"Document 13" A Dystopian Tale: Part 7


Welcome to Part 7 of "Document 13", a dystopian graphic novel I'm creating with my daughter. Today I'm doing two scenes since both are quite short and related to each other. If this doesn't end up as a graphic novel, perhaps it can be a play? Or maybe converted into a novel, who knows. It's already well over 30 pages in my Word document. Oh, the possibilities....

I welcome any and all feedback!

The year is 2074, the world has been plunged into ecological and social ruin. One girl, Sarah Doe, will learn the secrets of the dark forces that led to such catastrophe. With the help of a few friends, her family, and her own powers she will fight to return the world to an order not known since well before her birth. Will she succeed? Read to find out!

If you haven't read the other parts, go back and read them first!

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6


Scene: A woman in a cook’s outfit walks into the cellar and sees Sarah hanging.

Cook: Oh Lordy, girl! What are you doing?!

The woman cuts Sarah down and checks her for a pulse.

C: No no no. You can’t be dead.

She shakes Sarah a bit.

C: (in her thoughts) The headmistress is not going to be happy about this. I’m not telling her… what to do? What to do?

Sarah coughs and opens her eyes

S: Am I… am I alive?

The cook jumps.

C: You were… dead! I know dead!! You were dead!!

S: I saw it all… everything…

C: And I saw you dead!

S: (disoriented) I know you, but you haven’t been here long. You’re the… cook?

R: I’m Ruby, but we don’t have time for introductions, child, we gotta go. I don’t know why you were in here but we’d better get you out. Better alive than dead.

Ruby unties the sheet from Sarah’s neck. She removes the tracker from Sarah’s ankle and smashes it. Then she helps her out of the room.

Scene: Headmistress’ office. Headmistress Matthews is on the phone.

HM: Yes, she will be ready for transport within the hour.
No, she shouldn’t give you any trouble, she’s been the best fundraiser I have.

Two orderlies enter looking very nervous. They are dressed in white jackets and white pants, both have dark hair peaking from under their caps and pale faces. They could be brothers by their appearance.

HM: Yes, the orderlies are here now. I’ll let you know when she is on the transport.

She hangs up and glares at the orderlies who are staring at the floor.

HM: Is the child cleaned up and ready? We wouldn’t want to give our friends a bad impression…

Orderly 1: Ma’am… ummm… she’s gone….

The headmistress leaps from her chair.

HM: What?! What do you mean “gone”?! Check her tracker!

O 2: We checked ma’am… it appears she took it off and destroyed it.

HM: Are there any suits missing?!

O 1: We haven’t checked.

HM: Why not? Why do I keep you? Check!!! If she got out of here, you will be finding her!! You’ll be lucky if I let you have suits!

The orderlies scramble from the office. The headmistress sits down and rubs her forehead.

HM: They had better find her… incompetent scum…





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