“Aqua Moons”

WGAWest Registration Number: 1946959

THE GALACTIC YEAR 2450, AQUA MOONS.

SCENE 1

EXT.USED CAR DEALERSHIP.DAY.

CU on a digital screen that hovers above the yard “We fix and sell used cars and space cars. We live stream auctions of our best models across the galaxy.” The dealership, just like all the other buildings on Aqua Moons, floats on the water supported by large lily-like leaves, which are connected to the bottom of the Ocean by strong and sturdy roots. Some of the buildings are partly built beneath the water with only one floor or rooftop above the surface. There is no dry land on Aqua Moons.

The camera zooms out to reveal MICHAEL, a human in his early 40’s. He is smartly dressed (following the Aqua Moon’s fashion), wears glasses and has two fingers missing from his left hand. He is talking with a client when an Aqua woman walking straight to his office distracts him.

Aqua species are the native inhabitants of the Aqua Moons. They can live beneath or above the water. They use gills, which grow behind their ears and are visible since the Aqua species have no hair. Their skin is very shiny and often glistens in the bright light. Some Aqua natives have different colour patches on their bodies such as red on one side and yellow and orange on the other side.

MICHAEL

Please excuse me.

(Tries to smile.)

My son will show you around. He knows more about the cars then I do. HENRY (Calls to him.)!

HENRY

(13-14 years old walks up to his dad.)

Yes, dad.

MICHAEL

Can you please take over?

HENRY

Yes, of course.

HENRY watches his dad go into the office. Once in the office, the Aqua lady says something to MICHAEL. Involuntarily MICHAEL sits down. The lady puts her hand on MICHAEL’s shoulder before leaving. When she is gone MICHAEL hides his face in his hands.

THE GALACTIC YEAR 2450, AQUA MOONS, THE INTERGALACTIC SPACE COURT.

SCENE 2

INT.COURTROOM.DAY.

MICHAEL, his kids (HENRY and JENNY who is 7) and the Aqua lawyer (the same lady as in scene 1) stand up when the judge walks in. The writing on two portable screens attached to opposite walls says: “This court case is live streamed to Earth”. Once the words disappear, a Human Droid (half human and half droid) appears on both of the screens. The Aqua judge makes herself comfortable behind a rock desk, picks up her portable monitor and quickly scans through the files.

THE JUDGE

Hmmm… (Pause)

JENNY

(Whispers to HENRY.)

I’m scared.

HENRY puts his hand on her shoulder and kisses her forehead.

THE JUDGE

By the intergalactic law, both sides of this hearing must obey this court’s ruling.

(Addressing Michael.)

Can you state your name and the planet you are originally from?

MICHAEL

My name is Michael. I have no surname because I was born into slavery on planet Earth governed by the Global Corporation.

THE JUDGE

Thank you, Michael.

(Pause, checks her portable screen.)

We are here today because the Earth’s Global Corporation requested from the Aqua Moons authorities to deport you and your family back to Earth.

Hmmm…

(Pause)

But on Aqua Moons we believe in freedom. Hence you have been granted this trial.

(Pause)

Can you tell us how you and your family came to live on Aqua Moons?

MICHAEL takes a deep breath, looks at his kids and back at the judge.

MICHAEL

The first time…

FLASHBACK GALACTIC DATE 2430, PLANET EARTH, US DESERT, RACING TRACK.

SCENE 3

EXT.US DESERT.MORNING.

JENNY, in her 20’s, gives two gold coins and a ticket with number seven written across to a human droid at the betting stand. He takes the money and returns stamped ticket.

When she turns away from the counter, she sees two humans picking on another disabled human with two arms missing. JENNY approaches them; starts a heated discussion with both. During the exchange she pulls her long coat and reveals an electric teaser; after that, the humans leave the disabled person alone.

SCENE 4

EXT.RACING TRACK.MORNING.

JENNY and young MICHAEL, in his 20’s, watch the car with number seven written across the door burn down to the ground. The smell of the burning leather seats and tires makes JENNY throw up.

The droid approaches MICHAEL who holds up his hand. Ten years are added to his slavery bracelet.

FLASHBACK GALACTIC YEAR 2436, PLANET EARTH, US DESERT, RACING TRACK.

SCENE 5

EXT.RACING TRACK.MORNING.

MICHAEL tries to kiss heavily pregnant JENNY. However, she moves her head to avoid his kiss.

MICHAEL

If I win, will you finally forgive me and kiss me?

JENNY

Do you know anyone who has ever won?

When MICHAEL doesn’t reply, JENNY turns around and walks away towards the spectators’ stands. The human, who has now one robotic arm, she helped years ago writes something quickly on a piece of scruffy paper, which he slips into JENNY’s pocket when she passes him by. Even though she is visibly tired, she still manages to smile at him.

SCENE 6

INT.KITCHEN.MIDDAY.

CU on JENNY’S bracelet, which depicts 2450, the camera zooms out to show her washing up the same cup over and over again. Through a small window in the kitchen, JENNY watches MICHAEL screaming while the car is burning down. The burning smell makes her throw up.

BLACKOUT

When she reaches into her pocket to find something to wipe her mouth with she finds a piece of paper with writing across: “Try to find this place.”

BLACKOUT

JENNY turns the paper in her fingers a few times before picking up the electric candlelight, which she holds under the paper. Slowly but surely a shape of a map reveals itself.

With much difficulty, JENNY moves the bookshelf slightly. She sticks her hand between the bookshelf and the wall; space is tight, but she manages to pull out a paper map

from a hole in the wall. The old map reveals a human village in the same place where the “X” on the new piece of paper is. A sudden noise outside makes JENNY jump. In a panic, she pulls the bookshelf back and hides the maps in her double bottom drawer.

FLASHBACK, THE GALACTIC YEAR 2443, PLANET EARTH, US DESERT.

SCENE 7

INT.BEDROOM.NIGHT.

Both MICHAEL and JENNY are awake.

JENNY

It’s so overwhelmingly hot this year.

MICHAEL

Have you noticed that each year gets hotter?

JENNY

Do you think we will ever get out?

MICHAEL

Of course, we will. Don’t think otherwise.

MICHAEL turns to JENNY and kisses her heavily pregnant tummy.

BLACKOUT

While looking for a nighty to change to, JENNY re-discovers the two maps at the bottom of her drawer.

SCENE 8

EXT.JUNKYARD.DAY.

MICHAEL dissembles an old car for parts. He passes each piece to HENRY, who is about seven years old and whose job is to put all those parts into a flying trolley.

Big screens (with Global Corporation flags in each corner.) placed strategically around the junkyard show images of droids and human droids monitoring the workers at the yard.

BLACKOUT

MICHAEL’s head is underneath hovering car. HENRY is sorting out the parts when a portable audio player switches itself on. Upon hearing what the voice says MICHAEL pops his head from underneath the car.

VO

(Recording on the player)

The Global Corporation don’t want any slaves to be allowed anywhere in the galaxy, not even crossing to Ecotopia. Once a slave, always a slave.

MICHAEL takes the player from HENRY and smashes the device in anger. Within seconds the droid police surround MICHAEL. They force him to kneel down with his hands crossed over his neck. Teary-eyed HENRY looks away while the drones electrify his dad.

SCENE 9

EXT.DESERT.DAY.

JENNY with a new-born baby on her back travels through the desert. She has her digital binoculars, which are sensitive to any movement and accurately show what moves about. Unfortunately for JENNY, there is a lot of droids around. She decides to abandon her mission.

SCENE 10

INT.HOUSE.LATE EVENING.

JENNY, MICHAEL (he has two fingers missing from his left hand) and HENRY eat dinner in silence. The meal is pretty modest; mostly corn and something that looks like dry oats mixed with water. The baby is asleep in the drawer.

MICHAEL

You were right.

JENNY

About?

MICHAEL

(Looks right at her.)

It was a scam, a scam from the start.

(Pause)

The racing is a scam.

JENNY

How… (HENRY interrupts her.)

HENRY

I found the recording.

(Pause)

There is no dream, mum.

(Pause)

Are we going to be slaves forever?

JENNY

(Kisses HENRY’S forehead.)

No, we won’t. (Looks out of the window.)

SCENE 11

EXT.DESERT.EARLY MORNING (STILL DARK OUTSIDE).

JENNY looks at the map under the electric candlelight, then up at the horizon. The baby moves in the sling. JENNY kisses the baby’s head. She picks up a very narrow hairpin from her hair, which she skillfully uses to open the electric padlock that protects the slavery bracelets. The bracelet lands on the sand. JENNY quickly picks it up and puts inside a bag with a small animal in it. She leaves the bag next to a rock, which she marks with a red heart.

SCENE 12

EXT.JUNKYARD.DAY.

MICHAEL and HENRY show their slavery bracelets to the droids at the gate. Once the bracelet is scanned, the information about them is displayed on the screen.

A computer in another line keeps flashing red light above a picture of a human. Across his image, says: “No show-up.”

The droid police are getting ready to leave the yard.

SCENE 13

INT.OLD HOUSE.DAY.

JENNY with the baby on her back is scavenging through a bricked house full of books and traditional printed magazines. The images she likes the most she tears out and puts in her bag. Whenever she finds a Kindle, she connects it to hers and transfers whatever data is on the old one. She finds some alcohol, which she decides to try but doesn’t like one bit.

BLACKOUT

Beneath the pile of colourful magazines, JENNY finds a piece of animal skin with an Ecotopia’s fleet spaceship marking in one of the corners of it. Under the electric candlelight, a shape of a map appears.

BLACKOUT

In one of the closets JENNY finds a portable map device and a personal computer, both marked with Ecotopia’s flag, packed together with old travelling clothes as well as small packets of dry food. JENNY turns the devices on, both work perfectly well. After a quick check, she smiles to herself and packs all she found into her bag.

SCENE 14

INT.HOUSE.LATE EVENING.

MICHAEL is helping HENRY clean his fingernails from the mud and dust when covered in the thick red dust JENNY enters the house. Before cleaning herself up, she takes the devices out of her bag. MICHAEL stops and looks at her.

HENRY

(To his mum.)

Where were you? I missed you.

JENNY

We went for a ride.

MICHAEL

A ride? In this weather!

JENNY

(Ignores Michel and points to the devices.)

Both very old but in perfect working condition. See what’s on it before you say anything.

MICHAEL turns the devices on. The portable map depicts a map of galaxies leading to Aqua Moons. The personal computer is full of classified information about different planets and galaxies and most importantly the code that opens up the defence shield that surrounds the Old World (Earth is divided into Old World governed by the Global Corporation and the New World called Ecotopia.).

JENNY

(Points towards the Aqua Moons.)

This is our new home.

LONG PAUSE

MICHAEL

We don’t have a ship.

JENNY

(Takes the leather skin map from the baby’s sling.)

Yes, we do. (Passes the skin to MICHAEL.)

MICHAEL

(Examines the skin.)

LONG PAUSE

It can’t be.

(Looks at JENNY.)

Would it work?

JENNY

Old cars work, so why not old spaceships?

SCENE 15

EXT.JUNKYARD.EARLY MORNING.

The computer keeps flashing red light above MICHAEL’s and HENRY’s picture. The droid police are getting ready.

SCENE 16

EXT.SOMEWHERE AT THE US DESERT.EARLY MORNING.

The three of them are travelling on the desert mopeds with HENRY in the middle.

SCENE 17

EXT.DESERT.MORNING.

A human droid picks up one of three slavery bracelets that were skillfully opened; the other two are scattered on the red sand. In the background, way behind the droid, the house and the cars are on fire.

SCENE 18

EXT.SOMEWHERE AT THE US DESERT.EARLY MORNING.

JENNY is throwing up. When she regains her wits, she kisses the baby’s forehead and hands her over to HENRY.

SCENE 19

EXT.RED MOUNTAINS.MORNING.

The Red Mountains appear on the horizon. JENNY grows more uncomfortable with each minute. Her digital binoculars increasingly indicate movement of droids that is getting closer. She doesn’t say anything to the boys.

BLACKOUT

They leave their desert mopeds behind before entering a very narrow mountain path. At the end of the steep trail amongst the dust, an outline of the spaceship emerges.

SCENE 20

EXT.IN FRONT OF THE SPACESHIP.MORNING.

MICHAEL gets into the ship first, followed by HENRY who is still holding the baby in his arms. JENNY passes her bag to HENRY when the gunshots began. Immediately she can feel that she was hit. She looks at HENRY and without much consideration pushes a button that locks the spaceship from the outside.

JENNY

(The door is closing.)

Look after your sister.

(Shouts)

I love you. (Picks up her guns.) Save journey home.

HENRY

(Screams)

Mum, no, mum no!!!!

The door is closed and locked. JENNY turns away from the spaceship and starts firing at the robots and droids. When she hears the engines working, she finds refuge behind a rock to search her coats deep pockets for something. At some point, she looks up and sees MICHAEL’s eyes; she mouths to him: “I Love You”. HENRY is standing next to his dad banging on the window. MICHAEL wipes his tears away and flies into space. Once JENNY sees that she smiles to herself, stands up, picks up the two hand bombs she found in her pockets and runs with all she’s got towards the enemy line.

THE GALACTIC YEAR 2450

SCENE 21

INT.COURTROOM.DAY.

MICHAEL, the kids and their lawyer are standing up. The judge looks at Michael then the kids.

THE JUDGE

Hmmm…

(Takes a deep breath.)

The Aqua civilisation doesn’t support or approves of slavery in any form, and the Earth’s Global Corporation is well aware of our standing in that matter. However, we also know that we cannot interfere with the laws of other planets and civilisations.

(Pause)

With a heavy heart and after much deliberation I need to send you back, Michael. However, your children, if they wish, can stay with us.

MICHAEL

(Tears in his eyes.)

Thank you.

MICHAEL sits down and puts his face in his hands. An Aqua guard comes up to MICHAEL to put a monitoring bracelet on him. When HENRY sees that, his eyes tear up.

SCENE 22

INT.WAITING ROOM.DAY.

MICHAEL cuddles both of his kids and gives each a handwritten letter as well as a bag that belonged to JENNY. The same bag that JENNY gave to HENRY when he boarded the ship.

MICHAEL

Promise me you will look after your sister.

HENRY

(Holding back tears.)

I will.

JENNY

Are you going to see mummy?

MICHAEL

(Strokes her cheek.)

Yes, I am.

JENNY

Will you bring her back?

MICHAEL smiles at JENNY but is spared from answering when the front door opens.

FADE OUT

THE END