by May Melfis
A man is challenged by a child to research the end of the world.
EXT. NEW YORK - DAY - SPRING (2011)
INT. OUTSIDE COLLEGE CLASSROOM - DAY
(Talking on phone while opening door)
It's ok...yes...Don't worry about it, it's only Professor Horace's class. (exits)
As student opens door a booming voice that sounds irritated is heard through the door. More students spill out after STUDENT exit's.
INT. INSIDE COLLEGE CLASSROOM - DAY
The room is almost empty now. There is a man about fifty years of age gathering his notes at the front of the classroom. He finally puts them in his bag. Turns around to leave through another door on the backside. A FEMALE STUDENT walks over to HORACE stopping a few feet from him.
(still walking towards door)
(chases after him keeping her distance)
The notes on section three part five- (cut off by HORACE)
(opens door, steps out, does not turn around)
Is on my web site. (door shutting)
Thank y-(door slams shut)
EXT. streets of new york - DAY
HORACE takes out a cigar, lights it and keeps walking.
Checks his watch. It reads five o'clock.
Ext. STREETS OF NEW YORK - DUSK
Horace goes into a shop and buys bottled water. He opens it and starts drinking. Then he bumps into a KID about nine years of age. HORACE drops his cigar.
For crying out loud!
Pardon mister. Would you like a pamphlet?
HORACE stares off at the place where he dropped his cigar.
A pamphlet sir?
( cigar rolls away falling off the curb)
Tell your parents you owe me a cigar.
He is about to walk away and almost runs into a seemingly poor strange woman.
WOMAN ( This woman is obviously the KID's mother, for she puts her hands on his shoulders.)
Is it not enough that the world is short of expiring, while you go on and slowly commit suicide in public? (nods where cigar fell)
I'll commit it much faster without that cigar.
Turns around begins to walk.
It is not too late for a sinner like you to be saved!
HORACE is now farther away but within hearing distance. He spins around when he hears her and slowly walks her way.
Is that so? Tell me then, when has your precious god told you the exact expiration date of this earth?
The Mayan calender ends on the twelfth day of the twelfth mo-
(is cut off by HORACE)
Dear boy! You base the end of the world on such nonsense?
The end of days is also predicted in the Bible. You cannot deny this.
The calender has been established ages before we were born! They were probably smarter than you!
The apocalypse is in the future of those who believe in christianity, therefore they must believe that the world's death will come about in a certain way. And even then, the Bible does not state the specific date of the 'end of days'. (to kid) As for you. I will prove you wrong boy. Wait for December twelfth 2012. And if we are all still alive by then, you shall hear, my explanation.
Be gone! And may God save thee!
Horace is about to retort but mother and son are too quick, and have already turned the corner.
INT. HORACE'S HALLWAY - NIGHT
In the hallway a grandfather clock announces eight o'clock. HORACE comes into the hallway, he is wearing a robe holding a large mug of coffee in one hand. He goes into one of the rooms.
INT. HORACE'S LIBRARY - NGHT
There are ceiling high bookshelves on all four walls filled with various kinds of books. A large mahogany desk sits in the middle. At the far corner of the desk is a calender . It has APRIL printed in huge green letters with X's crossed over the tenth day. HORACE is wearing a pair of glasses, he looks tired. He appears entranced as he's skimming through a section at the end of the Bible and there are notes all around him. HORACE sighs and rubs his eyes.He puts down the book and lights a cigarette. Unintentionally he stares at one of the bookshelves, his facial expression changes when he fixes his eyes on a book across the room. He goes to it and pulls it out, flips pages while slowly walking back to his desk. He starts taking more notes excitedly.
SERIES OF SHOTS
A) War images of the Crusades. (1095-1291)
B) Pulls another book out. Images of the Black Death (1320-1346)
C) He takes a quick glance at his watch. It reads two o'clock in the morning. HORACE grabs a marker and crosses out the eleventh day of April.
D) He holds a different colored mug to signify the next night. Pulls another book out. Images of the Seven Years War, the Russo-Turkish War, American Revolution, French Revolution.
E) Pulls another book out. Images of World War I, World War II, Vietnam, and Cold war (missiles and basements).
F) Grandfather clock in hallway announces the hour, he checks his watch, which reads three o'clock. HORACE crosses out the twelfth day of April.
G) HORACE holds a different mug signifying the next night.Takes out binder and looks through old newspaper clippings of the attacks on the Twin towers and the Pentagon. Bombings in Iraq.
HORACE VOICE OVER (calmly)
...look around you, the world has almost, since the beginning of time, slowly begun to end. Year by year decade by decade, every century, something will contribute to what you call the end of days. There has been bloodshed in every corner of this earth. Nature has the ability to destroy itself and in the process end man's life as well, like man can destroy himself and the land he walks upon. Therefore, our world will not cease to be on December 12th 2012. The world does not just stop and end immediately as if it was scheduled...
H) Images of the destruction left in Haiti by the 7.0 earthquake.
I) The grandfather clock announces the hour. HORACE glances at his watch. It reads twelve o'clock. He stands up, reaches over and turns off his desk lamp.
HORACE VOICE OVER (continued)
...It ends gradually, in time.