Cryonics

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Science Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
A scientist freezes his sleeping wife to only defrost her for holidays.
Their marriage flourishes, but how long can he keep this secret from her?

Submitted: November 26, 2015

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Submitted: November 26, 2015

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CRYONICS

(draft 4)

Written by Jeroen Elout

 

 

Hoogwakersbosstraat 14E

Noordwijk, the Netherlands

 

 

FADE IN:

EXT. SECONDARY ROAD IN SNOW– NIGHT

A wood frog is crossing the road. Hopping over the middle marker. It is quiet, all at once a truck drives by, the frog gets thrown in the air miraculously surviving. He keeps hopping, more trucks pass. The frog makes the other side of the road and hops in to the snow. 

CUT TO:

EXT. FOREST - DAY

CRYIOBIOLOGIST PROF. ERIC VAN DAM (35, cute with puppy eyes and wearing new up brand out door clothing) and FIELD AGENT DR. BRIAN MAC BEAL (33, unshaved, overweight, rough, long hair, mustache) are being guided through the frozen forest by a local guide (42 sunglasses, well worn outdoor clothing). Eric is concentrated on the ground looking for something with a spade in his hand. Brian wears a shirt of a rock band he is smoking a fag and looking into the sky. He has a GLASS LABORATORY POT with a sticker on it saying CRYOPRO LIFE EXTENTION. Eric is moving branches by the waterside, he starts digging and finds the habitat of a FROZEN WOODFROG. He takes it in his hands and looks at it as if he has found a jewel, then puts it in the glass pot.

FADE OUT:

INT. WAITING ROOM HOSPITAL – EVE

3 family members sit in a corner of a waiting room staring in terror at the motions of 2 men in BLUE UNIFORMS with "Cryopro Life extension" written on the back. They are busy setting up a stretcher, covering it in aluminum foil and icepacks. Under the stretcher is a cylinder mounted with the text “LIQUID NITROGEN”.

They run a checklist:

 

CRYOPRO AGENT 1

Blood thinners?

 

CRYOPRO AGENT 2

Check!

 

CRYOPRO AGENT 1

Cryoprotectant?

 

CRYOPRO AGENT 2

Check

 

CRYOPRO AGENT 1

Liquid Nitrogen

 

CRYOPRO AGENT 2

1600 PSI

 

INT. HOSPITAL ROOM – EVE

Sound of a heart rate monitor beeping. On a bedside table lays a FILE saying "Cryonics life extension program by Professor van dam" On a hospital bed lays Mr. Brown (83, bold wrinkly and weak, TYPICAL RING on his finger), wires strapped to his chest and a drip in his arm. His wife sitting next to him holding his hand has tears in her eyes. Brian stands beside them.

 

BRIAN

For you it will be like you go to bed tonight and wake up tomorrow. Only your tomorrow might be 200 years from now.

 

Mr. Brown looks at Brian then to his wife.

 

MR. BROWN

(Weak voice, to his wife)

Just like a wood frog

 

Mr. Brown squeezes her hand.

 

BRIAN

Yes Mr. Brown, just like a wood frog

CUT TO:

INT. UNIVERSITY LECTURE ROOM - EVE

Eric (in suit and tie) stands in front of a blown up picture of a woodfrog. Above the picture there is the Latin name "Rana Sylvatica". On his desk are glass pots with wood frogs jumping up and down in them. On a metal plate sits a frozen wood frog slowly melting. Nerdy biology students in white coats are giggling.

 

STUDENT 2

Today it's Kermit!

 

STUDENT 1

You think Prof. van Dam would let us smoke cannabis during his lecture?

 

STUDENT 2

Only if you buy it off him, you can't bring your own!

 

There is laughter in the lecture room.

 

ERIC

All right you young and bright!  The Rana Sylvatica, or the Canadian Wood frog has perfected the cryogenic freezing process.

 

Eric picks up a pot. Eric and the frog look at each other.

 

ERIC

In the winter, their livers are able to produce large amounts of glucose that functions as a cryoprotectant which is like antifreeze in a car. It allows the frog to freeze solid like glass, without the formation of damaging ice crystals. This process is called vitrification. 

 

Eric’s mobile rings with a DISTINCTIVE RINGTONE. He looks at it and reads on the screen “Lisa” he presses ignore.

 

ERIC

If only we could use the same cryoprotectant to vitrificate people, possibilities become endless. This is called cryonics.

 

CUT TO:

INT. HOSPITAL ROOM - EVE

(Eric’s voice continues) A doctor from the hospital and a nurse enter the room. Brian looks at the legs of the nurse and smiles at her. She remains all business holding a notepad to write down what the doctor has to say. The doctor is using his stethoscope, listening for a heartbeat on Mr. Brown.

 

DOCTOR

(to nurse)

 Legal Death 8:25 PM

CUT TO:

INT. HOSPITAL WAITINGROOM – EVE

A door opens, Brian nods to the Cryopro crew. The Cryopro agents role the stretcher towards the door while Brian walks out with an arm around sobbing Miss. Brown.

CUT TO:

INT. HOSPITAL ROOM – EVE

As the Cryopro crew walks in, the doctor whispers to the nurse in dismay.

 

DOCTOR

(speaking in dismay)

There they are, the Cryopro people!

 

The Cryopro agents lift the body of Mr. Brown on to the stretcher. They cover him in icepacks and aluminum foil.

 

ERIC’S VOICE

(voice only overlapping hospital activities)

Incurable ill can be cryo preserved waiting out medicine to advance. Since it’s likely that 100 year from now cancer will be curable. Or during a mars program astronauts can get vitrificated during extended space voyage. And even time travel in to the future becomes a possibility.

CUT TO:

INT. HOSPITAL HALLWAY – NIGHT

The Cryopro crew pushes the stretcher through the hallway.

CUT TO:

EXT. HOSPITAL PARKINGBAY - NIGHT

The stretcher gets loaded in an Cryopro van.

CUT TO:

EXT. HIGHWAY – NIGHT

Cryopro van passing by.

CUT TO:

EXT. PARKINGBAY CRYOPRO – NIGHT

The Cryopro van pulls up, the crew takes the stretcher out of the van and in to the building.

CUT TO:

INT. CRYOPRO VITRIFICATION ROOM

5 modern looking horizontal VITRIFICATION UNITS are standing next to each other. 4 of them show frozen bodies under a glass cover. The units are on wheels and those 4 units are close to each other for economic spacing The wall behind them looks like that of a morgue with many metal doors with names on them. The fifth vitrification unit is open and has a computer screen saying ”Ready for vitrification” The crew roles the stretcher next to the unit and with care moves the body of Mr. Brown in to it.  Brian pushes buttons and some lights start flashing

 

COMPUTER

Inject cryoprotectant

 

An Cryopro agent passes a syringe to Brian, Briand flicks it with his finger and injects. then he closes the hatch and pushes other an other button.

 

COMPUTER

Vitrification initiated. Core temperature 20 degrees Celsius and decreasing.

 

On the monitor the body temperature starts counting down. Blue fluid runs in to the vitrification unit, the face of Mr Brown slowly becomes submersed.

 

FADE TO:

INT. UNIVERSITY LECTURE ROOM - NIGHT

 

STUDENT 1

You want to implant a frog liver in a human?

 

STUDENT 2

(Shouting)

Prof van Dam, Linda wants to kiss the frog!

 

CUT TO:

Droplets of water are falling from the melting frog.

 

LINDA (Nerdy girl)

Shut up!

 

Eric shakes his head.

 

ERIC

And you are the scientists of tomorrow? Unbelievable! Cryonics is the future! You will see!

 

The defrosted frog jumps from the table, Eric jumps towards it but knocks over another pot with frogs which shatters on the flour. Linda starts screaming. The frogs quack.

 

STUDENT 1

Linda! Your prince is calling you! This is your chance!

 

ERIC

Help me get those frogs! Make sure you don't step on them!

 

FADE TO BLACK:

EXT. CRYOPRO BUILDING - NIGHT

Eric arrives in his car, parks in his NAMED PARKING LOT right next to the entrance and walks in.

 

CUT TO:

INT. CRYOPRO VITRIFICATION ROOM - NIGHT

Brian is standing in front of the vitrification unit from Mr. Brown. He is making notes on a clipboard. Eric walks in.

 

ERIC

So how did it go?

 

BRIAN

Ok I guess… about to exit the liquid stage.

 

Together they stare at the vitrification unit.

 

BRIAN

I just wish we could start the vitrification before they are declared legally dead.

FADE TO BLACK:

EXT. GATE TO FARM HOUSE – NIGHT

Next to the gate is a POSTBOX 56 with a NAME PLATE “ERIC AND LISA” Eric and Brian arrive, Brian opens the gate with a fag in his mouth.

CUT TO:

INT. FARMHOUSE LIVINGROOM – NIGHT

Eric and Brian enter, Eric gestures to Brian to dump the cigarette. He flicks it in to the sink. Eric walks over to his wife (33, Czech and handsome)and kisses her. She is sitting on a couch and does not take her eyes of her book. Eric looks at her waiting for a response but she keeps reading. Brian walks in to the room with 2 beers and gives one to Eric.

 

BRIAN

Hey Lisa, how’s it hanging?

 

Lisa gives Brian a thumb up but does not divert her eyes from the book. Eric switches on the TV and together they watch football.

 

ERIC AND BRIAN

GOALL!

 

ERIC

Lisa they scored!

 

Lisa does not move or speak.

 

ERIC

Is something wrong?

LISA

(Czech accent)

NO NOTHING IS WRONG!

 

ERIC

Come on! Don’t let me guess!

 

LISA

It’s just that you are very late again. I called you but you ignored me.

 

Brian is looking at the ceiling and turns his head away from the conversation.

 

ERIC

I was giving a lecture like every Thursday evening.

 

LISA

We were supposed to go shopping together! I left my country and my family for you, your all I got!

 

BRIAN

Gosh I did not realize how late it is already, I better go home. Can I take your car? I’ll pick you up in the morning.

 

Eric nods yes without turning his head away from Lisa. 

 

ERIC

Honey, we’ve been rushing all day, we had another member that…

 

LISA

That died! You are busier with dead people, frogs and lab monkeys than with me. Eric! I am alive!

 

ERIC

I’m sorry dear. It’s just that we are so close to a brake through!

 

LISA

I’m just getting tired of this stupid cryonics project!

 

ERIC

There is nothing stupid about it! Cryonics can help people, just like the man we vitrificated this evening, no way he would have survived with today’s medicine, but now he has a chance!

 

LISA

A chance? I don’t care about his chance! How old was he anyway?

ERIC

83

 

LISA

83! He has had his chance? What about my chance? I’m giving you my youth and you are busier with an 83 year old man that is already dead!

 

Eric comes closer to Lisa and takes her in his arms.

 

ERIC

Lisa! I promise it’s going to be different! As soon as possible we’ll get out of here. A little holiday, just the 2 of us. I think I should manage by the end of the month to get a week off.

 

LISA

Really?

 

ERIC

What place have you always wanted to go? 

 

LISA

Europe, Paris!

 

ERIC

Paris it is, I love you, you’re my girl.

 

Lisa seems more at ease and manages a smile, they cuddle.

 

FADE OUT:

INT. DOOR TO OFFICE OF “STEVE BENSON” DIRECTOR OF CRYOPRO

The voice of  Steve (43, confused, not a real leader)

 

STEVE THE DIRECTOR

You can’t just do things on your own!

 

INT. CRYOPRO OFFICE OF STEVE - DAY

Brian and Eric sit in front of the director. The 3 of them are smoking a joint and almost laying in their chairs.

 

STEVE THE DIRECTOR

(trying too hard)

ERIC, you had no permission to freeze that chimpanzee.

 

BRIAN

Not freezing, vi-tri-fi-ca-ting, freezing causes cell damage.

 

STEVE THE DIRECTOR

Yeah whatever! You got to stick to the rules! If you would kill a chimp during any of the experiments the hell would break loose! We got animal fanatics inspecting us weekly.

 

BRIAN

But Steve, the chimp didn’t die! It’s alive! It’s amazing! It’s a success!

 

STEVE THE DIRECTOR

Even the news that we have experimented on a protected animal could cause problems. Oh and I also understand your frustration and know you rather freeze people before they are declared "legally dead" but it's against the law. (stating the obvious)

CUT TO:

Steve keeps talking while the receptionist opens the door. She looks at Eric and indicates with her hand that there is a phone call. Her lips move as if saying "your wife". Eric waves “no” with his finger

 

STEVE THE DIRECTOR

It’s a great break through, but we are not ready to go public. We have to do it step by step and get legal permission to revive the first alive cryonized person. Also we got to organize legal protection in case things go wrong. We can’t afford to get sued by family members. For now we keep your success quiet. Oh and Brian, I got a bill for a milkshake machine? What is that about?

 

BRIAN

Well, we really needed one cause… milkshakes are stimulating!

 

FADE TO:

INT. CRYOPRO LAB - DAY

Animals in cages, sound of a dog crying, a monkey screams. A fridge with a glass door shows blocks of ice with different small animals in them, mice, rats, frogs and insects. Eric and Brian are sucking from milkshakes. They are irritated.

 

BRIAN

It’s absurd! What does he want? You've got the discovery of the century and you get a slap on the wrist. And how does he expect us to properly vitrificate a person if we have to wait till they are legally dead? It’s stupid! I want to vitrificate a healthy twenty year old in the prime of his life! Not an 85 year old that is dead already!

 

ERIC

I wish we could find a guinea pig and do our tests independently from Cryopro.

 

BRIAN

I tell you what, tonight I'm taking you out! We are going to celebrate your break through! Don’t let them get you down!

 

Eric’s mobile rings and he looks at the screen “Arctic science center”. Eric picks up.

 

ERIC

Prof van Dam, (pause) Oh great! Yeah we’ll come for it right away!

(to Brian)

The Arctic beetle has arrived. Wanna join me to pick it up? 

CUT TO:

INT. ERIC’S CAR – EVE

Eric behind the wheel, Brian smoking in the passenger seat. They are driving away from an airport. In the back there is a COOLBOX. There is a continuous zooming sound coming from it. Eric’s mobile rings.

ERIC

Can you take that?

 

Brian grabs the phone and looks at it.

 

BRIAN

It’s Lisa.

 

Eric breathes out in frustration.

 

ERIC

Well can you take it?

 

Brian hesitates.

BRIAN

Yeah, but it’s Lisa

 

Eric grabs the mobile from Brian and flips it open.

 

ERIC

Yeah? Not now, I'm driving. Can you just let me drive?

 

LISA

(voice only)

Unrecognizable but frustrated

 

ERIC

From the airport, we just picked up the Arctic beetle.

 

LISA

(Unrecognizable talk)…fucking Insect!...(unrecognizable talk)

 

The zooming sound gets louder as if the beetle got offended.

 

ERIC

I can’t hear you. Yes, I will be late again!

 

From the phone sounds Lisa’s voice,

 

LISA

(voice only)

(Unrecognizable talk) Go sleep with your dam beetle!

 

Brian is staring at the ceiling of the car.

 

ERIC

You’re telling me not to come home to my own house?

 

A police siren announces a motor cop that shows up in Eric’s rear view mirror.

ERIC

No!

CUT TO:

EXT. HARD SHOULDER – EVE

The Policeman (40 dumb looking) has stopped Eric and is now standing at the window of Eric. Brian is half hanging over Eric.

 

BRIAN

Can’t you make an exception?

 

As the cop is writing a ticket the zooming sound gets louder.

 

COP

What’s that?

 

ERIC

It’s an Arctic Beetle.

 

COP

What’s that?

 

BRIAN

He just told you?

 

COP

Where you got it from?

 

BRIAN

From the Arctic!

 

COP

Don’t you get funny with me sir!

 

BRIAN

It’s true!

 

COP

Open the box please.

 

ERIC

I rather not, it’s still acclimatizing

 

BRIAN

Yeah it might get a heatstroke.

 

COP

Open it!

 

Eric gets out of the car and takes the coolbox from the backseat.

Brian also gets out of the car.

 

COP

You can stay in the car sir!

BRIAN

Yes I can, but I won’t.

 

Eric opens the cool box the sound get’s very loud. Brian lights a cigarette. The police man looks in to the box. There is a transparent container inside with a beetle flying around.

 

COP

It’s a beetle!

BRIAN

No kidding!

 

The cop looks dazed ahead of him, he gets his pen and paper ready to write a second ticket but he gives up on the thought. He gives one ticket to Eric

COP

Well sir, you better get yourself a hands free system installed. Drive safely.

 

The police man walks back to his bike.

 

BRIAN

(sarcastic)

You want me to drive so you can talk hands free to Lisa?

 

INT. CAR – EVE

Now Brian is behind the wheel. Eric is grumpy, looks at the ticket and shakes his head.

BRIAN

Ok, drinks are on me tonight, I know a place here that can make you forget your troubles.

 

EXT. STRIP CLUB “WILD PLACE” – NIGHT

Brian parks in the parking lot in front of it.

 

ERIC

I’m not sure about this, it’s a strip club!

 

BRIAN

Nah, it’s just a bar.

 

Eric is looking at the entrance, the door opens and loud evil music blows in to the street. An ugly old guy leaves with a way to young and sexy dressed girl. Brian watches Eric watching

 

BRIAN

(Encouraging)

A bar with nice girls and good music!

 

ERIC

It doesn’t look like a bar. And what about the beetle?

 

BRIAN

It’s an arctic beetle, he’ll be cool.

 

ERIC

Well, I’m not leaving him in the car, someone might steal it.

 

BRIAN

Eric, relax! No one is going to steal your beetle.

 

 

INT. STRIP CLUB - NIGHT

Eric and Brian walk in, Eric has the cool box hanging on his shoulder.

 

A Japanese girl in school uniform, pig tails and a lollypop in her mouth sits on the lap of a 50 year old man

 

Brian is smiling to the girls while smoking a fag, Eric is shy to look around and keeps his head down.

 

A corrupt chief of police is sitting on a couch between 2 girls, they are all smiling to each other.

 

A lady dressed like a schoolteacher with half glasses and big breasts is getting admired by 2 young boys. One squeezes her behind, she slaps his face.  

 

A man in a rubber outfit and a dog color around his neck is on a leash and gets pulled along by a punker girl. 

 

Along the wall are different windows offering different perversions.  Behind the first window there is a fat old man wearing pampers and a baby dummy in his mouth. He is lying over the lap of a sexy mother figure who is slapping his bum.

 

MOTHER FIGUER

You've been a bad, bad boy.

 

Behind the second window there is a lesbian couple making out. Topless girls are dancing on polls and in cages. Brian buys 2 beers and pushes a glass in Eric’s hand. Money is getting pushed in to sticky fingers. Beers get spilled by bar girls walking around in bikinis. The band slows down its beat, the lead singer (Mexican with a cowboy hat and a mustache)speaks.

 

LEAD SINGER

Ahora con ustedes la estrella de la noche! (and now the star of this night) Olga! Arriba!

 Wild thing! You make my heart sing!

 

The band follows up with “Wild thing” by Chip Taylor 1965. The curtain at the start of the catwalk opens and reveals OLGA. (Tall girl, beautiful with a small scar on her face, confident, no smile, black leather, a small cowboy hat, tattoo of a dragon on her arm, a whip in her hand and smoking a cigar). Smoke lingers above her. She starts to walk along the catwalk swinging her hips as she does. The crowd goes crazy over her. Men stretch out there arms offering money. She stands still in front of a guy, he is holding up a few 10 dollar bills. With her whip she slams the money out of the guys hand.

 

OLGA

(Russian Accent)

I don’t care for your small change!

 

The man is picking up his bank notes. Olga continues her walk.

 

BRIAN

(to Eric)

Now isn’t that something!

 

A small man holds a few 50 dollar bills out in front of her. She looks at him, takes the cigar out of her mouth.

 

OLGA

I’m looking for a man!

 

She blows smoke in the face of the man.

 

OLGA

You’re not a man, you’re a pussy!

 

Again she continues her walk. Brian gives Eric a 50$ note.

 

BRIAN

Go on she’s on me!

 

Eric uncomfortable holds out the money. Olga almost walks past till she sees Eric’s eyes. Eric shyly backs of a little bit. She stops and stands still. As she stares at him and takes in his face, she sucks a draw from her cigar, then she blows out turning her head slightly to not blow it in Eric’s face, but her eyes remain fixed on Eric. Her expression changes as if she is looking at a puppy dog. 

 

OLGA

Hello puppy eyes! What we got here? You’ve never been to a place like this have you!

 

Eric shakes his head and speaks inaudible. Olga indicates the band leader to stop the music to listen to Eric. Now the loud sound of the Arctic beetle can be heard. Olga points at the box.

 

OLGA

What you got there?

 

ERIC

(shyly)

An arctic beetle?

 

Brian shakes his head not believing the situation.

 

OLGA

You are something different aren’t you? Why don’t you take me with you and show me your beetle?

 

Eric is still standing there frozen with the 50 dollar bill in his hand.

 

OLGA

A guy like you doesn’t need to pay for my attention, but since you insist!

 

She takes the 50 dollar note. The crowd starts clapping.

 

 

 

Olga grabs Eric by his tie and pulls him on to the stage, he follows like in trance. Eric seems in shock and in love. Olga walks a few steps away then turns and swings her whip around Eric’s waist. She pulls him towards her self until they are face to face. Eric is sweating. On stage she gets him to kneel down and she does an act around him. A girl comes up to Brian, he offers her money and they end up kissing. The four of them leave the strip club. Olga now is wearing a long black coat over her work outfit.

CUT TO:

EXT. MOTEL - NIGHT

They walk to their rooms. Brian and his girl get in room 9. Eric and Olga continue and enter room 14.

CUT TO:

INT. MOTEL ROOM 14 - NIGHT

They come in and kiss without stopping. Her hands undo his tie and unbutton his shirt, he unbuttons her coat, she pulls of his shirt then gives him a push that makes him sit on the bed. She takes a SILVER FOLD UP MIRROR out of her pocket, then she drops her coat and is standing naked in front of Eric. He admires her.

 

ERIC

Wow

 

She routinely roles up a 50$ BANKNOTE and opens the fold up mirror. She offers to Eric but he shakes his head declining her offer. Slightly disappointed she brings the mirror and banknote to her nose and inhales. She gets on top of him, pushes his hands upwards and ties them to the bed with his tie. She starts riding him, first slow, then faster. Eric’s pants are on his knees. She still has some powder on her nose. Her movements change from passionate to aggressive and super fast. Eric is not sure if he should enjoy or be in shock. They orgasm. The way she is riding him is more like an epileptic fit. Her eyes turn up in her skull and she starts shaking while she screams.

 

ERIC

Oh my god! What have you been using girl!

 

Olga drops on to Eric who is still tied to the bed. He shakes his hands franticly until they come loose. He grabs Olga’s shoulders and shakes her.

 

ERIC

Stay with me, STAY WITH ME.

 

Eric stretches out his arm to reach his mobile on the bedside table.

CUT TO:

INT. MOTEL ROOM 9 - NIGHT

Brian and the girl are in bed flirting and teasing, her shirt is of, Brian has his hand on her leg when his phone rings. They continue kissing.

 

BRIAN

You must be kidding!

 

When the phone does not stop he picks up.

 

BRIAN

Dam Eric, I’m kind of busy and so should you be.

 

ERIC

Unrecognizable stressed voice.

 

BRIAN

What? Hold on, I’m on my way!..  

 

The girl has put her coat on again and is holding her hand up. Brian gives her a 50 and she leaves while Brian balances on one leg to quickly get in to his pants.

 

INT. ROOM 14 - NIGHT

BRIAN

(sarcastically)

First you seduce the cities hottest girl by showing your arctic beetle and now you got her unconscious in a motel room.

 

ERIC

She has a heartbeat, maybe we can just leave her.

 

BRIAN

Leave her? No my friend, this is our chance! Don’t you see!

 

CUT TO:

EXT. PARKING PLACE IN FRONT OF MOTEL – NIGHT

Eric and Brian carry Olga between them. They get her in the boot of the car and drive off.

CUT TO:

INT. CAR - NIGHT

BRIAN

Eric, this is a gift from god! But we can’t do it at Cryopro. We got to do it in your barn.

 

ERIC

Well but I don’t have a vitrification unit in my barn.

 

The Arctic beetle is still in the backseat and starts buzzing again.

BRIAN

Eric listen, just drop me at Cryopro so I can organize a vitrification unit for you, we still got a free one. You continue home and make sure to keep her unconscious.

 

ERIC

What? Your going to load a vitrification unit all by your self, last time we loaded them with 3 man.

 

BRIAN

Look at these!

 

Brian points at his biceps.

 

BRIAN

Worth 3 man! Oh and when you get home make sure to start your emergency generator, we are going to need it for the cool down.

 

ERIC

Well lets load the unit together

 

BRIAN

No, you got to take care of Olga and get her properly sedated before she wakes up. I don’t want her to remember anything.

 

EXT. CRYOPRO PARKING BAY – NIGHT

Eric and Brian arrive, Brian get’s out.

 

BRIAN

Just don’t do anything crazy, see you in a bit

 

Brian gets in the Cryopro van and reverses it against the ramp of the loading bay. He loads 2 tanks of liquid nitrogen, tool boxes, cables, jerry cans full of liquid and a portable cooler.

 

CUT TO:

INT. CRYOPRO VITRIFICATION ROOM – NIGHT

Brian looks at the 5 vitrification units, checks a clip board and comes to the conclusion that there is no free unit anymore.

 

BRIAN

Shit!

 

Brian is irritated and moves around nervously tapping his pen on the clipboard. For a moment he looks at the Unit of Mr. Brown, then he pulls the plug. An alarm goes off for a second, the computer screen flickers ERROR then it goes black and all is quiet. He starts rolling the unit towards the door.

CUT TO:

EXT. PARKING BAY CRYOPRO - NIGHT

Brian tries to push the vitrification unit up the ramp but its to heavy. He pulls and roles the unit back in to the building. 5 seconds nothing happens, then he comes shooting out running behind the vitrification unit. Full speed he shoots up the ramp and the unit enters the van coming to a stop with a loud bang

 

BRIAN

Oh yeah!

 

 

CUT TO:

EXT. HARBOUR AREA ALONG THE WATER – NIGHT

Brian pulls up in the Cryopro van. He opens the back gets out a trolley and unfold it. then he puts gloves on and gets in the back. The sound of the unit’s hatch opening, Brian is swearing, banging noises. The vitrificated body of Mr. Brown drops out of the back half on the trolley half on the street. It makes the sound of cracking glass. His head and an ARM brake off. The body is steaming.

 

BRIAN

For fuck sake!

 

Brian dug tapes the body to the trolley. then grabs the ARM and the head and tapes it all together on the torso. He roles the trolley towards the water and pushes it over edge and watches it sink while it sputters. 

CUT TO:

EXT. UNDERWATER - NIGHT

The trolley and body sinking down are hitting the bottom and start rolling down a steep rocky bottom. The broken of arm that is dug taped to the corps comes loose.

CUT TO:

EXT. ERIC’S BARN - NIGHT

Eric’s car is standing in front of the building with the boot and a door open. The Cryopro van is standing next to it. Eric and Brian are unloading the vitrification unit. Since there is no ramp this is not easy. The Unit falls on Eric’s toe.

 

ERIC

Au god dam it, how did you load this thing!

CUT TO:

INT. ERIC’S BARN – NIGHT

The barn has quickly been turned in to an improvised vitrification lab. The vitrification unit is standing slightly offline in the middle of the barn. Disorganized cables are hanging from the ceiling. White Plastic sheets are hanging on the walls. Olga is lying on a work bench next to a vitrification unit. Eric works on the units computer while Brian connects a hose to a tank of Liquid Nitrogen. They talk while they work

 

ERIC

I’m having second thoughts!

 

BRIAN

No it’s perfect, no one knows she is here and no one will miss her.

ERIC

What if the melting goes wrong? What if she dies?

 

BRIAN

Why would she die? The chimpanzee didn’t die and the chimp is probably a more complex being then she is.

 

Brian laughs at his own joke.

 

BRIAN

But in case things go wrong, no one knows we’ve taken her and we have not been followed. This is our chance.

 

Eric and Brian place Olga in the vitrification unit.

CUT TO:

INT. INSIDE VITRIFICATION UNIT

Olga’s face shows eyes with repetitive eye movement without them looking at anything. Lots of Light, a zooming fridge sound, a cracking ice sound. Blue liquid covering her eyes. Her vision goes blur and everything goes black.

 

CUT TO:

EXT. ERIC’S BARN – NIGHT

Brian and Eric walk out of the barn. On the ground Eric finds the cracked name tag of Mr. Brown, he picks it up and pushes it in Brian’s hands.

 

ERIC

What is this?

 

Brian does not speak but takes the name tag from Eric.

 

ERIC

What did you do to Mr. Brown? 

 

BRIAN

Well I took him for a ride and dropped him off. Don’t get so upset!

ERIC

You killed Mr. Brown!

 

BRIAN

Not kill! He was dead already! Come on even if things had worked out for him, what kind of future would an 83 year alcoholic with a heart condition have 200 years from now? He’s better off! It’s a sacrifice in the name of science.

 

FADE TO BLACK

EXT. MOTEL – EVENING

A truck passes by blowing a horn. 

CUT TO:

INT. MOTEL ROOM - EVENING

Olga is lying on the bed sleeping peacefully. All at once simultaneously her eyes open wide. She gasps for air and sits up. She looks around orientating herself.

 

OLGA

(shaking her head)

Crazy shit! (referring to her dream)

 

She looks at the clock 19:12, next to the clock lay her mirror and the rolled up 50$ bill.

 

OLGA

Dam it!

 

She quickly gathers her stuff and leaves the motel.

 

CUT TO:

INT. STRIP CLUB DRESSING ROOM - NIGHT

Olga walks in. Her friend Anja (23, blond, smaller then Olga) walks up to her.

 

ANJA

Where have you been?

 

OLGA

What do you mean? I'm only 10 minutes late!

 

ANJA

Yes! One week and 10 minutes! Where have you been?

 

OLGA

What you’re talking about?

 

The Strip club manager walks in.

 

MANAGER

Olga, what the heck? I should fire you, but well the crowd will be happy to see you back. Chop chop, get ready! Oh and for once, stay away from the snow (coke)!

 

ANJA

Olga, where have you been last week??? I thought we tell each other everything! Is it a man?

 

Confused Olga grabs a newspaper and looks at the date.

FADE TO:

EXT. ERICS FARM – NIGHT

Eric arrives in his car, as he gets out he makes an effort to make no noise closing the car door and tip toes to the house.

CUT TO:

INT. ERICS FARM – DIMMED LIGHT

The door opens slowly Eric creeps in. Lisa sits on a table that is set up for 2 with a dish in the middle. The last bit of a candle is still burning but about to die. Lisa looks at Eric full off disapproval.

 

LISA

So now you are braking in to your own house?  Are you hoping I’m in bed already, fast asleep and that I forget that I have been cooking for you all evening?

 

ERIC

Lisa please! We are just so close to a break through.

 

LISA

You are always close to a break through! The last 4 years you’ve been close to a break through!

 

Eric walks over her and tries to put his arm around her but she pulls away.

 

Don’t touch me! You are useless! Useless and selfish! You only think of yourself and your god dam frog project! You can’t freeze everybody! It’s going to be a mess! It’s stupid! Imagine what happens if you start defrosting all those frozen people in a few hundred years, there isn’t  going to be enough space on the world! Why can’t you come up with something smart? Something that matters!

 

Eric is turning red and boiling. His hands are fists and he is clinching his teeth.

 

ERIC

I don’t deserve this Lisa! You knew what I did when you met me. Now you give me shit for it. Dam it! I need to get some fresh air.

 

Eric walks to the door.

 

LISA

Oh yeah, just go! Just go for another midnight walk, you coward!

 

Eric slams the door shut behind him.

 

CUT TO:

INT. BEDROOM – NIGHT

Lisa sits down in front of her dresser and looks at their FRAMED WEDDING PHOTO.

LISA

You used to be crazy about me.

 

Then she looks at herself in the mirror and sees her wrinkles. She pulls her skin tight. She stands up and lies down in bed.

CUT TO:

EXT. COUNTRY ROAD – NIGHT

Eric walks along the road then stops and turns around. He is a few 100 meter away from the house. He looks at it. A dog is barking in the distance. There is a zooming and tapping sound from a moth that continuously tries to fly in to a streetlight. Eric’s face is cold. He starts walking towards the house with determination.

 

CUT TO:

INT. BEDROOM – NIGHT

Lisa has fallen asleep with a box of tissues on the bed. Eric walks in to the bed room. He is still angry. He is looking at her full of hate. He gets on his knees next to the bed and stares at her face. He takes a bit of her hair in his hand and looks at it as if it’s a foreign object. He stands up and walks away. Lisa turns on her back in her sleep. Eric comes back in with a bottle of chloroform and a cloth. He kneels next to her and pushes the cloth against her mouth. For a moment Lisas body shocks, her eyes open but then she relaxes and her eyes close again. He lifts her body and brings her to the barn.

CUT TO:

INT. BARN – NIGHT

Eric is standing in front of the closed vitrification unit.

CUT TO:

INT. LIVINGROOM – NIGHT

Eric sits down on the couch with a beer in his hand.  He takes a deep breath and exhales. He switches on the TV and takes a sip of his beer, then grabs his mobile and calls. Behind Eric hangs a clock.

ZOOM IN TO CLOCK:

 

ERIC

(voice only)

Hey Brian, Guess what!

CLOCK FAST FORWARDS AN HOUR: ZOOM OUT:

INT. LIVINGROOM – NIGHT

Brian and Eric are now together on the couch with a beer in one hand and a joint in the other. They are watching the Simpsons.

 

BRIAN

You can’t keep her vitrificated!

 

ERIC

Why not?

 

BRIAN

Yeah…Why not!

 

Brian laughs and clicks his beer bottle against Eric’s. They happily continue watching the Simpsons

FADE OUT.

 

 

INT. CRYOPRO LAB.

“Zooming beetle sound” Steve, Brian and Eric are looking in to a standing up freezer at the beetle flying while they suck on the straws of their milkshakes.

 

STEVE THE DIRECTOR

Hey Brian, any news on the vitrification unit that is back at the manufacturer?

 

BRIAN

Yeah it’s going to take a while, they are waiting for parts from Taiwan.

 

Eric has his hand on the valve of a liquid nitrogen tank. He carefully adjusts the temperature within the freezer. The electronic thermometer shows -50 degrees Celsius and is counting down beeping with every degree it decreases. The zooming sound slowly gets higher. They are looking at a beetle flying around in it. The director takes the straw out of his mouth.

 

DIRECTOR

What’s with the bee?

 

ERIC

It’s an Arctic beetle. It generates a biological non-protein anti freeze. It’s amazing, -57 and still flying.

 

Eric lets go of the valve, puts down the milkshake and grabs a clipboard. Steve has a go at the valve and opens it brutally. The thermometer beeps rapid and shoots down to –78 and the beetle drops. Eric and Brian look at Steve in disbelief. Steve looks at them, then at the dead beetle.

 

STEVE THE DIRECTOR

Yeah I got work to do.

 

The director puts his milkshake on the work bench and walks away.

 

INT. KITCHEN – DAY

Eric is having a quick breakfast, drinking milk right out of the PACK. He passes Lisa’s picture and takes it in his hand. He looks at her longingly. His thumb strokes along the glass. He looks out of the window. At the gate a newspaper boy puts the paper in the mailbox. BEAT

 

Eric looks around himself: At the ELECTRONIC CLOCK (7 AM AUGUST 6th), The CALENDER, a MAGAZINE (AUGUST ADITION) and at the EXPIRY DATE on the milk (AUGUST 8th). He drinks the pack empty and is about to throw it in the STEPBIN when he comes to a realization. He takes his foot of the step. Instead of throwing the pack away he rinses it under the tab and leaves it upside down in the drying rack.

 

FADE OUT:

INT. STRIP CLUB - NIGHT

OLGA

I really don't understand how I can just have lost a week of my life!

 

ANJA

It's the coke Olga! Maybe you've been in a coma for a week.

 

OLGA

No it's that guy I went out with.

 

ANJA

The cute one with the coolbox?

 

OLGA

Yeah! There was something about him, something happened that night when I was with him. But yeah he was cute!

 

ANJA

Maybe you should tell Billy so he can send some bouncers after him.

 

OLGA

Yeah right, I’ll tell him about a guy who’s name I don't know who stole a week of my life? No, I'll deal with him myself!

 

INT. MOTEL RECEPTION – DAY

Receptionist is sitting behind a desk, she watches TV and looks bored.

 

OLGA

I’d like a favor, I like to know who was staying in room 14 last week on the fifth.

 

RECEPTIONIST

We can’t give private information of…..

 

Olga pushes a 20$ note over the counter.

 

RECEPTIONIST

...but I guess I could make an exception.

 

Receptionist goes through a file cabinet.

 

RECEPTIONIST

Here it is, Dr Eric Van Dam. He rented a room twice, on the 5th and on the 12th.

 

OLGA

You got his address?

 

Receptionist just looks at her not saying a word. Olga pushes another 20$ over the counter.

 

RECEPTIONIST

East Park road 56

FADE TO:

EXT. GATE AT FARM POST BOX 56 – DAY

Olga arrives and parks her car in front of the gate, walks up to the house and rings the bell.

CUT TO:

INT. FRONT DOOR FARM HOUSE – DAY

Eric looks trough the peak hole and jumps when he sees Olga on the other side. He turns with his back to the door and just stands there thinking. The bell rings again.

 

OLGA

Come on, open up, I know you’re there, I can hear you holding your breath!

 

Olga bangs on the door. Eric carefully looks through the peak hole again. He sees Olga turning around and walking towards the gate. Eric takes a deep breath, bends trough his legs and he leans his back against the door and slowly slides down to the floor. He hears the car start and drive away, then he stands up and carefully opens the door.

 

EXT. FRONT DOOR FARMHOUSE - DAY

Eric sticks his head out of the door. All at once a whip swings around his neck. He grabs for his throat as he tries to breathe. He falls on the ground.  She puts her high heel on his throat. Eric desperately clamps his hand on her leg to hold of some of the pressure. 

 

OLGA

Talk!

 

Eric tries to say something but it only sounds like a gurgle. She relaxes her foot on his throat.

 

ERIC

What do you want?

 

OLGA

I want to know where my week went!

 

ERIC

Ok, ok, take your foot off me.

 

Olga takes her foot off and Eric sits up from the ground. At first Eric just sits there trying to make up his mind. Behind his back his fingers are pulling a rock out of the ground.

 

OLGA

So what’s the story?

 

Eric slowly get’s up.

 

ERIC

Well, it’s like this, you been cryonised.

 

All at once he swings the ROCK at her. It hits her on her forehead and down she goes. Eric looks around him then grabs his phone.

 

ERIC

We got a situation with Olga!

CUT TO:

EXT. BARN – DAY

Eric and Brian are unloading a second vitrification unit for the second time.

ERIC

Isn’t Steve going to miss the units?

 

BRIAN

(With a smart ass voice)

No, cause they are at the manufacturer for calibration

CUT TO:

INT. BARN

Now there are 2 vitrification units in the barn. Olga is lying on the same work bench again next to the unit.

 

BRIAN

(Sarcastic)

Well done Eric, you should start a collection! She’s cute like this isn’t she!

 

He strokes his fingers along her skin.

 

ERIC

Don’t do that!

 

BRIAN

Why? Cause you found her first?

FADE TO BLACK:

 

INT. KITCHEN – DAY

Eric leaves the kitchen. On the sink stands a collection of Milk packs, one upside down in the drying rack. On the table lays a pile of neatly organized news papers post it’s with dates between them.

 

FADE TO:

INT. LIVINGROOM MISS BROWN - NIGHT

Mrs. Brown is watching the news.

 

NEWS

A group of teenagers swimming at fox lake got the freight of their lives when an arm came floating by.

 

On TV we see an investigation team at fox lake, on the grass lays the arm, most of it is covered by a sheet, but the hand is still sticking out with a TYPICAL RING on one finger.

 

NEWS

The police has declared that the arm probably belongs to a Caucasian man between 60 and 100, they suspects a crime.

 

Ms Brown freezes. With her eyes transfixed on the TV she grabs the phone and calls 911.

 

911

first response 911, officer Baker, how can I help you? 

 

MS. BROWN

This is MS. Brown, the hand of my David is on TV, I see his ring!

 

911

Mrs. Brown, how old are you?

 

MS. BROWN

I’m 85, but what has that to do with the hand of my David being on TV? The hand of my David is on TV! Don’t you understand?

 

911

Mrs. Brown, congratulations with the new found fame of your David, but this is an emergency number Mrs. Brown. Please only use this number in case of emergency only!

CUT TO:

 

INT. CRYOPRO RECEPTION - DAY

Mrs. brown is upset.

MRS. BROWN

Well, I don’t care that ­­­­­it’s against company policy, I just want to my David, just want to make sure that he’s ok.

 

Receptionist picks up the horn.

 

RECEPTIONIST

Brian, I got Mrs. Brown here to see her husband, can you help? We are coming come down.

 

INT. VITRIFICATION ROOM – DAY

Brian is in panic, he still has a milkshake in his hand. He walks past a vitrification unit with a name tag saying “Mr. Fisher” in the unit we see a face of a young blond man. Brian gets to a cupboard, opens a drawer filled with nametags and hurries trough them.

 

INT. DOOR TO VITRIFICATION ROOM – DAY

The receptionist sweeps her security card and the door opens, Ms Brown follows.

 

INT. VITRIFICATION ROOM – DAY

Brian is standing in front of the vitrification unit.

 

BRIAN

Good day Ms Brown, how can I help you?

 

MS. BROWN

I’m just here to see my David. I just want to make sure he is doing fine.

BRIAN

It’s against company policy Ms. Brown, we can’t have all family members coming over the floor each day.

 

Ms. Brown won’t take no for an answer and pushes past Brian. On the vitrification unit now hangs the cracked name tag of Mr. Brown.

 

BRIAN

Well I guess I could make an exception for you Ms. Brown

 

Ms. Brown looks through the glass of the vitrification unit.

 

MS. BROWN

I can’t see his face.  BEAT What is the pink stuff?

 

The face in the unit is covered with milkshake.

 

BRIAN

It’s a facial mask. BEAT A moisturizer. BEAT It keeps his skin hydrated.

 

Behind Brian on the bench lays the milkshake on its side, some milkshake liquid has spilled. The straw is sticking to the table edge. The drawer with nametags is still open with the tag “MR.FISHER” laying on top. Mrs. Brown stares intensely at Brian she has no particular expression on her face. The straw drops on the floor.

 

BRIAN

We only use the very best moisturizers Ms. Brown! Only the best!

 

Brian grabs the hand of Ms Brown and comforts her. A tear appears in the eye of Ms Brown.

 

MS. BROWN

Thank you Doctor.

FADE OUT:

 

INT. BEDROOM – DAY

Eric is looking at the FRAMED WEDDING PICTURE and strokes Lisa’s face on it. Eric has a tear in his eye.

FADE TO DARK

INT. CRYOPRO LAB - DAY

Brian is looking through a microscope. A milk shake standing next to him. Eric is standing beside him, deep in thought.

 

BRIAN

Look at this tardigrade, a week ago at -272  and now she is laying eggs!

CUT TO:

INT. MICROSCOPE VIEUW - DAY

A tardigrade (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tardigrade)laying eggs.

CUT TO:

INT. CRYOPRO LAB - DAY

 

 

ERIC

I’m going to defrost her!

 

BRIAN

What? The tardigrade?

 

ERIC

No my wife! Lisa.

 

Brian looks up from the microscope.

 

BRIAN

What? Why man?

Brian looks back in to the Microscope again.

 

ERIC

I miss her man! I can’t stand it any longer! I want her back in my life, even if it’s just for a week.

 

BRIAN

But she will go crazy when she finds out you vitrified her!

 

ERIC

I’m not going to tell her!

 

BRIAN

She will find out the moment she watches the news, or when she speaks to people in town.

 

ERIC

I’m going to take her to Paris, she doesn’t speak French. She will only have me to talk to. I’ve thought a lot about it. I’m prepared!

BRIAN

Well, be careful!

 

MUSIC: TRIUMPHANT

 

EXT. ROOF FARM – DAY

Eric unplugs the cable to the satellite dish.

 

INT. LIVING ROOM. DAY

Eric unplugs the phone and damages the socket with a fork and changes the date on the modern clock.

 

INT. BASEMENT - DAY

In a closet lays a pile of news papers and a collection of empty milk cartons. He grabs one and considers the expiry date. He grabs a newspaper with his thumb under the date: August 6th

 

INT. KITCHEN - DAY

Eric is pouring milk from a new carton in to an old one.

 

INT. BARN – DAY

Eric presses a button on the vitrification unit’s computer.

 

COMPUTER

Defrosting sequence initiated

CUT TO:

 

INT. BEDROOM - DAY

Lisa wakes up. Eric is standing beside her and serves her breakfast on bed. Lisa is confused and surprised. A smile escapes.

 

LISA

Wow! What’s that all about?

 

ERIC

I want to change! I’m sorry about our fight yesterday. From now on things are going to be good. Tonight we are going to Paris.

LISA

What? really? Don't you have to work?

 

ERIC

I took the week off.

 

Lisa smiles.

 

LISA

I don’t know what to say.

 

ERIC

Say “Merçi Monsieur”! I got the tickets already. Why don't you go pack something warm?

 

LISA

Something warm? For this time of the year? 

 

ERIC

Yeah when it’s summer here it’s winter in Paris. It's the other side of the world you know! All right I just got to bring some papers to Cryopro, see you in a bit.

 

EXT. ERIC'S POST BOX 56 - DAY

Eric exchanges the morning newspaper with the one he got out of the basement. He gets in his car and the radio turns on.

 

RADIO

Welcome on this November 12th it's a lovely day for…  

 

Eric drives off. Lisa comes out of the house and takes the newspaper out of the postbox.

 

INT. KITCHEN - DAY

Lisa sits on the table and begins reading the newspaper. Behind her is the calendar saying August 6th. She gets the milk out of the fridge checks the expiry date and fills a glass. She switches on the TV but it only shows snow.

 

INT. AIRPORT AT CHECK IN - DAY

Ground staff gives a boarding pass to Lisa. Eric quickly takes it from her.

 

ERIC

Let me hold on to that darling so you got your hands free to do some shopping.

CUT TO:

EXT. ALONG THE SEINE – DAY

Eric and Lisa are walking hand in hand, laughing and cuddling.

CUT TO:

INT. RESTAURANT IN PARIS

Eric and Lisa are having a romantic dinner, Eiffel tower in the background.

 

EXT. ZOO – DAY

Eric and Lisa are laughing about the monkeys.

 

LISA

Look, ha-ha, that one looks like Brian!

 

There is a monkey with an erection scratching his balls. Eric reaches out with a piece of banana. The monkey goes furious, jumps towards Eric and bites his hand.

 

ERIC

Ah god dam it!

 

All kinds of animals turn their heads to see what the swearing is about.

 

ERIC

You ungrateful maniac!

 

Lisa reacts full of concern and looks at Eric’s hand.

CUT TO:

INT. ZOO FIRST AID POST – DAY

A medic is taking care of Eric’s hand.

 

MEDIC

You’re going to be ok, you won’t need stitches, just clean the bandage daily for a week.

 

Lisa smiles and takes care of Eric.

FADE TO:

EXT. GATE IN FRONT OF FARM – NIGHT

Brian arrives by car and opens the gate.

CUT TO:

INT. BARN – NIGHT

Brian has a fag in his hand and is admiring Olga’s beauty th­­rough the glass of the vitrification unit.

 

BRIAN

Let’s heat you up a bit!

 

Brian presses a button on the computer

 

COMPUTER

Defrosting sequence initiated.

 

The temperature starts going up starting from – 150 Celsius

CUT TO:

INT. VITRIIFICATION UNIT.

Olga’s view. Flashes of ice and cooling liquid with intervals of Brian’s facial expression “ready to consume her”

 

COMPUTER

Bodily functions within parameters. Body temperature 36.7 Celsius. Status: unconscious and breathing.

 

A heart rate meter is beeping. On the screen it shows the body temperature.

 

BRIAN

Unconscious and breathing! That’s the way I like you! You’re beautiful!

 

Brian strokes his fingers along her face. Over the old scar on her cheek then he looks at the wound on her forehead.

 

BRIAN

If you would fight a bit less you would be even more beautiful!

FADE TO:

INT. ERIC'S FARM - MORNING

Eric and Lisa come through the door with suitcases and sit down on the couch.

LISA

Ah, good to be home

 

INT. BEDROOM

Lisa is asleep and Eric tranquilizes her with chloroform. Eric lifts Lisa up and carries her out of the bedroom.

CUT TO:

EXT. FARMHOUSE – NIGHT

Eric carries Lisa from the house to the barn.

FADE TO:

INT. BEDROOM - DAY

Lisa wakes up. Eric has placed a present for her on the bed. She unpacks it and gets all happy when she sees the dress.

 

LISA

The one from the window, I can’t believe you bought it!

 

ERIC

Why don't you try it on? It will look good on you during our trip to Kuala Lumpur this evening. 

 

Lisa is about to react in surprise when she sees Eric's hand.

 

LISA

Hey why did you take the bandage off your hand? The medic said at least a week. Let me have a look.

 

ERIC

Oh that won't be necessary.

 

LISA

Let me see

 

Eric’s hand looks perfectly fine, not even a scar.

 

LISA

huh? What happened to the bite?

 

ERIC

Oh yeah amazing isn’t it, I used this special cream that Brian gave me. My hand healed over night!

 

LISA

That's impossible!

 

Lisa looks puzzled.

 

INT. KUALA LUMPUR TOWER RESTAURANT - NIGHT

Lisa and Eric are waiting to be seated. Behind the table manager is a CLOCK that also shows the DATE.

 

TABLE MANAGER

Good evening Mr. and Ms. van Dam, you may take a seat at that table at the window.

 

Eric walks ahead. Lisa touches the managers arm.

 

LISA

Your clock has the wrong date.

 

Lisa follows Eric to the table, the table manager looks confused at the clock, then at the date on his watch, he shakes his head and attends the next couple.

 

INT. RESTAURANT TABLE - EVE

 

LISA

You make me very happy Eric, I feel I need to apologize for being so demanding.

 

ERIC

And I'm sorry for having taken you for granted. I think we should celebrate on us. I enjoy exploring with you Lisa.

 

LISA

You don’t have to take me on holiday every week Eric. I mean I love it that you have so much time for me, but it’s also nice to have some other people around every now and then.

 

ERIC

How about we ask Brian to join us next trip.

 

Lisa is disappointed by the idea but appreciates Eric’s effort.

 

LISA

(hesitating)

Well yeah, Brian or anyone, just people in general.

 

INT. BEDROOM - NIGHT

Lisa is sleeping with a smile on her face. Eric places a rag with chloroform on her face. The sound of ice cracking.

 

FADE TO WHITE

INT. CRYOPRO LAB - DAY

Eric is talking to Brian, both are enjoying a milkshake.

 

ERIC

I tell you, my marriage has never been better! She has become a happy woman! She is smiling again! Hey you should join us for our next trip, we could do some scuba diving

 

BRIAN

Hmm well I do still want to catch a frog fish.

 

ERIC

There you go, and we will write it down as a business trip.

 

BRIAN

Yeah how about that!

 

ERIC

I think Lisa would also like to learn diving, she would love it!

 

BRIAN

(with doubt)

Lisa?

 

INT. KITCHEN - DAY

LISA

(to Eric)

The Maldives? Hmmm well I’d like to, but can’t we just stay at home for a couple of weeks?

 

ERIC

Come on, you have always wanted to go there! We’d better go while work allows it!

 

LISA

Yeah true. But it’s one holiday after the other, I mean it’s great but it’s also a little bit mad.

 

ERIC

Well I’m affright it’s too late, I bought the tickets already. Brian is also coming.

 

LISA

What? Don’t you think you should have discussed that with me.

 

ERIC

I’m sorry dear, it was meant to be a surprise.

 

LISA

(irritated)

Well a surprise it is. For the last 3 month we haven’t been home more than 2 days. And damn it, get the cable fixed! I like to watch the news.

 

INT. BEDROOM – NIGHT

Eric and Lisa are lying in bed. Eric is half asleep. Lisa laying behind him strokes him affectionately through his hair when she sees a grey one. She pulls it out.

 

ERIC

Au!

 

Eric looks at Lisa. She holds a hair in front of him.

 

LISA

You’re getting old!

 

Eric feels caught realizing that he’ll gain age faster than she.

 

ERIC

(defensively)

Well we all get them one day.

 

INT. BATHROOM - NIGHT

Eric is looking in the mirror with his FRAMED WEDDING PICTURE in the hand, comparing his younger face with the reflection in the mirror. He pulls out a grey hair, then another, then gives up on it and dyes (paints) his hair. He exits the bathroom with a green beauty mask.

 

EXT. NATIONAL AIRPORT – DAY

Lisa and Eric are carrying suitcases. Lisa is no longer excited about the traveling, it seems to have become a chore for her. They meet Brian at the airport he is wearing SUNGLASSES and a HAT.

 

BRIAN

Hey Lisa, how’s it hanging?

 

Lisa is irritated by Brian’s presence.

 

LISA

(not enthusiastic)

Hi Brian

 

EXT. ISLAND RUNWAY – DAY

Small airplane landing.

 

EXT. RUN DOWN BEACH HUTS – AFTERNOON

A HOST (42 Asian) with keys in the hand is walking in front of Eric, Lisa and Brian. The host turns towards her guests and with her very best smile speaks the sentence she has practiced all day.

 

HOST

(In broken English)

Welcome to sunny side resort, these are your huts.

 

BRIAN

(to host)

No air-conditioning?

 

The Host does not understand and thinks about how to react.

 

HOST

Welcome to sunny side resort, these are your huts.

 

ERIC

Is this what you call 5 stars? Where is the swimming pool? The Jacuzzi?

 

The host smiles and politely bends showing respect to his guests.

 

HOST

Welcome to sunny …

 

BRIAN

Yeah yeah, we get it!

 

FADE TO:

EXT. RUN DOWN BEACH HUT- NIGHT

Sound of crickets, a fan spinning and a far away generator.  A bird sits on a tree branch, from the bird’s point of view we look at the hut. From the hut voices appear and silhouettes move.

 

LISA

(Voice only)

You think it’s safe here? Look there, a lizard on the wall. 

 

ERIC

They are harmless, not much we can do now, we’ve got to make the best of it.

 

The generator cuts out and the bungalow goes dark. The fan sound is slowing down.

ERIC

Oh great! That’s it for the fan

 

Sound of a mosquito flying around till it stops. A hand slaps, the mosquito sound continues.

ERIC

There should be a torch in the suitcase.

 

LISA

Au. That’s my leg!

 

A torchlight switches on behind the windows and moves rapidly as Eric goes on a mosquito hunt. The sound of fast walking and jumping.

LISA

There, there on the door!

 

A loud slap of a newspaper!

ERIC

Got it!

 

LISA

Good, can we sleep now?

 

The silhouette of 2 people are getting back in bed and switching off the torch. For 4 seconds just the sound of the beach and crickets, then the sound of another mosquito.

 

ERIC

Oh man!

FADE TO BLACK:

EXT. SUNRISE BEHIND THE FOREST - MORNING

Sound of an awaking forest. A chicken jumps up from sitting position, a dog lifts his head. A hermit crab walks along a tree.

CUT TO:

EXT. BEACH HUT - DAY

Lisa is laying in a hammock, covered in mosquito bites and scratching. She looks tiered. Eric sits behind a table and he has his laptop in front of him.

 

ERIC

I think you should at least tr...

 

Lisa points her finger at Eric.

 

LISA

I'm NOT going diving! 

 

Lisa shakes her head. Brian walks up to the hut with the last bit of a cigarette between his lips. He has his arm around a local girl, the girl is wearing his SUNGLASSES and HAT, she is smiling. Brian flicks away his cigarette.

 

BRIAN

Good morning? You guys slept well?

 

The silence says enough.

 

BRIAN

Hey bad news the dive boat broke down. So it’s either finding another boat or diving from the beach.

 

ERIC

Oh no, I can’t believe it! Where are we going to find a boat?

 

Eric hits the table then gets back to his laptop. On the screen is a notification "NO NETWORK AVAILABLE" Eric slams his laptop shut. Behind Eric a fishing boat arrives. PALUKA (28 muscular, athletic, dark skin, great smile) pulls on a rope to get the boat on the beach.

 

CUT TO:

EXT. FISHING BOAT ON THE BEACH - DAY
Excited kids and a dog run towards the boat, Paluka and an other fishermen are happy and smiling talking in local language and laughing. The fisherman  is unloading crab pots, he shows a crab to a little girl. The little girl screams jumps away but returns to have another look. Paluka grabs a crab and pushes it against the buttocks of the fisherman. The crab claw squeezes and the fisherman screams. The kids are all laughing. Paluka has a hand full of shells and passes them out to the kids. To the dog he gives a fish. 

 

INT. LIVING ROOM MS BROWN - NIGHT

Ms Brown is watching the news.

 

NEWS REPORTER

Here at the Milestone dock divers have found a skeleton.

 

On TV the reporter is standing on the dock between police cars and an ambulance. Divers are at the surface in the water

 

Divers were hired by the dock to recover a fork lift truck when they found a skeleton which happened to be duck taped to a trolley. The horror of it all is that it’s skull was separated and taped to the ripcage. 

 

EXT. FISHING BOAT ON THE BEACH - DAY

Eric walks up to Paluka.

 

ERIC

(Speaking retarded English)

Hey you! You Captain?


Paluka turns towards Eric, when he sees him his face goes from amusement and happiness to pure irritation and disgust.

 

PALUKA

(barks in local language) What you want?

 

ERIC

I want boat! Can I have boat today? I want to go good place for diving! You understand? Good place!
 

Eric takes a map out of the side pocket of his pants. And points his finger where he wants to go.
 

ERIC

Boat half day how much?


Eric opens his wallet to wave a 20 dollar bill in front of Paluka to make clear he is talking about money. Paluka snatches the 20 dollar bill out of Eric’s hand and holds up 5 fingers. 4 more bills of 20 follow. Paluka gives the money to a little girl.

 

PALUKA (in local language)

For Nana!

 

The little girl runs off followed by a boy her age, they seem to do everything together.

 

 

FADE TO:

EXT. BEACH HUT – DAY

Eric and Brian are gearing up for the dive. They are putting on thick 7 mm wetsuits and weight belts. Brian has a cigarette in his mouth.

 

EXT. BOAT ON THE BEACH - DAY

Paluka is in the boat the divers are standing in front it. Paluka is taking the diving gear from the divers. Lisa approaches. And Paluka reacts frustrated and points at Lisa.

 

PALUKA (In Local language)

Boat no good for woman!

 

ERIC

Come on, she hardly takes up any space.

 

EXT. BOAT AT SEA - DAY
Paluka throws the anchor overboard. Brian and Eric sit ready in scuba gear. Eric has an expensive camera with strobe on his lap. Brian is checking his torch. Eric faces Paluka.
 

ERIC

Don't move boat ok! We back one hour! No move boat ok?

 

Paluka pulls a face like "Tell me something new" and nods annoyed. then waves with his hand like “Stop talking, get out of my boat and go diving” Brian takes out his cigarette, he is about to flick it in the water.

PALUKA (shouts)

HEY!

 

Alarmed Brian looks at Paluka who holds an empty bottle in front of him Brian puts his cigarette bud in to it. Eric and Brian role backwards in to the water. Paluka grabs the glass bottom bucket to see if they get down all right.

 

then he gets in to action. He first grabs a bamboo fishing rod, routinely puts bate on the hook and swings it in to the sea. He does not look at Lisa at all. He grabs his fins mask and belt to go free diving. (His gear is old, and used a lot: Rubber mask, snorkel partly made out of bamboo, apnea fins are black, his belt is made out of an inner tube off a bicycle tier, the weights are home made melted led, bamboo harpoon with a metal arrow) Lisa stresses a bit not liking the idea to be alone on the boat.

 

LISA

Hey, where are you’re going, Brian said you have to stay here!

 

PALUKA

(rudely in perfect English)

No! He said he wants the boat to be here. I’m going spear fishing. I’m not a rich tourist, I have to work to eat.

 

Lisa is taken back by his rudeness and proper English. Paluka graciously flips in to the water and dives under. Lisa can’t believe the way he speaks to her and sits down in protest and anger, but when he does not surface she grabs the glass bottom bucket and looks over the side.

EXT. UNDER WATER - 2 PM 

Paluka is swimming along the bottom collecting sea cucumbers behind Eric and Brian who are sitting on the bottom making pictures of corral.

 

EXT. BOAT - DAY 

Lisa is still looking trough the glass bottom bucket. Paluka surfaces behind her. 

 

PALUKA

Help me! They go in the basket.

 

Paluka throws a sea cucumber at Lisa, it hits her in the face, she yells in disgust. Paluka throws the second one, which she manages to catch.

 

LISA

Who the fuck do you think you are?

 

 

But Paluka is already gone. When he comes up again sea cucumbers fly towards her before she can say anything. Progressively she gets better at catching. Her shirt is soaked, secretly she enjoys this odd little job that got forced up on her. The fishing rod bell goes off.

 

PALUKA

Quickly, quickly, take in the fish!

CUT TO:

EXT. UNDER WATER – 2 PM

A fish on a hook is fighting for its life.

 

CUT TO:

EXT. BOAT – DAY

Lisa moves over to the fishing rod and reels in the fish as Paluka effortlessly gets in the boat and takes his fins off. Once the fish is reeled in Lisa gets nervous not knowing what to do with it. Paluka takes it from her and aggressively beats the life out of it on the side of the boat. He grabs a knife, cuts its stomach open pulls out the guts and throws it overboard. then he washes the blood from the boat and from his hands.

 

PALUKA

(Speaks joyfully)

That’s a good catch, you’re a great fishwoman. Enough catch for today. You want to go for a swim? You’re wet already!

 

LISA

I'm not a good swimmer.


PALUKA

Don’t worry if you can catch sea cucumbers like you do you swimming is no problem, I’ll watch out for you.


Lisa nervously and carefully gets in to the water. Paluka gives her his mask and snorkel and gently helps her to put it on her face, adjusting the strap and taking her hair out of the mask. Paluka free dives down with no mask, fins and belt only. She is looking at him from above. He picks up a blue sea star and takes it up to the surface to show it to her. As she takes the sea star in her hand, the reflection of the blue sea star can be seen in her mask. For a moment they look into each others eyes. They get back in the boat. Paluka grabs a dragon fruit out of his bag and cuts it through the middle. He offers a half to Lisa. She looks at it with surprise since she has never seen it before. Together they eat. 

 

LISA

Where did you learn English?

 

PALUKA

I studied and worked in London, but when my dad got ill I came to help out the family. It’s ok here. Maybe not so much money but it’s a good life.

 

LISA

Your kids are very cute

PALUKA

My cousins, yeah they are little beach angels.

 

LISA

It’s beautiful here, I think I could live here!

 

PALUKA

Why don’t you?

 

 

Lisa looks at the Island. Paluka looks at her and then also to the island.

 

PALUKA

When is your birthday?

 

LISA

13 July

 

PALUKA

(surprised)

Only 3 days from now, you have birthday when you’re still here!

 

LISA

(amused)

It's January, so still a few month away.

 

PALUKA

No, no it's July! 10 July!

 

LISA

If you say so! Yeah well in that case I can celebrate my birthday on Thursday when we leave.

 

PALUKA

Yes it's July. In your country it is January? I have heard of time zones, maybe you are from a different month zone.

 

They look each other in the eyes. There comes a knocking sound from under the boat.

 

EXT. UNDER WATER - 2 PM

The 2 divers are surfacing under the boat and slapping the side.

 

EXT. BOAT - DAY
The divers break through the surface disturbing the peace around the boat. Paluka helps them getting the gear in. The boat has no ladder.

 

BRIAN

Fuck how do we get in?

 

Eric tries to get in but falls back, on a second attempt Paluka helps him and pulls him over the edge. then Brian has a go, he gets on the edge, then starts slapping his fins to get in but falls back. He needs the help of Eric and Paluka to get in, when they get him over the edge he falls in to the boat like a stranded whale. He tries to get up but keeps falling since he trips over his fins. They are all laughing. When he has taken his fins off he pushes Eric back in the water, then chases after Paluka but he is to fast running over the edge of the boat. Brian gives up, sits down and lights a fag. Paluka starts pulling in the anchor.

 

PALUKA (in native language)

You had a good dive?

 

ERIC

English only buddy

 

PALUKA to Eric (Native language)

You don’t know how lucky you are do you?

 

Lisa is suppressing her laughter.

 

ERIC

I got now clew what your saying!

 

 

PALUKA (Native language)

You don’t know how lucky you are!

 

By now Lisa has to hide her face and work hard to not break out in laughter

ERIC to Lisa

Are you ok? What’s so funny?

 

Lisa is struggling for a breath and has tears in her eyes,

 

LISA

Just hiccups

 

PALUKA (in native language)

Time to go

 

Paluka starts the engine, black smoke blows over the boat.

 

CUT TO:

EXT. BOAT DURING TRAVEL - DAY 

 

Brian and Eric look at the camera and are going over the pictures.

 

ERIC

Here Lisa, look at this one.

 

Lisa moves over slowly. Uninterested she looks at the camera.

 

ERIC

It’s a blue sea star.
 

Eric and Brian keep talking and talking about their dive. Lisa and Paluka don’t say anything but look at each other. Paluka just his serious face, Lisa still suppressing her laughs and pretending to be interested in Eric’s pictures.

EXT. BEACH - DAY
The three of them walk up the beach with the boat in the background.  Eric and Brian walk in front with all their dive gear. The dog runs between them. Brian is smoking. Lisa carries Eric’s fins. She walks behind them, then turns to wave at Paluka. Paluka smiles and waves back.

 

FADE OUT

EXT. IN FRONT OF BEACH HUT – DAY

Suitcases are standing in front of the hut. Eric is at the side of the hut taking his wetsuit from the washing line. The little boy and girl come walking up to Lisa, the kids are giggling to each other. The boy gives Lisa a little packet woven out of banana leaves. She opens it and takes out a necklace made out of sea shells. There is a note on it “Happy birthday, Paluka”

 

INT. ERIC'S FARM LIVING ROOM - DAY

Lisa is wearing the necklace.

LISA

We should get the phone fixed! I haven't spoken to my mom for 3 months!

 

ERIC

Yeah I'll get it fixed soon. I’m off to Cryopro to see what’s new. I’ll see you this afternoon.

 

EXT. FRONT DOOR FARM – DAY

Lisa gets out of the house in her jogging outfit. As she walks past the barn she stands still for a second to listen to the sound of a vitrification unit. She tries the door but it is padlocked. She leaves and starts her jog.

 

EXT. ROAD IN WOODS – DAY

Lisa runs along. It starts raining. She decides to shelter in a shed. There she finds an old newspaper that appears to have a date from the future. She folds the paper and takes it with her.

CUT TO:

INT. KITCHEN – DAY

Lisa is looking around for clues. The Calendar says 18 January, so does the clock.

CUT TO:

INT. BASEMENT – DAY

Lisa finds the newspapers, the top one 19 January, the one underneath 20th and so on. She grabs an empty milk pack and notices the different expiry dates.

CUT TO:

INT. BEDROOM – DAY

Lisa is laying on the bed thinking. She is looking at the ceiling fan turning around and falls asleep.

CUT TO:

INT. DREAM WORLD

In Lisa’s dream she hears the zooming sound from the vitrification unit and has the blurry vision through liquid of the inside of the vitrification unit looking at the roof of the barn, a tube in her mouth and an open eye flooding with blue cooling liquid.

CUT TO:

INT. BEDROOM - EVE

Lisa is in bed her eyes open rapid in shock from her nightmare. But the freezer sound is still there. She gets out of bed, walks to the window and looks at the barn. She puts her robe on and leaves the room.

CUT TO:

EXT. FARMHOUSE – EVE.

Lisa exits the house with a crowbar and walks to the barn. She breaks open the lock and the door snaps open.

 

INT. BARN - EVE

Lisa walks in and looks full of surprise at the zooming vitrification unit. As she gets closer she can make out the face of the person, then she notices the empty vitrification unit next to it. On a nail hangs Olga’s black coat, on the work bench lay her whip, mirror and mobile. Lisa grabs the mobile and switches it on. On the screen it says “Welcome Olga”. Lisa looks at the girl in the vitrification unit.

LISA

Olga!

 

Lisa puts the mobile in her pocket. The sound of a car arriving. While Eric opens the gate she quickly runs back to the house. 

 

INT. BEDROOM - NIGHT

Eric walks in with a rag drenched in chloroform. He looks surprised to see his wife still awake, she is wearing sexy lingerie. Eric hides the rag and the bottle behind his back. Lisa flirts with him.

 

LISA

I want to spoil you, you've been good to me!

 

She takes him to the bed and starts massaging him, then ends up kissing down along his naked chest. His face full of passion climaxes, then he falls asleep. Lisa leaves the room.

 

INT. BARN - NIGHT

Lisa looks at the computer screen next to the vitrification unit. There is a button saying "Start defrosting protocol" She looks at it, then at Olga and back at the computer screen. Carefully she pushes a button on the keyboard. then jumps back in surprise when the computer speaks.

COMPUTER

Defrosting sequence initiated.

 

The temperature display starts counting up from -150.

 

EXT. BARN – SUNRISE

Sounds of birds waking up, in a distance the car of Brian is approaching techno music blasting from it.

 

INT. BARN - MORNING

The blue fluid drains. The temperature says 36.7 C

 

COMPUTER

Body temperature raise complete, initiating reanimation.

 

Automatically two metal pads turn on Olga’s chest. Lisa looks in amazement

 

COMPUTER

Stand clear!

 

The body shocks and a heart rate meter start beeping and shows peaks.

 

COMPUTER

Bodily functions within parameters, status: unconscious and breathing. Inject adrenalin to exit coma.

 

The vitrification units hatch automatically opens. Lisa looks full of surprise at the computer screen. And reads the instructions once again: Inject adrenalin to exit coma

 

Lisa looks around in panic, opens drawers, then opens the fridge and finds a SYRINGE. She takes it in her hand and reads the label “Adrenalin” She walks over to Olga then just stands there like frozen for a couple of seconds. She is sweating. She looks at the arm of Olga, then turns it to expose her veins. She sees a dot on her arm, probably an old mark from a previous injection. She inserts the needle in Olga’s skin. That moment Brian shuffles in behind the back of Lisa.

BRIAN

Hello Lisa! How’s it hanging?

 

Brian keeps standing in front of the door to block her in case she runs. He stares at her as he anticipates her next actions. Lisa still has the SYRINGE in her hand. Brian can’t see this cause she is standing behind the vitrification unit. She tightens her fist around it and holds it behind her back. 

 

LISA

Hi Brian, it’s all good, what’re you up to? 

 

BRIAN

This is just great! 2 for the price of one!

 

Slowly she moves her other hand in her pocket to get out the mobile. She flips it open and presses 911.

 

BRIAN

No you're not!

 

He steps forward, grabs her arm and shakes the phone out of it. The phone is ringing. He puts his foot on it and it cracks. Lisa thrusts the SYRINGE in to his leg. Brian screams and hits her in the face. She falls to the ground bleeding. He pulls the syringe out of his leg, gets on top of her and puts his hands on her throat. Then there is the sound of a whip. Olga whips Brian and pulls him of Lisa. They get in a fight.

 

OLGA

I remember that ugly face of yours!

 

With her whip she sweeps Brian of his feet. He trips and falls with his head through the glass plate off the vitrification unit. Blood runs in to the unit. Lisa coughs and stands up looking at Brian's body. Olga grabs Brian’s head by the hair and slams it 3 times against the glass door of the vitrification unit. Olga and Lisa relax and look at Brian.

 

LISA

Is he dead?

 

Brian moans, Olga grabs the crowbar and trusts the bended part down on Brian's head, the metal penetrates his skull and the crowbar keeps standing..

 

OLGA

Now he is!

 

Olga has blood splashes on to her face and chest. Lisa puts a hand on her shoulder. Olga looks at Lisa.

 

OLGA

What did they do to us?

 

LISA

They froze us. You have been frozen for 9 years. Olga looks at Lisa in a vague way.

 

OLGA

I'm hungry.

 

LISA

All right we better do something about that then.

 

INT. KITCHEN - MORNING

Olga is eating a frozen chicken like an animal.

 

LISA

I can heat that up you know. 

 

OLGA

9 years?

 

Lisa nods yes.

 

OLGA

Did Dr van dam do that?

 

LISA

Yes my husband. He did it to both of us.

 

OLGA

Where is he?

 

LISA

Sleeping upstairs.

 

Lisa starts crying.

 

LISA

He seemed so great the last months. He spend so much time with me! I should call the police!

 

OLGA

And tell them we got a dead body in the barn? We should handle this ourselves. Olga grabs a steak knife.

 

LISA

No, no knife. He’s a bastard but doesn’t deserve to be cut into pieces.

 

OLGA

Well I don't want him around. How about we do to him what he did to us.

 

Lisa thinks about it.

LISA

Well he won't volunteer to it.

 

OLGA

Bring me to his room.

 

INT. BEDROOM - MORNING

The girls walk quietly in to the room. Eric is still sleeping. Olga looks at the chloroform and the rag. Olga grabs it and shows it to Lisa to make her realize what Eric used to do. She wets the rag, walks to Eric, jumps on top of him and pushes the rag on his mouth. His eyes open in shock.

OLGA

Hello puppy eyes!

 

He shocks a bit, then his eyes close again. Olga points at the feet of Eric indicating for Lisa to grab them. Olga grabs him under his arms.

CUT TO:

EXT. FARM – MORNING
Olga and Lisa are carrying Eric to the barn. 

CUT TO:

INT. BARN - MORNING

Olga and Lisa place Eric in the vitrification unit. On the computer they push a button.

 

COMPUTER

Inject cryoprotectant

 

Lisa finds it in the fridge.

 

COMPUTER

Execute vitrification protocol, body temperature 37 C

 

Lisa pushes the button.

COMPUTER

Vitrification Protocol Initiated.

 

Blue fluid fills the vitrification unit. The temperature display starts counting down from 36.7 C. Lisa and Olga walk out.

FADE TO:

INT. LIVING ROOM

OLGA

So what is next?

 

LISA

Let's get out of here!

 

Behind a painting Lisa opens a vault and stashes money in to a bag.

CUT TO:

EXT. IN FRONT OF FARM – DAY

 

OLGA

So you go back to Czech Republic?

 

LISA

To cold! I got another place in mind?

 

Olga looks at the house.

OLGA

You could start over you know? It's a great place for a nightclub.

LISA

You can have the house!

 

She gives her the keys.

 

LISA

I lost the illusion that I had it all, it's time to move on

 

OLGA

Cigar?

 

The girls both smoke a cigar.

OLGA

Well if you ever need somebody whipped girl, give me a shout.

 

The girls smile.

 

INT. BUS IN THE RAIN – DAY

Lisa sits in a bus with her bags packed. Music "A place far away"

 

INT. DIRECTORS OFFICE - DAY

Steve is talking to 2 investigators in Uniform, they are hunched over files and pictures.

 

INVESTIGATOR (to Steve)

So lets go over this again.

 

 

in the background the TV is on with the news.

 

EXT. IN FRONT OF CRYOPRO - DAY

 

NEWS REPORTER

Intensive investigation has shown that the skeleton found at the Milestone dock belongs to David Brown who was submitted for Cryonisation 9 years ago here at Cryopro life extension. The specialists involved in the freezing of this corps are Dr. Eric van Dam and Brian Mc Beal. They are both missing. The police suspects they have left the United States after their scam got uncovered.

 

FADE TO:

EXT. BEACH – DAY

Lisa stands on the beach. Paluka is on his boat spots her and smiles. He sails to the beach, anchors and they walk towards each other.

 

SUBTITLES

 

TEXT ON SCREEN: 50 Years later 

 

INT. BARN - NIGHT

An old wrinkly hand swipes a thick layer of dust from the virtrification units computer screen and keyboard. The finger presses a button and the computer springs to life.

 

COMPUTER

Defrosting sequence initiated

 

the temperature starts counting up from -150 Celsius

 

INT. BEDROOM - NIGHT

Eric wakes up tries to move his arms but finds them tied up to the bed with a whip. A very fat old woman in a black bikini and a cigar in her mouth walks in to the room. She has the tattoo of a dragon on her arm. She takes the cigar out of her mouth and blows smoke in his direction:

OLGA

Hello puppy eyes!..

 

Eric tries to get away and moves his body as much as he can even so he is tied to the bed. She smiles dirty!

 

OLGA

Now I’ve been looking forward to this for 50 years!

 

Olga jumps towards Eric.

CUT TO:

EXT. IN FRONT OF FARM – DAY

Music "Wild thing" The sound of the whip, Eric screaming.

There is a neon sign flickering above the door "Nightclub Olga" Trucks parked in the front yard. Between the trucks is a police car, a cop get’s out waving at the bouncer by the door, he is clearly a regular. Next to the barn is a handmade cross made out of a crowbar and a stick.

 

THE END

 

Character Description

 

ERIC:

A brilliant scientist, nerdy, became a scientist by working his ass off, he did it all by him self and never had help. He believes in doing things the fair way. He is frustrated about people making jokes about his cryonics project.

 

DR BRIAN MAC BEAL:

Chain smoker, a fatty, arrogant, not as smart as Eric, His influential dad (hospital director) pulled a few strings and Brian became a doctor. He’s a go getter no matter if it‘s girls, permits or Cannabis. He knows what he wants and does not mind braking the rules to get what he’s after.  He likes parties, discos and loud music.

 

LISA:

Czech, cute, a dreamer, found love online and left her country to be with Eric, She left a life in poverty to get married with rich and cute Eric, she wants kids and loves animals. She is a bit of a hermit and clingy towards Eric since he is all she has.

 

OLGA:

Her mom died during delivery, her dad was a bouncer for a strip club in Russia. She often had striper girls as Nanny’s since this were the only woman her father knew, those nanny’s/strippers were her example. As a kid her biggest wish was to make her daddy proud and become the most famous stripper in Moscow. After her dad got killed and the strip club blown up she moved to America.

 

PALUKA:

Left a banking career in London to look after is Family on the Island and to be away from the rat race. He hates tourists and does not like to explain his situation to them, there for never reveals his perfect English. To often he had to explain to ignorant tourists why he swapped his good career and luxuries to a life in poverty and nature.

 

STEVE THE DIRECTOR

After he proved to be useless and clumsy as a scientist they promoted him to the directors office to keep him away from expensive experiments.

 

MS BROWN

Sweet old lady, not 100% anymore. Young people don’t take her serious. She just misses her David and probably will miss him for ever. 


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