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001 SCENE: Interior, This Time Round (TTR)
There is a close-up of a television, which has been placed
on a shelf above the bar. On the screen is an ANNOUNCER
reading copy from a sheet of paper. Below him, numbers and
symbols scroll across the screen.
The Dow has moved into record territory today...
Camera pulls back to reveal the backside of a head of
straight black hair, looking up at the screen. The head
turns to one side, revealing that the watcher is ADRIC. He
looks to be momentarily deep in thought, then seems to make
a decisive decision.
002 CUT TO: ADRIC, behind the bar.
He turns to HARRY, who is talking amicably with a customer.
Harry, could you please watch things for a
moment? I'm taking a break.
HARRY nods in the affirmative. ADRIC walks off-camera to
003 CUT TO: Interior, TTR
ADRIC is sitting down at a pub table with a laptop that is
attached to a cell phone. The laptop is on, and he is
starting to type.
004 CUT TO: Close-up of laptop screen.
The screen displays a financial web page, where stock
information is being displayed.
005 CUT TO: Interior, TTR
ADRIC looks at the information intently.
Up to $27.00 dollars a share? I
think it's time to sell!
He starts to type something. He leans forward as he does
so. But at the same time as he does this a shot rings out,
and wall paneling behind him explodes in a shower of
006 CUT TO: Interior, the main doorway of the TTR.
Framed by the doorway is the figure of a young girl in a
brown fairy dress, PSYCHO NYSSA. She is holding a bizarre
weapon of some kind. She steps forward as the camera zooms
There you are, swamprat! This time you are
007 CUT TO: Interior, the TTR.
Oh, not now!
As everyone in the whole pub dives for cover, ADRIC grabs
his laptop and cell phone and dives underneath the table. A
hail of automatic weapons fire riddles the wall behind him.
As soon as he is underneath the table, he starts to type
frantically on the keyboard.
008 CUT TO: Close-up of PSYCHO NYSSA
No hiding, Adric!
She lets loose another volley in his direction.
009 CUT TO: Close-up of ADRIC, underneath the table.
ADRIC is crawling along the floor, pushing the laptop in
front of him. He is still typing. Bullet holes appear in
the floor near him.
Just... need... a... little... time...
010 CUT TO: Interior, TTR
PSYCHO NYSSA is running toward his side of the room.
There you are!
011 CUT TO: Interior, TTR, ADRIC's side of the room.
ADRIC jumps up just as a net is launched toward him, still
holding the open laptop, still furiously typing away. He
jumps to one side; the net misses him and instead envelopes
TURLOUGH, who was standing behind him. ADRIC hits the
floor, and his laptop goes skidding out of his hands and
across the floor.
(Watching laptop skid away)
012 CUT TO: Close-up, laptop
A sale order can be clearly seen on the screen, awaiting a
final command to be entered.
013 CUT TO: Interior, TTR
ADRIC tries to reach for the distant laptop...
Come out, Adric. Now!
More bullets. ADRIC retracts his arm out of harm's way just
in time, then rolls away.
014 CUT TO: Interior, ADRIC's side of the room.
ADRIC dives behind an upturned table, behind which are CHRIS
and FITZ, neither of whom are pleased to see him.
Hey, get away from us!
ADRIC ignores them; he is concentrated on trying to get to
There is a clink, then something hard hits the upturned
015 CUT TO: A close-up of the floor in front of table.
A grenade with the pin pulled sits there.
016 CUT TO: FITZ and CHRIS trying frantically to get away.
The grenade explodes, sending FITZ and CHRIS flying against
the wall. ADRIC is flung another direction, even farther
away from his laptop.
017 CUT TO: Close-up of PSYCHO NYSSA.
Adric, this is no time to make things difficult
018 CUT TO: Close-up of ADRIC.
He is behind another upturned table, looking across the
019 CUT TO: ADRIC's POV
The laptop is still there. The sale order is still visible.
020 CUT TO: Close-up of ADRIC
ADRIC takes a deep breath, and makes a running dash towards
021 CUT TO: PSYCHO NYSSA's POV
PSCYHO NYSSA cuts away with a volley of automatic weapons
fire as ADRIC sprints across the room. The ground and the
walls explode behind him, but he is just fast enough to be
in front of her wave. He reaches another piece of cover and
022 CUT TO: Close-up of ADRIC.
Just a little more...
ADRIC jumps in the laptop's direction.
023 CUT TO: PSYCHO NYSSA's POV
She pumps another volley at ADRIC.
024 CUT TO: Slow-motion, ADRIC jumping towards the camera.
Bullet holes are now impacting him. His clothes are being
torn apart. Blood starts to fly.
025 CUT TO: Close-up, the TTR floor.
ADRIC hits the ground and slides, his side a scarlet mess.
Nevertheless, he slides towards his laptop. With his last
strength, he reaches forth with one hand...
026 CUT TO: Close-up, keyboard of laptop.
A bloody hand reaches forth, and presses the ENTER key.
027 CUT TO: The laptop display screen.
The screen changes. The words "ORDER ACCEPTED" appear on
028 CUT TO: ADRIC, from behind laptop.
He is looking at the screen.
Then, ADRIC dies.
029 CUT TO: Camera High angle.
A bloody and bullet-ridden ADRIC can be seen, with one hand
resting on the laptop. The words "SALE EXECUTED" can be
clearly seen as the camera pulls back. Some of the regulars
start to gather around the target of the carnage as the
$12.00 a trade. Real-time quotes.
24-Hour Customer Service.
030 FADE TO BLACK
Express Yourself. TD Waterhouse.
Then a card appears on the screen:
11 January 2000