I Saw The Sign


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Scene Title I Saw The Sign
Synopsis Eve sees the sign.
Date March 21, 2018

In Dreams

Eve finds herself standing in front of the ruins of the Staten Island Hospital. The air is thick, musky, not at all like the current chill that New York has been experiencing. Why she's in front of these ruins, she doesn't know, but she's bare foot, standing in the oddly cold dirt.

Why is the dirt cold when the air is so musky?

Without warning, she can hear something in the sky. If she looks up, she'll see black dots, like something is beginning to rain down all around her. There's a sound, but she can't quite make it out…

But that sound rapidly comes closer and closer, until there are skinned bodies screaming, everywhere, for miles, in pain. Their muscle is dry, and they hang from chains that seem to reach all the way up into the heavens.

They stop at least 10 feet off the ground, spaced out in intervals of at least five feet.

If she looks down, or tries to run, she'll find that the ground is covered in faces. The skin flayed from thousands, no, millions of faces, slippery and squishy, uncomfortable with each step, almost like walking on banana peels.

The screams of the damned are what get the seeress' attention before she's staring down at the floor of faces, going forward barefoot. Her eyes are wide as she takes in the falling bodies hanging from the skies above. A high wind kicks up and blows her dark mane of hair behind her as she pushes forward, through it. Hair whipping in the wind as she tries to make sense of what she is experiencing.

Crouching down low she slips on a mangled face, sliding into one of the screaming bodies that is hanging. She screams with it.

In the back of her mind she knows, this is a dream. This is a dream. This is a dream. But she always has that fear. That one day it won't be a dream. And perhaps this time is it. Pale arms are thrown out as she grabs onto the body to stop her fall. The blood and guts oozing over her arms as she closes her mouth to keep blood from falling in.

The ground starts to fog up, and soon the hospital is no where to be seen, but the bodies are still very much hanging. There's nothing in the distance.

One body falls, and someone unfamiliar to her, a short man, thin, wearing a lab coat, slowly removes the man's clothing. The body is now fully alive, a person, sedated, laying on a bed that seems to be embedded into the ground. "You won't be able to feel this, my employers would rather you not be mentally scarred. Though you can hear me, you are conscious, this is not a dream Mister Bernard. I'll play some music for you."

Eve can then hear a song begin to play, seemingly coming from every direction.

I, I got a new life, you would hardly recognize me, I'm so glad
How can a person like me care for you?
I, why do I bother, when you're not the one for me?
Is enough enough?

"I'm going to remove your liver. Don't worry, you'll be given a new liver. We want to see if your liver induces traits of your ability in a non-evolved individual." His hand begins to cut open the area of the man's liver, and he starts to bob his head. "I saw the sign, and it opened up my eyes, I saw the sign…" he hums as the music continues.

Life is demanding, without understanding.
I saw the sign, and it opened up my eyes, I saw the sign.
No one's gonna drag you up, to get into the light where you belong.
But where do you belong?

To her horror Eve discovers herself humming along with the mad thin man in the lab coat. Oh no poor Bernard. She stiffens though as the 'doctor' talks of his procedure. A science fairy. Eve's eyes narrow and she looks at the back of the younger man's head.

She tries to inch forward but she keeps slipping. She's trying not to make a sound, sometimes the people in her dreams knows she's there. Other times they don't.

Gray eyes are wide as she moves forward. Transfixed by the music.

Frank removes the liver, and then he holds it up in his gloved hand, moving it to show the man. "This is your liver. You can have one of these for your entire life, but never see it. This has always been inside of you, you're a very lucky man. This is a rare thing, to see your own liver." he states in a matter-of-fact tone. He doesn't even sound sadistic, his words don't have much emotional weight behind them.

I, under the pale moon, for so many years I wondered who you are
How could a person like you bring me joy?
Under the pale moon, where I see a lot of stars
Is enough enough?

"I don't understand why you're panicked. You're getting a new liver. Surgery isn't anything to be afraid of, the human body is extremely resilient." There's a pause as he carefully sits the liver into a dish, staring. "It's rude not to introduce myself, but for security reasons, you can't know who I am." He then looks back, staring at Eve. "But Eve." his voice comes from her ear, right up close.

I saw the sign and it opened up my eyes, I saw the sign
Life is demanding, without understanding
I saw the sign and it opened up my eyes, I saw the sign
No one's gonna drag you up, to get into the light where you belong
But where do you belong?
Oh, oh-oh-oh

"There's so much I'd tell you. Your skin, it decays like oak, becoming more beautiful with each year. The elasticity…" She can no longer seem to move from where she is, though she can still speak. "A mature face, with eyes that I wish I could take, preserve, find a way to replicate. But you, I'd tell you my name, I'd tell you many things. Doctor Price would be disappointed if I took your face, but, just this once, just this one exchange, my name, for your face…"

I saw the sign, and it opened up my mind
And I am happy now living without you
I've left you, Oh, oh-oh-oh
I saw the sign and it opened up my eyes, I saw the sign
No one's gonna drag you up, to get into the light where you belong

A scalpel traces around her face, down to the muscle. And then he reaches up to grab the top of her forehead, and suddenly she can see the flesh of her face peeling off, right before he leans in, whispering. "Doctor Witchenstein."

And then she immediately finds herself waking from her dream, in a cold sweat.

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