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The Black Lands (3)

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{EXT. TRAWLER, SEA – DAY}

KANE
I hate today. This doesn’t look like a few hours journey.

DERICK
(glances at Kane)
Hey! We’re heading home. Okay?

KANE
Okay, Captain.
(lightning begins to occur around them in few distances)

DAN
(points)
There’s land there!

JOSH
An island!

DERICK
Come on!
(they successfully go through the storms)

KANE
The storm isn’t a big one, though.
(the storm continues to go on behind them)

DAN
It seems as if it’s a fixed storm!

DERICK
(slows down the boat, offs the engine and walks forward)
What the…
(they all join him in looking into that direction)

KANE
O shit!

JOSH
Is this place on the world’s atlas?

A plane 200meters-wide and 600meters-long black island: having few kinds of grass, trees and rocks; in about a 500meters away, is before them.

The island is such that the other end can be seen from anywhere you stand on the island.

JABESH
An island on the mid-sea, history never made mention of this.

DERICK
(to Papu)
Come on, son!
(Papu walks out of the wheelhouse to where he is)
An island surrounded by storms.
(takes his walky-talky; around his waist, and looks into it)
Damn it! No signal. I think this storm wouldn’t let any signal through.

DAN
Seems like the storms were designed to keep people off this place.

KANE
Excuse me, is that the way home?

DERICK
Hey, hey, never worry about that. We’ll go around the island and go through the storms on the other end. That’s the way home, guys.

JABESH
Half-past-six, it’s getting dark already.

PAPU
(to Derick)
Dad, I’m scared.

DAN
Come on, boy, we’ll protect you. We’re pros.

DERICK
(walks closer to Papu)
I got everything under control, besides you’re with me. Son, you are all I have left since I lose your mum. She died of cancer, which happened because it was above me. But here, this is my second home. My life’s work. Don’t be afraid! There’s nothing out there and if there is, I got your back. All right?

PAPU
All right, dad.

JOSH
There could be some treasures on that island.

JABESH
(to Josh)
What are you thinking?

JOSH
We probably don’t want to stay on this water all night.

DERICK
Focus! We only need to go around this island and go home in one piece.

DAN
(looks around the island with a telescope)
There isn’t a way around it. Both sides are covered with huge heels; we can’t make it through those paths.

KANE
What are we going to do now?

DERICK
We’ll go through it.

KANE
What?

DERICK
Get the truck, we’re pushing this boat through the island.

JOSH
Copy that, Captain!

Josh, Kane and Jabesh go into the bottom of the boat to get tyres and iron pipes.

DERICK
(takes the telescope from Dan and views the island)
Everything seems dark.

DAN
Yeah, I think it’s poisoned with hydrocarbon.

DERICK
Yeah, it must be an oil-rich ground.
(views and sights the island carefully through the telescope and sees something that moves behind a small rock)
Jesus Christ!

DAN
What!

DERICK
I think I saw something moves.
(Papu shivers)
Hahaha! That was a joke!

PAPU
(frowns)
It didn’t sound funny.

DAN
(slightly glances at Derick who winks at him)
Hehehe! You know, your Dad is a funny man, kid.

DERICK
Well, I think it’s a cool experience we’re going to have here.
(quickly goes into the small house inside the boat and carry out a long box)

DAN
Seriously?

DERICK
It’s a jungle before us, Dan.
(opens the box and brings out two rifles)

PAPU
Guns?

DERICK
(to Papu)
Yeah, just in case we see a rabbit or an antelope. It wouldn’t make sense to go home empty-handed, son.

PAPU
I don’t like this journey, there’s no fun in it.

DERICK
Hey, hey, I’m here to protect you. I swear to God, nothing is going to happen to you.

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