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FADE IN EXT. OUTSIDE ON STREET A young man, ZACK (16), is walking on the side of the street, carrying a apple in one hand and a mp3 player in the other. He is concentrating on the music while occasionally taking a bite out of the apple. In back of him we hear a car squeal and sounds of increasing speed. Zack turns the corner while taking the bite of the apple. Zack gets hit while the car keeps on driving, turning the corner at a amazing speed. Closing shot is on Zack and the apple with someone running at his side and the sounds of an ambulance in the background. FADE OUT EXT. SHED FADE IN Zack is standing in front of what appears to him as a shed. His hand is raised and ready to knock. A confused look is on his face. He looks at his hand and the door, wondering what he is doing there. He knocks twice. MAN You're here? Finally! Come in, come in. It is about time you got here! Zack hesitantly opens the door and walks in. The walls are lined with tools and some are on the ground. It looks like a ordinary shed The man seems to be searching frantically though things. Zack steps forward MAN Oh come on boy! I know you were raised better then that. ZACK Who are you? MAN Come on in boy! Sit down and relax a bit The man flicks his wrist, closing the door behind him with a bang. The man walks up to him and puts his hand on his shoulder MAN Sit, relax! Enjoy yourself. The man pushes Zack into a chair, which seems to have just appeared. The man pulls up another chair and sits in it backwards. MAN So kid, what's your name? ZACK My name is Zack. Where am I? Do I know you? You seem MAN That would be a yes to the second question, Zack. You know me very well Zack Frampton from Lincoln, Nebraska. The first question is a little harder to answer. The man stands up, walking over to some tools on the wall. He appears to be examining them MAN Tell me, Zack. What was the last thing you remember before you came to be here? ZACK I was walking on the street listening to music. I heard a car screech and....Oh God....Am I dead? Is this hell? The man laughs and picks up a tool, examining it. MAN Unfortunately, no. You are still very much alive boy. ZACK Are you God? The man starts laughing historically, in a evil way, while the tool he had falls to the ground MAN Oh God, that's a good one kid. I'll have to remember that one for later. However, I am not God. You are kinda close though. ZACK Are you the devil then? DEVIL Do I look like the devil to you kid? Huh? Do I? The devil laughs and starts walking, rubbing his hands over the tools while looking at Zack, concentrating on him only. Zack tries to get up, only to find he can't move his feet. He struggles but it's no use. DEVIL You should look at your face kid. It's classic. MAN Are you the devil? DEVIL We'll find out soon enough. Now won't we. The devil walks over to the tools again. Searching for something. He pulls out a machete and a knife. DEVIL I know what you are thinking. Why? Why me? Oh god, what did I do to get sent to hell? Boooo freakity whoo. Why me? Yeah that's right. Start crying. The devil mimics Zack crying. DEVIL Oh God, I'm sorry! I didn't do anything! Don't send me there! I really hate to break it to you... The devil places the machete and places it on Zack's shoulder and leans in to whisper into his ear DEVIL But you aren't dead, yet. The devil stands back up and goes back to the tools. DEVIL Don't worry. You will only be here for a little while. Lucky lucky you. The devil steps back towards Zack, raising the machete over his head. DEVIL Do you think I am insane? Do you fear me? ZACK Yes. I do. DEVIL You should fear me. I can tell you are. What is fear though? Fear comes with imagination, it's a penalty, the price of a imagination. I'm glad I made up such a thing. ZACK Why? Why are you doing this? Why are you doing this to me?! I have done nothing! DEVIL Why? WHY!? I own you. I own you're life. I own your soul. You are mine for the taking and, believe me when I say this, I always get what Somewhere off in the distance, we hear a explosion. Outside the door, we hear footsteps and another explosion. The door bursts open. The man puts his hand on Zack's shoulder, releasing him from the chair. The man pulls Zack towards the door. DEVIL Michael? Is that you? It's been a long time. You didn't come all the way just because you missed me, did you? The man pulls Zack out of the shed DEVIL Run all you want Michael. This one is mine! The devil flicks his wrist, making the door slam shut FADE OUT EXT. EDGE OF WOODS FADE IN Zack and Michael fall into what seems to be a drain leading under a road. Around them are woods. ZACK Thanks for that. But who the hell are you? Who was that? Michael flinches at the word "hell" MICHAEL My name is Michael Michael extends his hand in a handshake ZACK Hi, Michael. I'm Zack. They both shakes hands. Zack pulls away as if he got hurt ZACK Your hands. They are so cold. MICHAEL We can't talk here. It's not safe. Follow me. Michael leads Zack though the woods. EXT. EDGE OF WOODS Behind them, the devil appears out of the shed. He reaches the edge of the woods and closes his eyes. He breathes in deep, holding it for a moment, then letting it out. DEVIL Oh Michael, you really should have killed him already. Dagon! A creature, covered in mud and grass, emerges from the woods. Hissing all the while DEVIL Find them. Kill the angel. Bring me the boy. Creature hisses DEVIL If he fights, yes. Now go! Creature heads into the woods, vanishing among the grass EXT. WOODS Zack stumbles at one point, getting his leg stuck in between a tree. Michael touches the tree, setting him free. Several times Zack starts to talk, but Michael gestures to be quiet. ZACK How did you do that? Michael doesn't answer. He continues forward. Eventually, they make it to a path. Zack breathing hard as if they had been walking for miles, Michael doesn't seem to be affected. ZACK No more. I'm not going any further unless you answer some questions. MICHAEL I do owe you that much, yes. Hurry though. We don't have much time. ZACK Why? Is he after us? What does he want with me? MICHAEL Did he tell you anything? ZACK What? Oh, no. Not really. He told me he was the devil and that I got hit by a car. MICHAEL He wasn't lying. ZACK You mean, I really am dead? MICHAEL No, you aren't quite there yet. ZACK Where then? MICHAEL Where you are now is the gateway between heaven and hell. At one end is heaven. The other, hell. Zack falls onto the ground, thinking. Michael walks over to some plants, examining and smelling them. MICHAEL A small green isle, it seem'd no more, Scare broader then my dungeon floor, but in it there is three tall trees, and o'er it blew the mountain breeze ZACK What? Oh. Poetry. I used to write some. Lately, it's just been all worthless. Too mad at the world. But please, tell me! Why am I here? Does everyone go here before they die? MICHAEL Yes. Most go though without ever seeing it. They are too busy caring about themselves. You, Zack, are different. ZACK How am I different? MICHAEL You care. You care about everyone and everything. Do you remember what you were thinking about when you got hit? ZACK My mother. She's... MICHAEL Dying. Yes, I know a great deal about that and you. Your father left you and your two sisters. Both are younger then you. You are having trouble taking care of them. ZACK How do you know me? Who did that guy back there know me? Who the hell are you people? Michael flinches once again at the word "hell" MICHAEL Zack, please don't say that word in front of me. Michael gestures to the plants MICHAEL Do you see these? They are works of art, aren't they? Beauty at in its finest form. It's things like this that we have to care of, to safe. Michael walks over to Zack, putting his hand on his shoulder. MICHAEL Zack, you are special. You have a gift, a certain way with people unlike any other. You have to get back. I am here to help you with that. ZACK Why me? Why am I so special? Tell me that. What makes me so different from the rest of the people that come through here? MICHAEL Can't you see? The difference between you, and the people that pass though here is only one big thing. You stopped. Our ride is almost here. ZACK What ride? MICHAEL I want to show you something, Zack. Michael leads Zack down a trail. Michael still holding the flower. A sound of water is getting louder and louder. ZACK Where are you taking me? MICHAEL Hold on. It's not far now. They come out of a clearing and before then is a river. Dirty, polluted. ZACK This is it? The river? What the hell...heck we doing here? MICHAEL You most certainly ask allot of questions, Zack. You're just like your mother Michael walks both of them to the edge of the river MICHAEL I'm afraid this is where I leave you, Zack. I wish you the best of luck on the rest of your journey. Michael starts to walk away MICHAEL A few tips before I leave, though. Stay close to the river, and keep in mind where you're going. You do that, you just might make it. Michael starts to walk away again ZACK But, where am I going? MICHAEL If you don't know that yet, then I'm afraid I've wasted my time. As Michael walks off and disappears, Zack looks around at everything, including the river. He starts to walk up the river. FADE OUT TO WHITE EXT. HEAVEN'S HOUSE FADE IN Zack is standing, staring at a large white house on top of a hill. He looks around, seeing animals in a pen behind him. He turns to see a man in white with a cowboy hat ride up on a horse. He stops and dismounts. MAN IN WHITE Jeez, I have been waiting for you for a couple of hours now. I almost gave up on you. ZACK Sorry. I tried to get here. But I didn't know the way. MAN IN WHITE Don't worry, I wasn't going to give up on you. I can understand getting lost on the way here. It's a pretty tough trip if you're not quite sure where it is you're headed to ZACK Yeah. Is that your house? MAN IN WHITE It's everybody's house, son. But yes, I spend most of my time there. ZACK Can, can we go inside? MAN IN WHITE I really wish we could, Zack. But you're not quite ready for that yet. Come on, let's take a walk. Both of them start walking towards the house. MAN IN WHITE So how's you life been going recently Zack? How's your mom? ZACK Um, well, apart from being dead, every thing's been going alright I guess. Mom's the same. MAN IN WHITE Well, I hope your mom gets better. And you aren't dead. Didn't Michael tell you anything? ZACK Not a lot, no. MAN IN WHITE I'll have to talk to him about that. Here, have a seat. They both sit on the porch MAN IN WHITE Well, you're probably pretty confused right now, I know I would be. Okay, so what do you know so far? ZACK Well, I'm not dead, I'm between heaven and hel...the other place MAN IN WHITE I have no problem with the word boy, only Michael. Go on ZACK Um, the devil wants to kill me. And you're God. That's my knowledge so far. GOD Okay, you got a basic grasp on things. First of all, yes, you are between heaven and hell. Do you know much about mythology? Zack shakes his head. GOD Oh well, in Greek mythology the area between life and the underworld was the river Styx. The lost souls were ferried across it by Charon, the gatekeeper. In essence, although its horribly wrong, this is the river Styx. ZACK So, just a place between worlds? GOD Exactly. Now, on to your second point. The devil does want to kill you, yes. ZACK But why? GOD Because, people who are stuck between world aren't actually dead yet. I think the word you know it as is a coma. Your body is functioning normally in a hospital bed surrounded by your family. But your soul is here. If the devil "kills" you, severing your soul from your body, he gains your soul. Same with me, if I "kill" you, I gain your soul. Zack scoots a little bit away from God GOD Don't worry, I won't take your soul. It's yours to give, not mine to take. Which is why I'm afraid I must send you back into the woods, my good man. God stands up and gets on the horse ZACK Wait, what? You're sending me back? But, he'll kill me? GOD Only if you let him, boy. ZACK But why do I have to go back? GOD Because it's your job to find your way back. It's not your time yet. You still have some life left in you I think. Don't worry, it's not as hard to get back as it was to get here. All you have to do is remember where you were in the first place The man in white smiles and turns the horse around. Starts to gallop away. Zack runs after a little, yelling wait, wait. But gives up in the end, and turns to start walking. He goes to the house and tries the door, but it won't open. He starts walking down the road. FADE OUT TO WHITE EXT. WOODS Zack's walking though the woods again, kind of in a walking montage. After a while, he starts getting scared. He can't get out of his prison. He starts crying, running around scared. Everything he sees scares him. Falling to his knees, he looks up at the sky ZACK Where do I go?!?!?! Hanging his head down low, he cries. We get the feeling of him being there for a long time. We hear a hiss. Turning quickly to his left, Dagon is standing there. Zack starts to stand up slowly. Dagon hisses again, signaling Zack to run the other way. Dagon follows. They run for awhile, Dagon getting closer all the time. At one point, Zack stumbles and falls. Dagon stops and stands above him, breathing heavily. He starts reaching down for Zack. Suddenly, Michael screams from the side and tackles Dagon. Dagon throws him off and turns toward him. Michael turns towards Zack and yells. MICHAEL RUN!!!! Zack stands up and starts running. A short fight commences between Dagon and Michael. The camera goes back to Zack, who is running though the woods. Soon he sees the shack and big house. He feels like that is where he needs to go. While climbing up the hill, he gets his leg stuck in a tree branch. He screams and struggles to get free. The camera goes back to the fight. The creature and Michael are still fighting. When the creature hears Zacks screams for help, he hits Michael in the head and runs after Zack. The camera goes back to Zack, still struggling with the log. Off in the distance, he hears Dagon coming after him. Thinking that he was going to die, he starts to have a flash back to his family. EXT. HOUSE ZACK Sarah, don't do that! The scene opens up with Sarah taking things off of a shelve. She is standing on the top of a chair, the chair losing its balance. Zack rushes over to help her down ZACK Be careful Sarah! I could have helped you. SARAH You were helping mommy. I can this by myself Sarah jumps down and runs off. ZACK Sarah wait! Zack searches though part of the house, finding no signs of Sarah. He then finds her outside by the lake. ZACK Are you alright Sarah? SARAH Zack, is mom going to be ok? Zack looks toward the water, thinking of what to say to her. ZACK Yes Sarah. It'll be just fine They stay there for a moment before Zack starts crying. Sarah puts her head in his lap and cries too. FADE OUT EXT. WOODS FADE IN The scene opens up with Zack laying on the ground, just now realizing what has happened. Inside of him, he has finally go the strength. Zack pulls on his leg, with inserts of Dagon coming closer and closer. Zack doesn't get his leg out in time before Dagon gets to him. Dagon runs toward him, picking up a stick along the way. He smashes it down on the log, right next to Zack's foot. Zack screams. Dagon tries another time, even more angrier then ever. Right as it is above his head, he gets tackled by Michael. MICHAEL What are you waiting for?!? GO!!! Zack tries with all of his might to get his leg free. At one point he thinks about Michael and how he undid his leg before. He ignores the thought and continues to pull on his leg when Dagon and Michael fight. A moment later, he is free He is running to the house, the shed and house directly in front of him. He breaks out of woods then stops and ducks back, looking for the devil. Making sure the devil isn't there, he looks back at the fight behind him and breaks free again of the woods. Right before he gets to the front door, the devil steps out in front of him with the machete. DEVIL Was it really worth it? Was it really worth all of that work just to end up here again? Zack stares at him. DEVIL Guess not. The Devil raises the machete. The camera then goes to Michael who is crawling out of the woods, bloody and hurt. He has a bow and arrow. He takes it out, pulls back, and whispers his next line. MICHAEL I'm sorry. Zack closes his eyes, apparently hearing what Michael said. Michael shoots the blow. It shows the devil, his eyes open wide, like he got hit. Zack falls with blood on his hands. We hear a heart monitor in the background, getting slower and slower. It flat lines The devil looks up and screams, all of his anger stored up until that last moment. The camera fades to God, holding his door open and smiling FADE OUT TO BLACK THE END
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