And with less than two hours remaining, I just typed the last words of mine. A bit of human vs alien warfare sci-fi.
If you prefer a properly-formatted version of the screenplay, I can provide it via email (holdingourown "at" ymail "dot" com)
Here it is:
MICHAEL C. TOURETTE
EXT. DEEP SPACE - NIGHT - ESTABLISHING
In the depths of space, without a star to call its own, is ZERO BASE, a space station. Zero base is cigar-shaped with perpendicular rings of various sizes gripping to the spokes extending from it.
INT. ZERO BASE LOUNGE - NIGHT
Synth-heavy EDM is playing. Human beings a sprinkling of alien creatures are dancing, drinking, and partying. Among the dancers are ROGER YOUNG, a fit man with a crew cut, and VERONICA V., in a white dress.
I thought being an agent would stress me to death. But since being assigned here, my life's been unforgettable!
I know. And that's exactly the problem.
Oh, relax. Did you tell me you're allowed to remain here indefinitely?
And the longer I stay, the more difficult it is to leave.
I'll buy you a drink. Then you finally tell me how you got here.
INT. ZERO BASE LOUNGE BAR - NIGHT
ROGER YOUNG and VRONICA V. are seated, drinking BLUE BEVERAGES.
I was head of tactical operations at Black Ops Intelligence Center, making final preparations for Operation Pushback.
That's the offensive that pushed the Rothaxi forces from the Vega System, am I right?
Yes, but the Rothaxi discovered our location and we were under attack.
INT. BLACK OPS CENTER - DAY
the HALLWAYS are narrow and maze-like, with DOORS at irregular intervals. ROTHAXI COMMANDOS, orc-like aliens armed with FUTURISTIC GUNS, are running through the hallways, shooting any HUMAN SOLDIERS and AGENTS they encounter along the way.
ROGER YOUNG is at the far end of a hallway, witnessing the incident, and noticing the Rothaxi invaders approaching him. Roger Young sneaks off into an ELEVATOR, presses some buttons, and the ELEVATOR DOORS begin to shut. A ROTHAXI LIEUTENNENT notices him.
I spotted their leader! At the end of the hall!
Two armed ROTHAXI SOLDIERS turn the corner. One aims a RIFLE at him and fires. An infinitesimal SHELL careens from the rifle and strikes Roger Young in the leg, just before the elevator doors shut completely.
ROGER YOUNG (v.o.)
All the intelligence for Operation Pushback was contained within our base. If it fell into Rothaxi hands, the mission would fail, we'd lose countless soldiers, and soon afterward, the war.
INT. BLACK OPS CENTER BOMB SHELTER - DAY
The shelter is dimly lit, with yellow BOMB SHELTER SIGNS all around. The DOORS to the shelter dilate. ROGER YOUNG limps, as fast as he can, to a CONSOLE with a MONITOR and looks at the monitor while pressing buttons frantically.
ROGER YOUNG (v.o.)
So I waited until all of them were inside, and...
EXT. BLACK OPS CENTER - DAY
The CENTER is a domed building hidden in RUSTY ROCK FORMATIONS under a PINK SKY. In an instant, the base explodes. Nothing remains.
ZERO BASE LOUNGE - NIGHT
And that's the story. As the only one with detailed knowledge of the scenario,
The Space Marines assigned me to zero base until after the campaign ended.
That was over a year ago.
So, what about you?
I'm a unique case. I was an agent when the war first broke out. My ship was shot down by the Rothaxi, but I survived in an emergency pod by putting myself. Six years later, my pod passed near enough to Zero Base to be rescued.
How's that unique?
I discovered where I was before they implanted the nmenomizer. So they never gave me one. Therefore, I'm forbidden from leaving. Ever.
Wow. we've been dating a year, but I never felt I really knew you until now. Veronica, I should have told you long ago... I love you.
Veronica leans her head forward and they kiss each other.
SFX: SERIES OF SHORT OSCILLATING PULSES
Roger Young reaches into his pocket and pulls out a PAGING TUBE, then examines it.
Who knows my ansible frequency other than the Admiral? I'm so sorry; I've got to go.
Roger gets up abruptly and leaves hurriedly.
INT. ROGER YOUNG'S QUARTERS - NIGHT
The DOORS to Roger's quarters dilate and ROGER YOUNG rushes in. Next to his BED is a CONSOLE with MONITOR. Roger Young inserts the PAGING TUBE he's holding into the console. The monitor snaps on. Filling the monitor is a ROTHAXI COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER.
Roger Young, the bane to our race. Your days are numbered.
How did you find my frequency, you lummox?
That is of no consequence. We know that and soon will know your location. And wherever you are, we shall hunt you down and avenge our fallen men.
Fat chance, sleezardo!
One of our soldiers injected a shell into you at black ops base. That shell contained a customized techno-virus that emits a weak nuclear pull. By now, that virus should be thriving in your blood stream.
That bullet that struck me as I ran in the elevator...
Exactly. And as soon as our astrophysicists detect the anomaly, we'll be able to track your whereabouts anywhere in the universe. You will not be able to hide. And wherever you are, we will hunt you down and avenge our fallen soldiers!
The monitor goes black.
INT. VERONICA V's QUARTERS - NIGHT
VERONICA V's room is painted lavender, and is poshly furnished. VERONICA V is sitting on her well-cushioned BED. ROGER YOUNG is standing by the DOOR.
You're leaving? You know you'll forget everything about this place. And me. And just when I feel I can't lose you! Please tell me you're staying!
Zero base is protecting all those in the Rothaxi's sights, and valuable information. It's the very reason why the memories of those who leave are erased. My presence here risks everyone's lives. If I remain, they will be ruthless. No one will survive. Veronica, I love you.
If you love me, you'd stay here with me.
(pause.) It's because I love you that I must leave.
EXT. PASSENGER STARSHIP - NIGHT - ESTABLISHING
INT. PASSENGER STARSHIP - NIGHT
ROGER YOUNG is the only passenger in the ship. It is a luxury suite for one. Roger Young is seated in a CUSHIONED SEAT, embedded into the WALL. A voice comes through the ceiling-mounted SPEAKER.
ROBOTIC P.A. SYSTEM (v.o.)
Passenger, we are now exiting Zero Base's electro-magnetic field. The change in electromagnetism will shatter your nmeonomizer implant, and all your memories from Zero Base will be deleted. You will experience a physical shutdown for several hours that follow. This is a normal reaction to the shock.
(To himself.) Veronica, they wouldn't even let me keep a photograph to remember you by. But I guess it makes no difference, since soon I wouldn't be able to recognize you anyway. I asked to be taken to an isolated location where the Rothaxi can hunt me down without putting anyone else in danger. Please, don't ever forget about me.
ROBOTIC P.A. SYSTEM (v.o.)
Exiting magnetic field in three... two... one...
Good bye, Veronica.
SFX: A frying circuit.
CUT TO BLACK
Last edited by HoldingOurOwn (November 4, 2016 (07:22pm))
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