|The Clearwood Murders: Episode I - The Wrath of Francis|
The Clearwood Murders: Episode I - The Wrath of Francis is a story written by Donald Newton. It was written as a Scream fan fiction. But it does contain Newton's most beloved and known characters from previous fan fictions. This story introduces the Carter family consisting of Clarence, Kathy, Lorraine, and Andrew. But it also introduces Andrew's best friend and the main character of the story Scott Lane.
The Carter Family are faced with two killers targeting them. One of them is called Francis, who may be related to Clarence's past, and a Stalker who is stalking Lorraine. Best friends Scott and Andrew must come together to stop these two killers from hurting those that they love.
EXT. WAGNER RESIDENCE - NIGHT
A nice sports car pulls into the driveway of the WAGNER HOUSE, which is in the middle of nowhere and is the only house around.
INT. SPORTS CAR
Driving the car is the handsome jock BENNY PIKE and his girlfriend HILLARY WAGNER (Both 17).
BENNY: Did you have a good time at the party?
HILLARY: I had fun. How about you?
BENNY: I had a blast.
HILLARY: Good. Thank you for driving me home.
BENNY: No problem.
Hillary opens the door and goes to get out before stopping herself to ask Benny a question.
HILLARY: Would you like to come in for a moment? My parents won't be home until after midnight.
Benny turns to her as he considers her offer.
INT. WAGNER RESIDENCE - LIVING ROOM
Benny and Hillary are making out on the couch in the living room. Things are getting hot and heavy as they proceed to remove some clothing. Not much; Jackets, sweaters, shoes, and socks. It's the beginning of something happening.
RING! Both Hillary and Benny are startled by the ringing coming from the large flat screen TV on the wall of the living room. They look at the TV to find -- A VIDEO CALL.
HILLARY: Seriously? Not now. Whoever it is that is calling me.
Hillary grabs the remote and presses a button to decline the video call. She turns back to her boyfriend and smiles at him.
HILLARY: Now where were we?
The two giggle as they continue making out. As they begin to remove more major clothing to get naked, we PAN AWAY from them to the main living room window. A shadow can be seen outside on the lawn, lurking around the house. Somebody is watching them from outside. But who is this mysterious peeper?
INT. WAGNER RESIDENCE - LIVING ROOM (LATER)
Hillary and Benny have just finished having sex and are now putting their clothes back on.
BENNY: How was it?
HILLARY: Not bad. Hurt a little. But it's my first time. So that was expected. How was it for you?
BENNY: Different from what I expected. But I loved it.
Hillary smiles and giggles over this. She has no regrets over her first time. Benny finishes putting his clothes on.
BENNY: I better get going before my parents start harassing me to get home.
Benny and Hillary get up from the couch and walk over to the front door. Benny opens the door to step out. But he turns to give Hillary a kiss.
BENNY: Thank you for tonight.
HILLARY: Thank you for your patience.
BENNY: I love you, Hillary.
HILLARY: I love you, Benny.
They kiss each other one last time before Benny walks out. After he has left, Hillary shuts the door and locks it. She runs upstairs.
EXT. WAGNER RESIDENCE - NIGHT - SOMEONE'S POV
Through a mysterious person's POV, Benny walks from the front patio, through the cement walkway blocks, to his car in the driveway. As Benny searches for his keys, the mysterious person, therefore, our view gets closer and closer to him with his back towards us.
Through the window's reflection, Benny can see what appears to be a male human of some sort standing behind him. He turns around -- WHACK! Benny is knocked out by a baseball bat.
Outside the frosted glass door, we can see Hillary taking a hot shower. The frosted glass blurs out her naked body. After rinsing the soap off of her body, she turns the shower off. She opens the glass door just enough for her arm to reach out and grab her towel that is hanging by the shower. She takes the towel and pulls it into the shower with her. She wraps the towel around her upper body, covering her chest down to her torso, and steps out of the shower.
INT. WAGNER RESIDENCE - LIVING ROOM
Hillary comes downstairs now wearing a pinkish white t-shirt and pinkish red pajama bottoms. She jumps onto the couch and turns on the TV. She settles on watching a Dawson's Creek-like TV show but it appears to be more 80s than 90s. Suddenly, a VIDEO CALL is made to her TV. But this time, the caller is -- BENNY.
HILLARY: (confused) Why is Benny calling me now?
Hillary uses the remote to accept the call. The video call starts -- BENNY IS TIED TO A CHAIR. Hillary is confused and somewhat nervous about seeing her boyfriend bloodied up and tied to a chair.
HILLARY: What the hell is going on?
The camera turns away from Benny to -- HIS ATTACKER -- a person wearing the slowly decomposed face of a male human. That's right. It's the skin of a person. There is no hair. Just a bald head. The face is fading, dirty, and very dead skin of decomposition. It's a disgusting and terrifying image. But even worse -- Hillary recognizes the face. She is terrified over it.
HILLARY: (horrified) Francis?
Francis speaks to Hillary with a sinister voice. More sinister than Freddy Krueger or Ghostface. Almost Demon-like.
FRANCIS: Hello, Hillary. Remember me? Been a long time.
A young HILLARY (7) is being cornered to a wall by THE REAL FRANCIS. Francis is very sinister looking despite being an average looking man. His demeanor says it all. He's a creeper and a murderer. Francis pulls out a large knife and wields at her, teasing her with it. Hillary is crying for her mommy and daddy.
INT. WAGNER RESIDENCE - LIVING ROOM
Hillary is crying with terror. Old memories have struck her. She looks up to see the new (fake) Francis, who looks more terrifying than the real Francis.
FRANCIS: Francis may be dead. But his legacy lives on in me. I am now Francis. And I will continue what he started...starting with you.
Francis shoves the knife into the back of Benny's neck, going through the neck, and popping out of the front of his throat. Benny gasps in pain and chokes on his own blood. Hillary screams in horror over witnessing her boyfriend's murder. Francis pulls the knife out of Benny's neck. His head slumps down afterwards. Benny Pike is dead.
Francis turns the camera to reveal that he's in front of Hillary's house at the front yard, directly towards the main living room window. He can see Hillary watching TV. Realizing this, Hillary turns to the main living room window. However, she can only see her dead boyfriend's body tied to the chair. But NO FRANCIS. Where did he go? Hillary turns back to the TV.
The video keeps skipping and with each skip is a different shot of different locations of her house. This means that the video call is NOT FULLY LIVE. It's either pre-recorded or a delayed live video. Either way, Francis has timed this all perfectly to fuck with Hillary's mind. Suddenly, the video cuts to a LIVE FEED of HILLARY in the living room. But the view is shot from behind. Meaning, she is being filmed from behind.
Hillary spins around only to be -- STABBED IN THE CHEST. Hillary gasps in pain. She looks up at Francis in pure horror. It is now do we get our first full glimpse of Francis. He is a large man, standing at six-foot-seven, has muscles of a body builder, and has extremely broad shoulders. He looks unstoppable like a monster. He is wearing a dark brown trench coat, a black buttoned up shirt, black slacks, and black boots. Francis pulls the knife out of Hillary's chest and she drops to the floor.
Hillary coughs up blood as she grabs at her wound, which is leaking out a large amount of blood. Francis hovers over her and raises his knife up.
HILLARY: PLEASE! NO! NOOO!
Francis ignores her pleads and proceeds to stab her multiple times in the chest until she is silenced. Hillary Wagner, a survivor of the original Francis Killer, is dead.
EXT. CARTER RESIDENCE - DAY
The Carter house is an average urban middle class three story house (an unseen basement from below). There are four different cars parked within the property. Two in the driveway. One of them is a police car, indicating that a police officer lives here, and the other one is an old brown car. There is a nicer car parked alongside the front of the yard. The fourth one is a plain white car parked on the side of the house.
INT. CARTER RESIDENCE - KITCHEN
KATHY CARTER (42), a blonde housewife/mother, is cooking breakfast for her family. Getting ready for work is her husband, CLARENCE CARTER (45), the town's sheriff. He looks very dignified, handsome, tough, and a leader. Clarence looks like someone that you'd want to follow and protect you.
Coming into the kitchen with his backpack is their youngest child; their son ANDREW CARTER (17). He is wearing glasses and is a total dork. But his style has changed lately due to his new social life with his new popular girlfriend.
KATHY: Good morning, Baby.
ANDREW: Morning, Mom. Dad.
CLARENCE: Son. How is that new girlfriend of yours?
ANDREW: Good. (sits at the table) We're going on three weeks in a few days.
CLARENCE: That's good. It's changing you. You're no longer looking as much of a dork as you've been for most of your life.
KATHY: Be nice, Clarence.
CLARENCE: I'm just messing with the boy.
Kathy brings over plates of eggs and bacon to the table for four people. Someone has not joined them for breakfast yet.
KATHY: (to Andrew): Have you spoken to Scott lately? I noticed that he hasn't come by in a while.
ANDREW: He's doing okay. He doesn't hang out with my new group of friends but we still talk and hang out at the Cafe.
KATHY: That's good to hear. I do miss him. You two use to be friends.
CLARENCE: I know he's a stoner and somewhat the rebellious type. But I must admit that I liked him.
ANDREW: Yeah. I do miss those days when we hung out all day everyday.
Finally entering the kitchen is the oldest child; their daughter LORRAINE CARTER (19). A beautiful blonde. She dresses like she's innocent to play Daddy's Little Girl. But her posture and walk just screams promiscious.
CLARENCE: (to Lorraine) Good morning, sweetheart.
LORRAINE: (playing sweet) Morning, Daddy.
KATHY: Morning, honey.
LORRAINE: (not interested) Morning.
Lorraine takes a seat across from her brother.
CLARENCE: This morning at five, I heard somebody walking on the balcony.
Lorraine laughs nervously.
LORRAINE: Oh, that was me. I needed a smoked.
CLARENCE: Yeah. I guess those cigarettes makes you look like a guy trying to sneak out of the house.
Lorraine is extremely nervous. There's more to it than just her being caught with a guy late at night.
KATHY: Oh, it must be her boyfriend Keith Curtis. Handsome young man.
CLARENCE: Unless Keith grew long black hair in the last twenty four hours since we've last seen him, I don't think that was Keith, Kathy.
Everyone at the table finally gets it. Kathy is taken aback by this. Is her daughter sleeping with another guy besides her boyfriend? Andrew is having a ball with it.
LORRAINE: (angry) Shut up!
Lorraine is embarrassed that her father caught her cheating on her boyfriend.
CLARENCE: Now finding a guy who is your boyfriend sneaking in and out of your bedroom late at night is one thing. But if it's someone else besides your boyfriend, it's wrong. We didn’t raise you to be like that.
LORRAINE: (fake) I'm sorry, Daddy. I made a mistake. I won’t do it again.
EXT. CLEARWOOD HIGH SCHOOL - PARKING LOT - DAY
A black 1967 EL CAMINO roars into the parking lot, getting the attention of most of the people in the parking lot. Especially the girls. The El Camino is parked in an empty spot. The driver steps out of the car and is revealed to be -- SCOTT LANE (17); shoulder length light brown hair, wearing blue jeans, a black shirt of a rock band, and a black leather jacket.
Scott puts on some classic GARGOYLE SUNGLASSES with blue lenses. He looks badass in them. He's smoking a joint despite being on school property. But he doesn't give a shit. This is your typical rebel badass. He's handsome yet tough looking. The kind of guy that the ladies go crazy over.
EXT. CLEARWOOD HIGH SCHOOL - COURTYARD - DAY
Scott enters the main courtyard as he's approached by a group of three: CHUCK LARSON (17); a Jason Mewes looking stoner with long hair and wearing a beanie, his girlfriend CHERI HAMILTON (17); a punk girl with makeup and bleach blonde hair, and the cute nerdy girl IRIS LILLY (17); dark brown hair, glasses, and hair tied in the back.
IRIS: Hey, Scott.
Scott passes Chuck the joint.
SCOTT: What's up?
Chuck takes a hit of the joint as Iris speaks for them.
IRIS: We were just going over some homework that Chuck needs to get done today. If he'd stop getting high all the time and study, I wouldn't need to help him all the time.
CHUCK: (passing the joint to Cheri as he speaks to Iris) School sucks. I'm going through this until I can legally drop out in a few months.
IRIS: Why do I even help you then?
CHERI: Because you're Iris Lilly and you have a good heart.
Cheri offers the joint to iris, who declines the offer. Cheri passes it back to Scott, who finishes the rest of the joint. He glances towards the other side of the courtyard to see Andrew hanging out with his new friends.
Scott has a little bit of sadness in his eyes over not being able to go over to see his friend.
Andrew looks out of place with his own group. His group is filled with the "pretty" ones. His girlfriend, ALICE WORTH (17), has pretty straight shoulder length reddish brown hair, and mostly wearing pink in her outfit. Her best friend, CASSIE MONROE (17); a gorgeous blonde. Definitely the leader of the group. Her boyfriend, OSCAR FISCHER (17), short dark brown hair and wearing a preppy striped shirt. Oscar is somewhat of a jock. But not as much as his friend JEREMY SMITH (17), who has the image of the typical high school jock. A football player.
Andrew sees the sad look on Scott's face. He wishes that he could go over there to comfort his best friend.
ALICE: Why don't you go over to him?
ANDREW: He doesn't like your type of people. He probably thinks that I'm a traitor for coming to your group.
JEREMY: We can't be too bad.
OSCAR: Just because we're jocks, preppies, and in the "popular" group, doesn't mean we're the typical assholes who look down at people like him.
CASSIE: We accepted you.
ANDREW: I know. But I just don't know if he'll ever see it. He's spent most of his life hating "the man", being anti-conformist, and anti-popular. No. He hangs out with the outcasts. The losers, the stoners, the nerds, and those who aren't considered "cool."
ALICE: I think it'd be interesting to merge the two groups into one. The popular and outcasts together. It'd be a nice example to the rest of the school.
CASSIE: It'd be awesome.
ANDREW: I'd like nothing more to have my friends and his friends become friends.
ALICE: Maybe the next time you guys talk at the cafe, you should talk to him about. We'd welcome it.
CASSIE: We really would.
OSCAR: His friends don't seem to bad.
JEREMY: Especially the girl with the glasses. She's kinda cute actually.
CASSIE: Oh, Jeremy. I didn't realize that you had a thing for nerdy girls.
JEREMY: Something wrong with that?
CASSIE: No. Not at all.
INT. CLEARWOOD HIGH SCHOOL - ENGLISH CLASS - DAY
Scott, Andrew, Iris, Alice, Cassie, Oscar, Jeremy, Chuck, Cheri, and many others are sitting at their desks in English class. The English teacher is MICHAEL CRUISE.
CRUISE: So in fear of getting arrested for murder, even if it was in self-defense, Ponyboy and Johnny ran away to Windrixville and hid in an abandoned church. Ponyboy has his hair cut and dyed as a disguise.
Not paying attention to the lecture, Scott notices the new girl, MELINA GLOVER (17). She has dark bown hair, and her clothing style looks to be a mix of preppy and punk. Someone who could fit in either social group. But all he can see is how beautiful she is. Cassie notices this.
CASSIE: (to Scott) PSSS!
Scott turns to Cassie.
CASSIE: Her name is Melina Glover. She's from Everett. It's her first day here.
SCOTT: (acting not interested) Uh-huh.
But, of course, he cannot stop looking at Melina, making his "uninterested" attitude unconvincing. Melina finally notices Scott looking at her and turns to him. Scott quickly turns away, hoping that she didn't catch him. He slowly turns back to her only to find her not only staring at him -- But smiling at him. She knew that he was staring at her and she likes it. Scott smiles back at her. A first for him. Scott, a rebel not interested in love, smiles with passion to a girl. Could this be love at first sight?
Cruise realizes that Scott isn't paying attention.
CRUISE: Mr. Lane!
CRUISE: Can you tell me what poem Ponyboy recites to Johnny?
Scott takes a moment. But luckily, despite his anti-school-like attitude, he actually did pay attention to this book.
SCOTT: "Nothing Gold Can Stay" by Robert Frost.
CRUISE: That is correct. Glad to see that you've been paying attention.
But Scott is no longer paying attention. He turns back to Melina, whose writing in her notebook. She is so beautiful and Scott is feeling the crush-bug.
THE WAGNER RESIDENCE
A police investigator takes photographs of the dead bodies of Benny Pike and Hillary Wagner. Clarence arrives in his Sheriff's car. He is disturbed when he recognizes the house. He remembers coming here when Hillary was first reported missing when Francis kidnapped her. The call he got today informed him of two dead bodies. He is shaken up as he enters the house.
CLARENCE: Oh, Jesus!
Clarence is horrified and sadden to find himself standing over the bloodied body of the very little girl he rescued and brought to this home a decade earlier, now a mutilated young woman. He stares at her stab wounds and recognizes them as the same types seen in the victims of the original Francis killer.
DEPUTY: (off screen) SHERIFF!!! YOU'RE GOING TO WANT TO SEE THIS!!!
Clarence walks away from the living room to the DEN on the other sideotherside of the house and is horrified by what his Deputy shows him -- "TO CLARENCE! I'M BACK! - FRANCIS" written in blood on the wall. Memories hit Clarence as he stares at the bloody note to him in horror.
A younger CLARENCE fires his gun at the REAL FRANCIS and the bullet goes into his head, killing the murderer.
Clarence is confused, shocked, and horrified.
CLARENCE: How could this be happening? I killed that bastard ten years ago!
DEPUTY: We have a copycat on our hands.
EXT. CLEARWOOD HIGH SCHOOL - COURTYARD - DAY
Andrew, Alice, Cassie, Oscar, and Jeremy are sitting at a table together and watching a LIVE video on one of their tablets of Clarence's press conference about the murder.
CLARENCE: (in video) At this moment, I cannot comment on an going investigation. Except to say that this killer will be caught soon and will be brought to justice. Though, we do think that this is an isolated incident, we advise people to be careful and there will be a curfew set at eight o'clock starting tonight for anyone under the age of eighteen.
Andrew recognizes the look on his father's face. It is a look of fear. He knows that this is serious and that there is something that his father is not telling the public.
CLARENCE: (in the video) That is all for now. Thank you.
Clarence walks away from the podium with the reporters badgering him with questions. The video ends. Everyone is shocked by the news of Hillary Wagner and Benny Pike's murders.
JEREMY: This shit is crazy.
CASSIE: I know. I can't believe that Benny and Hillary are dead.
ANDREW: I know that look on my Dad's face. There is something else going on. And he's not telling anyone. He most definitely won't tell me either.
Andrew shakes his head. He looks at his phone and sees the time. He starts getting up and prepares to leave his group.
ANDREW: I gotta go to the Beamer to meet up with Scott.
CASSIE: Don't forget to talk to him about the merging idea.
ANDREW: I won't forget. I want to see if this can work.
Andrew and Alice kiss each other goodbye before he leaves.
ALICE: (As he walks off) Good luck, babe!
ANDREW: (Walking off screen) Thanks!
INT. BEAMER CAFE - DAY
Andrew and Scott are sitting at a table and having milkshakes together as they do their weekly catch up routine. It's when they are separated from their new respective groups just to be together.
ANDREW: I still can't believe that Hillary and Benny were murdered.
SCOTT: I know. I didn't know them. But it still sucks.
ANDREW: When I saw my Dad's face as he tried to assure the public it's safety, I knew that something wasn't right. Something happened to those two that got to my Dad.
SCOTT: What do you think it is?
ANDREW: (shaking his head) I don't know. But you know my Dad. He is a tough man. Whatever this was...it scares him. If it scares my Dad...a very brave tough man...then you know this shit is serious.
Scott nods with an understanding.
ANDREW: Why do we this? Why don't we just hang out on a regular basis? Like we did for many years?
Scott takes a moment to think about this.
SCOTT: I don't know. I guess that I figured now that you're dating a girl belonging to a popular group that you don't want us to be friends anymore...or at least not be seen with me.
ANDREW: Not true. I never forgotten about you. My girlfriend and my friends know about you. They know that I'm here with you. In fact, they want to meet you.
Scott is surprised by this.
SCOTT: They do?
ANDREW: Of course, they do. You're my best friend.
SCOTT: I'm the son of a known drunk and drug addict. I'm the rebel who is "lazy" and is no good. Your girlfriend and friends are the beautiful, popular, and "cool" people.
ANDREW: My friends are no where near the way you're use to seeing people like them being. My friends are good people. Hell, I've noticed Jeremy often staring at your nerdy friend.
SCOTT: Oh, Iris. Yeah. I've noticed her staring at him, too. I think she likes him.
ANDREW: And we know that Jeremy likes her. So why not hook them up? Let our friends come together as one. Bring the "popular" and the "outcast" as one.
SCOTT: I'll talk to my group. If anything, perhaps we should try to work something out so that our friends can be friends.
ANDREW: That's all I want, man. I don't want to just keep coming over here to hang out for an hour with you. I want us to go to my place, school, or anywhere and hang out. We need that.
Scott thinks about this and smiles as he nods.
SCOTT: We do. Time has taken enough of our friendship away. It's time we rebuild it.
EXT. NEIGHBORHOOD - DAY
Andrew is driving the old brown car home from the Beamer. He's singing along to a rock song playing on the radio. As he drives through his neighborhood, he sees a LITTLE BOY -- NAMED ZERO (5) -- riding on his bike. Zero appears to be following Andrew.
EXT. CARTER RESIDENCE - DAY
Andrew pulls up the house. As he gets out, he notices Zero quickly riding up to the house. Does he talk to the kid or what? Andrew makes his decision. He gets out of the car and moves over to the road as Zero pulls up to him.
ZERO: (so innocently) Hi!
ANDREW: Hey, Little Buddy. What's up?
ZERO: I'm riding my bike around.
ANDREW: That's cool. Where's your mom?
ZERO: I don't have a mommy.
ANDREW: Oh, I'm sorry. Do you live around here?
ZERO: I live on the other end of the neighborhood.
ANDREW: That's kind of far. Do you need a ride home?
ZERO: No thanks. I can manage.
Andrew smiles at the boy.
ANDREW: Okay. Take care of yourself, little man.
Andrew walks away and goes inside. But Zero stands there for a moment. Then he looks up to see -- LORRAINE -- also looking at him from her bedroom window. Zero smiles and waves at her. Despite showing signs of extreme emotions, Lorraine puts on a smile for him and waves back to him. This is who he really came to see. Lorraine NOT Andrew. But why? What is the connection between Lorraine and Zero?
INT. LORRAINE'S BEDROOM - NIGHT
Lorraine and her boyfriend, KEITH CURTIS (19), are making out on her bed. Lorraine stops and from the look on her face, Keith knows that something is wrong.
KEITH: What's wrong, Babe?
Lorraine takes a moment as she hesitates to speak.
LORRAINE: I have something that I have to confess.
Keith is now curious.
KEITH: What is it, Lorraine?
LORRAINE: Yesterday after you left...I did something.
Lorraine continues to hesitate and delays her confession.
LORRAINE: I...I...I found a twenty that fell out of your wallet. I used it to get a pack of cigarettes. I know I shouldn't have.
Keith sighs in relief, thinking it was something serious.
LORRAINE: I'm sorry, baby. I needed the money.
KEITH: Baby. That's nothing. I wouldn't have noticed. You can just tell me if you need money and I'll give it to you.
Keith kisses her. But Lorraine is still emotional. She just lied to her boyfriend. She is too afraid to confess that she slept with another man. To get her mind off of it, she grabs Keith and gets hot and heavy with him. They proceed to remove their clothes.
Andrew, Alice, Cassie, Oscar, and Jeremy are all sitting in the basement and watching TV. Alice is sitting on Andrew's lap, Oscar is sitting by them with Cassie sitting on floor between his legs. Jeremy is sitting on a chair to Andrew's right. There is an empty chair on Oscar's left nearby Cassie.
Suddenly, the basement door (leading to outside) opens and walking in is -- MELINA. Cassie is very excited to see her.
CASSIE: You made it.
MELINA: Yeah. Thanks for inviting me. I thought I was lost.
Cassie points to the empty chair, signaling for Melina to sit there, which she does.
CASSIE: (pointing at each person) This is Andrew, whose basement we're in. This is his girlfriend Alice, my boyfriend Oscar, and Jeremy.
MELINA: Hello, everyone. It's nice to meet all of you.
ALICE: It's nice to meet you.
ANDREW: So glad you could come to my little hangout party.
MELINA: So this is everyone?
CASSIE: Actually...we're expecting a little bit more.
The basement door opens and entering is Scott, Iris, Chuck, and Cheri. Andrew gets up and approaches Scott. He offers his hand up to him, which Scott takes. This leads to a bro hug betwen the two friends. They give each other an emotional smile. Then Andrew turns to Scott's friends behind him.
ANDREW: Come on in and meet the rest of the group.
Iris, Chuck, and Cheri come forward to shake Andrew's hand -- meeting him for the first time. Then they move to Andrew's friends, where they are warmly welcomed by everyone. Scott turns to Melina, who looks up at him with a smile.
SCOTT: Scott Lane.
MELINA: Melina Glover.
Melina offers her hand to Scott. But rather than shaking her hand, Scott takes her hand and kisses it. Melina smiles over this. She is already beginning to like him.
Chuck and Cheri meet Cassie and Oscar. When Oscar and Chuck shake hands, Oscar senses a familiar stench on him.
CHUCK: Yeah. Sorry, dude. I just lit one up before coming in. I'm sure you don't...
OSCAR: I love weed, man.
CHUCK: (surprised) Really?
OSCAR: Whenever my brother leaves the house, I will often steal some. But just enough that he doesn't notice. I so wish I can smoke some pot now.
Chuck pulls out a brown paper bag, indicating that he has pot inside.
CHUCK: Yes. Would you like?
OSCAR: So badly.
ALICE: I'd like some of that, too.
ANDREW: You smoke pot?
ALICE: Not really. But I wouldn't mind.
ANDREW: It's been a while for me.
CASSIE: I suppose I can try it, too.
MELINA: I'll have some if there's enough.
CHUCK: There is plenty for everyone to go around.
INT. BASEMENT - MOMENTS LATER
The entire basement is filled with smoke. The only thing that you could see clearly is the entire group together. Everyone is sitting around as a pipe and a lighter is passed around to everyone. Everyone is smoking the weed. Even the nerdy goody good girl Iris is high off her ass.
IRIS: I am so hungry.
MELINA: Me, too.
JEREMY: I just ate a big dinner before coming here...and I'm hungry again.
SCOTT: I can get some snacks.
ANDREW: Please do.
Scott gets up and goes upstairs. Meanwhile, the others continue to smoke the weed.
Scott raids the kitchen for snacks and drinks.
LORRAINE: (off screen) Hey, Scott.
Scott turns around to find Lorraine standing by the entryway between the kitchen and the dining room. Something inside hits him. He has been trying for so long to get rid of the feelings that he has had for her. She was his first crush. His first love. But then he found out about her being a whore, which became one of many reasons why he doesn't believe in love. However, seeing her again brings back some old feelings.
SCOTT: Hey, Lorraine. What's up?
LORRAINE: Nothing much. Just hanging out.
SCOTT: Me, too.
LORRAINE: I'm glad to see you and Andrew are friends again.
SCOTT: (surprised) You actually care?
LORRAINE: Yes. I know I've been a bitch. I know you and I seemed to never get along.
SCOTT: We hate each other.
LORRAINE: Do we? I don't hate you. Do you hate me?
Scott is uncertain how to respond. Sure, he's had to pretend to hate her. She is a bitch and a whore. But does he really hate her? It's obvious that she's been pretending to hate him. But she never did.
SCOTT: No. I don't.
Lorraine gives him a genuine smile. The first genuine smile out of her. It's clear now that Lorraine actually has feelings for Scott. Not just another guy to date or sleep with. But she has actual true genuine feelings for him. Maybe deep down, Scott still does too. They never hooked up. But they've crushed on each other from afar. They never ever let each other know it. But they knew just by their eyes.
KEITH: (off screen) You coming?
Lorraine turns her head towards Keith off screen.
LORRAINE: Be right there! (Turns back to Scott) That's my boyfriend. I'll see you later.
SCOTT: See ya.
Lorraine and Scott glance at each other one last time. It's almost like for this single second they could have each other before reality comes back. Lorraine walks away. Scott sighs. It bothers him to know that he has feelings for someone that he doesn't believe he can be with. They both have different personalities, lifestyle, and interest that wouldn't make them compatible.
EXT. CARTER RESIDENCE - NIGHT
Lorraine and Keith are standing by the driveway next to his car and making out.
KEITH: See you tomorrow?
LORRAINE: I hope so.
They continue kissing.
KEITH: I'll text you when I get home.
They continue kissing as Keith opens his car door to get in.
KEITH: Love you.
LORRAINE: I love you, too.
They kiss one last time before Keith gets in.
LORRAINE: (as Keith gets in his car) Bye.
Keith proceeds to back out of the driveway as Lorraine stands there and waves to him. He drives away. She stands there for a moment before walking back inside the house.
INT. KEITH'S CAR - NIGHT
Keith is driving through the neighborhood. His car is the only car around. He is playing a loud rock song on the radio and rocking out to it. Suddenly -- ZERO RUNS BY.
KEITH: OH SHIT!
To avoid hitting the child, Keith swirves the opposite direction and hits the brake. Zero falls off of his bike and lands on the ground. Keith gets out of his car and rushes to Zero, who appears to be crying.
KEITH: Are you okay, kid?
As Keith grabs Zero to help him up -- ZERO SLASHES HIS HAND WITH A KNIFE.
KEITH: OW! FUCK!
Keith turns to the little boy, who rises from the ground, unharmed, and looking angry with his knife.
KEITH: What the fuck is wrong with you, kid?
Zero starts walking towards Keith with the knife. This makes Keith walk backwards away from him. Suddenly -- Keith bumps into someone behind him. He turns around to find -- THE STALKER (A different Killer unrelated to Francis). A hooded man wearing all black except for his pale white SAD DRAMA MASK. The tears are painted red, symbolizing BLOOD.
KEITH: What the fuck?
The Stalker decks Keith in the face, making him fall to the ground. The Stalker stands over Keith, who grabs at his own face over being punched. He sees the Stalker pulling out a knife.
KEITH: What the fuck?
Keith attempts to get up. But Zero pins him down to the ground.
ZERO: (To the Stalker) DO IT! DO IT NOW!
KEITH: NO! GET OFF OF ME! STOP!
Keith is stronger than Zero and is able to push the child off of him. But the Stalker stomps on his leg, which makes Keith scream out in pain.
KEITH: (crying) WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM ME?!!
In pain and weakened, Keith is unable to get up, allowing Zero to hold him down. And with that, the Stalker proceeds to stab Keith multiple times in the chest. Keith Curtis is dead.
INT. CARTER RESIDENCE - BASEMENT
It's the end of the night. Everyone is getting ready to leave.
JEREMY: Hey, Iris? You need a ride?
Iris is excited and surprised by her crush's offer.
IRIS: Sure. (Turns to Scott and everyone) Later, everyone.
Iris and Jeremy head out the door. But before Jeremy does, Scott stops him for a moment.
SCOTT: Be good to her, man. She's a good girl. Please, don't take advantage of her.
JEREMY: Just giving her a ride. You have my word, man.
Jeremy gives him a friendly pat on the shoulder. He leaves Scott, who still seems concerned as he watches them go up the stairs leading to the backyard. This is seen by Alice, who approahes him and puts her hand on his back in a friendly gesture.
ALICE: She'll be okay. He is a good guy.
SCOTT: I'm just protective of her. She's innocent. Not like me.
Alice is touched by Scott's good nature in being a protective friend.
ALICE: You're a good man, Scott Lane. She's lucky to have a friend like you. So is Andrew.
Scott turns to Alice and sees her smile. She's not so bad after all. She's just an an average person wearing pretty clothes. It is now does Scott see that Alice can be a friend and not the typical popular bitch for an enemy.
SCOTT: I'm lucky to have them. And he's lucky to have a good woman like you for a girlfriend.
This makes Alice smile.
Chuck and Cheri are saying their goodbyes to Cassie and Oscar.
CHUCK: It was good smokin with you. You guys aren't bad for preppies.
OSCAR: And you're pretty badass for a stoner.
CHUCK: We're badasses for it. We all are.
Oscar smiles and nods with an agreed acknowledgment. Chuck and Cheri leave.
Cassie turns to Melina.
CASSIE: Would you like us to give you a ride home?
MELINA: Actually, I was thinking maybe Scott could give me a ride home. (Turns to Scott) If that's okay with you?
SCOTT: Sure. That's no problem.
Cassie smiles over this. She understands Melina's motives for this. It's obvious that Melina likes Scott.
CASSIE: See you guys tomorrow. It was nice to finally meet you, Scott.
SCOTT: Good meeting you guys.
Cassie and Oscar leave.
ALICE: (to Andrew) Well, I gotta get going. I'll text you when I get home.
Alice kisses Andrew before getting up to leave.
ALICE: (as she heads for the door) Goodbye, Scott.
Alice walks out the door.
SCOTT: (to Melina) You think Andrew and I can have a minute alone?
MELINA: Sure. I'll be outside.
Melina gets up and steps out the door.
Andrew and Scott get up from their respective chairs and move over to the couch together. It's the very first time that they've sat next to each other in Andrew's basement in a very long time.
ANDREW: (gloating) I told you that this would work.
SCOTT: Yeah! Yeah, you did. It did work.
ANDREW: Now that our friends are together in one group, we can hangout with each other everyday without fear of separating over our other friendships. No more meeting at the Beamer for weekly catching up.
SCOTT: Nope. Everyday here, at school, or wherever else we wanna go together. I'm glad that this happened.
ANDREW: I am, too. You are my best friend. And nobody was ever going to take that away from you.
For the first time ever, we see some kind of emotion from Scott, who is touched by Andrew's statement.
SCOTT: You're my best friend, too. Always was...and always will.
Andrew smiles over this. Deep down, he knew he was never going to lose Scott.
SCOTT: I suppose I better get Melina home.
Scott and Andrew both get up and give each other the bro-hug.
SCOTT: Later, brother.
Andrew and Scott's groups are together as one. It is the beginning of what could be a beautiful friendship between the two groups. But if they only knew what was coming to them.
INT. SCOTT'S EL CAMINO - NIGHT
Scott is driving Melina home as they talk through the drive there.
MELINA: That was a cool party.
SCOTT: Yeah, that was. Especially the part where we all passed the stash around.
MELINA: I haven't that much weed before. I only did it once and it was just one hit.
SCOTT: You get use to it. It's fun.
MELINA: So how long have you and Andrew been friends for?
SCOTT: For about eleven years. Since we were just little kids. One day Andrew was being bullied and followed by some mean kids. So I stepped in and walked him home everyday and ever since then, we've been friends.
This makes Melina smile. Seeing that Scott is a protective friend makes her like him even more. He's a protector. She saw how protective he was to Iris earlier when Jeremy offered to drive her home.
MELINA: That is so sweet of you to do for him.
SCOTT: I was just helping a good guy.
MELINA: You're a good guy, Scott.
SCOTT: You think so?
Melina smiles brightly.
MELINA: You're the best man that I've met in Clearwood.
SCOTT: I'm honored.
They park in front of her house.
MELINA: Thanks for the ride.
SCOTT: No problem.
Melina stares at Scott for a moment with a smile.
Melina suddenly grabs him and kisses him. Then they just stare into each others eyes -- BEFORE MAKING OUT. They are really into each other. They stop kissing after for like a minute.
Melina gets out of the car and walks inside her house. Scott is so surprised by her sudden kiss. He cannot believe it. He smiles as he proceeds to drive off.
INT. CLEARWOOD HIGH SCHOOL - HALLWAY - DAY
Andrew is putting stuff into his locker when he's approached by Scott, who has a big smile on his face.
ANDREW: Nothing much. How about you? (Sees his smile) What happened?
SCOTT: So I took Melina home last night...and she kissed me.
ANDREW: Dude, that's great. Do you like her?
SCOTT: I have to admit that I kinda do. She's cute and really nice. I think I do.
ANDREW: If you like her, you should ask her out.
SCOTT: I don't know. I might.
Melina approaches Scott.
MELINA: I'm sorry about last night. I hope I didn't go too far with the kiss.
SCOTT: No. That kiss was great. In fact...(turns to Andrew, who nods to him, then turns back to her)...Would you like to go out to dinner with me?
Melina is surprised and excited by this. And so are we. Scott Lane asking a girl out? What is changing about him? Especially when we know that deep down he still has hidden feelings for Lorraine. Is he trying to move on or is something else happening with his feelings that we don't understand yet?
MELINA: I would love to go out with you tonight.
SCOTT: Pick you up at five?
SCOTT: See you then.
MELINA: See ya.
Melina and Scott kiss each other before she walks away with smiles. Andrew pats Scott on the shoulder.
ANDREW: Good job, man.
The other main characters; Alice, Cassie, Oscar, Jeremy, Iris, Chuck, and Cheri arrive by the lockers for the first time as a united group in front of the school. This catches many other students off guard as they're seeing the beautiful group and the outcast group together for the very first time.
The other main characters have just seen the kiss between Scott and Melina and tease him about it.
CASSIE: (to Scott) So what is going on with you two? I saw the way you two looked at each other all night last night. Then you took her home. Something happened between you two?
SCOTT: Oh, I don't kiss and tell.
CASSIE: Ooh! Kissing?
SCOTT: Maybe. But I'm taking her out to dinner tonight.
CHUCK: Yeah. Very happy for you, bro.
OSCAR: I knew something was up when she decided to get a ride with you rather than us.
Iris notices the time. Unlike most students, she likes to get to class early.
IRIS: (to Jeremy) I have to get to class.
JEREMY: (Not really paying attention) Okay.
IRIS: I'm about to go.
JEREMY: (Doesn't even look at her) See you later.
Iris is hurt by his lack of attention towards her. He didn't even look at her. She proceeds to walk off in tears. This is seen by the others, who give Jeremy a glare. Jeremy realizes his mistake. He turns to see that Iris has already walked across the hall.
JEREMY: (shouts) IRIS!
This not only catches Iris's attention, but the rest of the other students in the hall. Jeremy walks across the hall and kisses her in front of the entire school. Everyone cheers. This makes Iris smile so brightly. She nearly faints over this. This was her very first kiss.
JEREMY: I'll be right by your classroom door to take you to your next class, Babe.
A surprised Iris's mouth opens wide over being called "Babe." First, her first kiss. Now a guy calling her "Babe" with affection.
Jeremy and Iris kiss each other and smile at each other.
INT. CARTER RESIDENCE - DAY
Clarence and Kathy are talking in the living room as Clarence prepares to leave for work.
CLARENCE: I just can't get it out of my head. That little girl I rescued is now dead. Murdered by someone using Francis's MO. That note written in her blood. I will never get that image out of my head. Who is doing this? It can't be Francis. Can it?
KATHY: You killed Francis. You put a bullet in his head. You were there when the medical examiner confirmed his dead.
CLARENCE: Not long after his body was embalmed and buried, somebody stole his body.
KATHY: Maybe the person who stole his body has something to do with this.
CLARENCE: Maybe. There were rumors that he had followers. But nothing was ever proven. Aside from the murders, he had no criminal history or anything. We could never identify him. We only knew him as Francis the killer. And nobody ever came to ID him or claim him as family. He was just an unknown person who killed many innocent people.
KATHY: Maybe the people who stole his body...was his family.
That hits Clarence hard. It's possible that the original Francis killer had a family and that family could be related to the new Francis killer.
INT. CLEARWOOD HIGH SCHOOL - DAY
The bell rings. The door to a classroom opens and the students exit from the classroom. Iris is one of them. She is happy to see that waiting for her is Jeremy. They approach each other, putting their arms around each other, and kissing each other.
JEREMY: I told you I'd be waiting for you.
IRIS: Thank you.
JEREMY: Of course. You ready for me to walk you to your next class?
Iris giggles as she reminds him...
IRIS: You have it, too.
JEREMY: (thinks for a moment) That's right. I do.
Iris takes his hand and they walk together hand in hand.
INT. ENGLISH CLASS
Cruise is giving his lecture to our main characters (Scott, Andrew, Iris, Melina, Cassie, Oscar, Jeremy, Chuck, and Cheri).
CRUISE: Movies have affected our real world. They were either based on real events or real events were inspired by movies.
Iris immediately raises her hand.
IRIS: Taxi Driver inspired a real event. In the movie, Robert DeNiro shot a politician. It inspired John Hinckley to shoot President Reagan.
CRUISE: That is correct. But did you also know that it was inspired by real events as well?
Iris is surprised by this.
CRUISE: Yeah. In 1972, Arthur Bremer shot Presidential candidate George Wallace, who was Governor of Alabama. The writers took parts of that and it used for Robert DeNiro's character. Interesting how a real life event inspired a movie, which in turn, inspired another real life event. So, I'd like for you to find movies based off of real life events. And I don't mean something like Titanic either. Titanic is too easy. It is a true story with a fictional love story added to it. Actually find something that isn't so obvious. I want you to research it, write about the real life events, and how it was done in the movies. I am going to partner you all up. Andrew and Alice, Scott and Melina, Cassie and Oscar, Iris and Jeremy, Chuck and Cheri...
Before we hear the names of the rest of the students, whom are not our main characters, we CUT TO:
INT. SCHOOL LIBRARY
Our partnered main characters are doing research on their chosen movies that were inspired by real life or real life inspired movies.
This may not have been that exciting chapter. But the excitement will return in the next chapter. Because next time on The Clearwood Murders;
Andrew and Alice take it to the next step in their relationship, Iris and Jeremy set boundaries for each other, and The Stalker and Zero makes a declaration.
INT. CARTER RESIDENCE - BASEMENT
Andrew and Alice are on the couch and making out.
ANDREW: I'm very glad that our friends have come together with Scott's friends.
ALICE: I know. I love it. Oscar has become good friends with Chuck and Cheri. And I just find Jeremy and Iris so adorable together. Now you and Scott are closer than ever. And I am so happy about that. I can see a change in you over it.
ANDREW: I just love that Scott and I don't have to go to the Beamer once a week for a weekly catch up. We can do anything, anywhere, at any time.
ALICE: Hell, we can all go to the Beamer together as a group.
They continue to make out.
ANDREW: Are you ready for it?
Alice smiles. She knows what "It" means.
ALICE: (nodding) Yes.
They continue making out, getting hot and heavy. They proceed to rip each other's clothes off. However, before this turns into sex, we CUT TO:
EXT. LIQUOR STORE - DAY
Chuck, Cheri, and Oscar are together outside the liquor store.
CHUCK: Just do it, man.
OSCAR: You look over twenty-one. Why don't you do it?
CHUCK: That worked until they found out that I'm underage. They won't even sell anything to anyone twenty-one and over if they know I'm with them. They're strict as fuck. Just get your ass in there (giving him fake ID) and use this fake ID.
Oscar caves into the pressure.
Oscar walks inside the store.
CHUCK: I like this guy. He's pretty dope.
CHERI: For a preppy boy with ties to the jocks, he's not a douchebag.
CHUCK: Exactly. He's tight. He's one of us alright.
INT. LIQUOR STORE
Oscar walks around the store and looking at everything. The clerk eyes him, suspicious of his age. Oscar finds a bottle of Scotch-Whiskey. He looks at it and nods with approval of it. He goes to the counter with the bottle.
CLERK: (stern) You got some ID, kid?
OSCAR: Of course.
Oscar pulls out the fake ID that Chuck gave him. The ID looks so authentic that it's hard to tell if it's fake. The Clerk goes through all the procedures to determine it's authenticity. But everything appear to be clear. And with that, he hands him back his ID and charges him up for the bottle, which Oscar pays for.
EXT. LIQUOR STORE - DAY
Oscar comes out with the bottle, which gets Chuck and Cheri cheering him on.
CHUCK: YOU DID IT!!!
CHERI: GO OSCAR!
They both hug and thank him, which Oscar nervously chuckles over.
INT. JEREMY'S BEDROOM - DAY
Jeremy and Iris are making out on his bed. It's getting hot and heavy. Jeremy moves his hand towards her pants. But she stops him.
IRIS: Please. No.
JEREMY: I'm sorry.
IRIS: It's okay. It's just that...I'm not ready.
JEREMY: Okay. We don't have to do anything that you don't want to.
Iris feels bad.
IRIS: I'm sorry. I know that you want to...
JEREMY: Don't be sorry. I want more from you than that. We don't have to have sex until you feel ready. Okay?
Iris smiles. He is good to her and so patient with her.
IRIS: Thank you.
Iris makes up for not having sex by putting his hand under her shirt and allowing him to touch her breasts.
IRIS: We can do this for now. Okay?
JEREMY: That's good enough for me.
They continue to make out as Jeremy grabs her breasts.
EXT. CARTER RESIDENCE - DRIVEWAY - DAY
Lorraine and a MALE LOVER (20s) go outside to the Lover's car. They kiss each other goodbye.
LOVER: Will I see you again?
LORRAINE: I don't know. Maybe. Depends on if I get a hold of my stupid boyfriend or not.
LOVER: Are you sure he's not going to find out?
LORRAINE: He's too stupid to notice shit.
LOVER: Okay. Well, text me sometime.
The Male Lover gets inside his car and starts it. Lorraine just stands there to watch him leave. Because he's just a lover and not a boyfriend who she has genuine feelings for, she doesn't smile or wave goodbye to him.
As the Lover drives off, Lorraine notices Zero across the street, standing by his tricycle. She stares at him for a moment. Perhaps she wants to talk to him. But instead, she turns her back on Zero and walks backs inside the house.
Zero is hurt by this. Lorraine just rejected him without even speaking to him. Why would she do this to him? What has Zero done for Lorraine to turn him away? He starts crying as he walks away with his tricycle.
INT. LORRAINE'S BEDROOM
Lorraine enters her room and shuts her door. She sadly walks over to her desk and opens the drawer. She pulls out -- A SONOGRAM. A sonogram of a baby she gave up -- 5 YEARS AGO. Lorraine begins to cry as she asks herself if she regrets giving up her baby. Does she regret it or not?
EXT. NEIGHBORHOOD - DAY
Zero is still crying as he walks through the sidewalk across the neighborhood. He feel rejected, neglected, unloved, and unwanted. Suddenly, Lorraine's Male Lover's car approaches him. Zero turns to the car. However, instead of the Lover, it's THE STALKER.
STALKER: Get in, Boy!
Zero does as he's told and gets into the car. Upon getting in the car, Zero looks behind his seat in the backseat only to find Lorraine's Male Lover, the one who owns the car, dead with his throat slashed.
STALKER: Did she talk to you?
Zero doesn't respond. He stays silent as he continues to cry. By his tears and lack of a response, the Stalker knows the answers.
STALKER: Of course, she didn't. She's a selfish bitch. She only cares about herself.
ZERO: Why is she like that?
STALKER: Because, she's heartless. She doesn't care who she hurts. She is a fucking whore, who would rather fuck around than love us...who loved her. She hurt you by turning you away. And she hurt me by leaving me. She hurt us both. But we're not going to let her hurt us anymore.
Zero, no longer the adorable child we first met in Chapter 3, has darkness in his eyes and in his demeanor. He feels nothing but hate now.
ZERO: No. We're not.
STALKER: We're going to make her pay.
ZERO: Make her pay!
Now it's clear to us why these two killed Keith Curtis and Lorraine's Male Lover. They're targeting Lorraine for hurting them in the past. The Stalker is someone from Lorraine's past. As you might have already guessed by now -- ZERO IS LORRAINE'S BABY. And, yes, The Stalker and Zero are FATHER AND SON. Now teamed together to hurt the woman who hurt them both.
EXT. PARKING LOT - NIGHT
It is a dark night with the moon providing additional light to a parking lot already lit by the street lights. Scott's El Camino is the only car parked in the deserted parking lot. Even from outside the car, you could hear the loud rock music playing from inside the car.
INT. EL CAMINO
Scott and Melina are heavily making out in the car. Suddenly, the sound of footsteps can be heard coming from outside the car despite the loud music being played. Melina stops the kissing to hear it.
SCOTT: What's wrong?
MELINA: I heard something. Like somebody walking close by.
Scott turns off the music and listens out for the footsteps. But they have stopped.
SCOTT: I don't hear anything.
MELINA: I could have sworn that I heard someone walking around outside the car.
Scott sees the concern look on Melina's face. She looks terrified over it.
SCOTT: Would you like me to check it out?
SCOTT: (nods) Okay.
EXT. PARKING LOT - NIGHT
Scott steps out and observes the parking lot and it's surroundings. There is nobody nor nothing out here. If someone were really out here, they would have no place to hide. Who could have made those footsteps?
Just as Scott is about to give up, he hears -- FOOTSTEPS. He turns around to where he thinks he hears the footsteps. But nothing. Suddenly -- Francis appears out of nowhere and knocks him down.
Having seen this from inside the car, Melina screams out loud.
MELINA: (screaming) SCOTT!!!
Hearing her screams, Francis turns to the car. This horrifies Scott.
SCOTT: (to Melina) GO! GET OUT OF HERE!
Without hesitation, Melina jumps into the driver's seat and starts the engine. Francis just stands there and allows her to escape. He has no interest in Melina. Scott is his main focus. But why? Francis turns back to Scott, who rises from the ground.
With Melina gone, Scott is now able to focus on fighting Francis. But Francis is a larger man. He is six-foot-seven with large muscles. Scott is not even six feet and looks like a toothpick compared to Francis. There's just no way Scott could win this fight easily.
Scott goes to throw a punch. But as he does so, Francis grabs his throat, which hurts Scott, and makes him struggle for his life. But rather than killing him, Francis uses his bare hands to knock him unconscious. As Scott's unconscious body goes to fall, Francis carefully picks him up and carries him in his arms like he were extremely light.
But where is Francis taking Scott?
INT. CARTER RESIDENCE - BASEMENT - NIGHT
Andrew, Alice, Cassie, Oscar, Iris, Jeremy, Chuck, and Cheri are watching TV together. They almost look bored. Suddenly, Melina barges in. She's terrified and freaking out.
CASSIE: Hey, Melina. I thought you and Scott were on a date?
It is only now do they see the horrified look in her eyes.
ANDREW: What's wrong? Where's Scott?
MELINA: Somebody attacked him.
This shocks everyone. But it terrifies Andrew, who rises in horror.
ANDREW: What? Who?
MELINA: I don't know. It was a large man. But his face...I couldn't tell if it was real or a mask. It looked so weird. So disgusting. Like...like...
ANDREW: Like what?
MELINA: (realizing) Like he was wearing somebody's face.
This sends chills into everyone's spines. Somebody wearing somebody's face has attacked and possibly killed Scott. Who was this and why did they attack Scott?
Suddenly -- ANDREW'S PHONE RING -- making everyone gasp and jump. Andrew grabs his phone and finds that the caller is -- SCOTT. Maybe he escaped and is okay. Andrew answers the call.
But instead of Scott's voice...
FRANCIS: Hello, Andrew.
Everyone is horrified by the demon-like voice of Francis. If the thought of his disgusting and scary mask didn't affect them enough, his voice is making them go in their pants.
ANDREW: Who are you?
FRANCIS: Allow me to introduce myself, Andrew. I'm sure you've heard of me from your father. Everyone has heard of me. My name is...FRANCIS.
Andrew's eyes and mouth opens wide. He knows exactly who Francis is. Everyone is finally starting to get it now. Francis is a town legend that made Andrew's father a hero.
ANDREW: You can't be. My father killed you.
FRANCIS: Your father killed a man who was flesh and blood. But he did NOT kill the idea that is Francis. I'm the new Francis. But there is another Francis out there. And should anything happen to me...that Francis will rise to destroy you all.
(Note: It's NOT The Stalker)
This horrifies everyone. Especially Andrew. He knows everything about the true story of the original Francis. And if what this new Francis is saying is true -- Clearwood is in a world of trouble.
ANDREW: What have you done with Scott?
FRANCIS: I didn't kill him if that's what you mean. No. I want to give you a chance to save him. You do want to see your best friend again, right?
ANDREW: I do.
FRANCIS: Then go to the place where your father murdered the original Francis.
ANDREW: Where is that? I actually don't...
FRANCIS: Ask your father. But do NOT tell him about this. If you tell your father and the cops show up, I will kill Scott without hesitation. You will never see him again and his death will be on your hands. So ask wisely.
Francis hangs up.
INT. LIVING ROOM
Clarence and Kathy are watching TV together on the couch when Andrew comes running in.
ANDREW: Dad, we're doing a paper on Francis. Where exactly did you kill him?
CLARENCE: The old Clubhouse called "Woodside" in the outskirts of Clearwood.
ANDREW: Thank you, Dad. Big mention of you in my paper.
CLARENCE: (not interested) Cool.
Andrew runs back down to the basement.
EXT. ROAD - NIGHT
Andrew's brown car races through the deserted road of the outskirts of Clearwood. It is followed by Chuck's van.
EXT. WOODSIDE CLUBHOUSE - NIGHT
The Woodside Clubhouse is a three story building that looks almost exactly like the White House, except it's smaller. The two vehicles arrive and park in front of the clubhouse. Coming out of Andrew's car is Andrew, Alice, Iris, and Jeremy. Coming out of the van is Chuck, Cheri, Oscar, Cassie, and Melina. They run towards the main entrance of the building.
Will they save Scott? Is it a trap? Will Francis be waiting for them with deadly consequences? Will they all make it out alive including Scott?
FIND OUT IN CHAPTER 9.
We open where Chapter 8 immediately left off. After Scott has been kidnapped by Francis, Andrew gets the call from Francis and discovers that Scott is being held at the abandoned clubhouse called "Woodside", which is where then-Deputy Clarence Carter shot and killed the original Francis killer 10 years. Now Andrew, along with his friends, have quested to Woodside in the hopes of saving their friend.
INT. WOODSIDE CLUBHOUSE - NIGHT
The entire group storms into the building. It's dark, empty, dusty, and very eerie. They use the flashlights on their phones to see. But their flashlights are not fully bright enough to see everything.
Andrew can feel the dark and tragic history of this clubhouse. He can hear the screams of the original Francis's victims. He can feel the fear that they felt in their last moments. He can feel the presence of the original Francis even ten years after his death. He can even feel the new Francis's presence. Andrew now feels the fear that the old victims felt before.
MELINA: What do we do?
ANDREW: Scott can be anywhere. So we split up. Chuck and Cheri will stay on this floor. Cassie and Oscar go up to the second floor. Iris and Jeremy go to the top floor. Alice, Melina, and I will go down to the basement. Agree?
So everyone splits up to their respective path. Chuck and Cheri move on to another side of the first floor to look for Scott. The others find a staircase, where Andrew, Alice, and Melina go downstairs and Cassie and Oscar go up stairs. But Jeremy and Iris notice the elevator and are curious about it.
JEREMY: Think it still works?
IRIS: I doubt it. There's no power. But you can try it.
Jeremy presses the up button. And much to their surprise -- IT WORKS. The elevator opens and they both walk into the elevator. As the elevator closes them inside, Iris and Jeremy take each other by the hand and walk in together. It's clear to us that Jeremy will protect Iris, who is frightened by the darkness and with the knowledge of what could be waiting for them.
Chuck and Cheri go through every room in the first floor. But they find nothing.
CHERI: There's nothing here.
CHUCK: I know. What should we do now?
Chuck lights a joint.
CHERI: I guess we wait for the others to search their sections. Maybe this psycho is holding Scott up in another floor.
Chuck takes a hit of the joint.
CHUCK: Or he was lying and Scott isn't really here?
Cheri is hit by this thought. What if they were led on a wild goose chase and their friend isn't really there at all? Chuck passes her the joint.
INT. DARK ROOM
In a PITCH BLACK ROOM -- Scott is lying on the floor. He is weak and hurt. He slowly gets up and feels around for his surroundings. He finds the walls around him. His eyes adjust enough to see the light around the creast of a door. He goes over to the door and attempts to open it. But, of course, it's locked.
SCOTT: HELLO?!! SOMEBODY!! HELP!!!
But he gets no response and gives up.
Andrew, Alice, and Melina are walking down the stairs to the basement. Melina's high-heels are clicking on the floor, which is annoying even to her. But --
INT. DARK ROOM
The clicking is heard by Scott. He recognizes the clicking as Melina's high-heels. He goes up to the door and starts banging at it.
SCOTT: (shouting) MELINA! I'M IN HERE.
Andrew, Alice, and Melina hear his voice. They run towards his voice.
SCOTT: (off screen) I'M IN HERE!
MELINA: KEEP SCREAMING! WE'RE COMING FOR YOU!
They follow Scott's voice to a door. They try to open the door. But, once again, it's locked. They find a keypad on the door.
MELINA: It's coded. It takes a code to open the door.
ANDREW: How the hell are we suppose to know the code?
Suddenly, Andrew's phone dings. He checks his phone. He has received a text message from Scott's phone.
TEXT MESSAGE: The code is the month and date when Clarence Carter murdered Francis.
ANDREW: The day my dad killed Francis.
Alice quickly takes out her phone and searches it up.
ALICE: (reading) "Clarence Carter shot and killed Francis on October 17th."
Andrew presses the numbers 1017 on the keypad. DING. The door is unlocked. Scott comes out and hugs Melina, who holds him with great relief.
MELINA: Are you okay?
SCOTT: I am now. I'm hurt though. Help me.
The four are suddenly joined by Iris, Jeremy, Oscar, Cassie, Chuck, and Cheri, whom all heard their screaming from their above floors. They all help Scott walk.
ANDREW: We're out of here, guys.
JEREMY: Let's take the elevator. It actually works.
The entire group runs to the elevator and press the UP button. They look around them to make sure that Francis isn't nearby. The elevator door opens -- FRANCIS IS THERE. Francis attempts to run out to them. But it takes everyone single one of them -- Andrew, Scott, Melina, Alice, Iris, Jeremy, Cassie, Oscar, Chuck, and Cheri -- to grab at Francis and push the much larger man back into the elevator.
As Francis falls backwards against the elevator wall, the group hauls ass up the stairs. Rather than just follow them up, Francis allows the elevator to close and go back up.
INT. FIRST FLOOR - NIGHT
The entire group makes it up the stairs to the first floor just as the elevator door opens. Francis storms out of the elevator and runs after the group. They all make it to the main entrance and run out of the building. They slam the door into Francis, whacking him in the face. This stops him for a moment.
EXT. WOODSIDE CLUBHOUSE - NIGHT
The group jump into their respective vehicles with Scott joining in Andrew's car. Francis runs out of the clubhouse and sprints to Andrew's car. He makes it to the car and grabs at the passenger door. But before he can open the door -- ANDREW DRIVES OFF.
Both vehicles leaves the clubhouse property, leaving Francis standing there and disappointed.
INT. CARTER RESIDENCE - BASEMENT - NIGHT
The group returns to the Carter house and enter through the basement. Oscar and Jeremy carry the injured Scott onto the couch. Iris attends to his wounds that he received through torture by Francis.
SCOTT: Thanks, Iris. But I'm good. I'm just bruised up.
Scott continues his usual cool, calm, and chill persona even while injured. He acts like it's no big deal.
SCOTT: Thank you all for coming to save me. How did you guys even know where to find me?
ANDREW: Francis called me from your phone and told us where to find you.
SCOTT: Shit! He's got my phone.
SCOTT: I wonder what the point of him kidnapping me only to let you save me was for.
IRIS: He did chase us. Maybe he wanted to take us all out.
ANDREW: RIght. He probably didn't expect a large group.
MELINA: He underestimated us. He depended on his huge body to take out our much smaller bodies out.
SCOTT: So he was being cocky. Great.
JEREMY: But why Scott? Why any of us? What did we do?
IRIS: Andrew...his father. This is about his father. He referenced Sheriff Carter a lot. The place where he was killed by Clarence, the code for the door being the date he was killed, and the fact that he claimed Clarence murdered Francis. The claim of murder sounds like this is personal.
ANDREW: The first victim was the girl that my Dad saved when he killed the real Francis. Killing her was a message. This new Francis is after me, my friends, my family, and my dad...for killing old Francis.
This hits everyone. They're facing someone who is targeting them for revenge for the original Francis. Could this be a friend or a relative of the original Francis? Or a big fan who is copying him? Who is this new Francis?
INT. LANE RESIDENCE - NIGHT
SCOTT'S MOTHER (late 30s) is sitting on the couch; drunk and high. The man sitting with her is NOT her husband. But another man that she's sleeping with while her husband is never home. Scott enters the house to see his mother and her latest fling watching TV.
SCOTT: Hey, Mom.
MOTHER: (not caring) Hey.
SCOTT: You wondering why I'm late?
MOTHER: Not really.
SCOTT: Care to know where I been?
MOTHER: Nope. I could care less if you're ever home or not. Just like your father.
It hits Scott hard that his mother doesn't care about him. He was nearly killed tonight and his mother wouldn't have cared if he lived or die or if he was ever found. His mother cares more about drugs and alcohol than her own son.
SCOTT: Goodnight, Mom.
Scott sadly walks to his bedroom.
INT. SCOTT'S BEDROOM - NIGHT
Scott enters his bedroom and heads for his bed where he finds -- HIS PHONE. This shocks Scott. Francis had his phone. So if his phone is on his bed, then that means -- FRANCIS HAS BEEN TO HIS HOUSE. Scott grabs his phone and finds a text message from an UNKNOWN CALLER.
TEXT MESSAGE: You kids got lucky this time. But just so that you know...it's on now. You're all going to die!!! You, your little girlfriend, your little friend, his entire family, and all of your friends!!! - FRANCIS
Scott is horrified by this. This is a declaration of war against the entire Carter family and their inner circle.
INT. CLEARWOOD HIGH SCHOOL - ENGLISH CLASS - DAY
CRUISE: Before we end for today, I want you all to continue your research. You have until Friday to finish and hand it over.
THE BELL RINGS!
CRUISE: That is all. Have a good day.
The entire class gets up from their desks to hurry out to their next class. Cruise goes over to his desk as Iris follows him there. It's not until he takes a seat that he notices her.
CRUISE: Ms. Lilly. What can I do for you?
IRIS: Jeremy and I are almost finished. So I was wondering if we should turn it in early or not.
CRUISE: I know you and him are doing a good job. So I feel that you should wait until Friday to turn it in so that you two can polish it and make it the best that you can before turning it in.
IRIS: Thank you, Mr. Cruise.
Iris goes to leave. But she notices a toy nearby his desk. A toy for a little child. Cruise notices that she's eying the toy and chuckles over it.
CRUISE: That's for my little boy.
Iris smiles over this.
IRIS: How old is he?
CRUISE: He's five years old.
IRIS: Awesome. Are you married?
CRUISE: I'm not.
Cruise's mood suddenly changes from happy to sad. Almost like the subject is too emotional for him. But he continues on. Like he feels the need to tell Iris about this.
CRUISE: In all honesty, my son came about over something that his mother feels was a mistake.
Iris sees his eyes and how sad this is for him.
IRIS: I'm so sorry. I didn't mean to bring up a touchy subject.
CRUISE: It's okay. It actually feels good to talk about it with someone.
Sensing this thought, Iris takes a seat to listen to her teacher. Iris is somebody that you can talk to and she'll listen to you. Even if it's her teacher telling a student something private. She'll listen anyways. She always has your back.
CRUISE: His mother wasn't ready to have kids. She wasn't ready for a committed relationship. But I was. She didn't want our son. So I took him. I've raised him alone.
IRIS: You must be a good father.
CRUISE: Thank you. I try to be. Well, you should get going. Thank you for allowing me to chew your ear off.
IRIS: (as she gets up) Always here for that. Later, Mr. Cruise.
Iris leaves the classroom. Cruise turns to the toy and thinks about his son and the mother. There is just something about the look in his eyes that makes us question; What is really going on with Cruise's life and past? Does he have a secret? Is it important?
INT. CARTER RESIDENCE - BASEMENT - DAY
Andrew is sitting alone on the couch and watching TV. His cellphone rings. It's from ALICE. So he immediately answers.
ANDREW: Hey, Babe. Where have you been?
But instead of Alice's voice...
FRANCIS: Hello, Andrew.
Andrew's eyes widen with horror.
ANDREW: What have you done with my girlfriend?
FRANCIS: I'm keeping her around for a little game that I want to play with you.
ANDREW: Fuck you and your stupid fucking games. Leave us alone!
FRANCIS: Okay, then. If you won't talk...I'll just have to kill Alice.
ANDREW: NO! Please!
FRANCIS: Then listen to me. And listen to me closely. You got lucky last night. Let's see how lucky you are now. If you want a chance to save your girlfriend, you do as exactly as I tell you. You understand?
Andrew is very hesitant. He wants nothing to do with this. But he wants to save his girlfriend.
FRANCIS: Do you fucking understand?!
ANDREW: I do.
FRANCIS: Good. Now to find your girlfriend, you must go to Jayden's Park and go to the red shack. You know it. You've brought her there before. Be there in fifteen minutes or else she dies.
Francis hangs up. And with that, Andrew wastes no time and runs out of his house.
TWELVE MINUTES LATER
EXT. JAYDEN'S PARK - DAY
Andrew speeds into the parking lot and parks closest to the park. He jumps out and runs through the park to the wooded area. He passes through many sceneries (creek, plants, trees, etc) and goes deeper into the woods. He eventually finds the RED SHACK. But before he can run to the shack -- PHONE RINGS.
Andrew answers his phone.
FRANCIS: You did good in getting here before your time was up.
ANDREW: Where is Alice?
FRANCIS: In the shack. But you are not to go in there...yet.
FRANCIS: I told you I wanted to play a game with you. Notice the tablet on the door to the shack?
Andrew looks up to see a tablet showing a LIVE FEED of Alice tied to a chair in the shack. She is crying and begging for her life.
ANDREW: Please. Let her go.
FRANCIS: Play my trivia game and I'll let her live. You're a smart dork. I'll make it easy for you. Presidential trivia.
Andrew thinks for a moment. He knows a lot about the U.S. Presidents. He can do this.
ANDREW: (nods) Okay. I'll play.
FRANCIS: You have three questions: If you get two out of three right, Alice lives. If you get two out of three wrong...she dies.
This makes Andrew very nervous and scared. But he goes along with it.
FRANCIS: Who was the first Congressman to be elected President of the United States? Abraham Lincoln? James Garfield? or John Quincy Adams?
This one is hard. Adams was known for being a Congressman AFTER being President and was Secretary of State before becoming President. James Garfield was elected President as a Congressman. But Lincoln's biggest problem when running for President that he served a short single term in congress without any prior or post-congressional political experience before he was President.
FRANCIS: Wrong answer.
ANDREW: (confused) HOW?
FRANCIS: Lincoln was a FORMER Congressman. The answer is James Garfield. The first and only sitting Congressman to be elected President.
ANDREW: (horrified) Oh, shit.
FRANCIS: Next question; Who is the first American President?
ANDREW: Well, Washington was the first President. But if you want to know about the first natural born American born, that would be Martin Van Buren.
Francis laughs over this.
FRANCIS: I admire that. I'll give you this one. But you have one more question. And you must get it right to save Alice's life.
Andrew is very nervous now.
FRANCIS: Who was the first divorced President? James Buchanan? Ronald Reagan? or Grover Cleveland?
Andrew thinks about this. He remembers Buchanan being possibly gay. He remembers that Reagan was married to Nancy Davis, a fellow actor. Cleveland, however, had a child prior to his Presidency and got married while as President.
ANDREW: Grover Cleveland.
FRANCIS: I'm sorry. That's the wrong answer. It was Ronald Reagan.
ANDREW: He was married to Nancy Davis.
FRANCIS: Who was his second wife. Before he was married to Jane Wyman.
Andrew is horrified that he got the answer wrong.
FRANCIS: I'm sorry. But Alice must pay the price for your wrong answers.
Andrew sees Francis slowly approaching Alice on the screen. Alice starts crying in horror as Francis walks behind her. Andrew runs to the shack and barges in. Only to find -- ALICE'S DEAD BODY. Her throat had been slashed.
Andrew looks back at the screen. It shows Francis slicing Alice's throat. As it turned out, she was dead even before Francis called Andrew. He never had the chance to save her. Francis never intended to spare her life. Andrew collapses, sobbing over his girlfriend.
EXT. JAYDEN'S PARK - WOODED AREA - DAY
The police have closed down the park and a yellow crime scene tape surrounds most parts of the woods. Clarence has the lead police activity there as his son sits on his patrol car. Andrew is devastated and crying over failing to save Alice.
Clarence walks over to his son and puts his arm around him. It's the first time in a long that he has shown any love and care for his son. For most of Andrew's life, Clarence expected him to be a "Man" and showed some disappointment in him being a non-athletic geek. But today, Andrew needs his father to be there for him.
CLARENCE: I'm sorry, son.
ANDREW: I tried, Dad. I tried to save her.
CLARENCE: I know.
ANDREW: Even worse...this wasn't the first time. Last night was. He kidnapped Scott.
Clarence has the "What?" look on his face.
ANDREW: There was no research for Woodside. He took him to Woodside. But we saved him. So Francis was mad that it wasn't much of a challenge for us to save Scott. So he decided to kill one of us to punish us. And he chose my Alice.
CLARENCE: Why didn't you tell me?
ANDREW: He threatened to kill Scott if we told you. I didn't know what else to do. But now I know that it doesn't matter what we do. He's after us. He's after all of us. He's after us...for what you did, Dad.
This hits Clarence hard. It confirms his worst fears -- The new Francis is targeting those close to Clarence for killing the original Francis. How will Clarence deal with this new Francis?
INT. CARTER RESIDENCE - BASEMENT - DAY (NEXT DAY)
Andrew, Scott, Melina, Iris, Jeremy, Cassie, Oscar, Chuck, and Cheri are all on the couch, chairs, or on the floor. Together, they mourn Alice with sad silence. Andrew and Cassie are taking it the hardest. Cassie and Alice were best friends. Oscar comforts his girlfriend as she cries. Scott and Melina are trying to comfort Andrew.
INT. LIVING ROOM
Clarence and Kathy are watching TV on the couch. It clear that Clarence is having a hard time dealing with this. His son's girlfriend was just killed and he is beginning to feel some guilt over it.
CLARENCE: If I done more than just kill the bastard...did more investigating. Found more evidence of a possible accomplice or maybe someone close to him willing to kill for him...maybe I could have prevented this.
KATHY: Clarence..don't. This is NOT your fault. You had no way of knowing that someone would follow in Francis's footsteps. You are a hero. You saved more lives by killing that psychopath. You are not responsible for Alice or Hillary and her boyfriend. For all we know...this person could be a fan trying to copy him.
CLARENCE: That's what I'm afraid of, too. Its somebody doing in honor of Francis.
KATHY: You need to clear your head. How about a drive?
CLARENCE: If only you drive.
KATHY: That's fine.
EXT. CARTER RESIDENCE - DAY
Kathy and Clarence are pulling out of their driveway. Zero rides his tricycle up to the house. They smile at the cute little boy as the car passes by him as it backs out onto the road. Kathy rolls down the window to speak with him.
KATHY: Are you lost, sweetie?
ZERO: No. Just riding around.
KATHY: Okay, hun. You be safe.
ZERO: I will.
Kathy gives him a smile before driving off. As Kathy starts to drive off, Zero and Clarence make eye contact. And for some reason, a special spark hits between them. Clarence is not seeing another random neighbor kid riding around his house. He sees something else. Something close to him. Something he hasn't felt since his children were born.
Zero, himself, feels something there. Something warm and special. Something that he doesn't get from his father (The Stalker). With the Stalker, he gets orders and training to kill. But when he sees Clarence, he sees something that he's never had before. Something he likes. Could it be love of a real father figure?
After Kathy drives away, Zero turns to the Carter house. Lorraine smiles and waves at him. Zero waves back. And with that, Zero rides off.
INT. LORRAINE'S BEDROOM
Lorraine moves away from her window and goes onto her bed. She attempts to call Keith.
LORRAINE: C'mon, Keith. Answer!
But she only gets his voice mail.
LORRAINE: (frustrated) Shit!
Lorraine hangs up. She sighs and takes a moment to think. Then she calls another number.
LORRAINE: (into the phone) Hey. I was wondering if you'd like to go out with me tonight.
INT. CLUB - NIGHT
Lorraine, dressed sexy, and her new lover, TRICK (27), arrive at the club. There are several people dancing on the dance floor and others sitting around with drinks. It looks like a fun night. Lorraine and Trick go up to the bar to get some drinks.
TRICK: (to Bartender) Two vodkas.
The Bartender proceeds to pour vodka in two glasses for them. He hands them to glasses of vodka and the couple drinks them. Trick downs it fast.
TRICK: Another, please.
The Bartender gives him another, which he immediately downs again.
LORRAINE: Wanna dance?
TRICK: Sure. But I have to go to the bathroom.
Trick goes to the bathroom while Lorraine heads for the dance floor to begin dancing.
Trick enters the bathroom and finds an empty stall. He proceeds to do his bathroom business.
INT. DANCE FLOOR
Lorraine is dancing on the dance floor. Many people pass her by. As she dances, she sees -- THE STALKER -- UNMASKED. They pass each other by. But they both stop to turn to each other. We don't see his face. But she can see his face. She recognizes him. She knows him personally. But she doesn't yet realize that this is her stalker and that he has evil intention. They just look at each other for a moment before he walks away from her.
As the Stalker walks away, he puts his SAD DRAMA MASK, that was hiding underneath his hood, over his face.
Trick is finishing up his business, when he hears the bathroom door open and somebody walks in. Nothing suspicious. It's a public bathroom. The person walks into the bathroom stall next to him. Trick finishes his business and flushes the toilet. He exits from the stall and walks over to the sink to wash his hands.
As Trick is washing his hands, we can see the figure of the other person slowly sneaking out of his stall. Trick doesn't notice this. Trick finishes washing his hands and heads for the door. As he goes to grab the door -- HE IS GRABBED AND PULLED OFF SCREEN.
We stay on the same shot without moving to where Trick is. We can hear Trick screaming as he's being attacked off screen. We can hear the sounds of a knife stabbing him. Suddenly, Trick is silenced. Trick has been killed off screen.
INT. DANCE FLOOR
Lorraine is now intoxicated. It turns out that the drinks that Trick ordered were laced. She's stumbling and slurring badly. She goes through a crowd of dancers, who push her away. She can't see or think clearly.
Suddenly, she stops when she sees somebody familiar to her. Standing in the distance is -- ZERO -- who is staring directly at her. Lorraine is confused by his presence at the dance. Why would a child, this one in particular, be at a club. Is that even allowed? Zero starts to walk away.
LORRAINE: (to Zero) Wait a minute! Hey!
Lorraine follows him. She goes through several crowds of dancers as she slowly starts to lose her son. Eventually, she gets to where the tables are. She is shocked and terrified when she finds -- TRICK'S DEAD BODY SITTING ON A CHAIR. She starts panic. But then...
DANCER: LOOK OUT!!!
Lorraine and everyone else look up and scream when they see -- A BODY FALLING FROM THE CEILING. The body crashes onto the middle of the dance floor. People gather around to see the body. But when Lorraine gets up there, she gasps in horror upon seeing that the body is that of -- HER BOYFRIEND KEITH CURTIS.
INT. CLUB - NIGHT (LATER)
Clarence and his police force are at the dance. Like with Andrew before, Clarence is comforting his daughter.
CLARENCE: Are you going to be okay, honey?
LORRAINE: I think there's more to it than my boyfriend and lovers being killed.
CLARENCE: What is it?
LORRAINE: There was a little boy here. I think it was my son.
CLARENCE: Baby, you gave him up five years ago. How do you know it's him?
LORRAINE: A mother always knows. Besides, he's been coming to the house everyday. Just to see me. Just to wave at me...before leaving.
This comments brings a hard realization to Clarence.
CLARENCE: Are you talking about the boy that your mother and I saw earlier?
LORRAINE: Yes, Daddy. That is your grandson.
Clarence is shocked to hear this. It all makes sense now. He now understands why he had a special spark when he saw the little boy earlier. He wasn't just seeing any little boy. He was seeing his grandson for the very first time. And all this time -- his grandson has been hanging around their house.
CLARENCE: Do you have any idea who could have done this?
LORRAINE: No. I don't think my men being murdered has anything to do with this Francis thing that you're going through.
CLARENCE: Why is that?
LORRAINE: I think it has something to do with my son. I think someone is stalking me and using him to get to me. I think whoever did this could have been someone I was with in the past. This is NOT Francis.
This horrifies Clarence. Now both of his children are facing killers. Two different killers with different agendas. How will Clarence be able to protect his children from not one but TWO KILLERS?
INT. CLEARWOOD HIGH SCHOOL - ENGLISH CLASS - DAY
Cruise is addressing the class about the murders.
CRUISE: This is a hard time for us all. We've lost three of our students. Plus, we've learned about the murders of the two other men in our town. I just want to remind you all to be safe and to look after each other. And I am here if you need someone to talk to.
Cruise gives Andrew a look as if he was directly saying all of that to him. Andrew response with a nod as if to thank him.
CRUISE: But no matter how hard this is. No matter how horrible or helpless it seems...we must move on. So let's work together to move on. Today is the due date of your assignment. So with the exception of Andrew, will the rest of you please come up and turn your assignments in.
And with that, everyone gets up and proceeds to place their papers on Cruise's desk.
INT. CLEARWOOD POLICE STATION - CLARENCE'S OFFICE - DAY
Clarence is having a meeting with three of his deputies about the murders.
CLARENCE: This is no longer just about a killer on the loose in our town. It's now affecting me personally. My family is the target. A girl I saved was killed, my son's best friend was kidnapped, and my son's girlfriend was killed. This killer...this new...Francis...he has his eye on me and family. So I'm telling you, guys. I'm going to personally find this killer and kill him myself like I did the original Francis. Fuck the law. I ain't arresting him.
DEPUTIES: We're with you, Sheriff. We'll even...
CLARENCE: No! You ain't doing anything. You're going to pretend you didn't hear me say this. And you're not gonna touch it. I'm going to do deal with this myself. Got it?
DEPUTIES: Yes, Sir!
CLARENCE: Alright. Now let's get back to work. Dismiss.
The Deputies get up from their seats and leaves Clarence alone in his office. They shut the office door as they leave. Clarence looks through papers as he gets lost in his thoughts. His office phone rings. He immediately picks the phone up.
CLARENCE: Sheriff's Office.
FRANCIS: Hello, Clarence.
Clarence is disturbed by the sinister voice.
CLARENCE: Who is this?
FRANCIS: I heard that you've been looking for me. The man who killed Hillary Wagner, Benny Pike, and Alice Worth.
Clarence realizes who the caller is.
CLARENCE: You son of a bitch! What do you want?
FRANCIS: I want you, Clarence. If you want your kids' suffering to end, then you are to come alone to Woodside, where we can end this once and for all. Come alone...or else the OTHER FRANCIS will kill your entire family.
Clarence is horrified by the comment. There is a SECOND FRANCIS? This is not the first time that we've heard about this.
CLARENCE: Okay. I will meet you. I will meet you and kill you.
FRANCIS: I don't doubt it. Just remember...if you kill me...you'll have another Francis to deal with. See you in half an hour. Or else Kathy, Lorraine, Andrew, and his friend Scott will all die.
Francis hangs up.
INT. CARTER RESIDENCE - BASEMENT
Our main group (Andrew, Scott, Melina, Iris, Jeremy, Cassie, Oscar, Chuck, and Cheri) are sitting in the basement as they discuss their situation. Andrew is thirsty for Francis's blood.
ANDREW: I want to find him. I want to kill him. Show no mercy!
This is the first time that the wimpy dork Andrew has a scary demeanor to him. He really does look like he's about to murder someone. Meanwhile, Iris is using her phone to do research on Francis.
IRIS: Problem is that the original Francis was never identified. So we have no way of knowing who may be doing this. Rather it be a secret accomplice or a relative willing to take over after his death. We don't know anything.
Iris continues to do her research. Something catches her attention.
IRIS: Interesting. I didn't know that.
IRIS: Did you know that Hillary Wagner wasn't the only child rescued that night?
SCOTT: Didn't know that.
ANDREW: I thought Hillary was the only one.
IRIS: No. It turns out that two other kids were found. A seven year old girl and a thirteen year old boy. Both found along with Hillary. It turns out that they had already been held prisoners by Francis for a long period of time.
ANDREW: Weird. I thought he just killed people immediately.
IRIS: Yeah. It's interesting. He kept two other kids longer than most victims.
SCOTT: Does it say whatever happened to them since they were rescued?
IRIS: No. The public seems to forget about them like they never existed. Hillary is the only one that people seem to remember. Like she was the sole survivor.
ANDREW: I wonder whatever happened to them.
EXT. WOODSIDE CLUBHOUSE - DAY
Clarence arrives at the clubhouse in his police car and parks up front. Memories hit him as he remembers the last time that he was here. He saved three lives that night. And in that same night, he killed the original Francis killer.
Clarence gets out of his car and approaches the main entrance. He pulls out his gun before opening the door. He slowly opens the door and looks around.
CLARENCE: THIS IS SHERIFF CARTER!!!
INT. WOODSIDE CLUBHOUSE
Clarence walks in and looks around. He uses his flashlight to light up the dark abandoned clubhouse. He is hoping to find Francis and take him down. He checks every room on the first floor before he goes down the stairs to the basement.
INT. WOODSIDE CLUBHOUSE - BASEMENT
Clarence heads for the same door that Scott was trapped behind a few chapters ago. But upon reaching there, he finds that there is nothing there. All evidence of Scott's imprisonment is now gone.
Clarence jumps into action and runs towards the voice.
CLARENCE: I'M COMING! HANG ON!
VOICE: PLEASE! HELP!
Clarence runs to a door where the screaming is coming from. He attempts to open the door. But it's locked. So he shoots the doorknob, breaking it off. He opens the door only to find -- A TAPE RECORDER. Francis had recorded a female screaming for help.
Clarence realizes that it's a trapped. But's too late -- FRANCIS SNEAKS UP BEHIND HIM WITH A BASEBALL BAT. Clarence turns around -- WHACK! Clarence goes down to the floor.
What will happen to Clarence? Will Francis kill him immediately? Or will he use him for a bigger agenda for later?
INT. CARTER RESIDENCE - LIVING ROOM - NIGHT
Lorraine sneaks downstairs and peeks to see that both her mother and Andrew are distracted in the kitchen. They don't notice as she sneaks out the front door. She has been told not to leave the house until both killers are caught. Where the hell is she going?
EXT. CARTER RESIDENCE - DRIVEWAY - NIGHT
Lorraine hurries to a parked car and gets inside.
INT. MARK'S CAR - NIGHT
MARK (21), Lorraine's latest fling, is in the driver's seat as Lorraine quickly gets in.
MARK: So where would you like to go?
LORRAINE: Drive to the park down the street.
MARK: You got it.
EXT. CARTER RESIDENCE/NEIGHBORHOOD - NIGHT
The Stalker and Zero stand hidden across the street from the Carter house and watches as Mark backs out of the driveway and drives off. They decide to follow by foot.
EXT. NEIGHBORHOOD PARK - NIGHT
Mark's car is parked in the parking lot of the neighborhood park.
INT. MARK'S CAR
Lorraine and Mark are making out heavily.
EXT. NEIGHBORHOOD PARK - NIGHT
Francis arrives. He's planning on killing Mark and taking Lorraine. But what are his plans for Lorraine? Just as Francis is about to take his first step towards Mark's car -- THE STALKER ARRIVES.
INT. MARK'S CAR
The Stalker opens the driver's door and pulls Mark out of the car. Lorraine screams as she watches in horror as the Stalker stabs Mark multiple times in the chest until he dies.
EXT. NEIGHBORHOOD PARK - NIGHT
Lorraine gets out of the car and goes to run. But she trips and falls to the ground. The Stalker goes to corner her. But then -- FRANCIS APPEARS OUT OF NOWHERE. Both killers cock their heads in a Michael Myers-Jason Voorhees fashion at seeing each other.
A confused and frightened Lorraine faints at the sight of these two. Now both killers want her. But they want her for themselves. And there is only one way that's going to happen --
LADIES & GENTLEMEN -- PLACES YOUR BETS -- ITS GOING TO BE A KILLER FIGHT!!!
Both killers pull a weapon; The Stalker pulls out a machete and Francis pulls out a large knife. They circle around each other like Anakin and Obi-Wan did in Episode III before their battle. And with that, this fight begins -- The Stalker charges first. But Francis blocks his machete with his large knife. And the two begin swinging their weapons at each other. It's very skillful and badass. Very Anakin vs Obi-Wan like.
Both are strong and equal in their swordsmanship. But the weapons are not the only thing that they swing at each other. They also throw punches at each other. They even do kicks. In fact, the Stalker kicks Francis in the face, causing the larger killer to fall on the ground. The Stalker goes at him, but Francis trips him. As the Stalker falls to the ground, Francis gets back up. He goes to swing the knife down at the Stalker. But the Stalker blocks it with his machete. Then he kicks Francis in the groin, which makes Francis back off enough for the Stalker to get up.
They swing their weapons at each other. They both grab each other's wrists, stopping their weapons from swinging. This becomes a throwing match, where both killers shove and throw each other into trees.
Francis swings the Stalker behind him, throwing him into somebody's yard. He runs to the smaller killer. But the Stalker, despite being smaller, shows that he's much more stronger and powerful than he appears against the larger killer. Their differences in height and muscle are NOT a factor in this fight. Whereas Francis is superior in height and muscles, the Stalker is superior in mind, strategy, and experience as it's clear that the Stalker is the older and more trained one of the two.
Together with their respective skills and ways, they cannot stop each other. Francis goes to swing his knife at the Stalker. But the Stalker is able to kick the knife out of his hands. The Stalker goes to swing his machete at Francis. But Francis is able to grab and twist his wrist, making him drop his sword.
Now, it's become a hand to hand combat between the two killers. They throw each other around, punch each other, and kick each other. Both appear to be equal in their defense skills. This eventually forces them to move around the yard. They grab each other, attempting to throw each other, which gets them closer and closer to the house. This leads them to throw each other towards the back sliding glass door.
INT. SUTTON RESIDENCE - NIGHT
Old couple, DON & MARGY SUTTON (early 70s), are sitting down on their respective chairs and watching an OLD BLACK & WHITE MOVIE. There is a fight occurring in the movie. The fight looks so old school and fake that it's completely boring. Margy is bored with the same old scenes. Don is annoyed at how fake the fight looks.
DON: There is nothing like a good old fight where men really beat it out of each other.
MARGY: And this is fake! Too fake.
DON: I wish we could see a real fight.
MARGY: Me, too.
Just then -- CRASH!
The startled old couple turn to find that their sliding glass door has been shattered by -- FRANCIS AND THE STALKER FIGHTING. They are shocked and confused by this. But upon realizing that it's an actual legit real fight -- THEY SMILE BRIGHTLY. God has answered their prayers.
MARGY: I'm rooting for the guy in the hood.
DON: I'm rooting for the big bald dude!
The killers grab items from the house and throws them at each other; vases, plates, pictures, chairs, etc.
DON: (to Francis) LET HIM HAVE IT!
MARGY: (to the Stalker) DON'T LET HIS SIZE SCARE YOU! KICK HIS ASS!
Don throws punches at the air as he cheers Francis on. Like he's watching a boxing match. Only it's the real thing this time. Anytime one of the killers throws a painful and powerful hit at the other, the couple cheers over it. Despite the seriousness of this fight, the Suttons are having the time of their lives.
Francis tackles the Stalker through the front door, forcing their fight back outside.
DON: (chuckles) My guy won.
MARGY: (shrugs) I'm just glad that we saw a real fight instead of a fake one from the movies.
They look around their house and realizes the extent of the mess.
MARGY: What do we do about this mess they left?
DON: Keep it. Let it be a reminder of the fun we just witnessed.
EXT. SUTTON RESIDENCE - FRONT YARD - NIGHT
The fight continues on the Sutton's yard as Francis and the Stalker continues to punch, kick, and throw each other across the yard. The Stalker kicks Francis down and runs across the side of the house. Francis chases him back to the backyard.
EXT. SUTTON RESIDENCE - BACKYARD - NIGHT
The Stalker finds his machete and retains it. Francis grabs his large knife. And the fight goes back to being between their weapons. They continue swinging like they were Jedi and Siths battling it out.
Then comes a big part in their fight. They both slam their weapons at each other's weapons. They hold them against each other, trying hard to push each other's weapon forward. Francis is stronger. But the Stalker knows how to handle the force of the sword-holding-push that Francis has yet to experience, giving them both an advantage and disadvantage.
With neither able to be stronger than the other with the sword-hold-push, they push each other. As Francis raises his large knife up, the Stalker takes advantage of that position and swings his machete across Francis's stomach. Though, Francis is covered by a lot of hard clothing, it's strong enough to cut some skin. But just enough to get Francis's attention.
With Francis appearing to be injured, the Stalker goes for the attack. But Francis gives him a big surprise. He does a swing-jump-kick (Not sure the actual term for it) and the Stalker flies into a tree. The Stalker is out cold. Francis has won the fight and the Stalker has been defeated.
Not willing to waste anymore time, Francis walks away. Immediately after Francis is off screen, Zero appears out of nowhere to check on the Stalker. He finds his father injured and unconscious. Uncertain of what to do next, Zero runs away.
EXT. NEIGHBORHOOD PARK - NIGHT
Francis finds Lorraine still lying unconscious on the grass. He grabs her and carries her away.
INT. CARTER RESIDENCE - BASEMENT - NIGHT
Chuck and Cheri are in the basement and sharing a joint with Scott and Melina.
INT. LIVING ROOM
Iris and Jeremy are watching a movie in the living room.
INT. GUEST BEDROOM
Oscar and Cassie are in the process of getting hot and heavy in a bed. This is leading to them having sex.
INT. ANDREW'S BEDROOM
Andrew is lying on his bed in depression.
INT. CARTER RESIDENCE - BASEMENT
Melina is getting bored and wants to be alone with Scott.
MELINA: (to Scott) Would you like to take a walk?
They get up from their seats and go out the basement door.
EXT. CARTER RESIDENCE - NIGHT
Scott and Melina leave the backyard, passing by Kathy, going through the side of the house, to the front.
They take each other by the hand and walk away from the house to begin their walk.
EXT. BACKYARD - NIGHT
Kathy is smoking a cigarette as she tries to contact her husband, who should have been home already. He would have told her if he was going to be home late. She is very concerned about her husband's whereabouts.
As she is taking her final drag of the cigarette, she hears noises coming from the backyard. She turns to look around the backyard. But there doesn't appear to be anybody around. Perhaps it was just a stray cat or a squirrel running around. She turns back around only to be -- FACE TO FACE WITH FRANCIS. Francis pins her to the wall.
KATHY: Please! Don't...
FRANCIS: I still need you. I'm not ready for you to die yet.
And with that, Francis bangs Kathy's head against the wall, knocking her out. As Kathy's unconscious body slides down the wall, Francis picks her up and carries her down the basement.
Chuck and Cheri are stoned out of their minds. Francis walks down the outside stairs to the basement door. He can see them through the window. Cheri gets up from the couch.
CHERI: Going to the bathroom.
Francis watches and waits as Cheri goes into the bathroom. Once she's in the bathroom, Francis opens the basement door and places the unconscious Kathy against the wall. He sneaks up behind Chuck, who is unaware of his presence.
Chuck takes another drag of his joint when Francis covers Chuck's mouth with his hand. Because Francis is so much bigger and stronger than him, Chuck cannot escape from Francis's grip on him. He is suffocating him and forcing him to swallow the joint. Chuck's throat burns due to the joint being lit. But the smoke gets into his body, causing him to suffocate from the smoke as well. Chuck cannot breathe. Eventually, Chuck stops breathing and his arms slumps down. Chuck Larson is dead.
Francis hears the toilet flushing in the bathroom. He moves over to the bathroom door. When Cheri opens the door, Francis tackles her back in. He slams Cheri into the mirror, which shatters. She falls to the floor. Francis grabs a shard of glass and approaches Cheri.
CHERI: NO! PLEASE! NOOOO!
Ignoring her pleas, Francis proceeds to stab Cheri to death with the shard of glass. Cheri Hamilton is dead.
INT. LIVING ROOM
Iris and Jeremy are still on the couch and watching TV. They're distracted with flirting and kissing each other to not notice Francis coming out of the basement and turns into the living room. Francis passes through the living room and goes upstairs.
INT. GUEST BEDROOM
Cassie and Oscar are now having sex on the bed. Cassie is moaning.
INT. SECOND FLOOR HALLWAY
Francis lurks in the hallway. He hears Cassie's moaning. He takes a peek in Andrew's bedroom. Andrew is laying on his bed and listening to music. He is oblivious to Francis's presence. Francis leaves Andrew alone to focus on the couple having sex in the other room.
INT. GUEST BEDROOM
Things are getting more intense for the couple.
CASSIE: Keep going! Harder!
Oscar proceeds to go harder for her. This makes her moan louder.
Francis sneaks into the bedroom. He approaches the couple. Cassie has her eyes closed, which Francis notices. He takes advantage of this. He grabs Oscar, pulling him off of Cassie. She opens her eyes and watches in horror as -- FRANCIS SHOVES THE KNIFE THROUGH THE BACK OF HIS NECK.
Oscar Fischer is dead. But before Cassie can scream loud enough for anyone to hear her -- FRANCIS SLAMS THE KNIFE INTO HER FOREHEAD. Cassie Monroe is dead.
INT. LIVING ROOM
Iris and Jeremy are making out more heavily this time. Iris seems more willing than ever. She stops to say something to him...
IRIS: I'm ready.
JEREMY: Are you sure?
Iris smiles before grabbing him and kissing him hard. They proceed to remove each other's clothes. Jeremy gets on top of Iris, who is still wearing her bra and pants.
While this is going on, Francis slowly comes down the stairs. He sees them on the couch. Francis approaches the couch from behind Jeremy. Iris finally sees him.
But Jeremy is too busy trying to take off her pants to realize anything. But before he can, Francis pulls him off of her. Iris screams as she watches Jeremy being stabbed in the chest from behind. Jeremy Smith is dead. Francis throws Jeremy's body aside.
Francis attempts to stab Iris. But she jumps over the couch, which makes him accidentally stab the couch. Francis attempts to chase her. But she throws everything she can find at the killer. Iris runs into the kitchen.
Francis barges in after her. Iris pulls out a knife from the drawer. She proceeds to swing it at Francis, who avoids being hit with the knife. Iris raises the knife, attempting to stab Francis. But Francis whacks her across the face really hard. This makes Iris fall to the floor.
Iris tries to get up. But she's hurt. Her nose is bleeding as a result of being smacked across the face. She tries to crawl away. But Francis drags her away. Iris screams and cries helplessly as she's dragged off screen.
What will be Iris's fate? Will she be killed off screen? Will he kill her later? Or will she survive? Find out in Chapter 15.
EXT. CARTER RESIDENCE - BACKYARD - NIGHT
Scott and Melina walk back to the Carter house after having a romantic walk out together. Scott opens the sliding glass door, allowing Melina to walk inside first before walking inside himself.
INT. CARTER RESIDENCE - KITCHEN
Scott and Melina walk through the kitchen as they laugh and talk. Things appear to be good for them. They walk into the living room.
INT. LIVING ROOM
But upon walking into the living room, they find a critically wounded Iris, all cut up and bloodied. She's alive. But they also find Clarence, Kathy, and Lorraine all tied up. Francis walks in from the den with Andrew as his hostage. Scott and Melina are shocked by this.
FRANCIS: Welcome to the Party, Scott. Now that I have everyone, I can continue.
Francis releases Andrew. Scott goes over to him and the best friends give each other a brotherly hug.
SCOTT: Dude, are you okay?
ANDREW: I'm okay.
SCOTT: (to Francis) What do you want from my family?
Yes, Scott just referred to the Carters as his family. While he still lives with a mother, his mother is a neglective alcoholic, who never cares for her son. Clarence and Kathy actually care for Scott like they are his parents.
FRANCIS: You know why.
SCOTT: Because what Clarence did? You and your secret partner trying to avenge the original Francis killer? Yes...I remember you saying that.
ANDREW: That's right. Who is it?
SCOTT: Who is your partner?
VOICE: (off screen) Me...
Andrew, Iris, Lorraine, and the Carters turn to find Scott suddenly being held at knife. They are all shocked and horrified by what they see. Shocked by the voice saying this, Scott slowly turns to see the truth...something painful for him...the secret partner is -- MELINA!!!
SCOTT: (betrayed) Melina? It's you?
MELINA: To continue his legacy. Not for revenge.
ANDREW: Why would you want to continue his legacy?
MELINA: Because of who we are. Who we were to him.
This confuses everyone.
SCOTT: Who are you to the original Francis?
Melina turns to Clarence, who is still shocked to learn that Melina is involved in the killings.
MELINA: Do you recognize me? Do you remember me?
Clarence stares at Melina, observing her facial features. It finally hits him. He recognizes her. Melina is somebody he knows.
Melina smiles. She is pleased to know that Clarence hasn't forgotten about her afterall.
MELINA: That's right. Everyone always remembers the legendary Hillary Wagner as the sole survivor. But the new Francis and I...we're the forgotten ones.
It finally hits Scott, Andrew, and Iris to who Melina and the new Francis really are -- THE OTHER TWO CHILDREN that Clarence rescued the night that he killed then original Francis. The other 7 year old girl and the 13 year old boy.
It comes together for Scott as he realizes the truth...
SCOTT: He didn't keep you as prisoners...he was training you.
MELINA: (impressed) Good boy.
As Melina talks, Clarence is loosening up his rope from his wrist.
MELINA: My parents were drug addicts. They sold me to someone for drugs when I was five. The new Francis was only eleven when his abusive parents kicked him out. We were both alone in this world. We didn't meet until we were kidnapped at separate times by Francis. Originally, he was going to kill us. But then he realized what kind of life we had and that nobody would miss us. It reminded him of his own life. You see, the reason nobody knows the original Francis's identity is because he, too, like us, was an orphan at a young age. Never given a name. Never given anything. When he realized we lived like him, he couldn't see us as potential victims anymore. But as the heir to his legacy. So for two years, he taught us how to kill, how to hide, how to make ourselves blend in with people without getting caught. It's how I was able to act like a normal teenage girl to trick you into falling for me and to allow me access to your personal lives. All because of the original Francis's training. Clarence Carter may have killed the original Francis...but he didn't kill his ideals and his legacy. Clarence didn't just kill him easily like a hero. Francis allowed himself to be killed. Because he knew that when we were ready...we'd continue where he left off. And so we begin tonight...killing Clarence Carter and his family...so that Clearwood would see him as the true failure that he is. If Clearwood thought that things were bad before Francis was killed...well, they ain't seen nothing yet. Because we...are...The Wrath of Francis.
Melina goes to stab Scott. But he grabs her wrist. It becomes a struggle between the two. Francis goes to help her. But Andrew grabs a chair and whacks Francis with it. Francis turns and attacks Andrew. But Clarence fully frees himself and tackles Francis.
CLARENCE: (to Andrew as he's fighting Francis) Go help your mother and your sister.
Francis and Clarence fight a good fight. Clarence is using both his military and police skills to fight the large killer. Upon being freed, Lorraine joins the fight with her father. Upon being freed, Kathy attends to Iris.
KATHY: (to Iris) Are you okay, sweetie?
IRIS: (crying) Yeah.
Melina and Scott continue to fight as Andrew, Lorraine, and their father fight Francis together. Despite Scott being bigger than her and being known for being tough -- Melina is owning his ass. They throw each other into the kitchen --
-- where they destroy the kitchen by throwing each other everywhere. Melina gets the upperhand, throwing and bashing Scott everywhere. Exhausted and weak, Scott stops fighting. Melina throws him on the floor and gets on him.
MELINA: I loved our time together. But that must come to an end now.
Scott feels a steak knife on the floor and grabs it without her seeing it.
MELINA: Goodbye, Scott!
Melina swings the knife down towards Scott. But he catches her wrist with his left hand, then slams the steak knife into Melina's skull with his right hand. Melina Glover, the mastermind and main villain of the story, is dead.
INT. LIVING ROOM
Despite being outnumbered by three to one, Francis is easily beating the Carter family. With Andrew and Lorraine defeated and giving up, it's just Francis and Clarence. Francis grabs Clarence and slams his body onto the floor. He pulls out his knife and wields at the remaining survivors (Clarence, Kathy, Lorraine, Andrew, and Iris).
FRANCIS: You are done!
Francis goes to stab Clarence. SUDDENLY -- FRANCIS GASPS. The giant killer drops to the floor, where it's revealed -- SCOTT STANDING BEHIND HIM. Scott had taken Melina's knife and thrown it into Francis's back. Clarence grabs Francis's knife. Everyone hugs Scott in relief.
Suddenly -- FRANCIS RISES -- But before he can do anything, Clarence throws Francis's own knife and it goes in between his eyes. The impact of the knife being thrown into his face pushes Francis backwards to the floor. THE NEW FRANCIS IS DEAD.
Everyone is relieved that it's over. They; Clarence, Kathy, Lorraine, Andrew, Scott, and Iris have survived this nightmare.
Stay tuned for the final chapter of The Clearwood Murders: Episode I - The Wrath of Francis for a special conclusion that will leave you wanting more.
EXT. CEMETARY - DAY
Scott and Andrew stand over the graves of their friends who they've lost as a narrator speaks over the scene.
NARRATOR: It's been a few weeks since the murders ended. Andrew and Scott's friendship is stronger than ever. Iris has made a full recovery and continues to be part of their group, which they shall reestablish with new people. They mourn the loss of their friends; Alice, Cassie, Oscar, Chuck, Cheri, and Jeremy. Scott wants to mourn Melina. But it's painful knowing that she was the one responsible for it all.
Andrew and Scott walk over to Lorraine, who is standing over a grave. It's Keith's grave.
SCOTT: (to Lorraine) You okay?
LORRAINE: I don't know. I'm trying to be. My biggest regret is cheating on him. I wish I could take that back.
As the three stand there, a YOUNG GUY (17) approaches Keith's grave.
YOUNG GUY: Excuse me.
The Young Guy places flowers on Keith's grave and stands there with the trio. Andrew, Scott, and Lorraine are curious about this guy. He looks exactly like Keith except he's younger, taller, skinnier, and has longer hair.
SCOTT: You knew Keith?
YOUNG GUY: Yeah. He was my brother.
LORRAINE: I'm Lorraine...Keith was my boyfriend.
KEITH'S BROTHER: I know. He told me all about you. It's nice to finally meet you.
SCOTT: I'm Scott.
ANDREW: I'm Andrew.
Keith's Brother smiles and turns to the trio.
KEITH'S BROTHER: Nick...Nick Curtis.
The trio look at each other. They know what he's going through. They've lost so many friends from these murders. Perhaps, they should be there for him.
SCOTT: You doing anything today?
ANDREW: We were thinking of going to the Beamer for lunch. Would you like to join us?
Nick takes a moment to think about their offer before smiling.
NICK: I'd like that.
Nick joins Scott, Andrew, and Lorraine as they walk away from Keith's grave together.
NARRATOR: Nick Curtis has become part of the group consisting of Scott, Andrew, Iris, and somewhat Lorraine. They have a new bond as survivors. But Lorraine is still stuck in her old ways and sleeping around.
INT. SCOTT'S HOUSE - DAY
Scott walks into his house only to find it nearly emptied. A letter is waiting for him on the floor. He picks it up and reads it.
SCOTT'S MOTHER: (voice over) Dear Scott, I'm sorry. But I leaving you behind. You're old enough to take care of yourself. I can longer be your mother. I'm never coming back. So don't come looking for me.
Scott removes his sunglasses, revealing that tears are forming around his eyes as the abandonment hits him hard. His own mother doesn't want him anymore.
INT. CARTER RESIDENCE - BASEMENT/EXTRA ROOM
Clarence helps set up a cot for Scott as Andrew and Scott stand by in the extra room in the basement.
SCOTT: I appreciate this, Mr. Carter.
CLARENCE: It's no problem, Scott. You need a place. You know you're always welcome here, son. Okay?
Scott nods as he fights back tears. The Carters are the only ones who care enough for him.
NARRATOR: Francis and Melina may be dead...but...there was still the Stalker and Zero.
AT AN UNKNOWN LOCATION
We find Zero crying alone and scared without his father (The Stalker). Suddenly -- A DARK SHADOW APPROACHES FROM BEHIND. Feeling this presence, Zero turns around and smiles when he sees -- THE STALKER ALIVE AND WELL. The Stalker and Zero hug each other in relief to see each other alive.
NARRATOR: But is that all it is? Is the Stalker and Zero the only thing they have to worry about?
INT. CLARENCE'S PRIVATE HOME OFFICE
Clarence is going through some personal things hidden away as the voice continues to narrate.
NARRATOR: Could there be other things from the Carter family's past that could come back to haunt them? Could any one of them be holding a secret? One that could destroy them?
As the narrator speaks of a possible "secret", Clarence pulls out a picture that looks to be between ten to five years old. It's a picture of Clarence...with ANOTHER WOMAN (NOT HIS WIFE). We focus on the woman as ominous music plays in the background...like there is something about her that is VERY important. Could Clarence be holding a dark secret?
NARRATOR: Francis and Melina may be dead. But the troubles for Carter family are FAR from over. The Clearwood Murders...has only just begun!
WE SMASH TO BLACK.
This is the end of THE CLEARWOOD MURDERS: EPISODE I - THE WRATH OF FRANCIS.
But Scott, Andrew, Lorraine, Iris, Nick, Clarence, and Kathy will return with new friends, new victims, and new killers in..
THE CLEARWOOD MURDERS: EPISODE II - THE SURFACK CLUB
This section contains spoilers to the entire story. Please avoid this section until after reading all chapters.
|Shot in the head||Clarence Carter||1|
|02||Benny Pike||Neck impaled with knife||Francis||1|
|03||Hillary Wagner||Stabbed to death||Francis||1|
|04||Keith Curtis||Stabbed in the chest multiple times||The Stalker||5|
|05||Lorraine's Male Lover||Throat Slashed|
|06||Alice Worth||Throat Slashed|
|07||Trick||Stabbed to death||The Stalker||11|
|08||Mark||Stabbed to death||The Stalker||13|
|09||Chuck Larson||Suffocates from joint smoke||Francis||14|
|10||Cheri Hamilton||Stabbed to death with a shard of glass||Francis||14|
|11||Oscar Fischer||Neck impaled with knife||Francis||14|
|12||Cassie Monroe||Knifed in the forehead||Francis||14|
|13||Jeremy Smith||Stabbed in the chest from behind||Francis||14|
|14||Melina Glover||Steak knife to the temple||Scott Lane||15|
|15||Francis||Knifed in between the eyes with his own knife||Clarence Carter||15|
- This is somewhat of a reposting as things have changed for the majority of this 9 episodic saga.
- This story introduces Lorraine, Andrew, and Scott when they were teenagers rather than as adults.
- Francis's appearance is based on Beta from The Walking Dead. Like Beta, he wears a large brown trench coat and wears the skin of a dead person.