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Cab Coola's The Better Hand (short)
by Caleb (cabcoola09@hotmail.com)

Rated: R   Genre: Horror   User Review:
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Caleb brings his new friend from work, Zack, to a highstakes game of poker. Zack has no money to play with so he is forced to entertain the players with a scary story but where does fiction end and fact begin.


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FADE IN:

EXT. HOUSE - NIGHT
                                                            
CALEB and ZACK get out of the car that Caleb was driving.
They head to the front door.
                                                            
                       ZACK
Hey man, are you sure this is
cool?
                                                            
                       CALEB
Don't sweat it dude. It's cool.
That's what you got to do when you
move to a new town. Get out and
mingle but don't mention the
money, they get a little paranoid.
                                                            
                       ZACK
Money?
                                                            
                       CALEB
It's pretty high stakes. We save
up money and play one big game a
year.
                                                            
                       ZACK
How much?
                                                            
                       CALEB
What did I just say about not
talking about the money?
                                                            
                       ZACK
So as long as I don't mention
money nobody will mess with me,
right?
                                                            
                       CALEB
Nah, not my friends.
                                                            
They walk in the front door.
                                                            
                       MIKE (O.S.)
Who the fuck is that?
                                                            
 
INT. HOUSE - NIGHT
                                                            
Caleb slaps hands with Mike. Mike gives Zack a funny look as
he closes the door behind them.
                                                            

2.

                       CALEB
What up dude?
                                                            
                       MIKE
Just waiting on you.
                                                            
Zack goes to give Mike a high five but Mike ignores and they
walk to the kitchen. Zack plays it off by scratching his
neck.
                                                            
                       CALEB
I got to get a drink before I
start.
                                                            
He pulls out vodka and orange juice from a brown bag.
                                                            
                       ZACK
I'll make it for ya.
                                                            
                       CALEB
No thanks I got it but I'll make
you one.
                                                            
                       ZACK
I hate vodka but I will take some
O.J.
                                                            
                       MIKE
I think I'll grab a beer.
                                                            
JIMBO walks in from the back porch as Zack pours O.J..
                                                            
                       ZACK
      (seeing jimbo)
Do you want a drink?
                                                            
                       JIMBO
      (laughing)
Sure barkeep.
                                                            
Caleb leans in towards Zack as he pours it.
                                                            
                       CALEB
Your trying to hard. Just calm
down.
                                                            
Zack nods as he hands Jimbo his drink.
                                                            
 
EXT. BACK PATIO - NIGHT
                                                            
They all three walk out of the door carrying drinks as DOC
sits at the table texting somebody. Zack grabs a chair and

3.

sits on the outside of the table. The poker chips and cards
are already in place. Doc puts his phone up and looks at
Caleb.
                                                            
                       DOC
Hey, whose your little buddy?
                                                            
                       CALEB
This is my friend from work.
He just moved here.
                                                            
                       DOC
Hey friend from work. Do you
like naked women?
                                                            
                       ZACK
Of course.
                                                            
                       DOC
Then we shouldn't have a problem.
                                                            
They all start laughing but Zack is laughing the loudest
fake laugh that you've ever heard and everybody turns to him
and starts again laughing at him.
                                                            
                       MIKE
What do we have here? Are we
ready?
                                                            
                       CALEB
I think we are.
                                                            
                       DOC
Let's do it.
                                                            
                       JIMBO
      (praying)
Come on rent money!
                                                            
                       DOC
      (seeing zack)
What are you going to do? You
can't just sit there.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Why don't you sing us a song?
                                                            
Caleb looks at Mike with a weird look and Mike just shrugs.
Jimbo passes out cards.
                                                            
                       ZACK
I can't carry a tune.
                                                            

4.

                       DOC
What can you do then weird little
man?
                                                            
                       ZACK
I can tell stories.
                                                            
They all look at each other funny.
                                                            
                       MIKE
I had a feeling you might say
something like that.
                                                            
                       CALEB
      (laughing)
Fuck it tell us a story.
                                                            
Caleb grabs his cards and looks around the table.
                                                            
                       ZACK
Let me think.
                                                            
 
EXT. PARK OFFICE - DAY
                                                            
They pull up in front of the Park's office to rent a cabin.
Mike, Jimbo, and Caleb get out to stretch. Doc runs into the
office.
                                                            
                       MIKE
What time are the girls getting
here?
                                                            
                       JIMBO
      (stretching)
Later.
                                                            
                       MIKE
No shit Nostradamus but when?
                                                            
Jimbo shrugs.
                                                            
                       JIMBO
Call them.
                                                            
                       MIKE
I don't have any service.
                                                            
                       CALEB
I do.
                                                            
                       MIKE
You can call them then.
                                                            

5.

                       CALEB
Lets find out what cabin were in
first.
                                                            
 
INT. PARK OFFICE - DAY
                                                            
Doc walks up to the counter and the park ranger, Zack, is on
the computer.
                                                            
                       ZACK
Name?!
                                                            
                       DOC
We actually didn't make any
reservation's. We figured you
guy's would be slow considering
the weather.
                                                            
Zack continues messing with the computer without even
looking up.
                                                            
                       ZACK
What size cabin ya'll want?
                                                            
                       DOC
Whatever I can get with this.
                                                            
Doc pulls out a coupon and waves it. Zack stops what he's
doing and walks to the counter.
                                                            
                       ZACK
Coupon?
                                                            
                       DOC
I won a free night stay from the
radio station.
                                                            
Zack looks carefully at the coupon and looks back at Doc.
                                                            
                       DOC
Ninth caller.
                                                            
Zack slowly walks back to his desk and gets on computer once
again.
                                                            
                       ZACK
How many are staying?
                                                            
                       DOC
Eight.
                                                            
Zack shakes his head.
                                                            

6.

                       ZACK
It says Four for free. Any more
will cost ya.
                                                            
                       DOC
Four. That's what I meant.
                                                            
                       ZACK
Don't let me catch anybody else
out there.
                                                            
Doc is taken back by what he said and just laughs.
                                                            
                       DOC
Is there anyway we can speed this
up?
                                                            
                       ZACK
Patience. I had to close my
Farmville.
                                                            
 
INT. CABIN - NIGHT
                                                            
Caleb walks in and sits his bags down.
                                                            
                       CALEB
This is shitty.
                                                            
Jimbo walks in.
                                                            
                       JIMBO
This is nice.
                                                            
Mike walks in after.
                                                            
                       MIKE
This is perfect.
                                                            
They all start getting unpacked as doc walks in.
                                                            
                       DOC
I'm going to get some wood real
fast. I'll be right back.
                                                            
 
EXT. BACK PATIO - NIGHT
                                                            
There all still sitting at the table playing cards when
Doc's phone goes off and he jumps up.
                                                            
                       DOC
I'll be right back.
                                                            

7.

Doc answers and walks inside.
                                                            
                       MIKE
You can't just leave the game
like that.
                                                            
                       JIMBO
      (seeing zack)
Your story is lame by the way.
                                                            
                       CALEB
Yea. I don't care to hear about
another gay mountain love story.
                                                            
                       ZACK
It's just about to get good.
                                                            
Jimbo starts looking sick
                                                            
                       CALEB
      (seeing jimbo)
How many drinks have you had?
                                                            
Jimbo holds up one finger.
                                                            
                       JIMBO
I think it's the sushi I had.
                                                            
                       CALEB
      (seeing zack)
I'll take that drink now.
                                                            
Zack goes inside to make a drink. Mike looks at Caleb with a
look of frustration with Zack. Caleb just laughs and shrugs.
                                                            
                       CALEB
I feel bad for him.
                                                            
Zack comes walking back out with Caleb's drink. He hands it
to Caleb and takes his seat.
                                                            
                       MIKE
      (seeing zack)
Well go ahead and resume your
story.
                                                            
 
INT. CABIN - NIGHT
                                                            
Caleb and Mike are playing video games as Jimbo sits on the
side nervously checking his watch.
                                                            

8.

                       JIMBO
Where's that douche bag at with
the wood?
                                                            
                       MIKE
He has been gone for awhile.
                                                            
                       JIMBO
I'm going to go look for him.
                                                            
Caleb and Mike ignore him as they continue playing their
game. Jimbo walks out.
                                                            
 
EXT. WOODS - NIGHT
                                                            
Jimbo is walking through the woods YELLING for Doc. He hears
someone following behind him. He turns quickly but no one is
there.
                                                            
                       JIMBO
Doc? This isn't funny.
                                                            
He hears something move behind him once more and he again
turns quickly.
                                                            
                       JIMBO
Ya'll better think long and hard
about whose going to jump out
first because I'm going to deck
some...
                                                            
The killer suddenly jumps out from behind him with a mask
on. The killer swings his knife and slices Jimbo's throat.
                                                            
 
INT. PARK OFFICE - NIGHT
                                                            
Zack is on the phone with his feet propped up on the table.
                                                            
                       ZACK
I tell you what, being a park
ranger sure does have it's
privileges. You oughta come up
here when you get some time off
and let me show ya around.
                                                            
Zack pauses as he listens to her.
                                                            
                       ZACK
Oh, you can't. I gotta tell ya
that's a terrible rule ya'll have
there but you probably wouldn't
like it down here anyways. There's
            (MORE)

9.

                       ZACK (cont'd)
a bunch of snot nosed
little punks that in habit this
area. You can't trust them. You
can't trust them at all. The youth
of America is just wild,
adrenaline junkies. That are doped
up on ritalin.
                                                            
Customer walks in.
                                                            
                       ZACK
Excuse me for a minute sweetie.
                                                            
Zack puts phone down and you can over hear the sex hotline.
                                                            
 
EXT. CABIN - NIGHT
                                                            
Mike and Caleb step outside and look around into the
darkness of the frightening woods.
                                                            
                       CALEB
You're right I don't see them.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Let's just go check around. They
might have gotten lost.
                                                            
They start walking off through the woods. Caleb's phone
rings but dies instantly afterwards.
                                                            
                       CALEB
Shit!
                                                            
Caleb pulls his phone out and it's dead.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Who was that?
                                                            
                       CALEB
I don't know my phone is dead.
                                                            
                       MIKE
That's no good.
                                                            
                       CALEB
I'm about to run to the car and
charge it. You want to come?
                                                            
                       MIKE
Nah go ahead. I want to find them
so we can get that fire going
before the girls get here. Just
            (MORE)

10.

                       MIKE (cont'd)
hurry.
                                                            
Caleb runs off as Mike continues looking. Mike walks up and
sees someone laying against the tree. He starts slowly
walking closer.
                                                            
                       MIKE
What the hell are you doing?
                                                            
Mike walks up and kicks Jimbo's lifeless leg.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Hey wake up.
                                                            
He bends down to shake him as the killer jumps out and
strangles him with a rope.
                                                            
 
EXT. BACK PATIO - NIGHT
                                                            
Mike gets up from the table with Jimbo already missing and
slings his cards.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Bye bye money. I'm out.
                                                            
Mike heads inside with Zack following him as Doc walks back
out and hangs up his phone. Caleb secretly switches drinks
with Zack. Doc looks at him weird.
                                                            
                       CALEB
Shh! I'm getting him to drink some
vodka.
                                                            
                       DOC
Wow! Is everybody out already?
                                                            
                       CALEB
Yea. Where the hell have you been?
                                                            
                       DOC
The ole lady had a bad day so I
had to listen to it.
                                                            
                       CALEB
You got to know when to hold'em
and you gotta know when to
fold'em.
                                                            
                       DOC
Alright Kenny Rogers. What does
that have to do with anything?
                                                            

11.

                       CALEB
Something.
                                                            
                       DOC
No more talking for you.
                                                            
Zack walks back out and sits back down.
                                                            
                       CALEB
I'm glad I have a witness for when
I beat you this time.
                                                            
                       DOC
He's not paying any attention.
He's to busy telling a story,
right?
                                                            
Doc looks at Zack.
                                                            
                       ZACK
Absolutely
                                                            
 
EXT. CABIN - NIGHT
                                                            
Caleb plugs his phone into the car and takes back off into
the woods. He's running through pretty fast. He trips over
something and turns around only to notice Mike lying on his
stomach with a rope around his neck. Caleb stunned by what
he sees calmly stands up and runs back to the cabin. Caleb
runs up as Doc is walking out of the front door.
                                                            
                       DOC
Are we the only two left?
                                                            
                       CALEB
Where have you been?
                                                            
                       DOC
Around. What's the big deal?
                                                            
                       CALEB
Everybody is dead!
                                                            
                       DOC
Right. For real. Where are they?
                                                            
Caleb picks his hands up and they have blood on them. Doc
starts to get worried now.
                                                            
                       DOC
Tell me what's going on right now.
                                                            

12.

                       CALEB
I'm calling the park ranger. This
is out of our control.
                                                            
                       DOC
Shouldn't we get our story right.
                                                            
                       CALEB
Why would we need to if were
telling the truth?
                                                            
Zack suddenly pulls up while Doc and Caleb are standing
there. He throws some bloody clothes on the hood of the car.
                                                            
                       CALEB
Good timing.
                                                            
                       ZACK
I found this on the way out here.
Now what is going on?
                                                            
                       CALEB
There's a killer out here.
                                                            
                       DOC
All of our friends are dead.
                                                            
                       ZACK
Well, whose fault is that?
                                                            
Doc gets frustrated with Zack and throws his hands up.
                                                            
                       DOC
Is this why you're a park ranger?
                                                            
                       ZACK
Being a smartass is not going to
help you out any.
                                                            
                       DOC
We don't know who the killer is.
                                                            
                       ZACK
      (seeing doc)
Where are the bodies at?
                                                            
                       DOC
Don't look at me. He's the one
that found them.
                                                            
Doc points to Caleb.
                                                            

13.

                       ZACK
      (seeing doc)
Where were you?
                                                            
                       DOC
Gone. Looking for wood for the
fire.
                                                            
                       CALEB
I can show you where the bodies
are.
                                                            
                       ZACK
I think it would be better if we
made a phone call to the police.
                                                            
Doc and Caleb look at each other. Zack goes to turn around
and Doc pulls out a club and hits Zack in the back of the
head rendering him unconscious.
                                                            
                       DOC
We can't trust him.
                                                            
Caleb looks at Doc with a strange look. Doc drops the club
and bends down over Zack.
                                                            
                       CALEB
No, I can't trust you
                                                            
Caleb hits Doc in the back as he goes to bend down at Zack.
They wrestle around until Caleb grabs the club that Doc had
dropped.
                                                            
                       CALEB
Ah ha!
                                                            
Caleb shows Doc the club. Doc stands up smiling with a knife
in his hand that he pulled from Zack's belt.
                                                            
                       DOC
Looks like I got the better hand.
                                                            
 
EXT. BACK PATIO - DAY
                                                            
Doc puts hs cards down smiling. It's a better hand then
Caleb's. Doc starts collecting the chips and looks down at
Caleb as his head hangs low.
                                                            
                       DOC
Losing money makes me sick too.
                                                            

14.

Caleb goes to stand up and falls back in his chair.
Doc and Zack look at each other laughing.
                                                            
                       ZACK
I guess some people can't handle
their drinks.
                                                            
 
INT. HOUSE - NIGHT
                                                            
Doc and Zack walk into the house. Doc looks around and sees
Jimbo laying against the wall.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
 
EXT. WOODS - NIGHT
                                                            
Jimbo is lying in the same position up against the tree.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
 
INT. HOUSE - NIGHT
                                                            
Doc looks at Mike. Mike has rope around his neck.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
 
EXT. WOODS - NIGHT
                                                            
Mike is lying the on ground with a rope around his neck.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
 
INT. HOUSE - NIGHT
                                                            
Doc turns back to Zack. Zack smiles and tosses him the
poison that he has been using in their drinks. He also has a
knife in his hand.
                                                            
 
EXT. BACK PATIO - NIGHT
                                                            
Doc SCREAMS from inside the house. Zack walks out with blood
on him and a suitcase of money. He walks to the table and
takes a sip of his O.J. and looks at it funny realizing that
Caleb switched him. He falls to the ground dead.
                                                            


FADE OUT.


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