INT MAYOR'S SITUATION ROOM. A darkened room with huge video screens, all displaying a map with a frightening orange and green blob heading directly for San Francisco. Uniformed men and women rush around, barking into phones and tapping at keyboards.
MAYOR bursts in, following by Chief of Staff LLOYD.
OK, what have we got? Give it to me straight.
General BRICKS turns to face MAYOR.
I'm afraid it doesn't look good, Sir. As you can see, it's headed right for us.
What do you mean, "it"? Don't sugarcoat it for me, General. Give it to me straight.
Well, Sir, it's...it's rain.
MAYOR's face is a mask of shock and horror.
"Rain," General? You can't be serious.
I'm dead serious, Lloyd. It's rain. And it's bearing down on us like a 50,000 ton freight train full of liquid water. Deadly, liquid water.
Is that what rain is, General? Water?
That's what we think. Water, but....from the sky.
What the hell are you talking about, General? Water from the sky? What kind of madness is this?
I'm sorry, but our intelligence indicates it's true. Water falls from the sky and collects on the ground and makes things wet.
Technical question, General. If you were to look up at this "rain," and you had your mouth open, could it fill your lungs and drown you?
Honestly, Lloyd, I don't know. We don't have a lot of answers.
Goddamit, we're wasting time. We've got to warn the citizens about this "rain."
The worst part of this, Mayor, is that it may already be too late.
EXT. PLAYGROUND - DAY
Children run and play on the various playground equipment. We see JOHNNY jump from the monkey bars and land on his feet, smiling delightedly.
This is the best day ever!
From above, we see the shadow of a cloud move across the playground. A drop of water splashes onto JOHNNY's head. And another, and another.
Mommy? What's happening?
[OK, I know, two rain posts in a row. But what am I supposed to do? This storm was the Biggest Story of the Decade. It would be like Walter Cronkite doing a newscast in 1969 and not mentioning Vietnam. The movie poster picture I stole from Kate Scott's Twitter feed. Thanks, Kate Scott.]