Season Two

Episode Six: Never Sleep Again

By Booser

Act One

 

INT. BEDROOM. NIGHT

Englund Institute for Sleep Research,
Kingscross, Maryland

We look down at a young woman in her early 20’s KAREN FUSELI, lying on her back in bed, fast asleep. We move in closer to see her eyes dart about under her eyelids rapidly - she is in deep sleep.

FLASH CUT TO:
The bedroom. Only it’s different, eerie. Colors and shadows take on a darker and more menacing hue. Karen’s eyes spring open! She looks up at the ceiling. And then across to the wall. They look like they are moving, almost as if something is alive inside the walls trying to break out. She tries to move but to her horror she remains transfixed on the bed, not even her scream becomes audible. Panicking, tears begin to roll down her cheeks and onto her pillow.

CUT TO : P.O.V. KAREN
The corner of the room opposite her bed is draped in shadow, but now begins to move, as if forming into a definitive shape. Long dark arms, and long dark, scraggly hair seem to form.....

CLOSE UP : Karen’s eyes are fixed on the corner of the room. We hear a strange metallic sound (O.S.) as something comes closer. We can almost sense the internal struggle within Karen as she tries to jolt her body into action, but to no avail. She is going to die and there is nothing she can do to stop it.

FLASH CUT TO :
INT. BEDROOM

The lights flash on and Karen wakes up screaming like a lunatic. The nurse who woke her tries desperately to calm her down

NURSE
Karen!

KAREN
(screaming)
Don’t let it touch me!!!!!!!!!

The nurse holds her down as Karen trashes violently

NURSE
It was just another bad dream!

Karen calms down slightly, but is still terrified

KAREN
Don’t let it touch me.......

NURSE
No one is going to touch you. You’re safe

Karen looks into the nurse’s eyes, her own full of fear

KAREN
I couldn’t move

Karen bursts into tears as the nurse puts a comforting arm around her

CUT TO:
INT. OBSERVATION ROOM
From the back we see a doctor observing the scene through a two-way mirror. The room was just a study room in a hospital!

CLOSE UP on the doctor’s eyes. Worried

KAREN (O.S.)
I couldn’t move.............

SUPERNATURAL - “Never Sleep Again”

EXT. WOODS. NIGHT

Hog Scald Hollow, Maryland

We PAN across a section of deserted woodland until we come to a small leafy clearing nestled between the trees. CLOSE UP of a HORSE, jet black, and happily munching on some grass. It looks up and then begins slowly chewing.

CLOSE UP on a pair of eyes watching from behind the bushes. Human, but with an almost inhuman intensity and focus. He watches the animal intently. A hunter perhaps? His eyes dart to the side momentarily, as we...

FLASH CUT TO:
CLOSE UP on another pair of eyes. Unlike the previous pair this set of eyes look like they are a million miles away. PULL BACK to reveal they belong to SAM WINCHESTER. He sways unsteadily.

INT. MOTEL ROOM- FLASHBACK

P.O.V. SAM
Dean picks up some cartridges off the bed and nosily CLICKS! Them into a shotgun

DEAN
This thing’s dangerous but it ain’t too smart. If you ask me most of it’s brain has rotted away over the centuries along with the rest of it. Classic ambush situation should do it...

EXT. WOODS- NIGHT

Sam shakes his head. Concentrate! He tries to refocus on the clearing...

INT. MOTEL ROOM- FLASHBACK

P.O.V. SAM
Dean smirks and he lifts his duffel bag of weapons off the bed.

DEAN
Nah don’t worry Sam you’re too gangly to be the bait. Seems this thing has a taste for horsemeat.

Dean throws the bag over his shoulder and walks past Sam on his way out.

DEAN
Come on Sammy, time to round us up some pork!

EXT. WOODS- NIGHT

Sam watches the horse in the clearing. It’s beginning to tramp and neigh in an agitated fashion.

CLOSE UP of Sam gripping the handle of his gun. Something is close.

Dean's eyes narrow as he readies himself.

CLOSE UP of the horse’s head as it’s nostrils flare, it strains, trying to break the leash keeping it tied to the tree.

We see the creature emerging from shadow and into the moonlight. A huge razorback pig, about the size of a small cow, very little remains of it, just rotted flesh clinging to stained bones. It makes an unearthly squealing noise as it ambles forward. This is the legendary “Bloody Bones”!

Dean glances across to Sam’s position. Showtime. The hog spies the horse and lunges forward, it leaps into the air, ready for the kill.

DEAN
Sam!

Sam’s eyes blink rapidly, he gets to his feet but finds his vision suddenly blurred. He fires off a shot which misses the hog completely, instead blowing chunks out of a tree. CLOSE UP of the bark splintering into tiny pieces. Ignoring the horse for now the hog spins round to face Sam, it’s abnormally large tusks exposed in a cruel smile. Sam glances down and begins fumbling with his cartridges, desperately trying to reload his gun in time. CLOSE UP of the shells falling on the ground! The hog paws the ground and then sprints towards the youngest Winchester. Sensing the danger Dean jumps from his position and blasts the ghastly pig, hitting it smack in the rear.

DEAN
Sam! Get away man!

The hog then charges at Dean, who hasn’t reloaded in time, hitting him smack in the chest and knocking him over.

CLOSE UP of their faces almost touching. Dean grimaces under the foul breath and dripping blood

DEAN
Could do with a little help here Sam....

CLOSE UP on Sam as we see sweat running down his face.

CLOSE UP of Dean holding off the pig, he has pulled his back up gun from his pocket and aimed it towards the pigs face. BLAM! The pigs skull shatters into a thousand pieces showering Dean in blood.

DEAN
(picking himself up)
Ah! God damn........................

He glances around.

DEAN
Sam?

He spots Sam slumped at the base of a tree. Dean looks like he is about to say something but instead sits down beside his brother

DEAN
What happened back there man?

Sam shrugs it off...

SAM
Nothing.

DEAN
Dude, look at you. You’re dead on your feet. You can’t go on like this, I’ve been trying to get you to see someone about this for weeks now

SAM
Dean I’m -

DEAN
You’re not fine. Look you’re the smartest guy I know
(beat)
Granted I don’t know that many people that well - But this? Tired, sloppy, ignoring an obvious problem? That’s not like you man.

SAM
I told you- I'm fine. Stop worrying about me.

Dean shakes his head frustrated.

DEAN
If you won’t let someone help you sleep, sooner or later someone really is gonna get hurt!

Sam looks at Dean, narrows his eyes. The true impact of his words are now apparent. Dean takes a deep breath as he looks back towards the clearing

DEAN
(smiling awkwardly)
Zombie pigs huh?

SAM
(smiles slightly)
Yeah
(beat)
Good ol’ zombie pigs

We can sense a bubbling tension between the two.

DEAN
Come on. These bones have to be taken apart and buried separately -

Dean gets up and extends Sam his hand

DEAN (CONT’D)
And I’m not doing it on my own

INT. MOTEL ROOM. NIGHT

CLOSE UP of Dean’s face in bed. Fast asleep.

Sam sits at a desk, the small light the only illumination left in the room. He surfs the internet trying to put away everything that happened before... he can't. He looks back over towards Dean...

DEAN (V.O.)
Sooner or later someone really is gonna get hurt!

Sam searches the internet for an institution that can help him... he clicks on the first article reading: “Englund Institute for Sleep Research specializing in unusual and extreme sleep disorders” another article below reads "Strange deaths at institute."

EXT. HOSPITAL. DAY

We see the Impala turn into the parking lot of the hospital. It passes a small sign which we pause on for a beat. CLOSE UP it says “The Englund Institute.”

INT. OFFICE

Sam sits across from a grey bearded doctor. The name plaque on the desk says he is Dr. J. Rhine PhD

DR. RHINE
It’s nice to meet you Sam. What do you hope to gain from our visit here?

SAM
I’d just like to see if I could get any help

DR. RHINE
You have trouble sleeping?

SAM
I guess, yeah

DR. RHINE
You know troubled sleep isn’t that uncommon nowadays. You can take some small comfort in knowing you are far from alone. With todays lifestyle people don't just take the time out to relax

Sam smiles weakly. It is small comfort indeed. Dr Rhine begins jotting notes.

DR. RHINE
I’m just going to ask you some general questions so that we might identify your problems and after we do that, we can begin talking about some possible treatments. That ok?

SAM
(nods)
Sure

DR. RHINE
Do you exercise alot before bed?

SAM
Uh............I wouldn’t really...sometimes maybe?

DR. RHINE
But not as a general rule?

SAM
Uh, no

DR. RHINE
Do you smoke, drink alot of tea or coffee before bed?

Sam shakes his head

DR. RHINE
Drink?

SAM
(smiling slightly)
No

DR. RHINE
Do you suffer alot of stress at work?

Sam breaks out into a nervous laugh

SAM
Uh...........you might say that

DR. RHINE
What do you do Sam?

SAM
I work with my brother, it’s a family business you might say
(beat)
Long hours

DR. RHINE
Your brother huh?
(smiles)
Working with relations can be stressful, especially working irregular hours can disrupt your sleep patterns. You filled in your form that this insomnia only began a couple of months ago?

SAM
That’s right

DR. RHINE
Any incident in particular you think may have triggered it?

Sam checks himself, he closes his eyes- we can see that he is stressed out about something. He pushes the memories away... breathes out heavily and then opens his eyes.

SAM
No.

DR. RHINE
What made you decide to visit us now?

SAM
Something happened at work. Um, with the job we do, you kinda have to have your wits about you. I guess I screwed up and my brother got hurt...

DR. RHINE
I’m sure it wasn’t your fault -

SAM
(forcefully)
It was. I need help.

DR. RHINE
We try our best. What we do here is very unique. We are both a treatment and a research facility. Of course everything is voluntary, nobody is committed, and patients are free to come and go as they please. Some have checked themselves in to be under 24 hour observation

Sam becomes curious

SAM
Why is that?

DR. RHINE
We treat alot of disorders here. Apart from insomnia and para-somnia we also specialize in more extreme conditions such as sleep paralysis and night terrors

SAM
Night terrors...........

DR. RHINE
That’s a general name for what we call pavor nocturnus. A condition in slow-wave sleep in which the patient is subjected to nightmares from which they can never fully wake from. It’s not a bon-afide nightmare as such as it doesn’t occur during REM, but if you’ve ever tried waking someone from a night terror -
(beat)
let me assure you it’s pretty terrifying

SAM
And you have people suffering from night terrors here?

INT. CORRIDOR

Dean walks down the corridor idly watching the nurses and staff go about their daily routine. He comes to a door. It says “Room 2C”. Dean peers inside

DR. RHINE (O.S.)
Oh yes. They reside on the second floor

INT. ROOM 2C

Dean walks in and sees a girl sitting on her bed staring out the window her back is turned to us.

DEAN
(friendly)
Hi there

DR. RHINE (O.S.)
Some show extreme fear of the dark like a common childhood phobia that they never grew out of, or has been rekindled through some emotional event in their lives

Dean glances at the wall CLOSE UP of hand drawn pictures on the wall - just meaningless dashes of black paint and other shapeless forms. Dean moves closer and notices that her bedside light is on, despite it being the middle of the day and very bright

DEAN
I’m just a visitor. My name’s Dean
(beat)
I like your pictures. You draw them yourself?

He peers around to see her face. She is pretty, but emotionless, just staring out the window. Dean frowns and goes to turn off the light. CLOSE UP of his arm being grabbed by the girl! She stares at him, the message is clear - don’t turn off the light!

DR. RHINE (O.S.)
Whatever the real reason it’s clear these people genuinely believe there is something hiding in the dark that comes at night.....

Dean slowly backs away from the girl

INT. OFFICE

CLOSE UP of Dr. Rhine’s face

DR. RHINE
But pavor nocturnus is nothing compared to some of the other things we have seen in here.........

INT. CORRIDOR

Dean and Sam meet up

DEAN
How’d it go with Dr. Sauss? Think he can patch you up?

SAM
I think so.

We TRACK boys as they begin walking down the corridor

SAM
You know it’s funny...

DEAN
What is?

SAM
This stuff? It’s pretty fascinating Dean

DEAN
That is funny

SAM
No really. I mean things that hunters like us have been trying to track for centuries, most have a rational explanation

DEAN
I thought that was common knowledge Sam

SAM
I know but it’s the explanations themselves that are so interesting

DEAN
If you say so. Anyway I thought you were a law student not a med student?

Sam shrugs

SAM
Just food for thought you know

Dean and Sam pass by room 2C, Dean glances in at the girl he seen earlier. CLOSE UP of the girl looking out the window

DEAN (O.S.)
Well don’t gorge yourself. Remember there are still things out there that are very real.

The bedside light flickers, causing the girl to glance at it nervously

DEAN (O.S.) CONT’D
Some people have a right to be afraid

INT. MOTEL ROOM. NIGHT

The motel room window is slightly ajar. A slight breeze rustles the thin curtain as we...

DISSOLVE TO:
EXT. WOODS. NIGHT

CLOSE UP of some brushes and undergrowth rustling, seemingly in the same breeze.

DEAN (O.S.)
Sam!

Sam rushes through the undergrowth. Desperate. Lost.

DEAN (O.S.)
Sam! Aghhhh!!!

SAM
Dean!

Sam stumbles into a clearing

SAM
Oh no....

He sees Dean slumped against the base of a tree, his clothes covered in blood. He is clutching his side in obvious pain

DEAN
I needed you Sam...

Sam rushes to Dean’s side and places his hands over the wounds trying to stem the blood flow

SAM
Try not to talk

DEAN
Its bad Sam

Sam puts on his bravest face

SAM
(smiling)
It’s nothing, just a flesh wound. You always loved complaining as much as you loved hunting!

DEAN
Where were you Sam? I needed you...

CLOSE UP on Sam’s face, distressed

DEAN (O.S.)
I needed you, and you weren’t there.....

Dean’s head slumps onto his chest. Sam pulls him close, fighting back the tears. We see an aerial shot looking DOWN on Sam holding his brother at the bottom of the tree, we move UPWARDS, FADING OUT

SAM (O.S.)
Somebody!
(beat)
Help me!!!!!!!!!!

INT. MOTEL ROOM

Sam’s eyes flash open. Sweat is running in torrents down his face. He stares up at the ceiling, panic in his eyes as he finds himself unable to move! We can almost sense him struggling, trying to snap out of it but to no avail. We hear the faint sound of scraping metal (O.S.)

CLOSE UP of Sam’s eyes as we see him looking at something off screen in the darkness. He screws his eyes shut tight in terror.

Continue...

 

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