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Mars 2140 (3)

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{EXT. SURFACE LAND, MARS – DAY}

NG115M lands. The door opens, Bolaji (dressed in a green pressure suit) and Mark run out of the spacecraft.

BOLAJI
(jumps off the craft unto the ground. NASRDA logo is on his suit)
Me first!

MARK
(runs unto the ground. ROSCOSMOS logo is on his suit)
Hey! That’s cheating!

BOLAJI
Yeah, we always have a short cut to something. Hahaha!

AARAV
(dressed in a pink and white pressure suit gently walks unto the ground with an Indian flag. ISRO logo is on his suit)
Not very smart!

BOLAJI
(quickly reaches into his bag, grasps a small Nigerian flag and pins it on the ground)
Me first!

AARAV
Dude!

MARK
(quickly reaches a small Russian flag from his pocket and pins it on the ground)
Hahaha!
(to Aarav)
Not that smart, dude!

AARAV
Hahaha! I meant the big flag like mine.

Mark and Aarav look at Bolaji shockingly

BOLAJI
What’s the matter?

MARK
Where is your oxygen tank?

BOLAJI
Hahaa! This is an upgrade. We don’t need any oxygen tank here on Mars.
(touches a small device around his waist)
This device is an oxygen generator. It draws power from lithium batteries; charged by solar energy, and converts Martian gasses into oxygen. Made in Israel.
(points at a small pressurised plastic container on his chest)
Hehe, this is my oxygen tank.
(winks)
Just a backup tank when the batteries are a little bit weak.

AARAV
Hmm.

BOLAJI
Come on, didn’t you notice the flexible suit?

MARK
We’re all wearing flexible suits.

BOLAJI
No, I mean, look at mine.
(walks closer to Mark and Aarav)
Touch it.

MARK
(touches Bolaji’s suit with Aarav)
Whoa! Looks like a normal wear on earth.

BOLAJI
Yeah, it has compressed technology.

AARAV
Hmm. Your President promised…

BOLAJI
(interrupts)
Hey! I have suits for you both!
(smiles)
But, it has my logo.

AARAV
Who cares.

MARK
Where you waiting for us to tell you?

BOLAJI
No, I wanted you to see reasons why you need my suits. I wasn’t prepared for any argument on any super suit.

LATER

NG216M, NG341M, NG419M, NG568M, NG629M, NG703M and NG894M arrive and land.

Bolaji, Aarav and Mark (all dressed in the NASRDA suits) walk toward the landed crafts.

MARK
This massive crafts looked tiny in space.

BOLAJI
Believe me, that’s a lot of money there.

AARAV
Habitable Mars. Hahaha!

MARK
NASA is still working on that, what makes you think you can do it in a short time?

BOLAJI
You’ll love it. We’re ready for this.
(NG216M door opens. Many men covered with the NASRDA space suit walk out of the craft)

MARK
All with oxygen generators.

AARAV
(to Bolaji)
Next time you should be specific when you say oxygen tanks.

BOLAJI
(giggles)
Whatever.

MARK
Workers, huh?

BOLAJI
That’s right.

AARAV
Which company?

BOLAJI
Trained men: not company workers.
(to the men)
Welcome to Mars!
(to BARIMA)
Barima, go into my craft and bring the baby.

BARIMA
Yes, sir.
(walks towards NG115M craft)

AARAV
Your baby?

MARK
I think that’s our driver.

BOLAJI
That’s right.

AARAV
Oh! I got it.

MARK
Where are you going, Doc?

BOLAJI
I want to check the broken container in 568.

AARAV
(stares at NG419M)
What’s with the 419?

BOLAJI
Just a code. Reading meaning into it is up to you.
(approaches NG568M)
Tari?

TARI
(walks out of the craft)
Yes, sir. I got it fixed.

BOLAJI
Hope nothing was contaminated?

TARI
No, it’s alright.
(Barima arrives with a jeep)

BOLAJI
Okay, then I’m leaving you in charge.

MARK
What?

BOLAJI
(winks at Tari)
Yeah,
(to Mark)
In charge of the containers.
(walks towards the jeep)
Come on, guys.

AARAV
Where are we going?

BOLAJI
(stands at the door of the jeep and it automatically opens)
Let’s look around
(enters into the jeep and sits)
Or you can choose to wait here.
(Mark and Aarav glance at each other, rush and enter into the jeep and sit. The door of the jeep closes automatically)
Come on, let’s get out of here.

CONTINUE…