This right here is my first ever script. Lots of spelling and grammar mistakes but I don’t care. Its where I started off and I’m proud of it. Back in 2012 when I thought, nah, my story wont be picked to go into production in college. But it did and I’m happy it did. Have a read.
A Letter To No One : Draft 5
1 INT . CHARLIE AND POPPIES HIDEOUT . SUNSET .PRESENT
A song is playing. A hand reaches for the source, an ipod station and turns it off. The city looks deserted and no sound but the passing wind. A young man closes a door. He drags a coffee table across to the door and pushes it up against it with much effort. The young man stands with his hands still on either side of the table staring into space. He pushes the table out of the doors way.
He stands gazing out the window with the sky beginning to dim. He peers over his shoulder where a young girl lays out of focus on a sleeping bag. The young man slides down against a wall and sits quietly there with a stony expression. A piece of paper lays in his hand. Writing can be seen on it.
It’s the small things I miss , a hot meal , a warm bed, my xbox… I have moved around a lot the last few months , no choice , needed to keep hidden, invisible like I was never there. I was always on the lookout though, for someone like me, someone surviving.
2 EXT. DAY. A HIDDEN SIDE ROAD. DAY FLASHBACK 2 MONTHS PREVIOUS
He leans against a wall panting. Poppy leans next to him
The Names Poppy. Just in case you’re wondering who saved your skinny ass.
Charlie looks shocked and confused over what has just happened.
3 INT. CHARLIE AND POPPIES HIDEOUT. SUNSET.PRESENT
Charlie smiles to himself before returning to his letter.
4 INT.POPPY & CHARLIES HIDEOUT.NIGHT.FLASHBACK 6 WEEKS EARIER
Voiceover over below action
It was faith or just plain luck she found me, I would have starved without her or worse…
Poppy enters the hideout with a bag. She turns the bag over and a mountain of food falls to the ground in front of Charlie.
Awh nice! You got pot noodles, and they’re curry flavour, brilliant !
Maybe you will give it a go next time ? I’ve gone the last three times, now it’s your turn.
But you’re so good at it.
Yeah I am , but you’re still going. I’m not your bloody ma !. I get the food I cook it and I pick the best places to stay. It’s your turn to contribute to this partnership.
5 EXT. THE CITY.NIGHT
Quite and still, statues remain in quite in their places, forever unmoved.
6 INT. CHARLIE AND POPPIES HIDEOUT .NIGHT.FLASHBACK 4 WEEKS EARLIER
Charlie is trying to spark two rocks over some newspaper to light a fire but it’s not going as planned. Poppy sits watching. Becoming impatiently, she intervenes.( or rubbing wood together)
Come on. Come on….. Nearly have it ……. Damn.
Come on. Come on……. yes I…… Damn.
Yeah it’s a scouts thing. I seen it done on the tv. They just kind of scrape them off each other.
Poppy pulls a lighter from her pocket and throws the lighter to Charlie who catches it.
You should try that. Works better.
Charlie looks from the lighter in his hand to poppy scowling.
7 INT. CHARLIE AND POPPYS HIDEOUT, INSIDE THE BATHROOM. A WEEK EARLIER
Charlie is hiding in the shower with the curtain pulled . While Poppy in the main room looking impatient. She begins banging on the door.
Get out of there.
I’ll come out when I’m good and ready.
You can’t hide in there forever!
Charlie pulls open the curtain. He walks out of the bathroom
I just don’t see why we both can’t go ?
We have been through this before. Someone has to stay here and keep watch over the place.
But what if…
Right, fine ! ill go shall I, seeing how you’re too scared to!
Charlie straightens up and breaths in pushing his chest out.
I’m going , see look at me go.
Charlie marches towards opens it and slams it behind him. He returns seconds later.
Forgot the bag.
Charlie grabs the bag laying on the floor roughly and storms back out the door.
8 EXT.DUBLIN CITE. DAY.
Deserted streets echoing the steps of ghosts . Boarded up buildings intertwining with nature. (pictures)
9 EXT. ALLEYWAY.DAY.FLASH BACK OF WEEK EARLIER CONTINUED
Charlie walks slowly down a narrow alleyway looking nervous. He reaches a turn and checks carefully to make sure there’s no one there. He walks up a deserted road sticking close to one side. He walks past an abandoned car in the middle of the road. His attention is drawn from the car when he hears a nose. He stares frozen and terrified in the direction of the source of the nose. He hears it again this time he runs back in the direction he came from. Hiding beside a large bin he sits staring straight ahead of him horror struck breathing heavy.
9a INT.POPPY & CHARLIE HIDEOUT.NIGHT.PRESENT
Poppy is sitting on the ground with her back to the bed with her head on her knees hiding her face. Her clothes are dirty with a tear going up the left side. Her hair is greasy and tangled.
10 INT.CHALRIE AND POPPYS HIDEOUT. DAY.FLASHBACK OF WEEK EARLIER CONTINUED
Charlie returns with an almost empty bag of food. Which he hands over reluctantly.
Poppy stands holding a half empty bag in front of her.
Is this some sort of joke?
Eh I .. I couldn’t find the place you told me about .
You couldn’t find it ? well then why didn’t you try somewhere else?
I did and this is what I found.
All you got is a few cans of beans and packets of soup?
Poppy empties the contents of the bag on the floor, puts on a jacket and moves towards the door.
Where are you going?
To get food were else!
Poppy leaves the hideout. Charlie stands there looking towards the door. A tin of soup rolls over and hits off Charlie’s foot. He looks down at it and kicks it at the wall looking angry.
11 INT.CHARLIE AND POPPYS HIDEOUT.TWILIGHT.PRESENT
I’m the man, I’m supposed to be brave and strong but I’m not.
Charlie solemnly looks over at Poppy lying on the floor
12 INT.CHARLIE AND POPPYS HIDEOUT.FLASHBACK CONTINUED
Poppy returns with a full bag of food. She drops the bag in front of Charlie and leans against the wall.
Charlie looks up sheepishly.
Nice one ….
Charlie looks back down at his feet.
I’m sorry, I’ll go next time I promise and …. I’ll bring back loads of supplies.
Charlie realises that Poppy isn’t looking quite herself.
Are you ok ? You’re looking a bit tired.
Are you trying to tell me I look like crap?. I haven’t been able to keep up with my usual beauty routine lately.
I didn’t mean it like that .
It’s just you look a bit pale and…
what happened to your top ?
I caught it off the side of a railing. Its nothing , I don’t like this top anyways.
Oh for god sake Charlie will you ever shut up!
Poppy storms off into the small bedroom.
Fade to black
13 INT. CHARLIE AND POPPIES HIDEOUT.FLASHBACK 5 DAYS AGO
Charlie stands outside the door to the bedroom were Poppy is inside. Charlie knocks lightly on the door.
Em, I’m going to head out to get some water, were running a bit low
Do you think we should consider moving on ? we have been here longer than anywhere else.
Charlie walks off. The front door is heard shut. The door of the bedroom creeks open and Poppy looks out . She looks pale and sickly.
14 INT. CHARLIE AND POPPIES HIDEOUT. NIGHT. CONTINUED FLASHBACK
Charlie is sitting by the fire pit cooking.
Poppy is sipping her soup slowly sitting opposite of the fire.
I got a few things in the chemist for you.
Charlie hands Poppy a box of uniflu tablets.
You will be right as rain after these. I took them when I had a flu before was better in no time.
Em thanks , I’m sure they will help…
Yeah , I’ll eh look for orange juice tomorrow some vitamin c. It help you get your energy back.
Charlie smiles at Poppy and looks awkwardly around. As he does Poppy puts the uniflu tablets quickly into the bag near her.
( smiling weakly)
Forget the orange juice, next time you go for supplies bring me back some meat.
Deer will do fine. You’re a Scout I’m sure you know how to hunt a deer . Probably be able to do it with your two rocks.
HA,HA funny. Be quiet and finish your soup.
Charlie scoops out soup for himself happily but when he catches a glimpse of Poppy’s now sorrowful expression his quickly reverts to a solemn one.
15 EXT.THE CITY AT.NIGHT.
A park empty of its usual visitors but the children’s laughter can still be heard like echoes of its past.
16 INT.CHARLIE AND POPPYS HIDEOUT.NIGHT.TWO DAYS AGO
Charlie is lying on his sleeping bag with his arms behind his head looking up at the ceiling. Poppy is lying beside him looking as awful as before.
I’m an only child ya know. Just me and my Mam. Lost me dad when I was 4 .Can’t really remember him. She was a great but gullible. She’d believe anything I told her. Wish I didn’t lie to her now or maybe …
Charlie turns on his side to face Poppy.
Did I ever tell you how I ended up here?
I was going a secret rave in the woods. It went on for 3 days. I just told my mam , I was staying in my friends for the weekend to study for exams. She didn’t even question it.
17 INT. CHARLIES HOME.KITCHEN.NIGHT.FLASHBACK 3 MONTHS EALRIER
Charlie’s mother is holding a cook book and sitting at a kitchen table. Charlie is standing in front of her with a ruck sack.
Are you sure you don’t want me to make you something to eat to take along?
Nah sure , Sams mam is making stew.
Oh ok then, try not to study to hard and have plenty of breaks.
See you Sunday
Charlie’s Mam smiles back at him unaware his smile isn’t quite as it should be.
18 INT. CHARLIE &POPPYS HIDEOUT.NIGHT.2 DAYS AGO
Poppy is lying on her side holing her head up with her arm
Well now I know why you’re not able to do anything for yourself. Your Mam was to good to you.
Will ya let me finish my story before you start with the abuse.
With a look from Poppy He continued
19 EXT. A FIELD. EARLY MORNING.FLASHBACK CONTINUED
Charlie wakes up dazed and confused. He notices “ a good time “ written across his chest . He sits up and looks around him. He is in an open field with no one else around.
Blurry eyed and tired he doesn’t even realise his door is wide open when he walks into his house.
20 INT. CHARLIES BEDROOM. INSIDE CHARLIES HOUSE. MORINING.FLASHBACK CONTINUED
Charlie sits on his bed and rubs his head. White noise can be heard from the room opposite. The door is ajar. He checks the watch around his r which is just drawn on . He gets up and walks into his Mams room. There are clothes on the floor and bed but the drawers and wardrobe are empty.
She was taken off by the army. I went looking for her but I never found were everyone was brought. Have you any brothers or sisters?
Charlie looks over at Poppy. Poppy is fast asleep.
Good night Poppy.
CUT TO :
A man is walking around outside the Hideout and He isn’t alone
21 INT. CHARLIE AND POPPIES HIDEOUT.TWILIGHT.PRESENT
Charlie is sitting with his back to the wall. Looking down at the paper, a single tear stain on his cheek.
I tried to fight them of but kicking and screaming out was all I could do.
22 EXT. CANAL BANK.DAY (FLASHBACK 2 MONTHS EARLIER)
23 INT. CHARLIE AND POPPIES HIDEOUT.TWILIGHT.PRESENT
I screamed for Help not thinking anyone would actually answer them.
23 EXT. CANAL BANK.DAY.FLASHBACK 2 MONTHS EARLIER
Charlie running and looking behind him.
He turns into a street but stops in fear and back up against the wall.
24 INT. CHARLIE AND POPPIES HIDEOUT.TWILIGHT .PRESENT
But there she was , running towards me.
25 EXT. CANAL BANK.DAY.FLASHBACK 2MONTHS EARLIER
Charlie is trying to fend of his attackers. Poppy runs at one of them and pulls him off Charlie to reveal the attackers face. The attackers are Zombies. Poppy then Pulls another Zombie off Charlie. Charlie manages to get the remaining zombie off him and runs away leaving Poppy there. Poppy goes to follow him but one of the zombies gets hold of her but She manages to break free and run.
Charlie against wall panting. A few moments later Poppy comes around the corner and leans beside him.
The names Poppy. Just in case you’re wondering who saved your skinny ass.
Fade out white
26 INT. CHARLIE AND POPPY HIDEOUT.TWILIGHT.PRESENT
I’d be dead if it wasn’t for her. A scared boy looking after number one. A terrified man ill-equipped to survive this world until she saved me.
27 INT.CHARLIE AND POPPYS HIDOUT. NIGHT.PRESENT
v/o Letter – The scared boy inside me is screaming to run but I won’t leave her.I just kept thinking she is sick that’s all, just sick.
Charlie Walks slowly over to Poppy who is lying asleep in her sleeping bag.
v/o Letter – I can’t deny the truth anymore.
He pulls the cover of the sleeping bag back and lifts the arm of the jumper a little. There’s a wound on her arm like a bit mark purple and black with dried in blood. He carefully places the arm of the jumper back in passion covers Poppy.
v/o – I was never one for guns but It would be so easy
Charlie sits down on his sleeping bag.
BANG ! she’s gone,
Charlie shooting Poppy while she sleeps (only see flash no blood)
BANG, I’m gone.
Charlie Shooting Himself in the head ( only see flash no bood)
28 INT.CHARLIE & POPPY HIDEOUT.NIGHT. PRESENT
Charlie is sitting with his back to the wall with the letter in his hand.
v/o Letter – I don’t know if anyone will ever see this but I needed to write this for so apart of me and Poppy lives on, that we are remember and maybe someday someone will read this and Know I didn’t leave her , I stayed.
28a EXT.OUTSIDE THE HIDEOUT.DAY
A People are out of focus nearby. A woman walks across blocking the person front sight. The woman is a zombie who’s face is covered in blood. The woman sniffs the air.
29 INT.CHALRIE AND POPPYS HIDOUT. ONLY HOURS AGO
Charlie is watching Poppy who is lying quietly on her sleeping bag.
Poppy. Im just going to out for a few minutes , ill be back really quick.
30 INT.CHARLIES AND POPPIES HIDEOUT.NIGHT.PRESENT
Charlie and Poppy have stayed here a while now and things belonging to them are placed around what has been there home or as close to one as they have ever had.
31 INT. CHARLIE AND POPPYS HIDOUT. IN THE BATHROOM. DAY
Poppy is staring into the mirror. After a few moments she washes her face with some water and stares at herself again.
32 INT.POPPYS HOME.DAY.3MONTHS EARLIER
A young boy is sitting on his knees watching television. He looks up when he hears a noise and turns the volume up on the television to its highest. Poppy is in the Kitchen eating breakfast.
What the hell is that noise ! Im trying sleep up here!
Poppy gets up quickly from the table and hurry’s out of the kitchen. She reaches the front of the room where the small boy is watching television just before her mother. She positions herself in front of the doorway blocking her mother.
Get out of my way you.
Don’t you dare go near him.
Then you better shut him up.
Poppys mam storms back up the stairs.
Should have fuck yeahs both in a home, wouldn’t have to deal with this shit if I did.
The young boy is still watching the television program. When Poppy comes in behind him he looks around at her .
Come let’s get out of the house for a bit . I buy you Ice-cream.
Poppy puts out her hand for the young boy and as he puts out his.
Flash cut of the boy dead on the floor in front of the TV dead
Boy with his hand in hers smiling.
33 INT. CHARLIE AND POPPYS HIDOUT. IN THE BATHROOM. DAY
Poppy staring into the bathroom mirror.
34 INT.CHARLIE AND POPPYS HIDEOUT. NIGHT.HOURS EARLIER
Charlie has returned He calls out for Poppy with no reply. Running water can be heard from the bathroom. Charlie walks into the bathroom and slowly pulls the shower curtain across. Poppy is sitting on the floor of the shower with water hitting her face and red floating around till its caught by the current and is dragged into the drain.
Charlie drops the bag he was holding which emptied revealing a small bottle and syringe . Piece of paper is laid on the sinks
Poppy’s Letter to Charlie
It wasn’t your fault. You made this world with all its monsters worth it. I couldn’t let you watch me become one.
(Charlie reads the last part aloud)
Stay alive for me.
35 INT.CHARLIE AND POPPIES HIDEOUT. THE STAIRWAY. PRESENT
Zombie are coming through the door downstairs.
36 INT. CHARLIE AND POPPYS HIDEOUT.PRESENT
Charlie is sitting on the floor of the main room Poppy and charlie spent their time. The fire is almost distinguished the sky outside is dark. Poppy is now lying on her sleeping bag covered looking at if she could be sleeping.
37 INT.CHARLIE AND POPPYS HIDEOUT THE STAIRWAY.NIGHT.PRESENT
Feet are climbing the stairs.
38 INT.CHARLIE AND POPPYS HIDEOUT.NIGHT
Charlie still sitting by Poppy who is soaking wet lying on her sleeping bag in the main room. Charlie looks towards the door.
39 INT.CHARLIE AND POPPYS HIDEOUT THE STAIRWAY.NIGHT.PRESENT
The zombies reach the door and beat on it. They burst through and search the house. There’s no one to be seen.
A male zombie enters the bedroom. He sniffs the air and finds a bandage soaked with blood which he sniffs and putting against his mouth. Another comes in and the fight over the bandage.
40 EXT.A GRAVEYARD.DAY.(PRESENT) The sound of the zombies fighting and be heard dying out
Charlie is sitting beside a fresh grave. He stick a cross made with two sticks crossed together into the ground in front of the grave. A single flower lays on the grave. Charlie takes out a folded up letter out of his pocket and ties it to the cross with a bobbin. Charlie turns his bag on Poppys grave and leaves the graveyard. The letter tied to the wooden cross flaps in the wind.