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Mars 2140 (10)

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{INT. CARAVAN – DAY}

Bolaji, Brian, Robert, Susan, Aarav, Barima, Mark (sitting on a wheelchair) and Tari are before a projector screen.

TARI
(points at a spinning cone-like 3D image with two static pipes at its end on the screen)
This spinning cone-like diagram is a pumping machine, which draws water and in turn, releases water. The first pipe allows the inflow of water while the second one returns water into the ground. The cone-like pan is set at eighty-degree-centigrade.

SUSAN
Kind of a recycling process, huh?

BOLAJI
Exactly.

TARI
This spinning machine has filters in the areas of water intake while the areas of outflow need no filter.

ROBERT
Why should the whole engine spin?

BOLAJI
It wasn’t originally designed that way, it was an improvised method when we got here. It has to spin; to keep opposing stuffs away, and to generate heat; to keep the water around it melted.

BRIAN
A static one would have made more sense because your setup would require many maintenance processes.

TARI
We can monitor it and if such a case arises, we’ll handle it.

SUSAN
Really?

BOLAJI
Yeah, we have many others.

ROBERT
Whatever, the best thing would have been to melt the ice. That’s how we used to get water.

BOLAJI
That was our initial plan until…
(Tari stares at him and he shortly keeps quiet)
We changed our mind. However, that’s a plan we may consider in the future.

{ROOM, CARAVAN – NIGHT}

MARK
(sitting on a recliner)
Ouch! Take it easy, lady!

SUSAN
(dressing Mark’s wound)
Don’t worry, the pain will go away soon.

MARK
Yeah, but only if that hand goes between my legs.

SUSAN
(slaps Mark’s thigh)
Mind your age.

MARK
Hey, that was, you know, huh…
(exhales)
Married?

SUSAN
No. I’ve dedicated my life to science.

MARK
Hmm… really?

SUSAN
I had a broken heart once.

MARK
So, you know how love feels?

SUSAN
I used to, but not anymore.

MARK
Me too, I’m not in for any serious bull-shit. I did so once but lost her to cancer.

SUSAN
That’s not your fault.

MARK
No. It hurts to live without the one you love.

SUSAN
(nods)
I got it.

{EXT. MOBILE HOUSE PAVEMENT}

Bolaji and Tari are sitting on a wooden bench.

TARI
Sir, with all due respect, sir, I don’t think it’s a good idea to show them.

BOLAJI
Why.

TARI
They may take it from us and halt our research.

BOLAJI
That can only happen on earth. Here, we’re in charge.

TARI
No, you don’t get it, sir. The point is, we can’t stop them if they want to drill it out.

BOLAJI
Tari, I’m proud of you and your marvellous works here. However, we’re not enemies to anyone.

TARI
We should be ahead of them at least in one thing.

BOLAJI
Getting to Mars with all the things around you is a step ahead of anyone.

TARI
At least, we should figure out what it is.

BOLAJI
Alright, since you insist, I’ll give you that. But don’t dissect it yet. Okay?

TARI
Okay, sir.

{BEDROOM, CARAVAN}

Brian and Robert are lying on a mattress each.

BRIAN
With the information I gathered, just one country did all these.

ROBERT
Brian, these guys are nice.

BRIAN
Yeah, despite what you did to them; they still give us a quarter to stay and perform our research in this dome.

ROBERT
For free!

BRIAN
What if the whole world had come together and contributed to making something like this under one umbrella here on Mars.

ROBERT
There would be an extension of Earth.

BRIAN
These guys can form a federation and even, pose a threat to humans on earth to protect their people.

ROBERT
If one country can do this; then why can’t the whole world do it under one union as you said?

BRIAN
The world has never been one, Robert.

ROBERT
You’re right. There must be saboteurs.

BRIAN
But this is the future if we need one voice.

ROBERT
Well, that’s by the way.
(a worrying look comes over him)
I noticed something.

BRIAN
What.

ROBERT
The Russian and Indian guys here don’t seem to know much about this place.

BRIAN
I noticed that too.

{EXT. DOME – DAY}

Bolaji, Brian, Robert, Susan, Aarav, Barima, Mark (leaning on a clutch) and Tari are standing before the spacecraft.

BOLAJI
Today, I’m going to show you something interesting, which was the main reason we came to Mars.

AARAV
Interesting.

BOLAJI
We landed on Mars with eight spacecraft. The serials on the crafts are what differentiate them from one another.
(signals Tari with his head)

TARI
(points at NG115M)
115 carried vehicles.
(points at NG216M)
216 carried passengers, almost all the workers here.
(points at NG341M)
314 carried the mobile homes you see around.
(points at NG568M)
568 carried containers, earth’s soils and plants.
(points at NG629M)
629 carried the cattle, birds, fishes and all the animals you see around.
(points at NG703M)
703 carried this dome and the poles and pipes, including some sophisticated
tools we used in the pools.
(points at NG894M)
894 carried our electric plant and all the working tools we used in setting up
this place.
(keeps quiet)

ROBERT
And 419?

AARAV
I guess that has not been opened yet.

BOLAJI
(into a walky-talky)
Open 419!

MALE VOICE (V.O)
(over the telephone)
419 confirmed.

MARK
What?

AARAV
I was right?

BOLAJI
Gentlemen, I present to you; Mars 2140!
(NG419M door opens and young women, children, youths and young men come out of it)

MARK
Hahahahahahaha!

BOLAJI
(to the people)
Welcome to Mars!

ROBERT
Wow.

BRIAN
(to Bolaji)
What’s your population on earth?

BOLAJI
Eight hundred million
(Robert and Brian glance at each other)

AARAV
Hehehe!
(to Mark)
Not a boring journey after all.

{NIGHT}

Young boys and girls are dancing in response to Pop music on a wooden stage.

There are many tables and people drinking and eating, while others dance and walk around.

Two young black women are sitting on the thighs of Mark on a mat.

SUSAN
(suddenly walks towards Mark)
Hey!
(to the young women on Mark’s legs)
Get up, go look for your mate.

MARK
(to Susan)
Hey, come on, catch fun! We’re on Mars! Cheers! Whoa!
(to the two girls)
It’s alright, go on, ladies!
(sips a glass of wine)

SUSAN
(sits closer to Mark)
Something doesn’t feel right.

MARK
Come on! Enjoy yourself.

SUSAN
Hey!

MARK
I’ve missed a woman’s touch for a long time, princess!

SUSAN
Will you listen!

MARK
(keeps the cup of wine in his hand on a tray near him)
What!

SUSAN
These Nigerians are hiding something from us.

MARK
No, I don’t think so.

SUSAN
Really?

MARK
Yeah.

SUSAN
Just as you were aware of the 419 craft and argon.

MARK
What are you trying to tell me?

SUSAN
I’ve tried to enter one of the containers that seem to be a lab but was kept out.

MARK
Yeah, give them their privacy, dude.

SUSAN
Don’t you think we need to know what’s in there?
(Mark looks at her suspiciously)

LATER

Susan and Mark are peeping into a white container.

MARK
I see screens, computers and electronic devices.

SUSAN
I see fumes coming out of a plastic cylindrical container.

MARK
Yeah, I think it’s ice.

SUSAN
But what’s in it?
(suddenly, an emergency sound echoes with the beeping of red bulbs around
the dome)
O shit!

MARK
What did you touch?

SUSAN
Nothing.
(peeps a corner and sees Bolaji, Tari, Brian, Robert and Aarav walking toward the white container)
Damn it, they’re coming this way.

MARK
Who?
(rushes to peep and sees that Bolaji, Tari, Brian, Robert and Aarav are very close)

Bolaji, Tari, Brian, Robert and Aarav reach where the container is and are about to open it.

Brian walks towards the corner where Susan and Mark are hiding.

SUSAN
(gasps)
Stubborn Brian. He’s coming here.

MARK
O my goodness!
(grasps and kisses Susan)

SUSAN
Shit!

BRIAN
(sees Susan and Mark; kissing, and he clears his throat)
Am I interrupting something?
(Susan and Mark stop kissing)

MARK
Hahaha! Catch fun, dude!

AARAV
Disgusting!

BOLAJI
Come on guys, we have an emergency to treat!
(unlocks the door of the white container)

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