Indiana Jones and the Dance of Aldebaran, Part 2 (continued)

EXTERIOR.  OUTSIDE THE TRAIN PULLING INTO THE STATION.  NIGHT.  The light from the locomotive shines on a sign:  KATHMANDU

CUT TO:  INTERIOR.  PASSENGER CAR.  NIGHT.  Conductor makes his way through the car.

                                         CONDUCTOR

Kathmandu, folks… end of the line.

The passengers begin stirring.  The conductor moves on to the next car.  Indy and Angela gather their belongings.  Indy rises and feels the sway with the train as it comes to a stop.

                                         ANGELA

Finally!  I could use some fresh air!

                                         INDIANA JONES

Plenty of that here… now, if we can make our connection…

                                         ANGELA

It is so exciting!  We’ve reached our destination and all in one piece, too!

                                         INDIANA JONES

Hmm…  trip’s not over yet…

                                         ANGELA

Always the optimist.

CUT TO:  EXTERIOR OF THE TRAIN.  NIGHT.  Indy and Angela disembark and look around the platform.  He seems disoriented.

                                         ANGELA

Who are we meeting?

                                         INDIANA JONES

A young friend… I haven’t seen him in a few years. 

                                         ANGELA

How many years?

                                        INDIANA JONES

Well, not THAT many… we’ll find him. 

                                        ANGELA (under her breath)

Or he’ll find us…

They walk up to the depot and enter.  Indy looks for a friendly face.  Three young oriental men notice them enter and watch them walk up to the ticket counter.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Umm… Hello?  Speak English?

The man behind the counter gives Indy a blank look.  Then calls to another man.  He walks over and begins talking to the first man.

                                         INDIANA JONES

I’m an American,  arrived on train… ?

                                         V.O.

Dr. Jones?

Indy turns to see one of the three young men approaching him.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Short Round?

The young man laughs.  It is SHORT ROUND, now a young man of nearly 20.

                                         SHORT ROUND

Not so short anymore, Dr. Jones!

He motions for his companions to join them.  He then strides up to shake  hands with Indy.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Shorty!  All grown up!  Glad you’re here… I was beginning to worry.

                                         SHORT ROUND (admiring Angela’s beauty)

You didn’t say you’d be traveling with any one… it threw us out, Dr. Jones!

Indy pulls Angela close to him.

                                         INDIANA JONES

It threw you a curve, Shorty.  Angela meet my good friend, Shorty.

Angela extends her hand and Shorty shakes it enthusiastically.

                                         SHORT ROUND

Welcome to Kathmandu!  These are my cousins, Bogart and Gable.  My uncle sends his greetings, Dr. Jones!

Shorty speaks to the men behind the counter in Chinese and they all laugh.  The cousins  help with the baggage.  They all head for the exit.

                                         INDIANA JONES

What did you say to them?

                                         SHORT ROUND

I tell them you my Uncle, no family resemblance… ugly duckling, ha ha!  Life is good in Kathmandu, Dr. Jones! 

                                         INDIANA JONES

Well… it sure feels good to be on solid ground again.

They make their way out of the depot.  FADE

INTERIOR.  SHORT ROUND’S HOME.  NIGHT.  The quarters are sparse but the family is in good spirits.  Angela has settled in for the evening.  Indy is filling Shorty in on the detail up until their arrival.

                                         INDIANA JONES

… so we were able to ditch our tail a few hundred miles back, we should be clear to leave for the plateau before the end of the week.

                                         SHORT ROUND

The moon will not be full for weeks, Dr. Jones, why do we leave so soon?

                                         INDIANA JONES

We’ll need to get there before the quarter moon, Shorty.  The alignment must be seen clearly in the night sky.  It is critical that we know exactly which mountain range we head towards.  With a view from the Roof of the World, we should easily follow the descent to the Valley of the Blue Moon.

                                         SHORT ROUND

I’ve missed our adventures, Dr. Jones!  My cousins are anxious to get started!

                                         INDIANA JONES

I have much to thank your Uncle for, Shorty… when he returns.  This war will end soon, fortunately Tibet has managed to remain neutral.

Indy steps out into the night with Shorty and they gaze up into the star filled sky.

                                         INDIANA JONES

So close…  all we need to know is where to look.  Next stop:  The Roof of the World.

FADE

MONTAGE:  Several climbing shots of five figures hiking into the rugged terrain of the mountains.  spectacular views of snow capped mountains, of various wildlife and soaring birds, of sunrises and sunsets.  Finally they reach THE ROOF OF THE WORLD, a plateau that gives an unrestricted view of the many mountain ranges of the Himalayas.  They make camp and await nightfall.  CUT TO:  Indy busying himself with setting up his sextant.  He looks out over the vast horizon just as the sun begins it’s descent.  CUT TO:  Angela joining Indy and they both look from the west to the east for the arrival of night fall.  Shorty and his cousins gather as well.  The setting sun blazes behind them.  One by one the stars begin to shine as Indy is pointing them out.  CUT TO:  The planets and a slight crescent moon set Indy to work at his sextant and jotting down notes.  He stops at one point, smiles and presses against the eyepiece.

                                        INDIANA JONES

There it is!

The others anxiously await their turn to look through the instrument.  Indy continues to write down notes.  He turns to look at Angela.  The camera draws back to their silhouette and the magnificent sky behind them.  They embrace.   

FADE

INTERIOR.  BACK IN SHORT ROUND’S HOME.  NIGHT.  Indy and Angela are off by themselves having a heated discussion.

                                         INDIANA JONES

It was dangerous before, but it is TOO dangerous now.  I’d feel better if you remained here… safe until I get back.

                                         ANGELA

If you think I’m going to let you dump me here while you go off to find the greatest discovery the world has ever known, you are sadly mistaken!

                                         INDIANA JONES

Angela, the Germans have been looking for Shangri La for years, Hitler has been obsessed with finding it.  We have a snowball’s chance in hell…

                                         ANGELA

But the Dance of Aldebaran has pointed the way, you know where to look when they could only have guessed.  There are dozens of mountain ranges out there, but you have narrowed it down to one.  Besides… who will I stay behind with?  Shorty or one of his cousins?  They’d be heartbroken to miss the opportunity to share this one last adventure with you!

                                         INDIANA JONES

Last?

                                         ANGELA

Henry told me, Indy… you’ll be wanting to stay home after this.

Indy rubs his neck in memory of the Philippines.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Oh, that…

                                         ANGELA

I won’t be in the way, I won’t get tired and I won’t complain!

                                         INDIANA JONES

The climb to the plateau only took a few days, this trip could take weeks…

                                         ANGELA

I’ll be with you… there is no one I’d feel safer with, and so it is done!

                                         INDIANA JONES

I’ll remember the no complaining!

                                         ANGELA

And I’ll remember the ship, and the train, and the plateau…

They kiss.

FADE

EXTERIOR. OUTSIDE KATHMANDU.  DAY.  The expedition begins.  Indy, Angela, Shorty, Bogart and Gable head up a slope.  MONTAGE:  The group climbs and makes their way up and down narrow pathways.  CUT TO:

EXTERIOR.  MOUNTAIN LEDGE.  NIGHT.  Two tents have been pitched with lanterns burning inside displaying the shadows of the occupants.  CUT TO:

EXTERIOR.  MOUNTAIN PATHWAY.  DAY.  Sunrise on the mountain range with the climbers breaking camp.  CUT TO:

EXTERIOR.  MOUNTAIN PATHWAY.  DAY.  The climate is colder and the climbers are wrapped in snow gear.  CUT TO:

EXTERIOR.  MOUNTAIN PATHWAY.  DAY.  Snow flurries, howling winds, difficult terrain.  CUT TO:

EXTERIOR.  CAVE. NIGHT.  Light from a small fire dances off of cave walls.  Snow and wind.  CUT TO:

INTERIOR OF CAVE.  NIGHT.  The group has taken refuge from the storm.  Shorty and his cousins have nodded off to sleep.  Indy and Angela are sitting cozily by the fire.

                                         ANGELA

What I wouldn’t give for a hot bath right about now.

                                         INDIANA JONES

… and a warm bed.

                                         ANGELA

Hmm… and some chicken soup.

                                         INDIANA JONES

… or hot cocoa, with marshmallows… of course.

                                         ANGELA

ooo… my feet could use a …

She stops short and looks at Indy, who is giving her a knowing “I told you so” smile.

                                         ANGELA

But who’s complaining?

They are silent for a moment.

                                         ANGELA

How much farther do you think it is?  I mean… how many more days?

                                         INDIANA JONES

In terms of miles, I’m not so sure… in terms of days,  two or three?  possibly more…

                                          ANGELA

Why is this place so difficult to find?

                                         INDIANA JONES

I guess if it was easy it wouldn’t be paradise.

                                         ANGELA

Is that what you hope we’ll find?

                                         INDIANA JONES

So goes the legend, people living hundreds of years in perfect health in a paradise on earth.  Sounds pretty good to me.

                                         ANGELA

But you also expect to find danger?

                                         INDIANA JONES

The Germans have been searching for this place for a long time.  Hitler is convinced Shangri La will preserve his Third Reich for a thousand years.  Even much more so now that he’s losing the war.  Rumor is they hope to fill it with his key players until the whole thing blows over.  Adolf thinks he can escape the generations that are bent on destroying him and return at later time to complete his conquest.

                                         ANGELA

But surely that would not be possible!

                                         INDIANA JONES

Mein Kempf… my struggle.  A perfect race preserved in a perfect place… if such a thing exists.

                                         ANGELA

We wouldn’t be here if you didn’t think it did.

                                         INDIANA JONES

We wouldn’t be here if Alex hadn’t sent his invitation.  The rest is hearsay.

They cuddle by the fire.  Outside the wind howls.  The shadows dance on the cave walls.

FADE

EXTERIOR.  OUTSIDE THE CAVE.  DAY.  The group starts out over the mountain.  The wind has died down and it has stopped snowing.  The sun shines warm upon them.  They make their way to the top, only to see more peaks and valleys before them.  In one clearing they come across the German’s base camp with it’s flag proudly flying from a make shift pole.  They duck back and peer at it from far off, hiding behind the rocks.

                                         INDIANA JONES

I was afraid of this.  I had hoped they wouldn’t be up this high.  We must be getting close.

                                         SHORT ROUND

What do we do now, Dr. Jones?

Indy looks back the way they came from and then looks at the group he has traveled with.

                                        INDIANA JONES

We’ve gone too far to turn back now, there has to be a way to get around the camp without being seen.  Wait for me here, I’ll scout ahead.

Indy sheds his back pack, leaves the group and heads towards the German camp.  The compound is situated near the center of the clearing with the upward slope of a wooded terrain on the opposite side.  Indy picks his way around to the back side of the camp.  He makes out a pen of dogs and takes note of a solitary dog sled..  Checking to see if he is up wind of them he continues on.  Finally, he is satisfied that he can successfully circumference the camp without being seen.  As he heads back to where he has left the others, he is intercepted by a German sentry.  Weighing his chances of getting away, he gives up without a struggle.  The soldier escorts Indy to the base camp, in full view of Angela and the others.  They shrink back in horror and despair.

                                         ANGELA

How could this happen!  Shorty!  What will we do now?

                                         SHORT ROUND

Don’t worry, Angela.  Dr. Jones is all right, he’ll think of something!

                                         ANGELA

But we can’t just sit here and do nothing!

                                         SHORT ROUND

We must make a plan, all right… but not here, it’s too risky.  We need to go back to the cave and think.

The four of them head back the way they came.  As they are approaching the cave’s entrance, Angela slips and falls, twisting her ankle.  Shorty and Bogart assist her inside the cave, Gable stays by the entrance.

                                         ANGELA

Shorty!  You and your cousins need to go for help, or else we all may be caught.

                                         SHORT ROUND

We can’t go and leave you here, not like this!  Indy wouldn’t like that!

                                         ANGELA

We know there is a way around the camp, Indy found it.  If you don’t leave soon we’ll all be caught anyway.  It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that Indy was not traveling alone.

She motions towards the gear that Indy had left behind and Shorty nods in agreement.

                                         ANGELA

You’ll have to find help… find Alex and the others.  We are too far from home now to go back.  Find Alex and bring him here, Shorty.

                                         SHORT ROUND

Find Shangri La without Dr. Jones?

                                         ANGELA

Yes, Shorty!  Find it!  Indy had faith in you and so do I!  It has to be nearby here, otherwise the Germans wouldn’t be this high up!  Indy said so, remember?

Shorty hesitates but Angela is insistent.

                                         ANGELA

Shorty, there is no time!  They’ll be out looking for us…  go now!  before it is too late!

Shorty and Bogart go to the entrance where Gable is waiting.  Shorty turns to face Angela.

                                         ANGELA

Go Shorty, please… save your friend before it is too late.

They exit the cave.

 FADE

INTERIOR.  THE BASE CAMP CABIN.  DAY.  Indy is sitting at a table with his hands tied behind his back.  Except for Professor Stromberg, who sits across from him, there is only one guard and Lieutenant Shueller.

                                         STROMBERG

What news do you have from the outside world, Dr. Jones?

Indy looks at Stromberg with mild interest.

                                         STROMBERG

It is… Dr. Jones, is it not?  We have been expecting you.  But this comes as no surprise?

                                         INDIANA JONES

I’ve seen your pigeons… on both sides of the Atlantic!

                                         SHUELLER

Kleinschmit!

Shueller motions to the guard who steps up and punches Indy in the stomach.

                                         SHUELLER

Answer the question, American swine!

Stromberg raises his hand to stave off any further action by Shueller or Kleinschmit.

                                         STROMBERG

That’s enough, Lieutenant!  His fists and your prejudice are not needed here, …. not yet, anyway.  You will kindly leave this interrogation to me.  (turning to Indy)  Kleinschmit was a sparring partner of Max Schmeling before the war.  A mistake perhaps, that he wasn’t allowed to face your Joe Louis in he end, eh?

Shueller backs off.  Indy catches his breath.  Indy then gives a smile and a wink at Kleinschmit who responds with an icy glare.

                                        STROMBERG

I apologize for what I must term as Lieutenant Shueller’s over zealous behavior.  There are those of us who feel the Reich would be better suited to use more subtle methods.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Who’s more subtle methods?

                                         STROMBERG

Allow me to introduce myself… I am Professor Stromberg from the German University in Berlin.  My colleagues and I search for a certain… shall we say artifacts?  and then research their authenticity.

He displays the ring on his finger and briefly admires it.

                                         INDIANA JONES

The infamous Professor Stromberg… sure, I’ve heard of you!  more like a grave robber than a scientist!

Stromberg nods to Kleinschmit who moves forward and happily punches Indy in the stomach again.

                                         INDIANA JONES (gasping for air)

You call that subtle?

                                         STROMBERG (amused)

I’m sorry, Dr. Jones… the grave robber comment must have momentarily undone my civility.  You ARE Dr. Jones… yes?

                                         INDIANA JONES (recovering)

I’m Jones… what do you want?

Stromberg rises from the table waving off Kleinschmit.  He walks to the stove and pours himself a cup of coffee, then offers Indy one, who shrugs.  Stromberg pours a second cup and brings it over to Indy, holding it steaming in front of Indy’s face.  Kleinschmit smiles sadistically but Stromberg sits it down in front of Indy then pulls his chair around to be next to him.  Reaching inside of Indy’s coat pocket Stromberg removes several papers, including the notes from the Roof of the World and Alex’s invitation.  Shueller looks on with faint interest.

                                         STROMBERG

You have figured out the location of the Valley of the Blue Moon?

                                         INDIANA JONES

Is that what this is all about?  That fairy tale and this trinket you are wearing?  Hmmpf!  You’d find more credible jewelry at the five and dime.

 Kleinschmit moves forward again but Stromberg raises his hand.  He sips from his coffee cup, then offers Indy a drink from the cup set before him.  Indy refuses it.  Stromberg allows a few drops to hit Indy’s chin then gets up, walks back to the stove and opens it so that the flames are visible.  He then holds his hand to where the ring glistens from the light of the fire, a blueish hue that radiates as the flames flicker.

                                         STROMBERG

Would simple cut glass produce such a hue, Dr. Jones?  I think not… but at the risk of sounding cliche’ (he moves closer to where Indy is sitting)… we have ways of making you talk.

Shueller steps to the forefront but Stromberg gently presses him back.

                                         STROMBERG

Not yet!  Let him ponder his fate a while longer.

CUT TO: Angela left alone in the cave.  Small fire crackling but sounds stirring her attention.  Shadows increasing up behind her until she turns to face an intruder and muffles a cry with her fist.

FADE

(to be continued)

                                          

   

                                     

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2 Responses to “Indiana Jones and the Dance of Aldebaran, Part 2 (continued)”

  1. Mary Aloe Says:

    Hello,
    New here. Thanks

    Mary Aloe
    Proud Mary Entertainment

  2. chrisfiore5 Says:

    Hello back,

    not so knew, I would imagine.

    peace.

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