THEM (Chapter III)

EXT. OUTSIDE JULIA’S HOUSE – DAY

The beacons of the police cars illuminate both sides of the street.

On the windows of the houses.

On the trees and the grass on the frontyards.

On the Chiaroscuro of the evening.

The police car stops outside Julia’s house.

Some neighbors look through the curtains of the houses.

Julia gets out along with Brooks and a senior officer, who looks around before talking.

SENIOR OFFICER
We”ll keep a patrol car out all night and Officer Brooks will be staying with you, you”ll be safe.

The neighbor appears from the next house.

NEIGHBOR
Julia, is everything ok?

JULIA
Yes, don’t worry.

NEIGHBOR
(to senior officer)
What are you gonna do about that maniac?

SENIOR OFFICER
We have the situation under control miss. Now please, return to your house.

Neighbor looks at Julia while listening to Senior officer, Julia smiles faintly at her as she and Brooks enter the house.

INT. JULIA’S HOME OFFICE – NIGHT

Brooks checks the names of the many books on the long black shelf by the wall.

Julia lulls Lisa to sleep in her arms, sitting in her office chair.

JULIA
Rest, beautiful.

BROOKS
So many books, are you a writer?

JULIA
Editor, actually. Mostly fantasy books.

BROOKS
Oh, I’m more of the historical type.

Brooks continues to look through the books.

BROOKS
I feel reality is strange enough, don’t you think?

JULIA
I think I’m starting to feel the same.

Brooks smiles at Julia, he keeps looking at the books until stopping at a visibly worn one.

The title is “The terror that comes in the night”.

BROOKS
I know this book, it’s about sleep paralysis, right?

JULIA
(nodding)
I’ve had it since high school.

BROOKS
Odd…

Brooks is interrupted by Julia’s phone ringing.

JULIA
Can you?

Julia hands Lisa to Brooks, picks up the phone and answers.

CLAIRE (V.O.)
Julia…

JULIA
Claire, what the hell happened?

CLAIRE (V.O.)
I’ m sorry, I needed a little time to process.

JULIA
Process what?

CLAIRE (V.O.)
Listen, do you have a computer nearby?

Julia moves to the desk, opens the laptop.

Brooks fiddles with Lisa.

BROOKS
We’ll be outside.

Brooks leaves the room.

Julia turns on the laptop, system loads.

She sighs.

Then, enters Claire’s video call.

CLAIRE
Okay Julia. What you hear may disturb /you.

JULIA
/What are you talking about?

CLAIRE
Listen, it’s very important that you listen to this.

JULIA
I want to know what happened to my boyfriend, Claire.

CLAIRE
I know, but you have to know.

JULIA
Know what?

CLAIRE
Let’s just listen, okay? I’m here all the way, you’re not alone in this.

JULIA
You’re scaring me.

CLAIRE
I know Julia, I’m sorry, I wish there was a different way.

JULIA
Okay, let’s hear it.

Claire nods and closes her eyes as she does so. She presses play on the audio player.

(recording of the hypnosis session start)

CLAIRE (V.O.)
You’ll start to feel tired, your eyes will slowly close and… you’re asleep.

Silence… noise of recording device.

CLAIRE (V.O.)
Okay Julia, I want you to remember what you were doing on November 9.

JULIA (V.O.)
Mmm… I remember coming home in the afternoon, I was tired.

CLAIRE (V.O.)
You came from the hospital, right?

JULIA (V.O.)
Hospital… no.

CLAIRE (V.O.)
You didn’t go to the hospital?

JULIA (V.O.)
(nervous voice)
No… wait… there’s someone in the house.

CLAIRE (V.O.)
What do you see Julia, tell me.

JULIA (V.O.)
(Fear intensifies)
Why… I don’t want to be here.

CLAIRE (V.O.)
Julia…

JULIA (V.O.)
At the door, wants to come in…

CLAIRE (V.O.)
Who wants to come in? Julia I need you to tell me…

JULIA (V.O.)
The light, I can’t see… there’s someone in the light….

CLAIRE (V.O.)
Is he your boyfriend? Julia can you see his…

Julia screams in desperation! the screams getting louder and louder!

CLAIRE (V.O.)
Listen to my voice, Julia!

JULIA (V.O.)
One, two, three, four… where are you taking me!?

CLAIRE (V.O.)
Julia, wake up!

JULIA (V.O.)
(crying desperately)
What did they do to my baby… no, please, no… not again.

CLAIRE
(V.O.)
Julia, Julia!

The screaming stops.

The recording stops.

Julia covers her mouth with her hand, frightened. On the screen, Claire sighs.

CLAIRE
Julia, listen…

Claire’s voice is interrupted by a power outage, the video call interrupted.

Julia is now in complete darkness.

JULIA
What…

Brooks appears in the doorway.

BROOKS
Lisa is in her cradle, stay here until I get back.

Brooks walks away from the door.

Silence.

Julia keeps her eyes open in the middle of the darkness.

Out of the blue, Brook’s scream is heard, banging coming from the living room.

The noise suddenly stops, silence again.

JULIA
Damn it.

Julia walks carefully to the door and exits the room to the—

HALLWAY

She walks slowly, every step that she give resonate in the floor.

Step by slow step she get´s closer to the—

LIVING ROOM

On the floor she finds Brooks, leaning against the wall with both hands on his neck, blood gushing from it.

JULIA
Brooks! Brooks, hang on!

Julia tries to put her hands on Brooks’ throat.

His hands fall as he stops moving. Blood stops gushing out.

Suddenly .

Lisa starts crying, Julia leaves Brooks and runs to the

STAIRS

And keeps going desperated into—

LISA’S ROOM

Where she finds her awake in the crib.

Julia approaches the baby to take her in her arms.

But then, someone puts a hood over her head.

FADE TO BLACK.

(to be continued…)

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