OPEN TO a computer screen. A download is in progress. In the background we can hear Click Click Boom by Saliva.
Are you sure this is it?
The camera pushes back to reveal two sophomore college students. KYLE WESTLEY and JAKE MORELAND. We are in…
INT. EMPIRE STATE UNIVERSITY- DORM ROOM
So, let me get this straight- this, this program is going to make us ‘invisible’?
No more cops… no more annoying college computer technicians. Dude, we can download whatever we want- whenever we want and no one’s going to know about it.
A grin forms across Kyle’s face. This, this is going to be cool. Any second now; the download bar nears completion. COMPLETE. COMPLETE. Jake drags the mouse over to ‘open.’ CLICK. CLICK. Nothing. Kyle laughs under his breath.
God damn it!
A matrix of numbers begins to form across the screen. The image becomes distorted. WARNING. WARNING. We hear the fan of the hard drive kick into overdrive. WARNING. WARNING.
Dude, you are so busted.
Jake’s cell phone begins to ring. He answers it.
No answer. RING… RING… RING… RING… Jake and Kyle look around the dorm room. Every phone is ringing off the hook!!! The radio begins to constantly change frequencies. The TV switches over to static. The electric clock’s number display changes at a rapid pace. The lights turn on and off.
What the hell?
The phones stop ringing. The air conditioning stops. The computer monitor and TV shut off. Jake and Kyle exchange a nervous glance. They get up and walk towards the entrance. They open the door.
INT. EMPIRE STATE UNIVERSITY- DORM HALL
And look out. Nothing. They step out of the room and look around. Suddenly the lights overhead turn off one by one. The virus was spreading. Going everywhere. RING… RING… RING… Jake answers it, hands trembling…
Static. Then we hear it. A woman’s screeching SCREAM. Jake drops the phone, startled.
What’s going on?
They both turn around and look back into their dorm room. The TV and Computer monitor have turned back on. They slowly approach the dorm and enter.
INT. EMPIRE STATE UNIVERSITY- DORM ROOM
BEEP! Jake approaches the computer. A message opens on the screen ‘Do you want to play?’
Dude, check it out…
Jake looks over towards Kyle staring at the TV screen. He glances over at the screen. Through the static we can make out an eerie, grotesque FACE.
What the hell is it?
CREAK. They glance over at the door. The door SLAMS SHUT!!! The TV screen and computer monitor turn off. Pitch black. All we hear is breathing. Close up on Kyle backing up against the wall. We hear Jake SCREAM at the top of his lungs!!!
Jake… what is it? What’s going on?
CLOSE UP on Kyle’s trembling hands searching for a flashlight on the desk. He finds it and turns it on. He shines the light around the room. Nothing. He shines it against the ground. Blood. The light follows it to reveal Jake. Dead. Bleeding. Kyle gulps and begins to breath, terrified. He looks up to see a pale, grotesque figure walking towards him. Coming in and out of view as though traveling through frequencies. The flashlight runs out of batteries. Everything goes black.
EXT. MA & POP’S DINER- AFTERNOON
The sun shines down upon the streets below. It was another beautiful sunny day in Paradise, Long Island. At the corner of the street we see a small diner. Sam and Dean sit at the table closest to the sidewalk. A newspaper lies on the ground beside Dean’s chair.
Dean, you have to admit the trail is running cold. We’ve been off hunting things while Dad is god knows where…
Remind me if I’m wrong, but didn’t we have this conversation before?
It’s just, ever since that collision… it seems like Dad’s been pushing us away.
A dog stops beside Dean’s chair and takes a leak on the newspaper. Dean notices as the dog finishes its business.
The dog walks off. Dean picks up the paper by the corner with the tips of his fingers, repulsed.
Pushing me away.
Dean looks back towards Sam, hit off guard.
Something happened, something you’re not telling me.
Dean nervously smiles.
What would give you that idea?
Sam looks at Dean- you know exactly what I’m talking about. Dean shrugs
Dad’s just doing what he thinks is best. For both of us. Trust me, if something did happen- you would be the first to know.
Sam breathes out and nods. Dean looks around.
Seems like we’ll have to look elsewhere. This place is clean.
RING... RING... RING... Dean looks towards Sam.
Dean nods and answers the phone.
Dean. Wait... Katie, slow down, what is it?
Just like old times huh?... You can count on me.
Sam watches Dean's expressions. Something was wrong. Sam notices a sense of hurt in Dean's eyes.
Who was that?
An old friend
Yeah, a friend- alright Sam?!
Sam sighs and nods.
Dean stands up and takes out his keys.
The city that never sleeps.
EXT. NEW YORK CITY- NIGHT (Numb/ Encore by Linkin Park)
The camera flies through the night sky. Past the Statue of Liberty. The Brooklyn Bridge. The Empire States Building.
EXT. NEW YORK CITY- STREETS- NIGHT
We track the Impala driving through the streets of New York City.
Sam glances over at Dean, something wasn't right. Dean notices.
Nothing, it's just- you've hardly said a word since we left.
Dean laughs and shakes his head no
Dean pulls the Impala to the side of the road beside the hotel. He steps out and tosses the keys to a bell boy. Dean and Sam enter through the double doors and into the hotel. The camera angles up towards the sky as night turns to day.
EXT. POLICE STATION- AFTERNOON
Dean and Sam approach the Police Station.
This the place?
Sam is taken aback. They enter the police station.
NT. NEW YORK CITY- POLICE STATION- KATE’S OFFICE
We open to a small office with papers neatly stacked on the desk. KATE RYDER, beautiful, smart, and strong, mid twenties, talks on the phone… KNOCK… KNOCK… KNOCK… She glances up. Dean and Sam walk into the room.
(to the phone)
I’ll call you back.
Kate hangs up and stands up, enthusiastic.
Dean grins, Sam notices.
It’s been a long time.
Yeah, yeah it has.
Kate glances over towards Sam…
And this must be Sam.
It’s great seeing you again… how’ve you been?
Well, you know- the usual. Kill as many evil sobs as I can.
Kate laughs and nods
Still guns blazing?
You know my style.
Sam looks between them, laughing and smiling.
Wait, you’re a hunter?
Was a hunter…
Kate looks towards Dean
So, you remember that group of Satanists down in Oklahoma?
Dean grins and laughs, he nods his head.
How could I forget…
Kate looks towards Sam
I came just in time to save your brother from becoming their next sacrifice.
Dean breathes out and leans forward
Hey, I didn’t need your help. I was fine.
Yeah, sure… you just don’t want to admit your cute ass was saved by a girl.
Sam laughs, Dean breathes out.
So, you said that you needed our help?
A couple of nights ago, two teenage guys were found in their dorm room- murdered.
Yeah. Follow me.
INT. POLICE DEPARTMENT- ELEVATOR
CLOSE UP Kate presses ‘B1’ camera pulls out.
I don’t get it. Why call us?
It’s not that they were murdered… it’s how they were murdered. I’ve never seen anything like it.
What exactly happened to them?
BEEP. The elevator doors open. Dean, Sam and Kate step out.
INT. POLICE DEPARTMENT- AUTOPSY FLOOR
When we first brought them in, they were perfectly normal. But, since then- their bodies have deteriorated. Almost as though their life force was literally sucked out of them.
Dean and Sam exchange a glance. Curious.
You mean like a Shtiga?
Kate shakes her head no.
I’ve never seen anything like this. No cases. Ever. Whatever caused this- it’s new.
They enter an autopsy room.
INT. POLICE DEPARTMENT- AUTOPSY ROOM
Kate walks over to two metallic gurneys with white sheets covering the bodies.
Nothing was found on the crime scene. No fingerprints, no sign of entry. It came and went. Nobody saw anything. Like a ghost.
Kate lifts the white sheets. Dean looks away repulsed.
Dean, I need your help. I have to find out what’s causing this before it strikes again and more lives are lost. You’re the only one I know who can help.
Dean nods. Sam stares at the bodies, holding back vomit.
Where did it happen?
Empire State University.
Whatever caused this- we’ll stop it.
Keep me updated.
Sam looks back and forth between them. There was definitely something there. Something happened. Dean sighs he takes out his keys, tosses them in the air and catches them.
Come on Sam. Time to get out of here.
Dean walks off.
Keep an eye on him.
Sam nods, still wondering what happened. He looks down at the body and follows Dean out. Kate remains behind, she looks down towards the bodies…
We see Jake. Bald. Pale rotting skin. Decaying flesh. Withered and blackened veins. Eyes- pure white.