"Fox & Rat" Virtual Series - Season Eight


Review By: Emma Keturah

"I am so going to win this. It’ll be the first bet I ever win." - John Doggett

Can you guess what Scully and Doggett are betting on?

Finally the day I have been waiting for has arrived making it quite possibly the best FRVS epiosde ever in the history of everness. I won't spoil it for you but you'll know what I mean when you read it ;)

*does happy dance, pops champagne open and pours a glass for everyone* :)

This is an episode full of Knowle. Not the tough Knowle we know, but a much more sensitive Knowle. A Knowle I'd like to get to know much better if you get my meaning ;) Anyway, those of you who haven't yet been won over by The Roar will rapidly re-evaluate your opinion of him.

Krycek fans rejoice. He has a new job! What crazy antics will this result in? No one knows but it can't be good.

8x22 "Keep Your Enemies Closer"

Title: "Keep Your Enemies Closer"
Written by: Kristi
Date: May 2-4, 7, 2006
Air Date: May 15, 2006
Rating: PG
Series: FRVS - Episode #170
Spoilers: Past episodes of FRVS may be spoiled.
Feedback: E-mail us at foxandratvs@gmail.com (please include the episode name in the subject) Thank you.
Archiving: "Fox & Rat" Virtual Series only!
Disclaimer: "The X-Files" and its characters belong to 20th Century FOX Broadcasting. If you recognize it, it's not our own creation. Original characters belong to Cassie and Kristi (FRVS).
Author's Note: The personalities of the characters within the world of "Fox & Rat" are not those you know from "The X-Files" television series. We have warped them and given them a common past, immature behavior and a sense of humor. Any horrid behavior should not be mimicked in your every day life.
Summary: Knowle receives some bad news about his mother’s health.


FADE IN:

INT. MANNER’S BAR – NIGHT

FRIDAY, MARCH 17

The bar is loud, but not rowdy and decorated for St. Patrick’s Day. Music is playing, people are shooting pool, smoking, and having a good time. In the back of the bar, a booth is occupied with Doggett, who has his arm around Scully. Brad, Mulder, Krycek and Marita. They are all laughing.

BRAD
(trying to talk through laughter)
... so she comes up and she’s completely
oblivious to the doctors standing by waiting,
and she pulls out this really thick binder
that’s filled with notebook paper-

DOGGETT
-Don’t forget the picture pasted on the front.

BRAD
Oh yeah, and she’s got a picture of Mulder
and Dana pasted on the front of this binder,
and it’s surrounded by a bright pink heart.
(beat) But she comes in and she sits down
and says that she’s written a new “fanfic”-
whatever that is anyway – and she starts to
read the most horrid words imaginable.

DOGGETT
I give the doctors a look because they didn’t
believe us when we told them how she was.

MULDER
She scares me.

BRAD
The doctors interrupt her and she puts on
this screaming hissy fit, or whatever.
Yelling about how her shipper friends
will get us, and who knows what else.

DOGGETT
She left kicking and screaming and with
a nice Section 8 on her record.

Brad shakes his head.

SCULLY
I’m just glad Agent Harrison is out
of the basement.

MULDER
I’m glad she’s out of the FBI forever.

MARITA
Wait... wasn’t this Leyla girl
Dana’s partner? If she isn’t there
any more, who is her partner now?

Doggett coughs a bit and sits up, and takes his glass of ginger ale.

DOGGETT
I’ve been put back down there.

He smiles, not exactly thrilled with being demoted back down to The X-Files Division from where he was sitting in OPR.

MULDER
But you’re a good agent, John.
You’ll do justice to the cases.

DOGGETT
I’ll be honest, I’m not thrilled,
but that’s the system we work in.
(beat) They put you where they need you.

Scully kisses him on the cheek.

SCULLY
(whispers in his ear)
At least I’ve got a sexy partner.

Doggett smiles.

KRYCEK
Isn’t Monica coming? She said she was.

Brad looks over at Krycek.

BRAD
Then she must be. (beat) But
I’ve really gotta ask...

Brad looks at Krycek like he’s crazy. And he should. Krycek is wearing a United States Marines T-Shirt, and looks like he has a goatee.

KRYCEK
What’s that?

BRAD
This whole Marines get up you have,
and the fake goatee... what’s that about?

KRYCEK
It’s not fake!

Marita leans over, grabs his chin and kisses him. She pulls away and his goatee has “mysteriously” smeared. Marita shows everyone her hands that have brown on them now from his face.

BRAD
(to Krycek; re: Marita)
Then what’s on her hand?

Krycek’s eyes bug.

KRYCEK
CRAP! Wait to go, Marita!

Krycek gets up from the table and makes his way to the bathroom.

MARITA
(after a beat)
Alex thinks he’s going to be like
Knowle. You know, so Knowle will
like him or something. (beat) Frankly
I think he’s being ridiculous and
having another identity crisis.

MULDER
You should’ve seen him in the shoe
store the other day. (beat; lowers voice)
He was looking at platforms.

Scully laughs and some of her drink comes out of her mouth. She grabs a napkin and wipes away the mess.

SCULLY
(holding in laughter)
Platforms?

MARITA
Alex found out that Knowle
is six foot four inches tall.

MULDER
It’s another case of “Alex
has penis envy”... or something.

BRAD
What do you mean “another case”?
He’s done this before?

Mulder nods his head as he sips his drink.

MARITA
In high school when Mulder became
the quarterback for our school.

Mulder, Marita and Scully both shake their heads, remember back to high school when Krycek tried to be like Mulder.

SCULLY
He’s an interesting guy.

DOGGETT
I just hope he cleans up his
face before anyone else sees him.

BRAD
Like Knowle? He’d have a blast with this.

Mulder looks up towards the entryway of the bar, just in time to see Knowle and Monica enter.

MULDER
Gee, speak of the devil.

Everyone looks towards the door. Monica waves at them as she and Knowle make their way over to the booth.

MARITA
Let’s not tell him what Alex
has done incase his face is
clean when he comes back.

They all nod their heads... anything they can do to halt any Krycek Drama.

Monica and Knowle reach the table and everyone scoots over so they can sit down.

MONICA
So how is everyone?

MULDER
Agent Creepy Crazy is out of the FBI.

MONICA
Oh that’s good.

KNOWLE
Creepy Crazy?

MULDER
Leyla Harrison.

Knowle nods his head.

DOGGETT
And I’ve been put back in The X-Files.

MONICA
You know what my Grandmama always
says: everything happens for a reason.

She smiles at him.

MONICA
(after a beat)
Well, some big changes happened
at work today for me too.

BRAD
What’s that?

MONICA
Alex is the new principal.

Everyone stops what they are doing and look at her for a long beat.

MONICA
Yes, you all heard me right. He’s
the principal of an elementary school.

Mulder’s jaw drops and his straw sticks to his lower lip.

MONICA
Can anyone guess the first thing
he said to me?

They’re all still stunned that Krycek is the principal of an elementary school.

MONICA
(after a beat)
“Hey there hot tamale.”

BRAD
Typical Krycek thing to say...

MARITA
He’s the principal? What brought that on?

MONICA
Well, I had to ask him myself because
it seemed so unlike him. You know,
before he was working at fast food
restaurants or street venders. And
he said that it was because he wanted
to grow up, which we all know translates
to: “Marita”.

Monica smiles at Marita.

MARITA
(after a beat; halfway to herself)
He’s so odd... he’s trying to
grow and impress me but all
the while he’s trying to look
and act like Knowle.

Knowle looks over at her.

KNOWLE
(did he hear her right)
What?

SCULLY
(obviously deterring the subject)
SO... Anyone else scared that
he’s going to be influencing children?

Doggett leans over to her.

DOGGETT
(whispers in her ear)
Nice try on changing the subject
away from Krycek...

Scully winces, she’s not good at that when she thinks too much.

BRAD
(re: Scully’s question)
I am.

MARITA
Well I think it is just swell
that Alex wants to grow up and
take on more responsibility.

KRYCEK (O.S.)
That’s right baby.

He sits down next to Marita, his fake goatee reapplied on his face. Marita looks at him and cringes.

Krycek looks over and sees Knowle.

KRYCEK
‘Sup man?

KNOWLE
Why do you have a fake goatee?

DOGGETT
(to Knowle)
Another good question to ask
would be: Why is he wearing
a USMC T-shirt?

KRYCEK
Because I’m like you, man. Gun-ho!

KNOWLE
Actually you’re a principal
of an elementary school.

MARITA
Yes, Alex. You are. So stop
this penis envy you have and
be yourself. You know I love
you when you are you and not
someone else.

Krycek doesn’t know what to say. He’s been caught off guard, and it certainly doesn’t help that everyone knows his goatee is fake.

KRYCEK
Sorry, I just thought you’d all
like me better this way.

MARITA
Sasha, we all like you how you are.

She takes a napkin and wipes his goatee off his face, then kisses him. He blushes.

MARITA
I love you Snuggums.

KRYCEK
I love you Snuffles.

Mulder rolls his eyes.

BRAD
Anyone up for a game of pool?

SCULLY
(excited)
Oh yes! I’m a pool shark!

MULDER
She beats Alex and I all the time.

MARITA
That really isn’t that hard...

SCULLY
(defensive)
Hey... I’m good.

BRAD
Then it’s a challenge.

Brad stands up and Scully follows.

MULDER
So Knowle, we don’t know a lot about you.

KNOWLE
What do you want to know?

MULDER
Well, I’ve always been curious what
you do at the Pentagon. I mean, once
I was snooping in there and came across
classified files and stuff. I was just
wondering if you-

KRYCEK
-I think he wants you to be his new informant.

MULDER
No! I’m just curious what he does there.
I’m not trying to get any information.
(lowers his voice and talks just to Knowle)
Unless you know something...

Knowle smiles.

KNOWLE
Defense strategy. Planning for the
worst case scenario should our country
be hit by terrorist, wars, or what have you.

MULDER
Whoa.

KNOWLE
I frequently assist the President.

MULDER
So you’re like the Secretary of Defense?

KNOWLE
No.

MULDER
Have you ever talked to a terrorist?

KNOWLE
Yes, quite a few.

MULDER
Is that scary?

KNOWLE
It’s my job.

MULDER
Do people actually work at
the Department of Defense?

KNOWLE
Yes.

MULDER
Do you know the President’s home number?

KNOWLE
Yes.

MULDER
Have you ever prank called him?

KNOWLE
No.

MULDER
Does he know your number?

KNOWLE
Yes.

MULDER
Does he call you often?

KNOWLE
Yes.

MULDER
Why?

KNOWLE
For advice.

MULDER
Advice on what?

KNOWLE
Well, last week it was should he
declare war with 1.4 billion Chinese.

MULDER
And what did you say?

KNOWLE
I told him that was a stupid idea
and that he shouldn’t threaten them.

MULDER
What did he say?

KNOWLE
That I better call President Lou
and fix the problem.

MULDER
Does the public know about this?

KNOWLE
No, but now you do.

MULDER
Were you not supposed to tell anyone?

KNOWLE
Of course.

MULDER
Then why did you?

KNOWLE
Honestly, I didn’t realize I was
telling such information because
you have been asking non-stop and
you caught me off guard.

Mulder smiles.

MULDER
You’ve never been a POW have you?

KNOWLE
No, but I’ve been through SERE.

MULDER
What’s that?

KNOWLE
Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape.

MULDER
Was that scary?

KNOWLE
It was intense.

Knowle’s cell phone rings.

MULDER
You can go ahead and get that.

KNOWLE
I was going to anyway.

He picks up.

KNOWLE
(into phone)
Knowle Rohrer.

Everyone watches him as he listens to the other person on the line.

MULDER
(whisper)
Maybe it’s the President.

KNOWLE
(after a beat)
I will be in first thing.

He hangs up.

MULDER
Was that the President?

KNOWLE
No. Secretary of Defense, Heller.

MULDER
What did he want?

KNOWLE
I have to go to the White House
first thing tomorrow morning.

KRYCEK
But it’s a weekend.

KNOWLE
C’est la vie.

KRYCEK
What?

KNOWLE
It’s French.

KRYCEK
I don’t know French, just Russian.

KNOWLE
Tee poni-mai-ish rooskie ya-zeek?

KRYCEK
(shocked)
You know Russian?!

KNOWLE
Studied it in college.

KRYCEK
So now you’re trying to be me?

MARITA
(calming)
Sasha... you’re not the only
person in the world who knows Russian.

KRYCEK
I know.

MONICA
He also knows Chinese.

KNOWLE
Among many others.

MULDER
Is that because of your job?

KNOWLE
It helps.

MULDER
Did you travel around a lot
when you were growing up? (beat)
Do you come from a military family?

KNOWLE
No. I grew up in Texas and stayed there
until I went to boarding school in New York.
(beat) Not a military family either.

KRYCEK
I knew he was a troublemaker, that’s
why he went to a boarding school. Only
people with problems go there.

Doggett looks at him offended.

DOGGETT
I went to a boarding school.

MONICA
So did I.

KNOWLE
So did Brad.

KRYCEK
Oh my god, I’m surrounded...

MULDER
There’s nothing wrong with them.

Scully and Brad come back.

SCULLY
Well, he kicked my ass.

She sits down next to Doggett.

BRAD
Anyone else up for a game?

MULDER
If you kicked Scully’s bum and
she kicks mine... I don’t think so.

Brad shrugs his shoulders and sits down.

BRAD
So what have we been talking about?

KRYCEK
The deep secrets of The Pentagon.

BRAD
Oh...

MULDER
Say Brad... do you know
the President’s home number?

Brad looks at him confused. Why would he know that?

CUT TO:

INT. KNOWLE ROHRER’S HUMMER – MORNING

SATURDAY, MARCH 18

Knowle drives up to the White House gates and a guard approaches his Hummer. He rolls down his window and show him his Department of Defense credentials. The guard checks it over, hands it back and makes a note of his entry onto the premises.

GUARD
Welcome back, Mr. Rohrer.

KNOWLE
Thank you.

GUARD
Go on.

He waves him on as the gates open.

CUT TO:

INT. THE OVAL OFFICE – THE WHITE HOUSE

President Logan sits on his couch across from James Heller, the Secretary of Defense. A secretary enters the office.

SECRETARY
Mr. President, Knowle Rohrer from
the Department of Defense is here.

PRESIDENT LOGAN
Thank you Carol, send him in.

SECRETARY
Yes, Mr. President.

She leaves the office and a moment later Knowle enters. The President and Heller stand up and shake his hand.

KNOWLE
(nodding head)
Mr. President.

PRESIDENT LOGAN
Please, have a seat Mr. Rohrer.

Logan motions towards the couch in the middle of the office. Knowle nods his head and sits down on the couch. Heller sits across from him and Logan remains standing.

KNOWLE
I’m assuming I’m here to
further discuss the Iran issue.

Logan smiles and shakes his head “no”.

PRESIDENT LOGAN
I’m discussing that with my advisors.

SECRETARY HELLER
Actually, you’re here on a much
lighter topic, Mr. Rohrer.

Knowle looks over at Heller.

KNOWLE
What topic is that?

Heller smiles at him.

SECRETARY HELLER
Your military advancement.

Knowle doesn’t know what to say about any military advancement. He hasn’t served actively since the first Gulf War ended.

KNOWLE
Military advancement?

PRESIDENT LOGAN
You’ve shown great military leadership.
Excellent strategy planning. (beat)
You stand out above our finest.

SECRETARY HELLER
You’ve been promoted to Master Sergeant, E-8.

KNOWLE
Thank you sir, it’s an honor.

PRESIDENT LOGAN
You’re a great asset to our Military.

Knowle shows his appreciation, be deep inside he can’t help but be suspicious of this military promotion. Especially such a large promotion. From Corporal E-4 to Master Sergeant E-8.

SECRETARY HELLER
Your new tags will be delivered to you.

Knowle nods his head, but remains suspicious.

KNOWLE
May I ask what brought on this promotion?

PRESIDENT LOGAN
You must be the first to question
a promotion, Mr. Rohrer.

KNOWLE
Don’t get me wrong, Mr. President,
I’m honored. I just haven’t served
actively since after the first Gulf War.

Logan sits down.

PRESIDENT LOGAN
My advisors strongly believe that
war with Iran is inevitable.

KNOWLE
What about you? What do you think of that?

PRESIDENT LOGAN
I agree with them. I am, after all,
the President of the United States.
(beat) Having you on board during
this time will help our defense.
At Master Sergeant status, you’ll have
more say against what others believe.

KNOWLE
I thought we cleared up the Iran
issue yesterday, Mr. President.

PRESIDENT LOGAN
Events happened over night.

KNOWLE
Events?

SECRETARY HELLER
They bombed our Embassy in Tehran.

PRESIDENT LOGAN
I will not stand here and do
nothing as these people kill
the American citizens.

KNOWLE
A terrorist attack is no reason
to go in there and be at war with
an entire country, Mr. President.

PRESIDENT LOGAN
This is my decision, and it’s why
we need you at a higher rank.

Knowle nods his head, it’s too late for him to do anything to change the President’s mind.

KNOWLE
All right. What do you need
from me, Mr. President?

PRESIDENT LOGAN
Right now, we don’t need your assistance.

Knowle eyes him suspiciously. They call him in here on a Saturday morning just to promote him to Master Sergeant and then they don’t even need him? There has to be something else. Something they’re not telling him.

CUT TO:

EXT. THE WHITE HOUSE

Knowle makes his way out of the White House and over to where his Hummer is parked. He gets in and lets out a sigh. Something more is going on here, there’s no doubt in his mind. He’s been called in to assist the President and his Cabinet on many different occasions, specifically dealing with the Middle East. And now, they only call him in for a promotion.

He’s about to start his car, when a note on the front dash catches his attention. He picks it up and unfolds it.

“Thing’s aren’t as they seem, Master Sergeant. Meet me at Memorial Park. We all have to keep our enemies closer.”

Knowle closes the note and looks around, trying to see if he can spot who sent him this note. He only notices gardeners working hard, and other White House staff.

His cell phone rings, once again stopping him from starting his car. He picks up.

KNOWLE
Knowle Rohrer.

He waits a long beat as he listens to the person on the other end. His face physically pales at the news he has just received. Off his look...

CUT TO:

EXT. DOGGETT & SCULLY’S HOUSE – DAY

Monica knocks on the front door and waits. A moment later, Scully answers.

MONICA
Hey.

SCULLY
Come on in.

Scully moves to the side to let her in. Monica stops in her tracks when she sees what Scully has done to the place, specifically all the pictures hanging on the wall. John has never hung pictures on his walls, just leaned them up against it.

MONICA
Oh my god, he actually let
you hang pictures?

SCULLY
He had no choice. If I’m going
to live here, we’re going to have
to compromise. (beat) I got Buddy
on my side when we discussed it.

From down below, Buddy barks his acknowledgement.

MONICA
The place looks great.

SCULLY
John also gave me creative
freedom to redecorate the guest
bathroom down here.

MONICA
What are your big plans?

SCULLY
Well, I was thinking of pink.
I love pink and John doesn’t
have any pink. Nothing too over
the top at all, simple you know?
Maybe some wallpaper that’s nice,
with a trim of roses or something.

MONICA
Sounds like a good idea.

SCULLY
I’m just worried that John’s
going to freak at the sight of pink.
It’s not exactly a “guy” color. (beat)
Unless you’re Mulder...

She smiles.

SCULLY
Oh well for him. I like pink.

Outside, Knowle’s Hummer pulls up into the driveway.

SCULLY
Well, let’s get started.

Scully starts to head towards the bathroom to get a start on her project, but Monica stays behind, seeing Knowle walking up to the door.

SCULLY
Mon? You coming?

Buddy looks in Monica’s direction and sees Knowle too. He sits down, not wagging his tail as he would usually do upon seeing a friend.

MONICA
Hold on.

She leaves the house and meets Knowle before he gets to the door. Scully watches them through the open door, wondering what’s going on. She sees Knowle and he seems upset. Monica hugs him.

EXT. DOGGETT & SCULLY’S HOUSE – CON’T

Knowle wipes a tear from his eye.

KNOWLE
I don’t know what to do. I
should’ve been there.

MONICA
These things happen. It’s
not your fault, Knowle.

She pulls away from him and looks at him in the eyes.

MONICA
You need to get down there. Be
there with her. (beat) I know
you feel at a loss, and that’s
normal, ok? (beat) Do you want
me to come down with you?

Knowle shakes his head.

KNOWLE
I’m hoping it won’t be that bad.

Monica nods her head, knowing he wants her there with him.

MONICA
Call me if you need anything.

Knowle nods. Tears remain in his eyes.

INT. DOGGETT & SCULLY’S HOUSE – CON’T

Scully and Buddy continue watching Monica and Knowle from the foyer. Doggett comes up behind her with a sandwich in his hand.

DOGGETT
What’s going on? Did you get
Knowle over here to help?

SCULLY
No. He just came and Monica
went out to talk to him.

DOGGETT
What about?

He takes a giant bite out of his sandwich.

SCULLY
Not sure, but he seems upset. (beat)
Which is interesting in a way.

Doggett looks at her oddly.

DOGGETT
How is Knowle being upset “interesting”?

SCULLY
Interesting in that he comes to
Monica when he’s upset. (beat)
Just like when you called me one
night before we were together. (beat)
Remember? You were reflecting on bad
times so you called me over and when
I came you didn’t say much, but you
did tell me you loved me.

She looks back out at Monica and Knowle.

SCULLY
(thoughtful)
I’m curious as to how he knew she was here.

DOGGETT
What do you mean?

SCULLY
It’s like they have a connection.

Doggett rolls his eyes.

DOGGETT
Now you’re starting to
sound like Mulder.

He takes another bite of his sandwich.

SCULLY
Well how else do you explain
how he knew she was here?

DOGGETT
Could’ve called her.

SCULLY
I don’t think so. (beat) I think
they are like us. You know?

Doggett gives her a doubtful look.

SCULLY
You know what I mean. When I was
in trouble, didn’t you have a feeling?

Doggett doesn’t answer. She’s right. When Scott Williams took her, he had a bad feeling and couldn’t sleep. He ran over to her place to check on her. He knows what connection she’s speaking of.

DOGGETT
(after a beat)
Yes, I did have a feeling. But
that doesn’t prove that Monica
and Knowle have that connection.
I mean, she’s the psychic.

SCULLY
But he found her.

She smiles at him.

SCULLY
(after a beat)
I bet you $100 that they’ll
get together. You know, romantically.

Scully smiles, the true romantic at heart. Doggett laughs at her.

SCULLY
What?

DOGGETT
Oh please, Dana. They’re in the
“friend zone”. Thinking that they’ll
get together like we are, is crazy.

SCULLY
Then what do you have to lose?

DOGGETT
Fine. Let’s make it $500.

SCULLY
All right.

They shake hands and Scully looks down at Buddy.

SCULLY
Bud, you’re our witness.

Buddy barks his acknowledgement.

DOGGETT
I am so going to win this. It’ll
be the first bet I ever win.

Scully smiles at him and looks back out and Monica and Knowle as Doggett walks back to the kitchen. She watches as Monica and Knowle exchange some more words. She hugs him again, giving him a kiss on the cheek. After a moment he leaves and Monica comes back inside the house.

SCULLY
Is everything all right?

MONICA
I hope so.

She closes the front door.

MONICA
His mother is in the hospital.

Off her worried look...

TIME CUT TO:

INT. HOSPITAL – McALLEN, TEXAS – THAT NIGHT

The elevator doors open on the third floor of the hospital and Knowle makes his way out. He just arrived in McAllen after flying all day, and with delays for weather which did nothing to calm him. He finds a doctor.

KNOWLE
Excuse me, I’m looking for the
doctor who’s treating Naomi Rohrer.

DOCTOR
I am. (beat) You’re her son?

KNOWLE
Yes, Knowle. How is she?

DOCTOR
I’m afraid she’s not doing very
well. She was admitted earlier
today. A heart attack. We’ve done
the best we can to help her, but
she’s very weak and not recovering
like we’d like to see.

Knowle takes his words in, wishing they were better.

KNOWLE
Is she awake?

DOCTOR
We have her sleeping right now,
but you can go and sit with her.

Knowle nods his head.

KNOWLE
What room is she in?

DOCTOR
ICU 155. Just down the hall.

KNOWLE
Who brought her here?

The doctor looks at the chart.

DOCTOR
(reading chart)
Uh... Gary Rohrer.

Knowle freezes upon hearing his father’s name. Seventeen years ago, Knowle had his father put away for the abuse and crimes he did to his mother, and the abuse that was inflicted upon himself as a child.

KNOWLE
Is he still here?

DOCTOR
In the waiting room.

KNOWLE
I don’t want him to see her.

The doctor nods his head and Knowle makes his way to the waiting room.

INT. WAITING ROOM – CON’T

A man sits alone on a couch in the waiting room. He is large, similar in his build to Knowle. He has a beard that is graying with age. His eyes are dark, and he’s lost some hair on the top of his head. Knowle stands in the waiting room doorway looking at his father. Gary Rohrer, the man who hurt his mother more times than he can even recall. The man he sent away to prison for his crimes, who shouldn’t be out yet. It’s only been seventeen years, when he was put away for twenty.

Knowle enters the room. He’s probably going to hear the bullshit that the legal system allows from these criminals for their reason to be on parole, probation, or even let out because “good time”. It’s been since Knowle was twenty-two years old since he’s seen his father.

KNOWLE
What are you doing here, Gary?

Anger is in his voice. He knows that this man is responsible for his mother’s current condition. Somehow he is, he feels it in his gut.

Gary looks up at him and stands up. He’s slightly taller than Knowle, standing at six foot six inches tall. Barely taller, but sometimes that can make all the difference.

GARY ROHRER
Son-

KNOWLE
-Don’t call me that, Gary.

GARY ROHRER
I’m your father-

KNOWLE
-You’ve never been a father to me.
(beat) Why are you here? Why are
you out of that cell I sent you to?

GARY ROHRER
I’m out on good time.

Knowle rolls his eyes.

KNOWLE
(angry)
Let me guess, you’re a reformed
Christian now. Am I right?

GARY ROHRER
The Lord has lead me down a path of-

KNOWLE
-Save it for someone who believes
that bullshit. (beat) You’re not
a reformed anything and you know
it. (beat) Why are you in McAllen?

Gary eyes Knowle carefully. He knows his son is smart.

GARY ROHRER
I came to apologize to my wife-

KNOWLE
-She’s not your wife.

Knowle glares at him.

GARY ROHRER
I know, but she was. (beat) I
came to apologize for all the
wrong I did to her, and you.

KNOWLE
And how did she end up here?

Gary sits down on the couch and looks up at Knowle.

GARY ROHRER
Have a seat.

Knowle doesn’t respond to him, continuing his stance, now looking down at him.

Gary nods his head after a beat.

GARY ROHRER
Naomi didn’t want to speak to me,
so I left. (beat) She was about
to shut the door when she collapsed.
(beat) She was having a heart attack,
so I brought her here.

Knowle looks down at his father. Does he really want him to believe that he was just going to leave without her talking to him? Knowle’s not a fool and knows his father well... especially what angers him the most. If his mother refused to talk to him, she was trying to take control of the situation. Gary would never allow that to happen, nor does he take rejection well.

KNOWLE
Do you really think I believe
that bullshit? I know you, Gary.
(beat) I want you to leave this
hospital right now.

Gary stands up, face to face with Knowle.

GARY ROHRER
I love your mother, son. I didn’t
do anything to harm her. (beat)
Don’t you ever tell me what to do
again. You’re mother would want me here.

KNOWLE
Get out or I’m getting security
and they’ll escort you out of here.
(beat) I’ve already told the doctor
not to let you see her.

GARY ROHRER
They’ve let me in before, and
they’ll let me in again.

Knowle glares at him, wishing he could go back in time and make sure his father’s sentence was harsher and without the opportunity of parole or getting out on “good time”. A “reformed Christian” is a bullshit excuse made by most criminals to get out. It’s a fucking joke that this government believes in these lies of delusion.

KNOWLE
All I have to do is pull out my
Department of Defense credentials
and they’ll throw you back into that
cell for the rest of your pathetic life.

Gary smirks at him.

GARY ROHRER
I see so much of myself in you.

He knows that is the one thing in life that Knowle hates, the fact that he is a part of this man. Gary tries to get to Knowle, get under his skin and let him unleash the anger that Knowle feels for him.

KNOWLE
(after a beat)
Get out.

His intensity lets his father know he’s not going to win this one. After a beat, Gary starts to walk off.

He stops in the waiting room doorway and turns around to face Knowle.

GARY ROHRER
No matter how much you try to
deny it, son, you will always
have a part of me with you.
You can’t deny who you came from.
(beat) Tell your mother I send
my very best.

He turns and leaves. Tears fill in Knowle’s eyes, wishing he never had a father. He takes a deep breath and composes himself as he leaves the waiting room. He stops in the hallway and sees his father get in the elevator. Once the doors close, he makes his way to the ICU to find his mother’s room.

CUT TO:

INT. ICU 155 (NAOMI ROHRER’S HOSPITAL ROOM) – NIGHT

The room is dimly lit as Naomi rests in her hospital bed. Monitors softly beep, keeping track of her vitals. Knowle stands in the doorway, not wanting to believe this is happening to her, but at the same time realizing that this may be the last time he sees his mother.

A nurse comes up to him.

NURSE
You can sit with her. She’s
just sleeping.

The nurse smiles at him warmly. She’s seen this too many times in her life already. Knowle nods his head and slowly enters the room, going to his mother’s bedside.

He takes hold of her hand, feeling how cold she is. He pulls the blankets up on her more to keep her warm. He quietly sits down next to her, never letting go of her hand. Tears come to his eyes as he looks at his mother. He wishes more than anything he could’ve stopped his father from ever seeing her again. She’s been through too much pain in her life. It breaks his heart to see her like this because of that man.

He wipes the tears from his eyes with his free hand, and notices some bruising on his mother’s wrists. No doubt they are from his father and what ever he tried to do to her. He was always forceful with her. She always had bruises on her arms from when he’d hit her, or grab her when he got angry. And now it’s happening all over again. At least he got rid of that son-of-a-bitch.

Another tear falls from his eye, hitting Naomi’s hand.

Naomi’s eyes slowly open and she looks over at Knowle, who hasn’t noticed she’s awake. She smiles at him.

NAOMI ROHRER
(weak)
Knowle.

Knowle looks up, shocked to hear that she’s awake. He smiles at her.

KNOWLE
Hi, mom.

NAOMI ROHRER
You came.

She gently squeezes his hand, showing her appreciation.

KNOWLE
Of course I did.

NAOMI ROHRER
Alone?

KNOWLE
Yeah... I...

He doesn’t want to tell her that he didn’t want to bring anyone in hopes that it wouldn’t be as bad as the doctors say it is.

NAOMI ROHRER
I know you wanted to bring her.
(beat) She’s worried for you.

KNOWLE
What?

NAOMI ROHRER
Monica. (beat) She was in my dream.

Knowle realizes who she’s talking about.

KNOWLE
She was?

Naomi nods her head and allows a memory from the past to enter her mind. She smiles.

NAOMI ROHRER
I remember when you were young.
You had a big crush on her.

Knowle smiles.

NAOMI ROHRER
You never could admit it because
you were too much of a boy... and
had your big tough guy attitude to
live up to. And John would’ve made fun of you.

KNOWLE
I don’t think he’s changed much then.

Knowle smiles.

NAOMI ROHRER
You still like her?

Knowle smiles and nods his head.

NAOMI ROHRER
Tell her. (beat) She’d love to
know you feel the same way too.

She smiles. Knowle watches her for a moment, glad to see that she can smile through all of this.

KNOWLE
(after a beat)
Mom... I...

He looks down and she watches him. His mind filled with regret and guilt for everything that has happened to her. In his mind he could never do enough to help her. Not then, not now, not ever. Negative thinking gets the best of him.

KNOWLE
(upset)
I’m sorry...

Naomi shakes her head.

KNOWLE
I’m sorry I couldn’t keep him away.

He wipes tears from his eyes again. He doesn’t look up at her.

KNOWLE
I should’ve done something to
stop him. I should’ve-

NAOMI ROHRER
-Knowle, this is not your fault. I
don’t want you to be blaming yourself
for any of this. (beat) Dying is a
part of life. (beat) I have no regrets
in my life. I wouldn’t change a day.

KNOWLE
He hurt you...

NAOMI ROHRER
Yes, he did. But I still wouldn’t
change a day because I have you.

Knowle looks up at her.

NAOMI ROHRER
You helped me through the worst of
times, even if you knew it at the
time or not. (beat) I don’t want
to hear you blame yourself for what
happened. (beat) I’m an old woman.
I’ve lived my life.

She looks into his eyes, knowing it breaks his heart to see her in this condition because of his father. There’s nothing either one of them can do to change the facts.

NAOMI ROHRER
You did nothing wrong. (beat) I
know you blame yourself for things
you have no control over. You do
that because you care so much and
you wish there was a way to turn
back time and fix everything that
goes wrong. (beat) But none of this
is your fault. All right?

KNOWLE
I just wish there was something...

NAOMI ROHRER
You are here. That’s all that
matters to me now.

Knowle nods his head.

NAOMI ROHRER
I want you to get your rest.
You’ve been flying all day.

Knowle lets out a little laugh. Here his mother is, in the hospital, and she’s telling him to get his rest.

Knowle smiles at her.

KNOWLE
So long as you rest too. You
need it more than I do.

She nods her head and gets comfortable in her bed. Knowle leans back in the chair. Rest won’t come easily for him tonight. He’ll be in and out of sleep.

He watches her fall asleep, his mind continues to think. Thinking about his life, his father. Trying to come to the realization that his mother knows she is coming to her end and that he should be prepared too.

Off him, we...

FADE OUT:

FADE IN:

INT. NAOMI’S HOSPITAL ROOM – MORNING

SUNDAY, MARCH 19

Knowle’s eyes open upon hearing his mother talking with another woman in the room. He squints his eyes at the bright morning light coming in through the window. He looks around, and by the other side of his mother’s bed is Monica.

NAOMI ROHRER
(to Monica)
Daffodils are my favorite.

MONICA
I thought they would
help lift your spirit.

Monica smiles at her, and glances over at Knowle, noticing he’s now awake. She smiles at him.

MONICA
Good morning.

Naomi looks over at Knowle, who sits up straight from how he was sleeping in the chair that night.

NAOMI ROHRER
She brought me daffodils.

Knowle smiles.

KNOWLE
They’re beautiful.

Knowle looks at Monica. He should’ve known she would come.

KNOWLE
When did you get here?

MONICA
A couple minutes ago.

Knowle nods his head.

A nurse enters.

NURSE
Good morning.

NAOMI ROHRER
(to Knowle and Monica)
Why don’t you two get some
breakfast. It’s the most
important meal of the day.

Knowle stands up.

KNOWLE
All right. I’ll be back.

He leans down and kisses his mother on the forehead.

MONICA
(whispers to Naomi)
I’ll make sure he eats.

Naomi nods her head as Monica smiles warmly. She heads to the door where Knowle is.

INT. HOSPITAL HALLWAY – CON’T

Knowle and Monica walk down the hall in silence for a few moments.

MONICA
How is she? The doctors wouldn’t
tell me since I’m not family.

KNOWLE
(quiet)
You’re family.

He looks down at her.

KNOWLE
(after a beat)
He told me it didn’t look good
for her. (beat) I think she knows.

MONICA
What happened?

KNOWLE
My father.

Monica looks up at him, sensing his guilt for not being able to keep his father behind bars longer. She takes hold of his hand.

MONICA
(soft)
You did everything you could.

KNOWLE
I know... it’s just... in times
like these, my mind can’t help
but think of the “what ifs”.

They get into the elevator and the door closes. Knowle hits the button for the ground level.

KNOWLE
I’m glad you came. (beat) I
wanted you to come... but I
didn’t want to admit that my
gut was telling me this was bad.

MONICA
I know.

He starts to hold back his tears.

KNOWLE
(trying not to cry)
I don’t want to lose her, Monica.

He lets go of her hand and wipes his tears away. Monica gives him a hug, allowing him a shoulder to cry on. He wraps his arms around her, giving in to his emotions. She rubs him on his back to comfort him.

MONICA
(after a beat; soft)
No one wants to lose the people
they love, it just happens. (beat)
We have to keep going, Knowle. Move
on and live our lives. (beat) She
wants that for you.

He holds onto her tightly.

MONICA
I know you fear the inevitable.
But there’s nothing to fear.
Death is just another form of
life that everyone goes to.
(beat) She’ll never be forgotten
and she’ll live on because of
the memories she leaves with all
of us. (beat) One day you’ll tell
your children about her and that
memory that you have, you’ll pass
it on to them, keeping her alive
through them. Through the memories.

Knowle wipes more of his tears away.

MONICA
You’ll tell them how beautiful
she was. How strong she was. And
how, despite the bad things that
happened to her, she loved life,
and moved on to another stage of
her life with people around her
who love and care for her.

She pulls away from him and holds his face in her hands.

MONICA
She loves you very much, Knowle.
She knows that you love her and
that you’ve always done all that
you could for her.

She runs her hand through his hair, then pulls him down and gives him a kiss on his forehead.

KNOWLE
(after a beat)
She wouldn’t change a day of
her life. (beat) She told me that.

MONICA
She looks at the good more
so than the bad.

Knowle nods his head.

MONICA
(after a beat)
You’re strong, just like her.
You’ll make it through this.

The elevator doors open on the ground level and they get out.

KNOWLE
She said you were in
her dream last night.

Monica listens.

MONICA
Yeah?

KNOWLE
She said you were worried for me.

MONICA
I was. (beat) I caught the
next flight out after you.
It had a stop over in Dallas,
and my next flight didn’t
leave there until early this morning.

Knowle stops walking, as does Monica.

KNOWLE
I’m glad you came.

She smiles at him and puts her arm around his waste, and starts walking again.

MONICA
I knew you wanted me to come.

Knowle bends down and kisses the top of her head as they enter the hospital cafeteria.

TIME CUT TO:

INT. HOSPITAL – ICU – LATE MORNING

Knowle and Monica make their way out of the elevator, heading towards his mother’s hospital room.

MONICA
Yes, pink.

KNOWLE
(smiling)
John having a pink bathroom.

He shakes his head and laughs a bit.

KNOWLE
He probably saw that coming, huh?

MONICA
I don’t think he minds. (beat)
She even hung up all his pictures.

KNOWLE
Good for her.

Their conversation is halted by doctors running into the hospital room his mother is in. They stop and watch for a moment as a crash cart is wheeled into the room.

Monica looks up at Knowle, making sure he’s all right. His eyes are fixated on the room. He knows this can’t be good at all. She moves in closer to him for support. He doesn’t look at her, but he takes hold of her hand.

MONICA
(softly; after a beat)
You should sit down, Knowle.

He doesn’t say a word and allows her to lead him over to a chair in the hallway. She helps him sit down and kneels in front of him. She looks up at him. Their eyes don’t meet. His mind is trapped, thinking of what’s going on in that room. No, not thinking, knowing. Knowing that his mother is passing on.

Monica watches him as tears fill his eyes. She takes hold of his hand with her other, both of her hands now holding onto his. She can only imagine what he’s going through. She’s never lost anyone this close to her before. She looks over towards Naomi’s room, just as a doctor exits and makes his way over to them. Bad news is written on his face.

DOCTOR
(sympathetic)
Mr. Rohrer.

Knowle looks up at the doctor.

DOCTOR
I’m afraid I have bad news...

Off this we...

FADE TO:

EXT. McALLEN CEMETERY – DAY

FRIDAY, MARCH 24

The sky is covered in clouds and the ground is wet from rain that fell before. Doggett and Scully stand listening to the ceremony for Knowle’s mother. Next to them, Ma and Pa Doggett listen on. Friends and family are all here. Knowle stands looking down at his mother’s coffin that is about to be put into the ground. Behind him, Monica watches on, standing next to Brad, who takes hold of her hand. Monica’s eyes fix on Knowle, feeling his pain from the loss, knowing how much this has hurt him the past few days. Tears come to her eyes as she thinks of the present loss, the losses of the past, and the losses that will happen. Her heart aches at her thoughts.

The priest talks on about the life of Naomi Elizabeth Rohrer, a wonderful mother, and caring woman. Who, despite many hardships, lived each day to it’s full potential.

Knowle listens on. His mind wanders about what his mother told him. She had no regrets in her life. None at all. She could easily say that knowing that her time was upon her. He thinks of his own life and how he hasn’t accomplished much in terms of his personal life. Sure, he’s succeeded and is successful with the Department of Defense, yet he is alone. Has no one with him, all because he was too afraid of what could happen. Afraid of commitment, when it was all he really wanted.

FADE TO:

INT. KNOWLE ROHRER’S APARTMENT – DAY

SUNDAY, MARCH 26
WASHINGTON, D.C.

Knowle is sits on his couch going through mail that collected while he was in Texas. He opens a package from the military. His new dog tags with his new rank of Master Sergeant E-8. He looks down at them. It feels like ages ago since he got that promotion and he had forgotten how suspicious he was of the President and the Secretary of Defense. He tosses them on his coffee table and opens more of his mail. A sympathy card from John and Dana that was sent after they heard the news. He sets the card down.

His mother had so much in her life and no regrets or “what ifs” when she died. His mind wanders through his life. He was with Shannon for many years and that lead both of them nowhere. He’s feared a lot in his life, despite his mother telling him not to fear. He feared what could happen if he actually listened to his heart instead of the irrational fears of his mind.

His eyes find the dog tags once again.

The alien colonization he read about in November while snooping around the Pentagon’s top secret files crosses his mind. His military promotion has to be because of that. If they were to strike today he knows he wouldn’t be satisfied with his life. He’s left too many things unsaid. Unlike his mother, he has too many “what ifs”.

His thoughts are interrupted by his phone ringing. He picks up.

KNOWLE
Hello?

He listens to the person on the other end.

KNOWLE
(after a beat)
What’s this about?

He listens, and his facial expression shows that he doesn’t get an answer.

KNOWLE
(after a beat) Yes, sir.

He hangs up the phone and sits back on his couch, a worried expression on his face.

TIME CUT TO:

INT. MONICA’S APARTMENT – LATE EVENING

Monica is in her kitchen cooking a late dinner. Something simple before she relaxes for the rest of the night.

There is a knock on her door and she goes to answer it. She smiles when she sees Knowle.

MONICA
Hey.

KNOWLE
Hi. (beat) Can I...

She nods her head and moves to the side to let him into her apartment.

MONICA
How are you doing?

She senses his worry.

KNOWLE
I’m holding up.

Monica watches him, knowing there is more on his mind. She could easily tap into it, but she’d rather not. She’d rather hear what’s on his mind from him.

MONICA
What brings you here?

KNOWLE
I uh...

He digs into his pockets and pulls out his newly issued dog tags. He looks down at them.

KNOWLE
With everything that’s happened
these past few days, I... I forgot to
tell you, or anyone, that I got a promotion.

Monica smiles.

MONICA
You did?

Knowle looks up at her and hands his dog tags over to her. She takes them and reads them.

MONICA
(re: tags)
Master Sergeant.

She looks up at him and sees that his expression is still worry.

MONICA
This isn’t good?

KNOWLE
I’ve been called to active duty.

The smile leaves her face. This is not good news at all.

MONICA
(knowing the answer)
What does that mean?

KNOWLE
I have to report to Camp
Lejeune in twenty-four hours.

Monica looks down at the tags again. Master Sergeant Knowle Rohrer.

KNOWLE
They’ll say it’s war with Iran,
but it’s not. (beat) Alien colonization.

Monica hands his tags back to him, but he shakes his head and doesn’t take them.

KNOWLE
They’re only purpose is to identify
a dead Marine. If I don’t have them,
I’m more likely to survive when they
come. (beat) I want you to have them.
A way to remember your strength, the
strength you gave me, and...

He looks down, not sure if he should proceed with his next comment. Monica watches him, waiting.

KNOWLE
(after a beat)
As a way for you to always
remember the man who loves you
with every ounce of his being.

He looks at Monica, not sure if she’s ready for his words, but he may never have another time to tell her.

KNOWLE
I don’t know if you’re ready for
what I said, but I can’t leave here,
I can’t risk not ever letting you
know how I feel for you. (beat) This
war... we can’t win it and I may
never see you again. (beat)
I love you, Monica Isabella Reyes.

Tears sting her eyes as she feels what he is saying to be true.

KNOWLE (CON’T)
I never could tell you before
because I was afraid, of what I
don’t know. Maybe I thought I couldn’t
bring you the happiness you deserve
in life. Maybe I thought-

He’s cut off by her. Not with words, rather by her motions as she approaches him. He watches her, expecting merely a hug, but instead she kisses him. Not a friend kissing a friend, rather someone who feels the same way he does for her, only she’s at a loss for words. His strong hands taking hold of her back and bringing her closer to him. She wraps her arms around his neck, not wanting to let go. Tears fall from her eyes and she pulls away from him, resting her head on his shoulder.

MONICA
(soft, finally finding her words)
I love you too, Knowle.

She doesn’t bother to wipe her tears away. She shuts her eyes, sensing him, feeling his heart. She too feels as if this could be the last she ever sees of him. He’s right, this war against the alien colonist cannot be won. It’s impossible. They’re far too superior.

MONICA
Always follow you’re heart,
it’s never wrong. Trust your
instincts and never give up hope.

Knowle shakes his head “no”. Her words sound like the last words she’ll say to him.

KNOWLE
No... I can’t go. I
can’t leave you. If-

MONICA
-I don’t know why, and I
don’t understand, but you
have to. I sense this. It’s
how it has to be. (beat)
Everything happens for a reason.

He pulls away from her and looks at her. He trusts her. He may not trust why he has to go, but he trusts her.

KNOWLE
When they come, I’ll be here
with you. (beat) I promise.

He looks at her with all seriousness.

KNOWLE
Whatever it takes, I will be back here.

Monica nods her head, tears fall from her face once again. She can’t read into the situation like she’d want to. She can’t foresee what’s going to happen beyond June 11th, and that frightens her. Maybe everything is unorganized and her mind can’t make sense of it, but Grandmama once told her that a psychic cannot see beyond her own death.

Off of them, we...

FADE TO:

EXT. CAMP LEJEUNE – DAY

MONDAY, MARCH 27
NORTH CAROLINA

Knowle pulls his Hummer onto the base and parks it in a designated area. He gets out, grabs a duffel bag from the back and makes his way to the main building to report for duty.

He looks around. No one seems to be aware of what is going to happen to this world once June 11, 2006 arrives. In the background he can hear the band playing the Marines Hymn. Such an eerie, upbeat, proud song for what’s going to happen to everyone here. Being sent into battle to die first and leave the ones they love behind.

A man approaches him, and by the stripes on his uniform sleeve, he’s a Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, an E-9. The man is about six foot tall, reddish-brown hair, and looks like he hasn’t shaved recently.

MAN
Master Sergeant Rohrer?

KNOWLE
Yes, sir.

CHARLES SCULLY
I’m Charles Scully, Sergeant
Major of the Marine Corps. (beat)
The Generals are expecting you. (beat)
They can’t wait to know what you know.

Charles gives Knowle a look, that lets him know he’s not alone in knowing what will happen to this world on June 11th.

CHARLES SCULLY
I’ve been sent to help you settle
in here at Camp Lejeune. (beat)
General Roger Thompson gave me a
message to deliver to you.

Knowle listens.

CHARLES SCULLY
He said: Keep your enemies closer.

Knowle looks at him, remembering back to the note he received right after he left the White House after he got his promotion to Master Sergeant.

“Keep your enemies closer.” The phrase makes more sense to him now that he’s here. The enemies are within their own military and now is a time to be more careful than ever. After all, they have an advantage over everyone. On the island, Monica mentioned “mind warfare”. Perhaps these Generals want to “know what he knows” for their own personal gain.

It’s obvious he’s not alone with the knowledge he has. But he better be careful with this knowledge. They all should.

CHARLES SCULLY
Follow me this way, sir.

Charles turns and heads off towards the barracks where Knowle will be staying.

Off of Knowle’s look of understanding why he had to come here, and the information he can now try to find about the enemy, we...

FADE OUT:

THE END.

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