Sterces - "A Movie Script" Part II

Part II

Over the video/audio taps.

Foley:
Good Night Sam.

Samantha:
Good Night.

Foley leans forward and kisses Samantha.

Foley:
Then it is a date for tomorrow night?

Samantha:
Pick me up around 7:00 PM.

Dobbs:
Get Foley in here now!

Will:
I’ll contact him immediately.

Foley is sitting in Dobbs office. Dobbs is walking around and yelling at Foley. As the audio fades in.

Dobbs:
We have to know what is going on!

Foley:
You will.

Dobbs:
While it is happening, if you please.

Foley:
Never happen.

Dobbs:
Don’t give me that! You will do what you are told!

Foley:
If you or any one else comes within 5 blocks of Dr. Thornton while I am with her, I’ll give up the whole operation, and then where will you be?

Dobbs:
You can’t threaten me! I’ll have you thrown under the jail!

Foley:
No clichés Dobbs. You might have me killed, but you would never take a chance on me escaping. If you want this mission carried out, then leave me alone and you will get what you need. Otherwise, I am out of it, and ya’ll can take it from here.

Dobbs returns to his desk, sits, and stares at Foley.

Dobbs:
OK. OK. As always you do it your way. But, you better get what we need.

Foley:
You will get exactly what you need, I guarantee it.

Scene switches to a small group dressed in black entering a van. Gamberg is there and sees them off. Next we see Foley and Samantha walking from her apartment. The van races up, 2 guys jump out to kidnap Samantha, Foley quickly foils their plan. The 2 guys crawl back in the van and it races off. None the worse for wear, they continue to dinner. Dinner is in a private room of one of Foley’s hangouts.

Foley:
Those were not government types in the van. Someone else knows what you are trying to do.

Samantha:
Who could possibly know?

Foley:
I’ll get Will working on that. In the meantime let’s eat, we have a lot of work to do before it get’s too late. When you are comfortable with the idea, we can have some all nighters at my apartment.

Samantha:
I hope you are talking about work.

Foley:
Of course. But the sooner the better. So we should probably get a little mushy when I take you home later.

Samantha:
I understand. Er… Let’s get JaCeN working.

JaCeN appears and Samantha goes over the progress as the scene cuts back to Spectre.com. Gamberg is on a video link to a superior.

Voice from superior:
Your division has botched this thing for the last time. I want the operation closed down and sanitized.

Gamberg:
But..But..the result will be worth these minor setbacks.

Voice from superior:
I want it shut down and sanitized. I want it to disappear. All of your team will be reassigned. And you are lucky that I am not firing you!

Gamberg:
I’ll get it done tonight.

Gamberg looks dejected as the camera swings around, we get a view of the superior, most people will have figured it out from the voice, but there on the monitor is Dobbs. Scene fades and ends up at NSA with Dobbs leaving his office and going to see Will.

Dobbs:
Where are we Will?

Will:
Deep underground in Arlington, Virginia, Boss.

Dobbs:
Ha. Ha. I’m not in the mood. Give me something good.

Will:
Well, here is where we are. I have our best people working on this (including myself, of course).

Dobbs:
Of Course.

Will:
It appears that each piece of data is useless without the other three. It also appears that if you overlay the pieces , that is, take the first element from data 1 then the first element of data2, then 3, then 4, then the 2d element of data1, and so on.

Dobbs:
I get it, go on.

Will:
It appears to exhibit all the characteristics of an encrypted document. But so far we have been unable to de-crypt it. We have tried every algorithm ever used. We have invented a few new algorithms, but nothing has yielded any intelligible data.

Dobbs:
Can we do it?

Will:
Too early to tell. We will still have a few tricks up our sleeves. But only enough for a couple more days of trying.

Dobbs:
And then?

Will:
We hope that Dr. Thornton knows something that we don’t.

Dobbs:
Will, how can she accomplish it when you can’t.

Will:
I know. But we can hope. Can’t we?

Dobbs turns and walks away. Samantha is in Foley’s apartment working away with JaCeN. Foley is reading on the sofa.

JaCeN:
It definitely looks like overlaying the 4 pieces is the first step. But everything that we have tried has not produced anything readable. Passing the fake data to NSA has used up some of my processing capabilities, but I don’t think it has detracted from trying to solve this. Any ideas Dr. Thornton?

Samantha:
No JaCeN. I guess we are not ready for this technological shot in the arm. I can’t say that I am unhappy about not being able to solve it either. I was never to keen on this whole adventure anyway. But, I certainly don’t like being beaten!

JaCeN:
I understand Dr. Thornton. I’ll make sure the fake data to NSA leads nowhere. What can I do now?

Samantha:
Continue working on it. I know we have exhausted all angles, but keep at it. Try subtle variations on what we have already tried. I’ll try to think up another approach.

Samantha walks over to Foley. He puts down the book and looks at her sympathetically.

Foley:
No luck?

Samantha:
No. And I am afraid we are done for. I guess the world is not ready for this surge of knowledge.

Foley:
What were you going to do if you had solved it?

Samantha:
You know, I never even thought about that. But now that I am, I am not sure that we are ready for this leap. I mean, governments spying on citizens, corporations trying to kidnap people, all the drugs and stuff throughout the world. Who am I to hand over the keys to interplanetary travel and allow us to spread our “ills” all over the galaxy?

Foley:
I see your point, but it is a moot point, since the puzzle remains unsolved.

Samantha:
I guess.

Foley and Samantha standup, embrace, and head for the bedroom. Scene fades and Samantha is sitting at a dressing table combing he hair. She sees a framed print of one of the inventions of Da Vinci. She is distracted as she sees the reflection of JaCeN working in the mirror. A look of inspiration overcomes her. She stands up and begins to walk in circles while making hand gestures.

Samantha:
Oh my God! Oh my God! Oh my God! Oh my God!

Foley comes up behind her and grabs her shoulders and tries to get her attention.

Samantha:
Oh my God! Oh my God! Oh my God! Oh my God!

Foley:
Sam, what is it?

Samantha:
I’ve got it. I can solve the puzzle! It was so simple. We were looking for some complex encryption algorithm. But we missed the simple true.

Foley:
Are you sure.

Samantha:
Well, as sure as I can be without trying it.

Foley:
Are you sure you want to try it? I mean, you were pretty certain last night.

Samantha:
I know, but I must give it a try.

Samantha walks over to JaCeN and gives him some instruction. JaCeN looks excited and carries out her instructions. On the virtual display appears legible text and sketches for the power source as promised. She pinches JaCeN’s holographic cheek, turns and runs to Foley.

Foley:
You did it Sam!

Samantha:
Yes I did! With your help.

Foley:
How so?

Samantha:
I was sitting at the dresser and noticed the reflection of the print on that wall.

They walk over to the framed print.

Samantha:
Da Vinci was a wonderful artist, scientist, and just about everything else. But he wrote many of his notes from right to left and backwards. That is, there could be read if viewed in a mirror. Not very secure by today’s standards, but obviously adequate for his time. I dawned on me that the Guardian message might not be some sophisticated encryption algorithm, but a simple mirror image scheme. With the focus on “image”. It was just a giant jumbled up picture of the information promised. Once we figured out which bits to invert, the rest fell into place. So….I was right!

Foley looks over at JaCeN who is putting the finishing touches on the image. He looks back at Samantha.

Foley:
So, what do we do now?

Samantha:
What do you mean?

Foley:
You now have the answer, you have solved the puzzle, what are you going to do with it?

Samantha:
I…I don’t know.

Foley embraces Samantha as the scene fades. Back at NSA.

Will:
All of the info from JaCeN indicates that Dr. Thornton has given up on the solution.

Dobbs:
And we will too.

Will:
I am sorry that we were not able to solve the puzzle.

Dobbs:
Don’t be sorry Will, we will (or at least someone will) get another crack at it in a hundred years of so.

Dobbs shakes his head and meanders off. Will gets to work on some other projects that had been set aside. Scene cuts to a cruise ship where Samantha and Foley (dressed as bride and groom) are standing at the railing.

Foley:
How do you feel?

Samantha:
I feel wonderful!

Foley:
About everything?

Samantha:
Yes about everything. The wedding, our new life together, and what we did with JaCeN. You will get me another one, won’t you?

Foley:
Of course, right after the honeymoon. I wouldn’t want you working and ignoring me.

Samantha:
Not a chance.

Samantha stares into space. Scene shifts to a “memory”. She is in the location where she met the first Guardian.

Guardian 1:
Hello Samantha, did you figure it out?

Samantha:
Yes I did, with some help.

Guardian 1:
Congratulations! You are the first.

Samantha:
But not the last.

Guardian 1:
What do you mean?

Samantha:
I have decided NOT to reveal the information to anyone else.

Guardian 1:
OH. Why not?

Samantha:
I don’t think “we” are ready for this knowledge. Maybe in a hundred years or so.

Guardian 1:
That is of course, your decision. But you are only delaying the inevitable. Mankind may come up with the solution on their own with the next few years.

Samantha:
Maybe so, but they will NOT get it from me.

Memory scene cuts to the Atlanta Public Library next to a permanent display about Gone With The Wind. She sticks JaCeN in a nook of the display.

Samantha:
Ok JaCeN, you must activate the first week of December, 2139, locate the female descendant that has my DNA and get her to the first Guardian on the 15th. After she meets with the guardian, give her all the info you have and let her go from there. Goodbye my friend.

Samantha walks away and the “memory” ends. She is back on the deck of the cruise ship embracing Foley. The scene fades one last time to NSA, Will shuts everything down and stops of at a local yuppie watering hole. As he sits there nursing a drink, he looks in the mirror and sees a reflection of a framed print of one of Da Vinci’s inventions. He gets a “knowing” look on his face and the movie ends.

Fade To Black

Sterces - "A Movie Script" Part II

Sam Hanie

Clearwater, United States

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A movie script that I wrote a few years ago.

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