For your return (chapter II)

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EXT. IN THE MIDDLE OF THE OCEAN – DAY

John does not stop staring at the woman, he gets up carefully, leaning on the mast. The woman smiles at John’s astonished gaze, John approaches the bow and leans over to see where the woman is standing, she is standing on the surface of the water. John recoils in fear.

JOHN

Who… where…

WOMAN

Calm down, John. There’s nothing to be afraid of.

JOHN

How do you know my name?

WOMAN

I know a lot of things.

JOHN

What do you want?

WOMAN

(using John’s voice) What do you want?

John stands still, his body tense.

JOHN

What…

WOMAN

Listen, John. You have to come back.

John looks away, frowns and takes a shaky breath.

JOHN

I can’t.

WOMAN

You can, there’s nothing to prove.

JOHN

(irritated) I said, I can’t!

The sound of splashing water leads John to look towards the horizon, where the Bahamut is moving further and further away.

WOMAN

It’s not his fault.

JOHN

I have to do it! That’s why I came, it’s been so many days….

WOMAN

It’s not his fault.

JOHN

(agravated) Leave me alone!

John sits in the center of the boat and takes the oars, preparing to move forward. The woman sighs and turns her back on John, walks away from the boat. When John looks up again, the woman is about thirty meters away from his position, standing on the surface of the waters.

WOMAN

I’m sorry, John.

A loud, low humming sound is heard from the depths of the ocean, the humming grows and grows. John looks around for the source of the noise, then, a gigantic wave rises behind the woman’s back, as big as a mountain. The water that spills from the rising wave reaches the boat. John holds the oars tightly and pushes forward.

JOHN

I’m not stopping!

The boat moves straight into the giant wave, the woman moves to the side and lets an enraged John pass. Upon reaching the start of the crest, the boat lifts and John uses all his strength to continue propelling himself forward. Again and again he pushes hard, rising higher and higher and facing a steeper and steeper incline.

JOHN

(furious) Aaaaaaah!

The boat tilts more and more and the wood squeaks on the way up. John looks up and notices that the end of the crest of the wave is still a long way off. Distraction leads him to let go of one of the oars, which slips from his hand, hitting the side of the boat. John reaches out to catch it, however, as he does so, the boat turns sideways and flips completely over. Due to the force of the wave, the boat spins violently and hits John in the head, causing him to lose consciousness.

EXT. DEEP OF THE OCEAN – DAY

John opens his eyes, he finds himself deep in the water, unable to see anything but the bluish depth of the sea. He swims hard to get to the surface, but, as he touches the bottom of the sea, he realizes that he has been swimming downwards. John turns and covers his nose and mouth with his hand in the desire to breathe. He desperately pushes himself upward, propelling himself with his feet from the bottom of the sea. However, after the initial impulse, his movement becomes slower and slower, the forces in his body dilute, he soon stops ascending and his vision becomes obscured.

All becomes black…

John opens his eyes again, he is still underwater, however, he is moving rapidly upwards.

All becomes black…

EXT. IN THE MIDDLE OF THE OCEAN – DAY

John reopens his eyes as he emerges to the surface. As he emerges he takes a deep breath of air and tries to stay afloat, coughing and coughing up the water he has swallowed. As he calms down, he notices movement under his feet. It is a group of three fish identical to the Bahamut he has been chasing, swimming around him. And in front of him reappears the Bahamut with the harpoon inserted in the fin, swimming not far from the position in which John is floating.

The other three fish swim up to the wounded Bahamut and now they circle around him, they rub the body of their companion with their own bodies. The three Bahamuts raise their heads above the water and produce sounds similar to a melancholy cry, the wounded Bahamut responds similarly. John watches them silently, he sees how the three Bahamuts try to remove the harpoon from the fin of its wounded companion with their teeth. John slowly swims up to the group of Bahamuts, raising his arms as a sign that he means no harm.

The three Bahamuts interpose themselves between John and the wounded Bahamut, John lowers his head in regret. The three fish open the passage and John goes on, swims the last meters and reaches the wounded Bahamut. Gently grabbing it by the dorsal, John calms the fish and then grabs the harpoon with force, pushing it backwards and managing to pull it out of the fin. Immediately, the wounded Bahamut swims away from John and meets the group of Bahamuts waiting on the side. The group of fish circle around John quickly, once and twice, and then propel themselves towards the horizon, John quickly loses sight of them.

John stands still in the water, alone in the middle of the sea, he starts to cry and hits the surface of the water with his fists, his blows become slower and slower, until he stands still again and slowly starts to sink. Soon he is completely submerged in the water, making no effort to return to the surface.

But suddenly…

An arm dives into the water and takes John by the hand, lifting him back to the surface. John takes another deep breath, and in front of him is the woman, aboard John’s boat.

WOMAN

Shall we go?

John nods, the woman lifts him up and manages to get him aboard the boat. John catches his breath on the floor of the boat and looks up, but the woman is not on the boat, only the calm sea and the clear sky are with him.

FADE TO BLACK.

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