Starboard Side

Episode 105: Ascension

Written by Jared Williams

 

Black Screen

 

Cut to: 

Ext – Space

 

The starry scenery is a peaceful, small solar system. The planet of Aquinos is only just visible in the center of the screen. The surrounding planets don’t stand out any better, only slightly brighter than the average stars. Quickly, and unnoticeably at first, the energy bubble of blue and red pushes out from Aquinos, towards camera. It engulfs the surrounding planets and then pushes past the camera.

 

Cut to a new angle on an orange planet and its moons. A space station in orbit is pushed around considerably as the bubble moves past it and swallows the planet.

 

Cut to a new angle on Earth. The moon shakes as the rumble of the bubble is heard. It moves quickly through the camera’s POV and to Earth, engulfing it with ease.

 

A final angle shows the bubble moving as quick as ever through the blackness of space. It then abruptly slows down, coming to a halt. It lingers for several seconds and then reverses direction, speeding back toward its origin.

 

The shots reverse. The shot of Earth calms down as the bubble shrinks away from it. The orange planet and space station are safe.

 

The shot moves back to the original shot of the Aquinos system. The bubble shrinks toward the planet in the center while the bubble shrinks to reveal the outlying planets.

 

The camera cuts to one final spacious shot. The bubble collapses around the aquatic planet, and is sucked up into the funnel reaching from the planet. The funnel grows in might as the bubble shrinks.

 

Cut to:

 

Ext – Dry Dock

 

The energy bubble pulls back from the dock, revealing the structure as perfectly stable and secure. The bubble moves along the surface of the ocean smoothly, causing little commotion.

 

Cut to:

 

Ext – Aquinos

 

The bubble shrinks completely into the funnel, which starts to glow a bit stronger now. It slowly begins to shrink as well, into its origin.

 

Cut to:

 

Ext – Temple

 

The funnel begins to pull into the top of the temple, drawing itself into the vision chamber. Along the surface of the city floor sits the sphere section of the Private Excavation Unit, the pilot pressed up against the side window with his eyes closed. He looks like he’s in a peaceful sleep.

 

Cut to:

 

Int – Vision Chamber

 

The funnel is drawn into Cassandra, who groans as she absorbs the energy. Her arms extend past her shoulders, until they’re nearly at a ninety degree angle to her body. Her groan grows into a shallow breathing, sporadic with what almost appears to be pleasure. Her eyes are invisible in the aura seeping from her sockets.

 

The funnel completely presses its way into her, and she is tossed backward at the force of it, onto the floor. The sound effects calm down, and the light of the pipes fades to an efficient glow. Cassandra lies incapacitated on the floor.

 

Cut to:

 

Int – Dry Dock

 

Jerry slowly lowers his arms from his eyes (the shield position) and looks out past the railing to the open sea. The shot reverses for several seconds to reveal the peaceful looking ocean; several gulls are flocking away from shore.

 

Camella has a surprised look on her face which turns to one of confusion as she looks at Jerry. He ignores her and continues looking out to sea.

 

Jerry

Why aren’t we dead?

 

Cut to:

 

Int – Vision Chamber

 

Cassandra slowly lifts her head up off of the ground, and then sits up, without using her hands to help her. Her eyes slowly open; the aura of red and blue fogging and gathering, hanging in the air as long as she stands still. She looks from left to right, and then slightly upward.

 

Cassandra

This will do… for now.

 

Cut to:

 

Int – Temple

 

Just outside the vision chamber, Nemo rolls over on to his back and coughs, still recovering from being struck on the head. He scoots up against the wall of the corridor and sits up. He breathes heavily, and then looks at the stone slab. He reaches over and lays a single hand on it. It makes a useless pounding sound.

 

Nemo

Cassandra?

 

Cut to:

 

Int – Vision Chamber

 

Cassandra stands up after kneeling to something off screen. She brings up a glove with the bones of the priest still inside. She pulls out the bones and places the glove on her own hand while talking back to Nemo.

 

Cassandra

I wouldn’t stay here long, Nemo. Not if you want to see another day.

 

Cut to:

 

Int – Temple

 

Nemo hangs his head in disappointment, and then shifts his body into a crawl. He begins a dazed struggle along the floor of the corridor.

 

Cut to:

 

Int – Dry Dock

 

Jerry approaches Amideas and begins talking to him, bewildered by the phenomenon.

 

Jerry

What was that, why aren’t we dead?

 

Amideas

[Looking out to sea] I detected anti-tachyon particles, [looks to Jerry] micro fissures in the space/time continuum.

 

Jerry

So she wasn’t trying to kill us?

 

Amideas

Not efficiently, no.

 

Jerry thinks to himself for several seconds, and then paces off into the interior of the dry-dock. Amideas follows, and Camella brings up the rear.

 

Camella

So I hugged you for no reason? [She walks out of frame behind Amideas]

 

Cut to:

 

Int – Dry Dock office

 

Jerry presses open the door and finds the laptop sitting on the desk where Camella pointed out the homing beacon of the E.U.

 

He moves around to the seat of the desk and sits down, pulling the laptop toward him. Amideas and Camella move around to see what he’s doing. He presses several keys, bringing up an image of the capitol city.

 

Camella

What are you doing?

 

Jerry

Accessing the city’s security system…

 

Camella

Why?

 

Amideas

The security cameras and the radio link…

 

Jerry

That’s right.

 

Jerry presses another series of keys on the laptop, and a small microphone slides out of the side of the monitor. It bends toward him so he can speak into him.

 

Jerry

This is Jerry Williams of the L.A.P.D. Is anyone else on this frequency?

 

Jerry presses the space bar several times, the view of the security cameras switching here and there. All of the automobiles are still on the street, several crashed off of the road into buildings and benches, trashcans. The street lights are still running. The reply on the radio is nothing but static.

 

Camella

Why isn’t anyone answering?

 

Amideas

You already know the answer to that, Camella.

 

The security camera switches to a view of a grocery market. The carts stand still, unmanned and askew. They’re half full, as if in the midst of shopping.

 

Jerry

I repeat, this is Jerry Williams of the L.A.P.D. is there anyone picking up this transmission?

 

Amideas

How far can you configure that transmission?

 

Jerry

What? You mean Earth?

 

Amideas

[Reaching for the link cord on the laptop] My internal modem.

 

Amideas nods to Jerry after jacking himself into the laptop. Jerry brings his lips back to the microphone.

 

Jerry

This is Jerry Williams of the L.A.P.D. [He hesitates] Is there anyone out there receiving this message?

 

Once again, static is their only answer. The security cameras are now reading from sites such as New York City, Hong Kong, and Moscow. All are void of any people, all show signs that everyone simply disappeared in mid-action. Jerry looks over to Amideas.

 

Amideas

No signs of human activity.

 

Camella

So what, they’re just… gone?

 

Jerry

The energy bubble?

 

Amideas

At its average velocity it would’ve reached well past Earth by the time it reversed direction.

 

Jerry

How much is that?

 

Amideas

Nearly seventeen percent of the galaxy would’ve been consumed.

 

Jerry

And she erased all of the people, how can she do that?

 

Amideas

According to the reports the Vision Tower acts as a window in to the immeasurable layers of parallel dimensions of the universe, it’s not impossible to conceive that for every dimension there is one where a single person does not exist.

 

Camella

But if we use that line of reasoning…

 

Jerry

She could do anything she wanted, as long as it’s inside the bubble’s wake, right?

 

Amideas

She probably wished not to waste any more time, or the bubble would’ve been larger.

 

Jerry

Okay, so… let’s just assume that’s what happened. Why would she leave us alive?

 

Cut to:

 

Int – Vision Chamber

 

Cassandra takes off her shirt to reveal only a white tank-top underneath. She reaches down to the skeleton of the priest and removes the collar piece from around his neck. It fits snuggly around the neck and tops of the shoulders, the front flowing down to the center of the rib cage where a flowing red and blue jewel rests. She places the piece around her neck and straps it tightly around her neck and through her underarms. She looks down at the flowing jewel as the colors begin to mix and flow together, speeding up and glowing. She smiles.

 

Cut to:

 

Ext – Temple

 

Cassandra steps out of the temple onto the stone steps leading to the sand. She looks around the fishbowl briefly.

 

Cassandra

I suppose given my forthcoming Godhood, such recreation should be beneath me, still…

 

Cassandra holds her hands together forward, and then spreads them apart as if trying to stretch something apart. The fish bowl moves in unison with her, widening out at her command.

 

The angle widens to show the fishbowl start to spread along the entire city, working its way from the temple in the center. All water in the city is pushed out as it expands. The angle cuts back to Cassandra.

 

Cassandra

If play a game we must… let the arena be a fair one.

 

Cut to:

 

Int – Temple Corridor

 

Nemo looks through a window at the expanding fishbowl. His eyes widen. He is looking much better now, sweating quite a bit.

 

Nemo

[To himself]

What are you up to, Cassandra? What are you waiting for?

 

Cut to:

 

Int – Dry Dock

 

Jerry stands in the sphere of the second submersible, his body halfway sticking out of the top. He is flipping switches along the top of the roof and looking at schematics. Amideas stands to the side of the submersible, along the metal grating. The gun rack is directly behind him.

 

Amideas

Are you certain this is a wise course of action?

 

Jerry

Well, nearest I can figure she left us alive for a reason; I’d like to see what it is she wants.

 

Amideas

Do you believe you can stop her?

 

Jerry

I believe I can try.

 

Amideas

And what do you propose we use to do that?

 

Jerry looks up from the submersible, around the dry-dock, and then his eyes fall on the gun rack behind Amideas.

 

Jerry

What about those?

 

Amideas turns according to Jerry’s gesture and notices the gun rack.

 

Cut to:

 

Ext – Capitol City

 

The camera cuts to a transition shot of the city, silent and void. The news stands are abandoned, the cars are stopped, and in front of Jyraan’s Estate the lights of the police vehicles run quietly.

 

The shot cuts to similar images of Earth, several cities here and there. Other planets and their civilizations appear as well, including the red one with a now-unlit space station.

 

Cut to:

 

Int – Dry Dock

 

The camera pans across the gun rack, facing the three characters as they prepare for an assault. Jerry loads and pumps a shotgun. He already has a pistol attached to his shoulder strap and another along his belt. The camera pans to Amideas who uses one Uzi as a level to push the clip into the other, and does the same with the other Uzi. He already has a sash of ammunition and an automatic rifle strapped to his back. The camera finally rests on Camella, who picks up the smallest pistol on the rack and looks it over. She arms it and points it at Jerry, smiling sarcastically.

 

Jerry

You sure you know how to work one of those things?

 

Camella

You mean any better than you do?

 

Jerry smiles to himself. Amideas speaks while still examining his weapons.

 

Amideas

If in fact the E.U.’s beacon is transmitting from the ruined temple Cassandra will surely have some sort of defense set up for us. [Turning to Jerry] It isn’t likely she’d allow us to survive and invite us to her doorstep so easily.

 

Jerry

No, I have no doubt she’s toying with us I’m just… I’m hopin’ we can use that against her.

 

The angle widens and reverses as Jerry turns toward the Submersible. Amideas and Camella turn to follow him. He starts climbing the ladder into the cockpit.

 

Cut to:

 

Int – Submersible.

 

Jerry drops into the back seat of the submersible. Camella climbs in and sits beside him, followed by Amideas who sits in the pilot’s seat. Jerry and Camella attempt to buckle themselves in while Amideas beings to flip several switches. The engines start to rev themselves up.

 

Jerry

So how’s this thing work? Do we get lowered or do we just…

 

Amideas pulls a final lever along the roof of the cockpit. The clamps suspending the submersible from the ceiling release, and the submersible falls. Jerry and Camella’s eyes widen.

 

Cut to:

 

Int – Dry Dock

 

The submersible plunges through the exit-way at the bottom of the dry dock. It plummets into the water below, causing quite a powerful splash. The clamps begin to lift back up to the ceiling. The Submersible begins to sink. The hatch at the bottom of the floor begins to seal back up with a large metal door closing in on either side.

 

Cut to:

 

Int – Submersible

 

Camella gets up off of Jerry, who also picks himself up off of the seat after such a jolt. They both look at Amideas. He casually continues to flip switches and takes a hold of the steering controls. A small screen with a flashing red dot appears.

 

Jerry

Some people…

 

Amideas

I would take this time to relax. The dive to the beacon will take just under two hours.

 

Jerry nods and leans back against his seat, resting his head. His guns sit at his sides untouched, but pointing in different directions. Camella looks over at them, and flips the safety switches on his weapons. Jerry opens his eyes.

 

Camella

Just playing it safe, cowboy.

 

Jerry smirks and pushes Camella back over to her side of the seat playfully (for lack of a better term). She smiles and he closes his eyes again.

 

Cut to:

 

Int – Temple

 

Nemo staggers down another corridor. He’s feeling around the dark walls for everything, anything. His limp is a bit worse now; fatigued. He trips on the grooves in the floor and falls. Sighing, he drags himself forward. His hand reaches down to his side and pulls out a flare, one of his few remaining. He flips a switch and it ignites, tossing it on to the ground. The camera pans over to reveal another native corpse. Nemo is surprised and shocked as he looks over it, and then settles into a mood of confusion.

 

Nemo

Well what are you?

 

Nemo reaches over to the corpse’s armor and touches his golden necklace. A shriek of energy is sent through Nemo and he is sent backward, falling on to his shoulders. He starts to seize.

 

Fade through white:

 

Vision Chamber –

 

This is a vision sequence. The images should be distorted to suggest so. The priest in the beginning of flashback sequence in “The Conductor” is kneeling at the vision pad. The vision tower is running smoothly. Another priest, standing in the entry way to the vision chamber begins to pace confidently [yet still with stealth] up to the first priest. The first priest breaks his concentration and turns to face the second, but only too late. The second priest jams a blade into the first priest’s shoulder, obviously intending to deal a more fatal wound.

 

The first priest falls to the ground, grabbing the second by his shirt sleeve.

 

[Insert a quick shot of Nemo shrieking a bit with his eyes squeezed shut.]

 

There is a quick series of flashes showing the true nature of the second priest. There are shots of him stealing, killing… deserting a burning building.

 

The first priest breaks contact with the second, crashing further to the floor. The second priest looks him over gloatingly and kicks him away from the pad. He kneels down at it himself, taking in the energy from the vision tower.

 

The first priest slowly presses himself up off the ground. He looks over at the second priest, his eyes closed and glowing of red and blue. The first priest gets up to his feet and attempts to rush the second, but the second opens his eyes and stares into the eyes of the first priest. The second priest’s eyes are white and pouring with red and blue aura [as Cassandra’s are now.]

 

The first priest is lifted up off of the ground by the second priest’s power and tossed outside of the chamber, crashing into the wall outside. The stone slab closes behind him.

 

Back inside the vision chamber, the second priest starts laughing maniacally, muffled in his mouth-less body.

 

Insert several quick flashes of the second priest’s wishes. Shrines convert from a god-like idol to him. People begin to praise him. He is still heard laughing.

 

Cut once more to the wall of water crashing down on the city, pummeling the buildings and destroying society. It crushes a statue of the second priest.

 

Fade through white:

 

Nemo’s sweaty body stops seizing. He breathes deeply and fatigued as he regains control over his body. Rolling over to his stomach, he looks over the corpse of the first priest once more.

 

Nemo

You… tried to stop him. Him, he was… Cassandra. Just like now…

 

Nemo reaches for the blade still caught in the priest’s shoulder as the flare burns out.

 

Fade through black:

 

Ext – Sea

 

The submersible flows toward camera. There is an immeasurable trail of bubbles rising to the surface behind them.

 

Cut to:

 

Int – Submersible.

 

Jerry and Camella are sitting patiently in the back of the submersible. Amideas slows the Submersible.

 

Amideas

We’re coming up on the signal. Can you see it?

 

The angle reverses to reveal the ancient city inside of the fishbowl. Jerry and Camella are taken into awe. The submersible is lowering toward the base of the fishbowl.

 

The angle reverses back to the trio.

 

Camella

It’d take a field generator bigger than I’ve ever…

 

Jerry

She doesn’t need a generator. Not anymore… [turning to Amideas] Why would she do that?

 

Amideas

The most reasonable answer is that she’s setting up for something.

 

Jerry and Amideas fall to silence.

 

Camella

Maybe we should go ahead and ask her?

 

Jerry and Amideas both turn to Camella. Jerry shrugs and Amideas turns back to the controls.

 

Amideas

Setting down now…

 

Cut to:

 

Ext – Ancient City

 

The submersible lowers to the sea floor, hovering only a meter or two off of the sand. Two sets of four wheels each descent from the sides of the submersible, resembling tank treads. The submersible lowers until the wheels are touching the ground. The submersible rocks a bit.

 

Cut to:

 

Int – Submersible

 

Jerry, Camella, and Amideas are knocked from side to side at the jolt.

 

Camella

So much for computer-precise steering, eh?

 

Cut to:

 

Ext – Ancient City

 

The submersible switches gears and the wheels begin to roll. The vessel is pushed forward to the wall of the ancient city. The front end breaks through, allowing the sphere of the vehicle to enter the fishbowl. The entire front end of the vehicle is on the inside of the fishbowl before Amideas stops it.

 

Cut to:

 

Int – Submersible

 

Amideas presses a brake on the control deck and turns around to face his passengers.

 

Amideas

That will have to do. Let’s get to work.

 

Jerry

[Ambitiously] Well all right.

 

Jerry arms his shotgun and gets up out of his seat. Amideas places his guns at his side and starts up the ladder to the hatch.

 

Cut to:

 

Ext – Submersible

 

The hatch at the top of the sphere slides open as Amideas climbs out. He climbs down the other side on to the exterior of the submersible as Jerry climbs out of the sphere. All the characters make their way to the base of the submersible where they regroup and look upon the ruined city. It is silent; ominously calm.

 

The angle reverses to reveal the city. The buildings are ruined, but still organized in location and size.

 

The angle returns to the trio.

 

Jerry

Well how do we find her?

 

The angle returns to a shot of the city. Cassandra rises out of the alleyways, flying on gusts of red and blue energy resonating from the jewel in the center of her chest piece. All three characters turn their heads sharply to see her. She’s smiling as always.

 

Cassandra

Jerry! You made it after all…

 

Jerry

Yeah, yeah… do we have you to thank for that?

 

Cassandra settles roughly ten feet above Amideas’s height. She is far enough away that she can easily look down at the trio and carry on a conversation.

 

Cassandra

I didn’t think it right to kill the guy I most dearly owed this ascension to, not immediately anyway.

 

Amideas

And what about the rest of the planet’s population? The surrounding systems?

 

Cassandra

They were just getting in the way, kind of like you and your golden gal. You two won’t be needed. Jerry, come with me.

 

Cassandra turns her back to the trio. Jerry is lifted off the ground, floating on the same red and blue auras Cassandra is using. He is shocked and attempts to resist. His weapons are tossed from his hands, the pistol straps snapping and flying away from him.

 

Amideas

Camella, open fire!

 

Amideas arms his rifle and begins firing at Cassandra. Camella follows fashion and begins firing her pistol. The bullets explode just before reaching her. She turns around sharply while still heading to the center of the city.

 

Cassandra

Oh, so you still want to play? [Nodding]Okay. Have fun.

 

Cassandra once again turns away from Amideas and Camella. She resumes her flight toward the center of the city. Jerry is being led several meters behind her. They quickly disappear behind a building.

 

Camella

What was that all about?

 

A single laser shot travels from the inner alleyways of the city, all of the way to the submersible. It burns a hole just to the left of Camella’s face. She shrieks away from it and then looks at Amideas.

 

Camella

What is it?!

 

Amideas’s eyes briefly blink to a more extreme color of red, then he ducks and attempts to move to the other side of the submersible, taking cover.

 

Amideas

We’ve got company!

 

Camella follows Amideas behind the submersible. The angle reverses to reveal a single Manhunter approaching the submersible. Another appears out of another alleyway, and then another. They begin to come out of every alleyway, vastly growing in number.

 

Amideas

Do you see them?

 

Camella

Yeah, yeah I see ‘em! What are we gonna do?

 

Amideas

[Glancing at Camella’s pistol] You looked like you knew how to use that weapon.

 

Amideas leans toward the edge of the submersible and arms his rifle, taking aim at the Manhunters approaching. He ducks briefly as a shot lands on the piece of the submersible providing cover.

 

Camella

Aww, I hate this plan!

 

Amideas and Camella both arm their weapons and open fire.

 

Cut to:

 

Ext – Temple

 

Cassandra lands softly next to the E.U. she looks up briefly out of frame, and then back down. Jerry falls sharply into frame much closer to camera, smashing on to the sand below frame. Camella snickers.

 

Cassandra

Welcome to my pseudo-lair. It may be dank… well at least I won’t be here much longer.

 

Jerry pushes himself up off the ground and spits up a small amount of blood.

 

Jerry

You’ve gone insane, Cassie…

 

Cassandra

Ahh, but insanity suggests delusion, Jerry. I… I am very real.

 

Cassandra points to the E.U. It transforms into a massive shuttle before Jerry’s eyes. He rolls out of the way to avoid being crushed by the landing gear. The fishbowl seems unaffected. Jerry sits in awe at the shuttle.

 

Cassandra

Nifty little trick, isn’t it? Oh don’t get up, there’s more.

 

The hatch to the shuttle slides open. A squad of ever silent Manhunters step through and move around Cassandra, lining up behind her.

 

Cassandra

I figure as long as I’m taking over the universe a little brute force can’t hurt. Wouldn’t you agree?

 

Jerry

Amideas… and Camella. They’ll stop…

 

Cassandra

They’re dead! They’re dead, Jerry…

 

Jerry takes this news, trying to shrug it off at first and then grimacing.

 

Cassandra

So if I were you…

 

The Manhunters arm their rifles and aim them at Jerry.

 

Cassandra

…I’d just sit back and enjoy the show.

 

Cut to:

 

Ext – Ancient City

 

Amideas realizes that his rifle is depleted and throws it aside. His ammo sash is equally depleted. There are piling bodies of dead Manhunters surrounding the submersible.

 

Camella

I don’t think we’re gonna win this one, Ami!

 

Amideas

Can’t be helped! We have to reach Cassandra!

 

Amideas jumps out from behind the submersible and pulls out his twin sub-machine guns. He begins firing them side to side, the immense number of Manhunters revealing itself. He begins dropping them as quickly as they appear, piling up faster than a person can count. Amideas’s shots are precise and efficient.

 

Camella moves around to the other side of the submersible and begins taking shots as soon as she can. Her own accuracy is rather good. She drops two while Amideas can be seen dropping five in the background.

 

Amideas runs out of ammunition in the first sub-machine gun. He tosses it swiftly at a Manhunter’s head, and its neck snaps. It falls to the ground. With his remaining gun Amideas takes several more shots, picking off Manhunters as he sees them. Finally he runs out once more, and throws his gun behind him. It knocks the head of another Manhunter clear off and flies toward frame.

 

Amideas immediately engages in hand-to-hand combat with the next Manhunter, already only a single meter from him. The robot quickly presses his palm into the Manhunter’s stomach and then twists his neck. The Manhunter falls to the ground as Amideas turns around to face another. He dodges a punch, trips the Manhunter, and reaches into its chest. He pulls out several cords and servos, immediately taking the Manhunter offline.

 

The camera cuts back to Camella, trying to reload her gun. She’s frustrated.

 

Camella

This is ridiculous. He has to know they’re just going to keep coming! [She throws her gun and turns toward the submersible] That’s it! I… [She notices something on the submersible out of frame] …I can’t believe I didn’t notice those before.

 

The camera is back on Amideas now. He steps on top of a Manhunter and dives off of it on to the next standing one he sees. Both are driven to the ground. Amideas thrusts his legs to damage the endoskeleton of the waste. It can no longer stand. He then reaches down and takes its gun, but as he gets back to his feet he is blindsided by the back side of a Manhunter fist. The gun flies out of Amideas’s hand and he is knocked back down to the ground, lying on top of the Manhunter he just injured.

 

Amideas kicks the new Manhunter away as it approaches him, and it is sent flying. Another Manhunter reaches for Amideas’s neck. He tries to pull it off of him but fails. While struggling with this Manhunter another grabs him by the legs. They begin to pull in opposite directions. Amideas’s eyes widen as recognition of damage.

 

There is a brief charging sound, and the Manhunter reaching around Amideas’s neck is shattered by a series of rounds from a massive machine gun. The second Manhunter falls backward [still pulling on Amideas’s legs] and Amideas lands on top of it, face to face. Amideas cocks his head a little surprised and then wastes no time in snapping its neck.

 

Amideas turns his head to see the submersible machine guns pointed at him, still smoking. Camella waves to him from the cockpit.

 

Amideas gets to his feet and runs to the submersible, quickly climbing the ladder to the cockpit. The Manhunters are going after him, and begin climbing the ladder after he shuts the hatch to the sphere behind him.

 

Cut to:

 

Int – Submersible

 

Amideas takes control of the cockpit, pushing Camella aside. Amideas revs up the engines.

 

Camella

Didn’t you see these controls earlier?

 

Amideas

It didn’t make sense for a science lab to load the submersible with ammunition.

 

Camella

Ami, Ami, Ami…

 

Cut to:

 

Ext – Ancient City

 

The submersible revs up and begins to move forward, knocking off the Manhunters climbing along its side. The turrets charge and begin to lay in to the Manhunters in their way. They begin falling faster than they appear, clearing a path for the submersible into the city. Camella gives a “wooo!” It begins moving too fast for any Manhunters to catch up to it.

 

Cut to:

 

Ext – Temple

 

Cassandra is pacing by her shuttle. The Manhunters still have their rifles pointed at Jerry. He is leaning against a fallen column.

 

Jerry

If that’s true, if you are ready to go at any second, why are you waiting? What’s keeping you here?

 

Cassandra

I don’t feel it necessary to explain my actions to you, Jerry.

 

Jerry

And why keep me alive? What good does it do? What are you waiting for?

 

Cassandra

[Shouting] Let it be, Jerry! I will decide what happens and what doesn’t! Who dies and who lives!

 

Jerry silences, trying to avoid smirking. Cassandra closes her eyes in frustration. The jewel on her chest piece dims a bit. Jerry takes notice to it, and then looks over to the Manhunters. Several of them begin to lower their rifles before she opens her eyes again. As soon as she does the jewel returns to its full glow and the Manhunters take aim once more.

 

Jerry silently considers what he just saw. A revving noise is heard in the distance, and both Jerry and Cassandra turn to face the empty alleyways from which its coming. The noise increases in volume as does the anticipation of Jerry and Cassandra.

 

Suddenly a single Manhunter is sent flying in to the wall of an alleyway, in to the view of Cassandra and Jerry. The submersible rolls into frame quickly thereafter. The turrets are still smoking.

 

Cassandra’s eyes widen and she turns to her immediate Manhunters.

 

Cassandra

Stop them! Now!

 

The Manhunters move toward the submersible. Jerry takes the opportunity to run, and sprints toward the rear end of the shuttle. Cassandra is too distracted by the submersible to notice him. She gets a very angry look on her face.

 

The turrets along the side of the submersible explode in flashes of red and blue. The submersible itself stops in its tracks, held down by the same red and blue aura.

 

Cut to:

 

Int – Submersible

 

Amideas attempts to move the submersible twice more before giving up. Camella looks out the sphere to the approaching Manhunters.

 

Camella

Uh oh…

 

Amideas

Jerry ran behind the shuttle. Did you see him? We’ve got to retrieve him.

 

Camella

And then what?! We’re still sitting ducks here!

 

Amideas

…Then we’ll think of something once we retrieve Jerry.

 

Cut to:

 

Ext – Submersible

 

The hatch to the submersible slides open. Amideas begins picking off shots with Camella’s pistol, and she climbs out the hatch in the bottom of the sphere. She works her way past the Manhunters and rushes behind a fallen column, avoiding detection by Cassandra. Amideas continues to take shots.

 

Camella takes off in to a sprint to get behind the shuttle. She meets Jerry behind there.

 

Camella
[Whispering] Jerry!

 

Jerry

[Turning to Camella and whispering back]

Camella! We have to close her eyes!

 

Camella

What?

 

Jerry

Her eyes, we gotta close ‘em!

 

The camera returns to Amideas. His weapon is thrown from his hand with the red/blue aura, and he himself is lifted out of the submersible hatch. Struggling, he is drifted to Cassandra, and dropped in front of her. He sits on his knees while the Manhunters keep their guns aimed at him.

 

Cassandra

Don’t bother moving, the Manhunters will blast you to pieces.

 

Amideas remains still, accepting his predicament.

 

Cassandra

You’ve got to be the single most annoying machine I’ve ever encountered. Mmm, but I suppose it doesn’t matter now, does it? I’ll end your forged existence here…

 

A new angle on the shuttle presents Camella and Jerry leaning around the corner. Camella’s eyes widen as she tries to get Amideas’s attention

 

Cut to:

 

Amideas’s POV

 

The computed perspective witnesses Camella out of the corner of the spherical view, and focuses on her. She’s mouthing words to him.

 

Cut back to:

 

Ext – Temple

 

Amideas’s eyes appear to still be focused on Cassandra as she talks.

 

Cassandra

So I guess that girl of yours wasn’t quite as durable as you, huh? It’s nice to know not all of my efforts are…

 

Cut back to:

 

Amideas’s POV

 

Amideas’s readouts are attempting to make out what Camella is mouthing to him. A wire grid appears over her face, as well as a wave meter, heavily distorted by Cassandra’s rants. The words finally form at the bottom of his view: “Close her eyes.”

 

Cut to:

 

Ext – Temple

 

Amideas’s eyes briefly widen as he leaps off the ground and wraps his forearm around Cassandra’s face, preventing her from being able to see. The jewel dims and he waits for the Manhunters to destroy him as she yells at them to do so.

 

Cassandra

Augh! Manhunters, blast him!

 

The Manhunters remain still, as if confused about what to do. They begin looking at each other.

 

Cassandra

Do it! Do it now! Nooow! Augh!

 

The angle cuts back to Jerry and Camella. Camella and Jerry both smile.

 

Jerry

It’s working! Come on, in the temple!

 

The angle widens as Jerry and Camella take off for the interior of the temple. Cassandra is still struggling under Amideas’s grip.

 

Cut to:

 

Int – Vision Chamber

 

The stone slab is knocked to the ground as Jerry and Camella enter the vision chamber. The vision tower is running as efficiently as ever.

 

Jerry

[Gesturing to the conductor] There! That! The report said we have to remove the pipes on the sides of the tower to shut it down. Then we can…

 

Jerry and Camella head toward the tower, but are stopped as Nemo steps around from the other side very fatigued. He’s pointing the blade he took from the corpse of the first priest at them.

 

Nemo

I can’t let you do that, Jerry…

 

Jerry

Nemo! What are you…?

 

Nemo

I can’t let you turn the machine off. It won’t make a difference. Before long it’ll all just… happen all over again.

 

Jerry

What again? What are you talking about?

 

Nemo

I can’t let you turn off the device. It’s not good enough. The conductor has to be de…

 

Jerry

Nemo… no, you don’t what that will do.

 

Nemo slightly lowers the blade fairly certain he’s prevented any conflict.

 

Nemo

It’s got to be better… than what’ll happen if it’s not. So, go, get out of here.

 

Jerry

Nemo…

 

Nemo

Go, Jerry… [Breaking down; at this point it’s like he wants to prove something to Jerry, like he needs a sense of redemption.] …I have to do this.

 

Jerry considers Nemo’s confession.

 

Nemo

…Let me do this.

 

Jerry makes a decision, and talks to Camella while still keeping his eyes on Nemo.

 

Jerry

Camella? Let’s go… we’ve done what we’ve gotta do.

 

Nemo gives a nod of relief, and then looks into Jerry’s eyes. They share a look of understanding before Jerry and Camella move to exit the temple.

 

Nemo watches as they leave, and then turns toward the conductor. He swings the blade at it, and it flies out of the vision tower. The red/blue energy exchange begins to go haywire, unorganized thanks to the loss of the conductor.

 

Cut to:

 

Ext – Temple

 

Camella and Jerry run down the steps of the temple toward Amideas and Cassandra. The Manhunters still haven’t a clue what to do.

 

Jerry

Ami!

 

Cut to:

 

Int – Vision Chamber

 

Nemo looks down upon the conductor lying on the floor. He sighs and then steps on it. It shatters beneath his boot.

 

Cut to:

 

Ext – Temple

 

The jewel in Cassandra’s chest piece loses all glow. The glow seeping from her closed eyes [And behind Amideas’s arm] dissipates.

 

The aura holding the submersible in place disappears. The turrets reform as well.

 

Jerry

Ami! We’ve gotta go! It’s gonna go!

 

Amideas looks down at Cassandra and releases his grip on her. She falls to the ground next to her shuttle and watches as Amideas rushes toward the submersible. Her eyes have returned to normal.

 

Cassandra

Noooo!

 

Cut to:

 

Int – Vision Chamber

 

Nemo shields his eyes as the red and blue energy increases in its chaos. The pipes lining the chamber are beginning to buckle and burst. Nemo seems confident through it all.

 

Cut to:

 

Ext – Temple

 

The Manhunters disappear as the trio reaches the submersible. They climb inside one by one, Amideas taking the controls.

 

Jerry

Come on! We gotta go now!

 

Cut to:

 

Int – Submersible

 

Amideas switches gears in the still-running submersible. He begins to back up the submersible.

 

Camella

We’re never gonna make it out of the field in time, you know. …Are we?

 

Jerry

Stayin’ optimistic here, Cammy!

 

Cut to:

 

Ext – Temple

 

The submersible backs up into the alleyway, attempting to reach the exterior of the fishbowl. It disappears out of frame. The shuttle shifts back into the E.U.

 

Cassandra

Jerry!

 

Cut to:

 

Ext – Ancient City

 

The fishbowl begins to reduce in diameter tremendously, returning to its normal size of just around the temple.

 

A closer angle shows it push past the submersible. The submersible is lifted off the ground slightly.

 

Cut to:

 

Int – Submersible

 

Jerry and Camella seem a little surprised. Even Amideas’s eyes look a bit wider than usual.

 

Camella

I think that borderlines on miracle.

 

Jerry’s expression turns into an enthused grin as he taps on Amideas’s shoulder.

 

Jerry

So much for that problem, get us out of here!

 

Amideas quickly flips a pair of switches on the console. The cockpit begins to hum. Bubbles can be seen rising from the wheels outside of the sphere.

 

Cut to:

 

Ext – Submersible

 

The wheels on the submersible rise back into their holding places. The submersible begins to lift into the open sea. The camera remains stationary as it disappears out of frame.

 

Cut to:

 

Ext – Temple

 

Cassandra furiously turns toward the E.U. and attempts to climb in. Suddenly the blade from the priest’s corpse flings toward Cassandra. She turns around to face it just as it slams into her shoulder and pins her to the E.U. She shrieks.

 

Nemo’s Voice

Cassandra!

 

Cassandra turns toward the temple to reveal Nemo pacing out of the temple as flames and energy waves begin to poor out. It can be heard overloading in the background. Nemo is still fatigued but confident.

 

Cassandra

You! You did this!

 

Nemo

We did this, Cassandra. We pushed too far. And this… this is our reward.

 

Cassandra

You’re doing all this just to get even with me?!

 

Nemo

No, no… I’m doing this… I’m doing this so it doesn’t have to be done again. I wish… I wish I could tell you that you did good. You… and me, we’ve prevented this from ever happening to anyone else; what we did.

 

Cassandra

Nemo… make sense.

 

Nemo

No, I know it probably doesn’t make sense to you. But it… at least it’ll be quiet soon.

 

The angle widens to reveal the entire temple. The energy and flames grow to a massive charge of white. Cassandra gives a brief “No!” as it explodes. A wall of white energy presses past them. They’re engulfed instantly.

 

Cut to:

 

Ext – Sea

 

The submersible continues on its path to the surface. The city explodes beneath them, too far down for any detail to be seen. The explosion itself pushes toward them and reaches the submersible. The sub is pressed faster toward the surface, the explosion shaking past the camera.

 

Cut to:

 

Ext – Ocean Surface

 

The submersible is pressed through the surface of the ocean, leaping several meters into the air before crashing back down on to the surface. It settles and the sea calms from the explosion. Several calm seconds pass before the glass of the sphere cracks.

 

Jerry’s voice

Drat!

 

Fade to:

 

Ext – Capitol City

 

The randomly strewn about cars and chaos begin to right themselves. Quick flashes return the vehicles to the road in an orderly fashion. Once all the cars are in place, time begins to resume. Things progress as if nothing ever happened.

 

Cut to:

 

Int – Market

 

The shoppers and merchants resume their daily life of selling and trading. A merchant and a woman in the corner are arguing about what a melon should cost.

 

Cut to:

 

Ext – Orange Planet

 

The space station lights come back on one by one. The station resumes rotation around the orange planet.

 

Cut to:

 

Ext – Earth

 

A lone space shuttle makes its way past Earth’s gravitational pull and pushes past camera. Life appears to have resumed.

 

Cut to:

 

Ext – Earth

 

A series of shots convey life returning to normal on Earth, once again as if nothing happened.

 

Fade through Black:

 

Ext – Dock Seventeen

 

Jerry and Amideas stand in front of the Ryuu-3. The merchant from episode 103 walks by behind them holding a bag of money and giving Amideas a thumbs up. Jerry smiles and turns back to Amideas.

 

Jerry

All the reports were… non existent. No one here or anywhere else seems to have any knowledge that anything at all happened.

 

Amideas

Probably for the best.

 

Jerry

Yeah, but uhh… my people back home aren’t going to believe what happened here. And they’re not gonna tolerate that Nemo and my partner simply disappeared.

 

Amideas

That’s certainly a predicament. What do think you should do about it?

 

Jerry

Well, I was wondering if I could just, go with you guys. You know, where ever you’re going. I assume you gotta work for somebody, right? Would that be…?

 

Ami gives a move almost like a chuckle, and then turns back to the Ryuu-3. Jerry starts to follow. The ramp to the ship lowers. Camella is standing on it. The camera begins to push out as the music builds.

 

Jerry

So is that a… yes? Am I going?

 

Amideas boards the ship. Jerry’s pacing toward it now. Camella’s gesturing at him to hurry up. The camera continues to push out.

 

Jerry

Where are we…? Am I going?

 

Fade to:

 

Closing Credits

The End


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