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Mars 2140 (8)

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{EXT. LANDED SITE – DAY}

Bolaji, Mark, Aarav and Barima step out of the van.

MARK
A dome?

AARAV
(to Bolaji)
Are you working with NASA?

BOLAJI
Hahaha! This is our landed site.
(points at the spacecraft behind them)
That’s our crafts.

AARAV
I thought we were heading to NASA station.

MARK
Doc, is this your plan on making Mars habitable?

BOLAJI
Yeah.

MARK
It doesn’t look like a good one to me. This is an expensive dome world, dude.

BOLAJI
Better than living in pressure suits. The price worth it.

MARK
(nods)
Nigerians.

BOLAJI
Yeah, I like it when you say that.

AARAV
It’s beautiful. Where is the soccer field?

BOLAJI
Not yet.

MARK
Short cut, huh?

BOLAJI
Yeah, we like short cut!

AARAV
How come this was built in days?

BOLAJI
Dude! Men build them, not robots! We prepared from home. We were not ready to manufacture things here.
(exhales)
Now you see why we brought eight crafts to Mars on our first mission.

MARK
This is what has been slowing down NASA for years. They come out here with limited researchers as well as tools and spend much time on simple things.

AARAV
I think it’s greed.

BOLAJI
Or maybe stuffs are expensive.
(to Mark)
Your wound needs to be treated.

MARK
Yeah.

BOLAJI
We’ll take a walk around the dome.

MARK
When?

BOLAJI
In the morning.
(Tari arrives)

MARK
Hey, don’t try to bribe me. I have a revenge to embark on.

BOLAJI
(to Mark)
Relax! We’re home. We’ll recruit and plan the attack properly.

MARK
(nods)
Good.
(to Tari)
Well done, Tari.

TARI
Thank you, sir.

BOLAJI
(nods)
Good.

TARI
Sir, there’s something I need to show you.

BOLAJI
Please, keep it till morning. I’m tired, I need to rest for a while.
(winks at Tari)

{DAY}

A helicopter flies over the domed landed site.

The men working in the farms begin to look up into the sky as the helicopter continue to roam about in the sky above the dome.

{INT. COCKPIT, HELICOPTER, SKY}

Robert, Brian and Susan are looking down at the dome.

SUSAN
I can’t believe this, I mean, how long have they been on this planet without our notice?

BRIAN
Wow!

ROBERT
(sees three flags at one side of the dome)
Nigerian, Russian and Indian flags!

BRIAN
I see only blacks here.

SUSAN
Come on, there are black people everywhere.

{EXT. DOME LANDED SITE}

Bolaji, Tari, Aarav, Barima and six men are walking toward the main entrance gate of the dome. Mark is on an automatically moving wheelchair; heading towards the gate, behind Bolaji and others.

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