>>Dylan is waking up the next day.
>>He sniffs, yawns, and rolls over.
>>He opens his eyes a little to check his clock.
>>Dylan panics and launches himself out of bed.
>>He curses to himself as he puts his pants on backwards. He curses again as he falls over trying to turn them around.
>>He doesn’t even get his shirt on before he’s in the car. He roughly drops his laptop on the passenger seat and drives off.
>>Dylan gets to the traffic lights at the turn off to Mountain Road before he remembers he’s not wearing his seatbelt. He doesn’t bother putting it on.
>>He checks the clock as he waits to turn.
>>It’s 1PM. He’s an hour late and he knows the drive is another 30 minutes.
>>He knowingly goes over the speed limit up Mountain Road.
>>He has to stop his car at the fence Tess had built.
>>It’s a tall chainlink fence with a padlock on the gate.
>>Dylan is annoyed, but climbs the fence.
>>After he’s over the fence he realises he left all his things in the car.
>>He doesn’t bother getting them, and makes his way down the dirt road to Mountain House.
>>Dylan finds the house and runs up to the door. He checks his watch. It’s 2:53PM.
>>He sits down on the front step and resists the urge to cry.
>>He looks back up to the house.
>>It was falling apart. The all but a few windows were boarded up and there were more roof tiles on the ground around the house than on the house itself.
>>Dylan stands up and tries to ring the old-style doorbell.
>>The rope it’s hanging on pretty much disintegrates when it moves and it falls to the ground with a heavy clunk.
>>Dylan decides to knock instead.
>>There’s no answer.
>>He calls out, but Tess obviously isn’t home.
>>Dylan is frustrated and kicks over a flower pot.
>>There is a key underneath.
>>He tries it. It doesn’t work.
>>In fact, the key snaps in half and jams the lock.
>>As he’s trying to pull out the key chunk, he leans on the door.
>>There is a metallic crunching sound and it falls off it’s hinges.
>>He stands in shock for a moment before rushing into the house and pushing the door up into place.
>>He knows it’ll fall over when Tess gets home, but he hopes that she thinks she did it.
>>Dylan decides to look around the house.
>>The immediate inside is just as bad as the outside.
>>He is in a hall filled with unpacked boxes.
>>He makes his way down the hall, looking in each room as he passes. The rooms are pretty much untouched, besides the few at the rear of the house.
>>He pokes his head in one room, a lounge, and sees it’s been set up for gaming.
>>There are boxes and boxes of games, and a large TV set-up.
>>He mumbles to himself, wondering how it turns on.
>>The TV and gaming console respond to the words “turn on” and turn themselves on.
>>Dylan literally screams.
>>The message “INCOMING VIDEO CALL” appears.
>>Dylan panics and says “Don’t answer!”
>>The console only hears him say “answer” not “don’t” and answers the call.
>>Dylan is screaming.
>>A little kid appears on screen.
>>Dylan is still screaming.
>>The child is confused.
>>“Dude! Dude chill! What the heck dude?”
>>There is a loud crashing noise from the hall and Tess is heard shouting.
>>Dylan goes silent and jumps around as Tess runs in.
>>Her expression goes from concerned to annoyed.
>>“Dylan.” “Tess- I- It did that itself!” [Tess waves to the boy on screen] “It’s okay Brent, it’s just one of my idiot neighbours.”
>>“The one you were telling me about yesterday? The annoying one who was going over?” “Yep. That one.” [She turns to Dylan] “He’s three hours late, which makes him even more annoying.”
>>Dylan apologises, and Tess smacks him over the back of the head and scolds him.
>>Dylan hears a loud, deep bark and Tess freezes, looking guilty and concerned.
>>She tells him to wait there while she ‘deals with something.’
>>As she leaves Brent laughs at him. (“Mum’s smacks hurt like hell, am I right?” “You are most certainly right.”)
>>They talk a bit second. Dylan asks Brent how he’s doing at school, and a bunch of other awkward “for kid” questions.
>>Brent answers like a typical 13 year old would.
>>It is here that Dylan learns Brent is in foster care, as his dad died in an accident and his mum works for the government.
>>Tess comes back after a few minutes and they start talking.
>>Dylan says he had a few interview questions ready, but he left his laptop in the car.
>>Tess is happy about this. (“Good. Now you can stop bugging me.”)
>>Dylan seems offended. (“So what, I came all this way for nothing?”)
>>“Hey, mum wasn’t the one who was three hours late!”
>>Tess tells Brent to be respectful, to which Brent moans.
>>“But you say things like that all the time!” “But I’m old. Old people are allowed to be angry.”
>>Dylan says he’ll be leaving. He doesn’t want to be involved in a family fight and he feels awkward.
>>Tess stops him and invites him to game. (“Look, you’re already here, and we need an extra player for the dungeon. You wanna know about me? This is me.”)
>>They turn the video chat into a voice chat and play a multiplayer game.
>>Dylan is terrible at it, but has fun.
>>Tess asks Dylan if he’ll go into the kitchen and grab some snacks.
>>Dylan does, as Tess keeps playing.
>>As he’s in the kitchen, he hears a quiet voice call his name. He jumps and looks around wildly.
>>He see’s Tess’ electronic armband on the table. The screen has lit up and it is vibrating slightly.
>>Dylan goes to examine it. As he does a gruff man’s voice comes through it. (“Dilyn! Dilyn!”)
>>Tess is screaming about getting a headshot with Brent, so Dylan answers it for her.
>>Dylan presses the button on the screen and speaks into it.
>>“Hello, this is Dylan.” “Dyl… What? Who is this?!” “Uhh… Dylan. Dylan Chance.” [Voice is angry] “Where’s Tess? Get her now!”
>>Dylan calls to Tess, but she doesn’t hear him over the game.
>>He picks up the armband and walks into the lounge as the angry man goes on and on at the other end.
>>Tess finally hears the man’s voice and jumps up, snatching the armband from Dylan and hurriedly announcing herself.
>>“This is Agent Dilyn!” “Dilyn! What are you doing? The breach is open!” “What?! Why didn’t you contact me sooner?” “I have been-”
>>Dylan doesn’t hear the rest as Tess runs off, through the hall and out the front door as fast as lightning.
>>Brent is asking what’s going on through the mic. Dylan tells him she got a call (“or something”) from work.
>>Brent groans. (“Aw man, last call she didn’t get back online for a whole week!”) His breath is short, and he’s visibly upset, although he’s trying not to show it.
>>Dylan reassures him, and offers to continue the game until either his mum gets back or he has to go to bed. (“Sure. Whatever, but there’s a four hour time zone difference so I don’t have to go for ages.”)
>>Dylan and Brent continue gaming.
>>After a while they hear a loud roaring noise.
>>Brent asks what it was. (“What the hell was that?!”)
>>Dylan doesn’t know. He stands up to look but it’s too dark outside to see anything.
>>As he is standing he feels the ground start to tremble.
>>It’s like a beat.
>>THUMP. THUMP. THUMP.
>>In the kitchen there is a loud bang and the sound of breaking glass.
>>Dylan rushes in.
>>The window is shattered and there is a large pumpkin sitting in the middle of the room.
>>Dylan is extremely confused. He slowly moves towards the pumpkin.
>>The ground is still trembling.
>>He nudges the pumpkin with his foot, and it suddenly springs up at him.
>>A jagged and smiling jack-o-lantern face is at level with his, shouting in a high-pitch, annoying voice. Like a child voiced by a really bad adult actor in a cartoon.
>>Dylan screams, and slips over backwards.
>>He hears Brent call out to him from the other room. (“Dylan?!”)
>>The pumpkin lands on him.
>>“What you doing on the floor?”
>>Before Dylan can answer there is a loud roar.
>>Dylan realises how close the thumping noise is. It’s so close the remaining windows are vibrating and things are falling off shelves.
>>“Wa-oh! Welp-” [4 of the pumpkin’s 5 vines splat onto the floor like legs and it starts to stumble towards to lounge] “I’m out!”
>>Dylan is watching it leave, too shocked to move.
>>Suddenly the path in front of the pumpkin is blocked off by a black stream of energy.
>>The stream stops and Dylan sees a massive hole in the wall.
>>Out of the hole, somewhat in the distance and illuminated against the full moon, is a massive bear with a feathered crest and mane.
>>The pumpkin turns around and starts running, visibly stressed. (“Nope! Nope! Nope nope nope!”)
>>It runs directly over the top of Dylan.
>>The other side of the kitchen gets blasted as Dylan scrambles to his feet.
>>The pumpkin is freaking out. It hides behind Dylan.
>>Dylan looks from the pumpkin behind him, to the bear outside.
>>The bear starts to take a deep breath inwards. As it does, a large black ball of energy begins to swirl and form in its mouth.
>>Dylan stares at it, wide-eyed. His mouth is open but he can’t scream he’s that scared.
>>The bear shoots its energy blast/beam, but its cut off by a ball of very similar energy.
>>The ball crashes into the bear’s stream and there’s an explosion.
>>As the dust goes flying a very loud howl is heard.
>>Pumpkind freaks out even more (“Oooooh no! Can’t deal with a Giga-Wolf today. Nuh-uh! Mmm-mmm. Not doing it!”) and starts to hobble away.
>>As it starts hobbling, a huge three-eyed cat monster jumps in it’s way.
>>Pumpkin panics (“Oh! Oh no! Not a Felin! Ain’t doing that either!”)
>>The Felin hisses angrily and jumps over the Pumpkind.
>>The Felin goes for the bear. It jumps over Dylan, who is slammed into the ground.
>>The Pumpkind nudges Dylan. (“You look about as done as I feel. Come on. Let’s get moving!”
>>Dylan clambers to his feet and follows Pumpkind as it sprints out the front door.
>>As Dylan exits, he sees Tess running towards the house. She’s grabbing at her armband.
>>She pulls something out of it as she approaches. Dylan can’t see what.
>>She blocks off the Pumpkind and throws what she’s holding at it.
>>The Pumpkind lets its leg-vines go limp and drops to the ground, dodging the object.
>>Dylan manages to see it’s a metal ring before it hits him in the face.
>>It sparks brightly and he shouts in pain, as he just got an electric shock to the face.
>>Tess snaps at Dylan. “Dylan! Get out of the way!”
>>The Pumpkind responds: “Why don’t you get out of //my// way you tallish freakoid!”
>>Tess stares at it for a second. “You… You talk already?!”
>>“Listen up, legs! There is a Bearus after me! I don’t have any time for this wishy-washy bond-before-talk spiritual nonsense!”
>>The Pumpkind tries to run around her but she blocks him off.
>>“What do you mean there’s a Bearus //after you//??” “I MEAN IT’S TRYING TO KILL ME!!!”
>>As he shouts that the Bearus comes charging through the house, leaving large holes through all the walls.
>>Pumpkind and Dylan both shriek.
>>Tess looks up, her eyes wide and looking absolutely terrified.
>>Dylan and the Pumpkind start to run.
>>Tess is frozen in place in fear.
>>Dylan turns and sees she’s not running. Against his better nature he runs back to her and grabs her arm.
>>He yells at her to move and starts to drag her away. She’s not very responsive, and stumbles as he pulls her.
>>They both end up on the ground.
>>Tess is trembling, sweating, and tears are rolling down her cheeks.
>>The Bearus turns to them and takes a step forward.
>>A small green ball of energy hits it in the face.
>>Dylan looks at the source and sees Pumpkind twirling his flower-vine, already generating another ball of energy to fling.
>>The Bearus roars and starts to generate its own attack.
>>As it starts to inhale, the Giga-Wolf jumps onto it and they start to wrestle.
>>Felin tries to get involved but is hit with the green energy ball from Pumpkind.
>>Pumpkind wobbles over to Dylan and slaps Tess with one of its leaf-feet. (“Listen up legs you gotta capture this thing!”)
>>Tess finally responds.
>>“H-how do you know what to-” “I’ve seen you do it before! //You//! The first time one of these guys attacked! You gotta do that thing with the ring, legs! You gotta do it again!”
>>Tess seems to snap back into action. She’s on her feet in a fighting stance and pressing buttons on her armband.
>>A ring pops out of her band and she grabs it.
>>“SILVER! GET OUT OF THE WAY!”
>>The Giga-Wolf jumps off the Bearus and rolls aside. Tess flings the ring like a discus as hard as she can at the Bearus.
>>The ring expands in mid-air and hits the Bearus in the shoulder.
>>As it makes contact it sparks and the Bearus screeches.
>>The ring splits open where it touched, and it starts wrapping around the Bearus tightly, binding the creature.
>>The Bearus starts to breath another attack but the ring wraps around its mouth, forcing it’s jaws shut.
>>The Bearus struggles but can’t escape, having been weakened by the fight.
>>It starts to darken into a black colour, and eventually turns into energy similar to what it had been shooting out.
>>The ring tightens around it until it’s become a tiny tube, about as thick as a standard pencil and half the length.
>>Tess goes to pick up the cylinder.
>>As she does, Pumpkind starts to put it’s legs down. (“Alright. You’re done, so I’m gonna be heading off now! Ta-tah! Buh-bye!”)
>>Pumpkind turns around, but comes face-to-face with Felin.
>>Felin hisses at it, and he responds nervously.
>>“Oh, no! Not me! Haha! No I’m not a threat! Look at me! [He drops his legs and lays on the ground] I’m small. I just got long legs s’all!”
>>Dylan is doesn’t know what to do. He’s shocked and his mouth is gaping open.
>>The Giga-Wolf stands on the other side of it as Tess walks up.
>>Tess’ face is tear stained and she is still trembling slightly.
>>“You’re still letting us understand you?” “Legs, you saved my life. I think I owe it to you to let you understand me for the rest of it.” [Tess winces] “Somehow I think I’d rather the opposite.”
>>Giga-Wolf growls, and Tess turns to it. (“Hmm? Oh, good point Silver.”) She hits a button on her armband and another ring pops out.
>>“Whoa, legs! What are you doing?!” “You said you saw me with the last Bearus that came through. Specifically //me//. You also said that this Bearus was trying to kill you. Specifically //you//.” “Yeah, uh. Something like that.” “Why?” “Why…? Uh… Why. Haha. Yeah. Why indeed…”
>>Felin meows to Tess and she starts sucking her tongue again. She doesn’t seem happy to be interrupted but nods and turns to Dylan. (“You’re right, Buddy. Dylan? You okay?”)
>>Dylan nods, then shakes his head, then nods again. He swallows and takes a deep breath. (“I knew I was having bad luck today but… wow.”)
>>Tess looks at him sadly. (“Yeah, well, it’s going to get a lot worse for you. I didn’t mean for you to get involved in this. Buddy?”)
>>Tess motions to the Felin [Buddy] and it wraps its long prehensile tale around Dylan’s torso.
>>Dylan doesn’t know how to respond.
>>Pumpkind suddenly speaks up: “Jeeze legs, I thought you’d be more loyal than this!”
>>Tess flashes the ring at Pumpkind, who nods and agrees that he should be quiet, while not actually shutting up. (“Mmm-hmm. Yeah. Good point. I’ll stop. I’ll be quiet. No more talking from me!”)
>>Tess turns back to Dylan and apologises. (“This is the classified government work I was doing. [Vaguely, as she fiddles with her armband:] I didn’t think the breach would open so soon…”)
>>“Breach?” “That’s… Classified.” [A compartment opens up and Tess pulls out a small needle with a small amount of liquid inside the end] “More classified than this?” [Dylan spreads his arms and motions to the entire scene] “Sorry, Dylan. I really am.” [She goes to jab Dylan, who shrieks and struggles] “Don’t kill me!” “It- It’s a sedative.” “It is?” [Tess speaks more gently than Dylan has heard her do] “Yeah. Just a sedative. I can’t risk you learning anything else until the commander gets here. For your sake.” [Dylan has tears in his eyes] “I’m scared of needles.” “Then close your eyes.”
>>Dylan closes his eyes.
>>He feels Tess pull up his sleeve and gently touch the tip to his skin.
>>A small prick and he feels himself get tired.
>>He’s almost out when he has a thought.
>>He opens his eyes and looks at Tess, smiling like an idiot.
>>“Dylan? Are you okay? Just let yourself go out, it’ll be easier.” “What are the… //Chances///… That this… Is a… //Tess//t, of my character…?” “Okay, you’re getting a second dose.”
>>Dylan laughs and everything goes quiet.
Scene 2 End