3x01 - remy

1.

TERESA

Okay, so, hi, hello, it's me, I'm back, I'm here, I'm ready to go. Back at it again with the--you know, I feel like irony isn't good right now? Maybe it was never good. Irony is--not really suited to the end of the world.

(she shifts in tone, a bit, becomes more formal in her speech)

Okay. Teresa Marin, take three. Currently inside of the Lands University Isabel Coleman library, which I picked the lock of. The cameras broke in February and they haven't fixed 'em yet, so. Nice. I'm doing some recon, looking into the town's history in a way that nobody else can--you know? You get my gist, I think, because. This library is busy all the time. So--now that school's been out for a week, so. We good. Uhhhh. Personal updates. I just finished my finals yesterday, because. I'll get into that later. Uh. I'm gonna increase my hours, though I don't see much point, what with the lack of tourist season, and what have you, so. Uh. Yeah. Town's pretty desolate. Few remaining students, but otherwise, it's just locals, so. High schoolers and parents, really. A lot of people are just hanging in Ocean City, instead of here--FSK is out, now, so. Those high schoolers are out.

(she sighs, a bit sad)

Okay, so. Uh. How am I? I'm--surviving. You know how it is. I'm kind of, like, somewhere between hyperaware of reality and chilling in the astral plane, so. Who even knows? I don't! I never do! It's so fun,
and, uh, rad, and cute, and--just. You know? Yeah, you--

(beat)

Okay, there's somebody here--

2.

And we hear someone approaching. It is REMY, late teens, an acquaintance of Teresa. Their voice contains a boundless enthusiasm that doesn't quite seem appropriate for the time nor place.

REMY

Teresa! Imagine seeing you here, this time of night! And this time of year! Who are you talking to?

TERESA

(surprised)

Oh, um. Myself. Why are you--

REMY

(so goddamn happy to see somebody else)

I work here? So I have the key, and I'm making up a final next week, so. Might as well study.

TERESA

(acquaintance danger alarms going off)

For those listening, this is, uh Remy
Washington, just completing year two here, majoring in. Uh--

REMY

Comp-Sci.

TERESA

Oh. Nice. Don't you live in, uh. Virginia?

REMY

Yeah, but also, my parents are afraid I'll bring home the apocalypse, so.

TERESA

(incredulous)

Wait, for real?

REMY

(still cheery, like, what the fuck)

Yeah, like, I don't think that's how the end of the world works, but. Never seen one before, so. Maybe they know better.

3.

TERESA

The world's never ended before.

REMY

(smiling)

That we know of, yet. You think the world didn't end when the dinosaurs kicked it? Asteroids, and all?

TERESA

I mean, I guess--

REMY

Also, asteroids did it. You read the news?

TERESA

They confirmed it?

REMY

Yeah, yeah, I think so! What's the recorder for?

TERESA

(you know the meme of the woman doing calculus in her head? that's teresa's tone)

I make an--an audio diary. For some friends and I. We're documenting the apocalypse.

REMY

Oooh, damn, that's certainly. Fun. You
know, Esther Roberts is actually making a podcast about that, it's pretty okay; could use more editing, but like--

TERESA

(mildly disgusted)

Esther Roberts the Criminal Justice major?

REMY

(being nice, as is their wont)

Yeah, yeah, she's--she's got some cool
talking points, I-M-O, but. Could use a more journalistic edge, which--are y'all publishing? Because I'd be into another--

4.

TERESA

Uh--we're not--publishing? We're--it's a personal thing. We don't edit, or anything, really, it's kind of--should I turn this off? I guess it's important to document convos, too, but--

REMY

Oh, nah, it's cool! I can add a fresh perspective. Can you give me the DL of who's involved?

TERESA

Uh, me, my roommate Angie--

REMY

The missing one?

TERESA

(bummed at that reminder)

Uh. Yeah. She's okay, though, she's just--where the Others come from. We're communicating.

(she takes a beat, dismisses her feelings like they're dust on her shoulders)

But, the team's like. You know. Some hippie-school students, some locals, you know, just. Buds of mine.

REMY

Neat! Uh, so, like, what's--

TERESA

(dismissive)

We're a pretty deep dive into some stuff, I dunno if you'd get all of it--

REMY

You can't be deeper than, like, the news, and shit.

TERESA

We kinda are?

REMY

Don't go after my boy Anderson [Cooper] like that.

5.

TERESA

I love Anderson as much as any other human being with a heart and a soul, but, uh. No, he's not getting all of it. We've made--

REMY

You said you were communicating, how does that work?

TERESA

We've made contact, like I was saying. This has been going on for way longer than most people know, it was just... subtler.

REMY

Define subtler.

TERESA

Remy, I don't want to condescend to you?

(she wants to condescend to them)

But it's real complex.

REMY

You're condescending me. I live here, this--this effects me, too.

TERESA

Okay. So. New Year's, right? Sky goes bright purple around three AM. Only a few of us noticed.

REMY

(99% kidding)

Or it was New Year's, and y'all were hallucinating.

TERESA

(defensive as fuck)

No, no, we weren't hallucinating, because, uh, this--this kept happening. And it's gotten bigger, and, and worse over the last few months, 'til it culminated in, well--

REMY

(doubt.jpeg)

And you didn't tell anybody?

6.

TERESA

You think people'd believe us?

REMY

(sardonic)

Not at first, but you'd have cred now.

TERESA

(fuck off.)

The world ending didn't really seem like a possibility then, thanks, so.

REMY

(softening)

Teresa, I'm serious, like--have you--have you done anything?

TERESA

(Please fuck off.)

Yeah, I've done plenty, actually, and I don't like the implication that I--

REMY

Hey, I'm not trying to go after you, I'm just--I'm worried. Are you good?

TERESA

(not fine, not great, bottom of her game, you know.)

Yeah, fine! I'm great, top of my game, you know--

REMY

You sound tired.

TERESA

I'm not. I got six hours of sleep last night--

REMY

You're supposed to get eight.

TERESA

(trying to shrug it off)

Has anybody in this town gotten eight since last month?

7.

REMY

I mean, I guess not, but. You keep talking, I'm gonna listen. Weigh in if need be.

TERESA

(back in Monologue Mode)

Okay, so it's been. Eight days since Angie's--message. We know a few things. One: She's alive. She's kind of hostage, low-key, but she's okay. She's being held by Mae's aunt, uh, Regina Corelli, goes by Gina. She's Andrew's youngest child, of, uh. Seven. Mae's dad is the fifth born. Gina is--maybe thirty-five. Two: She's doing mostly okay. She's a bad liar, so we'd know if she was being forced to say anything.

REMY

Maybe that's a little too optimistic?

TERESA gives REMY a LOOK. I don't know how to describe it with words, but there's certainly a tense beat, there, isn't there.

REMY

Sorry. I mean, uh. Yeah, yeah, I'm sure Angie's fine.

TERESA

(aaanyway!)

She is. She's doing okay, and she's going to come back, and it's fine.
Three: Elaine is--in and out. Other Elaine is occasionally possessed by her, sort of like a reverse of my--

(she takes a pause)

Nevermind. You know. All of you know this.

REMY

Are you Jekyll-and-Hydeing with your alternate universe self? My roommate Jen met her double, but there's not a Jekyll-and-Hyde there.

8.

TERESA

(awkward)

It's more of a Jekyll and Jekyll situation.

REMY

Jen's double is kind of the worst, so, uh, I was just assuming--

TERESA

No, my double's pretty chill, she mostly just likes bad sitcoms and not being in the other universe, so, like--

REMY

No, no, I got you. My b for assuming.

TERESA

Yeah, yeah, anyway. So, Elaine is--
happening. We are working on it. Robin
thinks she found something, as we know,but--It's all experimentation. Okay, okay, so. Meanwhile, in town news. Some people left. Corielli's still in session for
another month, but Lands isn't, and some folks just left. Finals were pretty much cancelled, but some folks opted in--

REMY

Self-included.

TERESA

Yeah, Remy included. Me included. You know. Uh, so, cool. Uh. A lot of town
institutions are open! The Bean Zone is actually getting traffic because Bux closed down, and, uh, the store is getting curious patrons who then immediately leave because Ben Folds is playing.

REMY

Hate Ben Folds.

9.

TERESA

(that's fair!)

That's fair. But, uh, yeah, so, weirdly enough, when people feel trapped in a town by the apocalypse, uh, they support local business kind of? Not entirely but kind of. So that's neat. I haven't collected, like, actual data, it's all anecdotal, but. I have interviews! Mr. Lieberman, who's sworn enemies with my dad and who runs the mini- mart, says that people are shopping at them
more often now.

REMY

Your dad has a sworn enemy?

TERESA

My dad's a really nice man. He's kind of a lot. A big personality. Lot of--you know. Quirks.

REMY

And the quirks are genetic? Because, uh,
you--
TERESA
I write down every conversation and also pretend everything's alright all the time, yes, because I was taught to focus on my career and repress every negative thing. Yeah, we've addressed it, that's step one of recovery, let's not talk abou--

REMY

Okay, I see a really great chance for you to open up and for us, to like, form a friendship, and you know I am all about bonding, and, like, look, I have my own parental issues, so, you know, maybe we can relate on that later, but do you see--

(beat)

That.

TERESA

See what?

10.

REMY

Okay, so, I don't wanna be conspicuous, right?

TERESA

(nervous)

You're talking very loudly.

REMY

(quieter)

Okay, so I don't wanna be conspicuous, right?

TERESA

(louder, frustrated)

What is it?

REMY

Okay, who's talking very loudly now? Okay, so, uh, turn your head, uh, third degrees to the left, uh, corner of your eye. You see that? The, uh, light?

Long beat.

TERESA

Okay, yeah, so, uh, let's pretend we're actually studying like normal humans. I'm gonna keep recording, so we--so we have record if something happens. Don't touch the light, okay? Just--don't do it.

They settle.

REMY

Uh, so I got tunes, if you want 'em?

FRONTIER by ZOE CRAWLEY begins playing--soft, acoustic music. Eventually, TERESA starts talking again.

TERESA

Uh. So. Um. Reporting. Because I was in a broadcast class, so this is technically studying. Um. The light is gaining form, like, uh, it's. Uh. Making shapes. Currently, it's a rhombus. It was a hexagon a second ago. It seems to be pretty random.

(MORE)

11.

TERESA

Not in, like, the 2008 Hot Topic way, but, in, like, the statistical way.

(she pauses)

Um. Okay. Look. It's--it's a letter now.

REMY

C. O. M. E. H. O. M. E.

TERESA

Okay, now it's flashing word to word.

REMY

Now it's both! Neat?

TERESA

It's not. Uh. It's not neat at all--

And begin the static.

REMY

Okay, that's not--that's not cool. At all, in my opinion, uh--

TERESA

Yeah, I'm gonna argue that that's fact in this situation. Okay, okay, so this is--

Static gets louder, and cuts out. Continue music.

TERESA

(on the verge of an anxiety attack)

Okay, okay, dude--okay, so. Okay. Okay, cool, cool, cool, really--

REMY

Breathe?

TERESA

Okay, okay, I'm trying, I'm trying, and--

(she breathes)

Okay, okay.

REMY

Yeah, I'm gonna try and, uh, exit. You wanna join?

12.

TERESA

I'd like that a lot, yeah.

And there's a click. End music.

TERESA

Okay. I'm, uh, back home, now. Remy's passed out on my couch, uh--dorms aren't really open. I think the library's been sort of a crash-place for non-local students still in town, which is to say--just Remy. Uh. I'm not really sleeping. I have a--energy drink supply. It's actually, um. It's Angie's. I'm sure she wouldn't mind. Other me doesn't really like them, but, uh, she's been kind of keeping to herself lately. By her own self. In her own world. So she can't get too mad, I don't think.

(a sigh)

And neither can Angie. That's--that's good. I can make this situation good.

(beat)

I--I'm starting to get a mullet. I'm so stressed out about--everything. I forgot that short hair grows out faster. I don't know the science, but that's how I think it works, so I'm considering it fact anyway.

REMY

(far away)

Hey, you got a t-shirt I could borrow? I'm--you know--

TERESA

Yeah, maybe flannel in the summer is a bad idea, my man.

REMY

It's spring!

TERESA

You're from the south!

REMY

I was born in New York, and also, barely.

13.

TERESA

Check Angie's side of the room, it's got t-shirts with her album cover that she never got around to selling. Should I sell those? I think she'd like it if I did. Would be a cool welcome back present, if you ask me. But, uh, also, I don't do presents. Except for birthdays. And, uh. Holidays. Homecoming is a holiday, technically, I've seen movies.

(a beat, a breath)

You know, that light, it's like--back at the beginning, of all this, it's--I walked into a light, just like... And sometimes I still see it in the corner of my eye, and I--you know. I don't know how to handle it. I--I panic, I lose it. I need somebody to calm me down, and, uh.

Enter REMY.

REMY

You okay? You know you need rest.

TERESA

I really don't. Not--there's stuff I should be doing, you know?

REMY

You gotta take care of yourself. Come on. I saw you had bath bombs, and I smelled eucalyptus--treat yourself, Teresa Marine.

TERESA

Marin. Not marine. But I--

(a smile)

I appreciate the effort.

REMY

Okay, so, uh. Your recording's not really going anywhere, cuz it's four A.M. and you haven't slept in maybe eight and a half years, so--

TERESA

Don't take it!

REMY

You can finish it in the morning.

14.

TERESA

Sure. Yeah, okay. I'll--I'll upload it
tomorrow. Bye, guys. Love you. Stay safe.

Fin.