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Mars 2140 (6)

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{EXT. SURFACE LAND – DAY}

Bolaji, Mark and Aarav covered with pressure suits step out of the jeep and walk toward the hole in a hurry.

BOLAJI
(kneels near the hole and looks inside)
It’s deep.
(the sound of his voice echoes into the hole)

AARAV
(walks closer to the hole)
This could be a large crater.

MARK
(reaches inside a small bag, gets a flare and drops it into the hole)
Crater, huh?

BOLAJI
It’s an underground cave.

MARK
This must be one of its sinkholes.
(stares at Bolaji)

AARAV
Wait, I don’t get it. What are you both thinking?

LATER

Mark, Bolaji, Aarav and Barima dressed in their pressure suits are standing in a distance.

Suddenly, the area where the sinkhole is; explodes and falls wide open.

AARAV
That could cause a Mars quake.

They all walk toward the sinkhole.

BOLAJI
Millions won’t die, just us.

MARK
No, just you. That thing can’t cause any quake.

AARAV
This is a small planet compared to earth.

MARK
Yeah, smaller than India.

They reach the sinkhole.

AARAV
Was that an old city?

BOLAJI
Maybe.

MARK
(sighs)
Amazing.
(Aarav and Bolaji laugh loudly)
Anyway, if it weren’t for the both of you, this journey would have bored me.

{UNDERGROUND CAVE}

Bolaji, Mark and Aarav are walking carefully with torches.

AARAV
(touches a hip with a portable computer device)
Gold! I found gold!

BOLAJI
I found limestone!

AARAV
(looks around)
Hahaha! We’re surrounded by ore resources.

MARK
(stumbles upon a round clayey ball having dotted marks around it)
What?

BOLAJI
What is it?

MARK
I think it’s a sculpture.
(Aarav and Bolaji rush to his side)
I can’t believe it.

BOLAJI
What are you thinking?

MARK
I don’t know what I’m thinking.

AARAV
Do you think it’s an Alien inscription or something?

BOLAJI
Who are you asking?
(the sound of the jeep’s horn echoes through the sinkhole)

AARAV
The driver is tired of waiting.

BOLAJI
That’s strange.

{SURFACE LAND}

Barima is tied to iron at the back of the jeep.

ROBERT
(through the window of the jeep; presses the horn’s button)
Come on, motherfuckers.

{UNDERGROUND CAVE}

BARIMA (V.O)
(over the radio to Bolaji)
Sir, there is a problem here, please come fast. I need your help!

BOLAJI
Hold on, Barima.

AARAV
What kind of problem could that be?

MARK
Wasn’t he alone?

BOLAJI
Come on, we need to get out of here, now.

MARK
Yeah.
(wraps the clayey ball-like substance with a nylon bag)

AARAV
(to Mark)
Leave that here, dude. We can come to get it at any time.

MARK
Hey, I’ve got something to study, go look for yours.

AARAV
Whatever!

They rush to the sinkhole and climb the robes.

{SURFACE LAND}

Mark, Aarav and Bolaji climb out of the cave’s sinkhole.

BOLAJI
Barima! Barima! Dr Bolaji online. Over?

MARK
Where is the driver and why is he not responding?

Robert is pointing a gun against Barima and beckoning on him to keep quiet; behind the jeep.

AARAV
Is this how he behaves?

BOLAJI
He’s a good guy. He sounded as if he was in trouble.

MARK
Do you know him that much?

BOLAJI
A good Nigerian is always a good one.
(Mark nods)
But I’m somewhat surprised at this attitude.

They draw closer to the jeep.

AARAV
Where did he go?

MARK
The door of the car is even open.

Suddenly, Robert stands from behind the jeep and points his gun against Mark, Aarav and Bolaji.

AARAV
Jesus Christ, it’s a gun!

BOLAJI
Hey, what is this?

MARK
Come on, we’re not…

ROBERT
(interrupts)
Shut up!

MARK
Why?

ROBERT
You are interfering with my operations.
(points the gun at Aarav)

AARAV
Wait, wait, wait, I’m not in charge!

ROBERT
Shut up! Who’s in charge?
(points the gun against Mark)

MARK
What do you plan to do, kill us?

ROBERT
Yes, if I have to. What’s that in your hand?

Barima starts untying himself.

MARK
I thought you were an astronaut; I’m surprised to see you with a gun.

ROBERT
That doesn’t answer my question!

AARAV
(shivers)
It’s an alien sculpture! We found it in the cave.

ROBERT
I think I’m going to take that!

MARK
That was a joke, right?

ROBERT
Shut up!

BOLAJI
Please, where is our driver?

ROBERT
Shut up!

BARIMA (V.O)
(over the radio)
I’m tied behind the car, sir.

ROBERT
(to Bolaji)
I wasn’t talking to you, nigga!

BOLAJI
We’re unarmed and harmless, we come in peace. Please…

ROBERT
(interrupts)
What part of shut up did you not understand?

MARK
Respect your status and your government, and bring down the gun.

ROBERT
Fuck you! Do you think I’m joking?

MARK
Fuck you too!

ROBERT
Motherfucker!
(shoots the left leg of Mark with one-shot)

MARK
Aar!
(drops the sculpture and falls)

AARAV
Jesus Christ!

BOLAJI
Mark!
(rushes to Mark and cover the wound with his hands)
Come on, Aarav.

ROBERT
(picks the sculpture)
Thanks for this.

MARK
Let go of that thing, fool!

ROBERT
(a shocking look comes over him as he sees Mark bleeds)
Shit!

BOLAJI
Do you see what you’ve done?

ROBERT
Shut up, blackfly! This place is not for you! I think I’ll have to expose you all to radiation.
(points the gun towards the head of Bolaji. Suddenly, Barima flies and fall upon him, and the gun falls from his hand)

BOLAJI
Get the gun, Aarav!

Robert crawls towards the gun. Aarav picks the gun, shivers and points the gun at Robert.

ROBERT
(looks at shivering Aarav)
You don’t know how to use that, do you?
(stands and moves towards Aarav)
Give me that!

BOLAJI
Take the gun out of here, Aarav!

AARAV
(stepping back while pointing the gun at Robert who is walking majestically
towards him)
Stay back or I’ll shoot!
(Barima suddenly runs, passes Robert, and approaches him)
Take!
(gives the gun to Barima)

BARIMA
(shoots the gun on the ground in front of Robert)
Stop!

ROBERT
(stops moving)
Shoot me, nigga!

BOLAJI
Don’t shoot him, Barima. Get rid of that gun.

BARIMA
(throws the gun into the underground cave’s sinkhole)
Go and get it there.

ROBERT
That’s a US licensed property!

BOLAJI
Make him shut up and tie him up, Barima.

Barima kicks and punches Robert.

MARK
Get my sculpture from his hand, son.

ROBERT
(quickly stands and hit Barima’s helmet with the sculpture. Barima’s helmet
cracks and he falls)
Fuck you, motherfucker!
(quickly runs unto his quad-bike with the sculpture and rides away)

BARIMA
Sorry, sir, I lost him.

MARK
(pressure suit beeps)
I’m running out of oxygen, Doc.

BOLAJI
Shit!

AARAV
What happened to the oxygen generator?

MARK
I think I fell on it!

BOLAJI
No, you’re exposed and your oxygen is escaping into the planet.

MARK
Help me, please!

BOLAJI
(Bolaji removes a bandage from his side pocket and ties Mark’s wounded leg)
Don’t worry, I’m getting you into the car.
(lifts Mark)
Come on, guys, let’s get Mark into the car.

Aarav, Bolaji and Barima carry Mark into the car.

CONTINUE…