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Nefilia’s Run

by 'Film Punks

filmpunks0@gmail.com

Copyright 2013

INT. NEFELIA'S SHED- NIGHT

A red lantern lights a small cluttered living space of Nef's shed.  In the center of ther room Nefelia sits at the table hunched over an open book. A lantern is lit near by. Suddenly a single knock sounds at the door. Nefelia reaches into the dark of a shelf behind her. Her hand emerges with a pistol. A special series of knocks sound at the door. Nefilia lowers her gun.

NEFELIA

Come in! 

The door opens revealing Rogger holding a lantern and a wrapped dinner.  Nefelia lays the pistole down on the table. Rogger and Gregor enter 

INT. NEFILIA’S SHED- NIGHT

Thunder rolls through the darkness. Inside Nef's shed a lone candle burns in the middle of the dirt floor. Shadows of junk piles surround the small ember, and next to the candle, lies an equally lonley, bleakly plain sleeping pallet. The candle light reveals the fetal imprint of a small human form underneath. Through an opening in the blanket and through curly bangs, a pair of sleepless eyes watch the tiny flame flicker furriously against the harsh drafts. A sudden loud thunder roll causes the eyes to divert mistrustfully up towards the ceiling. 

EXT. NEFILIA’S HIDEOUT- MORNING

The shed door opens slightly. A single eye peers out carefully. Finally, 

  • The door to Nef's shed.
  • Inside Nef's shed, looking outward.
  • Inside Nef's shed.



Nefilia’s small form emerges cautiously out from the dark of the shed. As she steps outside, Nefilia surveys the damage surrounding the exit of her shed. Downed tree limbs and debris lays scatterd everywhere. 

EXT. THE GARDEN- MORNING

An old man's disgruntled face beams down on a pile of ruined vegetables. Nefilia appears behind  and begins to approach. The old man looks back at her grimly. Nefilia continues knowingly and unnerved. 

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Nef and the old man's garden.

NEFILIA

How much did we lose?

OLD MAN

...all of it.

NEFILIA

...What?

Nefilia disbelievingly kneels down and begins to rummage through the debris. 

OLD MAN

Storm was the roughest we've had. You alright?

NEFILIA

I'm fine.

Nefilia stops.

NEFILIA

Shit...

OLD MAN

Yep. 'Fraid our options are limited now. Hey. Why don't you stay with me? I've got canned goods. We could hold out for a while. I want you to give it some serious thought.

Nefilia rubs her forehead pensively. 

EXT. NEAR NEF'S HOME- DAY

Nefilia makes her way through the heavy vegetation  looks about the ground as she walks. Nefilia spots a small tomato on the gorund. She picks it up and puts it the mailbox strapped over her back.


EXT. PASSAGE FROM NEF'S HOME- DAY

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With a worn metal mailbox strapped behind her back Nefilia carefully makes her way down the steep sides to the bottom of the winding passage from her home. The relativly level bottom of the passage  Nefilia steps carefully between the most stable rocks, making her way over the wet bottom.


EXT. OLD TRENCH- DAY

  • Looking out from the Passage to Nef's Home towards the old Trench.
  • The entrance to the Passage to Nef's Home(viewed from the old Trench).
  • The old Trench towards the Passage to Nef's Home.

The exit of the passage opens into a larger trench. Nefilia makes her way down along the bottom of the trench trench where the ground is dryer and the grey sky is visible from her right side. Nef continues quickly along the lowest point of the trench.

At the mid point of the trench Nef climbs up the left side towards the woods. 


EXT. WOODED AREA- DAY

Nef emerges from the treeline onto the old Forster Railroad. She walks quickly down the

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Forster Railroad Bridge

middle of the tracks with her eyes on the surrounding treelines. 





EXT. FORSTER RAILROAD BRIDGE- DAY

Nefilia around carefully as she crosses from one side of the bridge to the other. Suddenly Nef stops at the sound of two voices which also stop immediately. Nefilia puts hand on her knife and starts to back away. A tall woman and shorter man run out onto the bridge. The woman has a machete drawn and the man clings to a crowbar.

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CAFFY

What the hell?

BART

Hey it’s Nef!

Caffy re-sheathes her machete and Bart relaxes. Nefilia eases her hand away from her knife. Nefilia waits

uncomfortably why they approach.

BART

You look great, how are you?

CAFFY

So what are you doing here?

Nefilia looks around.

NEFILIA

Just walking. You?

BART

We're waiting for Mat. He said he'd catch up with us after he checked some traps we set the other day.

CAFFY

Haven’t see you for so long, thought your ass was dead.

NEFILIA

Nope.

CAFFY

Hm.

BART

Hey Nef, what do you think?

Bart spreads his arms, displaying his shrunken body. Nefilia nods her approval but stays engaged with Caffy, who’s mistrustful expression hasn’t changed.

CAFFY

He’s lost weight. Me too.

NEFILIA 

Congrats...

CAFFY

Everybody’s lost weight.

Nefilia nod and tries to walk past them. At the last second Caffy grabs a fistfull of Nef's shirt. Nef tries to resist but Caffy holds on easily.

BART

Caffy!

CAFFY

Think you're so damn smart don'tcha?

BART 

Caffy let her go!

CAFFY

Open your eyes Bart! Look at her hair! Her clothes! She hasn't lost a pound! She's out here alone! Where you been staying? Huh?! You got a bomb shelter?! You got supplies?!  Huh!?

Bart tries to separate them.

CAFFY

You hid, while everyone else died!

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Forster Railroad

BART

Caffy stop!

Caffy shoves Nef away.  Nef stumbles but manages to catch herself.

CAFFY

Bitch. You don't fool me, I KNOW what's goin on.

Nef angrilly brushes herself off and continues on the way she was going.

BART

Wait, are you going to the river? You can’t go down there, the brothers own it now. They toll for

passage and they kill anyone who fishes without permission.

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Path down from Forster's Railroad towards the river.

CAFFY

(Raises voice)

Well of course it doesn’t matter,


Nefilia continues walking.

CAFFY

-CAUSE WE’LL NEVER SEE HER ASS AGAIN!!

Nefilia walks off the road and doesn’t look back.

EXT. NEAR THE RIVER- DAY

Nefilia looks around carefully as she draws through the vegetation toward the sound of the river.

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Near the river. (Halfway between Forster Railroad and the river.

EXT. RIVER BANK- DAY

Nefilia tosses the baited line out across the water.  Nef watches the bait sink then she starts to pulls the line back in slowly. She wraps the line around her gloved right hand until she get the bait back.  Nef examines the bait quickly before throwing it back out into the water again reeling the line back in slowly. 

EXT. RIVER BANK-DAY

A tall skinny man watches Nef from from the top of the slope. He smiles to himself as Nef pulls her bait back in with no fish.
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River Bank

MAT

Hey!

Nefilia turns around quickly but drops her knife. 

NEFILIA

Shit...

Mat laughs very hard and leans against the tree.  Aggitated, Nef picks her knife up and puts it back in it's sheath. Mat continues laughing while he makes his way down the slope. Nef ignores him and picks her line back up. 

NEFILIA

Fuck you. 

MAT

Hey, I'm sorry I'm just so glad to see you. After you disappeared you really had me worried. How have you been?

NEFILIA

I'm fine, now fuck off before you get me spotted. 

MAT

Don't worry, it wasn't just thunder last night. Those goons are trying to get the power plant back. They've been at it for 2 days; won't be back in this area for another day at least.

NEFILIA

That why you told Caffy and Bart to stay away from here?

MAT

I'd rather gamble with just my own life, not with theirs.

NEFILIA

(Petulant) Yeah? And something happens to you, what happens to them? Don't be hypocritical. 

MAT 

(marveling) It's good to see you.

NEFILIA

Don't look at me like that. 

EXT. RIVER BANK- DAY

MAT

When everything got really bad and you disappeared. I was worried something might have happed to you. Not knowing killed me. 

NEFILIA

People dropping dead by the hundreds and you were worried about me.

MAT

Not ashamed. I'm sure the first responders did all they could. I'm sure you did even more.

NEFILIA

Doesn't matter. We had the chance. But even at the end, politics, greed. I just... couldn't stay and watch us go down like that.

NEFILIA

So, you and Caffy are doing ok?

MAT

Caffy's great but...

Mat reaches out his his hand towards Nefilia's face. Nef only stares back into his eyes as his hand draws near but suddenly stops. Nef frowns in confussion. Mat moves away from her and looks behind him.

NEFILIA

You were wrong!

MAT

(shrugs) It happens.

Nef quickly runs into the tall grass, but Mat stays. Nef turns a devil's frown at him.

NEFILIA

(Loud whisper) What the hell are you waiting for?

MAT 

(Loud whisper) They know someone's down here, let them think it's just me.

NEFILIA

(Whisper) Don't be stupid!

Mat ignores her. Nef lays flat down in the tall grass. Six men suddenly appear across the top of the slope.  The six men descend on Mat together, cutting off any escape paths.

MAT

Hey fellas. 

BROTHER 1

What the hell are you doing at our river?

BROTHER 2

And where are your two friends?

MAT

You mean Bart and Caffy?

BROTHER 2

No, I mean the wuss and the dike.

MAT

BART!! CAFFY!! COME OUT NOW!

The brothers look around.

MAT

They're not here.

BROTHER 3 

What are you doing at our river?

MAT

I was thirsty. I just came down for a drink. 

The nearest brother raises his pipe and hits Mat full in the back of the head. Mat drops to the ground instantly. Stunned, Nefilia lays still in the bushes clenching her knife in her trembling hands. The brothers begin hitting Mat with their pipes repeatedly. Nefilia covers her mouth and buries her face down into the long grass and dirt. The brothers continue as Mat's blood begins to cover the ends of they're pipes blood spats appear on their faces. 

MAT

FUCKING GO!!

BROTHER 2

(Laughs) What did he say?

Nefilia snaps out of her shock.  Nef gets up and runs away towards Forster Railroad. Two of the brothers notice the tall grass moving.

BROTHER 1

That another damn cooger?

EXT. OLD TRENCH- DAY

Nefilia slides down the slope into the old Trench. She looks behind her and sees no one. She starts walking just as two brothers slide down the slope into the trench 50 ft behind her.


BROTHER

There she is.


BROTHER

Hey! We just want to talk!


Nef breaks into a full sprint towards the entrance of the Passage to her home.


BROTHER

Hey don't make us chase you!


EXT. PASSAGE TO NEF's HOME- DAY

Water explodes like miniature volcanic erruptions as Nefilia runs across the rocks at the bottom of the passage. The brothers chase after her in much less skillful way.



BROTHER

She's mine.


BROTHER

No she's MINE, you always get the pretty ones!


Nefelia 

EXT. NEFILIA's SHED- LATE DAY

Nefilia reaches her shed nearly out of breath. She quickly gets out of sight and looks back at the way she just came. Her tired paranoid eyes scan widly into the tree lines and shadows. Finally she turns and hurries to the door. She gets to the door and looks behind her again mistrustfully then she knocks quickly.


NEF

It's Nef!  Fire, fire, fire!


Soon the old man opens the door with a pistol in one hand. Nef rushes in past him and the old man quickly closes and locks the door. 


NEFILIA

We have to leave!



OLD MAN


Why?



NEFILIA


Because I killed someone, BECAUSE I KILLED SOMEONE!



OLD MAN

Who?


NEFILIA

One of those stupid brothers!


OLD MAN

Oh no... And your friends just got here...


Nefilia suddenly notices the shocked faces of Bart and Caffy in the corner of the room.


NEFIALIA


...sorry...


THE END of Nef's Run

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