The Black Lands

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Summary

The Black Lands is the adventure of Papu, a tragic and horrific story about an alien creature, which lives on a strange island protected by storms in the middle of the sea. An island of death encountered by a team of anglers and Papu; the son of Derick. This book is written in a script format. It uses similar elements with a screenplay/stage play script. However, it is a tragic horror adventure. This method is used so that a clear picture of events can be seen in the mind of the reader.

Status:
Complete
Chapters:
6
Rating:
n/a
Age Rating:
13+

The Journey

{EXT. DERICK'S YARD - DAY}

Derick is arranging a fishnet and paddles in black linen.

Papu carries a bag on his back and walks to Derick.

PAPU

Dad,

DERICK

Yes, Son.

PAPU

Grandma said it's not safe to go fishing today.

DERICK

No, boy, they're called fairy tales. That's what I was told when I was like you.

Don't worry, son, you'll discover the truth one day.

(holds Papu's hand)

This is not the first time I'm hunting fishes, but it's your first time. Don't let anything ruin your day.

PAPU

But grandma said the story is popular in this town.

DERICK

Someone told Grandma that story, I'm sure the man who made up the story lived about a thousand years ago.

(giggles)

So, it's likely the ancestors of everyone in this town were his story fans. So, the story passed down to grandma.

(sighs)

Hey, I don't want you to worry about this thing. Get ready, it's almost 7 o'clock.

PAPU

Okay, Dad, is Dan coming with us?

DERICK

Yeah, the whole team is coming with us.

NARRATOR (V.O) Like my Dad, I don't believe in fairy tales too.

{TRAWLER, DOCK}

Four young men in their thirties are in a trawler preparing it for their journey.

NARRATOR (V.O)

DAN, JOSH, JABESH and KANE are my Dad's team members. They inspire me a lot!

DAN

(arranges fishnet)

Josh, you look sad, what's up?

JABESH

He's missing his chick!

(Kane is snoring in his sleep on the edge of the trawler)

JOSH

Hey, I'm no gay like you, Jabesh!

(walks closer to Dan)

DAN

You want to tell me about her?

JOSH

(giggles) Just watch.

(picks up a paper from the ground, folds it, goes closer to Kane and drops it on Kane's mouth)

KANE

(wakes and sits)

Damn you! You always do shits like this.

(grasps the paper and throw it against Josh. While Dan, Josh and Jabesh laugh)

JOSH

No, Kane, I'm trying to help you!

KANE

Screw you, help yourself!

(Derick and Papu arrive)

PAPU

Dan!

(runs to Dan)

DAN

(hugs Papu) Hey, my boy!

NARRATOR (V.O)

Dan is like a brother to me.

DERICK

(drops the linen; containing fishing tools, on the trawler) Get ready, boys, I don't want my mother to worry much.

JOSH What?

DAN

(to Derick)

About you?

PAPU About me!

DAN

(giggles and looks at Papu)

About you?

DERICK

Yeah, you heard him.

JABESH

Is he coming with us?

KANE

O shit! Did...

DERICK

Shut up, Kane! For crying out loud, that's my son!

DAN O my God!

(stares at Papu)

You'll enjoy the ride but always be in your suit as the colds may want to be your friend.

PAPU

I'm so excited to go on this journey with you guys.

DAN

I'm sure you'll enjoy it because it'll be fun. We're going to where we've never been to before.

PAPU

Seriously?

DAN

Yeah.

PAPU

The mid-sea?

DAN

(scratches his head) Huh... let's say that's right.

(Kane taps out the trawler's anchor)

Keep your eyes and ears open, you'll enjoy the sound of waves and the sight of dolphins.

PAPU

I would love to see and touch a dolphin!

DERICK

(starts the engine) Come on, son!

DAN

Hey, go meet your Dad, we'll talk later.

(Derick sails the trawler)

DERICK

(Papu walks to him)

Stand here and learn how to sail a boat.

PAPU

Okay, dad.

DERICK

If it was at night, look out for the stars and follow it. This boat can run up to an eighty-kilo-meters per hour!

PAPU Wow!

DERICK

Which means we'll be home soon, okay?

PAPU

Okay, dad.

DERICK

I want you to be the one to tell Grandma the truth about the tales she's been carrying for years.

{TRAWLER, SEA}

JOSH

(walks to Derick) Captain,

DERICK

What.

JOSH

Can I talk to you for a second?

DERICK

Yeah, sure! (to Papu) Sit over there.

(Papu walks to a distance and sits on a wooden box)

JOSH

(walks closer to Derick)

Since this is the first time we're going into the mid-sea, I'd advise we leave Papu behind.

DERICK

Hey, don't tell me that you believe in my mum's tales.

JOSH

No, not at all. The thing is, he's a kid and could be scared of waves.

DERICK

Not when he's with me. Besides, it's too late to go back now.

JOSH

Okay.

DERICK

(nods)

Well, you won't understand why I brought him. My mother has been feeding him with what the old fans of Mr Storyteller told her. Every day and night, she'd warn my son never to sail with me on Sundays. I want Papu to be the one to tell her that her stories were fictions. I don't want this kid to start getting scared of nature from childhood.

(keeps quiet for a while)

See, we're the kings of the sea, coming here to express your fears isn't a bad thing, though. But it's somewhat immaturity.

JOSH

(smiles) I got it.

(walks away)

LATER

Derick is lying on his back at the side of the trawler.

DAN

(controlling the wheels and sees dolphins) Dolphins!

Papu runs to the side of the boat to have a view of the dolphins.

DERICK

Drop the net!

KANE

Roger!

PAPU

Are you going to catch one?

DAN We don't hunt dolphins, boy!

Kane and Jabesh drop the nets. Josh rolls the roller.

PAPU

Whoa! They're beautiful!

DAN

Yeah, it's fun, right?

PAPU

Yeah!

(suddenly, a dolphin; having three fingers' scratch, flies high into the air and falls back into the water) I love the way they fly!

DAN

(sees the wounded dolphin) What?

PAPU

(another dolphin; with a splash of blood, flies high into the air and falls back into the water) That one is bleeding!

DERICK

(jumps up and looks at the dolphins)

Huh...

KANE

O shit!

JABESH

Something's hunting them!

JOSH

Looks like a big shark.

DAN That's not a shark's handwork.

Suddenly, another dolphin; without its head, flies into the air and falls into the water.

JABESH

It's like a giant thing!

DERICK

We don't know what it is yet!

(suddenly, the other dolphins start running towards the trawler)

KANE

They're coming this way!

DAN

What should we do, Captain?

DERICK

Run!

DAN

What?

DERICK

(runs and takes the wheel from Dan) Wait! Something big is after the dolphins!

(sails the trawler away from the dolphins)

Suddenly, the trawl under the sea hooks and drags the boat backwards and water enters the boat.

PAPU

(falls on the floor) Arrr!

Jabesh holds the side of the boat, Josh grasps the roller, Dan jumps upon and grasps the anchor windlass, and Derick offs the engine and holds the wheels.

KANE

(falls on his back) What is that?

JOSH

That thing could take us out! It's big enough to drag the boat!

DAN

(to Papu)

Go into the wheelhouse, kid!

(Papu runs into the wheelhouse)

DERICK

Pull the nets out!

(three dolphins fly into the air; one has no head, one has only one side, the other's tail only shows up)

JOSH Damn it!

DERICK

Cut the ropes!

DAN

Yes, Captain!

(quickly grasps huge scissors and cut the ropes holding the nets) The dolphins are approaching.

JABESH Come on! They're after us, Captain!

Derick starts the engine and sails the boat faster; away from and out of the sight of the dolphins.

KANE

O shit! What could that be?

DERICK

(slows down the boat)

I think it could be a big oyster

DAN

Can an oyster take out dolphins and hit us that fast?

DERICK

It didn't hit us, that was a rock.

DAN

Then why did you ask me to cut the trawl?

DERICK

(slightly glances at Papu and winks at Dan. Dan nods) We have many nets, so, let's not ruin the fun.

PAPU

It's a Sunday, dad!

DERICK

Hey, son, don't scare yourself. This is just a normal coincidence. A spirit can't touch flesh and blood!

NARRATOR (V.O)

We were all afraid, my dad's trying to encourage us.

JABESH

Where are we heading to now?

JOSH

Catch fish, go home. I don't think we want to go home empty-handed. It would be a shameful day!

KANE

We need to go to the usual side of the sea!

JOSH

Come on, we're the kings of the sea! We can fish anywhere!

DERICK

(glances at Dan and Papu) We're going home!

NARRATOR (V.O)

My dad somewhat respects Dan.

JABESH

Great!

(suddenly, something hits the boat and they all fall on the floor of the boat)

KANE

Jesus Christ!

(to Dan)

I thought you cut off the trawl?

DERICK

(rushes, grasps the wheels and sails the boat very fast) God damn it! That's not the trawl!

(water swells behind them and follows the boat)

JABESH

(points at the swelled water following them) Look!

KANE

O shit! Something's following us!

DAN

(points ahead)

There's a storm ahead!

DERICK

We're going through it!

DAN

You've got to be kidding me!

DERICK

We don't have any choice!

(approaches the storm) Fasten yourselves!

DAN

(to Papu)

Be careful, kid, don't come out here!

Papu fastens himself to a fixed wooden chair in the wheelhouse, folds his hands and shivers.

Derick sails the boat through the storm. The swelled of water following them suddenly disappears.

JOSH

It's gone!

JABESH

It probably can't go through these waves.

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?

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