Cast of Characters:
Scott: Mid 20s, captain, Chase and Paul’s best friend, reckless, sarcastic, daring, leader, Greek.
Chase: Mid 20s, sergeant, Scott and Paul’s best friend, sarcastic, Canadian.
Paul: Mid 20s, sergeant, Scott and Chase’s best friend, laid-back, advisor, thinker, Hawaiian.
Scene 1: INT. AIRPORT – LOUNGE
FX: TURKISH RADIO, PEOPLE TALKING.
CHASE: When’s our flight again?
PAUL: No idea, Scott?
SCOTT: 8 p.m. It was the earliest they could manage due to our
flight from Dubai.
CHASE: So, we have 30 minutes before our flight. Good. At
least we won’t be rushing to catch the gate like we were earlier.
PAUL: Remind me again why we’re flying commercial back home?
We were only in the system for a while, maybe 20 minutes, so why are they doing this?
SCOTT: Because the chain of command felt it was less
stressful. And safer. Don’t ask me, they don’t tell me everything.
CHASE: I thought they did?
CHASE: Brilliant! So, we’re flying commercial because it was
the only flight available. Well that’s just great.
PAUL: Do you have to be so sarcastic and difficult, Chase? At
least this way, they can’t complain about us struggling.
SCOTT: Do you pair really believe I know everything about our
flights home? Because I don’t.
CHASE: Still, you’d think they would have the courtesy to tell
us this stuff in advance instead of springing it on us when we’re about to board the plane. The only thing I’m glad about is that we’re on holiday rather than stuck on yet another back-to-back tour of duty.
SCOTT: Again, they don’t tell me everything.
CHASE: Well, maybe they should.
SCOTT: Chase, leave it alone.
CHASE: Fine. Moving on, you remember when we were in uni?
PAUL: When we got drunk that one time at Easter?
SCOTT: It was our decision to get those tats and piercings,
no one else’s. And which time? We spent the entire vacation plastered.
PAUL: At the beginning after Harry’s lecture.
CHASE: That was fun.
PAUL: Scott, bro, you alright?
FX: SCOTT BREATHING SHAKILY.
CHASE: Shit! Paul, grab his meds! He’s having an attack.
FX: RIFFLING THROUGH BAG, QUICK MOVEMENTS. PILLS RATTLING IN A BOTTLE.
CHASE:(PANICKED)I can’t remember how many he needs. His
anxiety shouldn’t be that high! We haven’t done anything. Have we?!
PAUL: Give him two along with a water bottle to wash them
down with! I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s due to being on that stupid plane. He’ll be fine once we’re in the air, but being here isn’t helping anything.
FX: GULPING. SCOTT’S BREATHING STABILISING
CHASE: No problem, Scott, that’s what we’re here for. To help
you out with things like this. I know it’s usually Carter helping you through this shit, but you don’t need to rely on just him to receive the support you need with your anxiety.
SCOTT:(SIGHING)I sometimes wish I never had it.
LOUDSPEAKER ANNOUNCEMENT: Jetblue Flight JBU5862 from Ercan
Airport to Vancouver, can all passengers go to Gate 13! Jetblue Flight JBU5862 from Ercan Airport to Vancouver, can all passengers go to Gate 13!
PAUL: Come on, that’s us.
Scene 2: INT. AIRPLANE
FX: SCRAPING OF BAGS ON FLOOR. TICKET MACHINES BEEPING, PEOPLE CHATTING. CLATTER OF AIRPORT BRIDGE. PEOPLE TALKING, CLICKS OF SEATBELTS AND OVERHEAD LOCKERS.
PAUL: Here we go. One flight closer to home.
SCOTT: Why do I have bad feeling something’s gonna happen?
CHASE: You’re not the only one.
PAUL: Well it doesn’t bother me. Hey look Furious 7.
SCOTT: You really need to get over this street-racing
obsession. Those films have been done to absolute death. If you’ve watched them once, you’ve watched them a thousand times. It’s the same thing constantly repeated. They’ve copied the storyline from the first film and pasted it into the sequels. The only thing different is the dialogue. Paul, it’s shit.
PAUL: Never happening!
FX: SCOTT SIGHS
CHASE: Oh look, Scott, King Arthur.
SCOTT: New one?
CHASE: I think so…Yeah, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.
FX: CRACKLING SPEAKERS
ANNOUNCEMENT: Sorry, ladies and gentlemen, but this airport
has been declared closed! Please depart from the aircraft immediately.
PAUL: What? What? What’s going on? Scott! Chase!
SCOTT: Come on, bro. Move it. We have to get off. Now!
SCOTT:(GROWLING) Now, Paul!
CHASE: I guess that answers our questions about the bad
feelings we got.
FX: PEOPLE RUSHING TO GET OUT. FRIGHTENED WHISPERS. PARENTS CALLING THEIR CHILDREN.
CHASE: What’s going on?
FX: MARCHING. COCKING GUNS AND RIFLES. TERSE SPEECH. A CLOCK TICKS LOUDLY. A GUNSHOT BANG FROM THE OTHER END. SCREAMING FOLLOWS AND A TERRIFIED STAMPEDE RUNS THROUGH.
CHASE: Uh oh.
SCOTT: Yeah, the military’s taken control.
SCOTT: President Levain fled the capitol earlier. They got
word he’d flee the country.
CHASE: Where’s he…?(DISBELIEVING)Paul, you ok? Usually it’s
Scott freaking. You’re the most chilled out of us.
PAUL: That d..d..doesn’t mean when this happens I’m gonna
treat it like it’s an everyday thing? I can’t.
SCOTT: Paul, calm down. They’re here to protect us, not hurt
PAUL: We’ve never been through this before.
SCOTT: No, we haven’t, but you getting worked up about it
isn’t gonna help. I need you to remain calm. OK? Before we know it, it will all be over.
CHASE: Here’s to hoping.
by Becky Fryer