Horror and Thriller Script posted January 28, 2020


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Twenty Minute Warning Part 9

by Jm4805

SFX:
Buzzer, silence

Voice: (Intercom)
Times up. You had your twenty-minute warning. Now... Who wants to go first?

Ashley:
I won't play this ridiculous game!

Voice: (Intercom)
Then everybody dies. (Pause) Let me ask you a theoretical moral dilemma.

Ashley:
I'm tired of all this, why do you care who we would choose?

Voice: (Intercom)
You're a railroad worker, your job is to throw the switch that changes the course of the train. However, on one track is one man trapped, helpless caught between two planks. There's no chance he'll be able to get out in time. The train will run him down and pulverize him into fragments of what he once was.

Ashley:
This isn't a game! This is our lives!

Voice: (Intercom)
But... If you don't throw the switch, you'll send the train towards a ravine, since the tracks are incomplete. By not acting you condemn everyone on board. The conductors, the passengers. Everyone... Can you justify one life over many?

Ashley:
Don't you hear a damn thing I'm saying?

Voice: (Intercom)
I should ask you the same thing. Throw the switch Ashley or everyone on the train dies. The reason doesn't matter. An ant can't question a human's motives. A human can't question God's motives.

Ashley:
Now you're God?

Voice: (Intercom)
And the Devil, wrapped up into one. If that's what you need to hear to justify your actions.

Jason:
Ashley... It's over. We need to choose.

Ashley:
Then I'll vote-

Neil:
You can't vote for yourself. Just vote for me.

Ashley:
But-

Neil:
But what?

Ashley:
I don't want you to die! (Pause) I don't want anyone to die!

Voice: (Intercom)
There's a difference between incurring a loss and being moral you know. If Neil is willing to die, are you really going to stand in the way of it?

SFX:
Chair scratching.

Lena:
I vote the kid. Cal. (Pause) He's probably not going to survive anyway. (Pause) Plus he's murderer.

Cal laughs.

Steph:
I'll kill you if he dies!

Lena:
Let's see you try.

Neil:
I'm not innocent either!

Lena:
Quit your whining. (Pause) Don't you think you have an obligation to keep going?

Neil:
How could I have an obligation?

Lena:
Did you pull the trigger?

Neil:
No. Not personally but I couldn't stop them!

SFX:
Chair squeaks, standing.

Lena:
You're about to choose someone, to pull a trigger. Stop complaining so much and just grow a pair. (Pause) If you live, then you keep going. You do something about what happened.

Neil:
I never thought I'd be consoled by you of all people.

Lena:
I can't help it, you're all so stupid it's driving me insane.

Ashley:
And there's the Lena we've come to know.

Lena:
I choose the kid.

Henry:
Second, sorry Neil. He killed someone.

Ashley:
We don't have any proof that he did!

Jason:
We also don't have any proof that the person who gets chosen dies.

Neil:
I can't...

Ashley:
This can't be real.

Jason:
I'll nominate Neil. (Pause) Since he's so eager.

Steph:
Lena, take the old crazy bat.

Ashley:
We can't just turn on each other.

John:
I think...

Neil:
You've been quiet for a while.

John:
I think if there was something they were looking for, they found it.

Neil:
What are you talking about?

John:
What's observable here? Measurable?

Steph:
Oh for the love of the voice in the damn box, spare us the damn lecture. (Pause) Take John too!

Henry:
Maybe I oughta change my vote to the girl.

Gabby:
You don't want them to die daddy, do you?

Henry:
I don't want to die. And despite everything I don't want you to die, or anyone else. But if I had to choose. Isn't it justice?

Ashley:
I can't.

Neil:
You must. Just vote me.

Ashley:
Then vote me.

Neil:
I can't vote you...

Ashley:
Why, it's not like you know me.

Neil:
That's not true.

Ashley:
Now you're going to tell me that we've met.

Neil:
Not exactly. It's not a coincidence I came into the game store today. (Pause) Soon after my discharge, I started working nearby. I came in for a game, and well for one single moment I saw you. (Pause) You had this smile on your face. I thought for a second, hey you know what, maybe if there are people like that out there, there's a chance. Then I saw you a few days later, with your kid, the kid was having a meltdown, and you were so patient. I thought the coincidence was strange, so the next time I was in the area, I decided to stop by and try and ask you out.

Ashley:
I thought you looked familiar. (Pause) Doesn't this qualify as stalking?

Neil:
Probably. I just figured if things kept lining up, there's got to be something bigger at work. Either way I tried to work up the courage to ask you out, until this all happened. (Pause) So...

Ashley:
I had no idea.

Neil:
So don't ask me to vote for you.

Ashley:
What if everyone who gets a vote dies?

Neil:
That's why I can't vote for you.

John:
They want to see us all vote. (Pause) That's the real measure, to see whether or not we'll breakdown. If society is weak. It's like that episode of the twilight zone, the Monsters Are Due on Maple Street. When presented with just a little push and fear, we become like animals.

Neil:
I'll vote for...

Ashley:
No... Don't...

Cal:
Doesn't anyone want to know who I'll vote for?

Steph:
Take it easy...

Cal:
All of you. Every single one of you. (Pause) If you let me live, I want you to kill everyone else who's here.

Steph:
That's right!

Cal:
Including you.

Steph:
Cal? How could you?

Cal:
Shut up and stop sitting so close to me. (Pause) Everyone knows, and I can't have loose endings.

Voice: (Intercom)
What if I told you that if you wanted that to happen, you'd have to take matter's in your own hands?

John:
No, stop!

Cal:
Then there's no time like the present.

Ashley:
No! (Pause) I thought everyone had to vote!

Voice: (Intercom)
You never were going to vote. (Pause) The three of you would have condemned the entire room by trying to get around the rules. So new rules... (Pause) Strongest survives.

SFX:
Blaring horn, darkness, gas.



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