Virtual Reality

Shannon is seen running down a street. She enters her house, and the scene cuts to a room, where Andre, Kate, and Lexa are seen lounging around. Lexa is on her laptop, Kate is on her phone, and Andre is singing in the corner. Drake is then seen hiding between desks.

Shannon:

Hey guys!

Everyone looks up from their devices, and Andre freezes in the middle of a big part. Shannon gives each of them an air hug.

Andre:

Hello Shannon!

Kate and Lexa:

Hi!

Shannon:

What's up?

Andre:

Nothing much, just been rehearsing, you?

Shannon:

Just excited, 149 more days until the concert!

Drake randomly starts singing Friday by Rebecca Black, as JoAnn enters room. She waves, and Bailey enters the room. Andre walks to Bailey, followed by Shannon.

Bailey:

Hey guys! We need to race sometime.

Andre:

I guess so, but it needs to wait until I finish this essay.

Bailey:

How much longer?

Andre:

First I need to finish 30 chapters, and then write the 20 page essay.

Bailey and Shannon laugh, while Andre growls. Kate turns her phone off, and walks to Bailey and Andre

Shannon's inner monologue:

You see, we're all close friends. We all met a few years ago, when the majority of us were beginning junior high. None of this could have happened if it wasn't for JoAnn, though. She's the creator of the club we're all a part of.

Scene cuts to Bailey, Shannon, Andre and Kate racing rolling chairs around a course set up. Kate is in the back, since she is new to this. Shannon is barely ahead of Kate, while Bailey and Andre are fighting for first, with Andre winning. Bailey throws a red ball down, which hits Andre and he spins out, allowing Bailey to pass by, and make it to the goal first.

Another scene cut to all four who were racing entering the room while laughing, in which Drake, JoAnn, and Mat are lounging around.

Bailey:

Haha, you should have seen your face! I beat you again.

Bailey snickers as Andre curls his fist into a ball.

Andre:

Only because of your stupid shell.

Bailey:

I still won!

Drake:

Okay, okay.

Kate glances at her phone, and begins to jump from excitement.

Kate screams:

Shannon! Shannon! Look, look! One Direction's new song is out!

Shannon screams back:

Oh my gosh, no way! Let me listen!

The two girls go into the corner with the music playing, and Mat joins them.

Mat:

No way! Oh my gosh.

Mat listens with them, and sighs.

Mat:

Isn't Louis' voice so perfect?

Shannon in a dreamy voice:

They're all so perfect.

Kate nods in agreement, too excited to speak.

Andre:

It was so cold today.

Andre looks at JoAnn, who is eating an ice cream cone. His expression becomes on of disgust.

Andre:

Yet you're eating a damn ice cream cone?

JoAnn shrugs.

JoAnn:

It wasn't cold for me. Was it, Bailey?

Bailey shakes her head.

Shannon's inner monologue:

JoAnn and Bailey are best friends. They do lots of stuff together, from video games to watching movies. No one knows if they're dating.

Andre:

Well aren't you just a lucky-

Cookie enters the room, interrupting Andre.

Cookie:

Hola humans.

Andre and Kate:

Cookie!

Shannon's inner monologue:

Her real name is Katie. We call her Cookie because her name is real close to Kate's and it got us all confused, and she liked Cookies. She is also a real genius, like, Albert Einstein level of genius.

Kate:

Hey, do you have any trivia?

Cookie sighs.

Cookie:

Can I at least sit for 5 minutes before you start asking be for trivia?

Kate makes puppy-dog eyes. Cookie sighs again.

Cookie:

Give me like, 20 minutes, then we can do some trivia.

Kate:

Yay!

The scene cuts to a game-show setting. Cookie stands at the podium, holding flash cards in her hands, an evil grin spread on her face. Kate, Andre, and Drake are sitting in desks. Lexa is at a board, keeping score. She has an obviously fake smile on her face. Shannon and Mat are sitting in the corner, watching. JoAnn stands behind them, waiting for someone to answer a question incorrectly.

Cookie:

Welcome to Trivia Night! For the millionth time in a row, our contestants are: Kate, Andre, and Drake!

Kate, Andre, and Drake all wave. Kate blows kissy faces, Andre sticks his tongue out to impersonate Miley Cyrus, and Drake just sits there.

Cookie:

And for the first question: What is the capital of Romania?

Kate raises her green paddle first.

Kate:

Bucharest?

Cookie:

Correct! Point for Kate!

Lexa draws a tally under Kate's name.

Cookie:

Question 2. What is photorespiration?

Andre:

What? How are we supposed to know this!?

Drake raises his paddle.

Drake:

It's in photosynthesis, where oxygen is consumed, but no ATP is made, thus stopping the process.

Cookie:

Correct! Point for Drake.

Lexa puts a tally under Drake's name.

Cookie:

Next one. Who was our 32nd president?

Everyone raises their paddles almost simultaneously. Cookie points at Andre

Cookie:

You first.

Andre:

Thank you. One I can answer! Theodore Roosevelt!

Lexa makes the wrong answer sound. Andre looks around, horrified.

Andre:

What? Who was it?

Cookie:

Andre, you're the first one to get something wrong.

Andre:

No, no, no! Please, one more chance! No!

Cookie:

You must be... ANNIHILATED!

Andre:

Please, no!

Andre tries to run, but trips. Guard, JoAnn, comes over and grabs him. JoAnn takes him out of the room, while Andre kicks and screams.

Cookie:

Anyone wish to try to answer this question correctly and not be annihilated?

Kate shakily raises her hand.

Cookie:

Ahh, Kate, do you have an answer?

Kate nods slowly.

Kate:

It's not Theodore, it is Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Kate holds her head up, preparing for whatever was to come.

Cookie:

Correct! Point for Kate! Now, since Andre was eliminated, we need to bring in the contestant in the house. Lexa, will you do the honors?

Cookie pulls out a container full of paper slips, and holds it out to Lexa. Lexa closes her eyes, and sticks her hand in there. She pulls it out, and then opens her eyes to read it.

Lexa:

The contestant to enter is Mat!

JoAnn brings Mat into the room, whom is freaking out. Mat sits in the desk Andre was previously located at. Lexa changes Andre's name to Mat on the board

Shannon's inner monologue:

Oh dear, poor Mat. He has a hard time with these questions. And he answers with full confidence, too. Oh God. At least it wasn't me who would be up there.

Cookie:

Alright, welcome Mat! Anything you'd like to say to your audience?

Mat shakes his head.

Mat:

No, thank you.

Cookie (laughing):

Alright then. Here's a practice question. No one gets annihilated if they're wrong on this one. What is an ampersand?

Mat raises his paddle, followed by Kate.

Cookie:

Alright, Mat?

Mat:

It is the name for the "and" symbol.

Cookie:

Correct! Now for the real questions. Which president had two non-consecutive terms?

Drake raises his paddle.

Drake:

Cleveland, of course.

Cookie:

Correct! Point for Drake!

Lexa places another tally under Drake's name.

Cookie:

Now, for a game twist. Whoever gets this one right, not only gets a point, but can choose to exterminate one of your fellow contestants.

Drake, Mat, and Kate look at each other, horrified at the thought that one of them was going to go next. As they turn to face Cookie, Kate has a smug look on her face.

Shannon's inner monologue:

Kate is really good at trivia, so she often gets these rounds. I feel bad for Drake, though.

Cookie:

Alright, the extermination question: What created the nebula?

Mat manages to get his paddle up first. Kate raises hers next, then snickers.

Cookie:

Okay, Mat?

Mat hesitates, then nods.

Mat:

The supernova?

There is a moment of silence, as Kate's face slowly falls in horror.

Cookie:

Correct! Who would you like to eliminate?

Mat stares at Kate, grinning. Her face is pleading, and Drake is chuckling behind her. He reaches for his white board and begins to write the name he chooses. He stares at Kate the whole time.

Cookie:

No need for any dramatic upbringing, just say who!

Mat:

I pick...

He raises his whiteboard, which has the name on it. Drake screams as he reads his own name on there.

Mat:

...Drake. You never paid me for last week.

Drake:

I was going to pay you once I won this!

Mat:

Were you?

Drake:

Of course!

Cookie:

Now Drake, you are ANNIHILATED!

Kate glares at Mat, then chuckles slightly in relief. They fist bump as JoAnn takes Drake where she had taken Andre previously.

Shannon's inner monologue:

Exactly.

Cookie:

Now, we're down to our last two contestants. From here on out, if you get it wrong, the question goes to the opposing contestant. If they get it wrong, you stay in the game. If they get it right, you are to be-

Shannon, Kate, Mat, JoAnn, and Cookie:

ANNIHILATED!

Cookie:

Okay. What does Stellar Parallax tell us?

Neither Mat nor Kate raise their paddles. Lexa makes a tick tock sound. After several, long moments, Kate hesitantly raises her paddle.

Cookie:

Alright, Kate?

Kate:

Ugh, it is the distance of something.

Kate thinks for a minute.

Kate:

Of the planets?

Lexa makes the wrong answer sound. Kate then looks at Mat, who suddenly remembers the answer.

Cookie:

It is down to this, Mat, do you have the answer?

Mat looks at Kate, then at Cookie, then back to Kate. He nods.

Mat:

The Stellar Parallax tells us the distance of-

Shannon's inner monologue:

Very unlikely he'll get this. Even if he does, he'll give the wrong answer for Kate.

Mat:

-stars.

Cookie:

Correct! Congratulations, Mat!

Kate:

What the Hell, Mat? I thought we had a pack!

Cookie:

Kate, you are ANNIHILATED!

Kate screams and tries to attack Mat, but is pulled away by JoAnn.

Kate:

I'LL NEVER FORGIVE YOU FOR THIS!

JoAnn leaves with Kate.

Shannon's inner monologue:

That is actually a very big shock. Wow. I thought he would have been loyal. They always stick together, wow.

Scene cuts to the bare room. Mat, Kate, Andre, JoAnn, Cookie, and Drake stand there. Kate and Drake face away from Mat. Andre is pouting in the corner. Shannon sighs before speaking.

Shannon:

I think I'm going to bed. Night, guys!

Andre:

Wow, it is the weekend, and you're going to bed this early. Wow.

Kate:

Weak, Shannon, weak.

Shannon:

Shut it.

Cookie:

Adios, Shannon. Maybe you can play tomorrow?

Shannon:

Sure. Good night!

Andre:

Good night, Shannon.

Andre mumbles something too low for anyone to make it out.

Kate:

Night!

Mat:

See ya, babygirl!

Drake:

Night.

Cookie:

See you tomorrow, Shannon!

Scene cuts to Shannon laying in bed, rolling over, getting comfortable.

Shannon's inner monologue:

We've been through thick and thin, but we've stuck together. This past summer has been rather interesting, but even through the drama, we've made it. We're a friendship of forever. And we'll stick together no matter what obstacles we face. Even the biggest one we have right now. I love those guys, I really do. I'll do anything for them.

Scene cuts to Shannon, Andre, JoAnn, and Bailey entering an abandoned building. They look worn out, like they've been fighting for days without proper nutrition. They're all wielding some sort of weapon, and they each carry small packs.

Bailey:

About how much further from Worthington is this place?

Andre:

A long distance.

Bailey:

JoAnn? Do you have anythi-

Bailey is cut off by a ringing noise. Shannon looks at her phone, and sees her brother, Zach, is calling. She picks it up.

Shannon:

Zach?

Zach:

Where are you guys at?

JoAnn:

We're at the auditorium, which is on the way to Worthington. Where are you at?

Zach:

I'm in the sewers of Romero.

Bailey:

Get food while you're there. We'll wait for you here.

Andre:

Get some health pots, too.

Shannon:

And healing supplies.

Zach:

Okay, so the basics. Would you like a teddy bear while I'm here?

Shannon:

If you can.

Zach:

No

Shannon:

Okay.

Zach hangs up, leaving the group to examine the room. Shannon finds a staircase.

Shannon:

Do you think there's anything up there?

JoAnn:

Maybe there's armor.

Andre:

Or food. Bailey, do you have any food? I'm literally going to starve to death if I don't get something in my system right now.

Bailey searches her bag, and finds a cookie, which she hands to Andre. Andre eats it, and looks a little better.

Shannon:

I'm going to investigate, alright?

JoAnn:

Be careful. Don't need to pull an Abby.

Bailey:

In Shannon's defense, Abby wouldn't even have made it by now.

Shannon laughs, then begins to climb the stairs, and finds a chest at the top. She is hesitant to open it. She goes to the rails of the stairs, and shouts down to the group.

Shannon (shouting):

Guys! There's a chest up here!

Bailey (shouting):

Good! Collect what's in it, and hurry down here!

Shannon:

What did you think I was going to do? Leave the chest up here? It probably has a lot of stuff.

Andre:

Maybe it is an epic chest. This place is new, after all.

Shannon slowly walks to the chest, and inches it open with her finger. She doesn't see an immediate threat, so she throws it open. A zombie pops up, and she screams, dropping her weapon. The zombie grabs her, but she escapes after fighting. She is severely injured. She limps to the staircase, where the zombie grabs her again. The zombie pulls her and knocks her into the wall, where it begins to eat her.

Scene cuts to Bailey, Andre, and JoAnn looking up the staircase. They hear Shannon's screams, and begin to freak out.

Bailey:

Shannon! Are you okay?

Andre:

It sounds like she is in trouble!

JoAnn:

Come on!

They all begin running up the stairs, with JoAnn in the lead. JoAnn arrives at the top, and signals for the others to stay back. She slowly pulls her sword out, and hits the zombie with it. The zombie falls over dead after a few swings, and JoAnn signals the others it is okay to come up. Bailey runs to Shannon, whom is on the ground, coughing, minutes away from death.

Bailey:

Shannon! Are you okay? Shannon, oh God. Stay with us, stay with us.

Shannon (in a whisper):

Th-.. Wa...

Andre:

We need some health pots, now!

Bailey, Andre, and JoAnn quickly rummage their bags for any health pots, but don't find any. Bailey searches Shannon's stuff, but doesn't find any.

JoAnn:

Oh God. Andre, you have bandages, right?

Andre pulls a bandage out of his bag. JoAnn pulls out shears from hers.

JoAnn:

Anyone have medicine?

Everyone shakes their heads. JoAnn screams, just as footsteps are heard. Andre pulls his gun from his bag, aiming it down the stairs.

Zach (shouting from down stairs):

Where are you guys? I thought this was where you were at?

Everyone upstairs sigh of relief. Andre puts his gun back.

Andre:

Up here, hurry!

Zach runs up the stairs, and sees his sister on the ground, dying. He begins to rummage through his bag.

Zach:

Damn it, I know I grabbed a health pot!

Bailey:

Come on Shannon. Shannon, no!

Just as Zach pulls the health pot from his bag, Shannon dies, and is now a zombie. JoAnn pulls her sword out, and stabs the zombie. Shannon's stuff falls from the bag, and they collect it.

Zach:

So close... If only I had been here sooner...

JoAnn:

We should have gone up with her.

There is a ringing, and Bailey picks up her phone. It is Shannon calling.

Bailey:

Hello?

Shannon:

Guys, oh my gosh. That was scary. And I was asking for water, I was about to die of dehydration, thank you very much.

Bailey:

Oh my gosh.

Andre:

You should have said water then.

Shannon:

I did!

JoAnn:

Well, we have your stuff now.

Shannon:

Arses

Bailey:

Do you think you'll make it here shortly?

Shannon:

Maybe. Hopefully. I spawned near Geuten, so.

Zach:

Shannon, what's dad making for dinner?

Shannon:

I thought he told you that?

Bailey shakes her head.

Bailey:

We'll wait here for a while, then when you come here we'll go to Worthington.

Andre:

Get supplies!

Shannon:

Of course, Andre.

JoAnn:

And that teddy bear Zach forgot.

Shannon laughs, then the call hangs up.