Ghosts, Act I, Scene vii and viii

SCENE 7: CAR CHASE PART 3

A young brown haired woman with clothes from GAP or American Eagle-esque style, is walking with a young blond haired man wearing denim and a plaid, lumberjack jacket. He looks unkempt in comparison to her. They are walking through one of the shopping districts in NYC late at night. Many people are still out, bustling about. The young woman is going from shop to shop looking through the windows excitedly. The young man looks a little bored and confused.

Samuel looks through the window of a bakery.

SAMUEL
Tell me again why we're window shopping after store hours?

KITTY
(matter of factly)
Like, so I can get some ideas for Piotr's birthday.

Samuel steps away from the bakery window and shakes his head.

SAMUEL
But it doesn't make any sense. Wouldn't you get better ideas if you could actually look in the stores?

Kitty moves to Samuel's side from the store he just walked past.

KITTY
I don't actually plan on buying in the stores, Sam. I'm going to get it online. I'm just here for ideas, and the best ones are always out on display. This way we don't have to deal with so many other people.

SAMUEL
(mutters)
Or get thrown out of all the stores.

KITTY
(suspiciously)
What did you say?

SAMUEL
(innocently)
Nothing.

Kitty points through a shop window.

KITTY
What do you think about that outfit?

Samuel looks in the direction Kitty is point, tilts his head to one side and has a critical expression on his face.

SAMUEL
I don't know Kitty. It's awfully...

KITTY
Metro? Fashionable? Trendy?

SAMUEL
I was gonna go with "gay".

Kitty glares at Samuel.

KITTY
(annoyed)
That' not a very nice thing to say.

Samuel shrugs.

SAMUEL
(cautiously)
I know he's an artist and all that, but there's an awful lot of pink and orange in that.

KITTY
So?

SAMUEL
(hesitates)
I'm just saying... I'd never wear anything like that. And I doubt any other male member of the X-men would either...

KITTY
(annoyed)
Well, it's a good thing we're not talking about any other male member of the X-men are we? We're shopping for Piotr.

Kitty turns around and stalks away to the window of the next shop. Samuel sighs in exasperation and runs to catch up with Kitty.

SAMUEL
How come you're putting so much effort into finding Piotr a birthday present? I mean, the guy's over the moon anytime anyone does anything nice for him, I'm sure he'd be happy with anything.

KITTY
Like, it's his birthday, and I just want to give him something special, you know?

SAMUEL
Every time you do something special for a guy's birthday it's 'cause you were dating Lance, Peter, Bobby, or Kurt...

Samuel stares at Kitty.

SAMUEL
(shocked)
Wait... Are you and Piotr dating?

Kitty sighs and looks away from Samuel.

KITTY
...I don't know. Like, I think we could be, but we haven't really talked about it... It feels so complicated talking about it and trying to explain it to people, but when it's just him and me, it's so simple. I... I just want to let him know how I feel, make the first move so that he can tell me how he feels? ...I just want to know, you know? That he feels the same. It would make my life a lot less stressful because then I could forget... forget a lot faster.

SAMUEL
You mean, forget Lance a lot faster?

Kitty turns to look at Sam with a shocked expression on her face.

KITTY
How...?

Samuel shrugs.

SAMUEL
I overheard some stuff the other day when he called and I just put two and two together. I mean, I know I look stupid, but give me some credit Kitty.

Kitty sighs and looks down at her feet. Tears start to well up in her eyes.

KITTY
I... I don't know what to say. Like, you probably think I'm so pathetic. After all these years, and with all of our differences, I still can't get over Lance.

Samuel reaches out and places a hand on Kitty's shoulder.

SAMUEL
Naw. It's--

Samuel is cut off by screaming and crashing sounds from up the street. A dark green Jeep 4x4 is racing up the street in a haphazard zigzag pattern. It drives through several clumps of people and runs them over. Samuel freezes in shock as the Jeep heads straight for him and Kitty.

Kitty grabs a hold around Samuel's midsection.

KITTY
Hold on!

Kitty phases Samuel and herself through the Jeep. Samuel starts shaking a little.

SAMUEL
(shocked)
What the hell?

KITTY
Sam, you're ok. I just phased us through.

Samuel nods. Kitty looks in the direction of the Jeep.

KITTY
Who was that?

SAMUEL
I don't know, I'll go find out.

Samuel powers up and flies after the Jeep as Kitty runs towards people that were run over up the street. As Samuel takes off he is knocked out and back by a psychic blast and into the side of a brick building causing it to crumble on top of an unconscious Samuel. Kitty continues and doesn't notice Samuel knocked out.

Kitty runs over to where a crowd of bystanders are gathering. Kitty shoulders past people to see a little boy run over and mangled on the ground. Kitty quickly looks away and into the crowd with a pained expression. Kitty spots X-23 in the crowd, also looking at the dead littleI boy. Kitty freezes and panics.

KITTY
Oh boy...

Kitty takes several deep breaths and continues to stare at X-23. When X-23 doesn't look at Kitty, Kitty relaxes. Kitty curiously looks at X-23 and notices she's not breaking her gaze on the dead boy. Kitty slowly starts to move through the crowd towards X-23. Kitty comes up behind X-23 and stands beside her, facing forward as if she doesn't know X-23. X-23 does not react and Kitty begins to look nervous.

X-23
(whispers)
Something's not right.

KITTY
(whispers)
You mean, besides the fact that the little boy's dead?

X-23 nods slowly.

X-23
Yes.

Kitty tilts her head a little and eyes X-23 up and down.

KITTY
We can't stay here.

X-23
I have no where else to go.

Kitty looks surprised and turns her head to look at X-23 who continues to look at the dead little boy. Kitty reaches out her hand to X-23's and grabs it gently. X-23 doesn't react.

KITTY
Let's go. There's nothing else we can do here.

X-23 nods and lets Kitty pull her away through the crowd away from the dead boy.

X-23
This is... not right.

Kitty shoulders her way through the crowd with X-23 in tow and looks over her shoulder briefly.

KITTY
We'll worry about that later.

Kitty and X-23 are walking back the way Kitty came, with Kitty still holding X-23's hand.

X-23
Where are we going?

KITTY
That Jeep came this way, Sam went to follow it, but I don't know how far he got, so we'll go the same way and maybe find something.

Kitty looks down the street. More people have been hit by the vehicle, as well as lamp posts, bus stops, and garbage bins.

X-23 points to a figure in a pile of bricks and rubble.

X-23
Is that him?

Kitty looks in the direction X-23 is point, drops her hands, and brings them to her face.

KITTY
Oh my god. Sam!

Kitty breaks out into a sprint towards Samuel's body. X-23 follows.

KITTY
Sam!

Kitty reaches Samuel, crouches down next to him, and starts removing debris off his body.

KITTY
Sam, wake up! What happened?

Samuel groans but doesn't move. X-23 crouches on other side of Samuel and helps to remove debris.

KITTY
(anxious)
C'mon Sam, you've got to wake up, we really need get going.

Once the debris has been removed X-23 reaches out and grab's Samuel's arm.

X-23
Do you want help to carry him?

Kitty stops moving and stares at X-23

KITTY
Carry him? How are we going to do that? Like, we're too short to carry him and he's way too heavy!

X-23
I can take most of his weight.

SAMUEL
(groans)
Wha?

Kitty looks unsure and bites her lip. X-23 uses the arm she has a hold of and rolls Samuel over onto his back and places one of his arms across her shoulders.

X-23
Take his other arm.

Kitty grabs Samuel's other arm and puts it around her shoulder.

X-23
Samuel Guthrie, stand up and walk. We must leave.

Samuel groans as X-23 and Kitty help get Samuel to his feet. He is mostly unsteady and unable to stand properly despite help. Kitty has difficulty holding Samuel up and grunts.

KITTY
Geeze Sam, you really need to lay off those Krispy Kreme donuts.

X-23 and Kitty start guiding Samuel to walk down the street and around a few corners to the nearest Subway station.

Samuel drifts in and out of consciousness and X-23 and Kitty attempt to walk Samuel down the subway stairs. At the bottom of the stairs Kitty points to a bench to place Samuel on. A handful of people are present at the subway terminal. X-23 and Kitty place Samuel on a bench and Kitty walks over to map and starts studying it.

X-23
Are you lost?

KITTY
(defensively)
No... But, like, I dont' usually use the subway at this time of day, or in this area, so I don't remember the right times and lines and connections.

X-23
Why did we have to leave the scene of the accident so quickly?

Kitty continues to study the transit map.

KITTY
(in a quieter tone)
New York imposed a new State law where the MRD have to respond to any emergency call. Doesn't matter if it's fire, paramedic, or police. We'd have the MRDy's on our tail if we stuck around, and we're in no shape to get out of that mess in a real hurry.

Kitty continues to search the map for several more minutes.

KITTY
There isn't a direct subway or bus route that goes back, so the closest we'll be able to get is here

Kitty points to a spot on the transit map.

KITTY
But it's not a far walk.

X-23
We are going to Xavier's Institute?

KITTY
Yeah. It's the safest place to be.

Kitty looks cautiously at X-23.

KITTY
I guess even with you there it's pretty safe.

The ground vibrates slightly and a train can be heard in the distance.

KITTY
This is our train.

X-23 nods. The few people who are in the subway terminal get up to make their way to the subway platform. Kitty goes back to the bench and puts Samuel's arm over her shoulder again and helps him get up and start walking towards the platform.

X-23
Is there no faster way?

KITTY
Oh sure, we could steal a car, but then we'd, like, really get noticed.

SAMUEL
(groaning)
I feel sick.

Kitty quickly lets go of Samuel's arm and jumps away. X-23 falters under the extra weight and being off balance.

KITTY
Like ew! Don't you dare puke on me.

People stare at Kitty, Samuel, and X-23 and give quizzical looks as they reach the platform. Kitty notices and looks a little nervous.

KITTY
(loudly, intended for the people in the subway to hear)
Sam, this is the last I'm going to put up with you getting drunk!

X-23
Samuel could require medical attention.

Kitty rolls her eyes.

KITTY
Whatever. Sam's invulnerable. I don't know what happened back there, but Sam's come through worse. Whatever happened to Sam, he'll be alright.

The subway is spotted up the tracks from the platform.

X-23
Help me carry him on. He has lost consciousness again.

Kitty makes a face.

KITTY
Fine.

Kitty nervously grabs Samuel's arm again and places it over her shoulders.

Kitty
Sam, you better keep your stomach contents to yourself.

X-23, Kitty, Samuel wait behind the yellow platform line until the subway stops. Samuel groans as they get on the subway, X-23 remains stoic and alert, and Kitty continues to look nervous as the subway leaves the platform.

- - -

SCENE 8: FLICKERING LIGHTS AND RUNNING FEET

Logan opens the door to his room with two beer bottles in hand: one bottle is 3/4 empty and the other is still full. He shuts the door and kicks off his shoes. Logan walks over to his arm chair situated across from the television in his room. He sits down and slouches a little and uses the television remote to switch the Tv on and put the volume on low. Logan starts watching Tv while taking sips of beer.

When he finishes the first bottle Logan grabs the second beer bottle and puts the lid between his teeth to open the bottle. As he turns the bottle between his teeth the lights in the hall and Logan's Tv flicker. Logan freezes with the bottle cap between his teeth and waits. He slowly turns his head and looks towards the hallway.

Someone walking quickly past in the hallway is heard outside of Logan's door and he slowly puts the beer bottle down and spits out the bottle cap. Logan crouches at the door. More steps are heard and seen from the light under the door. Logan sniffs a few times.

LOGAN
(softly)
No scent?

Logan extends the claws in his left hand and has it poised to strike. He places his right had on the door knob and waits. A few moments later Logan sees and hear another set of footsteps and opens the door quickly and rushes out.

LOGAN
AARRRGH!

Logan throws clawed hand out at a figure walking past.

KURT
WAH!!!

Kurt is totally shocked and surprised, and teleports onto a statue up the hallway. He holds a hand to his chest and pants with wide eyes.

KURT
(offended)
Geez Logan, if you were that mad at me, you don't think we could have talked about it?

Logan keeps his claws extended and relaxes a little. He looks slightly annoyed at Kurt.

LOGAN
What are you doing running around at this time of night?

KURT
Trying to find out who else is running around at this time of night.

LOGAN
(confused)
What do you mean "who else"?

Kurt climbs down from the statue and brushes himself off.

KURT
Well, I couldn't fall asleep and then I thought I heard someone walking around outside my door. When I went to go look who is was the lights flickered. I thought I heard them come down this way.

The lights flicker again. Logan brings out the claws on his other hand. Footsteps are heard on the stairs. Kurt and Logan look at each other before they run after the sound of footsteps. They find nothing and the lights keep flickering. Wolverine getting annoyed and angry, growls.

LOGAN
Kurt, teleport to the breakers and make sure they no one's tampering with them.

KURT
Where are you going?

LOGAN
(growls)
To track the intruder.

Logan takes off up the stairs at a run.

KURT
On it!

Kurt teleports.

Logan runs back up stairs to where he thinks the person went. He crouches low and sniffs the air.

LOGAN
(growls softly)
Dammit, no scent!

KURT
(over com-link)
Kurt to Logan, the breaker system is fine. No one's tampered with it.

Footsteps are heard from the younger mutant's dorms, and Logan begins to run there. Lights flicker again.

LOGAN
Wake up Forge and Emma! Whoever this is is heading for the kids.

KURT
(over com-link)
On it!

Logan runs to other half of the mansion and tries to find the scent. A door opens and shuts at the end of the hallway. Logan looks up from the stairs and runs towards it.

He calls out while running down the dorm hallway:

LOGAN

Bobby! Wake up! Get out of your room!

Logan runs to the end of the hall, to Bobby's room, and kicks the door open.

LOGAN
Bobby!

BOBBY
Ahhh!

Bobby falls out of bed and is tangled in sheets. He bolts up quickly.

BOBBY
What the hell!?

LOGAN
Are you ok?

BOBBY
I think I hit my head on the way down.

LOGAN
Who else is in your room?

BOBBY
Uh... Is that a trick question?

Logan walks to window and Bobby gets up from the floor. Logan sniffs around window.

LOGAN
No scent...

Bobby walks over to Logan by the window, confused expression on his face.

BOBBY
Uh, Logan, you mind telling me what's going on?

LOGAN
There's someone snooping around the mansion, and I can't get a scent.

Bobby looks unwell.

BOBBY
Again? Please tell me it's not X-23. I don't really need to be hacked into ice cubes again.

LOGAN
Can't know for sure.

Logan turns to Bobby.

LOGAN
Trouble is, X-23 had a scent.

Bobby puts a hand to his head and grimaces.

BOBBY
Please tell me I'm asleep and this is just a bad dream.

LOGAN
You're wide awake kid. I can't find anything here, I'll keep looking.

BOBBY
You want me to help?

LOGAN
Nah. Go back to sleep.

BOBBY
Right. Piece of cake. Last week is was the Sentinels, three days ago it was X-23, and tonight it's a scentless being haunting the mansion. I'll fall asleep as soon as my head hits the pillow.

Logan claps Bobby on the back.

LOGAN
Piece of cake. See you in the morning.

Logan walks out of Bobby's room, retracts claws, and shuts the door. The lights have stopped flickering. Kurt is waiting down the hallway with a sleepy looking Forge and an annoyed looking Emma in their Pajamas. Logan sighs.

LOGAN
Let's go to the kitchen to talk about this.