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The Black Lands (2)

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{EXT. TRAWLER, SEA – DAY}

JOSH
(walks to Derick)
Captain,

DERICK
What.

JOSH
Can I talk to you for a second?

DERICK
Yeah, sure!
(to Papu)
Sit over there.
(Papu walks to a distance and sits on a wooden box)

JOSH
(walks closer to Derick)
Since this is the first time we’re going into the mid-sea, I’d advise we leave Papu behind.

DERICK
Hey, don’t tell me that you believe in my mum’s tales.

JOSH
No, not at all. The thing is, he’s a kid and could be scared of waves.

DERICK
Not when he’s with me. Besides, it’s too late to go back now.

JOSH
Okay.

DERICK
(nods)
Well, you won’t understand why I brought him. My mother has been feeding him with what the old fans of Mr Storyteller told her. Every day and night, she’d warn my son never to sail with me on Sundays. I want Papu to be the one to tell her that her stories were fictions. I don’t want this kid to start getting scared of nature from childhood.
(keeps quiet for a while)
See, we’re the kings of the sea, coming here to express your fears isn’t a bad thing, though. But it’s somewhat immaturity.

JOSH
(smiles)
I got it.
(walks away)

LATER

Derick is lying on his back at the side of the trawler.

DAN
(controlling the wheels and sees dolphins)
Dolphins!

Papu runs to the side of the boat to have a view of the dolphins.

DERICK
Drop the net!

KANE
Roger!

PAPU
Are you going to catch one?

DAN
We don’t hunt dolphins, boy!

Kane and Jabesh drop the nets. Josh rolls the roller.

PAPU
Whoa! They’re beautiful!

DAN
Yeah, it’s fun, right?

PAPU
Yeah!
(suddenly, a dolphin; having three fingers’ scratch, flies high into the air and falls back into the water)
I love the way they fly!

DAN
(sees the wounded dolphin)
What?

PAPU
(another dolphin; with a splash of blood, flies high into the air and falls back into the water)
That one is bleeding!

DERICK
(jumps up and looks at the dolphins)
Huh…

KANE
O shit!

JABESH
Something’s hunting them!

JOSH
Looks like a big shark.

DAN
That’s not a shark’s handwork.

Suddenly, another dolphin; without its head, flies into the air and falls into the water.

JABESH
It’s like a giant thing!

DERICK
We don’t know what it is yet!
(suddenly, the other dolphins start running towards the trawler)

KANE
They’re coming this way!

DAN
What should we do, Captain?

DERICK
Run!

DAN
What?

DERICK
(runs and takes the wheel from Dan)
Wait! Something big is after the dolphins!
(sails the trawler away from the dolphins)

Suddenly, the trawl under the sea hooks and drags the boat backwards and water enters the boat.

PAPU
(falls on the floor)
Arrr!

Jabesh holds the side of the boat, Josh grasps the roller, Dan jumps upon and grasps the anchor windlass, and Derick offs the engine and holds the wheels.

KANE
(falls on his back)
What is that?

JOSH
That thing could take us out! It’s big enough to drag the boat!

DAN
(to Papu)
Go into the wheelhouse, kid!
(Papu runs into the wheelhouse)

DERICK
Pull the nets out!
(three dolphins fly into the air; one has no head, one has only one side, the other’s tail only shows up)

JOSH
Damn it!

DERICK
Cut the ropes!

DAN
Yes, Captain!
(quickly grasps huge scissors and cut the ropes holding the nets)
The dolphins are approaching.

JABESH
Come on! They’re after us, Captain!

Derick starts the engine and sails the boat faster; away from and out of the sight of the dolphins.

KANE
O shit! What could that be?

DERICK
(slows down the boat)
I think it could be a big oyster

DAN
Can an oyster take out dolphins and hit us that fast?

DERICK
It didn’t hit us, that was a rock.

DAN
Then why did you ask me to cut the trawl?

DERICK
(slightly glances at Papu and winks at Dan. Dan nods)
We have many nets, so, let’s not ruin the fun.

PAPU
It’s a Sunday, dad!

DERICK
Hey, son, don’t scare yourself. This is just a normal coincidence. A spirit can’t touch flesh and blood!

NARRATOR (V.O)
We were all afraid, my dad’s trying to encourage us.

JABESH
Where are we heading to now?

JOSH
Catch fish, go home. I don’t think we want to go home empty-handed. It would be a shameful day!

KANE
We need to go to the usual side of the sea!

JOSH
Come on, we’re the kings of the sea! We can fish anywhere!

DERICK
(glances at Dan and Papu)
We’re going home!

NARRATOR (V.O)
My dad somewhat respects Dan.

JABESH
Great!
(suddenly, something hits the boat and they all fall on the floor of the boat)

KANE
Jesus Christ!
(to Dan)
I thought you cut off the trawl?

DERICK
(rushes, grasps the wheels and sails the boat very fast)
God damn it! That’s not the trawl!
(water swells behind them and follows the boat)

JABESH
(points at the swelled water following them)
Look!

KANE
O shit! Something’s following us!

DAN
(points ahead)
There’s a storm ahead!

DERICK
We’re going through it!

DAN
You’ve got to be kidding me!

DERICK
We don’t have any choice!
(approaches the storm)
Fasten yourselves!

DAN
(to Papu)
Be careful, kid, don’t come out here!

Papu fastens himself to a fixed wooden chair in the wheelhouse, folds his hands and shivers.

Derick sails the boat through the storm. The swelled of water following them suddenly disappears.

JOSH
It’s gone!

JABESH
It probably can’t go through these waves.

CONTINUE…