They Came and Went - Episode 1

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Derek Leighter and a group of his friends celebrate Derek's 18th birthday by going hiking. However, something devastating has happened. Derek is injured and wakes up to find that Earth is no longer the same- war-torn, and mostly barren of human life. Millions of deadly aliens walk among the planet, with one mission- to exterminate any remaining humans. With the clock racing and danger around every corner, Derek must to do everything he possibly can to adapt and survive the next few days of his life, hoping to find other survivors- and maybe get some answers.

Submitted: December 24, 2014

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They Came and Went
Episode 1 “Over”

 

(Images of newspapers are seen, describing aliens that have been visiting Earth and making contact in the past few months. The newspapers have dramatic headlines like “First contact!” and “UFOs have arrived!” and “President to shake hands with an alien ambassador” and “Government holds aliens captive, wanting to study” and “war between races might begin next year”)

(Cut to a family in their house. They’re all in a room together. The mother and father are watching tv, and their teenage son, DEREK LEIGHTER, 17, is on his Nintendo DS. He’s tan, normal looking, and has short, brown hair and casual clothes. His sister Riley is a few feet away from the three, sitting at a desk and typing on a laptop. She’s blond, nerdy-looking, and looks about the same age as Derek.)

THE MOTHER:
More and more aliens are landing in the states. 

THE FATHER:
Yeah, it used to be a big deal…but it’s basically old news.

THE MOTHER:
Hey Riley, I want to get on that computer soon! Have some online shopping I need to do!

RILEY:
Just a minute, I need to finish studying.

THE MOTHER:
(to the father) That girl spends 4 hours in a night studying for one test…what is she going to do with herself in college?

THE FATHER:
I don’t know, not sleep?

RILEY:
I don’t think that’s funny.

THE MOTHER:
That’s because you have no sense of humor.

THE FATHER:
Be nice!

THE MOTHER:
What, I’m just joking.

(the family continue to watch tv, and on the screen is more news about the aliens)

RILEY:
I don’t think it’s right…what they’re doing. Capturing aliens against their will, and um, running tests.

THE FATHER:
I don’t think a lot of the things the government does are right…but they’re going to do it anyway.

RILEY:
Derek, what do you think?

(Derek’s laying back in a chair playing Mario Kart on his DS. He looks focused on that)

RILEY:
Derek, did you not hear me?

DEREK:
Oh, um…yeah. 

(Cut to outside of their house as the camera pans back farther. It’s night time.)

(Cut to the next day, in the afternoon. Derek and his family and some of his friends are celebrating Derek’s 18th birthday. He’s opening presents, and they all eat cake and have fun. Derek’s friends are MATTHEW, KARL, and JAMES. They’re all close to his age.)

DEREK:
Wow, this has been some fun birthday. I’m gonna be playing Legend of Zelda for 20 hours straight. How did you know I wanted it?

MATTHEW:
Your sister told us.

(Riley, a few feet away, kind of smiles at Derek and looks down shyly)

MATTHEW:
Hey Riley, have you had any cake?

RILEY:
Oh no, that makes me sick to my stomach.

MATTHEW:
Suit yourself, I guess.

DEREK:
It’s ok. You don’t like sweet stuff, right?

RILEY:
Yeah.

JAMES:
Well when something makes me feel sick to my stomach, it’s usually because it’s good, if you know what I mean.

KARL:
Ah James, the 18-year-old drunk.

JAMES:
You only live once.

DEREK:
I don’t see how being drunk all the time counts as living.

KARL:
He’s not drunk all the time, just when he’s awake, right James?

JAMES:
Well I always sleep in school and I’m always drunk in school, so, not sure about that.

DEREK:
(laughs) You’re such a loser.

JAMES:
Hey, last semester I only failed two classes.

MATTHEW:
But you’re rich, so it’s ok.

JAMES:
Yes, it’s ok.

DEREK’S MOTHER:
Derek, don’t be like this crazy kid.

JAMES:
(bows)

(Cut to later in the party. Derek walks to Riley)

DEREK:
You having fun?

RILEY:
It’s ok.

DEREK:
Hahaha. So, have any of those scholarships accepted you, yet?

RILEY:
Just the same two. If I can get a 3rd one, I’ll only need to take a $10,000 loan.

DEREK:
I’m sure you’ll get it. No one can compete with you.

RILEY:
I’m hoping for that.

(Derek walks away and sees Matthew)

MATTHEW:
Hey buddy, I think it’s time for your surprise present.

DEREK:
What?

MATTEW:
(looks at Derek, Karl and James) Tonight, we will be going to Narrow Oaks creek and go on a hiking trip. 

DEREK:
What?

MATTHEW:
Yep. We know you love the outdoors, so we’ve got the tents, sleeping bags, about 800 cans of beer, and a fucking deer that we’re going to cook.

DEREK:
We’re going to cook a deer? You’ll need me to do most of it, otherwise you’ll poison everyone.

MATTHEW:
Nah, have faith in me.

KARL:
We got this.

DEREK:
Alright, sounds like a plan!

(Cut to later, outside and close to Derek‘s house. Derek and the group pack all their stuff in one car and are about to head out. Derek sees Riley and walks to her)

DEREK:
You sure you don’t want to go? I’ll protect you from my drunk friends.

RILEY:
No, it’s really not my thing. But have fun…and don’t get killed by aliens.

DEREK:
(laughs)I don’t think there’s that many aliens on the planet yet.

(Cut to the car driving away and towards the creek)
 
(Cut to the 4 guys getting to the creek and walking out. It’s almost dark. The area they’re in is big and there’s a big trail. The 4 exit the car and walk around silently)

MATTHEW:
Alright, we’ll walk for a little while then we’ll set up camp.

DEREK:
I love this place. It’s so quiet and free. And now I’m here with my 3 best friends, and a lot of beer.

MATTHEW:
Don’t forget the deer I’m supposed to poison you with.

DEREK:
Well, that too, obviously.(winks at him)

MATTHEW:
Hey James, get those beers out. And save some for us, don’t drink them all until we get there.

JAMES:
There’s like 500 beers man, even I’m going to have a hard time drinking all this.

(cut to the 4 walking away from their car, carrying a bunch of stuff for the camp.)

MATTHEW:
Well congratulations man, you’re now 18. That means you can smoke…legally….go to strip clubs….legally…and drive with a bunch of people in your car…leeeegally.

JAMES:
You forgot the best parts. You can’t fuck girls younger than you and your parents can throw you out whenever. It’s what happened to me.

MATTHEW:
(to James)My parents are gonna throw you out of our house if you don’t quit being so doom-and-gloom.

JAMES:
Just teasing. Anyway, turning 18, yippie! (holds out beers he’s holding)

DEREK:
(to Matthew)Hey.

MATTHEW:
Mmm?

DEREK:
I’ve been thinking. So aliens have been landing on this planet. In these countries, in our state. Their numbers are increasing more and more. Who knows how many are actually out there.

MATTHEW:
Maybe trillions man, who knows.

DEREK:
Yeah, and…now the government is capturing some of them and running experiments. Never mind that that’s not the right thing to do, is it a wise decision?

MATTHEW:
I don’t know.

DEREK:
A lot of people are against it. I’ve been seeing crowds going on strike.

JAMES:
Yeah, free the UFOs!

DEREK:
Yeah…and they’re still doing it. Should someone do something about it?

MATTHEW:
Maybe.

DEREK:
It just seems stupid that they’re doing that. Capturing another species against their will. They’re not pigs.

MATTHEW:
It sucks man, I agree, but what can we do? You know, it’s like, sometimes you can’t change bad predicaments, all you can do is drink beer and accept things for the way they are. And drink beer.

JAMES:
Cheers for drinking beer! Hey- (hicup)- that rhymed!

KARL:
You better not drop the shit you’re carrying.

(cut to night time, the 4 are sitting around a campfire with the fully-cooked deer meat on a stick, and they’re eating it and drinking, 2 tents behind them)

MATTHEW:
Happy birthday, man!

JAMES:
Yeah happy birthday.

KARL:
Happy birthday.

DEREK:
Hahaha(drinks his beer) I think this has been as much you guys’ birthday as it was mine.

MATTHEW:
Naaah.

JAMES:
bullll-shit!

DEREK:
Nah, I’m having a blast.

MATTHEW:
You know Derek, I think you’ve been right about what you said. The government…and the president, and all those bitches shouldn’t be running tests on those UFOs.

KARL:
When they first landed, (drinks beer) they said they came in peace. They’ve been trying to communicate.

MATTHEW:
Yeah. But we should…we should do something about it. Let’s all form a club that’s against this. We’ll carry signs and be like “nooo capturing aliens”(falls backwards in the grass. Derek laughs)

JAMES:
We should do that. We should fall backwards to make it more dramatic.

KARL:
Yeah.

(the 4 laugh and keep drinking, then they hear a strange noise. It sounds like a high-pitched cow mooing, but very loud and drawn out. Derek‘s alerted)

DEREK:
What was that? 

MATTHEW:
Probably nothing.

(the noise happens again)

DEREK:
That doesn’t sound like nothing.

JAMES:
It’s probably animals having sex.

DEREK:
Shut up. Shhh.

(the noise goes on again, but this time it’s louder)

DEREK:
That noise got louder.

MATTHEW:
Ok, maybe we’re all a bit too wasted right now.

DEREK:
(stands up)I’m not.

(Derek walks toward the noise, even through all he can see is trees and darkness)

MATTHEW:
What are you doing? I’m sure it’s nothing.

(Suddenly, behind the 4, 5 aliens emerge. They’re 6-feet tall and all wear black and white suits with symbols. Their heads are gray, with a small noise and two big, black eyes. Their necks are long and they’re making clicking noises, revealing their wide mouths and big, sharp teeth. They’re all holding big laser guns and begin to fire on the 4 guys. Matthew, James, and Karl are all shot several times and instantly killed as blood splatters around them)

DEREK:
NO!

(the aliens then aim at Derek, who runs through the woods)

(Derek is running as fast as he can, scared and breathing harshly. The aliens run and chase after him, but they’re not as fast. They turn back around as Derek continues running for his life through the woods)

DEREK:
(painting) What-the-fuck! What-the-fuck!

(Suddenly, a big UFO-ship hovers around him. The hanger door opens and an alien begins firing a laser turret at Derek, who gets shot in the leg and in his side.)

DEREK:
Agghh.

(He then keeps running and limping, until he jumps off of the end of a rocky, grassy cliff, and begins rolling down it, cutting himself and breaking some of his bones. He then smashes his head against a rock and is lying in the grass, covered in blood, dirt and leafs, unconscious)

(Cut to Derek still laying there, in the morning. He opens his eyes and begins to wake up, and struggles to get up with all the pain he’s in)

DEREK:
Ugh…fuck.

(He sits up and examines all of his injuries, grimacing at them)

DEREK:
Oh my god, Matthew…James…Karl. Ah…(tries to stand up) fuck! (falls down, then struggles to get up again)

(Cut to him limping around in the woods, with a large stick to help him walk. He makes it to the camp, where his 3 dead friends lay dead. He walks over to them and bends down, looking at them and quietly crying. He looks at Karl and James, then at Matthew. They’re stomachs, faces and chests looks like smashed pumpkins)

DEREK:
….goodbye.

(he then gets up and looks around carefully, to make sure there are no more aliens. He then checks his pocket, but his phone’s not there. He looks at Matthew’s corpse, and reluctantly pulls the corpse’s phone out of their pocket. He looks at the phone and tries to call, but finds that there’s no satellite, or internet)

(Cut to Derek inside one of the tents, as he grabs some toilet paper and begins wrapping them around all of his injuries and using some tape to keep it together)

(Cut to him arriving to their car, which has been blown up and is now just black and in smoke. Derek sighs)

(Minutes later, he’s continuing to limp on. He throws the stick aside and goes on without it)

(He finally arrives to the city they live. As he walks, he finds most of the city absolutely destroyed. The cars are all in smoke, a lot of the houses are in wreckage, and he can’t find a single other person alive. There are a lot of bodies everywhere. Bodies of children, adults, dead dogs and cats. He continues walking and looks around in horror. He walks into a house, where there are a few bodies, and grabs some snacks and water bottles, quickly drinking a water bottle down.)

(Still in the house, he walks through the house and tries using the phone but it doesn’t work. He turns on the tv, but it won’t turn on. There’s no signal anywhere, and there’s no people alive but him. There’s not even a single car from what he can see.)

DEREK:
Riley!!

(Derek walks out of the house and goes towards his house as fast as he can, limping faster but in pain. He gets in the house and finds no one. They’re gone, but there’s not bodies)

DEREK:
Fuck.

(he then gets into the garage and smiles as he sees his bike. He gets on it and rides out)

(cut to him exiting the house and continuing to search for other survivors. As he goes on, the wreckage is worst. Everything is in smokes, to where he can barely see anything. He keeps riding his bike until getting to an interstate. Cars are just black and lined up. The road’s in crumbles. He sees something that makes him go pale. Above the interstate, is a big sign with writing in blood reading “THE EARTH IS GONE, GOD SHOW MERCY ON US ALL”)

(Derek looks at it and begins crying and shaking, until he screams up in the air as loud as he can, while punching his bike in anger.)

(Cut to him in the police department. He’s not giving up. He grabs some guns and some ammo. Later, he’s practicing with a gun, pointing at the wall and shooting at it clumsily. He looks at his wounds and pours alcohol on them, then sews them up. He changes clothes and rides back out. It’s nearing dark again. But as he’s riding, he sees a few aliens. They see him and start shooting. He rides as quickly as he can to get away from them, but takes a shot in the shoulder.)

DEREK:
Aggh!

(he almost falls off of his bike, feeling like he’s losing consciousness, but keeps riding until he finally passes out and falls.)

(Cut to him opening his eyes, in a completely different place than before. He’s lying on a hospital bed, in a small, mysterious room. Beside him are knifes and surgery tools. He’s in a hospital gown, and looks around as he wakes up. There’s another guy who’s back is turned.)

DEREK:
uhhh.

(the guy turns around. He’s dressed in hospital apparel and looks down at Derek. The guy looks really young for a surgeon, almost Derek’s age. He‘s black and wearing glasses)

THE SURGEON:
Oh good, you’re finally awake. That’s great news. Now I can tell my friends you weren’t a big, dead, waste of painkillers. Luck was on your side, a few more hours and the infections would’ve killed you. Now, I’m sure you’re wondering a lot of things right now. And if you relax, I promise you, I can answer almost all of your questions, one at a time.

DEREK:
(pauses for a moment)……how do I find my family?

(to be continued)


 

 

 


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