Don and Jane are alive and Liu is dead! It feels like nothing could ever go wrong again.
Chuy, Ray, and Natalia are talking quietly with Tony, the
helicopter traffic reporter.
I'm so glad you didn't get caught.
We were worried, but there was
nothing else to do. How's Beck
He's adapting. Everyone was healing
kind of slowly.
Is it the less than ideal healing
It doesn't help. How's-
A low whistle is heard.
Chuy whistles back.
HARRY JIN (55) comes cautiously around the corner.
Harry is short and average, with the nondescript air of a
lifelong civil servant. He has a sly sense of humor, though,
and he grins as he sees Chuy.
Chuy. Tony. New friends?
Natalia and I go way back, but
Other members of the group come around to listen.
It was a government action. They're
starting to retake control.
Is it over?
I feel it's a very good sign.
How much do you know?
We only got a very brief memo at
the office, that the city is
transitioning away from Blind
control and that we will be
assuming their functions in the
interim. It's from the governor.
I wasn't sure we still had one.
Neither was I, but the mayor has
been a constant, and things seem to
I don't like this.
How can you say that?
Because democratic governments
don't bomb their own soil. That's
not how they work.
Not in the past, but things have
been so different. Maybe this was
the only way.
Harry's excitement has turned sober.
Perhaps things have been so wrong
it will take us a while to get
right, or even to recognize it, but
Blind has been responsible for so
Liu was a nightmare. Is she still a
player at all?
She appears to be dead.
From the blast?
I don't know.
What about Korse?
I don't know. Perhaps my rejoicing
Still, it would be hard for things
to get worse. Let's keep good
You're right. I'll come back with
more updates. Keep good thoughts,
but be ready for anything.
It is a good time for acquisitions?
Well, I'd be careful with it, but
it couldn't hurt to check storage
or the impound lot.
There's one on the East side. It
shouldn't be getting much
surveillance now. There's a storage
depot near there that it could be
good to hit too. I'd be very
cautious of course.
Of course. How do you know all
Harry's our man inside City Hall.
He's been our best source of
What do you do?
Well, the job description has
changed a little, but technically
I'm a Justice of the Peace.
EXT. BATTERY CITY
Ray stands under the night sky, looking down in rapture.
It is so good to see you again.
Natalia wraps an arm around Ray from the side.
Do you need some time alone?
They both look down at the Trans-am.
They are surrounded by cars, but this is the only one that
No, I want to ride out of here with
both of you.
You totally could. It's not safe
for you here.
It's not safe for anyone.
But none of them have had to flee
yet. You have. Come with me.
I want to, but there's more news
coming, and if things get good I
want to come tell the rest of you
as soon as possible. And if things
get bad, they'll need a medic.
Don't say that.
I don't mean it. I think things are
turning better. Maybe that's just
Ray holds Natalia tightly.
I am feeling pretty good, but, I
don't want to leave you. Maybe I
You've participated in two raids
recently. I'm just a failed
acquisition from a few years back.
Wait any longer and you may miss
your chance with the car.
Why do you have to be so logical?
I'll be along soon. Now get!
Natalia swats Ray's butt, and Ray gets into the car.
Natalia leans into the window.
Okay, now I feel a little bit crazy
to be letting you go.
You can get in at any time.
It's fine. Let's get this cleared
up and then maybe we can take a
We can go to Greenvale and meet my
I'd like that.
They kiss once more through the window.
Ray looks at Natalia reluctantly, but he starts the car.
Natalia tears up a little, but she still lets him drive away.
Natalia quietly makes a promise as she watches Ray go.
I'll see you soon.
Ray is on the open road. It is early morning now.
He notices a figure riding a motorcycle up ahead. There is
something ungainly about it, but also familiar.
Noticing the car, the biker seems to be trying to evade.
Ray honks and calls out the window.
Latron brakes in surprise, turning around.
Ray catches up and jumps out of the car.
The oddness of the shape makes sense as Ray sees that Latron
has a guitar clumsily tied to his back.
You scared me.
No Dracs have a car this cool.
What's with the guitar?
I found it and thought you and
Frank would like it.
For us? That's awesome.
You can take it. This is not going
Ray smiles and unties the guitar, marvelling over it as he
takes it in his hands.
Yeah, I'll make sure this gets back
safe and sound. You heading to the
Is that where everyone is? Why are
you out here alone?
I stayed behind to check on
Natalia, and then I lucked out and
found our old car. It was still
there from the first rescue
What do you mean "first"?
It suddenly dawns on Ray what is missing from the
Latron, you don't know. Jane's
Latron, I swear. Grace told us she
was alive and she was right. We
went in and got her.
Latron gets back on the bike.
I've got to see.
It's fine. I'll catch up. Go!
Latron races off towards the Roundhouse, with Ray smiling
Ray is about to load the guitar into the car, but he stops,
fingering the strings.
Sitting on the ground, Ray begins to pick out music, tuning
and adjusting and remembering what playing was like.
Maybe things really will turn out all right.
Latron pulls up.
Frank is calling inside, letting them know, and Gerard and
Jane come out.
She looks more frail than he has ever seen her, but it is
Without a word, Latron goes to Jane and just hugs her.
Jane hugs him back.
Latron releases Jane and goes to shake Gerard's hand, but
Gerard hugs Latron instead, and Latron accepts it.
Natalia would be proud.
EXT. OUTSIDE THE ROUNDHOUSE
It later that night. It is clear and some stars are visible.
Maybe the haze is beginning to clear.
The fire burning is small, but a circle has formed.
Ray is playing the guitar, while Mikey and Frank talk nearby.
There is a rare feeling of contentment.
Ray begins to sing.
En esta noche encantada,
somos todos enamorados,
Todos unidos por amor.
Puesta de sol, pero nunca
Dejo la oscuridad nos confunda,
Mi luz, y yo tu escudor.
Jane leans on Gerard's shoulder, with Latron on her other
The music is quiet, but it soars.
Con las alas de palomas,
Sobre valles y las lomas,
Dos, con uno corazon.
Sin capilla y sin velas
Buscamos las estrellas.
Contentos, y tenemos razon.
Mitch and Jacob have been talking to the side, but they are
pulled in too.
No viviremos un romanza,
De suenos y esperanza,
Pero juntos, no habra dolor.
Yo te dare mi deseo,
Mi fuerza y mi fuego.
Te dare mi cancion de amor.
As the song dies out, Mitch comes out and squats down next to
You look worried.
It's our food supplies.
How bad is it?
Two days left. Four if we don't
mind being hungry.
Are too many of us? Do we need to
split up again?
It may not be an issue, once we
That will probably take a few days.
What are our options for getting
more food around here?
There's a government depot we could
try raiding, but I'd kind of like
to lay low on that front, just in
case amnesty's an option.
The races are coming up soon, but
not quite soon enough.
No, but that means a smaller supply
run might be enough to tide us
We could probably do some trading
at the Market, but we wouldn't get
back in time.
Is there any place closer?
There has been trading about forty
miles north from time to time, but
there's no guarantee anyone will be
Hey, are there still any supplies
at the Aerie?
There might be.
What's the Aerie?
It's our smallest and least
The only way to it is climbing. You
can't even park that close, and you
cannot conveniently load up a van.
Which means we may not have cleaned
everything out the last time we
What's the climb like? Do you need
No, you can freestyle it, but it
doesn't hurt to have some
experience. Do you?
It sounds like we do need to split
up, at least temporarily. Jane, are
you up for it?
Gerard tightens his arm protectively around Jane.
Does she need to go?
It should be someone who knows the
She was just shot.
Actually, two weeks is the normal
discharge time. I've had over a
What's the normal time to restart
It should be okay.
Who else to where? And we only have
two vehicles right now.
Three if you count the bike.
All right, Frank, I want you to
come with me in the van and we'll
head north. We can drop off the
climbers and save them some time.
Gerard, I want you and Jacob to
take the car and go to the Market.
What about me?
ITry and get a census. You know
most of the sites, you can get
around quickly. Find out how many
of us are left.
So, we're breaking up.
Only for a few days.
If our other option is
Have you even considered
Mitch shrugs noncommittally.
No, but I'm glad we have some
creative thinkers on board. I'm
I should too.
One by one, the circle drifts off to bed.
EXT. ROAD OUTSIDE THE AERIE
A narrow road threads past a ravine on one side and a rocky
hillside on the other.
Jane, Ray, and Mikey exit the van. Frank and Mitch stay
If you want to camp out we can pick
you up on our way back, but I'm not
sure of the timing.
But we can also just head back
down. That seems easier.
You could probably make it back
tonight if you really hurried.
We'll honk when we drive by if you
change your minds. Otherwise, see
you at home.
That's home now?
For at least another week.
The van pulls away with Mitch and Frank.
The other three stand at the bottom of the ascent, looking
Why another week?
It's good access for the races.
Even if we all come up with lots of
food, we need to go there. It's too
good of an opportunity.
It was a great salvage opportunity.
So, straight up?
Mikey launches himself at the rock face and begins his climb,
lithe and graceful.
He's like a cat.
I was thinking more like a monkey.
Ray and Jane begin climbing, in a slightly less amazing
fashion, periodically suggesting other animals.
Maybe a spider.
Jane begins to fall behind, panting.
Ray notices and slows his own climb.
He does kind of scamper.
Are you okay?
Jane nods but doesn't answer.
They are getting closer.
Mikey reaches the mouth of the cave and looks down with
concern. He starts to ask, but Ray shakes his head.
Pulling himself onto one ledge, Ray reaches down and grabs
Jane's wrist, hoisting her up beside him.
What about me? Baboon?
Jane leans against Ray gratefully.
You climb like a man.
Ray boosts Jane up, and Mikey reaches out, pulling her up the
rest of the way.
Jane collapses just outside the mouth of the cave.
Ray pulls himself up, and kneels down next to Jane, but it is
Mikey who speaks.
How are you doing?
My body and I can't seem to agree
on how fast my recovery time should
How rude of it.
I'm sorry guys.
Slowing you down.
It's not that big a deal when we
get back. Everyone else is gone.
We should have taken Mitch up on
that ride offer. We could just camp
We could still camp. Walk back
I don't think it's that bad.
Already her color is returning, and her breathing is becoming
Maybe we just think this place is
Mikey gives Jane a hand up and they head inside the cave.
INT. THE AERIE
This is much smaller than the Caves. It is just a cave,
stretching back about twenty feet in a narrowing tunnel. Ray
and Mikey have to stoop to avoid hitting their heads.
Ray pulls a flashlight from his pack, and they explore the
interior. Midway there are three bedrolls.
Well this is perfect if we do camp.
I don't think we've ever had more
than three people stay here. It's
not big enough for more.
Towards the back, there are a few boxes scattered.
Ray hands the flashlight to Jane, and she holds it as Mikey
and Ray begin to check the boxes.
Two are empty. One contains a dozen power bars. It is not
much of a haul, but it is something.
Another box contains two water bottles. Ray hands one to
Jane, who takes it gratefully.
Mikey opens the last box and smiles.
Check this out.
It is a large caliber gun. There are a few cartridges with
This alone is worth it.
It's not what we came for, but I'm
glad you're happy.
Let's move back towards the
entrance so we can save the
Jane, Ray, and Mikey rest near the entrance.
There is enough light coming through the cave's mouth for
them to see each other, but it is dim and cool.
They are sharing the water, and talking.
Jane falls silent.
What is it?
Just thinking about Christian. He
loved this place.
The climb. His two big loves were
rock climbing and computers. He
never got to touch a computer
again, but when he was here, he at
least got to climb.
It's funny how many things there
are to miss. Playing that guitar...
it's like I was hungry for it.
Can I try it some time?
Of course. You should have seen
Latron trying to get it back on the
bike. It was awkward but he was so
He's a good kid.
He really is. And there's no way he
could have understood how much I
needed it, but he still did it.
What would you do again, if you
Jane thinks and takes a deep breath.
I would love to go swimming again.
Maybe because it's always so hot
and sticky here, but just to feel
cool and clean and weightless
Yeah. There was a rope swing down
by the river.
I thought you were scared of water.
But you didn't have to drop in. The
point is that you would take a
running start and just swing out,
suspended between earth and sky.
Yeah. I know that swing.
It was like flying, with the terror
of potential sharks for an extra
Sometimes they swim up from the
But Mikey is laughing too.
Seriously, though, didn't you ever
want to fly?
I guess so.
I used to dream about it all the
I guess driving fast is like that
for me, but we still get to do that
The biking was kind of like that,
at least it used to be.
It's not now?
I don't know. The truth is, I'm
glad Latron has the bike. Maybe I'm
losing my edge.
It's too soon to say that.
Probably. I just feel so weak now,
and tired. Not just from the climb.
You're still healing.
I know. I don't know what I'm
Let's just camp up here tonight.
It's not that I'm not rested now.
It's that I'm going to tire again
too soon, whenever we start.
That's not it at all. Mikey and I
are going to get all rested
tonight, and then tomorrow we're
going to carry you.
That's much better. You guys know
you're the best, right?
Later that night, the cave is dark, and they are all asleep.
Mikey is dreaming, and in his dream he is floating in a void.
Jenny appears nearby.
I always knew you'd be here.
I'm sorry I was wrong.
Mikey tries to reach Jenny's hand, but can't.
You weren't wrong. It just didn't
work. It should have.
Jenny smiles sadly at Mikey.
At least we tried.
Jenny shifts further away.
Jenny is gone and the sky drops out from under him.
Now Mikey is awake, back in the Aerie.
Ray wakes up next to him.
Are you all right?
Yeah. Did I wake you?
I seem to be a light sleeper
What about Jane?
They look and see that Jane is still quiet.
Out cold. Want to talk about it?
It's just a dream I have sometimes.
Sometimes it's just funny how alike
you and Gee are. He used to have
recurring dreams too. About Jane.
Mine weren't about a girl. At
least, I didn't think they were.
I said I used to dream I was flying
all the time. After she died, I'd
have these dreams where I was
floating. I couldn't steer it or
control it or anything.
I'd rather fly.
They are silent for a moment, but something is bugging Ray.
If it's just floating, why do you
wake up like that?
Mikey shrugs, looking uncomfortable.
I always fall.
EXT. THE AERIE
It is early the next morning.
Ray, Mikey, and Jane stand just outside the cave, looking
See anything coming?
Looks good. Mikey, you want to lead
Mikey nods and puts an arm around Jane.
Stay in the middle, okay? Let us
know if you need help.
Going down should be better.
Maybe, but we're not in a hurry.
Jane nods and they begin the climb down.
This time it does go more easily. The rest time has helped,
and while there is still exertion, they are not working
As they approach the road, a low rumbling can be heard.
Does that sound like engines?
Mikey is almost at the bottom, and jumps down as shots ring
Four Draculoids, two on cycles and two in a car, can now be
seen coming up the road.
Mikey starts loading the gun.
Jane slips and falls to the ground, but her fall is short and
the damage is not bad.
Ray turns to look and is hit in the gut. His fall is worse.
Jane and Mikey rush to Ray's side.
Seeing the wound, the fall doesn't make much difference. It's
Ray struggles to breathe as his throat fills up with blood.
Get his head up.
Mikey gets behind Ray and holds him up, temporarily easing
Jane fumbles in her bag and tries to staunch the blood flow
with gauze, but there is not much she can do.
Go! Head down into the canyon. They
won't be able to follow you.
Are you coming?
Mikey nods, and takes off his jacket, folding it into a
cushion and putting it under Ray's head.
Mikey picks up the big gun and heads into the road.
Mikey don't! I can't save him!
Don't worry. I'm feeling
Mikey strides into the road.
For a moment, it is as if he really is bulletproof. The
Draculoids fire, and they miss. Mikey fires and he hits.
The two riders and the passenger in the car are down. Only
the driver is left, and the gun jams.
Throwing it to the side, Mikey runs towards the car and leaps
onto the hood, springing in gracefully through the open top
of the car.
Mikey and the driver struggle.
Jane watches unable to breathe.
Mikey is trying to draw Kobra Kid, but also needs to keep the
driver from killing him. Neither is focusing on steering, and
they are on a narrow road along a steep canyon.
The car flies over the edge.
Jane remembers that Ray is still there and kneels beside him.
I'm sorry Ray. I'm here. Can you
Ray's eye is not focusing, and his breathing is worse.
Ray is gone too.
Jane cradles Ray's head.
To-day, the road all runners come,
Shoulder-high we bring you home,
And set you at your threshold down,
Townsman of a stiller town.
Smart lad, to slip betimes away
From fields were glory does not stay
XIX. To an Athlete Dying Young
by A. E. Housman