INT OLD BELTMINER, INC. RESEARCH FACILITY DUSK

People scurry, checking time, grabbing items, leaving office. Tom disconnects a computer. Looks up, speaks loudly. TOM

18 minutes 11 seconds! Jack!

Jack stops in his tracks and turns toward Tom who is writing a note on an old piece of yellow paper.

TOM

Put this note on that trash can.

Hands it to Jack.

TOM

Set it in the window sill of the second bathroom. 17 seconds, then get out. Go!

Jack counting, starts a timer, grabs the can, and runs frantically away. Everyone has a timer. Tripping, Jack falls in the hallway and recovers as Tom puts the computer in an armored case. Locks it shut. He grabs a ship model, hesitates, then mashes it through a panel with math formulas written on it. KYRA MCQUIRE runs up. A stunning woman in her late twenties. Serious. Tom points to the case.

TOM

Take it to Mark. He has instructions. He has to locate Stanner. It’s time. Go. You have 42 seconds.

Kyra habitually sets timer without looking at it.

KYRA

Dad, you’re coming with me. Let’s go.

TOM

Put on the suit. It’ll get you out. Take the X8. I’ll follow in a few days. Go!

Kyra stands firm. BOOM! Explosions outside. Tom grabs both of Kyra’s shoulders, and pulls her close.

TOM

This time you do as I say. It’s a convergence. Multiple outcomes, only one is right. You have to do this or They. Will. Win.

Vehicle engines approach ROAR outside. Kyra pulls away, YELLS while she picks up a chair and throws it toward the SOUNDS of the FIGHT. A BEAT.

KYRA

Catch up. We’ll be waiting.

Grabs The case. Runs out. Everyone has left. Tom, alone, walks into a small dark office. Locks door. EXPLOSION. Lights go out.

TOM

Not this time.

EXT OLD BELTMINER, INC. RESEARCH FACILITY NIGHT

GRM vehicles crash through fences firing weapons. Sal’s Hover Jet drops out of the sky. Two Onyx Units drop out like bombs, hit the ground and unfold, attacking. Hover Jet slams down. Onyx Units behead first RESISTANCE FIGHTER and shoot others. There’s no real fight. Sal exits the ship, and walks toward the facility entrance.

SAL

(under breath) Doors.

Onyx Unit rushes forward and knocks down doors. Sal enters facility, flanked by his metal predators.

INT RESEARCH FACILITY HALLWAY

Kyra runs down the hall with metal case. An EXPLOSION rips a hole in the hallway behind her. An Onyx Unit leaps into the hallway. Kyra smashes through a door off the main hall, out of sight.

INT RESEARCH FACILITY NIGHT

Onyx Units and Sal stand in vacant hall. Distant GUNFIRE.

SAL

Light.

Lights on Onyx Units come on. Sal continues down hall.

INT RESEARCH FACILITY OFFICE NIGHT.

Tom sits at desk. Waiting. NOISES in hall, and above. STEPS and SCRATCHING. The locked office doorknob turns from outside. Tom holds a picture. ANGLE ON: A picture of Tom as young man standing next to John Stanner and the same rocket with numbers on the side.

INT RESEARCH FACILITY BATHROOM NIGHT

Locker open, a huge duffle bag hits the floor. Kyra yanks out pieces of a body-fitting exoskeleton, leans against the bathroom door and rushes to put it on. Locks on an arm and chest harness. She sees a trash can sitting in the window sill with note written on old yellow paper. She leaps up and grabs the can. The bathroom door implodes where she was. Onyx unit in the doorway. The exoskeleton powers on, she spins and punches with the mechanical arm. The Unit flies, shatters, sparks, collapses. She looks at the note.

ANGLE ON: Note, “Grab me now!”