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

EXTERIOR.  MOUNTAIN LEDGE.  DAY.  Shorty and his cousins are looking over the edge down at the German base camp below them.  Shorty turns around in surprise when the muzzle of a rifle taps him on his shoulder.  The others turn and instinctively raise their hands.  CUT TO:

EXTERIOR.  THE BASE CAMP CABIN.  DAY.  One of the soldiers is feeding the sled dogs, acting particularly fond of one of them.  CUT TO:

INTERIOR.  THE BASE CAMP CABIN.  DAY.  Professor Stromberg is growing restless and tired of Indy’s defiance.  He nods to Shueller who moves towards Indy and back hands the coffee cup off of the table.  Then he grabs Indy by the lapels and raises him up off of the chair.

                                         SHUELLER

Too many men…  too many good men have died searching for something that does not exist.  If it takes you dying a slow death to convince certain people that this is a futile exercise… then so be it!

He throws Indy back into his chair.  Stromberg is amused.

                                         STROMBERG

You’ll have to excuse Lieutenant Shueller’s bitterness, Dr. Jones.  He imagined himself a hero of the Reich before finding himself isolated in these mountains, far from the glories of war.  He is anxious to return and prove himself.

                                         SHUELLER

My loyalty is to the Fatherland… not to some illusion of immortality that old men grasp at like so much hot air.

                                         STROMBERG

Still… it is to me you have been assigned and my cause has become your cause.  (He looks at Indy feigning sympathy)  You could have accompanied us on the greatest discovery mankind has ever known.  Good bye, Dr. Jones.  Kleinschmit!

The guard, Kleinschmit approaches menacingly but then the sound of barking dogs and men approaching is heard.  The front door bursts open,  Captain Von Haus and his patrol enter, bringing Angela with them.  She falls to the floor writhing in pain from her twisted ankle.  She looks at Indy with recognition, though he shakes his head to dissuade her.  Strombeg sees the connection between them and smiles.  Von Haus removes his gear and looks at Shueller, then Indy.

                                         VON HAUS

These mountains are strange.  Just when you think they will reveal nothing…

                                         SHUELLER

He was captured at the North end of the camp.

                                         VON HAUS

She was found abandoned inside the cave south of here.  (He turns to Indy)  Are there any more like you?

                                         INDIANA JONES

No.

                                         STROMBERG

He has the invitation, some calculations and a chart… this is Dr. Henry Jones of Mid-Western University in the United States.  (turning to Angela)  But you, lovely one… who are you and why are you here in this desolate place?

Angela cowers back and says nothing, rubbing her ankle.

                                         VON HAUS

It is late.  We’ll set out in the morning.  Tie the two of them together.

Kleinschmit grabs Angela roughly and stands her up, briefly pausing to bring his face close to hers and sniffing her hair.  She winces and cries out in pain.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Stromberg, call off your goon.  I’ll take you where you want to go, just leave her out of this.

                                         VON HAUS

I am afraid it was you, Dr. Jones, who should have left her out of this.  Now she is very much in the middle…

                                         INDIANA JONES

Stromberg, those readings may be deciphered eventually but I can take you where you want to go… to the Valley of the Blue Moon.

Kleinschmit is still holding Angela close to himself, enjoying her discomfort and helplessness.  He looks at Stromberg who nods.  Kleinschmit leads Angela carefully to the table and backs a chair up to Indy’s, preparing to tie them together.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Leave her loose, will ya?  Can’t you see she’s been hurt?

Von Haus moves to one of the bunks, throws a mattress down on the floor by the table and directs her to it.

                                         VON HAUS

Remain in full sight, please.

Kleinschmit allows Angela to drop to the mattress at Indy’s feet then offers a scowl.  Indy glares back.

                                         STROMBERG

Tomorrow we set out to find a great treasure for the Reich!

                                         INDIANA JONES (under his breath)

Or die trying…

FADE

INTERIOR. THE BASE CAMP.  THE NEXT DAY.  The men are set to exit the cabin with full gear, leaving one sentry at the door and Kleinschmit inside with Angela.  CUT TO:  EXTERIOR OF CABIN.  Indy’s hands are being tied to the sled with a leader of rope.  One of the sled dogs comes near and Indy stoops low to pet him.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Looks like both of us are being forced into servitude, eh boy?

The dog is led away by his feeder.  The sled dogs are harnessed to the sled, which is loaded with equipment.  Indy is in tow behind.  The dog feeder is in the sled, cracking a whip and hollering commands.  They head out of the compound travelling up the wooded slope towards the spot Indy had reached before being captured.  MONTAGE:  the men and dogs working up through the woods.  Indy being led by the sled.  The group making it’s way to the top, a shot from the heights above where the base camp is clearly seen from below.  As the sun climbs higher in the morning sky it becomes warmer, icicles are seen dripping water.  Finally they reach a point where a snow bridge connects two ledges  The group begins to cross one man at a time, beginning with a soldier who is tied off .  Once he reaches the other side another soldier crosses holding onto the rope, joins the first and they both brace themselves holding the rope taut for the others to use as they cross.  Next is Von Haus, then Stromberg, followed by the remainder of the patrol.  Indy and Shueller are at the rear as one of the last men to cross notices a shifting of the snow bridge.

                                         STROMBERG

The bridge will not sustain the weight of the loaded sled, we must carry the packs over one at a time!

                                         VON HAUS (to Shueller on the opposite side)

Empty the sled!  Carry the equipment over!

                                         SHUELLER

The sled is useless!  Shoot the dogs!

The dog feeder protests as another soldier hoists a pack over his shoulders and begins heading across, guided by the rope.  Indy crouches next to the lead dog and ruffles his fur.

                                         INDIANA JONES

They’ll never do it, pal.

The soldier on the snow bridge inches his way across but the combined weight of his equipment and the additional pack is too much.  The bridge collapses, sending the soldier below to his death and separating the group, with Indy, Shueller and five soldiers left on one side.  As the bridge collapses, Shueller’s feet lose their footing and he drops off the edge to a small ledge several feet below, unharmed but out of reach.  The remaining soldiers try to help Shueller while Indy seizes the moment and makes a break for the camp.  He leaps into the sled, grabs the whip with both hands and expertly cracks it over the heads of the sled dogs. 

                                         INDIANA JONES

eeyah! yah!

The sled lurches away as the soldiers on the other side of the ravine raise their rifles to shoot but Stromberg stops them.

                                        STROMBERG

Hold your fire! You’ll bring an avalanche down on top of us!

The sled takes off like a shot with Indy frantically trying to untie his hands and hang on.  The soldiers work to get to Shueller.

                                         STROMBERG

Hold your fire!  He can’t get too far!  Lieutenant!  He’ll head back to the camp, you return there.  We’ll move on!

                                         VON HAUS

But we’ll need him to read the chart!

                                         STROMBERG

No more delays!  I shall interpret it, Captain!  We are too close to wait any further!

They leave the ledge and proceed away from the men on the opposite side.  The soldiers have a rope on Shueller and begin assisting him back to the edge.  CUT TO:  Indy making his way back down the path, reaching the point where the base camp compound is visible below. 

FADE

INTERIOR.  THE BASE CAMP CABIN.  DAY.  Kleinschmit is inside looking out the window and then turns to face Angela.  She is sitting up on the mattress by the table.  He gives her a slow look over, smiles and then approaches, removing his hat and ammo belt.  Angela begins to move away, protesting as Kleinschmit lunges for her.  He falls on top of her and sprawls her out on the floor.  He begins to paw and tear at her clothing, all the while kissing her mouth with so much pressure as to muffle her screams.  CUT TO:  The sentry outside, hearing the scuffling from inside the cabin he tries the door.  CUT TO:  Shueller successfully being pulled up the side by two of the soldiers.

                                         SHUELLER (to the other three)

Don’t wait for me!  Get after him and bring him back!

The other three get into their snow skis, take off individually as each is ready and begin THE CHASE.  CUT TO:  Indy on the dog sled racing down the mountain still working at freeing his hands and trying to guide the sled.  Occasionally looking over his shoulder he finally works his hands free.  CUT TO:  The soldiers are in single file, each separated from the other by a short distance and in hot pursuit.  CUT TO:  As the first soldier appears to be gaining Indy flings out remaining gear at him knocking him to the ground.  CUT TO:  Down the slope and approaching the wooded area the next soldier pulls out his rifle and begins firing.  CUT TO:  Indy begins weaving the sled, slaloming between the trees.  One turn is too sharp and the sled tips over, smashes against a tree, sending the dogs and Indy tumbling.  CUT TO:  The second soldier lowering his rifle, not seeing where the sled is.  Suddenly he is knocked off his feet by the rope Indy has placed in his path.  Indy quickly subdues the soldier then works at freeing the dogs from their harness.  CUT TO:  The third soldier now reaching the wooded slope, pulling out rifle.  CUT TO:  Indy freeing the dogs, all but the lead dog run off, he hesitates.  Indy reaches down to him with a pat on the head.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Go on, boy!  Before they shoot both of us!

The lead dog scampers off.  Indy rummages through the sled debris and pulls out the lead runner. He sees the soldier’s rifle several yards away in a thicket but opts to flee instead.  Dropping the runner he jumps on “snow board” style and continues to plunge down the mountain.  CUT TO:  The third soldier gaining on Indy and firing his rifle.  CUT TO:  Bullets whizzing past Indy and chipping into the trees around him.  Indy finally loses his balance and once again is sent sprawling.  CUT TO:  The third soldier pulls up just short of Indy and brings up his rifle.  Indy raises his hands to surrender but the soldier grimly takes aim.  CUT TO:  The lead dog leaping out of nowhere at the soldier, biting down on his arm and knocking him to the ground.  The two briefly scuffle in the snow until Indy can knock the soldier unconscious with the rifle butt.  Indy puts the rifle down and hugs the dog.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Atta boy!

The dog licks at Indy’s face, then turns and runs off.  Indy smiles behind him.  CUT TO:  Shueller finally pulled up to the edge and gathering himself together.  He puts on his skis and gestures to the other soldiers to follow him.

                                         SHUELLER

He can’t have gone far, let’s go!

CUT TO:  Indy making his way back to the clearing of the compound on skis and skidding up to the cabin.  CUT TO:  The open door of the cabin,  Indy rushes inside but it is empty.  He runs out of the cabin and searches in all directions, but here is no one in sight.  He drops to his knees and searches the ground for footprints.

                                         INDIANA JONES (whispering)

Angela!

Sobbing in the snow for several moments Indy is over come with emotion.  Soon Shueller and his soldiers come up from behind Indy and bring him to his feet.

FADE

INTERIOR. THE BASE CAMP CABIN.  DAY.  Indy is sitting at the table, hands tied behind his back.  Shueller is pacing in front of him.

                                         SHUELLER

They’ll reach the valley without us!  I’ve come so close to finding it and now we are left behind… for what?  To wait for their return?  Ha!

                                         INDIANA JONES

I thought you didn’t believe it existed.

Shueller stops, grabs Indy and pulls him up off the chair, then smiles and releases him, letting him drop back to his seat.

                                         SHUELLER

You think you will find the girl… but I think not.  She must have tried to escape, but my men are excellent shots.  They will either re-capture her or shoot her, then bury her in a snow drift.

                                         INDIANA JONES

I can show you the way.

Shueller’s interest is piqued, but he is wary.

                                         SHUELLER

You’ve lost your equipment, they’ve taken your readings, your notes and chart.  You are just buying time, Dr. Jones.

                                         INDIANA JONES

We can just sit here and wait… but what if I’m right?  We might even reach it before they do.

                                         SHUELLER

And why should I trust you?

                                         INDIANA JONES

Because you have no choice… and neither do I.

Shueller ponders for a moment, this time Indy smiles.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Now is your chance for some of that Nazi glory, Shueller, are you just going to stay here and let someone else take it from you?  Stromberg will have trouble reading that chart.  I’ve got it all right here!  (points to his head)

                                         SHUELLER

I will have you shot if you try to escape.

                                         INDIANA JONES

If I escape out there… I’m dead anyway.

FADE

EXTERIOR.  THE BASE CAMP CABIN.  DAY Indy, Shueller and the two remaining soldiers head in a new direction.  They travel in single file with Indy leading.  Indy looks along the ground as he walks, as if looking for clues.  They begin climbing.  CUT TO:  Angela with a hood being removed from her head.  Kleinschmit and the sentry are close by, all three are bound and gagged.  She trys to adjust her eyes to the fire light but can only make out shadows.  CUT TO:  Von Haus, Stromberg and the group of soldiers struggling up a narrow pathway, from behind and at a safe distance several figures are watching them.   CUT TO:  Indy rounding a corner and reaching a dead end,  Shueller and the two soldiers come up from behind.  Indy shrugs and they begin to double back.  CUT TO:  They reach another dead end.  CUT TO:  Another dead end.  Shueller containing Indy with a drawn pistol, the soldiers behind him with their rifles lowered.

                                         SHUELLER

This is it, Dr. Jones, no more wild goose chase… no more dead ends.

Indy is backed into a corner.

                                         INDIANA JONES

You won’t find the valley without me.

                                         SHUELLER

It appears we won’t find it with you, either.

Indy looks up above their shoulders and raises his hands slowly.

                                         INDIANA JONES (indicating they should look behind them)

I’d say somebody doesn’t want any of us to.

Shueller skeptically glances behind him to see half a dozen men pointing weapons at them.  At their feet is the lead sled dog.  Shueller and his men lower their guns.

FADE

(to be continued)

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

  1. Jermainenx Says:

    nice work, guy

  2. chrisfiore5 Says:

    hey, thanks!

    hope you’ll read on…

    peace

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