TITLE CARD: All children are survivors. If they weren't; there would be no adults. FADE OUT. EXT. THE SCHOOL - DAY A group of adults, pull back as ZOMBIES attack them, they try to protect their kids from the onslaught as they are over run by zombies. Blood splatters against the steps in front of the school, screams echo out. No one can help them. MRS. ROBSON stares at the carnage from the doors. MR. CONNERS comes up behind her and pulls her out of the way. Zombies approach the doors. SOPHIE - a student - is behind them, she can see the death outside, terror on her face. SOPHIE Don't leave them! Her words are lost as Mr. Conners pulls the doors closed with a crash, just before zombies brace themselves against it. CUT TO: INT. THE SCHOOL, HEAD MASTER'S OFFICE - DAY Close on a phone. A man's shaking hand as he holds onto the desk. MR. CONNERS (O.S.) No, do you have any idea what is happening out there? We follow up the phone cord toward Mr. Conners as he screams down the line. Behind him we can see a group of children and another teacher. MR. CONNERS (CONT'D) Then what are we supposed to do? I already told you, we tried to get there, as soon as we opened the doors, they rushed us. Those people. I know for a fact they killed at least one person... I don't care if its happening anywhere else, its happening here! What about the children? Yes, not everyone got left outside, we have... Conners instinctively waves toward the kids and does a mental count. At the back of the room, MS ROBSON the form teacher tries to calm down the children; BRANDON, 14, The oldest boy. He holds onto his little sister: LINDSEY, 7, who in turn holds onto her friend, JULIE, 6, Who shakes with fear. SOPHIE, 13, The oldest girl. She keeps to herself as she rocks herself for comfort. SEAN, 10, Takes in his surroundings, looking toward the windows, almost trying to keep vigil over the other kids. Behind him SALLY, 10, and CALLUM, 9, sit together in shock, focusing on MS Robson's face as she tries to talk them into a calm. And TOMMY, 5, The youngest, just lies on his side sucking his thumb, his eyes glued to Mr. Conners on the phone. MR. CONNERS (CONT'D) Eight of them, and another teacher as well. No, the rest were outside when the doors closed. I don't know how many. Everyone scattered!... I know, so... We... Excuse me?... Wait for what? You're the police, that's why I am calling. Procedure? Yes, I've barred the doors, but I can hear them trying to get in, send someone over now. How safe can it be? No... I... Please? Please come here. Yes we're a priority... Everywhere? Everywhere. But the children... I. Right, I... I... Outside of the head master's room is a main hallway which runs the length of the school. At the end the doors are locked and figures beat their bodies slowly against them, their shapes bouncing on the glass. Mr. Conners sighs and takes a moment. In the silence, we can hear the zombies banging themselves against the doors and windows. Echoing down the hall. MS. ROBSON (O.S.) Well... He hangs up. The children all sit and wait. Mr. Conners crouches before them and holds his hands out, at a loss. MR. CONNERS ... OK Children, Ms. Robson, I've spoken to the authorities. And whatever is happening, is happening all over. We are not alone. And we won't be alone. They'll come here and get us as soon as they can. They just... There is a lot going on. With the train crash last night and now this. But regardless, I want you all to try and keep calm. I know its scary. But we're safe inside here. And we just need to keep to ourselves and wait... And we'll be fine... OK? The children nod and agree, keeping strong for their teachers. Brandon looks over to Sophie and puts his hand on her shoulder. She tries to smile back at him, but doesn't manage more than a smirk. She looks out toward the windows, uneasy. FADE TO BLACK. CREDITS ROLL AS THE NEXT FEW SCENES MONTAGE INT. THE SCHOOL, CAFETERIA - EVENING The teachers safeguard the children as they all eat together in the cafeteria, the room is intended for a lot more than just 10 people. They look small huddled at the table. INT. THE SCHOOL, MAIN HALLWAY - NIGHT Ms. Robson takes the girls into the ladies toilets while Mr. Conners takes his group into the boys. Keeping everyone together. INT. THE SCHOOL, HEAD MASTER'S OFFICE - NIGHT The teachers put together some make shift beds, for the kids to sleep on in the office. Taking some cloth from the other rooms. They make sure to tuck Tommy in. TOMMY Thank you. INT. THE SCHOOL, MAIN HALLWAY - THE NEXT DAY The kids all play with Ms. Robson, kicking a ball around in the hallway while Mr. Conners looks out of a side window. Watching a few of the mysterious figures walk around. They have blood on them and Mr. Conners is terrified. At the main doors, he checks the chains are tight. When he looks out the window here, he can see blood and bodies on the ground, including some of the other kids who were killed when they first opened the doors. He sighs. INT. THE SCHOOL, HEAD MASTER'S OFFICE - EVENING They have pulled a TV into the room and they all watch the news report that a train has derailed near the edge of town (This shows the town from an aerial standpoint, its a small town of about 2000 people) NEWS REPORTER (Indistinct) --Overwhelmed. First reports suggest this infection may have been caused by this tragic train derailment which led to the loss of an estimated 200 lives. The MOD has issued a statement that this string of violence is in fact nationwide and these individuals do appear to be infected with some sort of disease or virus. They're calling it a pandemic. Pictures are pouring in from other cities which highlight similar scenes of chaos. In this harrowing time, remember, viewers are urged to stay in doors and keep away from windows. As the screen turns to even more images of violence and devastation from across the whole country, Mr. Conners nods to Ms. Robson to turn it off. They put on some SpongeBob. The kids all stare at it without one smile. At the back of the room, Brandon sits beside Sophie, her face drained of color. He tries to put his arm around her but she shrugs him off. She looks away. INT. THE SCHOOL, HEAD MASTER'S OFFICE - THE NEXT DAY Sophie stands before Mr. Conners. Behind them, Tommy plays with a ball, hitting it against the wall and catching it. SOPHIE - But if they did? MR. CONNERS I promise, we're safe here. We have to believe that or- Tommy's ball bounces into the hallway. INT. THE SCHOOL, MAIN HALLWAY Tommy chases a ball down into the hallway and he can hear the banging, getting louder at the doors and windows. Curious, he approaches the noise at the window. It's just above his head height. Tommy gets closer and puts his hand on the window sill. He tries to pull himself up - just as one of those things faces comes into view - Mr. Conners pulls him back. Back in the office, Sophie steps back and away. INT. THE SCHOOL, HEAD MASTER'S OFFICE - DAY Mr. Conners come in with a few cricket bats and hockey sticks. This draws looks from the room. MR. CONNERS Just in case... LINDSEY In case of what? SOPHIE What do you think? He drops the bats and things on the floor with a clatter. INT. THE SCHOOL, CAFETERIA - DAY The cafeteria is empty and the cupboards in the kitchen spread out and open. Large windows in here have shapes beating against them. INT. THE SCHOOL, HEAD MASTER'S OFFICE - EVENING The kids now eat in the office. Mr. Conners looks out the window again, there is more of them people wandering around. Some of the bodies are gone... Still no sign of police. He looks grimly to Ms. Robson. She nods. SALLY (O.S.) I don't know. They are taking real good care of us, I guess. I miss you. Why can't you come get me? They told us to wait too. Yeah, I saw on the TV the roads are closed. But can't-Yeah.Oh, Andy's OK? Good. INT. THE SCHOOL, HEAD MASTER'S OFFICE - EVENING The kids are taking turns on the phone. Mr. Conners taps his watch. Sally nods. SALLY OK, well, I have to go now. We're taking turns. see you soon too. Goodnight. She hangs up the phone. Mr. Conners dials for Tommy and he steps up to the phone, near tears. TOMMY Mommy? Take me home. I don't want to be here anymore. INT. THE SCHOOL, MAIN HALLWAY - THE NEXT DAY Mr. Conners takes the kids to the bathroom and tries the light switch - but nothing happens. He sighs. INT. THE SCHOOL, CAFETERIA - EVENING We see the doors to the refrigerator wide open, things strewn across the ground. No noise coming from it. INT. THE SCHOOL, HEAD MASTER'S OFFICE - NIGHT The kids all eat from a box of defrosting food by candle light. Ms. Robson tries the phone and shakes her head at Mr. Conners. He watches the kids a moment and puts his head in his hands. Sophie sits at the back of the room. Brandon takes some food to her and offers it. She takes it reluctantly. Still in a state of depression and shock. INT. THE SCHOOL, MAIN HALLWAY - THE NEXT DAY The noises at the door are even louder now. Mr. Conners stands looking toward the door, and then the windows. The ZOMBIES are now at the windows full-time, rubbing their bodies against the glass. He has a chance to look them over. They are clearly dead. He doesn't know what to do. MS. ROBSON Still the same? Ms. Robson stands behind him. He turns to her gravely. MR. CONNERS Miss Johnson is at the door... I saw her die last week. INT. THE SCHOOL, HEAD MASTER'S OFFICE - EVENING Ms. Robson recoils into the room, upset. Sean and Callum are fighting about something, hitting at each other and a Nintendo 3DS slides across the floor. Ms. Robson grabs them both by the collar and pulls them back. MS. ROBSON You two! Stop it now! Stop acting like a couple of spoiled brats! I can't take it! MR. CONNERS Calm down! Ms. Robson... Emily! It's OK. Kids, listen... Mr. Conners stoops down and pulls the kids close. Ms. Robson walks off to tend to the other kids, holding back her tears of frustration. SEAN We're sorry. Callum shoots a look like 'speak for yourself!' MR. CONNERS It's OK. She's not mad at you. We're all a bit frayed... This is all going on a lot longer than we expected, its just... A hard time. You kids have to be brave. We have to be tolerant of each other. TOMMY What's tolerant? MR. CONNERS It means we keep each other together, Tommy. We're all friends here, right? We're all going to keep each other safe. JULIE Mr. Conners, is anyone ever coming? MR. CONNERS Of course they are, Julie. Of course they are. We just stay here for now. Can you kids all be brave? For me and Ms. Robson? SEAN AND CALLUM Yes, Mr. Conners... The kids all kind of nod in agreement. Sophie keeps to herself in the corner on a bed. Her face in folded arms. FADE TO BLACK. MR. CONNERS (V.O.) Everything will be fine. SMASH CUT: THE SOUND OF GLASS BREAKING INT. THE SCHOOL, HEAD MASTER'S OFFICE - DAY Mr. Conners wakes and scrambles to his feet. He eases into the hallway. Wanting to not be noticed. A few zombies have broken their way into the building and are falling in from the waist high broken glass, lifting themselves back up as they pile in on top of one another. One of them has been bisected by the weight of the others on it and its upper torso still crawls towards the survivors. Mr. Conners quickly closes the door and locks it. Stands back from it. BRANDON What's happening? MR. CONNERS Nothing. Go back to bed. BRANDON Bullshit. MR. CONNERS Watch your tone, Mr. Campbell. MS. ROBSON What do we do? MR. CONNERS OK. Children. They're inside the building. The kids start to get upset, Mr. Conners turns to the room, his back to the door, holds his arms out, trying to shush them. MR. CONNERS (CONT'D) But we're safe in here. It's OK. Everyone just keep calm. We're- A bang at the door. Everyone eyes it. Lindsey hides her face and Julie holds her. Very slow banging now. Trying to get in. MR. CONNERS (CONT'D) No, it's still OK. MR. CONNERS (CONT'D) Children, listen. This door is locked. They don't have the key. So, we'll be fine. It's OK. The kids scream. A zombie appears in the window beside the door. Mr. Conners quickly pulls the shade down to hide it. It beats softly on the glass. MR. CONNERS (CONT'D) It's OK, it's OK... They'll realize they can't get in and they'll move on. We just need to wait. Everyone looks uneasily at each other. INT. THE SCHOOL, HEAD MASTER'S OFFICE - LATER The kids try to read books or talk to one another but the banging at the door is more frequent now. More outside, coming in. Mr. Conners and Ms. Robson shoot each other questioning looks. Fear, hiding it for the kids. Sophie watches them intently. She knows. Sally stands forward. SALLY I need to go to the bathroom. The two adults look unsure of what to do. INT. THE SCHOOL, HEAD MASTER'S OFFICE - MOMENTS LATER Sally is behind the desk, peeing into a bowl. The other kids look either grossed out or find it funny, but the adults keep them from acting up. She finishes and looks bashful. MS. ROBSON It's OK, sweetie. It's nothing to be embarrassed about. Mr. Conners takes the bowl and reaches up high, opening the thin-slit windows at the end of the room and pours it outside. SEAN Throw it on them things. MR. CONNERS Ha. I'll try, Sean. Anyone else? Reluctantly, Tommy, Julie and even Ms. Robson (bashfully) lift their hands. MR. CONNERS (CONT'D) OK... Number one? Julie puts her hand down... There is a collective groan in the room. EXT. THE SCHOOL - EVENING Another pot of urine is thrown out the small slat window. We see it land on the ground ten or so feet below. A couple of zombies mill around. We also see this window borders onto a small roof. INT. THE SCHOOL, HEAD MASTER'S OFFICE - NIGHT The banging is worse and there are small cracks forming at the edges of the plaster work and glass around the window. A chair is propped against the handle of the door now, as it keeps being pressed down. It's a matter of time. One way or another. Mr. Conners whispers to Ms. Robson. Sophie watches them from across the room, suspicious. MS. ROBSON (Quietly) I couldn't. We need to wait. MR. CONNERS (Quietly) You've seen what those things can do. They'll tear these kids apart. MS. ROBSON I couldn't live with myself. MR. CONNERS We may not have to, Emily... He reaches into his desk and pulls out a small flask. He hands it to her. She nods and takes a swig. Chokes quietly. She looks around the room. At the kids. Some trying to read or play little board games with each other. Some trying to sleep. MS. ROBSON ... When? INT. THE SCHOOL, HEAD MASTER'S OFFICE - LATER By candle light, the kids are all in their beds on the floor and Mr. Conners has a small treat. To drown out the sound of the zombies, he's putting up a little radio, the batteries have just enough juice to let them put some music on. They put some soothing music on. MR. CONNERS This should make it easier to go to sleep, guys. LINDSEY Mr. Conners... Are people really coming for us? MR. CONNERS Of course they are. I'm sure everything is going to be fine. Just go to sleep, and keep your strength up. The kids are all listening, uneasy. LINDSEY Really? Before those things get in here? MR. CONNERS Yes. Lindsey, tomorrow... Will be a brighter day. I promise. LINDSEY OK. Thank you... Good night Julie. JULIE Good night Lindsey. The two girls hold each others hand a moment and turn to go to sleep. Ms. Robson, fights tears, but the two adults are unsteady from drinking. Mr. Conners presses his hand to Lindsey's head. MR. CONNERS Go to sleep now. It's OK. INT. THE SCHOOL, MAIN HALLWAY - NIGHT The hallway is now full of zombies who are slowly piling on the door and window to the office and it is partly giving way. The sounds of the music echoing down the halls. FADE TO BLACK. INT. THE SCHOOL, HEAD MASTER'S OFFICE - LATER The music has stopped and beside the banging there is some mild rustling noises. Sophie lazily opens her eyes. The scene comes into focus. The teachers are smothering the children. She scrambles up with a start. SOPHIE Brandon! Wake up! Brandon comes to and sees what is happening, Ms. Robson has a pillow over Lindsey's face. He sees red and dives forward. BRANDON What th - Get off my sister! Brandon grabs Robson from behind and swings her around and off Lindsey. She falls back and hits her face against the desk, splitting open her cheek, knocking her out. Brandon pulls the pillow off of Lindsey's face and asks her if she is OK. She's crying and sputtering. LINDSEY What's happening?! MR. CONNERS You don't know what you're doing! Mr. Conners back hands Brandon, knocking him back. Sophie dives up into action and pushes Conners down with all of her body weight. Sally and Callum all get up and get on top of him as well, all screaming in fright. Sean stays in bed, watching, frozen. SOPHIE Sean, help me! Sean gets up but just stands there. Conners is on his back, held down. He fights to get up. Lindsey moves over to Julie to help her. MR. CONNERS I don't want to hurt you! Brandon picks something up and scrambles over to see Lindsey crying, holding Julie in bed - her eyes open, staring. She's been smothered to death. LINDSEY Julie isn't waking up! Why won't she wake up? Everyone goes quiet a moment. There is a collective stun in the room. MR. CONNERS Get off me! They will come in here, and they will kill us all! Don't you unders- Brandon swings a hockey stick down in a wide arc. Slamming it into Mr. Conner's face. With one bloody crunch, he's dead. The kids all stare in disbelief. SOPHIE Jesus, Brandon, what...?! BRANDON I... Had to! LINDSEY (O.S.) Julie, wake up, wake up Julie, please. Don't go. SALLY Oh my god! SEAN What do we do? They all turn to Lindsey. Holding Julie's body. Then look to Brandon. Tears streak some of their faces. Sophie is just stunned, mouth agape. She doesn't even notice the splash of blood on her face. Brandon pants and looks around, dazed. The banging at the door brings Brandon back to reality. He scans the room hastily. The teachers, dead? Those things at the door. The window... BRANDON ... We... Have to leave. Now. Get your backpacks... Do it! All of you! He accentuates do it, launching the kids into motion. Sophie reaches under one of the beds and pulls Tommy up off the ground. He's been covering his face and sucking his thumb. As she grabs him, he squeals. SOPHIE It's OK, it's me, you're OK. You're OK. She shields his eyes and holds him close. Brandon thinks... BRANDON Ah Sh... Over here. Brandon reaches up and pulls himself through the thin window slit, barely fitting. EXT. THE SCHOOL, ROOF - NIGHT The window borders a small roof, Brandon pulls himself onto it and quickly looks around. The music is barely audiable out here. He gets on his knees and sticks his arm through the window. BRANDON Come on, I'll pull you up. INT. THE SCHOOL, HEAD MASTER'S OFFICE Sophie first lifts Tommy and Brandon pulls him up and out the window. She holds her hands out for Sean next. EXT. THE SCHOOL, ROOF Brandon pulls Sean up. Tommy and Sean both step up from the small roof onto the main flat top. Next Sally... They stand and hold each other together. Confused. INT. THE SCHOOL, HEAD MASTER'S OFFICE Sophie pushes Callum up to Brandon, leaving her alone in the room. Before she can take Brandon's hand herself, Ms. Robson reaches over and pulls her leg. Her face covered in blood. Sophie kicks her off. MS. ROBSON You can't leave me. Don't go. Please. We took care of you. Please... Sophie stares her down. Anger flashing across her face. EXT. THE SCHOOL, ROOF Brandon helps Sophie onto the roof and leads her up onto the flat top. BRANDON You OK? You've got some... He touches his face. She realizes he means she has blood on her face. She wipes it off nervously, not wanting to look at her own hand. Brandon turns to the others. The kids all stand together in the dark. With no electricity, the city is pitch black and silent. The occasional moan and groan breaking the dull. BRANDON (CONT'D) Hello! He shouts into the night. No response. BRANDON (CONT'D) Anyone, we need help, anyone?! Anyone? No answer. On all sides, the streets are a black haze. No lights. No people. Just those things. They all look to each other, wordless, and wait.
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