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.
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.
Julia, is everything ok?
Yes, don’t worry.
(to senior officer)
What are you gonna do about that maniac?
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.
So many books, are you a writer?
Editor, actually. Mostly fantasy books.
Oh, I’m more of the historical type.
Brooks continues to look through the books.
I feel reality is strange enough, don’t you think?
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”.
I know this book, it’s about sleep paralysis, right?
I’ve had it since high school.
Brooks is interrupted by Julia’s phone ringing.
Julia hands Lisa to Brooks, picks up the phone and answers.
Claire, what the hell happened?
I’ m sorry, I needed a little time to process.
Listen, do you have a computer nearby?
Julia moves to the desk, opens the laptop.
Brooks fiddles with Lisa.
We’ll be outside.
Brooks leaves the room.
Julia turns on the laptop, system loads.
Then, enters Claire’s video call.
Okay Julia. What you hear may disturb /you.
/What are you talking about?
Listen, it’s very important that you listen to this.
I want to know what happened to my boyfriend, Claire.
I know, but you have to know.
Let’s just listen, okay? I’m here all the way, you’re not alone in this.
You’re scaring me.
I know Julia, I’m sorry, I wish there was a different way.
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)
You’ll start to feel tired, your eyes will slowly close and… you’re asleep.
Silence… noise of recording device.
Okay Julia, I want you to remember what you were doing on November 9.
Mmm… I remember coming home in the afternoon, I was tired.
You came from the hospital, right?
You didn’t go to the hospital?
No… wait… there’s someone in the house.
What do you see Julia, tell me.
Why… I don’t want to be here.
At the door, wants to come in…
Who wants to come in? Julia I need you to tell me…
The light, I can’t see… there’s someone in the light….
Is he your boyfriend? Julia can you see his…
Julia screams in desperation! the screams getting louder and louder!
Listen to my voice, Julia!
One, two, three, four… where are you taking me!?
Julia, wake up!
What did they do to my baby… no, please, no… not again.
The screaming stops.
The recording stops.
Julia covers her mouth with her hand, frightened. On the screen, Claire sighs.
Claire’s voice is interrupted by a power outage, the video call interrupted.
Julia is now in complete darkness.
Brooks appears in the doorway.
Lisa is in her cradle, stay here until I get back.
Brooks walks away from the door.
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 walks carefully to the door and exits the room to the—
She walks slowly, every step that she give resonate in the floor.
Step by slow step she get´s closer to the—
On the floor she finds Brooks, leaning against the wall with both hands on his neck, blood gushing from it.
Brooks! Brooks, hang on!
Julia tries to put her hands on Brooks’ throat.
His hands fall as he stops moving. Blood stops gushing out.
Lisa starts crying, Julia leaves Brooks and runs to the
And keeps going desperated into—
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…)