ZACK
Hey, what about the stuff in the van. We can’t edit without it-


AMY
We need to travel light. This is happening now.


[Amy stops running as a police car drives past]


AMY
Cops haven’t even had time to set up a perimeter yet. [grins at camera] See what I mean?


[both resume running]


ZACK
Yeah, yeah, I do. Well, maybe there’s a good reason why the cops are coming down here, like the fact that something dangerous is going on. You said some people died, right?


AMY
Right! Which means something very cool and newsworthy is going on and whoever gets the exclusive on this is going to be in the driver’s seat for a network job.


ZACK
Okay, that’s – That’s really cool, it’s just, you know… You’re a weathergirl.


AMY
Meteorologist. And Bill O’Riley started as a weatherman, Dan Rather was a sportscaster. All you need is one big break. This, my friend, is mine.


ZACK
Yeah, but wasn’t O’Riley out of the-


AMY
Come on!


[They run up to police officer.]


AMY
Amy Saunders, Channel 13 Eyewitness News! Can you tell us what happened here tonight?


OFFICER
We don’t know anything yet, we’ll brief you guys once we know more.


AMY
Rumor is that three people are dead and there have been sightings of a wild animal of some kind loose in the area. Can you tell us what happened, is the public in danger? Is this a zoological crisis?


OFFICER
Look! You’ll know when we know, okay? Now, back off, both of you! This area’s off-limits, effective immediately.


[Officer puts his hand in front of camera lens, video cuts out and starts again with Amy walking up a loading dock toward a warehouse door.]


AMY
Just keep the camera rolling, I don’t wanna miss anything.


ZACK
I’m getting everything, don’t worry. How do you know there’s another way into this place?


[Amy tries the door on the loading dock. It’s locked.]


AMY
Crap.


[Amy heads for another door.]


ZACK
So, okay… I don’t know about this Amy. This is…


[A motorcycle sits unattended off to the side of the loading dock. It is recognizably Ashley’s.]


ZACK
Aw, sweet bike!


AMY
These warehouses are all inter-connected by a rail system. All we need to do is get into one before the cops cordon them all off…


[Amy spots an unlocked door next to where Ashley’s bike is parked.]


AMY
Like so!


ZACK
[uncertain] Like so.


[Amy pulls the door open and grins at the camera]


AMY
And hello Pulitzer.


[Amy disappears inside, leaving the door standing open]


ZACK
Oh, no, Amy…


[Camera footage cuts out]


INT - WAREHOUSE


[Amy is walking down the aisle, half-turning to address the camera.]


ZACK
Look, I’m just saying, if there’s a wild animal here, shouldn’t we be waiting until we know more about the situation?


AMY
By the time the cops get their act in gear, the story’ll be over. If we get the jump on this, we can make the 11 o’clock broadcast.


ZACK
Yeah, but what if it’s a hostage situation, you know like, or something like that or like a mad bomber or something and like the cops are just using the wild animal story as a cover or like… Hey! Maybe dudes from Homeland Security are coming because this is a terrorist-


AMY
Would you relax! I’ve been monitoring the police bands since the first 9-1-1 call. Witnesses said some kind of lizard or something escaped from a cargo ship and attacked some people. So, if we get the exclusive footage on the recapture, I get a promotion, you get a raise.


ZACK
I don’t want a raise, Amy. I wanna live!


AMY
Seriously, Zack, just man up, okay? We’ll be fine.


ZACK
Oh, yeah, well! I’m gonna “man up” and we’re gonna- Holy!


[Something dark drips on Amy from above. The camera tilts up to show a dead body on top of a tack of pallets, dripping blood from a head wound and the arm.]


ZACK
Holy crap!


[Zack splutters as Amy gasps and backs away, wiping blood from her face as she starts running down the aisle away from the dead body.]


ZACK
This is-


AMY
Keep recording!


ZACK
Are you ins-? Yeah, I’m gonna keep recording. There’s dead people and I’m gonna keep recording!


[Amy rounds a corner to see another dead body on the floor with a deep neck wound.]


ZACK
Oh my god! Oh my god. That guy’s totally- ! I mean, he’s- Holy…


[Zack continues babbling “Holy-” as Amy rounds a corner into another room with a dead body in it. There’s a loud noise above them and the camera whips up to see a dark shadow flit across the rafters away from them.]


ZACK
[panicked whisper] Amy! That was not a zoo creature or a- I don’t know what that was, that was something entirely different. What was that?


AMY
[panicked whisper] I know, I know, I don’t know.


ZACK
What the hell was that?


AMY
[recovering composure] I don’t know. But it knows we’re here.


END TEASER


OPENING CREDITS

Act OneEdit

INT – WAREHOUSE


[Amy is running around and peering down all the aisles.]


ZACK
We’re gonna leave now right? I mean, I don’t need a science degree to figure out that thing that we saw is what killed those people!


AMY
Zack, just calm down. We don’t know what we saw.


ZACK
Yes! We do! We saw three extremely dead dudes and something that looked like a giant frickin’- I don’t know what, but like an insect or something!


AMY
Look, whatever’s going on here, it’s bigger than we first thought. The higher the body count, the better the chance whatever we file will get picked up nationally. So just grow a pair, will ya?


[A hand reaches out from around a corner and grabs Amy by the arm, pulling her backwards next to a pile of boxes and a long-haired man in a cover-all. Amy lets out a shriek.]


ZACK
Amy! Hey, don’t-!


[Workman reaches out and hauls Zack in next to Amy and him behind the boxes.]


WORKMAN
[whispering] Shut up! Shut up! Shhh! Both of ya, shut up! How did you get in here?


ZACK
Oh- but- you… It was her idea.


AMY
I don’t- wha- but... We’re with Channel 13… Please don’t-


WORKMAN
You’re both gonna die if you don’t get out right now.


[Group falls silent as a they hear some kind of animal or insect screech echo through the warehouse.]


WORKMAN
There’s something in here.


ZACK
I know! I know! But she- We saw it, what the hell is it?


WORKMAN
I don’t know.


AMY
You saw it.


WORKMAN
But it killed three of us before we could even blink. It got three of my buddies, too, who tried to stop it.


ZACK
Okay, seriously, we are so outta here!


AMY
Zack…


WORKMAN
I been watching it. It can only focus on one target at a time. Now, the only chance you have is if I give it something to chase instead, you understand?


AMY
No, we’re not leaving.


ZACK
Yes, yes! We are, thank you!


[Workman pushes Amy out from behind the boxes to point down the aisle.]


WORKMAN
You see that door over there?


ZACK
Yeah!


[Amy shakes her head frantically.]


WORKMAN
Now, you go for it, like a bat outta hell when I give it the distraction, okay?


ZACK
Okay!


WORKMAN
Wait for my mark!


AMY
[on the brink of terrified tears] No! No!


WORKMAN
Ready? Okay!


[Workman runs out into aisle, waving arms and yelling]


WORKMAN
Hey! Go, go, go!


[Amy and Zack begin running towards the door. Zack trips and lands on the floor.]


AMY
Zack!


WORKMAN
Get up, man! Get up, get up! Go!


[Amy runs back to Zack, helps him onto his feet, then turns as they both run for the door. The camera pans back around to look at the man. He’s facing down a different aisle, waving his arms.]


WORKMAN
Hey! Hey! Over here!


[He falls backwards out of sight and stops yelling as some insect-sound goes by. Amy runs a couple of steps back toward the man.]


AMY
Zack, tell me you got that!


ZACK
Amy! Come on!


[A person-sized insect-looking thing jumps up to cling to the side of a storage rack, then jumps up to hang from the ceiling before jumping out of sight, reappearing when it lands on the storage shelf above Amy and Zack. Zack yells incoherently as both start running away from the creature. Zack falls as the creature lands on him.]


AMY
Zack!


ZACK
Ah! Get it off me! [incoherent yelling]


[Loud boom like a gunshot]


ZACK
Oh my god!


[A pair of black-clad legs walk into frame from further down the aisle, wearing familiar black heels.]


AMY
Are you okay?


ZACK
Are you insane!


[Camera pans up to show the feet belong to Helen]


HELEN
Clear! Henry!


HENRY
I’m on it!


[Henry hurries up to Helen and takes her sonic disruptor, begins fidgeting with it while Helen draws her handgun. Zack is whimpering.]


HELEN
Are you two all right?


ZACK
[whines] No.


[Will comes up from behind Helen and Henry.]


WILL
I’m not sure if that was a direct hit, but it’s gone for now. Ashley’s- [sees camera crew] What the hell is this? What’s with the camera.


AMY
Whu-What did- What did you do to it?


HENRY
Short-wave sonic weapon. Haven’t met a creature yet that likes getting hit with it-


HELEN
Henry.


HENRY
When it works.


[Henry resumes tinkering, Helen approaches Amy and Zack, pistol pointed at the ground.]


HELEN
Who are you two? Journalists?


AMY
We’re with Channel 13.


[Helen strides past Amy, Henry moving up to follow before stopping next to Amy]


AMY
I’m –


HENRY
Amy Saunders! Weekend weather watch. The Fabulous Amy. I love your show.


[Will comes over]


HENRY
I mean, uh, I watch it. When I can.


WILL
You’re a, uh, a weathergirl?


AMY
Meteorologist.


ZACK
Almost. You’re actually short a few credits, so-


[Will and Henry push past to follow Helen. Amy glares at Zack and gestures for him to follow after the rest of them.]


ZACK
Yeah, I just… Sorry. Where are we going?


[Zack rounds corner to see Henry, Will, and Helen, with Ashley walking up. Zack continues towards her]


ASHLEY
Hey! Still no sign of it except for three more KIAs.


[Zack gets close to Ashley, who steps back sharply]


ASHLEY
Dude! You mind getting that camera out of my face?


[Zack backs off quickly.]


ZACK
Oh, yeah, sure, sorry.


ASHLEY
Who the hell are these guys?


AMY
Who the hell are you guys? I mean, I’ve never heard of a sonic super whatever. What are you? Federal law enforcement? Military intelligence?


ASHLEY
What is this- ? [Gestures at camera crew unhappily]


WILL
Magnus, they just can’t-


HELEN
Listen! You two can’t stay here, this is an extremely unstable situation.


ZACK
[hissing to Amy] I told you!


AMY
Why? What’s going on?


[Zack gets the camera a bit too close to Helen]


HELEN
For god’s sake, stop filming us!


[puts hand up over camera and footage cuts out.]


INT - WAREHOUSE


[The group is standing in the same corner of the warehouse next to a table and a bunch of equipment lockers.]


WILL
You don’t understand what’s going on here-


AMY
I am a journalist! [to Zack] And you will stop filming when I say so, [to Helen] not you. People have a right to know the truth.


ASHLEY
This truth, they don’t. If you guys stick around, it’ll get messy, trust me.


WILL
[to Helen] Look, we can’t babysit them, it’s too dangerous.


HELEN
I say we tranq them, stuff ‘em in a crate. Wake them when we’re done.


ZACK
You know, I’m right here. I can totally hear you.


HELEN
We can’t do that. We’d leave them vulnerable to the creature if we leave them on their own.


AMY
Excuse me. Men in Black? You can’t drug us, and you can’t kick us out. Okay, whatever you people are up to, we want in.


WILL
Why? So it can end up on the 11 o’clock news?


AMY
You wanna catch this thing, right?


WILL
Yeah.


AMY
We just wanna document it. Okay? We will give you all of the footage when this thing is over. I promise. But don’t cut us out of the plan.


[Whole group whirls around towards a loud bang from somewhere nearby and the sound of the creature shrieking.]


ZACK
Woah!


HELEN
[to Amy] You film what I tell you to film. Nothing more. Fail to play by my rules and you will be left on your own, understood?


ZACK
I’m- I’m down with that.


AMY
Okay.


WILL
Hold on a second, we can’t just-


HELEN
We don’t have a choice. Escorting them out wastes precious time, plus I don’t think they’d go quietly.


AMY
Definitely not.


[Helen moves to peer over Henry’s shoulder at a device he’s holding.]


WILL
This is crazy. It’s- it’s crazy.


HELEN
Henry, do we have a fix?


HENRY
Yeah, just- Hold still everybody, I’m scanning. Uh, okay! I have movement… It’s moving out of range, fast. Southwest corner!


AMY
You guys know what this thing is, don’t you?


HELEN
Just let us do our jobs, please.


ASHLEY
Henry, how long do you need to set up?


HENRY
Oh god, I dunno. Just so many places in here I could set up a shockweb.


[Henry covers his mouth while his eyes dart from place to place. Helen rests a firmly comforting hand on his back for a moment.]


HELEN
Henry, just tell us what you need and a timeframe.


HENRY
[calmer] Okay. Here. Here. By this crane. Just give me two minutes to set it up, then you send it running in here and it’s game over.


ASHLEY
Cool. Two minutes coming up. Uh, motion sensor.


[Henry hands the motion sensor to Ashley, Ashley exits]


AMY
[to Helen] Who are you guys?


[Will steps across Helen to take Amy by the shoulder and walk her away.]


WILL
Amy, we’ll explain what we can, um… We’re a private research facility-


[Amy and Will walk away. Zack stays focused on Helen, who glares at him and shakes her head. Camera cuts out.]


INT - WAREHOUSE


[Henry is swallowing a pill while standing at a the table next to the equipment lockers. His gear is arrayed beside him.]


ZACK
Cool. What are, uh, what are those for?


[Henry just looks at him for a moment before dropping the pill bottle into a toolbox and stuffing flat discs for the shockweb into his pocket.]


ZACK
That’s some super-cool stuff, though. Are those little like, blow-uppey things or something? Cool.


[Henry picks up his laptop an moves away from the table, mentally calculating something as he points at different places in the room.]


ZACK
[whispers to self] Check this out. Is that what you guys do, though? You hunt things, like- like that thing? Cuz that’s some seriously hard-core equipment you guys got. Are you just mapping out where the bombs are gonna go?


HENRY
Could you maybe go film something else while I do this, please?


ZACK
Yeah! Yeah.


HENRY
Thank you.


[Zack backs away from Henry and focuses from a distance on Amy, Helen and Will. The words are indistinct, but it’s clear that Helen and Amy are arguing. Henry walks back into frame, glances at the group around Helen, then bends to address Zack]


HENRY
It’s my first real mission, see. And I’ve been wanting to get out in the field since I got this job. Truthfully, I just don’t wanna blow it. You know what I mean?


[Henry continues attaching discs to various things.]


ZACK
Yeah, I know what you mean, dude. It’s cool. I’m just saying, whatever your job is, you can-


HENRY
I can’t tell you that, bro. Excuse me.


[Henry moves off to continue placing discs.]


ZACK
Yeah, okay. [whispering to self] I don’t even… woah. This is insane…


HENRY
[across room] Okay, doc. We are ready to go. Shockweb is hot.


[Everyone begins crossing over to join Henry.]


HELEN
Let’s hope this works. I don’t know how much time we have before the police begin investigating this warehouse.


WILL
Three dead that they know of. Once they trace the killings here, they’ll cordon off the entire area and then bring in SWAT to secure the building. I say we have twenty, maybe thirty minutes tops before the window of opportunity closes.


AMY
Opportunity for what?


HELEN
Capturing it alive.


AMY
[squeak] What?


HELEN
Let’s take cover.


[Everyone moves to crouch behind various pieces of cover]


AMY
[whispering] Ready, Zack?


HELEN
[into radio] Ashley, we’re ready. Send it our way.


ASHLEY
[over radio] Making it happen.


[Gunshots off in the distance and the creature’s shriek draw everyone’s eyes as Ashley runs back around the corner.]


ASHLEY
Kay, it is pissed!


[Ashley crouches on the far side of the room, firing back the way she came.]


HELEN
[whispering into radio] Are you sure?


[Electricity arcs across the room and the creature falls to the floor as the lights flicker. When the lights come back on, there is a big black mark on the floor where the creature had been and the camera is laying on the floor. It moves as Zack picks it up.]


AMY
Zack! Zack, did you do it?


ZACK
Yeah. Yeah, I think so.


[Zack and Amy get up to join Helen and Ashley next to the scorch mark.]


AMY
What happened? Did you get it?


WILL
Not exactly.


HENRY
I can’t believe that thing shook off a hundred thousand volts!


ZACK
So it didn’t work. What does that mean?


HELEN
It means this creature’s far more powerful than we thought.


AMY
Oh yeah? So what’s plan B?


WILL
We’re working on it.


[Camera cuts out.]


Act TwoEdit

INT - WAREHOUSE


[Everyone is standing around scratching their heads, literally in Henry’s case. Amy grabs Zack’s elbow and pulls him aside.]


AMY
Zack! Come here… Sit down. Can you give me my stuff?


ZACK
Yeah, okay. Just hold on. Just gotta get this- Here.


[Camera tilts sideways as Zack hands a makeup compact to Amy.]


AMY
Thank you. [Begins cleaning her face.]


ZACK
Listen to me. We got some really cool footage, okay? And, and probably enough to get us a promotion and all that. But could we just get the hell outta here now?


AMY
Oh Zack. Zackey, these people are far more than research scientists. [looks at herself in mirror] Oh god. Zack?


ZACK
[irritated] What?


AMY
This is another man’s blood on my face.


[Amy begins dabbing at her face and hair with a handkerchief.]


ZACK
Yeah. I know. It’s disgusting. It makes me want to throw up.


AMY
[sighs] Anyway, they knew this thing was in here and they came prepared.


ZACK
Uh, not really. That shock thing totally blew up and it got away.


AMY
Yeah, well, the point is, they are part of the story now, too, not just the creature. We need to learn as much about them as we can.


ZACK
Yeah, but you said you were going to give all the footage back to Dr. Magnus.


AMY
Yeah, I told her that just so she wouldn’t toss us outta here.


ZACK
Oh, great. So now you’re totally playing her?


AMY
We get footage of them bagging this thing, sell it to the highest bidder, this is [indistinct] money, okay? This is way bigger than we thought.


ZACK
You gotta be kidding me.


AMY
Look. Government black ops, military, private security firm, whatever these people do for a living, they want to keep it a secret.


ZACK
Yeah. Well, maybe they’re playing us, you think of that? And they’re gonna kill us after we’re done recording their little nature documentary.


[Amy looks back over her shoulder at Will, Ashley, and Helen gathered around Henry’s worktable. Amy resumes reapplying her makeup.]


AMY
You should be rolling on this!


ZACK
Yeah, I know!


AMY
Zoom in!


[Camera zooms in, audio from the table becomes clearer.]


ASHLEY
Well, we have plenty of firepower, we can always fall back on that.


HELEN
It’s definitely larger and faster than I had anticipated.


WILL
Yeah, and more dangerous. But I’m guessing you still want to take it alive.


HELEN
It’s incredibly valuable intact. If we can’t do it without more collateral damage, I think we should try.


WILL
And if not?


HELEN
People are dead. If we have to, we kill it.


ASHLEY
Okay. Good. We have a Plan B, I feel better.


HENRY
Okay, so… How do you wanna bag this thing in one piece? I mean, I can put up the shockweb again but this thing’s totally fried.


ASHLEY
And the sonic’s broken. Again. Dude, I told you it needed better shielding.


HENRY
Yeah, which messes with the weight-balance ratio, Ash! We-


HELEN
Don’t move! It’s right behind-


[The camera tilts wildly and Zack starts yelling]


ZACK
Gah! Ah! Where? Tell me where!


[Helen walks over with an angry smirk on her face.]


HELEN
Please don’t eavesdrop like that again.


ZACK
[weakly] Yeah, sorry. I- I didn’t mean to.


[Helen walks calmly back to the table]


ZACK
[fierce whisper to Amy] I hate you!


AMY
[rolls her eyes in disgust and whispering to self] So stupid.


[Camera shuts off.]


INT - WAREHOUSE


[Amy is running to catch up to the others.]


HELEN
Go with tranq rounds only. Everyone armed. You, too, Will. We hit it enough times, we should bring it down. Failing that, the gloves come off and we switch to live ammo. Two teams. Ashley and Henry, take the journalist. Will and I’ll take the cameraman.


AMY
Who will keep taping.


HELEN
Absolutely. If we do have to kill it, I want as much detailed footage of its anatomy as possible. Thorax and mandible, preferably, also images of its pincers and anterior skeletal protrusions would be very helpful.


ZACK
Yeah, yeah… Mandi- What’s a pin- What’s a pincer? Pinzer?

[Camera cuts as everyone starts splitting up.]


INT - WAREHOUSE


[Footage of Zack’s running feet]


ZACK
[under breath] Dude, I got a 9,000-pound camera here. [grunts, camera shuts off]


INT - WAREHOUSE


[Helen and Will move slowly, sweeping the area with guns drawn.]


ZACK
[to self] Just- ow! [to Helen and Will] Looks like a giant cockroach or something.


HELEN
Gorgeous, isn’t it?


ZACK
[under breath, sarcastically] Yeah.


HELEN
Theoretical name is blatella asahjenai sapien. Extremely rare species found on islands off the coasts of Japan and Korea.


WILL
Supposed to possess physiological attributes dating back to the Paleozoic era.


ZACK
What, like dinosaurs?


HELEN
Try 150 million years earlier. It’s biological makeup could offer new insights into our genetic building blocks.


ZACK
Yeah, but it killed like five people.


HELEN
Well, taken from their natural surroundings, even the most docile creatures become aggressive, especially when they’re trapped.


[beeping]


ZACK
Oh! Battery warning light. Just give me a second, guys.


[camera cuts out, comes back on to same basic scene.]


ZACK
So, how’d it get from some island in Japan to here?


HELEN
We don’t know. We just got word that someone was trying to smuggle a rare abnormal into the country.


ZACK
A what?


HELEN
Creature. By the time we got here, it’d already broken loose and attacked people.


ZACK
Who managed to capture one of those totally vicious aliens like in the movies, which I used to think were awesome. Not anymore, though. Woah, it’s freezing in here. [They all walk along both Helen and Will sweeping the area with their guns]


WILL
Magnus.


[Camera focuses on a large shipping crate with the lid off. Helen comes up beside Will as they approach it.]


WILL
Careful.


HELEN
[to Will] It’s not in there. [to Zack] Zack.


ZACK
Yeah, yeah, I’m getting it.


[The crate is full of web-like structures and covered in goo.]


ZACK
Woah. Cool!


WILL
It looks like it made a nest in here. A chrysalis of some kind.


HELEN
Likely to keep itself safe while it traveled. But why wait until the journey’s over to break out?


[Helen takes sample of goo with a q-tip and glass vial.]


WILL
Maybe whoever captured it drugged it. Wakes up here, gets mad and busts out before anyone can take possession of the cargo.


[Will bends down to examine shipping labels]


HELEN
But it had time to build a safe traveling environment. It’s odd.


ZACK
Yeah, totally.


[Helen finishes sealing her sample.]


ZACK
It’s kinda cool, though. It looks like that stuff from Ghostbusters.


[Helen and Will look up at the sound of a helicopter flying overhead.]


ASHLEY
[over radio] Mom.


HELEN
[radio] Go, Ashley.


ASHLEY
[radio] Henry’s been monitoring police chatter. The area is secured and SWAT is fifteen minutes away. Window is closing.


WILL
We gotta go.


HELEN
[radio] Meet us back in engine repair. I have something for Henry to run through the mobile lab.


ASHLEY
[radio] Copy that.


[Camera cuts out as they move out.]


INT - WAREHOUSE


[Helen and Will hurry down an aisle.]


ZACK
So, like, choppers are coming in and that’s it, we’re done, right? Choppers coming? We should, like, team up with them or-


WILL
Hey, quit it with the yabbering.


ZACK
Oh yeah sure, sorry, sorry.


[Camera cuts out.]


INT - WAREHOUSE


[Helen and Will continue down an aisle as Ashley, Henry and Amy round the corner to meet them.]


ASHLEY
Hey! They have a full tactical unit inbound. This building will be one of the first they sweep.


HELEN
Once they arrive, how long before they breach our perimeter?


WILL
Ten minutes, tops. We don’t have time to screw around.


[Henry stops to take the rear position as the group starts down the aisle.]


HENRY
[quietly, to Zack] Go, Zack.


HELEN
[still talking to Will and Ashley] I don’t plan to.


ZACK
What does that mean?


[camera starts flickering]


ZACK
Oh, I think the battery’s loose on-


[cuts out]


INT - WAREHOUSE


[Same part of the warehouse as before with the equipment lockers. Helicopters are loud over the building. Helen, Ashley, and Will are grouped around a table looking at a paper of some kind. Helen glares at the camera and Ashley doesn’t look much more welcoming, so Zack carries it over to where Henry is at another table in the corner doing something with the scanner.]


AMY
Zack.


ZACK
What?


[Amy grabs Zack and pulls him aside.]


AMY
Come here.


ZACK
What?


AMY
What’d you find out?


ZACK
Uh, um, it made a nest, it’s supposedly older than a dinosaur or something, and oh! It’s from Japan.


AMY
[irritated] About them.


ZACK
Oh! I dunno. They’re cool, and they’re smart,


[Camera tracks over to focus on Ashley, Will, and Helen]


ZACK
And the blonde one is totally hot.


[Amy pulls the camera back around to her.]


AMY
Zack, you are completely useless.


ZACK
Amy, I’m a- I’m a camera tech, not a war correspondent, okay? So why don’t you cut me a little slack because I think, under the circumstances, I’m doing a pretty good job of holding this all together-


AMY
Okay, okay. I’m sorry. You’re great. Okay. Just calm down.


ZACK
[irritated] I’m calmed down.


AMY
Look, follow me. I will show you how it is done.


ZACK
[scoffs] Oh, okay, this I gotta see.


[Amy gestures impatiently for him to catch up as she starts across the room to Henry.]


ZACK
Okay.


[Amy comes up behind Henry and puts her hand on the back of his chair. She’s smiling and oozing charm. Henry barely looks up as he keeps working.]


AMY
Hey, Harry. How’s it going?


HENRY
It’s Henry.


AMY
Right. Um, is this really your first mission? Because you seem awfully calm and confident. Look at all this amazing technology you’ve designed.


HENRY
Oh. Boy. Okay. I know what you’re doing because you know I’m a big fanboy and you’re trying to use your feminine wiles to get me to tell you things that I can’t tell you, but… I can’t tell you.


AMY
That obvious, huh?


HENRY
Just a tad. Look, this is a big opportunity for me.


AMY
So.


[Ashley suddenly comes up to the table and leans in front of Henry to collect ammunition magazines while giving Amy a hostile stare. She walks back over to rejoin Helen and Will.]


AMY
Lot of… bullets.


[Henry resumes working.]


AMY
So, uh, you’re the tech support guy for the team?


HENRY
Pretty much.


AMY
Tied to a lab, watching everyone else get the glory.


HENRY
Yeah, look, I just wanna prove that I can do this, that’s all.


AMY
Henry, that’s all I’m trying to do, too. You honestly think I want to be “Weather Watch with the Fabulous Amy” for the rest of my life? I want to be taken seriously as a journalist. And that’s why I took this chance. And you know if all that happens to this footage is that it ends up in a drawer somewhere in your lab, then, fine. But at least I know that it exists, and that I had the guts to follow my instincts, you know?


[Henry gestures at the scanner he’s using.]


HENRY
Okay, so I’m analyzing the organic compound found in the creature’s nest, see if I can find a chemical signature so that we can trace it a little more accurately.


AMY
Cool. So, um, when you catch it, is your facility or headquarters far away? I mean, you guys local?


HENRY
I really do like your show. I watch it all the time. [to Zack] Do you mind?


[Henry stands up and carries the scanner over to Helen. Zack laughs and focuses back on Amy.]


ZACK
Yeah, that was- [laughs] You showed me how it was done.


[camera cuts out]


INT - WAREHOUSE


[Helen and Henry are moving down the corridor against the wall. Will comes up from behind them.]


ASHLEY
[off-screen, shouting] Mom!


[The group moves into a room where Ashley found Workman from earlier, leaning on a wall. He’s covered in blood and has a large puncture wound on his leg and shoulder. Helen rushes over to him.]


ASHLEY
He’s alive, but he’s not well.


ZACK
Oh! That’s the guy from before!


ASHLEY
You know him?


AMY
Yeah, when we were first in here, he helped us. We thought he was…


HELEN
He’s lost a lot of blood. Could be spinal damage. We can’t move him until I know more.


[camera cuts out]


INT – WAREHOUSE ROOM


[It’s moments after the camera cut out. Helen is applying bandages to Workman]


ASHLEY
Henry, how long until the scanner’s ready?


HENRY
Two minutes, almost done calibrating.


WILL
Non-fatal wounds to the shoulder and knee. Why would it leave him alive?


HELEN
Maybe it didn’t want to kill, it just… disabled what it viewed as a threat?


ASHLEY
Okay, let’s stop playing games. Let’s take this thing down.


[Workman suddenly regains consciousness and grabs Helen’s arm in a panic.]


HELEN
Don’t move, don’t move! You’re safe! You’re safe!


WILL
You’re okay, you’re okay.


ZACK
No- what? No, he isn’t.


[Everyone turns to glare at Zack.]


WILL
Hey!


ZACK
Sorry! It’s just, why lie to the guy?


WORKMAN
Is it- is it still in here?


HELEN
For now, it’s keeping its distance. We think we may have frightened it into hiding.


WORKMAN
No! Uh uh, no! You won’t stop it. It moves too fast.


WILL
Did it attack you for any reason, did you provoke it?


WORKMAN
No. Run, hide, fight… It doesn’t matter, man, it doesn’t make any difference. It’s not hiding from us. No. No. It’s watching us right now. It’s learning.


[Everyone jumps and turns to look as creature screeches somewhere out in the warehouse.]


HENRY
I don’t see it!


HELEN
Ashley.


ASHLEY
Yeah.


HELEN
Stay with him.


[Helen, Will, and Amy rise to leave the room.]


AMY
Zack, come on!


HELEN
Let’s go, Henry.


[camera stops]


INT - WAREHOUSE


[Helen, Will, and Henry are shoulder-to-shoulder moving slowly down an aisle. Amy is behind them.]


AMY
[to Zack] Rolling?


ZACK
Amy, I’m rolling. Don’t worry.


HENRY
Ugh, chemical signature’s all over the place. The chrysalis it made is preventing a clear lock, plus it could’ve left more residue in places around here.


HELEN
Can you refine the signal?


HENRY
Not on the fly, no.


AMY
You can’t find it? [scoffs] I thought you guys knew what you were doing.


HELEN
We do. It’s a matter of being prepared for the unexpected.


[Amy and Zack gasp as the lights cut out completely.]


HELEN
See what I mean?


ZACK
What the hell just happened?


[Will, Henry, and Helen turn on flashlights]


AMY
You think the cops turned off the power?


WILL
They have no reason to. As far as they know, this isn’t a hostage crisis.


HELEN
[to Zack] Turn on your on-board light.


[Zack switches on the camera’s light, suddenly illuminating the creature clinging to the shelf behind Helen. Zack yells as the creature jumps. The camera cuts in and out, showing flashes of people moving quickly. It finally cuts out completely.]

Act ThreeEdit

INT – WAREHOUSE


[When the camera image stabilizes, Helen is firing two shots as Will and Henry aim in the same direction. Amy is on the ground behind Will.]


HELEN
Will, get them out of the way! Henry, covering fire!


WILL
Come on.


[Will moves to hustle Amy back away from the creature.]


WILL
[to Zack] All right, come on! Let’s go!


ZACK
Okay, okay!


WILL
Let’s go! Now! Come on!


[Will, Amy, and Zack move quickly down the aisle away from the sound of gunshots.]


ZACK
All right, all right, all right, all- [gasping]


[Will shoves Zack down next to Amy as Amy crouches behind a box with her hands over her ears. Will is at the corner, aiming back down the aisle toward where Magnus and Henry are still shooting.]


WILL
[to Zack without looking] You okay?


ZACK
[half hysterical] Did you see that thing? I mean-


WILL
[turning to look at Zach] Are you injured?


ZACK
I dunno! I think- I think- I think I’m all right.


[Amy doesn’t move or respond. Will crouches down and grabs Amy to make her look at him.]


WILL
Hey, hey. It’s okay. You’re okay.


AMY
It’s just… waiting for us…


WILL
Hey! Look at me, look at me. Look at me. You’re okay.


AMY
[Amy looks at Will] It was…


WILL
I know.


AMY
It was just waiting for us.


WILL
I know. It’s gonna be okay. It’s gonna be okay.


[Will moves back to corner to resume firing down the aisle at the creature.


AMY
Zack! Did you- Did you get any footage?


ZACK
Are you kidding me? I almost dropped a deuce on myself when the lights went out.


[Henry and Helen fall back to the corner where Will had been. Will is off camera.]


HENRY
[gasping] Well! That was interesting.


HELEN
Good shooting, Henry.


ZACK
What happened?


HELEN
We winged it with a couple of tranqs.


AMY
You think it’s unconscious?


HELEN
To be honest, I think we just made it angrier.


WILL
[echoing from behind the group] Magnus.


[Camera spins to show Will a short distance away, staring at the sparking remains of the electrical panel for the warehouse. The group runs over to see that the wires have been torn apart.]


WILL
It definitely wasn’t the cops who cut the lights.


ZACK
It’s an insect. It can’t know how to work an electrical panel.


[Everyone turns as the creature shrieks from somewhere off behind them.]


ZACK
Can it?


WILL
Even if it can, why kill the power?


HELEN
Because it sees better in the dark! Damn it.


[Zack stands too close to Helen and she gives him a look.]


ZACK
Sorry.


[Camera cuts off.]


INT – WAREHOUSE ROOM


[The group fell back to the room with the injured Workman. Henry stands at the door, aiming out into the warehouse’s main room. Amy is next to him. Helen, Will, and Ashley are over next to Workman. Zack is about halfway between the two groups with the camera, swinging from one to the other.]


HELEN
I’ve stabilized him for now, but we need to get him back to the Sanctuary as soon as possible.


WILL
None of this is going how we planned.


ZACK
[to himself] No kidding.


[Henry gives Zack a look as Henry moves toward Helen and the others.]


HENRY
[to Zack] Dude, can you can the commentary for awhile?


ZACK
I’m just saying, this thing’s owned our asses so far, man.


ASHLEY
Yeah, well, as much as we’d love to blow its ass to kingdom come, it’s not cooperating.


HELEN
Will?


WILL
I’m just trying to find a logic pattern. Somebody brings this thing here, it gets free and kills, what? Six people?


HELEN
And it’s remarkably intelligent.


WILL
And none of the perimeter alarms have been tripped since we set ‘em up. Why not escape? It’s not exactly like we’re holding the line.


ASHLEY
It’s not trying to leave.


WILL
Exactly. Which makes me wonder, why this warehouse? Why make this its turf?


ZACK
Yeah, why not go tearing through town on some huge killing spree or something?


WILL
There was a shipping tag on the container it made its chrysalis in. If we can find out who brought it here, we might be able to find out how they captured it in the first place.


HELEN
Warehouse manifest.


WILL
Should be in one of those offices on the other side of the building.


HELEN
All right, you three go, find out what you can. I need to get this man ready for transport.


HENRY
I can take him in the van.


HELEN
Are you sure?


HENRY
Yeah. You guys need to finish this. I’ve had my fun. We gotta get this dude outta here.


HELEN
Thank you, Henry. [to Zack and Amy] You sure you want to stay?


AMY
You need the footage, and a reporter never abandons her cameraman.


ZACK
We’re just gonna go to the control office or whatever, right? Not find more nests?


WILL
Yeah. That’s the plan.


ZACK
[deep breath] Let’s do it.


[Will and Ashley move to the door, Zack gets up to follow them.]


AMY
[to Zack] Be careful.


[camera cuts out]


INT – WAREHOUSE


[Camera focuses on Ashley’s butt as they climb stairs.]


INT – WAREHOUSE OFFICE


[Office full of file cabinets and a table.]


ASHLEY
What, uh-


WILL
Check inside there.


ASHLEY
Okay.


[Ashley moves to the file cabinet Will had indicated while Will crosses the room to the papers on the table. Zack stays with Ashley.]


ZACK
Well, so, uh… What’re we looking for?


ASHLEY
Well, we are looking for something that might tell us how to stop that thing.


ZACK
Right! Cool. Is there anything?


ASHLEY
Well, I don’t know, you keep asking me questions.


ZACK
Sorry. [pause] I know this is probably the worst time in the history of the world, but is there any way that you and I could go out for, you know…


[Will looks up from the papers on the table]


ZACK
Something to eat or drink or a [indistinct food item] or something like that.


[Will laughs quietly and turns back to the papers on the table. Ashley stares at Zack with a deer-in-the-headlights expression before riffling absently through the papers in her hands.]


ZACK
Tea?


ASHLEY
Um. I’m flattered-


ZACK
Zack.


ASHLEY
Zack, right. I don’t, uh, I don’t go out on dates, much.


ZACK
Oh. Yeah. Yeah, I know. I don’t- me neither, I’m not- I’m not trying to put you on the spot, it’s just, you know, the possibility of me dying just it always brings out the desperado in me.


ASHLEY
Right. Rain check?


ZACK
Yeah, great! Great! So, so uh, are you- you’re not a vegetarian, are you?


ASHLEY
[shakes head slightly] What are you- why- what- what are- what are you thinking?


ZACK
Oh, I was just thinking, like, you know, maybe like some Kobe beef or something like-


ASHLEY
Steaks?


ZACK
Yeah.


ASHLEY
Um-


ZACK
Or- Yeah.


WILL
I think I got something.


ZACK
Oh, oh good…


[Zack and Ashley both make relieved sounds and move to join Will.]


WILL
The crate we found the chrysalis in was one of two items registered to the Japanese vessel Miyazaki, out of Hokkaido. The other is a container full of medical supplies, no export company or local receiver listed.


ASHLEY
Location?


WILL
Section 12?


ASHLEY
Huh. Peachy.


[Ashley steps over to wall and pulls down a paper map of the warehouse, grinning.]


ASHLEY
This way.


[Camera cuts out as Ashley, Will and Zack head for the door.]


INT – WAREHOUSE


[Ashley moves down an aisle, flashlights and guns sweeping the dark shelves. Zack stumbles noisily into something.]


ZACK
Woah, uh. Sorry.


[Camera cuts out]


INT – WAREHOUSE


[Ashley and Will move down an aisle between a tall shelf of shipping boxes and rows of large shipping containers of the kind used on ships and trucks. Will stops to pay attention to one with deep gouges on the doors.]


ZACK
Woah. Scratched.


WILL
I guess we’re not the only ones who are curious about what’s in here.


ZACK
Wild.


WILL
[to Ashley] You wanna use your special lock-picking skills?


ASHLEY
Stand back. Cover Zack. Zack, stand back.


ZACK
Okay, okay.


[Zack takes a single step backwards, focused on the lock]


ASHLEY
Back!


ZACK
All right, all right, I’ll stand back.


[Zack takes several more steps back. Will steps between Zack and Ashley.]


WILL
Ears.


[Will plugs his ears.]


ASHLEY
Ready?


ZACK
So are-


WILL
Yeah.


[Ashley shoots the lock. Zack makes a nonverbal noise of admiration and starts laughing. Will moves to rejoin Ashley.]


ZACK
Woah. That is a… gun.


WILL
[to Ashley] Nicely done.


[Will opens the container as Ashley covers what’s inside. It’s a single gray box with an electronic lock on it. It has some hydraulics attached to it, but it still only takes up a fraction of the space inside the container]


ASHLEY
What is that?


ZACK
Maybe it’s a bomb.


[Will shoves on it and the hydraulics return it to the same position it had been in.]


WILL
I don’t think we can move this.


ASHLEY
Then let’s open it.


[Will kneels down next to the lock.]


ASHLEY
I can pick that.


WILL
Round two?


[Will stands up and moves past Zack, gesturing for Zack to follow him.]


WILL
Ears.


ZACK
Okay, sure.


[Ashley shoots the lock, which catches fire briefly.]


ZACK
Woah! Ah.


[Ashley and Will move to opposite sides of the box.]


ASHLEY
[to Zack] Take my flashlight.


[Ashley hands her flashlight to Zack, then Ashley and Will each grab a side]


WILL
One, two, three-


[Ashley and Will open the container to reveal cylinders with greenish eggs inside them.]


ASHLEY
What? [to Zack] Flashlight.


ZACK
Oh, uh, yeah, yeah.


[Zack hands back the flashlight.]


ZACK
Oh! Wow. That’s ins- That’s wild! Oh ho…


WILL
At least now we know why it doesn’t want to escape. It’s protecting its young.


[camera starts to flicker]


ZACK
Oh, my camera’s-! No, don’t- !


[camera shuts off]

Act FourEdit

INT – STORAGE CONTAINER


[Will is holding one of the egg cylinders]


ZACK
What are those things?


WILL
Insect embryos.


ASHLEY
Size Large.


WILL
No wonder it’s pissed.


ZACK
So they’re like tiny, scary insect-creatures waiting to be born? That’s like, so gnarly!


ASHLEY
So someone finds the creature’s eggs, steals them, and bags the mom?


WILL
Who else would know about this? This is an extremely rare species.


ASHLEY
Cabal.


ZACK
Who?


WILL
Yeah. They’d smuggle something like this into the country for their own research.


ASHLEY
Which would not be for the common good.


ZACK
This is just so double-oh-seven. Seriously, guys, do you have any more openings in your office, ‘cause I’m totally down with this. Serious.


WILL
I’m guessing that creature wasn’t captured at all. It stowed away on this ship. It followed these here out of pure-


ASHLEY
Maternal instinct, yeah.


WILL
I guess the lucky thing is it’s still pretty early in their development cycle. I doubt they’re anywhere near maturity.


ASHLEY
Unless their cycle’s super-fast.


ZACK
Oh, hey, guys, I’m sure this is probably a really cool find or whatever, but if that thing wants to protect its kids so bad, shouldn’t we get the hell out of here right now?


WILL
Magnus has to see this.


ASHLEY
[laughs] She’ll light up like it’s Christmas Morning.


ZACK
Your mom’s weird.


[Ashley looks up at Zack]


ZACK
No, I- No, like cool, like oh so cool weird. Sorry.


HELEN
[over radio] Ashley?


ASHLEY
[radio] What’s up?


HELEN
[radio] Get back here immediately.


[Will and Ashley move out of the container as they hear the creature making a noise from somewhere nearby. Camera cuts out]


INT – WAREHOUSE NEXT TO CONTAINER


ASHLEY
Stay close! Stay close!


[Will closes up the container. Camera cuts out.]


INT – WAREHOUSE


[Camera reels wildly. Zack is running. Camera cuts out.]


INT – WAREHOUSE ROOM


[Workman is making gurgling noises and foaming at the mouth. Everyone is talking over each other.]


WILL
Hold his legs!


HELEN
He’s having a seizure! Henry, sedative!


HENRY
Just hang on!


WILL
Oh, come on! Come on!


AMY
Oh god...


[Workman stops seizing, dead. Everyone falls silent except for exhausted gasping.]


ZACK
Oh my god.


AMY
No...


ZACK
Oh my god.


HELEN
[disbelieving] His vitals were stable. We were just about to move him. He suddenly went into anaphylactic shock.


[Sound of Will kicking something metallic.]


WILL
Come on! He was attacked by the creature. It probably caused more than just the external trauma. Look at the symptoms.


HELEN
A neurotoxic venom.


HENRY
Oh, that’s great. It’s not just a bug, it’s a giant poisonous bug.


ZACK
[freaked] That’s great. That’s just great.


AMY
He just… That thing could do that to all of us.


HELEN
I’m sorry. Did you think this was some kind of game? That you could just come here and film some wild event and then, what? Enjoy cocktails at some award ceremony?


AMY
I’ve never seen anyone die before.


HELEN
Well, this is what you came for.


ZACK
This is crazy.


[camera shuts off.]


INT – WAREHOUSE ROOM


[Everyone is sitting or standing in different parts of the room.]


WILL
Okay, forget about capturing it alive. How do we kill it?


HELEN
Actually, capturing it alive is exactly what we’re going to do.


WILL
[groans] Come on…


ASHLEY
Mom, come on, I know you want this badly, but really. It’s time to bring the hammer down, big time.


HELEN
We don’t have to. It wants to protect its young. I say we let it.


WILL
[pause] We leave the embryos exposed.


HENRY
Draw mom into the kids’ club.


ASHLEY
Lock the door and then, presto, we’ve got built-in secure transport.


HELEN
Exactly.


ZACK
Yes! That is so freakin’ cool!


[Everyone looks at Zack. Camera shuts off.]


INT – WAREHOUSE NEXT TO SHIPPING CONTAINER


[Will and Magnus crouch behind a stack of storage crates. Henry is around the adjoining side of the same stack. Amy crouches behind Will next to Zack.]


HELEN
[into radio] Ashley.


ASHLEY
[radio] Nothing.


[Camera zooms to show Ashley across the room behind another box.]


AMY
[to Zack] You’re getting this, right?


ZACK
Yeah, yeah. Yeah, yeah. Yeah, yeah. Don’t worry, I got a perfect view for the thing.


[Creature screeches in the distance.]


AMY
Henry.


HENRY
Yeah?


AMY
I’m glad you like my show.


HENRY
Yeah, it’s good. You should be proud.


AMY
So should you.


ZACK
Okay, is this thing coming or what?


HELEN
Just give it time.


ZACK
Well, seriously, once I had this mouse in my apartment, so I set a bunch of traps for it but I never caught it ‘cause it was like this super-genius mouse and-


HELEN
[whispering] Zack, please!


ZACK
Sorry, Doctor Magnus, it’s just, what is this thing?


WILL
Dude.


ZACK
Yeah?


WILL
Just chill out.


ZACK
Yeah, I’m sorry, dude, I’m just a little stressed out right now. I don’t know if you know it but there’s a monster-


[Everyone falls silent as police radios can be heard echoing inside the warehouse.]


ASHLEY
[over radio] Mom, we have a problem. Police chatter says we’re out of time. SWAT is starting their sweep right now.


HELEN
[under breath] Damn it.


[Clanking starts up and camera shows the creature on the wall above the shipping container. It drops to the top of the container and then climbs inside. Ashley runs up to shut the door on it. The creature resists. The rest of the group runs to help and eventually gets it shut. Everyone laughs in relief.]


HENRY
[to Helen] You wanted it alive, you got it alive!


HELEN
Well done, Henry.


ASHLEY
Yeah, not bad for your first mission, buddy!


ZACK
Way to go, team!


[Everyone stops laughing as they hear SWAT entering the building.]


HELEN
That’ll be the police. Good timing, as usual.


ASHLEY
Ah, them we can handle.


ZACK
You guys rock!


[SWAT starts yelling and shooting]


ZACK
What the hell?


WILL
What are they shooting at?


HELEN
Let’s go!


[Group starts running towards the sounds of gunfire. Camera cuts out.]


INT – WAREHOUSE


[Group is still running towards sound of gunfire.]


ZACK
Go? What do you mean go? What is going on here? What’s- I just wanna-


[Henry stops to wait for Zack to pass him.]


HENRY
Just go, Zack.


ZACK
[to himself] I don’t know- What-?


[The group rounds the corner to find the SWAT team dead.]


AMY
Oh! Oh my god!


ZACK
Oh my god… oh my god…


WILL
What the hell?


AMY
But… it couldn’t have done this… We just caught it!


HELEN
Unless there’s more than one of them.


ZACK
So this… I think I’m gonna puke-


[camera shuts off]


INT – WAREHOUSE


[Everyone is still where SWAT was killed, sweeping the room for the creature.]


ASHLEY
Two of them! You have got to be kidding me!


[The creature makes a noise from very close by.]


HELEN
Henry!


HENRY
I can’t get a fix!


[Guns are out and everyone is looking around for the creature.]


WILL
And we just locked up its mate.


ZACK
Oh, that’s not good. Oh, that’s not good. Oh!


[Camera catches brief flicker of creature on the ceiling near the group.]


ZACK
Where is it! Where is it! Where is it!


WILL
Oh, come on. Where is it?


ZACK
Oh.


[Creature screeches from directly above. Camera tilts up in time for the creature to drop straight onto it. Zack yells. The camera tilts crazily until it shows Zack laying on the ground in front of it. Zack climbs to his feet and picks up his camera]


ASHLEY
Zack! Hey, are you okay?


ZACK
Yeah, I think so, I just- I dunno. What happened?


ASHLEY
This one’s angrier than the first one.


ZACK
Hey, thanks for saving my ass, again.


ASHLEY
You’re worth it.


ZACK
Really? You weren’t just placating me with a rain check? Like, I totally thought you were, back there.


ASHLEY
[confused] What? No. No, no. I- I wasn’t, really. I’m, uh, I’m gonna call you.


ZACK
Really? You’d go out with me?


ASHLEY
[smiles] Well, yeah.


ZACK
Wow. That’s so- ah!


[The creature hits Zack and Ashley. The camera spins out of control and several gunshots go off. Amy starts screaming somewhere in the background. The creature hits the camera again, spinning it to show Zack laying in a spreading pool of blood. Helen approaches, checks Zack’s pulse, then glares at the camera and turns it off. The image cuts out to display the words “End Data File...” The shot pulls back to show…]


INT – HELEN’S OFFICE


[Helen stands next to the TV, which shows the black screen with “End Data File...”]


HELEN
Considering everything, it was incredibly brave of you to contact us.


[Helen unplugs a hard drive from the monitor. The camera angle shifts to show Amy standing in Helen’s office. Will and Ashley are sitting on the couch. Henry is in the chair across from them.]


AMY
I had changed my mind about a dozen times before I picked up the phone, believe me.


ASHLEY
And we do.


AMY
Look, I know you had to confiscate the hard drive, but technically that footage belong to Channel 13 News. And my bosses know that something went down in that warehouse, and that we- That Zack shot a lot of footage before he…


HELEN
They want to know what happened.


AMY
A lot of questions are being asked. And I figure the best way to deflect them is to put something together that doesn’t show anything incriminating, that keeps you guys and that… thing… out of it.


HENRY
That’s everything on there.


AMY
I can re-edit it to look like a community square dance if you give me enough time.


[Will sighs and Helen looks dubious.]


AMY
It won’t go to air. I promise. Look, I know you guys think I am a pushy, ambitious, cold-hearted bitch, but I came to you because… because Zack shouldn’t have… What you guys do – protecting people, learning from the creatures – your work… It’s important.


ASHLEY
So why not show the world and further your career in the process?


AMY
Because I thought I should do the right thing, and help you keep your secret, so that maybe at some point in the future you would help me, and let me in on something I can take to my superiors.


HELEN
If you’re looking for a deal or a guarantee, you won’t get it. All we ask is that you do as your conscience dictates.


ASHLEY
If at all possible.


WILL
We really need this to die down. The rumor mill at the precinct is in overdrive.


HELEN
Make us look…


WILL
Like we were never there.


ASHLEY
And that nothing ever happened.


[Helen hands the drive to Amy.]


AMY
Thank you.


[Amy picks up her bag and walks toward the door.]


HENRY
Amy.


[Amy stops as Henry moves to join her.]


HENRY
I loved your last show, the one about the Gortex and umbrellas. Killer stuff, really.


[Amy puts her hand on Henry’s cheek and leans in to kiss him briefly. Ashley looks confused, Helen looks unimpressed.]


AMY
Call me.


[Henry nods slightly as Amy walks out. Helen laughs under her breath and looks at Will, who is grinning. Henry turns toward the group.]


HENRY
[Calmly] I’m just saying… Chicks love dudes who go on missions.


[Ashley smiles.]


HENRY
[Suddenly ecstatic] It’s awesome!


[Henry exits]


INT – AMY’S OFFICE


[Amy is sitting at a desk in front of a computer screen, holding a phone to her ear.]


AMY
[into phone] Jason? I have it! Yeah, book me an edit suite right away, and start laying pipe with New York. This is, this is gonna blow their minds. Yeah, oh yeah, they’ll want it, first up for tomorrow night’s broadcast, for sure. Okay.


[Amy hangs up the phone. She pulls the hard drive out of her bag and hooks it up to the monitor. Helen appears on the screen.]


HELEN
Nice try. You know, the shame of it all is that you’ll make a hell of a good reporter, some day. Have a good career.


[Amy drops her face into her hand. Helen points a remote at the camera and the picture cuts to black.]


END CREDITS


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