1:45 By Thien Ngo
FADE IN: INT. CAFETERIA -- DAY CHRIS, a young man with short hair,lean build, in his twenties, wakes up in a barren food court. He stares at his watch. It reads 1:45. His hand rests upon a much more delicate hand, soft. His eyes glance up to notice a young woman in her twenties. He gives off a weak smile. CHRIS I had a dream where everything was back to normal again. The woman is unresponsive. A smile sits frozen her face. A COUPLE sits in the back, frozen in laughter. A TWO GUYS are frozen half seated at a table. SEVERAL PEOPLE sit around the food court, all of them still. Chris stares blankly at his watch with a weak smile on his face. He shakes his head and grasps his forehead with his other hand. CHRIS I don’t even know how long it’s been. After a long pause, he squeezes her hand. Chris looks off to the side. He stares off into the distance. CHRIS (his voice breaks slightly) Whatever it is, whatever happened.. I’ll fix it. He lets go of her hand, rises, and paces out the doors. A MAN holds the door open for his COMPANION. EXT. CAFETERIA -- DAY Chris picks up his bike leaned against the wall and rides off.
EXT. STREET -- DAY Chris bikes down a sub-urban street. DRIVERS are parked in the middle of the road and PEDESTRIANS are frozen on the sidewalks. A MAN fumbles with his folders in his car. A WOMAN chats on her cellphone with one hand on the wheel. A MAN struggles to hold the steering wheel with his knees while eating a cup of Ramen. EXT. LIBRARY -- DAY Chris rides up to a 2 story brick library and leans his bike against the wall. Chris heads up the stairs towards the library. INT. LIBRARY DOWNSTAIRS -- DAY Lounge chairs, booths and computer terminals decorate the interior. Two LIBRARIANS sit inanimate at their desk. A LIBRARIAN stands by a book tray and is frozen holding up a few books. A LIBRARIAN and a CUSTOMER are frozen in the middle of a transaction. Chris walks by ignoring the scene and heads up a flight of stairs. A clock on the wall reads 1:45. INT. LIBRARY UPSTAIRS -- DAY Chris sets his bag down beside a desk. Chris takes out "Hamlet" from a shelf. He reads an excerpt from "Hamlet" to himself. CHRIS And still your fingers on your lips ,I pray. The time is out of joint: O cursed spite, that ever I was born to set it right.. He closes the book and puts it back. MONTAGE: He pulls out "Tempest" glances at it and puts it back. He pulls out a book on quantum mechanics. (CONTINUED)
He pulls out a book on theoretical physics. He sets it book back. He pulls out a book on time reads it and throws it to a pile by his side. Chris SLAMS a couple books on the table and sits down. Chris flips through several pages He writes down notes in a notepad with a pencil. After going through several books his eyes droop. Chris falls asleep. His wristwatch reads 1:45. FADE OUT: INT. LIBRARY UPSTAIRS -- DAY A sudden FLUTTER of books jolts Chris awake. The room is still the same with the exception of a GIRL. She stands still by a bookshelf in the corner and stares at him. Chris stands up and walks towards her. Her image flickers and she walks off. Her image flickers some more. CHRIS Wait! He follows after her. Chris dodges a bunch of static books that were knocked down from the shelf. INT. LIBRARY DOWNSTAIRS -- DAY The Girl disappears and reappears further away from him. Chris follows the Girl down the stairs. He hurriedly chases after her. He dodges several librarians, students, and carts.
EXT. LIBRARY -- DAY Chris BURSTS out of the library and looks around for the Girl. She walks down a back street. He runs after her. EXT. STREET -- DAY Chris follows the Girl as she flickers and disappears off in the distance. EXT. BUILDING -- DAY Chris stands outside a large unmarked and seemingly abandoned building. He looks into the doorway and catches a glimpse of the Girl as she disappears into the building. INT. BUILDING CORRIDORS -- DAY The corridors are dark, he follows the phantom into an empty room. INT. BUILDING EMPTY ROOM -- DAY The Girl vanishes. Inside the room is a distortion and tear in the air. Chris pushes forward and is met with some resistance. His surrounding begins to distort more and more and he approaches the tear. He outstretches his arm and touches it. Everything stops and turns black. INT. BUILDING EMPTY ROOM -- (LATER) FADE IN: His watch reads 1:45. He wakes up to some CLAMOR outside. CHIRPS, CHATTER, and CAR sounds from outside. The space around him is normal again. EXT. BUILDING -- DAY Chris exits the building. Everything has been re-animated. Cars drive down the street. Pedestrians walk by him, some stare. His watch reads 1:45. After a long pause the watch reads 1:46.
Published on Mar 28, 2013