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The Black Lands (5)

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{EXT. SEASHORE – NIGHT}

DERICK
Be focus, don’t lose sight of anyone. Watch each other’s back until we’re out of here.
(Jabesh, Dan, Josh and Kane start loosing the tyres and pipes carrying the boat)
Hurry, we don’t have any time to waste here.
(suddenly, water splashes upward and makes sounds)

DAN
What is that, Captain?

DERICK
Shhhhh
(quietly moves to the backside of the boat where Josh, Dan, Jabesh and Kane are)
Don’t talk, something is moving out of the water.

JOSH
It could be a big fish.

DERICK
No, I saw horns.

KANE
Jesus Christ!

JABESH
That sounds scary.

JOSH
What if it’s a hippopotamus?

KANE
Does hippopotamus have horns?

DERICK
(quietly)
Shut up.
(they all keep quiet)

{INT. CABIN, TRAWLER}

Papu is peeping through a tiny hole.

{EXT. SHORE}

A 12-feet tall and plump (huge) beast walks out of the water. It has a human-like face on a goat-like head, fish-like eyes, ugly pointed teeth as that of a cat, large human-like nose, two goat-like horns on its head, human-like chest, four human-like hands; having long claw-like fingers, human-like belly, four horse-like legs (hoofs) and a fish-like tail; having scales.

Derick lies down, moves silently on his belly and peeps at the beast through a small space under the boat.

The beast shakes its body, water splashes out of its body and it walks slowly out of the water towards the island.

Derick quietly goes to where others are and keep nodding his head.

DAN
(quietly to Derick)
What does it look like?

DERICK
(quietly)
It’s a beast,

JOSH
(quietly)
A beast like a monster?

DERICK
(quietly)
It somewhat looks like a carnivorous centaur; twice the size of a lion.
(Josh giggles)
Shhhhh…

JOSH
(quietly)
Are you sure?

DERICK
(quietly)
Hey, do I look like a comedian to you? Didn’t you hear the sound of the waters?

JABESH
(quietly)
We’re all going to die.

KANE
(shivers)
O my God.

JOSH
(quietly)
This isn’t happening, I have to wake up from this dream.

JABESH
(quietly)
Are you sure it’s your dream or mine? I do have freaking dreams like this one, I hope to wake up soon.

DAN
(quietly)
This is real, dudes!
(to Derick)
We should do something.

JOSH
(quietly)
There’s nothing we can do, we have to hide and escape.

JABESH
(quietly)
That’s right.
(to Dan)
Have you had a fight with a lion before?

KANE
(quietly)
There’s no hope of survival if we attempt to fight this thing, captain.

DERICK
(quietly to all)
Hey, don’t lose hope. While we still have life in us, we must do our best to survive. Now, here’s the plan. We’ll push the boat into the water and get out of here.

KANE
(quietly to Derick)
How are we going to do that?

DERICK
(quietly)
Right now, the creature hasn’t noticed our presence. It’s moving unto the land, so we’ll quietly push the boat into the water, once my hands get on the wheel it’s home.

KANE
(quietly)
Can we do that?

DAN
(quietly)
What if it sees and attacks us?

DERICK
(quietly)
We fight.
(removes two pistols from his waist, gives one to Josh and gives the other one to Kane. He removes a dagger from his waist and gives it to Jabesh)

JABESH
(quietly)
I’m the only one without a gun here.

JOSH
(quietly)
Do you know how to handle one?

JABESH
(quietly)
What?

KANE
(quietly)
Don’t worry, we got your back.

JABESH
(quietly)
You?

KANE
(sees a grenade on Derick)
Come on, captain, let’s blast this creature with this.
(points at the grenade)

DERICK
Shhhhhh!
(quietly)
No, that’s if something gets worse.

BAM! The boat shakes and they all become alerted.

The creature hits the boat again; BAM!

{INT. CABIN, TRAWLER}

Papu shivers, covers his full body with the coat on him and continues to peep through the tiny hole.

{EXT. SHORE}

DERICK
(quietly)
My son is up there.
(aims the rifle into the sky)
Hey guys, I’m going to distract this thing first, then we kill it…
(suddenly, the beast is standing behind them at one end of the boat. He sees the beast)
God damn it! Run!

The beast quickly moves, catches and pierces Jabesh, others run away. It grasps Jabesh, tears him into pieces, drinks his blood and chews the flesh very fast.

Suddenly, BANG! BANG! BANG! Three bullets hit on the back of the creature. The creature roars and faces the direction, which the bullets came from.

DERICK
(pointing his rifle at the creature)
You killed my boy, prepare to die!
(fires two SHOTS at the creature. The creature roars and runs very fast towards the island)

JOSH
(running towards the island)
Help!

DERICK
Josh! Dan! Kane!

DAN
(comes out from the back of the boat)
I’m here,
(puts his left hand on his head while the rifle is in his right hand)
O no… screw this journey, Jabesh is dead.

DERICK
(breaths heavily)
God damn it!
(kicks the sands, walks to the remains of Jabesh, stares at it and nods. Dan shivers and squats. He looks at Dan)
Come on, we have to find others and leave here as soon as possible.

DAN
(stands)
What about Papu?

DERICK
He’ll be safe up there, this thing is somewhat scared of guns.

Suddenly, the creature runs towards the boat and hits its head against the boat. Dan and Derick run out of the way to a distance.

The boat rolls into the river. The creature slaps the boat and the energy from it keep pushing the boat into the water.

Dan and Derick start shooting sporadically at the creature. The creature groans and once again runs towards the island in another direction.

CONTINUE…