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{EXT. ICE CAVE, ANTARCTICA – DAY}

Four male archaeologists, named as follows: LEELA, ONYEABOR, TAMUNO and ODUGHA are searching around in different positions.

LEELA
(sees a 10cm golden box on a berg and squats before it)
Come on, guys! I found something.
(Onyeabor, Tamuno and Odugha run to where he is)

ODUGHA
What did you see, Leela?

LEELA
(points at the box)
This box.

ONYEABOR
(to Tamuno)
Tamuno, did you see anything?

TAMUNO
Onyeabor, I was about to ask you that.

LEELA
What?

ODUGHA
What do you mean, what?

TAMUNO
There is nothing there, Leela.

ONYEABOR
Is this some kind of a joke?

LEELA
(reaches out his hand to the box and grasps it)
I’m holding it. So, if you were thinking it was an illusion, it’s real. I’m holding it now.

ONYEABOR
(to Odugha)
Odugha, what do you think?

ODUGHA
Leela is up to his joke-life again.

LEELA
Wait and see.
(opens the box and sees golden colours of a pen, piece of paper and an apple)
Hahaha! There’s apple inside, can’t you see it?
(Onyeabor, Tamuno and Odugha glance at each other with a surprised look on their faces)

TAMUNO
We’re busy, man. Just don’t distract us again. We all need the research we’re doing here for our final year project in school.

LEELA
(furiously stands)
Don’t play with me! I am serious!

ONYEABOR
(walks away)
Thanks for wasting my time!

LEELA
Onyeabor!

ODUGHA
(points at Leela)
This isn’t funny.
(to Tamuno)
Did it make you laugh?

TAMUNO
The first one nearly did. This one screwed everything.
(walks away with Odugha)

LEELA
You can stop being funny, guys! I’m going to eat the fruit inside this box alone if you don’t stop the pretence.
(Odugha and Tamuno stop walking and face him)

ODUGHA
Eat it.

LEELA
(grasps the fruit and eats)
See?
(Eats the fruit quickly. Odugha and Tamuno laugh)

ODUGHA
This one is funny.

TAMUNO
(smiles)
True, Leela is always funny.

LEELA
(eyes turn)
Hey, guys, I can’t see!

TAMUNO
That’s not funny.
(Leela falls and faints)

ODUGHA
(smiles)
That fall appears to be funny.

{MURTALA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, IKEJA, LAGOS, NIGERIA – NIGHT}

NURSES are carrying the lifeless body of Leela from an Aeroplane into an Ambulance.

Broadcasters are around the area.

Suddenly, the Ambulance takes off.

OBINNA
(standing before a video camera with a microphone held close to his mouth)
This is Radio Nigeria live in Murtala International Airport. Lying in that ambulance is a research student who died, researching in Antarctica. His colleagues said he claimed to have seen something that wasn’t there and ate an unseen fruit as well. Right now, I believe he’s taken to the mortuary. However, the government wants to know what killed him. And, we are yet to know about his family…

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