Horror and Thriller Script posted January 25, 2020


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Plato's Cave

Twenty Minute Warning Part 8

by Jm4805

Steph:
Why are you sitting here like it's time to make friends and hang out? Don't you understand the predicament we're in? (Pause) We have probably less than ten minutes to decide who's going to die, because you want to know everyone's back story. The answer is obvious, eliminate the parents, eliminate the kids, who are you left with?

John:
Are we included?

Steph:
This is exactly why you're so annoying! (Pause) Make up your own mind. Who are you voting to die?

John:
I couldn't.

Steph:
Of course, you can't! Why should you be able to do the one thing that would save your life? I know you just want to die, so about I just vote for you.

Ashley:
That's way out of line!

Steph:
No, it's not. I'm not trying to be the bad guy, but someone has to.

Lena:
I already tried.

Steph:
Not as crazy. (Pause) I mean we need to make a hard decision. I don't know about any of you. But I don't plan on dying and I'm worried about Cal.

John:
Cal might not even make it.

Steph: (Angry)
Go ahead, try.

John:
Why not? (Pause) He killed someone. He barely has a pulse. (Pause) If anyone's already condemned it's him.

Steph:
If you kill him. You'll have to kill me.

John:
That's not the point. He doesn't love you. (Pause) Why do you keep following him around like that?

Steph:
Don't talk like you know what's going on?

Neil:
No one's going to die.

Steph:
Wake up already! Do you think this is a game?

Jason:
She's right.

Steph:
If I'm voting it's for John, he's a waste of space anyway. Probably going to grow up spending his time-

Ashley:
That's enough!

SFX:
Slap. Silence.

Ashley:
I'm tired of this whole broody, I'm an edgy teenager attitude! Both of you stop it and separate. (Pause) I thought I had it tough having a kid near your age, but I can tell that stupid godforsaken attitude is a thousand times worse. Always a damn victim, always ready to yell at someone else, always defending someone who will just end up using you. Doesn't it get old? Doesn't it?

Steph:
You're not my mom!

Ashley:
That's right! My kid has manners. They would never tell someone who tried to be their friend to go off and die. Sacrifice themselves or call them worthless. You don't get to judge that.

Steph:
So now you want to vote for me?

Ashley:
I don't want to vote for anyone!

Jason:
That's a lie, you could be rid of me.

Ashley:
I don't want to be rid of you. I just want to understand!

Henry:
Time's running out.

Lena:
I'm looking forward to seeing how this plays out.

Henry:
Of course, you are. I bet this is grand entertainment for you. (Pause) I'm tired of all this fighting. I'm ready to vote.

Neil:
Just like that?

Henry:
Yes. Just like that. (Pause) Don't you get it, someone's going to die. The kids are right. The more you fight it... If you're willing to let everyone here, die just because you don't want to make a hard choice, I'll kill you myself. (Pause) I don't think I'm going to be able to look my kid in the eye for a long time. But she got dragged into a situation between me and my wife. I can't just sit here and pretend that I don't want her to grow up because I'm angry.

Neil:
So, who dies?

Henry:
Obviously, the teenager who killed someone, who might be dying. It's convenient.

Ashley:
A little too convenient.

Jason:
Now you're going to say this is a set up.

Ashley:
Nothing here makes any sense. We're all effective strangers. It's like this is a test to see if we're able to go through with it.

Jason:
And if we're not? What if everyone dies?

Steph:
I won't let Cal die.

Henry:
Then you can join him for all I care.

Gabby:
Daddy! You can't just-

Henry:
I can do exactly what I want to. And obviously you've had practice in that area.

Gabby:
She doesn't deserve-

Henry:
We all deserve it on some level. Whether we hate ourselves, hurt someone else, or want to get some form of revenge. Haven't you realized this yet?

Ashley:
That's it then? Let's just choose someone to die. Is that what you all want?

Neil:
We don't know if they would die.

Ashley:
Even still, we're just as guilty.

Neil:
Please vote for me. I'll vote for someone else.

Henry:
You can't just throw your life away.

Jason:
Are you looking down on us? Playing the hero?

Ashley:
I can't. I won't!

Neil:
There's a child here. If you don't vote and we all die, she does too.

Ashley: (Crying)
It's just not fair... I can't condemn someone.

Jason:
Not even a liar?

Henry:
A bad father.

Neil:
A war criminal?

Gabby:
A liar.

Steph:
A spoiled brat, I believed you called me.

John:
Someone who gave up.

Lena: (Laughing)
A psychopath.

Cal: (Weakly)
A murderer...

Steph:
Cal! You can talk?

Cal:
Barely... I keep fading in and out. (Pause) We have to choose right? Let's just choose the vet. He wants to die, let him. (Coughing)

Ashley:
And what if we chose you?

Cal:
You won't. (Pause) You're all a bunch of cowards. I doubt you'll choose anyone. Nice look dad.

Henry:
If my kid wasn't here.

Cal:
You'd strike a teenager who can barely stay awake. Good lesson for your daughter. See honey, this is the kind of person he really is. When you take away his safety, put a few things at stake. Watch him become an animal. As for me, I know exactly what I am. I don't expect any mercy or pity from any of you. But I want to live.

Steph:
He's right, at least he doesn't pretend to be something he's not.

John:
At least he doesn't fawn over someone because they're too weak to do anything themselves. It's pretty easy committing to a cause when you don't have to face yourself. That's why your slip is blank, isn't it? There's nothing there. You are nothing.

Cal: (Laughing)
Oh man... When did you grow balls? That's about the funniest thing I've heard in a long time.

Steph:
How can you just sit there and laugh?

Cal:
Do you think you're exempt? That we have some sort of bond? Bull. You're just latching on to me the same way John did. You just want to pretend you're better, at least he's self-aware. (Pause) And you Army boy, if you want to be a hero, why sit and vote. Walk out that door. Ten bucks says that'll be an answer enough. (Pause) You're scared, aren't you?

Neil:
Don't talk like you understand things. If I did that everyone dies?

Cal:
How do you know that? A voice from little box told you. There might even be a whole group of scientists on the other side. If I knew for sure I'd walk right outside just to end this stupid game. SO EITHER MAN UP. (Coughing) OR SHUT UP.

Lena laughs.

Lena:
It's about time someone else said it. I swear you all don't take me seriously.

SFX:
Ropes fall, chair moves, walking.

Ashley:
How did she get out?

Lena:
I had a knife on me the whole time.

Neil:
And what do you plan on doing with it?

Lena:
Nothing. I know I'm not dying. You wouldn't condemn innocent children, it's not in your nature. My money is on either Cal or Neil. Although Henry, Steph, and John aren't exactly out of the question. (Pause) But I'm really tired and as fun as this has been, I'm ready to go home. Is the twenty minutes up yet?

Voice: (Intercom)
Once you're seated, we'll go around the room and make the final decision.

Lena:
About damn time.



Getting close to the end. Looking forward to hearing who you think will be chosen.
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