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INT. HOTEL ROOM - NIGHT

The door opens. A MAN enters, luggage in hand. He slides his baggage under the bed. He then collapses onto it. As he nods off, he sees the digital clock. 8:30 PM.

INT. HOTEL ROOM - LATER
The digital clock’s ALARM sounds off. The Man wakes up to it, shivering.

STRANGER:
Wakey-wakey, sleeping beauty...

Groggy, the Man looks at the STRANGER, dressed in a Navy Uniform and sitting at the small table at the opposite end of the small hotel room.

MAN:
Okay...who are you?

STRANGER:
I go by many names. So many, in fact, that I’m largely forgotten by most. You can just call me the Stranger.

The Man looks around. He glances at the door, then back at the Stranger.

MAN:
Ok, Stranger, in the depths of your strangeness, what do you want?

With unnatural speed, he pulls a small briefcase out from under the small table. He opens it, and pulls out a small chess set.

STRANGER:
You familiar with the game of chess?

MAN:
(Nodding)
Alright, I’m just going to step outside and call the police, now...

He runs for the door. But, as he grabs the doorknob, he finds that it doesn’t even turn. Not one single jiggle.

MAN: (CONT’D)
Let me guess. My phone’s out of range, too?

STRANGER:
(Smiling)
You’re a quick learner, my friend.

The Man takes his set at the small table.

MAN:
Let’s just get this game over with.

Once again, with unnatural speeds, he sets the game up. As soon as the last piece is placed, the Man grabs the nearest blanket.

MAN: (CONT’D)
What...what’s happening? Did you just turn on the air conditioner?

He moves his first piece, a pawn, forwards two spaces.

STRANGER:
The game has begun.

The man glances at his side of the board. He moves a knight piece in front of his white Bishop. The Stranger moves a second pawn two spaces ahead, as well. The Man matches the move, only to have his pawn captured. A SHOT rings out.

EXT: WAR ZONE - NIGHT
An infantryman falls over, shot.

INT: HOTEL ROOM - CONTINUOUS

The Man gasps, quickly checking his chest. He looks behind him. A new hole is made into the wall behind him. He turns back to the Stranger.

MAN:
What was that?

STRANGER:
Let’s just say it’s something that makes the game more interesting. Your move.

Trembling, the Man moves his knight to take out the Stranger’s opposing pawn.

EXT: WAR ZONE - NIGHT

A cavalryman shoots the Stranger.

INT: HOTEL ROOM - CONTINUOUS

The Stranger grunts, as he clenches his arm.

STRANGER:
I never get used to that...

Move after move, they lose their pieces. The hotel room gets filled with holes from the effects of the game, with the same happening to the Stranger’s body.

Finally, he uses his Queen to capture the Man’s Bishop. A loud EXPLOSION sounds off, as a cannon ball barrels through, wiping out half of the hotel room.

However, the Man smirks - his own Queen lays in wait. He ises it to capture the Stranger’s Queen. The Stranger looks at the board, and draws one long, exasperated breath.

STRANGER: (CONT’D)
Finally. My game is over. Someone has finally won.

MAN:
What do you mean?

STRANGER:
(Chuckles)
I’ve been doing this for years...decades...centuries. Waiting...

MAN:
Waiting? For what?

STRANGER:
For someone worthy to come along...

The Stranger looks at the chessboard. His King is cornered by the Man’s King, aided by his Queen.

STRANGER: (CONT’D)
...to come along and end the wars. To rightfully declare...

The Man looks the pieces over.

MAN:
...checkmate.

The Man looks up, finding himself in the Stranger’s seat. The hotel room is back to normal, no damage of any kind. The chessboard is fully set, as if none of the pieces had been moved.

He jumps from his chair, running to the bed. He reaches under it to grab his bags, but finds nothing underneath.

The door opens.
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This is one of my college works, adapted into a short film script.
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Bryan Newman makes his way to his car, small package in his hand. After he slides the box into the back seat, he slips into the driver’s seat and starts the car up. He drives off, heading out of town. He turns on the car's radio, listening to the Christmas music play through the speakers, starting with Winter Wonderland.

He hears some ruffling behind him, but as he checks the rearview mirror, he doesn't see anything out of place. He shrugs, just before his phone starts to ring.

"Hello?" he answers. "Yeah, I got Cassie something. I'm on the way home right now, should be only thirty minutes. Okay, sweetie. Love you, too. Bye." He hangs up.

Immediately afterwards, he hears someone singing from behind, "Walking in a Winter Wonderland..."

He looks back, as he stares into the cold, glassy eyes of the black and white doll he had bought. Shocked, he almost loses control of the car, causing the doll to slide across the seat. He regains control, keeping his eyes on the road, but he shakes as he asks, "What... What are you?"

"Winter Wonderland...I love this song. The cold feel it gives off, the icy depictions..."

Bryan sternly asks, "What. Are. YOU?"

The doll replies, "Isn't it obvious? I'm just a doll..."

"I'm dreaming! That's what it is, I fell asleep and-" He watches as his hand goes numb and ices over. He screams, but as he shakes his hand, he sees that it returns to normal.

"My friends can do much...much worse than I..."

"What do you mean...your friends?"

The doll laughs, "I'm not alone...I'm never alone. One of my kind is always near, always looking for others to play with! And you...you're going to take me to your child, so that I can play with her!"

"Not if I turn this car around," Bryan shouts.

"You can turn it around, you could flip it upside down, I'll still make my way to...what's her name...Cassie! Then it'll truly be a winter wonderland for you and your whole family!"

Having enough of the twisted doll, he pulls over to the side of the road. He opens the door, looking into the black and white doll’s cold eyes. “What are you doing, Bryan?” the doll asks.

He takes the doll, and shoves it violently into the box he got it in. “You’re not coming home with me, you or your friends will never touch my family!”

“Don’t count on it,” the doll whispers.

He closes the box, folding the flaps inwards. Then he takes it to a nearby cliff and drop kicks it, watching as it soars through the air. It collides with the side of the hill, rolling down the rest of the way to a road down below. A car speeds by, slamming into the box. This sends it flying even further down the hill, and towards a small town. It lands in the back of a pickup truck, opening the flaps. But with the truck’s tailgate down, the box slides off, landing in front of a young woman. She looks inside it, and sees the doll, untouched, unscathed, unbroken.

She picks the box up and takes it home.

“Cassie,” the woman says, “I have something for you!”
The Doll
This was one of my recent college works.
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Karakleos-Manga Featured By Owner 1 day ago  New Deviant Student General Artist
Thank you for watching me at my New DA  Llama Emoji-05 (Flower Sparkles) [V1] 
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Black-Angel-Dan Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2015  Student Writer
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I have been told to send you that.
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SnowSultan Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015   Digital Artist
Thanks for the watch.  :)
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IloveHeyarnold Featured By Owner May 19, 2015
happy Birthday!! Five Nights at Freddys 2- Chicas Cupcake -Icon GIF Happy Birthday Godliek :D 
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KamenRiderLeo Featured By Owner May 19, 2015
Happy birthday!
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DerpyRedneck Featured By Owner May 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday!
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leelu Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015
Thanks for the watch! ^^
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Emmy15 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015
thank you for the favorite ^^ 
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GingerBreadArts Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for the Fave i hope you like it!
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FoxShifterAdopts Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Llama for you because you had the Jack-O-Lantern box in rainylake's Christmas Present Lotto. Hope you had fun!
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