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                                      ALTERNATE

                           Story by Jimmy Shen and M.G. Flack

                            Screenplay written by M.G. Flack

               Copyright.

               EXT. BOOK STORE - DAY

               A neon sign lights up the words EXQUISITE BOOKS.

               A front window display shows a book called LIVES LEFT BEHIND.

               INT. BOOK STORE - DAY

               NATE, 40, handsome and dressed in a suit, helps unpack boxes
               with EDITH, mid 20's. 

                                   EDITH
                         Do you know how hard it was to get
                         these authors together? Pelican
                         Publishing spent close to a hundred
                         thousand dollars on just airfares
                         and accommodation alone.

                                   NATE
                         I'm sure your company will make
                         it's money back Edith.

               Edith stops and glances at Nate.

                                   EDITH
                         Thanks again for doing this Nate, I
                         mean with our past and you know...

                                   NATE
                         Forget about it! This is different
                         business.

               Edith smiles at him.

                                   EDITH
                         You're like the perfect dream man
                         Nate. You're going to make a woman
                         very happy one day.

               Nate gives out a little laugh.

                                   EDITH
                         I almost forgot.

               She pulls at a slip of paper.

                                   EDITH 
                         I got a few more cartons kept at
                         this address.

               She hands the paper to Nate.

                                   EDITH
                         Would you be a darl' and get them
                         for me? I'll finish the display
                         here.

                                   NATE
                         You're going to make a man very
                         miserable one day Edith.

                                   EDITH
                         Thanks alot, after the compliment I
                         gave you!

               EXT. BUSY CITY DISTRICT - DAY

               Traffic is heavy going in and out. 

               CROWDS shuffle past without the slightest recognition of
               eachother.

               Nate stands by the curb and hails for a cab.

                                   NATE
                         Taxi!

               A cab pulls over and Nate jumps inside.

               INT. CAB - DAY

               The TAXI DRIVER, scruffy and unshaven, looks at Nate.

               Nate buckles up.

                                   NATE
                         I'm going to Twenty eight Augustine
                         Lane. It's a couple of blocks from
                         here.

               The Taxi Driver proceeds to the address, still glancing back
               at Nate.

                                   TAXI DRIVER
                         Do I know you?

                                   NATE
                         We've never met before.

                                   TAXI DRIVER
                         You look familiar, are you someone
                         famous?

                                   NATE
                         I run a bookstore.

                                   TAXI DRIVER
                         But you dress like a banker.

               Nate stares at his suit.

                                   NATE
                         I don't know why I dress like this?
                         I just do.

               They hit a bump 

               CLUNK!

               Something rattles in the back seat.

               He glances over his shoulder -

               and spots a golf bag with only one golf club inside.

                                   NATE
                         You play golf?

                                   TAXI DRIVER
                         No.

               The car speeds faster.

                                   NATE
                         You can relax on the gas. I never
                         said I was in a hurry.

               The Taxi Driver doesn't answer.

               Nate glances out the window.

               EXT. STREET - DAY

               Along the street -

               everyone appears to wear the SAME OUTFIT, a dark hooded robe.

               Other DRIVERS also wear the exact same outfit.

               INT. CAB - DAY

                                   NATE
                         Did you see that?

               He looks back to see -

               the Taxi Driver in a HOODED ROBE.

                                   NATE
                         What the hell's going on?

               Nate stares ahead to see -

               EXT. INTERSECTION - DAY

               Fifty feet ahead -

               traffic is stopped at a set of lights. 

               A TOW TRUCK dragging a broken down porsche, waits for the
               cross traffic to finish.

               CRUNCH!

               The taxi races up the porsche like a ramp and launches into
               the air.

               SMASH...

               A SEMI TRAILER cabin COLLIDES with the taxi -

               tumbling it sideways. 

               The truck SCREECHES to a halt -

               cars COLLIDE.

               CRASH!

               The taxi lands back to earth on its roof - 

               glass shattering everywhere.

               All traffic GRINDS to a stand still.

               NATE

               drags himself out of the taxi on all fours. 

               He leans against the taxi glancing at the accident.

               The TAXI DRIVER walks around to Nate WIELDING the golf club.

                                   NATE
                         You almost got us killed!

                                   TAXI DRIVER
                         He blames you.

                                   NATE
                         This was your fault...

                                   TAXI DRIVER
                         He blames you for everything!

               The Taxi Driver swings the club back over his shoulder.

                                   NATE
                         Who blames me? Nooooo!

               POW!

               Nate covers his face as the Taxi Driver brings the club down.

               EXT. CIRCUS - DAY

               A little BOY, races from someone chasing him with a super
               eight camera. 

               The footage is old and has burn marks, scratches and dust.

               The boy smiles and laughs constantly looking back at whoever
               holds the camera.

                                   BOY
                         This way. Just follow me.

               The background has old fashioned circus tents.

               The SOUND of a projector can be heard.

               INT. HOSPITAL WARD - DAY

               Nate quickly jerks awake. 

               He's lying in a hospital bed.

               BOB ARLEIGH, late 40's, sits in a chair besides Nate's bed,
               going over some medical notes.

                                   NATE
                         Dr Arleigh.

                                   BOB
                         Please Nate, I would like you to
                         think of me as your friend and not
                         just your psychiatrist.

               Nate nods.

                                   BOB
                         Bad dream?

                                   NATE
                         How did I get here?

                                   BOB
                         Ambulance arrived at the accident.

                                   NATE
                         That cab driver! Asshole hit me
                         with a golf club.

               Nate ponders back to what happened.

                                   NATE
                         The people, they were the same.

                                   BOB
                         What people?

                                   NATE
                         Everyone, I mean the drivers of
                         other cars. People on the side
                         walks, they were all the same
                         person. Even the cab driver.

                                   BOB
                         But you know that's not possible,
                         don't you? Doctors have told me
                         that you suffered from a mild
                         concussion.

               Nate is confused.

                                   NATE
                         This felt like something different.

                

               INT. BOOK STORE - NIGHT

               Nate's bookstore is large. 

               It has an open space ground floor with a second storey
               balcony of more books.

               Tonight a large CROWD has gathered for a book signing. 

               Five authors sit at one long table signing books. They are
               DAISETSU HANDA, early 70's, Japanese. 

               LANH TRUONG, early 50's, Vietnamese. 

               EGMONT ZIMMERMAN, late 70's, German. 

               AMEEN NASEER, mid 30's, Iraqi. 

               YASIN MALIK, mid 20's, Iraqi.

               Alongside them is Edith. She watches over Daisetsu's shoulder
               as he signs a book.

               Nate watches the night's events from a distance. 

               Nate spots NERISSA, mid 30's. 

               She's dressed in an elegant evening dress and stares directly
               at him. 

               She DISAPPEARS amongst the crowd.

                                   EDITH
                         If I can get your attention
                         everyone.

               Nate glances around to spot Nerissa. 

                                   EDITH
                         We'll just stop the signing for the
                         moment. Now everyone as you know
                         tonight is the book launch for
                         Lives Left Behind and we at Pelican
                         Publishing are so honoured to have
                         it's five co-authors here in the
                         one room. 

               The crowd APPLAUD them.

                                   EDITH
                         Just so that you know who is who,
                         starting by my side here is
                         Daisetsu Handa, Lanh Truong, Egmont
                         Zimmerman, Ameen Naseer and Yasin
                         Malik. These men all have something
                         in common and that is their fathers
                         all fought in separate wars from
                         World War One, World War Two,
                         Vietnam War, Gulf War One and Gulf
                         War Two. All their fathers died in
                         battle leaving only their sons and
                         each one of these courageous men
                         had to overcome hardships. I've
                         read the book three times myself... 

               Edith puts her hand to her chest.

                                   EDITH
                         Each time I read it I just wanted
                         to cry at how they overcame the
                         impossible.

               She gives the crowd a great smile.

                                   EDITH
                         But, we too at Pelican Publishing
                         overcame the impossible and that
                         was to get these men together from
                         around the world.

               Everyone APPLAUDS.

               Edith holds up a glass of wine and smiles at Nate.

                                   EDITH
                         And a special thank you must go to
                         our kind host Nate owner of
                         Exquisite Books, without which we
                         would not have been able to hold
                         this book launch.

               The crowd all hold up the glass to Nate.

               Nate nods to the crowd.

                                   EDITH
                         So drink up people then buy up!

               INT. BOOK STORE - SECOND FLOOR - NIGHT

               Crowds all mingle with eachother between both floors.

               Nate wanders up to the second floor holding a copy of Lives
               Left Behind. 

               He reads the back jacket -

               then proceeds to open the book.

                                   NERISSA
                         Hello.

               Nate stops in his tracks, closing the book.

                                   NERISSA
                         Exquisite Books. How long have you
                         had this bookstore?

               Nate can only smile.

                                   NATE
                         You know I really can't remember.
                         Must be that long ago. I guess I
                         have other things on my mind.

               Nerissa smiles. 

               Nate offers his hand.

                                   NATE
                         I'm Nate.

                                   NERISSA
                         Nerissa. Have you read the book
                         yet?

                                   NATE
                         No,  haven't had a chance. I saw
                         you earlier, staring, at me.

                                   NERISSA
                         I was just admiring the view.

               Nate gives out a little laugh.

                                   NATE 
                         So what do you do?

                                   NERISSA
                         I work with books as well.

               She offers him a business card.

                                   NERISSA
                         Let's get together sometime. Get
                         inside eachother's heads.

               Edith abruptly PULLS Nate to one side.

                                   EDITH
                         I would appreciate if you didn't
                         speak to her.

               Nate reads the card: PELHAM PUBLISHING. NERISSA PELHAM.

                                   NATE
                         Worried about some business
                         competition Edith? 

                                   EDITH
                         Of course not, but she is from
                         another publishing house none the
                         less.

                                   NATE
                         Don't worry Edith, I don't plan on
                         handing out the novel to her. I
                         remembered what you said, that it
                         was too weird? That no-one would
                         get it?

               Edith takes a gulp from her wine.

               Nate searches for Nerissa but she has gone.

                                   EDITH
                         I certainly didn't mean to stop you
                         from writing, but yes I still stand
                         by what I said, that novel made no
                         sense. Anyway I feel I've kept a
                         loyalty to you by doing book
                         launches in your store year after
                         year.

               Nate nods.

               Edith caresses Nate's face.

                                   EDITH
                         I've always been loyal to you.

               He becomes horrorfied when he notices  -

               - her HAND is decrepit.

               Nate jumps back. 

               Edith walks back down the stairs -

               wearing the DARK HOODED ROBE.

               Nate glances at the whole crowd to see -

               everyone wearing the SAME OUTFIT. 

               They all cover their heads with the hoods.

               A HOODED FIGURE

               proceeds up the stairs slowly.

               NATE 

               walks backwards away from this figure -

               bumping into the FIVE AUTHORS all wearing the robes.

                                   EGMONT
                         Have you ever been to war?

                                   NATE
                         No...

               A high pitched WHISTLE.

               BANG! 

               Straight through the roof a large bomb SMASHES to the floor.

               The AUTHORS smile.

                                   EGMONT
                         You will.

               The bomb EXPLODES into a blinding flash.

               EXT. CIRCUS - DAY

               The little Boy continues running amongst the circus tents.

               A MIDGET juggles fire, ignoring the boy and camera.

               A MUSCLEMAN bench presses two TRAPEZE GIRLS who sit on either
               side of the weight bar. 

               They smile and wave in a RAPID manner at the camera.

                                   BOY
                         This way, quick I'll show you.

               INT. RESTAURANT - NIGHT

               Nate and Bob sit at a busy restaurant having dinner.

               Nate keeps observing everybody as he chews his food.

               Bob stops eating then pulls out a little bottle from his
               pocket.

                                   BOB
                         I'm going to change your
                         medication.

                                   NATE
                         Why?

                                   BOB
                         When we first met I thought it
                         could've been bipolar disease, but
                         you have some of the traits of mild
                         schizophrenia but then not others.
                         I find it hard to understand
                         myself.

                                   NATE
                         There is someone that people say
                         blames me. For what, I don't know?
                         I don't even know who he is?

               Bob slides the bottle across the table.

               Nate reads the label.

                                   NATE
                         Haldol?

                                   BOB
                         It's stronger than the Mellaril
                         medication.

               Nate SLAMS the bottle on the table.

                                   NATE
                         I'm not schizophrenic Bob! I have a
                         normal life. Something is happening
                         to me and I don't understand it.

                                   BOB
                         Nate I'm your only friend in this
                         city. I'm trying to help you. You
                         have symptoms of schizophrenia that
                         appear to be getting worse. What
                         your seeing is not real. 

               Nate shakes his head.

                                   NATE
                         It sure feels real, I can't seem to
                         focus lately. My mind goes blank
                         when I try to think back.

                                   BOB
                         Take the medication. I'm sure
                         within a few weeks we'll see an
                         improvement.

               Nate slips the bottle into his pocket.

                                   NATE
                         That's what you said about the
                         Mellaril. 

                                   BOB
                         Be back in a second.

               Bob leaves and walks to the restroom.

               A WAITRESS, mid 30's, walks to the table, holding a copy of
               Lives Left Behind.

                                   WAITRESS
                         Sir, could I get you to sign this?

               She places the book in front of him.

                                   NATE
                         Why? 

                                   WAITRESS
                         Your Nate, right?

                                   NATE
                         I didn't write this book?

               The Waitress laughs.

                                   WAITRESS
                         I know that silly! 

               She stands there waiting.

                                   NATE
                         What?

               Nate tries to turn the cover -

               - a STRONG VACUUM force keeps the cover closed.

                                   WAITRESS
                         I'll just get a pen.

               She's oblivious to Nate's problem with the book.

                                   NATE 
                         What the hell?

               Nate PRIES open the book with all his might. 

               The first page is blank - 

               except for the words: HE BLAMES YOU.

               Nate looks up to see - 

               - the Waitress CHARGING at him - 

               - in her hand a machete, SCREAMING like a banshee.

               She DIVES across the table at him.

               He jumps out of his seat -

               Narrowly missing being hacked by the Waitress.

               No other PATRON in the restaurant even acknowledge what's
               happening.

               Nate SCRAMBLES for the front door.

               INT. RESTAURANT - BY THE BATHROOM - NIGHT

               Bob comes back from the bathroom only to see Nate -

               burst through the front door screaming.

               The Waitress looks at Bob, normal.

                                   BOB
                         I'm sorry. I'll get the bill.

               EXT. BOOK STORE - NIGHT 

               Nate slows down along the street, continuously glancing over
               his shoulder.

               A WAR SIREN alarms in the distance. 

               Nate notices - 

               - no PEOPLE or even CARS along the street.

               He stands outside Exquisite Books. 

               The front glass display shows several copies of Lives Left
               Behind, all of which are moving.

               The sound of several engines RUMBLE. 

               Nate glances down the street.

               The street shows nothing.

               He looks back at the glass display...

               SMASH!

               Dives for his life - 

               - a twenty foot tank CRASHES through the front window and
               onto the street.

               CRASH! SMASH! CRASH!

               THREE MORE TANKS drive through shop fronts further down the
               street.

               Nate stumbles over himself. 

               He is dwarfed by the nearest mechanical beast. 

               It aims its cannon in his direction. 

               CLUNK! CLICK!

               SOUNDS of a shell being loaded.

                                   NATE
                         What do you want from me?

               Nate makes a run for it.

               BOOM! 

               The tank fires...

               ... missing Nate...  

               but hitting a shop just ahead.

               BANG!

               The explosion throws Nate across the street and into a wall.

               NATE 

               staggers to his feet.

               BOOM! 

               The wall behind him EXPLODES. 

               Nate is thrown high into the air by the force.

               EXT. SKY - NIGHT

               BANG!

               Another shell explodes in the sky. 

               Nate SOARS higher into the sky.

               A high pitched WHISTLE can be heard.

               Nate can see this INCOMING SHELL.

               It EXPLODES with a blinding WHITE FLASH.

               INT. NERISSA'S CHATEAU - BEDROOM - DAY

               Nate is woken by sunlight shining in his face.

               Nerissa opens up curtains lighting up her bedroom.

                                   NERISSA
                         Morning, mind you it's closer to
                         midday.

               Nate glances around Nerissa's bedroom. 

               It's very large and spacious. 

               Her bed has satin sheets with dozens of pillows.

                                   NATE
                         Was that a dream?

               Nate watches as Nerissa slips on a robe.

                                   NERISSA
                         What did you dream?

                                   NATE
                         I was having dinner with a friend
                         of mine and suddenly I'm being
                         chased by tanks shooting at me.

                                   NERISSA
                         Well you're with me now, so let's
                         not talk about bad dreams ok?

                                   NATE
                         How did I get here? 

                                   NERISSA
                         You gave me a call. I wasn't doing
                         anything, so we got together...

               She gives him a kiss.

                                   NERISSA
                         You hung over?

               Nate takes a deep breath.

                                   NATE
                         No, actually I feel good.

                                   NERISSA
                         As do I. Certainly didn't expect
                         anything like last night.

               She heads off to her ensuite.

                                   NATE
                         Maybe we should tape it next time!

               EXT. NERISSA'S CHATEAU - OUTSIDE GROUNDS - DAY

               Nerissa and Nate sit by a cliff-face, eating a banquet of
               assorted foods.

               Nate is amazed by the view. 

               The ocean splashes against the cliff face...

                ... the white foam forms into TWO LOVERS embracing then
               dissolving. 

               The clouds on the horizon form the same two lovers, with rays
               of sunlight shining from behind giving them a heavenly aura.

                                   NATE
                         Am I dreaming this?

                                   NERISSA
                         It's beautiful isn't it. I love
                         coming out here. This is my heaven. 

                                   NATE
                         How can you afford such a lavish
                         lifestyle by just working with
                         books?

                                   NERISSA
                         I'm a publisher, is that a crime?
                         This is what I worked to achieve
                         Nate. I'm entitled to some luxuries
                         aren't I?

                                   NATE
                         Are you working on any books at the
                         moment?

                                   NERISSA
                         Just a book on babies, no big deal.

               Nate pulls out the bottle and pops one of the pills.

                                   NERISSA
                         What's that?

                                   NATE
                         Haldol, I have to tell you
                         something...

                                   NERISSA
                         I know what it's for. I knew
                         someone else who use to take
                         Haldol.

                                   NATE
                         Nerissa, I have a doctor who is my
                         only friend since I moved here. He
                         thinks that I... have a few
                         problems. I don't know what's the
                         matter with me, but I don't believe
                         I'm schizophrenic. 

                                   NERISSA
                         Then what are the problems?

                                   NATE
                         There's this man, dressed in a hood
                         who keeps making these horrible
                         things, happen to me. They feel so
                         real, but they can't be.

               Nate shakes his head and stands up walking to the edge of the
               cliff.

                                   NATE
                         I keep having a dream that I'm
                         running around circus tents.
                         Someone is following me but I don't
                         remember who? It's like my mind
                         keeps blacking out when I try to
                         think back.

               Nerissa listens. 

               EXT. BOOK STORE - DAY

               Nate walks towards his book store.

               He stops and watches as traffic passes by. 

               PEOPLE shuffle about on both sides of the street. 

               There are no smashed windows or debris left over from the
               tanks. 

               His own shop is perfectly in tact.

               Opens his store then -

               - LOCKS the store from the inside.

               INT. BOOK STORE - DAY

               He grabs a copy of LIVES LEFT BEHIND, takes a seat in the
               middle of his store.

               The far wall of the store has a HUGE COLLECTION OF BOOKS that
               cover both floors of the store.

               PLONK!

               One of the books drop -

               and catches Nate's attention -

               He ignores it. 

               Nate opens the cover of Lives Left Behind.

               The first page has the publishers details, copyright and
               printing details.

               Nate flicks through the book - 

               just the five author's stories.

               PLONK!

               Another book drops.

               Nate rests Lives Left Behind on the seat and walks to the far
               wall.

               He touches the bookshelf to feel for any rumbling -

               - nothing. 

               He slides them back into place.

               Walks back to the seat and picks up Lives Left Behind,
               flicking through it once more.

               Every page is blank.

                                   NATE
                         Huh?

               Every book RUMBLES.

               A large quantity of books all MOVE in unison, from BOTH
               FLOORS.

               Nate's watches -

               - a thirty foot tall BOOK MAN -

               - STOMP toward him. 

               It's perfectly proportioned, right down to each hand, with
               single books representing each finger joint.

               BAM! 

               The BOOK MAN slams desks out of the way.

               Nate is frozen. 

               POW!

               The book man slams Nate.

               EXT. BOOK STORE - DAY

               Nate CRASHES through the front window of his shop. 

               CRUNCH! CRUNCH!

               The book man climbs through the front window. 

               Nate jumps to his feet and stops two ROBED PEOPLE.

                                   NATE
                         Help me! Can't you people see that?

               The BOOK MAN picks up the two robed people and - 

               THROWS them across the street like toy soldiers. 

               EXT. BUSY STREET - DAY

               Nate races down the middle of the road... 

               trying to stop cars that pass by... 

               still being chased by the book man. 

               BOOK MAN flips cars out of the way.

               The sound of a CROWD CHEERING.  

               Nate races around a corner and into - 

               A GERMAN NAZI MOTORCADE. 

               Paper confetti fall from the building windows.

               A SOLDIER

               aims a flame thrower at Nate. 

               Nate drops and screams -

               - The soldier shoots flames above him.

               Nate glances over his shoulder him to see - 

               the BOOK MAN slowly collapsing into a pile of BURNING BOOKS.

               SOLDIERS surround Nate.

               Egmont Zimmerman steps out of a car, dressed as a German
               Captain.

                                   NATE
                         Egmont?

                                   EGMONT
                         Hurensohn!

                                   NATE
                         What the hell is going on?

                                   EGMONT
                         Das geht dich einen feuchten
                         Scheissdreck an!

               Nate watches as Egmont leans closer to him. 

               Egmont's head OPENS UP like a flower, pealing from four
               sides.

               Nate SCREAMS and cowers back.

               Egmont's head closes back together and he smiles.

                                   EGMONT
                         Hosenscheisser!

                                   KAIN
                         Enough!

               Nate glances up to see KAIN, mid thirties, dressed like
               Hitler.

                                   NATE
                         Who the fuck are you people?

                                   KAIN
                         You don't recognize me Nate? Don't
                         you remember how we met?

               Nate studies Kain. 

               Egmont leans closer again.

                                   EGMONT
                         He blames you!

                                   NATE
                         You're the guy in the robe? What do
                         you want from me?

                                   KAIN
                         Your death, your demise! I hate
                         everything about you, I can destroy
                         your life, piece by piece and I
                         intend to watch you go insane.

               KAIN

               SNATCHES the flame thrower off the soldier.

                                   KAIN
                         YOU HEAR ME?

               Nate is blinded by the flames.

               INT. HANDS B/W - NIGHT 

               A TYPEWRITER -

               Two hands type then stop, then type again.

               A YOUNG WOMAN 

               Gently stops the hands from typing. 

                                   YOUNG WOMAN
                         It's late. Aren't you tired? 

               EXT. BEACH - DAY

               Nate is woken up from being kissed by Nerissa.

                                   NATE
                         Nerissa. Am I dreaming?

                                   NERISSA
                         No you're not.

                                   NATE
                         Have I died at some point?

                                   NERISSA
                         Why would you say such a thing?

               Nate sits up.

                                   NATE
                         I feel like I'm between two worlds.
                         I got someone constantly trying to
                         kill me, and then I have you giving
                         me life. 

                                   NERISSA
                         Who is he?

                                   NATE
                         Some man that hates me for God
                         knows what reason. I've never seen
                         this person before in my life
                         except in my dreams and now he
                         tells me he knows how to destroy my
                         real life.

               Nerissa leans away.

                                   NERISSA
                         Have you spoken to your Doctor
                         friend?

                                   NATE
                         What are you saying? You think I'm
                         crazy?

                                   NERISSA
                         I didn't say that at all!

                                   NATE
                         One thing I do know, this all
                         started when I tried to go twenty
                         eight Augustine Lane.

                                   NERISSA
                         What do you know about that
                         address?

               Nerissa grabs Nate by the scruff.

                                   NERISSA
                         Who told you about that address?

                                   NATE 
                         I don't remember who told me!

               Nate forces her to let him go.

               Nerissa covers her face and sobs.

               The ocean shore rises up and gently splashes around her. 

               WATERY HANDS raise out of the water and caress Nerissa's
               hair.

               Nate sits back watching.

                                   NERISSA
                         Sometimes I wish I was dead! I
                         should've been there, I'm so sorry!

               She looks back at Nate

                                   NERISSA
                         I think you should go.

                

               INT. NATE'S BEDROOM - DAY

               Nate wakes in bed.

               He leans over to a bedside table and holds up Nerissa's
               business card. 

               The phone rings. 

               Nate drops the card and answers the phone.

                                   NATE
                         Hello?  I forgot. I'll be there
                         soon.

               INT. DR ARLEIGH'S OFFICE - DAY

               Nate sits in Bob's office. The ticking of a clock on the wall
               keeps both men silent.

               Bob keeps jotting down Nate's comments.

                                   NATE
                         Did I tell you about Nerissa?

                                   BOB
                         I don't recall that you did.

                                   NATE
                         She's a publisher from a company
                         called Pelham Publishing. She lives
                         by the ocean. When I'm around her I
                         feel very calm. 

                                   BOB
                         Have you gone back to the book
                         store?

               Nate glares at Bob.

                                   NATE
                         No. 

                                   BOB
                         Have you still been taking your
                         medication?

                                   NATE
                         Yes. 

               Nate sits up rubbing his temples.

                                   NATE
                         I can now clearly say this all
                         started to happen when I tried to
                         go to an address. Twenty eight
                         Augustine Lane. Then the cab had
                         the accident. That address mean
                         anything to you?

               Bob shakes his head.

                                   BOB
                         Do you know who lives there?

                                   NATE
                         No idea. 

                                   BOB
                         Who gave you the address?

                                   NATE 
                         Edith. That bitch knew something!

               He jumps out of his chair.

                                   BOB
                         Where you going? You still have
                         twenty minutes left.

                                   NATE
                         Can I ask you to go the address?

                                   BOB
                         Why me?

                                   NATE
                         There's something there. Answers.
                         There has to be! But I got to find
                         out what Edith knows. 

               He races out of the office.

               EXT. BUSY STREET - DAY

               Nate walks outside. The sky is BLEAK and OVERCAST.

                                   NATE
                         Damn it.

               An ELDERLY MAN over hears Nate's comment.

                                   ELDERLY MAN
                         Looks like it's going to rain cats
                         and dogs!

               DROPS start to sprinkle. 

               The elderly man opens his umbrella.

                                   ELDERLY MAN
                         So grateful I brought my umbrella.

               BAM!

               A naked CORPSE lands on the elderly man at two hundred miles
               an hour!

               SMASH! 

               Another one lands on a car windshield nearby.

                                   NATE
                         Fuck me!

               CRASH! THUD!

               More CORPSES, both male and female land - 

               - along the street 

               - onto footpaths  

               - other PEDESTRIANS

               EVERYBODY panics.

               Nate makes a run for it rains CORPSES from the sky.

               Walking through the raining corpses is Kain. He carries an
               axe, and heads after Nate.

                                   KAIN
                         Why did you tell Arleigh to go the
                         address? Why won't you go there?

               Nate keeps watching between Kain and the sky as he tries to
               get away.

                                   KAIN
                         You're like an insect that won't
                         die!

                                   NATE
                         Your not real Kain, you're just
                         some bogey man from my dreams.

               BAM!

               Kain slams the axe into a CORPSE.

               THUD!

               One corpse lands behind Nate. 

               He trip backwards.

                                   KAIN
                         You call Edith a bitch? What the
                         fuck do you know about her?

                                   NATE
                         She's got something to do with
                         this.

                                   KAIN
                         You're nothing compared to her,
                         understand? Nothing!

               He stands over Nate and lifts the axe over his head.

                                   KAIN
                         Bogey man or not, in time I will
                         kill you Nate!

               Nate notices -

               - a CORPSE zooming down from the sky - 

               - ready to pummel him.

                                   NATE
                         Fuck you Kain!

               The corpse CRASHES onto Nate.

               EXT. CIRCUS - DAY

               The little boy keeps racing around the tents.

                                   BOY
                         Keep up!

                                   FEMALE VOICE
                         Where are you going?

                                   BOY
                         I want to show you my friend.

               The boy stops at a LION that rests out in the open. It is not
               chained down. The boy stops and slowly treads towards the
               sleeping beast.

                                   FEMALE VOICE
                         Is this your friend?

                                   BOY
                         No.

               In a sudden burst, the lion growls at him.

               EXT. AUGUSTINE LANE - DAY

               Thirty houses are joined together side by side with the same
               style front lawns. 

               Number twenty eight is a run down townhouse. 

               Bob parks his car and steps out.

               He walks to the front door and knocks. No answer. He taps
               again.

                                   BOB
                         Hello? Anybody home?

               He twists the door knob. It opens.

               INT. HALLWAY - DAY

               Bob walks inside. Along the walls are old B/W framed photos
               of an AIR PILOT in uniform.

               Dust is thick along the walls and bench tops. 

                                   BOB
                         Hello? Anyone home? Don't be
                         alarmed.

               He stops by another framed photo of a BLURRED FACE.

               He proceeds into the main room.

               EXT. AUGUSTINE LANE - DAY

               The lane is quiet, not a soul around.

                                   BOB
                         Oh my God no! Nooo! Nooooo!

               Bob gives out a hideous scream.

               INT. EDITH'S OFFICE - DAY

               Edith's office has a fantastic view of the city.

               BANG!

               Nate bursts through the office door, pursued by EDITH'S
               SECRETARY.

                                   SECRETARY
                         Ma'am he just forced his way
                         past...

                                   NATE
                         Why did you send me to that
                         address?

               Edith nods at her Secretary. She closes the door.

                                   EDITH
                         What are you talking about?

               Edith stands up and pours Nate some water.

                                   NATE
                         Twenty Eight Augustine Lane.

               She looks at him bemused.

                                   EDITH
                         Why would I send you to that
                         address?

                                   NATE
                         To pick up the extra cartons for
                         the book launch, the other night!
                         You wrote the address down.

               Nate FUMBLES trying to find the slip of paper.

                                   EDITH
                         I wanted you to go the warehouse,
                         here, at the publishing house.

                                   NATE
                         Then what is that address?

                                   EDITH
                         That's where I live.

               She offers the glass of water to Nate. He pops the lid of his
               medication and gulps them down.

               The BOY wanders into the office.

                                   BOY
                         Here we go loopy loo ... Here we go
                         loopy li... 

               The boy walks around Edith's desk and gives her a hug.

                                   BOY
                         Who's this mum?

                                   NATE
                         Your son?

                                   EDITH
                         Yes. Kain Say hello to Nate.

               The boy smiles.

                                   NATE
                         I've seen him in my dreams.

                                   EDITH
                         You are beginning to scare me a
                         little talking about my son and
                         knowing my address...

               Nate stares at the boy.

                                   NATE
                         Here I go loopy loo, here I go
                         loopy li...

               INT. B/W  DINNER PARTY - NIGHT

               Six DINNER GUEST, both male and female, drink wine and eat at
               a large dinner table.

               At one end of the table is Nerissa. She stands up.

                                   NERISSA
                         I'd just like to say what a
                         wonderful year this has been at
                         Pelham Publishing. After a long and
                         hard past I have finally fulfilled
                         my dream and built a successful
                         company.

               The guest raise their glasses.

                                   NERISSA
                         Everybody in this room is like my
                         new family. Without which I would
                         surely die!

               Everybody laughs.

                                   NERISSA
                         I love each and every one of you.
                         To Pelham Publishing!

                                   GUESTS
                         To Pelham Publishing!

               A constant CLAPPING - 

               - from the opposite end of the dinner table.

               There sits Kain, clapping and smiling.

               Nerissa lowers her glass.

                                   KAIN
                         Irony works in some vicious ways,
                         don't you think? 

                                   NERISSA
                         If you're speaking of the
                         anniversary, I haven't forgotten. I
                         have been thinking about it lately.

               Kain stands up.

                                   KAIN
                         I'm sure you have! But I think
                         about it every day. You don't,
                         that's obvious with your
                         celebrations!

                                   NERISSA
                         Life does go on Kain.

                                   KAIN
                         No, it doesn't. 

               EXT. RIVER - WORLD WAR 1 - NIGHT 

               Nate stands by a rivers edge.

               WAR SIRENS ring out in the distance. 

               SOLDIERS - 

               marching closer. 

               Nate ducks behind a dirt hill.

               Several GERMAN TROOPS march behind Egmont Zimmerman. Their
               faces cannot be seen but their eyes glow red.

                                   EGMONT
                         Hosenscheisser, where are you?

               Troops look in all directions. They stop and wait, still not
               knowing where Nate is hidden.

                                   EGMONT
                         You must protect us from the Hun!

               The river starts to STIR. 

               A LARGE GORILLA pops up from the water -

               Treading towards the shore, closer to Nate.

               Nate can see it wearing a German military helmet.

               In one arm it carries a topless WOMAN and in the other hand
               it carries a club. It stands at least twelve feet tall and is
               straight out of an old war propaganda poster.

               Finally it stops, standing above Nate. 

                                   EGMONT
                         Yes? He's there? Then kill him 
                         du verdammter Arschficker!

               The gorilla lifts up the club.

               Nate STANDS up... 

               and makes a break for it. 

               Immediately the troops let RIP with flame throwers.

               Nate yells -

               ducks for cover, never stopping. 

               He notices more GORILLAS treading out of the river.

                                   EGMONT
                         Hurensohn!

               EXT. STREET - WORLD WAR 1 - NIGHT 

               Nate races out onto the street to see - 

               - PEOPLE run in every direction trying not to get shot by
               German soldiers.

               - A Gorilla jumps down from a building and club a PASSERBY
               straight into a shop front.

               Another MAN stops infront of Nate brandishing a rifle. 

               He aims the rifle at the gorilla -

               BANG!

               The Gorilla is hit but - 

               charges at the man.

               In a split second the man is raced off his feet and taken
               away.

               Nate glances down to see the rifle on the ground.

               He picks it up and hides behind a car.

               SMASH!

               Another GORILLA, clubs the car.

               Nate leans forward -

               - aims. POW!

               The gorilla drops backwards dead.

               An ARMY OF RUSSIANS charge along the street. 

               He is swept up by the commotion and charges with them.

               EXT. TRENCHES - WORLD WAR 1  - NIGHT

               The street comes to an end and leads to a large open field.

               Nate stops and stares -

               - at hundreds of SOLDIERS charging the GERMAN ARMY

               German troops use flame throwers, TOASTING any one they can.

               BOOM! - 

               - Land mines EXPLODE, sending unsuspecting soldiers into the
               air.

               GORILLAS stand in the thick of the fight swinging their clubs
               at oncoming soldiers.

               Nate is knocked over.

               He suddenly spots Kain, walking towards him through all the
               fighting.

                                   KAIN
                         This is what you wanted isn't it?
                         All this killing? This was more
                         important!

               Nate stands up ready to fire at Kain.

                                   NATE
                         I have to be dreaming? This can't
                         be real.

               Kain snatches the rifle off Nate.

                                   KAIN
                         Of course it's real!

               WHACK!

               He thumps Nate in the head with the butt of the rifle.

                                   KAIN
                         It's all about who you left behind!

               Nate staggers away. 

               Soldiers ignore him and race around. 

               Amongst the charging soldiers - 

               A crying JAPANESE WOMAN. She is terrorfied as she runs past
               Nate.

               EXT. HIROSHIMA - WORLD WAR 2 - NIGHT 

               More people that race past Nate are JAPANESE CIVILIANS.

               Nate, dumbfounded, is shoved out of the way.

                                   JAPANESE CIVILIAN
                         Baku Yaro!

               GARGANTUAN WAR SIRENS on legs, resembling something akin to
               'War Of The Worlds', roam Hiroshima City. 

               They lean down -

               - wailing away, scaring civilians out of the city.

               Nate stops to see Daisetsu Handa, dragging his dead FATHER
               along the street. 

               His father is dressed in a Japanese Military outfit.

                                   DAISETSU
                         Kusu o taberu na!       

               Nate tries to help him.

                                   DAISETSU
                         Achike! 

                                   NATE
                         Let me help you!

               A high pitched WHISTLE comes from the sky - 

               The book Lives Left Behind -

               ... drops down to earth... 

               ... grinding to a halt...

               just above the ground hovering in mid air.

               Both Nate and Daisetsu stare at it.

               Nate reaches out - 

               - opens the cover.

               BOOM!

               EXT. HIROSHIMA SKY - WORLD WAR 2 - NIGHT

               A NUCLEAR BLAST obliterates Hiroshima.

               Nate is FLUNG past the gargantuan wailers. 

               They stare at him flying past.

               They too become ENGULFED.

               The blast radiates so bright that the sky changes to - 

               EXT. BATTLE OF MIDWAY - WORLD WAR 2 - DAY

               The blast smoke begins to clear. 

               From such an altitude, Nate watches - 

               the BATTLE OF MIDWAY below.

               He plummets down.

               FIGHTER PLANES zig zag around him. 

               An AMERICAN AIRCRAFT CARRIER is fired upon.

               SPLAAASSSSH! Nate hits the ocean.

               A small life boat with AMERICAN SAILORS grab Nate.

                                   SAILOR 
                         Get him out of the water! 

               Nate is dragged on board the life boat.

                                   NATE
                         I can't move!

                                   SAILOR
                         That was one hell of a jump.

               The Sailor points at the Aircraft Carrier which is only fifty
               feet away and under heavy attack.

               Japanese fighter planes DIVE BOMB the ship. 

               BOOM! 

               EXPLOSIONS rock the starboard bow. 

               BATTLE SHIPS cover the sky with GUNFIRE and MISSILES. 

               More planes crash into the Aircraft Carrier. 

               CREAK! SNAP!

               The ship makes an eerie loud noise.

                                   SAILOR
                         It's starting to sink, everyone
                         paddle!

               The very ocean itself begins to BOIL -

               and up rises a large VOLCANO.

               It SPEWS out boiling VOLCANIC MAGMA into the sky - 

               hitting several planes. 

               Nate is awestruck by the sight.

                                   SAILOR
                         Oh my God everybody jump out!

               Nate's attention falls on a plane that is about to crash into
               their life boat. 

               All the sailors DIVE out leaving Nate last. 

               He jumps off the life boat. 

               CRASH! 

               Nate is THROWN into the air - 

               EXT. JUNGLE - VIETNAM WAR - DAY

               - And lands on a dirt ground.

               He is helped to his feet by the very same SAILOR, now dressed
               as an army soldier.

                                   SAILOR
                         C'mon this way!

               They stop at a hill crest.

               EXT. CLEARING - VIETNAM WAR - DAY

               Hundreds of AMERICAN TROOPS charge and fire at a -

               living MOUNTAIN shaped like Lanh Truong's face. 

               It bellows out in a loud voice and uses the surrounding trees
               to sweep away the troops like ants.

                                   NATE
                         That's Lanh!

                                   SAILOR
                         That's Charlie alright!

               A jet ROCKETS past - 

               - dropping NAPALM across Lanh's mountain face.

               It ERUPTS into a ball of flames. 

               The mountain gives an almighty roar.

               Chinook helicopters fly overhead, dropping more troops into
               the battle.

                                   SAILOR
                         We got to get down there!

               EXT. STREAM - VIETNAM WAR - DAY

               The sailor keeps racing along a stream. 

               Water hands raise up and grab Nate.

                                   NATE
                         Wait!

               The sailor keeps running, ignoring Nate's plea.

               A SHRUB moves -

               A VIETNAMESE SOLDIER shows his face. 

               He carries a small SHOULDER ROCKET launcher.

                                   VIETNAMESE SOLDIER
                         Do con hoang!

               The soldier fires the rocket and again it is the Lives Left
               Behind book. 

               It slows down in front of Nate.

                                   NATE
                         Shit, not again.

               BOOM! 

               Nate goes flying backwards -

               - through BRANCHES, high up amongst the trees.

               A flock of birds scatter... 

               and fly away...

               only to MORPH into JETS... 

               and U-Turn back, roaring past Nate.

               EXT. MOUNTAIN BASE - VIETNAM WAR - DAY

               Nate lands with a THUD!

               Nobody seems to be around this clearing.

               TREES lean down and grab him -

               moving him closer to a MOUNTAIN FACE of Kain.

                                   KAIN
                         Don't you remember?

                                   NATE
                         Who are you? Why do you hate me so
                         much? I can't take it any more!

               Mountain Kain proceeds to swallow Nate. 

               He rolls down the tongue.

                                   KAIN
                         You will remember this.

               EXT. DESERT - GULF WAR 1 - NIGHT 

               Nate rolls down a sand hill and lands on his back.

               Ameen Naseer, appears before him. 

               He is distorted and has extremely long legs and a small body
               and carries a gun.

                                   AMEEN
                         Madar kharbeh!

               Nate glances to his right and notices - 

               - that they're on a FLOATING MASS OF LAND.

               There are several other floating land masses across the night
               sky.

               Nate quickly looks in the other direction to see - 

               more American troops fighting a FLAMING OIL DEVIL, looking
               more like a scene from 'King Kong'.

               Nate raises his hands to surrender. 

               Ameen gestures for him to stand up.

                                   NATE
                         Just don't shoot.

               Ameen shoves Nate with the rifle to join fellow PRISONERS. 

               He is handed a sack and watches as the other prisoners seem
               to sprinkle large round seeds along the surface of the
               ground.

               Nate reaches into the sack and pulls out a handful of
               MINIATURE SKULLS. 

               Instantly he drops them in dismay.

                                   AMEEN
                         khange khodah!

               He laughs and points at Nate.

               A TANK WITH CENTIPEDE LEGS crawls at Nate, aiming the canon
               barrel at him.

               More TANKS CRAWL to halt nearby.

               Nate glances down at his feet...  

               the skulls are CHEWING the land away. 

               OIL OOZES through the dirt around his feet.

               BOOM!

               He is shot into the air by an OIL FOUNTAIN - 

               flying upwards to another floating land mass.

               EXT. DESERT - GULF WAR 2 - DAY

               Nate grabs hold of the edge of the land mass only to find
               that he is standing in a MAN MADE HOLE.

               Yasin Malik leans over the hole and offers Nate a hand.

                                   NATE
                         Don't touch me!

               A large SAND HAND lifts him out of the hole.

               Nate glances around - 

               IRAQI SOLDIERS sit on a BURNT OUT TANK playing cards.

                                   YASIN
                         Your path lies that way.

               YASIN 

               points to a path made of burnt out MILITARY VEHICLES.

               Thousands of various vehicles from CHINOOK helicopters,
               TANKS, JEEPS, PLANES and even DEAD SOLDIERS, are neatly lined
               up in a row. 

               On either side of the path is an OCEAN OF OIL.

               American and British battle ships line the sides of the path,
               as if they were guarding.

                                   NATE
                         What if I don't go?

               Yasin smiles.

                                   YASIN
                         You've come this far. 

               Nate proceeds along the path.

               EXT. PATH - GULF WAR 2 - DAY

               Nate wanders along the path. His very body begins to flame up
               but this doesn't alarm him. 

                                   NATE
                         Go out.

               The flames stop.

               Nate laughs, slightly insane.

               His whole body changes to a burnt out RUSTED METAL NATE. 

               He keeps walking and glances at his hands.

                                   NATE
                         I know it's not real! I know now
                         what's going on!

               He changes back to normal Nate. 

                                   NATE
                         You don't scare me! 

               A NAKED NERISSA climbs out of the oil and stands before Nate
               completely blacked out.

               Nerissa LASHES out and jabs her hand inside Nate's mouth.

               He chokes and coughs - 

               falling over as her arm goes DEEPER down his throat. 

               She begins to turn him INSIDE-OUT through his own mouth - 

               revealing a black interior of him, covered in HAND WRITTEN
               WORDS.

               Nate lays on the path as a blacked out HUMAN SHAPE with white
               writing -

               And lets out a SCREAM.
                          

               INT. DR ARLEIGH'S OFFICE - DAY

               The bottle of Haldol sits on Bob's office table.

               Bob breaths at a very quick pace - 

               - staring at the bottle.

               Nate walks into the office.

                                   NATE
                         I understand what's happening to
                         me.

               Bob slowly glances at him.

                                   BOB
                         Do you now?

               Nate notices his tone.

                                   NATE
                         I must be having a nervous
                         breakdown.

               Bob laughs to himself.

                                   BOB
                         Breakdown? Then what am I having?

                                   NATE
                         I don't understand? 

                                   BOB
                         You had to keep pushing to find out
                         what was happening to you.
                         I offered you my advice and even
                         went to the address, only to find
                         out nothing matters anymore.

               Bob scratches at his face.

                                   NATE
                         What are you doing?

               Bob hits the intercom button.

                                   BOB
                         Miss Kreen will you come in here
                         please?

               Bob opens a drawer and pulls out a HANDGUN.

                                   NATE
                         Bob, what's at the address?

               Bob gives out a laugh.

                                   BOB
                         Too scared to find out? But you
                         made me fucking find out!

                                   NATE
                         What did you see there?

               MISS KREEN, mid twenties, walks into the office.

               BANG! 

               Bob fires a single shot into her forehead. 

               She HITS the wall dead.

               Nate flinches - 

                                   NATE
                         You're all crazier than me! This is
                         about Kain and Edith!

               Bob stands up -

               - and points the gun at Nate.

                                   BOB
                         It's not about them! It's about
                         fucking you!

               Bob

               LOADS the barrel into his own mouth.

                                   NATE
                         Bob! No!

               BANG!

               Fires the gun and blows his brains out.

               Silence.

               Nate stands in the office dumbstruck with two dead corpses in
               the office.

               EXT. BUSY STREET - DAY

               Nate races out of the office building. Everyone walks past
               him oblivious to what has happened.

                                   NATE
                         Taxi!

               A cab pulls over and Nate jumps inside.

               INT. CAB - DAY

               As soon as Nate closes the door, he realizes he has the same
               cab driver as before.

                                   NATE
                         I'm going to Twenty eight Augustine
                         Lane. It's a couple of blocks from
                         here. Try not to crash this time.

                                   TAXI DRIVER
                         Crash? We've done all this before?

                                   NATE
                         Yes we have. 

                                   TAXI DRIVER
                         This feels like a ritual. It's all
                         been done before.

               EXT. AUGUSTINE LANE - DAY

               The cab pulls up and Nate gets out.

               Again the lane is quiet. Nate watches as the cab pulls away.

               He proceeds to number twenty eight.

               INT. HALLWAY - DAY

               The front door is ajar and Nate pushes it open.

                                   NATE
                         Hello? 

               He walks inside and glances at the photos on the walls. His
               head aches and he pushes the paintings off the wall.

                                   NATE
                         What is this place? Hello? Anybody
                         home?

               Nate walks to the main room.

               INT. MAIN ROOM - DAY

               Inside this room is dark and dank. 

               Dust fills the air as STREAMS of sunlight filter through
               vertical blinds.

               WAR PHOTOS lay on tables.

               An ELDERLY EDITH, sits dead in a chair. 

               She has a small diary resting on her lap.

               An empty bottle of Haldol lays on the floor at her feet.

               Nate walks inside the room studying the surroundings.

                                   NATE
                         Edith?

               He checks her pulse then notices the book on her lap.

               He takes the book, glancing at the cover.

               It's a hand written title: LIVES LEFT BEHIND.

               A sharp pain - 

               PIERCES Nate's head. 

               He opens the book.

                

                                   NATE
                         Do you know how hard it was to get
                         these authors together? Pelican
                         Publishing spent close to a hundred
                         thousand dollars on just airfares
                         and accommodation alone. I'm sure
                         your company will make it's money
                         back Edith. Thanks again for doing
                         this Nate, I mean with our past and
                         you know. Forget about it! This is
                         different business.

               Nate is confused.

                                   NATE
                         You're like the perfect dream man
                         Nate. You're going to make a woman
                         very happy one day. I almost
                         forgot. I got a few more cartons
                         kept at this address. 

               He flicks through more pages: BOGEY MAN OR NOT, IN TIME I
               WILL KILL YOU NATE. FUCK YOU KAIN.

               He can't believe what he's reading: YOU HAD TO KEEP PUSHING
               TO FIND OUT WHAT WAS HAPPENING TO YOU... IT'S NOT ABOUT THEM
               IT'S ABOUT FUCKING YOU! BOB NO...

                                   NATE
                         What the fuck is going on?

               Towards the back of the book: WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON?

               He flicks to the very back page -

               to the very last word -

               which reads: NERISSA.

               TAP! TAP! TAP!  

               The SOUND of the front door SCREECHES open.

               He stands there frozen.

               From around the corner - 

               walks a SIX MONTH OLD BABY in diapers and wearing glasses.

                                   NATE
                         Nerissa?

               Baby Nerissa picks up the bottle of Haldol and rests it onto
               a table. 

                                   NERISSA
                         Did you finish your medication?

                                   NATE
                         Not that it matters, because I know
                         what's happened. I've gone mad and
                         I'm stuck in my own make believe
                         world.

               Baby Nerissa takes a seat next to Edith.

                                   NERISSA
                         My poor mother eventually couldn't
                         cope with it all. After reading
                         that book for years, she decided to
                         overdose on the medication that was
                         for my father. Did I ever tell you
                         my father's name?

                                   NATE
                         No.

                                   NERISSA
                         It was Jake Pelham. You're holding
                         his diary. 

               Nate SLAMS both hands against his head. 

               He drops to the floor.

                                   NATE
                         You people don't exist. 

               Baby Nerissa stomps towards Nate on the floor.

                                   NERISSA
                         We exist. You don't!

               Nate lets out a terrorfied scream.

                                   NATE
                         I do exist!

                                   NERISSA
                         Everything you have ever spoken is
                         in that book. Everything you
                         encountered is in that book.

                                   NATE 
                         No it can't be? I have a life.

                                   NERISSA
                         What life? Where did you live six
                         months ago?

                                   NATE
                         I don't remember. 

               Baby Nerissa begins to morph into adult Nerissa clothed.

                                   NERISSA
                         I own a store called Exquisite
                         Books in my real life.

               Nate struggles trying to keep it together.

                                   NATE
                         Who am I?

                                   NERISSA
                         I don't know where my father got
                         you from, but as a child Kain and I
                         gave you life from a poster we saw. 

               Nate begins to cry.

                                   NATE
                         And my thoughts and words are from
                         a book. So why tell me this?

               Nerissa glances up -

               then disappears.

               The whole room BLACKS OUT completely. 

               A wind blows onto Nate's face.

               EXT. RUBBLE - NIGHT 

               Nate finds himself standing on a demolished building. 

               WAR SIRENS BLARE away in the background.

               Kain 

               walks towards Nate from amongst the rubble. 

               He doesn't look menacing, he looks HAGGARD and WORN OUT.

                                   NATE
                         Nerissa told me who I am.

               Kain offers a wry smile.

                                   KAIN
                         I'm sure she did. 

                                   NATE
                         Why do all this to me? If I don't
                         exist there is no point.

                                   KAIN
                         I never knew my father. But when he
                         died in battle the military sent us
                         a diary that he kept, which showed
                         us he was losing his mind. He wrote
                         about someone called Nate and hated
                         his only son, and you ask me why? 

               Nate is dumbfounded.

                                   KAIN
                         I did nothing to my father and to
                         read such things about yourself. He
                         wrote about you Nate like you were
                         some normal, real person, you're
                         not even real! And he wrote me in
                         as some Hitler Nazi.

               Kain plonks down on the ground.

                                   KAIN
                         I'm tired of it all Nate. I'm
                         ending all this tonight. You won't
                         be in my thoughts anymore.

                                   NATE
                         But you can't kill me. Nerissa can
                         conjure me in her dreams. 

               Kain laughs.

                                   KAIN
                         She's on her way to my place right
                         now. I'm going to kill her in the
                         real world. 

                                   NATE
                         Kain, you can't!

                                   KAIN
                         If my father always thought of me
                         as some monster, then so be it!

               Nate grabs Kain by the scruff.

               Kain giggles to himself.

                                   KAIN
                         The brilliant thing is there's not
                         a thing you can do about it. Do I
                         scare you now normal Nate?

               Nate hits Kain.

                                   NATE
                         You're crazy!

                                   KAIN
                         And I accept it.

               Kain starts to disappear.

                                   KAIN
                         I'm starting to wake up. Seeing you
                         want to know so much about who you
                         are. Let me show you.

               Kain fully disappears.

               INT. BLACK 

               Nate's world blacks out. 

               He glances in all directions confused.

               A tiny B/W picture appears before him. It's of Kain as a
               child.

               EXT. CIRCUS - DAY

               The little BOY, races from someone chasing him with a super
               eight camera.

               The boy smiles and laughs constantly looking back at whoever
               holds the camera.

                                   BOY
                         This way. Just follow me.

               The background has old fashioned circus tents.

               The little Boy continues running amongst the circus tents.

               A MIDGET juggles fire, ignoring the boy and camera.

               A MUSCLEMAN bench presses two TRAPEZE GIRLS who sit on either
               side of the weight bar. 

               They smile and wave in a RAPID manner at the camera.

                                   BOY
                         This way, quick I'll show you.

               The little boy keeps racing around the tents.

                                   BOY
                         Keep up!

                                   FEMALE VOICE
                         Where are you going Kain?

                                   BOY
                         I want to show you my friend.

               The boy stops at a LION that rests out in the open. 

               It is not chained down. 

               The boy stops and slowly treads towards the sleeping beast.

                                   FEMALE VOICE
                         Is this your friend?

                                   BOY
                         No.

               The lion GROWLS at him.

               The boy jumps back startled, then laughs.

               He continues to run.

               A YOUNG GIRL -

               joins in the running and they both laugh at TRAPEZE ARTISTS
               practicing and flipping.

                                   FEMALE VOICE
                         C'mon I'm getting tired.

               The boy stops outside a small information booth.

               POSTERS are placed along the outside walls of the booth
               almost one on top of the other.

               The boy tears away several posters then stops at one hidden
               away.

               It's a professional 1940's hand drawn propaganda poster of a
               man watching a city flying into the sky. 

               Underneath is the slogan: DO NOT ALTERNATE, INVEST IN LIBERTY
               BONDS.

               The man in the poster is NATE.

               Both the girl and boy point and laugh.

               INT. KAIN'S APARTMENT B/W - NIGHT

               KAIN

               stands in the centre of the apartment watching the old circus
               footage.

                                   KAIN
                         There's your answer.

               He SHUFFLES to a table and lifts up his bottle of Haldol.

                                   KAIN
                         What does it look like I'm doing? 

               He washes down a handful of tablets with a glass of water.

                                   KAIN
                         I don't know how many were in
                         there? I lost count.

               The film in the projector flips over and over.

               Kain SHUFFLES over to the projector. Packing away the film.

                                   KAIN
                         Aren't you happy you know the
                         truth? I admit it's different this
                         time around, just feels different.
                         But with Nerissa and myself dead...

               He laughs to himself.

                                   KAIN
                         I'm surprised I didn't do this last
                         year or the year before.

               INT. BLACK - 

               Nate stands on a single PILLAR, surrounded by a 360 degree
               window, showing Kain's POV of his apartment.

                                   NATE
                         You can't kill Nerissa! This is
                         between me and you.

               The distorted face of Kain, MORPHS from part of the window.

                                   KAIN
                         I won't have Nerissa thinking of
                         you. Then that would give you life. 

                                   NATE
                         There must be something I can do.

               INT. KAIN'S APARTMENT B/W - NIGHT

                                   KAIN
                         You can get the fuck out of my
                         head!

               TAPPING - 

               at the front door.

               Kain gives a sinister smile.

                                   KAIN
                         Must keep thinking about you. So
                         you can see what happens.

               Kain shuffles to the front door then - 

               SLAMS his hands against his temples.

                                   KAIN
                         No! No! No! You don't mention her
                         name! You helped kill my mother!
                         You and Dad.

               TAPPING -

                                   KAIN
                         Coming.

               He opens the door and Nerissa CHARGES in.

                                   NERISSA
                         I got your message. What have you
                         done?

                                   KAIN
                         I have to get rid of him.

                                   NERISSA
                         Who? Nate?

               She notices the projector.

                                   NERISSA
                         I know this time every year brings
                         back her anniversary, but you have
                         to let it go. 

               She guides Kain to the sofa.

               INT. BLACK - 

               Nate watches Nerissa.

                                   NATE
                         Nerissa! Oh god please don't hurt
                         her! I beg you!

               INT. KAIN'S APARTMENT B/W - NIGHT

               Kain slaps his head.

                                   NERISSA
                         Hey, hey, don't do that! Don't do
                         that.

                                   KAIN
                         I think he loves you. He won't stop
                         calling your name! A what? A
                         chateau?

               Nerissa is bewildered.

                                   NERISSA
                         How can you know that?

                                   KAIN
                         You dream of him?

                                   NERISSA
                         Every year with Mum's anniversary I
                         can't help but dream of him.

                                   KAIN
                         It's his fault she's dead! His
                         fault!

               Nerissa stands up, searching the apartment.

                                   NERISSA
                         Where's your medication?

                                   KAIN
                         I've taken it.

               She discovers the empty bottle.

                                   NERISSA
                         What, all of it?

               INT. BLACK - 

               NATE - 

               closes his eyes.

                                   NATE
                         Nerissa, I know the truth makes
                         things different...

               INT. KAIN'S APARTMENT B/W - NIGHT

               Kain's eyes are closed. 

               Nerissa is confused.

                                   KAIN
                         ... But I still want to live out
                         memories of the chateau by the
                         beach. I want to feel and sense
                         each of those moments just as much
                         as you do again.

               Kain lets out a scream, slaps his head again.

                                   KAIN
                         If he's not real, then what the
                         fuck is that?

                                   NERISSA
                         Kain you're scaring me.

               Kain pounds his own head and face.

                                   KAIN
                         Shut up Nate! Just Shut up! Shut
                         up!

               Nerissa notices Kain's mouth is bleeding. 

                                   NERISSA
                         Calm down. Let me get something for
                         your mouth.

               INT. BLACK - 

               Nate watches as she walks out of view.

               Kain's POV

               faces a GLASS COFFEE TABLE - 

               at a large JAGGED ASHTRAY.

               Kain's hand picks it up, weighs it.

                                   NATE
                         You can't do this! Don't do it!

               The distorted Kain appears from the window.

                                   KAIN
                         You make me sick! I'm not going to
                         let you touch my sister!

               The window blacks out. 

               A tiny white light shines down onto Nate from above.

                                   NERISSA (O.S.)
                         Kain? Huh! 

               THUD!

                                   NERISSA (O.S.)
                         Hphhhh! Stop it! No!

               CRASH! The sound of glass shatters.

               Nate glances up at the light.

                                   NATE
                         You son of a bitch! Leave her
                         alone!

                                   NERISSA (O.S.)
                         Somebody help... Please Kain! 
                         Noooo...

               THUD!

               The SOUND of heavy BREATHING.

               The 360 degree window LIGHTS UP, revealing -

               - KAIN standing in a bathroom, facing a CABINET MIRROR. 

               His face is DRENCHED in blood.

                                   KAIN
                         Do I scare you now?

               Kain's face twitches - 

               - staggers back -

               holding his chest.

               INT. BLACK - 

               The window blacks out again.

                                   KAIN (V.O.)
                         Pills are kicking in. Time to go
                         home.

               Nate's surroundings change -

               EXT. RUBBLE - NIGHT 

               Nate stands on a dirt hill, surrounded by demolished houses.

               Absolute quiet.

               STORM CLOUDS 

               form a black void in the night sky.

               Nearby is a an OLD ARMY JEEP.

                                   NATE
                         Time to go home.

               EXT. STREET - NIGHT 

               SMASH!

               Nate rams the jeep through an old wooden fence and onto a
               deserted street.

               Buildings begin to CRUMBLE and CRACK at their foundations.

               EXT. JEEP - NIGHT 

               WHOOSH!

               CARS begin to lift into the air.

               Nate floors the jeep.

               More VEHICLES begin to ROLL in the jeep's path.

               Nate swerves like mad to not hit any.

               NATE glances at the rearview mirror to see - 

               CARS being sucked into the void. 

               BUILDINGS crumbling into pieces.

               EXT. AUGUSTINE LANE - NIGHT 

               Nate SCREECHES the jeep to a halt.

               The POUNDING of a HEARTBEAT is deafening as Nate blocks his
               ears.

               The thirty houses have all been DEMOLISHED.

                                   NATE
                         Kain?

               KAIN as a BOY skips past Nate.

               He holds a leash, leading a LION.

                                   BOY
                         Here we go loopy loo ... Here we go
                         loopy li ...

                                   NATE
                         Kain?

               Nate jumps out of the jeep.

                                   NATE
                         Kain? 

               Both the boy and lion look back at Nate.

                                   BOY
                         I'm going home now. You should too.

               Nate follows the boy.

                                   NATE
                         What happened to Nerissa?

                                   BOY
                         Nerissa? 

               The boy grins.

                                   BOY 
                         She doesn't live here anymore.

               The boy lays down where number twenty eight use to be. 

               He lets the lion go.

               Nate watches it run in a different direction.

               The BEATING sound becomes erratic.

               The boy grabs his chest and MORPHS into Kain.

               In the distance - 

               The STORM VOID circles them, slowly destroying everything.

                                   NATE
                         What is happening?

                                   KAIN
                         I'm dying Nate.

               He gives a smirk.

                                   KAIN
                         Everything must go!

               Nate grabs Kain.

                                   NATE
                         You have to wake up. Do it!

               Kain laughs.

                                   KAIN
                         There's nothing out there for me.

                                   NATE
                         What about Nerissa? You killed her.

                                   KAIN
                         I did what I had to do! 

               Kain gives a JOLT.

                                   KAIN
                         Last waltz of life.

               Nate SHAKES Kain.

                                   NATE
                         Wake up! Wake up! Please god...
                         Just wake up!

                                   KAIN
                         We're all going to be just dirt in
                         the ground.

               Kain closes his eyes - 

               and dies.

                                   NATE
                         Kain? KAIN?

               The HEART BEAT stops.

               Nate stands up and watches as - 

               - DEBRIS is vacuumed into the night sky.

               - CARS TUMBLE and shoot up.

               - BUILDINGS crumble and DISINTERGRATE.

               - The very ROAD and FRONT LAWNS rip up.

               An upward spiralling AVALANCHE of debris ROARS towards him.

               NATE -

               Closes his eyes.

                                   NATE
                         Do not alternate...

               BLACKNESS.

               INT. HOSPITAL WARD - DAY

               Nerissa lies on a bed attached to a life support system.

               Her head is covered in bandages.

               A DOCTOR, mid sixties, studies her chart.

               A POLICE OFFICER stands nearby.

                                   OFFICER
                         So what's the verdict?

                                   DOCTOR
                         Her skull has been fractured across
                         the right temple. It's way too
                         early to tell how the operation
                         went.

               The officer leans over the bed.

                                   OFFICER
                         Poor kid will probably be a
                         vegetable when she wakes up.

                                   DOCTOR
                         If she wakes up.

                                   OFFICER
                         Found her brother slumped in the
                         bathroom. OD'd on his own
                         medication. 

                                   DOCTOR
                         Any other family we can contact?

                                   OFFICER
                         No. 

               The Officer leaves.

                                   OFFICER
                         Thanks Doctor, if she wakes up, 
                         give me a call.

                                   DOCTOR
                         Don't suspect that'll be any time
                         soon.

               The officer glances back at Nerissa.

                                   OFFICER
                         Here's hoping she's dreaming of a
                         nice place.

               EXT. BEACH - DAY

               A beautiful clear day.

               Nerissa, dressed in a bathing suit, stands along the waters
               edge.

               She watches  -

               ocean WAVES forming shapes of HANDS, gently pushing DOLPHINS
               riding the waves.

               She smiles.

               SPLASH!

               Nate pops up from the wave, walking back to shore.

                                   NATE
                         Did you see me that time?

                                   NERISSA
                         Not that time. I saw the dolphins.

               He splashes at her.

                                   NATE
                         You should come in. The water is
                         perfect.

               Nerissa grins.

                                   NERISSA
                         I can imagine.

               She SPLASHES at him and races for the ocean. 

               They both laugh and chase eachother.

               The End.
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