For the future (chapter III)

EXT. THE END OF THE RIVER, THE BEGINNING OF THE OCEAN – DAY

Helen opens her eyes slowly and sees the evening sky, the purple and reddish colors escaping from the fading sun on the horizon, she’s floating in the waters.

HELEN
(V.O.) Am I dead? No, not yet…

Helen flows into the sea. She swims to get back to shore, but the current is too strong. She decides to swim to the side, away from the river outlet, but closer to the beach. She manages to swim away from the strong current.

EXT. THE BEACH SHORE – DAY

Upon reaching the shore, Helen falls to the sand, coughs up the water she has swallowed. However, her cough becomes stronger and stronger and she ends up vomiting a bunch of blood.

HELEN
Shit!

Helen starts to cry, looking at her blood-covered palms, but stops as she sees a red flare rising into the evening sky.

HELEN
(wiping away her tears) Maggie!

Helen spits the blood into her mouth and starts walking in the direction of the flare. The sun gets lower and lower and the sky darker. The sun give way to the deep starry night.

EXT. THE BEACH SHORE – NIGHT

Helen squats down on the side of a dune, further ahead she sees people by a campfire. Peeking out and looking, Helen sees Carter, Claudia and Travis standing next to the men, next to Gerard. The men are beating Carter, who falls to the ground. Gerard laughs next to Claudia.

GERARD
Listen, if you don’t get up, we’ll kill your wife. How’s that.

Carter struggles to get up, his face bloodied. The men approach and strike him again, knocking him to the sand.

TRAVIS
Dad! No!

Travis runs to Carter.

CARTER
(from the ground) Travis, stop, don’t come!

Gerard reaches Travis and grabs him by the hair, lifting him up.

CLAUDIA
Leave him alone!

Gerard turns to Claudia in anger, Claudia stops immediately.

GERARD
Or what?

Claudia doesn’t respond. Carter tries to get up, but is kicked to the ground by the men.

GERARD
Chris, come here.

One of the men, CHRIS (32), approaches Gerard.

GERARD
Take him to the other child, we’ll finish this guy off.

Chris grabs Travis and takes him in the direction of the barracks near the campfire.

GERARD
I’m sorry, I just can’t stand the screeching of children.

CARTER
Damn you…

GERARD
You should have taught him to respect his elders, like that girl and her flare, well, she learned the hard way.

Helen stops looking, lies down on the dune.

HELEN
Maggie…

She gets up and moves forward, hiding in the dunes around the campfire, approaching…

EXT. BARRACKS NEAR THE CAMPFIRE – NIGHT

…the barracks. Arriving near the entrance, she stops and watches Chris closing the brass door, he stops and starts coughing, leans against the wall of the barracks and spits blood into the sand. Helen takes the opportunity to run around the barracks, stops by a closed window. The window is dirty, but Helen manages to look inside. On the floor, next to fishing nets, she sees Maggie lying on the floor. Helen knocks gently on the window with her hand. Travis appears out of the shadows, his eyes bathed in tears.

HELEN
(whispering) Travis.

Helen waves at Travis and points toward Maggie. Travis nods and approaches Maggie, moves her on the floor to wake her up. Maggie stands up, her face bears the mark of a fist blow.

HELEN
Honey… oh my god…

Seeing Helen, Maggie stands up in surprise. Helen indicates to Maggie to wait, with the palm of her hand. She then moves away from the window and and pulls out the pistol, prepares to strike the window glass with the pistol grip. But then, the door bursts open, Gerard enters dragging Claudia by her arm, throwing her to the floor.

TRAVIS
Mom!

GERARD
You know, it’s not fair that we are all sick, poisoned.

CLAUDIA
Stay there, Travis.

Helen desists from knocking on the window; she goes over to look inside.

GERARD
But the children… oh the children, they are the future, right?

CLAUDIA
What do you want?

Gerard smiles at Claudia, showing his teeth, Claudia crawls back.

GERARD
Don’t you want to help me? to leave something for the future?

Gerard throws himself on Claudia, grabs her blouse and tries to take it off. Helen signals Maggie to move, but she’s paralized looking at Gerard. Travis lunges at Gerard, but Gerard easily shakes him off, slamming him with his arm and knocking him to the ground, unconscious.

CLAUDIA
Travis!

Claudia tries to get up, but Gerard slaps her hard.

MAGGIE
Mom!

GERARD
Mom?

Gerard looks up at the window, where he finds Helen pointing the gun at him. Helen pulls the trigger, the bullet goes through the glass, shattering it and hitting Gerard directly in the forehead.

HELEN
Come on!

Maggie runs to the window, Helen helps her across. Claudia lifts Travis off the ground and goes to the window, Helen helps them both out.

HELEN
Let’s go!

They all run off, just as the men arrive at the barracks entrance.

EXT. THE BEACH SHORE – NIGHT

Helen, Claudia and the children continue running, the screams of the men behind them are heard.

CLAUDIA
Where are we going!?

HELEN
Just follow me!

Helen runs to the shore, approaches a beached boat. In the middle of the run, Claudia stumbles and falls in the sand, but manages to protect Travis in her arms.

CLAUDIA
Helen, wait!

Helen continues to run.

HELEN
Keep moving, come on!

Helen lifts Maggie into the boat, then pushes it into the water. Helen looks back, she sees Claudia get up from the sand, holding Travis, the men’s voices are heard even closer. The boat enters the sea, Helen continues to push, however, her cough returns.

She affirms herself on the edge of the boat and looks at her bloody hands, her vision blurs.

MAGGIE
Mom! Are you ok?

HELEN
Listen Maggie, do you remember how to move the oars? like we used to do with your grandfather.

MAGGIE
No mom, don’t…

Helen looks back, sees Claudia moving to the boat. The three men following her have also entered the water.

HELEN
Honey, listen. I can’t take you any further. Promise me you’ll be all right.

MAGGIE
No, mom…

HELEN
Promise me you’ll keep moving forward.

MAGGIE
Mom, no. Just come inside the boat.

Claudia reaches the boat, she lifts Travis and with Helen’s help, they both manage to get him into the boat.

CHRIS
Where do you think you are going!

Chris grabs Claudia, pushing her out of the way, but Claudia clings to Chris’ body, not allowing him to move forward.

HELEN
Maggie, go!

MAGGIE
No, mom…

HELEN
Go! Now!

Helen pushes the boat away one last time, turns back and faces the two men already arriving at her position. The men grab her forcefully. Helen looks to the side, where Chris is drowning Claudia, dunking her head in the water. Helen takes one last look at the boat slowly drifting away into the deep, before she is hit hard on the head and loses consciousness.

HELEN
(V.O.) I did it, Pierce.

Darkness.

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