A Bold Bluff
In the midst of a flu epidemic, three men seek refuge from
the chaos. In the process, they face their own humanity and
EXT. STREET - NIGHT
Three men, COOLIDGE, BROWN and BIGELOW, are wandering in the
streets in search of shelter and food. Brown is being
carried along by the other two men. All around them, the
city is in the throes of an influenza epidemic. A shortage
of the vaccine, along with overwhelmed medical facilities,
has led to widespread sickness, violence, desperation and
We have to get him into a safe
place so he can rest. He’s really
not doing well.
You don’t think I know that? Geez,
look at the guy! Not that we’re
doing so hot either.
Yelling can be heard nearby, and distant explosions/gunfire
signal that the city has become an outright war zone.
Coolidge is on edge and begins to fall apart.
This is just nuts, man. I can’t
believe this is happening! If it
was 2012, maybe I’d accept it but
we’re a whole year away from that
Bigelow interrupts Coolidge’s conspiratorial ramblings.
Listen, man, you need to get a
grip. Right now we have to get
inside and away from all the
crazies out here. Lord knows I
don’t wanna get shot at again.
Brown is in and out of consciousness. During a moment of
lucidity he chimes into the discussion.
Where are we? I’m cold. I...I wanna
Hang in there, buddy, we’re trying
to find a place.
The nearest building is a veterinarian’s office. The window
has bars in it but the front door does not.
Hey, check it out. What about in
there? Looks easy enough to break
Finally, Coolidge. A useful idea.
Help me get him over there, would
INT. VETERINARIAN’S OFFICE - NIGHT
The office is small and appears to have been abandoned in
haste, as there are loose papers and trash strewn about.
Man, do I need a smoke! Food would
be nice but I think a cigarette
would be even better.
Really? You’re surrounded by death
and sickness and