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Abby

PLOT

Michael Craft gets struck by lightning. The lightning gives him power.


Setting

New York City. Movie starts in a meeting.


Characters


Michael Craft

A self absorbed, work-obsessed, money-loving man. He is intelligent and good at his job. However, he is not very likable because he is so selfish. His biggest weakness is accepting compassion from other people. He wants to keep having his perfect life and make even more money than he already has. Even though he doesn’t know it, he needs to break free from his work for a little while and learn to accept compassion.


Paige Kenny

Paige is an adventurous, brave, selfless women. She is street smart and very good at surviving in the wild. She wants to get away from her proper, fitting mom (who she hasn’t talked to in years), who keeps sending her packages with china tea cups and fancy dresses. What she knows she needs, but won’t admit to, is to talk with her mom, instead of ignoring her for another six years.


Howard Ace

Howard was thought to be Michael's boss, however later in the script he turns into a monster and defeats Michael. His strength is strength. His weakness is seeing other people be loved since he is not loved by anybody, not even his family. He wants to defeat Michael because now that Michael has power he is afraid Michael will defeat him. He needs to be loved to calm the fire inside of him



Script

Act One, Scene One


INT. Meeting room.-8:15p.m.


Men and women sitting around table. MICHAEL CRAFT sits at the head of the table. Storms are raging outside.


MICHAEL

We don’t have enough money to fund the operation!


GEORGE

Michael! This child's life is at stake!


MICHAEL

That doesn’t mean we have to pay for his surgery!


GEORGE

What are we supposed to do, just let this child die?


KELLY

I agree with George.


MICHAEL

How about the parents pay for it! It’s their kid!


KELLY

But it is an expensive surgery! We can’t expect them to pay that much money!


MICHAEL

And they shouldn’t expect us to pay that much money!


GEORGE

Well, they do! And you wanna know why? Because we are an insurance company! They depend on us! If we don’t pay for the operation, then they will go find another insurance company, and tell their friends to find another one too!


MICHAEL

Oh well! We are the biggest insurance company in America! I think we’ll survive!


GEORGE

We may survive but the child won’t!


MICHAEL

NO! I am in charge here! WE ARE NOT GOING TO COVER THE WHOLE COST OF THE OPERATION!


KELLY

Well then maybe you shouldn’t be in charge!


Michael stands up and quickly storms out of room and slams door behind him.


Act One, Scene Two

Michael gets into taxi. Taxi drives away. Michael looks out taxi window, thinking about the meeting.


Act One, Scene Three

INT. Penthouse Apartment-8:30p.m.-Storming outside

Michael walks into his big, fancy apartment. Pours himself coffee and sits down on couch and clicks on tv.

SFX T.V. Playing in background

Michael sits on couch for a few seconds.

SFX Knocking sound on roof

Michael notices the sound and gets up and goes outside and climbs to the crow's nest.

Act One, Scene Four

EXT. Crow's Nest above penthouse apartment-8:33-Storming

Michael looks around crow's nest to see chairs and tables knocked over.


MICHAEL

Ugh. It was just the furniture.


Michael picks up furniture and sets it back up.


BACKGROUND PERSON ON STREET

HEY!


Michael looks over railing to see what is going on. Starts to turn around then get zapped by lightning. Michael jitters and shakes then falls to his hands and knees. His hands are tingling and lightning is coming from his fingertips. Michael looks at his hands.


MICHAEL

Wha-what’s happening. (Heavy breathing)

Michael passes out.


Act One, Scene Five

INT. Michael’s office-6:45 a.m.

Michael’s fingers are no longer tingling or sprouting lightning. Michael steps in door into his office.


MICHAEL

(Sighs)


Michael throws hands down in exasperation. Lightning flows from his hands


MICHAEL

(Murmur) Oh my gosh.


HOWARD ACE

What's going on, Michael?


MICHAEL

Just getting started on work.


HOWARD

Ah, yes. Work is good.


MICHAEL

It is indeed. (Small chuckle)


HOWARD

All the nice, calm (*emphasize calm*) people you meet.


MICHAEL

Mhmm


HOWARD

I mean, they are so open to ideas, and are good at talking things out.


MICHAEL

Yep.


HOWARD

That is the kinda people I would want to work with.


MICHAEL

Me too.


HOWARD

Good. I’m glad you agree.


Michael smiles and nods.


HOWARD

Oh, and there’s someone in the lobby who wants to see you.


MICHAEL

Who?


HOWARD

Some Paige Kenny.


MICHAEL

Hmm. Don’t know a Paige Kenny.


HOWARD

Oh. Well, see ya around, Michael.


MICHAEL

Bye.


Act One, Scene Six

INT. Office lobby-6:55 a.m.

Michael walks up to secretary's desk.


MICHAEL

I was told a Paige Kenny was here to see me.


SECRETARY motions to a woman sitting in lobby chair.


MICHAEL

Paige Kenny?


PAIGE KENNY

Yeah that's me. Are you Michael Craft?


MICHAEL

Yes. How do you know who I am?


PAIGE

That's not important right now. Come with me.


PAIGE grabs Michael's hand and tries to drag him outside. Michael resists.


MICHAEL

Hold on. I have work to do.


PAIGE

Work isn’t nearly as important as this.


MICHAEL

Excuse me?


PAIGE

What?


MICHAEL

What do you mean work isn’t as important as this? Work is extremely important! Work is my life! In fact my motto is work, make money, sleep.


PAIGE

Oh my goodness. That’s all that is important to you! Working and making money?!


MICHAEL

And sleeping.


PAIGE

Honestly. (Rolls eyes) Follow me.


Paige grabs Michael’s wrist again and pulls him outside.


Act One, Scene Seven

EXT. Outside Michael's work place in NYC.-7:00a.m.


PAIGE

You were zapped by lightning last night, correct?


MICHAEL

What? No? Why would I be zapped by lightning?


PAIGE

Don’t even try to lie to me.


MICHAEL

Okay, I was struck by lightning. So? Wait, are you like a doctor or nurse or something? If so, then thanks for checking in, but I am perfectly fine.


PAIGE

I’m not a doctor or a nurse. But I need to tell you something.


MICHAEL

Make it quick.


PAIGE

When you were zapped, did you experience a tingling sort of feeling in your fingers? Or did little bolts of lightning surround them?


MICHAEL

Yes. How do you know about this?


PAIGE

I’ll tell you later! Anyways, Long story short, there’s this evil guy who is trying to destroy all neighborhoods, farms, parks, beaches and turn them into cities.


MICHAEL

Well what is he going to do about it? It's not like he can do it just like that. (Snaps fingers.) He would need to be president to do that.


PAIGE

He can overpower the president, make him do whatever he wants.


MICHAEL

And how exactly is he going to do that?


PAIGE

I’m not sure exactly, but he has dark powers. And you’re the only one who can stop him.


Screen goes black


Act One, Scene Eight

EXT. Outside Michael’s work place.-7:05a.m.


MICHAEL

I don’t believe you.


PAIGE

It’s true.


MICHAEL

That lightning gave me no special powers.


PAIGE

Wave your hands around.


Michael waves hand around. Little bolts of lightning shoot from his fingers.


MICHAEL

That lightning gave me special powers.

Author

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Abby

Abby is 12 years old and is in seventh grade. She lives in Stillwater. In her free time, she likes to sing, dance, play piano, read, spend time with her friends and family, and write stories and screenplays.

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