Feb 9, 2023
Gamers on their way to a convention run afoul of violent criminals on the run. Can they use their "skillz" to survive?
[warning - some violence, language, and mature situations]
Written and Produced by Julie Hoverson
Abby - Beverly Poole
Mark - Brian Lomatewama
Justin - Mathias Rebne Morgan
Brianna - Lyndsey Thomas
Tyler - Michael Faigenblum
Clark - Brandon O'Brien
News Report - Gwendolyn Gieseke-Woodard
Man - Bill Hollweg
Music of DARKEST OF THE HILLSIDE THICKETS! used with permission
Show theme and Incidental Music: Kevin MacLeod (Incompetech.com)
Recorded with the assistance of Ryan Hirst of Neohoodoo Studio
Editing and Sound: Julie Hoverson
Cover Design: Brett Coulstock
"What kind of a place is it?
Why it's a van on a road in the middle of nowhere, can't you tell?"
Mark - Game Master, in a wheelchair
Abby - strategy girl
Justin - the driver, Mark's brother
Brianna - nurse, dating Tyler
Tyler - wiry LARPer, dating Brianna
Clark - a criminal
Thug - another criminal
OLIVIA Did you have any trouble finding it? What do you mean, what kind of a place is it? Why, it's a car on a stretch of road in the middle of nowhere, can't you tell?
SOUND INSIDE CAR NOISES
SOUND Music plays on the radio
SOUND "BING" FROM THE DASHBOARD
SOUND Justin turns down the stereo
JUSTIN We're riding E. [up] Eyes peeled for a gas station, everybody!
MARK Hey, Justin, remember when it used to be sooo cool to cross the state line?
JUSTIN Yeah - some things just lose their charm as you get older, little bro.
MARK And can drink legally in your own state...
ABBY Don't drink and game. It dulls your edge.
JUSTIN You've got enough edge for all of us, Abby.
BRIANNA [slightly off, giggles] I would too.
TYLER [slightly off] That is so great. You are so great.
ABBY You do realize we can hear you?
JUSTIN Keep it clean back there. I'll lose my damage deposit on the van if it comes back stained.
BRIANNA Ew! We were just--
TYLER [defiant] I was just telling Bree that if she ever got possessed by a demon, I would totally kill her.
BRIANNA [squeaky] Isn't that sweet?
ABBY [baffled] Yeah. [whispered] What do you think brought on this declaration of undying love?
JUSTIN Tyler brought his DVD player. I think they're watching Evil Dead.
ABBY Oh. [that explains it]
MARK You guys are all going to help with the "Super Five" tournament, right? I can count on you?
ABBY [hesitant] I was checking, and the final round of the "AfterBlast" championship is in the same time slot.
MARK [excited] You really think you have a chance?
ABBY Hell yeah. I plan to kick ass and take names.
MARK That rocks.
JUSTIN I-- I noticed you were the only - um -
ABBY Discernibly female?
JUSTIN Yeah, that - name on the semi-finals roster.
ABBY Yup. Time to represent.
JUSTIN Pit stop!
MARK Man, you are this close to losing your deposit.
JUSTIN Shit. Your chair's packed!
BRIANNA I got you, Mark.
SOUND DOOR SLIDES OPEN, SHIFTING SOUNDS AS SHE GETS OUT
SOUND FRONT DOOR OPENS
BRIANNA Come on, then.
TYLER [teasing, going off] No groping my girl, now.
MARK Hey! My hand slipped. Once.
BRIANNA Girl. [snort] I am a woman. [grunts as she gets Mark on her back] OK, hold on. Tyler, got the door?
TYLER [off] Getting it!
SOUND QUICK FOOTSTEPS ON CONCRETE
SOUND DOOR OPENS. MEN'S ROOM
SOUND FLUSH, STALL DOOR OPENS
MAN Hey! You can't be in here!
BRIANNA Puh-lease. I'm a nurse. Almost. [sarcastic] And you should get that looked at.
AMBIANCE NIGHTTIME ROAD, VERY QUIET
MUSIC VERY QUIET ON THE STEREO
JUSTIN [quiet] Hey Abby?
ABBY [quiet, tired] Hmm?
JUSTIN Just wanted to see if you're awake.
ABBY Really? Nice of you to check.
JUSTIN Well... I'm not sure how much farther it is to the motel, and I was starting to fade a bit. Help keep me on the road?
ABBY [half yawning] Sure. What's on your mind?
JUSTIN Any chance you and I - you know - sometime?
ABBY [half a laugh] I've sworn a blood oath not to date any man who can't beat me in a fair game of AfterBlast.
ABBY Something like that. No offense, OK? You're nice. But we're kind of different worlds.
JUSTIN I used to game--
ABBY Used to. You traded in your dice for the corporate world.
JUSTIN It's not that bad-- [sudden change] Whoah.
JUSTIN Nothing. Just - there's headlights behind us. They weren't there a minute ago.
ABBY Must have come round a corner.
SOUND CREAK, TURN
ABBY [turned to look] Hmm. How fast are we going?
ABBY They're catching up. Should I wake everybody?
JUSTIN Well... if there's a crash, they're better off asleep. Relaxed. It's a fact - why drunks walk away more often--
ABBY It's still coming. Can we get off the road?
JUSTIN There just isn't any place to go! The ditches are ... gaping black chasms!
ABBY What's our speed?
JUSTIN Seventy. So far.
SOUND GROWLING ROAR, GETTING CLOSER
ABBY How much can you push a minivan?
JUSTIN Don't know. It's a rental.
ABBY All right. [thinking] Turn off the headlights.
ABBY There's a good moon - the road is straight as far as I can see right now - can you hold the wheel straight while you're blinded?
SOUND ROARING REVVING APPROACHES
JUSTIN I... guess-- yes.
SOUND HEADLIGHTS TURN OFF
JUSTIN [heavy breathing]
ABBY Once our eyes adjust, we can look for a turnoff - in the dark, with the headlights, we won't see it until it's too late.
JUSTIN Does that work?
ABBY I don't know. Yes! There, to the left, a road.
JUSTIN We're going too fast!
ABBY Start the turn early, and run in at an angle. It should work.
MARK [half asleep] Yeah, the roll factors are considerably less--
JUSTIN Roll factors?
MARK "Street Wars," core manual. The turn gauge modifiers.
JUSTIN Whatever, here we go!
SOUND TICKING OF THE ENGINE
MARK I'm suitably impressed.
JUSTIN Thanks. Me too.
ABBY It worked!
JUSTIN A flat tire--
ABBY Just one.
MARK --is not bad, all things considered.
ABBY [encouraging] Besides you missed the ditch, and the car didn't even flip.
SOUND ON THE ROAD AGAIN
TYLER Doesn't this whole thing remind anyone of a movie?
JUSTIN Movie? What, Texas Chainsaw Massacre?
ABBY Wo! We do have the right carload for leatherface.
MARK Hey, Justin, don't pick up any strangers, kay? I don't wanna be the first to die.
TYLER No.... OK, think. A brother and sister in a car, in the middle of nowhere--
BRIANNA [helping] In the middle of the day--
TYLER Run off the road by a huge spooky truck--? Hmm?
MARK That wasn't a truck.
ABBY It wasn't?
MARK While you guys were watching the road, I watched it go by - It was big and square--
TYLER A truck.
MARK No. Better than that - I saw words on the side.
BRIANNA A truck?
MARK [sigh] Nope. I must have made a perfect success on my perception roll, though - it was an armored car.
JUSTIN In the middle of the night? In the middle of nowhere?
ABBY Radio. There must be something.
SOUND RADIO ON, SURF CHANNELS, STOP ON AN AD
MARK I like N-P-R.
ABBY News channel, bub.
[Moment just listening.]
JUSTIN OK, enough with the ads - give us some news.
TYLER If this was a movie, the minute we switched over, the news bulletin would come on right then. Cheesy, eh?
BRIANNA It's just a genre convention - a way of condensing all this boring time spent listening to--
SOUND TURNS VOLUME UP
NEWS ...the third armored car hijacking this year, and the second one with fatalities. Three security guards were injured in the attack--
JUSTIN Wow. We should call someone.
ABBY Already on it.
SOUND CELL PHONE BEEPS
ABBY Damn. No reception.
NEWS --two are in critical condition. Pursuers lost the car in a high speed chase when the hijackers realized they were being tracked and dumped the onboard GPS at the side of the road.
JUSTIN Well, the motel must be close. They'll have a phone.
NEWS Police believe that one of the hijackers may have been injured in the attack...
SOUND CLICK RADIO OFF - no music here
MARK I thought we were supposed to reach it by ten?
JUSTIN Well, with all you small bladdered people, we had a lot more potty breaks than I allowed for. And, o'course, getting run off the road... Changing the tire...
TYLER There was that.
BRIANNA Think your Uncle Joey'll give us a discount for coming in so late - half the night, half price?
TYLER I'll ask him. [yawns] In the morning, though.
SOUND CAR, SNORING FROM ALL BUT JUSTIN
SOUND BUMP, THEN CAR PULLS TO A STOP
JUSTIN [trying to stay awake noise] Holy crap, I think we're here.
ABBY [waking] Mmm? Oh good...
JUSTIN One moment and I'll go and check in...
ABBY No, I'll get it. Gotta pee anyway. Small bladder. [yawns] All that.
JUSTIN [receding] I didn't mean....
SOUND CAR DOOR OPENS AND SHUTS
SOUND FOOTSTEPS ON GRAVEL, DOOR, BELL JINGLES
ABBY Hello? Hello?
SOUND RINGS DESK BELL
SOUND DOOR OPENS SOMEWHERE
ABBY [calling] Look, I'm sorry to be coming in so late! We had car trouble. Can we get a room? [beat] Hello?
SOUND FLUSH OF A TOILET
ABBY [needs to pee] Oh, jeez. [deep shaky breath] Hello?
SOUND DOOR OPENS
CLARK Hey. Sorry about that. I was catching a few. You want a room?
ABBY Yeah, my friends and I - if you have a room with a couple of queens, we'll be fine.
CLARK Uh, sure. Probably. [looking around] Nobody really here, tonight.
ABBY Could we have the one out on the end, then?
CLARK Don't see why not... um...
ABBY Says here it's room 14.
CLARK There you go. [unconvincing laugh] So tired my eyes won't focus.
SOUND KEY SLAPPED ON TABLE
ABBY How much?
CLARK Oh, pay when you leave.
ABBY Hmm. Are you Joey?
CLARK Joey who?
ABBY [sharp intake of breath, then faking being ditzy] Sorry - you look a lot like the cousin of a friend of mine.
CLARK I get that a lot.
SOUND FOOTSTEPS, DOOR OPENS
ABBY Oh, can I use your bathroom? It's kind of an emergency.
CLARK [too sharp] No! I mean, sorry - no can do. Absolutely against policy. Too bad you didn't get a room closer in, eh?
ABBY [flat, suspicious] Yeah.
SOUND DOOR SHUTS, JINGLE
SOUND HOTEL ROOM DOOR SHUTS, FEET STUMBLE AROUND, BAGS DOWN, ETC.
SOUND BODY FLOPS ONTO BED
JUSTIN I am dead. As driver, I call a bed.
SOUND WHEELCHAIR ROLLS
MARK I'm with you.
BRIANNA I suppose Abby and I should share the... other...? I thought she said the room would have two beds?
SOUND DOOR OPENS
ABBY That clerk didn't know his ass from a hole in the ground. Did you park right next to the door Justin?
JUSTIN [half moan] Yes. Why?
ABBY I have a bad feeling about all this.
TYLER Any chance it has something to do with all the spooky movie talk in the car?
BRIANNA And the guy who ran us off the road?
JUSTIN Well, unless you're ready to drive - and pay for the extra insurance - We're not moving from this spot until I wake up.
ABBY But the clerk - there was something wrong there. Really. God, for a chance at a spot hidden roll.
MARK [more awake] Describe him.
BRIANNA [groans] Come on - it's beddy-bye time!
MARK Abby's got good instincts, Bree. You know how hard it is for me to fool her.
ABBY That's just in game. I'm not--
JUSTIN [half asleep, but trying] But you are the only girl--
BRIANNA [half-hearted] Woman.
JUSTIN --to make it into the ... strategic final thingee--
ABBY Ok. Shit I'm tired. [long deep thinking breath] He wouldn't let me use the bathroom. He didn't try and hit on me. Didn't know which number room was the one on the end. Didn't ask how many "we" were. Didn't know which rooms have queen beds. Didn't ask for a credit card.
TYLER So? He's dead tired too. Big whoop. It's [looks] 2 freaking 55 in the morning.
MARK Jeez, folks, we've had sessions which went long past 3! What's wrong with you?
JUSTIN [muttered into the pillow] Getting old.
MARK Yeah. You 25-year old over the hill codger, you. Abby, what would you do now?
MARK This is the scenario. Right here. What would you do?
MARK Assume it's unlikely we can drive out of here - at least not conveniently. How would you secure the room?
ABBY [perking up] We could set watches--
TYLER [mumbled] Screw you!
ABBY I can't watch all night. Adrenaline is only good for so long.
MARK That guy struck you that bad?
ABBY Yeah. I'm probably just--
MARK Let's assume otherwise. We have a map - of sorts - on the door there. Take a look.
ABBY I - well, I got the room on the end, since we'd have a better chance of seeing or hearing anyone coming.
ABBY I can't help it. I'm already in strategy mode. Ok, the room has windows at the front and back and a bathroom that abuts the next room. No windows in the end wall. If we could keep an eye either side--
SOUND FEET ON CARPET, CURTAIN PULLED ASIDE, THEN WHIPPED BACK INTO PLACE.
ABBY Oh, shit.
ABBY God, I hope no one saw the light.
MARK I'll turn it off. Let them think we're asleep.
SOUND CLICK OF SWITCH
ABBY It's the truck - car - whatever! The one that almost ran us off the road!
MARK [gasps] Are you sure?
ABBY Come and look!
MARK I believe you. We need everyone if this is a real situation. Shit.
ABBY There's woods - cover - right out back. If Tyler was up, he could go look.
MARK He's not going to be up any time soon.
ABBY I know what will-- I'm going to take a chance and get my other bag from the car. I'll see what I can see.
MARK I'll try the phone--
ABBY Switchboard - I saw a switchboard in the office.
MARK Shit. Major "notice," though. Good one.
SOUND DOOR OPENS
ABBY I'll be careful.
MARK [encouraging] I'm glad it's you.
SOUND DOOR SOFTLY CLOSES
SOUND A moment of just snoring
MUSIC CREEPS IN, JUST A BIT
MARK [snorty, "almost fell asleep" noise] Abby? What time--? Shit.
SOUND WHEELCHAIR SHIFTS
MARK [urgent hiss] Justin! Wake up, dammit!
MARK Wake Up!
SOUND DOOR OPENS QUICKLY, FEET COME IN, DOOR SHUTS AGAIN
MARK God! You nearly gave me a heart attack!
ABBY Sorry - I spotted someone out in the parking lot, just after I got in the van, and I didn't want to move again until it was clear.
JUSTIN [almost awake] What's going on?
ABBY I'll get Tyler up.
MARK Go for it. I doubt you'll have much luck.
ABBY Ah, but I have a secret weapon - I always pack a sixer with me to gaming cons.
SOUND SLOSHING OF LIQUID
MARK [almost drooling] Energy shots.
ABBY Un-huh. It may take a minute or two, but we'll get everyone up and running.
TYLER All you had to do was shout "Bob! Bob is coming!" and I woulda been up and running without the taste of ass - Bob was the demon in the larp last weekend, and man was he--
EVERYONE [Murmurs of assent]
MARK Let's assume this is not a drill.
EVERYONE [a bit undecided murmurs]
ABBY I know there's something odd here. I feel it.
JUSTIN Are you sure you're not just jittery about the tourney?
ABBY Probably am, but that doesn't make me think I'm wrong.
BRIANNA [Still groggy] What do you want us to do?
MARK Tyler, are you up for something that could be really dangerous?
TYLER Hell yeah.
BRIANNA [cautioning] Tyler?
TYLER Well, how dangerous?
ABBY Out the back window of the room, I think I saw that armored car that nearly ran us down. It's parked in a dark spot. If it's really the one, and there's any chance it's the same one that was stolen, there's a good chance we've walked in on a den of thieves. We need to know. Can you get within range of it and have a look?
TYLER Gimme a second.
SOUND FEET. CURTAIN MOVES
BRIANNA When you say "really dangerous"--?
MARK They already killed a couple of guys during the holdup. I can't see them hesitating at shooting a few more bystanders.
ABBY Bree, I've Larped with him, and if anyone can really sneak, it's Folemon.
BRIANNA But that's his character!
ABBY In live action games, there are things you either can do or you can't, and sneaking is‑‑
TYLER [voice slightly different - "in character" as Folemon] I spy the brigands' carriage. I will hence and reconnoiter.
BRIANNA Be careful.
TYLER Fair maiden, with you to return to, I cannot fail. [kiss on hand] Douse the lanterns, lest my shadow betray me!
SOUND LIGHT TAPPING NOISE, WHICH GOES ON THROUGHOUT
JUSTIN What are you doing?
ABBY What does it look like? I'm checking for trap doors.
JUSTIN You're joking.
BRIANNA Didn't you see that movie Vacancy? There was a trapdoor in the bathroom floor.
ABBY That was so annoying. They were so stupid about that.
JUSTIN About what?
ABBY Did you see the movie?
JUSTIN Well, no.
ABBY They could have easily blocked the hatch. But they didn't and ended up fighting guys popping up out of it.
BRIANNA They couldn't block it - they tried. There wasn't any heavy furniture.
ABBY [derisive laugh] What do you call this?
SOUND DULL THUMP
JUSTIN A mattress.
ABBY Have you ever had to move one? From a dead lift? And if that's not enough, the trapdoor was right next to the tub - you just soak the damn thing and no one - not even Schwarzenegger--
BRIANNA Well, back in his prime--
ABBY Is going to be able to shift it.
JUSTIN You ...actually ...thought about this?
ABBY [matter of fact] It's what I do.
BRIANNA Lights out - it's the door.
SOUND SCUFFLE OF MOVEMENT
TYLER [muffled] I return triumphant!
SOUND DOOR OPENS AND QUICKLY SHUTS AGAIN, LOCKS
TYLER And, I have a prize!
SOUND TAP ON SOMETHING METAL
SOUND LIGHT CLICKS ON
JUSTIN What the--?
MARK No, that's good. If we can get to the authorities, we can prove we saw the damn thing.
JUSTIN You coulda taken a picture - you think they're not going to notice a missing license plate?
TYLER [chuckling, full of himself] I think they'll have other things on their mind.
ABBY Oh, god, what did you do?
TYLER I had my thieves tool handy--
TYLER So I hobbled their horses.
ABBY We need to go now.
JUSTIN You did what?
BRIANNA He let the air out of their tires. Tyler, sweetie, speak English so I can stop translating.
TYLER Hey, what? They won't be able to come after us--
ABBY But they will know someone was spying on their truck. They might not notice the plate, but-- aagh!
TYLER I was... um... in the zone? My character would have--
MARK Understandable. Let's deal with it. Were there any other cars out there?
TYLER Not out back.
MARK Any other cars out front?
JUSTIN I didn’t notice. Sorry.
MARK See what happens when you give up gaming? You lose your edge. You remember anything Abby?
ABBY Not in the parking lot. I can take a look.
MARK Hold off. What do we have for weapons, if it comes to that?
JUSTIN Jack Shit.
ABBY Torchiere for a club.
BRIANNA No - no heft.
ABBY We can wire the doorknob as a last resort - give someone a bitch of a shock.
[They all do.]
SOUND SLIGHT CRUNCH, MIGHT BE FOOT ON GRAVEL
SOUND VERY QUIET MOVEMENT
MARK The front?
ABBY Window? Door?
BRIANNA Distraction. [starts moaning, loudly - very sexy]
ABBY Stay out the way of the window.
BRIANNA Uhh! [whispered] Watching. [Up] Ohh!
TYLER [joins in]
JUSTIN You won't be able to hear--
ABBY Neither will they!
SOUND WINDOW SLIDES OPEN WITH A PROTESTING SQUEAL
ABBY Shit. If we're going out this way, we're doing it sharp and hard.
MARK Out front?
TYLER [still groaning]
BRIANNA Someone's right outside. Ohh! Just a shadow. Ohh! Peeping or about to try something. Ohh!
JUSTIN This is insane. This does not happen in real life.
MARK Look, bro- you can play along, and worst that happens is you look like an idiot with the rest of us, or you keep saying it can't be real and maybe take a bullet. Why not play along?
JUSTIN Shit. What do you need me to do? I am not joining that party.
[Moans continue intermittently]
MARK Can you see what's at the top of the closet? Usually if there's access to an attic space, that's where it would be.
MARK And you're tall enough.
JUSTIN No problem. [suddenly serious] If this is some psycho situation, you know I won't let anyone get you, right, bro?
MARK Shithead. Get everyone else out first! I'm the burden - now get in the damn closet.
SOUND CLOSET DOOR OPENS
ABBY You're not a burden.
MARK Physically, I'm a drag on the party.
ABBY Mentally, you're the only one keeping us together. So you can just shut up.
MARK OK, shutting.
BRIANNA He's making a move.
SOUND KNOCK ON THE DOOR
BRIANNA [loud] Ooh! Oh, shit! Huh?
TYLER [loud] What the fuck?
MARK Abby? Where are we?
ABBY Tyler, get behind the door. Ready to slam it if you gotta.
SOUND KNOCK AGAIN
ABBY Brianna, the torchiere, stay below the window, trip anyone coming in.
BRIANNA On it.
SOUND KNOCKING INSISTENT
ABBY [trying to make up her mind] Door - wall - wall - door. Shit! [deep breath, then calling out] What?
SOUND SHIFTING FURNITURE
CLARK You all right in there?
CLARK I heard a noise.
JUSTIN [whispered] See? Normal.
ABBY No. At the very least, he's peeping. No way he'd hear anything from the office. [up] Everything's fine. We were watching a movie.
MARK Good one.
JUSTIN Oh, this is idiotic.
SOUND WALKS, UNLOCKS AND FLINGS OPEN DOOR
SOUND GUNSHOT, BODY DROP
JUSTIN [screams in pain]
SOUND DOOR SLAMS
CLARK [screams in pain]
ABBY Bree, can you get the lock, without getting in front of the door - it's crap, but--
BRIANNA Done. Justin - is he--?
SOUND LOCK FUMBLED SHUT
JUSTIN [sounds more annoyed than hurt] I'm shot.
ABBY At least now we know it's not a drill.
SOUND GUNSHOT, WINDOW SHATTERS
SOUND BODIES FALL, WHEELCHAIR RATTLES AND TIPS
MARK Get him. I'll cover Justin.
SOUND CAUTIOUS STEP ON BROKEN GLASS
ABBY [scream, distracting him]
SOUND FEET TURN ON THE GLASS, GUNSHOT
SOUND THUMP - BODY DROPS
ABBY Sit on that bastard. Tyler, check for backup?
SOUND HEAVY CRUNCH ON GLASS
TYLER On it.
SOUND CAR STARTING
TYLER Oh shit - he's in for a surprise. Front's clear.
JUSTIN You seem to all be ignoring the fact that I've been shot.
MARK I've been applying pressure.
JUSTIN To my mouth.
MARK oh, yeah, I was supposed to be stopping the part that got shot, not the part that shot off, right.
ABBY Brianna, swap - you take a look at Justin, see if we can move him. I'll hold down the ...fort.
[Snickers all around.]
CLARK [Moans, then grunts when Abby turns him over]
SOUND CRACKLE OF GLASS UNDER HIS BODY
ABBY Need something to tie him with.
TYLER Gotcha. Thieves tools to the rescue again.
SOUND RIPPING FABRIC - GOES ON FOR A WHILE
BRIANNA Tyler, toss me your flint and steel.
SOUND CATCH, THEN FLASHLIGHT COMES ON
BRIANNA Looks superficial. I was hoping I knocked you down quickly enough, but I wasn't sure.
JUSTIN I've been shot.
BRIANNA Yes, but not badly. I'll bandage it in a second.
TYLER Here's your fifty feet of rope...
ABBY Check the back?
TYLER I am fleet enough to be in all places at once.
SOUND ENGINE STOPS
ABBY [grunts as she ties a knot] OK, shithead. Talk.
ABBY Well, we have your gun. And a pocketknife. You want to choose which one I do you over with?
CLARK What? I was just--
ABBY Shooting in through our door?
CLARK I thought you were -
TYLER Shut up.
ABBY No, let him talk. I want to hear this.
ABBY Oh, well. How many friends you got out there?
ABBY So that's Christine out back? Or are you Knight Rider?
CLARK Ow! No - No! Stop!
JUSTIN Let me. I'm the one he shot.
CLARK No! There's just the two - and B-Ball's shot.
ABBY Anyone else?
JUSTIN Is this what you were doing?
CLARK OWWW! No, no one!
ABBY What about the real clerk?
CLARK Oh - um -
ABBY Right. We need to dump this guy somewhere.
TYLER Out back?
ABBY Chances are, we can get out the front.
JUSTIN Chances? I don't want--
ABBY No worries. Tyler - eyes on the back until I signal, OK?
TYLER Sure thing.
BRIANNA What now?
ABBY We do what we have to do. Mark, you ready to take a chance?
SOUND OUTSIDE - DOOR OPENS
SOUND WHEELCHAIR BUMPS NOISILY OUT THE DOOR
ABBY No shots. Good. We're moving out. Justin, you're behind me and the chair - get your ass into the car and start it. We'll pile in, peel out, and worry about belts and seats later.
JUSTIN Are you sure this is safe?
ABBY Nope. Tyler? Got the rear?
TYLER Got it.
ABBY Bree, you're first in. I'll cover you.
SOUND GUN CLICKS READY
BRIANNA Check. Hold tight!
SOUND WHEELCHAIR GRINDS ALONG THE GROUND
TYLER He's coming!
ABBY Everyone - Move! Justin - get it in gear!
SOUND JINGLE OF KEYS, THEY DROP TO THE GROUND
ABBY Dammit! Bree, get your ass to the other side of the car!
SOUND HEAVY FEET RUNNING ON GRAVEL
ABBY You'll go. Move it. I'll cover you. [solemn] Don't fumble the keys.
TYLER I won't.
SOUND RUNNING FEET TAKE OFF ACROSS THE GRAVEL, snatch up the keys.
ABBY [Gasps as she shoots] Damn, that's a kick.
SOUND CAR DOOR OPENS
SOUND ABBY SHOOTS
SOUND SIDE DOOR SLIDES OPEN
ABBY [yelling] Stop shooting at the crip, you scumbag! You'll be sorry!
SOUND WHEELCHAIR MOVES SLOWLY, ODD FOOTSTEPS AS ABBY CROUCHES BEHIND IT
ABBY Nice to have friends, isn't it?
ABBY [yelling] You really should stop that!
THUG [evil laugh]
ABBY I told him.
TYLER Come on!
SOUND WHEELCHAIR PUSHED, ROLLS
SOUND GRUNT OF PAIN [CLARK]
SOUND RUNNING FEET
SOUND CAR REVVING
SOUND GUNSHOT, PINGS OFF METAL OF CAR
TYLER [grunting to pull her in] Come on!
SOUND CAR MOVES, FEET DRAG
SOUND GRAB, DRAG
SOUND DOOR SLAMS
SOUND TIRES SPIN IN GRAVEL, CAR ZOOMS OFF
ABBY [sigh] OK, whose lap am I in?
MARK Mine. Sorry about that.
ABBY Hey, we're all here, no one got shot--
JUSTIN I did!
MARK And we had to dump my chair...
ABBY No one got killed, and we're back on the road. I'm gonna feel like shit for the tourney, but who gives a crap? [giggles]
[All join in the hysterical relieved laughter.]
SOUND OUTSIDE ROAD - MORNING NOISES
ABBY [waking up noises, suddenly awake with a gasp]
MARK [whispering] Shh. It's ok--
SOUND RUSTLE AS SHE TRIES TO SIT UP
ABBY Was it - It was a dream?
MARK Hell no. But once you passed out, we figured you deserved it. Let you sleep.
MARK Hey Justin? When's the next bathroom?
BRIANNA And a phone.
JUSTIN Like anyone's gonna believe us.
BRIANNA You did get shot.
TYLER And I still have my trophy.
SOUND PING AGAINST METAL OF LICENSE PLATE
MARK Shh. Abby's out again.
ABBY Hmm? [rousing herself] Like hell! Justin? Crank the music!!