Starboard Side

Episode 106: Reflection

Written by Jared Williams

 

 

 

 

Fade Out of Black

 

Int – Bunker

 

Fade out of black to reveal a darkened, burning bunker. Fallen pieces of concrete, busted pipes, and destroyed lighting fixtures litter the steel-grated floor. Fallen beams of wood are burning from place to place, as are portions of the walls. A lone figure in Green Lantern Corps uniform dives to the ground. He ducks behind a fallen piece of concrete. The young, clean cut man is missing his Green Lantern Ring and power, and in its place is an automatic rifle. This man is Dimitri Ivanov (Born in Sprague, but was raised in the states.)

 

Dimitri brings his head above the concrete. He peers through the hazed darkness and raises his rifle, taking several shots. The angle reverses to show several enemy soldiers, dressed in black fatigues and sleek, face covering helmets, fall to the ground. The soldiers, rather than bleed, seize and spark from their wounds.

 

With the angle back on Dimitri, a slightly older John Stewart (in his late forties) comes in to frame behind him. Dimitri stands and looks over the now un-defended junction at the end of the bunker room. Stewart is missing his ring as well, wielding an identical rifle.

 

Stewart

How many made it through?

 

Dimitri

[Nodding to the junction]

No more than three, including Diallo.

 

Stewart

Let’s move. It’s useless if we don’t catch him.

 

John and Dimitri start to move forward, maneuvering through the debris on the floor. They reach the junction and turn the corner, emptying out into a branching corridor (A7). This area is much less damaged than the previous location, it even seems slightly quieter.

 

John signals to Dimitri to slow down. They begin to creep through the hall, looking for any sign of attack. A lone enemy soldier peeks around a corner of an adjoining corridor and attempts to take a shot. He misses John’s torso by centimeters before Dimitri instinctively ducks and takes a shot at the soldier’s chest. The soldier falls to the ground, seizing and sparking like the previous squad.

 

Stewart

[Condescending]

Nice shot

 

Dimitri

Well don’t go gushing with gratitude, old man.

 

The duo continues down the hall a bit more before coming upon a very darkened corridor. Stewart looks up at the corridor’s designation (A7-G) above the entryway before taking cover on the other side of the frame. Dimitri follows suit.

 

Stewart

This is it.

 

Dimitri

This hall leads to the shuttle bay?

[Peering into the dark hall]

Sure don’t wanna make it easy for us, huh?

 

Stewart

You lead the way; I’ll bring up the rear.

 

Dimitri nods and moves into the corridor. John hesitates several seconds before following.

 

A new angle leads Dimitri in the corridor, tight on his face. John’s silhouette can be seen following him just behind. They’re back in commando mode now, doing their best to remain silent.

 

The area opens up slightly now in a ventilation access area. It’s still dark. It is roughly fifteen feet by fifteen feet. As Dimitri enters the corridor a single fist slams into his face from behind the shadows. He is knocked to the ground.

 

Stewart

Dimitri!

 

John attempts to rush up and aid his comrade before being blind-sided by the one remaining soldier in the compound from behind. He is recognized as Stewart crashes to the floor, letting out an “augh!”

 

Dimitri’s attacker steps out of the shadows. He is a rugged, but still relatively young alien. He looks mostly humanoid save less defined ear lobes, the lower ends of which blend into his neck. His eyes are completely black as well, and roll over with a second lens when blinking. His hair is a dirty brown and cut into a messy bowl. His clothes are black, those of a renegade wanting to be noticed. He is unarmed save a pistol strapped to his left thigh and hanging from the right side of his belt are six Green Lantern rings attached to a steel chain. This man is Diallo.

 

Diallo looks Dimitri over as he attempts to get back up. He kicks Dimitri’s rifle out of his hand, which causes a slightly dizzied Dimitri to fall backward on to his palms.

 

Diallo

Never has there been a force quite so difficult to contend with; to evade. To the corps, I tip my hat to you.

 

Dimitri

[Looking dazed but angry at the steel-grated floor]

Diallo…

 

Diallo

Left nearly the last in his own fallback compound. It’s almost poetic, if you can justify such a thing.

 

Dimitri tries once more to stand. Diallo slams his boot on to his shoulder, pinning him down. He moves around behind him.

 

Diallo

Don’t bother. The struggle is needless.

 

The final enemy soldier leads John into the access area. John is presented weaponless in front of Diallo. The soldier is holding a rifle to John’s back, ready to fire.

 

Diallo

[To Stewart]

And you? Blind-sighted just as easily? If only you had a… [Holding up the chain of rings]

lantern to help you.

[Chuckling to himself]

That was good.

 

Stewart glances to his right, back into the corridor very quickly. Diallo fails to notice. The angle cuts to the darkened corridor briefly as a pair of familiar red, glowing eyes move backward slightly.

 

Stewart

What are you waiting for, Diallo? Why don’t you just kill us now, and go?

 

Diallo

I don’t know. Call it respect; call it a morbid fetish for fun. It just… doesn’t sound appealing to kill you right off.

 

Stewart

Didn’t your mother ever teach you any values?

 

Diallo

What?

 

Stewart

[Glancing once more to his right]

Procrastination never pays.

 

Amadeus, dressed in a black uniform as opposed to his usual blue, steps out into the access area and fires on the enemy soldier, carrying both his own rifle and Stewart’s. The soldier crashes to the ground.

 

Dimitri takes advantage of Diallo’s shock and rolls out from under his boot. He gets up to his knees and rips the chain of Green Lantern Rings away from Diallo. They crash on the wall closest to Amadeus and Stewart.

 

Diallo takes out his pistol and slams down on a control panel along the wall. The room is split in two by a blue force field (originally intended to divert air circulation throughout the bunker.) Amadeus tosses the second rifle to Stewart. Stewart and Amadeus hesitate to fire on the force field which holds Diallo and a stumbling Dimitri on the other side.

 

Diallo

[Laughing]

Wow, I wonder who has the advantage now. The exit’s on my side. Your puppy is on my side. What do you do now? Hmm?

 

Stewart

Don’t try anything, Diallo. The minute you get off this planet our ship will take you down.

 

Diallo

Oh, but not if you call it off!

[He points his pistol at the defenseless Dimitri.]

Call it off, Lantern.

 

John reaches down to his communicator and then hesitates. He looks across the room to Dimitri. Dimitri shakes his head “no.” John hesitates for a second more, and then begins to speak. Amadeus very nearly stops him, but cuts his step mid-stride.

 

Stewart

Enforcer…

 

Radio voice

[Slightly staticy]

This is the Enforcer, what is your status?

 

Stewart

…Enemy secured.

 

Radio Voice

Understood. Beginning landing sequence. Congratulations to you and your team.

 

Stewart

Yeah…

 

John closes the communicator and places it back on his belt. He lowers his weapon slightly, relaxing. Amadeus keeps his ready but remains silent.

 

Diallo

Landing sequence?

 

Stewart

Yeah.

 

Diallo

[Smiling]

Well that’s good enough for me.

 

Diallo focuses his aim on Dimitri and fires a single shot. Dimitri catches it in the center of his torso. His mouth widens and he falls backward against the wall.

 

John

No!

 

Diallo smirks and runs off into the corridor toward the shuttle bay. He leaves the already deceased Dimitri against the wall and the energy field on.

 

John and Amadeus drop their weapons. Stewart runs toward the energy field, nearly throwing himself into it before Amadeus grabs him, pulling him backward away from it. John fights him frantically.

 

Amadeus

No, John.

 

John

Let me go! I can’t just let him die!

 

Amadeus

John, he’s already dead.

 

John

No! Let me go! Let me…

 

Amadeus manages to relax Stewart to the point where he won’t kill himself in the energy field. Amadeus reaches for his own communicator and speaks.

 

Amadeus

Enforcer, Diallo is on the move. Reverse landing procedure immediately.

 

Radio voice

What? Negative, struts have already been laid. We’ll have to take off all over again. What happened?

 

As the radio voice speaks the camera pans across the floor to John, crawling toward the force field where Dimitri’s open eyes look back at him, cold and silent. Stewart begins to break down and cry.

 

John

I’m sorry… I’m sorry…

 

The camera pushes out as Stewart continues to break down. Amadeus tries to communicate with the Enforcer as we

 

Fade through black

 

Ext – Space

 

The camera pans right across a rather small orange planet. This planet is Kaylis. A blue Nebula is seen in the background. As the camera reaches the other side of the planet it falls on a stylish PTM SPACE STATION. Docking ports extend from the central hub of the station. The Ryuu-3 appears docked on the far right side of the station. Located on the next dock is a smaller, more mechanical-looking ship.

 

Cut to

 

Int – Space Station Docking Port Gamma

 

A large, thick airlock door folds open like a closet door. A depressurization sound is heard as the two atmospheres combine. Reveal Camella standing in the foreground, facing Amadeus and Jerry who stand just behind her. She resumes a previous rant.

 

Camella

It’s not fair!

 

Amadeus

I am not concerned whether or not you find it fair, Camella.

 

Camella

But the only reason I volunteered to be a prisoner was so that I could hang out with you!

 

Amadeus

The ship still requires heavy maintenance on the weapons systems. The PTM decided further delay in your extradition to headquarters was unacceptable. I concurred.

 

The trio enters a junction connecting to an outer ring of docking ports. Camella regards the corridor on her left side, and then turns back to Amadeus pouting.

 

Camella

[Drawn out] Ami, I don’t want a new pilot…

 

Amadeus

I’ve met with Captain Brooks before, and spoken with him several times since the question of your transfer arose. I have no reason to conclude he would treat you poorly.

 

Camella

But it’s about fun, Ami…

 

Camella gives Amadeus a pouty-look, desperate for an excuse. He responds only with his usual, cold expression of business.

 

Cut to:

 

Int – Docking Port Alpha

 

Camella stands in the docking port, still pouting. Captain Brooks is already turning toward the hatch to his ship. The dock folds its way shut. Camella tries as long as possible to keep eye contact with her previous captor. The airlock seals, closing Camella’s story for the time being.

 

Amadeus and Jerry turn away from the dock and head back toward the junction, which will eventually lead them to the interior hub of the station.

 

Jerry

She made it sound like you adopted her or something. She was always a prisoner?

 

Amadeus

She offered much less resistance than most, earning her more privileges than I tend to give, mostly due to the input of my previous shipmate; but in the end, yes, she was always a captive.

 

Jerry

It’s funny, you know? I always saw you two getting along so well. I don’t think it really sunk in that she was your prisoner until yesterday and you gave her the news.

 

Amadeus remains silent. Jerry, still carrying the pretense that the robot has some humanity in him, tries to strike up a new conversation.

 

Jerry

So uhm, speaking of prisoners… I read the recent logs of this station; what prisoner’s they’re keeping on board, and which ones are being transferred. I found one that was kind of interesting; he used to be in the Green Lantern Corps. I only checked it more closely because the PTM and the Corps are on such good terms, not to mention you used to be a Manhunter.

 

Amadeus

What was his name?

 

Jerry

Uh, John… Stewart, I think. He was like the third or fourth from Earth, something like that.

 

Amadeus stops walking sharply, and turns to face Jerry. Jerry is slightly surprised.

 

Amadeus

John Stewart is on this station? As a prisoner?

 

Jerry

Yeah, you know him?

 

Amadeus

I served with him on several missions with the corps, before my official dismissal by the Guardians.

 

Jerry

Yeah, well, I guess he stopped following the code. The PTM caught him trying to ignite the nebula with concentrated… what was it called? Rillexium, I think.

 

Amadeus

The Pylar nebula; the one just outside of this station?

 

Jerry

[Nodding] Yeah.

 

Amadeus computes to himself for a moment, and then resumes walking. Jerry follows, slightly confused.

 

Amadeus

What are your plans while we’re on the station?

 

Jerry

Oh, well, isn’t there anything you want me to do?

 

Amadeus

Our ship is under the command of the station’s repair team at the moment. While we’re here, I would suggest you use the time to familiarize yourself with the PTM’s customs and expectations. Befriend as many captains and officers as you can.

 

Jerry

Right.

 

Cut to:

 

Int – Corridor P1

 

A series of closely positioned doors line a narrow corridor. The door the camera stops on is labeled P1-K. Amadeus’s hand comes into frame and opens the door. He steps through.

 

Cut to:

 

Int – Stewart’s Hold

 

John Stewart takes notice of the robot entering his room and sits up. He’s much older now; roughly thirty years have passed since the last time he was seen. He’s much scruffier than he’s been seen before. He seems to have lost his militant edge. He seems slightly afraid of the robot at first.

 

Stewart

[Nodding to himself]

Oh, oh… I know you.

 

Amadeus

[Confirming tone]

John Stewart.

 

Stewart rests his head back against his bed, easing himself down. Amadeus stands at the end of the bed. The only other objects in the room are a toilet and sink on the wall opposite the bed.

 

Stewart

Amadeus… [Laughing] You’re looking well. I bet it’s hard to get wrinkles when your face doesn’t move, huh?

 

Amadeus

And you don’t quite look the same as the last time I saw you.

 

Stewart

[Laughing again] No, no I don’t. How’ve you been, Robot? What’ve you been up to?

 

Amadeus

I’ve been serving as a captain for the PTM as of late.

 

Stewart

[Slightly discouraged] Oh… so this isn’t just a friendly visit, huh?

 

Amadeus

I’m not on any official business. I was curious.

 

Stewart

Curious? Now that, that always surprised me. You always had such a thirst for problem solving, even when I first met you.

 

Amadeus

Why were you trying to ignite the nebula?

 

Stewart

Do we have to talk about that?

 

Amadeus moves around to the toilet and sits down. It’s mostly to make Stewart feel more at ease.

 

Amadeus

I believe so, yes.

 

Stewart

You’re not going to like my answer, Amadeus. The fact of the matter is, it’s… not a nebula.

 

Amadeus

Yes it is.

 

Stewart

No, it’s not. It’s… Diallo.

 

Amadeus

It’s a nebula.

 

Stewart

Think about it, Ami. You saw that man come back from the dead almost as many times than I did. I know this sounds… impossible, but it’s true.

 

Amadeus

Diallo died on a Corps raid to Kaylis twenty two years ago. That nebula is over two thousand years old.

 

Stewart

It’s him, Ami! It’s him! I know it is!

 

Amadeus’s eyes quickly flash yellow and then return to red. The look on Stewart’s face is sincere.

 

Amadeus

Have any physician’s been in here to examine you? Psychologists?

 

Stewart

[Nodding annoyed]

Yes, more than I can count, but this is true! I know it is! I can hear him.

 

Amadeus

You talk with him?

 

Stewart

No, he speaks to me. I can’t talk back, but he tells me. He tells me he’s coming back.

 

Amadeus

How? How is he coming back?

 

Stewart

He won’t tell me. He only tells me he’s coming back, but he’s been bringing me here. He’s been bringing me to the nebula. I… I knew what has to be done. And when I tried it they locked me up.

 

Amadeus stays quiet. Stewart begins to sincerely break down, almost breaking into tears.

 

Stewart

I don’t want to hurt anybody… I know I wouldn’t. But every time I close my eyes. When I sleep, when I blink… he’s talking to me, and I know the only way to stop it is to kill him.

 

Amadeus

He’s already dead, John.

 

Stewart

No. He’s there. He’s right out there, and he’s coming back soon.

 

Cut to:

 

Int – Corridor

 

Amadeus exits Stewart’s Hold. He locks the door behind him and continues toward the interior of the station.

 

Cut to:

 

Int – Commander’s Office

 

Amadeus stands in front of Commander Verox’s Desk (Adequately decorated with a nameplate reading “Tomas Verox”). Commander Verox is slightly annoyed by the visit, as he already knows everything Amadeus is telling him.

 

Verox

He’s insane. No one can deny that. He tried to annihilate an entire planet.

 

Amadeus

No, that wasn’t his intention. He only wanted to destroy the nebula. He doesn’t believe it would explode.

 

Verox

Amadeus, I like to think you don’t hold this man’s word as fact.

 

Amadeus

No, I don’t. I simply believe he deserves a chance to justify his claims.

 

Verox

There’s nothing to prove.

 

Verox goes back to looking over digital files on his desk, displayed on small, flat panels which line the top of it. Amadeus begins to move around to the other side of the desk.

 

Amadeus

When I was still only eight years in to my existence, there was a mission in which the Corps asked for my assistance. Diallo was tracked down to a bunker on a desolate planet.

 

Verox stops looking at the files and takes notice, still not looking at Amadeus, though he knows where this story is going.

 

Amadeus

Diallo killed three Corps members that day. He started to escape on his vessel, but a young ship captain managed to reverse his engines quickly enough to track Diallo. The two ships fought, and Diallo’s ship was destroyed. The captain verified that his sensors showed Diallo on board at the time of the explosion.

 

Verox turns and looks at Amadeus finally; already realizing that Amadeus is calling him out.

 

Amadeus

That captain’s name was Tomas Verox; now can you explain how Diallo was discovered running his operations two months later?

 

Verox

I know what you’re trying to do here…

 

Amadeus

Diallo is not a normal being. He was obsessed with self preservation. If Stewart has a theory which may prove this madman’s still alive, it makes sense that he should be given the chance to back his claim.

 

Verox pauses only slightly before continuing.

 

Verox

…All right, I’ll release him under your custody, but only long enough to make a quick trip to Kaylis in one of our shuttles and visit this shrine he keeps babbling about.

 

Amadeus

I appreciate it, Commander.

 

Amadeus begins to move the door. Verox still doesn’t approve of the situation he’s been placed in.

 

Verox

But if it turns out he has just lost it, I expect you to bring him back immediately. Understood?

 

Amadeus

Understood, Commander.

 

Amadeus moves to the door once more. It slides open for him.

 

Cut to:

 

Int – Hangar

 

One of the many entryways to the moderately sized hangar bay slides open. Reveal a security guard moving forward through the door, toward a row of shuttles. John Stewart follows behind him, cuffed, and in the back of the line is Amadeus, carrying a standard-sized security rifle.

 

John

What’s this for?

 

Amadeus

You’re being given the chance to prove what you say; to justify what you tried to do.

 

John

I’ve requested that for weeks and they never once considered it… until you arrived, Robot.

 

Amadeus

I would save your thanks until you’ve showed me proof, otherwise I’m to bring you right back here.

 

The three stop at a shuttle with the hatch already open. The security guard moves to the side and watches while Amadeus loads Stewart into the shuttle, sitting him in the passenger’s seat. After strapping Stewart in, he moves back around to the hatch. The security guard shows concern.

 

Guard

Are you sure you don’t want anyone to go with you?

 

Amadeus

Don’t worry. He’s not a violent person.

 

Amadeus presses a button on the console and the hatch slides shut. The guard nods and begins to walk away.

 

Cut to:

 

Int – Shuttle

 

Amadeus moves back to the front of the shuttle and sits down in the pilot’s chair. Stewart is looking at him questioningly.

 

Amadeus

I did this because no one carried more ambition to capture Diallo than you did, but if this trip is a waste of our time than they’ll lock you right back up on this station. Now [turning to Stewart] is this trip a waste of our time?

 

Stewart

Get us to the shrine on Kaylis, the one where Diallo died. I’ll show you what happened…

 

Cut to:

 

Ext – Space

 

The shuttlecraft leaves the hangar bay of the Space Station. Its trip is short, as it quickly turns and begins a descent to Kaylis. The blue nebula can still be seen in the background.

 

Cut to:

 

Ext – Shrine

 

An abandoned shrine sits in Amadeus and Stewart’s path. It’s in very good shape; a small, one room shrine. There is no door in the large entryway. The rest of the scenery appears lush and green. A lot of wildlife has grown here since it was abandoned. The shuttle can be seen in the background as Stewart paces up to the shrine. Amadeus stands with the rifle ready behind him.

 

Stewart

This is where the battle took place. This jungle; it was a perfect hideout.

 

Insert a quick flashback clip of a body falling to the ground wearing a GL uniform. The flashback cuts to a quick shot of the body’s hand, revealing a GL Ring.

 

The image returns to a grimacing Stewart as he remembers the battle.

 

Stewart

Diallo was good at killing.

 

Amadeus

What happened inside the shrine?

 

Stewart closes his eyes once more. The image returns to another flashback (darkened for mood). Amidst the battle happening outside of the shrine between the GL corps and Diallo’s mechanical soldiers, a middle-aged Stewart and another GL take cover behind a tree, very close to the entrance of the shrine. The Mechanical soldiers fight with the large rifles they had in the first scene while the Corps fires back with energy blasts from their rings.

 

Stewart’s Voice

With the battle, there weren’t many of us that could make it inside of the shrine.

 

Stewart and the other Corps member sprint from behind the tree to the entrance of the shrine.

 

The image cuts to an interior shot of the shrine. There are pews lining either side of the shrine, and in the front there is a slightly elevated area Where Diallo and three of his soldiers stand. Diallo has his back turned to Stewart and the other corps member, busy reading out of a large, archaic book lying on the table. The soldiers take notice to the intruder’s and fire upon them. Stewart dives behind a pew to take cover. The other soldier takes a shot in the chest from the energy rifle and dissolves into a cloud of orange dust, a slight expression of agony on his face before he dies.

 

Stewart gets on his knees from behind the pew and fires off several shots to pick off the mechanical soldiers. He succeeds. They fall to the ground around Diallo; one takes a shot in the arm, the other in the leg, and the last in the chest.

 

Stewart’s voice

But before long it was just me and Diallo.

 

Diallo turns around to face Stewart. He appears as rugged and vile looking as ever. Stewart attempts to take a shot at him, but fails as Diallo does a black flip to the other side of the table. He looks down at his book.

 

Stewart’s voice

He was reading some incantation out of that book I couldn’t understand. But in some way I felt stunned; almost frozen. I couldn’t fire at him.

 

Diallo finishes the incantation and looks up at Stewart. He grows a sinister smile on his face.

 

Stewart’s voice

And then he looked up at me, he looked up at me and he said…

 

Diallo speaks, but the words that come out of his mouth are in Stewart’s voice.

 

Diallo

My reign is yours, Stewart. Keep it warm for me.

 

Stewart unfreezes and shrugs off his feelings. He reaches his hand out from behind the pew and aims it at Diallo. Diallo smiles and brings his arms up, almost forming a T, but he is ready to accept his fate.

 

Stewart fires his shot straight into Diallo’s chest. Diallo’s body falls behind the table.

 

The image returns to Amadeus and Stewart, now inside of the abandoned shrine. The three mechanical soldiers still lye offline at the front of the room. Stewart is still holding his eyes shut. Finally, he opens them, a slight ring of tears forming around him.

 

Stewart

So don’t you see? He’s alive… He’s alive inside me. He knew it all the time. He knew that we’d track him down to the shrine. He knew that most of our people would die. He knew that the failure of the mission would get the rest of us survivors out of the job… and he knew that I’d be the one to finally kill him.

 

Amadeus considers the story. Stewart is well aware how far fetched it sounds.

 

Stewart

But his energy, his life, is running off of that nebula in the sky. I have to stop it, Ami…

 

Amadeus reaches his conclusion. His stature becomes much more imposing to suggest so.

 

Amadeus

That’s a powerful story; and you meant every word of it.

 

Stewart

I know I did.

 

Amadeus

However, I’m not convinced it warrants the destruction of a nebula and possibly an entire planet.

 

Stewart lowers his head in disappointment, though he already knew that’s what would happen. Amadeus lowers his rifle.

 

Amadeus

My orders remain. I’m to take you back to the station.

 

Cut to:

 

Ext – Space

 

The shuttle reaches orbit above the planet. It turns toward the station, and hovers there.

 

Cut to:

 

Int – Shuttle

 

Amadeus answers a hail coming from the station. An engineer’s voice responds.

 

Engineer’s voice

Shuttle Pod B, You are cleared for entry into the hangar.

 

Amadeus

Thank you, we’ll be docking immediately.

 

Amadeus switches the communications panel off. Stewart is still in an understandably bad mood. Amadeus speaks to him.

 

Amadeus

I have to bring you in; you know that. I must follow my orders.

 

Stewart

I know, in the end you’re still a robot.

 

Amadeus

Yes, I am still a robot,

[Leaning back in his chair]

with an off switch at the base of my head.

 

Stewart

What?

 

Amadeus

I can’t follow my orders if I’m offline.

 

Stewart

[Smiling a bit] …Right.

 

Stewart brings his hands around to the backside of Amadeus’s head. He rubs his fingers along until he finds a small knob underneath his outer coverings.

 

 

Stewart

This shouldn’t hurt at all.

 

Amadeus

I know.

 

Stewart presses the switch hard. Amadeus’s eyes turn to black, followed by a humming sound of his systems shutting down. He quickly falls limp.

 

Stewart slams his hands down on the edge of the shuttle’s console to break his cuffs. He spreads his arms far apart quickly to stretch, and then moves back to Amadeus’s neck. He twists the knob and it clicks four times.

 

Stewart

Twenty minutes ought to be enough.

 

Stewart moves back to the console and starts laying in new coordinates for the shuttle. He’s in a hurry.

 

Cut to:

 

­Ext – Space

 

The shuttle does a complete u-turn along its path and speeds away from the station. A voice over of the engineer can be heard again.

 

Engineer’s Voice

Shuttle Pod B, stay on course… Amadeus, respond.

 

Fade through black:

 

Ext – Nebula

 

The shuttle pod slows as it approaches the brilliant blue Nebula. The camera pans around to reveal the distance traveled, as Kaylis is much smaller now.

 

Cut to:

 

Int – Shuttle

 

John Stewart looks over Amadeus. He’s clearly having some sort of inner dialogue, presumably with the Diallo influence within him.

 

Stewart

No. I won’t kill him.

 

John pauses for a moment before answering again. He’s frustrated.

 

Stewart

Because he’s helpless! Look at him, just a deactivated machine. You deal with your own hatred, but leave me out of it.

 

Outside, the Nebula moves violently. A single blue wave of energy is sent past the shuttle pod, only barely missing it.

 

Inside again, John smirks as several alarms go off inside the shuttle.

 

Stewart

Yeah, like you’re gonna kill me, your only way out of that trap you put yourself in. Just sit back and let it happen.

 

A single alarm goes off this time, and Stewart gets frustrated again.

 

Stewart

What is it now? What? If it wasn’t you…

 

Cut to:

 

Ext – Space

 

The Ryuu-3 approaches the shuttle pod. It slows as it comes within meters.

 

Cut to:

 

Int – Shuttle

 

A hail is sounded from the console. Stewart brings his attention to the small view screen on the right wall and answers it. An image of Commander Verox appears. He’s aggravated.

 

Commander Verox

Stewart… I should’ve known you’d try something stupid like this.

 

Stewart

Don’t try to stop me, Commander. For your sake.

 

Commander Verox

Stand down and let us board now or we’ll be forced to fire upon you.

 

Stewart

What about Amadeus?

 

Commander Verox

[Chuckle] He’s just a robot… Stand down now or we’ll…

 

Stewart shuts off the console. He grimaces and then moves back to the controls. Suddenly, he jolts forward, gagging. His face disappears below frame. When he lifts his head back up, his expression is one of a sinister smile. It’s Diallo’s expression.

 

Stewart

It’s unfortunate they had to pick this day to attack my corporeal slave. Ah, never to late to settle old scores though, eh Verox?

 

Stewart starts playing with the controls, and the ship begins to rise.

 

Cut to:

 

Ext – Space

 

The shuttle pod turns around and begins firing on the Ryuu-3. The shots quickly begin to burn the bigger ship’s hull. The Ryuu-3 moves out of position and starts swerving around to the shuttle’s side.

 

Cut to:

 

Int – Ryuu-3

 

Commander Verox stands in the ship’s cockpit. A younger pilot is at the helm.

 

Pilot

Looks like he’s calling our bluff, sir. What do we do?

 

Verox

[Sighs in aggravation] Open fire.

 

Pilot

Sir?

 

Verox

Amadeus knew the risks. Open fire.

 

Cut to:

 

Ext – Space

 

The Ryuu-3 begins to charge its weapons. The shuttle pod moves closer to the nebula.

 

Cut to:

 

Int – Ryuu-3

 

The Pilot and Verox in confusion as the shuttle moves closer to the nebula.

 

Pilot

What’s he doing?

 

Verox

Get ready to blast him.

 

The console gives a hailing signal. The pilot looks up to the Commander, who nods. The pilot answers the hail. An image of the possessed Stewart appears.

 

Stewart

Better run while you still can. I have no hindrances about destroying you.

 

Verox

Come to your senses Stewart, the weapons on that shuttle are no match for this ship’s armament. Stand down.

 

Stewart

Oh, I had no intention of using the weapons on this shuttle. [He begins pressing buttons on the console.]

 

A beep of the Ryuu-3’s sensors goes off. The Pilot looks worried.

 

Pilot

Sir? He’s charging his engines. He’s plotted a collision course with us.

 

Verox

Raise shields, get ready to…

 

Their attention goes back to the image of Stewart. He jolts forward again, gagging. There’s clearly an internal struggle.

 

Pilot

What’s happening to him?

 

Verox

I don’t know… while he’s busy, get ready to board the ship. I don’t want to destroy Amadeus if we don’t have to.

 

Cut to:

 

Int – Shuttle

 

As Stewart continues to convulse, the camera pans across to Amadeus. There is a quick click of the timer. His eyes light back up and a humming sound conveys his re-activation.

 

Stewart looks back up now. He’s breathing very hard, having briefly won his internal struggle with Diallo. He reaches over to the console and presses a couple of buttons. A quick shot of the shuttle turn around so that its stern is facing the nebula. The Ryuu-3 is quickly approaching.

 

Back inside the shuttle, John reaches to press another switch, but is caught once again by Diallo’s influence. He struggles to bring his hand forward and manages to press the switch.

 

An exterior shot of the shuttle shows the engines begin to radiate with Rillexium.

 

Back inside the shuttle, John sighs as the struggle is broken briefly.

 

Stewart

Get out of me, Diallo. Let me be!

 

Stewart reaches for the final switch needed. He has completely forgotten about Amadeus at this point. He stops as Amadeus calls to him.

 

Amadeus

Stop.

 

Stewart pauses and turns around to face Amadeus, who’s standing with the rifle pointed at Stewart.

 

Amadeus

I can’t allow you to do that.

 

Stewart

You know it’s right, Ami.

 

Amadeus

Orders are primary, John. Stand down.

 

Both characters brace themselves as the ship jolts. The angle cuts quickly to an exterior shot to reveal the Ryuu-3 docking with the hatch of the shuttle. The image returns to the interior. Laser cutters begin to tear away at the hatch slowly but surely.

 

Amadeus

Stand down, John.

 

Stewart

Amadeus. You know what I have to do. Please… let me do it. Disregard your orders for a moment, and do what’s right.

 

Amadeus looks back at the door, now roughly 2/3 of the way cut. He then looks back at Stewart, and lowers his weapon.

 

Amadeus

Do it.

 

Stewart nods and moves back around to the console. He presses the final button needed.

 

The shuttle begins to radiate Rillexium at an incredible rate. It makes contact with the Nebula. The Nebula, rather than igniting, begins to shrivel up. There is a slight shrieking sound in the ambience.

 

Back inside the shuttle, the door is kicked in. Verox enters and wastes no time in shooting Stewart in the stomach. Stewart falls out of his chair on to the floor. Amadeus moves to help him.

 

Verox watches the nebula through the window and witnesses as a large, claw-shaped wave of energy speeds toward the shuttle. It dissolves in radiation before it reaches the shuttle. Verox is drowned in awe.

 

As Amadeus leans down to assist Stewart. Stewart looks calmly up at him. His voice is muffled and near death, but he seems content.

 

Stewart

It is done…

 

Stewart dies in Amadeus’s arms. Amadeus looks back up at Verox.

 

Verox
He was…

[Shaking it off]

Bring him. We need to get back to the station. I’m not sure if we can explain this one.

 

The angle widens as Verox turns to re-board the Ryuu-3. Amadeus lifts Stewart’s body and places it over his shoulder as he follows. The nebula can still be seen peacefully fading away through the window.

 

The angle widens once more as Amadeus exits the shuttle pod. The producing credits are imposed against the image of the silent shuttle’s interior as we reach

 

[The End]


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