Forgotten Society, Part 13

EXT. MORNING STAR APARTMENTS. MORNING.

The five arrive to a place of huge disarray. People are evacuating the building, and firemen are trying to put out the fire. Some of them go inside to rescue people. The police are there trying to get everyone to safety. Some of the civilians volunteer to help with the evacuation. The five spread out and do the same. Things seem chaotic enough when suddenly people look to the sky in horror as a second dragon appears and flies straight into the apartments. As it crashes, it blows fire and explodes on impact. The building is in really bad shape.

FIRE CHIEF:
All units, cease rescue efforts. Everyone,
immediately! Building looks ready to collapse!
(beat)
Why aren’t they responding?

CURTIS:
I’ll go get them!

FIRE CHIEF:
Here’s a gas mask. Don’t delay!

Curtis runs into the building. William is helping police against people who are reluctant to leave. Miguel is carrying people to places where they can get aid. Tiffany finds a camera and is taping both the scene and people’s reactions. Renee is showing people to safety. She sees Curtis enter the building and this bothers her. She sees a little Haitian girl crying.

GIRL:
Mama! Papa! Où-est vous?

Renee sees a piece of debris about to fall on her, so she runs to her, scoops her into her arms, and runs away just in time. More pieces of debris fall down. The rescuers make an urgent effort to get people out of the way.

EXT. REMONT HOTEL. MORNING.

The Remont Hotel, a fancy lodging, is a safe distance form the apartment. Renee sees a frantic man who looks like he could be the girl’s father. She gives the child to him, and he looks so relieved.

FATHER:
Vous la savez! Merci!

He kisses her cheeks and runs inside. Renee is taken aback from his gratitude.

EXT. MORNING STAR APARTMENTS.

Tiffany is still video taping everything. William and Miguel are evacuating everyone.

INT. STAIRWAY. MORNING.

Curtis finds the firemen.

CURTIS:
Your radios aren’t working! The chief
said to evacuate. The building is about to-

He hears some loud creaking, and the ground begins to shake.

EXT. MORNING STAR APARTMENTS. MORNING.

People are horrified as the building starts to fall. People run as fast as they can to escape the smoke and billowing ashes.

EXT. REMONT HOTEL. MORNING.

Everyone watches in horror as the apartments collapse. Renee lets a blood-curling scream. After it is finished collapsing, Renee searches the crowd. She finds an ash-covered William and Miguel. They find Tiffany too, who is still filming.

RENEE:
Did Curtis make it out of the building?

William and Miguel gesture that they do not think so. Renee, Miguel, William, and a bunch of others rush to go help any possible survivors.

EXT. APARTMENT REMAINS. MORNING.

People begin to dig through the rubble. They bring any body they can find out of the ruins. A lot of people are calling out for their missing loved ones.

RENEE:
Curtis! Curtis!

She gets no response. Suddenly, she hears some beeping. She starts digging.

INT. STAIRCASE RUBBLE. MORNING.

It is pitch black. Curtis and the firefighters hold each other’s hands so they know where they are.

CURTIS:
We’re still alive?

FIREMAN 1:
Yes, but we have about thirty floors above
us. Who knows how long it’ll take for them
to find us!

FIREMAN 2:
Do you hear that beeping? That’s activated
when a fireman’s body is still for too long.
At the very least, they’ll find our bodies.

After a long moment, Curtis notices some light.

CURTIS:
Look! There’s light!

FIREMAN 3:
Wait, that’s sunlight! We’re at the top now!
(shouts)
Hello?

RENEE (OS):
Hello?

CURTIS:
Renee?

RENEE (OS):
Curtis? Thank God!

CURTIS:
We’re gonna climb out! Keep digging!

EXT. REMONT HOTEL. NOON.

KENNETH (Tiffany’s father) stands outside directing people.

KENNETH:
Welcome to my hotel slash hospital slash
rescue shelter! Please, come in and find a
spot!
(beat)
Tiffany?

Tiffany runs to her father and they hug.

KENNETH:
My God, where have you been?

TIFFANY:
I got the attack on video!

KENNETH:
Of course you did! Well, tell me about
your adventure later. Help me organize
all this!

Curtis and Renee (covered in dust) come in sight.

TIFFANY:
You guys made it!

She gives them both hugs.

KENNETH:
You saved my daughter’s life, didn’t
you? Something didn’t seem right
about what they said in the news.
Tell me about it later. Get inside and
get some rest!

Curtis, Renee, and Tiffany go inside. A moment later, Daniel tries to enter with a couple of his guards. Kenneth blocks them.

KENNETH:
This is private property! You can’t
enter without a warrant!

Daniel looks surprised at his defiance.

DANIEL:
We believe you are harboring a fugitive.

KENNETH:
Come back with a warrant.

DANIEL:
Fine. Just a warning, you may want to
take caution with those you associate
with. It could determine your future
with me.

KENNETH:
I’ll that in mind if you get elected. Now, leave!

Daniel raises an eyebrow but leaves.

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Forgotten Society, Part 12

INT. REBEL HIDEOUT. MORNING.

Renee and Curtis storm in. They make a lot of noise to wake everyone up. Everyone does wake up, confused.

RENEE:
Grab your weapons! Crossgrove Hollow has
been placed under martial guard, so it’s
not safe here!

William, Tiffany, and Miguel are shocked.

CURTIS:
There is a piece of good news in all
this: Daniel is putting heavy guard
on Thornprick Path, and he looked
seriously frightened when he thought
we knew what he was doing here, so
we think the dragon’s lair may be there!

MIGUEL:
We kept going to where they where targeting,
but I didn’t realize they kept away from here
for a reason! They never attack the hikers
or campers in the area so no one follows
them to their lair! The attacks were leading
us away from it! But Daniel got weak!
Tiffany, how’s your ankle?

TIFFANY:
It’s a little tender but I can walk.

MIGUEL:
Good! Now is the time for us to put an
end to all this madness! I don’t know what
we’ll find there, but we’ll do what we’ve
always done and hatch a plan as the
opportunity arises. Failure is not an option!
Let’s go! And never forget what we’re
fighting for!

They all gather their things and leave.

EXT. THORNPRICK PATH. MORNING.

They see that Thornprick path is a windy, black gravel road leading up a small mountain. The mountain looks to be made of the same dark gravel but is lined with the occasional thorn bush. They see two guards standing before the path. William throws a branch as far as he can. The guards go to find the source of the noise. They sneak onto the path.

EXT. THORNPRICK LEDGE. MORNING.

They get to a spot that they deemed far enough away from the guards to start talking.

TIFFANY:
That was easy!

MIGUEL:
Yes, we got lucky.

Renee stops and looks out to the panoramic view of Washington DC. She looks deeply uneasy.

CURTIS:
Are you okay?

RENEE:
There’s something wrong. Daniel was
very insistent on protecting the area.
Why suddenly the change of heart?

MIGUEL:
Come on! We’ve got to move quickly!

Curtis starts to move but Renee stays put.

RENEE:
Guys! Look!

Everyone turns around to see, in the distance, a dragon in the sky. It flies straight into the Morning Star apartments, whose floors burst into flame where impacted. Horror-struck, everyone races down the mountain.