"Fox & Rat" Virtual Series - Season Nine

 

Review By: Kristi Hsiao

"They took her!" - Henry

Oh no! Is it true!? Someone has been human-jacked! But who? In this chaotic new episode, we meet a new addition to the surviving group and find an old enemy. But what has happened in this world? Where are the others?

Speaking of others, Monica, Brad, and Comer are all the way up north in a possibly decrepit cave, desperately searching for shelter. In the mean time, we find out just how special Monica's rock is, and the mystery of the plane crash. This episode is SURE to get you itching for the next one!

9x06 "Subversion"

Title: "Subversion"
Written by: Kristi
Date: September 24-25, 29; October 2, 8, 2006
Air Date: January 22, 2007
Rating: PG-13
Series: FRVS - Episode #179
Spoilers: Past episodes of FRVS may be spoiled.
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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: Doggett, Shannon and Charles find themselves under heavy enemy attack while protecting a group of survivors. Meanwhile, Brad, Monica and Comer discover a whole new power to the rock Monica carries from her Grandmama.


FADE IN:

EXT. DESERTED ISLAND – DAY

MAY 17, 1994
TWELVE YEARS AGO

The beach is untouched. The only sound heard is that of the ocean waves as they gentle splash onto the shoreline. A palm tree blows in the gentle wind.

CUT TO:

INT. LABORATORY – SOMEWHAT CONTINUOUS TIME

A scientist, Dr. Kosuke Hashimoto, walks down the clean white hallways. He walks by a symbol painted in black that resembles a human brain. The symbol has the word “SUBVERSION” in the center of this circular design.

Dr. Hashimoto walks through windowless doors and into his office. He wears a white lab coat with “Project Subversion” on the left breast pocket. His name, “Dr. K. Hashimoto”, has been stitched in black underneath the project name. In his hands he carries a metal clipboard with the project logo stamped on the back.

He stops by his desk and hits the “play” button on his cassette player and a second later “Mr. Sandman” by The Chordettes starts to play.

Hashimoto makes his way over to an observation window. He looks in at a man strapped down. Hashimoto enters the room and approaches the patient, Carlos Reyes.

Carlos Reyes does not respond to the doctor entering the room. He is in a catatonic state, starring up into nothingness.

Hashimoto sets down his metal clipboard on a counter across the room from Carlos. He picks up a syringe and fills it with a white substance. He turns to look at Carlos as he taps the air bubbles out of the syringe. He goes up to him and injects the white substance into his head.

Hashimoto turns his back to Carlos and goes over to the counter, allowing time for the white substance to kick in.

He sets the syringe down and picks up his pen and clipboard from the counter. The papers on the clipboard read “Week 4 Analysis” as the heading, in big black letters. Under the “Subject” entry, the number code “A1104” is printed, indicating Carlos’s test subject number.

Hashimoto looks down at Carlos and sees tears streaming down his face. He unlocks the straps that have been holding Carlos down. Carlos does not notice, nor does he attempt to get out of his current location. He cannot move.

HASHIMOTO
Tell me what you feel.

CARLOS
Fire. Hot.

Carlos speaks as if in a trans or dream-like state. He is unaware of his surroundings.

HASHIMOTO
What do you smell?

CARLOS
Smoke. Flesh burning.

Another tear falls down Carlos’s face.

HASHIMOTO
What do you see?

CARLOS
Monica... she’s trapped.

HASHIMOTO
Your sister?

CARLOS
They’re all trapped. Fire burns around them.

HASHIMOTO
Who are “they”?

CARLOS
Mama, Papa, my brothers, my sisters.

Hashimoto writes on the papers.

CARLOS (CON’T)
I can’t get them out.

HASHIMOTO
What’s happening to them?

CARLOS
They are burned. Trapped by fire.
There’s nothing I can do.

HASHIMOTO
Where are you during all this?

CARLOS
I can’t move.

HASHIMOTO
Paralyzed?

CARLOS
Yes.

Hashimoto jots down what he says. He sets the clipboard on Carlos and straps him back down on the table.

Hashimoto turns and walks out of the room. He shuts the door behind him and goes over to his desk and sits down. He writes on the paper: “Mental suggestions of fears successful. Subject A1104 did not move, nor did subject attempt to escape during testing session.”

Hashimoto is interrupted by the sound of a man screaming from down the hallway. The scream comes from the location of the Breeding Room. He sets down his pen and stands up, going towards the doorway.

He leaves his office and stands in the empty hallway. He listens, but does not hear anything.

HASHIMOTO
Jin?

He makes his way down the hall towards a door marked “BREEDING”. He stops when he sees the door is open by just a crack.

HASHIMOTO
How many times do I have to tell you-

He stops upon hearing a low growl behind him. He looks toward the door marked “BREEDING” and sees a blood stain on the side. There is no doubt in his mind that one of them has escaped. Something has gone terribly wrong.

Hashimoto slowly puts his hand in his pocket, hoping to find a stilleto, but none can be found.

The low growl comes again, closer this time. Much closer, as if the creature – the alien – is breathing down his neck.

Hashimoto turns around to be face to face with a full-grown alien. It’s claws have grown sharp, reading for an attack.

The sound of blood hitting the ground catches Hashimoto’s attention.

SPLAT. SPLAT.

Hashimoto looks down with his small, dark eyes and sees red blood dripping from the claws of the alien. He realizes that he has been slashed across the belly by this alien’s razor sharp claws.

He looks up at the alien.

HASHIMOTO
Kaibutsu...

He calls this unknown creature by the only name he knows for it. A true monster. He falls to the ground.

The sick smell of cigarette smoke fills his nostrils. He looks over towards the door leading up to the exit and sees the silhouette of The Cigarette-Smoking Man. He stands in the doorway sucking on his Morley.

HASHIMOTO
(pleading)
Help me...

He pleads for the Cigarette-Smoking Man’s help, but he will receive none at all. The Smoking Man takes the cigarette from his mouth and holds it in his hand. He looks directly at the alien.

Hashimoto looks up at the alien, seeing that the claws are no longer in attack position. He looks away and back at the smoking man.

HASHIMOTO
You...

The Smoking Man smirks.

HASHIMOTO
(forcing out his words)
Traitor!
He coughs up blood.

CIGARETTE-SMOKING MAN
Consider this a sacrifice for the greater cause.

He brings his Morley up to his lips and inhales his nicotine. He smirks down at Hashimoto, who dies knowing the only “greater cause” is selfish to this man.

FLASH CUT TO:

INT. AIRPORT – DAY

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
AUGUST 17, 2006

PRESENT DAY...

Gunfire and smoke fill the airport as survivors are feeling the destruction of heavy enemy attack.

Shannon McMahon comes into view, machinegun in hand. She screams her war cry as she shoots at anything that moves ahead of her.

SHANNON
MOTHER FUCKER!

She shoots at an alien, and though bullets don’t kill them, she fills them with enough lead to weaken them and throw them off course.

Charles Scully fires his weapon from behind her, watching her back.

CHARLES
Shannon! High left!

Shannon hears his warning and shoots an alien down. She is immediately shot in the neck by a tranquilizer. She falls, dropping her machine gun.

An alien makes its way towards her. Charles Scully gets to her first, shooting the alien to slow it down. Doggett comes up to them and drags Shannon behind a barricade of suitcases. Charles continues to hold the aliens off the best he can.

Doggett kneels over Shannon. She is in a daze, the drugs affecting her quickly.

DOGGETT
Come on Shan’, stay with me.

He remains calm on the outside, but inside, he’s in a panic. What the hell did they shoot her with? Is it poison? Whatever it is, it is affecting her quickly. He examines the tranquilizers that are in her neck. He moves to pull them out, but a hand grabs his and stops him.

MAN
We don’t know what kind of darts
they used. We don’t want to rip
them out carelessly.

Doggett looks up at the man... the Cigarette-Smoking Man. Doggett only recognizes him from the group of survivors they have been helping. He does not know the crimes this man has committed against Dana.

DOGGETT
You’re a doctor?

CIGARETTE-SMOKING MAN
Learned a bit in the Army.

The Cigarette-Smoking Man checks Shannon over.

CIGARETTE-SMOKING MAN
I’ve got her. Your friend needs some help.

Doggett nods and gets up to help Charles fight off the aliens.

SHANNON
(woozy)
I need to help.

She attempts to sit up, but the Smoking Man stops her.

CIGARETTE-SMOKING MAN
Miss, you were hit by a tranquilizer
designed to immobilize you for a few
hours. (beat) You’ll die if you go out there now.

SHANNON
(woozy)
No I won’t. I was never
given permission to die...

She attempts to get up again.

CIGARETTE-SMOKING MAN
Miss, I need you to lie down
so I can help you.

The Cigarette-Smoking Man looks at the tranquilizer darts, then carefully pulls them out. Shannon winces.

SHANNON
(woozy)
Shannon.

The Smoking Man sets the tranquilizers down on the ground. He looks at her.

CIGARETTE-SMOKING MAN
What?

SHANNON
Call me Shannon... as opposed to “miss”.

The Smoking Man nods his head and smiles at her.

CIGARETTE-SMOKING MAN
Ok, Shannon.

CHARLES (O.S.)
They’re falling back!

CIGARETTE-SMOKING MAN
(to Shannon)
Don’t be alarmed, but you’re going
to sleep for a couple hours.

Shannon can barely keep her eyes open as the drugs take over her body.

Gunfire continues for a couple moments, then comes to a silence.

Once safe, Doggett and Charles come over to the Smoking Man and Shannon.

CHARLES
How is she?

CIGARETTE-SMOKING MAN
Drugged, but she’ll be fine. It
should wear off in a couple hours.

DOGGETT
I’m going to help the others.
Make sure no one is hurt.

CHARLES
All right.

Doggett goes off to check on the survivors.

CHARLES
She’s going to be all right?

CIGARETTE-SMOKING MAN
Yes, but we should move her to
a more comfortable place.

CHARLES
There are a couple mattresses back
with the others. (beat) On the bright
side, she needs the rest.

The Smoking Man smiles.

CIGARETTE-SMOKING MAN
She’s a tough warrior, huh?

Charles kneels down and picks Shannon up into his arms.

CHARLES
You have no idea. (beat) The name’s
Scully, Charles Scully.

CIGARETTE-SMOKING MAN
Michael Burk.

CHARLES
Nice to meet you.

CIGARETTE-SMOKING MAN
Likewise. (beat) You’ll need some
gauze for her neck to help with
the bleeding.

CHARLES
I think I can find some.

CIGARETTE-SMOKING MAN
I’ll go help your friend
check on the others.

CHARLES
His name is John Doggett.

The Smoking Man realizes the name. Dana’s John Doggett. A very determined man. Determined enough to find Dana Scully. What a small world this has become. He smiles at the thought of using them to find Dana.

CIGARETTE-SMOKING MAN
John Doggett. (beat) If you need
anything, I’ll be helping him.

Charles nods.

CHARLES
Thanks.

Charles walks off, carrying Shannon.

The Smoking Man looks over at John. He smiles. It seems fate is on his side. He makes his way over to him.

Doggett is bandaging up a woman’s arms. She was grazed by a bullet.

CIGARETTE-SMOKING MAN
John?

Doggett looks up at him.

DOGGETT
Yeah?

CIGARETTE-SMOKING MAN
I thought I’d come lend
a helping hand. I learned
a few things about field
medicine when I was in the Army.

DOGGETT
Don’t think I’ll need it. There
are no major injuries. (beat)
So you’ve had military training?

CIGARETTE-SMOKING MAN
I was considered one of the best
snipers of the day.

Doggett turns his attention back to the woman. They could definitely use a man with military training.

CIGARETTE-SMOKING MAN
Seems rather odd, doesn’t it?

Doggett looks up at him again.

DOGGETT
What’s that?

CIGARETTE-SMOKING MAN
They came to kill us off the planet,
but now it seems they want to keep us alive.

Doggett stops wrapping the woman’s arm and he ponders this for a moment. He looks back down after a moment.

DOGGETT
I guess that is odd.

His mind thinks back to a month ago. They came across a prison and saw alien crafts hovering above. All the inmates were alive, being ordered by the aliens. What would they want with them? Do the attacks today have anything to do with what’s going on in the prisons?

DOGGETT
Maybe they are up to something
we’re not aware of.

CIGARETTE-SMOKING MAN
That could be. (beat) I’m Michael, by the way.

DOGGETT
John... but I guess you
already knew that.

He finishes bandaging the woman’s arm.

DOGGETT
It’s nice to meet you.

They shake hands.

CIGARETTE-SMOKING MAN
It’s nice to meet you too.

Doggett smiles at the Smoking Man. He’s glad that he, Shannon and Charles are not the only one’s with any military training. This guy, Michael, may be old, but that only indicates that he’s knowledgeable and experienced in terms of war. And this man seems to know a little something about medicine - he knew the kind of tranquilizers that were used on Shannon.

Off Doggett’s positive thoughts that maybe things will start getting better, we...

CUT TO:

EXT. WOODS – NIGHT

NEAR SIMSBURY, CONNECTICUT

Moonlight can barely make way through the thick branches of the trees. A foot enters frame wearing old sneakers and quietly walking towards Knowle, Skinner and Scully. They are all sleeping soundly on the ground outside the Hummer. Scully is curled up next to Skinner.

The person continues to walk, stopping in front of Knowle. The person's hand reaches down and pulls the keys to the Hummer out from Knowle’s pocket. The keys jingle for a moment and Knowle’s eyes pop open, sensing the disturbance. He relaxes a bit when he sees who it is.

KNOWLE
Need something, Henry?

Knowle sits up and looks at the man. Henry Gibbs, mid 40s, almost six feet tall, small in build, and slightly showing signs of a receding hairline.

HENRY
You sure don’t sleep like
a rock, do you?

KNOWLE
No, I don’t.

Knowle eyes the keys.

HENRY
(re: his look)
I was thirsty and didn’t want to
wake you to ask about the keys. (beat)
I hope you don’t mind, its just that
I rarely see you sleeping.

Knowle gets up from the ground.

KNOWLE
The water’s locked away. You
know, a way to regulate how
much we have a day.

HENRY
You’re very resourceful.

Knowle and Henry make their way to the Hummer doors and unlock it. Knowle gets in and unlocks a safe that holds a supply of water. He retrieves a bottle and hands it to Henry.

HENRY
Thank you.

Henry opens the water bottle and takes a couple sips. He closes it and hands it back to Knowle, who puts it back in the safe.

Henry takes notice of all the weapons in the Hummer.

HENRY
I’ve been with you for nearly a
week now and I’ve gotta ask...

Knowle listens.

HENRY
Are you some kind of military leader?
Or just a psycho with a lot of guns?

Knowle smiles as he closes up the Hummer.

KNOWLE
I’m not a psycho. I was with the military
and was actually promoted to a higher rank
right before colonization began. (beat) The
trick behind that was to kill me off.

HENRY
(confused)
How so?

KNOWLE
Aliens infiltrated the military and
other high powers within our government.
That’s why all of our military was taken
out in the first wave of attacks. We were
positioned to be easy targets.

HENRY
(disbelief)
They infiltrated our military?

KNOWLE
Mainly generals, but I have my suspicions
that President Logan was an alien.

Knowle laughs at his words for a moment.

KNOWLE
Sorry. I worked closely with him.

HENRY
I’m sure there are many people
out there who think he was an alien.

Henry smiles.

KNOWLE
I’m sure of that too.

HENRY
So basically, this world has turned
to a world without protection, right?
(beat) Every man for himself.

He looks down, as if feeling guilty, sad even. Knowle notices.

KNOWLE
Hey... you did all you could
to try to save her.

HENRY
Doesn’t feel that way. (beat)
Emily was my wife. I should’ve...

He shakes his head and looks down.

KNOWLE
(correcting; staying positive)
Is. Emily is your wife.

Knowle places a comforting hand on his shoulder. Henry looks up at him.

KNOWLE
Did I ever tell you about what
I saw in New York City?

HENRY
I don’t think so.

KNOWLE
Aliens were taking people off the
streets, much like how you described
Emily being taken. They weren’t killing
them, just taking them.

HENRY
Do you think she’s still alive?

Knowle looks at him for a moment. He can’t be certain of anything anymore. For all he knows, the aliens could take people and kill them elsewhere when they are done with them.

However, he sees that Henry needs hope. They’ve been traveling with him for almost a week. When they found him, he was cut up badly from trying to help his wife, Emily, from being taken by the aliens.

Henry Gibbs is not a Marine. He’s an accountant who happened to be on vacation with his wife when colonization began. Maybe it was fate that he was out of a large city at the time. He’s originally from Chicago, and who knows how bad it is there.

KNOWLE
(comforting)
We’ll keep looking for her. We
just have to stay positive.

HENRY
Is that your secret to staying
so strong? (beat) I’m sure there’s
someone you lost from all of this too.

Knowle looks at him, wondering what makes him think that.

HENRY
(re: his look)
I noticed you don’t wear your
military dog tags like Walter does.
I just figured...

KNOWLE
She’s strong. Smart. Gifted even.

Henry listens, he had a feeling there was another layer to this guy that he wasn’t showing.

KNOWLE
I gave her my tags when I was called to
duty. As a way to keep her strong through
all of this. (beat) She’s a psychic and
knew what was coming.

HENRY
She warned you?

KNOWLE
She didn’t have to.

Knowle smiles.

KNOWLE
I worked for the Defense Department, in
the Pentagon. I did my snooping.

HENRY
So the government did have secrets
to hide, huh? (beat) If she’s a
psychic then I’m sure she’s fine.
(beat) What’s her name?

KNOWLE
Monica. She left me a note saying she
was in Mexico with her grandmother. Told
me to head north and that she'd find me.

HENRY
Maybe fate will bring her back to
you. (beat) Everything happens for a reason.

Knowle looks at him. He hasn’t heard anyone tell him that since Grandmama Reyes. He smiles.

KNOWLE
I hope so.

CUT TO:

EXT. COLORADO MOUNTAINS – MORNING

AUGUST 18, 2006
THE NEXT DAY

The early morning fog surrounds Monica as she stands looking down at the valley below. She is wrapped in a blanket to keep her warm from the thin, cool, morning air.

Robert Comer comes up behind her and stands a few feet away.

COMER
You’re up early.

Monica turns to face him. Robert converses with her despite the fact that she hasn’t been able to talk since the night he found her with Brad in the house.

COMER
Everything all right?

Monica nods her head and walks towards him. Comer gives her a strange look, wondering why she’s wrapped in a blanket.

COMER
You cold?

Monica shrugs her shoulders, indicating that she is a little cold from the thin morning air.

COMER
I thought this cold air would be a
welcomed change from the heat we’ve
been living in. (beat) Then again, you
were never fond of the cold.

Monica smiles at him. She appreciates that he talks to her as if she can respond. Perhaps he’s in the hopes that one day she will be able to talk back to him. Even she doesn’t understand why it went away. It’s as if she has been shut down.

COMER
(after a beat)
Brad and I talked about going down
to find a cave for shelter.

He looks around the area.

COMER
With the weather conditions being
how they’ve been, we thought it
best not to be exposed on a mountain top.

Monica nods in agreement.

COMER
A cave would provide shelter and a
large source of fresh water. (beat)
We were thinking of heading down there
after breakfast. Sound good to you?

Monica smiles and nods her head. They start walking back to their campsite where Brad has breakfast – some fruit he found that morning. He looks up when he sees them.

BRAD
(to Monica)
There you are. I wondered where
you went off to this morning. (beat)
Let one of us know the next time so
we don’t worry about you, ok?

Monica nods her head and sits down.

COMER
I told her our plans to find a cave.

Brad nods his head.

BRAD
I just don’t know what to do
about the car, you know? (beat)
Do we leave it, take it with us?

COMER
It won’t fit in a cave.

Comer laughs a bit.

BRAD
I know. I mean, if we take it
with us we could park it somewhere
near the cave and hide it incase
anyone comes around and wants to
steal it. On the other hand, we
risk losing it if someone finds it.

COMER
I think we should keep it. You
never know when we’ll have to
get out of here in a hurry. (beat)
We just need to be sure to take
anything of value with us.

Brad nods in agreement.

COMER
We’ll need flashlights and some
rope to enter a cave.

BRAD
I might have something we could
use in my car. Not exactly sure
what I’ve got, but I’m sure there is
something we can use.

Robert nods his head.

COMER
I’ll check it out.

He walks away from Brad and Monica. Brad looks up and smiles at her.

BRAD
Hungry?

Monica nods her head and Brad gives her some of the fruit he found.

BRAD
Found it this morning.

Brad watches her as she eats her breakfast. He wishes he knew what happened to her. She’s been mute ever since they reached Colorado. He can only theorize that the trauma they’ve been through is catching up with her. He’s seen cases where people have shut down and stayed inside themselves after a traumatic event.

Her psychic ability seems to have diminished as well. She used to respond to his thoughts, but now, as he watched her, she doesn’t even notice him.

TIME CUT TO:

EXT. CAVE ENTRANCE – MORNING

Brad, Robert and Monica stand outside of a cave entrance. Brad is tying a long rope onto Monica’s belt loops of her jeans. Robert is testing the flashlights they have and hooks one flashlight through the belt loops of his pants.

COMER
I was always taught to have three
different light sources incase something happens.

Brad looks over at him.

BRAD
We’ve got three, that’s better than
we could have hoped for (beat) If we
move together as one, then we only use
one flashlight, leaving us with two spares.

Comer comes over to Brad and Monica. He hands Brad a flashlight.

COMER
Hook that to your belt.

He turns to Monica and hooks a flashlight to her belt and double checks the rope around her waist to make sure she is securely tied to him and Brad.

COMER
Are we ready?

BRAD
Ready when you are.

COMER
All right. Follow me.

Comer leads the way into the darkness of the cave. Brad follows, with Monica close behind.

INT. CAVE – CON’T

The darkness swallows them into the unknown. Comer’s flashlight barely lights the cave’s narrow passage. The ceiling is low and the deeper they go, the more the walls seem to come towards them.

Monica looks around. It’s cold. Much colder than either of them thought it would be. Ahead of them lies the unknown. She looks forward at Brad and Robert. They are practically fearless as they keep a fast pace. Her breath starts to quicken as they head further into the depths of the cave. A sense of anxiety washes over her.

Why is she feeling this way? She’s not claustrophobic.

She reaches out and grabs Brad’s hand. She shuts her eyes in the hopes of willing this agonizing feeling away from her.

Her mind races, trying to make sense of why she is feeling this way.

Warm air starts to surround her. The sound of water trickling down the cave walls is heard. Monica opens her eyes and is motionless, starring up at the ceiling of the cave. It’s damp, humid. She looks around trying to figure out where she is. This is not the cave they entered moments ago. This is a cave she was in seven months ago in January. Why is she back here? How did she get back on this deserted island?

She feels like she is laying down on something. She can’t move, as if her body has been paralyzed, yet she still holds feeling throughout her body. She can’t be paralyzed. Her mind is not functioning how it should. She feels like something has her, as if holding her mind, blocking her. A dark, tall figure stands to her right – the figure is not that of a human.

She becomes aware of the pain on the side of her torso. She has been slashed, not fatal, but she’s bleeding. She has to get out of here.

The alien turns to face her. It’s alert with her now. She tried to escape once and it can’t let her do that again. Monica watches it as it approaches her.

Sunlight no longer enters the cave. It must be night. How long has she been here?

The alien inserts a long needle into her skull. The tip goes deep inside her brain. She screams, unable to block the pain. She shuts her eyes.

ALIEN
Tell me what you feel?

The phrase triggers another memory. A memory vaguely remembered from when she was in The Facility. A young doctor, Dr. E. Marx, looks at her while holding a clipboard.

DR. MARX
What do you feel?

The doctor inserts a needle into her skull. The pain is unbearable and she screams.

MATCH CUT TO:

INT. CAVE – PRESENT DAY

Monica’s eyes remain shut and she screams, as if reliving the pain that happened to her in the past. Her hand tightly holds Brad’s.

Brad and Comer stop and look at her. Brad grabs hold of her, seeing that she’s not with them.

BRAD
(stern)
Monica. It’s Brad. Look at me.

She collapses at the knees and falls into Brad’s arms. He holds her close to him, calming her.

BRAD
Monica, open your eyes.

Her eyes open and she looks around. She sees Comer watching. He’s worried.

BRAD
(after a beat)
Sweetheart, are you ok?

He tries to pull her away to look at her, but she doesn’t let him.

COMER
Is there something wrong
with this cave?

He can’t help but question her on this. She’s a psychic and may sense if something is wrong.

Monica pulls away from Brad and leans up against the cave wall. She shuts her eyes and takes a deep breath. She feels the cave’s cold air and knows she’s not on the deserted island again. After a short moment, her eyes open and she picks up her bag. She smiles at Brad and Robert and gives them the “ok” hand gesture.

BRAD
You’re sure?

Monica nods her head. Brad looks her over for a moment, then nods his head. He turns to Comer.

BRAD
We’re good to go.

Comer nods his head and continues to lead the way. Brad looks back at Monica.

BRAD
Let’s go.

He holds out his hand for her, sensing she’s still afraid of something. If only they had a way for her to communicate to them. Monica takes hold of his hand and they continue to follow Comer further into the cave.

TIME CUT TO:

INT. FURTHER INTO THE CAVE – DAY

Comer, Brad and Monica are still descending into the cold depths of the cave. Comer’s flashlight barely lights the narrow passage way. Water can be heard ahead of them. Despite how tired they are, they don’t stop. Not when they are this close to what they are looking for. Maybe wherever this water is, there is enough room to set up camp and consider this place their new home.

BRAD
Sounds like we’re getting close.

COMER
We just need to find our
way through this maze of
narrow passages.

BRAD
Do you think this was once
occupied by miners?

COMER
Could be, but the thing about
caves is that they form naturally.
I haven’t seen any signs of human
activity down here before us.

BRAD
Kind of unsettling, isn’t it?

COMER
I try not to think about it.

The narrow passage starts to widen until it opens up to a large opening. As if they have just entered a room in the cave. Water is near, they can hear it.

BRAD
It must be somewhere around here.

Brad’s voice echoes. Comer aims the flashlight to the ceiling to light the room more. It’s a large open space with several passageways leading out. In the middle of this large space, there is a pool of water that is constantly being filled with fresh water from a small stream.

COMER
Looks like this is the place.

BRAD
Yeah, but how can we light it?

COMER
We’ve got two other flashlights.

BRAD
Their lifespan isn’t that long.
Especially if we plan on staying
down here.

COMER
I could head back up to the
surface and find something to
build fire and torches.

Monica walks out into the open space and goes over to the water. She kneels down and dips her hands in, cupping the water and bringing it to her lips. It’s cool and refreshing. She sits down and dips her hands in again, this time bring it up to her face to wash.

Comer and Brad watch. She made herself right at home.

BRAD
That’s not a bad idea.

COMER
Let’s get some more light
down here so we can see better.

Monica’s bag starts to glow, catching Comer and Brad’s attention. Monica doesn’t notice.

BRAD
Uh... Monica?

She turns around to face them.

BRAD
(not sure how to put this)
You’re bag it... uh...

COMER
It’s glowing.

Monica looks down at it. She couldn’t have put her flashlight in there, Robert attached it to her belt. She opens her bag and pulls out the rock Grandmama gave her before her death. She stares down at it, unsure what to think of it. How can this rock give off light? It’s a rock.

COMER
What the hell is that thing?

Monica sets it down on the cold cave floor. The light continues to get brighter until it lights the entire area they are in.

COMER
(at a loss)
Well... I guess that saves
us battery life. (beat) Your
Grandmama gave that to you?

Monica nods her head.

COMER
Did she say what it was?

BRAD
Mon said she told her it had power.

COMER
You think?

Comer goes over to Monica and she hands him the rock. He takes it and looks it over. Brad watches.

COMER
It’s not hot. It’s actually
cool, like the temperature
here. (beat) Nothing slimy
on it. It’s just glowing.

BRAD
You don’t think it’s from
those aliens, do you?

COMER
Well, it’s not human.

BRAD
Should we even keep it? I mean
if it’s alien, couldn’t it be
a danger to us? What if it’s
giving off radiation and we
don’t even know it.

Comer looks down at it. He never thought of it that way.

BRAD
I’m thinking we should get rid of it.

Monica stands up quickly and takes the rock from Comer. Brad looks to her.

BRAD
Monica, I know your Grandmama gave
you that rock, but we don’t know
what it is. Have you ever seen a normal
rock glow? It could be radiation and
we could all be in trouble. We don’t
know the first thing about it.

Monica shakes her head “no”. She does not want to get rid of it.

COMER
He’s got a point, Monica.

She sits back down with the rock in her hands. She wishes she could talk to them. She wishes she could tell them why she doesn’t want to get rid of it. Her Grandmama told her that no matter what she must always carry it, it is the key.

Comer and Brad watch her and Comer sits down next to her.

COMER
Monica...

She shakes her head “no”.

COMER
(soft, trying to understand)
I know your Grandmama gave it to you
before she died, but we don’t know
what it is. It might not be safe.

She looks at him, not happy that he would think her Grandmama would put her in harms way before she dies. She shakes her head “no” again.

COMER
Why can’t you let it go?

He asks, knowing it’s almost impossible for her to tell him anything. She looks around and spots her bag, she grabs it and pulls out her journal and turns to a blank page. She takes the pen in her hand and writes: “it’s the key”.

Comer looks down and reads what she wrote. Brad comes over too, he didn't realize she had a journal with her.

COMER
It’s the key? To what?

Monica shakes her head. She doesn’t know, but she trusts her Grandmama.

Comer looks up at Brad, not sure what to think of this.

CUT TO:

EXT. AIRPORT – DAY

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

John Doggett feels the warm sun beat down on his bareback as he does push ups. He counts in his head the number of repetitions he has done: sixty-two, sixty-three, sixty-four, sixty-five. He has to keep his strength up, not only to survive another alien attack, but also to be strong enough to find Scully. Sixty-six, sixty-seven, sixty-eight.

CIGARETTE-SMOKING MAN (O.S.)
You’re going to give yourself
a harsh sunburn.

Doggett looks up at him and continues doing his push ups.

DOGGETT
Need to stay strong.

The Smoking Man notices the scar on his back from the attack he had the night the aliens did their first wave of attacks.

CIGARETTE-SMOKING MAN
What happened there?

Seventy-four, seventy-five.

DOGGETT
Alien got the best of me.

CIGARETTE-SMOKING MAN
I wouldn’t say it got the best
of you. You’re here, aren’t you?

Doggett doesn’t respond. He continues his count in his head. Seventy-eight, seventy-nine, eighty.

CIGARETTE-SMOKING MAN
There must be someone worth
living for, huh?

Eighty-three, eighty-four, eighty-five.

DOGGETT
Yeah.

The Smoking Man watches, knowing it’s Scully. If he can leach on to him, and the group he’s with, not only will he be guaranteed protection from the aliens, but he can also use this man’s determination to find Scully.

CIGARETTE-SMOKING MAN
How about you come inside and use
some of your strength to train these
civilians how to shoot a weapon. (beat)
Shannon’s barking orders for us to get to work.

DOGGETT
Is that so?

CIGARETTE-SMOKING MAN
Charles Scully isn’t too thrilled.
Apparently she does this often.

DOGGETT
What’s that?

CIGARETTE-SMOKING MAN
Tries to take control.

DOGGETT
She’s like that. A hot head one might say.

Doggett stops his push ups and gets up from the ground. He goes over to a chair where his shirt has been slung over the side. He wipes the sweat from his body and puts his shirt back on.

DOGGETT
What kind of training does she want?

CIGARETTE-SMOKING MAN
Weapons. Self-defense.

DOGGETT
Then we better get inside.

Doggett walks by him.

CIGARETTE-SMOKING MAN
What’s her name?

Doggett stops walking and turns to face him.

DOGGETT
What?

CIGARETTE-SMOKING MAN
The someone worth living for.

DOGGETT
(after a beat)
Dana.

He turns and walks away from the Smoking Man. He hasn’t said her name in a long time. He’s tried not to because he doesn’t want to be weak. He can’t be weak. There are people here who need his help to survive.

The Smoking Man watches him enter the building. He can sense his determination. The fact that he hesitated on saying Dana’s name only tells him that he’d rather be finding her than training civilians how to defend themselves. Perhaps he can get Doggett to leave the group with him and he can lead him right to her.

The Smoking Man’s plan failed before, and he doesn’t want to fail again. Not this time. Not in a world where he can easily take control and keep her for himself.

Off his look...

CUT TO:

INT. SMALL CABIN – MORNING

NORTHERN CANADA

JANUARY 2, 2006
SEVEN MONTHS AGO

The high pitched whistle of steam seeping through a kettle sings in the kitchen. The Smoking Man walks in and takes the kettle off of the stove top and pours the water into a mug. He goes over to a pantry and takes out a package of green tea and places it in the mug. He walks out of his kitchen and into his small living room.

He sits down on a single chair and pulls out his pack of cigarettes.

His phone rings just as he puts a cigarette between his lips. He removes the cigarette and picks up the phone.

CIGARETTE-SMOKING MAN
(into phone)
Yes?

He listens to the person on the other line.

CIGARETTE-SMOKING MAN
What day will they be going?

He reaches over to a pad of paper and a pen on his table and jots down: January 13, Florida.

CIGARETTE-SMOKING MAN
And your sure she is going? (beat)
All right. Thank you.

He hangs up his phone and looks down at the pad of paper.

TIME CUT TO:

EXT. SMALL AIR FIELD – LATE MORNING

The Smoking Man walks with a young man towards a private plane.

MAN
Here she is. How long will
you be gone, Mr. Bloodworth?

CIGARETTE-SMOKING MAN
A week at most. I’m visiting my
daughter down in Florida. It’s
her birthday and I thought I’d
surprise her.

MAN
I’m sure she’ll be glad to see you.

The Smoking Man gets in the plane and shuts the door. He enters the cockpit and sits down in the pilot’s seat. He pulls out a piece of paper with coordinates on it. He smiles, knowing for sure his plan will work. It’s almost fool proof.

CIGARETTE-SMOKING MAN
Not everything is what it seems, Ms. Scully.

With a smirk he starts the plane’s engine and roars down the runway.

TIME CUT TO:

INT. PLANE – DAY

The Smoking Man continues his flight, only he’s not heading towards Florida, rather he’s making his way to an unknown island. He looks down as he flies over the island and spots a landing strip with the Project Subversion logo on it. The landing strip has many cracks on it, and the buildings near by are run down. It’s been over a decade since the Smoking Man sabotaged the Subversion Project.

He lands the plane and comes to a stop. Before leaving the plane he looks around his surroundings to see if he’s alone or not. He spots a tall dark figure standing near one of the buildings. An alien. It’s a good thing the Smoking Man has a deal with them, or else this would not be a safe trip at all.

He gets out of the plane and the alien comes up to him.

ALIEN
What do you want?

CIGARETTE-SMOKING MAN
Dana Scully’s heading down to Florida.
I want you to crash her plane here and
capture her. It should be easy, she has
one of your chips in the back of her neck.
Once colonization happens it may be difficult
for me to find her. Your leaders will want her,
and that chip.

ALIEN
And why should we help you?
Wasn’t she your responsibility?

The Smoking Man pulls out his pack of Morley’s and lights up.

CIGARETTE-SMOKING MAN
I’ve had some complications.
Everyone believes me to be dead.

The Smoking Man eyes the alien carefully.

CIGARETTE-SMOKING MAN
Besides, if your leaders discover
that you sabotaged this plan and
let her go, you’ll be at fault.

The Smoking Man inhales the nicotine from his cigarette.

CIGARETTE-SMOKING MAN
She won’t be alone. She’ll be
traveling with friends. (beat)
You may have heard of Monica Reyes.

The alien listens, never showing any interest in what the Smoking Man has to say.

CIGARETTE-SMOKING MAN
She’s one of Dr. Montgomery’s subjects.
(beat) She’s the only one who is successful.

ALIEN
You want us to get her too?

CIGARETTE-SMOKING MAN
She may be of use to you. (beat)
If you happen to get Monica Reyes,
you can do with her what you want.
All I want is Dana Scully.

The alien looks at him, sensing his desperation to get Dana Scully. There is no doubt that he will do whatever he can to get her.

CUT TO:

EXT. WOODS – NIGHT

NEAR SIMSBURY, CONNECTICUT

Scully sits watching the crackling of the fire. Her mind deep in thought. Knowle and Skinner are behind her, looking at something in the Hummer. Henry Gibbs comes up to her with a plate of food.

HENRY
Thought I’d bring you dinner.

Scully looks up at him as he hands her the plate. She takes it and smiles.

SCULLY
Thank you.

Henry sits next to her.

HENRY
You look thoughtful.

Scully takes a bite out of the food he brought her.

SCULLY
I was just thinking about John.

HENRY
He was your fiancé?

SCULLY
That’s right.

She looks into the fire.

SCULLY
I said things to him that I
shouldn’t have. (beat) I was
trying to make him stay home
instead of go off with the Marines.
I just wish I never said those
things to him.

HENRY
Maybe he’s not gone.

Scully looks over at him.

SCULLY
That’s kind of impossible. The
barracks blew up. There’s no
way he could’ve gotten out.

HENRY
It’s easier to give up than
to hold on to a belief that
maybe they are all right.

SCULLY
You mean your wife?

Henry nods his head.

HENRY
Knowle says to be positive. (beat)
You wear that cross around your
neck. Do you believe in miracles?

Scully looks down at the cross around her neck.

SCULLY
Miracles now?

She shakes her head.

SCULLY
It would’ve been a miracle
if the aliens never invaded.
(beat) I used to work for this
group in the government that knew
they were coming. We couldn’t even
stop them even though we had a
vaccine to the virus they attacked us with.

HENRY
The way I see it, miracles happen
everyday. They don’t necessarily have
to be something huge. Miracles are
small. It’s a miracle I’m alive.
It’s a miracle I found you three. And
who knows, maybe a miracle will happen
to you. (beat) After all, you are alive.

He smiles at her in the hopes of brightening her mood. Scully forces a smile, it would be a miracle if she didn't develope cancer from when she had Knowle remove the chip from her neck. She appreciates Henry trying to brighten her mood.

SCULLY
I like you, Henry. You’re not a
tough Marine. You know what it’s
like to be human and not a fighting
machine all the time.

She smiles at him.

SCULLY
I guess miracles do happen everyday.
(beat) Like finding you. You’re bound
to make my life easier by bringing some
form of humanity to this world.

HENRY
I’ll try my best.

He looks over Scully’s shoulder and sees that Knowle and Skinner are occupied with something in the Hummer. Perhaps a weapon.

HENRY
I found something this afternoon
I think you will enjoy.

Scully looks up with a curious expression.

SCULLY
What is it?

HENRY
It’s near the creek. Want to
go for a walk and I’ll take you to it?

SCULLY
Sure. I’m not doing anything.

Henry and Scully stand up and start heading away from the camp site and into the dark woods.

Knowle and Skinner don’t notice. They are cleaning the weapons in the back of the Hummer.

SKINNER
I can’t get over how many of
these things you have.

KNOWLE
Always have to be prepared. (beat)
Imagine the shit we’d be in if we
didn’t have these with us.

SKINNER
We’d be dead and who knows
what would’ve happened to Dana.

KNOWLE
I guess it was fate I was born to misbehave.

He smiles, just as they hear a scream from the woods. Knowle looks over towards the fire. Scully and Henry are no longer there.

KNOWLE
Shit.

He loads the weapon he’s cleaning and makes his way around the Hummer, just in time to see Henry come running out of the woods. He is cut up from an alien attack, blood dripping from his arm from a large gash. He's frantic, out of breath.

HENRY
They took her!

Knowle and Skinner run up to him. He points into the woods and Knowle runs in.

SKINNER
Are you all right?

Henry nods his head, hunches over to catch his breath while holding his arm.

SKINNER
There's first aid in the Hummer.

Skinner takes off running after Knowle. Henry turns and watches them disappear into the darkness.

EXT. EDGE OF CREEK – CON’T

Knowle runs out of the woods and to the clearing by the edge of a creek. He looks around and doesn't see Scully anywhere. Skinner runs up behind him, just in time to see an alien craft take off from across the creek, rising high above the trees. The craft disappears into the night sky.

Knowle and Skinner watch on, there's nothing they can do. Scully is gone.

THE END.


 

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