Season Two

Episode Nine: Death Wish

By Booser

Act Two

INT. PAUL’S BEDROOM. DAY

Nick sits on Paul’s bed, looking around him, soaking in the memories. In his mind he can still hear the THUMP! THUMP! It makes him flinch. Clarissa appears in the doorway

CLARISSA
Hey

NICK
Hey

CLARISSA
You alright?

NICK
Yeah, just can’t believe he’s gone you know? Doesn’t feel real.

Their attention is drawn to a figure out of focus emerging behind them. It’s LAURA, a pretty blonde about twenty or so. Her presence is causing obvious tension

CLARISSA
(to Nick)
I’ll be downstairs when you’re ready

She passes out of the room, glaring at Laura as she goes. Laura shudders

NICK
Well take a look around Laura. I hope you’re happy

LAURA
Me?! Nick I -

Nick gets up to leave

NICK
Save it

LAURA
I still loved him you know. I’ll miss him too!

NICK
Oh I forgot, it’s all about you isn’t it?

Nick follows Clarissa by storming out

CLOSE UP of Laura’s face with tears swelling in her eyes

INT. BAR. NIGHT

CLOSE UP of a shot glass, looks like whiskey. We PAN UP to see Laura drowning her sorrows at the bar. A man appears behind her. We recognize him from the security footage. RAISED BY WOLVES by Agent 51 plays on the sound system overhead.

MAN
Hi. Can I buy you a drink? Top you up maybe?

LAURA
(coldly)
I’m not in the mood

He slides in beside her, the bar light illuminating a hauntingly handsome face

MAN
That empty glass says otherwise

Laura turns to face him

LAURA
I’m not in the mood for you

MAN
Oh. It’s like that is it?

LAURA
Yeah. It is

MAN
You know what I find sad? That people these days just don’t seem to be held accountable for their own actions anymore

We focus on Laura for a beat. She swallows hard

MAN (CONT’D)
It’s always someone else fault.

LAURA
What did you say?

MAN
I guess what I’m trying to say is that it’s not fair to blame other people for what’s wrong in your own life

LAURA
Maybe some people deserve the blame

MAN
Like you?
(beat)
Laura

Laura stares at the guy

LAURA
Who are you? What do you want?

MAN
The same thing you do

Laura grabs her bag from the bar

LAURA
I don’t think so

Hastily she makes her way to the toilets.

INT. LADIES TOILETS

Laura stands at the sink, trying to compose herself.

INT. HALLWAY.

We TRACK a shadow on the wall as it passes by some picture frames. We see the reflection of the guy as he passes by two pictures on the wall, however as the shadow passes by the third picture we see the reflection of Lily! She rounds the corner and walks by several other customers making her way to the toilets. People acknowledge her in passing, just another lady on the way to “freshen up”.

INT. TOILETS

Lily enters the toilets. She glances at the lone cubicle and smiles. The door begins to open. Quick as a flash she moves inside pinning Laura against the wall. The cubicle door latches behind her. Laura struggles

LAURA
Who are you?!

Lily leans in closer to Laura’s face, Laura begins to squirm, her eyes open wide in terror

PULL BACK to a shot outside the cubicle we hear Laura scream.

INT. COLLEGE DELI. DAY

We focus on a table where Dean and Sam are seated amidst a busy deli. Students come and go with trays full of food. Dean chews on a mouthful, trying to swallow it down

DEAN
Uh, canteen food. And you’re trying to tell me you enjoyed college?

SAM
The time I had there yeah. I agree with you about the food though. Besides Dean it was your choice to come here

DEAN
Yeah so much for big brother gets final say

Dean sips on a coke

DEAN
So we know what we’re dealing with, what’s the game plan?

SAM
Well this thing is attracted to negative emotions, people who may be suicidal even

DEAN
You’d think it’d be more active around exam time

SAM
Maybe but there’s still no shortage of bad vibes around here if you look hard enough. Just look around Dean, you have temperamental relationships, exam stress, not to mention the pressure of just fitting in and growing up

DEAN
And emos. Don’t forget the emos

SAM
Yeah those

DEAN
You always struck me as being a bit of an emo yourself Sammy

Sam raises an eyebrow

DEAN
Yeah what with the agonizing expressions, the furrowed brows. I bet you used to listen to Rites of Spring too didn’t you?

Sam narrows his eyes, angry.

SAM
Maybe I just take my job seriously Dean

DEAN
A little too seriously. I know we don’t exactly have a whistle-while-you-work job but dude you can’t let this stuff get on top of you or it’ll start weighing you down

Sam pushes his tray away

SAM
I’m not hungry

DEAN
I was only joking with the Rites of Spring bit

Sam gets up and leaves the table

SAM
You’re always joking Dean. That’s the problem.

CLOSE UP on Dean, confused as Sam walks away.

P.O.V. NORMAL
A dinner lady takes away Dean and Sam’s trays

DINNER LADY
Your friend ok?

DEAN
Little Miss Sunshine? Yeah he just needs to cool off. He gets like that sometimes

Two STUDENTS, a guy and a girl, appear at the table and sit down a few seats from Dean. Dean overhears their conversation

GUY
So you’ve heard about it huh?

GIRL
It’s just awful

The girl sets her tray down and breaks out the salt

GIRL
They’re saying she was raped in the toilet. Everyone’s talking about it

CLOSE UP on Dean’s face, slightly interested but only just, after all he has heard weirder stuff

GUY
Can only imagine what she’s going through now that her ex topped himself the other night

Dean’s interest is suddenly piqued. It couldn’t be could it?

GIRL
I think some people are just messed up

GUY
It’s not really her fault now is it?

GIRL
What being raped? Nah. But did you hear who she said done it?

The guy is chewing on a mouthful of food

GUY
Who? Aspel probably. I told you the guys a Grade-A creep

GIRL
Give it a break with Aspel would ya? You’re just jealous he has a motorbike and you can’t even shave.
(beat)
Anyway she said it was a man who changed into a woman and then back again

The guy spits out his food, half in surprise and half in laughter

ZOOM IN on Dean’s face. His look of interest has changed to one of deep concern

GUY
What?! Like Boy George?

GIRL
No I mean physically changed. When they told her that no one had seen a guy follow her in she said it was actually a woman who turned into a man
(chuckles slightly)
Can you believe it? Makes you wonder if she was raped at all

GUY
Sounds more like an attention seeker to me

Dean rises off the chair in haste and hurriedly laves the canteen. FOCUS on the couple for a beat, watching him leave with surprise.

GIRL
What’s his problem?

EXT. TRAIN STATION. DAY
P.O.V UNKNOWN

We make our way through a crowded platform. Eventually we see Nick at a ticket booth. He turns to face us. A look of recognition and surprise in his expression

NICK
You?

P.O.V. NORMAL

Nick is talking to Lily. She looks down at the ticket in his hands.

LILY
Just one ticket Nick? Don’t you want your pretty girlfriend to come along?

She leans in close and kisses him on the lips. Nick pulls away, shocked

LILY
(smiling)
Once a cheater, always a cheater

He picks up his bags and pushes past her

NICK
Leave me alone

LILY
That’s not what you said to Laura

Nick stops in his tracks and turns around

NICK
What?

LILY
How very manly of you to let her take the blame for what happened. After all it takes two to tango

NICK
(realizing)
You were at that party..........you told Paul!

LILY
That his girlfriend was banging his best friend? Actually in hindsight that would have been a lot of fun.

NICK
Bitch! If you tell Clarissa...

LILY
You’re a coward Nick. But relax. I’ve no intention of telling her

NICK
How did you know?

She leans in whispering seductively

LILY
I know everyone’s dirty little secrets

NICK
What do you want?

LILY
Nothing

She runs her fingers through his hair

LILY
I just want you to know, that I know

Nick pulls back hurriedly, his grabs his bags and backs away

NICK
You stay away from me

LILY
(winking)
If you want

Nick begins to make his way through the crowd towards the edge of the platform, glancing back over his shoulder as he goes.

P.O.V. NICK
We see the woman, as people pass by she seems to change into a man with a cruel smile.

P.O.V. NORMAL
Nick gasps

P.O.V.
People cross his field of vision, it seems she has turned back into a woman. Is his mind playing tricks on him?

P.O.V NORMAL
Nick is almost in a panic, he rushes forward, glancing back nervously

CLOSE UP of the woman’s mouth. She playfully mouths the word “jump”

Nick continues to back towards the edge of the platform. He is glancing around for the woman, unaware as he trips and falls onto the line. He screams as a train hurtles down the line towards him! The screen blurs as the train flies by the camera.

CLOSE UP of blood splattering the edge of the platform. We focus on the woman smiling as people scream (O.S.)

INT. BATHROOM

Camera TRACKS along the floor. We pass by a woman’s shoes and clothes lying on the floor. The cries and weeping of someone in great distress can be heard. We also hear the sound of a shower.

CUT TO: SHOWER

We see Laura hunched in the corner of the shower crying. She is covering herself with her hands, almost as if she is trying in vain to clean something off herself. She continues rubbing her skin becoming more and more frustrated as she imagines herself still dirty.

EXT. COLLEGE CAMPUS
We TRACK Sam as he walks through the campus. He watches the people go about their daily business, running to classes, chatting with friends etc. He stops and watches a young couple embrace on a stone bench. CLOSE UP of Sam’s face. His expression one of sadness mixed with envy. This was the life he had, the life he wanted, the life he SHOULD have. Despondent, he walks away.

EXT. STUDENT ACCOMODATION, COURTYARD.

We see Dean from a distance, he is passing through talking to various people along the way. We don’t hear what is said, we can only see people shaking their heads. Eventually one guy begins nodding at points at something off screen. Dean seems to be thanking him before walking off.

INT. APARTMENT COMPLEX.

Dean enters the main foyer of the apartment complex. He looks up and begins to walk up the stairs.

INT. CORRIDOR

We TRACK Dean walking down a corridor. He stops outside a door and acknowledges the number. He knocks.

DEAN
Laura?
(beat)
Hello?

No answer. Dean finds the door is open and so he enters.

INT. LAURA’S APARTMENT

Dean glances around. He hears the sound of the shower running (O.S.) and walks cautiously towards the noise.

DEAN
Laura, my name is Dean. I’ve just come to talk
(beat)
You ok?

He tips the bathroom door open and looks inside.

INT. BATHROOM

The shower curtain is drawn, slowly Dean makes his way over. He takes a breath before pulling it back to reveal - nothing. Laura isn’t here. Dean’s attention is drawn to a sound he hears in another room. He exits the bathroom to re-enter

INT. LIVING ROOM

He sees Laura walk slowly across the floor almost in a zombie state. She is wearing a shower robe but has made no attempt to dry herself. She drags her feet as water drips on the floor.

DEAN
Laura? Is that you?

Laura doesn’t even acknowledge Dean’s presence. She continues walking to the balcony......

DEAN
Laura my name’s Dean.

Laura glances across at Dean. Her eyes look almost dead, devoid of emotion. She stands on the balcony overlooking the campus. She glances behind her, as if looking at the people down below. Her voice trembles...

LAURA
They think I’m crazy. I can hear them. I guess that does make me crazy doesn’t it?

Dean edges forward cautiously

DEAN
You’re not crazy Laura. I believe you

LAURA
Even I don’t believe me! I can’t!
(beat)
I’m insane

Dean begins to get nervous as Laura backs ever closer to the edge

DEAN
Ok Laura, I’d like it if you’d just come away from the balcony and we can talk. That alright?

LAURA
I don’t want to talk

DEAN
I know what happened to you.

LAURA
I'm dirty. I can't get clean

Dean extends his hand

DEAN
I know. If you'll let me I can help

Laura’s eyes swell with tears

LAURA
You’re too late

Suddenly Laura backs over the railings plummeting to her death.

DEAN
No!!!!

Dean rushes forward and peers over the railings

P.O.V. DEAN

Several stories below we see Laura’s broken body on the pavement, people crowd around the body while others panic and scream.

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