Friday, September 11, 2009

My 9-11-01

INT. AN OFFICE IN LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK. WITH A VIEW OF THE WORLD TRADE CENTER THROUGH IT’S WINDOWS.
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We see a shot of a clock on a desk, it clicks over to 8:46am. The camera pans back to show a young man at his computer entering information into an excel program. This is Kevin McDonald, he is 23 years old.
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Kevin enters information into the excel spreadsheet, he checks his paper work and enters more information on his keyboard. He couldn’t look more bored.
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GERALD
Hey, did you see this shit? Some asshole ran his plane into the World Trade Center.
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Kevin looks up from his work and over at Gerald who has CNN.com open on his browser. Kevin looks from Gerald to the windows that run along the entire side of the building that faces the World Trade Center. From the angle that Kevin can see the buildings they are almost in line with each other. The buildings are many miles away but he can already see smoke billowing up.
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KEVIN
How the hell does someone run into the World Trade Center? It’s a perfectly clear day.
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MARIA
Probably fell asleep or something.
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KEVIN
I remember one time I read about someone crashing a B-52 bomber into the Empire State Building, but that was in thick fog.
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GERALD
This website is saying he was off course.
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Kevin picks up the phone and dials.
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KEVIN
Hey Jess, take a look out your window...
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INT. JESSICA’S OFFICE, FURTHER OUT ON LONG ISLAND BUT ALSO WITH A PICTURESQUE VIEW OF NEW YORK CITY AND THE WTC.
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Jessica turns and looks out her window with the phone to her ear.
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JESSICA
Is that smoke coming off the World Trade Center?
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KEVIN
Yeah, someone ran their Cessna into one of the towers.
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JESSICA
How does someone run their plane into a building?
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KEVIN
Maybe they passed out or something.
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JESSICA
Okay, gotta go, busy. Love you.
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KEVIN
Love you.
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Kevin looks at the smoke coming off the World Trade Center one more time and then goes back to work. After a while he looks up again and as he is looking at the smoke he sees a huge flameball near the top of the building. The flameball only lasts for a split second. Kevin has unknowingly just witnessed the second plane crash into the World Trade Center.
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KEVIN
Wow, the building’s actually on fire, it’s not just smoke.
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Maria gets up from her desk and walks over to where Kevin sits to look out the window. There is no longer any fire that she can see.
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MARIA
You’re crazy. There’s no fire.
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KEVIN
It was only for a second, maybe it was the sun reflecting off the glass or something.
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Gerald looks up from his computer.
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GERALD
Another plane just hit the World Trade Center.
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The office of approximately 80 people has quite a different feel to it already. There is a quite buzz going on.
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MARIA
How do two planes hit the twin towers by mistake?
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KEVIN
One could be a mistake...we’re under attack.
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Kevin’s phone rings, it’s Jessica on the phone.
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JESSICA
Another plane hit the buildings.
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KEVIN
Yeah, I know. Listen, we’re being attacked.
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JESSICA
What do you mean we’re being attacked?
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KEVIN
This is no mistake. They’re intentionally running these planes into the towers.
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JESSICA
Who?
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KEVIN
I don’t know, it must be a terrorist attack.
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JESSICA
What did we do?
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KEVIN
They’re fucking terrorists. They don’t need a reason. I’ll call you back.
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Kevin gets up and goes over to Gerald’s desk. Gerald has CNN.com open on his browser and is surfing through various news stories.
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GERALD
They’re saying that there are two more planes headed towards Los Angeles.
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KEVIN
Where are they now?
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GERALD
It doesn’t say. It says they left from Boston.
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RAJ
This says one just hit the Pentagon.
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KEVIN
You’ve got to be shitting me.
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Kevin sits down and stares out the window. All around him people are walking to other peoples desks to talk with each other.
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MARIA
One just went down in Pennsylvania.
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Kevin’s phone rings.
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JESSICA
Why is this happening?
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KEVIN
I don’t know baby. I love you.
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A man who is standing near the windows turns and yells towards the office.
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OFFICE WORKER
THE BUILDINGS ARE FALLING! THE BUILDINGS ARE FALLING!
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Kevin sets down the phone and joins all the other office workers who are running towards the windows. Together they all watch as one of the buildings falls. From the distance they are from the buildings and from all the dust and smoke in the air, it appears as though the building has fallen sideways.
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Kevin walks back to the phone. He looks a bit paler than he looked before.
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KEVIN
Jess, I’m going home for the day. You should tell Steve that you’re going home too.
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JESSICA
Alright, I’ll leave as soon as I can.
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Kevin hangs up the phone and Peter, Kevin’s boss calls him into the warehouse.
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KEVIN
I’m going home Peter.
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PETER
I know there is a lot going on right now and everyone is really emotional, but we should really get back to work.
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KEVIN
What?
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PETER
This is what they want!
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KEVIN
What who wants?
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PETER
The terrorists. If we don’t keep working the terrorists win.
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KEVIN
Your kidding right? Look, this could be World War Three for all we know. I’m going home to be with someone I love. I’m not staying here.
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Peter and Kevin come out of the warehouse and into the main office area.
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RAJ
H.R. says that we should all go home.

FADE TO BLACK.
Copyright (c) 2008-2009 http://crudeandfeckless.blogspot.com/ by Kevin McDonald

11 comments:

Captain Dumbass said...

That was good, Kevin. Really good.

Not The Rockefellers said...

Wow, Kevin...a brilliant account of a very dark day.


Peace - Rene

SSP said...

yup...similar story here, only i was home getting ready to go to work...had voted in the primary and gone home for something I had forgotten (or I would have been on the train when it happened), and could see it from my bedroom in Brooklyn.....phone kept ringing....finally I just stopped picking it up. i like it much better as a screenplay....thank you.

Irish Gumbo said...

wow...excellent and disturbing


P.S.: Can you please forward an e-mail address? Not that I couldn;t just hop in the car and drive down to Annapolis :)

It's All Good said...

thats crazy.

Kat said...

Raw emotions even now, 8 years later.

♥ Braja said...

Yeah that was really well done....

Sweet Cheeks said...

Kevin...that day is with us all. I was watching live broadcast when the 2nd plane hit. Isn't it horrible that at that same exact moment...many of us across the country shared that same sight? Going home was the right thing to do. Home is where we are grounded to. It binds us together brother.

Fantastic Forrest said...

Brilliant line: I know there is a lot going on right now and everyone is really emotional, but we should really get back to work.

Of course, we had an administration that said if we didn't run out and buy lots of stuff, the terrorists would win.

I miss FDR. Well, not that I knew him or lived during his presidency, but you know what I mean.

monica said...

gasp... tear... another tear... hope you're well, sorry you had to see that.

Subhro said...

Ohh man ...its terrible...even today we feel sorry for that attack..but i can see that in every country all the bosses are same....