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Written by: Sam Egan
Directed by: Peter Deluise



HELICOPTER FLYING OVER A SHIP IN THE FOG

HELEN
Sanctuary One to Lophelia, do you copy?

ASHLEY
Still no answer Mom.

HELEN
Take us down.

INT SHIP

[Helen, Will, and Ashley are standing at the top of stairs looking down into the dark interior of the ship.]

WILL
You see anybody?

HELEN
Let's hope they're below.

ASHLEY
What did the message say exactly?

[The Sanctuary Team reaches the bottom of the stairs.]

HELEN
Just that Eric was bringing back something we'd never seen before, and we were to meet him in the harbor.

WILL
Only they never made it to the dock.

[Helen sees something and walks forward.]

HELEN
It's Eric.

ASHLEY
Yeah.

HELEN
Make sure Will is covered.

[Helen is kneeling over the body and Ashley and Will move off.]

ASHLEY
Come on.

[Ashley and Will find more bodies as Helen comes up behind them.]

HELEN
Six dead.

ASHLEY
They weren't just killed. They were half devoured.

WILL
Whatever it was, it was powerful.

[Helen and Ashley move through to a different section with their guns drawn. Will notices a thermostat next to the hatchway and then follows them through. Empty cages are all around the room.]

WILL
Whatever specimens were in these are long gone.

HELEN
Makes you wonder what was in these cages.

WILL
You think they could've broken their way out?

HELEN
Looks more like something clawed or chewed its way in.

ASHLEY
Mom, come check this out.

[Helen steps over to where Ashley is standing. There is a cage with two transparent creatures in it. They materialize so the can be fully seen. A growling sound is coming from a different part of the room and draws their attention away from the creatures.]

HELEN
Tranquilizer rounds only.

ASHLEY
Are you sure?

HELEN
Eric paid with his life to bring this creature back. We owe it to him to preserve it.

ASHLEY
I think we owe it to him to kill it.

[Helen switches the ammunition in her gun to tranquilizer rounds. Then Ashley does the same. Another creature charges at them. Helen fires twice and the creature falls to the ground.]

INT SANCTUARY CENTER OF CELLS

[Helen is sitting at table with a laptop in front of her.]

HELEN
Now I know why Eric was so excited about these creatures. Their hyper camouflage makes them all but invisible.

WILL
Plus the fact that it's present in both the predator and the smaller abnormal.

ASHLEY
The Nubbins.

WILL
You gonna make me ask?

HELEN
Ashley's name for them, scientific name Nubina Atelerix, according to Eric's log.

WILL
Do we know what triggers this camouflage?

HELEN
It seems to be a function of both fear and aggression.

WILL
That makes sense. Hide to avoid being stalked, and as an aid to the hunt.

ASHLEY
So obviously it was the predator who was responsible for killing Eric and his crew.

HELEN
Actually track wounds on each of the victims show biological evidence of both species.

ASHLEY
Come on, there's no way those adorable things could have attacked anybody.

HELEN
I'm not saying that they did.

WILL
So how could they have left trace on the bodies?

HELEN
I'm theorizing that some of the Nubbins might've escaped and survived by feeding on the dead crew members, hence the mingling of the DNA.

WILL
Well, that's creepy.

ASHLEY
What's creepy is that a bunch of them were eaten by that nasty-ass monster.

HELEN
All but our two little survivors, probably on their way to becoming the carnivore's next meal.

ASHLEY
I'm gonna go see how they're doing.

[Ashley leaves the room.]

WILL
You okay?

HELEN
Eric was one of the world's great hunters of abnormals. He called them "evolution's experiments".

WILL
Am I reading a personal relationship?

HELEN
I don't want to see his sacrifice go to waste.


INT SANCTUARY NUBBIN’S CELL

[Ashley is standing in front of observation window to the Nubbins’ cell. Henry sneezes while he wakes in.]

ASHLEY
Henry! Have you had a chance to check out my Nubbins?

HENRY
Oh, you mean the... No, but I would like to.

[The Nubbins turn transparent when Henry comes over.]

ASHLEY
Hey! Oh, guys, come on, there's nothing to be afraid of.

HENRY
Oh, man, I think I'm allergic.

ASHLEY
Well you better get used to them. They're the coolest thing we ever brought back.

[The Nubbins rematerialize.]

HENRY
Hey...huh…I got to admit, your Nubbins are pretty amazing.

ASHLEY
Don't you just want to squeeze them?

INT SANCTUARY HELEN’S STUDY

[Helen is sitting at her desk reading a letter when Will comes in.]

WILL
Hey, you find anything out about our predator?

HELEN
I'm still running the DNA. It will take a few days before we can complete the analysis.

WILL
So what's going on?

HELEN
We have a rather odd situation on our hands.

WILL
Isn't "rather odd" sort of your stock in trade?

HELEN
A gentleman by the name of Maurice McRae, recently deceased, stipulated in his will that I perform the autopsy on his remains.

WILL
Why?

HELEN
He spent the last years of his life in a psychiatric institution, convinced he was an abnormal.

WILL
And how did he know about you?

HELEN
That's a question I have as well.

WILL
Well, I guess it's too late to ask him.

HELEN
True, but his granddaughter, Sophie, has accompanied his body. I was hoping you could talk to her, put her at ease, while I examine her grandfather.

WILL
What does she know about the Sanctuary?

HELEN
Only the rumors that her grandfather passed along; everyone was convinced that he was a few cups shy of a tea service, everyone but Sophie.

WILL
So you're gonna go with the post mortem?

HELEN
Of course, if his claims are unfounded, well... there's no harm in fulfilling the man's final request.

INT SANCTUARY LIBRARY

WILL
Hi. You must be Sophie. I'm Dr. Zimmerman… Will

SOPHIE
You work with Dr. Magnus?

WILL
I do. My condolences.

SOPHIE
Thank you, Doctor.

WILL
Do you mind if I ask you a couple of questions?

SOPHIE
I already know what you're going to say, that my grandfather was an eccentric old man.

WILL
Actually, no, I don't know anything about him.

SOPHIE
Sorry. I… it's just, all the doctors said he was suffering from advanced dementia, and my parents….it's all my relatives think he was crazy.

WILL
But you didn't.

SOPHIE
He just felt so strongly. I loved him very much.

WILL
How did he come to this decision?

SOPHIE
Well, he always talked about a private research facility; he called it "the Sanctuary", a place where what he called... "abnormals", were given refuge. Of course, no one took him seriously. Is that what goes on here?

WILL
Well, we are a private research facility.

SOPHIE
Research into what, exactly?

WILL
A range of things.

SOPHIE
A "range"?

WILL
Why don't you tell me more about your grandfather?

SOPHIE
My grandfather could see things that other people didn't, that other people couldn't. When we spent time together, it was... it was like the world would open up.

WILL
Sounds like an inspiring man.

SOPHIE
I mean, he showed me what people were thinking, what they were feeling.

WILL
So he actually imparted... these thoughts or sensations?

SOPHIE
Now, you’re humoring me.

WILL
No, I'm not. I'm just asking questions.

SOPHIE
That's fine. I'm used to it. Dr. Zimmerman, look, I'm sorry, if you're going to be so evasive, I really don't see any reason to tell you more than I have.

WILL
OK. Dr. Magnus has made arrangements for you to stay here, as long as you're comfortable with that, until the autopsy results come in.

SOPHIE
Thank you.

INT SANCTUARY LIVING AREA

[Helen is sitting on couch reading as Will comes in.]

WILL
You have something against sleep, don't you?

HELEN
Just doing some reading, there's a recurring legend amongst equatorial rainforest cultures about Nubbins.

[Will sits on the other end of couch.]

WILL
Nubbins? I thought Ashley made that name up.

HELEN
She did. They're most often called "Amoratas". Apparently the species is highly prized as harbingers of fertility and a bountiful harvest. In some societies, they were a common wedding gift, to promote connubial bliss.

WILL
Before the age of self-help books.

HELEN
When they vanish, it's considered a portent of discord.

[Will moves closer to Helen and puts his arm on the back of the couch.]

WILL
How did the... the autopsy go... on Sophie's grandfather?

HELEN
Sorry?

WILL
The autopsy?

HELEN
Oh. There was a... significant anomaly to the frontal lobe. I'll need to do more tests to determine if it's a tumor or... something else.

WILL
So it's... it's possible that he's an abnormal?

HELEN
Too early to tell really.

WILL
I'm... ah….I'm gonna go to bed.

HELEN
Sweet dreams.

WILL
Don't forget to put out the fire.

HELEN
I never do.

WILL
Ah…right. OK.

INT SANCTUARY OUTSIDE NUBBINS CELL

[Helen is already there looking through observation window. Will and Ashley walk in.]

ASHLEY
Are the Nubbins okay? Henry said the female kept going in and out of camo mode, and then swelled up like a blimp.

HELEN
She gave birth just after dawn. They're all fine, all 14 of them. It took them only minutes to adapt their camouflage.

INT SANCTUARY HELEN’S LAB

[Helen is sitting at her desk and Ashley and Will are on each side of her. Ashley is next to a baby Nubbin that is in a glass cage.]

HELEN
The juveniles are putting on weight so fast I'm projecting they'll reach maturation within a day.

WILL
That rate of metabolic growth is scary. We should find a way to discourage their mating.

HELEN
Not yet. I want to document a full reproductive cycle first.

ASHLEY
I'm keeping this one as a pet, just so you know.

HELEN
In the throes of a breeding cycle, they may not be as docile as they look.

ASHLEY
Oh, come on, I can handle a baby Nubbin, Mom. Right, little guy; you're so cute.

WILL
What about the predator?

HELEN
He showed marked signs of agitation throughout the night. Only came out of camouflage for all but a few moments.

WILL
I don't think he likes the Nubbins.

[The predator is shown on Helen’s laptop pacing his cell.]

INT SANCTUARY HELEN’S OFFICE

[Helen is sitting at her desk. Will and Sophie are seated on the other side of her desk.]

SOPHIE
But you can't say for sure?

HELEN
No, not yet, but I can say that I've never seen brain structures quite like your grandfather's. Sophie, the blood I took from you as a control sample, I should tell you, I found similar biochemical anomalies to your grandfather's.

SOPHIE
Oh, my God.

HELEN
It would be premature to read anything into it.

SOPHIE
Yeah, but if he was an abnormal...

HELEN
In 24 hours, all this will be much clearer.

SOPHIE
Okay, well, look, since I've gotten here, no one has told me squat about what this place actually does, and now you're telling me I'm some kind of freak of nature, too? You guys are hiding something from me, both of you! Why should I believe a single thing you tell me?

HELEN
Sophie, we find ourselves in a very rare situation. I'm about to do something that I normally wouldn't even consider.

SOPHIE
I don't understand. What?

HELEN
You will shortly. Will, would you be so kind as to show our guest around?

WILL
Ah...yeah…sure.

INT SANCTUARY OUTSIDE NUBBINS’ CELL

HENRY
Watch yourself there, Big Guy. You don't want to get between them and their breakfast. You could lose a hairy digit.

[Henry sneeze as food is placed in with the Nubbins.]

BIGFOOT
I've never seen an animal with such... a big appetite.

HENRY
It's not just food. They're not pairing up for square-dancing!

[Henry sneezes.]

HENRY
Oh, man.

BIGFOOT
Maybe you shouldn't be exposing yourself unnecessarily.

HENRY
Yeah, the allergy pills aren't working. I just hope these little dudes aren't permanent guests.

INT SANCTUARY MAIN CELL AREA

WILL
You look as queasy as I did when I first walked this floor.

[Will is showing Sophie around. A creature walks behind them.]

CREATURE
What’s up?

WILL
Actually, you're taking it better than I did.

SOPHIE
I sensed all of this before I got here. I mean, not the specifics, but...

WILL
Even though your granddad was gone.

SOPHIE
Maybe... he passed on his gift.

WILL
Or maybe the feelings that you always saw as coming from him were coming from you.

[Sophie staggers and stumbles. Will grabs her arm to steady her.]

WILL
Hey, whoa. You okay?

SOPHIE
Yeah, just light-headed is all. I tend to get these dizzy spells.

WILL
Why don't you sit down?

SOPHIE
I'm all right.

WILL
You might be having a mild panic attack or something.

SOPHIE
I just get like this.

WILL
Well, we'll be sure to have Dr. Magnus check it out.

WILL
What is it?

SOPHIE
The new creatures...they're upset.

INT SANCTUARY IN FRONT OF NUBBINS’ CELL

WILL
I know it may be hard to believe, but those aren't tricks of the eye. Those are flesh and blood creatures.

SOPHIE
Of course they are.

WILL
It's okay. Wow, they seem to be drawn to you.

[Sophie stumbles again.]

WILL
You okay? Is it coming back?

SOPHIE
I think I should lie down for a while.

WILL
Okay.

INT SANCTUARY ASHLEY’S ROOM

[Ashley is lying on bed petting a nubbin which is on her lap.]

ASHLEY
Come in.

WILL
Hey

ASHLEY
Hey

WILL
The Nubbins came out of camo-mode, and we did a head count, and one of them was missing.

ASHLEY
Yeah, I just couldn't stop myself. What time is it?

WILL
It's almost 2:00.

ASHLEY
Weird, I must have fallen asleep or something.

[The Nubbin hisses as Will steps closer to Ashley.]

ASHLEY
That is not very nice. Will is a friend. Co-worker...slash... friend. That's all.

WILL
Maybe you should...ah….maybe you should put him back, - just to be on the safe side.

ASHLEY
Okay, little buddy, let's go.

[The Nubbin sprays Will with urine.]

WILL
Oh! Oh, man!

ASHLEY
Oh, I'm so sorry. Get back in here...

[Ashley puts the Nubbin in its enclosure.]

WILL
Ah

ASHLEY
Oh, let me... let me get that for you.

[Ashley unbuttons Will’s shirt.]


ASHLEY
This... Here.

[Becoming uncomfortable Ashley runs and grabs a basket and a towel.]

ASHLEY
Just... toss it in here. Let me, um...do that.

[She dries Will’s chest with the towel.]

WILL
Ah…you wouldn't have a... man's shirt lying around, would you?

ASHLEY
Medium, right?

WILL
Yeah, yeah

ASHELY
Yeah

[Ashley goes to get a shirt out of closet.]

ASHLEY
Can I ask you something?

WILL
Sure.

ASHLEY
Have you been feeling...I don't know, odd?

WILL
How do you mean?

ASHLEY
Well, I'm not sure, but ever since we got back from the ship, I've felt...

WILL
Woozy?

ASHLEY
Is that how you're feeling?

WILL
Yeah, kinda.

ASHLEY
I think sometimes I can... be a little stand-offish. I mean, I know I can be snippy.

WILL
No. No, not at all.

ASHLEY
I don't want you to think that I'm... unappreciative, or unapproachable. I've been accused of that by guys.

WILL
Yeah me too…not by guys, but....you know what I mean.

[Will breaks eye contact and rubs his eye.]

ASHLEY
Are you okay?

WILL
Yeah, it's just these new contacts. I'm just getting used to them.

ASHLEY
I really like you...

WILL
Really?

ASHLEY
Without glasses Will

[Will and Ashley are startled out of kissing by sound.]

ASHLEY
Where's my Nubbin?

WILL
Oh no.

INT SANCTUARY NUBBINS CELL

[The escaped Nubbin is chewing a hole in the cell.]


INT SANCTUARY NUBBINS CELL A LITTLE LATER

BIGFOOT
At first I thought they were just camouflaging, but I swept the entire cell feeling for them.

HELEN
Don't tell me they've escaped?

[Bigfoot shows Helen and Henry the damage to the cell.]

BIGFOOT
Something gnawed through the ventilation grate from the outside.

HENRY
Mayday.

[Henry sneezes.]

INT SANCTUARY HALLWAY

[Helen, Henry, Will and Ashley are walking down hallway.]

HELEN
I'm going to err on the side of caution. I want the building sealed. Nobody goes in or out.

HENRY
Threat level "holy crap". Check.

[Henry moves through another hallway as the others enter Helen’s office.]

HELEN
These creatures escape the Sanctuary, and we'll have much more than a pest control problem on our hands.

ASHLEY
Can we not turn this into a planetary crisis just yet? - They're 14 little fur balls.

WILL
Invisible fur balls.

ASHLEY
We'll round them up, okay?

HELEN
If they reach sexual maturity as fast as they've reached full size...well do the math.

WILL
But they haven't overrun their native habitat, right?

HELEN
Camouflaged or not, they wouldn't be much of a secret and that's the one saving grace. Something must control their number.

WILL
What about the predator Eric brought back?

HELEN
That's one of a number of theories I'm working on; though their shared trait of camouflage doesn't necessarily define their relationship on the food chain.

WILL
Well we could try to draw them out, if we could just figure out what they crave. You know, besides other Nubbins.

ASHLEY
We know they're hungry little suckers. I'll make sure our food stores are protected.

BIGFOOT
Too late for that. They've already wiped out the pantry and the walk-in.

WILL
What? There's nothing left?

HELEN
Right. We go floor by floor. Snares, tranquilizers, whatever it takes.

INT SANCTUARY VENTILATION SHAFT

HENRY
OK. Hey, little guy, it's okay. Here you go. That's gouda. Nobody's going to hurt you, little fella. Nobody's gonna...

[Henry sneezes and the Nubbin runs up and bites his arm and scurries away.]

HENRY
Ah, I lied! I'm going to hurt you! Ah! Your mother was a sewer rat!

INT SANCTUARY MEDICAL ROOM

HELEN
I'm going to schedule a full rabies series, unless we can confirm its absence in every Nubbin out there.

HENRY
Isn't that, like, super painful?

HELEN
I'm not going to lie to you Henry.

HENRY
No, it's okay, please. You can lie to me.

ASHLEY
Those poor things must've been pushed to the limits.

HENRY
Hey listen, I know you're all about saving the whales and everything, but these guys just happen to be a pack of vicious, over-sexed, hyperthyroid, invisi-rodents.

ASHLEY
Stop demonizing them. They were just afraid!

HELEN
Ashley we have no history with this species. We cannot take this attack lightly. Now, how many have we re-captured so far?

ASHLEY
Three.., - Or so.

HELEN
Three?

HENRY
Almost four.

HELEN
Out of 14?

HENRY
Actually, I'd go up about five...times.

HELEN
What did you see?

HENRY
I'm not sure "see" is the right word, but by the way they rippled, I'd say we're looking at several litters of newborns, but, they won't be doing the horizontal tango for, like, hours.

HELEN
We need to corral them all as quickly as possible. Henry I'm taking you off the front lines. I want you working on a more... technological solution.

HENRY
I'm good with that.

ASHLEY
Tell me you're not talking about exterminating them.

HELEN
I'd like nothing more than to see them all back in their cell unharmed.

ASHLEY
Yeah but…

HELEN
We wouldn't be having this discussion had you shown better judgment.

[Sophie knocks on the open door.]

HELEN
Come in.

[Henry gets down off table and walks past Sophie out the door.]

HENRY
Hi

SOPHIE
Hi

HELEN
Could you give us a moment?

ASHLEY
Yeah sure.

[Ashley gets up and goes to door to leave.]

HELEN
Thank you.

ASHLEY
Hey

SOPHIE
Hi. Dr. Magnus...

HELEN
Hello, Sophie.

SOPHIE
Will said you might be able to help me.

HELEN
Please, have a seat.

SOPHIE
He told you about the headaches, and the spins and all that?

HELEN
If it's all right with you, I'd like... to conduct a few simple tests.

SOPHIE
Simple, like brain scans?

HELEN
Probably prudent under the circumstances.

SOPHIE
I know you have more important things to deal with. You're in the middle of a crisis.

HELEN
Actually, by Sanctuary standards, this is just another day at the office.

SOPHIE
What did my grandfather die of?

HELEN
A brain aneurysm.

SOPHIE
Oh…and you said that we have similar anomalies.

HELEN
Well let's just see what's happens before we anticipate, all right?

SOPHIE
Okay.

HELEN
It's going to be okay, Sophie.

INT SANCTUARY BASEMENT LOOKING HALLWAY

WILL
Okay, here's my idea. We capture a male Nubbin, use it as bait and wait for the females to swarm.

ASHLEY
Or we use a female as bait and watch the males swarm.

WILL
Well, want as many of the child-bearers back in captivity as possible.

ASHLEY
As if the girls are going to go all weak-kneed over the right Nubbin.

WILL
I'm sorry, the "right Nubbin?"

ASHLEY
You know, smart, handsome, good sense of humor, go-getter, dedicated to the same things you are, loves long walks on the beach...

WILL
Are you okay?

ASHLEY
Yeah. Yeah, I'm fine.

WILL
Johnny Nub in the crosshairs.

[Will and Ashley spot a Nubbin and give chase.]


INT SANCTUARY MEDICAL ROOM

HELEN
There's nothing that threatens your health. You're fine, Sophie.

SOPHIE
But you did find something.

HELEN
It's completely benign, similar to what we found in your grandfather's brain, a tissue structure that bridges your frontal lobes.

SOPHIE
Like a tumor!

HELEN
No, no, nothing like that. There's a nerve bundle that links this unusual organ to the thalamus. I think it may be used in pre-verbal communication.

SOPHIE
Oh, this is unbelievable.

HELEN
I suspect it's some sort of empathic ability. In my world, it's a genetic expression that may well preview an evolutionary advance.

SOPHIE
I just always attributed it to Maurice. It only ever happened when I was with him.

HELEN
He wanted to bring out your gifts, no doubt. - That's what the will was about.

SOPHIE
This condition that I have, assuming that you're right, what... what does that mean I can do?

HELEN
That's for you to explore. With our help, if you'll trust us.

INT SANCTUARY BASEMENT

WILL
Shh, shh, shh Maybe this isn't going to be as tough as we thought.

[Will captures a Nubbin with the snare. More Nubbins appear.]

ASHLEY
Oh, I'm not so sure about that.

INT SANCTUARY HELEN’S OFFICE

WILL
Well, I'm telling you, we have a Nubbins explosion on our hands.

HELEN
I've found something that may explain their popularity as a wedding gift.

WILL
Wait, don't tell me. They can be returned?

HELEN
Actually, they have scent glands that emit powerful pheromones.

WILL
Well that explains their overactive mating instinct.

HELEN
In fact, it may well extend beyond their own species.

WILL
You're not saying that they're affecting us?

HELEN
Haven't you noticed it?

WILL
Are you asking me if I've been feeling... Randy?

HELEN
I've made you uncomfortable.

WILL
No, as a matter of fact, you've... you've aroused my curiosity.

HELEN
Oh. Well, turnabout is fair play.

WILL
Awkward.

HELEN
Poor thing.

INT SANCTUARY HENRY’S WORK ROOM

HENRY
What the hey?

WILL
What's going on?

HENRY
We've got problems.

WILL
You mean beyond the fact that these things are spilling out like popcorn at a matinee?

HENRY
Our systems are degrading. We got surges; reboots...must be the step-down transformer.

[Sparks fly from a nearby machine and the lights flicker.]

HENRY
Oh! Well, clearly that wasn't good.

WILL
All right, is it me, or does it smell like fried Nubbin?

HENRY
Dude, I haven't been able to smell anything since they got here.

[Henry removed the front panel on the machine.]

WILL
Oh, man...

INT SANCTUARY HELEN’S OFFICE

HELEN
We have Nubbins in four out of five infrastructure systems; computer, cooling, electrical, air purification. They're not in the water…yet.

WILL
I don't think it was an accident they brought down the computer system.

ASHLEY
Come on, they're smart, but not that smart.

WILL
I don't know. A couple get sacrificed to bring down the entire server? Air vents clogged?

HELEN
Drones sent out to protect the survival of the hive.

WILL
Yeah

ASHLEY
These aren't bees. They just reproduce as fast.

HELEN
Hive mentality means tradeoffs between individual survival and that of the group. We've seen it in orders higher then insects.

WILL
Yeah, like every time soldiers go into battle.

ASHLEY
So what does that tell us about what they'll do?

HELEN
Everything they can to ensure inter-species domination.

WILL
You know, this "catching them one at a time" is not working.

HELEN
The more I watch our predator, the more I’m beginning to think that it is what controls the Nubbins in their native habitat.

ASHLEY
You're not talking about turning that killer loose?

HELEN
Not loose Ashley. We can implant it with a device so we could track it and control it. The vast majority of the Nubbins would be stampeded into the open, and we could herd them to safety.

ASHLEY
It's just not fair. I mean, Nubbins are only doing what their instincts tell them.

WILL
All we'd be doing is replicating the predator-prey dynamic already exists.

ASHLEY
Of course; like the lions and the Christians.

HELEN
We have them contained right now, but if they get out and this expands beyond the Sanctuary, we could be Ground Zero for a plague of furry locusts. We have to act, and quickly.

INT SANCTUARY PEDATOR’S CELL

HENRY
Tracking device is active.

HELEN
It's all right, Henry. He's quite sedated. Would you rather I do it?

HENRY
No. Its okay, I’m just... much better with computer bytes than animal bites. There. See? What'd I tell you? Easy peasy.

[The predator growls and Henry jumps up on a ledge.]

INT SANCTUARY HALLWAY NEAR WINDOW SITTING AREA

WILL
Sophie, hey I just wanted to see how you were feeling.

SOPHIE
Did Dr. Magnus tell you? - I told her it was okay if she did.

WILL
Yeah. Yeah, she did.

SOPHIE
She... gave me this bio-feedback device to use so I know when the supposed powers are working, and... I guess you're pretty used to dealing with freaks.

WILL
That's... not how I see you.

SOPHIE
I guess I'm just feeling sorry for myself.

WILL
Well, I'm sorry that you're stuck here in the middle of a level-three bio-hazard.

[Sophie’s bio-feedback device lights up.]

SOPHIE
The beast... The one the Nubbins are afraid of. It's waking up.

WILL
How do you know that?

SOPHIE
I don't know, I just... I don't know.

WILL
Listen, Sophie... These feelings that you're having, the connections with the creatures, you should trust them. It's a... It's a very special thing.

SOPHIE
Well, I wouldn't wish it on anybody. I don't... feel special. I feel like I should be in a sideshow.

WILL
This sense, it doesn't happen to tell you where the Nubbins are, does it?

SOPHIE
No but... I can... feel their hearts racing….their fear... their desire.

INT SANCTUARY HENRY’S WORK AREA

[Henry is working on something when he sneezes. He hears and then sees a Nubbin.]

HENRY
Nature abhors a vacuum. That's because she's never seen mine. OK, easy there, little Nub...

[Henry picks up a handle to the vacuum he was working on sucks up the Nubbin into it.]

HENRY
….I've got suction, and I'm not afraid to use it.

INT SANCTUARY MAIN CELL ROOM

HENRY
Releasing the predator...wow, look at him go.

HELEN [Into walkie]
Team One, predator moving from Utility Five, herding Nubbins toward residential corridor. - Shut down air vents.

ASHLEY [Over walkie]
Copy that

[The pedator kills three nubbins.]

HENRY
Predator 3, Nubbins 0.

WILL
Hey! Where's he gone?

HENRY
I'm not seeing him.

HELEN
Track the device.

HENRY
Level 5, north corridor; he's moving fast!

HELEN
Checking level 5, north corridor, primary and secondary cameras.

HENRY
Nothing on the primary corridor. Negative on B and C.

[Nubbins can be heard in the ceiling.]

WILL
Oh, Nubbins on the move.

HENRY
Oh wait a sec. The predator's stopped. A dead stop.

HELEN
Where?

HENRY
Just outside the library.

[The lights flicker and the lights go out.]

HENRY
We're losing power on the main grid.

HELEN
Go to auxiliary.

[The lights come on reduced strength but then go out.]

HENRY
And we’ve lost auxiliary. Okay, women and geeks first. Oh, no, wait, that's all of us.

HELEN
See what you can do, Henry. Will, let's go.


INT SANCTURAY HALLWAY OUTSIDE LIBRARY


[Helen and Will follow bloody tracks into a room where they see the predator move into another room. Outside the doorway to the room Helen hands Will a gun.]

HELEN
They're tranquilizer rounds. One shot won't do it.

[They enter the room and find the remains of the predator.]

WILL
Looks like our predator just became prey.

HELEN
Why do I have the feeling that we're next?

WILL
I guess we can skip the midnight feeding.

INT SANCTUARY HELEN’S OFFICE

WILL
So we were wrong about our predator keeping the Nubbins in check in the rainforest?

HELEN
Not necessarily. I mean, sometimes predator becomes prey. Hyenas, for example, have been known to kill lions. Apparently we underestimated the Nubbins' strength in numbers.

WILL
Can you imagine what ten times the number of Nubbins will do? - Or a hundred times?

HELEN
If they can rip a creature the size and strength of the predator to shreds, I've no doubt they'd give us no quarter. We may have sealed ourselves in with our executioners.

WILL
Their hive behavior isn't just intelligent, it's strategic. Sooner or later, they're gonna find a way out.

HELEN
And they're reproducing faster than we can capture or eradicate them.

ASHLEY
Doesn't anybody have some good news?

HENRY
I've got wood.

[Henry has entered with a arm load of fire wood.]

HENRY
You know... for the fire.

WILL
Hey when we were aboard the Lophelia, do you remember the hold - where we found the Nubbins?

HELEN
The refrigerated dry hold.

WILL
Yeah

HELEN
Although it was either turned off or malfunctioning. A cryogenic transport's fairly common for a bioresearch vessel.

WILL
Yeah, but the thing is, is...the setting on the control panel... it was for 50 degrees, which is cold, but well above freezing.

HELEN
So maybe it was their intention to slow their metabolism, moderate their growth and mating cycles. Ashley, you and Henry round up as many fire extinguishers as you can.

ASHLEY
On it.

[Henry, who is standing next to Sophie staring at her, is dragged by ear by Ashley.]

WILL
Still, even if we are right about the cold, unless we can drive them into the open, I don't see how that by itself will do the trick.

SOPHIE
You are right about the cold. They don't like it.

HELEN
Can you tell what they're feeling now?

SOPHIE
Crowded... afraid...threatened....they're sending warnings.

HELEN
They're sounding an alarm?

WILL
What are you thinking?

HELEN
That we try and mimic the frequency of their distress call. If we're successful, we could strategically place emitters powerful enough to flush them out, stampede them, and funnel them towards capture.

INT SANCTUARY

HELEN
What are you getting, Henry?

HENRY
Just over 19 kilohertz.

HELEN
Ultrasonic, beyond the range of human hearing.

HENRY
19.5... 20... 21.5... and stabilizing.

HELEN
There's your distress call, 21.5 kilohertz.

INT SANCTUARY MULTIPLE ROOMS

[The team places speakers around the Sanctuary and spread out in different areas with fire extinguishers. The plan works and the Nubbins all move to place where the Sanctuary wait with the extinguishers.]

ASHLEY
Time to chill, guys.

INT SANCTUARY CELL
[Nubbins are shown behind glass sleeping in a chilled room.]

INT SANCTUARY HELEN’S OFFICE

SOPHIE
So what'll happen to the Nubbins now?

HELEN
Now that low temperature has slowed their reproductive cycle to a crawl, they can live out their days in relative peace.

SOPHIE
They're not thrilled about the cold.

WILL
Hey, thrilled Nubbins is what got us into this mess.

HELEN
It was very brave of you to share your gift.

SOPHIE
Well in the end, Henry's allergies were a better detector than any of my paranormal abilities.

WILL
The difference is, is that you can sense a lot more than Nubbins.

SOPHIE
Yeah, I'm still not sure how I feel about that.

HELEN
I think we know what your grandfather wanted for you.

SOPHIE
Yeah. I guess, in a way, he'll always be guiding me.

HELEN
And so will we.


THE END

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