Left 4 Dead 2: The Musical

Chapter 6: Loverstruck Medley


(Lights snap on as a hectic COACH, NICK AND ELLIS come running onstage. The setting is a dark CITY STREET. In his arms COACH carries a very weak ROCHELLE. He lays her on the ground center-stage and ELLIS hastily unpacks a defibrillator)

ELLIS:

Real sorry about this, Rochelle...

(He shocks her one, two, three, four times before ROCHELLE gives a large gasp and jolts up)

ROCHELLE:

So that's what being dead feels like. Woah. That's crazy. Thanks, guys.

(They all nod, seemingly relieved)

ROCHELLE:

Wait, where are we?

NICK:

Yeah, hate to be a hiccup in this joyous moment and all but we're kind of stuck. There's a bridge nearby and there's no way we're getting to New Orleans without lowering it.

ROCHELLE:

Well that's just peachy.

COACH:

Don't matter none right now. We need to get you fully healed up, girl. Let's go find some health, we could all use it. You okay to walk?

(ROCHELLE springs up easily, and the survivors walk off stage right. As the leave a METAL BALCONY is lowered above. On it stands ZOEY, expression serious and pistol in hand as she stands guard. After a moment the SURVIVORS reappear on stage left, now full of energy)

ZOEY:

Oh my God. PEOPLE. Are you serious? Hey, Francis! There's others! Hey, hello down there.

(The SURVIVORS stop below the platform. ELLIS'S jaw drops comically. ROCHELLE is overjoyed)

ROCHELLE:

So I'm not the last woman on earth! What a relief.

NICK:

You know you loved it.

FRANCIS (offstage):

No kidding. Are they infected?

ZOEY:

Nope, they could be immune. Not infected, anyway.

(FRANCIS climbs down a ladder and leans on the railing, surveying the SURVIVORS. His gaze falls on ROCHELLE and he smirks)

FRANCIS:

Nope... definitely not infected. Hello there.

(He winks a little goofily and ROCHELLE chuckles)

COACH:

What are your names?

ZOEY:

I'm Zoey, he's Francis. And you? Where are you guys headed?

COACH:

Call me Coach. This here is Rochelle, Nick... and the boy over here is Ellis. Cat got your tongue or somethin', kid?

(ELLIS jabbers something and blushes, unable to look away from ZOEY. She doesn't seem to notice)

COACH:

And we're tryin' to get our asses to New Orleans. Problem is, the bridge bein' up is sort of an issue, you gather? Any chance you folks could lower it?

FRANCIS:

Sorry, no can do brother. We've just lost a good man down to raising that thing and another is pretty roughed up. Tell you what, though- get to the other side of it and we can help you. That's the best we can offer.

NICK:

Pffft.

FRANCIS:

What do you mean by that, you-

ROCHELLE (interrupting):

It'll have to do. Thank you, we'll see you around there.

(The SURVIVORS turn to leave)

FRANCIS:

I hope to, Rochelle. Beautiful name for a beautiful woman.

(ROCHELLE laughs again, a little bemused and not to mention flattered by his flirting. She throws him a smile and she, NICK and COACH head offstage. FRANCIS and ZOEY turn to each other and chat idly as they stay on watch. ELLIS remains rooted to the spot. The stage dims except for where ELLIS stands and the BALCONY. He stares at ZOEY)

ELLIS (to himself):

She is so beautiful... she is SO beautiful. I betcha Keith ain't never met a girl like this. Bet he never will.

(Slow musical cue)

ELLIS:

Suddenly the world seems such a perfect place. Suddenly it moves with such a perfect grace. Suddenly my life don't seem like such a waste. It all revolves around you...

ZOEY:

What do you think about maybe heading down New Orleans way, once we can? They say it's safe...

FRANCIS:

Depends on when we get to bury the body. And on when Louis decides to man up.

LOUIS (offstage):

I heard that.

FRANCIS:

Good!

ZOEY:

Seriously, though, Francis, it was weirdly cute to see you still have that side you. Made me queasy, but whatever. You know, talking with Rochelle and-

(She notices ELLIS'S presence)

ZOEY:

Oh, Ellis, hey! You're still here. Better go catch up with the others, you're gonna be in serious trouble if you fall behind. I'll cover you til you're out of sight.

ELLIS:

A girl with a gun. Wow-ee.

(The METAL BALCONY is lifted slowly, taking ZOEY and FRANCIS along with it)

ELLIS:

Dang.

Never knew that I could feel like this. Like I ain't never seen the sky before.

Wish I could vanish inside her kiss. Every second I love 'er more and more.

Listenin' to my heart, I can hear it sings. Tellin' me to give her everything.

Seasons gonna change... winter to spring.

But I love her, after this short time.

(He starts off after the others)

ELLIS:

Zoey... Zoey.

(BLACKOUT)

COACH:

And where the hell were you?

(Lights come up as ELLIS catches up with the SURVIVORS)

NICK:

Hangin' back trying to get a phone number, eh Overalls?

ELLIS:

Laugh all you want folks, but I am gonna marry that girl one day.

ROCHELLE:

She yelled at you from a bridge for about five seconds, sweetie.

ELLIS (slyly):

Didn't stop you shootin' the biker none o' those looks.

(COACH and NICK turn their teasing stares to ROCHELLE. She's defiant)

ROCHELLE:

Excuse me? I... I don't get you.

NICK:

Does little Ro Ro have a crush on the grumpy grease monkey?

ROCHELLE:

Shut it, Nick. I've been with guys before. I'm on a BREAK from relationships, capiche?

(COACH, NICK and ELLIS lean in to listen, interest piqued as ROCHELLE rolls her eyes)

ROCHELLE:

If there's a prize for rotten judgement... I guess I've already won that. No man is worth the aggravation- that's ancient history, been there, done that!

MEN:

Who'd'ya think you're kiddin', he's clearly something special to you.

Try to keep it hidden, Rochelle we can see right through you!

Girl, you can't conceal it. We know how you feel and who you're thinking of.

ROCHELLE (throws arms up):

No chance, no way! I won't say it, no, no.

MEN:

The way you smiled at this guy. Why deny it, uh-oh.

ROCHELLE:

It's too cliché, I won't say I'm in love...

I thought my heart had learn it's lesson.

Just a little fun when you start out.

My head is yellin' "ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE, girl.

You must be dyin' to cry your heart out."

Oh!

COACH:

You keep on denying who you are and how you're feeling.

NICK:

Baby, we're not buyin'. We all saw you hit the ceiling.

NICK & COACH:

Face it like a grown up! When you gonna own up that you got, got, got it bad?

ROCHELLE (smiling at the madness of it all):

Wrong! No chance, no way, I won't say it. No, no.

COACH:

Give up, give in. Check the grin, you're in love.

(ROCHELLE scowls)

ROCHELLE:

This scene won't play. I won't say I'm in love.

ELLIS:

You're doin' flips.

MEN:

Read our lips- you're in love.

ROCHELLE:

You're way off base. I won't say it. Get off my case, I won't say it!

COACH:

Girl, don't be proud. It's okay. You're in love...

(The MEN walk off ahead, flashlights out. ROCHELLE starts to follow and then stops for a moment, looking around)

ROCHELLE:

Oh... at least out loud, I won't say I'm in love.

(She looks back in the direction of the bridge and balcony before pulling out her flashlight and hurrying offstage)

(BLACKOUT)


A/N: What can I say? It's generally love at first sight in musicals. I had a hell of a hard time picking out the two songs for this chapter. Ellis' had to be over the top but still shocked and sweet, and Rochelle's couldn't be too extreme (hence the reason I basically had the others force her into realizing she likes Francis). Still, it was hugely fun to write! Oh, and yeah, I gave a slight hint that the L4D1 survivors might follow them to New Orleans and meet up there once they can. Just something I would have liked to see happen.

Rather importantly, I regret to inform ya'll that this fic will no longer be updated on . :( Very sad, I know. But writing it in prose format just doens't work- it is a musical, after all. And since I don't want to risk getting reported, I bring you news some may be glad to hear the musical will now be hosted on DeviantArt. You can find my page linked on my profile. Hope you'll all still read over there.

During the next chapter or two I might have another Francis/Rochelle one (I have a pretty good idea for one that Francis could sing) and Ellis/Zoey too (and I know FOR SURE what one I'll have him sing). I've also got Nick's song finally lined up, and the wedding one too...

The songs used in this chapter were Come What May from Moulin Rouge and I Won't Say I'm in Love from Hercules. Listening is always reccomended, but if not that's cool too. A big thanks to the reviewers! I don't own Left 4 Dead, Hercules or Moulin Rouge. (;

A HUGE thank you to you all for sticking with the story on this site. I uploaded this chapter as a thank you, and the story will remain here but just not be updated. Hope to see some of you still reading soon. =] xxx