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Throwback Thursday: Sunshine’s Night of Darkness, Scene 15

August 28, 2014

THINGS ARE GETTING CRAZY THIS WEEK!!!

SCENE ONE (and an explanation of what the hell is going on with these posts)

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SUNSHINE’S NIGHT OF DARKNESS

Synopsis:  It’s Sunshine’s first day of work in security at the P.U.R.E Corporation and all she wants to do is make it through orientation, but first she’s got to fill out a name tag requisition form, fit her uniform, meet a cute computer geek … oh, and save her fellow employees from genetically-mutated, blood-lusting vampires.

Notes: All work is registered with the WGC & the WGA.

N.B. – O.S stands for off screen

- Scene Fifteen -

INT. LAB 17, RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT, P.U.R.E CORPORATION – LATER

Leila’s heart monitor flat lines.

Dixon freaks. He shuts down the program and the blood drains back into Leila. He tries shocking, through the monitor pads already attached, Leila’s heart, but it doesn’t respond.

He pulls a needle and a stimulant out of the cupboard and injects Leila. Nothing happens. Dixon throws the needle on the counter in despair.

He paces and then crosses to a computer panel by the door. He taps the touch screen to call up the security menu, starts to speak but then stops himself. He then inserts his key and opens a private channel.

DIXON

Dixon, Head of Research to Head of Security. Priority, Lab 17.

Dixon waits.

Leila moans and Dixon’s head snaps to her. The heart monitor is still flat-lined. He steps to Leila.

Leila reaches up and begins to disconnect herself from the machines. Dixon, who is overwhelmingly confused, cannot speak.

Leila unsteadily stands, pulls her hair away from her face and stumbles to the mirrored glass that divides the lab from an observation room. In the mirror: She is transformed, her skin rejuvenated, her hair full and shiny, and her eyes blindingly blue.

LEILA

Oh! It’s me, only better.

She laughs; young, free and delighted.

LELIA

(a little ominous)

Wait, just wait until everyone sees me.

TARO (O.S.)

(through computer panel)

Taro, Head of Security. Please indicate nature of the priority, Lab 17?

Leila grimaces, pained. She cups her face, as her skin begins to pull back from her eyes, her mouth, and her nose like a sponge rapidly drying out.

Dixon moans and Leila turns to him in utter disbelief.

LEILA

My face! My skin! What have you done!!

Dixon scrambles towards the computer and, in his panic, manages to jab himself with the discarded needle. He yells and yanks the needle out. Blood swells from the deep puncture in his hand.

Leila moans at the sight of his blood and, instantly, she is by him; she lifts his hand to her mouth and sucks on his wound. He howls in horror and tries to pry her off his hand, but she clamps down harder and blood begins to spurt.

He swoons in a mixture of pleasure and pain, and grasps at Leila’s bowed head. His knees buckle and she follows, still feeding, as he collapses.

sunshine(etc) poster

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SUNSHINE’S NIGHT OF DARKNESS – a screenplay by Meghan Ciana Doidge

SCENE ONE

SCENE TWO

SCENE THREE

SCENE FOUR

SCENE FIVE

SCENE SIX, SEVEN, EIGHT, NINE, TEN

SCENE TEN

SCENE ELEVEN, TWELVE, THIRTEEN, & FOURTEEN

SCENE FIFTEEN (above)

Throwback Thursday: Sunshine’s Night of Darkness, Scene 11, 12, 13, and 14

August 7, 2014

SCENE ONE (and an explanation of what the hell is going on with these posts)

——————-

SUNSHINE’S NIGHT OF DARKNESS

Synopsis:  It’s Sunshine’s first day of work in security at the P.U.R.E Corporation and all she wants to do is make it through orientation, but first she’s got to fill out a name tag requisition form, fit her uniform, meet a cute computer geek … oh, and save her fellow employees from genetically-mutated, blood-lusting vampires.

Notes: All work is registered with the WGC & the WGA.

This week’s excerpt opens with a montage:

- Scene Eleven, Twelve, Thirteen & Fourteen -

INT. ACCOUNTING, OFFICE LEVEL, P.U.R.E CORPORATION – LATER

DATA TRANSLATORS crunch numbers into computers.

INT. PUBLIC RELATIONS, OFFICE LEVEL – CONTINUOUS

A GRAPHIC DESIGNER mocks up a P.U.R.E magazine advertisement: with the byline: it’s young, it’s fresh, it’s the newest you.

INT. HUMAN RESOURCES, OFFICE LEVEL – CONTINUOUS

An ASSISTANT slices bundles of paper in a hefty cutter and then binds them into information booklets.

INT. HALLWAY, OFFICE LEVEL – CONTINUOUS

Irma leads the group as they pass by various administration offices filled with EMPLOYEES.

IRMA

Administration is the heart of the P.U.R.E CORP, without it the facility would cease to function –

A sweet-looking man, LIONEL, 35, wanders passed with a coffee.

LIONEL

Hi Irma.

IRMA

Lionel, from accounting. We just visited your office, Lionel.

LIONEL

Too bad I missed you.

He nods to the group and moves on down the hallway.

Irma pauses at a gold-brushed wooden box mounted by a door.

IRMA

The suggestion box. A mainstay of human resources, we want to hear from you! Oh, but this is not to be used for payroll inquires, correspondence, or form submission. Suggestions, only.

CALLIE

Will there be a test? Because no one else is taking any notes and I didn’t realize –

IRMA

No test, Callie. Just the accumulation of knowledge for knowledge’s sake –

CALLIE

Not grades?

Irma spins away, swipes her ID by a computer panel and, when the door opens, crosses into Human Resources. Callie, having deliberately wound Irma up, smirks.

CALLIE (CONT’D)

She really shouldn’t frown like that, it mars.

SUNSHINE

People’s personalities can’t be contained within a constructed façade forever.

CALLIE

(almost gleeful)

You think she’s had work done? No, you’re right. It’s better to radiate, be radiant, you know, see the good inside parts on the outside.

RASHID

Bottle that and you’d put P.U.R.E out of business.

HUXLEY

Can’t be done, unless we lock all the good people up and continually harvest them to medicate the bad.

RASHID

And a virulent virus always overwhelms wholesome cells, unless you have huge quantities at inception.

SUNSHINE

And who would decide? Who was good enough?

sunshine(etc) poster

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SUNSHINE’S NIGHT OF DARKNESS – a screenplay by Meghan Ciana Doidge

SCENE ONE

SCENE TWO

SCENE THREE

SCENE FOUR

SCENE FIVE

SCENE SIX, SEVEN, EIGHT, NINE, TEN

SCENE TEN

SCENE ELEVEN, TWELVE, THIRTEEN, & FOURTEEN (above)

Throwback Thursday: Sunshine’s Night of Darkness, Scene 10

July 31, 2014

SCENE ONE (and an explanation of what the hell is going on with these posts)

——————-

SUNSHINE’S NIGHT OF DARKNESS

Synopsis:  It’s Sunshine’s first day of work in security at the P.U.R.E Corporation and all she wants to do is make it through orientation, but first she’s got to fill out a name tag requisition form, fit her uniform, meet a cute computer geek … oh, and save her fellow employees from genetically-mutated, blood-lusting vampires.

Notes: All work is registered with the WGC & the WGA.

- Scene Ten -

INT. LAB 17, RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT, P.U.R.E CORPORATION – LATER

Leila sits hooked into various machines, one of which looks like it cycles blood. Dixon toggles through a series of windows and programs on a laptop computer.

DIXON

… DNA can be resequenced. It remembers its original pattern, so we reshuffle to reflect … thirty?

LEILA

Twenty-five.

DIXON

(still a little unsure)

Right … and refresh and recharge all your blood. We have to wait for reabsorption –

LEILA

I’m not interested in details just outcome.

DIXON

Well, it’s important you understand –

LEILA

Youth, beauty, sex, money, power. I’m only missing the former, and I expect you to provide it without cluttering my mind with your science.

DIXON

Ummm … all right. Well … Side effects?

LEILA

(bored)

Continue.

DIXON

Sensitivity to light. Um, your eyes and skin could be sensitive to sunshine, heat, so stay out of direct contact. And, ah … well, death.

LEILA

I do read your reports, whether I like to or not.

DIXON

Oh, good, good –

LEILA

The treatment?

DIXON

Yes.

Dixon hits the space bar and a sequence runs on the computer.

DIXON (CONT’D)

You should feel drowsy and then …

Leila’s eyes bat close. Blood fills the cycling canister and then pumps through various tubing into various machines until a bloody web of plastic tubing forms around Leila.

sunshine(etc) poster

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SUNSHINE’S NIGHT OF DARKNESS – a screenplay by Meghan Ciana Doidge

SCENE ONE

SCENE TWO

SCENE THREE

SCENE FOUR

SCENE FIVE

SCENE SIX, SEVEN, EIGHT, NINE, TEN

SCENE TEN (above)

SCENE ELEVEN, TWELVE, THIRTEEN, & FOURTEEN

Writer Wednesday – Ella Medler

July 30, 2014

Let’s welcome author Ella Medler to Writer Wednesday on the blog!! I haven’t been doing these posts regularly for while, but when Ella mentioned her novella ‘Not Juliet’ to me I knew I had to tell you all about it  plus an excerpt and a new recipe – YAY!

Made by Ella Medler

Easy-make, flourless, low-fat macaroons

In a bowl big enough to make a salad put 4 egg whites.
Whip them until stiff, adding 4 spoonfuls of sugar as you go.
Add any flavorings (I like a dash of extra almond).
Now add in equal quantities shredded coconut and ground almonds (almond meal) until the mix reaches dropping consistency.
You want to be able to drop sloppy spoonfuls of this on a baking sheet.
Bake for about ten minutes – or until firm to touch.
Cool on a cooling rack.
Drizzle melted chocolate for a luxury finish.
low-fat macaroons
Meghan’s note: make sure the egg whites are room temp. Also, I adore adding ground almonds to my macaroons – YUM!

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Not Juliet

Not Juliet book cover

Synopsis:  Riella Smith, an unconventional Romany Princess, travels to Tuscany on the trail of her father’s challenger, to delay him and prevent unnecessary bloodshed and humiliation. What she expects is trouble from a fearsome rival. But life is rarely that easy. The trouble she finds is of a different kind. Soon, she faces the toughest decision of her life – again – though it should really be a no-brainer. All she has to do is choose between her people and a myth. After all, there’s no such thing as love at first sight.

Excerpt: Luca buried his face in her hair, trying to save his eyesight. Riella was lethal. She would have made a very successful cage fighter.

“I begged you to leave him alone. I begged you on my knees!”

“He knew it,” he shouted, trying to still her. “He gave up his life to protect yours.”

She still fought, but he could feel her tiring, grief weighing her down. Deep sobs erupted from her chest, replacing her will to fight.

“Come on.” He pulled her to her feet and towed her into the darkness, farther away from the fire and shootings.

They made it to the last trailer just as he heard the grenade launchers.

“Fuck. We need to run like you’ve never run before. Over to that line of trees. Ready?”

“No. Wait. I can barely stand up.”

“Tough. You can complain later. C’mon.”

Luca grabbed Riella’s hand tight in his hand and started for the trees. They ran for their lives, while behind them the campsite turned to churned mud and fire. Trailers and cars alike blew up, and the few people who hadn’t already taken cover ran away into the darkness.

As soon as they were hidden by the first line of trees, Riella pulled her hand out of his and dug her heels in. “Wait!”

“Riella, we’re not safe here. We need to get farther in.”

“I don’t give a shit! You stop and answer me one question, Luca Anziano, or you may as well kill me here and now.”

Luca stared at her for a split second. Dogged determination was shining in her eyes. Hell of a gene to inherit from her father. Why couldn’t she just have his color eyes, or same shape chin instead?

Riella stood, hands on hips, hair wild and twisting in the wind, outlined against the conflagration that had been her and her people’s home, like some avenging angel come to rid the world of its canker.

“Luca,” she panted, “when you told me you loved me… I just need to know… Were you lying to me?”

The metallic whizzing of several simultaneous barrels resonated over the crackling of the fire. Sprays of bullets showered the already destroyed site, catching any stragglers unawares.

“Who the hell sold him a metal storm? The guy’s nuts!”

“Answer me!”

“I’ll answer you on the go.”

Luca grabbed her in his arms and ran. The bullets kept coming and Riella was shouting something over the noise, but not loud enough for him to make out individual words. He ran, mind focused on one thing, and one thing only: to get her away from the danger, to make her safe.

The forest floor was uneven, and it would have been difficult terrain even without having to carry a struggling woman in his arms; with her added weight, Luca felt like he was wrenching each step through a vat full of treacle. His thigh muscles burned, his lungs were on fire, but now he could see the road, and parked to the side, the truck in which Karalius must have brought over his arsenal designed to teach Goliath’s people who’s boss.

Escape was in sight.

From in front, someone opened fire, and Luca stumbled. Before he could work out why, he hit the ground and knew no more.

BUY ON AMAZON

Ella Medler author photoBio: Ella Medler is a U.K. author and free-lance editor. She writes fiction in more than one genre in a seemingly vain attempt to slow down her overactive brain enough to write non-fiction on subjects she knows a thing or two about. She also does not believe in the starchy use of English and ignores the type of rule that doesn’t allow for a sentence to be finished in a preposition. Her books are action-driven and well-developed characters are her forte. Loves: freedom. Hates: her inner censor.

To keep up to date with her current writing and future projects, visit her website at http://ellamedler.wordpress.com/

Throwback Thursday: Sunshine’s Night of Darkness, Scene 6, 7, 8, 9

July 10, 2014

SCENE ONE (and an explanation of what the hell is going on with these posts)

——————-

SUNSHINE’S NIGHT OF DARKNESS

Synopsis:  It’s Sunshine’s first day of work in security at the P.U.R.E Corporation and all she wants to do is make it through orientation, but first she’s got to fill out a name tag requisition form, fit her uniform, meet a cute computer geek … oh, and save her fellow employees from genetically-mutated, blood-lusting vampires.

Notes: All work is registered with the WGC & the WGA.

- Scene Six, Seven, Eight, Nine -

INT. SPA, TREAMENT ROOM, P.U.R.E CORPORATION – LATER

A WOMAN, swathed in plastic, gets a facial.

INT. SPA, MUD ROOM – CONTINUOUS

A MAN soaks in a mud-filled, marble soaker tub.

INT. SPA, SUN BED ROOM – CONTINUOUS

A YOUNGER WOMAN lies tanning in a U.V. tube-filled coffin.

INT. FOYER, SPA – CONTINUOUS

A waterfall runs down one granite wall and over a grouping of river rocks. The group follows Irma, who acknowledges the pretty girl, MIKI, behind the granite front desk.

IRMA

Miki.

MIKI

Hi, Irma. Hello new people. Callie.

CALLIE

Hi!

HUXLEY

(looking around)

Swank.

IRMA

Yes. We are the top rated spa in the country. This is P.U.R.E’s most public face and its soul. Each client is treated like royalty in their own home. P.U.R.E Prompts the Ultimate Revitalization of Energy with its pristine spa.

Huxley offers Sunshine a mini eye roll and grin at Irma’s continual use of acronyms, but Sunshine has her nose buried in her orientation folder. Irma gestures and moves towards a set of ornate double doors. Rashid follows.

IRMA (CONT’D)

Through here we –

A sign-clad PROTESTOR bursts in through the main doors. His signage screams of P.U.R.E’S animal testing, shady morality, and promotion of unnecessary plastic surgery, and he screams as BUZZ, a security officer, yanks him back by his hair. BUZZ is closely followed by another security officer, PHIL.

PROTESTOR

P.U.R.E promotes pernicious, obsequiously risky, engineered, arggg –

Phil hits the Protestor with a stun gun and he falls. Sunshine, hoping to help, steps forward.

BUZZ (to Phil)

Watch it with that.

(noting Sunshine)

Hello, darling. Lost?

SUNSHINE

I thought… you might need help?

Phil hauls the rather limp Protestor to his feet and turns back towards the door.

BUZZ

(snorting)

Right! You’re the Sunny everyone’s talking about. A little girl in security. Well, it’ll be a hell of a ride … for us.

He turns his back on Sunshine and exits. Rashid and Callie look a little put off by the Protestor while Huxley glares after Buzz.

HUXLEY

(concerned, to Sunshine)

Hey, I think you –

SUNSHINE

Nevermind.

Irma, imperturbable through out the incident, prompts:

IRMA

Shall we?

SUNSHINE

Ummm, yea.

Irma continues further into the spa. They all follow.

CALLIE

(whispering)

What was that?

SUNSHINE

(shrugging)

You read his sign.

HUXLEY

(rhetorical)

Why do you think they need so much security?

CALLIE

Their high-end clients –

HUXLEY

Ask Rashid. If he’ll talk about it. He knows what they really do here.

SUNSHINE

What we need to do here is our jobs, nothing less.

Huxley and Callie look a little chastised. Irma looks back and raises her voice to prompt the others to focus/follow.

IRMA

The treatment rooms are luxury personified, and the sun beds –

CALLIE

Are just the thing if you want to forgo your leather jackets and just wear your own skin.

Sunshine snorts and Callie giggles, glad to have broken through Sunshine’s ice. Irma is not pleased.

sunshine(etc) poster

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SUNSHINE’S NIGHT OF DARKNESS – a screenplay by Meghan Ciana Doidge

SCENE ONE

SCENE TWO

SCENE THREE

SCENE FOUR

SCENE FIVE

SCENE SIX, SEVEN, EIGHT, NINE (above)

SCENE TEN

 

Leo in Repose

July 8, 2014

 

Leo doesn’t find the new sheets scratchy at all. Though watching them get torn off the bed at midnight and replaced with the old shredded-but-soft ones was probably seriously entertaining.

Leo in ReposeHis owner, however, is not amused. She is a big fan of her (usually) comfy bed.

 

Throwback Thursday: Sunshine’s Night of Darkness, Scene 5

July 3, 2014

SCENE ONE (and an explanation of what the hell is going on with these posts)

——————-

SUNSHINE’S NIGHT OF DARKNESS

Synopsis:  It’s Sunshine’s first day of work in security at the P.U.R.E Corporation and all she wants to do is make it through orientation, but first she’s got to fill out a name tag requisition form, fit her uniform, meet a cute computer geek … oh, and save her fellow employees from genetically-mutated, blood-lusting vampires.

Notes: All work is registered with the WGC & the WGA.

- Scene Five -

INT. LAB 17, RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT, P.U.R.E CORPORATION – LATER

Leila, still in sunglasses, crosses her ankles and perches on a chair while Dixon paces.

DIXON

Leila, I really must caution –

LEILA

You have.

DIXON

The animal tests have not been conclusive … and … and … your multiple surgeries … perhaps compromised immune system … don’t make you an ideal –

LEILA

What makes me ideal is my signature on your paycheques and the generous, shall we say, grants that keep your department top-of-the-line.

DIXON

Of course, I meant –

LEILA

We also wouldn’t want the government catching wind of any of your … experiments, which I, for the sake of P.U.R.E’s dedicated clients, would have to disavow any knowledge of. In fact, to the board your grants could look a little like … embezzlement?

DIXON

But –

LEILA

Were some of the trials successful?

DIXON

Well, yes. But –

Leila removes her sunglasses. Her eyes (and her face) are stretched almost beyond that of a recognizable human.

LEILA

I need this.

DIXON

– not yet on humans!

LEILA

I refuse to go on this way. I know the risks and the rewards … I have a dinner party tonight, and many of my guests, my wealthy friends would pay many, many hundreds of thousands if you can do what you say you can.

DIXON

I … I –

LEILA

– could open your own lab on your own private island with your percentage. That is, if you ever wanted to leave P.U.R.E.

DIXON

Never. I would never want to leave.

LEILA

Good. So, I sit in that chair over there?

sunshine(etc) poster

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SUNSHINE’S NIGHT OF DARKNESS – a screenplay by Meghan Ciana Doidge

SCENE ONE

SCENE TWO

SCENE THREE

SCENE FOUR

SCENE FIVE (above)

SCENE SIX, SEVEN, EIGHT, NINE

 

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