"Fox & Rat" Virtual Series - Season Nine

9x15 "White Noise"Title: "White Noise"
Written by: Kristi
Date: October 5, 7, 2007
Air Date: October 15, 2007
Rating: PG-13
Series: FRVS - Episode #188
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 and Shannon continue their journey to the East, but encounter some troubles of their own, and even witness an unforeseen act of kindness.


FADE IN:

EXT. MARIETTA, OHIO Ė EVENING

APRIL 10, 2007

Rain pours, drowning the ground with sheets of water. John Doggett and Shannon McMahon run, their eyes blurry with water, but that doesnít stop them one bit. A bullet whips by Johnís ear and he falls to the ground in an instant reaction to protecting his life.

DOGGETT
Shaní! Get down!

Shannon drops in a heartbeat and looks back at Doggett.

SHANNON
You all right?

DOGGETT
Shh.

He brings his index finger up to his lips to quiet her. They werenít being chased, they were just covering good ground by running. Shannon stares at him, well, not exactly at him... more of a blank stare in his direction as her ears go on high alert to hear even the most inaudible sounds. Her eyes quickly dart to her right and up a leafy, muddy hill. She signals to Doggett to follow her lead without making eye contact with him. She is obviously tuned into something just over that slope.

Shannon and Doggett start to crawl up the muddy hill, trying their best not to slip on dead leaves. They reach the top and peer over to the other side of the slope. They stop breathing upon seeing one of the aliens, light gray in color. The alien has been hit with a bullet, a human bullet. A bullet that Doggett and Shannon havenít fired.

Their minds think alike... they should run, but neither one of them has ever been this close to an alien before. Why hasnít it noticed them? Is it preoccupied with healing itself to notice them?

Doggett watches it for a moment. Alien blood is pouring out of it. Blood that is blue in color seeps to the ground below. The bullet hole diminishes, eventually disappearing under the alienís touch.

Shannon withdraws her knife, preparing for the kill. However, Doggett stops her by placing a hand on her arm. She looks at him and he shakes his head ďnoĒ. She gives him this look, and if looks could talk hers would say ďare you nuts?Ē

They retreat back and far enough away that they wonít be noticed.

SHANNON
(shocked)
What the hell, John?

DOGGETT
It wasnít shooting at us.

SHANNON
Point being?

Sheíd rather just kill the thing.

DOGGETT
It has another enemy out here
that happens to be our enemy too.

SHANNON
I thought our enemy was-

DOGGETT
-Yeah, but do they really shoot
at us with bullets? (beat) And after
what happened back in Chicago. Are you
so sure we can trust every human we come
in contact with?

Shannon realizes what heís saying. Thereís someone else out here. Someone they havenít seen yet. Someone who is a threat to them and the wounded alien. Someone who is a threat created by a human being.

SHANNON
Then what the fuck do we do?

DOGGETT
Get the hell out of here. Weíre
in a hot zone Ė two enemies.

SHANNON
Thereís some little building structures
near the river not too far from here.
Weíll set up camp there, but keep a good
eye out. (beat) The last thing we need
is one of us getting wounded, or in your
case, re-injuring yourself. Weíre out of
medical supplies. (beat) Letís haul out.

Sheís off, crawling ahead of him. Doggett waits a moment, his eyes drifting towards the hill where, on the other side, lays the wounded alien. Without another momentís hesitation he sets off following Shannon, being as careful as he can not to re-injure his wound from when he was shot in the gut by Brian Gallagher in Chicago.

CUT TO:

INT. SMALL BUILDING BY THE OHIO RIVER Ė CONTINUOUS

Shannon cautiously comes through the door, knife out ready to kill. She quickly scans the small, one room building with her dark eyes.

SHANNON
All clear.

Doggett comes in behind her and finds a light switch on the wall. He flips it, but nothing happens.

DOGGETT
No electricity.

SHANNON
Itís for the best. We donít
want any of those fuckers coming
after us.

She sets her backpack of gear down on a wooden table with a heavy clunk. They were able to raid a few convenience stores during their travels, and of course Shannon had her eyes out for gun stores, army surplus stores and what not. Needless to say, they are geared to the gills.

Doggett carefully sets his gear down on the table. Heís careful not to tear his wound from when he was shot. Though it has healed, heís still careful with it. If it were to tear, open up again, or if he were to get re-injured, theyíd be shit out of luck. Their medical supply has depleted over the couple months and every store they were in didnít have much in the way of first aid. What they did manage to find, was used on Doggett to heal him.

DOGGETT
So weíll camp out here for the night?

SHANNON
We need to stay out of the rain.
God only knows what could be growing
out there with the heat and now this rain
and the humidity that comes with it.

She moves to stand by the window, keeping a watchful eye out at the land to see if anyone is coming.

DOGGETT
Why do you think that alien
didnít try aní kill us?

SHANNON
Donít know. Could be some kind of
strategy. Travel in numerous numbers,
pretend to be wounded then have the others
strike from the side.

DOGGETT
I donít know. We were there long enough
for them to attack us, and nothing happened.

SHANNON
They saw me with my knife is what happened.

Doggett rolls his eyes at her. Itís very typical of her to think higher of her abilities than she should, especially when her enemy is far more superior. He wonít say a word. She needs to keep up that ego to help her survive in this fight.

He canít get it out of his head though. Dana once told him that aliens bleed green blood, not blue. Was the thing sick? Could their blood change color if they are ill? His mind is boggled with questions that heíll never get any answers to.

He takes a seat at the table and looks around the small room. Lightening fires in the sky, followed by a loud boom of thunder that rolls out in the distance. Doggett takes notice of a radio in the corner of the room.

DOGGETT
Hey Shan.

SHANNON
Yeah?

She looks back at him as he walks across the room.

DOGGETT
A radio.

He picks it up.

SHANNON
Whatís its condition?

He examines it for a second.

DOGGETT
Not bad at all.

SHANNON
Thank god. Maybe we can find
someone with a sound mind.

Doggett brings it over to her.

SHANNON
Does it use batteries?

DOGGETT
Looks like it does.

SHANNON
Turn it on.

Doggett hesitates a moment in the hopes that it does work. Heíd hate the have his hopes up for nothing. He switches the button to the ďonĒ position.

Static.

SHANNON
At least it works. Are there
any spare batteries?

DOGGETT
I can look.

He switches off the radio, not wanting to waist the current batteries just in case. He opens a drawer across the room and pulls out a couple of spare batteries.

Shannon smiles.

SHANNON
Great. Letís get on and see
if we can find anyone.

She leaves her post at the window and turns on the radio. She turns the dial a bit, searching for any kind of signal or feedback. She finds a frequency and starts to talk.

SHANNON
Come in. Come in. This is Shannon
McMahon, Sergeant with the United
States Marine Corps. Is anyone out there?

They both wait eagerly, but receive more static.

SHANNON
Come in. This is Sergeant McMahon, USMC.
Is anyone out there? Does anyone copy?

She waits again. More static.

DOGGETT
Could be the storm, Shan.

SHANNON
Then weíll wait for it to clear.

She switches off the radio.

CUT TO:

EXT. BEACH Ė LONG ISLAND Ė SUNSET

The sun quietly sets behind Mulder and Samantha. They are huddles on a beach, the sea mist spraying onto them. Itís refreshing, and in any other circumstance this place would be Heaven, but in light of the death, war and alien colonization, it is only a place where they seek refuge from the turmoil of the world.

They look like hell. Cuts, bruises, dirt cover them. Mulder wraps his arm around Samanthaís shoulder and holds her close to him. They huddle close to one another in their make-shift tent that is made from an old blue blanket they found and a stick from a tree. The wind blows from the ocean, shaking their tent, threatening to blow their shelter away.

SAMANTHA
Youíre sure they wonít come here?

MULDER
If this is anything like the movie
ďSignsĒ then theyíll stay far away
from water. Mist is coming off the
ocean and thatís water.

Then again... there were cases of alien crafts being in the ocean water... but none of that was ever proven. Mulder worries.

SAMANTHA
What about those mad men?

MULDER
I donít know. This beach is
pretty much deserted. They seemed
to like to occupy places that arenít
out in the open like how we are here.

SAMANTHA
Iím trying to be strong, Fox.
(beat) But Iím terrified.

She rests her head on his shoulder and he pulls her closer. Determined to protect her. Determined to never lose her again. He looks down at her arm, wrapped in a torn part of his own shirt. She was cut by Scott Williamsís own fingernails. The salty ocean water has been helping it heal, but he knows itíll be a painful reminder of what happened to her.

MULDER
(after a beat; soft)
Weíll be ok.

He does his best to comfort and assure her. Sheís been terrified ever since she was attacked by Scott Williams. Mulder even scared himself there for a moment. Heís never taken a life like that before. Hell, heís never taken a life.

SAMANTHA
Think we should try the radio again?

MULDER
The sunís down so it might
be a clear enough night to
find someone.

Mulder pulls a radio out from behind him. He switches it to ďonĒ.

MULDER
Testing, testing... one, two, three.
This is Mulder and Samantha coming to
you live from a beach on Long Island.

Mulder looks to Samantha, who leans in towards the radio. They both clear their throats.

MULDER
(singing)
Somewhere out there beneath the pale moonlight
Someone's thinking of me and loving me tonight

SAMANTHA
(singing)
Somewhere out there someone's saying a prayer
That we'll find one another in that big somewhere out there
And even though I know how very far apart we are
It helps to think we might be wishing on the same bright star

MULDER
(singing)
And when the night wind starts to sing a lonesome lullaby
It helps to think we're sleeping underneath the same big sky

MULDER/SAMANTHA
(singing)
Somewhere out there if love can see us through
Then we'll be together somewhere out there
Out where dreams come true

They continue singing, hoping to reach anyone in that big somewhere out there. Theyíve been trying this for weeks, having no success. But like the true troopers that they are, they keep on trying knowing that one day theyíll find someone. After all, they found each other.

CUT TO:

INT. FACILITY Ė KITCHEN Ė NEW YORK Ė EVENING

Knowle sits at the kitchen table. Screws, parts and tools are all over the table in front of him and heís tinkering away at a radio he found. Scully and Skinner enter and stop in their tracks. They were hoping to have a meal at the table where Knowle has everything laid out.

SKINNER
Keeping yourself entertained?

KNOWLE
Found a radio. Just tryiní
to get it to work.

He looks up and smiles at them.

SCULLY
Mind if we eat here?

KNOWLE
Go ahead. Iíll just move this stuff.

He sets down his tools and starts to move things around for them. Scully goes over to the kitchen pantry and pulls out a can of soup.

SKINNER
Whereíd you find the radio?

KNOWLE
In an supply closet. Doesnít
work, but Iím hoping to change that.

Scully comes back over and sits down across from Knowle. Skinner joins her.

KNOWLE
So what weíre you guys haviní for dinner?

SKINNER
Well, thereís still some of that
canned soup left that needs to
be eaten. I thought weíd have that.

KNOWLE
Sounds good.

SCULLY
Chicken soup is good for the soul.

Knowle nods his head in agreement.

KNOWLE
What I wouldnít give for fresh
homemade soup though, you know?

SKINNER
Please donít make me drool.

SCULLY
We should be thankful for what we have.
(beat) Weíre probably better off than
a lot of people out there.

KNOWLE
I was actually thinking about that.

Scully cocks an eyebrow.

SCULLY
Oh?

KNOWLE
Yeah. I was thinking that maybe we
should go out and try to find some
of the other survivors. Create a safe
place for people to set up camp, you know?

They listen.

KNOWLE
When Helmet went out looking for you,
he found you in the care of a group of
people who helped you the best they could.
Iím thinking that if we find that group
again maybe we could join forces.

SKINNER
Sounds like a good idea.

KNOWLE
Only problem is resources. Weíd have to
fit everything we need in my Hummer, plus
the four of us. Then weíd have to hope that
we have enough fuel to seek people out. I mean,
thereís no telling what its like out there.

SCULLY
Thereís only one way to find out, and
thatís to actually go out there.

KNOWLE
I know. Itís not that Iím scared, weíve
faced enough of whatís out there to make
educated decisions and whatnot. Itís just
that I donít want to get us all stranded in
the middle of nowhere.

SCULLY
Weíre stranded as it is.

Knowle thinks for a moment, then nods in agreement.

KNOWLE
First things first.

He picks up a screwdriver.

KNOWLE
Iíd like to radio around, see if
we canít make contact before heading out.

SKINNER
Then first things really should
be first. (beat) Fix the radio.

KNOWLE
All in good time.

Knowle smiles and returns back to his work with the radio.

CUT TO:

INT. BUILDING Ė MARIETTA, OHIO - NIGHT

The storm has died down. Shannon and John sit quietly at the wooden table by the window. Their eyes are both looking outward. Shannon keeping watch, and John watching as fog slowly rolls in over the river, slowly covering the bridge. The land is only visible by the moonlight from above. Clouds are scattered in the night sky.

SHANNON
I see something.

Her voice is intense, immediately breaking the silence in the room. Doggett turns to look at what she sees. Barely visible in the forest he can see figures organizing themselves around their small building.

SHANNON
This isnít good.

Her hand automatically rests on her gun.

DOGGETT
Theyíre charging.

Shannon stands up, ready to fight to the death if she has to.

SHANNON
Theyíre not alien, John.
Letís blast them to shit.

She moves towards the door and John follows. The door opens and Shannon fires a round off towards the charging men, as does John. The air seeps into their shelter, surprisingly the temperature is slightly cooler from the storm. They donít notice, thereís no time. They are instantly bombarded with enemy fire. Bullets come from every direction it seems. Itís a whirlwind of confusion and chaos. Neither John nor Shannon know which direction to shoot, just to fire their weapons and hope. They are literally slammed with enemy fire with nowhere to fall back to.

A window shatters inside their building. John looks back, seeing a man coming through the window with a knife in hand. John turns and shoots, but something is slammed into his back. A knife from behind. He screams in pain and thereís nothing Shannon can do to help him.

Shannon has her own problems. She is surrounded by crazed men. She fights them off the best she can. Slamming as many of them as she can with the butt of her rifle. The men seem to take no affect whatsoever. She looses her footing and falls to the ground.

John fires at the crowd of men around her, hoping to give her enough time to get up before any of them can jump her. She manages to get to her feet.

SHANNON
FALL BACK! ENEMY IS FUCKING CRAZY!

She fires into the crowd of approaching men.

Doggett stands in the doorway of the building, firing his weapon into their only shelter, killing men who enter through the windows. Shannon comes up to him, firing her weapon out of their shelter, into the crowd of men approaching the building.

DOGGETT
We canít stay here!

He fires at another man. Their army of two is no match for this chaotic raid.

He runs inside the building as Shannon holds the front door. He grabs the radio and puts it in his bag, snatches the batteries. Grabs Shannonís bag and comes over to her.

DOGGETT
The bridge Shaní. Weíve got to
get the hell out of here!

Shannon nods her head, continuing her fire. Doggett grabs her by the arm and starts to drag her away. She continues to fire, running backwards with Doggett holding onto her arm.

She fires one last round, then nothing but empty clicks. She drops her weapon, turns and runs as fast as she can with Doggett. They head towards the bridge. They hear running footsteps behind them. The men have lost all control and are attacking, charging them, following them to the bridge.

How far will they have to run? Will they ever find a safe place to seek shelter?

They make it to the bridge and donít look behind them. They keep running. Thereís a forest on the other side of the bridge. If they make it, maybe they can hide in there.

Their legs burn, but they donít stop running. They reach the other side, reaching West Virginia. They donít even think about their location, they just run. The men continue to follow them.

DOGGETT
Shan! Wait!

She stops and turns to him.

SHANNON
What now?

Sheís impatient.

DOGGETT
Thereís a boat.

SHANNON
What the fuck are we going
to do with a boat?

DOGGETT
The island in the middle.
We can hide there. Thereís
no other boats around.

SHANNON
We donít know that.

Her eyes drift behind Doggett. The men are approaching them and fast.

SHANNON
Letís get out of here!

She grabs his arm and starts to run with him into the forest. She takes a sharp right turn, getting off the straight path. She doesnít let go of Johnís arm.

They run deeper into the forest and she suddenly stops, looking up at a large, thick tree. John falls to the ground, getting Shannonís attention.

SHANNON
Get up, John.

He doesnít answer her. She kneels down next to him. Now is not the time to be fainting from exhaustion.

SHANNON
(stern)
John.

She checks him over and discovers the back his shirt is wet with blood. She immediately checks for a pulse. He has one, but heís passed out from a massive amount of blood loss.

SHANNON
Shit. John, no. Donít you die on me, soldier!

Tears sting her eyes. She had no idea he was even injured. She removes her jacket and ties it around him tightly, hoping to stop the blood from seeping out.

How can one wound do this to him? There has to be more that she hasnít noticed. Itís dark, itíll be difficult to see his condition until the sun rises.

She lifts her head and looks around. The forest is silent, too silent. Shannon grabs her bag and pulls out a flashlight. She didnít want to use it, but she has to if sheís going to help John live. She takes a deep breath, praying that the light wonít reach the eyes of the mad men. She covers it with her hand and turns it on, pointing it down at Johnís body. She sees heís covered with blood, his own blood. Heís been shot at a couple times. In the shoulder, in the arm, in the gut. A tear falls from Shannonís eye.

SHANNON
Dammit, John.

She turns off the flashlight and pulls out one of her shirts from her bag. She wraps it around his arm. Pulls out another shirt, this time from Johnís bag and wraps it around his shoulder. She finds his jacket and wraps it around his torso, overlapping her own jacket to try to stop more blood from leaving his body. She applies pressure to the wound in his gut.

He canít die on her. He canít leave her alone.

SHANNON
Come on, John.

She shuts her eyes, putting all her focus on helping him. Tears fall. She knows thereís nothing she can do to help him. They have no medical supplies. She bites her lip to stop herself from crying. She can almost feel that she is losing her best friend.

Drops of rain gently start to fall from a cloud in the sky. A sense of calm washes over the area. Shannonís eyes open, wondering why she feels calm. Did he pass? Her eyes fall on a strange figure standing in the darkness a few feet away from her.

Her instinct tells her to go for her weapon. She removes her hands from Johnís body, but suddenly she canít move.

The dark figure silently moves towards her. She should feel terrified, but sheís not. The figure moves closer and moonlight hits it. Itís an alien. Still, she doesnít feel terrified.

The alienís black eyes look at her. They have no emotion in their eyes, just a blank, black stare. Yet, a sense of curiousness is felt in the air. The alien tilts its head, looking at Shannon, who is unable to move. Her heart is racing, but she doesnít feel terrified.

The alien shifts its look down at John. It kneels down next to him. Shannon watches on. Is she scared? She wants to be, but she isnít. Her heart races with uncertainty. The alien places its light gray hand on Johnís wound. Shannon watches the alien. Its long fingers gently press on Johnís skin.

Color seems to come back to Johnís body. He no longer looks like heís on the verge of death. He coughs and Shannon looks down at him. Heís alive, no longer knocking on Deathís door.

Her eyes shift back to the alien, who now silently lifts itself back to its feet. It looks down at Shannon as if to say ďyouíre welcomeĒ. It starts to back away, back into the darkness. The rain turns to sprinkles and Shannonís attention turns back to John when he coughs.

SHANNON
John?

His eyes slowly open and he sits up. Shannon backs away to give him room.

SHANNON
Are you all right?

DOGGETT
I think so. What happened?

SHANNON
Iím not really sure.

Doggett looks around.

DOGGETT
They stop following us?

SHANNON
I think so.

Johnís eyes drift up to the large tree.

DOGGETT
We could hide out up in that tree.

Shannon nods her head. Sheís at a loss for words on how to explain what just happened with that alien. She watches in awe as John stands to his feet and collects his gear that is on the ground. He looks down at Shannon.

DOGGETT
You all right, Shannon? Youíre
not hurt are you?

Shannon shakes her head ďnoĒ. He must have no clue what happened to him.

SHANNON
We could get a good view of
the area from this tree.

She stands up. Should she tell him? Would he be able to handle what she knows? An alien just healed him and heís showing no sign of injury at all. She wonders if he even remembers being hurt.

Doggett gives her a boost up into the tree. She grabs onto the branches and lifts herself up. Doggett follows. She gives him a helping hand until heís got a good grip on a branch. They make their way up as high as they can until they have a pretty good overview of their surroundings.

CUT TO:

INT. FACILITY Ė KITCHEN Ė NEW YORK Ė NIGHT

The kitchen is dimly lit now and Knowle is still seated at the table, which does not have as many radio parts laying on it as when we previously were here. Scully sits across from him. She is eager to know if he can get anything on the radio. She watches as he fiddles with the last bit of parts he puts in.

SCULLY
How will you know where to look?

KNOWLE
I donít. Iím just going to guess.
(beat) Probably should go outside
for a better chance.

SCULLY
In the middle of the night?

KNOWLE
Itís a clear night.

He doesnít look up from the radio.

KNOWLE
When I was in college, I once was
able to pick up a radio signal from
Purdue University in Indiana. I went
to Brown in Providence.

SCULLY
You were able to get a signal
from that far away?

KNOWLE
Well, they have a pretty large
radio tower. On a clear night,
yeah you may be lucky enough to
receive that signal. (beat) You
never know nowadays. I mean, Iím
sure cell towers and light pollution
have gone down somewhat.

He smiles at her.

KNOWLE
Worth a shot, donít you think?

SCULLY
I guess so.

Knowle stands up with the radio in hand and Scully follows.

CUT TO:

EXT. WEST VIRGINIA FOREST Ė CONTINUOUS

Shannon looks up to the night sky and sees stars twinkling down at them.

SHANNON
Skyís pretty clear.

DOGGETT
We could try the radio again.

Shannon nods in agreement and he carefully pulls the radio out. The last thing he wants to do is drop it to the ground and have it smashed to bits.

DOGGETT
Should I just open it up
and see what we get?

SHANNON
Sounds good to me.

He turns on the radio and fiddles with the dial, searching for anything.

SAMANTHA
(fuzzy through radio; singing)
And even though I know how very far apart we are
It helps to think we might be wishing on the same bright star

MULDER
(fuzzy through radio; singing)
And when the night wind starts to sing a lonesome lullaby
It helps to think we're sleeping underneath the same big sky

Doggett looks up at Shannon. His eyes wide. He knows that voice. Itís Fox Mulder.

DOGGETT
(excited)
Come in, come in.

MULDER
(fuzzy through radio; excited)
Ohmygosh! Hello?

DOGGETT
Mulder? Fox Mulder?

MULDER
(fuzzy through radio)
Yes! Oh my gosh! Thatís me!
Who is this?

DOGGETT
John Doggett.

MULDER
(fuzzy through radio)
Oh my lucky stars!! Where are you?

Doggett looks up at Shannon, heís not sure. She mouths off ďWest VirginiaĒ.

DOGGETT
West Virginia. You?

MULDER
(fuzzy through radio)
Long Island! We should meet up!
Itíll be a Super Buddy reunion!

Doggett shakes his head in disbelief of Mulder. It seems like nothing will phase him.

DOGGETT
Anyone else with you?

He holds his breath, hoping Dana is there.

MULDER
(fuzzy through radio; excited)
Samantha! My sister! I found her!

Doggett smiles at this good news.

DOGGETT
Anyone else?

MULDER
(fuzzy through radio)
No. We lost everyone we were with
when we were attacked. These people
killed everyone. (beat) I donít know
where Alex, Scully or anyone else is.

In a way this is good news for Doggett. At least Scully hasnít been killed like ďeveryoneĒ else he and Samantha were with.

DOGGETT
Iím with Shannon McMahon. Weíre
gonna start heading in your direction.

MULDER
(fuzzy through radio)
Super! Weíre on the beach.
But I have -- warn Ė

The signal starts to become very fuzzy.

CUT TO:

EXT. FACILITY Ė NIGHT Ė CONTINUOUS

Knowle and Scully switch on the radio, opening up to the world. They get a lot of static, fuzz and blips. Knowle fiddles with it a bit.

DOGGETT
(barely making it through the fuzz)
-- breakiní up Ė

Scully looks at the radio with wide eyes. Did she just hear Johnís voice. She must be losing it. Heís dead. Knowle freezes as well. Are his ears playing tricks on him?

SCULLY
Did you hear that?

Knowle leans his ear down closer to the radio to hear better.

CUT TO:

EXT. WEST VIRGINIA Ė CONTINUOUS

Doggett looks to Shannon.

DOGGETT
I canít make out what heís saying.

Shannon takes the radio from Doggett.

SHANNON
Come in Mulder. Youíre breaking up.

MULDER
(very fuzzy through radio)
Crazed -- be careful -- They -- everywhe Ė

Doggett looks at Shannon to see if sheís understanding him.

SHANNON
Heís warning us of something.

CUT BACK TO:

EXT. FACILITY Ė NIGHT Ė CONTINUOUS

Knowle fiddles with the radio. Trying to tap in to where he heard Johnís voice. More blips, cracks, and fuzz. He canít get through.

SCULLY
Well?

Knowle shakes his head.

KNOWLE
I canít find it.

He looks up at her, shaking his head.

SCULLY
Is it still broken?

KNOWLE
No. Weíre getting feedback, but
there must be too many open sources
that we canít get anything through.

SCULLY
I know Morse Code. May I?

Knowle nods his hand and gets out of her way. She starts to click away, determined to see if her ears are playing tricks on her.

CUT BACK TO:

EXT. WEST VIRGINIA Ė NIGHT Ė CONTINUOUS

Shannonís about to turn the radio off, but stops when she hears the faint beeps of Morse Code come through.

DOGGETT
Morse Code.

Shannon pulls out a pen and paper and starts to listen carefully to the transmission. She writes what she can make out. After the transmission is done, she holds up her notepad and the words ďSEMPER FIĒ have been written.

SHANNON
Perhaps thereís another Marine
somewhere out there.

DOGGETT
Find out where they are.

Shannon clicks back, waits, then writes on her notepad again.

SHANNON
Whoever this is, theyíre in New York too.

DOGGETT
Tell them weíre heading that way.

SHANNON
Letís just hold on a second here.
(beat) Mulder gave us a warning.
What if there are people there who
are like those crazy men who attacked us?
What if this is some kind of trap?

Doggett didnít realize that before.

SHANNON
I say we find Mulder and his sister
before we go pickiní up any strays.

Doggett nods in agreement. He doesnít want to have any more risks. Shannon turns off the radio.

CUT BACK TO:

EXT. FACILITY Ė NIGHT Ė CONTINUOUS

Scully continues her Morse Code, but gets nothing in return.

SCULLY
I lost them.

KNOWLE
At least we know there are
people out there.

SCULLY
Am I crazy?

Knowle gives her a questioning look. She hesitates before telling him. What if she was imagining things? What if this is just the dead coming to see her like in the past when she had her cancer?

SCULLY
I thought I heard Johnís voice.

KNOWLE
I did too. But it could just
be a trick on our ears. There
was a lot of distortion in the signal.

Scully nods. Heís probably right.

KNOWLE
Weíll try again tomorrow night.
Maybe I need to tweak it some more.
Try to get a better signal.

Knowle looks up at her, and she quickly turns away. Her hand placed underneath her nose.

KNOWLE
Everything ok?

SCULLY
Iím fine, just going inside
to get some sleep. Itís late.

She walks off, not even looking at him. Knowle watches her as he picks up the radio. She disappears into the dark hallway of the building.

CUT TO:

INT. SCULLYíS BEDROOM Ė CONTINUOUS

Scully enters her room, shutting her door behind her. She quickly goes into her bathroom and grabs a tissue to dab her nose clean from blood that slowly trickles out of her. She lets out a sigh. She needs to be careful if she doesnít want Knowle to know her cancer is out of remission. This was a close call and she was lucky she caught it.

She leaves her bathroom. Her mind wonders what sheíll do when her cancer gets worse. She could leave and just disappear, but then everyone would be worried about where she was.

She crawls into her bed and stare at the digital clock on the nightstand. Eight after two in the morning. She shuts her eyes and goes to sleep.

CUT TO:

EXT. WEST VIRGINIA FOREST Ė CONTINUOUS

Doggett and Shannon have found a comfortable way to sit in the tree and get some rest. Shannon looks over at Doggett, who looks pensive as he looks up to the sky.

SHANNON
What keeps you going?

DOGGETT
Possibility.

Shannon keeps her eyes on him, waiting for a more in depth explanation.

DOGGETT
The possibility that Iíll
find her again and that
sheís somewhere right now
knowing that Iím making my
way to find her. (beat) You?

SHANNON
I donít know. I think it was how
I was raised by my father.

Doggett looks over at her.

SHANNON (CONíT)
Iíve been trained to be a hard Marine
since I was five years old after my
mother died. Itís all I really know.

DOGGETT
That canít be what keeps you going.
There has to be something.

SHANNON
Hope that we find others maybe.

She shrugs her shoulders.

SHANNON
I donít have someone like you do, John.
Roger died, that Iím certain of.

DOGGETT
You know that for sure?

SHANNON
Our barracks where hit hard, John.
You probably donít remember much after
you were attacked by that alien. There
was nothing left.

DOGGETT
We got away, didnít we? How
do you know he didnít?

SHANNON
Because Iíve lost everyone in my
life. My mother took her own life.
My father was shot down in public for
reasons that are still unknown. (beat)
Why would Roger be the exception?

DOGGETT
But you say you still have hope.

SHANNON
I do. But not for myself. For others.

DOGGETT
I think deep inside you have hope
that heís alive. You just donít want
to admit it incase you are wrong. You
donít want to be hurt more than you
already are.

He looks at her, expecting her to deny this, but she doesnít.

SHANNON
Youíre right. Iím tired John.
Iím tired of being strong. Iím
tired of this world, of not knowing.
Iím tired of losing people close to me.
(beat) I almost lost you tonight.

Doggett listens.

SHANNON
I donít know if you remember or not, but
you almost died tonight. An alien healed
you. The same alien you stopped me from killing.

DOGGETT
I donít remember that.

SHANNON
It was strange, but when it was near,
I felt calm, like nothing bad was going
to happen. I couldnít move, but I wasnít
afraid. I donít know how to describe it,
but I didnít even worry that those crazed
men were going to come kill us. (beat)
Then you woke up and it was as if nothing
ever happened to you. (beat) Then I started
thinking... what if the alien sensed us when
we were near when it was shot? What if it
knew you stopped me from killing it and returned
the favor you gave it of saving its life?

DOGGETT
What are you saying? That these aliens have
emotion and because I saved its life, it felt
it needed to save mine in return?

SHANNON
Thatís what happened. I debated whether
or not to tell you, but I thought you
should know incase you knew something was
different. So I thought Iíd clear the air,
just in case you were wondering.

DOGGETT
I vaguely remember a knife being
thrown at me, but I was too busy
trying to stay alive to really notice.

SHANNON
Weíre going to have more run-ins with
men like that, you know? Mulder was
trying to warn us of them over the radio.
They may be surrounded, but thereís really
no way of knowing.

DOGGETT
Unless we radio with him tomorrow night.

SHANNON
If we can get through that is.

DOGGETT
Itís a quiet night and I donít think
either one of us is going to get any
sleep, not after that attack. (beat)
How about we get moving towards Long
Island and travel in the darkness. Hopefully
itíll provide us with some safe shelter.

SHANNON
And keep us out of the heat.

DOGGETT
Itís actually a pretty nice night.

SHANNON
Yes it is.

She looks up to the clear night sky.

SHANNON
Never really noticed how many
stars there were. Not in a long
time actually. Not since we were
kids playing war in your dadís crops.

Doggett laughs remembering the good old days of being a kid without a worry in the world.

DOGGETT
Those were some fun times.

SHANNON
Its kind of like that now, only
weíre all grown up and fighting
aliens or crazed men in battle.

DOGGETT
With real weapons.

SHANNON
Shall I go down first?

DOGGETT
If you wish.

Shannon pulls her bag over her back and starts her descent down the tree. Doggett follows.

The carefully make their way through the night. Staying within the protecting shadows of the forest. Slowly and cautiously they start to make their way across West Virginia, getting closer to Mulder and Samantha with every step.

Perhaps even closer to finding the oneís they love...

FADE OUT:

THE END.


 

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