1 GOLF COURSE.
CYLDE and ELSIE BROWN are playing golf.
Elsie’s turn. She hits the ball, and it rolls neatly into
the hole. She cheers victoriously, then moves out of the
way for Clyde’s turn.
Clyde hits it, and it goes miles off...
Come on Clyde, you can do better
Clyde goes over to his ball.
You must have inherited Dad’s
talents, because I certainly
He hits it - it misses again. He grumbles, and moves to try
It’s in the swing... don’t hit it
Yes, I know...
He waits for a moment, then slowly hits the ball.
The ball rolls towards the hole...
It’s nearly at the hole...
Then it stops, suddenly.
He looks up at Elsie. She is standing, staring at it.
That’s strange... Still, it won’t
be hard to get in now.
He moves up to it, and get’s ready to tap it in, oblivious
to the fact Elsie isn’t moving.
He hits it in, and it goes in!
Finally... We can move on now.
He bends over and picks the ball out of the hole. The shot
shows Elsie frozen, above him.
He finally notices.
He waves his hand in front of her head.
Come on Elsie, you’re scaring me...
Clyde looks around, for help.
Someone, help me...!
Everyone else is frozen, standing still.
Somebody had just hit a ball. It is suspended in the air.
Clyde runs up to it, awestruck.
But how... ?
He taps the ball - it falls.
Clyde looks at his watch. None of the hands are moving.
Time has stopped...?
He spins around.
No, it can’t have!
2 CLYDE’S HOUSE.
Clyde runs in. His Dad is sitting on the sofa.
He runs into the kitchen. She’s not there.
Clyde runs out, his Mum is there.
She is watering plants. The water is suspended in the air.
This can’t be happening. It
He wanders up to a wooden wall and bangs his head against
So this isn’t a dream... But if
time has stopped... why hasn’t it
4 GOLF COURSE.
Clyde walks to Elsie again.
Elsie, it’s me, Clyde. Please...
You’ve got to! Elsie, please!
In anger, he takes the golf club lying on the ground, and
Caption reads "One Week Later..."
Clyde runs out of the shop, carrying a bunch of stolen
He takes out a sandwich. Mold is growing over it. He
He then takes out a notebook. On it are a list of
tallies. He takes a pen and scores in the seventh.
It’s been a week.
He starts getting scared.
What if... Time isn’t going to
start? What if I’m going to be
left alone... forever?
Clyde walks along a road - cars are still stopped...
Clyde steals a brownish banana from a shop.
8 CLYDE’S HOUSE, SITTING ROOM.
Clyde sits on a sofa in his house.
9 SITTING ROOM, ANOTHER HOUSE.
Clyde sits on a sofa.
Clyde walks along a street full of frozen people.
He spins around, frantically.
Yes? Who is it? WHO IS IT?
ANSWER ME!! WHO CALLED THAT!!
He runs in the direction of the voice.
After a moment, he stops.
11 CLYDE’S HOUSE. HIS BEDROOM.
Caption reads "Four months after Time Stopped."
He is lying on his bed, bored. The curtains are drawn, and
the window blocked by several veils to block out the light.
Clyde looks up.
One of his old teddy bears, on a shelf, has come to life.
Clyde is scared.
TEDDY BEAR (VOICE)
I want you to hurt.
I want you to suffer.
Once you have suffered.
You will die.
NO!! NOOO!! NOO!
He blinks. The teddy bear is back on the shelf, still.
Clyde grabs it, and throws it across the room, panting.
What’s happening to me?
12 CLYDE’S BEDROOM.
Caption reads "Five months after time stopped."
Clyde is sleeping.
(gradually growing louder)
Time, time, time... Fix, never,
death, death... Time, time,
eternally frozen, TIME!!! CLYDE!
He wakes. He pulls the cover off and runs. He is fully
clothed, for he doesn’t bother changing anymore.
Afternoon, as always. Clyde runs, terrified. He is very
dirty, for he never washes either.
Clyde runs to the top.
He looks over the edge. The water of course, is immobile.
Clyde edges closer to the cliff top.
Plunge, Clyde, and it will end.
Who are you?
I am like you. Plunge.
Clyde closes his eyes, slowly.
He falls forward. The shot stays for several seconds...
The cars start moving.
People resume walking, as usual.
17 CLYDE’ HOUSE.
TV makes noise again. Clyde’s Dad laughs at it.
Clyde’s Mum begins gardening again.
19 GOLF COURSE.
Elsie moves with a jolt.
She looks around.
But he was just...
She looks down. His golf ball is gone, but a broken golf
club is splintered on the ground.
20 BOTTOM OF CLIFF.
Clyde’s crumpled body lies at the bottom, on a small patch
of rocks. Very clearly dead.
Time. Death. Time. Boredom. I
will return... for you.
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