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The Black Lands (4)

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{EXT. ISLAND – NIGHT}

Jabesh, Josh and Kane are dragging the boat like a truck, while the boat moves as if there is an engine powering it on the island. The boat has temporary fixed tyres and wheels under it. A big bright torchlight is fixed in front of the boat and it’s brightening the path which they go through.

DERICK
(to Papu)
Go in there and sleep. Don’t step out to peep, I don’t want you to put fear in my boys with your screams if you see a bear.

PAPU
A bear?

DAN
(giggles)
Yeah, boy, sometimes a rabbit may look like a large bear, especially when you see it through a tiny hole.

DERICK
I got everything under control, son. Please, stay in there and don’t move out in case you hear any stupid freaking sound. And, if you hear the sound of a gun, it’s a bear or a rabbit. Okay?

PAPU
Okay, dad.

DERICK
Now go.
(Papu nods, runs into the small room inside the boat, lies on the small bed in it and covers his body with a coat)
Take,
(hands over a rifle and torchlight to Dan. Walks to the door of the small room inside the boat where Papu is lying and closes the door. He walks to Dan)
We don’t know what might be out there.

DAN
(viewing the island through the telescope)
What did you see that time?

DERICK
(viewing another point on the island through the rifle’s magnifier in his hand)
It wasn’t clear, I think it was some kind of shadows.

DAN
A shadow will hardly show up at this hour.

JOSH
(on the ground with Kane and Jabesh; pushing the wheel carrying the boat. He packs the soil with his bare hand and examines it)
I think it’s the nature of this place.

KANE
(cuts a leaf)
Even the leaves are all black, it doesn’t look like crude.

JOSH
Yeah, no stains at all. Just black.

JABESH
Crudes would kill all the plants here but these are all living plants.

KANE
(to Josh)
A treasure island, huh?

JOSH
Believe me, if the world discovers this place, this strange soil and plants could yield wealth.

JABESH
(suddenly falls into a small hole)
Arrr!
(they all stop moving the boat and everybody’s attention goes to him)

DAN
What’s that?
(jumps off the boat with Derick)

JABESH
It’s a creepy hole!

DERICK
(turns on his torchlight upon the hole)
What?

KANE
O shit!

DERICK
(points the flashlight around and sees another hole of the same size with the one Jabesh fell upon)
It’s a footmark.

DAN
Oh no!

JOSH
It looks like horses’ hoofs.

DERICK
Hey, we don’t know what it is.

DAN
(packs sands around the hole)
It’s kind of fresh.

JABESH
Hmm…

DERICK
Seems like we’re not alone.

KANE
Jesus Christ! What do you mean, we’re not alone?

DERICK
(cocks his gun)
Whatever that thing is, it’s quite big.

JABESH
O, man, we better keep moving.

KANE
Where is Papu?

DAN
He’s in the cabin.

DERICK
Come on, let’s move. Everyone stays together.

Josh, Kane and Jabesh pull the truck; carrying the boat. Derick and Dan are holding rifles and are looking through the magnifiers on the rifles in all directions.

One tyre of the truck; carrying the boat, suddenly falls inside a hole.

They all; quickly, turn their attention to that direction.

KANE
O shit!

JOSH
I think the tyre pulled out.
(to Jabesh)
Did you tighten the bolts?

JABESH
Shut up, I did.

DERICK
Let me check it out.
(moves carefully to the tyre)
God damn it!

DAN
What’s the problem?

DERICK
It’s one of these wheels, it got stuck in here.

JOSH
Bull shit!

DERICK
We have to dig it out.

DAN
(sees a white stick-like thing behind a small tree and points the torchlight towards it. He moves a bit closer, uses the rifle to remove the tree’s branch and he sees human skulls and fish bones)
O my God!

DERICK
(rushes to where Dan is)
What did you see?

DAN
(points the torchlight against the skulls)
Here.

Jabesh, Kane and Josh run to where Dan is.

KANE
(with a shivering voice)
Jesus Christ! It’s going to eat us.

DERICK
Shut up! What’s going to eat you? Maybe the creature was dead many years ago and these are its remains.

JABESH
These skulls aren’t that big.

KANE
It looks like humans’ skulls.

DAN
It’s humans’ skulls.

KANE
O shit! I was just guessing!

JOSH
It looks as if these humans had a fight with the fishes and they succeeded in killing each other.

DERICK
(to Josh)
You’re right, I love the way you think.

Suddenly, a tree falls in a distance behind them.

DAN
What was that?

DERICK
Off the lights!
(Josh and Kane quickly rush and off the torchlight on the boat)

DAN
We have to move!

DERICK
(quickly carries a plank; hanging on one side of the boat, and fixes it under the stuck tyre. While others rush to the front-handle; for dragging the boat)
Pull!
(they drag the boat and the tyre moves out of the hole)
It’s out! Keep moving, we’re close to the river!
(points the rifle in the direction which the tree fell while others push the boat)

JOSH
What if it was a dead tree that fell?

DAN
Shut up!

JOSH
Why, what if I’m right!

DERICK
Yeah.

DAN
Captain saw moving things when we were still on the boat.

KANE
Seriously? Tell me that was a joke!

DAN
No, I’m serious.

KANE
O shit!

DERICK
Shadows aren’t things, Dan.

JOSH
Damn it! Shadows must come from something.

JABESH
Whatever may be out here isn’t smart at all.

DERICK
Good!

KANE
Why did you say that?

JABESH
We’re close to the river, once we get there it’s game over.

KANE
What if it’s a sea creature?

JOSH
Like the one, which murdered the dolphins?

KANE
How did you know it’s one?

JOSH
I don’t know.

KANE
Could be two or more

DERICK
Don’t freak yourselves out, boys.

DAN
We’re here,
(they arrive at the seashore)

CONTINUE…