WHAT'S IN THE BARN!?
Writing Sample by Brad Havens
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Hellooo! Thank's for checking out this bit from my fun little sci-fi Horror mashup - hope you like it!
The Setup: Small Town Sheriff Grace McAllister learns that the strange events in the town may be more dangerous than expected, and starts to take action...
INT. POWER STATION - CONTROL ROOM
Deputy Chan notices that the power is off for the whole city grid. Anybody living within a 3-mile radius of the city is without power.
As he steps deeper into the room, looking at the dim, unlit wall display map of the region, two HUMAN SHAPES rise up from the misty floor. They are covered in spores and little mushroom sprouts. They make no sound as they approach the Deputy.
I think we might have trouble at the power station.
He notices the two SPORE PEOPLE just as they lunge for him. He yelps and fires his gun nearby one of them.
INT. SHERIFF’S OFFICE - SAME
Grace and the Professor are frozen, listening to the GUNSHOTS and DEPUTY CHAN SCREAMING. Grace flies to the dispatch station and gets on the mic.
Chet! Chet! It’s Grace! Can you hear me?
A few GAGGING NOISES come through in response.
Deputy Chan, this is Sheriff Grace McCallister! Respond to this station at once, Officer Chan.
Silence. Grace pulls herself together. The Professor has been watching everything from the counter.
You see? This is what I am trying to tell you! This is big! Big! A threat to us all, big!
Grace looks over to the Professor and makes a quick decision.
Yes, I see what you’re saying.
Would you come in here, please?
She buzzes the side door for him, and he moves to enter the main office area.
Oh, thank you, finally, for listening to reason! Poor Eugene was just the beginning!
She meets him and quides him back through another door as he speaks.
This way, please...
This is spreading! Poor Deputy Chan! I- I - I mean, we have to come up with a plan!
Yes, we do. If you wouldn’t mind, please, Professor?
She smiles at him, making the “after you” gesture towards an open door in this short hallway. The Professor glances at it and steps inside indifferently.
You see, it seems to - wait, why-
what’s going on here?
The Professor turns back to see Grace closing a cell door on him. It locks into place automatically. He stares at her dumbfounded.
Professor, I am placing you under arrest for tranquilizing, imprisoning, and subsequently abandoning a Federal Employee who sounds like he needs medical attention.
You can’t be serious!
And I have no other choice but to detain you while I see to Deputy Chan.
How dare you! This is - this –
I am sorry for the unfortunate turn of events. There is a sink and a toilet. Both work now. And some magazines. Please do not commit suicide in my absence.
The Professor is furious beyond the ability to speak. She turns and leaves, heading straight for her squad car.