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NEXT TUESDAY
Written by Damian Kindler
Directed by Martin Wood


EXT OVER OCEAN

Magnus is struggling to pilot a helicopter over the ocean. Will is sitting behind her panicking.


WILL
Uh, Magnus...I think I'm going to throw up!

HELEN
This is ridiculous! Hold on, I've lost lateral control!

[A tentacle breaks out of a container next to Will and Will yelps.]

WILL
Okay, this is really not going well!

HELEN
I know! No lift; I can't get any altitude!

[The creature's tentacle continues thrashing about causing damage to the interior of the helicopter.]

HELEN
Bloody hell! Try hitting it with more sedation!

WILL
Yeah, I'm already doing that! What the hell is wrong with...

[Will looks out window.]

WILL
Magnus...Magnus, pull up.

HELEN
I can't!

WILL
Pull up now!

HELEN
Dammit!

[The helicopter descends into an abandon oil rig.]

HELEN
Oh, this is going to be nasty.

[The helicopter's blades contact wires and become entangled.]

CREDITS

INT SANCTUARY HALLWAY

[Helen and Will are walking down the hallway.]

WILL
Just-just come on. Just say it with me once...Reykjavik.

[Helen signs.]

WILL
I love that word.

HELEN
Yes, you've told me a dozen times.

WILL
But I'm talking vodka, good food, fresh-faced women with names like Goodmansdottir...stimulating conversation under intricate ice sculptures...

[They enter Helen's office.]

HELEN
Will, I've already told you, you can't go to the conference.

WILL[Sighing]
Why?

HELEN
Some things have come up.

WILL
Things, what things?

[Helen hits some keys on her computer causing a beacon to show on a map.]

HELEN
Well, for starters, our sensors have picked up a very rare abnormal in the Gulf of Mexico.

WILL
And?

HELEN
Mutated Vampyroteuthis Infernalis, a vampire squid; incredibly shy. I've only ever encountered one once before, sixty odd years ago in French Polynesia.

WILL
Okay, so a shy vampire; there's a first.

HELEN
Actually, the name is misleading. They're amazingly intelligent and very docile. It's believed that they're called vampire not because of a violent predilection, but more because of their superior intellect.

WILL
You know, this is fascinating, it really is, but--

HELEN
The beacon is coming from an abandoned oil rig off the Louisiana coast.

WILL
Okay, so one of our retrieval teams will pick it up, bring it back, boom.

HELEN
They're all in mission mode right now. I'd rather not interrupt them for something as simple as this. We will charter a helicopter in New Orleans and fly out there.

WILL
Hey, take Kate.

HELEN
Kate can't dive; I need you.

[WILL groans dramatically]

WILL
Okay, okay, so...I'll miss the opening reception, but I'll still be there to give my presentation. Fine, I'll go.

HELEN
Actually no, I need you here for the next few days.

WILL
Why?

HELEN
I have a meeting in Berlin with my UN Security Council liaison; very time sensitive.

WILL
Henry.

HELEN
He's in Tasmania surfing.

WILL
The big guy?

HELEN
Is with him.

WILL
Kate.

HELEN
Is not ready for an extended period of being in charge.

WILL
No, no, no, no, no, because I told you about this trip months ago, okay? I'm a guest speaker. They're giving me a nice hotel room. I'm touring Fjords.

HELEN
There's always next year.

WILL
Which is next year.

HELEN
I'm sorry, Will; this is not a request.

TAHITI FIELD OIL RESERVE GULF OF MEXICO, SONATECH RED DOG II GAS/PETROLEUM PRODUCTION PLATFORM
CURRENT STATUS : DECOMMISIONED

INT PLATFORM

[The helicopter has crashed depositing Will into the water and Helen unconscious sitting at the controls.]

WILL
Magnus!

[Will swims toward the helicopter.]

WILL
Magnus! Magnus!

[Helen slowly regains consciousness.]

HELEN
Will? Will!

WILL
Hey...

[Will reaches skid pad of helicopter out of breath.]

WILL
Hey...

HELEN
You all right?

WILL
I don't know. My door kind of gave way when we, uh, you know, stopped. What about you?

HELEN
Well, you know, any landing you can swim away from...

WILL
What is it with you and flying, anyway?

HELEN
Two crashes in 158 years, that's not bad.

WILL
They only invented flying 110 years ago, so...

[Helen opens to side door to look at her surroundings.]

WILL
Oh, great; we lost our air tanks and half our scuba gear.

[Helen sees the container holding the creature floating in the water with the door opened.]

HELEN
And our friend as well.

WILL
You think it's still around here?

[Will pulls himself up to stand on the skid pads.]

HELEN
I'm sure it's long gone. This bore well leads to open water.

WILL
Well, another rare abnormal stays rare.

HELEN
Damn it and we had him.

EXT OCEAN

[An hour before the crash; Helen and Will in scuba gear in the water as a winch pulls a container up onto the dock.]

WILL
I've never seen something so big fit into such a small container.

HELEN
Cephalopod, thankfully a very passive one at that.

WILL
This one doesn't seem too pleased that we captured it.

HELEN
It's much safer with us, believe me. These creatures are so passive; they're often killed by other species very early in their life cycle.


WILL
Yeah, well welcome to your new home...Squidly.

HELEN
We will not be calling it that.

WILL
Well, there are far more inappropriate nicknames I could give it.

[Will looks at his watch.]

HELEN
I'm sure there are.

WILL
Good, there's still time.

HELEN
For what?

WILL
A redeye. New Orleans connecting through Halifax landing in the lovely city of Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland.

[Helen looks away disappointed.]

WILL
Oh, come on, Magnus. I mean, I know Kate is not your first choice, but can't she just hold the fort down for a couple days? I mean, I'm not going to be gone that long.

HELEN
I'm sure she can, Will.

WILL
Ah, see, that's the Magnus I know and love.

HELEN
But the answer is still no. Prep it for flight, please.

INT SONATECH RED DOG II GAS/PETROLEUM PRODUCTION PLATFORM

[Helen is at the helicopter controls trying to use radio.]

HELEN
Mayday, mayday, mayday!

[Will enters the helicopter.]

HELEN
The radio's broken or there's far too much concrete and steel in here for us to get a transmission out.

WILL
Meaning nobody can pick up the chopper's transponder signal, either.

[The heavy wires holding the helicopter above the water creaks and groans. Will exits helicopter to stand on the grid and looks down at the water.]

WILL
How deep do you think this goes?

HELEN
Seventy feet, maybe more.

WILL
Without scuba gear...

HELEN
...It's much too far for us to try to dive to the bottom.

[Will opens a side hatch and looks in.]

WILL
Okay, here's what I think. Once we don't check in for a while, those lovely people we rented the chopper from will come looking for us, right? I mean, isn't that how it's supposed to work?

HELEN
And if they follow the bogus flight plan that I filed, they'll be looking for us two hundred miles west of here.

[Will slams the hatch.]

HELEN
It's how we keep our work private, Will.

[Will sighs.]

WILL
Okay, well, then, according to the mission plan, we're due back tomorrow night. Once we don't show up, Kate's got to get suspicious, she'll just probably...

[Helen looks at Will sternly.]

WILL
Right, right, you're right. We're totally screwed.

[The wires holding the helicopter start to fray.]

[Helen sighs. She looks back at Will and then moves to the back of the helicopter.]

HELEN
I'm sorry about your trip to Greenland.

WILL
Iceland. It's...it's Iceland.

HELEN
I'm sorry your trip to Iceland was scuttled, but obviously we have a far more important problem on our hands.

[Helen drops a bag onto the skid.]

WILL
Yeah, we always do.

HELEN
What's that supposed to mean?

WILL
What does it mean? It means whatever you want it to..

[The wire breaks through causing the helicopter to tilt and throws Will and Helen into the water.]

WILL
Whoa.

HELEN
It's all right; it just shifted position.

WILL
You think it'll hold?

HELEN
If the crash didn't bring it down, I doubt we can.

WILL
All I know is the deposit you gave the rental company's history.

[Helen swims over to a case and using it for a float.]

WILL
You know, Magnus, maybe everything you heard about this creature is wrong. Maybe they're not as docile as you think.

HELEN
Nonsense, we captured it easily enough. It offered no resistance.

[Will finds his own case for a float.]

WILL
Yeah, well, something freaked it out; flying, or the vibrations from the rotors, different altitude.

HELEN
No, its container was specially designed to mimic its preferred atmosphere. It should have been fine.

WILL
Well, how did it go from happy-go-lucky cephalopod to air-rage squid in a matter of a minute?

HELEN
I don't know.

[Something swims below them in the water.]

WILL
You know, I should be learning Icelandic phrases right now and discussing psychoanalytic theory over cocktails.

HELEN
Yes, instead, you're stuck here with me.

WILL
You know what I mean.

HELEN
Actually, I do. This isn't about conferences or ice sculptures; it's about some immature tryst with a woman you barely know.

WILL
Excuse me?

HELEN
Dr. Halstrom or should I say Sigrid; your internet chat friend?

WILL
Internet chat friend? She happens to be the foremost authority on deviant psychology in Scandinavia, thank you very much.

[Helen laughs.]

HELEN
Such an attractive element in a woman...

WILL
She has a PHD!

HELEN
Really, Will, it's about priorities.

WILL
My priorities? What is this, an employee training seminar? Why did you want me to stay, anyways, other than to ruin my fun?

HELEN
Do not pretend that this is some giant intellectual loss.
This is about your libido.

WILL
Come on. If you think that this is all about me chasing...

[A creature swims very close to Will.]

HELEN
Do not get self-righteous with me...

WILL
Whoa, hold on.

HELEN
What?

WILL
Something just swam past my leg.

HELEN
What?

[They both look down in the water.]

WILL
Well, maybe that unhappy vampire squid that we have in here with us.

HELEN
Its miles away by now.

WILL
No, I'm telling you; something is in here with us. Something just swam past my leg, and it's slimy...

[Will is pulled under the water. Helen takes a large breath and dives down after him.]

INT SONATECH RED DOG II GAS/PETROLEUM PRODUCTION PLATFORM

[Helen sees Will is wrapped up in the creatures tentacles. She swims back up to the surface and retrieves a knife from the bag she had previously dropped on the skid. Will is thrust out of the water and back down.]

WILL
Magnus!!

[With knife in hand, Helen dives back down to a struggling Will. She slashes the knife across the creature's tentacles causing it to release Will. Grabbing Will's arm, she pulls him to the surface.]

HELEN
You all right?

WILL
Oh, I'm miles away from all right. You said it would break for open water.

HELEN
Well, it should have.

WILL
Then why is it still here?

HELEN
I don't know.

WILL
And why does it hate me so much?

HELEN
It might have marked this as its territory.

[They both swim back to helicopter.]

WILL
Oh, that's wonderful news.

HELEN
I've never seen such aggressive behavior in this species. Come on; you might want to get out of the water.

WILL
Good idea.

[Will climbs up on skid. Catching his breath he points to the creature.]

WILL
I'm going to fry you up, a little tartar sauce...

[Will coughs and Helen pats his back.]

WILL
I think those tentacles gave me a rash.

INT SONATECH RED DOG II GAS/PETROLEUM PRODUCTION PLATFORM

[Helen is cutting a wire from the helicopter.]

HELEN
I've got an idea.

WILL
Why don't we just shoot it?

HELEN
I'd prefer not to. It's a very...

WILL
Rare species of abnormal, right.

HELEN
What we need to do is send it a clear message...

[Helen disconnects another wire.]

HELEN
At least until we figure out why it's behaving this way.

[Helen pulls longer wire from the helicopter.]

WILL
Whoa, incoming!

[The creature swims under the helicopter. Will hurries over to other side of helicopter to watch it. The creature swims away as Helen briefly connects the two wires causing sparks. The creature returns and bumps the helicopter.]

WILL
It's really pissed now.

HELEN
Do not touch the water!

[The creature breaches the water and swim directly at them.]

WILL
Okay, do it!

HELEN
Clear!

[Helen throws the wires into the water. Receiving a shock the creature swims away. Helen cuts the power from the battery.]

WILL
You okay?

HELEN
Yeah.

WILL
Well, that seemed to have worked.

HELEN
For now, it'll be back, and the battery's pretty much dead.

[Helen rolls up the wires and replaces them into the hatch. Will sits in helicopter doorway reflecting. Helen moves to stand next to him.]

WILL
Hey, uh...thanks for, uh...

HELEN
Of course.

[Helen climbs into the helicopter and goes to the other side.]

WILL
So what now?

HELEN
Well, we can't send an SOS. Eventually someone will notice us missing and start a search. In the meantime, I want to know what turned this creature violent.

[Helen is rummaging in the bag on the skid.]

HELEN
Come on, we should change; otherwise, we'll freeze to death.

[Will exits the helicopter and Helen hands him a scuba suit. Will looks at Helen who nods as both are uncomfortable.]

WILL
I'll change somewhere else.

[They change on opposite sides of the helicopter.]

WILL
Maybe, uh...maybe it's environmental. You know, something from the rig is poisoning its food supply.

HELEN
No, scans didn't indicate any sea water anomalies.

WILL
Okay, fine, then it's just a crazy giant squid.

HELEN
Honestly, Will, they are one of the most docile creatures in the entire ocean.

WILL
You got to stop using that word to describe it, 'cause it is not docile.

HELEN
It feeds on plankton, it lives in coral caves, it can create entire Mandelbrot mathematical patterns on the floor of the ocean. I have never known one to attack another life form.

WILL
Really? Well, what about bringing down a chopper 'cause this one did.

FORTY MINUTES AGO

[The helicopter is on the landing pad preparing to lift off. Will is closing a hatch. Helen finishes securing the container an climbs to the controls.]

WILL
Delegates from around the world are going to be there! Plus, there's an intense discussion group on amygdaline mutation! I think it would really benefit our work!

HELEN
Would you tie off the other side, please?

WILL
Yeah! Anyway, I think my being there would expand my knowledge of cutting-edge psychological theory! The cross-over in treating abnormals would be endless!

[Will enters co-pilot's seat.]

HELEN
Uh, Will, could you sit in the back, please? Just in case it needs sedation!

WILL
Really? It...it seems fine.

HELEN
Better safe than sorry! Sea creatures rarely like flying!

WILL
All right.

[Will moves to the back and Helen shuts her door and puts earphones on her head. She looks back at Will.]

HELEN
All set?

WILL
Let's go.

[They lift off. Suddenly the creatures tentacle bursts from the container.]

WILL
Whoa! Hey!

INT SONATECH RED DOG II GAS/PETROLEUM PRODUCTION PLATFORM

[Will and Helen dive into the water and then turn to look at helicopter.]

HELEN
Fuselage is intact. What the hell made us crash?

WILL
I remember a loud noise and then the Squidapus went insane, so maybe it just really didn't like flying.

HELEN
Possibly, though why it's still upset is anyone's guess.

[Helen swims to the front and the helicopter and looks it over.]

HELEN
Antenna's broken; means the radio is definitely out.

WILL
Hey...I should have come clean to you about Sigrid, I'm sorry.

HELEN
What you do in your own time is your own business, just so long as it doesn't affect our work.

WILL
Granted, but...what's wrong with taking a little time off? Things have been pretty hectic around here.

HELEN
What's your point, Will?

[Will swims over next to Helen.]

WILL
Well, don't you ever want to take a break?

HELEN
Not really; stranded.

WILL
Well, we've got some flares. We could wait till night, fire them off.

HELEN
Flares only work if there's someone in the vicinity to see them. This rig is miles from the nearest shipping lanes.

WILL
Okay, well, you must have been stranded at sea before.

HELEN
Only once, April 14th, 1912.

WILL
Really?

[Helen looks sorrowful and looks away from Will.]

WILL
I wonder how they serviced the drill apparatus when it was in here. I mean, do you see right up there, right up by the lights? I bet you those air vents double as maintenance portals.

HELEN
And the pattern continues down below.

WILL
Yeah, how far do you think down that is; thirty, forty feet? That's doable as a free dive, right?

HELEN
Yeah.

WILL
Okay, so, we take the transponder from the helicopter, we swim down to the portal, out to the surface, and signal for help; unless of course, the docile squid attacks us before then.

[They both swim back to helicopter.]

HELEN
Well, if it attacks both of us, we don't stand a chance, but if one of us were to stay here...

[Helen retrieves flippers and mask from bag.]

WILL
What, like as a distraction?

HELEN
It seems to hate you more.

WILL
Yeah, it really does, doesn't it?

[Helen puts on the scuba gear as Will puts the transponder into a bag Helen is wearing on her back.]

HELEN
All right?

WILL
Hold on a second.

[Will zips the bag closed.]

WILL
All right, you're good to go.

HELEN
All right, if I make it out...

WILL
Throw me down a sandwich and an Uzi. Hey...are you sure you're all right?

HELEN
Yeah.

[Helen takes a deep breath and dives down. She swims to the portal and tries to pull the vent open with no success. She gets a knife strapped to her leg and tries to pry the vent open. Will watches her progress from above. The vent suddenly opens and turns on, suctioning her arm into the vent. She struggles to free herself.]

INT SONATECH RED DOG II GAS/PETROLEUM PRODUCTION PLATFORM

[Helen is unable to free herself. Will swims down to Helen and attempts to free her. Helen pushes him away and indicates for him to return to the surface. Will refuses and remains to try and free her. She passes out from lack of oxygen. The vent shuts down and Will is able to free her and pull her to the surface. Coughing Will turns Helen so she is facing the air.]

WILL
Come on.

[Helen starts breathing and start coughing and gasping for air. Will pulls her to the helicopter and they both grab hold of the grid recovering.]

WILL
Okay, so when you say priorities...does that include drowning?

HELEN
Thank you.

WILL
Don't thank me, the system purged itself. You got lucky.

[Still coughing Helen grabs hold of a wire holding the helicopter above the water. She looks up the wire all the way to the sky above.]

HELEN
Of course!

[Helen takes the bag from her back.]

WILL
What?

HELEN
Why didn't I think of this earlier? If we can salvage enough wiring, we run an extension from the radio's internal antenna...

[Helen swims to the front of the helicopter and the external antenna.]

WILL
...Right to the wall.

HELEN
Yeah.

WILL
We can use the entire rig to boost the signal. But isn't the battery almost dead?

HELEN
We should be able to get one last transmission out.

WILL
All right, bring on the Hail Mary.

[Helen gives Will an alarmed look perhaps remembering when she last heard him use that phrase in the vision the mystical Amazon creature gave her. Will sees the look she is giving him and misinterprets it.]

WILL
What, it's worth a shot.

[Will swims away as she stares after him. The move to opposite sides of the helicopter and Helen takes off the scuba gear.]

HELEN
All right, start with the avionic wiring. We definitely don't need that anymore.

WILL
All right.

HELEN
Rip as much wire as you can; start splicing.

[They both get to work.]

WILL
So you never go on vacation, huh?

HELEN
I travel all the time, you know that.

WILL
Yeah, on missions or for research; I'm talking about, you know, flopping down on a beach with a good book, a never-ending supply of mojitos.

HELEN
I own a villa in Italy, on Capri, near Naples. I go there every seven years.

WILL
Seven years?

HELEN
Yeah, for a long weekend.

WILL
Wow, I take it back. You really do know how to unwind.

HELEN
That's about as long as I can stand doing nothing. British, remember?

WILL
Wait a second. Let me get this straight; you own a villa in Italy, and you never told me about it?

HELEN
I own a lot of things you don't know about.

WILL
Really, what about a working helicopter?

HELEN
Yeah, several.

WILL
She's nice, you know...Sigrid. She's friendly and charming. She's chair of advanced psychology at Stockholm University.

HELEN
She sounds lovely.

WILL
You know, ever since Claira, things have been kind of...

HELEN
Lonely.

WILL
Yeah.

HELEN
Well, goes with the territory, I'm afraid.

WILL
Yeah, but doesn't it make us all more productive if we have, you know, normal, healthy relationships?

HELEN
You're not being serious, are you?

WILL
What am I talking about; nothing we do is normal.

HELEN
I don't think the bout of occasional loneliness is too high a price to pay for what we do; maybe you do.

WILL
You just should have told me about it when you recruited me.

[Helen laughs.]

HELEN
But then you never would have taken the job.

WILL
Probably not.

HELEN
And you'd be miserable. So, what's your cover with Sigrid, greeting card salesman?

WILL
Fire insurance.

[Helen laughs.]

WILL
Oh, god.

HELEN
All right, ready?

WILL
Hang on a second.

[Will finishes with the wire and then goes and turns on the power to the battery. Helen picks up the earphones.]

WILL
You think this'll work?

HELEN
It should do. I've never been stranded for too long.

WILL
So, uh...the Titanic?

HELEN
I was fished out of the water by Molly Brown. She hauled me into her life raft. I was very lucky.

[Helen turns on the radio.]

HELEN
Mayday, mayday, mayday! This is A-star 350 N-zero-X-one-seven-J; aircraft down. Requesting immediate assistance; we are at 27 degrees north by 89 degrees west. Two souls onboard. Mayday, mayday, mayday...

[The power fizzles and dies.]

WILL
Oh, come on...

[Will pounds on the panels.]

WILL
No, the battery's gone.

HELEN
You weren't kidding about the Hail Mary.

WILL
Do we have any food?

HELEN
Yeah, there's MREs in my gear bag.

WILL
Well, did you move it?

HELEN
It was right there. Maybe it got knocked into the water.

WILL
You don't think it took it, do you?

HELEN
What, the squid? After the shock we gave it, highly unlikely. Besides, it wouldn't be remotely interested in our emergency rations.

[Helen exits the helicopter and moves toward the back of it.]
WILL
They're kind of a last resort for me too.

[Helen notices a substance on the side of the helicopter and retrieves the knife and gets a closer look at it.]

HELEN
What is this?

[Will comes over to look.]

WILL
Some kind of residue the squid left behind when it attacked?

HELEN
Adult vampire squid don't secrete anything remotely like this.

WILL
Well, then, what the hell...

[Movement is heard coming from inside a compartment hatch.]

HELEN [whispering]
Quiet.

[Helen taps on the side of the helicopter with the knife. Lots of movement is heard. Will has moved inside the helicopter. Helen climbs in with him and taps on the compartment from inside the helicopter. Tapping is heard coming from inside the compartment.]

WILL
Holy crap, don't tell me it's another squid.

[Helen goes to the other door and moves to the back compartment.]

HELEN
Maybe one of its young; it explains why it gave us such a hard time when we tried to take off. Now, we have to be extremely careful not to hurt or frighten it.

[Helen opens the compartment and a huge scorpion hisses at them. Helen and Will both jump off the skid into the water.]

WILL
Whoa!

[They both surface and stare up at the scorpion.]

WILL
Okay, that is definitely not a baby vampire squid!

INT SONATECH RED DOG II GAS/PETROLEUM PRODUCTION PLATFORM

[The scorpion continues to threaten them. Helen throws the knife she is still holding and hits the lever holding the compartment open. It closes on the scorpion. Helen pulls herself onto skid and secures the hatch.]

HELEN
Southern hemispheric sea scorpion very rare, extremely dangerous!

WILL
How the hell did it get inside the chopper?

HELEN
I knew I wasn't that bad a pilot.

FLASHBACK TO HELICOPTER TAKING OFF

[The helicopter lifts off and the scorpion is seen jumping onto the rear. The tentacle burst out the container.]

WILL
Hey, I think I'm going to throw up!

HELEN
This is ridiculous; hold on, I've lost lateral control!

[Tentacle continues causing damage inside the helicopter.]

WILL
Okay, this is really not going well!

BACK TO PRESENT

[Will is in the water looking up at the tail section of the helicopter.]

WILL
Looks like it climbed onto the tail as we took off; crawled inside the exhaust louver.

[Helen has swims over to have a look.]

HELEN
It must have got trapped in the engine compartment. That's why I lost flight control.

WILL
I thought vampire squid weren't aggressive, that other creatures killed them off?

HELEN
Yeah, ordinarily, they're the victim. It could be that the sea scorpion is the one species that triggers its fight response. Both these creatures must have claimed the rig as their territory. They'll fight to the death if we let them.

[Will climbs back onto helicopter.]

WILL
So it's a turf war, wonderful.

HELEN
It must have sensed its adversary was nearby when we loaded it into the chopper.

WILL
But see, if the scorpion hates the squid so much, why doesn't it just jump into the water, and they can, you know, do battle?

HELEN
It's a bottom-dwelling arachnid amphibian. It can't swim; the squid can.

WILL
Ah, so it needs solid ground to settle the score.

HELEN
They're actually very well suited as enemies. The sea scorpion is also more intelligent than it looks. It's just that it's incredibly vicious.

[Will looks around inside helicopter.]

WILL
It's the vicious part that I'm worried about, not so much the smart.

[A latch to a bottom compartment rattles and Will looks at Helen with alarm. The latch turns and the scorpion attacks. Will backs up to the co-pilots seat dodging the scorpion's tail.]

WILL
Whoa! It unlocked the hatch? How did it know how to unlock the hatch?

HELEN
I told you it was intelligent! Hold on, Will,
I'm coming!

[Will grabs the harpoon and points it at the scorpion.]

HELEN
Will, you have to load the harpoon!

[Will growls in frustration and thrusts the harpoon at the scorpion to get it to back off. The scorpion returns to the compartment.]

WILL
What is t about me that makes these things hate me so much? Where is it?

HELEN
It's gone to the other side, I can't see it!

[Scorpion attacks Will from the open doorway. He dives to floor.]

HELEN
Will, it's coming 'round this side!

[The scorpion moves to the other doorway on opposite side of helicopter and tries to strike Will with it's stinger.]

WILL
Magnus!

[The Squid surfaces behind Magnus.]

HELEN
Hello, beastie.

[The squid dives back down and swims to helicopter and attacks the squid. Will loads the harpoon and shoots at squid. The squid dives back into water and Will reloads. The scorpion rushes to door.]

HELEN
Will!

[Will ducks as Helen throws a knife at the scorpion striking it. The scorpion hisses in pain as Will dives into the water. The scorpion rushes back to the hatch. Will climbs up on helicopter and reaches in to hold the hatch close as Helen wedges a piece of metal into the latch.]

HELEN
The other hatches are sealed; this should hold it for now.

[Will gasps for breath and collapses wearily. Helen climbs in and sits back on hatch. Will sits next to her.]

WILL
I now officially hate seafood.

HELEN
We have to get these two creatures as far away from us as possible.

WILL
Agreed, but how?

[They look at each other.]

WILL AND HELEN TOGETHER
We drop the chopper.

WILL
Okay, okay so...scorpion can't swim, the squid won't leave until it gets the scorpion.

HELEN
We cut the helicopter loose, squid will follow it down.

WILL
How are we going to do that?

HELEN
The acetylene torch from my diving kit; it should be able to cut through those wires.
WILL
Whoa, whoa, whoa, hold on a second. So we're going to use...a torch on top of a fuel-soaked chopper that has a sea scorpion trapped inside so the giant vampire squid will follow it down?

HELEN
Sounds like a plan. No beaches, no mojitos, no fancy villas.

[Will stares at her disbelievingly.]

INT SONATECH RED DOG II GAS/PETROLEUM PRODUCTION PLATFORM

[They get to work with Will on top of the helicopter cutting the wires from the blades with a torch. Helen is standing guard on the skid with the harpoon.]

WILL
These cables are really thick; it'll take me forever to get through.

HELEN
Just try weakening the major stress points.

WILL
Yeah.

[Helen moves the doorway of the helicopter. The scorpion moves around and Helen pounds on the hatch. Helen returns to guarding.]

WILL
So the UN.

HELEN
Yeah, what about it?

WILL
Well, why does the liaison want to meet with you?

HELEN
Uh...he wants to talk to me about how I exposed Emma Correia as a mole in our network.

WILL
In person, you averted a major security breach couldn't you just do a teleconference?

HELEN
I don't mind; Munich's lovely this time of year.

[Will lowers the torch thinking.]

WILL
You mean Berlin.

HELEN
Right, yes, of course, I mean Berlin. Berlin.

WILL
Because you said Munich...

HELEN
Yeah, both are in Germany, Will.

WILL
Yeah...but isn't Munich where...Olaf lives?

HELEN
Who?

WILL
You think I don't know about you and Olaf Von Ausburg? Super-rich guy, he owns the Bremen Soccer Club.

HELEN
I haven't seen him in decades.

WILL
Okay...you look me in the eye and tell me that you were going to meet the UN liaison and not Olaf.

INT SANCTUARY HELEN'S OFFICE

[Helen has flashback of video conference.]

HELEN
I appreciate the offer, Olaf, but it's not a good time right now.

[Olaf chuckles indulgently.]

OLAF
It never is, Helen.

HELEN
Honestly, I don't know why you keep asking.

OLAF
Because even you need some time off once in a while, especially after everything you've been through. Please let me be there for you, hmm? You need this.

INT SONATECH RED DOG II GAS/PETROLEUM PRODUCTION PLATFORM

[Helen returns to present.]

HELEN
He offered me a weekend away; I was considering going.

WILL
I knew it! It was a romantic getaway, wasn't it?

HELEN
It's my prerogative how I spend my personal time.

WILL
Oh, but when I try to get away, I get the speech about priorities; double standard much?

HELEN
I've been doing this a lot longer than you have, Will.

WILL
Which I respect, but just don't give me a hard time when I try to take care of myself.

HELEN
Oh, please, with Sigrid?

WILL
Yeah.

HELEN
You can do much better than that.

WILL
Oh, and Olaf is some prize catch? The guy looks like a Maserati salesman.

[Helen laughs]

HELEN
It doesn't matter anyway; I'm not going.

WILL
Why?

[Helen won't look at Will.]

WILL
Magnus?

HELEN
Far too many things going on.

WILL
That clears the air. Well...I think you should have taken him up on his offer.

[Both of them look up as a wire breaks free from the platform.]

WILL
Look out!

HELEN
Will, hold on!

[Helen dives into the water and Will clings to the blades.]

HELEN
Will! Don't move!

[Will looks up at the scorpion.]

WILL
I know.

INT SONATECH RED DOG II GAS/PETROLEUM PRODUCTION PLATFORM

HELEN
Any sudden movement and it will strike!

WILL
Okay.

HELEN
Will, look out!

[The squid grabs the scorpion.]

HELEN
Will get out of there!

[Will removes the safety harass and dives into the water as the creatures battle. Helen swims over to Will.]

WILL
Ah, that's not good.

HELEN
As long as the copter is above water the squid can't win.
We have to end this, and now!

WILL
Well, that thing ain't coming down any time soon, not without something stronger to cut those cables.

HELEN
Stay here.

WILL
Hey, where are you going?

[Helen swims to helicopter and takes the emergency kit form helicopter. She returns to Will and takes out a flare from the kits.]

HELEN
How deep can you dive?

WILL
Light it up!

[Helen lights the flare and throws it into the copter. They dive down into the water. Light from the explosion can be seen. They wait until the light disappears and surface. The helicopter sinks.]

WILL
Whoa! Wow! Wow! You just blew the whole thing! It's just...gone!

[Small fires are still burning on top of the water.]

WILL
You're crazy, you know that? You're absolutely certifiably insane.

HELEN
That was pretty cool.

WILL
Cool, yeah, that was, like, James Bond, Die Hard cool.

HELEN
Better than room service in Reykjavik?

WILL
Yeah, way better.

HELEN
Never let it be said that I don't know how to show someone a good time.

WILL
Yeah, you got it, believe me.

[Helen looks thoughtful. She expels a breath and glances at Will briefly.]

HELEN
Tuesday is Ashley's birthday.

[Will turns to Helen.]

HELEN
That's the real reason I wanted you to stay. I just...I didn't know how to ask you.

WILL
Oh, Magnus, I...I guess it didn't help that I was desperately trying to get away to Iceland.

[Will sighs heavily.]

WILL
It's hard, isn't it...to find someone worth a damn.

HELEN
You're kidding, right? I mean, there's plenty of fish in the sea.

[Helen and Will laugh.]

WILL
No, no, no....no, no, no, you...you didn't just make that joke. You didn't just make that joke right here.

HELEN
You laughed.

WILL
No, I didn't. I-it was derisively, out of pity.

HELEN
Ah, a laugh's a laugh.

WILL
Yeah, no, I was just choking on helicopter fuel. You know...we sent up a pretty good flare just now.

[They trend water recovering.]

HELEN
I think so.

WILL
You think anybody'll see it?

HELEN
I don't know, with my luck...

WILL
Seriously how are we going to get out of here?







THE END





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