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The Black Lands (1)

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{EXT. DERICK’S YARD – DAY}

Derick is arranging a fishnet and paddles in black linen.

Papu carries a bag on his back and walks to Derick.

PAPU
Dad,

DERICK
Yes, Son.

PAPU
Grandma said it’s not safe to go fishing today.

DERICK
No, boy, they’re called fairy tales. That’s what I was told when I was like you. Don’t worry, son, you’ll discover the truth one day.
(holds Papu’s hand)
This is not the first time I’m hunting fishes, but it’s your first time. Don’t let anything ruin your day.

PAPU
But grandma said the story is popular in this town.

DERICK
Someone told Grandma that story, I’m sure the man who made up the story lived about a thousand years ago.
(giggles)
So, it’s likely the ancestors of everyone in this town were his story fans. So, the story passed down to grandma.
(sighs)
Hey, I don’t want you to worry about this thing. Get ready, it’s almost 7 o’clock.

PAPU
Okay, Dad, is Dan coming with us?

DERICK
Yeah, the whole team is coming with us.

NARRATOR (V.O)
Like my Dad, I don’t believe in fairy tales too.

{TRAWLER, DOCK}

Four young men in their thirties are in a trawler preparing it for their journey.

NARRATOR (V.O)
DAN, JOSH, JABESH and KANE are my Dad’s team members. They inspire me a lot!

DAN
(arranges fishnet)
Josh, you look sad, what’s up?

JABESH
He’s missing his chick!
(Kane is snoring in his sleep on the edge of the trawler)

JOSH
Hey, I’m no gay like you, Jabesh!
(walks closer to Dan)

DAN
You want to tell me about her?

JOSH
(giggles)
Just watch.
(picks up a paper from the ground, folds it, goes closer to Kane and drops it on Kane’s mouth)

KANE
(wakes and sits)
Damn you! You always do shits like this.
(grasps the paper and throw it against Josh. While Dan, Josh and Jabesh laugh)

JOSH
No, Kane, I’m trying to help you!

KANE
Screw you, help yourself!
(Derick and Papu arrive)

PAPU
Dan!
(runs to Dan)

DAN
(hugs Papu)
Hey, my boy!

NARRATOR (V.O)
Dan is like a brother to me.

DERICK
(drops the linen; containing fishing tools, on the trawler)
Get ready, boys, I don’t want my mother to worry much.

JOSH
What?

DAN
(to Derick)
About you?

PAPU
About me!

DAN
(giggles and looks at Papu)
About you?

DERICK
Yeah, you heard him.

JABESH
Is he coming with us?

KANE
O shit! Did…

DERICK
Shut up, Kane! For crying out loud, that’s my son!

DAN
O my God!
(stares at Papu)
You’ll enjoy the ride but always be in your suit as the colds may want to be your friend.

PAPU
I’m so excited to go on this journey with you guys.

DAN
I’m sure you’ll enjoy it because it’ll be fun. We’re going to where we’ve never been to before.

PAPU
Seriously?

DAN
Yeah.

PAPU
The mid-sea?

DAN
(scratches his head)
Huh… let’s say that’s right.
(Kane taps out the trawler’s anchor)
Keep your eyes and ears open, you’ll enjoy the sound of waves and the sight of dolphins.

PAPU
I would love to see and touch a dolphin!

DERICK
(starts the engine)
Come on, son!

DAN
Hey, go meet your Dad, we’ll talk later.
(Derick sails the trawler)

DERICK
(Papu walks to him)
Stand here and learn how to sail a boat.

PAPU
Okay, dad.

DERICK
If it was at night, look out for the stars and follow it. This boat can run up to an eighty-kilo-meters per hour!

PAPU
Wow!

DERICK
Which means we’ll be home soon, okay?

PAPU
Okay, dad.

DERICK
I want you to be the one to tell Grandma the truth about the tales she’s been carrying for years.

CONTINUE…