They Came and Went - Episode 6

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The group has been captured and their lives are threatened. The chances of escaping appear slim.

Submitted: March 02, 2015

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They Came and Went
Episode 6 “Reason”

(continuing right where the previous episode left off, Derek is just looking at Zook in shock)

CHRIS:
Re-populate the earth?! What are you talking about?!

ZOOK:
Humans are on the verge of extinction as it is. The aliens are killing more and more of us every day, we’re thinning down as a species…until all of us will be dead. And when we die, what next?

(Zook’s group, including Dina, nod and look at him confidently)

ZOOK:
Dina resisted at first, but eventually, she understood. The humans can’t go extinct like dinosaurs. 

DEREK:
What you suggesting….what you’re saying…it makes no sense. Rape women and re-populate the earth. The hell?

ZOOK:
I know it’s hard to comprehend, but this is the way it must be. Animals don’t choose their mates, they don’t have dinner and see a movie, just like we no longer can. They’re not choice-y or picky, they just do what they have to so their species survives, because they’re always being hunted. And now we’re being hunted like animals. We can’t just survive every day and think of ourselves. I believe that god is testing us all….to do what is necessary, to prove ourselves as a species.

DEREK:
You’re just a bunch of nuts!

(Zook punches Derek in the face really hard)

RILEY:
NO!(she tries to run to Derek, but a few guys hold her back)

ZOOK:
And you are a stubborn fool! Look at what’s around us! Do you honestly think that there’s a chance any humans will be left 100 years from now? 200? Unless we act now!?

NICHOLAS:
None of you are touching my friends! I’ll kill you all with my bare hands!

(Dina points her gun at Nicholas’ head)

DINA:
Really, pretty boy? Because from where I’m standing, my bare hands can pull this trigger. 

DEREK:
Riley…it’s going to be ok, I’m going to get us out of here.

ZOOK:
(looks at Derek)You have no reason to lie to her.

(both Ashley and Rosalyn are crying)

ASHLEY:
Oh my god, what’s happening? Please just let us go, we don’t want to be any part of this!

ONE OF ZOOK’S GUYS:
Shut up!

ZOOK:
Every girl must be impregnated, again and again, while we all live together and protect each other as a community. You all have a role to play in this.

HASSIE:
Over my dead body.

ZOOK:
Do you really want to waste your life, when you can do so much more?

HASSIE:
No thanks, I prefer girls… motherfucker.

(Dina angrily runs to Hassie, about to shoot her, when Zook stops her)

ZOOK:
No, give her a chance. We need to give everyone time to let it sink in.

NICHOLAS:
We gotta get out of here, man!

CHRIS:
No…just relax. We can all just calmly talk about this.

ZOOK:
We are. But there’s nothing to really talk about.

CHRIS:
Look, I mean, let’s be honest here. You seem like a reasonable, educated guy. You’re not going to shoot us all in the face right here, just because we refuse to be captured and let our friends get raped. And if you’re dragging screaming girls around, what if a group of aliens hear the noise? This alien thing has only been going on for about 2 weeks. I know…I know there is some part of you that has a conscious. Why don’t you just let us go, and we’ll forget this ever happened.

ZOOK:
…my conscious….is irrelevant. (points gun at his forehead) I will shoot you and every other guy right now, and since I’m so educated, I will find a way to get the girls where I need them to be, no matter where aliens are. We need the girls…we only need so many guys.

(Ashley and Rosalyn continue sobbing, Hassie looks dangerously pissed, and Riley is just quietly sitting in fear)

ZOOK:
Now, let’s go, it’s time to get back to the others. Tie them all up!

(Chris’ group just lay helplessly as their hands are tied up from behind and they’re forced to get up and walk with guns pointed behind them. Zook is leading everyone back to his group)

DEREK:
Riley…just relax. We’re going to figure this out, I promise.

RILEY:
I- I’m fine.

DINA:
Shut up! Don’t talk!

CHRIS:
So Arin…since you can see the future, why didn’t you see this coming? You didn’t tell me about this!

ARIN:
That’s…not how it works. I told you they were dangerous.

DINA:
STOP TALKING!

(After a few hours of walking, and it’s now the afternoon, the group is walking at a long strip of land that has an enormous castle. Chris, Derek, and the rest of their group look at it with dread)

ZOOK:
This is our home. Welcome.

DINA:
My feet are tired as hell.

ZOOK:
We’re almost there. It’s been an exhausting, emotional morning. I’m sure you’re all tired and still a bit skeptical of everything, but I’m hoping we can start over a bit. Let go of the hostility. There’s a place for all of you here.

(They arrive inside the front doors of the castle, to see a bunch of teenagers casually walking around. Some have guns, and some are doing things like cleaning tables, or managing food and clothes)

ZOOK:
This is where we’re staying for the moment. It’s only temporary. We’re still planning on moving in a few days to head towards the mountains like I said. Follow me, I’ll take you to our leader.

(They all follow Zook to a room in the castle. Zook opens the door and they all walk in)

ZOOK:
The Shepherd, I hope I haven’t come at a bad time.

(We see a teenager who looks like he’s around 18-19, sitting at a desk. He’s white, skinny, but tall, and has dark brown hair. He has a calm but intimidating face. This is THE SHEPHERD)

THE SHEPHERD:
Not a problem, Zook. What new survivors have you brought me?

ZOOK:
There’s 8 of them. Forcing them to come here wasn’t easy, as you can imagine.

THE SHEPHERD:
Ah, it never is. Sit down, all of you.

DINA:
Do what he says!

(Chris’ group all sit down on the floor, as the Shepherd stands up and grabs a chair, sitting it in front of the 8 so he can sit in it and look at them)

THE SHEPHARD:
Hello. I apologize for the circumstances under which you were bought here. 

HASSIE:
Apology not accepted.

CHRIS:
Hassie!

HASSIE:
And if you feel so sorry, why don’t you let us go?

DINA:
Do you want me to shoot her?

THE SHEPARD:
That won’t be necessary. What’s your name?

HASSIE:
My name is none of your business, and what’s your name? Wait, I think I know what it is, it’s Psycho Rape McRape pants. 

THE SHEPARD:
Actually, I go by “The Shepherd”. Ever since shortly after the aliens came down to earth and took, well, what they took, and started killing the rest, I have been the leader of this growing community, and guiding everyone to salvation through the belief that we can-

HASSIE:
Why don’t you just shut up.

THE SHEPARD:
Dina, if she talks again, kill her.

(Hassie remains silent and angrily stares at him)

THE SHEPARD:
Anyway, we all believe that through working together and re-populating with all of the girls, we could rebuild civilization and continue the human race for centuries to come. (stands up, examines everyone) …..I see a few muscular-looking men. We all work together and help each other, but everyone has to earn their place with us, fill in a role. Those that don’t ….are disposed of, very quickly. Resisting is…pointless. But giving in, for the girls to allow us to impregnate their bodies, and the guys to help us protect them, and all the children we will eventually have, that’s why we’re all still alive. Whatever happened before, it’s gone. It doesn’t matter now. What matters is what we have. And what we have is our race…almost going extinct, unless we reproduce now. And no matter how guilty you feel or what you think, trust me…those thoughts are just the early ones. They go away.

(Derek eyes The Shepherd carefully, as Riley just looks at him, overwhelmed and afraid. Chris looks collected but somewhat desperate to just survive this)

THE SHEPHERD:
I’m not expecting you to agree with me, or us, or what we’re doing. Not this instant. The truth, the reality…can come to you slowly. But in time, you’ll all accept your place with open arms. And we can all be together, and reproduce children, and one day, take this planet back. Maybe not in our time, but in theirs. And that’s….there’s nothing more beautiful I can think of. (ahem) 4 girls, that’s good. We can begin soon. 

NICHOLAS:
Begin what?

THE SHEPHERD:
The girls choosing their mates. We give them a variety of options from our group. Now, when you mate, this doesn’t make the guy your partner, or lover, or boyfriend or anything like that. We all love each other and are together as one, and will take care of the babies as such.

DEREK:
You’re not touching any of the girls.

THE SHEPHERD:
Oh? Really. And um, what’s your name?

DEREK:
Derek.

THE SHEPHERD:
So, um, Derek. We are a group of 50 and counting. And you are sitting there, tied up, and any of my friends can shoot you right now. So, how can you stop us?

DEREK:
Well, if you or anyone tries to rape one of my friends, I’ll cut their dicks off. But not yours. I’ll burn yours off with a torch, so it hurts more and you don’t even get a chance to bleed to death.

(Zook almost draws his gun, but The Shepherd motions him to let Derek’s comment go)
THE SHEPHERD:
That’s a lot of dicks, for one man.

DEREK:
I’m a survivor. We all are. And we’re not a bunch of crazy rapists like you. 

THE SHEPHERD:
But…wait. So why shouldn’t I have you get shot right now, if you’re saying all these things? Are you trying to provoke me? It’s not working. You argue with threats you can’t live up to, and I argue with pure logic. 

(Derek hesitates, not sure what he should do next)

ASHLEY:
We have others!

HASSIE:
Ashley, no!

CHRIS:
Ashley!

ASHLEY:
Please, I just want you guys to let me go. I’ll tell you where they are.

ZOOK:
Oh shit. You told me you all were alone.

CHRIS:
I lied, you mother fucker! Ashley, don’t tell them an-

(Zook kicks Chris in the stomach)

CHRIS:
Agh! 

THE SHEPHERD:
Wow, there’s others?

(Derek looks down. It’s too late to do anything now)

ASHLEY:
Yes! There’s…there’s other girls! Please, just let me go and I’ll tell you where they are.

ROSALYN:
Ashley?! What about me?

ASHLEY:
….and Rosalyn!

CHRIS:
Fuck you Ashley, and you! (to Zook)go to hell!

(Zook then starts punching Chris in the face several times as hard as he can)

NICHOLAS:
Chris! (gets up, but Dina points her gun to his head, stopping him)

HASSIE:
Stop! You’re going to kill him!

(Zook then stops punching Chris and leaves him lying on the floor, badly bruised and his face covered in blood)

ZOOK:
Maybe now you’ll learn respect.

THE SHEPHERD:
So…there are others of you. How many?

ASHLEY:
Uh, 7 I think! There’s 2 girls in the group, so if you let me go-

THE SHEPHERD:
You don’t get to make the terms. …ok, I’ll tell you what we’ll do. If you lead us to them, then we’ll let you go. No exceptions. And you alone, not your friend.

(Rosalyn is surprised and Ashley looks at her)

ASHLEY:
Sorry, but I have to get out of here.

HASSIE:
Shut up Ashley! Leave us alone. You’re just a worthless little bitch that will sell anyone to save yourself. Go ahead! Tell them where they are!

ASHLEY:
….they’re just a few miles away. In a cabin, in a basement. …I can take you there.

THE SHEPHERD:
Alright. Zook, I guess you’ll be making a trip back to where you were before. You, Dina, and however many others will take Ashley, where she’ll show you where these other survivors are. You collect them and you let Ashley go. If she lied….well, Ashley, you’re too valuable to kill, but we’ll certainly make you wish you were dead.

ZOOK:
But, the Shepherd…there’s so many aliens out there right now, flying in ships, that-

THE SHEPHERD:
You will not question me. There are other survivors out there who need us to guide them. If it is dangerous out there, then all the more reason you should make haste and find them.

ZOOK:
Yes, I will. 

(Zook stands up, and Dina grabs Ashley and they leave. Derek and the rest of their group are still sitting with guns pointed at them)

THE SHEPHERD:
As for the rest of you. We’ll take you all down to the dungeon. That will give you some time to think about whether you wish to help us, or die. The guys that are unwilling to join us are shot, but the girls…are kept in there. Take them.

(The Shepherd’s people take Chris’ group to the dungeon. Cut to the dungeon, where they’re all brought to it. It’s big room in the bottom of the castle, and is dark. In the middle is a huge cage. As they are put in the cage, Derek, Chris and everyone see about 12 girls that are sitting in it and lying on the floor. They all look horrified and dirty. A few of the girls look at them in fear)

CHRIS:
(still in pain)W-what the hell?

(Some of the girls are just looking at Chris’ group and are making noises)

DEREK:
(to the girls)Hey…hey, it’s ok. We’re prisoners, like you. We’re going to find a way to get out of here. 

(Derek sees one of the girls having a lot of blood on her forehead. She’s pale and has short, messy dark hair. He slowly walks over to her)

RILEY:
What happened to her?

DEREK:
You’re hurt. It’s ok, here.

(Derek takes out a small cloth he had and gives it to the girl, who starts dabbing it on her head)

DEREK:
What did they do to you?

HASSIE:
What do you think?

(Chris and Derek both look at Hassie, who’s calmly sitting by herself)

(Nicholas starts walking around in circles)

NICHOLAS:
So, what are we going to do? We have to find a way to get out of here.

DEREK:
(to the girls) Do any of you know a way to get out of here?

GIRL #1:
There is no way to get out. We’ve tried.

NICHOLAS:
Well then fuck this shit!

RILEY:
Nicholas!

NICHOLAS:
No! This is bullshit! He locked us in here like animals. And when I get out of here, I’m going to rip his fucking throat out!

HASSIE:
Nick, stop. These girls have been in here for a long time. They’re hurt.

NICHOLAS:
…right, sorry. 

(Zook and some of the Shepherd’s people are being lead by Ashley to where the cabin is)

ZOOK:
I hope you’re not screwing with us, for everyone’s sake.

ASHLEY:
They should still be here, unless they left for some reason.

ZOOK:
Oh shit!

ASHLEY:
What?!

(Zook stops everyone from walking. He sees 2 alien ships hovering in the distance, and another army of aliens walking by)

ZOOK:
We have to go back, before they see us.

ASHLEY:
But what about-

ZOOK:
We’ll do it later. If we went further now, we’d just die.

(Back in the dungeon/cell, Derek’s group and all of the girls are still there. Nicholas is walking around and Rosalyn is overwhelmed with Ashley‘s betrayal, while everyone else just talks)

NICHOLAS:
So seriously, how do we plan on getting out of here?

DEREK:
I’m trying to think. Chris, do you have any ideas?

CHRIS:
(holding a napkin against his nose)Not at the moment.

(The girls that are there all look shaken and traumatized, each in different, complex ways. Derek walks up to the girl he helped with the bleeding head)

DEREK:
Hello. Um, …this is kind of…a crappy situation, I guess. 

GIRL:
……

DEREK:
Um, uh, well, my name is Derek. What’s yours?

GIRL:
….Tara.

DEREK:
Well uh, Tara, listen, do you know if there’s any way we can get out of he-

HASSIE:
Oh stop it, will you? Do you not know how to talk to girls? You’re immediately trying to use her to help you escape! 

DEREK:
What?! I just-

HASSIE:
If you think she knew a way to get out of here, she wouldn’t have done it by now?! Do you guys not get what these girls have been through?! Do you not understand?

CHRIS:
Well, it’s just that feeling sorry for them isn’t going to accomplish anything.

NICHOLAS:
Chris….

HASSIE:
(to the girls)Sorry ladies, just ignore him.

(Riley looks down, then walks up to all of the girls. They’re all huddled together, sitting)

RILEY:
Hi. I’m Riley.

(The girls sit in silence, until a few of them speak up)

GIRL #2:
Hi Riley.

GIRL#3:
….hello.

(Riley smiles happily at Hassie)

HASSIE:
(to Derek) Let me handle this.

(Hassie bends down to the length Tara’s sitting and tries to talk to her)

HASSIE:
Hello Tara, my name is Hassie. Don’t mind these dorks I’m with, they don’t have the first idea of what you all have been through. But you can talk to me. About anything. And if you don’t want to, that’s fine, but-

TARA:
They raped us all. 

(Hassie is silent for a moment when Tara says this. Derek and a few of the others look away, having already figured it out, but chilled when hearing her say it. A few of the girls put their heads down to their knees and a few of them start crying)

HASSIE:
..………I’m so sorry, Tara.

TARA:
They raped us all. Over and over again. They……..wanted….us to pick, pick a guy, so we could all get pregnant and r-”reproduce” the world, but when we didn’t want it, when we said no, they made us. And it’s mostly the same guy…their leader, he acts like he’s religious, but it’s just a cover up to convince everyone else he’s not just a rapist maniac. And then, when we didn’t want to be a part of their…fucking community, they threw us down here. To be locked up, and have babies, over and over again until we’re all dead.

(everyone is silent for a moment)

HASSIE:
….but that’s not going to happen.

TARA:
What makes you think that? You can’t help us get out.

HASSIE:
Don’t say that. We’re going to figure out a way to get out of here.

(Derek walks up beside Hassie, facing all of the girls)

DEREK:
We are. (points to Hassie)This girl is right, I’m clueless, and I’ll never imagine what you all have been through, but I can tell you this. It’s not going to happen again. We’re all in this dark, ugly cell….and all those psychos are above us. And past that, endless hordes of aliens walking around, trying to kill every last one of us. But beyond that, there are places where we can be safe. I know….I know there are, I know it in my bones. And we are going to get out of here…together…and find them. We’re all going to leave. No one gets left behind.

(Chris, Riley, and everyone else look at Derek, somewhat inspired. Some of the girls still aren‘t paying too much attention to him, but Tara is listening intently)

HASSIE:
Well said. So, how do we figure that out?

ARIN:
I might have something that can help.

DEREK:
What’s that?

(Arin opens his mouth to reveal a Swiss army knife, and grabs it)

CHRIS:
What the hell?! You’ve had that this entire time?!

ARIN:
Yeah, had to make sure it was safe to reveal it.

NICHOLAS:
It’s been safe to reveal you had a knife for like, hours, man.

ARIN:
Not necessarily. It was just important to be careful.

DEREK:
Ok, well, that kinda helps us. But it won’t do much against these bars.

ARIN:
It won’t do anything. I’ve been sensing something…

CHRIS:
(is startled)Wait, are you seeing something in the future?

ARIN:
…yeah. (looks up at the door outside the cell) 2 guys are going to come through that door, and if anyone pretends like they’re ready to come out, the guys will open this cell, and we’ll stab them in the throats and take their weapons.

CHRIS:
And you really see that.

ARIN:
Yeah. It’s like everything else I see. Just…these flashing images of things happening, but also instinct, instinct is a part of it.

DEREK:
I sure hope you‘re right about this. (looks at everyone)What do you think? It might be the only chance we’ve got.

NICHOLAS:
Wait, we’re stabbing them in the throat? They deserve to die, but that’s kinda ridiculous, man.

HASSIE:
No it’s not. They’re not people.

(Suddenly, they all hear voices at the door.)

DEREK:
I’ll be the one to pretend like I’m ready to join them. Give me that knife.

(Arin hands it to Derek, who carefully holds it behind his back as the door opens)

(Cut to outside, near the cabin. Timmy, Shea and Kim are walking around, looking for the rest of the group)

KIM:
I wonder what happened to them. They could be anywhere. They’re probably dead.

TIMMY:
Maybe. Maybe not.

SHEA:
We should go back inside. Let’s just try to stay safe right now, ok baby?

TIMMY:
Ok.

(they all retreat back to the cabin. However, a few yards away, hiding behind some bushes, are two aliens watching them)

ALIEN #1:
Cllk-cllk(More humans. We should just go and kill them)

ALIEN #2:
Cllk(Wait another day. There might be others.)

ALIEN #1:
Cllk!(I want to kill them now)

(Alien #1 rises up with his gun but #2 stops him)

ALIEN #2:
Cllk-clllk!(You heard what the ambassador said! All humans! Do not go there yet! As long as there could be others coming, we wait.)

ALIEN #1:
…Cllk.(One more day.)

(The aliens agree and walk away)

(to be continued)


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