Halcyon Days (Chapter I)

EXT. ROAD IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MOUNTAINS – NIGHT

Echoes of drifting wheels, to one side and to the other. A faint light is lit in the intense darkness.

As we get closer, the light reveals the outline of the street, the rows of trees around it.

It’s a winding road through a mountainous and tree-covered area, seen from the heights.

The light comes from the headlights of a BLUE NISSAN ALTIMA.

We continue to approach from the heights, the echo of a violent blow, the car crashes against the protective barriers and falls in the middle of the forest.

We keep descending, the car crashes into a tree. The horn sounds without stopping.

There’ s a person lying on the grass, bleeding.

We get closer.

To WILL (47), cuts on his face, shards of glass on his body, breathing hard, his eyes still, open.

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OVER BLACK: HALCYON DAYS

INT. BEACH HOUSE KITCHEN – DAY

The waves calmly hit the shore of the beach and recede, their sound is heard faint, low. The image of bluish tones is contemplated by Will from the window partially fogged.

Steam escapes from the neck of the kettle.

Will pours two cups, arranged on the table. He removes the bread from the toaster, places it on the plates.

EXT. OUTSIDE THE BEACH HOUSE – DAY

The door of the house opens and hits the frame, driven by the sea wind. Will comes out covered by a blanket, his bare feet in the sand.

He walks across the sand, ahead, near the shore of the beach, a small boat.

The crests of the waves rise. Cloudy, flat sky.

Will takes a deep breath, turns and looks back.

In the kitchen window of the weathered white wooden house he can see SOPHIA (45) with a cup in her hands. Next to her, CHRIS (8) waves effusively.

Will smiles, continues walking through the sand. He reaches the boat, leaves the blanket inside.

Then pushes the boat into the water, pushes hard against the onslaught of the waves.

He manages to get into the depths, until he can no longer stand up underwater.

Will climbs into the boat, takes the oars and places them in their positions.

He forcefully pushes himself out to sea, paddling again and again, pulling away with each embrace. Until the coast is no longer visible.

The boat stops in the middle of the sea.

Silence.

Will wipes the condensed water from his nose. He picks up the net from the floor, prepares to throw it into the water.

Suddenly.

A slight whistling sound catches Will’s attention, he looks around, he can see nothing but the calm sea.

The whistling intensifies.

From above. Will looks up at the cloudy sky. Nothing.

The whistling intensifies even more.

The clouds open up, a fireball pierces the sky, its downward trajectory takes it towards the sea.

Will watches in amazement, following the rapidly descending fireball until it hits the surface of the water.

The blow causes a wave, which comes rushing towards the boat.

Will has no time to hold on to the boat, the wave hits him and throws him into the water.

As the wave passes, Will returns to the surface, grabs the edge of the boat and climbs back up.

Looking up at the impact site, Will can see a SPACE SHUTTLE floating on the surface of the sea.

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FLASHBACK

EXT. OUTSIDE WILL’S HOUSE – NIGHT

Will’s car pulls up to the curb, he gets out, waves to a neighbor who is walking his dog.

Will walks up to the house, a BLUE NISSAN ALTIMA is parked in the driveway.

Will sighs, walks over to the driver’s window. Inside the Nissan sits Sophia, with both hands on the steering wheel.

Will knocks on the window twice, Sophia lowers it.

WILL
Honey, when did you get out?

SOPHIA
Don’t talk to me that way.

WILL
I just want to know.

Sophia turns to look at Will.

SOPHIA
I’m fine.

WILL
You don’t look fine.

SOPHIA
I just want to talk, okay?

Will nods, he looks to the side, tries to contain his emotions.

SOPHIA
Can you get in the car?

WILL
Why?

SOPHIA
Please.

Will takes a deep breath, walks around the Nissan.

Gets in the passenger side.

WILL
What do you want to talk about?

Sophia starts the engine, the Nissan backs into the street, drives away from the house.

END OF FLASHBACK

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EXT. BEACH SHORE – DAY

The tip of the boat hits the shore of the beach. Will jumps onto the sand, runs toward the house.

WILL
Sophia!

Will stumbles on a mound of sand, but manages to keep his balance.

WILL
Sophia, come out!

He looks toward the—

BEACH HOUSE

Where Sophia walks out the door.

SOPHIA
What happened?

Sophia looks at Will, looks towards the boat, where an ASTRONAUT, with a helmet covering the face, is lying down.

WILL
Come help me! Quick!

Sophia covers her chest with the sides of her vest, crosses her arms, walks towards Will with a serious look on her face.

Will runs back to the boat, grabs the astronaut from behind, tries to lift him up. Sophia reaches the boat.

WILL
He’s unconscious.

SOPHIA
Where did you find him?

WILL
He fell from the sky, take his feet.

Sophia grabs the astronaut by the feet, Will pulls and manages to lift him up. They both pull him out of the boat.

SOPHIA
What are you going to do with him?

Will looks at Sophia in confusion.

WILL
Help him.

Sophia looks away, both continue to move across the sand and toward the house.

(To be continued…)

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