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

INTERIOR.  LARGE CAVE.  NIGHT.  Indy, Shueller and the two soldiers are seated, hands and feet bound with hoods over their heads.  An off camera voice addresses Indy.

                                         V.O.

So… we meet again, Dr. Jones!

Indy’s hood is removed.  He struggles to adjust to the light but then recognizes Shorty and Angela.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Shorty!  Where did… how did…?  (looking at Angela)  Are you all right?

                                         ANGELA

Yes, thanks to Shorty and his cousins.

                                         SHORT ROUND

No thanks to me, thanks to porters!

                                         INDIANA JONES

Porters?

Indy looks around the cave.  Dozens of Mongolian looking men and women are working at stacking boxes and crates, separating items and loading packs on sleds.  Shorty works at untying Indy while Angela explains.

                                         ANGELA

Porters, a whole tribe of them!  Shorty and his cousins met them after I was injured.  Apparently they deliver shipments to the people of Shangri La.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Shipments?

                                         ANGELA

Supplies, books… even artwork and furniture!  It’s like an entire department store here!

                                         SHORTY (pointing to the others)

And they don’t like Germans!

                                         INDIANA JONES

Hmm… I like them already.  (to Angela)  But how did you get away from the base camp?

                                         ANGELA

Shorty rescued me, thumped that one with a chunk of firewood!  (points to Kleinschmit who is hooded along with the others.)

Freed from his bonds, Indy stands.  He hugs Angela and shakes Shorty’s hand.  The sled dog comes up and barks.

                                         SHORT ROUND

Where did you get the dog, Dr. Jones?

Indy stoops down and ruffles the dog’s ears.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Why, we’re old friends!  aren’t we, pal?  And I didn’t get him, he got me!

                                         SHORT ROUND

Can we keep him?

                                         INDIANA JONES

Well, I dunno… who’s in charge here?  I’d like to thank him for his hospitality and our good fortune.

                                         SHORT ROUND

Fortune smiled, yes… but they were looking for us, Dr. Jones!  They’d all most given up, say you way over base!

                                         INDIANA JONES (wryly)

Off base, Shorty… way off base.  How were they looking for us?  Who sent them?  No one knew we were…

A commanding voice is spoken off camera from behind Indy.

                                         V.O.

The High Lama sends his greetings to you, Dr. Jones.

Indy turns to see a man standing behind him.  There are several others with him.

                                         INDIANA JONES

The High Lama?  Who is he… and how did he know we were coming?

                                         SHORT ROUND

This is Tenzin, the tribal elder.  The High Lama is who they work for.

                                         TENZIN

… and the High Lama knows everything that goes on in these mountains, Dr. Jones.  He is anxious to meet you.

Tenzin bows out of respect, as do his followers.  Indy follows suit.

                                         INDIANA JONES

… and I am anxious to meet him!  Where is the High Lama?

                                         TENZIN

My people will have the pleasure of accompanying you to our meeting place… it is not far from the entrance to the Valley of the Blue Moon.

Indy motions to the Germans still held captive.

                                         INDIANA JONES

What becomes of them?

                                         TENZIN

They will be turned over to the High Lama, these mountains are under His protection.

Indy shakes hands with Tenzin and bows to the group accompanying him.  He places his arm around Angela and tussles Shorty’s hair.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Of course we’ll keep the dog!

FADE

EXTERIOR.  OUTSIDE THE CAVE ENTRANCE.  DAY.  The large party begins their climb.  MONTAGE:  Indy and Angela climbing together.  Shorty and his cousins climbing together.  The German prisoners, still hooded and bound, being assisted up the slope by several porters.  The sleds being pulled by the men.  The entire assembly making it’s way down a gully.  Indy pauses to admire the grand spectacle of the mountain range.  Tenzin leading the entourage to a small plateau.  CUT TO:  Indy and Angela stopping together and marvelling at the sight ahead of them.  The pathway drops down a ravine but on the left side the rim of the mountain advances higher and makes a majestic curve that is shielded over head by a canopy of snow and ice several hundred feet high.  On the right side of the narrow walk the cliff drops off into a steep crevasse that they cannot see the bottom of.  The sheer wall of the mountainside capped off with the crown of snow resembles a crashing wave caught frozen in time and space.  What looks slightly more than a stones throw away across from the plateau they see the pathway slopes up, turns and disappears from view.  Tenzin leaves the front of the line and comes back to where Indy and Angela are standing.  They gaze up at the breath taking arch.

                                        TENZIN

The Europeans from the Valley of the Blue Moon call it The Crest.  It has enveloped and guarded the only known entrance to Shangri La since the world’s beginning.

                                         ANGELA

It’s magnificent!

                                         INDIANA JONES

The only known entrance?  I don’t see anything!

                                         TENZIN

Looked for, the entrance cannot be seen.  One must know where it is.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Thus the only “known” entrance?  I presume you know where it is, when do we climb over?

                                         TENZIN

My tribe has served the High Lama for over two hundred years, the people of Shangri La never venture out beyond this point, and we shall go no further.  Their lookout will inform Him of our arrival.  We will camp here.  It is not very far, but the path is indeed treacherous… only with the aid of a skilled guide would the inexperienced one make it across.

                                         ANGELA

But I thought you said we were expected?

                                         TENZIN

My people never breach the valley of The Crest; it is considered a natural buffer to the people of Shangri La, a last defense against a hostile world.  Our services end here on the plateau, so it has been for two hundred years.

                                         INDIANA JONES

What about the Europeans?

                                         TENZIN

They are considered guests of the High Lama.

                                         INDIANA JONES (to Angela)

That explains Alex’s invitation.  (to Tenzin)  Why not scale The Crest?  Must be some way over it.

                                         TENZIN

No one from this side has ever attempted it.  The path through the ravine is dangerous in itself, but to climb The Crest from this vantage point would be impossible, it is shear ice and snow.  One false step and you would surely slide down to your death. 

As the porters work to make camp, a horn is blown until another horn is heard in the distance.  The sky becomes dark.  The night sky is blanketed with stars  A full moon comes into view.  Higher and higher it rises until across the ravine a blueish hue from a slight crag shines through directly across from the plateau.  The Crest begins shimmering from behind with the aqua blue reflection emitted from the Valley of the Blue Moon.

FADE

EXTERIOR.  THE PLATEAU.  DAY.  The entire ensemble has slept out beneath the stars and the dawn causes much commotion.  Across the valley of The Crest, a line of men are coming down from the direction of the crag and heading towards the plateau.  At the beginning, two men are blowing horns and one of the porters answer their call.  CUT TO:  Indy and Angela awakened by all the activity.  Shorty and is cousins are already up and excitedly preparing to meet the group from across the valley.

                                        SHORT ROUND (pointing towards the approaching group)

It’s the High Lama!  I can see him up front!

Everyone clamors to the edge of the plateau.  They watch as the men continue to advance along the narrow pathway.  Finally they come up from the trail in the shadow of The Crest, march up the slope and stand at the threshold.  There is an elderly looking man in the lead, but he does not appear to be frail.  He is tall, upright and regal in appearance.  He steps forward while the others remain behind.  Tenzin approaches the stops and the two men give each other a slight bow.

                                         TENZIN

Chang!  How good to see you, my friend!  It has been too long!  Please, you and your people make yourselves comfortable and we’ll serve up refreshments!

Chang smiles.  He motions to his followers to move closer then he slowly looks trough the crowd of porters until he spots Indy standing nearby.  He bows to him.

                                         CHANG

Tenzin.  The mounains have not been too much for you to bear on this journey, I presume?

Tenzin gives a hearty laugh.  His tribe all laugh in unison.  Indy, Angela, Shorty and his cousins all join in the laughter.

                                         TENZIN

These mountains cuddle my people like we are babes in it’s arms.  When we walk, it is like we are walking on clouds and when we sleep it is if we lay on a bed of duck down. Praise be to the High Lama for guarding them and continuing to bless all of those in His care.

Chang smiles and nods then again looks towards Indy.

                                         CHANG

You have brought guests to Shangri La.

Chang moves forward and the porters surrounding Indy fan out in either direction until Chang stands before him.

                                         CHANG

Dr. Jones, I presume?

                                         INDIANA JONES

Henry Jones, at your service, sir.

                                         CHANG

Alex has told us so many stories about you, it is a pleasure to finally meet you!

                                         INDIANA JONES

Tales told at my expense, no doubt.

Chang is pleased, he looks at Angela.

                                         INDIANA JONES

And may I present Miss Angela Santamaria…

                                         ANGELA

It is such a pleasure to finally meet the High Lama of Shangri La!

The porters and the men from the valley all mildly chuckle, Chang is slightly amused.

                                         CHANG

Oh my dear child; I am not the High Lama, merely His servant, as we all are!  But I am sure you will meet him in due time. 

                                         ANGELA

Forgive me, I didn’t mean to… well, your followers seem to revere you so that I just assumed…

                                         CHANG

Please, Miss Santamaria, no apologies… we are very informal at Shangri La.  You may call me Chang.  (He bows)  …and I’m afraid any reverence is a custom due to age, as I am the oldest of our party, it is my privilege to lead… but all are equal under the eyes of the High Lama.

 CUT TO: Indy and Angela introducing Shorty and his cousins while the rest of the porters begin helping the servants load packs and ready sleds to make the trek back across the valley.  Chang bends low to shake “hands” with the sled dog.  CUT TO:  Tenzin and Chang briefly talk and move back to where the Germans are.  CUT TO:  After a few more words with Chang, Tenzin removes the hoods from the German’s heads.  Then producing a knife, Tenzin cuts the ropes in order to free them.  CUT TO:  Chang speaks to Shueller and then turns to rejoin his group.  Shueller and his men look about and then resign themselves to following the servants.  CUT TO:  Chang and Tenzin embrace, Tenzin gestures towards a fire with a steaming kettle, Chang holds up a hand and shakes his head with a smile.  CUT TO:  Indy and Angela gathering their packs, Shorty and his cousins joining them.  CUT TO:  The entire entourage with Chang in the lead, descending down the pathway into the ravine.  CUT TO:  Tenzin and his tribe of porters waving goodbye as they gradually make their way across, some turn and wave back.  CUT TO: A walk through the narrow passage, Indy looking up at the canopy of snow and ice that is The Crest, hundreds of feet above them.  CUT TO:  the far side of the ravine,  Chang standing at the crag’s entrance as the other servants enter.  Indy and Angela blend in with them until they are at the entrance.  CUT TO:  Indy reaching Chang.

                                         CHANG

Welcome to Shangri La, Dr. Jones.

They pass through the mountain wall and look down into the Valley of the Blue Moon.

FADE

EXTERIOR.  THE PROMENADE LEADING TO THE TEMPLE.  DAY.  Chang is followed by his guests towards the temple of the High Lama.  The servants carrying their supplies follow behind.  The guests are held in awe by the beauty and peacefulness of their surroundings.  CUT TO:  The top of the temple staircase, two European looking men and two women are standing there awaiting the group.  CUT TO:  Chang and the guests advancing up the staircase, the guests still enthralled by the serenity and grandeur of the temple and it’s surroundings.  They stop just short of the top of the stairs.  The servants pass from behind and advance inside of the temple doors.  One of the men steps forward to greet Chang.

                                         CHANG (turning to the group)

May I present Mr. Conway; he will oversee your stay here in Shangri La.  Any questions you might have should be directed to him. 

                                         CONWAY

Welcome! May Shangri La prove to be an invigorating retreat for all of you!

                                         INDIANA JONES (extending his hand and Conway shaking it)

You are Robert Conway, England’s “Man of the East?”  I expected a much older man.

                                         CONWAY (beaming)

Good Heaven’s, man, I haven’t been bestowed that title in years!  But I am flattered.  You my call me Robert, but I prefer Conway or Mr. Conway, if you must formalize it.  And you sir, may I presume you are Dr. Henry Jones?  I’ve heard a great deal about you!

                                         INDIANA JONES

Merely a fraction compared to what I have heard of you, sir!  … and my friends call me, Indy.  Allow me to introduce Miss Angela Santamaria.  Angela, Mr. Conway.

                                         CONWAY

I am charmed, Miss Santamaria, welcome to Shangri La!

                                         INDIANA JONES

… and also… Shorty, along with his cousins Bogart and Gable.

                                         CONWAY

Devotees of the silver screen, no doubt?  Gentlemen!  Shangri La is at your disposal!

The sled dog barks for attention.

                                         CONWAY

And who do we have here?  A stowaway?

                                         INDIANA JONES

More like a life saver.

Indy ignores the German soldiers, but Conway will have none of it.  He steps down to extend his hand to Shueller.

                                         CONWAY

Welcome!  Welcome all of you!

                                         SHUELLER

Lieutenant Heinz Shueller.  (stiff bow)  My men and I are not here of our own free will, Herr Conway.  We were forced at gunpoint.  I’d like to make arrangements for our departure as soon as possible.

                                         CONWAY

Forced?  at gunpoint?

Conway laughs and returns back to the top of the staircase.  He puts his arm around one of the women.

                                         CONWAY

This is my wife, Sondra.  (turning to the others)  This is my good friend, Bryant and his wife, Vivian.  (they nod and smile)

                                         CHANG

I’ve invited Lieutenant Shueller and his men to be my guests, Mr. Conway. 

                                         CONWAY

And so they shall be, Chang!  Everyone!  We should not remain on the staircase landing at the entrance to the temple when it is so much more pleasant inside!  Come!  Refresh yourselves and rest from your journey.  I have made the sojourn below The Crest to the plateau many times and I know it certainly can make one weary.  Please, I beg you.  Come inside and enjoy our unparalleled hospitality!

The group follows Conway and Sondra leaving Bryant and Vivian to look at each other and smile.  The camera pulls back to take in the grand spectacle of the monastery, the hanging gardens and the fountain.

FADE

(end of Part 2)

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

  1. chirchi965 Says:

    waiting for more….excellent as always

    agila

  2. chrisfiore5 Says:

    why thank you, agila…

    more on the way!

    peace

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