THE MESSENGER

Two young women find themselves being stocked inside their house by an unknown intruder


INT. DORM ROOM - NIGHT


NIKI LEWIS, 20, beautiful, petite. She exits the bathroom, her hair still wet, her body covered in towel. The steam from the shower still fresh is also released into the room upon her exit.

She makes her way toward the Closet.

She crosses by her roommate JESSE KLOVE, pretty 20, she wears baggy pajamas and glasses.


NIKI

You know you can use the TV?


Jessie

I actually prefer watching shows on my laptop.


NIKI

Weird. What you watching?


JESSIE

Mindhunter.


NIKI

That serial killer show?


JESSIE

Sorta.


NIKI

That’s even weirder.


Niki pulls an outfit from her closet and walks it back into the bathroom with her.

INT. DORM ROOM - BATHROOM - CONTINUOUS

The counter is filled with Make Up and other beauty products.

Niki hangs her outfit on a towel rack then proceeds to do her make up in front of the GIANT MIRROR.


NIKI

You know there’s still time to get ready if you wanna head out to this party with me and Jason?


JESSIE

Naw I’m good, still have a lot of work to do.


Niki stops applying her make up and sticks her head out the room.


NIKI

Girl since when is binging your psycho show work?


JESSIE

Since the subject matter has to do with my class curriculum.


Niki rolls her eyes then is back in the mirror applying her make up.

NIKI

I don’t know what the fascination is with you and dead people.


JESSIE

Not the dead people that fascinates me, its the mind of the people who kill them that fascinates me.


Jessie’s phone VIBRATES. She checks it. She’s received a DM from someone calling themselves HOLDEN87.

Jessie and Holden87 begin a back and forth chat in regards to Mindhunter, she’s finally brought out of it by...


NIKI

Did you hear what I said?


JESSIE

What? No.


NIKI

I said can you check my phone to see if my brother text me back.


JESSIE

Oh sorry. Hold on.


Jessie gets up from her bed and makes her way over toward Niki’s bed. She grabs the phone and sits down.


JESSIE

What’s you password?


NIKI

Don’t have one. Just press and swipe up.


JESSIE

You should get a password, I recently watched an episode of a show where this Killer was able to clone his victims phone in order to stalk her.


NIKI

Not worried. No stalker is crazy enough to stalk me after seeing your brother. Besides he’s the one I’d be afraid of if he thought I was hiding something behind a passcode.

Jessie swipes up.


JESSIE

Nope. No message from Jason.


The phone vibrates and something catches her eye.

It’s a DM from...HOLDEN87


JESSIE

Wait. You know Holden87?


NIKI

Not really. He’s more of a ghost follower who likes to heart ALL OF MY PICTURES and watch my stories. He never comments, the fact that he’s finally built up the courage to send me a DM I guess shows that he has at least one working testicle. What did he DM me?


JESSIE

I don’t know. You want me to read his DM?


NIKI

Yeah, you can be my filter and if its to creepy you have my permission to just delete and block him and we never have to talk about what it is he said.

Jessie reads the message. She looks a bit spooked.


JESSIE

He asked if you also like to watch True Crime shows. He says the fact that you’re blond gives you a higher rate of becoming a victim of a sexually motivated crime.


NIKI

What the hell Jessie. That for sure falls into to the delete and block and never have to talk about what he said category.

She finishes with her make up and begins to slip on her underwear underneath her towel. She then removes the towel and puts on her bra.


JESSIE

He said that last bit of information you can share with... your roommate

(she taken back)

to help me with my midterm.


Niki emerges from the bathroom, her hair and make up look amazing. She’s still in her underwear.


NIKI

Roommate? How’s he know I about you?


JESSIE

Well I’ve been DMing with him for the last few days but I don’t know how he knows that we’re roommates?


Niki makes her way over toward Jessie.


NIKI

Let me see.


She takes the phone. Immediately she opens up his profile.


NIKI

Have you been to his profile?


JESSIE

No.


NIKI

No? A guy you’ve been chatting with for a few days? You weren’t curious to see what he looked like?


JESSIE

No not really. What’s he look like?


NIKI

Couldn’t tell you. He has 10 identical photos, all wearing a dark hoodie and his face covered in shadow. Wait!


She scrolls back up to the top of the profile.


NIKI (cont)

He has a link.


JESSIE

Well don’t click it, it could be some sort of spywear or worse his members only private profile.


NIKI

Was that a joke?


JESSIE

Sorry.


NIKI

I’m clicking it.


Niki clicks it. Immediately she places her hand over her mouth as she stares at the phone. She drops it.


JESSIE

What?


She goes toward her closet. She still looks spooked.


JESSIE

Niki what is it?


She pulls out a box. Inside of it there’s a GUN.


Now Jessie looks spooked.


JESSIE

Niki why do you have a gun?


Niki ignores her. She makes her way toward the room door. She carefully opens it. Very cautiously she looks out. Its dark.

She looks back toward Jessie.


NIKI

No matter what you hear do not open this door. Got it?


Niki twists the lock on the door then exits and closes it behind her.


JESSIE

Niki?!


Jessie looks toward the phone. Slowly she picks it up. She looks at the screen.

A live video feed plays.

Jessie stares.

The footage looks HANDHELD. It tracks around the room. We can’t see the camera man, just everything his camera allows us to see. Jessie recognizes it as her place.



Written by Darion Taylor


(For educational use only)


Copyright © 2020 by Darion Taylor


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