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the kitchen, brandishing a gun. Mr. Oleander sees him, but doesn’t flinch. The Actress turns to see who he is looking at and screams, running away. The Man In Black stands poised, gun pointed. Mr. Oleander doesn’t move. MR. OLEANDER: I assume you know who I am. MAN IN BLACK: I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t. MR. OLEANDER: Then, I assume you realize I am not afraid. This isn’t the first time I’ve had a gun pointed in my face. MAN IN BLACK: But, it will be the last. MR. OLEANDER: You seem so sure of that. I know who you are. MAN IN BLACK: You seem so sure of that. MR. OLEANDER: You can take off the mask, Mr. Nash. Man In Black/ Zane hesitates, then takes off the mask. ZANE: How did you know? MR. OLEANDER: You really think you rebels are so clever? We’ve known who you are. You and your brother. ZANE: Leave him out of this! MR. OLEANDER: But, you didn’t. Did you, Zane? ZANE: This is between me and you now, Mr. Oleander. And, only one of us is coming out of here alive. MR. OLEANDER: Oh, of that I’m sure. ZANE raises the gun to shoot, but, as soon as he does, the entire world shifts. MR. OLEANDER is sitting in his chair laughing, but suddenly it begins to spiral, too. INT. HOUSE - DAY Zane realizes he is in his childhood home, and his mother is showing a young Zane how to tie his shoes. He ties them correctly and looks up to her for approval, but then it is not his mother but President Oleander. The world shifts. EXT. APARTMENT BUILDING - DAY Zane is standing outside the apartment building where his mother is standing on the edge of rooftop, poised to jump. He and his younger self call out to her simultaneously as he she falls. The world shifts. EXT. CAMPGROUND - NIGHT Fire is everywhere, and it is a few moments before it becomes clear that Zane is in the rebel hospital. Bodies are everywhere, rebel men and women and children. As he coughs and searches for a way out, he begins to recognize the bodies, first of Colin, Rex, then Eli, and Victor. Zane clutches Victor’s body, crying and coughing in smoke, as the world spins and shifts. INT. PRISON - DAY Zane looks around him in terror and realizes that he is no longer dressed in black, but in prison clothes, his gun gone. Mr. Oleander walks up to the door of his cell, dressed in the same tuxedo as before. MR. OLEANDER: You see, Mr. Nash, you are not the first rebel that has tried to eliminate me here. But, I will say, you are the first that has gotten this far. I created this universe. You really think it would let me die? ZANE: But . . . but how?

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Vortex 39 - April Online  

The University of Central Arkansas'sVortex Magazine of Literature and Fine Art is an undergraduate run publication, publishing students from...

Vortex 39 - April Online  

The University of Central Arkansas'sVortex Magazine of Literature and Fine Art is an undergraduate run publication, publishing students from...

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