The following is the first eleven pages of a currently unproduced script. If you find it interesting and would like to read more, see the instructions at the end of this text to receive a copy of the complete screenplay.
"FREEDOM'S PRICE" FADE IN: EXT. HILLSIDE - DAY (2008) A PERSON in a gas mask walks on a hillside overlooking a city at sunset. He is carrying a tall, high-tech canister. KAYLA (V.O.) It was in two-thousand-eight. New advances in transportation and food production promised to feed the world for centuries to come. Person sets the canister down, and twists the top. A mist comes from it and drifts toward the city. KAYLA (V.O.) Claiming that the resulting overpopulation and pollution would destroy the Earth, an environmental terrorist group released a genetically-engineered virus in twenty cities around the world. The plague spread quickly, and all attempts at containment failed. URBAN CHAOS Scenes of riots, burning buildings, lines of stopped cars, with the dead scattered around homes and offices. KAYLA (V.O.) As billions died, all governments collapsed. Anarchy and chaos were everywhere. When the dying stopped, those that were immune to the virus emerged from where they hid and started on the long road back to civilization. EXT. HIGH DESERT - DAY (2014) A large, high-power car travels down a hilly road into the California desert. EXT. GAS STATION - DAY The car pulls into a weathered store/gas-station. KAYLA gets out. She is tall, dark haired, and dressed in black. Her utilitarian style emphasizes an air of confidence, but doesn't conceal attractive features and a lean, muscular build. She enters the store, poised, not threatening, but alert. HERB, old and grizzled, is behind the counter. KAYLA I need some gas. HERB I'll turn on the pump for you. Herb walks from behind counter, holding a sawed-off shotgun. He flips switch up. Kayla goes out the door. HERB That's cash in advance! Oh, hell. He nervously follows her. She starts filling tank. HERB You need to pay first, Miss. Kayla leaves gas pumping, goes to front bumper. Pushes casing for claymore up against bumper, reaches around, tightening. HERB What are those, Miss? Some kind of fog light? KAYLA Claymores. Shrapnel mines. HERB Ah. I'll just be in the store, when you're ready. Herb goes back in, peers out at her cautiously. Kayla tops off tank, heads to store. Herb scurries behind counter. She enters, goes to cooler of plain bottles. HERB Sorry there's not much. I'm expecting the truck this week, but you just never know. They come out of L.A., you know. Kayla takes a bottle, goes to counter. Herb rings it up. HERB They don't like coming out this far, but I'm the only store for miles. Not many people out here, but they've got to shop somewhere! Kayla steps to window. She drinks while staring out at the hills. HERB I was one of the first back into L.A., you know, After. If you weren't there, you can't imagine. You won't catch me back there again. Kayla watches pickup drive by, carrying DICK and six other RUFFIANS. KAYLA Are there any towns up that road? HERB Nah, maybe half dozen farms, 'bout ten miles. Then nothing. Kayla shows him a slightly ragged photo of a good- looking blonde woman in her late teens. KAYLA Have you seen a woman who looks like this? She'd be about twenty-five now. HERB Nope, never seen her. Not out here, anyways. KAYLA Thanks. Kayla starts to leave. HERB Oh, Miss! I hope you find what you're looking for. Kayla gives a small nod and smile in return. She gets into the car and drives off. EXT. STORE - DAY Kayla is walking out of a rural store, carrying a small bag of food and a cold drink. She pauses at middle- aged FARMER going in, shows him the picture. KAYLA Have you seen this woman, maybe in the last few years? FARMER No. Sorry. KAYLA Thanks. The ruffians' truck drives up, and they get out. They are rowdy, talking loudly and rough. Ruffian #1 heads around corner to restrooms. The others notice Kayla. RUFFIAN #2 Whoa, hello! DICK Man that's nice! RUFFIAN #3 Go talk to her, I think she likes you! Dick moves to intercept Kayla as she walks to her car. He blocks her way, and she stops. DICK Hi! I can tell you don't belong in a nowhere place like this. Kayla says nothing. DICK Why don't we find someplace more interesting? I'm available if you want some company. KAYLA I don't think so. Ruffians react, amused at Dick's failure. DICK Hey, that's not very friendly. You know it's not safe around here for a woman alone. Not everyone is as nice as I am. KAYLA You're in my way. DICK Sorry, Babe! It's cool. Dick pulls his arm back, letting her pass. He looks at the other ruffians, and gives them a grin. Dick lunges at Kayla, grabbing at her arm. Kayla spins, intercepting his hand and twisting him into a painful wrist lock. She slams him back against the wall, while drawing his sheath knife. Stunned, everybody freezes. Dick blinks, starts to react. KAYLA Uh uh. Kayla dips her eyes down, he looks, and sees his knife pressed up against his groin. He looks at her. KAYLA Next time I won't be nice. She releases him. He moves away, massaging his hand. Turns to speak, as Kayla is putting knife in her belt. DICK Um, could I have my knife back? (beat) Never mind... Ruffians head back toward store, ridiculing Dick. Kayla watches them go. SAM pulls up on motorcycle. He's a thin teenager, average height, pale hair, and good looks. He wears work boots and rough clothes. He's ignored until he raises a large, double-barreled shotgun at the ruffians. SAM All of you, on the ground! Now! Don't even think about it! They mutter, but comply. Kayla moves behind her open car door, watching. RUFFIAN #3 Hey man, what's the deal? SAM You're going to pay for what you did last night! RUFFIAN #4 Whoa, you must have the wrong guys. We've never done anything to you! SAM You know what I'm talking about! RUFFIAN #2 Hey, we didn't mean to kill her! SAM Shut up! (Sam kicks him) She didn't deserve to die, but you do. You're all going to die. Ruffian #1 comes from around corner of building, sees the situation, starts to draw his gun. KAYLA Look out! Sam looks up, sees Ruffian #1, fires shotgun. He misses terribly. Kayla draws and shoots Ruffian #1. His gun fires as he drops, hitting the motorcycle. Others ruffians leap for truck, firing. Sam goes for cover. Kayla returns fire, but shooting over their heads. STOREKEEPER drops steel blinds over front windows. Truck peels out. Sam runs to road, fires shotgun again, no apparent hit. Sam looks at his damaged motorcycle, runs up to Kayla's car. SAM Come on! We can catch them! KAYLA No. This isn't my fight, I'm not involved. SAM But you are involved, you already shot one! KAYLA Only to keep him from killing you. SAM They'll rape and kill other people if we don't stop them! KAYLA That's not my problem! I've seen lots of people like them. Sooner or later, they're going to piss off someone stronger and meaner than they are, and they'll get what they deserve. SAM Damn! Damn! You're as bad as they are, you don't care anything about what's right! KAYLA Don't tell me what I care about. You don't know anything about me. I know you are incompetent. You're just lucky I didn't want to see you killed for being so stupid. Kayla stalks off toward ruffian's body. Sam follows. Storekeeper peeks out cautiously, opens blinds. SAM Why am I incompetent? KAYLA A double-barreled shotgun isn't exactly the weapon to use on seven armed men. SAM Oh. (pause) They really did kill my fiance. KAYLA I'm sorry. Kayla kneels by the dead ruffian, and looks intently into his eyes. She holds this position while Sam speaks. SAM We thought if we stayed out at the farms we'd be safe. Nobody ever comes out this far any more. Lynn and I were going to be married next week. They took all that away from me. KAYLA Let me give you some advice. Go home. Work on your farm. Life will go on, and eventually the pain will go away. Kayla picks up the ruffian's gun and checks the clip. SAM No, I can't go back. Without her, I don't care about any of it. KAYLA Then catch a ride to L.A. I think there's a truck coming by in a few days. Kayla starts going through ruffian's pockets. SAM No, I don't know anyone there, that would be even worse. I have an uncle in Fresno, I could live with him. Which way are you going? KAYLA I'm working my way north, but taking the back roads. SAM Perfect! Let me ride with you! KAYLA No. You'd just slow me down. Kayla pulls out ruffian's wallet, rifles through it. Takes cash out and stuffs it in her pocket. SAM I won't be any trouble, and it's not that far, even if you take the back roads. Please! KAYLA I don't think it's a good idea. SAM I'll pay you! I don't have a lot of money, but you can have it. KAYLA I don't want your money. SAM Please don't leave me here! I don't have anywhere to go. I can't stay, and I don't have any other family... KAYLA You're not going to give up, are you? SAM Please? KAYLA All right. I'll give you a ride to Fresno. SAM Great! I really appreciate this. Oh, I'm Sam... KAYLA Kayla. SAM I won't be a problem, honest. KAYLA Get any gear off your bike you want to take. Gets in car, shaking her head. Sam gets bag from bike, runs to car, gets in. SAM Thanks for saving my life, I'd pay you back if I could, somehow. This is a really great car! Where did you get it? KAYLA I'm going to regret this, aren't I? EXT. TOWN - DAY Kayla's car drives into small town, pulls up in front of general store. Three CHILDREN are playing near by. KAYLA Don't shoot at anybody, okay? SAM Don't worry. I don't have any more shells. Kayla looks at him in disbelief for a moment. She shakes her head and gets out, not looking back. As they get out of car, BERT and JUNE step out of doorway, both have hands resting on holstered guns. They watch as Sam and Kayla approach. BERT Afternoon. What can we help you with? Kayla holds out the photo. KAYLA I'm looking for this woman, have you seen her? She'd be in her mid- twenties now. Bert and June look at the picture, shake their heads. BERT She owe you money? KAYLA She's my sister. JUNE We're the only store for thirty miles, we would have seen her if she's in the area. BERT Why don't you all come inside and cool off. You like soda? We just got some in. A motorcycle is heard, coming down road. They turn and watch as the BIKER rides toward store. He is huge, muscular, wild; he's dressed in black leathers, and has guns and a large knife at his waist. JUNE Tina, Greg, take Jamie and get inside. The kids quickly go in. Kayla slides her sunglasses back on, steps to the side. The Biker pulls up to gas pump, casually gets off bike and starts pumping gas. JUNE (quietly) I don't want any trouble. BERT We'll just let him do what he wants. KAYLA It's okay, he'll pay for the gas. Bert looks at her, unsure. Kayla nods slightly. Bert walks out to Biker as he finishes pumping. Biker looks at Bert, who stops. Biker's gaze goes to Kayla, who is relaxed, not moving. Biker pulls out wallet, opens it, showing thick wad of bills, pulls out several, hands them to Bert. Biker gets back on bike, starts it up. Turns to look at Kayla, and gives small nod. Kayla gives small smile and nod in return. Biker rides off. JUNE Thanks. KAYLA I didn't do anything. SAM Who was that? KAYLA That was the Black Angel of Death. SAM No! Really? KAYLA Of course not! How should I know who that was? SAM But you knew he'd pay for what he took. KAYLA He wasn't looking for trouble either. I could use something cold to drink, what have you got? JUNE Come in, the cooler's near the back. You folks hungry? They all go into the store.
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