“What If…”

WGAWest Registration Number: 1905876

Somewhere in Scotland, in the near future

Opening credits: an animation of stick figure people working in a factory, assembling something while the drones observe them from above. (drones’ sound is pretty overwhelming).

SCENE 1

INT.ROOM.DAY/NIGHT (WE DON’T KNOW SINCE IT’S GRAY OUTSIDE)

A woman and a man in their late 30’s are watering the plants that grow in their room.

Once one row ends, the woman tries to stand up but struggles. A 10-year-old boy puts a small vegetable box on the ground and runs up to his mum, helping her stand up. Once upright we see that the mum is heavily pregnant.

SCENE 2

INT.ROOM.DAY/NIGHT

Small selection of fresh fruits and vegetables are randomly scattered on the table.

The mum picks each item individually and wraps it up in a linen cloth with high precision.

When she hears the drone’s sound growing she stops, instinctively putting her hand on her tummy as if she wanted to protect her unborn child.

When the drone is gone, she goes back to carefully wrapping the food.

SCENE 3

INT.ROOM.DAY/NIGH

The mum and her son are sitting at the table doing schoolwork when the dad enters the room.

DAD

They have the inhalers we need for Johnny.

MOM

Oh…I’ll go.

DAD

You can’t.

JOHNNY

I’ll go.

MOM

No, absolutely not!!!

You’ve never been outside. You don’t know what’s out there.

DAD

(Pause, looking at his son)

We will go together (Points to Johnny and himself).

(Pause)

This way we can bring more supplies to the hospital, saving us another trip.

MUM

What if…

DAD

(Interrupts her)

We have to go. It’s our turn to bring supplies.

MUM

Johnny…

DAD

… is ready.

Mum looks at JOHNNY for a long time.

JOHNNY

(Whispers)

I can do it.

(Pause)

I know I can.

Mum puts her hand over his hand.

SCENE 4

INT.ROOM.DAY/NIGHT

The three of them are leaning over an old and much-used map with lots of scribbles around the edges.

Mum points to a few places on the map.

MUM

This is how our safe houses are marked. If you get separated from your dad, you go into one of those places. Someone there will be able to help you.

JOHNNY

I know mum.

MUM

Take detours if you need to. Most of the drones have been hacked and don’t recognise people anymore, but some still do.

(Pause)

Avoid them at all costs.

JOHNNY

I will.

DAD

We will stay with William for a day or two before making our way back.

MUM

Good. Good idea.

(Pause)

Just in case they Are tracking you.

DAD

(Puts his hand over hers)

We’re going to be ok.

JOHNNY

I’ll be the okay mum.

MUM

(Cuddles him)

I know. I know.

SCENE 5

INT.ROOM.DAY/NIGHT.

Mum hides the food she wrapped before in the hidden compartments, and amongst the double layers of the two backpacks, she is preparing for the boys.

On top of the food, she puts propaganda books, propaganda newspapers and anything to do with the Old World’s regime.

SCENE 6

INT.ROOM.DAY/NIGHT.

Mum puts the knitted scarf around her husband and kisses him. He touches her tummy. She turns to Johnny and puts another knitted scarf around him. She kisses him while whispering in his ear.

MUM

I love you like crazy.

JOHNNY

I love you like crazy too mum.

The boys put their backpacks on.

They turn to the front door. Dad puts his hand on the doorknob and slowly starts opening the front door.

BLACKOUT

THE END