INT. WOODEN CABIN – 1:57 P.M.
April 24, 2012
Robert Comer stands by the window of this small
cabin in the woods of Montpelier, Vermont. A fire is burning in the
fireplace, making this cabin warm in contrast to the winter weather
outside. A nasty blizzard hit the area late yesterday morning and
piled up well over thirteen inches of snow in less than 24 hours.
Robert was supposed to have left yesterday afternoon
to get back to the Pequod, but was held back by the blizzard. It isn’t
that he minds staying an extra day on land, it’s just that he came
here to pick up food supplies that the residents of the Montpelier
Colony hunted for the local sea colonies.
Fact is that Robert has longed for a land assignment
for years. Sure, the first couple years living aboard the Pequod were
different, gave him a taste of what it would have been like had he
joined the U.S. Navy rather than the Marine Corps, but after nearly
five years of the same old scenery and people, he’s ready for a change.
He lifts a coffee mug up to his lips and drinks.
He doesn’t care what people say, Knowle Rohrer does not make the best
hot chocolate that he’s ever tasted. Alexandra McCord does. He smiles
thinking of her.
Just as sudden his thoughts are on Monica. It
took him awhile to get used to seeing Monica with Knowle, he even
attempted to steal her away from Knowle that first year on the Pequod.
Eventually, he got the point. It took their marriage to make him realize
that she would never be his again.
You look deep in thought.
The sudden sound of her voice doesn’t startle
him at all. He turns around and sets the mug down on a table next
to the window.
How long have you been watching me?
Long enough to know that you’re
thinking about how much you
want to live anywhere BUT the Pequod.
Robert laughs as he takes Alex in his arms and
I guess we can radio with the
Pequod. Someone should be there
by now. We said we would make
contact at fifteen hundred hours.
Robert looks at his wristwatch, it’s a minute
to 3:00 P.M.
It’s a minute till now.
He kisses her on the cheek and walks to the
Do you want me to tell them that
you’re staying here? (beat) If so
then I’ll be staying here with you.
Robert stops in his tracks. He’s unsure how
to answer this. He turns to face her, his hand on the doorknob.
You make the decision for me.
He opens the door and the cold outside air filters
into the wooden cabin. He steps outside and shuts the door behind
Alexandra rolls her eyes and sits down in front
of the communications radio at a dining table. She flips a toggle
switch to turn on the radio and adjusts the frequency.
(into radio transmitter)
This is Alex McCord, come in Pequod.
You’re loud and clear, Alex.
How’s the weather in Vermont?
Ha. Ha. (beat) Thirteen inches
of snow on the ground. I’m
freezing my ass off.
The Captain says we should arrive
at Cape Cod tomorrow approximately
by fourteen hundred hours.
What happened to being able
to get here today?
Doctors Montgomery and Doggett
requested that we begin distribution
of the Furiae Vaccine. Charles Scully
is flying Montgomery over to the Sea
of Japan to address the sea and land
colonies on that side of the world.
And Dana and John needed to meet with
Ray’s colony at the Ice Cave. Apparently
the need to get this going was more
important than braving a blizzard and
staying in the area to get you guys back
on board today. We had to keep the flight
deck clear of snow and ice.
That’s good that they’re preparing
to distribute the vaccine. (beat)
Robert’s not going to be pleased.
Well we all have to take things
as they come.
Has General Rohrer re-instated
your position yet?
Are you asking me if I’m fit
enough to help save those
infected with the same virus
that infected me?
I passed all my physical
and psychological tests yesterday.
I’ll be joining the distribution op
later this week at the Ice Cave.
And believe it or not, but I’m
going to be flown back to Virginia
by Alex Krycek.
Knowle actually let him get his license
to operate a fighter jet?
Did he kiss Knowle?
I imagine he did.
That information is between
Knowle and Alex, but if I had
to guess there had to be hugging
Speaking of Knowle, I’m sure
he wouldn’t be thrilled with
our unnecessary radio chatter.
Right. Tomorrow at fourteen
hundred hours, Cape Cod.
Roger that. (beat) Over and out.
Over and out.
Alexandra turns off the radio transmitter and
stands up and puts on her winter jacket, gloves and hat. She needs
to go out and find Robert and let him know that they need to start
heading out towards Cape Cod today, otherwise they may not make it
there by two o’clock tomorrow afternoon.
Outside she hears the sound of a gunshot and
then a man’s screams. She races to the window and looks out to see
at least one-hundred to two-hundred Breeders attacking this Montpelier
Colony. They waste no time in devouring anyone in their way. She watches
with wide-eyes as a Breeder attacks Robert Comer, ripping an arm right
out of its socket. She turns away from the window and stands straight
up against the wall of the cabin. She has no weapon in here with which
to use to protect herself.
She can’t stop thinking about how she has to
make it to Cape Cod tomorrow. This is the largest group of Breeders
to ever attack one single colony community. Usually they come in groups
of twenty or thirty, but never before have they attacked in numbers
like she sees today.
Right now she has to worry about surviving this
attack so she can get to the Pequod tomorrow, warn them. It’s a horrible
coincidence that the Breeders are attacking this place in such large
numbers, who’s to say that other Breeder colonies haven’t joined forces
out in Virginia and could make it to Ray Douglas’s colony at the Ice
Cave. A location, apparently, where the only cure for the Breeders
is being prepared for distribution.
Alexandra eyes the radio transmitter across
the room from where she is. She should at least try to contact the
Pequod again, and warn them in case she doesn’t make it out of here
She quickly makes her way to the transmitter
and sits down and flips on the switch. Immediately as she does this
there’s a hard pounding on the front door of the cabin. This startles
her and she gets up, grabbing the transmitter to take it with her.
POUND! POUND! POUND!
She looks at the wooden door and sees that it
is splitting with each pound that a Breeder makes on it in order to
There’s only one other way out of here... the
window. She opens the window as quietly as she can and throws the
radio transmitter out into the snow.
There’s no time to see if Robert Comer survived.
In a situation like this, her situation, it’s every man for himself.
She falls out of the window. Her eyes dart from left to right, ok,
no Breeders back here... yet. She grabs the radio transmitter and
stands up, she hopes that the snow has not destroyed its capability
to work, should she find a place to set it up.
It’s a twenty meter sprint through the snow
to the protection of the thick woods ahead of her. She runs off, hoping
that none of the Breeders see her, smell her or hear her. Because
if they do, it’s a no-brainer, she’ll be a dead woman.
INT. ICE CAVE – 12:08 P.M.
The Next Day - April 25, 2012
A few dozen soldiers are packed tightly into
the Ice Cave. They are being briefed by John and Dana Doggett on procedure
to distribute the vaccine that cures the Breeders and makes them their
normal human selves again.
Once a Breeder has been given
the dose of the vaccine within
these capsules, it takes approximately
48 hours for major symptoms to subside.
By 96 hours all symptoms of the Furiae
Virus will have disappeared and the
subject will be restored to normal
John Doggett crosses in front of her and starts
to speak, his arm directing their attention to a whiteboard where
a picture and diagram of the device they will use to vaccinate the
Breeders is posted for all to see. There are a few different weapons
shown, all of which look like guns. Pictures of several different
sized capsules (bullet in nature) are posted as well.
Doctors Montgomery and Doggett have
worked closely with our weapons
developer in designing the method of
distribution. (beat) Each of you will
be issued a weapon. These weapons will
do little to protect you against a
Breeder if it attacks. The bullets are
not lead bullets, they are capsules
which, when penetrated into the skin,
dissolve and distribute the vaccine.
Ray Douglas has volunteered this Ice
Cave to host the Breeders who have
been issued the vaccine. Until each
Breeder is normal, he will stay here
under the eye of Ray Douglas. Doctor
Montgomery and I will personally...
She glances at John, knowing full well that
he’s not thrilled with this part of the Distribution Plan.
... visit this location weekly to
check on the progress of the men
we will save.
If a Breeder shows no signs of
improvement after four days he will
be terminated, deemed incurable.
A soldier in the crowd raises his hand. John
points at him and stands at attention to hear what the soldier has
The soldier stands up, also at attention, showing
full respect for General John Doggett.
Sir, are you asking us to risk our
lives, to go in without any protection
against these Breeders, to try to save
them? You are aware that their numbers
are larger than us, right?
John’s jaw tightens. He nods at the young soldier.
There are doubtful murmurs that spread through
the crowd. Dana and John share a look.
As was stated at the beginning of
this briefing, your participation
in this operation is voluntary. If
you do not wish to risk your life
you do not have to show up tomorrow.
Meanwhile the officers who came up
with this operation will be sittin’
nice n’ cozy back on the Pequod, right?
Dana doesn’t know what to say. All she understands
of the operation is that they are asking their combat soldiers to
risk everything to distribute the vaccine with the hope of making
the Breeders normal again, to join human forces and one day re-claim
this planet back from the Hybrids, who were created by the colonizing
aliens, who have taken control.
Myself and General Rohrer fully
intend on leading this operation,
on the front line with those of you
who volunteer to help with this operation.
Dana is shocked by this. She did not expect
John to say this, by God he’s got his daughter back at home to think
about. John catches her eye through his peripheral vision and can’t
bring himself to look at her. He’s afraid that she may not understand
his reasons for wanting to volunteer himself to this operation.
As John continues answering questions, Dana
quietly walks away, feeling an uneasiness twisting in her gut.
She stands at the opening of the Ice Cave, looking
out at the blizzard-like conditions outside. She’s angry with John
for not discussing his decision, to be on the front line, with her.
She understands the importance of this operation and what it could
mean for the future, and maybe she’s being selfish for wanting him
safely aboard the Pequod when the operation gets underway, but she’s
scared and hurt that he wants to be out in the middle of it all when
it goes down.
Her thoughts aren’t on the men’s lives that
will be saved when the vaccine is distributed. Her thoughts are on
their daughter, Katie. What if John gets killed and never comes home?
What would she tell her daughter? At four years old, would she even
Even now, she and John being on land at the
same time, neither of them aboard the Pequod with their daughter,
scares her. Everyone knows that when you are on land you are in Breeder
and Hybrid territory. An attack could happen when you least expect
it. If that were to happen today, it’s possible that neither one of
them would return to Katie, thus orphaning her at four years old.
She wipes a tear from her face with the back
of her gloved hand.
She sighs and wraps her arms around herself,
hoping that this will ease the queasiness she feels in her stomach.
She feels the arms of her husband slide, protectively, around hers.
He pulls her close against his body and places a kiss on her cheek.
She bites her lower lip, holing back angry words that she wants to
say to him.
I’m sorry I didn’t discuss
this with you. I should have.
Why didn’t you?
I kept pushing it aside and
got caught up in planning the operation.
We lie next to each other in bed
every night and talk. Not once
did you think about bringing this up?
John hears the hurt in her voice, and her fear.
When Knowle and I were in the first
Gulf War, the butt of our jokes were
the officers who thought they knew
what they were planning when they
themselves hadn’t been in the shit
that we’d been in. (beat) We called them
cowards for hiding behind their rank,
badges, and medals or honor, and not
being there to fight side-by-side with
the men they put on the line to risk
their lives in the name of freedom.
John tightens his hold on her and softens his
voice, placing his mouth closer to her ear.
Dana, I love you and Katie more
than life itself. You two are the
reason why I need to be there,
side-by-side with these men. I promised
you that I’d protect you till the day
I die and I volunteer my expertise
in this operation to do everything that
I can so you and Katie can live in a
world without fear. (beat) I’m sick and
tired of this world and I want a better,
no, (beat) I want a normal life for my
family and my being there on the front line,
distributing the vaccine, which you created,
is what I need to do.
More tears fall down Dana’s face. She does not
wipe them away. She grasps her hands onto John’s arms that hold her,
and tries to hold back her cries.
I will not let you and Katie down,
and I will not let my men down. (beat)
We are asking them to volunteer, we
are not giving them orders and I know
that the men who will show up tomorrow
to report for duty will be here for the
same reasons I am. Because they care very
deeply for the people who they are trying
to save. (beat) They believe, so completely,
that we will succeed that they are willing
to risk death for this cause, to protect
the others and do their part to ensure a
Dana lets out a cry and slowly turns around,
in his arms, to face him. He rests his forehead on hers. She looks
up into his eyes and sees that tears threaten to fall from his.
What will I tell Katie if
you don’t return?
He looks deep into her eyes, her question is
one that has been on his mind throughout his thought process in making
Tell her that her daddy died
fighting for her happiness, and
never let her forget how much I love her.
Tears fall freely from her eyes as she shuts
them. She wraps her arms around him and rests her head on his chest.
EXT. CAPE COD PORT – 4:00 P.M.
Walter Skinner and Charles Scully are standing
on the port dock, looking off into the distance. It’s a clear late
afternoon. Two hours ago Alexandra McCord and Robert Comer were supposed
to meet them here at Cape Cod.
Maybe they wrote down the wrong
information about where we were
picking them up.
I don’t think so. Doesn’t matter
though this is where we dropped
them off a week ago. I don’t
think that they’d forget that.
Maybe they had difficulties
getting out of Montpelier with
all the snow accumulation.
Now that there is a good possibility.
I don’t envy the land colonies.
Even with fire for warmth, it’s
got to be hard to warm up after
a day out in the cold. We’re lucky
enough aboard the ship with an
electrical furnace for all living
Word has it that Comer wants to
leave the Pequod to join a land colony.
She would know.
How long have they been
sleeping together now?
If you ask me, I’d say six
months. If you ask my sister,
she’ll tell you it’s been at
least a year. If you ask Katie,
well, she’ll tell you they last
fell asleep last night.
Skinner and Charles laugh.
So no one really knows for sure.
Only Alex and Robert. (beat,
changes the subject) So how
have you been feeling? I know
that the docs say you’re back
to normal, but I’m just curious
if you’re feeling any side effects.
I feel great. Seriously, everything
seems just as I remember it before
I got infected. (beat) I can’t tell
you how thankful I am to your sister.
If it weren’t for her I never would
have been saved. She was the only one
with balls enough to keep me on
the ship and continue trying until
she got results. I owe her my life.
Just don’t go offering to lay down
your life right away, she’s got
Mulder, Krycek and Johnny in line
to do that before you.
Charles smiles at Skinner.
How about we get back aboard
and see if we can contact them
over the radio, find out their E.T.A.
Sounds like a plan to me.
I’m freezing out here.
A man can only stay warm for
a little while when standing
out in the cold.
The two men head back to a smaller boat that
they used to get to the dock. They get in and head back to the warmth
of the Pequod. Unaware of the attack that hit the Montpelier Colony
only yesterday at this time.
INT. PEQUOD – KNOWLE & MONICA ROHRER’S QUARTERS
– 7:09 P.M.
Knowle and Monica’s bedroom is a mess. Knowle’s
trusty rucksack is resting on the middle of the bed, wide open, some
of its contents falling out: bottles of water, weapons small enough
to fit in the rucksack, first aid kit, warm winter clothes, etc.
Knowle is standing by the closed bathroom door,
his hands resting on the doorframe. His body language tells us that
Mon’, you’ve been in there for
over an hour. Are you sure everything
Knowle doesn’t receive an answer. He hears the
toilet flush and he steps away from the door. A few seconds later
Monica unlocks the bathroom door and enters the bedroom. She gives
Knowle a look that even we recognize as a fake “all better now” look.
Nuh-uh. I don’t buy that.
Don’t buy what?
That look on your face.
Monica smiles at him and kisses him on the lips.
She pats his face with her hand and turns and walks away from him.
That look. The one you
just gave me. You’re keeping
something from me.
If I’m keeping something from
you maybe it’s to keep you focused
on tomorrow’s mission. I don’t want
you distracted. (beat) Trust me, it’s
nothing that we didn’t see coming.
So it is something?
It’s something that can wait
until after tomorrow?
She gives him that look again then turns her
back to him. He shakes his head. She’s lying again.
There’s that look again.
Monica, if you don’t tell
me what’s going on then
tomorrow when I’m out there
distributing the vaccine to
the Breeders then I’ll be
distracted anyway. And
what is the saying? (beat)
A distracted Marine...
... is a dead Marine.
Monica turns around and faces him. She tries
her best to relax her face and body to tell him what’s on her mind
the best way that she can to keep him at ease. She smiles.
I’m pregnant. Well... I was.
I miscarried this morning.
It’s nothing. We both knew
that this could happen if
we conceived, since my body
took on the injuries I healed
that were in Dana. (beat) I was
in the bathroom, just now, crying.
That’s all that that was.
Knowle immediately wraps his arms around her,
holding her head against his chest. He kisses the top of her head.
I’m so sorry.
What? What are you sorry for?
She pulls away from him and smiles. Knowle understands
that she has already forgotten what she told him. She probably doesn’t
even remember that she had a miscarriage.
She looks around the room at the mess and at
his rucksack on the bed.
Was Katie here? (beat) I told
her not to play with your rucksack.
Monica picks up the bag and all its contents
fall out. She looks down and realizes that he’s preparing to go on
Yes. Tomorrow we’re distributing
the vaccine against the Furiae
Oh. (beat) Skinner’s all right?
He’s been good for a little
over two months now.
Defeated, Monica sits down on the end of the
bed and sighs. Knowle comes over to her and kneels down in front of
her. He holds her hand in his.
I’m forgetting more and more, aren’t I?
Knowle squeezes her hand to comfort her.
I don’t want to forget you. When
I get worse, I don’t want you to
suffer because I can’t remember who
you are, or that I’m dying.
I’m here for you sweetheart. I’m
your husband and made a promise to
be with you through sickness and health.
She smiles, appreciative of how strong he is.
She wishes she could be just as strong.
What happens when I get bad? Do
we tell the others? I don’t want
to break John and Dana’s hearts, they
are so grateful for what I’ve done for
them. I-I don’t want to hurt them.
I’ll take care of that, all right? I
don’t want you to worry about it.
Monica nods her head.
You should get ready for your mission.
I’m going to be all right.
She smiles at him, not really remembering all
that she was upset about, but can feel that something is wrong.
All right. I want you to
get some rest, all right?
He kisses her on the forehead and stands up.
EXT. PEQUOD – FLIGHT DECK – 8:00 P.M.
Alex Krycek is checking over the fighter jet
that was assigned to him when he finally passed the exam to be licensed
to pilot one of these big birds. He’s wearing a thick dark navy blue
flight jacket and matching ear muffs and pants. He passes underneath
the front tip of the plane, touching its underside with his hand.
Krycek looks up and sees Knowle making his way
to him. Krycek waves.
We all ready to go?
Just about, buddy!
Go on and get situated.
Knowle nods his head and climbs into Krycek’s
fighter jet... “Da Man”, yes, he named it. Knowle throws his rucksack
in the small space behind his seat and gets settled just as Krycek
climbs up and takes his seat in the pilot’s seat. Krycek looks back
at Knowle and smiles.
I just gotta say thank you,
again, for trusting me with
such a powerful machine.
You’re welcome. You showed
me and the Captain that you
can be mature enough to fly.
You also surprised us when
you showed your aptitude for
learning was high. We didn’t
My middle name should have
been Expect The Unexpected.
(beat) Too bad I don’t have
an R2 unit to patch us up if
we get shot at. You know, you
really should start working on
an invention to make me my own
personal R2-D2 unit.
We have no use for droids on
Someday we might.
With that Krycek is given the greenlight to
gun it full speed down the runway of the flight deck. Unlike the first
time we saw him and Mulder accomplish this feat, this time Krycek
is well-focused and knows exactly what he is doing. In no time his
jet, Da Man, is soaring high over the Atlantic ocean and headed east
towards Ray’s Ice Cave in Virginia.
EXT. ICE CAVE – 8:15 P.M.
John, Dana and Ray are standing around a table
that has maps laid out on top of it. Ray brushes frost off of the
map and plants his index finger down on Montpelier, Vermont.
Skinner says this is the last
known location of Comer and
McCord. He and Major Scully
were to have picked them up at
our base at Cape Cod earlier
today and they never made it there.
Has Captain Scully sent out a
search and rescue team?
I spoke with the Captain and
he insisted we wait until the
twenty-four hour mark before
worrying too much, citing the
weather as a reason they may not
have been able to make it to the
base on time.
But you think that’s bull, don’t you?
Bingo, General Doggett.
Well, if ordering S and R
doesn’t get in the way of the
distribution operation, I don’t
see why we can’t send out a small
group of men to look for them.
You read my mind. I was hoping
to talk with Major Charles and
see if he could take a group of
five or six out early tomorrow
before we stir things up with the
Dana looks at John. She’d prefer it if he were
to lead a small group of men in the search for Robert Comer and Alex
McCord, that would keep him out of a mission even more dangerous.
The look John gives her says it all, he’s sticking to the mission
he’s prepared for, and he’s not going to change his mind.
The loud engine of Krycek’s jet is heard and
lands on a landing strip not too far from where John, Dana and Ray
Dana looks at the jet as it comes to a stop
and Knowle and Krycek exit. There’s a tap on her shoulder and she
looks over and sees her brother, Charles (he and Skinner arrived earlier
in the evening to help take part in the distribution mission tomorrow
Dana, come on, Krycek’s here
to take you back.
That’s all right. I’m
staying here tonight.
John overhears this and turns his attention
away from Ray to look at his wife. Something Ray says turns his attention
away from her.
Charles takes hold of Dana’s arm and attempts
to guide her towards the runway where Krycek is waiting.
Monica is expecting you
back tonight, she’s got
Katie, and she is expecting
you back tonight too.
Dana faces her brother and takes hold of the
top of his coat and pulls his face down to her level and looks him
in the eyes.
Katie is safe on the ship.
My husband is going out
on a dangerous mission tomorrow
morning and I’m staying here
with him tonight. (beat) If
you’ve got a problem with that,
I don’t care.
Don’t make me make dad
order you back... Captain’s orders.
John overhears their conversation and excuses
himself from Ray’s presence. He walks over to Dana and Charles.
Charles, she can stay tonight
if she wants to. I don’t have
a problem with that.
John looks at Dana.
First thing in the morning
I want you back on the Pequod.
Do you understand?
Dana nods her head in agreement. Knowle steps
up right next to her and puts his arm around her shoulders.
Krycek’s waiting for you, Mrs. Doggett.
Dana gives John a look and walks away, heading
back inside the Ice Cave and the small (and cold) living quarters
they are temporarily occupying during their stay on land.
Knowle looks to John.
What was that about?
Dana’s staying here with
me tonight. I think she’s
having difficulty dealing
with me being out in the field.
I have difficulty dealing
with being out in the field too.
I think everybody does, John.
We just have to gut through it
and do what needs to be done.
That’s our job now.
We’ve talked. (beat)
She’s just scared.
Such is being the wife of
She’s the wife of an officer.
Same thing, sort of. (beat)
You know, in these times, low
on man power, officers have
to join the soldiers on the
(changing the subject)
How’re Monica and Katie doin’?
Good. Monica took Katie
to the library this evening
for story time with Maria.
Was Katie getting to be too
much to handle?
I think Monica needed a rest.
I’ve noticed she’s been getting
more fatigued often lately. Has
she been feeling all right?
Knowle adjusts the weight of his rucksack on
his back and changes the subject.
We best be getting some shut
eye. Morning will be here
before we know it.
With that Knowle is on his way inside the Ice
Cave, without a glance back at John.
John narrows his eyes, something is going on
with Monica and they’re keeping it a secret. He watches as Knowle
disappears from view. Knowle’s right, he does need to get in and get
well rested, morning will be here before he knows it. John heads over
towards Ray to get on the same page as him before heading back to
his and Dana’s Ice Cave quarters for the night.
INT. PEQUOD – KNOWLE & MONICA’S QUARTERS – 9:30
Monica and Katie are comfortably seated on the
couch, wearing their pajamas. Monica is reading a book to Katie before
her bedtime (which was actually an hour and a half ago). She’s reading
“The Berenstain Bears: A New Baby”, probably not the best book for
Monica to be reading considering she had a miscarriage earlier in
That night he stretched out
proudly in his bigger bed.
Aah! he said. Being a big
brother is going to be fun.
I want a bigger bed!
Monica closes the book and sets it on her lap.
I do. (beat) Actually I want
a little sister.
You’ll need to talk to your
mommy and daddy about that.
Uncle Mulder says that a bird
brings sweet girls, like me
brothers and sisters. Just like
Santa brings Christmas presents.
How about tomorrow we write
the stork a letter, and right
now it is way past your bedtime.
Monica tickles Katie’s stomach and she squeals
in delight and falls off the couch in a fit of laughter. Monica bends
down and picks her up and carries her off to the guest room.
Look, Katie! You do get
a bigger bed tonight!
Katie’s blue eyes bug at what this could mean.
Are you and Uncle Knowle
going to have a baby?!
Monica’s heart nearly stops beating and she
quickly hides the fact that tears are stinging her eyes. She sets
Katie down in the bed and turns around to retrieve Katie’s stuffed
dog, Johnny The Dog, from the chair across the room.
No, sweetheart, we’re not.
Monica tucks Johnny The Dog underneath the blankets
next to Katie. Katie wraps her arms around the dog and giggles.
Why are you crying Aunt Monica?
Katie sits up in bed, wanting to do anything
she can to be grown up and help her Aunt Monica feel happier. Katie
wraps her arms around Monica and gives her the biggest, tightest hug
that she can. Monica returns the hug, biting her lower lip to keep
from sobbing. Katie pulls back just a little bit and kisses Monica
on the cheek.
Everything is going to be
all right. That’s what mommy
always says when I get sad.
(soft, almost a whisper)
When do you get sad?
Whenever my daddy has
to go away for his work.
I think that’s why I want
to be a big sister, so that
when daddy is away I can
help watch over her.
Monica smiles. She hopes that Katie gets her
wish and that John and Dana do have another child someday soon.
She needs to get Katie off the topic of new
babies though otherwise she may lose it.
Do you know what I think?
I think it’s time for
you to get to sleep.
Otherwise Aunt Monica
may get into trouble
with your mom and dad
when they find out that
I let you stay up so late.
Katie practically leaps out of Monica’s arms
and pulls her blankets up over her head. Monica smiles to herself
and pulls down the blanket to see Katie’s face. Her eyes are squeezed
shut as tightly as she can, fake sleeping.
Monica leans down and kisses Katie on the top
of her head.
(eyes still closed)
Goodnight, Aunt Monica.
Monica gets off of the bed and walks to the
door. She leaves the door open a crack to let a little bit of light
in for Katie who forgot her favorite night light at home. Monica goes
into hers and Knowle’s bedroom, quietly shuts the door, lies down
on the bed and cries herself to sleep.
INT. ICE CAVE – GUEST QUARTERS – 10:58 P.M.
Dana lies in bed wide awake. She’s been trying
to get to sleep now for the last two hours. She can’t sleep. She can’t
shake that feeling in her gut that something is going to go terribly
wrong tomorrow during this mission. She expressed her concern about
this feeling to John and to Ray Douglas earlier this evening, but
they shrugged it off as jitters of a soldier’s wife.
She spoke privately to John about her concerns
too. He assured her that there’s a plan that everyone is going to
follow in this mission. If everyone sticks to that plan then it’s
likely that nothing will go wrong. His confidence in himself and his
men helped to soothe her worry for awhile, but lying here in bed now,
as he sleeps soundly next to her, her mind has drifted back to the
feelings she had earlier that day.
She pulls the warm blankets up higher on her
body, she and John made love a little over an hour ago and she didn’t
bother to put her warm pajamas back on.
She closes her eyes and tries to envision being
back home in Falls Church, Virginia. Lying, warm and safe in hers
and John’s bed. She tries to envision in her mind’s eye their bedroom.
The earth tones, brown, dirty white and greens of the décor. The smell
of John lingering in the air. Waking up in the spring, having left
the windows open all night, to the fresh scent of the season. Birds
chirping outside, the sound of cars driving up and down the street.
Neighbors chatting from behind fences in their back yards. Her heart
aches for these familiar surroundings. She wishes she could go back
just one more day and live her life before the aliens attacked and
colonized the planet with their Hybrids and infected human men to
make them vicious Breeders. A single tear falls down her cheek and
falls onto her pillow.
She feels John’s arm wrap across her body, he
spoons up behind her. She allows the comfort of his body to relax
her and she sighs. She closes her eyes to try to fall asleep now.
You can’t sleep either?
Her eyes open. She thought he had been asleep
for the past hour.
No. (beat) My mind won’t
What thoughts are keeping
You and Katie. (beat) You?
I can’t shake the feeling
that something is going
to go wrong tomorrow.
This is the first time that
I’m taking part in a mission
of this kind. (beat) I’ve been
on the front line before and
I can take care of myself as
well as the men in my battalion.
I know, I-I just...
John pulls her closer to him as he hears her
cry. He caresses his thumb on her arm to comfort her.
You want what I want.
She’s unsure what he means. She doesn’t want
him to go out on this mission tomorrow morning. Is he going to tell
Knowle that he’ll stay behind? She turns around to face him. They
lie there face to face now.
You’re not going on the mission?
No, I am. (beat) I want
our life back. The life that
died the day the aliens attacked.
Dana nods her head, understanding. John moves
to lie on his back, she moves to rest her head on his shoulder, resting
her arm across his waist.
And you being out there, risking
everything you have now, to help
distribute this vaccine...
She trails off and sighs. She’s grown up on
Navy bases, been around military her whole life, dated a few Marines,
and fell in love with and married one of the most dedicated and loyal
Marines she’s ever met, but despite that she understands John without
completely understanding him at all. She knows that he wants things
to be better, to return back to normal, and that by doing what he
can he’s taking part in helping get that way of life back, but at
the same time she doesn’t understand his loyalty to the Marines, especially
when he’s got she and Katie back at home to take care of.
It’s because I love you two
very much, Dana.
I know, I just wish I could understand.
I need to know that I’ve
got your support. If I go
out there tomorrow with any
You do have my support, you
always have. Never think otherwise.
She moves to kiss him on his cheek then lies
So... we’re good, right?
They both lie in bed in silence for a long time.
Both of them feeling that this issue isn’t exactly resolved. Maybe
the issue won’t be resolved tonight, maybe it won’t even resolve itself
in the morning, but regardless what will happen, will happen and at
present John is not changing his mind.
What if you don’t return
and I’m not pregnant?
John opens his eyes. Tonight they had made love
not just for each other, but also to attempt to become pregnant again,
something that they have wanted to do for some time now, but held
off on due to her work with the Furiae Virus and saving Walter Skinner.
Then we’ll just have to
keep on trying.
He turns onto his side and wraps his arms around
her. He looks into her eyes.
Sweetheart... I promise you
that I’ll come back. (beat)
Things will get better, you
have to believe that. We’ll
have a dozen more kids if that’s
what you want. And maybe one day...
maybe one day life will return to
Dana places her index finger on his lips to
... we’ll all wake up and
realize that all this was
She smiles as does he.
Dana inches closer to him and shuts her eyes,
a slight grin on her face.
Crazy for feeling so lonely
Crazy for feeling so blue...
As he continues singing “Crazy” by Patsy Cline,
she slowly drifts to sleep. No dreams bother her mind tonight. He
finishes singing to her and makes sure that enough blankets are up
around her shoulders to keep her warm. Then he finally rests his head
on his pillow to fall asleep. Dreams bother him tonight, dreams about
the worry that she has for him tomorrow when he will go out with his
battalion and risk his life to help save the lives of the men that
the Hybrids have made Breeders.
TIME CUT TO:
EXT. ICE CAVE – 6:22 A.M.
April 26, 2012
Knowle sits on top of his rucksack, eating warm
oatmeal that Ray whipped up this morning. He stares out into the distance.
There’s a lot of fog this morning, it’ll make seeing harder than usual.
He’ll have to make sure that the men are prepared to deal with possible
Knowle looks around. He sees that Krycek is
checking over his fighter jet, giving her a little pat on the belly.
A few young soldiers have gathered near the
opening of the Ice Cave, they have no fear, working off of each other’s
excitement about the day’s mission.
As the minutes tick by more and more soldiers
show up to report to duty. Knowle acknowledges these men and assigns
them to the different battalions that will head out today to begin
distribution of the Furiae Virus. He looks around, there’s got to
be at least 150 men here who will brave the cold, and the risk of
their lives to save the men who have become Breeders.
Even Skinner himself is here. He’s been cured
of the Furiae Virus for just over two months now and here he is, walking
towards him, ready to go out there and do his part to help others.
Knowle nods to Skinner as he sits down next to him atop his own rucksack.
Are we sure we want him out there?
Skinner motions towards John and Dana, who are
standing not too far from the entrance to the Ice Cave, they are holding
each other, seemingly not wanting to let the other go.
His mind doesn’t exactly
seem to be on the mission.
Knowle looks at Skinner. Hell, even he doesn’t
want to be heading out on this mission this morning. Monica’s back
on the Pequod dealing with her miscarriage while taking care of a
four year old girl. She needs him there with her to help her through
this difficult time.
I can’t do this.
Knowle stands up and throws his rucksack onto
his back and walks away from Skinner, heading towards John and Dana.
Skinner quickly stands up and follows him.
Knowle! (beat) Knowle! Hey!
(beat) All great wars were
not won without self-sacrifice!
You can’t just walk away from
this mission and your men!
Knowle turns around to face Skinner.
Monica had a miscarriage yesterday.
I need to be with her now. We have
plenty men who showed up for this
operation. There’s no need for me
to be here.
I’m sure Monica understands the
importance of this mission, Knowle.
You don’t understand what
I’ve got on the line.
Knowle, your men need you.
You being here, a General
putting himself out on the
line, side-by-side with-
They’re grown men, they
don’t need my hand to hang onto.
You, General Doggett and
Captain Scully masterminded
this operation, Knowle. You
can’t turn your back on them.
You can’t leave John out here
on his own, the only one out
here who completely knows what
is going on.
I can, and I will.
Skinner grabs onto Knowle’s arm, Knowle whips
around and throws a punch straight into Skinner’s face. Skinner remains
on his feet. Knowle’s punch has drawn attention to John, Dana, and
the other soldiers waiting around for their orders. Krycek watches
from a distance, seemingly amused that Knowle and Skinner may be getting
into a fist fight.
John and Dana make their way over to Knowle
Doggett moves to stand in front of her. He recognizes
that this particular punch was initiated by Knowle, and from his experiences
with Knowle, when he gets worked up, it’s best to stand out of his
What’s going on here?
Doggett looks first to Knowle, demanding an
I’m escorting Dana back
to the Pequod.
Knowle grabs onto Dana’s arm and leads her away
from everyone, heading towards Krycek and his fighter jet. She fights
to break away from his grasp. She hasn’t yet said goodbye to John.
She can’t go back to the Pequod without telling him “I love you”.
Knowle! LET GO!
He doesn’t let her go. SUDDENLY several gunshots
are fired not too far from where they are. Knowle continues his march
towards Krycek’s fighter jet, a firm grip on Dana’s arm. She looks
back towards the direction of the gunfire and is horrified to see
hundreds of Breeders attacking the base at the Ice Cave. Her heartbeat
quickens and her eyes search for John. She sees him, yelling orders
at younger soldiers as he gears up for battle. As he readies himself
for a fight, he quickly glances back at her and catches her eye before
running off into the fog of the morning to fight side-by-side with
She no longer struggles against Knowle’s grasp
on her arm. She knows this is no place for her to be right now and
she needs to get back to Katie on the Pequod.
Just as she and Knowle are within reach of Krycek’s
fighter jet, it starts moving away from them, straightening off on
the runway and then picks up speed and takes off without them.
Dana winces in pain at Knowle’s tightening grip
on her arm.
DAMMIT! THAT LITTLE SHIT!
Knowle looks around, they are not prepared for
this kind of attack. For a paralyzing moment he and Dana watch as
men around them drop one-by-one to the icy ground, dead. Without as
much as a look at Dana, he keeps hold of his grip on her arm and leads
her further away from where the core of the fighting is located. He
leads them to the back side of the Ice Cave. All that’s back there
is a ton of snow and ice. He pushes her to the ground behind a four
foot wall of ice against the side of the Ice Cave. He kneels down
next to her. He peers around the corner to make sure they were not
followed. Once he knows they are safe for the time being, he turns
Are you ok?
She nods her head and doesn’t blink. She’s a
bit shocked by how quickly all of this happened.
Dammit, Dana. I need you
to actually talk to me.
He knows that this is her generic answer when
she’s not fine and wants people to think that she is, and he accepts
it for now, at least he knows that she’s capable of listening to him
and following his orders. He watches her to figure out what may be
going through her mind. Her eyes are red as if she’s been crying,
but he hasn’t seen her shed any tears.
Don’t worry about him.
He finished top of his
class in boot camp. Saved
my ass in Desert Storm, on
a shattered kneecap no less.
He’ll do everything in his
power to get through this for
you and for Katie.
Knowle places a hand on her shoulder to try
to bring her comfort, but he can see that it does not.
INT. PEQUOD – NAVIGATION BRIDGE – CON’T
Captain Scully sits down in his chair and looks
out at the sea ahead of his ship. It’s a foggy morning, calm, and
he can tell that once the sun rises that it’s going to be a beautiful
clear day out at sea. Despite this, he feels that something out there
Captain Scully hears Monica cough as she and
Katie enter the Navigation Bridge. He turns around in his chair to
see his granddaughter. He sets his coffee mug down and kneels down
to greet her with a big hug.
Hey litte princess, how was the
sleepover with Aunt Monica?
So much fun! We watched
”The Land Before Time” and
Littlefoot found the Great
Valley! And we read books and
tickled and, and-
Static on the communications radio captures
Captain Scully’s attention. He kisses Katie on the top of her head
and stands up and adjusts his frequency.
Ice Cave to Pequod!
Do you copy? Ice Cave
to Pequod, do you copy?!
Over the radio we hear sounds of gunfire, screaming,
a very violent battle, and death. Captain Scully gives a look to Monica
and she leads Katie out of the Navigation Bridge.
This is Captain Scully, what’s
going on? Over.
We’re under attack. (static)
Hundreds of them, we’re losing
(static) by the (static).
Please repeat last transmission.
He waits for another transmission. He hears
yelling, screaming and the horrible sounds of men being killed by
Breeders. He can only imagine what is going on right now at the Ice
Cave. Then all he hears is static. He turns to another man in the
room with him.
I want to know what’s going on
over there now!
The man nods his head and gets on another radio.
Captain Scully, rests his hands on the table in front of him and gazes
out at the open sea. His daughter is at the Ice Cave and was due back
this morning. He prays that she got to her transport on time to be
spared the experience of a battle with what can only be the Breeders.
In the near distance he spots Krycek’s fighter
jet. His daughter’s transport back to the Pequod. He lets out a sigh
of relief, she got away before the attack happened. He turns to another
man in the room.
Call me immediately once we know
what’s going on. I need to tell my
daughter in person that her husband
is involved in an attack.
He quickly leaves the Navigation Bridge to head
down to the flight deck.
EXT. FLIGHT DECK – CON’T
Flight deck personnel are scrambling to prepare
for Krycek’s landing. He is coming in too fast and too quickly. He
obviously did not wait for permission to land.
The tires of his jet slam down on the landing
just as a man finishes setting up the arresting wires that, luckily
for Krycek, snags onto the tailhook of his jet, preventing him from
landing too fast and dropping right off the stern of the ship.
As soon as the plane is stopped, he opens the
hatch and falls out. Kind of dramatic-like, people on deck run to
his rescue, thinking that he is hurt. Captain Scully opens the door
to the flight deck just in time to see Krycek being helped to his
feet by one of the men who rushed to his side when he fell out. Krycek
hugs the man to show his appreciation.
Captain Scully looks in the back of Krycek’s
fighter jet. Dana is not in it. He moves past others who want to make
sure that Krycek is all right. Before Krycek notices, Captain Scully
is standing in front of him.
I really could have died
back there. You know, with
the Breeders attacking and all.
Alex, where’s Dana?
(ready to cover his ass)
I can explain.
You were her transport.
She’s not in your jet.
Where is she?
You see... Dana, or Scully,
which I prefer, decided to
sleep in this morning and-
Captain Scully grabs Krycek by his coat and
pushes him up against his own jet.
Ohmygosh! You’re like Darth-
I spoke with Dana this
morning over the radio.
She did NOT sleep in.
Did you leave her there?!
I just received a transmission
that the Ice Cave is under attack-
I know, by a shitload of
Breeders, sir. Yes, sir!
Captain Scully lets go of Krycek and he falls
to the ground with a soft thud. A uniformed man who was up in the
Navigation Bridge with the Captain only minutes ago makes his way
to Captain Scully.
Sir, we have Alex McCord on
the radio. She says she needs
to speak with you asap.
Captain Scully gives Krycek a look and then
addresses other military personnel who have made their way onto the
I want him in the Brig immediately.
The men nod their heads and salute him, and
then pick Krycek up by both arms and carry him away. Krycek’s head
droops, he knows that he’s done bad and he’s going to have to face
INT. NAVIGATION BRIDGE – MINUTES LATER
Captain Scully enters the room and is saluted
by the men who are there working. He tells them to be at ease and
he stands in front of the radio. Another man sits in front of it,
in the middle of a transmission with Alexandra McCord.
... hundreds of them. If I had to
estimate I’d say three hundred at
This is Captain Scully. Are
you telling us that the
Breeders are attacking in
much larger numbers than
we’ve previously seen?
Over the radio they hear the sound of pounding
and scratching at a wall or door in the room, wherever she is located.
The rabid screams of Breeders is muffled, but cannot be mistaken.
They killed everyone at the
Montpelier Colony. I saw them
tear Robert Comer apart, so don’t
waste man power and time searching
What is your location?
I don’t know. I don’t have
time to waste talking about
LOUDER pounding is heard on her end of the transmission.
The man sitting in front of the radio transmitter looks up at Captain
Scully, there’s not much they can do for her if they don’t know where
Look, I saw hundreds of them
heading south towards you guys.
You need to let Ray know so that
he can prepare his men and save
The man sitting in front of the radio takes
a breath and is about to speak, Captain Scully places a hand on the
man’s shoulder and shakes his head “no”. There’s no need to tell her
that Ray’s colony at the Ice Cave is already under attack by the Breeders
she’s warning them about. She’s not going to make it back and he wants
her to feel as if everything she has done to make this transmission
happen has not been done in vain.
We copy that, Alexandra. I will
let Ray know of the situation
Don’t bother coming to look
for me, I’m surrounded by at
least thirty of these things.
I’m not going to make it. Do
whatever it takes to save everyone.
They hear, over the radio, the sound of glass
shattering to the ground. They all stand in silence and heavy hearts
as they listen to the sound of Alexandra McCord’s last breath. Then
the radio goes silent with static. The room is quiet for another beat
of the heart.
Josh, contact Admiral Wang and
tell him to direct his fighter
pilots to Ray’s location. He has
a variety of capsules containing
the vaccine against the virus so
tell him to load his men up with
that so that we can save as many
of these Breeders as we can. This
is NOT a kill order, I want to make
that perfectly clear. Do not kill
unless it is absolutely necessary.
Josh nods his head and heads out of the Navigation
Brian, I want you to get our
men ready to fly in there and
provide air support. I want to
get more ground troops out there
ASAP. Arm them with the distribution
weapon. The capsules contain a strong
sedative so once a Breeder is hit
by one, he will become sedate and we
will be able to monitor progress.
Brian nods his head and gives a “Yes, sir” to
the Captain, and leaves the room.
I want everyone else to focus
on getting a hold of General
Doggett or General Rohrer. They
are the most experienced soldiers
out there right now and if anyone
can let us know the situation there
The Captain stands, with his hands firmly planted
on the table. He stares out at the ocean, the fog is clearing and
the sun is shining brightly, sparkling on the ocean water below. His
thoughts remain on his daughter, Dana; his son-in-law, John; and their
daughter, Katie, his granddaughter. He hopes that at the end of today
he doesn’t have to be the one to tell her that she’s lost one or both
of her parents.
EXT. ICE CAVE – 9:00 P.M.
Dana sits alone behind the four foot wall of
ice that she and Knowle have been hiding behind since this morning.
They’ve been lucky that the Breeders have not focused a search for
humans to kill in this location, instead they have been focusing their
killing inside, and closely outside of the Ice Cave’s entrance. She
rubs her hands together, she hadn’t put gloves on this morning while
she was getting ready to go back home to her daughter. She and Knowle
have been successful in preventing frostbite.
She hears steps in the snow behind her and she
looks back over her shoulder and sees Knowle. He walks hunched over
to try to keep himself from being noticed. He sits down on the snow
next to her.
It looks like your father
may be winning this one.
There seem to be more of
our troops moving around
out there than the Breeders.
Any sign of John?
Knowle shakes his head “no”, and her heart sinks.
They’ve been out here almost 16 hours now and they haven’t seen John,
not even once, since he and his men ran into the fog to fight against
the Breeders and to distribute the Furiae vaccine.
Knowle pulls her into his arms and holds her.
He never thought that he’d be the one having to console her over her
loss before he faced losing the one he loves. Another fighter jet
flies low to the ground, it’s engine piercing their eardrums. He knows
that he should keep talking to her, keep her mind from thinking of
the worst. If they should need to up and move quickly, she’d react
better if her mind were on anything but John, he needs to reassure
her that John is a tough Marine.
He’s a tough Marine. It
would take more than a
thousand rabid Breeders
to take him down. He’s got
you and Katie to live for.
Scully listens, wanting to hear any reassuring
words he has.
When we were Marines, he saved
my sorry ass, you know the story.
Carrying you out of the building
with a shattered knee. I know, but
I get scared because he’s so brave.
He’s brave, but not stupid. He’s
trained for this. He’s a soldier
and a mighty damn good one at that.
So don’t you go worrying about him,
he wouldn’t want that. You gotta trust
his ability in combat. He’s smart and
I trust that if we haven’t seen him by
now... well then there has to be a reason
for it. He thinks strategically, he’s a fighter.
Before he disappeared into battle
he looked back at me, caught my eye.
I guarantee if he saw you were
alone he would have abandoned his
own men to be here with you like I
am right now. (beat) Don’t worry, he’s
not distracted. Fuck, he’s probably
got his head on more straight than
either one of us because he saw that
you’re with me.
She gives him a look. Really? Really? Because what Knowle just said makes it sound to her like he thinks
that he’s not thinking as clearly as he should be. That is not very
Are you distracted?
We both are. That’s why we’ve
got to stop thinking about John.
(very matter of fact) He’s ok.
The sky above fills with the lights of many
fighter jets. They are surrounding the area around the Ice Cave. Knowle
looks up at them, some are flying close to the ground.
Japan... Russia... it looks
like your dad was able to
get help from other carriers
like the Pequod.
Knowle stands up and steps away from where he
and Dana have been hiding since early this morning.
(raising his voice)
Dana! Come here!
Slowly, Dana rises and goes to him. She looks
where he is looking. Some of the fighter jets are landing and grouping
near the entrance to the Ice Cave. Though there are bodies lying all
over the ground, there are many survivors left standing.
Is it safe?
I think so.
Knowle starts heading down the narrow hill that
connects the backside of the Ice Cave to the front-side. Scully follows
him, being careful not to slip and slide down the hill.
In minutes they are walking among the sedated
bodies of the Breeders who have been given the vaccination. A few
feet away, survivors of this attack are placing the dead bodies, of
the men and women who lost their lives in this attack, in rows. Knowle
looks at Dana and sees that her eyes are scanning the bodies of the
dead to see if John is among them. He allows his eyes to drift over
them too, but he doesn’t see John among them.
Men and women run and make their way around
them as they wander through the destruction left behind by this battle.
Different languages mixing together: English, Russian, Japanese, Portuguese,
Red blood stains the ground that they walk on,
the smell of iron fills the air.
Knowle notices that tears are streaming down
Dana’s face. His heart skips a beat, thinking that she’s spotted John’s
body. He looks where she is looking and sees her brother, Charles,
helping a man who has lost his leg, onto a stretcher to be taken inside
the Ice Cave to be helped by Ray’s medical personnel.
He doesn’t hear her among all the other noises.
She quickens her pace to get to her brother.
Knowle watches her, staying right where he is.
Dana reaches her brother and touches his arm.
He looks over at her as he helps the man onto the stretcher. His face
is scratched and dry blood spots are all over his neck. She can’t
hold in her cries anymore and as she falls into her brother’s arms
he holds her up, her legs are weak from being stationary in the cold
for so long, or weak from the heartache she may face in finding out
what has happened to John Doggett.
INT. PEQUOD – READY ROOM – 8:00 A.M.
April 26, 2012 – The Next Day
With a somber expression on his face, Captain
Scully stands at the head of the room, ready to address those who
have joined him this morning for this important meeting. Sitting at
the table at the front of the room, next to the Captain is Knowle
Rohrer. Both are dressed in their military uniforms.
Seated in front of them are Dana, Charles, Shannon,
Monica, Skinner and other men and women of the Pequod.
First off I’d like to have a
moment of silence for those
lost to us in yesterday’s attack.
Everyone lowers their heads in complete silence.
Dana does her best to hold back tears. Since yesterday, there has
been no word on John’s whereabouts. No body has been found and no
radio contact has been made. Charles told her to keep hope alive that
he’s out there somewhere equally as worried about what happened to
her as she is of him. She can’t keep the images of all the dead out
of her head, what if one of the men found in unrecognizable condition
was him? She may never know what happened to him.
Charles puts his arm around her shoulder and
kisses the side of her head. He wipes his own tear from his face while
she lets hers fall freely down her face.
As you all know yesterday’s attacks
were unprecedented. Breeders have
never attacked with such precision
nor in such a great number. General
Rohrer and I have talked about this
at great deal and have come to the
conclusion that the Hybrids have learned
of our plans to try to save the Breeders.
Knowle stands up.
Captain Scully and I have been
on conference calls with leaders
of the world since last night.
The inevitable confrontation of
our race with the Hybrid race,
to gain full control of this
planet is not far away. We will
continue to brainstorm with other
military entities to come up with
the best plan of action so that
an attack like we saw yesterday
does not happen again.
Before coming here this morning
I spoke with Doctor Montgomery,
who opted to stay at the Ice Cave,
he says that he’s been able to
check on all the Breeders who were
inoculated during the attack and
that each and every one of them is
responsive to the vaccine.
From some of the younger men in the room, cheering
and applause is heard.
This is very good news so General
Rohrer and I have decided to increase
the number of groups that we will
send out to hunt down more Breeders
and inoculate them. As you know, once
given the vaccine they are on their
way back to being just like you and me.
This will help us accomplish having
a larger and stronger military. (beat)
A world military that can and will
defeat the Hybrids and rid this planet
of its alien presence once and for all.
Because of yesterday’s attacks I am
limiting land visits to ONLY the
men and women who need to be there.
There will be no exceptions to this
rule until further notice. (beat)
If there are no questions, you are dismissed.
Captain Scully and Knowle wait to see if anyone
has any questions, and when they are satisfied that no one does, they
relax their stance to indicate to everyone that the meeting is over.
Dana, Charles, Monica and Shannon stay in the
room for awhile longer. Talking among themselves. Monica and Shannon
both hug Dana at the same time, doing what they can to comfort her
in this time of uncertainty.
Knowle sits on the edge of the table at the
front of the room and Charles goes up to his father. He looks over
at his sister and sighs.
Knowle... Shan’ and I are
going to walk Dana back.
Knowle nods his head to acknowledge her. He
then notices the red blinking light on the Ready Room radio transmitter.
He flips the toggle switch on and sits down in front of it to talk
to whomever is contacting this frequency.
This is the Pequod, go ahead.
He waits for a moment until the person on the
other end receives his transmission.
Knowle! Man, am I glad to
hear your voice!
Knowle looks back to see if Dana is still in
the room, she’s standing inside the doorway, her back to him. She
turns around, her eyes wide with hope. Was that really John’s voice
over the radio? Shannon and Monica smile and hang back as Dana makes
her way to Knowle’s side.
Not as glad as we are to
hear yours. Where are you?
Not too far from the Ice Cave.
I was able to get a handful
of men and get the hell out
of there. We’re still out in
the field, distributing what
we’ve got left of the vaccine.
We built some igloos out here
to sleep in and to house the
Breeders we’ve inoculated.
At last head count we
counted 57. (beat) Knowle?
Still here, buddy.
Is Dana all right?
Knowle looks over at Dana and stands up from
his seat in front of the radio transmitter and lets her take his place.
She wipes the remaining tears from her face.
You don’t know how glad
I am to hear your voice, sweetheart.
On the other side of the radio they hear John
choke up a little.
I know the feeling. (beat)
I should be home within a
couple days, ok?
I’ll make sure that Katie
and I make your favorite dinner.
Just don’t burn the place down.
They both laugh.
I’ll ask Monica to help out.
(beat) I love you, Johnny.
(more manly voice)
Semper Fi, babe.
She nearly laughs. Some of his tough Marine
men must be near him, or within hearing range. He’d never say that
line to her like that when they’re alone, especially the “babe” part.
Shannon approaches Dana and whispers something
into her ear. Dana nods.
Any chance Roger Thompson
is with you?
There’s a long pause on John’s end.
He died earlier this
morning, from wounds
he received at the
attack on the Ice Cave.
Though she is happy that John is alive, Dana’s
heart breaks for Shannon. She looks back at her friend, with tears
in her eyes. Shannon is stepping backward, away from Dana, shaking
her head in disbelief. She doesn’t want to believe what John said
Tell Shannon that
his last thoughts
were about her.
I will. (beat) Be safe,
and don’t let your guard down.
I’ll be home soon.
I promise. Ok?
Ok. (beat) Semper fi.
(on radio, quieter)
I love you too, Dana.
Give Katie a hug and
kiss from daddy.
I will. Over.
Dana turns off the radio and looks over. Shannon
is sitting down now, with Monica, Charles and Knowle around her, comforting
her. She looks away from them.
The worst feeling in the world is feeling both
your own joy and happiness and the heartbreaking sorrow for a friend.
She stands up and makes her way over to Shannon.
Knowle gets out of the seat he’s in next to Shannon so that Dana can
sit next to her. She sits and wraps her arm around her and rests her
head against Shannon’s.
This war has gone on too long. It’s been six
long years of survival and losing loved ones. It has to stop. They
can’t go on living in a world of uncertainty and heartache for much
longer, there has to be hope. Hope that the human race can and will
defeat the Hybrids and be able to live in a world without fear.
Knowle watches on as Monica and Dana comfort
Shannon. He watches as Monica reaches into her pocket to pull out
a tissue, she blots it underneath her nose, wiping blood away.
How much more time until he loses her? He remembers
back at how suddenly Dana’s health declined. Yes, she suffered the
same symptoms that Monica now lives with each day, but it is possible
that tomorrow things could take a turn for the worse and he could
lose her just as suddenly. Off of Knowle’s thoughts about Monica’s
inevitable departure from this life we: