FADE IN: EXT. CROWDED STREET - NIGHT THUNDER RUMBLES OVER THE ASSEMBLY. The people zigzag across the city street. Each individual is prepared for rain, and busies their step to their destination. It's tight amongst the buildings. A SINGLE RUNNER CUTS THROUGH THE RANKS-- He brushes against people and bounces off the bigger bystanders. His boots keep hitting the asphalt. He bumps into another person and as a result his leather jacket opens briefly to reveal a Glock tucked in his jeans. LIGHT POST-- He dodges and diverts into a GIRL IN A RED SKIRT-- They fall to the ground... but he quickly spins to take the fall. She rolls off-- VAL (19) rises and discretely feels his jacket for the gun. It's there. He checks the surroundings-- The bystanders ignore them, and divert around to continue to their destination. Val looks back to the girl. VAL Sorry. GIRL IN RED SKIRT It's okay. The girl (17) stares at him through her blonde hair. She brushes it aside to reveal her green eyes... and extends her hand. Her nails are a the same red as her skirt. VAL (lifts her up) I've got to-- He lets go, but she holds on to his jacket. GIRL IN RED SKIRT Wait. Val focuses his attention on her. She lets go. VAL I can't stay... (grimaces and steps closer) I'm sorry, but I can't explain. Val turns to go-- GIRL IN RED SKIRT What about your name? I'm-- Val breaks off into the crowd. He pushes through the sea of dark rain coats to the other side of the street. There he pauses at the mouth of a dark alley. He turns back to the crowd. He rises to the balls of his toes to peek over the heads of the assembly-- A BLACK HAND GRABS THE GUN-- AND THE OTHER COVERS HIS MOUTH-- HE'S PULLED INTO THE ALLEY-- INT. DILAPIDATED LOBBY - NIGHT Dust. It's on everything. It floats in the beams of lights from broken windows, walls, and holes in the ceiling. Doors that hang from their hinges lead into ballrooms with walls torn and crumbling. THUNDER RUMBLES OUTSIDE... AND THE STRUCTURE SHAKES. More dust lets loose and swirls in the light pouring in from outside. A stairwell descends from the upper floors behind the circular concierge desk, or what remains of it, in the middle of the room. The carpet on the stairwell is gone, the banister is missing chunks, and the step boards are broken. COM UNIT (V.O.) Caecilius-four do you copy? The dust absorbs and muffles it, but it's distinctly a female voice on the other line. CREAKS ECHO-- RATS AND MICE SQUEAK AND SCURRY ABOUT. The walls they scurry inside of has paint peeling from the parts of it that remain. A FIGURE STEPS OUT FROM SOME DEBRIS-- CAECILIUS-FOUR's disheveled appearance blends in with the dust covered surroundings, and he could be mistaken for a blind homeless man. Dust and other grimy things cover his large overcoat, his hair is long and unkempt, and his stitched hat has faded from red to brown. He doesn't have a beard, but is unshaven and rough. He wears goggles... The CANE & GOGGLES are the only interesting part about him. The cane is a sleek black metal with four silver strips at the end, and at the top near his hand is a transmitter antenna. The goggles don't have lens, but instead are permanently attached to his face. A receiver is on one side and buttons and a dial on the other. Caecilius-Four removes a COM-UNIT from his coat. He turns it off, and Val and MEREDITH enter into view through a wall. Meredith (34) is an attractive black woman in skin-tight black Under Armor and black cargo pants with a knife on her right thigh. Her long dark hair and bangs make her sexually deadly, and she is the perfect killer. She pulls Val, tight to her, by the elbow into the room and-- Shoves him away to reveal his Glock in her hand nearest to him. She checks the chamber and points the gun at his head. CAECILIUS-FOUR Reynard wants to speak with him. (turns to go) Turn your com off. Caecilius-Four pulls a MOBILE SCREEN out of his coat and leaves it on the desk. CAECILIUS-FOUR (CONT'D) In case you fall behind... we have our orders. Caecilius-Four leaves the room down a corridor. Meredith motions for Val to follow and takes an earpiece out of her ear. She grabs the mobile screen and follows. INT. DILAPIDATED UPPER FLOOR - NIGHT Meredith pushes Val out of the stairwell-- HOLES! They litter the floor like swiss cheese, and the floors below are similar so that one can see far down. LIGHTNING FLASHES AND THUNDER FOLLOWS-- Val spots Caecilius-Four ahead of them. He makes his way across the beams and boards between collapsed concrete expertly. He uses the cane for balance. The lightning stops and he disappears into the darkness. Val glances back at Meredith. VAL How do you expect me to follow? Meredith takes the gun off him as she lifts the mobile screen to activate it. Val glances outside the windows. RAIN SMASHES AGAINST THE BROKEN GLASS. A smirk crosses his face. Meredith shoves the mobile screen into his chest. INSERT - MOBILE SCREEN Val watches playback of a THREE-DIMENSIONAL GRAPHIC OF THE BUILDING'S STRUCTURE. All the weak points are exposed, and he sees the path that Caecilius-Four took once he entered the floor. He rewinds it to that start point-- BACK TO SCENE Val finds that path and follows it, with Meredith close behind. Meredith doesn't train Val's Glock on him, but focuses on balance. Lightning leads their path, but the resulting THUNDER shakes the structure and sends dust into their eyes. Val pauses and COUGHS-- THE FLOOR CREAKS AND GROANS-- He checks the mobile screen: INSERT - MOBILE SCREEN It's a weak beam that supports the two of them! He hits a demand to see the present beam-- IT CRACKS! BACK TO SCENE VAL JUMPS FORWARD AS THE BEAM GIVES! His chest hits the floorboards, but his feet dangle-- MEREDITH FALLS BACK INTO A SPLINTERED SHARD AND INTO THE DEPTHS OF THE FLOORS BELOW AS HER SCREAMS ARE MUFFLED BY THUNDER-- Val thrashes his hands to grab hold of something as the floor around him cracks-- GOT IT! Val pulls himself up-- THE DESK SLIDES TOWARDS THE HOLE! Val kicks and pulls to get up... but he slides back! The weight of the desk splinters shards of the floor and one impales Val's elbow-- VAL SCREAMS... and lets go. CAECILIUS-FOUR GRABS HIS ARM! He pulls Val up as the desk falls into the abyss. CREAKS AND GROANS from the floor forces Caecilius to move Val fast. The floor falls behind them and dust rises everywhere. Caecilius-Four shoves Val next to a concrete column under a light. He pulls out a knife. Val grabs the splinter... and grinds his teeth and moans. He hanks it free as Caecilius-Four TEARS off a piece of his coat with the knife. Val YELLS and drops the splinter. Caecilius Four hands him the rag. Val wraps it around the wound. THUNDER RUMBLES Caecilius-Four uses his cane to get his bearings, and adjusts the dial on his goggles. Val tightens his bandages knot. Caecilius-Four hanks him up and pushes him forward-- EXT. DILAPIDATED BUILDING ROOF - NIGHT The building is surrounded by taller buildings on three sides, but it is open to a view of a greater expanse. A city skyline is past the lower buildings and park in the distance, and skylights shoot up from the middle of the park. A soft orange glows against the overcast sky, but the rain has subsided. LIGHTNING STRIKES BETWEEN THE CLOUDS AND THUNDER FOLLOWS SECONDS AFTER! The storm has passed. Caecilius-Four leads Val out of a stairwell. Val notices three large holes, each descending to the floors below, cluster a section of the roof. He pants and motions for Caecilius-Four to hold. Caecilius-Four takes his knife and holds it to Val's throat. He leads Val across the roof to the edge facing the park, which is nearest the cluster. REYNARD (46) steps out from the cover of an alcove. He's in stealth clothing with an overcoat and a fedora hat. His hair greys, but retains its brownish hue, and his cold-blue eyes examine Val carefully. A smirk creeps across his perfect smile, and he lets out a chuckle. REYNARD Val, your efforts are entertaining, but... I can't say how much I love-- (closes eyes and chuckles) You know your actions have made matters worse. VAL I'm glad to amuse you. Reynard glares at him. He nods to Caecilius-Four and he lets Val go. Val straightens his jacket as Caecilius-Four goes past Reynard to the alcove he was under. REYNARD Why do you bother? (steps closer) You know you can't escape what you've already set in motion? VAL I never set-- REYNARD Bullshit. (beat) You're as much a party to this as everyone else. There's no stopping the inevitable. Caecilius-Four leaves the alcove with a SNIPER RIFLE. He approaches the roof's brick wall, which crumbles and has gaps. He mounts the rifle-- VAL I didn't want to stop you... How could I? REYNARD Right. (takes out a mobile screen) There's no way in which you could stop this. You're meaningless. As is he and she. VAL She? Caecilius-Four attaches wires from the scope to ports in his goggles and adjusts the dial. He presses two buttons and a light on the reciever flashes yellow and is gone. REYNARD Val, no one is greater than our purpose so there's no life that will get in the way. Our job serves that cause, which makes our contacts expendable. VAL Who's she? REYNARD Don't act like you don't know. VAL You wouldn't jeopardize-- REYNARD What? Caecilius-Four is more than capable of getting the necessary shots off. Caecilius-Four flips a small lever on the scope and Reynard turns on the screen and checks it. His smirk widens and he glances coldly at Val. Val turns his screen back on-- INSERT - SCOPE CROSSHAIRS CENTER ON THE GIRL IN THE RED SKIRT-- She stands under a light post next to a vender. Caecilius Four ZOOMS IN until the crosshairs are fixed on her head. The girl looks around for someone, and bites her lip. BACK TO SCENE Val glares at Reynard for a moment, and steps towards-- REYNARD (CONT'D) I wonder if she's waiting for you. Val freezes. Reynard chuckles. REYNARD (CONT'D) (to Caecilius-Four) Lock Primary-One. (to Val) Technically speaking she's collateral damage. VAL She's innocent. Caecilius-Four flips a second lever. REYNARD What does that matter? (steps towards Val) Consider her a casualty to a disease. The CDC can't save her... in fact she needs to be quarantined and put out of her misery. And remember that you, in stupidity, brought it upon her. (to Caecilius-Four) Are you ready to take both targets? CAECILIUS-FOUR Affirmative. Reynard checks his screen-- VAL DARTS AT CAECILIUS-FOUR! REYNARD Take the targets! REYNARD THROWS HIS HAT INTO VAL'S KNEE AND WRAPS HIS COAT AROUND VAL'S HEAD-- Reynard elbows and kicks Val to the-- BANG! BANG! Caecilius-Four dismounts the rifle. Val takes off the coat and stares up at Reynard. REYNARD (CONT'D) I told you... there's no stopping this. There's no escape. And it has to be done. VAL (rises) You didn't have to-- (steps back toward hole) I'm out. No more. Caecilius-Four trains the rifle on him. REYNARD Why take that door. You're useful, and still young and na•ve. We can train a soldier like you. VAL I'd rather join the diseased than you. (steps to edge) Any last words? REYNARD Sure... (steps closer to him) You're more of a loss than her. Reynard chuckles and turns away. Val grinds his teeth for a moment. He sighs and opens his mouth-- REYNARD (CONT'D) Take him. BANG! VAL FALLS BACK INTO THE ABYSS-- FADE OUT.