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DRIVING OVER THE REDLINE BY CHRISTOPHER HARMASON EXT. PARK IN FRONT OF MAGIC SHOP Children and their parents run around playing as a pair of men follow a family through the crowd. As the family gets farther away, the pair move faster, getting more anxious. As the family nears a corner the pair of men begin running to catch up, almost knocking down kids along the way, dodging the angry grabs of the concerned parents. Just as family is about to clear the corner the men catch up, 1 grabbing the girl in the group to spin her around and check her picture, while the other pulls a gun on the rest. When they realize the girl doesn't match the one in the picture, they run. A park officer on patrol sees them and starts chasing them. After a quick cellphone call while on the run, a car pulls into the lot of the park. As they get in the car, sounds of bumping come from the car's trunk. MAN #1 We didn't find her, it was the wrong girl! DRIVER Don't worry, we did. The car speeds off. Onlookers that are watching from the grass watch the car leave with a nod, then head towards the magic shop at the other end of the park. INT. MAGIC SHOP. AFTERNOON. Children are laughing and enjoying a magic puppet show. THE GREAT HARPO and his assistants MERRICK. A group of adults start watching from the back. Before the curtains close, and MAN #1 approaches THE GREAT HARPO. He places a picture on the table next to him. The puppets slowly go limp as THE GREAT HARPO recognizes the girl. He glances around the crowd, sees her, and looks back at MAN #1. MAN #1 This is our new puppet. Only you can cut her strings. The scissors are a job and a sentence. More powerful than a word and in silence until the end. That, or she gets left to go to prison. Try to free her, and you won't see her again. Either way... THE GREAT HARPO looks at an empty spot in the crowd, then turns to his assistant. THE GREAT HARPO Merrick, I need your help. MERRICK glances at the empty spot in the crowd, MAN #1, the thugs in the crowd, then at the magician. EXT. SUBURBS. NIGHT. MERRICK looks up and down the street for a car to drive. He notices masked thugs in a van and a sports car. He watches them from the street, looking for a chance to steal the car. INT. BEDROOM. NIGHT. A HUSBAND rushes from kissing his WIFE goodnight into a private room with a computer as a masked figure looks on from a window. A gorgeous WOMAN beckons on the monitor screen as the HUSBAND puts on headphones. The sound of a zipper parallels the sound of the house door being busted open as masked thugs rush the home, leaving the WIFE and children bound and gagged. THUG #1 shoves the family members into a closet, grabs a card that says 'Security Pass' on it,then notices a false wall. Behind the wall is a hidden room with a huge cache of money, guns, and drugs wall to wall. The WIFE mumbles and shakes her head in fright. THUG #1 knocks the WIFE out and drags everything he sees out the front door with the help of the rest of the intruders. A clicking sound can be heard as a satchel of weapons is dragged. THUG #1 doesn't realize he just triggered the timer of a bomb set to 7 days. As the HUSBAND reaches his climax from the webcam show, the sounds of tires screeching rings out as the thugs speed off. As the tension leaves him, the HUSBAND screams when he sees a STRANGE FIGURE block the cam, then walk off, leaving the woman dead on the monitor. STRANGE FIGURE I'm getting closer... The STRANGE FIGURE glances at a photo, turns to the camera and shoots it. As dust settles, papers that were blown and knocked around settle. on top of them is a sealed documents labeled timed explosives. THE GREAT HARPO stands masked and worried in a corner holding a box. A thug, after hearing the HUSBAND's screams, takes the box off his hands while another cuffs him to a fixture on the wall. One, thinking the HUSBAND was killed, tosses the magician the gun, then they both run off. Thugs pour out of the suburban house. Some pile into the van while others load up things into the trunk of the sports car. As the thugs close the trunk the engine revs and MERRICK drives off in the sports car. THE GREAT HARPO checks the gun and seeing it's empty, drops it. He begins working at his cuffs to escape as the sounds of sirens get louder and closer. HE gets out of them, jumps out of the nearest window into the bushes, only to be greeted by the police waiting outside. EXT. SECURITY FIRM OFFICES. NIGHT. Thugs in a van pull up next to a large security firm building, hop out of their vehicle, and go into a back door using a stolen security card. THUG #1 We'll only have a little time before the alarms go off. A little while later, alarms sound. A SECURITY GUARD that lost track of the security camera monitors picks up a phone and calls the police. INT. SECURITY FIRM OFFICES. NIGHT. Rain pours down outside the building. Gunshots faintly echo through the halls. The rhythm of the gunshots is broken by the sound of the boots of a security team beginning their sweep of the building. They follow the sound of the gunfire, getting closer and closer until a few shots sound right around the corner. They enter the room expecting an army, only to find a man, MERRICK, sitting wounded in a chair. MERRICK Come on in...the table's set...want a smoke? A member of the security team motions to a table in front of MERRICK. The numbers on a device tick their final seconds. INT. POLICE VAN. MORNING. A monitor gets fuzzy then displays nothing but static. A SECURITY GUARD that works in the building looks up from the video console where he is deleting footage before the police can see it. DETECTIVE #1 And that's where the security tape ends. Only one survivor was found, a member of the security team. They didn't find the body of the man in the chair yet. A cellphone buzzes on vibrate. The SECURITY GUARD steps out of he van and answers. SECURITY GUARD The tapes have been deleted. They saw a few things not everything. I doubt they'll find anything. The... The SECURITY GUARD stops talking and notices an emergency exit spilling water out of the side of the building with police around it. DETECTIVE #1 They're still searching for the other body. DETECTIVE #2 But if his body isn't there where the hell is it? EXT. DUST FIELD. DAY. Workers run back and forth between machinery shouting. Off to one end on the field, men stand in a half circle. Almost seems like they're betting on a cock fight. 3 more men are digging up dirt. MERRICK's head can be seen while the rest of him is submerged in dirt. The FIELD BOSS stands in the middle of the group. He pulls a mask off a head sticking up out of the ground. FIELD BOSS You look like you could use some sun...
Every day we bury you out here and dig you up. Our workers could use a break. There's a job tonight. Could get some use out of you after what you did that night. How would you like to give them a chance to rest, and let the rest of you get some more air? The FIELD BOSS tells MERRICK about the news of what happened, but decides to leave him there and send one of his men to handle the job. FIELD BOSS I think I'll send one of my men instead. And leave you here to rot. What do you think of that? MERRICK looks at the FIELD BOSS like he wants to kill him, and smiles. FIELD BOSS Why are you smiling? He tosses some dirt at MERRICK, puts the mask back on him, and walks off. A cement truck pulls up and starts filling the hole MERRICK is in. He chats one the phone then goes back to where MERRICK is buried. He drops the phone is shock. MERRICK is gone, with another body in the hole, now covered in cement, and a smiley face with the message "HAVE A NICE DAY!" drawn in the ground being all that's left of him. INT. MAGIC SHOP. DAY. Children and adult customers browse and shop. The SHOP KEEPER heads into the back storage area of the shop. Sand drips then streams from the ceiling. The SHOP KEEPER looks up and is startled to see MERRICK, loose and cuffs dangling from one wrist, watching him from the storage room skylight. MERRICK hops down. MERRICK I need my things. SHOP KEEPER leads MERRICK to a cabinet. MERRICK opens the cabinet and sighs relief. MERRICK The show must go on... MERRICK fiddles with and packs up a number of devices before heading back out through the skylight. As he closes the hatch, DETECTIVE MORRIS walks into the shop. DETECTIVE MORRIS MERRICK overhears, and follows DETECTIVE MORRIS to his next destination. DETECTIVE MORRIS drives to the police station. MERICK listens to his chat on the cellphone. After DETECTIVE MORRIS gets out at the police station and goes in, MERRICK puts tickets on his windshield to a magic show, then heads to the Stadium, an entertainment venue. ©2009 United States Copyright Christopher Harmason
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