Disclaimer: I don't own Marvel, or its characters, or any of its other trademarks. Nobody sue me, I'm already in debt.

Author's Note: This screenplay was written as part of ScriptFrenzy as I had no better idea of what I could write to make the page count. I won with 126 pages, but the story isn't done yet. But instead of making promised people wait, I will upload approximately three scenes at a time for your reading pleasure.

The universe that I've decided to write this one in is sort of a mash up between comics, the movieverse, Evolution, and the latest X-men Cartoon. It makes the continuity confusing, but trust me, it'll all work out. It does in my mind!

And further apologies for the format of this, it's the best I could do. It looked better in Celtex.


Ghosts, Act I, Scene i to iii

SCENE 1: SCOTT'S APARTMENT

A man is lying on the floor at foot of a bed. The man is unshaven and unconscious, wearing red sunglasses on. He wakes up slowly and groans as he looks around from the floor. He notices vomit on himself and around the apartment. The one bedroom apartment is older, from the 1970's, and is furnished with just a bed, chair, and a TV. Mountains of cardboard take out are piled in the kitchen. The man rolls over, gets up on his hands and knees before bracing self on bed to stand up. Man is unsteady on his feet as he staggers to the bathroom.

Bathroom is covered in grime from not being cleaned in a long time. Man looks at himself in mirror, shakes head, and pulls off shirt and drops it on the floor.

SCOTT
(shakes head and mumbles)
Scott, Scott...

Scott takes off the rest of his clothes and jumps into the shower where the shower curtain is ripped. Scott gets out of the shower, picks up a razor by sink, and then puts it down. Scott leans with both hands on the sink with a cracked supporting cabinet and looks at himself in the mirror.

SCOTT
What happened last night, Scott? You had a few too many again? Do you even know how to control yourself anymore?

Scott takes a step back, looks around the bathroom, shakes his head, and heads toward kitchen with a towel wrapped around midsection. Scott grabs a few boxes lying on the counter and shakes them and inspects them for food. Nothing is found and Scott goes to the fridge and opens it. The fridge is full of beer and various other alcohol and juices. Condiments are noted but not any real food is present. Scott pulls out a beer bottle, opens it in the handle of the drawer, and takes a sip. He opens the top freezer compartment and pulls out waffles throws them in a toaster. When the waffles are ready Scott goes back to sit in the chair in front of the TV. Scott turns it on and begins to flip through the channels.

- - -

SCENE 2: STRANGE DREAMS IN THE MANSION

Night time. A woman with black skin and bright white hair is sleeping in a bed. She is sleeping restlessly in bed. The woman wakes up suddenly and breaths quickly. The woman lies still for a few moments and then sits up. She crosses her legs under the blankets, puts her elbows on her knees, and places her head in her hands, and sighs.

ORORO
(whispered)
Jean... You're haunting my dreams.

Ororo gets out of bed and wanders down to the kitchen from the dorms. She begins making herself a cup of tea. Ororo looks out the window and sees Logan smoking a cigar outside the kitchen window on the back deck, and shakes her head.

Ororo is startled by a burst of smoked and sound as Kurt teleports into the kitchen as well.

KURT
(surprised)
Good to know I'm not the only person who can't sleep tonight.

ORORO
(chuckles)
With Logan smoking outside we are quite the crowd.

KURT
(raises eyebrows)
Oh?

ORORO
(holds up her mug)
Would you care for a cup of tea?

KURT
Ja bitte.

Kurt sits on a kitchen chair with both legs hunched under him and hands on either side of his feet.

ORORO
(turns back and fusses with a kettle and mug)
If I may ask, what's keeping you up tonight?

KURT
(sighs)
Nightmares.

Ororo raises her eyebrows, but keeps her back turned to Kurt. She continues to make Kurt a cup of tea.

ORORO
(cautiously)
What kind of nightmares?

LOGAN
The exploding kind.

Ororo and Kurt jump in their place and turn to face Logan standing at the glass door leading outside deck from the kitchen.

ORORO
Logan, I didn't hear you come in. You startled us.

KURT
Ja dude, it's rude to sneak up on people.

Logan rolls his eyes and looks seriously at Ororo.

LOGAN
It's why you're awake too, though, isn't it Ororo?

Ororo nods.

ORORO
Yes. I've had them off and on since Jean...

LOGAN
Died.

KURT
(protestingly)
Hey, you don't know that.

Logan glares at Kurt.

LOGAN
How do I not know

KURT
Well, because...

Logan raises an eyebrow

LOGAN
...because?

Kurt shifts in the chair uncomfortably.

KURT
Because we don't know what really happened, and because the Professor's still alive and we found him, so there's still a chance we could still find Jean alive...

LOGAN
In case you haven't noticed Fuzzy, we're the X-men, we ain't that lucky.

KURT
But--

Ororo annoyingly places her cup down on the counter and takes a step toward Kurt and Logan. Ororo raises her arms

ORORO
Gentlemen please, let us not be arguing this time of night.

Logan crosses his arms over his chest at the door and Kurt looks in the opposite direction of Logan.

ORORO
Would you like a cup of tea as well Logan?

Logan walks up to the fridge and opens the fridge door.

LOGAN
No thanks.

Logan pulls out a beer, opens in and takes a sip before shutting the fridge door and taking a seat at the kitchen table.

ORORO
What is troubling you Logan?

Logan takes another sip of beer.

LOGAN
Nothing.

Kurt rolls his eyes.

KURT
Pfft, whatever dude.

Logan slams his beer bottle down on the table and glares at Kurt.

LOGAN
No one asked you, Fuzzy.

Kurt glares at Logan.

KURT
No one has to, Logan.

ORORO
(sternly)
Gentlemen, that is enough. What is wrong with you two?

Kurt and Logan continue to glare at each other.

KURT & LOGAN
(annoyed)
Nothing.

Logan takes a cool sip of his beer.

ORORO
(sternly and impatiently)
Can we get off this tangent and back to why we are all awake and coincidentally have the same nightmare so we can all get back to sleep?

Kurt breaks the glare from Logan and looks at Ororo quizzically.

KURT
You think it could be more than coincidence?

ORORO
I don't know Kurt, but I wouldn't want to rule anything out. What do you think Logan?

Logan takes a long drink from his beer bottle.

LOGAN
If you're looking for a sign of hope, don't. Even if you can raise the morale 'round here with just a hint that Jean and Charlie might be alive and things can go back to normal you're gonna bring the whole place down hard when you find a shred of evidence that the Prof and Jean are dead.

KURT
(hesitantly)
So you do believe in the possibility of Jean still being alive.

LOGAN
(annoyed and defensively)
I never said that.

KURT
Aww, come on, why do you have to be such a buzz kill?

ORORO
He has a point, Kurt.

KURT
I know, but that we're all here because of the same--

LOGAN
--similar.

KURT
--same nightmare has to mean something.

Ororo and Logan say nothing and silence ensues for several minutes. Logan gets up slowly from the kitchen table, takes his empty beer bottle, and places it next to the fridge on the kitchen counter. He opens the fridge door, takes two more beer bottles from the fridge, and keeps his back turned to Kurt and Ororo.

LOGAN
(calmly)
Don't connect the dots where there aren't any dots to be connected.

Logan walks out of the kitchen and towards his room in the dorms. Kurt watches Logan leave the kitchen and then looks at Ororo.

KURT
(pleadingly )
Ororo?

ORORO
(sighs)
I don't know what to say Kurt. Something doesn't feel right, and I can't place my finger on it. These events are too suspicious to simply let the subject lie, but still not enough evidence to draw valid conclusions.

Ororo sighs again and then looks at Kurt.

ORORO
I think, however, it is time we try to get some sleep before the morning arrives. I have a Danger Room session to participate in at 08h00.

Ororo nods at Kurt and places her mug in the kitchen sink. Ororo then makes her way to her room in the dormitories. Kurt continues to sit on all fours on the chair at the kitchen and looks out the window at the full moon.

KURT
(whispers)
I have faith in you Jean...

SCENE 3: WALKING THE PLANK

On a skyscraper roof top located beside a bank, two figures are seen fighting. One has a staff, a body suit that covers the neck and leaves crown of head and face open, a black back pack filled with gear. The other figures has a red and black body suit with a face mask, two utility belts crossed over the chest, two swords drawn, and a machine gun strapped to his back.

Wade attacks with one sword.

WADE
Avarst! Get thee away mangy thief! This bank is Captain Deadpool's to plunder!

Remy deflects the sword attack with his staff and counter attacks.

REMY
Gambit don't think so. Gambit got here first, oui? Oui. So this bank is Gambit's to steal from.

Wade evades staff attack by side stepping and then lunges at Remy with his other sword.

WADE
Yar! Captain Deadpool gave ye an order! Make yourself scarce petty pick pocket!

REMY
Captain? Y'got problems Deadpool.

Remy side steps the lunge, crouches, and then attacks Wade's leg with his staff. Wade back flips to avoid Remy's low attack, holds guard up with swords and begins to circle around Remy.

WADE
Captain Deadpool knows. Captain Deadpool would have less of a problem if ye would just abandon ship.

Remy also holds his guard up and circles in the same direction as Wade.

REMY
Like Gambit said, he got here first, you pick a different bank before the window of opportunity disappears.

Wade stops circling, slumps his shoulders, hangs his head, and stomps his food.

WADE
(whines)
But daddy! I was hired to steal from this bank. I gotta steal from this bank. Just this once daddy? Please? Pretty please?

Remy continues to hold his guard. He stops circling, and looks seriously at Wade.

REMY
(seriously)
...No.

Wade sighs and keeps his head hung for a moment. He quickly looks up at Remy, grins, and throws an explosive device.

WADE
Avarst ye!

Remy dives out of the way of the incoming explosive. As the device explodes Remy gets back onto his feet and puts up his guard again.

REMY
We playin' a different game now, ain? Nice to tell Gamibt that the rules have changed.

WADE
It's a dog eat dog world matey!

Wade begins to charge at Remy. Remy reaches behind to his bag, pulls out three playing cards, and charges them.

REMY
Two can play that game, mon ami.

Remy throws his charged cards at Wade. A card lands and explodes in front of Wade, causing him to rock backwards. Wade catches himself and shakes his fist at Remy.

WADE
Ye scurvy dog!

Wade sheathes his sword and pulls a gun from a back holster.

WADE
Feel the wrath of Captain Deadpool's musket!

Wade starts firing gun and Remy rolls out of the way of the gunfire.

REMY
Oh sure, mon ami, draw attention to us before we even get to break into the bank. This goin' real well.

WADE
Captain Deadpool doesn't need to sneak in! Captain Deadpool is invincible!

Wade continues to fire his gun at Remy in a random pattern. Remy continues to roll out of the gun fire's range.

REMY
(mumbles to himself)
Unfortunately for the rest of us.

REMY
(calls out to Wade)
Eh! Mon ami! I don't really care what you are, but maybe the MRD might take some interest. You should leave them a callin' card!

Wade continues to shoot towards Remy sporadically around the rooftop.

WADE
Captain Deadpool is fearless! MRD are rats beneath my feet!

Wade laughs maniacally and continues random shooting with his automatic gun. The gun runs out of bullets and Wade is still holding the trigger producing a clicking sound.

WADE
(running out of breath)
Ahaha... Haha... Aha... Ha.

Remy shakes head and then turns himself around to lift his head carefully over the edge of the rooftop's shed.

REMY
(calls out)
You done giving our position away?

WADE
(contemplating)
Hmm...

Wade takes his finger off the trigger and shakes the gun several times before dropping it.

WADE
Nay!

Wade pulls out three explosive devices and throws them in Remy's direction.