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Frozen_

By: Mathew Nicolson

Page 1, During a game of golf, time stops for everyone in the world besides Clyde.

1 GOLF COURSE.

CYLDE and ELSIE BROWN are playing golf.

Elsie’s turn. She hits the ball, and it rolls neatly into
the hole. She cheers victoriously, then moves out of the
way for Clyde’s turn.

Clyde hits it, and it goes miles off...

ELSIE
Come on Clyde, you can do better
than that!

Clyde goes over to his ball.

CLYDE
You must have inherited Dad’s
talents, because I certainly
didn’t.

He hits it - it misses again. He grumbles, and moves to try
again.

ELSIE
It’s in the swing... don’t hit it
too hard...

CLYDE
Yes, I know...

He waits for a moment, then slowly hits the ball.

The ball rolls towards the hole...

It’s nearly at the hole...

Then it stops, suddenly.

CLYDE
What?

He looks up at Elsie. She is standing, staring at it.

CLYDE
That’s strange... Still, it won’t
be hard to get in now.

He moves up to it, and get’s ready to tap it in, oblivious
to the fact Elsie isn’t moving.

He hits it in, and it goes in!

CLYDE
Finally... We can move on now.

He bends over and picks the ball out of the hole. The shot
shows Elsie frozen, above him.

He finally notices.

CLYDE
Elsie... ?

Nothing.

CLYDE
Hellooo?

He waves his hand in front of her head.

CLYDE
Anyone inside?

Nothing.

CLYDE
Come on Elsie, you’re scaring me...

Nothing.

Clyde looks around, for help.

CLYDE
Someone, help me...!

He realises.

Everyone else is frozen, standing still.

Somebody had just hit a ball. It is suspended in the air.

Clyde runs up to it, awestruck.

CLYDE
But how... ?

He taps the ball - it falls.

Clyde looks at his watch. None of the hands are moving.

CLYDE
Time has stopped...?

He spins around.

CLYDE
No, it can’t have!

He runs.

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2 CLYDE’S HOUSE.

Clyde runs in. His Dad is sitting on the sofa.

CLYDE
Dad!

Nothing.

CLYDE
No... Mum!

He runs into the kitchen. She’s not there.

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3 GARDEN.

Clyde runs out, his Mum is there.

She is watering plants. The water is suspended in the air.

CLYDE
This can’t be happening. It
can’t!! How...

He wanders up to a wooden wall and bangs his head against
it.

CLYDE
(dazed)
So this isn’t a dream... But if
time has stopped... why hasn’t it
for me?

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4 GOLF COURSE.

Clyde walks to Elsie again.

CLYDE
Elsie, it’s me, Clyde. Please...
answer me.

Nothing.

CLYDE
You’ve got to! Elsie, please!

In anger, he takes the golf club lying on the ground, and
smashes it.

CLYDE
ANSWER ME!!

FADE TO:

5 SHOP.

Caption reads "One Week Later..."

Clyde runs out of the shop, carrying a bunch of stolen
items.

He takes out a sandwich. Mold is growing over it. He
discards it.

He then takes out a notebook. On it are a list of
tallies. He takes a pen and scores in the seventh.

CLYDE
It’s been a week.

He starts getting scared.

CLYDE
What if... Time isn’t going to
start? What if I’m going to be
left alone... forever?

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6 ROAD.

Clyde walks along a road - cars are still stopped...

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7 SHOP.

Clyde steals a brownish banana from a shop.

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8 CLYDE’S HOUSE, SITTING ROOM.

Clyde sits on a sofa in his house.

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9 SITTING ROOM, ANOTHER HOUSE.

Clyde sits on a sofa.

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10 STREET.

Clyde walks along a street full of frozen people.

VOICE
Clyde.

He spins around, frantically.

CLYDE
Yes? Who is it? WHO IS IT?

Silence.

CLYDE
ANSWER ME!! WHO CALLED THAT!!

He runs in the direction of the voice.

After a moment, he stops.

CLYDE
No!!

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11 CLYDE’S HOUSE. HIS BEDROOM.

Caption reads "Four months after Time Stopped."

He is lying on his bed, bored. The curtains are drawn, and
the window blocked by several veils to block out the light.

VOICE
Clyde.

Clyde looks up.

One of his old teddy bears, on a shelf, has come to life.

Clyde is scared.

TEDDY BEAR (VOICE)
(joyous)
I want you to hurt.
I want you to suffer.
Alone.
Once you have suffered.
I promise.
You will die.

Clyde screams.

CLYDE
NO!! NOOO!! NOO!

He blinks. The teddy bear is back on the shelf, still.

Clyde grabs it, and throws it across the room, panting.

CLYDE
What’s happening to me?

FADE TO:

12 CLYDE’S BEDROOM.

Caption reads "Five months after time stopped."

Clyde is sleeping.

VOICE
(gradually growing louder)
Time, time, time... Fix, never,
death, death... Time, time,
eternally frozen, TIME!!! CLYDE!

He wakes. He pulls the cover off and runs. He is fully
clothed, for he doesn’t bother changing anymore.

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13 ROAD.

Afternoon, as always. Clyde runs, terrified. He is very
dirty, for he never washes either.

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14 CLIFFTOP.

Clyde runs to the top.

CLYDE
Please!! STOP!!!

He looks over the edge. The water of course, is immobile.

VOICE
(authoritatively)
Plunge.

Clyde edges closer to the cliff top.

CLYDE
Time... frozen...

VOICE
Plunge, Clyde, and it will end.

CLYDE
Who are you?

VOICE
I am like you. Plunge.

Clyde closes his eyes, slowly.

He falls forward. The shot stays for several seconds...

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15 ROAD.

The cars start moving.

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16 STREET.

People resume walking, as usual.

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17 CLYDE’ HOUSE.

TV makes noise again. Clyde’s Dad laughs at it.

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18 GARDEN.

Clyde’s Mum begins gardening again.

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19 GOLF COURSE.

Elsie moves with a jolt.

ELSIE
Clyde?

She looks around.

ELSIE
But he was just...

She looks down. His golf ball is gone, but a broken golf
club is splintered on the ground.

ELSIE
CLYDE!!! CLYDE!!!

FADE TO:

20 BOTTOM OF CLIFF.

Clyde’s crumpled body lies at the bottom, on a small patch
of rocks. Very clearly dead.

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21 DARKNESS.

VOICE
Time. Death. Time. Boredom. I
will return... for you.

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22 END.

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