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The Stranger (short)
by Mario Cacioppo (mario9c1c@hotmail.com)

Rated: PG-13   Genre: Drama   User Review:
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A man, fueled by revenge, mistakes an innocent boy, for his sister's killer.


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FADE IN:

INT. MICHAEL BASEMENT - NIGHT
                                                            
ROB, MICHAEL, LUKE, and TYLER are playing Xbox in Michael's
Basement. Luke and Tyler are playing one Vs. one on COD4.
Michael and Rob are watching while eating pizza and chips.
Beer cans, beer bottles, chips and pizza boxes litter the
floor, couch and table.
                                                            
                       LUKE
Ahahaha eat my lead bitch!
                                                            
                       TYLER
NOOOOOO!!!
                                                            
                       LUKE
      (Stands up)
Yeah! What now Ty Ty?!
                                                            
                       TYLER
Shit. Here Mike, your turn
                                                            
Tyler hands Michael the controller.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Kay sweet. I hope you're ready to
eat shit Luke.
                                                            
                       LUKE
Hey, the only shit I eat is mine.
                                                            
Everyone looks at Luke. Awkward Pause
                                                            
                       LUKE (Cont'd)
Okay, that sounded bad.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Okay whatever, let's get it on
                                                            
Michael and Luke start playing. Tyler watches with Rob.
                                                            
Rob looks at the time.
                                                            
                       ROB
Shit guys I gotta go, I said I'd
be home before 1. It's already a
quarter to.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Shit, okay. I'll walk you out.
Tyler take this.
                                                            

2.

Michael Throws the controller at Tyler.
                                                            
                       TYLER
Sweet! I'm gonna beat you so bad,
you're gonna wish I never beat you
so bad.
                                                            
                       LUKE
Whatever dude. See ya Rob.
                                                            
                       ROB
Later guys.
                                                            
                       TYLER
Peace.
                                                            
Michael and Rob head up stairs.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO
                                                            
 
EXT. MICHAEL'S HOUSE - NIGHT
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Thanks for coming man. Need a
lift?
                                                            
                       ROB
Nah I'm good. My house is only 5
minutes away anyways
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
You sure? It's Pretty dark out.
                                                            
                       ROB
Yeah man I'll be fine. Besides,
we've been drinking remember?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Right. Good point. Alright man,
well take it easy, I'll talk to ya
later.
                                                            
                       ROB
Yeah man. Peace.
                                                            
They do handshake, and Rob leaves.
                                                            
Rob walks down the driveway. Michael goes inside.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO
                                                            
 

3.

EXT. STREET - NIGHT
                                                            
Rob is walking down the street in the dark. Only street
lamps light his way.
                                                            
SOFT MUSIC starts to play.
                                                            
Rob gets the feeling he is being followed, and quickens his
pace. He looks over his shoulder constantly. As Rob enters
the light of one of the street lights, a VOICE comes from
the darkness.
                                                            
                       STRANGER
Stop right there, David.
                                                            
Rob freezes in place. He doesn't know how to respond. He
doesn't turn around.
                                                            
The STRANGER stays in the shadows.
                                                            
                       STRANGER (Cont'd)
Answer me David!
                                                            
                       ROB
I'm not David!
                                                            
                       STRANGER
You're voice sounds strange David.
Are you trying to play tricks with
me? I don't like tricks David!
                                                            
                       ROB
What tricks? I'm no-
                                                            
                       STRANGER
Shut up! Just shut up! Don't think
I forgot about what you did!
                                                            
The Stranger is blind with rage, and does not see that it is
not David.
                                                            
                       ROB
Jesus man, I don't know what
you're talking about-
                                                            
                       STRANGER
I won't let you get away with it
David! You should have finished me
when you had the chance!
                                                            
The Stranger walks closer, his hand enters the light, and we
see a handgun in his hand. He points it at Rob.
                                                            

4.

                       STRANGER (Cont'd)
Who sees who now David? I will
finally get you for what you did
to her.
                                                            
The CAMERA is in a WIDE SHOT position. A SHADOWY FIGURE
walks into frame watching from a distance. The man then puts
his finger to his ear, and mutters something.
                                                            
                       ROB
You've got the wrong guy!
                                                            
                       STRANGER
Shut up! You see David, I've got
nothing to lose. You took away
everything I ever loved. I died
that day with Laura.
                                                            
                       ROB
Fuck man! I don't know what you're
talking about! I just wanna go
home.
                                                            
                       STRANGER
Shut up David!
                                                            
                       ROB
I'm not David!
                                                            
Rob makes a run for it.
                                                            
                       STRANGER
Stop!
                                                            
The Stranger freaks out and FIRES his gun.
                                                            
There is a FLASHBACK.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO
                                                            
 
INT. KITCHEN, LAURA AND STEVEN'S HOUSE - DAY
                                                            
STEVEN'S face. It is cut and bruised. His eyes begin to open
slowly. He sluggishly gets up and looks around.
                                                            
The place is a mess.
                                                            
There is a GIRL lying on the ground, lifeless, she is also
cut and bruised.
                                                            
There is a MAN standing at the kitchen counter with his back
turned to him.
                                                            

5.

Steven GRUNTS as he tries to move.
                                                            
                       DAVID
Oh, you're awake. Good. I was
getting worried you know. I didn't
want to lose you before I got my
money.
                                                            
                       STEVEN
Get the fuck out of my house.
                                                            
                       DAVID
Now, now, Steven. No need to be so
rude. You wouldn't want things to
get any worse than they already
are now, would you?
                                                            
                       STEVEN
I told you I'd get you the money.
I just need time, David!
                                                            
DAVID turns around.
                                                            
                       DAVID
Aah yes, time. You need time, yet,
I have no time to give. I've been
very patient with you, Steven.
                                                            
                       STEVEN
I'll get you the money, I swear!
                                                            
                       DAVID
Oh, I don't know. I'm not
convinced. I think you need a
little more...motivation.
                                                            
DAVID picks up a gun from the counter and walks over to the
girl on the floor.
                                                            
                       STEVEN
Don't you fucking touch her!
                                                            
STEVEN tries to get up, but his leg is in bad shape and
BUCKLES under his weight.
                                                            
                       DAVID
Now, now, Steven, no need to get
up. Your sister is very beautiful,
too bad you couldn't save her.
                                                            
                       STEVEN
NOOOO-
                                                            

6.

Steven's voice is cut off by the GUN SHOT. He begins to cry,
burying his face in his hands.
                                                            
                       DAVID
Such a shame, she was a very
pretty girl.
                                                            
                       STEVEN
You motherfucker! I'll fucking
kill you! You hear me? I'll
fucking kill you!
                                                            
                       DAVID
Now that's the spirit Steven! Now
if only you could have put that
anger and energy into getting me
my money, this wouldn't have
happened.
                                                            
David walks towards Steven.
                                                            
                       DAVID (Cont'd)
Now that I have your attention,
let's discuss what I expect from
you. I want my money by next
Friday. That is one week from
today. The way I see it, you have
two options, you could be a good
little boy and get me my money, we
go our separate ways, and you can
try and live a new life. Or, you
could get the revenge I know you
so desperately want.
                                                            
David kneels in front of Steven. Steven looks up.
                                                            
                       DAVID (Cont'd)
The choice is yours, but if you
don't get me my money, I will be
back to finish off what I started
today.
                                                            
David stands up.
                                                            
                       DAVID (Cont'd)
Either way you'll probably end up
dead. So it's up to you how you
want to live your last week, by
doing the right thing, or avenging
your poor little sister over
there. I'll even give you a head
start.
                                                            

7.

David puts the gun on the counter.
                                                            
                       DAVID
A little more fuel to feed the
fire. Or, to put it out. Don't get
up, I'll let myself out.
                                                            
David starts to leave, and then stops.
                                                            
                       DAVID
Oh, and remember Steven, I will
always see you, but you will never
see me.
                                                            
David exits.
                                                            
Steven sits against the wall, unsure what to do.
                                                            
He crawls towards his dead sister and touches her face. He
begins to cry silently.
                                                            
He then pulls himself together, and crawls towards the
counter where the gun is. He pulls himself up and holds the
gun in his hand. It is the same gun he used to shoot Rob.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO
                                                            
 
EXT. STREET - NIGHT
                                                            
The Stranger walks into the light. Rob Falls on his knees.
Rob then falls backwards on his side, his face facing the
stranger. He drops the gun in shock, and walks over to Rob,
with a limp.
                                                            
                       ROB
Wh-
                                                            
Rob struggles to ask 'why', and then dies.
                                                            
The Stranger kneels down beside him and begins to cry,
touching the boys face.
                                                            
There is a QUICK FLASH of when Steven touches his sister's
face.
                                                            
                       STEVEN
I'm so sorry. I'm...so sorry.
                                                            
The Stranger starts to cry even more, burying his head in
his hands.
                                                            
Steven is crying beside Rob's dead body.
                                                            

8.

The gun is on the ground behind Steven.
                                                            
Feet walk over to the gun, and a gloved hand picks it up.
                                                            
CAMERA PANS UPWARDS to reveal David's face.
                                                            
                       DAVID
Steven, Steven, Steven. Look what
you did now. You've killed two
innocent people all because you
couldn't do the right thing and
just get me my money.
                                                            
Steven raises his head from his hands. He realizes he is
defeated and just sits on his knees.
                                                            
                       DAVID (Cont'd)
Didn't I tell you Steven? I will
always see you, but you will never
see me.
                                                            
David walks closer to Steven, he raises the gun.
                                                            
Steven closes his eyes.
                                                            
David fires the gun killing Steven; Steven's body falls
lifeless to the ground.
                                                            
David puts the gun in Steven's hand and walks away.
                                                            
                                                            


FADE OUT.


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