Starboard Side

Episode 102: Broken

Screenplay by Jared Williams

Story by Hannah Carlson and Jared Williams

 

Fade through Black:

 

Ext – Stone Bunker:

 

The camera pushes in on Amadeus, still crouching and peering into the bunker through the small window. He remains silent, but begins reaching down to his belt for his communicator. Voices can be heard coming from inside.

 

Voice

That oughta show those loyalist worms a thing or two about showin’ up on our door step again…

 

General’s voice

Let us hope so, brothers.

 

Cut to:

 

Int – Stone Bunker

 

Ami’s eyes can be seen through the window, but are taken out of view when GENERAL GRAVES steps in front of the camera. Push out to reveal him, speaking to those soldiers standing all around him. The flames are doused by a large drape just out of frame, the ends of it flying into view.

 

General

We may have won tonight, but we were lucky. We could’ve suffered much more fatal casualties than we did.

 

Voice (out of frame)

I say it’s the robot, did ya see ‘im?

 

General

Yes, the machine proved quite an asset.

 

A loosely dressed soldier paces up to the general, and begins to talk into his ear, almost whispering.

 

Soldier #1

Excuse me, sir. Did anyone see where the robot went…

 

The General turns to the soldier, suddenly realizing the problem.

 

Soldier #1

…After the battle.

 

The general turns to his men, and then around the bunker, looking around. He spots Amadeus’s eyes through the slit window in the wall.

 

General
(pointing)

There!

 

The soldiers all in turn look at Ami’s eyes and begin to move toward the exit to the bunker. Ami’s eyes move out of the window.

 

Cut to:

 

Ext – Stone Bunker

 

Amadeus gets to his feet and starts to exit, the soldiers coming up the stairs of the bunker behind him. He gains immediate ground on them, appearing like he might escape. The soldiers behind him are yelling and sprinting, wielding blunt weapons of their own like clubs; a few here and there have blades.

 

Soldier #2

Don’t let him get away!

 

Other soldiers and citizens in the compound begin to take notice to the chase, taking up arms and joining in. Women here and there begin to move back into their homes. Lights from darkened bunkers begin to come on. A soldier along side the path Ami is running rushes him, attempting to bring him down for the soldiers behind. Ami takes his arm and twists it, then punches him in the torso. The soldier falls, and Ami picks up his communicator, and begins typing into it while he runs.

 

Soldier #3

Stop there, Robot! You’re under arrest!

 

A soldier breaks off of the mob and checks on the fallen man by the side of the path. Amadeus finishes typing and his eyes fade yellow.

 

Cut to:

 

Ami’s POV

 

The road in front of him, the buildings along side, and the people taking notice to him all glow with a yellow aura, the display at the bottom of his vision reading “DNA scanning” followed by a display of three circles spinning in unison. He looks to his left and right, into the alleyways, seeing nothing.

 

Cut to:

 

Ext – Bunker

 

Camella steps out of the guest bunker, looking outside to witness the commotion. She’s wearing a robe and her hair is still wet.

 

Camella

What’s everybody yelling for?! I thought we were done fighting!

 

The commotion grows louder as she looks down the road and sees Ami coming around. Several soldiers along the side of the street step toward him and begin to wrestle with him, stopping him in his tracks. Ami jumps back and steps to the side of the bunker, into the shadows, but still watching.

 

Cut to:

 

Closer on Ami—

 

The three soldiers take turns on him, but he trips the first, bringing him to the ground and then knocking him out with a knee to the face. The second is backhanded and flies back several feet. The third jumps on Ami’s back and tries to choke him. Ami shrugs and then flips the soldier over his back onto the first soldier, which knocks the wind out of the third. Ami stands and looks around.

 

Ami POV—

 

Ami looks around the yellow universe, across the way, until he spies Camella in the alleyway, glowing in a purple aura. The display at the bottom changes to “Target Identified,” the three circles picking up pace in their spin.

 

Cut to:

 

Widen—

 

The mob catches up with Ami as he begins to move toward Camella. They immediately strike him in the back, bringing him down the ground. He gets back up to his knees and counters the first one that hit him, pushing back into the rest of the crowd. He brings up his communicator and tosses it toward Camella as someone tackles him, thrusting it toward her. The mob doesn’t notice, only begins to beat on Amadeus.

 

Camella moves slightly out of the shadows and recovers the communicator, but doesn’t move to help Amadeus, which is what he wants. She sees his eyes fade back to red underneath the mob and runs off.

 

Amadeus’s attention goes back to the mob. He kicks the person immediately on top of him, and rolls over onto his back, punching another in the face. He manages to get back to his feet. Two soldiers grab his arms and try to restrain him. He jumps and kicks several more soldiers in front of him, bringing them down to the ground. He then moves his hands forward and rams the two soldiers trying to restrain him into each other, knocking them both down. Two more grab his ankles and pull backward, knocking Amadeus to his knees. He attempts to get up but is kneed in the face. He puts his feet up and kicks his attacker away, and jumps forward back onto his feet. Suddenly he takes a shock in the back from a stun wand, and seizes. He shrugs at the first shock and attempts to continue fighting, but two more shocks right after one another bring his body the ground, too disabled to fight back. Push out as the soldiers take their turns kicking at him.

 

Cut to:

 

Ext – Road

 

A walking General Graves paces by himself up the road, certain he’ll make his way to the robot’s capture soon enough. He has a slight smile on his face.

 

A lone soldier, breathing heavily, meets up with him, jogging in the opposite direction.

 

Soldier #4

Sir, the robot has been secured. Do we dispose of him?

 

General

…No. Move him into the compound. I’ve got a better idea for him.

 

Soldier #4

Yes, sir.

 

Cut to:

 

Ext – Alleyway

 

The only light that can be seen in the dark, shadowed alleyway is that small blue light coming off of the communicator’s display. Push in slowly on the light and the girl it reveals to be Camella, her face and hands hardly visible in the darkness, glowing with the blue light.

 

She reads along the communicator, the camera panning down it to show what it says. It reads:

 

 

              The soldiers here are violent.

              Leave this place.

              If I am captured, they will come for you.

              Return to the ship and wait

              I will attempt to find you before they do.

              If you should find a way to leave, to fix the ship, then do so. The PTM will locate

              the ship and take you in. I trust you won’t put up a fight.

 

Camella’s eyes grow wide and watery as she finishes reading, and then presses a button on the communicator which brings up a map to the ship, she smiles at it.

 

Camella

Can’t say Ami’s ever unprepared…

 

Cut to:

 

Ext – Guest Bunker

 

Camella turns the corner to face the entrance of the guest bunker, still in her robe and pajamas. She freezes when she sees a pair of soldiers open the door and burst in. She sinks back into the shadows.

 

Camella

I suppose fashionable clothes will have to wait.

 

She moves back into the alleyway and pauses, reaching into her pocket and pulling out a wrapped piece of chocolate. She smiles to herself.

 

        Cut to:

 

Int – Guest Bunker

 

The two soldiers kick down the door to Camella’s quarters and burst in, yelling and wielding pistols.

 

Soldier #5

Freeze!

 

Soldier #6

On the ground now!!!

 

The two soldiers storm the room, kicking in the room to the bathroom (revealing a messy, post-shower display of hair care bottles and soaps) and the closet, finding nothing but a hanging set of khakis and a black sweater. They meet in the center of the room.

 

Soldier #5

[Lowering his weapon] where is she?

 

Soldier #6

I don’t know.

 

A breeze comes in from the open window on the rearmost wall. The two look up at it, and a small piece of paper floats in. The two follow it with their eyes until it lands on the bed. Soldier Six moves toward it and picks it up, reading it.

 

Soldier #6

What is it?

 

Soldier #5

It looks like a chocolate wrapper…

 

CU of wrapper

 

The white side is facing the soldier, words scribbled on it by the corner of a piece of chocolate. It reads:

 

Too late. Too bad. Better luck next time, boys.

 

-♥Cammy♥

 

Soldier Five looks up and looks over two Soldier Six, and simply raises a confused eyebrow.

 

Cut To:

 

Ext – Forest

 

Camella leaves her robe behind revealing her two piece black pajamas. She strides to the edge of the forest, looking back at the compound. She smiles, tucks her communicator into the waste of her pants, and moves on.

 

Cut To:

 

Separatist Main Compound – Corridor

 

General Graves moves toward a steel door, stopping in front at a soldier who is guarding it. The soldier pretends not to notice him.

 

Soldier #2

Sir

 

General

Has the robot been properly detained?

 

Soldier #2

Yes, he isn’t going anywhere, Sir.

 

General

Good, I think I’d like to speak with him.

 

Soldier #2

Of course, Sir.

 

The soldier steps aside and lowers his weapon as Graves opens the steel door with a squeak, and steps inside. He shuts the door behind him.

 

The room is completely dark, except for the glow of Amadeus’s eyes. The eyes turn to face the now closed door. The general’s hand can be seen just above the light switch, but hesitating.

 

Amadeus

General Graves

 

The General taps his hand for a moment.

 

General Graves

Impressive, robot.

 

The general flips on the light switch, illuminating a single hanging light above a table that Amadeus is seated at.

 

New angle on Amadeus –

 

Reveal on Amadeus, pan upward. His chair is bolted to the ground, his feet wrapped in chains. His hands are equally chained to the ground, restricting his arm movement considerably. Lastly, a tick leather belt is wrapped across him, around the chair. He is tucked as far under the table as possible.

 

General Graves moves toward the table, the side opposite of Amadeus which has its own empty chair, this one not bound by bolts or locks. General Graves remains standing, looking over Amadeus.

 

General Graves

Amadeus… the nearly invincible robot…

 

Amadeus

Electrocution tends to show no mercy

 

General Graves

Still, you put up quite a fight, didn’t you? More than any one of my soldiers could have.

 

Amadeus

Call it instinct. A functioning program I cannot delete. It is always best if I’m not threatened.

 

General Graves

Oh, but think of the benefits! You could easily fight your own battle if you needed to.

 

Amadeus

[Changing the subject] Why did you burn those soldiers? You complained that they do the same.

 

General Graves

Hypocrisy has no meaning on this world, Robot. We do what we must.

 

Amadeus

And what good does it do?

 

General Graves

In a few hours those bodies will be displayed outside these walls, in the forest for all of the loyalists to see. They’ll soon think twice about invading our territory; thus less fighting; thus less bloodshed.

 

Amadeus

And what happens when seeing their dead begins to boil their blood?

 

 

General

What? You speak of nonsense.

 

Amadeus

What happens when their request for vengeance and blood outweighs their fears of death? What happens, General?

 

The General falls silent and looks down at the table. After a few seconds he pulls out the chair and takes a seat, clasping his hands together and resting his elbows on the table.

 

General

I imagine my enemies would make a great deal of assumption if they saw you in front of their dead, wouldn’t they?

 

Amadeus

What happens when I tell them the truth?

 

General

Ahh yes, morality comes into play more often then we’d like, doesn’t it?

 

Amadeus

Unfortunately for you.

 

General

So what if I told you that your “friend”, the one with the red hair and annoying speech, has been detained.

 

Amadeus

Has she?

 

General

Oh yes, without the cooperation of robots like you I might be forced to let the guards dispose of her. Although I’m sure that’s not all they’d do; I know a few of them find those green eyes sinfully attractive.

 

Amadeus looks down, his face disappearing from the General’s view.

 

General

And I would hate to have to do that, Robot.

 

Amadeus looks back up, his eyes glowing green. Graves is taken back.

 

Amadeus

Nor will you. Lying, especially to pull emotion out of the emotionless, is impossible.

 

General

Ahh, Amadeus. I daresay your talents come without limit, don’t they?

 

Amadeus

Unfortunately for you.

 

The General’s smirk fades into a frown, and he becomes fed up. He slams his hand down on the table and stands up.

 

General

No, Robot. It’s unfortunate for you. You see we’ll find a way to make you help us, and it’ll be far worse than your cooperation.

 

The general paces out of the room, and opens the door. He switches off the light and leaves, slamming the squeaking door behind him. The room fades back to black.

 

Fade To:

 

Ext – Forest

 

Camella makes her way through the thicket, her sleeves and legs scratched here and there, but otherwise in good shape. She takes the communicator out from her side and checks it, correcting her direction, then places it back at her waste. She continues pacing, walking past the camera so that it begins following her. She comes to a clearing and stops, the camera pushing in to reveal her find.

 

The Ryuu-3 sits level just next to the marsh, mud and plants hanging off of it. Next to it sits a pair of cranes, supposedly used to get it out of the marsh. There are several other vehicles moving about, All-terrain vehicles and so forth. Pacing around the site are soldiers wearing colors similar to the loyalists seen in the previous episode. Camella crouches and looks at the scene past a few trees and logs.

 

A reverse angle shows a group of three men unload a piece of machinery on a dolly down off of an ATV and roll it up into the Ryuu-3 from the ramp. They look fairly efficient.

 

Camella

Now why would they be fixing Ami’s ship?

 

Camella sees them bring another smaller piece out of the back of the ATV.

 

Camella

How did they even know what the problem was?

 

Camella starts to crawl backward, away from the scene. She’s incredibly careful to avoid sticks and leaves and things, avoiding sound at all cost. She backs up far enough and begins to turn, and finds herself face to face with a butterfly resting on a flower. She lets out a scream and then desperately cuts it off with her hand.

 

Cut to:

 

Loyalist Compound – Interrogation Room

 

A folder full of papers drops in front of Camella, who is seated at a table with handcuffs on and an annoyed look on her face.

 

Camella

What’s all that?

 

New angle on her interrogator—

 

General Keslo Dorian pulls back the chair and sits down, looking back at Camella with a calm face. His hair is beginning to white and his face is wrinkling, but he looks buff and able. His clothes are much more orderly than General Grave.

 

General Dorian

Absolutely nothing. Total junk.

 

Camella

Well thanks for showing it to me, then!

 

Dorian

That’s everything we could hack from your ship’s computer. It told us what was wrong, what needed to be fixed. But in the end it’s still… junk.

 

Camella

Why’s that? Not thick enough to dry up all the blood? I keep saying double quilted is the way to go, but…

 

Dorian

Because it didn’t tell us anything about the access codes to actually start the ship! We can’t very well use those new parts if we can’t start the ship!

 

Camella

And why would you want to start Am… my ship?

 

Dorian

To get off this rock, why else!?

 

Camella

You can’t leave?

 

Dorian

If we could, do you really think we’d be hanging around here with those animals you’ve been taking alliance with?

 

Camella

How do you know I’ve been…

 

Dorian

You have their taste in fashion.

 

He gestures to her pajamas. Camella looks down at her clothes.

 

Camella

Yep! I suppose you’re right. So why doesn’t your planet come get you?

 

Dorian

Our radio was damaged the day we got here. They can’t receive our distress calls…

 

Camella

And so your just gonna hop aboard the first ship that lands and have a happy old time bringin’ your buddies home, huh?

 

Dorian

That’s the idea. So, what’s the code for starting the ship?

 

Camella

…I’m afraid I’m not at liberty to say.

 

Dorian

I had hoped you be a bit more cooperative than this. What’s the code for starting the ship?

 

Camella

I’m sorry, pal, I can’t help you. Now if you want some codes to Death Fighters IV, then you’ve---

 

Dorian

I’ve shown you the utmost sincerity and cooperation here, and now I’m going to give you three seconds to do the same. What are the codes to the ship?

 

Camella stays quiet. Dorian begins to frown, and ultimately stops blinking. A bit more than three seconds passes and he scoots his chair back.

 

Dorian

Very well, we’re done here. My lieutenant, Greck, will be in with you shortly to show you what we do with those who won’t cooperate.

 

Camella

I don’t suppose he’s the tall, dark, and handsome type, is he?

 

Dorian stands and exits the interrogation room, closing the door behind him. Camella watches them, and her fake smile turns into a flustered frown.

 

Cut to:

 

Loyalist Compound – Corridor

 

General Dorian sighs as he shuts the door behind him, and then begins to walk away. Before long his lieutenant starts pacing up to him from behind.

 

Lieutenant Greck

General Dorian! Did she have anything to say?

 

General Dorian

Ahh, lieutenant! No, she was rather unhelpful. See what you can do to change her mind, will you?

 

Lieutenant Greck

And if I can’t, sir?

 

General Dorian

(turning to face Greck)

It’d be an awfully big task to dismount the weapons off of that ship, but one way or another I’m not going to let this opportunity pass us by.

 

Lieutenant Greck nods slowly, and then turns around, heading toward the interrogation room. Dorian watches for a moment and then begins walking again.

 

Cut to:

 

Separatist Compound – Medical Lab

 

Amadeus lays offline across a medical table; General Graves looking over him. On the other side stands a technician, wielding several cutting tools.

 

General Graves

Can you fix our friend, here?

 

Technician

Override his programming? No, it’s too foreign.

 

General Graves

Well then how do we know they’ll just fight him, instead of take him in?

 

The technician moves down to Amadeus’s hand and inspects the glove. He then pulls it off by the fingers and rim. It reveals Amadeus’s metal endo-structure. The colored wires run along the tubes and joints.

 

Technician

We’ll dress him in our colors.

 

General Graves

[Cracking a smile] And when he goes down this robot will take a countless number of loyalists with him.

 

Cut to:

 

Loyalist Compound – Corridor

 

Lieutenant Greck leads Camella down a darkened corridor, gated doors on the left side. It is lit by red lights along either side and white light coming from the end. He’s holding her by her still cuffed right arm, pulling her along.

 

Camella

Do you treat all the girls this nice?

 

Greck

You can save your quips for the afterlife, girl. You should’ve cooperated with the General when you had the chance.

 

Camella

So now what? Ya just torture me ‘til I crack? It’s been done before, y’know.

 

Greck stops in front of one of the barred doors, and moves to open it. He pushes it in, revealing what appears to be a very powerful torture chair. There are blades, torches, needles and so forth, all attached to mechanical arms. They lay at rest as Greck leads Camella inside

 

Greck

Then we must learn to improve on our methods…

 

Greck leads Camella deeper into the room, bringing her up to the chair. He presses a button along the side of a console next to it which seems to bring all the little arms of the chair to life. They begin to swirl into a fixed position, pointing forward instead of hanging downward.

 

Camella

Plasmal.

 

Greck presses another switch which unclamps the wrist, waste, and ankle restraints. They open with a loud pop.

 

Camella

Very plasmal…

 

Greck presses a few more buttons before moving toward Camella. He stands in front of her, between her and the chair, and moves toward her restraints. He unlocks the first wrist and Camella rubs it with her other hand.

 

Camella

Ahh, thank you.

 

Camella takes her free hand and uppercuts Greck, sending him instantly backward a bit. He begins to recover, but she moves around him, behind the chair. She reaches over his head and puts the chain around his neck, forcing him backward until he’s finally forced to sit in the chair. She quickly takes the chain and tosses it at the console, hitting the restraint button.

 

Greck

What are you doing?!

 

The restraints snap shut on him, binding him to the chair. Camella moves around to the front of the chair, and then to the console.

 

Greck

They’re going to find me, you know! They’re not going to let you get away with this!

 

Camella

That’s probably true.

 

Camella’s fingers begin moving over the console as she inspects the buttons, trying to figure out what does what.

 

Camella

If that’s the case I suppose I’m gonna have to find some way to keep you quiet, huh?

 

Camella presses a green button toward the bottom of the console, then moves toward the exit. She pauses at the door.

 

Camella

Could’ve been fun, brother! Ya got that whole adventurous vibe goin’ on for ya.

 

Camella exits the room, closing and locking the door behind her. The camera moves to the chair, in which two needles full of a white drug take life.

 

Greck’s POV –

 

The two needles come up from either side of the chair, one above the other and slowly move closer to the camera, the mechanical sound of their arms underscoring the view.

 

Cut to

 

Corridor

 

Greck’s scream can be heard and Camella grimaces at it. Quickly after he falls silent, and she recovers. She looks across the corridor, checking it from side to side.

 

Camella

Okay. How do I find Ami?

 

Cut to:

 

Separatist Compound – Garage

 

General Graves and several troops lead a shackled Amadeus, now fixed in Separatist colors and wearing camouflage pants, to a military truck in the garage. There is a cloth cover over the bed of the truck where the troops begin to climb in. Once all of the troops are on, Graves stops to talk to Ami

 

General Graves

You’re about to make history.

 

Amadeus

Who’s going to hear it?

 

The General smirks, and then gestures to his troops on the truck.

 

Graves

Put ‘im on board!

 

Several of the troops work to lift Amadeus into the truck, where he takes a seat deep in the back. Graves climbs in behind him, and sits across from him. He smiles at the robot, who remains silent. The bed of the truck starts to jolt as they head out of the garage.

 

Amadeus looks out of the back of the bed as they drive; now noticing they’re outside. They move past the gateway to the compound. Amadeus peers closer as, through his limited view, he sees four sets of charred feet roll by, suspended off of the ground.

 

Amadeus looks back at Graves, puzzled.

 

General Graves

I told you. Hypocrisy has no meaning here.

 

Amadeus takes the General’s words in once more, then goes back to looking out the window as the truck takes to the bumpy trail.

 

Cut to:

 

Ext – Separatist Compound

 

The truck leads the pack of what is now three trucks and four ATV’s carrying at least ten troops each. They all peel on to the trail behind the lead truck. Push out as this number of trucks and ATV’s continues to grow.

 

Cut to:

 

Int – Loyalist Compound – Corridor

 

A lone soldier paces quickly through the dark red corridor, past the metal barred doors, through the steam coming from the pipes. He finds the door he’s looking for and unlocks it, pushing it open. He walks in to find a very dopey Greck sitting in the interrogation chair, singing *poorly* the words to “A British Tar”. The soldier grunts and moves to help the drugged lieutenant.

 

Cut to:

 

Int – Loyalist Compound – Operations

 

General Dorian stands over a display of the marshlands, using his console to trying to pinpoint a place for ambush. Around operations stands a mess load of operatives and officers, working at their respective stations.

 

The single officer we saw in the previous scene walks into operations and moves up toward the General.

 

Soldier #7

Sir, we have a problem.

 

The General takes a moment to finish his calculation, and then looks up at Soldier #7.

 

General Dorian

Yes, and what might that be?

 

Soldier #7

Our prisoner, sir, she’s gone… missing.

 

General Dorian

Did Greck get the code?

 

Soldier #7

No sir. He’s… immobilized.

 

General Dorian

Dear Lord. We need to find her.

 

Another officer approaches General Dorian from the other side, setting down an electronic map showing a red dot moving toward a diagram of the Loyalist Compound, and blue dot representing the location of the Ryuu-3, much closer to the loyalist compound than the red dot.

 

Officer

It gets worse sir. A squad of Separatists troops are headed this way, they’re packing some heavy fire power from the looks of it.

 

General Dorian

How many?

 

Officer

All of them, it looks like, sir.

 

General Dorian

My Word… phone the troops at the ship, tell them to dismount what weapons they can and get back to the compound. Tell them to get the weapons in the ship’s storage, too!

 

Cut to:

 

Ext – Marsh

 

Two troops rush down the ramp of the Ryuu-3, carrying high powered rifles and grenades down off of the ship. The camera follows them as they rush up to a truck and dump them in. They then turn to move back onto the ship, the camera panning upward to show a maintenance man tearing away at the bolts keeping a side mounted turret attached to the ship.

 

The camera pans back over to the ramp, the two troops rushing back down with a very similar bundle of weapons.

 

Troop:

Come on! You heard the order! The enemy’s gonna be on us in less than an hour! Let’s move!

 

Cut to:

 

Ext – Marsh

 

Several minutes later; a single truck pulls out of the group as fast as it can, coming off a bit sloppy as it hits the trail, leaving dirt behind it. Another pulls onto the trail behind it and they head for the compound.

 

Cut to:

 

Ext – Trail

 

The Separatist trucks make a turn along the trail, pushing clouds of dirt up into the air and shaking the axle. The tight turn causes one of the trucks to briefly come off, and then recover.

 

Cut to:

 

Int – Truck bed

 

Amadeus watches as the soldiers pass chew back and forth, taking some. Finally it reaches him, and he is offered. He looks at the soldier, who shrugs and closes the container, placing it in his pocket. Amadeus once again looks at Graves, who is going over documents attached to a clipboard.

 

Amadeus

I won’t do much good with these shackles on.

 

Amadeus lifts his hands to enforce his comment. General Graves’ smile widens

 

General Graves

The chains are for our protection, Robot. We don’t need you protesting this little spree, now do we?

 

Amadeus

No, I don’t suppose you do.

 

Amadeus pulls his hands apart as fast as he can, and the chain snaps. Several of the soldiers immediately take arms, pointing their guns at him, but instead of fighting he simply places his hands on his lap.

 

Amadeus

But I don’t need shackles to tell me when I’m outnumbered and outgunned, General.

 

The driver of the truck suddenly opens the window between the bed and the cabin, and turns his head to face Graves.

 

Driver

We’re comin’ up on the compound, sir.

 

General Graves

Good, keep going, straight into the front door. I don’t want them to know what hit them.

 

The soldiers all begin to reach down underneath their seats and pick up their weapons. Ami reaches under his own seat and finds nothing, then sits up and looks out the end of the bed.

 

Cut to

 

Loyalist Compound – Gates

 

Two soldiers are seen struggling to lift one of the Ryuu’s turrets onto the edge of the upper level of the gates. General Dorian walks up behind them. The gates are very similar to the gates the Separatists had in the finale of the first episode. General Dorian stops and looks over the machinery.

 

Dorian

Excellent; with these weapons Graves and his people won’t know what hit them.

 

Soldier #8

Aye, sir; fifty-watt atomifier…

 

Dorian

If you get a clear shot at the general, let me know.

 

The soldiers and the General begin to share a laugh, but a siren begins to go off and they all snap into attention.

 

Officer Voice (off-screen)

Sir! They’re here! Right up at the gates, they’re coming!

 

General Dorian

Battle stations, everybody! Let’s give ‘em Hell, shall we?!

 

New angle on the gates –

 

The trucks and ATVs of the Separatists begin to cram right up to the gates. The first stops only a few feet from it. The others drive as close as possible, forming a bit of a loose jig-saw puzzle shape. The beds begin to fall open and troops begin to climb out.

 

Back on the turret –

 

Soldier #8 makes his best attempt to angle the weapon downward, but fails. He gets it as far angled down as he can and begins to open fire.

 

Several of the trucks begin to smoke and welt at the shots, finally exploding in masses of orange. Amadeus looks back and his eyes widen at the site as he climbs out of the truck. Several of the soldiers near the gate begin to place what appears to be explosive on the metal, and then back off. Amadeus ducks behind the truck.

 

No explosion results. Instead a giant, purple wave of electricity spans over the metal doors, shorting them out. They fall, causing several Loyalists on the ground level of the compound to scatter.

 

The separatists get up and take arms, rushing into the compound. Several Loyalists hide in the alleyways, rushing into their homes to hide from the battle, but it ensues quickly. The first wave of Separatists is knocked out by laser guns, falling to the ground. Amadeus is pushed, led into the compound by a group of rowdy soldiers behind him, he looks reluctant, but once inside the gates is left alone.

 

Behind him trucks are still exploding, destroyed by the turrets on the upper level. Hearing anything specific is impossible; it’s all a bunch of screaming, death, and explosions. Loyalists around Ami notice his colors and fire shots at him.

 

He takes a laser in the shoulder and bounces back a bit, then ducks to avoid the rest, moving into a roll to get closer to the group of loyalists. He finishes his roll in a crouch and trips one of the soldiers, taking his gun out of his hands while he falls by the barrel.

 

Amadeus gets to his feet and smack another soldier with the gun, sending him to the ground. The other two soldiers begin to get up and leave, so Ami ignores them. He turns around to see he’s face to face with another soldier, who thinks quick and kicks the gun out of Ami’s hand. Amadeus ducks and uses his head to push the guy to the ground, going down with him. They roll around over the dirt, wrestling, between fights and skirmishes, getting dirt all over themselves, finally Amadeus ends up on top and positions his knee over the soldiers neck. He presses down until the soldier loses consciousness.

 

Cut to:

 

Loyalist Compound – Grate

 

A grate, which greatly resembles a sewer grate, is lifted from below and pushed to the side. Camella slowly peaks her head above, looking out at all of the battle ensuing outside. Her eyes widen, and she looks around. She spots a dead Separatist soldier on the ground next to the grate, and reaches into the side of his belt, taking out his stun wand weapon.

 

Camella

Those guys better not have stripped the ship too much…

 

Camella climbs up out of the manhole and starts sprinting toward the gates, looking for a way out. A loyalist gets in her way, and turns to face her. His eyes go wide, but she slams the stun wand into his torso, shocking him and bowling him over.

 

She continues running toward the walls of the compound, doing her best to avoid conflict. She makes it to the gate, but realizes she can’t go anywhere to do the battle pouring through. Slowly she backs off, but is grabbed by one of the separatists in the battle and drug inside the mess. She stuns him, and then turns around, immediately facing another loyalist and stuns him. She ducks and cowers, trying to find a way out of all of the conflict. A knife is swung at her, and she ducks, spinning around and sticking the wand into the thigh of her attacker.

 

Back to Ami

 

He gets up to the ground, but takes a laser blast in the leg. It causes his leg to seize for a moment, but he recovers and moves over to a dead loyalist body, taking the gun out of his hands. He turns and shoots the soldier that shot him, and then begins shooting in every direction, occasionally beating anyone that comes too close for firing. He too begins working his way toward the gate.

 

Back to Camella

 

She is tossed to the ground after catching the blunt end of a gun in the cheek, and drops her wand. She spots it, and begins crawling to get it. The body of a Loyalist lands on top of her, and she struggles to get out from underneath it. She grabs the wand and gets back to her feet, now only a few meters from the gate.

 

She sees a Soldier in Separatist colors right in front of the door and draws back the stun wand. The soldier turns around pointing a gun at her, but is revealed to be Ami. Both parties are taken back, and Ami puts his gun down as soon as he realizes.

 

Camella

Ami! What happened to you?

 

Amadeus

Camella. We need to…

 

Amadeus takes a shot in the arm and turns away from Camella, toward his attacker, using his gun as a club and thrusting it into the man’s stomach, knocking the wind out of him. Amadeus then kicks him in the chest, which knocks him into several other soldiers.

 

Camella is taken at this scene, expecting Ami, so close to the gates, to help her escape. She stands still before growing a look of agitation on her face and looking back at him. She paces up to him and grabs him by the shoulder. He looks back at her for only a second before ultimately ignoring her and firing on the Loyalists.

 

Camella

Ami! What are you doing?! We need to get out of here!

 

Amadeus

(flatly)

I must protect my programming.

 

Amadeus continues firing, and punches a soldier in the neck. He coughs shortly and then grasps his throat, stumbling backward and dropping his weapon. He continues to ignore Camella.

 

Camella

That’s not your mission, Ami! Don’t forget your mission!

 

Amadeus is shot in the stomach. He jolts, recovers, and turns to confront the shooter.

 

Amadeus

Mission is irrelevant. I must protect my programming.

 

Amadeus starts to walk but is held back slightly by Camella who is still gripping around his arm. He looks back at her, preparing to fend her off with his gun.

 

Camella

(desperately)

Protect me, Amadeus! Do what you know you need to! Don’t let me die here!

 

Amadeus freezes in his stance, for several seconds, and then lowers his weapon. He hangs his head for a second, and then raises it, looking back at her, more consciousness in his eyes.

 

Amadeus

Camella, we need to get back to the ship.

 

Camella

Yes! Yes! That’s exactly what we need to do! Now get us out of here!

 

Amadeus takes his gun and moves toward the gates of the wall, pushing down soldiers that may stand his way with little difficulty. He takes more than a few shots along his way, but ignores them, even after they cause his joints to spaz out just a bit. Camella follows behind him, still holding onto his arm.

 

They make their way out of the gate, and into more open area. Ami ducks, as does Cam right after, and winds in between the already destroyed trucks, doing his best not to be seen. A truck two car lengths down explodes, and Cam puts her hands over her head, yelling. They manage to escape the gun’s range, and stand up.

 

Back to the gun tower –

 

A battle-scratched Dorian stops at the gun, noticing something out of the corner of his eye. He looks down the rows of destroyed trucks and bodies to see Camella and a big soldier dressed in Separatist colors escape. He smiles just a bit at their exit, and then shrieks with wide eyes. He turns around to reveal a red spot on his clothes, and Graves, his attacker, standing with a blade, smiling. Dorian falls to his knees, and Graves stands over him, ready to make another cut when he is shot by a laser coming from somewhere off screen, presumably by a Loyalist, and topples on top of the wounded Dorian. The two become unbalanced, and their bodies fall off of the upper level of the wall, into the heat of the battle. No one fighting notices them. They disappear into the mess of feet, explosions, and death.

 

Push out on the battle scene.

 

Cut to:

 

Ext – Marsh

 

Ami and Cam make their way up to the Ryuu-3, the ramp already open. They waste no time in checking what weapons have been taken, or what shape the hull is in. Rather they climb aboard and make their way to the cockpit.

 

Amadeus sits down first, followed by Camella, who straps herself in tightly. Amadeus punches in the access code to the computer, and then starts flipping switches all along the dash, bringing up lights here and there and activating the controls.

 

Camella

Can we make it?

 

Amadeus

Every essential system looks in order.

 

Amadeus taps a few more controls, and the engines can be heard revving up. The cockpit starts to shake as he pulls up on the controls.

 

Cut to:

 

Ext – Marsh

 

The ship slowly lifts out of the soft mud, bringing quite a bit of it attached to the landing struts. The ship rotates as it rises, picking a direction, and, as if it can’t do it soon enough, speeds out of the system. Several trees are singed as it leaves the war ridden planet behind.

 

Cut to:

 

Int – Ryuu-3 Cockpit

 

Amadeus (still in Separatist colors) and Camella look at a video screen in the cockpit. The person on the other side appears the same species the duo just encountered, wearing Loyalist colors and a slightly more modern uniform.

 

Amadeus

But they said their radio was damaged. They said you weren’t receiving their distress signals.

 

Camella

Why haven’t you sent anyone to pick them up?

 

Alien

Look, you saw the struggle on that planet, even more than we have. We don’t need those kinds of people in our population. If we haven’t been answering their distress signals, it’s certainly not because we haven’t been receiving them.

 

Amadeus

I see.

 

Alien

Good day to you, sir. Best of luck on your journey; Taramanian senate out.

 

The screen goes to an “End Transmission” display, and Ami reaches to shut off the screen. He sits back in his chair, and starts pressing in buttons on his computer. The screen reads

 

TO DELIVER:

1 BOTTLED WATER

 

Camella

You’re going to make that two bottles of water, aren’t you?

 

Amadeus pauses, and then types a few more commands into the console. It begins to hum.

 

Camella
So, we’re going back now to help them, right?

 

Amadeus

No. The senator is right. At this point, violence has taken hold of them. They would be no good to civilization.

 

Camella

So we’re just going to sit here and let them kill each other?!

 

Amadeus

Would you rather their sin be allowed to spread, and bring down potentially countless more on their home world?

 

Camella

I… I don’t know.

 

Camella falls silent, and relaxes in her chair. The computer stops humming, and two bottles of water are delivered through a shoot along the port side of the cockpit. Amadeus grabs them, and hands one to Camella. He places the other lid down in a little spout on his belt. It begins to empty.

 

Cut to:

 

Ext – Ryuu-3

 

The ship speeds away into space, toward repairs and toward their destination of the PTM headquarters, as we come to a

 

Fade to Black

 

THE END


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