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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Horror  |  House: Booksie Classic

Submitted: March 18, 2016

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FADE IN:

IN. HOUSE – NIGHT

 

In the entire house, the clock rang announcing the midnight. LENA, 6 years old child, with long blonde hair, wakes up scared and hug her blanket.

 

LENA

Mommy?

 

The words were said softly, softly. Steps are heard in the corridor, growing heavier and heavier, then nothing.

 

Lena swallows waiting and when she hears the knocking on the door, she breathes deeply, terrified. With her heart beating like crazy she sits and listen, without saying anything. Someone grab the handle and open the door.

 

Lena closes her eyes, she couldn’tsee, but she hear steps toward her bed. It is getting closer and closer, and when it touches, the child is screaming as a snake would swallow her.

 

REBECCA

Lena, it's me, Mom, look at me!

 

She hears her mother's voice and gentle open her eyes.

 

LENA

Mommy!

 

REBECCA

It's okay, my baby, I'm here.

 

LENA

Can you sleep with me tonight?

 

REBECCA

No. You will never get over the fear of the dark if I still sleep with you. Fear not, Lena, you're safe

 

LENA

I am scared.

 

REBECCA

There is nothing you should fear. Now try to sleep!

 

Rebecca kisses her child on the forehead and covers her with the blanket, then she leaves, closing the door behind her.

 

LENA

"Good night, my sweet child, close your eyes and dream away .."

 

Lena sings for herself, trying to overcome the fear and to fall asleep, but she stops hearing three knocks at the door.

 

LENA

Mommy, are you here?

 

But nobody responds. She sits and listens, then descend from the bed and go to the door.

 

LENA

Mommy?

 

Slowly, she reaches through the door and after a moment she opens it. The corridor is quiet, nobody is around, but when she looks down she sees a broken beaded necklace. She knees and start gathering them one after the other, following the trace she arrives at the basement.

 

LENA

Is somebody there?

 

No one response, but she sees a bead falling on the last stage, then it remains on the floor.

 

LENA

One bead...

 

She want to go downstairs but is pushed by something and falls. The beads spread all over the place and she slams the stairs screaming, and remains on the floor crying. Blood is falling from her head and she can’t move her left leg anymore.

 

LENA

Mommy? Dad?

 

She cries, yelling for help, but the entrance door to the cellar closes.

 

LENA

Mommy?

 

Continuing to shout through tears she sees something moving under the stairs. She hears a growl like an animal.

 

LENA

Mommy? ... Is ... is anybody there?

 

She stands up, scared, and walks slowly towards the stairs.

 

LENA

Is anyone there?

 

This time, nothing could be heard. She arrives near the stairs and stops. With big eyes, she is staring into the darkness,  but she is not able to see anything. Slowly, scared she reaches with her hand in there and then starts screaming.

Blood is falling on the floor, and she steps behind with her arm cut off. She is screaming and want to leave, but a chain grabs her leg and put her to the ground.

 

LENA

Not. Please ... Mommy! Dady! Leave me alone!

 

From her eyes rivers of tears are falling, she is screaming in pain while being dragged to the darkness under the stairs.

 

LENA

Mommy, help me! Mommy ... no..no ...

 

Her powerful screaming echos in the entire basement. She is dragged under the stars where she keep yelling, but then, a sound of a blade is heard and her dead body falls into the light, disfigured.

 

DISSOLVE TO:

 

In the boys bedroom, Hades, the dog starts barking. The boys wake up and look at it. The twins, both of them with big blue eyes, Zack the blonde one and Alex, the brunette one, turn on the other side of the bed and cover their head with the blanket.

 

ALEX

Make him shut up, Zack! It's midnight!

 

 

ZACK

Hades! Shh! Shut up, boy!

 

But the dog keeps barking and goes at the door.

 

ZACK

Alex, I think he needs to go out!

 

ALEX

Then kick him out, just make him shut up!

 

ZACK

Can you go with him?

 

ALEX

Do not be such child, Zack ...

 

ZACK

Okay, I'm going ...

 

Zack gets down from the bed and goes to the door, but when he opens it the dog run outside.

 

ZACK

NO! Hades, come here, boy! Hades!

 

Zack goes after the dog, walking so sleepy, but he stops when he notice that the basement door is opened.

 

ZACK

Hades?

 

Nothing is heard. He looks around but the house is quiet. He goes near the door and turn on the light.

 

ZACK

Hades, are you there?

 

From the basement, he can hear the dog barking.

 

ZACK

Come on, boy, come here. Hades!

 

The dog keeps barking, but at some moment he is crying of pain and then a powerful thud is heard, then nothing.

 

ZACK

Hades? I know you're there ... if you found the cheese box...

 

The boy looks downstairs, but nothing can be seen. No trace of the dog.

 

ZACK

Do not joke with me, boy. Do not force me to come there. Hades!

 

Zack wait but nothing is heard. He looks again at the basement and notice something moving, he get scared and runs to his room. There he wakes up his brother immediately.

 

ZACK

Alex, Alex, wakes up!

 

ALEX

Let me sleep, Zack!

 

Zack takes the blanket from his brother and forces him to turn around.

 

ZACK

Alex!

 

ALEX

What is it? What do you want?

 

ZACK

Hades is in the basement.

 

ALEX

For this, you wake me? Can’t you just go and take him out?

 

ZACK

I tried to call him, but he won’t come out. He found that box with cheese again.

 

ALEX

Mom will be upset, go and take the dog out.

 

ZACK?

Why don’t you go?

 

ALEX

You're such a girl. Recognize that you are afraid of the cellar.

 

ZACK

No ... just ... it's your dog, why do I have to do everything.

 

ALEX

It's normal, you're the younger brother.

 

ZACK

With only ten minutes. Is not fare!

 

ALEX

Listen, while we are talking, Hades wilderness the cheese box, and tomorrow when mom will find out, it will be your fault for not taking care of him.

 

ZACK

No ... please, get it out from there.

 

ALEX

Okay, but you owe me one!

 

ZACK

Good.

 

Alex gets down from the bed and together with his brother gets out from the room. The go at the basement and sees that the door is closed.

 

ALEX

How could Hades get out of there, if the door is closed?

 

ZACK

I didn’t close it.

 

ALEX

Seriously, Zack?

 

ZACK

Yes. Believe me, when I left it was opened. I am not lying to you, Alex.

 

ALEX

Very funny.

 

Alex opens the door, turn on the light and walks downstairs, but then he stops and look at his brother.

 

ALEX

There is nothing to fear, Zack!

 

 

ZACK

I'm not afraid of anything.

 

ALEX

Then why don’t you come here? Why don’t you come downstairs?

 

ZACK

What's the point in that?

 

ALEX

You're a scared girl.

 

Zack gets shy, and Alex smile, then he goes downstairs looking around, calling the dog's name.

 

ALEX

Hades! Where are you, boy?

 

Nothing is heard, excepting the sound of a bead that arrives at his feet. He bends and takes it into his hand.

 

ALEX

What...

 

ZACK

Alex?

 

Alex is staring at the bead and notice that more of them are under the stairs. From the darkness, a sound is heard. He gets scared and looks there.

 

ALEX

Hades ... I know you're there ....

 

Alex walks towards the stairs, smiling so tricky, with the bead into his hand. Arriving there he sticks his hand in the darkness, but nobody is there.

 

ALEX

Hades! Come here! Ah!

 

He makes a sound of pain and then sees that his hand is bleeding.

 

ZACK

Alex, what happens there?

 

ALEX

Hades bite me.

 

ZACK

No, he would not do that.

 

ALEX

He just made me bleed ... come here ... bad dog!

 

He stick his hand in the darkness again and start screaming when his arm falls on the ground.

 

ZACK

Alex!

 

ALEX

My hand, Zack! My hand...

 

ZACK

I am not afraid, Alex!

 

ALEX

Ahh! Zack!

 

ZACK

Stop! You are not scaring me!

 

He is bleeding more and more. From the darkness, a blade is piercing his stomach. He spit blood, and then the blade cuts his body in half.

The blade retreats in the darkness, and Alex's dead body falls on the floor.

 

ZACK

Alex?

 

Nothing is heard anymore.

 

DISSOLVE TO:

In the bedroom, Rebecca is sleeping with her husband, Ray, a man with blonde hair and blue eyes. Hearing a noise both of them wakes up, but he comforts her.

 

RAY

Rebecca, no! I'm here!

 

 

REBECCA

Ray!

 

RAY

Shh! Now you're here with me, nobody can hurt you.

 

REBECCA

I'm sorry I woke you up!

 

RAY

Is OK.

 

REBECCA

No ... is the second time this week ... and you work too much, you should get some rest ... sorry.

 

RAY

No need to apologize, never.

 

She sits with her head on his chest, and she is slowly caressing her hair.

 

REBECCA

Am I losing my minds?

 

RAY

You're just tired. I think you need a vacation.

 

REBECCA

I tried to talk to the doctor, but there is no question of a holiday now. We are quite a few members left on the ward, and the patients... well, they keep coming all the time.

 

RAY

Indeed, far too many people are dying in this city.

 

REBECCA

When I finished my studies, I thought I was stronger, but apparently so much time spent among the dead bodies ...

 

RAY

You are a pathologist, Rebecca ... Maybe you can not do anything for your patients, but at least, their loved ones will know the truth.

 

REBECCA

Yes, I know ... but I feel like ... this is not for me.

 

RAY

Then you should quit.

 

REBECCA

No. I worked so hard to get where I am now, I can not give up.

 

RAY

Your healthy is more important than everything!

 

REBECCA

Ray ...

 

She looks at her husband, she would like to say something, but a horrible scream is heard.

 

RAY

What the hell!

 

REBECCA

Lena ... I think she had a nightmare again.

 

RAY

I'm going to see what happens.

 

REBECCA

I go, I need a glass of water anyway.

 

RAY

OK, fine.

 

She gets down from the bed and then gets out from the room, closing the door behind her.

 

DISSOLVE TO:

 

 

INT. CELLAR - CONTINUOUS

In the basement, Zack is too scared to go downstairs.

 

ZACK

I told you .. I am not afraid. Alex!

 

He walk one step but then stops.

 

ZACK

Alexander, if you do not answer to me, I will bring mom here.

 

But he doesn't receive an answer either this time. He walks slowly, step by step. The bulb is staggered, and the light starts fading.

 

ZACK

Do not extinguish, please. Do not go off!

 

His words are so quiet, more for himself. He gets downstairs and then sees a black bead.

 

ZACK

Alex, look what I found!

 

He bends and want to touch it, but he starts screaming when his mother calls his name.

 

REBECCA

Zack!

 

ZACK

Mother...

 

REBECCA

What are you doing there?

 

ZACK

Hades entered here, and Alex went after him, but he wants to scare me and is not answering.

 

REBECCA

You should be in bed at this time. Come on, go in your room.

 

ZACK

Yes...

 

He looks at the bead on the floor.

 

REBECCA

Now!

 

Zack goes upstairs and then in his bedroom.

 

REBECCA

Alex, come here immediately!

 

Rebecca waits but she can't hear anything.

 

REBECCA

It is very bed of you to scare your brother.

 

She walks downstairs and look around.

 

REBECCA

If you do not get out in this moment, you are punished for the rest of the year!

 

When she sees the bead, she bends and pick it in her hand.

 

REBECCA

Alexander!

 

Angry, she calls her son's name and then notice that from the darkness under the stairs black beads are rolling towards her.

 

REBECCA

So there you are. Wait till I get my hands on ...

 

She makes few steps but when the bulb breaks, she starts screaming.

 

REBECCA

My God!

 

She walks in the darkness and by time to time she hits her legs into something.

 

REBECCA

Ouch! Ah...

 

She arrives near a closet and hears the sound of the drawers. Searching through many things she finds something.

 

REBECCA

Come on ... work you piece of..!

 

She hit it and then the lantern turns on, and the something from behind that was just about to touch her retreats. Scared, she looks back, but nothing is there.

 

REBECCA

Alexander, if this is a joke planned by you and Zack, both of you are punished for life. You are not allowed outside with the bike anymore and absolutely, none of you will visit grandma in the summer. Do you hear me?

 

She makes few steps and then stops. With huge eyes, she put her hand in her mouth, terrified. She breathes hard, staring at the dog's dead body and at its smashed head.

 

REBECCA

Hades..no, no ...

 

Sacred she walks back but steps on something. She turns around and when she sees her son's dead body she starts yelling.

 

REBECCA

Alex ... No ...

 

She falls on her knees. Tears are falling from her eyes, her entire body is shaking and the lantern falls from her hand.

 

REBECCA

No .. no, Alex!

 

Trembling, she grab the lantern and reaches towards her son, crying.

 

REBECCA

Ray! Come here, Ray!

 

She is yelling from the deep of her lungs, drowning in her own tears, unable to breathe anymore.

 

REBECCA

Ray ...

 

Suddenly a chain grabs her neck and slammed her to the floor.

 

REBECCA

No! No...

 

She is screaming. The lantern falls from her hand and lights the massacred body of her daughter. She is terrified.

Crying, she would scream, but the chain is choking her.

She is trying to escape but is impossible. She is dragged towards the darkness, where are screams terribly. In the light, a river of blood is seen.

 

Horrible screams echoes but Rebecca gets out in the light, with her body torn apart.

 

REBECCA

Ray! Zack! Help! Please ... Ray!

 

The chain grabs her leg again and drags her on the floor, to the darkness under the stairs.

 

REBECCA

No .. no ... help! Help!

 

A blade cuts off her leg and she is yelling of pain. She grabs with her nails into the floor, but she is still dragged away. She turns around and hear heart stops beating. She can only see the knife coming so fast and then it stab her in the forehead.

Rebecca falls on the floor, in a pool of her own blood, with her eyes and mouth open, dead.

 

DISSOLVE TO:

 

The door from the boys bedroom is opening slowly.

 

ZACK

Alex?

 

With the blanket in his arms, Zack calls his brother's name, but nobody answers. He waits few moments and then he can hear steps on the blanket. He closes his eyes so scared and hear that something coming even closer. So close, and then he hears it meowing. He takes the blanket away and looks at his white cat, Coco.

 

ZACK

Coco! It’s you...

 

The cat meows and looks at him, and Zack pets it.

 

ZACK

How did you come here? You don’t want to stay with Lena tonight?

 

The cat is only staring at him.

 

ZACK

Alex was bad, he was trying to scare me, but now he will get punished.. and also, Hades probably ate all the cheese ... I will be in so much trouble tomorrow...

 

Zack pets the cat and it starts purring.

The door is opening again and he sees his father coming in the room.

 

ZACK

Dad?

 

RAY

Zack, why don’t you sleep?

 

ZACK

Where is Alex?

 

RAY

I wanted to ask the same thing, what is going on? Where is your brother and why is he not sleeping? Do you have any idea how late it is?

 

ZACK

Hades ran to the basement, and Alex went to bring him back, but he wants to scare me, then mother arrived there.

 

RAY

I'm sure your mother won’t like this situation at all.

 

ZACK

Dad, do you think Hades found the cheese?

 

RAY

I do not know ... hopefully not ... last time he found it .. well ... he had to sleep outside for two weeks.

 

ZACK

Can you talk with mom about this? Is my fault, not his. I don’t want him to be sent outside.

 

RAY

Hades will be fine, now try to fall asleep, I'm going to see what happens.

 

ZACK

Dad, can Coco stay with me tonight?

 

RAY

Yes.

 

Ray covers his son with the blanket, pets the cat and then goes out, closing the door behind him.

He walks on the corridor and goes into the kitchen, but nobody is there.

 

RAY

Rebecca? Alex?

 

Nobody answers. He walk into the corridor and see the basement door opening, and from the inside a black bead rolling towards him.

 

RAY

Rebecca? Honey, are you there?

 

Ray looks at the bead, pick it from the floor and put it one of the drawers from where he takes a lantern.

 

RAY

Rebecca?

 

He couldn't hear anything so he turns the light on and enters in the basement.

He goes downstairs and looks around.

 

RAY

Is anybody here?

 

From under the stairs, a noise is heard, and he turns around and walks there.

 

RAY

Hades? Come here, boy!

 

Arriving close he lights that place, but the door is closing. Scared he looks there.

 

RAY

Alexander? Who’s here?

 

He walks towards the other edge of the stairs but steps could be heard behind him. He turns around but nobody is there.

He raise his eyebrow curious and keep walking, but then he stops. In the lantern's light, on the floor, he can see the shadow of the person behind him. Ray breaths deep, scared.

 

He can hear his own heart beating crazy and feels the blade piercing his shoulder. He screams of pain and falls on the floor.

Ray want to stand up, bleeding, but when he looks at the stairs, he breathe deep, shocked and then falls unconscious.

 

CUT TO:

 

After ten years.

 

 

 

INT. HOUSE - DAY

Zack is now 20 years old, a nice young man, handsome, with the same blonde hair and blue eyes. He enters in the house with LEAH, a redhead girl with big green eyes.

 

ZACK

Dad, I am home!

 

The two of them walk in the living room and see Ray, looking much older than he truly is, sitting in a chair with a blanket on his knees, staring into the air.

 

ZACK

Hey, dad, how are you doing?

 

Ray doesn't answer, he doesn't even moves his eyes. From his backpack, Zack takes out a green apple.

 

ZACK

Look what I brought you, your favorites fruits.

 

Ray takes the apple from his son's hand and starts eating, staring into the nothing.

 

ZACK

Come on, let's go in my room!

 

Leah doesn't say anything and only approves.

 

ZACK

Dad, I'm in the bedroom, working on a project, if you want something to call me, all right?

 

But it is no chance that Ray will answer. Zack touches his father on the shoulder, trying to comfort him. and then goes with Leah into his room. Both of them enters and see Coco, the old cat sleeping on the bed.

 

ZACK

Hello to you too, Coco! What have I told you to take care of dad when I am gone? You lazy bastard!

 

The cat wakes up, and when Zack sits on the bed, it crawled into his lap.

 

ZACK

You never keep your promises, do you?

 

Leah smiles, and Zack looks at her.

 

ZACK

Coco, she is Leah, Jeff's girlfriend from the US, the one that you almost killed the other day.

 

Zack pets the cat and it starts purring.

 

ZACK

Most of the times ... I can better get along with him, rather than others  ... in all these years ... he was here ...

 

LEAH

Zack ...

 

ZACK

I know, is about my dad, right?

 

LEAH

Yes ... if I may ask, I do not want to be rude.

 

ZACK

It's okay ... it has been ten years since then. In one night, my mother and younger sister and my brother disappeared, like the ground swallowed them, there remained no trace of them ... the police said my mother took her children and ran away, as it always happens ... but I know that it is not the truth.

 

He stops for a moment and looks at the cat.

 

ZACK

My brother cried for help, I thought he wants to scare me ... but he never has come out of that cellar. Neither my mother nor Lena. And dad, whatever he saw there, it scared him so badly that... he went crazy. Since then he never said a word anymore. Then only thing he does is stare at me with empty eyes.

 

LEAH

You think that someone killed them?

 

ZACK

In the next day, when the police pulled him out from there, dad was hurt. He had a knife on his shoulder. He was stabbed from behind... but whoever did that wasn’t there anymore. Everybody said that my mom did that, trying to escape, but I know is a lie.

 

LEAH

You were only ten back then, maybe things are not as you think ...

 

ZACK

Not. Is real, I was ten years old, but I remember every single detail ... and often, I think it is my fault if I would’ve taken care of Hades.

 

LEAH

Hades?

 

ZACK

The dog ... he ran to the basement, Alex went there just because I was too scared. I wonder if things would have been different if I would’ve gone after the dog.

 

LEAH

You can not blame yourself...

 

ZACK

In that night, Coco came to my room, my sister’s cat ... but I think he knew ... it never left her side, but then ... he knew he would never see her again.

 

LEAH

Zack ...

 

ZACK

I end up talking with him like with a person, and he listens… after all… if I talk with him or with dad, is the same thing ... Do I look to you more senile than my dad, right?

 

 

LEAH

No, of course not. You're very brave after the trauma you went through ... most people would…

 

ZACK

Someone had to take care of dad ... he is my only family ... I guess it can not abandon him.

 

LEAH

I am convinced that it is painful to see him so ...

 

ZACK

The most painful are when he wakes up screaming at night. I think he can see himself again in the basement, endlessly reliving that night ... ... sometimes I want this suffering to end for him ...

 

Speaking, Zack breathes deeply and closing his eyes tears start falling on his face. Leah comes near him and slowly pets his back.

 

ZACK

You know ... your name ... reminds me very much of my sister ... she was always such a pain in the ass ... but now I would give anything for her to be here.

 

LEAH

Lena, right?

 

ZACK

Yes.

 

LEAH

Sorry, Zack ... for everything that happened.

 

ZACK

It's okay, it's not your fault ... and I'll be fine ... Coco is here for me.

 

LEAH

We should start the project ...

 

ZACK

Yes.

 

Zack lets the cat on the bed and takes out his books from the backpack. He takes a sit at the office, near Leah and start looking through the History book.

 

They read underline and write on a couple of papers, studying all the afternoon. But now, with the sunset a horrible scream can be heard. Leah gets terribly scared.

 

ZACK

Dad!

 

Zack gets out from the room running and arrives in the living room. He knees near his father who is sleeping in his chair and now wakes up screaming again.

 

ZACK

Dad, I'm me, Zack! Look at me, I am ...

 

Leah arrives there as well but stops in the door. She is looking at Zack trying to comfort his father. Ray is crying, shaking, his eyes are huge and he makes some sounds, not being able to speak. More like a moarn.

 

ZACK

Dad, please calm down! I'm here, nobody can hurt you. Leah, please bring me a glass of water.

 

LEAH

Yes.

 

The girl goes to the kitchen.

 

ZACK

I will protect you, whatever you see, it can’t hurt you, dad ... I am protecting you.

 

Ray calms down a bit. Leah comes back with the glass of water and gives it to Zack who helps his father to drink it.

 

ZACK

Drink some water to calm yourself, dad! Sh ... it will be fine!

 

Ray moves his look to Leah and starts crying. He points at her with his finger, shaking so scared.

 

ZACK

What is it, dad?

 

LEAH

I think he is looking at me.

 

ZACK

Leah? She is a friend, she won’t hurt you, she is on our side, dad.

 

Ray moves his lips, trying to say something. His hand is still shaking, but Leah comes closer to him.

 

LEAH

What is it, Mr. Black?

 

Ray touches Leah, slowly caressing her cheek. Even if is hard, he manages to say:

 

RAY

Re ... Rebecca ...

 

In that moment, Zack felt that everything will collapse around him. Tears start falling from his blue eyes, and Leah had no idea what to do.

 

RAY

Rebecca ... Rebecca ...

 

Ray smiles caressing Leah.

 

ZACK

Dad...

 

Zack turns around and covers his mouth not to scream. He has no idea what to do.

 

LEAH

Ray ...

 

Hearing Leah's words, he turns around and sees her hugging his father.

 

RAY

Rebecca ...

 

Ray is still smiling through tears, caressing her hair. Zack grabs Leah's arms and helps her to stand up. As they walk away, his father is trying to reach to hear again.

 

ZACK

Dad, you can talk? Do you know who I am?

 

But Ray seems like he can't even hear it, he is just staring at Leah, smiling.

 

ZACK

Come with me!

 

Zack grabs Leah's arm again and takes her into his room. Behind them Ray remains into his chair, smiling and staring into the emptiness. In his room he closes the door and remains near the wall, crying, screaming of pain.

 

LEAH

Zack! Rebecca ... was your mother, right?

 

He just approved, and sits on the floor, crying. Leah sits near him and hugs him tight.

 

LEAH

Shh ... it will be all right ...

 

For the first time, Zack is screaming of pain. Trying to calm him down, Leah is caressing his head.

 

LEAH

Cry, Zack, empty your soul ... I know it is better not to go through it alone.

 

ZACK

Sorry, Leah ... he… he has no idea what he is saying.

 

LEAH

I understand! No need to apologize, I understand. It must be terrible to him ...

 

ZACK

My mother loved him more than anything, and he ...he loved her even more. She would’ve never left us behind ... I know that. He knows ... in your eyes, he saw my mother ...her memory is what made him talk, smile, after 10 years.

 

LEAH

I did not know what to do ... I wanted to help him, even for a moment ... his suffering to go away ...

 

ZACK

I know, thank you. Even for a moment, he thought my mother was back. I'm afraid his situation won’t get worse.

 

Something like a powerful thunder is heard and both of them stand up scared.

 

LEAH

What was that?

 

ZACK

Dad!

 

They get out from the room running and when they arrive in the living room, the chair is empty.

 

ZACK

No! Dad? Where are you? Dad?

 

LEAH

Mr. Black?

 

ZACK

Dad?

 

They call Ray's name, but nobody answers. Zack is running desperately through the house, but at some moment, he stops.

 

LEAH

Zack?

 

ZACK

The cellar...

 

He goes to the basement and sees the door opened. Both of them stop, and from the inside,  black bead tumbles at their feet.

 

LEAH

Zack?

 

ZACK

Something is wrong...

 

Zack slowly bends, but before touching it he stops.

 

DISSOLVE TO:

In the basement, Ray manages to crawl down the stairs. The light turns on and he looks around him. On the floor, a lot of beads starts rolling towards him, and he, smiling starts gathering them.

 

RAY

Rebecca?

 

He stands up shaking from every corner of his body. Is hard, very hard for him but even so, he holds the beads tight at his chest and starts walking under the stairs.

The light is shaking and it interrupts for few seconds.

 

RAY

Rebecca!

 

He smiles and goes there, stepping into the darkness. A scream can be heard and then the beads rolls on the floor towards the light. A trace of blood is falling and then, Ray's disfigured body falls dead.

 

In the hallway, Zack looks towards the door, hearing the scream.

 

ZACK

Dad!

 

He takes the bead and puts it into his pocket, the he goes into the basement. Coming down the stairs, Leah follows him, but when they arrive downstairs nothing can be seen there.

 

ZACK

Dad? Are you here?

 

LEAH

Mr. Black?

 

The two of them searches everywhere, but Ray wasn't there. The bulb begins to falter, and the light to fade.

 

LEAH

Zack?

 

ZACK

What is it?

 

LEAH

I think there is someone ...

 

Leah points at the dark zone under the stairs and Zack goes there immediately, turns on the light from the wall, but nothing is there.

 

ZACK

Is nothing here.

 

LEAH

Sorry, I had the feeling that something is moving.

 

ZACK

He couldn’t just disappear, he would not have had time to leave the house.

 

From the corridor, a thud is heard.

 

LEAH

Did You hear that?

 

ZACK

Yes. Come on!

 

Both of them are running on the stairs, but suddenly, something grabs Zack's leg and he falls. He scream so scared, and in pain.

 

LEAH

Zack!

 

Leah turns back and helps him stand up.

 

LEAH

Are you all right? What happens?

 

ZACK

I do not know, it was like someone would have caught my leg.

 

LEAH

Maybe you just slipped.

 

ZACK

Possible...

 

The light fades a couple of times, it staggers and then the bulb breaks. Both of them scream and run towards the door, but it closes slamming powerfully.

 

LEAH

Zack, what happens? What is this?

 

ZACK

I do not know, Leah! I do not know...

 

Zack is trying to open it, but he stops when from the hallway another thunder is heard.

 

ZACK

Dad! Are you there? Dad?

 

Zack starts kicking the door, trying to break it. From the basement steps are heard.

 

LEAH

Zack, did you hear this?

 

Her words are quiet. Zack calls his father's name, kicking the door, but she stops him.

 

ZACK

Leah!

 

LEAH

Listen! I can swear I heard footsteps!

 

ZACK

What?

 

Zack takes his phone and lights the place with it, but nothing is there.

 

ZACK

Is nothing there...

 

LEAH

I know what I heard...

 

ZACK

Leah, in the house, is just you, me and dad...

 

LEAH

With us being here, your dad could be only in two other places.

 

ZACK

Yes...

 

Both of them get scared when the sound of a glass breaking is heard.

 

LEAH

I’m done, whatever it is, it managed to scare me.

 

ZACK

Shh…

 

Zack gets closer to the door, listening. He can hear objects slamming, breaking, and then the cat meowing.

 

ZACK

Is Coco! Whatever there, kills Coco!

 

LEAH

Your cat might be playing and maybe it managed to slam... stuff.

 

The closet near the door is slamming from the floor, breaking.

 

ZACK

Was that the locker?

 

LEAH

Okay ... Coco couldn’t slam a closet ...

 

From downstairs, a noise is heard. Scared, Zack points the light there and for a moment, something was moving.

 

ZACK

Stay here!

 

LEAH

Sure ... you can count on it.

 

Zack makes few steps down, looking around, but then something pushes him from behind and he falls.

Leah is screaming, and he hits every single step until he reaches the floor and remains unconscious, bleeding.

 

LEAH

No! Zack! Zack, answer me!

 

Leah runs and knees near him. She finds his phone and light towards his bleeding wound.

 

LEAH

Zack! Zack?

 

She is so scared and trying to wake him up. she is shaking him.

 

LEAH

Come on, Zack, wake up, do not leave me here alone .... Zack!

 

She can hear steps, something breathing hard, so deep, scared till hell and back, she lights around her, but nothing is there. Only the two of them.

 

LEAH

Zack!

 

She is shaking him again, moving his shoulders, but then she slap his face. Making a sound of pain, breathing slowly, he wakes up.

 

LEAH

Zack! Are you all right?

 

ZACK

This time, I am sure I didn’t slip, something pushed me from behind. I'm not lying to you.

 

LEAH

I believe you! Zack?

 

He looks over her shoulder, cut with mouth open and huge eyes, he is terrified.

 

LEAH

Zack, you are scaring me!

 

ZACK

Leah ... Stand up and walk slowly towards the stairs ... do not look behind.

 

LEAH

What is the meaning of all this?

 

ZACK

Down! Now!

 

Zack grabs her hand and pulls her to the ground. Over them, a knife passes fast and now, it stops in the wall, getting stuck.

 

LEAH

What was that? Zack ...

 

ZACK

He is here.

 

LEAH

He?

 

ZACK

Yes ... the one who killed my family ... came to finish what he started.

 

LEAH

No, I'm sure that is another explanation.

 

ZACK

That night was the same. Everything is connected with this damn basement.

 

LEAH

How...

 

ZACK

Whatever it is, I think it reached its purpose... expecting me, I am the only one left.

 

LEAH

What? You mean your dad is... dead?

 

ZACK

Yes.

 

LEAH

No, it can’t be... in all this time we were here. If there was anything, don’t you think it would’ve tried to do something until now?

 

ZACK

No! Not yet!

 

Leah helps him to stand up.

 

ZACK

Listen, we have to get out of here ... now, when is still not too late!

 

Both of them walk upstairs, by time to time looking back, making sure that nothing is fallowing them. In front of the door they stop.

 

LEAH

And now?

 

Zack grabs the knob, waits a couple of moments and then opens the door.

 

ZACK

It's not good...

 

Both of them run out scared, but when they see the entire corridor devastated the furniture broken, the windows in pieces, they are not able to move anymore.

 

LEAH

Coco certainly couldn’t do that...

 

ZACK

Coco... we have to find him!

 

Zack runs towards the pieces of furniture, calling the cat's name, but then he hears a scream. Leah stops in front of the door screaming.

 

ZACK

Leah!

 

Zack goes to her immediately, but once arrived there he stops.

 

ZACK

No, no...

 

Leah can't say anything more and let Zack pass. He gets in the room where on the table the cat is torn apart. Dead, lying in a pool of blood.

 

ZACK

Who did this to you, Coco?

 

He knees and slowly touches its ears, caressing it.

 

ZACK

Sorry, old friend... I'm sorry Dad.

 

Zack is crying.

 

ZACK

Leah, I think the best would be to get out of here. Please go home.

 

LEAH

Do you really think I'll leave you alone here?

 

ZACK

Don’t you realize what is happening? Dad is dead, Coco is dead, the house is devastated, you still do not believe me? Something is here...

 

LEAH

Something?

 

ZACK

Could a person have done this? The door was closed, it would’ve not been able to kill Coco and attack us at the same time.

 

LEAH

We should call the police.

 

ZACK

To what? What do you think the police will do? My dad is gone, do you really think they will find him?

 

LEAH

Coco is here ... if your dad was killed, then, maybe he is here somewhere.

 

ZACK

Where?

 

LEAH

I do not know, are you sure you looked everywhere? In the entire house? Or maybe he just came out in the garden.

 

ZACK

Really, Leah? A mentally ill who did not say a word in ten years suddenly would go out for a walk ... in the garden.

 

LEAH

I do not know, Zack ... it was just a theory. I am scared, but I do not want to leave you alone. Please, get out of here, call the police and until they will find your dad, you can stay at my place.

 

ZACK

No ... they'll think I'm crazy. No one will believe this crap...

 

LEAH

Maybe they will. Thay have to.

 

ZACK

Go away, please ... I don’t want something bad to happen to you.

 

LEAH

No! I will remain with you. We have to find your dad, he couldn’t disappear.

 

ZACK

We will have to search one more time...

 

LEAH

Are you sure you searched everywhere inside the house?

 

ZACK

Yes ... wait. I think it's still a place where I forgot to look.

 

Zack stands up and gets out from the room, arriving at the basement door. Leah just follows him in a hurry.

 

LEAH

Do You want to go there again?

 

ZACK

Actually, that’s exactly what I'm going to do. Can you help me?

 

Both of them push the closet and manages to flip it over, and then Zack finds a lantern inside. Then, they open the door and enters in the basement.

 

LEAH

Does it bother you?

 

ZACK

No, is ok.

 

Leah grabs his hand so tight and walks close to him.

 

LEAH

We already searched here... should we find something different now?

 

ZACK

Believe me, right now I wish to be wrong...

 

LEAH

Do not try to scare me even more than I am right now.

 

ZACK

When we were kids, I and Alex found a hidden annex in the wall ... after he locked me in there, trying to scare me, I began to fear the darkness, even more, to fear the basement...

 

They arrive downstairs and across the room but then stop. Both of them are staring at the darkness from under the stairs.

 

LEAH

Under the stairs?

 

ZACK

Yes. Under the stairs ...

 

Walking closer, so scared, he lights the place with the lantern. He puts his hand on the wall and pushed in it, then a door opens. They covered their nose immediately, to stop the smell of dead body, and makes one step back.

 

LEAH

What...

Zack lights the small place, and then he has a shock. With his mouth opened he can't say a word anymore. Together with another three skeletons and the one of a dog, the dead body of his father lies in there.

 

ZACK

No...

 

He falls to his knees crying.

 

LEAH

Who could do that?

 

He is not able to speak anymore, only shakes his head that he have no idea. From his blue eyes, a river of blood is falling.

 

LEAH

Zack! I'm sorry so sorry...

 

Leah sits near him, touching his shoulder, but he is not moving. Shaking, he is still crying.

The door is making a noise and then closes. Leah looks behind so scared but is too dark to say anything.

 

LEAH

Zack... whatever did this... is still here...

 

She becomes even more scared. Her heart is beating fast, and when she hears steps, she stand up, holding the lantern in her hand.

 

ZACK

I told you to leave when you had time, now, is already too late.

 

LEAH

No! There must be something we can do ... we have to get out of here.

 

Leah wants to leave but Zack is not moving. She grab his arm and forces him to stand up.

 

LEAH

Come on, get up, I'm not going to leave you here. Come on, Zack!

 

Leah is screaming being dragged on the floor.

 

LEAH

Zack! No! No!

 

ZACK

Leah!

 

Zack manages to grab her in his arms. She is screaming, terrified, but he drag her towards him.

 

LEAH

Don’t let me go!

 

ZACK

Never! Hold on!

 

She is screaming louder and louder, but he manages to free her and she falls over him. Shaking from every corner of her body.

 

ZACK

Leah! Leah!

 

Zack is caressing her head, slowly petting her hair, trying to comfort her, but then he just hug her tight.

 

LEAH

What was that, Zack? That thing has tried to kill me. He wanted to kill me!

 

ZACK

I know ... It will be fine, I will not let them harm you.

 

LEAH

What is happening in this house? How .. how can this be possible?

 

ZACK

Shh! Everything will be fine.

 

LEAH

He tried to kill me, Zack, nothing will be fine. If we do not get out of here, he will kill both of us, throw us in that room where nobody will ever find us.

 

ZACK

We'll get out of here.

 

She stands up and then realize that is bleeding.

 

LEAH

Blood...

 

She looks at her feet and see that her legs are injured, bleeding from where she was grabbed and dragged.

 

ZACK

No! Do not panic, it will be better ... please, Leah! Look at me! Leah!

 

Leah looks at Zack, breathing so deep and then helps him to stand up.

 

LEAH

I am so afraid ... I do not want to die, Zack!

 

ZACK

No .. no one will die! I promise!

 

LEAH

We gotta get out of here!

 

Zack holds her hand and they walk towards the stairs together.

 

LEAH

What is there? What killed your family?

 

ZACK

I do not know, Leah! I am just as scared as you are.

 

LEAH

How could it kill your cat and your dad at the same time?

 

ZACK

Honestly ... I'm so scared that I don’t even want to know the answer. I feel like I am losing my mind.

 

LEAH

A little more ... a little more and we will get out of here.

 

Zack stops and looks behind at the floor.

 

LEAH

What is it? Why are we stopping?

 

ZACK

I heard something ... someone is there.

 

LEAH

Normally it's anyone there, just try to kill me! Come on, Zack, we should ...we should get out of here or I'll make a nervous breakdown!

 

He approves and keep walking upstairs, but then, suddenly, he falls on the stairs.

 

LEAH

Zack!

 

ZACK

Nothing, sorry ... I slipped!

 

 

LEAH

I thought...

 

ZACK

No. It's good...

 

He stands up and make one more step, then, screaming he is powerful dragged towards the floor. Leah is watching him, yelling.

 

ZACK

Leah! No! Leah, run! Get out of here!

 

Leah runs upstairs and tries to open the door but it is blocked. She pulls the knob, but when the door opens so fast it hits her and throw her downstairs.

She is hit from all the steps, but once she reaches the floor she sees Zack near her, with a sword piercing his chest.

 

Leah screams as loud as she can, and he opens his eyes. He is bleeding from his mouth and nose, drowning in his own blood.

 

LEAH

No, Zack! No ... I can’t!

 

She is injured as well, slowly bleeding, now she only sits near him, crying, having no idea what to do.

 

LEAH

Zack? Look at me! Please!

 

He looks toward her.

 

LEAH

It's my fault, it is my fault, I'm really sorry!

 

ZACK

No...

 

Zack is crying.

 

LEAH

Zack, what... what should I do? How can I help?

 

ZACK

Leah... listen to me!

 

LEAH

Do not speak! We gotta get out of here, you need a doctor, you're hurt...

 

ZACK

Leah, get out of here!

 

LEAH

No! I won’t let you alone in here.

 

ZACK

You are not safe here.

 

LEAH

You're the one who has his chest pierced by a sword and yet you fear for me?

 

ZACK

Leah, you can not do anything for me ... leave. Save yourself!

 

LEAH

I already tried, Zack, I was so afraid and I tried to run, but the door is locked. We are both locked in here.

 

ZACK

No! You have nothing to do with this, he only wants me. Let me die, Leah, the only way you will be free.

 

LEAH

No! Never!

 

Zack raises his eyes and look at the ceiling. He is staring at a certain point without saying a word.

 

LEAH

Zack?

 

But he does not answer.

 

LEAH

Zack! No, say something, look at me! You can not leave me alone, locked in here. Please...

 

He is breathing deep, from his mouth, the blood is falling faster. She puts her hands on his chest, on the wound, around the sword's blade.

 

LEAH

You promised me that everything would be okay, why can’t you respect your word? Please ... Zack ...

 

ZACK

Leah ...

 

He slowly looks at her. He wants to move her hand away but is impossible.

 

LEAH

Hang in there, Zack! It must be something we can do, I will not let you die!

 

She takes off her shirt and puts it on Zacks's wound, and with the other hand, she grab the sword.

 

ZACK

No!

 

LEAH

It is the only solution!

 

She takes out the sword from Zack's chest, his wound is bleeding faster, but she covers it with the shirt, pushing on it.

 

LEAH

It was easier than I imagined ... Zack?

 

She looks at him, but he is only staring into the darkness.

 

LEAH

Zack? Answer me! Say something! Anything, please!

 

Zack couldn't say anything. He couldn't move or breathe. He is already dead.

 

LEAH

No! No .. no ... Zack? Zack?

 

Shaking, she check his vital points, crying.

 

LEAH

No....

 

She is caressing his face, closing his eyes.  She is crying, but now she hug him yelling.

 

On the floor, something is heard slamming and she gets scared. She grab the sword with both hands and looks around.

 

LEAH

Who is it?

 

She is breathing so slowly like she is suffocating.

 

LEAH

I know you're there, you bastard. Come here! Come to light you can see! Get out!

 

Yelling, with the sword in her hand she stands up.

 

LEAH

Show yourself!

 

She hears a noise and see a black bead at her feet. She looks around but is too dark to see anything.

 

LEAH

What is this? What kind of game is it?

 

She knees and with Zack's phone she lights the bead. It is a simple black bead, and now she takes it into her hand.

 

LEAH

Beads? This is all you can do? You only stay hidden in the dark taking advantage of fear and pain. Show yourself, you bastard, I am not scared!

 

Leah hears the basement door opening. She looks there but doesn't make any step.

 

LEAH

Stop this total charade!

 

From there another black bead falls on the floor.

 

With the phone in her hand, she lights through the entire room, but nothing and nobody are there. She looks again at Zack's dead body and then walks downstairs. Slowly, with her heart beating like a drum, she walks step by step.

 

She stops breathing hard, holding the sword so tight, but suddenly she hears somebody laughing. The door slams and when she want to make one more step, she falls and is dragged behind.

She screams as loud as she can.

 

LEAH

No! No!

 

The sword falls from her hand, she is trying to grab the stairs edge but is impossible. When she hits the floor, she is still screaming.

She sits on her back, tired, bleeding hard, with her heart beating like crazy, but then a chain grab her leg and she is dragged towards the darkness under the stairs.

 

LEAH

Let me go, motherfucker! Leave me alone!

 

She is crying and screaming. She scratches the floor trying to stop, but she enters into the darkness, she screams so powerfully... then nothing. Nothing can be heard anymore.

 

On the floor, in the light can be seen only her arm, and from the darkness, into the phone's light a river of blood can be seen flowing.

 

CUT TO:

 

EXT. HOUSE - MORNING

The local police, the homicide police and the firefighters are in front of Black family house. The neighbors are outside, on the road trying to find out what is happing.

From the other side of the road, JEFF gets down from the car and runs to the house, but the police stop him.

 

JEFF

No! Please, last me pass!

 

Policeman # 1

You can not go, boy! Stop!

 

JEFF

Please, I must go, Leah is there! She can’t be dead ... please, sir ... I have to see Leah!

 

 

 

Policeman # 1

The area is restricted, you can not go where it was a crime scene.

 

JEFF

No! No!

 

From the house, the police bring the dead bodies outside and put them on the ground. All of them are sealed in black bags.

 

Policeman # 1

Get out of here boy, before you get into trouble.

 

JEFF

No ... please, sir, at least, last me see her! I have to see Leah!

 

Policeman # 1

I'm afraid that's impossible!

 

Policeman # 2

What happens here?

 

Policeman # 1

The boy wants to see one of the bodies, sir.

 

Policeman # 2

Who are you, young man?

 

JEFF

Jeff, I ... I had to take care of Leah. He came here on vacation, her parents trusted me ... and she died.

 

Policeman # 2

The bodies will be analyze with to find out what the hell happened. However, I want you to go to the station, you have to tell us what do you know about the incident.

 

JEFF

What?

 

Policeman # 2

Obviously, you were quite approaching the victims, I just want to know what you know, maybe you can help us.

 

JEFF

OK...

 

Policeman # 1

Come on, come with me!

 

Jeff looks behind, to the eight dead bodies from the ground. He is crying while the policeman drags him by the arm, forcing him to get in the car.

 

A young police girl walks near the officer, holding a notebook in her hand.

 

Policeman #3

Sir, they finished investigating the entire space, but there is no trace of the murderer.

 

Policeman # 2

Something killed this person and I intend to find out who.

 

Policeman #3

But how ... since there is no sign of it, like ... nothing ever happens.

 

Policeman # 2

It’s always something ... they always leave something behind.

 

Near them comes another policeman, holding a notebook and a pen.

 

Policeman # 3

Sir!

 

Policeman # 2

Yes, Mark, what is it?

 

Policeman # 3

What name should I give to the killer?

 

The officer thinks for few moments and then looks at his colleague.

 

Policeman # 2

Anonymous!

 

CUT TO:

INT. HOUSE - MOMENTS LATER

The basement door opens creaking, and after few moments, from the inside, a black bead rolls on the floor.

FADE OUT:


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