Starboard Side

Episode 104: The Conductor

Written by Jared Williams

 

 

 

 

 

Black Screen

 

A brilliant yellow flash of light encompasses the screen, accompanied by new age music, a serene choir. [hear example]

 

Nemo’s Voice

It was created by the ones before us…

 

The yellow flash fades into a sun, and the camera pans down to an ancient city, resembling that of the Aztecs. The pyramids have circular bases, and there is a large temple in the center of it all. The camera pans down to two humanoid natives of this world, dressed in silver decorations with dark tanned skin. Only the shoulders and below can be seen.

 

Nemo’s Voice

…when this planet thrived.

 

The first native hands an artifact to the second. It appears to be the piece of jewelry Nemo had around his neck in the end of The Chase. With their free hands the two natives shake.

 

Nemo’s Voice

Passed from priest to priest, the conductor was only part of something much larger.

 

Cut to:

 

Ext – The Temple

 

An angle from the base of the temple shows its true size. Several natives walk by, silhouetted in the sun.

 

Cut to:

 

Int – The temple

 

Inside the chamber of vision, a single priest walks in through a large arched door. His face is invisible in the darkness, as are most of the details of his body. He carries the device forward, as the camera pushes back to reveal the Vision Tower.

 

[The Vision Tower is a large machine resembling a column. The top and bottom are secured to the ceiling and floor, a height of about thirty five feet with a break at eye level. There is a blue light in the break, reaching to either end of the tower. Large pipes run from the bases of the tower and into the walls, cascading across the corridor. Large vents emitting white light are placed close to the bases, with articulate designs carved into the middle portions of the tower. The column of the tower is roughly twenty-two inches in diameter, maybe a bit less. The base is nearly eight feet in diameter, with a small slit in the front where a person can walk up to the column. Along the floor of that slit is a path which leads to the end of the corridor where a pad with an ancient symbol of two full circles side by side and the outline of a third circle above those two.]

 

The priest walks forward to the Vision Tower, and reaches into his robe. He takes out the conductor and places it into the blue light of the break. The light draws the conductor of the center of the column. The conductor splits open along the edges, and the blue fades away, leaving the device to hover in mid air.

 

The pipes along the edges of the corridor, the ones that lead into the tower, begin to glow. Some have a slightly red aura to them, others are slightly blue. The ones that glow red seem to lead into the top of the Tower, and the ones that glow blue lead to the bottom. The light is drawn into the tower, and the vents begin to change color. The top vent becomes red, and the bottom becomes blue.

 

Nemo’s Voice

It was believed that the Tower would allow the priest clairvoyance, to see everything he needed to see in order to protect the city.

 

The top of the column disperses a broad red aura, absorbed by the conductor, which concentrates it into a single, super intense red beam through the jewel in the center. It is discharged into the bottom half of the tower. The bottom half reacts and sends a blue aura into the break, once again absorbed by the conductor which ejects a sharp blue beam into the top half of the tower.

 

The priest turns and walks along the path to the end of the path where the pad sits. The process speeds up until the individual motions can no longer be seen. The loud hums fade into one sustained, rather moderate hum. The aura is a constant purple now. A seemingly constant blue beam is being ejected into the top half of the tower, along with the red beam being ejected into the bottom half.

 

The priest turns to face the machine and gets down onto his knees. He leans his head back, his face overshadowed. His closed eyes begin to glow with a mix of red and blue aura seeping out. The slight outlines of his face can be seen in this light.

 

Nemo’s Voice

The priest could see into other dimensions, he would know what the wrong choices would lead to, and the cities thrived.

 

The scene fades through white light, as it fades a second character can be seen standing in the entryway to the room of the Vision Tower.

 

Fade through white:

 

The Ancient City

 

The sun is beginning to go down, but the city is still well lit.

 

Nemo’s Voice

Then the waters came.

 

Several tighter shots show the city beginning to shake and rumble, people (still at shoulder level) begin to shake and wonder what the trouble is. Cut to a shot of a domed pyramid. A wall of water suddenly rushes past, wiping out the outermost bricks of the pyramid.

 

Cut to another wide-out shot of the city. The wall of water rushes through, engulfing it. The wall continues until it reaches the camera, and the POV is flushed. Through the water, the view fades to a top-level shot of the seas. Two small bubbles rise to the surface, then two more. The conductor rises to the surface. Several seconds later a hand of an off-screen man (probably on a boat) snatches it out of the water.

 

Nemo’s voice

A traveler found the piece, millennia later. He took it back to Earth, where it was shuffled about for too long, but eventually I found it in my possession.

 

Fade to:

 

Int – Nemo’s Boat

 

Cassandra is sitting at the steering wheel. Nemo is sitting silent next to the motor, pressing the pedal every so often. He is caressing the conductor in his hands, feeling over the markings.

 

Nemo’s Voice

I knew what it was worth, and I couldn’t let that get away from me. So I ran with it… I’ve been running too long. I’ve finally returned to the source, to sell this to someone who knows what it means to own it.

 

A new angle on Nemo shows his face, and Cassandra behind him at the steering wheel.

 

Cassandra

We’re coming up to the port!

 

Nemo

All right, just keep it calm…

 

Cut to a wider angle of the boat as it approaches a small port with a repair station on it.

 

Cut to:

 

Ext – Docks

 

An eye level shot shows the floor of the docks and the top of the ladder attached. Suddenly a hand reaches up out of the water, dripping wet. Jerry proceeds to crawl out of the sea, on to the dock. His jacket is missing now, and he’s dripping wet.

 

Cut to a wider shot. Jerry takes off his life vest and tosses it into the water, then moves to the ladder where he kneels over and helps Camella out of the water. They breathe heavily as they recover from the swim.

 

Camella [angrily]

Twelve boats… not a single one stopped to help us.

[She turns and shouts out to the crowded port]

See if I ever help you!

 

Jerry gives Camella a slightly annoyed/interested look as Amadeus climbs up out of the water. The water seems to simply slide off of him, rather than soak into his coverings.

 

Camella [turning to Jerry]

Now I’m a little lost, stranger. Who were those two people who tried to kill us, again?

 

Through his panting, Jerry looks up at Camella.

 

Cut to:

 

Int – Diner

 

At a table in the center of a diner Camella, Jerry, and Amadeus sit in a triangular pattern. Camella and Jerry are a bit dryer now. A cup of coffee is brought to Jerry by a rather nice looking waitress.

 

Jerry [to waitress]

Thanks

 

The waitress smiles and walks away. Jerry begins to open a packet of sugar and pour it into his drink.

 

Jerry

The man was Nemo Smithe. He’s an antique dealer… so to speak.

 

Amadeus

He steals them?

 

Jerry

…More money in that. He’s been trying to pawn off the same piece for a couple of months, now.

 

Camella

It must be worth a lot, then.

 

Jerry

We’re not even sure what it is, but we know he’s come here to sell it. If we’re gonna catch him, we’ve gotta do it soon.

 

Amadeus

And Cassandra? She was your partner?

 

Jerry

I don’t know how she got past our referencing system, but she obviously wasn’t a real detective.

 

Camella

Wait, I’m confused… Nemo’s only had this thing a couple of months? How long was she your partner?

 

Jerry

…Three weeks. My last partner was… killed; you can thank Nemo for that one, too.

 

Camella

Whoa…

 

Jerry breaks eye contact with the other two and looks down at his drink.

 

Amadeus

Do you know who they plan to sell the item to?

 

Jerry

We had some leads, but…

 

Camella

But Cassandra took care of those, huh?

 

Jerry

Yeah…

 

Camella [to Ami]

Any ideas?

 

Cut to:

 

Ext – Port

 

Cassandra leads Nemo up the trail, away from the dock. Several employees are moving towards their boat in the background, beginning to work on it. Nemo is carrying a single case.

 

Nemo

What happens when they check our credentials? They’re not gonna let us leave.

 

Cassandra

I wouldn’t worry about that…

 

Suddenly the boat explodes, engulfing the surrounding people and shattering the dock. Taken, Nemo lurches forward, nearly dropping the case. Cassandra remains calm.

 

Cassandra

…They’re going to be a bit distracted.

 

Nemo recovers, and looks back at the explosion just a little surprised, then back at Cassandra with an angry face.

 

Nemo

What’d you do that for!?

 

Cassandra smiles slyly, and the two proceed to the parking lot.

 

Cut to:

 

Ext – Computer Terminal

 

Amadeus, Camella, and Jerry stand on the corner of the street where a public access computer terminal is set up. Amadeus presses a panel on his wrist. It peels back revealing a small plug attached to a thin cord. Amadeus nods and Camella reaches for it, pulling it out toward the terminal.

 

Jerry

You know I’m fairly sure hacking into these things is considered illegal by most people…

 

Jerry looks around nervously at the bystanders pacing by, giving them casual smiles.

 

Camella takes Amadeus’s plug and sticks it in the port on the side of the computer terminal.

 

Camella

Done!

 

A new image of Amadeus’s POV appears on the terminal screen. It reveals Nemo holding up the artifact around his neck in the climax of the previous episode.

 

Jerry

There! Freeze it.

 

The image freezes, and Amadeus pushes in on the image of the medallion.

 

Jerry

That oughta do, go ahead and run the search.

 

A grid flashes over the medallion, and the background disappears, turning to black. The medallion is brought to the corner of the screen and sat up right while the rest of the screen begins to fill with information.

 

Jerry

Good, good. We’ll start with the local historians; see if they can tell us who might’ve been interested in buying this thing off of Nemo.

 

Push in on the image of the conductor.

 

Fade to:

 

Int -- Museum

 

Fade to a print out of the conductor, the image identical to that of the last scene. Push out to reveal an older native to the planet looking over the piece of paper. The man is sitting at a table in the back of a museum, other artifacts and statues positioned around the table. Jerry alone stands on the other side of the table, waiting for a response from the old man.

 

Curator

Ah, yes…

 

Jerry

You know what it is?

 

Curator

Well I don’t know a single curator worth his salt that wouldn’t.

 

Jerry

That file called it a “conductor.”

 

Curator

A loose translation, I suppose, but it fits. Its powers are a myth, but it’s supposed to give its owner an unlimited reach through “the worlds beyond,” or something like that.

 

Jerry

How much would something like that fetch a person?

 

Curator

Well, if he knew how to haggle a man could get an easy… five or six…

 

Jerry

…Million?

 

Curator [surprised]

Oh! Oh no, hundred-million.

 

Jerry

Wow, any idea who would be interested in buying it?

 

Curator

Well, I don’t know much about that sort of thing. There was, however, a younger man come by here not too many weeks ago.

 

Jerry

Do you remember his name?

 

Cut to:

 

Ext – Museum

 

Jerry rushes down the front stairs of the museum carrying a document excitedly. He meets up with Amadeus and Camella who are waiting around the corner of the stair case.

 

Jerry

We got our buyer!

 

Amadeus

What’s his name?

 

Jerry

Rico Jyraan.

 

Cut to:

 

Ext – Jyraan Estate

 

Nemo and Cassandra reach the exterior gates of an obviously wealthy man, Rico Jyraan. The gates are black and the house is white, shrubbery and gardens decorate the massive court yard. The mansion itself has crenellations running along the roof.

 

Nemo is carrying a small case now, presumably with the conductor inside. Cassandra pauses before Nemo presses the comm. button.

 

Cassandra

Are you sure this man is a serious buyer?

 

Nemo

What? Yes, of course I’m sure.

 

Cassandra

And he’s ready to buy it? Just like that?

 

Nemo [hesitating]

Well… no, not exactly. He’s fairly certain he’ll want us to test it first.

 

Cassandra

Test it? How?

 

Nemo

He said he’d explain when we got here. Well, here we are. [He smiles.]

 

Cassandra

Okay. [She nods.]

 

Nemo nods and sets the case down before pressing the communications button. It beeps.

 

Jyraan’s voice

Yes… Hello?

 

Nemo

Mr. Jyraan?

 

Jyraan’s Voice

Yes, Hello. Who is this?

 

Nemo

It’s Nemo Smithe, Mr. Jyraan.

 

Jyraan’s Voice

…Oh yes, of course! Allow me to buzz you in. Give me just a moment, please.

 

Nemo

Take all the time you like, Mr. Jyraan.

 

Several seconds pass before there is another beep, and the gate unlocks. Nemo smiles and picks up the bag. The two move forward along the long path to the house.

 

Cut to:

 

Int – Jyraan Estate

 

A large native, Rico Jyraan has a deep voice and an equally deep stomach. He is wearing a nice suit of beige. Nemo and Cassandra enter his large deck in the back of the house with its own man-made beach. It’s a beautiful scene. Jyraan is munching on something that resembles barbecued chicken wings. Upon seeing Cassandra and Nemo, he stops eating and moves for napkin, wiping his face.

 

Jyraan

Ahh, my good friend, Nemo Smithe, every day is a great day when I see you.

 

Nemo

It’s been too long, Rico.

 

Jyraan

Would you care for some cuisine? Perhaps a drink for your lady friend? [He chuckles]

 

Cassandra

[Flatly] I’m fine, thank you.

 

Jyraan

Straight to business then, eh? Well okay. Have you brought it?

 

Nemo

Of course.

 

Nemo brings the case over to the table and sets it down in front of Jyraan. He looks it over.

 

Jyraan

Ahh… Good.

 

Jyraan flips the locks on the black, leather case and lifts it open. He gives another sigh and lifts the conductor out of the case, feeling along the edges and admiring the jewel in the center.

 

Jyraan

It’s just as beautiful as I had imagined.

 

Nemo smiles, happy with the deal he is about to complete.

 

Jyraan

But…

 

Nemo’s smile fades.

 

Nemo

But?

 

Jyraan

But I’ve seen forgeries this beautiful before. I’m not willing to let it happen again. I need the real thing, like we discussed.

 

Nemo

No, I told you, we can’t test the piece. The machine it goes to has been lost underwater for millennia…

 

Jyraan

Ahh, have faith in an old friend, Nemo. I’ve been prepared for this.

 

Cut to:

 

Int – Private Dry-dock

 

A pan shot of a Private Excavation Unit, or E.U. It sits suspended over the sea by large wires, walls and a ceiling on all sides of the small dock. Several scientists in white uniforms pace by, checking things off of a clip board as they examine the vessel.

 

[The E.U. most closely resembles a submersible, except the flat underbelly is surrounded by a large ring of light, and suspended from the underbelly is the actual, spherical cockpit with large pipes hanging down from either side. The glass of the sphere is tinted. The topside of the E.U. is equipped with massive vents and steering apparatuses, topped off with a sleek, black design. It looks powerful, but still rather slapped-together in haste.]

 

Jyraan’s voice

For you see, in anticipation of this event, I have had one of my lesser-known businesses setting up.

 

Cut to:

 

Ext – Back to the Deck

 

Jyraan

A top-of-the-line excavation vehicle and just last week I learned that my scientists had discovered the location of the original temple.

 

Nemo

Whoa, wait, that’s a little extreme…

 

Jyraan

Completely innocent, I assure you. I wish only to see if the piece fits in the machine, which is why you shall document the excavation. If it fits you shall be paid for your findings, no strings attached.

 

Nemo

I don’t know, Mr. Jyraan…

 

Cassandra [suddenly]

Nemo, can I talk to you for a second?

 

Nemo nods, and Cassandra pulls him aside. A reverse angle shows them huddle together, their backs to Jyraan.

 

Cassandra

Nemo, this is a lot of money…

 

Nemo

We don’t know the first thing about operating a submarine!

 

Cassandra [grabs Nemo’s shirt]

Listen, don’t you blow this for us! We didn’t come this close!

 

Nemo gets an agitated look on his face and Cassandra backs off, realizing she may have gone a bit too far.

 

Nemo

Okay… Okay, we’ll do it.

 

Cassandra nods. The two turn around to face Jyraan once again. Jyraan has a look of anticipation on his face.

 

Nemo

Well all right, Mr. Jyraan, you’ve got yourself a deal.

 

Jyraan

Excellent!

 

Jyraan stands and moves around to the other side of the table. He moves in between Nemo and Cassandra and puts an arm around their respective shoulders.

 

Jyraan

An escort will be waiting at the front of the house to bring you to the dry dock. If you’d lead the way, Nemo.

 

Jyraan hands the case with the conductor inside to Nemo, who shrugs and takes it. Jyraan lifts his arm off of him and Nemo moves toward the front of the house, leaving Jyraan and Cassandra alone.

 

Jyraan

I do not know how assured I am in betraying such a dependable business partner.

 

Cassandra

Don’t worry, Jyraan… you’ll get what you want.

 

Jyraan

I had better…

 

Cassandra smiles slyly, and the two take to following Nemo into the house.

 

Cut to:

 

Int – Entryway

 

Nemo stands waiting at the front door as Cassandra and Jyraan catch up. He is looking at a monitor fastened to the side of the front door. It shows the front gates.

 

Jyraan

What’s the matter?

 

Nemo

Look for yourself.

 

Nemo gestures to the monitor. It revealed to be Jerry, Camella, and Amadeus standing at the front gates, talking amongst themselves.

 

Jyraan

Friends of yours?

 

Cassandra

Not anymore…

 

Jyraan

Ahh, the pleasures of uninvited company! All right. Nemo, take your partner out through the side entrance.

 

Jyraan presses a few buttons on the monitor’s controls.

 

Jyraan

My escort will be waiting for you there.

 

Nemo

Thanks, Rico.

 

Jyraan

Don’t mention it, eh?

 

Nemo grabs Cassandra’s arm, and they head to the side of the house. Jyraan watches them leave and then turns his attention back to the monitor.

 

Cut to:

 

Ext – Jyraan Estate

 

Camella, Jerry, and Amadeus stand outside the locked main gates, debating whether or not to ring the bell.

 

Jerry

We can’t just ring the bell! He’s gonna know something’s up!

 

Camella

Well then how else is he gonna know we’re here, Jerry? Huh? How?!

 

Jerry

We don’t want him to know we’re he…

 

Camella presses the buzzer. It beeps. Camella smiles sarcastically.

 

Jerry

…Here.

 

Another sudden beep comes from the comm. panel, followed by Jyraan’s voice.

 

Jyraan’s voice

Yes?

 

Jerry [improvising]

Uhm, yeah! Mr. Jyraan, I’m Jerry Williams. I’ve got a few questions I’d like to ask you about a man named Nemo Smithe?

 

Jyraan’s Voice

Who? I don’t know a… what did you say his name was?

 

Jerry

Nemo Smithe, sir. I’d just like to ask you a few questions.

 

Jyraan’s voice

Well, yes. Of course, leave me a moment to buzz you in.

 

There is a final sudden beep from the comm. panel as it shuts off. Jerry smiles at Camella a bit.

 

Camella

There? You see?

 

Jerry nods his head in approval, still trying to keep down a smile. The gate clicks unlocked, and Amadeus pushes it open.

 

Amadeus

Let’s go.

 

The three move into the courtyard; Jerry leading, Camella following, and Amadeus cautiously bringing up the rear. There are large flowers on either side of the walkway. The trees are thick enough to where you cannot see through the branches. It’s ominously quiet.

 

Amadeus

This would be a superb opportunity to launch an attack, Jerry.

 

Camella

Oh, have some faith, Robot. Not everyone’s against us. You really need to lighten…

 

At the center of the house, a single automated turret pops up through the crenellations, making a loud, mechanical sound as it does. It points directly at the trio.

 

Camella

…Uh oh.

 

The turret opens fire. It fires large rounds, the shells clunking as they bounce out of the turret and fall on the roof.

 

Jerry

Move!

 

The three split off into different directions, attempting to take cover. Camella dives behind a bed of flowers, Jerry hides behind a brick light post toward the gates. Amadeus moves behind the nearest tree, much larger than him.

 

Jerry

[Shouting] So much for a warm welcome!

 

A total of ten turrets now rise from the crenellations along the roof, from left to right. The camera pans across as they do so. They split up, the left most targeting Camella, the middle targeting Jerry, and the right targeting Amadeus. They continue firing, failing at their shots.

 

Jerry

Still glad you rang the bell now, Camella?

 

Camella

[Shouting back] You’re never gonna let that go, are you?! [Turning her head to Amadeus] I thought you could tell when people were lying!

 

Amadeus [heightening his volume]

Its function is based on visual contact, Camella. Jerry, do you think you can target the turrets with your pistol?

 

Jerry

What? Who do you think I am? …You?!

 

Camella

Amadeus, wouldn’t it be smarter to start bringing your own guns?!

 

Amadeus looks around, only to turn his head right to find himself starring down the barrel of a turret which has lowered itself from the branches of the tree. As it charges up he pulls it off of the arm it’s connected to, causing it to stop charging. He holds it up right, trying to figure out how to use it manually.

 

Jerry

Is that gonna work, Amadeus?

 

Amadeus

I believe so.

 

Amadeus holds the turret upright after having inspected it. He places one hand under the barrel and the other on a switch toward the back. He presses the switch and fires off a single shot at the turrets aimed at Jerry. They explode, turning into puffs of smoke.

 

Jerry

[Moving out slightly from behind the post]

All right!

 

A new set of turrets rise out of the crenellations, replacing the ones that were destroyed. Shots continue to fire. Jerry rushes to the rear of the post again, hiding.

 

Jerry

…Crap!

 

Camella

Not here, it’ll draw…

 

Jerry

[Fed up] Don’t say it, Camella!

 

Amadeus sets up aim at the turrets targeting Jerry once more. He surveys the terrain before firing, however.

 

Amadeus

Jerry, when I say so, run to the tree on your seven; 13.3 feet away.

 

Jerry turns around to face his seven, finding a tall tree capable of providing considerable cover from the fire. He nods. Amadeus turns his attention back to the turrets.

 

Amadeus

Now.

 

Amadeus fires at the turrets as Jerry runs out from behind the brick post. The turrets attempt to retarget him but shatter from Amadeus’s fire before they get a chance. Jerry dives behind the tree before they can regenerate.

 

Jerry

I’m there.

 

Amadeus retargets the turret from behind the tree, now pointing at the turrets targeting Camella. She’s still lying with her hands over her head in the flower gigantic flower patch.

 

Amadeus

Camella, you need to do the same. Can you crawl over to the post through the meadow?

 

Camella starts to crawl forward, reaching forward with her hands. She makes it several feet before a row of spikes shoot out from the ground, beneath her hand and missing it by centimeters. She cowers back a bit.

 

Camella

I think I’ll just stay here if it’s all the same to you, Robot.

 

Amadeus looks over the gap between him and Jerry. There is a tree across from Jerry’s on the opposite side of the walk away, a gap of about five feet between them. From where Amadeus stands now there are roughly twenty feet between them. A shot from Amadeus’s POV shows him measuring these calculations with grids, perspective linings, and 3-D referencing.

 

Amadeus

Jerry, I’m going to toss you the turret. You’ll need to shoot down the guns targeting me.

 

Jerry

[Peering around the tree at the three turrets aimed at Amadeus’s tree] …Okay. I can get ‘em.

 

Amadeus points the turret at his own tree and shoots out a couple of well-sized branches. The crash onto the ground, and Amadeus picks them up. With the turret in one hand and the branches in the other, he tosses them over towards Jerry, the branches at a slightly higher angle than the turret.

 

The turrets along the roof aim at the branches and shoot them out of the air while the turret falls undamaged next to Jerry. He picks it up and aims toward Ami’s turrets. As he aims a black vehicle, quite similar to the one’s seen in ”The Chase” only more expensive looking flies out from the side of the house, taking off into the road and making a quick get away.

 

Amadeus

Nemo and Cassandra have gotten away.

 

Jerry resets his aim and squints his eyes.

 

Jerry

Then we’ll just have to figure out where they went, huh?

 

Jerry fires the turret at the roof, and, if a little ugly, manages to hit the turrets aiming at Amadeus. The robot sprints out from behind his tree and rolls to the tree in front of him; the tree across from Jerry. He gets up to his feet as bullets begin to slam into the new hiding place.

 

Jerry

Hi, how ya doin’?

 

Jerry tosses the turret at Amadeus underhand with both hands, and Amadeus catches it in one hand with ease. He turns around and faces the turrets pointing at Jerry. Jerry looks around his tree; it’s only about fifteen feet to the door. He turns back to Amadeus and nods.

 

Amadeus fires the gun at the turrets along the roof. They explode, and Jerry takes off once more toward the house. He reaches to his side and brings out his pistol, shooting at the lock to the door. Through the window he can see Jyraan gasp and move away from the monitor console, trying to hide.

 

Jerry kicks the door in and fires off his weapon, into the ceiling. The sudden, loud sound causes Jyraan to stumble, and he crashes to the floor. Jerry aims his gun at him before looking over to the monitor console and pressing a button. Through the monitor he can see the turrets stop firing at his allies. Jerry runs over to Jyraan and sits on top of his back, pointing his gun at Jyraan’s head.

 

Jerry

All right, Jyraan. You’re gonna tell me everything I need to know.

 

Jyraan

Ahh, no! You’re police; you can not make me do anything.

 

Jerry

Oh, I’m sure you’d like to think so, but that was just a ruse, see? I’m really lookin’ for that piece your little home boy was packin’! And if I don’t figure out where he went I might just get a little trigger happy, understand?!

 

Jyraan

I don’t knuh…

 

Jerry

I’d pick my words carefully if I were you, big boy!

 

Jyraan

All… All right, I’ll tell you, just… I’ll tell you.

 

Jerry

Start talkin’!

 

Jyraan

It’s his girl, Cassandra! She’s set it all up. She’s going to use the machine!

 

Jerry

…What?

 

Jyraan

She needed the conductor, and an excuse to use the machine. I gave it to her. She and Nemo are headed there now! She said she’d make it worth my while, that she could give me anything I wanted once she used the machine!

 

Jerry lets off of the pressure he was applying to the gun. He slowly gets off of Jyraan and turns around to reveal Amadeus and Camella, who have been watching him for a considerable amount of time. He walks past them without looking them in the eye, anger still in his eyes.

 

Jerry

I’m going to get a car. Amadeus, you find out where they’re going…

 

Cut to:

 

Int – Dry-Dock

 

Cassandra and Nemo pace up to the E.U., moving toward the walkway which will allow them to climb into the cockpit. They are confronted by a native in a tan uniform with quite a professional smile on his face. This man is the pilot.

 

Pilot

Mr. Smithe, Ms. Blanch. I’ll be your pilot for the trip.

 

Nemo

Thank God, I thought we were going to have to drive this thing ourselves.

 

Pilot

Oh no, we’d never consider a thing like that. If you’ll step on board we’d be happy to get started.

 

Cut to:

 

Ext – Street

 

A small, black vehicle turns crudely onto a main road, as it approaches camera we can see that Jerry is driving.

 

Cut to:

 

Int – Car

 

Camella gives Jerry a dirty look from the back seat as Jerry recovers from the sharp turn. They’re obviously in a hurry.

 

Amadeus

You’ll want to make another right up here.

 

Jerry

I got it!

 

Cut to:

 

Int – E.U.

 

The E.U. has now submerged, and is in deep, deep water, well along its journey. The pilot sits in the front seat while Nemo and Cassandra share a wider seat in the back. The pilot still has a smile on his face.

 

Pilot

Is it fast enough for you?

 

Nemo

I don’t know, it’s water, it all looks the same? How fast are we going?

 

Pilot

We’ll be up on the city in about two hours.

 

Nemo leans back in his chair, awestruck at the power they’re achieving. Cassandra smiles at him, equally enthused.

 

Cut to:

 

Int – Dry-Dock

 

The dock is now abandoned as Jerry, Camella, and Amadeus enter, looking about for signs of anybody, anyone that can tell them where they went.

 

Jerry

We’re too late! The ship’s already gone, I knew it! Damn you, Cassandra.

 

Camella

There’s got to be something. Let’s look around.

 

The three split up, rummaging through the computers and mainframes for any sign of where the ship went.

 

Cut to:

 

Ext – Sea

 

The sun speeds up to show time moving along, two hours worth. It is just slightly reaching sea level when the camera cuts away.

 

Cut to:

 

Int – E.U.

 

Cassandra’s head is resting on Nemo’s shoulder as she sleeps. Nemo couldn’t seem more interested in the scenery, looking at the pieces of debris which are becoming more and more common along the sea floor.

 

Nemo

Wow, look at that. That’s almost an entire chunk of a wall, isn’t it? It’s bigger than this ship.

 

Pilot

You ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

 

The pilot flips a switch on the console which causes the lights to angle upward a bit more. Nemo’s eyes widen as the outline of the ancient city can be seen.

 

Cut to:

 

­Ext – Ancient City

 

The small E.U. moves past the first buildings of the city. It looks just the same as it did in the first scene, save that the buildings have been eroded considerably. There are no algae however, and there are no fish. This place seems to have rested nearly undisturbed.

 

Cut to:

 

Int – Cockpit

 

Nemo sits awestruck. He leans forward, disregarding Cassandra who slips off of his shoulder and wakes up. Nemo is nearly resting his own head on the pilot’s shoulder.

 

Nemo

It’s beautiful.

 

Cut to:

 

Ext – Ancient City

 

The E.U. makes its way through the city with the use of cuts and interesting angles, finally settling down above the temple. It hovers there; making sure it’s positioned directly above the center of it.

 

Cut to:

 

Int – E.U.

 

The pilot flips a few more switches, and the ring around the underbelly of the ship lights up. Nemo looks around the sphere, admiring the light show.

 

Pilot

We’re here. I’m starting the excavation procedure.

 

Nemo

This ought to be interesting.

 

Cut to:

 

Ext – Ancient City

 

The E.U.’s rim lights up even brighter, and suddenly a blue wave of energy is cast from the rim to the ocean floor, expanding as it goes. It soon encompasses the entirety of the temple and the outlining areas. The force field stabilizes upon impacting with the sediment on the ground. The result is a sort of fishbowl surrounding the temple, powered by the E.U.

 

Cut to:

 

Int – E.U.

 

Nemo looks around the sphere, admiring the cascading blue force creating the field around them.

 

Nemo

That’s impressive.

 

Cut to:

 

Ext – Ancient City

 

The two large pipes along the sides of the sphere drop down, moving toward the ocean floor. A quick angle inside the cockpit shows Nemo looking down, trying to follow them. They extend much further than they look like they should, impacting with the ocean floor and bending so that the ends are resting flat against the sand.

 

Suddenly a large whirring noise is heard. The pipes begin to suck water up into them, in a sense trying to drain the fishbowl.

 

A new angle of the E.U. shows the vents on the top of the vessel begin to push water out of them, illustrated by an insane amount of bubbles trying to reach the surface. The process is very, very loud.

 

A new angle inside the E.U. shows Jerry’s surprise as the water level begins to go down. The water line along the sphere begins to drop.

 

Cut to:

 

Int – Dry-Dock

 

Jerry sits with his head resting against a bunch of papers at a desk inside a tiny office inside of the dry-dock. He is obviously frustrated. He lifts his head up, revealing a tired face and a look of defeat; and then says, not to anyone in particular

 

Jerry

Time to give up…

 

Then, as if from no where, bursts in Camella. She’s carrying a lap top. Amadeus enters just behind her. She sets it down in front of Jerry for him to see. It’s a digital display of a map. It shows the shore, the ocean, and a blinking red dot.

 

Camella

We found this in one of the back rooms. I bet you can’t guess what that red dot is…

 

Jerry

[Restored] I love you, Camella. [He gets up.] Let’s go! The sub, the one in the dock 2! We can’t waste any more time!

 

Jerry moves around them and rushes along the pathway to the second dock. Amadeus and Camella move to follow. The camera follows the latter two until they reach the second dock, then switches angles to reveal a small submersible, not as high-tech as the E.U. Jerry moves around to the ladder, in an unmatchable hurry.

 

Jerry

[Desperate] Come on you guys, come on!

 

Amadeus and Camella stand silent, Camella’s looking at the ground.

 

Jerry

What are you waiting for?

 

Camella

You read the report on the conductor… It’s too late, Jerry. They’re out of range. We’ll never catch them in time.

 

Jerry

We can’t give up, you guys. We can’t…

 

Camella and Amadeus stand silent. Jerry breaks down and closes his eyes, on the verge of tears. He slowly climbs down from the submersible. Camella looks down, swallows her pride and moves over to Jerry. She hugs him as he starts to cry, accepting his failure.

 

Wipe to:

 

Ext – Ancient City

 

The pipes suck up the last of the water as final puddles form and the pipes gurgle. The camera widens to reveal the now virtually dry temple. A new angle on the vents shows them stop pushing out water.

 

Cut to:

 

Int – E.U.

 

Nemo sits back in his chair; Cassandra is now peering out of the window. The pilot presses another switch on the console which releases another, smaller switch pad on the side of the cockpit. He moves it closer to himself.

 

Pilot

I’d hold on, this part’s liable to get a little bumpy.

 

The pilot presses a series of buttons on the new console, and the cockpit begins to shake.


A quick angle from the outside shows clamps holding the sphere to the rest of the E.U. disengage. The sphere begins to fall.

 

Back inside, Cassandra’s eyes widen and Nemo lurches forward. He taps the pilot on the shoulder. The pilot flips another switch.

 

Another quick angle shows the sphere on its plummet. Small thrusters along the bottom ignite, discharging a small blue thrust. It slows the sphere considerably on its descent. Finally it sets down into the sediment, just outside the temple thanks to the steering of the pilot.

 

Back inside the sphere, the pilot turns his head back to his passengers.

 

Pilot

Here we are.

 

Cut to:

 

Ext – Temple

 

The glass sphere slides open along the top, and Nemo moves to climb out. Upon doing so he slides to the ground, bracing himself with his knees. He paces toward the temple, to amaze by it all to pay attention to the already-tinted sphere.

 

Cut to:

 

Int – E.U.

 

The pilot turns back to his console the camera facing him. He’s flipping several switches to ensure everything is secure.

 

Pilot

All right, Ms. Blanche, if you’ll climb out I’ll be there right behind yeuh…

 

The pilot’s expression turns to that of shock and pain. He lurches forward to reveal Cassandra standing behind him. The camera focuses on her to blur the knife sticking out of the pilot’s back. Cassandra smiles.

 

Cassandra

I think we’ll manage on our own, thank you.

 

Cut to:

 

Ext – Temple

 

Nemo starts climbing up the steps to the temple as Cassandra hops out of the sphere and jogs up to him carrying two light-rods. He looks over his shoulder at her.

 

Nemo

Where’s the pilot?

 

Cassandra

He said he needed to get the video equipment. He’ll meet us inside.

 

Nemo

[Almost entranced] All right.

 

Nemo and Cassandra begin climbing up the steps into the wide mouth of the temple.

 

Cut to:

 

Int – Chamber of Vision

 

The room is completely black, with no light getting into it. A grunt from Nemo can be heard, as if he’s pushing something. There is another grunt, and a stone slab falls forward, revealing Nemo and Cassandra carrying the now-lit light rods in one hand. She also has the conductor case in the other hand.

 

Nemo steps forward, panting after pushing down the stone slab covering the doorway. He takes his light rod and moves forward slowly. He watches his step, and his foot stops suddenly. Below his foot is a skull, closed-mouthed. The camera pans across to reveal an entire skeleton wearing the covering the priest wore in the first scene. Nemo leans down slightly to look at it.

 

Nemo

Poor guy must’ve gotten locked in here. [He turns back to Cassandra] He protected it until the very end.

 

Cassandra

Yes, that’s a nice history lesson. Can we get back to the job now, please?

 

Nemo nods and turns back to the machine. He steps over the skeleton and takes a few more steps before stepping onto the pad. Once both feet are on it, a wave of white energy works its way through the pipes along the walls and into the Vision Tower, revealed now as being in as good a condition as it was thousands of years ago. The energy lights the top and bottom vents, which in turn light the entire chamber. Nemo squints to let his eyes adjust.

 

Nemo

Well that’s just good craftsmansh…

 

Nemo grunts as Cassandra brings her light rod down upon his head. It shatters, and he instantly falls to his knees. A second later and he’s fallen to the ground. Cassandra drops what remains of her light rod and moves around to Nemo’s legs. She begins to drag him with conductor case tucked under her arm.

 

A new angle just outside the chamber shows her let go of Nemo. She leaves him in the corridor and moves back into the chamber. She steps on the skull and it shatters under her feet.

 

She walks past the pad, up to the machine and opens the conductor case. She takes out the conductor and tosses the case aside, admiring the conductor just briefly.

 

A quick angle on Nemo shows him grunt and slightly lift his head off the floor.

 

Cassandra places the conductor into the blue light of the column, and it draws it in. The edges split open, and she smiles. The blue aura fades away. She steps backward as the blue and red pipes begin to glow, slowly making her way to the pad. The vents change from white to red and blue. Her eyes widen as a red aura is released from the top half of the column, and concentrated into a tight beam. The bottom half does the same with blue light. Cassandra’s smile grows as the process speeds up.

 

The lights dim, and the purple aura of the conductor’s energy is all that brightens the chamber. Cassandra reaches the pad and kneels down. She lets her head relax, falling backward.

 

Another angle on Nemo shows him regain partial consciousness. He turns his head to look into the chamber, and sees Cassandra kneeling down. He reaches his hand outward to her.

 

Nemo

No!

 

The stone slap lifts up in front of him, presumably from Cassandra’s energy, sealing the chamber.

 

Cassandra’s eyes are closed now, the red and blue aura beginning to seep out. She slowly begins to smile, and then laugh, and finally opens her eyes.

 

An unbelievable amount of energy bursts outward, from her eyes. The reds and blues swirl into a massive funnel of purple, extending upward to the top of the ceiling. A wave of energy also pours outward, extending to the walls and finally through them.

 

The angle cuts back to Nemo, who is engulfed in the energy bubble as it extends outward toward him.

 

Cut to:

 

Ext – Temple

 

The bubble of energy extends past the temple, moving through the walls with ease. The funnel is also extending higher and higher, quickly reaching for the top of the ocean.

 

Cut to a new angle above the surface of the sea. The sun is almost gone now, and suddenly the bubble breaches sea level, pushing on without limit.

 

The angle cuts to an exterior shot of the dry-dock. The wave of energy moves past camera, toward the dry dock, water being pushed aside every which way.

 

Cut to:

 

Int – Dry Dock

 

Jerry and Camella are still standing close to each other, and silently look outward as the wave approaches them. It moves through the wall, engulfing all three characters.

 

Cut to:

 

Ext – Space

 

The bubble moves much more quickly now, and soon engulfs the entire planet in energy. The funnel is reaching higher than the eye can see, out of frame and continuing. The bubble continues outward past the planet into space, and the camera pushes back to reveal it as it engulfs several surrounding planets.

 

Cut to:

 

Int – Vision Chamber

 

The camera follows the funnel down through the atmosphere, into the water, through the fishbowl, and into the vision chamber. It continues pushing in until it reaches Cassandra, whose eyes are still unleashing a constant wave. Her laughing has become stronger now, uncontrollable. The music builds before we

 

Cut to Black

 

TO BE CONTINUED


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